Curling up with your pet to stay warm certainly does work, just ask the authorities of Elgin, SC, who have recently credited one family dog with keeping a missing 2-year-old boy safe and warm as he spent a night lost outside with temps in the 40s.
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Before you answer this post’s title question, think back carefully. If you’ve ever tasted tree sap that was dripping from a maple, birch, sycamore, or hickory then technically you’ve drunk from a wooden water filter.
After the first sip of sap I took years ago, I’ve always wondered why it was safe to drink. I thought it might have had something to do with the size of the pores in the tree’s roots, or some similar screening process. According to some interesting recent research, it turns out that the wood itself may be the filter element. [ Read Full Post ]
Tinder is the dead, dry plant-based material that is capable of turning a coal, spark, or tiny flame into a crackling fire. You typically need it to get a fire going with flame ignition sources (matches, lighters); and you definitely have to have it for spark ignition sources (flint and steel, ferrocerium rods) and friction fire building. Tinder is the first “food” that a fire will eat, and it’s the foundation of most fire-making endeavors. Luckily for us pyromaniacs, there are many different plant materials in the wild that can either be processed into tinder or used as is. Before you spark your next fire, gather some ideas with the following collection of tinder materials. [ Read Full Post ]
Vehicular breakdowns, car crashes, and other automotive emergencies are a fact of life. And in many of those situations, you typically only have the gear that’s in your vehicle to deal with the situation. Having dealt with more than his fair share of accidents and emergencies, paramedic Avi Goldstein designed the StatGear Auto Survival Kit to fill many of the needs of a roadside crisis. Will I be adding this kit to my ride? Read on and see. [ Read Full Post ]
There’s a good reason why animals hibernate: Winter is a lean season. For both man and beast, the colder air creates a huge drain on a body’s energy reserves. If you don’t have incoming calories or a massive fat reserve, you won’t make it through this season. This fact makes food procurement a much higher priority in a winter emergency than in a summer emergency. Compounding the issue, food gathering is often at its hardest in the winter. Many plant foods are hidden or non-existent, and the animals we would seek for game meat can be scarce. If you have to survive in the winter wilderness, look for these top foods. [ Read Full Post ]
Being a huge fan of friction fire building, I always want to see others succeed as I have over the years. No, you don’t get a fire every time you try, but I’d like to think we can learn something new every time we fail. I often hear from others that they think friction fire is impossibly difficult. I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be. Let’s look at three areas where you can improve your friction fire building skills, and make this process a lot less difficult. [ Read Full Post ]
As maddening as it is to see litter and other castoff remains of modern civilization in the wild, certain items can be can be a welcome find in a survival situation. One of the most enduring and useful trash items is the beer bottle, which has the potential to last for centuries — and the potential to help us survive an emergency. Here are my top five uses of an empty glass bottle. [ Read Full Post ]
The time and money spent on emergency preparedness is often focused on ourselves and our family members, and rightfully so. But what if your family includes a few pets? Most Americans own a dog or some other kind of companion animals. Reward these loyal friends by including their needs in your family’s disaster planning. From bugging in to getting out of Dodge, your animal friends need protection and provisions. Here’s are a few things to keep in mind.
Protecting your animals from harm is the first point in “pet survival.” If the conditions outside aren’t safe for a human, then there’s no way they’re safe for animals. Get them all inside the house during severe storms, floods, and other disasters. [ Read Full Post ]
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