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Building an effective snow cave takes hard work and the right tools.

Do you need a machete in your emergency kit?

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I carry a machete in my car survival kit, and there are some tasks that a machete is ideally suited for. If you think one of those big South American knives is only good in the jungle or rain forests, think again!

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Eliminate optical brighteners in laundry soap for deer hunting success

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Does your camouflage design work? Well, the soap your clothing is washed in may ruin the concealment value. Here’s one way to solve that problem.

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Survival fire making videos: What ignition system should you carry?

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Your ability to start a fire can save your life! The inability can cost it! Here are some common methods, and how well they work!

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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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Check out this Dutch oven squirrel recipe

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Subsistence hunting is nothing new, nor was it ever limited to indigenous people. Small game, especially squirrels and rabbits, can be an important part of a survival diet. Here’s how to cook squirrel in a Dutch oven.

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

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The ongoing hurricane emergency situation is being made worse by the hot weather! How will you stay cool during the heat wave/disaster? Here are some tips.

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How much water is enough to survive?

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Without water, our bodies can get into serious trouble quickly – just a matter of days before dehydration sets in. Why do many people keep extra food, but don’t store water?

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find water, desert water techniques during flood, Peter Kummerfeldt

Use desert survival techniques to gather water during a flood

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During a flood, there may be water everywhere, but none to drink. Here’s some survival tips on where to find potable water during a disaster.

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This spoon fishing lure was made from a common kitchen spoon. It works very well! (Pantenburg photo)

Make a fishing lure from a kitchen spoon

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One of the most useful, and effective fishing lures is the common spoon. Here’s how to make a good one, for pennies, from recycled materials.

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

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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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