What is IFAK (Individual First Aid Kit)

Military medics pulling injured person

What is an IFAK (Individual First Aid Kit)? IFAK is an Individual or Improved First Aid Kit used to treat a specific type of wound or trauma, including major hemorrhaging and loss of breath. IFAKS are carried by infantry and special warfare units to treat injuries caused by shrapnel, improvised explosive devices (IEDs), and gunshot … Read more

Cheap Food for Storage (65+Examples)

#10 cans and Mylar bags of food

This is a list of foods you can stockpile for emergencies like inflation, economic downturn, or job loss. When I say cheap eats, that is kind of tongue-in-cheek. As I write this article, the cost of all food is on the rise and probably will be for the foreseeable future. If you have the ability, … Read more

Does Sugar Last Forever? (Top Disaster Food)

25 pound bag of sugar

Sugar is an excellent food to store for long-term food emergencies. You can use it to flavor baked goods and preserve and ferment bounties of fruit that would otherwise go bad in the cellar. It’s an excellent apocalypse food. Sugar, specifically white granulated Sugar, will never go bad because it won’t let microbes or bacteria … Read more

Phonetic Alphabet For Radio Comms (A to Z)

Military radio operator

Military, maritime, aviation and emergency services use the Phonetic alphabet so there are fewer mistakes in the transmission of critical information. The phonetic alphabet or word spelling alphabet (International International Civil Aviation Organization Phonetic Alphabet) is used in operations where clear communication is paramount. If you’ve ever tried giving street directions on the phone that … Read more

Best Communication Device For Preppers

Military Radioman In the Field

Preppers often overlook communication because it’s technical, and you must be into it to figure out what will work for your prepper group. Amateur radio seems to be the logical choice for group communication but keep in mind everyone using the radio has to have the skills and licenses to operate a HAM. They are … Read more

GMRS Radios: Best Disaster Comms

GMRS GXT Radios in charger

GMRS is the best radio service you can use for disaster communication because it hits that sweet spot between usability, capability, and flexibility. GMRS is a radio service that the average person in a survival group can use and understand. I learned that there is a little bit of a learning curve, but it’s more … Read more

FRS Radio: Easy to use Disaster Comms

Holding a handheld radio

Family Radio Service (FRS) radios are the most straightforward two-way disaster communication you can get. These walkie-talkie-style handheld radios are a good starting place for building out your emergency and disaster communication. FRS radios are the first thing I bought for my disaster communications because I wanted to test each type of radio from the … Read more

Disaster Communication: Prepper’s Guide

Radio Tower and Gloomy sky

A disaster communication plan is essential to preparing to survive a catastrophe. What will you do if there is a disaster and your cell phone or landline stops working? The best plan of action for emergency coms is to have alternate forms of communication lined up in case you need them. I’m just getting into … Read more

Disaster Communication (11 Radios & Devices)

Ham Radio

I am writing this article on disaster communication because I live on the Emerald Coast of Florida and have no emergency communication besides a smartphone. Destin, Florida (my current location) has been hit by hurricanes 58 times since 1930. Poor planning on my part. This is the first comms article, so it will be pretty … Read more

How To Choose A Bug Out Sleeping Bag: 4 Factors to Consider

Woman in sleeping bag

Choose a bug-out sleeping bag (sleeping system) that will likely maintain core body temperature in the coldest temperatures when bugging out. You can always get cooler by unzipping or laying on top of a bag, but you can’t necessarily add to the insulation factor, so get a bag that is rated a little colder than … Read more