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When the world ended, you were fortunate enough to get yourself and your family into the SUV along with your bug-out gear and hit the road before your little suburb descended into hell. It has been a long rough two weeks. Now it seems there is trouble in paradise.

There are five of you total, but only you, your wife, and your 16-year-old son are up to standing watch. That means everybody is sleep-deprived. Additionally, you didn’t really expect this to be an open-ended affair, so food and water are necessarily rationed. With each passing day, your stash of supplies grows smaller and those you encounter want it worse. It’s time to apply a little science to the problem.


Nobody knows when or under what circumstances you might be called upon to show a little self-reliance. Our connection to what we perceive as civilization is tenuous at best. If you didn’t believe that at least a little bit, you would not be clutching this hallowed tome.

Many to most survival situations will see their resolution in a day or three tops. The storm will pass, the fire will go out, the power will come back on, or Uncle Sam will roll in with trucks and tents and make everything whole again. However, what if that’s not the case?

It doesn’t take a whole lot of imagination to conjure some scenario that might demand that you keep your brood above the daisies for a protracted period in the face of dire circumstances. To best prepare for such sordid eventualities, one should understand how these wonderful machines we live in respond to hardship. The three major players are food, water, and sleep.

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American Survival Guide October 2019, REAL-WORLD Rehearsal, Bark River Knives + Winter Travel, BattleBox Leads the Way, And More....