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Bioterrorism Guide: Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers

Bioterrorism Guide: Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers

While most of the known outbreaks of viral hemorrhagic fevers, such as Ebola and Hantavirus, have seemingly happened organically, they could be incredibly dangerous if weaponized. Typically communicated zoonotically, or from humans to animals, viral hemorrhagic fevers have high mortality rates and are highly contagious. One of the factors that is worrisome about viral hemorrhagic fevers and bioterrorism is that it is highly communicable and could easily cause great devastation in a short period of time, as we saw in West Africa in 2014. However, the feat it would take to actually develop a weaponized hemorrhagic fever is great. During […]

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The Many Amazing Uses of Duct Tape (Infographic)

The Many Amazing Uses of Duct Tape (Infographic)

Ah, duct tape, the tape of seemingly infinite uses. Duct tape has so many uses around a house or shop, you probably make sure to always keep a roll on hand. I don’t know about you, but in my house, when we run out of duct tape, it’s considered a dire emergency. We always know where our roll of duct tape is, and never run out of ways to use it. It’s exactly the same with survival. Duct tape is an indispensable survival tool, and you should definitely make sure to have plenty in your survival cache or bug-out bag. […]

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How to Make Your Own Fishing Net (Video)

How to Make Your Own Fishing Net (Video)

Net making is one of the most ancient artisan skills, and it’s still highly relevant today. Net fishing is an important skill to know and could be highly useful in a great number of survival scenarios. This video shows a very simple and reliable method for making fishing nets. It’s definitely something you should try your hand at now so you have experience down the road if you ever need it. Enjoy! If you liked this, you might also enjoy… All Survival Preparedness Boils Down to This… Is Doomsday Finally Upon Us?  Have You Considered Going Paleo? Read This First… […]

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How to Raise More Sufficient Children

How to Raise More Sufficient Children

If you have a family, especially if you have small children, you probably want to be prepared for their sake. It is a parent’s instinct to make sure they are always clothed, fed, and housed, and that will become even more pertinent when disaster strikes. There is so much more to survival than simply stocking up on goods and supplies, and that includes preparing your children, rather than simply preparing for them. Here are some easy ways to start cultivating a spirit of self-reliance in your children from a young age. Camp Give them a preview of what life is like without […]

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Survival Drills: Bugging In

Survival Drills: Bugging In

All the food, medical supplies, and ammo stocked up in your home will do nothing for you if you’re not prepared for what to do when a disaster strikes. There are many scenarios you should be preparing for with your family, so I’ll try to cover the most important ones in the coming weeks. To start, let’s talk about the most basic survival situation: bugging in. If you plan on bugging in for any number of situations, it’s not always as simple as just staying at home in the event of a catastrophe or disaster. There are certain procedures you’ll want to […]

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Woman Opens Coconut Without Tools (Video)

Woman Opens Coconut Without Tools (Video)

Coconuts are an incredibly vital source of nutrients and calories, but they can be a huge pain to crack open. Most people use machetes or even specially made presses to open them, since their thick husks are so stubborn. In this video, a woman opens a coconut with no tools at all, and virtually with her bare hands. While this will mostly only work with a young coconut, the water you can get from inside is incredibly nutritious and life-sustaining, so it’s worth it to know this trick. If you enjoyed this, you might also like…. Is Your Home Secure? […]

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How to Use Parts of a Broken Phone for Survival (Infographic)

How to Use Parts of a Broken Phone for Survival (Infographic)

I like to post infographics from time to time on this site, especially when I find a really good and useful one. This might be one of the coolest and most useful infographics I’ve come across yet, however. What is the one thing that most modern humans will have on their person when stranded in a survival situation? A cell phone. We rely on our phones so much these days, but once they break, they’re essentially useless to us. …Or are they? This awesome infographic from KnowledgeWeighsNothing.com gives a visual for the different parts of a cell phone, as well […]

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Survival News: Trump and Putin Discuss Possible Cease Fire in Syria

Survival News: Trump and Putin Discuss Possible Cease Fire in Syria

In their first conversation since the recent airstrikes in Syria, Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump discussed a possible cease-fire agreement in the war-torn country of Syria. President Trump rocked the international community three weeks ago by authorizing a surprise airstrike on an airfield in Syria, after a horrific chemical attack took place in one of the rebel-held regions of the country. Syrian President Bashir Al-Assad was blamed for the attack, and so Washington decided to strike back. Many of Trump’s supporters and enemies were concerned that this would send a bad message to Russia, as Russia […]

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Bioterrorism Guide: Smallpox

Bioterrorism Guide: Smallpox

We are continuing on with our series on bioterrorism today, discussing the threat of smallpox.  It has long been suspected that smallpox, a mostly eradicated disease in the West, could be used by terrorists. Of all the biological agents that could be used as weapons, it is considered that anthrax and smallpox would be the most dangerous. Smallpox has not been present in the US for over 60 years, and the last known case globally was in the 1970’s. However, the government, as well as other Western governments, have still prepared for a large-scale smallpox attack by vaccinating aid workers and […]

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Female Clerk Defends Like a Boss (Video)

Female Clerk Defends Like a Boss (Video)

In self-defense, a bigger weapon is of no use to you unless you can use it smartly. In this video, a would-be robber with a handgun tries to hold up a liquor store,  manned by a woman who seemed barely phased by his attempt. She smartly utilizes her own defense and thwarts his attempt before it even starts. This video is very informative because the clerk uses some very quick-thinking, that we can all learn from, and John from Active Self-Protection breaks it down very well. If you liked this, you might also enjoy… All Survival Preparedness Boils Down to […]

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Tips for Staying Safe While Jogging or Walking Alone

Tips for Staying Safe While Jogging or Walking Alone

Many people who consider themselves preppers and survivors know what to do in many emergency situations. They know how and when to bug out. They can start a fire, catch a rabbit, and make shelter even in harsh conditions. However, when they are in the comfort of a normal day, they often take their safety for granted, and that can be a huge problem. Just because you are walking or jogging on a trail that you’ve used a thousand times before doesn’t mean you are safe. People are attacked, and even murdered, on an alarmingly regular basis. Even though it […]

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Top Ten Medicinal Herbs (Infographic)

Top Ten Medicinal Herbs (Infographic)

While many preppers like to make sure they can create a stockpile of important OTC medications and antibiotics, having a knowledge of natural herbs and remedies is indispensable. Herbs are considerably cheaper than pharmaceutical medications, and can often alleviate a problem before you ever need to use the less natural option. Don’t get me wrong, modern pharmaceuticals have their place in survival, and you should definitely try to get what you need, and stockpile as much as you can. But herbs are a great thing to have on hand, throughout daily life and in a survival situation. Not only can […]

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How to Tie Your Boots Like a Pro (Video)

How to Tie Your Boots Like a Pro (Video)

It is crucially important to take care of your feet, and your boots, when you are camping, hiking, backpacking, or in a survival situation. Any good soldier knows that taking care of your feet is a life-or-death situation. One of the important aspects of taking care of your feet is to tie your boots properly. This might seem like a small detail, but it’s hugely important. You want your boots to be very secure, to keep your ankles, and essentially, the rest of your body, properly supported. And you probably don’t want to be stopping frequently to re-tie your boots […]

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Bioterrorism Agents: Anthrax

Bioterrorism Agents: Anthrax

I recently posted a quick guide to understanding biohazard and chemical threats, and I wanted to dig a little deeper into bioterrorism agents.  Wikipedia defines “bioterrorism” as follows: Bioterrorism is terrorism involving the intentional release or dissemination of biological agents. These agents are bacteria, viruses, or toxins, and may be in a naturally occurring or a human-modified form. The CDC has three different graduated categories for bioterrorism agents. These classifications, A, B, and C, are distinguished by the severity of the disease and how easily they can dissipate through a population. Category A is the most dangerous, and the diseases […]

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Is A Cow Worth It? (Video)

Is A Cow Worth It? (Video)

If you’re a committed survivalist, you’ve probably considered some ways you can prepare your family long-term, for self-sufficiency. Whether you’re preparing for a post-disaster scenario or simply trying to go off-grid, one great way to be more self-reliant is to raise livestock. One of the most common livestock animals is a cow. We are so accustomed to byproducts from cows in the US, from milk to cheese, to hamburgers, and steak. But is it worth it to buy a cow? YouTubers Big Family Homestead break down the cost of owning and maintaining a cow, so you can figure out if […]

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Understanding Chemical and Biohazard Threats

Understanding Chemical and Biohazard Threats

When you think of terrorism or war, you probably think of explosives, nuclear detonation, or conventional ground troops threatening your life and your home. But there is another very real aspect of terrorism and war: the threat of chemical and biohazard weapons or disasters. So what are these threats? Chemical  Hazardous chemicals are a simple reality of this world. Whether used in terrorism or warfare or simply leaked out onto an unwitting population as the result of a mass contamination or plant disaster, modern life is simply full of the threat of chemical disasters. One good example is sarin gas which was […]

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Why You Need to Prepare for Weather

Why You Need to Prepare for Weather

If you are going to prep for any disaster, it should be weather related. This is the #1 most pertinent kind of survival prep, because it is the least predictable. The possibility of war may come and go, terrorist attacks are growing more likely every day but still aren’t widespread, martial law is practically just a conspiracy theory, and you’re sure to see The possibility of war may come and go, terrorist attacks are growing more likely every day but still aren’t widespread, martial law is practically just a conspiracy theory, and you’re sure to see an economic meltdown coming […]

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Survival Bunker: Who Should You Let In?

Survival Bunker: Who Should You Let In?

You’ve probably run plenty of drills and scenarios in your mind. Financial collapse, natural disaster, civil unrest, or martial law set in–how can you keep your family safe? Hopefully, you have your plan-of-action and supplies ready, but do you know how you’ll maintain your situation in post-disaster chaos? Specifically, what do you do when folks start knocking on your bunker door? This aspect of the SHTF scenario is unavoidable, and your approach could mean the difference between saving a life or risking your own. Let’s take a quick look at who to let in, who to turn away, and why: […]

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Complete Your Gear With A Blackout Kit

Complete Your Gear With A Blackout Kit

Ideally, you’ve already got your bug-out bag (BOB), your every day carry (EDC), and “I’m Not Coming Home” (INCH) gear all packed and squared away. Have overlooked another equally crucial survival kit? The blackout kit (BOK) has its own unique components and is indispensable in certain scenarios. Why do I need a blackout kit? Imagine having all your preps, food, water, sanitary items, and weapons right where you want them in a disaster situation. Now, imagine the power goes out across town and it’s dark. I don’t just mean “nighttime in the city” kind of dark, I mean pitch-black dark […]

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How to Make a Foxhole Radio (Video)

How to Make a Foxhole Radio (Video)

Getting news and information when disaster strikes is critical. Evacuation instructions, status updates, and emergency notifications will likely be shared on the air during a SHTF scenario, and without a non-electronic communication device, you’ll be left in the dark.  Your cable or satellite TV will eventually go out, if they survived the disaster at all. However, there is a good chance that there will still be terrestrial radio. Let’s say the power is out and you have exhausted your battery supply.  Crank radios are an option, but some modern models are notorious for their poor quality and tendency to break. […]

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Survival News: Mike Pence Says Peaceful Resolution in North Korea Still Possible

Survival News: Mike Pence Says Peaceful Resolution in North Korea Still Possible

U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence said today that denuclearization of the North Korean peninsula is still possible without conflict. This reassuring statement came after weeks of mounting fears of war with North Korea, and President Trump’s constant warning that the US will do everything possible to protect South Korea and the US mainland from the nuclear threat of North Korea. Pence feels reassured that warmed relations between the US and China has made the possibility of peace more tangible, and feels confident that increased understanding and cooperation between Washington and Beijing is the key to restricting North Korea’s nuclear program without […]

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4 Tips on Growing Bananas (Video)

4 Tips on Growing Bananas (Video)

If you are able to grow bananas in your climate, you absolutely should! This incredibly fruit is the ultimate survival food. It is an excellent source of calories and nutrients, and people around the world have relied on banana as an essential source of food for centuries. This video gives some great insight into how to grow healthy, happy organic bananas. Enjoy! Survival Preparedness Boils Down to This… Is Doomsday Finally Upon Us?  Have You Considered Going Paleo? Read This First… Related Post Top 3 Plants For Your Survival Garden 10 Gardening Tips For Survivalists Simply Homegrown A Natural Spray […]

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Urban Foraging: A Guide (Infographic)

Urban Foraging: A Guide (Infographic)

You’ve probably heard the expression “food desert” as applied to urban areas that don’t have reliable access to fresh, whole foods. Well, in a survival situation, it’s easy to imagine that many urban areas will be landlocked from any kind of reliable wild edibles, too. But this is not the case! Plants grow everywhere, even in food deserts! These common North American edibles can easily be found in cities as well, in parks, plant boxes, even between the cracks in the sidewalk. This fantastic infographic was put together by the folks over at Notey.com, and it’s an invaluable resource for […]

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Survival Skills Many People Forget to Learn

Survival Skills Many People Forget to Learn

If you have been prepping and learning about what it takes to survive in different situations when the world decides to go downhill fast, you might think you have all the skills you need to do well. You know how to hunt, make fires, and build shelters. However, there are at least a few things that you still need to learn. The following are some of the most common skills that people tend to forget or ignore, but they can come in very handy. Dealing With Car Trouble If you plan to bug out, or if you need to get […]

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Unexpected Survival Items You Should Stock Up on Now

Unexpected Survival Items You Should Stock Up on Now

It’s easy to think of the basics. Freeze-dried food, first aid supplies, clean drinking water, blankets, etc. But there are a number of surprising survival items that you should be stocking up on as well, that might not immediately come to mind. Your life in a survival situation or after a disaster won’t look like it does now, so there are certain needs you might not anticipate. This is a list of several unexpected survival items you shouldn’t discount the value of! 1. Bandanas: you’ll want to look cool in any survival situation, right? Just kidding. While bandanas might be very […]

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Why You Need to Take Care of Your Feet

Why You Need to Take Care of Your Feet

When you are out there just trying to survive, you need to take care of yourself. Your mind and your body are the most important tools you have, so if something goes wrong, you could be in serious trouble. One of the areas that tends to cause problems for many people is the feet. The Dangers of Trench Foot Trench foot, or immersion foot, can occur when you are exposing your feet to moist and watery conditions for long periods. Hiking through the mud and constantly wading along streams can cause issues with your feet including blistering, cracked skin between […]

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How to Store Gasoline for Survival (Video)

How to Store Gasoline for Survival (Video)

Gasoline will be one of the most coveted and important resources after a disaster. It is vital to store as much as you can, but it is also incredibly pertinent to do so safely, as it is a toxic and flammable substance. This video is a great discussion on the best way to store gasoline, using the right kind of containers, as well as things you can do to extend the shelf life of your precious liquid gold. Check it out: Are You Prepared for This Deadly Threat? Complete Health Transformation Without Drugs or Surgery… Having Trouble Sticking With Paleo?

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Why You Should Always Have Activated Charcoal

Why You Should Always Have Activated Charcoal

Activated charcoal is one of the most important first aid items to have in your bug out bag, preparedness first aid kit, or home medicine cabinet. It is one of the most important tools in removing impurities and toxins of all kinds, and has a ton of different applications. You can typically buy it in tablet or capsule form, and you should stock up on this. It’s not always easy to find at a regular grocery store, but health food stores always have it. The way it works is by absorbing toxins, either when taken internally or applied topically. If […]

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Antifa Crash Free Speech Rally in Berekely

Antifa Crash Free Speech Rally in Berekely

Over the weekend, the political tensions that have ravaged our country over the last year came to a head in the form of violence in the streets in the historically liberal college town of Berkeley, California. Berkeley was the site of the famous free speech rallies of the 1960’s in protest of the Vietnam War, and more recently, violent riots erupted in response to famed alt-right speaker Milo Yionnopolous giving a speech at the notoriously left-leaning University of California Berkeley campus. Over the weekend, conservatives and Trump supporters had planned a Patriot Day Free Speech Rally, which was crashed by Antifa protesters, […]

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Survival News: Pence Gives Stern Warning to North Korea

Survival News: Pence Gives Stern Warning to North Korea

Vice President Mike Pence addressed concerned Asian nations today, assuring our allies and North Korea that if provoked, the US would respond with full force. In a statement made while standing less than 100 feet away from North Korean soldiers in the Korean Demilitarized Zone, Pence told reporters that Pyongyang needed to understand that President Trump’s administration’s approach in dealing with North Korea would be different than that of previous administrations. “We’re going to abandon the failed policy of strategic patience,” he said. “But we’re going to redouble our efforts to bring diplomatic and economic pressure to bear on North Korea. Our […]

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How to Make Traditional Bone Broth

How to Make Traditional Bone Broth

In my last post and earlier this week, I covered the ancient art of sourdough bread making, which has been used for centuries and is still a very relevant survival and self-reliance skill today. Sourdough, as well as other forms of naturally fermented foods, have become quite trendy recently, although really, they’ve been around as long as known civilization. Another trendy foodie trend that is a very simple, and useful, skill, is how to make bone broth.  There are many incredibly health benefits of bone broth, which is one of the reasons it is so popular currently. But for a survivalist, […]

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How to Make a Basic Sourdough Loaf (Video)

How to Make a Basic Sourdough Loaf (Video)

I recently posted instructions on how to make your own sourdough starter, and it was received quite well. I thought I’d share a video on how to make the actual bread, because while it is similar to traditional active dry yeast, there are definitely some important techniques and nuances. Please note, this is just one of many methods. You’ll have to experiment with flours,  your starter, your methods, and see what works best for you. But it’s always great to see what real pros do, and this video is perfect for a more technical tutorial. Are You Prepared for This […]

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Survival News: North Korea Unveils New Missiles

Survival News: North Korea Unveils New Missiles

Amid rising tension between the US and North Korea, the rogue communist nation celebrated the birthday of its founder, Kim Il Sung, with a full regalia military parade. Featured in this parade was the unveiling of what were apparently new missiles that North Korea clearly wanted the world to see. It is unclear whether or not the missiles are in fact as technologically advanced as the North Korean Central News Agency claims they are, but if they were, it would mean the small yet aggressive Asian nation has more advanced missiles than the West had thought. This comes in the […]

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Ways to Stay Cool Without Air Conditioning

Ways to Stay Cool Without Air Conditioning

Right now, where I live, it’s that ideal time of year in between winter and summer, when we don’t need to use the heater or the air conditioner. This is very effective for our electricity bill, but for many, neither heating or indoor air conditioning are an option. Air conditioning is certainly a modern luxury that many live without, and we never know how long we’ll continue to live in a world that supports such a heavily grid-reliant convenience. Whether you live off-grid, go camping frequently, or simply don’t have air conditioning, here are some tips for how to stay cool without it: […]

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Tips for Hunting Turkey

Tips for Hunting Turkey

Turkey is a delicious bird, and if you want to have turkey on the table, you need to learn how to hunt them properly. These creatures are wily and they can be very skittish, so it will take some practice, and the following tips should help you on your journey. The birds have very good eyesight, and you can be sure they are looking for humans so they can do their best to avoid them. This means you want to go slowly through the woods, and you want to wear camouflage to help hide your human shape from those keen […]

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Four Common Malfunctions for Semi-Automatic Handgun

Four Common Malfunctions for Semi-Automatic Handgun

“The loudest sound you’ll ever hear in a life or death situation is a click.” Guns are tools like any other, and this means they’re not immune to malfunction. The trouble is, if you’re relying on your firearm to defend yourself, you need to be able to fix these malfunctions as quickly as possible so they don’t cost you your life. This video covers four common semi-auto handgun malfunctions, and how to fix them. Remember, practice makes perfect, so be sure to train for these malfunctions. Simply knowing about them won’t help you! So this video is a great intro […]

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Preparing for Survival on a Budget

Preparing for Survival on a Budget

Prepping for survival means you have the items needed to survive and even thrive no matter what might happen. It could be a natural disaster, economic collapse, or any other number of possible scenarios when the SHTF. Preppers and survivalists know what it takes to survive, and they have the knowledge, along with plenty of items, to make sure they can weather anything that happens. Of course, when you start to look at the items you need, you quickly discover that you need to have a small fortune to get everything that you want! However, the problem with that statement […]

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How to Make Your Own Sourdough Starter

How to Make Your Own Sourdough Starter

The art of breadmaking is an ancient one, and what is commonly known as “sourdough” is really just the most commonly known version of the way people would naturally leaven bread before commercially available dry yeast packets were available. Now, what does this have to do with survival, you might ask? Well, the short answer is, of course, do you expect to be able to buy dry yeast packets after a big disaster? Probably not…but that also might not necessarily be on the top of your list of concerns, either. The long answer is more about the spirit of survivalism […]

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The Ultimate Clay Cob Oven (Video)

The Ultimate Clay Cob Oven (Video)

I’ve always been really fascinated by all types of off-grid cooking. Not only is it interesting to see how people revive these ancient techniques, but it’s incredibly useful for any survivalist and prepper to know. Not only might you want to get your own home equipped with something like a clay cob oven, but understanding how they work can also be a valuable tool for a survival situation or rebuilding after a massive collapse or disaster. This impressive video features a very cool clay cob oven, and I’m sure you’ll enjoy seeing how it was made and how it works […]

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How to Tell If You’re Dehydrated

How to Tell If You’re Dehydrated

When you are out in the wild and trying to survive, dehydration has a terrible way of sneaking up on you. Before you know it, you could be suffering from this condition, which can cause a host of issues for you, making it very difficult to do much of anything, let alone survive. That is why water is always one of the most important things to carry with you and to find in a survival scenario. When the level of water in your body starts to diminish, you will notice that your mouth feels dry. You will also notice that […]

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