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 […]
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.