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Giving the Gift of Preparedness & Self-Reliance

If you have a few folks into preparedness or that might need a nudge to be a bit more self-reliant, let us simplify your holiday shopping list with these 5 ideas.

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Survival Lessons from Squanto & the Pilgrims

The story of the first Thanksgiving is ripe with lessons of survival--from sharing resources to learning how to hunt and fish. Discover more about what the Pilgrims and Native Americans did to stay alive.

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Lessons from the Northeast Blackout of 2003

At its peak, 50 million people were without power for as long as four days. It was one of the largest blackouts to date. Here are a few lessons we can use to prepare for future blackouts. 

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Cybersecurity Threats You Should Be Aware Of

From identity theft to larger breaches of national security, cyberattacks are a real threat. Learn more about recent attacks and how to prepare yourself and your family.

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10 Survival Lessons from the Great Depression

As we’ve seen with the 2008 great recession and the stock market ups and downs the past few weeks, our society will never be immune to negative economic outcomes. Whether it be a stock market crash or a foreign attack on our banking systems, there are a variety of potential situations that could negatively impact our financial well-being as individuals and as a country.  Fortunately, there’s a lot we can learn about preparation for economic worst-case scenarios simply by looking at the recent past--the Great Depression for example.  The Great Depression started when the stock market crashed in 1929 and...

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Top 15 Preparedness Items That Disappear When Disasters Strike

If you live a preparedness lifestyle, you already know the basics of stocking up on food, ensuring you have batteries, and understanding the ins and outs of having a secret money supply so you can purchase goods without a bank or credit freeze. That said, it’s always important to double-check your preps and ensure you’re not missing something important. The last thing you want to find out is that you’re not as well equipped as you thought you were heading into an emergency--at the same time that everyone else does. Dealing with the resulting chaos at the grocery, hardware, and...

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The Story Behind the Text from the President

On Wednesday, October 3, over 100 million Americans received a presidential emergency text alert around 2:18 PM ET on their cell phones.  For most, getting this alert was nothing more than another buzz coming from the phone.  Some people found it humorous, cracking jokes about how the president can now reach us through Twitter AND our smart phones! But for others, this alert came as a surprise. After all, it’s not every day that you get a text message from the president (or the Office of the President in this case).  Thankfully, the message we received was simply a test. ...

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How to Prepare in the Event of a Volcanic Eruption

Whether you realize it or not, there are volcanoes everywhere. In fact, the American Geosciences Institute tells us that there are 169 active volcanoes in the U.S. alone. To put that in perspective, a 10th of the world's population lives within the potential footprint of volcanoes.

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The Woburn Water Contamination Epidemic

How Undetected Toxic Pollutants Ailed a Community and What We Can Do to Ensure a Similar Situation Never Happens Again  Water is one of the single most important elements for survival.  Without it, most can’t live longer than 3-5 days. And, if you do manage to survive that long without water, you’re likely to face serious health consequences due to dehydration.  As Americans, we are fortunate to have access safe drinking water almost anywhere we go. And, it’s not often that we have to worry about the water we are drinking.  That being said, there are many toxic chemicals and...

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5 Hurricane Preparedness Lessons from History

With hurricane season in full swing, now is the time to remember five key preparedness lessons from these storms to keep you and your family safe.

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