Quite some time ago, we offered up some information on preparedness. We were actually quite surprised on how well this information was received and numerous people even came into the shop to ask Dianne how she fashioned / organized her Bug Out Bags. So on that note, we decided to start another page on Tactical and Preparedness Tips offered up by us and some technical advisors that we network with.

Some of these tips will be new to you, some of them you will know, some of them you may have known but forgotten. We hope all of them will keep you thinking about your responsibility to always be mentally and physically prepared for the benefit of you, your family and your community.

Our technical advisors and us believe it is the individuals responsibility (not Governments or other agencies) to take the initiative to be well prepared with the proper equipment, training, and mental attitude to not only survive a crisis but be victorious. One only needs to look at Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans to understand the importance of this. The City had four days notice of the impending storm and floods. No one moved. The City had hundreds of school buses at its disposal to move people. None were utilized. People were already under flood waters before they tried to stock up on water and essentials by looting stores. Now it was too late to move. The people blamed the City for not keeping them safe and secure, watered and fed. The City blamed the state and the state blamed the Feds. Yet it was the citizens themselves who were in “condition white” and clueless to their pending predicament.

It’s highly unlikely that we will see a hurricane here in Edmonton but we have had severe tornado’s and extreme winter storms. The Province as a whole has been experiencing power “brownouts” and these are expected to get worse as the power grid has not kept up with development, hence power requirements. That forces us to survive at the very least for possibly hours, off the grid. We should be prepared for worse. As has been said before, we are martial artists and as such we train to make our minds and bodies strong. We should also be prepared to not only look after ourselves but those who cannot look after themselves such as the weak, handicapped or elderly. Hopefully you can glean a few tidbits of knowledge from this page. Stay tuned for more additions.

Batteries Die

Saturday, 03 November 2012 17:40 Mike McGuire
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Batteries die; you should be a survivor.

We depend on battery operated devices more today than ever before. Besides the battery operated non-essential devices we use, think about the ones that use replaceable batteries that would be important to you in a tactical or emergency situation; flashlights, most red dot optics, GPS systems, watches, radios, and “walky talkies” are just a few. Add devices that use rechargeable proprietary batteries like cell phones, SAT phones and computers and the list is longer still.

 

As to the devices that use replaceable batteries; If you can't remember the last time you replaced the batteries, Change Them Now! Don't let the old saying" A flashlight is a storage container for dead batteries" pertain to you. Once you have replaced the batteries, keep a list as to the dates or put a piece of tape on the unit with the date on it. Sounds like a pain, but it will be a bigger pain and potentially life threatening if you or your family need a device to work in an emergency and the batteries are dead. This is where another saying comes to mind; “one is none and two is one”.

We suggest not storing batteries in a device like a flashlight or emergency radio (how about a windup radio) until you need it because of the fear of leakage and damage. However, most believe if the batteries are replaced regularly, this should not be a problem. If you do subscribe to the first theory, all agree that you should keep at least two flashlights handy and ready to go with batteries installed.

In addition to having fresh batteries in your battery powered devices, it is smart to have spare batteries in your home, vehicle, bug out bag, survival kit and even toiletry bag when travelling. This sounds like a no brainer but we will say it anyway, make sure they are stored in a manner so that they cannot short circuit. The commercial packaging is pretty good, but may be susceptible to getting wet in certain situations. That's why it is a good practice to place the commercial packaging in a waterproof pouch, ziplock bag or other container when storing them.

WHICH ONES DO I USE?
Lithium batteries are the only batteries to consider for your tactical and emergency battery powered devices. Do not use zinc carbon batteries, even if they say "Heavy Duty" on the package. Batteries are now marked with expiration dates. If they are not, don't use them and don't buy them. Stay away from the liquidation store battery sales !

As mentioned, the best choice for a battery is the lithium battery. Yes, they are more expensive, but they are worth it. They have a long shelf life and retain over 90% of their capacity. In most battery powered devices like flashlights and radios, they afford a longer run time over alkaline batteries. The lithium batteries reportedly give better performance in cold climates as well, although I have had to change out my batteries in cold desert temps with spares I kept in my pocket to keep warm.

We do not recommend using rechargeable batteries for tactical or emergency devices unless you have back ups for these devices. Rechargeable batteries have their place and are getting much better in their design and method of manufacture but they still pose some problems where tactical or survival situations are concerned. On the flip side, an economical solar panel can keep your rechargeables up for those non essentials.

As a side note, do not mix and match battery manufacturers in your devices. When this is done, overheating, battery failure and leakage could occur thereby destroying your device.