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10 things to do before the storm season

  10 things to do before the storm season.  The Severe Weather forecast for the coming wet season (2021-2022) has been released by the Bureau of Meteorology with the prediction of an early wet season.  The forecast also expects a La Nina (wetter than usual on...

10 things to do before the fire season

10 Things to do before fire season.  Fire season is approaching most of Australia now, so what are the 10 things to do before the fire season hits?  The fire season falls at different times depending on where you live.  Seasonal change increases and decreases the...

Why should I grow my food?

  Why should I grow my food?  Thinking about the current situation and you’re worried about what the future will bring.  There are many reasons why you should grow your own food. Freshness Readily available Food shortages Grow what you like Bored at home Cost of...

How to risk manage COVID?

  How can you risk manage COVID?  COVID is a global problem with it being higher risk in some regions than others.  Whether you are an individual, family, employer or anyone else in a position of responsibility you should carry out a risk assessment when a hazard...

24 Essential disaster skills

e  If you are caught up in a disaster the first person on the scene to deal with the problem, is you.  Do you have the essential disaster survival skills needed to stay alive? How you handle the situation will determine how well you and others survive what is being...

How to survive a CME?

  As our Sun starts to come out of Solar Minimum and heads into cycle 25 towards Solar Maximum our risk of increased solar activity increases also [6].  The sun cycles about every 11 years between Solar Minimum and Maximum, so Solar Flares and Coronal Mass...

12 things you can do during Lockdown

  Lockdown is a very common word these days.  A couple of COVID-19 cases and the whole area goes into lockdown to reduce the spread of the disease.   Here are 12 things you can do during lockdown.  Spring Clean Clean out your wardrobe Clean out the filing cabinet...

Winter gardening jobs for the tropics

  It’s Winter in the tropics.  This is the productive time of year, the heat, humidity and the heavy wet season rain has gone making it bearable working outdoors.  As the dry season kicks in the ground starts to dry out, get harder to dig and the plants require...

Do I need a family disaster plan?

  Disasters can strike without notice and we all have busy lives so having a disaster plan is vital when it comes to improving your chances of saving yourself and your family if something should go wrong.   Governments and businesses have disaster plans so why...

What to do with your excess eggs?

   After growing your own vegetables having chickens is the next thing people do in order to be self-sufficient.  You buy 6 chickens and get about 4 eggs a day, some days more.  Suddenly you have 1 to 2 dozen eggs a week.  Then your friend is moving and gives you...

How to survive cold weather

  Winter has started in some areas of the southern hemisphere and it’s starting to get cooler in others.  Be able to survive cold weather is important for your health whether it is in a home in the city, a cabin in the bush, your stuck in your vehicle or out...

Why is becoming more self-sufficient important?

  The last few years has seen the planet entering into uncertain times.  COVID-19 pandemic brought about multiple problems and it isn’t over yet.  The cost of living is rising, some of us still don’t have work after being laid off from COVID and food shortages...

Why do I need a emergency kit in my car?

You need an emergency kit in your car because emergencies can occur at any stage, day or night, sunny or bad weather you need to be prepared to increase the chance of saving yourself or others.  Whether you have decided to duck down to the shops or go on a holiday to...

How to safely use a portable generator

  Portable power generators are a convenient source of electricity when there is no grid power such as camping, working in bush, living off grid, after a storm or cyclone.  But if not handled safely they can be deadly.  The two biggest killers when using a...

Autumn gardening jobs in the tropics

  March, April, and May see you in the final stages of the wet season in the tropics and the preparing and planting of your vegetables for the year.  There can still be rain events and cyclones during this time but the peak has gone.  The tropics is left out of a...

How to live without electricity?

(If there was a catastrophic electrical grid collapse from a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME), micronova (reoccurring nova 12 000 yr cycle), terrorism attack or you choose to live remotely off grid, our lives will dramatically change.  Some would find it easier than others...

What causes a leaky roof?

For most of the year everything is fine and then there is a lot of rain you’re sitting in the lounge room when water drips on your head.  The roof is leaking!  What can you do about your leaking roof?  The cause of a leaking roof can have numerous reasons- Roof damage...

How to prepare an emergency kit for the Cairns Region

  Identifying and understanding the disaster risks in the Cairns region will help you identify what to put in your emergency kit and how long it has to last.  The Cairns area includes areas from Innisfail to Cooktown including Babinda, Port Douglas, Mossman,...

How much damage can a cyclone do?

The amount of damage to buildings and landscape caused by a cyclone depends on - Cyclone classification (wind speed) Building classification Building condition Surrounding terrain, buildings and vegetation Speed of the cyclone The cyclone season runs from November to...

What are the basic needs of survival?

Whether you are surviving in the wilderness or day to day in the city you have the same basic survival needs as laid out in Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.  In order to thrive in any situation, the basic needs have to be met first which includes Physiological needs and...

How to prepare an emergency kit for the Townsville region

  Identifying and understanding the disaster risks in the Townsville region will help you identify what to put in your emergency kit and how long the kit has to last.  The Townsville region includes areas around Ingham, Ayr, Home Hill, Giru, and the northern...

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