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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. You heard the news – it’s really bad and folks are panicked. 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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Wilderness area, Oregon Cascades.

Serious as a heart attack: Would you know the symptoms if and when they happen?

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Everybody needs to know the symptoms of a heart attack. Here’s the story of my wake-up call.

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Snow accumulation on roofs can present hazards.

Should you remove the snow off your roof?

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The snow has been falling endlessly in Central Oregon, it seems, and it isn’t going anywhere. Should you shovel your roof?

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Try this practical method to build a survival snow cave

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Just about every survival manual shows how to build a snow cave. But the reality is that most people don’t have the skill, tools or time to effectively use this technique. These young scouts did it and you can, too.

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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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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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Prepare for the monster ice and snow storm in four hours

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Arctic weather is on the way. Here are some things you can do – within four hours – to prepare for the power outage.

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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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Peter Kummerfeldt: Tips for spending the night in your vehicle during an emergency

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Anyone who drives faces the possibility of spending a unplanned night in a vehicle. 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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Peter Kummerfeldt: Dress to survive in extreme wilderness conditions

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Your first line of defense against hypothermia is your clothing. Make the right choices to survive

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