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  • newNotes for Thursday – June 29, 2017
    Seed for Security is having a sale. Their Non-GMO Flint Indian Corn is now on sale at 25% off with shipping included. They offer 1/2 Pint, which is Approximately 960 seeds, in a moisture proof Polly pouch with a desiccant. This corn combined with dry…
    - 9 hours ago 29 Jun 17, 6:39am -
  • newProtecting Electronics in Metal Military Surplus Ammunition Cans- Part 3, by J.T.
    I am sharing a better solution for protecting sensitive electronics stored in metal military surplus ammunition cans made into a Faraday cage. In the Part 1, I talked about the ammunition cans that can be used and began the instructions for building…
    - 9 hours ago 29 Jun 17, 6:38am -
  • newThe Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods:
    SurvivalBlog presents another edition of The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods – a collection of news bits and pieces that are relevant to the modern survivalist and prepper from “HJL”. Rain water collection is the name of the game today.Rainwate…
    - 10 hours ago 29 Jun 17, 6:25am -
  • newThe Editors’ Quote of the Day
    And remember, where you have a concentration of power in a few hands, all too frequently men with the mentality of gangsters get control. History has proven that. – Lord Acton (British historian)Thanks for reading, check out SurvivalBlog.com for m…
    - 10 hours ago 29 Jun 17, 6:22am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Wednesday – June 28, 2017
    June 28th ,1703 was the birthday of John Wesley, who died March 2nd, 1791.o o oWe are almost at the midpoint of Round 71 of the Survivalblog Writing Contest. If you haven’t seen the list of the nearly $11,000 in prizes that will be awarded, then…
    - 1 day ago 28 Jun 17, 4:48am -
  • Protecting Electronics in Metal Military Surplus Ammunition Cans- Part 2, by J.T.
    I am sharing a better solution for protecting sensitive electronics stored in metal military surplus ammunition cans made into a Faraday cage. In the Part 1, I talked about the ammunition cans that can be used. We then began the instructions for buil…
    - 1 day ago 28 Jun 17, 4:45am -
  • Economics & Investing for Preppers
    Here are the latest items and commentary on current economics news, market trends, stocks, investing opportunities, and the precious metals markets. We also cover hedges, derivatives, and obscura. And it bears mention that most of these items are fro…
    - 1 day ago 28 Jun 17, 4:38am -
  • 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’s emphasis is on waterproof fleece clothing and propane.Books:The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last T…
    - 1 day ago 28 Jun 17, 4:36am -
  • Editors’ Quote Of The Day
    “Saying that you don’t care about privacy because you have nothing to hide is the same as saying you don’t care about free speech because you have nothing to say.” – Edward Snowden, in an interview by Ron Paul.Thanks for reading, check out…
    - 1 day ago 28 Jun 17, 4:32am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Tuesday – June 27, 2017
    June 27th is the 70th birthday of economist Dr. Ravi Batra (born 1943).Thanks for reading, check out SurvivalBlog.com for more news!The post Preparedness Notes for Tuesday – June 27, 2017 appeared first on SurvivalBlog.com.
    - 2 days ago 27 Jun 17, 7:27am -
  • Protecting Electronics in Metal Military Surplus Ammunition Cans- Part 1, by J.T.
    In this multi-part article, I am sharing a better solution for protecting sensitive electronics stored in metal military surplus ammunition cans. There are many references for making a Faraday Cage on SurvivalBlog. Some references go back as far as 2…
    - 2 days ago 27 Jun 17, 7:26am -
  • SurvivalBlog’s News From The American Redoubt
    This column is posted on Tuesdays. Here, we present news stories and event announcements from around the American Redoubt region. We also mention companies in the region of interest to preppers. This week’s focus is on several upcoming visits to th…
    - 2 days ago 27 Jun 17, 6:54am -
  • The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods:
    SurvivalBlog presents another edition of The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods – a collection of news bits and pieces that are relevant to the modern survivalist and prepper from “HJL”. We’ll let Mike Williamson start it off today.Mike Williams…
    - 2 days ago 27 Jun 17, 6:50am -
  • The Editors’ Quote Of The Day
    “The origin of all civil government, justly established, must be a voluntary compact, between the rulers and the ruled; and must be liable to such limitations, as are necessary for the security of the absolute rights of the latter; for what origina…
    - 2 days ago 27 Jun 17, 6:50am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Monday – June 26, 2017
    June 26th is the birthday of Marine Corps Lt. General Chesty Puller (born 1898, died October 11, 1971). Perhaps America’s finest-ever maverick officer, Puller was part of what JWR calls the Even Greater Generation.Thanks for reading, check out Sur…
    - 3 days ago 26 Jun 17, 6:08am -

SHTF Plan

More Than Just Surviving

  • Review Roundup: Quartermaster, Baladeo, Boker, & Tops Knives
    After I published my process for reviewing knives, some of you wanted me to do some quick reviews on the blades I own, but for various reasons, are undeserving of a full review. These are quick and dirty overviews and I 100% gloss over some of…
    - 3 days ago 26 Jun 17, 11:35am -
  • June 2017 EDC Pocket Dump
    Snapped up the Boker a while back. I wanted a modern version of the Case Sodbuster and this fit the bill. Really impressed with the fit and finish, except for the stupid glass breaker on the butt. Thankfully, I am resourceful and took a hacksaw…
    - 5 days ago 24 Jun 17, 2:07pm -
  • Top Budget Pocket Knives: 30 Best Folding EDCs Under $30
    Over the years, I’m finding it harder and harder to justify the purchase of expensive knives besides those that really stand out from the crowd – knives like the Benchmade Osborne and the Spyderco Paramilitary 2. The explanation for why com…
    - 8 days ago 21 Jun 17, 9:36am -
  • Survival Pulse Prepper News Site: Website Now Live Again!
    Not too long ago, we pulled the Survival Pulse website offline in an attempt to combat the censorship on the net in a way we felt would work. Instead, we replaced the website with a newsletter. Emailing you directly meant we could have access t…
    - 14 days ago 15 Jun 17, 10:17am -
  • The Act of Killing: Not So Easy; Is It Something You Can Live With?
    This is going to be a different kind of article. No gear or techniques to aid in survival, but nonetheless – it’s a topic I want to discuss because it relates to something that is often brought up, though rarely do we discuss its consequenc…
    - 17 days ago 12 Jun 17, 10:07am -
  • Preppers: What Types of Insurance Do You Have?
    Well, this whole business of me asking you guys questions about how you prep and what you like to use to prepare has been working quite well – at least I think so. Last time (the first time I did something like this) I asked you for your prep…
    - 24 days ago 5 Jun 17, 10:47am -
  • Which Knives Make The Cut? My Review Process
    I get a lot of questions from readers about my knife review methodology, how I pick the knives I review and why I won’t review x, y, and z. Elise has responded to a number of these questions in our FAQ, but there were plenty more asked that n…
    - 28 days ago 1 Jun 17, 9:43am -
  • Make Money Prepping: How to Put Your Preps to Work for You
    I’ve spoken already about how it’s possible to save money with your preps, but preparedness can be taken one step further – it can actually earn you money if you use your skills as a prepper in the right way. For those of you who don’…
    - 30 days ago 30 May 17, 2:19pm -
  • Fear Matters to Security: Control & Use It to Your Advantage
    If aliens exist and by happenstance were to glance down on our tiny planet, I think they would be shocked by the order of things. We humans are the dominant species on this little blue planet. Not lions, tigers, or bears, but us. Relatively sma…
    - 34 days ago 26 May 17, 8:08pm -
  • Reader Recommendations: Preppers List Their Favourite Gear
    This article is a follow up of a post I made just a couple weeks ago asking you guys to recommend the prepper gear you use and love. The question came about because I’d made an article listing the best prepper gear I could think of without…
    - 37 days ago 23 May 17, 11:51am -
  • 5 Things You Should Never Do During a Home Invasion
    Home security is serious business. Every day we see new articles circulated, tips, tricks, and the latest security hardware that can give you an edge against would-be home invaders. Seldom, however, do I see the mindset – ways you should be…
    - 41 days ago 19 May 17, 10:53am -
  • Boker Plus Exskelibur I Titanium Framelock Knife Review
    The Boker Plus Exskelibur line of knives has been a mainstay of the Boker catalogue, and for good reason. This Burger/Skellern custom design features unique quirks that no other production knife has (more on this later) with solid ergonomics a…
    - 45 days ago 15 May 17, 7:40pm -
  • May 2017 EDC Pocket Dump
    Mega minimal ’round-the-house EDC today. Gotta say I love that Boker. Didn’t think I would get used to the deployment mechanism, but after one day of EDC, it became second nature. Review of it coming soon! Everyday Carry Item Breakdown Foun…
    - 47 days ago 13 May 17, 3:57pm -
  • What Are Your Prepper Gear Recommendations?
    Last week I wrote up an article on the best prepper gear I could think to buy for myself – items that have been on my wishlist for absolute ages and were above average in terms of cost, but were worthy (in my mind) purchases considering my pe…
    - 49 days ago 11 May 17, 8:34am -
  • Spyderco Roadie Little Big EDC Slipjoint Knife Review
    Over the past few years, the amount of Spydercos I’ve reviewed has dwindled. A lot of this is due to the relative high cost of the new stuff (Mamba anyone?) or what I would define as thoroughly uninspired designs (Polestar… what where you…
    - 52 days ago 8 May 17, 6:09pm -
  • Best Prepper Gear: 21 Big Ticket Items Preppers Will Want to Save Up For
    There’s plenty of excellent, cheap survival gear around for those just starting to prep, or for those trying to buff up their already-in-place prepper stockpile. But while cheap, affordable products can take you quite far, there are some a…
    - 56 days ago 4 May 17, 10:49am -
  • How to Use a Japanese Water Stone (Whetstone) to Sharpen a Knife
    Considering all the knife reviews published on this blog, it’ll be no surprise to anyone that I get asked a lot of questions about knife sharpening. Whilst I have reviewed a couple of systems in the past (the Hapstone Pro & Smith’s PP1 sha…
    - 58 days ago 2 May 17, 11:35am -
  • April 2017 EDC Purse Dump
    Basically arranged my EDC in a way that would make it as easy as possible for me to switch purses on the fly. Not that I really care to switch purses often, just that I hate doing it when my EDC is messy. Select cards, coupons, and a bit of cha…
    - 60 days ago 30 Apr 17, 9:19am -
  • SouthOrd PXS-14 USA-Made 14 Piece Lock Pick Set Review
    When I think of lock picking, SouthOrd is the brand that immediately springs to mind. A few days ago I scribbled about a lock pick adventure on Survival Threads and decided to test out the waters and do a review of my favourite (thus so far) lo…
    - 63 days ago 27 Apr 17, 7:31pm -
  • 14 Ways Prepping Can Actually Help You Save Money
    Prepping can be incredibly expensive depending on how you go about it. Buying a plot of land to build a bug out location on, building an underground bunker, even having a quality prepper stockpile – none of these things are free to do, let al…
    - 65 days ago 25 Apr 17, 2:08pm -

Blue Collar Prepping

  • newPrudent Prepping: In With the New
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.As I mentioned in last week's post, the pre-cooked rice from Trader Joe's that was a favorite of mine is now discontinued. I was se…
    - 20 hours ago 28 Jun 17, 8:10pm -
  • Care and Feeding of Cast Iron: Damage Control
    Cast iron is incredibly durable and can last virtually forever. As I mentioned last week, cast cookware can often be found very cheaply at yard sales and thrift stores, but the downside of these low prices is that the cookware is often in pretty roug…
    - 2 days ago 27 Jun 17, 10:27pm -
  • Gun Blog Variety Podcast #149 - I will hug you and pet you and call you George
    True fact: Erin has been called a "cuddle slut". Make of that what you will.Beth was in Washington for The DC Project: 50 women from 50 states talking to legislators about gun rights. Now she's back to tell us about it.Two men are arrested for shooti…
    - 4 days ago 26 Jun 17, 1:23am -
  • The Many Lengths of .22 Caliber
    I went to an auction last weekend. I think I've mentioned auctions here before; they're usually a way to buy things at a bargain price and I find them entertaining. This particular auction was for a gun collection that an elderly gentleman had spent…
    - 7 days ago 23 Jun 17, 1:16am -
  • Prudent Prepping: Get Home Bag Changes
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.I've made some additions and subtractions to my gear. These are mostly good, but one will change how I plan my Get Home Bag supplie…
    - 8 days ago 21 Jun 17, 11:39pm -
  • Care and Feeding of Cast Iron: Basic Cleaning
    Cast iron is possibly the best cookware made. Cast pots and pans heat evenly and hold heat well, can be obtained fairly inexpensively, and with proper care they will last for generations. My father has Dutch ovens that he has been cooking with for ne…
    - 9 days ago 20 Jun 17, 4:06pm -
  • Oddball Cartridges and How to Make Them (Sometimes)
    This post is brought  to you by a friend having bought an old German single-shot rifle chambered for 8.15x46R: 8.15 millimeter bore and a 46 mm long, rimmed, case.https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AMunit07.jpgNo, I'd never heard of it either.…
    - 10 days ago 19 Jun 17, 6:25pm -
  • Gun Blog Variety Podcast #148 - Welcome to the Suck
    People are the reason we can't have nice things.Beth is on assignment this week.A Gastonia grandmother is tied up and robbed at gunpoint. Who would do such a thing? Sean checks him out.Barron explains how setting up a dedicated firewall will protect…
    - 11 days ago 19 Jun 17, 12:52am -
  • But wait! For just $25 more...
    A little freaky hat Forgetful Frugal Friday today.Prepping for a quick emergency doesn't take a lot of cash, nor a lot of time, if you know what to look for.I picked this little gem up (with a couple of extras) around Christmas time from Meijer, a lo…
    - 13 days ago 16 Jun 17, 10:51pm -
  • Emergency Rations Test #5: SOS Brand
    The SOS brand comes in a few different forms and flavors, so I just decided to roll them all together into one review since they're all made by the same company in Doral, FL.Like the previous brands, I used these to replace a meal or two a day for a…
    - 14 days ago 16 Jun 17, 12:46am -
  • Prudent Prepping: In Other News
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.A follow-up on my knife at the airport story, some changes to my stored items, and a report from a friend on car prepping.Airport W…
    - 15 days ago 14 Jun 17, 3:29pm -
  • Managing Shotgun Recoil
    Lots of people have a shotgun for their home-defense gun, and there's reasons for that: a shotgun loaded with buckshot can deliver the kind of energy you get from a magnum rifle in a short, fairly light package.A shotgun is also fairly versatile. Yo…
    - 16 days ago 13 Jun 17, 8:48pm -
  • Gun Blog Variety Podcast #147 - The Stupid Episode
    Listener Violet (age 4) tells us not to use the word "stupid" because it's a bad word.Special Guest Noelle, age 3 and a half, talks with her mom Beth about gun safety.Barron is on assignment.NC "teen" rapes and robs a couple in Charlotte. Sean takes…
    - 17 days ago 12 Jun 17, 6:46pm -
  • Read a Book!
    Happy Forgetful Frugal Friday!It has been stated multiple times that knowledge is power, and that the more you know how to do, the less you have to carry. Both are ideas that I believe in.On the internet, he world's freest information resource is fra…
    - 20 days ago 9 Jun 17, 7:36pm -
  • Emergency Rations Test #4: Grizzly Gear
    Grizzly Gear Emergency Rations are a new-to-me brand, but I added them to the batch because they were in the same price range as the other brands I was ordering. This is the fourth brand tested with one more to go in this series; if there are any oth…
    - 21 days ago 9 Jun 17, 1:24am -
  • Prudent Prepping: Passing The Torch
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.In my last few posts, I've talked about visiting my son and his wife in their home for the first time. I bought him an 80% lower th…
    - 22 days ago 8 Jun 17, 1:31am -
  • How I Know What I Know
    I don't have money... but what I do have are a very particular set of skills. Skills I have acquired over a very long career. -- Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson), Taken, 2008 I fix a lot of things for people, both professionally and in my personal life. Ver…
    - 23 days ago 6 Jun 17, 6:08pm -
  • Gun Blog Variety Podcast #146 - The Jesus Number
    Three contributors are on assignment this week. You'd think that would make for a short podcast, right? Not to worry, Erin fills the time with an Epic Rant.Beth, Barron, and Tiffany are all on assignment this week.A shooting somehow *leads to* violen…
    - 25 days ago 5 Jun 17, 12:58am -
  • The Steady Strap: an (almost) $5 Solution to Terrorism
    Holy Cow! It's time for another Forgetful Frugal Friday!This week I've gone old-school with some out-of-the-box thinking in regards to long distance shooting with your handgun.Terrorism here at home is a legitimate concern, and being able to respond,…
    - 27 days ago 3 Jun 17, 1:17am -
  • Emergency Rations Test #3: Datrex Bars
    Datrex Bars have been around for years; the company was founded in 1970. I recall seeing them advertised decades ago and had fairly high expectations for this brand. Generally, a product doesn't stay on the market this long unless it is suitable for…
    - 28 days ago 1 Jun 17, 8:26pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: Travel Travails
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.I recently spent a weekend visiting my son. On the trip I made some good -- and a few less-than-good -- decisions before, during an…
    - 29 days ago 31 May 17, 9:48pm -
  • Ch-Ch-Changes (Tires, that is)
    Like many Americans, I went camping with family and friends this past weekend. Any trip has the potential for problems, and on this trip, we had a tire go flat about 15 miles down a dirt road. In this age of everyone having roadside assistance, the a…
    - 30 days ago 30 May 17, 11:11pm -
  • Memorial Day 2017
    I'm not celebrating Memorial Day with a cook-out and beer. I haven't in a long time. To me, this day is reserved for remembering those who died fighting for their country, whichever country that may have been. I will be visiting a few cemeteries and…
    - 31 days ago 29 May 17, 4:00am -
  • Gun Blog Variety Podcast #145 - Crossing State Lines
    Despite the great time they had in Atlanta, neither Beth nor Erin violated the Mann Act in the creation of this podcast.(Fun fact: there is a Mann Act, there is an Elkins Act, and there is a Mann-Elkins Act. They all have to do with interstate shipp…
    - 32 days ago 29 May 17, 3:24am -
  • Fixing Dinnerware Forgetfulness
    Being forgetful (and poor) has lead me to create some unique solutions sometimes. Now I can't verify how crafty this solution made me, and I will it's success at a later date, but it seemed worth sharing.Speaking of sharing, I picked up a great littl…
    - 34 days ago 26 May 17, 10:38pm -

Survival Medicine

  • newDakin’s Solution for Wound Care
    Dakin’s Solution One of the challenges facing the caregiver in austere settings is how to prevent infection in open wounds. After a disaster, people may be forced to perform activities of daily survival to which they are not accustomed. Injuries ma…
    - 23 hours ago 28 Jun 17, 5:23pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Dental Abscess, Local Anesthetic, Pathogens
    Survival Medicine Hour #243 In this episode of the Survival Medicine Hour, Joe and Amy Alton discuss the alternative to lidocaine for local anesthesia: injectable Benadryl (diphenhydramine). The pros and cons and its potential use in survival scenari…
    - 5 days ago 25 Jun 17, 1:39am -
  • Tooth Abscesses in Austere Settings
    Tooth Abscess in Austere Settings Many readers of our Survival Medicine Handbook are surprised to find entire chapters devoted to the treatment of dental problems. Visitors to our store are likewise surprised to find dental supplies in some of our me…
    - 7 days ago 22 Jun 17, 4:59pm -
  • Benadryl as a Local Anesthetic in Survival?
    Benadryl as a Local Anesthetic in Survival? A major obstacle in the ability of the survival medic to deal with the issue of wound closure is the lack of an easily available (and stockpile-able) form of anesthesia. With the most popular local anesthet…
    - 10 days ago 19 Jun 17, 4:27pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Survival Navigation w/Glen Martin, Thyroid Issues
    In this episode of the Survival Medicine Hour, Joe and Amy Alton, aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, welcome Glen Martin, owner and founder of the 50-show strong Preppers Broadcasting Network to talk about his journey and to discuss his new book on Amazon,…
    - 12 days ago 17 Jun 17, 4:37pm -
  • Survival Strategies for Safe Summer Camping
    SURVIVAL STRATEGIES FOR SAFE SUMMER CAMPING   Camping Safety   The kids are out of school, the weather’s great, and families are planning this summer’s camping trip. Camping is a great way to create bonds and memories that will last a lifetime.…
    - 14 days ago 15 Jun 17, 6:13pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Shock, Triage, Mosquito Plants
    Survival Medicine Hour #341 In this episode of the Survival Medicine Hour with Joe Alton, MD and Amy Alton, ARNP, aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, the topic is shock: What types there are, the stages of shock, the signs and symptoms of shock, and a lot m…
    - 20 days ago 9 Jun 17, 12:34pm -
  • Video: Using Plants for Natural Mosquito Control
    Video: Natural Mosquito Control Summer is upon us, and mosquitoes are part and parcel of warm weather just about everywhere. Of course, you can use DEET or other chemicals to ward off bites and the diseases that can be transmitted by them, but you co…
    - 24 days ago 5 Jun 17, 4:38pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Nailbed Injuries, Wound Closure, Mass Casualties
    American Survival Hour #340 In this episode of the Survival Medicine Hour, Joe and Amy Alton discuss small injuries like those to the nail bed, and large, massive injuries like those seen in mass casualty events. What do you do if you’re the first…
    - 24 days ago 5 Jun 17, 12:50pm -
  • Video: Gallbladder Issues in Austere Settings
    Video: Gallbladder Disease In this video, Joe Alton MD, aka Dr. Bones, discusses all you need to know about the gallbladder and the role that stones or buildup plays in disrupting the workings of the GI tract. The gall bladder is a hollow sac-like or…
    - 28 days ago 1 Jun 17, 1:02pm -