Search and Rescue notes from a lost mushroom picker
17 Nov 2017

SAR Notes Vol. 3: You Wore What?

My previous SAR-related post involved a subject who was very prepared for an unintended night alone in the wilderness. This one involves a subject that could have prepared a lot better. I answered a call to search for a missing mushroom picker in mid-October. She had gone missing the day

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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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Flood Protection Sandbags with flooded homes in the background
03 Nov 2017

Preparedness Through Service

The intense 2017 wildfire and hurricane seasons in the United States and a series of deadly earthquakes in Mexico have many people wondering about their level of preparedness. They’re  also wondering how to help their community prepare for and respond to a major disaster. Police officers, EMS staff and firefighters

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Hiker gets lost in the woods
27 Oct 2017

Stay Alive By Staying Put

We recently posted an article asking if your child would be found alive if they were stranded outside. That led to a question of what situations would be best to stay where you are and what situations would you be best served by leaving the area. In most cases, you’re

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chempack locations near you
20 Oct 2017

Is There Nerve Agent Antidote Near You?

Did you know the CDC has stockpiled caches of nerve agent antidotes around the country? The CDC (Centers of Disease Control) states that if their nerve agent antidote is all in one place (like Washington, DC, for instance), that it would be too difficult to deploy the antidote in the

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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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29 Sep 2017

Preparing for North Korea’s EMP Threat

We’ve all seen a change in how our government is handling North Korea now that Donald Trump is president. Previous administrations quietly acknowledged that Kim Jong Un was a madman while publicly either ignoring him or politely tiptoeing around any threats he made. Our current president has done quite the

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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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