Some are recreational off-roaders, to whom, much of this will be core knowledge. Some of us drive off-road only occasionally to access some of the more remote portions of our regions; such as the Forest “Roads” of National Forests. More commonly, though people find themselves occasional off-roaders because of weather conditions or other unexpected situations. This article is for the last two categories. It can save you damage to your vehicle, hazard to life/limb and hopefully and being stranded.
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Tornadoes are nature’s most violent storms. Spawned from powerful thunderstorms, tornadoes can cause fatalities and devastate a neighborhood in seconds. A tornado appears as a rotating, funnel-shaped cloud that extends from a thunderstorm to the ground with whirling winds that can reach 300 miles per hour. Damage paths can be in excess of one mile wide and 50 miles long. Every state is at some risk from this hazard. Whle some of us are lucky enough to live in areas that are naturally devoid of these forces of nature, global climate change has resulted in tornados being seen in previously unrecorded or rarely struck areas.
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At some point during any discussion or practice of food indepedence, preparedness or storage, any reasonable person is going to express concerns about food related illnesses. I firmly believe that most food borne illnesses are the results of avoidable factors such as negligant preparation, inadequate storage and substandard living conditions. As a case in point, I have never experience so much as an upset stomach as a result of food prepared and eaten while hiking. Every case of food borne illness I have endured has been at the hands of resteraunters and other business food services. Personal opinions about the quality of our food industry (recalls, scandals and outright criminal negligance) aside, some knowledge for the home & farm never hurts.
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Firearms come in a very wide variety. Beyond personal preference and cosmetic factors, they are designed to fulfill a variety of roles, in much the same way a set of tool facilitates home repairs. For the individual who is already comfortable with firearms and versed in firearm safety, identifying the jobs you need to perform is the first step in selecting which firearms you require. While you CAN drive a nail with a heavy wrench, obviously a hammer is a much better choice. With that in mind there are four types of firearms that apply to the homestead or backwoods setting; Light Rifle, Shotgun, Defensive Handgun, and a High-Powered Rifle.
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Summer is the peak season for one of the nation’s deadliest weather phenomena— lightning. But don’t be fooled, lightning strikes year round. An average of 62 people are killed each year by lightning, hundreds more are injured and damage from lightning strikes in the form of electric damage and fires range into the tens of millions. Awareness, education and preparations can save lives, health and property. While some areas are more prone to strikes than others, lightning can be a danger nearly anywhere.
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In my life I have been an avid outdoorsman, hiking and camping in a variety of climates. During those outings, I have come in close contacts with snakes four times in nearly twenty years. During the same period of time, I have encountered snakes EIGHT times in urban and suburban settings! Clearly, some knowledge of snake safety is prudent for people of all walks of life and location.