Emergency Preparedness

Basic Survival Skills You Should Know

Even if you are not an avid fan, there is a good chance you’ve seen at least one episode of Survivor, which aired for the first time in May 2000. If reality shows aren’t your thing, perhaps you’ve watched survival-related documentaries or fictional movies. It’s only natural to question what you would do if faced with potential life and death scenarios such as being stranded in the wilderness. However, most of us do not follow up on those thoughts […]

The Simple Survival Kit List … Because Anything Can Happen

“The end of the world is on people’s minds. We have the power to destroy or save ourselves, but the question is what do you do with that responsibility.” ~ Nicolas Cage
“What are you going to do if it’s the end of the world? You better go out having fun instead of stressing about it.” ~ Kirsten Dunst

Two different takes from well-known actors, both of whom have starred in films with apocalyptic themes. The quote from Cage implies that […]

5 Things Hurricane Matthew Taught Us About Disaster Preparedness

After devastating Haiti, Hurricane Matthew wreaked havoc across parts of Florida, South Carolina, and North Carolina. While death estimates in Haiti may be as high as 1,332, at least 46 people in the U.S. lost their lives due to the Category 5 Atlantic hurricane. Prior to the widespread flooding in North Carolina, early estimates of total economic losses in the southeastern U.S. stood at least $4 to 6 billion U.S. dollars. The before and after photos of this hurricane […]

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Camping Water Safety: Fishing, Boating and More

The most popular activity people participate in during camping trips is hiking, but polls indicate that many campers enjoy recreational activities involving water such as boating and fishing. Here are a few insightful stats from a 2015 outdoor recreation trends report.

About 87 percent of campers participate in other outdoor activities while camping.
Number of campers participating in water-related activities: Fishing: 18 percent, Kayaking: 14 percent, Canoeing: 11 percent, Boating: 6 percent, Rafting: 5 percent, Wakeboarding: 3 percent.
Boating participation has increased, […]

Edible Plants in the Wilderness

Perhaps you embarked on a solo backpacking trip and only have a few granola bars and water with you. Somehow you’ve veered off your planned route and now you are hopelessly lost. You are hungry and scared, but you did your homework and know that the wilderness has a potentially abundant supply of food that doesn’t require hunting animals. Here is a short guide to edible wild plants, including tips for finding them. It is paramount to know how […]

How to Use and Make Natural Antiseptics

If you are a Baby Boomer or older, you may fondly remember having bright red liquid lovingly applied to your skinned knees by your mom or the school nurse. Mercurochrome, generically called merbromin, was used frequently back then to clean superficial wounds. In 1998, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration declared that it was “not generally recognized as safe and effective” as an over-the-counter antiseptic and banned its sale across state lines. While this bright red medicine is still […]

Prairie Home Companion: Making Tonics and Tinctures

The words tonic and tincture may conjure up images of life on the prairie, circa 1800s. Indeed, both Native Americans and early settlers made their share of medicinal products to help cure a wide range of maladies. The holistic medicine and back-to-nature movements have created new generations of consumers who swear by DYI remedies. Let’s start by looking at the difference between a tonic and tincture, by definition.
Tonic: A preparation of herbs that increases and supports health and well-being. […]

The Versatile Orange: Starting a Campfire and Other Uses

Oranges as we know them today harken back to about 314 BC in Southeast Asia. In Western countries, oranges were considered primarily a dessert fruit prior to 1920. These fruits not only pack a healthy dose of vitamin C, but have other uses that don’t involve eating the tasty flesh or drinking the juice. Here are five intriguing non-dietary uses for oranges.
Starting campfires: Orange peels make good kindling, so after your family eats the oranges as a snack, keep […]

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Non-Food Items to Keep in Your Emergency Kit

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 50 percent of adults in the U.S. do not have the resources and plans in place to deal with a possible emergency. Preparing a well-rounded emergency kit is an important step to ensuring the safety and well-being of family members should disaster strike. When you are preparing an emergency kit, there are some obvious items such as flashlights, food, and water, but many people forget other important items. […]

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Are You Prepared for the Tornado Season?

Although tornadoes can occur at any time of the year, tornado season is already underway, with destructive tornadoes tearing through Texas during the second week of March. Perhaps you live in the downtown area of a major city and believe you are completely immune from tornadoes. While it is true that the odds are lower due to high buildings creating much smaller potential paths, tornadoes have hit downtown areas. St Louis seems to be especially prone to this weather […]