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  • newPreparedness Notes for Monday – May 21, 2018
    May 21st is the birthday of weapons designer John Douglas Pedersen. (Born 1881, died 1951.) Among other inventions, he is known as the inventor of the M1903 Springfield Pedersen Device (pictured) that converted the M1903 rifle to shoot a smaller-capa…
    - 12 hours ago 21 May 18, 7:05am -
  • newColt Combat Elite Enhanced 1911, by Pat Cascio
    It used to be that Colt 1911 handguns were pretty much the only 1911 game in town, but many people thought they were out of business the past few years. Today we’re looking at the enhanced Combat Elite Enhanced 1911 .45 ACP handgun. Colt 1911 Handg…
    - 12 hours ago 21 May 18, 7:04am -
  • newRecipe of the Week: Stewed Tomatoes, by Jean L.
    Ingredients: 4 or 5 ripe tomatoes 2 tbs butter or margarine 1 medium onion, thinly sliced 1/2 cup chopped celery 1/4 cup chopped green pepper 1/2 tsp sugar 1/2 tsp dried sweet basil 1 small bay leaf 1 tsp salt 1/8 tsp pepper 2 tbs chopped parsley Dir…
    - 12 hours ago 21 May 18, 7:03am -
  • 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 21 May 18, 7:02am -
  • newThe Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “And then there are always clever people about to promise you that everything will be all right if only you put yourself out a bit… And you get carried away, you suffer so much from the things that exist that you ask for what can’t ever exist.…
    - 12 hours ago 21 May 18, 7:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Sunday – May 20, 2018
    May 20th, 1942 The birthday of Carlos Hathcock (died February 23, 1999) was a United States Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant sniper with a service record of 93 confirmed kills.The post Preparedness Notes for Sunday – May 20, 2018 appeared first on Su…
    - 1 day ago 20 May 18, 7:05am -
  • The Game of Life, by A Modern Stoic
    I lie awake, thinking of the past and different choices I could have made in this game of life, or fantasizing about the future and the alternatives I can choose. Then I remember that the only moment that exists is the one my mind occupies in this in…
    - 1 day ago 20 May 18, 7:04am -
  • Letter: Problem Running Multiple Generators
    HJL: I hope this finds you well. I had an interesting event last week. Some critter chewed through one of my home power leads. (We have underground cable.) This caused half the house to go dark. Mostly, the part that was out was the part that runs my…
    - 1 day ago 20 May 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”. Yes, you should use a rifle for your home defense. Check out R…
    - 1 day ago 20 May 18, 7:02am -
  • The Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. 13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; a…
    - 1 day ago 20 May 18, 7:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Saturday – May 19, 2018
    We are coming up on the end of Round 76 of the SurvivalBlog Non-Fiction Writing Contest. There is still time to get your article finished and submitted for these fantastic prizes! With over $11,000 worth of prizes, it could be well worth your time. I…
    - 2 days ago 19 May 18, 7:05am -
  • Getting Home In The Event Of An EMP- Part 2, by B.M.
    We are looking at what might be required if you are working in the city a great distance from your family’s home. My scenario is that I work 50 miles away, which would require a two day walk. I’ve already talked through the basics of day one, whi…
    - 2 days ago 19 May 18, 7:04am -
  • Editors’ Prepping Progress
    To be prepared for a crisis, every Prepper must establish goals and make long-term and short-term plans. Steadily, we work on meeting our prepping goals. In this column, the SurvivalBlog editors review their week’s prep activities. They also often…
    - 2 days ago 19 May 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”. StingRays make the news yet again. One might expect that law e…
    - 2 days ago 19 May 18, 7:02am -
  • The Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured nor numbered; and it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people, there it shall be said unto them, Ye a…
    - 2 days ago 19 May 18, 7:01am -

SHTF Plan

More Than Just Surviving

  • Now the UK is Banning Online Knife Sales – Here We Go Again
    It’s not enough for Canada to go off the deep end, the UK has to follow in suit. After all, it has to keep its edge in the battle for the most ridiculous ban legislation. In its latest bout of scheduled lunacy, our elected overlords passed a…
    - 7 days ago 14 May 18, 1:12pm -
  • Gerber MP600 Multi-Plier Bladeless Needle Nose Multitool Review
    Reviewing Leatherman-style multi-tools is always a tricky proposition. They are essentially pliers with extra tools tacked on as an afterthought and in the case of the Gerber MP600, I found myself struggling with the performance of the pliers (…
    - 40 days ago 11 Apr 18, 11:42am -
  • “Hysteria & Hysterical Fits:” First Aid Knowledge & How It Evolves
    I used to publish articles and guides concerning first aid on a semi-regular basis on this blog, but over time, have found it’s become harder and harder for me to do so. There’s been a pretty massive shift in attitude on MTJS with regards…
    - 53 days ago 29 Mar 18, 5:20pm -
  • “Extreme” Weather Conditions: Snowflakes, Hysteria, & the UK
    If you are a Brit, you will undoubtedly be aware that we faced a seemingly apocalyptic event over the past week or so. In case you’re unaware and need to be brought up to speed with regards to the cataclysmic event that struck old Blighty, be…
    - 71 days ago 11 Mar 18, 11:20am -
  • New Knives in 2018? The Knife World’s Changed & Not For the Better
    When Elise and I started MTJS, I began by reviewing my extensive Spyderco collection. Over the years, due to constant bugging by you lot, I started reviewing knives from brands I never really had much interest in. A good example would be Cold S…
    - 91 days ago 19 Feb 18, 4:26pm -
  • We Need to Talk About the Cape Town Drought & Human Stupidity
    As some of you may know, Cape Town is running out of water. The local government has quite literally stated that in less than 100 days, they may have to turn off the taps entirely and water will be rationed out at designated outposts. Here’s…
    - 3 Feb 18, 10:54am -
  • Prepper Lessons: What Mistakes Have You Made & Learned From?
    While I haven’t been prepping for very long in comparison to most of you, I’d like to think I’ve learned quite a lot over the years through mistakes I’ve made with prepping. Honestly, mistakes make some of the most valuable lessons reso…
    - 27 Jan 18, 12:34pm -
  • The Value of Dehydrated Foods & MRES in a Prepper’s Food Stockpile
    So I’ve spoken about this briefly before, but basically my opinion on rotating through a food stockpile has actually changed since I first began prepping. I used to think that – in an ideal situation – I 100% wanted to rotate through ever…
    - 24 Jan 18, 12:40pm -
  • 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 15 Dec 17, 5:51pm -
  • SAK Chat: What’s Your Favourite Swiss Army Knife?

    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 17 Nov 17, 5:05pm -

Blue Collar Prepping

  • Roadside Ramblings and Treasures
    You never know what prepper goodness you’re going to find along the roadside. This particular find is a treasure and has the price to go with it, but it’s yard sale time of year so be sure to look for bargains!
    - 3 days ago 18 May 18, 11:27pm -
  • The House Out Back
    If TSHTF in a major way and destroys the infrastructure that we depend on for water and sewage services, you're going to need to find a way to deal with the inevitable result of people eating: they urinate and defecate. I'll try to keep this family-…
    - 4 days ago 17 May 18, 9:08pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: Out And About
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping. I was able to get out into a park this past weekend for a very short hike with my new walking stick. It was a nice day to get out…
    - 5 days ago 16 May 18, 11:29pm -
  • Boresighting
    aka "Saving a lot of ammo with a new sight". Imagine if the scope/red dot/iron sights on a rifle get damaged and have to be replaced. If you're in a nasty situation (like an emergency), you don't want to spend any more ammo than necessary to get that…
    - 6 days ago 15 May 18, 10:57pm -
  • Emergency Calling Lists
    The rain is falling. The news says something about a hurricane in the offing. Your neighbor is building an ark out of gopher wood. Rather than dressing up as a capybara and trying to convince your neighbor to let you hitch a ride, you should probably…
    - 7 days ago 14 May 18, 5:00pm -
  • Striker and Tinder Revisited
    We are revisiting last week's topic and using a striker on tinder materials commonly found in the house, but this time the materials do not have petroleum jelly added.
    - 10 days ago 11 May 18, 10:59pm -
  • Canning Roundup
    While I'm sure Erin and others would love for me to actually film or or talk in detail about canning from my perspective, that is a very long term project and to be honest I would just end up re-hashing what has been said and written hundreds of tim…
    - 11 days ago 10 May 18, 11:02pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: Odds and Ends
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.Yet another collection of topics too short to become stand-alone posts. Many are follow-ups or updates to previous posts, and some…
    - 12 days ago 9 May 18, 9:01pm -
  • Cheap Gear Review: Fiskars Machete and Saw (18 inch)
    Aside from regular festivities with a hockey mask, few people feel the need to have a machete on hand on a regular basis. That said, it can prove very useful to have one for a number of tasks.https://amzn.to/2rugKUKThe Good: the MacheteThis not only…
    - 13 days ago 8 May 18, 8:35pm -
  • Lint, Sparks, and Teenage Hands
    As promised last week, we have some teenage hands starting fires with our family fun project from last week. But it doesn't exactly turn out like you think it should!
    - 17 days ago 4 May 18, 9:00pm -
  • The Odds of Disaster
    While wandering around the internet, I ran across an articlethat dealt with the probability of a major civil disorder occurring in the USA. The author is a hydrologist, someone who studies and predicts flooding, so he used the common “100 year floo…
    - 18 days ago 3 May 18, 11:25am -
  • Prudent Prepping: Staff of Knife
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.  It's actually the staff for the seriously cool Birthday gift that Erin Palette sent me, but "Staff of Assegai" just didn't qui…
    - 19 days ago 2 May 18, 5:37pm -
  • Chainsaw Safety
    Chainsaws are a powerful tool, but like all powerful tools, there are inherent dangers. With tornado season in full swing, and hurricane season following right on its heels, a safety lesson for the mighty saw is in order.Chainsaws are primarily thoug…
    - 20 days ago 1 May 18, 10:52pm -
  • Rechargeable AA & AAA Batteries for Preppers
    Preppers need a lot of batteries, because all sorts of everyday tools and emergency devices use them.There are some devices (like cell phones, tablets, watches or similar) that typically have built-in batteries, and recharging them during an emergenc…
    - 21 days ago 30 Apr 18, 8:55pm -
  • Fire Starter Comparison: Cotton Balls vs. Dryer Lint
    Last week we had comments talking about using dryer lint as opposed to cotton balls to dip into our petroleum jelly as a firestarter.So this week I'm comparing the two of them in "laboratory conditions", and then next week I'll test them in the field…
    - 24 days ago 27 Apr 18, 10:46pm -
  • Fire Carriers
    One of the most common subjects in any prepper discussion is fire and how to start one. We've covered various methods of building and starting fires over the years, so I thought it might be time to take a step sideways and talk about carrying your fi…
    - 25 days ago 26 Apr 18, 10:19pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: Prepping For the Inevitable Big One
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.             As if I needed a wake-up call to get ready for what is coming, the government has sent out a full-color an…
    - 26 days ago 25 Apr 18, 9:18pm -
  • Slingshots: Not Just Child's Play
    Erin mentioned yesterday that she has added a slingshot to her prep gear, but I've had one in my gear for years. They're very handy for small game, birds, and varmint control, especially in areas where a gun cannot be fired.TypesWhile the old Dennis…
    - 27 days ago 24 Apr 18, 8:20pm -
  • Product Review: Champion Traps and Targets .22 Bullet Trap
    Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.I was recently given a SimpleShot Torque slingshot as a survival tool. I was intrigued by the notion of having a compact, low-tech means of gathering food for a bug-out bag, so I picked up a Marksman…
    - 28 days ago 24 Apr 18, 1:44am -
  • Making Toilet Paper Firestarters
    As I have said before, getting loved ones into prepping should fun and rewarding.Making fire starters with petroleum jelly is easy, useful, and fun for kids (and some adults).
    - 31 days ago 20 Apr 18, 9:16pm -
  • Dental Emergencies
    Having lived with and without dental insurance, I've dealt with dental issues over the years in different ways. I prefer to use a dentist, but have had a few times where one was not available or affordable, such as losing a filling on the Friday of a…
    - 32 days ago 19 Apr 18, 10:41pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: First Aid Every Day Carry
    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 tweaking what I carry, and from what I read,that makes me a normal prepper.What's NewNot too much, right now. I have a s…
    - 33 days ago 18 Apr 18, 6:35pm -
  • The Simplest Shepard's Pie Recipe Ever!
    In news related to Rhi and Evie's ride, we aren't able to go for medical reasons, so we're obviously disappointed that life decided to become complicated. We were looking forward to a month of hanging out, practicing prepper skills like deadfall trap…
    - 34 days ago 17 Apr 18, 9:44pm -
  • Hot Sauce as an EDC Item
    I fully expect some of you to laugh, but I am going to make the argument for the every-day carry of hot sauce.Why Carry Hot Sauce?This may not be as much of an issue for you as it is for me, but I end up using hot sauce a lot when I travel, and it re…
    - 36 days ago 16 Apr 18, 5:26am -
  • Your Pets After Your Death
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.Today was the memorial service for a family friend, Tex. He died at age 96 and was married for 70 years, so he had a great run... but he left behind his little dog, Daisy.Tex's daug…
    - 36 days ago 15 Apr 18, 9:43pm -

Survival Medicine

  • newRe-Thinking School Safety
    Re-Thinking School SafetyRE-THINKING SCHOOL SAFETY A high school in Sante Fe, Texas was the scene of a mass murder recently, with at least 10 people killed and as many more wounded. A 17-year-old student, who was able to take a shotgun, a pistol, and…
    - 7 hours ago 21 May 18, 12:08pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Ticks, Volcanoes, Special Guests
    Survival Medicine Hour: Ticks, Volcanoes, Special GuestsSURVIVAL MEDICINE HOUR PODCAST Can you prepare for a day at the beach? Can you prepare for an asteroid strike? Well, preparing for volcanic eruptions is in the middle, actually closer to an aste…
    - 3 days ago 18 May 18, 9:58pm -
  • Video: Volcano Preparedness?
    Video: Volcano Preparedness?VIDEO: VOLCANO PREPAREDNESS? Being prepared certainly increases your chances of surviving and staying healthy in a lot of disaster settings, but can you prepare for a volcanic eruption like we’re seeing at Mount Kilauea…
    - 5 days ago 16 May 18, 12:12pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Emerging Infectious Diseases, Malaria
    Survival Medicine Hour: Emerging Infectious Diseases, MalariaSURVIVAL MEDICINE HOUR PODCAST Joe Alton MD and Amy Alton ARNP often  talk about infectious diseases on the Survival Medicine Hour, a number of which are called emerging infectious disease…
    - 10 days ago 11 May 18, 5:14pm -
  • E. Coli Contamination
    E. Coli ContaminationE. COLI CONTAMINATION The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that food poisoning from romaine lettuce harboring the bacteria E. Coli spread recently to 29 states and sent at least 150 people to the hospital. The a…
    - 11 days ago 10 May 18, 6:22pm -
  • Can You Prepare For A Volcano?
    Can You Prepare For A Volcano?Can You Prepare For A Volcano? There are a number of disasters, natural or man-made, where a great deal of preparation greatly increases your chances of survival. Then there are others, like volcanic eruptions or asteroi…
    - 13 days ago 8 May 18, 1:53pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Causes of Abdominal Pain Off The Grid
    Survival Medicine Hour: Causes of Abdominal Pain Off The GridSURVIVAL MEDICINE HOUR PODCAST After a disaster or at a remote homestead, we all know that the medic for the family may not have ready access to modern medical technology. That means many c…
    - 17 days ago 4 May 18, 7:55pm -
  • Malaria: Important Things To Know
    Malaria: Important Things To KnowMALARIA The world is full of dangerous critters, and we’re lucky not to run into the grand majority of them during our daily lives. Animals that present a threat to humans usually live in habitats that are in the wi…
    - 20 days ago 1 May 18, 2:37pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Spring Camping Safety, Snakebite, More
    Survival Medicine Hour: Spring Camping Safety, Snakebite, MoreSchool is winding down, and families are starting to think about that camping trip to the mountains or shore. Camping safety is important, and a lot of factors need to be considered like w…
    - 24 days ago 27 Apr 18, 9:04pm -
  • Appendicitis Off The Grid
    Appendicitis Off The GridAppendicitis Off The Grid After a disaster or at a remote homestead, the medic may not have ready access to modern medical technology. As such, many conditions that are commonly identified with ultrasounds or CAT scans may be…
    - 34 days ago 17 Apr 18, 5:04pm -