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In this exclusive clip from Discovery Channel's new season of Man, Woman, Wild, former Special Forces survival expert Mykel Hawke explains what to do if you ever find yourself trapped by forest fire. You literally have to fight fire with fire. [ Read Full Post ]
Ask any police officer or soldier how long they can stay on high alert, and you’ll get pretty much the same answer from all of them: Not too long. The body’s adrenaline runs out, the mind loses its sharpness, and since nothing has happened, it’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that nothing will happen.
We can look at emergency preparedness in the same way. You put yourself on alert, then, after nothing has happened for a while, you find yourself numb, burned out and no longer concerned at all.
I have heard many of my survival students who have military and law enforcement backgrounds express to me how hard it is to stay on high alert for days or weeks at a time. But I never expected to hear it on the 5 o’clock news from someone who was tired of preparing for disasters. Yet there it was last week. Someone who had battened down for what the news was predicting would be the “Storm of the Century,” and then experienced no damage, was explaining to the reporter that he was tired of preparing for all these emergencies. He wasn’t going to bother anymore. [ Read Full Post ]
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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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. [ Read Full Post ]
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. [ Read Full Post ]
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. [ Read Full Post ]
A story coming out of Alaska this weekend really hits close to home for me, as both a parent and a professional survival instructor. A brown bear and her large cub mauled a group of teenage boys on a survival trek in the Alaskan wilderness, forcing a harrowing rescue early Sunday morning to help those who were so severely injured.
Two of the teens suffered life-threatening injuries, while two others suffered injuries that were labeled "serious, but non-life-threatening." The group was participating in a National Outdoor Leadership School course in a remote area of deep wilderness about 120 miles north of Anchorage.
A spokesperson for the Alaska State Police, said those four are in critical condition, while three others had minor injuries or exposure-related issues. Seventeen-year-old Joshua Berg of New City, N.Y., and 17-year-old Samuel Gottsegen of Denver were the worst injured. [ Read Full Post ]
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