Fire Extinguishers

Fire Extinguishers

Fire extinguishers can help to put out small fires, but should not be relied on to put out fires that have already become large. Most home fires begin in the kitchen, so I recommend maintaining a larger capacity fire extinguisher there. The workshop or garage is another good location for a larger capacity extinguisher. In addition, there should be at least one larger extinguisher on every floor of your house. In the US, these larger extinguishers might be labeled 2-A:10-B:C. Smaller capacity fire extinguishers can be maintained in other rooms to ensure that you are never more than forty feet […]

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Data Encryption

Data Encryption

Each of us maintains a mass of data which we consider private.  This includes data such as passwords, account numbers, banking information, business documents, and some information that is simply no ones business but our own. Unfortunately, computers are very insecure places to store data.  PC’s are constantly being subject to attacks from the Internet and notebook PC’s are frequent objects of theft.  In addition, children or co-workers often have unattended access to our PC’s. The best solution to securing data on a computer is to encrypt it.  This protects your privacy even if your computer is stolen.  Strong encryption […]

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Floor Safes

Floor Safes

Floor safes have several advantages over other home safe designs.  In combination, these advantages often make floor safes the best option for protection of your valuables. However, there are also some disadvantages to consider. Advantages Concealment Flood safes are very easy to conceal, mostly because few people look for floor safes.  A large stand-alone safe is obvious.  A small safe hidden under a bed or in a closet will show up in any routine search.  Even wall safes will be revealed after most searches — because people are accustomed to looking for wall safes. A floor safe can be hidden […]

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Home Alarm Systems

Home Alarm Systems

A home alarm system can be part of a complete home protection system, but it is important to view an alarm as just one component of a larger strategy. An alarm system won’t protect your home from a flash flood, a drive-by shooting, or a no-knock BATF raid executed at the wrong address. Alarm Types Home alarm systems typically report using one or more of these methods: A loud bell or siren Bright and/or flashing lights A landline or cell phone call to you A landline or cell phone call to an alarm service company A landline or cell phone […]

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Outdoor Survival

Outdoor Survival

People become stranded or lost in the wilderness for various reasons. A leisurely day hike can turn into days of wandering sick and exhausted, or an overnight camping trip can go horribly wrong because of an extreme weather event. You might even be on a small plane that goes down in a remote area. Your car can slide down a ravine leaving you waiting days for rescue. Anything can happen to anyone at anytime. However, you can survive virtually any situation by preparing, and being aware of what can happen. Survival experts will tell you they prepare for the expected, […]

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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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Job Security

Job Security

The US government is on a wild spending spree in an attempt to prop up truly dismal employment numbers. More Americans are out of work than at any time since the Carter recession of the 1970’s. Worse, unemployment is no longer a temporary situation for most. Millions of Americans have been unemployed for so long that the government no longer counts them in the unemployment statistics. They are now officially “not part of the work force.” Even worse, many Americans who do have jobs have seen their working hours and they paychecks slashed to cover the costs of ObamaCare. The […]

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Barbed Wire

Barbed Wire

Barbed wire is both inexpensive and durable, but it’s security value is often overrated. Traditional barbed wire may be cut with small wire cutters, or breached by throwing a carpet or board over the wire. More determined attackers may place a ladder or truck next to the fence and jump over — or may simply drive a truck through the fence. Nevertheless, barbed wire and related products can play a useful role in a complete security strategy. Improving Barbed Wire Barbed Tape is a steel tape punched into a barbed shape.  It is more difficult to cut through than regular […]

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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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Surviving the Economic Collapse

Surviving the Economic Collapse

Surviving the Economic Collapse has one seriously important advantage over almost all other disaster preparedness books — the author has really lived through the disaster he writes about.  Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre was a young man in Argentina when the socialist government’s tax and spend policies caused a drastic devaluation of the peso and a contraction of the economy so severe that is led to social collapse.  In the last 42 years the Argentinian government has dropped thirteen zeros from the value of a peso.  One 2011 peso is the equivalent of ten trillion 1969 pesos. This is inflation far surpassing […]

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