Morakniv Floating Serrated Knife
13 Jul 2018

Morakniv Floating Serrated Knife

A floating knife?! Why didn’t I think of this. Around here, where we spend half the summer in a lake or by a river, it just makes sense. This cool knife made by Morakniv recently won the Scandinavian Outdoor Award. The knife is simple, yet innovative. While it is a

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Are You Ready sign against a stormy background with lightning and copy space. Dirty and angled sign adds to the drama.
06 Jul 2018

Why Are There So Many False Emergency Warnings?

Where we live in the Pacific Northwest our state was just one of several states over the past few months that issued a false warning emergency. On May 31, 2018, at 8:30 pm, an emergency notice went across televisions in multiple counties warning people of a “civil emergency.” There was

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29 Jun 2018

The One Plant That Grows Almost Anywhere That You Should Know

There’s one plant that grows almost everywhere that you definitely should know about for your herbal medicine cabinet. It’s one of the first plants most people consider weeds that I learned to identify. I became interested in it because it was literally growing right outside my door in the lawn,

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Dandelion Flower
22 Jun 2018

Wild Edibles You Can Find Anywhere

There’s nothing more irritating to me than reading an article about survival foods that focuses only on foods in the desert southwest, for instance, or woodland plants of the East Coast. I’m not in those places, and I’m not likely to be there in an emergency. Of course, it’s up

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apocalyptic landscape
15 Jun 2018

What’s Your State’s Disaster Resilience and Recovery Plan

Have you ever looked into your state’s disaster recovery plan? Or even checked to see if they have one? I don’t know about all states, but my state does have one. And if you look into it, it has some pretty scary stuff. I first encountered my state’s Resilience Plan

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Mustang Survival fluorescent green Vest
08 Jun 2018

Most Visible Color to Wear in Water

A water rescue is one of my nightmares…maybe a plane crashes, a cruise ship is damaged, or there’s a flood. I just don’t think about that sort of thing very much, unless I happen to be flying over the ocean to Hawaii! Admittedly, that has only happened twice (there and

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military surplus fuel can
01 Jun 2018

5 Surplus Store Items You Should Always Buy

If you’ve never gone into a military surplus store stop what you’re doing and find the nearest one to you. Seriously. They are so fun to spend time wandering around in. I could wander in the aisles of the one near me for hours, days even. There’s a nice one

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Bindle Bottle video review
25 May 2018

Review: Bindle Bottle

Just about everyone has one (or several!) or has at least seen the stainless steel, double-walled vacuum-insulated water bottle. There is no shortage of them on the market nowadays. But despite the numerous companies making them, there is very little variety in the function of the bottle. You almost always

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