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  • newNotes from HJL:
    pdfprintApril 24th, today, is the birthday of Carolyn Cole(born 1961), a well-known staff photographer for the Los Angeles Times. For a few years in the late 1960s, the Cole family lived next door to JWR’s parents’ house in Livermore, California.…
    - 11 hours ago, 24 Apr 14, 12:15am -
  • newThe “Smart” Prepper: Purchasing With A Purpose, by L.D.M.
    pdfprintI was turned onto the idea of prepping about two years ago, and thankfully, shortly thereafter, found This website has been one of many important and cherished resources to a “rookie prepper,” and I count it a true bless…
    - 11 hours ago, 24 Apr 14, 12:15am -
  • newLetter: Cataracts
    pdfprintHugh, I was diagnosed with a cataract about ten years ago. Because it was new, I was having depth perception issues and even had a rear end car crash. An alternative newsletter by a doctor at the time recommended the following drops. I still…
    - 11 hours ago, 24 Apr 14, 12:14am -
  • newLetter: Michael Ruppert
    pdfprintHello Jim and Hugh, I have only just become aware of this awful event that occurred last week. Mike was well known in Peak Oil circles and is likely familiar to many of the readers of Survival Blog. While I certainly don’t agree with the de…
    - 11 hours ago, 24 Apr 14, 12:14am -
  • newEconomics and Investing:
    pdfprintThe American Middle Class Is No Longer the World’s Richest. – C.S. o o o Items from The Economatrix: Richard Russell – The Dollar Will Crash In A Matter Of Months 18 Stats That Prove That Government Dependence Has Reached Epidemic Level…
    - 11 hours ago, 24 Apr 14, 12:13am -
  • newOdds ‘n Sods:
    pdfprintSurvivalBlog reader F.G. wrote in to make sure readers are aware that wood pallets can be used for firewood, but to be very careful in burning any pallet with chemical residue on them. For many years his family owned a business that rebuilt p…
    - 11 hours ago, 24 Apr 14, 12:12am -
  • newHugh’s Quote of the Day:
    pdfprint“I believe the public school system is inherently negative and (especially with political correctness) a vehicle for social agendas, not basic education.” – Wendy McElroy
    - 11 hours ago, 24 Apr 14, 12:12am -
  • Notes from HJL:
    pdfprintI have to confess that my personal remarks on today’s posts are somewhat limited. JWR and I are frustrated at the unreliability of our web hosts servers over the last two weeks, and I have spent much of the day importing 20,000+ posts to a…
    - 1 day ago, 23 Apr 14, 1:37am -
  • Why We Make Certain Decisions, by J
    pdfprintSo, I wanted to chat about something a bit different. It’s been really helpful for me, and I hope it will be for you, too. It’s about why we do certain things, about why we make certain decisions. I’m starting to get a little older now,…
    - 1 day ago, 23 Apr 14, 1:37am -
  • Letter Re: Eye for Eyes
    pdfprintB.A. makes some very valid points. I have worn glasses all of my life for distance and now need them for small print as well. During my most recent annual exam, the doctor told me I was developing cataracts. In all my years of going for eye e…
    - 1 day ago, 23 Apr 14, 1:36am -


More Than Just Surviving

  • 10 Tips for Staying Prepared While You Move

    10 Tips for Staying Prepared While You Move

    It can be hard to to stay prepared when you’re in the middle of a move. We should know: in the past 3 years, we’ve moved houses a total of 3 times, and we’re currently nearing the end of one more move. Needless to say, staying prepared…
    - 8 days ago, 16 Apr 14, 6:30pm -
  • April 2014 EDC Pocket Dump

    April 2014 EDC Pocket Dump

    1. Missouri Meerschaum Corn Cob Pipe 2. Catacomb Customs Cocobolo Kubotan 3. Moleskine Classic Pocket Soft Cover – Day planner version. 4. Pentel Graph Gear 1000 0.3mm Lead Automatic Drafting Pencil 5. CRKT Minimalist Neck KnifeThis…
    - 14 days ago, 10 Apr 14, 6:00pm -
  • Spyderco Delica 5 With No Spydie Hole – April Fools

    Spyderco Delica 5 With No Spydie Hole – April Fools

    Yes, as many of you have already figured out for yourselves, yesterday’s post was an April Fools Day joke. Spyderco isn’t going to be replacing their ever-so-loved spydie hole with a thumb stud, not even on one knife. For those of you wh…
    - 22 days ago, 2 Apr 14, 3:00pm -
  • Announcing Spyderco’s Delica 5: Now With Thumb Stud

    Announcing Spyderco’s Delica 5: Now With Thumb Stud

    We’ve been itching to share this exciting news with you for a little over a month now. Spyderco sent us one of these babies a while back, but we had our hands tied and couldn’t release the news (or photos!) until today. Without further ad…
    - 23 days ago, 1 Apr 14, 2:00pm -
  • CRKT Surf N’ Turf Folding Fillet Knife Review

    CRKT Surf N’ Turf Folding Fillet Knife Review

    In an attempt for full disclosure, I’d like to note from the start of this review that although I do have quite a lot of experience with knives, I actually have relatively little experience filleting fish by comparison. Thus, my thoughts on…
    - 27 days ago, 28 Mar 14, 4:30pm -
  • March 2014 EDC Pocket Dump

    March 2014 EDC Pocket Dump

    1. Google Nexus 7 Tablet + Poetic Slimline Case 2. Pentel Graph Gear 1000 0.3mm Lead Automatic Drafting Pencil 3. Kershaw Tremor Folding Knife + Catacomb Customs Purpleheart Wood Handles 4. Moleskine Classic Pocket Soft Cover – Day planne…
    - 31 days ago, 24 Mar 14, 7:30pm -
  • Join Us on Google+ and Share Your Thoughts About Wilderness Survival & Preparedness

    Join Us on Google+ and Share Your Thoughts About Wilderness Survival & Preparedness

    Hey guys! We love the comments and questions we’ve been getting on More Than Just Surviving lately. In an attempt to open up the discussion around survival and preparedness a bit more, we’ve created two new Google+ pages, one for Wildern…
    - 37 days ago, 18 Mar 14, 8:00pm -
  • Can You Make Me a Student Survival Kit? [RQ #1]

    Can You Make Me a Student Survival Kit? [RQ #1]

    Sebastian’s Survival Gear Question My name is Sebastian. I’m 16 years old and have a passion for going out in the wilderness from time to time, and usually stay there a couple of days. I’m mostly accompanied by my cousin, who like me al…
    - 41 days ago, 14 Mar 14, 4:15pm -
  • A Rose by Any Other Name and Preparedness as a Way of Life

    A Rose by Any Other Name and Preparedness as a Way of Life

    Having a survival and preparedness blog is beginning to change my life in some pretty interesting ways. For one, although Thomas and I have always been quite serious about self-sufficiency and prep, I do feel that having this blog has made u…
    - 43 days ago, 11 Mar 14, 11:30pm -
  • March 2014 EDC Purse Dump

    March 2014 EDC Purse Dump

    1. Foursevens Mini AA-2 LED Flashlight 2. Catacomb Customs SOS Zippo Lighter 3. Nivea Fruity Shine Cherry Chapstick 4. Spyderco Balance Carbon Fibre Handle Folding Knife 5. Pink G-10 Single Nuko Tools PunchringThis is just the start of the…
    - 52 days ago, 3 Mar 14, 7:00pm -

Patriot Rising

  • newFive reasons why heading for the hills during an emergency is a bad idea
    Here’s why “bugging out” and “heading for the hills” won’t work.   At virtually any preparedness event I go to, someone proclaims stockpiling food is a waste of money, and that when everything goes down, he/she will light out for the wil…
    - 14 hours ago, 23 Apr 14, 9:26pm -
  • new9 Must-Haves for your Glove Box
    Attitude is the most important survival skill.  Objective setting and critical thinking are next.  Quality gear, especially gear that is within arm’s reach, can be a force multiplier (a force multiplier is defined as “capability that, when adde…
    - 14 hours ago, 23 Apr 14, 9:24pm -
  • newSurvival Medicine Hour: Sleep Deprivation, Earthquakes, Goal Attainment, Ebola
    In this episode of The Survival Medicine Hour, Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy discuss sleep deprivation, the right way to attain goals, the recent spate of earthquakes in the pacific rim, and give you updates on the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa… While we…
    - 14 hours ago, 23 Apr 14, 9:04pm -
  • newFOOD STORAGE 101, Date and Rotate
      ROTATE YOUR FOOD STORAGE Some of these food items are somewhat set-and-forget for long term packed foods – particularly dry grains, etc. However you should implement ‘best practices’ such as regularly consuming your bulk food items (e.g. whe…
    - 16 hours ago, 23 Apr 14, 6:48pm -
  • Task Force on National and Homeland Security: Civilian World Not Ready For EMP Attack
    THEY’RE TESTING: The government testing electromagnetic pulses uses a simulator hanging over an airborne command post.   The catastrophic effects of an electromagnetic pulse-caused blackout could be preventable, but experts warn the civilian world…
    - 1 day ago, 23 Apr 14, 4:46am -
  • The importance of the secure cache – your survival could depend on it!
    I’m sure everyone reading this is familiar with the bug out bag – essentially the cache kit is based on the same concept, but with several advantages, such as being more secure and not having to carry it on your back while you escape danger.  …
    - 1 day ago, 23 Apr 14, 2:06am -
  • Bug Out Shelters
    Being prepared for the unexpected emergency with a bug out bag can save you and your family’s lives. In case you need to leave your home in a hurry supplies should be ready to go at a moment’s notice.   Shelter Supplies   Shelter needs to be th…
    - 1 day ago, 23 Apr 14, 1:07am -
  • 45 Survival Uses for Alcohol
    Liquor has its place in a post-apocalyptic world even if you are a teetotaler. Stock up on cheap, high-alcohol content liquors and add it to your long-term food and gear storage. The best liquor for its many different purposes is Everclear. Everclear…
    - 1 day ago, 23 Apr 14, 12:18am -
  • 5 Easy Tips for starting an effective food storage
    If you needed to live off of the items in your home for an undetermined amount of time, would you be ready?  No matter where you live, your home is susceptible to natural disasters and emergency situations. Creating an effective food storage is impo…
    - 1 day ago, 23 Apr 14, 12:16am -
  • Your Best Defense (MOBILITY)
    When you think about your best defense in times of hardship, what sorts of things come to mind? For most of you, I would bet you are thinking of your guns, or your body armor, or perhaps the hardening on your bug out cabin.   Let me toss something e…
    - 1 day ago, 23 Apr 14, 12:08am -

Destiny Survival

  • Food for FEMA?
    Today I pose what may be considered by some to be strange and disturbing questions. Would you grow food for FEMA or DHS if it meant staying alive? Would you turn your garden or greenhouse into a garden or greenhouse for FEMA? Don’t worry, I’m not…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Apr 14, 1:23pm -
  • Doom and Bloom Survival! – A Board Game That’s a Winner for Preppers
    Back on April first I wrote a post you can see here about the forthcoming Doom and Bloom Survival! board game. It’s a winner for preppers. I knew I had to get the full story and have the game’s creators on DestinySurvival Radio. And that’s who…
    - 6 days ago, 18 Apr 14, 1:05pm -
  • The Five Stages of Awakening
    What does it take to wake up those around us? Is it possible? What happens when it does take place? The video below presents five stages of awakening. Those stages are parallel to the five stages of grief because we experience death of our old way of…
    - 9 days ago, 15 Apr 14, 1:26pm -
  • Some OP SEC Basics
    Every now and then it’s time to go over the fundamentals, as they say in sports. Today seemed like a good time to review some OP SEC basics. However, if you’re like me and don’t have a military or law enforcement background, you’ve probably h…
    - 13 days ago, 11 Apr 14, 1:17pm -
  • Putting Photos Online Could Blow Your Cover
    It’s bad enough to know we’re being spied on by Uncle Sam and friends, but you don’t want to unknowingly give away more info about yourself than necessary to anyone. Did you know that putting photos online could blow your cover? As a prepper yo…
    - 16 days ago, 8 Apr 14, 1:29pm -
  • Protein for Survival Situations–How Will You Get Yours?
    Protein is absolutely one of the most important components of any diet. But when it comes to getting protein for survival situations, how will you get yours? Are you able to hunt and fish? Do you raise livestock for meat? Do you have quantities of fr…
    - 20 days ago, 4 Apr 14, 1:16pm -
  • A New Board Game About Survival Introduces Prepping in a Fun and Challenging Way
    There’s a new game in town. Joe and Amy Alton, aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, authors of The Survival Medicine Handbook, have created a new board game about survival called Doom and Bloom’s SURVIVAL! It turns out they like to play board games, and…
    - 23 days ago, 1 Apr 14, 1:12pm -
  • Surviving a Disaster When FEMA Isn’t There–Part 2
    This week’s DestinySurvival Radio featured the conclusion of my two part conversation with Richard Bryant, author of When There is No FEMA. Rich’s book is meant to provide comprehensive, detailed information to help us as preppers survive a disas…
    - 27 days ago, 28 Mar 14, 12:40pm -
  • Dealing With Infected Wounds
    Editor’s note: In a survival situation, dealing with infected wounds could turn out to be a bigger problem than we might think. We dare not take them for granted. The following article on recognizing, preventing and treating wound infections is rep…
    - 30 days ago, 25 Mar 14, 1:14pm -
  • Surviving a Disaster When FEMA Isn’t There–Part 1
    You’ve no doubt heard public service ads telling us to have a three day kit on hand with food and survival supplies in case of a disaster. But what if something major comes along that makes Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy look puny? What do we do abou…
    - 34 days ago, 21 Mar 14, 1:02pm -

Libertarian Rantfest

  • newMax Velocity Talks Training
    Max Velocity talks training for short range and urban environments.
    - 11 hours ago, 24 Apr 14, 12:16am -
  • What Did You Do To Prepare This Week?
    It was a really productive week here. I packed away all the 7.62x39, 5.56, 9mm and 12 gauge ammo that has been accumulated over the last few months into ammo cans and updated the inventories. Over the years I have learned to do it all at once. I put…
    - 1 day ago, 22 Apr 14, 11:11pm -
  • Mountain House Sale at Camping Survival
    Check out the sale here!!!
    - 3 days ago, 21 Apr 14, 10:01pm -
  • Holster Discussion at Mason Dixon Tactical
    Holsters- A Subjective Analysis of the Waist Mounted Handgun Conveyance I found this to be an interesting article by an intelligent sounding guy who has used many of the commonly available holsters in different environments. You may or may not agre…
    - 4 days ago, 20 Apr 14, 7:06pm -
  • RE: "You Win, Andy, I Registered my AR"
    Captains Journal brought this to my attention. A radio personality named Bob Lonsberry who is a syndicated to be honest I've never heard of ultimately decided to register his AR-15 in the closing days of the NY "SAFE Act" registration period. He wrot…
    - 5 days ago, 19 Apr 14, 2:50pm -
  • Quote of the Day
    "In my Dad's time, a nation attacked us without warning and we dropped a very large atomic bomb on them. Today, we apologize profusely to those who wish to kill us, closing the shutters so we don't see rogue nations continue to build their nuclear…
    - 5 days ago, 19 Apr 14, 12:51pm -
  • New Classes from Max Velocity
    A note from Max Velocity The new ‘Square Range’ at the MVT site is under construction. I’m going to make sure it is not quite square, maybe rectangular. Photos to follow next week The Rifle Manipulation Primer (RMP) class is already schedul…
    - 6 days ago, 18 Apr 14, 8:56pm -
  • Fighting Load Contest Entry #16 by Meister
    Today I am proud to bring Entry #16 of our Fighting Load Contest by MeisterWe'll be talking chest rigs and battle belts as well as guns and get home bags/ assault packs. Get yours together to win some great prizes including: 1st: Blackhawk 3 day As…
    - 6 days ago, 18 Apr 14, 5:37pm -
  • Magnified Optics on Fighting Rifles
    Saw this video and found it to be interesting. As a general rule I like 1 magnification red dot type optics for CQB type stuff. They are the fastest thing out there. The downside is they are not great at long range. In fairness you can HIT at fairly…
    - 8 days ago, 16 Apr 14, 1:00pm -
  • RIP Robery 'Barry' Elliot
    It is with a sad and heavy heart that I let you know Barry of IraqVet888 has passed. Eric has some more information.Unfortunately after doing some google 'research' it seems Barry had some legal and medical issues during the months before his passing…
    - 8 days ago, 16 Apr 14, 1:48am -

Dr. Bones & Nurse Amy

  • newSurvival Medicine Hour: Sleep Deprivation, Earthquakes, Goal Attainment, Ebola
    In this episode of The Survival Medicine Hour, Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy discuss sleep deprivation, the right way to attain goals, the recent spate of earthquakes in the pacific rim, and give you updates on the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa… While we…
    - 15 hours ago, 23 Apr 14, 7:56pm -
  • How Teeth Decay
    Many people in the preparedness community are ready for injuries and illness, but few people realize that dental problems will be part and parcel of any long-term survival scenario.   Dental equipment may not be necessary if you spend a few days wi…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Apr 14, 5:41pm -
  • Surviving A Tornado
    Every year in the United States, we go through various natural disasters.  In spring, tornadoes are some of the most common, especially in certain parts of the country. Unlike hurricanes, which come with some day’s warning in modern times, tornado…
    - 6 days ago, 18 Apr 14, 4:07pm -
  • APN Webinar with Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy
      (Dr. Bones Says:  We’re blessed to have friends like Tom Martin of American Preppers Network, who has asked us to do a webinar about our game “Doom and Bloom’s SURVIVAL!”, now on kickstarter  and over 80% funded, thanks to people like yo…
    - 8 days ago, 16 Apr 14, 9:08pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Valley Fever, Ebola Update, Sick Rooms
    NOTE:  We’re having technical difficulties with blogtalk, but you can access this show at this link through Prepper Broadcasting Network: Be sure to check out their lineu…
    - 10 days ago, 14 Apr 14, 2:57pm -
  • Valley Fever
    We travel a lot. A LOT. I can’t imagine the miles we logged as we traveled through the country (and this year, Europe!) speaking to the preparedness community about medical issues.  Well, recently, we returned from Arizona with a peculiar cough an…
    - 13 days ago, 11 Apr 14, 12:01pm -
  • How Britain Views Preparedness, And How To Change It
    (JOE ALTON, M.D., AKA DR. BONES, SAYS:  In my travels, I have heard all sorts of strange notions about what members of the preparedness community are all about.  These misconceptions are fueled by programs that portray Preppers as paranoid and trig…
    - 16 days ago, 8 Apr 14, 2:06pm -
  • 911 Emergency Apps
    This is the 500th post we’ve written related to medical preparedness. It’s interesting that some of the things we discuss in this article, like smartphone apps, were in their infancy when we first began our mission to put a medically self-reliant…
    - 22 days ago, 2 Apr 14, 12:00pm -
  • The Doom and Bloom SURVIVAL! board game
    Our kickstarter project to manufacture our new board game, DOOM AND BLOOM’s SURVIVAL!, is now up and running! What’s that?  Ol’ Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy playing board games?  Yes, it’s true, we’re longtime board game fans, and we wanted to…
    - 24 days ago, 31 Mar 14, 12:00pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: SURVIVAL! the board game, Ebola, Mudslides
    In this episode of the Doom and Bloom Survival Medicine Hour, Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy are excited to announce their new board game, DOOM AND BLOOM’s SURVIVAL!, plus updates on the spreading Ebola outbreak and survival strategies for mudslides.  Ou…
    - 26 days ago, 29 Mar 14, 9:58pm -

Survivalist Blog

  • newWe are out of articles!
    As you’ve probably noticed, over the past few days I’ve been re-posting past articles to keep the content and the blog going on scheduled,  I’ve been re-posting those articles because we are out of new content. Yep it’s that simple, reads ha…
    - 22 hours ago, 23 Apr 14, 1:02pm -
  • newSlow and steady wins the race
    This is an entry in our current non-fiction writing contest  Southern Belle We have friends in Dallas, TX who told us a story from their latest ice storm out there. A woman was stabbed in the parking lot of a local grocery store because she alleg…
    - 22 hours ago, 23 Apr 14, 12:46pm -
  • newGrow Your Own Food
    Host Evita Ochel talks about how we can get more sustainable and self-sufficient by becoming accountable for some of our food production.[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
    - 22 hours ago, 23 Apr 14, 12:30pm -
  • newWednesday Miscellany
    1. The Pig Trap : “What would they (the founding fathers)think about a government that routinely ignores laws already on the books solely for material and political gain, a government that creates punitive laws through specious methods, and then ex…
    - 23 hours ago, 23 Apr 14, 12:17pm -
  • newIs Prepping Success Kinda Like X-Files?
    The truth is out there. But, “they” don’t want you to find it. Those two sentences sum up the Fox hit show, The X-Files. Mulder and Scully, out there in a search for the truth. There were always hidden truths and inside men protecting that trut…
    - 23 hours ago, 23 Apr 14, 12:08pm -
  • The importance of the secure cache – your survival could depend on it!
    I’m sure everyone reading this is familiar with the bug out bag – essentially the cache kit is based on the same concept, but with several advantages, such as being more secure and not having to carry it on your back while you escape danger. Don…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Apr 14, 1:22pm -
  • Conflicted Tuesday
    The economic collapse has happened. The infrastructure is gone and people are getting hungry. Your neighbors are starving, and starting to scavenge, looking for food to feed their families. You are prepared and have what your family needs. How would…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Apr 14, 12:40pm -
  • Email from one of our advertisers
    Thanks a lot for spreading the word about We had to increase our server capacity based on the number of requests coming from your site. We appreciate all your help. please let us know. Adrian.[[ This is a content summary only. Visi…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Apr 14, 12:30pm -
  • Girls and Guns
    A long time ago, I married a city girl. With her came two very citified daughters, thirteen and fifteen. Very beautiful and bright young ladies.Their previous education on firearms had come from three sources, anti gun family members, friends who…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Apr 14, 1:12pm -
  • My power source in the event of power failure or a SHTF scenario
    By Mastertrooper I decided I wanted a readily available power source in the event of power failure or a SHTF scenario. My cart itself consists of 4 Goal Zero solar generators on top, and 3 Duracell 12V golf cart batteries linked in parallel on the bo…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Apr 14, 1:03pm -

American Preppers Network

  • How to Prepare For the Coming Food Crisis
    Opposed to what people think: Food Crisis are very common. In fact there are countries and regions which are going through one right now. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that nearly 870 million people, or one in eight,…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Apr 14, 11:43am -
  • Home Emergency Power Backup Battery Bank System
    Hurricane Sandy and Andrew reaped havoc on the United States. Families were devastated by Hurricane Sandy for over 7 days. No Electrical/ Electricity power. Hurricane Sandy hit New York City on October 29, 2012 flooding streets, tunnels and subway li…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Apr 14, 11:38am -
  • 3 Essential People in Your Prepper Group: Stacking the Deck
    “No man is an island,
 Entire of itself,
 Every man is a piece of the continent,
 A part of the main.” –John Donne In the world of prepperdom, it’s a common sentiment to aspire to be a Jack of all trades.  However, what often results i…
    - 4 days ago, 20 Apr 14, 11:31am -
  • Mudslide Survival
      Mudslide Survival by Joe Alton, M.D., aka Dr. Bones of     MUDSLIDE AFTERMATH   With the grim news of at least 14 dead in the mudslide that occurred in the state of Washington, I realized that I had never written about muds…
    - 5 days ago, 19 Apr 14, 11:28am -
  • Infected Wounds
      INFECTED WOUND As a physician, I have on occasion dealt with infected wounds, sometimes from injury and also after surgical procedures. In a survival setting, most wounds will be contaminated with debris, dirt, and bacteria.  Therefore, anyone wh…
    - 6 days ago, 18 Apr 14, 11:28am -
  • Snooping 101
    By Marlon “lucky” Gallano From   Sometimes it pays to practice a little bit of role reversal and consider becoming the poacher rather than the gamekeeper for a brief moment, so that you can understand how things work on the…
    - 7 days ago, 17 Apr 14, 10:27pm -
  • Spring, The Liver,and Seasonal Allergies
    Host: Cats “The Herbal Prepper” After a long winter, spring has finally arrived, bringing with it springtime allergies. Predictably, the very popular topic of “liver cleanses” is hitting the blogosphere at this time of year as well. What you…
    - 8 days ago, 16 Apr 14, 10:13pm -
  • The Doom and Bloom SURVIVAL! board game

    - 8 days ago, 15 Apr 14, 11:33pm -
  • A Giant Appears and Don’t Lose Focus!
    With the excitement of two stories I have before me I’ve decided to put them together starting off with “A Giant Appears” followed by “Don’t Lose Focus“. I have no doubts both will peak your interest. “A Giant Appears” In confinement…
    - 9 days ago, 15 Apr 14, 10:10pm -
  • How to Prepare for a Volcanic Eruption
      Preparing for a volcanic eruption basically boils down to prepping for evacuation at a movement’s notice  if you live in a blast, lava flow or lahar zone or prepping for volcanic ash if you live in an ash fall zone. There is also the possibilit…
    - 20 days ago, 4 Apr 14, 11:09am -

Apartment Prep

  • Food Storage Analyzer from Emergency Essentials
    I’ve been bulking up my food storage at higher rate than usual over the past few months. The drought conditions over the last growing season is going to drive up the price of grains and grain-derived products over the next year, and I wanted to sho…
    - 4 Mar 13, 11:57pm -
  • Back At It
    Hey all! Sorry I’ve been MIA for…well, I don’t want to think about it. Life has been nuts…I’ve moved halfway across the country, I’ve started a new graduate program, am training for a marathon and an Ironman triathlon, and am getting clos…
    - 19 Jan 13, 8:24pm -
  • PASAP – Prep As Soon As Possible
    Guess what? I’m still alive! This week took a turn for the busy and I’ve been seriously neglecting the blog, but that’s the way it goes sometimes. On that note, this post goes out to all of you who may experience similar time crunches! Is “sl…
    - 10 May 12, 11:40pm -
  • MIA Blogger!
    Did you notice that I’ve been gone for a few days? I was busy getting ready for, and competing in, my first-ever half marathon! It went really well and I can’t wait to do another one, but right now I’m just focusing on icing my knees and taking…
    - 7 May 12, 5:57pm -
  • Pocket-Sized Survival
    Hey everyone! I hope you’re having a good week! I just presented some of my research at a conference (I’m a scientist in “real life”), and it feels so good to be finished.  As prepared as I am for some things, I always  put off getting read…
    - 2 May 12, 11:45pm -
  • Exercise Five: Drink Up!
    Let’s say you’re like me. You live in a small apartment with stuffed closets, stuffed cupboards, and no balcony…your storage space is a minimum…and you just found out that you’re supposed to be storing a gallon of water per day per person l…
    - 1 May 12, 8:47pm -
  • Exercise Four: Make a List, Check it Twice
    This post is part of a series of exercises about how to begin preparing for emergencies. See the complete list of posts here. Now that you’ve thought about which emergencies are most likely to strike in your area, made a plan, and taken steps to pr…
    - 28 Apr 12, 9:09am -
  • FREE Resource – Highway Maps
    This is going to be another short post, but I wanted to let you all know about an awesome idea that I heard recently. I’m sure you know that your local DMV has free highway maps available at the counter, but did you know that almost every state wil…
    - 25 Apr 12, 5:59am -
  • Shopping Alert!
    Hey all! I’m always on the lookout for cheap (but high quality!) survival gear, especially stuff that doesn’t take up a lot of room. I just found this sleeping bag on Amazon for $35 and ordered it right away. Normally I wouldn’t post a product…
    - 24 Apr 12, 2:22pm -
  • Skeletons in the Closet
    If you live in an apartment, chances are good that you don’t have any skeletons in your closet because there’s no room for them! I’m lucky enough to live in a unit with four (FOUR!!) closets, but I still managed to stuff them to the brim with c…
    - 23 Apr 12, 10:50am -

Backdoor Survival

  • newFast Track Tip #7: Jump Start Your Path to Preparedness
    I never get tired of coaching Prepper Newbies.  Friend, relatives and strangers; it makes no matter.  I talk about family preparedness where ever I go to anyone who will listen.  It is not that I want to get preachy (well maybe just a little), bu…
    - 20 hours ago, 23 Apr 14, 2:45pm -
  • Are You Addicted to Prepping?
    And if so, what can you do about it?For many, prepping has been a mission and a  passion for many years.  It all starts innocently enough.  We are bit by the prepping bug and typically start storing some extra water, food, flashlights and batter…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Apr 14, 8:00am -
  • The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 113
    Welcome to this week’s Sunday Survival Buzz – a roundup of preparedness news, tips, articles and recommendations from around the web. But first, let me wish everyone a joyous Easter and Passover.  Whatever your faith, I wish you weekend filled…
    - 4 days ago, 20 Apr 14, 8:00am -
  • Spring 2014 Book Festival: Brushfire Plague Reckoning + Interview with R.P. Ruggiero
    Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the current Backdoor Survival Spring 2014 Book Festival.  R.P. Ruggiero, the author of Brushfire Plague: Reckoning,  is joining us for an interview and is also providing one lucky reader with…
    - 5 days ago, 19 Apr 14, 8:00am -
  • Special Report: Picking the Right Prepper Website
    Every once in awhile, I wear personal angst on my sleeve for the world to see.  It is not that I like to complain or that I am a whiner, but rather that some things send my anger-meter to the top of the scale.  I hope you will indulge me a bit tod…
    - 6 days ago, 18 Apr 14, 8:00am -
  • 33 Awesome Uses of Lemon Essential Oil
    When someone mentions the word “Lemon”, I immediately think “fresh, clean and pure”.  There is simply something about lemons that evokes an overall feeling of wellness and goodness.  This might come from my memories of being given a lemon…
    - 8 days ago, 16 Apr 14, 8:00am -
  • 14 Common Food Storage Mistakes and Goofs
    Waste is not in my vocabulary.  Even before it was considered environmentally responsible to recycle, I would snatch paper out of the trash and re-use the back side before sending it off to the trash bin.  The same thing applied to food.  I simpl…
    - 10 days ago, 14 Apr 14, 8:00am -
  • The Sunday Survival Buzz Volume 112
    Welcome to this week’s Sunday Survival Buzz – a roundup of preparedness news, tips, articles and recommendations from around the web. But first, an update on my own preps.Something I learned a long time ago is that when it comes to plans, thing…
    - 11 days ago, 13 Apr 14, 8:00am -
  • Spring 2014 Book Festival: Simply Canning + Interview with Sharon Peterson
    Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the current Backdoor Survival Spring 2014 Book Festival.  Sharon Peterson, the author of Simply Canning: Survival Guide to Safe Home Canning, is joining us for an interview and is also providi…
    - 12 days ago, 12 Apr 14, 8:00am -
  • Free Food Friday: Meat and Pasta from the Survival Pantry + Giveaway
    When it comes to my own preps, food ranks right up there at the top of the list. Those that know me find this hilarious because they think I never eat.  The truth is that yes, of course, I eat, and eat well.  In my home, you will find foods that a…
    - 13 days ago, 11 Apr 14, 8:00am -

Backwoods Survival Blog

  • 30,000 Year-Old Virus Awakened From Siberian Permafrost
    You should understand, prior to reading this, that I'm a big fan of science. I was never all that good at it in school (I'd be a Doctor right now, but I'm afraid I'd end up killing somebody), but I always enjoyed it. That being said, sometimes scie…
    - 51 days ago, 4 Mar 14, 2:06am -
  • Hypocrisy
    Yeah. Because artificial trash, created in a mad scientist's lab, is safer for you than a plant. The hypocrisy is mind-numbing. They don't want you off drugs; they just want them and their buddies to have a monopoly on being your dealer.{This…
    - 87 days ago, 27 Jan 14, 12:51am -
  • Honor Our Heroes
    {This is a content summary only. To read the full article, please click the article title, and feel free to share your comments!}
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  • A First Aid Kits’ Most Important Tool, Knowledge
    One of the basic staples of your survival gear is a first aid kit. But with so many choices available from small kits that can fit into a pocketbook to expedition sized kits, choosing the right one can be overwhelming. As a result, many individuals m…
    - 28 Jun 13, 4:48am -
  • Emergency Food Buyer’s Guide, Part 2
    Read Part 1Chapter 2How Much Food to StoreWhen starting their food storage people commonly ask: How much food do I need? There are a few considerations to make when deciding on quantity. Each food storage type has its own characteristics so includ…
    - 24 Jun 13, 7:44pm -
  • A Rare and Precious Awakening to the True System of Control
    I was talking to a family member the other day, and I had a rare opportunity to congratulate him on the very beginning stages of his awakening to the truth.He was talking about the whole Paula Deen scandal and saying that, while what she said wa…
    - 23 Jun 13, 7:35pm -
  • Emergency Food Buyer’s Guide, Part 1
    IntroductionEmergencies Are RealWith all the modern conveniences we enjoy, it’s easy to forget how dependent we are on these technological advancements. Most of us have free-flowing water at our fingertips, electrical power that feeds directly int…
    - 23 Jun 13, 7:25pm -
  • ATV Survival Guide: Increase Your Chances of Survival
    You drove to go hunting in the middle of nowhere, dozens of miles from a gas station or paved road, confident you made the right decision last year when you bought your all-terrain vehicle. The electric power steering was so good that you were able t…
    - 22 Jun 13, 7:13pm -
  • 5 Most Common Problems with Home Security Systems (and their Easy Fixes)
    Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Source: /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; m…
    - 22 Jun 13, 7:05pm -
  • Tips for Long Term Storage of Survival Gear and Food
    Preparing for a natural or manmade disaster is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family in the event the unthinkable happens. While many things need to be taken into consideration when selecting survival food and supplies the importan…
    - 21 Jun 13, 7:04pm -

Bug Out Survival

  • Update on Review Copies and Giveaways
    I'm reposting this update from my main site, for those of you who only check in here.  As many of you know, The Prepper's Workbook has now been shipping from Amazon for about two weeks, and is even available on the shelf in ma…
    - 22 days ago, 2 Apr 14, 2:12pm -
  • Scott Finazzo Discusses The Prepper's Workbook
    My coauthor of The Prepper's Workbook, Scott Finazzo, discussed our book on Kansas City's KCTV5 News earlier this week.   Finazzo is firefighter with the Overland Park Fire Department in that area, and his extensive experience as a first responder t…
    - 49 days ago, 6 Mar 14, 10:33pm -
  • Prepper's Workbook Giveaway on Goodreads
    My publisher is sponsoring a book giveaway of 10 copies of The Prepper's Workbook on Goodreads.  You can enter to win one right here.  The giveaway ends March 18. The publisher should have copies of the book in their offices around the first of Ma…
    - 66 days ago, 17 Feb 14, 2:19pm -
  • Foreword by Jim Cobb
    My friend and fellow Ulysses Press author, Jim Cobb, best known for his excellent site: Survival Weekly and his bestselling Prepper's Home Defense has written the foreword to The Prepper's Workbook.  I'm posting it here to give you a little better…
    - 90 days ago, 24 Jan 14, 9:45pm -
  • Prepper's Workbook Front and Back Covers
    I've been working with my editor and coauthor Scott Finazzo this week on the final proofing and approval of The Prepper's Workbook, and everything has now been finalized, from the interior design to the front and back covers.  It will be sent to the…
    - 90 days ago, 24 Jan 14, 8:17pm -
  • Prepper's Workbook Update
    I just posted this update on my main website, and I'm reposting here for Bug Out Survival readers who may not see it on that site.  I know many of you have been waiting on this book for a long time, and I apologize for the del…
    - 16 Dec 13, 3:19pm -
  • Book Giveaway Winners and Top Ten Skills
    Thanks to all who participated in this latest book giveaway for a chance to win a free copy of The Darkness After.  I received some excellent submissions from those who participated by sending in their personal list of what they consider the Top Ten…
    - 16 Aug 13, 10:00am -
  • Two Book Giveaways: The Darkness After
    My latest novel, The Darkness After is now available and shipping in both the print and Kindle versions on Amazon, and most everywhere else books are sold.  I've been getting some great feedback from those who have read it, and I think if you enjoye…
    - 4 Aug 13, 6:51pm -
  • The Darkness After and Prepper's Workbook Updates
    My lack of updates regarding the release of my next two books: The Darkness After and The Prepper's Workbook has been due to the fact that firm release dates have not been set and I've been waiting on the final word from my publisher. Some changes h…
    - 14 Jun 13, 3:00pm -
  • Bug Out Bikes
    I did an interview over the phone today about the many considerations of using a bicycle as a primary or  back-up bug-out vehicle and the discussion ranged from the whys and whens of using a bike vs. various motor vehicles to the specifics of how to…
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Canadian Preppers Network

  • Emergency Comms On The Road - What Works, And Doesn't Work
    Every so often I hop in the car and head out to a place I call "Down Home".  Down Home is a good three to three and a half hours away, depending on traffic, so I always make sure I have as many communications possibilities with me when I go.  I too…
    - 8 days ago, 16 Apr 14, 10:00am -
  • Golden Nuggets from Prepping's Past
    Recently I found some golden nuggets in the form of old civil defense pamphlets put out by the US government in the 50's. They are archived online and links are below. I will disclaim that though some of the information in these forms has been proven…
    - 13 days ago, 11 Apr 14, 5:52pm -
  • Casting Call
    I don't post many casting calls here, but this one seems to target those who may want to put their survival skills to the test.
    - 15 days ago, 9 Apr 14, 11:00am -
  • Free Permaculutre Cuorse
    After an insane March full of trade shows and events, we are happy to be back blogging on the network.  There has been some fantastic posts with great content.  I particularly like the Self Sufficient Women post by Prepared Canadian. Here at Chyl…
    - 20 days ago, 4 Apr 14, 9:01pm -
  • The Living Sustainably and Independantly, Ready for Rough Times, Hands-On, Off-Grid, Prepping Worksop
    I Highly Recommend This 
    - 22 days ago, 2 Apr 14, 10:00am -
  • Escaping Your Escape Plan
    Most of my bug out scenarios involve me driving down a certain road for my initial exit. There is only one road exiting my suburb, so from the standpoint of I'm at home and the SHTF, that's the natural choice. (There are actually 3 suburbs including…
    - 25 days ago, 30 Mar 14, 3:22am -
  • A Self Sufficient Woman - Guest Post by Lee Flynn
    A self Sufficient WomanInside of every female, is a Self-Sufficient Woman. Whether she knows it or not, the potential is there. A prime example is the fact that her body has the power to provide everything it needs to sustain and grow another human…
    - 29 days ago, 26 Mar 14, 11:00am -
  • Economic Collapse...What Does That Mean Anyways?
    How Money Is Created:To fully appreciate the economic situation we are in, we first have to understand how money is created. First, the Bank of Canada prints our money, or more accurately, whites a line in a ledger book.  Unlike the Federal Reserve…
    - 35 days ago, 20 Mar 14, 6:29pm -
  • Water Anyone?
    You may have heard the recent news about the State of Emergency in Lethbridge Alberta. The situation there went from bad to horrible in only a matter of hours. Here is a quick rundown of the timeline:Tuesday - the city issued a statement saying they…
    - 41 days ago, 14 Mar 14, 2:00pm -
  • There's No Place Like Home - Guest post by Lee Flynn
    A Few Tips on How to Make your Camping Trip a Bit more ComfortableCamping combines all of the best parts of sleeping on the ground, getting eaten by insects, and pooping outdoors. However, despite the fact that most of our ancestors got over “the c…
    - 43 days ago, 12 Mar 14, 8:37pm -

Tactical Intelligence

  • Top 10 Items to Include in Your First-Aid Kit
    While your first-kit should be tailored to your specific situation, here are the 10 basic items that should be in every first-aid kit:
    - 14 days ago, 10 Apr 14, 1:46pm -
  • 12 Survival Uses for Duct Tape just recently released a pretty cool infographic showing some interesting (some, like the helmet, are a bit ridiculous) survival uses for duct tape that I thought you'd be interested in checking out.At the end of the graphic are s…
    - 35 days ago, 20 Mar 14, 5:43pm -
  • Product Review: The Midland ER300 Emergency Radio
    Alright, I have another product review for you guys. This one is about the Midland ER300 emergency radio.First, some background…For the last couple of years I've been primarily stocking my bug out bag with the Eton Microlink emergency radio.
    - 68 days ago, 15 Feb 14, 9:03am -
  • Bug-Out Bag Gear Review: The Solo Stove
    We all know that preppers have a passion for gear. And in no other instance do you see this passion come out more often then when they purchase and talk about the contents of their bug-out bags. However, while I think it’s fantastic that people a…
    - 84 days ago, 30 Jan 14, 9:27pm -
  • How to Make Stormproof Firestarters
    I've posted a number of homemade fire starters since the start of this blog, and if there's one that I find the most effective it's got to be sawdust fire starters.
    - 11 Jan 14, 7:49pm -
  • How to LEGALLY Avoid Gun Confiscation
    With the shootings in Aurora and Sandy Hook, gun control has been on the radar for much of 2012 and 2013 -- and it's not looking like it will stop anytime soon in 2014.
    - 1 Jan 14, 9:52pm -
  • Are We Heading for a Food Shortage?
    Here’s an interesting infograph by Let me know what you think, is this coming? An infographic by
    - 20 Dec 13, 9:12pm -
  • Grid Down Heater Review: KeroHeat CV-2230
    Although I primarily heat with wood, I do like to have backups for heating (redundancy is key, remember?) just in case my wood runs out or on days where the wood is saturated from a rain storm.
    - 17 Dec 13, 1:58am -
  • Why It’s Time You Learn How to Hunt NOW
    When the shelves go bare, the supply systems shutdown, and chaos hits the populated areas, it's highly unlikely you'll be frequenting your favorite restaurant for some time.
    - 10 Dec 13, 5:54pm -
  • How to Use Barter to Fill Your Prepping Needs
    Before currency was even conceived as a means of convenient value exchange, there was barter.I'm sure all of us at one time or another in our lives have traded something. Basically, we traded something we were willing to give away in exchange for s…
    - 25 Nov 13, 8:17pm -

Off Grid Survival

Preparedness Videos

Meat Preservation Concerns and Setting Snares Dave Canterbury, David Canterbury, The Pathfinder School,Bush Craft ,Survival skills, Historical Lore, Primitive Skills, Ar...
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Coyote It's whats for Lunch Dave Canterbury, David Canterbury, The Pathfinder School,Bush Craft ,Survival skills, Historical Lore, Primitive Skills, Ar...
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Kit mentality Useage vs Investment Dave Canterbury, David Canterbury, The Pathfinder School,Bush Craft ,Survival skills, Historical Lore, Primitive Skills, Ar...
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Fatwood Collecting Processing Igniting Dave Canterbury, David Canterbury, The Pathfinder School,Bush Craft ,Survival skills, Historical Lore, Primitive Skills, Ar...
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Self Feeding Fire Part 1 Basic Bushcraft Dave Canterbury, David Canterbury, The Pathfinder School,Bush Craft ,Survival skills, Historical Lore, Primitive Skills, Ar...
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Axe Care Made Simple Dave Canterbury, David Canterbury, The Pathfinder School,Bush Craft ,Survival skills, Historical Lore, Primitive Skills, Ar...
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Bobcats Released Safely Modern Trapping Series Part 52 Dave Canterbury, David Canterbury, The Pathfinder School,Bush Craft ,Survival skills, Historical Lore, Primitive Skills, Ar...
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Sleeping Gear JMHO Dave Canterbury, David Canterbury, The Pathfinder School,Bush Craft ,Survival skills, Historical Lore, Primitive Skills, Ar...
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Skinning a squirrel for a usable hide Dave Canterbury, David Canterbury, The Pathfinder School,Bush Craft ,Survival skills, Historical Lore, Primitive Skills, Ar...
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Cooking Squirrel and Rice Dave Canterbury, David Canterbury, The Pathfinder School,Bush Craft ,Survival skills, Historical Lore, Primitive Skills, Ar...
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Shelter Basic Tarp Setups 1 Dave Canterbury, David Canterbury, The Pathfinder School,Bush Craft ,Survival skills, Historical Lore, Primitive Skills, Ar...
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Kit Mentality the Basics Dave Canterbury, David Canterbury, The Pathfinder School,Bush Craft ,Survival skills, Historical Lore, Primitive Skills, Ar...
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Flint and Steel Basic Ignition Dave Canterbury, David Canterbury, The Pathfinder School,Bush Craft ,Survival skills, Historical Lore, Primitive Skills, Ar...
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Mora Modification for Better Bushcraft Dave Canterbury, David Canterbury, The Pathfinder School,Bush Craft ,Survival skills, Historical Lore, Primitive Skills, Ar...
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Jam Knots 3 that do it all Dave Canterbury, David Canterbury, The Pathfinder School,Bush Craft ,Survival skills, Historical Lore, Primitive Skills, Ar...
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Bushcraft Breakfast Bannock Dave Canterbury, David Canterbury, The Pathfinder School,Bush Craft ,Survival skills, Historical Lore, Primitive Skills, Ar...
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Moonshine Why Carry Dave Canterbury, David Canterbury, The Pathfinder School,Bush Craft ,Survival skills, Historical Lore, Primitive Skills, Ar...
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World War Z: The Real Plan for Apocalypse
Say the world was actually taken over by vicious zombies, World War Z style. What would an actual government response to an apocalypse look like? Anthony fig...
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Survival Monkey Forums

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  • newVipukurvis Axe....ah The Finns....Putin Beware!

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  • newmore LEOs behaving badly
    Why Did a Culpeper Cop Kill a Retired Sunday School Teacher in a Church Parking Lot? - Hit & Run : Reason.comStar Exponent: Culpeper Star ExponentWidower files $5.35 million suit in Culpeper PD shooting |...more LEOs behaving badly
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  • newSo what did you put away this week?
    Last week was Nuclear stuff. 2 more MSA Millenium gas masks, 4 cases of Tyvek coveralls with booties, 2 cases of 20 NBC filters, and 4 CB camelbak bladders in CB "Gobags" for the family to hold under the bedThis week 8/5/06I picked up 10 bales o…
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  • newDW's primal journal
    I've been toying with the idea of going primal for a while. What's held me back wasn't the idea of abandoning pasta or bread or sugar. I never really eat any of that anyway. Sodas are a rare, once a month thing and I don't do processed foods. No suga…
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  • newThoughts on electric chainsaws
    Please chime in. I have a Neuton cordless which is OK, good for saplings and I'm looking to get something a little beefier. I'm particularly interested in the Oregon 40 volt or any others that have a built-in sharpener.
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  • newMotivational Poster Thread (warning content)
    Post your favorite Motivational Posters here.
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  • newElection 2014
    Here we go, it's started already with the primary turd slinging ads. It's incumbent on us and everyone else to make sure our wishes are known. If you are declared, vote in the primaries, then make sure you are positioned to vote in November.Now…
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  • newAsteroid impact risks 'underappreciated'
    EXCERPTS:The US-based group, B612 Foundation, which includes a number of former Nasa astronauts, campaigns on the issue of space protection.It hopes a new visualisation will press home the idea that impacts are more common than we think.The pres…
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  • newA fatal wait: Veterans languish and die on a VA hospital's secret list
    Doing this to the vets?This is just a preview of what barry's take over of health care has planned for the workers who pay taxes in favor of the takers............................................................ Thomas Breen was so proud of…
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Preparedness Pro

  • Memorization Preparedness

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  • Recipe: Diva Dump Cake
    Most of us have enjoyed a good dump cake at one time or another. For those of you who might not recall eating such a concoction, let me remind you. A dump cake typically consists of  pie filling being thrown into a baking dish, topped  with the con…
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  • Silly Things That SOME Preppers Believe--#332
    As I was doing some research today on something I was writing, a headline caught my eye and I decided to take a look at a do-it-yourself website.  I confess, I did get lost in its pages for bit, but as I ran head on into another one of those gossipy…
    - 22 days ago, 2 Apr 14, 1:13am -
  • Happy Birthday AND 6 Year Anniversary of Preparedness Pro
    It’s My Birthday! (at least it WAS when I was writing this) *grin*  To celebrate, I’ve got LOTS of fabulous surprises in store for all of our readers that we’ve been working on for more than a year. But now I finally get to share SIX of them w…
    - 34 days ago, 21 Mar 14, 1:42am -
  • Recipe Friday: Cincinnati Style Spaghetti
    I'm an Ohio gal through and through and one of the places I've loved always visiting when I get home is Skyline Chili where they serve Cincinnatti Style Chili. Just writing this article is suddenly weakening my resolve to try a gluten-free and sugar-…
    - 41 days ago, 14 Mar 14, 11:00am -
  • My Dirty Little Secret for Cleaning Firearms
    My Dirty Little Secret for Cleaning Guns No one can OVERestimate the importance of cleaning their firearms. However, I discovered the importance of properly maintaining my Glock firearms the hard way—and it was nearly as painful of a lesson as…
    - 42 days ago, 13 Mar 14, 9:24am -
  • DEELUSHOUS Black Bean Brownie Recipe
    I should have posted this recipe years ago when I first had a taste of it as made by my dear friend, Chris.  So you have her to thank for being willing to share this recipe. *grin* Enjoy- and yes, I do mean ENJOY!  Not only are these delicious, but…
    - 58 days ago, 25 Feb 14, 5:30pm -
  • Reader Insights from a Fire in the City
    Recently, there was a fire in an industrial area of Phoenix.  It was a huge fire, and it required over 100  Fire Fighters to respond.  There were explosions and thick black smoke that was seen from all over the valley.  This fire was near two ver…
    - 58 days ago, 25 Feb 14, 5:05am -
  • Readers's Spotlight: A Reader Shares Her "Prep Pro Moment"
    Today I'm sharing a story that was shared with us by one of our readers--specifically in dealing with raw sewage that can back up into our homes. For the record, I strongly advise that people become familiar with how their sewage system works for the…
    - 66 days ago, 17 Feb 14, 9:38pm -
  • Unavailable At Any Price
    Stocking up is about more than just having something good in the (likely) event when our money becomes worthless. It’s quickly becoming obvious that there are many aspects of our lives today that will be faced with a crisis of existence, not costs.…
    - 71 days ago, 12 Feb 14, 12:19pm -

Survival Cache

  • Survival Gear Review: Grid-It by Cocoon
    Don’t you think it’s about time you get organized?  As survivalists we pride ourselves in having our “You Know What” together, but most of us lag way behind in having certain elements of our prep ducks lined up in a row.   By Dr. John J. Wo…
    - 5 days ago, 19 Apr 14, 11:00am -
  • Survival Gear Review: Fire Starters
    All commercially available fire starters designed for survival will start fires provided that you have enough time and the conditions are right.  So with that premise in mind, we wanted to take a look at which one performed the best and would be the…
    - 17 days ago, 7 Apr 14, 12:27pm -
  • 10 Non-Power Tools You Need for Survival
    I knew we were in trouble the moment I saw the Black and Decker battery-powered adjustable wrench.  I’d encountered screwdrivers with dead batteries, saws without extension cords, and drills with easily over-heated motors, but an electric wrench?…
    - 21 days ago, 3 Apr 14, 4:45pm -
  • Rangefinder Utility for SHTF
    One of the lingering questions about all types of SHTF events and subsequent bug out scenarios is the distance we expect to maintain from our potential threats.  Having been an avid hunter for over 50 years I can attest that it is a finely tuned ski…
    - 26 days ago, 29 Mar 14, 7:42pm -
  • Survival Bicycling: Part 1
    Imagine walking at 15 MPH. That’s right, walking a 4-minute mile! Well, that’s exactly what a bicycle can do for you on a good day. There is no more efficient form of transport than the bicycle. And when it comes to carrying the most weight with…
    - 43 days ago, 12 Mar 14, 6:22pm -
  • 20 Things You Need in Your Get Home Bag
    It may seem like Monday morning quarterbacking, but we want everyone to think about what happened recently in the SE United States to prepare.  When you prepare and plan ahead you limit the number of bad things that can happen to you and your family…
    - 57 days ago, 26 Feb 14, 1:52am -
  • Survival Decision Game “Lights Out”
    Test your skills and knowledge on how you would react to a situation involving a major event in our current modern world.  How much does your family rely on electricity?  Would your world come crashing down without it? Would you survive?  Would yo…
    - 67 days ago, 16 Feb 14, 12:38pm -
  • Survival Gear Review: MAGPUL Furniture
    When it comes to customization of an AR platform, it is fair to say that the options are now limitless.  Without all of the hype of being an “Mall Ninja” with every accessory you can think of added to your weapon, the essential components of tac…
    - 85 days ago, 29 Jan 14, 10:40pm -
  • Managing SHTF Sleep Deprivation
    Before I even got started on this report there was an initial title change from avoiding to managing. It quickly occurred to me that during any type of prolonged SHTF event that sleep was highly likely to suffer. Count on it. But can we learn to deal…
    - 99 days ago, 15 Jan 14, 6:56am -
  • Survival Gear Review: Crimson Trace MVF-515 Foregrip
    Over the years the “Frankenstein” AR-15 has gotten out of control.  A few years back, I was accessorizing my stock “Bushmaster AR” with all of the latest gadgets and widgets.  In my mind I came up with all sorts of wild apocalyptic scenario…
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Survival is a state of mind

Totally Ready

  • Wax Your Own Cheese
    I am still concentrating on living a more frugal lifestyle but I have not given up on continuing to build my own General Store and on filling in the gaps in my preps. I recently found a great deal on cheese and it reminded me that I need to order som…
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  • Credit Card Savy
    Credit cards can be a wonderful asset or doom your frugal living goals. There are a few things you may want to consider before using your card. I am working at paying off mine and then using them more wisely to build my credit score and to save my ba…
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  • Egg Carton Fire Starters
    Keeping with our commitment to live more frugally and also continue to prepare the following is a great way to make fire starters that are virtually free. One of the things I heard from survivors of hurricane Sandy is that fuel was in short supply, h…
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  • Saving on Groceries this Week
    I have been hearing from quite  a few of you that you are concerned about the economy and more than ever feel you should be stocking up to prepare for the coming depression or recession. Some economists are even predicting inflation. In other words,…
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  • Power Out? Tips for Staying Warm and Sane
      I was amazed and disappointed as I watched the news last night. A reporter was touring the apartment of a family who has been without power for the past week. It was so frustrating to see them freezing when there are a few things they could have d…
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  • Cooking from Scratch…Hurricane Sarah
      This has been a very difficult week for me. I have posted on our facebook page tips for preparing for the hurricane but I wonder if anyone ever uses any of those tips and get ready. I know most of my friends and family have not listened. Is that b…
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  • Saving Money on the Kids
    This week the grandkids are coming for a few days without mom and dad. I am so excited and I want this to be fun but I'm still on that budget and still only purchasing items on sale. Time to think out of the box and to plan some frugal days. We have…
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  • Saving on Gasoline
    Can you believe what is happening with gas prices? Yikes! Yesterday gas stations in southern California were closing because they ran out of gas. Gas prices have gone to over $5.00 per gallon in some places. It is up to $4.39 where I live. This is cr…
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  • Been Shopping…New Recipe…Keeping Track
    I had such an interesting shopping trip this week. I am continuing my pledge to purchase only items that are on sale and it has been surprisingly easy. I needed to get a hat to wear at a church party next weekend. All the ladies are wearing fancy hat…
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  • I’m Shopping the Sales
    For two years we worked to build a General Store in our homes. If you missed that it will take a little work but if you search the General Store post you can do it yourself. You may also want to purchase the Year One Newsletters which includes a summ…
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Preparedness in the News

  • new15 Fury Alert – Emergency Preparedness Kits
    Here’s a good family project for you to work on: putting together your own emergency preparedness kit! Some of the most important items for … More »
    - 11 hours ago, 23 Apr 14, 11:48pm -
  • newTransport Canada takes action in response to TSB's initial Lac-Mégantic recommendations - Improving the safety of ...
    OTTAWA , April 23, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, today announced decisive actions to address the Transportation Safety Board of Canada's initial recommendations regarding ...
    - 17 hours ago, 23 Apr 14, 5:59pm -
  • newPolice give helpful tips of disaster preparedness
    BREMEN- The weather is warm and finally seeming like Spring! A time when everyone seems to be outside either playing, walking the dog or working in the garden or yard.
    - 18 hours ago, 23 Apr 14, 4:49pm -
  • Disaster preparedness event will be held April 25
    In partnership with Building Resilient Communities, Assemblymember Cheryl R. Brown (D-San Bernardino) will host a free disaster preparedness event to educate the public about the earthquake risk in California and the steps that can be taken to reduce…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Apr 14, 4:03pm -
  • Berkeley hosting one-stop emergency readiness event
    The Berkeley Fire Department and its Community Emergency Response Team program are holding a family oriented Emergency Preparedness Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 26 at the North Berkeley BART Station.
    - 8 days ago, 16 Apr 14, 10:43pm -
  • Meet BOLTWELL: Turning What If's into No Worries
    Boltwell today announced a new e-commerce website at, dedicated to modern emergency preparedness that turns what if's into no worries. The Boltwell preparation system starts with the B*72 Foundation Kit, which provides supplies for t…
    - 8 days ago, 16 Apr 14, 6:38pm -
  • Motherlode: Family Disaster Preparedness
    Any family who has weathered a severe storm knows it’s easier if you’re prepared. But I admit it—we’re not. No stockpile of water, no emergency plan. Are you?
    - 16 days ago, 8 Apr 14, 7:54pm -
  • Family Disaster Preparedness
    Any family who has weathered a severe storm knows it's easier if you're prepared. But I admit it—we're not. No stockpile of water, no emergency plan. Are you?
    - 16 days ago, 8 Apr 14, 7:22pm -
  • Preparing Your Family for a Disaster
    CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa-- Here in the Midwest we are no strangers to severe weather. We've seen first hand how tornadoes can rip apart homes and the destruction flood waters can cause when they flow through a community. Often times these disasters can str…
    - 27 days ago, 28 Mar 14, 11:56am -
  • Emergency prep essential for safety
    JEFFERSON -- Jefferson County officials say family preparedness in case of an emergency or disaster can save lives and protect property. "Be the hero in your family -- get ready for emergencies by tak
    - 30 days ago, 25 Mar 14, 5:35pm -

Wilderness Survival Forum

  • newHow to collect water using the ground
    Hey guys, Check out my video on how to use the ground as a water container.
    - 2 hours ago, 24 Apr 14, 8:58am -
  • newSquatters in Florida soldiers home, what the heck!
    A typical case of criminals having more rights than an honest American! This makes me mad just thinking about it! ...
    - 2 hours ago, 24 Apr 14, 8:37am -
  • newCZ 75 compact, all steel overview
    review shooting
    - 3 hours ago, 24 Apr 14, 7:47am -
  • newPTR-91 Classic
    Hello the camp. I recently purchased a PTR-91 Classic with wood furniture. I wanted a simi auto 7.62 NATO rifle that has the reliability of an...
    - 6 hours ago, 24 Apr 14, 4:52am -
  • newDabelion Root ok to take with multivitamin
    would it make the multivitamin not effective and i take Paxil which i hear can be hard on the liver would Dandelion root be good for me then.
    - 10 hours ago, 24 Apr 14, 1:10am -
  • newOff Road Mud Bogging....Motor Home
    Y'all gotta read the comments after this........ Mr Dumas, goes mud bogging....
    - 11 hours ago, 23 Apr 14, 11:39pm -
  • newPowdered Alcohol
    There has been some talk about powdered drink mixes.....How about powdered alcohol..... Might help after a long day..........or get ready for the...
    - 13 hours ago, 23 Apr 14, 10:15pm -
  • newA close call - News article
    These guys got really lucky. With absolutely no gear, being stranded out there, they would have been dead in a couple of days....
    - 14 hours ago, 23 Apr 14, 8:51pm -
  • newI am so heart broken and sad
    You know, sometimes you guys are the only friends I have to just talk to, and since you all live somewhere else, it is not so embarrasing to tell you...
    - 21 hours ago, 23 Apr 14, 1:41pm -
  • Emergen-C
    I think most of you have heard of this product now, called "Emergen-C". It can be a little expensive, but I'd say it is worth the buy. Once you add a...
    - 1 day ago, 23 Apr 14, 3:39am -

Modern Survival Online

  • newThe Panhandle Rancher speaks……Prepping and praying and pass the bullets please
    Essentials of Prepping:     Prepping and praying and pass the bullets please POLITICS, AND HOPE   Politics, a word made dirty by too many of our elected officials, by desperate office holders seeking to do anything, make any promise, make any com…
    - 9 hours ago, 24 Apr 14, 1:47am -
  • Three years, thousands of rounds, and lots of fun – the S&W M&P15-22 Carbine
    Three years ago I bought my Smith & Wesson M&P15-22 and have enjoyed it ever since. In fact -I am planning to buy another. This semi-automatic, magazine fed, AR-clone has served me well. I have found it to be accurate and extremely reliable.   When…
    - 1 day ago, 23 Apr 14, 1:45am -
  • TRUTH: It is time to mourn a friend…..
      An Obituary printed in the London Times…..Absolutely Dead Brilliant!!   Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were lo…
    - 1 day ago, 23 Apr 14, 1:36am -
  • Emergency Essentials sale almost over……
    Emergency Essentials is a legend in the preparedness industry. They have been supplying emergency preparedness supplies to concerned individuals for years offering not only great products and prices – but excellent customer service as well. I am ve…
    - 1 day ago, 23 Apr 14, 1:14am -
  • Review: Smith & Wesson M&P15-22 .22LR Semi-Auto
    This post originally appeared back in May of 2011. I will be posting an UPDATE tomorrow on how my M&P15-22 has performed over the past three years. The original review can be seen HERE. – Rourke I love the .22LR . Over the years I have had a variet…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Apr 14, 1:15am -
  • REVIEW: Hiperfire HIPERTOUCH 24 Drop-In AR-15 Trigger
    I have owned my Stag Model 2L for several years now and have thoroughly enjoyed it. Modification have consisted of some furniture upgrades, optics – and that is about it. I recently came across a review on the Hiperfire line of AR aftermarket trigg…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Apr 14, 1:31am -
  • Sale on Mountain House foods
    Just got word is having a special sale on Mountain House freeze dried foods from April 20th through till the 26th. All #10 cans are 25% off while the pouches and buckets are 15% off. Looking to stock up? Now would be a good time.…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Apr 14, 1:09am -
  • News you NEED to know…..
     The news is presented in an effort to provide information related to current events that may effect our lives in one way or another. Government intrusion and its efforts to demean the United States Constitution are often highlighted. Other news wh…
    - 4 days ago, 20 Apr 14, 3:46am -

The Survival Mom

  • newBook Review: Prepper’s Long-Term Survival Guide by Jim Cobb

    Book Review: Prepper’s Long-Term Survival Guide by Jim Cobb

    Prepping is kind of fun. Watching survival shows on TV is fun. What’s not so much fun is thinking about scenarios in which hand-to-mouth survival is something that goes on for years, not just a few days or weeks. Addressing Read MoreThe post Book…
    - 18 hours ago, 23 Apr 14, 4:54pm -
  • 9 Must-Haves for your Glove Box

    9 Must-Haves for your Glove Box

    by John Heatherly Attitude is the most important survival skill.  Objective setting and critical thinking are next.  Quality gear, especially gear that is within arm’s reach, can be a force multiplier (a force multiplier is defined as “capabili…
    - 1 day ago, 23 Apr 14, 9:17am -
  • The #1 reason all your preparedness could be in vain

    The #1 reason all your preparedness could be in vain

    Not to be confused with failing to prepare, this statement may cause some head scratching. Stick with me here to see what I mean. Your completed bug out bags are ready by the door. Food is stored for the long term Read MoreThe post The #1 reason al…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Apr 14, 5:23pm -
  • Survival Mom Quote of the Week

    Survival Mom Quote of the Week

    Click here to pin.  The post Survival Mom Quote of the Week by The Survival Mom appeared first on The Survival Mom. Be sure to check it out!
    - 3 days ago, 21 Apr 14, 8:00pm -
  • Try it Today! Make your own waterproof, fire-starting Fire Straws

    Try it Today! Make your own waterproof, fire-starting Fire Straws

    Try it Today! is supposed to be a Sunday feature, but yesterday I had the worst allergy attack in my life and spend most of the day, Easter!, feeling miserable. So, here is this fun DIY project for Monday! Most Read MoreThe post Try it Today! Make y…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Apr 14, 6:32pm -
  • Product Review: The no-batteries-necessary UVPaqlite

    Product Review: The no-batteries-necessary UVPaqlite

    Just yesterday afternoon I sent my son on a search for 3 AAA batteries for my headlamp. It was time for my CERT class and I wanted to make sure I had a bright work light after sundown. Eventually he Read MoreThe post Product Review: The no-batteries…
    - 8 days ago, 16 Apr 14, 5:59pm -
  • Product Review: The Abeego Wrap, something a little different for your emergency kits

    Product Review: The Abeego Wrap, something a little different for your emergency kits

    Thanks to Earth Easy, I’ve been playing around with a new product called the Abeego Wrap. The Abeego Wrap is a natural alternative to plastic wraps, such as Saran, and plastic storage bags. The Abeego is a flat piece that Read MoreThe post Product…
    - 10 days ago, 14 Apr 14, 4:35pm -
  • Survival Mom Radio Network Re-cap

    Survival Mom Radio Network Re-cap

    In case you missed some of the shows from my radio network, here they are! This week, I interviewed Dr. Susanne Bennet about simple ways to combat allergies. You can listen here. I also spoke with Fernando Aguirre of Modern Read MoreThe post Surviva…
    - 10 days ago, 14 Apr 14, 3:19pm -
  • Survival Mom Quote of the Week

    Survival Mom Quote of the Week

    Pin it —> See more quotes like this —> post Survival Mom Quote of the Week by Brenda appeared first on The Survival Mom. Be sure to check it out!
    - 10 days ago, 14 Apr 14, 2:35pm -
  • Try it Today! Diatomaceous earth for controlling pests

    Try it Today! Diatomaceous earth for controlling pests

    Well, it’s Sunday again, and chances are you have a bit of free time on your hands. Why not learn about food-grade diatomaceous earth and head over to the local garden center or shop online at Earth Easy to pick Read MoreThe post Try it Today! Dia…
    - 11 days ago, 13 Apr 14, 5:53pm -

Florida Hillbilly

  • What Is It? Esoteric Edibles 1
    Learning about what grows here in south Florida has exposed me to some rather oddball edibles. I want to start to expand on what I’ve learned about alternative items that add variety to the table. Food should be fun. Until the day where we all line…
    - 10 days ago, 14 Apr 14, 1:04pm -
  • Another Reason to Produce Your Own Food
    I was talking with BlueTang today, and he mentioned the fact that there is an ongoing swine epidemic….not swine flue affecting humans, but a virus that affects swine, killing large numbers of them.A quick Google search reveals this: Now, does t…
    - 12 days ago, 11 Apr 14, 11:08pm -
  • Manatee Steaks – Finally!
    Over the weekend, my family and I made a road trip 4 hours west to Tampa in order to visit some friends from my high school days back in West Virginia. It seems I am far from the only West Virginia hillbilly living in Florida…(and definitely far fr…
    - 23 days ago, 1 Apr 14, 10:04am -
  • Fear as a Training Tool
    I am a compulsive trickster. Much to my wife’s annoyance, she is on the receiving end on a regular basis. From hiding her personal belongings to jumping out to scare her at the perfect moment, I always tend to keep my immediate family on their toes…
    - 29 days ago, 26 Mar 14, 10:00am -
  • Everglades Tomatoes Seeds Update – March 2014
    UPDATE April 2014: Due to the high demand and ungratefulness of some, I will no longer be offering free seeds. I spent hours of my own time and took food out of my family’s mouth (literally), only to have people bitch and complain about the speed o…
    - 35 days ago, 20 Mar 14, 11:47am -
  • Five Reasons I Grow My Own Food
    I’d like to go over my five reasons I try to grow my own food, or at least as much food as I am able to squeeze into my already hectic life.It all started when one of my daughters was 5 years old, we noticed she was developing girly parts signific…
    - 43 days ago, 12 Mar 14, 1:26pm -
  • Book Review: The Line by JD Horn
    I’ve written several reviews for Lisa over at TLC Book Tours over the past year, and have been exposed to some mighty fine reading by doing so. However, when they approached me to review “The Line” by JD Horn, I passed, stating it was not my no…
    - 52 days ago, 3 Mar 14, 1:23pm -
  • Review (and the Official Launch of ) Conflicted Deck 2
    Earlier this week, I received my affiliate deck of Conflicted Deck II for review. I’m going to be completely candid here – I’ve not yet gone all the way through Deck I yet. (Read more about my thoughts on Conflicted Deck I here.)I can’t. Se…
    - 55 days ago, 28 Feb 14, 1:43pm -
  • Frozen Moments in Time – Campfire Breakfast While Primitive Camping on an Island
    From time to time, you will have a moment in time that is frozen forever in your mind as a good memory. Odds are as the years pass, that frozen moment becomes better….you forget the bad parts, leaving only the good parts of that memory.A great exa…
    - 59 days ago, 24 Feb 14, 11:00am -
  • Smilax – A Backyard Wild Edible
    I was talking to my neighbor across the fence Sunday morning, and noticed the young green shoot of a what I grew up calling a green briar growing along the fence. I realized that this was the time of year when smilax, another name for green briar, wo…
    - 66 days ago, 17 Feb 14, 1:38pm -

Full Survival Mode

  • Police Dash Cam Captures Fatal Shooting Near Biggs Junction In Oregon
    An Oregon trooper's police dash cam reveals a short but deadly shootout with the man he pulled over for speeding.On August 29th, near Biggs Junction in Oregon, state trooper Matt Zistel, 26, pulled over John Van Allen, 34. The driver immediately got…
    - 6 Oct 13, 4:10pm -
  • How To Dehydrate Mushrooms
    Learn how to dehydrate mushrooms and also how to make an ingredient used in high end restaurants to add rich flavor to beef dishes.Noreen, of Noreen's Kitchen and YouTube channel atticus9799, found a deal on mushrooms at her local store and shows u…
    - 3 Jan 13, 11:28pm -
  • Annihilation Of The Second Amendment
    Southern Prepper talks about the threat against the Second Amendment to the US Constitution due to the recent shootings in America.As with Southern Prepper, we should all be thinking where our line in the sand should be. But they keep pushing and we…
    - 2 Jan 13, 6:25pm -
  • Doomsday Prepper Raided By FBI For Criticizing Obama
    The FBI raided a Sharpsburg, MD citizen after he criticized President Obama. The above video from dranger1108 shows the local news report...the video is shot from a handheld video camera rather than being pulled directly from the televised video sour…
    - 31 Dec 12, 5:20pm -
  • Girl In A Gas Mask
    This is a photo of a young woman wearing a gas mask.I'm experimenting with types of content published on Full Survival Mode. There's no caption for this or backstory, so not much text is available.But she is in the bathroom, so I wonder if the gas…
    - 8 Oct 12, 3:12am -
  • BioLite Camp Stove Unboxing And First Use
    Gytheran unboxes his new BioLite camp stove and then shows us the unit in use.It only takes a small amount of wood to run the stove for a half hour. The BioLite stove has a built in thermoelectric generator, so it's able to run its own fan, as well…
    - 7 Oct 12, 9:33pm -
  • Antibiotics AREN’T Candy!
    The Patriot Nurse thinks you should have a store of antibiotics on hand. But she also thinks people are going to use them incorrectly.Antibiotics are not candy. Antibiotics have real side effects that can hurt you. If you take the wrong anti-biotic,…
    - 7 Oct 12, 6:44pm -
  • Supersize Your Vegetables With Wood Chips And Rock Dust In Your Garden
    John Kohler of YouTube channel Growing Your Greens shows us what plants look like when grown in beds of rotting wood chips, rock dust, and mushroom spores.First, John shows us some dinosaur kale that's growing in regular garden soil that's been trea…
    - 1 Oct 12, 9:34pm -
  • Store Cucumbers At Room Temperature So They’ll Last Longer
    The next time you harvest or buy cucumbers, you shouldn’t store them in the refrigerator. They’ll only last about three days in cold temperatures. Other plants to store at room temperature are tomatoes, eggplants, and peppers. Cucumbers are also…
    - 21 Sep 12, 4:38pm -
  • Our Simple DIY Home Solar Power System
    When Greg Seaman, founder and editor of Eartheasy, needed to charge his laptop in his off grid home, he chose solar power. After installing a simple solar system three years ago, he was also able to power his power tools, a home sound system, and eve…
    - 21 Sep 12, 4:25am -

Resilient Man

  • Resilient Intentional Communities : Twin Oaks.
    Twin oaks is a 100 people community in rural Virginia, the community has been active since 1967. The main underlying principle of this community are “cooperation, egalitarianism, non-violence, sustainability and income sharing” (source: wikipedia…
    - 48 days ago, 7 Mar 14, 8:23pm -
  • Local currencies = local resilience
    Resilience through local currencies, a primer. What is a local currency? Local currencies are a means of exchange limited to one particular location. The very first local currency was in Worgl. C…
    - 53 days ago, 2 Mar 14, 9:20am -
  • Resilience is a means to an end not an end in itself.
    If you have not read the first part of the article (150 words) please click here Welcome back to the race. I have news for you. The race is real and you are living it. Let me break it down  : You are born. For the next 16 years, you are given a chan…
    - 67 days ago, 16 Feb 14, 7:01pm -
  • A different race.
    Imagine you live in a far away land the rules of earth do not apply there. The inhabitants of this planet play a strange version of the hunger games. In this world, participants from all walks of life get chosen to participate in a 30 day race at ran…
    - 67 days ago, 16 Feb 14, 9:47am -
  • Ultimate form of Resilience (Sci-Fi)
    What is the ultimate form of resilience ? This is an eye opening  short Sci-fi movie for survialists, preppers and resilience seekers . It got me thinking about what will future aware people be buying, reading and training in 100 years time. How wou…
    - 100 days ago, 14 Jan 14, 8:20pm -
  • Choosing a husband or wife. How to find the resilient one!
    This article gives you ideas on how to choose your long term partner (to be husband or wife) and how to choose your life long friends. This article is not about the one night stand, fire and forget kinda fling. Hard times will come to everyone. Your…
    - 11 Jan 14, 5:19pm -
  • Most gold and silver investors will be crushed when gold goes above $6000 and silver above $200! (Part 3)
      This article is part three of a three part series. In which details of what could happen before Gold prices reach $50000 and silver prices reach$200 If you have not yet read part one and two, I encourage you to do so. Part One : Do Gold and Silve…
    - 20 Dec 13, 10:21am -
  • What does Gold at $5000 and Silver at $200 mean to the gold and silver investor ? (Part 2)
    This article is part two of a three part series. The aim of explains why a rising gold price is not necessarily a good thing for the Gold investor. If you have not read yet read part one please do so. Do Gold and Silver investors want Gold to be at…
    - 20 Dec 13, 10:21am -
  • Do Gold and Silver investors want Gold at $5,000 or $10,000 ? Be careful what you wish for. (Part One)
    This is the first article in a three part series will describe the situations leading to Gold climbing to 5000 US Dollars. What will these events mean for the World economy ? Countries will find themselves in a new economy with new rules, how will th…
    - 20 Dec 13, 10:21am -
  • Resource Limits, Resilience and the Puppet Masters.
     Resilience Lessons from history. Commemorating victory against Pyrrhus at Beneventum 275BC. Pyrrhic elephants bolted from squealing pigs. The story of Pyrrhus, is an eye opening one for the students of resilience. This great general lived in Roman…
    - 14 Dec 13, 11:10am -

The Great Northern Prepper

  • The Bundy Ranch: Why it’s the wrong fight
      So I wrote on facebook yesterday the following messages…PLEASE READ TO END ESPECIALLY AT THE END ABOUT WHAT I CONSIDER OUR GREATEST WEAPON “I haven’t talked about the bundy ranch issue at all since it started. Here are my thoughts…. 1) Cle…
    - 1 day ago, 23 Apr 14, 6:17am -
  • 3 Big Mistakes People Make in Survival Situations
        In this article I will identify what I feel are the 3 biggest mistakes that people make in survival situations.  Before you read on realize that the term “Survival Situation” does not mean a Collapse scenario, it means a Collapse scenario,…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Apr 14, 12:06pm -
    (photo courtesy of   These are simple rules and all of them are born of this notion… YOUR JOB IS TO SURVIVE, NOTHING ELSE, YOU ARE NOT A ONE MAN SEAL TEAM. In a lot of Prepper Fiction and discussions of “what ifs” there is alway…
    - 6 days ago, 18 Apr 14, 12:15pm -
      Okay, the title is a bit misleading, its more like a good reason you should skimp when eating your long term storage and starve yourself a little. In easier terms, you should go on a diet in a SHTF scenario. So what the heck are you talking about…
    - 8 days ago, 16 Apr 14, 12:53pm -
  • Treating MRSA Post SHTF
    I’m sure that most of you have heard of MRSA, whose full name is “Methicillian-resistant Staphylococcus aureus” and is often called a “SUPERBUG” since it is resistant to most antibiotics that are used to treat normal Staph infections.  MRS…
    - 13 days ago, 11 Apr 14, 12:02pm -
    Today’s Post is a Guest Article, Or I should say Guest Graphic from Jasmine Henriques from       CHECK OUT AND JOIN THE GREAT NORTHERN PREPPER FORUM, LEARN, DISCUSS AND SHARE!   Want to help support the site? find out more…
    - 14 days ago, 10 Apr 14, 12:24pm -
  • The 3 Biggest misconceptions about a gunfight
      In my experience there are three categories of people when it comes to a gunfight. Those that NEVER want to be in one, so much so that they will not even consider having a gun. Those that wish they could be in the Old West and think they will be D…
    - 15 days ago, 9 Apr 14, 12:51pm -
    Glen Has launched the Kickstarter for 299 Days the Movie…. What is Kickstarter? Its basically a decentralized way to raise money for a project, instead of going to executives and Hollywood who will change the message and meaning of the Movie, He is…
    - 17 days ago, 7 Apr 14, 12:31pm -
  • When they come knocking: Dealing with Friends and Relatives
      It has been a month since things got bad, well things had been getting bad for 3 months before then, but the last month was when things came to a head.  The Stock Market had crashed and the government had declared new powers to deal with the extr…
    - 20 days ago, 4 Apr 14, 12:35pm -
  • Cardboard Gardening: Dont Throw that out!
          Now currently I am inundated with Cardboard from our move last year, I kept 80% of our boxes and flattened them, etc, however a whole house of stuff produces a lot of boxes, so I have been slowly using them for other things, from backing for…
    - 22 days ago, 2 Apr 14, 12:23pm -

If The Shit Hits the Fan

  • Guest Post: Wilderness Survival School Review
    Folks, it has been over 2 months since I have posted anything.  Lots of things going on (nothing bad) and I'll get some updates out to you soon.  I REALLY appreciate you for still checking in.  In the meantime, please enjoy this guest post from a…
    - 13 Aug 13, 1:53am -
  • Hurricane Preparedness Week
    Welcome, WRVA ListenersThursday morning at about 7:30 a.m. (EDT) I'm scheduled to be interviewed on Richmond's Morning News with Jimmy Barrett to talk about hurricane preparedness as we get ready to enter the season.  You can listen in on 1140 AM (…
    - 30 May 13, 1:22am -
  • Interesting Week
    Moore, OKWe were on vacation this past week down on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  Taking a break from the beach in the room, my wife was stunned to see live footage of the tornado that devastated Moore.  Her best friend from high school live…
    - 27 May 13, 1:51am -
  • Prepper Ponderings
    TREXPOThe other day, I went again this year to TREXPO in D.C.  It used to be the Tactical Response EXPO back in the 90s when I started going, but I think now it is just plain TREXPO and is done in cooperation with the GOVSEC trade show.  Tons of co…
    - 20 May 13, 2:02am -
  • Fleeing Felon
    It Can Happen AnywhereFriday afternoon I got a call from the local police that a guy had escaped from state police custody and he had 50 years of time hanging over his head for parole violations, and he had vowed never to go back to jail.  He was i…
    - 7 May 13, 1:17am -
  • Video Review: Surviving Civil Unrest
    Surviving Civil Unrest with Chance SandersDisclaimer: Chance sent me a free demo copy of this video for me to review.First, a little background...  I met Chance Sanders, and his wife, Laura, when they were assistant instructors when I went through P…
    - 28 Apr 13, 10:44pm -
  • Book Sale
    Staying Home - by Alex SmithAlex wrote his first post-SHTF novel, Going Home, under the nom de plume of Angery American.  It recieved rave reviews on Amazon.He let me know that his latest book is on sale for .99 cents in e-version through Friday. …
    - 12 Apr 13, 12:27am -
  • Free Preparedness Fair
    This Weekend - Hampton Roads, VirginiaI went to this fair last year and really thought they did a great job.  The LDS church in Newport News is doing it again this Saturday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.  If you are in the Richmond - Va. Beach area, I real…
    - 9 Apr 13, 10:38pm -
  • Staying ALERRT
    Just Had Some Amazing TrainingAs long-time readers know, I was a police officer for 15 years and have been the chief of security for a large, urban public school system for the past 7.  As a cop, I attended hundreds of hours of training each year, f…
    - 6 Apr 13, 1:09am -
  • Prepper Ponderings
    Been a WhileFolks, it's been quite a while, so I really appreciate everyone who continues to check in here.  I can't get out content as much as I would like, but if you are one of our 955 Facebook fans, I usually get something up there almost every…
    - 11 Mar 13, 10:47pm -

Graywolf Survival

  • What to do if you’re captured
    So if you and/or your family were captured as a hostage or kidnapped, would you know how to deal with it? Every situation is different and can be very fluid but here are some things to consider.You're reading What to do if you’re captured, origina…
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  • What weapons should you use to defend your home?
    The question about what the best home defense weapon is is a pretty hotly-debated one. Some people thing it's a .45, some people think it's an M-16 or AK-47, and some people think it's a shotgun. Here's what I think.You're reading What weapons shoul…
    - 10 days ago, 14 Apr 14, 12:14am -
  • Developing a survival routine before and after SHTF
    Developing a routine is not only important to help you prepare for an emergency, survival, or even a SHTF situation, having a routine during those situations can save your life.You're reading Developing a survival routine before and after SHTF, orig…
    - 12 days ago, 12 Apr 14, 9:51pm -
  • Are you really prepared for an emergency? The 5-5-5 bug out test
    Is your family really prepared for an unexpected emergency? If something happened tonight, would you be ready?You're reading Are you really prepared for an emergency? The 5-5-5 bug out test, originally posted at Graywolf Survival - Prepper and survi…
    - 12 days ago, 12 Apr 14, 1:05am -
  • Make fresh homemade butter with heavy cream and a mason jar
    Making fresh homemade butter at home is SUPER simple. All you need is heavy cream, a jar, and some elbow grease. Here’s how to do it. This is a great thing to do, not only to have healthier and better-tasting butter for cooking or spreading, kids L…
    - 14 days ago, 10 Apr 14, 9:18pm -
  • Renovo Trio – 3 Stage Water Filter & Purifier Straw Giveaway Contest
    I have a Renovo Trio - 3 Stage Water Filter & Purifier Straw that I'm giving away. This isn't a random drawing - this time you'll have to earn it ;).You're reading Renovo Trio – 3 Stage Water Filter & Purifier Straw Giveaway Contest, originally po…
    - 17 days ago, 7 Apr 14, 1:03am -
  • Just what is the ultimate bug out vehicle?
    The idea of the ultimate bug out vehicle is something tossed around a LOT on the internet. I see monster tactical vehicles, cars kitted out like they're straight out of a post-apocalyptic Mad Max set, and old bug out trucks from the 40's. I figured i…
    - 18 days ago, 5 Apr 14, 11:34pm -
  • 6 steps I learned from combat rehearsals that will help your planning
    Keeping your family or team safe during emergencies requires more than just proper planning. It requires requires practice. Practice not only helps people understand your plan, it can help you improve your plan.You're reading 6 steps I learned from…
    - 33 days ago, 22 Mar 14, 10:27pm -
  • Eat healthier by becoming your own grocery store
    You need to start growing your own food at home. Save money, eat healthier, and be ready in case of emergencies by growing your own food with an aquaponics system or organic vertical garden - even if you live in an apartment. It's not as difficult or…
    - 34 days ago, 21 Mar 14, 9:50pm -
  • Soldier surprises family early. Wait till you see Dad’s reaction: priceless!
    This is absolutely awesome but you might want to get your tissues ready. A young Soldier comes home early to surprise his family while they’re working. I have lived next door to this family for many years and saw this kid grow up to now be a combat…
    - 35 days ago, 20 Mar 14, 7:31am -

Rural Revolution

  • newMagazine article illustrations
    Recently I submitted an article to Backwoods Home Magazine entitled "Disposing of Disposables." I heavily used all your extremely helpful input you sent in response to my request on this subject.The following photos are for possible inclusion with t…
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  • Northwest Preparedness Expo
    I'll be a speaker at the upcoming Northwest Preparedness Expo on May 2 and 3 in Prosser, WA (right outside of the Tri-Cities area in the SW corner of the state).I'll be giving three talks (two subjects) -- Preparedness 101, and Prepping on a Budget.F…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Apr 14, 2:06pm -
  • Happy Resurrection Sunday
    Our Sunday started out beautiful and sunny. Here the morning shadows stretch long from the east.The animals lounged under the awning.Smoky greeted the morning on top an old tire.Everyone seemed pleased by the mild spring weather......including prett…
    - 3 days ago, 20 Apr 14, 11:32pm -
  • Easter or Earth Day?
    Here's my WND column for this weekend entitled Easter or Earth Day?
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  • Anyone missing an old photo?
    This morning I received an email from a woman named Mary Ellen as follows:I purchased a copy of "The Simplicity Primer" at Goodwill in Nashville TN and found a snapshot inside of a lovely young woman holding a precious baby. On the back it reads, "s…
    - 5 days ago, 19 Apr 14, 10:23pm -
  • Missing the point
    Here's a comment representing an alternate viewpoint that someone just left on an older post on butchering one of our young bull calves, Beefy.Killing is always painful. Beefy lived with you as a family member with the hope that he is safe and protec…
    - 5 days ago, 19 Apr 14, 10:21pm -
  • Life without Ruby
    Thank you for all your support for our difficult decision to butcher one of our herd matriarchs, Ruby. The butchering went off without a hitch last Monday.So what is life like without Ruby? As predicted, much calmer.And I mean, seriously calmer. T…
    - 7 days ago, 17 Apr 14, 3:01pm -
  • Life's little mysteries
    On my "daily constitutional," I pass a tree by the side of the road, one of thousands. But last fall I noticed a pile of branches at the base of this tree, as if someone had trimmed and piled them there haphazardly.Branches come down all the time in…
    - 7 days ago, 17 Apr 14, 1:41am -
  • Palm Sunday cantata
    Younger Daughter was informed by her music teacher, Mr. B, that she would be participating in a Palm Sunday cantanta as part of a small orchestra accompanying a choral group. (Ahem. Her participation was not voluntary.)This was a contemporary class…
    - 8 days ago, 16 Apr 14, 1:39am -
  • Common Core in a nutshell
    A reader sent this. I thought it very apt in today's educational climate.
    - 8 days ago, 16 Apr 14, 1:38am -

Last Minute Survival

Learn How To Be Prepared

  • newThe most sexy thing just happened to my mac…
    Long story short, if you are a designer like me, access to fonts is critical, but also overwhelming! Because I do a lot of web design vs graphic for print, I like to use google fonts when I can. They are elegant and beautiful, and of course it just m…
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  • WordPress 3.9 Smith
    Well it is about time, this is a WONDERFUL update by WordPress. Take a look at the feature video.. For those who are doing a lot of blog posting this is a HUGE update. Improved visual editing The updated visual editor has improved speed, accessibilit…
    - 8 days ago, 16 Apr 14, 10:14pm -
  • Welcome Freedom Oregon – new client website launch
    Today I am VERY proud to announce the website launch of our most recent client, Freedom Oregon. The Freedom Oregon Campaign are liberty-minded Republicans, conservatives, and independent-thinking Oregonians who support the freedom to marry initiative…
    - 62 days ago, 21 Feb 14, 12:59am -
  • Need a color? Check out these online tools.
    Often clients come to us with new ideas that have no set colors, it is our job to help you (the client) find the colors that work. We might get this from a variety of places, a photo you give us, your business card even your product package. Then we…
    - 72 days ago, 11 Feb 14, 2:23am -
  • Welcome to the family, Fishers Landing Automotive Repair
    We wanted to welcome Fishers landing automotive repair to the Thinking Man Creative family. Fishers landing automotive repair, located in Vancouver Washington, is a great family owned small business that provides reliable and honest automotive servic…
    - 9 Jan 14, 5:40am -
  • So, you’re thinking about using to hire a website guru to make your website?
    So, you’re thinking about using to hire a website guru to make your website? Thats a great idea! I am one of those developers. As I get a LOT of website leads from Thumbtack there is something that you can do to help me and other deve…
    - 2 Jan 14, 8:22am -
  • Mass hack affects almost 2 million Internet accounts are your passwords safe?
    This message is to alert our customers and friends to a Password hack that has occurred. Our Servers are secure and there has been no breach in our security. However, due to a massive cyber hack that is currently being reported in the news,  we are…
    - 5 Dec 13, 10:15am -
  • Google overhauls the way its search engine ranks websites
    ‘Hummingbird’ will affect 90 per cent of search requests, VP says The Associated Press Posted:Sep 27, 2013 1:52 PM ET Last Updated:Sep 27, 2013 9:00 PM ET Video Google at 15Chris O’Neill of Google Canada on how the company remains relevant in t…
    - 3 Oct 13, 8:23pm -
  • Thinking Man acquires
    I’m excited to announce that we’ve agreed to acquire, a company with an amazing model. The website is the eCommerce store that’s behind one of the nations most engaging and controversial talk shows, Ground Zero with C…
    - 23 Aug 13, 7:07pm -
  • Q&A From
    I was registering our business on Thumbtack today, and part of the registration process is a Question and Answer. Well I thought they were some really great qustions and were worthy of a blog post. Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for…
    - 19 Aug 13, 7:13am -

Learn to Prepare

Mike Marlow's Survival Blog

  • More Mouths To Feed
    That’s right, we have more additions to the family. No, Marisa isn’t pregnant. We ordered our chickens today! We had to make some changes to what we had originally planned on getting. We were planning on ordering from Murray Mcmurray […] ↓ Re…
    - 80 days ago, 3 Feb 14, 6:43am -
  • Sausages, Seeds & a Greenhouse
    This has been a busy week. My work is picking up & I had quite a few new patients. Marisa’s work was really busy last week too. The weather has been crazy around here, warm & then freezing cold. but […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry...(Visited…
    - 87 days ago, 27 Jan 14, 8:46am -
  • Waiting on Spring!
    I’ve been looking at seed catalogs, chicken catalogs, looking at ads for meat rabbits…. I’m ready for the weather to warm up so we can start of some of our outdoor projects. I went to my first beekeepers association meeting […] ↓ Read the r…
    - 14 Jan 14, 6:16am -
  • Annnnnnnnd… WE’RE BACK!
    I can’t believe that September 3rd was the last post I made on here! Lots of things have been changing for us since I posted last. The girls turned 2! We’ve moved, and have a place with more land, and […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry...(Visi…
    - 10 Jan 14, 11:00am -
  • Are Americans Really As Stupid As We Appear?
    Well, here we are again – right in the middle of a bunch of crap in the Middle East that’s none of our business. Obama has been posturing & trying to figure out what to do, and the rest of […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry...(Visited 161 time…
    - 4 Sep 13, 12:06am -

Mama Kautz

  • Why I Love Life Long Vitality
    I want to share with you one of the dōTERRA Supplements. Now, I will be the first to tell you, the only time I ever took vitamins was usually January of every year. You know, when we make those New Year’s Resolutions to get healthier. I’d go to…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Apr 14, 8:00am -
  • Homemade Onion Powder
    How to make onion powder at home. The jar on the left is dried onion that I didn’t run through the coffee grinder. I wish I had saved a bit more out for this purpose. When I peel a ton of onions I always put them in water. It helps with the tear in…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Apr 14, 4:00am -
  • Front Porch Friday #6
    6th Edition of Front Porch Friday! Remember to be featured you need to link back here. I am working on a graphic for this. This weeks featured post is: Preparedness Mama and Natural Rooting Hormone Thank you to all who linked up last week!! I really…
    - 6 days ago, 18 Apr 14, 8:44am -
  • Essential Oils for Preparedness Google Hangout
    6 pm May 1st. We will be chatting about Essential Oils for Preparedness using dōTERRA’s kit as a guide.The post Essential Oils for Preparedness Google Hangout appeared first on Mama Kautz.My doTerra
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  • 5 Uses for Lime Essential Oil
    Lime EO coupled with olive oil is a great wood furniture polish. You can flavor your water or even your Corona. Add it to your Guacamole or salsa. You can even make a Key Lime Pie with Lime essential oil. Lime EO has anti-viral & anti-bacterial prope…
    - 9 days ago, 15 Apr 14, 3:42pm -
  • Kindle Freebies for Preppers and Homesteaders
    **FREE at time of posting LOOK BEFORE YOU CLICK PLEASE. This post IS TIME SENSITIVE!** Cooking Chemical/Biological/Natural Disasters Survival Homesteading Dystopian & Apocalyptic (I couldn’t put the last two down)The post Kindle Freebies for Prepp…
    - 11 days ago, 13 Apr 14, 4:27am -
  • Front Porch Friday Blog Hop #5
    5th Edition of Front Porch Friday! It has been slow going getting this Hop off the ground, but I enjoy reading your posts so I am going to keep at it. Remember to be featured you need to link back here. I am working on a graphic for this. This weeks…
    - 13 days ago, 11 Apr 14, 7:05am -
  • Dried Beans in Just Over an Hour!
    This is a guest post from Tina. I am excited to share this post with you. So informative. Dried Beans ready in just over an hour! Time saving ideas and recipes! (this post contains affiliate links) Let me start by saying, I LOVE my Cuisinart Electric…
    - 14 days ago, 10 Apr 14, 11:00am -
  • Homeschooling High School Curriculum {Our Favorites}
    Homeschool curriculum choices can be! Like over the top make you crazy trying to choose which is best for your children. If you are like me, each child has a different learning style, but you can’ justify 2 or 3 or even 4 different s…
    - 15 days ago, 9 Apr 14, 11:00am -
  • Surviving Summer with Essential Oils
    Spring is in full swing and Summer is just around the corner. With Summer comes bugs and sun! Here are the essential EO’s to have to survive the summer. Allergy Blend Lavender is a natural antihistamine Lemon is naturally an antibiotic & antiviral…
    - 16 days ago, 8 Apr 14, 8:00am -

Modern Day Redneck

  • Busy Is An Understatment
    A few months ago I posted about how busy these couple of months were going to be, well I wasn't kidding.The saving grace is, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.  For starters we have had several bad storms blow through and created a lot of…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Apr 14, 10:29pm -
  • Just Life
    First off I want to congratulate my oldest daughter Jessie for winning 2nd place at the chili cookoff we were at this weekend.Yes, the student has now become the teacher. I only got 7th place with my chili and my beans only made 4th. Candy's chili go…
    - 17 days ago, 7 Apr 14, 6:56pm -
  • Chasing My Tail
    At the begging of the winter I do as we all do and winterize everything outside.Among all the other things I did to get ready for the freezing months, it also includes draining all the irrigation lines and draining the bathhouse. No matter how hard I…
    - 21 days ago, 3 Apr 14, 4:55pm -
  • Turn Out The Lights.....
    The party's over. They say all good things must end.I don't know the rest of the song but it is fitting for the occasion.Due to the weather, we ended up moving the whole thing over to my Dad's barn. It took three days to set up and all day Sunday to…
    - 30 days ago, 25 Mar 14, 6:59pm -
  • 18 At Last
    Tomorrow is my youngest girl Kylee's 18th birthday party. This has been in the works for 18 years, to have the last one of our daughters become an adult. Candy and I are done raising kids.That does not mean we are done being parents, it just means we…
    - 34 days ago, 21 Mar 14, 1:26pm -
  • Cow Town Chili
    Yesterday was a blast.I cooked with my wife Candy and oldest daughter Jessie while the middle girl and some other family members came by for support.Hannah is getting so big and I felt my grand daughter move for the first time yesterday. The grand ba…
    - 39 days ago, 16 Mar 14, 1:28pm -
  • I Have Fought Tougher
    I got my butt kicked this last week, it put me down for seven days. I have fought tougher, but I can't remember when. His name is, "The Flu"Back in October I got my shot just for that reason, but a different type of flu found me out, type B.It has be…
    - 41 days ago, 14 Mar 14, 3:53pm -
  • Another Round Of Ice
    This weekend cooking chili in Oklahoma was kinda nice. It was my birthday weekend and it was good to get away, even if it was for only a day and a half.The thing about cooking competitively in Oklahoma is that I am from Texas. Everyone knows the riva…
    - 51 days ago, 4 Mar 14, 7:01pm -
  • Back to Chili
    This weekend is back to chili cooking. We took a couple of three weeks off due to the cookoffs were so far away. Plus I was getting behind on some chores at the house. Well, nothing has change, I am still behind on my chores and the cookoff we are go…
    - 56 days ago, 27 Feb 14, 5:35pm -
  • Tamale Party
    Everyone in my family and group of friends love to cook. When we cook we have a party. We have a party for any reason we can think of. Sounds fun? Well it is.This weekend all the women folk in the family and their friends got together over at my mom'…
    - 59 days ago, 24 Feb 14, 10:26pm -

My Family Survival Plan

  • 22 Manly Ways to Reuse an Altoids Tin
    Altoids have been freshening bad breath since the turn of the 19th century. But while they are touted as “Curiously Strong Mints,” perhaps the real curiosity is not the allure of the mints themselves, but the popularity of turning the tin in whic…
    - 10 days ago, 14 Apr 14, 9:23pm -
  • Everyone Has a Plan Until They Get Punched in the Mouth
    I’m not a fan of Mike Tyson, but I do like this quote.“Everyone Has a Plan Until They Get Punched in the Mouth”While Mike isn’t the most articulate fellow, this quote is very insightful. I think everyone should have a plan, but life tends t…
    - 15 days ago, 9 Apr 14, 2:21pm -
  • 10 Non-Power Tools You Need for Survival
    I knew we were in trouble the moment I saw the Black and Decker battery-powered adjustable wrench.  I’d encountered screwdrivers with dead batteries, saws without extension cords, and drills with easily over-heated motors, but an electric wrench?…
    - 16 days ago, 8 Apr 14, 2:11pm -
  • Paleo Foods for Surviving with Chronic Disease
    Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard about the Paleo diet. It’s all the rage in some circles right now and rightly so. There may be some pretty significant health benefits to it. In fact, it may save your life.Today we…
    - 22 days ago, 2 Apr 14, 12:45pm -

Command Zero

  • Cache = cash
    I was having a lovely conversation with a fellow blogger the other week, and we were discussing the classic problem of having bunches of stuff and having to suddenly beat feet and run. What happens to your gear, what do … Continue reading →
    - 1 day ago, 22 Apr 14, 11:21pm -
  • More signs of the times

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  • Patriots’ Day
    ‘Tis Patriots Day! Along with Election Day, this is the most politically charged holiday on my calendar. Everyone makes a big deal about how when .gov gets too big for its britches theyre going to ‘do something’ and ‘take back … Continue re…
    - 4 days ago, 20 Apr 14, 12:59am -
  • Article – The vast underground bunkers with months of supplies built by Romanian swindlers
    Cool looking bunker. Looks like a combination of culvert and cargo container. I like using the mechanics creeper to access the crawlspace supplies. Clever. I guess this property will be up for sale soon. Millions were also spent on gold … Continue…
    - 6 days ago, 18 Apr 14, 9:59pm -
  • Link – Augason Farms 40% on 72-hr kit
    Seems like every week I get an email from these guys about 24- or 48-hour sales. I usually only post about the sales on the one-month kit since I think thats the most useful. But, they sent me a discount … Continue reading →
    - 7 days ago, 17 Apr 14, 4:28pm -
  • Sling Project continued
    So far,  not too shabby:
    - 8 days ago, 16 Apr 14, 6:10am -
  • Sling Project
    Is there any military anywhere in the world that currently issues its rifles with bottom-mounted sling swivels? I mean, look at every US service rifle and the only one that ever had the sling mounted on the side , for … Continue reading →
    - 9 days ago, 15 Apr 14, 8:32pm -
  • Nostalgia
    Man, I remember the old days of the Cold War when ‘survivalism’ was all about crawling out of bomb shelters into a radioactive wasteland crawling with Soviet thugs. Remember those days? It was Brigade Quartermaster, LL Baston, Paladin Press catal…
    - 9 days ago, 15 Apr 14, 3:28am -
  • When it actually helps to have a blog
    Rarely (very rarely) does this blog ever produce anything nice for me….but, sometimes the universe provides. After posting about the acquisition of my new toy I got not one  but two emails from folks saying that if I needed it … Continue reading…
    - 12 days ago, 12 Apr 14, 7:15pm -
  • Form 4 = Ten Months
    Remember this post? Well: Paperwork went in May 30, 2013 and the approval date on the form is March 30, 2014. So…ten months. And I hear that I may be one of the lucky ones. Next step – I acquired … Continue reading →
    - 13 days ago, 11 Apr 14, 10:52pm -

Outdoor Quest

  • newEmergency Preparedness - Bugging Out
    My friend Leon has an intriguing post on why "heading for the hills" might not be the best idea.   by Leon Pantenburg  Five reasons why heading for the hills during an emergency is a bad idea: At virtually any preparedness event I go to, someone…
    - 19 hours ago, 23 Apr 14, 3:36pm -
  • GPS Setup - Using the Right Coordinates
    A good friend has given you the coordinates to his favorite fishing spot at Elk Lake.  He was genuinely excited and pleased to give you this treasured location.  Now you can enter this information into you GPS and you will be all set.Well maybe not…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Apr 14, 4:23pm -
  • Topographic Map Contour Lines
    Contours are the thin brown lines that snake across a topographic (topo) map.  Contour lines connect equal points of elevation such that every point on a specific line will be at that elevation above sea level.  Contour lines are distinct and sepa…
    - 2 days ago, 21 Apr 14, 11:45pm -
  • Magnetic Compass - Sighting/Taking a Bearing
    Sighting with a compass is an important skill that can determine direction to an object or help the hiker locate and identify his position in the backcountry.A compass is an important part of the backcountry navigator’s kit.  The use of Global Po…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Apr 14, 2:38pm -
  • Monitoring the Weather - Part II
    Last June SeattleBackPackersMagazine posted a short article on tracking barometric pressure with a GPS; barometric pressure.  Recently my son reminded me of a little known theorem that helps the hiker’s situational awareness.  This theorem is ca…
    - 4 days ago, 20 Apr 14, 2:19pm -
  • Monitoring the Weather
    In the field forecasting is an important skill for the backcountry hiker.  Learning the basics is an important first step. I previously posted a short article about using your GPS to monitor barometric pressure while in the backcountry; go hereto re…
    - 5 days ago, 19 Apr 14, 2:37pm -
  • Backcountry Hiking With Your Dog
    Just visited the blog at the Mother Nature Network.  My first visit.  I came across this post about hiking with your dog in the backcountry.  The writer Jaymi Heimbuch has some excellent pointers for dog owners.Now that spring has sprung, many of…
    - 6 days ago, 18 Apr 14, 2:00pm -
  • Earth Quake Readiness
    The following is a April 13 New York Times article and video about earth quake preparedness in California and Oregon.   Readiness, or lack of it, is also on the national mind in this country after back-to-back earthquakes rocked Southern Californ…
    - 7 days ago, 16 Apr 14, 11:28pm -
  • Pacing - Measuring Distance For The Hiker
    Check out my latest post now on  Pacing is a proven method to calculate distance traveled in the back country.Many outdoors men and women measure distance in the backcountry by using a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver.…
    - 16 days ago, 8 Apr 14, 1:46pm -
  • A Backpackers Spring Cleaning
    April and May are the months to shake out the gear and clean it up.  Anna from has some great suggestions.Blue-sky days are creeping out of the Northwest winter— and so are we. Just around the corner are wildflower d…
    - 17 days ago, 7 Apr 14, 10:49pm -

Paul Kirtley's Blog

  • Snugpak Travelpak 3 Sleeping Bag Review
    People seem to visibly cringe when they ask me about sleeping bags. The conversation goes something along the lines of “Paul, I’d like to buy a new sleeping bag, what do you recommend? What do you actually use yourself?” “Well, I have half a…
    - 19 days ago, 5 Apr 14, 2:08pm -
  • Bellroy Very Protective: An Adventure-Tough Wallet?
    Little things can make a big difference. I certainly find this is the case when I’m travelling. I like to have a place for everything and everything in its place. The danger is, of course, that you end up adding bulk and weight to your kit by using…
    - 26 days ago, 29 Mar 14, 8:25pm -
  • A Framework For Preparing Yourself For A Survival Situation
    You don’t need to look far for almost countless incident reports, news items and accounts of woe whereby ordinary folk have found themselves in difficulty in the great outdoors due to lack of basic skills and knowledge. So, how do we make sure we h…
    - 29 days ago, 26 Mar 14, 1:12pm -
  • Portable Sharpening Stones: Keeping Your Edge On The Trail
    When we are at home, in a cabin or a fixed camp, we can use full-sized bench stones to sharpen our cutting tools. When we are on the move, however, we do not want to be carrying full-sized stones. They have a similar density to bricks. Even a full-si…
    - 64 days ago, 19 Feb 14, 4:31pm -
  • Arctic Lean-To Revisited
    Lean-to shelters have become one of the touchstones of bushcraft, particularly northern forest bushcraft. They are often held up as superb survival shelter – in combination with a long log fire – ideal for surviving cold conditions with limited o…
    - 68 days ago, 15 Feb 14, 3:39pm -
  • Choosing And Using A Snow Shovel For Winter Camping And Travel
    If you ask people to draw up a list of the equipment they think important to take with them on a winter journey or on a winter camping trip, particularly in the northern forest, they might state an axe for felling dead standing wood for firewood. Th…
    - 83 days ago, 31 Jan 14, 4:30am -
  • Hestra Bivak Meets Lovikka: My Quest For Perfect Winter Handwear
    In cold environments, a very good set of mittens is essential. A truly good set of mittens is hard to find, though. There’s a lot of tat on the market. Plus mittens that are ideal for one type of environment or activity are not necessarily ideal fo…
    - 85 days ago, 29 Jan 14, 4:31am -
  • How To Live In A Heated Tent
    A heated tent is a fantastic way to spend the long, dark nights of winter outdoors, particularly in the deep cold of the far north. While a modern four-season mountain tent – or even a bivvy – may be tolerable for a few nights out in sub-zero tem…
    - 90 days ago, 24 Jan 14, 6:10am -
  • Tree And Plant Knowledge Is All Around You
    It’s difficult to go anywhere without being presented with the opportunity to extend or refresh your tree and plant knowledge, even in urban environments. Previously I’ve written about urban botanising and making the sharpening of your tree and p…
    - 94 days ago, 20 Jan 14, 4:18pm -
  • Lighting A Fire With Feathersticks
    As with any fire lighting exercise, starting a fire with feathersticks can go one of two ways – it either works or it doesn’t. You end up with an established fire or you don’t. Nature doesn’t offer any middle grades for fire lighting. You get…
    - 6 Jan 14, 4:01am -

Prep Blog

  • newGeorgia passes new law expanding gun rights
    Georgia’s governor is expected to sign the bill today (4/23/2014). The bill, described by the National Rifle Association’s lobbying arm as “the most comprehensive pro-gun reform legislation introduced in recent state history,” expands the sco…
    - 20 hours ago, 23 Apr 14, 2:35pm -
  • Air Rifles for Prepping and Survival
    Can an air rifle fill a role in prepping and survival? Or are powder/cartridge firearms the only effective tool for those purposes? My blog co-author, Butch C., weighed in on this topic a while back. But I’ve been researching the … Continue readi…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Apr 14, 6:22pm -
  • Weekly Survival Reader: April 14-19
    It’s time for another installment of Prep-Blog’s weekly prepping and survival reader, with interesting blog posts, articles, products, and news of interest to preppers. By the way, if you like, vote for the site by clicking the “T…
    - 4 days ago, 19 Apr 14, 11:05pm -
  • Man Wrongfully Convicted in 1989 Brooklyn Murder Is Set Free
    Here’s the news story from Yahoo! News. This man served nearly 25 years of a 25-to-life sentence for a murder he provably did not commit. The 51-year-old Fleming had said from the start that he couldn’t have shot Darryl “Black” … Continue r…
    - 7 days ago, 17 Apr 14, 9:23pm -
  • Superfoods for Preppers: Leafy Green Crops
    Forget about iceberg lettuce. It’s one of the least nutritious vegetables you could eat. Iceberg lettuce is 95% water and low in pretty much every nutrient, even fiber. So why give it space in your survival garden? By comparison, many … Continue…
    - 7 days ago, 17 Apr 14, 5:16pm -

Prepper Recon

  • newRep. David Taylor- Are Patriots Domestic Terrorists?
    Washington State Representative David Taylor joins me on the Prepper Recon Podcast today to talk about his recent visit to the Bundy Ranch and what the new Coalition of Western States is doing to combat the tyranny from the Federal […] ↓ Read the…
    - 20 hours ago, 23 Apr 14, 2:45pm -
  • WA Rep. Matt Shea After-Action Report from The Bundy Ranch
    Washington State Representative Matt Shea joins me on today’s Prepper Recon Podcast to give us an after-action report of  his trip to stand on the line for freedom at the Cliven Bundy ranch in Nevada. We talk about what the […] ↓ Read the rest…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Apr 14, 2:09am -
  • Sunday Prepper Bible Study- Why Believe in the Resurection?
    “Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. So she came running to Simon Peter and the other […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry...The po…
    - 4 days ago, 20 Apr 14, 1:20am -
  • Friday Night at the Movies- The Passion of the Christ
    Tonight’s movie is The Passion of The Christ. God bought our ticket to heaven, because none of us could afford the price of admission. I’m very thankful for that. It’s impossible to be truly grateful unless we know what a […] ↓ Read the res…
    - 5 days ago, 19 Apr 14, 12:07am -
  • Podcast-Defending the Constitution with Congressional Candidate David Wagie

    - 8 days ago, 16 Apr 14, 4:01am -
  • Podcast- Legal Non-Taxpayer, David Zuniga on IRS Fallacies
    David Zuniga of joins me on the Prepper Recon Podcast today to talk about the unjust anxiety people feel at this time of year. He explains IRS fallacies and how they lie and cheat to bully people into paying […] ↓ Read the re…
    - 10 days ago, 14 Apr 14, 3:12am -
  • Sunday Prepper Bible Study- Luke 21:20-21
    “When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near. Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those in the city get out, and let those in the country […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry.…
    - 11 days ago, 13 Apr 14, 1:28am -
  • Friday Night at the Movies- Freedom to Fascism- Arron Russo
    Tonight’s movie is just in time for tax season! Arron Russo explores the legality of the income tax and points out several cases where courts have ruled in favor of non-taxpayers. Wherever you stand on the income tax debate, it […] ↓ Read the r…
    - 13 days ago, 11 Apr 14, 8:50pm -
  • Are We on the Precipice of Boston Massacre 2.0? Cliven Bundy’s Range War
    Are We on the Precipice of Boston Massacre 2.0? If you are not aware of the Cliven Bundy fight going on in Nevada right now, it deserves your attention. Essentially, the Bureau of Land Management, a Federal Agency has once […] ↓ Read the rest of…
    - 14 days ago, 10 Apr 14, 5:31pm -
  • Podcast-What Does the Fox Say About the Economy?
    Fox 519 of Radio Free Redoubt joins me on the Prepper Recon Podcast today to talk about some disturbing information that he has learned from his position in the banking industry. We talk about what this news might mean for […] ↓ Read the rest of…
    - 15 days ago, 9 Apr 14, 2:38am -

Preparedness is Fundamental

  • Cordless Drill Soap
    I’ve always contended that our forefathers forgot more than most of us will ever know. Things like canning, sewing and soap making were just another chore. Most people think that these old arts are too hard to master. I don’t … Continue reading…
    - 37 days ago, 18 Mar 14, 5:55am -
  • A Very Nice Non- Electric Hydroponic Vegetable Producing Container for under a Buck.
    This year I’m trying several new methods of growing veggies to see what works best for my locale. One of the neatest setups I’ve seen is the Kratky method of hydroponic growing. The biggest expense is buying or building containers to grow … C…
    - 51 days ago, 4 Mar 14, 5:27am -
  • The Underestimated Prep
    It’s right up there with food, water and shelter, and yet it’s perhaps one of the most under addressed preps there is. You need it for chores, security, cooking, eating and on a psychological plane; it goes a long way … Continue reading →
    - 55 days ago, 28 Feb 14, 5:18am -
  • How to Light and Cook on a Rocket Stove
    Rocket stoves are relatively new to prepping, and as such, there is a dearth of information when it comes to using them. The fact is, there are a lot of great stoves available and they are not only incredibly simple … Continue reading →
    - 68 days ago, 15 Feb 14, 4:58pm -
  • Bright Idea for Preppers
    If you’ve read any of my posts, you know how emphatic I am about the need for plenty of renewable light for disasters, civil unrest, outages or WTSHTF. It is up there with food and water in my book, so … Continue reading →
    - 76 days ago, 7 Feb 14, 7:03pm -
  • A Boomers Lament
    Perhaps one of the most difficult aspects of being a baby boomer in this (it grieves me to even write it) formerly great country, was growing up in a country that wasn’t just exceptional, it was spectacular. We would go … Continue reading →
    - 79 days ago, 4 Feb 14, 3:09pm -
  • A Solar Powered Compost Tumbler for Under $5.00
    I am a scrounge. I can’t stand to see all of the waste that goes on around us, so I try and salvage and re-purpose items that are headed for the landfills and turn them into useful items. Gardens love … Continue reading →
    - 81 days ago, 2 Feb 14, 5:27pm -
  • New Heavy Duty Multi Fuel Prepper Stove Cooks Full Size Meals
    Having the ability to cook full size family meals, boil water and grill during a power outage, disaster or in the rough is essential. Unfortunately, stoves that require propane, butane, electricity or gas will be worthless the instant you run … Con…
    - 90 days ago, 24 Jan 14, 2:54pm -
  • A Simple, Quick, Free, Wood Rack
    For decades I’ve simply hauled wood into my shop in a wheelbarrow, but the handles and size made finally got to me, so after 20 years I made a simple wood rack out of old bed frames. The short video shows … Continue reading →
    - 5 Jan 14, 6:33pm -
  • A Simple, Effective, Cheap, 12 Volt Backup Pumphouse Heater
    Be prepared is just plain good advise. In the 20 winters on a well here in the Rockies, we have had our share of frozen pipes, and have eventually worked all of the kinks out. The one problem that plagued … Continue reading →
    - 31 Dec 13, 6:36am -

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