How to prepare to survive a blizzard or winter storm at your home or in your vehicle.
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A systematic approach to traveling safely with your family.
Using a compass for navigation is an essential survival skill.
How to treat venomous snakebites in an offgrid situation.
A comprehensive analysis of strategic survival cache placement and recovery.
Use stellar objects and other natural features to find your way without a compass.
Jake compares the Ruger Mk II and the Browning Buckmark
Jake shows you his new survival knife.
The Remora is a great every-day-carry for someone looking for a more manageable-sized bag.
Knowing how to tie lanyards from paracord is a great survival skill. In this video, Jake will show you a simple weave for tying lanyards.
Smoking meat with wood smoke is a very simple and effective way to preserve meat, and is an essential skill in your self-reliance and survival arsenal.
I know tons of people who haven’t prepped because they have big plans and just can’t seem to get started. If you’re one of those people, this plan is for you. Follow these 10 easy steps to get ready for an ice storm, a blackout, or an economic meltdown. Just a few hours’ work can make the difference between life and death.
The Zeppelin Bend (Rosendahl Bend) might be the only knot you ever need again for joining two ropes. It is easy to tie, jam resistant, jerk resistant, and easy to untie even after being under heavy load. And don’t be fooled by the seemingly complex method for tying this knot — it’s actually very, very easy and quick.
The Double Becket Bend is one of the most useful and important knots you’ll use in a wide variety of survival or emergency situations. It is considered so essential that the Ashley Book of Knots lists it as number 1. It is easy to learn, and it applies in many situations. Best of all, it has that most important characteristic of all good knots — it is easy to untie.
The key to building an emergency shelter is knowing how to improvise. Whatever the situation, whatever materials you have, if you need shelter from the elements, you’ll have to make do. Be efficient; every calorie spent is a calorie you’ll have to replace, so build your shelter using the least time and energy you can.
Tips for cold weather While working on the next installment of emergency shelter articles (Intro and Basics), I decided to bring you these cold weather survival tips. In cold weather you face the danger of hypothermia, which is when your core temperature drops too low for normal metabolic function. But one way to freeze is [...]
A signal mirror is an effective way to send a distress signal and should be in your every day carry bag. We review two brands, and show you how to use them.
In Part 2 of the Emergency Shelter series, you’ll learn the three main considerations in deciding where and how to build your shelter: Location, Situation, and Orientation.
Assessing the environment, climate, your physical condition, and materials on hand are the first steps in understanding your immediate emergency shelter needs
It’s a fundamental principle of economics that you get more of whatever you subsidize. If you subsidize corn production, you’ll get more corn. If you subsidize unemployment, you’ll get more unemployment. And if you subsidize non-productive, irresponsible, dependent, accident-prone children, that’s what you’ll get. All I have to do is say “government schools” to prove my point.
This FNP 45 Tactical is LOADED with raised night sights, a holographic red-dot sight, a flashlight/laser, and the Osprey silencer by Silencerco. It’s an excellent concealed-carry handgun — if you’re at least 9 feet tall. Watch the video review.
The ability to build a fire is the paradigmatic survival skill. Whatever else you’ve done to prepare for emergency situations, if you can’t build a fire you might as well give up and die. Well, maybe it’s not quite that bad.
Make an oil lamp with materials you have around the house, and burn used frying oil or grease instead of throwing it away. Includes a video demonstration.
Part three of a four-part series on tactical thinking by martial arts expert Kenny Jezek. The third part of “O.O.D.A.” is Decide. Simply put, in a crisis situation you must make a decision as to what you are going to do. Sounds simple enough, but by far this is the slowest process out of all [...]
Disposable diapers are a wonderful modern convenience, especially when traveling, but what are your options if you run out?
Here are some exercises that will teach you how to think. If you can’t think straight while sitting at the computer you might type something silly in your blog; if you can’t think straight in a survival situation it might kill you.
One of the elements of tactical thinking is orienting oneself to the environment and its dangers. Part 2 of a four-part series by martial arts expert Kenny Jezek.
Martial Arts expert Kenny Jezek explains how to save yourself and your loved ones in explosive crisis situations; the first in a four-part series.
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