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02 Feb 2015

Video: Long Term Food Storage with Mylar Bags and a Vacuum Sealer

Great improvisation! This video demonstrates a unique method of storing food in mylar bags using a vacuum sealer and a hot iron.

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02 Feb 2015

Survival Bookshelf: Making the Best of Basics, Family Preparedness Handbook Version 12.5

“Basics… is the decoder ring to help those who want to protect their family from the effects of emergencies and disasters – whether natural, people-caused, or personal. We live in a great country. We can still choose what we want out of life. I have faith that it will continue

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02 Feb 2015

Light Sources: UVPaqlites plus Bonus Reading – Survival Fiction!

UVPaqlites are described as “Reusable – Reliable – No Batteries – No Bulbs – Non-toxic – Glows All Night Long – Keep Forever.” Years ago we trained with those old-school, J-shaped military flashlights (the bulky green ones.)  While those relics kept us from floundering in total darkness, their limitations fostered

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01 Feb 2015

Walking Onions Invaded My Bug-Out!

Walking Onions, also known as “Tree Onions” or “Topsetters,” may be the toughest plants in the garden.  The picture above was taken in Oklahoma, where 12 original bulbs survived the heat and lack of water of the last few summers to take over a raised bed and part of the

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01 Feb 2015

Top five reasons to include a ferro rod in your survival kit

The ability to make a fire during an emergency situation can save your life. But what is the best survival firestarting method? My money is on the ferrocerium (also commonly referred to as a flint or magnesium stick) rod. Here are five reasons you need one. by Leon Pantenburg Several

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01 Feb 2015

Add a Cast Net to Your Survival Kit

A Cast Net can be an effective means of harvesting bait or even larger fish to be eaten. The use of a Cast Net may seem intimidating but this how-to video breaks it down step-by-step. This type of net could come in handy if hungry and in need of dinner!

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31 Jan 2015

A Legendary Dutch Oven Combination

Pictured above are: one 25-ounce can of Hormel Chili, one 32-ounce bag of white rice, one 15-ounce can of Dinty Moore Beef Stew, and a 1-quart, legendary, Lodge Logic Dutch Oven.  The food items combined contain 4,380 calories, 120+ grams of protein, and 850+ grams of carbohydrates. For those who

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31 Jan 2015

Neighborhood Plant Inventory

Urban survival practice can benefit from a documented “Neighborhood Plant Inventory.” Observe the picture above, as an example. Just beneath the letter “N” is a clump of Sage bushes, which can be used as a spice in cooking; can be rubbed over the teeth and gums as a toothpaste substitute; or

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28 Jan 2015

Everyday Carry: The Benchmade Flipper

“…if you give an Indian or a mountain man a knife he’d make out anywhere, no matter what.” – Hardy Collins, from Louis L’Amour’s Down The Long Hills Why is the Flipper recommended for Everyday Carry (EDC?) This brilliant knife opens with the speed of an automatic and the strength

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26 Jan 2015

Review: Columbia Sportswear Men’s Loch Lomond Omni-Dry® Waterproof Jacket

My last two waterproof shells were not good long-term investments. Both were from popular and otherwise reputable brands. Both were sold as technical outdoor shells. Both cost a lot. One leaked at the seams right from the start. Not sure what the problem was exactly – the seams looked good

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25 Jan 2015

Environmental Checklists

The development of checklists as “cheating tools” or “training wheels” can be an effective means of furthering survival acumen. An opportunity to practice this approach is presented in the picture above, “Environment Checklists.” Examine the picture, with the intent of creating a checklist for four major survival needs: shelter, water,

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23 Jan 2015

Canned Hormel Products for Long-term Storage

Many who are interested in survival utilize canned goods. They last a long time. They are easy to transport. In most cases they can be eaten cold. Have you considered the addition of canned Hormel products to your pantry? A look at the FAQ’s on the Hormel Foods Corporate site,

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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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