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Disaster Scenarios

You usually hear about plane crashes or search and rescue missions on the news. We'll explore how to survive disasters like this and more.

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How Search and Rescue Works

You've seen it on the news -- a hiker goes missing, and the woods swarm with helicopters, dogs and volunteer searchers. How do search-and-rescue teams explore the depths of the sea and sift through piles of rubble to find survivors?


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The Heart-breaking End of Legendary Adventurer Sir Ernest Shackleton

A pair of physicians are proposing that the great explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton died from a hole in his heart. Learn more at HowStuffWorks Now. See more »

Can drones be used for search and rescue?

Drones can be used for search and rescue, but there's a lot more that we could do with drones to save lives. Learn more about drone search and rescue. See more »

10 People Who Survived the Impossible

The will to survive is ingrained in all of us, but some have had that will tested to the extremes. See 10 people who have survived the impossible. See more »

10 Disaster Survival Tips for Pets

Are you looking for some disaster survival tips for pets? Check out this article and learn 10 disaster survival tips for pets. See more »

Who pays for search and rescue operations?

Who pays for search and rescue operations? Read about the cost of rescues and who pays for search and rescue. See more »

How the Coast Guard Foundation Works

The Coast Guard Foundation is a civilian nonprofit that supports Coast Guard members and their families. Read about the Coast Guard Foundation. See more »

5 Amazing Rescues

In these rescue stories, you'll learn about people and animals who saved others while putting their own lives at risk. Read these rescue stories. See more »

Top 10 Everyday Items You Can Repurpose in a Survival Scenario

Survival items can be fashioned from everyday objects like MacGyver does. Find out the top survival items that you probably already carry around. See more »

Top 10 Survival Tools

Survival tools will serve you right if you become stranded in bad weather or a deserted area. Find out which survival tools will save you. See more »