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Survive this: Six maps you should have for urban disaster evacuations

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What kind of maps do you need to function in urban and/or wilderness situations? What happens during a disaster where you are forced to evacuate and need to travel by road, then go off road and finally cross country? You better know where you’re going!

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Video: Gear you don’t need – dump the Mylar blankets from your survival kit

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Do you carry a Mylar blanket as an emergency shelter item? If so, here’s why you should get rid of it.

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Video: How to make an emergency A-frame tarp shelter

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It is virtually impossible to make an emergency waterproof shelter out of natural materials, even if you have the time, tools and practice! In many instances, the A-Frame tarp shelter may be the best choice!

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Here is a Trekker completely disassembled. With no moving parts to break or get jammed, the Kelly Kettle is extremely reliable.

Survival kits: Video gear review of the Kelly Kettle Trekker backpacking stove

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Biomass-fueled outdoor implements are the way to go, IMO, and here is a great way to cook and boil water quickly, using sticks, twigs and other forest debris.

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Dutch oven survival kit, dutch oven, make survival kit

Video: What you need to make a Dutch oven survival kit

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Beginners frequently ask for a list of tools to get started in Dutch oven cooking. So, here’s a basic, bare-bones list.

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Video: How to make charcloth, a miracle survival kit fire starter

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Catching a spark and blowing it into a flame is a skill that can save your life. Properly-made charcloth will easily catch a spark and grow into an ember.

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This T-18 Mora knife has had the sheath modifed for safety and is moderately priced. (Leon Pantenburg photo)

Best beginner knife? We (video) review the Mora 840 Companion

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Take a hard look at the Mora 840 Companion if you’re looking for the best beginner knife.

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Hillsound Trail Crampons can be used successfully in urban setting as well as in the mountains.

Hillsound Trail Crampons | Try these so you won’t fall on icy surfaces

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More of us will shovel driveways and sidewalks than traverse glaciers and Himalayan trails. These crampons can help you do both safely.

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Video: Make an emergency brick rocket stove to help weather the storm

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The blizzard is coming (or already here!) and you don’t have a stove for cooking or fuel to make it work. If you have bricks, you can make this stove that is fueled with wood scraps or biomass.

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Video: How ergonomics affect knife handle comfort and safety

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Ever wonder why some knife handles feel great, and others just don’t work for you? Well, it’s all about science, ergonomics and the law of averages. Here is how to figure out if a handle will work for you.

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