Flashlights for a 72 hour kit

Flashlights for a 72 hour kit

Flashlights are a basic item in any 72 hour kit. In an emergency you are going to need light: to set up a tent, to walk a trail, to find your stuff in a shelter, to read a map at night, etc etc. After doing a fair amount of research, I feel a kit needs three flashlights: a lightweight handheld battery powered flashlight, a battery powered headlight, and a crank or magnetic induction flashlight....

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Getting life insurance

Getting life insurance

Now that we have a kid and Becca is out of school, my wife and I decided it’d be wise for me to get a life insurance policy. Our goal is to provide enough money for Becca and Anna to maintain their lifestyle if I die prematurely. For us, we decided that meant Becca would need enough money (combined with our current savings): to bury me, to buy a house (or to pay off an existing mortgage to...

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Backups

Backups

I received some paperwork from my stockbroker so I decided to take a moment to update my taxes-in-progress for the 2012 tax year. I keep all my 1099’s, TurboTax files, notes, donation records, and that sort of thing in a folder on my external USB drive. I sat down at my desk, opened up the drive, and… my tax folder for 2012 was empty. I checked the 2013 folder (which had several...

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Your urine won’t save you

Your urine won’t save you

A survivalist book recently popped up on a Cool Tools site that I follow. This book, written by a celebrity expert, advocates drinking your own urine in an emergency situation. The author says it is completely safe and sterile as long as you drink it right after urinating, and that you can drink the first two passes of urine. So the question becomes, is he right? Will drinking your urine save...

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Prepping for the hurricane

Hurricane Sandy is on its way. Unfortunately, I haven’t finished my 72 hour kits, so we are stuck with whatever we have on hand. Luckily, Becca and I tend to be fairly prepared anyway so hopefully we have everything we need. Here are some of the highlights of our preparations: Water We have two 15 gallon water drums. To prepare for the storm, I drained and refilled them. With the potential...

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Vital records

I’ve been working on putting together a 72 hour kit, and decided to put together some vital records as the next step in the project. I scoured the internet to find out what documents I needed to get together, and came up with this list: Renters insurance Auto insurance Lease agreement Vaccination records Birth certificates Marriage certificate Car title Wills Medical insurance Passports...

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