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  • February 28, 2013

    Survival Gear: More $2 Items that Could Save Your Life-6

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    Last May, we did a post on emergency preps for two dollars or less. Since many would say that we are in worse economic territory now than we were a year ago, it seemed only fitting to consider “Cheap Preps, Part 2.”

    When checking the cost of survival equipment, pricey gear seems to be the new normal. But the frugal shopper can still find real bargains that could prove to be lifesavers at the right time and place.

    Here are some more preparedness items hovering around the $2 mark:

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  • February 25, 2013

    Survival Skills: Home Water Storage For Emergencies-2

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    While teaching an Urban Survival class this past weekend, the topic of storing your own drinkable water came up in conversation many times. How much water you should have on hand, how you bottle it, and where you store it are the three most common concerns.

    So let us suppose for a moment that your town’s or region’s normal water supply has been cut off. You’ll be on your own for drinking, cooking, and some basic hygiene. In the realm of water, being prepared for emergencies means keeping water on hand, and also being ready to disinfect more water as needed.

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  • February 22, 2013

    Survival Gear: Make Your Own Signal Whistle-0

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    The signal whistle is probably the most useful piece of survival gear that people are NOT usually carrying today. Sure it’s natural for us to crave a wicked looking survival knife. And your instincts are right on the money if you want to have explosive fire starting tools. But that humble signal whistle can end up catching someone’s attention, and draw in your rescue team if you are too banged up to be using that survival knife or fire starter. And that rescue is your ticket home.

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  • February 19, 2013

    Wild Teas For Vitamins, Warmth And Winter-time Morale -1

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    Winter has to be the best time of year for a warm cup of tea. Oddly enough, the outdoors is full of wild plants that can give us richly flavored and nutritious teas during the colder months.

    As always, when dealing with wild plants for food and beverages, you have to be 100 percent certain that you are dealing with the right plant and using it correctly. The last thing you want is a cup of tea cup brewed with a deadly plant by mistake. Deaths from water hemlock are reportedly the most common plant related fatality in U.S.

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  • February 15, 2013

    Survival Foods: Grain Storage and Grinding -0

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     There’s no shortage of choices when it comes to food storage right now. Food storage companies are springing up out of nowhere, and they're marketing as hard as they can.

    But let’s say you are dyed-in-the-wool self provider, and you’re interested in stocking up on some grain. And let’s say that you don’t want to spend $50 plus shipping for a single bucket of grain. How do you get started by yourself?

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  • February 14, 2013

    Fire Starting Tips: How Carve A Fuzz Stick -0

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    Working with rain-soaked fire materials and without any fire starters or accelerants from home on hand can be a very challenging scenario. Enter the “fuzz stick.”

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  • February 11, 2013

    Survival Skills: How To Get Water And Syrup From Trees -2

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    Throughout much of North America, tree sugaring time is near or already underway. Depending on the weather and your latitude, you will have trees with running sap between January and early March. Some of these trees can be sources of water if you get caught without anything to drink. Other trees can provide live-saving calories at one of the roughest times of the year for survival.

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  • February 7, 2013

    Winter Weather Alert: Tips for Snow Storm Survival -2

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    Meteorologists are predicting a massive blizzard will hit the Northeast bringing high winds and up to two feet of snow. The storm will likely hit the New York City area Thursday night and continue into Connecticut and Massachusetts through Friday. 

    According to ABC News: "Forecasts called for as much as 9 inches of snow across central Michigan, a foot and a half in the Hudson Valley region of New York, and 2 feet or more across coastal New England. Possible hurricane-force winds off Massachusetts and Rhode Island also made flooding a threat."

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  • February 4, 2013

    Survival Gear: How To Build a Survival Repair Kit-5

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    There are countless different survival kit iterations out there, both on store shelves and assembled at home. Many of these kits include a few multi-use items—like needles, duct tape, and dental floss—that can be used for gear repair.

    Since your gear can literally save your life if you run into trouble, why not take gear repair a little more seriously by building a dedicate repair kit within your survival kit?

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