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10 things to pack in your vehicle for emergency evacuations

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Hurricanes in the Gulf and along the Atlantic coast of Florida proved that most people forced to evacuate were woefully unprepared. Here are some items to take if you ever have to evacuate your home.

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Survival Knives and Gear

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Review: The True Saber Shawnee may be the hunting knife for you

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There’s nothing like a several-hour, hands-on meat cutting session to help you decide if you like a knife or not.

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Hunting and Fishing

Recipe: Dutch Oven Duck and Sausage Gumbo

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To say you’re going to make gumbo is more a statement of purpose. This recipe has evolved over many years to fit my personal preferences.

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Make Fire

Video: Dryer lint as wilderness survival firestarter? No way!

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You stake your life on your firemaking kit components. My recommendation is to substitute cotton balls in any application you might be using dryer lint.

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Clothing

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Review: Zelus insoles may eliminate sore feet, joints and lower back pain

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If you stand or walk a lot at work, quality insoles may help eliminate sore feet, joints and lower back pain.

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Survival Skills

Reality check | Evacuating during the travel nightmare of Hurricane Irma

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Lisa Marie Gordon of  Welaka, Florida, her husband, four children and three dogs evacuated before hurricane Irma hit. She describes their travel ordeal. 

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Survival Gear

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Review | The Hults Bruk American Felling Axe should be part of your preparedness gear

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If you only had one tool to use for clearing land, building a cabin and possibly self defense, chances are you’d pick an axe. Take a look at this axe for inclusion in your emergency gear.

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Camp Cooking | Storage Food

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How much water is enough to survive?

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Without water, our bodies can get into serious trouble quickly – just a matter of days before dehydration sets in. Why do many people keep extra food, but don’t store water?

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Emergency Shelter

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Five tips for setting tarps for emergency shelter

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Tarp shelters can make a rainy campout much more bearable. In some emergencies, a tarp might save your life, Here are a few tips for making your tarp shelter more secure.

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VIDEOS | TIPS & HOW TO's

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Video: What you need to make a Dutch oven survival kit
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Beginners frequently ask for a list of tools to get started in Dutch oven cooking. So, here’s a basic, bare-bones list.

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Video: Start a survival campfire with gasoline and matches
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There is no probably no deadlier combination than gasoline and matches when it comes to causing serious injuries outdoors. But, if there is no other choice, here’s how to use gas and matches safely start your survival campfire.

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Video: How to keep your tarp corner grommets from tearing out
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A tarp camper can get in a situation where the wind blows hard enough to rip out the corner grommets. Here’s a rope trick to stop that from happening.

Leon Pantenburg writes a survival blog with tips and techniques to help average people survive an unexpected urban or wilderness emergency, using survival skills and emergency preparedness. Topics include survival knives, survival clothing and camp cooking, making a fire, emergency shelter, hunting and fishing, competent survival skills and survival gear reviews.