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  1. Learn 7 Important Survival Knots from the Navy

    Being able to tie an effective knot is a priority survival skill to learn. You never know when you will need this skill and it is better to have it and not need it than need it and knot have it. See what I did there? Photo: U.S. Navy Anyway, when it comes to tying knots, the Navy is has a lot of expertise. Though they have many skills in their arsenals, tying knots is definitely something in which they are well versed. After all, they've been tying knots since October 13, 1775, so they've...
  2. Developing Good Survival Hygiene Practices

    Every now and then it can be good fun to get dirty. What is not fun, however, is experiencing the negative effects of getting dirty and/or staying dirty once TEOTWAWKI has arrived. Sure, our society is in good shape now with soap, detergents, running water, toilets that flush, showers, washing machines, and dishwashers, but when you remove all of these things from the equation, things will change dramatically. What is clean today could quickly become pretty gross tomorrow. The thing about...
  3. Creating Paracord Bandages

    If ever there were a miracle survival supply, it would be paracord. Considering the many abilities it has and functions it can serve, paracord has a place in every survivalist's life. With its extremely powerful tensile strength as well as an inability to rot or mildew, you'd be hard pressed to find a reason not to like paracord or want to keep some around. In survival situations, we sometimes find ourselves up the unsanitary tributary with no means of propulsion. Although the preference...
  4. Surviving Camping Trips and Other Wilderness Bugouts

    Sometimes we camp for fun, sometimes we camp as a means of survival, and sometimes this type of outdoor expedition can turn quickly into a disaster. There are many reasons you could set out into the woods for a brief window of time only to find yourself there much longer. It could be yourself that falls ill or a member of your party becomes injured. Then what? Photo: GSanders No matter how hard we try, it is impossible to ward off every potentially dire situation you may face in the woods....
  5. Surviving Water Collisions and Car Submersion

    It has been an interesting year as far as precipitation, or the lack thereof, is concerned. While one portion of the United States is experiencing drought conditions, another portion is having an epic year as far as rainfall and flooding go. Depending on where you live, you may have gotten to experience the deluge firsthand as lakes, rivers, and creeks overflowed their banks, going on to consume fields, roads, and even homes. Dangerous weather such as this has a way of interrupting life as...
  6. Is a Root Cellar Part of your Survival Plan?

    In the days of old, the concept of a refrigerator was not even a thought on the horizon. Our ancestors couldn't walk into the kitchen and pull on the door of their Whirpool, Kenmore, or Frigidaire to remove a snack because they lacked the power to run such a device. Despite this, they managed to survive by using root cellars, a concept from which we may have to borrow when the SHTF. A root cellar is a cool, dark place that is well ventilated and used for the storage of food items,...
  7. Hold Onto Your Hard Earned Dollars: Suriving Skimmers and RFID Scanners

    Imagine going to the grocery store and swiping your debit or credit card as you always do, only to have it decline embarrassingly. Shocked, you try again or try another card only to be met with another decline. Unaware of what's going on, you reach for your emergency cash to pay for your purchase and sheepishly leave the store. When you get home, you check your bank account or credit card statement online. Much to your surprise, you find some unexpected charges you did not make or authorize....
  8. Laundering Clothes After the Grid is Gone

    There has probably been a time in all of our lives where we performed a sniff test before deciding if we could don a piece of clothing or not. Though this may be a little on the gross side, imagine a world post TEOTWAWKI when tossing clothes into the washer and pressing a button is no more. At that point, clothing is going to wind up pretty offensive to the sense of smell after a while unless you're equipped to do something about it. Having clean laundry is nice. Wearing clothes that are...
  9. Useful Skills and Trades for Doomsday Survival

    In the back of our minds, we all have an image of what life will come to look like post TEOTWAWKI. Whether you see cities ablaze or flood waters raging, we all have some collection of thoughts regarding the future. After whatever cataclysmic event you envision passes, it is also likely that you have an image in your mind of how things will be, and beyond that the shape the new world will take. Only time will tell how accurate these visions will be, but one certainty that exists is the...
  10. Off the Grid or Off to Court? Cities Lean on Residents Living without Utilities

    The goal of prepping is to be able to survive whatever life throws at us. Whether it is natural disasters, the zombie apocalypse, or electromagnetic pulse, we do what we do in order to come out alive on the other end. Though there are many obstacles we may face in our prepping efforts, we keep on keepin' on in order to be ready for when the SHTF. However, more and more in recent times the obstacles against prepping have grown to the point where the law itself is becoming quite the adversary...
  11. Organize Canned Goods in Your Stockpile with a Gravity-Based Dispenser

    Not being able to find what you need, when you need it, can be a source of frustration that slows down progress. Although some of us are naturally disorganized, that can be a real problem when it comes to creating and maintaining a survival stockpile. Since it is advantageous to always know what you have on hand as well as how much or how little of it, you first have to be able to find things that are like in kind, which is a difficult task if you do not have some sort of organizational...
  12. Danger in the Water: Vibrio vulnificus

    With summer upon us, beach vacations have taken center stage for many families all around the country. While these beach trips can culminate in loads of fun for people of all ages, there is something sinister lurking in the water. What looks on the surface as a good time to be had might actually surprise you with some very unpleasant consequences up to and including death. When people think about beach and ocean dangers it is typically sharks or jellyfish that come to mind. Though these are...
  13. Save Your Survival Dollars with DIY MRE's

    Energy is everything, be it in our current world or the one we will be faced with once the SHTF. In order to have energy and therefore an ability to keep going, your body needs food for fuel. It may be easy now to stop and grab a sandwich when pangs of hunger hit, but after TEOTWAWKI you will be forced to rely on yourself and the food plan you set up in advance. An option for emergency meals on the go are MRE's, or Meals Ready to Eat. Photo: MRE Info MRE's are a popular choice as a food...
  14. Ocean Safety: Surviving Rip Currents

    Depending on your home and bugout locations, the ocean may not be something you have thought too much about. It is possible, however, that bugging out could lead to you unexpected places. There are also plenty of us who reside by the sea. Regardless of whether you call places near to the shore home, there are plenty of advantages to having access to it along with many dangers associated with it. Photo: Science of the Surf Be it the Pacific, Atlantic, or Gulf of Mexico, our oceans are a...
  15. Save Your Ash: Survival Uses for Charcoal

    Like many of the modern conveniences that will be left behind after the SHTF, the ability to cook on gas or electric stove top or in an oven it something that will likely be missed. Depending on your set up, you may have continued operation of a gas stove for quite some time provided you have a full propane tank to fuel it. Electric stoves, however, will be a thing of the past when the power grid goes, forcing you to move on to alternative means of food preparation. Although certain foods...
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