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Nov 112012
 
US Cavalry Online Store - 15% Discount Coupon

I got an offer via email today – the online store US Cavalry, full of good stuff for preppers and non-preppers alike, is offering a 15% across the board discount from now through 17 November 2012 on all orders of $29 or greater. Simply use the discount code PN12N15V when checking out to get the discount.  Here’s their website :  http://www.uscav.com/ Update :  I’ve a new coupon from them.  The code is R12B15Q and it […]

Nov 042012
 
The Shelf Life of Most Medicine is Vastly Greater than its Expiry Date

We wrote before about shelf life issues in general, and pointed out that the expiry dates on most medicines are ridiculously conservative, and that it is common for medicines to retain full potency for many years subsequent to their printed expiry date – assuming they have been stored in optimum conditions. Here’s an interesting article that cites two studies of the extended effectiveness of medicines beyond their stated expiry dates. The larger study was conducted […]

Nov 042012
 
Preparing for a Level 1 Situation

Preppers often fail to give enough attention to preparing for ‘simple’ Level 1 situations (see our definition of Level 1/2/3 situations here). It is much less ‘macho’ to be thinking of things like keeping an extra supply of flashlight batteries than it is to be thinking about laying in a twelve month supply of freeze-dried food, and we also tend to think that we don’t need to bother about Level 1 situations if we are […]

Nov 032012
 
A Letter - and Lessons - from a Sandy Survivor

This letter from reader John has an essential lesson in it for us all – it is not sufficient merely to buy in and stock up on emergency resources, such as a generator.  It is necessary to then test them thoroughly in a simulated emergency situation so as to be sure they will work reliably when called upon to do so. Oh yes – and read the manuals of all such devices, too.  Sometimes some […]

Nov 032012
 
Sobering Lessons from Hurricane Sandy

This last week saw Hurricane Sandy blow in and through upper New Jersey, lower New York, and parts of CT and other states.  The hurricane was severe in strength, and passed through areas that very rarely encounter such extreme conditions, and so it caused more damage and disruption than ‘normal’. From a prepper perspective, this was a regional and somewhat minor Level 1 event, although of course, if you were one of the affected people, […]

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