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  • newPreparedness Notes for Sunday — August 25, 2019
    August 25th is a birthday shared by humorist Bret Harte (born 1836), novelist Frederick Forsyth (born 1938), and the late American humorist Patrick F. McManus (born 1933 – April 11, 2018). Forsyth was the author of The Day of the Jackal, The Odessa…
    - 20 hours ago 25 Aug 19, 7:04am -
  • newSolutions to Post-Event Problems, by Old Bobbert
    Post-event situations can be surprisingly difficult to discuss. Let’s first cover more positive and productive word usage. We can all readily agree that there is nothing positive, enabling, or uplifting about the acronym WTSHTF. The Editor of this…
    - 20 hours ago 25 Aug 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…
    - 20 hours ago 25 Aug 19, 7:02am -
  • newThe Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become a…
    - 20 hours ago 25 Aug 19, 7:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Saturday — August 24, 2019
    On August 24th, 410, Rome was overrun by the Visigoths in an event that symbolized the fall of the Western Roman Empire. This is a moment in history that we would do well to remember. An empire that ruled the known world was corrupted from the inside…
    - 2 days ago 24 Aug 19, 7:04am -
  • Build the Plan vs. Test the Plan – Part 5, by T.R.
    (Continued from Part 4. This part concludes the article series.) Moving on to drinks as a subject, I prepared a similar smaller “cube” container for drinks and soups. More coffee filter packs, zip lock bags of tea taken out of their cardboard ret…
    - 2 days ago 24 Aug 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 24 Aug 19, 7:02am -
  • The Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    Come near, ye nations, to hear; and hearken, ye people: let the earth hear, and all that is therein; the world, and all things that come forth of it. For the indignation of the Lord is upon all nations, and his fury upon all their armies: he hath utt…
    - 2 days ago 24 Aug 19, 7:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Friday — August 23, 2019
    August 23rd is the anniversary of the declaration of the independent state of “Franklin” in Eastern Tennessee by the settlers there in 1784. Unfortunately, the Continental Congress rejected it, so the state of Franklin never became a reality.  P…
    - 3 days ago 23 Aug 19, 7:04am -
  • Build the Plan vs. Test the Plan – Part 4, by T.R.
    (Continued from Part 3.) Later that morning/early afternoon, we sat down at the kitchen table (having brewed a pot of coffee on the spare camp stove from the basement according to our “A” plan) and talked through this. We needed a balance of wate…
    - 3 days ago 23 Aug 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…
    - 3 days ago 23 Aug 19, 7:02am -
  • The Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “Paradoxically though it may seem, it is none the less true that life imitates art far more than art imitates life.” – Oscar WildeThe post The Editors’ Quote of the Day: appeared first on
    - 3 days ago 23 Aug 19, 7:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Thursday — August 22, 2019
    August 22nd, 1992 was the second day of the Incident at Ruby Ridge. FBI sharpshooter Lon Horiuchi wounded Randy Weaver and Kevin Harris, and murdered Weaver’s wife, Vicki. It should be noted that in 1994, after being acquitted by a federal court, W…
    - 4 days ago 22 Aug 19, 7:04am -
  • Build the Plan vs. Test the Plan – Part 3, by T.R.
    (Continued from Part 2.) Some background: I still work almost full time, but portions of the year are full throttle 60+ hour weeks and other blocks are much lighter, with my husband retired from the military. We wanted a vacation in terms of scenery…
    - 4 days ago 22 Aug 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 22 Aug 19, 7:02am -


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…
    - 94 days ago 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

  • The Survival e-Reader
    Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.After writing last week's article, I realized that while I have mentioned the Survival e-Reader before, my argument for why it's a good thing is something which is not readable on this blog, due to i…
    - 2 days ago 23 Aug 19, 8:43pm -
  • Protective Cases Addendum
    Last week I covered some basic plastic cases for protecting your valuable and somewhat fragile gear. One of our regular readers suggested another source,, and I'm still working my way through their site to see what they have to offer. Th…
    - 3 days ago 22 Aug 19, 10:07pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: Summer Car Review
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.  After  watching Monday's video by The Discerning Shootist, I realized it has been a while since I checked everything in my own…
    - 4 days ago 21 Aug 19, 8:11pm -
  • MacGyver Eyes
    The atlatl range was closed this weekend, so sadly that video will have to wait. But on the way to our campground we encountered a bit of automotive trouble that might prove a touch instructive.I've said in the past that I try to look at a problem wi…
    - 5 days ago 20 Aug 19, 5:00pm -
  • Errand Escapades and Poor Planning
    Complacency will kill you just as quickly as hysteria will. Here are some good reminders, and a tip or two just for a day in the life. No zombies needed.And here’s a picture of what your tire’s date code should look like:
    - 6 days ago 19 Aug 19, 5:28pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: SFD Responder, Part the Last
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.Technical difficulties prevented me from posting on time, but our talented and resourceful Editrix Erin saved the day. So with no f…
    - 9 days ago 16 Aug 19, 10:27pm -
  • Book Recommendations: Survival Handbooks
    Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.Today I received a PM from a friend which said:Hey! Long time no see! I've started watching a series on YouTube on the American Frontier (Townsends is the channel, with Coalcracker being a guest for…
    - 11 days ago 15 Aug 19, 4:33am -
  • Protective Cases on a Budget
    If you have gear that you want to keep dry and unbroken, you're going to need a protective case of some sort.Pelican has been the standard for waterproof shipping/storage containers for many years. They make them in many sizes and shapes to fit just…
    - 11 days ago 14 Aug 19, 11:32pm -
  • What the Hell is an Atlatl?
    In the beginning, humans were subsistence hunters. At some point, an enterprising caveman figured out that a pointy stick was good for killing animals. That caveman also soon learned that some animals are big enough, tough enough, or mean enough that…
    - 12 days ago 14 Aug 19, 2:35am -
  • A Lesson on Preparedness from Summer Camp
    A story from Army Reserve summer camp, told to me by a guy I know. The camp was in late July, in Kansas. Not exactly a time and place known for “I wish I’d brought a sweater”.Toward the end a front came through, bringing rain and about twenty…
    - 16 days ago 9 Aug 19, 11:27pm -
  • Prairie Landmarks
    A while back I sent a picture of my normal work environment to one of my friends who lives in the Rockies. His first reaction was “How do you navigate without landmarks?” Living near the Missouri river, we have flat plains where the riverbed once…
    - 16 days ago 9 Aug 19, 3:42pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: SFD Responder 2.0, part 2
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.I was asked what is in my SFD Responder, so here is a follow-up to last week's blog post.SFD Responder ExploredHere is the loaded R…
    - 18 days ago 7 Aug 19, 8:17pm -
  • Soft Tissue Injuries
    Getting old sucks. I know the rest of the family here will give me grief, seeing as I'm the youngest of the regulars, but it's true. What I lack in age I make up for in mileage, and with that mileage (or just age) come aches and pains and a tendency…
    - 19 days ago 7 Aug 19, 12:45am -
  • Jim Beam Battery Charger
    Free is good for our blue collar prepping lifestyle, especially when viewed in its proper perspective.
    - 20 days ago 6 Aug 19, 6:13am -
  • Making a Home-Made Inverter
    I'd love to have the money for a large solar array, something that could gather enough electricity and be able to store it so that I could run most of my house off-grid. Maybe in a few years I'll be able to start building that dream, but for now I'll…
    - 24 days ago 1 Aug 19, 8:16pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: the SFD Responder 2.0
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.I returned early Monday from a three-day seminar only to hear the all news radio station doing non-stop reporting on the shooting i…
    - 25 days ago 31 Jul 19, 5:50pm -
  • Ladder Safety
    I'm a short guy. I also work in the construction industry, which means I pretty much live my life on a ladder. While ladders are wonderful for accessing high places, they also can be rather dangerous. Like most things, that danger can be mitigated wi…
    - 26 days ago 31 Jul 19, 12:42am -
  • Untitled
    Planning is prepping. Prepping is planning. Stolen from my Youtube channel from another topic. However this first installment definitely applies here.
    - 27 days ago 30 Jul 19, 6:07am -
  • Overcoming Hoarding
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission. I have mentioned before that my father is a hoarder. I think it's time that I admit I have hoarding issues as well, although thankfully they aren't as bad as my father's and I'm f…
    - 28 days ago 29 Jul 19, 3:40am -
  • People in the Aftermath
    After a natural disaster hits, you can expect four types of people to show up almost immediately. The timing, numbers, and duration will vary with the size of the disaster and the local population, but they're almost inevitable.First Responders and G…
    - 31 days ago 25 Jul 19, 11:36pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: Travel Tips and the $150 Leek
    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 traveling soon, and there are a few things that I need to resolve now instead of waiting until the last minute... like I've don…
    - 32 days ago 24 Jul 19, 10:08pm -
  • Knife Basics: Cover It and Carry It
    - 33 days ago 23 Jul 19, 11:21pm -
  • Baking Soda and Vinegar Drain Unclogger!!
    Clean those pipes, baby. Yeah!
    - 34 days ago 22 Jul 19, 10:12pm -
  • Burnout
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.It happens to the best of us: we run out of enthusiasm, of ideas, of energy for a thing which used to propel and motivate us. Sometimes all that's needed is a break from the thing,…
    - 37 days ago 20 Jul 19, 5:47am -
  • Hot Dogs?
    It's that time of year again. Whether you believe in Global Warming or not, summer is the hottest time of the year and this one is shaping up to be a warm one. When it hits 90° F in Alaska, you know it's going to be a miserable summer.I know, I know…
    - 38 days ago 18 Jul 19, 9:02pm -

Survival Medicine

  • newSurvival Medicine Hour: Todd Sepulveda of Prepper Website
    Survival Medicine Hour: Todd Sepulveda of Prepper WebsiteIf you want to know how to keep informed on all the latest preparedness topics, you don’t have to go further than Todd Sepulveda’s Todd is a pastor and information gur…
    - 9 hours ago 25 Aug 19, 5:28pm -
  • Video: Animal Bites, Pt. 3: Treatment
    Video: Animal Bites, Pt. 3: TreatmentWhether you’re bitten by a mouse or a mountain lion, you need to know how to treat the wound and prevent infection. In part 3 of his series on animal (mammal) bites, Joe Alton MD discusses ways to treat injuries…
    - 1 day ago 24 Aug 19, 4:36pm -
  • Dental Kits Off The Grid
    Dental Kits Off The GridDENTAL KITS Some folks that consider themselves well-prepared express surprise that we write about dental issues and recommend having a good dental kit as part of their medical storage. Even the few who are otherwise medically…
    - 3 days ago 23 Aug 19, 11:42am -
  • Video: Animal Bites, Pt.2: Wildlife
    Video: Animal Bites, Pt.2: WildlifeLast video we talked about dog and cat bites. In today’s short video we’ll talk just a little about bites from some of Mother Nature’s other creatures. Of course, you’re probably thinking about mountain lion…
    - 7 days ago 19 Aug 19, 11:44am -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Author Craig Caudill of Nature Reliance
    Survival Medicine Hour: Author Craig Caudill of Nature Reliance#361 Survival Medicine Hour Podcast In this episode of the Survival Medicine Hour, Joe and Amy Alton, aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, welcome author Craig Caudill of Nature Reliance Schoo…
    - 7 days ago 18 Aug 19, 5:20pm -
  • Antibiotics and Probiotics
    Antibiotics and ProbioticsA while ago, I received a question from a listener about the use of antibiotics in austere settings. Off the grid, the average citizen is required to perform numerous duties to which they’re not accustomed. If someone cuts…
    - 12 days ago 14 Aug 19, 11:42am -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Burns and Remedies, Ingrown Nails, More
    Survival Medicine Hour: Burns and Remedies, Ingrown Nails, More#360 SURVIVAL MEDICINE HOUR PODCAST In summer camping or zombie apocalypses, there are campfires. Where there are campfires, there are mesmerized children staring at them and wanting to h…
    - 14 days ago 11 Aug 19, 10:38pm -
  • Hepatitis A Outbreaks
    Hepatitis A OutbreaksThe nation is experiencing multiple outbreaks of the highly contagious Hepatitis A virus (HAV), with Florida recently declaring a statewide emergency as a result of passing 2000 cases in 2019. Hepatitis A is one of several types…
    - 16 days ago 10 Aug 19, 12:16am -
  • Video: Animal Bites, Part 1
    Video: Animal Bites, Part 1In this series, Joe Alton MD discusses animal bites. Millions of people require medical attention every year due to dog, cat, and wildlife bites. Trauma can be minor but some victims can have lacerations, crush injuries, av…
    - 20 days ago 6 Aug 19, 2:33pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Dengue Fever, Tubal Pregnancy, Comfrey, More
    Survival Medicine Hour: Dengue Fever, Tubal Pregnancy, Comfrey, More#359 SURVIVAL MEDICINE HOUR PODCAST The mosquito-borne disease Dengue Fever is a virus that is causing community-wide outbreaks in various regions throughout the world, including Sin…
    - 22 days ago 3 Aug 19, 6:58pm -