Make emergency preparations or prepare for an adventure with these products
Think Tank Rotation Pro camera backpack.
As many News from Mother Earth Readers, we continue to expand our adaptive and resilience-building capacities on the farm and improve our emergency preparedness. We have doubled our freezing capacity for food storage and doubled our wood supply, just as national natural gas prices appear to be taking off.
Inflation appears to be anything but “transient” or “temporary”, despite messages from politicians. So we invested in Monroe Money for future local purchases, where we received a $ 20 bonus for every $ 100 invested; turns out, that’s a guaranteed 20 percent return. We’ve also stocked up on some groceries, like rice and coffee – as well as flour for our home food business under our state’s Cottage Food Act. Again, it looks like most of these items will be 5-20% more expensive in six months, assuming we can even find them on the shelves. And the next wave of covid-19 currently hitting Europe will likely hit the United States this winter, now that our borders are much more open to international travelers.
We have also invested in a few additional products that can make a difference in an emergency or if we need to hit the road for some reason, be it due to a crisis or for an outdoor adventure. After the assault on the nation’s Capitol and the Great Freeze in Texas that exposed the vulnerability of the power grid, anything seems possible, at least for my wife Lisa Kivirist and me. So we continue to prepare. The following list contains some new items that we have added to our stash.
Protect your gear on the go with the Think Tank Rotation Pro 50L Camera Backpack
As a photographer, I’m looking for a versatile, sturdy and innovative backpack for my gear. In fact, I have even written Mother Earth News media references when I choose to go out into the field to cover disasters or other calamities. When testing the Think Tank camera backpack with my camera gear, I quickly realized that it was also perfectly designed as a survival or bug out bag, with its water resistant coated fabrics, nylon abrasion resistant and other characteristics.
Think Tank Rotation Pro camera backpack.
Photo courtesy of Think Tank
What makes this well-constructed and super comfortable backpack unique, however, is its innovative Rotation 180 backpack technology which allows a spacious storage compartment to be rotated from the backpack, to access the contents of the backpack. compartment quickly and without removing the backpack. The main central backpack compartment provided ample space for food, clothing, hiking essentials and other gear.
As an added bonus for comfort, besides the perforated back panel for airflow and breathability, there’s a 10-point adjustable harness, to customize how I might carry my load. The pockets have been carefully designed to accommodate a water bottle, quick access to a flashlight, and daisy-chained attachment points where I can attach items, like my solar-charged lamp. There is a padded place to store a 16 inch laptop.
Because I have been taken in bad weather more than once, I opted for a rain cover for the backpack. Similar Think Tank bags, some in smaller sizes, like their 34L, which is accepted as hand luggage by most major airlines.
GoDark Faraday bag
Photo courtesy of Go Dark
Privacy and security for your phone with the GoDark Faraday bag
It’s becoming harder than ever to protect and maintain your digital security and privacy while on the move in our connected world. For our family’s cell phone, we opted for a GoDark Faraday bag for extra protection. From potential credit card Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) skimming to ubiquitous location tracking and potential data theft attacks, cybersecurity threats are becoming far too real. A localized digital attack could be the result of a simple, but nefarious, shock that we might encounter in a cafe or outside on the street.
Now we’re covered, as long as our phone is inside the GoDark Faraday bag. Every day we discover a new potential problem, like the âairplane modeâ for our phone only preventing it from transmitting, not receiving. In addition, our location history is still recorded by our phone even if it is turned off, and then transmitted later when we reconnect.
When our cell phone is zipped inside, the GoDark Faraday bag protects our electronic device from hacking, location tracking and possible damage resulting from external electrical magnetic frequencies or EMF. The GoDark Faraday bag blocks all outgoing and incoming EMF signals between 600 MHz and 6 GHz, including cell phone, wi-fi, bluetooth and GPS signals. We tested it on our property and found it to be on par with our homemade EMF box in terms of blocking cellular connections. GoDark has verified the effectiveness of the bag through third party lab tests.
As long as our cell phone is inside the Faraday bag, it is as if we have turned the phone off and removed the battery. It’s a bit surprising to us that so-called âburner phonesâ, cheap, prepaid and disposable cell phones, are still legal. A Faraday bag may be the only option when the day comes when burner phones are nowhere to be found after the government decides to crack down on this disposable technology, often used by people who don’t want to be tracked for some reason.
The ultra-durable outer shell of the GoDark Faraday bag is both water and puncture resistant; a guarantee of its quality, it is guaranteed for life. The inner felt liner protected our phone and did a better job of preventing accidental screen activation than when I was walking outside with just the phone in my front pocket.
Roving Blue O-Pen Water Filter
Courtesy Photo Roving Blue
Purify the water with the Roving Blue O-Pen Ozone Water Purifier
Whatever the situation, access to clean water is essential for survival. Roving Blue has succeeded in compressing its ozone technology and process – electrolytic ozone – into a convenient, portable, lightweight and efficient Roving Blue O-Pen filter. It can purify 16 ounces of water in less than a minute.
The O-Pen is so small that it fits in a pocket. But don’t be fooled by its small size. By infusing water with a cloud of ozone gas, this filter is highly effective against harmful bacteria, cysts, and viruses including Giardia, Salmonella, and E. coli. Unlike other water purification options and more potent than chlorine, there is no foul taste, smell or residue after the water has been purified with the Roving Blue O-Pen . When the process is complete, the ozone quickly converts to oxygen, so there is no chemical residue. Fully charged, the O-Pen can purify approximately six gallons of water, after which the device is recharged with a USB cable.
TrailHeads Cold Weather Gloves
Photo by John Ivanko
Get better grip with the TrailHeads cold weather running gloves
I learned the hard way, my snowmobile gloves and other work gloves have limits when it comes to performing certain tasks in cold weather. As a result, I was forced to take them off when often I shouldn’t.
However, the TrailHeads cold weather running gloves provided the warmth, comfort and waterproof protection I needed while still providing the finger freedom to get the job done safely. The gloves are also touchscreen compatible, so I can still access a smartphone without removing the gloves. The black convertible gloves allow me extra warmth with the mitt liner without putting on, but still have finger access when handling small projects where more finesse is needed.
They are now an integral part of my emergency preparedness kit and my bug out bag. I have found that they also work great when using my camera and drone in cold weather shooting conditions. Their hi-vis slip-on mitten feature could come in handy if I need to stay visible in dark situations.
John D. Ivanko, with his wife Lisa Kivirist, co-wrote Rural Renaissance, House For Sale, the award-winning ECOpreneuring and Farm manager with exploitation Auberge Serendipity B&B and Farm, powered entirely by the sun. Both have been speakers at Mother Earth News shows. As a writer and photographer, Ivanko contributes to Mother Earth News, most recently, Living with renewable energy systems: wind and solar and 9 strategies for independent living. They live on a farm in southwestern Wisconsin with their son Liam, a 10.8kW solar power plant and millions of ladybugs.
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Originally published: 12/11/2021 09:32:00