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East Coast Braces for Hurricane Irene; Here’s How to be Prepared!

As the first major storm of the 2011 Hurricane season closes in on the East Coast megalopolis (the giant city stretching from DC to NYC), we’d like to take a moment to encourage you to get prepared.

Hurricanes can cause severe damage to infrastructure you probably take for granted, but without which your home and city simply won’t work. Electricity to heat your water, cool the summer air, and light your way down the hall at night. And running water, which due to flooding can become contaminated or stop flowing altogether.

But if you’re ready to stay safe the storm doesn’t have to wreck your weekend. Instead it can be a kind of scary adventure! So to that end, we’ve got some tips to keep you safe should Irene come a-knocking.

Matthew Stein is the author of the book When Technology Fails, an incredibly thorough guide to dealing with life…well, when technology fails! He’s recently finished a new book, When Disaster Strikes: A Comprehensive Guide for Emergency Planning and Crisis Survival. Smaller in size than WTF, more concise, and focused on the challenges posed by particular types of disaster, this new book belongs in everyone’s preparedness kit—along with a radio and batteries, water, clif bars, and duct tape. When Disaster Strikes covers how to find and store food, water, and clothing, as well as the basics of installing back-up power and lights. You’ll learn how to gather and sterilize water, build a fire, treat injuries in an emergency, and use alternative medical sources when conventional ones are unavailable. Now, if only it were back from the printers in time for good ole Irene… In lieu of that, we’ve got the hefty original, When Technology Fails , and this quick video from the author, in which he explains how to put together an emergency preparedness kit. Watch it now, then get to work! She’s on her way!


50 Low-Cost, Low-Tech Solutions to Save the Planet

Tired of watching people spend so much time thinking up big solutions to big problems that it has a paralyzing effect on taking action? If you’re like author Courtney White, the answer is yes. That’s why in Two Percent Solutions for the Planet, he takes readers on a journey to show how low-cost, easy-to-implement solutions […] Read More..

5 Common Invasive Species and How to Manage Them

Last week, we asked authors Tao Orion and Katrina Blair to share alternative approaches to managing five different plant species commonly held to be “invasive.” St. John’s Wort, Garlic Mustard, Thistle, Oxeye Daisy, and Kudzu are often dismissed as annoyances at best and the target of aggressive eradication with harmful chemicals at worst. Orion and […] Read More..

What in the World is a Pawpaw?

Have you heard of the pawpaw? A few generations ago, most would say “yes!” You could ask just about anyone and they could tell you what this fruit looked and tasted like, and more importantly, where to find it. But today, the pawpaw remains a mystery to some and entirely unknown to others. In Pawpaw: […] Read More..

Uncovering the Many Uses for Abundant Kudzu

As Invasive Species Week comes to a close, Tao Orion, author of Beyond the War on Invasive Species, and Katrina Blair, author of The Wild Wisdom of Weeds,  share alternative approaches to understanding and managing Kudzu. Take a look through our final profile and check out any you might have missed along the way: Oxeye […] Read More..

Oxeye Daisy: A Plant for the Pollinators

As Invasive Species Week continues, Tao Orion, author of Beyond the War on Invasive Species, and Katrina Blair, author of The Wild Wisdom of Weeds, are sharing alternative approaches to managing and using plants considered to be “invasive.” Take a look through today’s profile on Oxeye Daisy and check out tips for working with Garlic […] Read More..
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