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  • newNotes for Tuesday – December 06, 2016
    On December 6th, 1865, the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, ending the institution of slavery. “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall…
    - 15 hours ago 6 Dec 16, 6:14am -
  • newNeophyte Survival Observations and Lessons from Hurricane Matthew- Part1, by S.G. in Florida
    Our family of three lives in a suburban area of Florida that was greatly impacted by Hurricane Matthew. While our home survived without damage, we were left without power for approximately a week and without city water for around three days. This art…
    - 15 hours ago 6 Dec 16, 6:14am -
  • newLetter Re: Dakota Access Pipeline Update
    HJL, We went to Bismarck this weekend and had chance to get a bit more information. In talking to one of the “protesters”, he is paid $1500 per week with legal and medical costs covered. In addition, he receives a bonus each time he is arrested.…
    - 15 hours ago 6 Dec 16, 6:13am -
  • newNews From The American Redoubt:
    In Wyoming: Cops spread cheer with cash. (Donated funds handed out for folk doing good deeds.) o o o Idaho voter turnout in November election hit record numbers o o o Man pleads guilty in crash that killed 3 German bikers o o o Yellowstone park looks…
    - 15 hours ago 6 Dec 16, 6:12am -
  • newEconomics and Investing:
    The Warren Buffett War on US Pipelines – P.M. o o o The Problem Is A Single Central Bank…Not A Single Currency o o o Dakota Pipeline Project Halted as Obama Administration Denies Permit for Last Leg o o o Don’t Hold Your Breath on Fannie Mae an…
    - 15 hours ago 6 Dec 16, 6:09am -
  • newOdds ‘n Sods:
    ¡Viva La Revolución! Jeep Carrying Fidel Castro Ashes Breaks Down Mid-Funeral – W.C. o o o Forced Psychiatric Treatments Expanded under Fast Track Bill Before Senate – DSV o o o Muslims Rally in Jakarta, Demanding Christian Governor Be Punished…
    - 15 hours ago 6 Dec 16, 6:08am -
  • newHugh’s Quote of the Day:
    “The threat to globalization is not the wasted American dollars but Washington’s readiness to mix US commercial interests with its self-appointed role as global protector.” – William Greider
    - 15 hours ago 6 Dec 16, 6:07am -
  • Notes for Monday – December 05, 2016
    On December 5th, 1964, the first Medal of Honor awarded to a serviceman for action in Vietnam was presented to Capt. Roger Donlon of Saugerties, New York. Captain Donlon and his Special Forces team were manning Camp Nam Dong, a mountain outpost near…
    - 2 days ago 5 Dec 16, 8:33am -
  • Firefield Nightfall-2 Night Vision Scope, by Pat Cascio

    - 2 days ago 5 Dec 16, 8:33am -
  • Recipe of the Week: Bird Seed Bars (“Power Trail Bars”) by C.J.
    Bird Seed Bars (“Power Trail Bars”), by C.J. Ingredients: 2 cups rolled oats 1 cup *pumpkin seeds 1 cup sesame seeds 1 cup *sunflower seeds 8 Tbsp butter 6 Tbsp honey 1/2 cup raw sugar (or just brown sugar) 1/3 cup peanut butter 1 cup dried fruit…
    - 2 days ago 5 Dec 16, 8:31am -
  • Letter Re: SARs and CTRs
    Hugh, Regarding L.O.’s letter and “don’t act suspicious and you won’t be suspected”, SARs and CTRs are required by federal law. CTRs for any cash transaction for $10,000 or more are required. This is also true of a cash transaction at a jew…
    - 2 days ago 5 Dec 16, 8:31am -
  • Economics and Investing:
    The Wider Ramifications Of The OPEC Deal – The OPEC deal has had an immediate impact on markets, sending oil prices soaring, but the long-term ramifications of the deal are less clear. o o o This has an all-too-familiar ring: Venezuela to issue lar…
    - 2 days ago 5 Dec 16, 8:30am -
  • Odds ‘n Sods:
    From the desk of Mike Williamson, SurvivalBlog’s Editor at large: Antique cannon repurposed in Syria o o o Houston homeowner brutally beaten by fake UPS driver & 3 other youths with pistols – T.P. o o o Earthquakes sequence animation for the last…
    - 2 days ago 5 Dec 16, 8:30am -
  • Hugh’s Quote of the Day:
    “A society that puts equality … ahead of freedom will end up with neither equality nor freedom.” – Milton Friedman
    - 2 days ago 5 Dec 16, 8:29am -
  • Notes for Sunday – December 04, 2016
    It is the birthday of Gregory “Pappy” Boyington, (born 1912) an AVG “Flying Tiger” volunteer pilot for the Chinese Nationalist government, WWII Marine Corps aviator, and Medal of Honor recipient. (He died January 11, 1988.) A proto-Redoubter,…
    - 3 days ago 4 Dec 16, 6:31am -

SHTF Plan

More Than Just Surviving

  • History Channel’s “Alone” Survival Gear Lists – Season 3
    Okay so last year we were busy when History’s Alone began to air. Didn’t get un-busy (thanks to our cross-continental move) until well after it finished airing. We caught up to Season 2 really late and didn’t have time to publish an art…
    - 2 days ago 4 Dec 16, 11:49am -
  • First Aid: Super Gluing Cuts, Imodium for Emergencies, & More
    Thanks to Thomas’ knowledge of first aid, we’ve accumulated a fairly decent number of guides and tutorials related to medicine and basic first aid on this blog. As a survivalist and/or prepper, you won’t need convincing that one of the mo…
    - 5 days ago 1 Dec 16, 3:00pm -
  • Cyber Monday 2016 Knife & Gear Deals
    Okay so Cyber Monday deals on Amazon were nothing like last year’s. Yes, there are a few good product sales, but not much at all in the outdoor category, and only very few actual knives that have reasonable sales. Seems all the attention went…
    - 8 days ago 28 Nov 16, 12:30pm -
  • November 2016 EDC Purse Dump
    Spent the month boosting my productivity (finally found a morning routine that works for me!) and grinding away at one of my other blogs. So not much to see here besides work-at-home and brainstorming material. Oh and of course a nice little kn…
    - 9 days ago 27 Nov 16, 3:30pm -
  • Black Friday 2016 Knife & Gear Discounts
    Well, it’s Black Friday again, meaning Thomas is currently scouring the net for any and all deals we can personally take advantage of, and I’m scouring the net for knife & gear deals you all can take advantage of! Seriously, every single t…
    - 11 days ago 25 Nov 16, 11:37am -
  • RattlerStrap Titan Series 550 Paracord Survival EDC Belt Review
    Paracord accessories have been swamping the marketplace for some time, especially over the past few years. I get e-mails on a weekly basis about the latest survival bracelet or lanyard to the point where I can’t even keep up with most of them…
    - 15 days ago 21 Nov 16, 5:00pm -
  • Alt-Right Censorship: We All Know It’s Happening, Here’s What We Do
    I don’t often get political on this blog. There are plenty of websites one can visit for a daily dose of rage and disappointment; I even e-mail pertinent prepper news (political or otherwise) on a daily basis if you are so inclined to keep…
    - 18 days ago 18 Nov 16, 4:00pm -
  • Why I Considered Stockpiling Water in Jerrycans & Why I’m Stocking Bottled Water Instead
    I’ve done very little water stockpiling in the past for a few different reasons: I lived in Canada, where rain and precipitation in general has never been an issue. Again, I lived in Canada, so rivers, streams, and bodies of water in general…
    - 22 days ago 14 Nov 16, 5:30pm -
  • November 2016 EDC Pocket Dump
    In-the-garden EDC for spending time in Sue’s garden. 1. IM Corona Old Boy Black/Chrome Pipe Lighter 2. Missouri Meerschaum Corn Cob Pipe 3. Homemade Pipe Tobacco (from raw leaf) – Kept in an Ikea ziplock bag; still working on finding the…
    - 24 days ago 12 Nov 16, 5:45pm -
  • Lansky World Legal UK-Friendly EDC Folding Knife Review
    The Lansky World Legal is one of the more interesting knives in my newly started “slipjoint” collection. The name “World Legal” implies a sense of legislative submission or social neutering, as if to say, “It’s so harmless, it’s…
    - 28 days ago 8 Nov 16, 4:00pm -
  • Survival Gear: Affordable Quality Gear, Making Your Own Kit, & More
    Second in my attempt to organise the articles we’ve published on this blog by topic (prepper stockpiles being first) is the subject of survival gear. In case you couldn’t tell by browsing this site, we’re huge gear junkies on this site…
    - 33 days ago 3 Nov 16, 4:45pm -
  • Spyderco UK Penknife UKPK Slipjoint EDC Knife Review
    In 2004, Spyderco took a huge risk and introduced the UK friendly UK Pen Knife (UKPK) for the first time. It was G-10 with a premium blade steel and in all ways but one, it fit the Spyderco line up. The primary difference being of course its l…
    - 35 days ago 1 Nov 16, 3:00pm -
  • Top 22 Emergency & Survival First Aid Books
    I don’t need to tell you how important basic first aid is from the perspective of dealing with unexpected emergency situations. Chances are if you ended up here, you already know. If you’re a first aider who just wants to get his or her han…
    - 40 days ago 27 Oct 16, 6:00pm -
  • A Massive List of the Best EDC Knives on the Market
    If you got here by typing something like “best EDC knife” into Google, you probably already have a little history with knives. Likely, you already have at least some indication of what you do and do not like in a knife, owning at least a fe…
    - 43 days ago 24 Oct 16, 11:00am -
  • October 2016 EDC Purse Dump
    Got a new (used) Spyderco Sage 1! Old one is still back in Canada so now I’ve got two alotgether. Am so excited to be re-united with my favourite knife. Can only use it indoors here in the UK, but that’s fine by me! 1. Spyderco Sage 1 Car…
    - 45 days ago 22 Oct 16, 4:00pm -
  • Prepper Stockpiles: Stockpiling for Free, Best Items to Stock, & More
    The amount of information on this website gets unwieldy to look at sometimes. With well over 300 posts so far, it can be difficult for even Thomas and I to remember what information we’ve already covered and what still needs to be said, espec…
    - 47 days ago 20 Oct 16, 3:00pm -
  • 10 More Self-Sufficiency Skills That Can Save You a Killing
    A couple years ago, we shared 10 self-sufficiency skills with you, that over time, would save you a bundle if you used them regularly. Well we’re back with some more of these, as of course there are plenty of great self-sufficiency skills t…
    - 50 days ago 17 Oct 16, 5:30pm -
  • History Buff? 15 Historical Knives Still in Production Today
    If you’re a history buff as well as an individual who also happens to be into knives, this article is for you. As should be apparent by the title, it’s my goal to reveal many of the modern day instances where these two passions intersect.…
    - 57 days ago 10 Oct 16, 5:50pm -
  • October 2016 EDC Pocket Dump
    1. Paul Smith Leather Bifold Wallet 2. Columbia River Knife and Tool 6530 Journeyer EDC Knife 3. Wenger-Made Buck Branded Swiss Army Knife – Similar to: Victorinox Swiss Army Classic SD Pocket Knife. 4. Olight ST25-XML2 Cree LED Tactical…
    - 59 days ago 8 Oct 16, 3:00pm -
  • Apartment Prepping: 25 Tips For Preppers in Apartments & Flats
    While we’re not the Apartment Prepper blog, we have somewhat recently moved into a studio flat here in the UK, giving us a lot more insight into the world of prepping from an apartment. Going from prepping in a 5 bedroom house in Canada to p…
    - 61 days ago 6 Oct 16, 6:45pm -

Blue Collar Prepping

  • Gun Blog Variety Podcast #120 - Your Life is a Kitchen
    So bake as many pies as you want with the GunBlog VarietyCast!Beth brings her husband Sean (not GBVC Sean, a different Sean) back on to talk about being a couple who shoot competitively.A 32-year-old woman is accused of stabbing her 61-year-old forme…
    - 2 days ago 5 Dec 16, 3:51am -
  • Guest Post: Vitamins in the Apocalypse
    by George GrootGeorge is a member of our Facebook Group and has written for us before.If you are prepping food, it is easy to get bulk calories in the form of starches. My previous article on proteins focused on ensuring the complete array of am…
    - 4 days ago 3 Dec 16, 2:48am -
  • Winter Hydration
    Even though it is still officially autumn for a few more weeks, we all know that winter is just around the corner. While most of us pay attention to our water intake during the summer, it is just as important to manage hydration during the cold seas…
    - 5 days ago 1 Dec 16, 5:04pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: Giving
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.It's the holiday season, and regardless of which holiday you celebrate or if you choose to ignore the whole thing, we are still com…
    - 6 days ago 1 Dec 16, 5:19am -
  • Breaking Out Of Your Car
    Try as you might, you can't always avoid car wrecks, especially this time of year. If you're in the USA like most of our readers, you're probably getting snow or expecting it shortly, and if you're not you might well be seeing a lot of rain or other…
    - 7 days ago 29 Nov 16, 7:49pm -
  • Steganography
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.No, it's not a new dinosaur; steganography is the practice of hiding information (usually a message of some sort, often numeric) within a picture. While this was of limited utility…
    - 8 days ago 29 Nov 16, 1:09am -
  • Gun Blog Variety Podcast #119 - Thankfulness 2016
    We forgot to add that we're thankful Fidel Castro is dead.Beth brings her whole family to give thanks. A road rage shooting? Sean takes a look to see who is involved in this "Blood in the Streets!" affair.Barron is back, and this time he brings his…
    - 8 days ago 28 Nov 16, 5:21pm -
  • BCP Cyber Sale This Weekend
    Starting now and lasting through Monday, all items from the BCP Teespring Store are 15% off if you use this link.(An explanation about the "X days left" notation on the items: Teespring is weird in that it requires campaigns of fixed length in order…
    - 10 days ago 27 Nov 16, 1:07am -
  • The Most Versatile Firearm
    The most versatile firearm may well be one chambered in .357 Magnum. Why ‘most versatile’? The cartridges. Any firearm chambered for .357 Magnum can also fire .38 Special*. Which means factory ammo ranging from light, accurate .38 target loads…
    - 11 days ago 26 Nov 16, 1:18am -
  • Vehicle Recovery Part 2: Connectors
    It's raining hard and you're trying to get out of town before the hurricane makes landfall. Friends are following you in a convoy to higher ground when one of the cars slides off the road into a muddy ditch. Now what?In last week's post I covered wha…
    - 12 days ago 24 Nov 16, 8:00pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: Winter Cleanup
    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 post, I started the cleanup and restocking of my emergency stores. As it happens, another calendar alert popped up t…
    - 13 days ago 23 Nov 16, 8:28pm -
  • But I Have A Good Idea
    In the most recent GunBlog VarietyCast, Erin said something that really struck me: "I don't have a plan, but I have a good idea." On the surface, this seems a bit soft. The reality of the matter is that a good idea quite frequently beats a plan. The…
    - 14 days ago 23 Nov 16, 12:10am -
  • Gun Blog Variety Podcast #118 - Will Your Plan Survive Contact With the Enemy?
    Fortunately for you, this podcast will survive contact with your ears.Beth is excited about a new project. What is it? She's happy you asked.When five robbers invade your home, it's going to be a bad day. But who are they, and who would they target?…
    - 15 days ago 21 Nov 16, 4:31pm -
  • Guest Post: Never Pass Up a Decent .30-30
    by George GrootGeorge is a member of our Facebook Group and has written for us before.My father still has his father’s 30-30. It is a great rifle, a Winchester built back when that name still stood for something. It isn’t the only rifle being…
    - 18 days ago 19 Nov 16, 12:53am -
  • Vehicle Recovery Part 1: Attachment Points
    So, you're escaping the zombie uprising by driving in a convoy of your tribe to your super-secure BOL when you run over an especially squishy crawler and your vehicle slides into the ditch. Can you get back out of the ditch before the zombie horde ca…
    - 19 days ago 18 Nov 16, 3:29am -
  • Prudent Prepping: Pantry Check
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.According to the notification on my phone, it's time to check supplies in my Buckets of Holding. It's supposed to rain this weeken…
    - 20 days ago 17 Nov 16, 12:12am -
  • Mule Light V2 Review
    Erin has mentioned UV Paqlite in the past, and with good reason: they make innovative, durable, quality lights for a variety of needs. Most recently, they introduced a new version of their Mule Light. I backed its Kickstarter earlier this year and re…
    - 21 days ago 15 Nov 16, 9:20pm -
  • Apocabox Unboxing #14 (October 2016)
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.I don't know why the video is choppy. But given that Creek didn't seem to give a damn about the quality of this Apocabox, I decided not to give a damn about the quality of the video…
    - 22 days ago 15 Nov 16, 3:59am -
  • Gun Blog Variety Podcast #117 - Brush Your Breath with the Electoral College
    Did the election leave a bad taste in your mouth? There's no need to do anything drastic; just rinse with the The GunBlog VarietyCast -- now with fluoride!Be careful what you ask for; sometimes a cute Dysis Δύσις Sorrentino story can be a little…
    - 23 days ago 14 Nov 16, 2:14am -
  • The Minimum Equipment Needed for Handloading
    Right now I’ve got lots of crap sitting around for the purpose of "rolling my own" that I've  collected over time.  But if you cut it down to the very minimum, what do you actually need?To load a cartridge from a fired case, you have to resize th…
    - 25 days ago 11 Nov 16, 9:45pm -
  • Gun Shows Are Coming!
    Fall is here and winter is just around the corner. This is my favorite time of year for a lot reasons (I'm not sweating while being eaten alive by insects all of the time, mainly) but somewhere up towards the top of the list is the return of the gun…
    - 26 days ago 11 Nov 16, 1:57am -
  • Prudent Prepping: Driving Home During Urban Unrest
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.With the extra traveling I do for my job now, I needed do more route planning since my sales calls take me through two major citie…
    - 27 days ago 10 Nov 16, 3:50am -
  • Shiny, Silver, Solid: Solder
    As I was writing last week's article, it struck me that there may be a number of folks who have no idea how to solder things. That's a shame, as soldering is a very useful skill and incredibly simple to learn. This week, we'll see just how simple it…
    - 28 days ago 8 Nov 16, 4:07pm -
  • Video: Aboriginal Tool Roll Review
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.I meant to post this video on Monday, but I got sidetracked and the video wasn't edited until Wednesday. So I'm posting this on Thursday but backdating it to Monday, because I can.T…
    - 29 days ago 7 Nov 16, 6:49pm -
  • Gun Blog Variety Podcast #116 - Oh, the Places You’ll Go
    With everyone "On Assignment" this week, Erin and Sean have created a fun-sized episode about why you should join the gun community and go to events. We're a unique, welcoming bunch, and it's given us so much that we want to share it with you. So get…
    - 29 days ago 7 Nov 16, 6:21pm -

Survival Medicine

  • newWhen to Close a Wound
    There are many injuries that a medic will face in a survival scenario, and a common and potentially life-threatening one occurs whenever the skin is broken. Your skin is your body’s armor; when it is breached, infectious organisms enter a highway w…
    - 4 hours ago 6 Dec 16, 5:00pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Gatlinburg Fires, Stress, More
    On this episode of the Survival Medicine Hour, your hosts, Joe Alton, MD aka Dr. Bones and Amy Alton, ARNP, aka Nurse Amy discuss the devastating wildfires that have damaged or destroyed more than 400 structures and taken the lives of at least 13 inn…
    - 3 days ago 3 Dec 16, 2:37pm -
  • Wildfire Preparedness and Our Gatlinburg Home
    It’s been a very busy year for firefighters, with heat waves, drought, and human malice or carelessness causing large areas to burn from Canada to California. You may have heard me say that you probably won’t  be affected by a disaster today, t…
    - 5 days ago 1 Dec 16, 2:22pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Respiratory Infections, pt. 3, Foot Care, More
    The Survival Medicine Hour, November 25, 2016, with Joe Alton, MD aka Dr. Bones, and Amy Alton, ARNP aka Nurse Amy explore various respiratory infections and their symptoms. We classify respiratory infections as upper and lower. Upper respiratory inf…
    - 10 days ago 26 Nov 16, 3:00pm -
  • Video: Storing Medications
    In good times or bad times, having a strategy for the proper storage of medicines will help preserve their potency for when they’re needed. Here’s a video by Joe Alton, MD about the factors to consider when putting away those needed medications…
    - 12 days ago 24 Nov 16, 2:56pm -
  • Sleep Deprivation
    In our roles as preparedness experts for disasters and epidemics, we’re often asked to come on various media outlets to give our opinion, mostly on medical issues. Occasionally, we get the interview request that seems to be a medical topic but has…
    - 16 days ago 20 Nov 16, 2:23pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Respiratory Infections, Part 2, Effects of Stress, More
    This week on the Survival Medicine Hour, Joe Alton, MD aka as Dr. Bones and Amy Alton, ARNP aka Nurse Amy, November 19, 2016, discuss some tips to help “survive” the possibly stressful Christmas shopping experience. Ebay did a study that found 88…
    - 17 days ago 19 Nov 16, 6:27pm -
  • Why The Disparity In Zika Affected Newborns?
    Zika virus hasn’t been on the front page much lately, but case numbers continue to rise in many countries. The World Health Organization stated recently that Zika infection has been documented in 75 countries throughout the globe. One of the many u…
    - 20 days ago 16 Nov 16, 5:30pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Storing Meds, Respiratory Infection, Pt. 1
    The Survival Medicine Hour (November 11, 2016) exposes the issues we all face when looking at an uncertain future. If you prepare for long-term survival due to man-made or natural disasters, one looming problem is how to keep your much needed medicat…
    - 25 days ago 11 Nov 16, 10:22pm -
  • Storing Medications
    Being prepared for disasters means storing food, but it also means putting together a stockpile of medical supplies. While bandages and instruments may keep acceptably in a variety of environments, medications are another story. How medicines are sto…
    - 27 days ago 10 Nov 16, 3:10am -