Product Lead Time Extended

As this is an unprecedented time for emergency preparedness, we will continually update our lead time status. The top of mind awareness for emergency preparedness has the industry experiencing astronomical demand. Orders are currently at a 7-10 day lead time. Due to the recent earthquakes we are anticipating up to 15-day lead times going forward for smaller orders; and that lead time could increase.

We understand there will be frustrated and worried customers and it is our job to advise of current expectations and alleviate concerns. If a customer does want to cancel, please know that the industry as a whole is experiencing this type of demand and re-ordering would may not be the best solution, as your order would be put at the end of the line.

Extreme Heat Safety Tips
Here are some tips on staying cool and safe during extreme heat:

Be familiar with your local weather forecast by visiting or on your phone

Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun with drapes, shades, awnings, or louvers. (Outdoor awnings or louvers can reduce the heat that enters a home by up to 80 percent.)

Eat well-balanced, light, and regular meals. Avoid using salt tablets unless directed to do so by a physician.

Drink plenty of water and limit intake of alcoholic beverages. Persons who have epilepsy or heart, kidney, or liver disease; are on fluid-restricted diets; or have a problem with fluid retention should consult a doctor before increasing liquid intake.

Check on family, friends, and neighbors who do not have air conditioning and who spend much of their time alone. Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.

Avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day. Use a buddy system when working in extreme heat, and take frequent breaks.

7 Types of Gear for an Old School Survival Kit

Whether they were native people or the pioneers of a new frontier, our ancestors didn’t have access to the high-tech items we carry today for camping, hunting and wilderness emergencies. But whenever possible, they did carry a kit to help them survive. Today, bushcrafters, classic camping enthusiasts and living history re-enactors are building kits that would have been very familiar to our forebears, and these modern folks are often in for a pleasant surprise. Many of the items are both effective and fun to use. Here’s a look at the basic supplies for survival, with historically appropriate gear.

Waterproof tarp – This is for shelter roofing, and it is often a canvas tarp soaked with waterproofing oils or waxes. You can buy a tarp that’s ready-to-use, or make your own using an “oilcloth” recipe. Set the tarp up as a lean-to, and you’ll be sheltered from the elements.

1. Bedroll – The bedroll is an assortment of bedding for a warm night’s sleep. Wool blankets are a mainstay, and they’ll keep you warm even when wet. The bedroll and the tarp are typically the heaviest part of your kit, and the most important.

2. Cook kit – A metal pot with a bail handle will suffice for boiling water and preparing meals. A metal cup or mug makes a nice companion to it, as does a spoon.

3. Fire kit – You’ll need this for the obvious task of fire-starting. Choose from flint and steel, matches or some other historic method, plus a supply of dry tinder.

4. Tools – These are for work and repairs. A knife and some cordage will get you pretty far, and you can add an axe and saw for building your camp, cutting wood and splitting wood.

5. Candles – These are handy for lighting and fire-starting. Choose beeswax candles, as they burn for the longest time (when compared ounce-for-ounce with paraffin candles).

6. Food – For enjoyable nourishment, bring some old-school staple foods. Things like flour, cornmeal, salt pork, jerky, salt, sugar and lard can make great meals, providing you have some camp-cooking skills.

What would you put in your historic camping kit? Please share your thoughts by leaving a comment.

Blizzard Emergency Tip

Add Extra Insulation to Your Windows and Doors

A blizzard does not just bring snow. A blizzard blows freezing cold winds right up to the exterior of your home. If your home is not well insulated, that freezing cold air will make its way into your living space. Reinforce window and door frames by filling in cracks with caulking, or if the entire window is a problem secure a piece of plastic in front of it. Use old towels rolled up as an additional barrier for the space at the bottom of doors that lead outside.

Know What You Will Face
Part of preparation is knowing exactly what kind of disasters you might face and knowing what to do in each situation. Living in Montana? You probably don’t need to worry about hurricanes. California? Better be ready for an earthquake, but don’t overlook your chances of severe weather or pandemic flu. If you can’t think of all the possibilities, here’s a handy list from the Red Cross. If you think you live in a disaster-free zone, you’re probably wrong.