Hands cupping around a burning candle
21 Apr 2017

How To Be Prepared For A Power Outage

Power outages are normal. If you live in colder climates, you may have experienced an ice storm, or a hurricane in warmer climates, that knocked the power out. Ideally the power company can get you back up and running before you really miss any of the conveniences that we are

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red hammers to break the window.
01 Apr 2017

Assembling a Car Emergency Kit

Here in the Pacific Northwest Spring is just around the corner. We keep getting glimpses of the sun but not a whole day of sunshine yet. Around here, as soon as the weather warms up people hit the road. When Northwesterners aren’t snowboarding or skiing, they’re at the ocean, hiking,

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Ron Hood Advanced Survival Video
18 Mar 2017

Review: Ron Hood’s Advanced Survival Guide

I’ve known about Ron Hood and his survival videos for a while. But I have to tell the truth…I had never watched any of the videos! While I was at SHOT Show earlier this year in January I got to meet the people behind the production company, Stoney-Wolf Productions. I

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steam on pot in kitchen
11 Mar 2017

How Can You Collect Water in the Desert?

OK, you might not be in the actual DESERT when there’s an emergency situation. But around my parts, the Pacific Northwest, it’s common to go for weeks in the summertime with no rain. I’ve lived in my city for 25 years, and over that time there’s been a noticeable shift

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A man cooks sausages over a wood fire. Behind him is a lean-to wilderness shelter filled with fire wood. These shelters are common in Finnish Lapland to allow travellers to warm themselves and make food and drinks in the freezing arctic winter.
26 Jan 2017

What Would The Ideal Emergency Shelter Be Like?

I’ve been having survival style dreams lately, where I’ve been in the woods in the snow and looking for a place to shelter. In another dream I was trying to to skin a squirrel to try and make a blanket. I think it’s because we’ve been having snow and ice

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10 Jan 2017

Lessons from the Storm of 2016

In December of 2016, a rash of winter weather swept across Oregon, bringing thick bouts of freezing rain and snow to Lane County. The ice piled onto roads, trees and power lines causing massive power outages and hazardous road conditions. Tens of thousands of people were without lights or heating

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Are You Ready for Chemical Warfare?
12 Dec 2016

Are You Ready for Chemical Warfare?

I’m not ready for chemical warfare. I read something recently that scared me straight. I live in the Pacific Northwest, where the biggest issue, and the one that everyone’s been focused on since this New Yorker Magazine article came out, is earthquakes. When “the big one” hits our area, according

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Money When There Is No More Money
25 Nov 2016

Money When There Is No More Money

What does that mean, money when there is no money? What we’re talking about is when the day comes when paper money or coin money is meaningless. After a large natural or social disaster, it probably won’t matter how much your house was worth or how much money you had

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Search and Rescue Notes: Volume 1
21 Nov 2016

Search & Rescue Notes: Volume 1

I was recently involved in the search for a missing hunter in Curry, County, Oregon. The man had gone missing on October 14, and at the time of this post is still missing. The man’s son tried to find him and also became lost, but was rescued several days later.

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Another Reason Why Seeds Should Be Part of Your Survival Kit
30 Oct 2016

Another Reason Why Seeds Should Be Part of Your Survival Kit

A lot of preppers have seed kits, which is a smart investment because if there really is a natural disaster or a societal breakdown, being able to grow your own food is going to be a key to survival. Gathering wild plants can work but if you don’t find enough

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