One of my favorite sites for not over-the-top survivalist tips and ideas is WWW.THESURVIVALMOM.COM. It's chalked full of easy to use info and isn't a giant downer like some sites tend to be.
Lisa Bedford, who writes and edits the popular blog, features anything and everything you want to know about prepping for "what-ifs." Tips don't have to all deal with wtshtf-type scenarios, but practices that we can all use. Topics include:
  • Why paying off as much debt as possible is important.
  • How to stock up on several months' worth of food and supplies (cleaning supplies, over-the-counter medicines, shampoo, etc.).
  • Tips and ways to save money.
  • The importance of staying ahead on your utility bills.
A great site and definitely worth the time to check it out.
 
 
Shelf Reliance is a great website with lots of information on emergency preparedness, food rotation, survival kits and tools. One of the things i enjoy most about the page is the Emergency Kit Planner. You can enter the amount of people in your household, the conditions you are prepping for blizzard, terrorist attack...) and the kind of kit you would like (car kit, home kit...) and it gives you a list of everything you would need for that kit. Then, you can either purchase those items on the site as a package, purchase them broken down into groups or, this is my choice, print it out and buy them on my own. The prices aren't too bad, but there are cheaper alternatives.

All in all, the emergency kit generator creates a decent list and you allows for you gauge what else you might need or might have overlooked.

Check it out at http://www.shelfreliance.com/
 
 
_"The horror... the horror..."

I am not afraid to admit that I have apocalyptic survivalist leanings...bug out bags, emergency car kits and general preparedness are common discussions over a tumbler of scotch.

And as Eddard Stark says, "Winter is coming." So here are some tips on what to do if you are unfortunate enough to get stuck in bad winter weather while driving.
1. Stay in the vehicle. More people die after becoming stranded in a wintertime situation because they leave their vehicle than if they just stayed put. Survival experts recommend that everyone in the party remain inside the vehicle until help arrives. You’ll have heat and be protected from the elements.

2. Run the engine every hour. If you’ve followed the common sense rule of keeping your vehicle’s fuel level at or close to full, you’ll have enough fuel to run the engine for a maximum of 15 minutes each hour.

3. Use the dome light–sparingly. You’ll also be able to use the dome light for illumination at night – it draws less current from the battery than emergency flashers – and can be seen by searchers.

4. Clear the snow off the hood. Do clear the snow off the hood and roof so that your vehicle will be visible to searchers. This is especially important in remote locations. A car buried in snow is almost impossible to spot.

5. Don’t try to dig the car out. You’ll only wind up exhausting yourself and the sweat you work up will dampen your clothes – and keep you from getting warm. Be sure to clear the snow away from the vehicle’s exhaust pipe, though.

6. Ventilate the car. Crack the window to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning when you’re running the engine and car heater.

7. Contact help if possible. It goes without saying that if you have cell phone reception, call 911 and give your location – as near as you can. But remote locations often have spotty or no cell phone coverage, so be prepared to wait it out.

8. Stay awake, however you can. As the hours go by with no rescue, it’s easy for panic to set in. Try to remain calm. Sing songs, tell stories, read anything that’s in the car. You should be sure that you bring anything you need from the trunk inside the vehicle with you – and maybe that includes books or newspapers that can keep everyone’s mind occupied and allay fears. Stay awake, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends it to prevent vulnerability to cold-related health problems.

9. Don’t eat snow. Use an empty coffee can and waterproof matches to melt snow for drinking water, should you need it. Eating snow will only lower your body temperature.

10. Stay as warm as possible. Move your arms and legs to improve circulation. Wrap your entire body in extra clothing, blankets, even newspapers. Huddle together to keep warm.

11. Above all, stick together. Your chances of surviving the winter breakdown may depend on it.
This is what's in my Winter Car Kit:

Food Items
  • Sweet drink powder mix
  • Tea bags
  • Bag of mixed nuts
  • Chocolate candy
  • Candy
  • Salt, pepper,  sugar packets
  • 2 Gallons water
Food Tools
  • Enameled metal cup
  • Canned fuel/sterno
  • Eating utensils
Winter Tools
  • Rock salt
  • Shovel/Ice Scraper
  • Winter hat
  • Thick blanket
  • Pair of Wool Socks
First Aid
  • First-aid kit
  • Aspirin, Tylenol and Benadryl caplets
  • Alcohol Hand Wipes
Other Items
  • Matches
  • Utility knife/tool
  • LED-type flashlight
  • 2 Extra AA batteries
  • 3 Plastic trash bags
  • 50-foot roll of 1/8 inch nylon rope
  • 10x10 ft. plastic sheet
  • Duct tape
  • Hand crank radio/light
  • Jumper cables
  • Pen and Paper
  • Book
Cleaning Tools
  • Roll toilet paper
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Shampoo, hand lotion, bar soap
  • 2 Disposable razor
Clothing
  • Extra pair of boots
  • Extra sweat shirt
  • Extra pair of pants
  • Poncho
  • Work gloves