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How to Protect Yourself from the Effects of Snowblindness

  Snowblindness, or photokeratitis, occurs when parts of our eyes are exposed to high-levels of ultraviolet radiation.  While this most-commonly associated with reflections on bright snow, exposure can occur throughout the year under a variety of circumstances.  Let’s take a closer look at snowblindness, along with some easy tips that can help you to protect …

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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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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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Common Diseases Transmitted from Animals to Humans

Sometimes it’s difficult to associate cute, furry animals with harboring pathogens that can make us ill or worse.  However, animals represent one of the biggest threats to humans in terms of spreading disease. In fact, more than 75 percent of all emerging, infectious diseases are zootonic, or transmitted from animals to humans. One of the …

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Simple Recipes Made from Your Survival Pantry

We’ve written a lot about canning recipes over the years as a way to prepare and store customized meals over the long term.  While canning opens up the door to limitless possibilities in terms of being able to enjoy all kinds of meal options during a prolonged crisis, it shouldn’t replace keeping a diverse supply …

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Why is Scarlet Fever on the Rise?

Scarlet fever was one of the leading causes of death of children, toddlers and infants until the late 19th century when cases started to drop dramatically.  In fact, by the 1980s, only a handful of infections were reported each year.  However, infections are making a comeback in a big way, and it is thought that …

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What’s Better- Filtration, Purification or Both?

There’s no shortage of water filters and purifiers on the market today, and it’s pretty easy to find one that is the perfect match for almost any situation imaginable.  However, it’s also easy to focus more on design as opposed to function, and this can leave us vulnerable to exposure from waterborne pathogens if we’re …

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Lessons Learned from Watching 127 Hours

  127 Hours is a fantastic and harrowing film about a real-life survival situation, and it touches on the extraordinary lengths that we can find ourselves taking in order to stay alive.  However, it also contains plenty of examples of mistakes that could have been avoided along the way as well.  Many of these mistakes …

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4 Ways to Cook an Egg in a Survival Situation

  Common wisdom says that we either need a skillet or a pot in order to cook an egg over a flame, but in all actuality, there are quite a few ways to improvise in the field.  While these alternatives may not be as fast or as efficient as the standard methods, knowing about of …

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