Hand Cranked Kitchen Aid Mixer

First saw this at a Dutch Oven Bake Off in Utah and thought what a great idea. I know that you can send your Kitchen Aid Mixer off to have converted. Recently I purchased a vintage working Kitchen Aid Mixer and will be sending it off for the conversion. Here is the information:

This Amish machine shop converts the Kitchen Aid 5-Quart mixer to a hand crank mixer for off-grid use.

It functions just like the electric mixer. The creative adjustable crank handle allows you to adjust the speed so you do not have to speed up cranking for whipping. Simply loosen the black set screw on the end of the crank and adjust the handle speed for whipping creams, and sauce

Kitchen Aid Mixer has been converted into a Hand-Cranked Mixer!

Kitchen Aid Mixer has been converted into a Hand-Cranked Mixer!

February 2017-Week Eight!

Hard to believe that were already on our 8th week of planning and preparedness for 2017! We're moving on to items number 8, 9 & 10 on our list of 100 Essentials. What's that you might ask??? Click here to download your copy today: "100 Essentials"

This week is going to be really easy. You might already have most of these items gathered in your preparedness supplies.

Item #8 Hand-Cranked Can Openers, Egg Beaters, Whisks. I prefer these long handled heavy-duty commercial grade hand crank can openers. Remember: One is none and two is one. It is always a good idea to have a back up!

Hand crank egg beaters are easy to find at antique stores, yard sales or your grandmothers kitchen. You should consider having at least two of these. Keep them clean using hot soapy water after each use.

Wire Whisks are necessary for mixing and whipping. Every kitchen should have several of these  in different sizes on hand. Again thesis are easy to clean with hot soapy water. 

item #9 is Honey/Syrups, White & Brown Sugar. Have you heard of Tupelo Honey? Well, this is the only honey that won't crystallize so it's great for long term storage. For best storage in plastic use HDPE (High Density Polyethylene) plastic but glass is always preferred.  Here are some facts:

  • Tupelo honey from white tupelo trees in the Florida Panhandle
  • Tupelo honey is a healthy substitute for pancake syrup.
  • Raw honey from your local beekeeper.
  • Made by the bees, bottled by hand, all in the U.S.A.

While sugar is a no brainer, you might ask what is BEST for long term storage? White sugar stores for a very long time. In fact, according to the C&H Sugar website, “Sugar, properly stored, has an indefinite shelf life because it does not support microbial growth. … Moisture makes granulated sugar hard and lumpy. Once this happens, there is no way to adequately restore it. Always store granulated sugar in a covered container in a cool, dry area.” White sugar can also be purchased in No. 10 cans or buckets for long-term storage."

Brown sugar stores well in original bags as purchased from the grocery store, if stored in a cool, dry place. According to C&H, brown sugar has an indefinite shelf life, but for best flavor should be used in six months. However, I have not noticed any significant difference in flavor if brown sugar is stored longer. I like to store as much brown sugar as I can get through in about two years.

For easy rotation, date bags and stand them up in a shoe box so the oldest bag can be taken from the front and new bags can be added in the back. Brown sugar can dry out and become hard. After opening, transfer a bag of brown sugar to a sealed container to maintain moisture until it is used up. If brown sugar becomes hard, simply add a half slice of bread to the container for a day, which moistens the sugar nicely.Powdered sugar can be stored in original bags in a cool, dark place.

item #10 Rice, Beans and Wheat. There are a few options for you for long term storage of rice.  Some are easier and less expensive than others, but they all have their advantages.  The things you want to protect your long term food storage from are light, heat, moisture, and pests.

 #10 Can. Really the way I prefer is to get the rice into a #10 can with an oxygen absorber.  It is a good usable size for most food products which also makes it a nice size for storing–not too heavy when it’s full or so big it won’t fit under your bed if that’s where you want to store it.  However, to pack your bulk foods into a #10 can, you will need a can sealer. 

Honeyville is my favorite for long term food storage. Weather its rice, flour or beans, Honeyville will be able to supply your long term storage needs. You can always do this yourself with mylar bags or food grade plastic buckets and lids. Here are a few of my favorites.

Were all about Practical Preparedness and I hope that this is helping you get better prepared. Thanks for following along! See you next week...

February 2017! Week Seven!

Well, this week is all about Propane, Guns, Ammo and much much more! Still haven't downloaded your "100 Essentials" list? Get it here: http://www.amp-3.net/resources/ Let's get started!

This week we will be covering a lot of items but this is in no way complete. You should look at my list and then add any additional items you might feel necessary. 

Item #6 Propane: Energy for our Past, Present and Future. Why Propane you might ask? Well, it is a really clean fuel. Using propane reduces the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide and air pollutants like carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxide. Plus, it is American made which mean Jobs! As of 2012, more then 145,000 jobs have been produced just from Propane. Propane is also abundant and affordable. Remember: propane comes in a variety of sized containers. Small containers are great for cook stoves, lanterns, Buddy Heaters and much more. 

 

 

On to item #7 (Guns, Ammo, Pepper Spray, Bear Spray, Knives, Clubs, Bat and Slingshots) Wow! This is a very long list so it's going to take sometime to inform you on all of these so I am enlisting some help! 

Really excited to let all of you know that this week I have invited a guest writer to help me out with my blog. He is an expert in the field of firearms, so I asked him to help me with item #7 on our list which is a really complex issue. You may have different opions but here is his:

One of the more common discussions for the or self reliant community is the loaded (no pun intended) question of "if you could only have one gun during a SHTF or WROL which would it be".  Well you might as well be talking about religion or politics.  It means that much to people.  It is the age old question Ford or Chevy and more important 9mm or .45 cal.  All too often the discussion comes down to the hardware and I would suggest that it is more important to be concerned with the software, that is for another article. 

No matter what gear you have and (this is true with anything not just guns) if you are not capable of using it to its full potential you are wasting the potential of the item.  Let's establish a couple truths for this concept.  

The gun should have the ability to be used on a number of fronts, personal protection as well as harvesting food.  Since the scenario is WROL we are not concerned with a gun that needs to be concealed.  Also a handgun is by most, considered a defensive weapon not an offensive weapon.  The old saying is you fight with a handgun to get to your shoulder weapon.  Let's go a little further say that you are on the move and not defending a static location.  Weight and durability needs to come into consideration as does weapon maintenance (parts, lubrication, reliability).  

Lets look at what we want the weapon to do.  First and foremost it must be capable of protecting your life. In order to do that it must be reliable every time you press the trigger.  The number one reason for a gun malfunction is the shooters error in loading the weapon.  That is a software issue (training).  The second most common reliability issue is a bad magazine.  Springs weaken and cause malfunctions.  For this article we are talking gear so let's eliminate that the best we can.  This gun has a feeding tube not a traditional exterior magazine.  Next, the weapon must have the ability to deliver enough kinetic energy to stop the threat that you are protecting yourself from.  

The other aspect you want in a survival weapon is the ability to harvest food.  Squirrel, bird, opossum and even larger mammals such as deer, moose or bear.

Most of you gun enthusiast probably know the gun that is being described.  Yes the great Remington 870 Shotgun.  The "manual" pump of the gun makes it very reliable.  It is easy for a novice to use and train with.  One can use #8 birdshot and fulfill the bill for small game and birds.  Load up with the rifled one ounce slug and the gun will take any animal in North America on four or two legs.  With minimal training this gun with open sights will give you the accuracy to accomplish all of your survival needs.  

The pump shotgun is not as sexy as the M-4, AR-15 and .338 sniper rifle.  However, it is very versatile and in the right hands you can accomplish most survival tasks with the gun.  The ammo can be reloaded easily and if you are not a reloader, shotgun ammo is comparatively inexpensive to other rifle ammo. Having 100, one ounce rifled slugs on hand and 250 rds of birdshot will give you a start in learning the capabilities of this gun that has been around for decades.

Always remember " Be careful of the man that owns one gun as he probably knows how to use it.  -Anonymous
 

Let me just take a moment and talk about Bear Spray. A very good friend of ours recommended this to keep in our car. Why you might ask? Great question! Bear Spray can be stored in your car door and used against an intruder. Bear spray is NOT just for Bears!

  • Maximum stopping power - maximum strength allowed by the EPA/Health Canada - guaranteed via in-house lab
  • Greater protection - allows for greatest distance between you & bear with industry max 35-foot range
  • Proven - field tested and proven effective with a 3-year shelf life from date of manufacture
  • Immediate accessibility via hip holster and glow-in-the-dark safety
  • Maximum coverage thanks to heavy fog delivery

 

The other mentioned items for #7 are items that are very easy to acquire. Well, that's it for this week, we hope that you will continue to follow along each and every week. Invite your friends to join along!!!

February 2017-Week Six!

February is here, so lets continue to go through our list of 100 Essentials. Don't have your list as of yet, Here is the link to download yours now. http://www.amp-3.net/resources/

This week were going to talk about items three, four and five (Portable Toilets, Firewood and Oil Lamps) on our list. These may seem a now brainer but the options you decide on now,  may help you get through the tough times that may lie ahead.

So lets get started! Item #3 is all about Portable Toilets. So many options from simple to complex. Let's start with simple! A bucket, human waste liners and a lid for under $20

Another great option for a Portable Toilet,  that is great for Camping as well as preparedness. This runs about $75 but might be a better option if your have a family. Remember: With portable toilets, you will want to use the RV type toilet paper for best biodegradable results .

 

Moving on to item #4 on our our list. Firewood, Kindling, Fire Starters and More! Seasoned Firewood is essential is keeping your family warm. Dense hardwoods like maple and oak have a higher energy content per cord and so release more heat per firebox load. Click the image to get more information. Remember: You can never have enough seasoned wood!

 

Last for this week is item #5. Lamps, Lamp Oil and Wicks. As some of you may know, I have a large collection of Antique Oil Lamps. I started collecting a few years ago and currently have about 45 and all of them are in working condition. I prefer to use odorless, smokeless and unscented lamp oil for all of my lamps. The lamp oil I use is Sterno Candle Lamp Soft Light Lamp Oil. I buy this 4 gals. at a time! Always have 8 ready to go!

Some of you may know that I am a collector of Antique Oil Lamps. At this time I have about 45 US Made Oil Lamps and some German made ones as well. A few years back, David bought me three of the lamps pictured below. I love these for the consistence of burning, ease of operation and level of lighting. I really love oil lights and the warm glow they omit. Add these to your preps and enjoy them for many years to come.

 

Well, this pretty much takes care of another three items on our list. Continue to follow along and before long you will be prepared! Have an amazing week and I will talk to you again next Monday!

Week Five is all about Water-Water is essential!

Everyone knows that you can last about a week without water and this depends upon the conditions such a extreme heat or exercise. Going three or four days without water will be longer then most of us will be able to do. At lease 60% of our bodies are made up of water and we need water to keep our bodies going. Water acts as a lubricate for our joints, regulates our body temperature through sweating and respiration and helps flush waste.

 

In preparedness, water is at the top of the list of what you need to have on hand. How much is always the question but you will never have enough. We have ten 15 gal water containers filled at all times. The Reliance Aqua-Tainer from Sportsman Warehouse are affordable and great to have on hand at your home or office.

In Portland, OR about 2 years ago, there was a panic that the Bull Run Reservior was contaminated. People were racing to the store to buy water and all the shelves were striped clean very quickly. We didn't have to worry because we already had out containers filled. 

Some other items to have on hand are The Berkey Water Filter system. Berkey water filers provide the ultimate in waterbourne contamination removal. Get the largest one the you can afford and an extra set of filers. The Berkey can serve 4 to 150 people with a single unit. You should consider having one of these at your work and home. You never know where your going to be when your going to need it. You will happy that you have this when the time comes that you need it. 

We believe in a layer system for your water needs. Having multiple systems will give you the flexibility to have systems and home as well as in your bug out bag while your on th move. While on the move, think about having The Life Straw. These are affordable, mobile and make contaminated water safe to drink. A stream, lake, water trough the life straw will remove bacteria and protozoa. We have these in our bug out bags and have used them in Yellowstone and Yosemite National Parks. 

We hope that this will help you with your water preparedness needs. Share your ideas with others!

January, 2017 Week Four!

Well, getting going is easier then you think! If you read last weeks blog post, I gave you a couple of ideas about stocking up on food and what we have personally been doing for the past few years. This week, were going to continue using our list and look at different options for the #1 item. The Generator or two!

We currently have two gas powered generators, that we have really put to use over the past 2 years while were building our new barn. Some of you may have seen that on David's YouTube Channel USNERDOC.  The first generator that we purchased at Costco over 15 years ago, and it's a 5000 watt Generac Gas Generator for about $600,  When we purchased our current home we had a "Transfer Switch" wired in our garage. The cost of the transfer switch and installation was about $800 and allows us to hook up the generator and power our appliances and some lights when the power is out.

Our Honda EU2000i, is a great addition to our generators. For about $1000, you can have a dependable super quiet light weight inverter 2000W 120v fuel efficient generator with parallel capability & oil alert. 

Generators can be expensive but you might be able to find a good used one on on Craigslist or your local newspaper. If maintained well, these will last a very long time but it needs to be on your list. 

Solar Generators are great if you live in an area where you received five our mores hours of sun daily. The sun is needed to charge the batteries that run the generator. 

Our good friend, Nick Meisner has an excellent course called "Off Grid Boot Camp". If your looking to go off grid, you might consider this online course to help you out. David, has taken it and thought that is was well worth the $$ that it costs to take Nick's course.

 

Well, that's all for this week. Hope that this helps you to power you home in the event of an emergency. 

It's Never Too Late!

With the latest snow storm in the Portland, Oregon area, I saw how un-prepared Portlander's really are. With the pile up of cars on the side of the road, the long lines the local grocery store and people taking to the streets to walk due to a failure to plan. This storm was predicted and they still didn't prepare. You have to ask yourself are you prepared?

Getting your car prepared for winter weather should start in November! Start by getting your car winter-ready by bringing the routine service up to date. Plan on getting Studded Snow Tires (Approved in Oregon and Washington), Tire Chains, Road Flares, Hand Warmers, Blanket or Sleeping Bag (For Warmth), Water, Snacks, Window De-Icer (Prestone Windshield De-Icer), Yaktrax (Traction for your shoes-Yaktrax), 

Extra Jacket, Hat and Gloves. All of these items can be in your trunk in a Plano 56Qt HD Storage Tote (Sportsman Warehouse). Add other items that you feel would be helpful for your personal preparedness.

November is a great time to stock up on supplies for your home as well. You will need to stock up on food, water and heat for yourself, family and your animals and any unprepared neighbors. It is especially important to check on elderly neighbors to insure they are doing well. Places like Costco, Cash & Carry and Dollar Tree are great stores to buy in bulk and will save you $$ in the long run. We also have freeze dried food which has a shelf live of 25 years or more (Honeyville). Buy some extra Animal Food so you have it available in case you can't get to the store. We also have (5)15 gallon water storage containers (Reliance Aqua-Tainer). Waiting until the event happens is to late to get prepared, avoid the panic and get prepared now!

Once a winter storm rolls in you may arrive home to find a few inches or feet of snow. As soon as the snow stops, get out and start shoveling your sidewalk and driveway. Starting clearing your walkway and driveway early and frequently will make your life much easier. Here are a few additional items to think about having at your home. We think the Orchard ABS Scoop Shovel (Orchard Supply Hardware) is the BEST shovel for snow removal. We own 3 of these shovels. The large D-handle is comfortable to hold and the big scoop lifts plenty of snow. During the last snow storm we were the only ones in our neighborhood that had a clear driveway! Ice Melt is another must for your home as you are responsible if someone slips and falls on your driveway or sidewalk in front of your home. (ULine) The best way to spread Ice Melt is with a hand-held fertilizer spreader.

Generators are another useful item to have at home in case the power goes out. With a gas generator and a transfer switch (installed by licensed electrician), you will be able to run your refrigerator, essential lights and small heater. This time of year, you never know when the power might go out! Staying warm can save your life. Extra gas for the generator and your car will keep you moving and warm through out the winter months. Remember to run your generator in a safe open air location!

Another great idea, is to have extra medications, prescription glasses and cash (Small Bills) on hand in case of emergency. 

Don't wait until the next disaster to get prepared!

Starting With Week Two!

With the beginning of every new year, comes new possibilities and resolutions that we try to achieve. We start of the year with a list to lose weight, read more, save more money and the list goes on and on. This year is no different then the years before. The possibilities for this year could endless but you should have a plan in order to achieve some or even all of them. 

This year 2017, we are staring off the year with a better plan then last year so we will see how it goes. It's the second week of the new year and our list starts with storing more food. As the months go by I will be sharing with you, our readers as to what were add this week or month. 

Starting today, January 4th, 2017 we are adding more food storage to our pantry. . The item that I love best is Honeyville. From Bakery Products, Fruits, Vegetables, Gluten Free, Flours, Grains and on and on. Honeyville has the best tasting and long-term freeze dried food storage and more. Set a budget from $50 or more and use that to add to your preparedness every month.

Now, you might say that's not the best way to buy food and you might be right, however with a 25 year shelf life, you really can't go wrong. We started purchasing Honeyville over 4 years ago and will continue to do so from today and moving forward. You see, you can never have enough food and with winter here and snow on the ground it's better to order online.

We are saving $$ for the next item,  as they are expensive but hope to order one of these by the middle to the end of the year.  The Harvest Right Food Dehydrator is manufactured in the USA and uses food that either you grow or have bought. Watch this video to learn more. 

Canning and Preserving will be essential for your long term food storage as well. Start collecting Quart and Pint jars and lids to have for canning later in the summer. Look for deals on these now as they might go up in price once the season gets under way. Look at your local bookstore for books and magazines on canning and preserving. More on this at a later date. 

 

Happy New Year! Why 2017 will be successful!

Well, today is January 1st 2017 and the beginning to another year. The year ahead should be great for most but here is why I believe that. The Chinese New Year 2017 begins on January 27, 2017 with the Year of the Rooster. This will be a powerful one, with no middle of the road when it comes to moving forward. This year, impressions count. You’ll want to look your best and be clear on your intentions concerning love, money, and business. Stick to practical and well-proven paths to ensure success, rather than risky ventures.

Time will tell if President Trump's economy will be the greatest in our Country's History. Steven Moore has this to say "[Economist and former Secretary of State] Larry Summers, Obama's economist, has been running around saying 2 percent is the best we can do. That's nonsense. We can grow 4, 5, 6 percent with the right growth." 

Small businesses will see the advantages with better websites, more customers and more US Made products. With products made here in the US, that will mean more jobs for working Americans. With more Americans working the US Debit at currently $19,879,151,754,933.53 we will need more workers to pay this off. How long that will take, I have no idea.

Social Media will continue to aid businesses to grow with advertising and the massive numbers currently on social media will continue to grow. The reduction of taxes on small business will also aid in them growing and adding new employees.  

Amp-3's year ahead looks pretty full. We will be upgrading some of our product line, discontinuing some of our product line and adding to our product line. Were really looking forward to new trade shows including a couple of Tiny Home Trade Shows and some kits made just for tiny homes. As we transition to our Medford property over the next few years, David and I will continue to keep Amp-3 growing. Preparedness for us is not a game but an everyday mind set. The property will keep us moving in the direction of a self stainable living. Stay tuned in the weeks to come with some of our ideas on what you should have to be more self reliable. Remember you can't do this alone!!!

Mountain View Ranch! More coming soon.

Mountain View Ranch! More coming soon.

Christmas Memories!

Just started some new YouTube videos for this Christmas season about our Christmas Memories! Sharing recipes from our home to yours. Many of these have been handed down over the decades and we hope that you might want to add a few of these to your Christmas Memories. All of these recipes will be available at this website: http://allrecipes.com/cook/mountainviewranch/

The next video will be post soon and these are David's favorites! Coconut Cranberry Chews.

 

 

Getting the Barn ready for Winter!

As some of you may know, we have been building a new barn on our property in Southern Oregon since June 2015. After our builder totally stopped working on the Barn, David and my brother Steve took over the project. They work well together and know what needs to be done.

October 2016

October 2016

In October 2016, we once again headed down to the property to complete the strong-backing and sheeting of the barn. On another note, we had the county inspectors come out to do the final inspection. They got out of the truck they were in and said "Nice Barn" but your not ready for the final inspection. The structure has to be completed for that to happen. This is not what we were told from our original builder. We also found out that the framing hasn't as of yet been signed off. We will get that done this week while down at the barn.

It's the day after Thanksgiving and were headed down to the property once again. Really excited to see what get's done while were there. Hoping for windows to be installed and the remaining siding on this trip. Measuring for the barn doors will also get done as that will be the next trip down sometime in the spring.

We hope that you enjoy this journey with us a we develop our property! Come along for the ride won't you?

Why Do We Celebrate Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving Day is almost here! This is my favorite time of the year with all of the leaves off of the trees and Thanksgiving right around the corner. This very special day has always started with the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade with all of the Floats, High Flying Balloons, Marching Bands and of course Santa! 

What would Thanksgiving be without Football, Family, Friends and most of all great food. Do you even know why we celebrate Thanksgiving? Some of us were taught this in school and some think it's just to enjoy Turkey and take a nap!

We can trace this historic American Christian tradition to the year 1623. After the harvest crops were gathered in November 1623, Governor William Bradford of the 1620 Pilgrim Colony, “Plymouth Plantation” in Plymouth, Massachusetts proclaimed: "All ye Pilgrims with your wives and little ones, do gather at the Meeting House, on the hill… there to listen to the pastor, and render Thanksgiving to the Almighty God for all His blessings." 

Read more at: http://www.christiananswers.net/q-eden/ednkc002.html

As Bradford noted, the pilgrims of Plymouth enjoyed an especially good harvest that fall, so they planned a meal to celebrate and give thanks for the abundance of food. The local Wampanoag natives had worked along with the pilgrims to hunt, fish, and gather the food, so they all joined together for this dinner to give thanks for it all (and yes, there was turkey!). This peaceful dinner between natives and settlers may seem a bit dubious to some, given the tensions between the two groups, but it's exactly that concept of two cultures coming together that made the dinner so memorable and important to our country's history. In that same spirit of joining together to give thanks, the tradition of "thanksgiving" continued in the U.S.

While your enjoying this Thanksgiving, we hope that Family, Football and Friends are a part of your Celebration. 

 

Preparedness is for Everyday!

David and I have been preparing for many years. We have this company to help you get better prepared for whatever might come your way. We look forward to your input as we continue to build on what we have started over 5 years ago. With Amp-3 it has given us a venue to provide quality products that we produce and companies that we support that we personally have and use.

You never know what be around the corner in our lives so here are a few steps to take to help you get focused and ready. Here are a few of my favorite websites to check out:

1. A great website with many aspects to it is Survivalist Boards. This forum discussion has so many pages for you to check out from General Discussion, Off Grid, Urban Survival, Food and Water and so on. This is a vast amount of information and a great website to join and follow.

 

 

2. Off Grid Boot Camp presented by Nick Meissner. David has taken this and thought that it was the most informative, comprehensive and money well spent.

 

3. Amp-3 Recourses page is another place to get your 100 Essentials. Download the document, cross off what you already have and that helps you narrow your list down to what you need to work on. We all live on a budget but if you commit to adding to your preparedness every month you will have this list completed in no time. 

 

Stay tuned for more Preparedness items in the weeks to come. Enjoy the journey!!

Why Not Just A Cell Phone?

Emergency Communication is probably one of the least talked about aspects of preparedness, but in our opinion, it plays a vital role in ensuring your survival during any type of disaster. We have some ideas that might help you be better prepared in the event of an emergency.

Do you have a Communications Plan? Having a pre-established plan will help you, your family and emergency contacts to maintain communication and obtain critical information in the time of need. 

For more information about Emergency Communications, please go to the link below for a downloadable document.

http://www.amp-3.net/resources/

EDC Valet

LIMITED availability of the handcrafted leather EDC Valet by Rutsu located in Portland, Oregon this Sunday (October 23, 2016 1000-1800) at Sustainable Preparedness Expo at the Portland Expo Center.

Stop by the Amp-3, LLC booth to check out this neat EDC organizer!

Contact Beth at amp3@reagan.com

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Every Day Carry: The Essential EDC Triad

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Every Day Carry: The Essential EDC Triad

 Every Day Carry (EDC) is your primary layer of daily preparedness. In this blog post I would like to present what I consider “The Essential EDC Triad”. Stop for a moment and think about what you have with you in your pockets every day. Not what is in your purse, briefcase, shoulder bag, messenger bag, vehicle or desk at work. Those are your secondary and tertiary layers of preparedness that will be covered in future blog posts. So, be honest and take a quick survey of what is in your pockets at this very moment. 

The Essential EDC Triad consists of a good sturdy pocket knife, a small LED pocket light, and a sturdy belt. For these tools to be truly helpful in a time of need, they need to be with you all the time. That is why a small pocket knife and AAA pocket light with carry clips are recommended.

 The Essential EDC Triad Enhanced adds RFID protection for your credit cards and smart ID cards. The proliferation of portable scanners being used by criminals today means you need be proactive and protect your accounts, passport and personal identity. 

Brand is not as important as selecting tools that you can depend on and are convenient to carry. Pick tools that will fit your budget and are comfortable in hand. Then, make sure they are with you every day! In future blog posts we will discuss additional layers to your daily preparedness. It is best to think of your preparedness as overlapping layers that provide a robust and integrated level of preparedness to keep you and your family safe in a time of need. 

Prepare Now to BE PREPARED!

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