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  • newNotes for Thursday – September 18, 2014
    The 18th of September is Chilean Independence Day. On this day, in 1810, Chile declared independence from Spain. o o o Today, we present another entry for Round 54 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The $12,100+ worth of prizes for this…
    - 31 mins ago, 18 Sep 14, 4:54am -
  • newMulti-Species Rotational Grazing to Maximize Food and Income in a TEOTWAWKI World, by J.B.
    When new preppers begin planning their retreat or bug-out location they often first visualize an abundant garden, overflowing with fruit and vegetables, and focus their food production efforts on learning to garden. This is a wise approach indeed, bu…
    - 31 mins ago, 18 Sep 14, 4:54am -
  • newLetter: Ebola and Hajj
    Last year more than two million Muslims from all over the world performed hajj, or travel to Mecca, to participate in the Muslim rituals there. People are in close contact, often shoulder to shoulder and even stepping on each other, for several days…
    - 32 mins ago, 18 Sep 14, 4:53am -
  • newEconomics and Investing:
    The NEXT Reserve Currency o o o Why King Coal Will Keep Its Crown. – J.S. o o o Items from Mr. Econocobas: Fed Officials Predict Fed Funds Rate to Rise to 1.375% End-2015 Fed Keeps ‘Considerable Time’ Pledge as Growth ‘Moderate’ Europe’s…
    - 33 mins ago, 18 Sep 14, 4:52am -
  • newOdds ‘n Sods:
    Ol’ Remus at noted: “In the dull light of the woods, crisp new cammies are easier to spot than the somewhat faded cammies typical of military surplus. And Flecktarn may be slightly less visible than Woodland.” JWR Adds: But b…
    - 33 mins ago, 18 Sep 14, 4:52am -
  • newHugh’s Quote of the Day:
    “…Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or abolish it, and institute ne…
    - 34 mins ago, 18 Sep 14, 4:51am -
  • Notes for Wednesday – September 17, 2014
    Today, September 17th, we celebrate Constitution Day in these United States. o o o Today, we present another entry for Round 54 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The $12,100+ worth of prizes for this round include: First Prize: A Gunsi…
    - 1 day ago, 17 Sep 14, 2:34am -
  • Two Forever Foods, by Northern Forager
    Disclaimer: The author and SurvivalBlog take no responsibility for the information or use of information resulting in or from the following article. This article is intended for informational purposes only. There is a world of food that exists outsid…
    - 1 day ago, 17 Sep 14, 2:32am -
  • Letter Re: What Retail Might Look Like at TEOTWAWKI
    Dear Sir, I feel like I have some insight to add to Jacob’s post about what retail may look like post disaster. I manage a warehouse for a DSD (direct store delivery) company. Here’s just a little bit of insight into what that is, since not every…
    - 1 day ago, 17 Sep 14, 2:31am -
  • Economics and Investing:
    Poor Americans carry a record level of debt leverage o o o The Irrational Fear Of Deflation o o o Items from Mr. Econocobas: Draghi Prods Euro Area to Ready Ground for Economic Boost Scotland Prepares For Bank Runs; ‘Quietly’ Sends Millions Of Ba…
    - 1 day ago, 17 Sep 14, 2:31am -


More Than Just Surviving

  • Nite Ize DoohicKey QuicKey and SkullKey Tool Review

    Nite Ize DoohicKey QuicKey and SkullKey Tool Review

    Coming hot on the heels of the Nite Ize Doohickey key tool review, here is another mini multi-tool widget-thingy created by Nite Ize for us to play around with. In this review are both the QuicKey and SkullKey, but besides the stylistic diffe…
    - 1 day ago, 16 Sep 14, 6:00pm -
  • Knife Drop: A Few Too Many Spydercos

    Knife Drop: A Few Too Many Spydercos

    That’s a good chunk of the Spydercos Thomas and I own. There are a few more still mint in boxes, and I’m guessing a few at the bottom of pockets/purses or lying around on desks/nightstands. Yes, our collection of Spydercos is probably a…
    - 4 days ago, 13 Sep 14, 8:30pm -
  • Advil, Tylenol, or Aspirin?

    Advil, Tylenol, or Aspirin?

    Since Advil, Tylenol, and Aspirin are all common pain-relieving medications, it can be pretty confusing remembering all the differences between them. While many will admit they know the three medications don’t all work the same way, not…
    - 5 days ago, 12 Sep 14, 7:00pm -
  • Opinel No. 8 Traditional Pocket Knife Review

    Opinel No. 8 Traditional Pocket Knife Review

    Opinel has been producing knives much longer than the majority of present-day knife manufacturers: they started in 1890 with a distinctive sense of style and function and haven’t stopped since. The Opinel No. 8 is by far their most popular…
    - 9 days ago, 8 Sep 14, 7:30pm -
  • September 2014 EDC Pocket Dump

    September 2014 EDC Pocket Dump

    1. Paul Smith Leather Bifold Wallet 2. Olympus XZ1 Digital Camera 3. Benchmade Griptilian 551 Folding EDC Knife 4. Leatherman Style CS Multi-Tool 5. Inova XP LED Flashlight – Not yet released; review sample. 6. Victorinox Red Classic Sw…
    - 11 days ago, 6 Sep 14, 6:30pm -
  • Benchmade Griptilian 551 Folding EDC Knife Review

    Benchmade Griptilian 551 Folding EDC Knife Review

    The Benchmade Griptilian has been a mainstay in the Benchmade catalog for many years, and its reputation as an excellent EDC knife has always been touted. It’s an extremely utilitarian knife, both practical and neutral from top to bottom,…
    - 15 days ago, 2 Sep 14, 5:30pm -
  • August 2014 EDC Purse Dump

    August 2014 EDC Purse Dump

    1. Gerber Shard Keychain Tool – Review. 2. Keys on Zinc-Galvanized Steel Carabiner 3. Titanium “Bamboo” Kubaton 4. Silver Ring – Unknown origins. 5. G-10 Single Nuko Tools Punchring 6. CRKT Ripple Folding EDC Knife – Review.This is…
    - 18 days ago, 30 Aug 14, 6:00pm -
  • 10 Self-Sufficiency Skills That Will Save You a Bundle

    10 Self-Sufficiency Skills That Will Save You a Bundle

    Preppers often teach themselves self-sufficiency skills solely based on the premise that if the SHTF they’ll find themselves wishing they’d taken the time to learn those skills.  Yet there are many self-sufficiency skills that, once lear…
    - 20 days ago, 28 Aug 14, 5:45pm -
  • What’s the Best Way to Sharpen Stainless Steel Knives? [RQ#2]

    What’s the Best Way to Sharpen Stainless Steel Knives? [RQ#2]

    John’s Knife Sharpening Question Well, I have one question. It’s a timeless one, so there must be lots of good answers.Is there a best way to sharpen most any (non-serrated blade) stainless steel knife?Carbon steel blades seem easy to sha…
    - 28 days ago, 21 Aug 14, 3:00pm -
  • Nite Ize Doohickey Key Tool Review

    Nite Ize Doohickey Key Tool Review

    After reviewing the Gerber Shard I found myself getting really into small multi tools and widgets as a viable concept for everyday carry. The Nite Ize Doohickey is the latest addition to my widget roster, but there are definitely more to com…
    - 31 days ago, 18 Aug 14, 4:00pm -

Patriot Rising

  • newEscape a Sinking Car
    Escape a Sinking Car By: Matt Stevens , September 17, 2014 Car accidents can be extremely gruesome, with the passengers being stuck in the car in a variety of ways. While cars are designed to protect the passengers as much as possible, high velocity…
    - 10 hours ago, 17 Sep 14, 7:10pm -
  • new7 Tips for Surviving a Mob of Looters
    How To Deal With Looters 1. Control Your Emotions – Unlike the looters, you need to have self-discipline and be able to control your emotions. If you’re walking down the street and you see guys running out of Best Buy with TVs in their arms, ju…
    - 10 hours ago, 17 Sep 14, 7:04pm -
  • Mindful Preparation: Surviving Traumatic Events starts with Developing the Right Mindset
    Often when you read about survival, you usually read about things like gear, survival skills and emergency planning; while those things are extremely important, and will make surviving a lot easier, there’s one thing that’s often overlooked that…
    - 1 day ago, 16 Sep 14, 10:25pm -
  • Learning to Overcome Prepper Procrastination
    Procrastination is a trait that we all share.  For some, procrastination means putting off tasks or chores that are tedious, time-consuming, or simply downright boring.  To others, it means never quite getting to the task list because there are oth…
    - 2 days ago, 15 Sep 14, 9:18pm -
  • Mock nuclear explosion drill being conducted next week
    Emergency planners look to prepare for worst case scenarios Emergency planners are preparing for the worst next Tuesday and Wednesday.   Regional West Medical Center [in Scottsbluff, Nebraska] is participating in a 21 – agency emergency disaster n…
    - 2 days ago, 15 Sep 14, 8:23pm -
  • Survival in a Foreign Land: How to Make it Through the Jungle Alive
    By Common Sense Prepper – Prepared For That There is a definite sense of comfort in surviving a disaster safely in your home surrounded by all of your supplies and in a climate you understand. However, there is also a need to learn how to surviv…
    - 2 days ago, 15 Sep 14, 6:22pm -
  • Simple Gas Storage Rotation Plan
    Most people would agree that it is good to have some spare fuel stored for the off chance that you might need it in an emergency. Extra fuel can be used to power generators and refill your car. Your extra fuel for your vehicle might be needed to keep…
    - 2 days ago, 15 Sep 14, 6:15pm -
  • Preparing For Winter in 2014
    The word is, that this years winter in the United states is going to be brutal compared to what we have been getting the last several years. It is suppose to hit us a lot earlier as well. My sourcessay the end of September or early October. Accordin…
    - 2 days ago, 15 Sep 14, 6:12pm -
  • How to Make Tear Gas
    Tear gas can be  a valuable tool to keep crowds away from your home during civil unrest. At the moment, it can be legally purchased, but during a grid-down scenario or in the event that laws are changed, that may not be an option so learning how to…
    - 2 days ago, 15 Sep 14, 6:04pm -
  • Is Stored Water Safe After One Year?
    I received an email asking my opinion regarding the safety of drinking water that has been stored for a year under specific conditions that include being exposed to higher than normal temperatures during the summer. Here is the question and my answer…
    - 2 days ago, 15 Sep 14, 5:53pm -

Destiny Survival

  • Buy Emergency Foods–I’ve Tried It, Now You Can Win It!
    A few weeks ago I was contacted by a representative with with an offer. If I would try one of their sample packs and let you know my evaluation, they’d give you the chance to win free food. So I’ve tried it, and now you can…
    - 2 days ago, 16 Sep 14, 12:51pm -
  • Getting Your Papers in Order is an Important Part of Preparedness
    It’s true. It’s overlooked by many of us. Or we just plain procrastinate. But getting your papers in order is an important part of preparedness. We take for granted things like financial and medical records, partly because we figure we’ll alway…
    - 7 days ago, 11 Sep 14, 1:10pm -
  • Saving Money on Your Homestead
    You don’t have to be a homesteader to benefit from tips on saving money. But if you’re living the rural life, it’s even more helpful when you can get insights from others who are doing it, too, because some things are unique to the homesteading…
    - 9 days ago, 9 Sep 14, 1:31pm -
  • Prepper Camp Will Move Your Family Forward on the Journey to Preparedness
    Do you enjoy the scenery of the great outdoors? Do you enjoy camping out with your family? Do you want your family to be better prepared? There’s a way to do all three. It’s Prepper Camp, and it will move your family forward on the journey to pre…
    - 14 days ago, 4 Sep 14, 1:05pm -
  • Eating Weeds for Survival – Check Out This Helpful Resource on Wild Edible Plants
    Eating weeds for survival seems to be getting a little more favorable consideration these days. But if you don’t think things are desperate enough for you to eat weeds, just wait. Or think of it this way. If you’re gardening, it’s likely you’…
    - 16 days ago, 2 Sep 14, 1:37pm -
  • What if Our Prepping is for Nothing?
    What if our prepping is for nothing? Wouldn’t it be great if all the steps you and I have been taking toward preparedness proved to be mere mental exercises? And wouldn’t it be great if the prepping supplies we’ve purchased are things we’re g…
    - 23 days ago, 26 Aug 14, 1:10pm -
  • Perceptions About Preppers –You Can Make a Difference
    Michael Mills is a Ph.D. candidate and Assistant Lecturer in the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research at University of Kent (England). He is undertaking 3 years of research on the preparedness community in America and Britain. In th…
    - 30 days ago, 19 Aug 14, 1:06pm -
  • Summer Vacation Time for DestinySurvival Radio
    Starting this week, it’s summer vacation time for DestinySurvival Radio. I’m taking the rest of the month off from doing the show, and I’ll resume some time in September. This is the first time in more than three and a half years of doing Desti…
    - 35 days ago, 14 Aug 14, 1:21pm -
  • Keeping Your Camp Site Safe
    Whether you’re enjoying a camp out with the family or hunting for that big buck with a group of guys in the fall, you want to make sure you’re keeping your camp site safe. “Backwoods Home Magazine” for July/August, 2014, (Issue #148) includes…
    - 37 days ago, 12 Aug 14, 1:24pm -
  • Keeping Clean and Staying Healthy When There’s No FEMA–Part 2
    In this week’s DestinySurvival Radio, I conclude my two part conversation on hygiene and good health with Richard Bryant, author of When There is No FEMA. If you missed Part 1, find it here. Keeping clean and staying healthy when there’s no FEMA…
    - 42 days ago, 7 Aug 14, 1:14pm -

Libertarian Rantfest

  • newNote: Correspondences and Due Out's
    Over the next few days I may be slow about responding to emails and completing various due out's. Please bear with me.
    - 12 hours ago, 17 Sep 14, 5:01pm -
  • newTacticool Magazine
    Max Velocity brought to my awareness 'Tacticool Magazine'. I am not quite sure what to think of that. However Matt of MBest11X who is simultaneously a real deal Ranger Regiment vet and a hilarious youtuber is on the front page.  Matt's video on pre…
    - 13 hours ago, 17 Sep 14, 3:57pm -
  • Things On My Mind
    1) Adjusting my systems to factor in both rural and urban type considerations. Having system(s) that will work if I get stuck in the woods or have to crash land in a city. Obviously regional considerations apply. Zero in Montana does not need subway…
    - 1 day ago, 17 Sep 14, 1:38am -
  • Admin Note- Save It If You Want It
    Hey, I am going to be doing some more admin and formatting type stuff on the blog in the near future. If there are older articles (say past a year) that you want I would recommend saving them in the next few days. Cannot promise much on availability…
    - 2 days ago, 16 Sep 14, 1:00am -
  • Tab Clearing: Caches and Go Bags
    Constructing and Finding CachesThe Go Bag
    - 4 days ago, 14 Sep 14, 3:00pm -
  • Train With Max Velocity This Fall: 28 SEP 6 Day Course
    Spaces Available: Sept 28 6 Day + Combat LifesaverPosted: 12 Sep 2014 02:37 PM PDTI have four spaces available on the September 28 – October 3 6 day combined CRCD / Combat Patrol Class. This class is also running Combat Lifesaver (TC3) on September…
    - 4 days ago, 13 Sep 14, 6:20pm -
  • Chainsaw Bleg
    So I need a chain saw. The concept of use is to do occasional yard stuff, cut firewood in modest quantities (say a couple cords a year) and potentially be used to clear down trees after storms. I am not looking to get one with gold plated diamonds bu…
    - 5 days ago, 13 Sep 14, 1:00pm -
  • Quote of the Day
    "Those Chinese must be so busy, they make everything."-Nephew
    - 5 days ago, 13 Sep 14, 3:41am -
  • Friday Music- Edge of a Revolution

    - 5 days ago, 12 Sep 14, 10:10pm -
  • What Did You Do To Prepare This Week?
    Purchased a Kahr CW9. Should be a very nice CCW pistol.Incidentally the shop had .22lr CCI Mini Mags so I picked up #100 rounds of those.  Haven't seen them at sane retail prices in 18-24 months. If/ when things in the .22lr market get unscrewed I a…
    - 6 days ago, 12 Sep 14, 3:37am -

Dr. Bones & Nurse Amy

  • Ebola: Does It Matter?
    A number of my recent articles have concentrated on the epidemic of Ebola hemorrhagic fever in West Africa. Ebola is a highly contagious viral illness first identified in Central Africa in 1976. It’s known for a high death rate and no cure or vacci…
    - 2 days ago, 16 Sep 14, 12:08pm -
  • 13 Foods That Can Help Diabetics
    One of the most-frequently asked questions I get regarding medical preparedness is about diabetes. Insulin, as it come in liquid for, doesn’t maintain its potency after its expiration dates very well. This is all well and good in normal times, but…
    - 8 days ago, 10 Sep 14, 12:10pm -
  • Medical Supplies, Part 4: Open/Bleeding Wounds
    The injury that most non-professionals are most fearful of is the open, often bleeding, wound. With the right supplies, however, even heavy bleeding can be staunched successfully. A discussion of the procedure for stopping hemorrhage in a wound can b…
    - 10 days ago, 8 Sep 14, 12:11pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Lyme Disease, Depression
    In this episode of the Doom and Bloom(tm) Survival Medicine Hour, Joe and Amy Alton, aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, discuss tick-borne Lyme Disease and the tendency of doctors to miss the diagnosis.  Also, the common survival issue of depression is re…
    - 11 days ago, 6 Sep 14, 7:17pm -
  • Video: Earthquakes with Dr. Bones
    In his latest video, Joe Alton, M.D., aka Dr. Bones, discusses how to keep your family safe during and after an earthquake, and how to prepare for it.  Companion video to his Earthquake Safety article for the visual learners in the audience! To watc…
    - 14 days ago, 4 Sep 14, 2:59am -
  • Enterovirus 68
    (Update: 10 states are investigating outbreaks of respiratory disease in children, including one that has hospitalized 400-500 kids in Denver, Colorado)   There is currently an outbreak of a virus called Enterovirus 68 in the Kansas City area. This…
    - 16 days ago, 2 Sep 14, 4:47pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Earthquakes, Wounds, 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 earthquake safety, making your own sterile saline for wound care, the plight of pollinators like Monarch butterflies, ebola upda…
    - 19 days ago, 30 Aug 14, 12:10pm -
  • Multitools As Medical Items
    (Dr. Bones says:  We enjoy hearing from promising writers in the field of preparedness and survival, and today we publish a guest post from our friend Morry Banes of  Morry takes the versatile multitool and discusses its use…
    - 20 days ago, 29 Aug 14, 12:15pm -
  • Video: SURVIVAL! Solo Play

    - 21 days ago, 28 Aug 14, 2:34pm -
  • Earthquake Safety
    The recent earthquake in California wasn’t THE big one, but it was a big one. With damage to infrastructure, buildings, and homes, it underscores just how vulnerable we are to major tremors. The question is: How can you protect yourself and your fa…
    - 24 days ago, 25 Aug 14, 12:05pm -

Survivalist Blog

  • newQuestion About Employment in Rural Areas From Mark H
    Dear M.D. and the Wolf Pack – I would like to move my family to a rural area, but the one problem with rural areas is the lack of jobs and the fact the what jobs they are available there are given to locals. So it’s hard for new folks moving to t…
    - 15 hours ago, 17 Sep 14, 2:37pm -
  • newThe American Survivalist
    If you’re reading this blog you feel the need to prepare to take care of yourself in case of disaster. And you should! Because the state and federal governments will not be coming to your rescue in the case of a national emergency. A small local em…
    - 16 hours ago, 17 Sep 14, 1:30pm -
  • newWednesday Miscellany News Brief
    Obama, the divider - “Wasn’t it already obvious to most people – since he’s been in office he has been fostering the division of the country by skin color, religious beliefs, and wealth. He shines a new light on the democrat “donkey” and…
    - 16 hours ago, 17 Sep 14, 1:14pm -
  • Conflicted Tuesday
    Economic collapse has happened and government forces are seizing all resources and searching the country for all nonconformists. You lead a well hidden and prepared group of about forty. About a month ago, the group added a small family of four and n…
    - 2 days ago, 16 Sep 14, 12:10pm -
  • 12 Articles That Will Help You Prep Better
    I was going through some of our older articles (and some not so old) and thought that it would be a good idea to mention those here again with a link for all of our new readers and subscribers, so that they can read those for themselves. I hope that…
    - 2 days ago, 15 Sep 14, 10:52pm -
  • Quotes
    America isn’t just a spot of dirt with some people living on it, it’s a concept and a way of life that was laid out in the Constitution and Bill of Rights, and anyone taking away or altering those sacred rights is threatening America just as sure…
    - 3 days ago, 15 Sep 14, 2:55pm -
  • So You Think You’re Ready to Bug Out?
    Like many others out there, at the beginning of my prepping journey, I felt the pressure to bug out at the first sign of trouble. Since then my prepping has evolved into a bug in philosophy, however, I still employ get home bags. The plan for my fa…
    - 3 days ago, 15 Sep 14, 2:28pm -
  • Dog Training for Security and Survival
    So many people own a dog but have done little or nothing in regards to training. Most dogs sit or give there paw. Most will bark at noises outside or at strangers but this is instinctive and in regards to protecting " their territory" as well as the…
    - 3 days ago, 15 Sep 14, 2:16pm -
  • Monday Miscellany News Brief
    What We’re Afraid to Say About Ebola : I’ve been telling people about the potential of Ebola going airborne, and a lot people said; that I was a crazy, fear-monger – well now that the New York Times is now saying what I was saying over a month…
    - 3 days ago, 15 Sep 14, 2:08pm -
  • What Did You Do To Prep This Week?
    Well here we are again, with another week of prepping under our belts – I hope that everyone has done at least one this week, no matter how small, to be better prepared for the awful events that are getting ready to happen. It isn’t going to be f…
    - 5 days ago, 13 Sep 14, 1:12pm -

American Preppers Network

  • newDriving in a Winter Wonderland: 5 Ways to Prepare Your Car for Winter
    Icy pavement accounts for 154,580 crashes annually, while snow and slushy pavement cause 175,233 crashes, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. But accidents can be avoided with proper planning and winterization. Proper planning means h…
    - 15 hours ago, 17 Sep 14, 2:46pm -
  • Nuclear Powers, the Rise in the Middle-East and the New Bomb
    (Editorial note: Article & Video is the opinion of the author.) “History shows the folly in hoping that each new, more destructive weapon will not be used. And yet we dare to hope that this time it will be different. We, and the Soviets have amasse…
    - 2 days ago, 16 Sep 14, 1:44pm -
  • Update: Monsoon Kills Nearly 500 People
    September 15, 2014 nearly 500 people have been killed across Northern India and Pakistan. Flooding in a village south of Srinagar, India leaves women and children scavenging through their destroyed homes while thousands are stranded. “Massive de-wa…
    - 2 days ago, 16 Sep 14, 1:00pm -
  • Preparing For Winter in 2014
    The word is, that this years winter in the United states is going to be brutal compared to what we have been getting the last several years. It is suppose to hit us a lot earlier as well. My sources say the end of September or early October. Accordin…
    - 8 days ago, 10 Sep 14, 4:59pm -
  • I-15 Flooding Hero Saves Elderly Couple From Horrible Death!
    Brave or Stupid? Man jumps into flood waters to save elderly couple as it plunges over a ravine!The post I-15 Flooding Hero Saves Elderly Couple From Horrible Death! appeared first on American Preppers Network.
    - 8 days ago, 9 Sep 14, 6:31pm -
  • CS Magnum Kukri Machete Product Review
    Originally Published on the APN Product Review Blog was most gracious in donating the Cold Steel Magnum Machete for this review, be sure to check out their great selection of knives & edged weaponry. There’s few who doubt the need fo…
    - 9 days ago, 9 Sep 14, 11:28am -
  • Dare Devil Runs Into Outback Tornado for a Quick Selfie
    In this video titled “Crazy Guy Runs Into Outback Tornado To Take Selfie,” we witness what seems to be quite a daring stunt performed by a “crazy guy,” who heroically runs into what he thinks is a tornado. Fortunately for the man in the video…
    - 9 days ago, 9 Sep 14, 3:52am -
  • Communicate Off the Grid with Satellite Phones
    It seems like hardly a week goes by without news of another cyber threat that has compromised a supposedly secure website. The people responsible for these hacks aren’t the only ones we should be watching, however. The bigger threat for the average…
    - 10 days ago, 7 Sep 14, 6:56pm -
  • Missing Planes in Libya, 9/11 fears, and what you can do about it
    With all of the recent troubles, a world that is content on fighting, missing planes in Libya, hijack attempts, bomb hoax’s, and the threat from terrorist attack, travel agents and flight companies around the world have reported large numbers of pe…
    - 11 days ago, 6 Sep 14, 11:33pm -
  • Best 6 Tips For Group Traveling
    You will be hard pressed to find a person, man or woman, who does not like to travel. Traveling gives you the options to explore new places, their culture, marvel at natural beauty and soothe your mind weary of domestic chores. However, the joy and e…
    - 11 days ago, 6 Sep 14, 6:41pm -

Survival Gear

Backdoor Survival

  • newFast Track Tip #10: 8 Uncommon First Aid Items
    Generally speaking, I have a fairly decent first aid kit.  It includes everything from a large variety of bandages to pain killers, antibiotics, essential oils, trauma supplies, first aid books, and equipment such as braces, splints and a blood pre…
    - 21 hours ago, 17 Sep 14, 8:00am -
  • Learning to Overcome Prepper Procrastination
    Procrastination is a trait that we all share.  For some, procrastination means putting off tasks or chores that are tedious, time-consuming, or simply downright boring.  To others, it means never quite getting to the task list because there are ot…
    - 3 days ago, 15 Sep 14, 8:00am -
  • The Sunday Survival Buzz #134
    Welcome to this week’s all new Sunday Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.I love that we use the Sunday Survival Buzz to share what we have been up to this past week.  I have to tell you…
    - 4 days ago, 14 Sep 14, 8:00am -
  • Summer 2014 Book Festival: The Provident Prepper + Giveaway
    Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the Summer 2014 Backdoor Survival Book Festival.  Kylene and Jonathan Jones, the authors of The Provident Prepper: A Common-Sense Guide to Preparing for Emergencies are here to answer some que…
    - 5 days ago, 13 Sep 14, 8:00am -
  • Friday Flash Giveaway: Rivers by Michael Farris Smith
    Today I am taking a break from the usual Friday fare to host a “Flash Giveaway”.  What the heck is that?  By my own definition, a flash giveaway is a short-term, three day giveaway promotion that I pop into the schedule when preps, life, and s…
    - 6 days ago, 12 Sep 14, 8:00am -
  • Propane for Preppers – Part Two
    How much do you really know about storing and using propane?  If you are like most folks, you open the valve on your tank and for all intents and purposes, you have fuel.  In the Backdoor Survival series, Propane for Preppers, we are going to unra…
    - 8 days ago, 10 Sep 14, 8:00am -
  • 12 Months of Prepping: Month Eight
    You may be familiar with the saying “behind the eight ball”.  This idiom implies that you are in a tough, difficult or losing position from which it is unlikely to escape.Now surely that is not someplace that any of us wants to be and for that…
    - 10 days ago, 8 Sep 14, 8:00am -
  • The Sunday Survival Buzz #133
    Welcome to this week’s all new Sunday Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.My own preps; let me see.  Actually, you should see my dining table which is covered with all of the stuff I rec…
    - 11 days ago, 7 Sep 14, 8:00am -
  • Summer 2014 Book Festival: Forsaking Home by A. American + Giveaway
    The Summer 2014 Backdoor Survival Book Festival continues.  This time, A. American is back for another interview plus, he is giving away his complete four book Survivalist Series to one lucky Backdoor Survival reader.For those of you that are not…
    - 12 days ago, 6 Sep 14, 8:00am -
  • Gear Review: SunJack Portable Solar Charger + Giveaway
    With our reliance on portable electronics, a huge concern is what will we do when the power is out and our batteries are dead?This is true not only for our phones which provide a vital link to the outside world, but for our tablets, and electronic…
    - 13 days ago, 5 Sep 14, 8:00am -

Backwoods Survival Blog

  • Product Review: Utilitech LED Lantern
    Not a great deal to say about this product. How much can one really say about a lantern? The label lists it as producing up to 300 lumens of light, and one thing I can say about it: it's bright. In fact, the highest setting is almost too bright. I ac…
    - 21 days ago, 27 Aug 14, 6:43pm -
  • Don't You Believe It
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    - 21 days ago, 27 Aug 14, 6:19pm -
  • 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…
    - 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…
    - 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 -

Bug Out Survival

  • Book Giveaway Signup Link
    Yesterday I posted an announcement of a book giveaway for ten copies of Refuge After the Collapse (the sequel to The Pulse).  Many of you who follow this blog have signed up for the giveaway using the embedded signup form I included at the bottom o…
    - 19 days ago, 29 Aug 14, 9:39pm -
  • Book Giveaway: Refuge After the Collapse
    I have word from the publisher that copies of Refuge have shipped from the printer to the warehouse, so the book should be showing up for sale soon, though the official release date is still posted on Amazon and other sites as September 23. I should…
    - 20 days ago, 29 Aug 14, 1:42am -
  • Polar Pure is Available Again!
    Back in January, 2010, I posted a review of one of my favorite water purification methods: Polar Pure Water Disinfectant.  You can read the article for all the details of why I like this iodine purification method so much, and how I've tested it in…
    - 29 days ago, 19 Aug 14, 9:34pm -
  • Refuge (Book II of The Pulse Series)
    Just a quick update on the expected availability of Refuge which I finished up in June.  My publisher has shipped the finalized files to the printer and I got word yesterday that copies will ship from the printer on August 21, which should put them…
    - 47 days ago, 1 Aug 14, 6:00pm -
  • 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…
    - 69 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…
    - 99 days ago, 10 Jun 14, 9:07pm -
  • Update on Review Copies and Giveaways
    I'm reposting this update from my main site, 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 -

Canadian Preppers Network

  • Movie Monday - Wartime Farm Part 5 of 8
    This Week On Movie MondayWartime Farm is an eight part documentary program originally aired on BBC2 in 2012.  Historian Ruth Goodman along with archeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn take over a farm in Hampshire, England.  The goal is to…
    - 2 days ago, 16 Sep 14, 1:00am -
  • Movie Monday - Wartime Farm Part 4 of 8
    This Week On Movie MondayWartime Farm is an eight part documentary program originally aired on BBC2 in 2012.  Historian Ruth Goodman along with archeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn take over a farm in Hampshire, England.  The goal is to…
    - 9 days ago, 9 Sep 14, 1:00am -
  • Movie Monday - Wartime Farm Part 3 of 8
    This Week On Movie MondayWartime Farm is an eight part documentary program originally aired on BBC2 in 2012.  Historian Ruth Goodman along with archeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn take over a farm in Hampshire, England.  The goal is to…
    - 16 days ago, 2 Sep 14, 1:00am -
  • Summer of Survival - Last Chance
    In case you haven't grabbedit yet I wanted to make sure you know the price on the Summer of SurvivalComplete Collection will jump from $69 to $129 Tomorrow (Wednesday)morning. Permanently.That means you have less than 24  hours to get over 36 hours…
    - 23 days ago, 26 Aug 14, 4:58pm -
  • Movie Monday - Wartime Farm Part 2 of 8
    This Week On Movie MondayWartime Farm is an eight part documentary program originally aired on BBC2 in 2012.  Historian Ruth Goodman along with archeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn take over a farm in Hampshire, England.  The goal is to…
    - 23 days ago, 26 Aug 14, 1:00am -
  • Fire Safety Drills And Procedures - Guest Post by Lee Flynn
    Emergency Safety Procedures Are Important - How To Use Fire Safety Drills And ProceduresA disaster can happen at any time. Most families have issues handling disasters, such as tornados and hurricanes. This is why an emergency plan is needed. An eff…
    - 29 days ago, 20 Aug 14, 3:25pm -
  • Movie Monday - Wartime Farm Part 1 of 8
    This Week On Movie MondayWartime Farm is an eight part documentary program originally aired on BBC2 in 2012.  Historian Ruth Goodman along with archeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn take over a farm in Hampshire, England.  The goal is to run…
    - 30 days ago, 19 Aug 14, 1:00am -
  • Introducing Movie Mondays on the CPN!
    Starting August 18, the Canadian Preppers Network will be presentingMOVIE MONDAYS!Movie Mondays is a project we have undertaken to show films, documentaries, commentaries, etc that relate in some way to the lifestyle of preparedness in the hopes tha…
    - 35 days ago, 14 Aug 14, 1:54pm -
  • Special Workshop With Cam & Michel Mather For CPN Members
    Does living off the grid interest you?  Would you like to grow your own food?  Maybe you're just looking to reduce your carbon footprint?If so, then this is definitely for you!The Living Sustainably and Independently, Ready for Rough Times, Hands…
    - 36 days ago, 13 Aug 14, 10:00am -
  • Does Archery have a place in a Preparedness/Survival scenario?
    Does Archery have a place in a Preparedness/Survival scenario?How to choose the proper Archery equipmentThe use of Archery equipment for Hunting/Food procurementThe use of Archery equipment from a Tactical perspectiveWhy Archery equipment can be bett…
    - 37 days ago, 12 Aug 14, 5:04pm -

Tactical Intelligence

  • Why Now Is the Time to Get Your Ham License
    Most preppers get the idea that communication is an important capability to have during an emergency. Despite this understanding though, few preppers have a solid communication plan in place beyond a few two-way walkie-talkie devices and the false h…
    - 25 days ago, 23 Aug 14, 11:58pm -
  • Product Review: SunJack Portable Solar Array
    For preppers, survivalists and others desiring to have other means of electricity when the grid goes down, solar has always been a valid means of off-grid power. And in recent years, there’s been significant advances and interest in portable solar…
    - 26 days ago, 23 Aug 14, 1:22pm -
  • Warning: The Coming Pandemic and How You can Prepare Yourself
    Back in 1995, Richard Preston wrote a #1 New York Time’s best-seller by the name of The Hot Zone which gave a startling view into the deadly seriousness and history of the Ebola Virus. It’s a truly horrifying disease: bleeding from the ears, eye…
    - 43 days ago, 6 Aug 14, 5:17pm -
  • The Humble Bow: The Ultimate SHTF Weapon?
    If you were in a SHTF situation, which one would you rather have – a bow or a firearm? Before you gun nuts (me included) start saying there is no contest, I thought I’d use this article to maybe not so much change your mind but to expand your un…
    - 49 days ago, 31 Jul 14, 5:24pm -
  • 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…
    - 55 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…
    - 61 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…
    - 70 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.
    - 71 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…
    - 79 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…
    - 82 days ago, 27 Jun 14, 7:14pm -

Off Grid Survival

Preparedness Videos

Haversack Kit Dave Canterbury, David Canterbury, The Pathfinder School,Bush Craft ,Survival skills, Historical Lore, Primitive Skills, Ar...
- 8 May 14, 6:41pm -
Commercial: Dave Canterbury "Makes fire with his beard"
Made by Brand New Telly: Dave Canterbury, David...
- 1 May 14, 9:39am -
Meat Preservation Concerns and Setting Snares Dave Canterbury, David Canterbury, The Pathfinder School,Bush Craft ,Survival skills, Historical Lore, Primitive Skills, Ar...
- 1 Feb 14, 3:04am -
Coyote It's whats for Lunch 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 Dave Canterbury, David Canterbury, The Pathfinder School,Bush Craft ,Survival skills, Historical Lore, Primitive Skills, Ar...
- 21 Jan 14, 6:23am -
Fatwood Collecting Processing Igniting 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 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 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 Dave Canterbury, David Canterbury, The Pathfinder School,Bush Craft ,Survival skills, Historical Lore, Primitive Skills, Ar...
- 10 Dec 13, 1:52am -
Jackknives and Base camp sharpening Dave Canterbury, David Canterbury, The Pathfinder School,Bush Craft ,Survival skills, Historical Lore, Primitive Skills, Ar...
- 1 Dec 13, 2:46pm -
Snares The Ugly Truth Modern Trapping Part 57 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 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 mathematics behind Σbola
    . . . something to keep @Bear up at night.In a worst-case hypothetical scenario, should the outbreak continue with recent trends, the case burden could gain an additional 77,181 to 277,124 cases by the end of 2014.Click to expand...If…
    - 5 mins ago, 18 Sep 14, 5:21am -
  • newGuns Don't Kill People, Bullets Do
    Does anyone else think this is akin to suing Dunkin Donuts for making people fat. Or how about suing Budweiser because some people drive drunk? When will these people realize it is not the machine it's the man? How about suing the school district a…
    - 5 mins ago, 18 Sep 14, 5:21am -
  • newPossible SHTF; Level One Fire Evacuation Notice
    We have been given a Level One evacuation notice. There's a fire on a nearby mountain that has grown to over 2,000 acres since starting yesterday and it's heading in our direction. There's a bunch of smoke and ash here and the wind is up. I'm praying…
    - 26 mins ago, 18 Sep 14, 5:00am -
  • newTrojan Targets Major US Banks
    Trojan Targets Major US BanksTinba Trojan Targets Major US Banks - Slashdot
    - 35 mins ago, 18 Sep 14, 4:51am -
  • newEbola patients to be flown to the US for treatment in specially designed DoD isolation chamber
    Ebola patients to be flown to the US for treatment in specially designed DoD isolation chamber.Medical evacuation planespecially designed DoD isolation chamberisolation chamber interiorAs we have been discussing for a few days, 2…
    - 2 hours ago, 18 Sep 14, 3:31am -
  • newGardening Plans For the Summer
    Curious what everyone's plan's are for the year with their gardens? Are you expanding your growing area, adding to you variety or doing anything fun with alternative crops such as hydroponics? I am doubling the space I used last year with the rais…
    - 2 hours ago, 18 Sep 14, 3:08am -
  • newSituational Awareness - Flash mob attacks at grocery store
    Personal security, and that of your family is paramount to survival. Here in Memphis last weekend there was a "flash mob" that attacked 4 people (originally reported as 3, but since upgraded to 4).Situational awareness – knowing what is going on…
    - 3 hours ago, 18 Sep 14, 2:01am -
  • newGuns Don't Kill People, Doctors Do
    The fact is that you are, I don't recall correctly but many times more likely to die from medical malpractice than from a gunshot. But that isn't what I mean by the title.I was aware of the link between mass killings and psychiatric drugs but I was…
    - 4 hours ago, 18 Sep 14, 1:12am -
  • newMoonshine
    George Washington, our first president was a home distiller of alcoholic spirits. Fact!.Why and how did we get to the point where it is the crime it is today..I have started this thread due to my interest in this issue as a skill to hone for the…
    - 5 hours ago, 18 Sep 14, 12:25am -
  • newMonkey Ham Contact Freqs
    We know that the spectrum is pretty wide, and it would take an unreal stroke of luck to find a frequency with a Monkey on the air when/if the SHTF. Methinks that to make life simpler in a potentially stressful situation, it might be a good idea to s…
    - 5 hours ago, 18 Sep 14, 12:12am -

Preparedness Pro

  • Meatball Soup Recipe
    Meatball Soup Recipe -- By Kellene Bishop One thing I love about my good friend Shawna is that she has a lot of good recipes that are easy, delicious and can easily be adapted to be made from your preparedness food pantry.  She has shared quit…
    - 9 days ago, 9 Sep 14, 1:39am -
  • Preparedness 101: The Rule of Three
    One of the fundamentals for being prepared for all that life throws at us is having what we really need, when we really need it--and having a back-up.  I accomplish a lifestyle of Panic Free Preparedness by living by the Rule of Three. The Rule…
    - 14 days ago, 4 Sep 14, 7:15am -
  • Second Deadly Shooting by Police in MO This Week
    Another St. Louis Police shooting of a black man just 5 miles away from the Ferguson, MO shooting that's the cause of so much unrest this week. (WARNING: You can watch it on mute and see what happens just fine, but if you watch it with sound there is…
    - 25 days ago, 23 Aug 14, 9:51pm -
  • What You Need to Know About Lice
    What You Need to Know About Lice-- By Guest Contributor Jackie K.  What I know now, compared to what I knew in January of 2010, are worlds apart.  If you’ve never had the pleasure of being exposed to lice, count your blessing.  I never expe…
    - 48 days ago, 1 Aug 14, 7:06am -
  • Media 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…
    - 49 days 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…
    - 64 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…
    - 72 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…
    - 77 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…
    - 96 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…
    - 7 Jun 14, 12:00pm -

Survival Cache

  • newBook Review: Star’s Reach
    Star’s Reach, A Novel of the Deindustrial Future, is John Michael Greer’s latest piece of Fiction. It’s a great read for anyone of the prepper persuasion. JMG is one of the original doomers in my mind. When I first started reading up on this wh…
    - 14 hours ago, 17 Sep 14, 3:09pm -
  • Survival Gear Review: M1951 Fishtail Parka
    I apologize now for the madness you are about to enter into if you read this review.  My madness started about 30 years ago when I first received a fishtail parka from a fellow Army Reservist in trade for some boots.  The parka looked like a warm c…
    - 4 days ago, 14 Sep 14, 12:38pm -
  • Survival Gear Review: Gerber GDC Money Clip
    I have always admired money clips for their sleek simplicity. However, time and time again I end up going back to a wallet as I stock my pockets with more junk.  I have a small collection of money clips and recently wanted to go back to using one. …
    - 7 days ago, 11 Sep 14, 12:33pm -
  • Survival Gear Review: Smith & Wesson .380 Bodyguard Backup
    Frankly to me just the idea of a having a “backup gun” smells of trouble.  But then on the positive side of things a backup gun can be a comforting thing.  The concept of a backup gun of course naturally implies that you have a primus firearm a…
    - 10 days ago, 8 Sep 14, 11:26am -
  • Survival Gear Review: MSR Whisperlite Stove
    The MSR Whisperlite stove is one of my favorite stoves – especially in cold weather.  It’s light weight and uses white gas stove fuel which you can get at any outdoor store or from Amazon.  The best part is that it is made in America.  The bot…
    - 14 days ago, 4 Sep 14, 2:18pm -
  • Survival Coffee
    Every morning I take the pulse of the planet by brewing a cup of coffee.  As the second most traded commodity on earth, and the number one imported food item in the United States, coffee is a major indicator of how smoothly the world is turning.  A…
    - 17 days ago, 31 Aug 14, 9:36pm -
  • SHTF Firearm Choices
    I read a lot of articles about the best choice of firearms. They generally focus on the AR-15 and the AK47.  I believe the discussions generally miss the point by failing to ask the question of what are you trying to do with the weapon. For example,…
    - 20 days ago, 29 Aug 14, 9:56am -
  • Survival Gear Review: Timbuk2 Aviator Backpack
    A few years ago for work, I switched from the over the shoulder computer bag to a backpack.  The old style computer bag just wasn’t cutting it for both work and the urban bug out situation.  After I saw the Timbuk2 Aviator Backpack, I upgraded fr…
    - 27 days ago, 21 Aug 14, 8:28pm -
  • DIY: Making An Activated Charcoal Filter
    We’ve had a lot of rain up here lately.  A LOT of rain.  I was out puttering around the yard this week and I noticed the rain water slowly dripping through my raised fire pit and the wood coals it was full of.  Drip drip drip…… into a puddle…
    - 38 days ago, 10 Aug 14, 11:35pm -
  • 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…
    - 52 days ago, 27 Jul 14, 8:28pm -

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

  • Emergency Preparedness Day offers family fun with purpose in Lehigh County, organizers say
    The annual event marking National Preparedness Month is scheduled for Saturday in South Whitehall Township.
    - 2 days ago, 16 Sep 14, 11:43am -
  • Soriano: Never stop communicating
    Enrique Soriano Inside Family Business “WHEN you stop talking, you stop solving!” One of the objectives of family businesses is to keep the enterprise alive throughout the succeeding generations.
    - 3 days ago, 15 Sep 14, 2:03pm -
  • Pet Talk: National Preparedness Month
    With September being National Preparedness month, it is important to not only prepare the people in our family for when disaster strikes, but also our pets as well. When creating a proper evacuation plan, we must remember to include the needs of our…
    - 3 days ago, 15 Sep 14, 6:18am -
  • Bridgeport Host 2nd Annual Safety Expo
    The city of Bridgeport will host the second annual Family Safety and Preparedness Expo tomorrow September 13, at Bridgeport High School and run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    - 5 days ago, 12 Sep 14, 8:34pm -
  • Family Safety Fair will be Sept. 13 at Fontana Police Department
    Local residents are invited to attend the Family Safety and Preparedness Fair at the Fontana Police Department on Saturday, Sept. 13.
    - 5 days ago, 12 Sep 14, 5:43pm -
  • Learn to prepare, muster, recover during National Preparedness Month
    Throughout September, the Navy is joining National Preparedness Month efforts to ensure the Navy family is prepared for a variety of emergency situations that may strike without notice, such as bad weather and natural disasters.
    - 7 days ago, 11 Sep 14, 11:09am -
  • Emergency Preparedness Tips for the Family and Pets from PetFirst
    September is National Emergency Preparedness Month. (PRWeb September 09, 2014) Read the full story at
    - 9 days ago, 9 Sep 14, 7:58am -
  • Family Month ups disaster resiliency
    WITH Family Week being celebrated in the country every fourth week of September, the city government of Baguio, along with its partner agencies and civil society organizations have set activities anchored on the theme, “Celebrating the Filipino Fam…
    - 10 days ago, 8 Sep 14, 1:05am -
  • Preparing for the next natural disaster
    Karin Sutton, left, chats with American Red Cross volunteer Donald Wickham during the Emergency Preparedness and Family Safety Expo on Saturday at The Ranch.
    - 11 days ago, 7 Sep 14, 6:23am -
  • 2014 National Preparedness Month kicks off
    Mayor urges Philadelphians to have a plan in place, just in case.
    - 15 days ago, 3 Sep 14, 7:33am -

Wilderness Survival Forum

  • newquestion about Yellow Nutsedge look-alikes
    Hello, I've been searching for Yellow Nutsedge which literally grows everywhere in the world and is one of the oldest recorded cultivated plants in...
    - 8 hours ago, 17 Sep 14, 9:12pm -
  • newThree Free Mags
    Springfield is giving away three mags and a mag pouch with any 1911 purchase for the next month.
    - 18 hours ago, 17 Sep 14, 11:35am -
  • Dried beef sandwhich meat
    I'm from Minnesota and back home the meat markets sell whats called dried beef. I really haven't come across it here in Texas. I'm trying to figure...
    - 1 day ago, 17 Sep 14, 4:44am -
  • What is your idea on these?
    Hello, A bring a fairly simple question. The place I work at tends to throw these re-usable ice packs away from time to time. I often tend to...
    - 1 day ago, 17 Sep 14, 3:25am -
  • Willow Bark
    Was talking to a man I know. Old country man who grew up in a dirt floor shack and lived off the farm all his life since a child. Great humble man...
    - 1 day ago, 17 Sep 14, 2:10am -
  • Pandemic Survival
    I'm wanting to build some content for the site covering pandemic survival, really just a compendium of reference information on infectious or...
    - 1 day ago, 17 Sep 14, 12:06am -
  • good afternoon!
    Farmer_Al here, just thought I would say Hi! I have been lurking and reading here for about a month now, figured I would make my intro post so I can...
    - 1 day ago, 16 Sep 14, 8:17pm -
  • Build you own AR receiver
    From Sportsman Guide...... Hummmm
    - 2 days ago, 16 Sep 14, 5:08pm -
  • Hey all, new member
    Hey all, new member to your site, I'm from shepparton, Victoria, Australia. Really happy to have stumbled across your site. Looks to have a good...
    - 2 days ago, 16 Sep 14, 12:24pm -
  • wilderness survival and beyond
    back in the 80,s and early 90,s i spent 6 years on the streets.had jobs but was still homless nonethe less. those were the years in which i trully...
    - 2 days ago, 16 Sep 14, 12:12pm -

Modern Survival Online

  • newFree Online Preparedness Training……
    Published this previously here on MSO and it has been awhile – thought I would pass on some information again on free preparedness training that can be taken online. This training is provided by the NC Center for Public Health Preparedness. Topics…
    - 4 hours ago, 18 Sep 14, 1:10am -
  • newCDC states….”now is the time to prepare”
    The CDC recently issued a 6 page guide for hospitals and medical care workers stating “now is the time to prepare, as it is possible that individuals with EVD in West Africa may travel to the United States, exhibit signs and symptoms of EVD, and pr…
    - 5 hours ago, 18 Sep 14, 12:30am -
  • VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Magazine ID paintjob
    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…
    - 1 day ago, 17 Sep 14, 1:20am -
  • Perennial Vegetable and Fruits in a Permaculture Garden
    This post was published previously here at It can be seen HERE. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * By Bev, Executive Editor – I recently saw a guest post on about sur…
    - 1 day ago, 17 Sep 14, 1:15am -
  • Have You Thought Of?
      by “The Coach” (Contributing Editor)   How well have you thought out what to bring/pack with your gear should you have to evacuate or bug out of your residence in an emergency or imminent major disaster? Sure you have a well thought out Bug O…
    - 2 days ago, 16 Sep 14, 1:26am -
  • Rourke on Camouflage
    This post was previously published on MSO – it can be seen HERE. When most people hear the word “camouflage” they think of the typical Army soldier in woodland fatigues. In a survival situation – one which perhaps you do not want your locatio…
    - 3 days ago, 15 Sep 14, 1:15am -
  • 5 things on my mind…..
    1. HAM radio can be very aggravating to those who are unfamiliar. Working on it. 2. I am going to the North Carolina mountains to a men’s retreat with my church. This will be my third time attending and this time I have volunteered to be a “Plato…
    - 4 days ago, 14 Sep 14, 2:10am -
  • Product Evaluation: Powdered Gatorade
      By “The Coach” (Contributing Editor) Recently I took my grandsons on a weeklong camping trip. We were going to be camping in a tent, in central Mississippi during the month of June. The weather forecast said that the temperature would be in…
    - 6 days ago, 12 Sep 14, 1:15am -

The Survival Mom

  • newWhich Comes First, the Pack or the Contents?

    Which Comes First, the Pack or the Contents?

    Unlike the chicken versus egg debate, this one is a rather important consideration, particularly when you’re working on a bug out bag or get home bag. Yet, at the same time, it is something about which few people give serious Read MoreThe post Whi…
    - 23 hours ago, 17 Sep 14, 6:00am -
  • Top 5 wilderness survival skills you need for urban survival

    Top 5 wilderness survival skills you need for urban survival

    I recently set up a bugout bag for my daughter. She starts college next week near Los Angeles and I’ve always been paranoid about the potential for a major earthquake in that area. Then, in an instant, I went from Read MoreThe post Top 5 wildernes…
    - 2 days ago, 16 Sep 14, 6:00am -
  • How Hollywood Got ‘Preppers’ All Wrong

    How Hollywood Got ‘Preppers’ All Wrong

    Pretty much everyone has heard about or seen the television show, “Doomsday Preppers.” In each episode, the ‘prepper’ is shown getting themselves all prepared to deal with a specific man-made or natural disaster. Maybe it’s just me, but t…
    - 2 days ago, 15 Sep 14, 5:44pm -
  • The Nitty Gritty of Commerical Food Storage Packaging: Oxygen vs. Nitrogen in Food Storage

    The Nitty Gritty of Commerical Food Storage Packaging: Oxygen vs. Nitrogen in Food Storage

    It’s easy to pin this for later! Click here. Over the years, I’ve tried out dehydrated and freeze dried foods from many different companies. Nearly all of the packages I opened, whether cans, buckets, or pouches, had an oxygen absorber Read More…
    - 3 days ago, 15 Sep 14, 6:15am -
  • Candles Aren’t Just For Birthday Cakes

    Candles Aren’t Just For Birthday Cakes

    Candles come in all shapes and sizes and are very handy to have in your various survival kits. They serve two main purposes–providing light and assisting with fire making. There are different types of candles suitable for survival purposes. Startin…
    - 4 days ago, 14 Sep 14, 6:00am -
  • 7 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Join a Meal Swap & 5 Reasons Why You Should

    7 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Join a Meal Swap & 5 Reasons Why You Should

    Over the years, I’ve participated in several different meal swaps.  If you aren’t familiar with these, it’s where a bunch of people, mostly women, get together and swap meals.  For example I might be in a group with 5 other Read MoreThe post…
    - 4 days ago, 13 Sep 14, 7:57pm -
  • Back-to-School in style for kids AND mom!

    Back-to-School in style for kids AND mom!

    Back to school season is in full swing, with kids all across the country learning new routines, meeting new friends, and finding their evenings full of homework. We have some terrific prize packages put together with students in mind and Read MoreTh…
    - 5 days ago, 12 Sep 14, 9:00pm -
  • Unexpected Ways Savvy Preppers can Use Living Social and Groupon

    Unexpected Ways Savvy Preppers can Use Living Social and Groupon

    Most people know what Living Social and Groupon are. Basically, they offer deals for, usually, a few days. You buy an item or pay for an activity and they send you a voucher for it. You take the voucher (or Read MoreThe post Unexpected Ways Savvy Pr…
    - 6 days ago, 12 Sep 14, 6:00am -
  • What you need to know about Disaster Preparedness from Pelican ProGear

    What you need to know about Disaster Preparedness from Pelican ProGear

    Post Footer automatically generated by Add Post Footer Plugin for wordpress.The post What you need to know about Disaster Preparedness from Pelican ProGear by The Survival Mom appeared first on The Survival Mom. Be sure to check it out!
    - 7 days ago, 11 Sep 14, 4:02pm -
  • 6 Tips for Selecting a Vacuum Sealer

    6 Tips for Selecting a Vacuum Sealer

    As harvest time rapidly approaches, many people are looking to get or replace the equipment they need to preserve the fruits of their hard work. Vacuum sealers have been around for home use since the 80’s and with so many companies out there, Re…
    - 7 days ago, 11 Sep 14, 7:00am -

Florida Hillbilly

  • Rule Of Threes
    In survival training, many instructors refer to the “Rule of Threes”. Here they are, as taught to me by Hank, of Green Earth Survival School: 3 minutes without air 3 hours without shelter3 days without water3 weeks without foodPlease no…
    - 2 days ago, 16 Sep 14, 10:00am -
  • Coturnix Quail for Homesteaders
    I’ve had a bit of interest over the last few weeks regarding quail as a backyard meat source. I thought I’d dust off the topic and put another article together covering the ins and outs of raising Coturnix quail, particularly in an urban setting.…
    - 20 days ago, 29 Aug 14, 12:50pm -
  • Peace, Love, and Preparedness
    [popunder-popup id="1"]I was exchanging emails with what has turned out to be my latest advertiser, While finishing a reply, I signed off in my typical fashion, “Peace, db”, and laughed to myself about how much of a hippie I…
    - 35 days ago, 14 Aug 14, 12:57pm -
  • Product 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…
    - 49 days 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…
    - 70 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…
    - 80 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…
    - 87 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…
    - 92 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…
    - 98 days ago, 12 Jun 14, 1:44pm -
  • Everglades Tomatoes – The Final Free Shipment

    - 99 days ago, 11 Jun 14, 12:27pm -

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

  • What are we here for ? What is the reason for being alive ? What is our true purpose ?
    These questions have occupied my thoughts for some time. It took a while to find the answer, but I did. The answer is an explanation to how to get a sense of purpose not how to achieve purpose. Achieving purpose is, different for all of us, but the a…
    - 10 days ago, 7 Sep 14, 7:40pm -
  • The Chicago Plan : Resilience to our financial system.
    Those of you who follow the economic sphere have frequently heard the names Keynes and Hayek mentioned. Keynes was an economist who advocated for wide state intervention during an economic down turn while Hayek advocated a no touch approach to the m…
    - 15 days ago, 3 Sep 14, 5:41am -
  • Health and your Resilience – snippets
    Things I learnt and inspired me this week : (Disclaimer:  I am not a medical professional) Bile stones can be removed naturally check this out : Our gut contains neurons, and some scien…
    - 15 days ago, 3 Sep 14, 4:46am -
  • The 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…
    - 49 days 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…
    - 95 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.…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 3 Jun 14, 6:11pm -

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…
    - 50 days ago, 30 Jul 14, 12:18pm -
  • DIY Vinegar: How to make Vinegar
    (Photo courtesy of 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…
    - 80 days ago, 30 Jun 14, 12:00pm -
    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
    - 94 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’…
    - 99 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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

  • Mpowerd Luci inflatable emergency solar lantern review
    Mpowerd sent me a Luci inflatable emergency solar lantern to do a review. It has some really strong points and a few weaknesses. Read my review here.You're reading Mpowerd Luci inflatable emergency solar lantern review, originally posted at Graywolf…
    - 2 days ago, 15 Sep 14, 10:57pm -
  • How to survive an EMP/CME – Part 2: Life after the pulse
    There is a lot we don't know about the effects of an EMP/CME but there are some things that we do. Knowing what would happen to your electronics, your car, and your life is the first part of being prepared for an EMP.You're reading How to survive an…
    - 9 days ago, 9 Sep 14, 12:56am -
  • How to survive an EMP – Part 1: What is an EMP?
    There is a credible threat to our power grid from an EMP/CME. This series will explain what they are, how they can/will affect you, and what you can do about it.You're reading How to survive an EMP – Part 1: What is an EMP?, originally posted at G…
    - 19 days ago, 30 Aug 14, 12:02am -
  • Gun 101: How to Choose Your First Self-Defense Weapon
    Most advice you hear about how to choose a weapon is crap. I quickly break down the basics for you and give you further resources to make the best choice.You're reading Gun 101: How to Choose Your First Self-Defense Weapon, originally posted at Gray…
    - 24 days ago, 25 Aug 14, 3:32am -
  • Is Big Brother spying on your computer – with your own cell phone?
    Everyone knows that you can be monitored through your cell phone, but did you know they can use it to monitor your computer activity too?You're reading Is Big Brother spying on your computer – with your own cell phone?, originally posted at Graywo…
    - 26 days ago, 22 Aug 14, 7:29pm -
  • Why you need to rethink your SHTF water plan
    There are a lot of myths about what you can and can't do with water in a survival situation or if SHTF. Let's dispel some of those myths.You're reading Why you need to rethink your SHTF water plan, originally posted at Graywolf Survival - Common-sen…
    - 31 days ago, 18 Aug 14, 1:45pm -
  • The threat you face from Ebola and what you can do about it (UPDATED 31 Aug 14)
    The Ebola virus problem has been escalating out of control in Africa. ... How worried should you really be? ... What can you do to prepare?You're reading The threat you face from Ebola and what you can do about it (UPDATED 31 Aug 14), originally pos…
    - 40 days ago, 9 Aug 14, 1:01am -
  • 9 ultralight backpacking tents for hiking or your bug out bag
    Tent tech has come a long way. Here are 9 great tents for your backpack or bug out bag that will make camping more survivable - and more enjoyable ...You're reading 9 ultralight backpacking tents for hiking or your bug out bag, originally posted at…
    - 44 days ago, 5 Aug 14, 9:23am -
  • Ebola fear grips the world – here’s why you don’t need to freak out
    The world news is on fire with reports of infections and death from the Ebola virus, and victims are being brought to the US. What do you need to know?You're reading Ebola fear grips the world – here’s why you don’t need to freak out, original…
    - 44 days ago, 4 Aug 14, 9:49pm -
  • Are you really prepared?
    If most people prepare to ensure their survival, then wouldn’t it make sense that you take precautions with things which can immediately impact you first? Then prepare for other possibilities?You're reading Are you really prepared?, originally pos…
    - 45 days ago, 4 Aug 14, 12:12am -

Rural Revolution

  • newPrepper Recon podcast interview
    Here's a podcast interview I recently did with Mark Goodwin of the Prepper Recon on the subject of self-sufficiency.Prepper Recon is a cool beans site with excellent preparedness info, including podcasts, gear, fiction, and other goodies. Well worth…
    - 15 hours ago, 17 Sep 14, 2:17pm -
  • What about Don?
    A couple days ago, I got a comment from a gentleman named Myles who was concerned about my husband. He wrote:I've been watching your blog for some years now. I've been to Portland with you four or five times meeting your friends and seeing your favo…
    - 1 day ago, 16 Sep 14, 6:26pm -
  • The Estrogen Messiah speaks.....
    Whoa! Go take a look at this link...!The "Estrogen Messiah" -- hee hee, what a hoot. Thank you very much!
    - 2 days ago, 15 Sep 14, 6:27pm -
  • Canning concerns
    If there's one thing I try to express in all my discussions about canning, it's safety. A couple of days ago I received an email that epitomized these concerns. I didn't ask permission to post the email so I won't, but I'll synopsize the contents.I…
    - 4 days ago, 14 Sep 14, 12:48pm -
  • Feminism has slain our protectors
    Here's this weekend's WND column entitled Feminism has Slain our Protectors.It seems to have attracted some interesting attention. I also note how people are interpreting the column through the lens of their own biases, interests, and strengths.
    - 4 days ago, 13 Sep 14, 5:41pm -
  • Venturing into podcasts
    Guess what -- I'm trying a new venture!In July I was contacted by Lisa Bedford (The Survival Mom) and asked to join her team of prepper women on Survival Mom Radio Network doing podcasts. She and Don both sweet-talked me into it.So here I am, ventur…
    - 5 days ago, 13 Sep 14, 3:54am -
  • Lest we forget...

    - 7 days ago, 11 Sep 14, 4:03pm -
  • Writing this "with tears in my eyes"
    Here's your chuckle du jour.As I mentioned before, I get a lot of spam emails. Most of them I delete without reading, but this one caught my attention:I'm writing this with tears in my eyes, my family and I came down here to Dubai - United Arab Emir…
    - 7 days ago, 11 Sep 14, 2:37pm -
  • Playing hooky at the fair
    Yesterday, despite the wacky week of work we're experiencing, the girls and I snuck out and played hooky at the Spokane Fair. We've also concluded that Tuesday afternoons are the best time to go to fairs -- all the fun but none of the crowds. Poor…
    - 8 days ago, 10 Sep 14, 3:44pm -
  • Magazine photos
    Sorry for the silence of the last couple of days, but we're having an insanely busy week as we battle our busy season as well as handle multiple writing deadlines.I submitted two articles to Backwoods Home Magazine yesterday and the following are pho…
    - 8 days ago, 9 Sep 14, 6:23pm -

Last Minute Survival

Learn How To Be Prepared

  • Prepping in the 15th century: An ancient underground shelter discovered and you won’t believe how deep it goes.
    In 1963, a man in the Nevşehir Province of Turkey knocked down a wall of his home. Behind it, he discovered a mysterious room and soon discovered an intricate tunnel system with additional cave-like rooms. What he had discovered was the ancient D…
    - 17 days ago, 1 Sep 14, 7:40am -
    Lately, I have fallen prey to the diatribes of those that call themselves progressives and they are all too happy to declare me an extremist and a fear monger. These so called informers are here to tell me that since I am heard on stations that produ…
    - 21 days ago, 28 Aug 14, 1:57am -
  • We Found Life In Outer Space and even Scientists Aren’t Sure How It Got There— adding fuel to the question did we actually come from space?
    While the world tackles ebola and wide spread war, recently there has been a rather amazing discovery and it has been stepped over by the news. Russian cosmonauts have discovered something remarkable clinging to the outside of the International Space…
    - 21 days ago, 27 Aug 14, 9:46pm -
  • What’s new in the Ground Zero Store?
    Greetings! It’s been a busy month at Prepare Your Ground Zero. We have been working hard to roll out some new features for our customers, both past and present. First,  Welcome to the Ground Zero Store Club! I wanted to find a good way to add some…
    - 22 days ago, 26 Aug 14, 8:41pm -
    Throughout time, in every part of the world stories that can only be categorized as incredible are recorded every day. Lately it seems that there are many people who look at stories of the paranormal as flights of delusion and so they are either dism…
    - 23 days ago, 26 Aug 14, 1:16am -

Learn to Prepare

  • Barriers to Critical Thinking & The 7 Essential Questions for Reflection
    By Denis Korn                           I am sharing once again what has been one of the most read of all my posts – Barriers to Critical Thinking.  It continues to be even more timely given the issues that we face as a…
    - 22 days ago, 27 Aug 14, 12:04am -
  • Vital 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…
    - 49 days 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…
    - 79 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…
    - 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…
    - 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 -

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 208 time…
    - 4 Sep 13, 12:06am -

Mama Kautz

  • A Day in the Life of a dōTERRA User
    Some people have asked “Exactly how do you use oils?” or “How often do you use your oils?” So I thought a Day in the Life would be a good post, especially since The Principal and I are heading to the dōTERRA Convention this week. We take our…
    - 2 days ago, 16 Sep 14, 11:00am -
  • The One Where I Tell you It’s SO Worth It!
    We all want to make better health and lifestyle decisions for ourselves and those we love. We want to lose some weight, have more energy, use greener products, create nutritious meals for our families, get fit, and feel confident that we’re doing a…
    - 3 days ago, 15 Sep 14, 5:05am -
  • 100 Days of Real Food Cookbook {Review}
    Are you like me and struggle to feed your family healthy, wholesome food? Do you try to stay away from the middle of the grocery store aisles and all of the processed food? While doing so, you then have to cook from scratch a lot of the time and end…
    - 5 days ago, 13 Sep 14, 11:00am -
  • Front Porch Friday Blog Hop
    Real quick I wanted to share with you the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle. For less than $30 you get over $1000 worth of products. Enough of that, I just didn’t want you to miss out. This week Shelle PreparednessMama likes the post from Taylor Made…
    - 6 days ago, 12 Sep 14, 7:00am -
  • Ultimate Bundle {Healthy Living}
    We all want to make better health and lifestyle decisions for ourselves and those we love. We want to lose some weight, have more energy, use greener products, create nutritious meals for our families, get fit, and feel confident that we’re doing a…
    - 6 days ago, 11 Sep 14, 6:37pm -
  • Announcing my Allume Sponsor
    I want to announce my Allume sponsor for 2014. The Ready Store! What a great fit with to my purpose here at Mama Kautz (pronounced: cowts) Also, how appropriate that it be during National Preparedness Month! The Ready Store carries everything you nee…
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  • Enterovirus 68 & Essential Oils
    Now, I am totally NOT into fear mongering. I am also not a doctor. I am an oil user that is concerned. I was reading post after post on Facebook about Enterovirus 68 and how many kids, in the Midwest, are being affected. I have family in the Midwest.…
    - 9 days ago, 9 Sep 14, 1:00am -
  • Front Porch Friday Blog Hop
    Ahh September is here and fall is in the air! Well, a little. Temps here in North Idaho are still in the low 80′s. I have my sweaters and cozy slippers waiting though. Here are this weeks featured posts. Mama Kautz chose Quitting My Smoking Adventu…
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  • The Sexting Generation
    Before I begin, this is NOT currently a problem in our home, but it is a problem in their generation. We are on our second round of teenagers. I am finding this second round a bit more daunting than the first. Let me tell you why. Cell phones! Our ol…
    - 15 days ago, 3 Sep 14, 1:00pm -
  • Immortelle Essential Oil Blend
    I am excited to start using Immortelle by doTERRA. Kind of like immortal, at least I’d like to think so. Here is what I found about Immortelle: “A proprietary blend of powerfully renewing, rare essential oils used throughout history for their bea…
    - 16 days ago, 2 Sep 14, 9:00am -

Modern Day Redneck

  • Going Out In Style
    Last weekend we did a two day cook off in the little town of St. JoThis was our last cook off of the Chili year and what a way to finish.Our year runs from October 1st to September 30th. In that year you can cook at as many cook offs as you want, its…
    - 1 day ago, 16 Sep 14, 7:59pm -
  • It's About Time
    Finally, I think summer is over.Three days ago it was 101 degrees and today it's only going to be a high of 73. Also a little rain came in with the cold front so it's twice as good.Tonight we are loading up for a weekend of Chili cooking in St Jo Tex…
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  • Chugging Along
    Even though things are quiet in my neck of the woods we are still chugging along.It's been hot, too hot to really get excited about much. I have seen hotter Texas summers, but when it's hovering right at the century mark every day it's still too hot…
    - 10 days ago, 8 Sep 14, 12:31pm -
  • Dreams Do Come True
    We all have our ideas and dreams for our children. Some work out and others, not so much.After a certain time in the child's life we can no longer control the dreams and goals we had for them. I think it's around the time they start to have future id…
    - 29 days ago, 19 Aug 14, 8:07pm -
  • Tiny House Progress
    Next weekend we will be moving our trailer to the place where we are building our Tiny House.First we had to get electricity, got that. Then we had to run the water, got that done Friday night. Then we had to install a septic system, done Saturday an…
    - 31 days ago, 18 Aug 14, 2:08pm -
  • It Was A Long Way
    We drove 5.5 hours to cook chili, now that is dedication.Out of the 36 cooks, 20 or so were form the Great State of Texas, and Texas took home the first place trophy again this year. Among the 36 were 5 world champions and almost all of the top ten r…
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  • Lets 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…
    - 49 days 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…
    - 51 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…
    - 61 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…
    - 72 days ago, 7 Jul 14, 9:51pm -

My Family Survival Plan

  • The 2012 Lame Duck Session is Here
    It’s been nearly a week since Barack Obama was re-elected president and today the 2012 lame duck session officially begins as the fiscal cliff looms.Last week, Obama got a head start by making a bipartisan call to Republican leadership in Congress,…
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  • A Twist Of Fate For Uncle Sam
    These days, people all over the world watch TV, read their newspapers and listen to the radio in their cosy kitchens, thinking “Thank God I`m not American”. People that we used to pity before, for living in poorer countries or being politically o…
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  • Corporations ‘Fracking’ With Our Future Again
    In case nature hasn`t been harsh enough on Americans lately, here`s an interesting piece of news: companies such as Encana Oil & Gas, Noble Energy and ConocoPhillips have decided it`s not enough just to poison our water and our air, so they decided t…
    - 12 Nov 12, 9:36am -
  • Childhood, Interrupted
    Personally, I am very concerned about the way kids are treated in this country. A few days ago, I was reading a follow up on the Boy Scout scandal. In case you haven`t heard about it yet, here`s what it`s all about.1,247 confidential reports covering…
    - 10 Nov 12, 4:30pm -
  • Testing Your Emergency Plan
    Testing your emergency plan doesn’t require you to wait for a massive storm.Simply set up scenarios that you could likely face in a real emergency.I’ll give you three possible drills you could test against your emergency plan, and think about oth…
    - 9 Nov 12, 9:16pm -
  • Sorry We’re Closed: FEMA Shuts Down Warming Centers and Food Distribution Pipeline “Due To Weather”
    Earlier this week Mayor Bloomberg and the federal government touted their new warming centers as a shelter for those in need of food, water, supplies and a little heat. But, as is generally the case with government, when help is needed they’re nowh…
    - 9 Nov 12, 3:48pm -
  • Poll: Nearly One Third Of Americans Would Accept ‘TSA Body Cavity Search’ in Order to Fly
    Majority of Americans adults think a law making it illegal to disobey the order of a TSA agent in any public place is reasonable.A new survey commissioned by Infowars and conducted by Harris Interactive has found that almost one third of American adu…
    - 9 Nov 12, 12:44pm -
  • Fed Report: 100% Chance of Recession
     While the economy was on the minds of most voters last night, what they didn’t know may have very well swung the election to one candidate over another. And this particular tidbit of data is as important as it gets when we’re talking about econ…
    - 8 Nov 12, 12:58pm -
  • Identity Theft – How Many You`s Are There? -
    A hacker entered South Carolina’s Department of Revenue system three times (!!) before the Secret Service noticed the breach, on October, 10. That left the hacker a good two months` time to steal all the data he please. He stole over 75% of South C…
    - 8 Nov 12, 10:37am -
  • Survival Medicine 101 Part 7: How To Treat Sprains, Dislocations and Fractures
    Sprains, dislocations and fractures are the type of injuries that involve a lot of pain and swelling. Also, walking becomes very difficult, so it`s even harder to get help if you don`t have your phone around. And if it happens during a disaster, when…
    - 7 Nov 12, 3:45pm -

Command Zero

  • Link – No Desiccants Needed: Federal Fresh-Fire Packs for 5.56
    Id posted earlier about Federal offering ‘tuna cans’ of .22 LR ammo and now it appears that they have decided to offer it in .223 5.56 as well. I would have thought something like a 50 or 100-round quantity would … Continue reading →
    - 2 days ago, 16 Sep 14, 5:13pm -
  • Fuel rotation
    The needle was riding on ‘E’ so I figured this would be a good time to rotate out some stored fuel. Todays vintage is 10/12. Yup….two year old gasoline. It is treated with this fine product right here: PRI Fuel … Continue reading →
    - 4 days ago, 13 Sep 14, 10:34pm -
  • Silver
    Silver continues to be below $19. I’m not a fortune teller (although I suppose I’m kind of a misfortune teller) but I suspect that this is pretty close to the bottom of things for a while. Sure, maybe it’ll go … Continue reading →
    - 5 days ago, 13 Sep 14, 1:25am -
  • Silver @ $19, stranding
    Well, silver is hovering around $19 at the moment, which means its a good time to buy as far as I’m concerned. Now that Obama has made his speech about ISIS, it’ll be interesting to see if there’s a market … Continue reading →
    - 7 days ago, 11 Sep 14, 1:34am -
  • Scout Rifle Stuff
    Went to the range yesterday to play with the Scout rifle a little.Last time I used some ‘blasting ammo’ and was, unsurprisingly, less than thrilled with the results. This time I loaded up some 165 Hornady SST over some Varget. … Continue readin…
    - 10 days ago, 8 Sep 14, 1:10am -
  • Light
    One of the local cops here told me something that seems to be supported by cops everywhere – nothing good happens after 11pm. If we were to slog through the crime statistics of just about anywhere on the planet, we’d … Continue reading →
    - 16 days ago, 1 Sep 14, 9:26pm -
  • When truth hides itself as humour

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  • Article – Tokyo’s disaster parks: hi-tech survival bunkers hidden under green spaces
    Another fascinating link from our friend over at Self Sufficient Mountain Living. Tokyo’s refuge parks are cleverly disguised survival bunkers for the masses during times of urban chaos and dysfunction. They are outfitted with solar-powered chargin…
    - 20 days ago, 28 Aug 14, 7:47pm -
  • .22 LR reloading kit
    Like most people today, you probably didn’t even realize it was possible to reload 22 long rifle ammo. As you can see, it is not only possible but also convenient with one powerful tool and a few accessories. Our manual … Continue reading →
    - 22 days ago, 27 Aug 14, 3:59pm -
  • Article – A Glow in the Desert
    A cool article I found in a list of links over at our buddy Self Sufficient Mountain Living. NY Times article about a fella living off in the desert building his own stuff and living his own life. YOU won’t … Continue reading →
    - 23 days ago, 25 Aug 14, 6:50pm -

Outdoor Quest

  • The Yellowstone Volcano
    From  TimeAtricle by Dan Kedmey2 September.An eruption could blanket the east coast in a few millimeters and bury the Rocky mountains in several meters of ash. If Yellowstone erupted into a massive, ash-spewing volcano, how far might the plume tra…
    - 4 days ago, 14 Sep 14, 2:43pm -
  • Calibrating The GPS Electronic Compass
    Calibrating your GPS receiver's electronic compass is a must.Recently I held a GPS navigation seminar at a Sportsman’s show in Oregon.At one point during the seminar one man described the inaccuracy of his GPS and asked what he could do about it…
    - 5 days ago, 13 Sep 14, 2:11pm -
  • Solar Flare
    New flare headed our way.By SETH BORENSTEINWASHINGTON (AP) - An extreme solar flare is blasting its way to Earth and could mess up some power grids, satellites and radio transmissions, scientists say.It's been several years since Earth has had a sola…
    - 7 days ago, 11 Sep 14, 1:49pm -
  • A Mini Survival Kit
    Here are several mini kit options and recommendations.Mini, pocket sized survival kits are in every outdoors store. But, really, what good are they?by Leon PantenburgSeveral years ago, the editor at the newspaper I worked at tasked me to write a prac…
    - 22 days ago, 26 Aug 14, 5:28pm -
  • Marking a GPS Waypoint
    Trust but verify that the GPS waypoints that you have marked are saved.There is nothing magic here.  Then again, there is nothing worse than that sinking feeling when you are in the backcountry, it's time to return the trailhead, you select "trailhe…
    - 26 days ago, 23 Aug 14, 12:30pm -
  • Pre-Trail Maintenance For Your GPS Receiver
    The following post I wrote was just presented at      Photo by Davynin       Summer is a great time to head for the trail and practice with a GPS receiver. There are several things hikers can…
    - 27 days ago, 22 Aug 14, 1:30pm -
  • DeLorme inReach Update
    Because of my interest with GPS training, rescue beacons and Search and Rescue I thought the August 2014 issue of GPS World had a definite connection to this blog. Don’t know about you, but I am always a bit cautious about reading the many glowing…
    - 28 days ago, 21 Aug 14, 1:24am -
  • Families in the Backcountry
    Travel safely in the  backcountry with your family.  Start them early and start them with the right skills.I wrote the following article a year ago for a local family news magazine in Bend, Oregon.      My wife and I began our outdoor journeys…
    - 28 days ago, 21 Aug 14, 1:20am -
  • Plan Your Escape Route
    Planning Your Escape Route“Alternative and escape routes - Once you have planned your route, plan and check out alternative routes that you may need to take in case of bad weather or if the going gets too much for some party members. In mountainou…
    - 33 days ago, 16 Aug 14, 5:06pm -
  • UTM Grid - Plotting Your Position On a Map
    Recently I was skimming through an article in a respected journal about plotting a hiker's position on a map.  The article focused on using latitude and longitude to plot one's position.  Latitude and longitude has been the standard for backcountry…
    - 34 days ago, 15 Aug 14, 5:03pm -

Paul Kirtley's Blog

  • How To Find A Place To Practice Bushcraft Skills In The UK
    At some stage, we all want to find somewhere we can go to practice our bushcraft skills. Yet land ownership, laws, bylaws, regulations and access codes limit us in what can be done where. This article shares ideas, considerations and case studies on…
    - 22 days ago, 26 Aug 14, 10:59pm -
  • 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…
    - 77 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…
    - 84 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…
    - 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…
    - 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 -

Prep Blog

  • newSun-dried Tomatoes from the Survival Garden
    What should you do with all those summer and early fall tomatoes? It’s very easy to pick up 6 or 12 tomato seedlings at a local gardening store, and toss them in the survival garden. Tomatoes are easy to grow. … Continue reading →
    - 14 hours ago, 17 Sep 14, 3:12pm -
  • A U.S. Epidemic affecting Kids: Enterovirus D68
    Read the CDC question and answer page for this disease here. The disease is currently active in 10 mid-Western states. The CDC says just over 100 people have become infected, but news reports put the number much higher. The Washington … Continue re…
    - 2 days ago, 15 Sep 14, 6:14pm -
  • Sig Sauer versus the BATFE on the MPX Muzzle Brake
    The MPX is a sweet new pistol-caliber carbine (PCC) from Sig Sauer. The military/LEO and civilian market place needed a new PCC. The venerable MP5 is outdated. It lacks the features of a modern AR — rails all around, AR … Continue reading →
    - 4 days ago, 13 Sep 14, 5:30pm -
  • ISIL and the Possibility of a Second 9/11

    - 7 days ago, 11 Sep 14, 1:32pm -
  • Should You Hang up on the 911 Operator?
    Over at The Truth About Guns blog, they’re having a running discussion on this question: In the case of a home invasion (or similar situation), after calling 911 and giving them the relevant information, should you hang up the phone, … Continue r…
    - 9 days ago, 9 Sep 14, 1:18pm -

Prepper Recon

  • Podcast-Becoming Self-Sufficient-Patrice Lewis
    Patrice Lewis of joins me today to talk about her transition to becoming self sufficient. We talk about gardening with tires, canning and being frugal. Patrice also writes for Backwoods Home Magazine and World Net Daily. Stop by…
    - 1 day ago, 17 Sep 14, 3:16am -
  • Podcast- Back to the Survival Basics- Charley Hogwood
    Charley Hogwood of joins me on the show today to get back to the basics. I realize that we are getting a lot of first time listeners who could use a good primer on prepping. It is also a […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry...The pos…
    - 3 days ago, 15 Sep 14, 3:25am -
  • Sunday Prepper Bible Study- I Timothy 5:8
    If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has deniedthe faith and is worse than an unbeliever. I Timothy 5:8 Providing for our families goes far beyond food and shelter. Proper provision entails a [……
    - 3 days ago, 14 Sep 14, 5:39pm -
  • Friday Night at The Movies- The Men in Building Seven
    September is Truth Month here at Prepper Recon. Tonight’s movie is The Men in Building Seven. It examines the facts about the collapse of WTC Building Seven. Facts that are ignored by the mainstream media. Make sure you stop by […] ↓ Read the r…
    - 6 days ago, 12 Sep 14, 3:27pm -
  • Podcast-9/11 Can You Handle the Truth? – Mike Berger
    Mike Berger of joins me today for a very in-depth primer into the cover ups and inconsistencies of the official story about what happened on September 11th. Mike presents indisputable evidence that we’ve been lied to over and over [……
    - 8 days ago, 9 Sep 14, 11:09pm -
  • Podcast- The Truth About 9/11 with CPS Mike

    - 10 days ago, 8 Sep 14, 1:37am -
  • Sunday Prepper Bible Study- Rivers of Living Water
    Today’s post is from the daily devotional book by Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest. The book makes a great companion to your daily Bible reading. He who believes in Me . . . out of his heart will […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry...Th…
    - 11 days ago, 7 Sep 14, 2:21pm -
  • Friday Night at The Movies- AE911Truth
    September is Truth Month here at Prepper Recon. Tonight’s movie is from Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth. They represent 1500 people from the building industry that don’t believe the official story. Tonight’s movies tells you why. Make s…
    - 12 days ago, 5 Sep 14, 7:58pm -
  • Podcast- Get Fit for the Apocalypse- James of Survival Punk
    James from Survival Punk joins me on the show today. We talk about the importance of being in shape to thrive after it hits the fan. We also discuss the importance of eating good and freeing yourself from toxic relationships and addictive substanc…
    - 15 days ago, 3 Sep 14, 3:26am -
  • Podcast-Defending the Homestead-SP1 and PR on Rational Survivor
      David Kobler, AKA Southern Prepper 1 and I had the honor of being guests on the Rational Survivor Podcast. We played the Conflicted card game and talked about ways to protect your home and property when it hits the fan.   […] ↓ Read the res…
    - 17 days ago, 1 Sep 14, 1:38am -

Preparedness is Fundamental

  • Super Simple Salsa, Rocket Stove Fried Cheese and Chili’s and Frozen Tomatoes
     The days are getter crisper and the leaves are turning, if you’re llike me, you have a lot of vegetables to deal with on a regular basis. Tomatoes are my favorite, but what do you do if your crop exceeded … Continue reading →
    - 3 days ago, 14 Sep 14, 11:55pm -
  • 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 →
    - 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 →
    - 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 -

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