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Review and Giveaway: The Lifestraw

I have numerous methods of making water safe for drinking. One that I had always heard of but had never tried until recently was the LifeStraw. The LifeStraw is an ultra-portable water filter that you use just like a straw. Place the straw in the suspect water – and as you suck it through the unit the water is filtered.

Simple.

The LifeStraw has been used all of the world by those desperate for life sustaining water – but no clean water source available. The LifeStraw was designed to be used under the most extreme conditions and purify water which

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Water filtration……..

I have been spending some time going through my preparedness supplies, evaluating strengths and weakness, and getting more organized. Throughout my time doing this I came to a conclusion – I really need to focus on essentials. Yeah, I know….a real miraculous discovery, heh?

As I prep for what would be considered a “long-term” crisis, basics such as water will be incredibly important. Although discussed often – how many of us can really say we can go without modern piped-in water for 3 months? How about 6 months? A year? 3 months worth of water for a family of four is a

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Free Shipping on LifeStraw Water Filters from Camping Survival

Just a quick note to let you know of a special promotion that CampingSurvival.com is having.

Selling at the lowest possible price allowed by the manufacturer($19.95) – CampingSurvival.com is also offering FREE SHIPPING on all orders for the excellent LifeStraw Water Filter.

Check it out.

- Rourke

Important Announcement: Berkey Systems now being sold in California

From ModernSurvivalOnline Sponsor Directive21.com -  

 

BREAKING NEWS FOR THOSE IN CALIFORNIA:

New Millennium Concepts has reevaluated their position on Berkey® Products shipped to CA and have made a Decision:

Sales of the following systems are now available to customers in the state of California:

Berkey Light™ 2 filter systems (With or without LED lights) Travel Berkey® Go Berkey Kit® Sport Berkey® Black Berkey Elements PF2 Fluoride & Arsenic Filter Elements SuperSterasyl™ Elements PF4 Fluoride & Arsenic Filter Elements Replacement parts

Here’s an excerpt of the communication we received from New Millennium Concepts, releasing the products mentioned above:

As you

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The Panhandle Rancher speaks……..

Rourke,

 

For all who use portable water filtration whether from Katadyn or Aquamira, a coffee filter around the intake will greatly extend internal filter life. Extended water filter life is paramount in any survival situation. All of my portable filtration is stored with multiple coffee filters. Water filtration is not necessary everywhere but given our population density, is always a ‘best practice’.

 

The following excerpt is from the excellent 13,000 gallon Katadyn pocket filter (http://shop.katadyn.com/product/153548/8013618/_/Katadyn_Pocket) manual (my favorite filter):

 

“Ceramic capacity depends on water quality. The dirtier the water the more often you will have to clean the element. This reduces

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Equipment Review: AQUAMIRA Frontier Water Filter Straw

I have several methods for making suspect water safe at home as well as while traveling. One of the most inexpensive methods incorporated in my system is the Aquamira water filter straw. I received this water filter from SurvivalGearBags.com who carry the Aquamira as well as many other survival and preparedness supplies.

 

Why the Frontier? Like I said – it is inexpensive and allows me to stretch my dollar further. Small, compact and extremely lightweight – it works great in a small Get Home Bag or a larger Bug Out Bag.

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The Berkey Guy has a new website………

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The Berkey Guy recently debuted his new website – see http://directive21.com.

 

If you are not familiar The Berkey Guy is an authorized distributor of the legendary Berkey water filters. Additionally they carry seed banks, food storage products, Tattler canning lids, and a wide variety of other preparedness supplies.

Check out their new site…..

Rourke

Special promotion from The Berkey Guy

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I received the following information from The Berkey Guy – wanted to pass it on to all of you:

In celebration of Independence Day, and to showcase one of our newest products, we are giving away a premium-quality LED flashlight. Pelican brand flashlights are used by firefighters, law enforcement, servicemen, and other public service personnel.

Here are some of the features we like with the Pelican 2360 LED flashlight:

Light-weight & Compact: Aerospace grade aluminum body Provides 95-100 lumens of light with 2 AA Alkaline batteries -not included with give-away Built Tough: Impact Resistant LED lamp module

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The Berkey Guy Radio Show

Just want to mention to everyone that if they were not familiar with the Berkey Guy Radio Show – you should check it out.

The Berkey Guy Radio show is heard on the Preparedness Radio Network every Tuesday night at 5:00pm P.S.T.  (8:00pm EST) Jeff Gleason – aka The Berkey Guy – discusses a variety of survival and preparedness topics. Jeff often has guests on to make things interesting. Podcast lasts for 1 hour.

For more info – visit http://directive21.com and also go directly to http://www.blogtalkradio.com/doctorprepper - search The Berkey Guy.

Rourke

Guest Post: SteriPEN Review

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by C.D.               

I received the STERIpen® Sidewinder the other day from Ready Made Resources and I promised Rourke a review very soon, right after I tested it.

To be honest I didn’t know a lot about UV sterilization other than the SODIS method that I have tried before with success. Frankly I was a bit skeptical of a 90 second exposure to UV being safe for drinking. If you are not familiar with the concept, the UV light damages the DNA strands of a virus in your drinking water, rendering it incapable of reproducing into your body. Basically

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Reminder: SteriPEN Sidewinder Giveaway

STERIPEN SIDEWINDER GIVEAWAY!!!!

The folks over at Ready Made Resources have been gracious enough to donate a brand-new SteriPEN Sidewinder to giveaway to one lucky MSOnline reader.  

SteriPEN Sidewinder has arrived! We’re very excited to introduce the first  battery-free UV water purifier. Sidewinder gives you the freedom to purify water anywhere – camping trips, journeys abroad or in emergency situations such as floods, power outages, earthquakes or hurricanes.

How to enter the contest?  It’s simple – just leave a comment here on this post (not this one here – this is just a reminder). What to say? Whatever….maybe “Why

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SteriPEN Sidewinder Giveaway

STERIPEN SIDEWINDER GIVEAWAY!!!!

The folks over at Ready Made Resources have been gracious enough to donate a brand-new SteriPEN Sidewinder to giveaway to one lucky MSOnline reader.  

Here is some information on the SteriPEN Sidewinder:

SteriPEN Sidewinder has arrived! We’re very excited to introduce the first  battery-free UV water purifier. Sidewinder gives you the freedom to purify water anywhere – camping trips, journeys abroad or in emergency situations such as floods, power outages, earthquakes or hurricanes.

We wanted to create a product with the same reliability our customers have come to expect from SteriPEN,

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Berkey Water Filter Review from Sootch00

I have been planning my own review of the Big Berkey water filtration system for sometime – and my buddy Sootch beat me to it via a video review – and it is great.

Check it out on his YouTube Channel or watch it below:

I will do an additional write up hopefully soon on the Big Berkey – however let me just tell you it is great.

Go to Directive21.com for information on Berkey Systems – I highly recommend them.

Take care all -

Rourke

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The Berkey Guy Radio Show

The Berkey Guy from Directive21.com – one of our sponsors – has a new radio show related to survival & preparedness.

Tuesday September 28th at 700PM CDT. 700-800PM The Berkey Guy Showwith Jeff Gleason. More about Berkey water filters and other products he sells. Jeff is a great guy and carries a great product – Berkey Water Filters.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/doctorprepper/2010/09/29/berkey-guy–ready-or-not–self-reliant-living

I suggest you tune in -

Rourke

My awesome sponsors……

When I first started this blog – I hoped that I would be able to find a few good sponsors after several months. I have been very lucky that after just a few short weeks I was able to get some seriously awesome sponsors.

I think that many of my sponsors saw some good potential with this blog – and took a chance. That chance helps pay for server hosting and equipment to test.

So – I want to give my sponsors a big “THANK YOU!!” and introduce all of them:

Austere Provisions Company  – Austere Provisions

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Water Purification Overview…….

In everyday life – my family and I normally drink bottled water or filtered water source coming through our refrigerator. Up until recently water filtration was one area that I very much lacked in my survival preps. I decided to do some “research” on water purification and work to improve my situation. 

In looking for water filters – they had to meet certain requirments in order to be included in my TSHTF supplies: 

Filter out typical contaminents  such as larger particles (dirt!) Filter out unwanted invisible contaminants such as pathogens that can cause you to get violently ill Filter out anything that may make

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Berkey Sport Bottle Review

One item that in the past I was severely lacking was water purification. Due to the expense for water purifying equipment – I relied on having the ability to boil water, add bleach, as well as store extra.

Directive21 recently sent me a Berkey Sport Bottle which I absolutely love.

Here it is:

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 It is constructed very much like any other water bottle – well, at the least the more expensive models. The bottle has a flip top which slides over the straw and protects it from dust and debris. Molded into

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