Three Gorges Dam

How a Three Gorges Dam collapse (or more flooding) could impact supply chains

For a few weeks now, we’ve had our eye on the Three Gorges Dam, a true feat of human engineering, and the largest hydroelectric dam in the world. The Three Gorges Dam generates 2% of China’s electricity, and that’s remarkable, but it’s not why we’ve been watching the dam. China has experienced a lot of

Cars on a car transporter truck

Thinking about buying a car? There’s a shortage of those, too

Because of the numerous supply chain problems with everything from food to consumer goods, many of us have been carefully planning our purchases ahead of time in a multistep process that involves budgeting, prioritization, checking inventories for in-stock notices, and using upgraded shipping options to avoid USPS delays. Well, now we can add cars to

3 masks for COVID

FDA keeps changing KN95 guidelines, so stick to N95s or cloth masks

Earlier this year, with N95 respirators in short supply, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued emergency authorizations for Chinese-made KN95 respirators. New manufacturers soon flooded the market, unfortunately with often-defective products that the FDA signed off on anyway. Now, according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal (archive link), states that trusted

Confused man on computer

The math: why COVID-19 is declining in hotspots and flat nationwide, but deaths are still rising

The past ten days have brought a mix of good and bad news for the United States and COVID-19. On the good side, the moving average of new COVID-19 cases in the USA has flattened after over a month of rapid growth. New cases have even fallen by about 3.4% in recent days. The bad

Bee's Wrap review

Review: Bee’s Wrap, an alternative to cling wrap

For the past two years I’ve been wondering if beeswax wraps were worth adding to my home preps. They’re reusable and environmentally friendly, which made me wonder if they lasted long and performed well enough to be a prepper’s alternative to standard cling wrap for food preservation. Instead of single-use plastic, beeswax wraps are pieces

A stack of buckets on a fence

Never too many buckets: Ten uses for my favorite tool

If you’re a seasoned prepper, you likely already have stockpiles of certain things: food, water, ammunition, medical supplies, etc. We’ve linked to the guides for each category, but you can also take a look at the Emergency preparedness checklist: Prepping for beginners if you’re just looking to get started. In this post, I’d like to direct your

COVID-19 Event Risk Assessment Planning Tool Map

The COVID-19 event assessment planning tool can help you calculate your local risk

Wondering when it’ll be safe to plan or attend a gathering again? Georgia Tech and Applied Bioinformatics Laboratory have created a map that lets you calculate the odds of coming in contact with someone who has COVID-19. How to use the map The site offers several different risk-estimation tools, but we’ll focus on the map

Stalker emerges from a manhole around Chernobyl

Dr. Bradley Garrett has bugged out: A conversation with the “Bunker” author

Publisher Simon and Schuster would like you to believe that Bunker: Building for the End Times is a study in the most extreme forms of prepping. The book’s jacket promises it will be “chilling” and “eerily prescient.” The cover itself pictures a set of concrete steps that open on a possibly-post-apocalyptic world. When Simon and Schuster