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Review: the Marines ILBE pack

Many preppers like military surplus packs because they're cheap, tough, and, let's be honest, they dig the tacticool look. We largely steer you away from those types of bags in our survival backpack roundup, but that doesn't mean they're universally without merit. I’ve always had a certain affection for the Marines. I’ve worked with several over the years, and I always appreciate their “can do” attitude and directness. You always know where you stand with a Marine. Maybe that’s why,

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Far-UV-C light may kill coronavirus on surfaces without hurting people

We’ve talked before about the pros and cons of using UV-C light for disinfecting packages and other surfaces that might be contaminated by COVID-19. The major downside of UV-C: it’s a hazard to humans. So that basically makes us say ‘no thanks.’ But a new study published in Nature explores the possibility of using far-UV-C light to deactivate coronaviruses while posing no danger to mammals. This could be great news for individuals and businesses who want to disinfect with UV light w

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Have an Instant Pot? DHS says you can use it to decontaminate an N95

Back in April, we told you that you probably shouldn’t decontaminate disposable N95 respirators in your home oven, but we also showed you how to do it if you were determined. Now, though, the United States Department of Homeland Security is recommending a way to decontaminate those masks at home in a programmable pressure cooker with a sous-vide setting, like the Instant Pot Duo Evo Plus. This method lets you reuse a disposable respirator up to five times. (So if you bought yourself a multi

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Pandemic panic in the city? A country boy on what to expect from rural life

After the COVID-19 outbreak and a spat of turmoil in big cities, more and more people are looking to escape to the country: “Americans are considering moving to less populated areas to avoid coronavirus” in the New York Post “Escape to the Country: Why City Living Is Losing Its Appeal During the Pandemic,” writes the Wall Street Journal “The High Cost of Panic-Moving: Fleeing a big city because of the pandemic is a bigger gamble than it might seem” argues the Atlantic

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Still on lockdown from COVID-19? Psychologists say those ‘crazy’ feelings you’re having are normal

If you’re like most of us at The Prepared, you’ve been on lockdown for months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. And, like us, you’ve probably spent the past few weeks watching friends go to bars, gyms, and the beach. Some people are even going on vacations. Meanwhile, COVID-19 cases are on the rise in much of the country and essential workers and vulnerable populations are still at very high risk. If you’re like us, seeing what’s happening in the news probably makes you feel like you’re

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