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  • newPreparedness Notes for Saturday — January 25, 2020
    Today is the birthday of celebrated Scottish poet Robert “Bobby” Burns. He was born on January 25, 1759. — Some good news:  Our supply of Waterproof USB SurvivalBlog 2005-2019 Archive sticks has arrived!  Deliveries by mail have begun. But be…
    - 16 hours ago 25 Jan 20, 7:04am -
  • newHome Canning With Reusable Lids, by Michele C.
    Editor’s Introductory Notes: The following instructions work with both Tattler brand canning lids and the more recently-introduced Harvest Guard brand lids. The author uses the term “Tattler” generically, just as some people use the word “Kle…
    - 16 hours ago 25 Jan 20, 7:03am -
  • newEditors’ Prepping Progress
    To be prepared for a crisis, every Prepper must establish goals and make long-term and short-term plans. In this column, the SurvivalBlog editors review their week’s prep activities and planned prep activities for the coming week. These range from…
    - 16 hours ago 25 Jan 20, 7:02am -
  • newThe Editors’ Quote of the Day
    “I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord. Our feet shall stand within thy gates, O Jerusalem. Jerusalem is builded as a city that is compact together: Whither the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord, unto the testim…
    - 16 hours ago 25 Jan 20, 7:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Friday — January 24, 2020
    On February 24, 1970 an avalanche took the lives of 29 Swiss Army officers in Reckingen, Switzerland. — A reader wrote to suggest that I re-post some items on surviving a pandemic. Since i plan ahead, there is already a static page for that: Protec…
    - 2 days ago 24 Jan 20, 7:05am -
  • Ready for TEOTWAWKI: What’s Bringing Us Along – Part 2, by K.G.
    (Continued from Part 1. This concludes the article.) Food for Health I am also working on growing and preserving my own food. This is another family project that my wife and children enjoy participating in. We do not have a large plot of land, so we…
    - 2 days ago 24 Jan 20, 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. Most of these items are from the “tangibles he…
    - 2 days ago 24 Jan 20, 7:02am -
  • The Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “How vain, then, are the boasts and professions of some persons who assert themselves to be the children of God and yet live in sin! There is no perceivable difference in their conduct—they are just what they used to be before their pretended con…
    - 2 days ago 24 Jan 20, 7:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Thursday — January 23, 2020
    January 23, 1855 was the birthday of John Moses Browning. He was the brilliant designer of dozens of guns, including the M1911 pistol, Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR), and the venerable M2 .50 Caliber Machinegun. — SurvivalBlog Writing Contest Today…
    - 3 days ago 23 Jan 20, 7:04am -
  • Ready for TEOTWAWKI: What’s Bringing Us Along – Part 1, by K.G.
    As we age, we need to understand our new limitations and be able to adapt to them, overcome the ones we can and add new skills commensurate with our abilities. The timeless adage “if I knew then what I know now” is quite applicable to my prepping…
    - 3 days ago 23 Jan 20, 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”. Our goal is to educate our readers, to help them to recognize…
    - 3 days ago 23 Jan 20, 7:02am -
  • The Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “It is too true, however disgraceful it may be to human nature, that nations in general will make war whenever they have a prospect of getting any thing by it; nay, that absolute monarchs will often make war when their nations are to get nothing by…
    - 3 days ago 23 Jan 20, 7:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Wednesday — January 22, 2020
    On January 22 , 1944 Allied forces began landing at Anzio, Italy. — SurvivalBlog Writing Contest Today we present another entry for Round 86 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The more than $12,000 worth of prizes for this round inclu…
    - 4 days ago 22 Jan 20, 7:04am -
  • Practical Survival Radio Communications – Part 2, by G.H.
    CONTROL THE AIR Controlling the air often means transmitting, when necessary, large quantities of information accurately in poor conditions in a short amount of time. Even operators that are interested only in the hobby side of radio may fall into an…
    - 4 days ago 22 Jan 20, 7:03am -
  • JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:
    Here are JWR’s Recommendations of the Week for various media and tools of interest to SurvivalBlog readers. The focus is usually on emergency communications gear, bug out bag gear, books and movies–often with a tie-in to disaster preparedness, an…
    - 4 days ago 22 Jan 20, 7:02am -

SHTF Plan

More Than Just Surviving

  • Security Information Overload: From Panic to Apathy & the Remedy
    Security overload leads to apathy. How often do you hear a car alarm go off and roll your eyes hoping the owner would disable the blasted thing before the incoming headache comes a knocking? The primary objection I have to such systems is they…
    - 24 May 19, 12:30pm -
  • 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…
    - 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 -

Blue Collar Prepping

  • newDelay of Blog
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.I know that I said I'd have my Bottle Carrier Challenge for you today, but 1) I forgot that I'd be travelling out of town today for a speaking engagement and 2) some things that I o…
    - 20 hours ago 25 Jan 20, 3:30am -
  • Yes, it's Winter
    It's snowing here, which means the temperature finally got warm enough that it could snow. Below-zero temperatures and six inches of snow make it hard to do much outside that isn't absolutely necessary, so most of my time has been spent indoors this…
    - 2 days ago 23 Jan 20, 8:20pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: Bagging It
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.As mentioned by our esteemed founder and Editrix Extraordinaire in her bottle bag blog post, we have been challenged to fill a bott…
    - 3 days ago 22 Jan 20, 4:30pm -
  • Making Your Own Yogurt
    I love yogurt. It's been one of my favorite treats since I was a little kid, it's tasty and satisfying, and being loaded with protein makes it good for you. The best yogurts also promote the growth of good bacteria in your digestive tract.Unfortunate…
    - 4 days ago 22 Jan 20, 4:03am -
  • Portable Cat Litter Prep
    Don’t forget your pets!Here’s a little DIY to help make your getaway easier.Godspeed to you all.
    - 5 days ago 21 Jan 20, 12:33am -
  • The Bottle Carrier Challenge
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.While in the process of repacking and slimming down my Get Home Bag, I had an idea for making a minimalist Bug Out Bag or GHB. To that end I have decided to issue a challenge to my…
    - 8 days ago 18 Jan 20, 1:30am -
  • Can Openers for Dummies
    I'm officially old now:the other day I had to teach a 20-something worker how to use a can opener. This poor soul has been raised his entire life with pull tabs on canned goods or an electric can opener on the counter, and had no clue how to open a c…
    - 9 days ago 16 Jan 20, 10:08pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: Re-Mixing Right
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping. It pays to have friends who know more than I do, and frankly the list of those friends is pretty long. A reader of the blog asked…
    - 10 days ago 15 Jan 20, 11:33pm -
  • The Case for the Instant Pot
    In the past couple years, a kitchen implement called the Instant Pot has taken America by storm. Its primary function is as an automatic pressure cooker, but that's just where the fun starts; it can also function as a slow cooker, rice cooker, or veg…
    - 11 days ago 15 Jan 20, 3:56am -
  • Food Storage in 2020
    In the past I’ve talked about using grocery store sales as a good way to prep food storage. But a sale price really isn’t a savings if it’s something you don’t eat!Godspeed to you all.
    - 12 days ago 13 Jan 20, 3:28pm -
  • Repacking My Get Home Bag
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.A while ago (I don't remember exactly when) I came to the conclusion that my definitions of Bug Out Bag and Get Home Bag differed in practice from those of other people. I realized…
    - 15 days ago 11 Jan 20, 12:11am -
  • Superglue for Repairs
    Our illustrious editrix Erin asked me about the potential dangers of using superglue to repair an item that would come into contact with drinking water, which is something that may come up if you're using your gear for a while in rough conditions. Th…
    - 16 days ago 9 Jan 20, 4:40pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: Mixing Right
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping. I had a very nice holiday season, staying close to home and spending time with family and friends. This was a good thing for me,…
    - 17 days ago 9 Jan 20, 12:50am -
  • String (Saw) Theory
    There's a limitless number of cutting tools in the world; many are common and well known, while others are far less known even if they're the best tool for the job.Cable saws have been a thing for as long as I have memories. Some have been decent, an…
    - 18 days ago 7 Jan 20, 11:48pm -
  • Minimalist EDC for Air for Ocean Travel
    A little is all you really need, and you’d be surprised what you can carry aboard a plane or a ship!Godspeed to you all.
    - 19 days ago 7 Jan 20, 12:14am -
  • Peace on Earth
    Goodwill to all... except for those who mean us harm. Photo courtesy of Oleg Volk and used with permission. Stay prepared, friends.
    - 31 days ago 25 Dec 19, 5:41pm -
  • Christmas Vacation
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.I have given the blogging staff here at Blue Collar Prepping the rest of the year off. They've all worked very hard in 2019 -- they didn't even ask for a summer vacation -- and so t…
    - 34 days ago 22 Dec 19, 7:32pm -
  • Militias: What They Are and What They Aren't
    With the increase in rhetoric coming from both sides in the gun control arena, I'm seeing a lot more references to “militias” in the last few weeks. Some pro-gun people are calling for the formation of more militia units to prepare for anticipate…
    - 37 days ago 19 Dec 19, 7:23pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: a "Going" Affair
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.This is a follow-up to last week's post, detailing some of the things I'm doing now to be better prepared for similar 'issues' in t…
    - 38 days ago 18 Dec 19, 2:40pm -
  • Knife and Hand Safety Review
    Last week, one of my co-workers left work to get medical attention for a hand injury. He was stripping insulation from a large wire with a razor knife when his blade slipped and he hit himself in several places along his hand. He lost part of his fin…
    - 39 days ago 17 Dec 19, 10:42pm -
  • Vehicle Reveal: Detroit Gambler 500, Part 2
    It’s a cute little SUV, but when we’re done getting it ready for the Detroit Gambler 500...... who am I kidding? It’ll still be cute!Merry Christmas!Godspeed to you all.
    - 40 days ago 17 Dec 19, 4:30am -
  • Prudent Prepping: To Live and Die In Glacier Bay
    Me, on better days than this weekThe dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping. Yes, I'm feeling better now. I'm not at 100%, but at least I'm vertical.This will be a short rep…
    - 43 days ago 14 Dec 19, 1:03am -
  • Getting Home by Rail
    "Getting home or bugging out to a safe(r) spot" is one of the more common topics for prepper articles. Travel after a disaster or emergency has different challenges than a daily commute, so we try to look ahead and plan around those challenges: roads…
    - 44 days ago 12 Dec 19, 9:45pm -
  • The Return of Norovirus
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.David is out sick today. Based on the symptoms he describes, it sounds like he has a case of Norovirus, which I had the "pleasure" of encountering in February 2017.The good news for…
    - 45 days ago 12 Dec 19, 1:23am -
  • Guest Post: Pros and Cons of the .350 Legend cartridge
    by George GrootGeorge is a member of our Facebook Group and has written for us before.The AR-15 platform has a number of cartridge options other than the 5.56x45mm/.223 Remington option: .300 BLK, 6.5mm Grendel, 6.8mm SPC, 7.62x39mm, and as far a…
    - 46 days ago 11 Dec 19, 12:59am -

Survival Medicine

  • newVideo: Face Masks, Part 1
    Video: Face Masks, Part 1Video: Face Mask Basics Throughout history, infectious diseases have been part and parcel of the human experience.  In modern times, it seems that a viral epidemic pops up every year, with names we’ve never heard before: E…
    - 1 hour ago 25 Jan 20, 9:48pm -
  • Coronavirus: The Next Pandemic?
    Coronavirus: The Next Pandemic?Last week, we reported on a mysterious ailment first reported Dec. 8th, 2019, in Wuhan, China. Wuhan is the seventh most populous city in China with 11 million people. The previously unknown disease is now identified as…
    - 3 days ago 23 Jan 20, 3:19am -
  • Survival Medicine Podcast: Norovirus, Xofluza
    Survival Medicine Podcast: Norovirus, XofluzaSurvival Medicine Podcast Reports from Yosemite National Park in California reveal that at least 170 visitors and personnel have experienced a mysterious intestinal ailment. Lab studies have identified a v…
    - 5 days ago 20 Jan 20, 4:30pm -
  • Norovirus
    NorovirusNorovirus: What you should know Reports from Yosemite National Park in California reveal that at least 170 visitors and personnel have come down wih a mysterious intestinal ailment. Lab studies have identified a virus called “Norovirus”…
    - 8 days ago 17 Jan 20, 11:28pm -
  • Blunt Trauma, Part 1
    Blunt Trauma, Part 1Blunt Trauma: Mechanisms of Injury Many first aid manuals lay out a plan of action with regards to prehospital care for the injured. These books have the information you need to get a victim to the next highest medical resource. T…
    - 9 days ago 16 Jan 20, 5:04pm -
  • Survival Medicine Podcast: Pneumonia in Austere Settings
    Survival Medicine Podcast: Pneumonia in Austere SettingsHealth authorities in China are reporting 60-70 cases of a previously unknown viral pneumonia that has put dozens in the hospital. Officials note that victims exhibit fever up to 105(!), difficu…
    - 16 days ago 9 Jan 20, 7:11pm -
  • A New Pneumonia
    A New PneumoniaHealth authorities in China are reporting 60 cases or more of a previously unknown viral pneumonia that has put dozens in the hospital. Officials note that victims exhibit fever up to 105 degrees Fahrenheit, difficulty breathing, and a…
    - 18 days ago 7 Jan 20, 5:12pm -
  • Video: “Maxi-Pads” As Survival Bandage?
    Video: “Maxi-Pads” As Survival Bandage?A while ago I gave my opinion on the persistent notion that tampons, the feminine sanitary product, are an awesome addition to your medical kit. They aren’t. What happens in a case of ballistic trauma? Whe…
    - 19 days ago 6 Jan 20, 9:42pm -
  • Survival Medicine Podcast: Austere Medics
    Survival Medicine Podcast: Austere MedicsSurvival Medicine Podcast You know, the world isn’t getting any safer these days, and that means that, more than ever, you should be prepared for disasters, whether they be natural disasters or man-made. The…
    - 21 days ago 4 Jan 20, 6:21pm -
  • COPD in Austere Settings
    COPD in Austere SettingsYou know, we often talk about trauma and infection, but less so about chronic diseases. We have to face the fact that, without modern medicine’s miracle technology, some people with long-term issues may end up having life sp…
    - 23 days ago 2 Jan 20, 5:19pm -