Feb 152014

The Best Cheap Flashlight - Our recommendation for an inexpensive (under$10), durable, multipurpose flashlight that is great for everyday emergencies.

As part of our effort to be prepared for everyday emergencies like power outages and needing to find stuff in the back of the van at night when the rear light has burnt out, we went on a hunt for the best cheap flashlight.

There are a TON of flashlights available, and many of them are crazy expensive.  Many of them also require specialty batteries, which bumps up the cost even more.  (And if your special batteries go dead, the light is useless.)  It just didn’t seem practical to spend big bucks on flashlights that were likely to spend most of their time in nightstands, emergency bags and glove compartments.  My husband, August, made it his personal mission to check out an assortment of flashlights over the last several months, and this is his recommendation for the best small, durable, inexpensive, multipurpose flashlight. Continue reading »

Feb 082014

Preparedness Basics - Simple steps to be ready for stressful times. Make better decisions, have more options and possibly save yourself some money.

You have that nagging feeling you aren’t prepared – but you don’t know what to do, where to start, or maybe even what to prepare for. Take a deep breath and think what caused you to start thinking about getting prepared. Worrying can wear you out and freeze you into inaction. The best remedy is to take action.

Think through what the real risks are for you.  Start with the most likely event first, and prepare for that.  In this post we’ll discuss the preparedness basics that everyone should cover. Continue reading »

Jan 132014

Living Ready Pocket Manual - First Aid Fundamentals for Survival - Review and Giveaway

Living Ready Pocket Manual – First Aid Fundamentals for Survival” is a new book by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H., aka The Survival Doctor.  You may remember my reviews of the Survival Doctor e-books, “The Survival Doctor’s Guide to Wounds” and “The Survival Doctor’s Guide to Burns”.  Now Dr. Hubbard has come out with a brand new, extremely practical addition to every home library and preparedness kit.

What’s in “Living Ready Pocket Manual – First Aid Fundamentals for Survival”?

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Jan 082014

Winter Storm Survival - Keeping You and Your Home Warm When the Power Goes Out

It’s winter, you always *planned* to get supplies if the power went out.  Now it’s below zero and the power just failed. What do you do when a winter storm leaves you without power?  This post contains ideas for winter storm survival while sheltering in your home, but many of the ideas could be adapted for elsewhere, especially the section on cold weather clothing.

Plan NOW instead of trying to remember all this when you are freezing and the power is out.

Keeping the House Warm Without Power

#1 – Eliminate Heat Loss Continue reading »

Dec 172013

Nitro-Pak Executive Backpack 72 Hour Kit Review and Giveaway

As part of our Preparedness series, today I’m sharing a review of a Nitro-Pak Preparedness Center “Executive Backpack 72 hour kit”, which is a starter kit for two people for 72 hours.     A 72 hour kit is not the same as a bug out bag.  They do contain some similar items however, so this kit could be used to build a bug out bag.  This kit is a fast way to jumpstart your preparedness, and is just right for the likely events such as a tornado, hurricane or big storm that would leave you without power.  Having at least a 72 hour kit is critical for everyone. Continue reading »