The information you’re about to read is one of 4 articles on clearing CIF: The future articles I will write will address the following issues: 1.) CIF standards 2.) How to read your clothing records. 3.) I will also provide you tips on cleaning your TA-50. The information below is intended to make you more prepared for the day when you will need to clear CIF.Read More
Industry Expert Thoughts
John, Bradley’s is striving to give our audience inside information about the military retail industry. We want to help our readers become informed customers. Before we begin discussing issues surrounding our industry, please tell us a little about yourself.
My name is John Ottaviano, and I’m the Director of Sales & Marketing at Rothco. I’ve been at Rothco for 25 years as of last month, supplying retailers around the globe with military and outdoor clothing and accessories. Previous to working at Rothco, I spent a number of years as a district manager for a regional discount chain, so I know retail by both sides of the fence, and I have a pretty good understanding of the challenges today’s retailers face.
What are the biggest changes you have witnessed in the military retail industry? Tell me about the opportunities that exist in the military retail industry.Read More
Becoming knowledgeable about the military retail industry isn’t overly difficult, it only requires being exposed to the right sources of information and building your level of experience.Read More
Where were you when the lights went out? I was getting my solar powered/ windup flashlight with radio. Personally I am afraid of the dark and can’t stand not knowing what’s going on when my electricity leaves me in the lurch. In the past I've reached for my radio and flashlight only to find that the same thing always happens: My batteries are dead and I can't find any extra ones to save my life. That's the beauty of solar powered emergency equipment though. The solar energy from the sun provides you with a reliable resource even in the most unreliable situations.
These unreliable situations can create several detriments in the form of fear and anxieties. When you are panicing or feeling anxious you are more likely to make poor decisions that may make the situation even worse. Not being able to hear the news and know what's going on and how the emergency response teams are handling the situation can cause a paralyzing response to the situation and potentially risk your safety.
In addition to having a flashlight and radio handy, one should have a cell phone nearby in order to call for help. Another important thing to consider is how you would charge your cell phone without any electricty. A phone can often times mean the difference between life and death. Being able to make an emergency call can be essential to your survival.
These items even have many benefits outside of emergency situation. They are portable, great for camping, and recharge quickly. Many can also be hand cranked or charged through your laptop or PC.
Solar powered gadgets are not only for natural disasters but make great items for survivalists, adverntures, hikers, scouting, camping. Items like the solar speakers are perfect for any outdoor activities.
Bradley's has just the right equipment/gadgets to assist you in overcoming the obstacles that come with power outages, storms, natural disasters and more. Our solar power/windup flashlight with radio is only one of the products that we offer. We also offer a solar powered cell phone charger as well as variety of other important solar powered equipment. See our YouTube video HERE on facebook to view some of our solar powered products. You may purchase these at our web site HERE or call us at 1 (800) 503-4954.
For more information on solar power for emergencies visit http://www.all-things-emergency-prepared.com/advantages-of-solar-power.htm
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WHY DO YOU ENJOY MOTORCYCLING?
The Motorcycle Safety Foundation states that one of the things that motorcyclists enjoy most is the freedom of riding in the open air. Everyone who has ever done so would agree: there is absolutely nothing like it.
However, there are several possible drawbacks to riding in the open air whether on a motorcycle, four wheeler, snowboard or skis.
Hot or cold weather, raining, insect, debris or dust pelting you in the face can be dangerous as well as uncomfortable. Personally, when I am driving a four wheeler, I hate the amount of dust blowing in my face.
One piece of clothing that was developed to help protect the face from all of the above is the Neoprene Face Masks.
Some important benefits include:
Great protection while riding motorcycles, four wheelers, etc
Covering your face and ears during cold weather
Water resistant qualities help keep you dry in wet weather/rain
The fact that the materials are stretchy and they use velcro fastening helps secure the mask to your face tightly.
The vent holes in the face mask enables you to breathe easily
The Neoprene material is thin enough to be comfortable, but thick enough to help prevent surface injuries
In order to help keep our riders safe, Bradleys stocks a wide variety of full and half face neoprene face masks. Not only are they functional, but they're unique and fun as well. Some of our most popular styles that we have to offer include various colors of skulls (including glow in the dark!), evil clown, vampire, crash test dummy and many, many more.
You may browse our full selection or order these on line at our Web Store by clicking HERE or call 1-800-503-4954 to order or inquire about these or any of the other items we carry.
About Military Surplus
In the real estate industry many people promote the message; "Location, location, location!" In the military surplus industry we focus on; "Condition, condition, condition." This a repetitive phrase that reinforces the message that condition is of the utmost importance for YOU as a customer. The most educated customers will always want to buy the best quality surplus products that are reasonably priced. To help you achieve this objective, I am prepared to provide you with my 22 years of military retailing experience and other insider's secrets.Read More
If a natural disaster such as an earthquake, hurricane, winter storm or any catastrophe occurs, there is a possibility that you might not have access to food and water for several days if not more. It is important to take time now to stockpile emergency food and water supplies for your entire family.
According to FEMA you should maintain a food supply that will last for at least two weeks.
Typical emergency food and water items are meant to last for months or even years. Some products even have a shelf life of over 25 years. The rations can come in the form of meals ready to eat (MREs), dried foods such as powdered soup, egg and milk products, as well as freeze dried products.
Many people purchases these items for adventure minded individuals such as campers, back pack campers, mountain climbers, and hikers. Preppers and Survivalists are also the main purchasers of these items.
For more information on these potentially life saving products, visit our YouTube video on Emergency Food items HERE and friend us on Facebook to receive additional information. You may purchase these types of emergency food items online at our Web Page at http://www.bradleyssurplus.com/ or call 1(800) 503 4954.
Families may even keep smaller food items such as food rations bars, granola bars, candy bars etc in their car emergency kit. See our YouTube video and blog on Emergency Kits HERE.
The FEMA and Red Cross booklet is an excellent source of further information on emergency rations and water supply. Bradley’s is committed to help individuals in case on natural disasters, adventurers, preppers and survivalists by being a source of information with our blogs and YouTube videos and by providing a source to purchase these items from a company that focuses on excellent customer service.
For further information on this subject, FEMA and Red Cross has published a 16 page booklet on Food and Water in Emergency. The link to that booklet is http://www.fema.gov/pdf/library/f&web.pdf.Read More
CAN YOU IDENTIFY THE ESSENTIAL PIECE OF SURVIVALIST CLOTHING THAT CAN BE USED AS THE FOLLOWING?
- Neck Gaiter/Sweatband
- Rope (in strips or as is)
- Waist Pack/pouch
- Cleaning/Bullet Patches
- Mark for a trail
- Napkin/Dish rag
- Pre-water Filter
- Knee Pads
- Glass/Gun Cleaner
- Ear Muffs
- Dust Mask
- And much, much more!
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According to the Red Cross and FEMA, over 75% of Americans are not prepared for a disaster.
FEMA identifies five types of disasters. They are:
2.) Technological/Accidental Hazards
3.) Terrorist Hazards
5.) Winter Storms
FEMA recommends at least 3 steps to dealing with disasters:
STEP ONE: BE INFORMED
There are many types of natural disasters: Drought, earthquake, extreme heat, floods, hurricanes, landslides and debris flow, severe weather, space weather, thunderstorms and lightning, tornados, tsunamis, volcanoes, wild fires, and winter storms and cold weather. It is important for you to identify the types of disasters that have happened or may happen in your geographic area.
STEP TWO: MAKE A PLAN
Develop a family disaster plan for these situations. Make sure all family members know the pan and what to do in case of a real disaster. Practice drills are helpful in preparing for emergencies. Local Emergency Offices can help you with identifying hazards in your area and outline the local plans and recommendations for each.
STEP THREE: BUILD A KIT
You should have at least three kits; one for home, one for work and one for the vehicle.
Home Kit: Should contain essential food, water and supplies for at least three days. Keep this kit in a designated place and have it ready in case you have to leave your home quickly. Make sure all family members know where the kit is kept.
Work Kit: Make sure you have food and water and other necessities like medicine for at least 24 hours.
Vehicle Kit: Keep a kit in your vehicle just in case you are stranded. Some items you should have include but are not limited to the following:
- Jumper cables
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- First aid kit and necessary medications in case you are away from home for a prolonged time
- Food items containing protein such as nuts and energy bars, canned fruit and a portable can opener
- Water for each person and pet in your car
- AM/FM radio to listen to traffic reports or emergency messages
- Cat litter or sand for better tire traction
- Ice scraper
- Warm clothes, gloves, hat, sturdy boots, jacket and extra change of clothing
- Blankets or sleeping bags
- A fully-charged cell phone and phone charger
- Flares or reflective triangle
- Baby formula and diapers if you have a small child
Bradley’s can assist you in the Third Step: Build a Kit
We have developed a general purpose survival/disaster kit compiling components from several companies. You may learn more about our kit by checking out our You-Tube presentation HERE and you can order it from our store HERE. You may also use the code SURVIVE10 to receive a 10% discount on the kit.Read More
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