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Disasters

Disasters strike the United States with alarming frequency, ranging from natural calamities like hurricanes, tornadoes, and wildfires to human-induced crises such as mass shootings, terrorist attacks, and industrial accidents. The geographical diversity of the U.S. exposes different regions to various types of disasters, making preparedness a critical concern for communities nationwide. The unpredictability of disasters underscores the importance of being vigilant and proactive in mitigating risks and enhancing resilience.

Each year, the U.S. experiences a significant number of disasters that result in loss of life, property damage, and disruption of essential services. Climate change has contributed to an increase in the frequency and intensity of natural disasters, including hurricanes along the Gulf Coast, wildfires in the West, and flooding in various regions. Moreover, the country faces ongoing threats from pandemics, cyber-attacks, and other complex emergencies that require a robust and adaptive response to safeguard public safety and security.

Despite efforts to mitigate risks and enhance preparedness at the federal, state, and local levels, disasters continue to pose a significant challenge for communities across the U.S. The need for effective emergency response systems, infrastructure resilience, and community engagement is paramount in building a more resilient nation capable of weathering the impact of disasters. By acknowledging the reality of frequent disaster occurrences and investing in proactive measures to enhance preparedness and response capabilities, the U.S. can better protect its population and infrastructure from the devastating effects of disasters.

Epidemic: The Escalation of Shooting Deaths

Reporter
February 14, 2024
There is statistical evidence that mass shootings are on the rise, as well as individual incident shootings. In our history, it has been well documented that tough and uncertain times directly correlates to rises in deaths by gun.

The 10 Essentials for the Wilderness

Survivalist
January 23, 2024
The concept of the "10 Essentials" for outdoor activities, particularly hiking and camping, has a long history and has evolved over time.

Wealthy Preppers: Survival of the Rich

Survivalist
January 16, 2024
For a long time, prepping has traditionally been associated with average rural folk and suburban families. Now, many of the world's wealthiest individuals realize that life after a catastrophic event will level the playing field.

Crafting Survival Snow Shelters

Survivalist
January 4, 2024
Survival in winter demands mastery of three essentials: proper food & water, suitable clothing, and adequate shelter.

Preparing for Snow Challenges Across Winter States

Prepper
January 2, 2024
Winter can be a magical season, blanketing landscapes in a serene layer of snow. However, for some states in the United States, winter takes a more challenging turn, unleashing powerful snowstorms that can pose risks to both life and property.

A Survivalist's Guide to Fear-Based Financial Markets

Prepper
December 14, 2023
Survivalists in the financial realm need to be prepared for various seasons—some marked by fear and others by greed.

Solar Cycle 25: What You Need to Know About Solar Activity

Astronomer
November 22, 2023
In unraveling the mysteries of solar flares and exploring the recent sunspot activity, you can better understand the risks associated with coronal mass ejections (CMEs), and discovering how to prepare for these celestial phenomena.

6 U.S. Cities that Could be Nuclear Targets

Survivalist
October 26, 2023
Now that many of the world’s governments hold arsenals of nuclear weapons, the risk of nuclear warfare is evermore present, although not imminent.

Understanding Recessions

Prepper
August 17, 2023
When the economy takes a downturn, it enters a phase known as a recession. A recession is a significant decline in economic activity that lasts for a sustained period.

SHTF: What it Means

Prepper
July 12, 2023
In the world of preppers and survivalists, the term SHTF is frequently used. SHTF stands for "Shit Hits The Fan," and it refers to unexpected and chaotic situations that disrupt society's functioning.

Industrial Cyber Attacks: What to Know

Tech Geek
July 7, 2023
As the internet grows and technology improves, industries have become increasingly reliant on them. Unfortunately, this has inadvertently led to increased threats of cyberattacks.

Understanding the Cuban Missile Crisis

Historian
June 6, 2023
Nuclear warfare is a military conflict or prepared political strategy that uses nuclear weapons, one of the most dangerous feats of military technology on earth.

Hiroshima & Nagasaki: The Effects of a Nuclear Bomb

Historian
February 10, 2023
World war II saw the catastrophic events that lead to the deployment of the first ever and second uses of a nuclear warhead.

Understanding Modern Economic Collapse

Prepper
February 6, 2023
While the days of the Great Depression have long passed, recession and financial crises are still prevalent. In a modern world of credit cards, government benefits, and stimulus checks; recognizing modern economic collapse can be tricky.

Surviving a Fall Through the Ice

Survivalist
January 31, 2023
As winter arrives, most families have plans to enjoy winter activities like ice fishing, ice hockey, ice skating, snowball fights, skiing, and more. As a prepper, the first thing one should consider is “What if I fall through the ice?

Surviving a Snowstorm

Survivalist
January 23, 2023
Winter is undoubtedly one of the most magical seasons and a favorite of many people across the world; but what happens when the gentle cascading snow abruptly evolves into a deadly blizzard or snowstorm?

Preparing for Economic Collapse

Prepper
January 10, 2023
Economic distress comes and goes, some bouts are felt harder than others. However, no matter the number of experiences one has with it, just hearing the word "recession" or "economic collapse" can cause the hair on the back of your neck to stand up.

What to Know About Covid-19 Variants

Reporter
December 2, 2022
Let’s be honest, dealing with Covid-19 was not easy. The idea of social distancing, stockpiling food, hand sanitizers, constantly wearing a mask, the fear of the world coming to a grinding halt was all too scary. As the pandemic went on new variants were formed.

The Levels of Economic Collapse

Prepper
November 30, 2022
Economic collapse or meltdown is a term typically used to refer to a range of unpleasant economic conditions. For instance, a high rate of unemployment over a period of time, high rate of bankruptcy, and so on.

The Dos & Don'ts During a Hurricane

Survivalist
September 10, 2022
While not all hurricanes are severe and deadly, it would be silly and reckless to treat any category of hurricane casually. There are some standard dos and don’ts to adhere to during a hurricane. While these guidelines can depend on the storm category, if you want to err on the side of caution, these should be adhered to no matter the severity.

How to be Prepared for a Solar Flare

Survivalist
August 16, 2022
Most people are not aware of when a Solar Flare occurs. The standard solar flare is not seen by the unaided eye of humans, nor is it smart to look at the sun anyways. Despite this, they do happen. Us being on earth and within our atmosphere are generally protected from any harm a Solar Flare can cause. However, other things like power and electronics, may not escape damage.

Extended Power Outages

Prepper
August 13, 2022
A natural disaster, an emp, or residents overloading the grid is enough to cause a power outage. The level of severity of the power outage can vary. That's why no matter where you reside, knowing what causes a power outage and how to be prepared for it can help you and your family be one step ahead of the situation.

Wildfire Evacuation: Knowing When to Bug Out

Survivalist
August 11, 2022
Wildfires are either natural occurring disasters or man-made. It can appear suddenly, do irreparable damage, and last for hours, and in some cases, even days or weeks. This leaves people in its path with more than enough time to evacuate their homes. Knowing when to bug out, is the key.

How Covid-19 Created More Preppers

Reporter
August 3, 2022
The day the Covid-19 outbreak was declared a pandemic was like every other day. The working class got ready for the routine hustle and bustle, the subway in NYC was already packed with commuters and Congress was probably passing a new law. Yet, such a regular day is permanently ingrained in the records of history...and no-one wants to be caught with their pants down like that again.

Protecting Your Property Against Wildfires

Protector
July 29, 2022
As the climate is changing, wildfires are becoming increasingly more common these days. These devastating flames have impacted millions of people and properties. While wildfires cannot be avoided entirely, safeguarding your property and home can help reduce the potential damage.

Hazards of Hurricanes

Prepper
July 11, 2022
Hurricanes are bad enough on their own. Unfortunately, they don’t come alone. There are several subsequent hazards that come along with them like: Storm Surges, Tornadoes, inland flooding, and more. Preparing for these hazards will make all the difference when you find yourself faced with a hurricane.

Atlantic Hurricane Season 2017: Survival Stories

Reporter
December 10, 2021
The Atlantic hurricane season of 2017 is unforgettable. The season saw an astounding number of named storms and hurricanes, with an even more startling number of major hurricanes compared to other years.

Sodium Chloride IV Kits

Prepper
November 29, 2021
Salt is so commonplace and so often used in the kitchen that we forget it serves more critical purposes. Sodium chloride (salt) and sodium chloride solution make for essential items everyone should have in their survival kit.

Preparing for Disaster Scenarios

Prepper
November 9, 2021
As I started making my preparedness plan, I quickly realized it was more like plans. Although there are many factors that need to be addressed for almost every scenario, there are also many unique factors for individual situations that need to be considered.

The Rise of Mass Shootings

Reporter
October 4, 2021
Data shows that mass shootings are on the rise in the United States and that the numbers are considerably higher than in other Western countries. In this article, we will focus on the Q1 2020 and Q1 2021 numbers in the United States, alongside other statistics. For clarification, Q1 refers to the time period from January 1st – March 31st.

Surviving a Hurricane

Survivalist
August 30, 2021
With these storms having the ability to bring on a deadly situation, it is silly not to take them seriously. As natives of Florida, the team members at Prepper Life are used to hurricane season and can often forget how unpredictable and dangerous they can be.

Coronavirus vs the Spanish Flu

Historian
July 19, 2021
Everything from famine, desertification, war, and of course diseases, have riddled human history for centuries now. Most recently, another life altering event shook Earth’s populace: the outbreak of COVID-19.

No Water Challenge - 1 Day

Parent
June 23, 2021
Water is such a basic resource that to picture life without running water is a nightmare come true. However, one of the signs of a full-blooded survivalist is to be able to maneuver your way out of any situation you find yourself, no matter how nightmarish it may seem.

How to Protect Yourself Against an Active Shooter

Survivalist
May 17, 2021
Most normal people do not intentionally walk into a life-threatening situation like an active shooting scene. Scenarios like this are unpredictable and creep up on you with little to no warning. Hopefully, you never have to encounter this, but if you do, it is important to be armed with the proper knowledge.

Winter Storms | A Survival Retrospective

Reporter
May 10, 2021
While winter storms are considered events that should be prepared for, we do not typically consider them natural disasters. However, this particular situation moved into the disaster category quickly, and not just a natural disaster but also a man-made disaster.

What Would a Modern Civil War Look Like?

Prepper
November 11, 2020
It is no secret that the citizens of our great nation are at odds with one another. Everyone fears something, or everything, these days. Given the state of things, is it irritational to become concerned about the possibility of a civil war?

Survival Gardening | Starting Out

Prepper
October 8, 2020
Survival gardening refers to the practice of growing a garden designed specifically to yield enough crops for you and your family to live off. While survival gardening is a popular term thrown around amongst those preparing to survive a worldwide devastating incident, however, it also relates to those looking to live sustainably and produce their own food.

Australia Brush Fires

Reporter
January 8, 2020
Australia is reeling from continent wide brush fires. The fires have been continuous since September 2019. Australia’s southeast coast has been hit the hardest, but nearly all of the island has been ravished by wildfires; some set accidentally and others deliberately. Over 20 million acres across the country have burned so far, and there are still months to go in this 2019-2020 fire season.

Iran Retaliation Threat

Reporter
January 5, 2020
On Jan 2nd, Trump ordered an airstrike targeting and killing Major General Qasem Soleimani of Iran. A military drone destroyed the vehicle Qasam was travelling in as he and Iran-backed militia members were leaving the Baghdad airport.

Fire Evacuation Challenge

Parent
December 16, 2019
It is important that preparation is coupled with practice to establish habits that become automatic when an emergency occurs. Panic can be your worst enemy in an emergency situation. Practicing your fire evacuation plan can significantly reduce panic and increase your chances of survival.

Rare Meteor Shower Tonight

Astronomer
November 21, 2019
Meteors pass closely to earth all the time. Want evidence, look up, tonight! This evening a rare meteor shower will be visible around 11:15 pm EST.

5 Tips for Surviving in an Increasingly Uncertain World

Contributor
November 16, 2019
Humans dislike uncertainty in most situations, but some deal with it better than others. Numerous studies link high intolerance of uncertainty to anxiety and anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, PTSD and eating disorders.

Explainer: what’s the difference between an outbreak and an epidemic?

Contributor
November 15, 2019
What’s the difference between an epidemic and pandemic? It’s time to brush up on the vocabulary that can help you understand just what infectious disease experts are trying to tell us.

Dealing with the Aftermath of a Hurricane

Survivalist
November 7, 2017
Despite the advanced warning you may receive, once one hits your area you may be pretty shaken up. Assuming the hurricane wasn't a category five, a good preparedness plan will lessen the severity of care needed after the hurricane passes.

Dealing with the Aftermath of a Tornado

Survivalist
October 25, 2017
The first thing you should do in the wake of a tornado is address any injuries. If you know of someone that injured call 911 and then tend to them immediately.

Active Volcanoes in the US

Contributor
September 6, 2017
Throughout the US and it's territories there are 65 volcanoes that scientists classify as 'Active'. Twelve of those volcanoes are considered 'on alert'.

Boiling Water: The Cleansing Begins

Survivalist
July 12, 2017
Water is the most plentiful element on Earth, covering nearly 75 percent of the surface. The bad news? most of it is salt water or polluted.

Oil Spills: Deadly to Animals, Humans, and the Environment

Reporter
June 10, 2017
Unlike most natural disasters, no one can predict this man made disaster. A lot of people think, just because an oil spill happens far out in the ocean that it doesn’t affect much of the human race. That is incorrect.

How to be Prepared for a Tornado

Prepper
May 19, 2017
Tornadoes can occur with little to no warning and can be massively destructive in a short period of time. You can increase your chances of surviving a Tornado with some preparation.

How to be Prepared for an Earthquake

Prepper
April 17, 2017
Earthquakes occur when a sudden eruption of energy in the Earths Crust and causes the perceptive shaking of the Earths’ surface, also known as seismic waves.

How to be Prepared for a Hurricane

Prepper
March 12, 2017
Hurricanes are tropical storms that have graduated to a storm with a minimum wind speed of 74-75 mph. They form cyclonic storms with high wind speed, heavy rain and cover a large area when formed.

Dealing with the Aftermath of an Earthquake

Survivalist
January 18, 2017
When an earthquake strikes, it can be very alarming and cause you to feel disoriented. The aftermath of an event like this can range from rather irrelevant to quite tremendous.

Surviving A Flood

Survivalist
August 10, 2016
When flood conditions are present, you’ll want to rely on your evacuation plan to get you to a point of safety. While monitoring weather conditions, determine what triggering event will cause you to implement your plan. Will it be the issuing of a flood warning, or will you leave whenever a watch is announced?

Good 'Ol Trusty Knife

Prepper
June 24, 2016
America is the land of the gun. Our heroes, from the iconic cowboy, to the Prohibition-era G-man, to the modern-day action hero are defined by their guns. However, while the gun is certainly a loud and boastful tool, it lacks the utility of the knife.

No Power Challenge - 1 Day

Parent
March 24, 2016
By turning off your power for one day, you will quickly learn that your survival supplies checklist is missing some items. Disaster preparedness requires research, gathering emergency supplies and practicing survival skills.

Preparing to Become Prepared

Prepper
March 10, 2015
Becoming a prepper is not just about buying some extra canned food every time you go to the store, it is a project, an ongoing lifestyle change.