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How to find the North Star

600 300 Survival Common Sense Blog | Emergency Preparedness

The North Star is a beacon that can be used to guide people in the backcountry. Here is how to find it, and use the star to stay found.

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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!

600 400 Survival Common Sense Blog | Emergency Preparedness

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

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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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Feather sticks make good firestarting materials and they are easy to carve.

Five tips to make a better feather stick for firemaking

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Suppose you need to start a fire, it’s been raining, and all the sticks are wet. Here’s how to make dry firestarting materials.

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Don’t panic | Simple survival tips for using a map and compass

600 300 Survival Common Sense Blog | Emergency Preparedness

It’s really hard to think when there’s this awful, nauseating realization that you may be lost. Suppose you have a map and compass along, and a basic idea of how to use them. But maybe you didn’t think about using the navigation tools until it was too late…

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High blood pressure? Heart issues? Try Kudzu: An edible, plentiful medicinal weed

600 300 Survival Common Sense Blog | Emergency Preparedness

Kudzu is edible and can be used to treat high blood pressure and heart disease, even though it is classified as an invasive “weed. Here is how to recognize and use the Kudzu plant.

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How to make medicinal mullein tea

600 300 Survival Common Sense Blog | Emergency Preparedness

Some “weeds” have medicinal properties that can be very useful. Mullein is one of those useful plants you should consider finding and using.

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Try these easy hydration sources from the grocery store

600 400 Survival Common Sense Blog | Emergency Preparedness

So there is an opportunity to go on a quick, not planned hike. But you’re away from most of your gear, and need to carry some water. Before you go, stop at the grocery store and looks for these drinks and containers.

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Recipe: How to make frontloader washing machine laundry soap

600 400 Survival Common Sense Blog | Emergency Preparedness

I’m not buying laundry soap again. This recipe is too easy and cheap, and it works too well to go back to buying commercial laundry soap products.

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Don’t make these deadly wilderness mistakes

600 300 Survival Common Sense Blog | Emergency Preparedness

Every year, people get lost in the wilderness areas and are rescued. But some vanish and are never found. The statistics are frightening. Don’t become one. Learn from these common mistakes to keep from dying in the backcountry.

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