Hunker Down Or Bug Out?

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Planning a Disaster-Proof Gift

I don’t know about you, but over the past few months I’ve been thinking more about disaster readiness. First it was Hurricane Sandy. And then, of course, Friday’s horrific tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut....more

A Plate Spinner's Disaster Preparedness Plan

These days, a quick glance at the headlines can be enough to convince anybody that the end must surely be near, what with all of the earthquakes, mega storms, drought, global financial meltdowns, genocide, and perhaps most alarming - read on......more

In my kit: Goldfish crackers, water and a 'Shawn of the Dead' DVD

originally posted on Sunshine Wonderland   I laughed out loud when I saw the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's plans for zombie apocalypse preparedness. You heard me, the CDC....more

We need french onion dip for the chips! And root beer! Maybe some Justin Bieber music to ...more

Are You Prepared for a Disaster?

 Are you prepared for a disaster?...more

UPDATE to Military Families Forced to Leave Pets Behind in Japan

Immediately following reports of, and my blog post commenting on, the inability of military families to evacuate on government flights with their pets, an official government document, updated as of the evening of March 21st, was sent to me. This document stated that families could bring a maximum of 2 pets, of a certain type, on certain flights under certain conditions or they could finance their own evacuation. While this is better than nothing it is a far cry from perfect and still pointed to the need for a closer look into and reform of evacuation and disaster preparedness issues....more

The first 100 items to disappear in an emergency, disaster type situation:

The first 100 items to disappear in an emergency, disaster type situation: 1. Generators 2. Water Filters/Purifiers 3. Portable Toilets 4. Seasoned Firewood. Wood takes about 6 – 12 months to become dried, for home use 5. Lamp Oil, Wicks, Lamps (First Choice: Buy CLEAR oil. If scarce, stockpile ANY!) 6. Coleman Fuel. Impossible to stockpile too much. 7. Guns, Ammunition, Pepper Spray, Knives, Clubs, Bats & Slingshots. 8. Hand-can openers, & hand egg beaters, whisks. 9....more

Prepare for WHAT?

We just heard the 3 Day, 3 Way commercial for the millionth time and wonder if anybody else is paying attention. When we asked our other friends and neighbors if their households were prepared for an emergency, here are the most common responses we got: * I have lots of canned food in the basement * Nothing ever happens around here * I just haven't gotten around to it yet * The government will be there for me * Prepare for WHAT? ...more

What happens after a natural disaster?

On Monday Catherine blogged about disaster preparation and on Wednesday Amanda blogged about evacuation vs sticking it out. Now it's my turn to jump into the series with some information about what happens after a natural disaster. Thanks to the media it's pretty easy to feel like we've been through a hurricane or an earthquake even if the disaster has hit thousands of miles away. The photos and videos are so vivid and so inundating that some of us actually feel like we have PTSD. Have you ever wondered what you would do and how you'd find help if you were one of those families whose lives was turned upside down by a hurricane, a tornado, a fire or an earthquake? ...more

Thanks for pulling this together all in one place -- I particularly appreciate the links to ...more