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Cheaper Than Dirt! Contest: Battle for the Best Bug-Out Bag

Would you like to win $300 worth of survival supplies and preparedness gear from Cheaper Than Dirt!? All through September, we are giving you the chance to build the ultimate bug-out bag. The grand prizewinner will receive all the supplies they chose to help them survive while bugging out or bugging in. As part of Cheaper Than Dirt’s promotion of National Preparedness Month 2014, we invite you to enter the Battle for the Best Bug-Out Bag contest and giveaway. Shop the Cheaper Than Dirt! website for survival supplies and a bug-out bag, then email us your selections for your chance to win.

MG Industries Survival Package MARCK-15 rifle


The MGI Survival Package — Four Popular Calibers in One System

More than just another AR-15, MGI’s Hydra MARCK-15 platform redefines shooter’s perceptions of a modular long gun. MGI’s innovative system allows the shooter to change between a 9mm using a Colt mag. to .45 ACP using a Glock mag. to 7.62×39 using AK mags and more. Read the entire description and watch the demo video to see if this is your next must-have-rifle or marketing hype!

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30 Days of Preparing for Spring Storms and the Stinging Heat of Summer DAY 26: Be Ready! National Hurricane Preparedness Week is May 25-31

National Hurricane Preparedness Week is May 25-31, which gives you plenty of time and no excuses not to be prepared. The Atlantic hurricane season starts June 1, while the Eastern Pacific hurricane season starts May 15. Both seasons end on November 30. Hurricanes cause heavy rainfall, flooding, tornados, rip currents and high, damaging winds. Depending on the severity of the hurricane—measured in categories one to five on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale—city officials might make evacuation mandatory. If you live in a hurricane-prone area, keep trees and shrubbery trimmed. When a hurricane watch or warning alert comes through your NOAA emergency weather alert radio, put your bug-out or bug-in plan in place. Whether you choose to leave or stay, you need a plan and supplies for both.

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The Budget Bug-Out Bag: 20 Cheap Essentials

Don’t let the price of prepping scare you off. If you are strapped for cash, you can build a budget bug-out bag perfect for your car, or for an unexpected disaster that will keep you dry, fed, warm, and hydrated for 24 hours. Here is a list of essential items, most of them well under $10.

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Pooling Your Resources in Preparation for Disaster

September is National Preparedness Month. FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security, sponsors of the effort, use this month to encourage Americans to prepare for natural and manmade disasters. Many of us already have our plan in place and a bug-out bag stocked and ready. Others are just starting out and need a little guidance. Not only does building a local prepper community with those you trust fight off isolation, it provides help and security. If your friends and family aren’t prepared, make National Preparedness month the time you talk to them about the importance of preparing.

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Training for Shooting and Survival—Building Your Buns

Your arsenal wasn’t built in a day, and your body won’t be either. Start with basic exercises. Think about your stance for shooting. It doesn’t matter if it’s an Isosceles or Weaver stance, kneeling or prone, what’s the most important component? Read this article to learn more.

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Getting in Shape for a Bug Out

Being prepared for a crisis or bug-out situation is a matter of being prepared. Adding a training plan to your regular activities is a simple way to make sure you’re well-trained and ready to go if, or when, the time comes. In this post, learn how easy it is to train at home.

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Survival Games for Kids

Statics show the number of kids getting outdoors has been on the decrease for several decades. The good news is it is never too late to let your kids experience the outdoors.
Summertime is the perfect time to introduce a child to the outdoors because kids are out of school and many are desperately looking for ways to combat their boredom. Plus, by mid-summer most parents are seeking inexpensive ways to keep the kiddos entertained. A few backyard survival games maybe just the ticket.

Though great for preventing floodwaters from damaging your home sandbags have many more uses.

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30 Survival Uses for Sandbags

Though great for preventing floodwaters from damaging your home, these made in Indonesia these MIL-SPEC sandbags constructed of heavy gauge polyethylene plastic have many more uses. Each package includes 25 OD green bags that have double stitching at the bottom and the top. Each bag has a hole punched through the top of the bag with a 27-inch long plastic string. They are much larger than what the picture shows. Laid out flat and unfilled they are 26 inches long and 15 inches wide. They hold 40 pounds of sand when filled. Don’t forget to pack a shovel, duct tape and a knife in your bug out kit!