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27 March, 2010

Listen To My Recent Appearance On The Prepper Podcast

Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down and have a conversation with Matt Jarvis of the Prepper Podcast. You can listen to the show here.


BBC News Piece On The Preparedness Movement

BBC News - Americans get set for disaster day: "If there was ever a major disaster in northern Virginia, Chuck Izzo's house is Greenville is where you would want to be.

Tucked away in his pantry are enough tinned food and water to last for two months.

In the basement an inverter hums quietly, charging batteries that could easily power most of his three-storey home's lights and appliances for nine hours.

And for when that runs out, he has a wood-burning stove with a two-month supply of fuel pellets so he can cook and heat the whole house.

Mr Izzo is a 'prepper', one of a growing number of Americans who are preparing their homes and families to survive a major disaster they believe could arrive at any time..."


26 March, 2010

For Sale in Utah: "Die-Hard Survivalist Bunker"

For sale in Utah: "die-hard survivalist bunker" - In my opinion, this appears to be an old telecommunication relay site that has likely become obsolete over the years, been stripped of any salvageable equipment and is now being sold to get it off the books. One interesting plus to owning one of these sites, however, is that many of them were hardened to ensure continuity of communications in a post-war environment, and were therefore shielded against EMPs. Not saying this one has such shielding, but most did.


20 March, 2010

Man Spends 4 Days Stuck in Car in Snowbank

Another unbelievably lucky guy who would've benefited a great deal from having a well-stocked survival kit in the car. He did a great job melting snow to keep himself hydrated and conserving gas so he could run the heater some at night, but he would've been much more comfortable with a thermal blanket and some sort of survival rations to get food energy into his system.

Man Spends 4 Days Stuck in Car in Snowbank: "A 67-year-old country musician from Montana who spent four days in his car stuck on a remote mountain road was weak and losing hope when an Idaho couple out for a drive in their four-wheel-drive vehicle came upon his car...

... Rogers... decided to take the remote Gold Creek Road across the Bitterroot Mountains, a route he had taken several times before and which he knew could shave more than an hour off the trip.

After about nine miles and with dusk setting in, the road got too snowy for Rogers' 1996 Cadillac STS, which was loaded with musical equipment, so he decided to turn around -- and got stuck in a snowbank. He checked his cell phone -- no service...

Rogers has health issues, including diabetes, liver troubles and a history of heart problems, so he decided to wait for help. He melted snow to drink and occasionally turned the car on to run the heater at night...

... Worried that he would soon lose his bearings or begin hallucinating, Rogers wrote the letter to say his last goodbyes to his friends and relations...

... But then the Kalis' arrived and drove him to St. Regis, Mont. Rogers did not require hospitalization and felt better after getting something to eat...

... Rogers is grateful to his rescuers, the service that towed his car for free, and for all the people who searched for him...."


19 March, 2010

Britain ‘Four Meals Away from Anarchy’

Britain ‘four meals away from anarchy’ - Times Online: "MODERN civilization may not be quite as safe as we thought. Britain’s security services have been privately warning their staff that western societies are just 48 hours from anarchy.

MI5’s maxim is that society is 'four meals away from anarchy'. In other words, the security agency believes that Britain could be quickly reduced to large-scale disorder, including looting and rioting in the event of a catastrophe that stops the supply of food..."


05 March, 2010

Toronto Man Dies While Testing Wilderness Survival Skills

Here is an example of a guy who seems to have done just about everything right, with the glaring exception of the part that ultimately spelled his doom: if this truly was his first such outing in rougher than normal weather conditions, then he should have packed better gear as a fall-back 'Plan B' even if his intention was to try to go without using it.

Likely, he couldn't get a fire started for the first time and he panicked. Freaking out, he then pushed himself harder than he should have, breaking a sweat (virtually a death sentence under such conditions), leading to hypothermia and death. And, all for the want of a good sleeping bag, a simple magnesium fire-starter and perhaps a baggy containing some cotton balls soaked in petroleum jelly.

CTV Toronto - T.O. man died testing wilderness survival skills - CTV News, Shows and Sports -- Canadian Television: "A Toronto man found dead in the Muskoka wilderness was testing survival skills he may have learned from watching a reality show and reading books.

Richard Code, 41, left Thursday to test his survival skills in the Ontario bush. He was found dead Monday in a snowy, marshy forest north of Huntsville. He had ventured out on a four-day trip with only an axe, basic fishing gear, and the clothes on his back.

Barbara Ellis, who was a family friend and landlord to Code, told CTV Toronto that he was an avid fan of the Outdoor Life Network show 'Survivorman.'...

... Ellis said Code went on four previous trips without a tent or food, but she was especially nervous about what would turn out to be his final trip to the Huntsville area...

... She said Code would take precautions before going out alone, including notifying police of his exact location and bringing a survival checklist with him.

Code planned to return Sunday. He left Ellis a note to call police if he did not come home by Monday morning.

His cause of death is still unknown, but Code's brother Stephen said OPP told him Richard likely died from hypothermia...

... Peter Demos, who owns a wilderness supplies store in Muskoka, told CTV Toronto that even experienced survivalists need to take precautions in the cold to avoid freezing to death.

'You can die of hypothermia if you get wet, regardless of the temperature,' he said.

The temperature in the area dropped to -12C during the time that Code was missing."


03 March, 2010

Backpack Hydroelectric Plant Gives You 500 Watts on the Move

Backpack Hydroelectric Plant Gives You 500 Watts on the Move | Wired Science | Wired.com: "A human-portable hydroelectric generator that weighs about 30 pounds and generates 500 watts of power may soon be a new option for off-grid power.

Developed by Bourne Energy of Mailbu, California, the Backpack Power Plant can create clean, quiet power from any stream deeper than 4 feet.

The company showed off its more-rugged, militarized version of the Backpack Power Plant at the Cleantech Forum in San Francisco last week. Bourne Energy CEO Chris Catlin estimates the system will cost $3,000 after it goes into production.

“The BPP-2, which operates silently with no heat or exhaust emissions, is 40 percent less visible during operation and can also be bottom mounted to be totally invisible,” the company maintains.

Off-grid solar cells are also quiet, but they don’t make much power relative to the mini-turbine. For example, one commercially available foldable solar panel measures about 12 square feet and produces 62 watts of peak power. You’d need 60 square feet of panels to get the same peak power as the BPP-2, and the panels would only generate electricity while the sun was shining..."


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