Survival News: Iranian Navy Begins Annual Wargames

Survival News: Iranian Navy Begins Annual Wargames

International media sources have been reporting navy drills begun by Iran this weekend in the strategic Strait of Hormuz. This is their first significant military exercise since the inauguration of President Trump, Iranian state television reported. Iranian Navy chief Adm. Habibollah Sayyari stated in the report that the exercise will take place in 772,000 square miles of the Sea of Oman and the Indian Ocean near the strait, and the war games will include warships and helicopters. This strait is a major oil trading vein, and the U.S. and Iran have experienced confrontations with one another in this location in […]

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How to Identify House Spiders (Infographic)

How to Identify House Spiders (Infographic)

Sometimes, we think so often about the big threats: war, natural disasters, economic meltdown, we forget the little threats all around us. Not even opportunistic criminals or buglers in our area, but tiny, potentially poisonous bugs hiding all around us. That’s right, I’m talking about spiders. Some people dread them, others defend them, but either way, you need to know how to recognize them and assess their threat level to you, especially in a disaster when they might make more of an appearance than in daily life, as their habitats might be disturbed by a natural disaster or you might be going […]

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How to Butcher Chickens Off-Grid (Video)

How to Butcher Chickens Off-Grid (Video)

One of the ultimate forms of self-reliance is being able to raise and butcher your own livestock, and this won’t change after disaster strikes. If you live in an area where you can raise chickens, you definitely should be. If you’re able to bug in and hold down the fort while you live, you’ll be glad to have chickens that provide essential nutrients and calories you might struggle to get from other survival food sources. Of course, if you’re going to be butchering chickens, you need to be prepared to do it yourself, off-grid. I always love seeing other people’s […]

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5 Preparedness Items to Buy Monthly

5 Preparedness Items to Buy Monthly

There are a lot of survival and preparedness items you’ll choose to invest in that you only need to buy once. Things like weapons, pressure canners or dehydrators, gas masks, body armor, deep freezers, shelving for food storage, freeze dryers, etc. And of course, there’s plenty of survival items you’ll probably want to continuously buy, maybe once or twice a year, like antibiotics and other medications, large packages of mylar or vacuum seal bags, food grade buckets, etc. However, if you really want to be building up an effective survival stash that lasts you a long time, there are some […]

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Why You Need to Be Able to Cook Food After a Disaster

Why You Need to Be Able to Cook Food After a Disaster

When disaster strikes, one of your top concerns once your initial security is ensured will be to get a meal together for your family. But what kind of food should you be storing, and how essential is being able to cook it anyway? You might be tempted to stock up on jerky, nuts, and other long-lasting good that can be eaten right off the shelf, and skip bothering with cooking food. After all, what if you need to bug out or the grid goes down? Well, there are a few important reasons why you should definitely still plan to be able […]

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Survival News: Town Hall Protests and Rising Tensions

Survival News: Town Hall Protests and Rising Tensions

You may have heard of the many incidents of large, boisterous crowds full of chanting and protesters at many town hall events across the country recently. The growing movement is credited with being the Democrat version of the Tea Party movement, as hundreds flock to their local Republican town hall meetings to make their voices heard. They flood town hall meetings, armed with damning questions, chants, and signs, filling the facilities far beyond capacity and causing much disruption and chaos. Many lawmakers have even reported a very small number of their own constituents in the crowd. The protesters grill the […]

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World News Update (Video)

World News Update (Video)

We’ve been making more of an effort to share top news stories that are relevant to preppers and show a general trajectory of global events that might lead up to the kind of crisis we advocate everyone should be preparing for. A really great place to find regular survival-focused news is on YouTuber Full Spectrum Survival’s channel, where he shares daily world news updates “that the aware need to know”. I enjoy his global-minded perspective, and he often picks up important international stories you just won’t hear in the American mainstream media, such as disease outbreaks or warnings from the […]

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How to Properly Store Nuts

How to Properly Store Nuts

Nuts are one of the cornerstones of a complete emergency food storage diet, as they contain crucial fat and protein, both of which can be difficult to store long-term. Nuts will keep for long periods of time at room temperature, which makes them a favorite of preppers and outdoorsmen alike. You do need to make sure they are stored correctly, though, since while they have a long shelf-life, they are still prone to mold or rancidity in the wrong conditions. Here are some of the most effective ways to keep nuts lasting on the shelf: Soaking and Dehydrating One of […]

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How to Use Iodine for Survival

How to Use Iodine for Survival

You may have heard that iodine is an important item to stock up on for survival, but what is it exactly, and what do you use it for? Iodine in tables, as crystals, and as a liquid tincture, and has many applications, from sanitizing wounds, to protecting against radiation exposure. It’s most commonly known for sterilizing drinking water, and you may have seen the tablets for this purpose sold in outdoor stores. First off, it’s important to note that there is a difference between iodine and potassium iodine.  Potassium iodine, expressed as KI, is what you want to use for protection against exposure to […]

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6 Non-Food Items You Can Vacuum Seal

6 Non-Food Items You Can Vacuum Seal

Vacuum sealing is a fantastic way to preserve food, and if you’re a survivalist, homesteader, or prepper, you’re probably very familiar with them. But did you know that there are a lot of non-food applications for vacuum sealers as well? Most definitely. See, the way vacuum sealers work is by sucking all the air out of the bag and sealing it off. So, anything that might experience degradation by exposure to oxygen (which is many, if not most, items), will be better preserved in a vacuum seal bag. This is especially true if you live in very humid or extreme […]

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How to Preform CPR on an Adult (Infographic)

How to Preform CPR on an Adult (Infographic)

CPR, or cardiopulmonary resuscitation, is one of those crucial skills that everyone should know how to do. I thought about writing an article, but I feel like for something as important as performing CPR, a visual description was better. Even as modern life continues along, you never know when you might need to use this life-saving medical response. The reason many people carry firearms is because, as they say “a gun in the hand is better than a cop on the phone”, which is very true. Same with valuable first-responder skills, as described in our recent post on how to […]

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8 Firearms Every Prepper Should Own (Video)

8 Firearms Every Prepper Should Own (Video)

There’s no perfect firearm for everyone (except maybe an AR-15), and there are different reasons why you might choose the firearm you do for survival purposes. YouTuber, prepper, Marine, and firearm aficionado TheHossUSMC shares in this video eight firearms he thinks everyone should own. He discusses each weapon and the purpose and benefits of each. He explains which weapons might work if they were your only weapon, or if you had it for a specific purpose. If you’re trying to decide which weapon to start with or to add to your preparedness arsenal, this will definitely be a helpful video as […]

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Basic Reloading of a Rifle Cartridge (Video)

Basic Reloading of a Rifle Cartridge (Video)

Last week we posted an introduction to reloading ammunition, and promised we’d follow up with more about how to actually do the reloading. As with many DIY instructions, we figured visual was probably better than describing it. This video again covers some of the basics of what you need to get started reloading as well, so if you enjoyed this post, you’ll like seeing the actual equipment at work in this video. As we mentioned last week, this is a really great set-up to consider investing in if you’re an avid shooter, and would also like to spend some money […]

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Survival News: What’s Really Happening in Sweden?

Survival News: What’s Really Happening in Sweden?

Riots erupted in a largely immigrant neighborhood of Stockholm, Sweden Monday night, resulting in fires, damage to private property, and looting. It is reported that the riots were in response to police clashes with suspected criminals in the area, and, mirroring the current riots in Paris and the riots we’ve had in the last few years here in the US, those involved in the upheaval seemed to target their violence and rage towards police officers. Rocks were thrown at officers responding to the riot, who in turn fired warning shots in an attempt to quell the chaos. Sweden has welcomed […]

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Why You Should Always Have Loperamide in Your Survival Stash

Why You Should Always Have Loperamide in Your Survival Stash

Loperamide, commonly sold under the names Imodium, Imodium A-D, Anti-Diarrheal, Diamode, is an essential survival medicine that you should probably pretty much always have with you. The thing is, when you are traveling, or even going about your daily life in any kind of community, urban, suburban, or even country, if a natural disaster were to strike, one of the first killers might be water contamination. For this is definitely something you should have in your survival first aid stash, and lots of it if you can. But it is also crucial for your everyday carry, because, as we said, […]

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The Less Glamorous Side of Survival

The Less Glamorous Side of Survival

A lot of people think of a Mad Max-type survival when they imagine a world after mass destruction or nuclear holocaust. Cruising around a desolate world, every man or woman for themselves, in a tricked-out armored car, battling road warriors and fighting for survival. But the truth about survival is that most of the scenarios you need to prepare for aren’t so glamorous. It is in fact very important to be prepared to defend yourself against a fearful, violent populace in the midsts of, or after a disaster, especially if you live in an urban environment. Even if you live […]

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Survival News: Is the US Instigating War With China?

Survival News: Is the US Instigating War With China?

The United States has deployed the aircraft USS Carl Vinson into the South China seas, reportedly for “routine operations”, but many worry it might be setting the stage for instigating conflict with China. The US and China have had increased tension over trade and territory in recent years, new Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has publicly stated that he thinks access the islands China has built or occupied in disputed territory. The Trump administration seems to have positioned itself for a more confrontational stance towards China, so the deployment of an aircraft carrier into disputed territory is definitely cause for […]

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Survival News: G20 Summit vs. US Nationalism

Survival News: G20 Summit vs. US Nationalism

As the G20 Summit convenes in Bonne, Germany, many G20 nations find themselves eager to determine just how committed the Trump administration will be to their goals. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has been representing the United States, and the country’s allies are seeking reassurance from him that his administration are devoted to continuing on the decade-long tradition of G20 nations of cooperating with global initiatives regarding climate change, international development, and the global economy. The Trump administration has been notoriously nationalistic, and has been harshly criticized both domestically and internationally for this stance. As Fox News describes, the rest of […]

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How (and When) To Use Super Glue for Cuts

How (and When) To Use Super Glue for Cuts

You may have heard that, in a pinch, you can use super glue to seal up cuts if you do not have access to a doctor or the means to perform stitches. Of course, if you’re like me, you might be pretty hesitant to try it out. I wanted to look into whether or not this was actually recommended to do, so I’ve gathered up some info on how and why to do it. I will still say, however, if you’re hesitant, look into it yourself. This is simply a guide on how to do it, not an argument for […]

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Survival News: Hundreds of Migrants Storm Spanish Border Fence

Survival News: Hundreds of Migrants Storm Spanish Border Fence

In Ceuta, Spain today, hundreds of African migrants stormed Spanish border barricades in a successful attempt to cross illegally into Spanish territory. Ceuta is an autonomous Spanish city that is on the Northern Coast of Africa, and shares a border with Morocco. The migrants appeared to be of Saharan origin, and shouted and celebrated after they breached the barricade, injuring several Spanish police officers in the process. The Sahara region of Africa is notoriously war-torn and has many massive refugee encampments filled with people who have been displaced from their homes at the hands of militant Muslim tribes. The migrants appeared […]

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Best High-Calorie Survival Foods

Best High-Calorie Survival Foods

When you’re storing food for short or long-term survival, it’s important to choose the most efficient, caloric foods. Calories are the currency of food’s ability to sustain you, and the more calories in a food, the longer it will give you crucial energy. Here is a list of some of the most caloric foods that can be stored for long periods of times: Nuts and seeds Nuts and seeds such as walnuts, almonds, pecans, peanuts, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds, are both highly caloric and nutritious. They will keep for long periods of time when stored properly, but take care […]

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How to Get Started With Reloading Ammo

How to Get Started With Reloading Ammo

One of the biggest considerations when adding firearms and ammo to your survival stash is whether or not you can sustain your ability to rely on firearms. Reloading ammo is popular among many gun enthusiasts, not just preppers, because it can save you a whole lot of money, and of course, it makes you far more self-reliant and independent from gun manufacturers. What reloading is is refilling discarded bullet casings with gun powder so they can be used again. This is great for someone who shoots at a range frequently and can collect used casings. And again, it would be insanely valuable […]

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Epic Urban Survival Fire Hack (Video)

Epic Urban Survival Fire Hack (Video)

When we think of urban survival, we mostly just think about blending in, personal safety, transportation, or places to sleep. Popular survival YouTuber Survival Russia shares a very valuable urban survival hack: how to start a fire. I think urban-dwellers are so used to living inside that we forget when you’re out in the streets in an urban environment, staying warm and being able to cook food will be a number one priority. This is why you often see the homeless starting fires in metal trash cans, after all. As discussed in the last video we shared on urban survival, […]

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Survival News: Elon Musk’s Stark Warning on AI

Survival News: Elon Musk’s Stark Warning on AI

Tech billionaire and Tesla founder Elon Musk issued a stern warning at the World Government Summit in Dubai this week that artificial intelligence has some very dangerous potential to the human race. In an interview at the event he stated, “One of the most troubling questions is artificial intelligence. I don’t mean narrow A.I  – deep artificial intelligence, where you can have AI which is much smarter than the smartest human on earth. This is a dangerous situation.” He continued, in regards to world governments, “Pay close attention to the development of artificial intelligence. Make sure researchers don’t get carried away […]

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How to Make Cowboy Coffee

How to Make Cowboy Coffee

Coffee has always been one of the staples of the cowboy diet, as well as trappers, hunters, and mountain men of yesteryear. You’ve probably seen the scene many times, in old Western movies or novels, of cowboys sitting around the campfire in the early light of the morning, brewing their coffee in tin pots right over the open flame. While we included a percolator or french press in our list of camp cooking essentials, there’s a simpler way to brew coffee out on the proverbial trail: cowboy coffee.  Whether you’re camping, backpacking, or actually driving cattle back to the ranch, knowing […]

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Survival News: Mike Flynn Resignation and the Possible Coup in the Works

Survival News: Mike Flynn Resignation and the Possible Coup in the Works

Well, the media is going crazy over the recent announcement of the resignation of Mike Flynn as National Security Advisor. It has definitely been the story of the week, by far, and many in the media are confidently declaring we will soon have impeachment, constitutional crisis, and a new president (they’re hoping Hillary, but it doesn’t actually work like that). When you cut through all the noise, what’s clear is this: General Mike Flynn, previously appointed as National Security Advisor to President Donald Trump, resigned on Sunday evening. He wrote a letter explaining that, as is customary for recent National […]

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Bugging Out in the City (Video)

Bugging Out in the City (Video)

I thought this was a really insightful and important video to make, about bugging out in the city, and sleeping under a bridge at night. I think it’s really easy to imagine bugging out including simply heading for the hills and camping out there, but for a lot of people, being stuck in an urban environment is going to be a reality. Post-disaster urban survival is a very serious subject, especially if you live in an urban area, but even if you do not, you might find yourself needing to travel on foot into urban areas and will need skills […]

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4 Ways to Cook Off-Grid

4 Ways to Cook Off-Grid

One of the primary reasons we rely on today’s energy grids, such as gas and electric, are to preserve, prepare, and store our foods. When you go off-grid, one of your top concerns will be on how to cook your food. Here are a few of the best ways to cook food entirely off-grid, whether that be for camping, homesteading, or when disaster strikes. What works best for you and what you plan to use for off-grid cooking might not work for someone else; only you can make the best choice for your purposes. Open fire This is literally the […]

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Hunting Recipe: Dutch Oven Braised Rabbit

Hunting Recipe: Dutch Oven Braised Rabbit

When you commit to hunting for your dinner, a good recipe that can be cooked over the open fire really makes the experience. This simple, delicious recipe can be used with just about any game animal, but we’ve chosen rabbit. For convenience, prep your ingredients ahead of time and pack them in your cooler. If you’d rather not pack a large dutch oven, a skillet with a lid will work well.   Ingredients: 2 slices of bacon, chopped (optional, but tasty) 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 medium onion, chopped 1 green onion sliced 1 celery stalk, chopped Your […]

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8 Camp Cooking Essentials

8 Camp Cooking Essentials

If you find yourself getting tired of energy bars and protein shakes every time you’re out on the trail, it’s time to liven up your camp cooking. The right tools keep the fun in preparing the fuel that keeps you going. No matter your culinary skills or preferences, these essentials deserve a spot in your camp kit for every trip.   Utensil Dopp Kit This is a simple utensil organizing kit. Your kit should include: a spatula, mini whisk, can opener/corkscrew/bottle opener, knives, forks, spoons, a pocket knife, seasoning, oil, soap, and a sponge. Egg Holder Eggs are an ideal […]

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How to Choose the Right Hiking Boots

How to Choose the Right Hiking Boots

Every avid hiker or outdoorsman knows the value of a quality pair of hiking boots. A bad pair can ruin a camping trip or even cause an injury, so you need to be sure you get the right boots for your needs.   First, consider how they’ll be used. The most common hiking injuries are twisted ankles and stubbed toes. The rougher the terrain, the more ankle support you’ll need to keep yourself safe. Will you be walking well-kept, manicured pathways? A low/mid-cut leather boot will be comfortable. If you prefer more rugged trails for hiking and backpacking, ankle-high boots […]

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Tactical Hand Signals (Infographic)

Tactical Hand Signals (Infographic)

There’s a lot about survival we can learn from the military. You never know when you might need to defend your homestead in a militant fashion, when government systems have failed in a post-disaster or war-like scenario. If you’re not fortunate enough to have a trained soldier in your household, you can still glean from their training by memorizing useful hand signals like the ones illustrated in this infographic fro UrbanSurvivalNetwork.com. You can use communication signals like this for clearing your living space when you suspect it someone might have entered when you were gone, entering into a formerly populated […]

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Crucial Tips for Flood Preparedness

Crucial Tips for Flood Preparedness

Yesterday, we updated you on the Oroville Dam situation, which could potentially result in severe flooding in the Sacramento River Valley. Today I wanted to discuss a bit about basic flood preparedness. Now, you might live in an area where floods are a reality and you’re already well-prepared for them. But if California is any example, extreme weather is causing flooding in areas that aren’t used to it, so if you’re near a river, dam, or in a valley, you never know when it might occur. If your house is directly threatened by potential floods, you will need to plan […]

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Survival News: Fukushima Update

Survival News: Fukushima Update

It’s always been hard to get an accurate picture of what’s really going on at the Fukushima Daichi nuclear plant in Japan since its cooling system was damaged and failed in the 2011 tsunami. The Japanese government is notoriously tight-lipped about the nuclear disaster, but time to time we hear updates on what we’ve all assumed was going on: a six years (and counting) nuclear disaster with no foreseeable positive outcome. The technology simply doesn’t exist to properly contain the radiation leaking from that plant, and to this day, 300 tons of radiated water is still being dumped into the […]

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How to Grow Potatoes in a Barrel

How to Grow Potatoes in a Barrel

Potatoes are one of the best survival foods you can grow. They are caloric and starchy, and will keep for a long time if stored correctly. You can grow herbs and vegetables all day, but nothing will sustain you like potatoes, and they require little space and maintenance to grow. Fortunately, wherever you live, you can actually grow them relatively easily in a container, which makes them a great option for sustainable survival food that you can keep producing as time goes on. Here’s how: Choosing a container You will first need to acquire a container to grow your potatoes in. […]

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How to Cultivate a Survival Mindset

How to Cultivate a Survival Mindset

There has always been a lot of discussion surrounding why some people are able to survive harrowing situations that the rest of us could never imagine being able to physically, much less psychologically endure. What is it that mentally sets some apart in the face of grave danger or terrifying situations? Today I want to discuss cultivating a survival mindset. While you probably can’t do much practicing for unexpected, harrowing survival situations, you can mentally prepare. Here are some tips. Build endurance Mental endurance can be developed through physical endurance. Push yourself to do things you might otherwise think you […]

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4 Rules for Choosing a Concealment System

4 Rules for Choosing a Concealment System

There are many guns available on the market, both for sport, home defense, and concealment, and it might be a bit overwhelming when you’re new to concealment to know how to chose the best weapon for everyday carry. If you are not fortunate enough to buy several guns or holsters for sport and hobby and have to choose one weapon to carry with you daily, you’ll want to choose wisely. You’ll also need a holster system that works both with your weapon of choice and lifestyle. Keep in mind that what works for someone else for concealment might not work […]

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Survival News: Oroville Dam Evacuation

Survival News: Oroville Dam Evacuation

Thousands of Northern California residents of the town of Oroville have been evacuated in recent days due to an anticipated failure of an axuilary spillway in the Oroville Dam on the Feather River. After years of severe drought, California has been hammered with rain and snow this winter and the previously drained lake is now hundreds of feet above sea level. The auxiliary was opened to try to relieve some of the water, but a hole has appeared and has been widening and residents in the path of the spillway have now been evacuated. What is troubling is that it is […]

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How to Make Beef Jerky

How to Make Beef Jerky

Meat can be difficult to store, but provides important calories and nutrients for sustenance that can’t be ignored. While beef jerky will only last a few months on the shelf, it’s still worth knowing how to make. You can make in large batches, keep on hand, and simply freeze or eat before it spoils. If a disaster strikes, you’ll be glad you made some. It is of course great for hiking or camping, as you can bring it along with you and it will keep for weeks in your pack without refrigeration. It also offers optimum protein and iron, which […]

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Gender Camouflage for SHTF (Video)

Gender Camouflage for SHTF (Video)

Women have a unique challenge for preparedness in terms of safety. There are many ways to defend oneself and train for physical defense and endurance, but there might come a time in a post-disaster scenario when masking one’s gender just might be the most prudent thing to do. This certainly won’t replace regular self-defense preparedness,  but rather, potentially reduce or eliminate the need for it. In general, being able to play down your gender and not attract attention to yourself is always wise for a woman, especially in high-crime areas. This video offers some important “gray man” tips for women […]

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