March 23, 2019

Survivors TV Series (2008)

The family and I have been watching the “Survivors” TV Series on Netflix.  It was a British TV show that aired back in 2008 and lasted for two seasons.  From what I read, “Survivors” was actually a remake of a series that aired in the 1970s.  It is about a group of survivors coping with a world where 90% of the world population died from a deadly flu virus called the European flu. The main characters include Abby, the matriarch […]

Water Storage Failure

As you know I store supplies everywhere I can, and that includes my closet.  I am not new to water storage mishaps, see Clutter is Costly It seems having a gallon of water nearly fall on your head does not make you immune to the next misadventure.  I just found out those gallon water jugs are not very sturdy and can spring a leak at any time, even when left alone.  Lucky for me I had a plastic grocery bag […]

A Reader Told Me about this Book: The Walk by Lee Goldberg

One of the things I like about blogging is learning new stuff from readers’ comments.  A few weeks ago reader John N. recommended The Walk by Lee Goldberg.  Thanks John!  The book is about a guy who walks across Los Angeles after The Big Earthquake, the challenges he faces, various mishaps and what he ultimately figures out about his life. The Walk is work of fiction, but anyone who has experienced an earthquake can relate.  It’s not a “survival” book; […]

Items I Carry Daily

A little less than a month ago, I posted about “A Gap in My Preparedness”  http://wp.me/p1dmhM-iR when I realized an emergency can happen while I am far from my home where I have most of my preparedness supplies. Since then I have carefully chosen a few items to keep with me at all times.  Each item is useful enough to keep around, even if there is no emergency.  Here they are in no particular order: Solar watch – I decided […]

Treating Muddy Water with the LifeSaver Filtration Bottle

I posted about our water preparedness plan several months ago in the post “Insuring against 3 Days Without Water”.  For our main water purification system, we chose The Big Berkey.  It works very well but is not very portable.  If we were to shelter in place, the Big Berkey would be the one we’d use.  For a more portable water filter, we decided to try the Lifesaver bottle. Why did we pick the Lifesaver bottle? It is known to remove […]

What is “Normal?”

The ongoing crisis in Japan is getting a lot of people thinking and talking about preparedness.   Sitting around the lunch table recently, some co-workers were talking about possible disasters, and their take on preparedness. Two ladies mentioned they had bought handguns and were starting to go to the gun range.  This produced an amused, slightly nervous reaction from the table, as someone chimed in, “Well if things fall apart, we are going to your house!”  One guy mentioned he is […]

Bargain Shopping Tip

We are watching every penny these days, but still want to continue adding to our emergency supplies.  Before buying a new item, we compare prices between local area stores and internet sources like Amazon.  While we were at the store, I was starting to write all the items and prices down  when my husband came up with a good idea.  He said, “Why not use your cell phone and just take a picture of the item and price?”  I don’t […]

Taste Test: Backpacker’s Pantry Chili Mac with Beef

Time for another taste test.  This time, we picked up Chili Mac with Beef by Backpackers Pantry.  We like to try out prepared freeze dried food from time to time to see if it would be a good addition to our emergency food stash. The Chili Mac was super easy to prepare:  after you remove the oxygen absorber, add the specified amount of boiling water and let stand for a few minutes. It looked too soupy for a macaroni dish […]

Testing Out Our Gear

It was the first weekend of spring and the weather was perfect to do something outdoors.  So we took the opportunity to try out some of our gear, in case we ever have to walk out of the city on foot. We had purchased hiking boots a while ago but had not gotten a chance to wear them.  Comfortable hiking boots that don’t pinch or cause blisters are important if you ever have to walk out of the city in […]

A Book Review of Getting Out Alive: 13 Deadly Scenarios and How Others Survived

  This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com When I first heard about the subject of Scott B. Williams new book, Getting Out Alive:  13 Deadly Scenarios and How Others Survived, I wondered how I would feel, reading about these deadly scenarios.  Although I have started to prepare for potential emergencies, I am someone who avoids thinking about scary situations.  As it turns out, I had nothing to worry about, as this book is written in a way that shows […]

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