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  • newPreparedness Notes for Sunday — December 15, 2019
    The 15th of December, 1923, was the birthday of Uziel “Uzi” Gal (born Gotthard Glas). According to Wikipedia, he was “…born in Weimar, Germany. When the Nazis came to power in 1933 he moved first to England and later, in 1936, to Kibbutz Yagu…
    - 19 hours ago 15 Dec 19, 7:04am -
  • newFrederic Bastiat’s The Law – Part 6
    (Part 6 of 6. Please be sure to share this lengthy essay with your children, nieces, and nephews. Thanks. – JWR) — The Enormous Power of Government As long as these ideas prevail, it is clear that the responsibility of government is enormous. Goo…
    - 19 hours ago 15 Dec 19, 7:03am -
  • 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”. Our goal is to educate our readers, to help them to recognize…
    - 19 hours ago 15 Dec 19, 7:02am -
  • newThe Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “And when he had called all the people unto him, he said unto them, Hearken unto me every one of you, and understand: There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things which come out of him, those are they t…
    - 19 hours ago 15 Dec 19, 7:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Saturday — December 14, 2019
    December 14th is the birthday of the late John Warren Wadleigh (born 1927, died September 24, 2013). Wadleigh was better known to many SurvivalBlog readers by his pen name– Oliver Lange. He was the author of the best-selling resistance warfare nove…
    - 2 days ago 14 Dec 19, 7:04am -
  • Frederic Bastiat’s The Law – Part 5
    (Part 5 of 6) — What Is Liberty? Actually, what is the political struggle that we witness? It is the instinctive struggle of all people toward liberty. And what is this liberty, whose very name makes the heart beat faster and shakes the world? Is i…
    - 2 days ago 14 Dec 19, 7:03am -
  • Editors’ 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…
    - 2 days ago 14 Dec 19, 7:02am -
  • The Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “And Hiram king of Tyre sent his servants unto Solomon; for he had heard that they had anointed him king in the room of his father: for Hiram was ever a lover of David. And Solomon sent to Hiram, saying, Thou knowest how that David my father could…
    - 2 days ago 14 Dec 19, 7:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Friday — December 13, 2019
    After spending nine months on the run, former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was captured on December 13, 2003. During his 24 years in office, Saddam’s secret police, charged with protecting his power, terrorized the public, ignoring the human right…
    - 3 days ago 13 Dec 19, 7:04am -
  • Frederic Bastiat’s The Law – Part 4
    (Part 4 of 6) — Socialists Ignore Reason and Facts With the amazing credulity which is typical of the classicists, Fenelon ignores the authority of reason and facts when he attributes the general happiness of the Egyptians, not to their own wisdom…
    - 3 days ago 13 Dec 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. Most of these items are from the “tangibles he…
    - 3 days ago 13 Dec 19, 7:02am -
  • The Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “Regimes that are losing public support always make the same mistake: rather than fix the source of the loss of public trust–the few enriching themselves at the expense of the many– the regime reckons the problem is dissent: if we suppress all…
    - 3 days ago 13 Dec 19, 7:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Thursday — December 12, 2019
    On December 12, 1989, the Queen of Mean was sentenced to four years in prison, 750 hours of community service, and a $7.1 million tax fraud fine in New York. Leona Helmsley, nicknamed the “Queen of Mean” by the press, became the object of loathin…
    - 4 days ago 12 Dec 19, 7:04am -
  • Frederic Bastiat’s The Law – Part 3
    (Part 3 of 6) — Law Is a Negative Concept The harmlessness of the mission performed by law and lawful defense is self-evident; the usefulness is obvious; and the legitimacy cannot be disputed. As a friend of mine once remarked, this negative concep…
    - 4 days ago 12 Dec 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”. Our goal is to educate our readers, to help them to recognize…
    - 4 days ago 12 Dec 19, 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

  • 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…
    - 2 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…
    - 3 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…
    - 4 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…
    - 5 days ago 11 Dec 19, 12:59am -
  • DIY Emergency Coat Hanger Usage
     When the chips are down, you use what you have.Godspeed to you all.
    - 6 days ago 9 Dec 19, 11:49pm -
  • A Good Fall Coat
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.It's December, and while for most of the country that means freezing temperatures, for those of us in Central Florida it means that it's sufficiently cool in the mornings and evenin…
    - 7 days ago 8 Dec 19, 8:11pm -
  • Blizzards (not from Dairy Queen)
    Up here in the northern plains we have a weather condition that most of the country doesn't have to deal with: blizzards. The definition of a blizzard is “a severe snowstorm characterized by strong sustained winds of at least 56 km/h (35 mph) and l…
    - 10 days ago 5 Dec 19, 9:31pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: A Day Late ...
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping. I find the strangest things when I go through Big Box stores: copper baking sheets, Keurig coffee machines, and 4' tall stuffed a…
    - 11 days ago 4 Dec 19, 7:05pm -
  • 2 Stroke or 4?
    Most gas engines are fairly simple beasts: you fill the tank, you keep up on the oil changes, and everything is happy. Sometimes, though, you'll find an engine that doesn't have an oil reservoir, or has something like 50:1 on the fuel cap. These engi…
    - 12 days ago 4 Dec 19, 2:46am -
  • Let’s Carry Less!
    Carrying less is the way to go!In this first installment of my new series of minimalist carry, I’m starting with the basics: a bag to carry it all.Godspeed to you all.
    - 13 days ago 3 Dec 19, 12:38am -
  • Happy Thanksgiving!
    Chaplain Tim has the day off to spend time with his family like the rest of us. Regular posting resumes tomorrow.In the meantime, please enjoy these two holiday favorites written by theChaplain:If you're interested in history, The First Thanksgiving…
    - 17 days ago 28 Nov 19, 11:41pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: November 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.This is my usual round up of ideas that I don't think would make a stand alone post.Check Up, part 2As I mentioned in this blog pos…
    - 18 days ago 27 Nov 19, 11:42pm -
  • Easy Baked Potatoes
    Potatoes are good, but take time and effort to cook. There's an easier way to do it, though.Lokidude
    - 19 days ago 26 Nov 19, 11:44pm -
  • DIY Space Blanket Poncho
    Doing It Yourself is the best way to do things, especially if you already have the necessary tools and know-how!Godspeed to you all.
    - 20 days ago 26 Nov 19, 12:48am -
  • Product Review: the Klymit Cush
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.I'm a big fan of Klymit products. They make excellent air mattresses that are both sturdy and affordable; their Static V has earned a place in my bug out bag.The Klymit Cush ($9 wit…
    - 23 days ago 23 Nov 19, 12:21am -
  • Radiation Detection Kit
    A few weeks back I wrote about finding a folder with paperwork concerning the fallout shelter in the building I was moved into at work. I wrote about the food, water, and sanitation supplies that were placed here in 1962, all of which were scrapped l…
    - 24 days ago 22 Nov 19, 1:35am -
  • Prudent Prepping: Disaster Prep, pt. The Latest
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.There is another PG&E power shutdown starting at 4 am tomorrow that, lucky for me, does not include my county. As of 15 minutes ago…
    - 25 days ago 21 Nov 19, 12:20am -
  • White Gas and You
    Most folks are familiar with propane as an inexpensive, effective fuel for camping stoves and lanterns; however, it is also stored under pressure and requires special containers that are either heavy and bulky or not reusable. White gas is an alterna…
    - 26 days ago 20 Nov 19, 12:55am -
  • A Little Fun Practice Shelter Assembly
    All work and no play makes for some psychotic little preppers, so I decided to make an igloo out of cargo pallets.Godspeed to you all.
    - 27 days ago 19 Nov 19, 1:30am -
  • Cordage from Soda Bottles
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.Cordage (which is a fancy prepper of way of saying "string and/or rope") is one of humanity's oldest inventions and is still very important to this day. Without it, you wouldn't be…
    - 30 days ago 16 Nov 19, 3:44am -
  • Low Tech
    While I'm a fairly tech-savvy person and use a couple of different digital formats to read books, I still enjoy sitting down with an actual, printed paper book. Certain reference books and maps are better in physical form than in digital; it's much e…
    - 31 days ago 15 Nov 19, 12:17am -
  • Prudent Prepping: Checkup
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping. The weather is finally changing here, just not as fast as some of you seem to be experiencing! Friends in Minnesota said they did…
    - 32 days ago 14 Nov 19, 2:16am -
  • Hen Condo Winter Mods
    This week: Keeping my chickens dry and warm and happy.I just bought a new coop. It’s awesome, complete, and should outlast my desire to need it. However, winter is here, the girls are crowded, and I have to make some adjustments.Godspeed to you all…
    - 34 days ago 12 Nov 19, 12:54am -
  • Live Traps
    Whether you live in a rural or urban location, there are times when the local wildlife will become a nuisance. However, if they get into your food storage, they become much more than a nuisance:Skunks and raccoons carry rabies which is a threat to h…
    - 37 days ago 8 Nov 19, 6:17pm -
  • Fallout Shelters
    One of our readers on Facebook brought up fallout shelters as a form of prepping. Done properly, a fallout shelter is a moderately expensive ($5,000 -  $10,000) bit of prep because they're not as prevalent as they once were.First, a disclaimer: fa…
    - 38 days ago 7 Nov 19, 6:47pm -

Survival Medicine

  • Survival Medicine Podcast #376: Q & A
    Survival Medicine Podcast #376: Q & AThis episode is broadcast (poorly) from a hotel room in New Yawk City, where we are visiting one of our daughters who’s, well, a city girl. Ignore the police sirens and other “technical difficulties”! Hey, f…
    - 1 day ago 14 Dec 19, 10:30pm -
  • Modern Combat and Survival Interviews Dr. Bones
    Modern Combat and Survival Interviews Dr. BonesOur good friend Jeff Anderson of Modern Combat and Survival Magazine brings Joe Alton MD onto his podcast for an in-depth interview on various survival medicine topics, including high blood pressure, dia…
    - 2 days ago 14 Dec 19, 4:48am -
  • Survival Medicine Podcast: Infectious Disease
    Survival Medicine Podcast: Infectious DiseaseTHE SURVIVAL MEDICINE PODCAST #376 Hey, I’ll bet you’ve wondered from time to time if you’re medically prepared enough. Do you have the supplies to deal with the medical issues you’ll face? To know…
    - 5 days ago 11 Dec 19, 1:37pm -
  • Antibiotics: Both Sides Of The Coin
    Antibiotics: Both Sides Of The CoinANTIBIOTICS: BOTH SIDES OF THE COIN A number of infectious diseases, mostly respiratory and intestinal, consistently rank in the top ten causes of global deaths every year. Many of these deaths occur in underdevelop…
    - 5 days ago 10 Dec 19, 11:52pm -
  • Fish Oil As A Survival Supplement?
    Fish Oil As A Survival Supplement?if a disaster knocks you off the grid for long enough, the medicines eventually run out no matter how well you’ve prepared. This is especially true for drugs which you can only stockpile in limited quantities, simp…
    - 6 days ago 10 Dec 19, 12:28am -
  • Survival Medicine Podcast: Fish Oil, Guyon’s Syndrome
    Survival Medicine Podcast: Fish Oil, Guyon’s SyndromeSurvival Medicine Podcast #375 In survival, the medicines eventually run out no matter how well you’ve prepared if the disaster knocks you off the grid for long enough. This is especially true…
    - 8 days ago 7 Dec 19, 5:15pm -
  • Survival Medicine Podcast: Deadly Viruses
    Survival Medicine Podcast: Deadly VirusesInfectious disease is of major concern in good times or bad, and the family medic must be able to identify some of the deadliest. Having just written a book about infectious diseases and the antibiotics that t…
    - 11 days ago 4 Dec 19, 4:58pm -
  • Survival Medicine Podcast: The Health Worker in Harm’s Way
    Survival Medicine Podcast: The Health Worker in Harm’s WaySurvival Medicine Podcast: New Format! After a brief hiatus, Joe and Amy Alton, aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy try out a new format that removes a lot of the up front “housekeeping” and get…
    - 13 days ago 2 Dec 19, 10:36pm -
  • The Medic’s First Priority
    The Medic’s First PriorityThe Medic’s First Priority The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that, In the Democratic Republic of Congo, rebels have killed four medical workers in the eastern part of the country. The deaths occurred when armed…
    - 17 days ago 29 Nov 19, 5:17am -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Pandemic Diseases with Prepping 2.0
    Survival Medicine Hour: Pandemic Diseases with Prepping 2.0In the midst of a break from their podcast, Joe Alton MD and Amy Alton ARNP are interviewed by good friends Glen Tate and Shelby Gallagher from the Prepping 2.0 podcast. The topic is pandemic…
    - 22 days ago 24 Nov 19, 12:07am -