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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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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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Top 5 wilderness survival skills you need for urban survival

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

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Survival food : A morale-booster lesson from World War II

549 400 Survival Common Sense Blog | Emergency Preparedness

“The day may have gone to hell, but if you think there’s a hot meal coming, that may be the high point. It gives you something familiar in a really bad situation.”

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Five reasons why heading for the hills during an emergency is a bad idea

600 300 Survival Common Sense Blog | Emergency Preparedness

When (fill in the appropriate acronym) happens, society will collapse. But some survivalists think they will head for the wilderness and live off the land. Here’s why that philosophy won’t work.

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Urban Survival | How to shut off the gas and water during an emergency

600 384 Survival Common Sense Blog | Emergency Preparedness

During a natural disaster, you may be forced to evacuate your home, and told to shut off your gas, water and electricity. Let’s hope you know how to do it. If you don’t here are some instructions!

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Five tips for accessing the water stored in a water heater during an emergency

600 300 Survival Common Sense Blog | Emergency Preparedness

You have a large reservoir of potable water in your house, just waiting to be tapped. Here’s how to use the reserve stored in the water heater when an emergency happens.

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Six survival uses for plastic bags

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I carry a variety of plastic bags in all my survival kits. They can be worth their weight in gold during an emergency.

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

557 400 Survival Common Sense Blog | Emergency Preparedness

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

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Living off the land – here’s the reality check

600 400 Survival Common Sense Blog | Emergency Preparedness

So when everything goes down, you plan on using your wilderness survival skills to live off the land. Here’s some things to think about first.

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