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How to Become a Trained Weather Spotter

I’m a weather addict. My husband makes fun of my fascination with hurricanes, news of tornado outbreaks, floods, heat waves — he just doesn’t understand my fascination! However, if you look at the top stories of any given year, at least a few will be weather-related, so I know I’m not the only one who is obsessed! If this describes you, then heads up! One of the best ways to become weather-smart is to become a trained weather spotter. Recently, …

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5 Steps for Making a Personalized Threat Analysis

Whether you are just beginning with your preparedness or are a seasoned prepper, we have all experienced how overwhelming it is to plan for all the different possible events. Preparedness books and the internet can be a great tool for discovery and information, but it can also be a distraction. One of these distractions is the amount of information available and, along with that, the need one feels to be prepared for every possible disaster or disaster that might occur. …

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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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