Sleeping Under The Stars: Sheltering Without a Tent

Sleeping under the stars - Sheltering without a tent

There are lots of reasons we could find ourselves sleeping under the stars. I have spent many nights under the stars for work and recreation, but we could easily find ourselves in a survival or emergency situation without proper shelter. Weather and location dependent, this might be an easy task or some of the hardest…

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Emergency Power Banks: Staying Powered on the Go

Consider adding a power bank to your bug out bag or emergency kits

These days, most people are attached to their supercomputer (cell phone) in their pocket for a good portion of their day. Some longer than others. Whatever your reason, entertainment or work-related, we need to keep it powered up. Add in smartwatches, headphones, portable speakers, microphones, cameras, gaming systems, lights, laptops, or tablets, and we have…

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Techniques For A Safer Commute

Techniques for a safer commute

As Americans, we spend an average of an hour a day commuting in our cars. Where I live and work, people can spend as much as 3 hours on the road one way to get into DC, depending on the time of day and traffic. Now add taking kids to school and activities, running errands,…

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Prepping for Massive Bleeding Scenarios

In the case of massive bleeding, you need to be prepared to act quickly

One of the most important medical skills we can know and possess is stopping massive bleeding. We are exponentially more likely to need medical skills than any defensive skills. If we are in a situation that requires our defensive skills, it is just as likely to require our medical skills. The same can not be…

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Fitness As A Survival Skill

Fitness is a survival skill

When most of us think of being prepared or improving our situation, we think of skills and gear. Both of which usually cost money. One of the best ways to be prepared to survive a traumatic or isolating event is to be physically fit. Improving our survival fitness capabilities doesn’t have to cost anything. We…

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How To Use a Map

Learning to read a map is an important preparedness

Have we become too dependent on our technology? Can you find your way around without a GPS or phone app? Our phones have become very helpful tools for navigation. What are your backup plans if we lose power or need to preserve our phone’s battery for emergencies? I have been using maps since before I graduated…

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Survival Packs: Core Items & Considerations

Brook Bowen discusses the core considerations for his survival pack

What kind of things do you carry in your pack when traveling? When commuting? Or just out for the day? Do you have a core list of items or types of items you always have in your pack? This would be in conjunction with your everyday carry (EDC) items. Some might be in addition to…

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The P.A.C.E. Plan

Learn how the PACE Plan can affect your preparedness.

What is a P.A.C.E. plan? The P.A.C.E. Plan is a methodology originally developed for building a communications plan for an operation or task. It determines both the means of communication and the order in which they are to be used for all parties to be able to make contact. P.A.C.E. stands for Primary, Alternate, Contingency, and Emergency. Although originally…

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Things I Learned Traveling Abroad With My Family

What I learned traveling abroad with my family

I have been lucky to be able to travel abroad, both for work and on vacation with my family. The trips I have taken with the family are very different from the work trips, though, because of the travel companions. During work trips, we are usually in the company of foreign government members, and the…

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