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Just in case Armageddon should overtake the world this winter, Dave Gates will serve up some lifesaving suggestions at tonight's Urban Survival Skills workshop in Akron. Here's tip no. 1: For every day a storm contaminates your water supply, stock a gallon of H2O for every person in your home. "There's not a whole lot you can do without water," says Gates, a volunteer naturalist with the Summit County Metro Parks. "You can forgo flushing the toilet. But beyond that, preparing food involves water most of the time." The 90-minute lesson highlights several rules of thumb from both FEMA and the American Red Cross. The pointers range from safely shutting off electricity lines to rarely opening refrigerator doors to prevent spoiled food. "Electricity could be down, and the gas can be out," says Gates. "These are simple things you can do at home that would coincide with skills in backpacking or camping." During a power outage, survivalists should assemble an emergency kit with clothing, sleeping bags, and blankets. They should also keep their cool. "I don't want to make it sound like an alarmist thing," says Gates. "But with winter coming up, we try to explain what you can do without endangering your life." Learn how to rough it at 7 tonight at the Shady Hollow Pavilion of the Sand Run Metro Park, 1750 Sand Run Parkway in Akron. Admission is free. Call 330-865-8065 or visit
Sat., Nov. 24, 7 p.m., 2007

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