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How to Properly Store #10 Cans

If you do not have a basement, your long-term survival food might be in jeopardy! Storage is key to keeping your long-term food supplies good for disaster strikes. In this easy seven step how-to, I show you how to stockpile food for when SHTF properly so you do not spoil your preps.

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Camping & Survival

Quick Camping Tip: How to Critter Proof Your Campsite

While out in the wilderness there is a good chance you are going to run across a critters and wildlife. Cooking and barbequing food while camping attracts all kinds of animals and bugs. Raccoons, bears, skunks and ants are attracted to your campsite. Clean up after yourself, store your food away properly, and follow these six steps to keeping unwanted visitors away while you are camping.

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Camping & Survival

Quick Camping Tip: 10 Tips to Keeping your Tent Cool

With about 40 million Americans pitching a tent this year—summer is peak camping time. July and August will also be our hottest months. Since camping is about leaving the luxuries behind and getting back to nature, you can’t exactly take the air conditioner with you. How do you survive 100-degree weather while camping? These 10 suggestions will help make tent camping in the summer a little more comfortable.

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Safety and Training

Quick Camping Tip: How to Splint a Fractured Leg

The biggest bone in our leg is called the tibia—also known as the shinbone. Did you know that it is the one bone we are most likely to break? Falls and accidents can cause you to break your leg. When out in the field, camping, hiking or hunting it is important to know how to splint a fractured leg to prevent further injury. While awaiting medical attention, splint a fractured leg in these 10 easy steps.

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Bolt-Carrier Assembly: The Heart of an AR-15

The AR-15’s bolt and carrier are the heart of the rifle, so knowing the ins and outs of the bolt carrier — weight, platings and coatings, firing-pin hole size, and bolt choices — can make your AR run more smoothly and reliably. Read this post to discover how to keep your AR-15 working properly with the right bolt carrier assembly, firing pin holes and firing-pin retainers.

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Camping & Survival

The Importance of Prepping: Forecasters Are Predicting a Bad El Nino This Year

On March 6, 2014, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued an El Nino watch for the spring and summer of 2014. Occurring every two to seven years, with the last El Nino happening in 2010, experts say we are due and they are calling it a “doozy.” El Nino also brings droughts, wildfires, heavy rains, flooding and landslides in other parts of the States and the world. In March, food prices had already reached a 10-month high due to droughts and most weather experts are claiming that 2014 could be our hottest year yet, with possibilities of 2015 being even hotter. Now is the time to prepare for severe weather events.

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Camping & Survival

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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Safety and Training

30 Days of Preparing for Spring Storms and the Stinging Heat of Summer DAY 25: First Aid 101: Treating Burns

Injuries from burns increase during the summer due to outdoor cooking, campfires, candles, oil-burning lanterns and torches, and fireworks. On average, over 10,000 Americans seek medical attention for burns from fireworks a year. Additionally, in 2011, fireworks caused a reported 17,800 fires. There are four degrees of burns. This classification system is based on how bad the burn is depending on the location on the body, how big the burn and the depth. Learn how to treat them in this basic first aid guide to burns.

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Camping & Survival

30 Days of Preparing for Spring Storms and the Stinging Heat of Summer Day 22: Heat Related Illnesses: Prevention and Treatment

Heat over exposure causes hyperthermia and in turn, heat-related illnesses. Hyperthermia is when our bodies cannot regulate our body temperature in extreme heat. This includes heat cramps, heat rash, heat fatigue, heat syncope, sunburn, heat stroke, and heat exhaustion. Our bodies cool themselves when it is hot through sweating, but sometimes sweating is not enough. Sometimes, especially when it is very humid, our sweat does not evaporate fast enough and does not allow heat to escape. This is when we can suffer from a heat-related illness.