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  • newPreparedness Notes for Saturday – July 22, 2017
    Jully 22nd is the birthday of actor Willem Dafoe (born 1955). Perhaps his best role was in the movie The Hunter, set in Tasmania.Thanks for reading, check out SurvivalBlog.com for more news!The post Preparedness Notes for Saturday – July 22, 2017…
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  • newPreparedness Movement History and My Own Preparations- Part 2, by Old Bobbert
    Yesterday, we began part one of this contributed article on the preparedness movement history and Old Bobbert’s own preparations. Today, we will learn some very personal information about him and his preparedness success with regards to finances an…
    - 12 hours ago 22 Jul 17, 4:51am -
  • newThe Editors’ Preps for the Week
    To be prepared for a crisis, every prepper must establish goals and make long-term and short-term plans. Steadily, we work on meeting our prepping goals. In this column, the SurvivalBlog editors share their planned prep activities for the coming week…
    - 12 hours ago 22 Jul 17, 4:44am -
  • newThe Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods:
    SurvivalBlog presents another edition of The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods— a collection of news bits and pieces that are relevant to the modern survivalist and prepper from “HJL”. Be sure to look at the Home School Resources at the bottom of…
    - 12 hours ago 22 Jul 17, 4:40am -
  • newThe Editors’ Quote of the Week
    “And Moses spake unto the heads of the tribes concerning the children of Israel, saying, This is the thing which the Lord hath commanded. If a man vow a vow unto the Lord, or swear an oath to bind his soul with a bond; he shall not break his word,…
    - 12 hours ago 22 Jul 17, 4:30am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Friday – July 21, 2017
    July 21st is the birthday of Ernest Hemingway. He was born in 1899 in Oak Park, Illinois. He committed suicide in July 2, 1961 in Ketchum, Idaho, after being diagnosed with haemochromatosis, and after electroshock treatments failed to lift him from c…
    - 1 day ago 21 Jul 17, 6:41am -
  • Preparedness Movement History and My Own Preparations- Part 1, by Old Bobbert
    We will take a look at some history, the preparedness movement history and also some of mine. My goal here is to move you to see happiness and enroute stop off to visit anger, sadness, feeling shamed, and then fully satisfied. We will be thrilled wit…
    - 1 day ago 21 Jul 17, 6:38am -
  • Freeze Dried Friday
    Welcome to a new column on SurvivalBlog! We’ve been making so many things in the Harvest Right Freeze Drier that we want to share some of them with you. If you have something wonderful you’ve prepared in your freeze dryer that you would like to s…
    - 1 day ago 21 Jul 17, 6:30am -
  • Economics & Investing For Preppers
    Here are the latest items and commentary on current economics news, market trends, stocks, investing opportunities, and the precious metals markets. We also cover hedges, derivatives, and obscura. And it bears mention that most of these items are fro…
    - 1 day ago 21 Jul 17, 6:22am -
  • The Editors’ Quote of the Day
    “To the avid waterfowler, no moment of truth can match the instant when a flock first responds to his call and decoys, the time when this wild, free bird of unsurpassed grace begins a descent from the sky down to gun range. It is a stirring spectac…
    - 1 day ago 21 Jul 17, 6:20am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Thursday – July 20, 2017
    Today is the 84th birthday of novelist Cormac McCarthy (born, 1933.) He is the author of the survivalist novel The Road, which later became a popular movie with the same title.On July 20th, 1969, At 10:56 p.m. EDT, American astronaut Neil Armstrong,…
    - 2 days ago 20 Jul 17, 7:20am -
  • America’s Public Schools are Government Indoctrination Centers
    The following article might strike some of our readers as a bit of a rant. So if you dislike reading rants, then please just skip reading this article.It Started With a LetterThe impetus for this article was a fairly cogent well-intentioned letter…
    - 2 days ago 20 Jul 17, 7:18am -
  • Request for Information on Dehydrating Fruit
    Sweetened Dried FruitMy dehydrator has failed me. Well, not really, but I can’t seem to create what I want so I’m asking for help from the SurvivalBlog readership. I love the sweetened dehydrated fruit that you can buy in stores, but I am unable…
    - 2 days ago 20 Jul 17, 7:05am -
  • The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods:
    SurvivalBlog presents another edition of The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods— a collection of news bits and pieces that are relevant to the modern survivalist and prepper from “HJL”. As part of today’s focus on the Public School system, take a…
    - 2 days ago 20 Jul 17, 7:00am -
  • The Editors’ Quote of the Day
    “Ain’t nothing scarier than someone with nothing.” – J.D. Jordan, Calamity: Being an Account of Calamity Jane and Her Gunslinging Green ManThanks for reading, check out SurvivalBlog.com for more news!The post The Editors’ Quote of the Day…
    - 2 days ago 20 Jul 17, 6:59am -

SHTF Plan

More Than Just Surviving

  • Best Lock Picking Practice Locks for Each Experience Level
    Lock picking is one of the few hobbies I have that is truly useful in my everyday life. Sure, knowing how to sharpen knives to a mirror edge or start a fire using raw materials is (in my opinion) important, but in my day to day 21st century lif…
    - 5 days ago 17 Jul 17, 5:41pm -
  • First, Second, or Third Degree Burns? The 3 Degrees Of Ouch
    Do I have third degree burns? Growing up as a curious child, I found myself a victim to the nasty side of heat on a few occasions, something I am sure most reading this will be able to relate to. Whenever dealing with these heat-related acciden…
    - 12 days ago 10 Jul 17, 7:05pm -
  • July 2017 EDC Pocket Dump
    Elise missed me pipe smoking. Not a fan of the vaping, so here I go. Everyday Carry Pocket Dump Pipe Tool Generic Czech I know that the IM Corona Old Boy has its own tools built in, but honestly, I never use them unless I’m walking around. Ju…
    - 17 days ago 5 Jul 17, 7:09pm -
  • 7 Steps to Take Immediately After an Emergency Situation Ends
    Every emergency situation has the opportunity to be a learning experience. I don’t care if you’ve planned for the situation well, if you’ve gone through a similar situation before, or if you’re more prepared than 99% of the population w…
    - 23 days ago 29 Jun 17, 4:18pm -
  • Review Roundup: Quartermaster, Baladeo, Boker, & Tops Knives
    After I published my process for reviewing knives, some of you wanted me to do some quick reviews on the blades I own, but for various reasons, are undeserving of a full review. These are quick and dirty overviews and I 100% gloss over some of…
    - 26 days ago 26 Jun 17, 11:35am -
  • June 2017 EDC Pocket Dump
    Snapped up the Boker a while back. I wanted a modern version of the Case Sodbuster and this fit the bill. Really impressed with the fit and finish, except for the stupid glass breaker on the butt. Thankfully, I am resourceful and took a hacksaw…
    - 28 days ago 24 Jun 17, 2:07pm -
  • Top Budget Pocket Knives: 30 Best Folding EDCs Under $30
    Over the years, I’m finding it harder and harder to justify the purchase of expensive knives besides those that really stand out from the crowd – knives like the Benchmade Osborne and the Spyderco Paramilitary 2. The explanation for why com…
    - 31 days ago 21 Jun 17, 9:36am -
  • Survival Pulse Prepper News Site: Website Now Live Again!
    Not too long ago, we pulled the Survival Pulse website offline in an attempt to combat the censorship on the net in a way we felt would work. Instead, we replaced the website with a newsletter. Emailing you directly meant we could have access t…
    - 37 days ago 15 Jun 17, 10:17am -
  • The Act of Killing: Not So Easy; Is It Something You Can Live With?
    This is going to be a different kind of article. No gear or techniques to aid in survival, but nonetheless – it’s a topic I want to discuss because it relates to something that is often brought up, though rarely do we discuss its consequenc…
    - 40 days ago 12 Jun 17, 10:07am -
  • Preppers: What Types of Insurance Do You Have?
    Well, this whole business of me asking you guys questions about how you prep and what you like to use to prepare has been working quite well – at least I think so. Last time (the first time I did something like this) I asked you for your prep…
    - 47 days ago 5 Jun 17, 10:47am -
  • Which Knives Make The Cut? My Review Process
    I get a lot of questions from readers about my knife review methodology, how I pick the knives I review and why I won’t review x, y, and z. Elise has responded to a number of these questions in our FAQ, but there were plenty more asked that n…
    - 51 days ago 1 Jun 17, 9:43am -
  • Make Money Prepping: How to Put Your Preps to Work for You
    I’ve spoken already about how it’s possible to save money with your preps, but preparedness can be taken one step further – it can actually earn you money if you use your skills as a prepper in the right way. For those of you who don’…
    - 53 days ago 30 May 17, 2:19pm -
  • Fear Matters to Security: Control & Use It to Your Advantage
    If aliens exist and by happenstance were to glance down on our tiny planet, I think they would be shocked by the order of things. We humans are the dominant species on this little blue planet. Not lions, tigers, or bears, but us. Relatively sma…
    - 57 days ago 26 May 17, 8:08pm -
  • Reader Recommendations: Preppers List Their Favourite Gear
    This article is a follow up of a post I made just a couple weeks ago asking you guys to recommend the prepper gear you use and love. The question came about because I’d made an article listing the best prepper gear I could think of without…
    - 60 days ago 23 May 17, 11:51am -
  • 5 Things You Should Never Do During a Home Invasion
    Home security is serious business. Every day we see new articles circulated, tips, tricks, and the latest security hardware that can give you an edge against would-be home invaders. Seldom, however, do I see the mindset – ways you should be…
    - 64 days ago 19 May 17, 10:53am -
  • Boker Plus Exskelibur I Titanium Framelock Knife Review
    The Boker Plus Exskelibur line of knives has been a mainstay of the Boker catalogue, and for good reason. This Burger/Skellern custom design features unique quirks that no other production knife has (more on this later) with solid ergonomics a…
    - 68 days ago 15 May 17, 7:40pm -
  • May 2017 EDC Pocket Dump
    Mega minimal ’round-the-house EDC today. Gotta say I love that Boker. Didn’t think I would get used to the deployment mechanism, but after one day of EDC, it became second nature. Review of it coming soon! Everyday Carry Item Breakdown Foun…
    - 70 days ago 13 May 17, 3:57pm -
  • What Are Your Prepper Gear Recommendations?
    Last week I wrote up an article on the best prepper gear I could think to buy for myself – items that have been on my wishlist for absolute ages and were above average in terms of cost, but were worthy (in my mind) purchases considering my pe…
    - 72 days ago 11 May 17, 8:34am -
  • Spyderco Roadie Little Big EDC Slipjoint Knife Review
    Over the past few years, the amount of Spydercos I’ve reviewed has dwindled. A lot of this is due to the relative high cost of the new stuff (Mamba anyone?) or what I would define as thoroughly uninspired designs (Polestar… what where you…
    - 75 days ago 8 May 17, 6:09pm -
  • Best Prepper Gear: 21 Big Ticket Items Preppers Will Want to Save Up For
    There’s plenty of excellent, cheap survival gear around for those just starting to prep, or for those trying to buff up their already-in-place prepper stockpile. But while cheap, affordable products can take you quite far, there are some a…
    - 79 days ago 4 May 17, 10:49am -

Blue Collar Prepping

  • newPreventative Maintenance Is Affordable Prepping
    If you really want to be prepared, avoid some dangers, and save money, then you really need to take care of your stuff.In this quick video I show you some things to look out for, as well as give some suggestions on where to spend your money to take c…
    - 1 hour ago 22 Jul 17, 3:07pm -
  • Avoiding Craigslist Scams
    I've been thinking about buying an RV for quite a while, and I finally accumulated enough money in my savings account, so I started looking around to see what prices were like. I'm not looking for another bug-out vehicle; just something that I can lo…
    - 2 days ago 21 Jul 17, 1:16am -
  • Prudent Prepping: 6 Month Gear Check
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.My calendar alert went off, which means that now is the time to start looking at dates on my stored food and swapping out those thi…
    - 3 days ago 19 Jul 17, 8:35pm -
  • Replace Your Lights With LEDs
    I've recently begun converting the light bulbs in my house to LED. It's a quick, simple upgrade that any prepper could benefit from.Why LED?Just a few years ago, LED lighting was expensive, very niche, and tough to find. Even industry professionals w…
    - 4 days ago 18 Jul 17, 7:23pm -
  • Gun Blog Variety Podcast #152 - Facepalm, Give a Sigh, Everybody Roll Their Eyes
    This episode is brought to you by the letters W, T, and F, and the number 8.It’s more than just a mom’s dilemma: What do you do when you’re too busy to get to the range for some recoil therapy? Beth gives us some advice.What kind of person cuts…
    - 5 days ago 17 Jul 17, 7:08pm -
  • A little bit better every day
    The whole point of prepping is to have a high quality of life, even in an emergency or after a disaster, but trying to maintain that level of preparation can be overwhelming.In this week's video, I give a you a little advice on how you can stay prepa…
    - 8 days ago 14 Jul 17, 11:48pm -
  • Salt of the Earth?
    On our Facebook page, someone asked Erin “What other inexpensive,yet hard to produce in the field, multi-purpose consumables should agood prepper stack deep in their pantry?” My reply was “Salt, unless you are near an ocean”. OkieRhio wrote a…
    - 9 days ago 14 Jul 17, 1:24am -
  • Seeing Clearly
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.My job takes me to a different Big Box store every day, and if you pay attention, the only thing well stocked in every departmen…
    - 10 days ago 12 Jul 17, 11:29pm -
  • Puppy Go Bag
    We got a puppy over the Independence Day weekend, and now we're learning a whole new type of prepping. We're starting with the Puppy Go Bag.Items mentioned in the video:Waste BagsCollapsible BowlLA Police Gear Bail-Out Bag Lokidude
    - 11 days ago 11 Jul 17, 4:54pm -
  • Gun Blog Variety Podcast #151 - The Bacardi Episode
    I drink a rum in the mornin' (yeah)I drink a rum at night (gonna drink a rum at night)I drink a rum in the afternoon (why?)It makes me feel alrightI drink a rum in times of peaceand two in times of war (make love not war)I drink a rum before I drink…
    - 12 days ago 10 Jul 17, 5:17pm -
  • Firearm Safety Friday!!
    Our regularly scheduled post has been preempted by something very important, and that's firearm safety!First, a little video:So let me tell you the story...A friend recently moved back to the area, and as enthusiasts often do, we were going through h…
    - 15 days ago 7 Jul 17, 6:45pm -
  • Teaching and Learning
    A lot of what we write about here is done as a form of education. We're trying to show you what has worked for us (or others) in order to give you a reference point or starting point for your own response to a crisis. We do some product reviews and r…
    - 16 days ago 7 Jul 17, 2:08am -
  • Prudent Prepping: Fighting a Cold When It's Hot Outside
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.Getting sick any time of year is not fun, but getting sick during the summer is even less fun. Let me explain why.The Summer Col…
    - 17 days ago 5 Jul 17, 11:25pm -
  • On Independence
    "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness."As this post goes live, it is Tuesday,…
    - 19 days ago 4 Jul 17, 4:29am -
  • Gun Blog Variety Podcast #150 - Let's You and Him Fight
    It's called "rooting for injuries", and it's what the anti-gunners are doing.Beth wrote a textbook called "Women's Handgun and Self-Defense Fundamentals", and she tells us all about it.A $1M bond for man accused of kidnapping a family and forcing the…
    - 20 days ago 3 Jul 17, 2:18am -
  • Forgetful Frugal Friday: Paper Waste
    For a "paperless" society, I sure do get an awful lot of paper waste: flyers, junk mail, weekly circulars, and local "news" papers... not to to mention my kids' homework. Despite our best intentions, it isn't going away anytime soon, and if you don't…
    - 22 days ago 30 Jun 17, 10:54pm -
  • Lifeboat Supplies
    While doing my reviews/testing on the five different brands of emergency rations, I noticed that most of them were “USCG approved”. This lead me to research what the requirements are for this approval, and that led me down a rabbit hole of specif…
    - 23 days ago 30 Jun 17, 12:42am -
  • Prudent Prepping: In With the New
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.As I mentioned in last week's post, the pre-cooked rice from Trader Joe's that was a favorite of mine is now discontinued. I was se…
    - 24 days ago 28 Jun 17, 8:10pm -
  • Care and Feeding of Cast Iron: Damage Control
    Cast iron is incredibly durable and can last virtually forever. As I mentioned last week, cast cookware can often be found very cheaply at yard sales and thrift stores, but the downside of these low prices is that the cookware is often in pretty roug…
    - 25 days ago 27 Jun 17, 10:27pm -
  • Gun Blog Variety Podcast #149 - I will hug you and pet you and call you George
    True fact: Erin has been called a "cuddle slut". Make of that what you will.Beth was in Washington for The DC Project: 50 women from 50 states talking to legislators about gun rights. Now she's back to tell us about it.Two men are arrested for shooti…
    - 27 days ago 26 Jun 17, 1:23am -
  • The Many Lengths of .22 Caliber
    I went to an auction last weekend. I think I've mentioned auctions here before; they're usually a way to buy things at a bargain price and I find them entertaining. This particular auction was for a gun collection that an elderly gentleman had spent…
    - 30 days ago 23 Jun 17, 1:16am -
  • Prudent Prepping: Get Home Bag Changes
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.I've made some additions and subtractions to my gear. These are mostly good, but one will change how I plan my Get Home Bag supplie…
    - 31 days ago 21 Jun 17, 11:39pm -
  • Care and Feeding of Cast Iron: Basic Cleaning
    Cast iron is possibly the best cookware made. Cast pots and pans heat evenly and hold heat well, can be obtained fairly inexpensively, and with proper care they will last for generations. My father has Dutch ovens that he has been cooking with for ne…
    - 32 days ago 20 Jun 17, 4:06pm -
  • Oddball Cartridges and How to Make Them (Sometimes)
    This post is brought  to you by a friend having bought an old German single-shot rifle chambered for 8.15x46R: 8.15 millimeter bore and a 46 mm long, rimmed, case.https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AMunit07.jpgNo, I'd never heard of it either.…
    - 33 days ago 19 Jun 17, 6:25pm -
  • Gun Blog Variety Podcast #148 - Welcome to the Suck
    People are the reason we can't have nice things.Beth is on assignment this week.A Gastonia grandmother is tied up and robbed at gunpoint. Who would do such a thing? Sean checks him out.Barron explains how setting up a dedicated firewall will protect…
    - 34 days ago 19 Jun 17, 12:52am -

Survival Medicine

  • newSurvival Medicine Hour: Bears, UTIs, Kratom for Pain?
    Survival Medicine Hour #348 In this episode of the Survival Medicine Hour, Joe and Amy Alton, aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, discuss the controversial non-ban of a natural pain reliever, Kratom, the only non-opiate that seems to give major benefits to…
    - 5 hours ago 22 Jul 17, 11:34am -
  • All About Urinary Tract Infections
    Urinary Tract Infections Medics in survival scenarios have to deal with major injuries and serious infections, Sometimes, infections aren’t serious to begin with, but worsen if not treated. Some of these infections involve the urinary tract. Urine…
    - 3 days ago 19 Jul 17, 1:54pm -
  • Video On Pathogens, The Germs That Cause Disease
    Video: Germs That Cause Illness In this video, Joe Alton, MD, aka Dr. Bones, goes back to the basics to discuss the various types of pathogens (germs that cause disease). Dr. Alton tells you about bacteria, viruses, protozoa, and fungi: their charact…
    - 5 days ago 17 Jul 17, 1:58pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Wilderness Safety, Snake Bite, More
    Survival Medicine Hour #347 In this episode of the The Survival Medicine Hour with Joe Alton, MD, aka Dr. Bones, and Amy Alton, ARNP, aka Nurse Amy, discusses how to make those summer outdoor outings with your family, as well as off-grid survival sce…
    - 8 days ago 14 Jul 17, 11:21pm -
  • Snake Bites in Austere Settings
    Off the grid, you will find yourself outdoors a lot, with activities like gathering wood for fuel, foraging, and hunting required to keep body and soul together. In warm weather, you just might find yourself face-to-face (or maybe face-to-ankle) with…
    - 10 days ago 12 Jul 17, 11:53am -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Wound Debridement, Shock Treatment, More
      THE SURVIVAL MEDICINE HOUR #345 In this episode of The Survival Medicine Hour, Joe and Amy Alton, aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, discuss the Wilderness Medical Society’s special edition on combat casualty care guidelines applied to survival settin…
    - 13 days ago 9 Jul 17, 12:22pm -
  • Wound Debridement in Survival
    Wound Debridement in Remote Settings Injuries in remote settings like a wilderness trail or survival homestead pose challenges to the medic not experienced in long-term wound care. Ordinarily, a system exists to evacuate victims of such injuries to m…
    - 16 days ago 7 Jul 17, 2:14am -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Dakin’s Sol’n, Shock, HPV, Garlic
    Survival Medicine Hour #344 In this episode of the Survival Medicine Hour, Joe and Amy Alton, aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, tackles a number of tough topics like, what can you put in an open wound to prevent and treat infection if a disaster happens a…
    - 20 days ago 2 Jul 17, 4:47pm -
  • Video: Dental Abscesses
    In this companion video to a recent article, Joe Alton, MD, aka Dr. Bones, discusses the importance of dental preparedness in long-term survival settings. Perhaps you don’t need a dental kit when the power’s out for a few days, but when you’re…
    - 22 days ago 30 Jun 17, 11:54pm -
  • Dakin’s Solution for Wound Care
    Dakin’s Solution One of the challenges facing the caregiver in austere settings is how to prevent infection in open wounds. After a disaster, people may be forced to perform activities of daily survival to which they are not accustomed. Injuries ma…
    - 24 days ago 28 Jun 17, 5:23pm -