Survival Tips

  • Bad-Ass Survival Gear

    AssWhat does that mean? A laden wild donkey with conformity issues?


    Anyway... Experts collaborate to make some of the most awesome Survival Gear available - then we offer it to our readers at discount. That rocks.

    Survival Expert Doug Ritter
    Consultant for the Pocket Survival Pak

    • Publisher and Editor of Equipped to Survive
    • Board Chairman and Executive Director of the Equipped to Survive Foundation
    • Leading authority in the areas of survival and survival equipment and supplies
    • Has personally interviewed nearly 120 survivors of aviation, marine, and wilderness survival episodes to gain insight into essential survival
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    Outdoor and Survival Expert Expert Christopher VanTilburg, M.D.
    Medical Consultant and Contributor

    • Mountain Rescue Volunteer
    • Author of seven outdoor first aid and survival books
    • Editor-in-Chief for Wilderness Medicine, the official magazine for Wilderness Medical Society
    • Contributing Editor Backcountry Magazine
    • Contributing Editor Columbia Gorge Magazine
    • "Ask Doc Wild" Columnist National Geographic Adventure

    See all the awesome Adventure Medical Kits Christopher has contributed to:Adventure-Medical-Kits

    Disaster, Survival, Preparation

    Survival Gear: Disaster, Emergency Preparedness, Camping & Survival Supply
    72 Hour Emergency Preparedness Supplies for Earthquake, Hurricane, Tornado, Twister, Nuclear Disasters, Wilderness Survival & More… C.E.R.T. & F.E.M.A.
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    Think about preparedness; at home, at work, at school, even in your car.
    What should you do? Check your Emergency Plan and Evacuation Routes everywhere you normally spend time. Make sure you have an out of State contact for you, your friends and your family (long distance phone service is usually restored before local - and mobile services and internet will likely not work in a major disaster.)
    Of course, you should Check your Emergency Supplies, too:

    • Count your stock... is it enough?
    • Check your expiration dates (food, water, batteries)
    • Keep cash on hand
    • Don't let your gas tank get below half-full
    • Think-Plan-Prepare-Survive!
  • Family discovers fully-stocked Fallout Shelter in Back Yard

    With National Preparedness Month 2014 less than 2 weeks away, this gives us a fun historical perspective on preparedness:


    Family discovers fully-stocked Fallout Shelter in their back yard 50 years after it was installed at the height of the Cold War.

    The stocked shelter is just one example of the fears that many Americans felt during the Cold War, when the threat of nuclear warfare was all too real.

    The family cleared away the bushes that had grown over the cover of the shelter.7

    Not only is it fascinating to see the well-preserved time capsule, but it's also interesting to see what the 1960s family deemed necessary for 2 weeks underground in a 8' x 10' bunker.

    When the Zwicks' unlocked the heavy, metal hatch, they found watertight Army surplus boxes floating in 5 feet of water that had seeped into the shelter. The boxes' contents were in pristine condition. After pumping out the water, they brought up the crates and were astounded at what they found.

    Hidden Treasure:

    Preserved: The previous owner of the shelter packed away Candies, raisins, Hershey's syrup and other sweets - likely as treats to get through the long days underground. (ALSO, items like toilet paper, paper towels, candles, clothing, Bedding, medical supplies, tools, flashlights, batteries. Foodstuffs that -- like many processed foods available today -- could withstand a bomb or two: Tang, Corn Flakes and Butterscotch Bits.

    It's unknown why the past owner decided he needed to store a Phone Book ...???

    The family donated all of the items to the Neenah Historical Society, which has curated an exhibit about the Cold War and the fear of the Soviets using 'The Bomb.'

    6Shelters were supposed to keep inhabitants safe for 2 weeks from radiation fallout.

    Down, down, down: The muddy ladder. The rusted military supply boxes preserved the contents remarkably well Even these paper towels were freshly sealed after 50 years 'It's interesting that you can open up something and find 1960 inside of it.'

    It's unknown what fallout the late Dr. Pansch was expecting in Neenah. The small Wisconsin city is 100 miles from Milwaukee and nearly 200 Miles from Chicago - the population centers that might have been targeted by the Soviets.

    Supplies: Candles, garden hose, transistor radio, alarm clock, Geiger counter to determine radiation levels, an axe, a funnel were dozens of items stashed.

    Disaster, Survival, Preparation 

    Disaster Supplies, Survival Gear, Preparation Materials


  • Preparedness Forum

    As we gear up toward National Preparedness Month 2014 coming in September, we hope you'll read years of information we've shared in the Disaster & Survival Forum and that you will follow and contribute to our daily articles in the National Preparedness Month Blog.

    September is National Preparedness Month

    PrepNational Preparedness Month is an effort involving a broad range of agencies, spearheaded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to help Individuals and Businesses throughout our Nation prepare for any crisis we may face. Depending upon one’s location and situation, “Disaster” can mean anything from natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods to cyber incidents, and even acts of terrorism.

    As the White House reminded us in its National Preparedness Month 2013 Proclamation, it is every American’s responsibility to be prepared. By planning for emergencies, individuals can protect themselves and their families while also contributing to their communities’ resilience. During National Preparedness Month, we refocus our efforts on readying ourselves, our families, our neighborhoods, our workplaces, and our Nation. offers this page of resources to help you be prepared.

  • National Preparedness Month 2013: Disaster and Survival Tips,,, and encourage all businesses, organizations, and individuals to join this national effort. 2013 is the 10th Anniversary of National Preparedness Month and the 12th Memorial of the tragic  9/11 events. This is a time to remember those lost, and to prepare so you, your loved ones, and your community are prepared for any emergency situation.

    Being a part of the preparedness effort is easy and there are many ways to get involved and make a difference. From participating in an event already planned and scheduled in your community, to including preparedness messaging in existing communications, to working with your local fire community, or even creating an emergency preparedness event or practice drill... No effort is too small or too large!

    Here are some great Preparedness Ideas (Be sure to "Like" us on Facebook or Follow us on Twitter for more National Preparedness Month Tips all Month in September):


    ? Tip #1: Prepare your Car before your Home. Why? 90% of Americans own a car and travel in it regularly... far more than any other nation. Your vehicle is almost always with you... whether at home or away. Keep your Emergency Preparedness Supplies in your vehicle and odds are you will have them handy when you need them.

    Tip #2: Eat the food in your Freezer after the Food in your Refrigerator. Why? Even though prepared Americans typically will have a well stocked supply of Emergency Preparedness Food and Water, it is advisable to eat and drink what you have in your home BEFORE you break into these supplies. Eat and drink what is available in your home first in case you need to take the Emergency supplies with you - You may be evacuated or find a need to move. Save the more portable Emergency rations for that purpose. Eat and drink what you have in your home sensibly. Do not even open your freezer to take stock of what is inside, in fact, if the power goes out - tape your freezer shut to hold the cold inside. Eat the food in your Refrigerator First, as it will spoil while the freezer food is slowly thawing in the sealed freezer compartment. This can buy you an extra 24 hours in a well stocked, well sealed freezer. After depleting the perishables in your fridge, then move on to the freezer items, but do it quickly - If you have items still frozen in there (towards the middle of the freezer) If so, pull the thawed items to your refrigerator for another cold storage location, work through that, and allow the still-frozen food to remain in the freezer until it thaws... repeat until all perishable food is consumed, and only then move on to your canned and dry goods. This will help you stretch your food supplies for days.

    Tip #3: Do Not Flush Your Toilets (Yet) Why? The water in your toilet tank is potable water... same as your tap water. Save it for Drinking water... If you flush your toilets, your are using gallons of safe, drinkable water that could help sustain your family. Remember, too, that if you have a tank water heater, this may also have many, many gallons of safe water for your consumption so use it for drinking.

    Tip #4: Change your flashlight and Emergency Radio batteries every time you adjust your clocks (daylight savings and standard time) Why? This is an easy way to remember to keep your emergency supplies ready to use. Each time you adjust your clocks forward or back, change the batteries in your Emergency supplies and while you are at it, check the condition and expiration dates of everything in our supply packs... it may be time for replacements or to augment what you have gathered with additional supplies.


    ? Become a National Preparedness Month Coalition Member (
    ? Update and Distribute Emergency Contact Information to your Employees. Additionally, you can create and distribute a list of important emergency numbers in the areas you do business.
    ? Host a Business Preparedness Review. Organize an emergency preparedness procedures review with employees to review your companys emergency plans and practice emergency drills. For more information about business preparedness, go to and click on "Ready Business." There are many resources and tools that you can order or download.
    ? Host a Brown Bag Lunch or Preparedness Meeting or Day.
    ? Put Emergency Items on Display. Showcase an Emergency Supply Kit in your break room or other high-traffic locations and encourage employees to get their own Emergency Supply Kits for their homes.
    ? Make Employees Aware. Put a bottle of water on each employees desk along with a note that says "If there is an emergency, do you have enough water to last you and your family for three days?" and a printout of the emergency supply checklist.
    ? Showcase Instructional Videos and PSAs. Play them in lobbies, waiting rooms, break rooms, and/or at events. Various instructional videos are available at
    ? Host a Business Preparedness Workshop. Contact a local business or commerce organization and work together to host workshops for business leaders about the importance of business preparedness. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Better Business Bureau have worked with the Ready Campaign and their local organizations may be interested in serving as a resource for you.
    ? Conduct Office Evacuation/Shelter-in-Place Exercises and Drills. During the month of September, schedule emergency exercises and drills. Once completed, evaluate how well they worked and if additional training or exercises are needed. For information on addressing the needs of employees with disabilities, visit
    ? Distribute Emergency Preparedness Messages. Include emergency preparedness messages in communication touch points such as e-mails, newsletter articles, bill stuffers, receipts, and Social Media. RECOMMENDATIONS FOR NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH:

    PREPARE NOW! September is National Preparedness Month!
    "National Preparedness Month is an important reminder about each American's civic responsibility to prepare for emergencies," said Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. "Those with the capacity and wherewithal to help themselves must do so in advance, so that in the event of an emergency, responders can first assist those who are unable to tend to themselves. From wildfires and earthquakes in California, to hurricanes and tropical storms along the Gulf Coast, to flooding in the Midwest, recent events remind us more than ever that we must prepare ourselves and our families for a disaster. This is the time, each year, when every American should ask the question, 'Am I ready?'"

    The Ready Campaign and Citizen Corps ( are encouraging individuals across the nation to take important preparedness steps that will greatly improve their ability to survive and recover from all types of emergencies, whether natural or man-made. These steps include getting an emergency supply kit, making a family emergency plan, becoming informed about the different emergencies that may affect them, and getting involved in community preparedness and response efforts. PREPARE NOW...

    Ways & Places for you to Prepare Now! - Click on a link below to see more...

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