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  • newNotes for Friday – October 24, 2014
    Silent Key: I just learned that Ken Holladay (K6HCP) passed away last Tuesday, following a long battle with cancer. Ken was the “K” founder of the rightfully famous KLM radio, amplifier, and antenna company. He later continued on as a designer an…
    - 5 hours ago, 24 Oct 14, 1:29am -
  • newIdentifying and Protecting Yourself and Your Family Against Hazardous Chemical Materials Incidents, by a Marine in Missouri – Part 2
    There are many different levels of protection out there. Military gear is specifically designed for CWAs. There are three general levels of protective equipment– level A, level B, and level C. Military gear is somewhere in between level B and C bec…
    - 5 hours ago, 24 Oct 14, 1:29am -
  • newLetter: Flies
    Hugh, It’s fall in Vermont, and that means cluster flies are back. Cluster flies enter buildings through the tiniest cracks imaginable; they work so hard getting in and then the next thing they do is beat themselves against the windows trying to ge…
    - 5 hours ago, 24 Oct 14, 1:28am -
  • newEconomics and Investing:
    The Many Roads to Currency Ruination – G.G. o o o Whistleblowers: IRS Officials Behind ‘Fraudulent’ Multi-Billion Dollar Corporate Tax Giveaways. – CPL o o o Items from Mr. Econocobas: There Is A Plunge Protection Team – It’s Called The F…
    - 5 hours ago, 24 Oct 14, 1:26am -
  • newOdds ‘n Sods:
    Our spin-off site has been expanded and now includes “by state” agent listings. Check it out. Also, if you know of any real estate agents with rural or off-grid properties, please let them know about this unique advertising opp…
    - 5 hours ago, 24 Oct 14, 1:26am -
  • newHugh’s Quote of the Day:
    “No one is ever safe.” – Spoken by several characters who understood what was going on, in “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”
    - 5 hours ago, 24 Oct 14, 1:26am -
  • Notes for Thursday – October 23, 2014
    I’ve been pleased to see such positive reviews for my latest novel, Liberators, which was just released on Tuesday. Here are some highlights from the reviews: Publishers Weekly called Liberators the “…rousing fifth after-the-apocalypse thriller…
    - 1 day ago, 23 Oct 14, 12:27am -
  • Identifying and Protecting Yourself and Your Family Against Hazardous Chemical Material Incidents, by a Marine in Missouri – Part 1
    We live in a society that depends on hazardous materials to create the technological wonders and comforts we expect for everyday life. Whether you take your kids to a swimming pool or drink any sort of city water, you knowingly or unknowingly depend…
    - 1 day ago, 23 Oct 14, 12:27am -
  • Letter: Costco Emergency Foods
    I know you all recommend Costco Emergency Food. I don’t know if you’ve been monitoring them, but about Tuesday they had sold out of at least three items. Just 24 hours later, it was 11 sold out. (I counted.) Now it’s almost all sets. All of the…
    - 1 day ago, 23 Oct 14, 12:26am -
  • Economics and Investing:
    Fear of Ebola Now Creating Weakness in U.S. Stocks? o o o Permanent Damage to US Economy-Michael Snyder. – J.W. o o o Items from Mr. Econocobas: Chris Martenson- How The Federal Reserve Is Purposely Attacking Savers – This is a little slow to dev…
    - 1 day ago, 23 Oct 14, 12:25am -


More Than Just Surviving

  • newCommunication After an EMP [RQ#3]

    Communication After an EMP [RQ#3]

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

    CRKT Minimalist Folts Wharncliffe Neck Knife Review

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

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

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

    Kershaw Cryo II SpeedSafe Assisted Open Knife

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

    Knife Drop: Mods and Upgrades

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

    What Success Looks Like for a Prepper

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

    Benchmade Adamas 275BKSN Folding Knife Review

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

    October 2014 EDC Pocket Dump

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

    Are Knife Super Steels Worth It?

    After over a decade of being heavily involved in the knife world, not only as a knife user, but as a collector as well, I have found myself completely jaded by the knife industry’s enduring tactic of releasing new steels and declaring the…
    - 22 days ago, 2 Oct 14, 6:35pm -
  • Granite Rocx Tahoe Backpack and Cooler Review

    Granite Rocx Tahoe Backpack and Cooler Review

    Granite Rocx is a newly founded company in the outdoor arena. The Tahoe Backpack and Cooler combo is the love child of its founder, who wanted a backpack that could be used to carry everything he wanted: including a folding chair. Granite R…
    - 25 days ago, 29 Sep 14, 3:30pm -

Patriot Rising

  • The Definitive Guide To The Elderberry
    The Definitive Guide To The Elderberry   Time honored as a food and a potent medicine, and the elder plant grows on every continent. Although no longer well known in the United States, it’s still at least somewhat familiar in the United Kingdom an…
    - 1 day ago, 23 Oct 14, 2:00am -
  • Emergency Agencies Practice Response To Nuclear Explosion In Times Square
    OEM Commissioner Joe Esposito (left) at practice drill for nuclear bomb attack on Times Square. (credit: Rich Lamb/WCBS 880)   The New York City region’s emergency agencies are practicing for a disaster.   The city’s Office of Emergency Managem…
    - 1 day ago, 23 Oct 14, 12:33am -
  • Subscribe to the Patriot Rising Newsletter!
    Subscribe to the Patriot Rising Newsletter and get frequent updates about all of our topics.  Daily or semi-daily updates will arrive in your inbox with no hassle. An example of what will be sent to your e-mailThe post Subscribe to the Patriot Risi…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 11:14pm -
  • Preparedness: Getting Your Loved Ones Involved in Your Prepping
    One of the trickiest–and most common–difficulties faced by new and experienced survivalists alike has nothing to do with money, ammunition, or food storage. In fact, the reality faced by even the most practical and moderate preppers is that they…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 10:28pm -
  • Storm Prep: 5 Ways to ensure you stay safe during a blizzard
    Winter season is rolling up quickly and you might be faced with a blizzard or two this winter. Are you prepared and ready to deal with a snowstorm? Check out these five ways to make sure you and your family stay safe during a blizzard. Assess Your Ho…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 9:47pm -
  • The Survival / Homesteading / Preparedness / Sustainability PDF Page!
    The post The Survival / Homesteading / Preparedness / Sustainability PDF Page! appeared first on Patriot Rising.
    - 3 days ago, 20 Oct 14, 10:22pm -
  • Feds Stockpile Protective Gear in Expectation of “Emergency” Event
    NIH fears supply of masks, gloves to be exhausted during “disaster” The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is looking to stockpile a year’s worth of personal protective equipment (PPE) in order to prepare for an expected disruption to the supp…
    - 3 days ago, 20 Oct 14, 8:27pm -
  • Bartering
    Credit will undoubtedly be suspended and the banks could be placed under a “banking holiday” much like during the Great Depression. Cash and coin may hold their value for a period of time, but those using commodities for bartering may find it far…
    - 7 days ago, 17 Oct 14, 5:15pm -
  • Build a 30-Day Emergency Food Supply
    How much do you need? There are a few different ways to calculate food storage, but I find breaking it down by serving size to be the most practical. Don’t rely on what a package calls a serving size – consider the appetites of your family. You…
    - 7 days ago, 17 Oct 14, 5:14pm -
  • MREs
    A MRE (Meal Ready to Eat) is a US military precooked ration pack designed to feed soldiers who are currently engaged in ongoing missions. Just like regular meals, these military MREs are fortified with vitamins and minerals enough to nourish and repl…
    - 7 days ago, 17 Oct 14, 5:09pm -

Destiny Survival

  • newBugging Out – It’s More Than Having a Bug Out Bag Ready

    - 19 hours ago, 23 Oct 14, 12:03pm -
  • Many Preppers Will Die – But Will Ebola be the Pandemic We’ve Feared and Anticipated?
    Below are a few videos by The Patriot Nurse. I’ve never spoken with her, but if you’ve perused prepping sites for long, you’ve probably seen one of her videos. I’ve been meaning to feature a couple of them for some time now.With Ebola making…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 12:45pm -
  • Preparedness for the Disabled and Elderly – Another Look
    It’s no secret that America’s population is aging. That means dealing with more age-related health concerns. Also, in at least the past couple of decades, those with disabilities have become more vocal about their needs. Certainly, this carries o…
    - 8 days ago, 16 Oct 14, 1:26pm -
  • Guard Llamas – Should You Have One on Your Homestead?
    If you’re having trouble with predators–four legged or two legged–consider guard llamas. No kidding. A reader brought this to my attention, and I encourage you to watch the video below for info.    
    - 10 days ago, 14 Oct 14, 1:16pm -
  • From Drillin’ and Shakin’ to Wonderin’ and Waitin’
    That’s a bit of a peculiar title, I admit. But it summarizes what Janet Liebsch and I discussed on this week’s DestinySurvival Radio program. We covered two distinct topics–(1) the Great ShakeOut earthquake drill and earthquake preparedness, an…
    - 15 days ago, 9 Oct 14, 1:05pm -
  • After Retirement – Will You Travel to Where the Work Is?
    This may not sound like it has anything to do with prepping, but in a way it is related. At least on the fringes. That’s because in recent years, many beyond the normal age of retirement have become geriatric migrant laborers, traveling in RV’s t…
    - 17 days ago, 7 Oct 14, 1:17pm -
  • What’s Keeping You from Taking Prepping to the Next Level?
    I’m curious . Would you like to be doing a better job at prepping, but you’ve run into roadblocks? What’s keeping you from taking prepping to the next level? Do any of the following ring a bell with you?   Not enough money Not enough time Feel…
    - 24 days ago, 30 Sep 14, 1:13pm -
  • Ebola: How Concerned Should We Be?
    You’d have to be living in a cave not to have heard about the wildfire spread of Ebola in west African countries and the possible danger it poses to other places, including the U.S. But how big of a threat is it really for us in America? How concer…
    - 29 days ago, 25 Sep 14, 1:13pm -
  • Flour from Grass Seeds–One Way to Make Eating Weeds Practical for Survival
    The idea of eating weeds turns some people off. That’s partly because plant lore isn’t part of our everyday lives as it was in times past for many of our ancestors. Take a few minutes to see how one man made eating weeds practical by collecting g…
    - 31 days ago, 23 Sep 14, 1:26pm -
  • The Prepper’s Blueprint Will Help You Map Out Your Prepping Strategy
    Architects and builders depend on blueprints to do their jobs. The Prepper’s Blueprint will help you map out your prepping strategy. On this week’s DestinySurvival Radio, I spoke with its author, Tess Pennington.   The Blueprint’s Drafter I kn…
    - 36 days ago, 18 Sep 14, 1:08pm -

Libertarian Rantfest

  • newCarry Guns
    Do you carry the same gun all the time? Do you switch to a larger/ higher capacity one sometimes, like say for a trip to the nearby decent sized city or major urban center?
    - 16 hours ago, 23 Oct 14, 3:00pm -
  • Assault Packs, Rucks and Sustainment Loads Revisited
    I tend to break down these different loads into the fairly well recognized 3 tired system (level 1 survival, level 2 fighting and level 3 sustainment). The primary reason I do this is that due to a lack of common vocabulary different names such as ge…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Oct 14, 1:07am -
  • Repost: Book Review: Liberators by Jim Wesley, Rawles
    Today I will be reviewing the new Jim Rawles book Liberators: A Novel of the Coming Global CollapseBefore getting started in case anyone has not read some (or all) of his previous works let me talk about some unusual elements of these books. This boo…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Oct 14, 1:06am -
  • What Did you Do To Prepare This Week?
    Wifey started a fall gardenI am working on updating my level 2.5 assault pack/ get home bagWorking on our family fishing skillsPacket up a ready to go set of hygiene stuffAcquired a new holster for the Kahr CW9Physical fitness has hit center stage. W…
    - 3 days ago, 20 Oct 14, 11:57pm -
  • Tueler Drill Revisited and AMERC's Thought on Condition Three Carry
    AMERC talks the Tueler Drill. I spoke about the Tueler Drill and it's various associated misconceptions some time ago. To rehash the major take away is not knife vs gun but action vs reaction. Before getting to the main point of condition three (empt…
    - 4 days ago, 20 Oct 14, 2:47am -
  • Ebola: Understanding and Preparing for an Outbreak
    Ebola: Understanding and Preparing for an OutbreakAvailable on Amazon. Kindle editions are currently .99c and will stay at that price for several days before rising. I haven't got a chance to read it yet but for the price of a snickers bar it is almo…
    - 6 days ago, 18 Oct 14, 1:38am -
  • Guest Post: Ebola Observations From a Lowly Nurse
    Hey Ryan, It's been a while.As you may recall, I am a nurse and have been an active participant in mass casualty drills. I would like to impress upon the readers a few of my observations.One. Take a look at the pictures of the workers in Africa.…
    - 8 days ago, 16 Oct 14, 1:00pm -
  • My Assault Pack/ Get Home Bag AKA Level 2.5 Load- Including New Comments and Discussion
    Awhile back TEOTWAWKI Blog did an everyday carry bag contest. Both to support that excellent blog and provide something I felt was lacking to the conversation I participated. Have been meaning to cross post that discussion here and today seems like a…
    - 10 days ago, 14 Oct 14, 2:00pm -
  • From Around The Web
    Weapons Man talks physical security. Excellent stuff.Hat Tip to Claire Wolfe for pointing out: Breaking 43 Years of Silence, the Last FBI Burglar Tells the Story of Her Years in the Underground. Her story is certainly interesting. While the woman's…
    - 10 days ago, 13 Oct 14, 9:54pm -
  • Headshots with Walking Dead Weapons: Featuring Jerry Miculek
    Pretty cool little video. That being said I have two reservations. First you will note that while the shooter was moving the targets were stationary. When BOTH THE SHOOTER AND THE TARGET are moving the difficulty level is significantly compounded.Se…
    - 12 days ago, 12 Oct 14, 3:44pm -

Dr. Bones & Nurse Amy

  • newEbola in New York
    News media is now reporting that a Doctor Without Borders, recently returned from ebola-ridden Guinea, has tested positive for the disease after reporting a high fever. Ebola, which has been particularly harsh on healthcare workers, is a deadly viral…
    - 2 hours ago, 24 Oct 14, 4:17am -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Ebola, Influenza, and More
    In this episode of the Doom and Bloom(tm) Survival Medicine Hour, Joe Alton, M.D. and Amy Alton, A.R.N.P. discuss new data about whether Ebola can be caught from the air, the sad state of training and education for U.S. health workers on the disease,…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 12:34am -
  • Why More Persons of Color Die From Ebola
    Recently, it has been noted that white Americans seem to have all survived an ebola infection while black Africans, such as Thomas Eric Duncan, have not. Some have even implied that there is a racial aspect to the level of care rendered to victims of…
    - 4 days ago, 20 Oct 14, 1:09pm -
  • Wildfire Realities
    (Our friend Jim Piper, RN, N6MED, has been volunteering for disaster duty at the Northern California wildfires and sends us a report on his activities and thoughts on preparedness. We thank Jim for this contribution.) At 58 after a long career in Sil…
    - 7 days ago, 17 Oct 14, 12:11pm -
  • Airborne Ebola
    One of the questions I am most asked about Ebola is its potential to be transmittable through the air. CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden and other top health officials say no, but now a reputable research facility is disputing this claim.   The well-know…
    - 9 days ago, 15 Oct 14, 2:48pm -
  • Ebola: The Year Of Living Dangerously
      This article was originally published in my capacity as contributing editor to the excellent website modernsurvivalonline.  Here’s the link:       (Update: A second health…
    - 10 days ago, 14 Oct 14, 3:14pm -
  • Volcano Safety
    A volcano is a rupture on the crust of the earth (or other planet)/moon), which allows hot lava (hot molten rock), ash, and gases to escape from below the surface. Volcanoes are not the disaster that most people think of when they think of a natural…
    - 11 days ago, 13 Oct 14, 12:07pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: James Wesley, Rawles part 2
    In this episode of the Survival Medicine Hour, Joe Alton, M.D., and Amy Alton, A.R.N.P., aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, interview famed survivalist James Wesley, Rawles of, and author of the novel “LIBERATORS”. James returns for par…
    - 12 days ago, 11 Oct 14, 11:57pm -
  • Tonight: Ebola Webinar
    Tonight, Joe Alton, M.D., and Amy Alton, A.R.N.P., aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, will be doing a webinar on the Ebola epidemic and how to be prepared for infectious diseases. To watch, click the link below:…
    - 15 days ago, 9 Oct 14, 1:09pm -
  • Video: Chikungunya Virus
      With all the news about Ebola, you hardly hear about the pandemic that’s on this side of the Atlantic right now: Chikungunya Virus.   Chickungunya is a mosquito-borne disease that causes fevers and joint pain. The joint inflammation sometimes l…
    - 17 days ago, 6 Oct 14, 9:36pm -

Survivalist Blog

  • new“I’ll Come To Your Place When SHTF” – No You Won’t
    Most of us have had this type of conversation at some point, because well let's face it most people are a bunch of lazy worthless slobs that think everything should be done for them, with no effort on their part. They think that they are somehow enti…
    - 16 hours ago, 23 Oct 14, 2:21pm -
  • newAnd the winners are…
    And the winners of our most recent non-fiction writing contest are...First place : When Difficult Times Occur, Are There Ways to Help Others in Great Need? by Randy W - he will receive a $500 gift certificate off of any product or products at MRE…
    - 17 hours ago, 23 Oct 14, 2:03pm -
  • Review: Your Family Survival Plan
    If you remember, a few days ago, I wrote a review of Bulletproof Home Defense, which is about how-to defend your home and retreat, against looters, hungry mobs or other attackers. And since readers seemed to really appreciate and find that review hel…
    - 1 day ago, 22 Oct 14, 7:04pm -
  • DIY Rendering Fat & Making Soap
    In 2009, I took Beginning Soap Making at a local adult continuing education class. It was a one-time Saturday morning class. I took the class because I wanted to have the knowledge for SHTF purposes, so I'd have a product that I could barter with. I'…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Oct 14, 1:34pm -
  • Tourniquet Best Practices: How to Prep, Store and Apply a TQ
    Combat Application Tourniquet, C-A-T (Improved Version)This post first appeared on Copyright © 2014. All rights reserved.Check out these related articles:An Analysis of NYPD police shootings and how they apply to you C…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Oct 14, 1:17pm -
  • Wednesday Miscellany News Brief
    Stage III colon cancer cured – survivor Chris Wark lives on to help others through his powerful testimony – Sadly, the American Cancer Society (ACS) fails to hear from people like Chris Wark; instead, the fundraising conglomerate props up the can…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Oct 14, 1:07pm -
  • 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…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 12:51pm -
  • 10 Books That Could Actually Save Your Life
    By Tennessee Mike Below is my list of 10 Books That Could Actually Save Your Life – read it and please let me know what you think (and list your favorite) in the comments below. 31 Days to Survival: A Complete Plan for Emergency Preparedness by M.D…
    - 4 days ago, 20 Oct 14, 6:15pm -
  • How To Prepare For Emergency Power after a Grid Failure; Short and Long Term
    Humans are not nocturnal creatures. A simple flashlight or candle provides a sense of security, intertwined with the ability to see otherwise invisible details. Whether in a long term or short term sense, the power grid fails. This is true regardless…
    - 4 days ago, 20 Oct 14, 1:44pm -
  • Tips For New Concealed Carriers
    This post first appeared on Copyright © 2014. All rights reserved.Check out these related articles:Child Carriers: An Often Overlooked Prep for Small Children Tips for Securing Your Bug-In Location Five tips to avoid be…
    - 4 days ago, 20 Oct 14, 1:26pm -

American Preppers Network

  • new4 Things That Can Ruin Your Garden Plot
    One of the best things about growing a vegetable garden is having access to a ready source of food in the case of an emergency. From green beans and tomatoes to carrots, kale, lettuce and more, a backyard garden can give us a sense of security, as we…
    - 18 hours ago, 23 Oct 14, 12:08pm -
  • 4 Ways to Waterproof Your Phone
    Summer may be a quickly fading memory, but that doesn’t mean that your brand new iPhone is safe from a life-threatening water encounter. From bath time with small children to beer pong at the hottest weekend party, the danger of submersion is every…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Oct 14, 12:04pm -
  • Our World: Recovered Journals and the Power in Preppers Self Publishing
    By James Walton With the advent of self-publishing we as writers have been handed an artistic license like never before. There is no longer that voice in the back of our heads about what might publish well and what might not.  No.  Instead we can c…
    - 5 days ago, 18 Oct 14, 7:28pm -
  • 10 Things To Stock Up on That No One Thinks About
    Written By: David (Dok-The El Cheapo Schlock Prepper) Amberson Prepper always stock up on food, medical aids, water, weapons, and even have some kind of shelter set up just in case of an emergency. Let’s think about this a little bit more. What wou…
    - 7 days ago, 17 Oct 14, 11:29am -
  • Make Your Harvest Last Longer By Building a Root Cellar
    Storing a variety of crops in a root cellar is a superb way to preserve your harvest, not to mention saving a great deal of money. However, if you don’t have one in place, don’t worry. It’s quite easy to create a space in order to store vegetab…
    - 8 days ago, 16 Oct 14, 11:26am -
  • Advice about Super Foods for Pets
    Bringing a new pet home can be a challenge, but the more you prepare for it, the easier it will be for everyone. While you are waiting for your invisible dog fence installation, be sure you have portable fencing for dogs available so your pet can go…
    - 12 days ago, 12 Oct 14, 5:52am -
  • Deadly Winter; Be Prepared By Making a Winter Car Kit
    Winter is approaching us quickly in 2014. The last few winters have been somewhat mild, but according to the Farmers Almanac it is going to be a very bitter winter this year. Being prepared for natural disasters is one of the most important things a…
    - 18 days ago, 6 Oct 14, 2:49pm -
  • How to Protect Your Home from the Most Common Natural Disasters
    At any given time during the course of each year, thousands of individuals in the U.S. fall victim to some type of natural disaster. Fires, flash floods, hurricanes, twisters, and earthquakes often leave devastation in their wake. Experts believe tha…
    - 19 days ago, 5 Oct 14, 5:38pm -
  • Ebola Outbreak In America: A Voice from Canada
    Dr. Thomas Frieden, Director of the Centers for disease control and prevention gave the following press conference: I’m not saying that the freaks have come out of hiding on this one, but if you want a laugh, go to the video on YouTube and read the…
    - 22 days ago, 2 Oct 14, 11:07am -
  • Four Foods That Can Be Canned
    Home canning is a wonderful way to preserve the nutrients in fresh foods, avoid excessive salt, eliminate preservatives from your diet and save money by buying in-season while prices are low. Fruits, vegetables and home-made broth are obvious choices…
    - 23 days ago, 1 Oct 14, 2:17pm -

Survival Gear

Backdoor Survival

  • Fast Track Tip #11: Be Informed With NOAA Weather Radio
    Severe weather occurs far more frequently than most folks realize.  As a matter of fact, it is a severe weather event that prompts many folks to begin their preparedness journey.In the United States, the five most dangerous weather events are torn…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Oct 14, 8:00am -
  • Summer/Fall 2014 Book Festival: The Knowledge How to Rebuild Our World from Scratch
    How would you go about rebuilding a technological society from scratch?  I find the question is both troubling and interesting.Now that I have piqued your interest, today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the Summer/Fall 2014 Back…
    - 4 days ago, 20 Oct 14, 8:00am -
  • The Sunday Survival Buzz #139
    Welcome to this week’s Sunday Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.Something I did not mention earlier this month was that the night before I left for vacation, the hard drive on my lapto…
    - 5 days ago, 19 Oct 14, 8:00am -
  • Summer/Fall 2014 Book Festival: Joe Nobody & Bishop\'s Song + Giveaway
    Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the Summer/Fall 2014 Backdoor Survival Book Festival.  Joe Nobody, the author of the hugely popular “Holding Their Own” series, is back with book #6, Bishop’s Song plus another interview…
    - 6 days ago, 18 Oct 14, 8:00am -
  • 13 Ways To Roll With the Punches
    The great recession of the 21st century has been marching forward for seven plus years.  These have not been easy times.For the the enlightened, these seven years have been troubling and extremely stressful. The stagnant economy, the threat of a g…
    - 7 days ago, 17 Oct 14, 8:00am -
  • 8 Reasons to Drink Water for Survival
    In the summertime when you get hot, sweaty and sticky, it is quite natural to reach for a nice, cool glass of water to quench your thirst.  In the Fall and Winter, however, it is easy to forget to drink an adequate amount of water to stay hydrated.…
    - 9 days ago, 15 Oct 14, 8:00am -
  • Disaster Preps: When the Storm Hits the Fan
    I am a firm believer that our very best learning opportunities come from the learning experiences of others.  There is no better example of this than listening or reading about the experience of someone who has lived through a major disaster.This…
    - 11 days ago, 13 Oct 14, 8:00am -
  • The Sunday Survival Buzz #138
    Welcome to this week’s Sunday Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.It is always strange to write a Sunday Survival Buzz while I am on vacation.  On the one hand, I want to be thorough and…
    - 12 days ago, 12 Oct 14, 8:00am -
  • Summer/Fall 2014 Book Festival: Collective Retribution + Giveaway
    Next up on the Summer/Fall 2014 Backdoor Survival Book Festival is a another piece of prophetic fiction, this time from author D.S. Edwards.  The book is Collective Retribution and it is quite the thriller, relating a tale of what we hope will neve…
    - 13 days ago, 11 Oct 14, 8:00am -
  • Free Food Friday: Mountain House Fall Giveaway
    Once again it is “Free Food Friday”!  I know how you love emergency food giveaways and so today I have another one for you.  The folks at Mountain House will be awarding each of three readers a sample kit of three Mountain House meal pouches i…
    - 14 days ago, 10 Oct 14, 8:00am -

Backwoods Survival Blog

Bug Out Survival

  • Revisiting Favorite Wild Places
    I spent a couple of weeks in September wandering around the Southwest by motorcycle, mostly camping in national forests and other public lands, which there is no shortage of in this region.  Many of the places I wanted to revisit were favorite areas…
    - 14 days ago, 10 Oct 14, 3:25pm -
  • Book Giveaway Winners
    This is a repost from my main website:Just an update to announce that the winners have been selected  for the ten  signed copies of Refuge that I offered to those signing up for my author newsletter.  If your email address was chosen, you should…
    - 23 days ago, 1 Oct 14, 3:36pm -
  • Book Giveaway Signup Link
    Yesterday I posted an announcement of a book giveaway for ten copies of Refuge After the Collapse (the sequel to The Pulse).  Many of you who follow this blog have signed up for the giveaway using the embedded signup form I included at the bottom o…
    - 55 days ago, 29 Aug 14, 9:39pm -
  • Book Giveaway: Refuge After the Collapse
    I have word from the publisher that copies of Refuge have shipped from the printer to the warehouse, so the book should be showing up for sale soon, though the official release date is still posted on Amazon and other sites as September 23. I should…
    - 56 days ago, 29 Aug 14, 1:42am -
  • Polar Pure is Available Again!
    Back in January, 2010, I posted a review of one of my favorite water purification methods: Polar Pure Water Disinfectant.  You can read the article for all the details of why I like this iodine purification method so much, and how I've tested it in…
    - 65 days ago, 19 Aug 14, 9:34pm -
  • Refuge (Book II of The Pulse Series)
    Just a quick update on the expected availability of Refuge which I finished up in June.  My publisher has shipped the finalized files to the printer and I got word yesterday that copies will ship from the printer on August 21, which should put them…
    - 84 days ago, 1 Aug 14, 6:00pm -
  • Discussing The Prepper's Workbook on Destiny Survival Radio
    Once again I enjoyed chatting with John Wesley Smith of Destiny Survival Radio about my latest book release, this time The Prepper's Workbook.  My co-author, Scott Finazzo joined us as well as we went into the details of the book and why it was inte…
    - 11 Jul 14, 1:06pm -
  • Sequel to THE PULSE Finished
       Days have turned into weeks with no contact from anyone outside of North America, where the power, communication and transportation grid has been completely destroyed by massive solar flares. In the ensuing chaos, grocery store shelves have been…
    - 10 Jun 14, 9:07pm -
  • Update on Review Copies and Giveaways
    I'm reposting this update from my main site, for those of you who only check in here.  As many of you know, The Prepper's Workbook has now been shipping from Amazon for about two weeks, and is even available on the shelf in ma…
    - 2 Apr 14, 2:12pm -
  • Scott Finazzo Discusses The Prepper's Workbook
    My coauthor of The Prepper's Workbook, Scott Finazzo, discussed our book on Kansas City's KCTV5 News earlier this week.   Finazzo is firefighter with the Overland Park Fire Department in that area, and his extensive experience as a first responder t…
    - 6 Mar 14, 10:33pm -

Canadian Preppers Network

  • newCanada is at war...and it's not the kind of war we're used to
    On Monday, October 20th, 2 members of the Canadian Military were run down in a parking lot by Martin Rouleau.  Rouleau had converted to Islam about 2 years ago, and according to reports, was upset at the former Quebec government's plan to ban the…
    - 13 hours ago, 23 Oct 14, 5:53pm -
  • Movie Monday - The power of Community - How Cuba Survived Peak Oil
    This Week On Movie MondayThe Power Of Community - How Cuba Survived Peak Oil The breakup of the Soviet Union in the early 90's created a major economic crisis in Cuba known as the Special Period.  Oil imports dropped by half, it's import and export…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 12:00am -
  • More Ebola, Hurrican Season Continues, and Processing the Harvest
    I was concerned last week when I heard of a nurse who had cared for Thomas Duncan has tested positive for the Ebola virus.  Unfortunately, my concerns were well placed, as we now have learned of a second nurse with Ebola.  I have not yet found a…
    - 8 days ago, 16 Oct 14, 10:22am -
  • Movie Monday - Prepper Bartering - What to Barter After SHTF
    This Week On Movie MondayChe, from the Ontario Preppers Survival Network is a major contributor to the preparedness community not only in Ontario, but across the country. Every summer, Che hosts the Ontario Preppers Annual Meetup, where a multitude…
    - 10 days ago, 14 Oct 14, 12:00am -
  • Ebola. To fear or not to fear?
    Twitter is tweeting and the news is buzzing with anything to do with Ebola. It’s a genuine fear about a deadly disease that mutates quickly and has no known cure. A Harvard poll conducted in August, before the United States’ first case of Ebola e…
    - 13 days ago, 10 Oct 14, 6:57pm -
  • Casting call - Proper Television
    I have been asked to post a casting call by Proper Television, a production company based in Toronto.They are looking to film a show in the spring where 2 survival enthusiasts are placed in environmentally challenging locations, with supplies and…
    - 16 days ago, 8 Oct 14, 10:00am -
  • Movie Monday - Wartime Farm Part 8 of 8
    This Week On Movie MondayWartime Farm is an eight part documentary program originally aired on BBC2 in 2012.  Historian Ruth Goodman along with archeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn take over a farm in Hampshire, England.  The goal is to…
    - 17 days ago, 7 Oct 14, 1:00am -
  • Mid Summer Storm Lessons
    So there I was, doing my ultra rare once a year shopping trip to the big city box stores and a summer storm rolled in. And what a storm. From inside the store I could hear the wind roll in like a hurricane. Then as we looked out the windows we could…
    - 21 days ago, 3 Oct 14, 3:00pm -
  • Ebola - One Simple Case or Possible North American Outbreak?
    This is a followup to my post yesterday evening regarding a confirmed case of ebola in the US.  In the interest of sharing this information, I posted simultaniously to The Canadian Preppers Network Blog, The Canadian Preppers Network Forum, and s…
    - 23 days ago, 1 Oct 14, 6:30pm -
  • First confirmed case of Ebola confirmed in the United States: CDC
    Yes, you've read that title correctly, a case of ebola has been confirmed in Dallas, Texas today.
    - 23 days ago, 30 Sep 14, 10:06pm -

Tactical Intelligence

  • Why Now Is the Time to Get Your Ham License
    Most preppers get the idea that communication is an important capability to have during an emergency. Despite this understanding though, few preppers have a solid communication plan in place beyond a few two-way walkie-talkie devices and the false h…
    - 61 days ago, 23 Aug 14, 11:58pm -
  • Product Review: SunJack Portable Solar Array
    For preppers, survivalists and others desiring to have other means of electricity when the grid goes down, solar has always been a valid means of off-grid power. And in recent years, there’s been significant advances and interest in portable solar…
    - 62 days ago, 23 Aug 14, 1:22pm -
  • Warning: The Coming Pandemic and How You can Prepare Yourself
    Back in 1995, Richard Preston wrote a #1 New York Time’s best-seller by the name of The Hot Zone which gave a startling view into the deadly seriousness and history of the Ebola Virus. It’s a truly horrifying disease: bleeding from the ears, eye…
    - 79 days ago, 6 Aug 14, 5:17pm -
  • The Humble Bow: The Ultimate SHTF Weapon?
    If you were in a SHTF situation, which one would you rather have – a bow or a firearm? Before you gun nuts (me included) start saying there is no contest, I thought I’d use this article to maybe not so much change your mind but to expand your un…
    - 85 days ago, 31 Jul 14, 5:24pm -
  • Letter From a Reader: What 24 Years of Gardening Has Taught Me
    Editor’s Note: In order to provide some inspiration and help others in their prepping journey, I like to include some personal experiences from my readers showing off some of their experiences and lessons-learned. Here’s the latest from Laurey in…
    - 91 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…
    - 97 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…
    - 9 Jul 14, 6:29pm -
  • How to Make Dehydrated Bug-Out Toothpaste
    You might not think dehydrated toothpaste blobs are such a novel idea but keep in mind, every little bit of weight savings helps in lightening the load of your bug out bag -- making for easier travel when you need it most.
    - 9 Jul 14, 2:57pm -
  • How to Stock up on Antibiotics without a Prescription
    What we nowadays take for granted, could become life-threatening in a collapse type situation.For example, a good friend of mine got a simple scratch from his cat which developed into sepsis. Because he was able to get to a doctors and be treated w…
    - 30 Jun 14, 9:16pm -
  • 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…
    - 27 Jun 14, 7:14pm -

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Preparedness Videos

Survival Pro Tips 1 Making Fire with an Empty Bic Dave Canterbury, David Canterbury, The Pathfinder School,Bush Craft ,Survival skills, Historical Lore, Primitive Skills, Ar...
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Wood Craft on a Budget Part 12 Condor Kephart Feather Sticks Dave Canterbury, David Canterbury, The Pathfinder School,Bush Craft ,Survival skills, Historical Lore, Primitive Skills, Ar...
- 57 days ago, 27 Aug 14, 10:54pm -
Haversack Kit Dave Canterbury, David Canterbury, The Pathfinder School,Bush Craft ,Survival skills, Historical Lore, Primitive Skills, Ar...
- 8 May 14, 6:41pm -
Commercial: Dave Canterbury "Makes fire with his beard"
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Coyote It's whats for Lunch Dave Canterbury, David Canterbury, The Pathfinder School,Bush Craft ,Survival skills, Historical Lore, Primitive Skills, Ar...
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Kit mentality Useage vs Investment Dave Canterbury, David Canterbury, The Pathfinder School,Bush Craft ,Survival skills, Historical Lore, Primitive Skills, Ar...
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- 8 Oct 13, 8:25pm -

Survival Monkey Forums

  • newWhat are YOU guys eating?
    I always post my food. Would love to see what you guys are eating!Last night, I made chicken tikka masala and saffron rice for the monkeys. Somehow, they are able to put away way more than I think is possible. Saffron rice, before and after co…
    - 23 mins ago, 24 Oct 14, 6:13am -
  • newThe many uses of DHS: panty-raid
    I'll file this under oppressive govt. Seems DHS is straying a little from its mission statementThe Department of Homeland Security Goes on a Panty Raid - Hit & Run : Reason.comThe Department of Homeland Security Goes on a Panty RaidPeter...Th…
    - 28 mins ago, 24 Oct 14, 6:08am -
  • newMotivational Poster Thread (warning content)
    Post your favorite Motivational Posters here.
    - 38 mins ago, 24 Oct 14, 5:58am -
  • newCanuk Kids
    A man in a Florida supermarket tries to buy half a head of lettuce.The very young produce assistant tells him that they sell only whole heads of lettuce.The man persists, and asks to see the manager. The boy says he'll ask his manager about it.…
    - 2 hours ago, 24 Oct 14, 4:50am -
  • 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!
    - 2 hours ago, 24 Oct 14, 4:49am -
  • newShould we have an Ellis Island? Ellis Ebola Airport?
    Locally some folks with "latent TB" have been approved for immigration and public support.My grandmother died from TB...."Those with visible health problems or diseases were sent home or held in the island's hospital facilities for long periods of…
    - 2 hours ago, 24 Oct 14, 4:44am -
  • newQuotes on Liberty, Constitution, Bill of Rights, 2nd Amendment, Self-Reliance, This Day in History
    I wanted to see if fellow Monkeys could share there favorite quotes on interrelated topics such as Liberty-Freedom, the Constitution - Bill of Rights, Unalienable Rights, the Second Amendment, Patriotism, Survivalism-Prepping, Economics, etc. The "st…
    - 2 hours ago, 24 Oct 14, 4:39am -
  • newThe m/c shop
    I see there are a few riders here now, so here's a place for motorcycle related stuff, like pix, tricks, useful tips for getting out of town in case of SHTF, whatever twists your grip. Here's mine, 04 Triumph Sprint ST. GenMar risers, throttlemeist…
    - 2 hours ago, 24 Oct 14, 4:25am -
  • newTitanium
    No reviews yet. Just got these goodies. First up, the Emberlit Fireant. Thinking of replacing my canteen stove with this little bad boy. And the Fenix E99 Ti. Don't need another flashlight. Ooh, better watch my mouth.
    - 3 hours ago, 24 Oct 14, 3:25am -
  • newMaking Lye Soap
    How to Make Basic Lye Soap | Lehman's Country LifeUpdated to this link: making lye soapPlease update again if this is not the correct article
    - 3 hours ago, 24 Oct 14, 3:16am -

Preparedness Pro

  • Strengthening the Bonds With Family and Friends--Part 2
    In part 1 of this series about strengthening the bonds of your family and friends and your community through fun activities, I shared one game with you along with laying out a case for being mindful of such preparations. Today I’m going to share tw…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Oct 14, 3:28am -
  • Strengthening the Bonds With Family and Friends--Part 1
    Today’s article isn’t about the all-natural cure for battling the Ebola virus. Nor is it about the 12 essential food items you can make from powdered milk. It’s quite a bit off the beaten path of the traditional “prepper journey”. However,…
    - 5 days ago, 19 Oct 14, 1:09am -
  • Quail--A Path to Preparedness for All Types of Homes?

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

Survival Cache

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

Survival is a state of mind

Idaho Holsters

Totally Ready

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

Wilderness Survival Forum

  • newSliding Knots Adjustable Bracelet
    *Side View* Image: *Top View* Image:
    - 13 hours ago, 23 Oct 14, 6:00pm -
  • newCar chase on the interstate.......and a moral to the story
    This has been on the news.....pretty dangerous stuff car chase on the Interstate out side of town.........but you need to watch to the end.... Moral...
    - 16 hours ago, 23 Oct 14, 3:00pm -
  • looking 4 Arkansas Preppers
    Any Arkansas preppers that wish they could do more. I have 40 acres out in the woods and 1/2 mi from greerys ferry lake. I have been working on the...
    - 1 day ago, 22 Oct 14, 9:54pm -
  • Maybe not the best BOV....but cool. Only one left.
    - 2 days ago, 22 Oct 14, 5:52pm -
  • Shots Fired in Ottawa
    I don't know how many of you pay attention to the news from Canada, but there have been shots fired on parliament hill. There are multiple...
    - 2 days ago, 22 Oct 14, 5:21pm -
  • Hello from me to you!
    Just wanted to say hello to all of you! New to the forum! Eager to learn from you, and to teach you what I know!
    - 2 days ago, 22 Oct 14, 5:04pm -
  • Hello from bigbob
    Hi. I am interested in knapping, primitive tools, wilderness survival in blue ridge and G.Washington forest in VA. Know how to make effective...
    - 2 days ago, 22 Oct 14, 3:52pm -
  • the kid
    I'm not in the know on this but the kid got a 35 on her mcat. I'm told this is pretty good and she's happy with the score. She is a goal oriented kid...
    - 2 days ago, 22 Oct 14, 12:52am -
  • Neck Knife Survival Kit
    There have been a lot of survival kit discussions recently so I wanted to dredge up an oldie for the new folks. Mac hasn't been around in a long time...
    - 2 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 10:30pm -
  • Harbour Frieght Survival Knife
    A few weeks ago I was at Harbour Frieght. Just looking at some welding gloves and I spotted this knife in the outdoor section for about 10 dollars....
    - 2 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 9:21pm -

Modern Survival Online

  • newFrom the Desk of John Rourke – October 24th, 2014
    BREAKING NEWS: Confirmed Ebola infection in New York City. The 33 year old man is a doctor who treated Ebola patients in West Africa. He reportedly began to experience a fever and gastrointestinal problems and sought medical attention. The doctor pla…
    - 6 hours ago, 24 Oct 14, 12:15am -
  • newPrepping for Less
      by Terry Blount   According to the US government most people are dealing with a financial squeeze. Two out of every three citizens are now living from paycheck to paycheck… that means that two out of every three people who read this have limite…
    - 6 hours ago, 24 Oct 14, 12:10am -
  • newInfographic: Bug Out Bag Checklist
    I enjoy looking at some of these “infographics”. Infographics can provoke thought and educate – but there are some pretty ridiculous ones out there as well. Infographics can be seen on all kinds of things like container gardening, survival skil…
    - 7 hours ago, 24 Oct 14, 12:01am -
  • From the Desk of John Rourke – October 23rd, 2014
    Last year I went to the Uwharrie National Park on an off-road trip with some friends. I drive a stock Jeep Wrangler 2-door and was told we were going to stick to the easy trails. Well – once we started out it wasn’t bad but soon the one-way trail…
    - 1 day ago, 23 Oct 14, 12:15am -
  • Survival Biscuits?
    I wrote this awhile back over at Figured many of you have not seen it as it is buried deep within the archives. To see it in its original form click HERE. Food is my major concern when looking at my preps. I feel like I co…
    - 1 day ago, 23 Oct 14, 12:10am -
  • From the Desk of John Rourke – October 22nd, 2014
    I appreciate you stopping by and visiting here on Took the family to my brothers place in Georgia for the weekend. If you are not a long time reader you may not be aware that my brothers place is my bug out location. My over…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Oct 14, 12:15am -
  • VIDEO OF THE WEEK: The Best Way to Hang a Hammock || Rap Rings
    YouTube is an absolutely incredible source of information on almost anything you can think of. Every week we feature a new video related to a variety of topics such as firearms, first aid, gardening, security, food storage, water filtration….and c…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Oct 14, 12:10am -
  • Rourke’s Weekly Recommendations
      Video’s/Movies Atlas Shrugged:Part One Atlas Shrugged: Part Two AMERICA: Imagine a World Without Her   Food Storage PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter Dymatize Whey Protein Powder, Vanilla – the best! Mountain House 72 Hour Emergency Food Kit   Arti…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Oct 14, 12:05am -

The Survival Mom

  • Picking Group Members for the Long-Haul

    Picking Group Members for the Long-Haul

    By now, or at least, hopefully by now, you have figured out the lone wolf approach doesn’t work well in survival situations. Despite numerous fiction novels featuring the protagonist as a lone wolf survivor, having a team, group or MAG Read MoreTh…
    - 1 day ago, 23 Oct 14, 6:00am -
  • CONTEST: What would you put in YOUR Bucket Backpack?

    CONTEST: What would you put in YOUR Bucket Backpack?

    5-gallon buckets are a mainstay in most American homes. We use them to store wheat and other foods, use them to organize supplies and tools — they have a million different uses. The Bucket Backpack was reviewed here recently and Read MoreThe post…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Oct 14, 10:00am -
  • Common Sense Strategies for Teaching Gun Safety: Guns Are a Big Deal

    Common Sense Strategies for Teaching Gun Safety: Guns Are a Big Deal

    As a new mom, I was wary of having guns in the household. My husband was a lifetime member of the NRA and quite the gun enthusiast but I had never even fired a single shot. Never even used a Read MoreThe post Common Sense Strategies for Teaching Gun…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Oct 14, 6:00am -
  • Win An All American Sun Oven in this Giveaway!

    Win An All American Sun Oven in this Giveaway!

    The folks at the All American Sun Oven company have teamed up with a large group of bloggers and we are giving away a deluxe Sun Oven! The retail price of this set is $399! But that is only the Read MoreThe post Win An All American Sun Oven in this…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 5:21pm -
  • Basic Steps to Maintain Your Core Temperature

    Basic Steps to Maintain Your Core Temperature

    In a true survival situation, such as if you’re lost in the woods, the first priority is to do everything you can to maintain your core body temperature. Hypothermia (core temperature too low) can kill a whole lot faster than Read MoreThe post Bas…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 6:00am -
  • Getting Buy-In When You Don’t See Eye to Eye

    Getting Buy-In When You Don’t See Eye to Eye

    One of the most common issues I’m asked regularly about is something along the lines of, “My husband/wife/significant other ridicules the whole idea of prepping.” It is disheartening, to say the least, when someone we love isn’t on board with…
    - 4 days ago, 20 Oct 14, 6:00am -
  • Preparedness on the High Seas

    Preparedness on the High Seas

    In 1997, I went on my first cruise and loved it. In September 2014, I went on my 13th cruise. Cruising is a fantastic way to vacation but there are some safety and preparedness issues that are unique to this Read MoreThe post Preparedness on the Hig…
    - 5 days ago, 19 Oct 14, 6:00am -
  • Shelter in place without going crazy, Part 1

    Shelter in place without going crazy, Part 1

    There’s nothing like the word “Ebola” to get people to finally pay attention to preparedness. When you have a well stocked pantry with enough food to last a couple of months, stored water and a couple of ways to purify Read MoreThe post Shelte…
    - 5 days ago, 18 Oct 14, 7:21pm -
  • 15 Ways to Store & Use Winter Squash

    15 Ways to Store & Use Winter Squash

    Winter Squash is a great vegetable for our short-term food storage needs. It doesn’t need much from a preservation stand point, can be grown easily, purchased inexpensively, and tastes good in a variety of recipes.  Here are 15 Ways to Store & R…
    - 7 days ago, 17 Oct 14, 6:00am -
  • Shelter Life: How to Thrive and Survive in a Red Cross Shelter

    Shelter Life: How to Thrive and Survive in a Red Cross Shelter

    During disasters like wildfires and floods, we’ve all seen TV news reports that the Red Cross is opening a shelter at such-and-such High School or other public building. It’s hard not to feel sorry for people who are either temporarily Read More…
    - 8 days ago, 16 Oct 14, 3:00pm -

Florida Hillbilly

  • Product Review – Paleo Meals to Go’s Coconut Berry Breakfast
    My buddy, James from SurvivalPunk, runs a blog similar to mine, and lives a similar lifestyle. He and I both eat as close to 100% Paleo as we can.For those not in the know, “Paleo”, or “the Paleolithic Diet”, in a nutshell, consists of no r…
    - 8 days ago, 16 Oct 14, 10:00am -
  • The Ultimate Secret to Preparedness
    A while back, my family and I were at a cookout at a friends house. Also attending were several couples that I’d never met before. After the festivities started to wind down, one of the new acquaintances mentioned my website, catching me off guard.…
    - 29 days ago, 25 Sep 14, 10:00am -
  • Rule Of Threes
    In survival training, many instructors refer to the “Rule of Threes”. Here they are, as taught to me by Hank, of Green Earth Survival School: 3 minutes without air 3 hours without shelter3 days without water3 weeks without foodPlease no…
    - 38 days ago, 16 Sep 14, 10:00am -
  • Coturnix Quail for Homesteaders
    I’ve had a bit of interest over the last few weeks regarding quail as a backyard meat source. I thought I’d dust off the topic and put another article together covering the ins and outs of raising Coturnix quail, particularly in an urban setting.…
    - 56 days ago, 29 Aug 14, 12:50pm -
  • Peace, Love, and Preparedness
    [popunder-popup id="1"]I was exchanging emails with what has turned out to be my latest advertiser, While finishing a reply, I signed off in my typical fashion, “Peace, db”, and laughed to myself about how much of a hippie I…
    - 71 days ago, 14 Aug 14, 12:57pm -
  • Product Review: Altai’s MF Tactical Boots
    From time to time, I am contacted to review products, some good, some not so good. I won’t review a product I wouldn’t try to use regularly, and won’t review products that aren’t realistic. When I get a request to review an item that “dupli…
    - 85 days ago, 31 Jul 14, 1:57pm -
  • How to Cook The ULTIMATE Steak
    (For Kip, as requested.)The ULTIMATE steak (or pork chop…or chicken…or fish….) …A bold statement for anyone. More so when you realize how un-picky of an eater I am. Until I started eating Paleo (no grains, legumes, or refined sugars), it…
    - 10 Jul 14, 10:00am -
  • Book Review: Sanctuary by G. Michael Hopf
    When I’m contacted about reviewing a book, I normally have the same dread. In reading a book to review, I normally come to the end of the book, only to find there is going to be another book in the series…and I have to wait to find out what happe…
    - 30 Jun 14, 3:08pm -
  • Book Review: Forsaking Home (The Survivalist Series)
    Last December, I reviewed the first three books of the Survivalist Series. I had been contacted by the great folks over at TLC Book Tours, a book promoting firm. The storyline follows Morgan Carter as he is traveling several hours drive away from hom…
    - 23 Jun 14, 2:12pm -
  • The Fastest Way to Sharpen a Knife
    (Here is an old article I wrote way back when. If you are like 90% of the households out there, your knives are dull. Here is a quick-fix for that issue. )In my post reviewing the Mora Companion knife, I mentioned the Smith Abrasives 2-Step Knife Sh…
    - 18 Jun 14, 12:05pm -

Full Survival Mode

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

Resilient Man

  • Why do you need resilience in the first place?
    You need resilience when you have a problem. The real Resilionaire, would avoid the problem in the first place. How can this be done? I am only alluding to a solution for the problems you, have created and not the ones you have zero control over. I c…
    - 8 days ago, 16 Oct 14, 5:19pm -
  • Environmental Stress: How to deal with it?
    Environmental stressors are those which come from non-human triggered events.. To reduce stress from such events you need to clearly define them. This is done by being honest and practical about the impact of the event. These events have a scale. Hea…
    - 16 days ago, 8 Oct 14, 6:14am -
  • Resilience to the Apocalypse: An opportunity to be part of a strong and self-sufficient community.
    For those seeking ultra-resilience, I have found you a solution.  Ultra-Resilience is going beyond the day to day resilience techniques. Day to day hardiness means being able to rebound after troubles with stress, people, divorce, jobs, health and…
    - 19 days ago, 5 Oct 14, 7:33am -
  • How to cope and be resilient to stress
    In the previous article I highlighted the three sources of stress . In the this article I will focus on how YOU can avoid stress. I highlighted many times on the site, that the best strategy to resilience is not needing it. A good performing athlet…
    - 33 days ago, 20 Sep 14, 6:53pm -
  • Common sources of stress – build your resilience against them
    Waking up fresh every morning, felling fully energized and ready to enjoy another day of living needs resilience. Resilience to recover from the stress of the day before. “If your problem has a solution why are you stressed ? Why stress about a pro…
    - 33 days ago, 20 Sep 14, 6:45pm -
  • What are we here for ? What is the reason for being alive ? What is our true purpose ?
    These questions have occupied my thoughts for some time. It took a while to find the answer, but I did. The answer is an explanation to how to get a sense of purpose not how to achieve purpose. Achieving purpose is, different for all of us, but the a…
    - 46 days ago, 7 Sep 14, 7:40pm -
  • The Chicago Plan : Resilience to our financial system.
    Those of you who follow the economic sphere have frequently heard the names Keynes and Hayek mentioned. Keynes was an economist who advocated for wide state intervention during an economic down turn while Hayek advocated a no touch approach to the m…
    - 51 days ago, 3 Sep 14, 5:41am -
  • Health and your Resilience – snippets
    Things I learnt and inspired me this week : (Disclaimer:  I am not a medical professional) Bile stones can be removed naturally check this out : Our gut contains neurons, and some scien…
    - 51 days ago, 3 Sep 14, 4:46am -
  • The Perils and Solutions to Victim Hood
    Victimhood is a self-reinforcing mental framework which leads to a constant search to picture ourselves as being the victims of someone or something. Victimhood, is comfortable as a mental state. In this state we give responsibility to our ills to so…
    - 85 days ago, 30 Jul 14, 8:50pm -
  • Are your retirement plans resilient to a positive future (Part 1) ?
    Will your early retirement plans be able to ride all the good things that the future will bring to humanity ? In this article we explore all the good things that could be coming our way in the next 20 years. Early retirement, is a process where one a…
    - 3 Jun 14, 6:11pm -

The Great Northern Prepper

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

If The Shit Hits the Fan

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

Graywolf Survival

  • Surviving a blizzard or winter storm without power
    Surviving at home for a while during a severe winter storm isn't all that difficult if you've planned ahead - even if the power goes out.You're reading Surviving a blizzard or winter storm without power, originally posted at Graywolf Survival - Comm…
    - 1 day ago, 22 Oct 14, 8:47pm -
  • The threat you face from Ebola and what you can do about it (Updated)
    The Ebola virus problem has been escalating out of control in Africa and is now spread to the West. ... How worried should you really be? ... What can you do to prepare?You're reading The threat you face from Ebola and what you can do about it (Upda…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Oct 14, 1:01am -
  • How to survive an EMP/CME – Part 3: How to prepare
    The threat of an EMP/CME to our society is very real and most people and governments are woefully unprepared. Here's what you should do to start preparing.You're reading How to survive an EMP/CME – Part 3: How to prepare, originally posted at Gray…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 4:10pm -
  • 5 discreet weapons you can carry (almost) anywhere
    You can't always carry a weapon to defend yourself but with a little creativity and some training, there are many discreet weapons you can improvise.You're reading 5 discreet weapons you can carry (almost) anywhere, originally posted at Graywolf Sur…
    - 4 days ago, 19 Oct 14, 11:07pm -
  • Your own vehicle surveillance camera – the G1W-C 1080P
    Having your own vehicle surveillance camera to document your bug out route, cache locations, or traffic altercation is pretty inexpensive these days. You're reading Your own vehicle surveillance camera – the G1W-C 1080P, originally posted at Grayw…
    - 10 days ago, 14 Oct 14, 12:53am -
  • 5.11 Rush 72 tactical backpack review – the perfect bug out bag?
    If you ask a forum or group about the best bug out bag, the 5.11 Rush 72 seems to be the go-to bag of choice. It's a great bag but is it the best choice for bugging out?You're reading 5.11 Rush 72 tactical backpack review – the perfect bug out bag…
    - 16 days ago, 8 Oct 14, 1:34am -
  • How to communicate when the world goes silent
    So if cell phones stopped working, how would you communicate? What if an EMP wiped out all electronics? How would you find your family or get help during a disaster or if SHTF?You're reading How to communicate when the world goes silent, originally…
    - 33 days ago, 20 Sep 14, 6:47pm -
  • 12 essential survival items under $12
    Quality survival gear isn't always expensive. By choosing carefully, you can find gear for your kit or as a gift. Here are 12 essentials for your bug out bag or camping equipment.You're reading 12 essential survival items under $12, originally poste…
    - 34 days ago, 19 Sep 14, 7:34pm -
  • Mpowerd Luci inflatable emergency solar lantern review
    Mpowerd sent me a Luci inflatable emergency solar lantern to do a review. It has some really strong points and a few weaknesses. Read my review here.You're reading Mpowerd Luci inflatable emergency solar lantern review, originally posted at Graywolf…
    - 38 days ago, 15 Sep 14, 10:57pm -
  • How to survive an EMP/CME – Part 2: Life after the pulse
    There is a lot we don't know about the effects of an EMP/CME but there are some things that we do. Knowing what would happen to your electronics, your car, and your life is the first part of being prepared for an EMP.You're reading How to survive an…
    - 45 days ago, 9 Sep 14, 12:56am -

Rural Revolution

  • Picking pears
    We've had a dry spell that's made me kinda complacent about harvesting the last of the garden goodies, but it needed to get done; so last week I finally got around to picking the pears.Because the pear tree had been hooked up to the drip irrigation s…
    - 1 day ago, 23 Oct 14, 4:10am -
  • Chuckle du Jour
    I saw this and cracked up.
    - 2 days ago, 22 Oct 14, 1:58pm -
  • What books would you bring?
    On SurvivalBlog a couple of days ago, there was an interesting mental exercise about what books you would choose if you were tasked with preserving western culture against some sort of apocalyptic destruction of literature. The author listed many pra…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 3:21am -
  • Another daughter and one of THOSE days
    Our friend GG, who makes such ethereal and beautiful jewelry pieces, is staying with us for a few weeks. We're so tickled!GG's folks live across the country now, so frankly we thought we'd never see her again after she left boarding school. But an…
    - 5 days ago, 19 Oct 14, 2:24pm -
  • Too stupid to roast marshmallows
    Sorry for the silence of the last few days, it's been crazy-busy!As a placeholder until I have the mental energy to post something more profound, here's my WND column for this weekend entitled Too Stupid to Roast Marshmallows.It must have been a slow…
    - 6 days ago, 18 Oct 14, 1:18am -
  • First fire of the year
    The weather has been getting chillier here in north Idaho, but we were reluctant to start a fire in the wood stove because it's also been bone-dry.However we wanted the wood stove to be cleaned and ready to go for when the dry spell broke, so last we…
    - 8 days ago, 15 Oct 14, 8:05pm -
  • Why make the choice to homestead?
    Here's my SurvivalMom podcast from last week entitled Why Make the Choice to Homestead?
    - 9 days ago, 15 Oct 14, 2:51am -
  • How are onion sets formed?
    Last spring I tried growing onions from seed. It's a tough process -- not the actual growing (that's easy) but the keeping alive. I planted 200 seeds, and most of them keeled over and withered away after a couple of weeks. Clearly I have a lot to…
    - 10 days ago, 14 Oct 14, 1:37pm -
  • The blessings of abundance
    We interrupt your regularly scheduled program for some philosophical musings.Lately I've been doing a lot of canning as well as re-canning to round out the pantry -- peas, carrots, mustard, pizza sauce, salsa, chicken broth, things like that.I've als…
    - 11 days ago, 12 Oct 14, 10:52pm -
  • Building feed boxes
    Ever since Don built the awning on our barn last year, he's had another project in mind: to build feed boxes for the livestock.Before we had the barn built, we fed the cattle in makeshift feed bins that didn't work well. Dominant animals pushed lowe…
    - 13 days ago, 11 Oct 14, 12:52pm -

Last Minute Survival

Learn How To Be Prepared

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

Learn to Prepare

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 226 time…
    - 4 Sep 13, 12:06am -

Mama Kautz

  • newCooking with Essential Oils
    I love that CPTG, which can be safe to ingest, are also ok to cook with. NOT ALL OILS ARE SAFE. Not even all of doTERRA oils are ok to cook with. Some of the blends are not. The bottle will say if they are safe to ingest. One of our FAVORITE recipes…
    - 20 hours ago, 23 Oct 14, 11:00am -
  • Reducing Your Toxic Load ~ Personal Care Products
    Your skin is your biggest organ. Your skin has pours which absorb toxins. More reducing the toxic load. LESS CHEMICAL! Detox people, detox. So what have I done to reduce my toxic load, besides the cleanse? I have made a few products. shaving cream, d…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Oct 14, 5:00pm -
  • Reducing your Toxic Load ~ Cleaning
    There are so many toxins in cleaning products. I get a headache just thinking about it. Using essential oils to clean with is not only frugal (really, it is) it is not toxic. So safe your kids can clean with them. I have made room spray (8-10 drops o…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 11:00am -
  • Sun Oven {GIVEAWAY}
    Win An All American Sun Oven in this Giveaway!   The folks at the All American Sun Oven company have teamed up with a large group of bloggers and we are giving away a deluxe Sun Oven! The retail price of this set is $399! But that is only the start…
    - 4 days ago, 20 Oct 14, 11:00am -
  • Traveling with Essential Oils
    While you are reading this I am currently on a plane heading east. I am attending the Allume blog conference in Greenville, SC. Something about traveling from my little corner of the country, that you might not know, is unless I am only going to Seat…
    - 4 days ago, 20 Oct 14, 11:00am -
  • Essential Oils for Preparedness
    The main reason I even considered essential oils was for preparedness. I wanted to have a first aid kit ready. I soon found out that essential oils were great for more than just preparedness. Here is my free mini e-book where I share my top 5 essenti…
    - 5 days ago, 19 Oct 14, 11:00am -
  • Essential Oils are Antibacterial
    I already shared my go to oils for anti-virals. Most of those oils also have anti-biotic properties. So today I am going to share a few articles that prove the findings of these properties in the CPTG oils. Oxford Journals Antibacterial activity of e…
    - 6 days ago, 18 Oct 14, 11:30am -
  • Cleanse and Detox with Essential Oils
    In this day and age with GMO’s and food that comes in boxes it’s no wonder we may experience toxic overload. Have you got signs of toxic overload? Do you feel bloated? Do you have trouble sleeping or feel tired even after a good night’s sleep?…
    - 7 days ago, 17 Oct 14, 11:00am -
  • Front Porch Friday
    Welcome to another edition of Front Porch Friday! Mama Kautz and PreparednessMama are your hostesses with the mostesses. This weeks featured posts: Getting Prepared on the Cheap by The Rural Economist Thank you to all who linked up last week!! I real…
    - 7 days ago, 17 Oct 14, 7:05am -
  • I Carry, Oils that Is
    I have the cutest little case attached to my purse. It hold 8 5/8 dram oil bottles. I need a second one because I don’t have all the oils I would like to have with me everyday. I love the convenience of having my oils with me. Just the other day a…
    - 8 days ago, 16 Oct 14, 11:00am -

Modern Day Redneck

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

My Family Survival Plan

  • new17 Clever Food Storage Tricks
    If you’re like most of us, building your food storage out can be a daunting proposition. Not only can it be costly, but it also requires figuring out what kind of food to store, when it needs to be rotated, how much to buy per person, and more.The…
    - 30 mins ago, 24 Oct 14, 6:06am -
  • newEveryday Essentials: The Many Uses of Soap
    And because it's so affordable, soap makes an excellent addition to any prepper's stockpile. Here's a look at just a few uses of soap in and around the house. Make sure to comment with any other ideas you've found for bar soaps.The post Everyday Ess…
    - 20 hours ago, 23 Oct 14, 11:03am -
  • Preparedness: Getting Your Loved Ones Involved in Your Prepping
    Luckily, there are some simple steps you can take to bring your loved ones around to your viewpoint, and even get them interested in turning preparedness into something that brings you closer together as a family.The post Preparedness: Getting Your…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 1:30pm -
  • Cash Is King -The Importance of a Cash Stockpile
    That meant that people who didn't have cash readily available had no way of purchasing basics like food, water, or fuel. There were no reports of local merchants and grocery stores accepting hunks of gold or silver in exchange for bread and cereal.T…
    - 4 days ago, 20 Oct 14, 2:43pm -
  • Bartering – Planning For the Future
    In the recent past many believed that by accumulating cash in different dominations they would have a safe means of protection in the event that they found themselves in a SHTF scenario.They could purchase all the latest in camping gear, bug out equi…
    - 7 days ago, 17 Oct 14, 6:38am -
  • Ebola Transmission – Understanding and Preparing for an Outbreak
    The CDC makes no mention of Ebola transmission through airborne droplets in humans. Because of the severity of the current outbreak, however, transmission through airborne droplets seems like a possible explanation. Note that the author says airborne…
    - 7 days ago, 17 Oct 14, 5:48am -

Command Zero

  • Admin – Still wonky
    Still all sortsa issues going on. I’m really confident it’s on Yahoo’s end of things and all I can do is be patient. Hang in there, gang.
    - 2 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 9:58pm -
  • Article – Zombie-proof log cabin has 10-year anti-zombie guarantee
    You hear the horrifying groans. Decaying hands scrabble at the door, trying to find a way in. They want to eat you. You sit down on the sofa, kick your feet up and open a can of Spam. No worries. … Continue reading →
    - 3 days ago, 20 Oct 14, 11:31pm -
  • Comments
    Comments seem to be down. Trying to get a handle on it. Hold that thought. Update 19:51 – I think I got it, but it looks a touch wobbly. We’ll see. Update 20:10 – Nope. Still not working right. Update … Continue reading →
    - 4 days ago, 20 Oct 14, 12:40am -
  • Fun with mylar and first aid supplies
    Part of being prepared means that a lot (!) of stuff spends a looooooong time sitting around unattended waiting for that moment that, honestly, may never come. But if it does come, that gear needs to be in operating condition … Continue reading →
    - 4 days ago, 19 Oct 14, 9:39pm -
  • Article – Dig in for apocalypse in a practically invisible ‘Bunker Moderne’ home
    This partially buried home in Southern California combines the luxury of a multimillion-dollar estate with the practicality of a concrete bunker. Made of steel-reinforced concrete, it’s carved into the Santa Monica Mountains’ Saddle Peak and prac…
    - 5 days ago, 18 Oct 14, 7:32pm -
  • Baselines and false standards
    Years ago, I was in one of those cheesy ‘dollar stores’ picking up some calculators for use in the shop. I picked up five of them, for a dollar each. Typical flimsy made-in-China LCD calculator. A few months after that … Continue reading →
    - 6 days ago, 17 Oct 14, 8:36pm -
  • Walking Dead S5E1 – Extra coolness
    I download TWD off Amazon and they apparently left out this majorly cool post-credit nugget. Interesting to see where this goes.
    - 9 days ago, 15 Oct 14, 3:45am -
  • Thermite
    The stuff of books, movies, and awesome backyard experiments. Two interesting Instructables posts: Cast Thermite and how to light that stuff: First Fire, The Thermite Ignitor One never knows when some well-meaning nanny-stater will demand harmless DI…
    - 10 days ago, 14 Oct 14, 5:54am -
  • Walking Dead Season Five – Spoilers
    Holy crap, Carol killed Tasha Yar! So apparently the big message here was that the Terminus folks were once good and decent and when they got locked in those cattle cars, they fought their way out, beat their captors, and … Continue reading →
    - 10 days ago, 13 Oct 14, 8:55pm -
  • Further fun with ebola
    So…you take a Third Worlder with Ebola, stick him in a US hospital, crow about how ‘all precautions are being taken, there’s no risk’ and…surprise…someone tests positive for ebola. Dude, you can’t get a hospital to even prevent MRSA, wh…
    - 11 days ago, 13 Oct 14, 12:02am -

Outdoor Quest

  • newSources of Reference for the Backcountry Hiker
    There is a lot of reference material published and online that the backcountry traveler has access to.Outdoor Quest imageThere are some that are no longer valid or are just plain inaccurate.  For example, one major magazine publication had an articl…
    - 8 hours ago, 23 Oct 14, 10:45pm -
  • New Web Site
    I left my old web host and have migrated from a 10 year old micro soft office product to Word Press.Please take a look a and let me know what you think.  Please post your comments on this blog.Thank you
    - 4 days ago, 20 Oct 14, 1:58pm -
  • Backcountry Travel Off The Beaten Path
    I just finished teaching a land navigation class at the local community college.  I had lots of questions about hiking off the beaten path; bushwacking through the backcountry.  I paused my presentation to capture the moment by engaging the student…
    - 7 days ago, 17 Oct 14, 2:16pm -
  • A Hiker's Clothing Base Layer
    Fall is here and people are searching for information about selecting the right base layer clothing for backcountry travel; underwear for the hiker.  There are lots of options and some aren't worth your time or money.  In late November 2013 my loca…
    - 9 days ago, 15 Oct 14, 1:45pm -
  • CALTOPO - Free Mapping Software
    This post is about a relatively new mapping program for hikers and hunters.  I met the software devloper late last month at the Pacific Northwest SARCON held near Portland Oregon.  Matt  Jacobs has developed a very sophisticated and robust prog…
    - 9 days ago, 14 Oct 14, 7:29pm -
  • Tips on Getting Accurate Compass Readings - Part 1
     The following  suggestions on getting accurate compass readings is from Basic Land Navigation (by the National Wildfire Coordination Group.)Tips on Getting Accurate Compass ReadingsA small error when using a compass can result in a significant er…
    - 15 days ago, 9 Oct 14, 12:00pm -
  • Understanding Magnetic Declination
    “Declination: A Noun. The horizontal angle between the true geographic North Pole and the magnetic North Pole, as figured from a specific point on the Earth.” Declination is a term that causes “brain cramps” for many…
    - 16 days ago, 8 Oct 14, 1:19pm -
  • Garmin Rino 600 GPS
    Last week I had the opportunity to use a Garmin Rino 600 GPS.  It is accurate, has lots of capability and works as advertised.I do recommend that the user take care regarding the very sensitive screen.One of my students dropped the receiver and wher…
    - 18 days ago, 6 Oct 14, 4:25pm -
  • Black Bear Kills Hiker
    The following is from the New York Times: By Tatiana SchlossbergSept. 22, 2014: Rutgers University student was killed by a black bear over the weekend, the police said on Monday, the first such recorded death in New Jersey since the 1850s.The stude…
    - 19 days ago, 5 Oct 14, 2:48pm -
  • Staying Warm In A Sleeping BAg
    The following post is from  This is very timely.By Philip Werner"Have you even spent a cold night in your sleeping bag because the temperature dropped lower than you expected? Here are a few tips and tricks you can use to incre…
    - 21 days ago, 3 Oct 14, 4:50pm -

Paul Kirtley's Blog

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

Prep Blog

  • newThe Purge: Anarchy — Prepper’s Movie Review

    - 11 hours ago, 23 Oct 14, 7:43pm -
  • DIY Pandemic Preparedness Kit
    This kit is not specific to any particular disease or type of infection. It is a suggested do-it-yourself kit for bacterial and viral diseases in general. The scenario this kit envisions is a widespread disease and a temporary inability to … Contin…
    - 4 days ago, 20 Oct 14, 3:06pm -
  • Convincing Friends and Family to Prep
    It is a good idea, to try to convince others to become a prepper? Or is the most likely result an “epic fail”? Butch got me interested in prepping. So he succeeded in convincing his friend to prep. But on … Continue reading →
    - 7 days ago, 17 Oct 14, 2:32pm -
  • Should Sound Suppressors be NFA?
    A firearms item is called “NFA” if it is restricted by the National Firearms Act. NFA items can be purchased by civilians, under certain conditions. You need to live in a State that does not prohibit the item. There’s a … Continue reading →
    - 9 days ago, 14 Oct 14, 10:13pm -
  • How is Ebola Spread? Is it Airborne?
    Why is Ebola spreading to doctors and nurses who take proper precautions? These are health care professionals who are well-informed about Ebola. They know it is a contagious and deadly disease. They are taking the usual precautions when dealing with…
    - 12 days ago, 12 Oct 14, 12:56pm -

Prepper Recon

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

    - 3 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 3:04am -
  • Podcast Repost-Building Resiliency- Dakota Hughes
    Last week, we had a serious issue with our podcasting host, Blubrry. They’ve had some problems internally, but all is well and I received good customer service in fixing the complication. Today’s post is from last Monday which many of […] ↓ R…
    - 4 days ago, 20 Oct 14, 2:25am -
  • Sunday Prepper Bible Study- Philippians 4:13
     I can do everything through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13 I can do all things is a great motto, but it’s only a half truth. And a half truth is little more than a lie. When the enemy convinces […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry.…
    - 5 days ago, 19 Oct 14, 3:17pm -
  • Friday Night at The Movies-State of Mind
    Tonight’s movie is State of Mind. it is a great film from the folks at which covers the state’s endless pursuit to train the American public to submit to slavery and accept whatever they’re told. Make sure you stop […] ↓ Read t…
    - 7 days ago, 17 Oct 14, 3:39pm -
  • Blubrry Podcast Hosting Update
    Our Blubrry Podcasting Host was compromised recently and this week’s podcasts were affected. They should be working now. Thanks for your patience. MDGThe post Blubrry Podcast Hosting Update appeared first on Prepper Recon.
    - 8 days ago, 15 Oct 14, 9:05pm -
  • Podcast-James Wesley Rawles- An Ebola Outbreak Could Trigger Collapse
    James Wesley Rawles is back on the show today. We talk about general preparedness as well as preparing for specific threats like Ebola, economic collapse and grid failure due to cyber attack or solar flares. His new book, Liberators will […] ↓ Re…
    - 9 days ago, 15 Oct 14, 1:50am -
  • Podcast- Building Resiliency- Dakota Hughes
    Dakota Hughes of joins me on the show today. We discuss gardening, radio communications and how lock picking can be useful to preppers. Check out Dakota’s blog at   Today’s Prepper Recon Podcast spons…
    - 11 days ago, 13 Oct 14, 1:13am -
  • Sunday Prepper Bible Study- Jeremiah 13:21-22
    What will you say when [the LORD] sets over you those you cultivated as your special allies? Will not pain grip you like that of a woman in labor? 22 And if you ask yourself, “Why has this happened to me?”– it is […] ↓ Read the rest of t…
    - 12 days ago, 11 Oct 14, 9:50pm -

Preparedness is Fundamental

  • Can Preppers Go To Heaven?
    There is a “spirited” debate (pun intended) about whether or not prepping is commanded by God or an affront to Him. My last post, “Misinformation and Prepping” really brought out some responses and name callers (apparently I’m a caveman amo…
    - 31 days ago, 23 Sep 14, 5:44pm -
  • Misinformation and Prepping
        When I was a young cop, I watched a pilot at our local air show fly his plane right into the ground. I realized instantly what had happened and turned to see the entire emergency crew, many of … Continue reading →
    - 35 days ago, 19 Sep 14, 4:01pm -
  • Super Simple Salsa, Rocket Stove Fried Cheese and Chili’s and Frozen Tomatoes
     The days are getter crisper and the leaves are turning, if you’re llike me, you have a lot of vegetables to deal with on a regular basis. Tomatoes are my favorite, but what do you do if your crop exceeded … Continue reading →
    - 39 days ago, 14 Sep 14, 11:55pm -
  • Updates on BioChar, Potato Columns, Composting, tomatoes, free wheelbarrows and barrels
    It has been a while since I’ve had a post, not because I lack projects, on the contrary, I actually have dozens of what I consider, useful ideas. The problem is I don’t have a lot of time for shooting … Continue reading →
    - 7 May 14, 6:03am -
  • Cordless Drill Soap
    I’ve always contended that our forefathers forgot more than most of us will ever know. Things like canning, sewing and soap making were just another chore. Most people think that these old arts are too hard to master. I don’t … Continue reading…
    - 18 Mar 14, 5:55am -
  • A Very Nice Non- Electric Hydroponic Vegetable Producing Container for under a Buck.
    This year I’m trying several new methods of growing veggies to see what works best for my locale. One of the neatest setups I’ve seen is the Kratky method of hydroponic growing. The biggest expense is buying or building containers to grow … C…
    - 4 Mar 14, 5:27am -
  • The Underestimated Prep
    It’s right up there with food, water and shelter, and yet it’s perhaps one of the most under addressed preps there is. You need it for chores, security, cooking, eating and on a psychological plane; it goes a long way … Continue reading →
    - 28 Feb 14, 5:18am -
  • How to Light and Cook on a Rocket Stove
    Rocket stoves are relatively new to prepping, and as such, there is a dearth of information when it comes to using them. The fact is, there are a lot of great stoves available and they are not only incredibly simple … Continue reading →
    - 15 Feb 14, 4:58pm -
  • Bright Idea for Preppers
    If you’ve read any of my posts, you know how emphatic I am about the need for plenty of renewable light for disasters, civil unrest, outages or WTSHTF. It is up there with food and water in my book, so … Continue reading →
    - 7 Feb 14, 7:03pm -
  • A Boomers Lament
    Perhaps one of the most difficult aspects of being a baby boomer in this (it grieves me to even write it) formerly great country, was growing up in a country that wasn’t just exceptional, it was spectacular. We would go … Continue reading →
    - 4 Feb 14, 3:09pm -

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