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  • Preparedness Notes for Friday – August 18, 2017
    August 18th is the birthday of Meriwether Lewis, an American explorer, soldier, politician and public administrator that is best known for his role as the leader of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. An interesting side note is the Girandoni Air Rifle c…
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  • We’ve Been Doing Preparedness Wrong For A Long Time- Part 1, by Old Bobbert
    EmergenciesThe word “emergency” was first known and used circa 1631 and is defined as follows:1: an unforeseen combination of circumstances or the resulting state that calls for immediate action2: an urgent need for assistance or relief the ma…
    - 1 day ago 18 Aug 17, 6:25am -
  • Eclipse Traffic: This is What a Bug Out Would Look Like
    Oregon TrafficHere in Oregon, because of this eclipse thing, people are flooding into the state. They expect at least 1.5 million to arrive here…tens of thousands already arriving since yesterday!Today, on Oregon Highway 26, from Prineville, OR f…
    - 1 day ago 18 Aug 17, 6:05am -
  • Freeze Dried Friday:
    Welcome to Freeze Dried Friday on SurvivalBlog! We’ve been making so many things in the Harvest Right Freeze Dryer 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 li…
    - 1 day ago 18 Aug 17, 6:02am -
  • 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 18 Aug 17, 5:59am -
  • Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “Political language… is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable.” – George OrwellThanks for reading, check out SurvivalBlog.com for more news!The post Editors’ Quote of the Day: appeared first on SurvivalBlog.com.
    - 1 day ago 18 Aug 17, 5:56am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Thursday – August 17, 2017
    While salmon fishing near the Klondike River in Canada’s Yukon Territory on August 17th, 1896, George Carmack reportedly spotted nuggets of gold in a creek bed. His lucky discovery sparked the last great gold rush in the American West. His two comp…
    - 2 days ago 17 Aug 17, 4:27am -
  • Some Alternatives to Health Insurance for Americans
    There are huge obstacles to President DJT’s Swamp Draining Attempt in Washington, DC.  One of the biggest fights revolves around replacing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This is commonly known as Obamacare. There seems to be a log jam in Congress.…
    - 2 days ago 17 Aug 17, 4:26am -
  • Letter: Sealing a #10 Can
    Hugh,A friend recently acquired the capability to seal #10 cans. He’s bought a supply of new cans and is still playing around with the concept. He offered me the opportunity to do a few cans of my own. The concept has intrigued me. What would you…
    - 2 days ago 17 Aug 17, 4:22am -
  • 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”. There is an interesting article on the failed state of South S…
    - 2 days ago 17 Aug 17, 4:14am -
  • Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “I make my practices real hard because if a player is a quitter, I want him to quit in practice, not in a game.” – Paul “Bear” Bryant (1913-1983), legendary college football coachThanks for reading, check out SurvivalBlog.com for more news…
    - 2 days ago 17 Aug 17, 4:13am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Wednesday – August 16, 2017
    On August 16th, 1841, President John Tyler vetoed a second attempt by Congress to re-establish the Bank of the United States. In response, angry supporters of the bank gathered outside the White House and burned an effigy of Tyler.Thanks for reading…
    - 3 days ago 16 Aug 17, 4:55am -
  • Lifetime Disaster Assessment, by M.B.
    Coming To Grips With a Life Changing EventIf you live long enough, you will undoubtedly face a life changing event. These events are not easy to plan for. And even if you know one is on the horizon, they always seem to catch you by surprise. I refer…
    - 3 days ago 16 Aug 17, 4:54am -
  • Letter: Violence in Charlottesville
    HJL, JWR, Readers of SurvivalBlog,My current hometown of Charlottesville, VA suddenly found itself thrust into the headlines. My home is less than three miles from the site where the events occurred. From my 4th floor apartment balcony I watched the…
    - 3 days ago 16 Aug 17, 4:42am -
  • 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…
    - 3 days ago 16 Aug 17, 4:39am -

SHTF Plan

More Than Just Surviving

  • Reader’s Choice: High Value Knives Our Readers Recommend
    A few weeks back, Thomas asked you guys which knives you found to be some of the highest value on the market. This article is the result of that question post. In it, I’ve taken the time to compile your responses, grouping your specific knife…
    - 1 day ago 17 Aug 17, 7:13pm -
  • goTenna Mesh Off-Grid Communication Device Review
    In late 2015, I reviewed the original goTenna. It’s fair to say that, right off the bat, I was pretty smitten with the concept of this tech, but back then, I felt the goTenna was too far ahead of its time due to the inherent range issues. Com…
    - 8 days ago 11 Aug 17, 2:41pm -
  • Cancer In The Family & How It Made Us Re-Assess Healthcare Preps
    So we’ve been a little MIA recently on this blog. You may or may not have been able to tell, but from this end of things, it’s felt like we’ve been half in half out for weeks. See, a relative of ours was diagnosed with cancer. Don’t wor…
    - 10 days ago 9 Aug 17, 10:09am -
  • 10 Things I Love About the Prepper Community & 5 Things I Hate
    Every once in a while, someone stumbles on an old article of mine – “Why We’re Giving Up Prepping” and doesn’t realize that it’s actually an April Fools Day joke! I am 100% in this mindset to stay, and would never stop prepping, not…
    - 18 days ago 1 Aug 17, 1:23pm -
  • What Are Some High Value Knives? What Makes a Knife Good Value?
    I scribble a lot about knives (and other gear) on MTJS. After so many years and so much steel accumulated, this “hobby” has brought forth some interesting conundrums. We talk a lot about value, us gear aficionados. We have this idea that va…
    - 26 days ago 24 Jul 17, 5:55pm -
  • 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…
    - 33 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…
    - 40 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…
    - 45 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…
    - 51 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…
    - 54 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…
    - 56 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…
    - 59 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…
    - 65 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…
    - 68 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…
    - 75 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…
    - 79 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’…
    - 81 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…
    - 84 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…
    - 88 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…
    - 92 days ago 19 May 17, 10:53am -

Blue Collar Prepping

  • newSaving the Ladies (Protecting your Preps 2.0)
    Mother Nature is relentless, so we need to be as well.
    - 8 hours ago 18 Aug 17, 10:47pm -
  • Why an RV for Prepping?
    I probably should have started my RV related posts with this one, but it just didn't “gel” until this week. I'm a simple man, and what I write has to make sense to me before I'll publish it. This part of my journey just wasn't ready to be written…
    - 1 day ago 17 Aug 17, 11:22pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: What to Do When Things Turn Ugly
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.Given the current political climate, now seems to be a good time to do a review of what to do and how to act if I'm caught up in a…
    - 2 days ago 16 Aug 17, 7:57pm -
  • Guest Post: Edible Insects
    by Almo GregorAlmo Gregor is a firearm enthusiast and avid hunter. Outdoors activities like hunting and shooting were a big part of his childhood, and he continues with these traditions in his personal and professional life, passing the knowledge to…
    - 3 days ago 15 Aug 17, 11:24pm -
  • The Argument for Chocolate
    I swear, as I write this I can actually hear the readers asking “This is about prepping, not some frou-frou Cosmo article. Why are you bringing up chocolate?” Well, I have several good reasons. Hear me out. Argument 1: MacronutrientsChocolate gen…
    - 4 days ago 14 Aug 17, 11:03pm -
  • Gun Blog Variety Podcast #156 - Will Shooting Gun Games Lead Sean to be Slain Upon the Public Thoroughfare?
    "Despise not the racketeer. Instead, despise his sport."USCCA held its first ever PolymerPalooza, a unique and fun shooting event! Beth talks about some of their sponsors and products, and what she did there.A man bit and partially severed another ma…
    - 5 days ago 14 Aug 17, 12:47am -
  • Be Frugal With Your Space
    Happy Forgetful Frugal Friday.Prepping for everyday emergencies can be overwhelming and too easy to get carried away with. Less is more, my friends. So today's video isn't about being frugal with your money or your time, but rather with your space.Tr…
    - 7 days ago 12 Aug 17, 12:43am -
  • A Different Kind of Cold
    While researching the various systems in my RV, I managed to find an installation manual for the refrigerator and it emphasized the differences between a typical household refrigerator and the kind you'll find in an RV. Those of you who have no inter…
    - 8 days ago 10 Aug 17, 11:37pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: Re-Reading Cody Lundin
    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 run out of E-books to read, so I grabbed a 'dead tree' book for my lunch companion. On the top of my stack was one of my favor…
    - 10 days ago 9 Aug 17, 5:30pm -
  • Rhio Reviews: Grant Cunningham's "Prepping For Life"
    Recently, our dear Editrix Erin asked who within the group of writers, both part time and full time, identified as a Bibliovore - someone who feeds on books. I was the one who answered and raised the proverbial hand in class.I say "proverbial hand i…
    - 10 days ago 8 Aug 17, 8:57pm -
  • Close Shaves Post-SHTF
    Scott has written several guest articles for us, but this is his first post as a regular contributor for Blue Collar Prepping. Please make him feel welcome. “Shaving?” you ask. “Shaving? We don’t need no stinking shaving!”It is a disaste…
    - 11 days ago 7 Aug 17, 8:31pm -
  • Gun Blog Variety Podcast #155 - RINO Hunting
    "One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got into my pajamas I'll never know." - Groucho MarxBeth and her husband went to Shootrite Academy in Alabama. They discuss what it’s like to train as a married couple, and Beth learned an impor…
    - 12 days ago 7 Aug 17, 12:06am -
  • Training
    Sometimes being thrifty is being trained. The more you know, the less you have to carry, and the less you fall for.
    - 14 days ago 4 Aug 17, 11:11pm -
  • The Sawyer Extractor
    My primary first aid kit is a small trauma bag. It was a gift from a former employer for completing a 40-hour First Responder course and volunteering to be one of the medical aid staff at a large (800 acre) industrial site. Over the years, I've added…
    - 15 days ago 4 Aug 17, 2:00am -
  • Prudent Prepping: Semi-Monthly Round up
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.Another of my occasional posts,where I collect bits and pieces of ideas that I can't turn into a separate post, or follow-up on thi…
    - 16 days ago 2 Aug 17, 8:00pm -
  • AR-15 Gas Systems Breakdown
    As some of the editorial staff of Blue Collar Prepping delve deeper into the AR-15 world, questions have come up regarding the more esoteric and non-standard options available on the AR platform. This week, we'll discuss gas systems.The AR platform o…
    - 17 days ago 1 Aug 17, 11:04pm -
  • Gun Blog Variety Podcast #154 - The Legal Episode
    This week we discuss the exciting legal cases Norman vs. Florida, Wrenn vs. District of Columbia, and Kat Von D vs. Dita Von Teese*.* Sean says I couldn't talk about Dita Von Teese in the intro because we didn't talk about her in the actual podcast,…
    - 19 days ago 31 Jul 17, 5:04pm -
  • Protect Your Preps
    Let's talk about protecting what you have.Just because is prep is frugal doesn't mean it has no value. We put our time and energy into it, so we have the right to protect our investment.Protecting those preps isn't always an easy solution. I'll let y…
    - 21 days ago 29 Jul 17, 12:01am -
  • Basic Types of RVs
    While looking for my RV, I had some choices to pick from. The variety of camping trailers and self-propelled campers is kind of mind-numbing for some, so I'm going to list most of them and give some of the pros and cons from a prepper's perspective.…
    - 22 days ago 28 Jul 17, 12:31am -
  • Prudent Prepping: A Sparkie Conversation
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.I didn't get out camping earlier this year, due to California having too much rain (which is a nice problem to have, given our drou…
    - 23 days ago 26 Jul 17, 11:48pm -
  • Be (Solar) Still
    It's the height of summer, and it's been a scorcher. If you found yourself stranded where I live, you might not make it 3 days without water.Running out of water doesn't have to be a death sentence, though. Using just minimal gear, you can pull water…
    - 24 days ago 25 Jul 17, 7:43pm -
  • Gun Blog Variety Podcast #153 - First, Do No Harm
    Actions have consequences.Beth has had enough of the madness! Yet another woman has been shot, by her own gun, from inside her purse. This kind of tragedy is 100% avoidable if you use your brain and follow the do's and don'ts of purse carryAn assault…
    - 26 days ago 24 Jul 17, 6:39pm -
  • Preventative 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…
    - 28 days 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…
    - 29 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…
    - 30 days ago 19 Jul 17, 8:35pm -

Survival Medicine

  • Shoulder Dislocations
    SHOULDER DISLOCATIONS Of all the joints in your body, the shoulder has the greatest range of motion. This flexibility comes at the cost of low joint stability. 50% of all major joint dislocations seen in U.S. emergency rooms involve the shoulder join…
    - 2 days ago 17 Aug 17, 4:17pm -
  • Types of Nuclear Weapons and Their Effects
    TYPES OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS AND THEIR EFFECTS Given the fragile state of affairs on the Korean peninsula, fears of a nuclear incident are higher than at any time since the Cold War. With good reason, most people associate use of nuclear weapons with dev…
    - 2 days ago 16 Aug 17, 10:14pm -
  • What is Radiation from a Nuclear Blast?
    TYPES OF RADIATION FROM NUCLEAR BLASTS In my last article, I discussed the various aspects of radiation sickness, but haven’t yet defined just what radiation is. The quick definition of radiation is energy given off by unstable matter in the form o…
    - 4 days ago 15 Aug 17, 1:54pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Survival at Sea, Pt.2, Radiation Sickness, More
    SURVIVAL MEDICINE HOUR #352 In this episode of the Survival Medicine Hour, Joe and Amy Alton, aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy discuss the recent saber-rattling from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, our responses, and what to do if your area is hit by rad…
    - 7 days ago 12 Aug 17, 6:12pm -
  • Radiation Sickness
    RADIATION SICKNESS Many consider a nuclear attack an outlandish scenario to which only conspiracy theorists subscribe. Unfortunately, the threat of a nuclear incident, accidental or purposeful, exists, perhaps more than in recent years, due to recent…
    - 8 days ago 11 Aug 17, 12:14pm -
  • 12 Water Safety Tips
    12 WATER SAFETY TIPS In warm weather, a lot of outdoor activities will include waterfront areas like the lake or beach. A dunk in the local water feature is refreshing, but puts many, especially children, at risk for injuries; of these, drowning is o…
    - 11 days ago 8 Aug 17, 4:12pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Ortho Injuries, Lost at Sea, Pt.1, Antiseptics, More
      SURVIVAL MEDICINE HOUR PODCAST #350   In this episode of the Survival Medicine Hour, hosts Joe Alton MD, aka Dr. Bones and Amy Alton, ARNP, aka Nurse Amy discuss the antiseptics you should consider for your medical storage, how to tell sprains fr…
    - 14 days ago 5 Aug 17, 12:18pm -
  • 7 Antiseptics For Your Medical Kit
    I’ve often said that, in a major disaster, we may be thrown back to a bygone era where modern medicine is not an option. Indeed, we can expect civil war-era statistics with regards to major abdominal and chest trauma outcomes, but we will still be…
    - 15 days ago 4 Aug 17, 1:15am -
  • Video: 10 Critical Principles of Tourniquet Use
    Video: 10 Critical Principles of Tourniquet Use In this video, Nurse Amy steps in front of the camera to discuss important principles with regards to tourniquet use to stop massive hemorrhage.  Besides the imperative to apply pressure to stop the bl…
    - 20 days ago 30 Jul 17, 1:31pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Poison Plants, Setting a Fracture, More
    SURVIVAL MEDICINE HOUR #349 In the this episode of the Survival Medicine Hour with Joe Alton MD and Amy Alton ARNP, aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, our hosts discuss what you would do with a fractured bone off the grid or after a disaster where modern m…
    - 22 days ago 28 Jul 17, 6:46pm -