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Home Fire-Safe Checklist

Be Fire-Safe and create a defensible space
Friday, August 10, 2018, 6:35 PM

[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. » Read more

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Green Water Hose

Don’t Get Hosed by Chemical Contamination

Your garden hose can be toxic to your health
Thursday, August 2, 2018, 11:16 AM

When buying water storage equipment and containers, our customers are always concerned about the quality of the container and what is best for storing water for long periods of time.  Some typical questions we get are: Will the container leach chemicals into the water? Are these containers BPA free? » Read more

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Vermiculture: Getting Down and Dirty with Worms

DIY Worm Composter
Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 12:50 PM

Today we are going to be discussing worm composting and vermiculture. Using worms to eat your waste organic matter from the kitchen can be a very convenient method of making black gold. Not only do these red wigglers produce a richer soil amendment than traditional compost (higher in nitrogen, phosphorous, and potash), they make it faster than their microbial compost pile counterparts. Worm composting has a number of additional advantages over traditional composting, some of which include:

  • Can be done both indoors and outdoors (depending on temperatures)
  • Takes a fraction of the space as traditional compost piles and is portable
  • Easy to continue composting during the winter without braving the snow or rain
  • Kid-friendly (my 4 year old daughter adds the daily scraps)
  • The compost (worm castings) and compost tea is readily accessible
  • Easy to expand capacity
  • Can be shared with your community and friends
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Natural Disaster Survival Tips

Be prepared for the unexpected
Friday, September 8, 2017, 6:54 PM

Natural disasters come in all shapes and sizes.  Hurricanes, earthquakes, flooding and landslides, forest fires, tornadoes, and many other disasters can present themselves unexpectedly. They all can have a major disruptive affect on our lives.  Being prepared for these events can help you and your family ride the storm and come out on the other end safely and better able to handle post disaster situations. 

Here are 10 tips to help become more prepared for natural disasters: » Read more

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Shelter In Place

What Does It Mean to “Shelter in Place”?

Be prepared for staying put
Wednesday, May 3, 2017, 2:49 PM

As you work on you emergency preparedness it is important to understand the new vocabulary. Terms that you hear quite a bit are “Shelter in Place” and “Grab and Go." It is important to make sure you have emergency supplies that allow you to do both.

Depending on the disaster and depending on the circumstances surrounding the disaster you may need to “Shelter in Place” or you may need to evacuate or “Grab and Go."

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How to Get Alerts of an Emergency

Resources for increasing awareness
Friday, December 16, 2016, 7:17 PM

A cornerstone of being prepared for any type of disaster is being aware of what is going on around you. Since natural disasters can happen with little to no notice, it is important to do everything you can to stay informed. With today’s advancement in technology, it is easier than ever to get alerts about what is going on in your area. » Read more

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Essential Survival Kit Items

Essential Items in Your Emergency Survival Kit

Items to consider and review for your preps
Friday, December 9, 2016, 7:21 PM

Having a well stocked set of supplies and preparations for emergency and disaster situations is one of the biggest steps one can take to being more resilient and prepared for an uncertain future. Below is quick reference infographic for you to learn about and take stock of the essential survival kit items you will need. » Read more

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Water Storage In Winter

Considerations for keeping water from freezing
Tuesday, November 1, 2016, 4:29 PM

Water is the most important item to keep in your storage because it is essential to survival. However, this can become more difficult in the winter when temperatures drop below freezing. If your water freezes, you’ll need to use precious energy and heat to thaw it out for use again. But there are precautions you can take to keep your water storage from freezing in the winter. » Read more

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Compost Bin: Phil Williams

How to Start and Maintain a Worm Compost Bin

Vermicompost made easy
Tuesday, October 11, 2016, 9:55 AM

I've been planning to start a worm compost bin for the past seven years, but it was always one of those things that gets stuck on the to-do-list. With my compost tea setup and my starts suffering from poor quality soil, I'm in desperate need of a source of high compost. So, I finally ordered some worms and learned how to take care of them. A typical worm farm will not produce massive quantities of compost but it will produce a very high quality compost, and a small amount of good compost can be multiplied in a compost tea brewer. » Read more

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How to Make Your Own Toothpaste

DYI for good dental health
Thursday, September 29, 2016, 3:39 PM

Dental care is a necessary part of your health and wellness. Being able to provide your own dental care is a great way to establish your self-sufficency and save your family money.

Below are some ideas on how you can make your own toothpastes or take care of your teeth in a disaster. » Read more