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This pocket survival kit has many items that could help you survive disasters or emergencies.

Learn how to make an urban/wilderness survival kit

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Learn how to make an urban/wilderness survival kit you can carry everywhere.

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D Day, D Day Omaha Beach

La Pine, Oregon veteran recalls Omaha Beach landing on D Day

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On this 74th anniversary of D Day, I hope to honor my friend, the late Bob Shotwell, by posting his recollections of the D Day amphibious assault.

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Peter Kummerfeldt: Finding Water in the Desert

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Always take lots of water along, and never depend on being able to find it! But it’s a really good idea to know where to look for water in the event of an emergency. Here are some desert water tips from survival expert Peter Kummerfeldt.

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Recipe: High Speed Venison for a quick, tasty meal outdoors or at home

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Ingredients for this dish go on every hunt. All you have to do is add venison, and you have a great, tasty meal that doesn’t require a lot of preparation.

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Video: Dryer lint as wilderness survival firestarter? No way!

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You stake your life on your firemaking kit components. My recommendation is to substitute cotton balls in any application you might be using dryer lint.

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Check out the Survivalcommonsense interview on the Doom and Bloom podcast

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I was interviewed on the Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy podcast at the Mother Earth News Preparedness Expo last weekend in Albany, Oregon. Check out the interview! (I’m on about 8:30 into the podcast.)  

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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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Include these simple flour recipes in your survival gear

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Good, practical recipes can help you make the most efficient use of basic food staples in a survival situation! What happens during a survival situation, when you end up with a bag of flour, some baking powder, a campfire and hungry children?

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Mora knives, best beginner knife, best survival knife

Survival knife review: The lightweight, practial and inexpensive Mora may be the best all-around choice

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While I’ve yet to find the ultimate do-everything survival knife, a Mora can come really close!

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Key to Wilderness and Urban Survival is All in Your Mind

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Psychological responses to emergencies follow a pattern…only 10 to 15 percent of any group involved in any emergency will react appropriately. Another 10 to 15 percent will behave totally inappropriately and the remaining 70 to 80 percent will need to be told what to do. The most common reactions at the onset of an emergency are disbelief and denial.

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