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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Movie Time! Learning from “30 Days of Night”

10 August, 2011
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Movie time! Check out the previous Rated-S-for-Survival items, but the short version: movies make a great platform for disaster readiness thought-exercises. I’m not going to review the movie; if you like it great, if you don’t great, I’m not going to judge. All we’re going to talk about is what the characters did, what we…

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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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Water: Filters versus Tablets

21 July, 2011
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Water: Filters versus Tablets

photo credit: Gonmi Everyone seem to get the fact that water is not just interesting, but kind of important. It’s a pretty Big Deal(tm). I won’t bother to enumerate out the reasons we need water, because even the most brain-dead plant is born knowing that we need water. We Need Water. If you’re reading this…

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Rated S for Survival: ID4 – Independence Day

4 July, 2011
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So it’s July 4th here in the U.S., which is the day we celebrate our country’s independence from England with a lot of wonderfully self-destructive behavior. What better movie to review-from-the-standpoint-of-survival than 1996’s effects blockbuster Independence Day.  Spoilers Ahead!

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10 Quick Tips

22 June, 2011
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  Don’t Buy New: When you need a large or costly item, such as a good pack or walking shoes, don’t buy it new. Buying a new pair of shoes for example, only to stick them in a bag in a closet is a waste. Instead, buy the new item and take the old item…

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