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When it comes to survival, there’s always plenty of expensive gear available to separate us from our hard-earned money. But occasionally we can take advantage of a real bargain, and sometimes the most valuable thing in an emergency is also one of the cheapest things on the store shelf.
Here are some of my favorite $2-or-less preparedness items. [ Read Full Post ]
The location you choose to build a campsite is very important, regardless of your reason for being there. Whether you are camping out for fun, or you are stuck in the middle of nowhere, you want to pick a safe campsite that offers natural advantages against the weather and has ample resources nearby.
I always encourage everyone to look up, look around and look down when surveying a potential site. We look above us for things that could fall down and cause harm. We look around for hazards and protection from the elements. We look down for pests, drainage issues and other problems. The following simple guidelines can help you determine a good place to build a camp. But remember that there is no “perfect” campsite, so don’t spend precious hours wandering around. Pick a fairly decent spot and start building. [ Read Full Post ]
Out of bread? No oven to cook in? The coals of your camp fire can bake up some tasty bread—if you have the secret ingredient to make your dough.
I’ve been whipping up ash cakes for years, and serving them to pleasantly surprised survival students for a while now. Although, it wasn’t always easy. [ Read Full Post ]
Did you know that one inch of rain falling over a 5-foot by 8-foot tarp would give you almost 25 gallons of rain water? And fresh rain water can be one of your best drinking sources during an emergency or after a disaster, so long as that disaster wasn’t nuclear or chemical.
All you’ll need to make the rain clouds work for you is a tarp, some rope and a large container, like a clean bucket. Tie up two adjacent corners of the tarp to trees or poles. Fix the other two tarp corners to the ground, so that there is a little sag in the middle of the tarp. Place your bucket under the lowest point in the tarp, and then pray for rain. [ Read Full Post ]
As the poles were closing on Super Tuesday, the biggest solar flare in five years erupted on the surface of the sun, and "It's [going to hit] us right in the nose," said Joe Kunches, a spokesperson for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Kunches remarked that this flare was the sun's version of "Super Tuesday." Well, whether the sun was vomiting in joy, or out of anger at the election results, we may never know. But this much has been determined: the Earth is lined up perfectly for the flare to hit us. What’s the damage predicted to be? [ Read Full Post ]
I’ll be the first to admit this. Up until recently, I would never have imagined that a Sharpie could be a lifesaving or life altering piece of gear. And I was always puzzled as to the reason that many disaster prep specialists had permanent markers high up on their short lists of equipment. But then I began studying the ways that these markers could help us in times of crisis.
#1 Leaving Notes And Making Signs
Need to meet up with somebody and communications are down? Lost your pet after the tornado? Then leave a note, or use some cast-off material to make a sign. The permanent marker will put your message out there. [ Read Full Post ]
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