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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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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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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Prescription Drug Security

Prescription Drug Security

Most people get their prescription drugs every month, with no backup plan in case something goes wrong. But what if something does go wrong? What if a freak snowstorm blocks the roads for weeks? What if a civil emergency like the L.A. riots makes it unsafe to go to the doctors office or the pharmacy? What if a government intervention in the health care system leads to six-month delays to see your doctor — as has happened in other nations? What if your doctor is killed in a car accident and no other doctor in your area is accepting new […]

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Reinforcing Wooden Doors

Reinforcing Wooden Doors

Steel security doors are superior in most ways to wooden doors, but they are not always practical.  Your existing wooden door may be decorative, it may be a non-standard size, or it may simply be already paid for.  When you can’t replace a wooden door, you can sometimes augment it with steel reinforcement. You’ll need to buy a large steel plate and then drill holes for the doorknob, the peephole, and the mounting screws. The thickness of steel plate depends upon the strength of your door hinges and door material. Here are approximate weights for an average 3′ x6′ 8″ […]

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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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Telephone Security

Telephone Security

There is one simple rule of telephone security: Never say anything on the telephone that you would not want your worst enemy to hear. Landline telephones are pathetically simple to tap. Almost all mobile phone systems utilize security systems which have been compromised. VoIP telephone calls can be tapped by anyone with access to the network. In addition, you don’t know the environment of the person on the other end of a telephone conversation. Perhaps someone is pointing a gun at them, or perhaps they are talking on a mobile phone while standing in line at a bank, or maybe […]

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Food Security

Food Security

Food security is something most of us take for granted, because we have enjoyed easy access to relatively inexpensive food all of our lives. This is a relatively new phenomena for humanity and is still only true for a small portion of the more than six billion humans living on this planet. In a civil emergency or natural disaster, the food distribution chain can easily become disrupted. You may be able to go to your local grocery store, but your local grocery store may not have food available for you to purchase. Worse, in a real civil emergency, it may […]

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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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Pepper Spray

Pepper Spray

Pepper spray is an often recommended personal security solution — often recommended by people who have not tried it. I have tested high-quality pepper sprays on multiple occasions and have not been impressed with the results. Pepper spray is really only effective if you manage a direct face strike.  A hit on clothing or even on unprotected skin has almost no effect.  A hit to the face can be very difficult in any situation that involves movement.  In armed combat, we almost always train to shoot center mass (the chest area), because the head is such a difficult target to […]

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