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  • September 5, 2013

    Survival Gear Review: The myID Bracelet-0

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  • September 4, 2013

    The Pros and Cons of Bartering for Survival-2

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    Could you live off the barter system? It makes an interesting hypothetical scenario. Bartering for necessities can be traced back to pre-literate cultures at least 6,000 years ago, and it still exists today through various web-based systems and networking organizations. But could you really survive off that system if you were out of cash, or if cash had lost its value, or if the electronic payment systems went down?

    You’d have to muddle through the same problems with the barter system that our ancestors faced, and all of this is assuming that everyone plays nice and acts civil (which is a hell of a presupposition if we’re talking about an emergency situation). Still, if it works, the benefits are plentiful.

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  • September 3, 2013

    Survival Gear: 5 Useful Surprises from The Aisles Of Walmart-5

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    Say what you will about Walmart shutting down Main Street America with their bargain-priced wares, it’s hard for me to pass up good survival gear at those prices. On my last grudging trip there, I picked up five items that have a lot of utility in emergency preparedness and survival situations. 

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  • August 28, 2013

    Survival Book Review: A Failure Of Civility -1

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    The new survival book, A Failure Of Civility, presents a gloomy, disturbing, and occasionally horrifying look into a possible future—one in which this book would be really useful.

    Before we get started, you should know that some folks may take issue with some of the content in this book. But the image of a burning United States on the cover ought to deter those who may be offended by such content in the first place. A Failure Of Civility was written by veteran Spec Ops soldiers Mike Garand and Jack Lawson, and is filled with true stories of survival and dramatized tales to illustrate concepts of teamwork, planning, and unexpected danger. In addition to their military careers, both authors have been involved in law enforcement and are able to present a wide range of self-defense strategies. The book brings together combat experience, the science of criminology, tactical skills, and military maneuvers—knowledge that could prove invaluable if you ever became fully responsible for your own defense, the defense of your family, or that of your neighborhood.

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  • August 27, 2013

    Survival Skills: Easy Food Preservation With Water Bath Canning -2

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    The ability to preserve and store your own food is a great skill set for the prepper, homesteader or anyone else who wants more control over what they eat. Canning can save you money, too, as you build a pantry that will be the envy of your self-sufficient friends. The easiest way to accomplish this is with water bath canning, since it doesn’t require much specialized gear—just a big pot, a rack that fits in the bottom of the pot, canning jars with lids, and acidic food.

    This canning method involves boiling the jars of high-acid food in an open pot or a pot with a standard lid. No pressure canner is required. Tomatoes are a great choice for this method, and you can also water-bath can most fruits, jams, jellies, pickles, and juices.

    Here are a few tips that can help you.

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  • August 26, 2013

    How to Eat Roadkill-3

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    As autumn draws nearer, and many game animals begin their fall pattern of feeding and movement, you’ll naturally start to see a lot more roadkill on local highways and byways.

    Why not utilize these unfortunate creatures and bring home some food, fur, feathers, and craft materials, rather than leaving them to rot?

    Check Your Local Laws And Regs
    Before you start scooping up every dead animal you see on the side of the road, contact your local game agency to learn all of the laws, rules, and regulations surrounding roadkill recovery in your area. You’ll probably need to take the animal directly to a game check station, although some places require that you visit the station before recovering the animal.

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  • August 22, 2013

    How to Survive a Bear Attack-3

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    It’s hard to miss the numerous bear attack stories that have been in the news over the last few weeks. Most experts agree that a person should play dead in a fetal position with grizzlies, and fight back when it comes to black bear attacks. But the brave young lady in Michigan who was attacked by a black bear just days ago, was spared after she played dead. She was able to run home after the attack. But an Alaskan hunter wasn’t able to get to help so quickly after a bear attack this past weekend. 

    An unnamed man from Alaska had to wait 36 hours for a rescue helicopter to bring him to a hospital. And luckily, he received life sustaining care while he waited, administered by a fellow hunter with a day job is in the medical field. The attack happened late Thursday in northern Alaska, and the man was finally airlifted around 3 a.m. Saturday morning. Both the 12-year-old girl and the adult male hunter are expected to make a full recovery.

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  • August 21, 2013

    Survival Skills: How to Render Fat-0

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    If calories are equal to survival, and fat is the densest form of calories, then wouldn’t it make sense that survival equals fat? I know my math is a little bit murky, but those of you who know the value of bacon grease, bear fat, and pure unadulterated lard can surely see the importance of preserving a fat resource for both survival food and practical uses.

    Fat is a little tricky to keep on hand, especially in a raw state when the temperature is above freezing. It goes bad fairly quick. So our ancestors (and plenty of modern folks) found a way to store fat at room temperature without it spoiling too quickly. Enter the solution of rendering.

    Unlike jerky production, which involves the drying of raw animal meat – in rendering, you will cook the fatty animal tissues for a long time at low temperatures, and finally filter the fat before storage.

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  • August 16, 2013

    10 Survival Uses For a Can Of Sardines -2

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    Maybe you’re sitting on a bunker full of these stinky little canned fish; or maybe you just have a can or two in the pantry. Believe it or not, sardines can be used for a variety of applications in a survival situation. Here’s 10 ways sardines can keep you alive.

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  • August 15, 2013

    Survival Skills: Hurricane Preps That You Probably Won't Like-0

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    As we move deeper into hurricane season, it’s always a good idea to keep an eye on the horizon. The Weather Channel isn’t too bad of a resource, either, but one thing they don’t have at Weather HQ is a crystal ball. Cooler than normal summer temperatures in much of the Northern Hemisphere may sap the energy from this year’s potential hurricanes. Or the clash of cool air and warm water could escalate this fall’s systems. It’s anybody’s guess right now.

    With this unpredictability in mind, it never hurts to have the supplies to subsist on your own for a while. You should at least have the basics: ample water for your family and a way to disinfect more water; a food supply that is non-perishable and acceptable to even your picky eaters; a battery-powered or hand-crank radio with NOAA bands; flashlights and extra batteries; a first aid kit; tools to turn off utilities; a cell phone with a solar charger; prescription medications; pet food and extra water for your pet; and some cash in small bills.

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