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  • newPreparedness Notes for Tuesday – December 12, 2017
    On December 12, 1989, the Queen of Mean was sentenced to four years in prison, 750 hours of community service, and a $7.1 million tax fraud fine in New York. Leona Helmsley, nicknamed the “Queen of Mean” by the press, became the object of loathin…
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  • newStart Now, While You Can, Because You Can, by Old Bobbert
    These short published blog articles, these pieces of myself, of ourselves, concerning preparedness, survivalism, self awareness, and personal readiness are created to help the reader to start taking action and learn to fight ignorance and greed. From…
    - 7 hours ago 12 Dec 17, 12:14pm -
  • newSurvivalBlog’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…
    - 7 hours ago 12 Dec 17, 12:10pm -
  • newThe 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”. President Trump’s immigration policies get yet another boost…
    - 7 hours ago 12 Dec 17, 12:09pm -
  • newThe Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “These people want our guns because they want to run our lives, and they don’t want to worry about getting shot when they try to do so. When you hear that they’ve confiscated my gun, then you’ll know I’m dead.” – Newspaper columnist Dr.…
    - 7 hours ago 12 Dec 17, 12:08pm -
  • Preparedness Notes for Monday – December 11, 2017
    Happy birthday to actress Teri Garr (born 1944.) She was unforgettable in Young Frankenstein.Thanks for reading, check out SurvivalBlog.com for more news!The post Preparedness Notes for Monday – December 11, 2017 appeared first on SurvivalBlog.co…
    - 2 days ago 11 Dec 17, 7:20am -
  • Kershaw Knives, Fraxion, by Pat Cascio
    Today’s knife under review is called the “Fraxion” and is from Kershaw Knives in my home state of Oregon. Kershaw Knives has come a long, long way in a very short period of time, and is a leader in the cutlery field.Kershaw KnivesIt was just…
    - 2 days ago 11 Dec 17, 7:19am -
  • Recipe of the Week: Chicken Olé, by G.T.
    Ingredients:12 tortillas, cut into 6 or 8 pieces each4 cups of coarsely chopped cooked chicken or turkey1 (10 3/4 oz) can of condensed cream of chicken soup1 (10 3/4 oz) can of condensed cream of mushroom soup1 (7 oz) can of green chili salsa1…
    - 2 days ago 11 Dec 17, 7:16am -
  • 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 11 Dec 17, 7:14am -
  • The Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “But let it not be said that we did nothing. Let not those who love the power of the welfare/warfare state label the dissenters of authoritarianism as unpatriotic or uncaring. Patriotism is more closely linked to dissent than it is to conformity an…
    - 2 days ago 11 Dec 17, 7:14am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Sunday – December 10, 2017
    On this day in 1520, Martin Luther publicly burned the papal edict demanding that he recant or face excommunication.Thanks for reading, check out SurvivalBlog.com for more news!The post Preparedness Notes for Sunday – December 10, 2017 appeared f…
    - 2 days ago 10 Dec 17, 12:28pm -
  • The Survival Community’s Dirty Little Secrets
    It’s no secret that the survival community has seen some hard times in recent months. During the last few years of the Obama administration, he was seen by many as the best firearms salesman ever. NICS background checks set record after record, esp…
    - 2 days ago 10 Dec 17, 12:26pm -
  • Letter: California’s December Wildfires
    Hello Hugh,As I write this, the Thomas Fire is still ravaging Ventura County, California. Three lessons need to be taken away:Gather your own intel,Be ready to go if it gets close, even if the threat seems remote; and,Live miles away from brushy…
    - 2 days ago 10 Dec 17, 12:23pm -
  • 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”. My blood is boiling today over the jury verdict in the Arizona…
    - 2 days ago 10 Dec 17, 12:21pm -
  • The Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “And the patriarchs, moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt: but God was with him, and delivered him out of all his afflictions, and gave him favour and wisdom in the sight of Pharaoh king of Egypt; and he made him governor over Egypt and all his…
    - 2 days ago 10 Dec 17, 12:19pm -

SHTF Plan

More Than Just Surviving

  • SAK Chat: What’s Your Favourite Swiss Army Knife?

    - 1 day 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…
    - 8 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…
    - 12 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…
    - 15 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…
    - 18 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…
    - 20 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…
    - 25 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…
    - 27 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,…
    - 30 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…
    - 33 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’…
    - 42 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…
    - 45 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…
    - 46 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…
    - 48 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…
    - 53 days ago 20 Oct 17, 9:03pm -
  • Asthma Attacks: Symptoms, Treatment, & When to Seek Help
    A couple of weeks ago, I woke up to a feeling I hadn’t experienced in over a decade. As a kid I had mild asthma, and to suddenly feel my breathing become constrained – the start of a very mild asthma attack – was a real wake up call for m…
    - 57 days ago 16 Oct 17, 6:44pm -
  • Are Your Family Members Supportive of Your Prepping?
    When it comes to family members supporting preps, I feel like I’ve heard it all. At one end, you’ve got the prepper families where each individual takes prepping seriously, and each member of the family works together toward the end goal of…
    - 60 days ago 13 Oct 17, 3:42pm -
  • Your EDC Picks: Top Knives & Multi-Tools MTJS Readers Are Carrying
    Thank you guys so much for answering my question a few weeks back about which pocket knife you were currently EDC-ing. Made for a crazy cool read, especially since there were so many knives listed I didn’t even know existed. Some awesome disc…
    - 62 days ago 11 Oct 17, 2:13pm -
  • Where Do You Buy Knives? In Person? Online? Which Stores?
    First off, let me start off by saying thank you so much for answering my question about which knife you were currently carrying a few weeks ago. I was pretty astonished by the variety of gear in your pockets & packs; your responses were definit…
    - 67 days ago 6 Oct 17, 3:00pm -
  • Legacy Food Storage Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner Bucket Review
    I know that many preppers think it’s silly to fixate on taste when it comes to survival food. If you’re in an emergency situation, they’ll argue, you’re unlikely to care about the taste of the food as much as you’ll care that you have…
    - 69 days ago 4 Oct 17, 11:21am -

Blue Collar Prepping

  • newGuest Post: Getting Unstuck
    by Xander OpalIt's a situation that will eventually happen if you drive on snowy roads or go cross-country: your vehicle will get stuck. Or perhaps you'll get a call from a friend or family member who is stuck, or encounter someone whose vehicle is…
    - 1 hour ago 12 Dec 17, 6:18pm -
  • Product Review: the OKC Marine Combat Knife
    I am a big fan of a knife for every day carry and use.  Opening packages, trimming things, even prepping food; all of these things happen on a regular basis, and all of them are easier to perform with a knife.While I do prefer a pocket folder, there…
    - 1 day ago 11 Dec 17, 6:00pm -
  • GunBlog VarietyCast Radio #173 - Too Many Acronyms
    GOA and NAGR tried to make HR38 DOA with FUD.Self Defense with Kids and Dogs! No, not using your kids as shields or throwing dogs at intruders. Instead, Beth discusses the self-defense options that are available when you have small children and/or do…
    - 2 days ago 11 Dec 17, 1:30am -
  • Henpecked
    One chicken is clearly top of the pecking order and bullying another one to the point of not eating or leaving the hen house.She looked better today. The other hens are also being attacked, but not to the same degree.If it continues, the bully gets a…
    - 4 days ago 8 Dec 17, 10:13pm -
  • Gifts for Preppers
    The winter holidays are upon us and this is a time for giving gifts to family and friends, but what do you get a prepper? The beginner is always easier to buy for because they don't have much and anything that they can use will be appreciated. Those…
    - 5 days ago 8 Dec 17, 12:47am -
  • Prudent Prepping: The Solo Stove
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping. Last week under "General Prepping" I said that a Great Light appeared and shined down upon a path unseen by my eyes. I saw new and…
    - 6 days ago 6 Dec 17, 6:51pm -
  • You Don't Have to Wander or Be Lost
    You've got a map and compass now. Great! Now you need to figure out how to make them do useful work instead of merely being neat trinkets.DeclinationNorth isn't exactly north. By that, I mean that there is "true north" which is the direction of the N…
    - 7 days ago 6 Dec 17, 1:54am -
  • Wheat Grinders 101
    Post-SHTF, there are a lot of preppers who will be sitting on large stockpiles of inexpensive healthy bulk foodstuffs, mostly in the form of rice, wheat, and beans.Sadly, out of the preppers I know that have these kind of preps, I know quite a few th…
    - 8 days ago 4 Dec 17, 8:27pm -
  • GunBlog VarietyCast Radio #172 - Vacuums Suck
    But in a good way!Beth has never done yoga because she’s not flexible. But that’s the whole point of yoga! Similarly, some people don’t get involved with firearms training because they aren’t proficient with firearms.It's a story with a happy…
    - 9 days ago 4 Dec 17, 1:00am -
  • Keeping the Ladies Warm
    I'm heating my house this winter, but I also have a henhouse to keep warm. After all, I want those ladies spending energy on making eggs, not staying warm!
    - 11 days ago 1 Dec 17, 11:14pm -
  • Guerilla Gardening
    A few weeks ago I wrote about buying a pile of garden seeds. I also mentioned guerilla gardening (GG for short) as one possible use for such a large amount of cheap seeds, and I thought I should expand upon that concept a bit.As preppers, on of our m…
    - 12 days ago 30 Nov 17, 11:57pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: More Unfinished Business
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.I forgot to go over my general maintenance and all the steps I take to set up my car for California winters.Car PrepsThe washer fl…
    - 13 days ago 29 Nov 17, 6:41pm -
  • A Rosy Inclination
    Maps show you where you are, where you want to be, and what lies between. All of that is vital information to have, but it's utterly useless if you don't know which direction gets you there. The tool that fills that hole is the compass.At its heart,…
    - 14 days ago 28 Nov 17, 11:07pm -
  • Product Review: AeroGarden Ultra
    When SHTF and supply lines break down, getting fresh plant matter in your diet can be hard. The AeroGarden is something that I would recommend that a prepper consider to fill that role. I am reviewing the “Ultra” model, but all of them work on t…
    - 15 days ago 27 Nov 17, 9:30pm -
  • GunBlog VarietyCast Radio #171 - Talking Turkey
    We recorded this on Thanksgiving, between Erin's lunch and Sean's dinner. We apologize if listening makes you hungry.Beth is on assignment.A burglar is shot and captured. But what did he do just before that? And who were they, really? Sean takes a lo…
    - 16 days ago 27 Nov 17, 1:00am -
  • Plans, Progress...and Bandana?
    Happy Thanksgiving Weekend!
    - 17 days ago 26 Nov 17, 1:00am -
  • Black Friday Prepping Deals
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.You folks didn't think I'd miss my annual post telling you about all the great prepping deals out there, did you?The best deal I've seen so far is a refurbished 7" Kindle Fire 7 wit…
    - 18 days ago 25 Nov 17, 12:06am -
  • Fasting
    I know that this post is going to be posted on Thanksgiving, a day of feasting, but I wanted to write a bit about the opposite: fasting. I'll cover the effects in my normal “Four parts of a person” method.Fasting, for those who've never heard the…
    - 19 days ago 24 Nov 17, 12:13am -
  • Prudent Prepping: November Buffet Post
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.  A round-up of topics I'm unable to make into stand-alone posts.Unfinished BusinessAs a follow-up to last week's handle-making p…
    - 20 days ago 22 Nov 17, 5:42pm -
  • Mapmaker, Mapmaker, Make Me A Map
    We live in a wonderful time where virtually the entire earth has satellite coverage and GPS devices can tell you where you are, where you're going, and how long it will take to get there. When they work properly, they're the height of navigational te…
    - 21 days ago 22 Nov 17, 12:40am -
  • Bicycle Trailers and Cargo
    As a prepper, and as a fairly broke one at times, I have found myself with an opportunity to get something useful (55 gallon drum, free tools, lumber, mobile fire pit, etc.), but no way to transport it.At other times, I have found myself with a bicyc…
    - 22 days ago 20 Nov 17, 7:16pm -
  • GunBlog VarietyCast Radio #170 - Weer'd Underpants
    Erin wanted to call this the "Zombie Miguel Episode" but figured that would just confuse people.Beth feels that  RSO's (Range Safety Officers) are basically the black belts of the gun world. She and her husband explain why.Homeless guy beats another…
    - 23 days ago 20 Nov 17, 1:10am -
  • Heating Your Home, Part 3
    Passive solar heating using bubblewrap? Really?I'll do a follow-up in February on how well it worked.
    - 25 days ago 18 Nov 17, 12:37am -
  • Miscellaneous Updates
    Since this is my 201st article on this blog, I'm going to update a few of my previous posts. Emergency Ration BarsI wrote a few reviews of some emergencyration bars that I found on Amazon this last summer. I recently had a reason to break a few of th…
    - 26 days ago 16 Nov 17, 9:30pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: Getting It Handled
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.  I've been inspired by Lokidude's post about tools and knife sharpening to get going on a project that has been sitting on my de…
    - 27 days ago 15 Nov 17, 9:08pm -

Survival Medicine

  • newEssential Oils As Medical Tools
    ESSENTIAL OILS Recently, I wrote an article about the use of herbal teas for their medicinal benefits. For the medic who is concerned about long-term survival scenarios, a hard reality is that stored pharmaceuticals will run out over time. This leave…
    - 22 hours ago 11 Dec 17, 9:06pm -
  • Nuclear Electromagnetic Pulse Events
    NUCLEAR EMPS We live in the shadow of the sun, which gives us, well, shadows, but also bathes us in huge amounts of electromagnetic radiation. Luckily for us, the earth has a magnetic field as a shield against cosmic rays; thanks to it, the human rac…
    - 6 days ago 6 Dec 17, 6:58pm -
  • Herbal Teas as Medicinal Tools
    HERBAL TEAS In a long-term disaster setting where you are knocked off the grid, medical supplies expended and medicines dispensed over time may not be easily replaced. When confronted with dwindling access to the tools needed by the survival medic to…
    - 7 days ago 5 Dec 17, 3:39pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Acid Reflux, Colds vs Flus, Medical Barter Items, More
    Survival Medicine Hour #366 Joe Alton MD and Amy Alton ARNP, aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, discuss a number of topics, including honey as a treatment for burns, how to tell colds vs. flus, medical barter items, acid reflux, using glues to close wounds…
    - 12 days ago 1 Dec 17, 3:16am -
  • Video: Influenza 2017
    Influenza On and Off The Grid Video In this video, Joe Alton MD discuss everything you need to know about influenza on and off the grid. Millions will visit their doctor for treatment, and some mostly elderly, very young, or infirm sufferers may not…
    - 16 days ago 26 Nov 17, 1:58pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Natural Burn Remedies, Ingrown Nails, Lone Wolves
    Survival Medicine Hour Podcast #365 Does the “lone wolf” have an advantage or disadvantage in situations where you’re knocked off the grid and long term survival is not a sure thing? Joe Alton MD and Amy Alton ARNP discuss the importance of com…
    - 17 days ago 25 Nov 17, 5:24pm -
  • G.E.R.D. (Severe Acid Reflux) Off The Grid
    Acid Reflux Off The Grid In this high-stress world, you probably know someone who suffers from G.E.R.D. (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease). “Gastro-“ refers to your stomach; “-esophageal” refers to the tube that runs from it to your throat. Ac…
    - 18 days ago 24 Nov 17, 4:59pm -
  • Influenza On And Off The Grid
    Influenza On and Off The Grid Even with modern medical technology, few can avoid the occasional respiratory infection. Viral illnesses like colds and flus are common issues even for those who are in prime physical condition. Human illness involves th…
    - 22 days ago 20 Nov 17, 9:50pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Burns, Respiratory Infections, Herb Ban?
    Survival Medicine Hour Podcast #364 In this episode of the Survival Medicine Hour, Joe and Amy Alton, aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, discuss how to recognize and treat different types of burns, from first to third degree and the percentages of body sur…
    - 24 days ago 18 Nov 17, 2:21pm -
  • FDA Tries Again To Ban Natural Pain Herb
    FDA Tries Again To Ban Kratom Last year, I wrote about the Food and Drug Administration’s campaign to ban the Asian herb Kratom, a non-opiate option for those with chronic pain, anxiety, and drug dependency issues. As someone interested in medical…
    - 27 days ago 15 Nov 17, 8:49pm -