Men's Health


Think about your biggest fear, the kind of nightmare that leaves you in a cold sweat. A charging bear? A twister headed straight toward you? A crash that leaves you paralyzed? These eight men faced those nightmares and lived to tell the tale. For some, preparation and quick thinking kept them alive; others were just plain lucky. Learn their keys to survival, and what you should do if you ever find yourself in a similarly harrowing situation.



Krznarich and his wife were lounging at their campsite on an island in a northern Wisconsin lake. It was July 2010. Krznarich turned on his weather radio and heard an urgent message from the National Weather Service: “Severe storm hitting the Turtle Flambeau Flowage. Take cover immediately.”

Krznarich sprinted to warn another couple and raced back with them. All four huddled under a picnic table. Within 30 seconds, the first 60-foot tree fell. Four trees landed on the table; Krznarich was crushed by a red pine; his pelvis was fractured in three places.

It was an EF1 tornado, with winds up to 110 miles an hour. “The destruction was unbelievable,” Krznarich says. “Big trees were shattering and tumbling like

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