Hey guys! Check out this new magazine from the creators of Recoil! I am thoroughly impressed with the articles and information in it. It even gives you comparisons of multi-tools, different already built first aid kits, reviews backpacks for BOB usage etc. This issue has actually been out for some time now, and the official release date for the second issue is 01/14/2014. The only disappointment I have experienced is finding out that this will be a biannual magazine :( You guys can stay up to date by following them on facebook. (Disclaimer: I do not work for OffGrid or Recoil, nor will I receive any form of compensation for this post. I solely wanted to recommend something that I found to be useful.)
man that’s so cool but it’s 50$!
I am not sure where you attempted to buy this magazine, but the retail price is $8.99 (plus tax). If someone is trying to sell it for $50 that is insane and a huge rip off!
I made this quick list based on preps we currently have, ones we want, and some that I have seen around through videos. This list is made up of small items so you should be able to fit multiple in a stocking. Happy prepping everyone :)
SAS pocket handbook
Sawyer mini water filter
Conflicted the card game
Survival playing cards (they make them in decks of medical and survival advice, as well as edible and medicinal plants)
Go girl (for female purposes only)
Diva cup (for female purposes only. There are also many companies that make this so look around!)
Small first aid kit
Water purification tablets
Hand crank and or solar radio
Box of ammo
Magazine for a weapon system
In 2010 I was on the island of St. Lucia when hurricane Thomas swept through. Despite it being a catagory one, the country was not prepared and there was so much damage that the Northern part of the island was cut off from the Southern part. We had no electricity for a week (I was in the Northern part of the island, but the Southern didn’t have electricity for a little over a month). I saw people fighting for gas and food at the local gas station. The line of cars waiting to refuel when out as far as the eye could see.
Roads were flooded and washed away. In the capitol the flooding rose about two feet, and when is subsided it left behind a bunch of mud. The tourist sector (Northern part of the island) did not suffer as much damage as the agricultural (Southern). This is mainly attributed to the country focusing a large portion on tourism compare to other areas. The people were angry that it was taking so long to recovery but they themselves did very little to help as a community. The government was overwhelmed and things dragged on slowly. It came to a point where the gov even back-lashed at the people for demanding that electricity to be restored asap among other demands. They told the people that they shared the fault as well, because they had been told that this was coming and the masses did nothing proactive about it. They instead decided to ignore. Many even argued that when they get hurricane warnings nothing ever happened so they didn’t see anything different about this one. I would say that almost the entire island fell into the normalcy bias, the idea of being prepared is so foreign to them.
I can only imagine if a category one hurricane did that because they were not prepared, then I have very little hope for them should a stronger hurricane pass their way. This happened during the first week of October 2010, and I did not leave until mid December. By then they had managed to jimmy rig the bridge to the connect the island. I was afraid because it was a one lane situation where a set number of cars crossed the bridge going on direction, then it was the other sides turn. The bridge was still under construction and the had suspension cables holding the makeshift road together. Reaching the south was not a fun adventure either (the main airport is in the south and deals with international flights. The northern airport is mainly for smaller aircrafts). There was still a vast amount of mud and at one point the river (which was flooded) ran next to us, and it was hard to distinguish the road from the river. I can only hope that they learned from that experienced but according to family, it doesn’t seem like the mentality has changed much at all. If anything it has gotten worst and the people depend on the government more (sound familiar).
Disclaimer- Only the picture with my logo on it, was actually taken by me. The others were taken by locals and news agencies. I was trying to see if anyone had power to put minutes on my phone (I had a prepaid while down there). The people were getting rowdy and I saw cops running down toward the gas station that I got scared and decided to leave. Fortunately I managed to take that picture. It wasn’t the brightest idea to be walking around by myself in a foreign country after a disaster.
Still have a little over an hour, so you might make it. If anything just join in when you do! Im going to set up a chatroom where we can all see each other(if you have a camera) and we can all talk too. If you do not have the capabilities of either you can still type :) I will make a post with the link so anyone here can join in.
I was at the beach when the blackout started. The beach was closed down because of the black out, and it had already been several hours since it started when we became aware of what was happening. The drive home was scary because there were no working traffic lights and we passed several accidents. I had a battery operated 5” black and white tv that doubled as a radio, and it was the only way we kept up with any news. I guess you can say I’ve had a prepper mentality from a young age ;)
We basically “bugged in” because we lived in a building and the halls were pith black. My mother was afraid of someone hiding in the darkness and doing harm to us. We could actually hear our neighbor’s apartment (they were actually staying with family because of the blackout). Luckily we had several flashlights as well as food and water to last us a few days. Power was restored to our area (not even the entire borough) late night the next day. So it was a little over 24hrs for us.
In the summer of 2013, the Northeast experiences a massive blackout that left an estimated 50million people without power. The blackout lasted between 24 and 72hours (depending on the area). In NYC, people flooded the stores in search of supplies. Many even resorted to looting. Cell phones and cordless hones did not work. There were over 80,000 calls to EMS for help (more than double the average for NYC), and over 3,000 fire calls alone from people who caused fires using candles. Many people also discovered that their backup generators did not work.
Knowing this today (in 2013), what would you do to prepare should another blackout occur in the Northeast, or in your area.
I made a slight modification to my XDS. I put a talon rubber grip on it, and I really like the feel of it.
Let’s keep our skills and knowledge sharp you guys.
Name one method of making water safe to drive drink.
If the source is clear, then 6 hours of direct sunlight exposure will kill bacteria and viruses. For best results, clear 2 liter bottles or smaller should be used.
This method’s best in the backwoods where chemical contamination is unlikely and water is plentiful. Preppers tend to forget this one that helps keep long term campers drinking clean water.
Last time I checked, it makes no difference because you cannot drive on water using modern production engines. They most often run on gasoline or an ethanol blend. Making water safe to drive will not be an option for a decade or two, at least.
Tumblr has been giving me trouble editing posts all day, and I guess it did not save my edit before it queued. The word was supposed to be drink not drive. Sorry for the confusion.
Let’s keep our skills and knowledge sharp you guys.
Name one method of making water safe to drink.
We have a new glider. The one on the right is Athena, and on the left is Aura (our new one). I love having them out during the day because all they do is snuggle. Athrun and Azula stay away and run around. It makes me feels bad because I’m disrupting their sleep cycle. With Athena and Aura though, they just sleep on through.
hqcreations said:thanks for sharing this. I never heard of it before. apparently…the hubs just bought a pack.
Awesome! They are coming out with another deck in January, that that one will be theme based. I need to find more people to play with me. My husband is no fun, someone always ends up dead in his answers :/