I’ve owned a Streamlight Nano for a couple of years now and have found it to be a useful backup light. It has gone with me on several overseas trips and has come in handy a few times when I needed illumination. You can read my review of this useful little LED unit over at Survival Life. SPOILER ALERT: I like it a lot.

 

I’ve been using PFI’s Z-Blade for several years now and have found them to be VERY handy. Not long ago I decided to write a review on this helpful tool over at Survival Life so hop on over there and give it a look. It is a great tool to have on-hand around the house and in your various kits. I own a bunch of them and they have also proven to be popular gifts. Give it some thought and consider buying some for your preparations.

 

The first article I wrote for Survival Life was a review of the Sunjack 14w Portable Solar Charger. Everybody should have multiple power backup sources for their battery-powered devices (i.e., cell phones) in case of an extended power outage. If you live in an area that gets a lot of sunlight, a solar battery charger is a good option. Read the review and decide for yourself if the Sunjack is right for you.

 

Let’s say you own a shotgun for home defense, millions of people do. The next question is what sort of ammunition do you use in aforementioned weapon? My original load-out for my first firearm was #4 birdshot…which isn’t the best round to use. Here is a video that explains what sort of ammunition you should use.

Here’s the deal, none of us knows it all. I will be the first to admit that I got my ammunition choice wrong, along with other things from my early prepping days. That is ok, all of us can live, learn, and adopt to new information. My attitude is that I can always learn something new and apply it to my life. You should do the same.

Most burglars break into a house via a door (56%), so it is important to make these entry points more resilient to forced entry. According to the FBI, over 1.5 million burglary attempts were made on residential structures in 2010. It makes sense to protect your home against this type of crime, one way to do this is by installing Door Armor.

Besides this; I also installed a new fiberglass door, lock hardware, and a single-side deadbolt to my front door. This has made my home more resistant to forced entry and a less-appealing target for a would-be thief. I strongly recommend that you install Door Armor on all your entryways in order to reduce your changes of being a victim of crime. For less than $80 a door, your home can have a superior level of safety and protection. Click here to order, you will glad you did!

A while back I wrote about installing light-commercial grade locks at my house. Good locks are an essential layer to add to your home’s defenses, along with other measures. The reason is simple, most lock hardware is easy to defeat with a $3 bump key. Here is a video from my local locksmith that shows how lock bumping works as well as hardware that is resistant to it.

I purchased my lock hardware from this store, which cost me more than if I had purchased it from my local big box store. However, the higher quality components that you get are worth the extra marginal dollars you will pay. Plus, knowing that my house is more resistant to intruders gives me peace of mind that is priceless. So consider upgrading your locks if you have a chance to do so, I did and haven’t thought twice about it.

Invest in your home’s security, your safety is worth it!

A lot of Americans are concerned that our nation’s porous southern border with Mexico represents security major security risk. It could serve as a conduit for Islamic radicals to infiltrate the US and carry out attacks. What is less known and rarely talked about is the situation on the northern border with Canada.

Now many Americans will scoff at the idea that ISIS or other Islamist groups have a Canadian launchpad for its operations. John Schindler recently wrote a piece for the Observer where he discusses this subject in depth. Read the whole post, but keep this particular sentence in mind:

Thanks to large-scale immigration, a permissive environment that emphasizes multiculturalism over assimilation and overwhelmed security agencies, Canada now possesses a domestic radicalism threat that Americans need to be talking about.

From a preparedness perspective, it is important to remember that threats can emerge from unexpected directions. Canada is a peaceful and safe country for the most part, but it has a growing community of radical Islamists who will attempt to carry out terrorist attacks in the USA. Just like crossing the street, it is important to look both ways to see if there is a threat…

A few weeks ago, I read a fascinating post about how active shooter scenarios would play out if some of the participants were CCW permit holders. It is worth your time to read and watch the accompanying video segments. I won’t reveal any spoilers but they key takeaway is this:

Weapons trainer Travis Bond said the best way to overcome the unknown is to prepare for it. “By going through the training and experiencing different things — and specifically looking for opportunities to engage, and knowing when not to engage — is as important as anything,”

This has applications beyond the (unlikely) event of various active shooter scenarios at work. Think about how you can gain experience at various activities in a safe, controlled setting so that you can learn without exposing yourself to risk. This will equip you with knowledge that you can apply in emergency situations.

HT to Kevin at Misfires and Light Strikes.