Survivor.com http://www.survivor.com We Sell Disaster Survival, Survivor Kits, Emergency Food and Water Sat, 14 Dec 2013 21:57:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.4 Survival Gear You Need To Be A Flood Survivor http://www.survivor.com/2013/09/16/survival-gear-need-flood-survivor/ http://www.survivor.com/2013/09/16/survival-gear-need-flood-survivor/#comments Mon, 16 Sep 2013 07:33:09 +0000 http://www.survivor.com/?p=858 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.

Read the entire article at: http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/15/us/colorado-flooding/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

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?

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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?

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Your Bug Out Bag Checklist is Worthless Without This http://www.survivor.com/2013/09/04/bug-bag-checklist-worthless-without/ http://www.survivor.com/2013/09/04/bug-bag-checklist-worthless-without/#comments Wed, 04 Sep 2013 18:57:51 +0000 http://www.survivor.com/?p=850 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
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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?

Along With Your Bug Out Bag Checklist

Do you have a map of your local area? First aid guide? Depending on the emergency, those might be very handy.

Here’s on you might not think of, paper and something to write with. What if you need to leave a note or need to remember something?

Write it down on paper.

Cash in small denominations. The ATMs don’t work. If you make it to a store, will you give them a chunk of gold or a $20 bill for a bottle of water or matches? $1s and $5 will be a lot more handy in that situation.

Photos of prescriptions to prove to the drug store that you really need that drug.

Photos of family members so that you run up to people and yell “Have you seen this person?”, then break down hysterically, like on TV. Maybe you could be a little calmer about it, but it would be helpful.

Photo of the dog? Cats are out of the question, but dogs, you need photos of. (Cats will make it home. They always do.)

Print This Bug Out Bag Checklist

We pulled all of that information into one form for you to fill out and stash with your Bug Out Bag.

It’s got our logo and URL on it, so you know where to buy stuff in the future.

It may be advertising, but at least it’s helpful advertising.

Click here to download the Bug Out Bag Checklist PDf file.

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5 Surprising Things I Learned At The Arizona Survivalist / Prepper Expo http://www.survivor.com/2013/08/29/5-things-learned-arizona-survivalist-prepper-expo/ http://www.survivor.com/2013/08/29/5-things-learned-arizona-survivalist-prepper-expo/#comments Thu, 29 Aug 2013 20:57:17 +0000 http://www.survivor.com/?p=825 Survivor.com booth before the doors opened.

Survivor.com 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.

The survivor.com booth during the expo. We were busy.

The survivor.com booth during the expo.
We were busy.

1. Distance

It was some distance between the parking lot, where everyone’s vehicles were and the floor of the show. Everyone had to move all of their product that whole distance.

Carrying boxes in and setting them up was a lot of work. Some people were so out of shape that they looked like they were going to die from the physical exertion.

OK. Mostly it was just me.

How can I survive the coming apocalypse when I’m so out of shape?

I’ve got a long way to go to get in shape.

2. Multi-Tools

We sell a multi-tool that has many functions.

I saw a lot of other people selling variations on multi-tools.

One thing that they all seemed to have is a bottle opener.

That only makes sense. A bottle opener is easy to integrate into a tool.

More importantly, the first thing you want to do in a power outage is to drink all of the beer while it’s still cold.

3. Planning Ahead

One guy at our booth boasted that he was ready for any emergency.

He explained his plan for survival.

All he needed was guns and ammo.

He would take his gun across the street, to his neighbors, and steal all of their food and supplies.

Then he would go next door and steal their’s too.

Apparently, all of his neighbors have freeze dried food and barrels of water.

I’m sure none of his neighbors have a gun too.

4. Food

Food was a common product in many of the booths.

In a disaster, there may not be heat to cook or electricity for refrigeration, so food has to be easy to cook and able to be safely stored for a long time.

There was a restaurant that I saw on TV once, that used flakes of gold on a $100 hamburger, so I know that people can use gold on food.

I figured that’s why people were selling gold at the expo, because what else are you going to do with gold when there’s no power and people are starving?

5. Stereotypes

There’s a stereotype that preppers are all crazy, old, fat, white guys, politically conservative, and gun nuts.

From looking at all of the people that we met and talked to at our booth, I have to say it’s just not true.

There were some women, and I saw at least 5 people who weren’t white. (Asians count, right?)

Final Impressions

What I really came away with was an overwhelming sense that preppers are the nicest, most generous group of people.

There are some crazy ones, some loners, but mostly, preppers really are sensible, down to earth people who will be there help everyone get through tough times.

I felt a sense of community. Everyone was more than willing to help everyone else.

This isn’t about making sure that “me and mine” survive.

It’s about making sure that we all survive.

If I’m going to make it through the apocalypse, there’s not a better group of people that I’d want to do it with.

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Arizona Survivalist Prepper Expo http://www.survivor.com/2013/08/19/arizona-survivalist-prepper-expo/ http://www.survivor.com/2013/08/19/arizona-survivalist-prepper-expo/#comments Mon, 19 Aug 2013 18:29:45 +0000 http://www.survivor.com/?p=789 This weekend, we’ll be selling our wares at the Arizona Survivalist Prepper Expo.

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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.

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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.

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How To Survive An Electrical Outage http://www.survivor.com/2013/04/20/how-to-survive-an-electrical-outage/ http://www.survivor.com/2013/04/20/how-to-survive-an-electrical-outage/#comments Sun, 21 Apr 2013 03:54:30 +0000 http://www.survivor.com/?p=722 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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Click here to listen.

 
 

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