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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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be prepared

It goes without saying that whether an emergency situation arises from a natural disaster, terrorism, or other sources, the planning and basic fundamentals of preparation help you, your loved ones, and your family survive and ultimately thrive. Living in a major metropolitan area, however, means the uncertainties you face are amplified, especially compared to a rural area. Whether they stem from the tens of thousands of people you live among or the hundreds of miles of gridlocked roads you will need to deal with, threats to your survival exist around every corner of the city and its suburbs. OFFGRID’s focus is to bring information, methods, skills, and the latest gear to you for surviving in and, if need be, escaping the urban setting. Being that this is our first issue, we are…

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new products

Make & Model Spot Global Phone diMenSionS 5.3x2.2x1.5 in Weight 7 oz Battery life Four hours talk time, 36 hours standby featureS Satellite-based technology Superior voice clarity with no noticeable delay or echo Backlit color display optimized for outdoor daytime viewing Data capable enabling email and file transfers Quick online activation, 10-digit dialing with local phone numbers Lighted keypad 911 emergency service access MSrP $499.95 plus airtime Finally, there’s a satellite phone for the rest of us. We may not all be arctic explorers or secret agents, but now we can communicate like we are. Spot Global Phone ensures users can connect with family and friends, even when their adventures take them out of cell coverage. The only satellite phone to be offered in major retail outlets provides crystal-clear voice quality from anywhere within the service footprint. Critical communications happen in an instant,…

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3 must-know knots

Using the right tool for the right job makes all the diference. Sure, you can get away with using a flathead screwdriver on a Phillips screw, but every time you do so, you run the risk of stripping the screw. It’s much better to use the correct driver for the proper fit to avoid damage to the screw and the driver. Similarly, using the right knot can be a huge factor in the success of accomplishing a job, easily and safely. Unless knots factor into your daily grind like bungee jump operator or first mate of the S.S. Minnow, the majority of people may only use one or two knots on a daily basis — or if you have Velcro on your shoes, maybe even none at all. Whether or not…

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amazing paracord

If you’ve spent any amount of time looking into and buying emergency supplies, you’ll eventually run into this amazing stuf called paracord. Sold in many strengths, lengths, and colors, paracord is often fashioned into items such as bracelets and key chains or wrapped around the handles of knives and even sold as-is in bundle form. It’s even become a basis for arts and crafts items for some. From the outside, paracord looks like the kind of shoelace you’d find on a hiking boot, but make no mistake, paracord is much more than that. What is Paracord? Paracord, also known as parachute cord or accessory cord, started out as a lightweight nylon kernmantle rope used in the suspension lines of U.S. parachutes during World War II. It was found quite useful in the…

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coms are key

So, you’ve made all your plans in case of a major disaster. You’ve got your plan of action, your bugout bag, your drinking water, your rations, and even extra batteries for your flashlight. But, what happens when the disaster doesn’t cooperate with your plan? Perhaps, your family’s meeting point has been compromised. Perhaps, the streets have become unsafe to travel. Perhaps the phone lines are down. What are you to do then? How are you going to be able to change the plan and let your loved ones know about it? We can tell you from recent experience that trying to reach someone right after an emergency was an arduous task. It took this author more than an hour to get through to someone just after the Boston Marathon bombings by…

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bug out 101

Natural disasters. Terrorism. The Zombie Apocalypse. There are dozens of disasters (a few fictional, the rest very real) that have given people cause to prepare for a bugout scenario. Just remember, being paranoid is not an efective survival skill, but awareness, on the other hand, is. We must understand that being aware and prepared is simply being responsible. So, no matter your level of experience or training, incorporating the following into your bug-out plan will provide you with a good starting point to survive almost any situation: > Preplanning > But-out bag > Gear > Evacuation plan > Communications > Security The following is a primer on how to create your own bug-out plan based on these elements. Even if you already have an emergency plan in place, it’s always good to review it to see how to…