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RECOIL OFFGRID December 2016 - January 2017

RECOIL OFFGRID takes a fresh look at emergency-related scenarios from the URBAN/CITY dweller's point of view. We speak to experts about what to do to stay alive and how. Plus, we feature products, equipment, and supplies that all urbanites should use. Topics covered include survival gear, food preparation, and much more.

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6 Issues


2 min.
shif fortuneteller?

Recently, I’ve been accused of being everything from a powerful oracle who can portend impending disasters to a malicious puppetmaster whose wicked machinations can influence world events. Of course, those accusations were jokes — references by friends about how the covers of our past three issues have coincided with real-world events. Issue 13’s “Sudden Surge” theme came out just a few days before Texas was hit with massive flooding. Then our image of civil unrest on the front of Issue 14 resonated a few weeks after its release, when Turkey experienced a failed military coup in which hundreds died and more than 2,000 were injured. And our last edition, Issue 15 — which featured tropical storm prep on the cover — hit newsstands right before Hurricane Hermine pummeled the East Coast. There’s…

8 min.
gear up

1 MAKE & MODEL Thermarest Honcho Poncho DIMENSION 58 by 79 inches MSRP $130 URL NOTES We’ve had the Honcho Poncho less than a week, and we can tell it's going to be a SHTF fave thanks to its versatility. It’s a superinsulated poncho liner with an insulated hand-warmer pocket and hood cinch that helps seal things up when the poncho is used as a blanket. This 1.75-pound honcho feels as warm as a mild-weather sleeping bag and extends just to the top of the knees on our 5-foot, 9-inch test model (and we use the term model very loosely around here). This will see practical use as a sideline blanket for football games while it lives in the truck for emergency use. Initially released in bright blue and yellow, it’ll be available in…

4 min.
waterproof flashlights

Electronic circuit boards are one of the greatest inventions of the 20th century. These microscopic networks of conductive pathways transmit millions of energy pulses in the blink of an eye. However, there’s one common substance that can bring this brilliant electronic ballet to a grinding halt: water. Even a single drop of moisture has the power to corrode and short out components, leading to malfunctions or total failure. If you’ve ever spilled coffee on your laptop or dropped your smartphone in the porcelain throne, you know firsthand the vulnerability of these devices. Flashlights are at a higher risk than other electronics, as they’re frequently used in circumstances where moisture is present. As a result, many flashlights are rated as water-resistant, meaning they can withstand splashes and spills. Truly waterproof flashlights, how-ever, are held…

21 min.
what if?

Five seconds. Only five seconds had passed. But it felt like five hours as your mind slowly processed what had happened. The booming sound outside of your home, the rattling of the old single-pane windows, the screaming you heard on the street — all of it let you know that something horrible had struck. You were just a kid when the Sept. 11 attacks happened, but it had a major impact on your childhood. Maybe today it was happening again. Terrorism is the new Cold War. Many of us today worry when the next big ISIS or ISIS-inspired attack will occur and in what form it will take. Some of us are so concerned that we’ve taken measures to be prepared for it. But what happens when it’s time to leap from…

9 min.
fallout boy meets world

If you’re reading this, you must have survived. Soon you’ll realize that those who didn’t survive were the lucky ones, obliterated in an instant flash of light or shattered to bits by a tremendous shockwave rippling outward from the epicenter of a thermonuclear detonation.. Who knows what the rest of the country looks like, and you’ll have no way of finding out. OK, so the above situation is more hypothetical than historical. But with current events making people wonder if we’ve regressed to the 1960s, we take a look at that time period’s worst fear: nuclear winter. Is it possible to survive after a nuclear war? What would your world look like if you did? And what sort of preps can you make now? OK, so the above situation is more hypothetical than…

1 min.
exploding nuclear myths

1 The fallout would stay around for years and kill everyone. False: The danger of radioactive fallout lessens with time. According to FEMA, the 7:10 Rule of Thumb states that for every seven-fold increase in time after detonation, there is a 10-fold decrease in the exposure rate. For example, two hours after detonation, the exposure rate would be 400 Roentgen/hour. After 14 hours, the exposure rate would be 1/10 as much, or 40 Roentgen/hour. For more on radiation sickness, see “Invisible Death” on page 114. 2 All of the food in a fallout area would be poisoned and inedible. Mostly False: Food and water in dust-tight containers will be completely free of radiation particles. Peeling fruits and vegetables and removing the top several inches of stored grain will eliminate most of the radiated…