20 Uses for 2 Liter Bottles (link)

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The following is quite a compilation of ways to use a typical 2-liter soda (or water) bottle for survival, including plenty of videos. I’m surprised, however, that it didn’t mention SODIS but I did discover a few interesting ways to use them which I hadn’t considered before, such as a makeshift pillow, bowl (duh! I should have realized that), wind turbine, and more:

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12 Self Defense Tips for Children (video)

I’ve been focusing on older folks self defense lately, particularly the ladies, when I realized that I hadn’t pointed out self-defense tips for children yet! Here’s a decent video on the topic, though, I would add/emphasize a few things as well:

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Earbuds Case Fire Kit (video)

This video just goes to show you really CAN put a fire kit in anything, even an old earbuds case. Personally, I would prefer an Altoids tin for the size and because it’s likely more waterproof than an earbuds case, but I like the effort.

She’s added a good variety of fire starting supplies and gear, including fat wood, lighters, stormproof matches, “trick” birthday candles, various fire starters such as live fire, and something I’d never knew could catch fires… guitar pics.

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7 Survival Uses for Plastic Shower Curtains (link)

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My shower curtain was never something that crossed my mind as a potential survival item but it sure can be used in a variety of ways if you’re short on supplies. One or two ideas are stretching it a bit (like the makeshift greenhouse) but the others are certainly ones to consider and since the shower curtain is waterproof most of the other ideas make sense:

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5 Wrist Grab Escapes for Women (video)

Self defense is good for all of us to know and practice and, since this video is geared towards women, I’d say this is a great time to point out my 29 must-do safety tips every woman must know post I wrote not too long ago. Now, here’s a few easy wrist grab escapes to learn; ladies just be careful when practicing on your hubbies… try not to hurt them. Skip to about the 1:00 mark to get to the heart of the video…

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DIY “High Volume” Activated Carbon Water Filter (video)

With just a few items you can make an expedient “high volume” water filter! You’ll need a one or two liter bottle, coffee filter, activated carbon, a piece of mesh, and a “diffuser” made from what appears to be the bottom of a can of food (or something similar) and you’ve got yourself a water filter that can be very useful as a pre-filter and even as your sole water filter in a pinch…

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Practical Bug Out Bag (video)

His focus is on developing a “practical” bug out bag for when he feels you’re most vulnerable or when things are most likely to happen: while you’re sleeping… precisely when you may not have time to “get ready” and gear up.

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Solar Air Heater from HurricaneWindPower.com (video)

I’ve tried making a DIY solar air heater such as this before with less than optimal results… yeah, I screwed it up. I’m sure I could do better in the future but, if you’re not the DIY type, you might really like the fact that these folks have built what looks to be a quality solar air heater. Better yet, installation looks fairly straightforward too. The only problem I see is that I can’t find the darn solar air heaters on their website! I was really just curious about the price, maybe you’ll have better luck than I did. Here’s the installation video…

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(Giveaway) Failures of Imagination: “The Deadliest Threats to Our Homeland” Book Review

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I was recently sent this book to review written by Congressman Michael McCaul titled Failures of Imagination: The Deadliest Threats to Our Homeland – And How to Thwart Them and I must, this was a good book!

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7 Steps to a Fire Survival Plan (link)

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Fires are an everyday survival problem everyone has and your family’s ability to survive a house fire shouldn’t be taken lightly. The following article sheds some light on what you can and should do to stay safe. I should point out that the article states “…all fires start when you don’t pay attention to flammable surfaces…” which isn’t entirely true; some fires start just because stuff happens but I would suggest that not paying attention–along with doing things wrong–is a contributing factor to many house fires and so common sense and awareness are a must where fires are possible.

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