A Survival Manual for Regular Folks What is the average Joe supposed to do with a military survival manual? They’re written for the men and women of the armed forces. Regular folks in North America don’t need to know how to hang glide off a mountain top or make a booby trap. They need a [...]
Here are five tips on how to survive a riot. Hint: It’s easy to do if you’re not there.
This video shows how to start a fire using a bow drill. It’s a difficult, time-consuming process. But in a pinch, a bow drill is the perfect way to start a fire without modern fire starting tools. Andy Tran, the instructor, used these items in the video: Bow Drill: Western Red Cedar Cordage: 550 [...]
When cell phone networks and the Internet go down, old-fashioned ham radio keeps emergency communication traffic humming as Hurricane Isaac zeroes in on the Gulf Coast.
For civilian use, little thought has been given to the bayonet, other than interest as collectors’ curiosity. With preparation for civil disaster, the bayonet should no longer be considered a collector piece, but as an essential item in the survival toolbox. Starting in late WWII, the bayonet changed in form and function. Prior to [...]
This video of a flash flood, originally posted at OutdoorHub.com, shows a flash flood in Virgin, Utah. Note the speed of the flash flood as it shoots through the dry stream bed. The sheer volume of water rushing by in the latter minutes shows the power of the flood. That’s why it rooted up so [...]
Gas masks, the emblem of the survivalist, are impractical for preppers in North America and offer a false sense of security to those who buy them. Israel: Where Gas Masks are Policy If there’s any place on Earth that knows about gas masks in survival situations, it’s Israel. The Israeli government has on many occasions [...]
by Brendan Michaels A lightweight trauma first aid kit, carried in the pockets of pants or survival kit, ensures you have the equipment to help you prevail in an unexpected emergency situation. The items in the lightweight first aid kit detailed in this article were chosen for effectiveness and portability. The equipment is small enough [...]
Even if this image, found on this KnifeForums.com thread, isn’t true, it brings up a good point. Having the right gear is important. But it’s even more imperative to know how to use it. The example above might be hard to read, so here’s the rundown. A couple out camping used a portable charcoal [...]
If you remember anything about knife sharpening, let it be this: A harder surface can sharpen a softer surface. Find a material harder than your knife, and it’s possible to hone an edge. As this video points out, common materials can be used for knife sharpening in a pinch. Car windows, rocks, other knives and [...]