Kansas To Officially Declare October “Zombie Preparedness Month”

(Mike Rollerson Photography)

You might know to aim for the brain and that if one bites you, you’re a goner — but how else could you possibly prepare for the inevitable zombie apocalypse? Kansas wants its residents to be ready for that — or really, any kind of large scale disaster — and is declaring October “Zombie Preparedness Month” to spread the word. [More]

Truck Carrying 6,000 Gallons Of Milk Crashes Into House, Homeowner Probably Cries

Truck Carrying 6,000 Gallons Of Milk Crashes Into House, Homeowner Probably Cries

A couple near Pittsburgh were just minding their own business and getting ready for dinner when they heard a sound like an earthquake. There was not an earthquake in Pittsburgh: there was a tanker truck full of milk on a collision course with their house. [More]

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Molasses Spills Into Ocean, Forms World’s Saddest Fish Marinade

Too much of anything will kill you, and too much of anything that doesn’t belong in an ecosystem will kill the creatures in it. Last week, a transit company company discovered that it had spilled 1,400 tons (233,000 gallons) of molasses into the Pacific Ocean due to a leaky pipeline. Yesterday, the company that operates the leaking pipe took full responsibility, and told reporters that it will cover all of the cleanup costs. [More]

Does My Homeowner’s Insurance Cover Me In The Event Of A Sharknado?

Does My Homeowner’s Insurance Cover Me In The Event Of A Sharknado?

I don’t watch a lot of action movies, because I’m that Debbie Downer who’s always thinking about how much it must suck to be, say, a claims adjuster in Manhattan after the events of “The Avengers.” So I was glad that our colleagues down the hall at Consumer Reports raised an important question: does my insurance cover me in the event of a sharknado? [More]

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Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship Catches Fire, Toilets Continue To Work

If you had been considering a cruise vacation because nothing has gone terribly wrong on any major ships in at least a couple of weeks, maybe you should reconsider. Passengers on their third day of a Royal Caribbean cruise were dragged out of bed in the wee hours of the morning and told to put their life vests on because of a fire on board. [More]

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After A House Fire, Watch Out For Actual Criminals, Not Just Scummy Contractors

Earlier this week, we posted about the public adjusters and contractors who show up at the scene of a house fire, often before all of the flames are even out. Reader Josh’s family has been through a fire recently, and he wrote in to warn people about a whole different set of entrepreneurs who might stop by your home after a fire…looters. [More]

Poop Cruise 2: Passengers Not Pleased After 410 Toilets Stop Working On Carnival Ship

Poop Cruise 2: Passengers Not Pleased After 410 Toilets Stop Working On Carnival Ship

It’s only April and it’s been a banner year for Carnival. And while this latest cock-up doesn’t even approach the stinky scale of the stranded Poop Cruise, it nonetheless has some passengers ticked off. [More]

The Triumph fire has now ruined vacation plans for thousands of additional Carnival customers.

Carnival Forced To Cancel 12 More Upcoming Cruises Aboard Stranded Ship

With the Carnival Triumph and its 4,000 passengers still being towed back to port following an engine room fire earlier this week, the cruise line operator has had to pull the plug on a dozen additional upcoming voyages for the ship. [More]

1. Can't get the door past the toilet? Nothing a little jigsaw work won't fix.

5 Home Inspection Photos That Show Why DIY Is Not Always The Best Route

Every day, emboldened by endless home-improvement shows, and Ed Harris’ soothing, assuring voice in commercials for Home Depot, millions of Americans attempt to repair and upgrade their homes without the help of a professional. The results vary from great to… well, you’ll see in these photos. [More]

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When Disaster Strikes, Send Cash, Not Sex Toys

When we hear that fellow humans in faraway places are suffering, we want to help. Some of us write a check, sign in to PayPal, or make a donation using our phones. But there’s nothing quite as satisfying as sending tangible goods to people in need. The problem is that well-meaning people can waste resources and time on the ground in the disaster area by sending inappropriate items that will ultimately end up in the dump. [More]

Italian Cruise Ship Crashes, Causing Deaths, Injuries And Mass Evacuation

Italian Cruise Ship Crashes, Causing Deaths, Injuries And Mass Evacuation

A disastrous Italian cruise crash Friday night killed at least five passengers and injured at least 20 more. As of Sunday night, two of the 120 Americans onboard had yet to be located after more than 4,000 were evacuated. The Costa Concordia suffered a hull breach and is 50 percent submerged. Rescuers are still searching for missing people. [More]

After The Storm: Shop At Home Depot, Eat At Waffle House

After The Storm: Shop At Home Depot, Eat At Waffle House

Which retailers are best at preparing for major disasters? According to some experts, big-box chains like Home Depot and Lowe’s earn high marks for responding rapidly to blizzards, tornadoes and hurricanes. Then there’s Waffle House, which FEMA administrator W. Craig Fugate cites as being one of the indicators he uses to determine whether a community has recovered from a disaster: If the restaurant is open and serving a full menu, things are okay. [More]

How To Avoid Flood-Damaged Used Vehicles

How To Avoid Flood-Damaged Used Vehicles

Disastrous flooding, such as what the Midwest and Southeast has recently suffered, tends to, well, flood the used car market with damaged vehicles that pass the eyeball test. There are ways to avoid falling victim to unscrupulous resellers try to move water-addled rides, though. [More]

Phoenix-Area Intel Plant Explosion Sends 4 To Hospital

Phoenix-Area Intel Plant Explosion Sends 4 To Hospital

Since the high-tech manufacturing industry deals with a bunch of caustic chemicals, it’s a wonder we don’t hear of more accidents such as an explosion that occurred Tuesday at a Chandler, Ariz. Intel plant, hospitalizing four workers, one who suffered serious but non life-threatening injuries. [More]

Design A Safety Map To Plan For Disaster

Design A Safety Map To Plan For Disaster

There’s a reason your office building probably has a fire evacuation map posted on a wall. When things get crazy, it’s best to have a plan in place for how to react, and a map with a rendezvous point for friends and loved ones could prove invaluable during earthquakes, fires and floods — not to mention the apocalypse. [More]

FEMA Tries To Get Back Mistaken Payments To Disaster Victims

FEMA Tries To Get Back Mistaken Payments To Disaster Victims

Deciding it had been a bit too generous when dishing out disaster aid, FEMA is going around asking for refunds of mistaken payments. Letters demanding repayment within 30 days are coming as a shock to disaster victims who say they needed the money to get back on track and no longer have it. [More]

Create An Emergency Kit For Your Pet

Create An Emergency Kit For Your Pet

If you had to leave your home on short notice due to a natural disaster or other emergency, would you have a bag of emergency supplies ready to go? While adults and older children can handle packing their own bags in a hurry, members of your family who don’t have opposable thumbs can’t. [More]

Just How Much BP Oil Is Left In The Marshes?

Just How Much BP Oil Is Left In The Marshes?

On the one-year anniversary of the catastrophic BP oil spill in the gulf, scientists are still struggling to figure out just how much oil is in the marshes. This excellent New York Times video explores their challenges, not the least of which is the inherent complexity of determining the damage to a vast and vibrant ecosystem. One group of researchers, for example, are guesstimating the number of bird deaths by taking bird carcasses out to sea, dropping them in, and seeing how many wash ashore. [More]