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Flood – Fire – Evacuation

Two of the most common reasons to evacuate your home, workplace, or any other safe area are flood and fire. In the Los Angeles area, nearly 90,000 people were evacuated due to the Blue Cut wildfire that is virtually out of control, still. Where do 90,000 people go? That’s the first question that crosses my mind. Are they all headed to hotels? The homes of friends or family? How many have nowhere to go and can’t afford even a single …

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3 questions to ask about your school’s safety plan

Disasters can happen anytime, including when your children are at school. Do you know exactly where they will be if it strikes? 1. Where is my child in the building? Ask your children or their teachers where the students will be during any type of drill – fire, tornado, earthquake and lockdown drills. Think through where the children would be when they are in different parts of the building, too, such as lunchtime and specials. Keep a copy of your …

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Preparedness Drills to Do with Your Kids

If your kids go to school, they have undoubtedly participated in a school fire drill. Most bus riders have gone through a bus evacuation drill out the back emergency door. Some schools are even conducting active shooter drills as preparedness drills. But have you had a fire drill in your own home? Have you talked about how and when to exit your car after an accident? Do they know what to do in case there is a shooter at the …

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32 Wilderness Survival Skills for Kids

Our very popular list, 32 Survival Skills Your Child Should Know and Be Able To Do ASAP, has been well received but we noticed there were important skills and pieces of knowledge that were missing. So, we went to work and created this wilderness skill set, plus a basic skill set and a mental and urban survival skill set. Kids come in all ages. Not all skills are appropriate for younger kids, in particular. Basic Wilderness Survival Skills for Kids 1. …

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Campfire Cooking: A Skill to Practice Now!

I’d be willing to bet that most of you reading this have at least made s’mores, perhaps even heated up a hot dog or two, around a campfire. Fun stuff, no doubt about it. But, there’s a whole lot more involved if you need to make an actual meal over an open flame. One of the first things that goes away in a disaster is usually electricity. If you have an electric stove top, you won’t be using it for …

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Build Your Own DIY Fire Kit

When you get right down to it, survival essentially means maintaining a safe core temperature for your body. Everything we do is geared toward that end goal. We eat food to provide calories to keep our bodies running. We hydrate so we don’t get overheated. We seek shelter from the elements so we don’t get too warm or too cold. The ability to reliably start a fire is a critical survival skill. The job is made much easier if you …

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How to Baton Firewood

Mother Nature often doesn’t like to play nice. While we’d hope that if we had to spend the night in the woods, it would be nothing but clear skies and perhaps just a bit cool, the reality is you are just as likely to be sitting in the middle of a steady rain with not a dry twig in sight for the evening fire. But, as they say, where there’s a will there’s a way. If you have a sturdy …

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DIY Fire Starters with Built In Ignition

I have to be up front and say this isn’t something I came up with myself. I learned it from my good friend John McCann over at SurvivalResources. This is a very simple DIY project that produces a fire starters that have their own ignition source as well as accelerant. Plus, the finished product is completely waterproof until you’re ready to use it. For this project, you will need: –Strike anywhere matches –Toilet paper –Melted wax –Pliers or tongs –Wax …

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How to Always Be Prepared, No Matter Where You Are

When you get right down to it, prepping is all about planning ahead, right? We stock up on food, water, and other supplies so we have them at the ready, come what may. All that, though, is the easy part of being prepared. The hard part is to always be prepared, no matter where you happen to find yourself. To a large degree, preppers go about this stuff in a rather casual manner. You pick up a few extra cans …

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