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Winter storms: What to do when the power goes off and it’s icy cold outside

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The power goes out and you’re sheltering inside the house. Outside, the temperature plummets, the wind picks up and it starts to snow. You don’t know when the power will be restored. It might be hours or days. How will you stay warm and safe? How do you get started?

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Eight reasons to add a notebook to your survival gear

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My everyday carry gear – everywhere – includes a notebook and a pen or pencil. Here is why these are important.

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Edible plants video: How to tell look-alike poison iris from cattails

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Every part of the cattail plant is edible. But don’t mistake a cattail for a toxic look-alike. Here is how to tell the difference.

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Moraine Lake in Central Oregon's Three Sisters Wilderness

Use social media to leave a note and save your life!

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Don’t let your quick outing turn into a missing person search! If nobody knows where to look, you could wait a long time to be rescued! An detailed note about your outing can solve that problem.

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Review: Backwoods Survival Guide by Jim Cobb

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If you are looking for ways to become more self-sufficient, then you need this book in your preparedness library.

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How to avoid sore feet | Ten tips for comfortable hiking

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Take care of your feet, and they will take care of you. That overused, mossy old cliche’ is in every survival manual, and that’s because it is true. If you can’t walk because of sore feet, your safety is compromised, and all sorts of problems will develop.

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Go squirrel hunting to learn wilderness survival skills

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How do you learn  the basic survival skills of marksmanship, stalking, concealment and skinning and processing game animals? Take up squirrel hunting.

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Can you be comfortable for a week without electricity?

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A storm is coming, and the electricity may be out for some time. Here is what you can do to prepare.

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Top 5 wilderness survival skills you need for urban survival

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How valuable are wilderness survival skills in an urban disaster environment? Very. Here are five basic skills you need to know.

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‘Bushcraft Basics’ reviews

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Be ready for any emergency, at any time. From clothing recommendations to picking the best firestarter, expert survival instructor Leon Pantenburg shares his considerable knowledge of bushcraft and survivalist skills so that anyone—backpackers, preppers, city dwellers, and more—can be ready for a possible emergency.

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