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A Few Water Mistakes You Should Avoid 5 Ways to purify water in a pinch Building a Home Emergency Kit The Burning Questions: should I build a bunker? Snowbound: how to make it out alive from a winter snowstorm

A Few Water Mistakes You Should Avoid

Food and water storage should be easy. In theory, at least, because the mistakes you can make are many. I was surprised I didn’t find too many articles on water mistakes, especially since water is more important than food in critical situations (remember the rule of threes?). I took some time off to write them […]

5 Ways to purify water in a pinch

Water is very easy to find almost anywhere on this planet, but the problem is that if the water isn’t pure enough, you just can’t drink it or use it for washing. So, what do you do when you get stranded somewhere where you just can’t get clean water? Well, you just need to know […]

Building a Home Emergency Kit – 7 things you should consider

Every home should have a well prepared emergency kit. This kit should be well stocked with items that will allow you and your family to make it through most any disaster or emergency with a relative level of comfort. When building your home emergency kits there are seven categories of items that need to be […]

The Burning Questions: should I build a bunker?

  Okay.  Now we’re really treading in the big kids’ pool. But, why not build a bunker?  After all, if you’re thinking about it you’ve probably admitted that there are many things simultaneously going wrong in the world that are way out of your control.  Maybe you’ve got a gun, a few months worth of […]

Snowbound: how to make it out alive from a winter snowstorm

When I was a teenager, I was snowbound for two days in the mountains of Montana in a stuck vehicle that quickly became buried.  I was grossly unprepared without food, water, tools, communications, or proper clothing.  I had a lucky break in weather, and decided to overland hike 13 miles to the nearest shelter where […]

A New Gunslinger Comes to Town

18 April 2012

I enjoy going to gun shows! Pat and I set up at as many local shows as we have time for. Last week we ventured a little ways from our respective homes and participated in a very interesting show. Business was ok, but the traffic of people coming through was very light. One thing that […]

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Discovery Channel Loves the Apocalypse

12 March 2012

Have you seen this?? The Discovery Channel is all over the Mayan Calendar, and has even recruited Samuel Jackson to help freak us out even more (“it’s the one that says ‘Bad Motherf***r.'” These ideas are now mainstream. Consider that some of the most popular shows on television are now featuring bunker builders, gun nuts, […]

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Benefits of Freeze Dried

28 February 2012

Over the last few weeks we have been debating getting some freeze dried rations for our online store. Pat and I have debated the benefits and weighed the costs of venturing into another product line. We spent hours walking through different scenarios and trying to determine the usefulness of freeze dried meals. We bounced ideas […]

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Success at Chantilly

15 February 2012

This weekend Pat and I ventured out to the Dulles Expo center for our first gun show in this area. The show set attendance records for all three days and for us it was a huge success. When I say huge success I am not talking about dollars in sales or any other financial measure. […]

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Let’s talk about skillz, baby. Let’s talk about you and me…

05 February 2012

By Olymar Gallagher, MPA, Emergency and Disaster Managment After meeting my Montana raised husband in New York, it became blatantly clear to me how few hard skills the average New Yorkers possesses. I always half-joked with him about teaching a class  on how to be a “Real Man” in New York.  Now before all you metropolitan […]

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Soros to Economic World: we’re totally screwed

31 January 2012

George Soros is considered by most accounts as a brilliant man. If you don’t know who he is then you haven’t been watching the news or financial markets. Mr. Soros is one of the wealthiest men in the world. He’s a hedge fund billionaire, philanthropist and all around financial genius. When this guy makes moves, […]

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America’s Gun Buying Spree

06 January 2012

Halleluiah and pass the ammo! My dear friend Pat just sent me a news article that touched my gun toting heart. It seems that 2011 was a good year for the believers of the 2nd Amendment. The report states that the FBI processed more back-ground checks for potential gun applicants than ever before. What great […]

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Selecting a Generator for Short-term Emergencies

05 January 2012

 Is it just me or does everyone get a little bit excited when the power goes off? During a severe winter storm last winter we lost power late one evening, andmMy initial reaction was “Cool!” I got out our candles and all of our flashlights and began planning our evening of family fun. After playing […]

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Measuring up to Military Fitness: can you hack it?

29 December 2011

Have a look at a garden variety Army Ranger.  You’ll notice this type of person isn’t really built for lying on a flat bench and lifting heavy stuff over and over again. Military fitness does not waste time with isolating muscles or creating elaborate workouts aimed at enhancing appearance while sacrificing functionality. They all concentrate on […]

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Emergency Funds – making the case for cash in a crisis

21 December 2011

During a localized disaster several things can happen that will have an immediate financial impact on you. First if the power grid goes down, America’s preferred form of payment, the “card” will be useless. Second, everyday items will become increasingly expensive due to supply and demand. For example, during and after Hurricane Katrina, necessities became […]

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