I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. Thanks to all who sent me such heartfelt emails and notes. I’m incredibly thankful for my readers, customers, and fellow preppers. We’re coming up on what appears to be some very bleak times in terms of the economy and increasingly tyranical laws and it warms my heart to know how quickly the remnant of prepparedness minded people is growing.
I’m trying to spend as little time in front of my computer as possible for a few days, but I wanted to get a few quick TIMELY tips out to you today, as well as a “Natural Disaster Quiz” that Survival Diva put together.
First, if you have ANY time and money to do so, consider going to your nearest sporting goods store(s) and buy 10+ capacity magazines NOW. The major online retailers are SOLD OUT. Zip, zero, nada. I bought $200 worth of magazines at a local Cabelas yesterday…I had more cash with me, but that was all they had. The wall of magazines was empty of all but <10 round magazines. Scary times, indeed.
Second, I’m a HUGE fan of Tasers and am considering starting to sell them. That being said, Taser is selling them for about $5 more than I can get them for wholesale through the end of the year. If you are looking for a less-than-lethal defensive tool to use that has been adopted by almost every law enforcement agency in the US, you should consider a Taser. Here’s the link: Taser.com Simply pick which C2 civilian model(s) you want and CALL and ask them for the Thanksgiving-New Year’s Eve 20% discount.
Third is a tip that I’ve suggested for the last couple of years on the day after Christmas that a lot of you have taken advantage of…
If you’ve got the time, head to your local Home Depot, Lowes, Ace, Target, etc. and buy some LED Christmas lights on closeout.
Last year and this year again, Home Depot even has sets that are solar powered and come with a solar charger, Lithium Ion battery, a light sensor to turn them on automatically at dusk and a timer to turn them off 6 hours later! We’ve been using them this year outside and they work great.
If you’ve got 120 volt emergency power, these are a great cheap way to keep your house lit during an emergency.
A great accompaniment is the SMALL 1 plug cigarette adapter inverters that you can buy from Radio Shack so that you can power the lights with a 12 volt battery. (FYI, cheap cigarette adapter inverters probably draw about as much power as the LED bulbs do.)
And, if you want more adaptability, you can spend another $3 and get a battery harness that will hold 8 AA batteries (1.5vx8=12v) so you can run your LED strings on AA batteries. The model I like is from Radio Shack, has a 9v type connector, and works like a charm. It’s current model number is 270-387.
As you’re searching the closeout bins, you might want to look for these features:
-strings of lights rather than “icicle” lights
-a female plug at the end so you can run multiple sets in series
-wired so that the set will still work if a bulb goes out
-white bulbs instead of multi-color…unless you just want to be festive during power outages 🙂
If you’ve got any other after-Christmas prepper deals that you’re finding, please share them below
And, last but not least, we’ve got this week’s Survive The Coming Collapse Survival Quiz, brought to you by Free Survival Cheat Sheets.com, a set of quick, actionable, and free preparedness and survival tips and tricks from the The Fastest Way To Prepare course.
Please feel free to share the site with others who can benefit from this week’s survival quiz and we hope you enjoy this week’s test!
Test Your Natural Disaster IQ
1,230 Feet High
1,510 Feet High
1,720 Feet High
Windows and doors that stick
Cracks in plaster, tile, brick, paved areas or foundations
A & C
All the above
Bathing or showering
Using the phone
Using appliances such as a television or computer
The increase was seven-fold
The increase was two-fold
There has not been an appreciable increase between the two timeframes
Injury and Trauma
A severe, long-lasting storm with continuously strong downbursts of winds.
A drought of long duration, often associated with dust bowl conditions and crop damage
An infestation of locusts which decimates croplands and pastures which has been known to lead to the death of livestock
Share your answers and thoughts by commenting below:
God bless and stay safe!
Survival Diva and David Morris