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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.


Preparedness Test

Saturday, 03 November 2012 17:10 Mike McGuire
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1. Has your family rehearsed fire escape routes from your home? YES - NO

2. Does your family know what to do before, during, and after an earthquake or YES - NO

   other emergency situation?

3. Do you have heavy objects hanging over beds that can fall during an earthquake? YES - NO

4. Do you have access to an operational flashlight in every occupied bedroom?

   (use of candles is not recommended unless you are sure there is no leaking gas) YES - NO

5. Do you keep shoes near your bed to protect your feet against broken glass? YES - NO

6. If a water line was ruptured during an earthquake, do you know how to shut off the

    main water line to your house? YES - NO

7. Can this water valve be turned off by hand without the use of a tool?

    Do you have a tool if one is needed? YES - NO

8. Do you know where the main gas shut-off valve to your house is located? YES - NO

9. If you smell gas, do you know how and would you be able to shut off this valve? YES - NO

10. Gas valves usually cannot be turned off by hand. Is there a tool near your valve? YES - NO

Last Updated on Saturday, 03 November 2012 17:22


Saturday, 03 November 2012 17:00 Mike McGuire
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"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently and die gallantly. Specialization is for insects."

Last Updated on Saturday, 03 November 2012 17:25

As sent to several political groups and media:

Monday, 09 April 2012 00:00
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Well spring is here and two things are certain this year, there will be a spring election and the motorcyclists are hitting the streets and roadways of this province.


DefCon 3

Friday, 09 December 2011 00:00
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So you think your squared away. You have your gear. You have your lists. Now what? Well Dianne and I just tried out our own plan. We thought we had it plotted out with our lists, bug out bags, white boards with muster points and who grabs what etc. We found some glaring holes in our plan, the most notable being "time". What we would have thought of as being a relatively quick matter of gathering gear, food stuffs, etc. and moving to a muster point turned out to be a considerably longer time frame than we had expected. We all know that in a crunch, time is usually a luxory seldom seen. So now for us, it is back to the drawing board. We have to look at having more of our stuff better "pre-packaged" as it were and better staged. Something as simple as having to run up and down stairs can add significant time to the equation as well as add physical stress to what is most likely, an already stressful situation.


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