Water Security

Water Security

Second only to air, water is one of our most basic human needs.  Nonetheless, most people who have grown up and lived in the Western world have come to take clean water for granted.  They open the faucet and clean water comes pouring out as if by magic. At the same time, 3.575 million people die each year from water-related diseases.  Most of these people live in places where there is no tap water or the tap water cannot be trusted to be clean. Ask yourself two questions: Should I trust my tap water now? Will I be able to […]

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Economic Security

Economic Security

David Stockman, Ronald Reagan’s budget director from 1981 to 1985, recently stated, “I invest in anything that Bernanke can’t destroy, including gold, canned beans, bottled water and flashlight batteries.” It is shocking for most people to hear this hard-nosed survivalist mentality from a well-known Washington figure. Americans are used to constantly being told “everything is under control; we in the government know what we’re doing; trust us.” The truth is that the people in government don’t know what they are doing, that we can’t trust them and that the only thing under control is us. A comprehensive economic security plan […]

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Hotel Safe Security

Hotel Safe Security

Hotels know that their guest rooms are the targets of frequent thefts and therefore protect themselves with legal language similar to the following, “The Hotel does not accept responsibility for damage to the Guest’s possessions, or for theft from the room(s) where the Guests are residing.” Most jurisdictions maintain some some form of “Innkeepers Laws” and almost all of these laws limit liability to the hotel operators unless the hotel is proven to be grossly negligent or the thief is proven to be a hotel employee. Of course, proving the hotels negligence will usually require hundreds of hours from a […]

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Canned Food

Canned Food

When we think of long-term food storage, it is often easier to focus on the storage of dry foods. Dried foods often pack the most nutrients into the smallest amount of space. They don’t often, however, provide a well-balanced and tasty diet for long-term survival. For the long-term storage of wet foods, canning is the right answer. Industrial Canning vs. Home Canning As modern consumers, we can purchase an incredible variety of foods packaged in durable metal containers. Alternatively, we can grow (or purchase) fresh foods and “can” them ourselves in glass jars with relatively simple equipment. Both options are […]

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Security Lighting

Security Lighting

Around 412BC, Euripides wrote “The day is for honest men, the night for thieves.” Bad guys usually do not like to be seen doing bad things and security lighting can help to ruin their nights. Where To Deploy Security Lighting Security lighting is most beneficial when used on doors, windows and pathways. It is also useful in parking areas, which provide many opportunities for attackers to hide. The same is true for garbage bins or other outdoor storage areas. Lights should be placed carefully, to avoid creating dark corners where an attacker can hide. Lighting should be soft and even […]

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When All Hell Breaks Loose

When All Hell Breaks Loose

When All Hell Breaks Loose covers much of the same ground as How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It, but it is a significantly different book. This book is much longer, yet easier to read.  It’s layout and graphics are far more professionally done.  On the flip side, the information provided is a much lower quality.  The author babbles endless platitudes and spends more time displaying his attitude than focusing on the topic at hand. On the positive side, this book is extremely focused on survival strategies you can implement with very little or no […]

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First Aid Kits

First Aid Kits

In most wars, more people die from disease and infection than from combat wounds.  The ability to provide immediate first aid to family members and guests can mean the difference between an interesting story to tell the grandchildren and a disaster that ends with a shovel and a bouquet of flowers. You cannot count on emergency medical personnel to always be available — or to respond in a timely manner.  In the event of a real disaster, your “emergency” could be put on hold for days while first responders are dealing with other wounded.  It is the responsibility of each […]

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Antibiotic Security

Antibiotic Security

Antibiotics are a special class of drugs which deserve special care and respect. If the junkie down the street misuses heroin or oxycodone, it does not affect me. On the other hand, if one of my neighbors misuses antibiotics, it can create serious negative consequences for the entire world. Bacteria evolve very quickly and one of the most successful evolutionary changes for a species of bacteria is to develop resistance to antibiotics. Bacteria are able to develop resistance when they come into contact with an antibiotic, but are not killed by the antibiotic. The classic case for this happening is […]

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Don’t Eat Wild Mushrooms

Don't Eat Wild Mushrooms

Every few years another “expert” on wild mushrooms dies from poisoning themselves by eating the wrong mushroom. They die painfully of liver, kidney, or heart failure. There is no fool-proof test for differentiating edible and poisonous mushrooms. There are simply too many mushrooms species for any human to learn all of them — and the penalties for being wrong are often fatal. Experienced mushroom gatherers can pick mushrooms in their own local area fairly safely but even they cannot safely pick mushrooms in another region. Identification of wild mushrooms is extremely difficult. People die every year by mistaking Amanita phalloides […]

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Improvised Weapons

Improvised Weapons

Many jurisdictions outlaw not only firearms, but also knives, pepper spray, mace, and expandable batons, or any other tool which the powers that be deem too dangerous for your use. On the other hand, many common household items can serve double-duty as improvised weapons — and these won’t get you into trouble with law enforcement. Weapon Types Weapons do damage by blunt force, slashing, or piercing. Slashing weapons are anything with a sharp edge. Improvised weapons in this category consist mostly of kitchen knives. I do not recommend focusing on slashing weapons because 1) they are difficult to make look […]

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