There’s nothing quite like communing with nature in the way humans have done for millennia: on the hunt, in the Great Outdoors. Woodsmen relish the escape from civilization that hunting provides. Yet that same distance from society can prove deadly if the outdoorsman is unprepared. Every hunter should have the following five items when venturing into the wild this winter:
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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.
It’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.
Just 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.
What do you give to a person who’s already prepared for anything? If you have survivalist friends, it can be difficult to find good holiday gifts. Fortunately, our Survivalist giving guide below can help you score big with the Preppers on your list this year. Read on to discover five gift ideas for survivalists.
The Gift of Survival: What to Give Survivalists this Holiday Season
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.