37 Awesome Survival/Prepping Hacks

The thing about survival, whether it means walking 100 miles through the Amazon back to civilization, persevering after a natural disaster, or fighting off the hoards of imaginary zombies that are never coming, the most common attribute of those who survive is creative thinkingimprovising to accomplish the necessary tasks. In a survival situation, you wont have the luxury of driving to your local supermarket or hardware store, so you need to learn how to work with what youve got before the time comes. In a survival situation, youll usually either have a disposable water bottle or a Nalgene bottle on hand, or youll likely be able to find a disposable water bottle because of thoughtless litterers who have passed through the area before you. Thanks to the curve of the bottle and refraction from the water, you can focus sunlight into a beam capable of igniting tinder to start a fire. Its not as intense as the beam youll get from a true magnifying lens, but its better than nothing. I recommend storing as much food as space allows, but true sustainability can only be achieved by growing your own food. Using old toilet paper tubes filled with soil is a great way to get your seeds started in an easily controlled environment, and once the sprouts get large enough to move outdoors, you can simply place the tubes into holes in the ground. The cardboard will disintegrate, and the roots will grow down through the open bottom.
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To date, the fire has consumed more than 14,000 acres, destroyed more than 480 homes, damaged more than 15 and killed two people. As of Monday, the fire was 75 percent contained and is believed to be human caused. Matt Cyrus knows the personal and professional benefits of taking precautionary measures to protect a home before a fire. Ironically, Cyrus, a captain with the Cloverdale (Oregon) Fire Protection District, was the first responder on the scene of a fire on his property. But he felt he had less to worry about because he had prepared for many years to defend his property against fire. The fire burned as expected but did not harm his home. So how did he do it?
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