Here are some useful items to have when SHTF:
A good folding knife is perfect for everyday carry, but a fixed-blade knife is more suited in a survival situation.
A folding design makes it much more compact and easier to tote, like a Swiss army knife that generally comes with a drop-point main blade plus other blades and tools, such as screw drives, a can opener, a bottle opener, a pair of scissors, a saw blade and many other components. While its iconic form is known all over the world and associated with utility, adventure and smart designs, it will never take a beating for rough abuse as its joints (or pivot) are its weakness for rigorous cutting, chopping, pounding, prying, thrusting and so on. Another reason why you would want to have a fixed-blade knife is the speed of deployment, especially in emergency situations.
The best fixed-blade survival knife for your money must have a strong, full-tang blade with a serrated edge. The handle should be comfortable to hold and provide a good grip even when wet. It is also important to choose a knife that is the right size for your hand and that you feel comfortable using.
The Tac Tool is a rescue and rapid entry knife specifically geared toward urban survival issues, and is the knife of choice by rescue workers, special response teams and military operators. The knife is designed to bash, chisel, cut, pry and smash and is said to be great for lifting hinge pins and hammering out glass.
In a long-term disaster situation, especially in an urban environment, this one tiny water spigot key is designed to gain access to both commercial and residential water faucets. Your chances of being able to find drinking water in the city could increase with this four-way water key, which you can use to open or close radiators, water valves and outside garden spigots where valve handles have been removed, or open tamper-resistant hose bibs that are usually located on the exterior of commercial and industrial buildings, as well as rest stops.
An example of a small portable solar panel kit is the Goal Zero Adventure Kit, which can keep just about any USP device going indefinitely without ever having to rely on the power grid – from charging your AA and AAA batteries to powering up cellular mobile phones, GPS devices and emergency radios.
A research article published in the journal Solar Energy has demonstrated the versatility of the standalone portable solar-dual storage system through real usage under different outdoor weather conditions. It operates via a mode selector that allows switching between two independent systems – direct mode with a high-power density supercapacitor to buffer fluctuation and off-grid mode with a high energy density battery-coupling – supporting loads of up to 300 watts.
Cordless chainsaws are an ideal multi-purpose tool – not just cut out for emergencies and gardening. You could use the help of a chainsaw and save yourself the effort of annoying branches with mere shears, securing and preparing wood for winter and getting rid of debris in the form of large branches or even trees after storms. If you have a cordless chainsaw in your car, it can save you from being stuck in the middle of nowhere with fallen trees on the road. Chainsaws are also considered one of the basics when it comes to DIY projects. (Related: 22 must-have prepper tools for your survival bag.)
Here are a few rules when purchasing and storing tools:
Preparedness means having the right tools on hand and knowing how to use them in emergency situations. When SHTF, being prepared will go a long way toward ensuring you and your family's survival.
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