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Bugging in or bugging out: What’s the right move?

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When stuff hits the fan, the natural tendency for people is to gather what they can and leave the area. But is that the right thing for you to do? We’ve discussed the basics of putting together a “bug out bag” – a backpack, ruck sack, duffel bag, or some other device you can carry – at length (here, here, here, and here, for starters). However, there could come a time when staying put is a much better – and safer – idea. For starters, though some readers may have escaped the trappings of big cities, a number of them ...

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What you need to know about ‘bug-out bags’

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Perhaps one of the most important elements to your overall disaster, “stuff hits the fan” preparation plan is figuring out what you will take with you in the first critical hours. Thus, the “bug out bag” – a portable collection of your most necessary, most vital items – can literallybecome a life-or-death investment of your time now, while you have the opportunity to consider your options. “The subject of bugging out and bug out bags is a popular one and for good reason, disasters like hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes , flash floods or other natural disaster, could force survivors to ‘head for the hills’ in ...

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Don’t feed Monsanto – Feed yourself

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Not content with being the galaxy’s largest agricultural corporation, Monsanto recently hauled hundreds of farmers into court, alleging they violated the agri-giant’s copyright violations for alleged repeated usage of the company’s patented seeds. It was a case that, frankly, surprised a number of legal eagles and other observers, but the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear it anyway after it wound its way through the appeals process in February 2013. Observers have called the case, Bowman v. Monsanto Co., a landmark battle, in that it pitted farmer Vernon Bowman against the international agriculture giant over the former’s use of seeds ...

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What To Do If You Haven’t Prepared

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So you haven’t prepared for the worst, and the worst happens.  What do you do? Thousands of people are affected by tornadoes, fires, flooding and other natural disasters every year.  And only a very small percentage of those people are actually ready for them. You can never anticipate what’s exactly going to happen, which is why so many people are unprepared. If an emergency situation occurs, and you aren’t ready, you will have very limited options. To begin with, you’ll need to remain calm.  Many people panic and leave critical items in their home that could have saved them.  If ...

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Survival Basics: Hand Sanitation For Good Hygiene

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A lot of information has been written about the need to have water for survival.  And luckily, most people have gotten the message and either store extra water in barrels, have cases or jugs of bottled water, or have a source of fresh water than can be purified with chemicals or bleach. Not mentioned, though, is the need to have water to use for washing your hands.  Soap and water is the tried and true way to get rid of the germs lurking in our environment.  But what if water is scarce with not a drop to spare?  The good ...

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A Family That Sticks Together

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After a crisis, your best bet at survival has a lot to do with how you and your family function together. Working together can make all the difference after a crisis situation… but you’ll first need to prepare and know what everyone can do as a team.  A lot of times you may think of yourself, as a parent or older member of the family, as the sole protector, but this is wrong to do.  Take a look at everyone’s skills, no matter how young, and figure out how they can contribute to the whole. Assign certain tasks to each ...

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Odd Strategy to Survive in the Snow?

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So you’re out one night and for some reason find yourself stuck in the snow… you’re wet, you’re stranded, and you’re in trouble… what do you do? Oddly enough, many experts will tell you to get out of those wet clothes.  Wet clothes will suck the heat off of your body, increasing hypothermia and pain for you rather than warming you up. Yes, you’ll need to find shelter and hopefully build a fire… but your best bet to survive the cold is to get out of those cold, wet clothes. This is a fact that sounds so odd that you ...

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