Gear for a well stocked office
September 11, 2012
Every good office needs a good supply of gear to keep it running. If you’re a small office, there is probably some sucker (usually the IT guy, or someone else who’s “handy”) who gets all the facilities and similar requests. That sucker usually happens to be me because… I’m handy (that and I love being prepared). I’ve put together a list of equipment that I end up collecting at just about every company and figured it was worth sharing.
Disaster Prep: Have you checked your supplies recently?
May 8, 2012
This post is part of a series on disaster preparedness. Each entry will cover one part of the preparations I’m making a “disaster kit”, along with why I’m including the items, how important they are, and how much they cost. See the initial posting for more details. Roughly two years ago I posted a series of entries about preparing for a disaster (natural, man-made, or otherwise). Those posts covered a number of topics and while not all inclusive, did cover a number of the major items that are important to have in case of emergency. There is one critical point in any disaster preparedness plan that I haven’t discussed previously, and that is vigilance. It’s been two years since I first put together my emergency boxes, have needs changed? Have supplies gone bad?
CDC offers tips on Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse
May 20, 2011
Recently, the CDC tweeted about the Zombie Apocalypse. I found this intriguing for a number of reasons (not the least of which was that the CDC had a twitter feed). Their post about the Zombie Apocalypse was fairly amusing, and what they were really using it as a vehicle for was to raise disaster preparedness awareness, because (as the image attests) if you are prepared for a Zombie Apocalypse, you are prepared for just about anything.
MythBusters says “Buy a damn window breaker”
November 26, 2010
Last night after the Thanksgiving festivities, I sat down to watch some MythBusters. The episode was titled “Inverted Underwater Car”, which turned out to be a revisit of the “Underwater Car” episode from a few years back. MythBusters is always entertaining (doubly so when anything gets blown up. See also: every other episode) and tends to be fairly educational as well. Normally this education is more “fun facts” rather than useful in real life, but this week was different.
Review: Mainstay Emergency Food Rations
August 23, 2010
As part of the Disaster Prep series of posts, I talked about Food & Water. In that post I mentioned buying Mainstay 1200-Calorie Food Bars which I refer to as “Emergency Rations” (ERats). The problem is that a lot of people have a negative connotation of anything with the word “Ration” or “Emergency”. One friend went as far as to say that he thought cardboard was a better option. Since I had the ERats, I decided it was time to give them a try… and was I ever pleasantly surprised.
Zombie Apocalypse: “Go Bag” Gear List
August 12, 2010
Stop. Imagine for a moment, you’re at home, enjoying a nice relaxing afternoon, reading your favorite blog, and suddenly you realize… the Zombie Apocalypse has hit. Outside of your window you see the undead wandering about. Shit, things are going south and they are going fast. You need to get your gear and get out fast. It’s at this point in time that you realize, you don’t have time to pack, you have to leave with just the clothes on your back — not a smart move. 20 minutes after dashing out of your house, a friend finds your undead corpse wandering about. “Poor bastard,” they say, “if only they had a Go-Bag”.
Disaster Prep: Shelter
February 8, 2010
This post is part of a series on disaster preparedness. Each entry will cover one part of the preparations I’m making for a “disaster kit”, along with why I’m including the items, how important they are, and how much it cost. See the initial posting for more details. Directly after there is a disaster that has destroyed your home, having decent shelter may seem like a fairly unimportant detail, but it isn’t. Think about when you go camping, what is one the first things you pack? A tent and a sleeping bag, which translates to… yup, “shelter”. If you live anywhere there is a chance of precipitation, you are going to want someway to stay reasonably dry. If you are going to be on your own for longer than 72 hours, having decent shelter is that much more critical.
Disaster Prep: First Aid
February 3, 2010
This post is part of a series on disaster preparedness. Each entry will cover one part of the preparations I’m making for a “disaster kit”, along with why I’m including the items, how important they are, and how much it cost. See the initial posting for more details. First Aid supplies are another item from the “Duh” school of logic, at least when it comes to being prepared for a disaster. Though it was a “Duh”, I had to debate with myself if it was more more important than Tools or not. In the end I decided that they were of equal importance. Obviously, if you are reasonably injured in the initial disaster you should take care of yourself before you go looking for others; following the same logic behind putting on your own oxygen mask before that of a child’s, when on a plane. That being said, if you aren’t seriously injured, clearing some rubble a few minutes sooner can be the difference between life and death for someone else. Then again, sometimes you’ve got a little leeway.
Disaster Prep: Tools
January 26, 2010
This post is part of a series on disaster preparedness. Each entry will cover one part of the preparations I’m making for a “disaster kit”, along with why I’m including the items, how important they are, and how much it cost. See the initial posting for more details. In the case of a natural disaster, probably the most important thing to have directly after the disaster strikes is some tools. In the cases of earthquakes, you may find doors will not open because of shifting foundations causing damage to doorjambs. In any case, if things are really bad you will be digging through rubble, be it for loved ones, friends, pets, random survivors or even down the line, personal possessions.
Disaster Prep: Food & Water
January 21, 2010
This post is part of a series on disaster preparedness. Each entry will cover one part of the preparations I’m making for a “disaster kit”, along with why I’m including the items, how important they are, and how much it cost. See the initial posting for more details. This is one of those posts that falls under the “duh” category, but it is by far the most critical and inversely the easiest preparation to make. In the event of a disaster, be it natural or man made, you will still need to eat and drink. You can go without food, but you certainly can’t go without water. If you’re like me and live in earthquake country, you cannot drink the water after a moderately strong quake. Pipes can break cutting you off all together or worse, sewage can leak in contaminating what seems to be “good” water. Lets look at each category separately.
Disaster Prep: The End Of The World Bag
January 18, 2010
A few days ago I was doing the Wikipedia surfing thing and one of the articles I was reading was about Bug-out bags. This is something I’ve been (weakly) wanting to do for a while, and reading about it made me want to do so more. Plus the entire destruction of Haiti thing helped to reinforce the notion of this being a good idea. So this past weekend I ended up at a military surplus store which carried a variety of large military style Seabags (or duffel bag) and I decided that I should buy it and start building my “G.O.O.D bag” (Get Out Of Dodge). I also managed to convince my mother that she should let me upgrade/replace her aging emergency supplies. So the fun begins.
The Ultimate “End of the World” Vehicle
October 12, 2009
Recently John and I got onto the topic of “End of the World” vehicles (Editor’s note: For certain values of “recently”). Would a big RV work? It has lots of space, though it has poor gas mileage and isn’t very maneuverable. What about a big pickup truck? Lots of cargo space, better gas millage, can store more fuel, but still not very maneuverable. Motorcycle? Ultra good gas millage, but very limited on the cargo space and the extra fuel you can take along (this is what Milla Jovovich used in Resident Evil: Apocalypse).