12 Lessons for today, hidden in the Christmas Story

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.

Update on Water Purification

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 […]

Mylar Bags: Selecting the Best Mylar Products to Purchase

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: Step-by-Step Instructions for Packing Food and Emergency Supplies

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 for Self-Defense

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 […]

Maps for Navigating an Emergency Situation

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.

Compass for Emergency Travel

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.

Smartphone Apps and GPS for Emergency Situations

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.

Safety and Style: All-in-One Sunglasses and Eye Protection

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.

Water Purification for GO-Bags and Every-Day-Carry

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 […]

PDF Reference and Medical Documents

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 […]

Emergency Radios: “All-Hazards” Notification and News Updates During an Emergency

For those who live in the United States, the U.S. Government maintains a nationwide network of 1,000 emergency radio stations (NWR).  These continuously broadcast region-specific weather information, and now other emergency information, too. Therefore, all emergency kits assembled for use in the U.S. should include a radio which is capable of receiving these “All-Hazards” radio broadcasts. […]

Pepper Spray Considerations

Pepper spray is not legal in all areas, but if it is in your locale, we recommend keeping a canister in your GO-Bag, pocket, purse, home and other areas where you might need it.  We regard it as the best non-lethal weapon for self-defense.  This article is included to help you understand aspects of pepper […]

Gun Selection for Survival Kits

There are many opinions as to what gun is best for inclusion in a survival kit, and there is certainly no consensus, even among the experts.  But if you are not planning for a specific type of emergency, and self-defense is NOT your primary concern, then a .22 caliber rifle is generally considered to be […]

High Demand for Potassium Iodine

When this current flap dies down, consider buying potassium iodine as a just-in-case drug for your emergency medical kit. The current rush to purchase (by civilians) is likely due to Japanese nuclear debris which is now washing up on the beaches of the west coast of the United States.   This development, combined with the U.S. government’s […]

You’ll Need More Than a First Aid Kit

First aid and CPR training offered by the Red Cross and hospitals, is a good place to start.  But “first aid” is only the first level of care.  In a major disaster or extended emergency situation, you will need more.  Much more. Standard first-aid kits, and conventional first-aid training programs, assume that you can quickly […]