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Have you got what it takes to survive?

Whether it’s the car breaking down on a deserted stretch of road or the national infrastructure breaking down because of economic disaster, are you prepared to survive when all goes wrong?

You don’t have to wait until it’s too late to get ready.

Beginning today exclusively on WND’s Diversions page, nationally recognized survival expert Creek Stewart will be bringing a weekly column called “Not if, but when” to help equip you for the worst.

“In our daily hustle and bustle, it’s easy not to consider or plan for the ‘what ifs’ in life,” Stewart told WND. “But whether caused by nature or man, real disasters happen to real people on a regular basis. I believe with all of my heart that each of us will confront at least one survival event in our lifetime that will require us to use limited available resources and self-reliant skills to meet basic human-survival needs.

“I have dedicated my life to the teaching and practice of survival and disaster-preparedness skills,” Stewart continued. “Whether a thought-provoking reaction to a current event or a brief tutorial teaching an important self-reliant skill, my column will always remind you to pause and ask yourself, ‘What if?'”

Click here to read the debut column of Creek Stewart’s “Not if, but when!”

Stewart is the owner and founder of Willow Haven Outdoor Survival & Preparedness Training Facility in central Indiana. An experienced survival instructor backed by thousands of man-hours in the field, he has been featured on “Fox & Friends,” MensFitness.com and Discovery.com and is the author of “Build the Perfect Bug Out Bag” and the upcoming “The Unofficial Hunger Games Wilderness Survival Guide,” expected in spring 2013.

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“Natural disasters are more violent, more frequent and more deadly than ever before in my life. Our national and global economy is becoming increasingly unstable. Combine these facts with strong political, religious and racial tension, and it’s no surprise why many people feel very uneasy,” Stewart told WND. “If you aren’t concerned about your future, then you are in complete denial. I will close each column with a phrase that I truly believe: ‘Remember, it’s not if, but when.”

Stewart also told WND he is “honored and thrilled” to partner with WND.

“I appreciate WND’s commitment to preserving and protecting that which is at the core to survival: individual freedom and liberty,” Stewart said. “Self-reliant skills deserve a stage in legitimate media, and I am humbled to be that voice at WND.”

Look for Stewart’s latest, “It’s time America redeclared independence,” now and his “Not if, but when” column every Wednesday on WND’s Diversions page.