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How To Make Your Own Urban Survival Kit If You Work In The City

By Charles O’Neill

If you work in the city an urban survival kit is a must-have. What is it? It’s a small, unobtrusive kit that you can grab in case of emergency like a terrorist attack, pandemic outbreak, earthquake, building evacuation etc.

After 9/11 many people realize that being prepared is essential. It may make the difference between life and death in a disaster situation.

The problem is that you don’t want to look like a nutjob lugging a huge emergency backpack with 2 weeks of emergency food supplies to work with you everyday. Plus you probably take public transportation and work in an office so you don’t want anything that is too heavy or stands out.

So here’s what to do. Start with a small black camera/SLR/digital video bag, fanny pack or EMT pouch. If it has a few useable pockets all the better.

I prefer black, but if that color stands out in relation to it’s relative background (i.e. against your purse, laptop bag, carrier bag, etc) try and find one that is closer to that color instead.

This bag can be attached to your laptop bag, briefcase, or even your belt depending on what you are doing and wearing (I used a couple of karabiners to attach mine to a laptop bag). You want to make sure it’s big enough for what you’re going to put into it.

Here are a few things to put into your urban survival kit:

– Several small Ziploc type bags

– Disposable rain poncho (in a 4″ x 5″ package)

– Mylar emergency blanket (small)

– Waterproof matches

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– Small flashlight (one spare set of batteries too)

– Water purification tablets

– Collapsible water bottle (water bag)

– A couple of pens for writing

– Small note pad

– $30 to $50 in small bills including quarters

– Emergency ID card

– A couple of Energy bars (not chocolate bars)

– Copy of house key

– Portable wall charger for your cell phone

– Simple First Aid Kit

You might also need to add some additional things that are specific to you, such as medication, or feminine hygiene products.

The advantage to using a small discreet bag in an urban survival kit is that in an emergency most people won’t notice you grabbing a small bag quickly and heading out. Plus people on the street are less likely to notice it too.

The $30 to $50 in small bills is useful if ATMs are down and public transportation is out of the question. You can quickly grab a cab to get home. If you know it takes $40 to get home, you’re covered and way ahead of most people who won’t have cash on hand.

Also, if things get a little nuts, you can still use the cash to help get things or even ‘negotiate’ with someone.

Make sure to list the following on your emergency ID card:

– Your full name and cell phone number

– Any allergies or medical conditions you have

– Any medication and doses you take

– Your primary health care professional (Name, phone & office address)

– Your emergency contact people (Name & phone numbers)

Don’t use your home phone number, use a cell number.

Why not use your home phone number? If you put a copy of your house key in the urban survival kit, and you lose the kit, someone just needs to do a reverse look up on and get your current address. You might as well send out invitations to potential burglars.

Use the ziploc bags to hold your small bills, your emergency ID card, spare batteries, and house key. If you didn’t purchase a prepackaged First Aid kit, use another ziploc bag for that.

Remember to take as much of the air out of the ziploc bags as possible to reduce space. Place everything into your carrier. And away you go!

Also remember to check the expiry date of the your energy bars, I’d also recommend staying away from chocolate coated types, as they tend to melt in heat. Try and find a quality meal replacement bar that doesn’t have a lot of sugar so you can avoid the sugar spike and crash.

So those are a few tips on how to build your own small urban survival kit to have on hand. In case of emergency this kit can help you make it home to your loved ones quickly and safely.

About the Author: For more tips on urban survival visit Urban Survival Gear – a site helping you prepare for the worst if you live and work in the city. Or for more options for long term survival kits visit Survival Kits


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Finding Biological Parents Your One Stop Information Source.

By Linda E. Joy

To find one’s biological parents and siblings can be quite challenging, however by using the various resources and registries offered on the internet, success can be achieved by reaching the masses of people that are searching as well. More than often adopted children look for their biological parents as they grow older and become more interested of their heritage, and in turn may find that their parents are looking for them as well.

At times the adoption may have been closed; hence this information was not made available through the adoption agency, since it is an open adoption. In due course, circumstances change and some people find that there is something missing in their lives, and finding biological parents, siblings, and other relatives can answer many questions that have been in the back of their minds.

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Besides just wanting to know, finding biological parents may provide another purpose as well. There are a number of adults that were adopted as children who want to know their genetic and medical history, which is a great motivator for finding biological parents, especially in cases of disorders or diseases existing in the family that have a genetic link, it would be useful to know as much as possible. An extreme situation could be in the case of finding a genetic match for a bone marrow transplant or other type of tissue or organ transplant. Breast cancer is another example. In case if a woman’s mother or sister has been diagnosed with breast cancer, she has greater than a 50% chance of getting it as well. This scenario is quite regular, and many women are faced with deciding whether or not to take preventative measures, such as elective mastectomy.

There are many reasons behind finding biological parents, siblings, and other family members, but success in these efforts ultimately fills an emotional void that can be made whole no other way. For those who are looking to initiate the search, a good place to start finding biological parents and others is by registering on a number of sites dedicated to getting families back together. You simply have to post as much information as you can, search public records, and make use of people-finding services as well. Despite the fact that finding biological parents may take some time, be assured that it’s not impossible. One would need to use a methodical approach and all available resources; talk to people and gather as much information as possible. Sooner or later the pieces of the puzzle will start coming together and hopefully a family reunion after finding biological parents and who knows who else! All the best!

About the Author: Linda E. Joy provides readers with up-to-date commentaries, articles, and reviews for home, family as well as related information.


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Will The I Pad Make Laptops Obsolete?

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Apple’s latest must have device is the iPad, a tablet computer predominantly used for web browsing, media consumption and electronic communication. It is hoped to bridge the gap between smartphones and laptops but beyond all the public relations hype does this new technology have truly innovative merits? Or is Apple just trying to shove a new shiny play thing in to our hands?

Media and gadget buffs have been salivating over the iPad since it’s release but many consumers and journalists are yet to be convinced. It’s market price is similar to that of a laptop’s or new netbook so the direct competition is there, however for those that require their device to be multi-functional with flexible input options, video editing power and so on, then many laptops will still be sold in the future.

The iPad’s touchscreen is very tactile, the usability level is extremely high, navigating the internet is a intuitive as the iPhone except even easier, as it’s on a much larger screen. However the success of touchscreen keyboards is very subjective, for those of us that don’t like typing on the same angle as the imagery we’re looking at, the iPad will not be an ergonomic dream.

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A major admonition is that unfortunately, as of yet there’s been no confirmation from Apple headquarters or Mr Jobs himself, as to whether there will be mouse driver support for Bluetooth external pointing devices. The severe lack of mention in Apple’s tech specs implies that there is no precision pointing device, and even when using an external keyboard with the iPad mounted on its dock, it will still be necessary to navigate and click using the touchscreen interface. This is not convenient for users who like to sit well back from the screen when working with a laptop or desktop machine.

However many fans have argued that the iPad is about the software, rather than the hardware and it’s proficiency lies with the applications available and it’s user interface. The competition that the iPad has brought to the mobile computing market has made other manufacturers work harder with their latest models. Take Toshiba’s Satellite series of ultra thin and mobile laptops, or the new Sony Vaio range.

The iPad is still a work in progress, perhaps similarly to the iPod it won’t really come into it’s own until the 3rd generation models hit the shelves. Laptops are safe for now, they provide a different service and certainly a different user experience. As other companies are forced to up their game the innovations in mobile computing continue to astound, but will the iPad make laptops obsolete? Not any time soon.

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The author has been designing ultra thin Toshiba laptops for years now and is proud of the laptop special offers available. Author: Don Robers

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