Be Prepared for Disaster

You are driving in your car when the newsflash comes across your radio. There is a potentially dangerous storm headed you way.  Or torrential rains are causing massive flooding. Or a huge power outage has swept the region, leaving you without heat or light.  Or perhaps all three have collided… now what do you do?

Disaster comes in many forms, but someday, with little or no warning, you may find yourself faced with surviving a catastrophe, either large or small. The question is, if disaster strikes, will you be ready?  You may be on your own without help or outside resources for 72 hours. Three days.  That is the standard that emergency management organizations and first responders say it may take them to get up and running after a large-scale disaster.You may think you’re prepared, but are you really? Do you have the tools and means necessary to make it through?

Getting Prepared

There are three basic ways to be prepared for a crisis or natural disaster, whether it be a large-scale calamity, like a hurricane or earthquake, that could interrupt services in a broader region, or something smaller like a bridge collapse or landslide that leaves your community cut off from services and supplies.

Know the risks and have a plan:

The first step to being preparedis knowing what you need to prepare for. Researching and understanding what kind of disasters or risks may occur in your areawill give you an idea of what kind of a disaster plan you need to have. An important part of knowing the risks includes being aware of your surroundings and being able to get information ahead of time; this is especially for natural events like a storm or flooding. If you live in an area prone to flooding or landslides, you should pay close attention when you hear about that storm headed your way that is predicted to dump loads of rain on you. If you live in an area prone to severe weather you should keep in mind storms may be more common during certain seasons.

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Summertime Safety

Summertime SafetySummer! The days are long, the weather is warm; it is the season of barbecues, pool parties, and time spent outdoors.

But summer also comes with its own set of potential hazards and threats. Common sense tells us we are should to drink plenty of fluids and schedule outdoor exercise in the morning or evening when it is cooler out to avoid heat stroke. We all know the importance of protecting ourselves from the sun – hats and sunscreen with a SPF of at least 15 are a must.  But here are a few other every-day hazards to keep in mind while you soak up the best the season has to offer.

Lawn mower Injuries.

It’s Saturday morning and you look out across your beautiful yard and realize things that have started growing back there that you have never seen before.  It’s time to get out the lawn mower and weed-whacker to tame the weeds and grass, but remember that these tool scan also be the source of injury. Toes, hand and fingers may be subject serious lacerations or trauma if you don’t remember to take simple precautions.

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Technology to Help You Survive a Disaster

Technology to Help You Survive a DisasterThe technology to keep you safe in the event of a natural disaster may already be at your fingertips. A cell phone– especially a smartphone or other portable device with access to the internet and social media sites – can be a life saver in many emergency situations.

In the last several decades there have been huge technological advances in being able to track and predict when a disaster will occur and where it will hit – but getting this information is crucial to your ability to react and survive. There are a number of government-operated monitoring systems which are effective in predicting large scale or intense weather or hydro-logical events such as severe storms, tornadoes, hurricanes, flooding and tsunamis. Researchers are continuing to look at ways to monitor and predict the potential for earthquakes, wildfire or avalanches through various systems. As technological advances are made, there is an incredible amount of information available with the potential for saving lives and property.

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Be Fitness and Fire ready!

Be Fitness and Fire ready!A man should be prepared physically and mentally, and also be prepared for emergency as much as they can. For these reasons there are thing like General Physical Preparedness or GPP, that is used in CrossFit to refer to a physical fitness level a person should gain to meet challenges in life, like for instance, a hurricane evacuation.

Getting out from your home and into the storm shelter at a very short notice needs brisk reflexes and preparedness which I think CrossFit teaches perfectly. An earthquake warning or a fire needs immediate action to save lives and property, which CrossFit training can give you. I’ve found that the programming under GPP lets you gain a physical condition that helps you face challenges effectively and also give you the mental strength to face any worst events.

General physical preparedness is the measure of how fit you really are and how you will face a demanding activity level. It shows your specific athletic prowess, which includes the following

  • Increasing oxygen levels in the body by cardiovascular endurance tests
  • Maintaining the energy levels in the body over a period of time
  • Ability to move heavy stuff around easily, which indicates muscle power.
  • Flexible joints, so you can do an entire range of movements without spraining or hurting yourself.
  • Power to make fast and strong moves in an emergency and speed to move the body in a flash of a second.
  • Coordination of several movements, so you get things done in a fraction of a second.
  • Possessing the agility and balance, so you do not fumble when you are doing an important maneuver
  • Accurate movements so you get the intensity, direction and speed right.

When you mix all the above abilities together you are a highly endowed person, who can when needed dive in and do any kind of physically challenging job easily. CrossFit helps you build this kind of resistance and energy, so you excel in any kind of movement be it pull ups, squats, tire flips, rope climbs or deadlifts or a 5k run. You can look into resource that will help you choose a pair of gloves for protection and about crossfit in general.

GPP training can be done by doing any of the exercise that builds the abovementioned skills. It can be any type of movement like for instance, squats which build flexibility, posterior chain strength, balance and power.  The GPP training done in CrossFit is actually derived from many different sports like weightlifting, powerlifting, gymnastics and strongman. These sports activities when done in a skilled combination can make people really fast, coordinated and strong. The right gear also helps in increasing the effectiveness of the CrossFit exercises. I’d recommend wearing special boots to improve you crossfit performance with MX20v3 shoes.

By improving on your running, cardio vascular endurance and flexibility during your workout sessions you can improve your GPP. For power and strength, focus on weight lifting where the snatches and cleans build your coordination, agility, strength and power effectively. With CrossFit you can be fit and also fire ready.

Stay Safe during Heavy Winters by Growing Food Indoors

Stay Safe during Heavy Winters by Growing Food IndoorsSince the dawn of civilization, access to reliable food sources has been vital to the survival of people. There was a time when we would spend several hours a day just getting enough food to eat – back when we were hunters and gatherers, before agriculture was developed. Even the establishment of farms and the domestication of animals has not been a guarantee against starvation, when you consider the droughts, diseases and famines which have leveled populations throughout history. Weather can be a boon or a curse on anyone growing food, which is why growing food indoors can help you stay safe.

At least, it can help you to stay safe during periods of inclement weather. While you may not be able to control the conditions of the world outside your home, there is much you can do to tailor your personal environment and make it more amiable for the growing of foodstuffs. I have survived countless strong winters, when it was even impossible to drive cars for the low temperatures, by preparing and growing plants for the winter ahead of time. I use a specially designed and fabricated room in my home in conjunction with led lights and hydroponics.

Utilizing this setup, I’ve kept myself in a steady supply of tomatoes, onions, various fruits and many different herbs which add a veritable world of flavor to whatever dishes I decide to cook. Here is a website with decent information about growing technologies, ideas, products and other good things to know for the indoor gardener with a green thumb. It’s just one of the resources I used when setting up my own winter growing operation, but it was also one of the most informative, so I recommend a quick visit to anyone interesting in learning more about this specific topic.

If you were hoping to get more information here though, then you can still keep reading. In my experience, Tao Tronics Grow Lights produce the best results for growing plants indoors, regardless of the time of year. I have been using them as part of my indoor setup for a couple years now and they do not disappoint. When you are looking for grow lights, you have to remember that natural sunlight is powerful – much more powerful than the majority of growing lights you can buy in stores. I’m talking about the wattage of the sun.

For reference, that’s about 4 x 10^26 watts. Thankfully, the sun is a long ways away from the Earth, and only a fraction of that power actually makes it through the atmosphere and to the land and seas. On a clear day with optimal weather conditions, natural sunlight’s strength is about 1,000 watts per square meter, with it being stronger closer to the equator and weaker closer to the poles. Because of this, if you’re serious about growing indoors, you can’t just use any old lights. You may need mirrors to reflect light and keep it focused on your growing area, or to simply use high-powered lights.

How to Stay Safe in Street Fights

How to Stay Safe in Street FightsSome readers may have found the title of this piece a bit shocking. Before I get into safety tips and other information about how to stay safe in street fights though, I want to make one thing perfectly clear. In most cases, if there’s a way to get out of a situation where you would have to fight without combat, that’s probably a better idea than getting into a tussle with someone you don’t know. Remember, strangers can be the most dangerous opponents – you don’t know their capabilities and they certainly don’t know yours. The best way to stay safe in a street fight is to avoid one in the first place.

With that said, winning a fight is pretty much always better than losing one. Would you rather feel the shame of a loss, or the sense of triumph which comes with pounding an enemy into the dust? I know which one I would rather feel. If you absolutely must fight, make sure to take measure of your opponent – don’t just run in blindly, swinging your arms and screaming. If they are armed, you may want to keep your distance, or look for an opportunity to disarm them rather than taking the brunt of an attack. There’s nothing cowardly at all about waiting for an opening and then seizing it.

I’m talking about a knife, a length of pipe, or another kind of melee weapon; I wouldn’t recommend trying to punch someone who has a gun pointed at you. There are three basic rules to street fighting: do not fight unless you face a real risk of bodily harm (already covered that one); use extreme force (because your opponent likely will too); and get yourself out of the situation as soon as it is over. If you follow these three rules, your safety isn’t guaranteed, but you’ll be more likely to walk away from a fight than not. Knowing how to fight before you get into a fight is also a pretty good idea.

In order to be calm and prepared in an extreme situation, you might want to attend a martial arts class: BJJ is a good example. Always wear a kimono during your training, to sharpen your inner discipline as well. Getting a good instructor for any self-defense class is very important, because if the time ever comes that you are forced to put your education to work protecting yourself, it should be fairly clear that you’d want good instructions from someone who knew what they were talking about, and not just someone running their mouth.

Getting training in outside of class is important too. Don’t forget to train some techniques at home, with the use of a superb grappling dummy. Remember, you can beat on a dummy as hard as you want and you’ll never get hit with a lawsuit or tossed out of a class – they make the best partners for when you want to learn the best place to put the most force in a blow. While live sparring partners are better for learning techniques, dummies can often be better for putting those techniques into practice without fear of hurting someone.

Using Meteorological and Climate Data to Prevent Disasters

Using Meteorological and Climate Data to Prevent DisastersData from research and from meteorological and climatology networks is an invaluable resource when trying to predict and prevent disasters. Often these resources provide a significant amount of time and money to create, and the uses for the data are not always evident at the outset of the project.

Usually, these networks start as tools for weather forecasting and then the data analysis evolves from that point into a myriad of different directions. It is important to remember, these tools are not only descriptive. They are used to make important inferences from the data that they provide. This can be critical to understanding and modeling global warming, storm systems and other potential climatology disasters.

This important work has led to a proliferation of programs and data sets that are useful to predicting weather patterns locally and globally. The largest, worldwide programs include the World Climate Data and Monitoring Program (WCDMP), which facilitates collecting and organizing climatology data all over the world. They provide a number of data sets, including climate normals. These allow researchers to compare current weather conditions to past norms. The World Meteorological Association’s Commission for Climatology (CCI) tracks global climate and temperature extremes. This data includes information on the strongest storms, hurricanes and tornadoes.

The World Weather Records (WWR) program has recorded temperature, precipitation and barometric pressure at hundreds of stations worldwide since 1923. Some of their stations have existed for much longer than that. And, there are many other global groups that collect data on surface temperature, precipitation, ozone, aerosols and more in addition to national and regional services. For example, the World Meteorological Organization has begun to develop regional centers and networks for Asia and Europe.

However, these massive undertaking can stretch the limits of any data acquisition and management program’s capabilities. These networks rely on quick, secure and user-friendly technological solutions, and the massive amount of data they produce needs to be stored somewhere. For example, the CCI records have been stored at Arizona State University since 2006. Before that, much of this critical information was simply not accessible to researchers for evaluation and verification.

This is still a problem, and the amount of data requires more space and planning than currently exists. The solution rests in creating data centers that are designed especially for gathering and processing climatology data sets. The fact is that there is a huge need for this information, and more purpose-built data centers are needed to store it. Luckily, companies like Citrus are stepping in to build these data centers. The future of climate prediction and disaster management rests in the ability of people to effectively collect, store and analyze this information. And, to that end, our futures do as well.