A New Supervolcano is Threatening the Northeast
27 Jul 2018

A New Supervolcano is Threatening the Northeast

Typically it’s the Northwest that people think of when they think of volcanic activity. The Pacific Ring of Fire is a horseshoe-shaped area of seismic activity that stretches from the west coast of South America, to the west coast of North America, across the Pacific Ocean by Alaska, down the

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Abstract Earth with magnetic fields
20 Jul 2018

What’s Going On With the Earth’s Magnetic Field?

The Earth’s magnetic field is acting strangely enough for scientists to study it. And the changes that are coming are not well-understood at this point. Here’s what they’re saying could happen . . . Every few thousand years, the Earth’s magnetic field flips.¬†Based on the magnetic fingerprints scientists can see

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Morakniv Floating Serrated Knife
13 Jul 2018

Morakniv Floating Serrated Knife

A floating knife?! Why didn’t I think of this. Around here, where we spend half the summer in a lake or by a river, it just makes sense. This cool knife made by Morakniv recently won the Scandinavian Outdoor Award. The knife is simple, yet innovative. While it is a

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Are You Ready sign against a stormy background with lightning and copy space. Dirty and angled sign adds to the drama.
06 Jul 2018

Why Are There So Many False Emergency Warnings?

Where we live in the Pacific Northwest our state was just one of several states over the past few months that issued a false warning emergency. On May 31, 2018, at 8:30 pm, an emergency notice went across televisions in multiple counties warning people of a “civil emergency.” There was

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29 Jun 2018

The One Plant That Grows Almost Anywhere That You Should Know

There’s one plant that grows almost everywhere that you definitely should know about for your herbal medicine cabinet. It’s one of the first plants most people consider weeds that I learned to identify. I became interested in it because it was literally growing right outside my door in the lawn,

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Dandelion Flower
22 Jun 2018

Wild Edibles You Can Find Anywhere

There’s nothing more irritating to me than reading an article about survival foods that focuses only on foods in the desert southwest, for instance, or woodland plants of the East Coast. I’m not in those places, and I’m not likely to be there in an emergency. Of course, it’s up

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apocalyptic landscape
15 Jun 2018

What’s Your State’s Disaster Resilience and Recovery Plan

Have you ever looked into your state’s disaster recovery plan? Or even checked to see if they have one? I don’t know about all states, but my state does have one. And if you look into it, it has some pretty scary stuff. I first encountered my state’s Resilience Plan

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Mustang Survival fluorescent green Vest
08 Jun 2018

Most Visible Color to Wear in Water

A water rescue is one of my nightmares…maybe a plane crashes, a cruise ship is damaged, or there’s a flood. I just don’t think about that sort of thing very much, unless I happen to be flying over the ocean to Hawaii! Admittedly, that has only happened twice (there and

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