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  • newPreparedness Notes for Wednesday – January 17, 2018
    In his farewell address to the nation on January 17th, 1961, President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned the American people to keep a careful eye on what he called the “military-industrial complex” that had developed in the post-World War II years. We…
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  • newApartment Dweller Prepping- Part 2, by AKM295
    When I relocated to the big city and moved into a shared apartment, I began to simultaneously look at prepping and consider how to make this work– living with others and trying to be prepared for a disaster.What I’ve Learned From Experience (con…
    - 12 hours ago 17 Jan 18, 7:04am -
  • newEconomics & Investing For Preppers
    Here are the latest items and commentary on current economics news, market trends, stocks, investing opportunities, and the precious metals markets. We also cover hedges, derivatives, and obscura. And it bears mention that most of these items are fro…
    - 12 hours ago 17 Jan 18, 7:03am -
  • newJWR’s Recommendations of the Week
    Here are JWR’s Recommendations of the Week for various media and tools of interest to SurvivalBlog readers. This week the focus is on the documentary film and companion book Unbranded.Books (Unbranded):Unbranded–written by filmmaker Ben Masters…
    - 12 hours ago 17 Jan 18, 7:02am -
  • newThe Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “Among the natural rights of the colonists are these: First a right to life, secondly to liberty, and thirdly to property; together with the right to defend them in the best manner they can.” – Samuel AdamsThanks for reading, check out Surviva…
    - 12 hours ago 17 Jan 18, 7:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Tuesday – January 16, 2018
    The Space Shuttle Columbia launched from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on January 16th, 2003. STS-107 would disentigrate on re-entry 15 days later, killing all seven of the crew members on board. SurvivalBlog salutes all seven cremembers: Commander…
    - 1 day ago 16 Jan 18, 7:05am -
  • Apartment Dweller Prepping- Part 1, by AKM295
    Precious metals, dehydrated food, bug out cabins, and surplus everything are some of things that may spring to mind, thanks to pop culture and the media, when you mention prepping to someone who isn’t familiar with the topic. Those were the things…
    - 1 day ago 16 Jan 18, 7:04am -
  • SurvivalBlog’s News From The American Redoubt
    Here is SurvivalBlog’s News From The American Redoubt. This weekly column features news stories and event announcements from around the American Redoubt region. We also mention companies of interest to preppers that are located in the region. The e…
    - 1 day ago 16 Jan 18, 7:03am -
  • The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods:
    SurvivalBlog presents another edition of The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods— a collection of news bits and pieces that are relevant to the modern survivalist and prepper from “HJL”. How secure are your water sources? There is a looming water cr…
    - 1 day ago 16 Jan 18, 7:02am -
  • The Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.” – Frede…
    - 1 day ago 16 Jan 18, 7:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Monday – January 15, 2018
    Today is the birthday of television and movie actor Lloyd Bridges (1913-1998), who starred in the series Sea Hunt.Thanks for reading, check out SurvivalBlog.com for more news!The post Preparedness Notes for Monday – January 15, 2018 appeared firs…
    - 2 days ago 15 Jan 18, 7:05am -
  • Kershaw’s Barstow Folder, by Pat Cascio
    I love value in a true every day carry folding knife, one that will get used hard but still stand up to the rigors of what a folding knife should be, and the new Kershaw Barstow folder is worth a close look.Kershaw KnivesKershaw Knives has been aro…
    - 2 days ago 15 Jan 18, 7:04am -
  • Recipe of the Week: All-Purpose Barbecue Sauce, by B.T.
    Ingredients:1 cup catsup1tbs Worcestershire sauce2 or 3 drops bottle hot pepper sauce1 cup water1/4 cup vinegar1 tbs brown sugar1 tsp salt1 tsp celery seed1 tbs instant minced onionDirections:Combine ingredients into a pot.Cover and simme…
    - 2 days ago 15 Jan 18, 7:03am -
  • Economics & Investing For Preppers
    Here are the latest items and commentary on current economics news, market trends, stocks, investing opportunities, and the precious metals markets. We also cover hedges, derivatives, and obscura. And it bears mention that most of these items are fro…
    - 2 days ago 15 Jan 18, 7:02am -
  • The Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “The structure of the Second Amendment within the Bill of Rights proves that the right to bear arms is an individual right, rather than a collective one. The collective rights’ idea that the Second Amendment can only be viewed in terms of state o…
    - 2 days ago 15 Jan 18, 7:01am -

SHTF Plan

More Than Just Surviving

  • How Often Do You Change the Gear You Everyday Carry?
    My personal EDC habits, especially in terms of how often I swap in and out the things I carry, have changed considerably over the years. I know there are many who like to change what they take out with them daily, but I’ve never been the type…
    - 2 days ago 15 Jan 18, 3:05pm -
  • Canada Essentially Bans the Import of Every Folding Knife In Existence…
    The insane have taken over the asylum folks. The geniuses over at the Canada Border Services Agency decided that they weren’t going to let the United Kingdom beat them in the Stupid Olympics and have opted to ban the import of basically all…
    - 7 days ago 10 Jan 18, 11:54am -
  • December 2017 EDC Pocket Dump
    When it comes to gear, I feel I have settled into a groove. I rarely experiment with tobacco these days (same with the pipes) and just stick to what I know I like. Hope you had a merry Christmas, and we’ll see you in the new year! Everyday Ca…
    - 17 days ago 31 Dec 17, 6:33pm -
  • Chosen By Our Readers: Victorinox’s Best Swiss Army Knives to EDC
    Picking out the best Victoriniox Swiss Army Knife is not at all an easy feat considering just how many options Victorinox gives you, and how many variations of those different there are to choose from. There’s no way I could have mad up a lis…
    - 27 days ago 21 Dec 17, 12:33pm -
  • Diabetes Preparedness: Emergency, Disaster, & SHTF Preps for Diabetics
    We’ve received a lot of reader questions asking us how to prep for diabetes over the years. How many? I couldn’t possibly count. It’s a lot, and not all from preppers who are themselves diabetics either. We get a number of concerned relat…
    - 33 days ago 15 Dec 17, 5:51pm -
  • SAK Chat: What’s Your Favourite Swiss Army Knife?

    - 37 days ago 11 Dec 17, 10:00am -
  • Svord Peasant Friction Folding Bushcraft Knife Review
    The Svord Peasant knife is a century old design that was brought back to the mainstream by B.W. Baker. This is a knife I have used and owned for a good long while, but have always been on the fence with regards to reviewing it. In practical ter…
    - 44 days ago 4 Dec 17, 5:09pm -
  • November 2017 EDC Pocket Dump
    I basically gave up carrying a flashlight due to a lack of pocket space. I recently found this thing on Amazon and since then have been carrying it. It’s freaking amazing (relative to its size). Side note – picked up the Matriarch Wave just…
    - 48 days ago 1 Dec 17, 1:08am -
  • Cyber Monday 2017 Knife & Outdoor Gear Deals
    Back again with a Cyber Monday post, and just as I’d hoped, Amazon’s deals are a lot better for knife aficionados – and hell even for outdoor gear junkies & survivalists – than Black Friday’s sales were. Concentrating on Amazon & Blad…
    - 51 days ago 27 Nov 17, 2:29pm -
  • Black Friday 2017 Knife & Outdoor Gear Discounts
    Welcome to our annual Black Friday Knife & Gear Deal Round up! This year (unlike last year) we have some pretty worthwhile Amazon deals you might want to jump on, though unlike last year, these are very, very few and far between, meaning we s…
    - 54 days ago 24 Nov 17, 11:58am -
  • Kershaw Shuffle II Blackwash Multi-Function EDC Knife Review
    Back in 2015, I reviewed the original Kershaw Shuffle. I don’t normally review newer models because usually the differences are so slight (Paramilitary 2 vs Paramilitary 3 for example), but in the case of the Shuffle II, it might as well be a…
    - 56 days ago 22 Nov 17, 4:09pm -
  • What’s In Your Bug Out Bag?
    We’ve thought about doing a bug out bag guide so many times before it’d be impossible to count, but somehow in 4 years, still haven’t actually published one. The why comes down to the fact that, unlike comprehensive lists – like of all…
    - 61 days ago 17 Nov 17, 5:05pm -
  • How to Treat a Burn: From Soothing to Healing
    Being burned is a modern world reality. Not all of us have had a dislocated shoulder or severe lacerations, but I can almost guarantee that everyone reading this has been burned at least once. I find it interesting that there’s typically so m…
    - 63 days ago 15 Nov 17, 7:19pm -
  • Discontinued Spyderco Knife Sale @ Blade HQ
    So we weren’t planning on publishing today, but we stumbled on a sale section of Blade HQ website we thought was too good to pass up sharing. Thomas so desperately wishes we lived in the States and could take advantage of these crazy prices,…
    - 66 days ago 12 Nov 17, 1:57pm -
  • 15 Best Selling Bushcraft Books: Most Popular Wilderness Survival Guides
    A long while back, close to when we originally started penning this blog, I published an article about the most popular/best selling survival books in existence. While I know there will be plenty of overlap (what kind of a survival book list w…
    - 69 days ago 9 Nov 17, 11:05am -
  • Helle Mandra Les Stroud Small Bushcraft Knife Review
    Reviewing the Helle Mandra offers insight into my (honest) bias. In a lot of ways, I have to compare my feelings for this little “neck knife” to the conclusion I reached in my review of the Buck 110. It’s a non-optimal knife that I can’…
    - 78 days ago 31 Oct 17, 6:47pm -
  • October 2017 EDC Pocket Dump
    Similar to another EDC of mine from earlier this year, but hey, it’s what I’m using. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Frankly, with how grim the weather has been here in the UK, I’m quite happy to just stay at home puffing my pipe. Ev…
    - 81 days ago 28 Oct 17, 3:23pm -
  • What Survival & Prepper Gear Would You Buy In a Dollar Store?
    Really curious about this one because obviously, it’s not past me to look for deals when it comes to buffing up a prepper stockpile, and obviously I happily go the cheap items on Amazon route often when it comes to gear – so why the heck…
    - 82 days ago 27 Oct 17, 6:01pm -
  • Lefty? The Best Left-Handed EDC Knives to Get Your Hands On
    Wrong-handed folks have long being stigmatized in the knife industry. There are a number of pocket knives designed with left-handed support, don’t get me wrong, but most of these seem to me to be more of an afterthought, rather than being tru…
    - 84 days ago 25 Oct 17, 3:00pm -
  • Do You Sharpen Your Own Knives? What’s Your Preferred Method?
    A small number of posts on this blog have been about knife sharpening; probably nowhere near as much as should be on here considering how knife-heavy our content is, but nonetheless we do have a couple articles: What’s the Best Way to Sharpe…
    - 89 days ago 20 Oct 17, 9:03pm -

Blue Collar Prepping

  • new"If a Missile Alert Sounds, Prepare to Live "
    Submitted by one of our readers:It's interesting when the National Review, of all places, is giving some pretty sober, entry level prepping advice.Please don't let the politics of the site keep you from reading what is a sensible article on what to d…
    - 22 hours ago 16 Jan 18, 8:48pm -
  • USB Battery Comparison
    Regardless of whether you're bugging out or just on a simple road trip, having a way to charge your electronics on the go can be a real life saver. Cell phones, tablets, even a Nintendo DS can all be charged with a USB cable, and so having a rugged,…
    - 2 days ago 16 Jan 18, 12:50am -
  • Ponchos and Rain Capes and Hats, Oh My!
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.I live in Florida where, despite it being called the Sunshine State, it rains a lot. Hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30, and when we aren't being battered by trop…
    - 3 days ago 14 Jan 18, 9:44pm -
  • Banging the Pillow: .380 ACP
    First up: the AMT Backup DAO (the same gun as the negligent discharge mentioned here), comparing the penetration between a Winchester Super-X 85gr Silvertip JHP and a Winchester 95gr  flat nose FMJ.
    - 5 days ago 13 Jan 18, 12:18am -
  • Swiss+Tech 9-in-1
    While digging through my truck bag/ GHB, I ran across a small nylon pouch that I didn't remember sticking in that side pocket. Once I opened it and saw what was in it, I had an “Oh, that's where that went” moment.A friend gave me a little pocket…
    - 6 days ago 11 Jan 18, 9:56pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: Superior Food Storage Planning
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.  My job has changed again, and I find myself traveling much, much less and working no more than 15 miles from home. Not only has…
    - 7 days ago 10 Jan 18, 5:00pm -
  • Understanding the File System
    I'm not talking about computer file systems; I mean the files that are hardened steel tools. Selecting the proper file can be daunting with the massive range of files available and tasks they can perform, but the process becomes much simpler with a b…
    - 8 days ago 10 Jan 18, 2:33am -
  • Urban Camping
    The next time an earthquake hits your town, or a hurricane or wildfire hits, (or your mother in law visits -- I am in no position to judge on that one) you may find yourself without a home for a hopefully short period of time. Alternately, you may ju…
    - 9 days ago 8 Jan 18, 10:59pm -
  • Too Much On My Belt
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.That title should actually be "I have too much stuff on my gun belt and that makes it difficult for me to conceal everything, and I can't find good alternate places to put that stuf…
    - 10 days ago 7 Jan 18, 9:58pm -
  • A Little Pillow Talk about Safety and Penetration
    Happy New Year!This video is the first in a series where I demonstrate the penetrative value of various handgun calibers versus my neighbor's pillow (previously killed here).
    - 12 days ago 6 Jan 18, 12:45am -
  • Staying Safe and Warm in Winter
    It's winter, and around here we've been breaking low-temperature records for at least a week. There's frost and snow in the Carolinas, the East Coast is gearing up for a blizzard, and there's even a snow forecast for Florida,Staying warm is nice, but…
    - 13 days ago 4 Jan 18, 7:11pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: The Year in Review
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping. This has been a fun year. I've added several new items to my gear, tried to slightly upgrade some others and tossed out one or tw…
    - 14 days ago 4 Jan 18, 12:34am -
  • Prepper New Year's Resolutions
    The new year is a time when most folks start making resolutions -- promises to themselves regarding things they plan to improve in the coming year. I'm not normally a resolution-making type, since an astronomical percentage of resolutions fail in ver…
    - 15 days ago 2 Jan 18, 9:12pm -
  • GunBlog VarietyCast Radio #176 - So Long and Thanks for all the Downloads
    It's a wrap! Episode 176, our finale, is the end of more than three years of weekly podcasting. We have farewell segments from Beth, Barron, former contributor Nicki, Miguel, Tiffany (and her Mom!), Co-host Emeritus Adam, Weer'd, and of course Erin a…
    - 17 days ago 1 Jan 18, 1:00am -
  • Merry Christmas & Happy New Year
    All of us at Blue Collar Prepping wish you and your loved ones a merry, safe, and prepared Christmas. https://www.artstation.com/artwork/daGL1The staff has the rest of the year off. Happy holidays and see you in 2018!
    - 23 days ago 25 Dec 17, 7:30pm -
  • GunBlog VarietyCast Radio #175 - 'Twas the 'Cast Before Christmas
    Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good podcast!It will be Christmas Eve when this podcast drops, so in order to get everyone into the proper spirit, Beth performs a reading of 'Twas The Night Before Christmas... but with a twist!A minister foils a…
    - 24 days ago 25 Dec 17, 1:00am -
  • Merry Christmas (and stuff)
    Tips for getting good instruction from a good instructor:1) Does the instructor have real world experience? If not, is he teaching a paradigm that is based in reality (and not theory) from someone who does have real world experience? Is their trainin…
    - 26 days ago 23 Dec 17, 12:13am -
  • 'Tis the Season for Giving ...Blood
    As I write this, Christmas is just around the corner and everyone is buying gifts to give to family and friends. Despite the stress, we generally feel better after giving a gift, and the more appreciated the gift is the better we feel.How about givin…
    - 27 days ago 22 Dec 17, 12:01am -
  • Prudent Prepping: Building an EDC First Aid Kit
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.  I first carried a pocket first aid kit in my "salesman bag" when I had an actual route, and now it is part of the gear I take wi…
    - 28 days ago 20 Dec 17, 6:11pm -
  • Don't Ever Do This
    I used to do a bit of blacksmithing when I was younger, and my favorite thing to make was blades. Big and small, all shapes. These all had to be sharpened at the end, so I tried a bunch of different ways to do that. If you've not seen it, there's a s…
    - 29 days ago 20 Dec 17, 2:26am -
  • Guest Post: Laptops and Cellphone Post-Disaster
    by George GrootGeorge is a member of our Facebook Group and has written for us before.In the event of a major but temporary disruption to normal life, keeping things as “normal” as possible for my children is something that I try to do. Sever…
    - 30 days ago 18 Dec 17, 6:32pm -
  • GunBlog VarietyCast Radio #174 - What Caliber for Taylor Swift's Husband?
    'Cause baby, now we've got bad bloodYou know it used to be mad loveSo take a look what you've done’Cause baby, now we've got bad blood, hey! -- Taylor Swift, "Bad Blood"Beth and her husband are getting ready to shoot a 3-gun "buddy match". What is…
    - 31 days ago 18 Dec 17, 1:30am -
  • Bugging In and Baking Bread
    You've bugged in... but what skills do you have to make your home feel like home? I have some suggestions but would be interested in what you have to say.Here's that recipe I was talking about.
    - 33 days ago 16 Dec 17, 2:09am -
  • Prepping Uses for Trash & Plastic Shopping Bags
    I've found so many uses for plastic bags over the years that they have become one of the things that I try to stockpile. I've seen the machinery required to make plastic bags, and that is a technology that takes a lot of infrastructure to sustain. Lu…
    - 34 days ago 15 Dec 17, 12:46am -
  • Prudent Prepping: Sanitizing and Moisturizing
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping. I work around the public, deal with the public, and touch things in the course of my day that potentially hundreds of people have…
    - 35 days ago 13 Dec 17, 3:33pm -

Survival Medicine

  • Diseases Caused By Food And Water Contamination
    The primary necessity for survival is the availability of air. Once you have air to breathe, water, food, and shelter become the next requirements for your continued existence on the planet; that is, clean water and properly prepared food. Even in no…
    - 1 day ago 16 Jan 18, 4:52pm -
  • Video: Waters Filters and Storage
    VIDEO: WATER FILTERS AND STORAGE OPTIONS (with Nurse Amy!) Humans are made mostly of water, and many survival settings have either a lack of it or questionable quality. Therefore, it’s important that the water you find is safe to drink, but even th…
    - 3 days ago 14 Jan 18, 12:59pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Mudslides, Antibiotics, EMPs
    SURVIVAL MEDICINE HOUR #372 In this episode of the Survival Medicine Hour, Joe and Amy Alton discuss California’s double whammy of drought wildfires, then mudslides and flash floods when the rain finally comes. A mudslide can be like a river of wet…
    - 4 days ago 13 Jan 18, 1:20pm -
  • Surviving A Mudslide
    CAN YOU SURVIVE A MUDSLIDE? Southern California can’t catch a break. Enjoy a sunny climate, get wildfires. Wish for rain, get mudslides. After record-setting wildfires that lasted all the way to late December, the first rain in Southern California…
    - 7 days ago 10 Jan 18, 2:53pm -
  • Civil Defense In The Uncertain Future
    WHY DON’T WE HAVE A CIVIL DEFENSE STRATEGY FOR NUCLEAR ATTACKS? With nuclear buttons on more and more desks these days, one thing that’s clear is that the future is anything but. With trials, tribulations, and rogue nations all about, even the U.…
    - 9 days ago 8 Jan 18, 7:42pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Cold Weather Issues On The Trail, In The Car, At Home
    It’s January, and bitter cold has already engulfed much of North America, with heavy snowfall and high winds causing all sorts of issues that might be hazardous to your health. Nurse Amy and Dr. Bones (Joe Alton MD and Amy Alton ARNP) go over a myr…
    - 11 days ago 6 Jan 18, 1:06pm -
  • Why Are Flu Vaccines Sometimes Ineffective?
    Why Are Flu Vaccines Sometimes Ineffective? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are reporting that 36 states are in the midst of widespread influenza outbreaks. It appears that this flu season might be a bad one, but why? And will th…
    - 15 days ago 2 Jan 18, 11:13pm -
  • How To Survive Home Fires
    6 Important Things To Know To Help You Survive A Home Fire At least 12 people, including four children, were killed, with several others injured, in a massive apartment building fire in the Bronx, NY this week. Although the circumstances are unclear,…
    - 18 days ago 30 Dec 17, 3:40pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Surviving Building Fires, Truths About Medical Preparedness, More
    Survival Medicine Hour #370 12 people die in an apartment house fire in New York City, despite the presence of outdoor fire escapes on each floor. Winter is associated with the cold, but the heat from a fire is also part of it, as gas leaks and fraye…
    - 18 days ago 30 Dec 17, 1:21pm -
  • Acute Mountain (Altitude) Sickness
    Acute Mountain Sickness Altitude SicknessThe journal PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences) reports that 33.5% of the population lives below an elevation of 100 meters above sea level. That means that, in any major disaster, getting o…
    - 22 days ago 26 Dec 17, 7:21pm -