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  • February 6, 2014

    Survival Skills: Be Ready for Ice Storms - 4


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    You have to laugh at the irony that life hands you. As I write this piece on ice storm preparedness, my area is in the midst of an ice storm. Good thing I planned ahead. Winter ice storms can be a tricky natural hazard to navigate. At best, an ice storm leaves you cooped up in your home with a full pantry and all utilities operating normally. On your worst day, utilities are out, supplies are low, and you can’t even step out the door without slipping and busting your skull. Your best bet is to hunker down and ride it out. But you’ll need some supplies for that. Here’s what you need to have in order before the next batch of icy weather hits your hometown. [ Read Full Post ]


  • February 4, 2014

    Survival Skills: How to Make Waterproof Matches - 1

    When it comes to matches, waterproof ones are best, especially in dire circumstances like a flood. Since they're much more expensive than their pedestrian cousins, you might want to make your own.

    Use the Candle Technique
    Burn a candle long enough for a pool of wax to form around the wick. Blow it out, then dip the head of your match into the wet wax, about of an inch (3 mm) up the stick. Remove the matchstick and allow the wax to dry, pinching it closed to form a water-tight seal. [ Read Full Post ]


  • February 3, 2014

    Man Spends Over a Year Adrift at Sea, Or Maybe Not? - 1

    Could you survive at sea for a year, by yourself, in an open boat with no fishing gear? Last Friday, a strange tale of unlikely survival began to circulate. This story revolved around a man who was reportedly rescued after being adrift in the Pacific for more than a year, according to the AFP.

    The man, who initially identified himself by the name Jose Ivan, was rescued by two locals last Thursday near Ebon Atoll. This tiny coral island is in the southernmost part of the Marshall Islands, roughly 8,000 miles from the purported beginning of this man’s journey from Mexico. During his debriefing with local officials, he admitted that his name was Jose Salvador Albarengo, and he began his shark fishing voyage with another man, a teenager known by the name of Xiquel. After strong weather blew their 24-foot fiberglass boat off course, they were soon lost in the Pacific. Albarengo claimed that the teen had starved to death after only a few weeks, refusing to eat the raw birds and other food they were catching. [ Read Full Post ]


  • February 3, 2014

    Survival Skills: How to Make Improvised Snowshoes - 0

    Walking through deep snow is tough work that will drain you of crucial energy. These snowshoes will help you glide across—not plow through—the snow's surface.

    Step One
    Start by cutting two pine boughs with ample foliage to about 3 feet (1 m) long.

    Step Two
    Tie a string near the base of the branch, where you cut it. Then flip the branch over and tie an overhand knot on the opposite side. [ Read Full Post ]


  • January 31, 2014

    Survival Skills: Prep Your Bug Out Bag For Winter - 0

    Since a good bug out bag is supposed to provide the most basic needs of its owner and reflect the most likely emergency scenarios, it should be modified throughout the year to match the current season. Just as your sleeping bag and clothing choices change from summer excursions to winter campouts, so should the contents of your bug out bag. If you’re forward thinking enough to own a B.O.B., then consider altering it in these three areas for the dead of winter.  [ Read Full Post ]


  • January 30, 2014

    Survival Skills: How to Build a Swamp Shelter - 0

    You're in the swamp. The ground is wet. The air is wet. And the vegetation is bloated with water, which makes it a poor building material. As a result, one of the most challenging things to do is erect a dry shelter.

    Step One
    Find a dry spot. Of course, "dry" is relative, but a slight hill should be less wet than areas of lower elevation. It's also a good idea to learn how to spot and avoid run-offs. These sparsely vegetated, eroded spots are prone to flash floods, so they're not ideal for a shelter, especially when rainfall is likely. [ Read Full Post ]


  • January 30, 2014

    15 Survival Uses For A Drum Liner - 3

    Drum liners are meant to line 55-gallon barrels and drums, though they can be used for many other applications, too. Hand one of these generously sized plastic wonders to a crafty survivalist, and he’ll only be limited by his imagination. If you weren’t a believer in the utility of drum liners before, here are 15 good reasons to toss a couple in your survival kit.

    1) Solar Still: Use a clear plastic liner it to build a solar still for drinking water production. Cut open the bag and lay it over a hole in a damp, yet sunny, location. This hole should have a container inside to catch water, and the drum liner should be buried around the hole’s top perimeter. The final touch for this solar powered water machine is a small stone in the center of the plastic liner, which should create a cone shape out of the drum liner cover, pointing at the container in the hole. A productive solar still can kick out several cups of water per day. [ Read Full Post ]


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