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Planning Your Bugout Bag: Don’t Forget About Winter

Planning Your Bugout Bag: Don’t Forget About Winter

If you are planning your bugout in the spring or summer, don’t forget to think about preparing for inclement weather. That could be a deadly mistake. You may not have the luxury of having to bug out on a beautiful spring day. It might happen in the dead of winter. If it does, are you truly prepared? Do you have the items you need in your bugout bag? Do you know how to deal with the harsh temperatures and the falling snow? Is your vehicle ready to handle the messy streets? Here are some tips that will help. You need […]

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Survival News: Severe Weather Rips Through the Midwest

Survival News: Severe Weather Rips Through the Midwest

Meterologists warn that close to 100 million people throughout the Midwest are subject to extreme weather Wednesday, in the wake of 22 tornadoes that hit the states of Illinois, Missouri, Tennessee, Indiana, and Iowa last night. Three people were killed and several injured by tornadoes Wednesday night, as high winds and tornadoes blew cars across highways and destroyed buildings and even entire areas. The town of Perryville, KY, was hit particularly hard, as witnesses described it as “a disaster zone”, with tractor trailers flipped over, cars scattered across the highway, and debris littering the hillside. Fortunately, all residents were accounted for. Meteorologists also […]

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Survival News: Millions Without Water in Chile

Survival News: Millions Without Water in Chile

Heavy weather has pounded the South American country of Chile this week, leaving millions without water. Heavy rains during the normally dry summer months has damaged the water supply to the capital city of Santiago, and officials are struggling to make the necessary repairs on time. Three people were killed, 19 are missing, and over 350 people have been isolated in the areas most affected by the heavy rains, as flooding and mudslides cause damage and dangerous conditions. The mudslides are what contaminated the Maipo River, which provides the main source of drinking water for the people of Santiago and the […]

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The Smart Way to React to a Tornado Siren

The Smart Way to React to a Tornado Siren

Tornados are no joke. They form quickly and can plow through whole communities in a matter of minutes, destroying everything in their path. It can be terrifying to hear that blaring siren, so it’s important to know ahead of time what to do when you hear it so you can make smart choices as to how to react. Know the weather Keep an eye on the weather in your area daily. Download a reliable weather app that will give you alerts for severe weather warning, but also check the weather regularly so you know when to anticipate a tornado. Know […]

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Quick Cold Weather Survival Tips

Quick Cold Weather Survival Tips

If you are in a location where the weather is getting cold, and you are in a survival scenario, things can start to look grim pretty quickly. However, there are some things you can do as a means to improve your survival capabilities. Let’s look at some quick and easy cold weather survival tips you can start using. If you know you’re going to be out in cold weather, make sure you dress in layers of loose clothing. Having multiple layers is a good idea because it is able to trap air between those layers. The trapped air can then […]

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Desert Survival Tips – Stay Alive When the Heat Rises

Desert Survival Tips – Stay Alive When the Heat Rises

If you ever find yourself in a survival situation in the middle of the desert, or any other hot climate for that matter, you need to know a few basic tips to help you increase your chance of survival. The heat can take quite a toll on the body, and you need to be extremely careful if you hope to stay healthy. The following tips can help. Stay Out of the Sun as Much as Possible One of the first and most important things to do in these situations is to keep out of the sun. Try to find a […]

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Lost Hiker Survives Blizzard   

Lost Hiker Survives Blizzard  

60-year-old Wally Fosmore was snowshoeing in Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest in Washington state when he took a wrong turn and got lost in a blizzard.  He was at one point able to reach his son using his cell phone and was reported missing.  But the rescuers were not able to search for him because the area he was hiking in was an avalanche chute and was too dangerous.  Eventually, a helicopter reached him, but could only drop some supplies and directions where he could meet rescuers because the helicopter was not equipped with a winch, and the snow was too deep to land […]

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Lessons Learned From a Woman’s Six Day Survival Ordeal

Lessons Learned From a Woman’s Six Day Survival Ordeal

  32-year-old Nicole Glenn was missing for 6 days before detectives found her in her SUV, stuck in the snow. Her mother reported her missing to Siskiyou County authorities after she failed to check in after arriving at a planned destination.  A helicopter was used to search for her, and detectives were sent to the destination she never arrived at, but these searches turned up nothing.  The detectives found her after heading back and checking side roads, she was with her vehicle which had gotten stuck in the snow. 6 days is a long time to survive in the temperatures […]

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Seasonal Adjustments to Bug Out

Seasonal Adjustments to Bug Out

If you have a disaster survival strategy that involves getting out of your area in case of emergency, then you are going to want to plan for seasonal adjustments.  Your route, destination, and the gear you will want with you will greatly change from summer to winter.  Now that winter is officially here and most areas are experiencing cold weather have you thought about what changes you might need to make to your bug out plan if you disaster strikes this time of year?  Here are some things you should consider to adjust for the season in your bug out […]

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Fastest Snow Cave Build (Video)

Fastest Snow Cave Build (Video)

This is the fastest I have ever seen anyone construct a snow cave.  There is some editing in the video so I’m sure it took longer than the run time of the video, but it gives you a good idea of the speed that this tool makes constructing a snow shelter possible.  I’m not getting any compensation for “endorsing” this tool, so I don’t have any problem saying that something of comparable functionality could probably be manufactured cheaper than it retails for.  But if you live in an area that receives a lot of snowfall, this is a tool to […]

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Preventing Snow Blindness

Preventing Snow Blindness

  If you are in a snow covered landscape survival will be difficult enough while you are operating at your best, it will be nearly impossible if you lose your sight.  Snow blindness is a preventable injury that happens in snow covered terrain or during a daytime blizzard, the sun’s light is reflected off of every white surface which causes damage to your eyes until you finally can’t see anything.  If this happens to you, you will be unable to navigate, and in extreme cases, you won’t even be able to gather wood for a fire which could quickly lead […]

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Drying Clothes in the Cold

Drying Clothes in the Cold

Wilderness survival in the cold means heat retention above all else.  You can last for 3 weeks without food, 3 days without water, but can die in 3 hours from exposure.  Your clothing is going to be your primary protection against the elements.  But what happens if your clothing gets wet?  Wet clothes will not insulate, you will need to dry them.  Here are some tips on how to get your clothes dry and stay alive in cold weather.   Boots Boots can be difficult to get dry, they can’t be spread out or hung like clothing.  But don’t place […]

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What to Buy Before a Storm

What to Buy Before a Storm

These days severe weather hardly hits without some warning, offering us precious time to prepare and stock up in case the weather is bad enough to leave us cut off without water and power for days.  Depending on where you are, this threat is more common than other places, and the considerations for each place will vary slightly, but here is a list of items that it is always good to stock up on if you are expecting the kind of weather that could leave you without power and water.   Water By far the most important supply for sheltering […]

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How to Build an Arctic Survival Shelter

How to Build an Arctic Survival Shelter

When most people think of arctic shelter they probably think of an igloo.  Igloos are great shelters for arctic conditions, but they require just the right snow, tools, and specified skills to build.  An easier survival shelter that can be built with only a shovel, and without any prior experience is a quinzhee.  A quinzhee is basically a hollowed out mound of snow.  Here are the basic instructions on how to build one.   First select a location that has deep snow for building material. Start shoveling the snow into a round pile until it is about 8 feet high. […]

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How to Build Survival Snowshoes (Video)   

How to Build Survival Snowshoes (Video)  

As we’ve talked about before, cold is one of the quickest killers.  Exposure to cold can kill you in only a few hours.  Building a shelter and starting a fire should be your first priorities, especially at night, but you can’t always just wait for rescue to come.  In order to get out of a snow-covered environment, you will need more than boots which will have you running out of energy fast trying to plow through snow.  You will need snowshoes so that you can walk on top of deep snow.  In this video we see a basic build for […]

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Quick Cold Weather Survival Tips

Quick Cold Weather Survival Tips

If you are in a location where the weather is getting cold, and you are in a survival scenario, things can start to look grim pretty quickly. However, there are some things you can do as a means to improve your survival capabilities. Let’s look at some quick and easy cold weather survival tips you can start using. If you know you’re going to be out in cold weather, make sure you dress in layers of loose clothing. Having multiple layers is a good idea because it is able to trap air between those layers. The trapped air can then […]

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Surviving a Thunderstorm Without Shelter

Surviving a Thunderstorm Without Shelter

If you are outside when a thunderstorm comes, the safest thing you can do is to get inside a house or a car.  But these options will not always be available to you.  Whether you are hiking, camping, or already struggling for survival while stranded in the wilderness, you will be without any meaningful safe shelter.  The following are some tips on minimizing your risk if you find yourself stuck out in a thunderstorm with no safe shelter available to you.   In a Field If you are in a field during a thunderstorm, look for a low area, but […]

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How to Survive When Your Vehicle is Under Water

How to Survive When Your Vehicle is Under Water

Being able to quickly exit a car that is being submerged in water is very important to know how to do should your area be threatened by a hurricane, as there is often severe flooding following. There are of course other instances in which this might happen, so everyone should know what to do. Recently a video of two men saving a woman and her dog from drowning in a submerged vehicle went viral.  This woman was extremely fortunate to have these men come across her in time.  Had it been a minute later, even if she were alive they […]

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Cold Weather Considerations for Young Children

Cold Weather Considerations for Young Children

As we head into winter our preparations should take into account the changing seasons and the weather that we will potentially see in our areas.  The winter season has its own unique risks that go along with it, and those of us that have children need to think about how to respond if we are put in a survival situation with our children in cold weather. Moisture Can Kill If you are stuck in the cold, especially outside in the wind and the cold, but even in a home without heat for prolonged amounts of time, moisture in contact with […]

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Cold Weather Survival in Your Car

Cold Weather Survival in Your Car

According to the US National Center for Health Statistics, cold weather kills twice as many Americans every year as hot weather does.  Studies done in other countries have cold weather deaths as high as five times those of heat related deaths.  And these studies note that while extreme cold and heat raise the risk of death, more deaths actually occur during moderate weather. Cold weather is deadly, and it doesn’t take a blizzard to do the job, it just takes prolonged exposure too cool temperatures, even temperatures as high as 50 degrees Fahrenheit can lead to death in as little as one hour if one is over exposed. […]

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