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  • April 29, 2011

    Lessons Learned from Tuscaloosa Tornado-3


    Like a great many Americans, I didn’t sleep very well on Wednesday, April 27.  I stayed up late watching the TV, not for my usual shows, but for the latest tornado update.

    With a tornado warning in effect in my end of my county, and the wind ripping at my home’s siding, I wondered how I could keep my family safe.

    I wondered what exact sound I would need to hear to prompt me to grab the kids and stuff them into the hall closet. I planned to leave the coats in there and sandwich the kids between the clothing to create padding and drag, in case anything managed to punch through the closet walls.

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  • April 28, 2011

    New 3-in-1 Survival Knife-4


    You’ve probably heard about the “Ten Essentials,” right?

    It’s kind of a Top Ten List of things to keep you alive, if you find yourself in an emergency situation. The list varies from source to source, but these ten items usually comprise a knife, a light, a whistle, food and water, some form of shelter, first aid gear, navigation equipment and fire-making gear. Most lists also recommend sun protection, like glasses and sunscreen.

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  • April 26, 2011

    Post-Disaster Checklist-4


    Wes Massey, my friend and fellow survival instructor, narrowly missed the devastating storms and the string of twisters that slashed their way from Oklahoma to North Carolina and Virginia earlier this month. And Wes, being the nice guy that he is, volunteered to help a friend near Fayetteville, North Carolina, who was less fortunate and suffered some of the storm’s fury.

    After a full day of chainsaw work, Wes had his friend’s house and driveway cleared of timber, limbs and smashed wooden fences.

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  • April 20, 2011

    Follow These Tips to Avoid Ticks-6


    These little eight-legged freaks can carry and transmit Lyme’s Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and several other illnesses. 

    You can avoid all these dreaded ailments by exercising a few easy tick prevention methods.

    • Wear light-colored long pants and other light-colored clothing as you hike around. The more skin you can cover the better; and the light color will help you spot the dark colored ticks as they climb up your clothes.

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  • April 6, 2011

    Loaded for Bear-8


    As you begin moving around outside in the nice springtime weather, remember that you are not the only creature stirring from winter’s slumber.

    The warmer temperatures inspire a lot of bear movement through both the backcountry and the not-so-back country. With bears wandering for food after a long winter, and overprotective mamas traveling with their new little cubs, it is never a bad idea to carry bear spray.

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  • April 2, 2011

    Waiting for the Flood-4


    You may recall posts here earlier in the winter about the remarkable amount of snow that fell on my home in northeastern Montana. So far our seasonal total stands at 105 inches. Well, all that snow is starting to thaw, and as I wrote about last week in my Billings Gazette column, everybody in this rural valley is preparing in some way or another for a very sodden season.

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