A terracotta heater

Can a flower pot and tealight candle create enough heat to save you in a cold emergency?

We’ve been testing various prepping memes, like turning oranges into candles and using Doritos to start fires. Around this time of year we often see people share memes about using tealight candles and a terracotta pot to craft a DIY heater. So we built a couple of different versions ourselves and measured the results. Yes,


Choosing a Hunting Rifle

In emergency situations, hunting is a skill that can mean the difference between thriving and merely surviving. However, there are many factors that you need to consider when choosing a hunting rifle and it can be a bit daunting. So we created this guide to help you find your perfect hunting rifle and effectively hunt

Your car will probably be fine after an EMP

William S. Forschten’s post-apocalyptic novel, One Second After, famously describes a post-apocalyptic world of clogged roadways and stranded motorists, as all the continent’s cars are instantly stopped by a single blast from a high-altitude electromagnetic pulse (HEMP). All cars, that is, except one — the protagonist’s 1959 Edsel, a car so old it didn’t have

Was this the coldest November across parts of the Pacific Northwest in nearly four decades

News roundup for Fri, Dec 09, 2022

This will be the last News Roundup. Thank you all for the love and contributions, it has always mattered to me 🙂 Do you like this replacement idea? To still scratch this itch for you and keep current events centralized in one place, we plan on creating a blank News Roundup forum thread at the

Was a man in Alaska rescued after activating the iPhone 14 emergency SOS feature

News roundup for Tue, Dec 06, 2022

In short: Major supply chain disruptions avoided as diesel shortages are easing. Lake Powell could reach ‘minimum power pool’ status as early as July. Repeat Covid infections might be the cause of current high respiratory infections. Infant formula shortage could last until spring; Diesel still in short supply but prices dropped and refineries have been

Has a Florida girl fought a shark and won

News roundup for Fri, Dec 02, 2022

In short: US Senate approves bill to enforce railroad labor agreement ahead of strike. Eurozone inflation eased a little to 10% as energy prices are cooling. Water shortages could hit 20% of California’s urban water agencies in the coming months. December 1 is the first day of meteorological winter. Read here about Winter survival kits,

Does Oregon have a snow plower shortage

News roundup for Tue, Nov 29, 2022

In short: Fed officials expect to switch to smaller interest rate increases “soon.” Property catastrophe reinsurance premiums will be higher in Australia, Florida, and France. Drought is shrinking California’s farmland. Fed officials expect to switch to smaller interest rate increases “soon”; Property catastrophe reinsurance premiums will be higher in Australia, Florida, and France; Drought is

News roundup for Tue, Nov 22, 2022

(Editor’s note: There will be no news roundup Friday 25 — will be back Tuesday 29. Be safe, sane, and have a memorable Thanksgiving — if celebrating. Or come say on Discord!) In short: Texas, the central US, New England, and the Carolinas are at risk of winter blackouts. Supply chain stresses are returning to

Has Frida the hero dog from Mexico's earthquacke died

News roundup for Fri, Nov 18, 2022

In short: The UK is in a recession and its inflation hit a new high of 11.1%. CDC conducted tabletop exercises to deal with an Ebola outbreak. Edible drones could help disaster victims survive. The UK is in a recession and inflation hit a new high of 11.1%; Thanksgiving will be 20% more expensive this

Are Biden and Xi Jinping open to talks

News roundup for Tue, Nov 15, 2022

In short: East Coast and Gulf Coast on alert for more tropical activity, while the south and east US could flood. EIA expects US gasoline prices to start falling in Nov and be flat through 2023. Some Generac generators recalled after finger amputations. Wheat products, lunch meat, lettuce, and eggs are more expensive; US gasoline

Are the Guna peole being moved to the mainland due to rising sea levels

News roundup for Fri, Nov 11, 2022

(Edited 11/11 to add a piece of missing news about Taiwan.) In short: Early signs that US inflation might be cooling down. UK testing contingency plan to deal with nationwide power blackouts. US and Russia will restart nuclear arms control talks. US inflation might be peaking; UK food inflation hit new highs and it’s not

Are Americans refusing to give up on turkeys despite higher prices

News roundup for Tue, Nov 08, 2022

(Note: Edited to add the date of Election Day.) In short: Storm Nicole will strengthen into a hurricane and hit Florida and the southeastern US on Wednesday. The US is officially in a flu epidemic and the CDC is ready to deploy ventilators. One in three senior execs expects supply chain issues to last until

Has a global ammo shortage left Australians unable to cull kangaroos

News roundup for Fri, Nov 04, 2022

In short: WH announced $13.5 bln in funding to help households with energy bills. Lisa will bring flash floods to Mexico; Storm Martin will pound Ireland and north of the UK over the weekend. Study shows monkeypox can spread asymptomatically half of the time. US not running out of diesel but prices will be high;

News roundup for Tue, Nov 01, 2022

In short: Eurozone inflation hit a new high of 10.7%. US flu-related hospitalizations highest in 10 years. Marshall Fire victims could experience a similar fire within two years. Eurozone inflation hit a new high of 10.7%; Changes to Affordable Care Act; The UK should expect gas and turkey shortages. If you’re shopping for the Affordable