Preparing For a Hurricane

The long range forecast is ominous. You’re in the potential path of a hurricane — the dreaded “cone of probability” of the National Hurricane Center (NHC) — and it’s time to prepare. What’s on the “to do” list? Stay Informed First item: always listen to the NHC and other responsible weather sources. If they use … Read more

It’s Too Late: What to Do After a Hurricane Hits

The worst has happened and your area has been hit by a hurricane and has suffered significant damage. What’s on the to do list in the aftermath of a hurricane? First thing is to stay informed and listen to official communications. If electricity is still up and running, many governments give updates via social media … Read more

Weather Underground: A Community of Personal Weather Stations

The website Weather Underground was a pioneer in Internet community building and is now a well-known resource for weather enthusiasts. By some measures, it’s one of the top 100 most visited websites in the world. With roots at the University of Michigan in the earliest days of the public Internet, it went online as an … Read more

A Quick and Easy Guide to Home Security Systems

With all the craziness going on in the world today, home security is an issue that everyone is concerned about. People put multiple deadbolts on their doors, as well as using every other trick they can find to ensure their home is safe, both for when they’re home and when they’re away. But no amount … Read more

Be Prepared for a Power Outage

There are a number of things you can do to prepare yourself for a power outage. These can happen with advance notice — for example, when your power company schedules work that requires an area to go without power for an extended time period — but usually happen unexpectedly, due to weather or equipment failure. … Read more

How Can You Weatherproof Your Electronics?

While you are out boating, there are a number of important electronics that you need to help you communicate with others, find your way, and stay safe. Thankfully, many of these devices are built specifically for use on the water, and thus are designed with some element of weatherproofing. But not all of your electronic … Read more