Monday, December 3, 2012

Mind Blowing Flashlight

Streamlight 88040 ProTAC HL High Lumen Professional Tactical Light with white LED and Holster, BlackI have this thing for flashlights. I have owned literally dozens of flashlights over the years. Some were very good, and others were practically junk. But my newest flashlight fits in the category of amazing! I recently bought the Streamlight ProTac HL. This little jewel is not only small enough to carry on a belt or in a purse, at 600 lumens, it puts out enough light to blow your mind. It comes with a holster and a removable pocket clip. Constructed from aircraft aluminum, this flashlight's three functions (bright, strobe and dim) are controlled by a push button tailcap switch. I own lots of gadgets. Many of which I wish I hand my money back for. But this isn't one of them. You get a lot of bang for the buck with the Streamlight ProTac HL. If you are fortunate enough to get one for Christmas, I'm sure you will be just as pleased with it as I am mine.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Urine Powered Generator, No Kidding!

Four African girls have created a generator that produces electricity for six hours using a single liter of urine as fuel.
CLICK HERE for complete story.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Recent Media Coverage

I participated in the Get Prepared Expo this weekend in Springfield, Missouri.  The following video is a television news broadcast covering the event.

USA Prepares is planning another Get Prepared Expo at the same location in April 2013.

Friday, August 31, 2012

A Clever Way To Separate Egg Yolks

Many recipes require separating egg yolks and egg whites. I have seen various techniques used to achieve this task, but none have been so clever as this:

Thanks to Gracie in the Kitchen for this video.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Pacemakers and EMP's

 I was attending a meeting a few days ago when a lady asked, "How would an EMP affect my pacemaker?" The speaker who was giving the presentation could not answer her question and neither could I. In fact, this is one scenario that I had never even considered.

Being consumed with preparedness as I am, I made a mental note to do my best to find an answer to the lady's interesting question.

In my research I discovered that the U.S. Army had released a seventy-six page study more than twenty years ago on the effects of electromagnetic pulse (EMP) on cardiac pacemakers.

In my understanding of the study, the conclusion was that two factors determined whether an EMP would upset a cardiac pacemaker or not is the age/sophistication of the pacemaker, and the intensity of the electromagnetic pulse. So the answer to the lady's question is, it depends. A newer, more sophisticated unit is less likely to be upset by an EMP, and the weaker the pulse; the less likely it is to have a negative effect on the pacemaker.

Take into consideration the age of the study as well. It is possible that technology in cardiac pacemakers has evolved enough over the past two decades to make them more EMP resistant. 

Click here to view the entire report. It is written in techno-jargon, and is a rather boring read. So I suggest skipping to page 44 to read the author's conclusions.

As with any other medical question, when in doubt, consult your physician.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Notable Quote

I would rather have it and not need it, than need it and not have it.
-Terry Kelley

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Preparedness Triangle Replaced With Star

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For those of you who are familiar with my CSP Preparedness Triangle, forget it. I have pitched it in favor of the CSP Preparedness Star. The triangle included four elements, one at each point, and one in the center. They included Protection from the Elements, Hydration & Nourishment, Safety & Security, and Morale.
I have transformed the triangle into a star to include an element that I believe is critical to being prepared, Finances.

The CSP Preparedness Star is made up of five points. Each point represents an element of being prepared. If your preparedness plan fails to include ALL of these elements, you are not properly prepared to deal with a major disruptive event.

Let’s take a look at the five elements of the new CSP Preparedness Star: 

Protection from the Elements
This includes things like shelter, clothing, footwear, and other means of keeping your body dry, and at a safe temperature.

Hydration & Nourishment
Includes water, food, vitamins, herbs and other dietary supplements.

Safety & Security
This element is not just about protecting your family and stuff with guns and ammo. It also includes protecting your supplies and equipment from other enemies such as insects, rodents, moisture, heat and light.

Your emotional and spiritual well-being is just as important as your physical health. Having all of the material preps in the world is little consolation if you or others in your party are an emotional wreck or spiritually unprepared.

Being prepared is about self-reliance and peace of mind. There is no peace of mind if your financial house is not in order.

If you include all five elements of the CSP Preparedness Star in YOUR preparedness plan, you will likely be much better prepared to cope with any disruptive event.