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

National Preparedness Month

We’ve addressed the critical subject of disaster planning many times here at the Mountain House blog, and now seems the perfect time to get the word out again. Partly because September is officially National Preparedness Month, and partly because of the dramatic stories and images emanating from Houston in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. (Find out how you can help here.) This year’s National Preparedness Month theme is “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.” Of course it’s true: You never know when a severe storm, a temblor, a power outage, or some other contingency will turn everyday life into disorder. … Continue reading

Being Prepared For Anything: 3 Situations You Might Not Think About

Everyone should have an action plan at their house and with their family should disaster strike. But … that’s usually where the action plan ends. We know what to do and where to go should something happen to our house, but what if disaster strikes when we’re not at home? That’s why you should also have an action plan for other places where you tend to spend a lot of time. Here are 3 situations to consider when preparing an emergency action plan outside of the home: In the Car Between commuting to and from work, going to the gym, picking … Continue reading

How to Prepare for a Flood: Emergency Flood Checklist

A flood is among the most universal of natural disasters: It can happen just about anywhere. That includes parched desert country, where canyons and washes are highly vulnerable to flash floods. And that includes urban areas, too, where heavy rainfall over a paved-over cityscape often generates violent runoff and overspilling channelized streams, and where storm drains may back up from clogged debris or simply the magnitude of precipitation. Whether a seasonal floodplain overflow or a catastrophic 500-year inundation, floods can kill and sicken, rack up billions of dollars in property and infrastructure damage, and impede transportation and services for days and weeks … Continue reading

How to Prepare for a Wildfire

In 2015 (according to the National Interagency Fire Center), nearly 70,000 wildfires raged in the United States, scorching more than 10 million acres and racking up better than $2 billion in federal suppression costs. A wildfire may spark in the middle of huge wilderness from the lick of a lightning bolt; at a front-country campsite from a careless campfire; or within city limits when the spark from a car or a tossed-away cigarette alights the brush and weeds of an untended lot or roadside hedge. Wildfires can be terrifying and life-threatening. They don’t need to be terribly large to become essentially … Continue reading