Thursday, February 24, 2011

Gever Tulley: 5 dangerous things you should let your kids do

Available for preorder.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Learn Ham Radio

Emergency Lighting

I highly recommend putting one of these in every room of your house. On four AA batteries they last all night. They are bright enough to light a whole room. Great for when the power goes out.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

From our friends at APN

The New York Preppers Network now has an events calendar! Check out the block on the right titled "APN New York Events Calendar". This calendar will link to events in and around New York State that preppers may find useful.

The calendar is hosted by Google and you can access and subscribe to it in many different ways.

XML - A raw feed of the calendar's data.

iCal - The calendar's feed, in the popular iCal format. This is the link you will typically use if you want to subscribe to the calendar.

HTML - The calendar in the regular web format.

Here is an example of how to subscribe to the calendar in Microsoft's popular Outlook application. And here is an example in the Mac calendar application.
Have any event suggestions? Does your group maintain an event calendar that the NYPN Should follow? Let us know about it in the comments!

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Herbal Actions

Wouldn't we all like to live a healthier lifestyle less dependent on medications?  Well, Jack Spirko put out a four part series on herbal actions to help accomplish just that:

Poison Control - Activated Charcoal (Carbon)

rocket mass heater build and burn

Winter Preparedness Tip

Due to the snowstorms in our area I have been thinking a bit lately about emergency heating.  As our apartment has forced air heat, if the power goes out the blower on the furnace won't work.  I picked up a heater buddy and adapter for a bigger tank last year along with a coupler for refilling small tanks from big ones.  I figure if the power goes out my family can gather in one room and insulate the window and door.  Well, a thought occurred to me.  If I use mylar emergency blankets on the window it should reflect the heat in.  What do you think?

Lessons Learned Winter Camping 2/4-2/5

Last weekend a few of us went winter camping.  We had a great time, although it got a bit cold at night when the fire went out.  First I want to say that I tried sleeping in a hammock.  It would have worked out if I hadn't strung it up at a bad angle causing me to get bunched up at the bottom.
Next, I want to say that I plan on purchasing these two items:

In the morning our canteens and water bottles were frozen.  It would have been a lot faster and more convenient to just put them in the fire to thaw.  Instead we had to melt A LOT of snow.  Also note, do not try to cook in food grade cans or aluminum.  There is a coating on the inside that will melt or burn into your food.  Aluminum will sometimes melt on an open fire as well and I'm told it's not good for your brain.

Special Needs Preparation

Thanks to Chipper for this great info.
Episode 144-Special Needs Survival-Type 1 Diabetes/Food Intolerances
The refrigerator on the left will run off 120V, 12V, or propane.
It seems like an ideal solution for backup insulin storage. 

A good reason to prepare

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