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Surviving a Super-Typhoon

Surviving a Super-Typhoon

As part of my somewhat colorful past, I have the dubious distinction to have lived through at least 2 dozen typhoons. Sounds impossible, right? Well, when you spend more than a decade in the area of Micronesia, typhoons happen. A lot.

These massive storms, called hurricanes everywhere else but in the Pacific, rip through the islands, bringing devastation and, sometimes, irreversible damage. In my part of the world, they happened so frequently, we became a little too nonchalant at times.

When news of an oncoming typhoon hit the airwaves, we only had a few preps to put in place. Because of frequent power outages, as well as earthquakes, having a few shelves of canned goods wasn’t prepping.…

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The Annual Solar Cook-Off

The Annual Solar Cook-OffEvery year about this time, a group of us get togeather for a solar cook-off. We all bring our solar ovens to someplace like a local park, along with any other means of alternate cooking we feel like. Most of the day is then spent cooking and experimenting with various ideas. At the end of the day we have a big meal and get to evaluate how each oven performed.

solar cook off

The stoves that show up include both commercial and homemade ones. Two that have been successful for my family are the Solavore (read the review here) and the well-known Sun Oven.…

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Taking the Reins From Howard

Hi everybody. Noah here.

Howard let you know that I have taken the reins of this popular blog and will be the new owner and manager moving forward. I’m still digging through the incredible amount of articles, and wisdom!, that Howard leaves behind.

Not to worry…your favorite articles will still be here and Howard will occasionally drop in from time to time with something new to share. My plan is to keep the great info available, make it even easier to find what you want, and add new stuff as we go.

I’m not one of those know-it-all survival types and this blog isn’t going to turn into a super-macho, guns a-blazin’ style blogs (although I do love me some guns).…

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Fiberfix Tape, a Good Solution for Many Quick Repairs

For years, I have used duct tape for all kinds of repairs.  Duct tape is a great product and has served me will on many occasions.   Now there is a new type of tape that I have found to be very interesting and useful.  It is Fiberfix. They advertise it as being 100 times stronger than duct tape.  It is made of a special waterproof resin, which also has the added benefit of being heat, cold and impact resistant.

The makers of Fiberfix make the following claims about Fiberfix.

“FiberFix combines industrial-strength fibers and specialized resin into a repair wrap that hardens like steel—providing a permanent fix.…

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7 Things You Need to Know to Survive a Nuclear Incident

Surviving a nuclear incident (dirty bomb or reactor accident) or nuclear explosion seems too many people to be impossible and they just want to give up.  I have had many people tell me that they would prefer to die in a nuclear war than survive.  While any type of nuclear incident would be horrific, with a bit of knowledge it is possible to survive and go on with life.

The most important survival tool that you need is knowledge.  The following is a list of a few points that you should study and learn.

1. First there are two types of radiation associated with a nuclear explosion.…

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The problems of Sanitation and Waste Disposal After TEOTWAWKI

waste disposalI read an article on medicine that said until the advent of antibiotics, plumbers probably saved more lives that Doctors.  This of cause was because of the improvements in sanitation and waste disposal.  During the middle ages, sewage and garbage disposal in most cities was simple; you threw it out the window into the street.  Of cause, this led to all kinds of health problems, which included the plagues that were spread by fleas which lived on the rats that ate the sewage and garbage.

In some parts of the world, sanitation is not much improved over what we had in the middle ages.  …

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Riots, Demonstrations, Martial Law and Donald Trump

riots

As you can see, they were well organized

I rarely discuss predictions or make guesses about the future, but this time I am going to make an exception.  I am old enough to remember all the demonstrations that occurred during the days of rage in Chicago at the 1969 Democratic Convention.  The term demonstration is incorrect in reality they were riots, and very close to an armed insurrection.  In addition to this, there were numerous demonstrations and riots in various areas of the country, with the stated objective of stopping the war in Viet Nam.  They came very close to martial law in some areas.…

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Recycled Items Can Make Good Preps

recycled items

We would take a hammer and straighten these

This morning I was working on a small project and couldn’t find the right size finishing nails I needed.  That got me to looking at the supply of nails I have on hand and it was not what I wanted.  I have been using them and not replacing them.  That got me to thinking about how we used recycled items such as nails all the time when I was a kid.

I have got in the habit of throwing out nails when I take something apart or the nails are bent.  When I was a kid, I can remember spending many an hour sorting and straightening old nails. …

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Wartime Recipes can Help You to Survive TEOTWAWKI

wartime recipesI was born in England during WW2.  As such, I do not remember the war although I have heard many stories about it from my parents and grandparents.  Some of the events after the war still stick in my mind, like the fact my mother cried when she first arrived in Canada and saw a full butcher shop.  In England, food choices were very limited and many foods were rationed until the early 1950’s.  This made for some interesting wartime recipes.

The interesting thing is that even with food in short supply, people were healthier than before or after the war particularly the children. …

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Solar Powered Flashlights, How Good are They?

solar powered flashlights

Here is the original model.

I like flashlights; we have a ridiculous number of them.  If there is a good buy on a flashlight I have to have it.  They are kind of an obsession with me.  In my collection, I have several different types of solar powered flashlights and I have spent time testing them all.  Like everything, they have advantages and disadvantages.  But over all I think the advantages of solar powered flashlights outweigh the disadvantages.

The first solar powered flashlights that I encountered were the Hybrid Solar Flashlight that I published a review on in 2011, Hybrid solar flashlight review.

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