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RECOIL OFFGRID December/January #28 2018

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

In this issue

1 min.
on the cover

Cover Photos: Jorge Nuñez, Timothy_Wang/istockphoto.com…

3 min.
extinction precursors

Since I’m old-school, I like to support local merchants instead of relying solely on the Internet for shopping. I recently had to replace my barbecue, so I ventured to a nearby mall to check out the selection. I can remember 20 years ago when this mall was still the local epicenter of retail activity and social interaction. Now, like many others, it appeared to be circling the drain. Rows of shuttered storefronts with “for lease” signs in the window, others walled over to make them look like part of the architecture, and sales associates with elbows propped up on countertops, thumbing through their mobile devices instead of trying to entice the few remaining patrons into a potential sale. I can see why some of the major chains that are still anchor…

7 min.

1 MAKE & MODEL Slumberjack Roughhouse Tent WEIGHTx 13 pounds MSRP $200 URL www.slumberjack.com Notes Whether on a weekend camping trip with the family or enduring a more arduous trek in undiscovered country, venturing through Mother Nature requires reliable shelter. The four-person, three-season Slumberjack Roughhouse Tent is up for the job, and aptly titled. On the outside, it’s covered by a 66-denier polyester fly, while its stout, non-traditional shape helps it repel downpours and intense wind. Under the fly, two steel/fiberglass main poles and two fiberglass ridge poles maintain the structure around 61.8 square feet of floor space — though the $30 footprint is sold separately. There are four interior pockets for organization. Plus, a “front porch” vestibule can convert into a large shade awning. A six-person version is available for $259. 2 MAKE & MODEL Arc’teryx Cerium SL Hoody SIZES Men: S through XXL Women: XS through…

7 min.
individual first aid kits

According to BleedingControl.org, a federally sponsored medical education campaign, uncontrolled bleeding is the number-one cause of preventable death from trauma. In situations where a traumatic injury has occurred, the ability to slow blood loss often makes the difference between life and death. This outcome may be decided in three to five minutes before professional medical personnel can arrive on scene, and that’s why it’s essential for individuals on-site to control bleeding as soon as possible. Whether you’re dealing with a badly broken limb while hiking on a remote trail, a gunshot wound at the range, the aftermath of a violent car crash, or a mass-casualty terrorist attack, you certainly won’t want to do so empty-handed. An individual first aid kit, or IFAK, can give you the tools you need to stop…

4 min.
what if?

The baby was sleeping quietly and your spouse was catching a much-needed nap on the couch. Your daughter was trying hard to stifle her giggles as she watched her favorite cartoon on television. If Norman Rockwell were still alive to paint scenes of modern domestic tranquility, your household could be the model. As you settled down into your favorite chair and the dog curled up at your feet, the mood of the day was contentment. Without realizing it, your eyes had closed for a moment. Sleep was starting to take hold of you, until something caused you to stir. It felt like the rumbling of a truck, until you realized that it wasn’t a vehicle. The shaking intensified. The baby started crying, and the dog began to whimper. The flat-screen TV…

8 min.
former u.s. army psy-op sergeant: hakim isler’s approach

Since having a new baby, we’d have also made a point to stock up on a year’s worth of powdered milk and baby food. Prep Because I live by the “not if it will happen, but when” motto, my family and I have been preparing for long-term disasters for many years. When my wife and I decided to put money toward stocking up on supplies, we knew that purchasing a large quantity in one fell swoop is cost prohibitive. On average, we go shopping every two weeks, so we started purchasing small essentials during our shopping trips to gradually increase our emergency supply cache. Over the last two years we’ve set aside $125 per month plus half of any remaining discretionary funds to help pay for items that we’d need for a disaster.…