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22 Jan 2015

Natural Pain Remedy: Hot Rocks and Willow Tea

The University of Maryland Medical Center reports that “Willow bark is used to ease pain and reduce inflammation. Researchers believe that the chemical salicin, found in willow bark, is responsible for these effects.” For centuries willow bark has been chewed, or boiled in tea, to relieve pain. The following excerpt

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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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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

4 Experts Weigh In With Generalist Survival Gear: 10 Items To Survive

In many cases, the right gear in your pack can literally save your life. But what to bring? A survival kit is something most hikers, hunters, and explorers will never break open. It will sit in the bottom of a backpack, potentially for years, encased in a waterproof vessel of

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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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13 Jan 2015

First Look: Vulture Equipment ‘Cholera’ Knife

Cholera is something you want to avoid at all costs. But not in the case of this knife from Vulture Equipment Works, which is called the Cholera because the bacteria can actually live in the belly of a vulture. Badass? Yes, just like this knife. The Cholera is a modified

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12 Jan 2015

Basic Needs

There are a hand full of things humans need to stay alive. We are not talking about smart phones, pizza, cold beer or air conditioning although those can all make life more enjoyable they are not required for survival. In order for people to maintain life there are a handful of

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08 Jan 2015

19 Must Have and Need to Try Lifehacks for Winter Survival.

1) Use a spray bottle and undiluted white vinegar to spray your car windshield. This will keep frost from forming and make your morning drive time much easier.    2) Re-purpose those old sweaters and be stylish too! Ladies can repurpose those old sweaters into socks and the guys can

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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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05 Jan 2015

How Much Knife Do You Need?

When it comes to knives there are only two types of people – knife fanatics and everyone else. As much as I like my knives, I probably still fall into the “everyone else” category. If you are a knife fanatic, then everything I am about to say will most likely

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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

The Tarp Bivy Combo: Your Sub 1lb Shelter

Making the switch to a tarp didn’t happen quickly for me, the thought of creepy crawlies walking all over me while I slept wasn’t exactly alluring. Over the years I’ve slowly reduced the weight of my shelters, mostly tents and hammocks, but eventually I reached the point where tents and

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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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01 Jan 2015

Tornado Survival Tips, by Matthew Stein, P.E.

Tornado Facts and Myths It is commonly believed that tornadoes happen mostly in the spring, but the peak of tornado season varies with location, and tornadoes can occur any month of the year. For example, the peak of tornado season in the northern plains and upper Midwest is June or

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31 Dec 2014

14 Multipurpose Items To Survive Crisis

Duct Tape I know that we preach the value of duct tape all the time, but it really can’t be overstated as an invaluable multi-use item that every prepper should have. Just a few things that you can use duct tape for include: Patching tarps, rain gear, shoes and tents

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