Thursday, April 3, 2014

Riverwalker's Gear Giveaway - SteriPen Sidewinder



The Texas Preppers Network is kicking off spring with a great gear giveaway! One lucky prepper will receive a free SteriPen Sidewinder ($89 value) to add to their preparedness gear. The winner will be determined by the comments left on this post. The winner will be announced on April 21st in a separate post. The winner will also need to send an email to Riverwalker at riverwalker_texas@yahoo.com with their shipping information.

Clean drinking water is always a priority and the SteriPen Sidewinder will insure you have clean water available when you need it. You can read reviews and get more information about this gear item here.

Be aware. Be informed. Be prepared.

Riverwalker


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Making Nature Home: Four Home Security Ideas for Camping



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When packing for camping, many would prefer to think about rations, campground supplies, and tent poles than ways that we might be able to defend ourselves. While it’s true that crime rates at campgrounds are significantly lower than in the city, a reduced likelihood is not very solid grounds to forget the importance of your group’s safety. When camping, it’s wise to heed home security measures like you would if you were home if you want to create a safe environment.

While advanced monitoring and alarm systems clearly aren’t feasible in most outdoors situations, taking some basic principles of home security systems and applying them on your next camping outing can increase your chances of deterring crime and give your campers a greater peace of mind. However, I’d like to make one reservation; whereas crimes in residential properties occur more often in well-traveled areas, the ideal camping grounds are more popular areas where there is a moderate presence of other campers. When it comes to the wilderness, isolation is a key ingredient for disaster.

Without further ado, here are just three ways that we can boost our security while camping to make sure that keep everyone in our party safe, no matter where we are:

1. Maintain a secure presence

The first aspect to keep in mind is adequate lighting, especially during night. Some might choose to avoid light to gain security through stealth, but this is a far greater disadvantage when potential predators lurk. It isn’t advisable to leave a campfire unattended while sleeping, so the better option of maintaining some light at all times is to either use a lantern or a few floodlights with a moderately sized generator. Solar panels are a natural fit if your camping plans go on for longer than your generator can manage.

2. Keep watch

One of the best deterrents in reducing the rates of crime in suburban and urban areas is a solid neighborhood watch. In fact, the FBI’s statistics project that these programs have an efficiency of up to 43%. Likewise, keeping a sense of watch over your campgrounds can make a great difference in keeping criminals away. This doesn’t necessarily entail staying up and taking turns maintaining post; rather, simply being aware of sights and sounds of your environment and having a protocol to respond to emergency situations can save the day.

I always take a whistle when I go camping, which I use for an “alarm” in case I detect something suspicious. Others might use lights, signals, or even walkie-talkies to maintain communications about potential dangers.

3. Keep a tight ship

When you buy a new television, you wouldn’t simply leave the box next to your trash can; it would be a blatant advertisement to crooks that you have a shiny new HDTV for the taking. Similarly, it’s always wise (and courteous!) to pick up after yourself when camping. Leaving garbage around can attract potentially dangerous wildlife, pose an environmental hazard to your group or other campers, and leave a trail that criminals could use to determine your resources and tail your group.

When it comes to demonstrating your resources, whether you’re at home or outside, the best policy is discretion.

4. Have a backup plan for worst case situations

No matter how thorough you are in establishing a safe campgrounds and maintaining safe practices, it’s impossible to guarantee that someone (or a wild animal) won’t target you or others with you while camping. Just as you might keep a firearm at home in the case of a home invasion, it’s a good idea to carry some kind of firearm to defend your camp from criminals or dangerous wildlife should your camp fail to deter a dangerous element.

While it’s always preferable to make sure you never have to use it in the first place, keeping a firearm with you is a valuable last resort in keeping the peace while camping.

This guest post was provided by Naomi Broderick, prepper author with Protect Your Home who provides ADT security in Phoenix, Arizona


Be aware. Be informed. Be prepared.

Riverwalker



Thursday, September 19, 2013

Attention DFW Area Preppers - Close Out Gear Specials at PrepareNOW Outfitters Retail Outlet

Looking for a great bargain? Need to replace some gear or just pick up a couple of needed survival gear items? PrepareNOW Outfitters has a one time opportunity to get survival gear at some really great prices.

My friend, Brian Howard, is closing out his retail outlet in Fort Worth on Saturday, September 21st, and is offering some great close-out specials on survival gear. This is going to be a one day only sale and his retail outlet will be officially closed after this Saturday. For those of you in the DFW area this will be a great chance to find some real bargains.

Brian’s retail outlet is located at 707 N. Freeway in Fort Worth, Texas. This is going to be an “everything must go” one day only blow-out sale at his retail location. Brian’s online survival store will continue to offer some great survival gear items for preppers.

If you live in the DFW area, mark your calendars for September 21st and check out the bargains on survival gear at PrepareNOW Outfitters retail outlet. After September 21st the retail store will be officially closed but his online store will continue to offer some great survival gear and supplies afterwards.


Be aware, Be informed. Be prepared.

Riverwalker

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Prepping and Your Level of Awareness


Many times preppers have an increased level of awareness. This is usually due to the fact that they stay informed about current events in order to be ready if something out of the ordinary occurs. Everyday day events are usually quite easy to manage but an unexpected event can cause you a lot of grief if you aren’t prepared. This is why your level of awareness is of vital importance.
                                                                         
Unexpected events complicate things and destroy the routine and familiar parts of our lives that help us maintain a comfortable level of existence. Being aware of our surroundings is a vital part of any daily routine. Your level of awareness will help you see the potential for a bad situation before it develops into a crisis.

Your level of awareness can involve numerous things that can be easily accomplished if you make them a routine part of your life. That strange noise coming from your vehicle could be a sign of a possible breakdown. One that will most likely happen at the worst possible moment. It may be a simple change in the weather and your level of awareness will help you avoid a flash flood or other dangerous weather-related circumstances. With the proper level of awareness you can be in a better position to handle an unexpected event.

It is a simple process of being aware of your surroundings, being informed of possible changes to your environment and making sure you are properly prepared.

Be aware. Be informed. Be prepared.

Riverwalker

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

3 Things to Know When Storing Water





There are things people routinely store: clothes, food, exercise equipment, furniture, antique photographs, etc.
But water? Hmmm, an interesting concept. Believe it or not, the average person needs to drink at least one gallon of water per day. And that doesn't include water for important tasks such as bathing or cooking.
So, when an emergency arises, it stands to reason that clean water is one of the most precious commodities around.
Water storage really is a vital part of any disaster preparedness process. But what’s the best way to go about it? Here are three things you must know when storing water:
1.  Choose the right container
If you don’t know what to look for in a container, you’ll be sunk before you even start trying to store water. Key container attributes include:
·                                 Size — Strive for a container that holds 14 gallons per family member.
·                                 UV yes, BPA no — UV coating keeps light out of your water, preventing contaminant growth. And you won’t want your unit to have BPA in the material, because this chemical can seep into the water.
2.   Clean the container
Once you have a water storage container, make sure it’s sufficiently clean before filling it up. Add a teaspoon of unscented household bleach to 1 quart of water, then let it sit for 30 seconds before pouring out the solution. Your container is now clean and ready to store water.
3.   Change it or preserve it
You should only keep your stored water for about six months before swapping it out for fresh stuff. But if that sounds like too much of a hassle, consider using a liquid preserver to boost your water’s shelf life up to several years. You can also purchase water filters or a water filtration device.
If a natural disaster occurs, the absolute last thing you can afford to be without is clean water. Considering how good people are at storing things, why not put this skill to good use for your family and invest in water storage?

This guest post is a courtesy of Food Insurance ™.

Be aware. Be informed. Be prepared.

Riverwalker

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

5 Easy Ways to Start Your Food Storage


The amount of man-made occurrences and natural disasters continues to climb. It's during these times that electricity, gas and water supplies aren't functioning. There are also emergency situations where you may be quarantined to your home, or even evacuated from it. Either way, you probably won't have access to groceries because most stores will be closed. So, what will you do? How will you feed your family?

5 Different Ways to Go About Building Your Food Storage

The best way to ensure that you're able to feed your family when a disaster strikes is by being prepared with a food storage plan. Wondering exactly how to get started? Here are five different ways to build your food storage without breaking your bank:

Buy in Bulk
 
As you know, anything you buy in bulk will get you more for your dollar. Buying non-perishables and other foods in bulk allows you to pay the lowest prices possible, per item. If you do choose to go this route, be sure to check the expiration dates of your products. The last thing you want is to have a need for your emergency food storage just to find out everything has spoiled or turned rotten.
 
                   Buy a Little at a Time
 
In today's economy, it may put a dent in your finances to buy large quantities of food at one time. This is especially true with food storage, as these are foods you won't be eating until a future date. If you're on a strict budget, a good way to build up your food storage is to buy a little bit at a time. Each time you go grocery shopping; simply add a few items that will go directly into your emergency food supply. In time, it will build up to include the amount of products needed for you and your family's emergency crisis.
 
                    Sales & Coupons
 
Are you a coupon-clipper or sales-watcher? If so, this is another cost-efficient way to start your food supply. Let's say you see a 2-for-1 coupon or a sale on a food item you generally buy. Simply add one to your pantry, and the other to your food storage. Keep following this procedure on a regular basis and you'll soon have the food supply you need.
 
                    Clean Your Cabinets
 
Many people don't even think of this great idea. You'd be amazed at some of the items in your pantry and kitchen cabinets that would make great additions to your emergency food supply. Go through them today! If you have two containers of salt, add one to your storage. Do you see 12 boxes of mac n' cheese. At least six of those can be stored away for an emergency. Continue this process until you've gone through all of the duplicate food items in your kitchen.
 
                     Freeze Dried Foods
 
These foods are one of the best investments you can make towards your emergency preparedness plans. Freeze dried food is prepared before being flash frozen. That means that they retain their quality, freshness, look and great taste. The foods also last more than 25 years, giving your family decades of security.
 

Author Bio
This content was prepared by Dirk Puckett. Daily Bread is an industry leader in long-term food storage plans. Ready to begin putting your food storage plan together? Start here and place your order today.

 
Be aware. Be informed. Be prepared.

Riverwalker