Renee Russell

Renee is a writer, reader, and avid watcher of disaster flicks. She lives on the west coast with her family where they're all preparing for their own disaster reality show--The Big One--to occur.

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54 Hobbies to Improve Your Survival Skills

It’s interesting that many of the activities we consider hobbies these days were crucial survival skills in days of old. Once upon a time, if you didn’t hunt, trap, raise animals, garden, preserve food, or cook from scratch, you didn’t eat. Fortunately, these are all activities that can become hobbies and add to our survival skill set,  even if our lives don’t depend on them (right now.) How to use this list of hobbies to improve your survival skills As …

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Personality and Prepping: How to Boost Survival Savvy

Until the COVID-19 lockdowns, I never thought about how my personality and prepping were related. Although dismayed by the lockdowns, I was ecstatic my overbooked schedule was suddenly wiped clean. Perhaps I could finally recover from my perpetual people hangover. This sounded wonderful to an introvert like myself. Contrast that with my 80-year-old friend who is ecstatic because a recent fall means she now has an excuse to leave her home for physical therapy. The lengthy drought of in-person interaction …

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How to Keep Your Hands and Feet Warm in Cold Weather

My friend’s husband is recovering from a stroke in a long-term care facility. Because of Covid restrictions, when we go to visit him, we have to trudge around the perimeter of the building and stand outside his window to talk to him. I only do this for an hour or so once a week, but winter here in the Pacific Northwest serves plenty of cold, wet weather with a side of soggy and miserable. I learned pretty quickly I had …

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Survival Mindset: Your most important piece of survival gear

The campfire was long out. The coffee pot had no magic brew bubbling in its belly. Normally I would awake to a roaring fire and hot coffee courtesy of my early-rising husband, but not today. Today for the first time, he’d gone fishing, and all that greeted me this overcast morning was a cold, empty campsite. My husband relishes cooking and fire duties when we’re camping, and I’m happy to enjoy a little pampering while I’m roughing it. But my …

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