apocalyptic landscape
15 Jun 2018

What’s Your State’s Disaster Resilience and Recovery Plan

Have you ever looked into your state’s disaster recovery plan? Or even checked to see if they have one? I don’t know about all states, but my state does have one. And if you look into it, it has some pretty scary stuff. I first encountered my state’s Resilience Plan

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Mustang Survival fluorescent green Vest
08 Jun 2018

Most Visible Color to Wear in Water

A water rescue is one of my nightmares…maybe a plane crashes, a cruise ship is damaged, or there’s a flood. I just don’t think about that sort of thing very much, unless I happen to be flying over the ocean to Hawaii! Admittedly, that has only happened twice (there and

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military surplus fuel can
01 Jun 2018

5 Surplus Store Items You Should Always Buy

If you’ve never gone into a military surplus store stop what you’re doing and find the nearest one to you. Seriously. They are so fun to spend time wandering around in. I could wander in the aisles of the one near me for hours, days even. There’s a nice one

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Bindle Bottle video review
25 May 2018

Review: Bindle Bottle

Just about everyone has one (or several!) or has at least seen the stainless steel, double-walled vacuum-insulated water bottle. There is no shortage of them on the market nowadays. But despite the numerous companies making them, there is very little variety in the function of the bottle. You almost always

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Hunting shotguns on haystack while halt during sunrise, soft focus on shutgun butt. Main focus is on breech block
18 May 2018

Ammunition for your Home Defense / Survival Shotgun

Many preppers who aren’t “gun people” have a gun or two for home protection or for the inevitable time when the SHTF.

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a small crescent moon in a starry night sky
11 May 2018

How to Navigate Without a Map, Compass or GPS

I’m not the greatest navigator. I learned a long time ago that I have a poor sense of direction. Put it this way…I can become turned around in a culdesac! I CAN read a map, but knowing north from south when walking or navigating is something I’m pretty miserable at.

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How do you cross a river in an emergency?
04 May 2018

How Do You Cross a River?

In my area of the Pacific Northwest there are a lot of bodies of water. Depending on which way I drive home, I cross either two or three rivers via bridge. I’m always worried about what will happen if one or more of the rivers are damaged due to an

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Reseason Your Cast Iron
27 Apr 2018

Reseason your Cast Iron Pans

I got lucky enough to acquire a full set of different size cast iron cookware from an ex-roommate nearly 25 years ago. He didn’t want to take them with him and I couldn’t bear to see anyone else get them. Even though I’ve moved multiple times since then, I’ve never

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