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  • April 28, 2011

    New 3-in-1 Survival Knife-4

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    You’ve probably heard about the “Ten Essentials,” right?

    It’s kind of a Top Ten List of things to keep you alive, if you find yourself in an emergency situation. The list varies from source to source, but these ten items usually comprise a knife, a light, a whistle, food and water, some form of shelter, first aid gear, navigation equipment and fire-making gear. Most lists also recommend sun protection, like glasses and sunscreen.

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  • April 26, 2011

    Post-Disaster Checklist-4

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    Wes Massey, my friend and fellow survival instructor, narrowly missed the devastating storms and the string of twisters that slashed their way from Oklahoma to North Carolina and Virginia earlier this month. And Wes, being the nice guy that he is, volunteered to help a friend near Fayetteville, North Carolina, who was less fortunate and suffered some of the storm’s fury.

    After a full day of chainsaw work, Wes had his friend’s house and driveway cleared of timber, limbs and smashed wooden fences.

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  • April 25, 2011

    Bust Out Of Those Cuffs!-0

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    At the end of the day, it’s pretty easy to survive in the wild, if you follow the rules. Yes, there are a lot of variables. You don’t know what the weather is going to do. You don’t know what the animals are going to do. But on a good day, you can make some solid guesses based on your knowledge and experience.

    Conflict survival, on the other hand, is an entirely different beast. 

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  • April 22, 2011

    Deadly New Super Bugs - Part 2-0

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    In a previous post we talked about MRSA. It’s a nasty, antibiotic-resistant bacterium that you never, ever want to catch. Why? Because we are collectively scraping the bottom of the barrel to find medicines that will treat it.

    Many experts agree that outbreaks of bugs like this could send our mortality rates for illness and injury back to the rates before penicillin, or possibly medieval times.  And guess what, MRSA is not the only critter on the radar anymore.  

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  • April 21, 2011

    Deadly New Super Bugs-2

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    Antibiotics have been saving lives for a long time. A recent chemical analysis of the 2,000-year-old bones of ancient Nubians shows that they were ingesting the antibiotic tetracycline on a regular basis, most likely in their delicious beer. 

    But sometimes you can have too much of a good thing, like beer, or in this case, antibiotics.

    The recent overuse and misuse of antibiotics, and the significant amount of antibiotics in the animal links of our food chain are causing new strains of bacteria to emerge. These newly evolved “Super Bugs” are tough enough to resist all but our strongest antibiotics.

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  • April 20, 2011

    Follow These Tips to Avoid Ticks-6

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    These little eight-legged freaks can carry and transmit Lyme’s Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and several other illnesses. 

    You can avoid all these dreaded ailments by exercising a few easy tick prevention methods.

    • Wear light-colored long pants and other light-colored clothing as you hike around. The more skin you can cover the better; and the light color will help you spot the dark colored ticks as they climb up your clothes.

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  • April 12, 2011

    Best Survival Dogs-14

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    Most people from my generation have heard of the band Three Dog Night.  But did you know that the phrase originates from the description of a night so cold that you had to keep one dog on each side of you and one at your feet?

    Curling up with your pet to stay warm certainly does work, just ask the authorities of Elgin, SC, who have recently credited one family dog with keeping a missing 2-year-old boy safe and warm as he spent a night lost outside with temps in the 40s.

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  • April 7, 2011

    Two Big Quakes, Hours Apart-0

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    Given the recent and tragic earthquakes in Japan, it should bring us only pity and not surprise to hear of another quake on Japanese soil. Then, mere hours after the most recent earthquake in the Pacific Rim, there was another significant quake closer to home, this time in Mexico.

    The Japan quake struck at 11:32 p.m. local time, April 6. This magnitude-7.4 aftershock knocked out power across a large area of the already-stricken northern part of the country, not quite a month after the now infamous earthquake and tsunami devastated the region in March.
    The 6.5-magnitude Mexico quake occurred on the other side of the Pacific, on the morning of April 7, near Veracruz.

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  • April 7, 2011

    Are You Stocking Up?-4

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    As the Japanese tsunami disaster and nuclear crisis continue to make news, some Mormon-dominated communities in America are saying that these disasters should remind us all about preparing for the worst.

    Emergency planning and the storage of food, water and medical supplies have long been practiced by majority of the 14 million worldwide members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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  • April 6, 2011

    Loaded for Bear-8

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    As you begin moving around outside in the nice springtime weather, remember that you are not the only creature stirring from winter’s slumber.

    The warmer temperatures inspire a lot of bear movement through both the backcountry and the not-so-back country. With bears wandering for food after a long winter, and overprotective mamas traveling with their new little cubs, it is never a bad idea to carry bear spray.

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