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03/19/19 02:59 AM Hazards we face - What are the odds? by hikermor

Recent discussion in another thread caused me to ponder - What are the odds of death/injury from different hazards - falling, drowning, firearms,whatever??

I ran across this for openers. The source is the national Safety Council:


I am not surprised that automobile accidents and falls are very common. The increase in poisoning is rather startling, but this increase is being reported in the media. looks like we-should add Narcan to our FAKs...

I am sure there must be more to this subject than the simple chart presented here. Discussion is in order.

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03/16/19 10:30 PM Survival book borrowed in 1977 returned to Library by Teslinhiker

Must of have been a slow reader or lost for a long time?

VANCOUVER — A book about surviving in the outdoors has been returned to a B.C. library branch more than four decades after it was checked out.

The book, “Wilderness Living: A Complete Handbook and Guide to Pioneering in North America” was borrowed from the Union Bay branch of the Vancouver Island Regional Library in 1977.

It was returned anonymously to the Courtenay branch last Monday.


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03/13/19 12:38 PM How Equipped Can I Be? by Jeanette_Isabelle

I posted the following yesterday:

Originally Posted By: Jeanette_Isabelle
It's both sad and scary when you think of it this way: a city gal with mental health problems, including anxiety, is better equipped to handle a major disaster than the average American.

What I said got me thinking. Sure, when it comes to what's tangible, I'm better prepared than the man in the video with his "earthquake kit."


Sure, I can put on a brave face, take 1MG of Lorazepam (an anti-anxiety medication) and take down Goliath. Let's be realistic. If I have to take 1MG of Lorazepam to handle a road trip, what am I going to do when the population is injured and in a panic?

Jeanette Isabelle

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03/12/19 01:19 PM Navy SEAL Trick Helps Man Survive Hours at Sea by brandtb


A tourist from Germany survived being knocked overboard and left adrift for hours on the open water off the coast of New Zealand last week -- all thanks to his jeans.

Arne Murke was delivering a yacht with his brother from Auckland, New Zealand to Brazil when they ended up sailing through rough seas about 20 miles off Tolaga Bay on March 6.

The 40-foot yacht's mainsheet suddenly came loose amid the rough swells and knocked Murke overboard while he was only wearing a t-shirt and jeans.

"My brother started directly to get me but the swell was like three meters," he told the New Zealand Herald. "He threw a life jacket with a rope overboard. I couldn't reach that, it was already too far away."

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"I took a deep breath, took out my jeans, made knots at the end of the legs and inflated the jeans; pull it over water and get air inside and then push it under water -- I had like an improvised life vest," he told the news outlet.

As he floated in the sea for the next few hours, Murke said he thought of his 10-month-old daughter, who lives with his girlfriend in the Philippines.

After nearly 4 hours, he was stopped by a rescue helicopter that was searching the area with the New Zealand Coastguard and Royal New Zealand Air Force, according to Sky News.


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03/11/19 10:54 PM Japanese earthquake kit video by ets777

Japanese Emergency Earthquake Kit Unboxing

Thought some of you might be interested in the above. It's a live stream of an expat living in japan (He's the creator of the "only in japan" channel); first half is an unboxing of the kit and the second half is some chatting about the 2011 tohoku earthquake and some q&a's.

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