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  • newNotes for Monday – March 02, 2015
    On March 2nd, 1836, Texas declared it independence from Mexico.
    - 23 hours ago, 2 Mar 15, 5:42am -
  • newFebruary In Precious Metals, by Steven Cochran of Gainesville Coins
    Welcome to SurvivalBlog’s Precious Metals Month in Review, where we take a look at “the month that was” in precious metals. Each month, we cover the price action of gold and silver and examine the “what” and “why” behind those numbers.…
    - 23 hours ago, 2 Mar 15, 5:42am -
  • newScot’s Product Review: Nikon PROSTAFF Target EFR 3-9x 40mm Rifle Scope
    If my rifles had feelings, I bet my .22’s and air rifles would feel slighted. They don’t get the expensive accessories that my centerfire ones get, the most important of which are quality optics. I usually have to pinch pennies, and I view the mo…
    - 23 hours ago, 2 Mar 15, 5:39am -
  • newRecipe of the Week: Cheddar Chowder, by L.H.
    It’s cold outside! So my menu-planning mind marches determinedly toward hearty and warming comfort foods. This soup fits the bill, and it’s one we’ve come to enjoy over the last 25 years as a “meatless Monday” meal. You may want to add cook…
    - 23 hours ago, 2 Mar 15, 5:38am -
  • newLetter Re: Tactical Preparedness
    Hugh, I would offer a short story to your readers: Some years ago a friend, who has been preparing for the fecal matter to hit the oscillator for some years, was at the house of another friend, who was his neighbor. He asked her to show him her pantr…
    - 23 hours ago, 2 Mar 15, 5:38am -
  • newEconomics and Investing:
    Russian Supermarkets Freeze Prices for Inflation-weary Shoppers. – H.L. o o o An interesting document describing the mechanics behind the fiat money creation machine: Modern Money Mechanics. – P.M. o o o US Will Never Gain Oil Market Crown Says I…
    - 23 hours ago, 2 Mar 15, 5:36am -
  • newOdds ‘n Sods:
    Obama Threatened to Shoot Down IAF Iran Strike. – JMC o o o Private police carry guns and make arrests, and their ranks are swelling. – P.M. o o o Vandalism in Arizona Shut Down Internet, Cellphone, Telephone Service Across State. – J.G. While…
    - 23 hours ago, 2 Mar 15, 5:35am -
  • newHugh’s Quote of the Day:
    “Emma felt frightened, apprehensive, yes, but also elated and excited, her feelings all tumbled and mixed together like a stew of varied ingredients tossed into the same pot. She was aware of the blood coursing through her veins, the beat of her he…
    - 23 hours ago, 2 Mar 15, 5:34am -
  • Notes for Sunday – March 01, 2015
    Today, we present another entry for Round 57 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The $12,000+ worth of prizes for this round include: First Prize: A Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate, good for any one, two, or three course (a…
    - 2 days ago, 1 Mar 15, 7:20am -
  • Your Brain On Paper—How to Write Useful Operating Instructions, by M.R. – Part 3
    Responsibilities I designed the storage system and have assumed all responsibilities for filling the water containers and replacing the water every two years. In my absence, that responsibility falls to the oldest member of the remaining family who i…
    - 2 days ago, 1 Mar 15, 7:20am -


More Than Just Surviving

  • February 2015 EDC Purse Dump

    February 2015 EDC Purse Dump

    1. Little Green Alien Toy – Avery (our cat)’s current favourite toy. 2. Spyderco Sage 1 Folding Knife – Review. 3. Paper Mate Flexgrip Ultra Ballpoint Pen 4. G-10 Single Nuko Tools Punchring 5. Yellow Post-it NotesThis is just the star…
    - 2 days ago, 28 Feb 15, 5:30pm -
  • Think You Can’t Afford to Prep? You Probably Can’t Afford Not To

    Think You Can’t Afford to Prep? You Probably Can’t Afford Not To

    There’s something very worrying about the current state of financial affairs, both within America and internationally (such as up here in Canada). I’m talking primarily about the economic bubble we seem to be in, the attitude that individua…
    - 4 days ago, 26 Feb 15, 9:30pm -
  • Smith’s PP1 Pocket Pal Multifunction Knife Sharpener Review

    Smith’s PP1 Pocket Pal Multifunction Knife Sharpener Review

    This is my first knife sharpening system review and it’s been a long time coming. I’ve discussed sharpening knives many times in the past, and seeing the interest, it seems only natural for me to progress to reviewing the actual tools used…
    - 7 days ago, 23 Feb 15, 9:00pm -
  • Knives Used on the TV Show Dexter

    Knives Used on the TV Show Dexter

    Figuring out which knives and gear have been featured on TV shows seems to be becoming something of a running theme on this blog. We’ve gone through Dual Survival’s knives, Naked and Afraid’s gear, and now we’re on to the knives used…
    - 11 days ago, 19 Feb 15, 8:30pm -
  • Knife Drop: Current Favourite Kershaws

    Knife Drop: Current Favourite Kershaws

    Thomas pulled out his current favourite Kershaws for today’s pocket dump. I’d pull out some more of my favourite knives, but I’ve gotta admit, my top 2 have very consistently been the Spyderco Sage 1 and the Nishijin glass fibre Spyderco…
    - 16 days ago, 14 Feb 15, 7:30pm -
  • Spyderco Southard Folding Flipper EDC Knife Review

    Spyderco Southard Folding Flipper EDC Knife Review

    The Spyderco Southard is Spyderco’s first flipper knife, and first collaboration with the custom knife maker Brad Southard. With the amount of attention this wicked fast slicer has generated, I admit I am a bit late to the bandwagon, but as t…
    - 18 days ago, 12 Feb 15, 6:00pm -
  • Welcoming Survival Pulse to the More Than Just Surviving Family!

    Welcoming Survival Pulse to the More Than Just Surviving Family!

    This past week has been pretty exciting for us! Ever since we began this survival blogging journey of ours, specific websites have stood out to us as exceptionally beneficial to the survival and preparedness online community, besides the blogs…
    - 21 days ago, 9 Feb 15, 6:30pm -
  • February 2015 EDC Pocket Dump

    February 2015 EDC Pocket Dump

    1. Benchmade Griptilian EDC Folding Knife – Review. 2. Lotte Xylitol Peppermint Gum 3. Tissue Paper Travel Pack 4. Boccia 728-01 + Nubo Straps Leather Watch StrapThis is just the start of the post February 2015 EDC Pocket Dump. Continue…
    - 23 days ago, 7 Feb 15, 6:00pm -
  • Pros and Cons of Ceramic Blade Knives

    Pros and Cons of Ceramic Blade Knives

    The late 90s brought a huge push for use of ceramic blade knives, especially in the kitchen, from companies like Kyocera. While marketing stresses a number of the advantages a ceramic blade knife can bring to the table (pun intended), there ar…
    - 25 days ago, 5 Feb 15, 4:30pm -
  • Valley Food Storage Mango Habanero Chili Dehydrated Food Review

    Valley Food Storage Mango Habanero Chili Dehydrated Food Review

    Although Valley Food Storage is certainly a reputable, staple (heh) manufacturer of long lasting prepper/survival food, when they contacted us about doing a review of one of their products, I have to admit, I wasn’t exactly enthusiastic about…
    - 35 days ago, 26 Jan 15, 8:00pm -

Blue Collar Prepping

  • newAll the Colors of the Rainbow

    All the Colors of the Rainbow

    In this series on Fiber Arts, we've gone over preparation of fiber and spinning it into thread. Today, we're going to talk about putting a bit of color into your life (and fiber) by means of dyeing processes.First we'll talk about natural dyes vers…
    - 9 hours ago, 2 Mar 15, 7:45pm -
  • Gun Blog Variety Podcast #28

    Gun Blog Variety Podcast #28

    Episode 28 of the Gun Blog Variety Cast is out!Adam and Sean commiserate about the weather.Erin Palette brings on a Special Guest, Brandon, to talk about first aid supplies.The new Secretary of Defense gets the Nicki Kenyon seal of approval.Miguel…
    - 1 day ago, 1 Mar 15, 5:25pm -
  • Magic: the Preppering

    Magic: the Preppering

    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.(Warning: This is possibly one of the nerdiest posts I have written. I wasn't originally going to do it, but I was egged on by my fellow nerds on our Facebook Group, so blame them i…
    - 3 days ago, 27 Feb 15, 8:18pm -
  • How Preppers Are Portrayed by the Media

    How Preppers Are Portrayed by the Media

    I recently saw a mainstream magazine with a prepper-themed cover story. I haven't bought that particular magazine for many years  -- since their content was usually stories about things so far beyond my price range that I wasn't getting any value fr…
    - 4 days ago, 26 Feb 15, 8:00pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: February Buffet Post

    Prudent Prepping: February Buffet Post

    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Now we concentrate  on what to do in, and how to plan for, the long term via Prudent Prepping.February Round-UpItems of Interest  REI is closing out their Bushnell Solar charger line in favor…
    - 5 days ago, 25 Feb 15, 7:18pm -
  • Fire Safety Preps

    Fire Safety Preps

    My father was a firefighter when I was growing up. In a firefighter's house, clock changes are significant dates. With a change coming in just shy of two weeks, it's a good time to review fire safety preparedness.Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Detectors: The…
    - 6 days ago, 24 Feb 15, 7:54pm -
  • Guest Post: Gear Levels

    Guest Post: Gear Levels

    by hightecrebel(Editor's Note:  in reply to my Bug-Out Bag series, hightecrebel said "I also have a different breakdown of my gear levels than most, normally having Get Home Bag, Grab & Go, Bug Out Bag, Bug Out Kit, and Screw You, I Ain't Leaving l…
    - 7 days ago, 23 Feb 15, 9:11pm -
  • Gun Blog Variety Podcast #27

    Gun Blog Variety Podcast #27

    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.Episode 27 is up!Adam and Sean celebrate their new logo:Erin Palette helps out when Sean needs advice on what he should have in his prepper pantry. Nicki Kenyon reminds us that des…
    - 8 days ago, 23 Feb 15, 6:51am -
  • Apocabox Unboxing #4

    Apocabox Unboxing #4

    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.My apologies for posting so late. I had to help my mother uncover plants this afternoon (welcome to Florida, where it freezes Thursday night and by Saturday it's back to the mid-70s…
    - 10 days ago, 21 Feb 15, 12:20am -
  • Layers (and I don't mean chickens)

    Layers (and I don't mean chickens)

    Living in an area that provides all four seasons every year (sometimes all four within 24 hours), I've learned the philosophy of layers. Dressing in layers is a staple of cold-weather survival, with the basic idea being to add light layers of clothes…
    - 11 days ago, 19 Feb 15, 8:00pm -

Destiny Survival

  • Emergency Responders – What Can We Expect When Disaster Strikes?
    What can we expect from public officials and emergency responders in the aftermath of a disaster? I spoke to Janet Liebsch about that a few months ago, and, because it’s such an important topic, this week on DestinySurvival Radio I’m … Continue…
    - 5 days ago, 26 Feb 15, 2:15pm -
  • Shelter, Fire and Water will Help You Make Ready to Survive
    Panteao Productions has come out with a couple more DVD’s in their Make Ready to Survive series. I reviewed the first three videos, which you can read about here. I’ll discuss one today and another soon. Shelter, fire and water … Continue readi…
    - 7 days ago, 24 Feb 15, 2:09pm -
  • Sailing the Apocalypse – A Different Kind of Sea Story for Preppers
    Sailing the Apocalypse, the latest novel by Scott B. Williams, lets you imagine what it’s like to combine prepping with going out to sea. It’s a different kind of sea story for preppers. It’s not like any I’ve read before. … Continue readin…
    - 12 days ago, 19 Feb 15, 2:07pm -
  • Finding Happiness and Satisfaction When You’re a Prepper
    Being a prepper is tough at times. It sets you outside of the norm, as far as the majority of the population goes. Plus, it can be frustrating if you don’t have the resources you’d like to be able to … Continue reading →The post Finding Happ…
    - 14 days ago, 17 Feb 15, 2:20pm -
  • Kevin’s Kandles – A Truly Safer Candle for Emergencies
    Do you have candles on hand in case the lights go out? You may want to rethink that. Did you know that a startling number of accidental fires are started by candles? My guest on this week’s DestinySurvival Radio is … Continue reading →The post…
    - 19 days ago, 12 Feb 15, 2:13pm -
  • Pondering Prepper Ignorance

    - 21 days ago, 10 Feb 15, 2:15pm -
  • Water and Cooking – What Will You Do When the Lights Go Out?

    - 26 days ago, 5 Feb 15, 2:06pm -
  • Surviving the Cold
    With winter in full swing, it’s more important than ever to know about prevention and treatment of exposure to cold. What will you need to do in a grid down situation or other survival scenario? Take a few minutes to … Continue reading →The po…
    - 28 days ago, 3 Feb 15, 2:20pm -
  • A Missouri Conference Addresses the Dangers of GMO Foods and the Benefits of Organic Farming
    Many of us as preppers are keenly aware of concerns with GMO foods. We’ve heard about the benefits of organic farming and gardening. And we see the need to support those who produce locally grown food. These issues come together … Continue readin…
    - 33 days ago, 29 Jan 15, 2:09pm -
  • The USMC Tactical Survival Axe – AKA: ‘The Bruiser’
    Editor’s note: Capt. William E. Simpson II shares this review of an axe you’ll want to have among your tools and prepping supplies. As you’ll note from his comments, it’s more than your run of the mill axe.   This … Continue reading →Th…
    - 35 days ago, 27 Jan 15, 2:25pm -

Libertarian Rantfest

  • newRunning, Rifles and Different Things
    Last month I only ran 27 miles. An improvement over the last months 22 but not ideal. I started out too hard to be honest. Did 18 miles in the first 12 or 13 days then hurt my knee. Maybe I pushed it too hard (I know I did) ignoring the standard 10%…
    - 2 hours ago, 3 Mar 15, 2:18am -
  • Vaccinations and Hogwarts School of Medicine
    I was over at Aesop's Blog which led me to his ( well him and some other folks) other blog Hogwarts School of Grid Down Medicine and Wizardry. Lots of good stuff there. A specific post on vaccination jumped out at me.One of the interesting things abo…
    - 1 day ago, 1 Mar 15, 6:36pm -
  • New Pocket Pistol
    Was running around today and swung through the local gun store to fondle a Ruger LCP. They had one of those new Ruger LCP Custom's. I handled it and liked it. The price difference between it and the baseline one was $30. The money gets you actual sig…
    - 2 days ago, 28 Feb 15, 10:43pm -
  • The Kahr is Gone, The Kahr is Gone Away.
    Sold my Kahr CW9 today. The S&W 642 is also on dangerous ground waiting for the right sale or trade. If things go right it will be gone inside the week. A couple of things drove that decision.Primarily I have gotten back to packing around my Glock 19…
    - 4 days ago, 27 Feb 15, 1:48am -
  • On Gear Consolidation: Stocking Deep n Caching vs Churning
    T Blog wrote a post On Gear Consolidation that I have been thinking about.Also a few years back I sold off a few guns to fund Project AR. They were either oddballs or outliers from the rest of my collection. I do not miss any of them. Selling stuff y…
    - 6 days ago, 25 Feb 15, 4:16am -
  • Ice Storm and Max Velociity Talks M855 Alternatives
    Down here in Louisiana we are finally getting a shot of winter. It is cold (35 when I got  home) and there is an 80% chance of rain. School was canceled today and is also for tomorrow. We had a late call today and have a later one tomorrow. Paw Paw…
    - 7 days ago, 24 Feb 15, 2:47am -
  • Easy Way To Write Your Representatives Against the M855 Ban
    Follow the link to get to the Save M855 website.
    - 8 days ago, 22 Feb 15, 4:42pm -
  • Quote of the Day and Video
    "I never planned on getting in a gun fight. I'm the first one to tell you that anyone who does involve them self in a gun fight usually made a mistake somewhere along the line."-Bob Stash,Lieutenant Chicago PDThe lessons of this interview are worthwh…
    - 9 days ago, 22 Feb 15, 2:29am -
  • Get Home Bag Revisited
     A few day ago I talked about my get home bag. It was bloated and a bit too heavy. It was 17 pounds dry and that due to an oversight (weighted it part way through the set up) did not include my HPG Serape in a pouch jerry rigged on top or some off m…
    - 9 days ago, 22 Feb 15, 12:28am -
  • Internet Preparedness Studying Trap
    A conversation with our buddy Meister got me thinking about something. There is a serious risk of getting too caught up in blogs and videos and great reading material like Patriot Dawn by Max Velocity that you are too distracted to actually do anythi…
    - 11 days ago, 20 Feb 15, 3:03am -

Dr. Bones & Nurse Amy

  • newAnaphylactic Shock In Austere Settings
    In a disaster or any other situation that leaves us off the grid, we will expose ourselves to insect stings and poison ivy, as well as strange food items that we aren’t accustomed to. Allergic reactions may ensue in susceptible individuals. When we…
    - 15 hours ago, 2 Mar 15, 1:22pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Army Medical, Fungus, Bill Cirmo of BIBO Outfitters
      In this episode of the Doom and Bloom(tm) Survival Medicine Hour, Joe and Amy Alton, aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, welcome Captain Bill Cirmo of BIBO (Bug-In Bug-Out) outfitters, author of the new book “Your BIBO Number: A guide for the (Sub)Urba…
    - 2 days ago, 28 Feb 15, 7:41pm -
  • The Latest “Superbug”
    In previous articles, I’ve discussed the risk of overuse of antibiotics leading to antibiotic resistance. Recently, I reported good news in the development of a new antibiotic, Teixobactin. This antibiotic was discovered through a new method that a…
    - 6 days ago, 25 Feb 15, 1:32pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Fractures, Superbugs, Questions for your Doctor
    In this episode of the Doom and Bloom(tm) Survival Medicine Hour, Joe and Amy Alton, aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, discuss the Bourbon virus superbug and antibiotic resistance, how to identify and treat rib fractures, and some very important questions…
    - 9 days ago, 21 Feb 15, 10:42pm -
  • Videocast: Around The Cabin
      Joe and Amy Alton, aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, do a videocast the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month where they discuss the news of the day and various medical topics as they pertain to austere settings or disasters. To check out our previous v…
    - 12 days ago, 18 Feb 15, 5:50pm -
  • Video: Cholera
    In this video by Joe Alton, MD, medical preparedness writer and co-author of “The Survival Medicine Handbook”, he discusses a common past and, in uncertain times, possibly future off-grid epidemic that has reached pandemic status 7 times since th…
    - 13 days ago, 17 Feb 15, 5:21pm -
  • Rib Fractures
    The chest cavity contains your heart and lungs, organs that could be easily injured if not protected. Your ribs form a protective armor around these organs, absorbing blunt trauma that could otherwise cause major damage. Ribs may fracture when subjec…
    - 14 days ago, 16 Feb 15, 7:55pm -
  • Video: Organic Container Tomatoes
    You may know that Nurse Amy and I write about survival medicine, but did you know that we are avid vegetable and medicinal herb gardeners? Here’s Nurse Amy’s video on how to grow healthy tomatoes organically in containers: Wishing you the best of…
    - 22 days ago, 8 Feb 15, 8:20pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Cholera, Measles and Civil Liberties
      In the episode of the Doom and Bloom Survival Medicine Hour, Joe and Amy Alton, aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, discuss a third world disease that could become a major issue in an off-grid survival setting. Also, Dr. Alton takes on the controversial…
    - 23 days ago, 8 Feb 15, 1:32am -
  • Measles
      Measles is a contagious viral disease that was once so common it was considered a childhood rite of passage. The disease was almost eradicated in the U.S. in the 2000’s but has experienced a resurgence significant enough to be worth knowing how…
    - 24 days ago, 6 Feb 15, 7:05pm -

Survivalist Blog

  • newGetting into Hugelkultur Gardening for the Prepper
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    - 13 hours ago, 2 Mar 15, 3:10pm -
  • newReader Poll: Do You Think That There Will Be Another Civil War in America?
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    - 13 hours ago, 2 Mar 15, 2:58pm -
  • newMonday Miscellany News Brief
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    - 15 hours ago, 2 Mar 15, 1:49pm -
  • Little Known Ways to Secure Your Home and Defend Your Survival Retreat
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    - 2 days ago, 1 Mar 15, 2:51pm -
  • What did you do to prep this week?
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    - 3 days ago, 28 Feb 15, 2:18pm -
  • Plastic pop bottles a cheap and effective prepper food storage container
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    - 4 days ago, 27 Feb 15, 1:37pm -
  • The War On Preppers: Obama Bans Ammo For The Most Popular Rifle In America
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    - 4 days ago, 27 Feb 15, 1:19pm -
  • Friday Miscellany News Brief
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    - 4 days ago, 27 Feb 15, 1:15pm -
  • 14 Signs That Most Americans Are Flat Broke And Totally Unprepared For The Coming Economic Crisis
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    - 6 days ago, 25 Feb 15, 2:20pm -
  • Children and Teenagers’ Preparedness in an Average Family
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    - 6 days ago, 25 Feb 15, 1:55pm -

Patriot Rising

  • new10 Beautiful Flowers That Kill In Horrifying Ways

    10 Beautiful Flowers That Kill In Horrifying Ways

    10 Kalmia Latifolia Kalmia latifolia, more commonly known as mountain laurel, produces delicate pink and white flowers in the late spring. It’s the state flower of both Pennsylvania and Connecticut, and it grows just about everywhere in the eastern…
    - 18 mins ago, 3 Mar 15, 4:03am -
  • newBuying meat in bulk

    Buying meat in bulk

    The best way to go about this is to find a butcher close to where you live, go in and talk about the meat you need.  Before you go, work out if you want beef, pork or lamb and let the butcher guide you with prices, cuts and delivery. Beef is very bi…
    - 22 mins ago, 3 Mar 15, 3:59am -
  • newEarthquakes During 2014 In USA

    Earthquakes During 2014 In USA

    Oklahoma Earthquakes While looking at the state of Oklahoma it appears that there are two major regions of earthquakes. However when zooming in further, sub-clusters become visible. I suspect that many of these earthquakes are caused by fracking. You…
    - 27 mins ago, 3 Mar 15, 3:54am -
  • newThink You Can’t Afford to Prep?

    Think You Can’t Afford to Prep?

    Don’t believe me? Take a look at these figures here. If you’re not worried by the time you get to the bottom of the article, it’s probably because you already feel secure in the amount you’ve gotten prepared for some kind of financial crisis…
    - 29 mins ago, 3 Mar 15, 3:52am -
  • EMP Trash Can Faraday Cage Testing in Lab
      Tests are conducted to measure how effective metal garbage cans are at blocking high-frequency energy, such as that released by an high-altitude nuclear electromagnetic pulse (EMP). Tips are provided on how to greatly improve the shielding effecti…
    - 4 days ago, 27 Feb 15, 3:16pm -
  • Smart Ways to Weather the Storm of a Long-Term Power Outage

    Smart Ways to Weather the Storm of a Long-Term Power Outage

    The lights go out. What do you do? You’re without power and, suddenly, you realize just how much you’ve come to rely on it. Your iPhone, Internet, refrigerator, and T.V. don’t work. This article provides some good tips on things you will need t…
    - 4 days ago, 27 Feb 15, 3:13pm -
  • How to Make Lightweight Oilskin Tarps from Bed Sheets

    How to Make Lightweight Oilskin Tarps from Bed Sheets

    Stuff You’ll Need 100% Egyptian cotton bed sheet (flat). The higher the tread count the better. I used a king size which measures 8.5′ x 9′. 20 oil lamp wicks (1/2″ x 6″). They come in packs of 5 at Wally World. Boiled linseed oil – 3 to…
    - 4 days ago, 27 Feb 15, 3:07pm -
  • Survival Fitness and Exercise

    Survival Fitness and Exercise

    If you lack good fitness, fail to exercise regularly, or you are generally ‘out of shape’, even though you might have all of your preparedness supplies and extra food on hand (ready for SHTF) – you still aren’t ready because in a post-collaps…
    - 4 days ago, 27 Feb 15, 3:04pm -
  • Cold Weather Prep for Your Vehicle

    Cold Weather Prep for Your Vehicle

    Getting your vehicle prepped for cold weather emergencies really is as simple as stocking it with the gear to keep you warm, hydrated, and fed while you’re stranded. A recent winter storm followed by a cold snap gave me the perfect opportunity to r…
    - 4 days ago, 27 Feb 15, 3:01pm -
  • Diversify Excess Cash Into Safety

    Diversify Excess Cash Into Safety

    If you are preparedness-minded and fortunate enough to have excess cash funds beyond your bills and obligations, AND if you are very concerned about our economic future or stability (an apparent ‘house of cards’), you might be wondering where to…
    - 4 days ago, 26 Feb 15, 11:09pm -

Survival Gear

Backdoor Survival

  • The Survival Buzz #158
    Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.This week my efforts turned to gardening.  I am a huge fan of fresh summer flowers but with such limited space, I hate to giv…
    - 3 days ago, 28 Feb 15, 9:00am -
  • Another Free Food Friday: Win a Legacy Foods Breakfast Bucket
    Friday has rolled around again; where does the time go?  It seems like yesterday that I was writing the Survival Buzz.  Anyway, today I am thrilled to let you know that Backdoor Survival sponsor, Buy Emergency Foods, is back again with another “…
    - 4 days ago, 27 Feb 15, 9:00am -
  • How to Build a Simple Faraday Cage for EMP Survival
    Of all of the reasons to prepare, one that we all need to take seriously is the possibility of a catastrophic EMP, or electromagnetic pulse. This is a frequent topic in many post-apocalyptic novels and something that most of us are aware of, even if…
    - 5 days ago, 26 Feb 15, 9:00am -
  • BDS Book Festival 7: Preppers History and the Cultural Phenomenon + Giveaway
    Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the Backdoor Survival Book Festival 7.Lynda King, the author of Preppers: History and the Cultural Phenomenon, is here to answer the Book Festival  questions and of course, to award one lucky…
    - 6 days ago, 25 Feb 15, 9:00am -
  • 10 New Steps for Living a Strategic Life
    When it comes to living a preparedness lifestyle, from the get go I have focused on what I like to call “prepping for the rest of us”.  To me, this has always meant embracing survival strategies that transcend the weird, the strange and the off…
    - 7 days ago, 24 Feb 15, 9:00am -
  • The Survival Buzz #157
    Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.I spent the last week in Arizona taking care of some personal business.  That left me little time for preps but I still managed…
    - 10 days ago, 21 Feb 15, 9:00am -
  • The Nitro-Pak 72 Hour Survival Kit Review
    Let’s face it.  No matter how much we hope we will never have to evacuate the comfort of our homes, there is always a possibility that circumstances will require that we gather our emergency supplies and leave on a moment’s notice.  Alternatel…
    - 11 days ago, 20 Feb 15, 9:00am -
  • How to Homestead When You Rent: Part 2
    According to my research, the term “Homestead” was first used in the United States in the 1860’s.  More specifically, in 1862 a law was passed that offered for free up to 160 acres to any family who paid a registration fee, lived on the land…
    - 12 days ago, 19 Feb 15, 9:00am -
  • BDS Book Festival 7: The Perseid Collapse Series
    It is time to shake things up with Backdoor Survival Book Festival 7.  This week we are going to dispense with the interview and head almost directly into the giveaway.  Steve Konkoly, the author of The Perseid Collapse series of post-apocalyptic…
    - 13 days ago, 18 Feb 15, 9:00am -
  • 20 Comfort Foods for the Survival Pantry
    For better or for worse, our lives are full of stress.  The weather, our jobs, the economy, financial woes and poor health can all contribute to stress.  In addition, for most of us, the biggest stress is simply that there are not enough hours in…
    - 14 days ago, 17 Feb 15, 9:00am -

Backwoods Survival Blog

Bug Out Survival

  • Sailing the Apocalypse on Destiny Survival Radio
    I had another interesting conversation with John Wesley Smith recently, this time discussing my latest novel, Sailing the Apocalypse: A Misadventure at Sea. John has posted his thoughts about the book in a review on his website: Destiny Survival.I…
    - 10 days ago, 20 Feb 15, 5:11pm -
  • Early Review of Sailing the Apocalypse
    Dave Zeiger knows a thing or two about bug out boats. As a designer and liveaboard sailor who makes his home aboard his self-built vessel, Slacktide on the isolated waters of southeast Alaska, he lives a full-time lifestyle many preppers fantasize ab…
    - 46 days ago, 15 Jan 15, 8:43pm -
  • Sailing the Apocalypse
    I've posted this on my main website but I'm reposting here for those of you who don't visit all that often.  As always, there's a new book in the works and this one is another fiction title that might interest some readers of…
    - 83 days ago, 10 Dec 14, 1:33am -
  • 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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 -

Canadian Preppers Network

  • Another Great Workshop At Sunflower Farm!
    Cam and Michelle Mather are hosting another one of their fantastic workshops! The Hands-On, Solar Powered, Off-Grid, Personal Independence and Resilience, All You Can Grow, Ready for Rough Times Workshop  The next workshop will take place on Satur…
    - 7 days ago, 23 Feb 15, 9:01pm -
  • BF-Bushcraft Radio Show S2 E28
    Episode 28 Season 2 – Barefoot Bushcraft Radio ShowSaturday, February 21st, 2015In this episode of the Barefoot Bushcraft Radio Show we discuss: - Winter- The perfect time to go camping - New Booking System at Barefoot Bushcraft - 10 things to…
    - 10 days ago, 21 Feb 15, 4:00pm -
  • Procrastination – the death of a Prepper
    It’s 5am. I sit here, having woken out of a deep sleep with such a start that it launched me out of bed and into the general blurry direction of my laptop. My article! It’s due today! The screen blinds me as I try to make my sleepy fingers type.…
    - 17 days ago, 13 Feb 15, 8:29pm -
  • Mental Survival - 10 Tips to Make it
    I've been through a few real situations where life was on the line, and a few where it was borderline becoming real. And I've found that there is a very interesting few seconds between realizing there is a problem and deciding how your going to react…
    - 25 days ago, 6 Feb 15, 3:00pm -
  • $50.00 Rebate for CPN Members
    WINTER BUSHCRAFT ADVENTURE Your aircraft has gone down, and it is winter in the Rocky Mountains...would you be able to survive?Aurora Bushcraft & Survival wants to show you how! Learn firebuilding, navigation, knife and saw safety and cutting techniq…
    - 27 days ago, 4 Feb 15, 3:36pm -
  • Movie Monday - Dehydrators, Homemade MRE's & Mylar Bag Sealing - A Beginner Preppers Guide
    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 multitu…
    - 28 days ago, 3 Feb 15, 1:00am -
  • E2 S27 Barefoot Bushcraft Radio Show
    Episode 27 Season 2 - Barefoot Bushcraft Radio ShowSaturday, January 25th - 2015In this episode of the Barefoot Bushcraft Radio Show - Surprising insights into the effects of wood fuel burning - Leatherman Tread Wearable Tool Kit - Bartering after…
    - 38 days ago, 24 Jan 15, 1:00pm -
  • E26 S2 Barefoot Bushcraft Radio Show
    Episode 26, Season 2 Barefoot Bushcraft Radio ShowSaturday, January 17th, 2015In this episode of the Barefoot Bushcraft Radio Show: - Couple Sues Government of Canada for tree falling on tent - Tuning a primitive bow - Psychology of Prepping -…
    - 45 days ago, 17 Jan 15, 3:50pm -
  • E25 S2 BF-Bushcraft Radio
    Season 2, Episode 25Saturday, January 10th - 2015In this episode of the Barefoot Bushcraft Radio show, we discuss - Letter from a listener - Things they don't tell you on an Antarctic expedition - Putting Serving on a Bow string - Prepping Food …
    - 51 days ago, 11 Jan 15, 2:46am -
  • Emergency Preparedness for Celiacs
    Living through an emergency event is stressful enough to your health, but what if you have an immune system that is compromised by the things you eat and you are suddenly thrust into a situation where your food options are limited even further? I th…
    - 52 days ago, 10 Jan 15, 12:23am -

Tactical Intelligence

  • How to Make Homemade Desiccant
    As preppers we all know the importance of keeping our firearms and electronics free from moisture when they are put away for storage. For this reason, before caching or storing items such as these for the long term its crucial you include some type o…
    - 3 days ago, 28 Feb 15, 3:17am -
  • Ebola Prevention in a Grid-Down World
    Hey guys, just wanted to quickly let you know about a document I found buried in the CDC website. It's an older document (written in 1998) that provides an excellent resource for Ebola prevention in a time when modern medical facilities might not be…
    - 25 Oct 14, 5:44pm -
  • 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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 -

Off Grid Survival

Prepper Website

Preparedness Videos

World War Z: The Real Plan for Apocalypse
Say the world was actually taken over by vicious zombies, World War Z style. What would an actual government response to an apocalypse look like? Anthony fig...
- 20 Jun 13, 1:01pm -
Price Gougers (There are still some good guys)
Facebook Twitter Not all companies are price gouging or turning their backs on the p...
- 4 Jan 13, 5:01pm -
Glocks: Don't Piss Them Off
Facebook Twitter I made a video awhile back about how Glocks are deceitful, angry, u...
- 2 Jan 13, 8:37pm -
Good-Bye Gun Safes (Long Overdue Decision)
Facebook Twitter I made a long overdue decision today regarding my guns.
- 21 Dec 12, 10:31am -
Closeted Gun Nut (Suffering for the 2nd Amendment)
Why does our love of guns and our support of the 2nd Amendment often bring us such hardship and turmoil?
- 25 Nov 12, 7:05am -
Dianne Feinstein & Assault Weapons Ban
A little message from me to Diane Feinstein on what I feel to be her true motivation regarding the assault weapons ban.
- 10 Nov 12, 9:40am -
Make a Fire By Rubbing Sticks
Cast away on a deserted island? Here's a survival technique for making a fire with the most basic of resources. How to make a fire rubbing 2 sticks together!...
- 8 Nov 12, 4:06pm -
Micro-Semiauto vs. Snubbie Revolver (concealed carry)
Do the modern micro semi-autos have any advantage over the basic snubbie revolver for concealed carry or is it all just hype and hysteria over a new product?
- 2 Nov 12, 8:31pm -
Why I Carry a Gun
Answering the question "why do I carry a handgun?"
- 24 Oct 12, 1:53pm -
NICS Delayed My Gun Purchase
I got delayed again by NICS. This video is just a little rant about it. PS: I am still working the kinks out of the new equipment so this video is pretty poo...
- 23 Oct 12, 1:54pm -
Best Inexpensive Carry Gun
What is the best inexpensive carry gun? Well, it is a gun that is also great for beginners.
- 10 Sep 12, 9:20am -
Concealed Carry: The Legal Risks of Printing
Is printing illegal?
- 25 Aug 12, 7:06pm -

Survival Monkey Forums

  • newTrail Cameras, what they are and what they can do.
    Trail cameras and their manufactures are in a constant race. Part of the race is money, another part is sales brochures. If in doubt then find a specification that list what a trail camera will do.Well you can't really find such a spec, you will…
    - 9 mins ago, 3 Mar 15, 4:12am -
  • newThe Word and Sentence Game
    The word games are fun but learning never ends so lets expand upon the current games. This game takes @Pop_45 's thread with the progressive word game and expands that into using the word in a sentence correctly. As the word game goes the rules are…
    - 11 mins ago, 3 Mar 15, 4:10am -
  • newFeds raid Texas political meeting Fingerprint, photograph all attendees, seize phones
    Wow, Hopefully they did not lose the emails on this.How about LaRazza or the other groups of illegals?Feds raid state political meeting..................................................In a deliberate “show of force,” federal and local…
    - 49 mins ago, 3 Mar 15, 3:32am -
  • newRunning Sneakers/Hiking sneakers
    I bought these running sneakers because I had been looking at hiking sneakers. I wanted something low on the ankle, light weight and flexible.View attachment 32923Pros:These have a flexible sole and good tread, the fabric breathes. Light w…
    - 1 hour ago, 3 Mar 15, 3:10am -
  • newSome darkness from my past
    I was looking through one of my old journals tonight searching for one particular piece I wrote many years ago. I haven't found it yet but I came across the following. It made me sad to remember....My memory proves my existence but the only thing…
    - 1 hour ago, 3 Mar 15, 2:59am -
  • 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!
    - 1 hour ago, 3 Mar 15, 2:52am -
  • newTerminators getting closer everyday to launch...
    Skynet is alive and well.
    - 2 hours ago, 3 Mar 15, 2:50am -
  • newIdeal Survival Rifle
    An articleThis article is an attempt to select an "ideal rifle". What this means is that if you were forced to select a single rifle to rely upon for your survival, what would it be. The scenarios could range anywhere from a current day hom…
    - 2 hours ago, 3 Mar 15, 2:45am -
  • newInteresting Solar cooker
    GoSun Stove: Solar Cooker & Solar OvenFound this the other day, it looks interesting i think it would work good for a compact stove. Or for smokeless cooking, water purification living out of a backpack. I'd like to see how well it works.
    - 2 hours ago, 3 Mar 15, 2:14am -
  • newSmart Meter Spying
    Utility companies across the U.S. are installing smart meters in customers’ homes, touting the technology’s energy-saving ways, but opponents argue that the meters are opening a Pandora’s box of privacy concerns.The smart energy meters…
    - 3 hours ago, 3 Mar 15, 1:48am -

Preparedness Pro

  • And We're Back!
    And we’re back! There’s been a flurry of activity behind the sabbatical at Preparedness Pro so that I could move it forward to what I really, really wanted it to be. And today I’m going to share with you the results thereof because chances…
    - 12 days ago, 18 Feb 15, 7:31pm -
  • Whistle While They Fret-Mental Preparedness In Action
    So tonight I was literally locked IN my hotel room. I couldn't get out for anything!!  The steel door handle wouldn't turn far enough for me to unlock the door.  After attempting to open the door for several minutes and ruining a good pair of shoes…
    - 90 days ago, 3 Dec 14, 6:33am -
  • Reader Question: "Which Hand-Operated Grain Mill Should I Buy?"
    Question:"Kellene, how do I know which manual grain mill to buy? I'm so confused?!" Answer:There are THREE key considerations to choosing a grain mill that you'll be operating manually.  I'll provide you with these three highlights and let…
    - 11 Nov 14, 5:24am -
  • 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…
    - 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,…
    - 19 Oct 14, 1:09am -
  • Quail--A Path to Preparedness for All Types of Homes?

    - 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 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 4 Sep 14, 7:15am -

Survival Cache

  • I’ll Bug In Thank You
    One of the most basic premises of a SHTF survival scenario is whether to stay put or pack up the SUV and hit the highway.  If you dodge out the garage to join the caravan of other escapees on the interstate, where are you going?  Do you have an alt…
    - 1 day ago, 1 Mar 15, 10:29pm -
  • Wilderness Survival: Part 1
    Even if you’re not an avid camper or backcountry enthusiast, knowing how to survive in the wild is at the core of a survivalist’s mindset.  After all, our survival instinct originated from our most primitive form’s need to navigate and overcom…
    - 4 days ago, 26 Feb 15, 6:02pm -
  • Survival Gear Review: Leatherman Raptor Shears
    Between three and four thousand years ago, somebody somewhere thought up the idea of having two opposing bronze knife blades slice towards each other and thus the spring shears were born.  But it wasn’t until about AD 100 that the recognizable X-s…
    - 8 days ago, 22 Feb 15, 10:16pm -
  • Survival Gear Review: Windham Weaponry R18FSFSM-308
    In the big business of survival and firearms, our time is a great time. Product demand is up; political pressure and societal issues are making people more aware of their surroundings and possible predicaments.  Never before has the survival and fir…
    - 13 days ago, 17 Feb 15, 11:36pm -
  • Survival Gear Review: Gerber eFECT Military Maintenance Tool
    The  Gerber eFECT Military Maintenance Tool is a 6+ tool pocket machine designed to service the AR15/M16/M4 rifle. Unlike other multitools, the Gerber eFECT is missing the usual suspects of 1) knife blade, 2) pliers, 3) saw, 4) file…bottle opener,…
    - 15 days ago, 15 Feb 15, 8:05pm -
  • Survival Gear Review: Olight S15 Baton
    I think that it is safe to assume that a lot people reading this have that one item that not only becomes another item among your supplies, but an obsession to collect. For me, that item is flashlights. I love flashlights. I have had an assortment of…
    - 21 days ago, 10 Feb 15, 12:58pm -
  • 7 Tips For Your Bug Out Bag
    Yea, I know, another BOB post. You have it all squared away, but do you really?  I like to think of my pack as a multi-scenario item. Call it a GHB (Get Home Bag), GOOD bag (Get Out of Dodge) or INCH bag ( I’m Never Coming Home ) or just a plain o…
    - 25 days ago, 6 Feb 15, 11:52am -
  • Survival Debate: .308 Win vs. .223 Rem
    Our “9mm vs. 45” Survival debate was a popular one, so we’re going to take it one step further and go to the ultimate U.S. Military assault rifle comparison: the great .223 Remington, (NATO designation 5.56x45mm) vs. the stalwart .308 Wincheste…
    - 29 days ago, 2 Feb 15, 1:00pm -
  • Survival Gear Review: Helio Pressure Shower
    If you are like me, the biggest luxury you will miss when the SHTF is a nice hot shower, that and a toilet that flushes.  I do a fair amount of backwoods camping and fishing in the Rocky Mountains, so going without a shower is something that I do of…
    - 31 days ago, 30 Jan 15, 8:35pm -
  • Book Review: The Evolution Of The Black Rifle
    If you are like me and love the AR-15 platform, then you should consider reading the new book by Jeff Zimba called The Evolution of the Black Rifle: 20 Years of Upgrades and Accessories.  As you can infer from the title, the book was written with 20…
    - 34 days ago, 28 Jan 15, 3:45pm -

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…
    - -
  • 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…
    - -
  • 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…
    - -
  • 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,…
    - -
  • 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…
    - -
  • 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…
    - -
  • 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…
    - -
  • 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…
    - -
  • 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…
    - -
  • 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

  • newFN FiveseveN
    Been intrigued with this handgun for a while. Definitely different in many aspects... Not in a position to buy one now (Pricey...) but thought it...
    - 2 hours ago, 3 Mar 15, 2:36am -
  • newNorth Texas; Northern Colorado
    Greetings to all.
    - 3 hours ago, 3 Mar 15, 1:13am -
  • newCertified !
    This year is the first time I have been qualified to purchase the Senior hunting/fishing license. In KY that means I get all hunting and fishing...
    - 7 hours ago, 2 Mar 15, 9:03pm -
  • newThey're watching me
    When I first posted here I talked a lot about silver. Now this site advertises JM Bullion silver to me. Does anyone else here see that advertisement?
    - 21 hours ago, 2 Mar 15, 6:55am -
  • newAnyone have experience with Sling pacs?
    Anyone have experience w/ the single strap slings? Or good common sense about such things? Due to issues with the neck and right shoulder, I...
    - 23 hours ago, 2 Mar 15, 4:59am -
  • New forum member
    Hi I'm new to the forum and was requested to introduce myself. My forum name is Bauran and look forward to asking for and supplying useful...
    - 1 day ago, 2 Mar 15, 4:20am -
  • FNG to the forum
    Hi y'all. Just found this forum while searching ALICE Pack info. I'm getting ready to try building a Hellcat set up on a DEI 1606AC frame. I'm also a...
    - 1 day ago, 2 Mar 15, 12:52am -
  • Throwing fun I'm not very skillful, but here's some bo-shuriken half spin practice. Let's see your throwing,...
    - 1 day ago, 1 Mar 15, 9:31pm -
  • Canid is a sad panda.
    Sorry or the rant, but I'm annoyed today as I was ordered by a certain large internet commerce site to stop selling my (slightly) popular design of...
    - 1 day ago, 1 Mar 15, 7:44pm -
  • Greetings
    Greetings I'm an old woods-loafer style camper intrigued by a more 'bushcrafty' camping experience. Presently looking at 9 acres of undeveloped...
    - 1 day ago, 1 Mar 15, 5:30pm -

Modern Survival Online

  • newFrom the Desk of John Rourke – March 3rd, 2015
    I am half-way thru Season 3 of House of Cards on Netflix. Awesome show. If you have not seen the first two seasons I highly recommend them. ◊ ◊ ◊ ◊ ◊ Many missed it but later this week United States National Guard troops will arrive in Ukra…
    - 4 hours ago, 3 Mar 15, 12:15am -
  • newAre you Paranoid?
      By The Coach, Contributing Editor   Every now and then people think I am a little paranoid about big brother watching us. That is why I started researching about covert cell phone towers. The more I research, the more I do not feel so paranoid. R…
    - 4 hours ago, 3 Mar 15, 12:10am -
  • From the Desk of John Rourke – March 2nd, 2015
    Enjoyed my time off over the weekend and I needed the time off. Did not accomplish a whole lot. My wife and I celebrated our 19th wedding anniversary. I am not one that makes a big deal out out of my own birthdays and anniversaries. I should. Guess g…
    - 1 day ago, 2 Mar 15, 12:15am -
  • Re: the musings of Panhandle Rancher
    The following was sent in related to the post “Real Gunfighter” written by The Panhandle Rancher:   I’m a combat wounded medically retired Marine Lt Col. I have 5 combat operations in my OQR. I was in Thailand for the coup in 92, Cuba for the…
    - 1 day ago, 2 Mar 15, 12:10am -
  • Massive Mountain House Sale- 25-50% Off!
    Emergency Essentials is having a massive Mountain House Freeze Dried Food sale the entire month of March – while supplies last. This massive sale offers 25% to 50% off premium food with up to a 25-year shelf life. No other long-term food storage so…
    - 1 day ago, 2 Mar 15, 12:09am -
  • Last Entry – #15: SHTF “Go To” Knife photo contest
    Here is the last entry in the MSO SHTF “Go To” Knife contest. The best one selected will win a Gerber Machete Pro. Winner to be announced tomorrow….. * * * * * By SB: The knife I choose is the Trail Master by Cold Steel. Rugged, simple (like…
    - 2 days ago, 1 Mar 15, 5:12am -
  • Hold the Press!!! I missed one – SHTF Contest Entry #16
    Here is the last entry in the MSO SHTF “Go To” Knife contest. The best one selected will win a Gerber Machete Pro. Winner to be announced tomorrow….. * * * * * From D. Despite the fact that my nature is not a knife collector, over the years,…
    - 2 days ago, 1 Mar 15, 12:01am -
  • REMINDER: Doom and Bloom Special Discount
    MSO sponsor is offerring 15% Off to all MSO readers. If you are not familiar with they carry a very high quality line of medical preparedness products. From first aid kits, trauma kits, to full bore medical survival…
    - 2 days ago, 1 Mar 15, 12:01am -

The Survival Mom

  • new52 Weeks Savings Plan: Watch for these March sales!

    52 Weeks Savings Plan: Watch for these March sales!

    March brings with it the promise of spring and some special March sales on purchases that can help you both prepare and save money. Two holidays that will generate some special savings are St. Patrick’s Day on March 17, and Read MoreThe post 52 We…
    - 10 hours ago, 2 Mar 15, 6:00pm -
  • newTight Space Prepping: Preparedness for power outages

    Tight Space Prepping: Preparedness for power outages

    Going without electricity for a few days can throw off the whole balance of a family. When living in an apartment or condo there are simple ways to keep the family in clean clothes, power electronics and provide decent cooking Read MoreThe post Tigh…
    - 20 hours ago, 2 Mar 15, 8:00am -
  • The Colloidal Silver Option for Your Best Health

    The Colloidal Silver Option for Your Best Health

    I’m a registered nurse in the Midwest. I believe in traditional medicine but have become very interested in alternative medicine in case of a TEOTWAWKI event and have been learning more about colloidal silver. If a man-made or natural disaster Read…
    - 3 days ago, 28 Feb 15, 8:00am -
  • 30 Uses for Phone Books

    30 Uses for Phone Books

    We all get them dropped off one (or more) times every year — big, thick phone books. But what to do with them now that we just look up phone numbers on Google or we have them stored in our cell Read MoreThe post 30 Uses for Phone Books by Liz Lon…
    - 4 days ago, 27 Feb 15, 8:00am -
  • DIY Homemade Seasoning Mixes

    DIY Homemade Seasoning Mixes

    I felt intimidated at the thought of making my own seasoning mix recipes at first. The little packets you can buy at the store made it so easy, and they made my dinners taste good. Then, there was the night Read MoreThe post DIY Homemade Seasoning M…
    - 5 days ago, 26 Feb 15, 2:28pm -
  • 5 Reasons Why Normal People Shy Away From the Prepper World

    5 Reasons Why Normal People Shy Away From the Prepper World

    I don’t believe I’ve ever started an article with an apology, but before I go any further, my apologies to preppers for this headline! I’ve met hundreds of you over the past few years at expos and other events, and you Read MoreThe post 5 Rea…
    - 5 days ago, 26 Feb 15, 8:00am -
  • 38 Principles of Self-Sufficiency

    38 Principles of Self-Sufficiency

    Change the way you look at everything.  Rethink your entire lifestyle. Develop discernment about people. When you invest, invest first in the right people. Look at yourself honestly. What are your strengths and weaknesses? Seek the counsel of others…
    - 6 days ago, 25 Feb 15, 8:22am -
  • Conflict Resolution – An important prepper skill

    Conflict Resolution – An important prepper skill

      When do we tend to argue the most with our spouses and other family members? All other things being equal, it is when we’re stressed out about something. One of the most common reasons for marital strife is money Read MoreThe post Conflict Reso…
    - 7 days ago, 24 Feb 15, 8:00am -
  • Free Webinar! Keep your home sparkling with DIY Cleaners!

    Free Webinar! Keep your home sparkling with DIY Cleaners!

    You’ve probably read about and seen various recipes for DIY household cleaning products. They’re on Pinterest, Facebook, and in books. Maybe you’ve tried a few and have wondered how effective and safe they really are. Coming up this Thursday,…
    - 7 days ago, 23 Feb 15, 7:00pm -
  • 16 tips for finding reliable survival information on the internet

    16 tips for finding reliable survival information on the internet

    If you’re a brand-new prepper or survivalist category and want to learn more, how can you tell if the information you find on the internet is valid or if it’s just a bunch of B.S? Here are some things to Read MoreThe post 16 tips for finding rel…
    - 8 days ago, 23 Feb 15, 8:00am -

Florida Hillbilly

  • Using Bulk Stored Goods – Taco Seasoning and Corn Bread
    Recently, I made it home from work before my wife did. Since she’s such a trooper in dealing with all the things that make most folks look at me in a strange manner (at least living here in town), I thought it would be nice to make something for di…
    - 4 days ago, 27 Feb 15, 11:00am -
  • Book Review: Aftermath, A Story of Survival
    OK, first off, when I heard about the chance to review the first book released by the author, LeAnn Edmondson, I asked…almost begged, to have a reviewer’s copy of Aftermath, A Story of Survival in order to review it. I have stalked the author fro…
    - 11 days ago, 20 Feb 15, 2:01pm -
  • Food at Your Feet: Wild Onions
    This is about a little adventure my wife and I had during our recent trip to West Virginia. I need to set the stage for this one. Stick with me long enough, and you’ll understand the where and why of it all. The more I write, the more I realize th…
    - 49 days ago, 13 Jan 15, 1:51pm -
  • Front Porch Memories
    As a kid spending time at my grandparents house, much time was spent sitting on the front porch. It was where we would sit while shucking corn, shelling peas, and stringing beans. We would play tag, run, laugh, jump, climb, and cause general low-grad…
    - 70 days ago, 23 Dec 14, 2:47pm -
  • What Makes You a Prepper?
    I recently went back to my roots in West Virginia, visiting there for the first time since I started I stayed with friends from high school, folks that have consistently proven themselves to be worthy of that short list of folks…
    - 83 days ago, 10 Dec 14, 11:00am -
  • DIY Small Scale Artillery – A Black Powder Cannon
    My father, “Pops”, was a welder by trade, as was his father. Both did far more than just weld, being from the same stock that built this country into the great powerhouse that it once was. Rare was the time either my dad or granddad would call ou…
    - 4 Nov 14, 2:18pm -
  • 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…
    - 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.…
    - 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…
    - 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.…
    - 29 Aug 14, 12:50pm -

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

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…
    - 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

  • Prepping 101: Beyond the Basics – part 2
    Even more information on how to start prepping of you're a beginner. Creating a sustainable food supply, having emergency water, cooking without power - and more.You're reading Prepping 101: Beyond the Basics – part 2, originally posted at Graywol…
    - 3 days ago, 28 Feb 15, 2:03am -
  • Best Prepper Resources and Recommendations – Feb 2015
    Come check out the best prepper gear, books, blogs (with the most recent posts from each), forums, and facebook pages - all handpicked by me. You're reading Best Prepper Resources and Recommendations – Feb 2015, originally posted at Graywolf Survi…
    - 24 days ago, 6 Feb 15, 7:27pm -
  • Prepping 101: Beyond the Basics – part 1
    The next part of the series on how to begin prepping. What about food storage, bug out bags, and even weapons do defend yourself and your home?You're reading Prepping 101: Beyond the Basics – part 1, originally posted at Graywolf Survival - Emerge…
    - 32 days ago, 30 Jan 15, 3:52pm -
  • Feeling Lost? Start Here if You’re New to Prepping
    Don't feel overwhelmed and lost if you're new to prepping or learning survival skills. Start with this page to get your bearings.You're reading Feeling Lost? Start Here if You’re New to Prepping, originally posted at Graywolf Survival - Emergency…
    - 39 days ago, 23 Jan 15, 1:07am -
  • Financial Self-Sufficiency: 5 Lessons from a Digital Nomad
    Why struggle to find the time and money for prepping? Leverage your skills and learning into becoming financially prepared the smart way. You're reading Financial Self-Sufficiency: 5 Lessons from a Digital Nomad, originally posted at Graywolf Surviv…
    - 49 days ago, 13 Jan 15, 8:58am -
  • 14 brilliant bug out bag packing tips
    It's not just what goes into your bug out bag - it's how you put it in. Here are 14 tips to help you out.You're reading 14 brilliant bug out bag packing tips, originally posted at Graywolf Survival - Emergency preparedness from a combat veteran by G…
    - 53 days ago, 8 Jan 15, 9:00pm -
  • 9 home protection secrets from a veteran cop
    Home security is all about common sense, but some common-sense ideas aren't so obvious. A veteran cop gives 9 great ideas to protect your home.You're reading 9 home protection secrets from a veteran cop, originally posted at Graywolf Survival - Emer…
    - 54 days ago, 8 Jan 15, 4:04am -
  • Product review: The SJ 4000 wifi camera
    As a cop, I'm very familiar with using video cameras so I was excited to try out the SJ 4000. Here's what you need to know about it.You're reading Product review: The SJ 4000 wifi camera, originally posted at Graywolf Survival - Emergency preparedne…
    - 71 days ago, 22 Dec 14, 2:15pm -
  • Simple Solar DIY: Building a Fresnel Solar Cooker
    Cooking with solar energy doesn't have to be expensive or even difficult. Check out this simple DIY solar cooker project using a fresnel lens.You're reading Simple Solar DIY: Building a Fresnel Solar Cooker, originally posted at Graywolf Survival -…
    - 71 days ago, 22 Dec 14, 1:56am -
  • Review – Our Take on the Voodoo Tactical Level III Assault Pack
    The Voodoo Level III Tactical Backpack has a few drawbacks but it's still a great bag for the right uses. I break it all down for you here and explain how I use it in my patrol vehicle.You're reading Review – Our Take on the Voodoo Tactical Level…
    - 85 days ago, 8 Dec 14, 1:03am -

Rural Revolution

  • newHigh-tech agriculture
    Here's a fascinating article I stumbled upon regarding the nightmare of high-tech farm equipment.I know it comes as a shock to some people, but most farmers no longer use a horse-drawn plow.Let's face it, these time-tested methods might work to suppo…
    - 3 hours ago, 3 Mar 15, 1:11am -
  • Untitled
    Here's my WND column for this weekend, entitled Are You a Parental Despot?I took the advice of many of you and revised the blog post I put up on the issue.By the way, if my blog posts have been few and far between lately, I apologize. Not only has i…
    - 1 day ago, 2 Mar 15, 1:25am -
  • Live long and prosper, Mr. Spock
    All of us were saddened today to hear of Leonard Nimoy's passing. That's the kind of news that makes you stare out the window for awhile.Nimoy, of course, is remembered for his role as Spock in the original Star Trek series. As confirmed Trekkies -…
    - 3 days ago, 28 Feb 15, 12:40am -
  • Meet Ninja
    Doubtless you've all been waiting with breathless anticipation to learn what we named our new surprise calf. So... meet Ninja.Of all the wonderful name suggestions you folks supplied, we wanted to wait and see what "fit" this little guy, and somehow…
    - 5 days ago, 26 Feb 15, 4:04pm -
  • Provoking our children
    I've been cogitating lately on Colossians 3:18-21, "Instructions for Christian households." This chapter includes the fiery verses so many people (especially women) find objectionable, namely "Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, as is fitting…
    - 5 days ago, 26 Feb 15, 3:08am -
  • Big Brother is back
    I saw this article on Drudge yesterday: Feds: America Should Adopt ‘Plant-Based’ Diet.It seems in an effort to "transform the food system," your benign friends at the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (which set guidelines as the basis for go…
    - 7 days ago, 24 Feb 15, 3:46am -
  • The simple secret to surviving any crisis
    Here's my WND column for this weekend entitled The Simple Secret to Surviving Any Crisis.A hat tip to Daisy Luther at The Organic Prepper for the genesis of this idea.
    - 9 days ago, 22 Feb 15, 2:33pm -
  • Longing for the garden
    Unlike the nasty and apocalyptic winter the poor folks back east are getting, we're having mild temps and (at this moment) no snow.I took this photo of the garden on December 31 when we had a few inches of snow and some bitterly cold temps.But for th…
    - 10 days ago, 21 Feb 15, 5:05am -
  • Totally unexpected surprise
    Yesterday morning around 6:30 am -- just when it was getting light enough to see outside -- I suddenly heard the cattle bellowing in excitement. Looking out the window, I saw them galloping up to the bull pen and milling about. I grabbed a coat and…
    - 13 days ago, 17 Feb 15, 5:40pm -
  • Hating women
    Last September I wrote a WND column called Feminism Has Slain Our Protectors. In my naiveté, I thought it was a nice tribute to men. Apparently I was wrong.To my surprise, the column because the focus of intense debate among a group of misogynists…
    - 15 days ago, 16 Feb 15, 2:20pm -

Last Minute Survival

Learn How To Be Prepared

  • Measles And Lies
    Measles outbreak: 13 reasons to reject the hype  By Jon Rappoport February 13, 2015  Hype a war, sell an invasion.  Hype a disease, sell a vaccine.  That’s the business model. Make no mistake about it. And at the criminal liar’s club call…
    - 17 days ago, 13 Feb 15, 8:49pm -
  • DSCOVR Solar Storm Satellite
    The Deep Space Climate Observatory satellite (aka DSCOVR) is finally in space after a successful launch today.   Read more...This article is published with permission via New View News at where YOU can publi…
    - 19 days ago, 12 Feb 15, 5:29am -
  • Jon Rappoport – Vaccine Scandals
    "The complete failure of this year's flu vaccine, even by conventional standards, is a major scandal at the CDC. To distract the press and public, we now have a fake epidemic of measles, and pressure to take the vaccine, take all vaccines all the…
    - 19 days ago, 12 Feb 15, 3:13am -
  • Let their be war! Obama sends Congress military request against ISIS
    President Barack Obama asked Congress Wednesday to formally authorize military force against the Islamic State group, arguing the militants could pose a threat to the U.S. homeland if their violent power grab goes unchecked and urging lawmakers t…
    - 20 days ago, 11 Feb 15, 2:48pm -
  • Gates – “Global Government”
    Billionaire Bill Gates called for “a kind of global government” this week, arguing that the creation of such a system would be needed to combat major issues such as “climate change.”   Read more...This article is published with permission…
    - 26 days ago, 5 Feb 15, 4:43am -
  • Measles
    Is this a genuine outbreak of measles, or simply a marketing ploy by Big Pharma?The evidence suggests it is a marketing ploy by the drug companies, aided and abetted by politicians and the mainstream media   Read more...This article is published…
    - 26 days ago, 5 Feb 15, 4:20am -
  • Incredible UFO over Germany looks very much like UFO’s from Portland, Oregon that were sighted many times in the 1990’s
    For years I have watched UFO videos pop up on the web, looking for videos that match or are similar to UFO’s I and people I know witnessed together in the 1990’s Today I found my closest match yet. The video below is the closest I hav…
    - 27 days ago, 3 Feb 15, 7:04pm -
  • Drumming Up War
    Russian Aggression And The BBC's Drums Of Nuclear War“Naked propaganda about fictitious 'Russian aggression' (is) intended to soften us up for a war that could wipe out life on Earth.....   Read more...This article is published with permis…
    - 28 days ago, 3 Feb 15, 5:26am -
  • Bite The Bitcoin
    Bitcoin has suddenly become a very attractive proposition to big investors, among them the New York Stock Exchange. Last week Bitcoin payments and wallet platform Coinbase announced it had raised $75 million, and the NYSE was the biggest investor…
    - 29 days ago, 2 Feb 15, 5:57am -
  • Meet Your Controllers
    The City of London is owned by The Rothschilds. And So Are We.   Read more...This article is published with permission via New View News at where YOU can publish the news that matters to you. Some Rights Res…
    - 36 days ago, 26 Jan 15, 2:00pm -

Learn to Prepare

  • 10 Foundational Elements of Emergency Preparedness Planning
    By Denis KornThese 10 Foundational Elements of Emergency Preparedness Planning – AND RESILIENCY – and the suggested links are in my opinion an essential component to beginning, improving and solidifying an effective, successful and beneficial pr…
    - 9 days ago, 22 Feb 15, 3:13am -
  • Shelf Life Considerations for Preparedness Foods
    By Denis Korn           When I consult with preparedness planners about the various food options for long term storage, the foremost question is, “What is the shelf life?”  Shelf life considerations for preparedness foods is an essent…
    - 30 days ago, 1 Feb 15, 12:41am -
  • Reflections, Goals and Encouragement for 2015
    By Denis KornThe year of 2015 will be an important year for me in initiating and fulfilling goals and projects that I believe will be crucial given the current state of cultural, economic and political decay prevalent in contemporary society.  This…
    - 61 days ago, 1 Jan 15, 5:08am -
  • Unique Gift Ideas From PrepareDirect
    By Denis KornDuring these uncertain times giving the gift of Peace of Mind this holiday season – or any time – is a noble action.  Here are suggestions from our product site PrepareDirect for your consideration.All of these recommendations and…
    - 93 days ago, 29 Nov 14, 11:06pm -
  • Essential Emergency Kit Information & Advice
    By Denis Korn                                                                                                    This post – Essential Emergency Kit…
    - 30 Oct 14, 3:55am -
  • Essential Checklist for Emergency Preparedness & Outdoor Adventure Planning – Including Vehicle Preparedness – Latest Update
    By Denis Korn                                                                                                                    NOTE:…
    - 30 Sep 14, 4:34am -
  • Barriers to Critical Thinking & The 7 Essential Questions for Reflection
    By Denis Korn                           I am sharing once again what has been one of the most read of all my posts – Barriers to Critical Thinking.  It continues to be even more timely given the issues that we face as a…
    - 27 Aug 14, 12:04am -
  • Vital Preparedness Planning Questions
    By Denis KornWhat Road Will You Choose to Take?For those who have read many of my other posts you will discover that I very often use questions to stimulate and motivate reflection and action.  In the preparedness process there are two distinct el…
    - 30 Jul 14, 9:04pm -
  • The Gift of Encouragement
    By Denis Korn We live in stressful and transformative times!My Be Encouraged post first appeared at the end of 2011 and I have received many encouraging comments about its value in these troubling times.  I especially wanted to re-post this update…
    - 1 Jul 14, 5:32am -
  • Why Are So Many Christians Being Called To Prepare?
    By Denis KornThe time is appropriate to share an article written prior to Y2K.  The title was the original title – Today it could be expanded to ask: Why Are So Many People of Diverse Communities Being Called to Prepare? While this was written 1…
    - 1 Jun 14, 4:21am -

Mike Marlow's Survival Blog

  • Being Right – See Why Sometimes It’s Wrong
    Everyone likes being right. I know I do! I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who deliberately chooses to be wrong & have the wrong opinions about something. But since people do have different views about things, everyone can’t be right all the t…
    - 5 days ago, 25 Feb 15, 5:22pm -
  • Mentors – Why You Need Them To Succeed In Life
    Successful People Have Mentors Almost without exception, every successful person will tell you that they had help along the way. Someone coached them, taught them, and guided them along the path toward their success. Business people, spiritual leader…
    - 13 days ago, 18 Feb 15, 9:28am -
  • A Good Man’s Life
          “It’s not the big things that add up in the end; it’s the hundreds, thousands, or millions of little things that separate the ordinary from the extraordinary.” ― Darren HardyThe post A Good Man’s Life appeared first on Mike Marl…
    - 33 days ago, 29 Jan 15, 4:01pm -
  • You Are Responsible!
    You built your life If we are ever going to find true success in any aspect of our lives, we have to realize that we are the ones who are ultimately responsible. All of the credit, and the blame, rests on our own shoulders. Both good and bad things h…
    - 38 days ago, 23 Jan 15, 5:45pm -
  • Technology and Focus
    Our world is full of distractions. We’re overloaded with information that comes at us, literally, at the speed of light. Television, radio, email, text messages, Facebook, Twitter….honestly, I can’t keep up with half of it even if I try. So I s…
    - 42 days ago, 20 Jan 15, 4:11pm -
  • Happy Birthday MLK!
    Just a few words of inspiration from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr in honor of his birthday: When you have a dream, a vision, a purpose – you must move toward it in whatever way you can until you reach it. You can’t fail, as long as you don’t quit.…
    - 42 days ago, 19 Jan 15, 6:25pm -
  • Dreams, Freaks, and Crabs
    As children, we all have dreams of how we want our lives to be when we grow up. The lucky children are encouraged by their families to follow their dreams, and they support them. Unfortunately, they are few & far between. Most of the time we are told…
    - 45 days ago, 17 Jan 15, 7:00am -
  • A New Start
    In the last two and a half years, I have completely changed my life. Yesterday, I decided it was high time to change my blog. I hadn’t posted anything new in almost a year, because my life has taken a new (and I feel much better) direction. So, rat…
    - 46 days ago, 15 Jan 15, 7:08pm -

Mama Kautz

  • The Organic Canner Review
    The Organic Canner written by Daisy Luther of The Organic Prepper I am a self taught canner. I have always had this perfect little daydream of being in the kitchen of the house my dad grew up in, in Northern Minnesota, with my grandma. Her teaching m…
    - 2 days ago, 1 Mar 15, 11:00am -
  • Front Porch Friday February 27th
    Welcome to Front Porch Friday! Mama Kautz and PreparednessMama are your Hostesses with the Mostesses. Shelle PreparednessMama loves to learn about new cold and flu remedies. Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth is giving Calendula Cold & Flu Oxymel to her f…
    - 4 days ago, 27 Feb 15, 8:05am -
  • Top 10 Ways to Begin Prepping
    This post is the show notes for my first Podcast. Be easy on me! I am still learning and excited to bring you more content this way. Understand that there is no way to prepare for every possible scenario. What is my worst case scenario may not be you…
    - 5 days ago, 26 Feb 15, 12:00pm -
  • Natural Living Round-Up
    A round up of natural living related posts for you.         Jana’s Three Dresses and her post dedicated to her mom. My mom used to make me gargle with warm salt water too. Arsenal against cold and flu by Creative Crazy Girl Homemade Candles wit…
    - 7 days ago, 24 Feb 15, 11:00am -
  • Preppers Blueprint Book Review
    By far the most complete Preparedness book I have read. This book has everything, but the kitchen sink, in it. The Prepper’s Blueprint Layers of Protection Layer 1~Chapters 1-14 Prepare yourself for everyday disasters. Power outages, storms, that s…
    - 8 days ago, 23 Feb 15, 12:00pm -
  • Front Porch Friday February 20
    Welcome to Front Porch Friday! Mama Kautz and PreparednessMama are your Hostesses with the Mostesses. This weeks featured posts: Mama K chose Oak Hill Homestead and Cold Press Soap. LOVE the idea of making soap. I have made goat milk lotion, but not…
    - 11 days ago, 20 Feb 15, 8:05am -
  • 4 Methods of Preserving Food
    There are many types of food preservation out there for long term food storage. Canning, vacuum sealing, etc. I am sharing 4 types today. Canning I started Water Bath (with a kit like this one) about 4 years ago and Pressure Canning 2 years ago. Ther…
    - 12 days ago, 19 Feb 15, 12:00pm -
  • How Using Essential Oils Saves you Money
    When trying to convince sharing oils with people one of the biggest roadblocks for NOT trying them is cost. Quality oils are an investment. It does take some time to build up your supply. Can I tell you where I am saving money, now, as a result of u…
    - 14 days ago, 17 Feb 15, 12:00pm -
  • Front Porch Friday February 13th
    Welcome to Front Porch Friday! Mama Kautz and PreparednessMama are your Hostesses with the Mostesses. This weeks featured posts: Mama K picked Sore Muscle Salve by Joyful Widow. Always great DIY ideas over at her blog. Shelle PreparednessMama likes t…
    - 18 days ago, 13 Feb 15, 8:05am -
  • 5 Things I didn’t Know Until I got Dairy Goats
    We learned a lot from having dairy goats. We learned they weren’t for us after about 18 months. They are Stubborn Goats are incredibly stubborn. This last fall, Jazz, our Nubian, had in her head she wasn’t going to go back to her pen after being…
    - 19 days ago, 12 Feb 15, 12:00pm -

Modern Day Redneck

  • Almost
    Here is a sneak preview of what the bathroom is looking like.We set the toilet last night and finished the inside plumbing. It sits off to the right of the tub.This weekend I will build the shower curtain rod and get that installed but tonight we wil…
    - 11 days ago, 19 Feb 15, 5:22pm -
  • Play and Work
    I guess that's how my weekends go, one day for play and another for work.Saturday we cooked chili down in Irving. 61 cooks showed up and 7 of those were the raining word champion and the other six were ex champs. Among the other folks there, Mexico a…
    - 21 days ago, 9 Feb 15, 4:34pm -
  • A Little Bit Of Both
    We finally got a little work done on the House, but first.....Two weekends ago we went to College Station and cooked some Texas Red Chili with Jessie.Our best friends and their daughter came with us and we had a great time. Neither me, Candy or Jessi…
    - 28 days ago, 2 Feb 15, 4:29pm -
  • I Said I Wouldn't
    But I didPeer pressure is something else. I was going to work on the house this weekend because the weather was going to be nice, but I didn't. I didn't want to cook chili because I had too much to do, but I did.Our Chili Family are among some of the…
    - 42 days ago, 19 Jan 15, 4:36pm -
  • Nothing To Say, Except......
    Because you now I'm all about that chili, 'bout that chili, 'bout that chili, no beans,All about that chili, 'bout that chili, 'bout that chili, no beans, All about that chili, 'bout that chili 'bout that chili, no beans  You know it's pretty clear,…
    - 49 days ago, 12 Jan 15, 6:20pm -
  • Taking It Easy
    I sure hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and I hope you all have a Happy New Year.We sure did, I can tell you I am blessed more than I should be.I had five days off and I was looking so forward in getting a lot accomplished on the house. In the…
    - 63 days ago, 29 Dec 14, 9:00pm -
  • Two Men And A Baby
    Okay, two old men and a young lady to be correct.And we got it done. All weekend it was misting rain, cold and windy. Candy was using the wood scraps to keep the fire going so we could warm our hands and get feeling back in our feet. Jessie grabbed…
    - 71 days ago, 22 Dec 14, 2:58pm -
  • In The Dry
    For the last two weeks we have been doing what we could on the house. The one problem is, the little house just keeps growing. In the beginning it was going to be a simple 500 square foot little, tiny house. Now we are up to about 896 if you include…
    - 76 days ago, 16 Dec 14, 7:41pm -
  • Building Party
    I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving, I know we sure did.The weather was great, a little windy but other than that the temps were right on. Thursday was the traditional Thanksgiving we always have. I am not selling it short by no means, it was ju…
    - 91 days ago, 1 Dec 14, 5:39pm -
  • A Little More
    We have been working on the Tiny house off and on as the weather cooperates. It has been cold or rainy this past week so work on the house was slow.The center section is almost done. The bottom floor is all framed up and ready for the siding.This wee…
    - 98 days ago, 24 Nov 14, 7:07pm -

My Family Survival Plan

  • new10 Beautiful Flowers That Kill In Horrifying Ways
    Flowers are nature’s way of tricking insects into helping plants have sex, and as a side effect, humans have something to make their gardens look prettier. There are about 350,000 species of flowering plant, and most of them are innocent souls. But…
    - 12 hours ago, 2 Mar 15, 4:43pm -
  • newTips On How To Fortify And Prep Your Home Or Apartment
    Let’s face it; none of us has money to burn so we all need to get the best possible return on any investments we make, including those related to our disaster preparedness measures.From my chair, if you’re not living on a boatThe post Tips On H…
    - 14 hours ago, 2 Mar 15, 1:51pm -
  • The War On Preppers: Obama Bans Ammo For The Most Popular Rifle In America
    Because he can’t get Congress to approve the things that he wants to do, Barack Obama has apparently decided to rule by decree for the rest of his time in the White House. One of Obama’s latest moves is to try to ban some of the most popular amm…
    - 1 day ago, 1 Mar 15, 11:20pm -
  • How to Make Lightweight Oilskin Tarps from Bed Sheets
    I’ve wanted to own an oilskin tarp for some time now. They’re durable but too pricey for our budget at this time. A quality oilskin tarp (new) will set you back $200. My motto, when it comes to gear, is buy the best you can afford. Or, go the com…
    - 8 days ago, 22 Feb 15, 9:30pm -
  • 10 Incredible Off-Grid Uses For Diatomaceous Earth
    Diatomaceous earth (DE) is an all-natural chalky, soft powder formed from the microscopic fossilized remains of ancient single-celled animals, called diatoms. If you haven’t heard of diatomaceous earth and some of its amazing uses in and around you…
    - 15 days ago, 16 Feb 15, 2:51pm -
  • How to make Pemmican – The Ultimate Survival Super-Food
    Invented by the natives of North America, pemmican was used by Indian scouts as well as early western explorers. These people spent a great deal of time on the go and depended on having portable, high-energyThe post How to make Pemmican – The Ulti…
    - 18 days ago, 13 Feb 15, 2:48pm -

American Preppers Network

  • newThe Herb That Purifies Blood And More
    This single herb get’s it name because of it’s medicinal, microbial effects on the blood. High in Iron and excellent source for Vitamin K and a essential source for having normalized blood clotting. No it’s not an overnight miracle worker, but…
    - 16 hours ago, 2 Mar 15, 12:51pm -
  • Why Emergency Food is Dangerous to Long Term Survival
    It was only several years ago that my wife and I woke up to the world around us. We quickly decided to take action against possible catastrophes, we see as eminent. We set out on a vigorous course of action, preparing and gathering the necessary supp…
    - 3 days ago, 28 Feb 15, 3:45pm -
  • Surviving A Blizzard
    The national weather service has predicted this year to be comparatively colder than the previous years. This drastic drop-down of temperature will naturally result in extreme weather conditions like, snow storms and blizzards. There is however prior…
    - 3 days ago, 27 Feb 15, 4:56pm -
  • 8 Most Overlooked By Preppers According To PrepperZine
    Our friends at have allowed us to participate in a newly released article listing overlooked items by preppers. We are happy to share this article with you here at American Preppers Network because Knowledge Is Power and sharing it st…
    - 4 days ago, 27 Feb 15, 3:16pm -
  • Smart Ways to Weather the Storm of a Long-Term Power Outage
    The lights go out. What do you do? You’re without power and, suddenly, you realize just how much you’ve come to rely on it. Your iPhone, Internet, refrigerator, and T.V. don’t work. This article provides some good tips on things you will need t…
    - 4 days ago, 26 Feb 15, 4:31pm -
  • Home Backup Systems- Bugging In with Power
        What is your plan for when the electric grid goes down? If you plan on staying put you need electricity. Currently the most common form of home backup equipment is the fuel generator. Although they do provide emergency electricity, there are dr…
    - 6 days ago, 25 Feb 15, 3:20pm -
  • Bugging In; Whats the Plan?
    Comprehensive lists for necessary items to store when Bugging In your home, during an emergency!The post Bugging In; Whats the Plan? appeared first on American Preppers Network.
    - 7 days ago, 24 Feb 15, 10:00am -
  • In Home Freeze Dryer Giveaway!
    I listen to many shows on Prepper Broadcasting, one of my favorite resources for information as they broadcast prepper/survival related shows 24 hours a day. Many of the shows are live and allow interaction either through their chat room or by calli…
    - 8 days ago, 23 Feb 15, 8:45am -
  • Ductless Split Systems: An Excellent Choice
    Ductless split systems started out first being used mainly in restaurants and businesses as a comfort system. The ductless split system allowed the restaurants to free up space and offer a more open area for customers. Since the ductless split system…
    - 9 days ago, 22 Feb 15, 12:13pm -
  • 5 Micro-Hydro Myths Debunked
    Micro-Hydro systems are a great way to produce large quantities of electricity from moving water. If the right conditions exist significantly more kilowatt-hours can be made over solar, wind and other forms of small-scale renewable energy systems. Th…
    - 10 days ago, 21 Feb 15, 12:48pm -

Outdoor Quest

  • newLand Navigation
    Navigation Term of the Week*Outdoor Quest ImageHeading – A direction of travel.  For example, the hiker traveled on a northerly heading to the cabin.  Heading is expressed in degrees measured from North clockwise to the direction of travel.Outdoo…
    - 4 hours ago, 2 Mar 15, 11:59pm -
  • Hiking With Children
    The following highlights an article by the Statesman Journal writer Zach Umess.  It's all about hiking with children, really small children.   "Once upon a time, going for a hike was a simple activity.Toss a few snacks, water and appropriate gear…
    - 2 days ago, 1 Mar 15, 3:14pm -
  • Trip Planning Mistakes
    Philip Werner at published this post in 2014.  My friend Peter who is planning for a PCT hike forwarded this on to me.  Lots of lessons learned in this fine article."When Wysteria, Sherpa, and I arrived at the trail head we found 4…
    - 6 days ago, 24 Feb 15, 11:31pm -
  • Knots for the Hiker
    I have been going through recommended day pack gear lists several respected backcountry writers and field experienced trainers have published.  In each case, parachute cord and shelter material are listed.  Their recommendations exceeds the ten ess…
    - 8 days ago, 23 Feb 15, 12:26am -
  • Hardtack - Update
    In a recent post I wrote about hardtack.  My friend Leon recently posted about a product available in the Northwest.Leon PantenburgI’ve carried and eaten hardtack since my time in the Confederate infantry, and baking it is another history-relate…
    - 10 days ago, 21 Feb 15, 3:10pm -
  • Hardtack
    Hardtack has been a staple in the back country for years; a boring staple for sure.  Still it is filling. Hard Tack has been around a very long time.  The G. H. Bent Companyhe has been making Hard Tack since 1801 and still sells it today.  The c…
    - 10 days ago, 21 Feb 15, 3:07pm -
  • UTM Grid For The Hiker
    Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) is a grid system that describes a person’s geographic location in the backcountry.  It is simple to understand and use because:1.    It is intuitive -  it’s concepts can be understood quickly,2.    It c…
    - 13 days ago, 18 Feb 15, 3:23pm -
  • A Go Bag
    My last post was about what should go into a hiker's day pack.Last night I was paging through my March copy of  Washington-Oregon Game & Fish magazine and came across John Geiger's article about a "Special Forces GO Bag."  Geiger uses former Army S…
    - 13 days ago, 17 Feb 15, 7:28pm -
  • A Serious Hiker's Day Pack
    I was present at one of Peter Kummerfeldt's last seminars during  the Northwest Sportsman Show in Portland, Oregon earlier this month.  After 50 years of providing survival training he is scaling back his busy travel schedule.  Peter Kummerfeldt -…
    - 18 days ago, 13 Feb 15, 2:59pm -
  • Is Your GPS Broken
    What do you do when a compass breaks or the GPS just doesn’t seem to be working right?  Here are a few suggestions that will help the navigator.The theme of this post is to discuss what options the backcountry navigator has with equipment that mi…
    - 19 days ago, 12 Feb 15, 3:03pm -

Paul Kirtley's Blog

  • An Emergency Winter Survival Shelter For The Forest
    When snow falls in the forest, you have multiple shelter designs to choose from. One of the classic northern forest shelters is a lean-to with a raised bed and a large long-log fire in front to keep you warm through the coldest of nights. I’ve writ…
    - 6 days ago, 25 Feb 15, 8:15am -
  • What To Do If You Get Lost Outdoors: STOP
    Every year, there are cases of people who get lost in the woods. And they don't always do the right thing. In the video above, I share some tips, tricks, and best practice of what to do if you should you find yourself lost or even a little bit geogra…
    - 13 days ago, 18 Feb 15, 8:30am -
  • PK Podcast 005: Justine Curgenven And An Aleutian Adventure
    Award-winning adventure film-maker Justine Curgenven joins me to talk about the incredible, unprecedented sea kayak journey she and Sarah Outen made along the Aleutian Island chain and Alaskan peninsular, which resulted in a rich wilderness experienc…
    - 27 days ago, 4 Feb 15, 8:30am -
  • How To Generate Water In The Frozen North
    Because they’re frozen, extreme cold environments are practically deserts. In this video and the associated article I share a couple of really effective methods of generating water in a frozen environment. Unless you have a specialist tool to cut t…
    - 41 days ago, 21 Jan 15, 7:15am -
  • Equipment For Ski Touring Adventures In Norway
    The Norwegian winter mountain environment is challenging but with the right training, experience and equipment this terrain provides one of the best opportunities for wilderness adventure in northern Europe. In this article I run through in detail t…
    - 43 days ago, 19 Jan 15, 12:46am -
  • Fjelltur: A Norwegian Adventure
    Fjelltur is a film I made about a winter trip to Norway with two friends and the subsequent adventure we had. "Fjelltur" translates literally to mountain trip or mountain tour. This was always the intention of our trip, for us to make a ski tour in…
    - 48 days ago, 14 Jan 15, 7:15am -
  • PK Podcast 004: Tristan Gooley And The Beauty Of Natural Navigation
    In Episode 4 of my podcast, I speak with natural navigator and author, Tristan Gooley about the beauty of natural navigation, how it ties in with bushcraft and outdoor life and how to get started on your own voyage of discovery using nature's signs..…
    - 55 days ago, 7 Jan 15, 5:22am -
  • Northern Forest Fire Lighting Fundamentals: Pulling It All Together
    Over the past few years I have created a number of tutorial articles and videos on fire techniques relevant to the north woods or northern forest in winter. Here I pull together all of these threads into one coherent resource along with some new mate…
    - 60 days ago, 2 Jan 15, 2:56pm -
  • Favourite Films: Cree Hunters Of Mistassini
    This is an anthropological documentary about a band of Cree hunters from Mistassini, Quebec who travel to live and hunt on their traditional hunting grounds. It's a sympathetic film made during a time when these people's traditional lands were under…
    - 67 days ago, 26 Dec 14, 10:25am -
  • 10 Bushcraft & Survival Skills To Try This Winter
    Winter is a time when many people semi-hibernate, spending much less time outdoors than in the summer. I’m not sure why, as I love experiencing all the seasons. I know many readers of this blog feel the same way. There’s nothing quite like a walk…
    - 72 days ago, 21 Dec 14, 3:31pm -

Prep Blog

  • newHow Much Protein, Fat, and Carbs should you store?
    The three macronutrients are protein, fat, and carbohydrates. You can survive for quite a while with too little vitamins and minerals in your diet. Or you can store and use a multivitamin and mineral supplement. But protein, fat, and carbs … Contin…
    - 4 hours ago, 2 Mar 15, 11:52pm -
  • What color is your gun?
    I have no idea why the “what color is this dress?” story has gone viral. Here’s the story in Wired magazine and in the less discerning but more amusing Gawker blog. My response is, who cares? Now guns are another … Continue reading →
    - 2 days ago, 28 Feb 15, 9:51pm -
  • New Dietary Guidelines for Americans goes off the rails
    Edited to add: Photos of school lunches from around the world The USDA is preparing to release a new version of its “Dietary Guidelines for Americans” this year. The last set of guidelines is the “2010″ edition (released in Jan. … Continue…
    - 6 days ago, 25 Feb 15, 3:16pm -
  • Is It Time to Stock up on M855 ammo?
    The NRA’s legal website is warning gun owners that the ATF may ban a common type of 5.56 ammunition. BATFE To Ban Common AR-15 Ammo. “The decision continues Obama’s use of his executive authority to impose gun control restrictions and … Conti…
    - 7 days ago, 23 Feb 15, 11:10pm -
  • Survival Gardening: the 8 best protein crops
    Unless your backyard garden is the size of a small farm, you can’t survive solely from food from the garden. I expect that in many survival situations, people will still buy some of their food from the supermarket. Then if … Continue reading →
    - 11 days ago, 19 Feb 15, 7:42pm -

Prepper Recon

  • Podcast-Don’t Create Your Own Financial Apocalypse- Cal Wilson
    Cal Wilson joins me today to talk about economic threats such as Obama and new strains on our over-extended welfare system. Cal gives some fantastic tips on prepping without breaking the bank. Check out Cal’s book, Dirt Cheap Valuable Prepping [……
    - 1 day ago, 2 Mar 15, 2:51am -
  • Sunday Prepper Bible Study- Nehemiah 9
    Even while they were in their kingdom, enjoying your great goodness to them in the spacious and fertile land you gave them, they did not serve you or turn from their evil ways.“But see, we are slaves today, slaves in […] ↓ Read the rest of this…
    - 2 days ago, 1 Mar 15, 2:39am -
  • Friday Night at The Movies- Age of Deceit
    Tonight’s movie is Age of Deceit. It’s an excellent film about the way occult thinking has transformed modern society. Is there a secret cabal working to collapse the global economy in order to usher in a global government and one-world currency…
    - 3 days ago, 28 Feb 15, 1:16am -
  • Podcast-Bug Out Bags and Food Storage-SouthernPrepper1-David Kobler
    David Kobler AKA SouthernPrepper1 joins me today to talk about some potential threats and what we can do to be better prepared. We cover the essentials to a good bug out bag and low-cost solutions to long-term food and water […] ↓ Read the rest o…
    - 6 days ago, 25 Feb 15, 2:35am -
  • Podcast- Is A Cataclysmic Market Event Coming This September? Fox 519
    Radio Free Redoubt’s Fox 519 joins me on the show today to talk about the set up for a violent market rest in the near future. We discuss whether or not the signs we are seeing in the economic arena […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry...The post…
    - 8 days ago, 23 Feb 15, 3:26am -
  • Sunday Prepper Bible Study- Nehemiah 4:9
    But when Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites and the men of Ashdod heard that the repairs to Jerusalem’s walls had gone ahead and that the gaps were being closed, they were very angry. They all plotted together to come and […] ↓ Read t…
    - 9 days ago, 22 Feb 15, 2:38am -
  • Friday Night at The Movies- The Assent of Money- Part 6
    Tonight’s movie is  The Assent of Money Part 6. This is the final episode. If you’ve watched all six, you have a better understanding of the way money and banking work than 99 percent of America. If you missed any, go back […] ↓ Read the r…
    - 11 days ago, 20 Feb 15, 4:16am -
  • Podcast-Conspiracy Facts Abound But America Won’t Wake Up- Derek Gilbert
    Derek Gilbert of The View From The Bunker podcast joins me today. We talk about the evolution of the surveillance state and American’s unwillingness to pull their heads  out of the sand when it comes to conspiracy facts. If you […] ↓ Read the…
    - 13 days ago, 18 Feb 15, 1:58am -
  • Prepper Recon Contributing to Voices of Liberty
    Those of you who have been following Prepper Recon for any amount of time or have read any of my books know how instrumental Dr. Ron Paul has been on my views about economics, politics and individual liberty. So, you can imagine how honored […]…
    - 13 days ago, 17 Feb 15, 8:27pm -
  • Podcast-Prepare Now For The Coming Global Reset-Fabian Calvo
    Fabian Calvo joins me today to talk about the negative energy being built up in the system through global monetary creation. We discuss how this is evidenced by recent market instability and what you can do to prepare for the […] ↓ Read the rest…
    - 15 days ago, 16 Feb 15, 3:24am -

Preparedness is Fundamental

  • Solving a Common Rocket Stove Problem
    Rocket stoves are in my opinion, the absolute best prepper stove available today. They use multiple fuels, and if you use wood, they use about 5% (or less) of the wood it would take on an open fire. When properly … Continue reading →
    - 32 days ago, 29 Jan 15, 5:54pm -
  • Simple, Inexpensive, Bright, Rechargeable WTSHTF LED Light
     When a snowstorm took out our power last week, I needed to come up with some simple but effective lights for a neighbor. After scrounging through my shop I ended up with a simple light that took just a few … Continue reading →
    - 42 days ago, 20 Jan 15, 3:26pm -
    Whether you have 100 acres in the country or a small corner lot in the city, WTSHTF, you will still need to know when someone is trespassing or taking your property. The Mini Sentry trip wire .22 blank alarm can be … Continue reading →
    - 42 days ago, 19 Jan 15, 4:23pm -
  • Simple DIY, Dirt Cheap, Mini Welder for Field Repairs and WTSHTF
    Murphy’s Law is simple, if something’s going to break, it will do so at the most inopportune place and time.  If you live in the country, you probably have things like mowers, tractors,  and other equipment that requires an occasional … Conti…
    - 60 days ago, 2 Jan 15, 2:07am -
  • A Full Size Rocket Stove For Cooking Big Meals
    After doing the video on my homemade rocket stove, I received numerous calls asking where people could buy one. Unfortunately at that time, it was just not available. However, now it is. This is a large stove that will do … Continue reading →
    - 64 days ago, 29 Dec 14, 3:59am -
  • The Ultimate High Power Rechargeable Prepper Light
    Preppers should take advantage of technology. One example is in the lighting arena. LED’s are constantly being improved to the point that some flashlights put out 10 times what an incandescent bulb does and runs longer as well. Right up … Continu…
    - 95 days ago, 28 Nov 14, 4:52am -
  • Are We in the Eye of the Hurricane?
    It’s hard not to get dispirited when you look at how far downhill this great country has gone. We are seeing not just the unraveling of societal fabric, but the very shredding of it, much like a flag in a … Continue reading →
    - 17 Nov 14, 3:47am -
  • 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…
    - 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 →
    - 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 →
    - 14 Sep 14, 11:55pm -

Survival and Prosperity

  • Illinois Democrat Introduces Statewide Gun Registration, Ammo ‘Control’ Bill
    “A list, record, or registry of legally owned firearms or law-abiding firearm owners is not a law enforcement tool and can become an instrument for profiling, harassing, or abusing law-abiding citizens based on their choice to own a firearm and exe…
    - 1 day ago, 1 Mar 15, 5:57pm -
  • Moody’s Downgrades Chicago’s Credit Rating Yet Again, Issues Negative Outlook
    Chicago’s financial health is still pretty bleak in 2015. Almost one year ago to this day, I blogged about bond credit rating giant Moody’s Investor Service downgrading the City of Chicago’s general obligation (GO) and sales tax ratings to Baa1…
    - 1 day ago, 1 Mar 15, 4:42pm -
  • Quote For The Week
    “Probably the greatest harm done by vast wealth is the harm that we of moderate means do ourselves when we let the vices of envy and hatred enter deep into our own natures.” -Theodore Roosevelt (26th U.S. President. 1858-1919) Christopher E. Hill…
    - 2 days ago, 1 Mar 15, 6:00am -
  • How To Survive A Mall Shooting
    If you’ve been following the news the last couple of days, you might have heard about the threat by the terrorist group Al-Shabaab against a particular “family” of shopping malls (blogged about this Sunday). The more I thought about the potenti…
    - 6 days ago, 25 Feb 15, 4:52am -
  • Are Expandable Batons Legal In Chicago, Illinois? (2015 Update)
    On January 19, I started reviewing Chicago-area laws concerning self-defense tools for the new year. That day, I blogged about the legality of pepper spray in Chicago. Today, I’m going to look at if collapsible/expandable/retractable/telescopic bat…
    - 6 days ago, 24 Feb 15, 4:56pm -
  • Obama Taunts Republicans On Economy: ‘The Sky Hasn’t Fallen, Chicken Little Is Quiet’
    Back when I was running this blog’s predecessor,, “The Most Hated Blog On Wall Street,” I remember coming across a number of infamous statements made prior to and during the Great Depression by leaders in government, finance, and…
    - 8 days ago, 23 Feb 15, 6:03am -
  • Chicago-Area Shopping Malls Targeted By Terrorists?
    Muslim extremists are calling for terror attacks directed against Western malls. From the website of Chicago CBS affiliate Channel 2 Saturday night: A terror group with ties to al-Qaeda released an online video Saturday appearing to call for attacks…
    - 8 days ago, 23 Feb 15, 6:00am -
  • Robert Kiyosaki: 2002 Prediction Of Huge Stock Market Crash Next Year ‘Holding Course’
    “‘Rich Dad’s Prophecy’- [Robert Kiyosaki’s] most recent book- predicts that the market will crash around 2016 when the oldest Baby Boomers start cashing out their 401(k) plans. Individuals whose savings are locked into 401(k) plans will suf…
    - 9 days ago, 22 Feb 15, 6:06am -
  • Maxon Shooter’s Supplies And Indoor Range In Des Plaines Awarded 5-Star Rating From NSSF
    Firearm enthusiasts in the Chicago area might have heard of Maxon Shooter’s Supplies and Indoor Range in the near-northwest suburb of Des Plaines. While I haven’t visited their new facility (yet), I have had some interaction with Maxon’s in the…
    - 9 days ago, 22 Feb 15, 6:03am -
  • Quote For The Week
    “Everything happens for a reason. Sometimes that reason is you’re stupid and make bad choices.” -Unknown, hat tip Shirley Manson Garbage, Stupid Girl (live 2012) YouTube Video Christopher E. Hill Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperi…
    - 9 days ago, 22 Feb 15, 6:00am -

Armed Rogue

  • Learning How to Tan Hides – Part 1
    When I decided I wanted to teach myself to tan animal hides I received a lot of mixed responses. Notably negative remarks such as, “Why would you do that? It’s too much work.” Or even, “That’s nasty” followed by gruesome faces of disgust.…
    - 4 days ago, 27 Feb 15, 6:00am -
  • Everyday Survival Podcast – Ep 3 Bugging In Vs Bugging Out
    I’m a little out of it for this podcast, but I talk about bugging in vs. bugging out, the tip of the week, what’s been going on with 365 Survival, I talk about the lady who shot herself while adjusting her flash bang holster and what else…liste…
    - 5 days ago, 26 Feb 15, 1:52am -
  • 5 Realistic Fitness Tips for Preppers
    This subject has been talked about a lot recently and I briefly talked about it in a 365 video but I have my own thoughts on the matter that I’d like to elaborate on. You don’t need to be Rambo - Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to be…
    - 7 days ago, 24 Feb 15, 6:00am -
  • How to Get Started in Competition Shooting – Part 1
    My husband and I wanted to get into competition shooting for a long time. We knew about 3 Gun and thought that was really the only type of competition we could get into. We had done some research, but the amount of specific information on how to get…
    - 11 days ago, 20 Feb 15, 6:00am -
  • Everyday Survival Podcast #2 – Get involved in gun and archery competitions
    This week, I talk about the Leatherman Micra, why you should test your gear before packing it in your BOB or where ever else. I also don’t understand why people are freaking out about Obama giving finger guns in a mirror for a Buzzfeed video. I tal…
    - 11 days ago, 20 Feb 15, 2:45am -
  • 4 Steps to Get Started With Archery
    If you’ve ever said, “I really want to learn archery” or any variation thereof, then keep reading. Step 1: Stop researching – Spend some time researching the different types of bows and the basics of archery, but you really cannot learn arch…
    - 14 days ago, 17 Feb 15, 6:11am -
  • Quit Telling Me How to Conceal Carry
    Let me preface this by saying that I’m not about to rant about people giving tips and techniques about different options for conceal carry. I LOVE it when I see articles about how to better conceal or tips on how to be a good concealed carry holde…
    - 19 days ago, 12 Feb 15, 6:00am -
  • Everyday Survival Podcast – Ep 1: Why I Prep
    I’m Morgan! The CEO of Armed Rogue and this is the Everyday Survival podcast. I talk about why I prep and my passion for concealed carrying. I also talk about the tip of the week, product of the week, why celebrities shouldn’t talk about stuff th…
    - 19 days ago, 12 Feb 15, 3:45am -
  • Urban Camo – How to Blend in and Be The Grey Man
    The internet has made it so easy to become a victim these days. Many people will use Facebook and other social media to showcase their gun collection or how badass they are in general. The thing is, by showcasing your gun collection and how badass yo…
    - 21 days ago, 10 Feb 15, 6:00am -
  • Become a Survival/Prepper Ambassador
    Most preppers like to keep their identity as a prepper low key, also called the Grey Man. However, you can talk about the importance of being prepared, without having to expose everything you do as a prepper. In fact, no matter where you’re at with…
    - 26 days ago, 5 Feb 15, 6:36am -