That’s a well-known exhortation by the late President Theodore Roosevelt. He was all about actually doing something yourself, rather than expecting (or electing) others to do it for you. I’ve tried to live up to his advice, not always successfully, but always with a better outcome than if I hadn’t tried at all. The… Continue reading “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are”
Tag: Emergency preparations
Hurricane Ian highlights another important need in a disaster
In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Ian, hundreds of thousands of Floridians found that their cellphones did not work. The towers were inoperative, either due to storm damage or because their power had been cut off. Many were repaired within a day or two, but apparently several hundred cellphone towers are still not working,… Continue reading Hurricane Ian highlights another important need in a disaster
An amazingly effective, yet simple, home improvement project
As part of our recent home upgrades, we decided to invest in an insulated garage door, properly fitted and snugged up to the walls, with side and top sealing strips mounted externally to minimize air exchange between outside and inside. We considered insulating our existing double garage door, a metal economy unit, but it… Continue reading An amazingly effective, yet simple, home improvement project
The scale of Europe’s industrial nightmare is mind-boggling
It’s hard for us in the USA to imagine what it’s like for industries in Europe right now, with the supply of natural gas from Russia cut off and few alternative sources available. The Wall Street Journal reports: Europe’s energy crisis has left few businesses untouched, from steel and aluminum to cars, glass, ceramics,… Continue reading The scale of Europe’s industrial nightmare is mind-boggling
What happens when Europe runs out of fuel? And how will that affect the USA?
Brandon Smith, whom we’ve met often in these pages, has a grim energy forecast for Europe over the coming months. Here are the developments Europe will see in the near term: Rolling Blackouts Further Price Inflation In Energy Business Shutdowns Due To Operating Costs Energy Fascism – Informants And Government Monitoring Of Usage Further… Continue reading What happens when Europe runs out of fuel? And how will that affect the USA?
A reminder from an African war comrade: emergency hygiene
In all our talk about the current food crisis and preparing for hard times, I’ve neglected to mention one aspect that’s particularly important: personal and household hygiene. An old buddy from Africa reminded me about that during an e-mail exchange today. It’s important enough a topic that I figured I’d best address it right… Continue reading A reminder from an African war comrade: emergency hygiene
Wow! Glad I wasn’t anywhere near that one…
A spectacular fire whirl developed at the Sam Fire in Los Angeles County, California, a few days ago, and was caught on camera. Wildfire Today reports: The KTLA Channel 5 helicopter captured some interesting video of an impressive fire whirl. It’s hard to appreciate it from seeing still photos since it did not appear… Continue reading Wow! Glad I wasn’t anywhere near that one…
When to stay and when to go?
My three part series of articles last week on “Updating and Revising our Approach to Self-Defense” has sparked e-correspondence with several readers. A common question from those in big cities, particularly those that have experienced, or are at high risk for, urban unrest, riots and looting, is “How will I know when it’s time… Continue reading When to stay and when to go?
Electric vehicles and hurricanes – a match made in hell
Earlier this week I posed an article advising those who’d recently moved to hurricane-prone areas to take precautions against such storms. One of the most common is to evacuate before the hurricane hits. However, for owners of plug-in electric vehicles, that may not be as easy as it sounds. Were a hurricane barreling toward… Continue reading Electric vehicles and hurricanes – a match made in hell
Preparing for hurricane season
It’s August. Those living along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts know what that means . . . we’re two months into hurricane season, which runs from June 1st to November 30th each year. The first couple of months are usually quieter than later months. The four nasty hurricanes I’ve been through all hit during… Continue reading Preparing for hurricane season