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Defense / Security / Safety Safety Advice

Tired of Replacing Your Smoke Alarm Batteries? Do This Instead…

Changing smoke alarm batteries has been a part of my preparedness “ritual” for many years now. And every year, I would purchase more 9-volt batteries because it seems that every alarm I had (except one or two) uses them. But it got to a point where I realized I was spending a good twenty dollars […]

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Medical / First Aid Safety Advice

Got Poison Control? (Poison.org)

I was recently listening to a podcast by Radiolab on the Poison Control Center at Poison.org; you can learn more about that particular episode here. In that episode I learned some interesting things, like how many centers there are (55), how many calls they get per year (around 80,000 per call center), and how it […]

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Disaster Planning Safety Advice Skills / Knowledge

How to Survive if You Get Lost at Sea

No one wants to consider the thought of getting lost at sea. You might think that it couldn’t happen to you, but the truth is, it can happen to anyone. Even sailing experts have been caught in a big storm and left without supplies. It’s not easy to survive when lost at sea — but […]

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Disaster Planning Safety Advice Skills / Knowledge

How to Survive a Hurricane: A Complete Hurricane Preparedness Guide

Hurricanes are violent. They can bring a handful of serious and dangerous hazards- from storm surge, high winds, heavy rains, and even tornadoes. If you and your family aren’t prepared, you’re risking your safety. As a guide, here are the following steps you can take to ensure your family’s safety. Before A Hurricane Learn your […]

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Disaster Planning Safety Advice

How to Prep for a Flood in 7 Easy Steps

Flooding is a natural part of our planet’s ecosystem, but for inhabitants of flood-risk areas, high water is the harbinger of destruction and even death. In America’s most flood-prone states, like California, Florida and Arizona, up to 25 percent of housing units sit within a 100- or 500-year floodplain. Flooding can occur nearly anywhere rainfall […]

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Defense / Security / Safety Disaster Planning Safety Advice

Can You Spot What’s Wrong Here?

This is a photo of my front door, maybe you can spot what’s wrong quickly: If not, maybe this photo helps: You see the door security latch there? It’s missing an important part: I’d say it’s kind of useless without that piece, wouldn’t you? The sad thing is that nothing major happened to make it […]

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Camping / Fire Defense / Security / Safety Safety Advice

Why You Should NEVER Use Paper to Start a Wood Stove

My family and I have been visiting my in-laws over the Christmas holidays. The time has been nice and mostly without incident, but the day after Christmas we had an unpleasant surprise await us when we returned from the movies… the house was full of smoke! You see, my brother-in-law had been trying to keep […]

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Bug Out / Wilderness Defense / Security / Safety Disaster Planning Safety Advice Warmth / Shelter / Cooling

How to Survive Getting Stranded in the Snow

Winter is here, and the temperatures are falling fast. One thing no one wants to think about is the possibility of getting stranded in the snow. How will you survive if you get stranded in the woods during a blizzard, or your car gets stuck in a snowdrift on the side of the road? What […]

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Defense / Security / Safety Safety Advice

7 Things You Should Never Burn in Your Fireplace (and why)

I have a bunch of old papers that I need to get rid of and it occurred to me that I could just burn them in my fireplace one day, but I got to wondering if that was really a good idea as I’d never done so before (I’d always done this outdoors). Well, it […]

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Defense / Security / Safety Disaster Planning Safety Advice

What If We Regulated Driving Like We Do Guns?

Yesterday I shared a brief video about Washington’s I-1639 passing that seriously restricts gun ownership, and I clearly wasn’t happy about it. I’m still not happy about it passing and, like the guy said in the video, most of the law won’t directly impact me whatsoever. Regardless, it’s still the wrong way to go but […]