Fire – Friend or Foe? You’ve settled in for a relaxing, quiet evening, when the unimaginable happens. It starts slowly with a faint smell of something burning, but within seconds you see smoke. Your home is on fire and you only have minutes to act. Even before your brain has time to process the sensory […]
It’s difficult to imagine a single piece of gear more closely associated with survival than the knife. Even under the most difficult of circumstances, a good cutting edge serves many purposes, and can help accomplish a multitude of necessary life-saving tasks. While there’s no such thing as a perfect blade for all occasions, it’s important […]
Seven Must-Have Survival Basics The most successful survival strategies are usually the ones that focus on the basics – food, water, first aid, medical, sanitation/hygiene, self-defense, security, and of course, knowing when to stay put, and when to get out. All of these things are crucial for staying alive, especially during a disaster aftermath; when […]
Everyday carry (EDC) refers to the items, (large or small) we carry on a consistent basis. Think of these as the mainstay, must-have gear to assist in dealing with everyday needs, from the mundane to the extreme. What we carry actually says quite a lot about who we are, and how we view the world […]
Hurricane Aftermath: Post-Storm Survivor Strategy (Recoil/OffGrid) We’ve all seen the articles on hurricane preparation, and what to do before a wicked storm. But, there are also some very important steps to take after the storm – especially if you’re going to hit the road. In this article I cover some of those crucial preparations, including […]
Meals Ready to Eat (MREs) MREs, or Meals Ready to Eat are the main individual, self-contained field ration for U.S. military personnel. MREs are primarily intended for use in combat or field conditions where other food facilities may not be available. They have been around for over 30 years, but their roots stretch back to […]
The Quick-Start Survival Guide is Now “In-Stock.” We launched the Quick-Start Survival Guide (QSG) in late October. Almost immediately Amazon started to show the paperback as “Out-of-Stock.” We were pleased that sales were brisk, but we were worried that the “Out-of-Stock” status would discourage some of our readers from placing their order. A few weeks later […]
“A self-rescue can be as simple as opening a door and walking out of a dangerous area, or as complicated and dangerous, as having to dig, pry or smash our way out of a damaged structure.” In the August 2014 issue of S.W.A.T. Magazine, I discuss self-rescue and emergency evacuation tools, and why we all need to be prepared for this possibility.
Disease-producing biological agents are among the most feared weapons. Terrorism is the use of violence and threats to frighten, intimidate and coerce people and governments. Combine the two and you get one of the most powerful and feared instruments of death and destruction. In the Summer Issue of OffGrid Magazine, I show you how to prepare for the unthinkable, and how to increase your chances for survival in what can only be described as our worse nightmare scenario.
“Top Ten Most Neglected Preps – Forget and Regret. (S.W.A.T. Magazine) Ever have a nagging feeling that you’ve forgotten something important? Most of the time it’s just some trivial detail, you eventually remember, and life goes on.