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  • newNotes for Monday – January 16, 2017
    The Space Shuttle Columbia launched from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on January 16th, 2003. STS-107 would disintegrate on re-entry 15 days later, killing all seven of the crew members on board. SurvivalBlog salutes all seven crew members: Command…
    - 10 hours ago 16 Jan 17, 6:26am -
  • newSOG Knives’ Power Play Multi-Tool, by Pat Cascio
    Many folks ask me what types of things they should put in their Bug Out Bag (BOB), and this is a hard one for me to answer. We all have different needs and different ideas about this. When I tell some of these folks what I put in my BOB, … Continu…
    - 10 hours ago 16 Jan 17, 6:25am -
  • newRecipe of the Week: For Tomato Aholics, by S.T.
    Yes, I admit my family are Tomato Aholics. We love tomato sauce and whole canned tomatoes. Our most favorite meals are made with tomato sauce. This should take four hours of time and produce a minimum of eight different meals. Depending on the amount…
    - 10 hours ago 16 Jan 17, 6:24am -
  • newLetter Re: Propane As An Energy Source
    A very interesting and informative article, but I’d like to add a couple things. Some 500 gallon propane tanks are fitted with what’s known as a “wet leg”. It is another valve situated on the top of the tank, in addition to the main valve. It…
    - 10 hours ago 16 Jan 17, 6:23am -
  • newEconomics and Investing:
    The Little Rascals Of Government Want Your 401K Account – B.B. o o o U.S. Shale To Kill Off Oil Price Rally. Oil prices have been showing signs of weakness last week, affected by bearish production and inventory data from the U.S. o o o Gold’s Bl…
    - 10 hours ago 16 Jan 17, 6:22am -
  • newOdds ‘n Sods:
    Cali DOJ Releases Personal Information Of ALL Firearms Trainers To Unknown Party – G.P. o o o SAF Attorneys File For Summary Judgment In Seattle Records Lawsuit – D.S. o o o Cooking with Aluminum Foil – Why It’s Not a Safe Option – DSV o o…
    - 10 hours ago 16 Jan 17, 6:21am -
  • newHugh’s Quote of the Day:
    “Economic transactions among people should be free from coercive intrusion. Government bailouts, taxes, and regulation are hence illegitimate.” – David J. Theroux
    - 11 hours ago 16 Jan 17, 6:20am -
  • Notes for Sunday – January 15, 2017
    Today is the birthday of television and movie actor Lloyd Bridges (1913-1998), who starred in the series Sea Hunt.
    - 1 day ago 15 Jan 17, 5:24am -
  • Please Pray For Israel — The Imminent 72-Nation Forced Palestinian State Final Solution
    A meeting of 72 nations is being held in Paris on Sunday, January 15th, 2017. This meeting was rushed to be completed before the upcoming swearing-in of President-elect Donald Trump—no doubt because of his planned shift in U.S. Policy toward Israel…
    - 1 day ago 15 Jan 17, 5:23am -
  • New Year’s Leadership-Part 3, by Sarah Latimer
    Are You the Leader? So many of us today think we are in control and have to take care of everything. I sometimes fall into this faulty thinking myself. I get too bound up in the thinking that everything rests on my shoulders. I am actively involved i…
    - 1 day ago 15 Jan 17, 5:22am -
  • Two Letters Re: Major Mistakes With a Building Contractor
    Gentlemen, I wholeheartedly second Pete’s comments in his letter regarding BM’s Major Mistake. In addition to the excellent suggestions Pete made, I would encourage BM to talk to whatever consumer protection agency operates in that area, as well…
    - 1 day ago 15 Jan 17, 5:20am -
  • Economics and Investing:
    Is The U.S. Government Insolvent? Sorry, But Its Accountant Can’t Tell You – H.L. o o o Let Businesses Decide for Themselves Where to Make Their Products o o o Gold Sees Modest Selling Pressure After Mixed Retail Sales Numbers o o o The Chinese H…
    - 1 day ago 15 Jan 17, 5:20am -
  • Odds ‘n Sods:
    SurvivalBlog reader MTA sent in this link: Cyndi’s Catalog of Garden Catalogs Mail Order Gardening Resources o o o Study Shows Americans How Criminals Are Getting Guns In Chicago! – B.B. o o o It looks like the Holman Rule has been revived in the…
    - 1 day ago 15 Jan 17, 5:19am -
  • Hugh’s Quote of the Day:
    “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fad…
    - 1 day ago 15 Jan 17, 5:18am -
  • Notes for Saturday – January 14, 2017
    On January 14th, 1784, the Continental Congress ratified the Second Treaty of Paris, ending the War for Independence. In the document, which was known as the Second Treaty of Paris because the Treaty of Paris was also the name of the agreement that h…
    - 2 days ago 14 Jan 17, 7:30am -

SHTF Plan

More Than Just Surviving

  • newMy Spouse Doesn’t Like Me Prepping: What Can I Do?
    I’ve been getting a lot of feedback from new subscribers to the Survival Pulse email newsletter (our prepper & survivalist news mail out; you can subscribe here if you’re interested) letting me know that they’re having difficulty at home…
    - 2 hours ago 16 Jan 17, 3:00pm -
  • Knife Forging: How Forged Knives Are Made & Are They Stronger?
    Knife forging is a hot topic amongst knife aficionados and collectors. I feel it’s safe to say that there isn’t a single aficionado or collector in the knife industry who hasn’t formed an opinion on “forged knives.” There’s a reason…
    - 3 days ago 13 Jan 17, 3:00pm -
  • How to Stay Warm Indoors When the Power’s Out (& It’s Freezing Outside)
    Not too long ago, we received a question from @RayBurton on Twitter about whether or not we’d done an article on emergency home heating in cold climates. Well, we haven’t, even though I’m from Canada and Thomas & I lived there together fo…
    - 7 days ago 9 Jan 17, 3:00pm -
  • Breaking Down Martial Law: What It Is & How It’s Abused
    Martial law is a topic that comes up time and time again in even the mainstream media, and yet very few understand what it is from a legal sense and what the implications are for everyday citizens and those of us more serious about preparing fo…
    - 11 days ago 5 Jan 17, 3:00pm -
  • Knife Guides: Best EDC Knives, Myths, Sharpening, & More
    Unless you’re new here (hell, even if you are new here) in most cases you’ll know that Thomas has a little bit of a knife addiction. Calling him obsessed is probably severely under-representing the nature of his relationship with knives; he…
    - 13 days ago 3 Jan 17, 3:00pm -
  • 7 Self-Sufficiency Resolutions for the New Year
    Over the years, I’ve discovered that concentrating on one big goal at a time is the very best way to make any resolution stick long enough to become a habit. Want to eat healthier, exercise more, and quit smoking? Doing it all at once is prob…
    - 15 days ago 1 Jan 17, 3:00pm -
  • December 2016 EDC Purse Dump
    1. Spilling the Beans on the Cat’s Pyjamas: Popular Expressions – What They Mean and How We Got Them – Thoughtful Christmas present that should be useful in helping me descipher all these odd Britishisms. 2. Vintage Ronson Viking Lighte…
    - 18 days ago 29 Dec 16, 8:00pm -
  • Why Would a Rational Person Prep for Doomsday?
    I’m a prepper and, at one point, I never understood the answer to this question myself. My line of thinking: if there are preppers out there like me who are preparing for doomsday, they must be extremely misguided. It’s unlikely that the en…
    - 27 days ago 20 Dec 16, 3:30pm -
  • December 2016 EDC Pocket Dump
    1. Baladeo Papagayo Lime Green Handle Folding Knife 2. Motorola Moto X Play Cell Phone + Misc Cell Case from eBay 3. Olight ST25-XML2 Cree LED Tactical Flashlight 4. Fidget Cube in Green & Black – Bought this recently. Very addictive an…
    - 30 days ago 17 Dec 16, 3:30pm -
  • Knife & Outdoor Gear Stores: Best Sale, Deal, & Clearance Pages to Watch
    This past Black Friday/Cyber Monday I wasn’t too happy with the deals we shared on this site, and started thinking about how the sales we’d gotten throughout the year had actually been better deals then the vast majority of the items we’d…
    - 32 days ago 15 Dec 16, 3:00pm -
  • The Ultimate First Aid Supplies List: Be Ready for Anything
    When we talk about first aid kits, we often think in terms of emergency supplies we’ll carry on ourselves everyday should we have a medical emergency when hiking, backpacking, flying on a plane, or doing any other potentially risky activitie…
    - 35 days ago 12 Dec 16, 3:00pm -
  • Why I’m Public About Being a Prepper
    It’s no secret to pretty much anyone who knows me that I’m a prepper. If you take the time to do a quick search on Google for my name, you’ll discover this blog – who I am, and essentially, what I do at home. I’m very public about my…
    - 39 days ago 8 Dec 16, 3:30pm -
  • History Channel’s “Alone” Survival Gear Lists – Season 3
    Okay so last year we were busy when History’s Alone began to air. Didn’t get un-busy (thanks to our cross-continental move) until well after it finished airing. We caught up to Season 2 really late and didn’t have time to publish an art…
    - 43 days ago 4 Dec 16, 11:49am -
  • First Aid: Super Gluing Cuts, Imodium for Emergencies, & More
    Thanks to Thomas’ knowledge of first aid, we’ve accumulated a fairly decent number of guides and tutorials related to medicine and basic first aid on this blog. As a survivalist and/or prepper, you won’t need convincing that one of the mo…
    - 46 days ago 1 Dec 16, 3:00pm -
  • Cyber Monday 2016 Knife & Gear Deals
    Okay so Cyber Monday deals on Amazon were nothing like last year’s. Yes, there are a few good product sales, but not much at all in the outdoor category, and only very few actual knives that have reasonable sales. Seems all the attention went…
    - 49 days ago 28 Nov 16, 12:30pm -
  • November 2016 EDC Purse Dump
    Spent the month boosting my productivity (finally found a morning routine that works for me!) and grinding away at one of my other blogs. So not much to see here besides work-at-home and brainstorming material. Oh and of course a nice little kn…
    - 50 days ago 27 Nov 16, 3:30pm -
  • Black Friday 2016 Knife & Gear Discounts
    Well, it’s Black Friday again, meaning Thomas is currently scouring the net for any and all deals we can personally take advantage of, and I’m scouring the net for knife & gear deals you all can take advantage of! Seriously, every single t…
    - 52 days ago 25 Nov 16, 11:37am -
  • RattlerStrap Titan Series 550 Paracord Survival EDC Belt Review
    Paracord accessories have been swamping the marketplace for some time, especially over the past few years. I get e-mails on a weekly basis about the latest survival bracelet or lanyard to the point where I can’t even keep up with most of them…
    - 56 days ago 21 Nov 16, 5:00pm -
  • Alt-Right Censorship: We All Know It’s Happening, Here’s What We Do
    I don’t often get political on this blog. There are plenty of websites one can visit for a daily dose of rage and disappointment; I even e-mail pertinent prepper news (political or otherwise) on a daily basis if you are so inclined to keep…
    - 59 days ago 18 Nov 16, 4:00pm -
  • Why I Considered Stockpiling Water in Jerrycans & Why I’m Stocking Bottled Water Instead
    I’ve done very little water stockpiling in the past for a few different reasons: I lived in Canada, where rain and precipitation in general has never been an issue. Again, I lived in Canada, so rivers, streams, and bodies of water in general…
    - 63 days ago 14 Nov 16, 5:30pm -

Blue Collar Prepping

  • newGun Blog Variety Podcast #126 - Panthers, Po-Po, and the Pew-Pew Life
    It's the pew-pew life for us!Guns are civil rights for us!Steada resting, we fight back!Nearly all our guns are black!It's the pew-pew life!Beth is going to the SHOT Show. Since she started attending in 2000, some things have changed... and some have…
    - 15 hours ago 16 Jan 17, 1:43am -
  • Book Review: The Little House Cookbook
    Hey all, it's Evie and I'm recovering from a cold -- a nasty little strain that waylaid both myself and my fiancé. DR, being the lovely chap that he is, decided to surprise me with this book after it was clear that I had indeed caught the cold from…
    - 3 days ago 14 Jan 17, 4:00am -
  • The Lee Loader Kit
    We have mentioned reloading ammunition in a few posts, and one of the comments we got back was about the Lee Loader series of reloading kits. I started reloading with a single stage press, and still do most of my reloading on that press, but I have b…
    - 4 days ago 13 Jan 17, 1:14am -
  • Prudent Prepping: 2016 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.The past year went well for me, prepping-wise. I filled many needed items, shifted some supplies into and out of various bags and b…
    - 5 days ago 11 Jan 17, 6:06pm -
  • Running on Limited Water
    In the past week, the southeastern part of the US has been hit by a major snowstorm. Where I live, the snow that they got wouldn't have meant more than getting up a couple minutes early for work. But in places like North Carolina, they get these funn…
    - 6 days ago 11 Jan 17, 4:24am -
  • Guest Post: Survival Security
    by George GrootGeorge is a member of our Facebook Group and has written for us before.The Security MindsetI wanted to write a post about what sort of military training could be useful to a prepper, and it isn’t learning how light infantry kick…
    - 7 days ago 10 Jan 17, 3:40am -
  • Gun Blog Variety Podcast #125 - Forbidden Thoughts, Lack of Sleep, and Voicemails
    It sounds sinister when we put it like that, but anything can seem threatening if it's written tersely. Example: "The last gun owner on Earth sat alone in a room. There was a knock at the door..."Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens have nothin…
    - 7 days ago 9 Jan 17, 6:10pm -
  • Guest Post: Conflict Resolution, or Post-Apocalypse Politics for Survival
    by George GrootGeorge is a member of our Facebook Group and has written for us before.As a prepper, you have the stuff needed to survive. But however romantic the idea of “doing it yourself”, at some point someone has to crawl out of the fall…
    - 10 days ago 7 Jan 17, 12:22am -
  • New Year, New Goals
    Many people create lists of things that they want to change about themselves with the beginning of a new year. These resolutions generally have a poor track record of success, but the idea has some merit.I prefer to spend this time reflecting on the…
    - 11 days ago 5 Jan 17, 5:46pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: Low Cost First Aid
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.I'm always looking for a bargain or a low-cost way to add to my preps. Since I'm in a different Home Depot every day, I start where…
    - 12 days ago 4 Jan 17, 5:56pm -
  • The Right Cutting Tool for the Job
    As a proper redneck geardo, my supplies include hatchets, axes, and saws. All of these tools have a purpose, but this weekend I was asked how I decided which to use for a particular task. If you can cut down a tree with an ax or a saw, how do you dec…
    - 13 days ago 4 Jan 17, 12:27am -
  • Apocabox Unboxing #15 (December 2016)
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.Is it possible?Have I actually managed to record an Apocabox unboxing without video or audio issues?  And I did it without being massively behind behind deadline?Well... maybe the…
    - 14 days ago 2 Jan 17, 9:14pm -
  • Gun Blog Variety Podcast #124 - Happy New Year!
    It's pronounced TWENTY SEVENTEEN. Are you really telling me that when it hits 2020 you're going to call it "two thousand and twenty"?NO, YOU'RE NOT. How can piano lessons make you a better shooter? Beth tells us why it's not actually that far-fetched…
    - 15 days ago 1 Jan 17, 8:05pm -
  • Merry Christmas & Happy New Year
    The staff of Blue Collar Prepping is on vacation this week. Have a happy and safe 2017, and remember that it's always better to be prepared than to be sorry. 
    - 21 days ago 27 Dec 16, 12:06am -
  • Gun Blog Variety Podcast #123 - Happy Holidays 2016
    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us at the GunBlog VarietyCast! Enjoy our holiday-sized episode and we'll see you next year!Beth is "On Assignment" and will return next week.Two suspects are arrested in the murder of a third, and you'…
    - 22 days ago 26 Dec 16, 1:00am -
  • A Story About Winter Driving
    Some years ago, I was heading home from work on a Saturday morning. It was about five degrees with, as I recall Doctor Fever once saying, "a gentle wind wafting out of the north at about a thousand miles an hour."  I thought one of my tires was a b…
    - 24 days ago 23 Dec 16, 7:21pm -
  • Hoarding or Stockpiling?
    Most preppers tend to keep extra amounts of food, water, and clothes on hand, as they are important enough that we like to have a backup supply available. Keeping a full pantry and storing bottled water in a closet is called stockpiling, as is havin…
    - 25 days ago 23 Dec 16, 1:53am -
  • Prudent Prepping: Monthly Recap
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.This post is a series of follow-up about other products which I've blogged about previously.The TOOBI mentioned that I replaced th…
    - 26 days ago 21 Dec 16, 11:45pm -
  • Solo Stove Review Redux
    Erin's love of the Solo Stove is well-established, so based on her recommendation I recently acquired a pair of their smallest models, the Solo Stove Lite, through one of the sales Solo is known for. Erin has shown how the Solo performs at sea leve…
    - 27 days ago 20 Dec 16, 5:31pm -
  • Mule Light V2 Video Review
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.I know that Lokidude already wrote a very nice review of the Mule Light V2, but there were a few points I wanted to make and I felt that a video would help illustrate them better.On…
    - 27 days ago 20 Dec 16, 6:10am -
  • Gun Blog Variety Podcast #122 - Weekend Glory
    "Some clichty folks don't know the facts, posin' and preenin' and puttin' on acts, stretchin' their backs."Beth got a letter, and it wasn't a happy one. Is it so wrong to focus on women in the shooting sports?There are no walls between the "Safe" uni…
    - 29 days ago 18 Dec 16, 5:43pm -
  • Non-Food Uses for Vacuum Sealers
    Food isn't the only thing you can use a vacuum sealer for. Since the basics of preserving anything include isolating stuff from air, water, and insects, vacuum sealers can be handy for plenty of jobs.ClothingA while back I needed to ship a set of B…
    - 32 days ago 15 Dec 16, 8:00pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: Tuning Up a Friend's EDC
    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 posted about a gift EDC bag for my friend last summer, and followed up on it several times. The same conditions still appl…
    - 32 days ago 15 Dec 16, 5:42am -
  • Bugging In While You're Out
    The Blue Collar Prepping Facebook group is a wealth of conversation and thought exercises. Last week, a question was posted that really intrigued me. Bugging out and bugging in are topics that get discussed ad nauseum in prepping groups, but what hap…
    - 34 days ago 14 Dec 16, 2:07am -
  • Guest Post: Mental Health in the Apocalypse
    by George GrootGeorge Groot first realized he couldn't deal with depression and anxiety on his own anymore, and during a tour in Iraq he sought professional help which included anti-depressants. Over the last eight years, including two subsequent dep…
    - 35 days ago 12 Dec 16, 7:53pm -

Survival Medicine

  • newDang, It’s Cold! Treating and Preventing Hypothermia
    This winter has already seen deadly cold snaps where people have found themselves at the mercy of the elements. Whether it’s on a wilderness hike or stranded in a car on a snow-covered highway, the physical effects of exposure to cold (also called…
    - 15 hours ago 16 Jan 17, 1:40am -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Hypothermia, Pt. 2, Avalanches, Blizzard Survival
    In this episode of the Survival Medicine Hour with Joe and Amy Alton: Bees are having a hard time these days and new attention is being given to their plight. The Fish and Wildlife Service have added the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee to the endangered spe…
    - 2 days ago 14 Jan 17, 9:59pm -
  • Video: Norovirus, the Stomach Flu
    In this video, Joe Alton, MD discusses a recent experience with the stomach flu on a trip to New York. Norovirus is the most common cause of the “stomach flu”, a debilitating and dehydrating intestinal illness that affects millions every year thr…
    - 3 days ago 13 Jan 17, 5:11pm -
  • Choosing Sutures
    As we go around the country teaching the art of suturing pig’s feet to aspiring porcine podiatrists, we are often asked about how to choose the appropriate suture needles and material for different types of injuries.  There are a wide variety of c…
    - 5 days ago 12 Jan 17, 1:49am -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Hypothermia, Nightclub Terror
    It’s January, and a cold blast from the North is hitting parts of the Deep South. Hypothermia is a big issue for those not prepared for cold weather, and a number of people die every year from being unready to deal with Nature’s challenges. Find…
    - 7 days ago 9 Jan 17, 11:51pm -
  • Video: Vehicular Terror
    In this companion video to a recent article, Joe Alton, MD discusses the wave of terror events using a car or truck to run down innocent citizens. From Nice, France to Berlin, Germany to Ohio State University, terrorists are figuring out that it’s…
    - 13 days ago 3 Jan 17, 2:14pm -
  • Is Broken-Heart Syndrome Real?
    The death of famous actress Debbie Reynolds one day after her famous actress daughter Carrie Fisher makes one wonder how the effect of grief can cause serious physical consequences.   Carrie Fisher, 60, famous for her role as Princess Leia in the St…
    - 15 days ago 2 Jan 17, 12:14am -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Vehicular Terror, Hangovers, RP Ruggiero of Brushfire Plague
      The Survival Medicine Hour, with Joe Alton,MD aka Dr. Bones and Amy Alton, ARNP aka Nurse Amy, wish you a Happy and Healthy New Year on this last day of 2016. With holiday parties all around us, some will find themselves with a celebration full of…
    - 17 days ago 30 Dec 16, 6:48pm -
  • Surviving A Hangover
    In normal times or times of trouble, New Year’s Eve is a time where many break out the Smoky Mountain Moonshine and end up regretting it the next morning. For you teetotalers, a hangover is a group of symptoms that occur in many people after a…
    - 18 days ago 29 Dec 16, 3:26pm -
  • Using Epinephrine in Vials
      We’re in the midst of an epidemic of allergies in the U.S., and severe allergic reactions like anaphylaxis could be life threatening. Epinephrine is used For the emergency treatment of allergic reactions to stinging or biting insects, foods, dru…
    - 20 days ago 27 Dec 16, 7:40pm -