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What is Tornado Alley and the Facts They Don't Tell You About Living in This Region?

Tornado Alley

Tornadoes occur primarily in the United States, and most of them happen in "Tornado Alley," a stretch of the country that extends from northern Texas through Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri, and also includes parts of Iowa, Nebraska, Louisiana, and eastern Colorado. The landscape that includes distant mountain borders, and miles of flat plains, combine to create huge, extreme thunderstorms called supercells. Dixie Alley is an offshoot of the north-south Tornado Alley, which spawns huge storms and tornadoes across the South. 

The storms are fed by cold dry air from the northwest, which meets up with warm dry air coming up from Mexico and warm, moist air from the Gulf of Mexico.

A NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) map of tornadoes between 1950 and 2006 shows more than 30 counties in Tornado Alley that had more than 15 strong or violent tornadoes during this time. About 88% of tornadoes are weak, moving slowly, with relatively slow wind speeds. The rest of them are fast-moving, and about 1% are extremely strong violent killers that can and do devastate entire towns.

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Do You Have a Prepper Marriage?

Prepper Marriage

Married couples seldom agree on everything and prepper philosophy is no exception. The even the most perfect couple doesn't agree on every way to prepare to survive. 

What if you and your spouse don't agree on everything? How can you get on the same page for emergency preparedness, stocking up on adequate ammunition or food. Couples who got together on this have some practical advice: take things one step at a time.

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Is Prepping a Waste of Time?

Prepping a waste of time

If you're like most others, you've probably wondered if all your hard work and money going into planning and preparation is a waste of time. What if the events you're preparing for never occur? Couldn't you have then taken extra vacations, bought some new electronics, maybe another type of car, or added on to your house. Or ... the list goes on and it's endless.

If you really wanted all those things we just listed, wouldn't you have bought them already? 

Your hard work and preparation can feel like a waste of time, but how many times have you been surprised by events in the past year? If you prep and there is no doomsday event or emergency situation, you still have your supplies and in the case of the consumables, you can and should use them. Don't let your hard-earned equipment, food and supplies go to waste.

The other day, one of our neighbors cut his foot while walking to his car. Our emergency supplies came in handy -- turns out all he needed was some super glue and the right kind of dressing on the wound.

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How to Have the Best Ammo Stash

Best Ammo Stash

We won't be the first ones to point out that if you don't have enough ammo, your guns aren't any better than a club or shovel. They might even be less useful without ammo!
Whatever weapons you have, the general minimum rule is, store at least 1,000 rounds per caliber and have another 1,000 rounds available for practicing. Many people store more, or have goals of building up their ammo stash as high as possible.

That said, ammo is expensive and the large caliber ammunition for big weapons takes up a lot of space. Weapons experts advise that you should have at least three to five magazines for each weapon you have with a magazine. You won't have time in a genuine emergency to fool around with loose bullets. Or, picture it this way. Did you ever watch the bumbling deputy Barney Fife on the old Andy Griffith Show? Sheriff Andy gave Barney an unloaded revolver and one bullet "just in case," because there was no way skinny, hysterical Barney was ever going to carry a loaded gun around without shooting himself in the foot. For our purposes of defense, Barney's single bullet isn't going to do the job.

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How safe is your commute to work? Could your travel route be dangerous?

How safe is your commute to work? Could your travel route be dangerous?

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Statistically, your daily commute is the most dangerous driving that you do. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration tells us that over half of all car accidents happen within 5 miles of home, and 69 percent of accidents are within 10 miles of home.

Part of the problem here is that familiarity breeds contempt. It's remarkably easy to become bored, driving the familiar route that we drive around 250 times a year. This is especially easy if you've got a long daily commute. We're all prone to letting our guard down, perhaps even more on the trip home, if the day at work has not gone well.

Happily, there are things that we can do to help reduce the dangers.

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Are you just eating chemicals and not real food?

Are you just eating chemicals and not real food?

Anyone can look at the ingredient list on a package of processed food and see the chemical additives listed for themselves. This is something that many people try to avoid or minimize, but simply buying fresh doesn't really help much; even well-washed produce contains residues of the herbicides and pesticides from the fields where they were grown.

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Is the economy about to MELT DOWN?

Is the economy about to MELT DOWN?

The stock market soared after President Trump's election, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in November that unemployment was down to 4.6%, and the bond market is recovering from last year's downturn, so our economy is in great shape, right?

Not so fast.

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10 Tips To Camouflage Movements And Evasion

10 Tips To Camouflage Movements And Evasion

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The goal, of course, is evasion. Whether you're away from the city in a SHTF situation, or suspect that you're being stalked through city streets, keeping away from Bad Guys™ is always safer than a confrontation. Camouflage appropriate to your surroundings helps, of course. If you're trying to go unnoticed, a ghillie suit works far better in low brush than it would on a downtown sidewalk.

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Two Questions Answered About The Department of Homeland Security

Two Questions Answered About The Department of Homeland Security

 

 

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The Department of Homeland Security… We know the name, we know it’s important, but what do we really know about this?

 

How about we break this down into the two most burning questions:

1. What exactly does this department do?

2. What is the background on how this department was created?

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