Doom and gloom is all I know. My heart skips a beat at the thought of armageddon. I've been preparing for the apocalypse my whole life. I have been studying it for so long that I am currently working on my Ph. D. on the subject.
'Tis The Season For Some Stress
November 2nd is National Stress Awareness Day. Stress happens when the body feels the presence of a threat, challenge, or barrier of some kind. When faced with anything of that nature, the body fights it off by increasing adrenaline and cortisol in order to help your insides cope. 55% of Americans experience it daily, making us the most stressed-out country in the world. 46% of those cases are work-related while 20% of them come from a personal issue. Stress can make a chronic condition like diabetes worse, weaken the immune system, cause tension in muscles, and negatively affect your digestion, just to name a few. Here is some unique way to relieve stress when you see red.
Doomsday Proofing Your Pet
Our pets are like our family. We often refer to them as our best friends, with some even looking at them like fur babies. 67% or 85 million households have at least one pet living there. 53% or 63.4 million homes own dogs, making them America’s favorite pet, with cats coming in second with 35.7 million homes. Pets these days are not just limited to dogs and cats. They come in an array of creatures, from bugs to miniature horses. During and after disasters, pets rely on us more than ever to take care of them. These can be very stressful times that require extra care and attention. Making a Pet Care kit is a great way to do just that.
The Silent Killer That Really Bites
September 28th is World Rabies Day. Every year this disease claims 59,000 lives, with 95% of the cases occurring in Africa and Asia. 5,000 animals die every year with bats being the top carriers of disease. In the US, contracting rabies is extremely rare, but still possible. 90% of cases reported here are animal-based and usually involve the family pet. Rabies is a viral disease spread by contact with infected saliva most commonly through an infected animal’s bite. It is a member of the Rhabdoviridae family that includes Lyssavirus (Human Rabies), Ephmerovirus (Bovine Fever), and Vesiculovirus (VSV). Here are some things to remember about Rabies in the event you become exposed to the virus.
Preppers Of The City
According to the UN, more people live in an urban setting than in the countryside. Four billion people live in an urban area of some sort across the globe. By 2050, it is predicted that two-thirds or seven billion people will live there. An urban area is a region surrounding or within a city where people live. These regions are so densely populated that human structures dominate the land, leaving no room for agricultural development. Urban zones are often highly targeted by terrorists, especially if it’s an important one, like New York or Washington DC. Here are some useful survival tips if you live in one of these areas.
Preparing For The Big Blast
Nuclear war has been on everyone’s mind since Putin invaded Ukraine earlier this year. The threat of nuclear war has been around since WW2 when America vaporized two Japanese cities shortly after the attack to Pearl Harbor. In the 50s, nuclear weapons were so feared that bunkers were being constructed in backyards, as schools were holding routine drills on what to do should a bomb drop in the area. Today, the threat of nuclear war is still at an all-time high as military experts say it’s no longer if the bombs fall, it’s when. Here is some advice you can use to help get you through the big one.
Going Down To The Farm
This weekend there will be an annual concert held to raise funds for farmers called Farm Aid. In the US, there are 2 million farms in operation across the country. 98% of them are family owned and operated. The farming industry hires 965,000 workers, bringing in 451 billion dollars a year. Farmers Markets have been around for centuries, as a way for farmers to sell their goods directly to consumers. Today, Farmers Markets are still just as profitable, as 19,000 farmers report this is the only way they sell their produce to people who visit these locations every year. When attending a Farmers Market, here is a way to make the most of your trip.
It's Canning Season
With Fall beginning and harvests being brought in, it is time to cover some people’s favorite seasonal hobby, canning. Canning is a food preservation technique dating back centuries. It is when food is processed and sealed in glass jars designed for the job. It can extend a food’s shelf life by one to five years, sometimes longer in special cases when done correctly. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), 39% of those over 50 years old consider themselves regular ‘Canners’, and 31% of those under 35. For a beginner ‘Canner’, the process may look complicated, but it’s easier than you think. There are two main types of canning, so for the article, we will only discuss the most popular method known as Water-Bath Canning.
Doomsday Little Ones
Kids are the future. They are the bedrock foundation for powerful communities and overall society. In the US, there are 23.6 million kids between the ages of zero and five years old, 24.3 million between six and eleven years old, and 25.1 million teenagers. There are three million babies born every year adding to this number. Disasters can be scary events, and the aftermath is overwhelming for adults. For kids, it’s ten times worse, especially if they are too young to process what is happening around them. Today is National Care For Kids Day, and here are some ways to get the little ones Doomsday-ready.
Finding Your A-Team
Going into Doomsday with a team is a common strategy to survive. Whether it is your family, friends, or like-minded people, being part of a group increases your odds of survival greater than going at it solo (Lone-Wolf Style). Many people who are new to prepping often lean on a veteran prepper who brought them into it for support and guidance. This usually leads to you being mixed into a pre-existing team. If you are unfortunate enough to not have a prepping team nearby, consider forming your own using these tips to find members.
Raising Chickens Is Clucking Fun!
Chickens are the most widely domesticated fowl in the world. There is no official number of how many households privately keep chickens, but in 2019, the US Department Of Agriculture (USDA) predicted that 13 million people were raising these birds in their backyards. The USDA knows that there are 233,000 poultry farms being regulated by them, earning 48 billion dollars a year. The National Chicken Council states each American consumes, on average, 94 pounds of chicken products every year. Because of COVID and the recent string of food insecurities we face regularly, more people are taking up this hobby than ever before. Here are some helpful tips to get you started.
Just Because The Internet Said It, Doesn't Make It True!
Today is the official day that Larry Page and Sergey Brin launched Google in 1998. Google is the most used web-based search engine in the world. The site processes over two trillion searches a year with the average person using it 3-4 times a day. Even though it was intended for good, it can turn evil quickly. Many people used the web for a sinister purpose. Using the platform to pass deadly lies and false information. Here are some terrible and lethal myths we all believe to be true.