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12-Volt Coolers

12-Volt Coolers

Your power grid can easily power a 12 volt cooler that can lower the inside temperature 40 degrees F below the outside temperature of the cooler.  So if the outside temperature is 85 degrees F then the inside cooler temperature is 45 degrees F, same as your kitchen refrigerator.  If the outside temperature is 100 degrees F then the cooler is 60 degrees F and any food will spoil in a few hours. These kinds of coolers … Read entire article »

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Medicine Refrigerator

Medicine Refrigerator

If someone in your group has to have chilled medicine then you need to have a small refrigerator to handle this need – do this NOW. If you have a refrigerator in base-camp then this item may not be necessary. However, I recommend a dedicated power pack to run this item, even if you have a refrigerator for food.  But it’s your relative and you do as you see fit.      If you have a refrigerator/freezer I … Read entire article »

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Refrigeration

Refrigeration

Without electrical power, refrigeration is not possible, unless you happen to have a supply of ice that will last your for months. Luckily, we have electrical power at base-camp and refrigeration is now possible – in a hi-tech kind of way. There are 3 kinds of cooling base-camp needs: 1) Medicine refrigeration to keep medicine (mainly insulin) cool for weeks 2) Food refrigeration – if you have this then insulin can be kept here 3) Air Conditioning (A/C) to keep you cool The same … Read entire article »

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GPS

GPS

In any emergency except where a EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse) weapon has been detonated, GPS satellites will be up and running – maybe.  The GPS is run by the US Military and they can shut it down at any time so only military GPS works. All nuclear bombs generate an EMP wave that fries ALL electronic equipment turned on at the moment within a 5 to 50 mile radius.  There are EMP bombs now that are not nuclear and do as much … Read entire article »

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2-Way Radios

2-Way Radios

The latest 2-way radios say they can reach 40 miles to another radio – maybe on the moon but in a normal setting 1 to 5 miles is the limit.  However, if you climb to the top of your roof you could easily double the normal range.  But 40 miles is only a theoretical number. There are many brands and types of 2-way radios so here is the criteria I set up to find the unit I am … Read entire article »

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Communication Equipment

Communication Equipment

With a viable electrical grid up and running, communication equipment makes all the difference to the survival of your family. 2-way radios allow you to communicate with other families up to 40 miles away and with family members on “away teams” getting water and supplies.  2-way satellite transmissions, using your cell phone, allow you to communicate around the globe. If family members get separated you must have protocols set up to listen to certain radio frequencies during the day. … Read entire article »

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Flat Foldable Stove

Flat Foldable Stove

Believe it or not your EDC will contain a flat folding camp stove; it uses a galvanized steel flat cutout that folds up to hold solid fuel and a cook pot to boil water. You aren’t going to get but a few uses out of this stove but it costs just a few bucks so buy spares if you want. The fuel can be used to start wood fires by scraping some of the fuel into some tinder.  The fuel tablet can NOT … Read entire article »

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EDC Knife

EDC Knife

Inside the EDC there is a knife that really belongs in your pocket during the emergency.  This is not your ordinary pocket knife but one that does three functions: 1) Pocket knife 2) Fire starter 3) Flashlight These extra functions are duplicates of what you already have in your EDC but that’s the whole idea of all the equipment I recommend – backups to backups.   Join the forum discussion on this post00 … Read entire article »

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Goal Zero Lantern

Goal Zero Lantern

I highly recommend that you buy the Goal0 Lantern since it can be charged from solar cells, 120 Volt, 12 Volt car, or the hand crank on top of the lantern. This allows you to take a dead lantern and with 5 minutes of cranking, light up the night for 30 minutes. I’ve found that it’s about 1 to 5 cranking time; crank the lantern for 5 minutes and you will have light for those 5 … Read entire article »

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Portable Solar Panels

Portable Solar Panels

You need portable solar panels to power your devices while away from base-camp. You can strap the foldable solar panels to the back of your back or pack and charge up batteries while hiking; 7 Watt output.   Then, that night, use the built in flashlight, in the power pack, to supply light or the USB connection to power cell phones or other devices.     Here is the product to order:  I like the power cell that comes with this … Read entire article »

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