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9 Ways to Train Your Brain to Respond in a Crisis

When I first began researching survival and preparedness, I can’t tell you how many hours were spent in shock and panic.  I read about the “golden hordes” who would soon, very soon, descend upon my suburban home shooting, stealing, and raping, although not in that particular order. According to some survivalists, we’re approaching a tipping point at which our world will begin to run out of oil, and we’ll be thankful to have two rocks to rub together to create …

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5 Bad Habits That Will Kill You

Everyone has bad habits. I don’t believe there is a human being alive who doesn’t. In everyday life, most of these aren’t a big deal. You’re not a bad person if you have a weakness for chocolate. So you forget to put your shoes away, no one is going to die from that. Maybe you just need a closet organizer, like this one. Survival situations, however, are different from real life. A bad habit that may simply be an annoyance …

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6 Essential Attributes of Successful Survivalists

Having lived off the grid for the last 7 years, you see ’em come, and you see ’em go.  The dozens of people we’ve seen succeed in this lifestyle and the dozens of people we’ve seen fail has given us a keen eye to the attributes necessary to be a survivalist.  Like we’ve told many people before, no matter how prepared you think you are, you’re gonna go through some changes!  So after many years of observation, below are listed …

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Normalcy Bias: It’s All in Your Head

Human bodies don’t normally fly through the air, and I didn’t expect a real life lesson in normalcy bias, but last year that’s exactly what I witnessed while waiting for a red light to turn green. I was sitting in my Tahoe at an intersection not far from home when I heard the loud rumble of a truck engine. I couldn’t quite believe my eyes when a green pick-up veered around me, raced into the intersection and plowed into a …

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38 Principles of Self-Sufficiency

Change the way you look at everything.  Rethink your entire lifestyle. Develop discernment about people. When you invest, invest first in the right people. Look at yourself honestly. What are your strengths and weaknesses? Seek the counsel of others you trust. Find like-minded people who can be part of a mutual support group and who you can cooperate with. Find alternate methods for doing everything. Develop an instinct for what doesn’t feel right. No matter how good something looks or …

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8 Keys to Survival

Keep it Simple and Survive!™: 8 Keys to Survival, Part 2

Even the best prepared outdoors person can find themselves in difficult straits sometimes, a true survival event. If you backpack, raft, climb, ski, snowboard, mountain bike, sail, fish, hunt, snowmobile or just love to go on day hikes it can happen and does, every season of every year. Review Part one of this article on survival: Your ability to deal with a survival event is maturing. You have been acquiring  knowledge, practicing specific skills, gaining experience, and adding tools to your survival kit …

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