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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

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Video: Hemphill Gator Breaker Bowie is a practical user knife

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Why would anyone need a Bowie knife? Well, the craftsmanship and sound design of this Jesse Hemphill Bowie makes it worthy of consideration.

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Hunting and Fishing

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Ten top field tested knives for deer hunters

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The best knife for deer hunting must be able to handle several tasks, including gutting, skinning and quartering the carcass. Here is what to look for.

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Make Fire

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Pimp your Bic for survival use | video

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There is no single method or technique for survival fire starting that works 100 percent of the time. That said, I carry a mini Bic butane lighter in my pants pocket, my coat pocket and in my pack whenever I go out. Here is what you can do to improve this product for survival use.

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Clothing

Urban camouflage: Why you should blend in to walk home after a disaster

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You’re driving home from work, something “big” just happened and you’re completely stuck in gridlock on the highway. But, you’re prepared for this scenario. You abandon your car, grab your Get-Your-Ass-Home backpack out of your trunk and start walking. How do you blend in with all the unprepared people, so you don’t become a target for muggers? Here are some ‘fashion’ tips to get you home safe.

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Survival Skills

A single candle may provide enough lighting in some power outage situations. Check out thrift stores and garage sales for good deals. (Pantenburg photo)

Don’t be left in the dark – prepare for power outages now!

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What steps for emergency lighting should you take to make sure you don’t end up sitting in the dark?

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Survival Gear

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Video: What to carry in your big game hunting daypack

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A hunter’s daypack houses a very personal collection of gear designed to keep you safe, dry and warm. It also must contain meat cutting tools and equipment. Here’s what I carry in mine.

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Camp Cooking | Storage Food

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Foil wrap campfire cooking | Make easy, tasty meals for outdoor energy

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What happens if you end up with a campfire, some food, and a piece of aluminum foil – can you combine those to make a tasty meal?

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Emergency Shelter

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How to pitch a tarp to survive in heavy winds

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Winds can rip a tarp to pieces if it isn’t secured correctly. Here’s how to make your survival shelter safe and secure.

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VIDEOS | TIPS & HOW TO's

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Video: Hemphill Gator Breaker Bowie is a practical user knife
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Why would anyone need a Bowie knife? Well, the craftsmanship and sound design of this Jesse Hemphill Bowie makes it worthy of consideration.

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Video review: Is the Maxpedition Spartan the best survival wallet?
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What you have in your pockets may be the only survival gear you have when a disaster hits. Your wallet is part of that survival system, and you need to choose yours with care. Here is a look at the Maxpedition Spartan.

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Video: Try these everyday carry wardrobe survival tools
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What survival tools can you include in your wardrobe to help you get through a emergency or disaster? Here are some suggestions.

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

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