Health Risk: West Nile Virus

In the last decade more than 30,000 Americans have become ill, and 118 have died as a result of the West Nile Virus.  This problem is growing and spreading, and has now become a serious national health threat. Infected mosquitoes are spreading this disease which can cause death and serious life-altering effects.  In the United […]

Evacuation and Contingency Planning

Though the following article was written for expatriates who live in foreign countries, this information provides us with a fresh perspective for our own planning–wherever we live. The United States may not suffer under the same political violence as Syria, but our emergency planning nevertheless needs to be similarly comprehensive and realistic.  The bottom line is this:  It […]

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 […]

Personal and Family Contingency Plans

The Importance of Planning Those in the vicinity of an attack have the best chance of escaping and reconnecting with loved ones if they have a personal contingency plan.  Sudden disasters, such as tornadoes, earthquakes, school shootings or the derailment of train cars carrying chlorine, can strike anywhere. Emergency plans are vital not only for […]

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 […]

Natural Disasters and Increased Sexual Violence

The below briefing is a noteworthy summary of the problem of violence against women after a widespread disaster.  It is posted here for its merits, but particularly as an example of modern education on this subject. Like so many of its ilk, the below “fact sheet” includes a quest for “political correctness” which supersedes honest analysis.  It […]

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 […]

How long can you store bottled water?

How long can I store bottled water? Unopened bottled water products can often be safely stored for years, provided the bottles are kept in the proper environment, and the plastic material of the bottle is BPA-free.  When in doubt, discard or treat bottled water which is more than 6-months old. Water is also available 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 […]

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36ReadyBlog is actively looking for experts who are willing to post articles, blog, answer questions, and otherwise help those who want to become better prepared.  If you are interested in helping or joining the 36Ready team, please use the “contact us” link to get in touch with us.  Please review the “categories” (right sidebar), so […]