Local favorite Mikhail Merkurieff has a new survival shelter project on kickstarter that just crossed into the funded category.
I’m a big fan of some of the previous projects he’s done (especially the nice Cabuya Handlines) and I think this is one that is going to be living in one of my kits for sure. The basis is a stronger, lightweight emergency shelter for winter conditions.
I’m sure many of us have used various mylar blankets, or other products to maximize warmth in bad conditions, and make no mistake they can help. However, there are limitations in most existing commercial products that this product is designed to address. Check out the video, and give it a kick.
I’m really excited to try out the heat capture, which should give large benefits over the basic practice of directing the opening of a shelter to the heat source. A little less smoke, and a lot more contained warmth would be very welcome. Getting it in a lightweight package that won’t be destroyed just by using it once is even better.
When disasters, emergencies, or accidents occur to others, they can serve to us as a learning opportunity. When the Herriman fire broke out last fall, we posted information regarding how to prepare for such an emergency. When a couple earthquakes struck just west of Lehi this past January, we posted how to prepare for that event, and what to do in its aftermath.
A family in my congregation just went through a grueling experience of their own. Their story can be read here.
Continue reading “What Would You Do? Car Edition!”
For the past several months, I have been serving as the emergency preparedness specialist in my ward (for the non-Mormons: a volunteer position in my local congregation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints). A few weeks ago, I was asked to serve in the same position at a stake level (for the non-Mormons: this means I’m overseeing the preparedness activities of 15 different congregations).
I have a lot to work on! One of the things I’m doing right out the gate is to update our stake’s emergency preparedness plan. Our stake was formed only five years ago, so when it was organized, they got the preparedness plans of a nearby stake, and basically copied and pasted the name of the new stake over the other stake’s name in the plan. Reading over that plan now, I curiously wonder how long it had been since that other stake had updated it.
Why, you may ask? Get a load of this… In a section dealing with what to do after an emergency, it says:
Continue reading “Keep Your Emergency Preparedness Plans Updated!”