Think you can survive a disaster? 

Your government does not think so.  In fact, they have predicted that over 80% of Americans are not prepared for any disaster or emergency.   


Are you one of those 80%?

Think about it.

  There are real benefits to being prepared.

 By being prepared, we can reduce fear, anxiety, and losses that accompany not only disasters, but everyday situations that we do not expect.  Communities, families, and individuals should know what to do in the event of a fire and where to seek shelter during a tornado. We should be ready to evacuate our homes and take refuge in public shelters and know how to care for our basic medical needs. 

People also can reduce the impact of disasters, elevating a home or moving a home out of harm’s way, and securing items that could shake loose in an earthquake) and sometimes avoid the danger completely. No, we are not talking about building a remote bunker in the middle of no where, hording supplies, and waiting for Armageddon.  This is about being prepared for any situation that could be life threatening.  From natural to man made, from storms to losing your electricity for days.  Being prepared is the key concept here.

  Minimum Emergency for Traveling

 Whenever you drive, you have the potential of facing an emergency.  You vehicle breaks down, you have a flat tire, or you become stuck in snow or mud.  It is very simple and  inexpensive to prepare for this everyday emergency.  

A small rucksack in the trunk of your vehicle could save your life, or of your loved ones.

Flash light with extra batteries
Food, energy bars, granola, ect
Emergency candle
First Aid kit
Extra clothing 

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The need to prepare is real. 

Disasters disrupt hundreds of thousands of lives every year. Each disaster has lasting effects, both to people and property. 

If a disaster occurs in your community, local government and disaster-relief organizations will try to help you, but you need to be ready as well. Local responders may not be able to reach you immediately, or they may need to focus their efforts elsewhere. 

You should know how to respond to severe weather or any disaster that could occur in your area—hurricanes, earthquakes, extreme cold, flooding, or terrorism. 
You should also be ready to be self-sufficient for at least three days. This may mean providing for your own shelter, first aid, food, water, and sanitation. Using this guide makes preparation practical, easy and inexpensive.

It just doesn't happen to the other guy.

The normalcy bias, or normality bias, refers to a mental state people enter when facing a disaster. It causes people to underestimate both the possibility of a disaster occurring and its possible effects. This often results in situations where people fail to adequately prepare for a disaster, and on a larger scale, the failure governments to include the populace in its disaster preparations. The assumption that is made in the case of the normalcy bias is that since a disaster never has occurred then it never will occur. It also results in the inability of people to cope with a disaster once it occurs. People with a normalcy bias have difficulties reacting to something they have not experienced before. People also tend to interpret warnings in the most optimistic way possible, seizing on any ambiguities to infer a less serious situation.

According to the American Burn Association, approximately 450,000 Americans seek medical treatment for burn injuries each year.

Fires and burn injuries are a leading cause of home fatalities in the United States, with about 85 percent of burn injuries occurring at home. Nearly all of these deaths and injuries are preventable, with factors such as a lack of smoke detectors and influence of alcohol sited in many cases of burn injuries and deaths.  READ MORE

 Anticipated disruptions include:

  1. Natural disasters such as tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, blizzards, and severe thunderstorms, etc.
  2. A disaster brought about by the activities of man: chemical spills, release of radioactive materials, nuclear or conventional war.
  3. General collapse of society, resulting from the unavailability of electricity, fuel, food, and water.
  4. Monetary disruption or economic collapse, stemming from monetary manipulation, hyperinflation, deflation, and/or worldwide economic depression.
  5. A sudden Pandemic spreading through the global population.
  6. Even becoming snowbound due to a major blizzard, spending the night stuck in a ditch, or just losing your electricity.

The minimum you will need is a package of basic tools and supplies prepared in advance as an aid to survival in an emergency.

Survival kits, in a variety of sizes, contain supplies and tools to provide a person with basic shelter against the elements, help them keep warm, meet their health and first aid needs, provide food and water, signal to rescuers, and assist them in finding their way back to help. Supplies in a survival kit normally contain a knife (often a Swiss army knife or a multi-tool), matches, tinder, first aid kit, bandana, fish hooks, sewing kit, and an LED flashlight with batteries.

Civilians such as forestry workers, surveyors, or bush pilots, who work in remote locations or in regions with extreme climate conditions may also be equipped with survival kits. Disaster supplies are also kept on hand by those who live in areas prone to earthquakes or other natural disasters.





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Bug Out Bags 

 bug-out bag is a portable kit popular in the survivalist subculture that contains the items one would require to survive for seventy two hours when evacuating from a disaster. It is also known as a 72-hour kit.  

Typical Bug out Bag 

  • Enough food and water to last for seventy two hours. This includes:
    • 4 litres (1 gallon) of water per person per day, for drinking and cooking.
    • Non-perishable food.
    • water purification supplies.
    • Cooking supplies.
    • Cutlery and cups/dishes.
  • A first aid kit.
  • Fire starting tool 
  • A disaster plan including location of emergency centers, rallying points, possible evacuation routes etc.
  • Professional emergency literature explaining what to do in various types of disaster, studied and understood before the actual disaster but kept for reference.
  • Maps and travel information.
  • Standard camping equipment, including sanitation supplies.
  • Weather appropriate clothing (poncho, headwear, gloves, etc.)
  • Bedding items such as sleeping bags & blankets.
  • Enough medicine to last an extended evacuation period.
  • Pet, child and elderly care needs.
  • Battery or crank operated Radio.
  • Lighting (battery or crank operated flashlight, glow sticks)
  • Firearm(s) and appropriate ammunition, depending on local laws.
  • Crowbar (weapon, building and vehicle entry, etc.)
  • Cash and change, as electronic banking transactions may not be available during the initial period following an emergency or evacuation.
  • Fixed-blade or folding knife.

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Life can throw you a curve ball at any moment and it’s good to be prepared. Whether it be a car breakdown, a natural disaster or even unemployment, we can provide you with quality products that help you stay on your feet and become self-sufficient.
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National Aviation Brochure
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Safe Boating Weather Tips, pdf
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Billy and Maria Coloring Book, pdf
Owlie Skywarn™: Watch Out...Storms Ahead, pdf
Owlie Skywarn: Tornadoes, pdf
Owlie Skywarn: Hurricane, pdf
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How Do You Make a Weather Satellite, pdf
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NOAA’s Online Weather Data ( NOWData) Factsheet

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NWS Digital Services Operations Concept: June 2004, pdf

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FEMA's Emergency Preparedness Materials, pdf
Red Cross: Talking About Disaster: Guide for Standard Messages, pdf





Guide to Hydrologic Information on the Web, pdf
Flood Preparation and Flood Safety (Flood Insurance)
Turn Around Don't Drown™, NWS/NSC version, pdf
Tropical Cyclone Flooding: A Deadly Inland Danger
Flood...The Awesome Power/NSC version, pdf
Red Cross: Preparing for Floods, pdf
Red Cross: ¿Está preparado para una inundación o para una inundación súbita? Espanol
Food and Water Safety During Hurricanes, Power Outages,
and Floods
Protección y seguridad del agua y los alimentos en caso de huracán, corte de energía eléctrica e inundaciones



Heat Wave: pdf, Heat Wave: text only
Red Cross: Red Cross: ¿Está usted preparado para una ola de calor? Espanol



Tropical Cyclones: A Preparedness Guide, 4/13, Espanol, 6/12
Atlantic Hurricane Tracking Chart: pdf, png
Hurricane Safety Flyer: Before, During and After a Hurricane, trifold pdf
Hurricane Safety Flyer: Before, During and After a Hurricane, flyer pdf
Tropical Cyclone Flooding: A Deadly Inland Danger
Introduction to Storm Surge, Espanol, 6/12
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Hawaiian Hurricane Safety Measures
Central Pacific Tracking Chart

Atlantic/Pacific Hurricane Names
Red Cross Hurricane Safety Checklist, English, Spanish
East Pacific Hurricane Tracking Map: 12" x 24"

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NWR Stations Quadfold Brochure
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StormReady Program


StormReady/TsunamiReady Program Flyer, PDF

Thunderstorms, Lightning, and Tornadoes


Thunderstorms, Tornadoes, Lightning...Nature's Most Violent Storms: pdf
Lightning Safety for You and Your Family
Fact About Lightning, pdf color
Red Cross: Preparing for a Tornado
Red Cross: Preparación para tornado






Tsunami Zone
TsunamiReady: Is Your Community Ready for the Next Tsumani?
, pdf
Tsunami the Great Waves, pdf
About Tsunamis, pdf
Tsunami Preparedness Links
International Tsunami Information Centre Brochure, pdf
Tsunami Warning System in the Pacific, pdf


Winter Storms


Winter Storms...The Deceptive Killers, pdf
Red Cross: Preparing for a Winter Storm, pdf
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Storm Spotter Materials


Sky Watcher Cloud Poster, jpg, pdf, high resolution
Guía De Observaciόn de la Nubes, jpg, pdf, high resolution
Citizen Scientist: Cooperative Observer and Spotter Programs, pdf
Weather Spotters Guide
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