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    David Simpson

    Although the tools available to a hunting editor are changing rapidly, the core of the job entails some timeless fundamentals. It requires a passion for hunting that’s equaled by a determination to protect the animals, woods, waters, and fields that our way of life depends upon. It requires an endless curiosity to learn and share better ways to do things. And it requires a deep understanding that outdoorsmen are a community, and that sharing your own love for the sports through great storytelling is the best way to teach, inspire, and keep these great American traditions strong. These qualities make David the ideal hunting editor, and I can’t wait to see what he brings to the role.

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      Spring Safety Tips: How To Avoid Spring’s Hazards

      By David Simpson

      Mother nature shows no favorites. Although spring weather doesn’t necessarily bring to mind the types of perils that winter can present (such as avalanches and thin ice), dangers are always lurking that can jeopardize your health and safety.

      To ensure that your next expedition doesn’t get derailed, consider these quick tips that will keep you safe.

      Anticipate lightning

      With April showers comes lightning, unfortunately, and last year, nearly 30 people died from lightning strikes, according to the National Weather Service. Ensure that you don’t suffer the same fate by knowing when the bad weather is coming, and having a plan to avoid the electrical strike. “The most important component of lightning safety is prevention,” says Gates Richards, M.Ed., special program manager with the NOLS Wilderness Medicine Institute in Lander, Wyoming. “This involves knowing local weather patterns, anticipating oncoming storms, finding relatively low-risk locations and practicing a lightning drill before a storm.”

      If you know a storm is headed your way, evaluate the safe locations that are nearby. “Lower risk locations include low rolling hills,” Richards says. “These would be safer places for campsites.” If you’re caught in a lightning storm, a good rule of thumb is to avoid being, or being near, the tallest object in any given area, Richards says. “In the worst case scenario (being stuck in a lightning storm), you can assume a ‘lightning position,’ ” he says. This means you should insulate yourself from the ground, protect yourself from the weather, and stay small and low. “Disperse a group to minimize the chances of multiple casualties,” he says.

      If someone in your group does get hit by lightning, know that the symptoms aren’t as clear-cut as you see in the movies. “Lightning strikes can produce a wide range of injuries, ranging from trauma to neurological problems,” Richards says. “Provide supportive care, clean or splint any injuries, and evacuate anyone involved in a lightning strike. Neurological issues may have delayed onset, so it’s best to evacuate.”

      Deadly stings

      Spring allergies don’t just involve hay fever and runny noses—they can bring on the potentially deadly sting of bees, wasps and other insects that carry Hymenoptera venom, which is an allergy trigger for thousands of people.
      Most reactions to bee stings involve local swelling and itching, but for some people, systemic reactions such as anaphylaxis can strike, which could be deadly. If you’re traveling with someone who has a diagnosed Hymenoptera allergy, ensure that an epinephrine prescription is in your carry pack (typically in the form of an Epi-Pen).

      Deadly bites

      Anyone who has ever seen an old cowboy movie knows that the best way to treat a snakebite is to cut the bite, suck out the venom and spit it on the ground, right? Not so fast.
      This outdated advice can actually waste precious time that could be spent getting the victim to an emergency care facility.First, know that your chances of dying from a snakebite are not as high … Read the rest

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        Best Survival Dried Foods With Long Shelf Life

        By David Simpson

        Food is essential to survival. In a disaster situation, the power may go out, leaving your refrigerator or freezer virtually useless. Grocery store shelves will be emptied, and restaurants won’t be serving meals. Food will, no doubt, be a hot commodity in a worst-case situation.

        Similarly, if you’re in the wilderness, you won’t have access tourban or suburban conveniences. You’ll have to fend for yourself using what’s in your pack along with nature’s resources.

        You and your family will need access to food, and dried items are among the easiest to prepare, store and transport. Here’s a quick rundown of some dried, portable edibles to keep in your cellar or go-bag and how to best store them.

        Shell Beans, Legumes

        Dried shell beans and legumes—such as black beans, garbanzo beans, lentils, split peas and soybeans—are a staple in most pantries thanks to their long shelf life and versatility.
        These little  protein-, starch- and fiber-rich morsels also travel well. Plus, some beans and legumes can be sprouted and grown (or eaten). They’re a perfect item to have on hand—just in case.

        • Choosing

          You can purchase dried beans and legumes from your grocer, or you can grow and dry your own. When you grow your own, let the beans partially dry on the plant. Harvest them when the pod turns light brown and the seeds are mature.
          Place the pods in a cloth sack and hang it in a warm place for up to two weeks to finish drying. When completely dry, shake or hit the sack to break the pods and release the seeds. Remove the pods and pour off the beans. Store them as you would purchased beans.

        • Storing and Shelf Life

          When properly dried and stored in an airtight, moisture- roof container in a cool, dry place, shell beans and legumes can be kept indefinitely.
          They will take some effort to cook, as you’ll need a heat source, water and a pot in which to cook them. But if you have access to those essentials, the beans will provide a ready source of nutrition for you and your family.

        Dried Meats, Jerky

        Who doesn’t love a good jerky? The salted, seasoned, sometimes smoked raw meat dried in an oven was a favorite among pioneers—and it’s still a popular snack today.
        Because most of the moisture is removed from the meat during the drying process, jerky can be stored without refrigeration, making it ideal for survival situations. The addition of salt and sodium nitrate extends the shelf life of jerky even more.

        • Choosing

          Just about any lean fish or meat, including beef, game and lamb, can be turned into jerky. You can purchase ready-made jerky in your local market, or you can make your own.
          If you make your own, be sure to follow tested recipes that use proper temperature and drying time, as certain dis ease-causing microorganisms, like salmonella and E. coli, may be present in raw meats and survive the

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          When Does Hurricane Season Start In Usa ? A Very Not Simple Question

          By David Simpson

          Power. Mother nature style. The kind that can drop a city to its knees. To the tune of billions of dollars and thousands of fatalities. Will the future bring more of these? Scientists aren’t sure, but they certainly anticipate storms that pack a wallop.

          “I look at climate with two aspects: intensity (how hot or cold) and variability, which describes how much the weather varies from one week to the next,” says climatologist Laurence S. Kalkstein, PhD, a professor at the University of Miami and the past president of the International Society of Bio-meteorology. “Variability has increased. Things that are more extreme are happening more frequently, but whether that’s a normal trend or whether it’s going to change is very hard to say. We’ve only been taking records for 120 years, and that’s a very short period. But I think it’s safe to say that strong events, due to that variability increase, have been occurring more frequently.”

          It’s also safe to say, as you’re about to see, that predictions are not easy.

          When is hurricane season?

          Most of us keep our eyes tuned to the weather between June 1 and Nov. 30, because that’s the official period of “hurricane season.” However, if you’re near the water, you should know that hurricanes can actually strike any time; it’s just that those are the dates when the ocean conditions are most ripe for storms.“June 1 is no magic number,” Kalkstein says.

          “Hurricanes don’t pay attention to the dates. The probability for hurricanes increases as water warms and reaches a peak in September or early October at the warmest and air aloft is at its calmest. However, it’s possible that a hurricane can occur other times of year if the conditions are right.”

          Three top killers

          1. Hurricane Katrina 2005

            Katrina, which caused more than $75 billion in damages, was responsible for approximately 1,200 reported deaths, including about 1,000 in Louisiana and 200 in Mississippi. Seven additional deaths occurred in southern Florida. Katrina caused catastrophic damage in southeastern Louisiana and southern Mississippi. Storm surge along the Mississippi coast caused total destruction of many structures, with the surge damage extending several miles inland. Similar damage occurred in portions of southeastern Louisiana southeast of New Orleans.

          2. Hurricane Hugo 1989

            Hugo was responsible for 21 deaths in the mainland United States, five more in Puerto Rico and the U. S. Virgin Islands, and 24 more elsewhere in the Caribbean.
            Damage estimates are $7 billion in the mainland United States and $1 billion in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

          3. Hurricane Andrew 1992

            This storm was responsible for 23 deaths in the United States and three more in the Bahamas. The hurricane caused $26.5 billion in damage in the United States. Damage in the Bahamas was estimated at $250 million. — National Weather Service

          The problem of predictions

          If you’ve got your eye on the weather every night during the news, you’re quite familiar with the fact that many … Read the rest

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            How Do Hurricane Work ? A Guide For Riding Out The Storm

            By David Simpson

            Katrina. Fran. Audrey. Andrew. Summer and Autumn are both optimal seasons to travel to the coast for some rest and relaxation.

            But depending on where your plans take you, your trip could be sabotaged by a big threat. In the past, those vacation destroyers have had names like Katrina, Fran, Audrey, and Andrew … hurricanes that devastated cities and uprooted people from their communities.

            Between June 1 and November 30 each year, hurricane safety and survival are the highest priorities for many residents along the East and Gulf Coasts.

            While the forecasted number of storms varies from year to year, one thing remains the same—the science behind hurricanes. Understanding hurricanes and knowing how to prepare when one is forecasted for your area can help you survive the next big storm that has the U.S. in its sights.

            The perfect storm

            Atlantic hurricanes, also referred to as tropical cyclones, most often form off the western coast of Africa, near the equator. It’s there that one of a hurricane’s key ingredients exists in abundance—warm water.

            According to Dr. Mark Bourassa, an associate professor of meteorology at Florida State University, the warm water gives off water vapor as it evaporates. This warm air rises, where it encounters cooler air that causes it to condense, forming clouds and rain.

            This process makes way for more warm moist air to enter the developing system while also producing a great deal of energy and heat.

            A hurricane is stacked vertically, like a pipe, and the system requires strong surface winds to feed surrounding air into that pipe and provide a continual source of tropical air. “One of the key factors in hurricane development is the wind pattern,” explains Bourassa. “In order for a system to transition from a thunderstorm to a hurricane, the winds closer to the ocean’s surface must be stronger than those that are aloft or higher in the atmosphere.

            This enables the system to continue to pull in more warm, moist air to feed itself and being the telltale cyclone pattern.” When the warm air and energy meet up with ideal wind conditions, a tropical system develops.

            As the system grows and becomes more organized, what began as a thunderstorm moves through three stages as it strengthens—tropical depression (winds of 38 mph or less), tropical storm (winds between 39-73 mph) and then hurricane (wind speeds greater than 74 mph). “Once a storm reaches hurricane status, it often has three characteristics—wind speed of at least 74 mph, a defined eye and eye wall and low barometric pressure,” Bourassa says. Storm sizes can vary greatly, he says. “We’ve had small storms like Wilma (2005) and larger systems like Isaac (2012),” he notes.

            But take away any of the components of a system, and it dissipates. Passing over land, cold water or encountering dry air all significantly reduce the energy a tropical cyclone is able to generate.

            The dangers of hurricane

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              How To Catch Big Fish: Expert Methods For Beginners

              By David Simpson

              Fish can be a great source of protein for your family in any survival situation or bug-out location. Not only will fish keep you nourished, but you will likely find it easier to focus your food-catching efforts in streams and lakes instead of hundreds of acres of forest, where small game and birds reside.

              There are a variety of methods you can use to nab fish from local bodies of water and land them in your cook pot or campfire. Some take a good deal of time and energy to perform, but don’t require much up-front effort, while others can be set ahead of time and work for you as you multitask. Let the fishing begin.

              How to find fish

              So, where are they? If you’re going to get fish for dinner, the first thing you need to know is where in the lake or stream you will find them. Like any wild animal, their lives are based on where to get food and where to find shelter. Following are some ideas that will get you started:

              • A structure of some kind—like logs, rocks, piers or even thick plants—provide fish somewhere to hide.
              • Look in weed beds or other submerged vegetation. Weed beds are like food courts for fish. They provide cover for small fish, and small fish attract bigger fish.
              • Curves along the bank or cutouts in the bank provide more shoreline and slower-moving water. Fish will come here for the food and because the swimming is easier.
              • The entrance or exit point for any body of water. There will always be more food here because the bottom gets churned up a bit from the faster moving water, and that releases more food. It also serves as a funnel, which concentrates the fish moving through it.

              Spear Fishing

              For many, the first thing that comes to mind when trying to get a fish without a fishing pole is Tom Hanks’s character in “Castaway.” Remember how he stalked shallow waters with a sharp stick?

              Although this can be a great way to bring food to hand, it’s the closest one to hunting; therefore, this takes more skill, experience, time and energy to be successful.

              One of the main challenges with this approach is an optical illusion called refraction, which makes fish look closer than they are.

              Fortunately, there is a way around this problem. Instead of holding your spear above the water and thrusting it at the fish (where the movement and splash will give away your attack), keep the tip of your spear under the water and slowly work your way through the water until a fish swims toward you.

              At that point, you’ll either thrust your spear or slowly move it toward the fish from behind, being careful not to move too quickly so you don’t scare it away. Make sure to follow through to ensure you get a good hit and pin it to the bottom, which will help keep it from getting away.… Read the rest

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                How To Build A Long Term Survival Shelter

                By David Simpson

                Location, location, location. Any real estate expert will tell you that location is everything, and when building a shelter, the same rule applies. Shelter building is often key to your survival, but if done incorrectly, it can actually lead to your demise. Follow a few simple but essential tips and your structure will not only keep you safe from the elements but also comfortable.

                Location

                When looking at location, you’re not looking for proximity to shopping or schools, but instead you’re seeking safety and security. When seeking a spot to build your shelter, you should make sure it’s close to your building material. The act of building the shelter should be simple and done in such a way that you conserve calories that you’ll need later for tasks such as finding your dinner or creating a fire.

                In addition, you want to build your shelter in an area that’s naturally sheltered by the wind from other trees or materials, but is close enough to an open area that you can run out and be spotted by search and rescue aircraft if necessary.


                Be sure to look overhead to ensure that no immediate dangers lurk above you, such as dead trees or rocks that could fall on you or mud that could slide down upon you. You should set up your shelter on a flat piece of land with a little rise to it.

                This way, if a rainstorm arrives, the rain will have a place to go (down the hill) and you won’t find your shelter in a pool of water. And although you don’t want to construct your shelter too far from a water source, you also shouldn’t be right next to a creek or lake, because if a hard rain falls during the night, you could wake up surrounded by a wet, muddy mess.

                Straw, wood and bricks

                The three little pigs learned which materials were best to withstand an attack, but in the case of survival, the big bad wolf is Mother Nature. Geography will influence your shelter materials significantly. For instance, if you’re in the arctic or the desert, it would be fruitless to tell you to build a debris shelter.

                Again, ensure that you conserve energy when selecting building materials. There’s no point wasting energy taking down the perfect tree or a ridge pole when Mother Nature has provided one that will do well enough and is already lying on the ground.

                Construction is key

                You don’t have to be a professional construction worker to create a solid shelter. Construction essentially refers to the skills that you need to build a structure, and it doesn’t have to be elaborate.

                For instance, you can use the theory of opposition, where the weight of two falling items actually are supporting each other, like a tepee, arch or igloo. Try using natural features on the materials like “y”s in the branches or stones on the ground to support uprights.

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                  5 Ways On How To Make A Personal Floatation Devices ( With My 2 Own Persnal Tips )

                  By David Simpson

                  You awake to the mournful cry of seagulls. You sit up, look around at some of the lushest vegetation and the most pristine beach you’ve ever seen and realize you’re in paradise… even if you’re alone in the middle of the pacific.

                  The 45-foot swells that ripped your cruise ship into pieces shattered your vacation, and now you find yourself here.

                  Okay, unless you’re the next action star, the chances of being trapped on an island are small, but there are many situations in which you might have to cross dangerous waters in the wild.

                  Sometimes understanding the dangers and knowing how to react can mean the difference between life and death. If you have little or no resources available, it doesn’t mean you have to be stuck on the shore.

                  Consider these creative ideas to float across the waves to safety before you are cast away.

                  Your options on building a personal floatation devices

                  If you must cross water to get to a safe place, there are many things that can be turned into your lifesaver. Clothes, driftwood, empty containers, or even sticks and grasses can be formed into a raft.
                  If you aren’t lucky enough to have an American Red Cross-certified flotation device, the Red Cross suggests these great alternatives.

                  1. Clothes

                    Clothes are usually the handiest and in warm weather are not necessary to cross water and retain body temperature. If you’re wearing pants, they can be easily and quickly modeled into a floating tube. First, tie the leg openings, pull up the zipper and button the waist.
                    Next, wet the pants a little. Rapidly swing the pants to inflate with air, close the waistband tightly and quickly submerge them in the water.
                    Consequently, you have the perfect inflatable to hold you above water. Another alternative is to keep your clothing on and inflate them on your body. “If you have a shirt on, you can blow into it down the neckline after securing it at the waistline, either by tying or tucking it into your pants,” says Janelle King, swimming instructor and former Red Cross-certified lifeguard. “The shirt will expand and help you float for short intervals.”

                  2. Milk jugs, bags

                    Many times after a flood or hurricane, trash litters the edge of water that must be crossed to get to safety. Several of these castaway items can be utilized to ford a river, lake or stream in your path.
                    Plastic milk gallon jugs filled with air will bear you for a while or at least to cover a short distance.

                    Grocery bags securely sealed, filled with air and tied at the waist act as a tube. These are strewn everywhere and easily kept in a pocket for later uses. Lastly, most other plastic or light metal containers like those used for gasoline or detergents can be closed and filled with air are possibilities for a speedy escape.

                  3. Natural resources

                    If hiking through the wilderness or surfing along the shore are your cup

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                    Terror And Mass Shooting Stopped By Armed Civilian

                    By David Simpson

                    It’s a sad and frightening fact of life. Mass shootings continue to occur, and the risk of terror attack on U.S. soil remains serious. Schools, hospitals, places of worship, movie theaters, malls, stadiums, fairs and other public places are all potential targets. No one knows where and when the next attack will occur.
                    Would you know what to do if the shooting erupts next to you? Would you use your concealed carry weapon to save yourself and others? Do you know how? None of us should ever have to face a violent killer in our lifetime. No one deserves to be a victim. Yet, this type of violence does happen, and it is more commonplace than we would like to believe. Our law enforcement cannot prevent every possible attack, and counting on others to save us does not always work. We must be prepared to take action to save ourselves!

                    Carry for personal protection

                    Carrying a gun for personal protection carries with it a great deal of responsibility. In the majority of jurisdictions across the United States, the use of deadly force is justified as a last resort under extreme conditions… when there is reasonable fear of death or grave bodily injury. In general, deadly force is defined as any physical force that a person knows, or should know, to pose a substantial risk of death or serious bodily harm to another person. While law enforcement officers are permitted to use deadly force in certain circumstances when attempting to enforce the law, it is illegal for private citizens to use deadly force unless it meets the specific requirements set out by their state in circumstances of self-defense or defense of another person.
                    These laws can vary from state to state, but in general, most laws are designed around what’s considered “reasonable and necessary” force based on what the state deems a reasonable person would do under the same circumstances. Anyone who has been in combat or involved in life-and-death situations knows that we undergo significant psychophysiological changes related to the activation of the flight-or-fight mechanism. These autonomic (non-voluntary) reactions of the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) result in severe disruption of motoric skills and distortions of our ability to process information (sensory exclusion). Most notably, we will experience target fixation (also known as tunnel vision).

                     It’s important to remember that these changes affect everyone involved, including the perpetrator(s). Research has shown that vision provides about 80-percent of the information we process during emergencies. We also know that our field of vision narrows down by about 50-percent when shooting. This phenomenon is further exacerbated in low-light conditions (during which most firefights occur). In other words, the active shooter’s vision will always be impaired during his attack.

                    During the shooting, they only see the targets in front of them (or in their sights). They have no peripheral vision and cannot perceive anything above, below, behind or on their sides. Neither can they hear anything over the gunfire and screams. This … Read the rest

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                      Best Concealed and Compact Handguns/Pistols for Home Self Defense and Protection 2017

                      By David Simpson

                      Best Handgun for Home Self Defense and Protection

                      1. Glock 35 Review

                      • Model: 35
                      • Action: STR
                      • Caliber: .40 SW
                      • Barrel Length: 5.31 inches
                      • Special Features: White outline, adjustable rear sight

                      Description

                      This is the largest .40 SW that Glock currently makes, giving it a sight radius of 7.56 inches and a 5.31-inch barrel that raises the velocity of its 40-caliber rounds over shorter barrel lengths. They call this model the Practical/Tactical, as it and its 9 mm counterpart (the Glock 34) are among the most popular pistols used in Limited Class in action pistol shooting. Some police departments issue it as well, as the longer, heavier barrel and slide-decreasing muzzle flip increases both accuracy and the speed of follow-up shots.

                      There is an accessory rail under the barrel in 3rd and 4th generation models that will gladly accommodate a tactical light, laser or combo. It’s too big for most shooters to comfortably conceal, but it functions identically to the concealed Glocks many shooters carry daily … and for self- defense use, it’s hard to beat its 22+1 magazine capacity of +P personal defense rounds in a factory-made, extended capacity magazine. You can even add a Scherer or Glock +2 round magazine extension for 24+1 capacity.

                      2. Glock 31 Review

                      • Model: 31
                      • Action: STR
                      • Caliber: .357 SIG
                      • Capacity: 15
                      • Barrel Length: 4.49 inches
                      • Special Features: Gen4 models have interchangeable backstraps

                      Description

                      This full-size duty pistol is standard issue for many law enforcement agencies, as its controls are intuitive—nearly all Glocks have functionally identical controls and ergonomics, individual frame/slide/grip length dimension not withstanding, and its specialized caliber is desirable for protection and occasional use against dangerous animals (think dogs, bores, wounded deer, etc.).

                      The .357 SIG cartridge produces terminal ballistics very nearly identical to .357 Magnum rounds, but this Glock packs 15+1 rounds when fully loaded … three times what many defensive .357 Magnum revolvers hold. Super capacity .40SW factory magazines work just fine with the .357 SIG cartridge when you want to keep a 22+1 at your bedside.

                      3. Beretta 96A1 Review

                      • Model: 96A1
                      • Action: DA/SA
                      • Caliber: .40 SW
                      • Capacity: 12
                      • Barrel Length: 4.9 inches
                      • Special Features: Accessory rail, ambidextrous safety-decocker

                      Description

                      The Beretta full-size service pistol family includes many similar styles of handguns that are centered around the design used for the M9—the military’s 9 mm sidearm. These pistols come in 9 mm and

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                        Long-term Survival Foods And Supplies Guide For Family

                        By David Simpson

                        If you don’t have your health, you don’t have anything. Thus, in the event of a local or national disaster, you need to be prepared not just for a short-term food supply solution, but have a long-term plan that allows you to meet the nutritional needs of each individual family member.

                        If a disaster’s effects last longer than three days, the reality is that most people are not prepared to provide healthy meals beyond that period. Trying to rely on outside assistance may not be the best approach, so you should be prepared to subsidize your nutritional needs even in the event that outside help is available, and make sure you rotate your emergency supply so it’s always current within a three-month window. Keep the following nutritional needs in mind as you create your disaster plan.

                        1. Water

                          A person can only survive three to five days without water. The first priority in any disaster is, therefore, a clean water supply. The average person needs to drink approximately 2 to 3 quarts of water each day. If you live in a warm climate, are nursing a child, or are ill, that amount can easily double.
                          Water is also necessary for some food preparation and certain hygiene needs. When you add that together, you should store at least 1 gallon per person, per day. Set aside a 20-day supply of water for each member of your family. It’s also recommended to break up this storage supply over multiple areas: garage and basement, with some supply in your vehicle. There are large storage containers from 55-gallon drums to large 150-gallon Poly-Mart containers that are useful for storing your water supply. Be sure these are secured and maintained.

                        2. Food

                          Meals Ready to Eat (MREs) are usually in most family disaster supply kits. They are easy to store and purchase, and simple to prepare. Keep in mind that these rations usually have a five-year shelf life and must be maintained to ensure that you keep them fresh in the event of a disaster.

                          Protein powders and meal supplement bars are also great ways to meet your nutritional needs in a disaster situation. You should plan how much you need to set aside based on how many people you’ll be feeding and what their caloric requirement will be each day. Multiply these needs by at least 20 days.

                        3. Garden

                          During a food crisis, MREs and other supplements are helpful, but the need for fresh fruits and vegetables is critical in long-term situations to keep your body healthy. A home garden is a great source for disaster nutrition.
                          Not only will you always have food on hand, but much of your garden food can be stored for later use. Freeze-drying, canning or dehydrating food will keep a lot on your shelf and in your food rotation to ensure that you have a fresh supply on hand. A garden can be created in just about any living environment.
                          You can simply start with

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