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The Importance of Critical Thinking

21 February, 2012
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Critical Thinking in Emergency Situations It’s said so often as to be a cliché that the most potent emergency tool one has is a good brain. But like many clichés, it’s said so often because there’s so much truth in it. If it were up to me in a disaster I’d rather be partnered up…

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Casa Basica: Interesting stuff that we can’t have…yet

17 February, 2012
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A few weeks ago this little guy popped up in my news feeds and it begged to be reported on here, but I wanted to do a little more research first. In a nutshell, what this guy has done is taken a number of emergency/space blankets, stitched them together and attached some kind of semi-rigid…

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Things you need: The Eton FR160 emergency radio

10 January, 2012
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Everyone says you need a good radio in an emergency. Everyone, in this case, is right. I could go on about why communication is important in an emergency, and maybe I will later, but the short answer is that it keeps you informed. Information is something you can rarely have too much of, especially in…

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New Year Resolutions

28 December, 2011
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So we come to the end of 2011, and as with every year, we start thinking about the things we’ve done, the things we will do and the ways we will change ourselves for the better in the coming year. People who blog about casual survival are no different. Regardless of your feelings on new…

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Eight 10-Minute Tips for a Safer Holiday Season

24 December, 2011
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Eight 10-Minute Tips for a Safer Holiday Season

We’re all about “keeping it easy” – goodness knows you’ve got plenty of other things to worry about during the holidays. While there are plenty of things you can and should do to ensure safety during this time of year, let’s just knock out of a quick list of fast things you can do to…

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Things you don’t need: the Escape Pod edition

9 November, 2011
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There’s a lot of great equipment options out there for those that wish to be ready for trouble. There’s also a lot of crap that will only waste your budget and time.  One such example of the latter is this item that came up back in September. It’s a small, single-person “Noah’s Ark” pod designed…

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Reminder: Nationwide Test of Emergency Alert System

9 November, 2011
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Reminder: Nationwide Test of Emergency Alert System

Today, Wednesday, 9 November, at 2pm ET/11am PT the FCC and FEMA will be conducting a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System. This requires no direct action on our parts, but it’s probably worth spreading the word to avoid panic/concern. The test will be familiar to most folks, but the difference is that it…

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The Walking Dead – Episode 1 (Season 1)

7 November, 2011
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Movies can make excellent “brain exercises” by providing interesting what-if scenarios for us to consider. So every so often, I like to check out a good movie from the point-of-view what I can learn about disaster readiness. What did the people do in the movie that might be considered a mistake? How might I have…

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Day Light Savings Time!

5 November, 2011
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Day Light Savings Time!

photo credit: Courtney Dirks Remember, as you go to turn back your clocks tonight, that this is a PERFECT time to do a few other things. Here’s a quick list for your day light savings weekend.

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Blood Sucking Chest Wound? No problem. – QuikClot and Celox

26 September, 2011
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So, I have a few issues with most pre-packaged first aid kits. Principle among those issues is that they’re too often filled with fixes for minor, ignorable issues and contain nothing for the real emergencies. Case in point: Get a serious cut – pick your favorite major artery – and see how far the over-the-counter…

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