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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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Afraid of the dark?

Video: Afraid of the dark? Here’s how to get over it

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Here are some ways to help you deal with this fear of darkness issue before it develops into a survival situation.

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Soapmaking 101 tips for a survival situation

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The ability to make soap during a survival situation can be really important! Here’s some tips from soapmaking expert Karla Moore on how to make a useable hand and body soap, using only two ingredients, and what tools you will need!

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

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“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

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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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Natural disasters can happen quickly - are you prepared? Five reasons normal people shy away from preppers.

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

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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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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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