Archive for the ‘ Vehicle ’ Category

By Pat Battle and Katie Honan,

Amid continued power outages in parts of the Northeast, many residents found temporary refuge from cold and dark homes inside their cars. For one New Jersey man, he used the power from his hybrid car to light up his entire house.

Follow @NBCNewsUS

Bob Sakala of Paramus says he bought his Toyota Prius Hybrid in June to save gas. In the week since the storm, he powered his home — including lights, laptops and a television — on three quarters of a tank of gas. Sakala says he first read about the Prius’ use as a power source years ago on the internet.

After the storm, and the resulting power outage, he thought he’d give it a try. He ended up powering a few lights, his TV, laptop and modem with a 100 watt power inverter and a few heavy-duty extension cords he purchased at Home Depot. He later moved to a 300 watt inverter, which let him power more lights.

“The neighbors kept saying, ‘Does Bob have a generator?’ No, it’s the Prius. It’s a spaceship,” he said.

Although he couldn’t plug in a heater to the car, Sakala said he was happy to keep the lights on, something hundreds of thousands of customer are without in New York and New Jersey.

At the storm’s peak, more than 8.5 million homes and businesses across 21 states lost power. As of Thursday, that was down to about 750,000, almost entirely in New York and New Jersey.

Thursday’s nor’easter overnight knocked out power to more than 200,000 customers in New York and New Jersey, erasing some of the progress made by utility crews. Power was restored to Sakala’s block Thursday evening.

List Price: $599.00 USD
New From: $434.00 In Stock

The Get Home Bag

Sensible Survival Presents: “The Get Home Bag”. Getting home would be of utmost importance after a major disaster. Having what you need for survival without the Fluff is what this bag is all about.

The Get Home Bag

Bag should be light weight and Durable.
Boots or Walking Shoes in Vehicle at all times.
EDC: Knife, Firearm, Flashlight, Cell , Keys

1-3 Hour Walk:
Hat, Bandana, Sunscreen
Sun Glasses (Safety), Dust Mask (Bandana)
Poncho and/or Heavy Mil Trash Bag
1st Aid Kit

3-12 Hour Walk:
Water: Bottle w/ filter
Fire Starter
Field Knife
Map & Compass
Protection (Firearm & Non Lethal)
Paracord or Cordage
Extra Batteries
Cash $20-100
TP Toliet Paper

12-48 hour walk
Sleeping system (Bivvy or Space Blanket)
Socks / Gloves
Extra Magazine/Ammo


List Price: $149.00 USD

When it comes to choosing a ride for the upcoming zombie apocalypse, I have to admit that a Hyundai Elantra Coupe isn’t the first option that springs to mind. The Elantra Coupe Zombie Survival Machine (ECZSM) was premiered at this year’s Comic-Con in San Diego, California.

It is very unlikely that Hyundai is really considering a production version of the ECZSM, but there are definitely some well-thought-out ideas in the car.  Look out, Mad-Max!



List Price: $79.99 USD
New From: $41.99 In Stock
Used from: $25.00 In Stock

Long Term Food Storage

Sootch presents “Long Term Food Storage”.  A How To Guide to preserve your food for extended periods up to 30 year Shelf Life.  Using 5 & 3 Gallon Super Pails, Mylar Bags and Oxygen Absorbers, you can store basic food supplies cheaply and efficiently.


List Price: $29.99 USD
New From: $17.99 In Stock


List Price: $15.95 USD
New From: $3.80 In Stock
Used from: $0.01 In Stock

Adventure Van

Note from Prepper

Wranglerbarn did a great job building this van.  A commercially built, 4x4 version of the same concept is called the Ultimate Adventure Vehicle, and can be viewed at  If you began with a 4-wheel drive van, and used Wranglerbarn’s concept as your guide, you could end up with something functionally similar to the Ultimate Adventure Vehicle, with a serious savings.  What a great G.O.O.D. vehicle, huh?

Other truck and van conversion ideas can be found at:

For more great videos from Wranglerbarn, visit his Youtube channel at:


Electronic Armageddon

National Geographic Explorer investigates the science behind the dangers of an electromagnetic pulse, or EMP. Picture an instantaneous deathblow to the vital engines that power our society, delivered by a nuclear weapon designed not to kill humans but to attack electronics. What could happen if an electromagnetic pulse surged to earth, crippling every aspect of modern society’s infrastructure?

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5


Is it inevitable that disaster will someday strike America on an unprecedented level?  What have past acts of destruction taught us about what will happen to mankind after the apocalypse?  The history channel presents a dramatization of what we may face and assembles a group of experts to tell us what could happen and how to keep your family safe.

I think everyone who watches this will take something of value from it. I know it had my brain churning with new ideas and questions to be investigated.

If you missed this on television, don’t fret. The links below will let you view the show, in its entirety, online. (Note:  Each part is approximately 10 minutes long.)

Part 1
Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6

Part 7

Part 8

Part 9


Selecting a Bug-Out Vehicle

If a natural or man-made disaster hits, or some other SHTF event takes place, preppers may need an adequate “Get Outt’a Dodge Vehicle”  (G.O.O.D. ….aka Bug-Out Vehicle).  The opinions on what vehicles make the best G.O.O.D. vehicles vary greatly among preppers, but there are considerations we should all contemplate when narrowing our choices.

First, and foremost, can you afford the vehicle?  That Hummer Alpha may kick butt and look like a tank, but if it will take you 3-4 years to save enough to buy one, what good does it do your family in the meantime?  For someone whose finances don’t permit buying a special vehicle for bugging-out, making do with the vehicle they currently have may be their only option.

Another very important consideration is how many people you will need to provide transportation for in a G.O.O.D. situation.  But remember, seating capacity is not the only consideration.  You also have to consider the gear each person will bring along.  It could range from luggage to last a few days to every possession they plan to keep for the rest of their days.  Don’t forget pets in this consideration either.  I personally have an affinity for early Broncos (pre-1978 ) and Jeep Wranglers.  But neither has adequate size to moving my family to a safe location if the situation arose.   Bigger vehicles are typically better for this purpose because they permit transporting more people and equipment.  They also have other advantages that will be discussed later.

What about the age of the vehicle?  While it might seem logical to prefer a newer vehicle, many recommend purchasing a pre-1980 vehicle.  Why?  EMP resistance.  Electromagneticpulse (EMP) refers to a blast of electromagnetic energy that, when released, disables any electrical system in the blast radius. If you have read the recent bestseller, One Second After,  you are familiar with the enormous threat posed by such a weapon and understand that the threat is not just science fiction anymore.  Pre-1980 vehicles are considered to be less susceptible to the effects of an EMP because they do not rely on computers and modern electronics to function.  Pre-1980 vehicles are also typically easier to repair than modern vehicles.

You also need to decide whether you will require a 4-wheel drive vehicle.  A van or station wagon can make an excellent bug-out vehicle, but if there is any chance of traveling off-road or if you may face deep snow, mud, etc…, then a 4×4 will be necessary.  Whether you need to cross a mountain trail or drive over a tree blocking the road, the off-road capability of a 4×4 is a huge advantage.

Fuel-type is another consideration.  Most Americans prefer gasoline-powered-vehicles for their daily drivers, but diesel vehicles provide a decided advantage in the case of a long-term incident.  Diesel fuel can be stored for years longer than gasoline and older diesel engines can run on home heating oil, if necessary.  I personally have gasoline powered vehicles at this point, but am considering purchasing a diesel vehicle.  I don’t think it will be my primary bug-out vehicle, though.  Again, this comes down to personal preferences and situations.

Another consideration is the size and weight of the vehicle.  Heavier vehicles will suffer when it comes to gas-mileage, but have numerous other advantages.  They provide much better protection, if colliding with a deer, tree or other vehicle.  They also usually have the advantage in terms of cargo room and passenger seating.

So what are the best bug-out vehicles?  Opinions vary, of course.  I personally prefer large sport utility vehicles (SUV’s) such as a late 70’s Ford Bronco, Chevy Blazer or Jeep Wagoneer.  If you need more room, a pre-1980 Suburban would be a great choice.  All of these vehicles would preferably have 4-wheel drive, and are readily available.  They are built on heavy truck frames and are designed to withstand a lot of abuse, even from underneath the vehicle.  Many modern SUV’s in America’s suburbs built on car frames and don’t have the strength found in real trucks.  Also remember that they do not need to look shiny and new.  But you will want them to be reliable, so be sure they are in good running order with good tires, well maintained drive-trains, and have frames that are free of cracks.