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Whether you are in an urban, suburban, or wilderness environment, you probably carry some form of electronic devices or equipment. If you carry items such as a Smartphone, a GPS, a camera, flashlight, or a small tablet, as part of your everyday carry (EDC), or as part of your get-home bag, bug-out bag, evacuation kit, or wilderness pack, you should have some way to recharge those devices.
When it comes to emergency preparedness, some people might be prepared with supplies, but are they really prepared to survive? It takes more than a few supplies. First, let's discuss how some people prepare.
This may sound like a contradiction of terms, but let me explain. As we have discussed earlier, in order to be self-reliant you can't rely on others for everything. However, most people rely on banks for the holding, safekeeping and the dispersing of their money. Many people today don't even see their money on payday, but instead, have it deposited directly into their bank account. This is with the blind faith, that when they want it, it will be available.
Unfortunately, I see this all the time. Many people just don't see, or don't want to see, why it is important to prep. They just don't seem to understand that prepping is not always about the end of the world, a zombie apocalypse, or Armageddon. It is about being prepared for everyday situations.
First, I am by no means an expert in communications or electronics, but have been puttering around it for a few years.This article is not intended to be a technical thesis on radio usage or signal propagation. With that being said, it is more a familiarization of the various communication options available for an emergency situation and some basic information about those options.
I read a lot of articles about emergency preparedness and I have written many of my own. They often revolve around the type of supplies and gear you should keep on hand in the event of an emergency situation. These articles are important, but what we must realize is that we should always look past the current situation, towards what might happen next.
Whether you are Evacuating, Bugging Out, or simply going on vacation, don't leave home without having your Emergency Information with you. To be honest, I never leave home without it. You could simply be going to the mall and while you are gone, your house could burn down.
I was at my bank the other day and there was an easel sitting in the lobby with a sign on it that asked, "What percentage of people have emergency funds? Ask you teller." So I asked my teller and was told that only 47% of people have emergency funds. I thought that figure was a little high and asked what amount of emergency funds was used as the criteria for the basis of that figure. I was told they didn't really know.
For many years now I have been following the plethora of articles, novels, and movies, in regard to Bugging-Out. I have been amazed at the hype and erroneous information being put forth, which seems to scare people more than help them.
There is perhaps no other topic under the prepping umbrella more popular, and more misunderstood, than bugging out. Countless books, magazine articles, and blog posts have been written about bug out bags, bug out locations, and bug out vehicles. Why is bugging out such a popular topic?
I have been watching videos of shoppers on Black Friday, 2014. They are no different from previous years and I am always amazed watching people pushing in doors, knocking each other down, and beating each other up, just to go shopping. When watching such behavior, you must keep in mind that these people are not in an emergency situation.
In an extended emergency situation you will find the need to wash your clothes. Of course, if you do not have power, you will not be able to use your normal washer and dryer. The following article is an excerpt from John's book Practical Self-Reliance - Reducing Your Dependency On Others, which shows how to make a DIY Clothes Washer.
Bugging-In would seem like an easy enough task, but is it really? Are you prepared to remain inside and do you have the necessary supplies and ability to do so? Does the whole family?
I wanted a gravity filter for filtering water in an emergency situation. There are various commercial brands available like the Katadyn and Berkey. These units cost in the $200.00 to $350.00 range and basically use ceramic filter elements in a top container which you fill with water.
In regard to Emergency Preparedness, I am always trying to think of ways to collect water, whether it be for drinking, or to supplement water for a garden. Many people in the country, like myself, use rain barrels to collect water. However, there are other individuals who live in an apartment or condominium, and don't have the luxury...
I have been interested for some time in building a Water Distiller, as it can be used to purify water and to desalinate water. Both would be handy in a survival situation. Keep in mind that distilled water can also be used in soap making, for use in steam irons, and to refill lead-acid batteries.
I was talking to a fellow on the phone the other day about bug-out bags. He indicated that he had read somewhere lately that he should mark his map with three routes to his B.O.L. (Bug-Out Location).
This video shows how to obtain water from a hose bib on the outside of an industrial or commercial building using a Sillcock Key.
A Get-Home Bag can be an essential item for people who are at work when an emergency situation occurs. I always hear people discussing Bug Out Bags. However, they are normally kept at your home and you need to be there to get them.
I have always wanted a larger Pry Bar for my EDC "Get Home" kit but just could find one that would work in a small pack or bag, and yet be big enough to be useful. I have plenty of the little pry bars, but when it comes to prying open a window, door, or something substantial, well... they just didn't get it.
Oftentimes, articles, movies, and television portray those who "Bug-Out" as wild looking Road Warriors. However, as the photo to the left depicts, this is not the way you want to look in a bug-out situation.
I often hear people say that they wish they could take advantage of solar power, but it is just too expensive and elaborate to set up. I disagree, as all solar power does not consist of a large array of solar panels, battery controllers, and inverters. It can be very simple as a supplemental power source during an emergency.
I wanted to set up a bicycle for various emergency situations. It could be used during a electrical failure whereby getting gas from a gas station was not an option. During a longer term situation where I decided to Bug-In instead of Bug-Out, it could be used for travel, and have the ability to carry things on it.
We have many threats that could can could turn our day upside down. These can be caused by nature to include blizzards, hurricanes, floods, tsunamis, etc. They can be man-cause, such as power outages, the collapse of our monetary system, nuclear or normal war, etc. As Self-Reliant people, we endeavor to prepare for such emergencies so that we are not at the mercy of other people, or the government, for assistance.
First of all, this is not really an article about building a First Aid Kit for a Bug-Out Situation. My wife, Denise, and I admit that we are not experts in First Aid and are not well versed in medical procedures. With that being said, we are capable of handling medical problems. We set up our First Aid Kits with those items that we know we can use, and know how to use.