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  • December 16, 2013

    Survival Foods: Top Food Items to Keep You Alive in an Emergency-1

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    Whatever the survival scenario, it's always a smart strategy to have food on hand, rather than have to scavenge and forage for it under difficult circumstances. And while food is generally a low priority in survival situations, the results of going hungry can be felt after only one day without a meal.

    So what should you stock up on? For starters, think about what you have access to and can afford. Also, consider special dietary needs of those who may reply on your food stores (some freeze-dried meals are now gluten-free). Finally, concentrate on stocking foods that you'd be able to subsist on, and that includes being able to eat it often or exclusively. Weight and shelf life are other factors. If you're stocking a vehicle or cabin, weight isn't much of an issue. But if you're stocking a bug out bag or survival kit, both weight and package size play key roles.

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  • December 13, 2013

    Water Purification: Which Tablets Should You Use? -4

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    Anyone who has ever had a waterborne disease can tell you that being sick like that is no picnic! There are many ways to prevent these illnesses from happening (i.e. boil the water, use filters, etc.), but the leanest and most effortless method to make water safe to drink is to drop a purification tablet into a bottle of the suspect water.

    So, which tablet is best? Let’s take a look at two of the most common and popular options—Katadyn Micropur and Potable Aqua—and let you be the judge.

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  • December 11, 2013

    Missing Adults And Four Children Used Warm Stones To Survive Winter Emergency-1

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    Finally, we have an exemplary story where people used their heads to stay safe and survive a situation that could have easily turned deadly.

    This past Sunday, a group of six family members from northwestern Nevada took their Jeep Wrangler into the backcountry to enjoy a ride through the snow. But after the vehicle turned over, slid down a bank and landed upside down in a crevice, their trip took a horrific turn.

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  • December 10, 2013

    Survival Medicine: Don’t Fall For Immersion Foot-0

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    Frostbite is a scary, injury that can cause permanent damage and is a constant threat in sub-freezing winter conditions. But did you know that moisture combined with cool temperatures can give you similar damage to frostbite—at temperatures above freezing?

    This condition is commonly known as immersion foot, and it is a chronic issue for cold-weather outdoorsmen and many homeless people. If the skin on your feet (or other extremities) is subject to days of uninterrupted moisture and cold temperatures between 32 and 50  degrees, the tissue can swell and shrivel; and some of the tissue can even die. This damage is similar to frostbite injuries, though immersion foot tends to sneak up on its victims, as opposed to the rapid harm and obvious surface symptoms of frostbite. The tissue does not freeze with immersion foot, but the circulatory, nerve, and skin damage can still be significant.

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  • December 6, 2013

    Survival Skills: Finding Fall’s Last Berries And Fruits-1

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    Despite the plummeting mercury, there are still many wild edible fruits and berries that an enterprising forager can take home in the late fall season. Don’t let winter get its grip on your area without collecting some of these choice edibles first.

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  • December 6, 2013

    Survival Gear Review: K12 Pocket Survival Cards -1

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    Not sure if your friends and family can hack it in a survival situation? Maybe they need a “cheat sheet” to walk them down the path to survival. I’ve seen a lot of booklets and survival cards over the years in my on-going search for concise, high-quality survival literature. What I’ve never seen before, though, is a set of waterproof, tear-proof survival cards that give you the tools to light a fire, too. That is, until I came across the new K12 Pocket Survival Cards.

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  • December 2, 2013

    Survival Gear: Grate Chef Firestarter Packets -3

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    Considering the wintery weather we are already encountering in late fall this year, you better be ready to do some fire building in the event you get into trouble over the next few months. Cold, wet, and windy conditions make fire building a very difficult chore. Use this time to stock up on lighters, matches, and various forms of tinder and fuel to add to your emergency equipment. When it comes to fuel, it’s hard to beat the good old cotton ball soaked in petroleum jelly, but Grate Chef FireStarter packets make a great back up.

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  • November 25, 2013

    10 Survival Uses For A Trash Bag-1

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    The humble garbage bag doesn't often get the recognition that it's due, probably because of its association with trash and other “worthless” items. Dig a little deeper, though, and you'll see that this plastic pariah has loads of emergency uses. Here are ten of the most important reasons to add a few large trash bags to your survival kit.

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  • November 25, 2013

    Survival Skills: How to Identify and Treat Hypothermia -2

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    Every outdoor enthusiast has probably had a touch of hypothermia at one point or another, and perhaps you’ve had more than just a touch. This dangerous cooling of the body occurs when a person’s body core temperature drops below 95  degrees Fahrenheit.

    Water, wind, and cold temperatures can work against you, causing the loss of critical body heat. But how do you spot this condition in yourself or others?

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  • November 21, 2013

    Survival Gear Review: The Streamlight Microstream Flashlight-0

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    LED flashlights have come a long way over the past few years, and shrunk in both size and price. I recently received the Streamlight Microstream as a gift (thanks, Wes!) and here’s what I thought of it. Spoiler alert: great stocking stuffer, if you’re planning that far ahead already.

    From the size of the light and the AAA battery enclosed in the package, I was expecting the Microstream to perform like a typical keychain light: Handy, but for short-range use only. But when I installed the battery and clicked it on, I realized that this little sucker is bright.

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