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  • newPreparedness Notes for Monday – September 25, 2017
    On September 25th, 1789, the first Congress of the United States approved 12 amendments to the U.S. Constitution and sent them to the states for ratification.This is also the birthday of Will Smith (born 1968), best known for his roles in I Am Legen…
    - 8 hours ago 25 Sep 17, 5:54am -
  • newCRKT TSR Knife, by Pat Cascio
    The Columbia River Knife & Tool – TSR (Terzuola Survival & Rescue) fixed blade survival knife is one of the newest designs from the mind of legendary custom knife maker Bob Terzuola. I’ve covered Terzuola’s background before, but a quick glean…
    - 8 hours ago 25 Sep 17, 5:52am -
  • newRecipe of the Week: Flank Steak Creole, by G.M.
    Ingredients:1½ lbs flank steakSalt and pepper2 Tbsp chopped green pepper2 Tbsp chopped onion1 Tbsp tomato paste½ tsp prepared horseradish¼ tsp sugar½ cup water2 cups herb-seasoned stuffing mix2 Tbsp cornstarch¼ cup cold water1 Tbsp t…
    - 8 hours ago 25 Sep 17, 5:46am -
  • newEconomics & Investing For Preppers
    Here are the latest items and commentary on current economics news, market trends, stocks, investing opportunities, and the precious metals markets. We also cover hedges, derivatives, and obscura. And it bears mention that most of these items are fro…
    - 8 hours ago 25 Sep 17, 5:44am -
  • newThe Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “A man’s admiration for absolute government is proportionate to the contempt he feels for those around him.” – Alexis de TocquevilleThanks for reading, check out SurvivalBlog.com for more news!The post The Editors’ Quote of the Day: appea…
    - 8 hours ago 25 Sep 17, 5:43am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Sunday – September 24, 2017
    In 1492, Columbus set sail with 17 ships on his 2nd voyage to the Americas. Also on this date in 1775, Ethan Allen was captured by the British.o o oSurvivalBlog Writing ContestToday features another entry for Round 72 of the SurvivalBlog non-ficti…
    - 1 day ago 24 Sep 17, 6:30am -
  • Triggers, Tipping Points, and Black Swans, by Coast Ranger
    Letting Others Know The Status Quo Won’t HoldThe purpose of this contribution is to indicate how one might approach letting others know that the status quo will not hold. It is based upon my own efforts.There is a tendency for people to focus upo…
    - 1 day ago 24 Sep 17, 6:29am -
  • Letter Re: Food Storage Question
    HJL,With limited storage space, cost not a concern: Is it better to store the typical dry beans, rice, etc.? Or would you obtain a higher calorie count with something like the Mountain House cans?HJL’s Comment:It really depends upon your budget…
    - 1 day ago 24 Sep 17, 6:26am -
  • The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods:
    SurvivalBlog presents another edition of The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods— a collection of news bits and pieces that are relevant to the modern survivalist and prepper from “HJL”. Tensions with North Korea continue to escalate with the U.S. s…
    - 1 day ago 24 Sep 17, 6:24am -
  • The Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; 19 because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.” – Romans…
    - 1 day ago 24 Sep 17, 6:22am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Saturday – September 23, 2017
    September 23, 1800 is the birthday of William McGuffey, a college president who is best known for writing the McGuffey Readers, the first widely used series of textbooks. It is estimated that at least 122 million copies of McGuffey Readers were sold…
    - 2 days ago 23 Sep 17, 8:45am -
  • My Recent Experience Bugging Into A Disaster- Part 2, by J.W.
    Travel Prepared- Non-Lethal and SidearmsI always travel prepared for whatever may happen. I am older, and while still in good shape, my fight rounds are probably down to less than a minute before I get worn out (comes with age), so I travel prepared…
    - 2 days ago 23 Sep 17, 8:44am -
  • The Editors’ Preps for the Week
    To be prepared for a crisis, every Prepper must establish goals and make long-term and short-term plans. Steadily, we work on meeting our prepping goals. In this column, the SurvivalBlog editors review their week’s prep activities. They also share…
    - 2 days ago 23 Sep 17, 8:40am -
  • The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods:
    SurvivalBlog presents another edition of The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods— a collection of news bits and pieces that are relevant to the modern survivalist and prepper from “HJL”. Puerto Rico has been hammered again by yet another Hurricane.…
    - 2 days ago 23 Sep 17, 8:33am -
  • The Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “And Moses called unto Joshua, and said unto him in the sight of all Israel, Be strong and of a good courage: for thou must go with this people unto the land which the Lord hath sworn unto their fathers to give them; and thou shalt cause them to in…
    - 2 days ago 23 Sep 17, 8:29am -

SHTF Plan

More Than Just Surviving

  • What Are the Most Important Home Security Improvements to Make?
    It’s no news to preppers that keeping your home safe is important. We’ve got that part down. What’s a little more tricky is knowing which home security improvements are the most important for you to do, so you don’t end up spending mone…
    - 3 days ago 22 Sep 17, 2:00pm -
  • Kershaw Pub Sinkevich Multi-Function Keychain Knife Review
    I think many of you will have seen this review coming. When Kershaw announced the “Pub” by Dmitry Sinkevich, I was beyond excited. It seems to me that Spyderco was always the de facto “weird ‘lil knives” company, but recently I have f…
    - 5 days ago 20 Sep 17, 2:14pm -
  • What Knife Is Currently In Your Pocket?
    Just thought it’d be cool to do a quick survey of what knife everybody’s carrying at this present moment, so: Which knife or (let’s be honest – with a lot of you that’ll be) knives*, are you currently EDC-ing? If you’ve got two in y…
    - 10 days ago 15 Sep 17, 2:10pm -
  • Prepper Lessons from Hurricane Harvey
    It’s been a few weeks since Hurricane Harvey began wreaking havoc in the south of the United States, and now we have word that Hurricane Irma will be coming from Cuba toward Florida to wreak havoc as well. Seeing photographs, footage, and hea…
    - 17 days ago 8 Sep 17, 2:35pm -
  • Kershaw Emerson CQC-10K Folding EDC Knife Review
    Ever since Kershaw announced their collaboration with Ernie Emerson, I have been waiting for a knife like the CQC-10K to arrive. The first Emerson collabs were in the same vein as the previously reviewed CQC-6K, a true-blue Emerson design, but…
    - 19 days ago 6 Sep 17, 3:55pm -
  • Do You Have Plans to Bug In, Bug Out, or Both?
    We’ve spoken a bit about bugging in versus bugging out on this blog. Quite a long time a go, Thomas wrote up an article about the advantages and disadvantages of each option. There are of course many reasons why you might choose one option ov…
    - 27 days ago 29 Aug 17, 3:00pm -
  • August 2017 EDC Pocket Dump
    Minimalist EDC in my grandmother’s garden. Nope, the CQC-10K is definitely not UK legal, but private property = I get to carry it anyway. Review coming soon, but spoiler alert – it’s freaking amazing. As a side note, I removed a lot of my…
    - 29 days ago 27 Aug 17, 1:23pm -
  • Helle Temagami Les Stroud Survival Knife Review
    TV personality knives have always gotten a bad rap from the bushcraft community. Far too often companies overplay their hands and throw in marketing crap into a tool that is supposed to be practical in nature. This pessimism isn’t helped with…
    - 34 days ago 22 Aug 17, 1:32pm -
  • Reader’s Choice: High Value Knives Our Readers Recommend
    A few weeks back, Thomas asked you guys which knives you found to be some of the highest value on the market. This article is the result of that question post. In it, I’ve taken the time to compile your responses, grouping your specific knife…
    - 39 days ago 17 Aug 17, 7:13pm -
  • goTenna Mesh Off-Grid Communication Device Review
    In late 2015, I reviewed the original goTenna. It’s fair to say that, right off the bat, I was pretty smitten with the concept of this tech, but back then, I felt the goTenna was too far ahead of its time due to the inherent range issues. Com…
    - 45 days ago 11 Aug 17, 2:41pm -
  • Cancer In The Family & How It Made Us Re-Assess Healthcare Preps
    So we’ve been a little MIA recently on this blog. You may or may not have been able to tell, but from this end of things, it’s felt like we’ve been half in half out for weeks. See, a relative of ours was diagnosed with cancer. Don’t wor…
    - 47 days ago 9 Aug 17, 10:09am -
  • 10 Things I Love About the Prepper Community & 5 Things I Hate
    Every once in a while, someone stumbles on an old article of mine – “Why We’re Giving Up Prepping” and doesn’t realize that it’s actually an April Fools Day joke! I am 100% in this mindset to stay, and would never stop prepping, not…
    - 55 days ago 1 Aug 17, 1:23pm -
  • What Are Some High Value Knives? What Makes a Knife Good Value?
    I scribble a lot about knives (and other gear) on MTJS. After so many years and so much steel accumulated, this “hobby” has brought forth some interesting conundrums. We talk a lot about value, us gear aficionados. We have this idea that va…
    - 63 days ago 24 Jul 17, 5:55pm -
  • Best Lock Picking Practice Locks for Each Experience Level
    Lock picking is one of the few hobbies I have that is truly useful in my everyday life. Sure, knowing how to sharpen knives to a mirror edge or start a fire using raw materials is (in my opinion) important, but in my day to day 21st century lif…
    - 70 days ago 17 Jul 17, 5:41pm -
  • First, Second, or Third Degree Burns? The 3 Degrees Of Ouch
    Do I have third degree burns? Growing up as a curious child, I found myself a victim to the nasty side of heat on a few occasions, something I am sure most reading this will be able to relate to. Whenever dealing with these heat-related acciden…
    - 77 days ago 10 Jul 17, 7:05pm -
  • July 2017 EDC Pocket Dump
    Elise missed me pipe smoking. Not a fan of the vaping, so here I go. Everyday Carry Pocket Dump Pipe Tool Generic Czech I know that the IM Corona Old Boy has its own tools built in, but honestly, I never use them unless I’m walking around. Ju…
    - 82 days ago 5 Jul 17, 7:09pm -
  • 7 Steps to Take Immediately After an Emergency Situation Ends
    Every emergency situation has the opportunity to be a learning experience. I don’t care if you’ve planned for the situation well, if you’ve gone through a similar situation before, or if you’re more prepared than 99% of the population w…
    - 88 days ago 29 Jun 17, 4:18pm -
  • Review Roundup: Quartermaster, Baladeo, Boker, & Tops Knives
    After I published my process for reviewing knives, some of you wanted me to do some quick reviews on the blades I own, but for various reasons, are undeserving of a full review. These are quick and dirty overviews and I 100% gloss over some of…
    - 91 days ago 26 Jun 17, 11:35am -
  • June 2017 EDC Pocket Dump
    Snapped up the Boker a while back. I wanted a modern version of the Case Sodbuster and this fit the bill. Really impressed with the fit and finish, except for the stupid glass breaker on the butt. Thankfully, I am resourceful and took a hacksaw…
    - 93 days ago 24 Jun 17, 2:07pm -
  • Top Budget Pocket Knives: 30 Best Folding EDCs Under $30
    Over the years, I’m finding it harder and harder to justify the purchase of expensive knives besides those that really stand out from the crowd – knives like the Benchmade Osborne and the Spyderco Paramilitary 2. The explanation for why com…
    - 96 days ago 21 Jun 17, 9:36am -

Blue Collar Prepping

  • newGunBlog VarietyCast #162 - South Florida Knows How To Hurricane
    That's "be prepared for a hurricane" and not "make a rum cocktail."Have you ever attended a Friends of the NRA Banquet? Are you curious about what it’s like? Beth shares her experience so you can decide if it’s something you’d like to do.A man…
    - 13 hours ago 25 Sep 17, 12:50am -
  • Ersatz Tires
    Flat tires aren't as common as they used to be (due to better materials and construction), but they still happen at the worst times. Since spare tires don't get used very often they tend to get ignored, which means that there's a good possibility tha…
    - 4 days ago 21 Sep 17, 6:00pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: Semi-Monthly Roundup
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.This is my way to wrap up several different ideas too short to make into a complete and separate post.First up is a gift from th…
    - 5 days ago 20 Sep 17, 2:52pm -
  • Firearm Records
    You should have a record of pretty much anything with a serial number, but for now I'll concentrate specifically firearms.I know of several cases in which firearms were stolen in a burglary (one involved a personal friend - in his case, guns from his…
    - 6 days ago 20 Sep 17, 12:32am -
  • GunBlog VarietyCast #161 - We Are But Mad North-North-West
    Erin's neighborhood was supposed to get its power restored this weekend. Now it's been pushed back until Tuesday next week.Beth says it's always the right time to talk to children about firearms, and the new book "Safety On" by Yehuda Remer can help…
    - 7 days ago 18 Sep 17, 3:12am -
  • How to Move All That Gear, Part 3: A Small Addition
    Shootist shares some last-minute preps with us before heading out on his bug-out camping trip.
    - 10 days ago 15 Sep 17, 8:00pm -
  • Post-Irma Erin
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.I realized that it's been a while since I posted a blog update on how I'm doing. I've been posting updates on Facebook, of course, but not everyone who reads this blog follows me th…
    - 11 days ago 14 Sep 17, 3:25pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: New Recruits
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.Some people plan things well in advance, and some need a virtual kick in the pants to start preparing for emergencies. The recen…
    - 12 days ago 13 Sep 17, 4:00pm -
  • GunBlog VarietyCast #160 - Round and Round
    Blood going round and round: Good.Hurricanes going round and round: Bad.Beth is on assignment and will return next week.What kind of sicko breaks into rehab facilities and sexually assaults the patients? Sean takes a closer look.Barron is on assignm…
    - 13 days ago 12 Sep 17, 2:12am -
  • Bump Starting a Manual Transmission
    When it comes to evacuating an in an emergency, you may be forced to use what's available instead of what you like. This can include everything from hitching a ride on a city bus, to carpooling, to just straight-up walking. Some people even have a p…
    - 14 days ago 11 Sep 17, 11:11pm -
  • How To Move All That Gear, Part 2: Bugging Out From Your Buggy
    What do you do if you have abandon your bug out vehicle? Shootist gives us a "Hillbilly Spectacular" demonstration of how he plans to do it.
    - 17 days ago 8 Sep 17, 9:00pm -
  • More Hurricane Updates
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.Thursday was spent packing and putting up shutters.Today I finished putting up the shutters, and will be loading up the car next. I hope to leave soon.Because I've been busy and did…
    - 17 days ago 8 Sep 17, 3:50pm -
  • Fire and Stone
    If you need to build a fire for warmth, cooking, or morale, then you should be looking at being in control of that fire. Fire rings made of steel are common at campgrounds and the old standard for a campfire was a circle of (dry*) stones, both of whi…
    - 17 days ago 8 Sep 17, 2:30am -
  • Hurricane Irma Update
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.Well, this is unpleasant. To be clear, it isn't that the track has shifted east, aiming Irma's predicted northward turn right at me; it's that the various spaghetti models are start…
    - 19 days ago 6 Sep 17, 6:35pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: Disaster Planning pt. 2
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.Another post on moving gear in an emergency... which has become a popular topic lately with all of us here at Blue Collar Prepping!…
    - 19 days ago 6 Sep 17, 5:47pm -
  • Hurricane Irma Predictions
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.As the resident Floridian of Blue Collar Prepping, I've received more than a few questions about my plans and my safety from friends who are watching Hurricane Irmaget closer to me.…
    - 20 days ago 5 Sep 17, 8:43pm -
  • Product Review: Lifestraw Water Bottle
    A lot of people hold up the Lifestraw as the gold standard for mobile water filtration, and since the introduction of the Lifestraw Go, it has started to gain ground in the water bottle market as well.I have owned a Lifestraw Go for about eight month…
    - 21 days ago 4 Sep 17, 10:19pm -
  • GunBlog VarietyCast #159 - We Agree With Nancy Pelosi. Yes, We're As Surprised As You Are.
    "Lickspittle" is an excellent pejorative that deserves more usage.Beth taught a USCCA class in Connecticut this past weekend, where apparently the state wants to make it as difficult as possible for people to get CCW permits or firearms, with blocks…
    - 21 days ago 4 Sep 17, 2:37am -
  • Bug-Out Mobility Preps
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.Those who have been listening to GunBlog VarietyCast Radio know that for the last few months, I've been working on making my room less cluttered and more organized. Finally, I get t…
    - 23 days ago 2 Sep 17, 9:59pm -
  • How to Move All That Gear, Part 1
    What do you do if you have a lot of gear to move and not a lot of time to do it?Well, let me show you:
    - 24 days ago 1 Sep 17, 9:54pm -
  • RV Water Systems
    The water system on an RV is basically a smaller version of the infrastructure that supplies your house. Most people don't like to think about their water until it stops working; they just assume that you get water when you turn on the faucet, and wh…
    - 24 days ago 1 Sep 17, 2:10am -
  • Prudent Prepping: Disaster Planning Review
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.With the natural disasters recently here in California (heavy rains, dam failure and multiple massive forest fires) and now the big…
    - 26 days ago 30 Aug 17, 5:37pm -
  • Alternative AR Calibers
    After discussing gas system options, Erin's other big AR question dealt with alternative calibers. Being as the AR is the Barbie of the gun world, there's a monstrously large list of chamberings for the platform, and swapping between them can be as s…
    - 26 days ago 30 Aug 17, 2:04am -
  • A Note on Communities
    I had an experience last night which drove home the role of communities in prepping. I had been grilling when a piece of plastic fell on the grilling surface. Since I didn't want the plastic to melt to the grill, and reacting rather than thinking, I…
    - 28 days ago 28 Aug 17, 9:38pm -
  • Gun Blog Variety Podcast #158 - Nashville is Nice, So I'll Say It Twice
    Sean continues his love affair with the City of Nashville.What does a #1 New York Times bestseller have to do with range etiquette? Beth talks to us about Range Rules & Expectations.When is a dispute not a dispute? When it's an armed robbery. Sea…
    - 29 days ago 28 Aug 17, 1:03am -

Survival Medicine

  • Survival Medicine Hour: Earthquake, Birthing Supplies, Hemorrhage, More
    Survival Medicine Hour #355 What would you have done if you were in Mexico City during the recent earthquakes? Is there anything that might have increased your chances of survival? In this episode of the Survival Medicine Hour, hosts Joe Alton MD and…
    - 3 days ago 22 Sep 17, 3:19pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Post-Irma, Floods, Shoulder Dislocation
    Survival Medicine Hour #354 This Survival Medicine Hour 9/15: Hurricane Irma has wreaked havoc on Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina, and our hosts Joe and Amy Alton, aka Dr.Bones and Nurse Amy have now had two different homes survive destruction i…
    - 4 days ago 21 Sep 17, 1:38pm -
  • Earthquake Safety: What You Need To Know
    EARTHQUAKE SAFETY A 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck Mexico City on Tuesday, September 19, collapsing buildings, killing at least 250, and injuring hundreds more throughout the region.  The latest tremor event came hard on the heels of an 8.1 magnitu…
    - 5 days ago 20 Sep 17, 4:03pm -
  • 7 Serious Infections from Contaminated Food and Water
    7 Serious Infections from Contaminated Food and Water   Recently, I watched a few episodes of “Naked and Afraid“, a series that puts two individuals in extreme environments with few supplies and, for some reason, no clothes. In this program, man…
    - 7 days ago 18 Sep 17, 9:28pm -
  • How to Handle Dental Emergencies In Survival Situations
    How to Handle Dental Emergencies In Survival Situations (This article by Joe Alton MD was first published in MD Creekmore’s thesurvivalistblog.net) Medical preparedness is an important part of surviving a disaster scenario and, indeed, many believe…
    - 12 days ago 13 Sep 17, 5:55pm -
  • Video: How To Apply A SOFT-T Tourniquet
    The Special Operations Forces Tactical Tourniquet (SOFT-T) is one of the most popular tourniquets made, with many selecting it as their item of choice to control severe extremity bleeding. The SOFT-T is reliable, sturdy, and easy to apply, especially…
    - 20 days ago 5 Sep 17, 3:06pm -
  • Hurricane Preparedness Tips: What You Need To Know
    Hurricane Irma, already a powerful storm, is steaming its way towards the Caribbean and the U.S. East Coast. With Texas and Louisiana still reeling in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, it’s just one more reason to always be prepared for disasters.…
    - 20 days ago 5 Sep 17, 2:27am -
  • Herbal Teas from Medicinal Gardens
    HERBAL TEAS IN AUSTERE SETTINGS In long-term disaster settings, even prepared medics may end up using their entire supply of commercially-made medicines. As such, caregivers should consider the medicinal benefits of the plants in their own backyard a…
    - 25 days ago 31 Aug 17, 3:27pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Skin Issues, Instruments, Sterile vs. Clean
    Survival Medicine Hour #354 In this episode of the Survival Medicine Hour with Joe Alton MD and Amy Alton ARNP, aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, our hosts discuss the difficulties in achieving sterility off the grid when it comes to techniques for proced…
    - 29 days ago 27 Aug 17, 8:40pm -
  • Skin Problems and Their Treatments
    SKIN PROBLEMS AND TREATMENTS Treating medical problems in a remote homestead or after a disaster won’t always be about gunshot wounds and broken bones.  Sometimes, little things can make people miserable and affect their ability to contribute to g…
    - 33 days ago 23 Aug 17, 5:21pm -