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First Aid Refreshers, part 3: Shock

January 6, 2012


treating shock

When someone has sustained an injury, we are pretty well conditioned to check for breathing, heartbeat, and profuse bleeding.  In the absence of problems with any of those, we may be tempted to dismiss the injury as “no big deal” when other things may in fact being going on within the body that are harder […]

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Plugging a Flat Tire

November 9, 2011


Plugging a flat tire

“Why are our tires magnets?” That was the first thought that came to my mind as I walked outside to see yet another flat tire on one of our vehicles. It seems that there must be an irresistible attraction between the steel belted radials on our vehicles and any sharp, pointy object that can pierce […]

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Three Things Required For Survival In Any Situation

October 6, 2011


The tools to survive any situation

If you were to suddenly find yourself in a survival situation, what would you need to make it through? You may be tempted to immediately answer with “a good knife, a way to make a fire, and some cordage” or something like that. And that’s a very reasonable and considered response. Others may want to ask […]

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Do We Have What It Takes to Survive TEOTWAWKI?

September 22, 2011


surviving post teotwawki

“If things really fall apart as you say, and I don’t think they will, I’ll just live off the land. You know hunt and gather. Who knows, it’ll probably even be fun. You know, getting back to the way things once were. It’ll certainly be better than my 9 to 5 job.” It’s in Our […]

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Water Rescues: Reach, Throw, Row, Go

September 15, 2011


No Life Guard Reach Throw Row Go

Jimmy Austin was an avid fisherman. He loved to spend late summer afternoons on the water practicing his hobby and bringing home fish for the dinner table. Concerned for the next generation, he regularly took foster kids with him to the lake to get them off the couch and to re-introduce them to the great […]

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Practicing Your Survival Skills

September 6, 2011


practicing your survival skills

As anyone who has learned to ride a bicycle will tell you, there’s more to learning a new skill than just mentally understanding how something is supposed to work. I can mentally learn how to ride a bicycle and that will help to some extent, but until I actually get on the bike and learn […]

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Albert Brown And The Will To Live

August 18, 2011


“Enjoy the next few years, Albert; you’ll probably be dead before you’re 50.” Those were the last words then Army Major Albert Brown heard as he walked out of a military hospital. He was in his mid-forties and his body had endured more than a man twice his age, more than any man should ask […]

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How To Remove A Stuck Wheel

August 10, 2011


I stepped outside and noticed the tale-tell sign of a flat tire on my pickup. The rear passenger-side sagged several inches below the rest of the vehicle.  A cursory inspection revealed the cause; the tire had picked up a roofing nail somewhere on the road and overnight it had lost most of its air pressure. […]

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How to Be a Good Refugee

August 4, 2011


Can you be a good refugee?

You’ve been reading this site (and others) and you’ve heard the alarming reports in the news, but you’ve been busy and just couldn’t seem to get started in your preparedness.  Or, you’ve taken some concrete steps (you have a rain barrel to collect water and you’ve started buying extra non-perishables each month) but you live […]

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Planning For Danger

June 23, 2011


“Close your eyes and envision yourself drawing the bowstring back. Now release the arrow. In your mind’s eye, watch it travel through the air and strike the center of the target.” That was the sage advice given me by an archery coach many years ago. It worked; I won a class tournament later that year. […]

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