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Default Steve Abel Develops Urban Survival Pack

[img2="left"][/img2]Steve Abel Develops Urban Survival Pack

SOMIS, Calif. – A machinist/manufacturer, best known for his production of fly-fishing tackle, has turned his attention to a more serious matter: surviving a natural or man-made disaster.

Steve Abel, founder of Abel Reels, has developed a compact, waterproof urban survival pack filled with enough food and equipment to keep an individual alive for up to two weeks in a hostile environment.

Abel developed the 15-pound life-support pack following the devastation and trail of death caused by last year’s hurricanes and ensuing floods throughout Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and the Gulf States.

“What’s next? Forest fire, floods, earthquake, volcanic eruption, terrorist bomb, a collapsed bridge or civil insurrection?” asks Abel.

Whatever the cause, families will be split and without a survival plan. “It doesn’t have to be a major event, it can be as simple as a local river overflowing while the husband is off on a business trip and his wife and kids are trapped in a car for two or three days, unable to get home.”
“Just like a spare tire and a working jack, every car in the family should have an Urban Survivor Park in the trunk,” said Abel.

The custom-made waterproof pack itself can be used as a flotation device; while the contents include some 35 items from a stainless steel multi-tool, water purifier, stove, flashlight, rain gear, blankets and a radio to oatmeal, soup, and dehydrated dinners. Contents of the Abel Survivor Pack would cost between $400 and $500 if purchased individually.

Abel, together with his wife Gina and family members, tested the ease of “usability” of the Urban Survivor Pack and its contents on weekend camping trips to determine if the average person – with little or no outdoor experience – could set-up and use the equipment. After numerous additions, changes and modifications, the finished survivor product emerged.

According to all surveys and FEMA statistics, Hurricane Katrina killed at least 1,836 people. “We think that between half and two-thirds of those deaths would have been prevented if the victims had (1) a survival plan and (2) a minimal amount of food, water and shelter. And that’s exactily what the Survivor Urban Pack provides,” said Abel.

Able Urban Survivor Packs are priced at $300 and are available at; phone 805.386.3410; e-mail

Abel Urban Survival Pack Inventory:
Waterproof pack with backpack straps
American-made Stainless Steel Multi Tool
First Aid Kit
Pocket Rocket Stove
Fuel (8 oz)
Sony radio AM/FM
Poncho, Nylon
Wilderness Space Blanket / Tarp
Mess Kit
Water Filter Bottle
Water Bottle (1 liter)
Water Storage Bag, Platypus (2 liter, collapsible)
Spring Water (24 ounce bottle)
Bic butane lighter
Waterproof matches (2 boxes)
5-in-1 Survival Tool (compass, whistle, waterproof match holder, mirror and flint striker)
Mini Mag flashlight and sheath (with 2 AA batteries)
AA batteries (6 spare)
Nylon cord (100 feet)
Metal mirror
Tooth picks and floss picks
Tissues (2 pocket packs)
Toilet tissue (2 rolls)
Knife, fork and spoon (Lexan)
Soup, Lipton (2 packs)
Oatmeal, instant (6 packs)
Tea bags (7)
Hot chocolate (2)
Fruit and Nut Bars (6)
Dehydrated eggs with bacon (2 packs)
Dehydrated dinners (seven 2 person packs)

Steve Abel has spent his life traveling, hunting and fishing in remote areas across the world and has studied all aspects of survival throughout his life. For the past 20 years he has designed and manufactured luggage and equipment for the traveling fisherman.

Steve has always maintained a bugout pack in his vehicle as well as in his home. Living in California for most of his life and in New Orleans for a 5-year period, as a professional diver, he has been through major earthquakes, hurricanes, floods and other disasters that mandate self-reliance.

After witnessing all of the escalating disasters around the world in recent years, Steve designed a survival pack for his wife as a birthday present. He wanted it to be small enough to fit easily in the trunk of her car and light enough for her to carry with everything she would need to survive for at least 7 days. He decided that most survival situations in today’s world would be in an urban environment. He did not want his wife to find herself 40 miles from home during a disaster and be stranded without the proper equipment to make her way home.

At a dinner party with friends Steve was asked what he gave his wife for her birthday. His wife excused herself and came back to the table with her survival pack. After she presented it, everyone wanted one.

With the immense interest and certain need, Steve decided to create an urban survival pack to enable everyone to be self reliant and independent which gives them the best chance of survival in the event of an emergency or disaster.

For More Informartion Contact:
Steve Abel
The Abel Urban Survivor Pack
Phone 805.386.3410
Fax 805.386.3360

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