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  • August 25, 2011

    Track Hurricane Irene with Stormpulse-0

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    As Hurricane Irene makes her way toward the East Coast, millions of people are going to be watching its path. One of the easiest ways to track this hurricane is through Stormpulse
     
    Their services provide a custom tailored weather alert system for the Department of Homeland Security and NASA. In fact, the site has a picture inside the White House Situation Room where Stormpulse has been used since 2009. What’s the draw? Their services are precise and up to date.

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  • August 22, 2011

    Survival Skills: Blaze Your Trails, Never Get Lost-7

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    Becoming lost is a common way for modern people to find themselves in a wilderness survival situation. Imagine how easy it was for explorers and pioneers to get lost blazing new trails through the unknown places of the world.

    Luckily, becoming lost is one of the easiest problems to avoid in the wilderness. All you have to do is blaze your own trails, or mark which way to go on existing trails. A little bit of hot pink survey tape and a permanent marker can be a great addition to your survival kit.  You can use this to make trails, mark trails and even leave messages.

    If you find yourself lost without any survey tape, you can build signals and blazes on the ground so that a search party can find you. Rock cairns and stick structures are typical examples, and have been used for centuries. Techniques like chopping shapes into tree trunks were also used to communicate information and allow people to find their way. You can chop arrows into tree bark to point searchers toward your camp. 

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  • August 9, 2011

    Urban Survival: London is in Chaos as Riots Continue-2

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    Waves of violence and looting have been roaring across London and nearby British cities since Saturday, as authorities struggle to contain the country's worst unrest since race riots had London in flames in the 1980s.

    Hundreds have been arrested in London alone, and dozens were arrested in other English cities.  Scenes of burning buildings and smashed windows in London and several other British cities stand out this week in stark contrast to the usually reserved nature of the English people.

    16,000 officers are expected to be on the streets of London Tuesday night, almost tripling the number that were out Monday night.

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  • August 8, 2011

    Polar Bear Attacks and Kills Teenage Explorer in Norway-0

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    For many years now, visitors to Svalbard, the Norwegian chain of islands within the Arctic Circle, have been told when they arrive to the islands, “If you move outside of the center of Longyearbyen, you must have a loaded rifle and someone who knows how to use it.”

    But even a perimeter alarm system and firearms were not enough to save a British teenager who was mauled to death on a remote Norwegian island in the Arctic Circle on August 5.

    Horatio Chapple, 17, was killed and four other expedition members were injured by a polar bear that came into their tent. 

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  • August 3, 2011

    Which Wild Animals Are Safe to Eat in a Survival Situation? -4

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    While securing shelter, administering first aid, signaling for help and performing a host of other chores rank as top priorities during an emergency, the first question that tends to pop out of most people's mouths is, "So what are we going to eat out here in the woods?"

    A quick rule of thumb is that you can eat anything on land with fur or feathers, as long as it is properly prepared and cooked thoroughly to kill bacteria and other pathogens that would make us sick. That means mammals and birds are good to go, although palatability is never guaranteed. 

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  • August 2, 2011

    Survival Gear: 31 Items to Keep in Your Urban First Aid Kit-3

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    A First Aid Kit is a critical survival tool, but it’s one of the most frequently overlooked categories of survival equipment. Without the kit and its included supplies, many injuries that occur in survival scenarios would be exceedingly difficult to treat.

    I think of each First Aid Kit as a survival kit in and of itself. Yes, the medical supplies therein can help you survive, but why stop there? Even the smallest of my First Aid Kits have fire-starting equipment, like matches and lighters. They also have shelter items like space blankets or at least garbage bags to improvise shelter. 

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