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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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on the cover

1 Balaclava MAKE & MODEL Black Diamond CoEffcient Balaclava MSRP $35 2 Goggles MAKE & MODEL Zeal Optics Z3 GPS MSRP $399 3 Jacket MAKE & MODEL The North Face Bushwick Bomber MSRP $299 4 Shirt MAKE & MODEL GatorSkins Charcoal Thermal Zippered Shirt MSRP $90 5 Gloves MAKE & MODEL Youngstown Glove Company Waterproof Winter XT MSRP $60 6 Binoculars MAKE & MODEL Maven Outdoor Equipment Company B.3 MSRP $500 7 Pants MAKE & MODEL The North Face Jeppeson Pants MSRP $199 8 Footwear MAKE & MODEL Hi-Tec Sports Phoenix Thermo 200 i WP MSRP $100 Knife MAKE & MODEL TOPS Knives TOPS 10/27 MSRP $150 10 Axe MAKE & MODEL Black Diamond Venom Ice Axe MSRP $150 11 Backpack MAKE & MODEL Mountainsmith Approach 50 MSRP $110 12 Weather Meter MAKE & MODEL Kestrel Meters 4500 Pocket Weather Tracker MSRP $299 13 Crampon MAKE & MODEL Hillsound Trail Crampon Ultra MSRP $70 14 Watch MAKE &…

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a look back and a way forward

And in a blink, 2014 is gone. Last year started very much like the way it ended. Vicious winter storms pummeled the East Coast — so much so that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) issued “major disaster” or “emergency” declarations in numerous states, from Pennsylvania on down to Georgia. But Mother Nature wasn’t the only threat in early 2014. A storage tank spilled a little-known coal-cleaning chemical in West Virginia, preventing 300,000 residents from using the local water supply. Meanwhile, on the Left Coast, the Colby Fire (caused by an illegal campfire) scorched almost 2,000 acres and destroyed six homes north of Los Angeles. Spring didn’t bring much relief. Washington State faced the deadliest mudslide in U.S. history last March when more than 40 people were killed and an entire neighborhood…

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gear up

1 MAKE & MODEL Zippo OUL LENGTH 7.75 in. MSRP $20 NOTES If fre-building isn’t in your skill set, consider the OUL, or Outdoor Utility Lighter. It has a dual fame technology that makes it wind-resistant, while its metal construction and rubber handle let it shrug off harsh conditions. There’s also an adjustable fame dial, a patented childresistant safety button, and a ring to attach the OUL to a backpack. Once depleted, it’s refllable using Zippo Premium Butane Fuel. 2 PUBLISHER & TITLE Ulysses PressCountdown to Preparedness: The Prepper’s 52-Week Course to Total Disaster Readiness FORMAT Trade Paperback MSRP $16 NOTES If you’re a city slicker who’s completely new to prepping, fguring out where to start can be daunting. Fortunately, there’s Jim Cobb’s Countdown to Preparedness. Unlike other survival manuals, this 256-page paperback is presented like a…

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portable lanterns

So you’ve finally made it to safety. Whether you’re taking shelter from a passing tornado or hunkering down in a basement until the bad guys leave, at some point you’ll need to be able to see in the dark. It’s obvious that having a source of constant light is invaluable. While we always preach that everyone should have a flashlight, keeping a portable lantern at the ready can illuminate your workspace while freeing up your hands. Like most lighting equipment, portable lanterns come in many shapes and sizes with difering features. In this guide, we take a look at models that can be easily stowed. These lanterns are made to be packable and can be stufed into a car trunk, glovebox, camping pack, or bug-out bag. Depending on what your end…

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what if?

I was working hard in the store, counting products and taking inventory, but little things kept gnawing at the edges of my attention. My two employees, normally industrious kids, just wouldn’t stop texting the moment they started their shifts. Then, there were the sounds of helicopters flying overhead. And a lot of foot trafic passed by the storefront, yet it seemed odd that no one was coming inside. Sure, it was snowing a little, but not enough to slow sales to a grind. Suddenly, there was a loud slapping sound. Someone had thrown a cup of soda at the store window. Beyond the cola-soaked glass, people ran down the sidewalks and street, all in the same direction. My youngest worker said his friends were texting him about a riot. “Riot? What…

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improvise to survive

Sharp rocks. Arrows. Catapults. Blunderbuss. SCAR-17 rifle. Intercontinental ballistic missiles. Since the dawn of time, man has been crafting weapons. Much like our need for food and shelter, it seems the desire to defend ourselves from harm is ingrained in our DNA — and most of the time our fists and feet just aren’t good enough. Take a look at even the most primitive, isolated cultures on earth, and you’ll see a plethora of diferent weapon designs, from simple spears and clubs to more advanced contraptions. It’s easy to understand why: In many cultures, to have no weapon is to face an immediate, painful death. Today, weaponry has evolved considerably beyond the humble spear. In fact, many of us own firearms that are more powerful, durable, and compact than our ancestors…