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  • newPreparedness Notes for Sunday – March 18, 2018
    March 18th is the birthday of novelist John Updike. (He was born in 1932 and died in 2009.) It is also the birthday of Luc Besson, director and producer of films such as Nikita and The Fifth Element. o o o SurvivalBlog Writing Contest Today features…
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  • newObservations and Prepper Lessons From County Jail, by M.R.
    I am a correctional deputy, who works in a rural county jail in a mid-sized state somewhere out west, with some observations to share with my prepper community. When I first went into the jail to work, I felt naked without my EDC– a pistol, knives,…
    - 8 hours ago 18 Mar 18, 7:04am -
  • newThe Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods:
    SurvivalBlog presents another edition of The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods— a collection of news bits and pieces that are relevant to the modern survivalist and prepper from “HJL”. China’s bad social credit policy is rearing it’s ugly head…
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  • newThe Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.” – Romans 8:1-2 (K…
    - 8 hours ago 18 Mar 18, 7:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Saturday – March 17, 2018
    March 17th is the birthday of novelist Pearl S. Buck, best known for her novel The Good Earth. (Born 1887, died 1973.) This is also the birthday of Józef Franczak (born 1917, died 21 October 1963), who was a Polish Army Corporal who fought in the Wo…
    - 1 day ago 17 Mar 18, 7:05am -
  • Perspectives on Patrolling- Part 5, by J.M.
    Today is the final part of this article on patrolling in the post-SHTF scenario. If you just jumping in here and have missed the earlier parts, go back and look at what has been covered already, including objectives, planning, navigation, movement, c…
    - 1 day ago 17 Mar 18, 7:04am -
  • Editors’ Prepping Progress
    To be prepared for a crisis, every Prepper must establish goals and make long-term and short-term plans. Steadily, we work on meeting our prepping goals. In this column, the SurvivalBlog editors review their week’s prep activities. They also often…
    - 1 day ago 17 Mar 18, 7:03am -
  • The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods:
    SurvivalBlog presents another edition of The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods— a collection of news bits and pieces that are relevant to the modern survivalist and prepper from “HJL”. With the conclusion of our article on patrolling today, we are…
    - 1 day ago 17 Mar 18, 7:02am -
  • The Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring” – Isaiah 44:3 (KJV)The post The Editors’ Quote of the Day: appeared first on Survival…
    - 1 day ago 17 Mar 18, 7:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Friday – March 16, 2018
    Today is the anniversary of the Battle at Pound Gap Kentucky. (1862) o o o SurvivalBlog Writing Contest This has been another entry for Round 75 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The nearly $11,000 worth of prizes for this round includ…
    - 2 days ago 16 Mar 18, 7:05am -
  • Perspectives on Patrolling- Part 4, by J.M.
    We are looking at patrolling in a post-SHTF scenario. In parts 1, 2 and 3, I reviewed the definition of “patrol” and objectives of patrolling as well as planning, dress and kit, navigation, movement, and now the subject of dealing with contacts w…
    - 2 days ago 16 Mar 18, 7:04am -
  • Letter Re: Doxycycline and Penicillin
    Hello, You have posted several articles on penicillin over the years. There is usually a link to follow to purchase it online. The link almost always brings me to a website to purchase fish meds. Is fish penicillin safe for human consumption? Thanks…
    - 2 days ago 16 Mar 18, 7:03am -
  • Economics & Investing For Preppers
    Here are the latest items and commentary on current economics news, market trends, stocks, investing opportunities, and the precious metals markets. We also cover hedges, derivatives, and obscura. And it bears mention that most of these items are fro…
    - 2 days ago 16 Mar 18, 7:02am -
  • The Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “My mind,” he said, “rebels at stagnation. Give me problems, give me work, give me the most abstruse cryptogram or the most intricate analysis, and I am in my own proper atmosphere. I can dispense then with artificial stimulants. But I abhor th…
    - 2 days ago 16 Mar 18, 7:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Thursday – March 15, 2018
    This is the birthday of General and President Andrew Jackson, in 1767. He was the 7th President of the United States (1829-1837.) o o o SurvivalBlog Writing Contest This has been another entry for Round 75 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing cont…
    - 3 days ago 15 Mar 18, 7:05am -


More Than Just Surviving

  • “Extreme” Weather Conditions: Snowflakes, Hysteria, & the UK
    If you are a Brit, you will undoubtedly be aware that we faced a seemingly apocalyptic event over the past week or so. In case you’re unaware and need to be brought up to speed with regards to the cataclysmic event that struck old Blighty, be…
    - 7 days ago 11 Mar 18, 11:20am -
  • New Knives in 2018? The Knife World’s Changed & Not For the Better
    When Elise and I started MTJS, I began by reviewing my extensive Spyderco collection. Over the years, due to constant bugging by you lot, I started reviewing knives from brands I never really had much interest in. A good example would be Cold S…
    - 27 days ago 19 Feb 18, 4:26pm -
  • We Need to Talk About the Cape Town Drought & Human Stupidity
    As some of you may know, Cape Town is running out of water. The local government has quite literally stated that in less than 100 days, they may have to turn off the taps entirely and water will be rationed out at designated outposts. Here’s…
    - 43 days ago 3 Feb 18, 10:54am -
  • Prepper Lessons: What Mistakes Have You Made & Learned From?
    While I haven’t been prepping for very long in comparison to most of you, I’d like to think I’ve learned quite a lot over the years through mistakes I’ve made with prepping. Honestly, mistakes make some of the most valuable lessons reso…
    - 50 days ago 27 Jan 18, 12:34pm -
  • The Value of Dehydrated Foods & MRES in a Prepper’s Food Stockpile
    So I’ve spoken about this briefly before, but basically my opinion on rotating through a food stockpile has actually changed since I first began prepping. I used to think that – in an ideal situation – I 100% wanted to rotate through ever…
    - 53 days ago 24 Jan 18, 12:40pm -
  • How Often Do You Change the Gear You Everyday Carry?
    My personal EDC habits, especially in terms of how often I swap in and out the things I carry, have changed considerably over the years. I know there are many who like to change what they take out with them daily, but I’ve never been the type…
    - 62 days ago 15 Jan 18, 3:05pm -
  • Canada Essentially Bans the Import of Every Folding Knife In Existence…
    The insane have taken over the asylum folks. The geniuses over at the Canada Border Services Agency decided that they weren’t going to let the United Kingdom beat them in the Stupid Olympics and have opted to ban the import of basically all…
    - 67 days ago 10 Jan 18, 11:54am -
  • December 2017 EDC Pocket Dump
    When it comes to gear, I feel I have settled into a groove. I rarely experiment with tobacco these days (same with the pipes) and just stick to what I know I like. Hope you had a merry Christmas, and we’ll see you in the new year! Everyday Ca…
    - 77 days ago 31 Dec 17, 6:33pm -
  • Chosen By Our Readers: Victorinox’s Best Swiss Army Knives to EDC
    Picking out the best Victoriniox Swiss Army Knife is not at all an easy feat considering just how many options Victorinox gives you, and how many variations of those different there are to choose from. There’s no way I could have mad up a lis…
    - 87 days ago 21 Dec 17, 12:33pm -
  • Diabetes Preparedness: Emergency, Disaster, & SHTF Preps for Diabetics
    We’ve received a lot of reader questions asking us how to prep for diabetes over the years. How many? I couldn’t possibly count. It’s a lot, and not all from preppers who are themselves diabetics either. We get a number of concerned relat…
    - 93 days ago 15 Dec 17, 5:51pm -
  • SAK Chat: What’s Your Favourite Swiss Army Knife?

    - 97 days ago 11 Dec 17, 10:00am -
  • Svord Peasant Friction Folding Bushcraft Knife Review
    The Svord Peasant knife is a century old design that was brought back to the mainstream by B.W. Baker. This is a knife I have used and owned for a good long while, but have always been on the fence with regards to reviewing it. In practical ter…
    - 4 Dec 17, 5:09pm -
  • November 2017 EDC Pocket Dump
    I basically gave up carrying a flashlight due to a lack of pocket space. I recently found this thing on Amazon and since then have been carrying it. It’s freaking amazing (relative to its size). Side note – picked up the Matriarch Wave just…
    - 1 Dec 17, 1:08am -
  • Cyber Monday 2017 Knife & Outdoor Gear Deals
    Back again with a Cyber Monday post, and just as I’d hoped, Amazon’s deals are a lot better for knife aficionados – and hell even for outdoor gear junkies & survivalists – than Black Friday’s sales were. Concentrating on Amazon & Blad…
    - 27 Nov 17, 2:29pm -
  • Black Friday 2017 Knife & Outdoor Gear Discounts
    Welcome to our annual Black Friday Knife & Gear Deal Round up! This year (unlike last year) we have some pretty worthwhile Amazon deals you might want to jump on, though unlike last year, these are very, very few and far between, meaning we s…
    - 24 Nov 17, 11:58am -
  • Kershaw Shuffle II Blackwash Multi-Function EDC Knife Review
    Back in 2015, I reviewed the original Kershaw Shuffle. I don’t normally review newer models because usually the differences are so slight (Paramilitary 2 vs Paramilitary 3 for example), but in the case of the Shuffle II, it might as well be a…
    - 22 Nov 17, 4:09pm -
  • What’s In Your Bug Out Bag?
    We’ve thought about doing a bug out bag guide so many times before it’d be impossible to count, but somehow in 4 years, still haven’t actually published one. The why comes down to the fact that, unlike comprehensive lists – like of all…
    - 17 Nov 17, 5:05pm -
  • How to Treat a Burn: From Soothing to Healing
    Being burned is a modern world reality. Not all of us have had a dislocated shoulder or severe lacerations, but I can almost guarantee that everyone reading this has been burned at least once. I find it interesting that there’s typically so m…
    - 15 Nov 17, 7:19pm -
  • Discontinued Spyderco Knife Sale @ Blade HQ
    So we weren’t planning on publishing today, but we stumbled on a sale section of Blade HQ website we thought was too good to pass up sharing. Thomas so desperately wishes we lived in the States and could take advantage of these crazy prices,…
    - 12 Nov 17, 1:57pm -
  • 15 Best Selling Bushcraft Books: Most Popular Wilderness Survival Guides
    A long while back, close to when we originally started penning this blog, I published an article about the most popular/best selling survival books in existence. While I know there will be plenty of overlap (what kind of a survival book list w…
    - 9 Nov 17, 11:05am -

Blue Collar Prepping

  • Assorted Thoughts About Prepping
    Some ramblings this week about planning, prepping, and doing it in plain sight!
    - 2 days ago 17 Mar 18, 1:08am -
  • 2 Out of 3 Ain't Bad
    I had to sit through a corporate training class this week. The subject matter was pure common sense and nothing I haven't heard repeatedly in my years of working for a living, so my mind wandered a bit. Then the instructor brought up a slide of a sig…
    - 3 days ago 15 Mar 18, 7:47pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: Spear Handle Part 2
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.In last week's blog post about finding a combination spear shaft/walking stick, I mentioned wanting to have a durable end for my st…
    - 4 days ago 14 Mar 18, 10:06pm -
  • Southern Fried Rabbit with Gravy
    Now that we've covered some of the issues with rabbit, here's an example of how they can be so wonderfully tasty. This recipe comes from my favorite wild game cookbook, Dressing and Cooking Wild Game. In addition to being a great cookbook, it is also…
    - 5 days ago 13 Mar 18, 7:44pm -
  • Basics of Solar Panels: Installation
    So you know how many solar panels you want, you know what size your battery bank is, and you know if your installation will be on a house or on an RV.This article assumes that you have purchased the panels and are ready to install them.Note:I will c…
    - 6 days ago 12 Mar 18, 9:58pm -
  • Quick, Quiet, Cheap Grocery Store Prepping
    The title says it all.
    - 9 days ago 9 Mar 18, 5:50pm -
  • Rabbit Fever
    Rabbits are one of my favorite game animals to hunt. They're tasty and plentiful, the season is long, and the license is cheap. They're so very easy to raise that many people keep them as domestic livestock, especially in suburban areas.While rabbits…
    - 10 days ago 9 Mar 18, 12:17am -
  • Prudent Prepping: the Home Depot Assegai Spear Handle
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.Our esteemed editrix Erin has made a habit of gifting seriously interesting, awesome and cool gifts to our group of co-bloggers. In…
    - 11 days ago 7 Mar 18, 9:10pm -
  • Living in Flyover Country
    The “important” people who live on the east and west coasts of the USA like to refer to the rest of the country as “flyover country”, because the only time they see it is when they fly over it while traveling from one coast to the other. That…
    - 12 days ago 7 Mar 18, 12:05am -
  • Basics of Solar Panels: Sizing Your Battery Bank
    In my last article on sizing your solar array, I said that if you have a solar array you should use batteries to store your power. This will enable you to run your home, tools and appliances when your solar panels are unable to provide enough power b…
    - 13 days ago 6 Mar 18, 12:05am -
  • When Camouflage Is Wrong
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.The entire point of camouflage is to make things which are camouflaged difficult to see.Well DUH, Erin. We know that. In that case, look at your preps and tell me how many of them a…
    - 14 days ago 4 Mar 18, 10:32pm -
  • Blackhawk Ankle Holster Review
    How are you blue-collar folks this week? In this video, I review a Blackhawk ankle holster with calf strap. I do love my ankle carry.
    - 16 days ago 2 Mar 18, 10:04pm -
  • Seasonal Fevers
    The coming change of seasons from winter to spring has brought to mind two “fevers” that preppers need to be aware of and make plans for. While not actual, physical fevers caused by disease, the effects of “cabin fever” and “spring fever”…
    - 17 days ago 1 Mar 18, 6:11pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: Liquid Skin Pro
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping. I'm always looking for things to add to my first aid kits, as long as the items are small and useful in many different ways. I fo…
    - 18 days ago 28 Feb 18, 5:32pm -
  • Into Every Life a Flat Tire Must Fall
    Sooner or later, good weather or bad, your vehicle will get a flat. Then you have to get out the jack and lug wrench to change the tire. The latter tool is what this is about.This is the wrench that came with my truck, which is like the one in most…
    - 19 days ago 28 Feb 18, 2:36am -
  • Winter Egg Storage Review and Taste Test
    Remember last November when we put our eggs into storage for the cold winter months? Me too.And the telling is in the tasting!
    - 20 days ago 27 Feb 18, 12:41am -
  • When Seconds Count, Help Is Minutes Away
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.Once again there's been another massacre in another gun-free zone, and once again innocents are dead. As we all grieve for the lives lost as ask ourselves what can be done to preven…
    - 21 days ago 25 Feb 18, 9:41pm -
  • My Thoughts on School Shootings
    I believe the solution is simple to discover, though not for the entitled or faint of heart.
    - 23 days ago 24 Feb 18, 12:20am -
  • Keeping It Bottled Up
    I don't normally write about “bugging in” as much as “bugging out” due to the nature of where and how I live. In the mostly rural area that I call home, the low population density and ease of travel make bugging in less of a probability (ther…
    - 24 days ago 22 Feb 18, 8:44pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: One Is Never Enough
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.  There have been other birthdays besides my own recently. I had a chance to help build a GHB again!Well it wasn't really a bag, s…
    - 25 days ago 22 Feb 18, 12:58am -
  • Short Circuiting a Seizure
    Over two years ago, I was getting geared up for a month of camping with OkieRhio out in Oklahoma. During one of our trips out to Knight's Rest, we were talking about family and our experiences with epilepsy, and I opened up to her about a member of m…
    - 26 days ago 20 Feb 18, 10:14pm -
  • Basics of Solar Panels: Sizing Your Array
    So you have decided that you want to install solar panels. Now you need to determine how many panels to get, and which kind.To figure out the sizing of the components of your power system, you will need to answer a few questions first.What Will You B…
    - 27 days ago 20 Feb 18, 1:20am -
  • Preparing for Dementia
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.My father is 82 years old and has Parkinson's Disease. In the years since he was diagnosed, I have seen a man with a sharp mind become unable to perform tasks as simple as tying a n…
    - 28 days ago 19 Feb 18, 3:04am -
  • An End to Our Pillow
    This week we wrap up the pillow test with an after-action report.
    - 29 days ago 18 Feb 18, 12:41am -
  • Old Things
    No, I'm not writing about David or myself, even if we do qualify.Over the years (this blog had its fourth birthday in January), I've written a lot about old tech and I've gotten some feedback that questions the wisdom of choosing, say, liquid fueled…
    - 31 days ago 15 Feb 18, 7:09pm -

Survival Medicine

  • Survival Medicine Hour: Wound Care Off The Grid, Medical Backpacks, More
    SURVIVAL MEDICINE HOUR #380 The right equipment is important for anyone to do a job efficiently. You wouldn’t expect a steak knife to cut a tree down better than a saw, or see a hunter have the same success with a catapult as opposed to a rifle. Th…
    - 2 days ago 16 Mar 18, 4:21pm -
  • Medical Backpacks
    Things To Consider When Choosing a Medical Backpack For anyone to do their job properly, they’ll need the right equipment.  Imagine a carpenter having to use a steak knife as a saw, or a hunter using a catapult instead of a rifle.  The same goes…
    - 4 days ago 14 Mar 18, 4:09pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: All about Arthritis, Mass Recall, Anosmia
    Survival Medicine Hour #379   What if you had to function with joint pain in the aftermath of a major disaster? In the latest Survival Medicine Hour with Joe Alton MD, aka Dr. Bones, and Amy Alton ARNP, aka Nurse Amy, our hosts tell you all about ar…
    - 7 days ago 11 Mar 18, 7:14pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Pregnancy, Labor and Delivery Off The Grid
    Survival Medicine Hour #378 It may not be the wisest move to be fruitful and multiply in the early going after a disaster. You need all your people at 110% efficiency, and that isn’t part of the deal with pregnancy, with all that fatigue, discomfor…
    - 10 days ago 8 Mar 18, 3:33pm -
  • All About Arthritis
    ARTHRITIS The human body is a marvel of engineering. Its dexterity, strength, and stamina allow amazing feats of athleticism and, yes, survival in the worst adversity; but wear and tear takes its toll over time on just about everything with moving pa…
    - 10 days ago 8 Mar 18, 3:17pm -
  • Video: Disaster Food Supplies
    VIDEO: Disaster Food Supply Advice In this video, Amy Alton, ARNP, aka Nurse Amy, steps in front of the camera to discuss disaster food supplies. Food, water, and shelter (don’t forget air!) are absolute basics for survival in a major disaster, fol…
    - 17 days ago 1 Mar 18, 2:06pm -
  • What is Courage?
    WHAT IS COURAGE? In the Parkland high school shooting in South Florida, just a few miles from my home, we saw the extremes of human fortitude in the persons of Coach Aaron Feis and Deputy Scot Peterson. Peterson, a trained security professional, stay…
    - 19 days ago 27 Feb 18, 3:58pm -
  • Video: Amputation in Survival Settings
    One of the worst injuries that can occur in a disaster or other off-grid setting is the traumatic amputation. In the Civil War era. amputations on the battlefield or later in the field hospital resulted in 1/4 to 1/2 of the victims succumbing to thei…
    - 21 days ago 25 Feb 18, 3:13pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Family Planning, Anxiety and Depression Off The Grid
    You’ve heard “Be Fruitful and Multiply”, but in the early aftermath of a major long-term disaster, getting your women pregnant and having babies might be problematic when your garden isn’t doing so well and you need every person at 110% effic…
    - 22 days ago 24 Feb 18, 1:52pm -
  • Video: Getting Rid of Rodents
    VIDEO: Getting Rid of Rodents in Good Times or Bad Every year, a percentage of our food supply is contaminated by the dropping and urine of rats and mice. It’s bad enough in normal times, but it can be a disaster off the grid. Rodents also carry di…
    - 27 days ago 19 Feb 18, 3:05pm -