Wednesday, November 13, 2013

More Interesting Survival Devices and Products

Folding shovel and pick

  Periodically, I mention products that you might wish to have that are helpful in terms of preparedness. This is usually a tough post to write because it needs to have something for everyone, fledgling preppers to the experienced families.  I will also mention some great internet sources of these supplies.  As always, I have no financial investment in any of these companies mentioned.  (Except my two books which have links at the top of the blog pages.)

          The first source for preparedness supplies I would like to tell you about is:

   Preparedness Products dot Net

On this particular link I have called your attention to some of their tools.   They have work gloves for $1.59 a pair along with a folding shovel with a pick for $8.99 .   The hand axe for $6.99 is also a good value, as is the folding saw.

     Earthquake Survival-Gas Main Shut-off Tool

This might also be a wise tool to have if your shut-off is configured in this way.

        This is a good time to learn where your gas shut-off is in your house, and where your water shut-offs are also.  Once you identify these places, and perhaps clear some things from around them, now is the time to show other members of your family as well.

        The beauty of Preparedness Products dot Net is that they have a wide variety of preparedness products sold more cheaply than many suppliers.  For orders over $99. shipping is free.


    This item is a little too pricey for me, but I think it's an important device to know about, and for some, it might be a good idea.    This is the inReach Satellite Communicator.   This is the information from the manufacturer.  This particular device is available at for $299.    There is a ten dollar monthly fee for its use, but there are also seasonal contracts which may make the device cheaper to own and use.  For some families and individuals, this device could be a lifesaver, particularly during an emergency when cellular towers are out.


The inReach Series of Satellite Communicators

New inReach SE inReach for Smartphones and Tablets inReach Accessories
Both inReach satellite communicators enable you to send and receive text messages, trigger an SOS for help, and track your GPS coordinates, wherever your trip takes you. It keeps you connected when off the grid and outside of cell phone range.

Who should own an inReach?

Almost everyone. Whether it's by land, sea or air, if you love getting away from it all, then chances are you need an inReach. With inReach, you can send and receive messages at the ends of the earth and everywhere in between. From outdoor enthusiasts and boaters to hunters and recreational pilots, having an inReach offers much more than remote connectivity and SOS capabilities -- it allows you to share your journey and experiences with those you love and gives them peace of mind knowing they can contact you no matter where your adventure takes you.
Trigger an SOS and communicate back and forth with our 24/7 search and rescue monitoring center.
Adjustable tracking intervals from 10 minute to 4 hours allow you to track your trip and share your location, including GPS coordinates, elevation and speed.
Send and receive 160-character text messages with GPS coordinates to cell numbers or email addresses
worldwide and post updates to social
media all from one device.*

Pair it with your mobile device to access downloadable topographic maps and NOAA charts and make communication with family and friends even easier.

Delivery confirmation for all text messages and SOS signals.

Provides 100% global coverage through the Iridium satellite network.

Follow-Me/Find-Me Tracking and Location.

This way to the middle of nowhere.
Bring family and friends with you, using Follow-Me/Find-Me Tracking and Location’s automatic location feature. Turn it on or off at a whim, and ensure that your route is known. Use it to aid rescuers, to make maps, to keep you connected to the world, or just to provide a measure of authenticity to your travel stories or adventures. People can even ping your inReach to find your latest location.

Two-way Messaging.

If you're going off the grid, stay in touch with inReach.
Two-way communication becomes two-way texting when your inReach is paired with a smartphone or the PN-60w GPS. Now you can both send and receive messages — that means interactive SOS messages, text messages, emails, social network updates, etc., and full GPS navigation. In short, an affordable remote satellite connection that is no less than revolutionary.
Iridium satellite constellation
True global coverage.
inReach connects you to the Iridium network. The world’s largest satellite constellation.
Quote Natgeo Adventure


Sunnybrook Farm said...

I like the look of that repair tape. Probably lots of uses for that stuff. Could you make a cast with it?

Sandy said...

Hey Jane,

When the massive tornadoes came through our area back on May 19, 20 and 31st we lost totally communications. Cell phones and home phones didn't work. The provider advised to text and messages will eventually get out. My husband and I refused not to have communications again. We purchased two Baofeng Ham Radios, and will be getting our licenses. These work really good, and have resolved our communication issues. My husband found write up's and referrals on this radio from the Survival Blog. Here are the radios and there not expensive.

JaneofVirginia said...

Sandy, Yes, certainly a HAM radio, license, antenna and practice is the preferred and most reliable method of communications following a real emergency. I inherited a fairly new Yaesu, but have not yet tackled an antenna, or the basic license. This is something I need to do. My father was a HAM operator for all his adult life. The satellite communicator might be helpful for those who travel in areas without cell service or who hunt in secluded regions. Thanks so much for the link. Glad you have communications licked where you are ! Thanks for the post.

JaneofVirginia said...

I am excited about the repair tape. However, this is not suitable material for casting. The most important is that you could not remove this, and casts must be able to be removed, sometimes quite quickly. Secondly, the resin used should not be applied around skin (or stockinet)
Most serious medical survivalists focus on having excellent splinting but not casting. Casting removal being the priority, you would need the casting saw. The casting material and stockinet material which goes under a cast, is available relatively inexpensively from veterinary supply houses, like
Casting a human limb is not recommended without medical training, as the padding of bony prominences under the cast is essential. It's a skill for which people need special training. Thanks for the post !

BBC said...

I have a whole trailer full of gear and if things don't go to hell pretty soon I'm going to up and die before I need it. :-)

JaneofVirginia said...

My mother passed and had ample supplies. We are just now using up the final packages of the Scott toilet tissue she had. She passed in 2007. Better to have it, than to run out.

BBC said...


JaneofVirginia said...

There are people and companies who do, in fact, have private cops. said...

Is the repair tape available outside the USA?
what house?

JaneofVirginia said...

I know that it can be sold to Canada. Unless the UK has a specific prohibition for this, then I believe it could be. In addition, distributorships for this product are available.
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