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These Crimes Against Harvey Victims Will Make You Angry — and teach you how to avoid becoming a victim

crimes against harvey victimsHurricane Harvey put a huge dent in my hometown, with close to 200 businesses and 20% of the homes here flooded, some up past their rooflines. It’s been a tough couple of months. Our home was spared but if the flood waters had continued to rise for just a few more hours, we wouldn’t have been so lucky.

Piles and piles of “house guts” as I called them quickly lined the streets, and in some cases are still there, waiting to be picked up. Needless to say, the mounds of wet carpet, sheetrock, furniture, clothing, and every type of belonging you could imagine drew flies, rodents, bred mosquitoes, and, unfortunately, attracted a certain group of human predators who focused on bedraggled families as their next victims.…

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12 Tips For Designing a Weather-Advantaged Home

Designing Weather Advantaged HomeThe other day we had lunch in Grass Valley in a building that was constructed in the 1860’s. Now, it was a fairly hot day, but the building was cool even with the windows open and no air conditioning.  This got me to thinking about what people did to stay cool in hot weather in the past. After all, air conditioning has only been available to most people for the last 50 years or so.

I have spent some time in Arizona and Nevada, and one thing that I have noticed is that many of the newer homes and other buildings are so dependent on air conditioning you would have to break the windows to get outside ventilation.…

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Weather Prediction for Preppers Using Nature Signs

weather prediction Most of us depend on the news for weather predictions. We have easy access to the weather service. So what happens when it is no longer available and we have to depend on our own knowledge?  In reality, there are some simple skills that our ancestors used to predict the weather.

Suppose you are starting to cook breakfast over your open fire and you notice that the smoke is not rising but spreading out at a low altitude.  This tells you that you have a temperature inversion.  This creates a sandwich effect.  Sound, light and radio waves bounce between the top of the cool lower layer of air and the ground. …

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Winterize your Home and Preps

winterizeIt is November and we haven’t had much snow in the Sierra’s, all least for now the drought seems to be continuing.  However, the weather has been quite cold the last few days.  Some things indicate that the El Nino that is occurring in the Pacific could bring heavier than normal rains to Southern California. In other parts of the country, I see  strange weather patterns occurring.  I really don’t know what is going to happen, but get ready for the worst and hope for the best.  If you live in the northern hemisphere now is a good time to winterize your home and preps.…

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How to Avoid Lightning Strikes.

lightningLightning is the third leading cause of weather-related deaths, right behind floods and tornadoes.  More people die or are injured by lightning more in the summer months than any other time of the year. This is caused by the increase in thunderstorm activity combined with more outdoor activates. 

What is lightning

Lightning is a powerful sudden flow of electricity (an electrostatic discharge) accompanied by thunder that occurs during an electric storm. The discharge will travel between the electrically charged regions within a thundercloud, or between a cloud and a cloud, or between a cloud and the surface of a planet.  The charged regions within the atmosphere temporarily equalize themselves through a lightning flash or strike.…

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