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The Wisdom I Learned Surviving 3 Hurricanes (Part 1 of 3)

I learned a lot about hurricane survival when I lived through three hurricanes in a short two-month period. Some of what I gleaned I was able to use almost immediately as the trio of storms swept over Florida. Since it was written in a diary format, some conclusions in the first part have changed by the time you get to the end. Be sure to read all three parts of this article about hurricane survival and lessons learned.

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Cruise Ship Preparedness: How to Stay Safe at Sea

Early in 2013 many of us were fixated on the story of the Carnival Triumph. This massive cruise ship lost nearly all its power due to fire and for five days became a bobbing cork in the water. And how about more recently–remember the Diamond Princess Quarantine? While these incidents are rare, they do happen and if you plan on enjoying the high seas, you need to be ready with cruise ship preparedness.

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Beekeeping Realities: 14 Valid Reasons to NOT Keep Bees

There are several reasons why someone might choose not to keep bees. These can include allergies to bee stings or bee-related products, limitations in available space or time for beekeeping, and concerns related to local regulations, health risks, fear of stings, personal preferences, financial constraints, environmental impact, or ethical considerations. Ultimately, the decision to not keep bees may be based on a combination of practical, personal, and ethical factors that vary from individual to individual.

Survival Wisdom from Old-Timers: 16 Life Lessons for Tough Times

It has been said that those who don’t understand history are doomed to repeat it. Many of these lessons we think are part of the modern era are new packaging on old problems. We see them as survival lessons from old timers, but it was just how they lived. We can learn a lot by seeing how a generation born and raised post-prohibition, post-stock market collapse, and post-settling the West learned to overcome the pitfalls of short-sighted decision-making.

destroyed building after joplin tornado, 'Thank you volunteers' and 'God bless Joplin' written on walls

11 Lessons Learned from Surviving the Joplin Tornado

We “woke up” two years ago after an F-5 tornado obliterated our hometown: Joplin, MO. What we learned in the wake of that disaster has been unbelievable, miraculous, heart-wrenching, but ultimately, extremely useful.  And while we were extremely lucky to miss the storm by about half a mile, we were all deeply affected on an emotional level. Here are 11 lessons learned from living through the Joplin tornado of May 22, 2011: Insights on resilience, disaster preparedness, and recovery.