Safecastle | One Shop For All Emergency Essentials: Natural disaster preparedness

There are two ways to sleep well at night ... be ignorant or be prepared.

Showing posts with label Natural disaster preparedness. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Natural disaster preparedness. Show all posts

Monday, March 17, 2014

Shaken from complacency? Earthquake preparedness is a must in some areas

Preparedness doesn't have to be hard. In fact, at Safecastle--we make it easy.

Today's 4.4 earthquake in California that shook the Los Angeles area was a reminder for some that they need to stock up on some of the essentials that can make a big difference in the aftermath of a disaster.

Here is just one of our survival kits well suited for earthquake preparedness.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Disaster Survival Checklist

The tornadoes that devastated Oklahoma and other parts of the South recently make it clear that natural disasters can strike at any time. Hurricane season has just started and parts of the South are already being impacted. And all of that is not to mention constant concerns about attacks on America. Are you prepared? Do you have your necessities packed and ready to go?

If not, please take the time to review this checklist to help you build one that the team at Insurance Town has put together in collaboration with Your family's lives may depend upon it some day. Just gather the items listed below and keep in a location that is easy to access and is known to the whole family.


FEMA advises that you should have at least one gallon of water per person per day. Family members who are elderly, infirm, or pregnant may require more. The water is primarily for drinking, but the recommended amount per day includes water for washing hands and brushing teeth. A good rule-of-thumb is to prepare for three days (72 hours) without access to clean water. However, the devastation of Hurricane Katrina demonstrated that the reality could be much longer than 72 hours depending upon where you live; plan accordingly. You can either choose to store clean water in a sealed container or use a portable filter like this one from Berkey that offers optional features like solar power capabilities and an LED lit base.


Experts say to pack 3 days of non-perishable food per person. Non-perishable foods do not require any form of refrigeration for them to stay good. It is best to choose foods that do not require cooking or water since both could be unavailable during a disaster. Safecastle offers MRE STAR prepackaged meals which require no cooking or water and are in good standing with the USDA and the FDA. Beware of emergency food bars that contain coconut oil or other tropical oils as many people prove allergic to these. Be certain to choose food that your family will be able to eat.

Important Paperwork

In the case of any disaster, it is a good idea to hope for the best, but plan for the worst. Make certain that you have copies of all of your family's important papers -- such as passports, birth certificates, social security cards, medical insurance cards, medical prescriptions, firearm registrations, deeds, titles, house and car insurance contracts, and any other papers or information you may need to rebuild your life if your house is destroyed.

Useful Tools

Each person has their own idea what makes the "perfect" collection of survival tools for their "bug-out bag". Without going into specifics, here are general items that should be in any decent survival kit:

Supplies for Personal Hygiene

Sometimes personal hygiene issues can make us feel the most vulnerable and helpless. You can keep your family from feeling this vulnerability and maybe even be able to help others. Be certain to pack moist towelettes, face tissue, toothbrushes, toothpaste, combs, towels, soap, and any other personal hygiene supplies your family may need to be comfortable.

Personal Electronics

Many people these days have a smartphone or tablet computer. There are also small portable game systems, cell phones, laptops, and a host of other small electronic devices that might prove useful, if you can keep them charged. If your family depends upon their personal electronics, then you may want to invest in a solar-powered charger or a small hand crank generator for your survival kit. Otherwise, make certain that you pack lots of batteries to keep those personal electronics fed; lithium batteries have the best shelf life.

Dress for Disaster

Be prepared for changing weather conditions for you and your family when you leave your home. Here are some tips for properly dressing for a disaster:

  • Dress in Multiple Layers
  • Wear Sturdy Comfortable Shoes
  • Carry Light Rain Gear
Shelter in Place

Sometimes the disaster is of such a nature that the authorities determine the best course of action to keep people safe is to implement shelter in place protocols. To be prepared for this possibility, you should measure all of your windows and doors so that you can purchase the appropriate amount of plastic sheeting and duct tape to cover over all of them. At the same time, purchase filter masks for your family.
In light of the recent rash of tornadoes in the South and Midwest, the topic of safe rooms has frequently come up. These are optimal for people who wish to have further protection from the elements or any potential disasters. Safecastle offers safe room quotes and construction for those who are interested in this top of the line option for your safety.

No matter what the emergency or disaster may be, you will be better prepared if you gather the items on this list. Do it for your family.

Author Bio:
Stephen Whitmore is a freelance blogger for His writing often covers the ins and outs of insurance issues related to weather incidents.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

"US intel: water a cause for war in coming decades"

Looks like I scooped CNBC and their intell sources by almost a week on this story. But I will happily take this confirmation. Note however, that I am not folding "climate change" into my call as they are ...

An assessment reflecting the joint judgment of federal intelligence agencies says the risk of water issues causing wars in the next 10 years is minimal even as they create tensions within and between states and threaten to disrupt national and global food markets. But beyond 2022, it says the use of water as a weapon of war or a tool of terrorism will become more likely, particularly in South Asia, the Middle East and North Africa.

The report is based on a classified National Intelligence Estimate on water security, which was requested by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and completed last fall.


Saturday, March 17, 2012

Water Scarcity will Kill Millions and Result in Wars & Mass Migrations within 15-20 Years

It's an obvious but understated issue of the times ... many populated regions of the world are on the verge of running out of water.

If you think the worst-case scenarios for future international entanglements will hinge on economics, oil, or ethnic differences, think again. All of those things are surely emotionally charged and critical, dynamic issues that do stir up strife. But in the end, they are all negotiable.

However, extreme water crises are without realistic solutions when they reach the point of no return. Without water, people die. Within a few days.

There are geographies where water remains clean and plentiful ... where people can eat and drink and take it for granted. While in neighboring regions, cultures, economies, and nation states are painfully withering away. Peak water is near-term life or death.

In the next 10 years, there are going to be major populations at severe existential risk. Quite simply, they will need to migrate in large numbers to areas where water and food supplies are available and at least theoretically sustainable. But the big question--will those mega-migrations strain available resources and put those areas at risk?

Clearly this issue is in the fast lane toward geopolitical catastrophe. How long, if at all, will borders remain open to welcome those migrations?

This is soon to become a top-line global issue--haves and have-nots in one the most far-reaching, basic "us or them" confrontaions the world has ever seen. You may be in an area where water is not in short supply, but do not think for a moment that this issue will not reach out and change your life.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The Giant, Underestimated Earthquake Threat to North America

The Giant, Underestimated Earthquake Threat to North America

(Excerpt:) The enormous fault off 
the coast of the Pacific Northwest has been silent for three centuries. But after years of detective work, geologists have 
discovered that it can
 unleash mayhem on 
an epic scale.

Exactly the same is true of the Cascadia subduction zone—an almost identical geologic threat off the west coast of North America. When it was first discovered, many scientists thought Cascadia’s fault was incapable of generating giant earthquakes. Now they know they were wrong. They just hadn’t looked far enough into the past.

The Cascadia subduction zone is a crack in the Earth’s crust, roughly 60 miles offshore and running 800 miles from northern Vancouver 
Island to Northern California.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Top 10 Reasons America Depends on Survivalists and Preppers

Nice piece on preparedness posted at Bob Livingston's Personal Liberty Digest.

My two cents: 

I’ve been in the preparedness business for 10 years ( What I have seen and experienced throughout that time (and for the decades prior when I was in related activities) is that there are two key “deliverables” to a serious preparedness avocation that are not necessarily apparent on first blush …

1. Peace of mind. There comes a balance in life when one has a solid foundation of “life” insurance. Bad things happen out there daily, to some degree or another … from personal setbacks to community catastrophe or worse. Knowing that you personally are well situated for most anything life can throw at you means you sleep well at night–even when the headlines are at their most frightening. To say the least, folks who are at peace are not a problem for their neighbors or for the authorities.

2. Responsibility. Not only are folks who embrace readiness not a problem, they are often part of the solution when issues do arise due to natural or manmade disaster. But even before disaster strikes, citizens who put forth the effort to personally mitigate risks are also extremely likely to take their sense of community and responsibility to others and as citizens very seriously. They are often active and materially involved in initiatives of real value– politically, socially, commercially, and professionally.

Get Ready ... Seriously --

Monday, January 10, 2011

Asteroid Discoveries from 1980-2010

Video Created by Scott Manley, this is a view of the solar system showing the locations of all the asteroids starting in 1980, as asteroids are discovered they are added to the map and highlighted white so you can pick out the new ones.

The final color of an asteroid indicates how closely it comes to the inner solar system.
Earth Crossers are Red
Earth Approachers (Perihelion less than 1.3AU) are Yellow
All Others are Green

Notice now the pattern of discovery follows the Earth around its orbit, most discoveries are made in the region directly opposite the Sun. You'll also notice some clusters of discoveries on the line between Earth and Jupiter, these are the result of surveys looking for Jovian moons. Similar clusters of discoveries can be tied to the other outer planets, but those are not visible in this video.

As the video moves into the mid 1990s we see much higher discovery rates as automated sky scanning systems come online. Most of the surveys are imaging the sky directly opposite the sun and you'll see a region of high discovery rates aligned in this manner.

At the beginning of 2010 a new discovery pattern becomes evident, with discovery zones in a line perpendicular to the Sun-Earth vector. These new observations are the result of the WISE (Widefield Infrared Survey Explorer) which is a space mission that's tasked with imaging the entire sky in infrared wavelengths.

The scale of the video at 1080P resolution is roughly 1million kilometers per pixel, and each second of video corresponds to 60 days.

Currently we have observed over half a million minor planets, and the discovery rates show no sign that we're running out of undiscovered objects, scientific estimates suggest that there are about a billion asteroids larger than 100metres (about the size of a football field).
Get Ready ... Seriously --

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Military Study Warns of Potentially Drastic Oil Crisis

How about an unusually candid (OK--actually it was leaked) look at official Western views of "Peak Oil" and how all we know could become unraveled in just a few years due to oil shortages?

This is a Der Spiegel summary-analysis of a German military study draft. Be sure to read both pages at this link, as the second page is where the expectations of a global chain reaction are laid out.
Get Ready ... Seriously --

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Surviving a Power Grid Crash

America's power supply is primed for an end-of-days blackout--particularly from geomagnetic storms. This evening, earth is expected to be struck broadside by two waves of solar plasma that exploded off the surface of the sun directly toward us a couple of days ago.

It may be that all we'll get is a beautiful northern-latitude light show out of the deal. But experts are concerned that this may signal the beginning of a cyclical solar period of storms, one of which could end up frying major parts of our overtaxed, interconnected electrical grid.

Last year, National Geographic Adventure ran a great series of articles on how to survive almost anything. One such scenario they looked at was grid system failure.

Have a look. It features comments by our friend Cody Lundin ...
Get Ready ... Seriously --

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Our Wadena Tornado

The "Safecastle" family was up in Wadena, Minnesota this weekend to clean-up and do some expedient repairs to my mother's home there.

The evening of June 17, a powerful tornado ripped up a wide section of that town (one of about 39 tornadoes throughout the state that night)--destroying or damaging 262 homes, and several buildings such as the high school, hockey rink, swimming facility, community center, and more. The National Weather Service determined that tornadic winds of up to 170 mph wreaked havoc in an area a mile wide and ten miles long.

Witnessing the damage firsthand, I can testify that it is a divine miracle that no one was killed. And on a more personal level, it was a blessing that my mom's home was spared the kind of damage that occurred to the homes all around hers. It does not hurt, I suppose, that she has spent her life as a faithful servant of God, and as a minister's wife for more than 50 years. (A church in the middle of the destruction was also largely undamaged!)

It was also a blessing that she was not at home, but visiting my brother in Ohio at the time.

Our heartfelt prayers are offered up for the people of Wadena and all the others throughout Minnesota impacted by that outbreak of damaging storms a few days ago. To have one's home or business and neighborhood suddenly destroyed is a test that none of us wants to experience. But when it does come to that--the strength of friends, family, community, and faith does carry us through.


Friday, October 02, 2009

Lessons Learned Anew from Tragedies in the Pacific

Our prayers are with the people suffering in the Phillipines, American Samoa, and Indonesia after a rapid-fire succession of generational-level natural catastrophes this week.

Earthquakes, landslides, a tsunami, tropical-storm flooding, now a super typhoon ...

The survivors of any one of these devastating crises would have a hard time getting the relief and aid they need today given the global economy. But with the multiplying widespread need for help in that region and desperate demands far outstripping available resources--things are going to be getting a lot worse in each of those locales before they take a turn for the better.

The lesson to be taken to heart once again is that you CANNOT count on authorities, governments, relief agencies, or even your neighbors to be there to rescue you in your time of unexpected calamity.

It's not always a fail-safe solution, but it is the best personal strategy in a world growing increasingly unpredictable ... that is, being prepared. Having supplies, resources, plans, abilities, and the mindset to survive the worst-case eventualities in life.

Our forefathers understood the importance of prudent planning and saving for long winters and rainy days. Today, in spite of government agencies bloated beyond all historical recognition and tax burdens growing exponentially, there IS NO universal rescue force; or for that matter, no Justice League of America ready to sweep in and put all the pieces back together again.

Self-reliance and preparedness make up the best possible fallback position for someone suffering a direct-hit from a natural or man-made disaster.

Get it done.

Get Ready ... Seriously -

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Solar Cycle Decline ... Navy Physicist Warns of Decades-Long Ice and Famine

The science and history behind this seem solid.

US Navy physicist warns of possibly 'several decades of crushing cold temperatures and global famine'
by Retired U.S. Navy Physicist and Engineer James A. Maruse

2 Apr 09 – Excerpts: “The sun has gone very quiet as it transitions to Solar Cycle 24.

“Since the current transition now exceeds 568 spotless days, it is becoming clear that sun has undergone a state change. It is now evident that the Grand Maxima state that has persisted during most of the 20th century has come to an abrupt end.

“(The sun) might (1) revert to the old solar cycles or (2) the sun might go even quieter into a 'Dalton Minimum' or a Grand Minima such as the 'Maunder Minimum.' It is still a little early to predict which way it will swing. Each of these two possibilities holds a great threat to our nation.

“We are now at a crossroad. Two paths lie before us. Both are marked with a signpost that reads 'Danger!' Down one path lies monstrous solar storms. Down the other path lies several decades of crushing cold temperatures and global famine.

Read more:
Get Ready ... Seriously -