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If you’re planning a cold-climate hike or you may be stranded in colder weather, there are a few very helpful tips and skills that will keep you moving in relative comfort. This article will briefly cover the basic materials you should carry with you when traveling in a cold climate and offer a few hints on what skills you’ll want to arm yourself with if the going gets chilly.

Carry It Along

Whether you’re driving or striking out for an extended hike, there are a few items that could be the difference between suffering from exposure and survival in case of emergency. These include, but aren’t limited to:
  • Water: keep some in bottles in your car or a canteen with a treatment kit with your camping gear.
  • Tinder: matches and an old pill bottle stuffed with dryer lint and sealed in a plastic baggie can be a literal lifesaver.
  • Car Hat: if you live in a very cold climate, keep a blanket, extra pair of gloves, and a warm hat in your trunk.
  • Flairs: again, this works best for car-kits, but in case of emergency, a road flair can provide a guide for any help that may be in the area.
  • Snacks: a few vacuum-sealed snacks never hurt, especially if you’re stranded.
  • Cold climate sleeping bag
  • Survival knife
  • Nesting pots
  • Flashlight
  • First Aid Kit

Skills for Hikers

Along with water, food, and dry tinder, being able to keep your wits about you in the colder climates can save fingers and toes, as well as your life. Be aware of the first signs of frostbite—pinch your fingers and toes to determine nerve activity. Travel specialists from BCMI Mgmt, who encounter many hikers and mountaineers venturing out into the chilly outdoors, recommend always dressing in layers. Start these layers with a lightweight polyester shirt and build outwards, adding sweaters and jackets as needed. Wool will keep you warm, even if it gets wet, but there are a number of other, lightweight synthetic fibers that can be good to carry along, too. Other skills can be life-saving, such as:
  • Fire-building skills
  • Map-reading and interpretation
  • Building a pine-bough mattress
  • Seeking camp sites exposed to sunlight
  • Water purification skills
  • Shelter-building skills
  • Knowledge of hypothermia signs

While you may never be stranded, knowing how to fend for yourself can also enhance intentional cold-climate camping. By educating yourself on traveling lightly while carrying what you’ll need, you can go farther and derive even more enjoyment from your time in nature. It always pays to be informed and prepared, especially in harsh environments where anything can happen.

Emma is a freelance writer living in Boston. When she manages to tear herself away from the computer, she enjoys baking, rock climbing, and film noir.

Author: Shane White
Posted: October 23, 2014, 5:13 pm
Winter season is rolling up quickly and you might be faced with a blizzard or two this winter. Are you prepared and ready to deal with a snowstorm? Check out these five ways to make sure you and your family stay safe during a blizzard.

Assess Your Home Before the Blizzard Hits

Before a blizzard strikes, take some time during nicer weather to inspect your home. Check your roof to make sure there are no loose shingles or damaged areas. Check the gutters to make sure they are secure. Put storm windows or weatherproofing plastic in place over windows. Have boards or plywood ready to put in place over the outside of your windows in case a blizzard brings hurricane force winds.

Do you know what your insurance covers if your home is damaged by a blizzard? Contact your insurance agency if you need a quote for additional homeowners insurance or have questions about the insurance policy you currently have.

Have Your Heat Source Inspected

One of the most important things you will need to stay safe and survive a blizzard is a heat source. You need to make sure your main heat source is ready to go. Call in a HVAC technician to check out your furnace or hire a chimney sweep to make sure your chimney or stovepipes are clean and in order.

Check Your Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Underwriters Insurance Brokers (BC) Ltd recommends testing every smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector in your home before a blizzard hits. If you don't have any, or enough for every level in your home, now is the time to get them. Put fresh batteries in each detector then test them. Take the time to run through fire drills with your family and talk about symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning. Make sure everyone knows what to do in case the unthinkable happens.

While you are checking your smoke detectors, take a look at your fire extinguishers. Find out if they need to be inspected or upgraded then make sure it happens before bad weather hits.

Stock up on Items You Will Need

Make a list of necessities your family would need if you are snowed in. Stock up on non-perishable food items, bottled water, personal hygiene items, and food for your pets. Bring in additional wood or call for additional gas or fuel oil to heat your home before the bad weather starts. Have flashlights and a battery-operated radio on hand in case the electricity goes out.

Stay Home, Don't Go Out

Finally, one of the most important things you can do to ensure your safety during a blizzard is to stay home and don't go outside unless absolutely necessary. Make sure you are well-stocked with food, personal items, and fuel or wood for heat. If you have to go outside, use a rope to tether yourself to your home so you can find your way back.

Planning ahead and being ready for a blizzard can ensure that you and your family stay safe and sound -- inside. Start planning now, before winter starts, and you will be ready for whatever Mother Nature throws your way.

Karleia is a freelance blogger. Away from the office she enjoys scrapbooking and enjoying time with friends and family.

Author: Shane White
Posted: October 21, 2014, 5:12 pm
Foods (cropped) Food safety is one of the things we barely think about. Most of the time we only wash our hands prior to food preparation. But is it enough? According to specialists, it isn't, and other measures should be taken as well. Check this article for more information.

Why cleaning is important in regard to food preparation

It is vital that all equipment which may be in direct contact with food is kept clean and free of viruses. If a contaminant gets on the food to be processed, it may spread onto it, later causing food poisoning. This is not the only reason why one should keep their kitchen clean.

By maintaining your kitchen you will create a nice working environment. In addition, you'll keep cockroaches, flies and other insects away. Not to mention rats.

If you want to protect your family from food poisoning or contamination, you should not only keep your kitchen utensils and surfaces spotless, but also clean your food. Veggies and fruits should be rinsed well with cold water before consumption. Physicians advise that your soak them in water for about half an hour or so to enable pesticides to get out. Some produce can also be cleaned with vinegar. Just spray a mixture of one part vinegar and three parts of water on fruit and vegetables and rinse well.

In addition, remember to wash your hands well with soap before you start cooking.

What to disinfect

What areas should you disinfect before you start cooking? Every surface that your hands or food are going to be in direct contact with during cooking will need to be disinfected. This includes:
  • Light switches
  • Fridge and door handles
  • Knives and other utensils
  • Chopping boards, slicers and other work surfaces
  • Sink, countertops
Why is sanitising crucial? Most of the time washing is not enough. See, washing removes soil which is easy to see. But there are a number of bacteria that are not visible and should be removed. This can be achieved by sanitation or disinfection.

Paper towels or rags?

According to Global Hygiene Council, a number of bacteria can be found on a cleaning cloth or rag. They conducted a survey, which revealed not surprising but still rather shocking news – many domestic rags and cloths contained E.coli. The ironies of life: homeowners use towels and cloths to clean but unfortunately they only achieve the opposite effect and put their health at risk.

Luckily, there is an alternative to rags and cloths, but it is a bit more expensive. For example, you can use disposable wipes or paper towels. If you find this option too costly, you can just use a sanitiser. Make sure you disinfect all the cloths you use in cleaning every day. Also, think about whether you store them properly. Be sure to sanitise the surfaces they come in contact with. Yet, to clean a surface where food is going to be consumed you'd better use paper towels.

What disinfectants to use

There are to main types of disinfectants to use to sanitise surfaces: Quats (Quaternary Ammonium Compounds) and Hypochlorites (Chlorine based disinfectants). The former are very powerful. They may be the perfect disinfectant-cleaner because they are non-corrosive and don't have a bad odour. They are also very widely available. The latter are very common too. They are cost-effective and very efficient. One of the so called Hypochlorites is bleach, which is again widely used in the household.

When it comes to using sanitisers, you should keep in mind that some of them may need to be diluted. The reason for this is that some chemicals are very concentrated. Always check the label for instructions on just how much water to use, or the product will not be effective.

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Author: Shane White
Posted: October 16, 2014, 5:27 pm
Ebola is a scary word for a lot of people. We worry that we might catch it and if we do that we might die from it. It is a very real threat.

There is no vaccine for it yet but there are things you can do to help avoid it. Some of them are rather simple and others are a little more complicated. It would be a good idea to do what you can to keep yourself and your family safe.

By: CDC Global

The first thing you want to do is avoid the bodily fluids of anyone that has it. This is probably the easiest thing to do unless you have a family member that has it. You would also want to avoid direct contact with anyone who has died from it.

Unless you do have a family member with Ebola or you are a medical worker you probably won't have to worry about coming into contact with anyone who has it for the time being. This could always change in the future so it is important to remember how to stay safe.

Another thing you can do is to avoid wild animals and wild animal meat. They can be carriers and you just can't be too careful with that. The animals you should most likely stay away from are monkeys, forest antelope, porcupines, pigs and fruit bats. All of these animals can carry the disease.

It is also very important that you know the symptoms of Ebola. Once you do you will know if you should go to the doctor or not. You want to be very careful about it because you don't want to assume it is nothing when you really could be carrying the disease.

This is especially important if you have traveled to an area with Ebola. It might even be a good idea to talk to your doctor about it even if you don't have any symptoms. It would be good for them to know that you have been somewhere it was possible to get.

By following these tips you will be helping lower the chance that you will get the disease. You want to be on guard about it because if you do get it you could be in for a long road. It can be scary because a lot of people don't understand it yet and it seems like such a strange disease.

If you have a loved one who has gotten it, make sure you listen to the doctor about what to do. They will know the best way to keep you safe and you need to follow their orders. You don't want to do anything that could increase the chances that you or another person could get it.

Try not to worry too much if you have not been in contact with anyone who has it. Most people will not get the disease and most likely you will not get it either as long as you follow these guidelines.

Aria Meyer is a freelance write and an active blogger. She writes mainly about fashion and technology, but she also writes about other topics too. She is currently working with several ecommerce websites to help them with content. Aria got her Bachelor Degree from Cal State Long Beach and currently living in Walnut, CA. Right now, she is working closely with EMedItems to help them grow the marketing department.

Author: Shane White
Posted: October 15, 2014, 5:17 pm
If you’ve just moved near a coast, you know hurricanes come with the territory. But you might not know what you need to do to prepare for the storms. Here is a beginner’s overview of home hurricane preparation.

Start with the Outside

During a hurricane, your home is going to be hit with strong winds and any debris those winds are flinging around. If your windows get penetrated, the winds will be able to enter your home and cause structural damage (like blowing the roof off). There are two main ways to keep from losing your windows.

Storm shutters are your first option. Shutters typically come in metal or plywood varieties. According to USA Today, wooden shutters should be made of marine plywood at least ¾” thick, and need to be cut to fit each window. Remember, the time to install these shutters is before the hurricane is upon you!

Your next option is to install laminated glass or plastic glazed windows. These impact windows, like the windows sold at Storm Shield LLC in Cape Coral, FL, are specially manufactured to be able to withstand the impact of flying debris without shattering. The strength of the windows will also protect your home from burglars once the storm has passed.

Doors, including garage doors, are also weak points on the exterior of your home. Make sure you install doors that can withstand strong winds and torrents of rain.

Don’t Forget the Yard

Part of preparing your home for a hurricane is making sure nothing around it will pose a threat. Here are some precautionary measures to take with your yard:
  • Trim any dead or week tree branches and/or trees. Consider removing large trees that are growing near your home or cars if you think they might get knocked over. Do this at the beginning of hurricane season every year.
  • Put in the garage anything that can be picked up by 100-mile-an-hour winds. This includes garbage cans, patio furniture, lawn decorations, toys, and so on.
  • At the beginning of hurricane season, consider replacing gravel or rock landscaping features with shredded bark or other materials that won’t damage your home if picked up by the wind.
  • Consider installing a chain link fence (also called “hurricane fence,” and for good reason). Since wind can blow through a chain link fence, it is less likely to fall over or be picked up and slammed into your home.
  • You may want to also install a hurricane-proof mailbox.

Inside Your Home

Once the exterior of your home has been fortified, it’s time to turn your attention to the inside. Inside preparations will focus mostly on sustaining you and your family while you are waiting out a storm. Load up on emergency preparedness supplies like drinking water, food storage, clean clothing, and a grab bag in case you have to evacuate.

Here are some of the things to put in your grab bag:
  • important documents including birth certificates, marriage license, social security cards, insurance policies, and so on
  • a change of clothing—including a warm jacket and undergarments
  • personal hygiene items
  • food and drinking water
  • a flashlight
  • first aid supplies
  • cash and ID cards
  • emergency blanket and poncho

Plan for a lack of power while you are waiting out a hurricane. Make sure you have plenty of flashlights with extra batteries. Also stock up on drinking water just in case you lose access to running water. Even if you have shutters and/or impact resistant windows, stay in a room that has no windows to avoid injury if your windows shatter. Move important belongings to the upper levels of your home to avoid damage from potential flooding.

Hurricanes are a force of nature not to be reckoned with. However if you live near a coast, you have no choice. Increase your home’s chances of surviving a hurricane by following these tips.

Meghan is a freelance writer from Oklahoma. She enjoys being in the outdoors and exploring new opportunities whenever they arise as well as researching new topics to expand her horizons.

Author: Shane White
Posted: October 9, 2014, 5:19 pm
No homeowner knows if an intruder or robber could break in and take everything. Fortunately, technology has advanced significantly in the fields of home and business security. You can buy a complete security system at an affordable rate every month. Take the right steps to ensure that your house is prepared for the unexpected.


There are plenty of outdoor security lights found in stores like Home Depot and more. Choose from LED, flood and motion sensor fixtures that are easy to have installed. It is never to leave the front or back yard in complete darkness. You can buy energy efficient flood lights that activate only when motion is detected or switch to accent lights.

Security Systems

Research the different types of security systems out there. Look at ones specially made to prevent fires, burglars and trespassers. You can buy the most modern technologies that only allow you to type a few codes into an electronic panel. There is a system that fits every budget and personal safety need. You can even get a 24 hour monitoring team that looks after your belongings whenever you are sleeping or away on business.


Many locks are not tested thoroughly and do not offer the right amount of protection. It is easy to pick most locks on the market nowadays. Kicking in the door is easy if your lock is flimsy. Most homeowners use deadbolts to provide top security, but many different options are available. There are quality lock products and services provided by companies like Affordable Lock Services Inc., an Aurora locksmith.

Fire Prevention Equipment

You need fire extinguishers, smoke detectors and fire blankets to prevent your house from crumbling to fire. If you have an extinguisher, everyone in the house should know how to use it. If you have a fire blanket, keep it close to common sources of fire like ovens. It is necessary to replace the batteries in the smoke detector every now and then. The U.S. Fire Administration provides many tips about ways to avoid a fire disaster.

Prepare for your home and sanctuary, from the worst. Protect your financial assets because everything could be gone in a flash. A fire takes a few minutes to spread, and a burglar takes less than 30 minutes to operate. The last thing you want is an insurance claim agent visiting your house. Follow these simple tips to stay alert as a property owner.

Savannah Coulsen is a freelance writer. She lives in Raleigh. Savannah loves to read and write and she hopes to write a novel someday. Savannah also loves learning and is a self-proclaimed health guru.

Author: Shane White
Posted: October 6, 2014, 5:19 pm
This October, we have decided to give away a couple of first aid kits. Two Adventure First Aid Kits by Adventure Medical Kits to be exact.

This First Aid Kit includes quite a few of the first aid items that you will need in a bag sized that will fit in your Bug Out Bag easily.

First Aid Kit

A Typical Kit Includes:
  • 16 - Bandage, Adhesive, Fabric, 1" x 3"
  • 1 - Bandage, Adhesive, Fabric, 2" x 4.5"
  • 4 - Bandage, Adhesive, Fabric, Knuckle
  • 12 - Bandage, Adhesive, Plastic, 3/8" x 1 1/2"
  • 4 - Bandage, Butterfly Closure
  • 4 - Dressing, Gauze, Sterile, 4" x 4", Pkg./2
  • 4 - Dressing, Gauze, Sterile, 2" x 2", Pkg./2
  • 4 - Dressing, Gauze, Sterile, 3" x 3", Pkg./2
  • 2 - Dressing, Non-Adherent, Sterlie, 2" x 3"
  • 1 - Gloves, Nitrile (Pair), Hand Wipe
  • 1 - Trauma Pad, 5" x 9"
  • 1 - Moleskin, Pre-Cut & Shaped (11 pieces)
  • 1 - Bandage, Elastic with Clips, 2"
  • 1 - Cold Pack
  • 2 - Safety Pins
  • 1 - Scissors, Bandage with Blunt Tip
  • 1 - Splinter Picker/Tick Remover Forceps
  • 2 - Thermometer, Disposable
  • 1 - Caring for Children in the Outdoors Manual
  • 3 - Acetaminophen (500 mg), Pkg./2
  • 3 - Antihistamine (Diphenhydramine 25 mg)
  • 3 - Ibuprofen (200 mg), Pkg./2
  • 1 - Aspirin (325 mg), Pkg./2
  • 1 - After Bite® Insect Relief
  • 12 - Antiseptic Wipe
  • 2 - Cotton Tip Applicator, Pkg./2
  • 1 - Tape, 1/2" x 10 Yards
  • 4 - Triple Antibiotic Ointment, Single Use

All you need to do is use the Rafflecopter tool below to enter. You can tweet about this giveaway or another link on this blog, follow us on Twitter, "like" us on Facebook, share us at your favorite social network, or follow this blog. Easy as that. On November 1st we will select the winners.

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Author: Shane White
Posted: October 1, 2014, 5:00 am
Obviously, there is never a good time for your vehicle to break down, but having it occur after dark is just adding to your misery. At that point you are introducing the extra issues of visibility by other vehicles so you don't get hit, personal visibility if you are forced to walk to a roadside call box or work on your car to get it running again, and the decrease in traffic at night, particularly on the lesser-used roads, so your chances of getting help are diminished. If you remain calm and follow a few simple guidelines, you will dramatically increase your chances of successfully dealing with this major inconvenience.

Get Out Of the Traffic Flow

If your vehicle begins to die or you get a flat tire while on a major highway, try to make it to an the next exit; if you are on a smaller road, try to work your way to the breakdown lane or the right shoulder of the road. If you are unable to get off the roadway, do not leave your vehicle.

Stay Visible

Turn on your emergency flashers as soon as possible. To increase your visibility after dark, turn on your interior lights, too. If you have a white piece of cloth or a piece of white paper, roll down the driver's side window and hang it out, rolling the window up to keep it secured in place.

Call For Assistance

If you have a usable signal, use your cell phone to call for help. A towing service like Mike's Auto Towing should be able to respond to your call in a matter of minutes. If you need to use a roadside call box and there is one nearby, use extreme caution when walking along the road and never cross a multi-lane highway at night.

Remain Well Clear of the Highway

If you need to change a tire, for instance, make certain there is no chance of being hit by a passing vehicle while you are working on it.

Personal Safety Comes First

If someone stops and offers assistance, roll down your window only a small amount and ask them to contact the nearest authorities, whether it's local police, county sheriff, or the highway patrol.

Having your vehicle break down at night can be unnerving, but most roads of any size are patrolled regularly by law enforcement personnel, so just be patient. Help will come.

Karleia is a freelance blogger. Away from the office she enjoys scrapbooking and enjoying time with friends and family.

Author: Shane White
Posted: September 29, 2014, 5:24 pm
What would you do if a massive earthquake hit your city, knocking out the power, destroying water lines, and damaging most buildings? Would you have what you need to survive? Here are 6 things to get right now so you and your family can survive any kind of disaster.

  1. Drinking Water

    If a disaster were to knock out or pollute our running water, people with their own drinking water would have the best chance of surviving.

    According to the CDC, sealed water bottles are the safest and most reliable way to store water for an emergency. You can also store water in barrels or water storage containers, both of which can be found at either camping stores or emergency preparedness outlets. Make sure the storage container is sterilized before filling it with water. Also be sure that the water you put in the container is clean.

    In addition to storing drinking water, also consider water filtration options. Camping stores are a great resource to help you find hand pumps or purification tablets.

  2. A 72-hour Kit

    An emergency kit will mean everything to you during a disaster. It will keep you healthy, safe, and fed until more help can get to you. Here are the items to put in your kit:

    Food and Water
    • protein and/or granola bars
    • trail mix and/or dried fruit
    • crackers and/or cereal
    • canned foods such as tuna, beans, turkey, beef, etc.
    • candy and gum
    • juice boxes/canned juice
    • one change of clothing
    • a jacket
    • undergarments
    • a poncho
    • emergency blanket
    Fuel, Light, and Equipment
    • can opener
    • dishes and utensils (compact camping kits work well)
    • radio
    • batteries
    • flashlight
    • flare
    • candles
    • lighter
    • water-proof matches
    • pen and paper
    • pocket knife
    • rope
    • duct tape
    • small hand shovel
    Personal Supplies
    • first aid kit
    • toiletries
    • hand sanitizer/soap and shampoo
    • medication (prescription and non-prescription)
    • birth certificate
    • marriage certificate
    • will
    • passport
    • other legal documents
    • important contact numbers
    • vaccination and immunization papers
    • insurance policies
    • credit cards
    Update your 72-hour kit every six months to make sure the food and medication are fresh, and the clothes fit. If you have children, it might be wise to add some small toys or games. Each family member should have their own kit.

  3. A Fire Extinguisher

    A fire extinguisher is good to have in a disaster in case the power lines get damaged and pose electrical hazards. They are also important to have in the home to keep an emergency like a kitchen fire from turning into a disaster.

  4. Small Cash

    Having cash in an emergency can help you obtain help or supplies that you or your family members may need. You don’t want to have your cash tied up in large bills, however, or people will be able to take advantage of your desperation.

    For example, if you need alcohol or disinfectant to clean a wound, but you only have a $50 bill, an individual with the disinfectant may see your desperation and charge you all $50 for it. If you have $1 bills to offer, you can avoid being taken advantage of.

  5. A Meeting Place

    Making a plan ahead of time will help you and your family members stay calm in a disaster and know exactly what to do.

    Designate a place your family members will congregate to after a fire, earthquake, or any other event. Phone lines will likely be tied up in the panic of a disaster, so having a meeting spot will help you keep track of all your family members and make sure everyone is OK.

    Hold a family meeting to go through different disaster scenarios and decide what to do. Type up your disaster preparedness plans and distribute them to each family member. Go through the plans regularly so even the youngest child will know exactly how to handle any emergency situation.

  6. Food Storage

    It’s wise to have at least 3 months-worth of food storage. You don’t have to go out and buy 3 months of non-perishable groceries right now. Instead, slowly build up your supply over time. One way to manage a food storage is to stock up on foods you regularly eat—cans of beans, fruit, and soup; noodles; sugar, flour, and rice; and so on.

    Then constantly rotate the food out of storage as you eat through it. When you go to the store, put the new food in storage and eat the food it is replacing. That way the food will always be fresh and ready for a disaster situation.

    Keep your food storage safe from pests with pest control products like Solutions Self Chem as well as with air-tight containers.

Disasters of any form can be terrifying and life changing. Increase your chance of survival and know exactly how to respond by preparing ahead of time. These six things will help your family handle any situation.

Meghan is a freelance writer from Oklahoma. She enjoys being in the outdoors and exploring new opportunities whenever they arise as well as researching new topics to expand her horizons.

Author: Shane White
Posted: September 25, 2014, 5:40 pm
While keeping your family safe is a priority, unfortunate disasters are simply a part of life. Whether it's a weather related event, or a man-made disaster, being prepared means having supplies on hand that will get you through 72 hours, or until the worst has past. Whether it's a self-contained kit or a well-organized closet, it's important to have the following items on hand in the event of a disaster situation.


It's critical to have water for drinking, cooking, and sanitation. For a 72 hour period, 3 gallons per person is an acceptable supply to have on hand. Purification tablets may also be used to treat questionable water sources in the event your secure supply runs out.


Whether it's for cooking or keeping warm, a reliable source of fire is a fundamental necessity during any disaster. Waterproof matches will work even in wet conditions, and disposable lighters are always a good backup.


A 3-day supply of non-perishable foods should be available, or should be a part of your 72 hour survival kit. Since power could be an issue, it's important to stock foods that don't require refrigeration. Canned foods, peanut butter, energy bars, and dried fruits are good examples of what to have on hand in the event of an emergency. Make certain to consider your family's dietary needs, and whether or not you need to feed infants or small children. While this might seem obvious, don't forget a manual can opener and eating utensils.

First Aid Supplies

Homeowners should always have a first aid kit on hand. If you're unsure of what to purchase, most kits are rated for the number of people that may require emergency care. Keep your emergency kit sealed. Purchase a second first aid kit to avoid using your emergency supplies.

Flashlights and Batteries

Keep a fresh supply of batteries and flashlights in your emergency kit. Do not put the batteries in the flashlights until it becomes necessary, as this will ensure a longer battery life.


Having a battery operated radio will help to keep you informed of the conditions as they relate to your emergency. Don't rely on cell phones. You may not be able to keep them charged, and there may be no signal during the emergency.

Most Underwriters Insurance Brokers (BC) Ltd will have a comprehensive list of supplies families should keep on hand in the event of an emergency. Don't forget to mention this list when you're discussing your Vancouver home insurance policy.

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and recent graduate of the University of New Mexico. She writes for many online publications and blogs about home improvements, family, and health. She is an avid hiker, biker and runner. Contact her via twitter @BrookeChaplan.

Author: Shane White
Posted: September 24, 2014, 5:10 pm
A home is more than an investment, it is an essential comfort and a place where people build their lives. There are six things that can quickly damage property regardless of location. Being conscientious of these things will allow homeowners to minimize costly expenses, maintain their homes value over time, and keep their homes looking and feeling great.

DIY Remodeling

Do-it-yourself projects always seem manageable on paper. Seemingly, they require moderate labor and even less cost, when compared to hiring a professional contractor. Unfortunately, even for those ambitious enough to complete a project, they often result in less-than-professional results that can lead to other property damage down the line. The damage could go beyond the property too, and cause injury to those who live in the home. When it comes to remodeling, get the help of professionals to protect your home and your family.


Pets are adorable, but no matter how well they are taken care of, they can quickly cause property damage under a variety of circumstances. Some pets will feel the need to mark their territory all of over your home, causing dangerous odors and bacteria to thrive. Others will scratch the walls and floor, leaving more areas for pests to hide. If you have a pet in the home, take measures to make sure they don't damage the house.

Mice And Other Pests

While there are many pests that can invade your home, one of the most common is mice. They can create a dangerous living situation if not taken care of, so call the experts to be sure they are gone for good. Pests like termites cause structural damage and can go unnoticed without having a property inspected routinely. Some areas have problems with scorpions and spiders. Whatever environment you live in, pest control should be take care of immediately to prevent damage to your home.

Plumbing and Sewer Problems

Some of the most expensive damage to a property can result from plumbing or sewer problems such as blocked toilets, a faulty water heater, under-the-sink pipes and clogged drains. Fortunately, well-maintained systems can help homeowners identify problems early on so that necessary repairs can be initiated and plumbing problems can be remedied before they turn into major structural damage.


Finding mold in a home is troublesome. Exposure to certain types of mold can cause adverse health affects and getting rid of it can prove difficult. If mold is present in significant quantity, a professional service will be needed to get rid of it.


Like mold, weather can also quickly cause damage to property by the sheer force of it. Rapidly spreading wild-fire, floods, hail and lightening, as well as major storms like tornadoes, hurricanes and earthquakes require a disaster-plan in place to help homeowners recover from large levels of residential damage.

Even though there are many things that can quickly damage a property, anticipating them will help individuals and families respond appropriately so that they don't loose their home.

Informational credit to ICE Pest Control and Wildlife Removal.

Anita is a freelance writer from Denver, CO. She enjoys writing about home, family, business and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys spending time with her family and reading a good book when she isn't writing.

Author: Shane White
Posted: September 23, 2014, 5:24 pm
Life can be really hard sometimes, especially on those occasions when we are struck by a natural disaster or some unfortunate accident occurs in our home. In such cases we first think about the safety of our loved ones. Only when the traumatic event seems to have come to its end, we realise that we need to take care of our homes, as well. A lot of people tend to resort to professional cleaning companies for the purpose, but if your budget is limited or you just want to restore the previous lustre of your place by yourself, here are some ideas for homemade products that will help you. Moreover, they consist only of ingredients that can be found in every home.

In the first place, I would like to share with you some recipes for universal cleaners that can be used in practically every room. I guarantee that they are all easy to prepare and are extremely powerful. They will make your home spotlessly clean again, eliminating all traces of destruction and anything that might remind you of the unpleasant accident.

Firstly, you will need equal parts of white vinegar and water. Mix them in a sprayer bottle and your cleaner is ready. It is really suitable for cleaning countertops, floors, exterior surfaces of the toilet, tiles, windows, and many more. If the stains are harder to remove, you can heat the solution in the microwave until it is almost hot. This solution is used a lot from companies who offers deep cleaning solutions.

The next universal cleaner I would like to dwell upon contains the good old baking soda. Mix one cup of it with ¼ cup of Borax. Now you have a creamy non-abrasive product that is strong enough to clean all kinds of dirt.

If you want a special solution for your tiles and grout, you can try this one. You will need ½ cup of baking soda, 1/3 cup of household ammonia, ¼ cup of white vinegar, 7 cups of warm water. Mix in a container of your choice. I highly recommend to put the water first. Another thing that you need to take into consideration is that the solution should not be placed near anything that contains bleach.

In case you want something even more powerful for your windows, you might want to try the following mixture. You will need 1 cup of water, 2 tablespoons of white distilled vinegar, 2 tablespoons of rubbing alcohol, and 1 ½ tablespoons of cornstarch. Mix the ingredients in a spray bottle and your cleaner is ready. Mind you, shake it well every time you use it, for the cornstarch tends to settle on the bottom.

My next suggestion is for your wood laminate. You will need 1 part water, 1 part white vinegar, 1 part 70% rubbing (Isopropyl) alchohol, and a few drops of liquid dishwashing product. Mix the ingredients together and pour in a spray bottle. That is, you will not need a bucket. I guarantee that this product is extremely effective and dries quickly. Moreover, it is generally safe for pets.

And finally, I would like to offer you a solution for dried blood. I really hope that less people would need to clean this particular type of stain, but, unfortunately, those are very likely to occur during a disaster or an emrgency. So if you have dried blood on your upholstery, you might treat it with a mixture of 1 tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent and 2 cups of water.

These are several cleaners that will certainly help you clean all the mess after all kinds of disasters and other emrgencies. They are all made of ingredients that are surely present in every home, which makes them cheaper than those from the stores. But I promise they are equally effective. And remember, what is most important in cases of natural disasters or other types of accidents is not to panic. Only this way you will be able to find the right solution to cope with the problems that follow them.

Written by a writer who wished to remain anonymous.

Author: Shane White
Posted: September 22, 2014, 5:21 pm
A plumbing disaster can happen at any time. They take many forms and can involve everything from basement flooding to wastewater backup. You do not want to be caught unprepared for this type of emergency. You can prepare for a plumbing disaster in five ways.

Install a Sump Pump

A plumbing disaster could occur in the basement. Water from an upper floor could rush through your home and enter you basement. You should install a sump pump if you want to be prepared for a plumbing disaster. This pump will activate automatically if water from a leaking pipe or main starts to fill up your basement.

Elevate Appliances and Electrical Systems

A plumbing disaster could send a few inches of water into a room. This is enough water to damage appliances or electrical lines on the ground. You should elevate your appliances and electrical systems in order to prevent this from happening. Raising appliances just a few inches can prevent damage from rushing water.

Keep Buckets and Cleaning Supplies in an Accessible Location

You want to be able to mitigate potential damage when a plumbing disaster occurs. This is why you should keep buckets, rags, mops and other supplies in an accessible and central location. Keeping these items together will let you get to them fast so that you can start catching water or cleaning up puddles that could damage your floors.

Have the Number for an Emergency Plumber Ready

The single most important way to prepare is to have the name and number of a reliable plumber ready. Get the number for a business like Shorty's Plumbing & Heating Inc with emergency service available. Put the number on the front of a refrigerator or program the number into a cell phone. This will let you call the plumber fast if a plumbing disaster strikes unexpectedly.

Stock Fresh Water

A plumbing disaster could affect the water in your home. There could be wastewater streaming through your pipes and fixtures. You want to stock fresh water just in case this happens. The fresh water will allow everyone to stay hydrated until the problem is fixed. A gallon of water for each person in the home is usually enough.

Preparing for a plumbing disaster means looking at your home and assessing where water could cause damage. You want to take as few risks as possible when preparing. You also want to make sure that you can contact a professional plumber the second you realize a disaster has started.

Karleia is a freelance blogger. Away from the office she enjoys scrapbooking and enjoying time with friends and family.

Author: Shane White
Posted: September 15, 2014, 5:07 pm
good food
Disinfecting food before consumption is a great thing to do. It can ensure that your food is safe to eat. Produce can be contaminated in the soil it's growing or during preparation. If the surface you're preparing your food is contaminated, bacteria will spread on it, making it dangerous for you.

Germs that are found in food include E. coli, salmonella, yeast, listeria, and mould. That's why it is important to disinfect all the food before use. Proper handling of produce can make all bacteria disappear. If you don't know how to disinfect food, check this article. Below QualityCleaning Walworth give a few tips to keeping your food clean and healthy.

How to Disinfect Food

What you need:
  • Cutting board
  • Soap or dish detergent
  • Clean cloth/paper towel
  • Knife
  • Produce brush


Before you handle produce, make sure you wash your hands under warm running water for about 20 seconds. Use dish detergent or soap. Then rinse with cold water all the fresh produce and remove any damages or bruised areas. Use a cutting board and knife to cut any rotten areas.

Even if you intend to peel your produce, don't forget to wash it. Produce with a rough or thick shell should be scrubbed with a produce brush. For example, melons and cucumbers.

Rinse well with cold water. Make sure you remove all dirt and debris, then use a paper towel to dry the fresh food.

When you are ready with this step, wash all utensils, adding a dab of detergent. Scrub well and rinse.

Warnings and Tips:
  • Meat and fish products are disinfected during the cooking process. They need to be processed at a very high temperature.
  • When you are processing food such as raw meat, cooked food and fresh produce on a cutting board, be sure to use separate boards to avoid cross contamination.
  • Store produce and meat separately to avoid cross contamination.
  • Make sure you keep your cutting boards, food storage places and kitchen counters clean and sanitised.

Meat and Eggs

It is a well-known fact that salmonella is found in meat and eggs. This type of bacterium can reside both the inside and outside of eggs. The problem is, it's not visible and eggs seem to be normal. If they are digested lightly cooked or even raw, chances are you spend the next couple of weeks in hospital and under quarantine. That's why it's important to cook eggs well and at the right temperature. Salmonella can be killed at 160 degrees F.

Poultry must be cooked until a temperature of 165 degrees F is reached.

More tips:
  • It is a wise idea to keep eggs in cool places. The best temperature for them is ≤40° F (≤4° C).
  • Do not keep eggs at room temperature.
  • Always make sure you eat eggs right after cooking.
  • People with weakened immune systems, children and elderly people should not consume raw, lightly cooked eggs or undercooked meat.
  • Symptoms of salmonella include: chills, diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, headache, abdominal cramps, blood in the stools. If you notice anything like that, immediately contact your health care provider.

How to Wash your Utensils and Tools

Blender gasket should be hand-washed or, if possible, placed in the dishwasher. Wooden spatula can be either placed in the dishwasher or hand-washed. Use hot water and a dab of detergent, Rub well, rinse and dry. Can opener can be washed in hot soapy water. Remove all the debris carefully, then rinse well with water. You can put it in the dishwasher as well. Before you do, scrub lightly.

Written by a writer who wished to remain anonymous.

Author: Shane White
Posted: September 13, 2014, 3:13 pm
Being a survivalist means being prepared for nearly any contingency possible. Firearms are part of that preparation, whether some of us like it or not. Despite the charming allure of guns and their power over man, they are above all tools, albeit dangerous ones. In a survival situation one may need a varied arsenal of firearms to hunt game, defend their home and practice skills. Much like the great pioneers who once survived for years in the wilds, firearms are something that should be treated with respect. But what makes a good survival gun? In this article we will focus on the handguns available on the market, which may be used in such situations. This list comprises of personal favorites, so it is far from being perfect. I'm sure many of you will disagree with my choices, however one thing remains true in the end: the reasons we love handguns. They are compact, powerful for their size and they are much easier to obtain than most firearms out there. This list focuses on durable and reliable handguns we can use in most situations, working with common ammunition we can find with ease. We begin with a popular law enforcement choice:
  • Sig Sauer P226

    This is a choice for many military and police forces personnel, a very popular handgun around the world as we all know. Its 9mm clip holds 15 rounds, weighing a comfortable 34 ounces when full. You can also find it in .357 and .40 calibers. Retail prices range around $800 to $900, though its quality is something worth paying for.

  • Glock 17

    One of the most popular handguns in the world, larger than the Glock 36, but the most common choice for most law enforcement officers. Weighing 32 ounces and sporting a nice 9x19mm, 17-round clip, it offers reduced recoil and control, becoming a great gun to train beginners. You can find it on the retail market for around $440. You can be sure this gun will be reliable and instantly recognizable to anyone who's ever held a firearm.

  • Springfield XD Service Model

    This service model includes a trigger safety much like the ones in the Glock handguns, offering a familiar feeling when you hold it. It has a beveled magazine well, helping with reload speed of its 16-round magazine. Although it may not be a great precision weapon, it still has mechanical durability and you can still score some tight grouping with the right ammo. Average prices are somewhere around $470 on the retail market.

  • Smith & Wesson .40 M&P

    A polymer-framed .40 caliber light pistol, this gun has a nice and comfortable grip with an equally comfortable grip tang for hand protection. It has a surprisingly low recoil for its caliber and it holds a 15-round clip which offers plenty of ammo. Retail prices are somewhere around $600 for those inclined to buy it.

  • Ruger RedHawk

    A classic, almost Wild West-looking piece with a double-action construction. Made of stainless steel and capable of handling the Magnum load it uses as well as the dangers of the elements. The RedHawk is great for self defense and serving as a back-up weapon. It holds 6 rounds in the .44 Magnum caliber and it weighs around 46 to 54 ounces. Its price varies somewhere around $990 to about $1050.

Written on behalf of: Pimlico home and office removalsHeather Roberts is a freelance guest blogger from London, UK. She has got many published articles on various topics such as cleaning, organizing, home and garden etc. She loves to spend her time with family and friends and she also tries to live an eco-friendly life.

Author: Shane White
Posted: September 10, 2014, 5:14 pm
by Shane White

solar charger

How many times have you left the house to go out where there is not a place to plug in your cell phone or tablet hoping that you had just enough battery life to get by only to find that your device is drained long before you had thought it would be. What's worse, you have to check your email since you are expecting something important. As a blogger, it happens to me far to often. This is why when Sunjack Solar sent me the Sunjack Portable Solar Charger, I was very excited! Never would I be without a charged mobile device again!

After using this product for a few weeks, I have found that this product is even better than I hoped it would be. What makes this awesome is the solar charger and the battery combination. This means that I can charge from the charged battery at night, or the solar panel when the sun is out.

Solar Charger

It has four large solar panels (14W monocrystalline solar) that are each about 6-inches by 9.5-inches and folds neatly into a tablet sized case that you can easily stow away in your glove box or survival bag. It is also a nice light weight.
  • The solar charger has four large solar panels that are around the size of a large tablet.
  • There are two USB outputs on the solar charger assembly so you can charge two devices at the same time.
  • You can charge the battery and charge the device from it or you can charge your device directly.
  • Folds to 6.25-inches by 9.75-inches by 1.75-inches thick.
  • Weighs 2 pounds


This battery is powerful enough to charge any device that can be charged with a USB cable. It had no problem charging my ridiculously huge smartphone. I have a Galaxy Note 3 which is pretty much the biggest smartphone out at the time of this writing. In fact, it can charge my phone several times with one battery charge.
  • Fully charged in about 5-hours with the solar panels in direct sunlight.
  • Can be charged if plugged into a wall outlet.
  • (1) 2 Amp Micro USB input
  • 2 Amps to charge the two USB outputs.
  • The 8,000mAh lithium-polymer battery which can be charged in just a few hours of direct sunlight.
  • This should be good for 1000 charge cycles
  • There are LED power level indicators and an LED light.
Why do you need a solar panel and a charger? Think about it this way. The sun doesn't always shine. At night or in a storm, you have no way to charge your phone if you just have a solar panel. Alternately, if you just have a battery, it will drain after a few uses if not recharged. I suggest using your solar panel to keep your battery charged when it is sunny so you have your battery ready whenever you need it. If you have access to an outlet, you can charge it by plugging it in as well.

Imagine a worst scenario where you are stuck without power for hours. Frustrating isnt it? Now imagine if you power is out for several days. This isnt as uncommon as you think. I have been in several situations like this in my life and read about them almost every week. If you need your phone to reach loved ones or emergency services, you cannot be without your cell phone. Especially in a world where land lines are becoming a thing of the past.

Maybe your car breaks down in the middle of nowhere and your battery is dead from trying to restart it or maybe you are lost in the woods. What do you do then?

With the Sunjack Portable Solar Charger, it will be very difficult to run out of battery power in your mobile devices. I recommend this product to ensure that you are always charged.

Sunjack Solar was initially funded through Kickstarter, which I find cool and has donated many Solar Chargers for humanitarian efforts. They also offer a 20W Solar Charger kit with 2 batteries, and a USB powered Camplight 8 LED bulb which is quite bright (340 lumnens). Be sure to check them out.

Author: Shane White
Posted: September 7, 2014, 5:20 pm
For many, living in a home entirely self-sufficient is a dream come true. As society edges closer to a word of complete sustainability, there are still some modern designs that you need to heavily consider before officially pulling the plug.

Water Collection

You need water to survive and going off the grid means you lose an entire infrastructure designed to provide clean water to your home with the twist of a faucet. One of the most popular answers to this is drilling a well or pulling from a local lake or stream. On top of that, you’ll need to implement a holding system for water you need immediately as well as a pump and filtration system. Rainier climates also employ rain barrels.

Waste Disposal

What comes in must go out, and you definitely do not want the waste accumulating anywhere near your home due to sanitary issues. No matter where you build your home, there will be sewage regulations to comply with that were set in place to protect the environment. The best way is simply a septic tank and drainage field. Kamloops Septic Service does excavating and septic service up in Canada. They would be the first to tell you that a well maintained septic tank means you have a reliable waste disposal system when the worst happens. Also, a new addition is the composting toilet.


You can live without electricity entirely, but many off grid still enjoy the modern day comforts of electronic appliances. Take your electric bills and determine just how much energy you consume in a year. This will kick start exactly how you approach designing the generation. It can be solar, wind fueled or even geothermal. On top of that, you will need a way to store the electricity and have a backup generator in case of failure. Whichever you choose, the best plan is to always go with a variety of sources just in case the sun is covered for a week.


Finally, you want the house to be as energy efficient as possible, and this goes as far as the direction in which you build the house in order to maximize on natural light and heat. Solar orientation and siting of the home are the base of the design. From there, architects then figure out the building envelope and, finally, the systems that need to be put in place to power the home. Before ever sitting down with an architect, really determine the purpose of building such a home to make sure it is tailored to you.

Chaleigh is a writer and photographer that is from NYC. She spends most of her days in front of the computer. When she isn't tapping away on the keyboard, you can find Chaleigh exploring the big city or traveling around the country.

Author: Shane White
Posted: September 5, 2014, 10:27 pm
If somebody was to ask me to define the difference between a truly prepared person and one that just calls himself that, I would say that it's in the way of thinking. A true prepper will know that he/she can never be completely prepared and will recognize that when SHTF it will be a lot different than we imagined it.

It will call for a lot of improvisation, creative thinking and flexibility.

So, why not start developing that mindset right now. What you can to do make that one first step is shift the way of thinking from predicting different scenarios and adding stuff to his BOB to thinking about flexible items that can cover scenarios we can never think of.

Enter multi tool.

Now, I am not here to discover warm water and tell you that a multi tool is one of your BOB essentials. I am here to offer some guidance on how to choose wisely and get the biggest bang for your buck:

Here's what you can expect from this short guide:

  • what's really a multi tool and what you can expect from it
  • what it isn't
  • what to look for in one to get value for your money and get a piece that's just right for preppers
  • just to be specific - I'll share what I have in my 72-hour BOB

  • So, let's dive right in.

What is it?

A multi tool is an essential prepper sidekick. In a survival situation, it can become your best friend.


Because it is so versatile and offers so much chance for improvisation. Anything from simple stuff like opening cans and bottles to more advanced jobs, like fashioning wire snares and traps.

If you've ever been hunting or hiking with a backpack full of blades and tools, you probably know what I'm talking about.

I know that after my first hike with a bunch of metal/tools in my backpack and after that hike ended up with me using my trusted Gerber for 70-80% of the tasks, I was able to shed some serious weight from that backpack for the next hike.

Now, I know that a hike in the Rockies is not doomsday, I am just mentioning this to get my point over.

What is it not?

A multi tool is not a piece that will ever be good enough for you to lose all the tools and blades from your BOB.


Remember, they make these things to fit 10 or 20 pieces in one tool that's usually the size of pliers. So they make compromises.

I know this very well, because the "they" in the previous sentence used to be "us". Yes, I worked in a multitool factory for almost a decade, and I know the industry inside out.

So, it will not replace a good long knife, solid set of scissors (there's a catch here, I'll share it when I get to the part where I tell you about what's in my BOB).

Let us get to the gist - what to look for when choosing a survival multitool

  1. Versatility

    Let me ask you this: "Do you see yourself picking your teeth with a toothpick from your multitool when everybody is running for their lives?" I am guessing NO.

    My point here is that a lot of what goes into a majority of multitools out there is glitter and stars that's there just to sell the product. For a survival situation we are looking for a heavy duty multi tool that will be free of all that fluff and will only include what we really need:
    • sturdy pliers and a wire cutter
    • two well-made blades, regular and serrated
    • a saw
    • regular and phillips in a couple of sizes
    • bottle and can opener
  2. Quality of the materials

    We want something that we can depend on. A piece that will not break or start rusting in a few days.

    Let me be specific - my ideal multitool would be a combination of 420 stainless steel, 154cm stainless steel and titanium.

    Here's why:
    • 420 stainless steel is stronger "by size" that titanium and has very little chromium (12%) that's just right for most tools except the blades
    • 154cm steel for the blades because this holds edge 3 times as long as regular steel
    • titanium for the rest of the tool because it's corrosion resistant
    Looking for red flags on the label:

    If you don't know your stuff, the weak sides of the tool can be right there, in front of your nose, presented as a good thing that sounds expensive.
    • Stay away from "dye coat stainless steel" - this is regular steel dyed to look like stainless steel but will rust before you can cay say: "Oh, look darling, a zombie..."
    • Look for "titanium coated" - this looks oh so nice and shiny, but it's just money from your pocket if you go with it. It will peel under mechanical influence, and you'll be left with whatever is beneath that glitter...
    • This last one is just my two cents, but I stay away from anything that's not made in the USA
  3. Usability

    This one is really simple - just look for something that will be convenient to carry on your belt and that will deploy easily using one hand.

  4. Design and safety

    When I say design here I don't mean something that will match your eyes or look good on your camos.
    I am talking about 2 things:
    • easy to use and deploy (this one ties into the previous entry on the list, one hand deployment of crucial pieces without cutting yourself)
    • safety locks

What I have in my BOB

You remember I mentioned that there's a catch about the scissors.

Well, here it is - since I'm always looking for ways to shed weight and increase the flexibility of everything I have in there, my BOB includes Raptor medical tool. It's probably the only tool out there that features scissors that are as good (if not better) than most standalones.

And my main multi tool is Charge TTi. It doesn't meet all the criteria I listed in "my ideal multi tool" , but it's as close I could get with the pieces on the market today.

I am not saying that these are the best multi tools, they just tie really well into how I planned my BOB.

Final thoughts

I am here as your industry insider to point out what to look for and what to avoid. But what will find it's way into your pocket or BOB is all you. By all means, do your research, read multi tool reviews and choose the best multi tool that suit your specific needs.

If anything of what I said here sticks, neither my time writing this or your time reading it is wasted.

Stay safe and make wise choices

Morry Banes is an avid blogger in the field of multi tools and preparedness.

He is an ex multi tool factory worker and today he is a husband and a father, owns a hardware store in Tigard and he's an editor of where he writes and reviews best multi tools.

Author: Shane White
Posted: September 4, 2014, 1:30 am
by Shane White

The folks at Montie Gear gave me the opportunity to review this cool slingshot. The Y-Shot Slingshot. At first glance, it looks pretty ordinary, but the more I look at it the more I like it.

This slingshot is capable of firing up to half inch steel balls up to 150 feet per second. It is made with a half inch water jet cut aluminum frame and is wrapped with 550 paracord. It uses a TheraBand Gold band with 16 pounds pull weight. It is also the perfect size and shape to cram into your already packed bug-out bag. Let me tell you about more of its features.


The most important part of a slingshot in my mind it the handle. The handle of the Y-Shot is wrapped with 550 paracord. I can't tell you how much, since I figured that I would never rewrap it as nicely as they did. The paracord wrapping makes this slingshot very easy to handle (no pun intended). Montie Gear also has a wrist rest accessory that you can get with some slingshot kits or as an optional accessory. I didn't get a chance to try this out but I will try to get one in the future for mine.


Seriously...these people have everything a slingshot could ever need! They have iron and fiber optic sites, arrow kits, replacement bands, double bands (increases pull weight to 35 pounds), slingshot holsters, magnetic ammo holsters, thumbscrews (if you like to take it apart without tools), and various sizes and types of slingshot ammo.


If you like your slingshot a certain way, they can deliver. Here are some of the ways you can get yours:
  • Frame Colors: There are three at the time of this review. Black Powder (what I got), Clear Annodize (metalic), and Pink if you prefer a pretty one (pink costs a bit more though).
  • Wrap Colors: You can always rewrap with any color or style paracord you like, but the colors of the 550 paracord you can order it with are Digital Desert Camo, Digital Woodland Camo, Black, Pink, Safety Orange, and Zombie Green.
  • The tactical version comes with their fiber optic site, a wrist brace, and a picatinny rail.
  • The Zombie Apocalypse version comes standard with a zombie green handle, extra ammo, extra bands, and targets so you will always be ready.
  • The D.I.Y. verson is the one you need if you want to save a few bucks, would like to put it together yourself, or need to paint yours or whatever. It has all the parts and instructions you need to put it together yourself.

This product was a thrill to play with. They don't recommend using rocks since it can damage the band. I need to pick up some more ammo soon so I can play with...I mean practice with my newest survival tool.

This is not a toy! This is a very useful tool. Don't let your kids play with it unless they have been properly instructed how to use a slingshot and you are comfortable that they know it can be how to use it.

If you want to know more, check out Montie Gear's website. If you have questions, every time I have been there, Montie has been available to answer questions.

Author: Shane White
Posted: September 2, 2014, 11:48 pm
For September 2014, we have teamed up with Vigilant Trails once again to give away a Vigilant Trails survival fire kit.

The Survival Fire Kit includes six different ways to start a fire and four different kinds of tinder. Click the image below for more details.

Survival Kit

All you need to do is use the Rafflecopter tool below to enter. You can tweet about this giveaway or another link on this blog, follow us on Twitter, "like" us on Facebook, share us at your favorite social network, or follow this blog. Easy as that. On October 1st we will select the winners.

a Rafflecopter giveaway Be sure to check out the Vigilant Trails web site! Good luck!

If you don't win, buy one. They have great stuff.

Author: Shane White
Posted: September 1, 2014, 5:00 am
You don't really need to live in a disaster area to be prepared for the unforeseen. Earthquakes, hurricanes, floods and the albeit unlikely bacteriological/viral threat are all still out there, potentially waiting to happen. Some situations require you to be prepared with a great backup plan and survival kit that keeps you on your toes and ready to go, so you need to focus on preparing such a kit just in case. Although an end of the world scenario is likely, but not necessarily looming over the horizon, you would need to be ready for more than just power outages and water shortages. Creating a good food bank of sorts for such disasters is an absolute must if you want to be ready. The following tips will give you an idea how you can prepare for it:
  • Picking the right location is the first thing you have to consider, since it will largely dictate what you can do with the rations. You must pick a dark and cool place for this purpose, such as your cellar or basement, as it will get the job done well. You must make sure you have secure shelving units and pallets to get it done. Additional cupboards will also be needed if you have the space as well. Do remember that you really don't have to put all your eggs in one basket, since some items will have a longer expiration date and sturdiness than others.
  • Pick a good, balanced diet for your supplies, since the human body will need different sustenance to survive extended periods of time. A balanced and diverse diet is necessary for survival, since not sticking to one can lead to health issues or even scurvy. Eyesight issues, skin diseases, infections, heart and organ failure can all happen due to vitamin and mineral deficiency, so our bodies must receive those through our food supply. You need balanced rations containing grains, cooking oil, legumes, honey, spices, salt and maybe even powdered milk and sugar.
  • Water storage is another thing you have to pay attention to, since the need for uncontaminated drinking water during an emergency will be high. Human beings may be able to survive for weeks without food if need be, but without water you only have a couple of short days before your body starts shutting down. Never underestimate your supply and keep it fresh, looking for long-term storage solution and replacement no matter how calm things look at this moment in time.
  • Military rations are an excellent solution to your long-term storage issues. They are meant to survive the apocalypse in most cases, so they will last a long time. Although you won't really enjoy their taste that much, they will save you when it counts so this makes them a prime choice for such a food cache. The greatest thing about them is that they are compact and lightweight enough to be carried around during reconnaissance. US-made MRE packs have been around for a long while now, so if you live in the US or have access to surplus MRE packs, then you might want to go for it. The greatest thing about them is that you may also have a much easier time moving if the need arises, as they can be packed with ease in compact bundles or boxes.

Heather Roberts is a freelance guest blogger from London, UK. She has got many published articles on various topics such as cleaning, organizing, home and garden etc. She loves to spend her time with family and friends and she also tries to live an eco-friendly life.

Author: Shane White
Posted: August 28, 2014, 5:04 pm
Zombies are not really going to be an issue – most likely. However, a big economic crash, government failure, or other widespread society melt down is definitely possible. In the middle of this catastrophe, money in the bank, gold in your home, or collector’s antiques aren’t going to matter too much. What is going to matter are skills. What goods or services can you provide that will be useful for others?

During and after an economic meltdown, survival will be the challenge. The basics of food, shelter and clothing are obvious. Other skills will be extremely useful to travel, commerce, and aggressive defense.

First Aid, CPR and Herbal Remedies

With the possibility of illness and injury, knowledge of first aid, C.P.R. and using proven natural, home remedies will be necessary. Medical commodities will be extremely in demand in a national melt down situation. The more you are able to treat on your own, the better.

Keep in mind, if you can go to the doctor or hospital, and use conventional medication- DO IT. You may want to have friends who know how to run a medical clinic.

Water Treatment

Without water, humans cannot survive. The estimated survival period for humans without water is three weeks. Knowing how to store and purify water will be essential. If you can store large amounts of water, not only will you be a good provider for your family, but for friends and local communities as well. Boiling water is one sure way to remove contaminates.


The ability to build strong structures is relevant across so many different categories. Welders from Advantage Manufacturing Ltd work on everything from auto transport, to home equipment, to other specialized tasks regularly. If you can work metal, you are an asset to transportation, construction, and community defense.

Food Preservation

Not being able to jump in the car and go to the store, fast food restaurant, or coffee shop will be an adjustment for most of us. Knowing how to produce and preserve your own food will be an essential skill. Those who can make this adjustment will likely be the ones who will survive.

Being at the mercy of what the land can yield will be something new to us. Vegetables only grow in seasons, unless you have a greenhouse (recommended).

Canning, jarring, making jams, jellies, and jerky will keep food in the house when food prices drastically increase, and when you lose the fridge and freezer.

Caring for Clothes

Keeping clothes is decent shape is something to consider. Inability to replace a wardrobe because simple items like t-shirts, socks and undergarments could cost a fortune that cannot be afforded could be problematic. Learn how to sew with a single needle and thread, instead of a machine, same with the laundry, washing by hand. Weaving and quilting could also be helpful skills.

Climate Survival

With the climate being as it is, heating, cooling, drought, flooding, and other extreme weather disasters are something to be prepared for. Dressing for the elements using common sense will help. The simple act of knowing how to start a fire, without matches or a lighter will come in handy. Try a magnifying glass or prescription glasses and the sun, if rubbing sticks does not work.

Communication Compensation

It’s widely accepted that the fall back form of communication will be HAM radio in the event of a widespread disaster. Operating one of these puppies is no small task. Special training and hands on experience are required to properly use them. However, the ability to communicate on a massive scale will be extremely valuable.

Most of the information currently available on the Internet will only exist in books. Best recommendation, do the research now and keep reading.

Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer from Sacramento, California. A mother of two, Hannah enjoys writing on blogs of all niches.

Author: Shane White
Posted: August 26, 2014, 5:13 pm
These days, the number of victims of home burglary is quite alarming. According to FBI data American homes are robbed every 15 seconds. In any given time, especially if you live in a high-density area, your house may be next.

Burglars don't just take your belongings and walk away quietly, leaving you and your family unscathed. In many cases, a burglary often leads to other more dangerous crimes that can physically hurt you and your kids. That is why it is very important to make sure that you protect your family from any potential break-in.

No matter where you live, the safety of your family must be of utmost priority. The best way to ensure family safety is to apply effective security methods that can prevent a potential break-in. You don’t need to spend thousands of dollars to burglar-proof your home. Making simple adjustments in your lifestyle, rearranging certain things in your house, and investing in affordable yet efficient alarm systems are a few simple techniques you can use to guarantee the safety of your family.

Read on below for some tips on how you can keep burglars away.

  1. Make your house a chore to break into.

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  2. Burglars go for houses with easy access. That is why it is very important that you make your house so hard to break into, that burglars simply won’t even dare to come close to it. Here are a few ways you can make your home unappealing to burglars:

  • Use heavy-duty locks for all your doors. Consider using deadbolt locks with long horizontal bolts—these are the hardest locks to open. Remember, relying on doorknob locks are usually not enough, since burglars are experts in opening locked doorknobs with improvised keys.
  • Make sure to lock your windows before going to bed, or whenever you go out. Even small windows, if left open, can allow a burglar to access some items within reach, or even allow them to open a locked door from inside.
  • Never leave ladders outside the house that can help a burglar climb your roof or access a second story window.

  • Invest in multiple types of alarm systems.

    If there is one thing burglars hate the most, it’s an alarm going off during a planned break-in. Take advantage of the different kinds of alarm systems available in the market that can easily scare burglars away, or even get you catch them in the act. Here are some ways to incorporate security devices in your home:
    • Place a hidden security camera in any part of your home that is most likely to serve as an entry point for burglars, to help you ensure added safety for your family. This way, you can monitor these parts of your home even from a remote area, and detect any suspicious activity right away.
    • Install alarm systems on all your windows and doors. This will allow you to catch any unwanted entrance to your home right before a burglar even gets inside.
    • Another thing that rarely fails to ward off burglars: dogs. If you have a pet, make his home or “territory” near your gate or front door.

  • Make your house look occupied all the time.

    Even when you’re out, don’t make it appear like nobody’s home. Here are some simple tricks you can use to make burglars think that someone is home even if nobody really is:
    • Invest in automatic light timers that turn your lights on and off in normal patterns—the way they normally would if someone was in the house. This will create an illusion that someone is moving inside the house.
    • Always close the garage door so that burglars have no way of knowing if your car is parked or not.
    • If you’ll be out for a relatively long period of time—2 days or more—ask a trusted neighbor to get your mail or pick up deliveries to your house. You can also ask them to use your trash bin from time to time. This gives burglars the idea that someone is watching over the house.
    • Have your calls forwarded to your mobile phone so that you can answer them even when you’re away. Some burglars call to see if anyone’s home before breaking in.
    • Never leave a note indicating that you’re not home. This is tantamount to sending an invitation to a potential burglar.

  • Maintain the privacy of your home.

    Oftentimes, burglars are tricky, they check the interiors of your house from afar. This way, they will know where certain items are placed; making it faster and easier for them to access these things once they successfully break into your home. Follow these tips to ensure the privacy and security of your home.
    • Use shades, drapes, and other means of covering the larger windows of your house. This will prevent any “window shopping” tactics of most burglars.
    • Strategically place eye-catching or expensive furniture, gadgets, or equipment away from windows, or glass walls (if any). Make sure that there are certain things blocking the view of any expensive property you must have inside your house.
    • • Rooms should have extra cover, as this is where most important belongings are kept. Make sure your room curtains are thick and cover your windows from end to end.

  • These are a just a few tips you can use to keep your home safe from burglars. You can research more about this so that you can be more creative in making up your own techniques.

    Being vigilant of your surroundings and applying the necessary methods to ensure family safety are the two most important things you need in order to lead a peaceful life. During these times, when there is danger on every corner and in every street, it is always better to be safe than sorry.

    Christopher Britton is an Interior Architect by day and a Freelance Writer by night. He writes for Circle him on Google+

    Author: Shane White
    Posted: August 20, 2014, 5:40 pm
    Whether at home or at work, when there is an injury from a small cut to a twisted ankle, it can be frightening. Keeping a clear head and doing a few small things while waiting for help can make a big difference. According to 911 Industrial Response Inc., a leader in industrial safety services in Grande Prairie, you can make a difference in an injured person’s recovery time and severity of the injury by following a few little tips.


    If someone has gotten a burn, you should immediately remove any clothing from the affected area because some materials will melt into the burn. If clothing has already melted into the skin cut the loose clothing from around the burn to prevent further melting or pulling. Once the clothing is removed, you should soak the area in room temperature water. Some people think it should be cold water, but this can damage the tissue. If blisters appear, do not attempt to pop them.

    Breaks and Sprains

    If you suspect someone has broken a bone or sprained an ankle or wrist, you should immediately get that person off their feet. You will want to apply ice, if you believe it is a sprain. Removing restrictive clothing will cause the area to swell. If swelling is hampered, it might cause further tissue damage around the tendons and muscles.

    Cuts, Scrapes and Bleeding

    If someone has a serious injury with bleeding involved, you should take immediate action while waiting for help. You will need to clean the wound out with cool water and scrub it as best you can with soap to get any debris or dirt out of the wound. You can apply hydrogen peroxide or any other antibacterial cream you have on hand. Depending on the size and location of the wound, you will need to slow or stop the bleeding. You might be able to do that by bandaging the wound or by applying pressure to it.

    Animal Bites and Stings

    If you or someone else has been bitten or stung by an animal, you should immediately clean out the wound with soap, warm water and antibacterial soap. If it was an animal bite, try to contain the animal if possible. You do not want to take the chance of anyone else getting bit, so use extreme caution. If it was an insect sting, you can give the person an allergy medication like Benadryl to slow an allergic reaction.

    When an injury happens, everything becomes chaotic while waiting for help. You can keep a cool head and use these tips to bring the person some relief and possible avoid further injuries.

    Savannah Coulsen is a freelance writer. She lives in Raleigh. Savannah loves to read and write and she hopes to write a novel someday. Savannah also loves learning and is a self-proclaimed health guru.

    Author: Shane White
    Posted: August 19, 2014, 5:30 pm
    LIGHTNING STRIKE HOUSE photo: Lightning Strike strike-1.jpg

    Tornados, earthquakes, and hurricanes often leap to mind at the mention of natural disasters. While such cataclysmic forces of nature pose the obvious risk of total destruction to your home, other less obvious dangers can be just as risky; some have a far greater likelihood of happening. Here are five natural disasters that every home is vulnerable to:


    Vulnerable Areas: Northern and Southern California, Oregon, Washington, Western Montana, Northern Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas.

    Lightning striking a home without a lightning rod, or any trees that happen to abut against a house can result in a fire. Failing to perform routine cleanings of gutters, or areas around a home that build up with leaf litter can make for a veritable tinder box. These conditions are equally dangerous for fires not started by natural causes.

    High Winds

    Vulnerable Areas: Tornado Alley, Gulf Coast and Atlantic Coast states, New England, the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, Pacific Northwest Coast states, Eastern California, Eastern Idaho, Central Arizona, Southern Great Lakes States, and Central New Mexico.

    Wind isn’t something you’d typically consider to be extremely dangerous. But just a swift gust can cause significant damage in an area. Edmonton roofing professionals from A. Clark Roofing & Siding Ltd say that high winds are probably the most common cause of home damage that they see. In addition to roofs, traffic, windows, and other objects are compromised in high wind areas.

    Tree Collapse

    Vulnerable Areas: Pacific Northwest, West Coast California, Western Montana, Colorado Rocky Mountain Area, Mississippi River States, Appalachian Mountain States, Atlantic Coast of Georgia, and New England.

    While large, old trees add beauty and benefit to a home, they can be destructive and even deadly in the event of a collapse. Diseased trees can pose a major threat as they die. Similarly pine trees with the lowers boughs removed are not as secure due to their shallow root system. A strong wind can blow trees over or break branches without warning.


    Vulnerable Areas: Washington, Southern Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Florida, Nebraska, North and South Dakota, Ohio, and Missouri.

    Water damage is among the worst type a home can suffer. Substantial flooding often requires gutting a home before repairs can be made. Water damage can compromise the structural integrity, even of the foundation, and lead to future dangers like mold. Even homes that do not sit in a flood plain can suffer flooding in the wrong circumstances.


    Vulnerable Areas: Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Northern Texas, Nebraska, and Missouri.

    A hailstorm does not have to be of the freakish, grapefruit sized variety to damage a home. Siding and even some windows can sustain heavy damage. Hail damage can appear simply cosmetic, it can be a serious issue. Homes pitted by hail can suffer compromised insulation and further water damage.

    Extreme Heat or Cold

    Vulnerable Areas – Heat: Western California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, and Southern Florida.

    Vulnerable Areas – Cold: Rocky Mountains in Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconson, Northern Michigan, Northern New York, and Northern New England.

    It might sound laughable at first, but extreme temperatures on either end of the spectrum can be a tremendous problem, especially because they happen with regular occurrence. Temperature extremes wear on the systems that keep a home functioning. Damage can be subtle enough that it remains undetected until a serious problem rears its ugly head. This tends to create future problems that are more obvious and costly to repair.

    Some forces of nature are simply beyond being totally preparedness; however, most disasters threatening your home can be fought. Be aware of the types of problems that could occur and decide how to best protect your home.

    Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer from Sacramento, California. A mother of two, Hannah enjoys writing on blogs of all niches.

    Author: Shane White
    Posted: August 14, 2014, 5:20 pm

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