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Posted On November 1, 2016By J.D. WilliamsIn Product Reviews, Products

Product Review: Lifeline Essential Survival Can

By Anthony Yeary Deciding to begin prepping for survival situations can be a complicated endeavor to begin because there are so many facets. A good starting point is to build a bug-out bag or an emergency roadside kit for your vehicle. Although this narrows things down a bit, deciding what items and tools should go in your bag or kit will require some critical thinking. Certain products can help you “cheat” critical thinking initially by offering you several items in one purchase that can begin your preparedness, while helping youRead More
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Posted On October 25, 2016By J.D. WilliamsIn Alternate Energy

So you want to switch to solar…

By Mary McGraw Are you one of the many people with a desire to cut the utility cord and go off grid? If you have ever dreamed about the possibility of using electricity that you generate on your own and telling your power company to take a hike, it is easier than ever. This article will outline the steps you can take to get closer to achieving that dream. Rooftop or ground mount? The first step is to assess your property and decide if a ground mount or a roofRead More
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Posted On October 19, 2016By J.D. WilliamsIn Spotlights

Prepping Your Car With Gap Insurance (or Why I Hate Deer)

by J.D. Williams Commuting to work early in the morning is normally a routine thing that people experience, especially in southeast Michigan, with its clusters of assembly plants. Such was the case for me a few years back, on a morning in October, shortly before deer hunting season began. Up until that day, I hadn’t paid deer season much attention. I am not a hunter, and those days held no real significance to me other than being one of many rites of the greater autumn season. That all changed asRead More
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Posted On October 11, 2016By J.D. WilliamsIn Homesteading, Spotlights

Hygiene in Emergencies

By Amy Aumick Whether a storm hits your home, a vacation goes awry, or you fall on hard financial times, there are some items you absolutely cannot do without. It is important to consider personal hygiene as much as good nutrition and first aid care. This is especially true when power grids and water infrastructures are hit for an extended amount of time. It doesn’t take much money to keep these essentials on hand, just good preparation and simple household ingredients. Aside from a quality first-aid kit, there are manyRead More
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Posted On September 26, 2016By J.D. WilliamsIn Wilderness Survival

Surviving Snake Bites

By Ellie Matama North America has its fair share of venomous snakes, including rattlesnakes, coral snakes and copperheads. According to a The U.S. Food and Drug Administration report, an estimated 8000 people are bitten by venomous snakes each year. Roughly .2% of these people will die from these bites. The rest have to deal with the unpleasant effects the snakebites, which may include infections and amputations. Statistically, most snake encounters will happen in the outdoors. Does this mean that you should give up pleasurable activities like swimming, hiking, or camping?Read More
Download the latest edition! Learn how to survive an active shooter!

Posted On September 20, 2016By J.D. WilliamsIn News, Products

Fall BOM! now Available!

In light of recent events involving mass shootings, Our Fall issue of BugOut MAG! focuses on ways to stay alive when dealing with an active shooter. You will also find informative articles on indoor gardening, canning and pickling food for storage, powering your home independent of the energy companies, and dealing with deer (both in hunting them for food and in avoiding them while driving). You will also find great product reviews, and a nationwide listing of upcoming preparedness expos. It’s all inside! BOM Fall 2016 – Print – $8.95 BOMRead More
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Posted On September 19, 2016By J.D. WilliamsIn Product Reviews

Product Review: Sierra Sage Green Goo

By Anthony Yeary As a prepper, my mobility bag (or bug out bag, as most people call it) is always under construction and modification. It goes without saying that I am always looking for new ideas to improve it. Due to my interest in being prepared and as a veteran, the Editor of Surplus Today asked me to review a potential addition to my preparedness. The product I reviewed is Green Goo First Aid and Outdoor Salve from Sierra Sage. Green Goo is an all-purpose salve intended to heal cuts,Read More
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Posted On September 12, 2016By J.D. WilliamsIn Product Reviews

Product Review: Puralytics Solarbag

By Anthony Yeary   Survival gear is one of the many products that are absolutely essential for being prepared. The list of basic human needs determines what gear is most important when you are away from the comforts and security of your home. At the top of this list is water. Without it, the body cannot survive for more than three days. In the wilderness, there are many ways to purify water and, yes, the sun is one of them. One of the easiest and most thorough ways to purifyRead More
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By Anthony Yeary There are a lot of survival knives on the market that range from total garbage you would never trust to actually use, to knives that are practically works of art that you would never want to actually use. I mean, they cost so much and they look so good that you wouldn’t want to mess them up would you? As with all of our survival gear we want to find good, rugged, practical equipment. A cheap knife won’t make the grade, but expensive ones will break yourRead More
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Posted On August 24, 2016By J.D. WilliamsIn Products, Self Defense, Spotlights

What’s In Your Bedside Drawer?

By James C. Jones We spend about one-third of our lives in bed so there is a thirty-percent chance that the life or death emergency will strike while you are in bed. In that moment everything will depend on what you can reach right now. Think about it. You wake up in the dark and the house is shaking from an earthquake, a bomb blast or a tornado. You wake up in the dark and smell smoke or noxious fumes from a chemical incident. You wake up in the darkRead More