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Natural Disasters

Preppers prepare for natural disasters due to the unpredictable and destructive nature of these events, which can significantly impact communities, infrastructure, and individuals' safety. Natural disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, wildfires, and tornadoes can strike suddenly and cause widespread damage, displacement, and loss of life. By acknowledging the reality of natural disasters and their potential consequences, preppers take proactive measures to safeguard themselves and their loved ones against the risks posed by these catastrophic events.

Preparing for natural disasters allows preppers to mitigate the impact of emergencies by stockpiling essential supplies, developing emergency plans, and acquiring necessary skills to respond effectively to different scenarios. By maintaining emergency kits, securing shelter, identifying evacuation routes, and practicing evacuation drills, preppers enhance their readiness to face the challenges presented by natural disasters. The goal of preparedness is to minimize vulnerabilities, increase resilience, and improve the likelihood of survival and recovery in the aftermath of a natural disaster.

Preppers recognize the importance of self-reliance, community support, and resourcefulness in navigating the aftermath of natural disasters when external assistance may be limited or delayed. By fostering a culture of preparedness within their families and communities, preppers contribute to building a resilient society that can withstand the impacts of natural disasters and recover more effectively from their consequences. Through education, training, and collaboration with local authorities and emergency responders, preppers strive to enhance their ability to adapt to changing circumstances, provide assistance to those in need, and contribute to the overall readiness and well-being of their communities in the face of natural disasters.

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Places Most at Risk of Earthquakes

Historian
February 18, 2024
Scientists assess earthquake risk in cities based on seismic activity, fault lines, and geology. Let's explore the top 5 cities at risk of earthquakes.

Exploring the Top 10 U.S. Cities at Risk of Floods

Prepper
February 16, 2024
Flooding is a major concern for many cities across the United States, impacting millions of residents and posing significant challenges to infrastructure and urban planning.

Mastering Layering and Winter Clothing

Prepper
February 1, 2024
It is important to understand the layering principle, an essential concept for preppers and survivalists, helping you choose the perfect clothing for varying conditions.

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.

Best Earthquake Evacuation Routes in Los Angeles

Prepper
December 1, 2023
These are some of the best evacuation routes for the Los Angeles area in the event of an earthquakes; know your routes.

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?

Hazards of Snowstorms

Prepper
January 12, 2023
Snowstorms often lead to disaster and quickly become dangerous, causing personal injuries, frostbites, hypothermia, and in severe cases, death. Accumulated snow and ice can cause road blockages, trapping residents indoors and causing car accidents. The list of what could go wrong during a snowstorm is endless.

Staying Safe While Traveling During Winter

Traveler
January 4, 2023
Whether traveling in the summer, autumn, or winter; staying safe is an integral part of our everyday life and cannot be overemphasized. Safety is a must and should not be handled with a slack hand, especially when multi-ton vehicles are involved.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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'.

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.

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?