After Christmas Sales for Preppers & Survival Quiz

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:  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, 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

Question 1
The biggest tsunami ever recorded happened on July 9, 1958 in Lituya Bay, Alaska. What was the recorded height of the wave?
1,230 Feet High
1,510 Feet High
1,720 Feet High
Question 1 Explanation: 
The answer is C, 1720 feet high. An earthquake along the Fairweather Fault in the Alaska Panhandle loosened 40 million cubic yards of rock above the northeastern shore of Lituya Bay, sweeping away all trees and vegetation from as high as 1,720 feet.
Question 2
What are visual cues of an impending mudslide?
Leaning Trees
Windows and doors that stick
Cracks in plaster, tile, brick, paved areas or foundations
A & C
All the above
Question 2 Explanation: 
The answer is E, all the above. If living in a mudslide prone location such as California, whenever 3 to 4 inches of rainfall is experienced in a day, or ¼ inch of rainfall falls per hour, it’s time to consider evacuating.
Question 3
What activity leads to the highest incidents of indoor lightning injuries?
Doing dishes
Bathing or showering
Using the phone
Using appliances such as a television or computer
Question 3 Explanation: 
The answer is C. Although all of the activities listed should be avoided during a lightening storm, phone use during lightning leads to the most indoor lightening injuries.
Question 4
A lightning bolt can contain up to one billion volts of electricity.
Question 4 Explanation: 
The answer is A, True. The enormous electrical discharge is caused by an imbalance between positive and negative charges.
Question 5
What was the increase of 7.0 (or greater) earthquakes between the 1986 to 1996 timeframe compared with the 1997 to 2007 timeframe?
The increase was seven-fold
The increase was two-fold
There has not been an appreciable increase between the two timeframes
Question 5 Explanation: 
The answer is A. During the timeframe of 1986 to 1996, there were 15 earthquakes listed by the USGS that were a 7.0 or greater earthquake. Between 1997 to 2007, there were 99 reported.
Question 6
Forest fires travel faster downhill than they do uphill.
Question 6 Explanation: 
The answer is B, False. Fires move faster uphill because heat rises. Try this experiment: Hold a lit match, tip up, and time how long it takes the flame to move halfway down the stick. Now try the same experiment tip down and time how long it takes the flame to move halfway up the stick.
Question 7
Which U.S. state holds the record for F-5 Tornados?
Question 7 Explanation: 
The answer is D, Kansas, which is on record as having suffered a record-braking 8 F-5’s.
Question 8
What percentage of people survived being buried by an avalanche when dug out within 15 minutes?
Question 8 Explanation: 
The answer is B, 93%. The survival rate drops fast after that: after 45 minutes, only 20 – 30% survive, and after 2 hours, only a very few survive.
Question 9
What was the leading cause of death for Hurricane Katrina victims?
Injury and Trauma
Heart Conditions
Question 9 Explanation: 
The answer is B, drowning, which was blamed for approximately 40% of deaths. Injury and trauma was second at 25% and heart conditions were the third leading cause at 11%. Nearly half of the fatalities were age 74 or older.
Question 10
What is a derecho?
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
Question 10 Explanation: 
The answer is A. A derecho (der-ray-cho) can cover many hundreds of miles while generating continuous downbursts of wind. In July 1995 a severe derecho storm hit rural upstate New York with wind gusts of 106 mph. The storm decimated over one million acres, toppling tens of millions of trees; in places piling them 10 to 20 feet high and killing five campers who were struck by the falling timbers.
There are 10 questions to complete.


Share your answers and thoughts by commenting below:

God bless and stay safe!

Survival Diva and David Morris



  1. Norman Harrison says:

    Can anyone clarify the use of the Radio Shack AA battery harness with the LED lights? I haven’t seen an inverter that is compatible. Do I have to find low voltage LED lights?

  2. Thanks for the tip on Taser… Saved $80!
    Would you let us know if they offer another discount in the future?

  3. John Panagos says:

    I also ordered some xtra hi-cap mags and after agknowledgement of order I was emailed and told they had sold out, two days later another email said the order had been shipped, I must have just made it before the supply ran out. In the time between emails I searced other sites for the mags and found they were also out of stock, the same for a lot of rplacement parts for firearms, John.

  4. Happy holidays to all, if you go to BigLots etc. discount stores for the Christmas candles you can’t go wrong, make sure to smell them first for fragrances that do not offend. I bought all on the shelf, 1.50 a piece for glass jar candles with lids to keep dust off. Seems more practical and long burning that tapers. Also shopping auctions for magazines, ammo and guns that can’t be had elsewhere. Best of luck to all , and remember the Federal Government DOES NOT have power over us, nor the second amendment. They will try BUT WE the PEOPLE give some of our powers and natural born rights to them- NOT the other way around. It is terrible and very troubling all the bills that have been ushered in to chip away at our natural human rights. Be blessed and BE PREPARED.

  5. The Litua Bay tsunami was a once in a milennium phenomenon. Actually not a true tsunami, it was a huge rock avalanche that commenced in the mountains above and landed in the end of a very deep fjord. The resulting surge of water sheared all the trees off to the height indicated in the question, but tapered down to about 30′ by the time it exited the bay. Most teunamis are caused by underwater earthquakes that displace the ocean floor, thereby creating a shockwave that travels through the water barely noticable, until they reach shallow water. There they bunch up and cause the kind of damage we’ve seen from Japan.
    Cheers! Stu.

  6. preppergirl says:

    Thinking of getting out of the California mess. Lived in Tempe when I was little. Are there any Prescott preppers in the area?

    • "Doc" Mike says:

      I live in Phoenix after retiring out of the Navy (more the Marine Corps… I was “green navy”). Slowly getting things together as in essentials and such; but always enjoy meeting like-minded folks.

      Give me a yell if you are looking for a possible compatriate. Right now I’m watching over my wife and 3 kids & 2 dogs… trying to get them on-board.

  7. How do I connect the LED lights to the 9v connector?

    • To answer your question I believe it was harbor freight i bought a adaptor that had a set of jumper connectors , and a plug for the lights , and i know Pep boys sales a convertor that will accomplish the same thing , i would check with harbor freight first i believe the can order them , and i know Pep boys has a convertor !

      • Norman Harrison says:

        Ronnie, Sounds like you are referring to an adaptor from a 12V auto battery, right? I think Jim was talking about the harness for 8 AA batteries, and I have the same question. Am I misunderstanding?

  8. Homestead12 says:

    Many of the department stores have 30-50% off on those “stocking stuffer” tool kits, multi-tools, knives, and flashlights. Check end-caps in/near Sporting Goods and Hardware departments, because very few are left to move to the big clearance bin up front.

  9. I got 80% on the quiz–a few lucky guesses
    9mm mags, 20 plus capacity, were 50 bucks at a gun show last Saturday in Sherman TX.
    Will somebody tell me what “decimate” means? It used to mean shooting every tenth man in a lineup; that is, decreasing the living by 10 percent. What does it mean now? Thanks, J Mason

    • Survival Diva says:

      J Mason,

      dec·i·mate (ds-mt)
      tr.v. dec·i·mat·ed, dec·i·mat·ing, dec·i·mates
      1. To destroy or kill a large part of (a group).
      2. Usage Problem
      a. To inflict great destruction or damage on: The fawns decimated my rose bushes.
      b. To reduce markedly in amount: a profligate heir who decimated his trust fund.
      3. To select by lot and kill one in every ten of.

  10. paul krawic says:

    i’ve never heard of a spanish it means to right as in a right turn.i have however been in 5-6 microbursts which is what you were describing.i actually had the epicenter over this house and watched the rotating winds ripping 3 foot round trees out of the ground all around my yard without touching any of my trees.the winds turned counterclockwise or to the left which definitely threw me.i experienced one in northern ct in the ct river valley in which a house the next street behind us had an oak tree that was almost 6 feet across at the base pulled out of the gorund roots and all and dropped on 5 vehicles,trucks and cars flattening them to less than 18″.as for the wild fire question i don’t agree with only true or false.i live on the edge of the black hills and i see at least 3-5 major wildfires per year.i’ve been close enough to watch them many a matter of fact we lost a fireman this past summer from the fire running down a draw faster than it climbed the hill across a paved all depends on the shape of the land and the superheated winds that move around while the fire sucks in air from the edges.the black hills are called that because they are more than 90% ponderosa pine and the trees actually explode in wildfires even live green growing trees.i’ve seen a tree explode with the force of several sticks of dynamite more than once.they throw shards of burning wood over 400 yards.i actually saw a water helicopter almost get blown out of the sky by one and must say that it was the most impressive flying of a chopper that i’ve ever seen.other than that you got me on katrina.i had no idea so many people had drowned,and the alaska tsunami i forgot how high but do remember that they literally moved the town of valdez because there was so much debris that it wasn’t worth rebuilding there.interesting quiz.

  11. Ed Phillips says:

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone out there in Prepper Land. Hope everyone the best in the coming year. Looks like things are going to start get rough for all of us, with all the bad things going on in our Country. Please keep our troups in your prayers and don’t forget to pray for Israel , who is surrounded by the enemies of God. Love this site and will continue to keep up to date with you until the government decides to block it and others like it. God Bless and keep ready, it won’t be long now. Your brother in Prepping , Ed

  12. Funny, I scored lousy on this test. The common sense questions were no problem. It was factual information about historic events that I failed on. Who cares how high the wave was. I am more concerned with what will happen in the future than with trivial facts about the past.

  13. Great quiz .I missed several questions which is a surprise. Derecho -I lived there and never heard that.

  14. Sue th Frugal Survivalist says:

    After Christmas, I routinely see incredible sales on red and green candles. Ten for a dollar is not uncommon. Christmas- themed chocolate candy and tinned sugar cookies also go on sale. These make high energy bug-out energy food for backpacks stored in the car during cool weather. The ingredients in the tinned cookies seem to be the same as in the US Coast Guard approved emergency survival rations.

  15. My answer to #6 – that forest fires travel faster downhill than uphill – was based on the Colorado fire in about 1994 (?) that killed several hotshot firefighters. The situation came about because of the sudden change in the weather that caused super-heated air to accumulate in the bottom of a canyon where the firefighters were and a sudden downdraft that ignited the hot air. The young people were trapped in a huge, towering inferno. I realize now that most fire travels uphill. Thanks.

  16. I truly enjoy this learning opportunity! It shows me that I have either forgotten or need to learn more about disaster scenarios. I even add terms and definitions to my dictionaries.

  17. Too late on the magazines. Every store in the area has sold out and you can’t touch them on ebay for less than $20 each for used ones. Some are going as high as $50 each.

  18. Rocky Night says:

    Happy New Year!! David and Diva!! : )

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