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. 

Readiness Checklist: 20-Questions to Help You Evaluate Your Emergency Preparations

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.

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 […]

Preparing for a Dental Emergency

Disasters can become an even greater disaster if you are coping with the pain of a broken tooth, particularly if it is severe pain such as is caused by a broken tooth with an exposed root.  Since a trip to the dentist may not be feasible in an emergency situation, it’s a good idea to […]

No Power. No Heat. No Problem.

Hurricane Sandy left 4.5 million people without power.  How would you survive the cold for a protracted power outage?  What would you do if you were stranded for days in your home or office, and it started to get cold? Even houses equipped with generators rarely have sufficient fuel to maintain a household for more […]

Generators for Emergency Power

Having the power needed to produce light and prepare food, maintain refrigeration, and to provide for heating/cooling of your home may not be essential for life, but it is nevertheless important in any emergency situation. Though the loss of grid electrical power is not part of every emergency, many incidents do include at least a […]

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 […]

The 10 Food Storage Mistakes to Avoid

Are you new to food storage?  Or, are you experienced but want to evaluate your stockpile of stored food?  Learn from the mistakes of others by reviewing this list of common food storage mistakes. 1. Having buckets full of grains, beans or wheat, but have never cooked them before is a problem waiting to happen. […]

Emergency Food: Meal, Ready-to-Eat (U.S. Military MRE)

Developed by the U.S. military after extensive nutritional and long-term storage research, the modern MRE has replaced the MCI (Meals, Combat, Individual – 1980s), the lighter LRP (Long Range Patrol) rations used in Vietnam, and the C-Ration (canned) . Though far from gourmet fare, the current-issue MRE meals are a quick and tasty meal when […]

Firearm Selection for Emergency Situations

There is a great deal of debate on this subject, and the real­ity is that no single weapon is the best choice for all emergency situations.  Circums­tances and con­ditions vary, as does the use of firearms for self-defense vs. hunting.  There is no universal solu­tion.  Yet, an understanding of the options availa­ble to you is […]

Gas cans, long-term fuel storage, fuel transport, and the peerless Scepter gas-can used by the U.S. military

If you’ve been in the military, chances are you have seen the Scepter fuel can.  In our experience, these are the best and safest fuel containers available in the general-use market. They are far superior to both the ordinary red-plastic and red-metal gas cans widely in use, as well as the off-road-sports and maritime fuel containers. In […]

Knives (Large) for GO Bags and Survival Use

Large knives which can also be used as a pry bar, are often included in a Go Bag (aka/ GOOD Bag, or Bug-Out Knapsack).  However, the downside is the weight of the tool, and the fact that these large blades are illegal in some parts of the country.  Notwithstanding, since we often receive questions on […]