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  • newNotes for Thursday – July 31, 2014
    July 31st is the 94th birthday of Army Air Corps veteran David Thatcher, one of just three living Doolittle Raiders. He lives in Missoula, Montana. Those interested in learning more about America’s First strike against Japan should read “The Dool…
    - 17 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 12:21am -
  • newSurvival or Sustenance Gardening, by D. B. Prepper
    I’ve had a garden on and off again over the past 30 years, depending on where I lived, whom I was married to at the time, and whether or not my job allowed me to be at home frequently enough to care for it. So I have followed the recent … Contin…
    - 17 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 12:21am -
  • newThree Letters Re: Killing, Dying, and Death
    This was very well written and made salient points about mindset, which is the one issue that could nullify all physical preps in the future, if we don’t address it now. I am glad M.H. returned safely and decided to raise a family. – D.D. o o o B…
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  • newEconomics and Investing:
    Average Price of Electricity Climbs to All-Time Record o o o Don’t be fooled, all is not well for stocks – CDV o o o Items from Mr. Econocobas: 85 Super Wealthy People Have More Money Than The Poorest 3.5 Billion Combined Greenspan Says Stocks to…
    - 17 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 12:20am -
  • newOdds ‘n Sods:
    America’s Militia Movement is Back From the Dead – H.L. o o o UK police to start seizing drivers’ mobile phones after all crashes. – T.P. o o o Paying Ransoms, Europe Bankrolls Qaeda Terror. – P.M. o o o Mom Arrested for Letting 7-Year-Old…
    - 17 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 12:19am -
  • newHugh’s Quote of the Day:
    “A society that puts equality… ahead of freedom will end up with neither equality nor freedom.” – Milton Friedman
    - 17 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 12:19am -
  • Notes for Wednesday – July 30, 2014
    Today, we remember the birthday of author Reginald Bretnor. He was born Alfred Reginald Kahn on July 30, 1911, in Vladivostok. He died on July 22, 1992 in Medford, Oregon. In addition to penning many witty science fiction novels and short stories in…
    - 2 days ago, 30 Jul 14, 1:08am -
  • Prepping During the Calm After the Storm, by D.L.
    One of the hardest things to do in prepping, especially if you were inspired by a specific incident or disaster, is to maintain your preps long after the initial threat seems to have faded away. There’s an initial burst of energy and acquisition of…
    - 2 days ago, 30 Jul 14, 1:08am -
  • Letter Re: NYC Chokehold
    Hugh, The man resisted arrest. Do you think he was right to do that? Don’t you agree he had other options, like complying, and he exercised a poor one? Is it the officer’s fault he’s obese and at great health risk before he was contacted? Do yo…
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  • Economics and Investing:
    Richard Russell – I’m Afraid We Will See Blood In The Streets – J.W. o o o Items from Mr. Econocobas: 1 In 3 U.S. Adults Have ‘Debt In Collections’ Why The 10-Year Treasury Could Yield 4% By Thanksgiving Use Of The Word ‘Bubble’ Reaches…
    - 2 days ago, 30 Jul 14, 1:06am -

SHTF Plan

More Than Just Surviving

  • newVegan/Vegetarian? Would That Change in a Survival Situation?

    Vegan/Vegetarian? Would That Change in a Survival Situation?

    Just over a week ago, an episode of Naked and Afraid aired that, to me, stood apart from many of the rest. What made this episode particularly fascinating was that a hunter, Adam Young, with quite traditional views on wilderness survival and…
    - 1 hour ago, 31 Jul 14, 3:45pm -
  • Spyderco Resilience Black G-10 Folding Knife Review

    Spyderco Resilience Black G-10 Folding Knife Review

    For all intents and purposes, when you imagine the Spyderco Resilience, you should simply imagine an upscaled Tenacious, much like the Spyderco Endura is an upscaled version of the Spyderco Delica. I’ve personally modified the blade on my S…
    - 3 days ago, 28 Jul 14, 6:00pm -
  • Stitches, Bandages, or Super Glue?

    Stitches, Bandages, or Super Glue?

    If, like myself, you frequently enjoy trampling in forests and repeatedly hitting trees with sharp slabs of steel, at one point or another you’re going to get a cut or two. Many of these will be no more than scrapes, tiny love bites from…
    - 7 days ago, 24 Jul 14, 5:00pm -
  • Spyderco Urban Safety Orange G-10 Slip Joint Knife Review

    Spyderco Urban Safety Orange G-10 Slip Joint Knife Review

    I’ve been asked a few times already why I never seem to carry slip joints. Although I do have a few, they don’t make up a large part of my collection, not because I have anything against slip joints, but because the knives I happen to lik…
    - 10 days ago, 21 Jul 14, 3:00pm -
  • July 2014 EDC Purse Dump

    July 2014 EDC Purse Dump

    1. Titanium “Bamboo” Kubaton 2. Google Nexus 4 + Frost Clear i-Blason Slim Fit S Line Flexible Case 3. Spyderco Lum Chinese Folder EDC Knife 4. Ronson Jetlite Butane Torch LighterThis is just the start of the post July 2014 EDC Purse…
    - 12 days ago, 19 Jul 14, 5:00pm -
  • Kershaw Emerson CQC-6K Clip Point EDC Knife Review

    Kershaw Emerson CQC-6K Clip Point EDC Knife Review

    When Kershaw first announced the Emerson collaboration, I was gobsmacked: I couldn’t believe that in a few short months I could purchase a bonafide Emerson design for under $50. Naturally, I was really curious, skeptical even, about wha…
    - 14 days ago, 17 Jul 14, 4:00pm -
  • 10 Tips for Building a Stockpile on a Budget

    10 Tips for Building a Stockpile on a Budget

    Stockpiling can be quite a challenge when finances are tight. Though there is no quick fix to building up the ideal stockpile on a small budget, there are different tricks and techniques you can use that may help you to stretch your bank acc…
    - 21 days ago, 10 Jul 14, 3:00pm -
  • LifeStraw Personal Water Filter Review

    LifeStraw Personal Water Filter Review

    If you’re a veteran reader on the survival blog scene, chances are you’ve already seen your fair share of LifeStraw reviews already. These small, portable little water filters have been making the rounds from blog to blog for quite some…
    - 24 days ago, 7 Jul 14, 2:25pm -
  • July 2014 EDC Pocket Dump

    July 2014 EDC Pocket Dump

    1. Google Nexus 4 + Blue i-Blason Slim Fit S Line Flexible Case 2. Fenix LD20 180 Lumen LED Flashlight 3. Missouri Meerschaum Corn Cob Pipe 4. Crabbie’s Ginger Beer 5. Gerber Shard Keychain ToolThis is just the start of the post July 201…
    - 26 days ago, 5 Jul 14, 3:30pm -
  • Cold Steel Latin Machete 24″ Knife Review

    Cold Steel Latin Machete 24″ Knife Review

    When I finally got the chance to review the Cold Steel Latin Machete, I was intrigued to say the least. This machete is by far the largest one-hand cutting tool I have ever personally wielded, so I was curious about how practical 60 cm (24 in…
    - 31 days ago, 30 Jun 14, 3:00pm -

Patriot Rising

  • How To Make A Fishing Spear The Old Fashioned Way
    Isn’t it great to be able to walk freely in the wilderness with the skills and knowledge and tools that you have? As a survivalist, you should learn different skills that you can use in the wilderness. One of the skills that you need to know is for…
    - 2 days ago, 29 Jul 14, 9:38pm -
  • 5 Tips To Help Make Sure Your Car is Packed and Running Correctly If The Worst Happens
      Emergency preparedness is neglected in many homes, but it’s important to ensure that you’re ready for different events. Emergencies can involve anything from being stranded on the road in cold weather to natural disasters requiring immediate e…
    - 2 days ago, 29 Jul 14, 9:21pm -
  • Bug Out Bag
    You can never know when disaster will strike, but you can be prepared. One of the best ways to prepare for unexpected disaster is to have and prepare a bug-out bag. So what is a bug-out bag and what should go into a bug-out bag? Wikipedia defines a B…
    - 3 days ago, 28 Jul 14, 9:40pm -
  • 9 Duct Tape Projects for Survivalists
    You can make a kayak with the use of duct tape, cedar strips, and wood glue. Making kayak using these materials can take up to two days of work.   Learn how to make this project here.   Duct Tape Typhoon Pants Duct tape pants can be helpful especia…
    - 6 days ago, 25 Jul 14, 5:27am -
  • Water Wars: Southwestern United States Running out of Water
    A new study from NASA and the University of California suggests the entire Southwestern United States may be in for some major trouble in the very near future.   Over the last decade, much of the water that the Southwest depends on has been depleted…
    - 7 days ago, 25 Jul 14, 4:40am -
  • Fast Track Tip #9: Test Your Preps Camping!
    There is no reason that prepping has to be a drudge or a chore.  As a matter of fact, preparedness can be combined with a hobby and actually be productive and fun at the same time.   What kind of hobbies?  Some examples include fishing, hunting, b…
    - 7 days ago, 25 Jul 14, 4:39am -
  • Bug Out? Should I Stay or Go?
    TSHTF. If you are a Prepper you know what this acronym means. Let’s say today is the day—TSHTF—now you have some really tough decisions to make, the first of which is “should I stay or should I go?”   To be frank, that decision should have…
    - 7 days ago, 25 Jul 14, 4:37am -
  • Giant Hogweed
    Do Not Touch This Plant! Giant hogweed can grow to 14 feet or more Giant hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum) is a Federally listed noxious weed. Its sap, in combination with moisture and sunlight, can cause severe skin and eye irritation, painful blis…
    - 7 days ago, 24 Jul 14, 8:09pm -
  • How a solar storm two years ago nearly caused a catastrophe on Earth
    On July 23, 2012, the sun unleashed two massive clouds of plasma that barely missed a catastrophic encounter with the Earth’s atmosphere.  These plasma clouds, known as coronal mass ejections (CMEs), comprised a solar storm thought to be the most…
    - 7 days ago, 24 Jul 14, 7:30pm -
  • DIY Survival Fishing Kit
    Whether you’ve bugged out or made the decision to bug in; fishing to feed yourself in a SHTF situation is an important skill to have. There are many ways to fish and methods vary depending on your location, type of water (fresh or salt), and the eq…
    - 8 days ago, 24 Jul 14, 12:25am -

Destiny Survival

  • newKeeping Clean and Staying Healthy When There’s No FEMA–Part 1
    In Richard Bryant’s book, When There is No FEMA, Chapter 9 is about hygiene and sanitation. It starts with a quote from P. J. O’Rourke which says, “Cleanliness becomes more important when godliness is unlikely.” That’s not just witty. It’…
    - 4 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 1:08pm -
  • Concentration Camps in America?
    Concentration camps in America. It’s a controversial topic. Do camps exist here in America already? Or will they soon? Would you believe it’s already happened? See a post I wrote previously about it here.  
    - 2 days ago, 29 Jul 14, 1:07pm -
  • Join Like-Minded Preppers at the Preppers and Patriots Expo
    A few weeks ago, back in June, my DestinySurvival Radio guest was Mike Slack, and we talked about the Go Green Self Reliance Festival. Read about it here. Well, Mike is my guest again this week to talk about another upcoming event. You’re invited t…
    - 7 days ago, 24 Jul 14, 1:14pm -
  • Raising Quail for Food – Should It Be Part of Your Survival Strategy?
    Recently I saw a video from Marjory Wildcraft of Grow Your Own Groceries about raising quail for food. Should it be part of your survival strategy? According to Leo Magpoc of Phoenix, AZ, who’s interviewed in the video, raising quail is easy to do…
    - 9 days ago, 22 Jul 14, 1:16pm -
  • Countdown to Preparedness – A Resource for Beginners and Seasoned Preppers Alike
    From time to time I talk to people who don’t know much about preparedness. They know they should do something, but what? Where to start? I feel better about our conversation if I can recommend a resource or two which gives helpful info. One such re…
    - 14 days ago, 17 Jul 14, 1:05pm -
  • Using Home Grown Tomatoes Harvested from Your Survival Garden
    Tomato juice, salsa, spaghetti sauce, and pizza sauce. They can all be made by using home grown tomatoes harvested from your survival garden. You probably knew that already, but what do you do if you need some guidance to make tomato magic happen? Al…
    - 16 days ago, 15 Jul 14, 1:33pm -
  • The Prepper’s Workbook Gives Checklists and Guidance for Prepping No Matter What Your Level of Preparedness
    Sailors and pilots are just two groups who would put themselves in jeopardy of losing their lives if they didn’t have these. It could be true for you and me as well. So what is this key element for survival? It’s checklists. Many preppers want th…
    - 21 days ago, 10 Jul 14, 1:13pm -
  • Animal Bites – What if it Happens to You?
    Summer means more of us are in the great outdoors for hiking, camping, or just working in the yard. This puts us closer to nature, which is always good. But it also raises the possibility of animal bites. What if it happens to you? What would you do…
    - 23 days ago, 8 Jul 14, 1:27pm -
  • Preparedness and Liberty – Is it Possible to Have Both?
    With this coming holiday weekend in mind, I want to draw your attention to an episode of DestinySurvival Radio I did with Brandon Smith in late January. That’s because we talked about significant issues concerning preparedness and liberty. Is it po…
    - 28 days ago, 3 Jul 14, 1:09pm -
  • Freedom Derailed
    It’s around this time of year when we focus on freedom. Either we reflect on how the United States gained independence, or we lament the fact that the vast majority never gives it a second thought amidst the fireworks, parades and hot dog eating co…
    - 30 days ago, 1 Jul 14, 1:14pm -

Libertarian Rantfest

  • newBorn to Run
    Awhile back I watched the video Born to Run. It got me really thinking about how I run and why I do it that way. Was talking about it with a co worker who had similar aspirations. Providentially a third co worker walked by and said Newton Running sho…
    - 18 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 11:31pm -
  • What Did You Do To Prepare This Week?
    Put a scope on my Ruger 10/22 and zeroed it.Shot the .308. It is definitely on paper but the spread is about 3MOA. Not what I would call zeroed especially for that type of rifle.Put a bunch of stuff in a cache. Clothes, sleeping bags, blankets, a wee…
    - 2 days ago, 29 Jul 14, 11:20pm -
  • Today and Random Thoughts Theiron
    I like:-Waking up fairly early feeling refreshed on the weekend -Iced coffee-The Savage Accutrigger-Shooters. The Rangemaster and a buddy were playing clay pigeons on the berm at 100m with a pair of very nice .22 rifles.  Rangemaster's .22  had a c…
    - 4 days ago, 28 Jul 14, 4:57am -
  • Quote of the Day
    "One of the best ways to deal with violence is to stay away from it. If you live in a bad neighborhood, leave."-Vuurwappenblog
    - 4 days ago, 27 Jul 14, 5:00pm -
  • Gun Confiscation Eekk Add!!
    I just cannot see it working. Paul Howe whose combination of intimate understanding of small unit warfare and operational planning plus genuine tier 1 JSOC Jedi status is not parralleled by many says it is impossible.Personally I think about the plac…
    - 5 days ago, 27 Jul 14, 2:26am -
  • Go To The New Place
    http://www.totalsurvivalist.com/In life you have to leave the nest eventually and in honestly the blog has been been the relatively together guy with an OK job who still lives at home for a little too long. So today was move out day.Please update lin…
    - 5 days ago, 26 Jul 14, 3:55pm -
  • Ammo Delivery Day!!!
    Today a couple boxes showed up at my door. The first was 200 rounds of Remington Premier Gold Match 168 Grain plus a bit of overage to zero a scope and the second was a case of 7.62x39 Wolf.The Wolf was sort of an impulse purchase based on the ban on…
    - 6 days ago, 26 Jul 14, 12:34am -
  • My Day In Memes

    - 6 days ago, 25 Jul 14, 11:45pm -
  • RE: Camping After The Collapse
    Max Velocity is off training great Americans to be more capable small unit fighters. In his absence Max did a repost of an entry that I either missed or have forgotten about  Re-Post: ‘Camping’ After the SHTF. I found it an interesting topic and…
    - 8 days ago, 24 Jul 14, 2:33am -
  • RE: Military Vehicles on Roads.
    Got a comment to yesterdays post that seemed worth addressing here. My replies are in italics.   Yogi Berra was famous for his highly intellectual quotes, one of which was "You can see a lot just by looking around."I'm all for looking around. Anon…
    - 10 days ago, 22 Jul 14, 2:29am -

Dr. Bones & Nurse Amy

  • newEbola Update
    Several countries in West Africa are in the throes of an epidemic of Ebola virus. Over 1200 cases and almost 700 deaths in the country of Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia make it a candidate for the next great Pandemic. The disease has decimated hea…
    - 17 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 12:34am -
  • A Request From Britain
    Dr. Bones Says: In other countries, all that citizens hear or see regarding preparedness is from the content of shows like “Doomsday Preppers”. Unfortunately, these programs have led to misconceptions on the part of the public as to what prepping…
    - 2 days ago, 29 Jul 14, 2:25pm -
  • Snakebites
        Coral Snake In a grid-down scenario, you will find yourself out in the woods a lot more frequently, gathering firewood, hunting, and foraging for edible wild plants.  As such, we will likely encounter a snake or two.  Most snakes aren’t poi…
    - 3 days ago, 28 Jul 14, 12:00pm -
  • Video: Snakebite with Dr. Bones
    In his latest video, Joe Alton, M.D., aka Dr. Bones, discusses some important things to know about dealing with snakebite in off-grid settings. He discusses venomous snakes of North America and Europe, how to tell a venomous coral snake from a non-ve…
    - 4 days ago, 27 Jul 14, 5:05pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Snakebite, Pandemic Updates, Antibiotics
    In this episode of the Doom and Bloom(tm) Survival Medicine Hour with Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, the Altons discuss snakebite in off-grid settings, some disturbing news on two fronts in upcoming pandemic virus candidates, and a discussion of the use a…
    - 5 days ago, 26 Jul 14, 10:29pm -
  • Medical Supplies, Part 2: Minor Wounds
    Minor Wounds Some of the most important medical supplies you’ll accumulate will be those used to deal with injuries. Most of these (I hope) will be minor wounds that won’t take a lot of advanced equipment to handle but could easily affect your ab…
    - 8 days ago, 23 Jul 14, 12:00pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Typhoon, Tuberculosis, Medical Bags, and More
    In this episode of the Doom and Bloom(tm) Survival Medicine Hour, Joe Alton, M.D., and Amy Alton, A.R.N.P., aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy,  discuss the Phillipine typhoon, Tuberculosis outbreaks among recent immigrants, choosing the right bag to put y…
    - 11 days ago, 20 Jul 14, 2:00pm -
  • Medical Supplies, Part 1: Starting Out
    A common question we encounter in our travels is: “What supplies do you recommend for our medical storage?”.  Indeed, the subject comes up so often that Nurse Amy put together a entire DVD Guide to Medical Supplies.  The non-medical professiona…
    - 13 days ago, 18 Jul 14, 12:01pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Self-Guided Small Arms, Diseases Crossing Borders, and More
    In this episode of the Doom and Bloom(tm) Survival Medicine Hour, Joe and Amy Alton, aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, discuss some diseases that are making it across the border in the recent immigrant crisis, new self-guiding technology in small arms, gu…
    - 19 days ago, 12 Jul 14, 6:56pm -
  • Video: What If It DOESN’T Hit The Fan?
    You’ve put together a great plan A, plan B, and plan C, as well as all the supplies you’ll need if a disaster occurs.  That’s a wonderful thing, but what if the you-know-what DOESN’T hit the fan?  What if you’re 100 years old on your deat…
    - 20 days ago, 11 Jul 14, 2:55pm -

Survivalist Blog

  • newDoing battle with emerging health threats
    With the threat of Ebola spreading from Africa, an open southern border between the U.S. and Mexico, an increase of drug resistant bacteria, and other emerging health threats, I thought it would be a good idea to visit and re-read some of our best me…
    - 5 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 11:57am -
  • Rambling Thoughts About Prepping
    I read this “best on the net” blog regularly and have posted articles as well as my comments. It has become a routine part of my daily events to read the great posts from so many friendly folks. Thanks to your posts I've learned a lot. Your comme…
    - 1 day ago, 30 Jul 14, 1:23pm -
  • A Quick Primer on Silent Weapons and Why You Need Them
    Silent Weapons – well maybe not completely silent but silent enough to not draw attention to yourself… The value of silence under certain survival conditions could literally mean the difference between life and death for the survivor. Taking game…
    - 1 day ago, 30 Jul 14, 1:11pm -
  • Could Ebola sneak across U.S. border?
    “Early symptoms of the disease include … sudden fever, chills and muscle aches,” the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, explains. “Around the fifth day after onset of symptoms, a skin rash can occur. Nausea, vomiting, ch…
    - 1 day ago, 30 Jul 14, 12:17pm -
  • Wednesday Miscellany News Brief
    1. Huge US Military Buildup In Ukraine ? : “Get ready folks, things are heating up and war is on the horizon whether we want one or not.” 2. The U.S. Is Quietly Establishing Ebola Quarantine Centers : “With modern air travel, this government sh…
    - 1 day ago, 30 Jul 14, 12:11pm -
  • Conflicted Tuesday
    In a world post-collapse, supplies that aren't replenished eventually run out. When things calm down to the point where a local economy can start flourishing, what type of business or venture would you like to pursue in order to help rebuild society…
    - 2 days ago, 29 Jul 14, 11:38am -
  • Stone Tools : Using a mortar and pestle
    Today’s non-fiction writing contest entry, “Stone Tools : Using a mortar and pestle” was written by Blake Holliday This to me, maybe to others is an interesting part of history. We all know of things like the pyramids in Egypt and South Ame…
    - 3 days ago, 28 Jul 14, 1:47pm -
  • Growing Vegetables Indoors : Survival Gardening during a Worst Case Scenario
    Growing Vegetables Indoors for Beginners Keeping your garden safe and out of sight, from hungry looters and refuges after the collapse could mean the difference between life and death for the survivor. If your retreat can be seen from the street and…
    - 3 days ago, 28 Jul 14, 1:25pm -
  • Monday Miscellany News Brief
    1. Nigeria on high alert after man dies of Ebola at Lagos airport : “Nigerian officials said Saturday that they are screening passengers arriving from foreign countries for symptoms of Ebola, following the death of an infected traveler from Liberia…
    - 3 days ago, 28 Jul 14, 12:31pm -
  • Reader Question : “What’s your biggest frustration with your preps and prepping right now?
    “What’s your biggest frustration with your prepping and your preps right now? I want to hear from you in the comments below…This post first appeared on TheSurvivalistBlog.net. Copyright © 2014. All rights reserved.Related posts:Questions…
    - 5 days ago, 26 Jul 14, 7:28pm -

American Preppers Network

  • Gangs; After the Collapse
    We all talk about prepping for disaster. Prepping includes securing long-term supply of food, water, residing in a secured shelter, being financially secure, and having adequate security. But when it comes to security, we can talk all day long. Comin…
    - 1 day ago, 30 Jul 14, 11:24am -
  • Under the Gun: 3 Reasons All Handgun Owners Need Training
    After spending a great deal of time behind the sales counter at my local gun shop, I reached a very interesting conclusion about folks who own firearms: The gunpowder enthusiasts, the 3-gun runners, the old cowboy-action tricksters, the former active…
    - 1 day ago, 30 Jul 14, 8:30am -
  • Stored Sweetened Condensed Milk
    Is your Sweetened Condensed Milk in your food storage about to expire? Is the can starting to rust? Recently a question was posed in a group I am in on Facebook. A wonderful lady has asked I have about 16 cans of sweetened condensed milk that I need…
    - 2 days ago, 29 Jul 14, 2:12pm -
  • Bug Out Bag
    You can never know when disaster will strike, but you can be prepared. One of the best ways to prepare for unexpected disaster is to have and prepare a bug-out bag. So what is a bug-out bag and what should go into a bug-out bag? Wikipedia defines a B…
    - 3 days ago, 28 Jul 14, 2:25pm -
  • An Essential Element of Prepping
    Refraining from the unnecessary It comes from our media outlets. We see advertisements on television, the internet, on billboards, and nearly every other place we can think of. Each of these advertisement’s main goal is to get you to buy their prod…
    - 4 days ago, 27 Jul 14, 12:41pm -
  • Apocalyptic Video Games
    A little bird dropped in my ear that our readers were wanting a list of apocalyptic, SHTF, TEOTWAWKI, Zombie style games so I thought I would do a little research and put that together for all of you. I hope this helps you out!! There are also a few…
    - 5 days ago, 26 Jul 14, 5:23pm -
  • Prepping and Conquering Debt
      Anyone who has ever been in debt has been given advice on how to pay off their debt… but how do you find the extra money to do so? You may think you only have enough to make the minimum payments on your credit cards, but the truth is that with s…
    - 5 days ago, 26 Jul 14, 12:28pm -
  • 5 Ways to Survive Food Crisis
       “Hunger kills more people every year than AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined.” This is according to the World Food Program.     There are a majority of factors at play in this ongoing battle for food security. An increased demand for…
    - 6 days ago, 25 Jul 14, 11:38am -
  • Bug Out? Should I Stay or Go?
    TSHTF. If you are a Prepper you know what this acronym means. Let’s say today is the day—TSHTF—now you have some really tough decisions to make, the first of which is “should I stay or should I go?” To be frank, that decision should have al…
    - 7 days ago, 24 Jul 14, 12:08pm -
  • Eyes Off: 7 Pieces of Gear For Counter-Surveillance
    Questions from non-preppers: Why bother practicing shooting a 2-inch group at 300 yards? Why would I ever want to learn how to make a Dakota Fire Hole so that the light and smoke doesn’t give away our position? Why would I need to be able to dress…
    - 7 days ago, 24 Jul 14, 8:30am -

Survival Gear

Backdoor Survival

  • Seven Facts You Should Know About Ebola
    If you have been following recent headlines, you know that it has been asserted that the first case of the Ebola virus travelling aboard a commercial passenger airline has been confirmed.According to the article, “Nigerian health authorities raced…
    - 1 day ago, 30 Jul 14, 8:00am -
  • Summer Survival Blast: Win a 72 Hour Survival Bucket
    WOHOO! This week Backdoor Survival sponsor SurvivalBased is back with another chance for you to win a 72-Hour Survival Bucket.  This time around, the giveaway was put together specifically for the Summer Survival Blast plus, at my request, I was abl…
    - 3 days ago, 28 Jul 14, 8:00am -
  • The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 127
    Welcome to this week’s all new Sunday Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.This has been a satisfying week here in Backdoor Survival-land.  Taking up most of my time was finalizing the pri…
    - 4 days ago, 27 Jul 14, 8:00am -
  • Summer 2014 Book Festival: Day After Disaster+ Giveaway
    Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the Summer 2014 Backdoor Survival Book Festival.  Sara Hathaway, the author of Day After Disaster, is here to answer some questions and of course, to award one lucky reader with a copy of her b…
    - 5 days ago, 26 Jul 14, 8:00am -
  • The Inexpensive Tac-Force Speedster Outdoor Knife
    I have a habit of suggesting this piece of gear or that, especially when it is value priced.  This is not to say that a bargain priced piece of equipment is going to perform the same as something more expensive but that sometimes, for the task at ha…
    - 6 days ago, 25 Jul 14, 8:00am -
  • Fast Track Tip #9: Test Your Preps Camping!
    There is no reason that prepping has to be a drudge or a chore.  As a matter of fact, preparedness can be combined with a hobby and actually be productive and fun at the same time.What kind of hobbies?  Some examples include fishing, hunting, biki…
    - 7 days ago, 24 Jul 14, 8:00am -
  • 12 Months of Prepping: Month Six
    One of the challenges we face is finding time to do it all.  Not only do we have families and jobs to attend to, but also the never ending list of household chores.  There is always something that needs to be done, right?When faced with too much t…
    - 9 days ago, 22 Jul 14, 8:00am -
  • The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 126
    Welcome to this week’s all new Sunday Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.Those of you that have been around since early Spring will know that I lost my tomato seeds.  Yep.  I had brand…
    - 11 days ago, 20 Jul 14, 8:00am -
  • Summer 2014 Book Festival: The Prepper’s Blueprint + Giveaway
    Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the Summer 2014 Backdoor Survival Book Festival.  Tess Pennington, the author of The Prepper’s Blueprint: The Step-By-Step Guide To Help You Through Any Disaster, is back again for another in…
    - 12 days ago, 19 Jul 14, 8:00am -
  • Prepping As a Form of Personal Activism
    There are some days when I feel as though I am out there in the world alone, fighting a battle that can not be seen or heard.  The battle is one of preparedness and is one I endure day in and day out in spite of my best effort to step away and live…
    - 13 days ago, 18 Jul 14, 8:00am -

Backwoods Survival Blog

  • Medieval Survivalism: Why Is This Not Already A Thing?
    Many of us in the Prepper / Survivalist community believe in taking care to prepare for the worst case scenario, the time we know will probably never come, but we know in our hearts that to prepare for it simply means we will be better positioned to…
    - 87 days ago, 6 May 14, 12:46am -
  • Medieval Survivalism: One Small-Scale Single Family Option
    Previously, I laid out an idea for the construction of a hill fort that a few families could band together to build in the event of an all-out TEOTWAWKI scenario. Unfortunately, it was a bit too industrious to be tackled by a single family, trying…
    - 87 days ago, 6 May 14, 12:40am -
  • 30,000 Year-Old Virus Awakened From Siberian Permafrost
    You should understand, prior to reading this, that I'm a big fan of science. I was never all that good at it in school (I'd be a Doctor right now, but I'm afraid I'd end up killing somebody), but I always enjoyed it. That being said, sometimes scie…
    - 4 Mar 14, 2:06am -
  • Hypocrisy
    Yeah. Because artificial trash, created in a mad scientist's lab, is safer for you than a plant. The hypocrisy is mind-numbing. They don't want you off drugs; they just want them and their buddies to have a monopoly on being your dealer.{This…
    - 27 Jan 14, 12:51am -
  • Honor Our Heroes
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    - 27 Jan 14, 12:48am -
  • A First Aid Kits’ Most Important Tool, Knowledge
    One of the basic staples of your survival gear is a first aid kit. But with so many choices available from small kits that can fit into a pocketbook to expedition sized kits, choosing the right one can be overwhelming. As a result, many individuals m…
    - 28 Jun 13, 4:48am -
  • Emergency Food Buyer’s Guide, Part 2
    Read Part 1Chapter 2How Much Food to StoreWhen starting their food storage people commonly ask: How much food do I need? There are a few considerations to make when deciding on quantity. Each food storage type has its own characteristics so includ…
    - 24 Jun 13, 7:44pm -
  • A Rare and Precious Awakening to the True System of Control
    I was talking to a family member the other day, and I had a rare opportunity to congratulate him on the very beginning stages of his awakening to the truth.He was talking about the whole Paula Deen scandal and saying that, while what she said wa…
    - 23 Jun 13, 7:35pm -
  • Emergency Food Buyer’s Guide, Part 1
    IntroductionEmergencies Are RealWith all the modern conveniences we enjoy, it’s easy to forget how dependent we are on these technological advancements. Most of us have free-flowing water at our fingertips, electrical power that feeds directly int…
    - 23 Jun 13, 7:25pm -
  • ATV Survival Guide: Increase Your Chances of Survival
    You drove to go hunting in the middle of nowhere, dozens of miles from a gas station or paved road, confident you made the right decision last year when you bought your all-terrain vehicle. The electric power steering was so good that you were able t…
    - 22 Jun 13, 7:13pm -

Bug Out Survival

  • Discussing The Prepper's Workbook on Destiny Survival Radio
    Once again I enjoyed chatting with John Wesley Smith of Destiny Survival Radio about my latest book release, this time The Prepper's Workbook.  My co-author, Scott Finazzo joined us as well as we went into the details of the book and why it was inte…
    - 20 days ago, 11 Jul 14, 1:06pm -
  • Sequel to THE PULSE Finished
       Days have turned into weeks with no contact from anyone outside of North America, where the power, communication and transportation grid has been completely destroyed by massive solar flares. In the ensuing chaos, grocery store shelves have been…
    - 51 days ago, 10 Jun 14, 9:07pm -
  • Update on Review Copies and Giveaways
    I'm reposting this update from my main site, www.scottbwilliams.com for those of you who only check in here.  As many of you know, The Prepper's Workbook has now been shipping from Amazon for about two weeks, and is even available on the shelf in ma…
    - 2 Apr 14, 2:12pm -
  • Scott Finazzo Discusses The Prepper's Workbook
    My coauthor of The Prepper's Workbook, Scott Finazzo, discussed our book on Kansas City's KCTV5 News earlier this week.   Finazzo is firefighter with the Overland Park Fire Department in that area, and his extensive experience as a first responder t…
    - 6 Mar 14, 10:33pm -
  • Prepper's Workbook Giveaway on Goodreads
    My publisher is sponsoring a book giveaway of 10 copies of The Prepper's Workbook on Goodreads.  You can enter to win one right here.  The giveaway ends March 18. The publisher should have copies of the book in their offices around the first of Ma…
    - 17 Feb 14, 2:19pm -
  • Foreword by Jim Cobb
    My friend and fellow Ulysses Press author, Jim Cobb, best known for his excellent site: Survival Weekly and his bestselling Prepper's Home Defense has written the foreword to The Prepper's Workbook.  I'm posting it here to give you a little better…
    - 24 Jan 14, 9:45pm -
  • Prepper's Workbook Front and Back Covers
    I've been working with my editor and coauthor Scott Finazzo this week on the final proofing and approval of The Prepper's Workbook, and everything has now been finalized, from the interior design to the front and back covers.  It will be sent to the…
    - 24 Jan 14, 8:17pm -
  • Prepper's Workbook Update
    I just posted this update on my main website, www.scottbwilliams.com and I'm reposting here for Bug Out Survival readers who may not see it on that site.  I know many of you have been waiting on this book for a long time, and I apologize for the del…
    - 16 Dec 13, 3:19pm -
  • Book Giveaway Winners and Top Ten Skills
    Thanks to all who participated in this latest book giveaway for a chance to win a free copy of The Darkness After.  I received some excellent submissions from those who participated by sending in their personal list of what they consider the Top Ten…
    - 16 Aug 13, 10:00am -
  • Two Book Giveaways: The Darkness After
    My latest novel, The Darkness After is now available and shipping in both the print and Kindle versions on Amazon, and most everywhere else books are sold.  I've been getting some great feedback from those who have read it, and I think if you enjoye…
    - 4 Aug 13, 6:51pm -

Canadian Preppers Network

  • Protecting Yourself & Your Food Storage
    I spent a glorious summer many years ago working in the Waterton National Park. A local family graciously offered me an opportunity to live in a cute little homestead house on their ranch at the base of the mountains. It was a dream come true…. unt…
    - 5 days ago, 27 Jul 14, 4:27am -
  • The Survival Summit - John Jacob Schmidt
     Comms Up with John Jacob SchmidtTonight at 8PM ESTJohn Jacob is the voice behind the microphone at Radio Free Redoubt, a weekly podcast dedicated to promoting the American Redoubt and helping conservative Americans prepare for the coming events a…
    - 16 days ago, 15 Jul 14, 9:29pm -
  • POLL: What is Your Favorite Food Storage Item?
    Lets take a vote! What is your favorite food storage item?Just leave your vote by a comment below. Tell me what the item is and a little about it, shelf life, how it's stored, and why it's your favorite. It can be anything you can buy, make, or produ…
    - 20 days ago, 11 Jul 14, 2:00pm -
  • New Author For the Canadian Preppers Network
    The Canadian Preppers Network is proud to welcome Paul Cobham of Survival School Canada to it's list of authors.  Through SSC, Paul offers a variety of courses in Survival, First Aid, and Off Grid Living.  However, Paul joins us to discuss a topic…
    - 36 days ago, 25 Jun 14, 1:22pm -
  • DIY Yogurt
    Yogurt, a household staple, turns out to be pretty easy to make yourself not to mention it costs a fraction of the processed leading brands.  My family of 5 (aka the Garburators) eat yogurt like it's going out of style.  I have been making i…
    - 37 days ago, 24 Jun 14, 7:09pm -
  • You’re going to kick yourself - Summer Of Survival
    I don’t know exactly how they got everyone to agree to this.And I can hardly believe how much they’re giving away for free.But I do know how hard you’re going to be kicking yourself - soon - if you don’t take advantage of it.Look, if you don…
    - 45 days ago, 16 Jun 14, 2:19pm -
  • Flood Prepping: Part II - Comparisons
    I was just reading through some of our twitter feed from last year about this time as suburb after suburb of Calgary and many other whole towns were evacuated due to the flooding. It all started with this: Flood Watch Alert Updated Jun20 544AM Take n…
    - 48 days ago, 13 Jun 14, 2:00pm -
  • First Hand First Aid
    On my regular transit commute to work this morning with my 4 year old daughter, a fellow passenger fell unconscious after making some horrific noises.  He was a senior man, with minor mobility issues (boarded the bus with a cane).  For the first t…
    - 55 days ago, 6 Jun 14, 10:02pm -
  • Kananaskis Emergency Services Showcase
    Need an excuse to visit the mountains this weekend? On behalf of the providers of Emergency Services and Mountain Rescue in Kananaskis Country (Alberta), we’d like to invite you to third Kananaskis Emergency Services Showcase. Enjoy a day filled…
    - 57 days ago, 4 Jun 14, 12:00pm -
  • Summer Of Survival Starts Today!
    Real quick… Like I told you before, Summer of Survival is 24 top-level survival experts providing over 36 hours of training at no charge. But the only way you can get free access to everything if you haven’t signed up already is to go over and si…
    - 58 days ago, 3 Jun 14, 10:00am -

Tactical Intelligence

  • Letter From a Reader: What 24 Years of Gardening Has Taught Me
    Editor’s Note: In order to provide some inspiration and help others in their prepping journey, I like to include some personal experiences from my readers showing off some of their experiences and lessons-learned. Here’s the latest from Laurey in…
    - 7 days ago, 24 Jul 14, 10:09pm -
  • 36 Awesome Baking Soda Uses for Preppers
    As preppers we tend to accumulate stuff. This, for obvious reasons, is a good thing, but on the other hand, our pantries, closets and other storage places tend to fill up. In many ways prepping and hoarding can be a fine line (except our stuff is mu…
    - 13 days ago, 18 Jul 14, 7:28pm -
  • The War on Cash Escalates
    What Is Happening In recent years, especially in developing countries, national governments have been escalating their war on cash. Although the claim is for the safety and convenience of its citizens, it’s nothing less than “a despotic attack b…
    - 22 days ago, 9 Jul 14, 6:29pm -
  • How to Make Dehydrated Bug-Out Toothpaste
    You might not think dehydrated toothpaste blobs are such a novel idea but keep in mind, every little bit of weight savings helps in lightening the load of your bug out bag -- making for easier travel when you need it most.
    - 22 days ago, 9 Jul 14, 2:57pm -
  • How to Stock up on Antibiotics without a Prescription
    What we nowadays take for granted, could become life-threatening in a collapse type situation.For example, a good friend of mine got a simple scratch from his cat which developed into sepsis. Because he was able to get to a doctors and be treated w…
    - 31 days ago, 30 Jun 14, 9:16pm -
  • TI News Alert: The UN Pushes for Global Gun Disarmament
    It's no secret that the United Nations has been after global gun disarmament for all citizens of all countries for some time now.They've even been pushing (thankfully, unsuccessfully so far) for a binding international treaty that will supersede th…
    - 34 days ago, 27 Jun 14, 7:14pm -
  • How to Make Baking Powder
    Baking powder is one of those must-have ingredients in everyone's pantry. If you plan on cooking any type of cookie, pancake, muffins and so on and you need to have baking powder.As far as prepping goes, the problem with baking powder is that it's…
    - 35 days ago, 26 Jun 14, 7:36pm -
  • Product Review: How to Turn Invisible with the Ghost Blind
    Have you ever wished that you could get your hands on an invisibility cloak like what's used in JKK Rowling's Harry Potter series? Imagine the cool things you could do with that?Well, we might not be able to have an invisibility cloak but there is…
    - 38 days ago, 23 Jun 14, 7:54pm -
  • TI News Alert: De-Dollarization is Starting To Happen
    It's no secret that the U.S. Government has been living WAAAY beyond its means for far too long now. Currently as it stands, the U.S. is 17.5 trillion dollars in debt and with a GDP of 16.7 trillion and tax revenues at 3.5 trillion, we won't be catch…
    - 40 days ago, 21 Jun 14, 10:39pm -
  • Product Review: The SIRT Training Pistol
    If you could shoot thousands of rounds from the comfort of your home for practically no cost and at the same time be coached in proper trigger control, would this intrigue you?There's so much demand for ammunition right now from both the civilian s…
    - 44 days ago, 17 Jun 14, 3:59pm -

Off Grid Survival

Preparedness Videos

Haversack Kit
http://www.thepathfinderstore.com Dave Canterbury, David Canterbury, The Pathfinder School,Bush Craft ,Survival skills, Historical Lore, Primitive Skills, Ar...
- 84 days ago, 8 May 14, 6:41pm -
Commercial: Dave Canterbury "Makes fire with his beard"
Made by Brand New Telly: http://www.brandnewtelly.com http://www.hoya.eu http://www.sensitylenses.eu http://www.thepathfinderstore.com Dave Canterbury, David...
- 91 days ago, 1 May 14, 9:39am -
Coyote It's whats for Lunch
http://www.thepathfinderstore.com Dave Canterbury, David Canterbury, The Pathfinder School,Bush Craft ,Survival skills, Historical Lore, Primitive Skills, Ar...
- 28 Jan 14, 12:26am -
Kit mentality Useage vs Investment
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- 21 Jan 14, 6:23am -
Triple Barrel Shotgun PF Edition Intro
http://www.thepathfinderstore.com Dave Canterbury, David Canterbury, The Pathfinder School,Bush Craft ,Survival skills, Historical Lore, Primitive Skills, Ar...
- 10 Jan 14, 12:34am -
Fatwood Collecting Processing Igniting
http://www.thepathfinderstore.com Dave Canterbury, David Canterbury, The Pathfinder School,Bush Craft ,Survival skills, Historical Lore, Primitive Skills, Ar...
- 26 Dec 13, 10:30pm -
Self Feeding Fire Part 1 Basic Bushcraft
http://www.thepathfinderstore.com Dave Canterbury, David Canterbury, The Pathfinder School,Bush Craft ,Survival skills, Historical Lore, Primitive Skills, Ar...
- 24 Dec 13, 2:19am -
Super Shelter Modified for the Eastern Woodlands Part 1
http://www.thepathfinderstore.com Dave Canterbury, David Canterbury, The Pathfinder School,Bush Craft ,Survival skills, Historical Lore, Primitive Skills, Ar...
- 12 Dec 13, 9:47pm -
Axe Care Made Simple
http://www.thepathfinderstore.com Dave Canterbury, David Canterbury, The Pathfinder School,Bush Craft ,Survival skills, Historical Lore, Primitive Skills, Ar...
- 10 Dec 13, 1:52am -
Deer Heart and Pepper Gravy Camp Cooking
http://www.thepathfinderstore.com Dave Canterbury, David Canterbury, The Pathfinder School,Bush Craft ,Survival skills, Historical Lore, Primitive Skills, Ar...
- 19 Nov 13, 11:57pm -
Snares The Ugly Truth Modern Trapping Part 57
http://www.thepathfinderstore.com Dave Canterbury, David Canterbury, The Pathfinder School,Bush Craft ,Survival skills, Historical Lore, Primitive Skills, Ar...
- 11 Nov 13, 5:12pm -
Bobcats Released Safely Modern Trapping Series Part 52
http://www.thepathfinderstore.com Dave Canterbury, David Canterbury, The Pathfinder School,Bush Craft ,Survival skills, Historical Lore, Primitive Skills, Ar...
- 29 Oct 13, 5:07pm -

Survival Monkey Forums

  • newThe Unwelcome Sign
    The first chapter of a book I'm working on."Should I start from the front, or the back?" I asked myself. Pondering the mechanics for a moment, I made up my mind. I rolled the corpse over, face down, pulled my bowie from it's sheath on my belt, put…
    - 23 mins ago, 31 Jul 14, 4:44pm -
  • newAnybody monitoring the Ebola outbreak ?
    I've been following the stories on Drudge Report. There's three today, last couple of weeks there was only one or two new ones per week. This is the nastiest and scariest bug I've ever seen. The disease has jumped borders into at least three countrie…
    - 46 mins ago, 31 Jul 14, 4:21pm -
  • newMan uses a spear to save girlfriend from a mountain lion
    Interesting article... guess you never know when a good spear will come in handy...BearMan Uses Spear to Save Girlfriend from Mountain Lion | OutdoorHub
    - 52 mins ago, 31 Jul 14, 4:15pm -
  • newThe Underground Republic
    Many of you are aware that my past years were spent in near total isolation due to the collapse of our Country's political and economic structure. I have since joined back into the mainstream community of survivors, most of whom seem to have acclimat…
    - 1 hour ago, 31 Jul 14, 4:06pm -
  • newPoll: RV or Camper
    Can't afford a BOL? How about a camper or RV? Which one would you choose? And why?
    - 2 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 3:35pm -
  • newDW's primal journal
    I've been toying with the idea of going primal for a while. What's held me back wasn't the idea of abandoning pasta or bread or sugar. I never really eat any of that anyway. Sodas are a rare, once a month thing and I don't do processed foods. No suga…
    - 2 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 2:44pm -
  • newEverything We Have Been Taught About Our Origins Is A Lie
    n June 1936 Max Hahn and his wife Emma were on a walk beside a waterfall near to London, Texas, when they noticed a rock with wood protruding from its core. They decided to take the oddity home and later cracked it open with a hammer and a chisel. Wh…
    - 3 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 2:16pm -
  • newIn Case Of Emergency Radio Show
    Many of you monkeys know me, many know of me. A select few know who I am.I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself: My name is Don Pontious and I am the author of Some Helpful Tips for Prepping and Some Helpful Tips For Bug Out…
    - 4 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 1:19pm -
  • newWater Turbine ?
    Ok I have lived on the sac river for a couple years and I have wanted to throw a turbine/wheel of some sort on it and pull power off it for some time now. where I live the river is around 5-10mph. Was thinking about building a small pontoon with a w…
    - 4 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 12:59pm -
  • newMotivational Poster Thread (warning content)
    Post your favorite Motivational Posters here.
    - 5 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 12:31pm -

Preparedness Pro

  • newMedia Hype or Firearm Facts—You Decide
    Everyone has the right to defend themselves.Fact:100% of ALL firearm “accidents” occur as a result of someone violating one of the four most critical safety rules in the ownership and use of a firearm.  Firearms don’t kill people as the m…
    - 22 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 6:58pm -
  • Last Minute Scholarship Offer
    Hey there,I've been busy preparing for an education event that I'm taking part in this weekend. It's an event that I've attended (and taught at) regularly and I've not missed it over the past 4 years.  I got to thinking today about how much I want…
    - 15 days ago, 16 Jul 14, 5:19am -
  • 85 Telltale Signs That You Might Be a Prepper
    I hope that you've all enjoyed your holiday weekend and that you got to do something over the weekend that helped you become a little bit more independent. I know I did and so now I'm back and ready to work hard at Preparedness Pro. To start off with…
    - 23 days ago, 8 Jul 14, 5:30am -
  • Have a Happy Independence Day!
    We hope that this Independence Day means more to you than just BBQs and summer fun. We hope that you'll be able to do something to strengthen your personal independence and self-sufficiency. We'll be on vacation until th 7th of July, but we'll be bac…
    - 28 days ago, 3 Jul 14, 6:36am -
  • Is Homeschooling Right for You?
    Is Homeschooling Right for You?--by Guest Contributor Penni Batty  There's a whole lot of buzz about public school these days. As a home school mom of six children, I think I've probably heard every existing argument in favor of it, and yet, the…
    - 48 days ago, 13 Jun 14, 10:05pm -
  • Reader Asks: "Can I preserve dry goods without a FoodSaver?"
    A reader asks a question about preserving candy without a FoodSaver: Question: "Hi Kellene, Your site helps me so much, thank you. I know you preserve chocolate and candy. Can I do that with oxygen absorbers in mason jars? if so, should they be…
    - 54 days ago, 7 Jun 14, 12:00pm -
  • Heiss Kartoffel Salat (aka Hot German Potato Salad)
    Heiss Kartoffel Salat (aka Hot German Potato Salad) -- Preparedness Pro I love trying new recipes, especially ones of International Fare.  Today’s recipe comes to us from across the Atlantic from the beautiful country of Germany.  My dear fr…
    - 57 days ago, 4 Jun 14, 4:36pm -
  • Why my Bandana was Saved from the Donation Pile
    62 Reasons Why my Bandana was Saved from the Donation Pile--by Guest Contributor Emily S  Over the years I have accumulated a collection of bandanas which I have received from various events, activities and as gifts.  After their immediate use…
    - 61 days ago, 31 May 14, 1:22pm -
  • Backyard Hunting
    Backyard Hunting--By Guest Contributor Sharon Cundiff My husband and I enjoyed the festivities for opening day of the Cincinnati Reds, walking through the park that parallels the river with my sister-in-law and her niece.  The path wanders thro…
    - 65 days ago, 27 May 14, 3:29pm -
  • New YouTube Videos Added
    Hey everyone, yes, of COURSE we're still here. I've just been on a recording video binge so that we can give you more of what you say you'd like. So for starters, we've got three new videos loaded, each one offering just a quick tip to help stretch y…
    - 70 days ago, 22 May 14, 10:31pm -

Survival Cache

  • Survival Gear Review: Magpul MBUS Pro Iron Sights
    Iron sights have been with us ever since muskets were rifled.  Sharpshooters demanded more and thus began the revolution and evolution of iron sights.  Backup iron sights, on the other hand, grew from the need for redundancy as optics sprouted up o…
    - 4 days ago, 27 Jul 14, 8:28pm -
  • Book Review: Holding Their Own
    Joe Nobody exploded onto the survivalist scene in 2010 with his first book, an instruction guide titled, Holding Your Ground: Preparing for Defense if it All Falls Apart.  That book became an instant success, catapulting Joe into the top tier of sel…
    - 8 days ago, 23 Jul 14, 4:54pm -
  • Survival Gear Review: Fallkniven A1 Survival Knife
    In 2002, in response to a question about the Iraq war, the US Secretary of Defense replied, and I paraphrase, “There are known knowns; there are known unknowns, but there are also unknown unknowns.” Those words are the best way to describe the th…
    - 15 days ago, 16 Jul 14, 4:03pm -
  • Survival Gear Review: Trucker’s Friend
    It’s curious a specialty tool like this would be called the Trucker’s Friend.   For certain it is a tool a trucker would want to have in their tool box, but its usefulness goes way beyond that limited functional area.  I would say this tool is…
    - 20 days ago, 11 Jul 14, 1:17pm -
  • Survival Gear Review: SOCOM 16
    If you grew up shooting rifles, then you might have an itch that a carbine just can’t scratch.  Like many, I have always been a fan of the M-14 rifle, also known as the M1A, but I am a little too young to appreciate its predecessor, the M1 Garand.…
    - 23 days ago, 8 Jul 14, 12:30pm -
  • Book Review: The Survivors Club
    In the book The Survivors Club, Ben Sherwood who writes for the L.A. Times, interviews people from around the world who survived events that would kill most, trying to answer the question “Why?”.  Why do some people survive while others capitula…
    - 36 days ago, 25 Jun 14, 11:43am -
  • The Romance and Reality of Survival Fishing
    Most of us have never needed to catch a fish to save our life.  Finding food in a survival situation, whether hunted, fished or foraged, is nothing more than a accountant’s balance sheet where calories are added and subtracted all day long, and yo…
    - 43 days ago, 18 Jun 14, 8:45pm -
  • Survival Debate: Aimpoint vs. EOTech?
    The choice between an EOTech holographic weapons sight and an Aimpoint red dot sight is a win-win decision. Both sights offer amazing optical performance, near indestructibility, and a proven track record in battle. by Doc Montana, a contributing aut…
    - 58 days ago, 3 Jun 14, 11:46am -
  • Going Off Grid – Part III
    After we had established the ability to heat our home in an emergency with a wood burning fireplace, my wife and I decided that back up power would be the next logical step.  Unsure about the current state of solar technology, we decided to look int…
    - 64 days ago, 28 May 14, 7:32pm -
  • Survival Gear Review: Spyderco Bushcraft Knife
    A dog is a man’s best friend, and his knife is a close second.  With that said, I am often surprised when price is used as the limiting criteria of a new blade. What would you think if someone called a breeder and said what’s the best dog I can…
    - 77 days ago, 15 May 14, 5:49pm -

Survival is a state of mind

Idaho Holsters

Totally Ready

  • Wax Your Own Cheese
    I am still concentrating on living a more frugal lifestyle but I have not given up on continuing to build my own General Store and on filling in the gaps in my preps. I recently found a great deal on cheese and it reminded me that I need to order som…
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  • Credit Card Savy
    Credit cards can be a wonderful asset or doom your frugal living goals. There are a few things you may want to consider before using your card. I am working at paying off mine and then using them more wisely to build my credit score and to save my ba…
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  • Egg Carton Fire Starters
    Keeping with our commitment to live more frugally and also continue to prepare the following is a great way to make fire starters that are virtually free. One of the things I heard from survivors of hurricane Sandy is that fuel was in short supply, h…
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  • Saving on Groceries this Week
    I have been hearing from quite  a few of you that you are concerned about the economy and more than ever feel you should be stocking up to prepare for the coming depression or recession. Some economists are even predicting inflation. In other words,…
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  • Power Out? Tips for Staying Warm and Sane
      I was amazed and disappointed as I watched the news last night. A reporter was touring the apartment of a family who has been without power for the past week. It was so frustrating to see them freezing when there are a few things they could have d…
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  • Cooking from Scratch…Hurricane Sarah
      This has been a very difficult week for me. I have posted on our facebook page tips for preparing for the hurricane but I wonder if anyone ever uses any of those tips and get ready. I know most of my friends and family have not listened. Is that b…
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  • Saving Money on the Kids
    This week the grandkids are coming for a few days without mom and dad. I am so excited and I want this to be fun but I'm still on that budget and still only purchasing items on sale. Time to think out of the box and to plan some frugal days. We have…
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  • Saving on Gasoline
    Can you believe what is happening with gas prices? Yikes! Yesterday gas stations in southern California were closing because they ran out of gas. Gas prices have gone to over $5.00 per gallon in some places. It is up to $4.39 where I live. This is cr…
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  • Been Shopping…New Recipe…Keeping Track
    I had such an interesting shopping trip this week. I am continuing my pledge to purchase only items that are on sale and it has been surprisingly easy. I needed to get a hat to wear at a church party next weekend. All the ladies are wearing fancy hat…
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  • I’m Shopping the Sales
    For two years we worked to build a General Store in our homes. If you missed that it will take a little work but if you search the General Store post you can do it yourself. You may also want to purchase the Year One Newsletters which includes a summ…
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Preparedness in the News

Wilderness Survival Forum

  • newSportsmans guide has .22lr
    http://www.sportsmansguide.com/product/index/50-rds-eley-club-22-lr-40-grain-ammo?a=1726844 I'm not willing to pay that amount, but it's still in...
    - 5 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 11:57am -
  • newGoPro Channel
    Pluto.TV makes the internet into themed, curated channels. Sort of like cable TV meets the internet. It's got some really great programming. At...
    - 15 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 1:48am -
  • newHe's Still Got It
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVdqxkHd2RQ
    - 17 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 11:42pm -
  • newNeed opinion on these online wilderness courses..
    Hey, found this site easttexassurvival and they have online distance learning survival classes, was wondering if anyone has taken some or what you...
    - 22 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 7:21pm -
  • newHello from Texas!
    Hi, my name is Carol, and I love anything to do with ancient skills. (Especially fire making ) Looking forward to chatting with you all! Carol
    - 22 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 7:20pm -
  • Howdy from Virginia
    I am just getting back into wilderness survival, primitive skills, etc. In years past I have studied under Tom Brown, Jon Young, Charles Worsham, and...
    - 1 day ago, 30 Jul 14, 4:51pm -
  • 'Kraut help needed please!
    I make a mean, if genteel, Cabbage Kraut, but I recently saw a recipe for Carolina Coleslaw. This called for the ingredients to be fermented as for...
    - 1 day ago, 30 Jul 14, 4:03pm -
  • Not quite wilderness...
    So, I'm starting a disaster preparedness group in my town. The nearest one is over an hour away. Wish me luck - I have no idea what I'm doing LOL!...
    - 2 days ago, 30 Jul 14, 4:47am -
  • Build a plane in a week project EAA Convention
    Kinda cool......Oshkosh EAA AirVenture.....Experimental Aircraft Association Convention. This week. ...
    - 2 days ago, 29 Jul 14, 11:34pm -
  • 2012 Solar storm near miss
    Been hearing about this more and more.....sounds like a real near miss..... ...
    - 2 days ago, 29 Jul 14, 9:25pm -

Modern Survival Online

  • newGault on…..Problems at the CDC
      …..OOPS!   With all the international news stealing most of the headlines you may have missed the comedy of errors that’s been going on the last few months at the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) in Atlanta Ga.   Note: My per…
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  • VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Bugging out? Don’t leave the bicycle behind……
    YouTube is an absolutely incredible source of information on almost anything you can think of. Every week we feature a new video related to a variety of topics such as firearms, first aid, gardening, security, food storage, water filtration….and c…
    - 2 days ago, 30 Jul 14, 1:15am -
  • Thug Nation….
    The following article was published over at The Pigeon Pages by Sally LeMaster. Miss LeMaster is an investigative reporter who is on an endless pursuit for the truth – in an effort to get this country back from the clutches of those who are in the…
    - 2 days ago, 30 Jul 14, 1:10am -
  • Help for minor burns
    Several years ago I worked for a metal plating business and worked around soldering irons. It was a frequent occurrence that workers – including myself – would get burns on our fingers and hands. As you may know getting burnt on the pad of your f…
    - 3 days ago, 29 Jul 14, 1:17am -
  • Prepper Survival 1962
    The following article has some unfortunate relevance as tensions grow between the United State and Russia. Many believe that numerous events are signs we are in the midst of a new Cold War. Here is the article. This was originally published back in 2…
    - 4 days ago, 28 Jul 14, 1:10am -
  • LAST CALL: BIGGEST EVER Mountain House Food Sale ending soon!!
    Ending July 31st Emergency Essentials is having the biggest Mountain House Freeze Dried Food sale ever. Incredible savings of 30-50% off on Mountain House #10 cans. If freeze dried food is part of your food storage program or you have been thinking a…
    - 4 days ago, 28 Jul 14, 1:01am -
  • The Panhandle Rancher speaks….Christianity and Prepping
    Regarding the recent post entitled, “Interesting Question from Reader” (Regina), those of you who are familiar with my scribblings would likely agree that my views fall in line with the first part of Grammyprepper’s response to same:   While I…
    - 5 days ago, 27 Jul 14, 1:10am -
  • Reminder……Preparedness Expo: August 16-17, Hagerstown Maryland
    If you live anywhere near Boonsboro or Hagerstown, Maryland I have some great news for you. On August 16th and 17th at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center there are going to be two days of “back to basics”: demonstrations, exhibit…
    - 5 days ago, 27 Jul 14, 1:01am -

The Survival Mom

  • newWhat’s new on The Survival Mom Radio Network? Interviews with experts!

    What’s new on The Survival Mom Radio Network? Interviews with experts!

    We have been very, very busy over at The Survival Mom Radio Network. Every week our 14 hosts interview experts and bring together information on so many topics that it’s hard to keep track! With about 14,000 downloads per day, Read MoreThe post Wh…
    - 11 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 6:00am -
  • Eat Real Food for the Healthiest Body Ever

    Eat Real Food for the Healthiest Body Ever

    The idea of “clean eating” sounds great, but the reality can be intimidating. When you are used to processed foods, it can be difficult to make the switch to healthy eating. The body becomes physically addicted to high levels of Read MoreThe pos…
    - 1 day ago, 30 Jul 14, 6:00am -
  • Win a 72-Hour Survival Bucket!

    Win a 72-Hour Survival Bucket!

    A group of fellow bloggers and I have come together to offer a fun and easy contest that will help anyone be better prepared for emergencies, a survival bucket giveaway! Get to know some of the top bloggers in the Read MoreThe post Win a 72-Hour Sur…
    - 2 days ago, 29 Jul 14, 3:00pm -
  • Review and Giveaway: “The New World” Series by G. Michael Hopf

    Review and Giveaway: “The New World” Series by G. Michael Hopf

    Once you read this review and get excited about reading all of G. Michael Hopf’s dystopian “The New World Series” – Sanctuary is the newest book – put the books in your Amazon cart or on your wishlist, enter our Read MoreThe post Review an…
    - 2 days ago, 29 Jul 14, 6:00am -
  • How to Baton Firewood

    How to Baton Firewood

    Mother Nature often doesn’t like to play nice. While we’d hope that if we had to spend the night in the woods, it would be nothing but clear skies and perhaps just a bit cool, the reality is you are Read MoreThe post How to Baton Firewood by Jim…
    - 3 days ago, 28 Jul 14, 10:00am -
  • Try it Today! How to Can Green Beans in a Pressure Canner

    Try it Today! How to Can Green Beans in a Pressure Canner

    Green beans are a great candidate for a first-time gardener and for someone new to canning. They grow well in lots of different gardening zones. They grow and produce rather quickly, and the more you pick them, the more they Read MoreThe post Try it…
    - 4 days ago, 27 Jul 14, 10:00am -
  • Water Purifier Comparison: The Sawyer Point ZeroTWO and The Berkeys

    Water Purifier Comparison: The Sawyer Point ZeroTWO and The Berkeys

    The saying “two is one, one is none” is common in military and survival circles, and for good reason. The principle is especially true when considering water purification, as most people can function effectively for weeks with little food while R…
    - 5 days ago, 26 Jul 14, 10:00am -
  • The Prepared Immune System: Four Herbs to Know (Other Than Echinacea)

    The Prepared Immune System: Four Herbs to Know (Other Than Echinacea)

    Your immune system protects you from many threats even on a normal day. After  stamina and physical conditioning for your body, making sure your immune system is in top shape should be your next big priority for health preparedness. The Read MoreTh…
    - 6 days ago, 25 Jul 14, 3:00pm -
  • Training Kids To Be Resilient

    Training Kids To Be Resilient

    Many are familiar with The Stockdale Paradox. This concept, coined by Jim Collins in his book, Good to Great, came to be during a fantastic interview with the late Vice Admiral James Stockdale. For those who do not know the Read MoreThe post Trainin…
    - 7 days ago, 24 Jul 14, 10:00am -
  • Tornado Survival: No Shelter, No Basement, No Problem

    Tornado Survival: No Shelter, No Basement, No Problem

    It you live in an area that is vulnerable to tornadoes, you have undoubtedly heard the advice to head for your shelter or basement as a severe storm approaches. Hopefully, you’ve made tornado survival plans. For an entire week prior Read MoreThe p…
    - 8 days ago, 23 Jul 14, 4:30pm -

Florida Hillbilly

  • newProduct Review: Altai’s MF Tactical Boots
    From time to time, I am contacted to review products, some good, some not so good. I won’t review a product I wouldn’t try to use regularly, and won’t review products that aren’t realistic. When I get a request to review an item that “dupli…
    - 3 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 1:57pm -
  • How to Cook The ULTIMATE Steak
    (For Kip, as requested.)The ULTIMATE steak (or pork chop…or chicken…or fish….) …A bold statement for anyone. More so when you realize how un-picky of an eater I am. Until I started eating Paleo (no grains, legumes, or refined sugars), it…
    - 21 days ago, 10 Jul 14, 10:00am -
  • Book Review: Sanctuary by G. Michael Hopf
    When I’m contacted about reviewing a book, I normally have the same dread. In reading a book to review, I normally come to the end of the book, only to find there is going to be another book in the series…and I have to wait to find out what happe…
    - 31 days ago, 30 Jun 14, 3:08pm -
  • Book Review: Forsaking Home (The Survivalist Series)
    Last December, I reviewed the first three books of the Survivalist Series. I had been contacted by the great folks over at TLC Book Tours, a book promoting firm. The storyline follows Morgan Carter as he is traveling several hours drive away from hom…
    - 38 days ago, 23 Jun 14, 2:12pm -
  • The Fastest Way to Sharpen a Knife
    (Here is an old article I wrote way back when. If you are like 90% of the households out there, your knives are dull. Here is a quick-fix for that issue. )In my post reviewing the Mora Companion knife, I mentioned the Smith Abrasives 2-Step Knife Sh…
    - 43 days ago, 18 Jun 14, 12:05pm -
  • How To Sucker Tomato Plants
    As this website has evolved and grown, I’ve built relationships with many of my readers. Many of these relationships start out as an emailed question. I love helping out, and am well versed in online and offline research, so if I don’t have the a…
    - 49 days ago, 12 Jun 14, 1:44pm -
  • Everglades Tomatoes – The Final Free Shipment

    - 50 days ago, 11 Jun 14, 12:27pm -
  • Hurricane Season 2014
    June 1 marks the official start of hurricane season. For some of you, this really means nothing, since you rarely, if ever, are affected by a hurricane. Sadly, there are those who live well within the typical range of hurricane disasters, that the st…
    - 58 days ago, 4 Jun 14, 1:02am -
  • Struggle and Strife, But Life Goes On
    We live on an amazing planet. Life is a tenacious, self motivated entity that struggles and strives to not only exist, but to thrive, grow, and reproduce. Just walk down a city street, and find a plant growing in a crack, straining upwards for every…
    - 70 days ago, 22 May 14, 10:00am -
  • What Is It? Esoteric Edibles 1
    Learning about what grows here in south Florida has exposed me to some rather oddball edibles. I want to start to expand on what I’ve learned about alternative items that add variety to the table. Food should be fun. Until the day where we all line…
    - 14 Apr 14, 1:04pm -

Full Survival Mode

  • Police Dash Cam Captures Fatal Shooting Near Biggs Junction In Oregon
    An Oregon trooper's police dash cam reveals a short but deadly shootout with the man he pulled over for speeding.On August 29th, near Biggs Junction in Oregon, state trooper Matt Zistel, 26, pulled over John Van Allen, 34. The driver immediately got…
    - 6 Oct 13, 4:10pm -
  • How To Dehydrate Mushrooms
    Learn how to dehydrate mushrooms and also how to make an ingredient used in high end restaurants to add rich flavor to beef dishes.Noreen, of Noreen's Kitchen and YouTube channel atticus9799, found a deal on mushrooms at her local store and shows u…
    - 3 Jan 13, 11:28pm -
  • Annihilation Of The Second Amendment
    Southern Prepper talks about the threat against the Second Amendment to the US Constitution due to the recent shootings in America.As with Southern Prepper, we should all be thinking where our line in the sand should be. But they keep pushing and we…
    - 2 Jan 13, 6:25pm -
  • Doomsday Prepper Raided By FBI For Criticizing Obama
    The FBI raided a Sharpsburg, MD citizen after he criticized President Obama. The above video from dranger1108 shows the local news report...the video is shot from a handheld video camera rather than being pulled directly from the televised video sour…
    - 31 Dec 12, 5:20pm -
  • Girl In A Gas Mask
    This is a photo of a young woman wearing a gas mask.I'm experimenting with types of content published on Full Survival Mode. There's no caption for this or backstory, so not much text is available.But she is in the bathroom, so I wonder if the gas…
    - 8 Oct 12, 3:12am -
  • BioLite Camp Stove Unboxing And First Use
    Gytheran unboxes his new BioLite camp stove and then shows us the unit in use.It only takes a small amount of wood to run the stove for a half hour. The BioLite stove has a built in thermoelectric generator, so it's able to run its own fan, as well…
    - 7 Oct 12, 9:33pm -
  • Antibiotics AREN’T Candy!
    The Patriot Nurse thinks you should have a store of antibiotics on hand. But she also thinks people are going to use them incorrectly.Antibiotics are not candy. Antibiotics have real side effects that can hurt you. If you take the wrong anti-biotic,…
    - 7 Oct 12, 6:44pm -
  • Supersize Your Vegetables With Wood Chips And Rock Dust In Your Garden
    John Kohler of YouTube channel Growing Your Greens shows us what plants look like when grown in beds of rotting wood chips, rock dust, and mushroom spores.First, John shows us some dinosaur kale that's growing in regular garden soil that's been trea…
    - 1 Oct 12, 9:34pm -
  • Store Cucumbers At Room Temperature So They’ll Last Longer
    The next time you harvest or buy cucumbers, you shouldn’t store them in the refrigerator. They’ll only last about three days in cold temperatures. Other plants to store at room temperature are tomatoes, eggplants, and peppers. Cucumbers are also…
    - 21 Sep 12, 4:38pm -
  • Our Simple DIY Home Solar Power System
    When Greg Seaman, founder and editor of Eartheasy, needed to charge his laptop in his off grid home, he chose solar power. After installing a simple solar system three years ago, he was also able to power his power tools, a home sound system, and eve…
    - 21 Sep 12, 4:25am -

Resilient Man

  • newThe Perils and Solutions to Victim Hood
    Victimhood is a self-reinforcing mental framework which leads to a constant search to picture ourselves as being the victims of someone or something. Victimhood, is comfortable as a mental state. In this state we give responsibility to our ills to so…
    - 20 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 8:50pm -
  • Which country in Europe gives you the highest resilience ? (Part 1)
    This article is not about which country is the most resilient, but which geographical location within Europe gives you personally the most resilience. Europe is an interesting continent. Interesting because of variety, history, culture and relative s…
    - 47 days ago, 14 Jun 14, 6:09pm -
  • Business Start-up Resilience
    The path to your financial independence will involve the creation of a business, either active (shop) or passive (rental income). These sources of income will need to be resilient themselves, in order to offer you resilience in terms of your income.…
    - 52 days ago, 9 Jun 14, 11:35am -
  • Are your early retirement or FI plans resilient to world challenges ? (Part 2)
    In Part One I discussed the great things future will bring, biotechnology, artificial intelligence, human longevity, robots and cheap energy. In part two I discuss the darker side of the future, I admit writing the other article was more inspiring th…
    - 57 days ago, 4 Jun 14, 7:11pm -
  • Past self vs now self vs future self  - the path to Resilience and FI
    Sometimes, I  think that there are three Resman’s (I call myself Resman on this blog). You are here to get something different from the other blogs, to get challenged. So take off your shoes and gimme 10 minutes. I am amazed by how much the “pr…
    - 57 days ago, 4 Jun 14, 7:00pm -
  • Putting my back into it’ – active resilience
    I decided to have a break from my theorizing about resilience and do something under the sun and out in the fields. I will be trying to grow some veg and protein. I have spent most of my adult life sitting down, in front of a computer doing one thin…
    - 58 days ago, 3 Jun 14, 8:08pm -
  • Are your retirement plans resilient to a positive future (Part 1) ?
    Will your early retirement plans be able to ride all the good things that the future will bring to humanity ? In this article we explore all the good things that could be coming our way in the next 20 years. Early retirement, is a process where one a…
    - 58 days ago, 3 Jun 14, 6:11pm -
  • Job Vacancy – Volunteer Spanish Translators needed.
    ResilientMan.com is looking for volunteer Spanish Translators. The job is to translate articles  on ResilientMan.com into Spanish. Make a change in peoples lives apply today ! Please contact us on info at ResilientMan.com The Resilience message n…
    - 60 days ago, 1 Jun 14, 5:19am -
  • Understanding Value, is key to managing your actions. Key to achieving your objectives.
    Value is something which is set intrinsically. Most of our decisions occur, because we see more value in taking one choice over another. One action over an other. We assign value depending on our morals, relative wealth, way of being, pain to value r…
    - 61 days ago, 31 May 14, 8:11am -
  • Key terms you need to know in order to better understand prepping, resilience and early retirement.
    People who seek to be Resilionaires, Preppers, Survivalists, Early Retirement, Financially Independent will find the following concepts will make their thinking more clear on their resilience decisions. These concepts will help you to understand what…
    - 62 days ago, 30 May 14, 7:52am -

The Great Northern Prepper

  • Prepper Product Review: Solar Bag Water Purification
      This is one of the neatest products I have seen in awhile for water purification, mainly because of its ability for re-use and being very lightweight. Now with many methods of water purification on the go, or in a bug out situation, they are eithe…
    - 1 day ago, 30 Jul 14, 12:18pm -
  • DIY Vinegar: How to make Vinegar
    (Photo courtesy of girlgonegranola.blogspot.com) Vinegar has numerous uses from cooking to cleaning, but apart from those wishing to be more green or back to earth homesteaders vinegars many uses have been forgotten over the past generation or two. T…
    - 31 days ago, 30 Jun 14, 12:00pm -
  • PREPPER RESOURCE PAGE UPDATE
    Hey Folks just updated the Prepper Resource page with 300 new files! There is everything you are looking for from food prep lists to Radio Communications to Blacksmithing I think we cover everything here!   PREPPER RESOURCES
    - 45 days ago, 16 Jun 14, 2:01pm -
  • Homemade DIY Organic Potassium Supplement
      Every plant needs potassium to grow, it is necessary for proper growth of the plant itself as well as to flower and flourish. Anytime of flouring fruit needs a good supply of potassium to grow from peppers to potatoes to fruit trees, if you don’…
    - 50 days ago, 11 Jun 14, 12:17pm -
  • Comfrey: A Miracle Plant for your garden
      Spring is gone, but no need to worry I have a plant that you can plant now and will be more beneficial to you, your garden and any livestock than anything you have planted yet. Comfrey is a hardy perennial plant (meaning it comes back in the sprin…
    - 52 days ago, 9 Jun 14, 12:20pm -
  • DIY Waterproofing with Wax
      I have packed away many cans of scotchguard that I rotate through every fall/winter season (sometimes summer depending on where I am).  However I have also packed away various bars of wax for DIY waterproofing. You can go with paraffin wax, howev…
    - 55 days ago, 6 Jun 14, 12:20pm -
  • Defending Yourself in SHTF: Now What
    Every SHTF scenario may be different, in some Police may be around, in others there may be no police and in this post I will try to outline some things you should take into consideration for both. So lets say….the world has gone down the tubes, cri…
    - 59 days ago, 2 Jun 14, 12:20pm -
  • Episode 28: The Great Myth of the Founding Fathers
      Today I want to talk to you about a common myth I find on many peoples minds and many arguments. Often you will hear “The Founding fathers would be rolling in their graves” or “The Founding Fathers would NEVER have approved of this….” Th…
    - 66 days ago, 26 May 14, 12:01pm -
  • Vermiculture 101: Composting with Red Worms
        My family has composted with Red Worms for a long time, and this year I started my own. Red Worms will give you some of the best soil improvements and fertilizer for your gardens out there, no need to buy fertilizer from the store, and all you…
    - 69 days ago, 23 May 14, 12:08pm -
  • DIY Container Gardens: Growing Potatoes Indoors
      Today I present my Youtube video on how to grow potatoes inside in bins.  I presented this first in my post on all the uses for the lowly cardboard box, and decided to give the straw free potato bin container garden a try myself this year. Its ve…
    - 72 days ago, 20 May 14, 12:35pm -

If The Shit Hits the Fan

  • Guest Post: Wilderness Survival School Review
    Folks, it has been over 2 months since I have posted anything.  Lots of things going on (nothing bad) and I'll get some updates out to you soon.  I REALLY appreciate you for still checking in.  In the meantime, please enjoy this guest post from a…
    - 13 Aug 13, 1:53am -
  • Hurricane Preparedness Week
    Welcome, WRVA ListenersThursday morning at about 7:30 a.m. (EDT) I'm scheduled to be interviewed on Richmond's Morning News with Jimmy Barrett to talk about hurricane preparedness as we get ready to enter the season.  You can listen in on 1140 AM (…
    - 30 May 13, 1:22am -
  • Interesting Week
    Moore, OKWe were on vacation this past week down on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  Taking a break from the beach in the room, my wife was stunned to see live footage of the tornado that devastated Moore.  Her best friend from high school live…
    - 27 May 13, 1:51am -
  • Prepper Ponderings
    TREXPOThe other day, I went again this year to TREXPO in D.C.  It used to be the Tactical Response EXPO back in the 90s when I started going, but I think now it is just plain TREXPO and is done in cooperation with the GOVSEC trade show.  Tons of co…
    - 20 May 13, 2:02am -
  • Fleeing Felon
    It Can Happen AnywhereFriday afternoon I got a call from the local police that a guy had escaped from state police custody and he had 50 years of time hanging over his head for parole violations, and he had vowed never to go back to jail.  He was i…
    - 7 May 13, 1:17am -
  • Video Review: Surviving Civil Unrest
    Surviving Civil Unrest with Chance SandersDisclaimer: Chance sent me a free demo copy of this video for me to review.First, a little background...  I met Chance Sanders, and his wife, Laura, when they were assistant instructors when I went through P…
    - 28 Apr 13, 10:44pm -
  • Book Sale
    Staying Home - by Alex SmithAlex wrote his first post-SHTF novel, Going Home, under the nom de plume of Angery American.  It recieved rave reviews on Amazon.He let me know that his latest book is on sale for .99 cents in e-version through Friday. …
    - 12 Apr 13, 12:27am -
  • Free Preparedness Fair
    This Weekend - Hampton Roads, VirginiaI went to this fair last year and really thought they did a great job.  The LDS church in Newport News is doing it again this Saturday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.  If you are in the Richmond - Va. Beach area, I real…
    - 9 Apr 13, 10:38pm -
  • Staying ALERRT
    Just Had Some Amazing TrainingAs long-time readers know, I was a police officer for 15 years and have been the chief of security for a large, urban public school system for the past 7.  As a cop, I attended hundreds of hours of training each year, f…
    - 6 Apr 13, 1:09am -
  • Prepper Ponderings
    Been a WhileFolks, it's been quite a while, so I really appreciate everyone who continues to check in here.  I can't get out content as much as I would like, but if you are one of our 955 Facebook fans, I usually get something up there almost every…
    - 11 Mar 13, 10:47pm -

Graywolf Survival

  • newThe best games to learn survival or emergency preparedness skills
    The best board, card, video, and outside games to teach or hone survival or emergency preparedness skills. Great for preppers or just to give your family something fun to do together.You're reading The best games to learn survival or emergency prepa…
    - 14 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 3:16am -
  • How to start a niche website – the right way
    Learn how to find a profitable idea for a website, how to own a domain, and how to install WordPress so you can make your own website onlineYou're reading How to start a niche website – the right way, originally posted at Graywolf Survival - Commo…
    - 4 days ago, 27 Jul 14, 6:46am -
  • Prepper gear review: The eartheasy SunBell lamp and phone charger
    I wanted to check this SunBell solar lamp and charger out for myself because I've seen a lot of stellar reviews on it. I'm glad I did. It's great for camping but not perfect.You're reading Prepper gear review: The eartheasy SunBell lamp and phone ch…
    - 5 days ago, 27 Jul 14, 1:58am -
  • The top 10 prepper skills and abilities FNG needs to survive
    Which prepper skills and abilities would you need to focus on to survive SHTF or a natural or man-made disaster? You're reading The top 10 prepper skills and abilities FNG needs to survive, originally posted at Graywolf Survival - Common-sense emerg…
    - 13 days ago, 19 Jul 14, 1:28am -
  • Send secure messages even without cell service with goTenna
    The goTenna connects to your phone via bluetooth and then transmit an encrypted radio signal to other goTenna transceivers within range.You're reading Send secure messages even without cell service with goTenna, originally posted at Graywolf Surviva…
    - 14 days ago, 17 Jul 14, 10:15pm -
  • Victorinox Swisschamp XAVT Swiss Army knife review
    Is the Victorinox XAVT Swiss Army knife a good choice for your camping, survival, or bug out bag gear? Read this review and decide if it's right for you.You're reading Victorinox Swisschamp XAVT Swiss Army knife review, originally posted at Graywolf…
    - 20 days ago, 11 Jul 14, 6:27pm -
  • Beware False Knowledge
    I understand this is a “made for TV drama”....it made me wonder how many people would watch this and think this is the way to survive?You're reading Beware False Knowledge, originally posted at Graywolf Survival - Common-sense emergency prepared…
    - 21 days ago, 11 Jul 14, 12:31am -
  • Why you need to have a SHTF/emergency food supply plan
    Did you know that there are several short and long-term threats to your food supply? Read the facts about these threats as well as what you can actually start doing today to make sure your family always has something to eat.You're reading Why you ne…
    - 22 days ago, 9 Jul 14, 8:07pm -
  • Neighborhood Watch – Not just for nosey old ladies
    Learning about your neighbors, you will be able to better determine their strengths and weaknesses and help you scout for SHTF team membersYou're reading Neighborhood Watch – Not just for nosey old ladies, originally posted at Graywolf Survival -…
    - 34 days ago, 28 Jun 14, 12:31am -
  • 60 bug out bag gear items might not have considered
    Think you've thought of everything for your bug out bag? Check out this list and tell me what you think...You're reading 60 bug out bag gear items might not have considered, originally posted at Graywolf Survival - Common-sense emergency preparednes…
    - 38 days ago, 23 Jun 14, 4:00pm -

Rural Revolution

  • newHomesteading and ignorant people
    I received an email as follows from a reader which was so interesting I asked her permission to post it here. She titled her email "homesteading and ignorant people" and wrote:I read your blog and I've commented occasionally as well. I want to have…
    - 2 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 2:58pm -
  • newHome from Portland
    Sorry for the silence of the last couple of days. It always takes awhile to recuperate after a trip and catch up on things like unpacking, laundry, etc. Nonetheless, follow me home from Portland.On Monday morning, Older Daughter and I made our pilg…
    - 19 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 10:26pm -
  • Last day of sales
    The last day of the event was enjoyable -- brisk sales, moderate weather, cheerful crowd. We sold 29 pieces, a highly respectable number for a Sunday. Older Daughter came with me to the booth and was able to see why her mom returned exhausted every…
    - 3 days ago, 28 Jul 14, 3:43pm -
  • Fourth day of sales
    Well oddly enough I didn't get a lot of noteworthy photos from yesterday. It was busy busy busy! -- but for once Portland wasn't really living up to its unofficial motto to "Keep Portland Weird."Okay, so there was a little bit of Keeping Portland We…
    - 4 days ago, 27 Jul 14, 3:51pm -
  • Third day of sales
    Well yesterday I had an extremely unnerving experience: I was on television.On Thursday the craft/slash/publicity coordinator for the event asked me if I wanted to be featured during a morning live news feed with a brief interview; she also asked if…
    - 5 days ago, 26 Jul 14, 4:24pm -
  • Second day of sales
    Well I must say yesterday's weather was MUCH better than Wednesday's. It was cloudy on and off most of the day, but there was no rain and temps were moderate.I set up the outer shelving units with the feet on plastic bags so the wood didn't get wet.…
    - 5 days ago, 26 Jul 14, 1:37pm -
  • First day of sales
    Well this was a first for all the years I've been doing this sales event -- it rained.To Portlanders, of course, rain is nothing more than "liquid sunshine." Rain in Portland is like sunshine in Phoenix -- it happens all the time. Nonetheless it's…
    - 7 days ago, 24 Jul 14, 3:52pm -
  • Prepping for Portland
    Sorry for the silence, but it's been an intense week or so as we prepped for my trip to Portland for my annual sales trip. It didn't help that my blog went down temporarily because of a glitch while changing domain hosts. Don spent about half an ho…
    - 8 days ago, 23 Jul 14, 4:23pm -
  • Technical difficulties, please stand by......
    Hi All. This is a test of the blog. We've had a bit of problems switching domain name servers. This is only a testHusband of the boss_______________________UPDATE:Thanks for everyone's concerns! I recently switched the domain name to a different hos…
    - 10 days ago, 21 Jul 14, 9:58pm -
  • Picking raspberries
    The strawberries are just about over. After a frantic month of picking every other day, we have about sixty pounds in the freezer, oh joy!But yesterday's picking only yielded about three pints of strawberries, just enough for fresh eating. However…
    - 11 days ago, 20 Jul 14, 2:21pm -

Last Minute Survival

Learn How To Be Prepared

  • New integrated services
    We are excited to be bringing new integrated services to the Thinking Man website. We will also be launching our new website soon, so keep an eye out for a fresh face.The post New integrated services appeared first on thinkingmancreative.com.
    - 16 days ago, 16 Jul 14, 1:22am -
  • We will not bill you a quarter billion dollars for a website!
    We want to assure you that when it comes to your website, not only are our websites affordable, and functional you can count on us to manage your project efficiently.The post We will not bill you a quarter billion dollars for a website! appeared fir…
    - 94 days ago, 28 Apr 14, 11:37pm -
  • The most sexy thing just happened to my mac…
    Long story short, if you are a designer like me, access to fonts is critical, but also overwhelming! Because I do a lot of web design vs graphic for print, I like to use google fonts when I can. They are elegant and beautiful, and of course it just m…
    - 98 days ago, 24 Apr 14, 6:53am -
  • WordPress 3.9 Smith
    Well it is about time, this is a WONDERFUL update by WordPress. Take a look at the feature video.. For those who are doing a lot of blog posting this is a HUGE update. Improved visual editing The updated visual editor has improved speed, accessibilit…
    - 16 Apr 14, 10:14pm -
  • Welcome Freedom Oregon – new client website launch
    Today I am VERY proud to announce the website launch of our most recent client, Freedom Oregon. The Freedom Oregon Campaign are liberty-minded Republicans, conservatives, and independent-thinking Oregonians who support the freedom to marry initiative…
    - 21 Feb 14, 12:59am -
  • Need a color? Check out these online tools.
    Often clients come to us with new ideas that have no set colors, it is our job to help you (the client) find the colors that work. We might get this from a variety of places, a photo you give us, your business card even your product package. Then we…
    - 11 Feb 14, 2:23am -
  • Welcome to the family, Fishers Landing Automotive Repair
    We wanted to welcome Fishers landing automotive repair to the Thinking Man Creative family. Fishers landing automotive repair, located in Vancouver Washington, is a great family owned small business that provides reliable and honest automotive servic…
    - 9 Jan 14, 5:40am -
  • So, you’re thinking about using Thumbtack.com to hire a website guru to make your website?
    So, you’re thinking about using Thumbtack.com to hire a website guru to make your website? Thats a great idea! I am one of those developers. As I get a LOT of website leads from Thumbtack there is something that you can do to help me and other deve…
    - 2 Jan 14, 8:22am -
  • Mass hack affects almost 2 million Internet accounts are your passwords safe?
    This message is to alert our customers and friends to a Password hack that has occurred. Our Servers are secure and there has been no breach in our security. However, due to a massive cyber hack that is currently being reported in the news,  we are…
    - 5 Dec 13, 10:15am -
  • Google overhauls the way its search engine ranks websites
    ‘Hummingbird’ will affect 90 per cent of search requests, VP says The Associated Press Posted:Sep 27, 2013 1:52 PM ET Last Updated:Sep 27, 2013 9:00 PM ET Video Google at 15Chris O’Neill of Google Canada on how the company remains relevant in t…
    - 3 Oct 13, 8:23pm -

Learn to Prepare

  • newVital Preparedness Planning Questions
    By Denis KornWhat Road Will You Choose to Take?For those who have read many of my other posts you will discover that I very often use questions to stimulate and motivate reflection and action.  In the preparedness process there are two distinct el…
    - 20 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 9:04pm -
  • The Gift of Encouragement
    By Denis KornWe live in stressful and transformative times!My Be Encouraged post first appeared at the end of 2011 and I have received many encouraging comments about its value in these troubling times.  I especially wanted to re-post this updated…
    - 30 days ago, 1 Jul 14, 5:32am -
  • Why Are So Many Christians Being Called To Prepare?
    By Denis KornThe time is appropriate to share an article written prior to Y2K.  The title was the original title – Today it could be expanded to ask: Why Are So Many People of Diverse Communities Being Called to Prepare? While this was written 1…
    - 61 days ago, 1 Jun 14, 4:21am -
  • What Are The Most Important Elements of Preparedness?
    By Denis KornThere is an extraordinary fixation in our current culture with all the trappings of physical survival – given the perception of imminent collapse, chaos and oppression.  The degree of hysteria and response to this phenomena is unprec…
    - 92 days ago, 1 May 14, 4:55am -
  • Beginning & Improving Preparedness Planning – Another Look
    By Denis KornFor the finest in preparedness products you are encouraged to visit PrepareDirect. It is time once again to evaluate one of the Foundational Articles.  I have presented here a simple and concise guide to the preparedness process.  Y…
    - 1 Apr 14, 5:36am -
  • 7 Things Every Reputable Food Reserve Company Needs to Tell You!
    By Denis KornYou must trust the company that provides you with the food you and your family will require during an emergencyI first wrote this article in 2012 and it is just as relevant today – if not more so – than it was then.  I continue to…
    - 1 Mar 14, 5:14am -
  • A Critical Evaluation of Foods for Emergency Preparedness

    - 1 Feb 14, 3:04am -
  • The #1 Preparedness Question!

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  • My Top 6 Crucial Questions for Effective Preparedness Planning
    By Denis KornProper preparedness ensures effective resiliencyI am continually asked by serious preppers, preparedness planners and managers, whether beginners or experienced, “What are the most important things I need to know in getting started o…
    - 27 Nov 13, 10:52pm -
  • A Comprehensive Primer on Long Term Food Storage
    By Denis KornThe language of food storage – defining and clarifying terms, product options and related information.I am frequently asked, especially by newer preparedness planners, for a concise overview of food storage basics.  I am thankful f…
    - 1 Nov 13, 2:36am -

Mike Marlow's Survival Blog

  • More Mouths To Feed
    That’s right, we have more additions to the family. No, Marisa isn’t pregnant. We ordered our chickens today! We had to make some changes to what we had originally planned on getting. We were planning on ordering from Murray Mcmurray […] ↓ Re…
    - 3 Feb 14, 6:43am -
  • Sausages, Seeds & a Greenhouse
    This has been a busy week. My work is picking up & I had quite a few new patients. Marisa’s work was really busy last week too. The weather has been crazy around here, warm & then freezing cold. but […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry...(Visited…
    - 27 Jan 14, 8:46am -
  • Waiting on Spring!
    I’ve been looking at seed catalogs, chicken catalogs, looking at ads for meat rabbits…. I’m ready for the weather to warm up so we can start of some of our outdoor projects. I went to my first beekeepers association meeting […] ↓ Read the r…
    - 14 Jan 14, 6:16am -
  • Annnnnnnnd… WE’RE BACK!
    I can’t believe that September 3rd was the last post I made on here! Lots of things have been changing for us since I posted last. The girls turned 2! We’ve moved, and have a place with more land, and […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry...(Visi…
    - 10 Jan 14, 11:00am -
  • Are Americans Really As Stupid As We Appear?
    Well, here we are again – right in the middle of a bunch of crap in the Middle East that’s none of our business. Obama has been posturing & trying to figure out what to do, and the rest of […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry...(Visited 196 time…
    - 4 Sep 13, 12:06am -

Mama Kautz

  • How I Preserve Food: Dehydrating
    There are a lot of ways to preserve food. Canning via water bath or pressure canner, Freezing, Eating. Ok eating doesn’t preserve, it consumes. My preferred method is dehydrating. Mostly because I don’t have to pay close attention to what I am do…
    - 2 days ago, 29 Jul 14, 9:30am -
  • Back to School with Essential Oils
    I know, I know! The last thing we want to be thinking about it back to school or co-op. But seriously, you ALLLLL know I am a prepper, and as a prepper I am always thinking ahead. Unless of course I am looking for beach towels for vacation. Then I am…
    - 2 days ago, 29 Jul 14, 7:05am -
  • Front Porch Friday #20
    This weeks featured post is: Please share your posts that are homesteading, prepping, homemaking, or frugal living in nature. Please be family friendly, although Zombies are ok. Please visit the blog that linked before you. Share the love. Older post…
    - 6 days ago, 25 Jul 14, 7:00am -
  • Off Grid Cooking
    As you read this, Team Kautz is off in the wilderness of North Idaho camping off grid. *Note: the homestead is being protected by #1 Boy Child, who is armed.* There may be a vault toilet, but that’s it. So, what better time, than now, to practice o…
    - 7 days ago, 24 Jul 14, 7:05am -
  • Homemade Sunscreen
    I am all about reducing the toxins in my home and on our bodies. I know it’s a little late in the season to be making sunscreen, but summer still has a good 6 weeks left. Because I love Mason Jars I chose the 4 oz size to store the sunscreen in. It…
    - 9 days ago, 22 Jul 14, 7:00am -
  • Front Porch Friday #19
    This weeks featured post is: Shelle PreparednessMama chose the post How to Get Rid of Cucumber Beetles Naturally, from Grow, Pray, Build Mama Kautz chose Raw Vanilla Ice Cream. She is getting out of goats and has some milk to use up. This is perfect!…
    - 13 days ago, 18 Jul 14, 7:00am -
  • 5 Things I’ll Miss Most if the SHTF
    I just got done reading Cyberstorm It’s about the Internet going down, then NY city gets hit with back to back snowstorms. The latter of the two has happened before, but not when the Internet was down and without internet lots of things, in this da…
    - 14 days ago, 17 Jul 14, 7:05am -
  • Women’s Supplements by dōTERRA
    Part of my daily routine is taking doTERRA supplements. I take Life long Vitality and last month I add the women’s supplements of Phytosestrogen and Bone Nutrient Complex. Primary Benefits of Phytoestrogen • Provides supplemental dietary phytoest…
    - 16 days ago, 15 Jul 14, 11:00am -
  • Front Porch Friday #18
    This weeks featured post is: Mama Kautz chose Snappy Jalapeño Cheese Biscuits, by Taylor Made Ranch. She is going camping, off grid, for a week with the family. These will be perfect in the cast iron skillet one morning. Shelle PreparednessMama like…
    - 20 days ago, 11 Jul 14, 7:00am -
  • Preppers Blueprint Book Review
    By far the most complete Preparedness book I have read. This book has everything, but the kitchen sink, in it. The Prepper’s Blueprint Layers of Protection Layer 1~Chapters 1-14 Prepare yourself for everyday disasters. Power outages, storms, that s…
    - 21 days ago, 10 Jul 14, 5:00pm -

Modern Day Redneck

  • newLets Get Out Of Here
    "What are the plans for the weekend?" Candy (the wife) asked me a couple of days ago."Lets just go!" I said back."Go where?""Lets just get out of here for the weekend"Final preparations are being made to head to Joplin this weekend for the Missouri S…
    - 4 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 1:35pm -
  • It's The Simple Things
    The average house in America is 2300 square feet. Just forty years ago it was 1000. The average house in Europe is still at 1000 square feet while in Spain it is only 924. The smallest apartment in Manhattan is 78 square feet and is rented out for $8…
    - 3 days ago, 28 Jul 14, 5:36pm -
  • Home Is Where She Is At
    Here is my home,Just for a little while hopefully.It's like camping every day!Alright, it's not really that fun but it's a change of pace and completely different than what I am accustom to. I have neighbors all around me and I can watch them eat din…
    - 13 days ago, 18 Jul 14, 6:21pm -
  • It's a start
    Over the past week we have been moving more stuff out of the house and yard and storing it in the barn or over at my dad's.We also started on the tiny home we are about to build by installed the corners posts for the yard andstaking out where the hou…
    - 24 days ago, 7 Jul 14, 9:51pm -
  • Some Say I'm Crazy
    It's all about that little sound in the back of my head, you know the one, the internal time clock that is telling you, "You need to start doing something about retirement and fast"That sound has always been with me, but as I get older it keeps getti…
    - 38 days ago, 23 Jun 14, 6:05pm -
  • The Last One Across
    Two beautiful women have walked in this gown before her, and now my wonderful daughter Kylee had the honor of being the last. I've watched her grow and mold herself into the woman I look to everyday, one of my best friends, a woman of love and cha…
    - 51 days ago, 10 Jun 14, 1:05pm -
  • Great Weekend For The Ford Girls
    I wondered what it would be like to be those people.You know those folks that show up and people say, "Oh crap, now we don't stand a chance."All through my Competition Chili Cooking career I have met, and cooked against the best in the world. Most pe…
    - 52 days ago, 9 Jun 14, 3:34pm -
  • She Is Here
     Baby Rebecca has arrived. 7lbs 9 oz, 20" LongThe C-Section did not go as planned so they ended up inducing Hannah. After 28 hours of labor little Miss Rebecca is born.I am truly at a loss of words about the whole thing.I never could have imagined t…
    - 63 days ago, 29 May 14, 4:07pm -
  • Finally, It's On The Way
    It's all about Cooking Chili and Family. It has been that way for a while now. Candy, Jessie and myself just got back from a great two day chili cookoff in Durant OK. On top of that it was the new camper's maiden voyage. We had a really great time an…
    - 66 days ago, 26 May 14, 5:04pm -
  • I Like It
    I like Mothers day just about as much as all the other holidays because it brings the family together. It was March since I had all my girls together with me. So what if it takes a made up holiday to do it.Jessie (mid right) is home from college for…
    - 80 days ago, 12 May 14, 4:38pm -

My Family Survival Plan

  • Top Survival Guns For A Lady
    Even though most publications related to firearms are aimed at men, there is no question that lady preppers need information about how to build and use a survival arsenal. Do women need smaller guns with less recoil ? Is it harder for woman to learn…
    - 1 day ago, 30 Jul 14, 9:07am -
  • ALERT: Delivered By Airplane: Ebola Now Threatens 21 Million People In Major Metro Area
    In January the U.S.-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that the next plane could bring a pandemic.At the time, they were referring to highly contagious strains of deadly flu virus, but in reality any killer virus
    - 2 days ago, 29 Jul 14, 2:33pm -
  • 10 Reasons Why You Should Be Canning Your Own Meat
    You’ll be hooked, I tell you.  Once you learn how to bottle your own meats, you’ll never go back to the old way of doing it.Think about your meat habits.  Do you put up a 1/2 beef in your freezer every year? Do you buy fresh from the butcher an…
    - 8 days ago, 23 Jul 14, 1:59pm -
  • Survival Among Humans
    TV  news and internet are covered with headlines like „shocking, captured Iraqis beheaded“ or „they killing everyone on their way“ and „prisoners executed“ and similar.And folks who watch and comment on the news and videos who still live…
    - 8 days ago, 23 Jul 14, 1:37pm -

Command Zero

  • newIt usually pays to be low profile
    http://www.theeventchronicle.com/news/north-america/new-york-dhs-will-pay-500-rat-prepper-neighbors-buying-legal-goods/ This is a re-hash of the “if you see something, say something” nonsense that the administration has been shoving at people for…
    - 18 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 11:37pm -
  • Books – 1632 & Island In The Sea Of Time
    Reminder: Uber-cool Hardigg cases for sale! ————————————— I have a weak spot for survival fiction. Two of my absolute favorites in this genre are “Lucifer’s Hammer” and, of course, “Alas, Babylon”. Both books came…
    - 3 days ago, 28 Jul 14, 4:04pm -
  • Walking Dead Season 5 Trailer
    Reminder: Hardigg cases! ========================== Walking Dead Season Five trailer is up!  
    - 6 days ago, 26 Jul 14, 1:31am -
  • Disposable handguns
    Hardigg cases still available. Get ‘em while the gettin’s good. =================================== Or, I suppose, disposable plastic handguns. I give crap to the people (mostly the ‘Matt Foley’-style survivalists [those are the ones whose su…
    - 6 days ago, 25 Jul 14, 6:49pm -
  • The Preparedness Mad-Lib
    Reminder: Hardigg cases for sale ——————————— It occurs to me that if you don’t know what to do next in terms of updating your level of preparedness, or if you are unsure of how to prioritize something, the solution is … Cont…
    - 8 days ago, 23 Jul 14, 7:26pm -
  • Hardigg sale and info
    These are the dimensions and other info on the Hardigg cases that are available. A few things to make clear, just so we are all on the same page: The cases are used.This is why they are aren’t $300-$600 each. … Continue reading →
    - 9 days ago, 22 Jul 14, 6:07pm -
  • PopSci – Computer Models Show What Exactly Would Happen To Earth After A Nuclear War
    You’ve seen what a nuclear winter looks like, as imagined by filmmakers and novelists. Now you can take a look at what scientists have to say. In a new study, a team of four U.S. atmospheric and environmental scientists modeled … Continue reading…
    - 10 days ago, 21 Jul 14, 4:01pm -
  • Article – Los Angeles awaits earthquake that could be the ‘Big One’
    Hmmm. Los Angeles awaits earthquake that could be the ‘Big One’ Next year residents of Los Angeles will flock to cinemas to see a blockbuster called San Andreas in which their city will be wiped out by an apocalyptic earthquake. … Continue read…
    - 11 days ago, 20 Jul 14, 6:33pm -
  • The first step is admitting you have a problem….
    To answer your unspoken questions: yes, they will; not just yet but soon, I’ll let you know.
    - 13 days ago, 18 Jul 14, 5:51pm -
  • Saiga news – Im right again
    Recall this post. Someone in comments felt that I was being alarmist that our benevolent .gov would conspire to remove our access to Saiga-12 shotguns. And yet…. http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2014/07/18/russian-guns-can-still-legally-imported/…
    - 13 days ago, 18 Jul 14, 4:01pm -

Outdoor Quest

  • newDangerous Weather in the Backcountry.
    In the field forecasting is an important skill for the backcountry hiker.  Learning the basics is an important first step. Let me begin by stating that forecasting begins at home.  Monitor the local news and the cable weather channels to get a br…
    - 20 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 9:27pm -
  • Planning Your Overnight Backcountry Trip
    The following post is by Sierra Shafer at Seattle BackpackersMagazine.com.  by Sierra Shafer               One: Choose your team. If this is your first time on an overnight backcountry trip, it is important to consider with whom y…
    - 1 day ago, 30 Jul 14, 1:00pm -
  • Camp Stove Safety
    Carbon Monoxide is  a killer.  Do you even consider this danger when cooking in camp?  The following post came from the UK and it's worth your consideration.by Jon]This week's Monday Tip is a timely summer camping one - beware the dangers of carbo…
    - 2 days ago, 29 Jul 14, 5:47pm -
  • Reaching Out for Search and Rescue
    I listened to John Kruse’s fine outdoor radio program this morning.  One of the guests was the Sheriff from Grant County in Oregon.  His interview centered on Search and Rescue (SAR) in a small rural county.  To listen to the interview go here…
    - 5 days ago, 26 Jul 14, 11:25pm -
  • Walking A Line Of Bearing
    A short discussion of plotting a line of bearing on a map, determining the direction to a destination and then walking a line of bearing.Before technology entered the backcountry world of the outdoors, the primary and proven tools of navigation were…
    - 5 days ago, 26 Jul 14, 11:16pm -
  • A Solar Storm That Almost Hit Earth
    The following post is an article from the Washington Post.  A coronal mass ejection would have serious and significant impact on society.  How a solar storm two years ago nearly caused a catastrophe on Earth By Jason Samenow        …
    - 7 days ago, 24 Jul 14, 4:54pm -
  • Rain Suit or Poncho
    Interesting discussion from my friend Leon's blog.  by Leon PantenburgRain follows me. Over Christmas break, 1977,  John Nerness and I went backpacking in Death Valley, CA. Packing rain gear seemed like a waste of time – after all, the average an…
    - 7 days ago, 24 Jul 14, 4:07pm -
  • A Compass Tune-up
     Recently I watched on one of the many outdoor cable shows.  The guest is a noted ballistics expert, writer and occasional backcountry guide.  During a segment of the interview he was demonstrating what was in his day pack.  It kept my i…
    - 9 days ago, 22 Jul 14, 5:42pm -
  • Lost in the High Sierras
    Another lost hiker.  From the Merced Sun-Starby Carmen GeorgeHiking from the summit of a remote peak in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks last Saturday, something went very wrong for Gregory Hein of Clovis.Climbing down the rocky mountainside…
    - 14 days ago, 17 Jul 14, 1:00pm -
  • The 10 Essentials - What You Don't Need to Carry
    I came across this post from the Appalachian Mountain Club's web site.  The writer discusses why you really don't need to carry a compass.The post starts out by stating:The Least Useful Item in the Ten Essentials? I recently wrote about the Ten Ess…
    - 15 days ago, 16 Jul 14, 1:30pm -

Paul Kirtley's Blog

  • Nutritional Breakdown of the PLCE Side Pocket Menu
    I thought it would be useful to have a further look at the macro nutritional balance of the PLCE side pocket menu outlined in a previous article and video. In particular I thought it worthwhile to lay out an analysis of the amounts of carbohydrate, f…
    - 29 days ago, 2 Jul 14, 10:06pm -
  • How To Pack Enough Food For A Week In A PLCE Side Pocket
    In a previous video I packed up all of the kit that I take when I working on UK bushcraft courses or camping in that way. It’s my typical baseline northern temperate kit. It all fits easily into a Karrimor Sabre 45 with side pockets, with room to s…
    - 36 days ago, 25 Jun 14, 8:43pm -
  • Integrating Bushcraft With Modern Outdoor Life: Bushcraft Show 2014 Presentation
    For the second year in a row I was among the expert speakers on the main stage at the Bushcraft Show. I was honoured to share this platform with illustrious names and authorities such as Lofty Wiseman, Cody Lundin, Steve Backshall, David Scott-Donela…
    - 64 days ago, 28 May 14, 4:11pm -
  • What Gear To Pack For A Day Hike In The Woods
    When we head out for multi-day hikes, we’re usually quite considered in our choice of equipment. As soon as a trip involves spending at least one night out, we’re usually found reaching for appropriate sleeping equipment, a cooking pot, a means o…
    - 95 days ago, 28 Apr 14, 1:17am -
  • Snugpak Travelpak 3 Sleeping Bag Review
    People seem to visibly cringe when they ask me about sleeping bags. The conversation goes something along the lines of “Paul, I’d like to buy a new sleeping bag, what do you recommend? What do you actually use yourself?” “Well, I have half a…
    - 5 Apr 14, 2:08pm -
  • Bellroy Very Protective: An Adventure-Tough Wallet?
    Little things can make a big difference. I certainly find this is the case when I’m travelling. I like to have a place for everything and everything in its place. The danger is, of course, that you end up adding bulk and weight to your kit by using…
    - 29 Mar 14, 8:25pm -
  • A Framework For Preparing Yourself For A Survival Situation
    You don’t need to look far for almost countless incident reports, news items and accounts of woe whereby ordinary folk have found themselves in difficulty in the great outdoors due to lack of basic skills and knowledge. So, how do we make sure we h…
    - 26 Mar 14, 1:12pm -
  • Portable Sharpening Stones: Keeping Your Edge On The Trail
    When we are at home, in a cabin or a fixed camp, we can use full-sized bench stones to sharpen our cutting tools. When we are on the move, however, we do not want to be carrying full-sized stones. They have a similar density to bricks. Even a full-si…
    - 19 Feb 14, 4:31pm -
  • Arctic Lean-To Revisited
    Lean-to shelters have become one of the touchstones of bushcraft, particularly northern forest bushcraft. They are often held up as superb survival shelter – in combination with a long log fire – ideal for surviving cold conditions with limited o…
    - 15 Feb 14, 3:39pm -
  • Choosing And Using A Snow Shovel For Winter Camping And Travel
    If you ask people to draw up a list of the equipment they think important to take with them on a winter journey or on a winter camping trip, particularly in the northern forest, they might state an axe for felling dead standing wood for firewood. Th…
    - 31 Jan 14, 4:30am -

Prep Blog

  • newShould You Use or Avoid Fluoridated Water?
    Some preppers go whole-hog and live off-grid. Other preppers live connected to the grid, but in a very rural area. In either case, they probably do not have town water, which is often fluoridated. Those preppers who have fluoridated town … Continue…
    - 3 hours ago, 31 Jul 14, 1:41pm -
  • Expensive Solutions to Tiny Problems
    This post is a little off-topic, but I thought it would be a fun read. The $150 Fruit Bowl – suspends your fruit from silicone bands to keep it from touching other fruit. The $5000 Folding Commuter Bike – folds … Continue reading →
    - 2 days ago, 29 Jul 14, 6:11pm -
  • 8 Ways to Reduce Risk of Infection during an Epidemic
    An epidemic is a disease outbreak over a wide region, such as several States or a whole nation. Diseases can spread in a number of different ways. The most common modes of transmission are physical contact and airborne (breathing) transmission. … C…
    - 3 days ago, 28 Jul 14, 3:55pm -
  • Weekly Survival Reader: July 21-25
    It’s time for another installment of Prep-Blog’s weekly prepping and survival reader, with interesting blog posts, articles, products, and news of interest to preppers. We cover a wide range of prepping and survival topics, including: firearms, g…
    - 5 days ago, 26 Jul 14, 11:54am -
  • Government versus Digital Currency
    Bitcoin and similar digital currencies (also called cryptocurrencies) use cryptographic techniques to maintain a public ledger. The entries in this ledger are the currency, and it has value based on the willingness of individuals and businesses to tr…
    - 6 days ago, 25 Jul 14, 1:24pm -

Prepper Recon

  • newPodcast- Bugging out and Relocation with Ferfal
    Fernando Agurrie AKA Ferfal joins me on the show to talk about bugging out and relocating. Ferfal has already lived through the 2001 Economic Collapse in Argentina, so he speaks from a position of experience. We talk about Ferfal’s new […] ↓ Re…
    - 24 hours ago, 30 Jul 14, 5:24pm -
  • Podcast- Preppers and Patriots Expo
    Mike Slack is hosting the upcoming Patriots and Preppers Expo on August 16th and 17th in Springfield Missouri. He joins us on the show today to give us a sneak peak  and share some great prepper wisdom.     Today’s […] ↓ Read the rest of thi…
    - 4 days ago, 28 Jul 14, 2:21am -
  • Sunday Prepper Bible Study- John 16:33
    “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 Eschatology is the study of the End Times […] ↓ Read the rest of this ent…
    - 5 days ago, 27 Jul 14, 4:18am -
  • Friday Night at The Movies- After Armageddon
    After Armageddon is a great TEOTWAWKI scenario produced by the History Channel. It points out how important it is to stock up on antibiotics while they are still available.  Enjoy the show! Make sure you stop by the Prepper Recon Supply […] ↓ R…
    - 6 days ago, 25 Jul 14, 2:09pm -
  • Podcast-AR-15 vs AK-47 with Joel Edwards of The Working Man’s Armory
    Joel Edwards of The Working Man’s Armory joins me on the show today to talk about battle rifles. We discuss the age old question of AR-15 or AK-47 as well as AK-74s. For 299 Day’s fans, Joel is building a […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry...T…
    - 9 days ago, 23 Jul 14, 3:05am -
  • Podcast- Building the Bug Out Bag with Sandi Bird Aldridge
    Sandi Bird Aldridge, the author of The Amateur Prepper’s Pocket Guide to Creating an Emergency Plan joins me on the show today. We cover everything from building the perfect bug out bag to couponing for long term food storage.   […] ↓ Read the…
    - 11 days ago, 21 Jul 14, 2:37am -
  • Sunday Prepper Bible Study- Joshua 6-7

    - 12 days ago, 20 Jul 14, 12:33am -
  • Friday Night at The Movies- The Day After
    Tonight’s movie is a classic from 1983. The Day After portrays a nuclear attack on America. It was a made-for-TV movie, but it is pretty well written. The blast footage is very well done, especially given the technology they were […] ↓ Read the…
    - 13 days ago, 18 Jul 14, 3:50pm -
  • Podcast- Prepper Fatigue with Jim Thompson
    Jim Thompson, who is currently producing the on-going Summer of Survival series of free Webinars, joins me on the show today to talk about prepper fatigue. Some preppers have been at it for decades. They’ve been stocked up and watching […] ↓ Re…
    - 16 days ago, 16 Jul 14, 1:42am -
  • Podcast- Archery and Prepping with Scott Moore
    Scott Moore of WACoutdoors.com joins me on the show today to talk about all things archery. Scott is a long-time bow hunter  and archery competitor. Scott has several outdoor retreats and classes that cover bushcraft and archery each fall. Go […]…
    - 18 days ago, 14 Jul 14, 1:28am -

Preparedness is Fundamental

  • One Spectacular Homestead
    One of the nice things about owning a blog is you can break your own rules. Normally I wouldn’t post something like this, but if any of my readers are looking, this appears to be one of the nicest, and … Continue reading →
    - 56 days ago, 5 Jun 14, 9:05pm -
  • Updates on BioChar, Potato Columns, Composting, tomatoes, free wheelbarrows and barrels
    It has been a while since I’ve had a post, not because I lack projects, on the contrary, I actually have dozens of what I consider, useful ideas. The problem is I don’t have a lot of time for shooting … Continue reading →
    - 85 days ago, 7 May 14, 6:03am -
  • Cordless Drill Soap
    I’ve always contended that our forefathers forgot more than most of us will ever know. Things like canning, sewing and soap making were just another chore. Most people think that these old arts are too hard to master. I don’t … Continue reading…
    - 18 Mar 14, 5:55am -
  • A Very Nice Non- Electric Hydroponic Vegetable Producing Container for under a Buck.
    This year I’m trying several new methods of growing veggies to see what works best for my locale. One of the neatest setups I’ve seen is the Kratky method of hydroponic growing. The biggest expense is buying or building containers to grow … C…
    - 4 Mar 14, 5:27am -
  • The Underestimated Prep
    It’s right up there with food, water and shelter, and yet it’s perhaps one of the most under addressed preps there is. You need it for chores, security, cooking, eating and on a psychological plane; it goes a long way … Continue reading →
    - 28 Feb 14, 5:18am -
  • How to Light and Cook on a Rocket Stove
    Rocket stoves are relatively new to prepping, and as such, there is a dearth of information when it comes to using them. The fact is, there are a lot of great stoves available and they are not only incredibly simple … Continue reading →
    - 15 Feb 14, 4:58pm -
  • Bright Idea for Preppers
    If you’ve read any of my posts, you know how emphatic I am about the need for plenty of renewable light for disasters, civil unrest, outages or WTSHTF. It is up there with food and water in my book, so … Continue reading →
    - 7 Feb 14, 7:03pm -
  • A Boomers Lament
    Perhaps one of the most difficult aspects of being a baby boomer in this (it grieves me to even write it) formerly great country, was growing up in a country that wasn’t just exceptional, it was spectacular. We would go … Continue reading →
    - 4 Feb 14, 3:09pm -
  • A Solar Powered Compost Tumbler for Under $5.00
    I am a scrounge. I can’t stand to see all of the waste that goes on around us, so I try and salvage and re-purpose items that are headed for the landfills and turn them into useful items. Gardens love … Continue reading →
    - 2 Feb 14, 5:27pm -
  • New Heavy Duty Multi Fuel Prepper Stove Cooks Full Size Meals
    Having the ability to cook full size family meals, boil water and grill during a power outage, disaster or in the rough is essential. Unfortunately, stoves that require propane, butane, electricity or gas will be worthless the instant you run … Con…
    - 24 Jan 14, 2:54pm -

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