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25 Feb 2015

50 Emergency Apps: Turn Your Phone into a Life-Saving Device!

I was thrilled to learn that the new iPhones make the flashlight app easily accessible. They demonstrate one more way that a smart device can be of benefit. The following list of 50 Emergency Apps can be useful, as well. Much like the GPS vs. Compass discussion, I recommend using smart devices

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24 Feb 2015

Video – How to Make a Powerful PVC Slingbow for $5

Incredible power on this inexpensive DIY Slingbow project!

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24 Feb 2015

Medical Supplies, Part 1: Starting Out

A common question we encounter in our travels is: “What supplies do you recommend for our medical storage?”.  Indeed, the subject comes up so often that Nurse Amy put together a entire DVD Guide to Medical Supplies.  The non-medical professional should not only understand what items to have on hand

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23 Feb 2015

Simple, Off-Grid Cast Iron Recipe

This simple recipe came together as I was trying to use up some leftovers and enjoy the nice weather. The result was a delicious meal that could have easily been assembled using stored foods. This closely resembles what I would have done during a power outage and I am sharing

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23 Feb 2015

Video – Potato Harvest Grow Bag by Nurse Amy

Use the helpful tips in this video to harvest large amounts of potatoes from fairly small containers.

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23 Feb 2015

PDF -Tying Farm Knots

This useful PDF from the University of Minnesota Department of Animal Sciences entitled, “Working with Heifers – Tying Farm Knots,” will come in handy in a survival or family preparedness binder. As the document says, “A rope is one of the most common of tools used to restrain animals. Unfortunately,

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22 Feb 2015

Video – When You Need Power, You Will Want This!

Check out this tiny, amazing Antigravity Batteries Micro-Start Jump Starter and Personal Power Supply XP-1. It fits in a glove box and will jump start a car!

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22 Feb 2015

20 Items to Kick Start Your Food Storage Plan

H/t to Backdoor Survival No matter how many times I write about food, there is always something new to consider or a new and different way to present the same old information in a more useful manner.  With that in mind, today I would like to share a method for

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22 Feb 2015

The Ultimate Survival Gear List

Documents and lists are force multipliers for those interested in survival. They increase potential and enhance probability of success. The Ultimate Survival Gear List from More Than Just Surviving will help you get started or help you augment your existing inventory. Once you’ve begun to stockpile survival gear, it can be

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21 Feb 2015

Video – SteriPEN Ultra Review (w/ Lab Test Results) South America

GringosAbroad conducted this SteriPEN Ultra test in South America, with remarkable results. Great work, guys! “Does SteriPen actually make water safe? To find out we took water samples from the Tomebamba River in Cuenca and tested them in a lab (it was full of life – and dangerous to consume).

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21 Feb 2015

Video – How to Build a “Split Wood” Fire

Need a fire in the rain? Learn to split into larger pieces of wood to find the dry “split wood.” These videos show the entire process, from making shavings to building a fire that will consume larger pieces of wood. Enjoy!

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21 Feb 2015

Essential Oils as Medicinal Survival Aid

(Dr. Bones Says:  This discussion relates to essential oil as a survival tool in a post-apocalyptic setting. Seek modern and standard medical care in normal times.) As a medical doctor/registered nurse practitioner team, we received conventional medical training at university hospitals while getting our degrees.  Since that time, however, we

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20 Feb 2015

Video – The Dependable, Invaluable Trucker’s Hitch

This is the load-securing method I use the most. Countless uses. Check out this well-done video on one of the most useful knots in existence, The Trucker’s Hitch!

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20 Feb 2015

The Beginning of a Tire Garden

Thanks to Patrice Lewis at Rural Revolution for this description of her family’s tire garden. Great pictures included! – We’ve lived in north Idaho for nearly nine years now, and it’s worth noting that we’ve never had a successful garden. One year we had a pretty good one, but I wouldn’t

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20 Feb 2015

Survival Reading – To Build a Fire, by Jack London

“He travels fastest who travels alone . . . but not after the frost has dropped below zero fifty degrees or more.” —Yukon Code To Build a Fire is a short story that induces feelings of bitter cold. In addition to being an entertaining (and fast) read, this story offers

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20 Feb 2015

Preparedness and Food Storage – Where to Start?

Documented strategies are of high-value when learning a new set of skills, when implementing a new strategy, or when starting a new project. Are you just starting to consider a preparedness plan for your family or do you want to learn more about food storage? If so, FoodStorageMadeEasy has a

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19 Feb 2015

Video – How to Make an Emergency Crisco Candle

This inexpensive DIY Candle is long-lasting, and is similar to the Meatloaf Oil Lamp. Enjoy!

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19 Feb 2015

Video – The Miracle of Baling Twine (and Other Cordage!)

Cordage, or line, is one of the most basic and valued survival tools ever improvised. Parachute cord, aka 550 cord, is popular with the survival crowd. Baling twine is valuable as well, as this article from Rural Revolution states. Every home, homestead, car, backpack, or bug out bag should have

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