[ View menu ]

Monthly Archive September, 2006

Two Thumbs Up for The Guardian

The U.S. Coast Guard has always gotten short shrift in the movies, but The Guardian, starring Kevin Costner and Ashton Kutcher in the lead roles, makes up for that big time. The Guardian opened nationally last night and we had a small Guardian party. We had a personal interest in the movie, not only [...]

McMurdo wins PLB contract with US Coastguard

McMurdo won an order from the U.S. Coast Guard worth up to $7,500,000 over 5 years to supply 406 MHz FASTFIND PLUS Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) equipped with integral GPS.  This represents an upgrade from the standard FASTFIND PLB, a similar quantity of which was supplied to the U.S. Coast Guard over the past 3 [...]

Doug on Xplore the Southwest on Sunday, October 1

Jim Solomon has invited me to be his guest on his Xplore the Soutwest radio show (heard on KDUS 1060 AM in the Phoenix, Arizona metro area or go to xplorsw.com and click on the “Listen Live” button in the right column) on Sunday morning, October 1 at 7:00 AM. Listen as we discuss [...]

Serving Up Terror on a Silver Platter?

This latest round of terror alerts and the resulting over-reaction by authorities is just the latest example of how politics and stupidity combine to give the terrorists exactly what they want.  Perhaps the best analysis that I’ve seen has been written by Bruce Schneier, one of the world’s leading security experts and the author of the [...]

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 [...]

McMurdo’s New EPIRBs Receive COSPAS-SARSAT Approval

At the London Boat Show in June, British safety equipment manufacturer McMurdo introduced their latest 406 MHz Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRBs). The new Smartfind E5 and Smartfind Plus G5 (with GPS) provide improved performance and features over the previous generation. These new EPIRBs have now received approval from COSPAS-SARSAT and the [...]

Amazon Hops on the Preparedness Bandwagon

Never one to let a marketing opportunity pass it by, Amazon.com recently sent an email out to some of its customers announcing its Emergency Preparedness Store:
“As a valued Amazon.com customer who has purchased items for the home, you may be interested in knowing that our Emergency Preparedness Store has products to help keep your family [...]