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  • newNotes for Saturday – July 26, 2014
    Today we present another entry for Round 53 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The $11,000+ worth of prizes for this round include: First Prize: A Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate, good for any one, two, or three course (a $…
    - 9 hours ago, 26 Jul 14, 1:15am -
  • newWhy Trying To Start A Garden Now May Be A Little Too Late For TEOTWAWKI, by BPW
    Here’s a little about myself. I work in law enforcement. I grew up in suburbia, was a Marine and outdoorsy person, yet I have never really, truly gardened. I can’t. I work full time and own a home (in a development). I have two children, who run…
    - 9 hours ago, 26 Jul 14, 1:15am -
  • newLetter Re: Books For Home Schoolers
    I saw your list of recommended reading for young people, especially those being educated at home by their parents. I would like to add my own list. Anything by Stephen W. Meader (1892-1977). Meader published 44 novels in his lifetime. The subjects ra…
    - 9 hours ago, 26 Jul 14, 1:14am -
  • newEconomics and Investing:
    8,000 businesses flee Maryland. – H.L. o o o Items from Mr. Econocobas: America The Divided IMF Fears Ultra-Low Rates Are Fuelling Asset Bubbles- Oh Geez, Really?? Mars, Maker of M&M’s, to Raise Chocolate Prices 7 Percent
    - 10 hours ago, 26 Jul 14, 1:13am -
  • newOdds ‘n Sods:
    Some excellent video of solar storms that could have wreaked havoc on earth. People wonder why we prep? How a solar storm two years ago nearly caused a catastrophe on Earth. – G.G. o o o Notice that the only way to ensure your phone is “off” is…
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  • newHugh’s Quote of the Day:
    “And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Command the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye come into the land of Canaan; (this is the land that shall fall unto you for an inheritance, even the land of Canaan with the coasts thereof:) then y…
    - 10 hours ago, 26 Jul 14, 1:13am -
  • Notes for Friday – July 25, 2014
    Today we present another entry for Round 53 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The $11,000+ worth of prizes for this round include: First Prize: A Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate, good for any one, two, or three course (a $…
    - 1 day ago, 25 Jul 14, 2:19am -
  • The Fashionably Late Prepper, by G.S.
    This article is meant to be read in the future by those visiting this blog on the day after TSHTF. This is for the person who only has access to the basic supplies anyone might have laying around the house. Regular visitors to this blog will ask why…
    - 1 day ago, 25 Jul 14, 2:18am -
  • Letter Re: Prepping with an Unsupportive Spouse
    Dear Hugh, I enjoyed this article and several others that I have seen regarding this subject. However, it is rare that you see this subject discussed in reverse. I (the wife) am the prepper and the Christian in our home. My husband thinks I’m crazy…
    - 1 day ago, 25 Jul 14, 2:17am -
  • Economics and Investing:
    Why You May Avoid Beef This Summer o o o Wage growth still muted in latest report on median earnings. – H.L. o o o Items from Mr. Econocobas: New Home Sales Collapse 20% From May To Dec 2012 Levels; Biggest Miss In A Year EU to Weigh Far-Reaching S…
    - 1 day ago, 25 Jul 14, 2:16am -


More Than Just Surviving

  • Stitches, Bandages, or Super Glue?

    Stitches, Bandages, or Super Glue?

    If, like myself, you frequently enjoy trampling in forests and repeatedly hitting trees with sharp slabs of steel, at one point or another you’re going to get a cut or two. Many of these will be no more than scrapes, tiny love bites from…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Jul 14, 5:00pm -
  • Spyderco Urban Safety Orange G-10 Slip Joint Knife Review

    Spyderco Urban Safety Orange G-10 Slip Joint Knife Review

    I’ve been asked a few times already why I never seem to carry slip joints. Although I do have a few, they don’t make up a large part of my collection, not because I have anything against slip joints, but because the knives I happen to lik…
    - 5 days ago, 21 Jul 14, 3:00pm -
  • July 2014 EDC Purse Dump

    July 2014 EDC Purse Dump

    1. Titanium “Bamboo” Kubaton 2. Google Nexus 4 + Frost Clear i-Blason Slim Fit S Line Flexible Case 3. Spyderco Lum Chinese Folder EDC Knife 4. Ronson Jetlite Butane Torch LighterThis is just the start of the post July 2014 EDC Purse…
    - 7 days ago, 19 Jul 14, 5:00pm -
  • Kershaw Emerson CQC-6K Clip Point EDC Knife Review

    Kershaw Emerson CQC-6K Clip Point EDC Knife Review

    When Kershaw first announced the Emerson collaboration, I was gobsmacked: I couldn’t believe that in a few short months I could purchase a bonafide Emerson design for under $50. Naturally, I was really curious, skeptical even, about wha…
    - 9 days ago, 17 Jul 14, 4:00pm -
  • 10 Tips for Building a Stockpile on a Budget

    10 Tips for Building a Stockpile on a Budget

    Stockpiling can be quite a challenge when finances are tight. Though there is no quick fix to building up the ideal stockpile on a small budget, there are different tricks and techniques you can use that may help you to stretch your bank acc…
    - 16 days ago, 10 Jul 14, 3:00pm -
  • LifeStraw Personal Water Filter Review

    LifeStraw Personal Water Filter Review

    If you’re a veteran reader on the survival blog scene, chances are you’ve already seen your fair share of LifeStraw reviews already. These small, portable little water filters have been making the rounds from blog to blog for quite some…
    - 19 days ago, 7 Jul 14, 2:25pm -
  • July 2014 EDC Pocket Dump

    July 2014 EDC Pocket Dump

    1. Google Nexus 4 + Blue i-Blason Slim Fit S Line Flexible Case 2. Fenix LD20 180 Lumen LED Flashlight 3. Missouri Meerschaum Corn Cob Pipe 4. Crabbie’s Ginger Beer 5. Gerber Shard Keychain ToolThis is just the start of the post July 201…
    - 21 days ago, 5 Jul 14, 3:30pm -
  • Cold Steel Latin Machete 24″ Knife Review

    Cold Steel Latin Machete 24″ Knife Review

    When I finally got the chance to review the Cold Steel Latin Machete, I was intrigued to say the least. This machete is by far the largest one-hand cutting tool I have ever personally wielded, so I was curious about how practical 60 cm (24 in…
    - 26 days ago, 30 Jun 14, 3:00pm -
  • When Prepping Isn’t Easy: Dealing With Prepper Burnout

    When Prepping Isn’t Easy: Dealing With Prepper Burnout

    There are times where prepping feels like the hardest thing in the world to do. Life doesn’t take a pause while you write up your to-do lists, figure out your game plan, then finally execute your plans to prepare for the future. Bank accou…
    - 30 days ago, 26 Jun 14, 2:30pm -
  • More Than Just Surviving’s 1 Year Anniversary – First Year Highlights

    More Than Just Surviving’s 1 Year Anniversary – First Year Highlights

    Exactly one year ago, we hit publish on our very first entry to this blog: technically just a notice that posts were coming, though shortly after we published a real first article called How to Start a Fire After It’s Rained. Since then, w…
    - 34 days ago, 22 Jun 14, 3:30pm -

Patriot Rising

  • 9 Duct Tape Projects for Survivalists
    You can make a kayak with the use of duct tape, cedar strips, and wood glue. Making kayak using these materials can take up to two days of work.   Learn how to make this project here.   Duct Tape Typhoon Pants Duct tape pants can be helpful especia…
    - 1 day ago, 25 Jul 14, 5:27am -
  • Water Wars: Southwestern United States Running out of Water
    A new study from NASA and the University of California suggests the entire Southwestern United States may be in for some major trouble in the very near future.   Over the last decade, much of the water that the Southwest depends on has been depleted…
    - 1 day ago, 25 Jul 14, 4:40am -
  • Fast Track Tip #9: Test Your Preps Camping!
    There is no reason that prepping has to be a drudge or a chore.  As a matter of fact, preparedness can be combined with a hobby and actually be productive and fun at the same time.   What kind of hobbies?  Some examples include fishing, hunting, b…
    - 1 day ago, 25 Jul 14, 4:39am -
  • Bug Out? Should I Stay or Go?
    TSHTF. If you are a Prepper you know what this acronym means. Let’s say today is the day—TSHTF—now you have some really tough decisions to make, the first of which is “should I stay or should I go?”   To be frank, that decision should have…
    - 1 day ago, 25 Jul 14, 4:37am -
  • Giant Hogweed
    Do Not Touch This Plant! Giant hogweed can grow to 14 feet or more Giant hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum) is a Federally listed noxious weed. Its sap, in combination with moisture and sunlight, can cause severe skin and eye irritation, painful blis…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Jul 14, 8:09pm -
  • How a solar storm two years ago nearly caused a catastrophe on Earth
    On July 23, 2012, the sun unleashed two massive clouds of plasma that barely missed a catastrophic encounter with the Earth’s atmosphere.  These plasma clouds, known as coronal mass ejections (CMEs), comprised a solar storm thought to be the most…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Jul 14, 7:30pm -
  • DIY Survival Fishing Kit
    Whether you’ve bugged out or made the decision to bug in; fishing to feed yourself in a SHTF situation is an important skill to have. There are many ways to fish and methods vary depending on your location, type of water (fresh or salt), and the eq…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Jul 14, 12:25am -
  • 10 Survivor Traits Every Prepper Should Have
    In lieu of the several disasters that strike the world every day, many individuals feel the need to prepare for the impending doom. Prepper Fortress cites in its recent article that there are about 3 million preppers now in the United States alone. I…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Jul 14, 12:19am -
  • The Swiss Army Knife of SHTF Liquid
    When it comes to self-reliance and being able to adapt and change to any given situation, utilizing a single item for multiple purposes will separate you from the other denizens of society. You’ll need to be able to secure your home, family, and va…
    - 3 days ago, 23 Jul 14, 10:40pm -
  • Self Reliance Skills: Teach Someone Something
    Why learn new self reliance skills   Living a self-sufficient lifestyle, and trying to cut down your reliance on outside entities is not something that comes out of the blue. It is something that must be worked on and fostered. Part of that entails…
    - 3 days ago, 23 Jul 14, 9:30pm -

Destiny Survival

  • Join Like-Minded Preppers at the Preppers and Patriots Expo
    A few weeks ago, back in June, my DestinySurvival Radio guest was Mike Slack, and we talked about the Go Green Self Reliance Festival. Read about it here. Well, Mike is my guest again this week to talk about another upcoming event. You’re invited t…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Jul 14, 1:14pm -
  • Raising Quail for Food – Should It Be Part of Your Survival Strategy?
    Recently I saw a video from Marjory Wildcraft of Grow Your Own Groceries about raising quail for food. Should it be part of your survival strategy? According to Leo Magpoc of Phoenix, AZ, who’s interviewed in the video, raising quail is easy to do…
    - 4 days ago, 22 Jul 14, 1:16pm -
  • Countdown to Preparedness – A Resource for Beginners and Seasoned Preppers Alike
    From time to time I talk to people who don’t know much about preparedness. They know they should do something, but what? Where to start? I feel better about our conversation if I can recommend a resource or two which gives helpful info. One such re…
    - 9 days ago, 17 Jul 14, 1:05pm -
  • Using Home Grown Tomatoes Harvested from Your Survival Garden
    Tomato juice, salsa, spaghetti sauce, and pizza sauce. They can all be made by using home grown tomatoes harvested from your survival garden. You probably knew that already, but what do you do if you need some guidance to make tomato magic happen? Al…
    - 11 days ago, 15 Jul 14, 1:33pm -
  • The Prepper’s Workbook Gives Checklists and Guidance for Prepping No Matter What Your Level of Preparedness
    Sailors and pilots are just two groups who would put themselves in jeopardy of losing their lives if they didn’t have these. It could be true for you and me as well. So what is this key element for survival? It’s checklists. Many preppers want th…
    - 16 days ago, 10 Jul 14, 1:13pm -
  • Animal Bites – What if it Happens to You?
    Summer means more of us are in the great outdoors for hiking, camping, or just working in the yard. This puts us closer to nature, which is always good. But it also raises the possibility of animal bites. What if it happens to you? What would you do…
    - 18 days ago, 8 Jul 14, 1:27pm -
  • Preparedness and Liberty – Is it Possible to Have Both?
    With this coming holiday weekend in mind, I want to draw your attention to an episode of DestinySurvival Radio I did with Brandon Smith in late January. That’s because we talked about significant issues concerning preparedness and liberty. Is it po…
    - 23 days ago, 3 Jul 14, 1:09pm -
  • Freedom Derailed
    It’s around this time of year when we focus on freedom. Either we reflect on how the United States gained independence, or we lament the fact that the vast majority never gives it a second thought amidst the fireworks, parades and hot dog eating co…
    - 25 days ago, 1 Jul 14, 1:14pm -
  • Wild Fermentation – Preserving Food for Good Health and Survival
    This week’s DestinySurvival Radio revisits the topic of cultured food or food fermentation. Only this time the emphas is on wild fermentation. As you may know, this is a way of preserving food for good health and survival. It was back on May 1st th…
    - 30 days ago, 26 Jun 14, 1:13pm -
  • Watering a Garden in the Desert
    A while back a reader contacted me in search of information about gardening in the dry Southwest. Watering a garden in the desert isn’t something we hear much about. The best help I could give her was to suggest that she contact her local county ag…
    - 32 days ago, 24 Jun 14, 1:26pm -

Libertarian Rantfest

  • newAmmo Delivery Day!!!
    Today a couple boxes showed up at my door. The first was 200 rounds of Remington Premier Gold Match 168 Grain plus a bit of overage to zero a scope and the second was a case of 7.62x39 Wolf.The Wolf was sort of an impulse purchase based on the ban on…
    - 10 hours ago, 26 Jul 14, 12:34am -
  • newMy Day In Memes

    - 11 hours ago, 25 Jul 14, 11:45pm -
  • RE: Camping After The Collapse
    Max Velocity is off training great Americans to be more capable small unit fighters. In his absence Max did a repost of an entry that I either missed or have forgotten about  Re-Post: ‘Camping’ After the SHTF. I found it an interesting topic and…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Jul 14, 2:33am -
  • RE: Military Vehicles on Roads.
    Got a comment to yesterdays post that seemed worth addressing here. My replies are in italics.   Yogi Berra was famous for his highly intellectual quotes, one of which was "You can see a lot just by looking around."I'm all for looking around. Anon…
    - 4 days ago, 22 Jul 14, 2:29am -
  • Free Men Can Own Modern Weapons
    Guard your rights. Prepare for circumstances where people may try to impinge upon them. Caches are your friend.
    - 5 days ago, 20 Jul 14, 11:52pm -
  • Military Vehicles on Roads. A Nonevent with Common Explanations
    About every few months somebody in the survivalist (though more lately 'patriot' community) sees a few military vehicles on the road then takes a picture. They talk about how it is a clear sign that the Federal Gubmint is coming to put them in FEMA D…
    - 5 days ago, 20 Jul 14, 10:49pm -
  • Russian Siaga and VEPR AK style Rifles Banned by EO
    An executive order was signed banning importation of certain weapons from Kalashnikov Concern including Siaga rifles as well as shotguns and VEPR rifles. All of these are basically AK's. Tam's take on it that she is ambivalent about that stuff but co…
    - 6 days ago, 19 Jul 14, 11:26pm -
  • Stormy All Over
    The weather here in Central Louisiana has been crazy. This morning it poured down rain, calmed down for a bit but was still a cool mid 70's and dark. This afternoon it dumped down rain again. I suspect we've had a few inches of rain today. When it ra…
    - 8 days ago, 18 Jul 14, 10:25pm -
  • Book Review: Point of Impact by Stephen Hunter
    Point of Impact by Stephen Hunter is a book I have read twice over the last couple months. There are a series of books traveling between a few folks and I seem to be the end of a lot of it. Will have to pass some stuff on to other folks in the near f…
    - 8 days ago, 18 Jul 14, 1:44am -
  • Just One of Those Days
    Woke up in a bad mood and everything that happened at work was only successful in making it worse. I knew full well that anything people did would push my buttons and am mature enough to consider that but even then cause was definitely given. Nothing…
    - 9 days ago, 17 Jul 14, 1:37am -

Dr. Bones & Nurse Amy

  • Medical Supplies, Part 2: Minor Wounds
    Minor Wounds Some of the most important medical supplies you’ll accumulate will be those used to deal with injuries. Most of these (I hope) will be minor wounds that won’t take a lot of advanced equipment to handle but could easily affect your ab…
    - 3 days ago, 23 Jul 14, 12:00pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Typhoon, Tuberculosis, Medical Bags, 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., aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy,  discuss the Phillipine typhoon, Tuberculosis outbreaks among recent immigrants, choosing the right bag to put y…
    - 6 days ago, 20 Jul 14, 2:00pm -
  • Medical Supplies, Part 1: Starting Out
    A common question we encounter in our travels is: “What supplies do you recommend for our medical storage?”.  Indeed, the subject comes up so often that Nurse Amy put together a entire DVD Guide to Medical Supplies.  The non-medical professiona…
    - 8 days ago, 18 Jul 14, 12:01pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Self-Guided Small Arms, Diseases Crossing Borders, and More
    In this episode of the Doom and Bloom(tm) Survival Medicine Hour, Joe and Amy Alton, aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, discuss some diseases that are making it across the border in the recent immigrant crisis, new self-guiding technology in small arms, gu…
    - 14 days ago, 12 Jul 14, 6:56pm -
  • Video: What If It DOESN’T Hit The Fan?
    You’ve put together a great plan A, plan B, and plan C, as well as all the supplies you’ll need if a disaster occurs.  That’s a wonderful thing, but what if the you-know-what DOESN’T hit the fan?  What if you’re 100 years old on your deat…
    - 15 days ago, 11 Jul 14, 2:55pm -
  • Choosing A Medic Bag
    If you are going to be the medical caregiver for your family or community in times of trouble, you will, hopefully, have accumulated a significant number of medical supplies. I have made the case for medical preparedness a zillion times on this websi…
    - 17 days ago, 9 Jul 14, 11:57am -
  • Pandemic Masks
    In the last few months, I’ve noticed that we have had a wave of possible candidates for the next great pandemic. Ebola virus, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, drug-resistant Tuberculosis, Influenza, and various other diseases can cause large numbe…
    - 19 days ago, 7 Jul 14, 12:41pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Face Masks, Radiation, Tsunamis, Lemon Grass, Skin Cancer
    In this episode of the Doom and Bloom(tm) Survival Medicine Hour, Joe Alton, M.D. and Amy Alton, A.R.N.P., aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, discuss: A number of incidents in Mexico where radioactive materials useful in producing “dirty bombs” are bei…
    - 21 days ago, 5 Jul 14, 10:13pm -
  • Asthma and Survival
    One of the most common medical issues today is asthma. Asthma is a chronic condition that affects your ability to breathe. The condition affects the airways, which are the tubes that transport air to your lungs.  In the United States alone, there ar…
    - 25 days ago, 1 Jul 14, 1:06pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Animal Bites, Sterilization, Anxiety/Depression
    In this episode of the Doom and Bloom(tm) Survival Medicine Hour, Joe Alton, M.D., and Amy Alton, A.R.N.P., aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, discuss animal bites (the furry kind) and various ways of sterilizing medical equipment; also, Nurse Amy answers…
    - 28 days ago, 28 Jun 14, 9:33pm -

Survivalist Blog

  • newWell it’s official one in ten Americans are stupid!
    Well it’s official one in ten Americans are stupid! I’d say it’s more like every six in ten, but going by a recent CNN poll – 1 in 10 Americans Wants War With Russia Over Downed Airliner. Apparently, these people think that a war with Russia…
    - 21 hours ago, 25 Jul 14, 1:34pm -
  • newLife Lessons Learned the Hard Way
    By BCTruck Sometimes, It seems as though life is just one long series of lessons. Now this isn’t prepping, but it is a reflection on some lessons I’ve learned while living this thing we call life.We should all take time and remember the things th…
    - 22 hours ago, 25 Jul 14, 12:33pm -
  • newTactical Defense Institute of Ohio – An After Action Report on Civilian Shotgun Training

    - 22 hours ago, 25 Jul 14, 12:21pm -
  • newFriday Miscellany News Brief
    1. Chinese city sealed off after bubonic plague death : “Bubonic plague is a bacterial infection best known for the Black Death, a virulent epidemic that killed tens of millions of people in 14th-century Europe. Primarily an animal illness, it is e…
    - 23 hours ago, 25 Jul 14, 11:51am -
  • Haven’t Bugged Out Yet? Then This Is Probably How You’ll Die
    The purpose of this particular dissertation is to scare the crap out of you, and thus move you off the pot. Time is short, and the storm clouds are gathering over the Middle East. Our southern border is a free-for-all, drug cartels and gangs have a v…
    - 3 days ago, 23 Jul 14, 1:34pm -
  • Wednesday Miscellany News Brief
    Gun owners react to TN’s newest gun and hunting laws : “On July 1, two new Tennessee laws took effect regarding firearms and hunting. Senate Bill 1774 allows anyone to legally carry firearms and ammunition in his or her vehicle as long as the veh…
    - 3 days ago, 23 Jul 14, 1:29pm -
  • Urgent message for Tennessee gun owners and voters.
    Senator Lamar Alexander voted for and supported Barack Obama’s recent anti-gun agenda. He also voted to confirm Barack Obama’s anti-gun nominee for Attorney General, Eric Holder. He also supported Obama’s radical anti-gun Supreme Court pick —…
    - 4 days ago, 22 Jul 14, 12:32pm -
  • Conflicted Tuesday
    We have worked out an exclusive deal with the publishers of the survival card game “Conflicted” where we will be posting one question per week from the deck for open discussion here on You can buy your own Conflicted Dec…
    - 4 days ago, 22 Jul 14, 12:09pm -
  • The Healing Power of Joe Pye Weed
    I want to share a small post with the pack. I have been growing an herb that was a favorite among the Native Americans for a long time. I don’t remember where I read the first bit of information on it but I planted it in my herb garden 22 years ago…
    - 5 days ago, 21 Jul 14, 12:35pm -
  • More Pinto Bean Recipes
    As most people seem to like Mexican food I thought I would send this posting to you. These recipes were given to me by my Mexican friends over the years. The first recipe is in keeping with the recent bean posts. The second recipe is for the rice tha…
    - 5 days ago, 21 Jul 14, 12:20pm -

American Preppers Network

  • new5 Ways to Survive Food Crisis
       “Hunger kills more people every year than AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined.” This is according to the World Food Program.     There are a majority of factors at play in this ongoing battle for food security. An increased demand for…
    - 23 hours ago, 25 Jul 14, 11:38am -
  • Bug Out? Should I Stay or Go?
    TSHTF. If you are a Prepper you know what this acronym means. Let’s say today is the day—TSHTF—now you have some really tough decisions to make, the first of which is “should I stay or should I go?” To be frank, that decision should have al…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Jul 14, 12:08pm -
  • Eyes Off: 7 Pieces of Gear For Counter-Surveillance
    Questions from non-preppers: Why bother practicing shooting a 2-inch group at 300 yards? Why would I ever want to learn how to make a Dakota Fire Hole so that the light and smoke doesn’t give away our position? Why would I need to be able to dress…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Jul 14, 8:30am -
  • Masks For Pandemics
    Latest article by Joe Alton, M.D., aka Dr. Bones, of discusses pandemics and everything you need to know about face masks as medical supplies.   In the last few months, I’ve noticed that we have had a wave of possible candidat…
    - 3 days ago, 23 Jul 14, 8:30am -
  • 7 Bug Out Tips from Backpackers
          Many skills that are taught as “emergency preparedness” or “survival” skills that were outdoor or backpacking skills long before those movements ever even had a name. I have often advised beginners who are building their Bug Out Bag…
    - 4 days ago, 22 Jul 14, 11:38am -
  • U.S. incarceration rate second only to guess who?
    When it comes to living in the land of the free, how free are we really? How does America’s incarceration rate reflect on our liberty? The U.S. ranks number one in the world for the largest prison population.  25% of the world’s prisoners live r…
    - 10 days ago, 16 Jul 14, 5:45pm -
  • Vantablack: synthetic black hole-like material that absorbs 99.965% of light
    What’s better than a Ninja?  A super black Ninja that not even light can escape. Scientists have developed a new material called Vantablack.  It breaks all previous records for light absorption using carbon nanotubes (10,000 times thinner than a…
    - 11 days ago, 15 Jul 14, 5:35pm -
  • Start a fire with pee
      This is the urine version of the old bottled water or water in a plastic bag fire starting trick.  But it’s a good one to know and one more reason why carrying plastic wrap or a plastic baggy in your survival kit is a good idea.The post Start…
    - 11 days ago, 15 Jul 14, 2:48am -
  • Make Your Own Freeze Dried Foods AT HOME!
    At a recent preparedness expo I observed a demonstration of an “in home” freeze drying machine.  Up until now, freeze-drying has been the one food preservation option not available to most preppers.  We can dehydrate, smoke, pickle, cure and ca…
    - 12 days ago, 14 Jul 14, 11:40am -
  • If You Don’t Put Together Your 72 Hour Survival Kit Now You’ll Hate Yourself Later!
    Guest Post by M.D. Creekmore This short modified excerpt is from my book 31 Days to Survival – this would also make a good bug out bag packing list, with a few modifications… As with any “prepping shopping list” you’l…
    - 12 days ago, 13 Jul 14, 11:52pm -

Survival Gear

Backdoor Survival

  • newSummer 2014 Book Festival: Day After Disaster+ Giveaway
    Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the Summer 2014 Backdoor Survival Book Festival.  Sara Hathaway, the author of Day After Disaster, is here to answer some questions and of course, to award one lucky reader with a copy of her b…
    - 3 hours ago, 26 Jul 14, 8:00am -
  • The Inexpensive Tac-Force Speedster Outdoor Knife
    I have a habit of suggesting this piece of gear or that, especially when it is value priced.  This is not to say that a bargain priced piece of equipment is going to perform the same as something more expensive but that sometimes, for the task at ha…
    - 1 day ago, 25 Jul 14, 8:00am -
  • Fast Track Tip #9: Test Your Preps Camping!
    There is no reason that prepping has to be a drudge or a chore.  As a matter of fact, preparedness can be combined with a hobby and actually be productive and fun at the same time.What kind of hobbies?  Some examples include fishing, hunting, biki…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Jul 14, 8:00am -
  • 12 Months of Prepping: Month Six
    One of the challenges we face is finding time to do it all.  Not only do we have families and jobs to attend to, but also the never ending list of household chores.  There is always something that needs to be done, right?When faced with too much t…
    - 4 days ago, 22 Jul 14, 8:00am -
  • The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 126
    Welcome to this week’s all new Sunday Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.Those of you that have been around since early Spring will know that I lost my tomato seeds.  Yep.  I had brand…
    - 6 days ago, 20 Jul 14, 8:00am -
  • Summer 2014 Book Festival: The Prepper’s Blueprint + Giveaway
    Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the Summer 2014 Backdoor Survival Book Festival.  Tess Pennington, the author of The Prepper’s Blueprint: The Step-By-Step Guide To Help You Through Any Disaster, is back again for another in…
    - 7 days ago, 19 Jul 14, 8:00am -
  • Prepping As a Form of Personal Activism
    There are some days when I feel as though I am out there in the world alone, fighting a battle that can not be seen or heard.  The battle is one of preparedness and is one I endure day in and day out in spite of my best effort to step away and live…
    - 8 days ago, 18 Jul 14, 8:00am -
  • Survival Basics: 12 Tips for Families with Children
    As someone who is well past child-bearing age, I often tend to overlook the importance of addressing survival and preparedness strategies for families with young children. That being said, when it comes to children, three words come to mind:  safety…
    - 10 days ago, 16 Jul 14, 8:00am -
  • Summer Survival Blast Bonus: A HERCulean Giveaway
    At the risk of going “giveaway crazy” this summer, I have a special bonus giveaway for you today.As you know, I am part of a very special group of Prepared Bloggers that shares information amongst ourselves.  Not only do we share information ab…
    - 12 days ago, 14 Jul 14, 8:00am -
  • The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 125
    Welcome to this week’s all new Sunday Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.There was not a lot of prepping going on at my place this week.  Most of what I accomplished had to do with resea…
    - 13 days ago, 13 Jul 14, 8:00am -

Backwoods Survival Blog

  • Medieval Survivalism: Why Is This Not Already A Thing?
    Many of us in the Prepper / Survivalist community believe in taking care to prepare for the worst case scenario, the time we know will probably never come, but we know in our hearts that to prepare for it simply means we will be better positioned to…
    - 81 days ago, 6 May 14, 12:46am -
  • Medieval Survivalism: One Small-Scale Single Family Option
    Previously, I laid out an idea for the construction of a hill fort that a few families could band together to build in the event of an all-out TEOTWAWKI scenario. Unfortunately, it was a bit too industrious to be tackled by a single family, trying…
    - 81 days ago, 6 May 14, 12:40am -
  • 30,000 Year-Old Virus Awakened From Siberian Permafrost
    You should understand, prior to reading this, that I'm a big fan of science. I was never all that good at it in school (I'd be a Doctor right now, but I'm afraid I'd end up killing somebody), but I always enjoyed it. That being said, sometimes scie…
    - 4 Mar 14, 2:06am -
  • Hypocrisy
    Yeah. Because artificial trash, created in a mad scientist's lab, is safer for you than a plant. The hypocrisy is mind-numbing. They don't want you off drugs; they just want them and their buddies to have a monopoly on being your dealer.{This…
    - 27 Jan 14, 12:51am -
  • Honor Our Heroes
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    - 27 Jan 14, 12:48am -
  • A First Aid Kits’ Most Important Tool, Knowledge
    One of the basic staples of your survival gear is a first aid kit. But with so many choices available from small kits that can fit into a pocketbook to expedition sized kits, choosing the right one can be overwhelming. As a result, many individuals m…
    - 28 Jun 13, 4:48am -
  • Emergency Food Buyer’s Guide, Part 2
    Read Part 1Chapter 2How Much Food to StoreWhen starting their food storage people commonly ask: How much food do I need? There are a few considerations to make when deciding on quantity. Each food storage type has its own characteristics so includ…
    - 24 Jun 13, 7:44pm -
  • A Rare and Precious Awakening to the True System of Control
    I was talking to a family member the other day, and I had a rare opportunity to congratulate him on the very beginning stages of his awakening to the truth.He was talking about the whole Paula Deen scandal and saying that, while what she said wa…
    - 23 Jun 13, 7:35pm -
  • Emergency Food Buyer’s Guide, Part 1
    IntroductionEmergencies Are RealWith all the modern conveniences we enjoy, it’s easy to forget how dependent we are on these technological advancements. Most of us have free-flowing water at our fingertips, electrical power that feeds directly int…
    - 23 Jun 13, 7:25pm -
  • ATV Survival Guide: Increase Your Chances of Survival
    You drove to go hunting in the middle of nowhere, dozens of miles from a gas station or paved road, confident you made the right decision last year when you bought your all-terrain vehicle. The electric power steering was so good that you were able t…
    - 22 Jun 13, 7:13pm -

Bug Out Survival

  • 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…
    - 15 days ago, 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…
    - 46 days ago, 10 Jun 14, 9:07pm -
  • Update on Review Copies and Giveaways
    I'm reposting this update from my main site, 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 -
  • Prepper's Workbook Giveaway on Goodreads
    My publisher is sponsoring a book giveaway of 10 copies of The Prepper's Workbook on Goodreads.  You can enter to win one right here.  The giveaway ends March 18. The publisher should have copies of the book in their offices around the first of Ma…
    - 17 Feb 14, 2:19pm -
  • Foreword by Jim Cobb
    My friend and fellow Ulysses Press author, Jim Cobb, best known for his excellent site: Survival Weekly and his bestselling Prepper's Home Defense has written the foreword to The Prepper's Workbook.  I'm posting it here to give you a little better…
    - 24 Jan 14, 9:45pm -
  • Prepper's Workbook Front and Back Covers
    I've been working with my editor and coauthor Scott Finazzo this week on the final proofing and approval of The Prepper's Workbook, and everything has now been finalized, from the interior design to the front and back covers.  It will be sent to the…
    - 24 Jan 14, 8:17pm -
  • Prepper's Workbook Update
    I just posted this update on my main website, and I'm reposting here for Bug Out Survival readers who may not see it on that site.  I know many of you have been waiting on this book for a long time, and I apologize for the del…
    - 16 Dec 13, 3:19pm -
  • Book Giveaway Winners and Top Ten Skills
    Thanks to all who participated in this latest book giveaway for a chance to win a free copy of The Darkness After.  I received some excellent submissions from those who participated by sending in their personal list of what they consider the Top Ten…
    - 16 Aug 13, 10:00am -
  • Two Book Giveaways: The Darkness After
    My latest novel, The Darkness After is now available and shipping in both the print and Kindle versions on Amazon, and most everywhere else books are sold.  I've been getting some great feedback from those who have read it, and I think if you enjoye…
    - 4 Aug 13, 6:51pm -

Canadian Preppers Network

  • The Survival Summit - John Jacob Schmidt
     Comms Up with John Jacob SchmidtTonight at 8PM ESTJohn Jacob is the voice behind the microphone at Radio Free Redoubt, a weekly podcast dedicated to promoting the American Redoubt and helping conservative Americans prepare for the coming events a…
    - 11 days ago, 15 Jul 14, 9:29pm -
  • POLL: What is Your Favorite Food Storage Item?
    Lets take a vote! What is your favorite food storage item?Just leave your vote by a comment below. Tell me what the item is and a little about it, shelf life, how it's stored, and why it's your favorite. It can be anything you can buy, make, or produ…
    - 15 days ago, 11 Jul 14, 2:00pm -
  • New Author For the Canadian Preppers Network
    The Canadian Preppers Network is proud to welcome Paul Cobham of Survival School Canada to it's list of authors.  Through SSC, Paul offers a variety of courses in Survival, First Aid, and Off Grid Living.  However, Paul joins us to discuss a topic…
    - 31 days ago, 25 Jun 14, 1:22pm -
  • DIY Yogurt
    Yogurt, a household staple, turns out to be pretty easy to make yourself not to mention it costs a fraction of the processed leading brands.  My family of 5 (aka the Garburators) eat yogurt like it's going out of style.  I have been making i…
    - 32 days ago, 24 Jun 14, 7:09pm -
  • You’re going to kick yourself - Summer Of Survival
    I don’t know exactly how they got everyone to agree to this.And I can hardly believe how much they’re giving away for free.But I do know how hard you’re going to be kicking yourself - soon - if you don’t take advantage of it.Look, if you don…
    - 40 days ago, 16 Jun 14, 2:19pm -
  • Flood Prepping: Part II - Comparisons
    I was just reading through some of our twitter feed from last year about this time as suburb after suburb of Calgary and many other whole towns were evacuated due to the flooding. It all started with this: Flood Watch Alert Updated Jun20 544AM Take n…
    - 43 days ago, 13 Jun 14, 2:00pm -
  • First Hand First Aid
    On my regular transit commute to work this morning with my 4 year old daughter, a fellow passenger fell unconscious after making some horrific noises.  He was a senior man, with minor mobility issues (boarded the bus with a cane).  For the first t…
    - 50 days ago, 6 Jun 14, 10:02pm -
  • Kananaskis Emergency Services Showcase
    Need an excuse to visit the mountains this weekend? On behalf of the providers of Emergency Services and Mountain Rescue in Kananaskis Country (Alberta), we’d like to invite you to third Kananaskis Emergency Services Showcase. Enjoy a day filled…
    - 52 days ago, 4 Jun 14, 12:00pm -
  • Summer Of Survival Starts Today!
    Real quick… Like I told you before, Summer of Survival is 24 top-level survival experts providing over 36 hours of training at no charge. But the only way you can get free access to everything if you haven’t signed up already is to go over and si…
    - 53 days ago, 3 Jun 14, 10:00am -
  • How to cook with the sun: Free Webinar
    The APN will be hosting a free webinar with Paul Munsen from Sun Oven this Thursday May, the 29th at 7:00PM central time.(5PM Pacific/6PM Mountain/8PM Eastern)Don't miss this opportunity to learn how t…
    - 59 days ago, 28 May 14, 10:00am -

Tactical Intelligence

  • 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…
    - 2 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…
    - 8 days ago, 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…
    - 17 days ago, 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.
    - 17 days ago, 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…
    - 26 days ago, 30 Jun 14, 9:16pm -
  • TI News Alert: The UN Pushes for Global Gun Disarmament
    It's no secret that the United Nations has been after global gun disarmament for all citizens of all countries for some time now.They've even been pushing (thankfully, unsuccessfully so far) for a binding international treaty that will supersede th…
    - 29 days ago, 27 Jun 14, 7:14pm -
  • How to Make Baking Powder
    Baking powder is one of those must-have ingredients in everyone's pantry. If you plan on cooking any type of cookie, pancake, muffins and so on and you need to have baking powder.As far as prepping goes, the problem with baking powder is that it's…
    - 30 days ago, 26 Jun 14, 7:36pm -
  • Product Review: How to Turn Invisible with the Ghost Blind
    Have you ever wished that you could get your hands on an invisibility cloak like what's used in JKK Rowling's Harry Potter series? Imagine the cool things you could do with that?Well, we might not be able to have an invisibility cloak but there is…
    - 33 days ago, 23 Jun 14, 7:54pm -
  • TI News Alert: De-Dollarization is Starting To Happen
    It's no secret that the U.S. Government has been living WAAAY beyond its means for far too long now. Currently as it stands, the U.S. is 17.5 trillion dollars in debt and with a GDP of 16.7 trillion and tax revenues at 3.5 trillion, we won't be catch…
    - 35 days ago, 21 Jun 14, 10:39pm -
  • Product Review: The SIRT Training Pistol
    If you could shoot thousands of rounds from the comfort of your home for practically no cost and at the same time be coached in proper trigger control, would this intrigue you?There's so much demand for ammunition right now from both the civilian s…
    - 39 days ago, 17 Jun 14, 3:59pm -

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Survival Monkey Forums

  • newWhat are you listening to?
    A forum isn't complete without a listening thread. I'll start. D-A-D - Jihad
    - 15 hours ago, 25 Jul 14, 7:50pm -
  • newSolved problem in tin foil hat lounge....
    I finally figured out what we have been doing wrong! I've heard that many folks make the mistake of constructing their tinfoil hats out of aluminum foil, since tin sheet is not something normally found at the local hardware stores. For the same thick…
    - 15 hours ago, 25 Jul 14, 7:22pm -
  • newFire Evacuation Preparation
    The latest:The Carlton Complex Fire is 237,890 acres. It is 2 percent contained. 3,500+ personnel are fighting it.About 200 homes have been lost, 1,200 homes have been evacuated.One man has died trying to protect his home from the wil…
    - 16 hours ago, 25 Jul 14, 6:29pm -
  • newThe Word Association Game
    The Word Association Game: I'll start by posting one word. You read the post and then think of a word that comes to mind when reading the previous one. Are you ready to play? PICKLES!
    - 16 hours ago, 25 Jul 14, 6:24pm -
  • newThe Thin Blue Line (The Empire's Corps 9)
    HiThe Thin Blue Line is Book 9 of The Empire’s Corps series. Unlike the previous odd-numbered books, it is a more-or-less direct continuation of When The Bough Breaks, Book III in the series. You can download a free sample from my site (The Chri…
    - 16 hours ago, 25 Jul 14, 6:15pm -
  • newMy Granddaughter Stella Evangeline Has Passed.
    My granddaughter Stella Evangeline passed away yesterday evening after an emergency surgery to deliver her by c section.She suffered with a 1014cc tumor that was growing off her tail bone, I don't know the technical name of this condition, But I'm…
    - 18 hours ago, 25 Jul 14, 4:45pm -
  • newIndiana Citizens will soon no longer be limited to clerics or govt officials as marriage celebrants.
    Kudos to Judges Posner, Easterbrook and Williams of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeal for their decision in breaking the virtual monopoly that the religious clerics of some faiths have in solemnising marriages in Indiana. (certain appointed and elected…
    - 20 hours ago, 25 Jul 14, 3:12pm -
  • newEverything We Have Been Taught About Our Origins Is A Lie
    n June 1936 Max Hahn and his wife Emma were on a walk beside a waterfall near to London, Texas, when they noticed a rock with wood protruding from its core. They decided to take the oddity home and later cracked it open with a hammer and a chisel. Wh…
    - 21 hours ago, 25 Jul 14, 1:59pm -
  • PMAG Polymer Magazines
    I am planning to pick up some additional bulk 30-round magazines and I am finally looking at changing from the traditional aluminum body type to the PMAG if there is a positive benefit. I know they have been on the market for some time and have been…
    - 1 day ago, 25 Jul 14, 9:20am -
  • Improvised bugout kayak
    Here is a link to a webpage demonstrating how to DIY construct a usable kayak from pretty basic materials. The claim is that with the necessary materials that the kayak can be built in about 4hrs. Via Four-Hour Kayak Boat In…
    - 1 day ago, 25 Jul 14, 5:34am -

Preparedness Pro

  • Last Minute Scholarship Offer
    Hey there,I've been busy preparing for an education event that I'm taking part in this weekend. It's an event that I've attended (and taught at) regularly and I've not missed it over the past 4 years.  I got to thinking today about how much I want…
    - 10 days ago, 16 Jul 14, 5:19am -
  • 85 Telltale Signs That You Might Be a Prepper
    I hope that you've all enjoyed your holiday weekend and that you got to do something over the weekend that helped you become a little bit more independent. I know I did and so now I'm back and ready to work hard at Preparedness Pro. To start off with…
    - 18 days ago, 8 Jul 14, 5:30am -
  • Have a Happy Independence Day!
    We hope that this Independence Day means more to you than just BBQs and summer fun. We hope that you'll be able to do something to strengthen your personal independence and self-sufficiency. We'll be on vacation until th 7th of July, but we'll be bac…
    - 23 days ago, 3 Jul 14, 6:36am -
  • Is Homeschooling Right for You?
    Is Homeschooling Right for You?--by Guest Contributor Penni Batty  There's a whole lot of buzz about public school these days. As a home school mom of six children, I think I've probably heard every existing argument in favor of it, and yet, the…
    - 43 days ago, 13 Jun 14, 10:05pm -
  • Reader Asks: "Can I preserve dry goods without a FoodSaver?"
    A reader asks a question about preserving candy without a FoodSaver: Question: "Hi Kellene, Your site helps me so much, thank you. I know you preserve chocolate and candy. Can I do that with oxygen absorbers in mason jars? if so, should they be…
    - 49 days ago, 7 Jun 14, 12:00pm -
  • Heiss Kartoffel Salat (aka Hot German Potato Salad)
    Heiss Kartoffel Salat (aka Hot German Potato Salad) -- Preparedness Pro I love trying new recipes, especially ones of International Fare.  Today’s recipe comes to us from across the Atlantic from the beautiful country of Germany.  My dear fr…
    - 52 days ago, 4 Jun 14, 4:36pm -
  • Why my Bandana was Saved from the Donation Pile
    62 Reasons Why my Bandana was Saved from the Donation Pile--by Guest Contributor Emily S  Over the years I have accumulated a collection of bandanas which I have received from various events, activities and as gifts.  After their immediate use…
    - 56 days ago, 31 May 14, 1:22pm -
  • Backyard Hunting
    Backyard Hunting--By Guest Contributor Sharon Cundiff My husband and I enjoyed the festivities for opening day of the Cincinnati Reds, walking through the park that parallels the river with my sister-in-law and her niece.  The path wanders thro…
    - 60 days ago, 27 May 14, 3:29pm -
  • New YouTube Videos Added
    Hey everyone, yes, of COURSE we're still here. I've just been on a recording video binge so that we can give you more of what you say you'd like. So for starters, we've got three new videos loaded, each one offering just a quick tip to help stretch y…
    - 65 days ago, 22 May 14, 10:31pm -
  • The Many Myths of EMPs and Faraday Cages
    EMP Myths and Faraday Cages--by Guest Contributor Scott Bishop  We talk about EMPs and Faraday cages periodically on here as well as our Facebook page and it seems that every time we do, we discover a LOT of misconceptions about the two. There’…
    - 79 days ago, 8 May 14, 5:20am -

Survival Cache

  • Book Review: Holding Their Own
    Joe Nobody exploded onto the survivalist scene in 2010 with his first book, an instruction guide titled, Holding Your Ground: Preparing for Defense if it All Falls Apart.  That book became an instant success, catapulting Joe into the top tier of sel…
    - 3 days ago, 23 Jul 14, 4:54pm -
  • Survival Gear Review: Fallkniven A1 Survival Knife
    In 2002, in response to a question about the Iraq war, the US Secretary of Defense replied, and I paraphrase, “There are known knowns; there are known unknowns, but there are also unknown unknowns.” Those words are the best way to describe the th…
    - 10 days ago, 16 Jul 14, 4:03pm -
  • Survival Gear Review: Trucker’s Friend
    It’s curious a specialty tool like this would be called the Trucker’s Friend.   For certain it is a tool a trucker would want to have in their tool box, but its usefulness goes way beyond that limited functional area.  I would say this tool is…
    - 15 days ago, 11 Jul 14, 1:17pm -
  • Survival Gear Review: SOCOM 16
    If you grew up shooting rifles, then you might have an itch that a carbine just can’t scratch.  Like many, I have always been a fan of the M-14 rifle, also known as the M1A, but I am a little too young to appreciate its predecessor, the M1 Garand.…
    - 18 days ago, 8 Jul 14, 12:30pm -
  • Book Review: The Survivors Club
    In the book The Survivors Club, Ben Sherwood who writes for the L.A. Times, interviews people from around the world who survived events that would kill most, trying to answer the question “Why?”.  Why do some people survive while others capitula…
    - 31 days ago, 25 Jun 14, 11:43am -
  • The Romance and Reality of Survival Fishing
    Most of us have never needed to catch a fish to save our life.  Finding food in a survival situation, whether hunted, fished or foraged, is nothing more than a accountant’s balance sheet where calories are added and subtracted all day long, and yo…
    - 38 days ago, 18 Jun 14, 8:45pm -
  • Survival Debate: Aimpoint vs. EOTech?
    The choice between an EOTech holographic weapons sight and an Aimpoint red dot sight is a win-win decision. Both sights offer amazing optical performance, near indestructibility, and a proven track record in battle. by Doc Montana, a contributing aut…
    - 53 days ago, 3 Jun 14, 11:46am -
  • Going Off Grid – Part III
    After we had established the ability to heat our home in an emergency with a wood burning fireplace, my wife and I decided that back up power would be the next logical step.  Unsure about the current state of solar technology, we decided to look int…
    - 59 days ago, 28 May 14, 7:32pm -
  • Survival Gear Review: Spyderco Bushcraft Knife
    A dog is a man’s best friend, and his knife is a close second.  With that said, I am often surprised when price is used as the limiting criteria of a new blade. What would you think if someone called a breeder and said what’s the best dog I can…
    - 72 days ago, 15 May 14, 5:49pm -
  • Survival Bicycling: Part 2
    Taking the concept of survival bicycling to the next level requires turning up the volume on the basics as well as adding another layer of preparedness and confidence.  The first place to start is properly fitting the bike to your body and your need…
    - 80 days ago, 7 May 14, 3:19am -

Survival is a state of mind

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  • 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

  • newAquaponics - New site section Enjoy.
    - 18 hours ago, 25 Jul 14, 4:14pm -
  • A Gunfree Zone Ignored....Fortunately.
    - 1 day ago, 25 Jul 14, 10:10am -
  • garbage
    we dont get garbage service as i am sure alot of u homesteaders dont. its ok when we just go to our cabin once in a while but what about when we...
    - 1 day ago, 25 Jul 14, 10:10am -
  • "The Shack"
    This is our little home away from everything. We own 100 acres of bush that starts about 200 yards off the road with nothing but bush, ponds and...
    - 1 day ago, 25 Jul 14, 2:47am -
  • The Place' our Amish built cabin.
    Page one. After traveling thru SW Wisconsin's Coulee region to and from Rendezvous at Prairie du Chen every summer, DW and I fell in love with the...
    - 1 day ago, 25 Jul 14, 12:38am -
  • Stories around the campfire.
    I know we have plenty of story tellers here. So, let's here some.
    - 1 day ago, 24 Jul 14, 11:05pm -
  • Net Making Demonstration
    Once again I will be demonstrating net making, giving free net making lessons and displaying my traditional Pennsylvania Dutch nets at the...
    - 2 days ago, 24 Jul 14, 9:04pm -
  • Gentleman's Bowie
    This project was one I had not intended on doing, but in between other projects over the last two days it came together. The blade I forged from a...
    - 2 days ago, 24 Jul 14, 8:49pm -
  • do u think this is true??
    How do you keep unrefrigerated milk from spoiling? Frogs, of course! For centuries before refrigeration, legend goes that Russians put frogs in their...
    - 2 days ago, 24 Jul 14, 4:35pm -
  • Are rice and beans from store ready for mylar storage?
    If I buy rice and beans from the store they are bagged and good for a year or so. If I want them for longer term I need to mylar and o2 them. Are...
    - 2 days ago, 24 Jul 14, 5:37am -

Modern Survival Online

  • Enjoyable day on a 4×4 ATV…
    This past Sunday I borrowed a friends ATV to go off-roading with a longtime friend. This was not my first time on an ATV and it was an absolute blast. I pulled the KINGQUAD 400 to Carolina Adventure World here in South Carolina. Place is awesome. The…
    - 1 day ago, 25 Jul 14, 1:10am -
  • Row Gardening: Easier & More Bountiful than Square Foot Gardening
    From Rourke: This post was originally posted over at It can be seen HERE. By Beverly Sandlin For all of the hype about square foot gardening and raised beds, when two of my sisters, both avid and experienced gardeners (bet…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Jul 14, 4:10am -
  • What will it take? Part #2
    By “The Coach”, Contributing Editor Part 1 can be seen HERE.   I am writing this article on Wednesday, 7/16/14. I am writing this article because NO main stream news service is covering ANY of these stories. These news articles are evidence that…
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    Note from Rourke: Many may read the following review of the documentary AGENDA: Grinding America Down and laugh at the suggestion that Communism has any influence on current events today. There is a strong parallel between the modern Progressive move…
    - 3 days ago, 23 Jul 14, 1:10am -
  • “The Minuteman” News arrives at ModernSurvivalOnline
    “The Minuteman” news is now available here on ModernSurvivalOnline 24/7. The Minuteman is a custom news source made specifically for the readers of ModernSurvivalOnline. It is available here within the pages of MSO (HERE) or as a stand alone webs…
    - 4 days ago, 22 Jul 14, 1:47am -
  • VIDEO: Common Core education – ridiculous
    Unless you live in a vacuum you probably have hard of “Common Core” – a new way of teaching math. I did not fully understand it until some time ago when I saw a demonstration on the “new and improved” method. I could not believe my eyes as…
    - 4 days ago, 22 Jul 14, 1:01am -
  • What if gas suddenly went WAY up?
    Gas prices now are about twice what they were in early 2008. People are so used to paying $3.50 for a gallon of gas that it has become the norm. I even had my wife say some about how “cheap” gas was when it dropped locally below $3.00 per gallon…
    - 5 days ago, 21 Jul 14, 1:01am -
  • Picture of the Day: Inverter Device List
    Inverters can be extremely handy items – especially when the power is out. Inverters can be hooked up to a 12V power source and used to run devices which normally would be plugged into household 110V outlet. Inverters can be used with a car battery…
    - 6 days ago, 20 Jul 14, 3:36am -

The Survival Mom

  • newThe Prepared Immune System: Four Herbs to Know (Other Than Echinacea)

    The Prepared Immune System: Four Herbs to Know (Other Than Echinacea)

    Your immune system protects you from many threats even on a normal day. After  stamina and physical conditioning for your body, making sure your immune system is in top shape should be your next big priority for health preparedness. The Read MoreTh…
    - 20 hours ago, 25 Jul 14, 3:00pm -
  • Training Kids To Be Resilient

    Training Kids To Be Resilient

    Many are familiar with The Stockdale Paradox. This concept, coined by Jim Collins in his book, Good to Great, came to be during a fantastic interview with the late Vice Admiral James Stockdale. For those who do not know the Read MoreThe post Trainin…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Jul 14, 10:00am -
  • Tornado Survival: No Shelter, No Basement, No Problem

    Tornado Survival: No Shelter, No Basement, No Problem

    It you live in an area that is vulnerable to tornadoes, you have undoubtedly heard the advice to head for your shelter or basement as a severe storm approaches. Hopefully, you’ve made tornado survival plans. For an entire week prior Read MoreThe p…
    - 3 days ago, 23 Jul 14, 4:30pm -
  • Ponds as Emergency Water Sources

    Ponds as Emergency Water Sources

    In many parts of the United States, ponds are as common as bees. Often the results of periodic flooding in river basins, ponds are an important part of local ecosystems. Many an adult can recall a pleasant childhood memory of Read MoreThe post Ponds…
    - 3 days ago, 23 Jul 14, 10:00am -
  • Six maps you need for an urban evacuation

    Six maps you need for an urban evacuation

    Let’s assume an urban disaster scenario, and you must leave quickly. How will you find your way? What maps do you need? We’re talking about the printed, paper in hand type. Don’t plan to rely on a GPS. They are Read MoreThe post Six maps you n…
    - 4 days ago, 22 Jul 14, 4:46pm -
  • When Mom Can’t Help: 3 Things Your Family Should Know

    When Mom Can’t Help: 3 Things Your Family Should Know

    Moms do a lot. In fact, I tell my mom all the time that she deceived me growing up! I had NO clue how much Moms really did until I became one. The list never ends, the house is in constant disarray, Read MoreThe post When Mom Can’t Help: 3 Thing…
    - 4 days ago, 22 Jul 14, 10:00am -
  • 10 Reasons Why You Should Be Canning Your Own Meat

    10 Reasons Why You Should Be Canning Your Own Meat

    You’ll be hooked, I tell you.  Once you learn how to bottle your own meats, you’ll never go back to the old way of doing it. Think about your meat habits.  Do you put up a 1/2 beef in your Read MoreThe post 10 Reasons Why You Should Be Canning…
    - 5 days ago, 21 Jul 14, 4:00pm -
  • 3M™ Kind Removal Silicone Tape – The “Ouchless” Medical Tape

    3M™ Kind Removal Silicone Tape – The “Ouchless” Medical Tape

    You know the feeling. Someone is removing a well-stuck-on Band-Aid or medical tape  from your arm. You grimace, the skin on the wound area stretches, your arm hairs pull out at the roots as the tape is peeled off – OUCH! The 3M™ Kind Remova…
    - 5 days ago, 21 Jul 14, 10:00am -
  • Try it Today! Fire Starters with Built In Ignition

    Try it Today! Fire Starters with Built In Ignition

    I have to be up front and say this isn’t something I came up with myself. I learned it from my good friend John McCann over at SurvivalResources. This is a very simple DIY project that produces a fire starters Read MoreThe post Try it Today! Fire…
    - 6 days ago, 20 Jul 14, 10:00am -
  • How to Always Be Prepared, No Matter Where You Are

    How to Always Be Prepared, No Matter Where You Are

    When you get right down to it, prepping is all about planning ahead, right? We stock up on food, water, and other supplies so we have them at the ready, come what may. All that, though, is the easy part Read MoreThe post How to Always Be Prepared, N…
    - 7 days ago, 19 Jul 14, 11:00am -

Florida Hillbilly

  • 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…
    - 16 days ago, 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…
    - 26 days ago, 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…
    - 33 days ago, 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…
    - 38 days ago, 18 Jun 14, 12:05pm -
  • How To Sucker Tomato Plants
    As this website has evolved and grown, I’ve built relationships with many of my readers. Many of these relationships start out as an emailed question. I love helping out, and am well versed in online and offline research, so if I don’t have the a…
    - 44 days ago, 12 Jun 14, 1:44pm -
  • Everglades Tomatoes – The Final Free Shipment

    - 45 days ago, 11 Jun 14, 12:27pm -
  • Hurricane Season 2014
    June 1 marks the official start of hurricane season. For some of you, this really means nothing, since you rarely, if ever, are affected by a hurricane. Sadly, there are those who live well within the typical range of hurricane disasters, that the st…
    - 52 days ago, 4 Jun 14, 1:02am -
  • Struggle and Strife, But Life Goes On
    We live on an amazing planet. Life is a tenacious, self motivated entity that struggles and strives to not only exist, but to thrive, grow, and reproduce. Just walk down a city street, and find a plant growing in a crack, straining upwards for every…
    - 65 days ago, 22 May 14, 10:00am -
  • What Is It? Esoteric Edibles 1
    Learning about what grows here in south Florida has exposed me to some rather oddball edibles. I want to start to expand on what I’ve learned about alternative items that add variety to the table. Food should be fun. Until the day where we all line…
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  • Another Reason to Produce Your Own Food
    I was talking with BlueTang today, and he mentioned the fact that there is an ongoing swine epidemic….not swine flue affecting humans, but a virus that affects swine, killing large numbers of them.A quick Google search reveals this: Now, does t…
    - 11 Apr 14, 11:08pm -

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

  • 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…
    - 42 days ago, 14 Jun 14, 6:09pm -
  • 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.…
    - 47 days ago, 9 Jun 14, 11:35am -
  • Are your early retirement or FI plans resilient to world challenges ? (Part 2)
    In Part One I discussed the great things future will bring, biotechnology, artificial intelligence, human longevity, robots and cheap energy. In part two I discuss the darker side of the future, I admit writing the other article was more inspiring th…
    - 52 days ago, 4 Jun 14, 7:11pm -
  • Past self vs now self vs future self  - the path to Resilience and FI
    Sometimes, I  think that there are three Resman’s (I call myself Resman on this blog). You are here to get something different from the other blogs, to get challenged. So take off your shoes and gimme 10 minutes. I am amazed by how much the “pr…
    - 52 days ago, 4 Jun 14, 7:00pm -
  • Putting my back into it’ – active resilience
    I decided to have a break from my theorizing about resilience and do something under the sun and out in the fields. I will be trying to grow some veg and protein. I have spent most of my adult life sitting down, in front of a computer doing one thin…
    - 53 days ago, 3 Jun 14, 8:08pm -
  • 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…
    - 53 days ago, 3 Jun 14, 6:11pm -
  • Job Vacancy – Volunteer Spanish Translators needed. is looking for volunteer Spanish Translators. The job is to translate articles  on into Spanish. Make a change in peoples lives apply today ! Please contact us on info at The Resilience message n…
    - 55 days ago, 1 Jun 14, 5:19am -
  • Understanding Value, is key to managing your actions. Key to achieving your objectives.
    Value is something which is set intrinsically. Most of our decisions occur, because we see more value in taking one choice over another. One action over an other. We assign value depending on our morals, relative wealth, way of being, pain to value r…
    - 56 days ago, 31 May 14, 8:11am -
  • Key terms you need to know in order to better understand prepping, resilience and early retirement.
    People who seek to be Resilionaires, Preppers, Survivalists, Early Retirement, Financially Independent will find the following concepts will make their thinking more clear on their resilience decisions. These concepts will help you to understand what…
    - 57 days ago, 30 May 14, 7:52am -
  • Your T-Shirt determines your levels of resilience.
    What T-shirt are you wearing ? You wear different T shirts, according to the place, time, context, energy levels, recent past., emotional engagement in what you are doing and many other variables. If you are late for work, have a busy day and have yo…
    - 61 days ago, 26 May 14, 12:30pm -

The Great Northern Prepper

  • DIY Vinegar: How to make Vinegar
    (Photo courtesy of Vinegar has numerous uses from cooking to cleaning, but apart from those wishing to be more green or back to earth homesteaders vinegars many uses have been forgotten over the past generation or two. T…
    - 26 days ago, 30 Jun 14, 12:00pm -
    Hey Folks just updated the Prepper Resource page with 300 new files! There is everything you are looking for from food prep lists to Radio Communications to Blacksmithing I think we cover everything here!   PREPPER RESOURCES
    - 40 days ago, 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’…
    - 45 days ago, 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…
    - 47 days ago, 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…
    - 50 days ago, 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…
    - 54 days ago, 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…
    - 61 days ago, 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…
    - 64 days ago, 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…
    - 67 days ago, 20 May 14, 12:35pm -
  • Episode 27: Litecoin, Bitcoin and other Crypto Currencies
    I recorded this a month ago so some of the information in regards to “cases” and recent events is somewhat dated but all the information presented is still very relavent. Today I talk about… How Crypto Currencies Work Why Cryptocurrencies are a…
    - 78 days ago, 9 May 14, 12:30pm -

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

  • The top 10 prepper skills and abilities FNG needs to survive
    Which prepper skills and abilities would you need to focus on to survive SHTF or a natural or man-made disaster? You're reading The top 10 prepper skills and abilities FNG needs to survive, originally posted at Graywolf Survival - Common-sense emerg…
    - 7 days ago, 19 Jul 14, 1:28am -
  • Send secure messages even without cell service with goTenna
    The goTenna connects to your phone via bluetooth and then transmit an encrypted radio signal to other goTenna transceivers within range.You're reading Send secure messages even without cell service with goTenna, originally posted at Graywolf Surviva…
    - 9 days ago, 17 Jul 14, 10:15pm -
  • Victorinox Swisschamp XAVT Swiss Army knife review
    Is the Victorinox XAVT Swiss Army knife a good choice for your camping, survival, or bug out bag gear? Read this review and decide if it's right for you.You're reading Victorinox Swisschamp XAVT Swiss Army knife review, originally posted at Graywolf…
    - 15 days ago, 11 Jul 14, 6:27pm -
  • Beware False Knowledge
    I understand this is a “made for TV drama” made me wonder how many people would watch this and think this is the way to survive?You're reading Beware False Knowledge, originally posted at Graywolf Survival - Common-sense emergency prepared…
    - 15 days ago, 11 Jul 14, 12:31am -
  • Why you need to have a SHTF/emergency food supply plan
    Did you know that there are several short and long-term threats to your food supply? Read the facts about these threats as well as what you can actually start doing today to make sure your family always has something to eat.You're reading Why you ne…
    - 17 days ago, 9 Jul 14, 8:07pm -
  • Neighborhood Watch – Not just for nosey old ladies
    Learning about your neighbors, you will be able to better determine their strengths and weaknesses and help you scout for SHTF team membersYou're reading Neighborhood Watch – Not just for nosey old ladies, originally posted at Graywolf Survival -…
    - 28 days ago, 28 Jun 14, 12:31am -
  • 60 bug out bag gear items might not have considered
    Think you've thought of everything for your bug out bag? Check out this list and tell me what you think...You're reading 60 bug out bag gear items might not have considered, originally posted at Graywolf Survival - Common-sense emergency preparednes…
    - 33 days ago, 23 Jun 14, 4:00pm -
  • DIY portable camping PVC pipe evap air conditioner
    Ok, so I saw the 5 gallon bucket air conditioner swamp cooler that figjam did a couple years ago and thought it was a fantastic idea. I wanted to see if I could improve on that. I finally got it.You're reading DIY portable camping PVC pipe evap air…
    - 35 days ago, 21 Jun 14, 2:37am -
  • University research to confront prepper stereotypes
    To most, prepping continues to be surrounded by rumour: some think it is the business of millennial cults, others think it is only of interests to political extremists. My doctoral research sets out to complete a more objective exploration of this cu…
    - 36 days ago, 20 Jun 14, 2:11am -
  • Do you really know what will happen if SHTF?
    I see this crap all the time and it really bugs me. Too many people think they have the answer to what will happen after SHTF and that thinking makes their planning suck.You're reading Do you really know what will happen if SHTF?, originally posted…
    - 42 days ago, 14 Jun 14, 9:15pm -

Rural Revolution

  • newSecond day of sales
    Well I must say yesterday's weather was MUCH better than Wednesday's. It was cloudy on and off most of the day, but there was no rain and temps were moderate.I set up the outer shelving units with the feet on plastic bags so the wood didn't get wet.…
    - 18 hours ago, 25 Jul 14, 4:32pm -
  • First day of sales
    Well this was a first for all the years I've been doing this sales event -- it rained.To Portlanders, of course, rain is nothing more than "liquid sunshine." Rain in Portland is like sunshine in Phoenix -- it happens all the time. Nonetheless it's…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Jul 14, 3:52pm -
  • Prepping for Portland
    Sorry for the silence, but it's been an intense week or so as we prepped for my trip to Portland for my annual sales trip. It didn't help that my blog went down temporarily because of a glitch while changing domain hosts. Don spent about half an ho…
    - 3 days ago, 23 Jul 14, 4:23pm -
  • Technical difficulties, please stand by......
    Hi All. This is a test of the blog. We've had a bit of problems switching domain name servers. This is only a testHusband of the boss_______________________UPDATE:Thanks for everyone's concerns! I recently switched the domain name to a different hos…
    - 5 days ago, 21 Jul 14, 9:58pm -
  • Picking raspberries
    The strawberries are just about over. After a frantic month of picking every other day, we have about sixty pounds in the freezer, oh joy!But yesterday's picking only yielded about three pints of strawberries, just enough for fresh eating. However…
    - 6 days ago, 20 Jul 14, 2:21pm -
  • Liberty fatigue
    Here's my WND column for this weekend entitled Liberty Fatigue.
    - 6 days ago, 20 Jul 14, 3:37am -
  • Men who hate women
    Oh please.Every single one of you knows how I feel about feminism. But the opposite position can be taken too far. Consider this remark I just read:"Feminism is witchcraft. It is of satan. Look at the rebellion of women around the world. Women are…
    - 7 days ago, 19 Jul 14, 5:56pm -
  • Farm hazards
    Many people think living on a farm is a piece of cake. We don't have to worry about getting hit by a bus or many other urban hazards. Eh, what could possibly go WRONG?To denude you of that naïve notion, I'd like to offer this humble collection of…
    - 7 days ago, 19 Jul 14, 12:37am -
  • Her name is Lucy
    Thank you for all the wonderful name suggestions for our new little heifer! We've decided to call her Lucy since, of course, she has red hair.We couldn't call her Rosy since we had a red calf born last year that has that name.I'm holding the rest of…
    - 9 days ago, 17 Jul 14, 1:23pm -
  • Violent storm
    Holy cow, we had one hum-dinger of a thunderstorm that rolled through yesterday. It was totally unexpected and caught almost everyone by surprise, both by its very existence as well as its ferocity.I had taken Younger Daughter to her violin lesson i…
    - 9 days ago, 17 Jul 14, 1:05pm -

Last Minute Survival

Learn How To Be Prepared

  • New integrated services
    We are excited to be bringing new integrated services to the Thinking Man website. We will also be launching our new website soon, so keep an eye out for a fresh face.The post New integrated services appeared first on
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  • We will not bill you a quarter billion dollars for a website!
    We want to assure you that when it comes to your website, not only are our websites affordable, and functional you can count on us to manage your project efficiently.The post We will not bill you a quarter billion dollars for a website! appeared fir…
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  • The most sexy thing just happened to my mac…
    Long story short, if you are a designer like me, access to fonts is critical, but also overwhelming! Because I do a lot of web design vs graphic for print, I like to use google fonts when I can. They are elegant and beautiful, and of course it just m…
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  • WordPress 3.9 Smith
    Well it is about time, this is a WONDERFUL update by WordPress. Take a look at the feature video.. For those who are doing a lot of blog posting this is a HUGE update. Improved visual editing The updated visual editor has improved speed, accessibilit…
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  • Welcome Freedom Oregon – new client website launch
    Today I am VERY proud to announce the website launch of our most recent client, Freedom Oregon. The Freedom Oregon Campaign are liberty-minded Republicans, conservatives, and independent-thinking Oregonians who support the freedom to marry initiative…
    - 21 Feb 14, 12:59am -
  • Need a color? Check out these online tools.
    Often clients come to us with new ideas that have no set colors, it is our job to help you (the client) find the colors that work. We might get this from a variety of places, a photo you give us, your business card even your product package. Then we…
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  • Welcome to the family, Fishers Landing Automotive Repair
    We wanted to welcome Fishers landing automotive repair to the Thinking Man Creative family. Fishers landing automotive repair, located in Vancouver Washington, is a great family owned small business that provides reliable and honest automotive servic…
    - 9 Jan 14, 5:40am -
  • So, you’re thinking about using to hire a website guru to make your website?
    So, you’re thinking about using to hire a website guru to make your website? Thats a great idea! I am one of those developers. As I get a LOT of website leads from Thumbtack there is something that you can do to help me and other deve…
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  • Mass hack affects almost 2 million Internet accounts are your passwords safe?
    This message is to alert our customers and friends to a Password hack that has occurred. Our Servers are secure and there has been no breach in our security. However, due to a massive cyber hack that is currently being reported in the news,  we are…
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  • Google overhauls the way its search engine ranks websites
    ‘Hummingbird’ will affect 90 per cent of search requests, VP says The Associated Press Posted:Sep 27, 2013 1:52 PM ET Last Updated:Sep 27, 2013 9:00 PM ET Video Google at 15Chris O’Neill of Google Canada on how the company remains relevant in t…
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Learn to Prepare

  • The Gift of Encouragement
    By Denis KornWe 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 updated…
    - 25 days ago, 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…
    - 55 days ago, 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…
    - 86 days ago, 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.  Y…
    - 1 Apr 14, 5:36am -
  • 7 Things Every Reputable Food Reserve Company Needs to Tell You!
    By Denis KornYou 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 to…
    - 1 Mar 14, 5:14am -
  • A Critical Evaluation of Foods for Emergency Preparedness

    - 1 Feb 14, 3:04am -
  • The #1 Preparedness Question!

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  • My Top 6 Crucial Questions for Effective Preparedness Planning
    By Denis KornProper preparedness ensures effective resiliencyI am continually asked by serious preppers, preparedness planners and managers, whether beginners or experienced, “What are the most important things I need to know in getting started o…
    - 27 Nov 13, 10:52pm -
  • A Comprehensive Primer on Long Term Food Storage
    By Denis KornThe language of food storage – defining and clarifying terms, product options and related information.I am frequently asked, especially by newer preparedness planners, for a concise overview of food storage basics.  I am thankful f…
    - 1 Nov 13, 2:36am -
  • Crucial Questions & Essential Information About Grab-and-Go Bags & Vehicle Preparedness – Revisited
    By Denis Korn                                                                                                                       …
    - 25 Oct 13, 1:46am -

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 194 time…
    - 4 Sep 13, 12:06am -

Mama Kautz

  • Front Porch Friday #20
    This weeks featured post is: Please share your posts that are homesteading, prepping, homemaking, or frugal living in nature. Please be family friendly, although Zombies are ok. Please visit the blog that linked before you. Share the love. Older post…
    - 1 day ago, 25 Jul 14, 7:00am -
  • Off Grid Cooking
    As you read this, Team Kautz is off in the wilderness of North Idaho camping off grid. *Note: the homestead is being protected by #1 Boy Child, who is armed.* There may be a vault toilet, but that’s it. So, what better time, than now, to practice o…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Jul 14, 7:05am -
  • Homemade Sunscreen
    I am all about reducing the toxins in my home and on our bodies. I know it’s a little late in the season to be making sunscreen, but summer still has a good 6 weeks left. Because I love Mason Jars I chose the 4 oz size to store the sunscreen in. It…
    - 4 days ago, 22 Jul 14, 7:00am -
  • Front Porch Friday #19
    This weeks featured post is: Shelle PreparednessMama chose the post How to Get Rid of Cucumber Beetles Naturally, from Grow, Pray, Build Mama Kautz chose Raw Vanilla Ice Cream. She is getting out of goats and has some milk to use up. This is perfect!…
    - 8 days ago, 18 Jul 14, 7:00am -
  • 5 Things I’ll Miss Most if the SHTF
    I just got done reading Cyberstorm It’s about the Internet going down, then NY city gets hit with back to back snowstorms. The latter of the two has happened before, but not when the Internet was down and without internet lots of things, in this da…
    - 9 days ago, 17 Jul 14, 7:05am -
  • Women’s Supplements by dōTERRA
    Part of my daily routine is taking doTERRA supplements. I take Life long Vitality and last month I add the women’s supplements of Phytosestrogen and Bone Nutrient Complex. Primary Benefits of Phytoestrogen • Provides supplemental dietary phytoest…
    - 11 days ago, 15 Jul 14, 11:00am -
  • Front Porch Friday #18
    This weeks featured post is: Mama Kautz chose Snappy Jalapeño Cheese Biscuits, by Taylor Made Ranch. She is going camping, off grid, for a week with the family. These will be perfect in the cast iron skillet one morning. Shelle PreparednessMama like…
    - 15 days ago, 11 Jul 14, 7:00am -
  • Preppers Blueprint Book Review
    By far the most complete Preparedness book I have read. This book has everything, but the kitchen sink, in it. The Prepper’s Blueprint Layers of Protection Layer 1~Chapters 1-14 Prepare yourself for everyday disasters. Power outages, storms, that s…
    - 16 days ago, 10 Jul 14, 5:00pm -
  • Homemade Deodorant
    Because I LOVE making things using my essential oils. So far I have made Lip Balm and shaving cream. Why stop there? Why not make deodorant too? Why make my own? I have been trying to reduce my toxic load for awhile. That is, reducing the toxins in o…
    - 18 days ago, 8 Jul 14, 7:05am -
  • Front Porch Friday #17
    This weeks featured posts are: Mama Kautz chose Homemade Farmer’s Cheese. She has an abundance of raw goat milk right now so this is perfect to take care of some of that. Shelle PreparednessMama chose 100+ Cold Drinks You can Make on Hot Days from…
    - 22 days ago, 4 Jul 14, 7:00am -

Modern Day Redneck

  • Home Is Where She Is At
    Here is my home,Just for a little while hopefully.It's like camping every day!Alright, it's not really that fun but it's a change of pace and completely different than what I am accustom to. I have neighbors all around me and I can watch them eat din…
    - 8 days ago, 18 Jul 14, 6:21pm -
  • It's a start
    Over the past week we have been moving more stuff out of the house and yard and storing it in the barn or over at my dad's.We also started on the tiny home we are about to build by installed the corners posts for the yard andstaking out where the hou…
    - 19 days ago, 7 Jul 14, 9:51pm -
  • Some Say I'm Crazy
    It's all about that little sound in the back of my head, you know the one, the internal time clock that is telling you, "You need to start doing something about retirement and fast"That sound has always been with me, but as I get older it keeps getti…
    - 33 days ago, 23 Jun 14, 6:05pm -
  • The Last One Across
    Two beautiful women have walked in this gown before her, and now my wonderful daughter Kylee had the honor of being the last. I've watched her grow and mold herself into the woman I look to everyday, one of my best friends, a woman of love and cha…
    - 46 days ago, 10 Jun 14, 1:05pm -
  • Great Weekend For The Ford Girls
    I wondered what it would be like to be those people.You know those folks that show up and people say, "Oh crap, now we don't stand a chance."All through my Competition Chili Cooking career I have met, and cooked against the best in the world. Most pe…
    - 47 days ago, 9 Jun 14, 3:34pm -
  • She Is Here
     Baby Rebecca has arrived. 7lbs 9 oz, 20" LongThe C-Section did not go as planned so they ended up inducing Hannah. After 28 hours of labor little Miss Rebecca is born.I am truly at a loss of words about the whole thing.I never could have imagined t…
    - 58 days ago, 29 May 14, 4:07pm -
  • Finally, It's On The Way
    It's all about Cooking Chili and Family. It has been that way for a while now. Candy, Jessie and myself just got back from a great two day chili cookoff in Durant OK. On top of that it was the new camper's maiden voyage. We had a really great time an…
    - 61 days ago, 26 May 14, 5:04pm -
  • I Like It
    I like Mothers day just about as much as all the other holidays because it brings the family together. It was March since I had all my girls together with me. So what if it takes a made up holiday to do it.Jessie (mid right) is home from college for…
    - 75 days ago, 12 May 14, 4:38pm -
  • My Little Buddy
    I don't think I have ever told the wife, "I'm going out with the guys." or "I'm going to go hang with my buddy."The reason why, because she is my buddy. We do everything together. If I had a guy buddy then he would only be a friend because the best b…
    - 89 days ago, 28 Apr 14, 7:33pm -
  • Busy Is An Understatment
    A few months ago I posted about how busy these couple of months were going to be, well I wasn't kidding.The saving grace is, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.  For starters we have had several bad storms blow through and created a lot of…
    - 96 days ago, 21 Apr 14, 10:29pm -

My Family Survival Plan

  • 10 Reasons Why You Should Be Canning Your Own Meat
    You’ll be hooked, I tell you.  Once you learn how to bottle your own meats, you’ll never go back to the old way of doing it.Think about your meat habits.  Do you put up a 1/2 beef in your freezer every year? Do you buy fresh from the butcher an…
    - 3 days ago, 23 Jul 14, 1:59pm -
  • Survival Among Humans
    TV  news and internet are covered with headlines like „shocking, captured Iraqis beheaded“ or „they killing everyone on their way“ and „prisoners executed“ and similar.And folks who watch and comment on the news and videos who still live…
    - 3 days ago, 23 Jul 14, 1:37pm -
  • The Old-School Forgotten Art To EMP-Proof Electronics
    Even though we’ve all seen the effects of solar flares and their ability to knock out electricity and communications, some do not believe that an EMP attack will lead to social collapse. But it will…As someone that loves to tinker with electroni…
    - 3 days ago, 23 Jul 14, 7:54am -
  • Long Match
    Fire is an important element to wilderness survival. After getting a fire going the first time, it is important to never allow it to go out in a survival situation. The Long Match is a method of carrying that fire with you as you leave camp and head…
    - 11 days ago, 15 Jul 14, 1:26pm -

Command Zero

  • newWalking Dead Season 5 Trailer
    Reminder: Hardigg cases! ========================== Walking Dead Season Five trailer is up!  
    - 9 hours ago, 26 Jul 14, 1:31am -
  • newDisposable handguns
    Hardigg cases still available. Get ‘em while the gettin’s good. =================================== Or, I suppose, disposable plastic handguns. I give crap to the people (mostly the ‘Matt Foley’-style survivalists [those are the ones whose su…
    - 16 hours ago, 25 Jul 14, 6:49pm -
  • The Preparedness Mad-Lib
    Reminder: Hardigg cases for sale ——————————— It occurs to me that if you don’t know what to do next in terms of updating your level of preparedness, or if you are unsure of how to prioritize something, the solution is … Cont…
    - 3 days ago, 23 Jul 14, 7:26pm -
  • Hardigg sale and info
    These are the dimensions and other info on the Hardigg cases that are available. A few things to make clear, just so we are all on the same page: The cases are used.This is why they are aren’t $300-$600 each. … Continue reading →
    - 4 days ago, 22 Jul 14, 6:07pm -
  • PopSci – Computer Models Show What Exactly Would Happen To Earth After A Nuclear War
    You’ve seen what a nuclear winter looks like, as imagined by filmmakers and novelists. Now you can take a look at what scientists have to say. In a new study, a team of four U.S. atmospheric and environmental scientists modeled … Continue reading…
    - 5 days ago, 21 Jul 14, 4:01pm -
  • Article – Los Angeles awaits earthquake that could be the ‘Big One’
    Hmmm. Los Angeles awaits earthquake that could be the ‘Big One’ Next year residents of Los Angeles will flock to cinemas to see a blockbuster called San Andreas in which their city will be wiped out by an apocalyptic earthquake. … Continue read…
    - 6 days ago, 20 Jul 14, 6:33pm -
  • The first step is admitting you have a problem….
    To answer your unspoken questions: yes, they will; not just yet but soon, I’ll let you know.
    - 8 days ago, 18 Jul 14, 5:51pm -
  • Saiga news – Im right again
    Recall this post. Someone in comments felt that I was being alarmist that our benevolent .gov would conspire to remove our access to Saiga-12 shotguns. And yet….…
    - 8 days ago, 18 Jul 14, 4:01pm -
  • Birthday!
    You know him, you love him, he’s the BioWeapon Mk I….and today he hits the big oh-four!
    - 9 days ago, 17 Jul 14, 2:52am -
  • .22 rifle
    You guys remember this post? Yeah. Well. And for those who were curious, the Sparrow is narrow enough diameter that you can use the iron sights with no problem. HOWEVER, the sights dont have enough elevation for the Rem. Subsonic … Continue reading…
    - 10 days ago, 16 Jul 14, 4:31am -

Outdoor Quest

  • A Solar Storm That Almost Hit Earth
    The following post is an article from the Washington Post.  A coronal mass ejection would have serious and significant impact on society.  How a solar storm two years ago nearly caused a catastrophe on Earth By Jason Samenow        …
    - 2 days ago, 24 Jul 14, 4:54pm -
  • Rain Suit or Poncho
    Interesting discussion from my friend Leon's blog.  by Leon PantenburgRain follows me. Over Christmas break, 1977,  John Nerness and I went backpacking in Death Valley, CA. Packing rain gear seemed like a waste of time – after all, the average an…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Jul 14, 4:07pm -
  • A Compass Tune-up
     Recently I watched on one of the many outdoor cable shows.  The guest is a noted ballistics expert, writer and occasional backcountry guide.  During a segment of the interview he was demonstrating what was in his day pack.  It kept my i…
    - 4 days ago, 22 Jul 14, 5:42pm -
  • Lost in the High Sierras
    Another lost hiker.  From the Merced Sun-Starby Carmen GeorgeHiking from the summit of a remote peak in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks last Saturday, something went very wrong for Gregory Hein of Clovis.Climbing down the rocky mountainside…
    - 9 days ago, 17 Jul 14, 1:00pm -
  • The 10 Essentials - What You Don't Need to Carry
    I came across this post from the Appalachian Mountain Club's web site.  The writer discusses why you really don't need to carry a compass.The post starts out by stating:The Least Useful Item in the Ten Essentials? I recently wrote about the Ten Ess…
    - 10 days ago, 16 Jul 14, 1:30pm -
  • REI Web Page
    Here is a web page that every one should keep an eye on.It's REI's list of coupons and promotions.Go here to check this one out.
    - 11 days ago, 15 Jul 14, 4:44pm -
  • Compass Accuracy
    Check out my latest post on about compass accuracy. The quality of a compass will make a difference in its accuracyNavigation is a practiced skill, and when not practiced on a regular basis it becomes easily forgotten. Sighting and…
    - 16 days ago, 10 Jul 14, 2:33pm -
  • Ranger Bands
    An Elastic, Durable Addition to a Hiker’s Tool KitI’ve added these ultralight utility bands, called ranger bands, to my kit along with a compact multi-tool (e.g., a Leatherman tool), a few yards of duct tape and 50 feet of parachute cord.Ranger…
    - 17 days ago, 9 Jul 14, 2:25pm -
  • Hiking In The Backcountry During Hunting Season
    The followng post is by Rebecca Walsh at  From my perspective it is a lot safer than you think.  I'm am sure nationally there have been fatalities but not locally in the state of Oregon.  One reason - Most hunters d…
    - 18 days ago, 8 Jul 14, 5:54pm -
  • Knife Review
    Just found the following knife review by Adam Jepson at a site that is new to  His post about the Mora knife intrigued me because (1) I own several, (2) it was pretty comprehensive and (3) I like to stimulate the conversation…
    - 20 days ago, 6 Jul 14, 10:00am -

Paul Kirtley's Blog

  • 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…
    - 24 days ago, 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…
    - 31 days ago, 25 Jun 14, 8:43pm -
  • Integrating Bushcraft With Modern Outdoor Life: Bushcraft Show 2014 Presentation
    For the second year in a row I was among the expert speakers on the main stage at the Bushcraft Show. I was honoured to share this platform with illustrious names and authorities such as Lofty Wiseman, Cody Lundin, Steve Backshall, David Scott-Donela…
    - 59 days ago, 28 May 14, 4:11pm -
  • What Gear To Pack For A Day Hike In The Woods
    When we head out for multi-day hikes, we’re usually quite considered in our choice of equipment. As soon as a trip involves spending at least one night out, we’re usually found reaching for appropriate sleeping equipment, a cooking pot, a means o…
    - 89 days ago, 28 Apr 14, 1:17am -
  • Snugpak Travelpak 3 Sleeping Bag Review
    People seem to visibly cringe when they ask me about sleeping bags. The conversation goes something along the lines of “Paul, I’d like to buy a new sleeping bag, what do you recommend? What do you actually use yourself?” “Well, I have half a…
    - 5 Apr 14, 2:08pm -
  • Bellroy Very Protective: An Adventure-Tough Wallet?
    Little things can make a big difference. I certainly find this is the case when I’m travelling. I like to have a place for everything and everything in its place. The danger is, of course, that you end up adding bulk and weight to your kit by using…
    - 29 Mar 14, 8:25pm -
  • A Framework For Preparing Yourself For A Survival Situation
    You don’t need to look far for almost countless incident reports, news items and accounts of woe whereby ordinary folk have found themselves in difficulty in the great outdoors due to lack of basic skills and knowledge. So, how do we make sure we h…
    - 26 Mar 14, 1:12pm -
  • Portable Sharpening Stones: Keeping Your Edge On The Trail
    When we are at home, in a cabin or a fixed camp, we can use full-sized bench stones to sharpen our cutting tools. When we are on the move, however, we do not want to be carrying full-sized stones. They have a similar density to bricks. Even a full-si…
    - 19 Feb 14, 4:31pm -
  • Arctic Lean-To Revisited
    Lean-to shelters have become one of the touchstones of bushcraft, particularly northern forest bushcraft. They are often held up as superb survival shelter – in combination with a long log fire – ideal for surviving cold conditions with limited o…
    - 15 Feb 14, 3:39pm -
  • Choosing And Using A Snow Shovel For Winter Camping And Travel
    If you ask people to draw up a list of the equipment they think important to take with them on a winter journey or on a winter camping trip, particularly in the northern forest, they might state an axe for felling dead standing wood for firewood. Th…
    - 31 Jan 14, 4:30am -

Prep Blog

  • newGovernment versus Digital Currency
    Bitcoin and similar digital currencies (also called cryptocurrencies) use cryptographic techniques to maintain a public ledger. The entries in this ledger are the currency, and it has value based on the willingness of individuals and businesses to tr…
    - 21 hours ago, 25 Jul 14, 1:24pm -
  • Severe Drought has Engulfed California
    The current U.S. Drought Monitor shows a huge swathe of land from CA to Texas, struck by severe drought. How severe? The Drought Monitor system uses a scale from D-zero to D-4 D0 – abnormally dry D1 – moderate drought … Continue reading →
    - 3 days ago, 23 Jul 14, 5:04pm -
  • A Look at High-end Air Rifles
    On the low end of price and performance, air rifles are fun for plinking and target shooting. Nice for recreational shooting (if it can be called shooting), but not so useful for prepping or survival. Then there are some moderately-priced … Continu…
    - 5 days ago, 21 Jul 14, 8:02pm -
  • Weekly Survival Reader: July 14-18
    It’s time for another installment of Prep-Blog’s weekly prepping and survival reader, with interesting blog posts, articles, products, and news of interest to preppers. We cover a wide range of prepping and survival topics, including: firearms, g…
    - 6 days ago, 19 Jul 14, 11:50pm -
  • Lightning Product Review: goTenna
    Imagine that a local disaster knocks out cell phone communications. Maybe the cell phone system is overwhelmed with call attempts. Maybe the power is out for an extended period of time. Whatever the reason, your cell phone is no longer … Continue r…
    - 8 days ago, 18 Jul 14, 2:01pm -

Prepper Recon

  • newFriday Night at The Movies- After Armageddon
    After Armageddon is a great TEOTWAWKI scenario produced by the History Channel. It points out how important it is to stock up on antibiotics while they are still available.  Enjoy the show! Make sure you stop by the Prepper Recon Supply […] ↓ R…
    - 21 hours ago, 25 Jul 14, 2:09pm -
  • Podcast-AR-15 vs AK-47 with Joel Edwards of The Working Man’s Armory
    Joel Edwards of The Working Man’s Armory joins me on the show today to talk about battle rifles. We discuss the age old question of AR-15 or AK-47 as well as AK-74s. For 299 Day’s fans, Joel is building a […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry...T…
    - 3 days ago, 23 Jul 14, 3:05am -
  • Podcast- Building the Bug Out Bag with Sandi Bird Aldridge
    Sandi Bird Aldridge, the author of The Amateur Prepper’s Pocket Guide to Creating an Emergency Plan joins me on the show today. We cover everything from building the perfect bug out bag to couponing for long term food storage.   […] ↓ Read the…
    - 5 days ago, 21 Jul 14, 2:37am -
  • Sunday Prepper Bible Study- Joshua 6-7

    - 6 days ago, 20 Jul 14, 12:33am -
  • Friday Night at The Movies- The Day After
    Tonight’s movie is a classic from 1983. The Day After portrays a nuclear attack on America. It was a made-for-TV movie, but it is pretty well written. The blast footage is very well done, especially given the technology they were […] ↓ Read the…
    - 8 days ago, 18 Jul 14, 3:50pm -
  • Podcast- Prepper Fatigue with Jim Thompson
    Jim Thompson, who is currently producing the on-going Summer of Survival series of free Webinars, joins me on the show today to talk about prepper fatigue. Some preppers have been at it for decades. They’ve been stocked up and watching […] ↓ Re…
    - 10 days ago, 16 Jul 14, 1:42am -
  • Podcast- Archery and Prepping with Scott Moore
    Scott Moore of joins me on the show today to talk about all things archery. Scott is a long-time bow hunter  and archery competitor. Scott has several outdoor retreats and classes that cover bushcraft and archery each fall. Go […]…
    - 12 days ago, 14 Jul 14, 1:28am -
  • Sunday Prepper Bible Study- 300- Judges 7
    John Jacob Schmidt of  Radio Free Redoubt gave an incredible message from Judges 7 on a different set of 300 men at the recent God and Country Rally. If you are new to prepping or would like to learn more […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry...The…
    - 13 days ago, 13 Jul 14, 1:49am -
  • Friday Night at The Movies-1984
    1984 is George Orwell’s classic tale of the totalitarian state. It has excellent examples of how agent provocateurs work to entrap those who would dare threaten the state. Enjoy the show! Our  Individual First Aid Kits! are now on sale! $89 […]…
    - 15 days ago, 11 Jul 14, 2:57pm -
  • Prepper Recon Guest Appearance on Secrets of a Survivalist
    Today’s show is my guest appearance on the Secrets of a Survivalist radio show with Rick Austin. Rick and I met through the Summer of Survival Webinar which  is still going on every Tuesday and Thursday night through out the […] ↓ Read the res…
    - 17 days ago, 9 Jul 14, 2:37am -

Preparedness is Fundamental

  • One Spectacular Homestead
    One of the nice things about owning a blog is you can break your own rules. Normally I wouldn’t post something like this, but if any of my readers are looking, this appears to be one of the nicest, and … Continue reading →
    - 51 days ago, 5 Jun 14, 9:05pm -
  • 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 →
    - 80 days ago, 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 -
  • A Solar Powered Compost Tumbler for Under $5.00
    I am a scrounge. I can’t stand to see all of the waste that goes on around us, so I try and salvage and re-purpose items that are headed for the landfills and turn them into useful items. Gardens love … Continue reading →
    - 2 Feb 14, 5:27pm -
  • New Heavy Duty Multi Fuel Prepper Stove Cooks Full Size Meals
    Having the ability to cook full size family meals, boil water and grill during a power outage, disaster or in the rough is essential. Unfortunately, stoves that require propane, butane, electricity or gas will be worthless the instant you run … Con…
    - 24 Jan 14, 2:54pm -

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