Monthly Archives: November 2012

I always have one in my backpack… but I don’t always have my backpack with me

via How to Use a Flashlight in a Tactical Situation | The Art of Manliness:

It’s late Friday night and you’re walking to your car after a fun evening with your friends downtown. As you turn the corner down an unlit side street, you see a shadow dart across the wall and hear footsteps. The hairs on your neck stand straight up. You quicken your pace, but the other footsteps speed up as well. You look around trying to make out shapes in the dark, when out of nowhere a fist connects with your cheekbone. The sucker punch takes you to the ground and you can feel your wallet being taken from your back pocket.

Before you have time to react, your assailant has disappeared back into the cover of darkness.

You really could have used a flashlight.

If you’re like me, you typically think of flashlights as something you keep in your kitchen drawer in case the power goes out, or as what you bring along on an infrequent camping trip so you can find your way back to the tent after you take a middle-of-the-night leak. But according to Mike Seeklander, firearms and tactical trainer with Shooting Performance, a flashlight is something every man should have with him at all times. I met Mike over at the US Shooting Academy here in Tulsa to go over the ins and outs of using a flashlight in a tactical situation. Here’s what he told me.

I do try to keep a good flashlight on me, and it comes in handy more often than you’d expect.

For instance, we spent Christmas at my parent’s house one year, and when we were packing to go home, my son was frantic and on the verge of tears because he couldn’t find some of his Lego pieces.

I whipped out my Surefire, shone it under the couch, and BLAMMO, bright as day, he could see his Legos and we were on our way.

We might have to pick up a few of these…

via The PurifiCup is an all-purpose water filter, reduces even fluoride! | The Survival Mom™:

In disaster after disaster, we are reminded of the importance of having a way to purify water. When Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast, many water sources were quickly contaminated with sewage, gasoline, and other unhealthy ingredients. In a power outage it’s not possible for most people to boil water, so having other alternatives is vital.

The PurifiCup is a great solution for always having pure water. When I tested the PurifiCup for myself, I was impressed with the simple, effective design and the completely pure taste of the water.

Not only did the PurifiCup help my tap water taste better, but the unique filter removes fluoride.

The $60 price tag is rather steep, but filter refills are only $14, and that’s not so bad.

Besides, having clean drinking water whenever you most need it is priceless!

Learning from Sandy

It’s time for a post-disaster compendium of lessons!

First, via Three Letters Re: Hurricane Sandy After Action Reports, people who survived Sandy relate lessons learned – what worked, what they wish they’d done, etc.  Tough to summarize, but basically: You need power, shelter, and food.  It’s best to have it before the disaster strikes.

Next up: Money!  If the power’s out, you can’t use electronic money, so you’d better have cash on hand… because the banks will quickly run out of it, via Cash Economy in Wake of Sandy:

The bank has taken all its cash out of closed branches and moved it to open ones. It believed it had enough cash on hand to get through Monday, though it has not re-upped its cash holdings. No ATM’s are online. It did not know when it could expect its next cash delivery.

And lastly, another on surviving for a week without electricity in the freezing cold, via Surviving Sandy: A Few Life Lessons by William L. Anderson:

So, on Monday night, we went to bed in the dark and woke up in the dark. Thank goodness, we had somewhat prepared. We had flashlights, a gas grill (with a separate gas burner) in the garage, and large bathtub full of water to enable us to flush toilets. My wife had bought lots of drinking water and we hoped that the lower-lying places like nearby Cumberland would recover quickly enough for new supplies to be made available, if need be. As for heat, we have a wood stove and a large pile of firewood to serve a relatively small and well-insulated house.

It turned out that our preparations still were not enough.

HOW DID HE SURVIVE?  Read the story and learn, my friends.

And then do something about it.

And lastly, Vehicle Everyday Carry by Aaron Moyer — Understanding what to carry in a car for emergency situations.  He discusses multiple types of severity and duration of car emergency, with examples of kit (with pictures!) for each.