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Local Government Passes Law to Seize Your Preparedness Supplies

OK, let me see if I have this right. You invest in being prepared, taking responsibility for yourself, not depending upon government to take care of you. This is supposed to be a good thing. Then, things go bad, the local government decides it’s short of whatever supplies and gear it needs to [...]

Thoughts on the Fifth Anniversary of 9/11

On the fifth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11 it is, perhaps, a time to reflect on how we are doing at becoming equipped to survive. Depending upon which source you read and who you believe, Americans in general range from just marginally better prepared to a lot better prepared. The following [...]

September is National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month according to the U.S. government. A whole pantheon of organizations are joining together to promote preparedness, from the expected, such as Homeland Security and the Red Cross, to some you likely never heard of.
Perhaps a little publicity, nightly news stories and community led efforts will help jump start those [...]

Are You Ready For Hurricane Season?

The first hurricane of the season with potential to seriously impact the U.S. is fast approaching. Are you ready? By that, I mean, have you prepared to either shelter in place or evacuate with adequate survival gear and supplies? You don’t have to go out and buy a commercially assembled kit, though that [...]

Why We Don’t Prepare

Time Magazine has published an excellent article on “the national culture of unpreparedness.” It notes,” Because the real challenge in the U.S. today is not predicting catastrophes. That we can do. The challenge that apparently lies beyond our grasp is to prepare for them.”
http://www.time.com/time/magazine/printout/0,8816,1229102,00.html

Off to Outdoor Retailer Summer Market

It’s time for my semi-annual trek north to Salt Lake City for Outdoor Retailer Summer Market. While this show rarely has anywhere near the number of new product introductions  as does SHOT Show, there’s usually something of interest to the survival and preparedness community.  Hopefully, I’ll be able to use this blog to make note [...]

Knife Owners Advocacy Group Formed

Knives are man’s oldest tool. A diverse group of concerned knife and tool owners has formed the United States Knife & Tool Association (www.USKTA.org) to oppose efforts to restrict knife ownership and carry. Recent events have escalated concerns about efforts to implement irrational and needless restrictions on civilization’s most fundamental tool.The July 25, 2006, Wall [...]

Robinson Helicopter has an Epiphany

Robinson Helicopter Company apparently has had something of an epiphany and has released the following:
Safety Notice SN-40
Issued: Jul 2006
POSTCRASH FIRES
There have been a number of cases where helicopter and light plane occupants have survived an accident only to be severely burned by fire following the accident.  To reduce the risk of injury in a postcrash [...]

Welcome To My Blog

Welcome to my new Blog. A special thanks is owed to John Savage, an ETS Survival Forum participant, without whose help this would never have seen the light of day. I was ready to give up, quite frankly. Please give John a big virtual hand for his able and much appreciated [...]