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  • newPreparedness Notes for Saturday – March 24, 2018
    March 24th is the birthday of Dr. Art Robinson, who was born in 1942. o o o SurvivalBlog Writing Contest Today features another entry for Round 75 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The nearly $11,000 worth of prizes for this round incl…
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  • newA Few Hard-Learned Lessons- Part 1, by Grey Woman
    I assure you that all of the following lessons are ones I have learned the hard way. I am sure that for those of you who grew up with a self-sufficient lifestyle or have been doing this for a while or even just possess a tiny bit more common sense th…
    - 58 mins ago 24 Mar 18, 7:04am -
  • newEditors’ Prepping Progress
    To be prepared for a crisis, every Prepper must establish goals and make long-term and short-term plans. Steadily, we work on meeting our prepping goals. In this column, the SurvivalBlog editors review their week’s prep activities. They also often…
    - 59 mins ago 24 Mar 18, 7:03am -
  • newThe Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods:
    SurvivalBlog presents another edition of The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods— a collection of news bits and pieces that are relevant to the modern survivalist and prepper from “HJL”. Once again, the American people are betrayed by their congress…
    - 60 mins ago 24 Mar 18, 7:02am -
  • newThe Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “Thus saith the Lord, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: but let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the Lo…
    - 1 hour ago 24 Mar 18, 7:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Friday – March 23, 2018
    This is the birthday of Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa. He directed 30 films. His samurai films (many starring Toshiro Mifune) such as Yojimbo, Sanjuro, The Hidden Fortress, Rashomon, The Seven Samurai, Kagemusha, and Ran are considered legendary…
    - 1 day ago 23 Mar 18, 7:05am -
  • Cipher Security- Part 2, by East Sierra Sage
    I’m talking about cipher security. In review, I am a Retired Marine Infantry Staff Non-Commissioned Officer who has served multiple combat tours in Iraq, as well as most of the “skirmishes” the U.S. got involved in leading up to the global war…
    - 1 day ago 23 Mar 18, 7:04am -
  • Letter: Exceptional Individuals
    Hi Hugh, I have a good friend. His name is J.P. We met at the base gun club. He was there firing his WW2 Era carbine, and I had my “Modern Sporting Rifle” He shot tighter groups than me at 200 yards that day with his iron sights, I had my big fan…
    - 1 day ago 23 Mar 18, 7:03am -
  • Economics & Investing For Preppers
    Here are the latest items and commentary on current economics news, market trends, stocks, investing opportunities, and the precious metals markets. We also cover hedges, derivatives, and obscura. And it bears mention that most of these items are fro…
    - 1 day ago 23 Mar 18, 7:02am -
  • The Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “Men Wanted for Dangerous Expedition: Low Wages for Long Hours of Arduous Labour under Brutal Conditions; Months of Continual Darkness and Extreme Cold; Great Risk to Life and Limb from Disease, Accidents and Other Hazards; Small Chance of Fame in…
    - 1 day ago 23 Mar 18, 7:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Thursday – March 22, 2018
    This is the birthday of Louis L’Amour. Some of his novels have survival themes. One of the most notable ones was Last of the Breed. On a side note, I recently found that the hardbound, leatherette special edition of his books has been discontinued,…
    - 2 days ago 22 Mar 18, 12:02pm -
  • Cipher Security- Part 1, by East Sierra Sage
    [Editor’s Note: This is good information, but readers should note that simple transposition ciphers of any type can be easily broken. Only One Time Pads and book codes offer any reasonable level of cipher security.] My Nom de Plume is “East Sierr…
    - 2 days ago 22 Mar 18, 11:59am -
  • The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods:
    SurvivalBlog presents another edition of The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods— a collection of news bits and pieces that are relevant to the modern survivalist and prepper from “HJL”. Firearms on YouTube are in trouble with the recent changes in…
    - 2 days ago 22 Mar 18, 11:54am -
  • The Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “As a rule, there is no surer way to the dislike of men than to behave well where they have behaved badly.” – Lew Wallace, New Mexico Territorial Governor, and author of the novel Ben Hur: A Tale of the Christ. (Wallace wrote the manuscript fo…
    - 2 days ago 22 Mar 18, 11:51am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Wednesday – March 21, 2018
    Just three days after Hessian mercenary forces assaulted the local New Jersey militia at Quinton’s Bridge, the same contingent surprised the colonial militia at Hancock’s Bridge five miles from Salem. In what became known as the Massacre at Hanco…
    - 3 days ago 21 Mar 18, 7:05am -


More Than Just Surviving

  • “Extreme” Weather Conditions: Snowflakes, Hysteria, & the UK
    If you are a Brit, you will undoubtedly be aware that we faced a seemingly apocalyptic event over the past week or so. In case you’re unaware and need to be brought up to speed with regards to the cataclysmic event that struck old Blighty, be…
    - 13 days ago 11 Mar 18, 11:20am -
  • New Knives in 2018? The Knife World’s Changed & Not For the Better
    When Elise and I started MTJS, I began by reviewing my extensive Spyderco collection. Over the years, due to constant bugging by you lot, I started reviewing knives from brands I never really had much interest in. A good example would be Cold S…
    - 33 days ago 19 Feb 18, 4:26pm -
  • We Need to Talk About the Cape Town Drought & Human Stupidity
    As some of you may know, Cape Town is running out of water. The local government has quite literally stated that in less than 100 days, they may have to turn off the taps entirely and water will be rationed out at designated outposts. Here’s…
    - 49 days ago 3 Feb 18, 10:54am -
  • Prepper Lessons: What Mistakes Have You Made & Learned From?
    While I haven’t been prepping for very long in comparison to most of you, I’d like to think I’ve learned quite a lot over the years through mistakes I’ve made with prepping. Honestly, mistakes make some of the most valuable lessons reso…
    - 56 days ago 27 Jan 18, 12:34pm -
  • The Value of Dehydrated Foods & MRES in a Prepper’s Food Stockpile
    So I’ve spoken about this briefly before, but basically my opinion on rotating through a food stockpile has actually changed since I first began prepping. I used to think that – in an ideal situation – I 100% wanted to rotate through ever…
    - 59 days ago 24 Jan 18, 12:40pm -
  • How Often Do You Change the Gear You Everyday Carry?
    My personal EDC habits, especially in terms of how often I swap in and out the things I carry, have changed considerably over the years. I know there are many who like to change what they take out with them daily, but I’ve never been the type…
    - 68 days ago 15 Jan 18, 3:05pm -
  • Canada Essentially Bans the Import of Every Folding Knife In Existence…
    The insane have taken over the asylum folks. The geniuses over at the Canada Border Services Agency decided that they weren’t going to let the United Kingdom beat them in the Stupid Olympics and have opted to ban the import of basically all…
    - 73 days ago 10 Jan 18, 11:54am -
  • December 2017 EDC Pocket Dump
    When it comes to gear, I feel I have settled into a groove. I rarely experiment with tobacco these days (same with the pipes) and just stick to what I know I like. Hope you had a merry Christmas, and we’ll see you in the new year! Everyday Ca…
    - 83 days ago 31 Dec 17, 6:33pm -
  • Chosen By Our Readers: Victorinox’s Best Swiss Army Knives to EDC
    Picking out the best Victoriniox Swiss Army Knife is not at all an easy feat considering just how many options Victorinox gives you, and how many variations of those different there are to choose from. There’s no way I could have mad up a lis…
    - 93 days ago 21 Dec 17, 12:33pm -
  • Diabetes Preparedness: Emergency, Disaster, & SHTF Preps for Diabetics
    We’ve received a lot of reader questions asking us how to prep for diabetes over the years. How many? I couldn’t possibly count. It’s a lot, and not all from preppers who are themselves diabetics either. We get a number of concerned relat…
    - 99 days ago 15 Dec 17, 5:51pm -
  • SAK Chat: What’s Your Favourite Swiss Army Knife?

    - 11 Dec 17, 10:00am -
  • Svord Peasant Friction Folding Bushcraft Knife Review
    The Svord Peasant knife is a century old design that was brought back to the mainstream by B.W. Baker. This is a knife I have used and owned for a good long while, but have always been on the fence with regards to reviewing it. In practical ter…
    - 4 Dec 17, 5:09pm -
  • November 2017 EDC Pocket Dump
    I basically gave up carrying a flashlight due to a lack of pocket space. I recently found this thing on Amazon and since then have been carrying it. It’s freaking amazing (relative to its size). Side note – picked up the Matriarch Wave just…
    - 1 Dec 17, 1:08am -
  • Cyber Monday 2017 Knife & Outdoor Gear Deals
    Back again with a Cyber Monday post, and just as I’d hoped, Amazon’s deals are a lot better for knife aficionados – and hell even for outdoor gear junkies & survivalists – than Black Friday’s sales were. Concentrating on Amazon & Blad…
    - 27 Nov 17, 2:29pm -
  • Black Friday 2017 Knife & Outdoor Gear Discounts
    Welcome to our annual Black Friday Knife & Gear Deal Round up! This year (unlike last year) we have some pretty worthwhile Amazon deals you might want to jump on, though unlike last year, these are very, very few and far between, meaning we s…
    - 24 Nov 17, 11:58am -
  • Kershaw Shuffle II Blackwash Multi-Function EDC Knife Review
    Back in 2015, I reviewed the original Kershaw Shuffle. I don’t normally review newer models because usually the differences are so slight (Paramilitary 2 vs Paramilitary 3 for example), but in the case of the Shuffle II, it might as well be a…
    - 22 Nov 17, 4:09pm -
  • What’s In Your Bug Out Bag?
    We’ve thought about doing a bug out bag guide so many times before it’d be impossible to count, but somehow in 4 years, still haven’t actually published one. The why comes down to the fact that, unlike comprehensive lists – like of all…
    - 17 Nov 17, 5:05pm -
  • How to Treat a Burn: From Soothing to Healing
    Being burned is a modern world reality. Not all of us have had a dislocated shoulder or severe lacerations, but I can almost guarantee that everyone reading this has been burned at least once. I find it interesting that there’s typically so m…
    - 15 Nov 17, 7:19pm -
  • Discontinued Spyderco Knife Sale @ Blade HQ
    So we weren’t planning on publishing today, but we stumbled on a sale section of Blade HQ website we thought was too good to pass up sharing. Thomas so desperately wishes we lived in the States and could take advantage of these crazy prices,…
    - 12 Nov 17, 1:57pm -
  • 15 Best Selling Bushcraft Books: Most Popular Wilderness Survival Guides
    A long while back, close to when we originally started penning this blog, I published an article about the most popular/best selling survival books in existence. While I know there will be plenty of overlap (what kind of a survival book list w…
    - 9 Nov 17, 11:05am -

Blue Collar Prepping

  • newMeal Planning and Inventory Control

    - 9 hours ago 23 Mar 18, 11:00pm -
  • Wound Closure
    Having been an “accident-prone” child, and then working with my hands for most of my life, I have developed an appreciation for skilled wound closure. My job puts me near a lot of agricultural equipment, which is either designed to be sharp or en…
    - 2 days ago 22 Mar 18, 7:43pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: Making CA-compliant AR Rifles
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.Here at Blue Collar Prepping we do not write on politics or allow others to do the same. This is not a political post, but a theore…
    - 3 days ago 21 Mar 18, 6:07pm -
  • Great Bowls of Oatmeal!
    Me on the corner of Winslow AZ.Neat little town.Hooboy, it's been a while since I popped up here. Well, that's life, and despite this blog's tenacity in producing content, our lives tend to get the better of us from time to time and we find ourselves…
    - 3 days ago 21 Mar 18, 2:10am -
  • Product Review: Tac-Force EMT Rescue Knife
    I have been on a “Cheap Tools” kick lately. There are tools that I occasionally need to be able to give away or loan out without knowing if they will come back, but I still need them to do the job if something happens. I have two sisters who woul…
    - 5 days ago 19 Mar 18, 5:27pm -
  • Disaster Birthday Cakes
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.I apologize for not writing a post last week; it was my birthday and I was busy having fun. I suppose I should have had a backup article stashed for use, but I seem to be out of tho…
    - 5 days ago 19 Mar 18, 3:39am -
  • Assorted Thoughts About Prepping
    Some ramblings this week about planning, prepping, and doing it in plain sight!
    - 7 days ago 17 Mar 18, 1:08am -
  • 2 Out of 3 Ain't Bad
    I had to sit through a corporate training class this week. The subject matter was pure common sense and nothing I haven't heard repeatedly in my years of working for a living, so my mind wandered a bit. Then the instructor brought up a slide of a sig…
    - 9 days ago 15 Mar 18, 7:47pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: Spear Handle Part 2
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.In last week's blog post about finding a combination spear shaft/walking stick, I mentioned wanting to have a durable end for my st…
    - 9 days ago 14 Mar 18, 10:06pm -
  • Southern Fried Rabbit with Gravy
    Now that we've covered some of the issues with rabbit, here's an example of how they can be so wonderfully tasty. This recipe comes from my favorite wild game cookbook, Dressing and Cooking Wild Game. In addition to being a great cookbook, it is also…
    - 11 days ago 13 Mar 18, 7:44pm -
  • Basics of Solar Panels: Installation
    So you know how many solar panels you want, you know what size your battery bank is, and you know if your installation will be on a house or on an RV.This article assumes that you have purchased the panels and are ready to install them.Note:I will c…
    - 11 days ago 12 Mar 18, 9:58pm -
  • Quick, Quiet, Cheap Grocery Store Prepping
    The title says it all.
    - 15 days ago 9 Mar 18, 5:50pm -
  • Rabbit Fever
    Rabbits are one of my favorite game animals to hunt. They're tasty and plentiful, the season is long, and the license is cheap. They're so very easy to raise that many people keep them as domestic livestock, especially in suburban areas.While rabbits…
    - 15 days ago 9 Mar 18, 12:17am -
  • Prudent Prepping: the Home Depot Assegai Spear Handle
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.Our esteemed editrix Erin has made a habit of gifting seriously interesting, awesome and cool gifts to our group of co-bloggers. In…
    - 16 days ago 7 Mar 18, 9:10pm -
  • Living in Flyover Country
    The “important” people who live on the east and west coasts of the USA like to refer to the rest of the country as “flyover country”, because the only time they see it is when they fly over it while traveling from one coast to the other. That…
    - 17 days ago 7 Mar 18, 12:05am -
  • Basics of Solar Panels: Sizing Your Battery Bank
    In my last article on sizing your solar array, I said that if you have a solar array you should use batteries to store your power. This will enable you to run your home, tools and appliances when your solar panels are unable to provide enough power b…
    - 18 days ago 6 Mar 18, 12:05am -
  • When Camouflage Is Wrong
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.The entire point of camouflage is to make things which are camouflaged difficult to see.Well DUH, Erin. We know that. In that case, look at your preps and tell me how many of them a…
    - 19 days ago 4 Mar 18, 10:32pm -
  • Blackhawk Ankle Holster Review
    How are you blue-collar folks this week? In this video, I review a Blackhawk ankle holster with calf strap. I do love my ankle carry.
    - 21 days ago 2 Mar 18, 10:04pm -
  • Seasonal Fevers
    The coming change of seasons from winter to spring has brought to mind two “fevers” that preppers need to be aware of and make plans for. While not actual, physical fevers caused by disease, the effects of “cabin fever” and “spring fever”…
    - 23 days ago 1 Mar 18, 6:11pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: Liquid Skin Pro
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping. I'm always looking for things to add to my first aid kits, as long as the items are small and useful in many different ways. I fo…
    - 24 days ago 28 Feb 18, 5:32pm -
  • Into Every Life a Flat Tire Must Fall
    Sooner or later, good weather or bad, your vehicle will get a flat. Then you have to get out the jack and lug wrench to change the tire. The latter tool is what this is about.This is the wrench that came with my truck, which is like the one in most…
    - 24 days ago 28 Feb 18, 2:36am -
  • Winter Egg Storage Review and Taste Test
    Remember last November when we put our eggs into storage for the cold winter months? Me too.And the telling is in the tasting!
    - 25 days ago 27 Feb 18, 12:41am -
  • When Seconds Count, Help Is Minutes Away
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.Once again there's been another massacre in another gun-free zone, and once again innocents are dead. As we all grieve for the lives lost as ask ourselves what can be done to preven…
    - 26 days ago 25 Feb 18, 9:41pm -
  • My Thoughts on School Shootings
    I believe the solution is simple to discover, though not for the entitled or faint of heart.
    - 28 days ago 24 Feb 18, 12:20am -
  • Keeping It Bottled Up
    I don't normally write about “bugging in” as much as “bugging out” due to the nature of where and how I live. In the mostly rural area that I call home, the low population density and ease of travel make bugging in less of a probability (ther…
    - 29 days ago 22 Feb 18, 8:44pm -

Survival Medicine

  • Video: Fire/Cooking Supplies For Disasters
    VIDEO: Fire/Cooking Disaster Supplies Amy Alton ARNP asks: What should you have in your disaster supply storage to help you keep your family  in hot meals even when you’re off the grid? In this video, Nurse Amy gives her thoughts on what the well-…
    - 3 days ago 20 Mar 18, 11:44pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Wound Care Off The Grid, Medical Backpacks, More
    SURVIVAL MEDICINE HOUR #380 The right equipment is important for anyone to do a job efficiently. You wouldn’t expect a steak knife to cut a tree down better than a saw, or see a hunter have the same success with a catapult as opposed to a rifle. Th…
    - 8 days ago 16 Mar 18, 4:21pm -
  • Medical Backpacks
    Things To Consider When Choosing a Medical Backpack For anyone to do their job properly, they’ll need the right equipment.  Imagine a carpenter having to use a steak knife as a saw, or a hunter using a catapult instead of a rifle.  The same goes…
    - 10 days ago 14 Mar 18, 4:09pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: All about Arthritis, Mass Recall, Anosmia
    Survival Medicine Hour #379   What if you had to function with joint pain in the aftermath of a major disaster? In the latest Survival Medicine Hour with Joe Alton MD, aka Dr. Bones, and Amy Alton ARNP, aka Nurse Amy, our hosts tell you all about ar…
    - 13 days ago 11 Mar 18, 7:14pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Pregnancy, Labor and Delivery Off The Grid
    Survival Medicine Hour #378 It may not be the wisest move to be fruitful and multiply in the early going after a disaster. You need all your people at 110% efficiency, and that isn’t part of the deal with pregnancy, with all that fatigue, discomfor…
    - 16 days ago 8 Mar 18, 3:33pm -
  • All About Arthritis
    ARTHRITIS The human body is a marvel of engineering. Its dexterity, strength, and stamina allow amazing feats of athleticism and, yes, survival in the worst adversity; but wear and tear takes its toll over time on just about everything with moving pa…
    - 16 days ago 8 Mar 18, 3:17pm -
  • Video: Disaster Food Supplies
    VIDEO: Disaster Food Supply Advice In this video, Amy Alton, ARNP, aka Nurse Amy, steps in front of the camera to discuss disaster food supplies. Food, water, and shelter (don’t forget air!) are absolute basics for survival in a major disaster, fol…
    - 23 days ago 1 Mar 18, 2:06pm -
  • What is Courage?
    WHAT IS COURAGE? In the Parkland high school shooting in South Florida, just a few miles from my home, we saw the extremes of human fortitude in the persons of Coach Aaron Feis and Deputy Scot Peterson. Peterson, a trained security professional, stay…
    - 25 days ago 27 Feb 18, 3:58pm -
  • Video: Amputation in Survival Settings
    One of the worst injuries that can occur in a disaster or other off-grid setting is the traumatic amputation. In the Civil War era. amputations on the battlefield or later in the field hospital resulted in 1/4 to 1/2 of the victims succumbing to thei…
    - 27 days ago 25 Feb 18, 3:13pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Family Planning, Anxiety and Depression Off The Grid
    You’ve heard “Be Fruitful and Multiply”, but in the early aftermath of a major long-term disaster, getting your women pregnant and having babies might be problematic when your garden isn’t doing so well and you need every person at 110% effic…
    - 28 days ago 24 Feb 18, 1:52pm -