petroleum jelly fire starter cotton pad
07 Jul 2017

Are Petroleum Soaked Cotton Balls the Ultimate Fire Starter?

To make a really good fire starter you only need a little bit of time and two ingredients…petroleum jelly and cotton balls. Well, we tried the method three different ways to test out how well it actually worked. We used cotton balls, which are the standard advice told to people

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woman,waiting a bus and tornado (photo and hand-drawing elements compilation)
09 Jun 2017

Make a Bug-Out List So Nothing Gets Forgotten

I grew up in Florida, where we were all told to prepare for hurricane season. June through September, and sometimes but rarely in May, people in the Gulf Coast and Atlantic States are at risk from hurricanes. My family were not anywhere near “preppers” and we never talked about emergency

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26 May 2017

Doomsday Global Seed Vault Could Be in Danger

All serious preppers and even people who aren’t preppers at all have heard of the Global Seed Vault. This is an underground vault located on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen, which is the westernmost part of the Norwegian archipelago. It borders the Arctic Ocean, the Norwegian Sea and the Greenland

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Ready to Buy Pepper Spray? Read This.
15 May 2017

Ready to Buy Pepper Spray? Read This.

Last week we wrote an introductory post explaining what stun guns are and how they work. There’s a big difference in the effective stun guns and the cheap ones. If you’re in the market for a stun gun, read that post to get a sense of what you’re looking for

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Ready to Buy a Stun Gun? Read This.
12 May 2017

Ready to Buy A Stun Gun? Read This.

There are a lot of reasons why you might want to buy a stun gun or pepper spray. For people who can’t own firearms for whatever reason, these are sensible personal protection options that can be used to protect yourself out in public and your home in the event of

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Magnesium fire starting isolated on white
05 May 2017

Fire Starter Options and Backups

If you’re like me, you like to have a back-up and then a back-up back-up. Every method of starting fires has their pros and cons. Let’s look at a few things to think about when you’re worried about starting a fire. Magnesium Scraper These work well, but you have to

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Hands cupping around a burning candle
21 Apr 2017

How To Be Prepared For A Power Outage

Power outages are normal. If you live in colder climates, you may have experienced an ice storm, or a hurricane in warmer climates, that knocked the power out. Ideally the power company can get you back up and running before you really miss any of the conveniences that we are

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red hammers to break the window.
01 Apr 2017

Assembling a Car Emergency Kit

Here in the Pacific Northwest Spring is just around the corner. We keep getting glimpses of the sun but not a whole day of sunshine yet. Around here, as soon as the weather warms up people hit the road. When Northwesterners aren’t snowboarding or skiing, they’re at the ocean, hiking,

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Ron Hood Advanced Survival Video
18 Mar 2017

Review: Ron Hood’s Advanced Survival Guide

I’ve known about Ron Hood and his survival videos for a while. But I have to tell the truth…I had never watched any of the videos! While I was at SHOT Show earlier this year in January I got to meet the people behind the production company, Stoney-Wolf Productions. I

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steam on pot in kitchen
11 Mar 2017

How Can You Collect Water in the Desert?

OK, you might not be in the actual DESERT when there’s an emergency situation. But around my parts, the Pacific Northwest, it’s common to go for weeks in the summertime with no rain. I’ve lived in my city for 25 years, and over that time there’s been a noticeable shift

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