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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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Reliable Power For Your GPS: What are the best batteries?

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Your GPS is as reliable as the batteries in it! Make the best choices for consistent power!

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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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10 survival items for beginning apartment preppers

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Suppose you live in an apartment with limited storage space – what are some of the first things needed to start being prepared?

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Recipe: Make quick, easy apricot energy bars

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Are you using the storage foods in your pantry? Here’s a way to use those ingredients to make delicious apricot energy bars for that next hike or outing.

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Review: Is the Wood Mite Gravity Feed Rocket Stove the best choice for emergency use?

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Everyone, IMHO, ought to have a biomass stove in their survival/emergency gear. The Wood Mite Stove may be what you’re looking for. by Leon Pantenburg Wood Mite supplied this stove for a review. I was not paid to write this, and all I guarantee on any review of any product is a fair shake. At the time of publication, Wood…

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Before the hurricane hits: What to take along if you must evacuate

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Nobody wants to worry about being forced to evacuate your home quickly. But what if you had to? Here are some suggestions from the American Red Cross about what to take along.

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GPS Setup: Using the right coordinates for safe backcountry travel

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Datum? Coordinate systems?

To most beginner GPS users, these terms may be confusing, and subsequently ignored or not understood. But before you can effectively – and safely – you must be able to set your GPS with the information on your maps.

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The Survival Mom: Fear has a shelf life

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All of us in the preparedness/survival industry have noticed reduced interest and sales in the past few months. Part of this could be attributed to the fact that major disasters are apparently not stirring up the fear factor like they used to. Are we getting used to fear?

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Wealth can’t protect you: Lessons from the Calgary flood

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Money won’t insulate you from disaster. Thanks to guest author, the Survival Mom, Lisa Bedford, for this story from the recent Calgary floods.

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