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Review: The Urban Prepper’s Guide, tips for when everything goes down

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Our comfortable urban lifestyles can come to an end in an instant. Think Ukraine, or a flash flood, wildfire, earthquake, landslide, tsunami or some other natural disaster. How can you prepare for any eventuality? A good start might be to read “The Urban Prepper’s Guide” by Jim Cobb.

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heat, stay cool when power goes down

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

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Some parts of the country are already suffering through a heat wave. An emergency situation, caused by a summer storm, may be worsened by hot weather! How will you stay cool during the heat wave/disaster? Here are some tips.

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Top 5 wilderness survival skills you need for urban survival

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How valuable are wilderness survival skills in an urban disaster environment? Very. Here are five basic skills you need to know.

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Tasty food improves morale: A WWII Chicken Dinner Story

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Tasty food has an incredible impact on morale. My dad told this story from World War II, where he joined a Louisiana family for a Sunday chicken dinner.

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A drainage ditch might be the only source of water you can find.

Make A Practical Water Purification System Part of Your Survival Kit

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In a disaster, no single item or piece of gear can guarantee your ability to purify water for drinking. But combining several carefully-chosen pieces of water purification equipment might give you a fighting chance!

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Choose the best three knives for big game hunting

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Every prepper, survivalist and big game hunter needs knives for processing the meat of large animals. Here’s how to make a good choices in what you buy!

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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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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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This knife and The knife and cardboard sheath were made 44 years ago. The sheath still does its job quite well!

How to make a quick, safe knife sheath out of cardboard and duct tape

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Every one-piece knife needs an edge guard or sheath for safety if it is going to be used outdoors. Here’s how to make a quick sheath out of a paper towel roll and duct tape.

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