It’s been over a year and a half since the terrible events of Fukushima. They’re still dealing with the aftermath and will be for years to come. Imagine what it would be like if that happened on US soil? What a mess.
In my opinion, if there’s anything that the Fukushima disaster should have taught us is that our nuclear reactors–which are touted as both the safest and cleanest form of energy available–are really quite fragile in that they both require continuous human intervention and that they’re much more
Continue reading If The Fukushima Disaster Has Taught Us Anything…
I know that fall has just arrived and it felt like summer was yesterday, but last week I awoke to frost on my car windshield and began to think about the coming winter. Seeing that it’s never too early to get ready for what you know is coming, here’s my list of things for you to remember to do (in no particular order) with respect to the two most important areas you can influence: your home and car…
Water has a unique characteristic – it becomes 8.3 percent less dense as it freezes, expands and becomes a mineral. As water freezes and expands, it takes up 9 percent more space than it does in its liquid form. So when water in a pipe freezes, the ice blockage causes a buildup of pressure downstream, between the ice and the faucet. Consequently, this pressure can make a pipe burst and spew up to 250 gallons of water per day. This phenomenon is often the cause of water damaged documents and other property damage. Each year, more than 250,000 homes and
Continue reading Guest Post: Avoid Water Damaged Documents with Winter Pipe Preparation
For those in the wake of the current hurricane concerns on the east coast, pay attention to these references (all taken from the Disaster Information You Should Know page):
Wrapping up the week on flood experiences, I figured it would be easier to reference one post with the links here. And thank you to Bev for taking the time and effort to share her experiences:
Flood of 2007 by Bev
Lessons from the Flood from a Prepper’s Point of View
This story is the final installment in the chronicle of the 2007 flood and is specifically about the area around my Mother’s home. The scene we saw that morning and personal stories are shown here. It is worth reading the personal experiences of the people who survived the flood.
“Never the same: Five years later, displaced residents remember the flood” and the link
Yes… One is none; two is one. We have all heard this before. The single NOAA radio I had stored on a shelf in
Continue reading Guest Post: Flood of 2007 Part 5 (The End) by Bev
Two older people, one working full-time, cannot clean up a house from a flood. And pretty much everyone we knew was going through the same thing. Add the lines and the forms and the paperwork to apply for relief, and the mold just kept growing.
For us, the Red Cross was worthless, but others we heard got aid. I think it was a triage situation. FEMA was pretty much, we can offer you low interest loans through the Small Business Administration if you qualify. The State of Minnesota was awesome providing up to $50,000 in a “forgivable” loan—but we would
Continue reading Guest Post: Flood of 2007 Part 4 by Bev
Silence… Silence is the worst of all… Not knowing… And all the things that could be…
One pm, before he was to be to work for second shift, Bob finally showed up at Mother’s! Phones out, electric out, food rotting in the fridge and freezer, horses okay (they went to high ground on the bluff), fences out, he ended up opening a door to the basement to let the water out. No trees fell on the house. The creek was in its bed… Everything was okay???? Seven miles to Mother’s had become 30 miles… He had to go to work…
Continue reading Guest Post: Flood of 2007 Part 3 by Bev
Seventeen inches of rain in twenty-four hours in the bluff country of southeastern Minnesota and the morning revealed devastation beyond anyone’s expectations and seven deaths.
My Mother’s home is less than a mile from the Mississippi River, less than a mile from Garvin Brook, which the creek that goes by my home and Rollingstone feeds into as a tributary, and less than a mile from Goodview Lake—Lake LaCanne. An 1874 Victorian farmhouse, it sits on high ground surveying the now sprawling suburbs that were farmland in my youth. That morning, and for more than a week afterward, those suburbs were
Continue reading Guest Post: Flood of 2007 Part 2 by Bev
This week is a good week to discuss floods and hurricanes (because we are still knee-deep in hurricane season) and, who knows, maybe we’ll get some rain if we talk a lot about it.
First, if anyone has some interesting stories about living through floods or hurricanes, we would greatly appreciate hearing about your experience. You may easily submit a post here: http://rethinksurvival.com/guest-post/ or you may email me at email@example.com. Either way works. Of course, comments are always welcome too.
Second, reference the following posts to whet your appetite (pun intended): It’s Flood and Hurricane Week!