Practical Bug Out Bag (video)

His focus is on developing a “practical” bug out bag for when he feels you’re most vulnerable or when things are most likely to happen: while you’re sleeping… precisely when you may not have time to “get ready” and gear up.

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Solar Air Heater from HurricaneWindPower.com (video)

I’ve tried making a DIY solar air heater such as this before with less than optimal results… yeah, I screwed it up. I’m sure I could do better in the future but, if you’re not the DIY type, you might really like the fact that these folks have built what looks to be a quality solar air heater. Better yet, installation looks fairly straightforward too. The only problem I see is that I can’t find the darn solar air heaters on their website! I was really just curious about the price, maybe you’ll have better luck than I did. Here’s the installation video…

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Posted in Warmth / Shelter / Cooling

(Giveaway) Failures of Imagination: “The Deadliest Threats to Our Homeland” Book Review

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I was recently sent this book to review written by Congressman Michael McCaul titled Failures of Imagination: The Deadliest Threats to Our Homeland – And How to Thwart Them and I must, this was a good book!

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Posted in Defense / Security / Safety, Everything Else, Gear Reviews

7 Steps to a Fire Survival Plan (link)

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Fires are an everyday survival problem everyone has and your family’s ability to survive a house fire shouldn’t be taken lightly. The following article sheds some light on what you can and should do to stay safe. I should point out that the article states “…all fires start when you don’t pay attention to flammable surfaces…” which isn’t entirely true; some fires start just because stuff happens but I would suggest that not paying attention–along with doing things wrong–is a contributing factor to many house fires and so common sense and awareness are a must where fires are possible.

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“5 Gallon Bucket” Bag Dispenser – Easy DIY (video)

Nice idea to use a 5-gallon bucket for this project…

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Split Kindling Easily, And Safer Too? (video)

You only need to watch the first minute or two of this video to get the idea; Personally, I’ve never had trouble splitting kindling with a small ax and, honestly, I see myself more likely to smash my finger with the mallet when I’m cold and not paying attention!  Regardless, this idea may prove useful for some folks out there. Here’s the video…

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Posted in Warmth / Shelter / Cooling

29 Must-Do Safety Tips Every Woman 15 And Older Must Know!

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Recently, both my wife and niece have had “encounters” with ne’er-do-wells while out and about in public places. I won’t go into specifics but it did raise their threat levels to approximately DEFCON Zero–it only goes down to level one for the military, you know-and, therefore, promoted me write this.

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DIY Walmart Premium Bug Out Bag (video)

Perhaps this title sounds like an oxymoron but SensiblePrepper did a pretty good job putting together a BOB for a total just shy of $315 (before tax), all purchased from Walmart.

I can say that I tried to make a BOB from Walmart gear many years ago for less than $100; I didn’t make my budget and, honestly, going for the better gear would have been a better idea, especially when you can piece it together over time like he suggests.

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4 Low Cost Water Treatment Options (video)

In this video MDprepper offers four ideas for treating water in an apartment setting, though, they’ll work just fine no matter where you live. The first few minutes on bleach discuss the more concentrated solution (here’s my article on usage guidelines) as well as why it’s useful to have two smaller bottles rather than one larger one.

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Posted in Water / Food

27 Frugal Ideas: Which Ones Stayed, Which Ones Didn’t?

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Since it’s still more or less still the “New Year” I figured it would be interesting to look back and reflect on those frugal ideas I’ve tried in the past, keeping in mind those which have stuck as well as those that didn’t. I can say that changing your way of live is hard, particularly, when you feel like you “must” do so… seems that can be said for many areas in life the older I get. 😉

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