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My car broke down in Siberia. What do I do now?

When travelling on extremely remote roads, you need to prepare for the worst. This is even more true if you are travelling in a climate where the weather might kill you within days, such as in ...
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My car broke down in Siberia. What do I do now?

First, if you go somewhere in a car, take along the clothes necessary to be outside for an extended period. 406 MHz PLB (Personal Locator Beacon) All the tragedies have one thing in common: they ...
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My car broke down in Siberia. What do I do now?

Well, I'm from Russia, and I heard that in the most desperate situation like this you can burn your car's tires. The tires are made of oil, so they burn well. Using fire from tires you can use other ...
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Modern equivalent of a flare gun?

In increasing order of complexity and price you have, Personal Locator Beacons Personal locator beacons are high-powered (typically, 5 watts) devices designed primarily to send out a personalized ...
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My car broke down in Siberia. What do I do now?

This is not constrained to Siberia. A snowstorm/blizzard can occur at many locations and throw down so much snow that roads are blocked and people outside the main routes (or even on main routes) get ...
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Modern equivalent of a flare gun?

Maybe you should explain what you need a flare gun equivalent for... A flare gun has a very specific purpose which generally is to alert somebody who is already looking for you to your immediate ...
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Modern equivalent of a flare gun?

While Charlie Brumbaugh's answer is good, there is a cheaper and simpler alternative: a LED marine distress flare. These are handheld LED lights, as bright as a distress flare. Many jurisdictions ...
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My car broke down in Siberia. What do I do now?

I have always learned that when you go to remote areas you should have at least a basic knowledge of car repair and depending on the make of car and the area you go to your knowledge should be good to ...
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What is the risk of starting a forest or wildland fire with a flare gun?

There is a definitely a risk of starting a fire with a flare gun, for this reason they are discouraged by the National Park Service (at least in Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument). Not Useful: ...
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Should one remove their boots in an emergency bivvy situation?

I only see an advantage if your boots are wet: Then I would advise to remove the wet shoes and socks. Maybe you are in the lucky position to have some dry spare socks in your backpack. If not you may ...
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Do reflective warning triangles blow away in wind storms?

It will depend on the weight of the triangle but in a storm that blows trees down there is not much that will stay where you put it. I have seen roadworkers triangles weighted down by sandbags, and ...
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How do you get back in canoe, by yourself?

There isn't only one method, there are a few. Partially the choice depends on which canoe you have (big and wide, very stable or tippy, or a small solo) and if its calm water or not. What you can do ...
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Can you use pre-owned climbing rope for hiking and/or emergency uses?

No, not only for safety but also for practical reasons. Climbing ropes are unsuited for most of your use cases. A climbing rope is dynamic, which means it will stretch under load. This is exactly what ...
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How do you patch/repair an inflatable dinghy while still underway?

Depends where the hole is and how big it is, but: First, determine if it's necessary to try and patch the hole in open water. If you're close to shore, then go ashore and patch it there. If you're ...
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My car broke down in Siberia. What do I do now?

I live in Siberia. First, roads that are cleaned in winter have significant traffic. Less important ground tracks get covered by snow and impossible to use in the first weeks of winter. So if you're ...
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Would drinking normal saline help with hydration?

Yes, you can drink it. Saline of this sort (0.9%, 9 g/L or about 150 millimol/litre or 300 milliosmol/litre) is known as an isotonic solution as the salt concentration is the same as that in the body (...
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My car broke down in Siberia. What do I do now?

There are times when a car will not drive, but its engine will run. In such cases, if you can spare the fuel, use the engine to generate heat. Ventilation from time to time would help prevent carbon ...
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Modern equivalent of a flare gun?

A safety whistle is cheap and reliable. Also, it won't run out of flares or batteries. You can hang it from your backpack shoulder strap for easy access. (Imagine trying to take off and dig through ...
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Should one remove their boots in an emergency bivvy situation?

As an anecdote, I did. I unexpectedly bivied overnight during a snowstorm at 14kft in -15F, 50mph winds with a pack, bivy sack and warm clothes. I had dry feet prior, didn't have an issue getting the ...
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What to do if someone gets impaled in the stomach?

To quote from the Wilderness First Responder manual, Large objects found impaled in a wound should be left in place if you can get to a medical facility with relative ease. Yanking on an object can ...
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How to escape a cave in an emergency situation?

Assuming you have no way of safely and reliably leaving the cave to get help, your first priority is not to become a casualty yourself as well. Even if the Guide needs urgent medical attention, it ...
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Nails in an emergency/survival kit

I think there are simply not that many uses for nails in emergency situations. Using nails as intended: If you want to build shelter or other wooden constructions you would need a lot of nails - ...
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My car broke down in Siberia. What do I do now?

If you are hundreds of miles away from anyone else, getting out of the car and walking is a stupid idea. Chances are you'll die before reaching anyone or you get lost. If someone goes out looking for ...
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My car broke down in Siberia. What do I do now?

Basic car survival kit Flares Dehydrated food Signal mirror Map and compass (not for hiking. Need to know what direction the nearest people would be to use the sinal mirror effectively) Water (at ...
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Are aluminum foil and emergency mylar blankets equally effective as heat reflectors/insulators

Aluminium foil is far heavier for the same coverage, bulkier and less strong. Snagging on something sharp can easily tear mylar, foil far more so. Getting and carrying foil in big enough sheets is ...
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How to generate white smoke in the wilderness?

You can build a so called "smoke generator" and feed it with certain material to specifically generate white smoke. It's basically a survival technique. First, make a platform from dead wood, and ...
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How much flotation does a canoe need?

In most situations you should be prepared for a dunking, so you could hang around in the water and bail without getting too cold. Of course, if you're in danger (e.g. from hitting rocks) get yourself ...
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I can't get floating in my canoe again, now what?

Your priorities are: not drowning having a boat and paddle you can get yourself home with your stuff Your boat must contain (and to know it will contain these post-flip, they should be attached to ...
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What pattern for casual planes should a castaway create on a desert island?

There is actually an international standard for this: The Chicago Convention on International Civil Aviation, and in there Annex 12 – Search and Rescue, appendix 2 "Ground-air visual signal code". ...
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My car broke down in Siberia. What do I do now?

One of the best things you can do in this situation is actually what you could do before it happens: bring preparations. Other comments have already mentioned different items already and ultimately ...
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