Pelican-SabreLight
09 Mar 2018

5 Top High-Visibility Flashlights

What’s the point of having a flashlight that isn’t charged when you need it? Or the batteries are dead? Or worse yet, having a flashlight that works but is so dim it’s practically useless? With these 5 high-visibility flashlights we recommend, you’ll never be in any of these situations. Well…you’re

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23 Feb 2018

Avoid Cold Weather Casualties

Here in the Pacific Northwest, we just had a few days of very springlike weather. The fruit trees started blooming, daffodils poked their heads up and friends and coworkers started gushing about how they could wear t-shirts. And today? Snow. Yeah. The weather does strange things. We didn’t get a

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Planning For a Nuclear Detonation?
12 Jan 2018

Planning For a Nuclear Detonation?

So many of you probably heard about President Trump’s boast on Twitter to North Korea’s Kim Jong Un that Trump has a bigger, better nuclear war button. Well, maybe it’s just coincidence, but the CDC announced just a few days ago that they are moving to prepare health professionals and

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These 5 Skills Will Keep You Alive - Can You Do Them?
22 Dec 2017

These 5 Skills Will Keep You Alive – Can You Do Them?

No matter how much gear you have in your pack or bug-out bag, if you don’t know how to use them or have some basic survival skills, you’re not going to last very long. These are the top 5 skills you must have if you’re going to survive TEOTWAWKI or

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Future map of flooded USA
15 Dec 2017

Oceanfront Property in Nebraska?

Forbes had an interesting article that I thought was worth sharing to our audience here. Take a look at this map of what the future USA might look like: I’ve long known that billionaires like Ted Turner had very large parcels of land in the central United States. But I

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08 Dec 2017

Top Gifts of Gear for the Holidays 2017

As you long-time readers know, I’m the guy with the gear who actually uses it through my role as a Search and Rescue member. Throughout the year I do video reviews of gear I’ve purchased or been given to test, so watch for those here on this site. Here’s a

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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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