The predominant culture often views those who value disaster preparedness as fanatical and irrational. Their predictions may sometimes sound apocalyptic; their preparations, drastic. The idea of an implosion of the national infrastructure and financial system simply strikes some as the stuff of fantasy. An honest look at the numbers, however, reveals that survival planning is actually a wise and prudent endeavor. In fact, academic research, practical business experience and good old common sense corroborate the very real possibility that such national and global dysfunction is real, and growing more likely every day. Taking steps to ensure the safety of
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This post was originally published back in July of 2012. It can be seen HERE in its original format.
I was recently contacted by the folks at SoloStove.com about testing out one of their Solo Backpacking Stoves. Of course I said “Yes!” and within days arrived at my door was a small cardboard box containing the stove.
Upon initial inspection the fit in finish was immaculate. I deal with Quality Control in my regular job and am used to looking at things with great detail. I was pretty impressed.
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The following is a guest post entry into our Survival & Preparedness Writing Contest.
(Ultra) Lighting Up Your BOB by Lou Levy
Today’s typicle BOBs can weigh between forty and seventy pounds. For many of us that’s just to much weight to haul. Happily, significant backpack weight reduction is possible without giving up the necessities, and even some of the comforts.
For our growing population of aging, and with our often sedimentary lifestyles, walking for days with a very heavy backpack is just impractical.
Many have given up on the very idea of trying to save
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I love knives and like most any survivalist own many. Knives have to be one of the most important and useful preparedness tools in existence. Ever try cutting rope without knife? Not easy.
Several months ago I picked up a Gerber Warrant. This knife is generally considered to be within the “tactical” genre -whatever that is. Basically – it is a lightweight, tanto pointed, aluminum handled, 9.5″ inch knife. Reminds me a lot of the Benchmade Nimravus tanto.
I usually carry folding knives or a set of multi-pliers on a daily basis. Fixed blade knives are generally
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Incorporating Your Survival Kit Into Your Normal Routine
Survival kits are one of a prepper’s most essential items. They contain everything we might feasibly need to survive in the immediate aftermath of an emergency situation. For this reason, most preppers keep their survival kits close at hand.
Whilst there is some debate over what to include in a basic survival kit, most preppers seem to be in agreement on the ten essentials – food, water, clothing, medical supplies and torches, etc. However one question seems to keep popping up, with no definitive answer in sight. To
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I am not usually one for buying “ready made” survival kit. Far too often they are packed with inexpensive lower grade supplies in a bag that is less than ideal for long-term use. I received an offer a couple months ago to receive and review the J.R. Bullivant Solar Backpack.
On the with show…..
J.R. Bullivant offers several survival kits at various prices. This particular one – in their Professional-series, is considered their deluxe, top-end model. My perception on this kit is it is made for the person who has concerns, and wants something in his vehicle or vacation cabin – but does not
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10 Things You Must Have In a 72 Hour Kit
In the event of a natural or man-made disaster, it may take emergency crews days to actually reach you. That’s why it’s so important to be prepared with a 72-hour emergency kit. Your kit should include all of the essentials needed for you to survive when you have no other options.
All emergency kits should be organized and stored in a convenient carrier, such as a backpack. This will make your life much easier during a crisis, as you can simply grab it, and go during an evacuation. Your
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MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM BROTHER AND SISTER THE SURVIVALISTS!
by Irish-7, Editor-at-Large
My wife came up with the idea to make “Crisis Buckets” for our loved ones as Christmas presents. I thought it was a monumental concept in that none all of our family and friends put as much effort into disaster preparation as we do. After all, what greater gift can you bestow upon someone than saving their life? First, let me say that you do not have to believe in all the “Gloom & Doom” prophecies to take a few
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My e-can (emergency vehicle canister)
By C. Faraday Everyone should have an emergency kit in their car. I was disappointed with the ready-made, store bought kits offered in the big name stores which typically come in a canvas bag containing gloves, jumper cables, a road hazard sign (or small pylon) and a call police flag to place in your car window, some included a first aid kit and flashlight. I found them woefully inadequate to say the least, also overpriced for the value in my opinion. Here’s the redesign and contents that you can add yourself.
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Irish-7 was nice enough to share his survival kit/bug out bag system with all of Rourke’s Patriot’s – that’s you. He sent this in response to my article http://modernsurvivalonline.com/redoing-my-get-home-bags/.
As mentioned in my post, attached is the listing of the different size kits that I put together in the past 18 months. Some things to keep in mind: 1) My Survival Kits are backpack / rucksacks with mainly camping items. 2) My Bug Out Bags are mainly food and clothing, as if we would be staying indoors. 3) Webgear /
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When the power goes out…….have a black out kit
By John Rourke
Power outages can be caused by a wide variety of sources including general utility problems, winter storms, lightening strikes, wind storms as well as grid overload. There are numerous other causes but for the purpose of this article the fact remains the same…….the power is out.
Depending upon your geographic location, housing type, environment, and overall health – power outages can range from a minor inconvenience to a serious threat. Summer heat can be serious threat to the elderly
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Emergency preparedness does not involve just your home or bug out destination. Many hours are spent on the road traveling for many of us.
Have supplies in your vehicle? If not – here are a few ideas from theroadwarri0r.
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by John Taylor
The ability to make a fire I think is an assumed skill that many people think they have and in turn decide that there is not skill work needed. Packing a lighter, some waterproof matches, and maybe a Ferro rod and some sure fire tabs is what some consider adequate preparation for fire making. For many people you can make a fire by lighting a match or sparking a lighter and then you have your flame to start your fire. When you look at fire from a prepping/bushcraft perspective it quickly becomes clear that fire
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As I write this I am sitting in a hotel room approx 160 miles from home. I considered the question – “What if the SHTF while I was away from home?”
There are more questions going through my mind.
- What could the SHTF event be?
- Would phone lines or email still be up so I could contact my family?
- Would there be electricity?
- Would the person I drove here with be able to drive back home? Would the roads be passable?
- Would marshall
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I have been into emergency preparedness for more than 14 years. It all started when a family member asked if we wanted her friend’s #10 cans of wheat. It wasn’t just a few cans either. We accepted and have since added to it again and again.
As part of our preparedness plan, we have a well stocked 72 hour kit. This kit is not a “go bag”. Don’t get me wrong I like go bags. I have one at work, ready to go! This is more than a get there from here kit.
Regardless of the
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I am in the process of putting together a new bug out/get home kit. The revision of my kit comes from my recent bout with severe lower back pain. Although my back is better I have put some thought into changing things to reduce weight. When my back was really bothering me the pain was agonizing and my mind wandered into to several “What if’s?“. Having to trek on foot for several miles to hundred miles or so would be difficult with my condition. To make things a bit easier I want to put together
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Sometimes a little can go a long ways. I remember as a teenager reading an article in SURVIVE Magazine where the author was going on an overnight trip on a houseboat with some friends. He wanted to bring a few supplies “just in case”. He managed to put a small kit in his suitcase – along with an Armalite AR-180 which had a folding stock. I was impressed with the article way back then.
Anyways – certain circumstances may demand that carrying a full-sized backpack kit is just not realistic. I decided to put together
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The ModernSurvivalOnline Survival Kit.
Just wanted to throw up a reminder and Thank You post about the ModernSurvivalOnline Official Survival Kit over at SurvivalGearBags.com. Well – there is the reminder. Here is the “Thank You” to all of you that have ordered one. The proceeds from the sale of the kits help support this project. Thank you!!
Here is a short summary on the kit:
My plan all along was to put together a “basic kit” that the owner could then customize for themselves. I think it would be very difficult to build
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I recently received a new bag from SurvivalGearBags.com – called the Paladin Mission Pack Expedition.
This is a larger capacity bag which could serve many purposes – from backpacking, camping, to a full-fledged “bug out” kit. Let’s get straight to the bags dimensions:
The Paladin Mission Pack, Expedition is comprised of: (1) large capacity main compartment 6 in. x 5.5 in. x 20 in. (2) large external pockets 3.5 in. x 11.5 in. x 7.5 in (upper external pocket) 5 in. x 13 in. x 11 in (lower external pocket, accepts a Paladin Mission Go Bag) (1) optional
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The ModernSurvivalOnline Survival Kit.
I recieved all the componants to the ModernSurvivalOnline.com Official Survival Kit a couple weeks ago from SurvivalGearBags.com. I have been conducting some componant testing to make certain that everything is “up to par”.
First – why have I partnered with SurvivalGearBags.com to create this kit? Well….a couple reasons.
First – to provide a “starter kit” to those interested in building a quality survival kit.
Second – to network with a company to provide a discount on items. If you add up the cost of the items in the kit
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A COMPREHENSIVE SURVIVAL NECKLACE
I was surfing the internet one day looking at miniature survival kits and noticed that most kits were contained either in a tin, or sometimes in a can, or other bulky container. I stumbled upon an interesting kit from Ranger Rick at www.equipped.com/rangerrick_necklace.htm. and, while the kit to me looked a little light in material and quality, I was intrigued by the concept of a neck-worn survival kit. Over the years I have designed and tested many kits – I have also left many of them in the car as
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Paladin Go Bag – A Review
I recently recieved a Paladin Go Bag from SurvivalGearBags.com and want to pass on this review to my readers.
When I first saw the bag on SGB website it really intrigued me. My first thought was it would be great for a Urban Survival Kit (USK)- but I think it is too military looking for that – unless it is a total WROL situation. My second thought was it would be great as a Get Me Home Kit or a Vehicle Survival Kit. Due to
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I have talked about what may happen should TSHTF and you are away from home – possibly at work or running an errand. The focus off this post is to show you what I have put together in one of my “Get Me Home” kits. I have several of these as I have multiple vehicles.
I do not suggest that my kit is perfect or ideal for everyone. Heck – it’s probably not ideal for me. But this is what I have right now in my vehicle that I drive back and forth to work – which is 22 miles
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