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Mar 162013
 
WA & OR Reject Three Day Preparedness - You Need to Prepare For At Least Two Weeks

On Monday we quoted officials in Los Angeles who bravely told the truth and agreed it would be more than three days before any type of relief could be deployed to people after a major earthquake. Their take – people should have enough on hand to be self-sufficient for at least two weeks. On Friday a second story comes out, this time from Seattle, and with Oregon and San Francisco data also linked.  In a […]

Mar 152013
 
How to Locate Your Hidden Buried Cache Part 1 of 2

Note this is the first part of a two-part article on how to record and locate a buried cache.  Please also visit the second part to complete your reading of this article. There are many reasons to bury some of your prepper supplies, and to do so at a hidden location. The main reason is usually not because you have something illegal you want to hide.  The main reason is more likely to be because […]

Mar 152013
 
How to Locate Your Hidden Buried Cache Part 2 of 2

Note this is the second part of a two-part article on how to record and locate a buried cache.  Please also visit the first part to complete your reading of this article. Recording Your Reference Points In general, there is less possibility of mistake if you express each marker both in terms of how it is calculated from the marker to the cache, and from the cache to the marker. To start with, when you […]

Mar 122013
 
Compass Buyer's Guide 1 :  Compass Types

This is the first part of a two-part article on choosing/buying a compass, the second part talks about compass features, and we’d recommend you read it after this first part so as to have a more complete understanding of what to look for when selecting a compass. These days compasses seem very old-fashioned.  If people wish to know which way is north, they can look at their GPS; and if they have a compass at […]

Mar 122013
 
Compass Buyer's Guide 2 :  Compass Features

This is the second part of a two-part series and you should read both parts for a more complete understanding of issues to do with choosing/buying a compass. In the first part of this Buyer’s Guide to Compasses we discuss the two or three basic design styles/types of compasses, and issues associated with the accuracy you can realistically expect from a compass. In addition to these different types of compasses, there are a number of […]

Mar 112013
 
It's Official - L.A. Officials Say :  Prep For Two Weeks On Your Own

Even though it is we who should be making fun of them (and of course we don’t – at least not to their faces), non-preppers like to poke fun at us, and to suggest that we’re in some way foolish, maybe paranoid, and definitely being unnecessarily worried about things we have no reason to worry about. Unspoken in their thoughts is always the concept that if prepping were prudent, surely the government would either do […]

Mar 102013
 
High-Tech Tools for Cache Locating

We’ll be writing about the ‘old fashioned’ way of locating your secretly buried cache shortly, but wanted to also write, separately, about using high-tech tools when first establishing where a buried cache is, and then subsequently locating it again later. There are three high-tech tools that some people might consider useful for locating their cache.  The first of these is a GPS unit, the second a laser range finder, and the third a metal detector. […]

Mar 092013
 
Your Choice of Can Opener is Important

Here’s something you may not have thought about.  It is a small issue, but like so many other small issues, it is as easy (and sometimes easier) to ‘get it right’ and to do it in a fully optimized manner as it is to do it ‘wrong’.  So you probably should do it right.  And every small extra enhancement to your overall preparedness and ability to live better in a problem situation has to be […]

Mar 062013
 
Using a Commercial Self-Storage Rental Unit

We’ve seen several writers recommend keeping some of your prepping supplies in a regular commercial self-storage rental-unit, instead of – or as well as – at your retreat.  They suggest you should choose a storage locker facility that allows you 24/7 access and which you can secure yourself and access externally. People advocating this strategy say that using a commercial storage unit may be more secure than filling up your ‘cabin in the woods’ with […]

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