Survival Gear You Need To Be A Flood Survivor

Emergency Evacuation

Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 at about 2am, the rain started to fall and the flooding began.

It’s now 4 days later and, according to reports, there are still 800 people missing.

(I was surprised that the random numbers of people, 482 and 318, equals exactly 800, but it does.)

An additional 482 people remained unaccounted for in Larimer County and 318 in Boulder County. Authorities believe most or all of those people are safe but simply out of touch with relatives or officers who found their homes empty.

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Most of those guys are OK, but no one knows it. They’re stuck at home, cut off from the world by who knows what, but they are alive.

Now, if that was you, what would you be eating? What would keep you warm at night? How would you see in the dark? What would you do if you cut yourself on a hideous broken mirror that your mother in law gave you for Christmas 3 years ago?

Before you consider all of that, would you have evacuated? I mean “bugged out”?

If you heard the water coming, what would you grab and run with?

Survival Gear

If you had gotten out before it all let loose, you would have taken you bug out bag. We’ll talk about what goes in there another time.

If you were stuck in your house, alive and OK, you’d be faced with a few problems.

First would be water. You need water to live. It’s right up there with air to breathe.

Since it’s flooding, the water around you might be filled with mud, toxic chemicals, and fecal matter from upstream, so you’ll either need to purify what’s around you, or have another source on hand.

Having another source is always a good bet, since you can control that. 55 gallon barrels filled with water can’t be beat.

If you had enough warning, you would have filled the bathtub with water.

Warmth comes next. Blankets. Clothes. Fire? Can you build a fire? If you have enough dry fuel for a fire, that’s great. Did the rain just dampen your dry wood prospects?

How about a candle? Do you have a candle to keep warm with? If you stay inside, and you still have an inside to stay in, then a candle can heat up a room in a while.

Propane heaters are nice too. Make sure you keep a window open for ventilation.

A flashlight would be handy. The kind where the batteries wouldn’t run down.

Or a candle. That candle might be really helpful. Warmth and light. What a concept.

Do you have a first aid kit? At least bandages and duct tape. Maybe some goop to keep the wound from being infected. You only have to survive for a few days, so just the basics would be fine.

Last comes food. You can last a long time without food. I know. I know. You don’t feel good and your tummy aches, but you’ll be fine without food.

Of course, if you did have some stashed away, you’d be even better. A little comfort in a stressful situation goes a long way towards making life bearable.

A box of freeze dried food in bags, a candle to heat the water and pour it in. A spoon! You need a spoon, but you could pour it in I guess.

If you’re depending on cans of tuna, make sure you have a can opener. We sell one that has a built in spoon in the handle. Awesome idea, that.

Those are the basics. You may not have to survive the zombie apocalypse, but you might have to survive a few days of cold, wet, weather, cut off from the world.

It’s not really that hard to be ready for that. Are you ready?

Your Bug Out Bag Checklist is Worthless Without This

My wife has a friend on FaceBook that is getting interested in prepping.

Her friend posted an article, on FaceBook, that described a bug out bag checklist.

It was hilarious.

That set Victoria on a mission to find the best, real, and actually useful bug out bag checklist.

She found a bunch of them on line. Most were pretty good. Some, not so much.

She read them all, read the reasons that they had for each item, and compiled the good ones into a list.

This Bug Out Bag Checklist Is Different
The list she came up with is not about food and water, but about the information that you forget, but after the emergency think “Man! I wish I knew that”.

It’s a list of information that you should know, should have, after it hits the fan.

If you want to look at it a little more realistically, it’s a list of information that someone else can use to identify your body.

This Bug Out Bag Checklist starts normally with your name, address and phone number, but quickly gets into medical issues.

What is your insurance policy number? If you make it to a drug store, will they fill a prescription for you?

What meds are you taking? Allergies? Eye glasses?

Then we get into the insurance policy numbers that you’ll need to get a check after it’s all over.

Banks come next. What are your account numbers? How ail you get money from the bank looking like that with no info?

If there’s a local disaster, then there’s probably not one somewhere else. Do you have a contact that’s out of state?

Where will you meet everyone else in your family / group of friends if everything washes away / burns up?

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5 Surprising Things I Learned At
The Arizona Survivalist / Prepper Expo booth before the doors opened. booth before the doors opened.

We attended the The Arizona Survivalist / Prepper Expo on August 24th, in Prescott Valley, Arizona, as a vendor, selling our products there.

There were over 80 vendors selling products to almost 2000 attendees.

It was our first time doing face to face sales. We normally only sell products on the web, but because we live nearby this one, we wanted to attend.

Here’s what I learned.

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Arizona Survivalist Prepper Expo

This weekend, we’ll be selling our wares at the Arizona Survivalist Prepper Expo.


It will be held August 24th at Tim’s Toyota Center in Prescott Valley, Arizona.

Doors open from 9am to 5pm.

General admission is $10.

I know that there will be over 80 vendors there, with everything from bunkers to dried food to bunnies to knife sharpeners.

Most importantly, we’ll be there!

Come by our booth and get a free Emergency Information Kit to organize all of your important information, in a heavy duty, waterproof plastic bag to protect it.

We’ll also be handing out free stickers with our mascot, the Sensible Squirrel, on them.

There will be a film crew from Doomsday Preppers, the Nat Geo TV show, wandering around, talking to people there.

Stop by and say hello to us!

You’ll recognize us by the banner over the booth that looks like the header on this web site.

Click here to see a flyer.

How To Survive An Electrical Outage

Here’s a 40 minute interview that I did with a friend of mine who lived through a winter storm that knocked out her power for days, then a year later, hurricane Sandy knocked out her power again.

I was surprised by what she learned and what she said you should do when the lights go out.


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The Top 5 “Top 50 Lists of Prepper Web Sites”

Rise Of The Lists

I was catching up on news on my iPhone while waiting somewhere, when I ran across an article titled “Rise Of The Preppers: 50 Of The Best Prepper Websites And Blogs On The Internet“.

“That looks interesting” I thought to myself. I’ll have to check that out later, when I have more time.

When I went to look for it later, but couldn’t remember where it was, so I looked it up in Google.

I searched for “top 50 prepper web sites“.

Wow. To my surprise, there were pages and pages of results for top 50 prepper web sites.

As I looked through them, I saw that most were just linked to the original list, but I found some others that were original.

Why wasn’t there a “Top 40″, I thought to myself, or even a “Top 10″?

What’s up with 50?

Anyway, after I read through them all, I put together this Top 5 “Top 50 Lists of Prepper Web Sites”.

There is some overlap, but there are some unique ones also.

The Top 5 Top 50 Lists of Prepper Web Sites

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American Preppers Network: New York Gun Ban Will Get Ugly

So what happens if the local SWAT team comes calling?  . . .

The man behind American Preppers Network reckons “It’s gonna be bad. Preppers, like all Americans, have the right to defend themselves and their property against Constitutional infringement.”

Reading between the lines and projecting my own concerns, I reckon it’s only a matter of time before the New York gun ban blows up WACO style.

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This is getting out of hand. I assume that the best way to fight the civilian disarmament efforts is in court, or in Congress, or your local state government.

What do you do when you live in New York or California, when they pass even more Draconian laws than they have today?

I sure hope everyone just stays cool.

Communication is always the best solution.

I can’t imagine the scene of the police knocking on someone’s door and having them resist, or worst, making a move towards a gun.

It is MUCH better to submit to the immediate authority and live to fight another day.

Let’s settle this in the courts and in the legislature, not on your front porch.

11 Ways A Condom Can Save Your Life


I’m going to say that only 10 of these are real uses, but they are all creative.

Some of these uses are actually good enough that I might stash some condoms away for the zombie apocalypse.

(“The Zombies are coming! Grab some condoms!”)

Plus, there’s a ton of jokes that you can tell yourself as you read the article.

(Just keep repeating “That’s what she said.”)

Including CONDOMS in survival kits is not a new idea.  People have been packing them in mini survival kits for as long as I can remember – using them primarily as an expandable WATER CONTAINER.

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Cheap Survival Supplies Here, Now!


You don’t have to pay $7 Loaf for a of Bread or $10 Box of Matches. You can buy that stuff for cheap, right here, right now.

OK. We dont sell bread, but everything else that you would have needed to get through Sandy is for sale on our site for a reasonable price.

It seems that the people who are in trouble now, a week after Sandy, could have easily stocked up on the things that they’re screaming for now.

You know that it’s not hard to gather a few things together to get you through a week or so.

You don’t need to make it through the end of the world.

You only need to make it through the end of the week. No sweat. You can do it.

More than 400 possible cases of price gouging of gasoline and other essentials, including a $10 box of matches and $7 loaf of bread, have been reported in New York before and after Sandy.

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