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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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19 Feb 2015

Edible Pine Trees – Not Just for Breakfast Anymore

“Have you ever eaten a pine tree?” -Euell Gibbons Did you know that pine needle tea contains so much Vitamin C that it was once used to help sailors avoid scurvy? The cambium layer of pine bark can be made into flour and has been considered “famine food?” These are

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18 Feb 2015

Video – Canteen Cup Stove For Survival And Bug Out Bags

Have you ever used an issue canteen cup stove? They take up almost no space when carried beneath your canteen cup and can come in handy on the trail.

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18 Feb 2015

How to Cook During a Power Outage

This article on cooking during an outage was originally published by Nola.com in the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac but is, of course, applicable during winter or in any “no electricity” scenario.  Hundreds of thousands in the metro New Orleans area were without power after Hurricane Isaac passed this week. The tricky thing about

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18 Feb 2015

The Many Survival Uses of Bleach

Household bleach has a number of survival applications and is reasonably priced. Please note that bleach has a shelf life of about 6 months (depending on manufacture date,) especially if you are using it to purify water. H/t to go-preppers.com. The vast majority of households have a bottle or two of

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17 Feb 2015

Video – Edible Pine Trees

Did you know that the word “Adirondack” is a Mohawk term that means “bark-eater” or “they eat trees?” Watch this video to learn multiple ways that nutrient-rich foods, including those with high quantities of Vitamin C, can be procured from pine trees.

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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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