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Would You Eat Insects If You Were Hungry Enough?

Would You Eat Insects If You Were Hungry Enough?

Okay … imagine this … There could come a time when you are stranded in the wilderness. You’re cold! You’re thirsty! You’re hungry! You might be faced with a choice – eating insects to provide you with a little protein until you find your way out or help comes, or feeling very weak and very hungry. While insects are a staple of some folks’ protein around the world, the thought of eating bugs is disgusting to most Americans (ya think?!)….

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Introducing: The WaterBob

Introducing: The WaterBob

Do you know the survival rule of 3? The survival rule of 3 is an essential rule everyone should be familiar with when considering emergency preparedness.  It’s referring to air, shelter, water and food. Put simply, a person can survive: 3 Minutes Without Air   3 Days Without Water   3 weeks Without Food   Here’s an example of our rule of 3 relating to water! Let’s say, for instance, you’re out enjoying an exciting camping adventure and you suddenly…

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Electronics and Weather Disasters

Electronics and Weather Disasters

How to Protect Your Electronics During a Natural Disaster First and foremost, protecting yourself and your family during natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, earthquakes, and fires is of utmost importance. No one expects to be caught in one of these potentially dangerous situations – but if the unthinkable does take place, it’s always smart to have a plan- especially in the fall when these spike. With that said, just as you gather flashlights, bottled water, and emergency supplies,…

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Hurricanes – Understand the Dangers

Hurricanes – Understand the Dangers

As someone who has lived on the Gulf Coast all of my life, I’ve experienced my share of hurricanes from Category 1 through Category 5.  Most I’ve hunkered down and rode out but a couple I’ve exercised good judgment and got the heck out of town.  The earliest hurricane I can remember was Hurricane Carla when I was five years old.  Our family evacuated inland.  The one memory that still inhabits my mind, even at such a young age, was…

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Pets – Emergency Preparedness

Pets – Emergency Preparedness

  I don’t know about you but my two cats are my “kids”.  I’d never think about leaving them home alone during any emergency.  If it’s bad enough for me to leave … they’re going, too!  I wouldn’t think twice about tossing a couple of suitcases out of the car to make room for them.  I’m sure most of you would feel the same. However, there are times when takings our pets with us just might not be possible.  For…

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How To Build a Lean-To Shelter

How To Build a Lean-To Shelter

Whether you are in a survival situation, or you just want to enjoy a different type of camping experience, a lean-to shelter is a good way to stay safe from the elements. Supplies Needed: 2 Trees/ poles about 7-8 feet apart 2 poles/branches about 8-9 feet long (Thick for frame) 5-8  thinner 8-9 poles/branches Filler branches/saplings/ long grass/leaves Twine/Paracord/vines Ax to chop down trees/saplings for poles Step 1– Check for wind direction. If you have satellite capabilities, check for directions…

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Fire Prevention and Response

Fire Prevention and Response

Home fire is the fifth leading unintentional cause of injury and death in the United States, behind motor vehicle crashes, falls, poisoning by solids or liquids, and drowning. It also ranks as the first cause of death for children under the age of 15 at home. Two of every five fires that kill young children are started by children playing with fire. Roughly 80 percent of all fire deaths occur where people sleep, such as in homes, dormitories, barracks, or…

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Power Outages – A Common Inconvenience

Power Outages – A Common Inconvenience

How prepared are you in the event of a power outage? For most families this is the most common situation they’ll face. It can also be a most uncomfortable situation! However, if the family is prepared, this ‘most uncomfortable situation‘ can be avoided.  I experienced this very thing twice during the past month. The first was simply a short outage — perhaps 10 minutes. Certainly very little discomfort there. However, the second was much more disruptive to my delicate routine….

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Wildfire Season – Are You Prepared?

Wildfire Season – Are You Prepared?

Admittedly, a wildfire is not something I’ve experienced in my lifetime and hope things stay that way.  However, in some parts of the country, this is a problem that can be a serious threat — to life, property, and the environment.  To be prepared for a wildfire, the most important thing to consider is to be ready to evacuate quickly — a somber thought indeed. This means monitoring alerts and warnings information, having a family communication plan, knowing evacuation routes,…

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Winter Storms & Blizzards

Winter Storms & Blizzards

10 Ways To Prepare Your Home & Family For A Winter Snow Storm Or A Blizzard Blizzards are quite common among those who live in the Midwest and on the East Coast of the United States  although, during the last few years we’ve had some very freaky weather in places that normally would not see such weather.  So even if you think you’re safe, it certainly doesn’t hurt to know what to do to prepare for a blizzard or a…

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