Category Archives: Emergency Preparedness

Where will you get water in an emergency?

By Patrice Lewis

With the explosion in preparedness-related supplies and equipment over the last decade, there have been tremendous advancements in food, equipment, supplies, and training. But I sometimes wonder if people give enough attention to water.

After all, water is so common, ordinary, and available that we sometimes forget what its absence is like and how critical it is for our very survival. Water is for more than just drinking, though obviously that’s essential. Without the ability to wash clothes, dishes, or our bodies, things get very dirty very quickly — and this can have a tremendous psychological impact during emergencies.… Read the rest

Pacific Northwest Megaquake — it may be just around the corner

By Dave Duffy

Here’s an interesting fact that most people living in the Pacific Northwest (PNW) are aware of, but only a few dare talk about in specific detail: The PNW is overdue for a gigantic — magnitude 9.0 — earthquake that may kill a quarter million people and dislocate whole cities, including Seattle and Portland, for years.

This is the big one, similar to the magnitude 9.2 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami that destroyed the Northeast coast of Japan in 2011, including the Fukushima nuclear power plant, and similar to the magnitude 9.1 Asia quake in the Indian Ocean in 2004 that killed 280,000 people in 14 countries.… Read the rest