Category «Survival»

Wilderness Survival: Are You Prepared?

I liked this video. We here at DeMarSouthard.com get real excited about online marketing and the state of the economy, but when the sh*t hits the fan (and it will), you better be prepared for anything. Survival means a lot of things to a lot of people. You may never find yourself in the wilderness, …

Could You Survive a Flood?

Slow and steady water flow created the Grand Canyon and other spectacular sights around the globe. Millions of years of slow and steady water flow along a path might be called “creative destruction.” When that same water is fast, and especially unexpected, the result is just plain old destruction. Being prepared for a flood is …

Could You Survive a Volcanic Eruption?

Be glad you’re not living near Mt. Vesuvius in in 79 AD. Today in 2018, if you’re anywhere near a volcano and you’re even mildly paying attention, you’ll know when to leave town. Unlike so many other disasters that might strike, being inundated by volcanic ash is not what you should worry about if you …

Could You Survive a House Fire?

Could you survive a house fire? According to the National Fire Protection Association, In 2015, there were 1,345,500 fires reported in the United States. These fires caused 3,280 civilian deaths, 15,700 civilian injuries, and $14.3 billion in property damage. http://www.nfpa.org/news-and-research/fire-statistics-and-reports/fire-statistics/fires-in-the-us 501,500 were structure fires, causing 2,685 civilian deaths, 13,000 civilian injuries, and $10.3 billion in …

Could You Survive a Hurricane?

Hot on the heels of tornado season comes hurricane season. It seems circular wind tends to create problems for us humans. Strictly speaking, a hurricane is defined as any tropical or subtropical storm with sustained winds above 74 mph. (Why they didn’t round up to 75, I have no idea.) Hurricane “season” begins in June …

Normalcy Bias

I read an interesting article the other day that addresses one of the main problems with, first, preparing for an emergency situation and, second, actually responding when we’re in one. That’s a thing called “normalcy bias.“ We operate mentally, psychologically, and physically in an assumed state of normalcy. Well, sure, of course we do — …

Could You Survive a Tornado?

You may not live in Tornado Alley, but don’t think it can’t happen to you. Tornadoes have occurred in all fifty states of the United States. However, when considering what types of weather and other natural disasters to be best prepared for, those who live in the part of the United States where tornadoes happen …

Disaster Preparedness for Your Pet

(Editor’s note – this article was update 8/11/18 with a link to helpful information about train travel with your pet.) You’ve probably got your disaster plan written and supplies in place and you’ve gone over the plan with family members and you’re feeling pretty well prepared. But what about Fido? If you have pets and …

Could a Knot Save your Life?

Why Learn Survival Knots? Can something as simple as a knot save your life? In the right situation, the simple answer is yes. No one is so insulated from the exigencies of life to such a degree that they can say unequivocally that they will never be in a survival situation. When that time comes, …