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.

2-Way Radios for Emergency Communication

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. 

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 […]

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 […]