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  • newNotes for Saturday – January 31, 2015
    Today, we present another entry for Round 56 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The $12,000+ worth of prizes for this round include: First Prize: A Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate, good for any one, two, or three course (a…
    - 18 hours ago, 31 Jan 15, 5:29am -
  • newThe Hidden Weakness In Your Defense Plans, by T.S. -Part 1
    The mental and emotional considerations of using lethal force to protect your home and loved ones after TEOTWAWKI is not going to be as easy, as you have imagined it. By way of introduction, I am a retired street cop who spent his entire career on th…
    - 18 hours ago, 31 Jan 15, 5:29am -
  • newLetter Re: Lessons Learned While Living in San Francisco
    HJL, After reading this article, I was terribly, terribly incensed at SFPD/OPD. I am a former law enforcement officer from Southern California, and I now work in insurance, handling claims from the Bay Area. Stories like these are unfortunately very…
    - 18 hours ago, 31 Jan 15, 5:28am -
  • newEconomics and Investing:
    60% Of Retail Sales Growth In Hong Kong Was Due To The iPhone 6 – H.L. o o o BIG TROUBLE FOR U.S. GOLD MARKET: No Available Supply When Price Skyrockets o o o Items from Mr. Econocobas: Video: Marc Faber – Gold is Now Inexpensive Russia Credit Ra…
    - 18 hours ago, 31 Jan 15, 5:27am -
  • newOdds ‘n Sods:
    Sociologists Warn of ‘Christianophobia’ Among Progressive Activists. – B.B. o o o You would really have to want to work at this office: Office puts chips under staff’s skin. – D.S. o o o New Bill Would Let Cops Enter Your Home without a War…
    - 18 hours ago, 31 Jan 15, 5:26am -
  • newHugh’s Quote of the Day:
    “And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever. The Lord shall fight for you, ……
    - 18 hours ago, 31 Jan 15, 5:26am -
  • Notes for Friday – January 30, 2015
    January 30th is the birthday of historian Barbara Tuchman (born 1912, died February 6, 1989). She wrote some of the most engaging history books JWR ever read. January 30th is also the anniversary of the 1945 Great Raid on Cabanatuan Prison Camp where…
    - 2 days ago, 30 Jan 15, 4:05am -
  • What Happens When A Spouse Dies? by JEH
    In prepping, I never thought about my wife not being by my side. We have both come to believe that the world, as we know it, will evolve into a world where we do not belong. We both work to make our home happy and educate our child. We are … Conti…
    - 2 days ago, 30 Jan 15, 4:05am -
  • Two Letters Re: Canned Food
    Hello, In response to a recent article on expired food, I just want to say that not all foods are the same. Recently I decided to take an expired case of Chef Boyardee Meat Ravioli on a extended road trip. The case expired in 2012, which was about 2.…
    - 2 days ago, 30 Jan 15, 4:04am -
  • Economics and Investing:
    Reagan’s OMB head: Wealth inequality is a problem. – G.P. o o o Oil Wars: Teetering On The Edge Of Economic Disaster o o o Items from Mr. Econocobas: Japan’s Retail Sales Unexpectedly Slump in Challenge to Abe – Unexpectedly? You devalue your…
    - 2 days ago, 30 Jan 15, 4:03am -


More Than Just Surviving

  • Valley Food Storage Mango Habanero Chili Dehydrated Food Review

    Valley Food Storage Mango Habanero Chili Dehydrated Food Review

    Although Valley Food Storage is certainly a reputable, staple (heh) manufacturer of long lasting prepper/survival food, when they contacted us about doing a review of one of their products, I have to admit, I wasn’t exactly enthusiastic about…
    - 5 days ago, 26 Jan 15, 8:00pm -
  • January 2015 EDC Purse Dump

    January 2015 EDC Purse Dump

    1. SanDisk Sansa Fuze+ MP3 Player 2. Xyla Ricochet Mints With Xylitol 3. Sony Blue MDRE9L Earbuds 4. Nivea Essential Chapstick 5. Kershaw Shuffle White Handle EDC Folding KnifeThis is just the start of the post January 2015 EDC Purse Dump.…
    - 7 days ago, 24 Jan 15, 7:45pm -
  • 28 Benefits to Prepping Even if TEOTWAWKI Doesn’t Come

    28 Benefits to Prepping Even if TEOTWAWKI Doesn’t Come

    While most preppers do take the threat of a financial crisis, a solar flare, or even a zombie apocalypse very seriously, there are many benefits to prepping even if these TEOTWAWKI situations never come about in our lifetimes. Many of the criti…
    - 9 days ago, 22 Jan 15, 8:30pm -
  • MPOWERD Luci Inflatable Solar Lantern Review

    MPOWERD Luci Inflatable Solar Lantern Review

    When I first handled MPOWERD’s Luci Inflatable Solar Lantern, I had no idea how much I would end up liking it. Superficially, it is quite basic, but as I came to appreciate, its favourable qualities actually stem from this simple design and…
    - 12 days ago, 19 Jan 15, 5:30pm -
  • Knife Drop: Thomas’ Favourite Knives

    Knife Drop: Thomas’ Favourite Knives

    Today, I asked Thomas to pull out his 5 current favourite knives, and this was the result. Of course, these top 5 may change by next week, but for now, these are his favourites. I’m personally not sure why the Recon 1 didn’t make it to the…
    - 14 days ago, 17 Jan 15, 6:30pm -
  • How to Sharpen Ceramic Blade Knives

    How to Sharpen Ceramic Blade Knives

    A while back, I received a question that asked about the best way to sharpen stainless steel knives, a common problem, especially considering how much easier it is to sharpen carbon steel than stainless steel. Well, it seems a lot of you benef…
    - 16 days ago, 15 Jan 15, 6:30pm -
  • Boker Plus CLB Microcom Fixed Blade Neck Knife Review

    Boker Plus CLB Microcom Fixed Blade Neck Knife Review

    The Boker Microcom was designed by Chad Los Banos as an homage to Fred Perrin’s rather unique tactical cutlery. I decided to snap one up, and even though I was disappointed with the out-of-the-box utility, I did manage to appreciate it after…
    - 19 days ago, 12 Jan 15, 6:30pm -
  • January 2015 EDC Pocket Dump

    January 2015 EDC Pocket Dump

    1. Cold Steel Recon 1 Tanto Blade EDC Knife – Review. 2. Bellroy Hide and Seek Wallet in Cognac 3. Western Digital My Passport Ultra 1TB Portable External Hard Drive 4. Google Nexus 4 Phone 5. Gerber Shard Keychain Tool – Review. 6. HERO…
    - 21 days ago, 10 Jan 15, 6:00pm -
  • What Keychain EDC Gear Would You Recommend? [RQ#5]

    What Keychain EDC Gear Would You Recommend? [RQ#5]

    Taylor’s Keychain EDC Question Let me begin by offering my praise for operating such a great website, and thanking you for taking the time to provide your knowledge and information to those who find interest in knife and other gear reviews, t…
    - 23 days ago, 8 Jan 15, 5:30pm -
  • Cold Steel Recon 1 Tanto Blade EDC Knife Review

    Cold Steel Recon 1 Tanto Blade EDC Knife Review

    The Cold Steel Recon 1 is the quintessential badass knife: the type I most certainly would have lusted over when I was still in my teen years. Regretfully, I am now all grown up, but I was still curious to see if this brutish slab of steel was…
    - 26 days ago, 5 Jan 15, 7:45pm -

Blue Collar Prepping

  • My Bug-Out Bag: Part 5 of 6

    My Bug-Out Bag: Part 5 of 6

    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4Welcome to Part 5 of what I now think will be a 6-part series. Today I'm going to cover the top part of the main compartment. I'm breaking this section into…
    - 1 day ago, 30 Jan 15, 9:39pm -
  • Water Purification, Part 5: Recommendations

    Water Purification, Part 5: Recommendations

    I've covered the types of filtration systems that are available, the technology, and some of the sources of water that may be available in an emergency. To wrap it all up, I'll list some of the common systems and give my recommendations for their use…
    - 2 days ago, 29 Jan 15, 10:00pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: Long Term Food Storage

    Prudent Prepping: Long Term Food Storage

    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Now we concentrate  on what to do in, and how to plan for, the long term via Prudent Prepping.As the planning for my preps goes on, the choices for what foods I buy as long term storage items…
    - 3 days ago, 28 Jan 15, 9:52pm -
  • Prepping for Unemployment

    Prepping for Unemployment

    When the question of "What do you prep for?" is posed to me, one of my top responses is always "Unemployment". I work in construction, so layoffs and work slowdowns are a very real part of my life. This was driven home last week, when I found myself…
    - 4 days ago, 27 Jan 15, 6:16pm -
  • Home-brewed Comfort: Menstrual Relief Tea

    Home-brewed Comfort: Menstrual Relief Tea

    Tea is great. It's one of the simplest ways to get vitamin boosts and help induce higher comfort levels. It's also been around for thousands of years; the Egyptians and Ancient Chinese knew about tea and drank it.This tea recipe is one I've been expe…
    - 5 days ago, 26 Jan 15, 6:35pm -
  • Gun Blog Variety Podcast #23

    Gun Blog Variety Podcast #23

    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.Episode 23 is out and ready to impress!Sean reveals that he's been reading short stories on the internets, and he tells you where to find them.Erin Palette tells us her Twelve "C's"…
    - 6 days ago, 26 Jan 15, 5:56am -
  • Guest Article: Prepping Guide for Beginners
    by Gale NewellThere is a widely-used idiom about a straw breaking a camel’s back. The point of this idiom is identifying that everything has a breaking point. Case in point - try bending a pencil. Eventually any pencil will break when you put enoug…
    - 8 days ago, 23 Jan 15, 9:00pm -
  • Water Purification, Part 4 - Water Sources

    Water Purification, Part 4 - Water Sources

    A few weeks ago I was asked to explore urban water sources and its treatment To answer that question, first I need to explore some of the possible water sources and what type of treatment would be best for each. A very technical description of the va…
    - 9 days ago, 22 Jan 15, 8:00pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: Planning for the Likely Disaster

    Prudent Prepping: Planning for the Likely Disaster

    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Now we concentrate  on what to do in, and how to plan for, the long term via Prudent Prepping.Planning for Disaster:What if the emergency you haveisn't the one you're prepared to have?Since th…
    - 10 days ago, 21 Jan 15, 9:01pm -
  • Preventative Packaging

    Preventative Packaging

    A prepper friend discovered recently that her gear storage solution wasn't as secure and tight as she thought it was. Her situation turned my mind to ways to improve how my gear is stored, packed, and packaged.Let's start small:Use ziploc bags to pro…
    - 11 days ago, 20 Jan 15, 8:23pm -

Destiny Survival

  • A Missouri Conference Addresses the Dangers of GMO Foods and the Benefits of Organic Farming
    Many of us as preppers are keenly aware of concerns with GMO foods. We’ve heard about the benefits of organic farming and gardening. And we see the need to support those who produce locally grown food. These issues come together at the annual confe…
    - 2 days ago, 29 Jan 15, 2:09pm -
  • The USMC Tactical Survival Axe – AKA: ‘The Bruiser’
    Editor’s note: Capt. William E. Simpson II shares this review of an axe you’ll want to have among your tools and prepping supplies. As you’ll note from his comments, it’s more than your run of the mill axe.   This is not your uncle’s campi…
    - 4 days ago, 27 Jan 15, 2:25pm -
  • Urban Emergency Survival Plan – Why You Should Have One
    If you live in a city or town, you may have dismissed a lot of the information out there on preparedness because so much of it seems to focus on homesteading and self sufficiency. However, there are some basics that apply to all preppers, no matter w…
    - 9 days ago, 22 Jan 15, 2:04pm -
  • Get Survival Training to Help You Make Ready to Survive
    More companies are producing readily accessible survival training these days, either through webinars, DVD’s or online streaming video presentations. I think this is great. Why not use technology to its fullest as a teaching tool, especially if it…
    - 11 days ago, 20 Jan 15, 2:16pm -
  • Bug In or Bug Out – How Can You Know for Sure? (Part 2)
    Bug in or bug out? Everybody who’s written a book or has a Web site on prepping has an opinion. There are lists galore. How do you decide what to do, and when? Bill Cirmo says if you’re prepared to bug out, you’re prepared to bug in. Think abou…
    - 16 days ago, 15 Jan 15, 2:05pm -
  • A Solar Powered Bug Out Kit?
    Jeffrey Yago shares an interesting concept in the November-December 2014 “Backwoods Home Magazine” (Issue #150). It’s not just portable solar power. It’s a solar powered bug out kit. Curious? You’ll want to take a look at the photos, diagra…
    - 18 days ago, 13 Jan 15, 2:18pm -
  • Bug In or Bug Out – How Can You Know for Sure? (Part 1)

    - 23 days ago, 8 Jan 15, 2:02pm -
  • A Simple Knife Sharpening Tip
    Here’s a nifty knife sharpening tip. You’ll be surprised by how easy it is. Watch the short video below and let me know what you think. Is this a good idea? Have you done it before? How did it work out?     Would you feel more comfortable using…
    - 25 days ago, 6 Jan 15, 2:25pm -
  • The Absolute Best Reason for Christians to Prepare
    During the past few years of doing this site and DestinySurvival Radio, I’ve met a surprising number of Christians. At least it’s a surprise to me. As a believer in Christ myself, this is a wonderful thing. On the other hand, I know some Christia…
    - 32 days ago, 30 Dec 14, 2:36pm -
  • Reflecting on an Orange
    It’s at this time of year when many of us slow down just enough for a little reflection. Today I want to draw your attention to a post I wrote a few years ago, where I’m reflecting on an orange. And, yes, there is a connection to prepping. Take a…
    - 37 days ago, 25 Dec 14, 2:29pm -

Libertarian Rantfest

  • new1k Cache: Some Options That Make Sense To Me
    Urban Escape and EvasionGlock 9mm or .40 if that is your thing($400)Mags n ammo $100 (500) I'd like to have 3 mags and 100 rounds of ammo. Burner cell phone $30 (530)Knife, folding. A basic CRKT or Kershaw. Anything decent at that price $25 (555)Back…
    - 22 hours ago, 31 Jan 15, 1:30am -
  • Carry Update, Life and the Scenario: 1k Cache Challenge at T Blog
    Over the past several years I have pretty regularly blogged once a day. Recently I have not felt the need to write if nothing strikes my fancy or I am busy. Part of that is spending more time on my own fitness and preparations and just not forcing it…
    - 2 days ago, 30 Jan 15, 4:39am -
  • Shooting an AK-47 Under Water!!!
    Apparently you can shoot an AK under water. Can't see it ever coming up for me but good to know all the same. HT to Arctic Specter for bringing this to my attention.
    - 6 days ago, 26 Jan 15, 2:29am -
  • No New Guns; Just Different Concealment Methods?
    Every once in awhile a post gets a comment that makes me realize something significant. The best of these are what Jim Rawles calls "blind flashes of the obvious". I had one of these last night. Was going back through recent posts and saw the number…
    - 7 days ago, 24 Jan 15, 3:50pm -
  • Reflections on My 14.5in BCM Mid Length Carbine "Project AR"
    Alexander Wolfe of T Blog is thinking about upgrading his AR-15 to a BCM upper. I started a comment at his place then decided it was going to turn into a post of it's own. I built a BCM 14.5in mid length a couple years back. It's a great rifle and I…
    - 9 days ago, 23 Jan 15, 3:29am -
  • Tactical Tailor Removable Operator Pack For The Win!!!
    While on a buying/ selling site yesterday I saw a Tactical Tailor Removable Operator Pack in multicam. The guy was asking $50. I shot him a note asking if he would take $40. He said OK. We met up after work (he was another military guy). The bag is u…
    - 11 days ago, 21 Jan 15, 3:44am -
  • Weapons Caches and Random Thoughts Theiron
    In reply to a recent post smart prepared guy and frequent commenter Meister, who I just learned has a blog, left a comment that I have been mulling over."An operational Cache is the only way to defeat the man when they come for your guns. If all you…
    - 12 days ago, 20 Jan 15, 3:58am -
  • Pocket Pistol?
    Recently I realized that with minimal changes my Glock 19 can be carried in pretty much any situation where a single stack 9mm such as my Kahr CW9 will. Given that the Glock holds twice the bullets and is well, a Glock the answer is easy on that one.…
    - 13 days ago, 19 Jan 15, 4:09am -
  • ATF 'Arm Brace' Gate
     Edited to include additional picture: Link to the ATF Open Letter on the Redesign of the Sig Arm brace here. I especially liked the "every time we said this is OK we were wrong so ignore those" part. This whole thing is so silly. Zero mentions th…
    - 14 days ago, 17 Jan 15, 3:21pm -
  • From Around The Web
    Mike Pannone: Making an M4 run like a GazelleHoss USMC went and set himself up an Operational Cache. Good stuff. I did this awhile back and it is a comforting thing to have done.Hoss also stashed the same chest rig I did. Like that thing a lot and mi…
    - 15 days ago, 17 Jan 15, 1:39am -

Dr. Bones & Nurse Amy

  • Survival Medicine Hour: Alcohol, Sleep Deprivation, Escape and Evasion with Jack
    In this episode of the Doom and Bloom™ Survival Medicine Hour, Joe and Amy Alton, aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, discuss the effects of alcohol, good and bad, on your health, sleep deprivation, new viruses on the horizon in West Africa, and basics of…
    - 7 days ago, 25 Jan 15, 1:05am -
  • Video: Lone Wolf vs Community
    The importance of community to prepper survival is discussed in this latest video with Joseph Alton, M.D. Survival without other group members could spell disaster for your health. With so many activities of daily living, it is a wonder anyone can pe…
    - 7 days ago, 24 Jan 15, 5:25pm -
  • Video: A New Antibiotic
      In his companion video to the article, Joe Alton, M.D. discusses the new antibiotic Teixobactin, recently discovered when a newly discovered scientific process allowed its culture from microbes in soil. To watch, click the video below: Here’s wi…
    - 10 days ago, 21 Jan 15, 10:28pm -
  • Teixobactin, A New Antibiotic
      There is an epidemic that I’ve mentioned in past articles, and it’s spread to every continent: the epidemic of antibiotic resistance. Overuse of antibiotics in both humans and livestock (80% of antibiotics go to animals we eat) has resulted in…
    - 11 days ago, 20 Jan 15, 1:11pm -
  • Doom and Bloom’s SURVIVAL! review
    We were honored to have our new board game, Doom and Bloom’s SURVIVAL!, reviewed by Jason of recently. We try not to be too commercial with our posts, but we think Jason had fun and that you would too. He went into incredible dep…
    - 13 days ago, 19 Jan 15, 1:14am -
  • Video: Mass Casualty Incidents, Part 1
    In this video, Joe Alton, M.D., aka Dr. Bones, discusses how to approach a mass casualty incident, whether it’s a car accident, an explosion, or a natural disaster. He talks about the 5 “S’s” of successful primary triage and the S.T.A.R.T. sy…
    - 13 days ago, 18 Jan 15, 7:41pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Respiratory Infections, Black Scout Survival, more
    In this episode of the Doom and Bloom(tm) Survival Medicine Hour, Nurse Amy, aka Amy Alton, A.R.N.P., interviews Jack of the popular Black Scout Survival Youtube channel, and Joe Alton, M.D., aka Dr.Bones, discusses colds, flus and pneumonias from bo…
    - 14 days ago, 17 Jan 15, 10:05pm -
  • Video: Rectal Rehydration
    In this video, Joe Alton, M.D., aka Dr. Bones, discusses an antiquated rehydration method and its application in extreme survival scenarios: Rectal rehydration, also known as Proctoclysis. Find out about this procedure in the video below: Wishing you…
    - 19 days ago, 12 Jan 15, 1:19pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Nosebleed, Rectal Rehydration, Honey/MRSA, more
    In this episode of the Doom and Bloom(tm) Survival Medicine Hour, Joe Alton, M.D. and Amy Alton, A.R.N.P.,aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, discuss how to deal with nosebleeds in austere settings, the role that honey may have in treating infections with M…
    - 21 days ago, 10 Jan 15, 10:42pm -
  • Videocast: Hemorrhage, Rectal Rehydration, More
    Our latest videocast with Around the Cabin continues our discussion about techniques and supplies for dealing with bleeding wounds, plus an old rehydration technique is examined for its usefulness in a long-term survival setting: Rectal Rehydration,…
    - 21 days ago, 10 Jan 15, 3:48pm -

Survivalist Blog

  • newWhat did you do to prep this week?
    Well folks as you can see I didn't spend a lot of money this week, but you don't always have to... some of my best prepping has been mental, you know just setting and thinking. It's amazing what you can come up with sometimes.[[ This is a content s…
    - 10 hours ago, 31 Jan 15, 1:58pm -
  • How To Prepare a Survival Carbine
    For a lot of potential wilderness survival emergencies, a carbine of one variation or another chambered for a versatile hunting/defense cartridge seems especially practical in my view. With such a weapon you’d have rifle-like accuracy and power in…
    - 1 day ago, 30 Jan 15, 2:21pm -
  • Reader Poll: Do You Think Having a Stockpile of Silver and Gold are an Important Economic Collapse Prep?
    Click on the article tiles to go to the page and take the poll.[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
    - 1 day ago, 30 Jan 15, 1:53pm -
  • How to make a knife using basic hand tools
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    - 1 day ago, 30 Jan 15, 1:44pm -
  • Friday Miscellany News Brief
    Don’t be left-out, stay informed with the latest breaking news and information for preppers conveniently located in one place – covering the coming economic collapse, the police state, health, politics, and other important news and information th…
    - 1 day ago, 30 Jan 15, 1:37pm -
  • Community After SHTF
    After a recent life-altering experience, my perspective on prepping has undergone a dramatic change. I have had a lot of time to ponder the question: to what end do I want to survive teotwawki? Is it for the satisfaction of telling my non-prepping ne…
    - 3 days ago, 28 Jan 15, 2:06pm -
  • Backyard homesteading is an essential component of modern survivalism
    My regular readers know that I’m a firm believer that backyard homesteading is an essential component of modern survivalism. You can only put away so much food and supplies and if the disaster, whatever it may be, lasts longer than you have planed…
    - 3 days ago, 28 Jan 15, 1:54pm -
  • Wednesday Miscellany News Brief
    Dominoes Continue to Fall : “You can almost hear the click, as each domino crashes against the next one. And, they’re all lined up, ready to deliver us to financial Armageddon and World War III.” The Collapse of Europe? “The European Union Ma…
    - 3 days ago, 28 Jan 15, 1:31pm -
  • Conflicted Tuesday
    You have ran out of food and your family id starving. The government will give you free food but they require you to supply them with the names of three other survivalists in return. You could provide three names, but you know that giving them the na…
    - 4 days ago, 27 Jan 15, 1:06pm -
  • ITEOTWAWKI – And I Feel Fine CD – Volumes One and Two Available for a Limited Time for Only $29!
    After our last CD sale, I've had a bunch of readers asking me to make volume one available again, so to fill that need I'm making both volume one and two available for a limited time for only $29![[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website…
    - 4 days ago, 27 Jan 15, 12:56pm -

Patriot Rising

  • Prepping 101: Beyond the Basics

    Prepping 101: Beyond the Basics

    In the first article of this three part series, we covered the basics of beginning prepping. We discussed putting plans in place that would help you in an emergency situation. We talked getting and maintaining a 3 day supply of food and water. We wen…
    - 1 day ago, 30 Jan 15, 9:16pm -
  • The Burning Secret of Flint and Steel Fire

    The Burning Secret of Flint and Steel Fire

      Prepare modern and practice primitive. You won’t catch me in the woods without several Bic lighters. When I really need to start a fire, I whip out my Bic. For primitive fire craft, I may start a fire by friction. If those modern fire starters…
    - 1 day ago, 30 Jan 15, 9:13pm -
  • 15 Uncommon Bug Out Bag Ideas

    15 Uncommon Bug Out Bag Ideas

      Before we get started here I just want to say that this is not a list of must have items for your bug out bag, you can find those everywhere. This post is about some uncommon bug out bag ideas that would be great to have, but most are not absolute…
    - 1 day ago, 30 Jan 15, 9:12pm -
  • To Bug Out or Stay In?

    To Bug Out or Stay In?

      Every prepper knows what it’s like to pack your bug out bag and think of all the scenarios when you might need it, from the common to the most outlandish. But the truth is we hope we never actually have to use our bug out bag. Just because we pr…
    - 1 day ago, 30 Jan 15, 9:04pm -
  • Why You Need Glow Sticks in Your Bug-Out Bag

    Why You Need Glow Sticks in Your Bug-Out Bag

      How Do Glow Sticks Work? Glow sticks — also called light sticks or chemlights — are transparent plastic tubes that contain isolated chemical solutions that – when combined – are capable of generating light through a chemical reaction calle…
    - 1 day ago, 30 Jan 15, 8:56pm -
  • FREE! The Survival / Homesteading / Preparedness / Sustainability PDF Page!
    The post FREE! The Survival / Homesteading / Preparedness / Sustainability PDF Page! appeared first on Patriot Rising.
    - 2 days ago, 30 Jan 15, 12:10am -


    Subscribe to the Patriot Rising Newsletter and get frequent updates about all of our topics. Daily or semi-daily updates will arrive in your inbox with no hassle. An example of what will be sent to your e-mailThe post SUBSCRIBE TO THE PATRIOT RISING…
    - 2 days ago, 30 Jan 15, 12:06am -
  • Fish Hooks can be Used for Bird Hunting

    Fish Hooks can be Used for Bird Hunting

      Now the first thing I want to explain that hunting birds with fish hooks is probably illegal everywhere.  This should only be used as a method of last resort when your life is at stake.  But if the situation is desperate, here is a way to catch…
    - 2 days ago, 29 Jan 15, 10:23pm -
  • The 3 S’s of Prepping

    The 3 S’s of Prepping

        It’s easy to get overwhelmed when you first start thinking about getting intoprepping. That overwhelmed feeling you get when you start reading articles and how-tos is why so many people eventually give up. The truth is that most of prepping b…
    - 2 days ago, 29 Jan 15, 10:19pm -
  • How to Pick and Eat Prickly Pear Cactus

    How to Pick and Eat Prickly Pear Cactus

    Step 1: Locate a Fruiting Prickly Pear Cactus Native to the arid south, Prickly Pear is an easily distinguishable plant. Often adorned with the red/purple fruits atop the pears and for brief periods, beautiful flowers atop of those. Pay attention to…
    - 2 days ago, 29 Jan 15, 9:52pm -

Survival Gear

Backdoor Survival

  • newThe Survival Buzz #154
    Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.How is everyone doing this week?  If it has been anything like mine, you are firing on all cylinders as you begin to realize it…
    - 15 hours ago, 31 Jan 15, 9:00am -
  • Review: The Fantastic Gardening Notebook + Giveaway
    I have a love/hate relationship with gardening.  Although blessed with a green thumb, to take advantage of that blessing I need good sun and warm weather.  Unfortunately, that is not the case where I live.  Although beautiful in so many ways, my…
    - 2 days ago, 30 Jan 15, 9:00am -
  • BDS Book Festival 7: The Ultimate Dehydrator Cookbook + Giveaway
    Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the Backdoor Survival Book Festival 7.Tammy Gangloff, Steven Gangloff, and September Ferguson, the authors of Ultimate Dehydrator Cookbook, are here to answer the Book Festival  questions and…
    - 3 days ago, 29 Jan 15, 9:00am -
  • How to Homestead When You Rent: Part One
    Homesteading is the buzz word of the year within the preparedness community, and rightfully so. The desire to be self-sufficient and self-reliant has never been stronger.  Folks of all ages and all walks of life are beginning to look back to pionee…
    - 4 days ago, 28 Jan 15, 9:00am -
  • How to Bake Bread: Easy English Muffin Bread
    I have a confession to make.  I am a bread addict.  Give me a chunk of crunchy chewy whole grain bread or a slice of fresh artisan bread and I am in heaven.The good news is that quality breads are readily available for purchase almost everywhere…
    - 5 days ago, 27 Jan 15, 9:00am -
  • The Survival Buzz # 153
    Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.This week was extremely busy as I have tried to tie up lose ends and make progress on the various projects I have going.  Now…
    - 8 days ago, 24 Jan 15, 9:00am -
  • Free Food Friday: Win an Emergency Food Supply Kit from Survival Based
    It has been a little over a year since I confessed that the ongoing joke among my family and friends is that I talk about food all of the time but never eat.  That is not quite true since I really do eat, just not that often and not that much.  Qu…
    - 9 days ago, 23 Jan 15, 9:00am -
  • BDS Book Festival 7: Good Crazy by Richard Earl Broome + Giveaway
    Richard Earl Broome, who you know as the author of a number of thought-provoking articles here on Backdoor Survival, is today’s featured author in the Backdoor Survival Book Festival 7.His newest book, Good Crazy, is a sequel to Leaving The Trees…
    - 10 days ago, 22 Jan 15, 9:00am -
  • Survival Basics: Buckets, Lids and Gamma Seals
    Buckets are a fact of life when it comes to food storage. They are strong, light and moisture free, and, when sealed, will keep most, if not all pests at bay.  They are also readily available and the cost is nominal, if not free.In keeping with th…
    - 11 days ago, 21 Jan 15, 9:00am -
  • 5 Important Considerations When Forming a Prepper Community
    One of the key strategies for every prepper is the formation of a prepper community.  Yet, as strategic as this may be, it is conceivably the most difficult of all of the prepper strategies.There are issues, not the least of which is who do you tr…
    - 12 days ago, 20 Jan 15, 9:00am -

Backwoods Survival Blog

  • newMOVIE REVIEW: "The Terminator" (1984)
    Few Hollywood films could possibly speak to the old-school Survivalist subculture like "The Terminator" (1984) Blu-ray (DVD version). Critically lauded in years to come as a piece of science fiction that was far ahead of its time, this film and its s…
    - 3 hours ago, 31 Jan 15, 8:25pm -
  • If You're in the Market for a Battle Rifle (And You Should Be), You Cannot Beat the SKS As a Marriage of Dependability, Utility, and Affordability
    I've never been a huge advocate of amassing a monstrous arsenal of firearms, but I want the ones I do have to be sufficiently versatile to keep me alive if the need arises. You can't always rely on being able to hide. I see so much of this philosophy…
    - 1 day ago, 30 Jan 15, 7:39pm -
  • Doomsday Castle?
    I have long been an advocate of what I refer to as Medieval Survivalism. By that, I mean that if possible survival should be carried out as a member of a community defending a stronghold, rather than simply as a single family or small group trying to…
    - 2 days ago, 29 Jan 15, 7:54pm -
  • Baofeng UV-5R: A Great Entry-Level Radio for Preppers
    Almost since the very beginnings of my foray into emergency preparedness, I have had an interest in amateur radio. Obviously, very few options exist for reaching out to communicate across long distances outside of the ultramodern telephone networks w…
    - 3 days ago, 28 Jan 15, 7:32pm -
  • What Ever Happened to the Wisdom of It Being Better to Be Safe Than Sorry?
    Photo SourceI wish that the title of this article was some sort of a joke, but I find myself seriously having to ask that question. If you live anywhere within spitting distance of the upper East Coast of the United States and especially the extreme…
    - 3 days ago, 28 Jan 15, 7:17pm -
  • H&R Pardner Pump 12 Gauge – Great Budget Shotgun for Home Defense and a Poor Man's Version of the Remington 870 Express
    Few weapons are geared better for the defense of one's home than the classic 12-gauge shotgun. Plenty of stopping power, while simultaneously allowing you to choose the load you prefer with respect to ammunition, and with a ballistics spread (typical…
    - 4 days ago, 27 Jan 15, 8:11pm -
  • DIY First-Aid Kit, Part 3
    Read Part 1 & Part 2 After having gotten a fairly decent start on my little DIY first-aid kits, I still felt as though I was missing quite a bit, and then it dawned on me that – although I have included things like alcohol and peroxide to keep wo…
    - 5 days ago, 26 Jan 15, 7:54pm -
  • Building My Own DIY Everyday Carry (EDC) Kit: A Step-By-Step Journey, Part 3
    Read Part 1 & Part 2No respectable Everyday Carry (EDC) kit could possibly be considered complete without the addition of two vital elements: lighting and a cutting tool. The entire purpose of carrying such a kit on your person at all times is to e…
    - 6 days ago, 25 Jan 15, 8:16pm -
  • Guest Post: Hurricane Protection – What’s New?
    Photo SourceNo one who lived during the Hurricane Katrina event will ever forget the devastation and destruction, and the long-term effects that still exist today. More recently (2012), Hurricane Sandy destroyed the New Jersey shore. There is now no…
    - 6 days ago, 25 Jan 15, 7:57pm -
  • PREPPER PRODUCT REVIEW: Nissin Chow Mein Noodle Meal
    by Matt M.I am always on the look out for inexpensive food items with a long shelf-life, especially if they are lightweight, portable, and easily prepared. Something I can take for lunch at work, saving me some cash, and that can be stashed in my t…
    - 7 days ago, 24 Jan 15, 8:11pm -

Bug Out Survival

  • Early Review of Sailing the Apocalypse
    Dave Zeiger knows a thing or two about bug out boats. As a designer and liveaboard sailor who makes his home aboard his self-built vessel, Slacktide on the isolated waters of southeast Alaska, he lives a full-time lifestyle many preppers fantasize ab…
    - 16 days ago, 15 Jan 15, 8:43pm -
  • Sailing the Apocalypse
    I've posted this on my main website but I'm reposting here for those of you who don't visit all that often.  As always, there's a new book in the works and this one is another fiction title that might interest some readers of…
    - 53 days ago, 10 Dec 14, 1:33am -
  • Revisiting Favorite Wild Places
    I spent a couple of weeks in September wandering around the Southwest by motorcycle, mostly camping in national forests and other public lands, which there is no shortage of in this region.  Many of the places I wanted to revisit were favorite areas…
    - 10 Oct 14, 3:25pm -
  • Book Giveaway Winners
    This is a repost from my main website:Just an update to announce that the winners have been selected  for the ten  signed copies of Refuge that I offered to those signing up for my author newsletter.  If your email address was chosen, you should…
    - 1 Oct 14, 3:36pm -
  • 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 10 Jun 14, 9:07pm -

Canadian Preppers Network

  • E2 S27 Barefoot Bushcraft Radio Show
    Episode 27 Season 2 - Barefoot Bushcraft Radio ShowSaturday, January 25th - 2015In this episode of the Barefoot Bushcraft Radio Show - Surprising insights into the effects of wood fuel burning - Leatherman Tread Wearable Tool Kit - Bartering after…
    - 7 days ago, 24 Jan 15, 1:00pm -
  • E26 S2 Barefoot Bushcraft Radio Show
    Episode 26, Season 2 Barefoot Bushcraft Radio ShowSaturday, January 17th, 2015In this episode of the Barefoot Bushcraft Radio Show: - Couple Sues Government of Canada for tree falling on tent - Tuning a primitive bow - Psychology of Prepping -…
    - 14 days ago, 17 Jan 15, 3:50pm -
  • E25 S2 BF-Bushcraft Radio
    Season 2, Episode 25Saturday, January 10th - 2015In this episode of the Barefoot Bushcraft Radio show, we discuss - Letter from a listener - Things they don't tell you on an Antarctic expedition - Putting Serving on a Bow string - Prepping Food …
    - 21 days ago, 11 Jan 15, 2:46am -
  • Emergency Preparedness for Celiacs
    Living through an emergency event is stressful enough to your health, but what if you have an immune system that is compromised by the things you eat and you are suddenly thrust into a situation where your food options are limited even further? I th…
    - 22 days ago, 10 Jan 15, 12:23am -
  • Aurora Bushcraft & Survival Winter Bushcraft - $50.00 rebate for CPN Members!
    WINTER BUSHCRAFT ADVENTURE Your aircraft has gone down, and it is winter in the Rocky Mountains...would you be able to survive?Aurora Bushcraft & Survival wants to show you how! Learn firebuilding, navigation, knife and saw safety and cutting techniq…
    - 22 days ago, 9 Jan 15, 4:18pm -
  • Movie Monday - Yellowstone Caldera
    This Week On Movie MondayYellowstone Caldera : The Biggest Volcanic Eruption Ever Awaits Mankind The Yellowstone Caldera is the volcanic caldera and supervolcano located in Yellowstone National Park in the United States, sometimes referred to as…
    - 26 days ago, 6 Jan 15, 2:00am -
  • E24 S2 BF-Bushcraft Radio
    Episode 24, Season 2Saturday, January 03, 2014  In this episode of the Barefoot Bushcraft Radio Show: - Year in Review - Invasive Species Not That Bad - Man Falls Into Niagara Falls Gorge - To Bug In or Bug Out? - Special Guest Frank Wolf[Click…
    - 28 days ago, 3 Jan 15, 4:00pm -
  • E23 S2 Barefoot Bushcraft Radio Show
    Season 2, Episode 23Saturday, December 27, 2014- Ethical Furs made from Road Kill- Eating wild plants on a backpacking trip- The Prepping Tree Of Life- Interview Fernando Aguirre from The Modern Survivalist[Click Here To Listen To Episode 23, Season…
    - 35 days ago, 27 Dec 14, 2:19pm -
  • E22 S2 Barefoot Bushcraft Radio Show
    Season 2 Episode 22Saturday, December 20, 2014In this Episode of the Barefoot Bushcraft Radio Show - How to take fitness outdoors in Winter - Healing Teas from Winter Teas - Introduce "Che's Preppers Corner" - Interview Mick Dodge[Click Here To D…
    - 42 days ago, 20 Dec 14, 4:00pm -
  • Movie Monday - Secrets of the Castle - Episode 2
    This Week On Movie MondaySecrets Of The CastleEpisode 2 How many times have we heard that an EMP would send us back to midevil times?  As disturbing as that statement is, how many of us understand exactly what that would mean?  Have you ever wond…
    - 47 days ago, 16 Dec 14, 1:00am -

Tactical Intelligence

  • Ebola Prevention in a Grid-Down World
    Hey guys, just wanted to quickly let you know about a document I found buried in the CDC website. It’s an older document (written in 1998) that provides an excellent resource for Ebola prevention in a time when modern medical facilities might not b…
    - 98 days ago, 25 Oct 14, 5:44pm -
  • 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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.
    - 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…
    - 30 Jun 14, 9:16pm -

Off Grid Survival

Prepper Website

Preparedness Videos

World War Z: The Real Plan for Apocalypse
Say the world was actually taken over by vicious zombies, World War Z style. What would an actual government response to an apocalypse look like? Anthony fig...
- 20 Jun 13, 1:01pm -
Glocks: Don't Piss Them Off
Facebook Twitter I made a video awhile back about how Glocks are deceitful, angry, u...
- 2 Jan 13, 8:37pm -
Survival QUICK TIP - What is 550 Paracord & How Can It Save Your Life? - Paracord Basics - Part 1 -
So what's the big deal with Paracord anyway? The answer is simple and it can save your life. In this NEW video from we'll an...
- 1 Jan 13, 9:03am -
Buying The Wrong Gun
Facebook Twitter Who hasn't bought the wrong gun at least once?
- 27 Dec 12, 7:38pm -
Good-Bye Gun Safes (Long Overdue Decision)
Facebook Twitter I made a long overdue decision today regarding my guns.
- 21 Dec 12, 10:31am -
Closeted Gun Nut (Suffering for the 2nd Amendment)
Why does our love of guns and our support of the 2nd Amendment often bring us such hardship and turmoil?
- 25 Nov 12, 7:05am -
Dianne Feinstein & Assault Weapons Ban
A little message from me to Diane Feinstein on what I feel to be her true motivation regarding the assault weapons ban.
- 10 Nov 12, 9:40am -
Make a Fire By Rubbing Sticks
Cast away on a deserted island? Here's a survival technique for making a fire with the most basic of resources. How to make a fire rubbing 2 sticks together!...
- 8 Nov 12, 4:06pm -
Micro-Semiauto vs. Snubbie Revolver (concealed carry)
Do the modern micro semi-autos have any advantage over the basic snubbie revolver for concealed carry or is it all just hype and hysteria over a new product?
- 2 Nov 12, 8:31pm -
Why I Carry a Gun
Answering the question "why do I carry a handgun?"
- 24 Oct 12, 1:53pm -
NICS Delayed My Gun Purchase
I got delayed again by NICS. This video is just a little rant about it. PS: I am still working the kinks out of the new equipment so this video is pretty poo...
- 23 Oct 12, 1:54pm -
Concealed Carry: The Legal Risks of Printing
Is printing illegal?
- 25 Aug 12, 7:06pm -

Survival Monkey Forums

  • newSome thoughts on basic metal working
    I have been thinking about what I wanted to include in starting this thread and found a lot of what I wanted to say had been posted a bit earlier in another thread by AirTime, and since IMO he's spot on, I'm starting this thread by shamelessly Bogart…
    - 15 mins ago, 31 Jan 15, 11:36pm -
  • newGet home bag.
    hey I am trying to deside if I need to put together a get home bag I lve in east tn and I drive 40 miles to work whats everones opnion.
    - 25 mins ago, 31 Jan 15, 11:26pm -
  • newOff grid learning center
    Thanks everyone, my wife and myself are currently living off the grid, no services available even if we wanted them. We have decided that we want to expand the area where we now live and build 6 cabins, all off the grid, for people to learn what it i…
    - 26 mins ago, 31 Jan 15, 11:25pm -
  • newThe Word Association Game
    The Word Association Game: I'll start by posting one word. You read the post and then think of a word that comes to mind when reading the previous one. Are you ready to play? PICKLES!
    - 27 mins ago, 31 Jan 15, 11:24pm -
  • newTopic of the Month February 2015- Cabin Fever/Winter Hardships
    February is a a time when winter seems to have no end. This month let's talk about how to combat and recognize cabin fever/winter doldrums. It is important that people be able to recognize when others are being affected. The hardships of winter can s…
    - 3 hours ago, 31 Jan 15, 9:17pm -
  • newThe Marriage Equality Juggernaut just keeps rolling on
    Much has happened in the arena of marriage equality judicial review, since the time I posted The dominos keep on teetering and toplling | Survival Monkey Forums back in April last year. 36 US States have now achieved marriage equality for same sex…
    - 3 hours ago, 31 Jan 15, 8:37pm -
  • newNever Surrender (The Empire's Corps 10)
    Hi, everyoneGood news first - Eric Jalil Nuttall was born on the 23rd December, 2014, so I took a few weeks of break before going back to writing.Never Surrender is Book 10 of The Empire’s Corps, picking up directly after Retreat Hell (Book 8).…
    - 4 hours ago, 31 Jan 15, 7:44pm -
  • newBear "Fun", "Jungle" Tools, Ideas and Special / Member Projects
    Aloha Monkeys,I reckon this is where I will put all my "Fun and Stuff" from now on... and all the wild, weird and wonderful ideas, requests and challenges I get from my fellow Monkeys... Hope that works for everyone I'm an old fart and get bored…
    - 4 hours ago, 31 Jan 15, 7:29pm -
  • newA general First aid guide
    Survival First Aid
    - 5 hours ago, 31 Jan 15, 7:05pm -
  • newBreathing Room - Schedule time for the unexpected
    If there’s one survival value I’d like to instill in my kids, it’s simply this: Live with Breathing Room.Leave space in your living habits to accommodate emergencies.In our “just in time” society most people live with absolutely no brea…
    - 5 hours ago, 31 Jan 15, 7:05pm -

Preparedness Pro

  • Whistle While They Fret-Mental Preparedness In Action
    So tonight I was literally locked IN my hotel room. I couldn't get out for anything!!  The steel door handle wouldn't turn far enough for me to unlock the door.  After attempting to open the door for several minutes and ruining a good pair of shoes…
    - 60 days ago, 3 Dec 14, 6:33am -
  • Reader Question: "Which Hand-Operated Grain Mill Should I Buy?"
    Question:"Kellene, how do I know which manual grain mill to buy? I'm so confused?!" Answer:There are THREE key considerations to choosing a grain mill that you'll be operating manually.  I'll provide you with these three highlights and let…
    - 82 days ago, 11 Nov 14, 5:24am -
  • Strengthening the Bonds With Family and Friends--Part 2
    In part 1 of this series about strengthening the bonds of your family and friends and your community through fun activities, I shared one game with you along with laying out a case for being mindful of such preparations. Today I’m going to share tw…
    - 22 Oct 14, 3:28am -
  • Strengthening the Bonds With Family and Friends--Part 1
    Today’s article isn’t about the all-natural cure for battling the Ebola virus. Nor is it about the 12 essential food items you can make from powdered milk. It’s quite a bit off the beaten path of the traditional “prepper journey”. However,…
    - 19 Oct 14, 1:09am -
  • Quail--A Path to Preparedness for All Types of Homes?

    - 10 Oct 14, 1:36am -
  • Invest in Your Greatest Need Today--Community
    Preparedness is not about being a hermit, or a Rambo-like survivalist.  And there might not be much time left for you to get one of your most critical assets in place--Your Community. There’s a component of preparedness that I fear most prepp…
    - 27 Sep 14, 1:28am -
  • Awesome Projects for Preppers
    Awesome Projects for Preppers--by Guest Contributor Matt StevensWhile there are a lot of people whose prepping starts and stops with stockpiling supplies, there are many others who make it a lifestyle. These people ultimately end up much better pre…
    - 20 Sep 14, 4:30pm -
  • 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 qui…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 23 Aug 14, 9:51pm -

Survival Cache

  • Survival Gear Review: Helio Pressure Shower
    If you are like me, the biggest luxury you will miss when the SHTF is a nice hot shower, that and a toilet that flushes.  I do a fair amount of backwoods camping and fishing in the Rocky Mountains, so going without a shower is something that I do of…
    - 1 day ago, 30 Jan 15, 8:35pm -
  • Book Review: The Evolution Of The Black Rifle
    If you are like me and love the AR-15 platform, then you should consider reading the new book by Jeff Zimba called The Evolution of the Black Rifle: 20 Years of Upgrades and Accessories.  As you can infer from the title, the book was written with 20…
    - 3 days ago, 28 Jan 15, 3:45pm -
  • A Baker’s Dozen SHTF Blades
    If you’re like me, you’re probably knife poor.  I like knives and all kinds of blades, but sometimes they don’t like me.  I have a tendency to get cut.  Imagine that.  Among all the survival tools we could amass, I highly suspect that knive…
    - 7 days ago, 24 Jan 15, 2:22pm -
  • Survival Gear Review: Benchmade Adamas Knife
    It is a long held belief that a folding knife can never possess the strength to solo as a survival knife. The fears of a folding blade includes that they are too short, have a weak pivot point, and any locking mechanism simply cannot be strong enough…
    - 14 days ago, 17 Jan 15, 5:54pm -
  • Survival Debate: Bug In Food Options
    What food options should survivalists stock up on in a Bug In scenario?  The options seem endless, some easy to pick, others more complicated or requiring more detailed support to work.  It’s a good healthy debate for us.  Tell us what you think…
    - 19 days ago, 12 Jan 15, 1:00pm -
  • Survival Gear Review: UDAP Bear Spray
    My first thought was does this stuff stop a bear, of course. Then questions start to flow, like legality and effectiveness. Is it legal to blast someone with a spray designed for animals?  Can you carry it open or concealed?  Does it really stop a…
    - 22 days ago, 9 Jan 15, 12:43pm -
  • Survival Gear Review: 1887 T-Model 12 Gauge Shotgun
    Not every firearm we review on Survival Cache is the ultimate survival gun.  Sometimes we see something and say “That is badass, I gotta get my hands on one of those.”  Which is the case with the T-Model Lever Action Shotgun.  Last year at Sho…
    - 27 days ago, 4 Jan 15, 1:00pm -
  • Book Review: Survival Guns – A Beginner’s Guide
    If you are a reader of Survival Cache or SHTFBlog then you have probably spent some time thinking about survival guns.  Like you, I have spent more time than I care to admit reading comments and forums with people arguing about the best firearms for…
    - 30 days ago, 1 Jan 15, 1:00pm -
  • Survival Gear Review: Valkyrie War Cord Survival Frag
    I’ve only met one survivalist who said he didn’t like paracord gear and I’m pretty sure he was lying.  Paracord is one of the staple items that have come to be accepted as a “must have” in your kit, and you’ll have to travel far and wide…
    - 34 days ago, 28 Dec 14, 11:21pm -
  • Easy Survival Tarp Shelter
    There are a thousand ways you can make a shelter out of tarp.  It’s a great piece of knowledge to have, so I’m going to show you an easy system I came up with.  The first thing you need is a tarp.  The bigger the tarp the larger your shelter w…
    - 39 days ago, 23 Dec 14, 6:50pm -

Survival is a state of mind

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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

  • Gov. Deal proclaims Feb. 2-6 as Severe Weather Preparedness Week
    In order to prepare all Georgians for the possibility of a disaster, the Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security's Ready Georgia campaign once again joins forces with Gov. Nathan Deal to raise awareness about the importance of emergency…
    - 1 day ago, 30 Jan 15, 7:39pm -
  • Courting death
    Though the nation boasts of its military capabilities on Republic Day, it is imperative that the members of civil society do some soul searching regarding the families of our real-life heroes.
    - 1 day ago, 30 Jan 15, 3:55pm -
  • Phoenix Fire Department To Use Sonim XP7 Smartphones For Big Game Emergency Preparedness
    SAN MATEO, Calif., Jan. 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Sonim Technologies, maker of the world's toughest mobile phones for public safety applications and use in extreme environments, said today that firefighters from the Phoenix Fire Department will use t…
    - 2 days ago, 29 Jan 15, 5:31pm -
  • Bob Persan
    Bob Persan runs Henry Persan & Sons Hardware, and has worked in the family business for more than 40 years. He spoke about the blizzard, and gave advice on snow preparedness.
    - 3 days ago, 28 Jan 15, 10:21pm -
  • Sundance film questions student preparedness for the 21st century
    "Most Likely to Succeed" is being screened during the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Provided by Sundance Institute (courtesy) "Most Likely to Succeed" is being screened during the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.
    - 4 days ago, 28 Jan 15, 2:15am -
  • FairPoint Provides Telecom Preparedness Tips As Storm Approaches
    PORTLAND, Maine, Jan. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- FairPoint Communications, Inc., a leading communications provider, today assured northern New England communities that it has resources, operations and support ...
    - 5 days ago, 26 Jan 15, 8:30pm -
  • Five Ways To Be Disaster Ready In The Bay Area
    It is never too soon to prepare for a disaster. Fortunately, San Francisco Bay Area emergency preparedness resources offer numerous opportunities to plan ahead for disasters or emergencies of any kind.
    - 15 days ago, 16 Jan 15, 1:00pm -
  • Ebola, Vaccination Changes Dominate Past Year's Headlines
    In one form or another, family medicine played a major role in 2014's top medical stories, including the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and recommended immunization changes.
    - 24 days ago, 7 Jan 15, 3:26pm -
  • Ebola, Vaccination Changes Dominate Headlines
    In one form or another, family medicine played a major role in 2014's top medical stories, including the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and recommended immunization changes.
    - 26 days ago, 5 Jan 15, 11:26pm -
  • Get prepared for an emergency now
    Don’t wait until an emergency happens to wish that you had planned ahead. Planning is the princess of preparedness. Take the initiative to prepare a little each month for an emergency.
    - 29 days ago, 3 Jan 15, 12:20am -

Wilderness Survival Forum

  • newTop Ten Winter Hikes
    Big Cypress and The Florida Trail makes the top ten winter hikes. I have hiked many sections of the Florida Trail and cross it often in various...
    - 6 hours ago, 31 Jan 15, 5:23pm -
  • newHome grown wheat - from seed to loaf
    Step by step from seed to loaf - all stages done on my 0.5 acre mini-farm using very simple methods. happy to share...
    - 12 hours ago, 31 Jan 15, 11:24am -
  • newcamping out back
    since i can,t wait for spring or summer i,ve decided to do a little camping out in the grove on the back side of the property the weather has been...
    - 20 hours ago, 31 Jan 15, 3:28am -
  • Niagara Falls Ice Wall Climb for WS honeymooners?
    Now that a middle-aged guy has done it will young "wilderness survival" couples want to do it on their honeymoon? ...
    - 1 day ago, 30 Jan 15, 7:12pm -
  • Lady Bella the 28th Diva dog one year old today.
    LOL....Lady Bella.....the diva dog is a year Been a trip.....she is truly a fur kid. Image:...
    - 1 day ago, 30 Jan 15, 5:13pm -
  • willow bark anyone?
    this is common knowledge for most woods folk but here is a interesting link regarding the historical use of willow. ...
    - 2 days ago, 29 Jan 15, 11:53pm -
  • Brown was here.......(truck)
    Brown truck stopped today, and brought me another piece of the quest.....30-36 Handi Barrel. Latest addition to the .30 cal project. Started as a...
    - 2 days ago, 29 Jan 15, 8:35pm -
  • Fire Starting EDC
    Just curious to see what if any methods of fire starting that people carry with them on an every day basis. I myself have 2 at all times. I have a...
    - 2 days ago, 29 Jan 15, 5:18pm -
  • Take you hawk for a "walk".....I mean "fly"
    - 2 days ago, 29 Jan 15, 5:12pm -
  • MD Here
    Hey everybody, new to the forum, but I have been doing survival and bushcraft for a while now.
    - 2 days ago, 29 Jan 15, 4:25pm -

Modern Survival Online

  • newKnife Review: Cold Steel GI Tanto
    This post was previously published HERE on MSO. I have now owned this knife for over a year and it continues to perform well. A couple months ago I bought the Cold Steel GI Tanto knife. I had been looking at this knife for quite some time as other Co…
    - 24 hours ago, 31 Jan 15, 12:11am -
  • From the Desk of John Rourke – January 30th, 2015
    A couple things on the “SHTF” knife contest. Try to make your photo as high quality as possible. Be creative not only with the picture but also with the description(if you choose). Although the contest says “knife” any edged item can be enter…
    - 2 days ago, 30 Jan 15, 12:15am -
  • Quote from “American Sniper”
      As heard in the movie “American Sniper”. Chris Kyle’s father is talking to Chris and his younger brother when they were children……. “There are three types of people in this world: sheep, wolves, and sheepdogs.” “Some people prefer…
    - 2 days ago, 30 Jan 15, 12:14am -
  • Like Westerns? Like true stories? Check this out…..
    True Story Of Kill Or Be Killed In The Real Old West Long time ModernSurvivalOnline advertiser Jim Huebner discovered this one-of-a-kind memoir hidden way in an abandoned barn near of all places – -Disney World in modern day Florida. If you’ve ev…
    - 2 days ago, 30 Jan 15, 12:01am -
  • From the Desk of John Rourke – January 29th, 2015
    One out of every 5 children in the US receive nutrition via food stamps. Wonderful. ◊ ◊ ◊ ◊ ◊ I think now would be a great time to start buying silver. ◊ ◊ ◊ ◊ ◊ has a SPAM can of Tula .223 Rem ammo – 500 rounds –…
    - 3 days ago, 29 Jan 15, 12:15am -
  • Review: Gunshack G2 flashlight
    I recently had an opportunity to purchase two(2) Helotex G2 flashlights through at a really good price. I love flashlights in my preparedness system I can’t have too many (along with batteries of course). Over the last decade technolo…
    - 3 days ago, 29 Jan 15, 12:10am -
  • Prepper Press adds two new books…..
    ModernSurvivalOnline sponsor Prepper Press is a leading publisher of preparedness books and Dystopian fiction. They have recently released two new offerings:   The first is The Evolution of the Black Rifle: 20 Years of Upgrades, Options and Accessor…
    - 3 days ago, 29 Jan 15, 12:01am -
  • From the Desk of John Rourke – January 28th, 2015
    Get a load of this: A new law was just passed making it illegal to throw food away in the trash in the City of Seattle. These Progressives just never cease to amaze me. ◊ ◊ ◊ ◊ ◊ I can’t get that damn Taylor Swift song “Shake It Off”…
    - 4 days ago, 28 Jan 15, 12:15am -

The Survival Mom

  • new3 Tips To Make A Better Every Day Carry (EDC) Kit

    3 Tips To Make A Better Every Day Carry (EDC) Kit

    Look around you right now, wherever you are, and do a quick inventory of the items on hand. Now, imagine, right at this moment, a sudden crisis happened – whether it be an earthquake, a robbery, or even a terrorist attack. Read MoreThe post 3 Tip…
    - 16 hours ago, 31 Jan 15, 8:00am -
  • Fire Destroyed My Food Storage – Without Ever Touching It

    Fire Destroyed My Food Storage – Without Ever Touching It

      No, my food storage wasn’t directly set on fire. It was my parents’ food storage.  The food never did actually burn, but the fire was close enough to cause heat-related damage. After the fire event, they gave all the food Read MoreThe post…
    - 2 days ago, 30 Jan 15, 8:00am -
  • Creative Storage Solutions for Your Stash

    Creative Storage Solutions for Your Stash

    I took one of those online Facebook quizzes titled “How Organized Are You?” The results were less than flattering, but true. You are 45% organized. You separate your recycling, but it doesn’t matter, because you always forget to take it Read Mo…
    - 3 days ago, 29 Jan 15, 8:00am -
  • Be a Lean, Mean Survival Mom Machine

    Be a Lean, Mean Survival Mom Machine

    Picture this.  You’re with your kids or grand-kids in a COSTCO or Wal-Mart, when you hear gunshots and screams coming from across the store.  From the terrifying sounds you know you only have a few seconds to get to safety, Read MoreThe post Be…
    - 4 days ago, 28 Jan 15, 8:00am -
  • Stock Your Pantry from Scratch: Enchilada Sauce

    Stock Your Pantry from Scratch: Enchilada Sauce

    I love to make up my own convenience foods! I know what is in them so they are much healthier. They are simple to just grab off my shelf (instead of going to a store for a specialty can of Read MoreThe post Stock Your Pantry from Scratch: Enchilada…
    - 5 days ago, 27 Jan 15, 8:00am -
  • 25 Top Pins to Help Get You Organized!

    25 Top Pins to Help Get You Organized!

    As our January Skill of the Month comes to a close, I rounded up some of the best organizing pins from prepper/survival/homesteading bloggers that give tips you won’t want to miss. I’ve included a few of my own as well. Read MoreThe post 25 Top…
    - 5 days ago, 26 Jan 15, 6:24pm -
  • A New Family Hobby: The air rifle

    A New Family Hobby: The air rifle

    If your kids get bored easily and you’d love to get them involved in a fun activity that will teach them practical, lifelong skills, consider the air rifle.  Also called air guns, this inexpensive hobby teaches both adults and kids (boys Read Mor…
    - 6 days ago, 26 Jan 15, 8:00am -
  • Try it Today! Review Your Credit Report

    Try it Today! Review Your Credit Report

    Maintaining a good handle on your finances is an important element of your overall disaster mitigation plan. While it might not seem so on the surface, give it a bit of thought. The better off you are financially, the higher Read MoreThe post Try it…
    - 7 days ago, 25 Jan 15, 8:00am -
  • Evacuation Time? Don’t Forget Your Pets!

    Evacuation Time? Don’t Forget Your Pets!

    What plans have you made and put into place for your animals should an emergency of some type strike your area? The post Evacuation Time? Don’t Forget Your Pets! by The Survival Mom appeared first on The Survival Mom. Be sure to check it out!
    - 8 days ago, 24 Jan 15, 8:00am -
  • Survival Creativity: An Important Facet of the Survival Mindset

    Survival Creativity: An Important Facet of the Survival Mindset

    As you go along in your disaster readiness journey, you’ll no doubt pick up many wonderful and useful skills. You’ll also likely purchase any number of tools, gadgets, and doodads that will (hopefully) be useful in an emergency. However, above Re…
    - 9 days ago, 23 Jan 15, 8:11am -

Florida Hillbilly

  • Food at Your Feet: Wild Onions
    This is about a little adventure my wife and I had during our recent trip to West Virginia. I need to set the stage for this one. Stick with me long enough, and you’ll understand the where and why of it all. The more I write, the more I realize th…
    - 18 days ago, 13 Jan 15, 1:51pm -
  • Front Porch Memories
    As a kid spending time at my grandparents house, much time was spent sitting on the front porch. It was where we would sit while shucking corn, shelling peas, and stringing beans. We would play tag, run, laugh, jump, climb, and cause general low-grad…
    - 39 days ago, 23 Dec 14, 2:47pm -
  • What Makes You a Prepper?
    I recently went back to my roots in West Virginia, visiting there for the first time since I started I stayed with friends from high school, folks that have consistently proven themselves to be worthy of that short list of folks…
    - 53 days ago, 10 Dec 14, 11:00am -
  • DIY Small Scale Artillery – A Black Powder Cannon
    My father, “Pops”, was a welder by trade, as was his father. Both did far more than just weld, being from the same stock that built this country into the great powerhouse that it once was. Rare was the time either my dad or granddad would call ou…
    - 88 days ago, 4 Nov 14, 2:18pm -
  • Product Review – Paleo Meals to Go’s Coconut Berry Breakfast
    My buddy, James from SurvivalPunk, runs a blog similar to mine, and lives a similar lifestyle. He and I both eat as close to 100% Paleo as we can.For those not in the know, “Paleo”, or “the Paleolithic Diet”, in a nutshell, consists of no r…
    - 16 Oct 14, 10:00am -
  • The Ultimate Secret to Preparedness
    A while back, my family and I were at a cookout at a friends house. Also attending were several couples that I’d never met before. After the festivities started to wind down, one of the new acquaintances mentioned my website, catching me off guard.…
    - 25 Sep 14, 10:00am -
  • 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…
    - 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.…
    - 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 hipp…
    - 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…
    - 31 Jul 14, 1:57pm -

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

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…
    - 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…
    - 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
    - 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’…
    - 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

  • Prepping 101: Beyond the Basics – part 1
    The next part of the series on how to begin prepping. What about food storage, bug out bags, and even weapons do defend yourself and your home?You're reading Prepping 101: Beyond the Basics – part 1, originally posted at Graywolf Survival - Emerge…
    - 1 day ago, 30 Jan 15, 3:52pm -
  • Feeling Lost? Start Here if You’re New to Prepping
    Don't feel overwhelmed and lost if you're new to prepping or learning survival skills. Start with this page to get your bearings.You're reading Feeling Lost? Start Here if You’re New to Prepping, originally posted at Graywolf Survival - Emergency…
    - 9 days ago, 23 Jan 15, 1:07am -
  • Financial Self-Sufficiency: 5 Lessons from a Digital Nomad
    Why struggle to find the time and money for prepping? Leverage your skills and learning into becoming financially prepared the smart way. You're reading Financial Self-Sufficiency: 5 Lessons from a Digital Nomad, originally posted at Graywolf Surviv…
    - 19 days ago, 13 Jan 15, 8:58am -
  • 14 brilliant bug out bag packing tips
    It's not just what goes into your bug out bag - it's how you put it in. Here are 14 tips to help you out.You're reading 14 brilliant bug out bag packing tips, originally posted at Graywolf Survival - Emergency preparedness from a combat veteran by G…
    - 23 days ago, 8 Jan 15, 9:00pm -
  • 9 home protection secrets from a veteran cop
    Home security is all about common sense, but some common-sense ideas aren't so obvious. A veteran cop gives 9 great ideas to protect your home.You're reading 9 home protection secrets from a veteran cop, originally posted at Graywolf Survival - Emer…
    - 24 days ago, 8 Jan 15, 4:04am -
  • Product review: The SJ 4000 wifi camera
    As a cop, I'm very familiar with using video cameras so I was excited to try out the SJ 4000. Here's what you need to know about it.You're reading Product review: The SJ 4000 wifi camera, originally posted at Graywolf Survival - Emergency preparedne…
    - 40 days ago, 22 Dec 14, 2:15pm -
  • Simple Solar DIY: Building a Fresnel Solar Cooker
    Cooking with solar energy doesn't have to be expensive or even difficult. Check out this simple DIY solar cooker project using a fresnel lens.You're reading Simple Solar DIY: Building a Fresnel Solar Cooker, originally posted at Graywolf Survival -…
    - 41 days ago, 22 Dec 14, 1:56am -
  • Review – Our Take on the Voodoo Tactical Level III Assault Pack
    The Voodoo Level III Tactical Backpack has a few drawbacks but it's still a great bag for the right uses. I break it all down for you here and explain how I use it in my patrol vehicle.You're reading Review – Our Take on the Voodoo Tactical Level…
    - 55 days ago, 8 Dec 14, 1:03am -
  • 25 Brilliant Survival Stocking-Stuffer Ideas You’ll Love
    Stuck with what to fill the stockings of the outdoorsman/prepper in your life this Christmas? Fear not, gentle reader. I'm here to help.You're reading 25 Brilliant Survival Stocking-Stuffer Ideas You’ll Love, originally posted at Graywolf Survival…
    - 57 days ago, 5 Dec 14, 8:27pm -
  • 20 best camping/survival gift ideas for kids
    Finding a camping or survival gift for children that they'll like isn't easy. Luckily, I'm here to help. Here are 20 that are both fun and useful.You're reading 20 best camping/survival gift ideas for kids, originally posted at Graywolf Survival - E…
    - 68 days ago, 24 Nov 14, 8:49pm -

Rural Revolution

  • newUltimate composting
    Here's my WND column for this weekend entitled What's Next? Composting Dead Babies?And because I forgot to link to last weekends column, here it is: Does It Really Cost $245,000 to Raise a Kid?
    - 10 hours ago, 31 Jan 15, 1:57pm -
  • Creepy sleeping
    Does it seem like more and more people are looking for ways to avoid making any decisions for themselves anymore?Apparently there's a new mattress cover in development called "Luna" that will turn out the lights for you when you go to sleep, and get…
    - 1 day ago, 30 Jan 15, 2:53pm -
  • Milestone!
    I'll admit it, I'm shameless when it comes to watching my Google Follower numbers. For days they hovered tantalizingly at 1198, and I thought I'd take a screenshot when it hit the momentous 1200.But today while I was gone, it tipped over to 1201. T…
    - 2 days ago, 30 Jan 15, 1:14am -
  • Wheeling eagles
    The other day while cleaning the barn, I heard the agitated cry of a red-tailed hawk. Turns out the reason it was agitated is it was competing in the sky with a bunch of bald eagles, wheeling high overhead.The eagles were very far away, and at the t…
    - 3 days ago, 29 Jan 15, 12:46am -
  • Laundry issues
    Some time ago a reader asked the following:Patrice, how do you dry bed linens indoors? I have a great drying rack that holds a full/large load of laundry but I still find it challenging to dry bed sheets inside. Some days, like today, it was just too…
    - 4 days ago, 27 Jan 15, 5:50pm -
  • Writers wanted
    Joe Wurzelbacher (familiarly known as "Joe the Plumber") has a new website entitled Survival Nation.Joe is looking for writers for this site. As he puts it: "It is not a doom and gloom or zombie apocalypse site. I currently have four writers, three…
    - 5 days ago, 26 Jan 15, 11:25pm -
  • Spring fever
    It seems New England is bracing for a massive blizzard.Meanwhile I'm almost embarrassed to admit we're experiencing near-record high temperatures in north Idaho.I screen-shot the above on Saturday. Here's today's forecast of 56F:I'll admit spring fe…
    - 5 days ago, 26 Jan 15, 2:07pm -
  • Losing Tarzan
    We lost our young rooster Tarzan yesterday.It was very strange. I tucked him into the coop as usual the night before, and he was just fine. I always keep roosters separated at night because Snap, our mature rooster, will beat the tar out of any you…
    - 6 days ago, 25 Jan 15, 3:24pm -
  • Are Millennials in trouble?
    I caught a Yahoo article this week entitled Baby limbo: Millennials struggle to find the right time for parenthood. As I will mention in my upcoming WND column for this weekend, the article detailed how many young couples find themselves so saddled…
    - 8 days ago, 24 Jan 15, 12:50am -
  • Pinned on Pinterest
    The Molly Green Magazine editor (Marla) emailed and said she'd "pinned" my latest article, The Beauty of Gender Strengths, on Pinterest (as well as tweeted it on Twitter).Thanks, Marla!
    - 8 days ago, 23 Jan 15, 4:47pm -

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.
    Prepping in the 15th century: An ancient underground shelter discovered and you won't believe how deep it goes.The post Prepping in the 15th century: An ancient underground shelter discovered and you won’t believe how deep it goes. appeared first…
    - 15 days ago, 16 Jan 15, 6:03pm -
  • Now We Know The Plan: More Surveillance and a Patriot Act For Europe
    Leaders in Europe and the U.S. seem oblivious to the fact that they are, pound for pound, violating many more rights than the terrorists ever could… yet they are not exactly stopping and catching terrorist either.The post Now We Know The Plan: Mor…
    - 16 days ago, 16 Jan 15, 7:50am -
  • Here Lies My Brother
    “These are Mohammad’s shoes. I wanted to put them here… His pants. They still have dirt on them. I don’t want to wash them; I want to leave them as they are.” -Mohammad Abu Daher’s mother On May 15, 2014, Mohammad Abu Daher, 16, was fatal…
    - 17 days ago, 15 Jan 15, 5:39am -
  • For 2015 – Self Reliance Is Key
    The trends we’ve been seeing in recent years look very much like coming to a head in 2015. Therefore, Rule Number One for each and every one of us should be – Self Reliance. If we do not do everything possible to ensure our own safety and securit…
    - 23 days ago, 9 Jan 15, 4:33am -
  • NASA Proposes Bold Venus Plan
    Although Mars remains the prime target for future manned space exploration, NASA scientists have put forward an innovative idea which may allow humans to more easily venture to Venus instead. Dubbed the High Altitude Venus Operational Concept (HAVOC)…
    - 38 days ago, 25 Dec 14, 2:06am -
  • It’s The Season Of Deception
    While we in the West celebrate Christmas, and then the transition to a New Year, take note that it is at this time of year that politicians/governments do a lot of their double-dealing. Consider the Federal Reserve Act – whereby the Rothschilds got…
    - 40 days ago, 23 Dec 14, 4:28am -
  • The Choke-hold Syndrome
    “Protesters have clung to Eric Garner’s last words – “I can’t breathe” – as they demonstrate against what they see as unequal application of justice after a grand jury this week refused to hand down homicide charges against NYPD Officer…
    - 52 days ago, 11 Dec 14, 12:59am -
  • Neighborhood Protection Plan
    USA –(  Starting your Neighborhood Protection Plan (NPP) has to be someone’s responsibility, and that person, if you’re reading this, is probably you. You aren’t declaring yourself the leader or taking responsibility for runnin…
    - 1 Aug 13, 3:33pm -
  • Oregon Tsunami Worries – Less High Ground
    New maps show there’s less high ground than previously thought for refuge from the most serious earthquake and tsunami projected along Oregon’s northwest coast, leaving city officials unsettled. Oregon geology experts have compiled the maps using…
    - 15 Jun 13, 10:05pm -
  • Solar Max Put Back Two Years
    The Portland Preparedness Center It’s about time you had a disaster preparedness plan. In fact, it’s time the whole country got into national disaster preparedness. Why? Well, it’s really strange. At least two years ago NOAA and NASA in the US…
    - 15 Jun 13, 12:34am -

Learn to Prepare

  • Reflections, Goals and Encouragement for 2015
    By Denis KornThe year of 2015 will be an important year for me in initiating and fulfilling goals and projects that I believe will be crucial given the current state of cultural, economic and political decay prevalent in contemporary society.  This…
    - 31 days ago, 1 Jan 15, 5:08am -
  • Unique Gift Ideas From PrepareDirect
    By Denis KornDuring these uncertain times giving the gift of Peace of Mind this holiday season – or any time – is a noble action.  Here are suggestions from our product site PrepareDirect for your consideration.All of these recommendations and…
    - 63 days ago, 29 Nov 14, 11:06pm -
  • Essential Emergency Kit Information & Advice
    By Denis Korn                                                                                                    This post – Essential Emergency Kit…
    - 94 days ago, 30 Oct 14, 3:55am -
  • Essential Checklist for Emergency Preparedness & Outdoor Adventure Planning – Including Vehicle Preparedness – Latest Update
    By Denis Korn                                                                                                                    NOTE:…
    - 30 Sep 14, 4:34am -
  • 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…
    - 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…
    - 30 Jul 14, 9:04pm -
  • The Gift of Encouragement
    By Denis Korn We 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 update…
    - 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.  Yo…
    - 1 Apr 14, 5:36am -

Mike Marlow's Survival Blog

  • A Good Man’s Life
          “It’s not the big things that add up in the end; it’s the hundreds, thousands, or millions of little things that separate the ordinary from the extraordinary.” ― Darren HardyThe post A Good Man’s Life appeared first on Mike Marl…
    - 2 days ago, 29 Jan 15, 4:01pm -
  • You Are Responsible!
    You built your life If we are ever going to find true success in any aspect of our lives, we have to realize that we are the ones who are ultimately responsible. All of the credit, and the blame, rests on our own shoulders. Both good and bad things h…
    - 8 days ago, 23 Jan 15, 5:45pm -
  • Technology and Focus
    Our world is full of distractions. We’re overloaded with information that comes at us, literally, at the speed of light. Television, radio, email, text messages, Facebook, Twitter….honestly, I can’t keep up with half of it even if I try. So I s…
    - 11 days ago, 20 Jan 15, 4:11pm -
  • Happy Birthday MLK!
    Just a few words of inspiration from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr in honor of his birthday: When you have a dream, a vision, a purpose – you must move toward it in whatever way you can until you reach it. You can’t fail, as long as you don’t quit.…
    - 12 days ago, 19 Jan 15, 6:25pm -
  • Dreams, Freaks, and Crabs
    As children, we all have dreams of how we want our lives to be when we grow up. The lucky children are encouraged by their families to follow their dreams, and they support them. Unfortunately, they are few & far between. Most of the time we are told…
    - 15 days ago, 17 Jan 15, 7:00am -
  • A New Start
    In the last two and a half years, I have completely changed my life. Yesterday, I decided it was high time to change my blog. I hadn’t posted anything new in almost a year, because my life has taken a new (and I feel much better) direction. So, rat…
    - 16 days ago, 15 Jan 15, 7:08pm -

Mama Kautz

  • newSharecropping the Apocalypse (Review)
    Ron Foster does it again. Entertaining you, as well as educating you. I find myself taking notes as I read his books and Sharecropping the Apocalypse was no different. After a cyber attack and wide spread sabotage by terrorists took out the United St…
    - 12 hours ago, 31 Jan 15, 12:00pm -
  • Front Porch Friday January 30th
    Welcome to Front Porch Friday! Mama Kautz and PreparednessMama are your Hostesses with the Mostesses. This weeks featured posts: Shelle PreparednessMama likes this post from The Rural Economist - 13 Things We Need to Learn from Our Ancestors. ‘Use…
    - 2 days ago, 30 Jan 15, 8:05am -
  • Different Uses for Coconut Oil
    What are some different ways to use coconut oil? Well, let me tell you! About a year ago, when we were on our Whole 30 kick that lasted about 15 days, I found this amazing thing. Coconut Oil! A healthy fat, in that it doesn’t affect your cholestero…
    - 2 days ago, 29 Jan 15, 12:00pm -
  • Why I Love Life Long Vitality
    I want to share with you one of the dōTERRA Supplements. Now, I will be the first to tell you, the only time I ever took vitamins was usually January of every year. You know, when we make those New Year’s Resolutions to get healthier. I’d go to…
    - 5 days ago, 27 Jan 15, 9:00am -
  • The Spelling Apologist
    The Spelling Apologist: Why Good Spelling Is Essential and How to Select the Right Curriculum By Ellen Barski “When our spelling is perfect, it’s invisible. But when it’s flawed, it prompts strong negative associations.” —Marilyn vos Savant…
    - 5 days ago, 26 Jan 15, 12:00pm -
  • Busy Mom
    There aren’t enough hours in the day, right? With work, helping the kids with their homework, preparing meals, cleaning up after everyone and putting yet another load of laundry on, there’s very little time for sleep – let alone DIY and craftin…
    - 7 days ago, 25 Jan 15, 8:05am -
  • Front Porch Friday January 23rd
    Welcome to Front Porch Friday! Mama Kautz and PreparednessMama are your Hostesses with the Mostesses. This weeks featured posts: Mama K loves natural remedies so it makes sense to pick Treating Ear infections when antibiotics won’t work. Of course,…
    - 9 days ago, 23 Jan 15, 8:00am -
  • Dealing with Depression When the SHTF
    Something I changed in my life about a year ago was my dependency on prescription medication for anxiety. I am NOT a doctor. If you are on medication, and want off of them, talk to your doctor first. I took anti anxiety medication because I homeschoo…
    - 9 days ago, 22 Jan 15, 12:00pm -
  • Fulfillment found in DIY (doing it yourself)
    As you’re here, you clearly love the feeling of creating something of your own – and you know that the sense of accomplishment and fulfillment is pretty hard to match. The great thing about crafting and DIY is that there’s so much to get involv…
    - 10 days ago, 21 Jan 15, 12:00pm -
  • Essential Oil Gifts for Your Valentine
    Are you wondering what to get your Valentine this year? Want to think outside the box and give something unique? I think essential oils fit both descriptions. Whisper blend is a great replacement for her chemical laden perfume. • Combines with each…
    - 11 days ago, 20 Jan 15, 12:00pm -

Modern Day Redneck

  • I Said I Wouldn't
    But I didPeer pressure is something else. I was going to work on the house this weekend because the weather was going to be nice, but I didn't. I didn't want to cook chili because I had too much to do, but I did.Our Chili Family are among some of the…
    - 12 days ago, 19 Jan 15, 4:36pm -
  • Nothing To Say, Except......
    Because you now I'm all about that chili, 'bout that chili, 'bout that chili, no beans,All about that chili, 'bout that chili, 'bout that chili, no beans, All about that chili, 'bout that chili 'bout that chili, no beans  You know it's pretty clear,…
    - 19 days ago, 12 Jan 15, 6:20pm -
  • Taking It Easy
    I sure hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and I hope you all have a Happy New Year.We sure did, I can tell you I am blessed more than I should be.I had five days off and I was looking so forward in getting a lot accomplished on the house. In the…
    - 33 days ago, 29 Dec 14, 9:00pm -
  • Two Men And A Baby
    Okay, two old men and a young lady to be correct.And we got it done. All weekend it was misting rain, cold and windy. Candy was using the wood scraps to keep the fire going so we could warm our hands and get feeling back in our feet. Jessie grabbed…
    - 40 days ago, 22 Dec 14, 2:58pm -
  • In The Dry
    For the last two weeks we have been doing what we could on the house. The one problem is, the little house just keeps growing. In the beginning it was going to be a simple 500 square foot little, tiny house. Now we are up to about 896 if you include…
    - 46 days ago, 16 Dec 14, 7:41pm -
  • Building Party
    I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving, I know we sure did.The weather was great, a little windy but other than that the temps were right on. Thursday was the traditional Thanksgiving we always have. I am not selling it short by no means, it was ju…
    - 61 days ago, 1 Dec 14, 5:39pm -
  • A Little More
    We have been working on the Tiny house off and on as the weather cooperates. It has been cold or rainy this past week so work on the house was slow.The center section is almost done. The bottom floor is all framed up and ready for the siding.This wee…
    - 68 days ago, 24 Nov 14, 7:07pm -
  • Low Budget Operation
    Even though we are making progress on the tiny house, this low budget operation is taking too long. For every board we nail up I can see two more needed which means more time and more money.The floor is done and the walls are going up. After I get al…
    - 81 days ago, 11 Nov 14, 5:30pm -
  • We Made It Back
    I would not call sleeping in a tent for five days in the middle of the South Texas desert a vacation, but it was close enough.Candy and I traveled the eleven hours to the World Championship CASI Chili Cook Off in Terlingua Texas. It is one of the mos…
    - 87 days ago, 6 Nov 14, 12:15am -
  • Phase 1, Part 1 - It's A Start
    We decided not to cook this weekend and work on the house. I am glad I did because next weekend we will be spending it getting ready to travel to the World Championship Chili Cookoff for a week.We got the floor between the buildings framed in and alo…
    - 20 Oct 14, 1:05pm -

My Family Survival Plan

  • How to Make Fire Without a Spark
    They say you can't make a fire without a spark, but any true survivalist knows that when the SHTF you have to forget about folklore sayings and push the boundaries to do everything in your power to survive. And you also know that in critical situatio…
    - 5 days ago, 26 Jan 15, 3:44pm -
  • Making Apple Cider Vinegar
    The origin of this blog started as a simple means to document my fermenting and preserving projects and promote the vinegar & jam creations sold on Etsy. Time went by and I began to post more frequently on other food related topics. However, as a p…
    - 13 days ago, 19 Jan 15, 8:09am -
  • How To Stay Alive When Lightning Strikes
    350 people in the United States became victims of lightning strike from the year 2003 to 2012. And although only 10% of these individuals actually died because of the incident, the rest were not able to escape its severe long-term effects. The post…
    - 13 days ago, 19 Jan 15, 6:44am -
  • Artificial Intelligence Take-over: Truth or Myth?
    Though the idea of an Artificial Intelligence world domination may have a cartoonish status in our survivalist community, unfortunately the concept is closer to the truth than you might think. I don’t need to point out the obvious: the signs are al…
    - 15 days ago, 17 Jan 15, 8:33am -
  • “Super EMP” Capable of Disabling Power Grid Across Lower 48 States
    “Super-EMP” weapon, capable of emitting enough gamma rays to disable the electric power grid across most of the lower 48 states, says Dr. Peter Vincent Pry, a former CIA nuclear weapons analyst and president of EMPact America, a citizens lobbying…
    - 19 days ago, 13 Jan 15, 8:35am -
  • All Over America, Government Officials Are Cracking Down On Preppers
    Why would the government want to punish people that are just trying to work hard, become more self-sufficient and take care of their families? There are approximately 3 million preppers in the United States today, and often they appear to be singled…
    - 20 days ago, 11 Jan 15, 9:35pm -

American Preppers Network

  • What To Eat in the Wilderness Info-graphic
    This is an awesome info-graphic we were given permission to share with you all by Hope you enjoy!!    The post What To Eat in the Wilderness Info-graphic appeared first on American Preppers Network.
    - 1 day ago, 30 Jan 15, 1:43pm -
  • Kickin’ Jalapeño Game Day Dip!
    With the Superbowl upon us, we are all searching for delicious foods and dips to serve our friends at Super Bowl parties.   Many of us also have healthy resolutions this year and it can be hard to find alternatives that don’t use fatty sour cream…
    - 1 day ago, 30 Jan 15, 1:14pm -
  • Master These 5 Rules to Power Your Prep
    Written By Aaron Mandelkorn   What is Powering Your Prep? It’s the idea of ensuring self-reliance, security and vitality in any situation; and doing so while keeping the lights on and communication systems up and running. For many preppers and sel…
    - 1 day ago, 30 Jan 15, 12:30pm -
  • The Emergence of Coupon Sites
    By Naveen Kumar The economic recession and stagnant wage growth for the last few years has turned the people to become price sensitive. This condition has forced many people to hunt for price saving measure and the outcome has been the development o…
    - 2 days ago, 30 Jan 15, 6:38am -
  • The 3 S’s of Prepping
    By Christina Moore It’s easy to get overwhelmed when you first start thinking about getting into prepping. That overwhelmed feeling you get when you start reading articles and how-tos is why so many people eventually give up. The truth is that most…
    - 3 days ago, 29 Jan 15, 11:04am -
  • Herbal Terms For Internal Use
    Written By T. K. Barwood I wanted to take some time to help clarify terms in many blogs, including my own. In this bi-weekly post I would like to talk about internal usages and terms. Herbal Extract- Extracts separate beneficial components from the l…
    - 3 days ago, 28 Jan 15, 3:03pm -
  • Become More Energy-Independent with a Solar Powered Pool
      Installing a pool in your backyard can not only provide joy for the family, but also generate significant property value that might even exceed the cost of constructing the pool itself. Pool maintenance, however, represents a major strain on energ…
    - 4 days ago, 27 Jan 15, 2:47pm -
  • Get Your Case Solved by Hiring the Best Private Investigator
    To understand why and when you need to employ the services of a private investigator, you should first understand their role. Private investigators help to discover accurate details by making use of different methods and all possible resources. Their…
    - 5 days ago, 27 Jan 15, 6:36am -
  • Review: The Graham’s Resolution Series by A. R. Shaw
    We believe that Prepper Fiction is an excellent tool available to persuade non-preppers to recognize the perils we face as a society. When the proverbial SHTF, you will find yourself in a society that can be brutal and deadly. In a recent survey, Pr…
    - 5 days ago, 26 Jan 15, 2:53pm -
  • Hollywood Gun Myths
    <iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”//” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe> This is lesson 11 of my Brand New 38 lesson online self defense course entitled Self Defense Made “Real” Easy.  …
    - 5 days ago, 26 Jan 15, 2:13pm -

Outdoor Quest

  • Climber Lost on Oregon's Middle Sister
    In November I wrote a short post about the loss of Ben Newkirk after a fall from the Middle Sister mountain.The Bend Bulletin wrote a lengthy article Sunday about the incident.By Dylan J. Darling / The Bulletin / @DylanJDarlingPublished Jan 25, 20…
    - 5 days ago, 26 Jan 15, 7:36pm -
  • GPS Waypoints
    Managing your waypoints isn't hard to do. But a few simple step gets you on your way!Outdoor Quest imageI really like to keep my navigation simple.Simplicity now makes life a lot easier when a potentially bad situation occurs or when someone in your…
    - 6 days ago, 25 Jan 15, 3:56pm -
  • A Safety Selfie to Help In a Search
    Alaska troopers are encouraging safety selfies for backcountry travelers.  Now this is a novel idea and good head work.The idea is that safety selfies can be an important part of your trip planning.Just in case you are not familiar with the term, a…
    - 9 days ago, 23 Jan 15, 12:27am -
  • GPS Tune-UP
    This is a great time to tune-up and practice with a GPS receiver.  There are several things the hiker can do before leaving home.   Here are a few recommendations to consider.SetupDump those old AA batteries, put in new ones.  If you leave your G…
    - 14 days ago, 17 Jan 15, 3:51pm -
  • Winter Fire Making Skills - Why Don't We Use Them.
    Philip Werner at Section Hiker has a superb post about winter fire making skills.  His post focuses on why don't backcountry travelers make use of those skills.  Hmmmmm"The latest issue of the Appalachia Journal arrived last night and I immedi…
    - 21 days ago, 10 Jan 15, 12:00pm -
  • Social Media Used to Find Injured Climber
    Great story about a 911 dispatcher thinking outside the box.CBS Sacramento Story.Dispatcher Finds Injured Hiker On Facebook After 911 Call Cuts OutLAKE BERRYESSA (CBS13) — A hiker critically injured in a 150-foot fall was found after a 911 call wa…
    - 22 days ago, 9 Jan 15, 10:49pm -
  • Compass Tips
    Outdoor Quest imageI recently read a post on another blog where the writer discussed always keeping a compass attached to the hiker’s body with a cord.Not a bad idea.My recommendation is to use a cord or even better a lanyard with a breakaway conne…
    - 22 days ago, 9 Jan 15, 4:51pm -
  • What Is An Azimuth

    - 24 days ago, 7 Jan 15, 9:25pm -
  • The Pacific Crest Trail
    The Portland Oregonian newspaper's Jeff Baker puts the spotlight on Pacific Crest Trail. "The popularity of Cheryl Strayed's memoir"Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail" has led to increased awareness and use of the trail that runs f…
    - 29 days ago, 2 Jan 15, 3:35pm -
  • Winter Hiking
    Philip Werner at has a great post on backcountry hiking safety during the winter.This is a great post to review before heading out.
    - 30 days ago, 1 Jan 15, 12:00pm -

Paul Kirtley's Blog

  • How To Generate Water In The Frozen North
    Because they’re frozen, extreme cold environments are practically deserts. In this video and the associated article I share a couple of really effective methods of generating water in a frozen environment. Unless you have a specialist tool to cut t…
    - 11 days ago, 21 Jan 15, 7:15am -
  • Equipment For Ski Touring Adventures In Norway
    The Norwegian winter mountain environment is challenging but with the right training, experience and equipment this terrain provides one of the best opportunities for wilderness adventure in northern Europe. In this article I run through in detail t…
    - 13 days ago, 19 Jan 15, 12:46am -
  • Fjelltur: A Norwegian Adventure
    Fjelltur is a film I made about a winter trip to Norway with two friends and the subsequent adventure we had. "Fjelltur" translates literally to mountain trip or mountain tour. This was always the intention of our trip, for us to make a ski tour in…
    - 18 days ago, 14 Jan 15, 7:15am -
  • PK Podcast 004: Tristan Gooley And The Beauty Of Natural Navigation
    In Episode 4 of my podcast, I speak with natural navigator and author, Tristan Gooley about the beauty of natural navigation, how it ties in with bushcraft and outdoor life and how to get started on your own voyage of discovery using nature's signs..…
    - 25 days ago, 7 Jan 15, 5:22am -
  • Northern Forest Fire Lighting Fundamentals: Pulling It All Together
    Over the past few years I have created a number of tutorial articles and videos on fire techniques relevant to the north woods or northern forest in winter. Here I pull together all of these threads into one coherent resource along with some new mate…
    - 29 days ago, 2 Jan 15, 2:56pm -
  • Favourite Films: Cree Hunters Of Mistassini
    This is an anthropological documentary about a band of Cree hunters from Mistassini, Quebec who travel to live and hunt on their traditional hunting grounds. It's a sympathetic film made during a time when these people's traditional lands were under…
    - 37 days ago, 26 Dec 14, 10:25am -
  • 10 Bushcraft & Survival Skills To Try This Winter
    Winter is a time when many people semi-hibernate, spending much less time outdoors than in the summer. I’m not sure why, as I love experiencing all the seasons. I know many readers of this blog feel the same way. There’s nothing quite like a walk…
    - 41 days ago, 21 Dec 14, 3:31pm -
  • PK Podcast 003: Kevin Callan, The Happy Camper
    In this episode of my podcast I talk with Canadian outdoorsman, speaker and author of 15 books, Kevin Callan. He's won awards for his writing as well as his film-making, including the the "Best of" category at the prestigious Waterwalker Film Festiva…
    - 46 days ago, 17 Dec 14, 5:20am -
  • Bushcraft: Join The Route To Mastery
    Mastery is a strong concept. Yet, many times I've heard people use mastery in a sloppy fashion to mean something along the lines of "I've pretty much got the hang of the basics". Getting something right once or twice doesn't mean you've mastered it,…
    - 48 days ago, 15 Dec 14, 5:30am -
  • PK Podcast 002: Ray Goodwin On Wilderness Canoeing
    In this episode, I chat with my good friend and colleague British canoeing maestro, Ray Goodwin. We discuss wilderness expeditioning in canoe. Specifically we talk about the mindset and attitude you need in order to make the right decisions, particu…
    - 53 days ago, 10 Dec 14, 12:35am -

Prep Blog

Prepper Recon

  • Friday Night at The Movies-Mystery of the Shmitah
    Tonight’s movie is  Messianic Rabbi Johnathan Cahn’s message on the Mystery of the Shmitah. He explains how 9/11 and the largest one-day stock market drop of the Great Recession both occurred on the Jewish Shmitah, exactly seven years apart on…
    - 2 days ago, 30 Jan 15, 4:11am -
  • Podcast-Will Judgment Fall on the US in September 2015?
    Paul Munsen of joins me today to talk about the biblical 7 year cycle of the Shmitah. The last two Shmitah’s have fallen on 9/11/2001 and 9/29/2008. The first date is unforgettable, and the second marked the largest one-day […] ↓ Re…
    - 4 days ago, 28 Jan 15, 3:12am -
  • Podcast- Your Financial Bunker for the Coming Economic Collapse!
    On today’show, I cover the basics of getting financially prepared for the coming economic collapse by getting on a budget. I discuss cutting costs and getting out of debt so folks can be in the best position possible when the financial […] ↓ R…
    - 6 days ago, 26 Jan 15, 1:57am -
  • Sunday Prepper Bible Study- Matthew 25
    Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry...…
    - 7 days ago, 25 Jan 15, 12:06am -
  • Friday Night at The Movies- The Assent of Money- Part 4

    - 8 days ago, 23 Jan 15, 4:43pm -
  • Podcast- The Coming Persecution of US Christians and Surveillance State- Dana Morrison
    Dana Morrison joins me today to talk about the troubling trend toward the persecution of Christians in America. We look at the similarities to the early stages of the Jewish Holocaust in Germany and present day marginalization of Christian beliefs. […
    - 10 days ago, 21 Jan 15, 3:34pm -
  • Podcast-Wild Hog Hunt, Camping and Survival Gear Review
    Today, I go over my recent hog hunt/ camping trip and review some of my gear that worked perfectly as well as some items that failed miserably, and at the worst possible time. Mike Haller, over at was nice […] ↓ Read the rest…
    - 13 days ago, 19 Jan 15, 2:59am -
  • Sunday Prepper Bible Study- 1 Kings 13
    The man of God said, “I cannot turn back and go with you, nor can I eat bread or drink water with you in this place.  I have been told by the word of the LORD: ‘You must not eat […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry...The post Sunday Prepper Bib…
    - 14 days ago, 18 Jan 15, 3:17am -
  • Friday Night at The Movies- The Assent of Money- Part 3
    Tonight’s movie is  The Assent of Money Part 3. It looks at how monetary creation by central bankers creates bubbles.   Is there a secret cabal working to collapse the global economy in order to usher in a global government and […] ↓ Read th…
    - 15 days ago, 16 Jan 15, 4:26pm -
  • YouTube Censorship of the Press-Content Removed from SGT Report Channel
    YouTube, who is owned and operated by NSA shill, Google, is now censoring the alternative media. I just received a message from Sean over at SGT Report who has been on the Prepper Recon Podcast a couple of times and […] ↓ Read the rest of this en…
    - 16 days ago, 15 Jan 15, 10:50pm -

Preparedness is Fundamental

  • Solving a Common Rocket Stove Problem
    Rocket stoves are in my opinion, the absolute best prepper stove available today. They use multiple fuels, and if you use wood, they use about 5% (or less) of the wood it would take on an open fire. When properly … Continue reading →
    - 2 days ago, 29 Jan 15, 5:54pm -
  • Simple, Inexpensive, Bright, Rechargeable WTSHTF LED Light
     When a snowstorm took out our power last week, I needed to come up with some simple but effective lights for a neighbor. After scrounging through my shop I ended up with a simple light that took just a few … Continue reading →
    - 11 days ago, 20 Jan 15, 3:26pm -
    Whether you have 100 acres in the country or a small corner lot in the city, WTSHTF, you will still need to know when someone is trespassing or taking your property. The Mini Sentry trip wire .22 blank alarm can be … Continue reading →
    - 12 days ago, 19 Jan 15, 4:23pm -
  • Simple DIY, Dirt Cheap, Mini Welder for Field Repairs and WTSHTF
    Murphy’s Law is simple, if something’s going to break, it will do so at the most inopportune place and time.  If you live in the country, you probably have things like mowers, tractors,  and other equipment that requires an occasional … Conti…
    - 30 days ago, 2 Jan 15, 2:07am -
  • A Full Size Rocket Stove For Cooking Big Meals
    After doing the video on my homemade rocket stove, I received numerous calls asking where people could buy one. Unfortunately at that time, it was just not available. However, now it is. This is a large stove that will do … Continue reading →
    - 34 days ago, 29 Dec 14, 3:59am -
  • The Ultimate High Power Rechargeable Prepper Light
    Preppers should take advantage of technology. One example is in the lighting arena. LED’s are constantly being improved to the point that some flashlights put out 10 times what an incandescent bulb does and runs longer as well. Right up … Continu…
    - 65 days ago, 28 Nov 14, 4:52am -
  • Are We in the Eye of the Hurricane?
    It’s hard not to get dispirited when you look at how far downhill this great country has gone. We are seeing not just the unraveling of societal fabric, but the very shredding of it, much like a flag in a … Continue reading →
    - 76 days ago, 17 Nov 14, 3:47am -
  • Can Preppers Go To Heaven?
    There is a “spirited” debate (pun intended) about whether or not prepping is commanded by God or an affront to Him. My last post, “Misinformation and Prepping” really brought out some responses and name callers (apparently I’m a caveman amo…
    - 23 Sep 14, 5:44pm -
  • Misinformation and Prepping
        When I was a young cop, I watched a pilot at our local air show fly his plane right into the ground. I realized instantly what had happened and turned to see the entire emergency crew, many of … Continue reading →
    - 19 Sep 14, 4:01pm -
  • 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 →
    - 14 Sep 14, 11:55pm -

Survival and Prosperity

  • newEbola Virus Mutating
    A lot of people are writing off the threat posed by the Ebola virus these days. I, for one, still remain skeptical. And with good reason. Tulip Mazumdar reported on the BBC website yesterday: Scientists tracking the Ebola outbreak in Guinea say the v…
    - 18 hours ago, 31 Jan 15, 6:00am -
  • newJM Bullion Sale: 10 Oz A-Mark Silver Bars Only 79¢ Over Spot Any Quantity
    Looking to acquire some silver bullion this weekend? Tucked away in an e-mail I received from affiliate marketing partner JM Bullion (reviewed here) the other day was news of a 10 Ounce A-Mark Silver Bar sale. From the e-mail: 10 oz A-Mark Silver Bar…
    - 20 hours ago, 31 Jan 15, 3:56am -
  • newDemocrats Push ‘New Message’ Of Rebounding U.S. Economy
    Big eye roll on my part when I spotted the following on my Internet service provider’s home page this afternoon. Charles Babington of the Associated Press reported Friday: Democrats’ new message on America’s economic recovery is: We told you so…
    - 23 hours ago, 31 Jan 15, 12:47am -
  • Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner To Push Drastic Spending Cuts, Sales Tax Hike In Near Future?
    Some local news outlets have been giving new Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner a hard time lately, claiming he’s still in “campaign mode” and not providing much in the way of tackling the state’s economic ills. But yesterday, Illinoisans got a g…
    - 1 day ago, 30 Jan 15, 10:32pm -
  • Some Housekeeping
    I apologize for my blogging being somewhat erratic the last several days on Survival And Prosperity. I’ve been busy taking care of administrative tasks related to this blog and my other Internet-related projects, reading for future book reviews, wo…
    - 1 day ago, 30 Jan 15, 7:03pm -
  • Girlfriend’s Doctor Visit: ‘Are Firearms Stored In Your Home?’
    The other day, my girlfriend went to see her physician in the Chicago suburbs for a routine check-up. Upon arriving, she was handed some paperwork to fill out- including a sheet of questions that didn’t look like it originated from the doctor’s o…
    - 4 days ago, 28 Jan 15, 3:58am -
  • East Coast: Last-Minute Snow, Ice Removal Info From Consumer Reports
    “The first flakes ahead of a potentially historic blizzard began swirling through New York City on Monday morning, with forecasters predicting up to 3 feet (90cm) of snow in the coming day and millions of people facing snarled transportation. The N…
    - 5 days ago, 26 Jan 15, 4:21pm -
  • Quote For The Week
    “Learning without thought is labor lost. Thought without learning is perilous.” -Confucius (Chinese philosopher. 551 BC-479 BC) Christopher E. Hill Survival And Prosperity (
    - 5 days ago, 26 Jan 15, 3:22pm -
  •’s Mike Maloney: Potential Fallout From Unpegging Swiss Franc From Euro
    Regular Survival And Prosperity readers may recall that used to be an affiliate marketing partner of the blog. Great company (specializes in the instruction of precious metals investing and providing world-class gold and silver dealer…
    - 10 days ago, 21 Jan 15, 7:08pm -
  • Chicago Reader: Did Rahm Emanuel Deliver On Public Safety Campaign Promises?
    The Chicago Reader has done a terrific job lately of keeping a tab on public safety in Chicago. And yesterday, the Reader website ran an article entitled “Did Rahm live up to his campaign promises on public safety?” Mick Dumke wrote: During his f…
    - 10 days ago, 21 Jan 15, 5:05pm -

Armed Rogue

  • 10 Ways to Prep Smarter, Not Harder
    It feels like every prepper believes that they need to be Bear Grylls in order to be successful at surviving any disaster or emergency or SHTF scenario. In reality, we don’t need to face a traumatic situation with nothing but a knife and the clothe…
    - 11 days ago, 20 Jan 15, 3:42pm -
  • 8 Common Misconceptions About Preppers
    The many myths and misconceptions about being a prepper really discourages people from getting prepared. These days, the word prepper has an almost negative connotation to it because of shows like “Doomsday Preppers” where they portray preppers a…
    - 15 days ago, 16 Jan 15, 4:50pm -
  • Bugging In: Specific Tips to Defend Your Home
    This blog post is for the absolute beginner when it comes to defending your home for everyday and for bugging in purposes during an emergency or disaster. Everyday Let’s start with everyday defensive needs. Your mindset is the first line of defense…
    - 20 days ago, 12 Jan 15, 6:00am -
  • Massive List of Non-perishable Food Ideas
    Preppers talk about non-perishable foods constantly because non-perishable foods are what keeps us alive when refrigeration isn’t possible. Luckily, we live in a society that has LOTS of non-perishable foods in which we can store and eat when we ne…
    - 24 days ago, 8 Jan 15, 6:13am -
  • Do What You Love To Get Prepared
    In Day 4 of 365 Survival, I talk about how it’s important to find what you love when it comes to getting prepared. When we were first getting started in the prepper lifestyle, we knew we wanted and needed to get prepared, but we didn’t have the e…
    - 25 days ago, 6 Jan 15, 6:15pm -
  • Ladies Guide to Prepping
    This guide is by no way meant to perpetuate any stereotypes that woman must prep differently than men, because the fact is, how men prep is the same way that women prep. There are just a few fundamental differences and a few things that women might w…
    - 32 days ago, 30 Dec 14, 3:53pm -
  • Have You Looked Into Your State’s Knife Laws?
    Do you know your local knife laws? Knife laws seem to take a backseat for a lot of people, though knife laws should be taken as seriously as any other weapon law as the implications can be quite serious. In this post, we’ve linked to a few resource…
    - 36 days ago, 26 Dec 14, 5:13pm -
  • Why is Prepping Not a Priority?
    Every year the world is interrupted by natural disasters and emergencies. This year in 2014, snowpocalypse hit Buffalo. People were trapped in buses for 23 hours, they were trapped in their cars for 24 hours, they were trapped at work for 24 hours. T…
    - 51 days ago, 12 Dec 14, 6:00am -
  • Having a Weapon Does Not Make You Prepared
    Can’t tell you how many times we’ve heard someone tell us, “I got my “insert weapon of choice here”. I’m prepared.” All I can do is smile. If you think you might be one of these people…please read on and truly heed these words. Please…
    - 53 days ago, 9 Dec 14, 11:08pm -