Survive an Earthquake

To survive an earthquake. you need to be aware of many things.  There have been a number of earthquakes during the past few weeks including Los Angeles and  Chile.

One thing is to get under a heavy desk or table.  Make sure to avoid standing water as it could contain electricity.

DROP down onto your hands and knees before the earthquake knocks you down. This position protects you from falling but allows you to still move if necessary.

COVER your head and neck (and your entire body if possible) under the shelter of a sturdy table or desk. If there is no shelter nearby, get down near an interior wall or next to low-lying furniture that won’t fall on you, and cover your head and neck with your arms and hands.

HOLD ON to your shelter (or to your head and neck) until the shaking stops. Be prepared to move with your shelter if the shaking shifts it around.

Drop! Cover! Hold On!

Standing in the door way is only valid if the doorway is stronger than the surrounding structure.

There are things you can do to protect your family and home before an earthquake.  Some of these things are move heavy mirrors and wall hangings away from beds and install latches on cupboards to keep glass items from falling.

The following video demonstrates some advanced techniques to survive an earthquake.

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Disaster Survival Food & Nutrition

When faced with a disaster you probably will need to have enough food
and water to use for at least 7 days.  Also, multivitamin container can supplement your diet during a disaster.  Also, foods for special needs such as infant formula and foods
for people on a special diet need to be available.

Most important is to get enough bottled water to survive being shut in
your home dor 7 days.  Many experts say you need to have 1 gallon of
water per person per day.  So 4 people will need at least 28 gallons
of bottled water in the home.

Food needs to be something you like so that you would eat it during
an emergency.  It does not help you if you do not like food you have!
Also the foods you choose should be ones that require little or no
water to make as water will be precious.

Canned fruits, vegetables and meat are nutrtious enough
to replace fresh foods for a short time.   These will give
you enough energy to survive the disaster.

A few packages of dried beans, pasta and rice are okay but
these dried foods do require water to prepare.  Therefore
these should be used infrequently.

Vitamin-fortified dry cereals can be eaten with canned milk or
canned juice or dry as a snack.  Canned milk is good for other foods
as well.

Herbs, sugar, spices and flour are good to have but may not be
necessary.  These help canned and dried foods taste better.
Also, a large bottle of cooking oil and a spray bottle or two
cooking spray are good to have when frying foods.

Condiments like mayonnaise, ketchup and mustard should be
purchased in small containers since they will keep a long time
if not opened. Especially mayonnaise, as it will spoils quickly
after it is opened when there is not a working refrigerator.

Snacks, such as pretzels, boxed cookies and potato chips will
last for an extended period on your shelf and are useful for giving
you energy.

There are a number of web sites out there that having more
information on this topic.  Remember to choose survival foods you
like to eat!  Here is some advice on storing food below.



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Water Purification Technology

Water purification technology methods are important for human survival.  The recommended total amount of water needed for our bodies is 64 ounces.  We get this from a number of sources but water is the best.  We require our water to be pure or else we will suffer from a number of diseases and diarrhea.  This article explains a few different new high tech methods to purify water.

Water purification (according to Wilkepedia) is the process of removing undesirable chemicals, biological contaminants, suspended solids and gases from contaminated water. The goal of this process is to produce water fit for a specific purpose. Most water is disinfected for human consumption (drinking water) but water purification may also be designed for a variety of other purposes, including meeting the requirements of medical, pharmacological, chemical and industrial applications. In general the methods used include physical processes such as filtration, sedimentation, and distillation, biological processes such as slow sand filters or biologically active carbon, chemical processes such as flocculation and chlorination and the use of electromagnetic radiation like ultraviolet light.  The purification process of water may reduce the concentration of particulate matter including suspended particles, parasites, bacteria, algae, viruses, fungi; and a range of dissolved and particulate

Ian Cummins of Starfish Enterprises in Hong Kong developed an advanced water treatment and purification system in 2008.  This system uses natural science to purify waste water which makes it less expensive to operate. This large scale purification method is cost effective as it only uses electricity to power ultra violet lights as one of its ways to purify the water.

The Starfish method works against all types of pollution issues such as chemical sewage,
heavy metal (e.g. gold & silver), hormones, bacteria, pharmaceuticals, acids and viruses.
Even removal of salt from salt water is possible with the starfish technology.  There is
no toxic discharge which other purification methods have.  The Starfish method meets all
international standards for raw sewage treatment regardless of what substance has polluted the water.

The Starfish method utilizes advanced oxidation, ultra violet, fractionation and ozonation as
natural science methods.  Waste water is moved around the system using gravity instead
of pumps.  Gravity allows the water to flow at low pressure with variable flow rate control.
The gold mining industry in Australia has a huge interest in this technology to meet their pollution standards.  The Starfish technology is explained on their web site at:

On the other hand, the Reverse Osmosis Water Purification process is another water treatment technology which preserves/adds important minerals that improve the quality of water.  Reverse Osmosis was originally designed to be a method of desalinating salt water. However it now is sold commercially to obtain better quality drinking water in homes and businesses.

Reverse Osmosis utilizes a semi porous covering to divide two liquids of different concentrations causing water to passes across the covering to the solution with the higher concentration.  After that, water is forced over a very fine semi porous membrane so only single molecules can go through. Pollutants get separated giving you uncontaminated water without heavy metals, remains, salts, sediments as well as toxins.

The Reverse Osmosis filter can be changed on site to control mineral content.  Reverse
Osmosis filters have a long life except they require periodic replacement of the semi porous
membrane especially if the water is extremely impure.

Reverse Osmosis does not modify the innate mineral content of water, contrasting the
majority of filters.  Preservation of minerals in drinking water has made this form of
water treatment makes health conscious people happy.  Reverse Osmosis can be used
to sanitize any kind of water i.e. from the well, storage container, canal or sea.

The previous water treatment systems are great but those systems mentioned earlier
can not easily be moved from one place to another.  This makes those water treatment
systems not suitable for use while camping.

The next water treatment system called Life Straw seems to be a variation  of the Reverse
Osmosis technique which forces water though a filter which removes anything larger than
0.2 microns from the water.  This removes the majority (greater than 99.9%) of waterborne protozoan parasites & bacteria.  This exceeds the EPA requirements for water filters.

Life Straw can filter a maximum of 1000 liters of contaminated water without chlorine, iodine or other chemicals.  Life Straw is in a sealed bag which can be stored for emergencies.  The best thing about Life Straw is thatg it can easily be carried around and used while camping.

LifeStraw is a tube about 9.25 inches (23.5 centimeters) long and about an inch
(2.5 centimeters) around [source: Wilhelm]. The outer shell of the unit is made of a durable
plastic, with a string attached so users can wear it around their necks. To use it, a person
simply sticks the LifeStraw directly into the water source and drinks as he or she would from a straw.

The very first generation of LifeStraw used iodine to kill bacteria, but the 2012 version
contains no chemicals. Instead, the product incorporates mechanical filtration. When you
suck on your LifeStraw, water is forced through hollow fibers, which contain pores less than 0.2 microns across — thus, a microfiltration device. Any dirt, bacteria or parasites are trapped in the fibers, while the clean water passes through. When you’re done drinking, you simply blow air out the straw to clear the filter. You can down a quart of water in eight minutes using the LifeStraw product.

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Ice from lake damages homes

A wall of ice that was pushed out of a lake and across snow-covered ground by strong winds has destroyed 12 homes and damaged 15.The 9m (30ft) high slab took about ten minutes to rise up out of the water and slide across the beach before crashing into properties near the shoreline of Dauphin Lake in Canada.Resident Doug David described how it pushed furniture around and threw his bath into the hallway when it plowed through his two-story home, propelled by 55mph gusts in Ochre Beach, Manitoba…

This video shows one reason why you may not want to live immediately next to a lake!    What would you do when you encounter this disaster?  Please send me your comments.

The following video shows the aftermath.


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7 Prepper Tips for Natural Disaster Survival

These 7 Prepper Tips for Natural Disaster Survival may be very important to all of us that may face a natural disaster.  Please look below for the rest of this article.

There is also a FREE ebook available here for use when the entire community suffers a major disaster which renders elementary schools unusable.  Open this FREE E-book.  Survival Education After The Collapse

tornado damage photo

Ultimate Survival Skills Guide is a good disaster survival guide to have as well.

Savvy preppers know how important it is to always be prepared to survive a natural disaster. No one can truly dictate when these disasters will occur. So, it’s best to get prepared, starting today. But, how do you prepare for a disastrous situation that could leave you homeless?   READ COMPLETE ARTICLE


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