Tag Archives: protection

  • What Should I Do?
    http://www.readyforwildfire.org/defensible_space

    Home Fire-Safe Checklist

    Be Fire-Safe and create a defensible space
    by Mat Stein

    Friday, August 10, 2018, 11:35 PM

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    [NOTE: This article is adapted from When Disaster Strikes: A Comprehensive Guide for Emergency Planning and Crisis Survival]

    Fire Statistics

    The following statistics from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) are for fires in the USA in 2016:

    • there were 1,342,000 fires reported in the United States. These fires caused 3,390 civilian deaths, 14,650 civilian injuries, and $10.6 billion in property damage.     
    • 475,500 were structure fires, causing 2,950 civilian deaths, 12,775 civilian injuries, and $7.9 billion in property damage.    
    • 173,000 were vehicle fires, causing 280 civilian fire deaths, 1,075 civilian fire injuries, and $933 million in property damage.    
    • 662,500 were outside and other fires, causing 85 civilian fire deaths, 650 civilian fire injuries, and $1.4 billion in property damage.

    In general, fires cause more loss of life and property in America than all natural disasters combined! Every year, fires are responsible for more loss of life, limb, and property in the USA than either hurricane Katrina or the destruction of the World Trade Center on 9/11!  Statistically speaking, the easiest and most cost effective way to reduce the chances that you, your home, or your family might suffer great loss in a future event, is to improve the fire safety of your home, and the fire awareness of your loved ones.

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  • What Should I Do?
    Phil Williams

    How to Control Deer Damage on Fruit and Nut Trees

    Protective measures to consider
    by Phil Williams

    Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 12:42 PM

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    If you are planning a food forest, an orchard, or just a few fruit trees, it is a good idea to observe your site for evidence of deer. My wife & I live in a semi-rural area just outside of a small town. We have farms and single family homes around us. I really didn’t think much about the deer when I originally planted (50) fruit and nut trees out in my pasture. I knew they could be a problem, but I thought with the busy road and my neighbors around me, they would not be interested. I couldn’t have been more wrong about that!

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  • Daily Prep
    Stewart Black

    Hundreds of Unwanted Backyard Chickens Are Ending Up at Animal Shelters

    Have a plan in place for proper management of your flock
    by Jason Wiskerchen

    Tuesday, July 9, 2013, 7:15 PM

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    An interesting article about the increase of backyard chickens being housed at animal shelters and rescue groups.  Its a good idea to have a plan in place and the community connections to help manage your flock for both the short term and long term aspects of raising chickens. Do you know what you will do with your chickens once they stop laying?

    http://grist.org/list/hundreds-of-unwanted-backyard-chickens-are-ending-up-at-animal-shelters/

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  • What Should I Do?
    Defensible Spaces - Mika Grondahl

    Beyond the Defensible Space

    Fire safety and the structure of your home
    by Mat Stein

    Tuesday, July 2, 2013, 11:02 PM

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    [NOTE: In light of the tragic loss of life of the brave firefighters in Arizona and for all the men and women firefighters who work to protect lives and property, we all need to make extra efforts to take steps to reduce the risk of wildfires and home fires.  Our work both inside and out of our homes will not only create defensible spaces, but, just as importantly, will assist those who risk their lives to stay out of harms way. This article is adapted from When Disaster Strikes: A Comprehensive Guide for Emergency Planning and Crisis Survival]

    Following on the heels of 2012’s record-breaking droughts, heat waves, and fire storms, this year’s fires season is off to an earlier and more deadly/damaging start in several of the western states. If current scientific predictions of global warming prove anywhere near correct, then we can expect that devastating wildfires will become the new normal in the coming years, reaching a broader spectrum of geographical zones that previously escaped such conflagrations. Whether you are a homeowner wishing to improve the fire resistance of your current dwelling or are planning to build a new home, beyond creating a “defensible space” around your home there are a number of other actions you can take to improve the chances that your home will survive a local wildfire. These guidelines are typically applied to homes located in areas where long periods of dry weather are common, such as many of the western states. However, due to changing times, people in many areas where the threat of wildfires was previously a non-issue are now finding it to be a growing concern.

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  • Daily Prep
    Photo by Jerry McCrea / The Star-Ledger

    Clean Up Safely After a Disaster

    Protect yourself and your family by following these tips
    by Jason Wiskerchen

    Tuesday, October 30, 2012, 7:55 PM

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    Learn about the dangers and procedures for safely cleaning up after major disasters and hurricanes.  Be aware of structural damage to properties, exposure to chemical and biological hazards, gas leaks and fumes from clean up equipment, and use extreme caution and safety practices with saws and tools.  You survived the storm, survive the clean up process also.

    http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/cleanup/facts.asp

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  • Blog

    Honey Bee Candy: Winter Feeding

    by dps

    Saturday, January 14, 2012, 4:55 PM

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    Some CM.com members may have become interested in beekeeping as one possible means of increasing resilience in their lives. In this What Should I Do (WSID) article, Small-Scale Beekeeping, user apismellifera gives a great introduction to the topic (the pictures are of Langstroth equipment; you may want to remember this for later in this article). In this article, we’ll be getting a lot more specific about a particular task unique to winter beekeeping.

    Beekeepers would, ideally, like to be able to winter our bees without supplemental feeding. Bees, after all, have been getting through winter far longer than humans have been managing bees. Bees, planning ahead, store honey and pollen specifically for this purpose. These days, with winter losses frequently hitting 30-40% of colonies dying each year, many of us are turning to feeding as a way of increasing our chances of getting to spring with live bees. Where Old Man Winter can keep temperatures down in the 20s (F) or below for extended periods of time, it’s nice to have a way to get supplemental feeding to your bees without dealing with liquid syrup feeders. Liquid feeders, especially in cold temperatures, can potentially do harm by chilling your bees, which is clearly not what you set out to do when you decided to feed them.

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    Fortifying Yourself And Your Home Against Crime

    by thc0655

    Thursday, April 7, 2011, 3:23 AM

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    In my first post on crime, I urged you to accept the reality of the criminal threat and to mentally choose not to allow yourself to be easily victimized.  Hopefully you’re reading this second post because you’ve sworn off the denial, distraction, and passivity that characterizes most people and decided to do whatever you reasonably can to protect yourself, your family, and your home.  If this mindset of yours is authentic and deeply felt, you’re more than halfway to your goal.

    Your next step is to form a self-protection plan. Helping you do that is the purpose of this second post.

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