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  • October 29, 2012

    Survival Skills: How to Make Do With What You Already Have-4

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    “Do I have enough stuff? Is there a way to make do with what I have right now?” I’m sure many folks in the path of Hurricane Sandy are asking themselves these types of questions right now.

    Not 30 minutes before starting this blog post, I ran out to the local drug store to get a few last-minute books and snacks before the wind and rain of Sandy become hazardous. A young man in the store was searching frantically for lamp oil, after he had tried unsuccessfully to find it all over town. As I looked around I noticed that there wasn’t a “D” or “C” cell battery, jar of peanut butter, jug of milk, or loaf of bread in the place. The store shelves were looking bare, which is good in that It means that at least some people are thinking ahead. But it’s also bad. It means that the stores weren’t planning ahead for the demand.

    So what if your stash of goodies is not good enough? How do you make do with only what you have? 

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  • October 26, 2012

    Frankenstorm Warning: Hurricane Safety Tips -0

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    With Hurricane Sandy, aka: Frankenstorm, barreling down on the entire Eastern seaboard, now is a good time to review some commonsense hurricane safety tips. We've compiled our best survival tips below, so you can stay safe and ride out the storm.

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  • October 26, 2012

    How to Prepare for Fall Weather Emergencies-2

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    Fall is a great time to consider how you should get ready for cold weather emergencies. Blizzards, deep cold snaps, ice storms, late season hurricanes—and combinations of all four, like the Frankenstorm that is predicted to hit the northeast next week—can leave you sitting in the cold, literally, if you are not ready ahead of time.

    When you’re not busy hunting, a few nice days of “Indian summer” give you a great chance to stock up on a few cool weather preparations to keep you and your family safe and warm, no matter what kind of weather the next few months might throw at you. Now’s the time to think about stocking up with the following:

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  • October 24, 2012

    Survival Gear: SOG PowerDuo Multi-Tool-4

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    I had been looking for a new multi-tool for a while. Specifically, I wanted a tool with a high-quality knife blade and sharp needle nose pliers. This tool would be spending a lot of time in my main medical bag, which I keep in my car and carry along on survival training classes. After searching for some time, I believe I finally found what I was looking for in the SOG PowerDuo.

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  • October 22, 2012

    Survival Gear: How To Make A Compass-3

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    Being able to improvise a compass can make a huge difference in navigating your way out of an outdoor emergency if you have lost your normal navigation equipment. This is especially important if you are dealing with overcast weather, thick forests, or any other conditions that would eliminate a lot of modern navigational techniques.

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  • October 19, 2012

    Survival Skills: Game Processing Tips from Our Ancestors-4

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    With news stories about bubonic plague in squirrels and hantavirus in other rodents, cleaning and eating small game may not look like such a smart survival solution anymore. But these diseases are not new.

    So how did our ancestors, with limited knowledge of biological hazards, process game to avoid these illnesses?

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  • October 17, 2012

    Survival Skills: Emergency Dentistry in the Field-1

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    If you’re like me, you still cringe when you think of the “home dentistry” scene in Castaway, when Tom Hanks’ character knocks an abscessed tooth out of his own mouth by using an ice skate and a rock as a hammer and chisel. And he wasn’t successful on the first attemp. Dealing with tooth trouble in the middle of nowhere really is a nightmare scenario.

    Dealing With Dental Trauma

    Falls and other types of outdoor injuries can cause teeth to be cracked, splintered, or completely knocked out (technically referred to as avulsed). Unless teeth or blood create a choking hazard, dental injuries do not represent a life threatening emergency in the short term. However, in the long term tooth damage can come back to haunt you in the form of infection, which could be life threatening if antibiotics are not available.

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  • October 15, 2012

    Survival Skills: How To Stay Warm During a Power Outage-3

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    For those of us with functional fireplaces or working woodstoves, the impending cold weather doesn’t seem too bad. But most people in America don’t have a stove or operating fireplace. For those who rely on electric heat, or a system that needs electricity to burn fuel, the thought of utility outages and winter storms can be scary.

    Here are some important things to consider when heating your home without power.

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  • October 12, 2012

    Survival Gear Test: Four Classic Fire Starters-10

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    Fall is here, and winter will be close on its heels. Odds are good that sooner or later you’re going to run into some unexpected and nasty weather. Cold, wet conditions make fire building a top priority, but those same conditions make fire building tricky at best and a nightmare at worst. That’s when you need a trick up your sleeve, like fire starters.

    Petroleum Jelly Cotton Balls
    The classic cotton ball soaked in Vaseline is the most budget friendly fire starter on our list. If you pick up a bag of cotton balls and two jars of petroleum jelly at the dollar store, you can make 100 of them for about 3 cents apiece. Each of these little gems will burn for approximately 5 minutes, and can be used for other purposes besides fire building. Just make sure you store the balls in a waterproof container. When the weather turns warm, the petroleum jelly can melt and run out, fouling any equipment packed near it.

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  • October 10, 2012

    Survival Skills: 4 Ways to Use Aluminum Foil for Camp Cooking-3

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    Aluminum foil is one of those classic camping supplies that can morph into hundreds of useful things. I have made foil oil lamps and foil cooking pots, added flash to fishing lures, and performed many other camp tasks with this versatile product.

    Some commercially available survival kits even include a square of foil to shape into a container for boiling water, among other tasks. It’s never a bad idea for us to fold up a few feet of this modern marvel and store the little square in our own survival kits. So how can we use aluminum foil for survival cooking?

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