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Andersonville, August, 1864 ( Library of congress photo)

Civil War Andersonville Diary provides modern survival guide

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What are the rules of survival in an emergency situation? Most experts will point out that the psychological aspect is more important than anything else. Here are some thoughts on the subject from the Civil War.

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Video: Survive sheltering the night in your vehicle

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Bad weather, breakdowns, running out of fuel, getting stuck are some of the more common reasons why a driver might have to bed down for the night (or perhaps for several nights) until the situation is resolved. A night out does not have to be a life threatening experience.

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My great-great-grandfather, James Hallowell was a Civil War veteran. He homesteaded in Iowa in the late 1860s.

Civil War survival lessons from a 92nd Illinois Infantryman

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Basic survival skills don’t change. Here are some lessons from a Civil War infantryman on how to provide food, shelter and improvise lighting during hard campaigning.

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Encourage preparedness mindset with this book: “The Unthinkable”

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“The Unthinkable” is not about disaster recovery: It’s about what happens in the midst of one – before emergency personnel arrive. It’s about the human reaction to disaster and how you should act if you want to survive.

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Afraid of the dark?

Video: Afraid of the dark? Here’s how to get over it

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Here are some ways to help you deal with this fear of darkness issue before it develops into a survival situation.

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Many shelters are improvised from whatever materials are available.

Five prepper gifts for the homeless during cold weather

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Virtually every community has people living on the streets. Want to help them out? Here’s some suggestions for gifts you may already have.

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Airlink | Don’t die in the backcountry, get this great medical assurance policy

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You don’t have to be in the western backcountry to need an air ambulance. You can be in an isolated campsite on the Mississippi River, or on a rain slick highway outside a major city. An air ambulance policy can save you thousands of dollars.

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Staying Found: Making sense of the topo map declination diagram

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Topographic map users are familiar with the small declination diagram at the bottom of the map. Here is how to use it.

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Check out these winter driving tips from AAA and other experts

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Sometimes the best winter driving advice is “Don’t go!” But if you must be on the road, here are some tips from the American Automobile Association.

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These Eureka! Timberline tents have held up well for almost a decade of use by Boy Scout Troop 18. Central Oregon's winter is beautiful, (Pantenburg photo)

How to stake down a tent securely in deep snow

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How do you keep your tent from blowing down in heavy winds, when you’re on top of deep snow? This simple technique works really, really well..

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