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Backpacking 101: Keys to Success

Perhaps you’ve always wanted to take a backpacking trip through the beautiful backcountry wilderness, but you don’t know where to start. It is important to do thorough research ahead of time so your backpacking trip turns out to be as grand as you dreamed it would be. There are several steps you need to take before you leave home and best practices to follow while on the trail.
Physical Preparation
It is important to condition your body and be in tip […]

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15 Nifty Camping Tips and Tricks

While you might be tempted to just wing it when you go on a camping trip, it’s a good idea to plan ahead. If you are a first time camper, you may struggle a little to pitch your tent, but doing that, building a fire, and tying simple knots are just the basics and you’ll master these pretty quickly. While you’ll likely have a great time, some moments in the great outdoors—away from modern comforts—can throw you for a […]

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Typical Patterns and the Unpredictability of El Niños

It is not difficult to understand an El Niño in theory, but each one plays out in reality with a good deal of variance. Considering that weather itself is generally unpredictable, it is not surprising that forecasting the patterns and potential impact of an El Niño each season is also not an exact science. The basics are as follows:

Under normal conditions, Pacific trade winds blow over the region, typically moving from east to west, pushing the water at the […]

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How to Survive with Just a Knife

In the film 127 Hours, Aron, the character played by James Franco, finds himself in a terrible predicament. During a hike in Utah, Aron falls through a shaft, getting his arm wedged in between a boulder and the canyon’s wall. His knife proves to be lifesaving, although the price he has to pay is extreme. The film is based on a true story, and while you may never find yourself in a situation that dire, having a knife can […]

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How to Harvest and Store Seeds

In the beloved childhood fairytale Jack and the Beanstalk, Jack receives magic beans in exchange for a cow. The beans miraculously grow into a gigantic beanstalk which brings riches to Jack and his mother. Of course, everyone knows that seeds do not produce magical beans in real life, but if you find yourself in a disaster without a lot of food, stored seeds may seem pretty miraculous.
Selecting the Best Seeds
The selection of seeds to plant in your garden is […]

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The Travelers Guide to Emergency Preparedness

The late, great American author and humorist Mark Twain had a unique perspective on the world, including travel. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” While that quote expresses a wonderful sentiment, if you have ever traveled to faraway lands, you know wanderlust […]

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Heating Your Home During an Emergency

If you live in the Midwest or Northeast, you have likely experienced a deep freeze with below zero temperatures this winter. For many, the El Niño warming effect from a few months ago feels like a distant memory. Perhaps you’ve even found yourself daydreaming about moving to a tropical paradise! Wishful thinking aside, have you considered what you would do if an emergency or disaster knocked out your heat source on one of these frigid days? There are several […]

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Effective Emergency Preparation for Seniors

Many older adults have issues that need to be taken into consideration when implementing an emergency plan. The same basic steps are involved as in family emergency planning, but there are some senior-specific things that need to be addressed. If your parents are elderly or you are a caregiver, you need to handle all of the below steps to ensure that the seniors in your life stay safe in emergencies. You may experience some resistance from them, but it […]

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The Dos and Don’ts of Emergency Food Storage

Many people make common mistakes when storing food for emergency purposes. You can easily avoid these missteps and prepare a well-stocked, durable, and versatile pantry. This starts with an assessment of every family member’s food needs, including sensitivities, allergies, and any health issues that affect diet. Three key elements should be taken into consideration—variety, balance, and moderation. Don’t forget your pets—they are valued members of your family, too.
Handy Tips for Your Food Pantry

They say variety is the spice of […]

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How to Recycle Trees for Your Own Use

The holidays are over and you have put away the lights, ornaments, and tinsel until next season. You may live in a community that offers free, curbside Christmas tree pick-up on designated days after the holiday. Your community will chip the trees and put them to use for spring beautification projects or to replenish surfaces in local playgrounds. However, if you do this yourself, it will provide rich mulch for your own vegetable or flower garden. You don’t need […]

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