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Everybody thinks their home is safe until trouble shows up. Burglaries can happen anywhere. Even in nice neighborhoods like yours. Many people are afraid to go out at night, scared because they can’t see what’s going on around them.
The tactical light takes the dynamic of a dark house or a pool of darkness outside at night, and changes it dramatically. A tactical flashlight allows you to Illuminate things and look for threats and really change the dynamics of the situation. To light it up and make sure no threat is there.
If a threat is there, a tactical light allows you to maintain your distance and therefore maintain your safety. You also send powerful message to anybody lurking that you are aware of your environment, aware of what is going on, and you are a hard target.
The truth is, most people underestimate the importance of owning a tactical flashlight. Whether you’re walking alone at night, driving somewhere and break down, or just want a light bright enough to deter animals while you’re camping, tactical flashlights are so bright they give you the advantage.
Not to mention if you’re in an emergency situation, what better way to call attention to yourself than with a powerful light that can be seen for up to 2 miles away!
An effective tactical flashlight should have a brightness of at least 65 lumens so you can illuminate and see things your trying to look at. This way you can use it as a force multiplier and have the ability to use a bright light against potential assailants vision.
So you can see potential assailants first and create opportunities to strike them when they can’t see you.
The flashlight should be large enough to extend from the hand and be shock resistant with an LED technology or shock isolated resistant bulb. If it goes through rough treatment it should continue to work when you need it most.
The light should also be able to be used at a low, administrative level. For example if you need to put a key in a lock. This way it doesn’t ruin your vision with a reflection.
An SOS feature can also affect assailant’s peripheral vision, which creates advantages in a tactical situation. Proper switching with a tail cap mounted switch allows you to use the light properly.
At 800 Lumens, The Shadowhawk X800 Tactical Flashlight is currently the most popular tactical flashlight of choice for most American’s due to it’s powerfully disorienting “SOS Feature” that allows the user to flash a light to call for help or leaving attackers “disoriented beyond belief.”
The Shadowhawk X800 Tactical Flashlights have become so popular the company is having a hard time keeping up with demand.
“We had to open up a second factory just to keep up with the massive amounts of orders coming in.”
Tactical flashlights like the Shadowhawk X800 Tactical Flashlight are used by the U.S. Navy Seals, the Coast Guard, Firemen, Policemen, U.S. Search and Rescue and now American citizens.
Upon receiving 4 Shadowhawk X800 Tactical Flashlights, we could already tell by it’s packaging that these was a serious lights. They came in protective cases similar to a handgun. The light itself is small and sleek, with various zoom settings and the coveted “SOS mode” that every one loves.
After putting in the batteries and trying them out, it’s clear that these are the brightest flashlights we’ve ever held. And after turning on the SOS mode for 5 seconds we had to turn it off because it was incredibly disorienting.
After playing with the light for just 5 minutes, it’s obvious why so many people are buying these. This is clearly a tool you can and should take with you everywhere.
This is not a light you want to be caught on the receiving end of!
Choose carefully. If you do this you can get an incredible light that is an important part of your self-defense.
“In times like these, it’s more important than ever for Americans to be prepared for anything, and this flashlight is one of the best pieces of gear to have as it can be used in almost every situation, from home protection to finding your dog at night…” -Matt B.
Doomsday prepping is the most extreme type of emergency preparedness.
Instead of being focused on surviving a common natural disaster which might last for a week, a doomsday prepper will think about surviving a nuclear bomb strike within 10 miles of their home.
Doomsday preppers consider every potential doomsday scenario including:
Some of these doomsday scenarios may only have a small chance of occurring, but the survivors will be preppers who took these threats seriously.
Some of these doomsday scenarios require a significant investment of resources so should not be undertaken lightly.
For example, to survive a large asteroid impact on the earth, you would need a secure location that can sustain you and your family for many years.
The dust and water vapor thrown up by the asteroid could potentially block the sun for months, killing crops and creating food scarcity.
The kinetic energy from an asteroid impact could cause earthquakes, hurricanes and tsunamis.
As you can see, doomsday prepping has to take into account significant threats.
This doomsday prepper list contains the standard tools that a survivalist needs, but augments that with some “worst case scenario” survival tools.
As any survivalist knows, water is crucial for survival. You should have the means necessary to filter, purify, transport and store drinking water. For doomsday prepping, you will require more options for obtaining and purifying water.
Water Filtration and Purification
Ways to Transport Water
A survivalist concerned about civil unrest or a minor natural disaster might decide to store 6-months worth of food as well as the necessary tools to farm and hunt for more food. A doomsday prepper must consider extreme scenarios like a nuclear war, which would contaminate soil and kill wildlife. Not only should they stockpile food, they must think about how to grow more food in a secure and enclosed environment like a bunker.
Stored Long Term Food and Staples
Food Hunting Tools
After a doomsday event, you may not even be able to hunt for food because the air and soil are contaminated. Ensure that wildlife is safe to eat.
Food Growing Tools
Gardening is always an essential survival skill because it will allow you to grow your own food for many years, becoming self-sufficient. Because a doomsday prepper must consider the effect of a nuclear bomb being dropped nearby, they require a number of additional methods for growing food indoors. Items to take:
Food Preservation and Preparation Tools
The doomsday prepper should bring along the standard food preservation and preparation tools.
The location, capabilities and quality of your shelter becomes much more important when doomsday prepping. It will have to survive extreme events that can range from nuclear disaster to asteroid impact.
Ideally, the bunker will have the following qualities and capabilities:
Even if you satisfy all of those requirements, a doomsday event like a large asteroid hitting the earth could create such an impact that you still wouldn’t survive.
Some of the other items you need for doomsday prepping your shelter:
Materials for Repairing Your Shelter
Items for Creating Temporary Shelter
Tools for Providing Energy, Heating, Cooling and Lighting
After a doomsday event, there will probably be millions of displaced people, looking for food and shelter. You must protect yourself, your family and your assets against scavengers.
A doomsday prepper will collect the same types of items as any other survivalist, but they will collect more of them. A doomsday prepper might be forced to reside in their bunker for a number of years, so a long-term supply of these items should be gathered.
5 definitive differences between preppers and survivalists, which are you?
When it comes to talking about a natural disaster, living off the grid, or a military takeover, there are typically two sets of people mentioned.
These are preppers and survivalist.
And although these two words are thrown out there interchangeably a great deal there are some differences between them.
Here are 5 definitive differences between preppers and survivalists which will help you to determine which group you are in.
It is all in the name
The main difference between preppers and survivalist is that preppers store up and prepare for the worst case scenario while survivalists prepare for the long term survival skills needed so sustain them in a situation of catastrophic weight.
This is not to say that both are not oriented in staying alive in such a situation, but that they have fundamentally different methods of which to go about doing so.
A prepper may store up food and have a garden that produces seeds.
Dehydrated food and a water supply may also be stored up.
Much like the wise ant in the fable about the ant and the grasshopper, the prepper sees that there is coming a time when the food and supplies will not be available and that those which have saved and stored their needed essentials will be the ones with the greatest chances of survival.
A survivalist understands the need for essential items as well and has a survival pack with such items as dehydrated food, water packs, water filters, a tarp for shelter, and a fire craft.
However, their primary focus is not on having the food and water (and other elements) readily available to them, but to be able to live off the grid only on the land if needed (such as by eating grubs, performing bush-crafts, and finding natural fresh water.
The Prepper Problem
Before you get mad (if you are a prepper) please read and consider the analysis here.
A prepper typically does not prepare for all disasters which may occur but focuses on the probability that a certain set of events will occur.
For example: I am quite sure that a number of you have seen shows that hone in on preppers which are planning for a military takeover.
Granted, the evidence is there, especially with EO that allows the government to take actions to “seize all communication, confiscate all food resources, take control of transportation, and compel you at gunpoint”.
Yet, what happens if there is another catastrophic event before their situation for which they are prepping for.
If a prepper has stored food in their basement or in an old cellar and has the guns to defend the cellar and all the preparations have been made to bug out in this underground location, and there is a massive flood caused by a hurricane or a dam rupturing and the food and bunker are under 12 feet of water, where does that leave them?
All the preparations are for nothing.
Solo Survivalist and Party Preppers
One of the most definitive differences between the survivalist and the prepper is that Survivalist tend to hone their skills on their own.
They view the “end of the world” scenario as one where they will have to fend for themselves and understand that they and they alone are responsible for their survival.
This means that a great many survivalist will have the knowledge of how to hunt and gather, build shelters, start a fire with a fire craft, perform first aid upon them, and find water without any help.
And although a prepper may have the intentions of being on their own when a disaster occurs, generally the prepping is done in groups or organizations.
Of course, the problem with this is that everyone in your group knows what you have, where you are going, the preparations that you have taken, and basically every other aspect of your disaster preparedness. Many of them are aware of your prepper checklist and what you have and don’t have.
Why is that bad?
Let us say that you are preparing for a total financial crisis.
You have read that the government has the right to seize all food, that they have bought up over a billion rounds of ammunition, and have predicted with accuracy that when the financial system fails that millions will be without jobs, that food stamps and government programs will be non-existent, and that starvation and rioting will occur once all the grocery stores have been looted.
Do you really believe that those which you prepped with for this disaster will not come looking for your stash when they get desperate?
More than likely, you will be the first place they look as they know you have the food and supplies.
On the flip side of the coin, a survivalist may find that when a disaster occurs that they will be hard pressed to find food and other natural resources as everyone else will be looking for such things.
Granted, the chances are more in their favor for surviving as they have planned for an “any situation” scenario. However, to get to the place where they can survive, a survivalist may have to navigate a great deal (abandoning their planned site) to find resources.
So which is better?
I really do not believe that either Preppers or Survivalists are better, but I do believe that each group has its own pros and cons.
The major pro of the prepper is that they are planning for a shortage and therefore will have the resources.
The con to this is of course that the supplies can be ruined or seized if not stored in a secure location.
The survivalists major pro is that he or she can live off the land and sustain their lives for long periods of time with little to no need for exterior help.
The major con is that the survivalist will have to live off of the small amount of contents in their survival gear until they get to a place in which they can begin utilizing the skills they have learned.
I believe that both parties have a strong determination to live and to live without governmental control or at the mercy of others.
In the end it is not the group that you belong to but the strategies that are implemented which will determine your chances of making it when and if a disaster occurs.
The items that you need to get ready for the end times
If you have never really given thought to being a prepper, but have decided that it would be best if you did prepare for a catastrophic event, then you may be at a loss as to what is needed.
There are so many shows, books, and tutorials from various perspectives that it is a bit frustrating when you are first starting to become a prepper.
Here is a guide who will help you get the basics for your bug out bag and present you with a checklist for where to go from there.
The very first thing which you will need to do as a prepper is to secure and ensure the sustainability of your necessary essentials.
You need to ensure that you have both mobile and stockpiled resources at hand. This way if you have to bug out or bug in you will be prepared. You will need to have a bug out bag as well as a storage area for your supplies.
Your bug out bag should be made of sturdy material and support the back. Extra support should be at the base of the bag. Avoid zippers as these can break and jam. Use clasps or draw strings. If possible, find a bag which will allow you to place a tactical first aid kit at the base or top securely.
Your storage area for your bug in supplies should be free from moisture and from prying eyes. Ideally, the room will be close to the center of the house (so as to avoid damage in a natural disaster). All supplies should be stored in containers that can be carried from the site (if needed).
The fundamental necessities are:
This is the core fundamentals that you will need to survive for a few days.
Granted, you will probably not last too much longer if you call it quits here.
There are other supplies which are just as critical to your ongoing survival as the items listed above. The following prepper checklist gives you the basic items a prepper needs and an explanation on why such is needed.
Going beyond the supplies
Preppers need to go beyond just stocking up on supplies. You need to have a plan for what to do when everything goes crazy. If you are staying in your residence and securing it this is your bug in plan.
If you (like most) have a safe place to flee to this is a bug out plan.
It is crucial that you have multiple bug out and bug in plans and that you practice your plans to see how realistic they are when implemented.
For example: If you are planning a bug out plan that involves you walking down a major highway, it may be ineffective to do so as that area will be patrolled.
On the same note, if your bug out plan leads you to the Mississippi river you cannot just wade across it. You need to have a plan that can and will work.
5 Solar Generator Secrets Everyone Must Know
The five essentials which you should consider prior to purchasing a solar generator
When it comes to living off the grid and becoming a prepper, many people have turned to solar panels and solar generators as a way to supply themselves with renewable energy.
However, there are several different ways in which to determine the proper solar generator for your home.
Here are 5 solar generator secrets for your prepper checklist.
1) Battery Storage Capacity
This is the most vital part of getting your solar generator. You want to insure that the generator can be used in all types of weather.
Idealistically, your panels will always have access to a sun source. Yet, this is not the case in most situations.
Power will need to be generated at night as well as on days which are overcast and cloudy. The only way in which the solar panel will be able to generate electrify during these times is if the battery storage has a high storage capacity.
When you are looking at a solar generator you will be presented with the number of amp hours. You will need to calculate the wattage per hour (as most devices are rated on watts).
To do this: multiply the amps by the volts. You will want to ensure that your batter storage capacity is higher than the demand.
You do not want to use all of your power at night or during bad weather.
NOTE: Battery rating is not the same as the wattage hours. Where the battery rating may be high the actual hourly usage may be limited.
2) Solar Panels Input
Basically, if you want to have solar generated power, you will need to have solar panels.
Not every solar panel will give you the same results and you need to ensure that the panels will maximize the amount of usable storage hours.
As the sun is only available for a limited amount of hours each day, your solar panels need to be positioned in such a way that they capture the most sun.
This is one of those situations where technology can help you.
Google’s Sun Map can show you the savings as well as the points which will have the most sun.
The software is integrated into the google map platform.
However, if you want to stay away from the internet, you should have an analysis done on your home to determine the best placement of your solar panels.
If you find that the solar panels are of low quality, then you will want to replace them with higher quality ones. Do not try to compensate for low quality by buying more cells.
3) Does the generator give off enough power
Your renewable energy is only as good as the power which can be conducted off of it.
For example: if you have a generator that only allows for 120 volts of power, you will be a bit hard pressed if you have anything running off of a 220.
You will also need to check to see how the power generated will affect the battery usage hours if the generator has the capabilities for multiple voltage power generation.
For example: If you have a generator which can power a 120v appliance for 100 hours and the same generator can only power a 220 for 45 hours then you may have to find something a bit stronger.
Do not assume that you can simply cut the power in half or double the power to figure out how long the generator will last when giving out power.
4) Does my Solar Generator Really rely upon renewable energy
One of the things which perturbs me about solar generators and any “green” technology product is that the products are not always self-sufficiently focused.
In many cases you will find that the generator allows for the implementation of solar powered storage, but that the main methodology for collecting power is through linked-in electrical storage. In other words you are getting a backup or your generated power.
Consider it this way: If you get a generator which “supports” solar power generation then you will probably have to hook the generator into the grid, your main power is (if this is the case) probably from a linked in source and the generator is your backup power.
If the power goes out then the stored electrical power kicks in. Once this is used up then the solar panel power is used. For self-sufficiency it is ineffective.
When looking for a generator, ensure that the primary function of the solar generator is to conduct power from solar panels. Ensure that you do not have to have the generator linked in.
5) Check the building ordinances and zoning restrictions concerning solar generators
The final consideration which you should definitively address is the building and zoning regulations of your area concerning solar generators.
Where you may want to have a solar generator as your main source of power, many states are adamantly working against full self-sufficient housing.
Living off the grid through the use of a solar generator may be construed as violating the mandated need for sustainable and reliable electricity.
Do not go completely off the grid (as far as your renewable energy is concerned) without ensuring that you will not be fined, that your home will not be condemned or seized, or that you will be imprisoned for it.
Those which have gone completely off the grid have seen such issues (for example PA and Florida have both seized and arrested individuals whom have used solar generators and solar power as their only source of power.).
These are but 5 things to consider when picking a solar generator.
Of course, you will want to ensure that you buy a dependable model, that the life of the generator is the best for your needs, that the generator has a warranty against lightening and other common things which could disrupt/damage the output of power, and that you get an energy efficiency evaluation of how the generator will affect your home’s self-sufficiency.