Survival Scout Tips — water

5 Hurricane Preparedness Lessons from History

With hurricane season in full swing, now is the time to remember five key preparedness lessons from these storms to keep you and your family safe.

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Survival Lessons We Can Glean From Castaway

Tom Hanks featured in the movie Castaway Since the time that humans began building and sailing ships, the premise of being stranded on a deserted island has been used in many epic survival stories.  We laughed at Gilligan’s Island. That was being stranded in luxury! One story from recent popular culture is the one portrayed in the fictional survival film Castaway. The film premiered in 2000, stealing the hearts of moviegoers. Both comedic and dramatic, the film features Tom Hanks as Chuck Noland, a FedEx employee who becomes stranded on a deserted island after a plane crash. While the movie...

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2 Keys to Summer Fun: How to Prepare

I enjoy Memorial Day weekend as it leads into summer. It’s one of my favorite holidays because it’s filled with two things: honor for those who gave us freedom. And the start of fun summer days, celebrating and enjoying that freedom. In that spirit, let's keep in mind these two friendly reminders. 

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When the Government Shuts Off the Water

Imagine your local government telling you that the pipes in your home will no longer deliver water in a few months. That’s the reality for the nearly half a million residents of Cape Town, South Africa. How did this happen? Despite one of the world’s strictest water management policies, it was no match for a historic 3-year drought. All of the city’s water supplies come from six dams dependent on rainfall. After 2014, the dams stood full from good rains, but have decreased ever since. The city neglected to look for new sources to diversify its supply, and then Mother...

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Dispatches from Irma - The MPS Team in the Wake of Destruction

“WE ARE LUCKY” We’ll cut to the chase today. Here’s what David has reported from Irma: First, I would like to acknowledge our team. In total, we have 5 of our preparedness advisors in Florida. Some are still without power. The folks in the main office in Sandpoint in northern Idaho, at our shippin center in Utah, and elsewhere stepped up and took up any slack. Your dedication and sacrifice have not gone unnoticed. I for one am very grateful. Now, onto my personal dispatches and lessons learned from Irma. We often advise that people practice their plans. Well, as...

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Best Tips to Prepare for Off Grid Living

HOW TO SURVIVEIN A WORLD GONE MAD Before we dive into today's helpful hints, I wanted to talk about what it truly means to live off the grid (OTG). At its simplest, OTG living means self-sufficiency without reliance on public utilities. This means that you technically can live off the grid without escaping into the wilderness. It also means you don't have to go back to the "dark age" and give up all the comforts of modern living. As long as you have self-sufficient systems in place, you can enjoy electricity, plumbing, and even internet. However, many people find it...

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Is Your Plan Water-Contamination Proof?

As the well-known survivalist Rule of Threes states, we can only survive three days without safe water. In comparison, we can survive three weeks without food. As Grant explained last week, water is the foundation for taking care of our other survival needs. It's certainly difficult to cook or prepare food without water. And being delirious from dehydration makes it nearly impossible to find or build an adequate shelter. So, it is our expert opinion that water is the single most important element to survival. Keys to Filtration in a Crisis Many Americans filter their water every day. While we...

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Which Needs Come First?

WHICH NEEDS COME FIRST?APPLYING MASLOW'S WORK TO OURPREPAREDNESS JOURNEYS Today, I want to discuss something that's been kicking around my mind for a while. I was reflecting on a psychology concept known as Maslow's Hierarchy. You familiar with it? Well, I thought I'd share my thoughts on this concept from a preparedness perspective. What it teaches us we can all use to get better prepared. To give everyone a basic background, Abraham Maslow proposed his hierarchy of needs in a 1943 paper titled "A Theory of Human Motivation." Since then, this hierarchy of needs is often illustrated as a pyramid....

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Life-Giving and Deadly: How to Prepare for Water Contamination

Water everywhere, but not a safe drop to drink. It's something many of us take for granted - that the water we drink is safe and clean. Not safe for me, my family - false security However, many people overlook the potential dangers of water contamination. It could happen during a crisis or develop over time, which is why I'm reaching out today. I want to explore three crucial points to consider about your water and why you need powerful filtration - every day. LIFE-GIVING AND DEADLY:HOW TO PREPARE FOR WATER CONTAMINATION   To get water, most of us just...

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Chaos Brewing? Don't Wait for the World to Boil Over

When in wait and see mode... Have you ever got that feeling that you might be dreaming, even though you know you are fully awake? Or perhaps it's the world that is sleeping, and we're just waiting for it to "snap out of it." That's the feeling I have this morning. The world is currently in "wait and see" mode. This approach worries me more than anything else. As Patriots, it's our duty to see the world as it truly is, and take action. Not sit on our hands and wait. That's why I'm writing you this urgent message today....

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