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How To Prepare and Respond To Floods

Flooding is probably the most commonplace disaster in the world. Over the millenia, floods have resulted in immeasurable destruction to life and property. Acquiring more knowledge about how to prepare for floods will assist you and your family in getting ready for a destructive flood that is potentially around the corner. If you are living in a high flood risk area, advance preparation is the key factor to saving your life and that of your loved ones. Generally, to survive a flood requires combination of advance preparation and making the right decisions once a massive flood strikes. The ability to think quickly on your feet is essential once you become aware that floodwater is about to pay a visit. By following the list of flood safety tips, you and your family will be ready to respond confidently and promptly when a flood warning is issued and the waters start to rise. Prior to A Flood Assemble an emergency supply kit, which should include battery-powered or hand crank flashlights an

Cooking Alternatives You May Not Know About

There are a variety of ways that exist to cook when an emergency precludes you from using the cooking appliances you have grown accustomed to using. Prior to the industrial revolution, which positively transformed the way we all live in the developed and developing world, people cooked their food on wood stoves, and over fires. Our self-sufficient ancestors should serve as a model to follow during times of disasters when we too need to rely on ourselves and our knowhow to get by. Cooking Using a Woodstove A stove is primarily an enclosed heated space, which either uses coal or wood as its fuel source. Enclosed wood stoves hold out the greatest possibility of maximum efficiency, controllability and lessen smoke emission than simple open fires. For generations our ancestors utilized these wood stoves to keep warm, bake, and, of course, cook. The Dutch Oven For Outdoor Use A Dutch oven is a cooking pot with thick walls (usually cast iron) and a tight-fitting lid. Dutch ovens have been use

Earthquake Preparation Made Easy

An earthquake is the sudden and often violent release of pressure that has built up at the fault line. When the pressure is large enough to overcome the friction existing between the tectonic plates an earthquake occurs. There are two types of earthquakes that have been identified: thrust and slip quakes. Thrust quakes occur when the pressure between two plates is discharged as one tectonic plate pushes up and over the other plate. In a slip quake, however, the pressure between plates is released by a sideways motion. Slip quakes are often characterized by a visible rift that is formed between plates after the earthquake has happened. A dangerous aspect of earthquakes is earthquake liquefaction, which is often referred to merely as liquefaction, and is the process by which saturated, unconsolidated soil or sand is transformed into a suspension during an earthquake. In other words, the soil begins acting as a thick liquid. The real hazard of liquefaction is that whatever is situated on

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