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The Ultimate Hurricane Survival Kit Checklist

With the impacts of hurricanes Florence and Michael still being felt along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, and the Category 5 Super Typhoon Yutu currently bringing winds of 180 miles per hour to the Northern Mariana Islands, we wanted to highlight some fundamentals of hurricane safety here at the Mountain House blog. A Reminder of Hurricane Danger As last year, when hurricanes such as Harvey, Irma, and Maria devastated Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and other parts of the U.S., the past couple of months have demonstrated the vital need to understand the dangers posed by tropical cyclones, the proper precautions … Continue reading

Prepping for Home, Work, and Auto

The unexpected can come a-knockin’ at any time: a bad storm, a grid breakdown, a flood- or fire- or other weather-triggered evacuation. Yet many of us are a bit blasé when it comes to prepping ourselves for such derailing emergencies, even as we take the responsible steps to pack backup and safety supplies on our hiking and camping trips. Or maybe you’re on top of disaster preparedness when it comes to your domestic space, but you haven’t really considered the possibility that the SHTF situation might occur when you’re away from home, at work or on your commute. That’s another … Continue reading

Stay Safe in an Earthquake with the Great ShakeOut

Earthquakes can happen any time, anywhere around the world. But do you know what to do should one occur? Many people don’t, which is why the Great ShakeOut is so incredibly important. What is the Great ShakeOut? The Great ShakeOut is a day of awareness that promotes emergency preparedness and earthquake safety. This year, it takes place on Thursday, October 18, 2018. The national event encourages participants to partake in an earthquake safety drill to understand what to do in the event an earthquake strikes. More than 14 million people in the U.S. alone are already registered for the Great … Continue reading

Wildfire Safety: Defensible Space

September is National Preparedness Month, something we here at Mountain House take very seriously—and you should too! The theme for this year’s Preparedness Month is: “Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.” Disaster preparation and emergency response are topics we regularly cover here at the Mountain House blog, and as part of fulfilling that National Preparedness Month theme we urge you to explore our “Survival” archives. Our focus in this article is on wildfire safety, with helpful information on how we can mitigate losses by utilizing defensible space tactics. Wildfires are among the most widespread and destructive natural disasters in the … Continue reading

How To Build An Emergency Kit

Stay Safe. Please Be Prepared. Right now our thoughts are with our friends and families (and your friends and families) in particularly vulnerable areas of the U.S. With severe storms en route and looming large, we wanted to send along some resources for you, because we can’t say it enough: preparedness is key. Preparing for emergencies like a natural disaster may not always be at the forefront of your mind, but it doesn’t take much time or money to put together an emergency plan for the different areas of your life (home, work, car). And that time building an emergency … Continue reading