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RECOIL OFFGRID February/March #29 2019

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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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United States
6 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
are we really any safer?

As I write my editor’s letter, the East Coast is just starting the slow process of rebounding from Hurricane Michael. That includes not only homes ravaged by the storm, but the usual criminal looting that follows in those areas. We also just recently passed the 17-year mark since we all woke up to a country that’d never be the same again on Sept. 11, 2001. As I reflect on all the different ways these events continue to affect the U.S., I still can’t help but wonder, whether we’re at home or abroad, are we really any safer than we were 20 years ago? Is there really any bigger push to educate people on how to protect themselves? Here’s a case in point. A few other staff members and I recently attended…

8 min.
gear up

1 MAKE & MODEL Kikkerland Mini Keychain Pliers DIMENSION 2.75 by 0.79 by 0.5 inches MSRP $13 URL www.kikkerland.com NOTES One way of ensuring there’s a future for our community is to educate our youth, and that starts with our own loved ones. Teach them life-saving skills, explain the dangers they could face, and show them how to be prepared. So if you’re looking for gifts this holiday season, the Kikkerland Mini Keychain Pliers is a good first multitool for a young son or daughter. It has a blade, a pair of pliers, a bottle opener, and a flathead screwdriver — all of which can help teach your child about safety, the responsibility of owning tools, and preparedness in general. It also comes with a chain and ring, so you could even EDC it as a keychain; you know, for popping…

7 min.

Some of you might have read the headline and said, “Wallets? Wallets aren’t survival tools!” But if you emptied your pockets right now, there’s a good chance you’d pull out a wallet among the contents. Why? Because it’s an essential piece of your everyday-carry loadout. And in a disaster — man-made or natural — it can make a big difference. Gonna hole up indoors during an impending blizzard? You’ll first have to pay for the extra food, water, and backup heat sources that’ll help you get through it. Are you overseas for the holidays when a local government coup erupts? Better have your charge card handy to buy that first plane ticket out of Dodge. Trying to return home after a police blockade has locked down your community? You’ll need your…

4 min.
what if?

As a frequent flyer, you’d heard your fair share of commotions on airplanes. From fighting couples to drunken passengers — the cramped cabin of a crowded airplane was hardly a quiet place, even when most of your fellow travelers were being respectful. Yes, you’d been on noisy flights before, but this ruckus was different. In the way that a parent can distinguish a child’s cry of pain from a howl of frustration, these raised voices conveyed alarm to you. Turning to your spouse, you asked, “Honey, are you hearing this?” She looked up from her book and turned a bit to listen. A moment later, a woman’s piercing scream tore through the low murmur of conversations in coach. It came from the front of the plane, behind the first-class curtain. You…

9 min.
former federal officer: hana bilodeau’s approach

We just reached the anniversary of one of the most devastating terrorist attacks on American soil. You often hear individuals preach “never forget,” but I have to ask, are you living and preparing as if you’ll “never forget?” We need only to remember back 17 years to find evidence that evil is present and terrorism exists. As Americans it’s our duty not only to never forget the lives lost but to also combat evil in the future. Preparation, and the wherewithal to survive, is a mental and physical exercise. Having worked previously in state and federal law enforcement, I understand all too clearly that crime can happen anywhere — even at 37,000 feet off the ground. Being locked inside a flying metal tube with complete strangers doesn’t provide me with a high…

7 min.
survival expert: tim macwelch’s approach

Preparation So how would one prepare for a flight where a hijacking might take place? It’s not like the TSA would let you on the plane with all your tactical gear and a parachute. But thankfully, we can rely on more than mere luck for protection. Knowledge is one of our greatest assets, and while it might be unnerving, a great deal can be learned from studying the past few decades of airline bombing attempts and hijackings (particularly Sept. 11). While we’re at it, I’d take some time to brush up on close-quarters hand-to-hand fighting, especially grappling and striking. I’d also read through the TSA-approved item lists at www.tsa.gov. Steel-toed boots are still allowed on planes, as well as leather belts with large metal buckles. Crippling kicks can be delivered with…