Welcome to this week’s roundup of preparedness news, tips, articles and recommendations from around the web. But first, an update on my own preps.
This week I continued to experiment in the kitchen while trying to perfect some additional recipes for what I call “survival food”. I have been making a Survival Casserole using stored items that you find in your everyday pantry. I try to do this sort of thing when Survival Husband is away so he does not have to suffer through the taste tests. Anyway, I think I am almost ready to go public with this one and will post the recipe as soon as I have a chance to take some photos.
It has been another busy week and I need to start working on my tax return so let us begin with this week’s Sunday Buzz.
Shortage of Guns and Ammo
Enter “guns and ammo shortage March 2012” in your search engine and you will find a plethora of articles for consumers as well as dealers informing the public of recent shortages as well as supplier inventory allocations and backorders. A week ago we experienced this first hand when Survival Husband, Shelly, took a trip off island to Walmart and found that, in his words, “the shelves were empty”.
Then on Wednesday he received an email from Lucky Gunner indicating the following:
The Ammo Frenzy Has Begun!
Sales sure are booming these days… we have seen our volume spike over the past month! We love the business but have to admit that we were not expecting such a surge in demand so quickly.
Now there is speculation that the reason for this has to do with suspicion that President Obama, if re-elected, will restrict gun ownership by Executive Order. And as we all know, he has no hesitation in dabbling with our of Second Amendment rights.
The indiscriminate use of antibiotics is something we all should be concerned with. That said, it should be easier to get appropriate antibiotics when we need them. It now appears that drug resistant TB is being blamed on the spread of of the disease in India: Drug-resistant TB blamed on Indian treatment flaws.
In case you missed it, I wrote about The Case Against Antibiotics and Antibiotic Resistance back in November.
Japanese fishing vessel swept away by tsunami found off Canadian coast
Living at the northwest edge of Washington state, I was concerned – and also not surprised – yesterday when I learned that a ship lost during the Japanese tsunami a year ago was found some 120 nautical miles from the Queen Charlotte Islands. Our state senator, Maria Cantwell’s said this about it:
“This discovery is further proof that the U.S. government needs a comprehensive plan for coordination and response to the tsunami debris.”
What wasn’t addressed is the fact that debris showing up is clearly further indication that other stuff – such as radioactive fish and sea life – are also on their way if not already here. Why has this been pushed aside as a non-event? Inquisitive minds want to know.
In the spirit of fun, I have started to play around with Pinterest. There are lots of neat photos on the site if you want to check them out. I have not pinned much so far but you are welcome to follow me and add to the display.
Note: Right now Pinterest is in beta and is open to new users by only by invitation. I requested an invitation and it came though within 24 hours. But, if you want to move things along, send me an email and I will send you an invitation myself.
Recommended Reading: Wise Living Journal
Looking for a quality blog? I recently hooked up with Joy Thompson that maintains a blog about homesteading, self-sufficiency, current issues and organic gardening. The Wise Living Journal is really special. Check it out.
(And watch for an article Tuesday featuring some of Joy’s work mitigating the effects of radiation.)
Today on Strategic Living
In this week’s article, George and I explore some meat and potatoes tips for putting together a Survival Bag (also called a Bug-Out Bag or Go-Bag). We feature an interview with Kelly Gendrou, the bag guru at Survival Gear Bags who shares his thoughts on putting together the perfect bag using a combination of purchased items plus things you already own. You can read it here: Advice for Bagging Yourself a Survival Kit.
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
. . . Your comments welcome here and at The Buzz.
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From the Bargain Bin: The items featured in my Personal Pocket Survival Kit have proven to be extremely popular. In cased you missed it, here they are along with a few handy extras.
Kershaw OSO Sweet Knife: This “oh so sweet” knife is solidly built, stainless steel knife that comes razor sharp right out of the package. It will pretty much cut through anything the price is amazing. About $23.
Streamlight Nano Light Keychain LED Flashlight: extremely small and light weight yet it will throw off a decent amount of super-bright light. At just .36 ounces and 1.47 inches long, the Streamlight Nano Light Keychain Flashlight will take up a minimum of space in your pocket or bag. About $7.
Paracord Survival Bracelet: Why a Paracord Bracelet? So you always have some of this useful cord on your person! About $7.
Windstorm Safety Whistle: This particular whistle can be heard a long distance away and above howling wind and other competing sounds. About $7.0
Swedish Firesteel: Using this basic pocket fire-starter, you can get a nice fire going under almost any conditions. This is a small, compact version. About $11.
Pepper Spray: It is always good to have some form of defense that will temporarily halt a bad guy that is in your face. About $7.
Emergency Mylar Thermal Blankets: These come in compressed packets small enough to fit in a pocket or wallet. You will be surprised at how warm these will keep you. About $8 for a pack of 10.
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