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EMERGENCY POWER – PART 1

How Much Power Do You Need?

Most people would agree that during an emergency or power outage, normal life will be put on hold. We would expect to get by on […]

STRIKE ANYWHERE MATCHES

“The Sorry State of Strike Anywhere Matches”.

There are two general types of matches, Safety Matches (strike on the box or booklet) and Strike Anywhere Matches (strike on most abrasive surfaces). The difference is that each Strike Anywhere Match is tipped with phosphorous so that it will light when struck on an abrasive surface and […]

AN EFFICIENT GENERATOR THAT YOU PROBABLY ALREADY OWN

You may not realize it but most of us already own an efficient (although expensive) generator that can be used in an emergency. It is the family car. True you wouldn’t buy a car just for emergency power, but since most of us own a car, let’s see how good of a generator a car […]

LIGHTS-OUT KIT

Put together a Lights Out Kit to help you get through the first few minutes of an emergency. This kit is an idea from “The Survival Podcast”. The idea is to have a small bag of essentials, such as a flashlight and radio, which is always in the same place so that you can walk […]

EVACUATION SHELTER

If you have to Bug Out, my last preference is to evacuate to a mass shelter. I am not a big fan of shelters (Remember the Super Dome fiasco?) but if you find yourself with no emergency supplies and nowhere to go, an emergency shelter is better than the alternative. Shelters usually take on the […]

STAY OR BUG OUT

Evacuate or stay? That’s a hard question. My answer would be – Where are you most likely to be safe? You have to answer some other questions too. Does someone in your home have a medical condition where the loss of service could be life threatening? Do you have food, water and supplies to stay? […]

WHERE WILL YOU BE WHEN SHTF?

Where will you be when something bad happens? If you play the odds, it will be where ever you spend the most time. Most of us spend 12 hours a day at home, 8 hours a day at work and the other 4 hours somewhere in between. I’m retired, so I spend a lot of […]

WE ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR OURSELVES

“It is better to look ahead and prepare than to look back and regret.”

Many years ago, I realized that no one had my best interest at heart as much as I did. I decided that I needed to be responsible for all the things in my life that affected my happiness, health, wealth, safety […]

HOMEMADE POWDERED LAUNDRY DETERGENT

I blame this post on my daughter.

In general, I’m not in agreement with preppers whose main focus is 100 year old pioneering skills. Take a bar soap as an example. I wonder why you would buy and store all the components to make bar soap when you can go to Costco and buy 12 […]

WATER – PART 5

Water Purification

Purified water is water with all living micro-organisms removed. This can be accomplished by either temperature or by chemical treatment.

In “Water – Part 4” we covered Water Filtration. Will filtration alone make water safe to drink? The answer is most of the time. As we discussed ceramic filters cannot filter out viruses […]