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You can even cook in this emergency preparedness kit

on Friday, July 25th, 2014
Posted in: Gear, News, Outdoor Gear, Tools

This survival kit is expensive, but it has 25 life-saving items inside a box that you can even use to cook in.  The SOLKOA Survival Kit for Best Made is stored in an 18.75-cubic inch box machined from a single block of aircraft grade 6061 aluminum.  The box can be used for cooking or for boiling drinking water.Read More…

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Always be prepared with the M48 First Aid Kit

on Monday, July 21st, 2014

M48 is known for tactical and survival gear, and part of your survival gear should be a good first aid kit.  M48 has created a First Aid Kit, and ThinkGeek has them.  They’ve packed 56 necessities, like hand sanitizer, gauze and bandages, elastic bandages, antibiotic, gloves, sterile sponges, and more, into an 8″ X 5.25″Read More…

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Eton Blackout Buddy emergency lighting and LED flashlight review

on Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
Posted in: Gear, Home, Kitchen, Reviews

We live in a high-rise condo building, and the main hallways and stairways are all interior and windowless.  The building does have emergency lighting, as we found out during a recent power outage, but those are only in the public areas of the building.  Most of the rooms in our condo have floor-to-ceiling windows, soRead More…

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This Buddy will protect you from the dark

on Wednesday, June 25th, 2014
Posted in: Gear, Home, Kitchen, News

Several years ago, a terrible storm in Greensboro knocked down a pine tree across the street from us.  The pine took down the power lines, which lit the tree on fire and caused the most incredible noises as the line arced and jumped around.  I knew just where my flashlight was, but was dismayed toRead More…

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Luci is a solar-powered LED lantern

on Monday, June 23rd, 2014

The folks at MPOWERD were inspired to create their LED lantern after the earthquake in 2010 left Haiti devastated and in the dark.  They developed Luci, a tiny but powerful solar-powered lantern that can provide light and safety to people worldwide.  You can keep one in your emergency preparedness kit or in your camping gear.Read More…

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This emergency flashlight can save your life in more ways than one

on Friday, May 23rd, 2014

With this flashlight in your car’s glove compartment or in an emergency preparedness kit, you’ll be ready for most any emergency.  The Satechi LightMate Emergency LED Flash Light  looks, at first glance, like many small flashlights on the market today.  It’s much more versatile than other flashlights, though.  Without the lozenge-shaped plastic cover, you canRead More…

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Have freshly brewed coffee at the end of the world

on Monday, March 24th, 2014

With the Jetboil Flash Cooking System Java Kit, you can have fresh coffee when you’re camping, riding out the power outages in the aftermath of a storm, or while trying to survive the zombie apocalypse.  With each 100g Jetpower canister, you’ll be able to brew 12 liters of coffee in the FluxRing cooking cup with insulating cozy (oneRead More…

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The comforts of home – without breaking your back

on Tuesday, February 25th, 2014
Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear

If you like camping without roughing it too much, you probably like a stove to cook your meals.  You probably don’t want anything too heavy, because you have to carry it to the camp site.  The Coleman PerfectFlow InstaStart Fold N Go 2-Burner Stove gives you a spacious cooking surface in a package that folds up smallerRead More…

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An emergency lantern that works for 30 days

on Tuesday, January 28th, 2014
Posted in: Gear, News, Outdoor Gear

What with all the Arctic temperatures and snow this winter, I find my thoughts turning to power outages and emergency preparedness.  This 30-Day Emergency Lantern from Brookstone promises to keep you in the light even if you lose power.  The LED lantern has fourlight modes – low, medium, high, and flash – that can produceRead More…

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Keep this hand-cranked emergency lantern everywhere you need one

on Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014
Posted in: Gear, News, Outdoor Gear

The Enhance Nightlux EXP lamp works as a lantern or an LED flashlight, and it’s perfect for use camping or as an emergency light in your car or home.  You can charge the Nightlux lamp via USB; a fully charged battery will give you 40 minutes of lantern use (65 lumens) or 4.5 hours ofRead More…

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The PowerPot V review

on Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

There are lots of people like me that like to bring gadgets with them while camping.  Although I try to disconnect a bit, it’s nice to bring my cell phone and a few battery packs with me.  Wouldn’t it be great to to use an item to charge my mobile devices while I cook atRead More…

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Give the gift of emergency preparedness this holiday season

on Thursday, November 7th, 2013

If you’re like me, you have a lot of names on your gift lists.  And maybe like me, you want to give somebody something they’ll find really useful, so you need good gifts at a great price.  How about giving someone a product that that help them out if a winter storm causes them toRead More…

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The SmartLantern is more than just a light source

on Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Bracketron is debuting their new SmartLantern at booth 11630 at the SEMA Show 2013, November 5-8, in Las Vegas, but you don’t have to wait to buy one now.  The SmartLantern is an ideal accessory for travel or for emergency preparedness.  It contains a 7800mAh battery and a 2.1A USB port that can recharge some mobileRead More…

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A compact, multi-purpose cooking pot and kettle from the makers of the BioLite CampStove

on Monday, September 23rd, 2013
Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear

BioLite, the same company that brought us the CampStove, is now offering an accessory that serves two functions.  The KettlePot is made of thin stainless steel, so it’s more durable than aluminum pots and easier to clean without worrying about scrubbing off the coating.  It comes with a BPA-free plastic kettle top with a siliconeRead More…

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Charge an emergency flashlight in your bed-side lamp’s socket

on Sunday, September 15th, 2013
Posted in: Home, Kitchen, News

Here’s a new one for me.  This low-heat LED lightbulb from the MoMA Store becomes an emergency flashlight when you need one.  It screws into a standard socket, and it produces as much light as a 40W bulb using only 6W of electricity.  The LEDs will produces up to 60,000 hours of light.  When youRead More…

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StatGear T3 Tactical Auto Rescue Tool review

on Sunday, September 8th, 2013

Having previously been in the public safety field for a number of years, I have come to realize how important a good knife can be when you are on the job. The problem with most knives is that they have a single functional; they are designed to cut. Yes, I have seen knives that haveRead More…

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CRKT ExiTool review

on Saturday, August 24th, 2013
Posted in: Car Gear, Reviews

A few days ago I posted a short news article about an auto safety tool called the ExiTool by CRKT. I thought it looked like a handy tool to own, so I ordered one for myself. It arrived a few days ago and although I haven’t had the opportunity to use it to help me escapeRead More…

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Carry an ultralight camping stove in your backpack

on Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

If open fires aren’t allowed where you camp, you’ll need some sort of stove to prepare your food.  The Ultralight Backpacking Canister Camp Stove with Piezo Ignition, plus a canister of gas, is all you’ll need for cooking.  The stove itself folds up into a small package, as seen in the upper left and right images.Read More…

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Hear NOAA weather information in every room of your house

on Thursday, June 6th, 2013
Posted in: Gear, Home, Kitchen, News

It’s not even officially summer yet, and already storm devastation has begun with tragic loss of life.  Whenever there are dangerous conditions in your area, you need to be informed so you can protect yourself and your family.  There’s already a nationwide NOAA weather alert system that works in conjunction with the FCC’s Emergency AlertRead More…

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Make Dad the true King of the Grill!

on Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Does your Dad (or your hubby) fancy himself the lord of the BBQ?  Father’s Day is coming soon, and here’s a gift that could make him the true king of the grill.  This Five Cooking Method Grill from Hammacher Schlemmer puts five cooking methods at his fingertips.  (Click the photo for a larger image.)  ThisRead More…

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Charge two devices at once with the sCharger-12 solar charger

on Monday, April 29th, 2013

The sCharger-12 USB Solar Charger from SunTactics isn’t like most solar chargers on the market.  It uses “mono-crystalline solar cells, the most efficient solar cell technology of the 21st century” instead of the plastic panels and weak solar cells used in other chargers.  It doesn’t charge up a battery, because those will quickly die afterRead More…

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This gives “crank telephones” a whole new meaning…

on Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Did you ever see one of those old, wall-mounted telephones that you had to crank to get the operator’s attention in old movies?  Well, the Crankerator isn’t like that.  This accessory from Photojojo is a backup battery with an emergency power source.  It works with smart phones, cameras, and tablets, and a fully charged CrankeratorRead More…

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Knottology Expedition Clasps add more functionality to your survival bracelet

on Tuesday, April 16th, 2013
Posted in: News, Outdoor Gear

I may have mentioned before that I am fringe Paracord junkie. I like Paracord survival bracelets, but could never find a cool clasp so I never made one. The Knottology Expedition Clasps may have just changed that for me. Unlike a lot of Paracord clasps the Expedition clasps are dual functional. The Expeditions come in fourRead More…

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XPAL Power SpareOne Emergency Phone review

on Sunday, March 17th, 2013
Posted in: Reviews, Travel Gear

Ever wish you had a backup cell phone, or wish you had a spare laying around “just in case”?  The SpareOne Emergency Phone by XPAL Power just might be the thing for you.  The SpareOne Emergency Phone is a lightweight GSM phone that is powered by a single AA battery with a staggering 15 yearRead More…

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Keep your powder dry with the MatchSafe

on Monday, February 4th, 2013
Posted in: News, Pocket Gear

Actually, you’re on your own with the powder, but the MatchSafe will keep your emergency supply of matches dry and ready.  This little stainless box, made by Stoll in Germany, is much more durable than a match book and keeps your safety matches dry and ready until you need them.  There’s a piece of sandpaper mountedRead More…