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GEAR LINKS

The following are web and app links that appear in The Green Beret Preparation and Survival Guide.   First are apps, then survival gear. Auto gear. Survival Library. Gladiator and Jeep Links are near the end.

For Amazon links, they are affiliate and all profits are donated to the nonprofit Special Operations Warrior Foundation, which educates the children of deceased Special Operators. If you find a link that doesn’t work, or goes to a dead page, please let me know at bob@bobmayer.com

APPS and Web Pages (free unless otherwise noted)

Location Apps Topographic Map.  Gaia with 20% discount

https://www.gaiagps.com/discounts/?fp_ref=bob-94

CDC App Center For Disease Control (Apple) (Android) Of limited use, but better to have than not have.

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/cdc/id487847188

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=gov.cdc.general&feature=search_result#?t=W10

Medical Apps Red Cross First Aid (Apple) (Android)

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/first-aid-by-american-red/id529160691

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cube.arc.fa&hl=en

Medical Apps CPR and Choking (Apple) (Android)

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/resuscitate-cpr-aed-choking/id363393502

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.learncpr.videoapp

Location Apps Family Locator-GPS Tracker for Android. GPS Tracker for Android.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.life360.android.safetymapd

Location Apps Emergency Alert System for Apple.

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/silent-beacon-emergency-alert/id933730960

Location Apps Road ID eCrumbs App for Apple and Android.

https://ecrumbs.roadid.com

Location Apps Google Earth (Apple) (Android)

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/google-earth/id293622097

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.earth

Disaster Apps Red Cross Hurricane App (Apple) (Android)

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/hurricane-by-american-red/id545689128

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cube.arc.hfa&hl=en

The Wildfire APP: Apple Android

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/fires-wildfire-maps-and-info/id1143862825

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.davidgrossapps.wildfire&hl=en_US&gl=US

Wildfire Status web page: https://www.esri.com/en-us/disaster-response/disasters/wildfires

Disaster Apps Earthquake Alert for Android. Quake feed for Apple.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.joshclemm.android.quake&hl=en

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/quakefeed-earthquake-map-alerts/id403037266

Disaster Apps Weatherbug (Apple) (Android)

https://apps.apple.com/app/weatherbug-forecasts-radar/id281940292

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.aws.android

Disaster Apps Disaster Alert (Apple) (Android)

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/disaster-alert-pacific-disaster/id381289235

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=disasterAlert.PDC

Disaster Apps FEMA (Apple) (Android)

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/fema/id474807486

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=gov.fema.mobile.android

Miscellaneous Apps Flashlight (Apple) (Android)

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/flashlight-o/id381471023

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ihandysoft.ledflashlight.mini

Knots 3D ($4.99) (Apple) (Android)

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/knots-3d/id453571750

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nynix.knots3d

Miscellaneous Apps Wild Edibles ($5.99) (Apple) (Android)

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/wild-edibles-full/id431504588

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.andromo.dev58263.app71191&hl=en_US&gl=US

Miscellaneous Apps Scanner Radio (Apple) (Android)

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/scanner-radio-deluxe/id498405045

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.scannerradio

FEMA flood map search to determine this by entering your address:

https://msc.fema.gov/portal/search

FEMA safe room guidelines web site: https://www.fema.gov/residential-safe-rooms

List of nuclear power plants: http://www.nrc.gov/reactors/operating/map-power-reactors.html

National Geographic 1:24,000 maps: http://www.natgeomaps.com/trail-maps/pdf-quads

USGS maps: http://nationalmap.gov/ustopo/

Home facts: http://www.homefacts.com/

Red Cross on line First Aid Courses: http://www.redcross.org/take-a-class/first-aid/first-aid-training/first-aid-online

 

EQUIPMENT

Pre-packaged Grab-n-Go Bag

EVERLIT Earthquake Emergency Kits Survival Kit 72 Hrs 2 Person Bag with supplies for 2 people for 72 hours:    https://amzn.to/2Z2BFRo

Premium Family Emergency Survival Bag/Kit – a basic bag with supplies for 4 people for 72 hours:   https://amzn.to/2HeIaFM

 

Checklist for building your own Grab-n-Go bag

First aid kit: M2 BASICS 300 Piece:   https://amzn.to/2KDaYKg

Quikclot bandage, First Aid bandage, rolled splint:  https://amzn.to/2VbgcAb

Recon Tourniquet:        https://amzn.to/2Lzt1jt

Water Purification Tablets:   https://amzn.to/2TJ1AYF

RunningSnail Solar Crank NOAA Weather Radio for Emergency:  https://amzn.to/2Hf3JWX

Licorne Solar Charger 36,800 mAh. https://amzn.to/3wN6uJe

Emergency rations—2 packs from the following

Grizzly Gear:  https://amzn.to/2Lzqk1l

ERbar:  https://amzn.to/2SfllW4

DaTrex 3600:  https://amzn.to/2LzqtBV

Poncho:   https://amzn.to/2CxAY5G

Water 6 bottles (500ml) or Datrex Emergency Survival Water Pouches (24 packs of 125ml):  https://amzn.to/2ZdJY88

550/parachute cord:   https://amzn.to/2CxSneD

Compressible water containers:  https://amzn.to/2Lzj1qC

Lifestraw:   https://amzn.to/2V8udyM

Water filter:   https://amzn.to/2V7PIjb

Water purifying tablets:   https://amzn.to/2LAqndh

Stormproof lighters:  https://amzn.to/2Cv8yt7

Windproof matches:  https://amzn.to/2SkR2x9

Waterproof Lighter USB Plasma with flashlight:  https://amzn.to/3iN2luB

Portable stove and fuel:  https://amzn.to/2Lzj59Q

OdoLand 6 pcs Cookware mess kit and stove:   https://amzn.to/2GxjXh7

Fuel for stove, GasOne Camping Fuel:  https://amzn.to/3lykCgP

Emergency bivy sack:  https://amzn.to/2IebWy0

550/parachute cord:  https://amzn.to/2CxSneD

Sleeping pad, Therm-a-Rest Prolite:  https://amzn.to/2VbWKUf

Battery powered headlamp:  https://amzn.to/2RdecZk

Signal Mirror:  https://amzn.to/2BGKOAy

VS-17 signal panel:  https://amzn.to/2Sqqzyz

Folding Saw:  https://amzn.to/2LwcHQF

Fishing Kit:  https://amzn.to/2BC36TK

Redneck Convent Versatile Snare Wire:  https://amzn.to/2Lwd6Tb

SOG Tomahawk Survival axe, also is a weapon:  https://amzn.to/2BDuAbv

SOG SOGFari Machete (per Area Study):  https://amzn.to/2CxTgE4

Collapsible Snow Shovel (based on Area Study):   https://amzn.to/2rWOKc9

Pocket chainsaw:  https://amzn.to/2BI7YqC

Compass:  https://amzn.to/2GAOycI

Assorted zip ties along with Handcuff zip ties:  https://amzn.to/2Rdar61

Rand McNally Road Atlas.   https://amzn.to/36IVqA9

National Geographic Maps:   http://www.natgeomaps.com/trail-maps/pdf-quads

USGS Maps:      http://nationalmap.gov/ustopo/

Get a waterproof map case to put your topo maps in, with dummy cord.     https://amzn.to/34yYE6N

Katadyn Water Microfilter:  https://amzn.to/30UAvGz

Platypus Gravitywork High Capacity Water Filter:  https://amzn.to/36N18Bi

LifeStraw Personal Water Filter:  https://amzn.to/2V4uUJf

Watch cap:   https://amzn.to/2LvL5uX

Boonie Hat:   https://amzn.to/2QKgI9X

Poncho:  https://amzn.to/2LvsWx8

Blanket and Go Time Life Bivy Emergency Sleeping Bag:  https://amzn.to/2IebWy0

Large, Heavy Duty Tarp:  https://amzn.to/3nxMZxw

 

FIRE: starting and protection

Storm proof lighters ( least 1 each home, GnG, car)    https://amzn.to/2Cv8yt7

Waterproof Lighter USB Plasma with flashlight:  https://amzn.to/3iN2luB

Storm proof matches (GnG, home):     https://amzn.to/2V5tEWe

Emergency ladder in all bedrooms above the first floor sufficient to reach the ground from a window.

First Alert 2-Story Escape Ladder:  https://amzn.to/2V65M4Z

First Alert 3-Story Escape Ladder:  https://amzn.to/2SdhatX

 

CAR

Pre-packaged Roadside emergency kit (shown below and check the site to see what it holds. This contains some of the items below)   https://amzn.to/2CylcaV

Fire extinguisher:    https://amzn.to/2V4u8fz

Reflective warning triangles:  https://amzn.to/3di51PF

Red Warning Flasher:      https://amzn.to/31Y3rfd

Blanket and Emergency bivy sack:  https://amzn.to/2IebWy0

Life Hammer:    https://amzn.to/2A8HL4r

Collapsible Snow Shovel (based on Area Study):   https://amzn.to/2rWOKc9

GoTreads Emergency Traction:  https://amzn.to/2ShCnCV

Poncho:  https://amzn.to/2LvsWx8

Road side flashing lights:  https://amzn.to/2CF8nvt

Battery powered siphon:  https://amzn.to/2SegtAI

Multipurpose tool:  https://amzn.to/2Lzt3bh

and/or Leatherman Crunch tool:  https://amzn.to/2BD3lxR

Emergency Battery Charger/Starter:  https://amzn.to/2SGbkDh

Flat tire inflation canister:  https://amzn.to/2CvN7s6

 

Blackhawk Omega Crosssdraw Mag Vest:  https://amzn.to/2HeET9L

Israeli Battle Dressings:  https://amzn.to/2LzJSm6

Survival Knife:  https://amzn.to/2LwgGfQ

Compass:   https://amzn.to/2GAOycI

 

Survival and Sustainment Library: Click on title to go to Amazon page.

When Technology Fails: A Manual for Self-Reliance, Sustainability and Surviving the Long Emergency by Matthew Stein. A great resource of information for long term skills.

SAS Survival Handbook by John Wiseman. Redundant to some information in this book, I have it because of the images of plants and other matter.

Peterson Field Guides put out a series of books about plants. Two keys are:

Edible Wild Plants

Field Guide to Medicinal Plants and Herbs of Eastern and Central North America

Unfortunately those two books aren’t available in eBook and having a plant guide on your cell phone you can easily bring up is very useful. I have:

Wild Edibles: A Practical Guide to Foraging, with Easy Identification of 60 Edible Plants and 67 Recipes by Sergei Boutenko

Basic Fishing: A Beginner’s Guide by Wade Bourne is very useful. Remember, that the Donner Party never even attempted to fish in the nearby lake, even though it had trout in it.

The Gift of Fear: And Other Survival Signs That Protect Us From Violence by Gavin de Becker is a classic that applies to more than just survival situations.

My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George is a classic story of survival that is great to read with your kids to introduce them to survival situations and information.

The Ultimate Survival Medicine Guide by Amy Alton. This is the premier book for survival medicine when a doctor or hospital is not available.

GLADIATOR and JEEP

A JCR half rack on top of the cab https://www.jcroffroad.com/product/JTRK.html

JCR full-bed rack. https://www.jcroffroad.com/product/JTBR.html

Swingcase truck storage. https://amzn.to/3PIHYj1

5 inch vinyl fencepost: https://amzn.to/3zlPVW0

Smittybilt Seat Cover. https://amzn.to/3PCyCWg

Rotopax. https://amzn.to/3IRZOOt

Tyger auto shovel. https://amzn.to/3cvD6Qa

Battery Booster. https://amzn.to/3v2dbpG

3 inch memory foam camping mattress: https://amzn.to/3aX9omE

46″ hose carriers. https://amzn.to/3PIsYSq

Spot X Satellite Messenger. https://amzn.to/3cvDDl8

Licorne Solar Charger 36,800 mAh. https://amzn.to/3wN6uJe

 

 

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 When Rupert Murdoch bought the NY Post in 1977 it coincided with the Son of Sam case. This changed journalism forever.

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 How the Revolution could have ended in 1776.

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New York City. 1977. Ex-Green Beret William Kane has crossed the line he vowed never to: killing. But for every action there is a reaction and there are forces after him for revenge, chief among them the IRA. The CIA hasn’t forgotten about him either after his involvement in covert ops in Vietnam.

There is an elite team of IRA soldiers in New York City and they’ve gotten their hands on some powerful weaponry. What is their target? When will they strike?

As the long hot summer of 1977 drags on and the Bronx burns, Kane does some burning of his own, unraveling secrets from his past and helping those who need his particular brand of justice while tracking the terrorists.

His problem: where is his new line?

Who can he really trust?

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What was the #1 album of 1977? The #1 song? Was disco dying? What about punk? What bands came on the scene? What new songs that have stayed with us?

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 How did the replacement for “Death Avenue” become one of the largest tourist attractions in New York City?

 

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During the Vietnam War, Special Forces often worked with the CIA on covert intelligence gathering missions. One of those units was Project GAMMA. On 6 August 1969, the commander of 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) and 7 other Green Berets were arrested and charged with the murder of a Vietnamese double agent.

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A BLOOD DEBT MUST BE PAID WITH BLOOD

This is the message pinned to Will Kane’s door with a Bowie knife. And it doesn’t take long before the first of the Hard Flint Brothers arrives to make good on the threat.

Kane barely escapes with his life, but things go downhill from there, with five more Brothers having sworn to take his life in vengeance for his killing of one of their own.

Then there are the women in his life:

Caitlyn, a mysterious woman who has several identities and knows more about Kane than she should. Who does she work for? What does she really want from him?

Sofia Cappucci, daughter of a mob family boss who has higher aspirations and wants Kane’s help in achieving them, whether he’s willing or not. She has him negotiating with Roy Cohn, infamous criminal lawyer.

Toni Marcelle, the sister of his West Point room-mate and Ranger Buddy. She has her own set of problems.

But lurking behind it all, Kane is beginning to feel the presence of something bigger, an organization more secret than the CIA or FBI. One that has ties stretching back to World War II and involves the highest levels of power and seems particularly interested in him.

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What was the #1 Movie? Star Wars? Saturday Night Fever? You’ll probably never guess what was #2. Who won best actress? Actor?

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 What book was the #1 seller? Top ten? What authors are still publishing? What books do you remember from that year?

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 If you approach the main branch of the New York Public Library head on along 41st Street, before you can pass Patience and Fortitude, the lions that oversee the stairs,
you will notice a number of bronze plaques set into the sidewalk.
When I was growing up, 41st from the Park Avenue viaduct to Fifth Avenue was mainly a backstreet with service entrances to business facing the much busier 42nd Street.

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Death lurks below.

Will Kane finds a body underneath Hell Gate Bridge. Where this gruesome discovery leads him is a world even he, a New York native, never dreamed existed. Not even in his worst nightmares.

No one knows the full extent of the labyrinth that lies below New York City. It’s a world unto itself. People, mostly homeless, have made inroads to the more accessible parts for shelter. But there are others who prowl the darkness for their own evil reasons.

He learns this isn’t an isolated incident and that murders are being committed in horrendous ways; and they seem to be just the tip of the iceberg that can be seen. The police, not able to control the streets above, care little about what’s below and the missing. It’s up to Kane to find out who is behind this. And as he literally digs deeper, he realizes it reaches to the highest levels of New York City.

Ex-Green Beret Will Kane has undiagnosed Asperger. He is a high functioning autistic, like a number of exceptional people, especially in the arts. Except his art is death and he is very, very good at it. Now he faces his greatest challenge yet.

“The best anti-hero since Jack Reacher.” Amazon Review

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What happened that year? Who won the Super Bowl? Top book? Top movie? Man of the year? Why did a floating pig stop flights into Heathrow?

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Who won the Superbowl? World Series? First NFL draft pick? NBA champions? Triple Crown? What do you remember from that year?

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No, Mash was not #1 for the year. In fact, it wasn’t ranked in the top 5. What shows were launch with big hopes and failed? What shows debuted? What famous shows ended in 1977?


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