Bear Spray vs. Pepper Spray (video)

Know the difference between bear spray and pepper spray and whether bear spray is actually better than self defense pepper spray (or not) as well as one potentially good reason to consider bear spray that I hadn’t thought about before: crowd dispersal.

Also, here’s a good FAQ from Sabre on the topic of pepper spray, if interested.

Now, the video…

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Dual Purpose EDC Self Defense Tools (video)

If you don’t (or can’t) carry real self defense tools then consider these potential dual purpose items. Although I enjoyed the introduction you can skip to about the 5:10 mark to get to the heart of the video. I should point out that a few of the ideas (like the change in sock idea) are getting a bit far-fetched for real-life use but most of them are spot-on, a few of which I’d never considered before…

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Krav Maga Tactical Survival Book Review

I was sent this book, by Gershon Ben Keren, a few months ago in exchange for an honest review…

Normally I avoid book reviews these days. I’m not sure if it’s that I don’t have time to read them or that I feel like “I’ve seen it all” but when I was asked to review this book I said “yes” and I’m quite glad I did.

The first thing I noticed was how sturdy and well put together the book was as they sure didn’t skimp on the cost to put it together, that’s for sure. Though paperback, the pages are thick, the illustrations are numerous and in color, and I’m positive this book will last a long time… I’ve already been through it twice and there’s no sign of wear whatsoever.

Anyway, when I got the book I dove right in. Separated into five distinct parts, I was a bit surprised that the author got straight to the point and started discussing various striking techniques right from the start. That said, I

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Simple Solar Water Distilling – Easy DIY (video)

I’ve never had much luck distilling water with DIY ideas like this but maybe there’s hope yet. The one change I’d like to see is the collection bottles angled downward to collect more water but then this idea won’t work quite as easily, plus I don’t see why you can’t just tape the lids together to save yourself time…

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Easy Portable Survival Shelter For Extreme Cold (video)

I really like this guy, he always comes up with no-nonsense wilderness survival advice. Today he’s showing how to make a compact, lightweight portable survival shelter. You can skip to about the 2:55 mark to get to the idea…

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The Tsunami App: An Innovative Safety Solution You Can Help With

Want to do something good for the world today? Great! Here’s how..

Back The Tsunami App Kickstarter. Developed by Alexander Artyukhin, this smartphone app is aimed at warning people the moment tsunami conditions are triggered and even providing safe routes to help people get away as fast as possible, likely saving countless lives.

Here, watch the video:

Pretty neat, right?

You can learn more at their website and also back the project on Kickstarter here.

And the press release:

Revolutionary app could save thousands of lives during the next natural disaster

Austin, TX: With each passing year, tsunamis and floods pose increasing threats to populations around the globe. Working with experts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), we have created an app designed to protect vulnerable residents and visitors from the next catastrophe. On February 15, we will launch a Kickstarter campaign to collect the remaining funds required to put the app into action.

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The Firewaall: Vertical Fire Curtain (link)

I’m not sure how useful this firewaall (and, no, I didn’t spell that wrong) is for survival purposes but it does have some potential applications as a nice camp out conversation piece, lol…

“OK, in all seriousness, the old-fashioned campfire is just fine in most situations. But a Canadian company just launched a new contraption called a Firewaall. It’s pretty neat.

The made-in-Canada apparatus simply holds wood in a wall-like form. Start the fire with tinder in the bottom, add some larger sticks, and enjoy a vertical blaze.

What’s the point? Good question. First, the Firewaall contains fire in a way that looks pretty efficient. The vertical nature of the wall helps it radiate heat outward. It elevates fire too, which would be nice on a frozen lake…”

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Could You Rebuild Civilization? (link)

This particular post got my attention as it’s a question I sometimes ask myself, but rather than it being “me” I wonder if “we” as a society could honestly get back to where we are now after some global (or even national) catastrophe?

Granted, the pole shift catastrophe mentioned at the start of the article doesn’t seem very likely but there certainly are ones to consider–even if they’re not fully world-encompassing–everything from a pandemic to WW3 to EMP… the list is bigger than most people realize.

Regardless, the relatively small list of technological skills included in the following article offers some thought-starters and, while I don’t agree with all of them as being necessary, it should make you start to realize just how dependent we truly are on technology.

Yes, we as preppers spend our time preparing for such events but just how long could we make it before we’re essentially forced to live an 1800’s

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Escaping Dogs In SHTF (video)

What if you had to escape and evade dogs during a SHTF situation? Here’s some thoughts…

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Solar Lantern Charges Your Phone (link)

Solar powered lights are all the rage these days, aren’t they? I know I have a few myself and even one made by the folks who created this new inflatable solar lantern that charges your cell phone too.

I know the post talks about this being a prototype and that you can back it as a kickstarter here, but it sure looks to me like you can purchase one on Amazon (link removed because I was wrong) and for a reasonable price too…

“A few deep breaths inflate LuminAID‘s latest lantern. Hang it up and illuminate your entire tent. When the sun rises, the lantern packs down small and recharges with solar energy.

LuminAID has been making portable inflatable lanterns since 2011. The company’s Kickstarter campaign launched February 7 for its PackLite Max Phone Charger. This lantern boasts the same power output as the PackLite Max but now has the ability to also charge your phone…”

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