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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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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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Diving for clams on Mississippi River

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The Natives viewed clams as a food source. Today, some people still harvest clams, but for different uses. Along the Mississippi, clams were the basis for a thriving pearl button industry.

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Cleaning the strop is easy - just erase the residue.

How to clean a knife-sharpening strop

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One of the best ways to sharpen a convex grind knife is with a leather strop and abrasive emulsions. But at some point, metal particles will build up on the strop surface and reduce the efficiency. Here’s how to clean the strop

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How to find the North Star

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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!

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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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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

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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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