The Home Safety Prep

The Home Safety Prep

Are You Ready To Disaster Proof Your Life? At Popular Mechanics we’ve been helping people become self reliant for 110 years.

Now, we’re taking our expertise and know how and bringing it to you…live. Come meet our top editors, expert celebrities, and first responders who will help you survive any disaster–for a day, a month, or forever.

You’ll see entertaining workshops, must-have gear, high-tech gadgets and life-saving supplies. National and locally-owned businesses will be on site with plenty of free swag like hats, t-shirts and money-saving discounts. Plus attendees get a free copy of the latest Popular Mechanics.

Bring the family and check out the special Popular Mechanics kid’s zone

  • Colby Donaldson, Survivor finalist, host of  Top Shot on History Channel
  • Chris Grundy of Cool Tools on the DIY Network
  • Former Green Beret Mykel Hawke, star of Man, Woman, Wild andOne Man Army on Discovery.


Check out Cool Tools coverage of the 2011 Popular Mechanics Home Safety Show:

Super $30+ Value. Early Attendees Get:
Free copy of the latest issue of Popular Mechanics ($4 value)
Free Popular Mechanics Collector’s Edition T-shirt ($10 value)
Free Roll of Duck Tape* ($6 value)
$10 Home Depot Gift Card From Ram Trucks*

Major Fan Appreciation Giveaways

  • All the tools from the Popular Mechanics Disaster Garage (value: $700)
  • AquaPail 5000 Portable Water Filtration System (value: $500).
  • More being added every day.

PLUS lots more cool swag from our sponsors, vendors, and exhibitors.


Mykel Hawke’s Spec Ops Survival School
Mykel Hawke, star of Man, Woman, Wild, and One Man Army on Discovery Channel.
Former Green Beret, disaster relief expert, survival guru (and TV star) Mykel Hawke gives a no-holds barred session on the skills it takes to survive a natural disaster—or any emergency—and thrive in the aftermath.

Colby Donaldson
What Top Shot and Survivor Taught Me about Surviving in the Real World.
Colby Donaldson, host of Top Shot—now in its fourth season—and Top Guns, on History Channel.

Colby Donaldson is one of the most popular players ever to compete on the blockbuster showSurvivor. He’s also the hugely popular host of History Channel’s hit show Top Shot. In this exclusive appearance Colby explains that when it comes to preparing and helping out, he’s actually taken the lessons from TV and applied them to his own life.

Margaret Orr’s 2012 Hurricane Clinic
Margaret Orr, Chief Meteorologist, WDSU

When floods, tornadoes, severe storms, and hurricanes, strike, New Orleans Area residents turn to the region’s top weather expert, Margaret Orr, for up-to-the-minute news, advice, and safety tips. As Hurricane season kicks off, Orr gives her exclusive interactive long-term forecast.

The Ultimate Disaster Garage
Roy Berendsohn, Senior Home Editor, Popular Mechanics
Chris Grundy, host of Cool Tools and Blog Cabin on the DIY Network

Having been on the staff of Popular Mechanics for over 20 years, Roy is one of the country’s leading experts when it comes to hardware and home improvement. As a disaster-relief volunteer, Roy also knows what kind of tools, gear, and gadgets you need in your garage if you have to rebuild after an emergency—or lend a hand to others. Come see Roy’s must-have list for your garage.

Hands-On Emergency Medicine
Come learn the basics of first aid and emergency medicine. The smartest medical move is to seek professional attention but hospitals aren’t always easy to get to—especially in a severe weather event. In that case, you’ll want to know the basics about things like hyperthermia, hypothermia, minor wounds, and other ailments. 

DIY Food: Grown Your Own Organic, Weed Free, Survival Garden
Len Pense, Founder of

Learn how to put the fun back into gardening, without even using a hoe–and feed your family delicious food while your at it. Len Pense is one of the country’s leading experts on raised bed gardening, a technique that can be used in virtually any urban, suburban, and rural environment.

Amazing Disaster-Proof Dome Homes
Johnny Delirious, “Master Survivor,” Monolithic Dome Institute

Domes are making a comeback in home construction, and not just because they look cool. Studies and real-world examples have shown dome homes to be amazingly sturdy, practically disaster proof, and incredibly energy efficient. In this bonus talk, David South, one of the nation’s leading dome experts, explains why domes are moving from obscurity to the mainstream.

Plus…more EXPERT WORKSHOPS including

25-Year Worry Free Food Storage
Matt Karen, Daily Bread

Heirloom Seeds and Food Independence
Lucinda Bailey, Texas Ready

Food Preparedness Vs. Food Pre-Scaredness: Preparing Families for the Storms of Life
Mark Price, Noah’s Pantry

Are You Really Covered? The ABC’s of Disaster Insurance
Mike Hussey, Essential Insurance Financial Group

Disaster On, Power Up: Everything You Need to Know about Generators and Standby Power
Mark Albrecht, Deltone

When Disaster Strikes Will You Get Your Insurance Money? An Expert’s Guide To a Full Recovery
Anthony Odeh, Claims Consulting and Contracting

You Can’t Go It Alone: Getting Your Community Prepared
Paul B. Range, Phd and Gloria Anderson,


Bring the kids to Shoot Hoops One-on-One with Coach Carter
Kenner Fire Department’s Fire Safety House
United States Coast Guard Rapid Response Boat
The Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle
Southern Baptist Disaster Relief
Jefferson Parish Office of Emergency Management
Louisiana SPCA
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Boy Scouts of America
American Preppers Network

We’re adding more every day so check back soon