Archive for the ‘Survival’ Category

Winter Camping Survival Skills: How to Identify and Treat Hypothermia

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Hypothermia is a creeping, secretive killer. Its early symptoms can appear as mere irritations. Because a person suffering from hypothermia progressively becomes less and less coherent, those who are suffering hypothermia rarely recognize the danger. That’s one reason why the buddy system is so crucial for survival in the backcountry. Two sets of eyes and two rational minds are a real advantage in the face of hypothermia. Your buddy can speak up if you’re not behaving normally, or if he or she notices conditions are ripe for hypothermia. Recognizing hypothermia symptoms is like recognizing stoke symptoms: The earlier you spot it, the better chance you have of saving the victim. And yes, “saving” is an appropriate verb here, since hypothermia can kill.

Protect yourself and your trail mates: Know the signs of hypothermia we list below, so that you can call 911 or stop to warm up your companion before it’s too late.

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Top 5 Valentines Gift Ideas for the Survivalist in Your Life

Friday, February 14th, 2014
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Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be predictable and cheesy. It can be a chance to show your heartmate that you know them well—well enough to get something that they would actually want on the big romantic holiday. Forget the flowers and chocolates—this year, go for the rugged, top-of-the-line survivalist tools that your outdoor man or lady lusts for. If you’re in love with a camper/survivalist/outdoorsman or –woman, this shopping list of COAST Products should be handy this Valentine’s Day. (more…)

It’s 2014, Here’s List of Survival Skills You Should Brush Up On

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

CampfireIt’s a new year and a new chance to improve your survival skills. Here are ten skills every disaster prepper should keep well honed.

1. A Positive, Practical Attitude! It may sound corny, but positive thinking really can make the difference in an emergency situation. Panic is your enemy. There are many rules that survivalists use to stay focused in tough moments. For instance the “Rule of 3s” states that a person can live for 3 minutes without air, 3 hours without body temperature regulation (shelter), 3 days without water, and 3 weeks without food. This makes it easy to see that shelter is a must-have in an emergency situation. Another rule: SPEAR, short for Stop, Plan, Execute, Assess, and Re-evaluate. This rule of thumb can help you stay confident and focused in the face of a survival situation.

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Doomsday Survival, Brought To You By…Paper?

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Shigeru BanJust as the digital age appears to be relegating many paper products to the dustbins of history, Architect Shigeru Ban has found a new purpose for paper: construction. Since 1990, innovator Shigeru Ban has been using paper and cardboard tubes to build structures. Typically, these paper buildings are intended for temporary use in post-disaster scenarios. However, they are often so well loved that locals keep the paper & cardboard structures around long after the disaster has passed.

Paper may seem far too flimsy for use as a dependable building product, but Shigeru Ban has found ways to make his tubes water- and fireproof, and industrial strength to boot. The cardboard or paper tube “bones” of Ban’s structures are recycled from local sources.

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A New Year’s Resolution You Can Keep: Disaster Preparedness

Monday, December 30th, 2013

Pack GongThey say the only constant in life is change. To wit, we can never know where or when the next natural disaster will hit. So, the best way to get ready for 2014 is to double check that your emergency plan is up to snuff. A strong emergency plan will keep you ready for whatever change next year throws your way.

3 Ways to Update Your Emergency Plan for the New Year

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Social Media and Disasters: Just as Important for Survival as Food/Shelter

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013
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Facebook takes over the world.

Social media continues to change our lives in myriad unexpected ways. Survival may not be the first application that comes to mind when you think of Twitter or Facebook, but the truth is that these and other social media outlets can make a big difference in disasters. For instance, during Japan’s 2011 nuclear disaster, 20,000 tweets were sent per second. Likewise, in its 2013 National Preparedness Report, FEMA reported that “users sent more than 20 million Sandy-related Twitter posts, or “tweets,” despite the loss of cell phone service during the peak of the storm.“ Social media sites help bridge communication gaps when cell phone service isn’t available. And these services are shifting disaster management from a one-way affair, with officials broadcasting announcements, to a conversation between disaster survivors, emergency agencies, and people all over the country.

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Be Prepared for Anything: Flash Floods Survival

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

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With the recent catastrophic flooding in Colorado safely behind us, it’s the perfect time to make sure your family is prepared for the next flooding or high water event. Floods are one of the most common natural disasters in the US, so it’s wise to prepare for them. This blog will help you get ready.

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COAST’s HL7 LED Headlamp and a Story of Survival in the NZ Wilderness

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

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The COAST HL7 LED headlamp recently saved Matthew Parrett’s day—and perhaps his life! Matthew works for Charton International, one of our major distributors in New Zealand. He and his lively crew have quite a mountaineering tale to tell—one that involves over 30 extra hours of hiking, walking, and route finding. (more…)