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  • newPreparedness Notes for Tuesday – April 24, 2018
    April 24th is the birthday of Carolyn Cole(born 1961), a well-known staff photographer for the Los Angeles Times. For a few years in the late 1960s, the Cole family lived next door to JWR’s parents’ house in Livermore, California. That little gir…
    - 22 hours ago 24 Apr 18, 7:05am -
  • newPreparing for Chaos, Theory and Application- Part 1, by DF
    Many people view the possibility of economic/societal disruption and collapse as science fiction, suitable as entertainment in dystopian novels or movies. I view it as actual science, not fiction and am preparing for the ensuing chaos and necessities…
    - 22 hours ago 24 Apr 18, 7:04am -
  • newSurvivalBlog’s News From The American Redoubt
    Here is SurvivalBlog’s News From The American Redoubt. This weekly column features news stories and event announcements from around the American Redoubt region. We also mention companies of interest to preppers that are located in the region. The e…
    - 22 hours ago 24 Apr 18, 7:03am -
  • newThe Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods:
    SurvivalBlog presents another edition of The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods— a collection of news bits and pieces that are relevant to the modern survivalist and prepper from “HJL”. I’m finally beginning to get some dexterity back in my finge…
    - 22 hours ago 24 Apr 18, 7:02am -
  • newThe Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “There is but one step from all this sense of irresponsibility and self-separation from city government—and I believe this is the very road which is taken—to that deep pit of fallen citizenship into which men plunge who bribe their way through…
    - 22 hours ago 24 Apr 18, 7:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Monday – April 23, 2018
    Andrew Rowan, born April 23, 1857 (died 1943) became one of the Spanish-American War’s most famous heroes. His fame was based on a surprisingly popular essay written by Elbert Hubbard. It was entitled “Message to Garcia”, and detailed Rowan’s…
    - 2 days ago 23 Apr 18, 7:05am -
  • Kershaw/Emerson CQC-8K Tactical Folder, by Pat Cascio
    Under review today is the Kershaw/Emergson CQC-8K Tactical Folder. It’s one of the most popular tactical folding knives, designed by custom knife maker Ernest Emerson himself. Knives Illustrated Many years ago, I wrote for Knives Illustrated magazi…
    - 2 days ago 23 Apr 18, 7:04am -
  • Recipe of the Week: Waldorf Salad, by L.H.
    This “old-fashioned” salad (my recipe card for it is circa 1979) has seemingly fallen out of favor, and I don’t know why. It’s yummy and unique, and fairly simple to throw together. It will be perfect alongside your next grilled chicken dinne…
    - 2 days ago 23 Apr 18, 7:03am -
  • Economics & Investing For Preppers
    Here are the latest items and commentary on current economics news, market trends, stocks, investing opportunities, and the precious metals markets. We also cover hedges, derivatives, and obscura. And it bears mention that most of these items are fro…
    - 2 days ago 23 Apr 18, 7:02am -
  • The Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “The President can exercise no power which cannot be fairly and reasonably traced to some specific grant of power in the Federal Constitution or in an act of Congress passed in pursuance thereof. There is no undefined residuum of power which he can…
    - 2 days ago 23 Apr 18, 7:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Sunday – April 22, 2018
    Today is also the birthday of the late Charles Rankin Bond, Jr, who was born in Dallas on April 22, 1915. He was one of the last of the AVG Flying Tiger pilots. o o o SurvivalBlog Writing Contest Today features another entry for Round 76 of the Survi…
    - 3 days ago 22 Apr 18, 7:05am -
  • Creating Your Own Secure Messages – Part 2, by DaytonPrepper1
    Yesterday we talked about how to create and use a One Time Pad. Today we will talk about another way of encoding messages. I am sure I am not creating anything new with this method, but I have not seen it before nor do I have a name for it. My workin…
    - 3 days ago 22 Apr 18, 7:04am -
  • The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods:
    SurvivalBlog presents another edition of The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods— a collection of news bits and pieces that are relevant to the modern survivalist and prepper from “HJL”. Sent in by JMC: Putin Warns Russian Students Living In Britain…
    - 3 days ago 22 Apr 18, 7:02am -
  • The Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; that if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from th…
    - 3 days ago 22 Apr 18, 7:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Saturday – April 21, 2018

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SHTF Plan

More Than Just Surviving

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

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

Blue Collar Prepping

  • newSlingshots: Not Just Child's Play
    Erin mentioned yesterday that she has added a slingshot to her prep gear, but I've had one in my gear for years. They're very handy for small game, birds, and varmint control, especially in areas where a gun cannot be fired.TypesWhile the old Dennis…
    - 8 hours ago 24 Apr 18, 8:20pm -
  • Product Review: Champion Traps and Targets .22 Bullet Trap
    Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.I was recently given a SimpleShot Torque slingshot as a survival tool. I was intrigued by the notion of having a compact, low-tech means of gathering food for a bug-out bag, so I picked up a Marksman…
    - 1 day ago 24 Apr 18, 1:44am -
  • Making Toilet Paper Firestarters
    As I have said before, getting loved ones into prepping should fun and rewarding.Making fire starters with petroleum jelly is easy, useful, and fun for kids (and some adults).
    - 4 days ago 20 Apr 18, 9:16pm -
  • Dental Emergencies
    Having lived with and without dental insurance, I've dealt with dental issues over the years in different ways. I prefer to use a dentist, but have had a few times where one was not available or affordable, such as losing a filling on the Friday of a…
    - 5 days ago 19 Apr 18, 10:41pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: First Aid Every Day Carry
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.I'm always tweaking what I carry, and from what I read,that makes me a normal prepper.What's NewNot too much, right now. I have a s…
    - 6 days ago 18 Apr 18, 6:35pm -
  • The Simplest Shepard's Pie Recipe Ever!
    In news related to Rhi and Evie's ride, we aren't able to go for medical reasons, so we're obviously disappointed that life decided to become complicated. We were looking forward to a month of hanging out, practicing prepper skills like deadfall trap…
    - 7 days ago 17 Apr 18, 9:44pm -
  • Hot Sauce as an EDC Item
    I fully expect some of you to laugh, but I am going to make the argument for the every-day carry of hot sauce.Why Carry Hot Sauce?This may not be as much of an issue for you as it is for me, but I end up using hot sauce a lot when I travel, and it re…
    - 9 days ago 16 Apr 18, 5:26am -
  • Your Pets After Your Death
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.Today was the memorial service for a family friend, Tex. He died at age 96 and was married for 70 years, so he had a great run... but he left behind his little dog, Daisy.Tex's daug…
    - 9 days ago 15 Apr 18, 9:43pm -
  • Fun Projects to Get Them Into Prepping
    Getting your loved ones into prepping isn't difficult; you just have to make it fun. Start with a project that combines prepping with an area of their interest, such as guns or a love of James Bond. 
    - 11 days ago 13 Apr 18, 10:13pm -
  • Age: Not Something I Was Fully Prepared For
    I've been a prepper for a long time. We used to be called “survivalists”, but that term developed some severely negative image once the news/entertainment media began to lump it in with conspiracy theorists, anarchists, and sovereign citizen acti…
    - 12 days ago 12 Apr 18, 9:21pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: Lansky Deluxe 5-Stone Sharpening System
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.I've had different blade sharpening tools: large stones, diamond systems, pocket stones, and other weird ways to put an edge or ma…
    - 13 days ago 11 Apr 18, 8:59pm -
  • App Review: the Offline Survival Manual
    I'm not normally known as the tech guy around here, but I do know my way around electronic hardware. We've talked about preparedness apps and books before, and now I want to look at one I've been poking around at for a couple months: the Offline Surv…
    - 14 days ago 10 Apr 18, 8:22pm -
  • Product Review: Gamma Seal Lid
    I occasionally find myself with a lot of something to store, but with a need to be able to get to it on a regular basis. One of my favorite solutions to this is to use a 5 gallon bucket  --  depending on what I am storing, I will either use a bog-s…
    - 15 days ago 9 Apr 18, 6:36pm -
  • Rhi Readies for the Ride
    A few years ago, Evelyn and I took a month-long sabbatical, camping out here in my home state of Oklahoma on the land owned by some good friends of mine. We had some interesting adventures together out in the piney woods, with bacon-stealing dogs wh…
    - 16 days ago 8 Apr 18, 9:36pm -
  • Stop the Bleed
    When I said "Today is National Stop the Bleed Day", it was correct when I said it (March 31), but it's not correct when you're viewing it (April 6).Go here to find a class near you.Once you've gotten your training, get a bleeding control kit here. 
    - 18 days ago 6 Apr 18, 5:48pm -
  • Storing Winter
    Spring is attempting to appear where I live. It has been a rough winter; many areas broke records for cold and snow and I've heard several reports that it was one of the worst in the last 30 years. I can believe those reports, because most of the “…
    - 19 days ago 5 Apr 18, 9:59pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: Semi-Monthly Buffet Post
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.  It's here again, the post where a bunch of topics too small to stand alone are put together! Car MaintenanceFirst up is a quick…
    - 20 days ago 4 Apr 18, 4:57pm -
  • Getting Jiggy With It
    Tool work can generally be done freehand pretty successfully, but sometimes you need more consistency or accuracy than you can achieve unassisted. In those cases you need a jig, and I'm not talking about the festive dance.A jig is a work-holding fixt…
    - 21 days ago 4 Apr 18, 1:13am -
  • Smith & Wesson SWHRT9B Review
    I will sometimes purchase several different kinds of tools over a period of time in an attempt to find exactly what I want... or at least that's the excuse I give for why I have so many knives.I purchased the Smith & Wesson H.R.T. in an attempt to fi…
    - 22 days ago 2 Apr 18, 7:44pm -
  • America’s Mass Consumerism is a Prepper's Friend
    A few weeks ago, I talked about how we buy goods in this country. Today, I show you how that consumerism is helpful for thrifty preppers.
    - 25 days ago 30 Mar 18, 6:06pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: Feeding Your CA-Legal AR
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping. Now that you have a CA-compliant Modern Sporting Rifle, what do you do next?Before I go too far into this post, I need to mention…
    - 27 days ago 28 Mar 18, 5:39pm -
  • Wait, you WANT it to rust?
    We've been conditioned to view rust as the enemy of all things steel. That's actually pretty good advice, on the whole, but sometimes you can guide rust to actually protect your steel. In those instances, it is called a patina, and a great example o…
    - 28 days ago 27 Mar 18, 7:26pm -
  • Cheap Tools: Credit Card Multi-tool Review
    (Editor's Note: Chaplain Tim reviewed a similar tool in this post.)I remember a few years ago when the first “credit card multi-tools” popped up and were very popular for some time. They seemed very useful, but were quite expensive. Since they…
    - 29 days ago 26 Mar 18, 6:58pm -
  • Meal Planning and Inventory Control

    - 32 days ago 23 Mar 18, 11:00pm -
  • Wound Closure
    Having been an “accident-prone” child, and then working with my hands for most of my life, I have developed an appreciation for skilled wound closure. My job puts me near a lot of agricultural equipment, which is either designed to be sharp or en…
    - 33 days ago 22 Mar 18, 7:43pm -

Survival Medicine

  • Appendicitis Off The Grid
    Appendicitis Off The Grid After a disaster or at a remote homestead, the medic may not have ready access to modern medical technology. As such, many conditions that are commonly identified with ultrasounds or CAT scans may be more challenging to diag…
    - 7 days ago 17 Apr 18, 5:04pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: E. Coli Outbreak, Mudslides, Water Disinfection, More
    SURVIVAL MEDICINE HOUR #386 Spring has sprung, and snowmelt plus heavy rains may increase the risk of mudslides, aka debris flows, in many areas. Find out more about this dangerous natural phenomenom which is akin to a river of wet concrete, plus som…
    - 11 days ago 13 Apr 18, 6:24pm -
  • Video: Mudslide Survival
    Video: Mudslide Survival Snowmelt and Spring rains can saturate the ground and destabilize the substrate, leading to what is known as a debris flow, mudslide, or landslide. When communities establish themselves on or at the bases of slopes, they are…
    - 12 days ago 12 Apr 18, 6:42pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Allergies, More
    Survival Medicine Hour #385 In certain seasons, like Spring, pollens and other substances are at high levels. For most, it’s a great time of year to be outside, but for allergy sufferers, well, not so much. Joe Alton, MD,aka Dr. Bones, and Amy Alto…
    - 19 days ago 6 Apr 18, 4:21pm -
  • Video: Hygiene and Comfort Issues
    VIDEO: Hygiene and Comforts Issues in Survival Settings Amy Alton, ARNP, aka Nurse Amy, again steps in front of the camera to discuss issues relating to hygiene and “comfort” in disaster settings. Supplies include important items that will help a…
    - 21 days ago 3 Apr 18, 11:35pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Wound Closure in Survival Settings, More
    SURVIVAL MEDICINE HOUR #382 Injuries occur in disaster and other off-grid settings, and some of those break the skin or even go into deeper layers, like subcutaneous fat and muscle. When do you close a wound and when is it wiser to keep it open? Also…
    - 24 days ago 31 Mar 18, 9:30pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Preparedness Expos, Stop The Bleed Day, More
    We’ve been supporters of and speakers at the Self-Reliance Expo for many years, and we thought it might be interesting to talk to some of the speakers and exhibitors at the event. You’ll hear our friend Rich Beresford of AroundtheCabin.com, 17 ye…
    - 31 days ago 25 Mar 18, 1:37am -
  • Video: Fire/Cooking Supplies For Disasters
    VIDEO: Fire/Cooking Disaster Supplies Amy Alton ARNP asks: What should you have in your disaster supply storage to help you keep your family  in hot meals even when you’re off the grid? In this video, Nurse Amy gives her thoughts on what the well-…
    - 35 days ago 20 Mar 18, 11:44pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Wound Care Off The Grid, Medical Backpacks, More
    SURVIVAL MEDICINE HOUR #380 The right equipment is important for anyone to do a job efficiently. You wouldn’t expect a steak knife to cut a tree down better than a saw, or see a hunter have the same success with a catapult as opposed to a rifle. Th…
    - 40 days ago 16 Mar 18, 4:21pm -
  • Medical Backpacks
    Things To Consider When Choosing a Medical Backpack For anyone to do their job properly, they’ll need the right equipment.  Imagine a carpenter having to use a steak knife as a saw, or a hunter using a catapult instead of a rifle.  The same goes…
    - 42 days ago 14 Mar 18, 4:09pm -