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.

Smartphone Apps and GPS for Emergency Situations

Even if the cellular system is down and you are unable to make phone calls, your smartphone can still be a useful tool. Keep in mind, too, that even when voice calls don’t work due to overloaded circuits, you still may be able to send text messages. It’s not unusual for texting to work even when you can’t make or receive calls with your mobile phone. Plus, there are voice, text, and other useful apps and downloads which can be useful even when the cellular phone system is down. This article recommends apps and gear to help you prepare now, in advance of the need.

2-Way Radios for Emergency Communication

Since mobile phones often don’t work in an emergency situation, and 9-1-1 dispatch systems may be down or overloaded, we need alternative communication methods. We need to be able to communicate with family and friends, to summon help, and to help deliver it to those who need assistance.  This article is a summary of our 2-way communication options, problems, solutions, and the pros and cons of various products, plus the recommendations of our experienced experts. 

Safety and Style: All-in-One Sunglasses and Eye Protection

Thanks to modern military research, it’s now possible for us to use eyewear which combines the features of sunglasses, safety glasses, military protective eyewear, shooting glasses, night-vision enhancing glasses, and even prescription lenses or bifocal reading glasses—all in one stylish pair of sunglasses.  This article can help you jump-start your research and filter-out advertising hype, so that you can quickly select no-compromise all-in-one eye protection that you will actually use.