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  • Home Necessities to Help You Be Prepared for Any Natural Disaster

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    By guest contributor Katherine Oakes

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    At Modernize, we believe your home is your sanctuary and your shelter. In the chance that a natural disaster or unforeseen emergency should occur, it is important to know that your home is still that safe space. Even though imagining those worst-case scenarios can be difficult at first, knowing that you and your family will be safe despite the extreme circumstances will be enough to give you peace of mind.
    Making sure that you and your loved ones are prepared for any sort of situation can seem like an overwhelming task. Where do you even begin? Start by narrowing it down and consider what items would be necessary to have stored in your home in case of an emergency. Since many of the incidents that occur and leave people stranded are due to natural disasters like hurricanes, storms, floods, earthquakes, or tornadoes, it’s more likely that you may be stuck in your home without power or access to clean water. Think about what kind of items and products you use on a daily basis and then make it more specific by asking yourself what you would actually need in order to survive?

    To help you get started, we’ve outlined some of the most important things to consider storing in your home in case of an emergency.



    At least half of the human body is comprised of water, and since dehydration can easily be one of the first things to seriously affect you when you are without it, it’s extremely important for keeping your area and yourself clean and hydrated. So as you are creating your plans, make sure that water is at the top of your list. FEMA recommends storing at least one gallon per person per day for two weeks at minimum, and it will be even better if you have the space to store more.


    via The Emergency Food Assistance Program via The Emergency Food Assistance Program


    If you are following the two week rule, then you’ll want to include enough food in your emergency storage to adequately sustain you and the other members of your household for that amount of time. It is, of course, wise to store non-perishable items like canned food or packages that require water and to consider how many calories they will provide per person per day. However, if you have the means to store food that needs to be slightly cooked, you can use cooking equipment that doesn’t need electricity and is battery-powered to do so.


    First Aid Kit

    Having a well-stocked first aid kit can make all the difference. There are plenty of kits for sale that come with all the essentials you might need. However, you can always create your own first aid kit by buying products individually and customizing it to your liking. Keep it nearby your food and water for convenience.


    Other Functional Necessities

    Add things like several flashlights, batteries, and matches, and candles to your storage as well. It’s also important to keep a hand-crank or battery-powered radio in your collection so that you can stay well informed throughout the process and know how to safely move forward with your loved ones. Also consider what daily medications you or others might need to have in case you cannot get more. Do your best to stock up and keep them in your first aid kit or in a safe place.


    What are some other home necessities you have on hand for an emergency? Let us know in the comments!

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  • Bad Moon Rising? How Much Credence Does Sunday's Blood Moon Deserve?

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    Moon over Water - Bad Moon Rising

    Early in the evening, just about suppertime, millions will have their eyes trained on Sunday’s total lunar eclipse. If your eyes are two of them, listen carefully as you gaze. You may hear the strains of an old ‘60’s tune floating through the air.

    “I see a bad moon rising. I see trouble on the way. I see earthquakes and lightenin’. I see bad times today.”

    Sunday’s moon might be called a Blood Moon for the red cast it will take on when it reaches full eclipse. For many, however, the name refers to ancient biblical prophecy declaring that, before the end of days, “the moon will be turned to blood.” For them, this is certainly a “Bad Moon Rising.”

    “I hear hurricanes a-blowin’. I know the end is comin’ soon. I feel rivers over flowin’. I hear the voice of rage and ruin.”

    Super Cell - Bad Moon RisingWhen Credence Clearwater Revival released this hit in early 1969, songwriter John Fogerty waxed prophetic when, less than four months later, Hurricane Camille hit the Gulf Coast of Mississippi—still the second strongest hurricane in US History.



    Religious ThingMark Biltz, founder of El Shaddai Ministries, has been warning the world about this Bad Moon since before the first of this tetrad arose in April of last year (a tetrad being a series of four consecutive full lunar eclipses). In a Washington Post interview he told writer Abby Phillip, “I’m just saying there’s a good chance there could be a war with Israel. I’m also saying there’s a good chance there could be economic calamity. And I’m basing that on the Bible and patterns.”

    Likewise, Minister John Hagee has been alerting the world that God himself has a message in the sky for us Sunday night. "There's a sense in the world that things are changing and God is trying to communicate with us in a supernatural way," Hagee told CBN News. "I believe that in these next two years, we're going to see something dramatic happen in the Middle East involving Israel that will change the course of history in the Middle East and impact the whole world," he predicted.

    “Hope you got your things together. Hope you are quite prepared to die. Looks like we’re in for nasty weather. One eye is taken for an eye.”

    Blood Moons, Bad moons, prophecies, calamities…you’d have to ask John Fogerty himself what he had in mind as he wrote his #2 Billboard hit. Rolling Stone Magazine did just that, and Fogerty quite frankly replied, “It was about the apocalypse that was going to be visited upon us.”

    I was a sixth grader at Cordova Meadows Elementary School when I first heard the strains of Bad Moon Rising. Since then, the world has seen plenty of earthquakes, hurricanes, rage, and ruin. Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq. Energy crisis, tsunamis, Ebola. Plunging markets, bursting bubbles, falling trade towers. Looking back, these calamities, along with the illnesses, accidents, layoffs, divorces and other set-backs that have hit me and mine over the last 45 years, never came with warnings, or moons, or top-forty hits. They just happened. I expect it’s the same for you and yours.

    “Don’t go around tonight. Well, it’s bound to take your life. There’s a bad moon on the rise.”

    Water Barrels - Bad Moon RisingSunday night, our cupboards will be stocked with several month’s worth of necessities. The propane tanks are full, cooking gear is at the ready, alongside a couple of tents and sleeping bags. Flashlights are charged, on the shelf with oil candles and the first-aid kit. Plus, over 200 gallons of clean water stand in barrels and jugs in the garage. When this bad moon rises, we’ll be ready…just like we have been for years. For us, family preparation has never been anything extreme, or fearful, or reactionary. We’re not cowering to mystic moons or ministers of doom. It’s just a part of our preparedness lifestyle—put a little bit aside each month for whatever God, or anyone else, has in mind.

    Bloo Moon Over Mountains - Bad Moon Rising

    So, my family will be goin’ around Sunday night. With cameras and binoculars in hand, we’ll throw a blanket out on the roof and watch this incredible super-moon rise and fade from white to red, marveling at it’s splendor. And while we’ll enjoy the evening, my wife and I are ever mindful that along with these peaceful times come also life’s challenges. But we’ll rest soundly until Monday morning, knowing we are prepared.


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  • The Desolation of Cascadia...and How to Prepare

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    So, the Pacific Northwest is going to get pummeled by a super-massive earthquake followed by a monstrous tsunami. Worst case scenario, everything West of Interstate 5 will be unrecognizably devastated.

    When I last left you following my latest post about the forthcoming destruction of the Pacific Northwest thanks to the Cascadia subduction zone (check out that article here), I promised to come back and talk about the implications such a disaster could cause. But before we jump into that, let me sum up what we’ve discussed thus far:

    • Cascadia subduction zone - Japan tsunami 2011 Japan tsunami, 2011 - Australian Geographic

      The Cascadia subduction zone is 72 years overdue for a super-massive earthquake, bigger even than what the San Andreas Fault could dish out.

    • FEMA asserts that everything west of the I-5 will be destroyed from Northern California up into British Columbia.
    • A monstrous tsunami will come about 15-30 minutes after the earth stops rumbling.
    • Devastation

    Now that you’re caught up, let’s talk implications.

    Cascadia subduction zone - Hurricane Sandy Power Poles Hurricane Sandy left millions without power

    As reported in the New Yorker article, if this quake were to happen, “the I-5 corridor…will take between one and three months after the earthquake to restore electricity, a month to a year to restore drinking water and sewer service,” and the list goes on. Not taking into consideration the amount of time it would take to rebuild the major infrastructure, it will require an estimated 18 months for health care facilities to come back online. During that year and a half, you’ll want to be prepared to take care of yourself and your loved ones, because emergency services are going to be reserved for the worst-case patients.

    But that’s just around the I-5. Towards the coast, things will be even worse. With a one to three year wait for drinking water and sewage systems to be back in action, you will definitely want a few alternate sources of water. In this case, water filters and desalinators would be a great option, as they are portable and can supply you with clean drinking water even if you have to evacuate your home (which you more than likely will).

    But the setbacks don’t stop there. With that much damage, FEMA expects that U.S. taxpayers will have to cover at least 75% of the damage. They wouldn’t be surprised if taxpayers even had to pay 100% of disaster recovery. Because of this and other massive expenses, “the economy of the Pacific Northwest will collapse.” Even if you live in the worst-hit location, having an emergency food storage will help see you through a season where you may not have any income for quite some time.

    I’ll be honest, the New Yorker article referenced here and in my last post was pretty disheartening. The author went into great detail as to the nature of this disaster, the history of the Cascadia subduction zone, and how the adjacent regions would be effected. It was a well-researched piece of writing, however, and it most certainly stirred the pot. But did it achieve its purpose?

    You betcha.

    It got people talking. As the good men of G.I. Joe say, “Knowing is half the battle,” and that article provided you with 50% of what you need to win against a devastating earthquake. The other 50%? Implementation.

    Cascadia subduction zone Cascadia subduction zone - Carleton College

    In response to the New Yorker article and all the hullabaloo surrounding it, FEMA released a statement in which they didn’t apologize for a single word that was published. Instead, they gave it their proverbial stamp of approval. They also agreed with the masses of commenters in that “the science in the article isn’t new” regarding the Cascadia subduction zone and its threat. This is something we’ve been warned about again and again. Most importantly, however, they are glad the article got your attention. That’s “the first step to get better prepared,” they said, “because you are better informed.”

    Don’t let this discussion be just another meal-time conversation that’s forgotten by tomorrow’s breakfast. FEMA admonishes people everywhere to “take it further by making a family emergency plan and starting your emergency supply kit.”

    You know what’s coming, now go do something to prepare.

    As FEMA suggested, get an emergency kit. We have plenty to choose from, as well as individual items to help supplement your already-existing kits. Do you have an alternate energy source? You should, because it’ll be a long time before you get power back if you’re stuck in the effected region.

    Aside from the traditional preparations – including food, water, and power – one commenter queried how many people knew important phone numbers should they lose their phone? It may be hard to memorize all the numbers you need to know, but there are free apps you can download for your devices, such as CS Matrix It for Android and Contacts to Excel for iOS. These apps will help import your phone contacts to your computer, and from there you can print out your contacts list so you can always have them with you should you need them.

    The Cascadia subduction zone is a real threat, but once again, if you’re prepared you’ll be in a much better position than if you’re caught unawares.

    FEMA did not apologize for the forward nature of the New Yorker regarding this looming disaster, nor should they. They want you to know what to expect, so you can be better prepared. In lieu of that, I would like to reiterate the importance of acting on what you know. You read the article because you were interested. Now that you are aware of what could happen, go and prepare for it.

    Even if you don’t live near the Cascadia subduction zone and the area in question, there are plenty of other disasters that could affect you. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Start preparing today!


    Are you preparing for “the big one” in your area? Let us know how!


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    Posted In: Disaster Scenarios, Emergency Kits, Planning Tagged With: desolation, cascadia subduction zone, Cascadia, the really big one, the big one, be prepared, Tsunami, Earthquake

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