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Learn to assemble and make your own survival kit for the pocket, the car, the home, the backpack.

How to pack an earthquake/disaster kit for college students

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What does a college student need for an earthquake/disaster preparedness emergency backpack? Here’s what I packed for my daughter.

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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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These ten old tech gadgets will be handy when the electricity goes out

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Here are some old tech items that could be really valuable when the power grid goes down.

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The ten best survival gifts for the outdoors enthusiast

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Before Mothers Day or Fathers Day arrives, here are some gift ideas and product reviews to help you choose that special gift.

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Ten Do-It-Yourself Mothers Day Gifts for Under $10

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What useful, fun gift can you get the prepper and/or survival mom when the budget is tight? Try a bunch of items, all made by you and bundled into a lovely gift. She’ll love you for it.

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10 survival items for beginning apartment preppers

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Suppose you live in an apartment with limited storage space – what are some of the first things needed to start being prepared?

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A survival situation can start with a vehicle sliding off the road in bad weather. (Pantenburg photo)

Video: Prepare to survive in your car during a winter storm

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A routine drive to visit the family can turn into a nightmare. Here are some survival tools to take along in your vehicle.

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Prevent loss of small critical survival items by attaching a poptop, and securing them to a clip or lanyard.

Don’t lose your gear: Pop a top for equipment safety

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Hanging on to your survival tools can be critical. But many of the items are difficult to secure. Here’s how to use a pop top to secure just about anything.

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I always carry a pencil and notebook in my compass setup. (Pantenburg photos)

Don’t get lost: Tune up your compass

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There is no substitute for a good compass, and the ability to use it. Stay found to stay out of trouble!

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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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