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Seven Emergency Preparedness Tips You May Not Know

It’s always a good idea to make sure you’re ready for whatever life throws your way. Emergency preparedness isn’t about doomsday prepping, though, it’s about being ready for the realistic events that can disrupt life at any time. Here are some lesser-known things you should do as you establish you and your family’s emergency plan.


How To Survive A Bee, Hornet Or Wasp Attack

Those buzzing insects in your backyard are more than a nuisance at your barbecue. In numbers, they’re a formidable threat. And if you’re one of the many people allergic to bees, hornets and wasps, even a few can be dangerous. Here’s how you can avoid getting swarmed, and what to do if you get stung.


Safely Tie Fishing Hooks With An Empty Dental Floss Dispenser

Fish hooks can be dangerous to work with, especially if you’re inexperienced. An empty dental floss dispenser can keep the pointy, barbed end away from your fingers while you tie on your line.


How To Survive A Crocodile Attack

Of all the wild animals found in Australia, the crocodile is one of the most intimidating. Its scaly skin, reptilian eyes and sharp teeth make it look like an actual monster. The fact that they kill with a move called a “death roll” doesn’t dissuade fear either. But with a little knowledge, you can avoid being croc bait.


This Online Course, Designed By Aussies, Teaches You How To Survive On Mars

If you watched The Martian and wondered if you too could have the chutzpah and know-how to make it on Mars, then here’s awesome news: You can now sign up for an actual online course that will teach you the basics to survival if you ever find yourself stranded on the red planet. Best of all, the course is free.


How To Survive A Mountain Lion Attack

Mountain lions — also known as cougars, pumas, catamounts or Florida panthers — have razor sharp claws, can weigh over 90kg, and can run at speeds of up to 80km/h. These aren’t your normal neighbourhood kitty cats. Here’s what you should do if you visit the US and encounter one in the wild.


Use Your Pants As An Improvised Flotation Device In Survival Situations

If you’re on a sinking ship or you fall overboard, and you don’t have a legitimate flotation device, it’s time for the pants to come off. This clever survival trick will help you float on the water so you use less energy while waiting for someone to rescue you.


How To Survive A Dog Attack

There is no national record for keeping track of dog attacks in Australia, but it is estimated that there are 10,000 dog attacks annually, with over 1400 resulting in hospitalisations. Between 2000 and 2003, there were more than 25 deaths attributable to dog attacks — more than sharks and venomous snakes combined. In short, man’s best friend is one of the deadliest animals.


How To Survive A Bear Attack

Bear encounters are less like singing “The Bare Necessities” and more like, “oh crap, I hope there aren’t any bear cubs around.” Here’s what you should do if you’re on a camping holiday in the woods of America and run into a bear in the wild who isn’t as friendly as Baloo.


What To Do If You Start Choking When You're Alone

If, like Liz Lemon, you’re afraid of choking when you’re home alone, knowing this procedure might give you some peace of mind — and maybe save your life.


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