Tell Someone Where You Are Going Before You Step Outside

Tell Someone Where You Are Going Before You Step Outside

Mrs.J and I have a policy that if either of us are going outside, we let the other know… Why? Because accidents can, and do happen. For example, a fall can easily become debilitating to the extent of not being able to make it back to the house. This becomes especially important if the weather…

2-Way Radios For Pre & Post SHTF Local Communications

2-Way Radios For Pre & Post SHTF Local Communications

(Midland GMRS ‘base’ or ‘mobile’ 2-way radio)   2-way radios (walkie-talkies) do not require a working infrastructure as do cell phones (antenna towers, network service providers, power-grid, a paid service plan). A set of 2-way radios ‘just works’. The only thing a 2-way radio needs is a charged battery. 2-way radios may have their limits…

Smartphone Communications During A Power Outage

Smartphone Communications During A Power Outage

During a regional (or wider) disaster (e.g. major storm) and subsequent power outages, one of the main things that people will be trying to do is communicate with others via their cell phones / smartphones, and searching for information about the event. Back during Hurricane Sandy, many people walked long distances from areas that lost…

An Essential Preparedness Resource: Portable AM Radio

An Essential Preparedness Resource: Portable AM Radio

Not only do I have a general interest in radios, but they are also an asset for emergency preparedness. Although not in the same preparedness categories as food, water, bullets and bandaids ;) , communications (listening-receiving, as well as 2-way comms) could be a vital conduit of critical information. There are some radios that just…

Why Are People Grumpy In Dense Population While Rural Is Friendly?

Why Are People Grumpy In Dense Population While Rural Is Friendly?

Why is it that people who live rural are (generally) more friendly and helpful than people who live in population dense areas? As the population density thickens, it seems as though more and more people have ‘drawn in’ to themselves and are less friendly or helpful to others. Many of them become downright grumpy (or…

Free Speech, The 1st Amendment, And Blog Comments

Free Speech, The 1st Amendment, And Blog Comments

While the internet is largely an openly available place, many people believe that while visiting a website or blog that allows comments – they have a (Constitutional) right to comment and speak their mind as they wish. And if a comment is subsequently removed, that their 1st Amendment rights have been violated. The thing is,…

Keep A Corded Phone If You Have A Land-Line

Keep A Corded Phone If You Have A Land-Line

If you are of a preparedness mindset, and if you still have ‘land-line’ phone service, you really should consider getting your hands on an old-fashioned corded phone that doesn’t have electronics requiring that it be plugged in to power it…

10 Survival Preparedness Reference Books

10 Survival Preparedness Reference Books

The results are in from our poll question of your recommended survival preparedness reference books. (See the results for 10 Survival Novels).  These 10 survival reference books received the most votes from our poll results: SAS Survival HandbookNewly updated to reflect the latest in survival knowledge and technology. From basic campcraft and navigation to fear…

RFID Tracking Chip In Your Drivers Licenses and Clothes?

RFID Tracking Chip In Your Drivers Licenses and Clothes?

Image: michigan.gov There is a billion dollar ‘RFID’ industry that probably has tracker ‘bugs’ all around you right now, and you may not even know it… Radio Frequency Identification (RFID): What is it? and Why should I care?