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  • May 12, 2014

    Survival Skills: Make Some Emergency Vehicle Repairs - 1

    After a disaster, or in the middle of nowhere, it may fall on you to patch up your own damaged vehicle. In addition to some hand tools and basic survival supplies, you should carry in your vehicle some specialized tools and materials to be more self-reliant and able get the job done. This is where a little forethought and planning can make all the difference. Consider learning the following tricks and carrying these items for emergency roadside repairs that will keep your vehicle running, no matter what. [ Read Full Post ]


  • May 9, 2014

    The Times I Almost Died, Part Three - 1

    For the third and final installment of this week-long series, I have saved the worst for last. If you caught Part 1 on Monday and Part 2 on Wednesday, you saw things go from bad to worse. This final tale is sobering and hard to explain in logical terms, so I’ll just present the story as it happened and let you decide how I’m still here to write about it.

    It was a cold and drizzly morning, Nov. 2, 1999. I was working at a refinery that processed fuel-grade ethanol—essentially, a giant moonshine still. One of my duties was to measure the liquid levels in the tanks in the tank farm, which was an excavated area holding eight large tanks containing tens of thousands of gallons of flammable liquid—everything from low-proof alcoholic waste product to gasoline and 198.6-proof alcohol (nearly water-free). The chill and mist of the morning had me bundled up more than normal for November, and as I scaled the ladder on the side of a 40-foot-tall rusty metal tank, I had no idea how valuable those layers of wet clothing soon would be.

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  • May 6, 2014

    The Times I Almost Died, Part One - 4

    I can say with confidence that I am truly blessed to be alive today after some of the misadventures I’ve endured throughout my life. While I often use these blog posts to share how-to information related to the vast field of survival, this week I’ll tell you about the three times I should have died. And to add a little service to these episodes, we’ll also talk about the psychology and physiology of survival that can that either keep us alive or cost us our lives.

    My first brush with death came during my teenage years. I must have been 15 or 16, just a bald-faced lad who had only recently become interested in survival skills. My parents and I were on a trip, driving down a busy interstate in the family minivan. I remember being quite bored, until an odd sight caught my eye. [ Read Full Post ]


  • May 5, 2014

    Southern Fried Survival: Make Deep Fried Dandelions And Creasy Greens - 1

    If you’ve been wondering  what to do with all the dandelions sprouting up in your yard, I have a savory solution for you. Use this abundant wild food resource in a way that actually tastes good: Enter deep fried dandelion flowers and bacon fat wintercress.

    First, let’s make the wintercress, or creasy greens, as they’re often called in the south. Collect a grocery bag of wintercress from a field or wild place that has not been sprayed with anything harmful. Make sure you positively identify the cress (Barbarea vulgaris) or similar wild mustards (Brassica rapa), which can be used, too. The plants should have four-petaled yellow flowers, the leaves should have a “mustardy” smell when bruised, and the plants should be 2 to 3 feet tall. [ Read Full Post ]


  • April 29, 2014

    Survival Tip #229: Build Your Own Blowgun - 3

    Editor's Note: This tip comes from our new "Prepare for Anything Survival Manual."

    Cultures around the world have used blowguns as hunting tools for thousands of years, and there is no shortage of modern fans in the sport of blowgun target shooting. This particular plan doesn’t include poison, but with these instructions, you can go after small game with your own homemade blowgun and darts. [ Read Full Post ]


  • April 28, 2014

    Prepper's Anonymous: 4 Signs That You Might Be Too Prepared   - 3

    Are you hardcore about emergency preparedness, while your friends and family are less so? Have you noticed them raising their eyebrows when they come to visit and see yet another pallet of supplies in your garage? Of course, to folks who don’t prepare for emergencies at all, a 72-hour bag might seem extreme. But how do you know if your prepping is really becoming a problem? I’ll help you identify some red flags that indicate it might be time to dial back your prepping practices a bit.   [ Read Full Post ]


  • April 25, 2014

    Survival Skills: ID the Morel, Spring's Best Mushroom - 0


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    With spring gobbler season and shed hunting in full swing, you’re probably spending a lot of time in the woods looking at the ground for antlers and turkey sign. Something else you ought to be on the lookout for is a weird little pitted thing that looks like a small, lumpy, brown brain. This time of year, that organism is most likely a common morel mushroom, a popular item of spring foragers. Here’s how to properly identify this delectable fungus. [ Read Full Post ]


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