Jim Cobb

Jim Cobb is a disaster preparedness consultant and author. His books include Prepper's Home Defense, The Prepper's Complete Book of Disaster Readiness, and Prepper's Long-Term Survival Guide.

Is Buying a Pre-Made Survival Kit a Good Idea?

Given the popularity of prepping today, it stands to reason that many companies would jump on the bandwagon and try to cater to that market.  You can now find pre-made survival kits at places like outdoor stores like REI and even at discount retailers like Walmart.  But is buying a pre-made kit a good idea? Problems with Pre-Made Kits Well, like anything else in life, it depends.  The first problem I’ve seen with many commercial kits is that some or …

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Build a Workplace Emergency Kit

While few of us would relish the thought of having to spend a single minute more than absolutely necessary at work, it is conceivable you could end up stranded there overnight.  If severe weather rolls in, such as a major blizzard, travel could be treacherous at best.  Rather than roll the dice and take your chances on hazardous roads, you may be better off just hunkering down at your desk.  By planning ahead and assembling a workplace emergency kit, you …

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Choosing a Folding Knife

Choosing a Folding Knife

Folding knives are often the blades of choice when it comes to every day carry (EDC). Let’s face it, they are far easier to toss into a purse or slip into a pocket than their fixed blade counterparts. But, there are a few things to consider when choosing a folding knife. Remember, as with any other piece of gear, you may end up staking your life on this item, so it pays to be a bit finicky and not just …

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How to Baton Firewood

Mother Nature often doesn’t like to play nice. While we’d hope that if we had to spend the night in the woods, it would be nothing but clear skies and perhaps just a bit cool, the reality is you are just as likely to be sitting in the middle of a steady rain with not a dry twig in sight for the evening fire. But, as they say, where there’s a will there’s a way. If you have a sturdy …

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DIY Fire Starters with Built In Ignition

I have to be up front and say this isn’t something I came up with myself. I learned it from my good friend John McCann over at SurvivalResources. This is a very simple DIY project that produces a fire starters that have their own ignition source as well as accelerant. Plus, the finished product is completely waterproof until you’re ready to use it. For this project, you will need: –Strike anywhere matches –Toilet paper –Melted wax –Pliers or tongs –Wax …

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How to Always Be Prepared, No Matter Where You Are

When you get right down to it, prepping is all about planning ahead, right? We stock up on food, water, and other supplies so we have them at the ready, come what may. All that, though, is the easy part of being prepared. The hard part is to always be prepared, no matter where you happen to find yourself. To a large degree, preppers go about this stuff in a rather casual manner. You pick up a few extra cans …

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The 5-Minute Rocket Stove

Rocket stoves come in many shapes and sizes, from store-bought cast iron models to DIY projects made from tin cans. No matter the size or materials, the basic design remains the same — a small combustion chamber at the bottom and a vertical chimney that provides updraft. The idea behind a rocket stove is that it uses a relatively small amount of fuel to create high heat. So, rather than building a campfire just to heat up water for coffee, …

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Wilderness Survival Gear

7 Pieces of Essential Wilderness Survival Gear

Time and again, we see news stories involving people who became lost in the woods during a routine hike or camping trip. It happens all the time and, unfortunately, sometimes these stories have a very tragic ending. What often happens is the person walked away from the campsite to collect firewood or something, got turned around, and couldn’t find their way back. That’s very easy to do if you’re not intimately familiar with the area. In most news stories I’ve …

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The Disaster Communication Hub

As you go about crafting your disaster response plans, consider adding a communication hub to the equation. The idea is to have a central person who family and friends can contact to keep abreast of developments and get messages to one another. The person chosen to be a communication hub should live outside of your own immediate area. You want this person to be outside the area likely to be affected by “your” disaster. This way, there is someone who …

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How to Create Absolutely Foolproof Passwords

In addition to being a disaster readiness consultant and author, I’m also a licensed private investigator. I’ve been working in the security and investigation fields for over twenty years now. I’ve had to learn how to create foolproof passwords. My specialty is with computer-based investigations, such as e-mail tracing and deep background checks. Many of us spend hours each day working with computers. With that comes the requisite passwords we need to create on a regular basis. The problem is, …

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