Emergency Crank Radio for Preppers
Emergency Crank Radio for preppers. As seen in survival movies.
Emergency Crank Radio for preppers. As seen in survival movies.
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There have been many great movies made about survival over the last few decades. The best ones take place in the wilderness where people are stranded and have to figure out a way to make it back to civilization. Sometimes these movies take place in snowy or forest environments while others take place on remote islands. But regardless of what the circumstances are for the characters, they each have to rely on their own survival skills in order to make it out alive. They don’t have any cell phones, stores, or people they can depend on except themselves. We’ve seen this kind of bravery in the movies “The Edge,” “The Grey,” and “Alive.”
The Edge was a movie about three men in a small plane who crash in the Alaskan wilderness and have to survive. One of the men happened to be knowledgeable in basic survival skills which gave him the ability to create spears and fight off a vicious bear. The Grey had a similar story where a plane crashes in the Alaskan wilderness, but only this time the survivors had to fight off wolves in the wild. Unfortunately, this movie does not end on a positive note. But it at least makes you aware of the dangers of the wild when you are unprepared for it. As for the movie Alive, this was based on a true story about how a Uruguay rugby team got stranded in the Andes Mountains after their plane crashed there. The only way they could survive was to resort to cannibalism.
There have been so many movies made about people or individuals trapped on remote islands. Some of the best ones include “Castaway,” “The Blue Lagoon,” and “Six Days, Seven Nights.” These movies do have their differences but the one thing they prove is that the best way to survive on an island is to camp at the beach. After all, if you can learn how to fish then you’ll have an endless supply of seafood that you can catch in the ocean. As for drinking water, you can use the leaves of plants to help catch rainwater when it falls down from the sky. The characters in these movies finally make it off the island by voyaging away from it and eventually getting rescued.
Survival movies give audiences a glimpse into what it takes to survive on your own in nature without any modern conveniences. Most of these movies have happy endings, while some of them do not. In real life, survival takes persistence and never giving up. That’s what the characters in these movies demonstrate.
Lighting is an essential thing to have in a survival situation. Most dangerous situations involve darkness of some kind. It could be a power outage from storm or a car breakdown at night with no street lights around. Without some kind of light source to find your way through the dark, you will either have to stay where you are or take the chance of walking in the dark and likely walk into objects while you are doing it. But when you have a light source available you can navigate faster and easier throughout dark areas without any worries.
The most popular light source is from a flashlight. You can purchase a flashlight at almost any retail store that sells hardware or household goods. If you are purchasing a flashlight for survival then make sure you purchase a lot of extra batteries as well. Most handheld flashlights take CR123, AA, AAA or D batteries, so you will want to stock up on those. Now when you go to choose a flashlight, try to pick one that is energy efficient. There are now LED flashlights that don’t drain battery power as fast as the yellow bulb lights. Not only that, but the light shines brighter as well. This would be very resourceful to have in an emergency situation where your lighting supplies are limited. Now if you want a smaller flashlight then you can find them in all different sizes and store that away as well. However, it is good to have at least one big flashlight that emits enough lumens to see clearly in front of you. If you just have a pocket flashlight that emits a tiny amount of light then it won’t do you much good at nighttime when you need to navigate your way through unknown terrain.
LED Lantern for your home or outdoor activities
LED Lanterns are compact and you can have several of them in your emergency kit. They are great and don’t need much energy. You will need them in case of blackout or emergency situation.
They are also great for outdoor activities.
EDC Tactical Flashlight
Tactical flashlight is a must have for Evey Day Carry kit. You will need it when you least expect that. That is why you always need to have compact, reliable and powerful flashlight. They are available at different prices from many manufacturers.
You need to have at least one flashlight in your car. It will help you in emergency situation, when car breaks down and in many other situations.
Such flashlights usually have car charger (12V DC) included.
Use your mobile phone as flashlight
In addition to regular lighting, you should download a flashlight app onto your Smartphone and keep a solar powered charger around for the phone. That way if you are ever without normal access to electricity you can use the solar powered charger to recharge the battery of your Smartphone by exposing it to the rays of the sun. Then with the flashlight app installed on your phone, you can use that as a source of light because it will utilize the light source built into your phone’s camera by making it shine continuously. These lights usually have LED bulbs as well, so you will have energy efficiency and long lasting power. You might also want to have a few spare batteries stored away just in case one battery goes dead. You can never be too careful when preparing for a survival situation that involves your light source.
Hatchet is very useful in any survival situation, wilderness, camping and even in the car. For example, if your car stuck in snow or mud, you can use hatchet to chop small trees or large branches and put under wheels.
One of the best axes (hatchets) you can get is Fiskars hatchet:
This axe is light-weight, compact and very sharp. It is very simple to work with this hatchet. It is compact, so it will be good for hikers. It will be very easy for you to prepare kindling for your campfire.
The handle is made of FiberComp, it is light-weight, ergonomic and very reliable.
Be very careful with Fiskars Hatchet, it is very sharp, it is easy to get injured when using carelessly.
Made in Finland, very sturdy and well made hatchet.
Related link: Choosing a Hatchet for Survival
An active shooter is someone who basically goes on a killing spree with a firearm in a populated area. Some famous examples of this are the Colorado movie theater shootings and the more recent terrorist attack in Paris’ Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine in France. These situations both involved gunmen entering a populated building and opening fire on a group of people, which make them active shooters. Even though we hear about these kinds of shootings in the news every day, the chances of it actually happening to you are rare. But still, it is best to stay educated on what to do in these situations in case an active shooter enters your environment.
There is no full proof way to survive an active shooter scenario, but there are safety precautions you can take to increase your chances of survival. The first thing you have to do is know your environment. Be aware of all the exits and areas where you can escape from a deadly encounter. Then make a habit of staying near these exit areas in case an active shooter does come in, and you have to escape. For example, when you go to the movie theater, sit in the back row. Not only will a shooter have trouble seeing you there, but you can make a faster escape that way as well. Remember that real life is not like a video game. If someone with an assault rifle comes into a room you are in and starts shooting, then you won’t want to stick around. You will want to escape right away. Just make sure you are the first to escape because there will be a crowd of people doing the same thing, which is another reason why being near the exit is important.
Now you may be in a situation where you are trapped. Perhaps you are in a classroom with the windows locked and the shooter is blocking the only door to escape. In this situation, the best thing you can do is take cover and try to barricade yourself behind some heavy objects. These could be chairs, desks or any piece of furniture near you. If you have your mobile phone then try dialing 9-1-1 and make them aware of the situation. However, if you are not armed then you will pretty much have to pray the shooter doesn’t come after you. That is why the best way to survive an active shooter scenario is to have your own firearm. Depending on your age and location, you should strongly consider getting a permit to carry a firearm. That way if an active shooter invades your environment, you can barricade yourself from their bullets and then use your own firearm to shoot back at them.
It may sound easy to survive an active shooter scenario by shooting back with your own weapon, but if you have never shot a gun at someone before then it can be quite scary. In a situation where someone is firing an automatic weapon and killing people, you have to be certain that you know how to handle your weapon. That is why if you are going to go through the trouble of getting a gun permit, you should practice shooting your gun at the local firing range. At least that way you can practice your aim and have a better chance of hitting an active shooter. But this still won’t prepare you for the adrenaline rush you will feel when someone points a firearm at your direction. This feeling could easily turn into fear, which will temporarily make you forget everything you learned at the firing range. So if you have no prior military training or experiences getting shot at, then active shooter scenarios may be too scary for you to handle a weapon. It all depends on the kind of person you are and how much real life drama you can take while staying in control.
If you do not believe in firearms or simply do not like shooting them, then you will need to find another way to protect yourself from an active shooter. In some situations, simply talking to the shooter and being friendly with them might help. Again, it depends on the circumstances of the shooting. Some active shooters have particular targets they go after out of an act of vengeance, whereas other shooters just kill everyone in sight. But if a shooter bursts into your classroom or office and doesn’t immediately start firing their weapon, this means they have some reservations about what they are doing. This is a good thing because it means they are likely acting out of emotional pain and not thinking clearly. So if you try talking to the shooter and rationalize the situation to them in a friendly way, they may decide to give up and not hurt anybody else. But whatever you do, don’t purposely put yourself in harm’s way. You should only try talking to the shooter if you are stuck in a room with them and have no other way out.
The last alternative to surviving an active shooter scenario is to play dead on the ground. If you are in a room with a lot of people and a shooter barges into the room shooting everyone, then just fall down to the ground as quickly as possible and play dead. If one of the bullets hits you in a nonfatal area, like your limbs, then try to remain calm and play dead anyway. Chances are the shooter won’t notice which people are being hit with their bullets because they are just shooting everywhere. Remember, the active shooter is probably on an adrenaline rush anyways and the experience of shooting other people is likely a shock to them. This means they are going to move quickly and not stick around very long after shooting up a room. So if this happens in your situation, then stay on the ground and don’t move until the shooter leaves. However, you should only do this if you are surprised by the shooter and do not have time to barricade yourself before they get to you.
In mass shooting situations, the shooter goes unnoticed up until the time they shoot their first victim or group of victims. Then people nearby will hear the gun shots and get into a defensive position. But for those first victims, they don’t have time to get into a defensive position because they are not aware of what is about to happen to them. This makes it very difficult and scary when a mass shooting is sprung upon them out of the blue. It means they won’t have time to barricade or protect themselves from the shooter. So when the shooter bursts into their room, the victims will need to quickly examine their options; escape, shoot back, talk with the shooter or play dead. In such an intense moment, it may be hard to choose the right thing to do. Therefore, you should try not thinking about your options so much during the attack. Just know what your options are right now while you are safe and keep them in your brain. This will make it easier to improvise your decision when an active shooter scenario arises. Hopefully, you will be able to choose the right option that saves your life and the lives of those around you.
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Snugpak Stratosphere 1-Person Tent
Snugpak Stratosphere 1-Person Tent is the best and the lightest one-person tent you can find!
MUCH SMALLER than a standard tent but with all the features, supplied with seven ultralight alloy Y type stakes/pegs and packs into its own compression sack.
Ultra compact 1 person shelter
Fabric – Top; 50D Nylon Ripstop with 5000mm waterproof polyurethane coating
Fabric – Bottom; 210T Nylon with 8000mm waterproof polyurethane coating
Zip; Full Length side Zip
All seams are taped sealed
Stands up to severe weather
Makes sure you stay dry
Poles; Aluminum with Screw Lock Tips
Small pack size: Dimensions: 90” x 37” x 42”
Weight: 39oz (Including Poles, Pegs and Compression Sack)
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Snugpak Bunker 3-Person Tent
The Bunker™ by Snugpak® is built and designed for long term hard use. With it’s 5000mm PU Coated Fly it can handle large amounts of rain as well as surpasses many other tent manufacturers with a much less superior fabric. The Bunker™ has two doors and two vents as well as all types of extras like internal mesh pockets, No-See-Um-Mesh, all seams are seam taped and much more. The Bunker™ is a Fly First pitch type tent, which allows the users to quickly set up the fly and seek shelter from the elements.
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Coleman Hooligan 4 Tent – Shelter for the Group
4 person Coleman Hooligan tent. Your entire hiking group will sleep protected from the weather inside a Coleman® Hooligan™ 4 Tent with full rainfly. The lightweight, two-pole design is easy to carry and easy to set up. The three-season tent is designed for most conditions—mild to harsh—backpackers are sure to encounter. A fully-covered vestibule helps keep the inside of the tent clean by allowing for dry entry and blocking the wind around the door. When the weather is warm, take the rainfly off to enjoy the incredible ventilation from the mesh inner tent. Insta-Clip™ Pole Attachments stand up to high wind and the WeatherTec™ System’s patented welded floors and inverted protected seams help ensure you stay dry. The snag-free, continuous pole sleeves mean you only have to feed the poles once—reducing setup time to just 10 minutes. The 9 ft. x 7 ft. (2.74 m x 2.13 m) floor is large enough to fit four people.
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Emergency Shelter Tent
This emergency tent is only for use when you have no choice. Put it in your car, in a pocket of your ski jacket, in backpack, everywhere. This tent is cheap and compact but can save life.
The Emergency Tent is a lightweight and compact emergency shelter. It is wind and waterproof and easy to set up. It is 8 feet long and roomy enough for two people.