The Tsunami App: An Innovative Safety Solution You Can Help With

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Back The Tsunami App Kickstarter. Developed by Alexander Artyukhin, this smartphone app is aimed at warning people the moment tsunami conditions are triggered and even providing safe routes to help people get away as fast as possible, likely saving countless lives.

Here, watch the video:

Pretty neat, right?

You can learn more at their website and also back the project on Kickstarter here.

And the press release:

Revolutionary app could save thousands of lives during the next natural disaster

Austin, TX: With each passing year, tsunamis and floods pose increasing threats to populations around the globe. Working with experts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), we have created an app designed to protect vulnerable residents and visitors from the next catastrophe. On February 15, we will launch a Kickstarter campaign to collect the remaining funds required to put the app into action.

TheTsunami app will tap into a global network of dozens of buoys designed by the NOAA to detect tsunami-related disturbances at a moment’s notice.

The moment we detect a disturbance, we will provide users with real-time alerts and all of the information they will need to protect themselves and their loved ones.

During any sort of tsunami-related disturbance, users will have the following invaluable resources at their fingertips:

  • A countdown to when the tsunami is expected to hit
  • Live updates of the height and speed of the wave
  • The option to share the relevant data with friends and loved ones
  • A comprehensive evacuation plan, showing you the nearest safe zone and how to get there
  • News updates relevant to the tsunami
  • Confirmation that you have reached the safe zone

During any sort of flooding – whether the floods are caused by a tsunami, a hurricane or any other disaster – stranded users can tap the app’s SOS button to be immediately connected with all relevant emergency professionals in the vicinity. With one tap of the button, all nearby emergency professionals will be alerted to the user’s exact location. Thus, users can focus on tending to their immediate needs rather than calling 911 and attempting to discern their own whereabouts. The technology we have developed will work even when GPS signals are at their weakest.

So long as the coast is clear, users can open and explore the app to double-check that everything’s ok, to help craft a tsunami/flood survival plan, to read up on the latest news or to learn more about TheTsunami and the technologies we rely on.

TheTsunami app is designed in a minimalistic and straightforward fashion. Our goal is to save as many lives as possible; we don’t want any of our users to have to spend valuable time flipping through endless screens and dense text.

It is also fully automated. The elimination of the human factor will save time, ensure against human error and – as a result of both of these elements – save lives.

We have already signed a memorandum of understanding to gain access to the NOAA’s network of buoys, and have established a comprehensive app development plan. All we need now to make TheTsunami app a reality is to gather funds required to secure access to the buoy network and to fine-tune the server. We plan to raise the funds we’ll need by March 2017. Then, we’ll move forward with development. We plan to go live just a few months later, by mid-summer.

Remember, they’re not asking for much and now you have the power to save countless lives. 🙂

Back The Tsunami App Kickstarter.

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The Firewaall: Vertical Fire Curtain (link)

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I’m not sure how useful this firewaall (and, no, I didn’t spell that wrong) is for survival purposes but it does have some potential applications as a nice camp out conversation piece, lol…

“OK, in all seriousness, the old-fashioned campfire is just fine in most situations. But a Canadian company just launched a new contraption called a Firewaall. It’s pretty neat.

The made-in-Canada apparatus simply holds wood in a wall-like form. Start the fire with tinder in the bottom, add some larger sticks, and enjoy a vertical blaze.

What’s the point? Good question. First, the Firewaall contains fire in a way that looks pretty efficient. The vertical nature of the wall helps it radiate heat outward. It elevates fire too, which would be nice on a frozen lake…”

Read the full article here

17 Ways To Repurpose Motor Oil (link)

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Motor oil has never been on my radar as something to re-purpose, that’s for sure. Now, every other oil on the planet has but NOT motor oil, lol. Regardless, I was quite surprised if the following suggestions are true as I’d never expected motor oil to be this potentially useful in ways other than in your vehicle. Granted, some of the suggestions are a bit over-the-top but if even half of them aren’t then motor oil may be something to hoard even more than you might otherwise expect:

“Motor oil is commonly considered a waste material, but it may become something of value to people trying to put their lives back together in a post-crisis world. People will try to scavenge whatever may be of use, and it’s understandable since it will take some time for mechanization to re-emerge with new products.

You’ll also have to deal with what you have, so learn to speak multipurpose, and don’t skip motor oil from this equation. So here’s how to reuse motor oil regardless of whether there is a major crisis to deal with or not.

Where to Find Used Motor Oil

Right now, used motor oil is more of a nuisance than something else you might consider valuable in the post crisis world.

For the most part, mechanic shops and recycling facilities will be the first places to go for used motor oil, but you should also consider…”

Read the full article here

How to Trick Your Family And Friends Into Becoming Preppers (video)

This is a question nearly any prepper has once they’ve been prepping for long enough. After all, once you realize everyone you know is going to look to YOU when SHTF then it becomes imperative to get your family and friends to choose to prepare themselves! Personally, I’ve had a hard time with it over the years, likely only truly converting a few close friends/family.

Regardless of my success, he suggests using YouTube as a way to “break the ice” and redirect the focus from you telling them to get prepared to others doing so in a unassuming manner, specifically using his channel and videos but, honestly, you can and should choose YouTube videos that are best suited to your conversations no matter who made them.

Skip to about the 0:45 second mark to get to the heart of the video and realize there is some foul language throughout if you have little ears around…

8 Effective Steps To Get More Prepared For SHTF Today

This is a guest post by John Lewis of Epic Wilderness. He’s got a lot of good things going on over there, you should check it out today.

Introduction

Prepping for the next SHTF situation can be quite costly if you are aiming to purchase the most sophisticated gear to keep you alive. In actual fact, I believe that knowledge is a much more sophisticated “tool” than gear because having sufficient knowledge can be the reason for your survival.

If you get into debt just for prepping I would advise you to rethink your strategy now! It is not likely that an economic downturn will happen and all the banks in the world will go haywire. [Editor’s note: I have to disagree, this is completely possible.] Although that is possible, you do not want to take the risk of going bankrupt and cause a SHTF situation in your own life.

In my opinion, it would be great to know some of the more frequent disasters in your area and start preparing for them. This is because you have to start off small first and build a foundation before you prep for the big ones which are much harder to prepare for and probably only happen once in a blue moon (or will they ever happen?).

[Editor’s note: John makes a good point here. Start with the smaller, more likely disasters, then work your way up to the EMPs and economic collapse scenarios; in doing so you’ll be better prepared for whatever comes your way regardless.]

1. Make a prepping budget and stick to it

Although this may seem like common sense, the act of budgeting is not common practice among most families. The act of budgeting requires a huge amount of disciple to be implemented for any length of time. If you were to record your everyday expense and budget accordingly, it can go a long way from bankruptcy to financial freedom.

Having a prepping budget can be divided into three courses of action: budgeting for financial concerns, budgeting your time for preparedness and having a good plan.

First and foremost, budgeting for the financials is a serious matter and it would be wise that you only use excess money to spend on preps each month. Try to save as much money as you can by reducing your bills and find ways to increase the active income you can get.

[Editor’s note: It’s all about prioritizing, do you want that new bug out bag or a plasma t.v.? Most American’s choose the latter.]

Furthermore, as for budgeting your time, you need to create time with your family to prepare for the most likely SHTF situation first.

As for having a good plan, you have to develop several plans because there are many kinds of SHTF scenarios out there. For example, you can have a plan for preparing during hot weather but some of this plan obviously won’t work if SHTF during winter.

In addition, you have to keep up with the current events so that you know which disasters to prepare for while making a fool-proof plan that will be practiced intensively.

I would like to share more examples how different plans is a necessity for different kinds of situation. If your house is located in a low-lying area you will need a bug out plan when flood strikes your home. How about living in high ground? There would be higher probability of you having impact from an EMP strike which can totally wipe out your grid.

2. Prioritize your needs and don’t buy unnecessary things

Since every individual has different needs you would need to prioritize your family’s wants and needs and work steadily towards them. This is especially true for food storage because you would want to know what your loved ones are allergic to, what they love to eat, and what they often eat.

But be warned, you should also take into consideration the shelf life of the food and how nutritious the food is. Think carefully what kinds of staple food can provide the most energy while your family loves it. Is it potato? Rice? Or do they simply love bread? Have a discussion with them and prioritize your food list and don’t waste unnecessarily on other food items that just cannot be stored or eaten by you and your family.

[Editor’s note: This is a classic example of the “store what you eat, eat what you store” mentality.]

Another type of priority is that of basic needs. Does shelter come first before food? A rough list of the needs of you and your family would be shelter, warmth, food, water, medicines and sanitation.

3. Be extremely frugal in shopping

After you come up with a budget, it is time for you to make a list of items that you really need to buy and where to purchase them from. Buying in bulk can help you to save money but buying too much of any one item may not be the best strategy.

In addition, I would recommend that you actually take advantage of Craigslist or even garage sales to get the cheapest gear.

It is awesome if you already started collecting coupons because it shows that you already have a head start towards saving a considerable amount of money. For those who have not started, do not fret because you can start now and still save a ton of money. I can confidently say that many people who take coupon-cutting to the extreme are really successful in stockpiling items that are not perishable.

Furthermore, you should make an inventory list of what you already have and avoid buying such items again. It would be better if you can get the things which you need but still do not have before you purchase more of what you currently have at home.

[Editor’s note: this is a tough one, I must admit! My wife often complains that I keep buying stuff we already have, lol.]

4. Learn survival skills seriously

You have to take your learning to the next level when contemplating the best survival skills you can use.

The skills that you have acquired can also save you money in the short-term as well. For example, will you have to call a repairman when your house has a leaking roof or can you fix this yourself?

No doubt that you can have loads of supplies but if you do not have the right knowledge, such as being able to store it for a longer period of time, will do you little good. Being ignorant on the subject of proper food storage, for example, such as keeping the food out of direct sunlight, the food that you store will quickly spoil.

The skills also include gardening which is also a part of the preparedness journey. Not only you get your very own free supply of food, the food that you get is all organic and extremely fresh!

5. Practice with the plan you currently have

At best, most preppers should actually practice with their family members once a week, or at least even once a month. During a bug out, where will your family meet up? Do they know how to go there in the shortest time possible? How about alternative roads to your bug out location?

More importantly, you can also get considerable insight about how flawed your plans are. I am not saying that your plans will definitely not work, I am just stating that plans not practiced may lead to failure. Since failure in your survival plan may mean certain death, how can you afford that mistake? Get excited about prepping, use the art of deliberate practice to improve your survival plan. If you are not enthusiastic and your practice is not structured, it will not be efficient.

[Editor’s note: Practice does make perfect. It may be one thing for YOU to know your plans but if your family doesn’t know (and practice them too) you could be in for a rude awakening during disaster. I know I need to work on this more myself.]

6. Make simple switches in what you purchase

Instead of rewarding yourself with that ice-cream or treating yourself in a fancy restaurant, it would be better if you can reward yourself a bag of rice or food supply.

Just by switching your spending habits from using your money mostly on what is pleasurable to prepping would make a huge difference. I know this is easier said than done, so I think a paradigm shift is needed. Unless you understand how prepping is so much more imperative than instant gratification, it would be very difficult to go against your own impulse.

[Editor’s note: Most of us have this problem… especially my kids.]

It would be wise if you could change the habit of shopping impulsively to shopping with a budget. You have to see through all the marketing gimmick where companies claim that their prepping items are a must-have by feeding you information regarding how well-made their product is.

Also, you should make switches in habits that can actually cut cost such as cutting back on junk food and buying brands which cost less but still provide the same quality of material. It all comes down to discipline and the knowledge to do so.

Changing your lifestyle habit can be a challenging thing, but it can be extremely rewarding down the road.

7. Use preparedness as a way to get side income and freebies

If you are very passionate about the subject of preparedness you can even guest post on blogs to share your knowledge and tips on preparing for the next disaster. The act of sharing the information not only make your current knowledge more ingrained in you, but you have to stretch yourself to the limit to provide readers with the most important information.

Also, you can start giving advice to people too, especially when sharing from the heart. If you are good enough, some webmasters and people are willing to financially reimbursed you because the content you shared is very good.

If you are really passionate about food storage you can even go to Valley Food Storage’s Free Sample and get free food sample delivered to your doorstep! Just squeeze some cash out for the shipping and handling and you can get free survival food while getting new information regarding which is the best food to store.

[Editor’s note: I haven’t tried the free samples but the guest posting idea is a good one to look into. I’ve seen some blogs that will pay $20 or more for a good post if you have the time and inclination to write.]

8. Form a team of like-minded people

You can never be a “Lone Wolf” when it comes to preparing for the next TEOTWAWKI situation. You must have a team of people–be it big or small–to survive. A few principles must be laid down, however, so that everyone in the team knows what to expect, trusts each other, and so that no one will backstab another person, even when he is desperate.

There are two ways to join a preparedness group. Firstly, you can join an already established group but this requires very intense research. You have to read countless survival forums and reviews before you can take a leap of faith because the community you participate in will be your safety net when a disaster strikes. Also, you have to make sure your values and vision align with the group’s.

You can, on the other hand, decide to create your own group, starting with people whom you think you can work with. This is actually more effective because you start from scratch, beginning and growing with the people that you know you can work with. My advice is that you can use Craigslist to start your local survival coalition, gathering like-minded people nearby you.

[Editor’s note: This is easier said than done, particularly if you include friends and family who, no doubt, may have expectations of YOU taking care of them with little in return.]

By joining a group, you not only get to improve your learning process but you also get the latest information which may not be easily available on the internet.

Conclusion

Preparing for a SHTF situation is about being responsible and this means being responsible for your financials as well! Besides being financially healthy, you will also have peace of mind if you are to prepare properly. I hope that the tips shared here would be very useful and help you get a head start in the journey of preparedness. What do you think is the most effective and affordable way to prepare for the next TEOTWAWKI? Please share in the comment section below.

Author bio

I am John Lewis, a blogger, survivalist and outdoor enthusiast. While I believe that everyone should enjoy their lives doing things they love, being financially, mentally and physically prepared to face challenges that may arise is inevitably important. You can follow me over at Epic Wilderness.

800+ Free Survival Manuals

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I was recently made aware of a huge survival guide resource at PatriotRising.com. It seems this page alone has over 800 free resources (by my rough count) which you may freely download, though the subheadings claim nearly 3000 resources… I’m not quite sure where the other 2200 are at.

Regardless, every topic seems covered, from NBC to wilderness survival, medical, water, food, fire, gardening, shelters and so much more… you’ll find plenty to make use of I’m sure.

The only request the site owner has is that if you want to save yourself loads of time and download the provided ZIP or RAR files that you consider making a donation to help with bandwidth costs which, I’ll attest, really do cost website owners money and can do so quickly.

Here’s the link again to this wonderful resource page if you’re interested… and, of course, be sure to share this with all who may be interested.

Are Hard Times Really Coming?

How often do you see posts for “living in hard times” or the “coming hard times” or something like that? I might see a new post like that once a week or so. But, are these folks right? Are hard times REALLY coming?

After all, one might suggest that things are great for most of us here in America. Sure there are exceptions but, for the vast majority of Americans, maybe you shouldn’t complain…

Water and Food

Think about how easy it is to get water. You just turn on the tap and, voila, out it comes! Despite the occasional problems such as with Flint’s water crisis or the the Ohio algae bloom a year or two back, you probably never think twice about your water. Water is simply at our fingertips 24/7.

Food is about the same. We’re living in an unprecedented age of food production, one never before seen in history. How much longer can we keep this up? I don’t know but for the time being…

We can buy a boat-load of food at our local grocery stores, purchase a variety of foods out of season, buy meals at dozens of different restaurants and fast food joints… vending machines are stocked full of it. Heck, even the Ferry rides to get to Seattle will feed me should I desire; Heaven-forbid I can’t take a 30 minute boat ride without eating. Yes, food is abundant here in America.

Shelter and Travel

Most of us have our pick of where we want to live (within reasonable driving distance, of course), what type of home to own (single family, duplex, condo, apartment, etc.), and if we’re not happy we’re just a zillow.com search away from finding our dream home. Moreover, there’s little worry about structural stability for most homes as it’s not like they’re going to collapse tomorrow, even in an earthquake. Utilities are expected to be provided and if the power goes out for more than two hours people are grouchy.

Travel is a piece of cake too. Most of us have reliable vehicles, a fairly good network of roads to get anywhere we like across the nation, gas stations are seemingly everywhere, and if we don’t want to drive we can take the bus, train, subway, airplane, motorcycle, or even the lowly bicycle. It couldn’t be easier most of the time to get around.

Medical Care

Got a stuffy nose? See the nearby Urgent Care.

Not sure what that bump is on your shoulder? There’s a Dermatologist for that.

Need your teeth cleaned? Throw a rock and you’ll hit at least a dozen dentists.

How about an appendectomy? Yup, got you covered.

And with me being forced to buy Obamacare… I’m covered too… well, maybe not quite like I was hoping for. 😉

The point is that we have an abundance of healthcare options around. Babies rarely die and it’s shocking to us when modern medicine can’t fix a problem. There was a time when people routinely died young, folks had big families because of expected infant deaths, and medicine was dispensed by your local Barber.

Security

According to this post (and the accompanying book) we’re actually living in a age of declining violence. Sure, it doesn’t feel like that at times but, let me ask you: when’s the last time you were actually afraid to go out of your home, to travel around town, or mingle in public places because you genuinely feared for your life?

I’d be surprised if you ever did. Granted, I know bad things can and do happen to good people but, unless you live in the slums, odds are you’re fairly safe to leave your home. Heck, I still know people who don’t lock their car doors and some who don’t even lock their homes at night.

Compared to days of yesteryear we’re apparently quite safe as a whole, as a society.

Money

Now, I’ll be the first to tell you that I truly don’t have enough money, ever. But it seems to me that whatever your financial situation is, you probably have enough to keep a roof overhead, food in your belly, and to generally live a decent lifestyle. Maybe your retirement account isn’t the best but the stock markets surely suggest otherwise.

I even recently watched a video that stated universal income quantitative easing (read: giving away free money to the masses) is coming to America. Think about that one for a moment: government will literally hand money to people just for being a citizen, oh, wait… I think we already do that… but now it will be blatantly obviously and the masses will love it.

Conclusions and Warnings

What’s to complain about? On the list of Maslow’s hierarchy of basic needs, they’re all covered quite well and then some! Compared to our ancestors we’re living an easy life and it shows.

Therein, however, lies the problem.

It’s precisely this easy lifestyle that breeds complacency. Most people think that bad things can’t or won’t happen to them, their town, or their nation. Just take a look around you the next time you’re out and about. The biggest “problem” most folks seem to have these days is that their smartphone isn’t loading YouTube videos fast enough or that the line at McDonald’s is long. That’s crazy!

I’m guessing the “powers that be” prefer it this way. They prefer to give the masses everything the want, distract them with media, fatten them up with unhealthy foods, and soon they’re easier to manipulate.

But what happens if/when hard times do come? What happens to the complacent masses then? Nothing good, that’s for sure.

Ultimately, the question is: Are Hard Times Really Coming?

Personally, I don’t see how they’re not. While I feel that economic collapse is the most likely–and most guaranteed to happen–scenario there’s also the distinct possibility of WW3 starting because of Russia and/or China… and then, of course, there’s always ISIS and North Korea stirring up trouble, to name a few more possibilities.

Although I’m surely talking to the converted, one simply cannot assume that “because times have been good that they will continue to be so,” particularly when so many signs point to trouble ahead.

What say you? Do you feel troubled times are ahead or is it business as usual?

Lessons From Mega Disasters (video)

This is an interview with “Eve Gonzales of TradingPostInTheWoods.com [who] talks about her experiences responding to the most catastrophic disasters in recent times. She talks about what she has learned and what you should do to get prepared now.” This is part one of a two part series which hasn’t been released yet (scheduled for next week he said).

I find it interesting that no matter where she goes in the U.S. folks just aren’t prepared. They’re complacent. They truly feel like disasters won’t hit their towns, their homes, their families and they simply ignore the possibilities. IMO, you either “get it” or you don’t. There is no other choice when it comes to disaster preparedness.

Skip to about the 0:50 mark to get to the heart of the video/interview…