Flooding from heavy rains and coastal flooding due to storm surges combined with heavy rains have been a common occurrence in recent years. In this post, I'll share my flood experience, focusing on the flood preparedness items I didn't realize I needed – until the storms hit. We also talk about dealing with floodwater contamination in the yard. I want to share this flood preparedness checklist with you so you can avoid the mistakes I made. [Read more…]
Have you ever gone camping and didn't have an outside shower available? Being hot, sticky, covered in bug spray and dirt is no fun when you crawl into a sleeping bag. We've moved to a remote cabin in the woods, and our current living situation is somewhat like glorified camping. No bathroom, no running water, and no bathhouse. The camping shower bags and our outdoor shower setup allows us to wash up outside and keep the whole family clean. They are a lifesaver! [Read more…]
What is a Bug Out Bag (BOB)?
A bug out bag is a kit that has all the stuff you need to get from where you are to where you need to go. They are also known as a Get Out of Dodge bag (GOOD), a 72 Hour Bag/Kit, a “grab bag”, a “battle box” or a “Personal Emergency Relocation Kit” (PERK). A simpler one is the “Get Home Bag”. Generally you need one kit per person. We'll walk you through a DIY BOB checklist for food, supplies and tactical gear, for everyday carry and emergency preparedness. [Read more…]
Emergency preparedness is for everyone. The more basic emergency needs that each family or individual can prepare for themselves, the less stress there will be placed on emergency management services. Summer storms, tornadoes and hurricanes often come with damaging winds and rain, and have similar preps even though they occur in different areas of the country. The United States has more tornadoes each year than any other country, averaging over 1000 per year, but the United Kingdom has the highest number of tornadoes per unit of land area, per foreignpolicy.com. Everyone should take the time to make these basic disaster preparedness preps. Have an emergency preparedness plan no matter what region you live in. They may just save your life and the lives of those you care about. [Read more…]
These are our recommended brightest, affordable, single battery AA, AAA, 18650, keychain and handheld spotlight flashlights. They are great for a every day carry in a pocket, purse, glove compartment, backpack, first aid kit, or any situation where you need a small, affordable, very bright LED flashlight. These are the brightest flashlight for each type and size of battery. [Read more…]