EMP and Solar Flare – Threat Update

What will happen when everything electronic stops working? Perhaps for a very, very long time? A new U.S. Congress report identifies this threat as a ‘clear and present danger.’ It’s no wonder that we receive more questions on electromagnetic pulse (EMP and CME) than any other threat topic. The declassified portions of the congressional report can be downloaded from this article.

Mylar Bags: Selecting the Best Mylar Products to Purchase

Before you shop for Mylar products, this article will help you review the basics and answer the five key questions that will jump-start your Mylar bag food and gear packing project.  As you answer these questions, you will be better able to select the best Mylar products for you and your situation.  This summary, which also includes Mylar product pros and cons, can equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to make better decisions on the best Mylar packing method for you, as well as the Mylar products which suit you best. 

Mylar Bags: Step-by-Step Instructions for Packing Food and Emergency Supplies

Mylar bags provide a convenient, easy, and cost-efficient way to stockpile food for an emergency situation, or for a period of rainy-day personal adversity.  Though Mylar bags are a high-tech NASA inspired technology, they are simple to use and an ideal do-it-yourself packaging method. This article provides step-by-step guidance to make the project easy, even for a novice. The process outlined here can be used to increase the shelf-life of dry foods, and also for the safe-storage of gear and emergency supplies. This is Part-4 in a four article series on emergency food storage.

Pepper Spray for Self-Defense

Pepper spray is a viable self-defense tool for three categories of people:  Those who are prohibited from having a gun to defend themselves against violence, those who can’t countenance using a gun, and for those who have the capacity to also carry a non-lethal self-defense tool in addition to their firearm.  Of course, legal restrictions […]

Readiness Checklist: 20-Questions to Help You Evaluate Your Emergency Preparations

Are you ready?  If circumstances require it, are you prepared to be self-sufficient for two weeks?  Will you be able to get home from wherever you are, and survive for 14-days without shopping, without electricity, Internet and telephones, and without any outside help or government assistance?  If not, you are in a precarious position.  These 20 questions will help you evaluate your state of readiness, and what you need to do to get ready for a tomorrow that may not look like today.

Maps for Navigating an Emergency Situation

You know how to get home, or to your safe-haven retreat location, but what if your usual routes aren’t viable? What if your smartphone GPS isn’t working. This article on maps is the first segment in a three-part series on travel during emergency situations. It tells you what you need to know about maps and compass choices, as well as GPS devices and smartphone apps. Its about being able to travel quickly, and getting to where you need to go, safely.

Compass for Emergency Travel

In an emergency situation a compass is an essential tool.  Even if you have lived in the area for your entire life, the effects of a disaster can change the appearance of the terrain, sometimes radically.  Landmarks can literally disappear.  In addition to this, during a natural disaster or man-made problem such as social unrest, you may be forced to find a new route.  In either of these scenarios, even if you have a good sense of direction, you will need a compass to get to your destination quickly and safely. Electronics fail. This article explains what you need to know now, while you still have the opportunity to get ready.