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Tales and Tips for Urban Preparedness

Emergency preparedness in cities presents its own unique set of challenges. Discover stories of urban survival and tips to keep in mind as you prepare.

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The Coming 2019 Food Crisis… and What You Can Do

Repeated storms and flooding in the Midwest have led to all-time low crop planting rates. 15 of 18 states are well behind planting averages. Are you prepared for the consequences come harvest?

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1,425 Days: Survival Lessons from Bosnia

Imagine no water, electricity, and supplies for 1,425 days. It happened recently. And we're not talking about Venezuela here. Let’s revisit what happened during the Bosnian war, and discover valuable survival tips we should learn from along the way. 

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Surviving Venezuela: Lessons from a Country in Crisis

Most of Venezuela went without power for about a week. Learn more about what ordinary citizens there did to survive, and learn how to prepare for a similar disaster here in the U.S. 

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Surviving Valley Forge: 5 Takeaways for Survivalists

Not only was Valley Forge an important example of the American army’s strength and unity during the Revolution--it’s also a terrific example of what to do (and not do) in the face of brutal conditions. These lessons can still apply today when it comes to survival. 

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Gas Shortages: What Current and Past Crises Teach Us

Imagine waking up to discover that filling up your vehicle’s gas tank requires waiting in line for hours upon hours. It's happening. Discover how to prepare for a gas shortage crisis, using examples from history and now. A natural disaster doesn’t have to occur for things to get hectic.

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The Only True Long-Term Survival Food Plan - Here's the Secret

The global food supply is a vast, complex and ultimately fragile system. For years, news of crop failures, shortages and contaminated foods have been making mainstream news. These disruptions have a direct impact on the food that’s available to us and how much we pay for it at the market. But, they’re normal, given the enormity of the system. Most disruptions do not mean people who normally have easy access to food suddenly starve. Yet, the possibility of a severe disruption that leads to cascading shortages still looms. The bigger threat? A disruption from outside. For example, war and terror...

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When the Government Shuts Off the Water

Imagine your local government telling you that the pipes in your home will no longer deliver water in a few months. That’s the reality for the nearly half a million residents of Cape Town, South Africa. How did this happen? Despite one of the world’s strictest water management policies, it was no match for a historic 3-year drought. All of the city’s water supplies come from six dams dependent on rainfall. After 2014, the dams stood full from good rains, but have decreased ever since. The city neglected to look for new sources to diversify its supply, and then Mother...

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More Volatility Means Increased Urgency to Prepare

2017 was a record year for natural disasters. The US experienced 15 billion-dollar in disasters as of October and must better prepare for more emergencies in the future.

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Disrupting Your Food Supply - It's Easier Than Most Think

We live in a complex world. Simpler times are clearly behind us. Our nation's food system rests on a complicated network of farms, imports, and distributors with tight delivery timelines that could be thrown off by anything ranging from a drought to international politics. What a difference 400 years makes. Consider the "starving time" of Jamestown as an example of bad luck and bad weather leading to tragedy. In the winter of 1609-1610, two out of three settlers in the Jamestown Colony died. A combination of poor leadership, a siege by a neighboring Indian tribe, and a disruption in the...

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