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  • newPreparedness Notes for Monday — June 24, 2019
    June 24th the birthday of rifle-toting abolitionist pastor Henry Ward Beecher. (Born 1813, died March 8, 1887.) He and his adherents from his church smuggled so many Sharps rifles to Bleeding Kansas that the Sharps rifles picked up the nickname Beech…
    - 6 hours ago 24 Jun 19, 7:05am -
  • newZero Tolerance 0460Ti Folder, by Pat Cascio
    I often get requests for high-end folding knives, that our readers want to have me review. It is no small task requesting samples of expensive knives, but our friends at Kershaw Knives/Zero Tolerance (ZT), always come through with something new and e…
    - 6 hours ago 24 Jun 19, 7:04am -
  • newRecipe of the Week: Kathy’s Hurried-Up Curried Chicken
    Reader Kathy kindly sent us one of her favorite recipes. She calls it her Hurried-Up Curried Chicken. Serves four adults, or two adults and 3-4 kids. Takes just 25 minutes from start to finish. Note: Use less curry powder ane less mustard seed if you…
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  • newEconomics & Investing For Preppers
    Here are the latest news items and commentary on current economics news, market trends, stocks, investing opportunities, and the precious metals markets. We also cover hedges, derivatives, and obscura. And it bears mention that most of these items ar…
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  • newThe Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “The Constitution be never construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the press, or the rights of conscience; or to prevent the people of the United States, who are peaceable citizens, from keeping their own arms.” – Samuel…
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  • Preparedness Notes for Sunday — June 23, 2019
    On June 23, 1868, American inventor Christopher Latham Sholes received a patent for a typewriter. Sholes invented the QWERTY keyboard. Along with Samuel W. Soule, Carlos Glidden and John Pratt, Christopher Sholes has been contended as one of the inve…
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  • Are You Building Capacity or Capability?, by 3ADScout
    First let’s define “capacity.” Capacity is how much of something we have. Think about your “capacity” in terms of beans, bullets and band-aids. For food, your capacity might be 72-hours’ worth of food in a bug-out-bag, or 1-year supply fo…
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  • The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods:
    SurvivalBlog presents another edition of The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods— a collection of news bits and pieces that are relevant to the modern survivalist and prepper from “JWR”.  Today, we look at the Liberty State movement that would part…
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  • The Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes. And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man c…
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  • Preparedness Notes for Saturday — June 22, 2019
    During World War II, the U.S. 10th Army overcame the last major pockets of Japanese resistance on Okinawa Island on June 22nd, 1945, ending one of the bloodiest battles of World War II. The same day, Japanese Lieutenant General Mitsuru Ushijima, the…
    - 2 days ago 22 Jun 19, 7:05am -
  • 4H Shooting Sports, by Zoe Harris
    All across the nation, youth are getting exceptional training in firearms and archery. They are being taught how to be safe, responsible hunters. They are interacting with nature and learning about conservation. And all of this is through the 4H Shoo…
    - 2 days ago 22 Jun 19, 7:04am -
  • Editors’ Prepping Progress
    To be prepared for a crisis, every Prepper must establish goals and make long-term and short-term plans. Steadily, we work on meeting our prepping goals. In this column, the SurvivalBlog editors review their week’s prep activities. They also often…
    - 2 days ago 22 Jun 19, 7:03am -
  • The Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “Deliver me from mine enemies, O my God: defend me from them that rise up against me. Deliver me from the workers of iniquity, and save me from bloody men. For, lo, they lie in wait for my soul: the mighty are gathered against me; not for my transg…
    - 2 days ago 22 Jun 19, 7:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Friday — June 21, 2019
    June 21st is the birthday of Rex Applegate (June 21, 1914 – July 14, 1998), author of Kill or Be Killed. He was the friend and mentor of SurvivalBlog’s Field Gear Editor, Pat Cascio. — Today is the Summer Solstice. Here at our latitude, the nig…
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  • Surviving a Move to the Middle of Nowhere, by Ozarks S.
    One women’s view on leaving the city behind and enduring tough lessons of love in training to become a “warrior mom.” The Move Moving from the city to the middle of the woods has done a lot to change my thinking on preparedness. I have studied…
    - 3 days ago 21 Jun 19, 7:03am -

SHTF Plan

More Than Just Surviving

  • Security Information Overload: From Panic to Apathy & the Remedy
    Security overload leads to apathy. How often do you hear a car alarm go off and roll your eyes hoping the owner would disable the blasted thing before the incoming headache comes a knocking? The primary objection I have to such systems is they…
    - 31 days ago 24 May 19, 12:30pm -
  • On Biased Blogger Reviews & Scribbling Opinions as If They’re Gospel
    Re-reading my past scribbles is always interesting to me, not because I am obsessed with my own written word, but rather because bloggers, by virtue of being given a platform to be highly opinionated, tend to ignore uncomfortable realities when…
    - 70 days ago 15 Apr 19, 5:35pm -
  • Real Talk, What Happened to MTJS
    Blogger burnout is a real thing. I have been scribbling reviews and sharing my thoughts with you all for quite a few years now. It seems it all started off as a way for me to talk about my love for Spydercos and evolved into a great community o…
    - 29 Dec 18, 2:58pm -
  • How Much Is Your Life Worth? SafeGuard Armor Ghost Bullet Proof Vest Review
    Before I get into the meat of this review, I want to structure this away from regurgitating specifications like every other review of this sort and instead spend it musing about what this product represents to so many people the world over. Bul…
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  • It’s Strangely Satisfying That What I’ve Stockpiled Has Never Gone to Waste
    This is not exactly relevant to the epitome of prepping at all – I think it’s important to prep even if you end up with waste (though I think it’s good to minimize waste) because I think it’s important to be prepared in case worst-case…
    - 23 Sep 18, 2:34pm -
  • Hazard 4 Grayman Series Patrol Tactical Backpack Review
    Tactical backpacks are always a tricky proposition. Either they make you look like you just got off the set of Rambo or they are jam packed with performance compromises in an effort to pass as a normal pack. The Hazard 4 Grayman Patrol is one…
    - 19 Sep 18, 7:43pm -
  • Yes, We’ve Been AWOL; Here’s Why
    Long time no scribbles my friends. I have been AWOL as of late, but rest assured – we had a good reason! As some of you may have guessed, the girl and I have once again uprooted and made our home in a new country. Some of you may remember tha…
    - 17 Sep 18, 3:02pm -
  • Buy It Once: Everyday Carry Tools I’ve Bought to Last Me a Lifetime
    Like many of you, I got into this EDC obsessed lifestyle as a kid. I have always had an affinity for tools that serve a singular purpose, but have almost perverse levels of technology thrown into them. A knife is just a sharpened piece of steel…
    - 26 Jun 18, 3:08pm -
  • Now the UK is Banning Online Knife Sales – Here We Go Again
    It’s not enough for Canada to go off the deep end, the UK has to follow in suit. After all, it has to keep its edge in the battle for the most ridiculous ban legislation. In its latest bout of scheduled lunacy, our elected overlords passed a…
    - 14 May 18, 1:12pm -
  • Gerber MP600 Multi-Plier Bladeless Needle Nose Multitool Review
    Reviewing Leatherman-style multi-tools is always a tricky proposition. They are essentially pliers with extra tools tacked on as an afterthought and in the case of the Gerber MP600, I found myself struggling with the performance of the pliers (…
    - 11 Apr 18, 11:42am -
  • “Hysteria & Hysterical Fits:” First Aid Knowledge & How It Evolves
    I used to publish articles and guides concerning first aid on a semi-regular basis on this blog, but over time, have found it’s become harder and harder for me to do so. There’s been a pretty massive shift in attitude on MTJS with regards…
    - 29 Mar 18, 5:20pm -
  • “Extreme” Weather Conditions: Snowflakes, Hysteria, & the UK
    If you are a Brit, you will undoubtedly be aware that we faced a seemingly apocalyptic event over the past week or so. In case you’re unaware and need to be brought up to speed with regards to the cataclysmic event that struck old Blighty, be…
    - 11 Mar 18, 11:20am -
  • New Knives in 2018? The Knife World’s Changed & Not For the Better
    When Elise and I started MTJS, I began by reviewing my extensive Spyderco collection. Over the years, due to constant bugging by you lot, I started reviewing knives from brands I never really had much interest in. A good example would be Cold S…
    - 19 Feb 18, 4:26pm -
  • We Need to Talk About the Cape Town Drought & Human Stupidity
    As some of you may know, Cape Town is running out of water. The local government has quite literally stated that in less than 100 days, they may have to turn off the taps entirely and water will be rationed out at designated outposts. Here’s…
    - 3 Feb 18, 10:54am -
  • Prepper Lessons: What Mistakes Have You Made & Learned From?
    While I haven’t been prepping for very long in comparison to most of you, I’d like to think I’ve learned quite a lot over the years through mistakes I’ve made with prepping. Honestly, mistakes make some of the most valuable lessons reso…
    - 27 Jan 18, 12:34pm -
  • The Value of Dehydrated Foods & MRES in a Prepper’s Food Stockpile
    So I’ve spoken about this briefly before, but basically my opinion on rotating through a food stockpile has actually changed since I first began prepping. I used to think that – in an ideal situation – I 100% wanted to rotate through ever…
    - 24 Jan 18, 12:40pm -
  • How Often Do You Change the Gear You Everyday Carry?
    My personal EDC habits, especially in terms of how often I swap in and out the things I carry, have changed considerably over the years. I know there are many who like to change what they take out with them daily, but I’ve never been the type…
    - 15 Jan 18, 3:05pm -
  • Canada Essentially Bans the Import of Every Folding Knife In Existence…
    The insane have taken over the asylum folks. The geniuses over at the Canada Border Services Agency decided that they weren’t going to let the United Kingdom beat them in the Stupid Olympics and have opted to ban the import of basically all…
    - 10 Jan 18, 11:54am -
  • December 2017 EDC Pocket Dump
    When it comes to gear, I feel I have settled into a groove. I rarely experiment with tobacco these days (same with the pipes) and just stick to what I know I like. Hope you had a merry Christmas, and we’ll see you in the new year! Everyday Ca…
    - 31 Dec 17, 6:33pm -
  • Chosen By Our Readers: Victorinox’s Best Swiss Army Knives to EDC
    Picking out the best Victoriniox Swiss Army Knife is not at all an easy feat considering just how many options Victorinox gives you, and how many variations of those different there are to choose from. There’s no way I could have mad up a lis…
    - 21 Dec 17, 12:33pm -

Blue Collar Prepping

  • Pilot Bread
    When I bought the canned bread for last week's article, I also picked up a package of pilot bread and some light rye crisp bread for comparison. Both are shelf-stable breads that have been around for a long time; the brands I picked were both founded…
    - 3 days ago 21 Jun 19, 1:39am -
  • Prudent Prepping: Prepping Pays Off
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.I always try to live what I write: prepared to take care of myself and others, if and when necessary. I had my chance to show it la…
    - 5 days ago 19 Jun 19, 5:59pm -
  • Oooh, That Smell
    A good friend contacted me the other day. She said her sink drain had a terrible stink, and asked if there was anything I could do to help. I told her it was a problem I'd heard of before, and I had a few tricks up my sleeve that I would be happy to…
    - 6 days ago 18 Jun 19, 5:32pm -
  • Best Ways to Prep Cheaply: Logistics
    If you don't know what you have, how will you be able to find it when you need it?
    - 7 days ago 17 Jun 19, 8:43pm -
  • Canned Bread
    A long time ago, in a land not so far away, I was introduced to shelf-stable bread. The US Army had developed a method of baking bread inside a foil/plastic pouch called retort cooking that rendered the bread shelf-stable with a life measured in ye…
    - 10 days ago 14 Jun 19, 3:12am -
  • Prudent Prepping: Summer Has Arrived
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.If the saying goes 'Spring has sprung', then this year I'd have to say that Summer crashed the party. It's been over 95° for the l…
    - 12 days ago 12 Jun 19, 8:44pm -
  • 9V and Steel Wool Fire, Utah Style
    Recently there's been a fair bit of discussion about starting a fire with a 9 volt battery and steel wool. This is my method. It's quick, it's reliable, and it gets hot.Some notes before I cut to the video.The battery still showed 9 volts on a multim…
    - 13 days ago 11 Jun 19, 6:50pm -
  • C’mon Baby, Light My 9V Fire?
    Lighting a fire with steel wool and a 9 volt battery, take two. 
    - 14 days ago 10 Jun 19, 4:56pm -
  • Through a Lens, Clearly
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.According to the Vision Council of America, approximately 75% of adults use some sort of vision correction. If you're one of those people (and statistically you probably are), you n…
    - 17 days ago 7 Jun 19, 10:18pm -
  • Food for Thought
    For those of you who are new, I work in an agricultural industry in the upper Midwest. We grow a lot of corn and soybeans around here and I have daily contact with the farmers that grow what we all eat.Things don't look good this year.We had a harsh…
    - 18 days ago 6 Jun 19, 5:10pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: Worn Gear and Other Things
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.I was prepping for a future fishing trip when I saw some worn gear. Not just any gear, either, but something really important -- th…
    - 19 days ago 5 Jun 19, 11:20pm -
  • Bug Off!
    I have a love-hate relationship with mosquitoes: they love to bite me, and I hate them for it.Spring came a bit late to Utah this year, but when it finally arrived, it did so in huge ways, going from 60 and massive daily rain to high 70s and sunshine…
    - 20 days ago 4 Jun 19, 5:58pm -
  • 9 Volt Fire Starting?
    I try to start a fire with a 9 volt battery, steel wool, and a toilet paper tube.
    - 21 days ago 3 Jun 19, 6:49pm -
  • Hypertension
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.As I've mentioned before, I am prone to headaches. This year I've had a particularly large crop of them, sometimes every other day or so. At first I thought this was just due to the…
    - 23 days ago 1 Jun 19, 2:02am -
  • Cheap Car FAK
    Since school is out for the year around here, a couple of my younger friends decided to go camping for a week. They're 17 and 18 years old, and asked for my help getting things together for a week in the woods. I found them a place to stay that has s…
    - 25 days ago 30 May 19, 7:56pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: Spring, Maybe
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping. I'm somewhat embarrassed to be talking about planning a fishing trip in the coming weeks, what with many of my friends dealing wit…
    - 26 days ago 29 May 19, 7:11pm -
  • Brake Check
    When it comes to cars, "go" is cool but "stop" is critical. With the summer travel season upon us, knowing that your car will be able to stop is a vital piece of information.A lot of tire shops will check your brakes for free or a nominal fee, but kn…
    - 26 days ago 29 May 19, 1:32am -
  • Memorial Day 2019

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  • Guest Post: First Aid and Embarrassing Situations
    by WolfmanWhen I was in middle school, we had an outside teacher brought in to teach Health class because the teacher was embarrassed. It was just as well, because that gym teacher had to put up with us for 5 more years, and he knew he would never l…
    - 30 days ago 25 May 19, 2:24am -
  • Preventable Diseases
    I'm not sure how many of you are keeping up with the news. I like to check at least a half-dozen US-based news sources every day, then cross reference their reports with a few foreign news sources like the BBC, Deutche Welle (DW), and Russian Times (…
    - 32 days ago 23 May 19, 6:40pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: Even More Disaster Planning
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.  On our Facebook group (join us, we're even nicer in person!), our esteemed Founder and Editrix posted a Bloomberg article which…
    - 33 days ago 22 May 19, 8:38pm -
  • Urgencies and Emergencies
    I made a reference to updating my first aid kit last week, with the idea to make it more functional for "urgencies" instead of just emergencies. Learning the difference between the two will help you tune your preps better.Emergencies seem pretty obvi…
    - 33 days ago 22 May 19, 1:54am -
  • $45 Monthly Prepper Budget: the Final Installment
    I conclude the Crate Club Budget Prep with a final $24.73 purchase, all from one store.Guess what I bought?
    - 35 days ago 20 May 19, 10:50pm -
  • Chronic Headache Pain
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.As I write this, I am in pain.It's not big, bold pain, the kind that gets me in the hospital on the good drugs. It's about a 4 on the pain scale listed below -- I'm constantly aware…
    - 35 days ago 20 May 19, 3:18am -
  • Another Side of the First Aid Kit
    This is not a strictly flood-related post, but the idea was sparked by recent events caused in part by the flooding and reconstruction in my state I'm working a lot of overtime trying to take care of customers that have been left without their normal…
    - 39 days ago 16 May 19, 7:34pm -

Survival Medicine

  • newVideo: How To Use The C.A.T. Gen 7 Tourniquet
    Video: How To Use The C.A.T. Gen 7 TourniquetLast year, Amy Alton ARNP (aka Nurse Amy) stepped in front of the camera to demonstrate the proper use of the Gen 7 Combat Application Tourniquet (C.A.T.) for a YouTube video. Just recently, she also demon…
    - 1 hour ago 24 Jun 19, 12:11pm -
  • newSurvival Medicine Hour: CBD Oil, Ticks and Lyme Disease, Birthing Supplies, More
    Survival Medicine Hour: CBD Oil, Ticks and Lyme Disease, Birthing Supplies, MoreSURVIVAL MEDICINE PODCAST #353 Public support for the legalization of both medical and recreational marijuana is at an all-time “high”. Many believe that the effects…
    - 22 hours ago 23 Jun 19, 3:20pm -
  • CBD Oil: At All-Time High, But What Do You Really Know?
    CBD Oil: At All-Time High, But What Do You Really Know?WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT CBD OIL Public support for both medical and recreational marijuana is at an all-time “high”. Many believe that the products made from the cannabis sativa plant are…
    - 3 days ago 21 Jun 19, 9:28pm -
  • #352 Survival Medicine Hour: Lancing Boils, GI home remedies, Camping Safety
    #352 Survival Medicine Hour: Lancing Boils, GI home remedies, Camping Safety#352 SURVIVAL MEDICINE HOUR PODCAST The school year has ended, and families are planning this summer’s campouts. Camping trips are a great way to create bonds and memories…
    - 9 days ago 15 Jun 19, 5:37pm -
  • Video: Tornado Myths and Survival
    Video: Tornado Myths and SurvivalVIDEO: TORNADOS MYTHS AND SURVIVAL TIPS In this companion video to a recent article, Joe Alton MD discusses 7 or 8 tornado myths that have been debunked over the years, plus adds some of both his and the CDC’s advic…
    - 15 days ago 9 Jun 19, 8:47pm -
  • #351 Survival Medicine Hour: Cholera, Drug Storage, Shooters, More
    #351 Survival Medicine Hour: Cholera, Drug Storage, Shooters, More#351 SURVIVAL MEDICINE HOUR PODCAST You might associate armed attacks with wars or survival scenarios, but they can occur in normal times as well. The recent mass shooting in the publi…
    - 16 days ago 8 Jun 19, 8:15pm -
  • Boiling Water: How Long To Disinfect?
    Boiling Water: How Long To Disinfect?BOILING WATER FOR DISINFECTION You and I know that we need water to live, but the quality of that water is important. So important, as a matter of fact, that it could mean the difference between good health and li…
    - 17 days ago 7 Jun 19, 2:49pm -
  • #350 Survival Medicine Hour: Suture Materials, Water Off The Grid, More
    #350 Survival Medicine Hour: Suture Materials, Water Off The Grid, More#350 Survival Medicine Hour Last week, the Altons discussed less invasive methods of wound closure off the grid  like steri-strips, butterfly closures, and medical or industrial…
    - 23 days ago 1 Jun 19, 6:09pm -
  • 7 Tornado Survival Myths
    7 Tornado Survival Myths7 TORNADO SURVIVAL MYTHS This Spring, we’ve experienced a rash of tornado events ranging from New Jersey to Nebraska. In Alabama, one storm killed 23 people. Natural disasters like tornadoes are an ever-present danger. There…
    - 24 days ago 31 May 19, 3:52pm -
  • Video: How To Use The SWAT Tourniquet
    Video: How To Use The SWAT TourniquetVIDEO: THE SWAT TOURNIQUET In this video, Amy Alton ARNP discusses the popular and versatile SWAT tourniquet, and demonstrates a number of ways that it can be used to deal with injuries on or off the grid. To watc…
    - 29 days ago 26 May 19, 5:22pm -