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I've always been a dog person. We had dogs growing up, and now I've got my own. He comes with me almost everywhere I go, and I'd seriously recommend all survivalists consider adopting a dog of their own. Not only are they a great second set of eyes and ears, but they provide companionship and a loyal friend, who will stick by you no matter what. Trouble is, they need to be trained correctly if you want to get the most out of your dog. I know that in an emergency, I would never leave my dog behind, and I'm...

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I love the rain. It helps keep my garden watered, and of course gives us plenty to drink. But it's not always a good thing, especially when you're spending your time in the outdoors. Camping in wet weather is not for the faint hearted. But it's not always up to you. I've found mother nature to have a twisted sense of humor. Like last weekend. It was beautiful and sunny the entire week while I was tied up at work, and after heading off early Friday night the skies opened up and it rained pretty much non-stop the rest of...

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There's just one problem with the warm, sunny days of summer. The heat leads to one inevitable disaster. Fire. If your home is anywhere near natural bushland or heavily forested areas, one particular crisis you need to be wary of in the warmer months is wildfires. It's already hitting families in California hard, as thousands are relocated from their homes. But that's not even the worst part. The worst part is these massive forces of destruction are usually triggered by people. Perhaps some kids shooting off fireworks, campers who were too lazy to properly bury their campfire, or careless hikers...

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Being on the road is part of my job. I travel for work, which means I'm in and out of airports more than you could possibly believe. For a survivalist, this presents a massive red flag. Every time I leave my home, and all of my stockpiled supplies, I am gambling. I am at risk of something happening that I am not fully prepared for, and that scares me. Of course, my EDC comes with me every time I have checked bags, but sometimes I don't even have this as an option. If I'm headed interstate for just the night,...

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Bugging out should only ever be a last resort. I can't tell you how many new survivalists I've met who have this grand notion that they'll build a little cabin in the woods and live their days off the land. This is so far from the truth it's almost a joke. Bugging out is your escape plan. It's like your failsafe that you should only ever instigate as a last resort, as it relies on you leaving the safety of your home, along with the majority of your supplies. Always, always hunker down in your home to ride out a...

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