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  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. When the Earth Moves Under Your Feet: Earthquake Survival

    These days if the ground is shaking beneath your feet, that sensation may not be your imagination. In recent weeks, earthquakes have been in the news, hitting all over the globe. Massive destruction has been done and loss of life has climbed well into the thousands. Some of these earthquakes were much more severe than others, such as those in Nepal. Other earthquakes, such as those in Michigan and Mississippi, were mere tremors in comparison, but regardless of the severity, the danger an...
  6. The Top 5 OTC Medications to Stockpile

    During the course of a normal week, how much over the counter medication do you take? Taking OTC meds is for many of us a routine thing to the point where you may not fully realize how often you utilize them. When plagued by aches and pains, we take pain killers and anti-inflammatories. If the allergies or the common cold gets you down, there are a plethora of medications that can ease symptoms and help you get to functioning again. Digestive problems and heartburn can also be calmed with an...
  7. Seeing In the Future: Survival Vision Needs

    It sure is nice to be able to see where you're going, especially as you navigate obstacles on a trailer or drive a car down a crowded street. Also great is having the ability to read and consume important information, whether it be via news outlets or simply the labels on your prescription bottles. Having good eye sight is something often underappreciated and taken for granted by those who are lucky enough to have it. If you have vision that requires correction, you may don glasses or pop in...
  8. The Average Joe Verus the Volcano

    Watching a volcanic eruption is likely one of the more terrifying yet intriguing events we can experience, ideally from afar so as to not perish in the process. There have been many volcanic eruptions throughout history which cause large death tolls in terms of loss of human and animal life as well as vast property damage and damage to the natural world. Living near a volcano has its risks, but the effects of an eruption can be very widespread, trickling down like dominoes on people both...
  9. Treating Constipation with Items Already in Your Stockpile

    Most of the time, our bodies run like well-oiled machines, but even machines sometimes face a breakdown. No matter the level of care you give yourself or caution exercised when it comes to the things you eat, your digestive system will at some point fail you. In a stressful world post TEOTWAWKI, your food and water consumption will likely be different than was the norm prior, which may result in digestive upset such as constipation. Photo: Cafe Holistic When bowel movements begin to decline...
  10. 5 Ways to Incorporate Pallets into Your Survival Plan

    Whether it is at your local grocer, feed store, or big box store, you've probably seen a pile of wooden pallets at some point in your travels. Used to transport stock, pallets are often discarded outside of such businesses once their usefulness to the store ends. That does not mean they are useless overall, however, as there are seemingly endless projects that can be done with pallets and most stores will let you have them for free or at minimal cost. Photo: Pinterest Upcycling and...
  11. Prepare Silty Water for Filtration By Using Alum

    Water is a vital part of any and every survival plan, but availability of it is often only as good as the filtration systems available to you at the same time. Water from the tap or purchased in bottles is generally fine for drinking, but those are luxuries that may not last. When you are forced to rely on water from other sources, it will be necessary to filter or otherwise purify that water in advance of drinking it. Though there are many means of doing so, it is still possible for...
  12. The End of the Toilet Paper as We Know It

    There are many basic comforts what we may take for granted once the SHTF. Simple pleasures like walking into the house and flipping on the lights or grabbing an ice cold drink from the refrigerator will all be things of the past, leaving us longing for the days when they existed at our fingertips. Losing these things are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to creature comforts that will no longer exist after TEOTWAWKI, and though foraging on without them will be unpleasant, it is...
  13. Civil Unrest: Surviving Mob Mentality

    It is a nice, happy thought to expect people to come together when tragedy strikes. In some cases, this does happen, such as when a natural disaster strikes and people band together, vowing to rebuild. However, in the case of human tragedy, that is not always the case and sometimes the worst in people comes out rather than the best. In scenarios such as these, the people with good intentions are often outnumbered by those who are not so inspired, which is when looting and violence erupts...
  14. Dirty Birds: Avian Flu is Back and Mutating

    Raising chickens is a great part of any survival plan. These birds can be purchased for very little expense and are in large part self-sufficient if allowed to free range, leaving you with only a small feed bill. Depending on breed selection, meat birds can be table ready in just a few months. If you prefer eggs, chickens can provide you with a steady supply of those as well. If you have the space and inclination, there really is not much reason not to establish a nice little flock of...
  15. 10 Items to Salvage from Abandoned Vehicles

    In every zombie movie to ever hit the big screen, there is certain to be at least one scene depicting a cluttered highway full of abandoned cars. Regardless of what the root cause is for this vehicular abandonment, it is possible that these vehicles are not necessarily a total loss. Sure, they are probably out of gas and perhaps some may have flat tires, rendering them inoperable. Although one might be quick to write off a vehicle that doesn't run, such vehicles can at times be a sort of...
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