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iStraw Emergency Water Filter

Posted in Survival, Water Procurement with tags , , , , , , , on March 1, 2008 by jamesshrugged

Don’t let an illness (like one of these) spoil your next backpacking, vacation or important business trip. The iStraw Emergency Water Filter is a personal water filtration drinking straw. This means you don’t have to worry about using local tap water or ice cubes and also means that you are playing your part in helping the environment by not using plastic bottles of water that release harmful emissions into the atmosphere. iStraw is a polycarbonate straw fitted with a special membrane, which uses micro-filtration technology to clean your water rather than expensive and bad tasting water cleaning tablets. It is suitable for personal use to help protect you, your family and friends against water borne bacteria and protozoa that are present in the drinking water and ice of many countries. In this day of extensive personal and business travel it is no wonder that many travellers often incur health problems during their holiday or business trip.

The iStraw is compact, lightweight and simple to use, an essential companion for all travelers. Unlike water purification tablets, it leaves no funky aftertaste. It reduces up to 99.99999% of all waterborne bacteria, including Giardia and Cryptosporidium. When used properly, the iStraw is capable of filtering up to 500 litres of water.

  • Reduces up to 99.99999% of all waterborne bacteria, including Giardia and Cryptosporidium
  • Filters up to 500 litres of water
  • The iStraw can be used for local municiapal tap water, streams and lakes but always refer to the instructions
  • The iStraw should not be used to filter brackish or turbid water and it does not remove chemical contaminants or viruses contained in water



What to carry in the woods

Posted in Fire, First Aid, Survival, Survival Kit, Tools, Water Procurement with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 29, 2008 by jamesshrugged

Hurricane Survival Kit

Posted in Survival Kit with tags , , , , , , on February 10, 2008 by jamesshrugged


For hurricanes, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recommends that the ‘disaster bag’ includes:[2]

  • a flashlight with spare batteries;
  • a battery operated portable radio (and spare batteries);
  • a battery operated NOAA weather radio (and spare batteries);
  • First aid kit and manual;
  • prescription medicines;
  • cash and a credit card;
  • a cell phone with a fully charged spare battery;
  • spare keys;
  • high energy non-perishable food;
  • one blanket or sleeping bag per person;
  • special items for infant, elderly or disabled family members;
  • change of clothing.

Also helpful:

  • Develop an understanding of food rationing.
  • Non-electric can opener
  • Essential medicines
  • Cash and credit cards
  • Raincoats, rubber boots (or waders).
  • underwear, toothbrush, toothpaste, comb/brush
  • Infants; diapers, premixed formula, medical and toiletry supplies, blankets, baby wipes, baby food
  • Young children: favourite toy, crayons and colouring books, books
  • Youths: music players, card games, snacks (i.e. peanut butter or hard candy), books
  • Elderly; nutritious drinks, sweater, coat and/or blanket, books


Earthquake Survival Kit

Posted in Survival Kit with tags , , , , , on February 10, 2008 by jamesshrugged


Below is list of commonly recommended items for an emergency earthquake kit:

  • Food to last at least three days
  • Water purification tablets/portable water filter
  • Heavy-duty gloves
  • A first-aid kit
  • A minimum of 100$ in cash
  • Family photos and descriptions (to aid emergency personnel in finding missing people)
  • A flashlight and portable (or solar-powered) radio
  • Extra batteries
  • Goggles and dust mask
  • A personal commode with sanitary bags


Survival Kit

Posted in Survival Kit with tags , , , , on February 10, 2008 by jamesshrugged

General contents

Survival kits contain supplies and tools to provide a person with basic shelter against the elements and keep warm, meet their health and first aid needs, provide food and water, signal to rescuers, and assist them in finding their way back to help. The specific supplies or tools that fit in each of these categories are listed below. Note that the list below is not the contents of an actual survival kit. Rather, each category lists some of the supplies or tools from which kit-makers choose when they are making a survival kit:

 Shelter or warmth
  • Reflective aluminum Space blanket to retain body heat
  • Lightweight emergency poncho for protection against rain
  • Emergency “tube tent”, “bivvy bag” or tarp with grommets for attaching a rope
  • Mosquito net, protection against mosquitoes, flies and other insects.
  • Magnifying glass, magnesium, or tinder for fire-starting
  • Magnesium Flint and Saw Striker
  • Waterproof matches or lighter
  • Esbit or heat tablets for starting a fire
  • Dark-colored shoe polish (black preferred) for fire fuel. (It also gives off a smell that can repel animals and can be used for marking and camouflage)
  • Cable saw for cutting wood (either for constructing a shelter or for a fire)

Health and First Aid

Food and water
  • Iodine tablets for emergency water purification
  • Edible salt for food and also can be used for brushing teeth.
  • Water in bottles or tetra blocs
  • Collapsible (empty) water bags or containers
  • Canned food, Ready-to-eat meals (MRE), or high-energy foods such as chocolate or emergency food bars.
  • Fishing line, fish hooks, lures, and split shot leads
  • Snare wire
  • Tea, gum, and hard candy (as a morale booster)

  • A supply of money in small denominations and coins or credit cards to help for situations such as telephone calls (if the lines still operate) or vendors selling various goods, both essential and non-essential.

Signaling, navigation and reference

Multipurpose tools or materials
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