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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. 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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Apartment Prepping: Stash your stockpile in small spaces

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Suppose you need to store emergency gear, but don’t have room in your apartment. Here are some tips for finding and using that space you didn’t know you had.

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Tips for buying a used Coleman gasoline lantern

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A good way to acquire a reliable lighting source and save money is to look for used gas lanterns at thrift stores and garage sales. Here are some things to check the lanterns for.

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Agnes and Charles Hallowell, my great-grandparents, probably about 1920 (?)

Ten skills that helped my family survive the Great Depression

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What lessons from the Great Depression might apply today? Here’s how my family got by.

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Book Review | ‘101 Skills You Need to Survive in the Woods’ by Kevin Estela

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Looking for a basic wilderness skills primer? Then “101 Skills You Need to Survive in the Woods” by Kevin Estela should be on your reading list.

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Winter camping requires a whole different set of survival skills. This snow cave makes a good emergency shelter.

Ten best reasons for winter camping

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The best camping season, IHO, starts when the snow flies. Here’s why you should consider winter camping.

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Flash Floods: Plan Ahead For Quick Reaction

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More people die of drowning in the desert than of thirst, and that is usually because they were surprised by a flash flood. Learn how to avoid that situation!

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10 tips for staying cool during a power outage/heat wave emergency

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An emergency situation caused by a summer storm may be made worse by the hot weather! How will you stay cool during the heat wave/disaster? Here are some tips.

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Review: The Outdoor Answer Epic Water Filter system for wide mouth Nalgene bottles

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Want to ensure a constant supply of clean drinking water, even on the move? This water filter system might be just what you’ve been looking for.

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How to use a personal earthquake survival kit to escape a collapsing building

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Earthquakes are happening on the west coast this week, and  one could occur while you’re at work.  Here’s how to use a personal earthquake survival kit to escape a collapsing building.

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