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  • newPreparedness Notes for Monday – January 21, 2019
    Good news!  The greatly-expanded SurvivalBlog 2005-2018 Archive Waterproof USB stick is now available for ordering. Since there is so much more bonus material in this year’s edition, we had to switch to offering a 16 GB stick!  If sales made last…
    - 9 hours ago 21 Jan 19, 7:05am -
  • newSpringfield Armory Saint Edge AR 5.56mm Pistol, by Pat Cascio
    Several weeks ago, we introduced our readers to the Springfield Armory Saint AR 5.56mm rifle. Today we’re taking a close look at the newest sibling, the Saint “Edge” AR pistol, and it is quite a firearm.  Note: This is not to be confused with…
    - 9 hours ago 21 Jan 19, 7:04am -
  • newRecipe of the Week: Homemade Pasta Sauce
    Reader “Sis in Montana” kindly sent us one of her family’s favorite recipes: Mom’s Quick Homemade Pasta Sauce Ingredients: 5 – 8 oz. Cans of Tomato Sauce 1-1/2 tsp. Dried Parsley 1-1/2 tsp. Dried Oregano 1 tsp. Dried Basil 1 TBSP. Garlic Po…
    - 9 hours ago 21 Jan 19, 7:03am -
  • newEconomics & Investing For Preppers
    Here are the latest news 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 ar…
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  • newThe Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “Our country – In her intercourse with foreign nations may she always be in the right, and always successful, right or wrong.” – Stephen Decatur, from a toast at a dinner in Norfolk, Virginia (April 1816) as reported in Niles’ Weekly Regist…
    - 9 hours ago 21 Jan 19, 7:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Sunday – January 20, 2019
    Today is the birthday of Congressman Richard Henry Lee (1732–1794) o o o SurvivalBlog Writing Contest This has been another entry for Round 80 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The nearly $11,000 worth of prizes for this round includ…
    - 1 day ago 20 Jan 19, 7:05am -
  • Raising Chickens For Meat- Part 2, by Michele Cooper
    I’m writing about our experience of raising chickens for meat. Since I didn’t want to kill chickens, we still found a way to raise our own, thanks to a friend who told us about chicken processors. In part 1, we had obtained our chicks and told yo…
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  • 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”. Zimbabwe is crashing and burning this week…again. Lunar Ecli…
    - 1 day ago 20 Jan 19, 7:02am -
  • The Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “When Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and take him by force, to make him a king, he departed again into a mountain himself alone.” – John 6:15 (KJV)The post The Editors’ Quote of the Day: appeared first on
    - 1 day ago 20 Jan 19, 7:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Saturday – January 19, 2019
    January 19th is the birthday of the late Carla Emery (born 1939, died October 11, 2005). She is well known in self-sufficency circles as the author of The Encyclopedia of Country Living. (This book re-released in a 40th Anniversary edition.) o o o Su…
    - 2 days ago 19 Jan 19, 7:05am -
  • Raising Chickens For Meat- Part 1, by Michele Cooper
    This past year, for the first time, I raised chickens for meat. The reason I did not previously is that I do not like killing animals. I can butcher them after they are dead, but I don’t like killing them. Yes, I know, I’m such a wimp. Informed o…
    - 2 days ago 19 Jan 19, 7:04am -
  • Editors’ 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…
    - 2 days ago 19 Jan 19, 7:03am -
  • 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”. Today features a pair of videos that explain how nuclear bombs…
    - 2 days ago 19 Jan 19, 7:02am -
  • The Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “And it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God led them not through the way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, Lest peradventure the people repent when they see war, and they return to Egypt: b…
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  • Preparedness Notes for Friday – January 18, 2019
    Kevin Costner, who starred in Open Range, was born on this day in 1955. o o o We are coming up on the end of of Round 80 of the SurvivalBlog Non-Fiction Writing Contest. You only have two more weeks to get your entry in before it ends. By the way, th…
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More Than Just Surviving

  • Real Talk, What Happened to MTJS
    Blogger burnout is a real thing. I have been scribbling reviews and sharing my thoughts with you all for quite a few years now. It seems it all started off as a way for me to talk about my love for Spydercos and evolved into a great community o…
    - 23 days ago 29 Dec 18, 2:58pm -
  • How Much Is Your Life Worth? SafeGuard Armor Ghost Bullet Proof Vest Review
    Before I get into the meat of this review, I want to structure this away from regurgitating specifications like every other review of this sort and instead spend it musing about what this product represents to so many people the world over. Bul…
    - 11 Oct 18, 11:08am -
  • It’s Strangely Satisfying That What I’ve Stockpiled Has Never Gone to Waste
    This is not exactly relevant to the epitome of prepping at all – I think it’s important to prep even if you end up with waste (though I think it’s good to minimize waste) because I think it’s important to be prepared in case worst-case…
    - 23 Sep 18, 2:34pm -
  • Hazard 4 Grayman Series Patrol Tactical Backpack Review
    Tactical backpacks are always a tricky proposition. Either they make you look like you just got off the set of Rambo or they are jam packed with performance compromises in an effort to pass as a normal pack. The Hazard 4 Grayman Patrol is one…
    - 19 Sep 18, 7:43pm -
  • Yes, We’ve Been AWOL; Here’s Why
    Long time no scribbles my friends. I have been AWOL as of late, but rest assured – we had a good reason! As some of you may have guessed, the girl and I have once again uprooted and made our home in a new country. Some of you may remember tha…
    - 17 Sep 18, 3:02pm -
  • Buy It Once: Everyday Carry Tools I’ve Bought to Last Me a Lifetime
    Like many of you, I got into this EDC obsessed lifestyle as a kid. I have always had an affinity for tools that serve a singular purpose, but have almost perverse levels of technology thrown into them. A knife is just a sharpened piece of steel…
    - 26 Jun 18, 3:08pm -
  • Now the UK is Banning Online Knife Sales – Here We Go Again
    It’s not enough for Canada to go off the deep end, the UK has to follow in suit. After all, it has to keep its edge in the battle for the most ridiculous ban legislation. In its latest bout of scheduled lunacy, our elected overlords passed a…
    - 14 May 18, 1:12pm -
  • Gerber MP600 Multi-Plier Bladeless Needle Nose Multitool Review
    Reviewing Leatherman-style multi-tools is always a tricky proposition. They are essentially pliers with extra tools tacked on as an afterthought and in the case of the Gerber MP600, I found myself struggling with the performance of the pliers (…
    - 11 Apr 18, 11:42am -
  • “Hysteria & Hysterical Fits:” First Aid Knowledge & How It Evolves
    I used to publish articles and guides concerning first aid on a semi-regular basis on this blog, but over time, have found it’s become harder and harder for me to do so. There’s been a pretty massive shift in attitude on MTJS with regards…
    - 29 Mar 18, 5:20pm -
  • “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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 15 Dec 17, 5:51pm -
  • SAK Chat: What’s Your Favourite Swiss Army Knife?

    - 11 Dec 17, 10:00am -

Blue Collar Prepping

  • UST Folding Stove/ Fuel Tabs Follow Up
    My after action report of the UST Folding Stove mentioned here.
    - 3 days ago 19 Jan 19, 2:44am -
  • Bug Out Bags for the Unprepared
    The other day I got into an internet conversation about what to put in a BOB/GHB for children. My friend was convinced that a 5-year-old should carry a lighter version of an adult bag, and I was trying to convince him otherwise. I've been mulling th…
    - 4 days ago 17 Jan 19, 6:37am -
  • Fuel Your Fire (Starter)
    My half-joking mantra about preparedness is "I cheat at it." by looking for the most efficient and effective tool to accomplish a given task. Primitive bushcraft tools and methods are a wonderful proof of concept, and a neat way to show off skills, b…
    - 6 days ago 15 Jan 19, 8:09pm -
  • A man, a Can, a Plan: Canned Corn as Survival Food
    (Note: this article is an homage to a rather excellent book that I recommend as a gift for young adults leaving home for the first time. It even comes in board book format, so as to be durable enough to handle dorm life.)Being a prepper, I am always…
    - 7 days ago 14 Jan 19, 10:22pm -
  • Product Test: UST Folding Stove and Fuel Tabs
    Back in December I purchased a folding stove and fuel tabs from Ultimate Survival Technologies for under $7.In this video I demonstrate how to use them.
    - 10 days ago 12 Jan 19, 1:54am -
  • Learning From Others
    Life is full of experiences, and if you're lucky you'll take opportunities to learn from the experiences of others before you face the same conditions. This is why people write histories, to share what happened before in the hopes of educating future…
    - 11 days ago 10 Jan 19, 6:06pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: Etekcity Portable LED Camping Lantern
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.  Some time after I wrote the Pleasant Nature lantern review, I remembered a Christmas gift Erin gave me a few years back: the Et…
    - 12 days ago 9 Jan 19, 6:26pm -
  • Sew You Say
    The question "What would be good things to have in a SHTF basic sewing kit?" was recently asked in our Facebook Group.  Erin referred that question to me, the go-to seamstresses of the writer group.My personal "emergency" sewing kit is likely a lot…
    - 14 days ago 7 Jan 19, 7:59pm -
  • Crate Club Unboxing
    I bought a subscription to Crate Club and this is the first box to arrive. Watch this video to see what I got and if it's worth the money.
    - 17 days ago 5 Jan 19, 1:24am -
  • Emergency Air for Tires
    I've written about tires before, such as how to plug holes and how to find a spare, but today I want to touch on how to put air back in a low or flat tire in a pinch.I've dealt with slow leaks over the years. Sometimes it takes four or five trips to…
    - 18 days ago 3 Jan 19, 7:49pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: Emergency Light
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.  Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a pleasant holiday celebration in the style and tradition you choose. I'm always looking…
    - 19 days ago 2 Jan 19, 8:13pm -
  • Don't Baby Your Knife
    Nobody sensible will ever argue that a good knife isn't a critical tool in both survival situations and daily life. I think every member of the BCP staff has talked about their favorite knives, and we can all articulate why we like the blades we choo…
    - 20 days ago 2 Jan 19, 12:39am -
  • Why Do I Prep?
    Last week I had a friend and his significant other over. We talked, and they both commented on how my home was well-equipped for just about any emergency that they could imagine. My friend mentioned that when the zombies come he plans to come to my h…
    - 21 days ago 31 Dec 18, 10:01pm -
  • The Self-Feeding Fire
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.It's Friday, and that means a video! But it's not one of me. Rather, this is a video of a rather neat concept I've seen floating around recently, but apparently I'm out of the loop…
    - 24 days ago 28 Dec 18, 9:39pm -
  • Merry Christmas & Happy New Year 2018
    All of us at Blue Collar Prepping wish you and your loved ones a merry, safe, and prepared Christmas.In the spirit of both the holidays and this blog, please enjoy this Survivopedia article titled 13 Survival Lessons From Santa, The Ultimate Prepper…
    - 27 days ago 26 Dec 18, 3:54am -
  • Get Home Bag 2.0, Part 2
    Just like I couldn’t get all my stuff in one bag, I can’t get it all in one video, so here’s the wrap-up.Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Everyone!
    - 31 days ago 22 Dec 18, 12:55am -
  • Winter Gloves
    David brought up the subject of gloves in a chat with me the other day, wondering what gloves were appropriate in areas with actual climate instead of weather. He lives in an area that doesn't see much change from summer to winter, whereas a few of u…
    - 32 days ago 21 Dec 18, 12:42am -
  • Prudent Prepping: Tourniquet Etiquette
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.  In a previous post I said that I wanted to learn how to use a tourniquet correctly. The Red Cross doesn't have a first aid clas…
    - 33 days ago 19 Dec 18, 7:30pm -
  • Cheese Grater vs Pencil Sharpener Tinder Test
    This week I perform a side-by-side ignition test of the two tinders made with a cheese grater and a pencil sharpener. Ignition was a bit rough, and I suspect that's due to my test bed being a cookie sheet with no airflow into the piles. Improving tha…
    - 34 days ago 18 Dec 18, 10:08pm -
  • Water Storage and Filtration
    You can live three weeks without food, but only three days without water.Water is life.This past week I've had around five people ask me about storing water, and why I store water if I have a water filter. This post addresses those questions, since…
    - 35 days ago 17 Dec 18, 9:48pm -
  • Get Home Bag 2.0, Part 1
    Well here I am sorting and packing from lessons learned on the long dark walk home. Forgive me the length; I tried, but there are too many nuggets for one episode.
    - 38 days ago 14 Dec 18, 5:35pm -
  • Computer Disasters and Recovery
    Three and a half years ago, I wrote an article about prepping for an upgrade to Window 10. It's still relevant, because there are still people using earlier versions of Windows, but I need to expand on having a “Live CD/USB” on hand before starti…
    - 39 days ago 13 Dec 18, 9:41pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: December Round-Up
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping. I have several things that need mentioning and can't make them a separate post.Son of First AidMy first post on first aid and its…
    - 40 days ago 12 Dec 18, 7:00pm -
  • Alternative Use of a Pencil Sharpener
    After my video about Improper Use of a Cheese Grater, folks asked about using a cheap pencil sharpener to make tinder. This week I did a video to compare the two. Lokidude
    - 41 days ago 11 Dec 18, 7:10pm -
  • Prepping for Hypoglycemia
    Most preppers assume that when the apocalypse happens, they will be fighting zombies, killing aliens, and fending off invasions of leather-clad bikers that seem to have endless supplies of motorcycle parts for when things break.While they’re doing…
    - 42 days ago 10 Dec 18, 10:59pm -

Survival Medicine

  • Survival Medicine Hour: Pneumonia, Medic Duties, Virus vs. Bacteria
    Survival Medicine Hour: Pneumonia, Medic Duties, Virus vs. BacteriaToday, we have advanced laboratory studies that allow identification of many pathogens. Despite this, it can be a challenge for healthcare providers to tell a bacterial disease from a…
    - 3 days ago 19 Jan 19, 1:53am -
  • Xofluza: A New Anti-Viral For Influenza
    Xofluza: A New Anti-Viral For InfluenzaXOFLUZA (BALOXAVIR): A NEW ANTI-VIRAL The human body spends a lot of energy fighting for its health (and your life) against different types of diseases. One of the most important battles takes place against the…
    - 6 days ago 15 Jan 19, 6:11pm -
  • Video: Asthma in Survival, part 3: Natural Remedies
    Video: Asthma in Survival, part 3: Natural RemediesASTHMA IN SURVIVAL, PART 3: NATURAL REMEDIES Last video, we talked about asthma, which is a common issue in the Spring but can be a problem, especially indoors, even in winter. It’s important to fi…
    - 8 days ago 13 Jan 19, 4:38pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Hypothermia, Winter Strandings, Avalanches, More
    Survival Medicine Hour: Hypothermia, Winter Strandings, Avalanches, MoreSURVIVAL MEDICINE HOUR PODCAST This week, Winter Storm Gia, they’ve been naming them for a few years now, will spread a swath of snow and ice from parts of the Rockies, Plains…
    - 9 days ago 12 Jan 19, 5:30pm -
  • Deadly Viruses, Part 3: Influenza
    Deadly Viruses, Part 3: InfluenzaDEADLY VIRUSES, PART 3: INFLUENZA Infectious disease is of major concern in good times or bad, and the family medic must be able to identify some of the deadliest. Having just written a book about infectious diseases…
    - 12 days ago 9 Jan 19, 5:55pm -
  • Video: Asthma in Survival Settings, Part 2
    Video: Asthma in Survival Settings, Part 2VIDEO: ASTHMA, PART 2 We usually write about Asthma in the Spring, when pollen counts are high but winter can be trouble as well, not so much outdoors, but with the accumulation of pet dander, smoke, dust, an…
    - 12 days ago 9 Jan 19, 4:24pm -
  • Bioscarf Review
    Bioscarf ReviewTHE BIOSCARF: A REVIEW Every year Joe and I try to visit my daughter in NYC. I know a lot of folks would say it’s too dangerous or too polluted, but we stay alert and watch where we go. The Christmas lights are beautiful and the tree…
    - 16 days ago 5 Jan 19, 1:00pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Influenza, Epi-pens, Falls Through the Ice, More
    Survival Medicine Hour: Influenza, Epi-pens, Falls Through the Ice, MoreSURVIVAL MEDICINE HOUR PODCAST Infectious disease is of major concern in good times or bad, and the family medic must be able to identify some of the deadliest. Having just writt…
    - 17 days ago 4 Jan 19, 11:26pm -
  • Video: Asthma in Austere Settings, Part 1
    Video: Asthma in Austere Settings, Part 1VIDEO: ASTHMA, PART 1 In Part 1 of this video series on asthma, Joe Alton MD discusses the nature of asthma and how it can be an issue not only in the Spring, but during winter as well. He talks about how asth…
    - 20 days ago 1 Jan 19, 5:00pm -
  • Deadly Viruses, Part 2
    Deadly Viruses, Part 2DEADLY VIRUS, PART 2 Infectious disease is of major concern in good times or bad, and the family medic must be able to identify some of the deadliest. Having just written a book about infectious diseases and the antibiotics that…
    - 26 days ago 26 Dec 18, 10:06pm -