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Winter Survival For Kids: What Your Children Should Know

How much do you know about winter survival for kids? I know my children usually have their sleds lined up by the garage door by Thanksgiving in anticipation. And I love to watch them play in the snow and ski down a (slightly elevated) hill. But the Survival Mom in me wants to make sure they also have some winter survival skills. Here’s how I make sure they know what to do if ever they find themselves in trouble. Specific …

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How to Survive in a Stranded Car in Winter

I’ve experienced that gut-jolting feeling more than once, and you have too. You turn the key to your car expecting to hear the roar of the engine…and…nothing. Or, you’re cruising along the highway when you notice that the gas pedal isn’t quite working right. Then it dawns on you, you’ve run out of gas. Or, a flat tire leaves you stuck on the roadside. Even on a pleasant, balmy day, these scenarios are frustrating. On a cold day with freezing …

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26 Ways to Stay Warm Without Electricity

Power outages strike for many reasons: weather events, tree damage, transformers blowing, etc. And they can occur in any season. When the power goes out in winter, we need ways to stay warm without electricity. Here are some frugal, low-tech ideas. Wearing Appropriate Clothing Wear wool socks and a wool cap throughout the day and night. Wear layers of clothes, including long underwear. You can read about my own clothing layers in this article about our camping trip in Iceland. …

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Don’t Just “Fall Back” This Month! Get Prepped for the Winter!

Every fall, Americans across the country gain an extra hour each day when they “fall back” and reset their clocks one hour later with the end of Daylight Savings Time. Our family enjoyed that extra hour of sleep, especially since the temperatures outside have turned chilly and those warm, cozy blankets had us wrapped in Dreamland, not wanting to wake or get out of bed! Whenever Daylight Savings Time rears its ugly head (I am no fan of this insane …

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Ready for SUMMER SURVIVAL SCHOOL?

I grew up in Phoenix and know a thing or two about summer heat. It can be miserable. It can also be deadly. When I was about 8 years old, I suffered an extreme form of heat exhaustion when I spent way too much time in our brand new swimming pool. If you can imagine an excited little girl, jumping into her backyard pool for the first time, and then spending ALL DAY LONG in the sun and water — …

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A Four-Seasons Emergency Plan: Summer Survival

Not long ago I was feeling pretty good about my food storage and other preps, perhaps even a bit smug, until someone asked, “Are you stocked up on potassium iodide tablets?” “What??” was my incredulous response. After some research, I discovered a significant gap in all my survival preparation. I had not considered how my family would survive a nuclear blast. How foolish of me to overlook that contingency! The truth is that it’s impossible to prepare for every possible scenario. …

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The Prepper Family’s Summer Bucket List

Summer is upon us, and that usually means more time spent together as a family when the kids are out of school. Even homeschool moms take a few breaks in the summer. This time of year is a great time to hone your family’s survival skills. I’ve put together a summer bucket list for the prepper family. See how many things your family can check off this summer. Have fun with it and get your family involved! Food Identify and …

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16 Primitive ways to stay cool

Growing up in Phoenix, you would think I would have become accustomed to that city’s God awful heat, but the truth is, I never did. Every single summer I found myself hunkering down indoors and scurrying from one air-conditioned building to the next. After I married and had kids, I noticed how quickly my kids over-heated when they played outdoors and began learning how to mitigate the effects of heat while enjoying school-free days. A heat wave is about as …

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How to Survive a Blizzard in Your Vehicle

How do you survive if you become trapped in your vehicle during a blizzard? With winter fast approaching, this is a good question. The last few years have seen unseasonably cold and snowy winters in the U.S. Along with sustained cold temperatures, many regions experienced blizzard conditions including heavy snowfall and accumulation, combined with strong winds. Numerous areas were affected, including thousands of miles of roads ranging from major commuter highways down to narrow, twisty mountain roads. This became a recipe for motorists …

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The Beginner’s Guide to Surviving Winter Weather

Here in the upper Midwest, winter weather can be absolutely brutal. We’re talking frigid temperatures, freezing rain, feet of snow, and just a whole lot of no fun when you’re trying to go about your daily life. Sure, if you enjoy snowmobiling, ice fishing, and skiing, the winter months are like paradise, but for those who are just trying to get to and from work each day, though, things can get dicey. Fortunately, winter weather rarely hits without some advance …

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