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One Of The Coldest Military Bases Has One Of The Lowest Cold-Weather Injury Problems…Why?

There are many survivalists who simply do not take as much care when it comes to cold weather as they should. If there is one thing that survivalists should know, it is that cold weather can kill you and your family – period.

One of the very best ways to learn about cold-weather survival is to learn from the military. These folks have been dealing with cold-weather hazards for centuries, and they have found some very reliable solutions to surviving outdoors, in extremely cold temperatures.

Here is a case that illustrates how preparation saves lives and limbs:

Fort Drum is located near Watertown, NY. It is one of the coldest places in the US where troops are stationed, and it is home to the 10th Mountain Division. On the surface, one would think that troops here would have more cold-weather injuries than other places. Wrong. The facts are clear – there are fewer injuries at Ft. Drum than other duty stations due to cold weather because Ft. Drum knows how to train and equip its soldiers properly.

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Cold Weather Doesn’t Mean More Cold-Weather Injuries

You may be surprised to learn that some of the other duty stations that had more injuries due to cold-weather were Fort Benning, GA; Fort Bragg, NC; Parris Island, SC; and Fort Wainwright, Alaska.

If you are a cynic and thinking, “Well, it doesn’t get that cold in New York,” consider that Watertown has recorded the lowest temps in America many times during the last few years. Back in February, it went down to minus 37 degrees Fahrenheit. This was not a one-day event either. To be frank, this place is cold!

“Cold can kill…”

Perhaps the best way to look at this is through what Tactical Safety Officer, Michael A. Tulley, said: “Cold can kill. If a soldier is not wearing the proper equipment, they could lose hands, ears, noses, all the way to death. The reason Fort Drum does so well is commanders take it seriously. Nobody wants to lose a soldier because it’s cold. It’s unacceptable to the Army, unacceptable to the soldier’s parents, that’s unacceptable to the United States.”

Death and injury because of cold weather must be unacceptable to you, as well. You can protect yourself and your family with the right clothing, boots, and shelters. Learn how to live in the cold; it could save your life!

Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of US Patriot Tactical


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