Wild Edible Mushrooms

Have you ever seen a wild mushroom and wondered if you could eat it? Before you put it in your mouth WAIT! If you are not 100% positive of the type of mushroom, you could be making a deadly mistake by eating it. It is vital that you always identify any mushroom that you eat. Since there are literally hundreds of edible species of mushrooms, this list illustrates some of the more distinctive mushrooms and their specific traits. Being able to successfully identify these characteristics and traits should help you to avoid the poisonous species. If you are interested in knowing all the species of mushrooms that are in North America, a suggested field guide book called “National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Mushrooms” can be picked up  …

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Build Your Own Wind-Powered Water Pump

One of the most important jobs when you’re growing your own food is ensuring that your garden is getting an adequate supply of water. If you are in a situation that requires you to grow a lot of your own food, keeping the garden watered by hand can be a time-consuming job. Following an economic collapse, electricity and other forms of nonrenewable energy will be very scarce, which means you won’t be able to rely on powered water pumps. Fortunately, there’s an alternative. Humans used wind power to pump water for centuries prior to the industrial revolution, and following an economic collapse, you can return to this technology – with a few modern additions. In fact, you can build a wind-powered water pump out of recycled bike parts and PVC  …

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How to Survive Hypothermia

It’s always colder in the mountains so no matter where you’re headed on your next backpacking adventure or what time of year it is, bring these cold facts with you! Check out this infographic on some helpful tips on how to survive hypothermia. Hopefully this helps!

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Knife Sharpening Techniques

Nothing is more frustrating than getting out your favorite knife and finding the blade dull. Here is how to quickly, easily and inexpensively transform that dull blade back into the efficient, precise tool you have come to rely on. Why you should sharpen your knives A dull knife can be more dangerous than a sharp one when it comes to cutting yourself. Dull knives have a higher tendency to slip during use on the material being cut. They also require you to apply more force when cutting, which further leads to the blade slipping and a higher chance of being cut. A sharp knife makes for a much safer, faster and more efficient job. Also, a sharp knife will leave less damage to the material being cut. How often should  …

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How to Make Your Own Arrowheads

Learning how to make your own arrowheads is an important survival skill that helped our ancestors hunt game for thousands of years, and one that can keep you alive if you ever find yourself in a survival situation. The process of making arrowheads is called Flint Knapping, and it relies on making arrowheads from stone. The advantage of knowing this technique is that it allows you to make arrowheads from supplies that are plentiful in the wilderness, does not require a knife or fire, and gives you an arrowhead that you can reuse almost indefinitely. The process of flint knapping involves three basic steps: • Breaking open the source rock, called the core • Striking flakes of rock off of the core • Shaping the flakes into arrowheads The Source  …

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Master the Craft of Knife Throwing

A solid knife is one of the most important survival tools you can have, either in your go bag or on your person in case of an emergency. Survival knives can literally be the difference between life and death in certain scenarios – without one you will have a much harder time constructing shelter, preparing wild game, or building and repairing survival necessities. It’s very important to not only have a good knife but also know how to use it in different situations. You may find yourself in a position in which the best option is to throw the knife at your target – whether you are hunting small game, or in severe circumstances, fighting off an attacker in close-quarter combat. When this is the case, you’ll want to make  …

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Make a Fishing Lure Out of an Aluminum Can

This article is intended to be a fun project for you, your family or any fishing outing. We will demonstrate how you can make your own fishing lure out of common household/office supplies. Just some basic background on what exactly a fishing lure is: A fishing lure is a type of artificial bait with the sole purpose of enticing a fish to bite. There are many different types of fish and each one has its particular likes and dislikes. If you know what type of fish you are going to be going for, do a little research and find out what types of food that particular fish eats. Knowing this information beforehand will save you time otherwise spent trying different lures and baits that don’t work. Since you are trying  …

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How to Budget for a Disaster

As a newlywed college student, financial stress is no secret to me. At first, I couldn’t believe how much money was spent on a weekly and then monthly basis on things that I really didn’t want to spend money on! All of the expenses are quite important and sometimes necessary, but this can make preparing food storage and emergency gear rather difficult. With all the money I was already spending, getting started with preparedness was a daunting task. But then I realized something I hadn’t been doing; budgeting! Budgeting is an amazing skill that can help you to make the best of your paychecks. And it is one of those skills that will make your life better today and tomorrow! Can it help you with your preparing though? I can  …

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Is Your 72-Hour Kit Obsolete?

I feel like if you ask anyone about emergency preparedness they will know one of two things: Food storage and/or 72-hour kits. And, if you ask anyone who is prepared, and they will have both! My wife and I started building our 72-hour kits earlier this year soon after we were married, and we were getting to the point where I was very happy with the bags we had, but then I went to CERT training last night they dropped a bombshell on me … Turns out, FEMA has decided that a 72-hour kit is now obsolete for most disasters and are now recommending a 96-hour kit. During a large-scale emergency the government and emergency personnel will be focused on a lot of things, but it is up to you  …

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Disaster Myths: You Don’t Know What’s Going to Happen

Let’s pretend that a disaster just happened; an earthquake near your home that has leveled buildings and killed hundreds. Thankfully, you’ve survived, but what’s going to happen now? You probably have a good idea of what life will be like after a disaster. But you might be wrong! A lot of research has been done about the human condition during and after a disaster and the findings might surprise you. Panic One of the biggest myths about a disaster is that there will be mass panic. We’ve seen countless movies and TV shows where people forget the needs of others and adopt an “every man for himself” mentality. This self-interested survival behavior is typically referred to as panic. While we think that panic is a very common occurrence in a  …

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