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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How to Survive a Snowy Winter Night in Your Car

Every winter, thousands of people find themselves stranded while driving in the snow. In December 2000, a man survived 16 days on M&Ms, orange juice, and a quart of water when his car was buried in snow on a back road in Oregon. More recently, a man crashed into a snowy ravine in West Virginia. Battling frostbite and hypothermia, he stayed alive for nearly one week drinking melted snow, and eating peanut butter and packets of taco sauce. He […]

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How to Involve Your Children in Emergency Planning

It is important to involve children in emergency planning, so that if one occurs, they may be less frightened and can help. A good way to start is to teach your child the difference between an emergency and a problem. Experts suggest telling young children that an emergency is an unusual event that may cause damage to things like houses and cars, and also may hurt people. A simple explanation for natural disasters such as a tornado is to […]

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How to Make DIY Waterproof Matches

Since the beginning of humankind, fire starters have been the most essential tool a human could possess for survival. Back then, there was no such thing as a commercial match. However, a match similar to what we know today was mentioned in a book entitled Records of the Unworldly and the Strange, published many centuries ago in 950 AD.
If there occurs an emergency at night it may take some time to make a light to light a lamp. But […]

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