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02/25/21 03:41 PM Getting Ready for the Next Disaster by hikermor


Here is a really pertinent article about preparing for disasters, pointing out that 'California has a stellar record of preparing for the earthquake we just had.", waring us not to be too smug about Texas' travails.

I apologize for the clunky posting above - the pertinent article is on page A15, toward the bottom. Technologically challenged as I am, I cannot figure out a better way to bring this to your attention.

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02/23/21 03:49 PM Light output relative to weight of headlamps by hikermor

Pondering how much light I got for different battery types, I resorted to manufacturers published figures - for a given output, in lumens, how long would a light provide illumination, relative to its weight.

Bottom line - lithium ion batteries are considerably more efficient than AA, providing almost three times longer light.

I compared a Zebralight H53, with rechargeable batteries against a Zabralight H600, equipped with 18650 battery @3000mAh.

H53 provided 4.2 hours at 106 lumens, weighing 2.8 oz.

H600 provided 13.6 hours at 126 lumens weighing 3.3 oz.

I assume roughly comparable results at different lumen outputs.

I have both models and I like them equally - sturdy and dependable, but I can hike all night with the 600 - not the case with the 53.

Comments welcome...

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02/23/21 04:36 AM Live interview with K9 Alpha Search & Recovery by Blast

This week on my show Merriwether's World! I'll be interviewing Kristin Smaltz Blackman, president of the Houston-based, canine search team Alpha Search & Recovery. We'll be discussing the search capabilities of their dogs, hear some astound SAR stories, and learn what you should and more importantly should NOT do when a loved ones gets lost!
Merriwether's World! is streamed Thursday evenings, 8pm-9pm Central time live on the Foraging Texas Facebook page and on my YouTube channel.
If you miss the live show you can watch it afterwards on the season #4 playlist of Merriwether's World! on the YouTube channel linked above.

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02/19/21 07:39 PM Texas after action report by TeacherRO

What worked in Texas? What went wrong? How could they have prepared better?

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02/19/21 04:59 PM F150 Hybrid as Power Source in Texas Freeze by dougwalkabout

For 2021, the F-150 pickup truck can be fitted with a PowerBoost hybrid powertrain, combining an electric motor with a turbocharged V6 engine. Part of its appeal is the ability, when equipped, to serve as a 7.2-kW generator for powering tools and appliances.


Apparently it worked well. The genny function is designed for worksites, so it only starts the engine when needed.

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