Hidden in the Christmas story are many intensely practical lessons that are relevant for us today. This article goes beyond what you hear in church to focus on Jesus’ parents and how they were ready to face the unexpected. It provides us with important modern lessons on “readiness” that are hidden-in-plain-sight. This well-known story about the birth of Jesus deserves new, deeper attention. It’s not just a seasonal myth, it is an incident that really happened and it changed the world.
Why is the US military requiring that their new electronic devices and flashlights use AA-batteries? The answer is simple, logistics. This article uses their research to help consumers.
Unfortunately, most people have a normalcy bias. They are stuck in a dangerous groove, thinking that the future will be like today. But what if it isn’t? This article features the Top-10 areas of preparation to help you evaluate your personal situation.
The marketplace is flooded with “how-to” books and reference materials on preparing for disasters, social unrest, and emergency-situations. Many of these are noteworthy contributions, so it’s unusual for us to declare a single work to be the single, most essential book for the times in which we are living. This one-volume is far superior to any other single resource we have ever seen.
With the help of our medical and science advisors, this article was written to equip you with the essential COVID-19 prevention recommendations you need. It can also help you debunk inaccurate advice and misinformation that has become rampant. While the threat of this pandemic should be taken seriously, there is no need to fear. That […]
News outlets are full of frantic information about the current Coronavirus, more accurately designated, COVID-19. Unfortunately, in the modst of all the media frenzy, most people do not have sufficient facts to help them make informed decisions. That is the purpose of this article. It is for those who are willing to be informed on […]
What will happen when everything electronic stops working? Perhaps for a very, very long time? A new U.S. Congress report identifies this threat as a ‘clear and present danger.’ It’s no wonder that we receive more questions on electromagnetic pulse (EMP and CME) than any other threat topic. The declassified portions of the congressional report can be downloaded from this article.
Water purification methods for disasters and emergency situations are addressed in detail, in our previous article on this subject. In that post, portable water purification gear for GO-Bags and evacuation kits was addressed, along with our recommendation of the Sawyer Mini water purification filter. After receiving many questions and suggestions on this topic, we evaluated additional products […]
Before you shop for Mylar products, this article will help you review the basics and answer the five key questions that will jump-start your Mylar bag food and gear packing project. As you answer these questions, you will be better able to select the best Mylar products for you and your situation. This summary, which also includes Mylar product pros and cons, can equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to make better decisions on the best Mylar packing method for you, as well as the Mylar products which suit you best.
Mylar bags provide a convenient, easy, and cost-efficient way to stockpile food for an emergency situation, or for a period of rainy-day personal adversity. Though Mylar bags are a high-tech NASA inspired technology, they are simple to use and an ideal do-it-yourself packaging method. This article provides step-by-step guidance to make the project easy, even for a novice. The process outlined here can be used to increase the shelf-life of dry foods, and also for the safe-storage of gear and emergency supplies. This is Part-4 in a four article series on emergency food storage.
Pepper spray is a viable self-defense tool for three categories of people: Those who are prohibited from having a gun to defend themselves against violence, those who can’t countenance using a gun, and for those who have the capacity to also carry a non-lethal self-defense tool in addition to their firearm. Of course, legal restrictions […]
Are you ready? If circumstances require it, are you prepared to be self-sufficient for two weeks? Will you be able to get home from wherever you are, and survive for 14-days without shopping, without electricity, Internet and telephones, and without any outside help or government assistance? If not, you are in a precarious position. These 20 questions will help you evaluate your state of readiness, and what you need to do to get ready for a tomorrow that may not look like today.
You know how to get home, or to your safe-haven retreat location, but what if your usual routes aren’t viable? What if your smartphone GPS isn’t working. This article on maps is the first segment in a three-part series on travel during emergency situations. It tells you what you need to know about maps and compass choices, as well as GPS devices and smartphone apps. Its about being able to travel quickly, and getting to where you need to go, safely.
In an emergency situation a compass is an essential tool. Even if you have lived in the area for your entire life, the effects of a disaster can change the appearance of the terrain, sometimes radically. Landmarks can literally disappear. In addition to this, during a natural disaster or man-made problem such as social unrest, you may be forced to find a new route. In either of these scenarios, even if you have a good sense of direction, you will need a compass to get to your destination quickly and safely. Electronics fail. This article explains what you need to know now, while you still have the opportunity to get ready.
Even if the cellular system is down and you are unable to make phone calls, your smartphone can still be a useful tool. Keep in mind, too, that even when voice calls don’t work due to overloaded circuits, you still may be able to send text messages. It’s not unusual for texting to work even when you can’t make or receive calls with your mobile phone. Plus, there are voice, text, and other useful apps and downloads which can be useful even when the cellular phone system is down. This article recommends apps and gear to help you prepare now, in advance of the need.
Since mobile phones often don’t work in an emergency situation, and 9-1-1 dispatch systems may be down or overloaded, we need alternative communication methods. We need to be able to communicate with family and friends, to summon help, and to help deliver it to those who need assistance. This article is a summary of our 2-way communication options, problems, solutions, and the pros and cons of various products, plus the recommendations of our experienced experts.
Thanks to modern military research, it’s now possible for us to use eyewear which combines the features of sunglasses, safety glasses, military protective eyewear, shooting glasses, night-vision enhancing glasses, and even prescription lenses or bifocal reading glasses—all in one stylish pair of sunglasses. This article can help you jump-start your research and filter-out advertising hype, so that you can quickly select no-compromise all-in-one eye protection that you will actually use.
Whether the situation is enduring the heat of summer, hot-weather physical labor, sports, or the stress of evacuation during an emergency situation, the ability to hydrate and maintain a healthy body temperature is of vital importance. Drinking a sufficient quantity of pure water is necessary for the body to function properly, but so are electrolytes. […]
Clean looking water is often not pure. Don’t be fooled. Even clean looking, cool, clear mountain streams often contain giardia, crypto, and other illness-causing microorganisms. Similarly, rainwater runoff from roofs, as well as water gathered from farmland or manufacturing plants, may contain dangerous, hidden chemicals. Even normally safe tap-water and well-water can become unsafe due […]
Having access to personal records and identification during an emergency situation is important, but other documents, such as medical reference documents, equipment and product manuals, schematics, maps, and other reference materials may also be a godsend. If you are anywhere other than at home when disaster strikes, you may not have access to your laptop computer […]
If you have a smartphone and a “goTenna“ device, you can send text messages even when the cellular phone system is down or overcrowded. The goTenna partners with your phone, like a headset or your car’s hands-free phone system via Bluetooth, and then uses its built-in miniature 2-way radio (MURS) to transmit your text message to other goTenna […]