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Statistically, floods are the most devastating natural disasters.

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  • October 7, 2013

    Survival Skills: Make Emergency Fuel — Bucket Biodiesel - 0

    If a disaster hits, and you run out of diesel for your truck or generator or heating oil for your home, you can make your own biodiesel out of a wide variety of oils —both vegetable and animal. Olive oil, corn oil, lard, peanut oil, and even recycled fry oil from restaurants all work, but new liquid oil will produce biodiesel with the fewest number of steps.

    To create biodiesel in the easiest way, use 1 gallon of new vegetable oil (canola oil, corn oil, and soybean oil are the best), 14 grams (1/2 ounce) of lye in the form of sodium hydroxide (available as drain cleaner), and 800 milliliters (27 ounces) of methanol (methyl alcohol is commonly available as a fuel treatment). Make sure the label says methanol, as isopropyl alcohol won't work. [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 7, 2013

    Survival Gear Review: The Land Shark Survival Bag - 0

    If you’re looking for the mother of all space blankets, the heavy-duty Land Shark Survival Bag ought to fit the bill. Designed to suit the needs of a variety of persons, including pilots and soldiers, this bivy-style heat-reflective survival bag can be deployed on land or at sea. Though it seemed heavy and bulky as I first opened the package, I could quickly see that the quality far exceeded my expectations. And here I thought it was going to be just another space blanket. [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 3, 2013

    How to Spot and Treat Acute Mountain Sickness - 0

    Acute Mountain Sickness can be a common illness in higher altitudes, especially if you make a quick trip up to a much higher elevation or engage in heavy physical exertion at a high altitude. AMS, also known as altitude sickness or high-altitude pulmonary edema, typically occurs at elevations greater than 8,000 feet above sea level. Although headaches and shortness of breath are common symptoms, altitude sickness can also cause severe complications with the respiratory and nervous systems. How do you detect this altitude related illness? [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 1, 2013

    Visit a Disaster Bootcamp in Maryland - 0

    This weekend in Maryland, an unusual event will take place—a bootcamp-style training course designed to teach the average person the ins and outs of modern survival and disaster preparedness.
    Maryland is no stranger to big, somewhat unusual events, being the host state for one of the nation’s larger renaissance festivals, but organizers of this Disaster Preparedness Bootcamp promise to provide practical hands-on skills in a safe and family friendly environment. Some of the topics to covered include:

    - Water sourcing and storage
    - Knife Selection and Use [ Read Full Post ]

  • September 27, 2013

    Survival Training with the Department of Justice: 4 Weeds You Can Eat Almost Anywhere - 1

    I had a rare privilege this week. I was invited to be a guest instructor for an inter-agency survival training camp for some folks who answer to the Department of Justice. Twenty guys from a diverse group of agencies were working on their wilderness survival skills in the mountains of Virginia, and I had the pleasure of joining them to provide a little training on edible and medicinal plants, with a focus on common weeds that are found globally.

    While I cannot get into the who, what, where, or why they were doing that training (nor provide you with pictures due to operational security), I’m glad to share a bit of what I told the team about the virtues of weeds that we all probably see every day. [ Read Full Post ]

  • September 25, 2013

    Fire Building: 5 Myths of Friction Fire - 0

    Friction fire building has been surrounded by legend, story, and myth for all of recorded history. Our ancestors probably struggled to grasp the inexplicable way that fire sprang from otherwise lifeless pieces of wood. Although many of these tales convey culture and heritage, there are still a number of technical myths that seem to haunt the art of friction fire. It’s high time we laid some of these myths to rest. [ Read Full Post ]

  • September 24, 2013

    Survival Skills: 10 Most Nutritious Fall Wild Edible Plants - 3

    Fall has the biggest wild food payoff of the year. High calorie nuts, seeds, fruits and berries can be easily foraged. These foods can provide you with a valuable emergency energy supply or a tasty snack on your next hunt or hike. Here are your 10 best bets for fall foraging. [ Read Full Post ]

  • September 20, 2013

    The 5 Most Important Types of Survival Training - 4

    I believe the five most important types of self-reliance and survival training are: 1) shooting, 2) first aid, 3) martial arts, 4) wilderness survival, and 5) food production.

    Why bother? For me, it’s not about prepping for a financial collapse or a zombie-pocalypse, it’s about helping my family and then being in a position to help others. And even if I'm never in a dire survival situation, I’ll still be better off for the time and energy that has been invested in training.

    Shooting  [ Read Full Post ]

  • September 18, 2013

    Survival Food: 5 Ways to Eat Snails and Slugs - 2

    Let me say from the beginning, that this is not a decision that I would relish: To eat slugs or starve to death. I’ve eaten them before, and I hope I never have to repeat that experience. But they will pass for food in a pinch. Terrestrial slugs and snails (found on land, not in the sea) are generally safe for human consumption, always after a thorough cooking. And their nutritional value certainly justifies the effort of collecting and preparing them. These critters have about 90 calories per 100 grams of “meat,” which is high in protein (12 to 16 percent) and rich in minerals. It’s a little hard to consider them food though, when you realize that their favorite meal is scat. [ Read Full Post ]

  • September 17, 2013

    Survival Skills: How to Rodent-Proof Your Food Storage - 1

    The last thing you want to see in your carefully stored food is evidence of mice and rats having their way with your stuff. Having the right containers, poisons, and traps can be a big step forward in rodent-proofing your food stores. And they beat the noise and smell of a cupboard full of cats.

    Put It In Glass:  Mason jars are my favorite glass containers. These canning-friendly jars with tight fitting metal lids will keep any critter out of your storage (rodent or bug). The biggest jars make a great receptacle for rice and other staple foods. Twenty pounds of rice fits perfectly into 6 of the large “half-gallon” mason jars. [ Read Full Post ]

  • September 13, 2013

    Survival Gear: SurvivAMINO Emergency Protein - 0

    Every growing kid needs protein. But what about grown-ups? Especially grown-ups who might happen to be in a survival scenario? Yep, there’s protein for them, too. It’s a little white pill called SurvivAMINO.

    While I have always advocated calories as the biggest part of physical survival, there is some wiggle room when talking about food. Those calories need to supply you with fat, carbohydrates and useable protein. You may not find enough grubs or berries in the wild for your fat and carb requirements, but it is easier now to handle your protein needs. [ Read Full Post ]

  • September 10, 2013

    How to Survive: Stock Useful Plants At Your Bug-Out Site - 0

    Your bug-out site can be a lot of things. It can be an emergency location to shelter you during a crisis. It can be a favorite hunting and trapping spot that you know well and can return to when things fall apart.

    This site can also be a self-sustaining “garden,” if you plant the right trees, shrubs, and perennial plants there long before you need them. The following long-lived plants and trees can look after themselves once they are established on a piece of property.

    [ Read Full Post ]

  • September 9, 2013

    Black Walnut for Food and Supplies - 4

    You’ll find tall and stately black walnut trees (and their cousin the butternut walnut) growing wild throughout much of the central and eastern U.S. They’re particularly noticeable in the fall when their green-brown-black, tennis-ball size nuts begin littering the ground. The rough round husks turn from green to a very dark brown as they lay on the ground in autumn. These native trees have provided people with food, medicine, dye, and beautiful wood for centuries. Here are just a few of the valuable things that these trees can deliver. [ Read Full Post ]

  • September 5, 2013

    Survival Gear Review: The myID Bracelet - 0

  • September 4, 2013

    The Pros and Cons of Bartering for Survival - 2

    Could you live off the barter system? It makes an interesting hypothetical scenario. Bartering for necessities can be traced back to pre-literate cultures at least 6,000 years ago, and it still exists today through various web-based systems and networking organizations. But could you really survive off that system if you were out of cash, or if cash had lost its value, or if the electronic payment systems went down?

    You’d have to muddle through the same problems with the barter system that our ancestors faced, and all of this is assuming that everyone plays nice and acts civil (which is a hell of a presupposition if we’re talking about an emergency situation). Still, if it works, the benefits are plentiful. [ Read Full Post ]

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