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17 Feb 2015

Winter Survival Kit for Your Car – Printable PDF

The state of Tennessee just declared a State of Emergency due to winter conditions. No time like the present to consider a Winter Survival Kit for your car. How to Make a Winter Survival Kit (This can be printed in PDF at ReadyWisconsin.gov) Everyone should carry a Winter Survival Kit

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17 Feb 2015

Making a Family Preparedness Household Notebook

Recently we have come across a number of recommendations for the creation of a binder or notebook for family preparedness. H/t to Survivallife for this explanation from James Stevens. Equally important as having water, food, clothing, and some money stored for present and future use is is the need to have a

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17 Feb 2015

Video – Garden Turned to Homestead Farm

This family garden transformed into a homestead farm. Would you like to do this?

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16 Feb 2015

Testing Survival Skills

What is a Crucible Experience? “…both an opportunity and a test. It is a defining moment that unleashes abilities, forces crucial choices, and sharpens focus. It teaches a person who he or she is.” -Walter Bennis From The Survival Template, Chapter 9 Years ago I participated in a training program

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16 Feb 2015

A Winning Survival Formula from The Royal Marines

During mountain and cold warfare training in Norway, these Royal Marines undergo a unique training ritual. Without spoiling the video, I will recommend listening for these words from the Royal Marine Instructor Cadre: “Control, Confidence, Humor, Character.” Training scenarios such as this one develop these traits: Control – Confidence – Humor

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16 Feb 2015

Space-Saving Sub-Irrigated Planters (SIPS)

Last Spring a friend of mine suggested I try out Sub-Irrigated Planters, also known as “SIPS” or sometimes “Self-Irrigating Planters.”  These types of planters can be purchased or improvised, and employ a reservoir of water that allows the plants to wick the proper amount as they grow.  My SIPS are mostly

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15 Feb 2015

Downloadable, Printable Survival Resources

Hard-copy, paper resources are important, as internet access is not always guaranteed. A library of survival books is also valuable and should include a personalized “household readiness binder.” TheSurvivalMom put together this list of “Survival and Prepper Downloads and Printables” to get the process started. Do you have your plans and resources

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15 Feb 2015

Video – Cooking Meat for Survival: The Ground Oven

This primitive oven uses fire, rocks, raw meat, and a few improvised natural tools. I prefer a similar technique, using a cast iron dutch oven. A shovel is helpful in this type of project, as well, for moving coals and hot rocks. The end product looks delicious. Falling off of

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14 Feb 2015

Stone Tools: Using a Mortar and Pestle

Editor’s Note: An old military saying is, “two is one, one is none.” For food preparation, I have a grain grinder that is effective, with no similar backup. This article suggests the use of a mortar and pestle for the same purpose. Fortunately for me, I found the set pictured

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14 Feb 2015

Concealed Carry Tactics: The Class Every CHL Holder Should Attend

Real perspective on the value of training for both new and experienced Concealed Carry License holders. Read on! -SurvivalNation by Tami Jackson As my Southwest Airlines flight taxied to the gate in sunny Phoenix, mixed emotions of excitement and trepidation dueled in my head. By now, more and more in

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14 Feb 2015

Build A Long Lasting Campfire: Log Cabin vs. Self Feeding

I am a fan of the Log Cabin fire. Have you tried either of these?

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13 Feb 2015

25 THINGS YOU NEVER KNEW YOU COULD DO WITH APPLE CIDER VINEGAR

H/t to foodmatters.tv When I was first introduced to apple cider vinegar when making the Food Matters movie, I was absolutely blown away by its incredible health benefits, and have continued to be astounded by this little elixir of goodness to this day. A natural, inexpensive, anti-fungal, antibacterial, antiviral, metabolism-firing,

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13 Feb 2015

Video – Military Athlete: Ruck Equipment

Learning to carry a heavy ruck can be a confidence-builder and can reveal latent abilities that a person may not have known about. See how these guys train to carry a ruck and a weapon. Also see The Three Day Ruck Rule for more about heavy rucking. Enjoy!

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12 Feb 2015

Video – How to Choose a Grain Mill for Your Home

This short but thorough Review considers: the Country Living Grain Mill; the Wondermill Wonder Jr; the Wondermill Electric; the Family Grain Mill; the Komo Grain Mill line; and the Victorio Deluxe. A quality grinder will enhance your long-term food storage strategy.

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12 Feb 2015

Invaluable Survival Skills: Nature Observation and Stalking

Nature Observation can rise to a new level when the survival skill of Stalking is employed. Additional benefits include increased physical fitness and endless enjoyment. Check out and bookmark this fantastic resource from Princeton University’s Outdoor Action Site. It covers the skills listed below and includes information on Tracking. Their

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12 Feb 2015

Survival Gear with a Payoff – Cast Iron

Lewis and Clark stated that their best piece of survival gear was their cast iron dutch oven. Constructed of rugged cast iron, dutch ovens are built to last and can be used to sauté, fry, boil, bake, or roast with minimal energy exertion. Outdoor cooking with a dutch oven delivers

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12 Feb 2015

Introductory Video – How to Track Animals

Ever wanted to learn to track? This introductory video shows a great way to start as it lists basic, inexpensive equipment that will help and methods of using it. For more in-depth information, I recommend Tom Brown’s book, The Science and Art of Tracking.

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11 Feb 2015

Video – Squirrel Pole Snare

See how to construct a squirrel pole using line or wire for snares. When hiking or taking a walk through the neighborhood, look for possible sites where this technique may work.

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