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Educational Posts and Videos

Urban Survival

Urban Survival – What To Expect, What To Know, What To Do Urban survival skills are about knowing what to expect when SHTF happens in a city, what skills you need, and what to do in the first 24 hours and beyond. If the power grid in your city went offline, what would you do? Probably not reach for the fridge – at least not for too long. In an urban situation, there are so many things to take account of and deal with when your life is on the line. Do you know what to prioritize? Thankfully, it really isn’t as overwhelming as...

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Disaster Preparedness Supply Checklist

Be Prepared for an Emergency. Being prepared means being equipped with the proper supplies you may need in the event of an emergency or disaster. Keep your supplies in an easy-to-carry emergency preparedness kit that you can use at home or take with you in case you must evacuate. At a minimum, you should have the basic supplies listed below: Water: one gallon per person, per day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home) Food: non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-week supply for home). Flashlight Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible) Extra batteries First aid kit...

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Basic Compass Use Video

This video is courtesy of our friends at Wilderness Outfitters.

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How to Use a Map and Compass

HOW TO USE A MAP AND COMPASS First, you need to determine your bearing (the direction you need to travel). Use the following procedure to obtain an exact travel direction towards your desired destination. The procedure will work if the magnetic North-South lines are drawn on the map. 1 a) Place the compass on the map so that the long edge connects the starting point with the desired destination.  b) Make sure that the direction arrows are pointing from the starting point to the place of destination (and not the opposite way). c) At this point, you may want to use the scales...

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Understanding Compass Declination

What is declination? To understand declination you must first realize that there are two North Poles.  There is a True Geographic North Pole at the top of the world, and a Magnetic North Pole. The Magnetic North Pole is always moving. It has been as much as 1,200+ miles from true north, but in 2005 is only around 500 miles from the True North Pole.   We typically say that a compass points to Magnetic North, not True North. Technically, that is not exactly true. The compass actually points in the directions of the horizontal component of the magnetic field...

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