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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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The Science Behind Solar Flares and the Grid

Understanding the facts and history behind solar flares will help you and your family know how to prepare for a worst-case scenario. A handful of solar flares over the last century have resulted in well-documented disruptions to Earth’s electromagnetic field. 

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Survival Lessons We Can Glean From Castaway

Tom Hanks featured in the movie Castaway Since the time that humans began building and sailing ships, the premise of being stranded on a deserted island has been used in many epic survival stories.  We laughed at Gilligan’s Island. That was being stranded in luxury! One story from recent popular culture is the one portrayed in the fictional survival film Castaway. The film premiered in 2000, stealing the hearts of moviegoers. Both comedic and dramatic, the film features Tom Hanks as Chuck Noland, a FedEx employee who becomes stranded on a deserted island after a plane crash. While the movie...

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The Influenza Pandemic of 1918: Using History to Protect Our Future

This year--2018--marks the 100th anniversary of the 1918 influenza pandemic--one of the deadliest viral outbreaks in history.  Discover what preparedness skills we learned and how to use them in the event of an emergency.

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Money Prepping: How to Protect Yourself from Fiat Currency Disasters

The reality is that we can't rely on the government or our banking systems to take care of us in the event that a crisis hits.
 
If money suddenly becomes worthless, we need to have other commodities in place to ensure our families remain safe and taken care of.
 
Here are 3 simple things you can do to help protect yourself from a fiat currency disaster. 

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7 Survival Strategies to Teach Kids

As parents and adults, it’s our job to teach kids emergency preparedness skills so they can survive a tragedy when there are no adults around.

We can't rely on schools to teach what we as adults understand is vital in terms of being prepared for emergencies.
 
There's plenty to share with kids. Let's distill all the various strategies down to 7 that would be a good place to start.

 

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What’s Sheepdog Preparedness? A Deep Look

There’s a philosophy that gets talked about a lot in the preparedness community called the “sheepdog approach.” It comes from an analogy that describes humans as either sheep, wolves or sheepdogs.

To give you a brief overview, I’ve broken down the analogy into its parts. Which one are you? 

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Rolling Brownouts Are Back as Emergency Plans Kick In

By now, pretty much all of us have seen the terrifying images of orange waves of fire ripping through California and other states across the western U.S. The situation is serious and a matter of life or death for millions.

But there’s a lot more going on here behind the devastating flames. 

The 106 large wildfires that are burning in 15 states as of August 9 may have far reaching effects that can disrupt your daily routine. You may have to kick in your emergency plan.

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Personal Hardship Preparedness

Whenever we ask people “what” they’re preparing for, the responses tend to be the scarier things. Natural disasters like hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes, tornadoes. Acts of war or terror. Complete economic collapse.

Preparing for these things certainly makes them scarier. Our preparedness advisors are well-versed in helping you do just that.

But, do you know what’s the most-common reason that people use their emergency survival food and supplies?  It’s personal hardship.

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5 Things Flying Taught Me About Preparedness

Several years ago, I decided that I wanted to learn how to fly. My motivation was simple. Flying scared the heck out of me. I travelled so much for business that I had gained platinum status with my preferred airline. But every single flight terrified me. I would always send my wife a text before taking off, so the last message she had from me on her phone was “I love you.” I was convinced that every flight would be my last.

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