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  • newNotes for Sunday – February 19, 2017
    Today is the birthday of Lee Marvin (1924–1987), who you may remember from The Professionals or The Big Red One.
    - 7 hours ago 19 Feb 17, 7:17am -
  • newHousehold Basics in TEOTWAWKI- Part 3, by Sarah Latimer
    I’m continuing my journey to consider some of the pantry basics (beyond meat, eggs, dairy, grains, fruits, and vegetables) that I will want to have available in the event of TEOTWAWKI. I am resolved that I will ideally be able to make these items m…
    - 7 hours ago 19 Feb 17, 7:17am -
  • newTwo Letters Re: License Plate Readers & OPSEC
    James and Hugh, A while back I saw a guy wearing an IR LED hat, to defeat cameras: How To Fool Facial Recognition Cameras and Video …. Plate covers will get you caught; taking out or burning your bulb out will likely get you pulled over and searche…
    - 7 hours ago 19 Feb 17, 7:16am -
  • newEconomics and Investing:
    Dow Jones Industrial Average Is A Ponzi Scheme o o o Aetna Admits Obamacare in “Death Spiral”: Can Trump Fix This Mess? o o o QE4 Is Coming… o o o Is A Historic Upside Breakout In The Gold Bull Market About To Take Place? o o o SurvivalBlog and…
    - 7 hours ago 19 Feb 17, 7:15am -
  • newOdds ‘n Sods:
    Former Trooper Who Took $70k In Drug Bust Money Remains President Of School Board – T.P. o o o SurvivalRealty.com has a new featured property that’s a great example of a modern off grid homestead, on the remote Yaak River in northwest Montana. o…
    - 7 hours ago 19 Feb 17, 7:15am -
  • newHugh’s Quote of the Day:
    “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness:…
    - 7 hours ago 19 Feb 17, 7:14am -
  • Notes for Saturday – February 18, 2017
    This is the birthday of Jack Palance (1919–2006), an actor known for his “Tough Guy” roles, such as the rebel leader Jesus Raza, in The Professionals o o o Today, we present another entry for Round 69 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing con…
    - 1 day ago 18 Feb 17, 5:41am -
  • Exercising Your Rights vs. Being Nice: When the “State” is at Your Door, by The Recovering Feminist
    Disclaimer: I need to be perfectly clear first off. I am not a legal professional; therefore, I have no license to provide legal advice. The information in this article is opinion only and freely available. This is not legal advice. Do your own resea…
    - 1 day ago 18 Feb 17, 5:41am -
  • Letter Re: License Plate Readers & OPSEC
    Sir: Two of SurvivalBlog’s recent posts referenced altering or covering license plates to avoid identification by license plate readers. Coincidentally, the last two episodes of the reality show Hunted involved people being tracked by this technolo…
    - 1 day ago 18 Feb 17, 5:36am -
  • Economics and Investing:
    Carney, Wrong on Brexit, May Have Called Consumer Collapse Right o o o World stocks edge lower; Wall Street at record o o o Chart Of The Day Shows Mega-Bullish “Golden Cross” For Gold Mining Shares! o o o Democracy, the God That’s Failing o o o…
    - 1 day ago 18 Feb 17, 5:36am -
  • Odds ‘n Sods:
    Some good news for the owner of HK9x-series rifles: I contacted the management of Franklin Armory, and they told me that they have now produced prototype HK binary trigger packs that are the functional equivalent of their very popular BFS-III binary…
    - 1 day ago 18 Feb 17, 5:35am -
  • Hugh’s Quote of the Day:
    “Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens: and let them judge…
    - 1 day ago 18 Feb 17, 5:35am -
  • Notes for Friday – February 17, 2017
    SurvivalBlog readers in Northern California who are downstream of the Feather River should be advised that a series of storms are due, so the crisis is far from over. Make contingency plans, top off your vehicle fuel tanks, and do some pre-packing! o…
    - 2 days ago 17 Feb 17, 6:43am -
  • It is the Best of Times and the Worst of Times to Research Your Family History, by Michigan Swamp Buck
    Gone are the days of the nuclear family. With high divorce rates, remarriages, single parents, and the legalization of same sex marriages, the family unit as it was once known is becoming a rare thing in the 21st century. Although these changes have…
    - 2 days ago 17 Feb 17, 6:42am -
  • Enjoying (and Surviving) Solar Eclipse 2017
    On August 21, 2017, residents of a narrow swath through the United States will have a rare treat: The chance to observe a total eclipse of the sun. The path of totality will transit several major cities, including Greenville, South Carolina and parts…
    - 2 days ago 17 Feb 17, 6:41am -

SHTF Plan

More Than Just Surviving

  • Affordable, Accessible, & Discreet: Best Neck Knives You Can EDC
    Carrying your knife around your neck is not a new phenomenon, nor is it a fad. It’s a concept that’s been around forever. Whilst the practice of wearing a neck knife has garnered traction for situations, sad to say, neck knives have never e…
    - 3 days ago 16 Feb 17, 3:00pm -
  • Slacking on Prepping Lately? Here’s How to Use That To Your Advantage
    You aren’t going to be a diligent prepper 100% of the time. Perseverance ebbs and flows, and even if you don’t ever stop prepping completely, chances are there will be moments in your life where you dwindle down the attention you give to p…
    - 6 days ago 13 Feb 17, 3:00pm -
  • Hypothermia: Life Threatening, Yet Simple to Treat – Do You Know How?
    Hypothermia is one of those conditions that is often discussed and yet rarely described as anything more than simply being out in the cold for too long. The reality is quite a bit more complex and the consequences of ignoring the symptoms often…
    - 9 days ago 10 Feb 17, 4:30pm -
  • Who Still Buys Dumb Phones Anymore? Preppers Should & Here’s Why
    If you haven’t thought about dumb phones in a long while, I can’t blame you, but chances are you’re missing out on a really great emergency tool that’s been right at the back of your memory this entire time. Smart phones are amazing. Th…
    - 13 days ago 6 Feb 17, 3:00pm -
  • UK Knife Laws: Restrictions, Prohibitions, & What’s Legal to Carry
    UK knife laws are a minefield of conjecture and hearsay. It seems everyone has an idea of what they can and can’t carry, but in reality, the situation here is both very simple and extremely nuanced depending on the application of the law as p…
    - 17 days ago 2 Feb 17, 7:45pm -
  • That Exists? Coolest Survival, Outdoor, & Camp Gear We’ve Seen
    There’s not always a heck of a lot new going on in the survival, outdoor, & camping world when it comes to interesting gadgets, new products, and overall innovation. This makes sense, since when it comes to camping, survival, & the general o…
    - 19 days ago 31 Jan 17, 3:00pm -
  • Drooling Over 2017’s New Knife Releases at SHOT Show (No Photos, Sorry!)
    SHOT Show just came around so figured I would chime in and reassure you all that I haven’t forgotten about the knife reviews. As a matter of fact, I have 20-ish odd knives lying around that I still have to review. As an early disclaimer (tho…
    - 21 days ago 29 Jan 17, 11:30am -
  • January 2017 EDC Purse Dump
    Thomas hates the Pingo, but I love it, and so have officially stolen it from him ;). Bought a backup phone this past month – a dumbphone with insane standby time that should be great if I leave it charged and off in case of an emergency. 1. …
    - 22 days ago 28 Jan 17, 4:45pm -
  • UK Legal Knives: Best UK Friendly Folders to EDC in Old Blighty
    When I returned to the UK in May of last year, I found the transition to be quite jarring in terms of legally permissible EDC knives. In Canada I quite happily carried anything I damn well pleased, as the legislation is so vague (knives are leg…
    - 24 days ago 26 Jan 17, 3:00pm -
  • Hate Budgeting? How to Build Killer Savings Anyway
    There are people who can sit down at a desk once a week or once a month and tally up household expenses by type. Set themselves budgeting goals, then meticulously track where money is leaking so they can stick to their budget. They can keep up…
    - 27 days ago 23 Jan 17, 3:00pm -
  • January 2017 EDC Pocket Dump
    1. Moleskine 2017 Weekly Pocket-Sized Planner in Red 2. Lamy Safari Black Fountain Pen 3. Boker Tech Tool 1 Folding Slip Joing Knife  – Heinnie Haynes Limited Edition Red 4. Kanger Subox Mini + Joytech Cubis Pro – Reviewed here.This is…
    - 30 days ago 20 Jan 17, 3:00pm -
  • My 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…
    - 34 days 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…
    - 37 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…
    - 41 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…
    - 45 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…
    - 47 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…
    - 49 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…
    - 52 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…
    - 61 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…
    - 64 days ago 17 Dec 16, 3:30pm -

Blue Collar Prepping

  • Cheap Char Rope
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.I received February's Apocabox yesterday, and while I don't have time for a full review or an unboxing video (that will come later), I wanted to point out something from the box tha…
    - 2 days ago 17 Feb 17, 9:32pm -
  • Egg Storage
    The other day, one of my friends asked me if eggs needed to be refrigerated or not.One of the many odd or weird jobs that I have done over the years was working on a small poultry farm -- and by "small" I mean "We only had 5,000 hens laying eggs." …
    - 3 days ago 17 Feb 17, 2:00am -
  • Prudent Prepping: Blue Skies and Emergencies
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.Everyone has heard about the overfull reservoir here in California by now, right? Did the people interviewed sound like anyone you…
    - 4 days ago 15 Feb 17, 6:15pm -
  • Multimeter 101
    I promised a crash course in multimeters last week. I hope you find this video instructive.Editor's Note: The loop at the top is an amp clamp, and it opens like a claw by pressing the protrusion on the right side of the device. This allows the user…
    - 5 days ago 14 Feb 17, 6:29pm -
  • My Candle Burns At Both Ends, It Will Not Last the Night
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.For those of you who pay attention to such things, Blue Collar Prepping has been around for over three years now, having written about 915 posts and many, many words about being pr…
    - 6 days ago 13 Feb 17, 8:50pm -
  • Gun Blog Variety Podcast #130 - Tribalism and Happy Endings
    Our #1 advice for a happy ending: Don't get a barbed wire tattoo. Those never end well.Beth shares some advice for avoiding tragedy when you have children and guns in the same houseEveryone likes a happy ending. Sean tells us about our favorite happy…
    - 7 days ago 13 Feb 17, 1:06am -
  • Number One with a Bullet: Keeping It All Straight with Bullet Journals
    There's been a bit of discussion among members of our Facebook group about keeping things organized and in rotation with preps. There are countless apps to help you "organize your life and up your productivity."Well that's great, but when was the la…
    - 9 days ago 11 Feb 17, 1:44am -
  • Crowds
    I don’t like crowds. They make me anxious, cause headaches, and tend to make me more than a bit “on edge”. My wife has to drag me out of the house to go Christmas shopping, because I can’t stand being in crowded stores, but I usually get to q…
    - 10 days ago 10 Feb 17, 1:45am -
  • Prudent Prepping: Final Trunk III
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.The large and expensive part of the Trunk fix is here. What's left to do? You'll be amazed at what how simple it is!At the start of…
    - 11 days ago 8 Feb 17, 3:09pm -
  • Battery Failure Assessment
    Last week, I had a very inconvenient failure of the battery in my truck.  I don't often expect things to fail -- my maintenance routine isn't perfect, but it's fairly solid -- so when they do, it's an unpleasant surprise.At about 5:40 in the morning…
    - 12 days ago 7 Feb 17, 7:14pm -
  • Palette's Product Review: PMC .223 Battle Pack
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.FTC Disclaimer: This product was provided to me for review purposes by Widener's Reloading & Shooting Supply. I was not paid for a good review. I'm never entirely certain what to s…
    - 13 days ago 6 Feb 17, 9:11pm -
  • Gun Blog Variety Podcast #129 - Berzerkeley
    Rioters and California get along like a house on fire.Anyone can carry a gun... but what if you want to protect yourself AND look good in your clothes? Beth tells us about the upcoming Realize Concealed Carry Fashion Show in Cleveland, Ohio. Two sus…
    - 13 days ago 6 Feb 17, 2:44am -
  • Guest Post: Ham Radio
    by Tim KiesI have been a ham (amateur) radio operator since I was just 12 years old. Back then, the only way that I could use my license was by using Morse code, with a very simple transmitter that ensured I didn’t accidentally interfere with any…
    - 16 days ago 3 Feb 17, 9:15pm -
  • Ashes
    One of the side-effects of burning wood for heat is the production of lots of ashes -- about 20 pounds of ash per cord of wood burned. Wood ash is treated as a waste product by a lot of people, but it has a few uses around a homestead. Warning:Pleas…
    - 17 days ago 3 Feb 17, 1:47am -
  • Prudent Prepping: Trunk Junk and the Box of Holding
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.Many thanks to loyal reader Matt Rodgers for the suggestion to put Velcro on the bottom of the storage box I have in my trunk! This…
    - 18 days ago 1 Feb 17, 5:43pm -
  • A Handy Chart
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.I don't like "phoning in a post" by just posting an infographic, but what else can be said about an extremely handy one-page sheet showing the morse code, semaphore, and maritime fl…
    - 20 days ago 30 Jan 17, 8:40pm -
  • Gun Blog Variety Podcast #128 - L'audace de Non
    Audacity, audacity, always audacity; we even record our segments with Audacity. Surprise! Men and women ARE different. Beth gives us her thoughts on why that's a good thing.It's another police chase, but this time it's also interstate kidnapping. Sea…
    - 21 days ago 30 Jan 17, 1:30am -
  • A Small, Simple Forge
    So, you need to make a tool and you want to forge it, or maybe just need a way to heat one up to harden it. Is there a simple forge that doesn’t require coal or charcoal, and could use, say, a torch? Oh yeah. First, you'll need some firebrick.Why…
    - 23 days ago 28 Jan 17, 12:17am -
  • Nouveaux Preppers
    Yesterday's guest post covered some of the material I intended to write about today, but I'm flexible and can take a slightly different view of the subject.Preppers used to be called “survivalists”, but that term got so much derision and bad pres…
    - 23 days ago 27 Jan 17, 3:06am -
  • Guest Post: How Not to Drive Away Entry-Level Preppers
    by QuaLast September, I attended a exposition put on by a largish corporation that was looking to get their employees into the mindset of being prepared for emergencies. I thought it would be interesting, and since it was free (my favorite price) an…
    - 25 days ago 25 Jan 17, 10:03pm -
  • On Budget
    I've never really been one for New Years' Resolutions -- if a change is needed, it should be made immediately and not because of something as arbitrary as the date. If the calendar is the only reason for a change, the odds are stacked against it beco…
    - 26 days ago 24 Jan 17, 8:56pm -
  • Palette's Product Review: Bondic Liquid Plastic Welder
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.(This is an expansion of the Plug of the Week from yesterday's podcast) I'm fond of pointing out that preparedness isn't always about being ready for disaster; it's also about being…
    - 27 days ago 23 Jan 17, 9:44pm -
  • Gun Blog Variety Podcast #127 - Nice SHOT, Man
    That's why I say man, nice SHOTWhat a good SHOT, manThe SHOT Show is over and Beth has some thoughts about the Good, the Bad, and possibly the Ugly aspects of it.Who steals a golf cart and punches a cop? Sean takes a closer look.Barron is on assignme…
    - 28 days ago 22 Jan 17, 6:16pm -
  • Guest Post: Dangers and Praises for Multi-Use Preps
    by Levi Ethan GroenendaelWhat "multi-use" meansFor whatever reason, our society has become one of "gadgets" - and, as time goes on, we see those gadgets turn into "2 in 1" or "3 in 1" or "819 in 1" devices. For purposes of this article, we're talki…
    - 30 days ago 20 Jan 17, 8:56pm -
  • Spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, baked beans, spam, spam, spam and spam.
    Much maligned as a food for the poor, the ubiquitous nature of Spam has earned it a place in a prepper's pantry. I know that at least one of you out there is gagging at the thought of eating “mystery meat” out of a can, but I'm betting that you'd…
    - 30 days ago 20 Jan 17, 2:56am -

Survival Medicine

  • newSurvival Medicine Hour: Anaphylaxis, Ear Infections, Hemorrhage
    The Survival Medicine Hour, hosted by Joe Alton, MD aka Dr. Bones and Amy Alton, ARNP, aka Nurse Amy of https://www.doomandbloom.net/ brings you a few topics, including ear infections, bleeding control and the final part 3 of the allergy series: anap…
    - 24 hours ago 18 Feb 17, 2:18pm -
  • Allergies: What You Need To Know, Pt. 1
    Allergies are reactions caused by a hypersensitivity of the immune system to a substance ingested or in the environment (an “allergen”). These substances may cause little or no effect in most people, but a percentage of the population may experie…
    - 5 days ago 14 Feb 17, 3:22pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Allergies, pt.2, Water Issues
    The Survival Medicine Hour this week, with your hosts, Joe Alton MD, aka Dr. Bones, and Amy Alton, ARNP, aka Nurse Amy, discusses water pollutants and part 2 of the series on Allergies. Your hosts request feedback on the show and other topics you may…
    - 8 days ago 11 Feb 17, 2:06pm -
  • Guest Post: 10 Things You Didn’t Know Were in Your Drinking Water
      (Dr. Bones says: From time to time, we accept submissions from promising writers in the field of preparedness. Today’s post comes from TheBerkey.com‘s social media manager Jennifer Moran. In this article, Jennifer discusses some substances th…
    - 11 days ago 8 Feb 17, 1:19pm -
  • 13 Tips on Surviving a Protest
    As a Free Speech advocate, I support the people’s right to protest and make their opinions heard. Unfortunately, demonstrations in the U.S. these days are becoming more frequent and violent. From what I saw happen at UC-Berkeley, I expect them to b…
    - 13 days ago 6 Feb 17, 1:18pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Protest Survival, Capsizing, Allergies, Pt.1
    The Survival Medicine Hour with your hosts Joe Alton, MD aka Dr. Bones and Amy Alton, ARNP, aka Nurse Amy discuss Protest Safety, How to survive a capsized boat or cold water immersion, and part one of a series on allergies. Our website https://www.d…
    - 15 days ago 4 Feb 17, 3:48pm -
  • Guest Article: Homeopathy and Preparedness
    Nurse Amy and I are conventionally trained medical professionals that incorporate an integrative philosophy into our writings. We don’t know everything, however (far from it), and sometimes find writers on specific topics that are outside of our wh…
    - 17 days ago 2 Feb 17, 2:59pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Expiration Dates, Face Masks, More
    This episode of the Survival Medicine Hour, with your hosts, Joe Alton, MD aka Dr. Bones and Amy Alton, ARNP, aka Nurse Amy, discusses the significance, or sometimes, the lack of significance of expiration dates when it comes to medicines in pills an…
    - 19 days ago 31 Jan 17, 3:05am -
  • Video: Surviving a Building Fire
    Joe Alton, MD’s latest video discusses some tragic building fires, especially in public venues. He examines what happens in a fire, how fire behaves, and what you can do to increase your chances of surviving the conflagration.   To watch, click be…
    - 23 days ago 27 Jan 17, 3:12pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Hypothermia Pt. 3, Frostbite, Winter Hazards
    The Survival Medicine Hour with Joe Alton, MD, aka Dr. Bones and Amy Alton, ARNP, aka Nurse Amy discusses altitude sickness, winter car survival, falling through the ice or into very cold water and more. Car Survival equipment should include wool bla…
    - 28 days ago 22 Jan 17, 1:44pm -