Welcome! Here you’ll find some of the best Do-It-Yourself
emergency preparedness and disaster survival Tips on the Internet.
Emphasis is on the practical, the positive, and on things you can do
to prepare for an emergency or disaster. And all the Tips are free!
The DisasterGuy website is more for preppers than
survivalists. If you want to learn how to set up an armored
bunker with machine guns, you are in the wrong place. If you
want to learn how to keep your family fed, watered, and happy
during a major power outage or a three-month emergency, this
is the place for you.
Emergencies and disasters happen when they happen. You can’t
control their timing. You can control your attitude toward them
and your level of preparedness. The DisasterGuy website looks
at a disaster or emergency as something to be endured as
comfortably as possible. During the event, you’ll want to live
as normally as possible. Afterward, you’ll want life to return to
normal as soon as possible.
The best way to explain this is with a story from World War II.
During an Allied bombing raid, some bombs fell near a German
village. After the raid, a photo plane was sent out to assess
the effectiveness of the bombing. Some of the aerial photos
they brought back showed Germans on top of their houses,
repairing the roofs.
That’s a sane approach to dealing with an emergency or a
disaster. To achieve this, the DisasterGuy website offers Tips
that are simple, upbeat, practical, and tested.
Like the Germans, you’d like to ride out a disaster in your
own home. When that isn’t possible, the easy answer is to go
camping. So, many of the Tips apply to camping skills. Many
of the Tips can be used by Boy Scouts and youth. Kids can do
most of the things in these Tips!
Most of the Tips are simple enough to fit on one page.
Download and print the pages most important to you. Next,
try the Tip out. There’s a huge difference between reading
something and doing it. You will own the knowledge in a Tip
only after you have successfully done it. Have fun doing it!
Learning new skills is fun. Some of them will be a challenge.
Look at the Tips as a game that you win by doing. Preparing for
emergencies and disasters is like insurance – you need to have
it, and you hope you never need to use it.
Case Study: How to Respond to an Emergency Situation
Two winters ago, a tree limb fell on the powerline, and the
power to our neighborhood went out. Did we sit in the dark
and shiver? No.
First we filled every container in the house with water from
the tap, so we would have fresh water available. Because the
power was out, we turned off the main breaker in our electrical
breaker box to isolate our house from the electrical power grid.
We connected our small gasoline generator, which powers 4
circuits in the house. This gave us lights, ceiling fans, radio, TV,
and satellite Internet. We used the landline phone to tell the
kids we were okay.
Next we got out the propane camping stove and put it on the
kitchen range. We connected its hose to a propane tank out in
the shop and cracked a window to admit oxygen. We closed
doors to rooms we didn’t need to heat and brought warm
clothing and sleeping bags into the heated living room.
Since the water was still on, we filled empty plastic milk jugs
with water for toilet flushing. The rule was “If it’s yellow, let
it mellow. If it’s brown, flush it down – and you bring in the
next water to flush with.” We also brought in the bug sprayer
shower and a galvanized tin pail to warm water on the stove.
This meant we could have warm showers in the tub. We let one
water tap run just a bit so the pipes wouldn’t freeze.
With water, power, heat, cooking, toilet flushing, and showers
in place – we cooked a hot dinner, ate it, and watched the news
on TV. We were as comfortable as possible in this situation,
and if needed, we could continue like this for quite a while.
If the tap water stopped, we could filter enough water in our
BigBerkey water filter to cover drinking, cooking, showers.
We could use pond water for flushing toilets. We had enough
gasoline to run the small generator for more than 100 hours,
not counting gasoline in the cars. At 4 hours per day, that’s
at least 3-1/2 weeks of power. There was enough propane to
cook and heat for months. Food might get monotonous, but
there was enough for 3 months. In short – by being prepared
for the emergency, it became more of an inconvenience than an
Eventually the power was restored. Here’s what we
- We rode out the emergency in our own home.
- During the emergency, we lived as comfortably as
- After the emergency, life quickly returned to normal.
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7 Safety Principles You Need to Know
- You are responsible for yourself.
- No one else has to take responsibility for you.
- “The Government” will not take care of you.
- Assume in an emergency you’re on your own.
- Everything here has been tested, and it works.
- You will learn what you practice.
- The more you learn, the smarter you’ll be.
In a disaster, it’s possible that you will not have access to the Internet.
- Download Tips you think would be useful to you in an emergency.
- Print them, and put them in a folder.
- Try them out! You do not own the knowledge in a Tip unless you have done it.*
- Teach others how to do it.
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You’ll find Tips in a variety of categories
- Disaster Preparation
- Emergency Kits
- Finding Directions
- Telling Elapsed Time
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