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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Family Preparedness is the Key to Urban Survival

Your family needs to be prepared if they are going to survive an urban disaster. The world is not a friendly place anymore. With more than 50% of the population living in urban areas it is more important now than ever before that your family is prepared to cope with disasters.

Water & Foodstuffs

Authorities tell us that a 72 hour bag is all that we need to survive a disaster. They say this with the assumption that within 72 hours emergency relief would be set up to handle a flood of victims. But if we should have learned anything from recent disasters, it is the fact that they may actually need more time.

To be prepared for a natural or man-made disaster, your family needs to have water and foodstuffs safely stored for at least a week, even better would be a month. Remember the panicked people at the Super Bowl after hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans? That picture alone should be enough to make us realize that a 72 hour bag is just not enough.

Potential Disasters

The reason that we are so vulnerable to potential disasters is because so many of us live closely together in packed urban areas. This makes any disaster affect many more people. It is also an inviting target for terrorists who want to be able to kill as many people as possible.

Key To Family Survival

If you want your family and yourself to be able to survive a disaster, you need to be prepared. You need to have a plan for evacuating your area if the need arises and you need to have a plan if the disaster is such that you are safer hunkering down.

You need to be prepared with water, food, and anything else that your family will need. It is too late to go to the grocery store when a disaster hits. Think about the last storm that came your way. Wasn't the grocery store a madhouse as people tried to stock up on food at the last minute?

And what if a disaster hits with no warning? You need to be prepared.

How To Get Prepared

Many people put off getting prepared because they think that it will be a complicated expensive process. This doesn't have to be true. It's like the old kids joke - How do you eat an elephant? - A: One bite at a time.

You can start a step by step plan that will allow you to be prepared in case of an emergency. By taking it one step at a time, you can be better prepared each day.

I have written a easy to follow guide that will show you how you can be better prepared for any emergency. Go to http://www.urbansurvivalhandbook.info to get more information.


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Friday, May 28, 2010

Family Survival Essentials to Help Get Off the Grid

How reliant are you on the products and services of others? We rely so heavily on the system that if the system went away many would be lost and desperate. We all use electricity and buy our food from the supermarket but if there was a major power outage and the supermarkets closed would you be prepared with a cache of survival items? Have you been watching the economy and our government lately? Look at what is going on in other countries; we are not that far away from similar events.

Supply lines for food distribution in this country are about three days, meaning a dependence on "just in time" distribution systems, which will leave store shelves empty in the event of even the smallest crisis. If you don't have the ability to grow your own food long term, your life could be in danger. Start by planting a garden to grow your own food it can be fun and rewarding as well. Learn about home canning to increase your survival food storage bank. For a small investment you will end up saving over time as the jars are reusable and this will get you started in getting off of the food grid. Find seeds that are authentic strains which are NOT genetically modified in any way. When the going gets really tough you will only want this special type of seed which will produce not only outstanding nutritional plants but will allow you to plant the seeds from the plants you grow unlike sterile hybrids that will not reproduce. Start your survival seed bank now!

Electricity is a little harder problem to overcome the avenue that I have chosen to overcome this problem is solar panels. They are expensive so I add one at a time to the roof when I can afford a new one and hope to eventually get enough to stop my meter or run it backwards. If you Google solar panels you will find a wealth of information about how they work. I chose this method over generators as I will eventually run out of fuel, they are noisy and you have to run them outside alerting your neighbors or other prying ears you do not want. Wind energy is not an option for me in my suburban setting however you may want to look into that as well. The first unit I recommend is a portable unit that does not hook into your home. It has its own battery pack in a self contained unit with one or two panels outside that you can position. This way I can power the basement refrigerator getting it of the grid and keep the unit charged while it pays for itself.

By using these tips you gain some independence from these systems, and start saving money on electric and grocery bills. In this economy it will only benefit you and if there is a disaster or heaven forbid the economy collapses you will be better prepared with these family survival essentials. You can find more information about these survival products by going to my web page (link in author resource box).

With all of the severe weather events seemingly on the increase I have been stocking some canned goods for an emergency. Last year when the wind storm from the hurricane came through my house was without power for two weeks. After this I began looking for ways to better prepare for my family and found a lot of good advice and products. Unfortunately I cannot share them all in this short article however you may find more information in my web page Family Survival Essentials.

http://www.squidoo.com/Family_Survival_Essentials/

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