I’d like to link today to a great post by a friend of mine, Jordan Gunderson. I’ve known Jordy for a few years now through our local geek community, and was ever so proud when recently he had told me about how his family had been dedicating themselves to getting their three-month, then year’s supply of food in place. He had obviously put in some good thought and research into things, much like any geek will do when dedicating themselves to solving a problem.
This is important and will take you less than two minutes – and you don’t have to speak to a single person!
IMPORTANT – PLEASE VOTE ON GUN CONTROL BY PHONE AS DIRECTED BELOW ASAP! – TELL THEM YOU OPPOSE GUN CONTROL.
Subject: Gun control in Cook County, Illinois
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2008
This is a habit I got myself into a long time ago. It’s a fairly simple principle – if you do at LEAST one small thing to prep every single day, it will all add up very quickly! Following this principle, I make sure that every day I’ve done something to prep. It might be as simple as fill a 2 liter bottle with water or doing a quick visual inventory and making a mental checklist of what I need to pick up at the store soon. Other (funner) days it’s something much more complex like stocking up on medical supplies, buying another gas can, filling it and putting it with the others.
A local friend of mine recently posted his notes about creating a set of emergency bags (BOB – 72 Hour Kit) for his family. It’s great to see a friend getting his family so ready, and even better when they can share such excellent information. In his example, I think he does a great job of presenting how he will get his young sons to carry a small part of their own gear, without overtaxing them. I know all younger families like myself worry about how to ‘carry enough’ for the younger children, and this example shows great thought in dealing with that concern. Check out the Lances BOB setup. Several pictures showing all the included gear, in and out of the bags.
This is the second in a series of posts that will go over preparation for a Nuclear Attack. The first can be found here.
Determining YOUR Scenario
In our opening post we provided some background information on what can be expected in the event of a Nuclear Attack. While one isolated Nuclear Incident by terrorists or some other force is what we can hope for, as preppers we must prepare for the worst possible scenario, a real WTSHTF type of event. For this discussion that means a full scale Nuclear Attack perpetrated by at least one foreign country against us. This scenario means multiple bombs hitting us, potentially in the hundreds. After all, if they’re gonna throw one at us, why not unleash them all and finish the job? That’s what we have to assume we’re prepping for.
This is the first in a series of posts that will go over preparation for a Nuclear Attack.
Some of you might be up on this stuff but for the most part, when the Cold War went away so did major fear of nukes and as far as I know, a LOT of the information about a potential nuclear attack and how to prep for it and survive it was forgotten. It seems that a lot of people are almost too scared to actually confront the possibility, better to bury their head in the sand and pretend it just won’t happen than to study it and learn how to be prepared for it.
This will be the first of a couple themed posts around having a “Preparedness Christmas”. With world and U.S. conditions being what they are, if you’re like me the last thing you can stomach right now is the idea of spending a bunch of money on silly toys and other frivolous items that will be either lost or destroyed (and somewhat unappreciated) within a week or so of Christmas. Christmas gift giving is a great time to think about sharing the security and comfort of being prepared with the rest of your family.
In an effort to help recognize some of the great preparedness bloggers out there, and help people find some of the other great resources on the web, I’d love to introduce folks to a blogger I’ve been reading for a while now. Riverwalker maintains a couple of blogs himself, the Stealth Survival, and Riverwalker’s Survival Gear.
Riverwalker has a great way of presenting very useful information in an appealing, direct manner. He’s also been great at helping other preparedness bloggers get their start, and get connected to other folks. Please take some time and read up on what he’s already published. A lot of nice, simple, to the point posts that will go far in helping anyone be ready for any kind of emergency.
A few recent topics of interest from his blogs:
In the recent Costco mailer, some friends and I all noticed that a “72-hour” kit that Costco carries had a limited time online discount available. The $60 kit was/is available for a limited time for $40 with shipping (Costco 72 hour kit sale), so I decided to check it out. One more 72 hour kit could be good for my family, and if it was nice, would make a great gift to give to some family members and friends.
The kit is all self-contained in a 2.5 gallon bucket, that has a nice airtight seal (gasket lined-lid), but has the one-time use strip around the edge, so you know if it’s been opened. The bucket of course will still reseal, but
with the thinner lip that’s left after the protective strip is removed. So you don’t need a bucket tool to open this thing, but you will need some kind of knife or tool to release the first seal. I had to cut that part open. The bucket itself contains a listing of contents, as well as basic nutritional information for the food inside, which is nice to have available. However for this review I wanted to actually get my hands on what was inside, to see the quality, etc.
Just passing along a link I got from amazon for one of their black friday deals. A Leatherman Micra for just over half off. $12.99. Obviously this is a limited time deal from them.
These are handy little tools for your EDC, and a great stocking stuffer.
EDC = Every Day Carry
What’s in your pocket, bag, desk, or any other place. Every Day Carry is about what you have with you for whatever your needs may be. While much of true preparedness means being ready even without tools, we all know that the right tool will make any job easier. Just like that hero of ours, MacGyver (oh, checkout the list of things he solved) we know that a swiss army knife might be just the thing you need in a tough spot.
So whether it’s keeping things related to emergency preparedness, a better way to keep your phone with you, or keeping the tools of the trade (whatever you may do), you can rest well knowing you aren’t the only other one who has wondered what else you might need, or how you can carry it better.
One of my favorite resources with all things EDC related is the aptly-named edcforums.com. This excellent group of people can help open your eyes, and much like a self-help group, bring you to a greater understanding of your desire to load up the bat-belt, and what to load it with. Stop in a check out their information, and get yourself to EDC exactly what you need for your lifestyle.