05 Feb 2015

A Meatloaf Oil Lamp

As a stay-at-home dad, occasionally I felt the need to reach beyond the realm of diapers and sippy-cups and remind myself of my ultimate survivability.  This night’s meatloaf project was my latest excursion into super-masculinity (my wife gave me a few strange looks!) 1. I started with the drippings from my

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04 Feb 2015

Preparedness Radio – Prepared Housewives, A Talk with Jamie Smith

Jamie lives her life in South Texas where she is a wife and a Mom to 4 children: 3 boys and a girl. During the day she works in a dental office, cleaning teeth as a Dental Hygienist, in the evening being a Mom––her favorite and hardest job––and later at

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01 Feb 2015

Walking Onions Invaded My Bug-Out!

Walking Onions, also known as “Tree Onions” or “Topsetters,” may be the toughest plants in the garden.  The picture above was taken in Oklahoma, where 12 original bulbs survived the heat and lack of water of the last few summers to take over a raised bed and part of the

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01 Feb 2015

Top five reasons to include a ferro rod in your survival kit

The ability to make a fire during an emergency situation can save your life. But what is the best survival firestarting method? My money is on the ferrocerium (also commonly referred to as a flint or magnesium stick) rod. Here are five reasons you need one. by Leon Pantenburg Several

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31 Jan 2015

Neighborhood Plant Inventory

Urban survival practice can benefit from a documented “Neighborhood Plant Inventory.” Observe the picture above, as an example. Just beneath the letter “N” is a clump of Sage bushes, which can be used as a spice in cooking; can be rubbed over the teeth and gums as a toothpaste substitute; or

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25 Jan 2015

Environmental Checklists

The development of checklists as “cheating tools” or “training wheels” can be an effective means of furthering survival acumen. An opportunity to practice this approach is presented in the picture above, “Environment Checklists.” Examine the picture, with the intent of creating a checklist for four major survival needs: shelter, water,

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23 Jan 2015

Canned Hormel Products for Long-term Storage

Many who are interested in survival utilize canned goods. They last a long time. They are easy to transport. In most cases they can be eaten cold. Have you considered the addition of canned Hormel products to your pantry? A look at the FAQ’s on the Hormel Foods Corporate site,

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20 Jan 2015

Six maps you need for an urban evacuation

Let’s assume an urban disaster scenario, and you must leave quickly. How will you find your way? What maps do you need? We’re talking about the printed, paper in hand type. Don’t plan to rely on a GPS. They are as reliable as their batteries, and constant use could mean

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19 Jan 2015

Is Cold Adaptation a Survival Skill to be Practiced?

The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) reports that acclimatization to cold occurs over a period of ten days. Dr. Jack Kruse, the famous (and sometimes controversial) neurosurgeon, observes that Sherpas, in the Himalayan Mountains, cold adapt in three to five days. A person who is cold adapted will obviously

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