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Time to Take Inventory

End of summer is a really good time to sit down and look at your preparations and your food storage and take inventory.  What have you put by?  What do you still need more of?  What did you use over the last year?  What did you have too much of?  Whither from here?  September is…

Storm Update

So we made it through. Let me just note, however, that anyone who says that Irene was a wimpy storm that didn’t do much damage shoulda been here. We’re safe, but it was a near thing. We had close to 9 inches of rain and wind gusts that I’d estimate above 60mph – they took…

Planning for Irene

If you live in the Eastern US, particularly, but not exclusively the eastern coastal US, you need to be prepared for quite a storm. No one is sure what track Irene will take, or how much damage she will do, but everyone between New England and the Carolinas, potentially including NYC and NJ are in…

There’s a very good piece in the Guardian about the ways that Eastern Japan’s energy crisis is a model for experiences we might have in the future: For large parts of eastern Japan that were not directly hit by the tsunami on 11 March 2011, including the nation’s capital, the current state of affairs feels…

In the latest news from Fukushima, water in Tokyo has been deemed unfit for babies to consume because of high radiation levels. Not surprisingly, shortages of bottled water are emerging, as people buy up larger quantities. A top Japanese official urged residents of the nation’s capital not to hoard bottled water Wednesday after Tokyo’s government…

Food Storage and Evacuation

One of the good things that could potentially come out of the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami is an awakening of people to the reality that even in seemingly protected and developed world space, disaster, true disaster, is more common than you think, and requires basic preparedness. I pointed out in a previous post that we…

We live in a very strange society in many ways. Think about how weird it is that almost any kind of personal preparation for the future that doesn’t involve putting money in the stock market is viewed as survivalism, and as the territory of crazy people with guns. How strange is it that the language…

The northeast is having its first heatwave of the year, and I thought it was a good time to re-run a piece I wrote about what to do in extreme heat if you don’t have air conditioning. Because we all know what heatwaves mean – not just physical stress, health crises and unnecessary deaths from…

In the spirit of helping my readers increase their preparedness, I thought I’d remind you that you have 0 more days before Zombie Day to shop and get ready for Zombie attacks. So just in case there are zombies coming down your pike, and you aren’t ready, I offer a reprint of a piece I…

Over at Dot.Earth, Andy Revkin points out that basic preparedness is important – and that he’d have benefitted from some. If I’d followed my colleague Tom Zeller’s advice and invested in a wood-stove-style insert for my fireplace — as I’ve muttered about for years — my family wouldn’t have had to sleep in a 45-degree…