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How to Waterproof Your Shoes With Duct Tape

Waterproof your shoes by duct taping them. From the book "Duct Tape 911." | The Survival Doctor

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

Here’s a simple, easy to remember tip that could save your feet if you have to work in wet weather. If you don’t have rainboots, you can waterproof your shoes with duct tape.

This is an excerpt from my new book, Duct Tape 911: The Many Amazing Medical Things You Can Do to Tape Yourself Together.

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My 15 Ultimate Beat-the-Heat Tips (Bet You Haven’t Heard Them All)

My 15 Ultimate Beat-the-Heat Tips (Bet You Haven't Heard Them All!) | The Survival Doctor

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

In the Deep South right now, it’s about heat wave time, otherwise known as the season of year when you step outside and right into a sauna. I know because I grew up in Mississippi.

If you also grew up in an area that gets really hot, you may think you know everything there is to know to beat the heat. But you haven’t read this post! I bet I can surprise you—at least once?

Even people used to working in the heat all day can suffer dangerously come that first heat wave—when the temperature and humidity suddenly soars 5–10 degrees or hotter. And imagine having to be outside after a disaster or while stranded in the wilderness, with no chance for air conditioning.

Here are some Survival Doctor tips, facts, answers and more—all to help you beat the heat.

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The Best Tornado Safety Tips for Your Best Chance of Survival

The Best Tornado Survival Tips for Your Best Chance | The Survival Doctor

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

My mother was in the deadly Tupelo tornado in 1936. She wasn’t injured, but over 700 people were. And well over 200 more died. She often recalled the people yelling for help when none was available. Hearing her tell stories about the aftermath is one reason I became so interested in disaster- and survival-medicine. I learned tornado safety tips early.

I remember very often sitting up with my family as a child at night, away from the windows, as the thunder shook. Once I even heard

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The Survival Doctor’s Winter Car-Supplies List

The Survival Doctor’s Winter-Car Supplies List

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

One of my Facebook followers recently asked me what I’d suggest keeping in the car for winter weather. I started to tell her to go to my website, but then I realized, surprise, I don’t have it listed. Well I’m sorry for that, but here’s my list.

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Is It a Cold or the Flu? How to Tell the Difference

Is It a Cold or the Flu? How to Tell the Difference

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

One reason colds and the flu spread during winter is the same reason they’ll spread during a disaster: There are lots of crowds. Respiratory infections don’t care whether you’re in an emergency shelter after a flood or a crowded mall the week before Christmas; they’re just thrilled about the opportunity to multiply.

As such, it’s a good idea to be able to differentiate a common cold from the full-blown flu. Why? Because usually with a cold, you get over it no matter what you do. The flu can be different, and the complications can be deadly.

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Two Days in Sub-Zero Weather: How These Adults and Kids Survived—Well

How One Family Survived Two Days in Sub-Zero Car

An in-the-news extra post for the week.

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

A man, a woman, and four children survived in the Nevada mountains for 48 hours in an overturned car that wouldn’t start (no heater). The temperature got down to well below zero … and they came away with only mild hypothermia.

Of course, when things like that happen, I always try to find some takeaway lessons, and this situation has some good ones:

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Santa’s Bugging Out: 11 Survival Gifts He Should Drop at Your House

GyverGear, from "Santa's Bugging Out: 10 Survival Gifts He Should Drop at Your House" | The Survival Doctor

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

Don’t you love receiving a gift that you can really use? One that says the gifter must have really thought about you personally before buying it?

And don’t you just love it when you come upon that perfect gift for someone? One that will brighten their day?

I’ve picked out my 10 favorite gifts that I think most everyone should have on hand for camping, hiking, or just-in-case emergencies that can happen at any time.

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47 Ways You’re Preparing for Winter Survival This Year

47 Ways You’re Preparing for Winter Survival This Year

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

People, I hate to tell you, but it’s time to start preparing for the winter.

Very soon the holidays will kick into full gear. Everyone will be shopping. Everyone will be more rushed. It’s a fantastic time of year, but before you get into that holiday season of peace on Earth, how about preparing now for a little peace of mind?

To that end, I asked my Facebook followers how they’re prepping for the winter. Their answers were so insightful that I thought you’d enjoy reading some of them.* (By the way, for medical supply suggestions, download my free list.)

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Lessons From the Colorado Floods: When the Disaster Isn’t the One You Prepared For

Lessons From the Colorado Floods: When The Disaster Isn’t the One You Prepared For | The Survival Doctor

Colorado National Guardsmen help evacuate people in Boulder County, CO, during the flooding last Thursday. “This event has stunned all of us,” said Colorado Senator Mark Udall. Weld County Commissioner Sean Conway called it “a once in 500 years or 1,000 years situation.” (Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Joseph K. VonNida.)

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH K2T5JD8XRNRK

My heart goes out to all affected in the recent flooding here in Colorado.

Maybe one of the very few good things that comes out of a disaster like this is all of us are reminded of the constant, real threat of disasters. (Few saw this coming. Not here. Not now. Not at this severity.) Because of all the modes of media we have these days to vicariously experience such disasters real-time, we learn from others’ unfortunate experiences how to go forward with a better plan for the future.

Here are a few takeaway lessons.

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5 Lightning Safety Tips in Case You’re Caught in a Storm

5 Lightning Safety Tips in Case You’re Caught in a Storm | The Survival Doctor

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

You’re out on a hike or doing yard work, and you hear thunder. No rain yet, not even any lightning seen. What do you do?

In this post I give some lightning safety tips I’ve learned over the years—some I’ll bet you didn’t know. (For example, did you know you can get struck by lightning even if the skies are clear?)

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