Disaster Preparedness

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How to Safely Store Water for Emergencies

In general, you should change it twice a year.

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How to Prepare for a Heatwave

Their frequency has doubled since the 1980s.

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Toilet Paper Alternatives

Plenty of common household goods can do the trick.

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Coronavirus Home Guide

Best practices, related coverage, and useful resources.

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How Will the Climate Crisis Affect You?

From floods to fires to food, it impacts everyone on Earth.

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Disaster Prep: Choosing and Using a Generator

Keep the lights on when the power goes out.

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Preparing a 3-Day Emergency Survival Kit

An emergency survival kit can be a very helpful thing to keep around the home or in a car. You never can be sure when a disaster will strike or when you'll need to have supplies like medical equipment, food, or other tools handy. A three-day survival kit is a common type of preparation package, because

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Assembling an Emergency Survival Kit for Your Car

An emergency survival kit is designed to help you survive for a short period of time in the event of a disaster or other unforeseen circumstance. The kit should contain only the basics that will ensure that you can survive until outside help can reach you. Many people install these kits in their homes,

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Assembling an Earthquake Survival Kit for Your Car

If you live in an area that is highly prone to earthquakes, it's smart to keep an earthquake survival kit handy. In homes where the building itself is at risk of collapse and where you may not be able to access a kit that you store, you may also wish to put together a smaller earthquake survival kit

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Installing Wireless Burglar Alarms

While there are many different types of burglar alarms from which you can choose, a wireless system is one of the best. It is less readily obvious from the outside of a home, and many people find it easier to install than certain other types of burglar alarms. Best of all, you can install it yourself

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Preparing an Earthquake Survival Kit: 5 Items to Leave Out

Earthquake survival kits are one of those items no one wants to really think about needing. However, being prepared when disaster strikes is essential to the safety of you and your family. When packing a survival kit for an earthquake, consider not only your immediate family, but others who might find

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Assembling a Pet First Aid Kit

A pet first aid kit is helpful if you have pet dogs, cats or other animals in your home. Pet medical needs are different from human ones in many cases, and the items that you should have on hand to help deal with an injury or medical issue for a person are oftentimes somewhat different than those that

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How to Properly Earthquake-Proof Your Home

If you live in an area that is prone to earthquakes, it's essential that you earthquake proof your home so that you'll be as safe as possible in the event of an earthquake. Taking these precautions before an earthquake strikes can not only help to ensure that the items in your home remain safe and secure,

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Assembling a Travel First Aid Kit

Regardless of how long your trip or vacation will be, having a good travel first aid kit with you is essential to maintaining piece of mind and ensuring that you're prepared for dealing with minor injuries. A good travel first aid kit will contain a variety of different helpful items that can be useful

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How to Earthquake-Proof a Post Beam

When you earthquake proof your home, you need to make some essential moves and prevent other risks such as gas leaks or fires. You will also need to earthquake proof the post beams in your home, as these may easily collapse and injure someone or facilitate a fire. Tools and Materials Needed: Soil

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How to Earthquake-Proof Your Water Heater

When you earthquake proof your home, you shouldn’t forget about the water heater. The water heater may easily fall during an earthquake and if this is disconnected from the gas source, you will be dealing with a gas leak, which will be an additional risk during a calamity. Fire or an explosion may

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First Aid Contents: What to Put in Your Child's First Aid Kit

Choosing first aid contents for a child's first aid kit is a difficult task. On one hand, you want to be sure that your child is safely protected and that the kit is helpful at treating any minor injuries he or she may sustain. On the other hand, you will also need to ensure that the objects in the kit

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First Aid Contents: 6 Unnecessary Items

The first aid contents of most kits are often filled with items which can help minor irritation, but fall short in emergencies. This is simply due to the fact that every situation is different. An outdoor first aid kit has different needs than an emergency kit. A family with children has different needs

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Essential Items to Include in Camping First Aid Kits

If you are staying in a tent or a cabin and don't have access to regular medical supplies, it's essential that you have camping first aid kits to help ensure that you're prepared for any situation. A good first aid kit will permit you to deal with any minor injury or other issue that may come up while

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3 Options for Burglar Alarms for Your Home

Burglar alarms are a popular defense mechanism against home intruders. While these alarms may not be able to completely stop a burglar from entering your home, they will provide you with knowledge of unlawful entries or entry attempts. They also oftentimes notify the police automatically, saving valuable

 A variety of emergency supplies, including flashlights, water, first aid and a radio.
A Home/Auto Emergency Kit for All Occasions

Could you leave your home in 10 minutes if you had to?

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Disaster Prep: Food Stocks

When you're hunkered down for the duration, what will you eat?

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It's Cold Out There: Stay Safe While You Work or Play Outside

Just because it's cold doesn't mean you're not overheating.

A snowed-in house.
You're Snowed In - Now What?

Preserve your heat, water, food and sanity.

A portable generator.
7 Must-Know Tips for Using Your Generator Safely

Make sure your power generator is operating properly -- and that you know how to use it safely -- before disaster strikes.

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18 Emergency Supplies to Have at Home

Feel extra prepared by having these emergency supplies at the ready.

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7 Essential Items for Blizzard Survival

You don't want to be without your chainsaw, gloves, and these 5 other items.

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How to Prepare Your Home for the Coronavirus

Maximize your chances of avoiding the outbreak.

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Does Your Emergency Go Bag Have Everything You Need?

Be ready, just in case disaster strikes.

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Summer Safety Checklist

Take every step you can to protect yourself and your family.

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How to Prepare Your House for Blackouts

Save money in the event of a blackout with these tips.

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How to Pack Emergency Backpacks

An emergency backpack is handy when disaster strikes.

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How to Build a Tornado Shelter

A tornado shelter can keep your family safe from harm.

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Comprehensive Emergency Checklist

These items will prepare your family for the worst.

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How to Chop and Store Firewood

You want to chop firewood around six months before using it.

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How to Create a Food Stockpile for Emergencies

You can't predict emergencies, but you can plan for them.

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How to Prepare for a Flood

You never know when tides could rise, flooding your home.

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How to Organize a Neighborhood Watch Group

Neighborhood watch groups prevent crime and lead to a better sense of security around the home.

A red gas shutoff valve.
7 Things Homeowners Should Know the Location Of

From power boxes to property lines and attic entrances, here's a few things you should know how and where to access around your house.

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Blizzard Safety Hacks

Make sure you’re ready for winter’s worst.

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Power and Electrical Outage Essentials

10 must-have items in case the lights are off.

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Disaster Prep: Securing Your Home

Make a safe refuge for you and your family.

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Put Together An Emergency Tornado Kit

There are a variety of first air, survival, and emergency type kits you can prepare for emergencies. Be prepared so you can help your loved ones in the aftermath of a tornado.

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Creating a Disaster Kit for Work

You have a disaster kit at home, so why not at work?

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Disaster Prep: Heat/Sanitation/Water

How to stay warm, hydrated and clean, in the face of chaos.