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The Accident Prone Outdoorsman

Posted on May 16th, 2011 by brian

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It is quite clear to me that man in particular, but some women too, have a tendency to hold optimistic opinions of their ability to handle an emergency. Men and women who recreate or work in the outdoors are not immune from this optimistic bias. We would like to believe that we are less likely […]

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MAKING WATER SAFE TO DRINK

Posted on May 16th, 2011 by brian

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Survival Tips from OutdoorSafe By Peter Kummerfeldt As an outdoorsman talking to other outdoor men and women I often hear two statements made regarding drinking water from outdoor sources. Some claim “I never treat the water I drink in the outdoors” while others say “I never drink the water because it’s got bugs in it.” […]

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THE IMPORTANCE OF WATER TO SURVIVAL

Posted on May 16th, 2011 by brian

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Survival Tips from OutdoorSafe By Peter Kummerfeldt In priority order, after shelter and the need to defend your body temperature, the requirement to prevent dehydration is the survivor’s next most important necessity. The Institute of Medicine currently recommends a daily intake of approximately two to two and a half quarts of water to replace the […]

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SURVIVAL KITS

Posted on May 16th, 2011 by brian

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Survival kits should: – Be light weight and compact – Be with you when you need it – Contain equipment that you can rely on – Be adjusted according to the season and the expected weather – Include the equipment you will need to survive a night or two in the season       […]

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SAFETY IN THE OUTDOOR — refuse to be a crime victim

Posted on May 16th, 2011 by brian

“Experts agree the single most important step toward ensuring your personal safety is making the decision to refuse to be a victim. Criminals prefer easy targets. You stand a better chance of preventing a criminal attack if you make yourself difficult to prey upon. That means you must develop an overall personal safety strategy before […]

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AVOID BECOMING A DEHYDRATION CASUALTY

Posted on May 16th, 2011 by brian

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The Problem: When the water we use or lose each day, through normal body functions (urination, defecation and sweating) is not replaced dehydration results. Dehydration severely reduces the body’s ability to function efficiently which frequently results in poor decision making and accidents occurring. The loss of one to two quarts of water, from a starting […]

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AVOID BECOMING A LIGHTNING CASUALTY

Posted on May 16th, 2011 by brian

“Be proactive” DAYS BEFORE THE ACTIVITY Become aware of expected weather by listening to the extended weather forecasts. Decide on the criteria you will use to stop your outdoor activities and where and when to take shelter. DAY OF ACTIVITY Have a plan during outdoor activities for where and when to take shelter if lightning […]

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AVOID BECOMING AN “ALTITUDE” CASUALTY

Posted on May 16th, 2011 by brian

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Diamox,treatmentpreventionDefinition of Altitude Illness: A variety of illnesses experienced by poorly acclimated individuals, usually occurring within the first several days of ascending too quickly to altitudes greater than 8,000 feet. Cause of Altitude Illness: Low atmospheric pressure, exacerbated by high activity levels dehydration, excessive consumption of alcohol, poor diet, and the use of over-the-counter sleeping […]

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WILDERNESS EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

Posted on May 16th, 2011 by brian

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SIT DOWN, GET OFF YOUR FEET – Control your panic – Talk positively to yourself – Have a drink of water, smoke a cigarette eat something – Don’t move around until you are in control of yourself and your actions – Analyze the immediate threats to your safety – Determine the length of your survival […]

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