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Ready for SUMMER SURVIVAL SCHOOL?

I grew up in Phoenix and know a thing or two about summer heat. It can be miserable. It can also be deadly. When I was about 8 years old, I suffered an extreme form of heat exhaustion when I spent way too much time in our brand new swimming pool. If you can imagine an excited little girl, jumping into her backyard pool for the first time, and then spending ALL DAY LONG in the sun and water — …

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Defensible Space Isn’t Just for Wildfires: How to Protect Your Home in the Aftermath of a Disaster

One lesson we have learned from major disasters all over the world is that we can’t count on the normal public safety services like police and fire to quickly come to our aid; overwhelmed by the needs caused by the disaster, it can take from days to weeks before response times to 911 calls are once again reasonable. In the meantime, natural forces and the sins of man are unchecked and it is up to all of us to take …

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