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  • Why You Should Prepare for a Zombie Apocalypse

    You peek out the window, careful not to be seen. The moon is full, but it’s still dark outside. The streetlights aren’t on – they haven’t been for days. It’s late, and all you want to do is go to sleep. But you can’t. Not now. Not ever. At least, not with those things out there.

    There is a group of them, nearby, meandering towards your home. You hear the soft sound of fleshy feet, dragging and scraping across the pavement. They hunt at night, searching for anything living to feast upon. They amble along, arms outstretched, moaning and groaning in their brainless way, searching for food.

    Ironic that brains are what they feed on.


    Zombie Apocalypse


    Our world has become mildly obsessed with the idea of a zombie apocalypse. In fact, I was looking at some emergency preparedness articles on cdc.gov (try not to act surprised), when I came across something I really didn’t expect to find on a government website – Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse.

    That’s right. Zombies. The government is spending your hard-earned tax dollars to promote zombie preparedness. Here’s a snippet from their Zombie Apocalypse post:

    “There are all kinds of emergencies out there that we can prepare for. Take a zombie apocalypse for example. That’s right, I said z-o-m-b-i-e a-p-o-c-a-l-y-p-s-e. You may laugh now, but when it happens you’ll be happy you read this, and hey, maybe you’ll even learn a thing or two about how to prepare for a real emergency.”

    It looks as if our fictitious fantasies have finally spiraled into something that is near kin to reality.

    And that’s fantastic.

    Zombie apocalypses and “real emergencies” (as they say) actually have a lot in common. Let’s look at some of the basics of preparing for zombies. What will you need?



    Zombies in Water - Zombie ApocalypseIf a zombie ends up in your water supply (river, lake, etc.), you’re pretty much hosed. I don’t think I would feel comfortable drinking that water even if it was just my brother in the water. But a zombie? Forget it.

    In reality, our water supply can be cut off like an undead’s arm with a sword. If you have an alternate source of water, however, you’ll be just fine. This goes far beyond zombies, too. This goes for drought, water contamination during floods, or a broken water main in the city. Zombies are terrifying, sure, but being without water during any emergency is just as scary. Having a supply of water – or water filter – is one of the most important steps in survival.



    Closed Forever - Zombie ApocalypseDuring a zombie apocalypse, you might be able to get some pretty cheap food at the abandoned grocery store down the block, but you’re also walking into a trap. With only one exit and lots of places for zombies to hide, you’ll be lucky at all to get out with food. And who’s to say it hasn’t been contaminated by zombies already, or molded over or whatnot?

    Zombies. Tell ya what. They really do make a mess of things.

    But before the apocalypse comes, what are some more crises that you haven’t thought of yet where your food storage could come in handy? What about a tornado taking out your grocery store? Truck drivers going on strike could jack up food prices – or keep food from coming in at all. If you lose your job tomorrow, will you have food storage to live off until you can find something else? Accidents can also happen (not just when running from zombies) that can make you lose work for an extended period of time. Will you have food ready for those unexpected times?


    First Aid Kit

    Look. If you get bit by a zombie, there’s not much I can do for you. Sorry. But if you’re running from a zombie and need to be patched up, I’ve got you covered.

    First aid kits are essential to have around. They contain those all-important tools to hold you together when all your body wants to do is fall apart (but don’t worry, you’re not a zombie yet). Patching up cuts, scrapes, and other minor injuries can be a game changer in any emergency. Don’t leave home without one.


    Anyway, you get the picture. You can go to the CDC website for a more in-depth list of some useful items to use in a zombie apocalypse…or other emergency.

    Are you prepared for a zombie apocalypse? If you are, you’ll most likely have everything you need for anything else – earthquake, flood, power outage, job loss – you name it. So if you are prepared, I salute you.

    Now, lastly – Ow, hey! I think something just bit me! Ug. I feel funny.

    I think…


    Braaiinnss. Braaaaiiiinnnnss!

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    How are you prepared for a zombie apocalypse? Happy Halloween!


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  • Afghanistan Earthquake Leaves Thousands in Dire Need of Shelter

    “We are in dire need of help. The earthquake is not over for us yet. It shook our world.”

    Those words by Wahab Hayat ring true for all affected by Monday’s Afghanistan earthquake which also reached into Pakistan. It may have only rumbled the earth for 45 seconds, but it’s still shaking up thousands of lives.

    Homes Destroyed and Shelter - BBC - Afghanistan Earthquake via BBC

    At least 360 people were killed in the 7.5 magnitude earthquake, over 1,600 people injured, and over 4,000 homes destroyed. Now, just a few days after the earthquake, there is a plea for food, blankets, and other necessities. Most dire for them, however, appears to be shelter.

    In the mountainous regions, heavy rain and even snow have made things nearly unbearable for the displaced in those areas. While it’s bad for adults, they worry more about the safety of the children.

    “Thousands spent Tuesday night in near-freezing temperatures,” reported the BBC.

    Lacking proper shelter following a disaster is something we’ve seen before, and just recently, too. In April of this year, Nepal was hit with the strongest earthquake in its history. It killed 9,000 people, and destroyed around 900,000 homes. Displacement was widespread, and a lack of shelter made it difficult for most, especially when Monsoon season came about.

    To this day, nearly six months later, there is still a need of shelter in Kathmandu and other areas of Nepal. For those in Pakistan and Afghanistan, the need for shelter is become a matter of life and death.

    While government agencies and charities work quickly to bring shelter, food, and other necessities to the hardest-hit regions, broken roads and landslides made it difficult to reach some of the devastated regions. Others are still waiting for help to arrive.

    Child By Rubble - Al Jazeera - Afghanistan Earthquake via Al Jazeera

    These events are tragic, but it is still important that we learn from them. When it comes to emergency supplies, are you prepared to take care of your family for up three days at the minimum? Relying on outside help could have you waiting for days. In the case of the people in Pakistan and Afghanistan, they’re sleeping in the cold because help hasn’t arrived yet. Once their food supplies run out, that’s it. Things aren’t going well for them.

    Of course, it’s difficult to prepare for every single disaster, and every scenario that accompanies them. But you can prepare for the basic necessities. Food, water, and shelter are three of the most important areas to prepare for. Sometimes food and water take top priority. For these people, shelter is what they need most.

    Barebones Inside - Afghanistan Earthquake Inside the Barebones tent

    Start off by having emergency blankets in easy to access locations. If you have a tent, make sure it’s in good condition. If you don’t have one, consider getting one. It’s much more pleasant sleeping in even a tiny tent than outside in the wind and the elements. If you have more room for tent storage, our Barebones tents are the ultimate emergency shelter.

    But no matter what you choose, just make sure you choose something. Here in Utah and other areas of the United States, the nights are already getting a wee bit chilly. If something were to happen to your home now and you were forced to sleep outside, would you have the proper shelter to keep you and your family warm? It’s something to start thinking about.


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  • Back to the Future: Advice to Your Past Self

    The Toronto Blue Jays are in the playoffs, Trudeau just got elected as Prime Minister of Canada…What year is it, anyway?

    Well, it’s still 2015, but today marks an important day in history. Today is the day that Doc and Marty McFly went into the future! Great Scott! How time flies!

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    In the movie Back to the Future, the protagonists Doc and Marty head off into the past, future, and past again to make changes so bad things won’t happen in the future (or past, or present, or…whenever). Time travel can be hard to stay on top of some times. After all, it’s all a bunch of wibbly wobbly, timey wimey…stuff.

    Unfortunately, we still haven’t mastered the art of manipulating time like they did. But let’s say we could time travel. Marty was sent all over the place to help prevent bad things from happening. Well, now it’s your turn. If you could go back in time and let yourself in on a little secret about being prepared…what would you tell yourself?

    If you knew your past self was going to be hit hard by a natural disaster, or injury or job loss, what would you say?

    Think about that for a moment.

    Ice Storm (CNN) - Back to the FutureHow prepared were you for Hurricane Sandy, or that last tornado that ripped through town? When that massive snow storm hit last winter, were you sufficiently prepared with food, water, heat, and other gear to get you through those days when you couldn’t leave your house?

    I think, if we had the ability to time travel, we would let ourselves in on some useful secrets. For me, it might be to stock up on some extra water during my time in the Philippines. That would have made the tropical storm and subsequent damage much more manageable.

    Or, during the fall of 2012, I would warn myself about the flood risk my apartment was in. Perhaps I could have avoided a swimming pool for a living room if I had but prepared a bit better.

    jobless man - Back to the FuturePerhaps there are some of you who have lost jobs, or have been involved in an accident which hindered you from making ends meat. Would you have wished for the ability to go back in time and warn your better-off self of ways to prepare? Maybe you would have told yourself to set some of that money aside for food storage and other emergency supplies, so when that job loss or accident did come, you would be OK until you can recover.

    If you really think about it, there are probably at least a couple times you weren’t as prepared as you should have been. If only someone from the future had come back in time to warn you about the threat that lies ahead.

    Well, fellow citizen of Earth, you’re in luck! Fortunately for you, I come from the future, and I’m here to warn you that life isn’t all safe, easy, and without its problems. From here on out, there is disaster around every corner. The future is always in motion, however, so it’s hard for me to say exactly when it will come. But your decisions today will affect your outcome tomorrow, next month, or even years down the road.

    Don’t put off preparing until it’s too late. Take it from me, your voice of warning from the future. There will be problems, and they’re hardly ever what you expect them to be.


    What would you tell your past self to do to prepare for the future? Let us know in the comments!


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