Rob Hanus

Rob Hanus is the author of several books, including, “The Preparedness Capability Checklist” and "Surviving EMP." He is also founder and host of the http://ThePreparednessPodcast.com/.

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Why and how to protect your gear from EMP

One of the scarier survival events that preppers need to be concerned about is an attack involving a High-altitude ElectroMagnetic Pulse, also called HEMP.  All nuclear weapons create EMP, but when detonated high in the atmosphere, the EMP generated is so massive that it can destroy electronics and permanently knock out the power grid across the entire country. Because of this, many preppers are interested in EMP protection measures for their electronics. While there have been several venues of entertainment …

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15 Preparedness Uses for Kiddie Pools

Every once in a while, it’s helpful to take a second or third look at something around the house we take for granted and then consider how it might be used as a preparedness tool or piece of gear. In my case, it was the bright blue plastic kiddie pool sitting on the bck patio. This summer, consider adding several kiddie pools to your preparedness supplies. These pools are cheap and come in both rigid plastic and inflatable vinyl. Despite …

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Will a Prepper Group Really Improve your Survival Odds?

A popular topic on survival forums, blogs, and websites is the concept of the DIY survival community. Most preppers worry they won’t survive if they don’t belong to a survival or prepper group. The concept of a prepper group goes something like this. Every group should have a doctor, a dentist, one or two former military personnel, an experienced gardener or farmer, maybe a teacher, and an assortment of others with strong practical skills, such as hunting. To form your …

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12 Ways to Use Cast Iron Every Day

Chances are, you have a cast iron dutch oven and a couple of cast iron skillets among your preparedness gear. You’ve chosen it, most likely, due to its ability to use it over an open fire and it’s durability and ruggedness. However, if you’re not cooking with your cast iron every day, why not? Do you think dutch ovens and cast iron skillets are your only choices? Far from it! Some of these, especially #6 and #9, can even be …

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Uses for plastic sheeting, aka visqueen.

16 Uses for Plastic Sheeting (aka Visqueen)

Keeping up with the recent theme of exploring common objects and finding preparedness uses for them, this month’s article looks at some prepper uses for plastic sheeting, sometimes called Visqueen. While the uses for plastic sheeting is seemingly endless, we’re going to focus on those that serve us in our preparedness plans. Plastic sheeting is a polyethylene film, available in clear and black, and in various thicknesses. It’s available just about anywhere selling hardware, in both black and clear, and …

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The Reality of Coffee Filters for Preparedness Uses (Hint: Mostly Fail!)

WARNING: This article dispels commonly held beliefs about the uses of coffee filters for preparedness uses. One principle of survival is to use what you have available to accomplish your goals. One way to do this is by taking common household objects and discovering what else they can be used for, especially those that are survival related. However, before knowing what an item is good for, you need to test it thoroughly. There are two maxims preppers need to always …

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5 Steps for Making a Personalized Threat Analysis

Whether you are just beginning with your preparedness or are a seasoned prepper, we have all experienced how overwhelming it is to plan for all the different possible events. Preparedness books and the internet can be a great tool for discovery and information, but it can also be a distraction. One of these distractions is the amount of information available and, along with that, the need one feels to be prepared for every possible disaster or disaster that might occur. …

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