This thread is going to serve one purpose - to potentially save the life of the reader in a emergency or disaster situation. I welcome any and all contributions to this thread, as some of you out there may have more knowledge in particular areas of survival than myself, especially in different parts of the country or world. Topics I would like to discuss in this thread include wild edibles, emergency shelters, trap making including bare bones hunting and fishing techniques, tracking, emergency first aid, fire making, water purification, navigation, signaling, natural medicine, knot tying, home disaster readiness, etc. I'll do my best to educate the reader on these topics, in the slim chance that one of you is put into situation where these topics may become useful. First, I'll go over some wild edibles commonly found in the United States. Feel free to contribute. Dandelions We've all seen them, but did you know they make a great wild edible? The young leaves may be eaten raw and taste quite good. Older leaves take on a bitter taste (though can still be eaten raw). I prefer to boil them, changing the water once to remove the bitterness. The roots are also edible, and best when boiled, or even roasted then ground down to make a tea/coffee. The juice and leaves of the Dandelion are rich in vitamins and minerals.