Prepare Your Loved Ones for an Emergency This Holiday Season

The holidays will be here soon, and now is the time to begin thinking about gifts for the important people in your life. One of the best ways to show someone that you care is to provide a useful gift that can keep that person safe and comfortable in the event of an emergency.

A breakdown can happen at any time of the year, day or night. A car emergency kit can help your family member or friend be prepared in the event of a motor vehicle problem. Car emergency kits include booster cables, tow ropes, tools, and protective clothing needed to help someone deal with an auto emergency.

first aid kitEvery home and car should have a first aid kit. A kit contains all of the products needed to treat many common medical problems and can make a difference in the event of an emergency when a hospital is not close by.

Fire is a concern all year, but even more in the winter, when many people are using fireplaces and wood stoves to heat their homes. Every home should have a fire extinguisher to provide protection.

flash lightPower outages can happen at any time, but they are more likely in the winter, when strong storms can strike. Help your friend or family member be prepared with flashlights, lanterns, and an emergency solar generator to provide light and power even in the face of a storm.

If a storm drops heavy snow, it may be difficult to get to a supermarket. Help your family or friend be prepared with a supply of emergency food and water.

The holiday season is the perfect time to be sure that the people you care about will be protected and comfortable in the event of an emergency. Survival and emergency preparedness items make idealholiday gifts.

Choose the Right Supplies to Prepare for Your Camping Trip

If you are planning a camping trip this summer, the right gear is essential. You will need some basic supplies to make your time in the woods or at a campground safe and comfortable.

tentThe first thing you will need when camping is shelter. Tents are available in a variety of sizes to accommodate just one person or as many as seven or more. You can also choose a screen house or canopy, as well as accessories and camping furniture.

The next important part of your camping preparation is food. You can choose hiker food with a five-year shelf life if you are planning an extended trip or intend to go camping several times in the future. A cooler will help you keep your fresh food cold, and a barbecue set will let you cook up a delicious meal. You will also need clean drinking water. Rather than carry cases of bottled water, consider a water filter and purifier.

lanternYou will need light for those dark nights in the woods or at the campground. An LED lantern can illuminate a much larger area than you could with a flashlight.

You will want to stay clean on your camping trip. Portable toilets, portable showers, and privacy enclosures can help you stay comfortable when you are away from home.

first aid kitSafety is another important concern on your camping trip. Be sure to pack an outdoor first aid kit that contains all the supplies you will need to treat an injury.

You will also want to be able to stay in touch with others while you are camping. Take along a weather radio and a two-way radio to help you stay informed of conditions and be able to call for help if necessary.

If you are planning to go camping in the woods, you will need to be able to navigate to avoid losing your way. A GPS unit will help you know your location at all times so you will never get lost.

If your camping trip will include an outing on a river or lake in a boat or kayak, be sure to pack your life vest for safety.

Having the right tools and accessories available is also important on your camping trip. Swiss army products, multi-tools, and car accessories are essential so that you will be prepared for anything.

Whether you are planning an overnight stay at a campground or a week-long foray into the woods, be sure to pack all the equipment and supplies you will need to make your camping trip safe and enjoyable.

Wise Emergency Foods from Survival Supply 20 Percent Off

emergency foodIn the event of an emergency, you may not have access to enough food. Be prepared by stocking up on Wise dehydrated and freeze-dried emergency foods. Take advantage of a unique opportunity. From February 15 to 25, Wise Emergency Foods will be 20 percent off.

Dehydrated food has several advantages. The food maintains its original flavor, shape, color, texture, and nutritional value. With water removed, food is condensed and lightweight. When water is added, the food is quickly reconstituted. Wise Foods also have a shelf life of up to 25 years.

Wise Foods uses innovative packaging to make meals that are better protected and easier to store and prepare than other brands. Wise Foods uses a packaging technique that removes the majority of residual oxygen from the pouch and packs it with nitrogen. You will not need to remove an oxygen absorber from each pouch, which will make preparation easier. Simply add hot water, and in 10 to 20 minutes your food will be ready to eat.

While other companies package their emergency food in 10-pound cans, Wise Foods packages meals in four-serving family-size mylar pouches. This packaging makes products easier to store and eat and prolongs the food’s shelf life. Wise Foods are packaged in compact four-gallon square buckets that are easy to store and carry. The containers are notched on the bottom to make them stackable. Wise Foods containers have resealable pull tab lids that are simple to open and close.

Wise Foods offers a variety of meals for your emergency needs, including dehydrated breakfasts, entrees, meats, and rice, and freeze-dried fruits and vegetables. Choose from a wide assortment of tasty, nutritious meals. Take advantage of Survival Supply’s special offer and stock up on Wise Emergency Foods today.

Inventions that could save your Life during a Natural Disaster

When a natural disaster strikes, survival can depend on access to clean water and shelter. In the event of an earthquake, tornado, tsunami, or flood, you may have to survive days or even weeks before help arrives. With climate scientists predicting that natural disasters will increase in frequency and intensity, designers have been creating inventions that could be a life saver.

The Orange Saver

the orange saverThe orange saver looks like a piece of designer furniture, or a sliced up orange. However, it can be transformed into a life raft in the event of a flood. Each segment around the edge of the raft is independent. This allows for the raft to stay afloat even if some of the sections get damaged. The Orange Saver could help save many lives during a natural disaster.

The Tsunami Survival Pod

tsunami survival podThis invention is meant to protect a family during a tsunami. It is large enough to hold four adults and each person can be strapped into bucket seats with five-point safety harnesses. It is built to protect those inside it from the harshest of conditions. The Tsunami Survival Pod can withstand a crushing force of up to 13,000 pounds!

The Eliodomestico

the eliodomesticoClean water is just as important as shelter is during a natural disaster. It could be weeks before you are able to access clean water if your family is displaced by a natural disaster. The Eliodomestico gives you the ability to turn sea water into clean drinkable water. The invention uses solar energy to distill the water to make it drinkable.

The Noah Escape Pod

noah escape podAnother pod design, this invention isn’t for the claustrophobic. It is designed to accommodate up to four adults, but is also designed to save lives, not for comfort. It was created after the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in March of 2011.

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Seven Tips for Packing Camping Food

camping foodFrom clothing to flashlights to first aid kits to a tent, packing for even a short camping trip ends up being extensive. Yet, amongst all items on the list you put together, food stands out: How will you put together a nutritious meal in the woods without carrying too much?

Unfortunately, many preparing for camping trips tend to over pack food and stick with the wrong items. To make sure you have just enough of the right items, take the following tips into account:

1. Measure out how much you will need per person per day. This means planning each meal down to the number of cups or items a meal requires to prepare. As a good rule of thumb, no matter the items you take, do not exceed two pounds per person per day.

2. Save space with freeze dried and dehydrated meals. Although often (and erroneously) considered unappetizing, freeze dried and dehydrated foods are considerably lighter and just require water and a stove to rehydrate.

3. Bring foods that can be mixed. Rather than have unique items for every meal, bring items, such as dehydrated vegetables or freeze dried meats, that will work well with multiple meals throughout the day.

4. To avoid contamination, avoid bringing raw meats, which may spread bacteria throughout a food supply.

5. As a rule of thumb for carrying certain foods, store most in self-sealing containers. Produce, however, is better in breathable mesh bags, and liquids must be kept in polyethylene containers.

6. Take physical activities into account. Are you planning a multi-day backpacking trip across a couple of mountains? Even during a standard hiking trip, roughly 1,000 more calories per day may be burned. Rather than find yourself tired while walking through the woods or over some rocky peaks, be prepared to consume up to 1,000 additional calories per day for energy.

7. All food must be easy to prepare. No matter if you’re taking pasta or coffee along with you, any camping food must be able to be prepared with just heat from a stove and water.

Reasons Why you Should Store Canned Food

Canned Food

Whether you are a prepper or not, there are many reasons why you should store canned food. Most grocery stores only carry two days’ worth of food. If a disaster should strike your area, food will be limited. Those who have a good supply of canned food will be able to deal with the crisis better than others.

Purchasing freeze-dried and dehydrated survival food is great for prepping. However, if you are on a tighter budget and want to increase your food stash, you should invest in canned food. Here are seven reasons why you should add canned food to your stockpile:

1) Price – When you purchase items in bulk, you can save up to 75 percent by getting mostly canned foods rather than freeze-dried or dehydrated foods. Even if you are not buying in bulk, you can find great deals on canned food.

2) Long-lasting – Many canned food have a shelf life of between one and several years. If you have canned food in your stash, be sure to rotate it and eat foods that are coming close to their expiration date.

3) Variety – If you had to, you would eat the same thing every day, but people like variety and choices. With canned foods, there is a wide variety of options to choose from.

4) Nutrition – Canned foods can be very nutritious and rich in protein. The protein will help keep your strength and the higher calories will be good for you when you are in survival mode.

5) Water – There is very little water in freeze-dried and dehydrated foods. The water that is in canned food will make preparation easier.

6) Familiarity – Many of the things families normally eat, chicken, beef, ham, fish, vegetables, beans, and pasta, can all be found in canned form. In the event of a disaster, being able to eat foods your family is used to will help normalize the situation.

7) Safe storage – Sometimes bugs and rodents can infiltrate boxes and bags, but very seldom do they break into a can.

Survival Supply Specials running until March 31st

Survival Supply, official government and military contractor and number one website for survival gear, will be running specials on certain items until the end of the month. All of the special items come with free shipping to the Continental United States and have discounted prices. Here are some of the specials you can take advantage of until March 31st!

Emergency Food

In the event of a natural disaster or emergency, food will become a commodity. With Survival Supply’s pre-packaged food you can have 60 servings of food that only need water to prepare. The emergency freeze dry meat grab and go kit has a shelf life of up to 15 years and if you order before Match 31st you will get 20 bonus servings of rice. The kit contains REAL food and is perfect for emergency use or camping. Here are some items that are inside of the emergency food kit:Emergency Food

• Roasted Chicken (12 Servings)
• Southwest Style Chicken (12 Servings)
• Savory Roasted Ground Beef (12 Servings)
• Stroganoff Style Beef (8 Servings)
• Cheesy Ground Beef (8 Servings)
• Teriyaki Style Chicken (8 Servings)

Emergency Preparedness Mini Backpack

Emergency preparedness backpacks, or “Go Bags”, are popular among preppers. They are a great way to have the essentials ready in an easy to carry bag in the event you must flee your home quickly. The emergency preparedness mini backpack that Survival Supply has on sale is for one person and has the essentials needed to survive for three days. Some of the items that will be inside this go bag are:

• Instant cold packEmergency Preparedness Mini Backpack
• Emergency food bar
• 12 drinking waters
• Emergency blanket
• Hand warmers
• Flashlight
• Batteries
• Waterproof matches
• Utility Knife
• First aid supplies

Digital AM/FM/Weather and NOAA Radio

An AM/FM/Weather and NOAA radio can be an important tool in the event of an emergency or natural disaster. The Kaito weather radio for sale on the Survival Supply website uses three AAA batteries, is compact, and has several functions and features. The radio is connected to the Emergency Alert System (EAS) through the National Weather Radio (NWR) network that is provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA). This feature will automatically activate the radio to inform you of any hazardous weather conditions or warnings, including natural, environmental, and public safety while the radio is set to the “Alert” mode. The radio is capable of both AM and FM and is digitally programmed with 7-channels.

NOAA Radio

Tips for Surviving Emergencies on the Road

Many people do not know what to do in the event of an emergency while driving. Being prepared and knowing what to do in an emergency can not only save your life, but others’, too. Here are some common driving situations that can turn fatal if you do not know how to react.

Keep Calm and Drive On

Many fatal single vehicle crashes happen when a person’s vehicle runs off the road. Many times and inattentive or distracted driver will allow the vehicle’s right tires to drop off the pavement or onto highway rumble strips. Once the driver notices that they are straying off the road, he or she jerks the steering wheel to the left. The front tires both regain grip; however, the right back tire, or possibly both back tires, is off the road, and with little traction, they begin to slide out, and the vehicle spins out of control and may even flip.
To avoid this end result, you must stay calm and not overreact. If you should find yourself drifting off the road, you should let off the gas and gently ease back into the lane. Do not press down on the breaks unless you have to avoid an obstacle and have to get back into the lane faster. Be smooth with the steering wheel, because when traveling at high speeds, a little goes a long way.

Have an Emergency Car Kit

You never know when your vehicle might break down. You should always have an emergency car kit in the backseat or trunk of your car. Make sure that it is easily Emergency Car Kitaccessible, because you never know what kind of emergency you might have. There are many different kinds of emergency car kits, but most will have a small air compressor, tow rope, first aid kit, flashlight, blanket, and other items you would need in a car emergency. There are even special emergency car kits for the winter time. They are inexpensive and can be a life saver if you should ever break down or get into an accident.

Go into Neutral

If the throttle should get stuck, you could be in for a dangerous ride. If your vehicle is manual, press in the clutch and place the shifter into neutral. Even an automatic car will go into neutral from drive while the car is still moving. This allows even a passenger to put the car into neutral if necessary. Most modern cars have physical or electronic devices that prevent the transmission from going into reverse or park while the vehicle is moving forward. Even a manual car will go into neutral without pushing the clutch, although it just might take a little more force. In the event of an emergency where you have to stop quickly, it is always a good idea to put the car into neutral just in case you hit the accelerator by accident. In a manual transmission vehicle, press both the clutch and the break in to prevent from stalling.

Use Your Passenger

Every car has blind spots, and today’s vehicles have thicker A-pillars to house airbags. If you are riding with a passenger, take advantage of that and put them to work. While many people do not like “back seat” drivers, they can prevent you from getting into an accident with their extra set of eyes. Have them check to see if it is all clear to change lanes or have them look right while you look left when entering the road.

De-Fog the Windshield

Many people struggle with fogged up windshields, and decreased vision when driving is never a good thing. Switch the heating system from recirculation to fresh air and engage Windshieldthe air conditioner whenever the windshield starts fogging up. If you turn on the air conditioning and allow the system to bring in fresh air to lower the humidity inside the vehicle, you will instantly see the fog decrease. Another important thing is to change your wiper blades sooner than later! Old wiper blades will do you no good in a rainstorm and will really make it difficult to see what’s in front of you.

Innovative New Disaster Relief Kits

Disaster Relief Kit

Natural disasters can be unpredictable and happen anywhere on Earth. Every year, natural disasters cause millions of people to be displaced from their homes. Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Sandy, and earthquakes have left people across the world homeless with nowhere to sleep. A few great shelter ideas such as the Softshelter, AbleNook, and Carter Williamson’s Shelter have already shown that people are willing to find ways to help the victims of natural disasters.

There is a new concept design from Chen Yu Jung that could be a great tool for people affected by natural disasters in the future. The previous emergency kits that have been created are larger and can take some time to set up. Chen’s Rely foldout sleeping domain is a quick and easy super sleeping bag that someone can use after a disaster happens.

The great thing about the Rely is that it is lightweight, compact, and can be carrieDisaster Preparednessd like a backpack. A company like FEMA could easily pass out the Rely packs immediately to help victims. The Rely rolls out into a sleeping mat with a sleeping bag like blanket and curls up at the end to keep rain or sun off your face. Not only is the Rely a sleeping mat, but it comes with some necessities inside that may be hard to obtain in the event of a disaster. Inside, you will find a bottle of water, portable reading lamp, stool, storage compartment, tableware, and toiletries.

The portable reading lamp can be used bed side or as a portable flashlight. The battery can be charged via kinetic energy that is generated by pushing a button. The stoEmergency Kitrage compartment can be flipped upside down to create a stool and the kit’s exterior hexagon shaped casing doubles as a sunshade or overhead shelter for privacy. Aside from the water bottle, you will find a toothbrush, toothpaste, and towel packed inside. The Rely foldout sleeping domain can be a lifesaver for those who need immediate shelter after a natural disaster or even a great item for campers. Its portable design and practical components make it a great product.

The Doomsday Clock is Ticking

Doomsday Clock

The infamous “Doomsday Clock” is sitting firm at five minutes to midnight for 2013. A symbol of the threat of humanity’s imminent destruction, the Doomsday clock would theoretically strike twelve when the world is going to end. Only a figurative clock, the scientists who control it are still making many people nervous with only “5 minutes” to live.

Started in 1947, the Doomsday Clock originated as a way for atomic scientists to warn the world of the dangers of nuclear weapons. In its first year, the Doomsday Clock was set to seven minutes to midnight. The thought was that if the clock ever reached midnight, it would be the end of humanity. By 1949 the clocked had ticked its way to three minutes to midnight because of the United States rocky relationship with the Soviet Union. When the first hydrogen bomb test took place in 1953, the Doomsday Clock moved another minute closer to midnight.

Things started to look up for the world after that. In 1991, when the Cold War ended, the Doomsday Clock was the farthest from midnight it had ever been, reading 11:43 PM. However, since then, the clock just keeps ticking toward imminent destruction. Now the clock reflects the threat of nuclear or biological weapons, climate change, and other human-caused disasters. With the clock ticking closer to midnight, it might fuel the doomsday prepper trend, or at least get the show on the National Geographic Channel a few more views.

2013 opened up with the clock reading 5 minutes until midnight, highly in part to 2012 being the hottest year on record for the United States. A year filled with devastating drought and brutal storms, 2012 entered with a time of six minutes to midnight. The Doomsday Clock has been idle at five minutes to midnight for some time now. Since 2007, the clock has not changed except for 2010 and 2011, when the clock moved back to six minutes to midnight.

The clock was set back one minute when Obama was elected in office and the scientists who control the clock are optimistic that Obama will be able to wind the clock back once again. With strides in the country moving toward a more rational energy path, there is still hope.