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This is being heralded as the worst storm in 100 years, estimated to cause billions in damages. Whether this is hype or not, here are the top 5 ways to prepare for Hurricane Sandy, or any disaster.
1. Water
Store any clean water you currently have in gallon jugs (glass is preferable to not leach chemicals), old bottles, or even your bathtub in an emergency. Learn how to set up a rain water collection tarp outside and use a gravity-based water filter to clean up the water.
2. Food
You should stock up on canned goods, as well as basic food supplies. Some great items to have handy are: honey, rice, sea salt, apple cider vinegar, coconut oil, liquid turmeric.
3. First Aid
Having bandages, antiseptics, sanitizers, herbal remedies and medicines, as well as competent first aid knowledge will save a life should you find yourself in such a case. In addition to basic items like bandages and wraps, your first aid kit should include: oil of oregano, colloidal silver, liquid turmeric, nascent iodine, vitamin D3
4. Light
Beyond the essential lighting supplies such as candles, matches, lighters, and lanterns, you should also have battery powered or LED options in addition to hand-cranked or solar lighting options that are less dangerous than open flames.
5. Ultimate Preparedness
You are ultimately responsible for your own survival – remember it’s better to have all of the above items (and more), than not. Stay safe out there.

[source: Natural Society]

smarten up that smartphone

Conserve power on your cell by doing the following tricks:


1. Dim the Screens
2. Kill Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or all cellular data
3. Limit streaming usage
4. Top off power with your computer or car
5. Move all of your gadgets to a safe, high area

[source: TechHive]

social interaction

Stay up-to-date on all social media sites. Follow #sandy on Twitter, #instacane on Instagram, download various news and weather apps to track Hurricane Sandy’s progress. The Huffington Post compiled a list of the top apps for smartphones.
Text FEMA: Search for open, nearby shelters by texting: SHELTER + a zip code to 43362 (4FEMA). Ex: Shelter 01234 (std rates apply)

giggle a little

Sometimes laughter can help get your through anything. For a chuckle follow the parody Twitter account @hurricanesandy which made landfall yesterday.
Additionally, follow #MittsStormTips on Twitter – a mockery account providing satirical storm survival tips in the GOP presidential hopeful’s name.
It seems as though there’s a drinking game for everything, including Hurricane Sandy! Well, if you can’t beat’em, join’em, right?

[source: Richmond.com]

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Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 60’s, Tom developed a strong desire to create positive change for people and planet.


He went on to pursue his passion for art and design at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and worked for design firms in Southern California before moving to Boise, Idaho in the early 80’s. Foerstel Design opened its doors in 1985. Since its inception, the firm has cultivated a bold, happy, forward-looking team focussed on creating distinct and effective work on behalf of their clients.


An integral part of Tom’s philosophy is giving back to the community in which he lives — a company cornerstone that drives Foerstel’s long history of providing pro-bono services to local non-profit humanitarian and arts programs.


One of Tom’s proudest personal achievements is his ability to say Supercalifragilisticexpyalidocious backwards.