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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!

 


Ask the Experts: Submit Your Permaculture Questions Now

Attention all growers, food-lovers, and green-living enthusiasts, we are once again celebrating Permaculture Month by putting our pioneering permaculture authors to work for you. Chelsea Green is proud to publish and distribute some of the most recognized, and award-winning, names in permaculture, and we’re making several of them available to our readers to answer any and […] Read More

Recipe: Pascal Baudar’s Basic Wild Kimchi

Experiment with what you have, anything from the mustard family will work extremely well. Read More

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Reading through your life story, it’s clear that you were amazingly open to new experiences, approaching them like an observer who arrived with few previously held ideas. Do you think that it takes that kind of openness to see and understand animals and people in new ways, as you’ve done throughout your career? I do, […] Read More

Author Petra Kuenkel: The Art of Leading Collectively

More than ever before, there is a focus on new, collective forms of leadership—and an urgency to get collective change processes underway, all over the world. What’s behind the recent push to move collective leadership to the fore? Whether we find ourselves in societal or organizational change, it requires collective energy and drive to bring […] Read More

10 Books to Curl Up With This Winter

William Wordsworth was right when he said, “Nature never did betray the heart that loved her.” Nevertheless, the cold, dark days of winter can still get the best of even Nature’s most tenderhearted admirer. What’s one to do? We here at Chelsea Green have concocted the perfect cabin fever remedy with our suggested winter reading […] Read More
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