How To: Prepare for a hurricane or typhoon

This video on typhoon preparedness comes from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam, where typhoons are common. The key to surviving a typhoon or other disaster is preparation. Stock up on enough food and supplies to last your family for about a week. Routinely check expiration dates on food, water and batteries and rotate your stock. Be sure window screens are in place and in good condition in the event the power is off for several days.

How To: Prepare a financial first aid kit for a natural disaster

In case of a natural disaster, computer networks are often disabled, rendering the record keeping at most institutions useless. It's important that you make a financial first aid kit to ensure that you are able to get by and keep track of your personal information after a hurricane or fire. This video will show you what you should put in your financial first aid kit, which you should go make right now.

How To: Assemble a Survival Kit

I am writing this quick post in response to the recent earthquakes and tsunamis that are affecting Japan. As soon as the news broke, and we began to hear of tsunami warning for our area, I immediately realized how under prepared I was for a natural disaster. The thing that drove this point home even deeper was the number of people asking me for advice on what they could do to prepare for the possibility that we are hit by one of the resultant tsunamis. Many thoughts raced through my mind, and...

News: 5 Ways You Can Help Japan's Tsunami Victims Right Now, From Your Couch

A devastating tragedy occurred in Japan on Friday when a monstrous 8.9-magnitude quake hit, causing a 10 meter (33 foot) tsunami to engulf the northeastern coast of the country. There are reports of over 1,000 people who have lost their lives, tens of thousands evacuated, and massive damage. Whether you have a lot or a little to give, here are five ways you can aid in the relief effort this very moment, without even leaving your couch.

How To: Survive a fire

Whether a house fire or a forest fire, when a blaze catches you off guard, you have precious little time to react. HOW TO SURVIVE outlines the best ways to get out safely! Watch this video tutorial and learn how to survive a fire, whether in the home or in the wilderness.

How To: Prepare a storm shelter

Depending on where you live, you will have to prepare for the hazards from different types of natural disasters. You can sleep easy if you have a secure location, stalked with food and supplied you might need if there is an emergency.

How To: Remedy potential earthquake hazards in the workplace

Washington State has a history of large earthquakes, as does California. More than 1,000 earthquakes are registered in Washington State each year. More than 10,000 are recorded in California each year. In an earthquake, non-structural elements, which is anything that does not actually hold the building up, may become unhooked, dislodged, thrown about, and tipped over. this can cause extensive damage, interruption of operation, injury and even death.

How To: Make hurricane shutters for a home

Protecting a home from any hurricane damage can be difficult to do but you can minimize it by applying shutters to windows. Watch this how-to video and get tips for installing hurricane shutters to the exterior of your home. This project is very simple to do and it could prevent hurricane damage from happening to your home.

May 21st: End of the World or Zombie Apocalypse?

Could the world really be coming to an end tomorrow? Presuming you believe the biblical prediction from 89-year-old Harold Camping, May 21st, 2011 is undeniably Judgment Day. If you have confidence in that prophecy, you're probably not even reading this because you're too busy either A) preparing for the Rapture or B) sitting in your backyard bunker hoping to outwit annihilationism.

How To: Measure Radiation in Japan, Plus Other Sources of Common, Everyday Intake

In the wake of the recent tragedy in Japan, Southern Californians have been hyper alert to any news regarding dangerous levels of nuclear radiation drifting over from Fukushima. At this time, official statements from the California Department of Public Health and the EPA are assuaging the population that there is nothing to fear. While there has been some detection of radiation in the air, the current levels recorded are "thousands of times below any conservative level of concern". But despit...

How To: Build a wooden house with a concrete wall that is safe from hurricanes

Hurricanes are a constant threat to many Americans, and many homes are not constructed properly to be safe from hurricanes. In other countries with less money, these problems are even worse. This video from the International French Red Cross will show you how you can construct a cheap, effective shelter against hurricanes out of concrete and wood. If your home is unsafe and you don't want to retrofit, you might want to consider one of these.

How To: Prepare yourself and your home for a hurricane

Hurricanes can occur any time with out any warning. So it is prudent to prepare you self for disaster recovery in case of any hurricane. To protect your self from hurricane by staying at home or to flee from a hurricane you will need some items ready. The main thing is water. So arrange for one gallon of fresh water for one person per day. It is good to store water sufficient for one week. So store enough quantity of water for all the persons in the home sufficient for one week. Make sure tha...

How To: Prepare for an earthquake

Mark Benthien (Director of Communication, Education, and Outreach, Southern California Earthquake Center ) gives expert video advice on: What are the key considerations when preparing for an earthquake? | What are the essential elements of an earthquake disaster plan? | What types of food and water should I have? | What earthquake supplies should I keep near my bed? and more... Prepare for an earthquake.

How To: Avoid dangers of low water crossings

Flooding occurs in a low water area and often appears to be safe. Motorists who drive through flooded areas risk losing control of their cars. People have extreme confidence in the size and weight of their vehicles. Flooding kills more people than any other natural disasters. Don't drive quickly through flooded streets because it increases the chance you will hydroplane and lose control of your car.

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