Safecastle | One Shop For All Emergency Essentials: December 2014

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Here Are Some Crucial Winter Survival Tips From The US Marine Corps

Here Are Some Crucial Winter Survival Tips From The US Marine Corps

It was an unseasonably and even historically warm Christmas week for much of the US. But we're only a month into winter, and more intense weather could be just around the corner.

In extreme enough cold — like the conditions that gripped some parts of the US during last year's "polar vortex" — exposed skin can freeze in only 10 minutes. People also risk hypothermia just by going outside.

Besides desert climates, winter is the worst to endure. The US military has whole courses designed to teach its people how to survive.

Here are a few tips and some items the Marine Corps considers essential to combating the cold. They come from the Winter Survival Course Handbook, which draws reference from the UK's SAS Survival Handbook.

Here's what the Marines say to take with you if you venture deep into the cold this winter.

Key Items:

1. Water/Food: At least a few gallons of water is advisable in harsh conditions.

2. Fire-starting material: Flint, matches, or a lighter.

3. 550 Cord: This gets its name from the weight it can bear. Good for making shelters, trapping animals, and treating wounds.

4. Blankets/Poncho

5. A metal container: For boiling water. It's not safe to eat mass amounts of snow off the ground. Must be a non-petrol carrying container. Kill two birds with one stone and carry a can of beans.

6. Tape: Electrical or gorilla duct tape has near-infinite uses.

7. A knife and/or multipurpose tool: Some of these actually contain a flint.

8. First Aid kit

9. Compass

10. A mirror: For signaling. In a pinch, a makeup mirror will suffice.

11. Pocket sewing kit

These items can be packed differently for travel in a car or on foot. Obviously, one for a car can be a bit more robust.

Considering you probably won't be "caught behind enemy lines," we can dispense with the war-time survival tips and get right to more generic survival.

Essential Tips:

1. Planning: First you have to assemble your kit. If it's mobile, make sure it's kept in a water proof container or bag.

As for the first 24 hours of being lost or stuck:

2. Shelter: If you're in a car, don't leave it. If you're on foot, build a shelter, or find one: Finding shelter is the paramount consideration when stranded in extreme weather.

Hollowed-out logs can be cleaned out and enhanced. Caves work as well. Reduced living space means warmer living space. Beware of occupying animals, and consider ventilation.

Here's an example of a snow cave, dug from beneath a tree caught in a snowdrift:

3. Start a fire: And plan to maintain that fire. Dig a hole and use dry pencil-thick branches and evergreen limbs as kindling. Evergreens burn fast and hot.

Fuel should be thicker limbs that have broken off a tree — found near the ground, but not submerged in snow.

Now for the second 24 hours:

4. Find water: Nearby lakes and rivers are great but snow and ice will do. Ice is better because it has a higher water content by volume.

You can build a water generator out of three sturdy sticks, some binding, and a plastic bag, sock, or shirt:

5. Conserve food: Given that you told people where you were going, they'll be out looking for you within a day or so. Catching food in the wild is not difficult though.

550 cord (or better yet, fishing line, if any is handy) can be used for snares. Paper clips, hairpins and sewing kits all yield hasty fishing hooks.

Here's a brief how-to on building a quick snare.

And here's what to do if you aren't found after a couple of days:

6. Improve survival conditions: This doesn't just mean upgrading your shelter with new additions. It also means preparing to be seen by anyone looking for you.

Prep a platform of dry interlocking green limbs to be set ablaze at a moment's notice, and bright pieces of clothing or material could be placed in visible places.

This post is originally by Geoffrey Ingersoll.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Freeze Dried Sirloin Steak (Military Surplus) , 35 cans , Exclusively at Safecastle.

This listing is for a single #10 can.

These Freeze Dried Sirloin Steaks average between 3/4 and 1 inch thick and are 5 to 6 inches across. The meat comes from the sirloin round area. This type of steak is leaner and full of rich flavor. Lean beef provides us with power to feel full longer, to stay active longer, and to build muscles. Additionally, it provides 10 essential nutrients such Protein, Iron, B12, and others. There is the right amount of fat marbling with this cut, and they are gourmet trimmed so there is no excess fat on the outside.

Get these delicious Freeze Dried Steaks exclusively at Safecastle. All cans were sealed in an oxygen/moisture free environment. Each can weighs 15 oz and contains between 10 and 11 Steaks.

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Flash Facts:
-#10 Size Cans (aka Gallon Can)
-10-11 Sirloin Steaks per Can
-U.S. Government/Military Surplus
-25+ year shelf life
-No Refrigeration Required
-2014 Production

BUY: $109.99 (Members save extra)

Saturday, December 20, 2014

War has moved to new frontiers. This time its your computer...

This has never happened before yet we witnessed it. Sony pulled a movie "The Interview" because of threats from a group of hackers. These hackers sat half way around the world and got into Sony's offices and twisted their arm. The sheer magnitude of this episode is mind boggling. What message does it covey to others hackers, is a different story.

So here is the question "If a $22B corporation can get hacked and forced to surrender, can you face the same?"

Answer is YES !!

Your personal and confidential Information is flowing digitally more than ever, all your message, emails, personal data is at risk and you need to know how to protect it.

Here's how to see signs of Identity Theft per FTC. 

  • How do thieves get your information?
    • They rummage through your garbage, trash of business or public dumps. or pretend to work — for legitimate companies, medical offices, clinics, pharmacies, or government agencies, or convince you to reveal personal information.

  • What do Thieves do with your Information ? 
    • Once identity thieves have your personal information, they can drain your bank account, run up charges on your credit cards, open new utility accounts, or get medical treatment on your health insurance
  • Clues that someone has stolen your information.

  • You see withdrawals from your bank account that you can’t explain.
  • You don’t get your bills or other mail.
  • Merchants refuse your checks.
  • Debt collectors call you about debts that aren’t yours.
  • You find unfamiliar accounts or charges on your credit report.
  • Medical providers bill you for services you didn’t use.
  • Your health plan rejects your legitimate medical claim because the records show you’ve reached your benefits limit.
  • A health plan won’t cover you because your medical records show a condition you don’t have.
  • The IRS notifies you that more than one tax return was filed in your name, or that you have income from an employer you don’t work for.
  • You get notice that your information was compromised by a data breach at a company where you do business or have an account.
  • What If Your Information is Lost or Stolen, But Your Accounts Don’t Show Any Problems?

    • If your wallet, Social Security card, or other personal, financial or account information are lost or stolen, contact the credit reporting companies and place a fraud alert on your credit file. Check your bank and other account statements for unusual activity. Order a free copy of your credit report periodically to monitor your accounts. You have a right to one free copy of your credit report from each of the national credit reporting companies every year. If you stagger your orders, you can get a credit report every four months.

Also read through which compiles and explains examples of items you will find on an actual report. Since’s article doesn’t have interactive components that allow the reader to get an as-needed, specific breakdown of what's on a credit report

Here are some services that make It easy for you to monitor your identity
o    Identity Guard

o    Life Lock

o    Privacy Guard

o    CreditReport

o    IdentityForce

Examples of Identity Theft Schemes – Fiscal Year 2014

The following examples of identity theft schemes are written from public record documents on file in the courts within the judicial district where the cases were prosecuted.

Texas Resident Sentenced for Filing False Claims for Refunds
On Sept. 29, 2014, in Phoenix, Arizona, Stephen Galender Allison, of Lakeway, Texas, was sentenced to 30 months in prison and ordered to pay $813,555 in restitution. Allison previously pleaded guilty to false claims. According to court documents, between 2007 and 2012, Allison filed a total of 29 fraudulent federal and state tax returns. In these returns, Allison falsely claimed that the filer had earned substantial wages, that substantial taxes had already been withheld from the filer’s paycheck, and that the filer was entitled to a large refund based on these alleged tax withholdings. In addition to filing several of these false tax returns on his own behalf, Allison also filed similar returns on behalf of a fictitious person and on behalf of several acquaintances whose identities he had stolen.

Defendant Sentenced in $19 Million Tax Fraud Conspiracy
On Sept. 26, 2014, in Anchorage, Alaska, Maximo Amparo-Vazquez, aka Japhet Soto Santiago, aka Luis Angel Cortez, a citizen of the Dominican Republic formerly residing in Alaska, was sentenced to 84 months in prison, three years of supervised release and ordered to pay $559,755 in restitution to the IRS. Amparo-Vazquez pleaded guilty on July 2, 2014, to conspiring to defraud the government with respect to claims. According to court documents, from January 2010 to March 2012, Amparo-Vazquez conspired with others to use stolen identities to file income tax returns for the purpose of obtaining fraudulent income tax refunds. The conspirators in the income tax fraud scheme obtained the stolen identities of more than 2,600 individuals, including people’s names and social security numbers. Most of these stolen identities were from citizens of Puerto Rico.

Read all case here on IRS site.

Stay Safe !!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Mountain House Sale is back 25-40% off | Free Giveaways | Lowest Prices ever on Buckets

Mountain House Cans !!

Lowest Prices, Loyalty Rewards, Free Giveaway!!

This is the last sale of the year and its big. As always we have great prices on Mountain House cans. We are allowed only a few sales in a year where you get maximum allowed discounts on all can cases AND free shipping in lower 48 states. You get

  • Lowest Prices 25-40% off
  • Loyalty member savings 1-2% within the next 2 weeks
  • Freebies (On all order above $350 you get a free knife - limited quantity)
  • Free Shipping (in lower 48 states)
What are you waiting for ? This is for limited time only. So Hurry !!

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  • Buy 5 cases, get additional $25 off
  • Buy 10 cases, get additional $50 off
Purchase has to be single transaction for volume discounts.
We will send gift card after purchase

Free Gift

With every purchase of $350 you get a knife free.
Limited Quantity, first come first serve

Lowest Prices every on Essentials Bucket, Classic Bucket
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The "Essential Assortment" Includes:
4 - Rice and Chicken
4 - Chili Mac
4 - Spaghetti
12 pouches per bucket - 32 Servings
Bucket Dimensions: 10" x 9.25" x 13"
The "Classic Assortment" Includes:
2 - Beef Stroganoff
2 - Chicken Teriyaki
2 - Beef Stew
2 - Lasagna
2 - Noodles & Chicken
2 - Granola w/ Blueberries
12 pouches per bucket - 29 Servings
Bucket Dimensions: 10" x 9.25" x 13"
MSRP: $89.99, BUY: $63.00

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Loyalty Rewards winner announced | Loyalty Standings

What is Safecastle Loyalty Program ..
Few more weeks you still have some time to qualify for cash back.

- In brief, every buyers club member who registers for the 2014 Loyalty program will earn a rebate gift certificate worth at least 1% of the total value of their year's purchases at Safecastle ... yes, retroactive to Jan. 1, 2014.

- If total purchases for the year exceed $5000, then the total rebate gift certificate will be at least 2%!

- Throughout the year, there will be special offers made that will provide the opportunity to further increase that year-end rebate percentage!

Learn more here.

This months Giveaway...

Maratac Extreme Bob
Retail Value: $63.00

Winner for this giveaway is Cust #12282

This bag was originally designed by CountyComm for law enforcement (LAPD) and some of our friends in the U.S. military.

Our earlier Bail-Out Bags are still in heavy daily use with: LAPD, San Jose P.D., Santa Clara County Sheriffs Office, San Francisco P.D. and individual officers across the country. They were designed from the ground up to be the ultimate personal gear carry/last resort bailout bag.

Top 10 loyalty standings right now

Loyalty Members who get 2% cash back
Customer ID: 12158: Eligible Sales: $6086.47
Customer ID: 8639: Eligible Sales: $5192.39

Loyalty Members who get 1% cash back (Still time to get into 2 % bracket)
Customer ID: 7993: Eligible Sales: $4384.59
Customer ID: 8496: Eligible Sales: $3495.15
Customer ID: 7899: Eligible Sales: $2861.85
Customer ID: 8820: Eligible Sales: $2854.30
Customer ID: 5949: Eligible Sales: $2658.20
Customer ID: 9307: Eligible Sales: $1852.40
Customer ID: 3889: Eligible Sales: $1668.53
Customer ID: 7379: Eligible Sales: $1658.73