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  • newPreparedness Notes for Thursday — April 25, 2019
    Today is the birthday of physicist, inventor, and entrepreneur Guglielmo Marconi (1874–1937). He was known for his pioneering work on long-distance radio transmission as well as for the development of Marconi’s Law and a radio telegraph system. H…
    - 17 hours ago 25 Apr 19, 7:05am -
  • newCoping Without Fresh Meat, by S.A.
    Introductory Note: This article is not a recipe submission. It’s a feature article about how to cope without abundant fresh meat. It’s first-hand, based on a lifetime of experiences, all tried and tested over the years. I’ve divided it into thr…
    - 17 hours ago 25 Apr 19, 7:04am -
  • newThe Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods:
    SurvivalBlog presents another edition of The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods— a collection of news bits and pieces that are relevant to the modern survivalist and prepper from “JWR”.  Today, we focus on the burning of Notre Dame cathedral. Surv…
    - 17 hours ago 25 Apr 19, 7:02am -
  • newThe Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “A free man must not be told how to think, either by the government or by social activists. He may certainly be shown the right way, but he must not accept being forced into it.” – Col. Jeff CooperThe post The Editors’ Quote of the Day: appe…
    - 17 hours ago 25 Apr 19, 7:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Wednesday — April 24, 2019
    This is the day that the Armenian Genocide began, in 1915. Ottoman (Turk) Muslims slaughtered 1.5 million of their Christian neighbors, intellectuals, and community leaders. The Ottoman government proceeded with multiple phases to round up men in mas…
    - 2 days ago 24 Apr 19, 7:05am -
  • Challenge & Password for The Prepared Family, by A. Jackson
    One of the best ways to improve your preparedness skills is by adapting military skills to preparedness uses. Today we’re adapting the U.S. Army Common Task of ‘Challenge & Password’ to the needs of the survivalist. Scenario Consider the follow…
    - 2 days ago 24 Apr 19, 7:04am -
  • JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:
    Here are JWR’s Recommendations of the Week for various media and tools of interest to SurvivalBlog readers. This week the focus is on the new movie The Highwaymen. (See the Movies section.) Books: This book was recommended by Wendy McElroy: Prairie…
    - 2 days ago 24 Apr 19, 7:03am -
  • Economics & Investing For Preppers
    Here are the latest news items and commentary on current economics news, market trends, stocks, investing opportunities, and the precious metals markets. We also cover hedges, derivatives, and obscura. And it bears mention that most of these items ar…
    - 2 days ago 24 Apr 19, 7:02am -
  • The Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “What’s the use of fleeing to the United States if MS-13 murderers can simply follow in the victims’ wake? As someone noted on Twitter, ‘If America is to be a place of asylum then there has to be a way to discriminate between those who flee d…
    - 2 days ago 24 Apr 19, 7:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Tuesday — April 23, 2019
    Andrew Rowan, born April 23, 1857 (died 1943) became one of the Spanish-American War’s most famous heroes because of a surprisingly popular essay written by Elbert Hubbard entitled “Message to Garcia”, detailing Rowan’s heroic acts as a liais…
    - 3 days ago 23 Apr 19, 7:05am -
  • Spices for Long Term Storage, by Upper Midwesterner
    This isn’t going to be just another food storage article. For excellent advice on that subject, start by exploring  the SurvivalBlog archives and the LDS web site. But there’s a related topic that I felt was worthy of discussion. It wasn’t tha…
    - 3 days ago 23 Apr 19, 7:04am -
  • SurvivalBlog’s News From The American Redoubt
    Here is SurvivalBlog’s News From The American Redoubt. This weekly column features news stories and event announcements from around the American Redoubt region. We also mention companies of interest to preppers that are located in the region. Today…
    - 3 days ago 23 Apr 19, 7:03am -
  • The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods:
    SurvivalBlog presents another edition of The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods— a collection of news bits and pieces that are relevant to the modern survivalist and prepper from “JWR”.  Today, we focus on field gear. Practical Legalities of Magaz…
    - 3 days ago 23 Apr 19, 7:02am -
  • The Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “As we passed on, it seemed those scenes of visionary enchantment would never have an end.” – Meriwether LewisThe post The Editors’ Quote of the Day: appeared first on SurvivalBlog.com.
    - 3 days ago 23 Apr 19, 7:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Monday — April 22, 2019
    Today is the birthday of actor Eddie Albert (born Edward Albert Heimberger on April 22, 1906.) He died May 26, 2005, at age 99.) Prior to World War II, and before his film career, Albert had toured Mexico as a clown and high-wire artist with the Esc…
    - 4 days ago 22 Apr 19, 7:05am -

SHTF Plan

More Than Just Surviving

  • On Biased Blogger Reviews & Scribbling Opinions as If They’re Gospel
    Re-reading my past scribbles is always interesting to me, not because I am obsessed with my own written word, but rather because bloggers, by virtue of being given a platform to be highly opinionated, tend to ignore uncomfortable realities when…
    - 10 days ago 15 Apr 19, 5:35pm -
  • Real Talk, What Happened to MTJS
    Blogger burnout is a real thing. I have been scribbling reviews and sharing my thoughts with you all for quite a few years now. It seems it all started off as a way for me to talk about my love for Spydercos and evolved into a great community o…
    - 29 Dec 18, 2:58pm -
  • How Much Is Your Life Worth? SafeGuard Armor Ghost Bullet Proof Vest Review
    Before I get into the meat of this review, I want to structure this away from regurgitating specifications like every other review of this sort and instead spend it musing about what this product represents to so many people the world over. Bul…
    - 11 Oct 18, 11:08am -
  • It’s Strangely Satisfying That What I’ve Stockpiled Has Never Gone to Waste
    This is not exactly relevant to the epitome of prepping at all – I think it’s important to prep even if you end up with waste (though I think it’s good to minimize waste) because I think it’s important to be prepared in case worst-case…
    - 23 Sep 18, 2:34pm -
  • Hazard 4 Grayman Series Patrol Tactical Backpack Review
    Tactical backpacks are always a tricky proposition. Either they make you look like you just got off the set of Rambo or they are jam packed with performance compromises in an effort to pass as a normal pack. The Hazard 4 Grayman Patrol is one…
    - 19 Sep 18, 7:43pm -
  • Yes, We’ve Been AWOL; Here’s Why
    Long time no scribbles my friends. I have been AWOL as of late, but rest assured – we had a good reason! As some of you may have guessed, the girl and I have once again uprooted and made our home in a new country. Some of you may remember tha…
    - 17 Sep 18, 3:02pm -
  • Buy It Once: Everyday Carry Tools I’ve Bought to Last Me a Lifetime
    Like many of you, I got into this EDC obsessed lifestyle as a kid. I have always had an affinity for tools that serve a singular purpose, but have almost perverse levels of technology thrown into them. A knife is just a sharpened piece of steel…
    - 26 Jun 18, 3:08pm -
  • Now the UK is Banning Online Knife Sales – Here We Go Again
    It’s not enough for Canada to go off the deep end, the UK has to follow in suit. After all, it has to keep its edge in the battle for the most ridiculous ban legislation. In its latest bout of scheduled lunacy, our elected overlords passed a…
    - 14 May 18, 1:12pm -
  • Gerber MP600 Multi-Plier Bladeless Needle Nose Multitool Review
    Reviewing Leatherman-style multi-tools is always a tricky proposition. They are essentially pliers with extra tools tacked on as an afterthought and in the case of the Gerber MP600, I found myself struggling with the performance of the pliers (…
    - 11 Apr 18, 11:42am -
  • “Hysteria & Hysterical Fits:” First Aid Knowledge & How It Evolves
    I used to publish articles and guides concerning first aid on a semi-regular basis on this blog, but over time, have found it’s become harder and harder for me to do so. There’s been a pretty massive shift in attitude on MTJS with regards…
    - 29 Mar 18, 5:20pm -
  • “Extreme” Weather Conditions: Snowflakes, Hysteria, & the UK
    If you are a Brit, you will undoubtedly be aware that we faced a seemingly apocalyptic event over the past week or so. In case you’re unaware and need to be brought up to speed with regards to the cataclysmic event that struck old Blighty, be…
    - 11 Mar 18, 11:20am -
  • New Knives in 2018? The Knife World’s Changed & Not For the Better
    When Elise and I started MTJS, I began by reviewing my extensive Spyderco collection. Over the years, due to constant bugging by you lot, I started reviewing knives from brands I never really had much interest in. A good example would be Cold S…
    - 19 Feb 18, 4:26pm -
  • We Need to Talk About the Cape Town Drought & Human Stupidity
    As some of you may know, Cape Town is running out of water. The local government has quite literally stated that in less than 100 days, they may have to turn off the taps entirely and water will be rationed out at designated outposts. Here’s…
    - 3 Feb 18, 10:54am -
  • Prepper Lessons: What Mistakes Have You Made & Learned From?
    While I haven’t been prepping for very long in comparison to most of you, I’d like to think I’ve learned quite a lot over the years through mistakes I’ve made with prepping. Honestly, mistakes make some of the most valuable lessons reso…
    - 27 Jan 18, 12:34pm -
  • The Value of Dehydrated Foods & MRES in a Prepper’s Food Stockpile
    So I’ve spoken about this briefly before, but basically my opinion on rotating through a food stockpile has actually changed since I first began prepping. I used to think that – in an ideal situation – I 100% wanted to rotate through ever…
    - 24 Jan 18, 12:40pm -
  • How Often Do You Change the Gear You Everyday Carry?
    My personal EDC habits, especially in terms of how often I swap in and out the things I carry, have changed considerably over the years. I know there are many who like to change what they take out with them daily, but I’ve never been the type…
    - 15 Jan 18, 3:05pm -
  • Canada Essentially Bans the Import of Every Folding Knife In Existence…
    The insane have taken over the asylum folks. The geniuses over at the Canada Border Services Agency decided that they weren’t going to let the United Kingdom beat them in the Stupid Olympics and have opted to ban the import of basically all…
    - 10 Jan 18, 11:54am -
  • December 2017 EDC Pocket Dump
    When it comes to gear, I feel I have settled into a groove. I rarely experiment with tobacco these days (same with the pipes) and just stick to what I know I like. Hope you had a merry Christmas, and we’ll see you in the new year! Everyday Ca…
    - 31 Dec 17, 6:33pm -
  • Chosen By Our Readers: Victorinox’s Best Swiss Army Knives to EDC
    Picking out the best Victoriniox Swiss Army Knife is not at all an easy feat considering just how many options Victorinox gives you, and how many variations of those different there are to choose from. There’s no way I could have mad up a lis…
    - 21 Dec 17, 12:33pm -
  • Diabetes Preparedness: Emergency, Disaster, & SHTF Preps for Diabetics
    We’ve received a lot of reader questions asking us how to prep for diabetes over the years. How many? I couldn’t possibly count. It’s a lot, and not all from preppers who are themselves diabetics either. We get a number of concerned relat…
    - 15 Dec 17, 5:51pm -

Blue Collar Prepping

  • newA prepper phone?
    I’ve had the same cell phone for 5 years, a Samsung Galaxy S4, and it has served me well. It’s a bit outdated now; Android has released 3 new versions of the operating system that my old phone can’t run due to hardware constraints, and it recen…
    - 4 hours ago 25 Apr 19, 8:26pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: April Buffet Post
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.      Here is my (almost) End of the Month Post! A wrap-up of the move, organizing and several small topics.The NeighborhoodTh…
    - 1 day ago 24 Apr 19, 10:22pm -
  • 5.11 L1 Flashlight review
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    - 2 days ago 24 Apr 19, 1:08am -
  • Product Review: 5.11 EDC PL 2AAA Penlight
    I have a new penlight. It's the size of a sharpie, requires 2 AAA batteries, and produces 107 lumens.You can buy it on Amazon for $24.99.
    - 3 days ago 22 Apr 19, 6:16pm -
  • Food After the Flood
    I live in farm country, so I hear a lot about the effects of the floods on the soil — farmers rely on their ground for their income, so it’s a common (and very complicated) subject of discussion. Once the dikes and levees have been repaired and t…
    - 6 days ago 19 Apr 19, 7:11pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: Settling In
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.My settling in is pretty much finished, but the unpacking and final positioning? Not so much. I've had a chance to walk around a li…
    - 7 days ago 19 Apr 19, 3:56am -
  • Field Expedient Grommet Repair
    Grommets are key to securing tarps and fabric goods, but sometimes they fail and need to be repaired. Here's a quick and easy way to do just that.Lokidude
    - 9 days ago 16 Apr 19, 10:39pm -
  • Crate Club #3: The End??
    My three-month test of Crate Club comes to an end. Do I stay subscribed, or do I cancel?Watch and find out!
    - 10 days ago 15 Apr 19, 5:22pm -
  • Flooding, Part 2
    We’re still experiencing flooding here, but the first surge is done. I stayed dry, my house is above the flood plain, and so far, the place where I work has been spared. We got lucky where a lot of friends and family didn’t; the rapid spring tha…
    - 14 days ago 11 Apr 19, 10:03pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: Sharing the Good News
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.I’m still going through boxes and I’m not settled in yet, but there appears to be some light at the end of the moving tunnel. M…
    - 15 days ago 10 Apr 19, 10:13pm -
  • Electrolytes: They're What You Crave!
    I’m not normally the food guy around here; what I am, however, is a construction worker who spends 40 hours a week sweating. Sweat pulls needed nutrients from the body, and those need to be replaced in order to keep you running in top form.Commerc…
    - 16 days ago 10 Apr 19, 1:29am -
  • Exo Gear BW20 Sportbuds Review
    Ear buds -- they're more than just headphones!
    - 17 days ago 8 Apr 19, 5:50pm -
  • Magnesium Citrate: the Prime Mover
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.If you've used opioids at all (or if you've seen the movie Trainspotting), you know that they cause terrible constipation.How terrible? A few years back my mother had neck surgery a…
    - 20 days ago 5 Apr 19, 10:02pm -
  • Cell Phone Security Camera
    A few weeks ago, during the serious rainfall that triggered our local flooding, my cell phone got soaked. That's one of the hazards of working outdoors a lot, and I've been lucky for a long time; I've had this poor phone for over four years and have…
    - 21 days ago 4 Apr 19, 3:15pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: Reflect, Review and Prepare
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.It’s time for me to clean up and check my equipment as I move, and in the middle of the mess I hear a report that a dam in northe…
    - 22 days ago 3 Apr 19, 8:40pm -
  • Are "Budget" Tools a False Economy?
    Humans are tool-using animals; it's kind of our superpower, and what keeps us at the top of the food chain. Sadly, as tools become more important and more complex, they also become more and more expensive. Couple this with needing an increasingly lar…
    - 23 days ago 2 Apr 19, 11:46pm -
  • Gerber Flat Iron Review
    The Gerber Flat Iron knife is $34 from Amazon with Prime shipping.
    - 24 days ago 1 Apr 19, 7:09pm -
  • A Few Thoughts
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.My mother had knee replacement surgery 2 weeks ago, and so I've been helping take care of her and also doing a lot of her chores around the house while she recovers. Therefore, this…
    - 27 days ago 30 Mar 19, 3:09am -
  • N11?
    Last week I posted a bunch of information about where to find road condition information in various states. Several of the websites had “511” in the name, and one of my friends asked why that particular number was used, so I thought I would expla…
    - 28 days ago 29 Mar 19, 12:14am -
  • Prudent Prepping: Smith's Diamond Precision
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping. I’m still not in my own place, and it might not happen until after the first weekend of April, but my sister hasn’t complaine…
    - 29 days ago 27 Mar 19, 11:53pm -
  • The Bug Out... House?
    We’ve talked quite a bit in the past about bug out bags, bug out plans, and even bug out vehicles. Today, though, I want to offer up the notion of a bug out house.Don't worry, I’m not seriously going to try and convince you that you can somehow m…
    - 30 days ago 26 Mar 19, 10:21pm -
  • Crate Club Box #2
    My second Crate Club Box arrived. What's inside?
    - 31 days ago 25 Mar 19, 8:11pm -
  • The RATS Tourniquet Debacle
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.I am a tourniquet elitist, and that's because I vehemently believe that a first aid device which can mean the difference between my life and my death ought to be reliable. As far as…
    - 32 days ago 24 Mar 19, 9:46pm -
  • Floods and Roads
    Last week was a mess. The rapid rise in temperatures coupled with abundant snow, three inches of rain, and still-frozen ground led to widespread flash flooding over most of the upper Midwest. Iowa and Nebraska got hit hard and fast, with rivers and s…
    - 35 days ago 21 Mar 19, 9:43pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: Intermission
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.I mentioned in last week's post that it was my first post-move article. This is my second post-move blog entry, but it isn't the fi…
    - 36 days ago 21 Mar 19, 3:15am -

Survival Medicine

  • Survival Medicine Hour: Probiotics and Antibiotics, Structural Fires, More
    Survival Medicine Hour: Probiotics and Antibiotics, Structural Fires, MoreSURVIVAl MEDICINE HOUR PODCAST For years, Dr. Bones has been writing about antibiotics and how important  they are as part of your survival medicine cabinet. In survival scena…
    - 5 days ago 20 Apr 19, 10:37pm -
  • Video: Probiotics After Antibiotic Therapy
    Video: Probiotics After Antibiotic TherapyVIDEO: PROBIOTICS AFTER ANTIBIOTIC THERAPY I often mention that antibiotics don’t kill viruses, they’re essentially for dealing with bacterial infections. Besides killing the bad bacteria, though, they al…
    - 5 days ago 20 Apr 19, 2:58pm -
  • BUILDING FIRES
    BUILDING FIRESBUILDING FIRES The Western world watched in horror as the Cathedral of Notre Dame burned to the ground on April 15, 2019. It was the most significant fire in an iconic monument in recent memory, but only one of hundreds of thousands of…
    - 10 days ago 15 Apr 19, 8:55pm -
  • VIDEO: The Survival Medic Mindset
    VIDEO: The Survival Medic MindsetVIDEO: The Survival Medic Mindset We often take the miracles of modern medicine for granted. Medical professionals, from doctors to nurses to EMTs, are trained with modern equipment and the knowledge that there will a…
    - 11 days ago 14 Apr 19, 1:20pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Mass Casualty Incidents, Salmonella Outbreaks, More
    Survival Medicine Hour: Mass Casualty Incidents, Salmonella Outbreaks, MoreSURVIVAL MEDICINE HOUR PODCAST In off-grid settings, you can expect there to be concerns about food preparation. Outbreaks of bacterial disease, however, can occur even in the…
    - 11 days ago 14 Apr 19, 12:41pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: TCCC Core Principles, Preparedness and “Normal” People, More
    Survival Medicine Hour: TCCC Core Principles, Preparedness and “Normal” People, MoreSURVIVAL MEDICINE HOUR PODCAST You may have read some of my articles where I talk about the latest military methods used to save more lives on the battlefield. Th…
    - 19 days ago 6 Apr 19, 9:25pm -
  • Video: TCCC Core Principles: Phases of Care/MARCH/PAWS
    Video: TCCC Core Principles: Phases of Care/MARCH/PAWS  VIDEO: TCCC CORE PRINCIPLES You may have heard me reference TCCC in articles, podcasts, or videos. TCCC, sometimes called T3C or T triple C, is a term that means tactical combat casualty care,…
    - 19 days ago 6 Apr 19, 4:47pm -
  • Important Aspects of Tactical Combat Casualty Care
    Important Aspects of Tactical Combat Casualty CareIMPORTANT ASPECTS OF TACTICAL COMBAT CASUALTY CARE You may have heard me reference something called “TCCC” in previous articles, podcasts, or videos. TCCC, sometimes called T3C or T triple C, is a…
    - 21 days ago 4 Apr 19, 3:20pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Tornadoes, Nettles, Expiration Dates, More
    Survival Medicine Hour: Tornadoes, Nettles, Expiration Dates, MoreSURVIVAL MEDICINE HOUR PODCAST Spring is tornado season, and all up and down Tornado Alley, families are making plans in case a twister crosses their paths. Joe and Amy Alton discuss a…
    - 26 days ago 30 Mar 19, 11:20pm -
  • Video: Expiration Dates and the Off-Grid Medic
    Video: Expiration Dates and the Off-Grid MedicVIDEO: EXPIRATION DATES  UPDATE In survival scenarios, the medic will eventually be caring for the sick and injured with a medicine cabinet full of expired drugs. Everyone has seen the dates on medicine…
    - 26 days ago 30 Mar 19, 12:31pm -