Friday, May 30, 2014

Do You Have What it Takes? How to Survive the Apocalypse

At any moment, some disaster could occur that completely changes your life. Whether it be some chain-reaction natural disaster, war breaking out on American soil, or the disintegration of our government, only those of you who are well prepared for any eventuality will have the chance to survive. Those who possess these qualities may just become the leaders that emerge in an apocalypse.


The time may come when there is no more 911 to call in an emergency. If you have firearms, be sure you know how to properly use them. Have every member of your family take a basic self-defense class as well.

Stay Hydrated

Water is one of the most important things you will need in any kind of emergency. While it is great to stockpile bottled water, it is also necessary to scope out a source of fresh water you can go to if needed. If animals are drinking from the water source, then it should be safe for your family. It is a good idea to boil the water before you drink it, just to be on the safe side.

Eat Well

When you are no longer able to stop by the local grocery store for dinner on your way home from work, you will need to know how to supply food for yourself. Learn to grow and can your own vegetables, hunt and prepare your own meat and fish. Even very young children can be taught to fish. You also need to get a good book that can teach you what items growing in nature are safe to eat. A survivor knows how to get food in any situation.

Stay Warm and Dry

If your house becomes uninhabitable, then you may be forced to go on an extended camping trip. Have some good quality tents on hand, and bring good sleeping bags, a complete mess kit, matches, flashlights, extra clothing and shoes. Be sure you also have a well-stocked first aid kit for every member of your family. Take your family camping now to see how well you can manage in an emergency situation.

Important Documents

The world has a way of renewing itself, and the survivors of any disaster are bound to come together and rebuild at some point. It may be a good idea to keep a fireproof safe, or gun safe with you to hold your important documents such as birth certificates, social security cards, bank information, medical records and money. Have a professional come and fit your safe with compartments and waterproofing elements to keep your documents well hidden and safe.

Don't wait for disaster to strike to figure out what you need to do. Use the above tips to prepare yourself, and you can protect your family and count yourself among those lucky enough to survive whatever is thrown at you.

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer living and working in her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She graduated from the University of New Mexico and loves to garden, hike and bike in her free time. For this article she used SafeWorld a division of Dial locksmith as a resource. For more information contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

When Disaster Strikes: Tips We Can Learn From Survivors About Preparing For The Worst

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Those who survive natural and man-made disasters have a lot in common, and there is plenty that can be learned from their stories. At the top of the list is the will to survive, along with the implementation of common sense survival tactics that assisted them in helping family, neighbors and themselves survive very difficult situations. Here are some fundamental tips to help be ready when disaster strikes.

Be Prepared

Yes, it sounds cliché, and it is even the motto of the Boy Scouts of America. However, the most successful survivors say how they were prepared when they recount the disasters they survived. Taking steps to prepare your home and family against the most likely forms of disaster that can strike the geographical area to the most likely health emergencies a particular family may face is sound advice. For example, people living in areas where tornadoes are common should have an underground place they can go for safety, and those living in regions where earthquakes are threat should have electronics and large items secured to the walls so they don't cause damage.

Get Proper Training

Knowing how to use tools and skills can greatly help your chance of survival in the event of a disaster. Knowing how to use all the items in a first-aid kit and how to administer help to someone in need, including CPR, can make all the difference. If you are in a remote area or camping, it's wise to understand how your GPS works and know how to read the maps so you can quickly and safely leave the area when needed. If you are out in the wild, it's important to know how to properly treat water so you can safely drink it, and what plants you can eat. At home, be sure to know what each item is in your emergency kit, and train your family on how to use everything as well.

Tools and Supplies

Survivors who fare the best are ones that have the needed food, water, medicine, medical supplies and tools nearby when disaster strikes. To be prepared, store an emergency kit in your home, car and at work. Energy bars are small enough to store, and can come in handing if you are stranded on the road. Be sure each kit includes a blanket, first-aid supplies, food, water, medicine, basic tools and extra shoes when needed. Survivors have often used the resources they had to survive. Without any supplies available, you don't have many options for survival and a way out.

Early Warning

Weather alerts on smartphones or emergency weather radios can save a lot of lives in areas where severe thunderstorms and tornadoes can pop up suddenly. Simple smoke and carbon monoxide sensors could prevent many needless tragedies even today. Early warning allows the opportunity to get out in time or not even be there when disaster strikes. Hurricane and flood warnings allow families time to be somewhere else when the disaster is coming. While some still get get caught in major storms or scary situations, survivors have often said their outcome would have been a lot different if they were still at home and didn't know about the situation.

Storage of Valuables

A needless tragedy is the delay in evacuation due to someone wanting to preserve family heirlooms, photographs and other items that are treasured. People have gone back into burning buildings to get wedding and baby pictures or to get grandma's necklace, only to get seriously injured or worse. Safe deposit boxes at banks and storage units outside of the disaster-prone area should be utilized for keeping irreplaceable items safe. Storage units are also a great place to keep some extra supplies such as clothing and tools in case disaster strikes and destroys the home, says the professionals at The Self Storage Place.

Proper Mindset

The news stories on television after disasters are filled with videos of people recounting horrific losses along with the things they endured to survive. What you don't hear about often are the people who survived with little incident and clear mind. When families are prepared and can stay calm in a scary situation, they can make choices that will get everyone to safety sooner without incident. Some people die in natural disasters from heart attacks and small fractures, while others survive with critical injuries. Being prepared ahead of time will help you avoid shock and heart failure that comes with a sense of helplessness and worry. Knowing how to make quick decisions, stay calm and think clearly will increase your chance of survival.

Disaster survival in families starts with someone taking the lead to get everyone ready for what may come. Planning for the most likely disasters is usually sufficient for getting through situations that were never even considered.

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, May 27, 2014

Six Tips for Hand-to-Hand Combat Preparedness

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In today's increasingly hostile world, a basic understanding of hand-to-hand combat is an important survival skill. In this form of combative engagement, the persons involved are armed only with their bare hands or handheld weapons. Women are particularly vulnerable to assaults from men and would benefit greatly from a study of basic self-defense preparedness techniques.

  1. Be circumspect

    It is wise to be aware. You will probably need to change the way you view the world and perhaps your lifestyle as well. Avoid texting or listening to music through earbuds while out jogging or in other public places.

  2. Mental awareness

    Keep a clear head while you are out. Try to avoid potentially dangerous situations, such as shopping at night. Be aware that most crimes happen between 10 pm and 4 am. Always be mentally prepared for an attack. Think, "What if I'm followed? What if someone grabs my arm?" Storing the responses to these questions in your mind will allow you to respond more quickly in the event of an encounter.

  3. Run first

    Even in advanced mixed martial arts training, the number 1 defense you have is escape. Do not waste your energy by confronting an enemy that you can evade by running. Trust logic, you will be better off exhausted after a sprint than dead or severely injured by an attack. If you are doing well with the first two tips, you will be ready to run in the most direct route to safety.

  4. Resist

    If attacked, your mindset is one of your most critical defenses. You must have the attitude that you will defeat the enemy and escape, no matter what. If it comes to a fight to the death, the prospect of losing must not enter the mind even once. You must commit yourself to hit the opponent continuously with whatever it takes to knock him out or end his resistance.

  5. Effective defense strategies—above belt

    When rushed by an attacker, keep calm. Try to gauge and determine what he is about to do. If it looks like he wants to throw direct punches at you, move off the line of attack just before the blow hits and meet him with an outstretched thumb-tip fist in the throat. Aim just below the trachea. If grabbed in a bear hug, don't panic. Focus on aggressive damage to the attacker, such as knee strikes to the groin or eye gouges with your thumbs. If you are grabbed from behind, bash your head into his nose or eye until he quits (below his nose if he is tall).

    You may want to search the area for objects you can use for defense such as a pipe or glass bottle. According to a dental specialist from Lethbridge, the Able Dental Group, it is very difficult to knock teeth out while engaged in hand to hand combat. Your hands won’t be able to generate enough power because of the close quarters. You’ll need the range and power of an object to defend yourself.

  6. Effective defense strategies—below belt

    About four finger widths above the outer knee is the common peroneal nerve. Kicks and knee strikes to this region can cause high-level mental stunning. About the middle of the inner thigh, a large nerve runs over the bone. Heel kicks and knee strikes here can cause the opponent to drop. If you are knocked down, maneuver onto your back and use your legs as weapons. Kicks to the shins, crotch or solar plexus can be devastating.

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

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Best Home Improvements to Prepare You and Your Family for Anything

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Today, with unexpected weather patterns doing the previously unprecedented, families need to have in place a minimum of seven areas of preparedness to survive. As such, many of them are applicable to most any scenario so here's some advice and tips to help make your list battle-ready for most any eventuality.

  1. Adequate Supply of Safe, Drinking Water

    Recent disasters such as the tsunami disaster at the Fukushima nuclear plan and the rural communities of West Virginia recently experienced what happens when their water supply became polluted with radiation (RAD) contamination or plain chemical leakage.

    Having large water containers for hygiene as well as for drinking purposes, along with a good, high quality water filtration system is utmost in helping survive any water scarcity emergency. Be certain to keep water supply out of basement if your region is subject to flooding or out of the sun if in a warm region.

  2. An Adequate, Sustainable Food Supply

    There's something about stressful emergencies that make people more hungry and thirsty than normal. Keep not only nourishing food in a storage or pantry area, but plenty of snacks for the kids and appropriate food on hand for any handicapped or elderly people. Don't forget your family pets!

    Generally, a two or three-week supply is advisable either in cans or jars. Dehydrated or freeze-dried food, although more expensive, will also fit any emergency. Furthermore, don't forget to plan where you're going to do your cooking or heating: an outdoor grill, an inside gas-stove or over little fuel cans. Just do the planning now!

  3. A Backup Electrical System

    Depending on your geographical region, even a small-size backup emergency generator is a minimum requirement. In an area with plenty of sun, then solar-power is an excellent but more expensive way to go.

    Be certain to have plenty of re-chargeable batteries charged by a solar battery charger; wood for a stove or fireplace; and/or a battery-run mini-fridge or cooler with a battery-charged fan, if need be.

  4. Medical/Health Supplies

    Now is the time to have an extra supply of prescription drugs and over-the-counter (OTC) supplies on hand. Rubbing alcohol, bandages, antiseptics and an improvised first-aid kit should be easily accessible.

    Remember to allow for daily hygiene paper consumption and have a designated place to wash your dirty cloths-your washing machine may not be functioning.

  5. Ready Transportation

    Having a ready serviced auto or truck with blankets, first aid kits, flashlights and even candy bars is a must. If need be, having snow tires and a full complement of tools is a good backup strategy.

  6. Communications

    A telephone is good; however, a telephone with cellphones and a supply of pre-charged batteries are even better. Some have survived emergencies having their laptops battery-charged while accessing a satellite link system. In extreme cases, it is good to have a HAM radio on hand to be able to communicate locally with other HAM radio operators.

  7. Protect Against Regional Freezes

    Every few decades, it seems that a region will endure a major cold streak. The damages to homes and other structures cost millions of dollars. According to Brother's Plumbing of Toronto, a frozen pipe that bursts in your home could cost you personally over $10,000. Old pipes are the most vulnerable to this kind of damage. Consider in what ways your home could be vulnerable in times of cold and the solutions you might implement.

  8. Alternate Sources of Aid

    Having in place an address book with the phone numbers of several 24/7 pharmacies, neighbors, plumbers, electricians, ambulance service and the local police and fire departments, is advisable.

Whatever precautions you choose, some preparations are better than none in an emergency and certainly securing your family's well-being has no price.

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

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Mobility = Security: Developing A Nomadic Survival Strategy

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Uncertainty is the secret theme for this day and age. Stability has always meant security for most, but stability can be an illusion. Any number of disaster scenarios may happen that can knock people right off their sofas and onto the road. Think about it: Our society is teetering on the edge of catastrophic possibilities never before seen in all of history. When cities of people are hungry and the suburbs are no longer a safe place to live, it is important to be prepared for anything.

Stability Vs. Mobility

There might come a time when abandoning your home-embodied sense of security is the only logical thing to do. In the event of a major catastrophe, security sources often switch from stability to mobility. Those who are able to adapt to a nomadic lifestyle are often more likely to survive certain disasters. Mobility means transportation, and transportation means finding safety away from central or equally mobile danger. Take the necessary things that can be carried and move along; the rest is a burden that will only slow things down.

Life in a Mobile Home

Obviously, the most efficient and accessible means of transportation is going to be a vehicle. Pickup trucks are better than any other vehicle because they have storage room and can handle rougher terrain that other vehicles cannot. A good idea is to have a truck that runs on something other than gasoline. They can be rigged up to use bio-diesel or straight ethanol, and both have their advantages. Bio-diesel has better mileage and ethanol can easily be made and stored indefinitely. Storing gasoline isn't a bad idea, but it goes inert after about a year. A Bonnyville truck body specialists advises keeping a constant, rotating supply of fuel with lots of extra reserve.

Pickup trucks can carry a lot more, too. Put a camper shell on the back and suddenly there is a safe storage space for supplies and a secure place from the elements. Shutters can be made to rig on the windows so the whole thing is more like a tank. Good, inexpensive options for this are plywood or sheet metal. Campers will also make decent sleeping areas, for when you make it to a safe location and have shuttered the windows.

Use What You Can Get Away With

There might be situations where you will not have any vehicles to choose from. However, anything with wheels is considered mobile. Wheel barrels, shopping carts or wagons are all viable options. They will take a load off of the back so nobody will be carrying more than they can handle.

The most important thing is preparedness. Stock up on fuel, non-perishable food and supplies and have them ready to go. The most successful survivors are always ready to move along when things get too crazy for comfort.

Informational Credit to Western Truck Body Mfg

About the Author: Emma is a freelance writer currently living in Boston, MA. Her interests include urban exploration and indoor rock climbing. When not writing, she enjoys reading and baking.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Emergency Kit: 5 Items To Keep In Your Trunk for a Hairy Situation

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It is impossible to guess when something may happen on the road. Many people overestimate their luck, and they are left without the means to handle an emergency. You should not just think of accidents. Engine failure, fires, flat tires and weather-related problems, such as being stuck in a blizzard, are among the possible serious situations you could encounter. Stay prepared and bring emergency items with you.

Automobile Fire Extinguisher

Engine fires happen more than you might think. Choose a fire extinguisher made for automobile fires. These extinguishers are compact and made to put out fires caused by electrical shorts or flammable fuels. Check their pressure once a month and read the owner’s manual on proper usage and storage. Quickly extinguishing a fire may prevent your car from being a total loss or may even save a life.

First Aid Kit

Think about the worst automobile emergencies when choosing your kit. Many first aid kits contain a few adhesive bandages and ointments and have little value pertaining to real emergencies. Wounds that only require a small adhesive bandage are not that serious. Some products your kit should contain includes burn gel, gauze bandages, medical tape, medical scissors, chemical hot/cold packs, sterile wound cleanser, antibiotic ointment, aspirin, medical gloves, and hand sanitizer. You cannot always count on the timely arrival of medical help. With a good first aid kit in your trunk, you will at least have some ways to get things more under control when needed.

Jumper Cables

A dead battery can often be brought back to life with a jump-start from another car. This requires jumper cables, however, and you should not rely on others to have them in their car. Jumper cable are really inexpensive and can save you a headache if you just carry them in your car at all time. If you find yourself using them too often on your own battery you should consider buying a new one or have an expert take a look at your.

Tire Inflator

There are several brands of emergency tire inflators that can work in any situation. They come in a set of electric pump and sealant and will inflate your tire and seal the hole in most cases. This gives you time to get home or to a repair shop rather than waiting by the side of the road or changing the tire yourself. If this fails you can make sure to have a spare tire that you can find at places like an auto salvage as they are sure to have spare tires for your model.


If your car breaks down or you are stuck on a highway in a winter storm, a warm blanket can be a lifesaver, literally. Choose thick thermal materials or even a sleeping bag just in case. Place the blanket in a plastic tote to keep it clean and dry.

It is helpful to imagine automobile emergency scenarios ahead of time. This way you already have a plan for the right steps to take. While you cannot know when or if something might happen, you can at least be prepared, just in case.

Meghan Belnap is a freelance writer who enjoys spending time with her family. She also enjoys being in the outdoors and exploring new opportunities whenever they arise as well as researching new topics to expand her horizons. You can often find her buried in a good book or out looking for an adventure

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Uniting in the Unthinkable: Disaster Recovery in the United States

The United States has seen its fair share of disaster throughout its history. This country is fraught with political battle lines and disagreements about how things should be done, but when tragedy strikes, the people can count on each other to help in the recovery process. That is a fact that is not often thought about until another disaster strikes, but it is like a safety net that catches those who are falling.

September 11, 2001

A total of 2,997 innocent people died on this day, not including the 19 hijackers. People nationwide stood shell shocked momentarily, but when the chips were down, everyone wanted to do something to help. Volunteers from around the country offered to go into the rubble to help recover those who were lost as a result of the terrorist act. The president gave an awe-inspiring speech at Ground Zero and little children around the U.S. wanted to give money from their piggy banks to help kids who lost their parents. Blood banks could not keep up with the many offers to give blood, and so people were urged to donate money instead. Citizens showed the world what it meant to unite for disaster recovery like it had never seen before.

Hurricane Katrina

This disaster struck New Orleans and the surrounding areas, and left 1,833 dead and thousands more without their homes and businesses. To make matters worse, the government was slow in responding to the incident, but it did not mean that America was blind to the plight, and people from around the nation volunteered their efforts to save lives and help with the disaster recovery. Although Katrina occurred in 2005, New Orleans reports that it is not completely rebuilt. Many charities were started to help people get clean clothes, water and food, and a roof over their head. The Red Cross and other organizations worked around the clock to make sure people who were injured received treatment. The streets that became clogged with debris were cleaned and companies like King Recycling and Waste Disposal Inc. worked to get Bramptom bin rentals to the clean up crews working through disasters.

Oklahoma City Bombing

News of the Oklahoma City Federal Building bombing was on the television news reports in 1995 during which time Americans learned throughout the day and night that 168 men, women and children had died. Another 680 people were injured as a result of the bombing. That was a call to action for Oklahoma residents as well as the rest of America. America united in giving prayers for those who were affected by the bombing, volunteered their time, money, and services to help the city rebuild. It was just another one of those times Americans forgot the politics and picked up their resolve in order to help a neighbor in trouble.

These three examples are just a small portion of the tragedies and disasters that temporarily brought Americans to their knees, but the final result was an effort built of love, tears and sweat that brought everyone together. The nation would be nothing if its people were not generous of heart and spirit.

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives in Los Lunas New Mexico and loves to spend time outdoors when she's not writing. She used King Recycling and Waste Disposal Inc. as part of her research. Get in touch via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Five Steps to Driving in Blinding Rain

Some people find driving to be a very enjoyable activity. However, no driver looks forward to traveling in heavy rain. Not only must you contend with diminished road visibility, but you are also forced to deal with the slippery driving conditions. It only takes one false move to suddenly lose complete control of your vehicle. Here are five steps to driving in blinding rain.

Slow Down

You should always reduce your speed when driving in heavy rain. Due to the decreased amount of traction on the road, your vehicle will not be able to stop as quickly. If your tires lose contact with the pavement, the vehicle could become dangerously unstable. Even if the posted speed limit is 55 mph, it may be a good idea to lower your speed to the minimum posted limit.

Always Turn on the Headlights

Most states require drivers to turn on their headlights during rainy weather. Contrary to popular belief, daytime running lights offer very little help during heavy rain. If you fail to turn on the headlights, your vehicle will essentially become invisible to the other drivers. However, remember to avoid using the high-beam setting during a rainstorm.

Never Follow Too Closely

A good rule of thumb is to stay at least five seconds away from the vehicle that is ahead of you. If another motorist unexpectedly hits a large puddle, their vehicle could spray your entire windshield with water. Unfortunately, a large splash of rain water could temporarily blind you. Staying a safe distance away will also minimize the chances of a rear-end collision.

Pay Attention

Driving in blinding rain requires your complete attention. Avoid distractions such as talking on your mobile phone and eating while driving. It is critical that you remain aware of your surroundings at all times. Use your vehicle’s defroster to keep the windshield fog-free. If the rain completely blocks your vision, pull over into an empty parking area when possible.

Effective Use of the Braking System

Institutions such as North Shore Driving School Ltd. instructs drivers to brake earlier during rainy weather. Instead of stomping on the brake pedal, the motorist should gradually apply pressure. This will help to reduce the likelihood of hydroplaning. After going through a puddle, lightly tap the brakes to help dry the rotors.

Although driving in blinding rain can be hazardous, taking the necessary precautions will help to keep you safe. Never take any unnecessary risks.
Karleia is a freelance blogger. Away from the office she enjoys spending time with her daughters and husband.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

How Generator Power Management Affects Your Ideal Home Generator

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Since the dawn of time, technological advancements have brought good things to humans everywhere. Sure, there have been some not-so-good things brought on by technology too, but who’s counting? In any case, recent advancements in generator technology allow smaller generators to handle bigger energy loads — now we’re talkin’!

So How Does It Work?

By utilizing new power management systems, your generator can automatically manage large electric loads including things like air conditioning, electric heating, electric water heating, and electric ovens. With power management, you can prioritize large electric loads so that they don't all run at the same time, therefore allowing a smaller generator to do the work of a larger one. What’s more, this can save you money when it comes to upfront cost, maintenance cost and fuel cost.

Sounds pretty great, right? Well, here’s the heart behind the change: Since some new generators can now measure their own output (in watts), they can set up larger electric loads in order of priority. From there, you’re able to have only the power you deem most important when you need it. This efficient system is accomplished through the use of current transformers that monitor and measure the output of your generator when utility power is not available.

How Can It Come In Handy?

In the summer, for instance, air-conditioning is usually considered to be a high priority, and an electric water heater is probably less desirable. Normally, you’d have an issue with motor loads and compressors, since the starting current (in amps) takes approximately six times as many amps to start the air conditioning as to run it.

But with power management, say your water heater is running but you want the thermostat to kick in — the system will turn off the water heater, allowing the air conditioning to come on, and then bring the water heater back on after loads have stabilized (typically five minutes). Likewise, there may be one air conditioning unit that's more critical than another and in that case, power management can also help. But by far the best part of all of this is that it’s seamless to the customer — power management works entirely behind the scenes.

Final Thoughts

Prior to the technological advancement of power management, if you wanted to run a larger load, you needed a larger generator. Besides the fact that a larger generator is more of a physical inconvenience, this also put consumers in a tough spot since larger generators are generally more expensive.

Thankfully, a smaller generator can now do the work of a larger generator, ultimately leading to lower upfront cost, more efficient operations, less fuel consumption, and lower maintenance costs. With all of this in mind, next time you’re in the market for generators, it almost goes without saying that you should consider a generator with a power management system. At the end of the day, not only will your home thank you — your wallet will, as well!

Clayton Preble is the owner of Georgia Generator, who offers whole home and backup generators in Atlanta and Jasper, GA. They assist people throughout Northern George to achieve energy independence with quality home and backup generators.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Review of Paravival Paracord Products.

by Shane White

Paravival approached me to see if I would be interested in reviewing their products. They send me a couple of bracelet kits, a bracelet and a keychain all made from paracord they sell.

Paravival sells both MIL-SPEC paracord and Commercial Grade 550 paracord by Rothco. If you are not familiar, the commercial grade is typically 550 pounds tested. Rothco, the company that Paravival uses, has 7 strands of nylon fiber that give it its stength. The commercial grade is the type that they use on their kits and gear that they sell. If you need something stronger, they also sell MIL-SPEC Paracord.

Products from Paravival are made with quality commercial grade paracord. This means that the paracord in their products is actually usable and not just something that will make you look like you are into the latest trend. If you want this, Walmart even sells "paracord" bracelets but I wouldnt trust my life to them. It isnt as strong as a MIL-SPEC Paracord, but come in reasonably close which is all you really need unless you plan on hoisting yourself or something heavy.

Dual Color Survival Bracelet Kits

In this kit, you get 4 pieces (approximately 4-feet each) of their commercial grade paracord in one of many of their available colors, and two buckles. They sent me their whistle buckles but they also have buckles without whistles, and shackle buckles. The assembly instructions are not included so if you plan on being somewhere without internet access and don't already know how to put one together, I suggest you print their online instructions before hand. There are many excellent sets of instructions on their site that will walk you through the process.

Two Color Corba Paracord

This is basically the kit except they assemble it for you. Simply send them the measurement that they need and they do the rest.

Paracord Keychain with Carabiner

The carabiner that comes with this is not for climbing but the one that came with mine is rated for 150 pounds so it can be useful for hoisting some things. I did not tear mine apart, but it looks like it has two 2-feet pieces of paracord. This is about enough to replace a broken shoelace or tie a tourniquet or something like that. It is not much but every little piece of paracord is valuable.

Overall, I think this company has a good product. When I asked them, they said that soon they will be making products and kits with the MIL-SPEC paracord as well if this is what you want. I think soon I might just order myself a belt. This would give me up to 80-feet of paracord at my disposal whenever I need it.

Be sure to check these guys out.

Friday, May 09, 2014

Eton Scorpion Weather Radio Review

by Shane White

Weather Radios Direct sent me this awesome Eton Scorpion Weather Radio to review.

This weather radio is loaded with features, and is very easy to use. My son picked it up and set it up without even looking at the manual. I love the color as well. Black and zombie green look pretty cool. Another thing I liked is the size. The size is perfect considering everything is does and also comparing it with similarly featured hand-crank weather radios. Here are a few of the key features of the Eton Scorpion Weather Radio.


This weather radio receives AM, FM signals, as well as the NOAA weather band for emergency weather reports. It is easy to tune with its digital tuner which allows you to select the exact station you want just by dialing it in (much simpler than a dial). The signal is good and is comparable to other radios I have tried. The Antenna slides out and bends at a single joint to help with tuning. The antenna does feel a little thin and one time it stuck for a little bit, but it didn't break or bend or anything like that. I just pulled it all the way out and made sure it was straight before I pushed it back in. No problems here.


I really liked the feel of the hand crank. It didn't feel as clumsy and awkward as many hand cranks I have tried. I was also quite impressed with how long the battery lasted after just a little bit of turning the hand crank. Considering how smoothly it turned and moved made it easy to turn for a while without focusing all of your attention on this task. Cranking for about a minute seemed to last quite a bit longer than the documentation claimed. The manual states that 90 seconds will run the radio for 5 minutes, but I thought it did a little better. The solar panel helps it stay charged as well. I recommend leaving it in a sunny place to maintain a charge. There is also a power jack that you can plug into it as well. You will need to order this separately since this is not a standard USB charger or anything like that. I don't see this as a problem since it does seem to last a while just using the crank or the solar panel, but it would be nice to have as another way to be sure it is fully charged up. Personally, I don't think it needs one, but that is up to you.

The manual claims that the radio would play 4-5 hours on a full charge. I didn't test this since There wasn't a way for me to tell if it was fully charged or not other than the simple LED display. it did seem to last quite a while. I was also surprised that when I stuck it in the box in the closet after charging it some for a few weeks that it still had some battery life left.

Other Features

  • Flashlight

    The 3 LED flashlight is sufficiently bright. It only has one light mode, but it does the job. I wouldn't use this as my main flashlight, but you can never have too many flashlights around and this one does the job just fine.
  • Water Resistant

    The box claims an IPX-4 rating which is splash proof from any direction. The manual was a little confusing on this since it states not to splash water or submerge this device. I would guess by looking at it that it is probably water resistant from splashes, but I did not try this since the box said one thing and the manual indicated another. I wouldnt freak out totally if you got it wet. It would probably survive.
  • Bottle Opener

    This is an interesting feature to put on a weather radio, but it has one. If you are out somewhere where you need both, this is you radio. It is not a flimsy one either. I used it and it worked pretty well.
  • Carabiner

    I thought this was a really cool feature. With the aluminum carabiner, you can just easily clip this onto your backpack, belt-loop or whatever and listen to the radio hands free while on the go. I found this very handy to not have to hold onto it while walking and not worry about dropping it. If you are hanging it, I wouldn't extend the antenna, however unless you were sure it wouldn't get twisted or bent. (NOTE: this carabiner is not for climbing.)
  • Cell Phone Charger

    The cell phone charger does work. The manual claims after about ten minutes of cranking in charge mode that you should be able to make one or two quick phone calls. Now this will vary depending on what kind of phone you are charging. If you are using a smart phone, you should probably turn off as many features as you can before your phone dies (WIFI, GPS, turning down brightness all the way, and other non essentials) so that when you do start cranking to make a call it will stay charged longer. Alternately, you with some carriers, you can switch the SIM card to another less feature filled phone that you can keep for emergencies. This would be a better application for this charger.
  • Auxiliary Input

    This is a standard audio jack that so you can use the radio speaker as a speaker for your devices that have an audio out such as an MP3 player, or your smartphone.
  • Headset Jack

    The headset jack is a nice feature as well. Plug in a headset to greatly improve the battery life of your device or if you just don't want to wakr any neighbors or alert animals or zombies to your presence.
If you are looking for a nice full featured portable weather radio, this is an excellent choice. Be sure to check it out at our friends at Weather Radios Direct.

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

The Best Hunting Gear to Use for Beginners

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If you are new to the world of hunting, regardless of if you want to hunt deer, turkey or duck, there are certain items that you should carry with you at all times. But other than your favored weapon of choice and a load of extra ammo, what other equipment will prove indispensable not only for your enjoyment but also for your safety? After all, efficient packing is a necessity, and carrying too much gear will hamper your success.

The gear you require can be broken down into three separate categories, and everything listed here is a must for any huntsman, no matter your level of experience.

  1. Navigation Gear

    To avoid getting lost, it's best to possess detailed maps of the area you are visiting, or bring a GPS system with you. Keeping track of where you are going - and where you have been - is, in some cases, a matter of life and death, and it is crucial that you are aware of your surroundings at all times. A compass is another lifesaving device you should never leave at home. When it comes to compasses, don't purchase a needlessly expensive one, but also try not to fall into the trap of buying a low-end one either.

    Another handy piece of gear to help you navigate effectively is a headlamp, seeing as you may be hunting during the early hours of the morning or at times when daylight suddenly vanishes due to haphazard weather conditions. Bear in mind that a handheld flashlight is impractical seeing as you will need your hands for other tasks.

  2. Field Dressing Knife

    One of the main purposes of going hunting is to bag a trophy. But what happens when you score your prey? Do you have the appropriate apparatus with you to field dress your prize? Some hunters prefer to bag up the animal and take it to a butcher and ask them to do the job. However, if you want to butcher it yourself, a field dressing knife is compulsory. Choosing a folding knife or a fixed blade knife is all down to personal preference, although fixed blades tend to be much sturdier. As for blade style, drop points and clip points are both great choices.

    When it comes to blade length, anything more than four inches is generally considered too long; the most effective blade is between two and a half to three and a half inches long. The blade itself should be made from high-quality steel, so ensure that it has one of the following codes: S30V, 154CM and ATS34. In addition, check that your knife blades are sufficiently sharpened and, if necessary, purchase a sharpening kit.

  3. Miscellaneous Gear

    A smart phone is an extremely vital tool, especially as they typically have apps that can help in regards to changes in weather conditions, as well as useful maps and GPS resources. Furthermore, many smartphones more often than not possess flashlight capabilities. In addition, you should bring with you binoculars, first aid kit, whistle, waterproof matches and/or a fire-starter kit, dry clothing (in particular a spare pair of socks, backup rain gear and a t-shirt), and water purification tablets.

On a final note, please take into consideration that you will need a hunting license, and neglecting to do so will get you into a whole heap of trouble before the fun even begins. If you are unsure of how to make use of any of the above items, it is wise to take a few hands-on outdoor navigation lessons, so that you possess self-confidence when hunting deep in the woods. Good luck!

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Danny Little currently writes hunting articles for Redneck Blinds, a company that provides premium deer blinds, camouflage gear, and other products designed for sturdiness and practicality. In his spare time he enjoys hunting, camping and hiking.

Monday, May 05, 2014

Four Ideas for Making Your Home A Fortress Against Cataclysmic Events

Homeowners should be prepared to deal with natural catastrophes. There are some steps that could be taken to resist some damage from Mother Nature.

Flood Protection

The lower levels of a home are vulnerable to flooding. When basements get flooded, the floor and walls may get water damage that include stains and marks. Flooding promotes the growth of mold and mildew after all of the water is pumped out. Homeowners should seal any cracks and openings that may allow water to get inside basements. Additionally, sand bags should be placed directly on the sealed openings for extra protection. It's also possible to install large drains in the basement to prevent water from accumulating.

Barriers Against Hurricanes & Strong Winds

Hurricanes, tornadoes and other storms that involve intense winds can damage the exterior and interior of a home. Windows and exterior doors are vulnerable to getting blown out or getting cracked. Heavy duty metallic shutters could be installed on all windows of a home that's in a hurricane prone zone. Such shutters usually slide to cover an entire window frame. It's also possible to remove these protective covers during seasons of calm. When expecting heavy winds, it's a good idea for homeowners to remove decorative shutters that could become loose.

Power Outage Management

During violent weather conditions, loose trees pose a major threat to a home's power supply. A heavy tree trunk could fall over a power line and cut off the electricity to a house. It may take days or even weeks for utility companies to fix such a problem. Homeowners could work with local electrical contractors in order to install an underground power line into a home. If that's not possible, then the best bet is to trim or completely remove any trees that are leaning towards a home or the power lines. It is always a great idea to have a generator for backup power in a home.

Handling Earthquakes

A home can be upgraded in order to resist earthquakes. For example, special dampening structures can be installed into the foundation of a house. These spring like structures essentially absorb some of the earthquake's energy to prevent any significant damage to various items inside a home. Residential earthquake proofing usually requires hiring an experienced engineering firm and local contractors for proper installation.

Residents should be aware of any natural disaster risks in their region. Upgrades can be done to homes in order to manage some catastrophic natural events.

Rianne Hunter is a wife and mother who enjoys writing on many subjects including family, home improvement, and preparedness. She recommends that you talk to professionals like a trusted plumber in Utah County if you are going to take on any major projects to prep your home.

Sunday, May 04, 2014

Life After Oil

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One day, the world is going to run out of oil. That is an incontrovertible fact and the only real thing left to debate is when it will happen. Some experts believe we will reach peak oil production in 2020. This means it’s the beginning of the end for this critical resource and it could arrive in less than a decade.

Does this mean we can expect the downfall of our civilization soon? Well, if you look to the Book of Revelations for the answers, it doesn’t directly address the oil crisis. It does mention, though, that during the end, the sun will darken and the rivers will stop flowing. Such things would only be problematic if we didn’t have any oil to keep the lights on, so maybe the apocalypse can only occur once we run out and begin relying on renewable energy like water, wind and solar power.

Of course, there are those who would be happy if we had to go cold turkey on gasoline. "Dear future generations,” the late Kurt Vonnegut once wrote, “Please accept our apologies. We were roaring drunk on petroleum. Love, 2006 A.D.”

Whether or not you think we’ll be better off without oil, there is no denying that if we get cut off without any viable alternatives, the world would suddenly be a much different place. Just a quick glance at this informative site reveals how high the stakes are surrounding oil. It should be worthwhile to consider what exactly would change when the time comes that it’s gone, assuming no other energy sources are found.

Cars and Airplanes Are Relics of a Bygone Era

This is probably the most obvious difference in the gas-less dystopia universe we’re considering here. Unless you’ve already have the money for a Tesla roadster, you should consider investing in a bicycle. Ideally, you’d live in a town where driving everywhere isn’t necessary. Most of America is set up in such a way that presupposes you have your own gas-powered vehicle to drive everywhere.

If you want to travel great distances, I’d recommend your destination be accessible by water because no one has figured out a practical and cheap way of flying an airplane that doesn’t involve jet fuel.

No More Plastic

One thing you might not consider about a world without oil is that plastics could not be produced. Plastics, which are made from oil, are used for many products nowadays that it’s easy to take them for granted. There has been plenty of plastic made, so recycling should be a viable option for a long time; but if you want to make any new containers, it’s going to have to be made from clay or glass. Glassblowing and pottery may seem like niche talents now, but in a world without oil, they could be in high demand.

Roads Won’t Be Made With Asphalt

The production of asphalt involves oil, so I suggest making sure the bike you purchase when your car becomes useless is a mountain bike. Roads will suddenly be that much more difficult to maintain.

Horses were also used with great success on less than ideal road conditions for the thousands of years people managed to get around without cars. Having a horse would also give you the added bonus of being able to carry more than what you could fit in a backpack or a basket, not to mention their ability to pull wagons all over the country. If you find yourself out in the suburbs or country when the oil wells run dry, a horse might be a better option.

Be Prepared

All of the world’s oil won’t disappear overnight, so you should have plenty of time to realize when you should begin preparing for the above possibilities. Oil won’t even have to disappear completely for these scenarios to become reality. Once there is a sufficiently small amount left, it will become way too expensive for practical use anyway.

Whether that means the four horsemen of the apocalypse have arrived or just that it’s become really expensive to drive your car, there’s no denying the world will be very different.

Ali grew up in Alaska where she earned her hunter and wilderness safety license at age 13. She now works as a content coordinator for a CAT company and blogs in her free time at Homey Improvements.

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Doomsday Giveaway for May 2014!

For our May 2014 giveaway, we are giving away a 6-Cell Maglight (or a smaller one if you prefer).

This flashlight comes with a high intensity krypton gas lamp for optimum brilliance and extended range. With a twist of the flashlight head, you can change the beam from spot to flood, positioning the light where you need it most. It's anodized inside and out for improved corrosion resistance and durability, with a self-cleaning switch that virtually eliminates oxidation. The high grade O-rings at each opening ensure resistance to water and shock while the low resistance circuitry allows a more efficient use of the batteries. there's an extra lamp in the tail cap to keep you out of the shadows, and this flashlight is serially numbered for identification purposes.

This Maglight is almost 20-inches long and weighs 1.3 pounds. This flashlight can come in very handy.

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