Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Twenty Minutes Until Your Choices Are Gone

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For most experts getting ahead of the problem is what saves lives during a crisis and that means being prepared. However, some people are not experts on survival and rarely think about the "what if's" when it comes to any type of disaster whether it be a natural or manmade one.

Some people on the other hand are convinced they can handle problems as they come up. Then there are those that want to wait and see what the problem is before they begin searching for answers, but once the problem is at hand the solution needs to be at hand as well, you may only have a few minutes to decide.

What do you do and what will you need when a crisis is looming and you only have 20 minutes to gather your gear and evacuate the area.

The Alarm Has Sounded

The authorities have warned everyone that they only have 20 minutes before the crisis becomes deadly for many, you must evacuate and the clock is ticking. What is your first move?

Think survival at the individual level and forget about what the authorities or first responder can do for you. You are on your own for now and for the foreseeable future and 20 minutes is all you have to make your mind up and what you decide determines whether you will survive or not.

First you need to grab that backpack gathering dust in the garage you will need it to carry your survival essentials. Shelter is next and the clothes on your back are your first line of defense against the elements. If all you have, is a heavy coat in the closet then grab it for shelter even if the weather is warm and grab the tarp covering your boat, motor cycle or even the one covering your woodpile.

Tarps, ponchos, thermal (Mylar) blankets and any type of wet weather gear can be a shelter as well as garbage bags, all which can be easily carried. Tents are bulky and unless you have a small one, already packed tight with all the poles and stakes then it is best to find something that is not so heavy and can be stuffed into the pack.

Five minutes have gone by already and you need to pick up the pace.

Get 3 trash bags (can be used for water collection and shelter against the rain or snow in an emergency) and rifle the junk drawer in the kitchen for a can opener, flashlight, batteries and candles, along with matches and lighters. Pull two empty food cans (or use ones after eating on the trail) from the trash that can be used along with the candles for heat and for boiling water in, and for emergency cooking.

Place the candle in the bottom of the can once you are away from the area and poke several holes in the can with a multi-tool, nail or screwdriver that you grabbed from the toolbox in the garage. The holes are to provide oxygen to the flame. Set other cans on top to heat.

Water is essential but because of the weight, you cannot carry a significant amount with you so you must have the means to purify a water source you find in your environment and for emergencies, boiling is the best option. You will need that second metal can, small camp coffee pot or a small stainless steel bowl for boiling water. Another option is common household bleach but it can be difficult to carry in gallon jugs so if you can pour some off into a container that you can clearly label and carry you then have a second means of water purification. Carry as many bottles of water as you can and grab any empty bottles you have so you can collect water along the route for purification later.

12 Minutes Before You Need To Move Out From the Area

Food, and think high protein and not junk food. A jar of peanut butter and a box of crackers can sustain you for days. Small cans of tuna fish, dried meats and hard cheeses are high in protein. While food is important for morale and energy it is not your first priority, so make sure you grab the means for a shelter, water, water purification means and then food.

Additional Items

  • Any type of cordage such as rope, string, twine and even tee-shirts can be twisted into cordage, cordage is need for shelter building, fishing, animal snares and lashing gear to your pack or body
  • Coffee filters for emergency water filtration
  • The best survival knife is the one you have with you and if you have a choice grab the best one you have otherwise any knife, axe or machete will do and to protect yourself and gear from being slashed by the exposed blade duct tape/tape the cutting edge to store in your pack or slip behind your belt
  • Multi-Tool and/or a small set of pliers, wire cutters and any type of digging tool such as a small trowel or entrenching tool or even a screwdriver can be used to dig or pry with
  • Duct tape
  • Whistle, mirror for signaling
  • Compass and maps of the area state and country
  • Extra socks and under garments
  • Fishing tackle, paper clips and pop can tops can be made into fishhooks and discarded water bottle caps, pieces of Styrofoam or plastic utensils can be bobbers and any shiny piece of metal can be used for lures and for weights.
  • Personal protection
You Now Have Five Minutes Left

You now have shelter, water and the means to collect and purify a water source, along with some food for a few days anything else can be obtained from your environment. Double time from the area and looking back just wastes time so move forward with a purpose.

Ghostblogger is retired Army, and has taught survival training in and out of the military, for 25 years plus.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Our World of Chaos: 5 Ways To Prepare for Impending Danger

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Most people hope it won’t ever happen, but there may come a time when you’ll be called on to care for yourself and your family in the face of economic or governmental collapse or widespread natural disasters. Are you ready to keep your family safe and secure during such chaos? Five simple steps can help ensure your family’s survival.

Prepare financially

The most recent economic downturn has spotlighted the problems that arise when you overextend yourself and live paycheck to paycheck. If you’re in this situation, you need to begin working now to become as financially self-sufficient as possible. Starting an emergency fund, getting out of debt and investing in gold and silver will provide you with the financial means to survive. Whether you're in Ontario Canada or Austin TX, financial ruin is unbiased and can hit you when you least expect it.

Stock up on supplies

People who live in hurricane or earthquake-prone areas understand how important it is to have food and bottled water on hand after a natural disaster hits. If you and your family find yourself in this situation, knowing how to grow your own food as well as properly storing it is essential. It’s also a good idea to have other supplies on hand, such as personal hygiene supplies and medicines you need. It’s possible you won’t have any other access to them.

Be prepared for loss of power

Your refrigerated and frozen food will spoil If the electrical grid goes down for days or even weeks. You’ll also lose the ability to prepare it unless you have a non-electric source for cooking. You should have an alternate energy source for heating and cooking as well as warm clothing and blankets available for your family.

Plan to protect yourself

Unfortunately, long-term disruptions in normal daily life often lead to danger from strangers or even neighbors searching for food, other supplies or valuables. If your home’s electrical system is working on alternate power, a home security system can give you the extra protection you need. You also will want to be ready to defend your family when necessary, whether that’s through self-defense or with the help of firearms.

Stay quiet about your plans

When an economic collapse or long-term natural disaster occurs, people affected become desperate for food, water and other supplies. Many of them are willing to do whatever it takes to get them. For this reason, it’s a good idea to keep your preparation plans quiet. However, if there are friends or neighbors you trust, work with them to build a community relationship that can withstand the difficult times ahead.

Preparing for impending danger can be intimidating, but it can also feel liberating. Plan now to take the preparatory steps to assure your family’s safety and security.

April Labarron
April Labarron is a native of Southern California. She has her BA in English/Literature from MSJC in Menifee, Ca. She views her freelance writing, not only as a career, but as her passion. Other areas of interest include; movies, food, singing, soccer, traveling, shopping and a continuous desire for learning. She lives on her own and is accompanied by her Pomeranian named, Elvis. She currently resides in Temecula, CA.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Survival Guide for Getting Lost in the Forest

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Forest provides beautiful sites for camping, hiking and going for leisure. However this natural beauty may sometimes turn to be the worst nightmare specially when lost. Camping and hiking in the forests requires a great deal of preparations.

Plan and prepare in advance

  • You should consider planning your trip in advance.
  • Ensure you pack enough clothes and bedding especially when going to camp for more than one day. Pack enough food and water.
  • Ensure you take a match box with match sticks coated with a waterproof material with you.
  • Get a map of the forest you are going to adventure. Understand the map and some specific sites in the forest. For example an emergency signal spot.

What to do when lost in the forest

  • The first thing to do is to ensure that you do not panic. At this time you don’t need to panic because panicking will just worsen the case.
  • Try to stabilize your mind through positive thinking about the situation.
  • Try to retrace your steps back to the initial starting point. If this is impossible, consider yourself officially lost in the forest. At this moment the following steps are critical to your survival in the forest to the day your rescue will arrive.

Find a source of water

At this moment finding a source of water is critical since you do not know for how long you are going to stay in the jungle before help arrives. There are various sources of water in the jungle. Try to trace a river, a stream or a well. This will serve as a source of water for the time being. Purify the water by boiling or keeping it in the direct sunlight for over six hours to kill bacteria.
  • Create fire. In preparation stage you should carry a match box with you. Gather some dried leaves and light fire to warm food and water. It is also important to keep yourself warm.

Keep calm and signal your location

Do not panic in a crisis. Send signals through a GPRS source if possible. Lighting fire may also help you send signal because the forest conservation team may come investigating the cause of the fire and in the process they come for your rescue.
  • Ensure you stay in one area as it may increase the chances of the rescue arriving faster. If you have to struggle your way out; ensure you leave some marks on your track for easy identification of your point zero.
  • If the nightfall gets before rescue; build a shelter to keep you safe from cold and rain.

Find a safe and reliable source of food

Sources of food may include cooking small animals eating forest fruits that you are sure are fit for human consumption. It is necessary to maintain your health. You can’t afford getting sick while lost in the jungle.

The European health insurance card Ehic is given for free by the states of Europe to cover their citizens against health risks. The holder of the card may receive public health services in any member country for free or at a subsidized price. It is important for your health after you have been lost in the forest. It will cover all the health expenses incurred due to harsh forest conditions.

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Friday, December 27, 2013

5 Must-Have Winter Items to Have in the Car in Case You Break Down

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If you live in a colder part of the country or have ever traveled across a colder area during the winter, you probably already know how harrowing driving in winter weather can be. Snow limits your ability to see into the distance—and for other cars to see you. Water and ice make the roads particularly slick. If you’re driving in a rural area, you might even have to contend with roads that haven’t been plowed recently.

If conditions are particularly bad in your area, you should only drive when absolutely necessary, and you should make sure that you always keep a winter survival kit in your car. If you do break down in the middle of a blizzard or end up in a snowbank, it could be days until someone finds you. In that kind of a situation, the following 5 types of items could mean all the difference.

  1. Blankets and sleeping bags.

    You should never leave your car running just to keep the heater on if you’re trapped in a snowstorm—snow can plug your car’s exhaust pipe and cause carbon monoxide to leak into the vehicle. A good rule of thumb is to never run your car for more than 10 minutes every hour when you’re stuck, and leave a window slightly cracked when the car is on. In order to avoid needing the car heater, make sure that you have heavy blankets and sleeping bags to wrap yourself in. Staying warm is one of the most important things you need to remember when stranded in a cold environment.

  2. Extra winter clothes.

    Little things like gloves, a hat, a scarf, socks, and waterproof boots can help keep you from getting hypothermia or frostbite. A lot of people are already wearing those items when they’re driving in a cold climate, but you should have an extra set of clothes on hand in case the ones you’re wearing get wet. You might also want to consider battery-powered foot warmers offered by companies like Cozy Products, which can fit inside your shoes or boots and quickly warm your feet without exposing you to the potentially hazardous substances in chemically reactive foot and hand warmers.

  3. Non-perishable food and bottled water.

    Store non-perishable, calorie dense foods like energy bars and trail mix in your car in case you’re stranded for a long period of time. Even more important than food is water. A gallon jug of water will likely be difficult to thaw if you are stranded in your car, so opt for either smaller individual water bottles or a large cooler full of water. It’s a good idea to keep at least a few days’ worth of water in your car, and the more you can bring with you, the better off you’ll be in the event of an emergency.

  4. LED emergency beacon, flashlight, and extra batteries.

    It’s already difficult to see the road when it’s covered in snow, and it’s even harder to see a car that’s off in a snowy ditch. Keep a battery-operated LED emergency beacon in your car so that if you hear another vehicle approaching, you can signal for help. Even in snowy conditions or during a dark night, these intense strobe beacons are still visible from a distance. You should also pack a flashlight with a long battery life and extra batteries so that you’ll be able to see after dark.

  5. First-aid kit.

    The idea of being stranded on the side of the road in a snowstorm is scary enough, but it’s even scarier to think about you or a loved one being hurt in the accident that left you stranded. Make sure that you have a first-aid kit stocked with adhesive tape, a bulb suction device, disposable gloves, bandages, cotton swabs, antiseptic ointment, and scissors. Hopefully you won’t need to use those supplies, but it’s much better to be over-prepared than under-prepared.

About the author: Juliana Weiss-Roessler runs Weiss-Roessler Writing with her husband Josh. Together, they offer press releases, blogging, website copy, and other writing services to small and mid-sized businesses. Her writing has been featured on high-traffic websites, such as Yahoo.com, and in major publications, such as PARADE and People. Along with her husband, Juliana lives in Austin, TX, with their two tiny-but-rambunctious dogs and one tiny-but-rambunctious baby boy. Learn more on www.WeissRoessler.com, or follow her on Twitter, Google+, and Facebook.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Six Ways To Prepare Your Home And Family For A Natural Disaster

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Natural disasters can happen anywhere in the country, and it’s important for you and your family to be prepared. Whether you live in an area that’s prone to hurricanes or you deal with tornadoes or earthquakes, taking the time to get prepared early can save your home and family. Here are six steps you should take to ensure that you’re ready for whatever may come.

Determine the Risks

The West Coast experiences earthquakes, but the East Coast and Gulf of Mexico have to watch for hurricanes. While tornadoes are a problem in the plains, the Midwest has to deal with floods. While you cannot stop the disasters from occurring, you can prepare based on the damage your home is likely to incur. Make sure home is built to code so that it can withstand harsh weather and damage.

Invest in Improvements

Homes in hurricane prone areas should have special hurricane straps that will help hold their homes in place during high winds. You can also get impact resistant windows that can withstand debris hitting them in a storm. You can protect your home from earthquakes with special cripple walls and anchoring. Even securing your electronics and items on shelves and walls can prevent serious injury.

Get the Right Insurance

Homes in flood areas need proper insurance. Most insurance companies won’t cover water damage from widespread flooding, so you’ll have to invest in specific flood insurance. Call your insurance company and talk to them about your coverage to ensure that you’re protected in the event of any natural disaster.

Put Special Items in Secure Storage Sheds

You may want to keep your family pictures, insurance papers and other irreplaceable items in a place that will stay dry and safe. Consider a storage unit rental to keep your paperwork and irreplaceable family heirlooms protected from damage. Storage units are also more resistant to high winds and earthquakes than most wood frame houses, so your special items will be safe through most types of natural disasters.

Establish Safe Zones

It’s important to know where you’ll go to stay safe during the storm. In earthquakes and tornadoes, the safest areas are interior rooms with no windows. When a flood or hurricane forces evacuation, you need to be prepared to get out of the area. Make a list of friends and family in nearby states that you could potentially stay with in an emergency situation.

Put a Plan in Place

Sit down with your family and put an emergency plan in place. Discuss where you’ll meet if you’re away from the home when the disaster strikes. Make sure the kids know what safe areas to go to when there’s an emergency. Outlining this information ahead of time will help you avoid confusion after a disaster.

Nobody wants to think about losing their home or family in a natural disaster, but it’s better to put plans in place and be prepared to prevent it from happening. With the right planning, you can be ready for anything the weather brings.

Anita is a freelance writer from Denver, CO. She enjoys writing about home, family, business and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys spending time with her family and reading a good book when she isn't writing.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Japan's disaster: 5 inspiring survival stories

Disasters can happen to anyone and under any circumstances. But how people deal with the situation and survive off of it, becomes a story that inspires many. Read on to know 5 survival stories from the time of Japan’s disaster; you’d definitely feel a lot more motivated to display your strengths on a daily basis.

The Miracle Baby

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If the initial reaction of the rescue workers had taken root, one of the most audacious survivors of the tsunami, a baby of just 4 months, would have died. When the workers heard the faint cry of the tiny baby, they dismissed it as nothing of consequence as they had no reason to believe that a baby could be alive under the weight of the pile of debris. But, when the wailing was insistent, they espied a baby swaddling in a bear suit under all that debris. Neither the tidal wave of monster proportions nor the debris it had left behind could take the baby’s life away.

Love is Blind

A teacher from America, Zack Branham, was staying in Kuji in the northern part of Japan. The 24 year old managed to survive the tsunami. The relief he felt was short-lived. For, he soon came to know that his girlfriend had not been as lucky as he. The town where she lived had to bear the brunt of the tsunami. The teacher from Tennessee was not the one to give up hope. With any kind of transport out of question, he started walking towards the nearby town. The terrain was in utter chaos which made walking a near-impossibility. Undeterred by the destruction he saw throughout his journey, he continued walking for 20 hours to finally find his girlfriend. They two decided to stay back in Japan to help the recovery process.

What has age got to do with it?

The fury of the tsunami was so complete that it effortlessly pulled entire towns into the sea. Thousands of residents went missing. Hiromitsu Shinkawa, a 60 year old courageous man refused to give up although he was sucked 9 miles into the sea along with his shattered house. He somehow clung relentlessly to what was left of the roof for two days. A naval destroyer on rescue mission fortunately spotted him among the debris in the deep ocean and brought him ashore.

Dramatic TV Broadcast

Paul Fales, a 25 year old son of an American family was stranded on Oshima Island for five days after the quake. The members of his family who were in Kesennuma thought they had lost their son. Help was on its way, though. Soledad O’Brien, the CNN staffer met him and offered her satellite phone to make contact with his family. Unknown to him, his family had also contacted Anderson Cooper’s show. The ordeal ended on a happy note with parents and son reuniting with the help of satellite phones. It was broadcast live on CNN

Technology to the Rescue

It is heartening to learn how technology had been instrumental in achieving the unachievable. A Japanese student in Calif., Akkiko Kosaka, had come to the conclusion that she had lost her family forever. Her family was living in a village along the coast. It was only miles away from the epicenter of the quake. A friend who had been browsing YouTube saw Kosaka’s sister in a news video holding up a sign which said, “We all survived”. She was urging the journalists present to inform her sister in America that they were all alright. Kosaka was about to break down when she disclosed the fact that she had watched the video 50 times.

Written By: Naomi Stillinger drew a working style of Panasonic Lumix point & shoot cameras on one of her infographic posts which got a lot of appreciation. She works as the online corporate reputation management consultant for a few organisations presently and loves her work.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Movies Could Actually Teach You a Thing or Two

If ever you’ve been criticized for the amount of time you spend in front of the television, with snide comments passed on your failure to cope should the grid go down, we’ve got other news for you. Not only could this time spent watching movies and shows be valuable to you, but it could also mean that your survival skills are far better than your critics, and even you, may be aware of.

In an effort to help you take stock of the skills that sitting in front of TV may have taught you, we’ve compiled a list of survival skills that could see you live long and prosper in the event of the grid going down, thereby ensuring that time spent watching has not been time wasted.

Book of Eli

One of the most obvious messages of survival depicted in this film is that the pivotal aspect of survival boils down to one thing: water. While Eli only ever carries one canteen (which is woefully inadequate in reality) it proves that sustaining one’s self on the road is difficult. Because of this, the film illustrates that a Bug In or a Bug Out that secures a decent water source comes first place, even if you have to boil and filter the water to make it drinkable. Should things worsen and see the need for you to continually keep moving, then it’s important to fill up everything you have, ration it and keep an eye open for water along the way. Make sure you never miss out an opportunity to obtain water and, if needs be, protect it.

The Grey

While we can hope that man-eating wolves won’t be a threat in our own survival situations, The Grey certainly makes for a worst-case-scenario. And despite the packing a survival kit that is readily available and possessing knowledge of first aid, one of the most significant survival lessons offered up by this movie is to take advantage of the resources around you. In the film, the crashed plane changes from a site of disaster into a source of valuable resources. It’s important to be able to scope the settings around you and collect items for various uses – chairs covers and headliners for canopies or bed rolls; oil for fire; items that can be fashioned into make-shift weapons, and even electrical wire for use as a cord. Keep an eye open for any opportunity to collect more resources that could mean the difference between life and death.

World War Z

As if man-eating wolves weren’t bad enough, the mere mention of zombies can make aspiring survivors quiver in fear (or jump for joy) at the chance to survive the odds. But substitute the zombies for a hurricane, tsunami or a financial meltdown, and you can easily gleam general lessons for survival from World War Z. Despite the obvious “don’t get stuck on a roof”, “pay attention to your surroundings” and “communicate by whatever means available”, there is one vital lesson we can learn from this film that is rarely touched upon in other survival films. This lesson is that “lifesaving” medications are just that: lifesaving. So find a way to not be without them. From asthma pumps to drugs for diabetes, there is no excuse not to keep these on hand when preparing for the worst case scenario.

The Road

A film adaptation of the chilling novel by Cormac McCarthy, The Road offers a sobering look at a dire future that could all too easily be our own. Following the progress of a man and his son, the film witness the two work to survive by any means possible. Besides exploring the darker side of humanity, it also offers us an introduction to some useful skills and tools that we ought to consider whenever we’re preparing for the unknown. While it’s easy to resolve to stock up on survival supplies, it can lead to an unforeseen issue which is the transport of these supplies. While the film sees them using a shopping trolley and later a wheelbarrow-like trailer, these are not the only methods of transportation when it comes to supplies. This film is a reminder that we ought to take this into account, especially when the road ahead may be uncertain and fraught with danger, in whatever form it may come.

The Postman

One of the older films in the list, The Postman is set in an America that is destroyed by a war that decimates government and most of the population. Without order, people struggle to survive against rogue groups of armed men and the continual shortage of food. While the survival skills aren’t as practical in this film, there is one clear message: people who band together in groups have a better chance of surviving. Sticking together in a group can certainly make the job of surviving an easier one. Not only will the members of the group be able to share their knowledge amongst one another, increasing the knowledge of survival skills, but there are also more eyes and ears dedicated to scanning your surroundings for both opportunity and danger.

I Am Legend

Being the last man alive can prove to be arguably one of the most difficult survival situations to face. And while we wouldn’t necessarily recommend following in Will Smith’s footsteps and staying in an area filled with the ‘virus-infected’, there are some excellent lessons that can be learnt from I Am Legend. For starters, pets can prove to be invaluable companions. Not only as companions for detecting danger, but also as a lifeline to your own sanity. No matter where you are, it’s vital that you find a place of safety for the night. Human beings are not made to function optimally at night and it’s for this reason that we recommend survivalists stay away from the unknown (be it the outdoors or a new location) during the night, when you will be most vulnerable.

So, the next time you’re parking off in front of the TV, remember to watch the screen as a survivor would – on the search for resources and survival lessons, even if the only thing you can learn is how NOT to do it at all.

Robyn Porteous is the creative content manager for the Distilled Water Company, the UK’s leading supplier of distilled water to businesses and domestic customers. Her Google+ profile contains information on some of her other writing.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

The Top 5 Flashlights for the Zombie Apocalypse

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Have you ever wondered how prepared you really are for a zombie apocalypse? Out of the many things that you need, a durable flashlight is at the top of the list. When looking for a flashlight, you might think that you can just go to your local grocery or hardware store, but it is much better to go to a specialized place such as S A Equipment. Here is a quick look at the top 5 flashlights that will be able to get you through any sort of disaster.

SA Lumin ATEX Led Torch

This is my top flashlight pick to have in a zombie apocalypse. The SA Lumin flashlight incorporates many great features. This flashlight has a light sensor which increases or decreases its brightness based on outside light, which can help you to save an enormous amount of energy, which is essential when a prolonged disaster begins to eat through your stash of batteries. The design allows for a powerful light output in a small portable design. It is also waterproof, which makes it immune to flooding and any situations where it is possible that you will get wet.

Rayovac Indestructible 2

The Rayovac Indestructible 2 is one of my top choices for many reasons. First, out of all the flashlights I have reviewed, this is one of the ones that had the farthest beam. The beam can shine up to 149 meters ahead of you. Also, as the name states, it is indestructible. It can be dropped from 30 feet and still work. This makes the flashlight an awesome choice for a disaster since it will give you the light that you need and you can have a peace of mind that it will never break, even when put in the worse situations.

Maglite XL200

In the event of a zombie apocalypse, it is important to have your flashlight last a significant amount of time. Some flashlights may only last a few hours, which does not do you much good, even if they are bright. That is why the Maglite XL200 is the perfect choice. It lasts for up to 218 hours when on a low setting. It has five settings, one of which is an SOS setting, which can help to alert authorities and rescue parties during the event of a disaster.


This flashlight has many great features that can help you in any dangerous situation. The Quark Pro has a shatter resistant lens which can be useful when met with an unwanted situation. At 3.2 inches, it is easy to carry and run with this flashlight. It is easily attached to a keychain or your beltloop to ensure you always have it available. It also has a strong beam, which is uncommon among flashlights of this size.

SureFire G2X Pro

The SureFire G2X Pro is a great flashlight choice as it does not have a filament. This means that it will not burn out. Instead it works by using a high efficiency LED light. It can be very useful in many situations and you will never have to worry about the light failing, even if it is used for long periods of time or kept in the drawer for years.

No matter what you are looking for in an emergency flashlight, there is something in the list above for everyone.

Chaleigh is a writer and photographer that is from NYC. She spends most of her days in front of the computer. When she isn't tapping away on the keyboard, you can find Chaleigh exploring the big city or traveling around the country.

Friday, December 20, 2013

4 People Who Faced Disaster- And How They Made It Out Alive

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Read on the following blog to instil some amount of courage in yourself to fight for your loved ones. These 4 stories are sure to move you.

Fire and Wind

Frank Vaplon was made of sterner stuff than his neighbors who had all left Poway in Calif. when chaparral embers flew through the air driven by the 75 mph winds that lashed the woods around.

Vaplon was not unprepared. He realized that there was a fire raging somewhere out there by the smell of the smoke. He immediately went to work and rigged up a fire-fighting system with a long fire hose and the large tank in his property. He poured water on anything that could be exposed to the fire. Clad in full gear of a fire-fighter, Vaplon found his efforts at containing the fire turning futile and so turned around focused his attention on his house.

His woodpile caught fire when an ember hit it. He not only succeeded in curbing the fire but also saved a neighbor’s house. The only items he lost were two gas tanks that exploded as he was entering the safety of his house after the fire was shooed away from his property.

Intuitive Scouts

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When the scout leader Fred Ullrich heard the siren at Little Scout Ranch, Iowa, he braced himself to face the tornado that was to come his way in a hurry. He instructed the 65 boys under his charge to dive under the tables in the shelter they were staying and tried to close the door from outside. The wind that was blowing at 150-mph was not about to accommodate him and threw him down. The wind also ripped apart the Scout shelter and the boys were left out in the open.

The able-bodied boys soon got busy with administering to the injured. Ullrich, who had been trained in CPR, consciously put his fear aside and went to work. The training the boys had had was put to good use. They had even set up a triage center as a preamble to admission to a hospital.

A Miraculous survival

Daryl Jané had no idea that he would be rudely interrupted by a snowstorm on his way to Trout Lake to indulge in a spot of sky-watching. He left Bainbridge Island, Wash. earlier. He saw the snow piling up fast on the forest service road and soon enough his Jeep Cherokee’s tires sank into the snow.

Jané surmised wrongly that he would be rescued in a matter of hours but it took 14 days for a snowmobile club to rescue him. How did he survive 14 days in the biting cold with only a gallon of water, some food he taken with him and a sleeping bag in his possession? Fortunately, he knew that eating snow could prove fatal though he was dangerously dehydrated. He set out with his jug and as luck would it, found water in a depression in the snow. After drinking a whole gallon of water, he grew bold enough to throw away the good-bye note he had written earlier.

Hurricane as Fun

Mark Vorderbruggen and his friends were ready when Hurricane Ike which had already killed 48 struck the Caribbean. They cleared the yards in neighborhood houses of anything that could turn into a missile. The hurricane, in the event, left his house largely intact. The mountainous piles of debris had to be cleared. The local community was prudent enough to use the resources sparingly. They took turns to cook for the whole population. What Vorderbruggen said later about the ordeal takes the cake, “It was kinda fun”.

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Rogier Higgs blogs about various things technical and non technical. He also does the brand management for shipping skis and is the brain behind their marketing strategy. He makes use of a lot of visual graphics for communication clarity, which is his strong point.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Food Storage That Will Last: Four Tactics to Get Everything You Need

Escalating chaos in nature. Weird fluctuations in the world economy. Everything short of a zombie apocalypse seems to be flaring up in the world around us. Any possibility of a safe, predictable future seems to be gone. It’s enough to make folks nervous!

What is an intelligent person to do? Emergency preparedness starts with basics – food, water, shelter and warmth. For some ideas on ways to prepare a stash of food for just-in-case, read on.

Frozen Foods

If you grow a good garden in the summer or regularly stock up on produce, grains and meats when you see them on sale, consider planning a freezer full of food. (Also consider a backup power supply for your basic household appliances.) Fruits and vegetables, grains, raw meats, or cured and processed meats are all fair game for freezing, and will last for months, even up to a year.

Canned Foods

Whether you are a home canner or simply buy in bulk when you see good prices at the grocery store, having a supply of canned foods around is a good idea. The general consensus between professionals is that between a year and two years is a reasonable shelf life for canned goods, longer if the food was processed correctly and you have access to cool, dark storage.

Dried Foods

Drying foods is growing in popularity, and for good reason. It’s a relatively easy way to preserve food that can be accomplished with very simple equipment, even just the sun. Formerly, dried foods were thought to be good for 2-3 years, but recent studies have found that they are actually good for up to 30 years, depending on the product. Ideal conditions include thorough drying, vacuum packing and cool, dark storage.

Freeze-Dried Foods

Freeze-dried foods are a staple in long-term preparedness, with a shelf-life of 25 years. A few advantages presented by freeze-drying are that the freeze-drying maintains almost all of the nutrients of fresh food. In the past MRE's have been the most popular in the freeze-drying realm. However, there has been a lot of research and development that has gone into freeze-dried foods that make them delicious.

While freeze-drying at home is possible, the amount of precision, time and energy required to do it successfully prompts most people to purchase their supplies. Emergency preparedness by My Food Supply is an affordable, long-term solution for your family’s safety and your peace of mind.

Author Bio: Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer from Sacramento, California. A mother of two, Hannah enjoys writing on blogs of all niches.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

What’s the Best Battle Rifle for Woodland Survival: The AR-15 or AK-47?

Firearms bring out the debate club champion in all of us. Seemingly every gun owner has a very vocal opinion about the best caliber or weapons platform: 9mm vs. .45 or AR vs. AK, Glock vs. Springfield. Today, I want to objectively enter the battle rifle debate, but with a twist: which battle rifle will serve an individual best during a woodland survival situation? I will be critiquing two most common weapons platforms in America - the AK-47 and the AR-15- on the following criteria: reliability, stopping power, accuracy, weight, and size.

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The AK Platform

Stories have abounded about the reliability of the AK platform since its debut in 1947. Functioning AKs have been found that still fired reliably after being buried for decades. This is due in part to the loose tolerances of the rifle, as well as the piston-driven gas system. These two benefits can also be seen as demerits against the platform, since the loose tolerances and piston system are also responsible for the AKs inferior reputation for accuracy (when compared to the other two rifles in this article.) The AK-47 and its variants (except for the AK-74) fire the 7.62x39 cartridge, a powerful round that exerts a lot of force but that also has a tendency to drop off after 200 yards, another strike against the accuracy of the platform. But the AK is not a sniper rifle, and should never be considered one. The rifle is typically constructed of a steel receiver with wood or polymer furniture, making it about average in terms of weight yet decidedly heavier than an AR-15. The 7.62 cartridge is also significantly heavier than .223. And speaking of ammo: most AK users find that the rifle can fire any ammo without problems: steel cased, brass cased, corrosive or clean. This is an obvious benefit in a survival situation.

Another thing to consider with the AK platform is the numerous variants, each offering their own benefits and drawbacks. For thick woodland where the visibility is limited by dense vegetation, I would recommend the AMD-65, a Hungarian variant with a folding stock and 12.6 inch barrel. However, this rifle would not be the best for open plains, since the accuracy is obviously compromised when a quarter of the barrel is cut off!

Accuracy: 2.5/5

Reliability: 5/5

Stopping Power: 4/5

Size and Weight: 3/5

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The AR Platform

No rifle plays counterpoint to the AK like the AR-15. Developed by Armalite (the source of the “AR” in the AR-15) as a small arms solution for the U.S. Army, the AR-15 has become the most popular rifle in America. It runs off a direct impingement system that makes it a more accurate rifle than the AK by a good margin. One of the things people like about the AR-15 are the customizability of the weapons system: some people derisively call it “Barbie for Boys” because of all the various furniture, optics, foregrip, and accessory options available for the platform. As far as reliability is concerned, the AR-15 has more of a reputation for jamming than the AK-47, and can be finicky with ammo and often suffers from performance issues while dirty. Most AR users don’t run steel cased ammo through their weapons due to feeding problems. Also, most AR-15 receivers are made of aluminum, and the gun itself is certainly less durable than the average AK variant. These are obvious red flags if one was to use this gun in an outdoor survival situation.

The .223 cartridge is a good all-purpose round that delivers less power than the 7.62 round yet can sustain a straighter trajectory. It’s smaller and lighter in weight than 7.62, meaning that a person can carry more. In a situation where visibility is high, the increased accuracy and light weight of the AR make it a wise choice as long as it can be maintained.

Accuracy: 4/5

Reliability: 3.5/5 (probably less in an outdoor survival situation.)

Stopping Power: 3/5

Size and Weight: 4.5/5

The Verdict

What’s the better gun? It’s hard to say. It’s easier to say what the better gun for an outdoor survival situation would be though, and that’s clearly the AK-47. The loss of accuracy and increased weight of the gun and ammo are more than made up for by the legendary durability and reliability of the AK platform. Although both rifles will serve you well for many years, the AK is simply the better choice when you’re outdoors.

Darren Davis is a firearms enthusiast and survivalist living in Tucson, Arizona. He specializes in writing about firearms and disaster preparedness and has a profound interest in firearms safety and training techniques.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Effective Methods To Keep Your Engine Safe From Mice And Rats

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Assets are built over the years and that too after a lot of struggle. Whether it is a house or an automobile, it demands regular attention and care. Disregard will simply translate into several issues, especially in the latter case. Dirty, unkempt and "food littered" vehicles are an invitation to several types of rodents, prominent among them mice and rats.

On the face of it rats appear harmless. However, in one single night these pesky little creatures can stall the car for good by damaging your main wiring system and a host of other vulnerable parts which can cost you upwards of Rs. 20,000, depending on the type and model of the vehicle.

The damage could also mean you lose out on resale value which is not a good idea since vehicles depreciate with the time, and any further devaluation will only mean a big hole in your pocket.

So, does it mean you as the owner of an expensive car cannot do anything? Of course you can. Follow these small tips to enhance your car's looks and its life.

Damage suffered makes you knowing, but seldom rich

So how do these long tailed rodents damage your car? Here are some of the areas you need to inspect in case you have doubt about their presence.


Their favorite food. Exposed, broken and partially skinned wires mean your car is in the wrong company. If you don't break up this relationship fast it could lead to a major "repair scenario".


Yet another car component which is liked by rats. The reason is because they are generally enclosed in delicate, rubber shells and easily accessible too.

Gnawed seats, partially worn out rubber bushings, holes in carpet or mat are a signal that your enemy has not only found haven outside the vehicle but inside also.

Urine stains on seat, engine bay and numerous metal clamps is yet another warning sign. Your rides may become smelly and obnoxious.

Mice and rat excreta littered around the inside of the bonnet and boot is a proof which needs no second opinion.

Prevention is better than cure

The above adage is versatile and applies to an array of situations, including car maintenance. Follow the below mentioned steps and reduce the chance of damage to your "4-wheeled" asset.

  1. Drive regularly

    A car, parked for days and weeks offers a permanent and safe residence. Something akin to human being even a rat loves such places. The solution is to drive the car regularly and avoid stagnation.

  2. Park inside the garage

    Cars parked close to thrash, plants, open drains are more likely to attract these nocturnal guests than the ones parked in a clean and enclosed space. Make sure the area around your car is free from rubbish in case a garage is not available.

  3. Car interiors

    Never litter the inside of the car with food. It is one the worst car etiquettes and a sure shot way of attracting mice who have a strong sense of smell. Food and drinks are strictly off limits.

  4. Block all inlets

    Make sure all entries into the car are blocked, however small. Close/seal them with appropriate materials such as wire mesh, rubber grommets etc.

An apple a day keeps the doctor away

There may be instances where even after taking the above precautions, these nasty spiked faunae might have found a home in and around your car. So how does one get rid of them? Mentioned below are some of the remedies.


They can be used directly or with help. Simply dip a soft cloth or cotton balls in the solution and set them up in various strategic locations such as above the wheels, engine bays, under the chassis or inside the bumpers.

These deterrents typically contain naphthalene or sulphur which rats hate. As rodents are extremely sensitive to smells it will send them scurrying to other places. It doesn't kill which make it a hassle free and clean option.


Aerosols that contain anti-mice chemicals when sprayed along the running board, boot, inside the bonnet, on the engine head, and water draining rails offers a great solution. These naphthalene based sprays are one of the safest, cleanest and effective ways to keep your engine safe from mice and rats.

Ultrasonic System

As bizarre as it may sound these resonance producing compact machines not only scare the rats but also reduce their desire to copulate which means shrinking population of these rodents.

Ultrasonic machines produce sounds which human's cannot experience but it shatters the ears of mice and rats, making them go berserk when they come into its range. Ultrasonic rodent repelling system is a safe and chemical free way to keep your surroundings free from these pests. They are small, affordable and effective.

Mechanical Traps

In case machines or chemicals make you nervous or you fear it might somehow harm others, especially children, then mechanical trap is your best bet. Animal Trap are efficient, self-operated and most of the times don't kill. As the name suggests, it just traps mice, rat or other small creatures which can later be released into the open away from human settlements.

Best practices is the only insurance

It is a shocking experience when you as the owner of a beautiful car look down at the shredded engine cables, punctured hoses or leaking brake pipes one fine morning when your car refuses to start. The situation could have been avoided had you taken the above mentioned precautions.

Insurance typically covers most the damages, if you're covered under a comprehensive policy. Baring a couple of day's of inconvenience your vehicle should be back on the road firing all cylinders.

However, insurance should not turn you complacent and prevent you from taking good care of your car. Remember, it is your asset which needs protection.

On the other hand let the rats go about their business.

Author Bio : Jaden Sanders is an online marketing strategist for Havahart .He likes to blog about tips and tricks to keep animals away from home and garden.

Monday, December 16, 2013

5 Lessons Learned From the Hunger Games: a Survivalist Perspective

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Not only was "The Hunger Games" an epically entertaining tale of defiance and sacrifice, but it also provided interesting teachable moments for fellow survivalists. Interestingly, this depiction of a futuristic gladiatorial event simply oozes with little survival lessons — especially since the other competitors weren’t the only dangers in the game.

Of course, you may never have to survive a Tracker Jacker acid trip, avoid detonating buried explosives, or outrun a wall of fire — but there certainly are real world lessons to be gleaned.

#1: Know the most common killers.

It is, perhaps, one of the most obvious survival lessons in the entire story:

“Portia: My advice is don't ignore the survival skills. Everybody wants to grab a sword, but most of you will die from natural causes, ten percent from infection, twenty percent from dehydration. Exposure can kill as easily as a knife.”

Knowing the biggest dangers, what may be the most likely killer, should influence your entire strategy.

#2: Avoid unnecessary conflict.

In a survival scenario, avoid conflict whenever possible. Conflict draws attention, decreases survival odds, and expends calories. However, cultivating teams and friendships can have the opposite effect.

When the games began, most rushed towards the supplies — and the conflict. Katniss ran for cover. It just goes to show you, avoiding conflict is smarter than having even the best gear.

#3: Tool-heavy. Weapon-light.

Because we are taking number-one to heart, it is best to have tools that are multi-purpose. Try to find tools that can address both; survival needs, and also defense needs. A good knife can serve as a defensive option, but at the same time — knives are nearly indispensable for making life in the woods possible.

However, if it’s a question between a sword and a rope …take the rope.

#4: Bows are extremely useful.

A recurve or longbow is unbelievably helpful in survival situations for two reasons. First, a bow is excellent for wilderness self-sustainability. It will never run out of ammunition, especially because arrows are retrievable, and they can be manufactured with a little knowhow and very common resources. Be warned; do not attempt to manufacture wooden arrows for a compound bow. The velocity will shatter the arrow before leaving the rest, quite often resulting in injury.

The second reason is that a bow is a distance weapon. Swords are best used for force-on-force combat on a battlefield. Bows are excellent for a single unit who wants to keep distance between themselves and various threats. Distance killing capability will increase the odds of survival dramatically. Not only is it excellent for biped threats, but also it will beat a sword at hunting any day of the week.

#5: Use nature.

Not only was Katniss able to stop an attack by sleeping in a tree, but she was also able to disperse the attackers through dropping a tracker jacker nest on their slumber party. In addition, she used the mockingjay as a communication device, and poisonous berries as leverage.

When in a survival situation, nature is an invaluable resource. Sure it can kill you, but it can also be what keeps you alive.

BIO: Alicia was born and raised in Alaska and now works for a tech company that helps sell construction parts. For more about Alicia, visit her blog MarCom Land or find her on Twitter @Alicia_Lw

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Bracing for What’s Next

How to properly prepare for disaster

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The world happens. And whether we want to face it or not, at one point or another, we will be faced with the task of recovering from a disaster. The important thing to do, next to trying to avoid it (which we can only do so much), is to know how to react if and when it strikes. From hurricanes to earthquakes, tornados, wildfires and blackouts, being ready for disaster can mean the difference between misfortune and devastation.

Calling for Help

In our modern times, very little is accomplished without the connectivity of our phones and the internet. Truth be told, if you are suddenly stranded without either, would you know how to contact help? Would you be able to? Much of our knowledge and ability is derived from technology, and if we find ourselves alone, the overwhelming feeling of being cut off is enough to cause immense panic. Without a doubt, part of your disaster recovery kit should include a satellite connection of some sort. Considering how much we rely on our smart phones and the internet, you will need it even more when your life and security depends on it.

What’s in Store

Being prepared for a massive event not only involves your safety during it, but your survival afterwards. Will you have enough food to subsist on? Without depending on outside sources or prepackaged goods, you should have the ability to support yourself and any loved ones for as long as possible following a disaster. Store your survival goods in a location safe from flood, military attack, high winds and other possible threats, but also keep it somewhat accessible if your environment (or health) is compromised.

Work on Contingency

No one can plan perfectly for disaster. Your strength lies is how well you can adapt when your plans do fall through. If your escape route out of town is suddenly washed away, will you have another option? If your storeroom burns down in a fast-approaching wildfire, do you have a separate supply in a different location? Adapting to changing circumstances and having hard, definitively outlined backup plans is key to your prosperity. And the rule of thumb: you can never have too many.

Safety in Numbers

It is very important to build a positive network of people you can depend upon in your time of need. Plan a meeting before an impending disaster to work out your recovery plans as a group, so everyone is on the same page, further strengthening your contingency plans. By combining assets, chance of a speedy recovery or a safe escape increase exponentially. In the event of a flood, your neighbor could help with his boat. If a blackout occurs, those with a generator will be called upon. Medical skills, physical strength, and leadership ability – all of these individual traits can be better served in a group setting if a larger amount of people rely on each other’s help.

For Better or Worse

It may be a grim topic, but it is certainly a necessary one. In light of recent devastation in the Philippines, and other intermittent events throughout the world, disaster recovery is an all-too-real need. Be prepared for the worst and hope for the best. In times of trouble, a little bit of advance planning can go a long way.

After graduating from college with a business degree, Clarissa stays busy with an entrepreneurial lifestyle. When not working Clarissa can be found reading and writing if not relaxing with her two children.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Best Outdoor Survival Technology this Winter: Satellite Phones

Written by freelance writer on behalf of Calera, a satellite internet service provider.

Winter is here, and bad weather and extreme outdoor conditions have arrived along with it. Many people will defer to their cell phones when in need of survival technology, but a cell phone is not as reliable as you need it to be in the case of emergency. For this reason, satellite phones, not cell phones, are one of the best outdoor survival technologies available.

Cellular Technology Won't Cut it in Extreme Weather Conditions

Best Outdoor Survival Technology this Winter: Satellite Phones It's happened in pretty much any suspense movie or thriller you’ve ever seen. Whether it's due to bad weather, a national disaster, or even just geographical location, for whatever reason a movie character's cell phone or landline is never able to find service and complete the call during a disaster, rendering them unable to communicate with the outside world or ask for help right when they need it most. These might be just movies, but cell phones have failed to deliver in real life disasters, too.

During the Hurricane Katrina crisis, millions of cellular phones and landlines were out of service along the Gulf Coast, right at the very time their owners needed them most. While many Katrina victims were disappointed and left stranded because of their poor cell phone reception, satellite phones came into much higher demand after Katrina.

Sat Phones, Your Outdoor Survival Tool

Let's face it: if you’re traveling through a remote rural area in the winter when your car breaks down, you can't rely on just your cell phone as an outdoor survival tool. If you're camping, hiking, hunting or fishing out in the country and you get lost, a mobile phone won't help you unless you're within the limited coverage radius of the nearest cell tower. Sat phones are a great survival resource for people in remote areas because all you need is a clear view of the Southern sky to get satellite service.

Satellite Phones, Not as Expensive as You Might Think

If you're an outdoorsy type and are going to be spending a lot of time away from the city this winter skiing or rock-climbing, buying or even just renting a sat phone for a specific occasion is a good idea. Renting a satellite phone is not that expensive—only about $10 a day plus the cost of minutes used—and might save your life if you find yourself in a bad situation this winter.

Friday, December 13, 2013

6 Tips To Prepare Your Home For A Natural Disaster

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Severe weather and natural disasters can be devastating for any family. While there's nothing we can do to stop Mother Nature, we can prepare ourselves for difficult times. For those homeowners that find themselves without water or electricity, being prepared can make all the difference in the world. The following 6 tips will cover the fundamental ways to ensure you are ready for a natural disaster.
  1. Food And Water

    Homeowners should make certain they have enough food and water to last for one week. Canned food, beans, pasta, and other non-perishables can be stored indefinitely, and most items will not need to be cooked in order to be consumed. Bottled water should be available in case municipal water supplies or private wells have been contaminated.

  2. Emergency Supplies

    Blankets, warm clothing, and medical supplies should be readily available. It's always wise to invest in a complete first aid kit that is only meant for emergency situations. Keeping a smaller kit handy for day to day use will ensure that there are always supplies available for emergencies.

  3. Emergency Generator

    If budget allows, an emergency generator can solve a host of problems. Emergency generators in Columbus will provide electricity that will keep food refrigerated, keep the home warm, and keep devices like cell phones charged even if the power is down in the rest of the city. Experts from Bob Waibel & Son Electric Co encourage homeowners to make certain a generator is wired properly. Wiring a generator incorrectly may result in injury or death to technicians who may be trying to service outside power lines.

  4. Lighting

    In the event there is no power at all, flashlights, glow-sticks, and candles should be available. While at least one flashlight should be ready in case of a power outage, additional flashlights and batteries should be kept separate from one another, until they are needed.

  5. Communication

    When landlines are not available, make certain to have a fully-charged cell phone ready at all times. When there is no power available, always have a plugin charger that can be used in an available automobile. Battery operated radios will also help to stay informed about local developments.

  6. Woodstove and BBQ

    In homes that have a woodstove available, it's important to make sure there is enough dry firewood to last at least one full week. A small, portable barbeque grill is also handy for heating water and cooking food when necessary. Grills powered by propane are preferred, since wood and charcoal may become wet and ineffective.
By following these six fundamental guidelines, families will be able to survive in their home, without relying on outside help.

Jayla Barnsen is a freelance blogger from Eugene, Oregon. She writes on a variety of topics, including cars, saving money and the great outdoors. She spends her spare time hiking with her two dogs.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Shock: How to administer aid in 7 stages

Written by writer, journalist and blogger Matthew Crist on behalf of minnesota personal injury law firm. TSR Injury Lawyers have been offering specialist representation to thousands of people when it comes to personal injury.

Shock can occur for many reasons but if you are with someone who is suffering; you need to act fast to ensure the damage isn’t permanent or long lasting.

Shock occurs when the body is not getting enough blood flow and oxygen, which can lead to permanent organ damage or death. A sufferer will ultimately need hospital treatment but it’s important to administer as much basic aid as you can until help arrives.

Trauma, heatstroke, blood loss or an allergic reaction can all be responsible for shock; so early diagnosis, medical assistance and immediate treatment are all vital.

Here are the most important things you need to know when dealing with someone who is in shock.
  1. Recognising Shock

    Firstly you need to be sure of what you are dealing with. The basic symptoms of shock include disorientation, racing pulse, heavy breathing, nausea, pale complexion and clammy skin. A vague expression in the eyes and even vomiting can also suggest somebody is suffering from shock.

  2. Call for Help

    Treating someone in shock is very much about making them as comfortable and safe as possible until medical assistance arrives. So as soon as you can; you or someone nearby should call for medical help immediately. You should stay on the phone to the operator until paramedics arrive as they may be able to give you vital help and assistance down the line.

  3. Make the Patient Comfortabe

    Unless the area the person is in is deemed as dangerous, you should not try and move them; the key is to make them comfortable until help arrives. If you have to move them then simply get them to lie down gently; ensuring you don’t cause any further harm or injuries. If possible elevate their legs around 10 inches above the height of their chest or head area – making sure to keep the head still at all times while you are doing so.

  4. Loosen Clothing

    Make sure any restrictive clothing is removed or loosened, along with buttons, belts and zips and shoes that may be causing discomfort. If possible cover them with a coat or blanket until help arrives.

  5. Ensure They Are Breathing

    It’s vitally important that you make sure the person is still breathing. Look for signs that the chest is rising and falling, or listen at the mouth for evidence of breath. If they have stopped breathing you should carry out CPR immediately.

  6. Keep Airway Clear

    If the person is vomiting or bleeding from the mouth and nose there is a possibility they could choke. If this is the case you should turn them on their side and prop up their head with anything you have to hand, like a jacket or bag.

  7. Treat Injuries

    If the person suffering from shock has been involved in some kind of trauma brought about because of an accident you may need to administer first aid. This should be kept to a minimum until medical help arrives, but stemming of bleeding and the securing of damaged limbs should be a priority.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Searching For Safety? 6 Ideas To Help Keep Your Home Secure

Home security is a top priority of homeowners everywhere. Don't get caught off-guard when a burglar or vandal enters your property: Here are some fun ways to stay safe, keep your home secure, and best of all get some peace of mind this winter.

  1. Keep Your Hedges Low

    Low hedges are the bane of burglars everywhere. High foliage on your lawn or around your windows can help to hide a culprit, even from a security camera. Trim those bushes low or remove them altogether to keep a thief from hiding in your greenery.

  2. Train the Family Dog - Or Get One

    While most dogs are naturally friendly, keeping one on your property is a foolproof anti-theft tool. Security cameras can be covered, but a dog will always make itself heard when an unfamiliar person enters your home. Consider training the animal with professionals so it can be a strong and dependable home defense tool as well as a lovable friend around the house.

  3. Keep the Lights Close to Home

    It cannot be stressed enough: Concentrate your light fixtures close to the building you live in. This is not only cost-effective but vital to security. Lights adjacent to your home will help you gain a priceless strategical advantage: any approaching intruder will be clearly illuminated.

  4. Adjust your Lawn Layout

    You'd be surprised how much a few changes in your lawn ornamentation can adjust the security level of your home. Large or bulky items such as hedges, hedge mazes or statuary are an obvious advantage to burglars. Keep your ornaments to a minimum or make them low to the ground, such as a flower garden or ground-level pool, and minimize the amount of large trees on your property.

  5. Consider Automating Your Security

    Automating your home's security removes the fallible human element from the process altogether. You might forget to lock your garage door, but an automated security system will never forget, and it will remember tirelessly three hundred and sixty five days a year. Consider a system for this advantage.

  6. Monitor Your Home

    Monitoring your house through a video feed or by using home security monitoring is one of the best ways to catch predators. Use video, motion sensors and even heat sensors to your advantage by placing them strategically around your home.

There are many ways keep your home safe, but the best is this: Don't be afraid to invest! This is your home, and the safety of you and your loved ones.

Brionna Kennedy is native to the Pacific Northwest, growing up in Washington, then moving down to Oregon for college. She enjoys writing on fashion and business, but any subject will do, she loves to learn about new topics. When she isn't writing, she lives for the outdoors. Oregon has been the perfect setting to indulge her love of kayaking, rock climbing, and hiking.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The Top Five Ways To Safely Protect And Store Your Family Heirlooms

Family heirlooms are unique and irreplaceable items handed down from one generation to the next. Families who want to keep these items for decades or centuries more need to take steps to protect the heirlooms from damage and decay. There are five ways to safely protect and store precious family heirlooms.

Use Waterproof and Acid-Free Containers

Any container, clip or bag that is not specifically archival and acid-free could be causing damage to family heirlooms. The acid in plastics, papers and even fabrics could be slowly destroying an heirloom each year. Heirlooms should be stored in boxes or bags that are archival quality and that are acid-free. It is also a good idea to wrap or place the archival containers into a waterproof container for the most protection.

Avoid Sunlight and Moisture

Heirlooms should be kept out of direct sunlight at all times, especially photographs. Ultraviolet light can cause dyes, inks and photographs to fade very quickly. Direct sunlight can damage fabrics, papers, adhesives and many other materials. Family heirlooms should be stored in areas that never see directly sunlight. The heirlooms should also be kept away from areas with high moisture like basements, attics or kitchens.

Rent Climate Controlled Storage Units

Climate controlled storage units can protect family heirlooms from many dangers, and free from the chance of theft. Renting heated and cooled storage units will prevent damage due to drastic temperature changes, sunlight and varying humidity levels. The storage units keep items out of the home so they cannot be damaged when moving furniture or shuffling items in closets. Storage units provide an optimal environment for family heirlooms.

Keep Heirlooms Separate

Family heirlooms should be wrapped separately and should not be placed together in a pile inside of a box. Some items can actually cause damage when coming into contact with another surface. Metals can cause oxidation, fabrics can transfer dyes, and papers or photographs can leach acids. All items should be individually wrapped.

Handle With Clean Hands or Cotton Gloves

Delicate or old family heirlooms should be handled only with clean hands or cotton gloves. Hands should be washed for at least 30 seconds in warm water without lotions or harsh soaps. Cotton gloves are good for fabrics, woods and other items although they are not helpful when handling papers or some photographs. This will prevent the transfer of skin oils and chemicals that could damage the heirlooms.

Every precaution needs to be taken in order to protect and store family heirlooms correctly. The smallest particles can slowly destroy an item over the course of several decades. The best environment for family heirlooms is a dry and temperature controlled environment, free from direct sunlight.

Anita is a freelance writer from Denver, CO. She enjoys writing about home, family, business and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys spending time with her family and reading a good book when she isn't writing.

Monday, December 09, 2013

3D-Printed Firearms: Congressional Act May Not Be Enough To Stop Them

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The U.S. House of Representatives voted to renew the 25-year-old Undetectable Firearms Act on December 3rd. The Senate followed suit on December 9, the day the bill was set to expire. President Barack Obama is expected to sign the bill into law as soon as it reaches his desk. The law stipulates that all firearms must have enough metal components to be noticed by x-ray machine and metal detectors. The City of Philadelphia took a proactive step of its own on November 21, passing a statute banning 3D printing of firearms in its jurisdiction.

The federal law was already in place when Defense Distributed (DD), a non-profit 3D firearms maker, reported more than 100,000 downloads of the open-source blueprints for its plastic gun, called the Liberator, this past May. Federal officials stopped downloads from DD's homepage, but the blueprints were already widely disseminated at that point. 3D printing is a relatively new phenomenon, but with hardware becoming more affordable everyday, lawmakers will have a difficult time stopping it completely.

The Evolution of 3D Printing

Technology research firm Gartner declared 3D printing peaked in 2012. The new technology had failed to catch on quickly with the general public, and was relegated to obscure hobby status. The price of hardware had also held back the industry, with the cheapest printers going for around $25,000 in 2007. Today a decent 3D printer can be had for around $500. These machines, however, lack the precision to create mechanical parts, like the more advanced and expensive MakerBot, which goes for about $1,800.

Is It Illegal To Print Guns?

Despite Congress renewing the aforementioned law, building guns for personal use is perfectly legal and you don't even need blackout shades on your windows to hide your activities. The Gun Control Act of 1968 specifically authorizes Americans to build any firearm they want (including AK-47s and AR-15s), as long as no more than 10 parts are imported. Further, 3D-printed guns are still legal as long as they contain at least one metal part for a detector to pick up.

But you'll likely need to own a printer to have one. A San Diego UPS Store became the first company to offer 3D printing services in August, but specifically bans the printing of guns. You can always search directories like MakeXYZ.com and 3Dhubs.com to find people in your area with printers who will allow gun printing.

Congressman Wants Tougher Regulation

Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., introduced a separate bill on December 3 that would add more concise language to the Undetectable Firearms Act. Specifically the bill would require all 3D-printed hand guns to contain at least two metal, non-removable parts. Rifles would require three such parts. The bill has little chance of passing, however, as House Republicans have indicated any amendments to the current bill would not be accepted.

Harry Ingram
Harry is an accomplished hunter and archer from Idaho.

Sunday, December 08, 2013

11 items that no first aid kit should be without

Written by journalist and blogger Matthew Crist on behalf of Liverpool based solicitors Canter, Levin and Berg - accident claims specialists.

We’ve probably all got a first aid kit kicking around somewhere – either in the kitchen cupboard or the glove-box of the car. But have you looked in it recently to see what it actually contains?

Thought not.

A first aid kit is one of the most important things any home (or vehicle) can have and provides that valuable first line of defence until medical help arrives.

But a kit with nothing in it but a few old bandages and some rusty safety pins is simply no use to anyone.

So do yourself a favour. Go and find your medical kit in that kitchen cupboard or in the back of the car and check that it contains these items – you might just be glad that you did.

  1. Plasters

    Probably the most obvious one on the list and a staple of any emergency supply, but you’d be surprised how many first aid kits don’t contain them; usually because no one thinks to replace the trusty old plaster. So next time you use a band-aid; make sure you replenish your stock.

  2. Scissors

    Scissors are a vital part of any medical kit. They can be used for trimming bandages to size or even cutting away clothing from an injury. Make sure the blades are sharp and free from rust and metal fatigue; as this could cause infection.

  3. Bandages

    Ideal for wrapping a dressing, applying a splint or supporting a sprained joint; the bandage can perform a number of roles and should never be left out of your “starting eleven.”

  4. Antiseptic Ointment

    Not a life-saver, but some antiseptic ointment or cream can quickly clean a wound and prevent it from becoming infected before a dressing is applied.

  5. Hand Sanitizer

    When dealing with any kind of medical emergency; preventing infection is a top priority. If you’re attending to someone who has cut themselves badly while at work or when handling machinery for example; you will need something to ensure your hands and the area you are treating, are sterile and germ-free.

  6. Gauze

    Perfect for dressing cuts, wounds and burns; gauze can be cut to size (assuming you have remembered to pack your scissors) to fit those awkward areas of the body that can be difficult to cover.

  7. Adhesive Tape

    Any form of tape (even duct tape) is a very useful addition to your emergency kit. It can be used to secure dressings, apply pressure to bleeding wounds or even add support to a sprain or strain. So make sure there’s room for this key-player; you won’t be sorry you did.

  8. Pain Killers

    Very useful for pretty much any medical emergency, the pain killer can cure a multitude of ailments. Be sure to pack standard paracetamol or aspirin though, as some people can be allergic to Ibuprofen and other stronger pain relievers.

  9. Eye Wash Solution

    If someone has something in their eye – trying to remove it with your fingers can lead to a scratched cornea or infection. So make sure you keep saline on hand to flush out the affected area. This solution can also be used to wash out wounds or be gargled with to treat sore throats.

  10. Surgical Gloves

    The safest way to ensure you and the person you are treating remain free from infection is to use latex gloves when administering treatment. Hand sanitizer can only do so much and can’t protect small cuts or grazes you may have on your fingers becoming exposed or coming into contact with someone else’s blood.

  11. Safety Pins

    Seeing as safety pins only really have two functions (the other being keeping trousers up when the zip has broken) a first aid box wouldn’t be the same without any. So keep a few of these first aid favourites to hand, they are ideal for making temporary slings or just tidying up those hastily tied bandages.

Friday, December 06, 2013

There is Nothing Crazy about being a “Prepper”

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A simple survival kit and contingency planning costs very little money and just may save your life.

Have you prepared for life after a disaster? Have you even put some thought into what you would do? Do you have a plan to be able to provide for your family? If you or anyone in your family has a serious medical issue, are you equipped to manage it for a few days without the aid of a drug store or access to an emergency hospital? These are big questions, and just the thought of what we will do when we do not have access to all the benefits of our modern lives may be so troubling that it can make us want to avoid the subject altogether. This is understandable, but ultimately, we need to have a plan and supplies to get us through a brief yet catastrophic moment.

A tough survival situation can take many forms, and can last anywhere from a few hours to a week or more. America is a large nation with a multitude of climates that play some role in the lifestyles of residents. People in the coldest climates understand that the prospect of being snowed in means that you should never let your pantry become bare in the winter, and heating must always be accounted for. People in the southwestern desert regions usually understand the importance of bringing water with them whenever they venture far from home. However, we are all susceptible to some major events that due to their relative infrequency, we are not as vigilant in preparing for.

Hurricane Katrina was a shocking moment not just for the people of the Gulf Coast, but for the country as a whole. Here we were seeing American citizens going without the basic, life sustaining services for longer than we have ever been used to. Blackouts and blizzards simply do not compare to the widespread devastation and desperation these people experienced. It was a worst case scenario actualized right in front of our eyes, and our government was unable to do anything about it. Those experiencing the worst were people with little food or potable water in storage, and whose medical conditions were not manageable on their own. If there is one thing we all should take from this, is that a disaster may make it so that government, first responders, and hospitals may be inaccessible to you for about a week or so. You need to be able to handle your most important needs and responsibilities on your own for at least a few days.

Whether you call it a survival kit or a bug out bag, every home and even some vehicles should have one. This kit will contain emergency items, such as bandages or medications for someone with a chronic illness. You should even put a little food and water in there as well. It just may get you through a brief moment of need.

Beyond the bug out bag, you may want to consider adding some solar or crank powered devices like radios, flashlights, and lanterns. Lighting will be a big issue in survival situations, and radios will keep you informed on what your local authorities are doing and what they want you to do to. In your home, storing some canned food is a great idea; dried rations or meals ready to eat are an even better idea since they are made to be prepared in less than optimal situations.

Some automotive-specific items that would make for a great car survival kit would be a mini air compressor and an automotive escape tool for breaking the windows in case the car is under water, cutting seatbelts, a safety whistle to get the attention of rescuers, and an LED flashlight.

You do not need to become a survival expert; just taking a few precautions will have already made you much safer.

Miles is an ever vigilant prepper who wishes to help others prepare for any survival situation that may occur. More than any piece of gear or survival kits, knowledge is the real power and little goes a long way.

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Preparing For The Apocalypse: 5 Things You'll Need To Do

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You have seen all of the movies. You have read about it in books. The apocalypse is upon you, but are you prepared? There are some things you can do to protect your family and yourself if the time were to come in the near future. Don’t be afraid because if you follow these tips, you can survive almost any natural disaster.


If the power is out, you won’t be able to keep cold foods from spoiling, and you certainly won’t be able to cook a steak on top of the stove. You need to stock up on foods that are nonperishable these include canned items like beans and fruits as well as boxed foods that don’t need to be refrigerated after opening. Store these extra items in a large plastic tote that you place in your secure area. You also need to get a supply of powdered baby formula if you have a baby. Keep a supply of three gallons of water for each person that will last for at least three days with your food.


After you have the food set aside, you need to determine how you will be able to see in the dark. Buying a few emergency generators is ideal for this type of situation. The generators are normally run off of gasoline, so you need to have some on hand before the disaster strikes. Only use the generator when necessary because you don’t want to waste the gasoline in case you can’t get to a store.


Make sure you have a radio that operates on batteries and perhaps a television that operates on batteries so that you get important news updates. You should also make sure your cell phone is fully charged before the disaster so that you can call family members or emergency personnel.

Where to Go

Create a plan with your family of where to go if there is a disaster. Make sure everyone knows how to get to your shelter at any time of the day or night. You also need to make a plan so that everyone knows where they will go if they are at school or in town. A basement is a safe place to stay, or you can build a storm cellar that is specifically for disasters.


A few days before the disaster, if you know ahead of time, fill your car up with gasoline. You don’t want to wait until the day before because everyone in the city will be lined up to get gas, and gas stations could run out. Keep cash on you in case you have to leave your home because if the power is out, you can’t use an ATM machine.

Stay updated with your local news station so that you receive notifications of impending disasters. If you know something is headed your way whether it is a hurricane or snow storm, you will be ready to keep your family safe. Start making a disaster kit now before the disaster arrives so that you have everything your family needs including food and water.

April Labarron
April Labarron is a native of Southern California. She has her BA in English/Literature from MSJC in Menifee, Ca. She views her freelance writing, not only as a career, but as her passion. Other areas of interest include; movies, food, singing, soccer, traveling, shopping and a continuous desire for learning. She lives on her own and is accompanied by her Pomeranian named, Elvis. She currently resides in Temecula, CA.

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