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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17 Jan 2015

Four Reasons to add Natural Salt to your Survival Kit

  Natural, unrefined salt can be a difference maker in a survival kit, and here’s why:   Natural salts contain trace minerals that nourish the body. Refined salts are chemically treated, and are more difficult for the body to process. Natural salts, like Himalayan Salts or Celtic Sea Salts, provide

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16 Jan 2015

James Talmage Stevens, aka Dr Prepper, Interview with John A. Heatherly

James Talmage Stevens, Host James Talmage Stevens (aka Doctor Prepper™) began his career in the preparedness industry from the days of his youth. His family lived with his Grandparents immediately following the end of WWII. He learned the basics on the Pace farm in rural Guilford County (NC). Farm chores

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16 Jan 2015

Use Zip Ties In These 10 Situations

Zip ties are handy little tools that can be used in pretty much any situation. In a way, they are kind of like duct tape in that the possible uses are infinite. Their strength and holding power are impressive, even in the smaller sizes. Originally called cable ties, the modern zip tie is

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15 Jan 2015

The Two Most Important Survival Skills

“The survivor’s attitude is the most important element of the will to survive. With the proper attitude, almost anything is possible.” -AF Regulation 64-4 Volume I, p. 53 “Every day is a choice, Heaven or Hell. This is the most important survival skill.”-Tom Brown, Jr. Cougar Mountain, Just South of the

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14 Jan 2015

The Three Day Ruck Rule

Years ago a grizzled old special ops troop told me, “It takes three days to learn to carry an extremely heavy ruck. The first few days you’ll think you are going to die, but after that it is no problem.” I was green, and in decent shape, but had never

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07 Jan 2015

Everything you need to know about the U.S. military’s defense strategy to protect humanity from the walking dead.

The U.S. military has always been the one place in government with a plan, forever in preparation mode and ready to yank a blueprint off the shelf for almost any contingency. Need a response for a Russian nuclear missile launch? Check. Have to rescue a U.S. ambassador kidnapped by drug

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03 Jan 2015

Terra Nova Laser 20L Backpac

The Terra Nova Laser 20L pack is a lightweight frame-less backpack designed with a “lightweight-but-full-of-features” approach for day use or overnight hiking trips. Specifications: Manufacturer: Terra Nova, UK Model: Laser 20L Backpack Weight: 11.6oz (328g) Measured Weight: 11.4oz (323g) Capacity: 20L The pack is designed with a single main compartment,

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02 Jan 2015

14 Prepper Mistakes

Webster defines an expert as a person “who has a comprehensive and authoritative knowledge of or skill in a particular area”  That being said, when it comes to preparedness, is anyone ever really an expert? Let’s be realistic. Every prepper, myself included, was a novice at one time or another. 

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