Hepatitis A Outbreak:  Public Health Crisis in the Making

  A recent Hepatitis A outbreak in Utah has exposed thousands of people to the virus, and it continues to spread like wildfire despite the best efforts of public health officials to keep it contained.  Fortunately, Hepatitis A is not a killer, but it can cause people to become seriously ill for months as the …

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What Exactly are Vital Signs and What do They Mean?

Most of us have heard of vital signs or checking vitals at one point or another, and these are the go-to indicators that are used to assess basic functions of the body that are essential for our survival.  They cover heart rate, blood pressure, respiration and temperature, and they normally fall within a specific range …

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Tick Paralysis:  Little-Known Condition With Big Risks

  Did you know that there are around 40 tick species that can cause paralysis in their hosts?  While this most-commonly affects dogs, thousands of people become exposed each year as well.  Let’s take a closer look at the cause, symptoms and treatment for this potentially-fatal condition. How it Occurs Certain female, egg-laying ticks produce …

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How to Make Camp Bread in the Field

  Did you know that you can make bread with a few basic ingredients, a dutch oven or similar pot, and a campfire?  The process is ridiculously-easy, and this is a great way to give yourself access to carbohydrates without having to carry around a lot of bulky or perishable foods.  Not only that, but …

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How to Make Bug Dope in the Field

There are tons of choices out there when it comes to insect repellents.  You can buy commercial products or whip up any one of a million different recipes that are known to have varying degrees of effectiveness.  One recipe in particular produces a repellent called Bug Dope, and it’s quite popular with hardcore campers and …

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Trapped in Snow:  Another Reason to Have a Survival Kit

An unexpected Christmas storm buried parts of New York and Pennsylvania with more than six feet of snow that took days to dig out from.  While this part of the country is accustomed to seeing a lot of snowfall in a short amount of time, this storm was almost too much for even the most-seasoned …

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Is this Going to be Your Year of Preparedness?

Now that all of the holiday festivities are over and we get settled into the dawn of a new year, this is a good opportunity to think about how to get it off to a great start in terms of our preparedness efforts.  If we learned anything from last year, we’re living in unpredictable and …

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Turn These Everyday Items into Simple Survival Resources

  Your ingenuity and ability to make useful resources out of whatever material may be on hand is one of the most-important survival skills to nurture.  In fact, some of the best tips and tricks that come our way are so effective because of their simplicity.  Here are a few examples that illustrate this point, …

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Don’t Put Food in Snow to Keep it Fresh

  Putting food in snow to keep it fresh during a winter emergency is one of the first things that comes to people’s minds.  It makes sense because we’ve been conditioned to think that the mere presence of snow indicates that surrounding temperatures are below freezing.  However, this isn’t the case thanks to properties of …

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Are You Prepared to Endure a Deep Freeze?

This winter seems to be relentless in terms of leaving much of the country in a persistent, deep freeze.  While it’s not unusual for warmer parts of the country to experience brief bouts with cold, arctic air, we seem to be caught in a cycle that keeps repeating itself.  This poses significant challenges, and risks, …

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