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  • newNotes for Saturday – November 01, 2014
    November 1st, 1923, was the birthday of science fiction writer Gordon R. Dickson (born 1923, died January 31, 2001). Many of his novels and short stories, such as Wolf and Iron, have survivalist themes. November 1st is also the birthday of economist…
    - 6 hours ago, 1 Nov 14, 3:44am -
  • newSlimming Down, by Dan from Alaska
    No, this is not an article on weight loss, though it should be; I need to take off a bunch of pounds. It’s more about how I readjusted my lifestyle and budget after a loss of a paycheck. Both my wife and I have been working steadily since our teens…
    - 6 hours ago, 1 Nov 14, 3:43am -
  • newLetter: A Two Year Experiment

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  • newEconomics and Investing:
    UK finance ministry says takes orders for first renminbi bond. – G.G. o o o Slowly but surely. The pace seems to be picking up though. China puts a new nail in dollar coffin as it begins direct trade with Singapore. – A.H. o o o Items from Mr. Ec…
    - 6 hours ago, 1 Nov 14, 3:42am -
  • newOdds ‘n Sods:
    Several Readers sent in this link to the Paratus Familia Blog: The Benefits of Islam o o o I’m terrified of my new TV: Why I’m scared to turn this thing on — and you’d be, too – T.P. o o o Ebola protection report. – K.H. o o o … Contin…
    - 6 hours ago, 1 Nov 14, 3:42am -
  • newHugh’s Quote of the Day:
    “Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: and I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and ……
    - 6 hours ago, 1 Nov 14, 3:41am -
  • Notes for Friday – October 31, 2014
    October 31st is Reformation Day. o o o Today, we present another entry for Round 55 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, goo…
    - 1 day ago, 31 Oct 14, 2:58am -
  • Survival To Go, by JMD – Part 2
    In my checked bag, when flying, I put a small zippered case that contains: A Gerber Folding Sheath Knife, which is a good trade-off between size/weight and capability. I’ve found that most people (LEOs in particular) tend to be a lot less suspiciou…
    - 1 day ago, 31 Oct 14, 2:58am -
  • Letter: A Few Comments
    Hello Hugh, I just wanted to pass on that the article you posted on Monday, the 27th, ER Doctor: What Scares Me Even More Than Ebola, made the rounds amongst the nurses, doctors, and some of the EMTs in the mid-sized hospital emergency room where I w…
    - 1 day ago, 31 Oct 14, 2:57am -
  • Economics and Investing:
    US Homeownership Rate Drops To 1983 Levels: Here’s Why. – G.G. o o o Alan Greenspan: Gold Is A Good Place To Put Money These Days o o o Items from Mr. Econocobas: Obamacare Sends Health Premiums Skyrocketing By As Much As 78% – This is about sp…
    - 1 day ago, 31 Oct 14, 2:57am -

SHTF Plan

More Than Just Surviving

  • Case Sway Back Gent Red Bone Pocket Knife Review

    Case Sway Back Gent Red Bone Pocket Knife Review

    I will have to admit before I start this review that this knife has been my Case Cutlery grail for the past couple of years. The Case Sway Back Gent comes dressed in what I think are some of the prettiest scales around. The particular model I…
    - 4 days ago, 28 Oct 14, 5:45pm -
  • October 2014 EDC Purse Dump

    October 2014 EDC Purse Dump

    1. Google Nexus 4 2. Case Carbon Fiber Trapper 3. Spyderco Lum Chinese Folder Nishijin Glass Fiber – Review. 4. Paper Mate Flexgrip Ultra Ballpoint Pen 5. G-10 Single Nuko Tools PunchringThis is just the start of the post October 2014 EDC…
    - 7 days ago, 25 Oct 14, 7:30pm -
  • Communication After an EMP [RQ#3]

    Communication After an EMP [RQ#3]

    Welcome to another round of Reader Questions. This time we’ll be discussing a two part question about EMPs raised by Bernard: Bernard’s EMP Preparedness Question I’m new to prepping. I’d like to get info on: 1. Communication after an…
    - 9 days ago, 23 Oct 14, 5:45pm -
  • CRKT Minimalist Folts Wharncliffe Neck Knife Review

    CRKT Minimalist Folts Wharncliffe Neck Knife Review

    The CRKT Minimalist set the standard in the knife world as one of the first truly affordable neck knives to enter the market that still offers a level of practicality that made it viable as a utility blade. While so many other neck knives at…
    - 12 days ago, 20 Oct 14, 5:30pm -
  • Winter Emergency Supplies: Get ‘Em While It’s Still Warm!

    Winter Emergency Supplies: Get ‘Em While It’s Still Warm!

    Not sure if winter’s begun to show it’s frosty fingertips where you live, but here in Toronto, the weather’s slowly begun to take a turn for the colder. Last December, Thomas and I had the misfortune of living through 5 nights and 4 d…
    - 16 days ago, 16 Oct 14, 3:45pm -
  • Kershaw Cryo II SpeedSafe Assisted Open Knife

    Kershaw Cryo II SpeedSafe Assisted Open Knife

    When Kershaw announced a partnership with Rick Hinderer, the excitement was almost palpable. Rick has been a mainstay of grail knife manufacturers for years, with his XM series of custom/midtech knives (depending on your definition) being on…
    - 19 days ago, 13 Oct 14, 4:15pm -
  • Knife Drop: Mods and Upgrades

    Knife Drop: Mods and Upgrades

    One of our friends does some killer knife modifications. He’s been getting so good at them recently, couldn’t help but taking shots of them and featuring them in a knife drop. My favourite mod is the one of the Kershaw Strobe, what’s yo…
    - 21 days ago, 11 Oct 14, 8:00pm -
  • What Success Looks Like for a Prepper

    What Success Looks Like for a Prepper

    Let me start off by noting that success comes in many different shapes and forms. Success for one individual often looks very different from the picture of success another person paints. One individual may see a stable corporate job with…
    - 23 days ago, 9 Oct 14, 6:20pm -
  • Benchmade Adamas 275BKSN Folding Knife Review

    Benchmade Adamas 275BKSN Folding Knife Review

    Owning as many knives as I do, it often takes quite a lot for me to get really excited over a slab of steel. Needless to say, the Benchmade Adamas sure did the trick. Thinking back, I can’t remember many knives that have peaked my curiosity…
    - 26 days ago, 6 Oct 14, 3:10pm -
  • October 2014 EDC Pocket Dump

    October 2014 EDC Pocket Dump

    1. Paul Smith Leather Bifold Wallet 2. Xyla Ricochet Mints With Xylitol 3. Case Swayback Gent Red Bone Handles 4. Google Nexus 4 + Blue i-Blason Slim Fit S Line Flexible Case 5. Spyderco Endura 4 Custom G10 Scales – Review.This is just…
    - 28 days ago, 4 Oct 14, 6:00pm -

Patriot Rising

  • Thousands of Free Survival Guides, Books, Manuals and More!
    Welcome to the Patriot Rising Survival & Preparedness PDF Collection! Opening the files requires ADOBE READER or a web browser with it built in. All of the following files are free to read and download individually. If you would like access to all fi…
    - 2 days ago, 30 Oct 14, 1:38am -
  • Patriot Rising Newsletter!
    Subscribe to the Patriot Rising Newsletter and get frequent updates about all of our topics.  Daily or semi-daily updates will arrive in your inbox with no hassle. An example of what will be sent to your e-mailThe post Patriot Rising Newsletter! ap…
    - 2 days ago, 30 Oct 14, 1:31am -
  • The SHTF ‘Security Timeline’
    It is very important to know and understand that there WILL be a security timeline following SHTF collapse. The resulting predictable human behavior can be used to your advantage into the subsequent hours, days and weeks to come.   Here’s how: The…
    - 2 days ago, 30 Oct 14, 12:49am -
  • You Won’t Get to Pick the Disaster
      For all its faults, I still really enjoyed watching Doomsday Preppers from National Geographic. No matter how bizarrely the antics of the preppers who appeared on this show actually were or (in most cases I believe) were framed to heighten the ent…
    - 2 days ago, 30 Oct 14, 12:44am -
  • What’s the Quality of Your Water? Here’s How to Test and Treat It
    Homeowners should have an idea about their quality of water. There are DIY and professional testing methods and treatments available.   Basic Home Test Kits   Water quality test kits are sold at most hardware stores and swimming pool service compan…
    - 2 days ago, 30 Oct 14, 12:32am -
  • The Most Poisonous Plants and How to Recognize Them
    By Rebecca Maxwell It makes sense to be concerned about the perils of wild animals that could severely hurt or kill you when outdoors. The dangers of animals like grizzly bears and mountain lions are well established. But have you ever considered the…
    - 3 days ago, 29 Oct 14, 3:37am -
  • Be Informed With NOAA Weather Radio
    NOAA Weather Radio What if I told you that there was a radio service out there whose sole purpose was to bring the weather conditions to you, 24 hours a day? And that this service monitors the weather in your area alerts you anytime there was severe…
    - 3 days ago, 29 Oct 14, 3:28am -
  • 5 WAYS TO ENSURE YOU STAY SAFE DURING A BLIZZARD
    Assess Your Home Before the Blizzard Hits Before a blizzard strikes, take some time during nicer weather to inspect your home. Check your roof to make sure there are no loose shingles or damaged areas. Check the gutters to make sure they are secure.…
    - 3 days ago, 29 Oct 14, 3:24am -
  • 15 Uses for Baking Soda Every Prepper Should Know
      Survival Uses for Baking Soda Sodium bicarbonate has a slightly salty, alkaline taste and in its natural mineral form, it is called nahcolite. It is a component of the mineral natron and is found dissolved in many mineral springs. It is often…
    - 3 days ago, 29 Oct 14, 3:23am -
  • Basic Skills and Supplies Needed For Traveling in Cold Climates
    If you’re planning a cold-climate hike or you may be stranded in colder weather, there are a few very helpful tips and skills that will keep you moving in relative comfort. This article will briefly cover the basic materials you should carry with y…
    - 3 days ago, 29 Oct 14, 3:12am -

Destiny Survival

Libertarian Rantfest

  • newHalloween
    It was quite the day here. Of course I had work and Wifey had her usual stuff. This evening of course we took the kids trick or treating. That was quite the event.To start out evening holidays are REALLY hard for little kids. They have to wait days t…
    - 7 hours ago, 1 Nov 14, 2:53am -
  • Two Days Of Hunger and a Day of Thirst
    Disclaimer: Do not do this. I strongly urge you not to act on any of thebehaviors described in this post as they are fairly unhealthy for a personin good health and could potentially be disastrous if you have some issue,even one that has yet to be id…
    - 2 days ago, 29 Oct 14, 11:44pm -
  • RE: Bayou Rennaissance Man: How to Prepare Under These Conditions
    Bayou Reconnaissance Man wrote an interesting post How To Prepare Under These Conditions. The basic highlights of the question:I'm stuck with an unemployed partner and teenage kids who can't earn their own living.  We haven't been able to afford r…
    - 5 days ago, 26 Oct 14, 10:14pm -
  • Huge Mountain House Sale at Camping Survival, Up to 25% Off
    Offer valid only while supplies last. October 26, 2014 - November 1st, 2014Go to the MH sale at Camping Survival now.
    - 6 days ago, 26 Oct 14, 1:15am -
  • From Around The Web
    Aesop has been putting out some good stuff on ebola over at Raconteur Report. I have not personally talked about the Ebola because honestly, aside from knowing it is bad and a big problem, I am not too smart on the topic. In that regard it is better…
    - 7 days ago, 25 Oct 14, 1:34am -
  • Carry Guns
    Do you carry the same gun all the time? Do you switch to a larger/ higher capacity one sometimes, like say for a trip to the nearby decent sized city or major urban center?
    - 9 days ago, 23 Oct 14, 3:00pm -
  • Assault Packs, Rucks and Sustainment Loads Revisited
    I tend to break down these different loads into the fairly well recognized 3 tired system (level 1 survival, level 2 fighting and level 3 sustainment). The primary reason I do this is that due to a lack of common vocabulary different names such as ge…
    - 10 days ago, 22 Oct 14, 1:07am -
  • Repost: Book Review: Liberators by Jim Wesley, Rawles
    Today I will be reviewing the new Jim Rawles book Liberators: A Novel of the Coming Global CollapseBefore getting started in case anyone has not read some (or all) of his previous works let me talk about some unusual elements of these books. This boo…
    - 10 days ago, 22 Oct 14, 1:06am -
  • What Did you Do To Prepare This Week?
    Wifey started a fall gardenI am working on updating my level 2.5 assault pack/ get home bagWorking on our family fishing skillsPacket up a ready to go set of hygiene stuffAcquired a new holster for the Kahr CW9Physical fitness has hit center stage. W…
    - 11 days ago, 20 Oct 14, 11:57pm -
  • Tueler Drill Revisited and AMERC's Thought on Condition Three Carry
    AMERC talks the Tueler Drill. I spoke about the Tueler Drill and it's various associated misconceptions some time ago. To rehash the major take away is not knife vs gun but action vs reaction. Before getting to the main point of condition three (empt…
    - 12 days ago, 20 Oct 14, 2:47am -

Dr. Bones & Nurse Amy

  • Influenza in the Time of Ebola
      Recently, I’ve spent a lot of time talking about the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, as well as the sporadic cases that have been recorded in the United States. In this article, I’ll discuss an illness that is much more likely to be an epidemic…
    - 3 days ago, 29 Oct 14, 5:00pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Nick Adams of The American Boomerang, plus Ebola Updates
    In this episode of the Doom and Bloom(tm) Survival Medicine Hour, Nurse Amy interviews Nick Adams, author of The American Boomerang: How the World’s Greatest Turnaround Nation Will Do It Again!, plus Joe Alton, M.D., aka Dr. Bones, gives you all th…
    - 4 days ago, 28 Oct 14, 12:51am -
  • Health Workers, Fairness, and Ebola
    In the NY metropolitan area, there has been a lot of press regarding Ebola. First, Dr. Craig Spencer returns from Guinea and starts having symptoms which led to his hospitalization and eventual confirmation as a case of ebola. Next, nurse Kaci Hickox…
    - 6 days ago, 26 Oct 14, 7:29pm -
  • Ebola in New York
    News media is now reporting that a Doctor Without Borders, recently returned from ebola-ridden Guinea, has tested positive for the disease after reporting a high fever. Ebola, which has been particularly harsh on healthcare workers, is a deadly viral…
    - 8 days ago, 24 Oct 14, 4:17am -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Ebola, Influenza, and More
    In this episode of the Doom and Bloom(tm) Survival Medicine Hour, Joe Alton, M.D. and Amy Alton, A.R.N.P. discuss new data about whether Ebola can be caught from the air, the sad state of training and education for U.S. health workers on the disease,…
    - 11 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 12:34am -
  • Why More Persons of Color Die From Ebola
    Recently, it has been noted that white Americans seem to have all survived an ebola infection while black Africans, such as Thomas Eric Duncan, have not. Some have even implied that there is a racial aspect to the level of care rendered to victims of…
    - 12 days ago, 20 Oct 14, 1:09pm -
  • Wildfire Realities
    (Our friend Jim Piper, RN, N6MED, has been volunteering for disaster duty at the Northern California wildfires and sends us a report on his activities and thoughts on preparedness. We thank Jim for this contribution.) At 58 after a long career in Sil…
    - 15 days ago, 17 Oct 14, 12:11pm -
  • Airborne Ebola
    One of the questions I am most asked about Ebola is its potential to be transmittable through the air. CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden and other top health officials say no, but now a reputable research facility is disputing this claim.   The well-know…
    - 17 days ago, 15 Oct 14, 2:48pm -
  • Ebola: The Year Of Living Dangerously
      This article was originally published in my capacity as contributing editor to the excellent website modernsurvivalonline.  Here’s the link: http://modernsurvivalonline.com/ebola-the-year-of-living-dangerously/       (Update: A second health…
    - 18 days ago, 14 Oct 14, 3:14pm -
  • Volcano Safety
    A volcano is a rupture on the crust of the earth (or other planet)/moon), which allows hot lava (hot molten rock), ash, and gases to escape from below the surface. Volcanoes are not the disaster that most people think of when they think of a natural…
    - 19 days ago, 13 Oct 14, 12:07pm -

Survivalist Blog

  • newDetermine Your Food and Communications Preparedness
    Ninety percent of Americans will have no idea what to do the day they turn on their water faucet and nothing comes out; the day they go to the supermarket only to be greeted by metal bars; the day that obtaining gasoline is no longer as simple as hea…
    - 20 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 2:15pm -
  • newTools Tips and Tricks on Vehicle Extricatio​n
    Over the years, I've gotten my vehicle stuck in nearly every medium that can stick a vehicle. My first experience was right after I got out of the army, I took a date out into a farmers field so we could "look at the stars".The car was sunk up to the…
    - 20 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 1:43pm -
  • newFriday Miscellany News Brief
    From This Day Forward, We Will Watch How The Stock Market Performs Without The Fed’s Monetary Heroin. Apocalypse Preppers – Full Episode. The Ebola Story Doesn’t Smell Right. How surveillance cameras will soon be reading your lips. Police do no…
    - 21 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 1:16pm -
  • Reader Poll: Do You Prefer to Read Blog Posts or Watch Video?
    Click on the link or title to take poll...This post first appeared on TheSurvivalistBlog.net. Copyright © 2014. All rights reserved.Check out these related articles:Reader Poll : Who do you think will be the most dangerous threat to your surviva…
    - 2 days ago, 30 Oct 14, 5:46pm -
  • With God all Things are Possible.
    This post first appeared on TheSurvivalistBlog.net. Copyright © 2014. All rights reserved.No related posts.        CommentsI agree that there are many hypocrites that shout about freedom ... by userErrorSo one started with murder and…
    - 2 days ago, 30 Oct 14, 3:08am -
  • I Just Received This Email from Facebook
    This was sent by them in response to my attempting to “boost” my recent video review of the Smith & Wesson MP 15-22 on my Facebook fan page… Hi M.d., It looks like your ad didn’t meet our guidelines, so it was not approved. Here’s why we co…
    - 2 days ago, 29 Oct 14, 11:43pm -
  • My Number One Survival Gardening Success Tip
    This post first appeared on TheSurvivalistBlog.net. Copyright © 2014. All rights reserved.Check out these related articles:Growing Vegetables Indoors : Survival Gardening during a Worst Case Scenario Ten gardening ideas for survival Survival g…
    - 2 days ago, 29 Oct 14, 11:36pm -
  • Share YOUR Best Survival Tips For Other Preppers
    Today, I thought that we would try something a little different… I want to share the platform! I know you guys read this blog to learn from others. You  have developed tactics that have worked for you with your own preps that other readers have pr…
    - 3 days ago, 29 Oct 14, 2:36pm -
  • Two New Videos
    A trained killer Smith & Wesson MP 15-22 If you have ideas for videos that you would like for me to post or suggestions on how to make better videos then please email those to me - also don't forget to subscribe to my YouTube Channel. This post…
    - 3 days ago, 29 Oct 14, 2:22pm -
  • Wednesday Miscellany News Brief
    JW Confirms: 4 ISIS Terrorists Arrested in Texas in Last 36 Hours. Four Constitutional Amendments on Tennessee Ballot. Civil Forfeiture Out of Control: Government Robs Restaurant Owner for $33,000. Drinking Milk Linked to Earlier Death. FLORIDA MUSLI…
    - 3 days ago, 29 Oct 14, 2:04pm -

American Preppers Network

  • newBiosurveillance: Outsmart the Pandemic
    Let us entertain a constructive, yet horrifying, question for a moment… What is, potentially, one of the most lethal crises known to human kind, and yet, possesses the capacity to leave its infrastructure intact after wiping out massive percentages…
    - 15 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 6:37pm -
  • Tips for Successful Skip Hire!
    There are many considerations when you need to hire a skip. Hiring a skip can be a bit daunting if you have never done it before. The selection you make will have effect on how much it will cost you along with level on convenience it will provide you…
    - 2 days ago, 30 Oct 14, 5:38am -
  • Greatlakes Area Preparedness Expos
    PREPAREDNESS EXPOS Preparedness Expos large and small help to build the growing preparedness and self-reliance movement.  You Live Free organization is actively participating and supporting these real-deal events where the “New Americans” can ga…
    - 6 days ago, 26 Oct 14, 7:30pm -
  • How to Naturally Deter Bugs and Pests from Your Garden
    By Kristen Lawrence If you have your own garden, you probably want to get away from using pesticides since they harm the Earth, animal life, and you and your family. There are plenty of alternatives to dangerous chemicals, and most of them are fairl…
    - 6 days ago, 26 Oct 14, 6:58pm -
  • Svalbard Global Seed Vault: Take A Rare Peek Into The Worlds Greatest Treasure
    Take a journey to the end of the earth and learn about the place that might someday save humankind. It’s a bank built to last 10,000 years. But something much more valuable than money or gold is on deposit. Currencies rise and fall with civilizatio…
    - 6 days ago, 26 Oct 14, 2:43am -
  • 4 Things That Can Ruin Your Garden Plot
    One of the best things about growing a vegetable garden is having access to a ready source of food in the case of an emergency. From green beans and tomatoes to carrots, kale, lettuce and more, a backyard garden can give us a sense of security, as we…
    - 9 days ago, 23 Oct 14, 12:08pm -
  • 4 Ways to Waterproof Your Phone
    Summer may be a quickly fading memory, but that doesn’t mean that your brand new iPhone is safe from a life-threatening water encounter. From bath time with small children to beer pong at the hottest weekend party, the danger of submersion is every…
    - 10 days ago, 22 Oct 14, 12:04pm -
  • Our World: Recovered Journals and the Power in Preppers Self Publishing
    By James Walton With the advent of self-publishing we as writers have been handed an artistic license like never before. There is no longer that voice in the back of our heads about what might publish well and what might not.  No.  Instead we can c…
    - 14 days ago, 18 Oct 14, 7:28pm -
  • 10 Things To Stock Up on That No One Thinks About
    Written By: David (Dok-The El Cheapo Schlock Prepper) Amberson Prepper always stock up on food, medical aids, water, weapons, and even have some kind of shelter set up just in case of an emergency. Let’s think about this a little bit more. What wou…
    - 15 days ago, 17 Oct 14, 11:29am -
  • Make Your Harvest Last Longer By Building a Root Cellar
    Storing a variety of crops in a root cellar is a superb way to preserve your harvest, not to mention saving a great deal of money. However, if you don’t have one in place, don’t worry. It’s quite easy to create a space in order to store vegetab…
    - 16 days ago, 16 Oct 14, 11:26am -

Survival Gear

Backdoor Survival

  • newSummer/Fall 2014 Book Festival: The Liberty Dying Series + Giveaway
    Today I share the final author interview and giveaway in the Summer/Fall 2014 Backdoor Survival Book Festival. I am sure you will agree that there have been some terrific books in this round and that we have all learned from the insights of the many…
    - 2 hours ago, 1 Nov 14, 8:00am -
  • 101 Low Cost Items to Barter When the SHTF
    I would be preaching the choir if I told you that it is wise to gather extra supplies that you can use for bartering in a post-collapse world.  The issue for many, however, is that their budget allows no room for extras.  Finding funds for long te…
    - 1 day ago, 31 Oct 14, 8:00am -
  • 12 Months of Prepping: Month Ten
    As I do each month, I would like to begin month ten with a little pep-talk on preparedness.  We all know that power outages, wildfires, storms, floods, and other disasters can happen anywhere at anytime.  Although first responders do their best wh…
    - 3 days ago, 29 Oct 14, 8:00am -
  • Ebola As Biological Warfare
    Before I begin, let me put this out there.  Ebola is most assuredly a deadly virus but I am not afraid nor am I in fear of the virus itself.  I have prepared the best that I know how and will do what needs to be done to isolate myself if Ebola mov…
    - 5 days ago, 27 Oct 14, 8:00am -
  • The Sunday Survival Buzz #140
    Welcome to this week’s Sunday Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.Honesty counts, right?  This has not been the best of weeks for me personally.  Perhaps the hard drive failure before m…
    - 6 days ago, 26 Oct 14, 8:00am -
  • Summer/Fall 2014 Book Festival: Countdown to Preparedness + Giveaway
    Today I am thrilled to welcome back Jim Cobb for another interview and giveaway in the Summer/Fall 2014 Backdoor Survival Book Festival.  This week we are featuring Jim’s popular book, Countdown to Preparedness: The Prepper’s 52 Week Course to…
    - 7 days ago, 25 Oct 14, 8:00am -
  • DIY Antiviral Sanitizing Spray: When Hand Sanitizer is Not Enough
    Although news of Ebola has been dominating the headlines, there is currently another nasty outbreak circulating the United States. Since August, enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) has caused clusters of respiratory disease in the US with over 690 people affec…
    - 8 days ago, 24 Oct 14, 8:00am -
  • Fast Track Tip #11: Be Informed With NOAA Weather Radio
    Severe weather occurs far more frequently than most folks realize.  As a matter of fact, it is a severe weather event that prompts many folks to begin their preparedness journey.In the United States, the five most dangerous weather events are torn…
    - 10 days ago, 22 Oct 14, 8:00am -
  • Summer/Fall 2014 Book Festival: The Knowledge How to Rebuild Our World from Scratch
    How would you go about rebuilding a technological society from scratch?  I find the question is both troubling and interesting.Now that I have piqued your interest, today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the Summer/Fall 2014 Back…
    - 12 days ago, 20 Oct 14, 8:00am -
  • The Sunday Survival Buzz #139
    Welcome to this week’s Sunday Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.Something I did not mention earlier this month was that the night before I left for vacation, the hard drive on my lapto…
    - 13 days ago, 19 Oct 14, 8:00am -

Backwoods Survival Blog

Bug Out Survival

  • 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…
    - 22 days ago, 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…
    - 31 days ago, 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…
    - 64 days ago, 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…
    - 64 days ago, 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…
    - 74 days ago, 19 Aug 14, 9:34pm -
  • Refuge (Book II of The Pulse Series)
    Just a quick update on the expected availability of Refuge which I finished up in June.  My publisher has shipped the finalized files to the printer and I got word yesterday that copies will ship from the printer on August 21, which should put them…
    - 92 days ago, 1 Aug 14, 6:00pm -
  • Discussing The Prepper's Workbook on Destiny Survival Radio
    Once again I enjoyed chatting with John Wesley Smith of Destiny Survival Radio about my latest book release, this time The Prepper's Workbook.  My co-author, Scott Finazzo joined us as well as we went into the details of the book and why it was inte…
    - 11 Jul 14, 1:06pm -
  • Sequel to THE PULSE Finished
       Days have turned into weeks with no contact from anyone outside of North America, where the power, communication and transportation grid has been completely destroyed by massive solar flares. In the ensuing chaos, grocery store shelves have been…
    - 10 Jun 14, 9:07pm -
  • Update on Review Copies and Giveaways
    I'm reposting this update from my main site, www.scottbwilliams.com for those of you who only check in here.  As many of you know, The Prepper's Workbook has now been shipping from Amazon for about two weeks, and is even available on the shelf in ma…
    - 2 Apr 14, 2:12pm -
  • Scott Finazzo Discusses The Prepper's Workbook
    My coauthor of The Prepper's Workbook, Scott Finazzo, discussed our book on Kansas City's KCTV5 News earlier this week.   Finazzo is firefighter with the Overland Park Fire Department in that area, and his extensive experience as a first responder t…
    - 6 Mar 14, 10:33pm -

Canadian Preppers Network

  • Movie Monday - Power2ThePeople
    This Week On Movie MondayPower2thePeople Produced by Afristar Foundation and Directed by FixerFilm, Power to the People is a documentary showcasing alternative energy and appropriate technology applications in South Africa. The film focuses both…
    - 4 days ago, 27 Oct 14, 10:00pm -
  • Canada is at war...and it's not the kind of war we're used to
    On Monday, October 20th, 2 members of the Canadian Military were run down in a parking lot by Martin Rouleau.  Rouleau had converted to Islam about 2 years ago, and according to reports, was upset at the former Quebec government's plan to ban the…
    - 9 days ago, 23 Oct 14, 5:53pm -
  • Movie Monday - The power of Community - How Cuba Survived Peak Oil
    This Week On Movie MondayThe Power Of Community - How Cuba Survived Peak Oil The breakup of the Soviet Union in the early 90's created a major economic crisis in Cuba known as the Special Period.  Oil imports dropped by half, it's import and export…
    - 11 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 12:00am -
  • More Ebola, Hurrican Season Continues, and Processing the Harvest
    I was concerned last week when I heard of a nurse who had cared for Thomas Duncan has tested positive for the Ebola virus.  Unfortunately, my concerns were well placed, as we now have learned of a second nurse with Ebola.  I have not yet found a…
    - 16 days ago, 16 Oct 14, 10:22am -
  • Movie Monday - Prepper Bartering - What to Barter After SHTF
    This Week On Movie MondayChe, from the Ontario Preppers Survival Network is a major contributor to the preparedness community not only in Ontario, but across the country. Every summer, Che hosts the Ontario Preppers Annual Meetup, where a multitude…
    - 18 days ago, 14 Oct 14, 12:00am -
  • Ebola. To fear or not to fear?
    Twitter is tweeting and the news is buzzing with anything to do with Ebola. It’s a genuine fear about a deadly disease that mutates quickly and has no known cure. A Harvard poll conducted in August, before the United States’ first case of Ebola e…
    - 22 days ago, 10 Oct 14, 6:57pm -
  • Casting call - Proper Television
    I have been asked to post a casting call by Proper Television, a production company based in Toronto.They are looking to film a show in the spring where 2 survival enthusiasts are placed in environmentally challenging locations, with supplies and…
    - 24 days ago, 8 Oct 14, 10:00am -
  • Movie Monday - Wartime Farm Part 8 of 8
    This Week On Movie MondayWartime Farm is an eight part documentary program originally aired on BBC2 in 2012.  Historian Ruth Goodman along with archeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn take over a farm in Hampshire, England.  The goal is to…
    - 25 days ago, 7 Oct 14, 1:00am -
  • Mid Summer Storm Lessons
    So there I was, doing my ultra rare once a year shopping trip to the big city box stores and a summer storm rolled in. And what a storm. From inside the store I could hear the wind roll in like a hurricane. Then as we looked out the windows we could…
    - 29 days ago, 3 Oct 14, 3:00pm -
  • Ebola - One Simple Case or Possible North American Outbreak?
    This is a followup to my post yesterday evening regarding a confirmed case of ebola in the US.  In the interest of sharing this information, I posted simultaniously to The Canadian Preppers Network Blog, The Canadian Preppers Network Forum, and s…
    - 31 days ago, 1 Oct 14, 6:30pm -

Tactical Intelligence

  • 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 b…
    - 7 days ago, 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…
    - 69 days ago, 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…
    - 70 days ago, 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…
    - 87 days ago, 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…
    - 93 days ago, 31 Jul 14, 5:24pm -
  • Letter From a Reader: What 24 Years of Gardening Has Taught Me
    Editor’s Note: In order to provide some inspiration and help others in their prepping journey, I like to include some personal experiences from my readers showing off some of their experiences and lessons-learned. Here’s the latest from Laurey in…
    - 99 days ago, 24 Jul 14, 10:09pm -
  • 36 Awesome Baking Soda Uses for Preppers
    As preppers we tend to accumulate stuff. This, for obvious reasons, is a good thing, but on the other hand, our pantries, closets and other storage places tend to fill up. In many ways prepping and hoarding can be a fine line (except our stuff is mu…
    - 18 Jul 14, 7:28pm -
  • The War on Cash Escalates
    What Is Happening In recent years, especially in developing countries, national governments have been escalating their war on cash. Although the claim is for the safety and convenience of its citizens, it’s nothing less than “a despotic attack b…
    - 9 Jul 14, 6:29pm -
  • How to Make Dehydrated Bug-Out Toothpaste
    You might not think dehydrated toothpaste blobs are such a novel idea but keep in mind, every little bit of weight savings helps in lightening the load of your bug out bag -- making for easier travel when you need it most.
    - 9 Jul 14, 2:57pm -
  • How to Stock up on Antibiotics without a Prescription
    What we nowadays take for granted, could become life-threatening in a collapse type situation.For example, a good friend of mine got a simple scratch from his cat which developed into sepsis. Because he was able to get to a doctors and be treated w…
    - 30 Jun 14, 9:16pm -

Off Grid Survival

Preparedness Videos

Survival Pro Tips 1 Making Fire with an Empty Bic
http://www.thepathfinderstore.com Dave Canterbury, David Canterbury, The Pathfinder School,Bush Craft ,Survival skills, Historical Lore, Primitive Skills, Ar...
- 37 days ago, 25 Sep 14, 6:25pm -
Wood Craft on a Budget Part 12 Condor Kephart Feather Sticks
http://www.thepathfinderstore.com Dave Canterbury, David Canterbury, The Pathfinder School,Bush Craft ,Survival skills, Historical Lore, Primitive Skills, Ar...
- 65 days ago, 27 Aug 14, 10:54pm -
Haversack Kit
http://www.thepathfinderstore.com Dave Canterbury, David Canterbury, The Pathfinder School,Bush Craft ,Survival skills, Historical Lore, Primitive Skills, Ar...
- 8 May 14, 6:41pm -
Commercial: Dave Canterbury "Makes fire with his beard"
Made by Brand New Telly: http://www.brandnewtelly.com http://www.hoya.eu http://www.sensitylenses.eu http://www.thepathfinderstore.com Dave Canterbury, David...
- 1 May 14, 9:39am -
Coyote It's whats for Lunch
http://www.thepathfinderstore.com Dave Canterbury, David Canterbury, The Pathfinder School,Bush Craft ,Survival skills, Historical Lore, Primitive Skills, Ar...
- 28 Jan 14, 12:26am -
Kit mentality Useage vs Investment
http://www.thepathfinderstore.com Dave Canterbury, David Canterbury, The Pathfinder School,Bush Craft ,Survival skills, Historical Lore, Primitive Skills, Ar...
- 21 Jan 14, 6:23am -
Fatwood Collecting Processing Igniting
http://www.thepathfinderstore.com Dave Canterbury, David Canterbury, The Pathfinder School,Bush Craft ,Survival skills, Historical Lore, Primitive Skills, Ar...
- 26 Dec 13, 10:30pm -
Self Feeding Fire Part 1 Basic Bushcraft
http://www.thepathfinderstore.com Dave Canterbury, David Canterbury, The Pathfinder School,Bush Craft ,Survival skills, Historical Lore, Primitive Skills, Ar...
- 24 Dec 13, 2:19am -
Super Shelter Modified for the Eastern Woodlands Part 1
http://www.thepathfinderstore.com Dave Canterbury, David Canterbury, The Pathfinder School,Bush Craft ,Survival skills, Historical Lore, Primitive Skills, Ar...
- 12 Dec 13, 9:47pm -
Deer Heart and Pepper Gravy Camp Cooking
http://www.thepathfinderstore.com Dave Canterbury, David Canterbury, The Pathfinder School,Bush Craft ,Survival skills, Historical Lore, Primitive Skills, Ar...
- 19 Nov 13, 11:57pm -
Snares The Ugly Truth Modern Trapping Part 57
http://www.thepathfinderstore.com Dave Canterbury, David Canterbury, The Pathfinder School,Bush Craft ,Survival skills, Historical Lore, Primitive Skills, Ar...
- 11 Nov 13, 5:12pm -
Skinning a squirrel for a usable hide
http://www.thepathfinderstore.com Dave Canterbury, David Canterbury, The Pathfinder School,Bush Craft ,Survival skills, Historical Lore, Primitive Skills, Ar...
- 8 Oct 13, 8:25pm -

Survival Monkey Forums

  • newWhat are reliable brands for backup storage?
    Wanna get a USB backup external drive about 500gb, but the reviews on Amazon are mixed, so I thought I'd ask here. Our PCs are only around 30gigs tops, and that's not cutting it anymore. I'm using mom's laptop as temporary storage, got around 200gigs…
    - 1 hour ago, 1 Nov 14, 8:36am -
  • newVenezuela scans your thumbprint insuring you don’t buy too many groceries
    By Dan Calabrese October 27, 2014 Venezuela now scans your thumbprint to make sure you don’t buy too many groceriesIt’s been eight months or so since the unrest in Venezuela was headline news, but don’t take that to mean things ha…
    - 4 hours ago, 1 Nov 14, 6:20am -
  • newHAM Operator: I'm So New....
    That I haven't even received my call sign! Just passed my Tech exam yesterday (Saturday, 6/7/14). Squeeked by, then tried the General, what the heck it was free, but bombed that one big time. Gotta get me a decent study guide. Kajun
    - 4 hours ago, 1 Nov 14, 6:15am -
  • newQuotes on Liberty, Constitution, Bill of Rights, 2nd Amendment, Self-Reliance, This Day in History
    I wanted to see if fellow Monkeys could share there favorite quotes on interrelated topics such as Liberty-Freedom, the Constitution - Bill of Rights, Unalienable Rights, the Second Amendment, Patriotism, Survivalism-Prepping, Economics, etc. The "st…
    - 4 hours ago, 1 Nov 14, 5:56am -
  • newHere's to......
    Here's to those of us who remember going to the "service station" instead of the convenience store that sold gas.Here's to the old "gas jockeys" who could pump gas to 2 or 3 cars at the same time and never overfill one of them. Here's to having…
    - 4 hours ago, 1 Nov 14, 5:48am -
  • newYour Picture of the day.
    Post a picture of your choice. Rules:One a dayMust be taken by you.Any subject matter you want.I'll startmy Favorite fishing spot.
    - 5 hours ago, 1 Nov 14, 4:29am -
  • newThe Unwelcome Sign
    The first chapter of a book I'm working on."Should I start from the front, or the back?" I asked myself. Pondering the mechanics for a moment, I made up my mind. I rolled the corpse over, face down, pulled my bowie from it's sheath on my belt, put…
    - 6 hours ago, 1 Nov 14, 4:19am -
  • newMotivational Poster Thread (warning content)
    Post your favorite Motivational Posters here.
    - 6 hours ago, 1 Nov 14, 3:38am -
  • newEye Protection
    A guy at work was "modifying" a server rack and got some metal in one of his eyes his vision will be OK they say but he has a dressing on his eye that will be there for at least another week.He went to the emergency room and has more doctors appoin…
    - 7 hours ago, 1 Nov 14, 3:15am -
  • newHow Long Would You Last?
    A fun survey considering Halloween is upon us....... try this out and post your results.How Long Would You Last In A Horror Movie? | BrainFall.com88 minutes..... Lone Survivor
    - 7 hours ago, 1 Nov 14, 3:03am -

Preparedness Pro

  • 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…
    - 10 days ago, 22 Oct 14, 3:28am -
  • Strengthening the Bonds With Family and Friends--Part 1
    Today’s article isn’t about the all-natural cure for battling the Ebola virus. Nor is it about the 12 essential food items you can make from powdered milk. It’s quite a bit off the beaten path of the traditional “prepper journey”. However,…
    - 13 days ago, 19 Oct 14, 1:09am -
  • Quail--A Path to Preparedness for All Types of Homes?

    - 22 days ago, 10 Oct 14, 1:36am -
  • Invest in Your Greatest Need Today--Community
    Preparedness is not about being a hermit, or a Rambo-like survivalist.  And there might not be much time left for you to get one of your most critical assets in place--Your Community. There’s a component of preparedness that I fear most prepp…
    - 35 days ago, 27 Sep 14, 1:28am -
  • Awesome Projects for Preppers
    Awesome Projects for Preppers--by Guest Contributor Matt StevensWhile there are a lot of people whose prepping starts and stops with stockpiling supplies, there are many others who make it a lifestyle. These people ultimately end up much better pre…
    - 42 days ago, 20 Sep 14, 4:30pm -
  • Meatball Soup Recipe
    Meatball Soup Recipe -- By Kellene Bishop  One thing I love about my good friend Shawna is that she has a lot of good recipes that are easy, delicious and can easily be adapted to be made from your preparedness food pantry.  She has shared qui…
    - 53 days ago, 9 Sep 14, 1:39am -
  • Preparedness 101: The Rule of Three
    One of the fundamentals for being prepared for all that life throws at us is having what we really need, when we really need it--and having a back-up.  I accomplish a lifestyle of Panic Free Preparedness by living by the Rule of Three. The Rule…
    - 58 days ago, 4 Sep 14, 7:15am -
  • Second Deadly Shooting by Police in MO This Week
    Another St. Louis Police shooting of a black man just 5 miles away from the Ferguson, MO shooting that's the cause of so much unrest this week. (WARNING: You can watch it on mute and see what happens just fine, but if you watch it with sound there is…
    - 70 days ago, 23 Aug 14, 9:51pm -
  • What You Need to Know About Lice
    What You Need to Know About Lice-- By Guest Contributor Jackie K.  What I know now, compared to what I knew in January of 2010, are worlds apart.  If you’ve never had the pleasure of being exposed to lice, count your blessing.  I never expe…
    - 92 days ago, 1 Aug 14, 7:06am -
  • Media Hype or Firearm Facts—You Decide
    Everyone has the right to defend themselves.Fact:100% of ALL firearm “accidents” occur as a result of someone violating one of the four most critical safety rules in the ownership and use of a firearm.  Firearms don’t kill people as the m…
    - 94 days ago, 30 Jul 14, 6:58pm -

Survival Cache

  • Survival Gear Review: Sphinx Arms SDP Compact
    Never heard of Sphinx Arms?  You are not the only one.  Despite the fact that they can trace their engineering roots back to 1876, they are relatively unknown in the firearms world to most. Located in Interlaken, Switzerland, they came out with a p…
    - 10 days ago, 22 Oct 14, 12:42pm -
  • Book Review: Ebola: Understanding And Preparing For An Outbreak
    What does Drudge, PBS, The Mayo Clinic and Reddit have in common?  Ebola.  It’s everywhere – well, not literally anyway.  But it is dominating the media, and for good reason.  People are scared.  They see the authorities saying one thing, an…
    - 13 days ago, 19 Oct 14, 7:51pm -
  • Survival Gear Review: SunJack Solar Charger
    I have a treat for y’all today.  I was given a SunJack last month to test out and review.  If you’ve been looking to add one of these to your preps, read on.  This solar charger rocks!   Now, first, some caveats.  My family is NOT heavy on…
    - 15 days ago, 17 Oct 14, 10:11am -
  • Book Review: Preppers: History and the Cultural Phenomenon
    About the Author (From the front matter in Preppers: History and the Cultural Phenomenon):  Lynda King is a freelance writer and former newspaper editor who lives with her husband in a 19th-century farmhouse on a one-acre “mini-farm” in Central…
    - 18 days ago, 14 Oct 14, 12:47pm -
  • Survival Gear Review: Ontario Falcon Knife
    One particular blade that has been flying under the radar for several years now is the Falcon from Ontario Knife Company (OKC), and its full of many welcome contradictions.  In lots of ways the Falcon, introduced in 2011, is a whole collection of op…
    - 22 days ago, 10 Oct 14, 7:54pm -
  • Survival Gear Review: Primal Gear Unlimited Bow
    When I was a kid my dad bought me a youth compound bow.  I loved shooting it but I never shot at anything other than the practice target in our yard. I spent all my hunting years using firearms even though the desire to bow hunt was always just bel…
    - 28 days ago, 4 Oct 14, 12:27pm -
  • Survival Gear Review: Kel-Tec RFB
    Wow, what a fun rifle.  Although its design is strictly business, the Kel-Tec RFB is just plain cool.  Kel-Tec is a company that thinks outside the box and is not afraid to be different, which is evident from their KSG Shotgun design.  When you fi…
    - 32 days ago, 30 Sep 14, 6:00pm -
  • Survival Shotgun Selection
    The shotgun is probably the most versatile survival firearm on can possess.  It has unparalleled versatility.  With a change in ammunition it can take down large game or small birds. High quality firearms can be found for reasonable prices, ammunit…
    - 35 days ago, 27 Sep 14, 11:46am -
  • Survival Gear Review: V-Line Brute Gun Safe
    If you own a gun, you should own a safe.  There, I said it.  These days, you don’t exactly have to strain the ol’ gray matter to come up with a good reason to keep your firearms secure.  Your domicile or automobile could be broken into and you…
    - 39 days ago, 23 Sep 14, 3:57am -
  • Survival Gear Review: Streamlight TLR-3
    As I sit here typing this out, I have a neat little self-defense package nestled on my hip, residing there quite comfortably:  A Smith & Wesson M&P Compact in .40S&W, with a Streamlight TLR-3 light clamped happily on the accessory rail. The light lo…
    - 43 days ago, 19 Sep 14, 2:34pm -

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…
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  • 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,…
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  • 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

  • newGlad this month is over
    This has been an extraordinary busy month for me with doctors. I sat out clinicals this semester to have carpal tunnel surgery done on each hand, but...
    - 8 hours ago, 1 Nov 14, 1:43am -
  • new6th annual wsf jamboree where are all the people?
    i was just looking at some awesome pics that crashdive posted but where were the people 4 what,s up with that i thought a jamboree consisted od...
    - 12 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 9:45pm -
  • newBraided Soft Shackle
    Here is a very handy soft shackle to hang items from a belt, back pack or for that matter from anyhwhere. Put the knot in one end through the loop in...
    - 14 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 7:52pm -
  • newSome bad news
    A couple weeks ago, my wife noticed a bump on the back of my 6 month old's neck. After a bunch of doctors and a biopsy, they have confirmed it to be...
    - 19 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 3:07pm -
  • newLast Weekend
    I went camping and riding on and near a friends "place". He followed his sister's advice and took all of the equity out of the house and the land and...
    - 19 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 2:31pm -
  • newTraveling Guns
    Been traveling during the past week and found myself swapping guns in and out of the vehicle for the specific trip. Fortunately every state I...
    - 20 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 1:57pm -
  • newdeerskull cerimonial rattle
    im just getting finished on a very ornate cerimonial deerskull rattle. tomorrow deer season opens up here in western mn. so it,s off to the butcher...
    - 22 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 11:23am -
  • newwinter vehicle loadout how do you do yours?
    as for me i live on the western prarie where it can get -50 or worse. so i carry a lot of gear.tow chains,snoshoes,xtra thermals, propane,and...
    - 23 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 10:53am -
  • Sausage stuffed Amanita
    Went for a walk and picked some of the biggest, nicest, firm Amanita calyptroderma i've ever seen. About a pound and a half each. Took the two...
    - 1 day ago, 31 Oct 14, 5:16am -
  • 6th Annual WSF Jamboree Pictures
    Here are some pictures from the Jamboree. Image:...
    - 1 day ago, 31 Oct 14, 2:13am -

Modern Survival Online

  • new4 Foot Gardening Guide……worth the money
    Rourke: I have posted about this before – consider it a reminder. Hello all – Like me you have probably come across one of those “video advertisements” that try to scare the crap out of you and then sell you something. The vast majority of…
    - 10 hours ago, 1 Nov 14, 12:10am -
  • newRecent fitness gains….
    Over the last several weeks I have made some strides working out. Fitness is an aspect of preparedness not often discussed – unless you are a frequent visitor to Ryan’s site. Started getting up and running in the morning. Not long distance – ab…
    - 10 hours ago, 1 Nov 14, 12:10am -
  • From the Desk of John Rourke – October 31st, 2014
    HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!! If you are looking for a scary movie to watch tonight – or over the weekend – check out Incidious: Chapter 2. It is on Netflix and can be rented at a local Redbox. No need to see the first one – it stands alone just fine. I…
    - 1 day ago, 31 Oct 14, 12:15am -
  • Tractor Supply LED Emergency Light
    Went to my local Tractor Supply to get my dogs favorite treats. While walking around looking at all the goodies I came across this multi-LED flashlight priced at $4.99. It came with batteries and had a spring-loaded clip point on it. It also had a ma…
    - 1 day ago, 31 Oct 14, 12:10am -
  • From the Desk of John Rourke – October 30th, 2014
    HAM radio update: I will be taking classes from my local HAM club in December then testing for my licence once the class is over. Looking forward to it so I can actually do some talking on air. My efforts to build a small homemade repeater so as not…
    - 2 days ago, 30 Oct 14, 12:15am -
  • Building a Fire Tube Storage Device
    From Rourke – – > This post originally appeared over at SeasonedCitizenPrepper.com. It can be seen HERE in its original format. By Methane Creator Seems, since I don’t carry everything I need to start a fire in my pocket, I always have to dig a…
    - 2 days ago, 30 Oct 14, 12:10am -
  • From the Desk of John Rourke – October 29th, 2014
    I am about done reading Day by Day Armageddon. Next up is The Remaining – a sorta “zombie” book recommended by longtime reader “Fred”. After reading the more than 1,900 positive reviews I am really looking forward to get my hands on it. ◊…
    - 3 days ago, 29 Oct 14, 12:15am -
  • VIDEO OF THE WEEK: DIY 5,000 gallon water filter for $50
    YouTube is an absolutely incredible source of information on almost anything you can think of. Every week we feature a new video related to a variety of topics such as firearms, first aid, gardening, security, food storage, water filtration….and c…
    - 3 days ago, 29 Oct 14, 12:10am -

The Survival Mom

  • new5 Halloween items to buy for your safety (it’s not what you think!)

    5 Halloween items to buy for your safety (it’s not what you think!)

    Did you know there are several Halloween props that can be useful for your safety? I’m not talking about glow sticks and paper products (although those are great to have) – I’m talking about the makeup, body parts and costumes. Read MoreThe po…
    - 4 hours ago, 1 Nov 14, 6:00am -
  • new5 Tips for Correctly Using Hand Sanitizer (From a Nurse Who Knows)

    5 Tips for Correctly Using Hand Sanitizer (From a Nurse Who Knows)

    1.  Use a large amount. More is better when using hand sanitizer. 2.  Slather the sanitizer between fingers, on front and back of hands, up to your wrists. 3.  Rub the sanitizer vigorously into your hands. 4.  Rub sanitizer under Read MoreThe po…
    - 14 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 7:39pm -
  • Five Ways to Learn New Survival Skills on the Cheap

    Five Ways to Learn New Survival Skills on the Cheap

    As I say over and over to both new and experienced preppers, skills trump stuff. The more you know, the less you need to buy or carry with you. This knowledge also comes in handy should you need to improvise Read MoreThe post Five Ways to Learn New…
    - 1 day ago, 31 Oct 14, 6:00am -
  • Book Review – “Preppers: History and the Cultural Phenomenon” by Lynda King

    Book Review – “Preppers: History and the Cultural Phenomenon” by Lynda King

    Preppers: History and the Cultural Phenomenon is a non-fiction book written by Lynda King, a freelance writer and community preparedness educator. The book was published in 2014 by Prepper Press and is available in paperback and e-book formats. OVERV…
    - 2 days ago, 30 Oct 14, 6:00am -
  • Common Sense Strategies for Teaching Gun Safety: Never Underestimate the Stupid Factor

    Common Sense Strategies for Teaching Gun Safety: Never Underestimate the Stupid Factor

    Our 2 kids began learning how to shoot a .22 rifle when they were 7 and 9 years old. Our approach to the shooting skills and gun safety was very casual and low key. You might have thought we were Read MoreThe post Common Sense Strategies for Teachin…
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  • Halloween Book GIVEAWAY: Zombie and Dystopian Books

    Halloween Book GIVEAWAY: Zombie and Dystopian Books

    I have never been a fan of horror in any form. But somehow, like so many other people, The Walking Dead drew me in, and I became of fan of zombies. Well, zombie books and movies, at least. I’d rather Read MoreThe post Halloween Book GIVEAWAY: Zomb…
    - 4 days ago, 28 Oct 14, 7:00pm -
  • Simple Food Storage Meals for Tight Times: Stock up on three months worth, fast!

    Simple Food Storage Meals for Tight Times: Stock up on three months worth, fast!

    When a summertime monsoon storm is on the way, I quickly track down my kids, bring them indoors, and prepare to hunker down.  It’s a mom-instinct.  We  unplug the computers, make sure all the windows are securely closed and locked, and Read Mor…
    - 4 days ago, 28 Oct 14, 7:31am -
  • Get Started With Food Storage: 24 Meals Everyone Will Love!

    Get Started With Food Storage: 24 Meals Everyone Will Love!

     Get Started With Food Storage! I get asked on a daily basis: How do I get started with food storage? It can be very confusing because everyone you ask will give you a different answer! I’m not professing to have the best Read MoreThe post Get…
    - 5 days ago, 27 Oct 14, 4:00pm -
  • Lodge Cast Iron GIVEAWAY!

    Lodge Cast Iron GIVEAWAY!

    Over the past couple of years, I have fallen in love with my cast iron skillets and Durch oven. My son swears that the best peach cobbler in the world comes only from a Dutch oven over a campfire! Along Read MoreThe post Lodge Cast Iron GIVEAWAY! by…
    - 5 days ago, 27 Oct 14, 8:17am -
  • Merry Christmas Cox’s Honey Giveaway

    Merry Christmas Cox’s Honey Giveaway

    The holidays are right around the corner so what better way than to have Cox’s Honey involved in a giveaway again! This giveaway is a little different. We will have one winner chosen through our Rafflecopter system. Then that winner Read MoreThe p…
    - 5 days ago, 27 Oct 14, 7:30am -

Florida Hillbilly

  • 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 days ago, 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.…
    - 37 days ago, 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…
    - 46 days ago, 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.…
    - 64 days ago, 29 Aug 14, 12:50pm -
  • Peace, Love, and Preparedness
    [popunder-popup id="1"]I was exchanging emails with what has turned out to be my latest advertiser, CampingSurvival.com. While finishing a reply, I signed off in my typical fashion, “Peace, db”, and laughed to myself about how much of a hippie I…
    - 79 days ago, 14 Aug 14, 12:57pm -
  • Product Review: Altai’s MF Tactical Boots
    From time to time, I am contacted to review products, some good, some not so good. I won’t review a product I wouldn’t try to use regularly, and won’t review products that aren’t realistic. When I get a request to review an item that “dupli…
    - 93 days ago, 31 Jul 14, 1:57pm -
  • How to Cook The ULTIMATE Steak
    (For Kip, as requested.)The ULTIMATE steak (or pork chop…or chicken…or fish….) …A bold statement for anyone. More so when you realize how un-picky of an eater I am. Until I started eating Paleo (no grains, legumes, or refined sugars), it…
    - 10 Jul 14, 10:00am -
  • Book Review: Sanctuary by G. Michael Hopf
    When I’m contacted about reviewing a book, I normally have the same dread. In reading a book to review, I normally come to the end of the book, only to find there is going to be another book in the series…and I have to wait to find out what happe…
    - 30 Jun 14, 3:08pm -
  • Book Review: Forsaking Home (The Survivalist Series)
    Last December, I reviewed the first three books of the Survivalist Series. I had been contacted by the great folks over at TLC Book Tours, a book promoting firm. The storyline follows Morgan Carter as he is traveling several hours drive away from hom…
    - 23 Jun 14, 2:12pm -
  • The Fastest Way to Sharpen a Knife
    (Here is an old article I wrote way back when. If you are like 90% of the households out there, your knives are dull. Here is a quick-fix for that issue. )In my post reviewing the Mora Companion knife, I mentioned the Smith Abrasives 2-Step Knife Sh…
    - 18 Jun 14, 12:05pm -

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

  • How to cope and be resilient to stress

    How to cope and be resilient to stress

    In the previous article I highlighted the three sources of stress . In the this article I will focus on how YOU can avoid stress. I highlighted many times on the site, that the best strategy to resilience is not needing it. A good performing athlet…
    - 42 days ago, 20 Sep 14, 6:53pm -
  • Common sources of stress – build your resilience against them

    Common sources of stress – build your resilience against them

    Waking up fresh every morning, felling fully energized and ready to enjoy another day of living needs resilience. Resilience to recover from the stress of the day before. “If your problem has a solution why are you stressed ? Why stress about a pro…
    - 42 days ago, 20 Sep 14, 6:45pm -
  • What are we here for ? What is the reason for being alive ? What is our true purpose ?

    What are we here for ? What is the reason for being alive ? What is our true purpose ?

    These questions have occupied my thoughts for some time. It took a while to find the answer, but I did. The answer is an explanation to how to get a sense of purpose not how to achieve purpose. Achieving purpose is, different for all of us, but the a…
    - 55 days ago, 7 Sep 14, 7:40pm -
  • The Chicago Plan : Resilience to our financial system.

    The Chicago Plan : Resilience to our financial system.

    Those of you who follow the economic sphere have frequently heard the names Keynes and Hayek mentioned. Keynes was an economist who advocated for wide state intervention during an economic down turn while Hayek advocated a no touch approach to the m…
    - 59 days ago, 3 Sep 14, 5:41am -
  • ¿Son tus planes de pensiones fuertes como para tener un futuro positivo (Parte 1)?

    ¿Son tus planes de pensiones fuertes como para tener un futuro positivo (Parte 1)?

    ¿Son tus planes de pensiones fuertes como para tener un futuro positivo (Parte 1)? ¿Podrán tus planes de prejubilación cumplir con todos los deseos que el futuro dará a la humanidad? En este artículo exploramos todo lo que podría presentarse e…
    - 59 days ago, 3 Sep 14, 5:00am -
  • Health and your Resilience – snippets
    Things I learnt and inspired me this week : (Disclaimer:  I am not a medical professional) Bile stones can be removed naturally check this out : http://www.quackwatch.com/01QuackeryRelatedTopics/flushes.html Our gut contains neurons, and some scien…
    - 59 days ago, 3 Sep 14, 4:46am -
  • The Perils and Solutions to Victim Hood

    The Perils and Solutions to Victim Hood

    Victimhood is a self-reinforcing mental framework which leads to a constant search to picture ourselves as being the victims of someone or something. Victimhood, is comfortable as a mental state. In this state we give responsibility to our ills to so…
    - 94 days ago, 30 Jul 14, 8:50pm -
  • Which country in Europe gives you the highest resilience ? (Part 1)

    Which country in Europe gives you the highest resilience ? (Part 1)

    This article is not about which country is the most resilient, but which geographical location within Europe gives you personally the most resilience. Europe is an interesting continent. Interesting because of variety, history, culture and relative s…
    - 14 Jun 14, 6:09pm -
  • Business Start-up Resilience

    Business Start-up Resilience

    The path to your financial independence will involve the creation of a business, either active (shop) or passive (rental income). These sources of income will need to be resilient themselves, in order to offer you resilience in terms of your income.…
    - 9 Jun 14, 11:35am -
  • Are your retirement plans resilient to a positive future (Part 1) ?

    Are your retirement plans resilient to a positive future (Part 1) ?

    Will your early retirement plans be able to ride all the good things that the future will bring to humanity ? In this article we explore all the good things that could be coming our way in the next 20 years. Early retirement, is a process where one a…
    - 3 Jun 14, 6:11pm -

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…
    - 94 days ago, 30 Jul 14, 12:18pm -
  • DIY Vinegar: How to make Vinegar
    (Photo courtesy of girlgonegranola.blogspot.com) 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 -
  • PREPPER RESOURCE PAGE UPDATE
    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

  • GORP: The better bug out bag survival food
    Many people choose dehydrated food or prepackaged survival food for their backpack or bug out bag. I have a solution that gives you more calories and protein per pound and is cheaper and even healthier.You're reading GORP: The better bug out bag sur…
    - 8 days ago, 24 Oct 14, 9:29pm -
  • Surviving a blizzard or winter storm without power
    Surviving at home for a while during a severe winter storm isn't all that difficult if you've planned ahead - even if the power goes out.You're reading Surviving a blizzard or winter storm without power, originally posted at Graywolf Survival - Comm…
    - 10 days ago, 22 Oct 14, 8:47pm -
  • The threat you face from Ebola and what you can do about it (Updated)
    The Ebola virus problem has been escalating out of control in Africa and is now spread to the West. ... How worried should you really be? ... What can you do to prepare?You're reading The threat you face from Ebola and what you can do about it (Upda…
    - 10 days ago, 22 Oct 14, 1:01am -
  • How to survive an EMP/CME – Part 3: How to prepare
    The threat of an EMP/CME to our society is very real and most people and governments are woefully unprepared. Here's what you should do to start preparing.You're reading How to survive an EMP/CME – Part 3: How to prepare, originally posted at Gray…
    - 11 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 4:10pm -
  • 5 discreet weapons you can carry (almost) anywhere
    You can't always carry a weapon to defend yourself but with a little creativity and some training, there are many discreet weapons you can improvise.You're reading 5 discreet weapons you can carry (almost) anywhere, originally posted at Graywolf Sur…
    - 12 days ago, 19 Oct 14, 11:07pm -
  • Your own vehicle surveillance camera – the G1W-C 1080P
    Having your own vehicle surveillance camera to document your bug out route, cache locations, or traffic altercation is pretty inexpensive these days. You're reading Your own vehicle surveillance camera – the G1W-C 1080P, originally posted at Grayw…
    - 18 days ago, 14 Oct 14, 12:53am -
  • 5.11 Rush 72 tactical backpack review – the perfect bug out bag?
    If you ask a forum or group about the best bug out bag, the 5.11 Rush 72 seems to be the go-to bag of choice. It's a great bag but is it the best choice for bugging out?You're reading 5.11 Rush 72 tactical backpack review – the perfect bug out bag…
    - 24 days ago, 8 Oct 14, 1:34am -
  • How to communicate when the world goes silent
    So if cell phones stopped working, how would you communicate? What if an EMP wiped out all electronics? How would you find your family or get help during a disaster or if SHTF?You're reading How to communicate when the world goes silent, originally…
    - 42 days ago, 20 Sep 14, 6:47pm -
  • 12 essential survival items under $12
    Quality survival gear isn't always expensive. By choosing carefully, you can find gear for your kit or as a gift. Here are 12 essentials for your bug out bag or camping equipment.You're reading 12 essential survival items under $12, originally poste…
    - 43 days ago, 19 Sep 14, 7:34pm -
  • Mpowerd Luci inflatable emergency solar lantern review
    Mpowerd sent me a Luci inflatable emergency solar lantern to do a review. It has some really strong points and a few weaknesses. Read my review here.You're reading Mpowerd Luci inflatable emergency solar lantern review, originally posted at Graywolf…
    - 46 days ago, 15 Sep 14, 10:57pm -

Rural Revolution

  • newGod bless honest people
    Had a bit of a scare yesterday at Costco.The girls and I were in Spokane for our regular "city day" activities -- French lessons, grocery shopping, etc. At Costco I was fortunate to find a parking space fairly close to the building. The kids electe…
    - 6 hours ago, 1 Nov 14, 3:55am -
  • Picking potatoes
    Last week we finally got the potatoes picked. We had the threat of rain to motivate us and I knew I couldn't put off digging potatoes any longer. The vines had died but as long as the ground was dry, I knew the taters wouldn't rot. But once the so…
    - 2 days ago, 30 Oct 14, 3:55am -
  • Splitting firewood plus thoughts about Hillary
    Saturday seemed like our last gasp of warm weather for the year. It reached a rather dazzling 72F, very unusual for late October. Yesterday, however, the temperature never topped 40F. It was a good day for doing firewood.We've had the woodstove go…
    - 3 days ago, 29 Oct 14, 4:48pm -
  • Where do you live?
    In reading a recent link from The Prepper Journal (linked from SurvivalBlog), I was stopped in my tracks by the following map:The caption to this map reads: Half Of The United States Lives In These CountiesThis was so riveting that I called Don and t…
    - 5 days ago, 27 Oct 14, 7:33pm -
  • Fun and games
    For the last few weeks, the girls have been busy putting together costumes to attend Pac Con (described on the website as "the region's largest Pop Culture and Comic Convention attracting fans of TV, film, comics, anime, animation, art and collectabl…
    - 5 days ago, 27 Oct 14, 1:12am -
  • Six degrees
    Sorry I've been so uncommunicative on the blog lately, but it seems we're going through a busy spell with multiple deadlines and away-from-home commitments. I just haven't had much time to get creative.One of my deadlines was today's WND column enti…
    - 7 days ago, 25 Oct 14, 1:45am -
  • Picking pears
    We've had a dry spell that's made me kinda complacent about harvesting the last of the garden goodies, but it needed to get done; so last week I finally got around to picking the pears.Because the pear tree had been hooked up to the drip irrigation s…
    - 9 days ago, 23 Oct 14, 4:10am -
  • Chuckle du Jour
    I saw this and cracked up.
    - 10 days ago, 22 Oct 14, 1:58pm -
  • What books would you bring?
    On SurvivalBlog a couple of days ago, there was an interesting mental exercise about what books you would choose if you were tasked with preserving western culture against some sort of apocalyptic destruction of literature. The author listed many pra…
    - 11 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 3:21am -
  • Another daughter and one of THOSE days
    Our friend GG, who makes such ethereal and beautiful jewelry pieces, is staying with us for a few weeks. We're so tickled!GG's folks live across the country now, so frankly we thought we'd never see her again after she left boarding school. But an…
    - 13 days ago, 19 Oct 14, 2:24pm -

Last Minute Survival

Learn How To Be Prepared

  • MEDIEVAL CARNEVIL 666
    There is an ancient theory that has been held by the Egyptians that the magnetic influence of the Sun and the orbs known as stars, the alignment of planets and the synchronization of time influences the way mankind goes about the business of being hu…
    - 17 days ago, 15 Oct 14, 12:26am -
  • Prepping in the 15th century: An ancient underground shelter discovered and you won’t believe how deep it goes.
    In 1963, a man in the Nevşehir Province of Turkey knocked down a wall of his home. Behind it, he discovered a mysterious room and soon discovered an intricate tunnel system with additional cave-like rooms. What he had discovered was the ancient D…
    - 61 days ago, 1 Sep 14, 7:40am -
  • CREATING A CLIMATE OF FEAR
    Lately, I have fallen prey to the diatribes of those that call themselves progressives and they are all too happy to declare me an extremist and a fear monger. These so called informers are here to tell me that since I am heard on stations that produ…
    - 65 days ago, 28 Aug 14, 1:57am -
  • We Found Life In Outer Space and even Scientists Aren’t Sure How It Got There— adding fuel to the question did we actually come from space?
    While the world tackles ebola and wide spread war, recently there has been a rather amazing discovery and it has been stepped over by the news. Russian cosmonauts have discovered something remarkable clinging to the outside of the International Space…
    - 66 days ago, 27 Aug 14, 9:46pm -
  • What’s new in the Ground Zero Store?
    Greetings! It’s been a busy month at Prepare Your Ground Zero. We have been working hard to roll out some new features for our customers, both past and present. First,  Welcome to the Ground Zero Store Club! I wanted to find a good way to add some…
    - 67 days ago, 26 Aug 14, 8:41pm -

Learn to Prepare

  • Essential Emergency Kit Information & Advice
    By Denis Korn                                                                                                    This post – Essential Emergency Kit…
    - 2 days ago, 30 Oct 14, 3:55am -
  • Essential Checklist for Emergency Preparedness & Outdoor Adventure Planning – Including Vehicle Preparedness – Latest Update
    By Denis Korn                                                                                                                    NOTE:…
    - 32 days ago, 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…
    - 66 days ago, 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…
    - 94 days ago, 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 -
  • Why Are So Many Christians Being Called To Prepare?
    By Denis KornThe time is appropriate to share an article written prior to Y2K.  The title was the original title – Today it could be expanded to ask: Why Are So Many People of Diverse Communities Being Called to Prepare? While this was written 1…
    - 1 Jun 14, 4:21am -
  • What Are The Most Important Elements of Preparedness?
    By Denis KornThere is an extraordinary fixation in our current culture with all the trappings of physical survival – given the perception of imminent collapse, chaos and oppression.  The degree of hysteria and response to this phenomena is unprec…
    - 1 May 14, 4:55am -
  • Beginning & Improving Preparedness Planning – Another Look
    By Denis KornFor the finest in preparedness products you are encouraged to visit PrepareDirect. It is time once again to evaluate one of the Foundational Articles.  I have presented here a simple and concise guide to the preparedness process.  Yo…
    - 1 Apr 14, 5:36am -
  • 7 Things Every Reputable Food Reserve Company Needs to Tell You!
    By Denis Korn You must trust the company that provides you with the food you and your family will require during an emergencyI first wrote this article in 2012 and it is just as relevant today – if not more so – than it was then.  I continue t…
    - 1 Mar 14, 5:14am -
  • A Critical Evaluation of Foods for Emergency Preparedness

    - 1 Feb 14, 3:04am -

Mike Marlow's Survival Blog

  • More Mouths To Feed
    That’s right, we have more additions to the family. No, Marisa isn’t pregnant. We ordered our chickens today! We had to make some changes to what we had originally planned on getting. We were planning on ordering from Murray Mcmurray […] ↓ Re…
    - 3 Feb 14, 6:43am -
  • Sausages, Seeds & a Greenhouse
    This has been a busy week. My work is picking up & I had quite a few new patients. Marisa’s work was really busy last week too. The weather has been crazy around here, warm & then freezing cold. but […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry...(Visited…
    - 27 Jan 14, 8:46am -
  • Waiting on Spring!
    I’ve been looking at seed catalogs, chicken catalogs, looking at ads for meat rabbits…. I’m ready for the weather to warm up so we can start of some of our outdoor projects. I went to my first beekeepers association meeting […] ↓ Read the r…
    - 14 Jan 14, 6:16am -
  • Annnnnnnnd… WE’RE BACK!
    I can’t believe that September 3rd was the last post I made on here! Lots of things have been changing for us since I posted last. The girls turned 2! We’ve moved, and have a place with more land, and […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry...(Visi…
    - 10 Jan 14, 11:00am -
  • Are Americans Really As Stupid As We Appear?
    Well, here we are again – right in the middle of a bunch of crap in the Middle East that’s none of our business. Obama has been posturing & trying to figure out what to do, and the rest of […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry...(Visited 228 time…
    - 4 Sep 13, 12:06am -

Mama Kautz

  • newRecap of 31 Days of Essential Oils
    Phew! We made it! All 31 days….Well, except for Day 15 & 28….I will get to those eventually. My goal was to help you learn about essential oils. I hope that I have achieved that goal. As a thank you for sticking by me. I would like to send a trav…
    - 23 hours ago, 31 Oct 14, 11:00am -
  • Front Porch Friday
    Welcome to the Halloween Edition of Front Porch Friday! Mama Kautz and PreparednessMama are your hostesses with the mostesses. This weeks featured posts: Mama K chose Strangers and Pilgrims FREE Printable Essentials List for your pantry. Shelle Prepa…
    - 1 day ago, 31 Oct 14, 7:05am -
  • Replacing OTC with EO’s
    This is where I share how I have gotten rid of the manufactured over-the-counter medications. I have replaced them with oils. When I say “I’ve Got and Oil for That,” it’s true. There is an oil for whatever ails ya. Best ‘side effect’ is t…
    - 2 days ago, 30 Oct 14, 11:00am -
  • Lemon, Lavender, and Peppermint: Let me Count the Ways
    Lemon A Cure for Laundry Neglect. Lemon essential oil takes out ALL odor when you forget and leave your load of laundry in the washer way too long! Tame Oozy, Sappy Trees. Whether the sap is on your carpet, clothes or seeped into your skin, lemon oil…
    - 3 days ago, 29 Oct 14, 11:00am -
  • Shot Glass Remedies
    You have probably figured out by now I am all about natural remedies. Not all remedies are in a pill. Although, you could make most of these in a veggie cap. You can’t make veggie caps ahead of time because they will dissolve. Let me know if you ha…
    - 5 days ago, 27 Oct 14, 11:00am -
  • Holiday Honey!
    Merry Christmas Coxs Honey Giveaway The holidays are right around the corner so what better way than to have Coxs Honey involved in a giveaway again! This giveaway is a little different. We will have one winner chosen through our Rafflecopter system.…
    - 5 days ago, 27 Oct 14, 11:00am -
  • Fighting Depression with Essential Oils
    Essential Oils are often used for aromatherapy. I have had anxiety and/or depression at different times in my life. I can honestly say I am now managing my issues with oils and supplements. I did wean myself off of medication, over a year ago, succes…
    - 6 days ago, 26 Oct 14, 11:00am -
  • How to Make your Own Essential Oil Roller Blend
    Making your own roller bottle blend is so easy and affordable. There are many options for different blends. Not all will work with everybody so sometimes you need to play around with the oils. Remember chemistry class? Ya, me either, but you get the…
    - 7 days ago, 25 Oct 14, 11:00am -
  • Essential Oils on Your Homestead
    This may just be me, but after getting chickens…..and goats….and pig….I had a hard time keeping the entry to the house smelling nice. Read dirty Bogs. (if you don’t know what Bogs are go here to see what mine look like) We don’t have a mudr…
    - 8 days ago, 24 Oct 14, 11:00am -
  • Front Porch Friday
    Welcome to another edition of Front Porch Friday! Mama Kautz and PreparednessMama are your hostesses with the mostesses. This weeks featured posts: Shelle PreparednessMama likes the new series that Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth has started. This week…
    - 8 days ago, 24 Oct 14, 7:05am -

Modern Day Redneck

  • Phase 1, Part 1 - It's A Start
    We decided not to cook this weekend and work on the house. I am glad I did because next weekend we will be spending it getting ready to travel to the World Championship Chili Cookoff for a week.We got the floor between the buildings framed in and alo…
    - 12 days ago, 20 Oct 14, 1:05pm -
  • Time To Get Busy
    We finally got our buildings moved in and set in place. The one on the left (12X24)was my wood shop and the other one (10X16) was my garden shed. Now the one on the left will be my kitchen and living room and the one on the right will be my bedroom.…
    - 19 days ago, 13 Oct 14, 4:08pm -
  • It's A Chili Thing, You Wouldn't Understand
    The weather could not have been any better.Saturday morning it was 43 degrees, the windows of the camper were open, the fan on high. She was cold, I was in heaven.This is chili weather, nobody argued that. The first weekend of the new chili year and…
    - 26 days ago, 6 Oct 14, 5:31pm -
  • A Quick Two Weeks
    Wow! It has been two weeks and I haven't posted one thing. It sure went by quick.Here is a quick recap of what we have been up to.We made the trip to College Station for my oldest daughter Jessie's Ring Ceremony.She got the Gold!!!! When the girls we…
    - 32 days ago, 30 Sep 14, 1:28pm -
  • Going Out In Style
    Last weekend we did a two day cook off in the little town of St. JoThis was our last cook off of the Chili year and what a way to finish.Our year runs from October 1st to September 30th. In that year you can cook at as many cook offs as you want, its…
    - 46 days ago, 16 Sep 14, 7:59pm -
  • It's About Time
    Finally, I think summer is over.Three days ago it was 101 degrees and today it's only going to be a high of 73. Also a little rain came in with the cold front so it's twice as good.Tonight we are loading up for a weekend of Chili cooking in St Jo Tex…
    - 50 days ago, 12 Sep 14, 1:12pm -
  • Chugging Along
    Even though things are quiet in my neck of the woods we are still chugging along.It's been hot, too hot to really get excited about much. I have seen hotter Texas summers, but when it's hovering right at the century mark every day it's still too hot…
    - 54 days ago, 8 Sep 14, 12:31pm -
  • Dreams Do Come True
    We all have our ideas and dreams for our children. Some work out and others, not so much.After a certain time in the child's life we can no longer control the dreams and goals we had for them. I think it's around the time they start to have future id…
    - 74 days ago, 19 Aug 14, 8:07pm -
  • Tiny House Progress
    Next weekend we will be moving our trailer to the place where we are building our Tiny House.First we had to get electricity, got that. Then we had to run the water, got that done Friday night. Then we had to install a septic system, done Saturday an…
    - 75 days ago, 18 Aug 14, 2:08pm -
  • It Was A Long Way
    We drove 5.5 hours to cook chili, now that is dedication.Out of the 36 cooks, 20 or so were form the Great State of Texas, and Texas took home the first place trophy again this year. Among the 36 were 5 world champions and almost all of the top ten r…
    - 89 days ago, 4 Aug 14, 2:43pm -

My Family Survival Plan

  • Urban Rafting For Survival: DIY Raft
    Let’s start with the usual idea that we’re either preparing for a potential situation (which is what we’re all about here, right?) or you find yourself in the middle of a situation that needs to be addressed as surviving through it.The post Ur…
    - 2 days ago, 30 Oct 14, 7:52am -
  • Uses for Borax
    Sodium tetraborate decahydrate. It may sound like a highly volatile, complicated, and dangerous chemical composition, but in reality it's a natural mineral made of simple things like sodium and boron. Inexpensive and readily The post Uses for Borax…
    - 5 days ago, 27 Oct 14, 10:33am -
  • 5 discreet weapons you can carry (almost) anywhere
    Let’s face it: it would be nice to be able to carry a concealed firearm with you wherever you go to be able to protect yourself and your family from any of the millions of crazy people in the world who don’t have your best interest in mind. Unfor…
    - 8 days ago, 24 Oct 14, 3:02pm -
  • 17 Clever Food Storage Tricks
    If you’re like most of us, building your food storage out can be a daunting proposition. Not only can it be costly, but it also requires figuring out what kind of food to store, when it needs to be rotated, how much to buy per person, and more.The…
    - 8 days ago, 24 Oct 14, 6:06am -
  • Everyday Essentials: The Many Uses of Soap
    And because it's so affordable, soap makes an excellent addition to any prepper's stockpile. Here's a look at just a few uses of soap in and around the house. Make sure to comment with any other ideas you've found for bar soaps.The post Everyday Ess…
    - 9 days ago, 23 Oct 14, 11:03am -
  • Preparedness: Getting Your Loved Ones Involved in Your Prepping
    Luckily, there are some simple steps you can take to bring your loved ones around to your viewpoint, and even get them interested in turning preparedness into something that brings you closer together as a family.The post Preparedness: Getting Your…
    - 11 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 1:30pm -

Command Zero

  • Gear – ‘Seek’ thermal camera attachment.
    Ok, this is, like, ten shades of cool. Here’s a few articles for background: Heat seeker: Meet the thermal-imaging camera you can afford The Seek Thermal Infrared Camera for iPhone and Android Seek Thermal, a $199 Thermal Imaging Camera for … Con…
    - 1 day ago, 31 Oct 14, 1:40am -
  • End of the world practical joke
    Rather clever. Succinctly, they take a superduper HD 82″ television and set it up in an office environment to replace a window. As people sit for the interview, they see the ‘window’ behind the interviewer showing a calm city scene…until ……
    - 2 days ago, 30 Oct 14, 3:27am -
  • “Collapse” – The post-apocalyptic card game
    While I’ll be the first to agree that the end of the world will not be all sunshine-n-stun-grenades, the fantasy apocalyptic worlds can be entertaining. Collapse is a deck building card game for 2-4 players set in the final months … Continue read…
    - 4 days ago, 28 Oct 14, 5:46am -
  • Link – The Post-Apocalyptic World Sucks Balls
    It is an interesting thing to contemplate a post-apocalyptic existence but , as this link tells us, if you really wanna try and live in a Mad Max world you can do it easily today with just a plane ticket … Continue reading →
    - 5 days ago, 27 Oct 14, 6:31am -
  • Article – Mussolini air raid shelter opens to tourists
    Seventy years old and it appears in better shape than many more recently made bomb shelters I’ve seen. ROME (AP) — A Roman villa’s wine cellar, which was converted into an air raid shelter for Benito Mussolini and the Italian … Continue readi…
    - 7 days ago, 25 Oct 14, 8:49pm -
  • Admin – some recovery
    Well, the database backup was a complete waste of time. But….what many of you don’t know is that I originally started blogging on LiveJournal (by the  by, thats how I met my wife.) Well, for quite a while I had … Continue reading →
    - 7 days ago, 25 Oct 14, 7:38am -
  • Article – Fake Silver Coins: 12 Ways to Spot Counterfeits
    A friend of mine once told me that among the sage advice her mother gave her was this gem: “Always know your dealer”. Our benevolent trading partners, the Chinese, have quite the industry selling fake silver and gold bullion. If … Continue read…
    - 7 days ago, 25 Oct 14, 3:18am -
  • Still working on it
    Still working on it , guys. Be patient. One way or another, this is gonna be wrapped up over the next few days. The losses, though…..still working on that. Not sure what exactly happened. As you guys know there was … Continue reading →
    - 8 days ago, 24 Oct 14, 7:03pm -
  • The Walking Dead
    Originally published at Notes From The Bunker. You can comment here or there. I was wondering when they were going to tie up that loose end. Also: Best. Apartment. Ever.   ETA: Behind the scenes tour of the apartment. Spoilerific. … Continue readi…
    - 4 Mar 13, 9:12pm -
  • Video – “Enjoy Better- Clean Up” Walking Dead teaser
    Originally published at Notes From The Bunker. You can comment here or there. I hadnt seen this promo for The Walking Dead…….
    - 1 Mar 13, 5:17pm -

Outdoor Quest

  • The Best Compass
    Frequently people will ask what is the best compass a hiker can buy?  It really does make a difference.My answer is that first I'll eliminate all the small ball and wrist watch compasses.  Those models just cannot provide accurate azimuth/bearing i…
    - 1 day ago, 30 Oct 14, 10:39pm -
  • The Basics of a Topographic Map
    Reviewing a topographic map is usually the starting point for the planning of any back country trip.  A topographic map is your road map to the outdoors.  It provides you information at a scale that is meaningful and detailed.  For years, the US G…
    - 3 days ago, 29 Oct 14, 9:00am -
  • GPS Setup - Map Datum
    Map Datum is a critical GPS setting.In my land navigation classes I emphasize that hiking groups should all be on the “same page” regarding the set-up options of their GPS receivers. There are several essential steps that ensure accurate…
    - 4 days ago, 28 Oct 14, 1:34pm -
  • Communications In An Emergency
    Is there a national level way to communicate with friends and family in an emergency?  The answer is yes.We often think of the American Red Cross (ARC) as a group of volunteers that coordinates blood drives, hands out blankets and provides meals…
    - 5 days ago, 27 Oct 14, 6:38pm -
  • Sources of Reference for the Backcountry Hiker
    There is a lot of reference material published and online that the backcountry traveler has access to.Outdoor Quest imageThere are some that are no longer valid or are just plain inaccurate.  For example, one major magazine publication had an articl…
    - 8 days ago, 23 Oct 14, 10:45pm -
  • New Web Site
    I left my old web host and have migrated from a 10 year old micro soft office product to Word Press.Please take a look a www.outdoorquest.biz and let me know what you think.  Please post your comments on this blog.Thank you
    - 12 days ago, 20 Oct 14, 1:58pm -
  • Backcountry Travel Off The Beaten Path
    I just finished teaching a land navigation class at the local community college.  I had lots of questions about hiking off the beaten path; bushwacking through the backcountry.  I paused my presentation to capture the moment by engaging the student…
    - 15 days ago, 17 Oct 14, 2:16pm -
  • A Hiker's Clothing Base Layer
    Fall is here and people are searching for information about selecting the right base layer clothing for backcountry travel; underwear for the hiker.  There are lots of options and some aren't worth your time or money.  In late November 2013 my loca…
    - 17 days ago, 15 Oct 14, 1:45pm -
  • CALTOPO - Free Mapping Software
    This post is about a relatively new mapping program for hikers and hunters.  I met the software devloper late last month at the Pacific Northwest SARCON held near Portland Oregon.  Matt  Jacobs has developed a very sophisticated and robust prog…
    - 18 days ago, 14 Oct 14, 7:29pm -
  • Tips on Getting Accurate Compass Readings - Part 1
     The following  suggestions on getting accurate compass readings is from Basic Land Navigation (by the National Wildfire Coordination Group.)Tips on Getting Accurate Compass ReadingsA small error when using a compass can result in a significant er…
    - 23 days ago, 9 Oct 14, 12:00pm -

Paul Kirtley's Blog

  • Careful With Your Carrots: A Case In Point
    The wild carrot, Daucus carota, is a widespread and relatively common species, native to Europe and Asia. It has been introduced and naturalised in Australia and North America, where it is often referred to as Queen Anne’s Lace. This species also l…
    - 9 days ago, 23 Oct 14, 1:40am -
  • Planning An Overseas Wilderness Journey
    To me, the attraction of going further afield boils down to the differences that other geographies offer that the UK might not. On the face of it, this is an obvious statement. But before you just stick a pin the map at random, I think it’s impo…
    - 13 days ago, 19 Oct 14, 3:30pm -
  • Enter A Virtuous Circle: Take Your Bushcraft Skills On An Adventure
    We were sitting high up in a mountain valley overlooking trees and surrounded by peaks. We’d set up our tents on a small, relatively flat, grassy area. The nearby stream provided us with water and we had collected up some firewood. As our small cam…
    - 20 days ago, 12 Oct 14, 3:50pm -
  • A Night In The Woods
    I'm often asked about bushcraft skills and camp set ups for heading into the woods for a weekend. Quite a few readers of this blog - and viewers of my YouTube channel - have asked for articles/videos regarding skills to help with getting out into th…
    - 29 days ago, 3 Oct 14, 8:35am -
  • The Stagger Inn: Portrait Of A Wilderness Cabin
    Wilderness cabins, huts, hytte, cottages, bothies – whatever your name for these footholds in the wilds – are intriguing places. They tell you something of their owners and users. They can also inform you about the environment in which they are p…
    - 32 days ago, 30 Sep 14, 11:52am -
  • Bloodvein River Trip – My Personal Gear
    People are always interested in other people’s gear. It’s certainly an area I’m asked a lot of questions about. As I get older, I’m less and less interested in outdoor clothing and equipment for any reason other than function and reliability.…
    - 40 days ago, 22 Sep 14, 3:35am -
  • Six Men, Three Boats and The Bloodvein: Canoeing A Wilderness River
    Rory, our pilot – about one third the age of the de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver he was flying – took the plane into a banked turn as we descended towards Artery Lake. About 31 minutes earlier we had taken off from Red Lake. Malcolm was the other passe…
    - 43 days ago, 19 Sep 14, 3:24pm -
  • How To Find A Place To Practice Bushcraft Skills In The UK
    At some stage, we all want to find somewhere we can go to practice our bushcraft skills. Yet land ownership, laws, bylaws, regulations and access codes limit us in what can be done where. This article shares ideas, considerations and case studies on…
    - 66 days ago, 26 Aug 14, 10:59pm -
  • Nutritional Breakdown of the PLCE Side Pocket Menu
    I thought it would be useful to have a further look at the macro nutritional balance of the PLCE side pocket menu outlined in a previous article and video. In particular I thought it worthwhile to lay out an analysis of the amounts of carbohydrate, f…
    - 2 Jul 14, 10:06pm -
  • How To Pack Enough Food For A Week In A PLCE Side Pocket
    In a previous video I packed up all of the kit that I take when I working on UK bushcraft courses or camping in that way. It’s my typical baseline northern temperate kit. It all fits easily into a Karrimor Sabre 45 with side pockets, with room to s…
    - 25 Jun 14, 8:43pm -

Prep Blog

  • Ebola spread shows no sign of slowing down
    The latest WHO situation report on Ebola gives the number of cases (as of 27 Oct 2014) as 13,703. That figure is more than double the number of cases of one month ago. For the past several months, the number … Continue reading →
    - 2 days ago, 30 Oct 14, 2:45pm -
  • Top 5 Inexpensive Guns for Home Defense
    These are my picks, based on effectiveness, cost, and reliability. If you disagree with any of my picks, feel free to opine to the contrary in the comments section. 1. Hi-Point Pistol Caliber Carbine in .40 S&W The Hi-Point 4095TS … Continue readin…
    - 5 days ago, 27 Oct 14, 4:32pm -
  • The Purge: Anarchy — Prepper’s Movie Review

    - 9 days ago, 23 Oct 14, 7:43pm -
  • DIY Pandemic Preparedness Kit
    This kit is not specific to any particular disease or type of infection. It is a suggested do-it-yourself kit for bacterial and viral diseases in general. The scenario this kit envisions is a widespread disease and a temporary inability to … Contin…
    - 12 days ago, 20 Oct 14, 3:06pm -
  • Convincing Friends and Family to Prep
    It is a good idea, to try to convince others to become a prepper? Or is the most likely result an “epic fail”? Butch got me interested in prepping. So he succeeded in convincing his friend to prep. But on … Continue reading →
    - 15 days ago, 17 Oct 14, 2:32pm -

Prepper Recon

  • newFriday Night at The Movies- The Coming Stock Market Crash
    Tonight’s movie is an interview with Jim Rickards on the coming crash. It’s loaded with great info! Do you have a great YouTube channel that you watch regularly or video that you think would be a great pick for Friday […] ↓ Read the rest of t…
    - 8 hours ago, 1 Nov 14, 1:56am -
  • Prepper Recon on Patriot Radio with Matt Shea and John Jacob Schmidt
    I’m back in the hot seat today as the guest on Patriot Radio for Prepper Friday. John Jacob Schmidt of Radio Free Redoubt and Washington State Representative Matt Shea are the hosts of Patriot Radio which airs every Monday through […] ↓ Read th…
    - 3 days ago, 29 Oct 14, 2:45am -
  • Podcast- Your Vote Counts in Local Elections-Washington State Rep. David Taylor
    Washington State Representative David Taylor joins me today to talk about how important it is to get involved in local government and vote. Because your vote is not as diluted as it is in a presidential election, it can really […] ↓ Read the rest…
    - 5 days ago, 27 Oct 14, 12:11pm -
  • Sunday Prepper Bible Study- I Peter 4:10

    - 6 days ago, 26 Oct 14, 3:15pm -
  • Friday Night at The Movies- Don’t Tread on Me

    - 7 days ago, 25 Oct 14, 2:48am -
  • Good News/Bad News
    Which one do you want first? The good news? Okay. The good news is we’ve switched over to Libsyn for our podcast host. This should put an end to the issues we’ve been having for the past two weeks with […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry...The…
    - 8 days ago, 24 Oct 14, 5:00am -
  • Podcast- Reader Mailbag- Americanism and ISIS Origins
    Today’s reader mailbag letter comes from Scott in Oklahoma. I discuss teaching kids about Americanism and the origins of ISIS. Today’s Prepper Recon Podcast sponsor is CampingSurvival.com. Whether your plan is to bug in or bug out, they have all…
    - 10 days ago, 22 Oct 14, 12:40am -
  • Podcast Repost-James Wesley Rawles- Ebola Could Trigger Collapse

    - 11 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 3:04am -
  • Podcast Repost-Building Resiliency- Dakota Hughes
    Last week, we had a serious issue with our podcasting host, Blubrry. They’ve had some problems internally, but all is well and I received good customer service in fixing the complication. Today’s post is from last Monday which many of […] ↓ R…
    - 12 days ago, 20 Oct 14, 2:25am -
  • Sunday Prepper Bible Study- Philippians 4:13
     I can do everything through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13 I can do all things is a great motto, but it’s only a half truth. And a half truth is little more than a lie. When the enemy convinces […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry.…
    - 13 days ago, 19 Oct 14, 3:17pm -

Preparedness is Fundamental

  • 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…
    - 39 days ago, 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 →
    - 43 days ago, 19 Sep 14, 4:01pm -
  • Super Simple Salsa, Rocket Stove Fried Cheese and Chili’s and Frozen Tomatoes
     The days are getter crisper and the leaves are turning, if you’re llike me, you have a lot of vegetables to deal with on a regular basis. Tomatoes are my favorite, but what do you do if your crop exceeded … Continue reading →
    - 47 days ago, 14 Sep 14, 11:55pm -
  • Updates on BioChar, Potato Columns, Composting, tomatoes, free wheelbarrows and barrels
    It has been a while since I’ve had a post, not because I lack projects, on the contrary, I actually have dozens of what I consider, useful ideas. The problem is I don’t have a lot of time for shooting … Continue reading →
    - 7 May 14, 6:03am -
  • Cordless Drill Soap
    I’ve always contended that our forefathers forgot more than most of us will ever know. Things like canning, sewing and soap making were just another chore. Most people think that these old arts are too hard to master. I don’t … Continue reading…
    - 18 Mar 14, 5:55am -
  • A Very Nice Non- Electric Hydroponic Vegetable Producing Container for under a Buck.
    This year I’m trying several new methods of growing veggies to see what works best for my locale. One of the neatest setups I’ve seen is the Kratky method of hydroponic growing. The biggest expense is buying or building containers to grow … C…
    - 4 Mar 14, 5:27am -
  • The Underestimated Prep
    It’s right up there with food, water and shelter, and yet it’s perhaps one of the most under addressed preps there is. You need it for chores, security, cooking, eating and on a psychological plane; it goes a long way … Continue reading →
    - 28 Feb 14, 5:18am -
  • How to Light and Cook on a Rocket Stove
    Rocket stoves are relatively new to prepping, and as such, there is a dearth of information when it comes to using them. The fact is, there are a lot of great stoves available and they are not only incredibly simple … Continue reading →
    - 15 Feb 14, 4:58pm -
  • Bright Idea for Preppers
    If you’ve read any of my posts, you know how emphatic I am about the need for plenty of renewable light for disasters, civil unrest, outages or WTSHTF. It is up there with food and water in my book, so … Continue reading →
    - 7 Feb 14, 7:03pm -
  • A Boomers Lament
    Perhaps one of the most difficult aspects of being a baby boomer in this (it grieves me to even write it) formerly great country, was growing up in a country that wasn’t just exceptional, it was spectacular. We would go … Continue reading →
    - 4 Feb 14, 3:09pm -

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