Survival Thinking

Quick Test: Where’s your nearest emergency light source?

10 January, 2013
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Quick: Close your eyes. Okay, open them again, you need to finish reading this first. Once you finish reading this, THEN close your eyes. Now, suitably blinded, find your nearest emergency light source. Can you get to a flashlight, lighter, book of matches, etc.? How’d you do? Did it take long? When you finally found…

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That time of year again…

11 March, 2012
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That time of year again…

That time of year again: day light savings time. As you turn back all of your clocks watch all of your clocks automatically jump-forward and resync to a server somewhere, take a moment and hit the SOTL quick-list of things-to-do, our quick list for your day light savings weekend. Don’t worry. It’s painless.

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Survival Thinking: Thai Flood Hacks

26 February, 2012
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I found this Tumblr page a little while back. It’s amusing, albeit about a not-so-amusing topic, but for our purposes demonstrates something I want everyone to develop: good survival thinking skills. This Tumblr page is a collection of photos from south-east Asia, primarily Thailand and some of the clever ways that locals have come up…

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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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New Year Resolutions

28 December, 2011
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Image by sunshinecity (flickr)

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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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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A Little Piece About Understanding the State of Emergency

26 August, 2011
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A Little Piece About Understanding the State of Emergency

photo credit: USDAgov Understanding the State of Emergency Ugh. So many things I want to post up here. Can’t write fast enough. But here’s a quickie that seemed applicable given the events on the east coast right now. What is a SoE? A state of emergency (SoE) is a declaration that can be issued by…

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Survival Thinking: Learning from Camping

12 August, 2011
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Survival Thinking: Learning from Camping

photo credit: aithom2   Camping is a simple, inexpensive, and fun way for everyone to enjoy the outdoors and get away from the rat race of day-to-day life. Regardless of whether you enjoy light-weight, family-style ‘car’ camping or more intensive overland backpacking, camping can provide some interesting lessons in disaster readiness planning. The same thinking…

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Caching: Are multiple supply pools right for lazy readiness?

8 August, 2011
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Caching: Are multiple supply pools right for lazy readiness?

photo credit: Sam Beebe / Ecotrust Short version: Probably not. Slightly longer version: Maybe, but only in specific ways. Real answer: First, let’s answer the question “what is caching?”, at least in this context. The idea is that one might distribute multiple, redundant ‘caches’ of supplies in strategically valuable locations. From our standpoint, this would…

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