Sunday, May 02, 2010

Get Ready! Disaster Preparedness Time!

Hurricanes, floods, tornadoes are coming. Earthquakes are always a threat. Terrorism can close a city. And so can a broken water main.

Get ready. Now!

Okay, assuming that you haven't been running around from Lowe's to Home Depot to REI and assembling your own 5 day emergency kit - spend $160 and buy one of these: Deluxe Home / Office Emergency Kit - 5 Person:
This kit by iPrepare was awarded "Best Overall Value" by the Wall Street Journal

This survival kit is designed to meet the needs of employees at their workplace in the event of earthquakes, power outages, or any other major disaster. The food and water have a 5-year shelf life. What a great investment in security!

5 Person Kit Includes:

5 - 2400 Cal Food Ration
5 - 25 oz. Water Packs
5 - Solar Blankets
1 - 8 x 10 Blue Tarp
1 - Leather Work Gloves (pair)
50 - Germicidal Tablets
12 - Toilet Liners
5 - Wet Naps
50 - Waterproof Matches
1 - AM/FM Solar Radio
4 - 12 Hour Light Sticks
1 - 123 Piece First Aid Kit
1 - 5 pack of Candles
2 - Latex Gloves (pair)
1 - Toilet Chemicals
5 - Dust Masks
1 - Port-a-Pottie

26 lbs.
Yes, you can do it cheaper. But you haven't, have you?

I'd add more matches,some dried milk and kid food. A camp stove? Propane? A candle lantern...
Bug repellent (an mosquito netting). Lots more wipes. A pry bar. A "come along."
(see here)

Self-defense? I'm interested in this. Which lessens the chance you'll kill some one by accident.

UPDATE: Nice water filter. And be sure to add a small bottle of chlorine bleach to your kit.

Just so you'll know: I am not compensated by iPrepare, nor do I know anyone who works for that company, nor am I affiliated with it in any way.


  1. I just looked at the Taurus Judge interesting weapon

  2. You made an excellent point by saying this can be done cheaper, but then challenging readers whether they've done so.

  3. Spade8:10 AM

    .410 is a really worthless self defense round, and .45 size rounds are done better elsewhere. Take a pass. If you desperately want a small shotgun then pony up the NFA tax to get a 12 gauge Serbu Shorty. At least it fires a real shotgun round (from a near worthless barrel length though). Unscientific but here: http://www.theboxotruth.com/docs/bot41.htm

    As for me, I'll stick with my Beretta and my STG-556 (Steyr AUG clone). The AUG fits under good sized jacket and with the quick change barrel removed it'll fit inside a backpack or tennis racket case.

  4. The "Judge" was sort of an afterthought - but for a self-protection weapon it is small enough to add to an emergency kit and can be used to take out snakes and other vermin without posing a risk to your honest neighbors.

    The key is the rest of the kit, without which the pistol is superfluous.

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