DY water filter
10 Nov 2017

Make a DIY Water Filter

Lifestraw or some other water filters are great, and if you have one you should use it. But what if you don’t have one? I knew that you could make a water filter from some basic materials that you probably already have at hand like sand and a 2-liter soda

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13 Oct 2017

Using Acorns as a Survival Food

I’ve long known that you could eat acorns. I just didn’t know how. I knew that Native Americans relied on acorns as a food source and that they somehow had a way to turn them into flour for little cakes. I live in an area that has some oak trees,

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How can you help your child survive and be found alive
06 Oct 2017

Would Your Child Be Found Alive?

We talk a lot on this site about gear, survival skills, and general preparedness. But that’s focused on adults. I’m lucky in that my 10-year-old son enjoys and wants to do “survival” type stuff. I trust him with a hatchet. He’s allowed to use some of my husband’s tools like

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Millwall Brick
15 Sep 2017

Non-Lethal Self Defense Gear You Can Take on a Plane

I don’t fly super often, but when I do, I always get anxious about not having any self-protection gear with me. It’s one of the most common topics that comes up here at Shadowfox Headquarters. What non-lethal self-defense gear you can take on a plane is a common question. Let’s

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How to Prepare For a Flash Flood
08 Sep 2017

How to Prepare For a Flash Flood

When you know there’s a storm coming like Hurricane Harvey, you know to expect that there will likely be dangerous levels of rain and at least the potential for flooding. What I’m talking about here is a “flash flood,” which by its very definition is unpredictable. Combine that unpredictability with

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Post-Disaster Prepping Lessons from Hurricane Harvey
01 Sep 2017

Post-Disaster Prepping Lessons From Hurricane Harvey

The news reports we are hearing of the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey are heartbreaking. Tens of thousands of people in coastal areas in Texas have been evacuated from their flooded neighborhoods, if they could get out at all. On NPR a woman spoke of having to wade out of her

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Emergency Prepping for Seniors
25 Aug 2017

Prepping for Emergencies as a Senior

Right now, I’m in pretty decent shape. I don’t take any prescription meds. I only wear glasses for reading. I don’t have any chronic health issues and other than tendinitis in my shoulder I don’t have any aches and pains. But here in the Pacific Northwest, we’re under increased risk

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Camping and Cold? Not Again. Sleep Your Warmest With These Tips
11 Aug 2017

Camping and Cold? Not Again. Sleep Your Warmest With These Tips

All of us at some point have underestimated how cold it would be when we were camping or out in the backcountry. Maybe an unexpected storm arose and you just didn’t have enough clothes. One time when my in-laws were visiting we all camped out on the Oregon coast. This

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17 Jul 2017

Can You Predict The Weather? Take the Quiz!

We all look up at the sky every day. But how many of us know what the clouds can tell us about weather? If you’re out on a hike or happen to be stranded somewhere, what is going on above you can help you predict what your next moves should

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petroleum jelly fire starter cotton pad
07 Jul 2017

Are Petroleum Soaked Cotton Balls the Ultimate Fire Starter?

To make a really good fire starter you only need a little bit of time and two ingredients…petroleum jelly and cotton balls. Well, we tried the method three different ways to test out how well it actually worked. We used cotton balls, which are the standard advice told to people

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