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  • newNotes for Saturday – April 18, 2015
    Today, we present another entry for Round 58 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The $12,000+ worth of prizes for this round include: First Prize: A Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate, good for any one, two, or three course (a…
    - 6 hours ago, 18 Apr 15, 5:21am -
  • newThe Reluctant Prepper, by M.R.
    Most of us, “preppers”, know that all our time, money, and hard work will only pay off if we are able to keep, use, and protect what we have. My prepping beginnings came in a somewhat odd way. It began with a small kit to keep in my SUV after ……
    - 6 hours ago, 18 Apr 15, 5:21am -
  • newLetter Re: Strike Anywhere Matches
    HJL, With all this talk about Strike Anywhere matches, I have to point out the obvious– that’s old technology. If you want to start a fire (anywhere), use a Benzomatic self-igniting torch. Various models are available at big box stores for betwee…
    - 6 hours ago, 18 Apr 15, 5:20am -
  • newEconomics and Investing:
    One of our largest firms involved in oil extraction! Schlumberger slashes 11,000 jobs. – H.L. o o o Why even high earners are struggling to save. – G.G. o o o Items from Mr. Econocobas: “We’re All Frogs In Boiling Water” Santelli Says After…
    - 6 hours ago, 18 Apr 15, 5:19am -
  • newOdds ‘n Sods:
    Conspiracy Theorists, Bloggers Compared To ISIS During Congressional Hearing. – H.L. o o o Your car’s hidden ‘black box’ and how to keep it private. – JBG o o o ‘Intelligent’ Streetlights to ‘Watch’ Florida Residents. – G.P. HJL n…
    - 6 hours ago, 18 Apr 15, 5:19am -
  • newHugh’s Quote of the Day:
    “And when the days of her purifying are fulfilled, for a son, or for a daughter, she shall bring a lamb of the first year for a burnt offering, and a young pigeon, or a turtledove, for a sin offering, unto the door of the tabernacle of the congrega…
    - 6 hours ago, 18 Apr 15, 5:19am -
  • Notes for Friday – April 17, 2015
    On April 17, 1961, about 1,500 CIA-trained Cuban exiles launched the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba in a failed attempt to overthrow the government of Fidel Castro. Due to the Cuba/Soviet intelligence network as well as loose talk by members…
    - 1 day ago, 17 Apr 15, 6:31am -
  • The Power of Steam – Part 4, by A.Y.
    For problems on the engine itself, visual inspections are again the best way to look for problems. Loose bolts, loose or worn bearings, signs of overheating, and clanking and knocking sounds can attest to problems. Signs of overheated metal on the en…
    - 1 day ago, 17 Apr 15, 6:31am -
  • Letter Re: LE Criticism
    HJL, I believe there are a few points being lost in the ongoing debate concerning law enforcement’s attitude towards their job and the public. Time and time again the blanket statement levied in support of law enforcement’s defense is “ Not all…
    - 1 day ago, 17 Apr 15, 6:30am -
  • Economics and Investing:
    How many more working persons can you fit into a household until the entire family cannot afford anything? o o o Is Saudi Arabia Setting The World Up For Major Oil Price Spike? o o o Items from Mr. Econocobas: Japan Now Holds More U.S. Debt than Chin…
    - 1 day ago, 17 Apr 15, 6:30am -


More Than Just Surviving

  • Which Booze is Best for a Prepper Stockpile?

    Which Booze is Best for a Prepper Stockpile?

    Prepping for both short and long-term emergencies is important. When the electricity goes out, there’s flooding, or there’s a natural disaster, you’re really going to want to have been prepared. But you’ll also want to be prepared in th…
    - 2 days ago, 16 Apr 15, 7:45pm -
  • April 2015 EDC Pocket Dump

    April 2015 EDC Pocket Dump

    1. Leatherman Style CS Multi-Tool 2. Bellroy Hide and Seek Wallet in Cognac 3. Glee Gum in Peppermint 4. Case Sway Back Gent Red Bone Handles – Review.This is just the start of the post April 2015 EDC Pocket Dump. Continue reading and b…
    - 7 days ago, 11 Apr 15, 7:00pm -
  • 4 Tips to Help First Aiders Stay Out of Legal Trouble

    4 Tips to Help First Aiders Stay Out of Legal Trouble

    While you can have the very best intentions trying to lend a hand by assisting medically with emergencies, being a Good Samaritan unfortunately doesn’t win you enough brownie points to always protect you from the legal pitfalls that can oc…
    - 9 days ago, 9 Apr 15, 6:45pm -
  • Kershaw Kills Flippers: April Fools

    Kershaw Kills Flippers: April Fools

    Yes, yes, we know. The vast majority of you called us out on our little joke when we said that Kershaw was killing off all the flippers from its product line yesterday. And for good reason, as it was of course a prank! Kershaw will not be dis…
    - 16 days ago, 2 Apr 15, 4:15am -
  • Kershaw Finally Concedes – Flippers Were a Bad Idea

    Kershaw Finally Concedes – Flippers Were a Bad Idea

    We received some samples of knives to be reviewed from Kershaw the other day. To say the least, we were a little bit surprised when we saw them. In our package, we got a Kershaw Leek, Thermite, and Cryo II, but something was definitely off ab…
    - 17 days ago, 1 Apr 15, 1:00pm -
  • Victorinox EvoGrip S18 Swiss Army Knife Multi-Tool Review

    Victorinox EvoGrip S18 Swiss Army Knife Multi-Tool Review

    The Victorinox EvoGrip provides interesting insight into what Victorinox deems to be the next evolutionary step for their Swiss Army knives. This evolution is a clear departure from the classic minimalist red slabs that we all grew up with a…
    - 18 days ago, 31 Mar 15, 7:30pm -
  • March 2015 EDC Purse Dump

    March 2015 EDC Purse Dump

    1. ESEE Candiru (Black Version) Fixed Blade Knife + Orange Scales 2. Inova XP LED Flashlight 3. Orange G-10 Nuko Tools NukoHead Punchring – Similar. 4. Gerber Dime Mini MultitoolThis is just the start of the post March 2015 EDC Purse Dump.…
    - 21 days ago, 28 Mar 15, 4:00pm -
  • The Complete Guide to Paracord

    The Complete Guide to Paracord

    I’ve noticed that when Elise goes online shopping for paracord, she really isn’t ever quite sure what she’s looking for. She typically has colour preferences and has a particular function in mind (to make a paracord wrap for her new ESEE…
    - 23 days ago, 26 Mar 15, 7:30pm -
  • Cold Steel Kudu 20K Ring Lock Folding Knife Review

    Cold Steel Kudu 20K Ring Lock Folding Knife Review

    The Cold Steel Kudu is a modern interpretation of the Okapi knife designed manufactured in Germany for the colonial market. The original was produced in 1902, and the target demographic needed an inexpensive everyday pocket knife for all the ta…
    - 26 days ago, 23 Mar 15, 6:30pm -
  • Knife Drop: Cold Steel Collection Beginnings

    Knife Drop: Cold Steel Collection Beginnings

    We’ve been purchasing a lot of Cold Steels recently. Truth be told, we should’ve been working on our Cold Steel collection for some time now, but I feel like we usually obsess over one brand for a while, then once we’ve gotten a good chun…
    - 28 days ago, 21 Mar 15, 6:30pm -

Blue Collar Prepping

  • newGun Blog Variety Podcast #34

    Gun Blog Variety Podcast #34

    It's the NRA Annual Meeting Minicast, featuring Sean, Adam, and Erin in a short roundtable segment inside the NRAAM Press Room. Thanks for downloading, listening, and subscribing. And don't forget to share with a friend!Listen to the podcast here.Sho…
    - 16 hours ago, 17 Apr 15, 7:44pm -
  • newConvention Survival Strategies

    Convention Survival Strategies

    Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.Now that spring has sprung, conventions across the country are starting up and folks are making plans to visit their favorite cons in the summer and fall. Since I am someone who goes to conventions w…
    - 16 hours ago, 17 Apr 15, 7:16pm -
  • Diatomaceous Earth

    Diatomaceous Earth

    Diatomaceous earth is one of those interesting substances that is more common than most people know and has a variety of uses from a prepper's perspective.What It IsDiatomaceous earth is the fossilized remains of microscopic single-celled algae, ca…
    - 2 days ago, 16 Apr 15, 7:13pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: Revisiting Locations

    Prudent Prepping: Revisiting Locations

    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Now we concentrate  on what to do in, and how to plan for, the long term via Prudent Prepping.Revisiting Locations:Because Sometimes, Water Stops FlowingCalifornia is in its third year of low…
    - 3 days ago, 15 Apr 15, 7:11pm -
  • Char Cloth

    Char Cloth

    For most methods of fire starting, a light, fluffy tinder works just fine, but for some of the more primitive methods, fluff provides less than satisfactory results. The more primitive the method, the worse these results tend to be. For those meth…
    - 3 days ago, 15 Apr 15, 12:56am -
  • Life Happens

    Life Happens

    And life here for us in casa Hively-Zinn  has become more interesting with the inclusion of a dog.Her name is Maggie, six months and part Lab (the rest is a mystery outside Dachshund).Now... I'm used to prepping with a cat in mind and cats, when all…
    - 5 days ago, 13 Apr 15, 11:09pm -
  • Guest Article: Bullet Casting

    Guest Article: Bullet Casting

    (Erin is out of town attending the NRA Annual Meeting and will be back in a week.)An Old Man’s Guide to Bullet Castingby Ray DaviesFolks cast their own bullets for a variety of reasons, not the least of which being cost. You can spend ten cents on…
    - 8 days ago, 10 Apr 15, 10:56pm -
  • Getting out

    Getting out

    With the change of the seasons, most of us in the USA are entering severe weather season. Tornadoes, hurricanes, and severe thunderstorms are common from March to November and can cause damage both local and widespread. Earthquakes and tornadoes dif…
    - 8 days ago, 10 Apr 15, 4:14am -
  • Prudent Prepping: Buffet Post

    Prudent Prepping: Buffet Post

    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Now we concentrate  on what to do in, and how to plan for, the long term via Prudent Prepping.Prudent Prepping Buffet PostHere are several topics that continue to need attention and work on m…
    - 10 days ago, 8 Apr 15, 4:23pm -
  • CRKT Eat'n Tool XL

    CRKT Eat'n Tool XL

    Following up on Erin's announcement of this year's writing contest, it seemed fitting that I review the prize I know the best.At first glance, the CRKT Eat'n Tool looks like an April Fool's joke. Thankfully for all of us, it is not a joke but in fac…
    - 11 days ago, 7 Apr 15, 4:48pm -

Destiny Survival

  • The Prepper’s Workbook – A Must Have for Your Survival Library
    Last summer in 2014 I had a conversation with Scott B. Williams and Scott Finazzo about their book, The Prepper’s Workbook, a must have for your survival library. This week’s DestinySurvival Radio is a reairing of that visit.     … Continue r…
    - 2 days ago, 16 Apr 15, 1:10pm -
  • Herbs and Drug Interactions – There’s a Reference Book to Help You Sort Things Out
    Have you used herbs or herbal supplements as part of your personal health strategy? Have you been concerned about herbs and drug interactions? There’s a reference book that can help you sort things out, regardless of whether you’re an herbalist.…
    - 4 days ago, 14 Apr 15, 1:17pm -
  • Easy Cheesy
    Have you tried making cheese at home? It’s not difficult. At least it doesn’t have to be. In fact, follow the steps in the article excerpt below, and you’ll realize it’s easy cheesy. The article comes from the March/April, 2015, … Continue…
    - 11 days ago, 7 Apr 15, 1:25pm -
  • Prepping With Children – DestinySurvival Radio Revisits Prepper Pete and Friends
    Ants and squirrels. Would you believe they have something to teach children about preparedness? Kermit Jones, Jr., knows about that because he’s the author of the Prepper Pete series of books for children. This week DestinySurvival Radio revisits P…
    - 16 days ago, 2 Apr 15, 1:13pm -
  • Keyhole Gardening for your Survival Garden?
    Let’s face it. Gardening can be challenging, especially if you don’t have good soil or live in an area that doesn’t get much water. Could keyhole gardening be your survival garden solution? “Backwoods Home Magazine” for March/April, 2015 (I…
    - 18 days ago, 31 Mar 15, 1:34pm -
  • Prepper’s Financial Guide Offers Common Sense Help You Can Use
    Since the day I first heard Jim Cobb was coming out with Prepper’s Financial Guide, I’ve been eager for it to be released so I could read it and tell you about it. That’s because this is such a vital … Continue reading →The post Prepper’…
    - 23 days ago, 26 Mar 15, 1:09pm -
  • Make Ready to Survive in a Suburban and City Environment
    I’m so glad Panteao’s Make Ready to Survive series covers everything from wilderness survival to urban survival, and a little in between. There’s something for every prepper, no matter what your level of experience. Today I’m reviewing the DV…
    - 25 days ago, 24 Mar 15, 1:15pm -
  • Permaculture – Cap’n Dave Sets an Example for Your Survival Garden
    With spring upon us, gardening comes to the forefront. If you want more than just ordinary gardening, consider permaculture. Cap’n Dave sets an example for your survival garden. I’ll fill you in on that shortly. Cap’n Dave is this week’s ……
    - 30 days ago, 19 Mar 15, 1:11pm -
  • Backyard Cuisine – Could it Keep You Alive?
    Ignorance can kill. That sounds extreme, but if you don’t know what sources of food exist around you, you could starve in a worst case scenario. Therefore, it’s wise to get acquainted with your backyard cuisine. But could it keep … Continue rea…
    - 32 days ago, 17 Mar 15, 1:24pm -
  • Make Sourdough Without a Commercial Starter
    If you’re into making sourdough bread, did you know you don’t need to buy a yeast starter? The January/February 2015 issue of “Backwoods Home Magazine” (Issue #151) contains an article which serves as a great primer on making sourdough withou…
    - 39 days ago, 10 Mar 15, 1:26pm -

Libertarian Rantfest

  • newMax Velocity and Alexander Wolfe Talk Gear
    Max Velocity is ditching his beloved battle belt for a much more modern setup of a lightweight battle belt with a couple rifle mags and a pistol plus his sweet new MVT CUTT chest rig by AMH Tactical. I think this sort of system brings a lot to the ta…
    - 9 hours ago, 18 Apr 15, 2:08am -
  • 2016 Gun Buying Plans
    I talked about getting ready for the upcoming (pretty well scheduled) 2016 Election Hysteria awhile back. Figured it is time for an update.Since writing that post I did order a stripped lower.Would like to get 2 more, maybe this weekend. I look at th…
    - 1 day ago, 17 Apr 15, 2:07am -
  • Barter Town: Spring Cleaning 2015 Updated 9 Apr
    Updated 4/16: If you had an eye on something but the price wasn't quite right this is the time to strike before I list things elsewhere. Send me a note with what you are thinking and we'll talk. I'm not having a fire sale but I do want to unload this…
    - 1 day ago, 17 Apr 15, 12:20am -
  • Ruger LCP Custom First Range Trip Report
    I finally got the Ruger LCP Custom out to the range. Took a box of .380 PMC FMJ's and some .380 Hornady 90 gr JHP American Handgunner ammo.Accuracy: I was pleasantly surprised. This little pistol was pretty shootable. Getting head sized shots at 10 y…
    - 2 days ago, 16 Apr 15, 1:24am -
  • Spring Fitness Push
    I am on day 2. Not quite as low carb as Pastor Joe recommends but we haven't really done a dedicated shopping trip with this new found health push in mind so it's been catch as catch can. Anyway I am working to get fit and establish healthy long term…
    - 4 days ago, 14 Apr 15, 2:04am -
  • My Level 2.5 Get Home Bag Update 4/11/2015
    I talked about my level 2.5 system awhile back and did a full breakdown. Since then I acquired a new bag and have trimmed the system down to a more manageable size/ weight. Anyway somebody asked for a full breakdown so here it is. From top to bottom…
    - 6 days ago, 12 Apr 15, 4:00am -
  • Winston Churchill Biography on Kindle for Free till 4/11
    Winston Churchill was an amazing man and you can read about him for free. Hat tip to Bayou Renaissance Man for the find. Note there are aps to read kindle books on most electronic devices.
    - 8 days ago, 10 Apr 15, 2:59pm -
  • Barter Town: Packages in the Mail
    Today I went to the Post Office. If you purchased an item in my Barter Town: Spring Cleaning 2015 sale it is headed your way. Depending on how far you are away from Louisiana the items should hit your mailing addresses early to middle of next week.
    - 9 days ago, 9 Apr 15, 5:19pm -
  • Ammo Counts, Expending Ammo and Resupply plus 2k Down a Glock 19 with 1 Misfire
    Max Velocity had a pretty interesting post on ammo and rates of fire.According to the omnipotent US Army the M4 rate(s) of fire are:Semiautomatic - 45 rounds per minuteBurst - 90 rounds per minuteSustained - 12-15 rounds per minuteThe first two are w…
    - 9 days ago, 9 Apr 15, 1:44am -
  • Barter Town: Spring Cleaning 2015
     I teased it before. Folks seemed to think my idea not to include shipping in costs as it would drag up the price of items but instead have a surcharge for smaller purchases. After deliberation I set the amount (under which a $10 surcharge will be a…
    - 10 days ago, 8 Apr 15, 2:01am -

Dr. Bones & Nurse Amy

  • newVideo: Intro to Antibiotics Series
      In this video, Joe Alton, MD, aka Dr. Bones, discusses the importance of having antibiotics in your medical storage to deal with infections in austere settings. This is the first of a series that will discuss various antibiotics, their veterinary…
    - 12 hours ago, 17 Apr 15, 11:41pm -
  • Lost at Sea, Part 2
      In our last article, we discussed the case of a man who was stranded at sea for 66 days without much ill effect other than weight loss. Luckily for him, his sailboat was his primary residence and was able to “right” itself with most of his sup…
    - 4 days ago, 14 Apr 15, 6:57pm -
  • Lost at Sea? Part 1
    In the news, a man named Louis Jordan survived 66 days lost at sea off the Carolina coast with little apparent physical effect. Some have wondered out loud how this is possible: Could it have been staged? I decided to take a closer look at why he was…
    - 11 days ago, 7 Apr 15, 2:39pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Typhoid vs. Typhus, Valerian Root, Tourniquets
    In this episode of the Survival Medicine Hour podcast, the Altons, aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, discuss two epidemic diseases that sound  and look similar but aren’t: Typhoid and Typhus. Also, Nurse Amy discusses the various uses of valerian root…
    - 12 days ago, 6 Apr 15, 1:48am -
  • Videocasts #7 and #8 with Around The Cabin
      You probably know about Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy’s long-running podcast, but did you know that we have a videocast too, in collaboration with the nice folks at Around The Cabin? We not only talk about medical issues in survival, but also give dem…
    - 13 days ago, 5 Apr 15, 1:19pm -
  • 8 Ways to Prevent Fires
      Last time, we discussed the nature of fire and what to do if you were caught in a blaze in a house or building. We’ve also talked how to establish, in a rural setting, a defensive space around the house against forest fires.   In this article,…
    - 15 days ago, 3 Apr 15, 7:14pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Surviving Fires, Making Normal Saline, Wound Decisions, More
    In this episode of the Doom and Bloom(tm) Survival Medicine Hour, Joe and Amy Alton, aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy discuss the recent 3-building blaze in NYC, the nature of fires, and how to survive one. Also, Dr. Bones tells you how to make normal sal…
    - 21 days ago, 28 Mar 15, 8:30pm -
  • Surviving A House Fire
      As I write this, a four-story building in New York City is reported to have collapsed during an explosion and subsequent fire. Although details are sketchy at present, it made me think about what you should do in a circumstance like this to protec…
    - 23 days ago, 26 Mar 15, 9:36pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Open Wound Care, Expiration Dates, Tomatoes
    In this episode of the Survival Medicine Hour, Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy discuss expiration dates and what they really mean, how to deal with open wounds, and health benefits of tomatoes. to Listen in, click the link below:   http://www.blogtalkradio.…
    - 26 days ago, 23 Mar 15, 10:28pm -
  • The Fist Bump Initiative
    For eons, humans have used the handshake to indicate a friendly greeting. In modern times, however, epidemic diseases, MRSA, and antibiotic resistance makes me wonder if this time-honored tradition might be hazardous to our health? For that reason, I…
    - 26 days ago, 23 Mar 15, 7:32pm -

Survivalist Blog

  • newRifle Setup Tips
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    - 23 hours ago, 17 Apr 15, 12:35pm -
  • newFriday Miscellany News Brief
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    - 23 hours ago, 17 Apr 15, 12:22pm -
  • newScripture of the Day
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    - 23 hours ago, 17 Apr 15, 11:58am -
  • First Aid Kits for Vehicles and Your Get Home Bag
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    - 3 days ago, 15 Apr 15, 12:26pm -
  • AR-15 Quality – What is Your Money Getting You?
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    - 3 days ago, 15 Apr 15, 12:10pm -
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    - 3 days ago, 15 Apr 15, 12:03pm -
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    - 3 days ago, 15 Apr 15, 11:28am -
  • How to Make Your Own Chicken or Beef Bullion
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    - 5 days ago, 13 Apr 15, 12:42pm -

Patriot Rising

  • new12 Bad Strategies That Will Get Preppers Killed

    12 Bad Strategies That Will Get Preppers Killed

    Bad Strategy #1: “I’ll just hunt and live off the land.” Oh my gosh. No, you probably won’t. You might try to hunt, but guess what? Loads of other people have this same idea.  Unless you live hundreds of miles from civilization, the populati…
    - 10 hours ago, 18 Apr 15, 1:05am -
  • newOff-Grid Charging System For AA-AAA Batteries, Plus USB

    Off-Grid Charging System For AA-AAA Batteries, Plus USB

    OPUS BT-C2400 Battery Charger (AA, AAA) This Ni-MH ‘smart’ charger is unique in that in addition to plugging into a standard AC wall outlet, it also operates from 12 volts DC with the included car adapter – also enabling use with some portable…
    - 10 hours ago, 18 Apr 15, 1:00am -
  • Preparing Your Children for Disasters

    Preparing Your Children for Disasters

    Equipping your child for survival Any self-respecting prepper has some form of EDC gear on them at all times. If you are new to the term, EDC stands for Every Day Carry and it is simple tools and gear that could help you survive. You can read more ab…
    - 8 days ago, 10 Apr 15, 3:36pm -
  • Map Of EVERY Road In The United States

    Map Of EVERY Road In The United States

    This incredible map which shows every single road within the United States (on the same map) also reveals ‘where we are’, as in population density and our ‘footprint’ across the nation. Having been sent a reference to this unique road map (ha…
    - 8 days ago, 10 Apr 15, 3:33pm -
  • More Uncommon First Aid Items

    More Uncommon First Aid Items

    Other Uncommon First Aid Items In addition to these six items, take a few moments to look over your first aid kit to ensure that you also have these additional uncommon items that were described in the article 8 Uncommon First Aid Items. Liquid Banda…
    - 8 days ago, 10 Apr 15, 3:22pm -
  • Portable Solar Cooker

    Portable Solar Cooker

    Solar cooking is a cool alternative to electrical cooking and a more environmentally friendly one too. Of course, this type of cooking is conditioned by the weather, but with the help of this awesome gadget called GoSun stove you can cook any meal yo…
    - 8 days ago, 10 Apr 15, 2:52pm -
  • The 5 Worries of Building a Survival Shelter

    The 5 Worries of Building a Survival Shelter

      Where’s the Wood? Wood to build your survival shelter – When you’re building a survival shelter, you will most likely be using wood. It is the most typical item that is readily available in the woods. Makes sense, right? You’re going to ne…
    - 8 days ago, 10 Apr 15, 2:50pm -
  • 7 Bugs You Can Eat

    7 Bugs You Can Eat

    1. Crickets Possibly one of the first insects you might think of eating. Crickets are easy to catch, and are part of traditional diets in many cultures. Traps are the easiest way to catch crickets. Put some sugar in a jar, then sink it into the groun…
    - 8 days ago, 10 Apr 15, 1:21pm -
  • 6 Spear Fishing Tips

    6 Spear Fishing Tips

    Knowing how to spear the heck out of a fish is a great survival skill to have should you find yourself marooned who-knows-where. Like most things, learning how to spear fish takes practice, so check out the following tips to get you started: Get in S…
    - 8 days ago, 10 Apr 15, 12:50pm -
  • Start A Fire 7 With Unusual Items

    Start A Fire 7 With Unusual Items

    The Rule Of 3’s. The rule of 3 is often referred to by Search and Rescue teams. These are the men and women who go looking for you when you set off for an afternoon hike into the woods and don’t come back. [Side Note: Knowing how most people will…
    - 9 days ago, 9 Apr 15, 3:16pm -

Survival Gear

Backdoor Survival

  • newThe Survival Buzz #165
    Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.The big day is here and as you are reading this, I am probably sweating bullets as I take my Ham Technician License test.  I ha…
    - 3 hours ago, 18 Apr 15, 8:00am -
  • Review: Life Pod Paracord Survival Kit + Giveaway
    I do not know a single Prepper or Survivalist type that is not in love with paracord. Suffice it to say that paracord is to an emergency kit what lavender is to essential oils – a multi-purpose tool for getting you through all types of emergency r…
    - 1 day ago, 17 Apr 15, 8:00am -
  • How to Set-Up and Master Ham Radio Without Going Crazy, Part 2
    For the new ham radio enthusiast, setting up the gear can be a challenge.  This is especially true for starter radios that are known to be high on features and design but low on intuitive usability.  Documentation?  Unless you can read broken Eng…
    - 2 days ago, 16 Apr 15, 8:00am -
  • Prepper Book Festival 8: After the Crumble + Giveaway
    After taking a break of several months, I am once again reading books in the post-apocalyptic genre.  To be honest, during this break, living and breathing what might happen following a disruptive event was simply too much to deal with.Shifting ge…
    - 3 days ago, 15 Apr 15, 8:00am -
  • 8 Reasons Old Cookbooks Are Important
    A couple of months ago I was going through some old boxes tucked into the hidden recesses of my garage and I stumbled upon a box of old cookbooks.  Since I learned to cook long before the age of computers, most of my self-taught efforts came by way…
    - 4 days ago, 14 Apr 15, 8:00am -
  • The Survival Buzz #164
    Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.I don’t know about you, but I am feeling a tremendous sense of accomplishment this week.  First and foremost, I continued stu…
    - 7 days ago, 11 Apr 15, 8:00am -
  • 10 Reasons to Prepare for an Economic Collapse
    It was not that long ago that the country of Greece suffered a devastating collapse of their economy.  At the time, there was a lot of blame game going on but, at the end of the day, it was years of irresponsible and unrestrained spending that took…
    - 9 days ago, 9 Apr 15, 8:00am -
  • Prepper Book Festival 8: Preppers Financial Guide + Giveaway
    A few days ago I read an article about the US stock market and how similar today’s market is to 2008.  The discussion went into a number of indicators that, having been there, done that, made me sit up and feel a sense of relief that I have done…
    - 10 days ago, 8 Apr 15, 8:00am -
  • 20 Ways to Use Honey for Wellness and Survival
    Rich, golden honey. What is not to like? Just the thought of sweet, fragrant honey and honey bees makes me think of happy times.  That, coupled with it’s long storage life  makes honey a perfect food for the survival pantry.  But did you know t…
    - 11 days ago, 7 Apr 15, 8:00am -
  • The Survival Buzz #163
    Here we are again with another Survival Buzz and an update on preps as wells and news and announcements.I experienced a couple of prepping bloopers this week.  But first, on the positive side, I put some chocolate kisses into a “time capsule”…
    - 14 days ago, 4 Apr 15, 8:00am -

Backwoods Survival Blog

  • newMaking Charred Cloth for Use As a Firestarter
    If you enjoyed this article, feel free to check out the rest of the site, and please consider subscribing to the blog via email by placing your email address in the sign-up box on the right-hand sidebar of the screen. You can also "Like" our Facebook…
    - 15 hours ago, 17 Apr 15, 8:17pm -
  • Growing 100 Pounds of Potatoes in 4 Square Feet of Space
    If you enjoyed this article, feel free to check out the rest of the site, and please consider subscribing to the blog via email by placing your email address in the sign-up box on the right-hand sidebar of the screen. You can also "Like" our Facebook…
    - 2 days ago, 16 Apr 15, 7:10pm -
  • PREPPER PRODUCT REVIEW: Mountain House Spaghetti with Meat Sauce
    Time for another long-term storage food review here on Backwoods Survival Blog, and I'll readily admit once again that the Mountain House Freeze-Dried Spaghetti with Meat Sauce entree is yet another of their line of excellent products with which I wa…
    - 3 days ago, 15 Apr 15, 6:41pm -
  • BOOK REVIEW: "Anarchy Rising (The Survivalist Book 2)" by Arthur Bradley
    As somewhat of a continuation from previous weeks, today's book review will focus upon "Anarchy Rising (The Survivalist Book 2)" by Arthur Bradley (Kindle edition). I reviewed the first book in this series, entitled "Frontier Justice," last week, and…
    - 3 days ago, 15 Apr 15, 1:43am -
  • MOVIE REVIEW: "The Purge: Anarchy" (2014)
    My film review today "The Purge: Anarchy" (2014) Blu-ray (DVD version) is, of course, the sequel to the first film in The Purge movie franchise, which I reviewed here last week. This one is set exactly one year later, beginning approximately 2-and-a-…
    - 5 days ago, 13 Apr 15, 7:19pm -
  • Snake Oil
    OTC cough syrup is more than useless. It is, quite literally, the exact modern analog to the snake oil that got people tarred and feathered for trying to weasel people into buying it a hundred years ago. Going all the way back to the Dark Ages, charl…
    - 6 days ago, 12 Apr 15, 9:13pm -
  • Sometimes Bugging Out Can Be the Best Option for Survival
    Often, the most important survival gear you can possibly own is your own mind and instincts. This is why I don't really endorse modes of survival based around "bugging out" or staying at home and sheltering in place, but rather prefer a middle road w…
    - 7 days ago, 11 Apr 15, 7:08pm -
  • My Views on Climate Change and the Absurdity of the Debate
    Photo SourceAmong the questions I am asked often, one of the most enduring themes involves whether or not I am a skeptic or a believer in climate change. In fact, I get this question often enough that I have deemed it easier to simply express my opin…
    - 8 days ago, 10 Apr 15, 7:05pm -
  • Another Highly Affordable Option for Stocking One's Pantry in Case of Emergencies
    Maybe it's not the most enjoyable thing to eat or even an example of complete nutrition, but anyone who has ever been either poor or in college (or, typically, both of those at the same time) will be able to preach to you from the altar of Ramen nood…
    - 9 days ago, 9 Apr 15, 6:56pm -
  • PREPPER PRODUCT REVIEW: Mountain House Lasagna with Meat Sauce
    I'll have to admit to cheating just a bit with respect to this review. The Mountain House Lasagna with Meat Sauce entree is something I have tried previously, years before I was ever writing Backwoods Survival Blog, so I already knew fully what to ex…
    - 10 days ago, 8 Apr 15, 6:44pm -

Bug Out Survival

  • EDC Lights and Knife from James Williams and CRKT
    I received some fantastic products in the mail today from James Williams, of System of Strategy. Those of you who are familiar with CRKT Knives have probably seen some of the designs of James Williams, a master of the Japanese samurai fighting arts a…
    - 17 days ago, 1 Apr 15, 1:07am -
  • Into the River Lands: Darkness After Series Book II
    Many readers of the The Darkness After have asked if there was going to be sequel, and it has been my intention all along to continue this story as an ongoing series parallel to The Pulse Series, which of course, involves a different set of character…
    - 35 days ago, 14 Mar 15, 8:09pm -
  • Sailing the Apocalypse on Destiny Survival Radio
    I had another interesting conversation with John Wesley Smith recently, this time discussing my latest novel, Sailing the Apocalypse: A Misadventure at Sea. John has posted his thoughts about the book in a review on his website: Destiny Survival.I…
    - 57 days ago, 20 Feb 15, 5:11pm -
  • Early Review of Sailing the Apocalypse
    Dave Zeiger knows a thing or two about bug out boats. As a designer and liveaboard sailor who makes his home aboard his self-built vessel, Slacktide on the isolated waters of southeast Alaska, he lives a full-time lifestyle many preppers fantasize ab…
    - 93 days ago, 15 Jan 15, 8:43pm -
  • Sailing the Apocalypse
    I've posted this on my main website but I'm reposting here for those of you who don't visit all that often.  As always, there's a new book in the works and this one is another fiction title that might interest some readers of…
    - 10 Dec 14, 1:33am -
  • Revisiting Favorite Wild Places
    I spent a couple of weeks in September wandering around the Southwest by motorcycle, mostly camping in national forests and other public lands, which there is no shortage of in this region.  Many of the places I wanted to revisit were favorite areas…
    - 10 Oct 14, 3:25pm -
  • Book Giveaway Winners
    This is a repost from my main website:Just an update to announce that the winners have been selected  for the ten  signed copies of Refuge that I offered to those signing up for my author newsletter.  If your email address was chosen, you should…
    - 1 Oct 14, 3:36pm -
  • Book Giveaway Signup Link
    Yesterday I posted an announcement of a book giveaway for ten copies of Refuge After the Collapse (the sequel to The Pulse).  Many of you who follow this blog have signed up for the giveaway using the embedded signup form I included at the bottom o…
    - 29 Aug 14, 9:39pm -
  • Book Giveaway: Refuge After the Collapse
    I have word from the publisher that copies of Refuge have shipped from the printer to the warehouse, so the book should be showing up for sale soon, though the official release date is still posted on Amazon and other sites as September 23. I should…
    - 29 Aug 14, 1:42am -
  • Polar Pure is Available Again!
    Back in January, 2010, I posted a review of one of my favorite water purification methods: Polar Pure Water Disinfectant.  You can read the article for all the details of why I like this iodine purification method so much, and how I've tested it in…
    - 19 Aug 14, 9:34pm -

Canadian Preppers Network

  • Time To Get Gardening, Or, At Least Planning For IT
    Even with the snow still lingering on the ground, now is the time to turn your attention to the outdoors and your food production for the coming season. Growing your own food is a sustainable way to prepare yourself for hard times. With some sim…
    - 1 day ago, 17 Apr 15, 11:00am -
  • Guest Post From Lee Flynn - Incorporating Water Storage Into Your Emergency Food Supply
    Building your own food and water back up emergency supply is a smart plan to incorporate in the face of an unexpected emergency or serious disaster. FEMA recommends storing at least a two-week supply. However, most survival experts believe a three-…
    - 3 days ago, 15 Apr 15, 11:00am -
  • Movie Monday - How To Build A Wood Gasifier With 7 Trumpets Prepper
    Movie Mondays have been a popular and informative posting series here at the CPN.  I've shared more than a few documentaries from the BBC and National Geographic.  As you could imagine, it's not always easy to find something relevant and interestin…
    - 5 days ago, 13 Apr 15, 11:00pm -
  • Guest Post from Dan F.Sullivan at SurvivalSullivan
    Outdoor Cooking Tips for the Average JoeWhile outdoor cooking is more of a recreational activity, when disaster strikes and we’re all going to be out in the woods building shelter and making fire, we won’t have a choice but to do it every day. W…
    - 10 days ago, 8 Apr 15, 12:28pm -
  • Casting Call From Left Field Pictures

    - 17 days ago, 1 Apr 15, 11:00am -
  • The Homegrown Food Summit - Another Free Webinar Series
    On April 6-12, grow your knowledge for organic living. Grow it faster than if you read a wheelbarrow's load of the best books on food production, harvesting and preserving.April 6-12, the Home Grown Food Summit will host 35 presentations from exper…
    - 22 days ago, 27 Mar 15, 4:07pm -
  • Over The Counter (OTC) Medications For The Prepper
    We’ve all been there…early in the morning, calling into the boss to tell them that we won’t be in that day for any multitude of reasons.  It could be a bout with the flu, strained back, or something else along those lines.  When we leave t…
    - 25 days ago, 24 Mar 15, 7:44pm -
  • Introducing the newest freeze dried food in Canada – Relief Foods!
    Canada – meet Relief Foods.  Relief Foods, meet Canada.  We know you are going to be good friends. We are proud to be the exclusive Canadian distributors of Legacy Premium Foods, and for Relief Foods as well! Why another freeze dried food line?…
    - 36 days ago, 13 Mar 15, 9:51pm -
  • Ever heard of a bomb calorimeter?
    Bomb CalorimeterA bomb calorimeter is used to measure the food energy that is in a food item. So if you want to know how much food storage you need to survive for a month, you could stick some samples inside one of these babies, light it up, and then…
    - 42 days ago, 6 Mar 15, 11:58pm -
  • Another Great Workshop At Sunflower Farm!
    Cam and Michelle Mather are hosting another one of their fantastic workshops! The Hands-On, Solar Powered, Off-Grid, Personal Independence and Resilience, All You Can Grow, Ready for Rough Times Workshop  The next workshop will take place on Satur…
    - 54 days ago, 23 Feb 15, 9:01pm -

Tactical Intelligence

  • How to Make Char Cloth Indoors
    If there were one fire-making skill I'd recommend all preppers get good at it would probably be making fire from char cloth.
    - 7 days ago, 11 Apr 15, 9:54pm -
  • How to Make Rope from a Trash Bag [Video]
    This video is a follow up to the previous blog post on 18 Bug-Out Uses for a Trash Bag.
    - 16 days ago, 2 Apr 15, 3:38pm -
  • 18 Reasons a Trash Bag (or three) Should be in Your Bug Out Bag Right Now
    When it comes to your bug-out bag -- given the limits you have in terms of space and weight -- the best survival items you can pack are those that are lightweight, have multiple uses, and don't take up much space.
    - 22 days ago, 27 Mar 15, 5:25pm -
  • Activated Charcoal: A Must-Have Item in Every Preppers Med Kit
    If I were to guess, activated charcoal is probably not one of the items found in your med kit right now. Well, it's time you change that...The thing is, in a long-term disaster or a post-collapse situation, you'll likely not have access to profes…
    - 32 days ago, 17 Mar 15, 4:16am -
  • How to Make Homemade Desiccant
    As preppers we all know the importance of keeping our firearms and electronics free from moisture when they are put away for storage. For this reason, before caching or storing items such as these for the long term its crucial you include some type o…
    - 49 days ago, 28 Feb 15, 3:17am -
  • Ebola Prevention in a Grid-Down World
    Hey guys, just wanted to quickly let you know about a document I found buried in the CDC website. It's an older document (written in 1998) that provides an excellent resource for Ebola prevention in a time when modern medical facilities might not be…
    - 25 Oct 14, 5:44pm -
  • Why Now Is the Time to Get Your Ham License
    Most preppers get the idea that communication is an important capability to have during an emergency. Despite this understanding though, few preppers have a solid communication plan in place beyond a few two-way walkie-talkie devices and the false h…
    - 23 Aug 14, 11:58pm -
  • Product Review: SunJack Portable Solar Array
    For preppers, survivalists and others desiring to have other means of electricity when the grid goes down, solar has always been a valid means of off-grid power. And in recent years, there’s been significant advances and interest in portable solar…
    - 23 Aug 14, 1:22pm -
  • Warning: The Coming Pandemic and How You can Prepare Yourself
    Back in 1995, Richard Preston wrote a #1 New York Time’s best-seller by the name of The Hot Zone which gave a startling view into the deadly seriousness and history of the Ebola Virus. It’s a truly horrifying disease: bleeding from the ears, eye…
    - 6 Aug 14, 5:17pm -
  • The Humble Bow: The Ultimate SHTF Weapon?
    If you were in a SHTF situation, which one would you rather have – a bow or a firearm? Before you gun nuts (me included) start saying there is no contest, I thought I’d use this article to maybe not so much change your mind but to expand your un…
    - 31 Jul 14, 5:24pm -

Off Grid Survival

Preparedness Videos

FEMA To Withhold Disaster Aid To Climate Denying States
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is making it tougher for governors to deny man-made climate change. Starting next year, the agency will approve disaster-preparedness funds only for...
- 25 days ago, 24 Mar 15, 10:00am -
Commercial: Dave Canterbury "Makes fire with his beard"
Made by Brand New Telly: Dave Canterbury, David Canterbury, The Pathfinder School ...
- 1 May 14, 9:39am -
World War Z: The Real Plan for Apocalypse
Say the world was actually taken over by vicious zombies, World War Z style. What would an actual government response to an apocalypse look like? Anthony fights his way through imaginary an...
- 20 Jun 13, 1:01pm -
Glocks: Don't Piss Them Off
Facebook Twitter I made a video awhile back about how Glocks are deceitful, angry, untrustworthy little creatures....
- 2 Jan 13, 8:37pm -
Good-Bye Gun Safes (Long Overdue Decision)
Facebook Twitter I made a long overdue decision today regarding my guns.
- 21 Dec 12, 10:31am -
Dianne Feinstein & Assault Weapons Ban
A little message from me to Diane Feinstein on what I feel to be her true motivation regarding the assault weapons ban.
- 10 Nov 12, 9:40am -
Make a Fire By Rubbing Sticks
Cast away on a deserted island? Here's a survival technique for making a fire with the most basic of resources. How to make a fire rubbing 2 sticks together! Subscribe for new videos every...
- 8 Nov 12, 4:06pm -
Micro-Semiauto vs. Snubbie Revolver (concealed carry)
Do the modern micro semi-autos have any advantage over the basic snubbie revolver for concealed carry or is it all just hype and hysteria over a new product?
- 2 Nov 12, 8:31pm -
Why I Carry a Gun
Answering the question "why do I carry a handgun?"
- 24 Oct 12, 1:53pm -
NICS Delayed My Gun Purchase
I got delayed again by NICS. This video is just a little rant about it. PS: I am still working the kinks out of the new equipment so this video is pretty poor quality. I am learning as I go....
- 23 Oct 12, 1:54pm -
How Influenza Pandemics Occur
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases explains the emergence and potential spread of new influenza viruses.
- 20 Sep 12, 2:09pm -
Best Inexpensive Carry Gun
What is the best inexpensive carry gun? Well, it is a gun that is also great for beginners.
- 10 Sep 12, 9:20am -

Survival Monkey Forums

  • newHow to live off grid?
    I would like to live off-grid completely in a small shack or cabin with solar power but was wondering how I would even get started with the entire process? Can't you purchase a very small portion of land for very small annual fee and if so, who would…
    - 33 mins ago, 18 Apr 15, 10:48am -
  • newUFO Government Secrets - Objective Overview
    I believe this to be a good overview which is objective and not made by some disturbed civilian who has eaten too much GMO food. In short, it is very well presented.Additional Information:A black budget is a budget that is secretly collected from…
    - 46 mins ago, 18 Apr 15, 10:35am -
  • newAlone

    - 3 hours ago, 18 Apr 15, 8:16am -
  • newMore LEOs behaving badly
    Why Did a Culpeper Cop Kill a Retired Sunday School Teacher in a Church Parking Lot? - Hit & Run : Reason.comStar-Exponent: Culpeper Star ExponentWidower files $5.35 million suit in Culpeper PD shooting |...More LEOs behaving badly
    - 4 hours ago, 18 Apr 15, 7:38am -
  • newMotivational Poster Thread (warning content)
    Post your favorite Motivational Posters here.
    - 6 hours ago, 18 Apr 15, 5:03am -
  • newInteresting History, Beautiful Photography
    A friend sent me this collection and I wanted to share them with you all. there are 21 images so I put them in an album. enjoyHistoric Photos | Survival Forums
    - 7 hours ago, 18 Apr 15, 4:02am -
  • newCasting bullets for muzzleloader
    First step is cleaning up my tools to do the job. I have a plumber's pot, two ladles, and a cast iron skillet that need to be cleaned up, and I was going to try the electrical method of rust removal, but it was suggested to me to simply soak them in…
    - 9 hours ago, 18 Apr 15, 2:10am -
  • newTractor's, Kubota vs John Deere
    I've been looking at tractors for a couple of weeks and have it down to Kubota's and Deere's.Just wondering is anyone has or currently has one and can point out the Good, Bad, or look elsewhere input.Leaning towards the Kubota L3901 w/Bucket and 5'…
    - 9 hours ago, 18 Apr 15, 1:52am -
  • newThe Word Association Game
    The Word Association Game: I'll start by posting one word. You read the post and then think of a word that comes to mind when reading the previous one. Are you ready to play? PICKLES!
    - 10 hours ago, 18 Apr 15, 1:41am -
  • newNeed Help Discouraging Strangers
    I need suggestions on discouraging people from stopping and thinking they can just come into my yard or asking for directions. Yesterday some guy backed into my driveway, got out of his car and headed across my lawn. I asked him where he was headed a…
    - 10 hours ago, 18 Apr 15, 1:38am -

Preparedness Pro

  • Comprehenisve 72 Hour Kit
    As promised here is the list of my recommended 72 hour kit supplies. Mind you, this isn’t the minimalistic 72 hour kit. This is the “rolling” one. By all means, if you have something to add to the list or have questions as to why a particular i…
    - 11 days ago, 7 Apr 15, 8:28pm -
  • How To Deal With Electric Shocks and Electrocution
    How to Deal With Electric Shocks/Electrocution --by Guest Contributor, Dan F. Sullivan Although information about survival and preparedness is abundant these days, it’s extremely hard to find information about electrocution. Knowing what to do if…
    - 23 days ago, 26 Mar 15, 6:14pm -
  • Ten Simple Strategies to Avoid a Crisis
    Let’s face it. Even when we’ve had our car broken into and find nothing missing, it’s still very disturbing emotionally. It haunts us that some complete stranger was rummaging around in our world without any sense of decency that we’ve come t…
    - 30 days ago, 19 Mar 15, 7:09am -
  • Prepping When You're Down and Out
    by J.C. Martin, Guest Contributor(Editor's Note: I'm thrilled to share with you a contribution by one of my friends who's always good for a smile as well as sensible preparedness wisdom--J.C. Martin. Give him a warm welcome, Friends!)  Those w…
    - 36 days ago, 13 Mar 15, 3:33am -
  • Event Notification for Las Vegas, NV
    Event: Fireside/Cottage Meeting Event for Las Vegas, NVDate: Sunday, March 8, 2015Time: 7:00 p.m.Topic: “The Sacred Roots of Preparedness—Finding Peace in Our Preparedness Efforts in the Latter-Days”Place/Host: Davis Residence; 1442 Sta…
    - 45 days ago, 4 Mar 15, 11:07pm -
  • Preparedness Pro Newsletter Subscription!
    This week we'll be sending out our first official issue of the Preparedness Pro Newsletter. Each issue will be packed with something to learn regarding each of the 10 Principles of Preparedness PLUS this is the ONLY place where you'll be able to get…
    - 45 days ago, 4 Mar 15, 11:01pm -
  • And We're Back!
    And we’re back! There’s been a flurry of activity behind the sabbatical at Preparedness Pro so that I could move it forward to what I really, really wanted it to be. And today I’m going to share with you the results thereof because chances…
    - 59 days ago, 18 Feb 15, 7:31pm -
  • Whistle While They Fret-Mental Preparedness In Action
    So tonight I was literally locked IN my hotel room. I couldn't get out for anything!!  The steel door handle wouldn't turn far enough for me to unlock the door.  After attempting to open the door for several minutes and ruining a good pair of shoes…
    - 3 Dec 14, 6:33am -
  • Reader Question: "Which Hand-Operated Grain Mill Should I Buy?"
    Question:"Kellene, how do I know which manual grain mill to buy? I'm so confused?!" Answer:There are THREE key considerations to choosing a grain mill that you'll be operating manually.  I'll provide you with these three highlights and let…
    - 11 Nov 14, 5:24am -
  • Strengthening the Bonds With Family and Friends--Part 2
    In part 1 of this series about strengthening the bonds of your family and friends and your community through fun activities, I shared one game with you along with laying out a case for being mindful of such preparations. Today I’m going to share tw…
    - 22 Oct 14, 3:28am -

Survival Cache

  • Survival Gear Review: SOF Tactical Tourniquet (SOFTT)
    Before we dive in, let’s take some reality pills.  First, this tourniquet is for you, not for your good samaritan fantasy where you save the beautiful princess/prince with the severed artery (although I’m not saying it wouldn’t work for that a…
    - 3 days ago, 15 Apr 15, 9:49am -
  • Survival Debate: .223 Rem VS .300 AAC-Blackout
    Gun enthusiasts love a good campfire argument over different firearms and cartridges.  Many, many preppers and survival planners are very much into the debate over this gun or that for this purpose or that and correspondingly the cartridges that go…
    - 11 days ago, 7 Apr 15, 2:24pm -
  • Survival Gear Review: GizzMoVest GPS Cases
    As our bug out and EDC kits gain electronics including GPS receivers, cell phones, and radios, there is an ever growing need for better protective cases that will give our battery-powered friends the best chance of survival when things get rough.  A…
    - 19 days ago, 30 Mar 15, 10:40am -
  • Survival Gear Review: Bob’s Butt Wipes
    Ok, ok, I hear the chuckles now from across the room at the Bug Out Bag (BOB) planning meetings, but this is a serious product for survivalists and preppers and generally all outdoors people whether actually outdoors or in the cabin, RV, or home, doi…
    - 32 days ago, 17 Mar 15, 11:22am -
  • DIY: Beer Can Alcohol Stove
    Looking for a light, inexpensive, DIY alternative for boiling water while backpacking or camping? Have you bugged in without heat and power? Have you bugged out to find that your manufactured stove has broken? From the casual traveled to the hardcore…
    - 37 days ago, 12 Mar 15, 4:36pm -
  • Survival Debate: S&W 15-22 vs. Ruger 10/22
    There are many .22 long rifles worthy of consideration as the Last Best Plinker. In most cases, three categories of .22 rifles emerge when tossing them into piles according to similarities; those of classic variety with actions of lever, bolt, and tu…
    - 41 days ago, 8 Mar 15, 7:42pm -
  • I’ll Bug In Thank You
    One of the most basic premises of a SHTF survival scenario is whether to stay put or pack up the SUV and hit the highway.  If you dodge out the garage to join the caravan of other escapees on the interstate, where are you going?  Do you have an alt…
    - 48 days ago, 1 Mar 15, 10:29pm -
  • Wilderness Survival: Part 1
    Even if you’re not an avid camper or backcountry enthusiast, knowing how to survive in the wild is at the core of a survivalist’s mindset.  After all, our survival instinct originated from our most primitive form’s need to navigate and overcom…
    - 51 days ago, 26 Feb 15, 6:02pm -
  • Survival Gear Review: Leatherman Raptor Shears
    Between three and four thousand years ago, somebody somewhere thought up the idea of having two opposing bronze knife blades slice towards each other and thus the spring shears were born.  But it wasn’t until about AD 100 that the recognizable X-s…
    - 55 days ago, 22 Feb 15, 10:16pm -
  • Survival Gear Review: Windham Weaponry R18FSFSM-308
    In the big business of survival and firearms, our time is a great time. Product demand is up; political pressure and societal issues are making people more aware of their surroundings and possible predicaments.  Never before has the survival and fir…
    - 59 days ago, 17 Feb 15, 11:36pm -

Survival is a state of mind

Idaho Holsters

Totally Ready

  • Wax Your Own Cheese
    I am still concentrating on living a more frugal lifestyle but I have not given up on continuing to build my own General Store and on filling in the gaps in my preps. I recently found a great deal on cheese and it reminded me that I need to order som…
    - -
  • Credit Card Savy
    Credit cards can be a wonderful asset or doom your frugal living goals. There are a few things you may want to consider before using your card. I am working at paying off mine and then using them more wisely to build my credit score and to save my ba…
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  • Egg Carton Fire Starters
    Keeping with our commitment to live more frugally and also continue to prepare the following is a great way to make fire starters that are virtually free. One of the things I heard from survivors of hurricane Sandy is that fuel was in short supply, h…
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  • Saving on Groceries this Week
    I have been hearing from quite  a few of you that you are concerned about the economy and more than ever feel you should be stocking up to prepare for the coming depression or recession. Some economists are even predicting inflation. In other words,…
    - -
  • Power Out? Tips for Staying Warm and Sane
      I was amazed and disappointed as I watched the news last night. A reporter was touring the apartment of a family who has been without power for the past week. It was so frustrating to see them freezing when there are a few things they could have d…
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  • Cooking from Scratch…Hurricane Sarah
      This has been a very difficult week for me. I have posted on our facebook page tips for preparing for the hurricane but I wonder if anyone ever uses any of those tips and get ready. I know most of my friends and family have not listened. Is that b…
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  • Saving Money on the Kids
    This week the grandkids are coming for a few days without mom and dad. I am so excited and I want this to be fun but I'm still on that budget and still only purchasing items on sale. Time to think out of the box and to plan some frugal days. We have…
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  • Saving on Gasoline
    Can you believe what is happening with gas prices? Yikes! Yesterday gas stations in southern California were closing because they ran out of gas. Gas prices have gone to over $5.00 per gallon in some places. It is up to $4.39 where I live. This is cr…
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  • Been Shopping…New Recipe…Keeping Track
    I had such an interesting shopping trip this week. I am continuing my pledge to purchase only items that are on sale and it has been surprisingly easy. I needed to get a hat to wear at a church party next weekend. All the ladies are wearing fancy hat…
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  • I’m Shopping the Sales
    For two years we worked to build a General Store in our homes. If you missed that it will take a little work but if you search the General Store post you can do it yourself. You may also want to purchase the Year One Newsletters which includes a summ…
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Preparedness in the News

Wilderness Survival Forum

  • newHello from the suburbs of chicago.
    I think I might have found the best forum ever? Greetings to everyone. I come in search of knowledge. A little background.. My name is...
    - 6 hours ago, 18 Apr 15, 4:53am -
  • newWeeviils are evil
    Going though my "truck" bag this morning. Getting ready to take a little road trip and even though I was in my bag two weeks ago I found bugs in my...
    - 7 hours ago, 18 Apr 15, 4:19am -
  • newAdvice on how to find Local Foraging groups?
    I am a Western Washington Resident trying to find local groups that discuss local foraging tips, techniques, etc. I have had a lot of trouble finding...
    - 8 hours ago, 18 Apr 15, 3:16am -
  • newHello from the So. California region
    I'll use the suggested categories for an intro: Your Approximate Age 55, with a body that's seen a lot of wear and abuse. Your Gender male ...
    - 14 hours ago, 17 Apr 15, 9:20pm -
  • Survival and Alcohol
    how do you make "wild alcohol"? :wine:
    - 1 day ago, 17 Apr 15, 1:22am -
  • What kind of bug is this?
    Someone sent this photo to my girlfriend to show me in hopes of finding out what this bug is. It looks like a tick but I've never seen one that...
    - 2 days ago, 16 Apr 15, 10:31pm -
  • New Member
    Howdy from Southern Indiana..... Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those...
    - 2 days ago, 16 Apr 15, 4:24pm -
  • Hillbillies True wilderness survival.
    This is a story of a people who really knew wilderness survival in Appalachia. hillbilly is a word for a people who were mountian folk. in puerto...
    - 2 days ago, 16 Apr 15, 12:47pm -
  • Squatters
    I have a family of squatters that have set up housekeeping on the back porch stovepipe. I think I am just going to leave them alone and not press...
    - 2 days ago, 16 Apr 15, 5:25am -
  • How to save fish jaws from your catch.
    It aren't rocket surgery. I aint the sharpest crayon in the tool shed. :D
    - 3 days ago, 15 Apr 15, 6:16pm -

Modern Survival Online

  • newREMINDER: – special limited time pricing for MSO readers is a new sponnsor here on and they are offerring some very special EOTech pricing for MSO readers. This is a limited time, unadvertised offer.   Here are the specials:   L3 EOTech EXPS3-0 HWS Extreme Red Dot…
    - 11 hours ago, 18 Apr 15, 12:10am -
  • From the Desk of John Rourke – April 17th, 2015
    SCORE!!!!!Picked up a couple boxes of .22 Magnum Critical Defense ammo. $14.99 a box is not bad in today’s market. ◊ ◊ ◊ ◊ ◊ I grew up having some of the first movies I ever saw being JAWS, Rocky – and Star Wars. As a kid of the 70’s…
    - 1 day ago, 17 Apr 15, 12:15am -
  • Indoor Gardening 101: 3 Basic Tips for Urban Gardeners
    By Cherie Whether you’re living in an urban environment without the space to create an outdoor garden or if you want to grow seedlings from the inside of your home, you can bring your green thumb inside with these indoor gardening tips: Start Small…
    - 1 day ago, 17 Apr 15, 12:10am -
  • From the Desk of John Rourke – April 16th, 2015
    I continue to be impressed with the Kelly Kettle Trekker. Not the smallest emergency cook stove but it works great. Love the fact that you can cook and boil water at the same time. My youngest son cooked a hot dog on it and he said it was really fun.…
    - 2 days ago, 16 Apr 15, 12:15am -
  • Flashlight Review & Test: UltraFire versus TrustFire
    This post was previously published HERE on MSO. I love flashlights and have since I was a kid. With today’s technologies flashlights are brighter, lighter, and cheaper than ever before. LED technology has taken flashlight brightness to a level neve…
    - 2 days ago, 16 Apr 15, 12:11am -
  • From the Desk of John Rourke – April 15th, 2015
    HEADLINE: ISIS Camp a Few Miles from Texas, Mexican Authorities Confirm ISIS is operating a camp just a few miles from El Paso, Texas, according to Judicial Watch sources that include a Mexican Army field grade officer and a Mexican Federal Police In…
    - 3 days ago, 15 Apr 15, 12:15am -
  • Firestarters by Crayola
    Amazing the things that we all have laying around that have some really great uses and do not even know it. Take crayons for instance. I had read somewhere that they were good for starting fires. I was at Wally World picking up a few things and I tol…
    - 3 days ago, 15 Apr 15, 12:10am -
  • Question: Marine radar for land based surveillance?
    Thinking about adding radar surveillance to my mountain top retreat. Anyone know anything about using marine radars for land application? I am considering a Si-Tex radar, see:…
    - 3 days ago, 15 Apr 15, 12:01am -

The Survival Mom

  • STOP! Don’t Throw Away These Treasures!

    STOP! Don’t Throw Away These Treasures!

    Storage and preparation can both be pretty expensive. It would be a shame to throw away items that would save us money when you can turn your trash into treasures, but that’s what we do every day. Many items that Read MoreThe post STOP! Don’t Th…
    - 2 days ago, 16 Apr 15, 7:00am -
  • Health Benefits of Tomatoes

    Health Benefits of Tomatoes

    A vegetable “survival” garden isn’t a vegetable garden without some nice tomato plants, but is the tomato really a vegetable, or is it a fruit? In 1893, this question went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled Read MoreThe post He…
    - 3 days ago, 15 Apr 15, 7:00am -
  • Berry, Berry Delicious: 21 Berry Desserts to Make Your Mouth Water!

    Berry, Berry Delicious: 21 Berry Desserts to Make Your Mouth Water!

    Everyone loves dessert. If you love berries, too, this is the post for you! These are all tasty and far healthier than many other desserts. Several are even gluten free. The first two recipes are from Emergency Essentials and include Read MoreThe po…
    - 4 days ago, 14 Apr 15, 1:27pm -
  • Build your Food Storage from Scratch: Homemade Strawberry Jam

    Build your Food Storage from Scratch: Homemade Strawberry Jam

    Strawberries…….the “first fruits” of canning season (I can year round, but strawberry jam seems to me, to “begin” the real seasonal canning blitz!) and there is nothing like real, fresh strawberry jam! BONUS ? It is SO very simple to Read…
    - 5 days ago, 13 Apr 15, 7:00am -
  • Gardening in a drought

    Gardening in a drought

    I have lived in many countries over the years, and have always had a vegetable garden. Not just for saving money, as many of the countries I have lived in have had what we considered dirt cheap food, but for Read MoreThe post Gardening in a drought…
    - 7 days ago, 11 Apr 15, 7:02am -
  • My Job is to Tell You HOW to Prep – Not WHY

    My Job is to Tell You HOW to Prep – Not WHY

    Several months ago, I was a speaker at a local prepper expo. Toward the end of the day, I and a few others were assembled to do a panel discussion. One of the first questions is one that I, as Read MoreThe post My Job is to Tell You HOW to Prep –…
    - 8 days ago, 10 Apr 15, 7:00am -
  • The Homeschooling Starter’s Guide

    The Homeschooling Starter’s Guide

    There are many benefits for the home schooled child and newcomers often want to know how to start homeschooling and why. First, their class size is only as big as the number of siblings they have being home schooled with Read MoreThe post The Homesc…
    - 10 days ago, 8 Apr 15, 7:20am -
  • 3 Things To Make With Wheat Besides Bread

    3 Things To Make With Wheat Besides Bread

    Lots of us like to store wheat. It has a long shelf life, it’s nutritious, and you can use it to make that beloved staple of Western Civilization: bread. In fact, in Medieval Europe, all other foods – meat and Read MoreThe post 3 Things To Make…
    - 11 days ago, 7 Apr 15, 3:41pm -
  • Planning and Building a Bee-Friendly Backyard

    Planning and Building a Bee-Friendly Backyard

    Like most of you, I have a love/hate relationship with bees. I hate their stings, and thank goodness, no one in my family is allergic to them, but I love their role in nature, acting as the major pollinator. Without them, Read MoreThe post Planning…
    - 11 days ago, 7 Apr 15, 12:50am -
  • Is your food storage plan missing these six essential pieces?

    Is your food storage plan missing these six essential pieces?

    Ask any “food storage expert” what they recommend in a basic food storage plan and they will likely recommend the same types of things: wheat, rice, dry milk, salt, beans, sugar / honey, oil, pasta etc. The Survival Mom recommends Read MoreThe p…
    - 12 days ago, 6 Apr 15, 11:35am -

Florida Hillbilly

  • Using Bulk Stored Goods – Taco Seasoning and Corn Bread
    Recently, I made it home from work before my wife did. Since she’s such a trooper in dealing with all the things that make most folks look at me in a strange manner (at least living here in town), I thought it would be nice to make something for di…
    - 50 days ago, 27 Feb 15, 11:00am -
  • Book Review: Aftermath, A Story of Survival
    OK, first off, when I heard about the chance to review the first book released by the author, LeAnn Edmondson, I asked…almost begged, to have a reviewer’s copy of Aftermath, A Story of Survival in order to review it. I have stalked the author fro…
    - 57 days ago, 20 Feb 15, 2:01pm -
  • Food at Your Feet: Wild Onions
    This is about a little adventure my wife and I had during our recent trip to West Virginia. I need to set the stage for this one. Stick with me long enough, and you’ll understand the where and why of it all. The more I write, the more I realize th…
    - 95 days ago, 13 Jan 15, 1:51pm -
  • Front Porch Memories
    As a kid spending time at my grandparents house, much time was spent sitting on the front porch. It was where we would sit while shucking corn, shelling peas, and stringing beans. We would play tag, run, laugh, jump, climb, and cause general low-grad…
    - 23 Dec 14, 2:47pm -
  • What Makes You a Prepper?
    I recently went back to my roots in West Virginia, visiting there for the first time since I started I stayed with friends from high school, folks that have consistently proven themselves to be worthy of that short list of folks…
    - 10 Dec 14, 11:00am -
  • DIY Small Scale Artillery – A Black Powder Cannon
    My father, “Pops”, was a welder by trade, as was his father. Both did far more than just weld, being from the same stock that built this country into the great powerhouse that it once was. Rare was the time either my dad or granddad would call ou…
    - 4 Nov 14, 2:18pm -
  • Product Review – Paleo Meals to Go’s Coconut Berry Breakfast
    My buddy, James from SurvivalPunk, runs a blog similar to mine, and lives a similar lifestyle. He and I both eat as close to 100% Paleo as we can.For those not in the know, “Paleo”, or “the Paleolithic Diet”, in a nutshell, consists of no r…
    - 16 Oct 14, 10:00am -
  • The Ultimate Secret to Preparedness
    A while back, my family and I were at a cookout at a friends house. Also attending were several couples that I’d never met before. After the festivities started to wind down, one of the new acquaintances mentioned my website, catching me off guard.…
    - 25 Sep 14, 10:00am -
  • Rule Of Threes
    In survival training, many instructors refer to the “Rule of Threes”. Here they are, as taught to me by Hank, of Green Earth Survival School: 3 minutes without air 3 hours without shelter3 days without water3 weeks without foodPlease no…
    - 16 Sep 14, 10:00am -
  • Coturnix Quail for Homesteaders
    I’ve had a bit of interest over the last few weeks regarding quail as a backyard meat source. I thought I’d dust off the topic and put another article together covering the ins and outs of raising Coturnix quail, particularly in an urban setting.…
    - 29 Aug 14, 12:50pm -

Full Survival Mode

  • Police Dash Cam Captures Fatal Shooting Near Biggs Junction In Oregon
    An Oregon trooper's police dash cam reveals a short but deadly shootout with the man he pulled over for speeding.On August 29th, near Biggs Junction in Oregon, state trooper Matt Zistel, 26, pulled over John Van Allen, 34. The driver immediately got…
    - 6 Oct 13, 4:10pm -
  • How To Dehydrate Mushrooms
    Learn how to dehydrate mushrooms and also how to make an ingredient used in high end restaurants to add rich flavor to beef dishes.Noreen, of Noreen's Kitchen and YouTube channel atticus9799, found a deal on mushrooms at her local store and shows u…
    - 3 Jan 13, 11:28pm -
  • Annihilation Of The Second Amendment
    Southern Prepper talks about the threat against the Second Amendment to the US Constitution due to the recent shootings in America.As with Southern Prepper, we should all be thinking where our line in the sand should be. But they keep pushing and we…
    - 2 Jan 13, 6:25pm -
  • Doomsday Prepper Raided By FBI For Criticizing Obama
    The FBI raided a Sharpsburg, MD citizen after he criticized President Obama. The above video from dranger1108 shows the local news report...the video is shot from a handheld video camera rather than being pulled directly from the televised video sour…
    - 31 Dec 12, 5:20pm -
  • Girl In A Gas Mask
    This is a photo of a young woman wearing a gas mask.I'm experimenting with types of content published on Full Survival Mode. There's no caption for this or backstory, so not much text is available.But she is in the bathroom, so I wonder if the gas…
    - 8 Oct 12, 3:12am -
  • BioLite Camp Stove Unboxing And First Use
    Gytheran unboxes his new BioLite camp stove and then shows us the unit in use.It only takes a small amount of wood to run the stove for a half hour. The BioLite stove has a built in thermoelectric generator, so it's able to run its own fan, as well…
    - 7 Oct 12, 9:33pm -
  • Antibiotics AREN’T Candy!
    The Patriot Nurse thinks you should have a store of antibiotics on hand. But she also thinks people are going to use them incorrectly.Antibiotics are not candy. Antibiotics have real side effects that can hurt you. If you take the wrong anti-biotic,…
    - 7 Oct 12, 6:44pm -
  • Supersize Your Vegetables With Wood Chips And Rock Dust In Your Garden
    John Kohler of YouTube channel Growing Your Greens shows us what plants look like when grown in beds of rotting wood chips, rock dust, and mushroom spores.First, John shows us some dinosaur kale that's growing in regular garden soil that's been trea…
    - 1 Oct 12, 9:34pm -
  • Store Cucumbers At Room Temperature So They’ll Last Longer
    The next time you harvest or buy cucumbers, you shouldn’t store them in the refrigerator. They’ll only last about three days in cold temperatures. Other plants to store at room temperature are tomatoes, eggplants, and peppers. Cucumbers are also…
    - 21 Sep 12, 4:38pm -
  • Our Simple DIY Home Solar Power System
    When Greg Seaman, founder and editor of Eartheasy, needed to charge his laptop in his off grid home, he chose solar power. After installing a simple solar system three years ago, he was also able to power his power tools, a home sound system, and eve…
    - 21 Sep 12, 4:25am -

Resilient Man

The Great Northern Prepper

  • Prepper Product Review: Solar Bag Water Purification
      This is one of the neatest products I have seen in awhile for water purification, mainly because of its ability for re-use and being very lightweight. Now with many methods of water purification on the go, or in a bug out situation, they are eithe…
    - 30 Jul 14, 12:18pm -
  • DIY Vinegar: How to make Vinegar
    (Photo courtesy of Vinegar has numerous uses from cooking to cleaning, but apart from those wishing to be more green or back to earth homesteaders vinegars many uses have been forgotten over the past generation or two. T…
    - 30 Jun 14, 12:00pm -
    Hey Folks just updated the Prepper Resource page with 300 new files! There is everything you are looking for from food prep lists to Radio Communications to Blacksmithing I think we cover everything here!   PREPPER RESOURCES
    - 16 Jun 14, 2:01pm -
  • Homemade DIY Organic Potassium Supplement
      Every plant needs potassium to grow, it is necessary for proper growth of the plant itself as well as to flower and flourish. Anytime of flouring fruit needs a good supply of potassium to grow from peppers to potatoes to fruit trees, if you don’…
    - 11 Jun 14, 12:17pm -
  • Comfrey: A Miracle Plant for your garden
      Spring is gone, but no need to worry I have a plant that you can plant now and will be more beneficial to you, your garden and any livestock than anything you have planted yet. Comfrey is a hardy perennial plant (meaning it comes back in the sprin…
    - 9 Jun 14, 12:20pm -
  • DIY Waterproofing with Wax
      I have packed away many cans of scotchguard that I rotate through every fall/winter season (sometimes summer depending on where I am).  However I have also packed away various bars of wax for DIY waterproofing. You can go with paraffin wax, howev…
    - 6 Jun 14, 12:20pm -
  • Defending Yourself in SHTF: Now What
    Every SHTF scenario may be different, in some Police may be around, in others there may be no police and in this post I will try to outline some things you should take into consideration for both. So lets say….the world has gone down the tubes, cri…
    - 2 Jun 14, 12:20pm -
  • Episode 28: The Great Myth of the Founding Fathers
      Today I want to talk to you about a common myth I find on many peoples minds and many arguments. Often you will hear “The Founding fathers would be rolling in their graves” or “The Founding Fathers would NEVER have approved of this….” Th…
    - 26 May 14, 12:01pm -
  • Vermiculture 101: Composting with Red Worms
        My family has composted with Red Worms for a long time, and this year I started my own. Red Worms will give you some of the best soil improvements and fertilizer for your gardens out there, no need to buy fertilizer from the store, and all you…
    - 23 May 14, 12:08pm -
  • DIY Container Gardens: Growing Potatoes Indoors
      Today I present my Youtube video on how to grow potatoes inside in bins.  I presented this first in my post on all the uses for the lowly cardboard box, and decided to give the straw free potato bin container garden a try myself this year. Its ve…
    - 20 May 14, 12:35pm -

If The Shit Hits the Fan

  • Guest Post: Wilderness Survival School Review
    Folks, it has been over 2 months since I have posted anything.  Lots of things going on (nothing bad) and I'll get some updates out to you soon.  I REALLY appreciate you for still checking in.  In the meantime, please enjoy this guest post from a…
    - 13 Aug 13, 1:53am -
  • Hurricane Preparedness Week
    Welcome, WRVA ListenersThursday morning at about 7:30 a.m. (EDT) I'm scheduled to be interviewed on Richmond's Morning News with Jimmy Barrett to talk about hurricane preparedness as we get ready to enter the season.  You can listen in on 1140 AM (…
    - 30 May 13, 1:22am -
  • Interesting Week
    Moore, OKWe were on vacation this past week down on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  Taking a break from the beach in the room, my wife was stunned to see live footage of the tornado that devastated Moore.  Her best friend from high school live…
    - 27 May 13, 1:51am -
  • Prepper Ponderings
    TREXPOThe other day, I went again this year to TREXPO in D.C.  It used to be the Tactical Response EXPO back in the 90s when I started going, but I think now it is just plain TREXPO and is done in cooperation with the GOVSEC trade show.  Tons of co…
    - 20 May 13, 2:02am -
  • Fleeing Felon
    It Can Happen AnywhereFriday afternoon I got a call from the local police that a guy had escaped from state police custody and he had 50 years of time hanging over his head for parole violations, and he had vowed never to go back to jail.  He was i…
    - 7 May 13, 1:17am -
  • Video Review: Surviving Civil Unrest
    Surviving Civil Unrest with Chance SandersDisclaimer: Chance sent me a free demo copy of this video for me to review.First, a little background...  I met Chance Sanders, and his wife, Laura, when they were assistant instructors when I went through P…
    - 28 Apr 13, 10:44pm -
  • Book Sale
    Staying Home - by Alex SmithAlex wrote his first post-SHTF novel, Going Home, under the nom de plume of Angery American.  It recieved rave reviews on Amazon.He let me know that his latest book is on sale for .99 cents in e-version through Friday. …
    - 12 Apr 13, 12:27am -
  • Free Preparedness Fair
    This Weekend - Hampton Roads, VirginiaI went to this fair last year and really thought they did a great job.  The LDS church in Newport News is doing it again this Saturday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.  If you are in the Richmond - Va. Beach area, I real…
    - 9 Apr 13, 10:38pm -
  • Staying ALERRT
    Just Had Some Amazing TrainingAs long-time readers know, I was a police officer for 15 years and have been the chief of security for a large, urban public school system for the past 7.  As a cop, I attended hundreds of hours of training each year, f…
    - 6 Apr 13, 1:09am -
  • Prepper Ponderings
    Been a WhileFolks, it's been quite a while, so I really appreciate everyone who continues to check in here.  I can't get out content as much as I would like, but if you are one of our 955 Facebook fans, I usually get something up there almost every…
    - 11 Mar 13, 10:47pm -

Graywolf Survival

  • DISASTER! The first 9 things to do when SHTF
    Would you know what to do in a serious disaster situation like a regional EMP? Here are the first 9 steps to help you survive.You're reading DISASTER! The first 9 things to do when SHTF, originally posted at Graywolf Survival - Emergency preparednes…
    - 4 days ago, 14 Apr 15, 9:05pm -
  • GoSun Sport Solar Stove Cooker Review
    In an emergency, you can't always rely on having fuel to cook. Solar cookers allow you to cook using just the sun, but not all solar cookers are created equal. Here's what we think of the GoSun Sport.You're reading GoSun Sport Solar Stove Cooker Rev…
    - 26 days ago, 22 Mar 15, 11:23pm -
  • The Art of Blending in: 5 Tips from a Counterintelligence Special Agent
    Before I was a blogger, I spent many years teaching and doing surveillance. I'm going to share a few tips on how to blend in that I learned over the years.You're reading The Art of Blending in: 5 Tips from a Counterintelligence Special Agent, origin…
    - 43 days ago, 6 Mar 15, 5:40pm -
  • Prepping 101: Beyond the Basics – part 2
    Even more information on how to start prepping of you're a beginner. Creating a sustainable food supply, having emergency water, cooking without power - and more.You're reading Prepping 101: Beyond the Basics – part 2, originally posted at Graywol…
    - 49 days ago, 28 Feb 15, 2:03am -
  • Best Prepper Resources and Recommendations – Feb 2015
    Come check out the best prepper gear, books, blogs (with the most recent posts from each), forums, and facebook pages - all handpicked by me. You're reading Best Prepper Resources and Recommendations – Feb 2015, originally posted at Graywolf Survi…
    - 71 days ago, 6 Feb 15, 7:27pm -
  • Prepping 101: Beyond the Basics – part 1
    The next part of the series on how to begin prepping. What about food storage, bug out bags, and even weapons do defend yourself and your home?You're reading Prepping 101: Beyond the Basics – part 1, originally posted at Graywolf Survival - Emerge…
    - 78 days ago, 30 Jan 15, 3:52pm -
  • Feeling Lost? Start Here if You’re New to Prepping
    Don't feel overwhelmed and lost if you're new to prepping or learning survival skills. Start with this page to get your bearings.You're reading Feeling Lost? Start Here if You’re New to Prepping, originally posted at Graywolf Survival - Emergency…
    - 85 days ago, 23 Jan 15, 1:07am -
  • Financial Self-Sufficiency: 5 Lessons from a Digital Nomad
    Why struggle to find the time and money for prepping? Leverage your skills and learning into becoming financially prepared the smart way. You're reading Financial Self-Sufficiency: 5 Lessons from a Digital Nomad, originally posted at Graywolf Surviv…
    - 95 days ago, 13 Jan 15, 8:58am -
  • 14 brilliant bug out bag packing tips
    It's not just what goes into your bug out bag - it's how you put it in. Here are 14 tips to help you out.You're reading 14 brilliant bug out bag packing tips, originally posted at Graywolf Survival - Emergency preparedness from a combat veteran by G…
    - 100 days ago, 8 Jan 15, 9:00pm -
  • 9 home protection secrets from a veteran cop
    Home security is all about common sense, but some common-sense ideas aren't so obvious. A veteran cop gives 9 great ideas to protect your home.You're reading 9 home protection secrets from a veteran cop, originally posted at Graywolf Survival - Emer…
    - 8 Jan 15, 4:04am -

Rural Revolution

  • A calf for Raven
    I've been watching Raven carefully for her impending birth. Yesterday morning she tried to make a dash for it -- jumping over the fence into the woods -- which isn't unusual for a cow who really wants to be alone to birth her baby. So we closed her…
    - 1 day ago, 17 Apr 15, 1:04am -
  • April showers bring May flowers....
    ...but what do April blizzards bring?Twice this month we've woken up to snow.Not a lot of snow, it's true, but enough to remind us winter hasn't quite lost its grip yet.I took these photos early in the morning, and when the rest of the family woke up…
    - 2 days ago, 16 Apr 15, 3:54am -
  • Raven watch
    In our feedlot, the mud is almost literally belly-deep for the cattle.Thankfully it's not this bad everywhere or the beasties would be in trouble from foot-rot or other ailments. But they have to wade through this muck before achieving the dry islan…
    - 4 days ago, 14 Apr 15, 2:34am -
  • Swans on the lake
    This is the time of year when swans gather on the lake.It's pretty extraordinary to see these huge, magnificent birds in such numbers.These photos were all taken at maximum zoom from the road, so the birds are pretty far away. However there's a spot…
    - 6 days ago, 12 Apr 15, 12:49pm -
  • "Oh I'm a lumberjack and I'm okay...."
    Remember that old Monty Python skit? "Oh I'm a lumberjack and I'm okay...."Here's my tongue-in-cheek WND column for this weekend entitled Meet the Lumbersexuals.
    - 7 days ago, 11 Apr 15, 1:10pm -
  • When cash is no longer king
    Anyone who's ever listened to the Dave Ramsey show knows his mantra: Cash is king.What he means by this is, credit can kill you. Too many people get into horrifically deep debt due to the ease of credit cards (and other debt-enhancing methods).But u…
    - 9 days ago, 9 Apr 15, 1:19am -
  • The search for happiness
    We interrupt this program to bring you a philosophical screed.Recently I re-read a favorite historical novel, Avalon by Anya Seton. It takes place in early Medieval England, late 900s to early 1000s AD, when Viking raids were common.Brief synopsis o…
    - 10 days ago, 8 Apr 15, 2:39pm -
  • Pruning the raspberries
    For years I wanted raspberry bushes. The durn things grow like weeds, so you wouldn't think it would be too hard to get them established, right?Wrong. If you've been following our gardening mis-adventures, you'd know why I just couldn't keep raspbe…
    - 11 days ago, 7 Apr 15, 3:28pm -
  • He is risen!
    On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they…
    - 13 days ago, 5 Apr 15, 9:53pm -
  • This corrupt generation
    Here's my WND column for this weekend entitled Savings Ourselves from This Corrupt Generation.
    - 13 days ago, 5 Apr 15, 1:50am -

Last Minute Survival

Learn How To Be Prepared

  • How Big Is A 9.0 Earthquake?
    Seismologists say there's a 37 percent chance a magnitude 8.0 or 9.0 earthquake could hit Oregon in the next 50 years. It's hard to imagine the power of these earthquakes. So, let's break it down with sand.   Read more...This article…
    - 36 days ago, 13 Mar 15, 12:27am -
  • Top Asset Manager Warns Of Risks In Banking System: “It’s The Biggest Reason To Own Precious Metals”
    Top alternative asset manager Eric Sprott, whose company has $10 billion in assets under management, sounds the alarm about the day everyone in America finally realizes that the real economy has collapsed. In a highly informative intervie…
    - 38 days ago, 11 Mar 15, 6:58am -
  • Measles And Lies
    Measles outbreak: 13 reasons to reject the hype  By Jon Rappoport February 13, 2015  Hype a war, sell an invasion.  Hype a disease, sell a vaccine.  That’s the business model. Make no mistake about it. And at the criminal liar’s club call…
    - 64 days ago, 13 Feb 15, 8:49pm -
  • DSCOVR Solar Storm Satellite
    The Deep Space Climate Observatory satellite (aka DSCOVR) is finally in space after a successful launch today.   Read more...This article is published with permission via New View News at where YOU can publi…
    - 65 days ago, 12 Feb 15, 5:29am -
  • Jon Rappoport – Vaccine Scandals
    "The complete failure of this year's flu vaccine, even by conventional standards, is a major scandal at the CDC. To distract the press and public, we now have a fake epidemic of measles, and pressure to take the vaccine, take all vaccines all the…
    - 65 days ago, 12 Feb 15, 3:13am -
  • Let their be war! Obama sends Congress military request against ISIS
    President Barack Obama asked Congress Wednesday to formally authorize military force against the Islamic State group, arguing the militants could pose a threat to the U.S. homeland if their violent power grab goes unchecked and urging lawmakers t…
    - 66 days ago, 11 Feb 15, 2:48pm -
  • Gates – “Global Government”
    Billionaire Bill Gates called for “a kind of global government” this week, arguing that the creation of such a system would be needed to combat major issues such as “climate change.”   Read more...This article is published with permission…
    - 72 days ago, 5 Feb 15, 4:43am -
  • Measles
    Is this a genuine outbreak of measles, or simply a marketing ploy by Big Pharma?The evidence suggests it is a marketing ploy by the drug companies, aided and abetted by politicians and the mainstream media   Read more...This article is published…
    - 72 days ago, 5 Feb 15, 4:20am -
  • Incredible UFO over Germany looks very much like UFO’s from Portland, Oregon that were sighted many times in the 1990’s
    For years I have watched UFO videos pop up on the web, looking for videos that match or are similar to UFO’s I and people I know witnessed together in the 1990’s Today I found my closest match yet. The video below is the closest I hav…
    - 74 days ago, 3 Feb 15, 7:04pm -
  • Drumming Up War
    Russian Aggression And The BBC's Drums Of Nuclear War“Naked propaganda about fictitious 'Russian aggression' (is) intended to soften us up for a war that could wipe out life on Earth.....   Read more...This article is published with permis…
    - 74 days ago, 3 Feb 15, 5:26am -

Learn to Prepare

  • Vital Preparedness Planning Questions
    By Denis Korn                                                                            If you have read many of the articles I have posted on this site, you will know that…
    - 17 days ago, 1 Apr 15, 1:11am -
  • 10 Foundational Elements of Emergency Preparedness Planning
    By Denis KornThese 10 Foundational Elements of Emergency Preparedness Planning – AND RESILIENCY – and the suggested links are in my opinion an essential component to beginning, improving and solidifying an effective, successful and beneficial pr…
    - 55 days ago, 22 Feb 15, 3:13am -
  • Shelf Life Considerations for Preparedness Foods
    By Denis Korn           When I consult with preparedness planners about the various food options for long term storage, the foremost question is, “What is the shelf life?”  Shelf life considerations for preparedness foods is an essent…
    - 76 days ago, 1 Feb 15, 12:41am -
  • Reflections, Goals and Encouragement for 2015
    By Denis KornThe year of 2015 will be an important year for me in initiating and fulfilling goals and projects that I believe will be crucial given the current state of cultural, economic and political decay prevalent in contemporary society.  This…
    - 1 Jan 15, 5:08am -
  • Unique Gift Ideas From PrepareDirect
    By Denis KornDuring these uncertain times giving the gift of Peace of Mind this holiday season – or any time – is a noble action.  Here are suggestions from our product site PrepareDirect for your consideration.All of these recommendations and…
    - 29 Nov 14, 11:06pm -
  • Essential Emergency Kit Information & Advice
    By Denis Korn                                                                                                    This post – Essential Emergency Kit…
    - 30 Oct 14, 3:55am -
  • Essential Checklist for Emergency Preparedness & Outdoor Adventure Planning – Including Vehicle Preparedness – Latest Update
    By Denis Korn                                                                                                                    NOTE:…
    - 30 Sep 14, 4:34am -
  • Barriers to Critical Thinking & The 7 Essential Questions for Reflection
    By Denis Korn                           I am sharing once again what has been one of the most read of all my posts – Barriers to Critical Thinking.  It continues to be even more timely given the issues that we face as a…
    - 27 Aug 14, 12:04am -
  • Vital Preparedness Planning Questions
    By Denis KornWhat Road Will You Choose to Take?For those who have read many of my other posts you will discover that I very often use questions to stimulate and motivate reflection and action.  In the preparedness process there are two distinct el…
    - 30 Jul 14, 9:04pm -
  • The Gift of Encouragement
    By Denis Korn We live in stressful and transformative times!My Be Encouraged post first appeared at the end of 2011 and I have received many encouraging comments about its value in these troubling times.  I especially wanted to re-post this update…
    - 1 Jul 14, 5:32am -

Mike Marlow's Survival Blog

  • Hump Day – Monday Is NOT Your Enemy
    It’s HUMP DAY! Does that make you happy? Are you excited that you’re halfway done with another week at a soul-sucking job that you hate? Is the only pleasure in your life when the work day is done on Friday & you get a break until Monday morning?…
    - 31 days ago, 18 Mar 15, 4:06am -
  • Middle Age – Why You Want To Be Here – Mike Marlow says: “Though the age period that defines middle age is somewhat arbitrary, differing greatly from person to person, it is generally defined as being between the ages of 40 and 60.” So here I am – right in the middle of middle ag…
    - 36 days ago, 13 Mar 15, 5:06am -
  • Apps for Android – Part 3 – Mike Marlow
    Today I’m going to talk about my fun apps. The apps that I use a lot for things other than work or social media. Fun Apps Kindle – This is definitely one of my most used apps. I just checked, and my Kindle library currently contains 2,993 books.…
    - 37 days ago, 12 Mar 15, 3:45am -
  • Apps For Android – Part Two – Mike Marlow
    Today I’ll talk about some of the apps that I use most often to make life easier. Some I use daily, others not quite as often. Hopefully you’ll find something new here that you haven’t tried before!   Productivity Apps Dolphin Browser – the…
    - 39 days ago, 10 Mar 15, 10:29pm -
  • Apps – What Do You Use?
    Let me start off by saying that if you are an iPhone user, nothing in this post will benefit you, and your app suggestions aren’t going to help me either. I’m an Android user. You’re not going to get me to switch. I don’t own a Mac, an Iphone…
    - 39 days ago, 10 Mar 15, 3:19am -
  • The Compound Effect – A Review
    I love to read. I read constantly. I usually have two or three books going at once, & I usually read at least six to eight books every month. My interests are varied, and you never know what book I’ll come up with next. When I read Darren Hardy’s…
    - 40 days ago, 9 Mar 15, 2:39am -
  • Growth Can Be Painful
    Have you ever worked out a little too much & wound up being sore for a couple of days afterwards? I’ve overdone it quite a few times in the past, and you’d think I would know better by now. I have been focusing mainly on walking and losing weight…
    - 41 days ago, 8 Mar 15, 3:30am -
  • My 500 Words – A Writing Challenge

    - 43 days ago, 6 Mar 15, 10:34pm -
  • Being Right – See Why Sometimes It’s Wrong
    Everyone likes being right. I know I do! I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who deliberately chooses to be wrong & have the wrong opinions about something. But since people do have different views about things, everyone can’t be right all the t…
    - 52 days ago, 25 Feb 15, 5:22pm -
  • Mentors – Why You Need Them To Succeed In Life
    Successful People Have Mentors Almost without exception, every successful person will tell you that they had help along the way. Someone coached them, taught them, and guided them along the path toward their success. Business people, spiritual leader…
    - 59 days ago, 18 Feb 15, 9:28am -

Mama Kautz

  • newThe Survival Savvy Family Review
    When I was was given the chance to review The Survival Savvy Family by Julie at Home Ready Home I was super excited. I have read Julie’s blog for sometime […]The post The Survival Savvy Family Review appeared first on Mama Kautz.
    - 4 hours ago, 18 Apr 15, 7:05am -
  • Front Porch Friday April 17th
    Welcome to Front Porch Friday! Mama Kautz and PreparednessMama are your Hostesses with the Mostesses. Mama K has always wondered about raising rabbits. Floyd Family Homestead has a great read […]The post Front Porch Friday April 17th appeared firs…
    - 1 day ago, 17 Apr 15, 7:05am -
  • 4 Simple Steps to Stress-Free Homemaking
    Are you a stressed-out homemaker? Don’t stay overwhelmed! Check out this free eCourse: 4 Simple Steps to Stress-Free Homemaking! Are you tired of getting behind on laundry? Do you struggle […]The post 4 Simple Steps to Stress-Free Homemaking app…
    - 3 days ago, 15 Apr 15, 5:00pm -
  • Essential Oil Revolution
    With 31 presentations containing relevant evidence and practical advice from our experts, The Essential Oils Revolution will help you use essential oils effectively and confidently. This event is the first-ever, […]The post Essential Oil Revolutio…
    - 4 days ago, 14 Apr 15, 7:05am -
  • Front Porch Friday April 10th
    Welcome to Front Porch Friday! Mama Kautz and PreparednessMama are your Hostesses with the Mostesses. Shelle PreparednessMama is always looking for new crockpot recipes. This post – 40+ CrockPot Recipes […]The post Front Porch Friday April 10th…
    - 8 days ago, 10 Apr 15, 7:05am -
  • Episode 5 Essential Oils for Preparedness Pt 2
    Here is Episode 5 of my Essential Preparedness Podcast Part 2 of Essential Oils for Preparedness (Pt 1 is here) Episode 3 was 5 oils for preparedness covered in Part […]The post Episode 5 Essential Oils for Preparedness Pt 2 appeared first on Mama…
    - 9 days ago, 9 Apr 15, 11:00am -
  • It Is Finished!
    I know that Easter is over. That Holy Week is past. I have to share this video. The young man in this video, that my eldest son took, is my […]The post It Is Finished! appeared first on Mama Kautz.
    - 10 days ago, 8 Apr 15, 2:00am -
  • Homemade Laundry Soap
    One way I save my family money is by making my own laundry detergent. I have done this for years! I recently added Purification Blend. A 5 gallon bucket of […]The post Homemade Laundry Soap appeared first on Mama Kautz.
    - 11 days ago, 7 Apr 15, 11:00am -
  • Front Porch Friday April 3rd
    Welcome to Front Porch Friday! Mama Kautz and PreparednessMama are your Hostesses with the Mostesses. Shelle PreparednessMama thinks this post from Treat Yourself Sweeter looks fantastic and she’s off to […]The post Front Porch Friday April 3rd…
    - 15 days ago, 3 Apr 15, 7:05am -
  • How to Render Pig Fat
    How to render pig fat you ask? You didn’t? Let me share anyway because you never know when you will need to. Wilbur and Mabel lived a good life complete […]The post How to Render Pig Fat appeared first on Mama Kautz.
    - 17 days ago, 1 Apr 15, 1:00pm -

Modern Day Redneck

  • Sleeping Arrangements
    This last weekend was a huge push to get the bedroom completed.I think we are just tired of the cramped space in our camper bedroom where as soon as you get out of bed, you are touching a wall and the ducking and dodging of getting through to the bat…
    - 10 days ago, 8 Apr 15, 5:52pm -
  • A Month Ago
    I actually could not believe it has almost been a month since I last posted. I think this is the longest I have ever taken off.We have been cooking chili almost every weekend here and there. It's kinda been a hit and miss on making it in the top ten…
    - 18 days ago, 31 Mar 15, 4:26pm -
  • Old Man Winter
    He came in late this year. So with nothing to do here in Texas, we went off for the weekend. Last weekend was my birthday, I turned 43. My company sent me to Las Vegas to celebrate in style.This was our first time to visit Vegas and believe it or no…
    - 44 days ago, 5 Mar 15, 4:44pm -
  • Almost
    Here is a sneak preview of what the bathroom is looking like.We set the toilet last night and finished the inside plumbing. It sits off to the right of the tub.This weekend I will build the shower curtain rod and get that installed but tonight we wil…
    - 58 days ago, 19 Feb 15, 5:22pm -
  • Play and Work
    I guess that's how my weekends go, one day for play and another for work.Saturday we cooked chili down in Irving. 61 cooks showed up and 7 of those were the raining word champion and the other six were ex champs. Among the other folks there, Mexico a…
    - 68 days ago, 9 Feb 15, 4:34pm -
  • A Little Bit Of Both
    We finally got a little work done on the House, but first.....Two weekends ago we went to College Station and cooked some Texas Red Chili with Jessie.Our best friends and their daughter came with us and we had a great time. Neither me, Candy or Jessi…
    - 75 days ago, 2 Feb 15, 4:29pm -
  • I Said I Wouldn't
    But I didPeer pressure is something else. I was going to work on the house this weekend because the weather was going to be nice, but I didn't. I didn't want to cook chili because I had too much to do, but I did.Our Chili Family are among some of the…
    - 89 days ago, 19 Jan 15, 4:36pm -
  • Nothing To Say, Except......
    Because you now I'm all about that chili, 'bout that chili, 'bout that chili, no beans,All about that chili, 'bout that chili, 'bout that chili, no beans, All about that chili, 'bout that chili 'bout that chili, no beans  You know it's pretty clear,…
    - 96 days ago, 12 Jan 15, 6:20pm -
  • Taking It Easy
    I sure hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and I hope you all have a Happy New Year.We sure did, I can tell you I am blessed more than I should be.I had five days off and I was looking so forward in getting a lot accomplished on the house. In the…
    - 29 Dec 14, 9:00pm -
  • Two Men And A Baby
    Okay, two old men and a young lady to be correct.And we got it done. All weekend it was misting rain, cold and windy. Candy was using the wood scraps to keep the fire going so we could warm our hands and get feeling back in our feet. Jessie grabbed…
    - 22 Dec 14, 2:58pm -

My Family Survival Plan

  • Baking Soda – 112 Uses (WWII Series)
    Week after week I'm amazed at all of the uses for common household product. This list contains a lot of the uses that were used back in WWII. However, as my family and I collaborate we find that we use the products for more modern things too. To cont…
    - 1 day ago, 17 Apr 15, 5:58am -
  • 12 Bad Strategies That Will Get Preppers Killed

    - 3 days ago, 15 Apr 15, 1:20pm -
  • How to Produce Your Own Fuel
    In the event of a crisis situation, you never know for how long you will be isolated in your home, and how scarce the resources will be. You can be forced to live off your stored goods for months in a row, even years, and as a proper survivalist, I a…
    - 18 days ago, 31 Mar 15, 5:28am -
  • 20 Survival Uses for a Wire Coat Hanger
    Just about any common household object can be turned into a survival tool. You’d be surprised at the uses of things you use every day. The key is to remove all preconceptions about the object and what it was made for. Think outside the box.The pos…
    - 19 days ago, 30 Mar 15, 2:18pm -
  • Lights Off: How The World Could Change In 7 Days
    You might be thinking, hey, I’ve got this one covered! I’ve survived lots of power outages. If that is your thought process, you could not be more wrong.Anyone who considers, even for a moment, how interconnected andThe post Lights Off: How The…
    - 26 days ago, 23 Mar 15, 12:44pm -
  • 3 Food Preservation Techniques For Long Term Storage
    Recent scientific studies have revealed that certain methods of preservation can maintain some foods and ingredients safe to eat even after 25 years of storage. Food usually spoils due to bacterial infections that alter its chemical composition. The…
    - 27 days ago, 22 Mar 15, 3:00pm -

American Preppers Network

  • newTips for Being Financially Prepared
    If you lost your job or suffered a serious injury tomorrow, would you be financially prepared?  One of the cornerstones of financial freedom is being prepared for setbacks, but increasing your savings while also paying down debt, saving up for big-t…
    - 22 hours ago, 17 Apr 15, 1:33pm -
  • Rotating Your Food Storage With FIFO
    Learning how to use the FIFO (First-In-First-Out) method isn’t complicated. It’s a method that refers to a safe and efficient way to store food and how to effectively rotate it so you’re always using the oldest items first before the newer ones…
    - 2 days ago, 16 Apr 15, 1:23pm -
  • Burdock and Its Benefits
    Burdock is our weed for need! Burdock is considered a weed in the United States, however in Japan and parts of Europe, they eat this plant as a vegetable. Yum Yum! Burdock is a member of the daisy family. It grows three to four feet tall, has a flowe…
    - 3 days ago, 15 Apr 15, 12:29pm -
  • It’s High Storm Season – Let’s Get Prepped!
    High storm season usually comes around spring in most areas of the country, and we are constantly being warned that tornados can come at any time on any day. While it is true that high storm season usually takes place in the spring and early summer,…
    - 4 days ago, 14 Apr 15, 11:36am -
  • What’s Up with Wind: Your Small Scale Wind Energy Questions Answered
    By Aaron Mandelkorn Wind energy may appear like a no brainer for renewable energy production in many places. Is it always windy at your location? Doesn’t it seem like it would be an easy thing to harness all that free potential energy? Q: The wind…
    - 5 days ago, 13 Apr 15, 11:33am -
  • The Differences Between Survivalists and Preppers
    Australian disaster prepper Peter (last name withheld by request) runs the online Aussie Oz Prepper Forum. The free service allows Australians with similar interests to share tips, ideas, and strategies about how to survive a catastrophe, either shor…
    - 6 days ago, 12 Apr 15, 1:23pm -
  • Basic Hurricane Preparedness Guidelines
    Guest Post written by Heather Roberts When you hear your weather report mention a hurricane coming your way, chances are you’ll be panicking in nine out of ten cases. The last thing you want to be in such a moment is unprepared for what comes ahead…
    - 6 days ago, 12 Apr 15, 1:11pm -
  • Henbit
    Henbit, not to be confused with purple dead nettle, have similar flowers and similar leaves. Henbit, part of the mint family, has scalloped-edged leaves that make a little umbrella along the stem. They have a tiny purple-pink flower that blossoms aro…
    - 7 days ago, 11 Apr 15, 1:02pm -
  • Imperative Steps for Lowering Monthly Expenses
    By Naveen Kumar, In today’s society, families face an uphill battle, when it comes to maintaining a healthy budget and keeping everyone happy. Although the entire concept might seem like an impossible struggle, it is imperative to work with your fa…
    - 7 days ago, 11 Apr 15, 2:24am -
  • Is Your Boat Ready for Hurricane Season? What You Need to Do Today
    Guest Post Written by: Jasmine Howard June 1 marks the beginning of hurricane season — are you ready? While it might seem like you have plenty of time to prepare — and just because hurricane season is beginning doesn’t mean that we’ll have a…
    - 8 days ago, 10 Apr 15, 12:51pm -

Outdoor Quest

  • Navigation Term of The Month
    DeclinationDeclination is the angle measured between true north and magnetic north. Declination must be factored into all wilderness trips Account for declination before leaving the trailhead.  I like to keep my navigation simple and personally…
    - 2 days ago, 16 Apr 15, 1:46pm -
  • Cascadia Tsunami Survival
    The following AP article appeared in the Bend Bulletin.By Jeff Barnard / The Associated Press             Published Apr 14, 2015 at 12:02AM    GRANTS PASS — About 5,500 more people could survive a ma…
    - 2 days ago, 16 Apr 15, 1:43pm -
  • Ten Common GPS Myths
    The U.S. Air Force's blog has a great post about 10 common myths related to GPS.   I've attached it below.  WALLPAPER GALLERY10 COMMON MYTHS SURROUNDING GPS By Brian Hagberg50th Space Wing Public AffairsThe Global Positioning System, or GPS, has…
    - 10 days ago, 8 Apr 15, 3:24pm -
  • Backpacking Gear Myths
    Philip Werner at SectionHiker has a interesting post about: 10 Backpacking Gear Myths It’s amazing how some backpacking gear myths persist, even when there’s ample evidence to the contrary. Here are my favorites.
    - 10 days ago, 8 Apr 15, 3:22pm -
  • Sighting With a Magnetic Compass
    Sighting with a compass is an important skill that can determine direction to an object or help the hiker locate and identify his position in the backcountry.A compass is an important part of the backcountry navigator’s kit.  The use of GlobalPosi…
    - 11 days ago, 7 Apr 15, 1:52pm -
  • GPS Tracking Technology
    From the UK's GPSTraining ( email update:"Did you know that the U.S. government is placing a high priority on developing a more reliable real-time position tracking technology whose signals won’t disappear in blind spots an…
    - 11 days ago, 7 Apr 15, 1:51pm -
  • GPS Error - Part I
    Our GPS receivers are very accurate.  What should the hiker do when the information displayed just doesn't look right?Ever have one of those "GPS days" when the darn thing is providing a bearing that looks way off the mark...."that can't be right?"H…
    - 13 days ago, 5 Apr 15, 2:23pm -
  • Evaluating Back-Up Magnetic Compasses
    Frequently in my backcountry land navigation class, I am asked about the need to carry a back-up compass.  Generally students are interested in a light weight model that is low in cost, small in size, and would “fill in” as needed. I purposeful…
    - 28 days ago, 21 Mar 15, 1:50pm -
  • What Maps to Take Hiking
    Seattle Backpackers Magazine recently published my recent post about what maps hikers should take into the backcountry."In a recent map & compass class, one of my students asked me what maps I carry into the backcountry when hiking or hunting. In thi…
    - 31 days ago, 18 Mar 15, 6:16pm -
  • Navigation While Hiking in a Group
    Check out my latest post featured on post is all about hiking with your friends.  I provide a list of recomendations to keep you navigation on track.
    - 32 days ago, 17 Mar 15, 8:34pm -

Paul Kirtley's Blog

  • PLAN: A Framework For Prioritising In A Survival Situation
    It's never been easier to reach wild and remote parts of our planet, and we’re doing it more and more for recreation and adventure. The question is though, what do we do when things go wrong? If you’re in an emergency situation in the outdoors, i…
    - 10 days ago, 8 Apr 15, 4:27pm -
  • PK Podcast 007: Jules Pretty, Travels With Enduring People In Vanishing Lands
    Jules Pretty OBE, Professor of Environment and Society at the University of Essex joins me to discuss his book The Edge Of Extinction: Travels With Enduring People In Vanishing Lands, the powerful messages it contains and his work in general...This f…
    - 17 days ago, 1 Apr 15, 9:36pm -
  • As Thick As A Capercaillie: How To Build A Long Log Fire
    I have in the past written about the value of a long-log fire in the context of articles detailing the building of a lean-to shelter and later, the renovation of a previously used shelter. This has prompted readers to ask questions about the long-log…
    - 29 days ago, 20 Mar 15, 8:10am -
  • PK Podcast 006: Winter Outdoor Life Tips, Thoughts And Perspectives
    In episode 6 of my podcast I travel to northern Sweden for a winter camping trip and along the way pass on some advice for winter outdoor life, build a special survival fire and meet a Sami man who provides insight into his traditional way of life...…
    - 36 days ago, 13 Mar 15, 8:04pm -
  • An Emergency Winter Survival Shelter For The Forest
    When snow falls in the forest, you have multiple winter shelter designs to choose from. One of the classic northern forest shelters is a lean-to with a raised bed and a large long-log fire in front to keep you warm through the coldest of nights. I’…
    - 52 days ago, 25 Feb 15, 8:15am -
  • What To Do If You Get Lost Outdoors: STOP
    Every year, there are cases of people who get lost in the woods. And they don't always do the right thing. In the video above, I share some tips, tricks, and best practice of what to do if you should you find yourself lost or even a little bit geogra…
    - 59 days ago, 18 Feb 15, 8:30am -
  • PK Podcast 005: Justine Curgenven And An Aleutian Adventure
    Award-winning adventure film-maker Justine Curgenven joins me to talk about the incredible, unprecedented sea kayak journey she and Sarah Outen made along the Aleutian Island chain and Alaskan peninsular, which resulted in a rich wilderness experienc…
    - 73 days ago, 4 Feb 15, 8:30am -
  • How To Generate Water In The Frozen North
    Because they’re frozen, extreme cold environments are practically deserts. In this video and the associated article I share a couple of really effective methods of generating water in a frozen environment. Unless you have a specialist tool to cut t…
    - 87 days ago, 21 Jan 15, 7:15am -
  • Equipment For Ski Touring Adventures In Norway
    The Norwegian winter mountain environment is challenging but with the right training, experience and equipment this terrain provides one of the best opportunities for wilderness adventure in northern Europe. In this article I run through in detail t…
    - 89 days ago, 19 Jan 15, 12:46am -
  • Fjelltur: A Norwegian Adventure
    Fjelltur is a film I made about a winter trip to Norway with two friends and the subsequent adventure we had. "Fjelltur" translates literally to mountain trip or mountain tour. This was always the intention of our trip, for us to make a ski tour in…
    - 94 days ago, 14 Jan 15, 7:15am -

Prep Blog

  • Passenger Planes now vulnerable to Internet Hackers
    News agencies throughout the world are reporting on the vulnerability of new commercial passenger planes to hacking, malware, and terrorism. What is the cause of that vulnerability? The on-board system allowing passengers to access the internet. That…
    - 2 days ago, 16 Apr 15, 12:34am -
  • Will the Gov’t eventually ban Lead Bullets?
    I mean, if they don’t ban all bullets of all kinds. I have nothing against those nice all-copper Barnes hunting bullets, and similar rounds from other bullet smiths. But there’s no good all-round replacement for lead. The density of lead … Cont…
    - 4 days ago, 14 Apr 15, 6:31pm -
  • Zombie Apocalypse Prank
    Here’s how it works: A large group of people make themselves up to look like Zombies. Then they travel in a group, terrorizing unsuspecting citizens, scaring the hell out of them and chasing them, while behaving in a very threatening … Continue r…
    - 7 days ago, 11 Apr 15, 3:36pm -
  • Panic Buying when the SHTF
    1973 was a year of real shortages. In December of 1973, a Wisconsin congressman put out a press release warning of a possible shortage of toilet paper within a few months. Few took notice. Then Johnny Carson used that news … Continue reading →
    - 8 days ago, 10 Apr 15, 1:19pm -
  • Turn Your Car or Truck into a Practical Survival Vehicle
    There’s an older post over at Jalopnik: The Ten Best Post-Apocalyptic Survival Vehicles. Fun and amusing, but not practical. So, what practical steps can a prepper take to turn an ordinary car or SUV or pickup truck into a survival … Continue rea…
    - 11 days ago, 7 Apr 15, 2:56pm -

Prepper Recon

  • newFriday Night at the Movies- The Mystery of the Shemitah- Jonathan Cahn

    - 21 hours ago, 17 Apr 15, 1:56pm -
  • Podcast-Government Surveillance At Unimaginable Levels-Dr. Katherine Albrecht
    Dr. Katherine Albrecht joins me on the show today to talk about NSA spying and the amount of data that we volunteer through Google, Yahoo, Facebook and other commercial collection points. Sign up for Start Mail to protect your email […] ↓ Read th…
    - 3 days ago, 15 Apr 15, 1:32am -
  • Podcast-The Increase of Criminal Actions by the State- Cal Wilson
    Attorney Cal Wilson joins me on the show today to talk about illegal actions being carried out by the government. The abuse of the might makes right mentality has reached epic proportions and now prevents us from living free lives […] ↓ Read the…
    - 5 days ago, 13 Apr 15, 1:40am -
  • Sunday Prepper Bible Study-Isaiah 22:8-11
    And you looked in that day to the weapons in the Palace of the Forest; you saw that the City of David had many breaches in its defenses; you stored up water in the Lower Pool. You counted the buildings in […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry...The…
    - 6 days ago, 12 Apr 15, 2:41am -
  • Friday Night at The Movies- Eye of The Phoenix
      Tonight’s movie is Eye of The Phoenix. It tells about the Massonic and occult influences in the design of the dollar bill. Grab a snack and enjoy the show. In The Days of Noah, Book Two: Persecution, a globalist conspiracy […] ↓ Read the re…
    - 8 days ago, 10 Apr 15, 2:56pm -
  • Podcast- Staying Sober After The Collapse
    Today’s guest is Jim Thompson of Last week, we talked about our personal struggles with addiction and pointed out the added difficulties addicts will face if they don’t conquer that demon prior to a collapse. This week we…
    - 10 days ago, 8 Apr 15, 1:44am -
  • Podcast-Tyrannical Mandatory Vaccination-Hunter
    Hunter from the American Redoubt is back on the show today to talk about mandatory vaccination. We discuss how tyrannical a government has to be to force such action, regardless of where you fall on the vaccination debate at large. […] ↓ Read the…
    - 12 days ago, 6 Apr 15, 3:05am -
  • Sunday Prepper Bible Study- He’s Alive!
    He is not here; he has risen! Luke 24:6 Happy Resurrection Day! The resurrection of the Messiah is what separates our belief system from all others and it is the linchpin of our faith. Mohammad, Buddha, and all the others are […] ↓ Read the rest…
    - 13 days ago, 5 Apr 15, 3:18am -
  • Friday Night at the Movies- The Four Blood Moons- Mark Biltz
    Tonight’s movie is Mark Bitlz speaking on the Blood Moon Tetrad, which is a series of four blood moons. These four, which began last year and end this September, all fall on Jewish holy days. Early tomorrow morning, the first […] ↓ Read the res…
    - 15 days ago, 3 Apr 15, 2:01am -
  • Podcast- Escaping Addiction Before The Collapse
    Today’s guest is Jim Thompson of We talk about our personal struggles with addiction and point out the added difficulties addicts will face if they don’t conquer that demon prior to a collapse. For more great tips on survi…
    - 17 days ago, 1 Apr 15, 12:28am -

Preparedness is Fundamental

  • DIY SOLAR Powered Roto Tiller
    Solar power is a fantastic resource, especially for preppers, and while it is catching on, it still isn’t where it should be. I have been adding raised bed planters to my garden, but couldn’t get a tiller in the boxes to add and … Continue r…
    - 30 days ago, 19 Mar 15, 7:45pm -
    Whether you have 100 acres in the country or a small corner lot in the city, WTSHTF, you will still need to know when someone is trespassing or taking your property. The Mini Sentry trip wire .22 blank alarm can be … Continue reading →
    - 30 days ago, 19 Mar 15, 9:23am -
  • Solving a Common Rocket Stove Problem
    Rocket stoves are in my opinion, the absolute best prepper stove available today. They use multiple fuels, and if you use wood, they use about 5% (or less) of the wood it would take on an open fire. When properly … Continue reading →
    - 79 days ago, 29 Jan 15, 5:54pm -
  • Simple, Inexpensive, Bright, Rechargeable WTSHTF LED Light
     When a snowstorm took out our power last week, I needed to come up with some simple but effective lights for a neighbor. After scrounging through my shop I ended up with a simple light that took just a few … Continue reading →
    - 88 days ago, 20 Jan 15, 3:26pm -
  • Simple DIY, Dirt Cheap, Mini Welder for Field Repairs and WTSHTF
    Murphy’s Law is simple, if something’s going to break, it will do so at the most inopportune place and time.  If you live in the country, you probably have things like mowers, tractors,  and other equipment that requires an occasional … Conti…
    - 2 Jan 15, 2:07am -
  • A Full Size Rocket Stove For Cooking Big Meals
    After doing the video on my homemade rocket stove, I received numerous calls asking where people could buy one. Unfortunately at that time, it was just not available. However, now it is. This is a large stove that will do … Continue reading →
    - 29 Dec 14, 3:59am -
  • The Ultimate High Power Rechargeable Prepper Light
    Preppers should take advantage of technology. One example is in the lighting arena. LED’s are constantly being improved to the point that some flashlights put out 10 times what an incandescent bulb does and runs longer as well. Right up … Continu…
    - 28 Nov 14, 4:52am -
  • Are We in the Eye of the Hurricane?
    It’s hard not to get dispirited when you look at how far downhill this great country has gone. We are seeing not just the unraveling of societal fabric, but the very shredding of it, much like a flag in a … Continue reading →
    - 17 Nov 14, 3:47am -
  • Can Preppers Go To Heaven?
    There is a “spirited” debate (pun intended) about whether or not prepping is commanded by God or an affront to Him. My last post, “Misinformation and Prepping” really brought out some responses and name callers (apparently I’m a caveman amo…
    - 23 Sep 14, 5:44pm -
  • Misinformation and Prepping
        When I was a young cop, I watched a pilot at our local air show fly his plane right into the ground. I realized instantly what had happened and turned to see the entire emergency crew, many of … Continue reading →
    - 19 Sep 14, 4:01pm -

Survival and Prosperity

  • Resource Of The Week: Gun Talk Media’s First Person Defender
    Long-time readers know I’ve been listening to podcasts of a radio show called Tom Gresham’s Gun Talk for a number of years now (named it a “Resource Of The Week” back on July 15, 2011). I’m swamped these days so I don’t get to listen to p…
    - 1 day ago, 17 Apr 15, 3:51am -
  • Food Insurance: Sitewide Savings Up To 84% Off
    This morning, I received an e-mail about a special sales event that’s ending soon over at the website of affiliate marketing partner Food Insurance (reviewed here). From the Kaysville, Utah- based vendor of emergency food and other items: Sitewide…
    - 2 days ago, 16 Apr 15, 7:17pm -
  • Marc Faber Doubts Fed Rate Hike In 2015, Buys Crude Oil Stocks
    Swiss-born investment advisor/money manager Marc Faber was recently interviewed by Latha Venkatesh and Sonia Shenoy at CNBC-TV18 (India). The publisher of the monthly investment newsletter The Gloom Boom & Doom Report talked about a number of financi…
    - 2 days ago, 16 Apr 15, 4:47pm -
  • Standard & Poor’s Warns Chicago ‘Downgrade Of More Than One Notch Is Possible’
    Not too much talk about the following last week in the Chicago-area news. From Standard & Poor’s credit analyst Helen Samuelson over on S&P’s Global Credit Portal website on April 9: CHICAGO (Standard & Poor’s) April 9, 2015–After months of c…
    - 2 days ago, 16 Apr 15, 3:31pm -
  • Camp Independence 2015 To Take Place On May 16 In Winamac, Indiana
    Last night, I informed Chicago-area readers that I knew about two preparedness/survival-related shows planned for May next door in Indiana. The first of these is the Indiana Prepper & Survival Expo (May 2-3, Valparaiso), which I blogged about late Tu…
    - 3 days ago, 15 Apr 15, 2:36pm -
  • Peter Schiff Advises Americans, Greeks: ‘Don’t Hold On To Dollars, Just Like You’re Not Going To Hold On To Drachma’
    Tuesday, the CEO of Euro Pacific Capital, Peter Schiff, compared Greece’s financial situation with what’s going on in the United States. From his April 14 SchiffGold “Gold Videocast” entry on The only difference between Greece an…
    - 3 days ago, 15 Apr 15, 3:11am -
  • Indiana Prepper & Survival Expo To Be Held May 2-3 In Valparaiso
    Chicago-area blog readers- I know of two preparedness/survival-related shows planned for May next door in Indiana. The first of these is the Indiana Prepper & Survival Expo, billed as the “largest preparedness and sustainable living event in Indian…
    - 3 days ago, 15 Apr 15, 1:01am -
  • Paladin Press Spring Sale: Save Up To 40% Until Noon Monday
    Boulder, Colorado-based Paladin Press (reviewed here) is holding a Spring Sale on its books and videos until noon (ET) Monday. From their website (left sidebar further down): Dig Yourself Out Of Winter With Paladin’s Spring Sale. Save 30% on orders…
    - 6 days ago, 12 Apr 15, 8:25pm -
  • Robert Shiller Buys Crude Oil ETF
    It’s kind of quiet on the “crash prophet” front this weekend. That being said, back on March 29 I blogged about original “prophet” Robert Shiller being bullish on crude oil. I wrote: Yale economics professor Robert Shiller spotted the U.S.…
    - 6 days ago, 12 Apr 15, 5:29pm -
  • Obama: ‘I Haven’t Given Up’ On Tighter Gun Control
    During this renewed push by Democrats for more gun “control,” I’ve noted efforts at the state level here in Illinois and in Congress as well. Now, U.S. President Barack Obama had thrown down the gauntlet in 2015. Obama recently spoke with Dr. R…
    - 6 days ago, 12 Apr 15, 5:13pm -

Armed Rogue

  • Should You Join a Survivalist Group?
    I was listening to a podcast by Rational Survivor where he was explaining why he would never join a survivalist group. He made some valid points. He said that many of the groups that you see on or craigslist, are targeted more to newbie p…
    - 8 days ago, 10 Apr 15, 3:42pm -
  • Think of Being Prepared for Emergencies & Disasters as Insurance
    You have insurance for your car. You have insurance for your house. You have health insurance. In some cases you have insurance for your phone. Sometimes you have life insurance. However, what about the times in which none of those insurances can hel…
    - 9 days ago, 9 Apr 15, 6:00am -
  • DIY: Homemade Coffee Creamer
    Inspired by Morgan who recently shared how she roasted her own coffee I asked myself: What is in coffee creamer? The answer disturbed me. I am not typically an all day coffee drinker. I only drink coffee at home in the morning when Boots brews up…
    - 11 days ago, 7 Apr 15, 4:48pm -
  • Water Purification is a Buzz Phrase
    There is no such thing as purifying water. Many people use the word ‘purify’ because it’s a buzz word and sounds better than ‘sanitize’. You don’t want to drink water that has simply been sanitized, you want to drink water that has been p…
    - 11 days ago, 7 Apr 15, 2:53pm -
  • Why You Shouldn’t Bug Out Unless You Absolutely Have To
    I am a big advocate for bugging in. The only time you need to bug out is if your home is in immediate danger. It doesn’t matter if you live in an apartment or a house, you are the safest when you are in your home. Your home has food, water, bed, fl…
    - 23 days ago, 26 Mar 15, 3:22pm -
  • Yes, You NEED Fire To Survive
    Whether you’re just getting started in prepping or whether you’ve been in this game for 20+ years, you’ve heard that the essentials for survival are: Water Food Shelter And anything after that is just a plus. However, I am of the STRONG believe…
    - 46 days ago, 3 Mar 15, 6:00am -
  • Learning How to Tan Hides – Part 1
    When I decided I wanted to teach myself to tan animal hides I received a lot of mixed responses. Notably negative remarks such as, “Why would you do that? It’s too much work.” Or even, “That’s nasty” followed by gruesome faces of disgust.…
    - 50 days ago, 27 Feb 15, 6:00am -
  • Everyday Survival Podcast – Ep 3 Bugging In Vs Bugging Out
    I’m a little out of it for this podcast, but I talk about bugging in vs. bugging out, the tip of the week, what’s been going on with 365 Survival, I talk about the lady who shot herself while adjusting her flash bang holster and what else…liste…
    - 51 days ago, 26 Feb 15, 1:52am -
  • 5 Realistic Fitness Tips for Preppers
    This subject has been talked about a lot recently and I briefly talked about it in a 365 video but I have my own thoughts on the matter that I’d like to elaborate on. You don’t need to be Rambo - Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to be…
    - 53 days ago, 24 Feb 15, 6:00am -
  • How to Get Started in Competition Shooting – Part 1
    My husband and I wanted to get into competition shooting for a long time. We knew about 3 Gun and thought that was really the only type of competition we could get into. We had done some research, but the amount of specific information on how to get…
    - 57 days ago, 20 Feb 15, 6:00am -