• first aid protocols

    First Aid Protocols

    Whatcha gonna do? A child playing on a swing set is suddenly on the ground, and not moving. A fellow Baby Boomer walking in the park suddenly drops to the ...

rocket stoves

Field Expedient Rocket Stoves

I’ve been researching different way of cooking in an emergency situation. I carry a homemade Penny Stove in my Get Home Bag (GHB). They are excellent for this purpose – small, heat up quickly, are pretty powerful, and don’t use a lot of fuel. They have their downsides, though. You need to carry fuel with […]

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Medication Shortages

It is pretty amazing how dependent we’ve become on EMTs, Paramedics, Nurses and Doctors.  More disturbing, is how dependent we’ve become on prescription medications.  Instead of fixing the cause of the problem, we’ve been trained to take a pill, and the problem magically goes away. We Baby Boomers, as we age, become more and more […]

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Canning Burger At Home

Part of being prepared – and independent – is assuming a number of different negative events will happen, and being prepared for each of them.  One of the great ways to prepare for an extended power outage is to home can food.  Whatever gets canned gets fully cooked and can be consumed without further preparation. […]

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Water: After A Power Outage

A question:  What is the first thing you do when you have a power outage?  Our plan, like most, is to find some sort of light source – be it a flashlight or candle.  We then grab one of our dynamo-powered radios to try and figure out what is happening. I’m guessing the next item […]

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preventative health care

Preventative Health Care

As we Boomers age, more of our physical body slows down – or breaks down all together.  Sometimes, we get a jolt of reality that we’re no longer 20-somethings that are invincible to all ailments and disease. I had one such jolt. Back in 2011, I had the scare of my life.  I came down […]

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A Game of Financial Jenga

An interesting development in international banking is in the works.  This isn’t going to immediately tip over the US economy and financial system.  But it’s definitely another Jenga block being removed from our financial foundation. First, some background:  The BRICS Nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) have been getting together for the past few years with […]

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Low Probability-High Impact Violence

Being Baby Boomers, we’re supposed to have the, “wisdom of time” as one of our greatest assets.  We’ve seen a lot, done a lot, and hopefully, we’ve learned a lot. Part of that learning experience is recognizing situations that have a good chance of erupting into unexpected violence. Low Probability/High Impact Events In our Emergency […]

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Protecting Your Privacy

Privacy.  It’s one of those weird things. It’s a core component to true independence, yet so many people are willing to toss it aside. If you act to protect your privacy, you’re assumed to be hiding something. If you’re hiding something, you’re assumed to be doing something illegal.  It’s the whole, “If you’ve done nothing […]

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