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Tornado Survival: No Shelter, No Basement, No Problem

For an entire week leading up to the April 2011 storms and tornados that devastated parts of my town and Northern Alabama in general, the local weather forecasters gave us warnings. Suddenly, tornado survival became a hot topic in our household and we discussed the safest place to be during a tornado if you don’t have a basement. We were told to be ready for tornado survival because they saw the emerging weather pattern as it traveled across the country …

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14 Creative Hidden Storage Solutions for the Over-Stocked Prepper

While I’ll never stop believing that skills trump stuff when it comes to prepping, there is no way around the fact that prepping also requires at least some degree of storage space.  Few people really want to live in a home that would qualify to be on the cover of Hoarding Weekly, right?  But, it is a sad fact that we often run out of storage space well before we’ve socked away all the supplies we’d like to have on …

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Bare feet in the storm: Preparing for nighttime tornadoes

I have a healthy fear of tornadoes now, especially nighttime tornadoes. I thought I was prepared, but I’m not – and you might not be either. Too close for comfort I lived a few hours away from Joplin, Missouri, when the EF5 tornado hit on May 22, 2011. Being that close and seeing the kind of destruction that could happen so quickly prompted me to start preparing our family for disasters. I made sure our basement shelter room was set …

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