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  • newNotes for Sunday – November 23, 2014
    Today, we present another entry for Round 55 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…
    - 34 mins ago, 23 Nov 14, 7:31am -
  • newThe Value of Human Relationships in a Grid-Down or Survival Event, by J.C.
    There is an often-overlooked type of disaster preparation, which everyone can make a regular part of their lives, that has the following characteristics: It costs nothing, except time. It can reap benefits every week, year in and year out. It comes i…
    - 34 mins ago, 23 Nov 14, 7:31am -
  • newLetter Re: Christianity and Family Defense
    Hello Mr. Latimer, I noticed your response to M.E.’s question regarding Christianity and Self Defense on Friday, November 21st; while I thought you provided good information, I noticed that there was another article on Survivalblog called “The Su…
    - 35 mins ago, 23 Nov 14, 7:30am -
  • newEconomics and Investing:
    Russia Grabs Another 18.7 Tonnes Of Gold In October From The Market o o o Gold Repatriation Stunner: Dutch Central Bank Secretly Withdrew 122 Tons Of Gold From The New York Fed o o o Items from Mr. Econocobas: Peter Schiff: The Abenomics Death Spiral…
    - 36 mins ago, 23 Nov 14, 7:29am -
  • newOdds ‘n Sods:
    Sometimes the old way actually is the better way. Automation Makes Us Dumb – G.G. o o o Taurus Curve – A Contoured, Wearable Pistol o o o One Quarter of all Americans, aged 17-24 are too Obese to Enlist – T.P. If you are too obese to enlist, yo…
    - 36 mins ago, 23 Nov 14, 7:29am -
  • newHugh’s Quote of the Day:
    “And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins; As it is written in the book of the words of Esaias the prophet, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of…
    - 36 mins ago, 23 Nov 14, 7:29am -
  • Notes for Saturday – November 22, 2014
    Today is remembered as the birthday of the late Eugene M. Stoner. (Born 1922, died April 24, 1997.) He was the designer of the AR-7, AR-10, AR-15, AR-180, the Stoner 63, and several other firearms. (The AR-10 was the basis of the AR-15 which in turn…
    - 1 day ago, 22 Nov 14, 5:22am -
  • Survival Information Binder, by C.L.
    Introduction I am assuming that, since you are reading this, you are either prepared for the uncertain future we face, in the process of preparing, or curious about the subject of the preparedness lifestyle. You may have supplies on hand or have a su…
    - 1 day ago, 22 Nov 14, 5:22am -
  • Letter: Solar Sidewalk Lights
    Hugh, Preppers encourage others to buy several Aladdin lanterns, along with mantels, fuel, and more for the collapse. I think that is now old technology. It would be better to get a number of the solar lights people use along their sidewalks. Just ov…
    - 1 day ago, 22 Nov 14, 5:21am -
  • Economics and Investing:
    $4.15 Per Pound: Ground Beef Climbs to Another Record High. – G.G. o o o Multiemployer Program Posts Record Deficit, Single-Employer Shortfall Shrinks, PBGC Says. – G.G. o o o Items from Mr. Econocobas: Deformations On The Dealer Lots: How The Fe…
    - 1 day ago, 22 Nov 14, 5:20am -

SHTF Plan

More Than Just Surviving

  • Knife Drop: Black and Steel

    Knife Drop: Black and Steel

    Just a few of Thomas’ black and steel knives, plus my CRKT Ripple at the very end. Love the look of the Cold Steel Recon 1, but can’t carry it easily – way too big for me. Which do you guys like? Knives Featured 1. Cold Steel Recon 1 Ta…
    - 1 day ago, 22 Nov 14, 6:15am -
  • 25 Most Popular Survival Books (My Favourite is #5)

    25 Most Popular Survival Books (My Favourite is #5)

    Knowledge is the most powerful survival tool you could ever possibly possess. A knife and a fire steel will do wonders in the wilderness, and a hefty stockpile will be a huge asset in case of an emergency situation, but nothing will ever co…
    - 3 days ago, 20 Nov 14, 5:00pm -
  • Camillus Les Stroud “Survivorman” SK Mountain Ultimate Survival Knife Review

    Camillus Les Stroud “Survivorman” SK Mountain Ultimate Survival Knife Review

    The Camillus Les Stroud SK Mountain Ultimate Survival Knife (now that’s a mouthful!) is a direct competition to the Gerber Bear Grylls Ultimate Survival Knife. These two knives, in concept, are pretty much one in the same. They both have co…
    - 5 days ago, 18 Nov 14, 5:15pm -
  • How to Have the Prepper Talk With Your Family [RQ#4]

    How to Have the Prepper Talk With Your Family [RQ#4]

    As the title indicates, today we’ll be discussing how to finally have the “prepper talk” with your family. Now, for those of you who have been preppers all or most of your lives, this article won’t be particularly relevant. If you’…
    - 10 days ago, 13 Nov 14, 6:15pm -
  • Hazard 4 Switchback Laptop Sling Pack Review

    Hazard 4 Switchback Laptop Sling Pack Review

    The Switchback is Hazard 4’s sling pack backpack offering. It’s advertised as having “pro-quality,” and while I’ve gotta say I rarely put much stock in advertising, in this case they weren’t joking. Hazard 4 Switchback Sling Back…
    - 13 days ago, 10 Nov 14, 4:30pm -
  • November 2014 EDC Pocket Dump

    November 2014 EDC Pocket Dump

    1. LRI PWK Photon II LED Keychain Light 2. Waterproof Capsule – Used to carry tinder. 3. Light My Fire Swedish Firesteel Mini 4. Paul Smith Leather Bifold Wallet 5. Titanium Nuko Tools NukoHead Punchring – Heat anodized myself. 6. C…
    - 15 days ago, 8 Nov 14, 7:30pm -
  • Recommended Gear

    Recommended Gear

    For the sake of easy browsing, I’ve split up this post into 3 sections: knife gear recommendations, everyday carry gear recommendations, and survival gear recommendations. Please note that this list factors in the price of the item, so for…
    - 17 days ago, 6 Nov 14, 6:45pm -
  • L.T. Wright Genesis Black Handled Bushcraft Knife Review

    L.T. Wright Genesis Black Handled Bushcraft Knife Review

    The L.T. Wright Genesis is the new flagship knife of L.T. Wright Handcrafted Knives. Coming to you from one of the two founders of “Blind Horse Knives,” the L.T. Wright Genesis has a lot to live up to. You’d think with that much lineage…
    - 20 days ago, 3 Nov 14, 6:30pm -
  • Case Sway Back Gent Red Bone Pocket Knife Review

    Case Sway Back Gent Red Bone Pocket Knife Review

    I will have to admit before I start this review that this knife has been my Case Cutlery grail for the past couple of years. The Case Sway Back Gent comes dressed in what I think are some of the prettiest scales around. The particular model I…
    - 26 days ago, 28 Oct 14, 5:45pm -
  • October 2014 EDC Purse Dump

    October 2014 EDC Purse Dump

    1. Google Nexus 4 2. Case Carbon Fiber Trapper 3. Spyderco Lum Chinese Folder Nishijin Glass Fiber – Review. 4. Paper Mate Flexgrip Ultra Ballpoint Pen 5. G-10 Single Nuko Tools PunchringThis is just the start of the post October 2014 EDC…
    - 29 days ago, 25 Oct 14, 7:30pm -

Patriot Rising

  • 45 MORE Signs That You Might Be One of Those Crazy Preppers
    By Daisy Luther - The Organic Prepper   A while back, I wrote an article called “30 Signs That You’re One of Those Crazy Preppers.”  Lots of readers got into the spirit of things, since it was pretty darned relatable.  We all know these are…
    - 3 days ago, 19 Nov 14, 10:15pm -
  • 5 FREE Survival and Preparedness eBooks from Amazon — 11/18/2014
    The following survival and preparedness eBooks are FREE on AMAZON — and likely only for a LIMITED TIME. Add them to your collection before it’s too late!   Survive All Crisis (Total Ready For any Catastrophic Events) BOX SET: Survivalist Bag, Sh…
    - 4 days ago, 19 Nov 14, 1:32am -
  • 10 Great Survival Books You Should Own!
    SAS Survival Handbook: The Ultimate Guide to Surviving Anywhere A new and fully updated edition of the original, bestselling survival handbook. Written by ex-SAS survival expert John ‘Lofty’ Wiseman, this book provides the most reliable, authorit…
    - 4 days ago, 19 Nov 14, 1:02am -
  • Getting Ready For Winter
     As a home owner, you have preparations that must be made in order to get ready for winter. From cleaning up the leaves in the yard to putting away summer outdoor items, you must have your home ready for the harsher months of the year. When winter a…
    - 4 days ago, 19 Nov 14, 12:55am -
  • ViewPoints by Rob Schroder: Disaster preparedness ongoing, not just after event
    A few months ago, Mother Nature reminded us that we live in earthquake country. The 6.0 quake woke me up out of a sound sleep but did very little damage to my family’s home other than a few broken wine glasses, open drawers and crooked pictures on…
    - 4 days ago, 19 Nov 14, 12:50am -
  • Emergency Preparedness Supplies People Have Bought During 2014
      During the year 2014, this list of preparedness related supplies that people were buying may provide an idea or two for your own readiness.   These supplies were purchased through Amazon related links (during 2014) which appeared on ModernSurviva…
    - 5 days ago, 17 Nov 14, 9:43pm -
  • 10 Prepping Mistakes That Could Kill You (and how to avoid them)
    Everyone makes mistakes, but when it comes to Prepping, all of our efforts are directed toward actions that are designed to either keep us safer, prolong our lives or stave off some disaster that could be prevented with a little foresight and plannin…
    - 5 days ago, 17 Nov 14, 9:41pm -
  • Surviving the 6 Most Common Car Emergencies
    Knowledge is power when it comes to surviving a scary auto emergency. Try to remain calm and level-headed when faced with the unexpected. Here are some common emergencies and advice to help prepare you before you need it. Brake failure   Shift the t…
    - 5 days ago, 17 Nov 14, 9:40pm -
  • Safer Survival Distance From USA City Hordes

    - 9 days ago, 14 Nov 14, 6:28am -
  • 16 Tips for Coping Without Running Water
    Every prepper worth their salt stores water and lots of it.  Not only that, they store one, two, three or more ways to purify water.  That is all well and good because you never know when a disaster or other disruptive event may occur and those wat…
    - 11 days ago, 12 Nov 14, 12:48pm -

Destiny Survival

  • Going Gluten Free – Should It Be Part of Your Prepping Strategy?
    Many preppers are storing buckets of wheat as survival food. A number of other preppers are going gluten free for good health and survival. The two approaches seem totally opposite. Is there a conflict here? Is going gluten free just a fad? Or is it…
    - 3 days ago, 20 Nov 14, 2:04pm -
  • Starting a Home Business – Should It Be Part of Your Prepping Strategy?
    The answer seems obvious, doesn’t it? After all, who doesn’t want to be more independent? But starting a business from home isn’t as easy as some try to make it out to be. I wouldn’t be surprised to hear the statistic still holds that somethi…
    - 5 days ago, 18 Nov 14, 2:15pm -
  • Long Term Fuel Storage – How Long Will Yours Last?
    There’s an abundance of information about long term food storage available. But how much have you heard about long term fuel storage? It is an important topic for preppers, and it’s the focus of this week’s DestinySurvival Radio. Curtis Morton…
    - 10 days ago, 13 Nov 14, 2:05pm -
  • Hey, Buddy, Wanna Buy a FEMA Camp?
    OK, I don’t actually have a FEMA camp for sale. Nor do I know of one that is. But what I want us to consider is the possibility of buying the kind of facility that some say might be used as a FEMA camp. This idea came about when my wife and I atten…
    - 12 days ago, 11 Nov 14, 2:04pm -
  • Refuge – Why Preppers Will Enjoy This Novel
    Before I tell you about Refuge and why preppers will enjoy this novel, allow me to step back and look at what I see as the bigger picture concerning fiction for preppers and survivalists.   A Few Words About Prepper Fiction You’re probably aware t…
    - 17 days ago, 6 Nov 14, 2:07pm -
  • Are You Prepared to Live in America?
    The video below came to my attention recently. It was posted to YouTube in September and consists of back to back snippets from news from the mainstream media. While they can’t be counted on for much, this presentation is fascinating. See how rapid…
    - 19 days ago, 4 Nov 14, 2:23pm -
  • This Week’s Special Edition of DestinySurvival Radio Asks, “Is Our Prepping Radical Enough?”
    You may have friends and family who say preppers are plenty radical. The mainstream media uses the term “prepper” as a negative label. But leaving aside the name calling, when push comes to shove, is our prepping radical enough? That’s a questi…
    - 24 days ago, 30 Oct 14, 1:09pm -
  • Bugging Out – It’s More Than Having a Bug Out Bag Ready

    - 31 days ago, 23 Oct 14, 12:03pm -
  • Many Preppers Will Die – But Will Ebola be the Pandemic We’ve Feared and Anticipated?
    Below are a few videos by The Patriot Nurse. I’ve never spoken with her, but if you’ve perused prepping sites for long, you’ve probably seen one of her videos. I’ve been meaning to feature a couple of them for some time now.With Ebola making…
    - 33 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 12:45pm -
  • Preparedness for the Disabled and Elderly – Another Look
    It’s no secret that America’s population is aging. That means dealing with more age-related health concerns. Also, in at least the past couple of decades, those with disabilities have become more vocal about their needs. Certainly, this carries o…
    - 38 days ago, 16 Oct 14, 1:26pm -

Libertarian Rantfest

  • Quote of the Day
    "let me say that when you analyze the outcomes of a lot of violent encounters, you discover that "did you have a gun" and "did you know how to use your gun" are questions a helluva lot more important than "what kind of gun did you have.""-Massad Ayo…
    - 1 day ago, 22 Nov 14, 5:54am -
  • Camping Survival Weekend
    Most of us take more time to plan our vacation than to plan for the survival of our family or friends during an emergency. We wait too long or for Black Friday or Cyber Monday hoping to get the best deal. This year we are presentingCamping Su…
    - 1 day ago, 22 Nov 14, 12:14am -
  • AR 500 Body Armor Concept of Use
    Mentioned recently that I got an AR500 body armor package from JRH Supply. I have watched the body armor industry in recent years with some interest. Prices have radically dropped on ceramic plates and the steel plate industry has really matured. Bot…
    - 3 days ago, 20 Nov 14, 2:51am -
  • Chicken Update
    This hadn't got a ton of explicit discussion so I can see how Harry might have missed it. This spring we got chickens. Have them set up in a chain link dog run with chicken wire reinforcement. We started with four of them. All summer they popped out…
    - 4 days ago, 19 Nov 14, 3:05am -
  • What Did You Do To Prepare This Week?
    Cleaned out the garage and organized a bunch of stuff. Working on eating better.Bought those Baogeng radios and a water barrel. Also 180 pounds or so each of white rice and beans plus a big thing of sugar. Also got a set of the very affordable AR500…
    - 6 days ago, 17 Nov 14, 2:00pm -
  • Interesting Discussion on Assault Pack Sized Systems and Rucks at TEOTWAWKI Blog
    TEOTWAWKI Blog has been discussing different types of sustainment type systems of the smaller 'assault pack' type as well as the larger more traditional ruck sack type ones. I discussed this general topic not too long ago in Assault Packs, Rucks and…
    - 7 days ago, 16 Nov 14, 5:55pm -
  • Productive Saturday
    This morning I took the rug rats out shopping and doing errands. Wifey was able to get a bunch of cleaning done while we were gone. Got back and cleaned the garage. It was a big mess and I have been putting off dealing with it. Well today was the day…
    - 7 days ago, 16 Nov 14, 4:02am -
  • Pleased to Announce Our Newest Advertiser JRH Enterprises
    JRH Enterprises is an awesome company I am thrilled to welcome to the Total Survivalist team. They are probably best known for higher end products like PVS 14 3rd Gen Night Vision and DBAL I2 IR Lasers (both of which I own. Got my NOD from them and r…
    - 9 days ago, 14 Nov 14, 12:30am -
  • Open Lines Friday 7 NOV PT 2: Preparedness Challenges in the Military
    Open Lines Friday is sure making for some interesting blog fodder. Think it is a feature worth trying out with an eye towards becoming a regular thing. I'll play with frequency over time to see how many questions you are all interested in hearing my…
    - 11 days ago, 12 Nov 14, 1:46am -
  • Open Lines Friday 7 NOV Answers PT 1
    Note my answers are bold and in italicswildbillb said...sure, lots of questions.plans for long-term food production and storage. no store food for 2-4 months.As to production we have 6 chickens and do our best at gardening. Not going to make a huge…
    - 14 days ago, 9 Nov 14, 2:00pm -

Dr. Bones & Nurse Amy

  • newSurvival Medicine Hour: Food,Water,Hand Decontamination, more
    In this episode of the Doom and Bloom(tm) Survival Medicine Hour, Joe and Amy Alton (aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy) discuss things that you can do to prevent infectious diseases from affecting your family in good times OR bad… To listen in, click bel…
    - 10 hours ago, 22 Nov 14, 10:24pm -
  • newNurse Amy’s Video: Gunshot Treatment Kit
        In extreme circumstances (or at a very bad day at the range), you might be called upon to deal with a gunshot or other hemorrhagic wound. What supplies would be useful to put together a lightweight but effective kit to deal with this terrible i…
    - 11 hours ago, 22 Nov 14, 9:18pm -
  • The Views of Preppers in Britain
      The View from Britain: Public Perceptions of the Preparedness Community     Dr. Bones says: Michael Mills is a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research at University of Kent (England), undertaking his doctora…
    - 3 days ago, 20 Nov 14, 1:44pm -
  • Civil Liberties vs. Public Health
    The uniquely American battle between individual rights and the public welfare is an eternal one. Joe Alton, M.D., aka Dr. Bones, discusses the arguments for both sides in his video, a rare one that shows him discusses politics, and even dressed like…
    - 3 days ago, 20 Nov 14, 5:58am -
  • Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy’s “Prepari-nar” Tonight
    We’re pleased to announce our collaboration with Prepare Magazine and the awesome Survivor Jane of #preppertalk on twitter to present a webinar on off-grid hygiene. Hygiene issues will be rampant and a challenge for the family caregiver in times of…
    - 4 days ago, 19 Nov 14, 1:00pm -
  • How To Treat a Stye
    The family caregiver has to be able to handle problems that occur in times of disaster and good times as well. One common issue they’ll encounter is that of styes.   What is a Stye (Sty, Stie)?     A stye, also known as a “hordeolum”, is a b…
    - 5 days ago, 18 Nov 14, 1:07pm -
  • Videos: Stab Wounds 1 and 2
    Having been told by his director Nurse Amy that his videos are too long, Joe Alton, M.D., aka Dr. Bones, offers two videos on stab wounds. Part 1 discusses levels of bleeding and other basics, while Part 2 discusses treatment and plan of action.  Yo…
    - 6 days ago, 17 Nov 14, 12:54pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Survival Sanitation, Vinegar, more
    In this episode of the Survival Medicine Hour, Joe and Amy Alton, aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, discuss dealing with human waste in off-grid settings, the many uses of vinegar, the latest Ebola case from West Africa to be evacuated to the U.S., and mo…
    - 7 days ago, 16 Nov 14, 12:30am -
  • Video: Survival Sanitation: Human Waste
    New Video:  Joe Alton, M.D., aka Dr. Bones, talks about dealing with human waste when the grid goes down due to a disaster.  check it out below: Wishing you the best of health in good times OR bad, Joe Alton, M.D. and Amy Alton, A.R.N.P. Are your r…
    - 9 days ago, 14 Nov 14, 3:12pm -
  • Visualization As Survival Tool, Guest Post by B. Brewster, M.D.
      (DR. BONES SAYS: From time to time, we like to publish articles by promising young writers in the field of survival. Today’s post is an excerpt of an article I received from Belinda H. Brewster, MD, FACEP. She is a Board Certified Emergency Medi…
    - 10 days ago, 12 Nov 14, 9:07pm -

Survivalist Blog

  • newWhat did you do to prep this week?
    It’s hard to believe that it’s already been a week since our last segment, how times flies when you’re prepping for TEOTWAWKI… I don’t know about you, but I think prepping is fun, however I’m not looking forward to the crash, it won’t b…
    - 19 hours ago, 22 Nov 14, 1:33pm -
  • The SKS for Canadian Prepper’s
    The reason why I am going to talk about the SKS is for multiple of reasons. First of all in Canada it is not legal for 95% of the population to own AK or AR style firearms as they are considered prohibited or restricted. The SKS is considered a stan…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Nov 14, 1:41pm -
  • Friday Miscellany News Brief
    10 Examples Of The Social Decay That Is Eating Away At America Like Cancer. Obama Goes it Alone: Democrats Are Quiet, Republicans are Noisy and the Immigrants Still Aren’t Happy. Sheriffs: Obama Amnesty Is ‘Destruction of Our Democracy,’ ‘Gap…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Nov 14, 1:28pm -
  • Walmart Augason Farms Long Term Storage Food
    They don't carry this at my local Walmart - I really like the Augason Farms Foods, but have to order mine directly from the manufacture, which isn't bad because they offer free shipping on orders over $200.Does your local Walmart carry Augason Far…
    - 4 days ago, 19 Nov 14, 6:51pm -
  • Light Up The Night – Surefire 6P Upgrade – 650+ Lumens of Brightness
    By JP in MT Several years ago I was working as a security guard at a local hospital. I worked the night shift. I carried a 3 d-cell Mag-Lite flashlight. It allowed me to “spot” people and animals that were “lurking” in the parking lots, and i…
    - 4 days ago, 19 Nov 14, 2:06pm -
  • Tackling … Depression and the Holidays
    It is getting close to the holidays. I would call your attention to another problem that is pervasive in our society, at this time. With the holidays being a time of family gatherings, it brings to our minds, what things we used to do and with whom w…
    - 4 days ago, 19 Nov 14, 1:52pm -
  • Wednesday Miscellany News Brief
    United States Is Heading Toward Financial Ruin, Economic collapse. Air Force Documents Show President Obama Ran up $1,539,402.10 in Flight Expenses Alone for Labor Day 2014 Weekend Trips. American personal freedom now ranks below 20 other nations……
    - 4 days ago, 19 Nov 14, 1:46pm -
  • Paid Gov’t Internet Trolls Are Real
    Their mission has nothing to do with national security, fighting terrorism, spreading useful information or catching criminals. Their mission is to distort public opinion and spread propaganda in order to generate a ‘consensus reality’ – and th…
    - 4 days ago, 19 Nov 14, 1:00pm -
  • Conflicted Tuesday
    When forming a survival group, what structure of organization is best? Having one leader with people under that person at various levels or having the entire group share leadership and responsibilities? Why?Originally at: TheSurvivalistBlog.net. C…
    - 5 days ago, 18 Nov 14, 11:35am -
  • Is TEOTWAWKI really that Far-fetched?
    We all know people who think we Preppers are nuts. They must think we are preparing for an alien invasion or something equally absurd because they can’t comprehend TEOTWAWKI ever happening. An EMP caused by solar flare or terrorist weapon which fri…
    - 6 days ago, 17 Nov 14, 12:49pm -

American Preppers Network

  • Getting Ready For Winter
    As a home owner, you have preparations that must be made in order to get ready for winter. From cleaning up the leaves in the yard to putting away summer outdoor items, you must have your home ready for the harsher months of the year. When winter arr…
    - 5 days ago, 18 Nov 14, 3:09pm -
  • 3 Things to Prepare When Climbing High Altitude Mountains
    Mountain climbing is fun but it can also be very dangerous when you do not prepare yourself physically and mentally. Mountaineers take pride whenever they have succeeded in climbing the most treacherous mountains they have in their country. They shar…
    - 12 days ago, 11 Nov 14, 12:09pm -
  • 3 Excellent Ways To Survive Snowstorms During Winter
    Weather is certainly one thing humans cannot control. Even scientists are unable to predict it with certainty. Sometimes it is our best friend, such as when holding a delightful garden wedding reception, on a warm summer day. Other times it can put o…
    - 13 days ago, 10 Nov 14, 12:02pm -
  • Burglary: All It Takes Is 13 Seconds
    Before you finish reading this paragraph, someone’s home is being broken into and a family is dancing with danger.  That’s how long it takes to take someone’s peace of mind and how long it takes to change someone’s life forever — 13 second…
    - 17 days ago, 6 Nov 14, 7:29pm -
  • Wood Stoves and Survivalism
    Disasters can strike at any time and in any place. When high winds, a blizzard, a tornado or a hurricane hits,  power lines often go down and electricity is off for days (or longer). Earthquakes notoriously knock out power and sever water lines. Rur…
    - 18 days ago, 5 Nov 14, 7:21pm -
  • A Guide to Specialist Self Storage Options
    Once upon a time self-storage facilities offered a basic one-size-fits-all unit option to all customers; no matter of the amount of items that needed storing. However, as times have changed so has the self-storage industry and what they offer to clie…
    - 19 days ago, 4 Nov 14, 7:15pm -
  • Prepping from Square One: How Returning Veterans Can Start Setting Up
    By Christina Moore As much as you might have looked forward to leaving the service, making that transition is always difficult. Life in the service is so regimented and so controlled that when you leave, all of that (for lack of a better word) freedo…
    - 20 days ago, 3 Nov 14, 7:10pm -
  • Home Fire Safety and Disaster Preparedness
    We all want to feel safe in our homes. We don’t like to think about disasters happening to us. We hope that they never will, but being prepared will help if they do. The best way to handle a disaster is to have a plan in place. Being prepared gives…
    - 21 days ago, 2 Nov 14, 6:56pm -
  • Biosurveillance: Outsmart the Pandemic
    Let us entertain a constructive, yet horrifying, question for a moment… What is, potentially, one of the most lethal crises known to human kind, and yet, possesses the capacity to leave its infrastructure intact after wiping out massive percentages…
    - 23 days ago, 31 Oct 14, 6:37pm -
  • Tips for Successful Skip Hire!
    There are many considerations when you need to hire a skip. Hiring a skip can be a bit daunting if you have never done it before. The selection you make will have effect on how much it will cost you along with level on convenience it will provide you…
    - 24 days ago, 30 Oct 14, 5:38am -

Survival Gear

Backdoor Survival

  • newThe Survival Buzz #144
    Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.The wild goose chase for misplaced preps continues.  First, I could not locate a small tin that holds my pocket survival kit. …
    - 23 hours ago, 22 Nov 14, 9:00am -
  • 22 Powerful Uses of Frankincense Essential Oil
    When it comes to essential oils, I believe practical and anecdotal uses are those that can be relied upon to deliver the best results.  And so it is with one of the most powerful and versatile oils available, Frankincense.I do not say this lightly…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Nov 14, 9:00am -
  • Book Festival 7: The Ultimate Situational Survival Guide + Giveaway
    It is always a joy to start anew with a new slate of books in an all-new Backdoor Survival Book Festival.  This week is no exception as we roll out the first book in Book Festival 7, The Ultimate Situational Survival Guide: Self-Reliance Strategies…
    - 3 days ago, 20 Nov 14, 9:00am -
  • The Five Most Shared Articles on Facebook
    Love it or hate it, the social media is something every blogger must pay attention to.  With that in mind, the other day I was curious about the most popular Backdoor Survival social media and Facebook shares.  Much to my surprise, I found that th…
    - 4 days ago, 19 Nov 14, 9:00am -
  • Are You Guilty of These Prepper Mistakes?
    Webster defines an expert as a person “who has a comprehensive and authoritative knowledge of or skill in a particular area”  That being said, when it comes to preparedness, is anyone ever really an expert?Let’s be realistic. Every prepper,…
    - 5 days ago, 18 Nov 14, 9:00am -
  • The Survival Buzz #143
    Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.This week has been a busy one as I got caught up on some reading in preparation for the newest Book Festival.  Although it shou…
    - 8 days ago, 15 Nov 14, 9:00am -
  • Backdoor Survival Book Festival 7
    Today I am thrilled to announce the newest book festival in the Backdoor Survival lineup: Book Festival 7.  Once again, I am bringing you an amazing assortment of books and authors plus giveaways across the board.  As the seventh book festival in…
    - 9 days ago, 14 Nov 14, 9:00am -
  • 16 Tips for Coping Without Running Water
    Every prepper worth their salt stores water and lots of it.  Not only that, they store one, two, three or more ways to purify water.  That is all well and good because you never know when a disaster or other disruptive event may occur and those wa…
    - 11 days ago, 12 Nov 14, 9:00am -
  • Propane for Preppers – Part Four
    In the series Propane for Preppers, you have learned about filling one-pound propane cylinders. But what about refilling 20 pound tanks from, for example, the large tank you lease from the propane company?In this article, you will learn about refi…
    - 12 days ago, 11 Nov 14, 9:00am -
  • The Survival Buzz #142

    - 15 days ago, 8 Nov 14, 9:00am -

Backwoods Survival Blog

Bug Out Survival

  • 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…
    - 44 days ago, 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…
    - 53 days ago, 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…
    - 85 days ago, 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…
    - 86 days ago, 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…
    - 95 days ago, 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 -
  • Sequel to THE PULSE Finished
       Days have turned into weeks with no contact from anyone outside of North America, where the power, communication and transportation grid has been completely destroyed by massive solar flares. In the ensuing chaos, grocery store shelves have been…
    - 10 Jun 14, 9:07pm -
  • Update on Review Copies and Giveaways
    I'm reposting this update from my main site, www.scottbwilliams.com for those of you who only check in here.  As many of you know, The Prepper's Workbook has now been shipping from Amazon for about two weeks, and is even available on the shelf in ma…
    - 2 Apr 14, 2:12pm -
  • Scott Finazzo Discusses The Prepper's Workbook
    My coauthor of The Prepper's Workbook, Scott Finazzo, discussed our book on Kansas City's KCTV5 News earlier this week.   Finazzo is firefighter with the Overland Park Fire Department in that area, and his extensive experience as a first responder t…
    - 6 Mar 14, 10:33pm -

Canadian Preppers Network

  • newBarefoot Bushcraft Radio Show Season 2, Episode 18
    Barefoot Bushcraft Radio Show Season 2, Episode 18November 22, 2014On this episode Wolfmaan discusses: - Voicemail from a listener - Thunder Snow - Various clothing insulations - Interview Maria Leijerstam from http://www.whiteicecycle.com   […
    - 16 hours ago, 22 Nov 14, 4:00pm -
  • Abiogenic Oil, Is It The End Of Peak Oil Fears?
    Oil.  Some of the everyday uses are obvious.  We use oil as fuel for heating and transportation, we make plastics and textiles from oil, and many common medications such as A.S.A. are also made from petroleum.  The dependency on oil by modern soci…
    - 4 days ago, 19 Nov 14, 12:00pm -
  • Movie Monday - Perfect Disaster, Ice Storm
    This Week On Movie MondayPerfect Disaster, Ice StormWell, watching the first real snow fall of the year outside my window, I got a bit nostalgic and thought of the event that caught me so off guard, that I vowed never to be vulnerable again...and my…
    - 5 days ago, 18 Nov 14, 1:00am -
  • Barefoot Bushcraft Radio Show Season 2, Episode 17
    Season 2, Episode 17Original Air Date November 15, 2014In this episode of the Barefoot Bushcraft Radio Show, Wolfmaan talks about:- Letter from a listener- Cessna 150 crashes in Algonquin Park- Caring for Archery Equipment- Special Guest Archer Add…
    - 8 days ago, 15 Nov 14, 4:01pm -
  • The Perfect Emergency Food – Does it Exist?
    The day has come. For whatever reason, be it environmental or situational, an emergency has struck and you are eating the food you have carefully stored up for such an event. What is on your menu? Will you tire of it in a few days’ time? Is it high…
    - 9 days ago, 14 Nov 14, 12:03pm -
  • Taking A Moment To Remember...
    We are ever grateful, and shall never forget. In Flanders Fields the poppies blowBetween the crosses row on row,That mark our place; and in the skyThe larks, still bravely singing, flyScarce heard amid the guns below.We are the Dead. Short days agoWe…
    - 12 days ago, 11 Nov 14, 12:00pm -
  • Movie Monday - Surviving the San Francisco Earthquake of 1989
    This Week On Movie MondaySurviving the San Francisco Earthquake of 1989 National Geographic released this film in 2009.  On October 17th, 1989, a 7.1 magnitude earthquake devastates San Francisco.  Elevated highways collapse, buildings crumble an…
    - 13 days ago, 10 Nov 14, 7:01pm -
  • Barefoot Bushcraft Radio Show S2 E16
    Season 2, Episode 16 - November 8, 2014In this episode we discuss:Voicemail from a listenerA flying AED which saves lives Winter Clothing Types  Special Guest: Polar Explorer Hugh Dale Harris [CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO EPISODE]
    - 15 days ago, 8 Nov 14, 1:52pm -
  • Do you have your Food Storage in place yet?
    We had a bit of a run there in October with the Ebola / ISIS scare. Who knows what will come of these issues moving forward. But I learned something. It was very interesting to me how quickly our supply chains dried up. And it's not that the supply c…
    - 16 days ago, 7 Nov 14, 4:00pm -
  • Product Review - The Greenhouse Of The Future
    So, you wanna build a greenhouse you say?  That's a great idea that has lots of benefits.  You can extend the growing season much later into the fall, get a jump start on those veggies with long growing seasons like tomatoes and peppers, and even b…
    - 17 days ago, 6 Nov 14, 1:00pm -

Tactical Intelligence

  • 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 b…
    - 29 days ago, 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…
    - 91 days ago, 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…
    - 92 days ago, 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 -
  • How to Stock up on Antibiotics without a Prescription
    What we nowadays take for granted, could become life-threatening in a collapse type situation.For example, a good friend of mine got a simple scratch from his cat which developed into sepsis. Because he was able to get to a doctors and be treated w…
    - 30 Jun 14, 9:16pm -

Off Grid Survival

Preparedness Videos

Five Tool Rule
http://www.thepathfinderstore.com Dave Canterbury, David Canterbury, The Pathfinder School,Bush Craft ,Survival skills, Historical Lore, Primitive Skills, Ar...
- 55 days ago, 29 Sep 14, 12:42am -
Survival Pro Tips 1 Making Fire with an Empty Bic
http://www.thepathfinderstore.com Dave Canterbury, David Canterbury, The Pathfinder School,Bush Craft ,Survival skills, Historical Lore, Primitive Skills, Ar...
- 59 days ago, 25 Sep 14, 6:25pm -
Wood Craft on a Budget Part 12 Condor Kephart Feather Sticks
http://www.thepathfinderstore.com Dave Canterbury, David Canterbury, The Pathfinder School,Bush Craft ,Survival skills, Historical Lore, Primitive Skills, Ar...
- 87 days ago, 27 Aug 14, 10:54pm -
Meat Preservation Concerns and Setting Snares
http://www.thepathfinderstore.com Dave Canterbury, David Canterbury, The Pathfinder School,Bush Craft ,Survival skills, Historical Lore, Primitive Skills, Ar...
- 1 Feb 14, 3:04am -
Coyote It's whats for Lunch
http://www.thepathfinderstore.com Dave Canterbury, David Canterbury, The Pathfinder School,Bush Craft ,Survival skills, Historical Lore, Primitive Skills, Ar...
- 28 Jan 14, 12:26am -
Kit mentality Useage vs Investment
http://www.thepathfinderstore.com Dave Canterbury, David Canterbury, The Pathfinder School,Bush Craft ,Survival skills, Historical Lore, Primitive Skills, Ar...
- 21 Jan 14, 6:23am -
Fatwood Collecting Processing Igniting
http://www.thepathfinderstore.com Dave Canterbury, David Canterbury, The Pathfinder School,Bush Craft ,Survival skills, Historical Lore, Primitive Skills, Ar...
- 26 Dec 13, 10:30pm -
Self Feeding Fire Part 1 Basic Bushcraft
http://www.thepathfinderstore.com Dave Canterbury, David Canterbury, The Pathfinder School,Bush Craft ,Survival skills, Historical Lore, Primitive Skills, Ar...
- 24 Dec 13, 2:19am -
Super Shelter Modified for the Eastern Woodlands Part 1
http://www.thepathfinderstore.com Dave Canterbury, David Canterbury, The Pathfinder School,Bush Craft ,Survival skills, Historical Lore, Primitive Skills, Ar...
- 12 Dec 13, 9:47pm -
Snares The Ugly Truth Modern Trapping Part 57
http://www.thepathfinderstore.com Dave Canterbury, David Canterbury, The Pathfinder School,Bush Craft ,Survival skills, Historical Lore, Primitive Skills, Ar...
- 11 Nov 13, 5:12pm -
Bobcats Released Safely Modern Trapping Series Part 52
http://www.thepathfinderstore.com Dave Canterbury, David Canterbury, The Pathfinder School,Bush Craft ,Survival skills, Historical Lore, Primitive Skills, Ar...
- 29 Oct 13, 5:07pm -
Skinning a squirrel for a usable hide
http://www.thepathfinderstore.com Dave Canterbury, David Canterbury, The Pathfinder School,Bush Craft ,Survival skills, Historical Lore, Primitive Skills, Ar...
- 8 Oct 13, 8:25pm -

Survival Monkey Forums

  • newAimpoint PRO Patrol Rifle Optic
    Was taking a look at this weapons sight the other day and was thinking about picking one up. Wondering if other Monkey's have this model or something in the similar price range.... and what you thought of it?List Price: $453.00Price: $4…
    - 1 hour ago, 23 Nov 14, 6:50am -
  • new10 Superfoods Healthier Than Kale
    In the world of marketing, image is everything. If you’re James Franco or Roger Federer or Taylor Swift, your name and face can be used to sell anything from phones to watches to perfume—even if you’re not necessarily famous for th…
    - 3 hours ago, 23 Nov 14, 4:42am -
  • newThe Bug Out - A short story
    Joe woke up. He rolled over and looked at the clock. The red numbers glowed 2:35 in the darkness. He normally slept through the night, but knew once he woke up like this, it would usually take a while before he could fall back to sleep. Careful t…
    - 3 hours ago, 23 Nov 14, 4:41am -
  • newStarting out
    OK,So I consider myself a novice with firearms and and extreame novice when it comes to survival and preparedness. With the recent events (Katrina) it finally got me to thinkin' I need to do more to be ready for when (no if) disaster strikes.I ha…
    - 3 hours ago, 23 Nov 14, 4:35am -
  • newSurvival Topic of the Month
    We'd like to start a monthly focused topic at SM. The topics we've come up with are general enough that they should allow for a wide range of discussion and information sharing yet still be specific to the main theme.All threads created during a…
    - 4 hours ago, 23 Nov 14, 4:32am -
  • newSo what did you put away this week?
    Last week was Nuclear stuff. 2 more MSA Millenium gas masks, 4 cases of Tyvek coveralls with booties, 2 cases of 20 NBC filters, and 4 CB camelbak bladders in CB "Gobags" for the family to hold under the bedThis week 8/5/06I picked up 10 bales o…
    - 4 hours ago, 23 Nov 14, 4:13am -
  • newThe Root Cause Of Cancer
    The Nobel Prize winner, Dr. Otto H. Warburg, had devoted his life to the study of and cause of cancer.Dr. Warburg was one of the 20th centuries leading biologists, and he discovered that the root cause of cancer is too much acidity in the body, mea…
    - 4 hours ago, 23 Nov 14, 4:03am -
  • newSome Myths About Bugging Out on Foot
    In every forum and thread about bugging out on foot, one tends to see selected pieces of advice. Some gear related, some how-to’s and others just general observations. But several times, we see so called “myths” about bugging out on foo…
    - 4 hours ago, 23 Nov 14, 4:02am -
  • newPeak Oil- what it is and how it will impact your life
    I posted quite a bit of information about this subject on another board. There was a lot of interest in it and I was asked to continue it here. I didn’t want to repeat already posted material so everything here will be new, unposted (by me), materi…
    - 4 hours ago, 23 Nov 14, 3:57am -
  • newPretty sobering...China can damage US power grid
    NSA Director: China can damage US power grid | Fox News
    - 5 hours ago, 23 Nov 14, 3:34am -

Preparedness Pro

  • 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…
    - 12 days ago, 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…
    - 32 days ago, 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,…
    - 35 days ago, 19 Oct 14, 1:09am -
  • Quail--A Path to Preparedness for All Types of Homes?

    - 44 days ago, 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…
    - 57 days ago, 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…
    - 64 days ago, 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…
    - 75 days ago, 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…
    - 80 days ago, 4 Sep 14, 7:15am -
  • Second Deadly Shooting by Police in MO This Week
    Another St. Louis Police shooting of a black man just 5 miles away from the Ferguson, MO shooting that's the cause of so much unrest this week. (WARNING: You can watch it on mute and see what happens just fine, but if you watch it with sound there is…
    - 91 days ago, 23 Aug 14, 9:51pm -
  • What You Need to Know About Lice
    What You Need to Know About Lice-- By Guest Contributor Jackie K.  What I know now, compared to what I knew in January of 2010, are worlds apart.  If you’ve never had the pleasure of being exposed to lice, count your blessing.  I never expe…
    - 1 Aug 14, 7:06am -

Survival Cache

  • Book Review: Patriot Dawn – The Resistance Rises
    Well this is my first book review so bear with me as there is a lot of ground to cover. If you do not know who Max Velocity is check out his site (Click Here),  I could regurgitate his qualifications and experience, but reading his site for that inf…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Nov 14, 1:46pm -
  • 11 Things You Must Have On Hand In Case Ebola Hits The Fan
    Ebola is not over.  As it becomes more clear that Ebola is firmly a worldwide problem, there may have been unintentional exposure to hundreds of people outside of the hot zone.  To be prepared, you should have a few things on hand that will keep yo…
    - 4 days ago, 19 Nov 14, 12:07pm -
  • Survival Gear Review: Windham Weaponry Flip-Up Sight
    There is a positive glut of aftermarket supplies for the AR-15/AR-10 platform.  I feel like perhaps there may even be too many, especially if you’re just getting introduced to the AR system. Uppers, lowers, rails, grips, lights, sights, flash supp…
    - 9 days ago, 14 Nov 14, 5:27pm -
  • Survival Gear Review: Black Diamond Mini Lanterns
    For decades I used a candle lantern for evening camp light and to hang in the tent before quitting for the night.  But doing the numbers, a candle lantern is only about 20 lumens, lasts a maximum of nine hours (a few more with more expensive beeswax…
    - 11 days ago, 12 Nov 14, 11:07am -
  • Survival Gear Review: Yeti Coolers
    Owning a Yeti cooler is a rite of passage in the South.  Am I kidding or what?  Nope.  Kids down here ask for Yeti coolers for Christmas for heaven’s sake.  The Robinson power family of Duck Commander fame is the poster children of this campaig…
    - 15 days ago, 8 Nov 14, 10:25am -
  • Survival Gear Review: Fallkniven F1 Survival Knife
    Tenacious would be a good word to describe the Fallkniven F1.  In fact, it would be the perfect word.  When survival is on the line, you want a blade that has tenacity in its job description.  And the folks at Fallkniven know how to build tenacity…
    - 17 days ago, 6 Nov 14, 10:03am -
  • Survival Gear Review: Sphinx Arms SDP Compact
    Never heard of Sphinx Arms?  You are not the only one.  Despite the fact that they can trace their engineering roots back to 1876, they are relatively unknown in the firearms world to most. Located in Interlaken, Switzerland, they came out with a p…
    - 32 days ago, 22 Oct 14, 12:42pm -
  • Book Review: Ebola: Understanding And Preparing For An Outbreak
    What does Drudge, PBS, The Mayo Clinic and Reddit have in common?  Ebola.  It’s everywhere – well, not literally anyway.  But it is dominating the media, and for good reason.  People are scared.  They see the authorities saying one thing, an…
    - 35 days ago, 19 Oct 14, 7:51pm -
  • Survival Gear Review: SunJack Solar Charger
    I have a treat for y’all today.  I was given a SunJack last month to test out and review.  If you’ve been looking to add one of these to your preps, read on.  This solar charger rocks!   Now, first, some caveats.  My family is NOT heavy on…
    - 37 days ago, 17 Oct 14, 10:11am -
  • Book Review: Preppers: History and the Cultural Phenomenon
    About the Author (From the front matter in Preppers: History and the Cultural Phenomenon):  Lynda King is a freelance writer and former newspaper editor who lives with her husband in a 19th-century farmhouse on a one-acre “mini-farm” in Central…
    - 40 days ago, 14 Oct 14, 12:47pm -

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…
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  • 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…
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  • 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…
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  • 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

  • Dane County United Way 2014 Holiday Wish List
    Allied Wellness Center The Allied Wellness Center is a neighborhood center with the purpose of promoting health and wellness of the mind, body, and spirit of people living in the Allied, Belmar, and Dunn's Marsh neighborhoods.
    - 1 day ago, 22 Nov 14, 6:21am -
  • ViewPoints by Rob Schroder: Disaster preparedness ongoing, not just after event
    A few months ago, Mother Nature reminded us that we live in earthquake country. The 6.0 quake woke me up out of a sound sleep but did very little damage to my family's home other than a few broken wine glasses, open drawers and crooked pictures on th…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Nov 14, 10:56am -
  • Women Around the World Share Retirement-Related Aspirations and Anxieties
    LOS ANGELES, Nov. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- New research from nonprofit Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies ® (TCRS) in collaboration with Aegon examines the retirement preparedness of women in the ...
    - 3 days ago, 20 Nov 14, 8:01am -
  • How to make an earthquake preparedness plan
    For the past two decades, geological reports referred to a major earthquake that will rip off Metro Manila through the fault line starting from Marikina through the center of the metro. Deep sea oil diggings that break the bedrock of the ocean like t…
    - 3 days ago, 20 Nov 14, 12:00am -
  • Photo exhibit to remind public about disaster preparedness
    CARLO Caracena decided to take a photo while his family distributed biscuits to children along a road in Bogo a week after super typhoon Yolanda hit the city in northern Cebu.
    - 9 days ago, 14 Nov 14, 4:36pm -
  • There’s Help for People Caring for a Loved One with Cancer
    As more patients are being cared for at home, family caregivers are coming under increasing stress. The pressure to provide emotional and practical support is exacting a high toll
    - 13 days ago, 10 Nov 14, 4:28pm -
  • NM Study Finds That Most Americans Know They Should Plan for Longevity, Yet Few Have Long-Term Care Strategies
    MILWAUKEE, Nov. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Findings from Northwestern Mutual's 2014 Long-Term Care ("LTC") Study released today in conjunction with Long-Term Care Awareness Month reveal sobering realities regarding the state of long-term care preparedne…
    - 18 days ago, 5 Nov 14, 2:00pm -
  • Government of Canada announces Ebola-related investment
    WINNIPEG, Nov. 3, 2014 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, and Dr. Gregory Taylor, Chief Public Health Officer of Canada, announced a $30.5 million investment and further actions to strengthen Canada's domestic preparedne…
    - 19 days ago, 3 Nov 14, 11:14pm -
  • Disaster preparedness class in Utica Nov. 10
    UTICA -- Center for Family Life and Recovery, Inc. will be offering a Disaster Preparedness & Recovery class on Monday, Nov. 10 at 6 p.m. in the large training room at its Utica location, 502 Court St., Suite 401. This is an opportunity for those in…
    - 23 days ago, 30 Oct 14, 11:52pm -
  • Ebola Worries Ease a Bit Despite Preparedness Concerns
    Ebola worries have eased slightly in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, despite a broad sense among Americans that their local hospitals are unprepared to deal with the virus – and continued preference for a more robust response by the feder…
    - 25 days ago, 29 Oct 14, 1:40pm -

Wilderness Survival Forum

  • newEmergency Food Stockpiles?
    What do you all keep in your emergency food stockpiles? I keep a wide variety of thing including a massive stash of canned food, Clif and Luna...
    - 3 hours ago, 23 Nov 14, 4:59am -
  • newWater Filters
    Hey guys, I just designed a new water filter and while I won't reveal it, i'd like to know what you guys think about water filters. I know...
    - 15 hours ago, 22 Nov 14, 5:31pm -
  • Hello
    My names Brendan, been off an on off grid currently "on" unfortunately, I'm trying to pickup some new ideas for building a house trouble is I'm not...
    - 1 day ago, 22 Nov 14, 4:49am -
  • First Aid Kit Essentials
    Hey guys, Since i'm new, I figured I would just jump right in and start posting about something i'm familiar with. I would only want to give...
    - 1 day ago, 22 Nov 14, 4:28am -
  • Hello From CONUS
    Hello, Living in Minnesota now, originally SC area and the hills, grew up in Colombia SA. I hope to contribute, as well as learn. I do some...
    - 1 day ago, 22 Nov 14, 4:24am -
  • Matthew Walker Knot (MWK) Style Fiador Knot
    http://www.wilderness-survival.net/forums/showthread.php?26113-Fiador-Knot-Gear-Carrier *How I Did it* The ordinary fiador knot is basicly a...
    - 1 day ago, 22 Nov 14, 4:23am -
  • Hello
    Hello from Kentucky.
    - 1 day ago, 22 Nov 14, 12:40am -
  • What's up!
    Hey guys, I'm new to the forum, I just registered today. However, I've been lurking for a while, I just haven't posted. My name is Ben. I'm...
    - 2 days ago, 21 Nov 14, 6:22pm -
  • little green boxes
    just what are those lil,green boxes below our names? i was always curious about that
    - 2 days ago, 21 Nov 14, 1:05pm -
  • Hi from Selby, UK
    Hi. Just doing the polite thing and introducing myself. Into leather work, paracord, knot work and net making, green wood work, bushcraft,...
    - 3 days ago, 20 Nov 14, 1:29pm -

Modern Survival Online

  • newThoughts on effect of Ferguson decision….
    As I write this the decision from the Grand Jury on whether to charge Officer Wilson in the shooting death of 18 year old Michael Brown. It is being widely predicted that the decision will be NOT be to charge the officer and that widespread violence…
    - 8 hours ago, 23 Nov 14, 12:01am -
  • Snow in Buffalo…..
    Need to be reminded of why preparedness is not something crazy people do but rather common sense and a responsibility? Take a look at these pictures from Buffalo, NY. When a snowfall can be measured in YARDS that is one heck of a storm! Remember –…
    - 1 day ago, 22 Nov 14, 5:13am -
  • REMINDER: Seeds of the Month Club special discount
      The folks over at “Mike the Gardner” are offering ModernSurvivalOnline readers 25% off their Seeds of the Month Club. Promo code MODERNSURVIVAL25 Joining the Seeds of the Month Club – you will receive seeds every month of the year year roun…
    - 1 day ago, 22 Nov 14, 12:01am -
  • From the Desk of John Rourke – November 21st, 2014
    Charlotte, NC ex-Mayor Patrick Cannon just went to prison after admitting to taking bribes. Pathetic excuse for a man in my opinion. Everyone makes mistakes but that doesn’t mean I have to like it nor have any use for them. What makes matters worse…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Nov 14, 12:15am -
  • Building and Operating a Makeshift Wood Oven
    The following article was originally published back in July of 2011 – it can be seen in its original form HERE. This is another examples of some of the best articles published over the past few years on ModernSurvivalOnline. – – Rourke   By Ke…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Nov 14, 12:10am -
  • CampingSurvival.com announces special sale…..
      Most of us take more time to plan our vacation than to plan for the survival of our family or friends during an emergency. We wait too long or for Black Friday or Cyber Monday hoping to get the best deal. This year we are presenting……   Campi…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Nov 14, 12:01am -
  • From the Desk of John Rourke – November 20th, 2014
    I never thought I would see gas prices this low – $2.45/gallon here in South Carolina. Enjoy it while it lasts. ◊ ◊ ◊ ◊ ◊ Ever tried to talk logic to a teenager? Don’t bother – they think on an emotional level. Ever walk in and ask a…
    - 3 days ago, 20 Nov 14, 12:15am -
  • Seriously……this is real.
      All I have to say is: We…….are……….doomed.            
    - 3 days ago, 20 Nov 14, 12:05am -

The Survival Mom

  • newDem Bones: First Aid and Herbal Response for Fractures

    Dem Bones: First Aid and Herbal Response for Fractures

    Bone fractures are definitely emergencies that require standard first aid followed by professional medical care from a doctor. However, there are several ways herbs can be utilized as whole body support after emergency medical care has been given. Be…
    - 18 hours ago, 22 Nov 14, 2:16pm -
  • Parboiled Rice: The Rice You’ve Never Heard Of

    Parboiled Rice: The Rice You’ve Never Heard Of

    In our family, rice, not potatoes, is King of the Starches. This is because my husband grew up in places like Hawaii, Guam, and the Marshall Islands, eating rice every day of his life. When I started stocking up on Read MoreThe post Parboiled Rice:…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Nov 14, 4:00pm -
  • Safe, Sexy, Secure Concealed Carry Women’s Holster

    Safe, Sexy, Secure Concealed Carry Women’s Holster

    I own multiple holsters to use when carrying my handgun concealed: inside-the-waistband paddle holster, soft-sided hip holster, and a plastic hip holster. None of them are “bad” but I dislike all of them because they way they sit on my Read More…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Nov 14, 3:25pm -
  • The Survival Mom Radio Network Signs Off

    The Survival Mom Radio Network Signs Off

    Two years ago a friendly acquaintance on Facebook said to me, “Lisa, why don’t you create your own podcast network?” I had been tossing around some ideas with him about setting up my own podcast and, possibly, joining a network. Read MoreThe p…
    - 3 days ago, 20 Nov 14, 11:00am -
  • The Living Off the Land Fallacy

    The Living Off the Land Fallacy

    A common plan tossed around by survivalists and preppers is this idea that in the event of martial law or some other crisis, they are going to head off to the hills, presumably for weeks or months, and just live Read MoreThe post The Living Off the…
    - 3 days ago, 20 Nov 14, 7:00am -
  • “I’m a Survival Girl” contest!

    “I’m a Survival Girl” contest!


    - 5 days ago, 18 Nov 14, 4:17pm -
  • Here’s a honey of a post! 17 things you probably didn’t know about honey, but should!

    Here’s a honey of a post! 17 things you probably didn’t know about honey, but should!

    Not all honey is created equal. Or, more accurately, not all honey on the grocery store shelves is equal. Some international honey has been treated and no longer has the health benefits discussed here. If you can possibly buy from Read MoreThe post…
    - 6 days ago, 17 Nov 14, 3:41pm -
  • 32 Mental and Urban Survival Skills for Kids

    32 Mental and Urban Survival Skills for Kids

    Kids come in all ages, abilities, and levels of emotional and mental maturity. As you read this list, keep in mind that not all skills are appropriate for younger kids, in particular. Although these are listed as urban survival skills, Read MoreThe…
    - 6 days ago, 17 Nov 14, 7:00am -
  • My Opinion: Cell Phones Have Made Us Soft and Have Affected Our Ability to Survive

    My Opinion: Cell Phones Have Made Us Soft and Have Affected Our Ability to Survive

    Technophilia: “a strong enthusiasm for technology, especially new technologies such as personal computers, the Internet, [and] mobile phones.” Caution! The following story is true. Names have been changed or omitted to prevent embarrassment of th…
    - 7 days ago, 16 Nov 14, 9:02am -
  • Using Water Heater Water in an Emergency

    Using Water Heater Water in an Emergency

    We preppers talk a lot about water storage.  Water is critical to survival and really you can’t have too much of it stored.  However, in the event of a true crisis, on top of the cases of bottled water you Read MoreThe post Using Water Heater Wa…
    - 9 days ago, 14 Nov 14, 7:00am -

Florida Hillbilly

  • 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…
    - 19 days ago, 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…
    - 38 days ago, 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.…
    - 59 days ago, 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…
    - 68 days ago, 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.…
    - 86 days ago, 29 Aug 14, 12:50pm -
  • Peace, Love, and Preparedness
    [popunder-popup id=”1″]I was exchanging emails with what has turned out to be my latest advertiser, CampingSurvival.com. While finishing a reply, I signed off in my typical fashion, “Peace, db”, and laughed to myself about how much of a hipp…
    - 14 Aug 14, 12:57pm -
  • Product Review: Altai’s MF Tactical Boots
    From time to time, I am contacted to review products, some good, some not so good. I won’t review a product I wouldn’t try to use regularly, and won’t review products that aren’t realistic. When I get a request to review an item that “dupli…
    - 31 Jul 14, 1:57pm -
  • How to Cook The ULTIMATE Steak
    (For Kip, as requested.)The ULTIMATE steak (or pork chop…or chicken…or fish….) …A bold statement for anyone. More so when you realize how un-picky of an eater I am. Until I started eating Paleo (no grains, legumes, or refined sugars), it…
    - 10 Jul 14, 10:00am -
  • Book Review: Sanctuary by G. Michael Hopf
    When I’m contacted about reviewing a book, I normally have the same dread. In reading a book to review, I normally come to the end of the book, only to find there is going to be another book in the series…and I have to wait to find out what happe…
    - 30 Jun 14, 3:08pm -
  • Book Review: Forsaking Home (The Survivalist Series)
    Last December, I reviewed the first three books of the Survivalist Series. I had been contacted by the great folks over at TLC Book Tours, a book promoting firm. The storyline follows Morgan Carter as he is traveling several hours drive away from hom…
    - 23 Jun 14, 2:12pm -

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

  • Re: Just Failed an Exam. Now what ?
    I have very recently failed two exams. I wrote the above article, to reason my strategy in passing these exams. One exam was my motorcycle license, the other was a certification. My strategy to pass the certification will be more consistent studying,…
    - 8 days ago, 15 Nov 14, 1:29am -

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 girlgonegranola.blogspot.com) 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 -
  • PREPPER RESOURCE PAGE UPDATE
    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

  • How I built the ultimate 25 pound bug out bag
    Here's how I used a some ultralight thru-hiking techniques to build my hiking/camping/bug out bag under 25 pounds without sacrificing what I need.You're reading How I built the ultimate 25 pound bug out bag, originally posted at Graywolf Survival -…
    - 12 days ago, 11 Nov 14, 1:14am -
  • GORP: The better bug out bag survival food
    Many people choose dehydrated food or prepackaged survival food for their backpack or bug out bag. I have a solution that gives you more calories and protein per pound and is cheaper and even healthier.You're reading GORP: The better bug out bag sur…
    - 19 days ago, 3 Nov 14, 9:29pm -
  • Surviving a blizzard or winter storm without power
    Surviving at home for a while during a severe winter storm isn't all that difficult if you've planned ahead - even if the power goes out.You're reading Surviving a blizzard or winter storm without power, originally posted at Graywolf Survival - Comm…
    - 31 days ago, 22 Oct 14, 8:47pm -
  • The threat you face from Ebola and what you can do about it (Updated)
    The Ebola virus problem has been escalating out of control in Africa and is now spread to the West. ... How worried should you really be? ... What can you do to prepare?You're reading The threat you face from Ebola and what you can do about it (Upda…
    - 32 days ago, 22 Oct 14, 1:01am -
  • How to survive an EMP/CME – Part 3: How to prepare
    The threat of an EMP/CME to our society is very real and most people and governments are woefully unprepared. Here's what you should do to start preparing.You're reading How to survive an EMP/CME – Part 3: How to prepare, originally posted at Gray…
    - 33 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 4:10pm -
  • 5 discreet weapons you can carry (almost) anywhere
    You can't always carry a weapon to defend yourself but with a little creativity and some training, there are many discreet weapons you can improvise.You're reading 5 discreet weapons you can carry (almost) anywhere, originally posted at Graywolf Sur…
    - 34 days ago, 19 Oct 14, 11:07pm -
  • Your own vehicle surveillance camera – the G1W-C 1080P
    Having your own vehicle surveillance camera to document your bug out route, cache locations, or traffic altercation is pretty inexpensive these days. You're reading Your own vehicle surveillance camera – the G1W-C 1080P, originally posted at Grayw…
    - 40 days ago, 14 Oct 14, 12:53am -
  • 5.11 Rush 72 tactical backpack review – the perfect bug out bag?
    If you ask a forum or group about the best bug out bag, the 5.11 Rush 72 seems to be the go-to bag of choice. It's a great bag but is it the best choice for bugging out?You're reading 5.11 Rush 72 tactical backpack review – the perfect bug out bag…
    - 46 days ago, 8 Oct 14, 1:34am -
  • How to communicate when the world goes silent
    So if cell phones stopped working, how would you communicate? What if an EMP wiped out all electronics? How would you find your family or get help during a disaster or if SHTF?You're reading How to communicate when the world goes silent, originally…
    - 64 days ago, 20 Sep 14, 6:47pm -
  • 12 essential survival items under $12
    Quality survival gear isn't always expensive. By choosing carefully, you can find gear for your kit or as a gift. Here are 12 essentials for your bug out bag or camping equipment.You're reading 12 essential survival items under $12, originally poste…
    - 65 days ago, 19 Sep 14, 7:34pm -

Rural Revolution

  • newThe palm of the hand on the seat of the pants
    Here's my WND column for this weekend entitled The Palm of the Hand on the Seat of the Pants.I took inspiration from this Bizarro cartoon.
    - 13 hours ago, 22 Nov 14, 7:11pm -
  • An experiment with pie crusts
    It was my turn to bring dessert to our neighborhood potluck last Sunday. Since the hosts were expecting a full house (I think we had 16 people) I decided to make three types of pies: peach, apple, and blueberry.But this time I decided to try somethi…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Nov 14, 7:37pm -
  • Date night
    On Monday Don and I did something we haven't done in three years: we went on a date. As he put it, we'll go on a date once every three years whether we need it or not.The occasion for this date was the Moscow Ballet coming to Spokane to perform The…
    - 3 days ago, 19 Nov 14, 9:33pm -
  • The miracle of baling twine
    Anyone who's ever had hay bales on their property understands the wonders of baling twine as a universal fix-it tool on par with duct tape. I can't even begin to list the sheer numbers of things we've patched, fixed, or held together with the stuff.…
    - 5 days ago, 17 Nov 14, 9:43pm -
  • "That's no pumpkin. That's a space station."
    Preceding the very cold weather we've been having lately, the girls (Younger Daughter and our friend GG) went out and harvested the pumpkins before they froze.They came back with a modest wheelbarrow full, not bad for two small tires in the garden.A…
    - 7 days ago, 16 Nov 14, 5:16pm -
  • Stupid women and the men who hate them
    Here's my WND column for this weekend entitled Stupid Women and the Men Who Hate Them.(Thank you to reader Rob for bringing this material to my attention.)
    - 8 days ago, 15 Nov 14, 3:18am -
  • A close call
    Well the anticipated bitterly-cold temperatures in the wake of the Aleutian Islands typhoon have arrived with a vengeance. We've had lows of 10F and highs of 22F.It's not that it's really that cold -- we've had colder weather in terms of absolute te…
    - 9 days ago, 14 Nov 14, 6:27pm -
  • Thank you to our veterans
    Today everyone needs to thank a veteran.We can't forget the brave men and women who have served our country.Nor will we forget the ones who won't be coming back.Thank you to our veterans.
    - 13 days ago, 10 Nov 14, 7:13pm -
  • Dehydrating bell peppers
    Younger Daughter loves bell peppers. She doesn't like the green ones; her favorites are the reds. Last spring we brought home a store-bought bell pepper, and rather on a lark I planted ten seeds.I have something of a black thumb, so I was delighted…
    - 13 days ago, 10 Nov 14, 1:58pm -
  • Winter's a-comin'
    Up to this point, we've had a remarkably mild fall. A few dips down to freezing, a few days of blustery rain, but on the whole things have been quite moderate.But all that is about to change. The temps are getting ready to plunge.The reason behind…
    - 14 days ago, 9 Nov 14, 6:44pm -

Last Minute Survival

Learn How To Be Prepared

  • MEDIEVAL CARNEVIL 666
    There is an ancient theory that has been held by the Egyptians that the magnetic influence of the Sun and the orbs known as stars, the alignment of planets and the synchronization of time influences the way mankind goes about the business of being hu…
    - 39 days ago, 15 Oct 14, 12:26am -
  • Prepping in the 15th century: An ancient underground shelter discovered and you won’t believe how deep it goes.
    In 1963, a man in the Nevşehir Province of Turkey knocked down a wall of his home. Behind it, he discovered a mysterious room and soon discovered an intricate tunnel system with additional cave-like rooms. What he had discovered was the ancient D…
    - 83 days ago, 1 Sep 14, 7:40am -
  • CREATING A CLIMATE OF FEAR
    Lately, I have fallen prey to the diatribes of those that call themselves progressives and they are all too happy to declare me an extremist and a fear monger. These so called informers are here to tell me that since I am heard on stations that produ…
    - 87 days ago, 28 Aug 14, 1:57am -
  • We Found Life In Outer Space and even Scientists Aren’t Sure How It Got There— adding fuel to the question did we actually come from space?
    While the world tackles ebola and wide spread war, recently there has been a rather amazing discovery and it has been stepped over by the news. Russian cosmonauts have discovered something remarkable clinging to the outside of the International Space…
    - 87 days ago, 27 Aug 14, 9:46pm -
  • What’s new in the Ground Zero Store?
    Greetings! It’s been a busy month at Prepare Your Ground Zero. We have been working hard to roll out some new features for our customers, both past and present. First,  Welcome to the Ground Zero Store Club! I wanted to find a good way to add some…
    - 88 days ago, 26 Aug 14, 8:41pm -

Learn to Prepare

  • Essential Emergency Kit Information & Advice
    By Denis Korn                                                                                                    This post – Essential Emergency Kit…
    - 24 days ago, 30 Oct 14, 3:55am -
  • Essential Checklist for Emergency Preparedness & Outdoor Adventure Planning – Including Vehicle Preparedness – Latest Update
    By Denis Korn                                                                                                                    NOTE:…
    - 54 days ago, 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…
    - 88 days ago, 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 -
  • What Are The Most Important Elements of Preparedness?
    By Denis KornThere is an extraordinary fixation in our current culture with all the trappings of physical survival – given the perception of imminent collapse, chaos and oppression.  The degree of hysteria and response to this phenomena is unprec…
    - 1 May 14, 4:55am -
  • Beginning & Improving Preparedness Planning – Another Look
    By Denis KornFor the finest in preparedness products you are encouraged to visit PrepareDirect. It is time once again to evaluate one of the Foundational Articles.  I have presented here a simple and concise guide to the preparedness process.  Yo…
    - 1 Apr 14, 5:36am -
  • 7 Things Every Reputable Food Reserve Company Needs to Tell You!
    By Denis Korn You must trust the company that provides you with the food you and your family will require during an emergencyI first wrote this article in 2012 and it is just as relevant today – if not more so – than it was then.  I continue t…
    - 1 Mar 14, 5:14am -
  • A Critical Evaluation of Foods for Emergency Preparedness

    - 1 Feb 14, 3:04am -

Mike Marlow's Survival Blog

  • More Mouths To Feed
    That’s right, we have more additions to the family. No, Marisa isn’t pregnant. We ordered our chickens today! We had to make some changes to what we had originally planned on getting. We were planning on ordering from Murray Mcmurray […] ↓ Re…
    - 3 Feb 14, 6:43am -
  • Sausages, Seeds & a Greenhouse
    This has been a busy week. My work is picking up & I had quite a few new patients. Marisa’s work was really busy last week too. The weather has been crazy around here, warm & then freezing cold. but […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry...(Visited…
    - 27 Jan 14, 8:46am -
  • Waiting on Spring!
    I’ve been looking at seed catalogs, chicken catalogs, looking at ads for meat rabbits…. I’m ready for the weather to warm up so we can start of some of our outdoor projects. I went to my first beekeepers association meeting […] ↓ Read the r…
    - 14 Jan 14, 6:16am -
  • Annnnnnnnd… WE’RE BACK!
    I can’t believe that September 3rd was the last post I made on here! Lots of things have been changing for us since I posted last. The girls turned 2! We’ve moved, and have a place with more land, and […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry...(Visi…
    - 10 Jan 14, 11:00am -
  • Are Americans Really As Stupid As We Appear?
    Well, here we are again – right in the middle of a bunch of crap in the Middle East that’s none of our business. Obama has been posturing & trying to figure out what to do, and the rest of […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry...(Visited 235 time…
    - 4 Sep 13, 12:06am -

Mama Kautz

  • 15 Gift Ideas for Preppers
    15 Gift ideas for Preppers. These could be for Christmas, Birthday, Mother’s Day, or Father’s Day. They could be for Just Because I Love You. These are a few of my go to favorites as gifts for my fellow preppers. A Signal Mirror for one’s BOB.…
    - 1 day ago, 22 Nov 14, 6:00am -
  • Front Porch Friday November 21st
    Welcome t Front Porch Friday! Mama Kautz and PreparednessMama are your hostesses with the mostesses. This weeks featured posts: Shelle PreparednessMama likes the post from Taylor Made Ranch about dehydrating potatoes. last year I purchased 40 pounds…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Nov 14, 8:05am -
  • Top 10 Family Board Games for a Power Outage
    These are our families favorite board games. Great way to pass the time if there is a winter storm or a power outage. Hopefully you are reading this BEFORE you actually need the games and are prepared when it does happen. This list is in no particula…
    - 3 days ago, 20 Nov 14, 12:00pm -
  • The Best Enchilada Sauce Recipe Ever
    First of all I am not going to be come a foodie blogger. Seriously. I HAVE to share this recipe with you. It was so good. Leftovers the next day were better. I think I will try this again in the crockpot and see if that makes a difference as well. I…
    - 5 days ago, 18 Nov 14, 12:00pm -
  • Front Porch Friday November 14th
    Welcome to Front Porch Friday! Mama Kautz and PreparednessMama are your hostesses with the mostesses. This weeks featured posts: Mama K chose Elderberry Medicine by Strangers and Pilgrims. I saw something about elderberries on Walking Dead once and h…
    - 9 days ago, 14 Nov 14, 8:05am -
  • What We are Doing to be More Self Sufficient
    There was a time I was part of the 47%. It was a season in my life that is part of my story, but it is a closed chapter. Fast forward and you have a new season. A season where I am as far right as I was left. A season where I don’t want to have to…
    - 10 days ago, 13 Nov 14, 12:00pm -
  • Essential Oils in Your Homeschool
    Essential Oils in your Homeschool. Not to be confused with Essential Oils for Back to School. I love having a diffuser in our ‘classroom.’ By classroom I pretty much mean the living room or dining room. For Focus & Attention: Peppermint and Wild…
    - 12 days ago, 11 Nov 14, 12:00pm -
  • Front Porch Friday November 7th
    Welcome to Front Porch Friday! Mama Kautz and PreparednessMama are your hostesses with the mostesses. This weeks featured posts: Shelle PreparednessMama likes the post from Taylor Made Ranch about Saving Crystallized Honey. Mama K chose a post on tak…
    - 16 days ago, 7 Nov 14, 8:05am -
  • Surviving 72 Hours Stuck at Home
      How does one survive 72 hours stuck at home? What if there’s no heat? Or worse, no Internet?!   The winter of 2008 we got 36 inches of snow in one dumping. The Principal was out of town and my car was a mini van. Read: No 4×4. No plow for our…
    - 17 days ago, 6 Nov 14, 8:30am -
  • Protective Blend Essential Oil Uses
    ON GUARD “antibiotic in a bottle” This is my favorite oil. Especially for the upcoming winter months. I used a roll-on of 15 drops of Protective Blend then filled with Almond Oil in a roller bottle while traveling recently. I also made a spray ha…
    - 19 days ago, 4 Nov 14, 11:00am -

Modern Day Redneck

  • Low Budget Operation
    Even though we are making progress on the tiny house, this low budget operation is taking too long. For every board we nail up I can see two more needed which means more time and more money.The floor is done and the walls are going up. After I get al…
    - 12 days ago, 11 Nov 14, 5:30pm -
  • We Made It Back
    I would not call sleeping in a tent for five days in the middle of the South Texas desert a vacation, but it was close enough.Candy and I traveled the eleven hours to the World Championship CASI Chili Cook Off in Terlingua Texas. It is one of the mos…
    - 17 days ago, 6 Nov 14, 12:15am -
  • Phase 1, Part 1 - It's A Start
    We decided not to cook this weekend and work on the house. I am glad I did because next weekend we will be spending it getting ready to travel to the World Championship Chili Cookoff for a week.We got the floor between the buildings framed in and alo…
    - 34 days ago, 20 Oct 14, 1:05pm -
  • Time To Get Busy
    We finally got our buildings moved in and set in place. The one on the left (12X24)was my wood shop and the other one (10X16) was my garden shed. Now the one on the left will be my kitchen and living room and the one on the right will be my bedroom.…
    - 41 days ago, 13 Oct 14, 4:08pm -
  • It's A Chili Thing, You Wouldn't Understand
    The weather could not have been any better.Saturday morning it was 43 degrees, the windows of the camper were open, the fan on high. She was cold, I was in heaven.This is chili weather, nobody argued that. The first weekend of the new chili year and…
    - 48 days ago, 6 Oct 14, 5:31pm -
  • A Quick Two Weeks
    Wow! It has been two weeks and I haven't posted one thing. It sure went by quick.Here is a quick recap of what we have been up to.We made the trip to College Station for my oldest daughter Jessie's Ring Ceremony.She got the Gold!!!! When the girls we…
    - 54 days ago, 30 Sep 14, 1:28pm -
  • Going Out In Style
    Last weekend we did a two day cook off in the little town of St. JoThis was our last cook off of the Chili year and what a way to finish.Our year runs from October 1st to September 30th. In that year you can cook at as many cook offs as you want, its…
    - 68 days ago, 16 Sep 14, 7:59pm -
  • It's About Time
    Finally, I think summer is over.Three days ago it was 101 degrees and today it's only going to be a high of 73. Also a little rain came in with the cold front so it's twice as good.Tonight we are loading up for a weekend of Chili cooking in St Jo Tex…
    - 72 days ago, 12 Sep 14, 1:12pm -
  • Chugging Along
    Even though things are quiet in my neck of the woods we are still chugging along.It's been hot, too hot to really get excited about much. I have seen hotter Texas summers, but when it's hovering right at the century mark every day it's still too hot…
    - 76 days ago, 8 Sep 14, 12:31pm -
  • Dreams Do Come True
    We all have our ideas and dreams for our children. Some work out and others, not so much.After a certain time in the child's life we can no longer control the dreams and goals we had for them. I think it's around the time they start to have future id…
    - 95 days ago, 19 Aug 14, 8:07pm -

My Family Survival Plan

  • new30 Uses For Wood Ashes, You Never Thought Of
    Make lye water out of ash. You can boil 2-3 spoons of ash (clean white/grey fluffy ash) with water and then filter it with a coffee filter. Lye water is a great cleaning agent and sanitizer for clothes, floors, windows, silverware, plates, and even r…
    - 20 hours ago, 22 Nov 14, 11:39am -
  • In Food Storage, Attention To The Details May Literally Save Your Life
    Long term food storage requires great attention to details in order to ensure that your food will have its true intended shelf life, and that it will taste good while being nutritionally satisfying when you do eat it. Don’t always believe the marke…
    - 3 days ago, 20 Nov 14, 2:40pm -
  • The Ultimate Situational Survival Guide: Self-Reliance Strategies for a Dangerous World,
    When it comes to disaster preparedness, this country is ill-prepared to face even short-term, relatively common disasters. From an out of control government that cares more about public perception than they do savingThe post The Ultimate Situational…
    - 5 days ago, 18 Nov 14, 7:37pm -
  • Arming Yourself for the Zombie Apocalypse: How to Build the Ultimate Survival Shotgun
    As a Survival and Preparedness instructor, I take my line of work very seriously–sometimes too seriously. Occasionally, though, I like to take on survival projects that are just downright fun. This article highlights one of The post Arming Yours…
    - 6 days ago, 17 Nov 14, 12:35pm -
  • 31 Things You Can Freeze To Save Time and Money!
    The last few weeks I have been in “squirrel mode”. I have been buying large amounts of grapes and FREEZING them before the season ends! I do NOT like the grapes that they have in the grocery stores during the winter The post 31 Things You Can Fr…
    - 7 days ago, 15 Nov 14, 10:52pm -
  • Could you stomach these Great Depression meals?
    With all the talk about food storage and growing our own food, I did a little digging around to find out what some people ate during America’s Great Depression of the 1930’s. Surprisingly, a few of these were made by my mother and grandmother, t…
    - 9 days ago, 14 Nov 14, 2:37pm -

Command Zero

  • Fun with eggs
    Have you ever actually eaten powdered eggs? I know theres all sortsa stories from military folk talking about the horrors of such tings, but those stories are also usually pretty dated. Food preservation (and fabrication) technology has changed a bit…
    - 2 days ago, 20 Nov 14, 11:20pm -
  • That long, quiet nap that guns take…………
    There was a time in my life when I had very few guns to my name. I can recall some money-tight college days where my personal collection was whittled down to three or four guns. Nowadays, its a different story. … Continue reading →
    - 5 days ago, 18 Nov 14, 1:33am -
  • Update on space blanket from earlier post
    So, a couple posts back i was commenting that while I liked the space blanket I was critical of its lack of certain features. Well, I guess I need to look harder next time because the company that makes it … Continue reading →
    - 7 days ago, 16 Nov 14, 5:57am -
  • Links – Cold War History sites
    Two websites about Cold War facilities and fallout shelters. Coldwar-Ct.com Massachusetts Cold War History Site Both sites feature pictures and small histories of various fallout shelters and other ‘doomsday’ real estate. One thing I found intere…
    - 8 days ago, 15 Nov 14, 4:01pm -
  • Admin – issues
    As many of you have noticed, there’s still a buncha bugginess going around. Mostly issues with page loading and connectivity. Yahoo, whom I would think would have the financial and technical backing to avoid this sort of thing, have apparently ……
    - 8 days ago, 14 Nov 14, 11:04pm -
  • Silver stuff
    Silver is still below $16 and to me that is still a bargain. Even if silver drops to its old price of less than $10 an ounce I will continue to buy all the way down. Why? Because I know … Continue reading →
    - 10 days ago, 13 Nov 14, 2:08am -
  • Heavily armed nature hike
    Went hunting yesterday, although  it might be more accurate to describe it as a heavily-armed nature hike, As the day went on, some weather moved in and it became prime hypothermia country – lowering temperatures (45~ degrees), freezing drizzle, a…
    - 13 days ago, 10 Nov 14, 6:15pm -
  • Article – Underground home was built as Cold War-era hideaway
    I’ve seen pictures of this place before,  but this is the first article I’ve seen with this much detail. But I admire the kitschy over-the-top attempts to make an underground concrete room look like a green backyard. Then again, isn’t … Cont…
    - 17 days ago, 6 Nov 14, 6:34pm -
  • Repurposing Christmas lights
    I’m not going to get into posting a commentary about the election. I’m fairly confident that, by and large, things in this world have reached a point that playing musical chairs in Washington won’t do much to change the path … Continue readin…
    - 17 days ago, 6 Nov 14, 6:13pm -
  • Camouflage ice cream
    Apparently Baskin Robbins has a new flavor for Veterans Day: Despite the color palate of Baskin-Robbins’s new Veterans Day flavor, we have to admit that the camouflage-patterned treat sounds mighty tasty. The military-themed ice cream, formally d…
    - 17 days ago, 5 Nov 14, 9:22pm -

Outdoor Quest

  • newFacebook
    I just built my facebook page for Outdoor Quest.Please check it out here.  Feedback welcome.
    - 10 hours ago, 22 Nov 14, 9:49pm -
  • newRescue Beacons
    I came across this article by Jessi Loerch of the "Washington Times Herald Writer" about rescue beacons.  Worth your consideration."Lisa Jo Frech was five days into a 10-day, 170-mile hike on the Pacific Crest Trail near Glacier Peak when she passed…
    - 11 hours ago, 22 Nov 14, 9:01pm -
  • Gear Check Lists
    While in the Navy I learned the value of a good, user friendly check list.  Brian Green (at Brian's Backpacking Blog has a interesting post about checklists.  At the end of his post he shares a blank template.  Good stuff."In addition to using a g…
    - 3 days ago, 20 Nov 14, 3:22pm -
  • Backcountry Stoves in Cold Weather.
    Check out Hikin Jim's latest post on cold weather stoves.The Jetboil Joule – Preview I've been loaned a Jetboil Joule for the purposes of conducting a review.  I haven't started the review process just yet (I'm still working on the new MSR Windboi…
    - 3 days ago, 19 Nov 14, 8:38pm -
  • Navigating At Night In The Backcountry
    This is a rather technical  overview of navigating at night.  Proper preparation is essential.Navigation during periods of exceptional darkness and reduced visibility is a serious issue for the hiker.Important navigation features (e.g., mountains,…
    - 4 days ago, 18 Nov 14, 11:35pm -
  • Final Update on Missing Oregon Climber
    Sadly the missing climber was recovered by Lane County SAR/Eugene Mountain Rescue this afternoon.
    - 6 days ago, 16 Nov 14, 10:33pm -
  • SURVIVAL Top 10 Survival Tips Every Hiker Should Know
    I was searching the web for some information on hiking and came across the post.By Alexander Davies:"If you’re planning on going hiking sometime soon, that’s terrific — it’s a great way to get exercise, push your limits, and connect with the…
    - 7 days ago, 16 Nov 14, 5:11pm -
  • Land Navigation Errors
    Land Navigation is a very perishable skill.  It is a skill that takes practice.  As a SAR team member I find that all to often people who get lost in the back country don't have that skill or the equipment.In 2012 I came across a blog dedicated to…
    - 7 days ago, 16 Nov 14, 4:39pm -
  • Update on Missing Climber
    SISTERS, Ore. -A break in the weather Saturday allowed search teams to resume the hunt for an avid Bend mountain climber who fell, possibly hundreds of feet, while descending the Middle Sister late Wednesday night.Lane and Deschutes County search and…
    - 7 days ago, 16 Nov 14, 3:40am -
  • What Map Datum Do I Use?
    What is the best Map Datum to use with your GPS receiver?I was questioned about this recently in a GPS class.  What is the best datum?It just depends on what the hiker is going to do.  If one is going to plot coordinates on a map then the datum (in…
    - 8 days ago, 15 Nov 14, 5:22pm -

Paul Kirtley's Blog

  • Never Stop Learning: Pushing Your Comfort Zone
    “You never stop learning”, is a phrase you may well have heard in relation to bushcraft. In fact, it’s become a little bit of a cliché. To me it’s unfortunate that this phrase runs off people’s tongues a little too easily; because wrapped…
    - 15 days ago, 8 Nov 14, 3:44am -
  • Switching Out Of An Expedition Mindset: Two Days Of Paddling At The English Canoe Symposium
    The English Canoe Symposium happens once every three years as part of a tri-annual rotation with the Scottish and Welsh canoe symposia. It is held at the YMCA Lakeside, on the shores of Lake Windermere in the English Lake District. In the past I’ve…
    - 16 days ago, 7 Nov 14, 2:31am -
  • Careful With Your Carrots: A Case In Point
    The wild carrot, Daucus carota, is a widespread and relatively common species, native to Europe and Asia. It has been introduced and naturalised in Australia and North America, where it is often referred to as Queen Anne’s Lace. This species also l…
    - 31 days ago, 23 Oct 14, 1:40am -
  • Planning An Overseas Wilderness Journey
    To me, the attraction of going further afield boils down to the differences that other geographies offer that the UK might not. On the face of it, this is an obvious statement. But before you just stick a pin the map at random, I think it’s impo…
    - 35 days ago, 19 Oct 14, 3:30pm -
  • Enter A Virtuous Circle: Take Your Bushcraft Skills On An Adventure
    We were sitting high up in a mountain valley overlooking trees and surrounded by peaks. We’d set up our tents on a small, relatively flat, grassy area. The nearby stream provided us with water and we had collected up some firewood. As our small cam…
    - 42 days ago, 12 Oct 14, 3:50pm -
  • A Night In The Woods
    I'm often asked about bushcraft skills and camp set ups for heading into the woods for a weekend. Quite a few readers of this blog - and viewers of my YouTube channel - have asked for articles/videos regarding skills to help with getting out into th…
    - 51 days ago, 3 Oct 14, 8:35am -
  • The Stagger Inn: Portrait Of A Wilderness Cabin
    Wilderness cabins, huts, hytte, cottages, bothies – whatever your name for these footholds in the wilds – are intriguing places. They tell you something of their owners and users. They can also inform you about the environment in which they are p…
    - 54 days ago, 30 Sep 14, 11:52am -
  • Bloodvein River Trip – My Personal Gear
    People are always interested in other people’s gear. It’s certainly an area I’m asked a lot of questions about. As I get older, I’m less and less interested in outdoor clothing and equipment for any reason other than function and reliability.…
    - 62 days ago, 22 Sep 14, 3:35am -
  • Six Men, Three Boats and The Bloodvein: Canoeing A Wilderness River
    Rory, our pilot – about one third the age of the de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver he was flying – took the plane into a banked turn as we descended towards Artery Lake. About 31 minutes earlier we had taken off from Red Lake. Malcolm was the other passe…
    - 65 days ago, 19 Sep 14, 3:24pm -
  • How To Find A Place To Practice Bushcraft Skills In The UK
    At some stage, we all want to find somewhere we can go to practice our bushcraft skills. Yet land ownership, laws, bylaws, regulations and access codes limit us in what can be done where. This article shares ideas, considerations and case studies on…
    - 88 days ago, 26 Aug 14, 10:59pm -

Prep Blog

  • The Latest Ebola Numbers: Are Deaths Underestimated?
    The World Health Organization (WHO) has released their latest count of Ebola cases and deaths here. “There have been 15,351 reported Ebola cases in eight countries since the outbreak began, with 5459 reported deaths.” The infection rate remains h…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Nov 14, 6:19pm -
  • Ready Made Resources debuts new Website
    Our advertiser Ready Made Resources has revamped their entire website, to make it easier to find the things you need and to checkout. Their product line is massive, including food, water purification, solar power, stoves, tools, books, videos, garden…
    - 4 days ago, 19 Nov 14, 5:04pm -
  • Can you get a Concealed Carry Permit in California?
    Given that you are an upstanding citizen, with second amendment rights, who can pass a background check, you might still be denied a permit. See the CA.gov FAQ here. Some counties require a specific reason before they will grant you … Continue read…
    - 4 days ago, 18 Nov 14, 9:30pm -
  • Christ Pratt likes his guns (and he owns many)

    - 6 days ago, 17 Nov 14, 4:19pm -
  • New Book from Off Grid Survival
    The author of a well-known prepping blog, Off Grid Survival, has published a new book: The Ultimate Situational Survival Guide: Self-Reliance Strategies for a Dangerous World. His book description says: “The Ultimate Situational Survival Guide cove…
    - 8 days ago, 15 Nov 14, 2:37pm -

Prepper Recon

  • newSunday Prepper Bible Study- Vengeance
    It is mine to avenge; I will repay. In due time their foot will slip; their day of disaster is near and their doom rushes upon them. Dueteronomy 32:35 In last week’s Bible study, we looked at an uncommon application of […] ↓ Read the rest of t…
    - 6 hours ago, 23 Nov 14, 2:09am -
  • newGear Review- Head For the Hills Bug-Out Bag
    I just received my Head For The Hills bug-out bag from Survival Bags Inc. Yes, they’re our newest sponsor, but I’m not exaggerating when I tell you I don’t know how they’re making money off of this unit. This Bag which […] ↓ Read the res…
    - 19 hours ago, 22 Nov 14, 1:01pm -
  • Friday Night at The Movies- Stand Up to Tyranny
    Tonight’s movies are a couple of videos from Gavin Seim. Gavin confronts tyranny anytime he sees it. He pulls over cops, defies DHS and blows through a California agricultural checkpoint. We’ll have him on the podcast in a couple of […] ↓ Rea…
    - 1 day ago, 22 Nov 14, 1:39am -
  • Podcast- Is Alternative Media the Only Source of Truth?
    I’m  the guest on I Am Liberty. The host, James Walton, and I discuss the role of alternative media in the freedom movement.   Cati Armor offers affordable body armor including level III trauma plates made of AR-500 steel which can […] ↓ Rea…
    - 4 days ago, 19 Nov 14, 3:39am -
  • Podcast-Expect Nothing in a Disaster-Richard Duarte
    Richard Duarte joins me on the show today. He describes the many instances people have been on their own in disasters with no help from the government. Those who are prepared beforehand always come out far better than those who […] ↓ Read the res…
    - 6 days ago, 17 Nov 14, 2:15am -
  • Sunday Prepper Bible Study- Bullies
      So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. Matthew 7:12 Today’s Bible verse is pretty straight forward, right? I know how I like to be […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry...Th…
    - 7 days ago, 16 Nov 14, 1:29am -
  • Friday Night at The Movies- Storm Clouds
    Tonight’s Movies are two short clip from a couple of my favorite YouTube channels, Jason A and Storm clouds Gathering. The first, by Jason A features news clips from recent weeks that point out concerning stories from the media. The […] ↓ Read…
    - 8 days ago, 15 Nov 14, 12:59am -
  • Audio Edition Now Available! The Days of Noah, Book One: Conspiracy
      The audio edition  of The Days of Noah, Book One: Conspiracy is now available! I’m a podcast fan myself, which is why I started a podcast. When it comes to books, audio is my preferred method of enjoying them. I just don’t […] ↓ Read t…
    - 9 days ago, 13 Nov 14, 9:00pm -
  • Podcast-Prepping to Shelter In Place- Alex Smith
    Alex Smith joins me today to talk about sheltering in place for everything from a viral outbreak to extreme weather. He also gives us some common sense information from his new book on Ebola. Alex has written several books on […] ↓ Read the rest…
    - 11 days ago, 12 Nov 14, 1:36am -
  • Podcast- Seth Evanoff- The Chaos Agenda
    Seth Evanoff joins me on the show today to talk about his new novel, The Chaos Agenda. We talk about the importance of personal preparedness, especially being spiritually, physically and financially healthy. Check out Seth’s new book which is sure…
    - 13 days ago, 10 Nov 14, 3:03am -

Preparedness is Fundamental

  • 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 →
    - 6 days ago, 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…
    - 61 days ago, 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 →
    - 65 days ago, 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 →
    - 69 days ago, 14 Sep 14, 11:55pm -
  • Updates on BioChar, Potato Columns, Composting, tomatoes, free wheelbarrows and barrels
    It has been a while since I’ve had a post, not because I lack projects, on the contrary, I actually have dozens of what I consider, useful ideas. The problem is I don’t have a lot of time for shooting … Continue reading →
    - 7 May 14, 6:03am -
  • Cordless Drill Soap
    I’ve always contended that our forefathers forgot more than most of us will ever know. Things like canning, sewing and soap making were just another chore. Most people think that these old arts are too hard to master. I don’t … Continue reading…
    - 18 Mar 14, 5:55am -
  • A Very Nice Non- Electric Hydroponic Vegetable Producing Container for under a Buck.
    This year I’m trying several new methods of growing veggies to see what works best for my locale. One of the neatest setups I’ve seen is the Kratky method of hydroponic growing. The biggest expense is buying or building containers to grow … C…
    - 4 Mar 14, 5:27am -
  • The Underestimated Prep
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