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  • Give the Gift of Gear: For Hunters

    Give the Gift of Gear for Hunters

    Deck the halls and hark the heralds! It's our favorite time of the year over here, and our little preparedness elves have been very busy brainstorming gifts for everyone on your list—the naughty and the nice. And the prepper. And the canner. And the gardener, the gadget-mad, and the outdoor guru. In fact, no matter who you're buying for, you'll find something perfect in our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide.

    But just to make it even easier (because we're helpful like that), over the next few days we'll be writing about some of our favorite gifts by the unique and distinctive interests of the people you love. And to start, we present…

    Best Holiday Shots for the Hunter in Your Life

    Under $25: Make sure that his or her stocking is full of something other than cold, wet toes. We can't imagine anything more welcome in a frigid duck blind than an armful of hand and body warmers. Lasting up to 18 hours (“Just ten more minutes—I swear I heard a rustle in those reeds!”), these neatly-sized little packs can be slipped into pockets, gloves, boots, and just about anywhere else that might need heating up.

    And speaking of pocket-sized presents, these 400-calorie Millennium Food Bars could keep a hunting party going on even the most elusive trail, and the 9-bar combo pack is on sale for the holidays. So is this High Uinta Gear 13-function utility knife—a must-have for anything from dislodging jammed shells to changing the spark plugs on the four-wheeler.

    Under $50: We can think of lots of great things in this price range for the hunter on your gift list—everything from the SOL Origin survival pack to these Mountain House just-add-hot-water, cook-in-the-bag meal kits. But let's not beat around the bush: the most crucial and most appreciated gift under the tree will be the Black Pine Turbo Toilet. Lightweight, high capacity, and available in (wait for it…) camouflage, this is the item that will have the relieved hunter in your life singing your praises.

    Under $100: Chances are, if you're moving up the price scale, you're dealing with someone particularly special to you. Someone whose well-being you care about. Someone who would make you sad if he came home with his foot impaled on a chopstick-sized splinter. Prevent heartache and ER bills by giving the gift of safety. This Medic’s First Aid Kit comes with 175+ paramedic-grade supplies, including a wilderness medicine book for all those, um, specialized injuries.

    Over $100: Really need to impress? Give the gift that keeps on giving. Let your hunter turn his fantastic kills into tasty jerky year after year with the Excalibur Deluxe 9-Tray Dehydrator. And then, when deer season is over, you can sneak it out and make fruit leather and sun dried tomatoes. Seriously, it’s a win-win.

    Any other great ideas for the hunter in your life? We’d love to hear them! And don’t forget to tune in again soon for our elves’ handy suggestions for the other giftees on your list!


    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: hunting, gear, gift guide

  • Preparedness in the News: 5 Things to Know this Week (12-6-14)

    Super Typhoon Hagupit_6Dec2014 Super Typhoon Hagupit made landfall in the Phillippines. 650,000 evacuated.


    Here are five need-to-know news stories in the world of emergency preparedness for the week of November 30-December 5.

    1. Super Typhoon Hagupit makes landfall in the Philippines

    Super Typhoon Hagupit (Ruby) is considered a "very strong" typhoon, equivalent to a category 2 hurricane. Over 650,000 have been evacuated. Read the latest at

    For information on Hurricane (Typhoon) Preparedness, check out our 5-part mini series on the subject:


    2. American possibly exposed to Ebola being transferred to Atlanta hospital

    A U.S. healthcare worker working in West Africa who was possibly exposed to the Ebola virus is being transferred to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, which treated the first two Americans who contracted Ebola while working in West Africa. Read the latest at

    Learn more about protecting yourself and your family from Ebola from the CDC.


    3. Winter crisis in Far East Russia causes state of emergency

    Russia’s Far East has received the heaviest snowfall in decades, causing a state of emergency and the need for military aid to dig its citizens out of trouble, which includes heavy traffic, slide-offs, power outages and food shortages. On the bright side, the storms cleared pollution in Moscow. Read more at

    Be ready for winter storms by brushing up on your winter driving skills, reviewing these winter survival tips, and snagging any gear you may need to stay warm.


    4. It finally rained in California – but not enough

    After months of drought conditions, Tuesday’s rainstorm brought hope to Californians. 24 hours brought 1.5 inches of rain to the Bay Area and Los Angeles, breaking rainfall records in Southern California. Unfortunately, the storm was not enough to end the 3-season deficit. Read more at

    Be as prepared for a drought as possible. Store water before the crisis hits, and practice conservation both before and during a drought to get the most out of the water that is available.


    5. Michigan provides emergency preparedness app

    The Michigan Department of Community Health has developed a smart phone app to help residents to plan for emergencies. The app provides emergency contact and health information, and gives users the ability to create, manage and export emergency plans right from their mobile devices. Read more at


    More Headlines From Around the Globe:

    One critically injured in West Jordan car fire
    Chile: Mega volcano field 'could trigger eruption 100 times larger than Mt St Helens'
    Evacuations in Cape Verde after volcano erupts
    'Emergency repair' reported at Ukraine nuclear power plant
    Plane makes emergency landing on I-575 in Canton


    Some of these stories are scary realities, and some of them are hypotheticals (like the Chile mega volcano). We share them to help you think of possible scenarios that you may need to prepare for based on your location and your family's needs. We hope they help in your efforts to prepare.

    Any additional stories from this week you think others should know about?

    -- Caroline

    Posted In: Uncategorized Tagged With: Preparedness In The News, Current Events

  • 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways! (Winners Announced!)

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    It's time for the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways for 2014! Our theme this year is the Christmas song "The 12 Days of Christmas," and features original artwork by our in-house illustrator, Nate!

    Check back every day for the announcement of a new prize and a chance to get extra entries—you can do some of the entry methods (like tweeting and sharing on Pinterest) every day of the contest to increase your chances of winning. You can also refer friends through social links for bonus entries! The contest runs from today until 11:59 p.m. on December 18th. We'll announce all 12 winners on the December 19th.

    Good luck! I hope you win!

    a Rafflecopter giveaway


    On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me... a partridge in a pear tree.

    12 Days of Christmas - A Partridge in a Pear Tree

    Win a case of MRE Pears ($180 value)! Eat them now (they're actually really tasty and a great snack or side dish) or hang on to them as part of your food storage.

    If you're new to preparedness or food storage, you can learn more about MREs right here (scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the grey bar that says "Everything You Need to Know About MREs").

    MRE Diced Pears


    On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me... two turtle doves.

    12 Days of Christmas Giveaway - Day Two - 2 Turtle Doves

    Two large cans of Freeze-Dried Turkey ($119 value)! Freeze-dried meat is a breeze to work with. Just add hot or boiling water to the amount of turkey you need, and in minutes it's ready to eat or use in a recipe. Trust me, you'll love it.

    We have a handful of turkey recipes you can try out—and, of course, you can always substitute turkey into any of our chicken recipes. Have fun exploring the possibilities and testing recipes to see what you and your family love.

    Freeze-dried turkey breast strips


    On the third day of Christmas, my true love gave to me... three French hens.

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    What better way to enjoy three French hens than in Chicken à la King? Yum! (Sorry, hens!)

    If you're the lucky winner of today's prize, you'll get three large cans of Mountain House Chicken à la King ($113 value) shipped right to your door. Bon appétit!

    Chicken a la King entree in a white bowl at a table setting



    On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me... four calling birds.

    12 Days of Christmas Giveaways - Day 4 - Four Calling Birds

    Win a four-piece communications pack, which includes a mini radio, a Fox 40 whistle, an emergency signal mirror, and a Charger Emergency Hand Crank Flashlight. ($48 value)

    Mini Emergency RadioEmergency Signal Mirror with lanyard cordThe Charger Handcrank Emergency FlashlightFox 40 Classic Emergency Whistle


    On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me... Fiiiiiiive Golden Riiiiiiiiiings!

    12 Days of Giveaways from Emergency Essentials - Day 5 - Five Golden Rings

    Win an Emergency Cooking Combo with "five golden rings" of fuel starting disks ($57 value). (Combo normally includes three fuel disks.)


    Emergency Cooking Combo


    On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me... Six Geese a-Laying.

    12 Days of Giveaways from Emergency Essentials - Day 6 - Six Geese a-Laying

    Win a 6-piece food storage eggs pack (a $144 value)! You'll get one small can each of egg white powder, whole egg powder, and scrambled egg mix, plus one large can each of Emergency Essentials Scrambled Eggs with Sausage and Mountain House Scrambled Eggs with Ham and Red and Green Peppers. And to top it off, you'll get a copy of Peggy Layton's book Cookin' with Dried Eggs so you can become an emergency egg-cooking prodigy.

    12 Days of Giveaways from Emergency Essentials - Day 6 - Six-piece cooking with eggs pack

    On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me... Seven Swans a-Swimming.

    12 Days of Giveaways from Emergency Essentials - Day Seven - 7 Swans a-Swimming

    Win a 7-piece water storage combo (a $242 value)! You'll get a 55-gallon water barrel, an emergency siphon hose, a barrel buddy bung wrench, a pack of Aquamira water treatment, a Barrel Bag, a 5-gallon water jug, and an Aqua Pod! That gets you started on your stationary (barrel), portable (jug), and temporary water storage (Aqua Pod). Talk about "just add water!"

    12 Days of Giveaways from Emergency Essentials - Day Seven - 7-Piece water storage pack


    On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me... Eight Maids a-Milking.

    12 Days of Giveaways from Emergency Essentials - Day Eight - 8 Maids a-Milking

    Win eight small cans of our popular Nonfat Dry Milk! You choose: fortified, regular, or any combination of the two. ($52-54 Value!)

    12 Days of Giveaways from Emergency Essentials - Day Eight - 8-can pack of dry milk (small cans)

    On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me... Nine Ladies Dancing!

    12 Days of Giveaways from Emergency Essentials - Day  Nine - 9 Ladies Dancing

    Because Christmas dancing can also lead to Christmas injuries, our day 9 prize is a Medics First Aid kit ($111 value)—in case one of those dancing ladies sprains an ankle. This kit has over 175 items inside, including a copy of Wilderness & Travel Medicine: A Comprehensive Guide so you can handle unexpected sickness or injury when you can't get to a hospital.

    12 Days of Giveaways from Emergency Essentials - Day Nine - Medics First Aid Kit

    On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me... Ten Lords a-Leaping!

    12 Days of Giveaways from Emergency Essentials - Day  en - 10 Lords a-Leaping

    Win a Fire Escape Ladder! Because neither you nor your Ten Lords should have to leap out the window of a burning building.

    Use this instead to climb down from a second story window when other exits are blocked.

    12 Days of Giveaways from Emergency Essentials - Day Ten - 10 Lords a-Leaping

    On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me... Eleven Pipers Piping!

    12 Days of Giveaways from Emergency Essentials - Day  11 - 11 Pipers Piping

    Win a two-piece communications and music pack featuring a Kaito Voyager Pro radio and Goal Zero Rockout Speakers ($159 value). Stay connected in a crisis, and party like it's 1999 the rest of the year!

    12 Days of Giveaways from Emergency Essentials - Day Eleven - 11 Pipers Piping

    And the last and final Day!

    On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me... Twelve Drummers Drumming!

    12 Days of Giveaways from Emergency Essentials - Day  12 - 12 Drummers Drumming

    Win our best prize of all! A 320-gallon Water Reserve combo! Instead of musical drums, we thought you might enjoy some huge water "drums" to store your family's water supply! The combo includes two 160-gallon water reserves (barrels, drums, tanks... whatever you call them, they're huge—and hugely awesome), 6 Aquamira water treatment packs, and a 50-foot  high-pressure drinking water hose.



    Learn more about the water reserve in this video:

    And be sure to do your daily entries! The giveaway closes tonight (12/18/14) at 11:59 p.m.—we'll announce the winners tomorrow, so check back near the end of the day to see if you won!

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