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Articles: Disaster Preparedness
1Basic Skills: GPS or "Where are we?"
To get from point A to B, you need to know where you are during the trip. More importantly, you need to be able to confidently reply when asked if you know where you are. GPS is the modern method, but not the best for survival situations. Augment your GPS with some basic map reading, compass use, and a few other navigational tricks.
Also in:   Basic SkillsBug OutCampingPopularTools
2Basic Skills: Night Vision Without Batteries
At night, vision is limited to the existing light from the stars, moon and other man-made sources. In a disaster, the man-made sources may not be available. If you have a fire, you also have light. What if you don't have a fire?
Also in:   Basic SkillsPopular
3Basic Skills: Sandbags
Any person who has spent any time in the military knows all about sandbags. They are heavy, awkward, and a tremendous amount of work to use. But, they work and work very well. Most civilian uses for sandbags consist of holding back some errant body of water from entering your home.
Also in:   Basic SkillsHow ToSafetyShelterTents
4Basic Skills: The Cache
You have all the food and supplies you need. Now you need to make sure you keep them safe from bears, raccoons, and the desperate folks that did not plan as well as you. From rudimentary to high-tech, here are some ideas to perfectly protect your precious provisions.
Also in:   Basic SkillsCampingFoodFood StorageHow ToPopular
5Basics: Bug Out Toolkits
Today's workshops are marvels of modern invention full of dust throwing, wood cutting, steel bending, electric, pneumatic, hydraulic, power packed beasts of convenience that would make Tim Allen proud. But you just beat feet and have to make do without tools that need more than elbow grease. Here's my list of bug out tools.
Also in:   Bug OutPopularTools
6Basics: First Aid Kits
Somewhere between a Band-Aid and a surgical kit is the perfect first aid kit for you. What do you need to have? Will you know what to do with the kit you have? Having the right supplies and training will ensure you are ready to respond.
Also in:   Bug OutCampingFirst AidPopularSafety
7Biological Warfare: Anthrax
Anthrax was the first bio-terrorist weapon of choice and, unfortunately, it was successful. It wasn't the horrendous disaster of 9-1-1, but for all intents and purposes it shut down Washington D.C., for several weeks in 2001.
Also in:   Biological WarfareThreat Assessment
8Biological Warfare: Plague
There are more biological agents out there than we'd like to think about. One of the ones that has always had a fierce reputation is the weapon that uses "the Black Death" as its basis.
Also in:   Biological WarfareThreat Assessment
9Biological Warfare: Smallpox
Small pox is a killer disease, pure and simple. However, due to the first truly international effort to eradicate a disease, smallpox is now not considered to be an international health threat...unless some idiot uses it for a biological weapon.
Also in:   Biological WarfareThreat Assessment
10Bug Out Document Protection
Your home and all its contents can be swallowed up by disaster faster than you'd think possible. A fire, flood, or earthquake can drive you away from your home before you can gather up all the items you need for survival. Here is a list of things to collect and a few ideas to be prepared.
Also in:   Basic SkillsBug Out
11Bug Out: A MapQuest Exercise
Make your way to the shelter while avoiding common dangers and pitfalls. Online maps can help you prepare a safe route. My hypothetical disaster helps illustrate the important features to consider.
Also in:   Bug OutMapsThreat Assessment
12Bug Out: Alternate Routes
After you review the MapQuest Exercise, consider this alternate solution to getting to safety quickly.
Also in:   Bug OutMapsThreat Assessment
13Bug Out: Final Exam
Did you spot the hidden dangers in the MapQuest Exercise? Don't peek if you haven't read it, yet. One major risk factor that everyone should consider.
Also in:   Bug OutMapsThreat Assessment
14Clan of the Cave Turtle: Basic Shelter
The first in a new series focused on wilderness shelters, this article examines some of the rudimentary techniques for building a rough shelter with minimal materials.
Also in:   Basic SkillsCampingShelterTents
15Clan of the Cave Turtle: Tents
This week I look at some tents that may or may not be appropriate for survival situations. Also, a brief discussion on tent safety and site selection.
Also in:   CampingSafetyShelterTents
16Critical Information: Threat Analysis
I spent many hours compiling the risk factors in each U.S. state. This article introduces the threats to look for when choosing a residence or bugout destination. It also contains links to the individual threat assessment maps for each state.
Also in:   Bug OutMapsSafetyThreat Assessment
17Do-It-Yourself: Storage Vault
Pre-positioning supplies can be done on an "as available" schedule. This means you don't have to take a semi-tractor trailer load of supplies all at once - you can take a few items at a time as soon as they are available - and as soon as you have the time to do the work. But, where do you store them safely so no one knows where the goodies are?
Also in:   Bug OutFood Storage
18How To: Make a Dry Bucket
ncluded as a link in the Kearney Fallout Meter article, a dry bucket allows you to create a low-moisture environment for working with electro-statically sensitive equipment.
Also in:   How ToRadiation
19How To: Make a Kearney Fallout Meter
A Home-made Radiation Meter that Requires No Batteries? A scientist named Cresson H. Kearney, at the Oak Ridge Laboratory, designed this meter. It's simple to make and may save your life.
Also in:   How ToRadiation
20How To: Make Soap
If you are forced to stay in a survival situation for a long period of time; that is, without access to civilization (Wal-Mart), then you are going to have to eventually admit you smell a little "rank". The first step in the manufacturing of soap is to gather ashes to make the lye, which makes the soap. Here is what else you need...
Also in:   First AidHow To
21Need to Know: Bug Out Kits
Contrary to what the late "Mister Rodgers" sang, it's not always "a wonderful day in the neighborhood". Sometimes it can just plain suck. When you have to leave, you can't use something you do not have.
Also in:   Basic SkillsBug OutPopular
22Need to Know: Coping with Disaster
The first step on recovery from disasters is getting yourself mentally and emotionally prepared for whatever situation you will be facing. If you are the leader of a group of people thrown together by these circumstances, then you need to be aware of what all these people (including yourself) are going through. You need to recognize what is happening and take steps to bring the group back to the one goal of SURVIVAL.
Also in:   Basic SkillsCommunication
23Need to Know: Radiation Exposure Card
If radiation exposure is likely, knowing your cummulative exposure level could save you. Here is my template for recording this vital information.
Also in:   Safety
24Need to Know: Situation Dictates Your Action
All of a sudden the fun family vacation turns into a John Candy movie where nothing goes the way you planned it. All heck breaks loose and you're on the road, maybe never to return again. The situation dictates what you do, where you go, and how you survive for the next critical days, weeks, months...even years.
Also in:   Basic SkillsBug OutPopular
25Need to Know: Water Wisdom
Regardless of the weather conditions, water is probably the most important item to find FIRST. OK, if you are freezing to death in Alaska, find some shelter and build a fire to warm up. NOW, GO FIND WATER.
Also in:   Basic SkillsWater
26On the Road: Bug Out Planning
When the time comes to pack up and leave, will you be ready? Rogue Turtle presents the basics for planning a quick exit.
Also in:   Basic SkillsBug OutPopular
27Opinion: Outdoor Survival Philosophy
The ability to use nature's bounty to our own advantage, for both food AND shelter is what separates us from lower forms of life. If you don't know how to live without all the modern computer-chip-based accessories we own, then you are in danger of losing skills basic to our instinct. That instinct is survival.
Also in:   Basic SkillsOpinionsShelter
28Opinion: Tornado
I wrote this article a few months ago and re-discovered it recently. Although the storm has long since passed, the next storm is always just around the corner...I have to ask myself, "Have I done all I can do to make my family safe?"
Also in:   OpinionsWeather
29Survival and the Single Mom
For the single mother, protection for your children is ALWAYS your first concern. Most of you would sacrifice your own lives to save your children. This is the way nature meant it to be. Don't fight nature, go with it. But, you do NOT have to go it on your own.
Also in:   Basic SkillsBug Out
30Water: How Big a Tank Do You Need?
A little geometry and a little physics boiled down to some basic terms to help determine the size and capacity that is right for you.
Also in:   Water
31Yeah, But...
Lessons that should be learned in the wake of hurricane Katrina. Specifically, Rogue Turtle examines the true cost of talking yourself out of preparing for disaster with a simple "Yeah, but..." excuse.
Also in:   Opinions
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