While I can’t help with making the daily grind pleasant, in this article we’re going to explore some things you can do to make sure that the events that happen in and around our cars are less stressful – and that’s a good thing, because less stress = longer lives = more time spent in cars.
All deserve to be considered when we pack our cars with gear and our heads with the skills to mitigate these emergencies.  Keep in mind that these lists are going to be extremely short, as our everyday carry (EDC) structure will take care of quite a few of these problems. There are a few occurrences that will show you the ‘weak points’ in your defensive driving curriculum.
This is going to depend on your level of skill and comfort with working around common automotive problems, but being able to take care of some of these ‘easy fix’ issues will go a long way in getting you out of the Type 2 hold-up and on your way to bigger and better things. By the nature of the “Understanding Emergencies” structure, there is no framework for a “vehicle-specific” Type 3 Emergency.
The third line equipment is generally your backpack and contains the type of equipment you’ll probably not use unless you’re displaced; a benefit of this line of equipment is that it’s easy to pack and keep in your car, and it’s portable in case you have to move away from your vehicle. However, keeping a kit in your car also allows you to quickly move in case of an emergency such as a flood, fire, riots, or earthquakes – all of which could potentially be Type 3 Emergencies. The backpack contains equipment to cook, collect, and purify water, build shelter, and stay warm. Between these two additional resources, you can use your vehicle third-line kit to tailor your mobile third-line to your specific needs, if you find yourself in an emergency. Vehicle-specific equipment: This is the stuff that is carried to keep the vehicle moving for as long as possible over as much terrain as possible.
Augmented equipment: The equipment we can use immediately that will be no great loss if we have to leave it behind.
Keeping yourself fed, especially by the time you realize there’s an emergency, is going to start becoming more and more tricky as the demand for food articles increases. While it’s nice to have some things stuffed in the pantry, having some in your car is a good bet as well.
This applies to both aluminum and plastic containers, and this is speculative on my part, but I don’t trust BPA-free containers either. Layering your equipment in this way will supply you with a fast, reproducible, and modular way to organize and use your kit. It is highly recommended that after reading this article you evaluate your current vehicle preparedness supplies and everyday carry items based on your skills and possible needs.  And regularly check on the condition and quality of your preps stored in your car, as they are subjected to considerably harsher conditions in Summer and Winter while enclosed in your vehicle compared to sitting on a shelf in your garage or home. Great article , BUT If there is an EMP None of this means squat unless you have a vehicle that will still operate . I think the idea above all others is that your survival gear needs to be rotated and fresh. Your article has given me some things to think about for revising my vehicle and Get Home kits, which is something I was going to do this summer anyway. I am going to get the Mainstay bars too because I have heard from others as well that they taste better. You’d never know, running into any of us, that we are prepared to handle all sorts of crazy situations. When they aren’t pushing the kooky extremist stuff or warning of a dangerous survivalist-run-amok, the mainstream media likes to poke fun at preppers. Civil unrest: You need look no further than Ferguson, Missouri to get a glimpse of the kind of havoc civil unrest can wreak on a community. Financial problems:  This is a different kind of disaster, but one many of us can relate to, given the current state of the economy. Preparedness means you’ve taken responsibility for your family no matter what situation arises. Someone who can prepare for and accept reality is much more easily able to adapt to a fluid situation. Although we have the mainstream reputation of being immersed in gloom and doom all the time, there is nothing more optimistic than preparedness. If the songs that make you think of your significant other are sad, with reference to breaking up and getting back together, unsatisfied yearnings, arguments, frustration, anger, and broken hearts, you just might be doing the whole “love” thing wrong.
If you want to be able to peacefully meet challenges and provide for your family without panic, prepping is where it’s at. Maybe the recent news headlines have brought you here, or perhaps a friend who cares about you emailed you a link to this article.
If you never buy a single canned good or bag of pasta for long term food storage, please store water. A full month’s supply of drinking water for a family of 4 is approximately $150, give or take a little, depending on the prices in your area. Once you have water stored, consider adding filtration devices, secondary water sources, and water harvesting to your preparedness endeavors. Keep in mind when building your emergency food supply that you might not have electricity during some disasters. A great starting point for someone who is just getting started on a preparedness journey is prepping specifically for a two-week power outage.
It’s an unfortunate fact that disaster situations bring out the worst in many people. The best way to win a fight is to avoid getting into that fight in the first place. Secure your home and lay low, but be prepared if trouble comes to visit. Don’t answer the door.  Many home invasions start with an innocent-seeming knock at the door to gain access to your house. Be armed and know how to use your weapon of choice.  When the door of your home is breached, you can be pretty sure the people coming in are not there to make friendly conversation over a nice cup of tea.
Plan an escape route.  If the odds are against you, devise a way to get your family to safety. A common cause of illness, and even death, during a down-grid situation is lack of sanitation. If you are on a septic system, with no risk of the toilet backing up into the house, simply store some water for flushing in the bathroom.
If this is not an option, another solution is to stock up on extremely heavy duty garbage bags (like the kind that contractors use at construction sites) and kitty litter. If your power outage takes place in the winter and you live in a colder climate, heat is another necessity. It’s important to have a basic first aid kit on hand at all times, but particularly in the event of an emergency. In light of the current panic over Ebola, pandemic preparedness may be the very reason you’re reading this article and considering taking the leap. Please feel free to share any information from this site in part or in full, leaving all links intact, giving credit to the author and including a link to this website and the following bio.
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The same arguments that you have made could translate to most AR platforms when comparing them to any of these takedowns and the defensive limitations of the .22LR. The mini 30 is a nice platform, but given the choice I’d rather have the mini 14 because of the ability to shoot the same ammo than an AR15 fires. I am not a fan of the .223 either but you are entering the realm of personal preference here. In the end, it all boils down to what you need, what you are comfortable with, your budget, and a whole host of other factors that are unique to you. The Henry is a good SHTF rifle just from the stand point of portability… the Ruger is more accurate but heavier and larger. For survival purposes, it may be better to teach kids how to use dental floss and a primitive fishing hook, but that may not suit your timeline or your kids patience.
I’d suggest just getting them a small quality pole instead of some gaudy Hello Kitty thing (no offense if you personally have Hello Kitty survival gear). This is one of those things that kids really like – especially if you can teach them how to use it to start the campfire for your camp. A compass is another very important piece of survival gear, and something that kids like to have. Flashlights are great for walking around but when you’re back in the tent, a lantern is much better. Not only do watches help you tell time and hopefully keep everyone on a schedule so they can be done with what they need to and be where you need them to be at the appropriate time (hopefully), then can be a useful survival item. A knife is one of those cherished things that kids really love and moms really freak out about. Which book you get will depend on the child, their age, and what you’d like them to learn. My goal is to help families to understand how to intelligently protect their family and their way of life against real threats, without all the end-of-the-world doomsday crap. Former Counterintelligence Special Agent, US Army Chief Warrant Officer, and Combat Veteran.
Top 10 best selling prepper gear you should considerOccasionally, I want to let you know which prepper and survival gear is selling better than the rest. My personal go bag contentsThere are a lot of different things you can put on your bug out bag list and there’s not really one list of contents that you should follow. How to communicate when the world goes silentSo if cell phones stopped working, how would you communicate?
Everyday carry (EDC) gear – what I carrySo what do you really need to carry every day? What you need in your bug out bag – a comprehensive lookA bug out bag is critical but what do you put in it? If you would like to include a short snapshot of my article (the preview paragraph) by way of RSS feed with a link to the rest of the article, please feel free to do so, and I thank you if you do. In another video this same guy went on to explain and demonstrate his own personal Ham Radio setup complete with a really nice antenna that was suspended from trees and hidden from view with additional comments about how he would not get his Ham license because he didn’t need to be on any government lists and if TSHTF, the first place they would go would be the Ham operators and take them offline.
This got me to thinking a while back and I really debated whether or not I should be like this guy and be a conscientious objector to the whole notion of licensing and just be a rebel with my antenna hanging in a tree.
Ham Radio operators can still communicate if there is no electric power, satellites or cellular service.
Ham or Amateur radios fall under the control of the FCC and there is a licensing process associated with being able to communicate on the radio. Like my friend above, I had some initial concerns regarding licensing because like any good Prepper, I am concerned with OPSEC.
Like I mentioned above, Ham radio is probably the single best – disaster proof communication method the average person can use. It turns out that two things influenced my decision on whether or not to be a law abiding citizen. The second and more important factor that influenced my decision was the learning curve that is associated with Ham Radio.
So with all that said, I went and took the exam for my Technician level license and passed. I will add some Ham links to the site on our Resources page and will post from time to time on this subject as I learn more.
I would think operating for the shortest amount of time at a mobile location via spread spectrum would be optimal. As Sparky says it will fairly easy to locate any rogue transmissions and jam as they please. I agree with you that if we have a complete collapse, a license will be the least of your worries. I love pathetic immature childish HAM shills, the FCC does not and doesn’t care, no one finds anymore because no one cares because they know the FCC will do nothing, just look at most repeaters out there all over america.
As someone who is just beginning the process of looking into Ham Radio (I will be going the licensed route for this discussion), I was wondering about your comment about the power being down.
For a base station that has its own power supply, the battery backup will work too, but could draw more power at higher wattage. I am still trying to build my system so I hope to write about the process and what I learn as I go. Where you going to learn this tech when the internet is down and local library is being looted?
Plus, if you’re worried about opsec so much, you need to immediately quit using the internet on any computer or phone you own or have regular access to. I understand your belief that the license is a limit, and that’s true during non-SHTF, but during emergencies, ANYONE, ham or not, can operate on any ham band, at any power with any mode. If nothing else, realize you are far more likely to endure localized natural disasters like floods, tornadoes, ice storms and blizzards than any SHTF scenario. Hope you took no offense to any of this, just my opinion and point of view from where I stand. If you’re using this level of PerSec, isn’t your car registered under the name of the trust that owns it? In Europe many preppers are starting to use PMR 446 band radios imported from China to set up a Non Ham comms system for preppers, its looking also very likely we will soon have access to 12 watt SSB CB frequencies unlicenced like the rest of Europe. I find the scenarios of the government looking up addresses of Ham Radio operators so as to confiscate their equipment pretty far fetched among the probabilities, but everybody has their own imaginings.
Most of us hear the word survival kit and assume someone is talking about a bug-out bag or a get-home bag, or any number of different-sized kits out there.
A lot of people, though, aren’t just thinking about end-of-the-world scenarios, but day-to-day preparations. Buying such a kit isn’t a bad idea, but building your own kit is enjoyable and more efficient. Finding your way home is pretty important — or at least knowing which way you are walking is important. The Clever Survivalist Blog is a survival guide devoted to teaching strategies on self-reliance, to seed survival and critical thinking skills in everyone. RVs have some inherent advantages and disadvantages when considered as a BOV.  I wanted to just write some thoughts down about them. Many RVs have basic utilities that are provided by the engine’s power and have a means to plug them into a power receptacle to provide electricity.  So you are living in a home that is designed to steal electricity when it comes down to it, with a built-in generator! I have spent many years learning wilderness survival, military survival, and urban survival.
For someone new to being a Survivalist building your first Bug Out Bag can seem like a big task.
A Bug Out Bag, (also called a BOB, Get Out of Dodge Bag, GOOD, or 72 Hour Bag) is usually designed to get you out of an emergency situation and allow you to survive self-contained for up to 3 days.
To expand your capability or survive longer than a couple of days you will need a water purification system. Obviously you will need a longer term food solution in any type of wide area catastrophe, but for your basic Bug Out Bag backpack meals are a good set up.


Your Bug Out Bag clothes should be similar to what you would pack for a weekend backpacking trip. This list could go on for a while and many people would never dream of leaving their Bug Out Bag without twice that much, but in a pinch that set up could get you by for 3 days.
If you are going to survive for 3 days you are going to need protection from the elements and a warm dry place to sleep. Trying to cover everything you need in your Bug Out Bag First Aid Kit is another article entirely to itself, probably several more. What I will do is recommend that you build your own First Aid Kit instead of buying one of those prepackaged first aid kits that claim to have 1001 things to get you through any emergency. Plus, building your own first aid kit gives you an intimate knowledge of what it contains and how to use it. Basic Gear sounds repetitive (what have I been talking about?) but it is my category for the things you absolutely cannot live without but don’t really fit well into another category. Survival Knife – The most used and most versatile tool in your Bug Out Bag is your survival knife. The fact of the matter is you are might be dealing with a “Without Rule of Law” situation, or close to it, and people are likely to do crazy things.
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BRING ENOUGH GUN The Springfield Armory® M1ATM is the world standard, based on the legendary M14. We can apply these same templates to our vehicles, to make the most unpleasant moments on the road a little more manageable.
That’s okay, though, because these challenges still fall into our previously established categories of emergency “types.” In doing this, we can maintain some consistency, while only modifying our metric of how protracted the event is. These happen in the blink of an eye and produce an overwhelming amount of pandemonium – and then they’re over.
Your ability to manipulate things like your seatbelt or clutch are likely to suffer, so it’s important to make sure you have a mental outline of what you’re going to do, and practice it. Note: This allows you to keep the vehicle running, in case you need to move again quickly, and minimizes the chances that the vehicle won’t start again if you’ve been in a collision. There’s really not much about a flat tire that’s intense, and it’s usually resolved in a matter of hours. These are core proficiencies that will keep you alive; the notion is that with these supplies, I can scavenge for food and collect what I need from the environment. Our vehicles can carry more than we can, but we can maneuver in places our vehicles cannot. This is the “get home” equipment that you could live off for several days without any scavenging or energy-intensive labor.  Of all your equipment, the third-line setup is the easiest to exaggerat, and make unappealing to carry.
I don’t care if it’s from a Boy Scout – learn how to start a fire, collect and purify your water, and build a decent shelter.
If you’re in Alaska, you should probably not try to survive with just a Mylar bag and extra set of socks.
In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, for example, looting cleared the shelves of anything potable and palatable in short order.
Water is a bit trickier, as not all plastics are food-grade, and in thermal extremes, you begin to get leaching where the container actually starts depositing chemicals into your Dihydrogen Monoxide. For this reason, I restock my water out of my home each day, and carry my water containers to and from. This way, if there is an emergency, I can ditch the contents of my typical carry bag (books, etc.) and grab the necessities. I picked the Mainstay as the lemon flavor was better for me than the coconut of the Datrex but I’m sure either will work just fine.
The ideas expressed on this site are solely the opinions of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the opinions of anyone else. They prep not only for themselves, but for their daughters, sons-in-law, and grandchildren. I’m a single mom, with one daughter away at college on an academic scholarship and another daughter in high school. What would you do if the primary breadwinner in your family suffered a job loss or a serious illness that made them unable to work? Just this year, three communities have suddenly had water crises that left shelves cleared. I recommend the refillable 5 gallon water jugs for thisAs well, fill empty containers with tap water that can be safely used for pets, for flushing, and for cleaning and hygiene purposes. Because of this, even if you stay safely at home, you could be called upon to defend your property or family.
There’s no need for people walking past to be able to see what you have or to do reconnaissance on how many people are present.
Sometimes criminals use an animal in distress to get a homeowner to open the door for them.
If the worst happens and your home is breached, you need to have a room into which family members can escape. Remember that sometimes power supplies are lost during a variety of situations, so keep the potential for a down-grid situation in mind when preparing. All I need is an email address, and a link to the newest articles will come right to your inbox.
The ideas expressed on this site are solely the opinions of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the opinions of sponsors or firms affiliated with the author(s). It does have a folding stock , one thing that I do is put it in a fishing rod tube , people see that and dont freak out ( or snitch ) made sure it has a big Zebco emblem on it as well as other fishing stickers .
The British have been trying to get us to switch to the 8mm , which is a far superior round for years .
When your talking about walking away OR back home, weight x distance x whatever your comfortable shooting x will it feed me? Your kids may not be the right age for my examples (I didn’t want to make this a list of 132 items) or they might just not be in the cool group.
Get them a real pole and spend your time teaching them how to use it, and then focus on teaching them how to fabricate stuff out of nothing.
If you marry them up with a treasure hunt or kind of game, you can keep them busy for hours. There’s just something that resonates with kids when you can hit something and sparks come out. If you can keep them from driving you nuts by whistling in the house with it, you need to get them one.
The problem is that most lanterns are bulky and heavy if they last a while due to the huge batteries etc for anything bright enough to be useful.
Something like the Timex Expedition is very inexpensive, good quality, has an indiglo light so they can read it at night, and can be used to figure out North during the day.
They’re also very useful to keep in touch if your camp area is a good distance away from your latrine area (which it should be) or if you have several tents or camp areas that your friends and family are using. They make LOTS of models but you don’t have to buy the Holy Grail of Swiss Army knives.
I personally use a couple of Fozzils Bowls in my setup because they weigh close to nothing and pack flat. As a responsible adult, it would also be nice if you could help with their education of the world. Also if you pull the end off it has a small compartment for tinder also comes with a small cotton ball to make a quick fire. I grew up in the woods and spent a lifetime in various environments from deserts to jungles to politically-sensitive urban environments, and I'm here to tell you what I know. Each item in your kit will depend on your skill set and what you’re trying to prepare for.
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After a lot of thought and some research I decided to pull the trigger and get my Ham license and I want to explain why and discuss why you might want to do the same.
Ham Radio is also known as Amateur Radio and is a network of radio communications that rely on antennas and individual pieces of equipment to communicate using radio waves.
That is the primary reason they are the go-to method of communication for preppers as well as emergency response teams in virtually every large city. In order to speak on the air legally, you must first obtain your Technician level license and a call sign from the FCC.
Even if I wasn’t into prepping, I wouldn’t want my name and address posted anywhere that someone could easily access it and part of communicating on Ham Radio is that you are required to give your call sign.
I could either get my license and put my name and address out there for everyone to see or I could simply buy the radio equipment and use it illegally. Getting started is pretty simple and once I had a radio, I was listening in on channels fairly quickly, but there is so much you can do that is outside of dialing through some frequencies. Now, as soon as the Government opens back up, and the backlog clears I will have a call sign and my name will start appearing in those databases. I think if you are seriously considering how you could communicate in a grid-down environment, HAM radio deserves a close look. I haven’t really thought about Ham as barter though, but that does make perfect sense.
Unless I am mistaken, the two most common models only have UHF and VHF bands and those are covered under the FCC guidelines for the amateur service. The FCC routinely runs locator vans around the countyside looking for illegal traffic and the fines can be stiff, just ask some of the businesses that get caught without licenses.
I got mine now to practice though so that if anything does happen I’ll already know how to use my equipment and will have made contacts I know and trust.
And if you’re a licensed ham you will have the skills and equipment to help your friends, neighbors and community. These 2 m 70cm 5 watt hand sets from the likes of Baofeng and THT have been a boon for us over the other side of the pond, especially as those same sets also have the PMR 446 bands installed as standard. They are a pain to program manually, but with Chirp its a breeze and I just copy the configuration to all my units in a second. Most of us hopefully will never have to worry about the 1% chance that our most ominous thoughts present, but you never know.
A simple google search of their call sign points me to most of the websites and forums to which they have accounts. These smaller survival situations occur much more often than a widespread disaster situation, like Hurricane Katrina.
Sure, your get-home bag would be great if you were in a car accident, and that’s what it’s intended for. A good SureFire 1 inch flashlight loaded with batteries is probably one of the best lights you can get. The Brigade Quartermaster mini survival compass is about the size of a quarter and about as thick as a dollar’s worth of quarters. Water purification tablets are small and at least a dozen can be stored in your tin can with plenty of room for everything else.
And when they need clean water, elite soldiers are choosing the Paratroopers Water Purifier -- the smallest, lightest, and most durable water purifier on earth! Everybody you read about has been tweaking theirs for months or even years and has a pile of gear built up. A lot of people plan their Bug Out Bag to sustain them for much longer than that, but there is always a limit to what you can carry on your back and a 3 day target is a good place to start.
While some are ok, in my experience these types of kits are usually filled with a lot of stuff you are unlikely to need and not enough of the things you will probably need a lot of. How many people buy one of those pre-made set ups and just assume they are prepared because there’s so much crap in it there must be what I need? Many survivalists will not like this list because it is not exhaustive by any means, but again I will say: It will be enough to get you by for a couple of days. Also something as simple as a big walking stick or club can be a strong deterrent for bad guys.
Car accidents take on a variety of levels of severity, but we can easily say that if you’re in a car accident, the accident doesn’t “last” for hours (even if the impacts do). But, there are things you can do to prepare during the intermittent 12-year stretch of life that you’re going to be spending on the road, just in case you’re away from home and something significant happens.
It’s also the most dependent on your level of skill and savvy with packing energy-dense foods, lightweight equipment, and water. We can go over individual kits for your vehicle here, or if you want to tailor a specific set of equipment to your circumstances, here. With that said, I still keep all the 1st, 2nd and 3rd necessity items in my bags at all times – so I have a bare minimum of equipment even if I’m walking around campus, grabbing lunch, or hiking.
The author may or may not have a financial interest in any company or advertiser referenced. But most of the time, you’d never realize someone was a prepper unless they came right out and told you. Earthquakes can cause structural damage, close down roads, cause power outages, and taint both municipal and well water supplies. They can use these supplies to control you by requiring certain actions from you before you are allowed to have your rations doled out. Shouldn’t thoughts of that special someone make you more prone to goofy smiles and a warm glow than to melancholy longing or the urge to gleefully burn all of their belongings in a great pile in the front yard?
Focus on nutrient-dense foods for good health and energy no matter what’s going on in the world around you.
Fortunately, it’s one of the easiest things to plan for, as well as one of the least expensive. While there ARE some curmudgeonly folks out there, most are delighted to answer questions and help you on your way. You can easily get them to play games to record what kind of plants they see, different birds, map the campground, and all sorts of things. It also comes with a lanyard that keeps the two halves together so they don’t lose half of it.
The Storm Safety Whistle I use in my kit is a great choice for them because it’s stupid loud and the one I linked to has a lanyard with it so they can wear it around their neck.


I was lucky enough that MPOWERD sent me one to do a review of their inflatable solar Luci lantern, which pretty much solves all of that.
Because it can reach those frequencies, you can even use them to listen to the NOAA weather channels.
Just make sure you get a self-standing tent or you’ll constantly be fiddling with it. HotHands has a pack of 10, 40, or 80 that warm up by just opening them up and they last up to 10 hours long. This is currently the list of the top 10 best-selling prepper and survival gear items, along with an explanation for each. Here’s what Graywolf from Graywolf Survival carries and why, as well as some suggestions on how to plan your EDC kit.
In this video he proceeded to show how you could look up any Ham radio license holders address from several different websites. Ham Radio has many strengths but chief among them for Preppers is its ability to be counted on in a disaster. With the right equipment, Ham operators can talk to people in other countries using technology that was around in the early 1900s. Your name and information will be listed in at least one public database and this information is freely accessible to anyone who wants to look.
Anyone you are talking to, or anyone simply listening in can look up your call sign and see where you are from.
The thought process for some people is that if TSHTF, nobody is going to care if you have a license so the latter option is one I considered just like the YouTube guy above. To get around that, I simply purchased a PO Box in a nearby town and used that for my FCC information. To fully take advantage of Ham Radio, I would need to practice and you can’t do that illegally, well without risk that is.
I am looking forward to finally being able to talk on the radio, but more importantly learning about the different frequencies and antennas I can use to communicate to others should our normal method of communications go down. You can listen in on those radios all you want, but if you want to talk on them, you need to legally have a license. They simply allow you to talk without to another person without hearing someone else on the channel. Having a license, you learn where repeaters are in your area, how far you can transmit, you gain friends in the radio community who can help you out in an emergency, you learn the best times of days to broadcast, etc.
Optimally, I will have two 100w solar panels hooked to an inverter to run double duty charging my battery during the day or if my radios are charged, running small appliances (lights, recharging AA and AAA batteries, laptops) etc.
You need an inverter to convert the DC in the batteries to AC for the radio battery charger. Part of being a prepper is being prepared, hard to be prepared if there is nothing available to prepare with…especially at a time when you need it most.
Limits are necessary during non-SHTF to maintain some order and usefulness on the ham bands.
I remember a massive ice storm in Kentucky some years back that took out the vast majority of power in one area (Lexington I think?). I already have three and plan on getting 2 or 3 more the next time I get some milk money saved up.
These small situations can be things like car accidents in the middle of nowhere or hiking and hunting accidents. The personal needs of someone in Florida are going to be different than the needs of someone in Massachusetts or Colorado. One may choose to go with water purifying drops, and their small container is easy to fit in the tin. It’s so small and lightweight you can easily carry it in your pocket or purse, backpack or glove box. It’s hard to know where to start, but if you cover all of the basics in a survival situation you will still be much better off that 99% of the people. It's a dominant force at home and abroad, whether fired in competitive shooting or in active duty by elite military and police units. Establish one for yourself as well, based on your vehicle and your comfort level with the above situations.
In everyday life, the Type 2 Emergency challenges our resourcefulness and our ability to adapt and provide for ourselves. Any action taken as a result of information, analysis, or advertisement on this site is ultimately the responsibility of the reader. These are NOT outrageous Armageddon-style situations, but things that can happen to any of us.
You can’t control the weather or the economy or the actions of an irresponsible industry, but you can be prepared to take care of your family. There should be communications devices in the room so that the person can call for help, as well as a reliable weapon to be used in the event that the safe room is breached.
Plus , you and I both know that most people will get stuck in an urban area no matter how much they say they are a rural. A flashlight is an absolute MUST when camping but is also something they’d use on a daily basis.
I don’t have any really good suggestions for them because it all depends on how much you want to spend and how useful you really want them to be. Also, you can write in important safety information in the journal such as your contact information, the grid coordinates of your camp, etc that they could use if they need to even if they had to find someone to help use it.
The lanyard has a cinch thing on it that contains a whistle too, which is an important piece of survival gear.
Line up 10 of them and see how many directions they show if you want to see just how much they suck.
Clipping some sort of light to them will help you keep track of where they are without having to have bright lights on or around them to spoil the starlight when you finally lean back and enjoy the show.
He did this in response to someone who left very incendiary comments on his blog if memory serves and used this as a lesson in both OPSEC and how it’s bad for the government to have your name on any lists. If some disaster knocks out the cell phone service, emergency communications can be routed through Amateur Radio and you can keep in touch with others in your family, group, region or state pretty easily.
For that reason alone, you should take great care in choosing what you talk about or divulge when you are talking on the Ham bands. Technically you can get on the radio and start talking without a call sign or you could lie, but just because radio waves are invisible, that doesn’t mean you can’t be found. I think of this as a decent trade-off for being able to communicate legally over the radio and besides, it isn’t like my name isn’t in several databases already. In addition, the radio has a removable antenna, which is also banned for FRS and I believe MURS. An example that comes to mind was a lady who placed a heating pad in her dog’s house to keep it warm during a cold snap and they detected some interference to one of their dishes from it.
You’ll have to learn the stuff from wherever, and you may only have minutes to do it in. In a true major SHTF situation, the repeaters they rely on for any real distance will be inoperable pretty quickly (through loss of power, lack of maintenance, commandeered by the gov, theft, etc). The hams provided comm for the power companies, relief orgs and some gov agencies for at least a week or two. Most HAMs I have ran into have an air-of-superiority-know-it-all-move-over-noob attitude that is a major turn off.
A long-lasting and more robust fire-starter is a fire-striker; they work wet, and they aren’t cheap plastic and they don’t run out of fuel. A whistle is cheap and a piece of reflective glass is easy enough to acquire and break until it fits just right.
Between you and your four neighbors, chances are that at least one of the five households will experience a break-in… or worse, a home invasion.
So when we look at these problems, the key point is that these situations (like our “original” Type 2 Emergencies) expose us and increase our likelihood of finding ourselves in a situational Type 1 Emergency (such as being struck by another motorist while changing a tire. But they also go out to the movies, shop at department stores, and let their children go to sleepovers at other kids’ houses. Nearly everyone has experienced one or more of these scenarios, and in each of them, some basic preparedness supplies would have made their lives much easier.
Another chemical spill dumped arsenic into the water in North Carolina.  After Superstorm Sandy, millions of gallons of raw sewage contaminated the water supply.
If you have a stockpile of food, health and beauty supplies, and other basic needs on hand, your limited money can be directed towards keeping a roof over your head instead of meeting your basic day-to-day needs. The family members should be instructed not to come out of that room FOR ANY REASON until you give them the all clear or help has arrived. After a quick inventory and re-organization, you may be pleasantly surprised at how many supplies you actually have on hand. It takes 3 AAA batteries but you can get really inexpensive adapters to put them into an AA charger.
The cool thing about it is that it holds the BBs inside the handle, which is one of those really handy things so you don’t forget where you put them. These LED clip-on lights are really handy for that and can also be very useful to clip onto important items such as backpacks or the entrance to your tent. The ubiquitous walkie-talkies that everyone has are affective at limited ranges, but what about longer distances? There is the GMRS, which has a much higher power limit, but this requires a special GMRS license, which costs like 90 bucks, as a licensed ham, even i’m not allowed to use the GMRS frequencies without paying the 90 bucks (which is crazy I know, they should do away with the crazy fee).
Nobody will be looking up your location on the internet during a major SHTF anyways, because it will be down completely, blocked by the gov, etc. The only anonymous internet usage is via public computers without any video surveillance near them (good luck finding that), or by the most elite of the elite users. There are always scenarios that will require you look out for you and yours first (and maybe only), but the scenarios where we’ll have to come together are far more numerous and likely.
When hunting, you really don’t want to pile gear on yourself; this would make moving quietly nearly impossible. It’s best to separate rope from fishing line; both are built for their own purpose and should be used accordingly when possible. For fun, we like to read and hike, and this year at Christmas, we’re having a Mexican fiesta instead of a turkey. We can’t control whether or not disasters happen, but we can control our response to them. If they sent you to your room and took away your privileges, you didn’t have much recourse.
I personally use rechargeables with a solar panel and AA charger to keep all my stuff going. I purposely chose this one though because it’s quality, cheap, light, and can shoot small rocks for when you run out of ammo. If you are talking on the radio and shouldn’t be, someone can report you, they will find you and the fines from the FCC are steep. As for MURS, like the above radios, Baofeng isn’t certified to use on the above frequencies. If they can locate something as common as this you will have little chance to get away with RF transmissions.
The only way to be sure you understand and are able to use that equipment is to be licensed and use it on at least a semi-regular basis.
I know the wild-west of it can be a bit fun, but the government actually WANTS lots of hams for emergency comms, so they want the ham bands to stay orderly so plenty of people want to use them and be involved.
Storm-proof matches are another option, but are one time use and carrying a lot of them takes up more room than either a lighter or a fire striker. Flashlights like the Photon Micro-Light II are small and powerful for their size; another good option is the Browning Shotgun shell led. Sometimes your area is battered for days, making it unsafe to do anything but ride it out at home. If they replaced a lost or damaged item with one you didn’t actually want or like, well, you were totally at the mercy of their decision. If you have a psychopath running around trying to find you, chances are there are much easier ways of getting to your house. If they want to find me they already know where I am and just because I have a radio now, that won’t be much more motivation to come get me I don’t believe.
The reason they are okay for ham is because, hams are able to use any radio (even a home built one) on ham frequencies, but these frequencies only (except for live saving emergencies, which anybody can use any channel if needed.).
By the way, I’m a prepper and just went ahead and got a license a couple of years ago anyway.
Also keep in mind, about the only people who even know about the FCC database, are ham operators, most of which, appear to be pretty good people. Hardcore preppers are always talking about using and knowing your equipment ahead of time — why should this equipment be any different?
The cotton balls have to have some dry fibers, so you need to keep them from being drenched in jelly. Ask anyone whose home has ever been robbed what if feels like, and they’ll say it feels like they were violated. If they were busy and delayed resolving your problem until they had time, you had no option but to abide by their schedule, waiting until they decided (and if they decided) to help. I would think that if you want the best of both worlds , than a .22 anything is not what you need , although it is better than just a knife .
This is really the best all-around stocking-stuffer gift out there for pretty much everyone on Earth. It’s like having a map and compass in your BOB, but never even trying to use it before you need it. The jelly and cotton balls can be stored in small plastic baggies, or wrapped in saran wrap. They will NOT assume every licensed ham has a bunker full for food, guns and antibiotics, then hunt them down. Because not only do criminals violate what should be your sanctuary from the world and walk away. In my experience, most hams are old, pudgy white guys whose preps amount to some extra cheetos and tomato soup in the pantry.



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