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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

How to Boil Water When the Power is Out

It goes without saying that the ability to boil water ranks right up there among both at-home and backcountry necessities, whether you’re looking to cook a meal, prep the (all-important) morning coffee or tea, or purify water for drinking. An electric stove or coffeemaker sure makes the process easy, but what do you do when the power’s out, or when you’re deep in the wilderness? To many folks, the answer may seem obvious. But we actually get asked this fairly often, “What about if the power is out at home?” Well, whether it’s a weekend backpacking trip or a genuine … Continue reading

Preparing for the Unexpected

That old Boy Scouts motto—you know the one: “be prepared”—really holds up, both at home and out in the backcountry. If you’ve paid any attention to the recent headlines even just here in the Americas, the value of that saying has probably been driven home … and then some. We’ve talked here at the Mountain House blog before about prepping at home for storms, power outages, and other emergencies. Today, we’ll focus on being prepared when you’re hiking, backpacking, camping, or engaged in other outdoor recreation. And because one of the preeminent expressions of the unexpected that an outdoorsperson has to … 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 19, 2017. 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