Category: Survival (page 4 of 9)

Most Of Us Aren’t Ready.

cgapproved80% of Americans live in a county that has been hit by a weather related disaster since 2007

60% of people have not practiced or prepared for what to do in an emergency

55% of people think they can rely on the “authorities” to rescue them

44% of people have no first aid kit

48% of people have no emergency supplies

53% of people do not have a three days supply of water

52% of families do not have an emergency rally point (ERP)

42% of people do not know the phone numbers of immediate family members

I wasn’t overly surprised by these numbers when I was doing my research, but still, those are aren’t good.

The first thing I suggest doing in Prepare Now-Survive Later is get two cases of bottled water per person in your home. That sounds simple but water is the most precious commodity after an emergency or natural disaster. It’s the first thing you see getting hauled in. I’ll discuss water more in this blog, but just doing this simple thing puts you ahead of the vast majority of households. It’s not about avoiding the negative.

In the Green Berets, the most important thing that made us elite was our planning. We not only thoroughly planned our missions, we also Emergency Planned all the possible things we could imagine going wrong.

You Emergency Plan for 3 reasons:

To avoid the emergency.

To have a plan, equipment, training etc. in place in case the emergency strikes.

To give you peace of mind in day-to-day living so you don’t constantly have to worry about potential emergencies because you are prepared for them. This allows you to experience a higher quality of life.

Thus, one of the goals of Prepare Now is so that you can feel more secure.

If you’ve lived through a natural disaster or emergency, what was the most important thing you wished you had done differently beforehand?

FREE Apps you need to download now for First Aid, Maps, Emergencies and Disaster Readiness

These are apps that I consolidated while researching Prepare Now-Survive Later. Many are useful in day to day living. Some could be life saving.

First Aid Apps

screen-shot-2016-11-09-at-11-15-01-amFirst Aid (Red Cross): Accidents happen. The official American Red Cross First Aid app puts expert advice for everyday emergencies in your hand. Simple step-by-step instructions guide you through everyday first aid scenarios. Fully integrated with 9-1-1 so you can call EMS from the app at any time. Videos and animations make learning first aid fun and easy. Preloaded content means you have instant access to all safety information at anytime, even without reception or an Internet connection.

Red Cross First Aid (Apple):

Red Cross First Aid (Android):

screen-shot-2016-11-09-at-11-16-31-amiTriage. iTriage is a free app that puts you at the center of your healthcare—anywhere, anytime. Search for health answers with iTriage Health, Doctor, Symptom & Healthcare Search app. Find medications, diseases, and medical locations.

iTriage (Apple):

iTriage (Android) :

CPR and Choking. Has video demonstration and audio instructions that you can quickly access. The first screen is two large buttons where you pick either CPR or Choking. Then you get the choice of adult/child/infant. Once you hit that, the video begins to play.

CPR and Choking (Apple):

CPR and Choking (Android):

Map Apps

road-idRoad ID eCrumb for Apple and Android. This is one I use when off by myself running, biking or hiking. It’s a way of alerting people if something happens to me and I stop moving past a certain period of time. The all new Road ID App is a great tool for runners, cyclists, hikers, walkers and basically anyone not glued to their couch. With amazing features like eCrumb Tracking, a Stationary Alert, and a custom Lock Screen creator, the Road ID App is your perfect training partner. With the ability to track your workouts in real time, your friends and family can stay better connected whenever you head outdoors…delivering peace of mind like never before. Road ID eCrumb:

Compass. Your iPhone should already have a compass app on it. An interesting tidbit for Apple Compass: it has a second page that is essentially a level and gives you accurate readings on inclines.

Compass (Android):

Google Earth (Apple):

Google Earth (Android):


p style=”text-align: center;”>Key Emergency and Disaster Information Apps 

screen-shot-2016-11-09-at-11-18-08-amFamily Locator Android: GPS Tracker for Android. Family Locator simplifies life in the digital world by making it easy to stay connected to the people who matter most. With Life360 you can create your own groups, called “Circles,” of loved ones, friends, teammates — whoever matters most and chat with them in Family Locator for FREE. View the real-time location of Circle Members on a private family map that’s only visible on Family Locator. Receive real-time alerts when Circle Members arrive at or leave destinations (Eliminate disruptive “Where are you?” texts) Track stolen phones or lost phones.

Family locator Android:

Emergency Alert System for Apple: Alert, track and notify loved ones as well as 911 in an emergency situation. Silent Beacon provides you with the peace of mind that comes from knowing that you and your loved ones are able to instantly connect. The emergency alert system for the digital age.

Emergency Alert System for Apple:

screen-shot-2016-11-09-at-11-25-50-amRed Cross Hurricane App. Be ready for severe weather with Hurricane by American Red Cross. Monitor conditions in your area or throughout the storm track, prepare your family and home, find help and let others know you are safe – a must have for anyone who lives in an area where a hurricane may strike or has loved ones who do.

Red Cross hurricane app (Apple):

Red Cross hurricane app (Android):

screen-shot-2016-11-09-at-11-26-33-amEarthquake Alert Android: See Magnitude 1.0+ from the U.S. and Magnitude 4.5+ earthquakes from all over the World.

Earthquake alert (Android):

Quake Free for Apple: QuakeFeed is the #1 Earthquake App for iOS. Quick and very easy to use. Nearby Alerts for earthquakes near you:

screen-shot-2016-11-09-at-11-27-39-amWeatherbug: Get real-time weather conditions, forecasts, and accurate & animated weather maps for all the locations you care about. Plus, get the fastest alerts to severe weather including all NWS and NOAA watches and warnings.

Weatherbug (Apple):

Weatherbug (Android):

screen-shot-2016-11-09-at-11-28-28-amDisaster Alert is a free download providing mobile access to multi-hazard monitoring of and early warning for “Active Hazards” around the globe. Additional information and reports about hazards can be viewed and shared.

Disaster Alert (Apple):

Disaster Alert (Android):

screen-shot-2016-11-09-at-11-29-19-amFEMA: The FEMA app is your one-stop-shop with tools and tips to keep you safe before, during, and after disasters. Stay updated with weather-related alerts from the U.S. National Weather Service. Upload and share your disaster photos to help out emergency managers. Save a custom list of the items in your family’s emergency kit, as well as the places you will meet in case of an emergency. Get tips on what to do before, during, and after over 20 types of disasters. And locate open shelters and where to talk to FEMA in person at Disaster Recovery Centers.

FEMA (Apple):

FEMA (Android):

Flashlight.  Flashlight (Apple):

Flashlight (Android):

 Don’t just download them and ignore them. Take a moment to activate every one. Place the First Aid ones where you can easily find them in a medical emergency.

I hope you’ve found this useful. There will be more blogs coming on how to Prepare.

Here’s a link to my most popular blog in this matter: The Grab-n-Go Bag.

Survival HQ at

How Not To Write A Headline: “Theives steal guns from Doomsday preppers home.”

Yes, that’s the way it was spelled.

This is the full headline:


Not only is that not a good headline, the list of what was stolen is sad when you get to the bug out bag.


Rice and beans? Smoke grenades? But the 12 “machete knives” is the big one. Someone has been watching too much Walking Dead.

banner-bothsurvivalbooksAnd they really need my next book coming out Thursday: Prepare Now-Survive Later.

It will prepare you for Theives and more!



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