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Treating Sprains in the Wilderness

Treating Sprains in the Wilderness

When you are in the wilderness, far away from clinics or hospitals, and injury can quickly become deadly. While broken bones are certainly one of the worst case scenarios, sprains are also something that can seriously hinder you from getting food, water, shelter, or back to civilization. A sprain happens when the ligaments surrounding a joint become twisted or pulled. A serious sprain can be as painful as a broken bone. The joint becomes twisted and very painful. A sprained ankle is usually the result of walking over uneven terrain and is a very common injury to get while hiking […]

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The Limits of the Human Body (Infographic)

The Limits of the Human Body (Infographic)

Survival is all about pushing your body beyond its limits, further than you ever thought it could go. When we hear harrowing stories of unbelievable survival, it often includes a person, or people, surviving physical conditions most of us could never imagine possible. However, our bodies are capable of much more than we realize. You don’t even have to be in a survival situation to find this out, just check out our video on the Murph Memorial CrossFit challenge! I definitely would never think I could do something like that, but seeing other people complete challenges like that always reminds […]

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5 Boring Survival Items You’ll Be Glad You Stocked Up On

5 Boring Survival Items You’ll Be Glad You Stocked Up On

When it comes to survival, it’s tempting to stock up on the most exciting items for disaster preparedness. Things like weapons, ammunition, flashlights, paracord, tactical backpacks, etc. are probably what you get the most excited about buying, but there are many very boring everyday items you want to make sure to stock up on. These items are also probably a big part of your daily life, which is perhaps why they might not be too exciting. The good news about this is that since you do buy items like this frequently and they tend to be very inexpensive, you can […]

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Why You Take Up Running If You Want to Survive

Why You Take Up Running If You Want to Survive

A lot of people hate running for exercise. From a fitness perspective, it’s always best to take on fitness routine you’ll actually stick to, so running definitely isn’t for everyone. If you’re trying to get in shape, it’s always advisable to choose an exercise you enjoy and can easily commit to, rather than something that will cause you to roll over and hit the snooze button instead of getting up and doing it. However, if you’re a committed survivalist, you should seriously consider taking up running. You don’t have to wake up every day at the crack of dawn to […]

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How to Protect Yourself from Carjacking

How to Protect Yourself from Carjacking

These days, carjacking is a simple reality of life in crime-ridden America (we won’t even get started on other countries like Brazil). It is a common way for people to become unsuspecting victims of violence, intimidation, and theft, all in a matter of seconds. If you are a parent of small children, this threat is probably quite terrifying to consider. Imagine having your car stolen, with your sleeping child in the back? I cannot imagine the fear and horror. Whether you are a parent or simply a single adult who wants to protect yourself against the threat of carjacking, it is […]

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How to Escape From Zip Ties

How to Escape From Zip Ties

his will work Zip ties are a frightening way to be restrained. Not only are they a common choice of restraint for police officers these days, but also, unfortunately, criminals. They are notoriously impossible to loosen, and a person can exhaust a lot of energy and cause themselves great psychological distress if they even try. While it’s not too pleasant to think about the possible scenarios in which you might end up restrained by zip ties, but it’s worth it to know how to escape from their grip. Here are a few steps to help you if you ever end […]

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You Need the Basics to Improve Your Shot Using a Bow

You Need the Basics to Improve Your Shot Using a Bow

As a survivalist and a prepper, you need to know how to use different types of tools and weapons if you want to survive. You never want to be just “okay” using different tools. You want to be as good as you possibly can be, as this will help to increase your chance of survival. This certainly applies to bows that you use for hunting and even for defense, if needed. However, many people get a bow and think that shooting it and hitting the target will come naturally. This frame of mind is often prevalent in those who are […]

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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 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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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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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 Get Your Deer Out of the Woods

How to Get Your Deer Out of the Woods

You have spent the better part of the day hunting, hoping that you are fortunate enough to find and kill a deer so you do not starve. You aren’t hunting for sport. You are hunting for survival, and you need that deer. You are miles and miles away from your camp when you finally spot the beast and take your shot. You’ve downed the deer, you have meat… but now you need to get it back to camp, and that is no easy feat. How are you going to do it? Fortunately, others have been in the same situation, and […]

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Knives: The Ultimate Survival Tool

Knives: The Ultimate Survival Tool

You’ve all heard the question “If you were trapped on a desert island, and you only had to have item with you, what would you choose?” Well, there are many fun and throught-provoking variations to this question for the sake of casual conversation, but if you were to turn that into a serious question about survival, in almost any situation, there is one, clear, answer: a knife.  The knife is the ultimate survival tool. It serves a multitude of uses, as well as being easy to carry with you at all times, ensuring the likelihood that it would actually be on […]

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The Lowdown on Ham Radios

The Lowdown on Ham Radios

Ham radios might seem like a relic of the past to you, but if you’re preparing for disaster, you might want to consider looking into getting yourself set up with a Ham radio system. Ham radios, also called Amateur Radio Service, is a 2-way radio system between yourself and other operators of ham radios. It is not the only system for 2-way radios, but ham radios are considered to be the best for emergencies, due to its long range and multiple channels. They used to be far more popular, before the advent of so many means of constant communication, such […]

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Survival News: Studies Indicate Daylight Savings is Bad for Health and Economy

Survival News: Studies Indicate Daylight Savings is Bad for Health and Economy

If you’re one of the millions of Americans who hates the time changes of daylight savings, it probably will not surprise you to hear the conclusion of a recent study on the effects of daylight savings on the body. Not only is the practice of changing clocks each fall and spring annoying and disruptive, it’s also unhealthy to unnaturally change our sleep schedules and daily routine so abruptly each year. And not only that, it could actually be increasing energy costs, rather than saving them, which is one of the few reasons daylight savings is done, year after year. A recent trend […]

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Safety Tips for Traversing Wet Ground

Safety Tips for Traversing Wet Ground

If you find yourself trekking across long distances or happen to be in a very wet environment, you might be faced with the difficult task of crossing very moist, muddy ground. Any veteran who’s been in a tropical battle zone can probably tell you how dangerous this ground can be. A muddy path doesn’t seem that serious to the untrained eye, but after you’ve been slogging through it for a bit, you don’t want to find out the hard way just what a challenge it can be. Dangers of wet ground First of all, very wet ground is unstable. You […]

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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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Staying Safe in Extreme Heat

Staying Safe in Extreme Heat

Whether you are in a survival scenario or you are just out for a hike with some friends, you need to take precautions against the heat. The world experienced the hottest year on record, and it doesn’t look like things are going to be letting up for a while. The following are some tips that will help you to stay safe in the heat. Stay Inside If Possible If you don’t have to spend time outside during the middle of the day when it is the hottest, don’t. Try to spend time inside and in a cool location if you […]

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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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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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What Are We Prepping For? A Comprehensive List

What Are We Prepping For? A Comprehensive List

Preppers have recently assumed the nickname “doomsday” preppers, because, in a lot of cases, that’s what many people are preparing for, or at least that’s what non-preppers perceive it as. Eschatologically speaking, the ultimate doomsday/apocalypse from the Bible isn’t something you’ll necessarily survive, to get technical, so what is it we are prepping for? Well, to be honest, you don’t have to be an alarmist to prepare for extreme disaster of all kinds, in fact, with the current state of our world, it is actually highly prudent and realistic to expect any number of localized or global cataclysm events that would drastically affect […]

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Seven Essential Camp Knots (Video)

Seven Essential Camp Knots (Video)

Learning how to tie knots is crucial, and back in the day, many little boys would learn their share of scout knots that would be useful throughout life. These days, knot tying isn’t really taught anymore, but for survival, it can be a really great skill to have. There are a ton of suggestions for the most important survival skills to learn, but Lonnie from Far North Bushcraft and Survival on YouTube really knows his stuff. He shares his seven favorite camp knots, and they’re knots he actually uses. They’re really great to know for use in camping, fishing, hunting, […]

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Learning Self-Defense for Survival

Learning Self-Defense for Survival

Self-defense is a huge element of survival, not just in a world after the SHTF, but in today’s very dangerous society. To make things clear up front, typical martial arts just aren’t going to do the trick when you are fighting for your life. Perhaps someone with 20 years of experience in a martial art could hold his or her own, but that’s just not the case with most people. There are a few fighting forms that can work, such as krav maga, though. Learn to fight on your feet and on the ground. Essentially, you need to learn to […]

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Basic Medical Supplies Available at the Dollar Store   

Basic Medical Supplies Available at the Dollar Store  

  If you have looked online or in stores for a first aid kit of any real worth you have probably noticed the price tag.  Kits of any kind tend to be over priced for the purpose of convenience, but over paying and not getting everything you need isn’t necessary.  If there is a dollar store in your area, and there probably is, then you can get everything you need for a basic first aid kit without over spending.  Here are a few items that you should look for.   Bandages General purpose bandages are going to much more useful […]

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Fire Starting Skills Save Lives   

Fire Starting Skills Save Lives  

  Last month, 77-year-old Paul Meiling from Utah was driving on a snowy side road in an isolated area of Idaho when his truck became stuck.  Temperatures were well below freezing while he was stranded for days, but Meiling was able to survive by taking shelter in an abandoned farmhouse nearby and starting a fire.  When he was able, he walked to an area that had cell service and called his son.  He was tired, hungry, and dehydrated, but Paul Meiling was alive at the end of his ordeal.  Here are some lessons that we can learn from this incident […]

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Goals for a New Prepper    

Goals for a New Prepper   

  If you are just getting into living a prepared lifestyle it can be difficult to know where to start.  Developing goals or milestones in your preparedness can help you stay on track in a practical way and avoid a one-dimensional or incomplete strategy that can drain your budget long before it offers any real benefits to you.  Here is a list of goals that one should attempt to complete before continuing in any one aspect of their preparation.   7 Days of Stored Water This means that you have 7 days of water stored for everyone in your home […]

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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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Wildfire Survival Tips

Wildfire Survival Tips

This year we have seen wildfires all over the globe.  Whether caused by natural factors like prolonged dry weather and lightning, accidents like fallen power lines in California, troublesome kids in Tennessee, or potential acts of terrorism in Israel, the result will always be deadly.  The only good thing about wildfires is that they usually come with warning thanks to monitoring and the brave groups of men and women that put themselves in harm’s way to fight the flames.  So, with proper planning and awareness you can greatly reduce your risks in case of a wildfire, here are some tips […]

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Economic Survival Tips

Economic Survival Tips

An economic crash, or currency devaluation could cause as many deaths as any natural disaster.  The irony being that all the actual resources are still there, but without currency to lubricate the flow of goods and services those resources will be largely unavailable.  But like all disasters, even economic ones can be prepared for so as to mitigate the threat and increase your ability to survive such disaster.  Here are some tips on how to prepare for a disaster of the economic variety.   Gardening Growing a garden, and establishing it now, prior to your dependence on it, will help […]

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People: Biggest Threat and Greatest Resource

People: Biggest Threat and Greatest Resource

In a post-disaster scenario when resources and not being resupplied and there is an interruption or full breakdown in law and order, your biggest threat will come from other people.  People who have not properly prepared themselves will want to take what you have, those that have not developed their skills will rely solely upon theft for survival.  But when the store shelves are empty and emergency services cannot be counted on, other people, those that have prepared and developed their skills will be the greatest resource.  Developing a community of prepared and like-minded people in your area, or finding […]

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How To Survive Falling Through The Ice

How To Survive Falling Through The Ice

This brave guy was kind enough to demonstrate how to survive falling through the ice of a frozen lake. In the video below he outlines 3 different methods to get out alive. Although, the last one requires the assistance of the local fire department and won’t be of much help in the wild. A few things to keep in mind. Don’t try this at home! These are somewhat ideal circumstances, in that the hole was intentionally made through a thick sheet of ice. In reality ice often breaks in the process of getting out. Breathing is important! This is a topic […]

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Black Walnut   

Black Walnut  

  It’s always nice in survival when you can get more than one use out of material you gather or from one plant or animal.  Black walnut is a perfect example of this. It can be used medicinally, as well as provide food, and in long term survival it can even be used to help tan hides.  With all of these uses, black walnut is not a tree that you want to be unfamiliar with.  It grows in all but a dozen of the most Western states, and in parts of Canada.  Here is how to use it for medicine and […]

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Post-Disaster Defense Tips for Women and Families

Post-Disaster Defense Tips for Women and Families

Human rights organizations inevitably report higher instances of sexual assault and attacks on women after disasters.  With the interruption of law and order, predators will be emboldened.  If you are a woman, or if you have women with you, especially younger women, steps will need to be taken to protect them from the elevated threat level.  The best ways to protect yourself from a potentially stronger opponent are to go unseen, unnoticed, or to present a hard target.  Here are some tips on how to do just that.   Unseen If you are sheltering in place it would be a […]

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Your Bug Out Vehicle

Your Bug Out Vehicle

One of the biggest mistakes that some of the survivalists out there make is with their bug out vehicle. They go overboard and buy something ostentatious like a Hummer decked out with “survival accessories”. Some even advertise that they are preppers right on the vehicle. These tend to be the same preppers who go overboard and buy the biggest and best gadgets that they can find, and the ones who think having more accessories, gadgets, and red dot sights on their rifles will help them to become the biggest and toughest survivors on the planet. Mostly, it just shows that […]

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Great Fire Tinder Options

Great Fire Tinder Options

When you need to make fire, one of the most important elements is some good tinder. We feel it’s important to always have some tinder material available. Put it in some airtight containers, such as an old Altoids tin and put it your bug out bag, your tackle box, your hiking pants pockets, your car and anywhere else you can think. Now, here are some simple ways to get your tinder. First, you can use the tried and true trick of cotton balls covered in Vaseline. The Vaseline is flammable. When you light it, the cotton will burn for quite […]

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Psychological Threats to Survival

Psychological Threats to Survival

The physical threats to your survival like temperature loss, dehydration, or starvation are obvious to just about anyone.  But less obvious, and just as dangerous are the psychological factors that can erode your ability, and even your will to survive.  Just as with the physical threats, the psychological threats to your survival can be dealt with if you can identify them and respond appropriately.  These are some of those threats and how you can deal with them.   Panic When you realize that you are facing a life or death situation panic is a natural reaction.  But panic can make […]

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Fast Action Control Techniques   

Fast Action Control Techniques  

When there is any other option, it’s always advisable to stay out of a conflict and to avoid a deadly encounter.  If we see a situation that might escalate we should call law enforcement. But is situations after a disaster or in any “grid down” scenario, law enforcement might be overwhelmed or otherwise unable to respond.  So what would you do in a situation like that?  You don’t want to have your only two options be doing nothing at all, or deadly force. In this video, which is mainly geared toward law enforcement, we see demonstrations of what the instructor […]

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Morse Code (Infographic)

Morse Code (Infographic)

Morse code was developed in the 1830’s to transmit language over the then new telegraph.  The basic premise of Morse code is similar to binary code, using on and off.  The main difference is that Morse code has a “long on”, represented as a dash, and a “short on”, represented by a dot, with blank space between letters and words. Communication technology has come a long way since then, yet we all know that SOS means.  It is the internationally recognized signal for distress.  While learning the whole alphabet in Morse code could come in handy, knowing SOS is by […]

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