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Statistically, floods are the most devastating natural disasters.

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  • July 3, 2012

    5 Tick-Borne Diseases You've Never Heard Of - 2

    One very unfortunate reality of enjoying the great outdoors this time of year is that we are exposed to a number of tick-borne illnesses. If you haven’t had Lyme Disease, you probably know someone who has. This ailment has become all too common, and it seems to be spreading by the day. And Lyme is not the only thing that you can catch from a tick. Other diseases are not as well known or as easily diagnosed. Here’s a look at five of them.

    Anaplasmosis is a bacterial infection transmitted to humans primarily from the blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis) in the Northeast and upper Midwest, and the western blacklegged tick (Ixodes pacificus) along the Pacific coast. Symptoms include fever, headache, chills, and muscle aches, which usually occur within 1 to 2 weeks of the bite. Anaplasmosis is treatable with antibiotics. [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 29, 2012

    Survival Skills: How To Make A Key Ring Trap Trigger - 1

    A key chain ring is one of those everyday items that never gets much attention. It holds our keys together, and that’s all it does for us, most of the time.

    But as I focus more on EDC (every day carry) gear lately, I wanted every part of my keychain to help with survival chores, even the key ring. So I thought you might get a kick out of my favorite key ring trap trigger. Here's how it works. [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 27, 2012

    Survival Skills: Find Your Way With A Sun Compass - 2

    People often ask me how I can tell so quickly which way is north, south, east or west. Well, the straight answer is that I just pay attention to the orientation of things wherever I go, and I also pay attention to the time of day and the position of the sun. But what happens if you have no compass or GPS, you weren’t paying attention, and it’s the middle of the day so you cannot use sunrise or sunset to gain your bearings?

    Never fear, the sun moves enough at midday that we can find our direction by sticking a few twigs in the ground to make a sun compass. [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 25, 2012

    10 Survival Tricks For A Lexan Water Bottle - 2

    The ability to store and transport water is a huge part of any good survival strategy, especially in a dry climate. But that heavy duty Lexan plastic bottle is more than just a one-trick pony. Lexan plastic is shatter-resistant and can withstand boiling temperatures. Here are ten other survival chores that your water bottle can perform beyond just holding your drinking water.

    1. Waterproof Survival Kit: Since a water bottle won’t let water out, it also won’t let water inside (unless it sinks to a depth that has high enough pressure to cause the lid to leak). Stuff a water bottle with survival equipment to keep the gear dry and in one place. If it’s brightly colored, it’ll be easier to find. If you don’t overload the bottle, it can even float. [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 18, 2012

    Survival Skills: How To Make a Bark Container - 0

    Did you ever notice how easy it is to knock off a chunk of tree bark in the late spring time? That phenomenon is due to the sap running in the tree and the bark temporarily loosening as the tree gets ready to put down another growth ring. This is the perfect time to peel bark for containers.

    Bark containers have been used for thousands of years and are found worldwide. From the birch bark canoes and maple syrup buckets of the Native Americans in the North East, to Aboriginal bark cooking pots in Australia, the containers have been as diverse as the people who have made them.

    Bark containers also give you a strong and versatile container to use for survival purposes in the wilderness, especially if your normal gear has been lost or stolen. Here’s how to make one type of bark container. [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 14, 2012

    Survival Skills: Build a Perimeter Alarm for Your Camp - 3

    Ever wake in the morning while in the wild and wonder if man or beast has wandered into your camp late at night while you slept?

    With a simple alarm system, you may be able to rest a little easier.

    You won’t find the professional version of this contraption at your local sporting goods store, but if you travel the far north, you’ll find places that sell trip wire flares. These flares are used in remote camps to warn of polar bear and grizzly bear incursions. [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 11, 2012

    Survival Book Review: Build The Perfect Bug Out Bag - 2

    Survival school owner, instructor and author Creek Stewart couldn’t have picked a better time to release his new book, Build The Perfect Bug Out Bag. With all the baggage that the year 2012 has attached to it, lots of people are nervous about the future. Naturally, I couldn’t wait to get this book and give it a thorough read.

    I wanted to see if it met my three criteria for a good survival book. I wanted to find out if it was realistic, if it contained legitimate skills and if it would be helpful to people. [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 11, 2012

    Does a Solar Oven Really Work? - 1

    The concept of a solar oven seems reasonable enough; and I think we have all seen the results of this form of heat collection. Remember the last time you left a drink or a candy bar in your vehicle on a hot, sunny day? The soda became scalding hot and your Snickers bar turned into a chocolate and peanut milkshake.

    The reason for this transformation is simple: If we combine a contained airspace (like a vehicle) and a radiant heat source (like the sun) then we can reach temperatures that will slow-cook food and even pasteurize water. This simple technology has been around for many years. There are even some non-profit organizations that build and distribute small solar ovens to the people of poorer countries to improve these people’s safety and quality of life. [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 7, 2012

    Survival Manual: Be Aware of Your Surroundings - 1

    Many people walk around with their heads stuck where the sun never shines, missing critical signs that can impact their well-being. The most basic urban survival skill is making sure you’re not one of those people. Situational awareness is key to getting out of tricky scenarios—or, better yet, avoiding them entirely. [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 7, 2012

    Survival Skills: How To Make A Quick Arrow - 3

    Since we did a post on the Quick Survival Bows the other week, it’s only natural to set you up with some field-made arrows that are fun to shoot, and effective on small game when properly built.

    Remember that each finished arrow needs to be lightweight, yet strong. It also needs to be straight and well-fletched, have the right spine (rigidity) and be the right length for the bow you are shooting. [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 5, 2012

    25 Practical Survival Uses For Duct Tape - 12

    If there ever was a miracle product better than spray-on-hair or the ShamWow, it is duct tape. Over the past 70 years of its existence, this staple product of fix-it-yourselfers has been used by virtually every walk of life, for jobs that I’m sure the duct tape developers never imagined. So how can we use it for survival?

    Here are my top 25 survival uses for duct tape, in no order whatsoever.

    1. Repairing a cracked water bottle or a pierced hydration bladder. A little strip of DT is the next best thing to a bandage for an ailing water vessel. Just dry the surface before you try to tape your patch in place, most forms of duct tape don’t stick to wet surfaces. [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 1, 2012

    Survival Skills How to Paddle Through Floodwaters - 0

    A canoe can be a great way to navigate or escape floodwaters. But there’s a huge difference between fighting your way out of a hazard-filled flood zone and paddling down a lazy river.

    Sit for stability
    Place yourself slightly behind the middle of the boat with your weight low and centered. [ Read Full Post ]

  • June 1, 2012

    Survival Foods: Don't Eat These Plants or Animals, Ever - 2

    In every survival class I teach, somebody is usually surprised when we pass by a millipede or toad in the woods and I mention that, “You can’t eat that.” Based on the animal’s diet, or some inherent toxin in their bodies, they are not suitable for people to eat. But they aren’t the only things that are off the menu.

    The box turtle, for example, is really a tortoise. Living on land, they encounter all kinds of deadly mushrooms that grow to just the right height for them to munch. Consuming these toxins, the box turtles’ flesh can become toxic as another deterrent to predators (when the shell just isn’t enough). Many years ago, this possibility was well known by indigenous peoples. A number of eastern native tribes and nations had taboos against eating these tortoises, and just to be on the safe side we should too. [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 31, 2012

    Survival Gear: $2 Items That Will Save Your Life - 1

    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 ]

  • May 30, 2012

    Survival Skills: How To Pick the Right Camp Location - 5

    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 ]

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