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  • newNotes for Friday – April 29, 2016
    Don’t forget that Safecastle’s Mountain House food sale ends this Saturday, April 30. Both the 30-year #10 cans and the 12-year pouches are seriously discounted, up to 46%. Get in on the sale while you can. o o o Today, we present another entry f…
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  • newA Holistic Approach to Packing a 72-Hour Bug Out Bag- Part 1, by C.T.
    A 72-hour Bug Out Bag (a.k.a. Get Out Of Dodge bag) is a pack filled with the necessary items to sustain you while you walk from an unsafe location to a safe location. Usually the scenario is that “home” is no longer safe and you need to go to so…
    - 2 hours ago 29 Apr 16, 7:57am -
  • newLetter Re: Felons Voting
    Here’s a list of states that allow or don’t allow felons to vote. I really don’t know how I feel about this, because I know several people personally that have been to prison who truly turned their lives around and are good people now. I’m al…
    - 2 hours ago 29 Apr 16, 7:56am -
  • newEconomics and Investing:
    Items from Mr. Econocobas: What Americans Spent The Most Money On In Q1 U.S. Economy Slows, with GDP Growing 0.5% in First Quarter This Is Where America’s Runaway Inflation Is Hiding Video: Greg Hunter USA Watchdog – Bill Holter-Without Price Sup…
    - 2 hours ago 29 Apr 16, 7:55am -
  • newOdds ‘n Sods:
    Once again, the duplicity of the Federal Government is exposed: U.S. Has Not Told Panama, Costa Rica to Stop Flying Thousands of Illegal Aliens Close to U.S. Border – Sent in by B.B. o o o Prison Time for Illegal Alien Who Crossed River to Rob othe…
    - 3 hours ago 29 Apr 16, 7:54am -
  • newHugh’s Quote of the Day:
    “To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.” – Voltaire
    - 3 hours ago 29 Apr 16, 7:50am -
  • Notes for Thursday – April 28, 2016
    April 28th is the birthday of Aimo Johannes Lahti (born in 1896). This clever Finn designed (or co-designed) an amazing array of weapons, including the L-35 Lahti pistol, Suomi M-31 SMG, the Lahti-Saloranta M/26 LMG, the famous Lahti L-39 20mm anti-t…
    - 1 day ago 28 Apr 16, 7:07am -
  • The Disgruntled Man Epidemic and More Destructive Effects of Feminism, by J
    “We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honour and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate and bid the geldings be fruitful.”1 (C.S. Lewis) Postmodernism willingly allowed for and encourage…
    - 1 day ago 28 Apr 16, 7:04am -
  • Letter: IR Floodlights
    HJL, I recently had my vehicle broken into in the wee hours of the morning. While we had video surveillance running and though it did indeed capture the image of the perp, I was entirely unsatisfied with it. The camera has built-in IR illumination, b…
    - 1 day ago 28 Apr 16, 7:04am -
  • Economics and Investing:
    The Real Reason To Invest In Silver… It’s The Fundamentals o o o Video: The Shocking Rail Data That Screams Recession Is HERE – Sent in by P.M.e o o o Fed Statement Could Offer Clues Toward June Rate Decision (Note: You’ll need to sign in or…
    - 1 day ago 28 Apr 16, 7:02am -
  • Odds ‘n Sods:
    From the desk of Mike Williamson, SurvivalBlog’s Editor at Large: Despite what you’ve heard about the fearsome IS fighters in sweeping victories, this video footage obtained by VICE News shows that they are often in disarray. o o o Cartels Help T…
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  • Hugh’s Quote of the Day:
    “Nothing so needs reforming as other people’s habits.” – Mark Twain
    - 1 day ago 28 Apr 16, 7:00am -
  • Notes for Wednesday – April 27, 2016
    On this day in 1789, the crew of the British ship Bounty mutinied, setting Captain William Bligh and 18 sailors adrift in a launch in the South Pacific. o o o Today, we present another entry for Round 64 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contes…
    - 2 days ago 27 Apr 16, 7:58am -
  • An Ounce of Prevention Is Worth a Pound of Cure- Part 2, by L.W.
    Clean Clothes The first line of defense in protecting the skin is your clothing. Protect the hands by always using gloves appropriate to the task at hand—medical gloves for caring for the sick and injured; heavy duty rubber gloves for washing dishe…
    - 2 days ago 27 Apr 16, 7:57am -
  • Letter Re: Velcro in Tactical Gear
    SurvivalBlog reader R.B. wrote in to ask about Velcro on Tactical Gear. As a life-long SCUBA diver, on wrecks, rescues, and searches, he states that Velcro can fail to stay attached when wet. Aside from the obvious issue of sound (the exceedingly lou…
    - 2 days ago 27 Apr 16, 7:56am -

SHTF Plan

More Than Just Surviving

  • Should You Rotate Through Your Food Stockpile?
    In July last year, I asked everyone on Survival Threads whether they preferred to rotate their food stockpile or not: When it comes to food storage, I’ve noticed that people typically fall into one of two types of camps: either they are all f…
    - 7 days ago 22 Apr 16, 6:30pm -
  • 93 Paracord Uses: How Many More Can You Think Of?
    Paracord projects are more than just a fun way to pass the time. Paracord is one of the most versatile pieces of survival gear kit you can possibly own – so having it on you is a huge boon in case you ever get stuck in any sort of survival s…
    - 14 days ago 15 Apr 16, 2:10pm -
  • April 2016 EDC Pocket Dump
    1. Cold Steel Hold Out II EDC Folding Pocket Knife 2. Peterson Irish Flake Pipe Tobacco 3. Generic Czech Pipe Tool 4. IM Corona Old Boy Black/Chrome Pipe Lighter 5. SederCraft Kraig Seder Short Poker Custom PipeThis is just the start of t…
    - 19 days ago 10 Apr 16, 5:50pm -
  • Cold Steel Bushman Hollow Handle Survival Knife Review
    The Cold Steel Bushman has been in my possession for quite some time now. Publishing the review has been delayed over and over again, in most part due to my own mixed feelings over this iconic knife. Traditionally, I tend to pick up a knife…
    - 25 days ago 4 Apr 16, 5:00pm -
  • Why We’re Not Actually Giving Up Prepping (Ever!)
    Um yeah. Not sure about the number count on how many of you I duped with yesterday’s April Fools Day joke, but it was, of course, 110% untrue. Thomas and I, we’re not ever going to stop prepping. And here’s why. As convincing as I may hav…
    - 27 days ago 2 Apr 16, 3:00pm -
  • Why We’re Giving Up Prepping
    Hello readers and friends, Before we begin this no doubt decisive article/letter, I want to start off by thanking all of you for your support. Thomas and I have been truly lucky to have had your presence and encouragement over the years. I can…
    - 28 days ago 1 Apr 16, 2:15pm -
  • March 2016 EDC Purse Dump
    1. Spyderco Dragonfly 2 Folding EDC Pocket Knife – Review. 2. Eye Drops (Life/Shoppers Drug Mart Brand) 3. L’Occitane Shea Butter Delightful Rose Lip Balm 4. Lime Green Paracord – Removed the inside and use this to play with the cat. 5.…
    - 31 days ago 29 Mar 16, 6:00pm -
  • Knife Drop: Folding Tanto Knives
    Title says it all – just a round up of Thomas’ current folding tanto knives. Knives Featured 1. SOG Vulcan Tanto Folding EDC Knife – Review. 2. Cold Steel Recon 1 Tanto Blade Knife – Review. 3. Cold Steel Voyager XL Tanto Combo Edge K…
    - 40 days ago 20 Mar 16, 3:30pm -
  • A Slew of Skills Preppers & Survivalists Would Be Better Off Learning
    While each and every survivalist and prepper prioritizes different tasks and gear, even more so, they prioritize learning different skills that they think will be helpful in the case of an emergency or survival situation. Being a survivalist a…
    - 43 days ago 17 Mar 16, 9:15pm -
  • March 2016 EDC Pocket Dump
    1. IM Corona Old Boy Black/Chrome Pipe Lighter 2. SederCraft Kraig Seder Short Poker Custom Pipe 3. Peterson Irish Flake Pipe Tobacco 4. Kershaw Blur Assisted Open Knife – Review.This is just the start of the post March 2016 EDC Pocket…
    - 48 days ago 12 Mar 16, 5:00pm -
  • Buck 119 Special Clip Point Hunter Knife Review
    Buck has always been a fascinating company to me. They very rarely jump aboard new trends, and rather tend to trudge along doing their own thing. I don’t say this as a criticism at all, because clearly it works. A Buck knife is unapologetic…
    - 53 days ago 7 Mar 16, 10:00pm -
  • Survival Shelf – Survivalist & Prepper Link Resource Site – Relaunch
    Back in 2014, we launched a survival & preparedness link resource site, Survival Shelf, in the hopes of being able to show off a lot of the links we found in the industry that we thought deserved as much attention as they could get. Unfortunate…
    - 57 days ago 3 Mar 16, 9:00pm -
  • February 2016 EDC Purse Dump
    1. Motorola Moto E 2nd Gen Smart Phone + Ringke Slim Phone Case 2. SanDisk Ultra Fit 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive 3. Sony Alpha a5000 Camera with 16-50mm Lens 4. Spyderco Sage 1 Carbon Fiber EDC Pocket Knife – Review.This is just the star…
    - 62 days ago 27 Feb 16, 8:45pm -
  • Thinking of Prepping? Why You Just Need to Start Now

    - 64 days ago 25 Feb 16, 9:30pm -
  • Bahco Laplander Folding Bushcraft Hand Saw Review
    The Bahco Laplander is one of the most ubiquitous tools in any bushcrafter’s arsenal. It’s basically legendary at this point, but if you’re thinking that this might be one piece of kit that doesn’t live up to its hype, you’d be dead…
    - 67 days ago 22 Feb 16, 8:00pm -
  • Knife Drop: Knife Reviews to Come
    Another set of behind the scenes shots. Thomas has been getting so many requests for the Cold Steel Finn Wolf that we need to push that review up even though we have a number of other knives queued up to be reviewed. And I absolutely love tha…
    - 69 days ago 20 Feb 16, 9:00pm -
  • The Rundown on Internal Bleeding
    In my opinion, internal bleeding is one of the most frightening injuries you can be inflicted with. Much like cancer, internal bleeding often displays its nastier symptoms a good length of time after it has set in, creating an unfortunate tic…
    - 74 days ago 15 Feb 16, 8:15pm -
  • February 2016 EDC Pocket Dump
    1. Moleskine Classic Soft Cover Pocket Sized Notebook 2. Cold Steel Finn Wolf EDC Folding Pocket Knife 3. Noodler’s Neponset Fountain Pen in Baikal Blue Acrylic 4. Paul Smith Bifold Wallet 5. TIHK Handcuff KeyThis is just the start o…
    - 76 days ago 13 Feb 16, 6:15pm -
  • Cold Steel Voyager XL Vaquero Folding Knife Review
    Hot on the heels of my Cold Steel Voyager Tanto XL review I now bring you the review for the Vaquero version of the same knife. Superficially, these two knives may seem quite similar due to the identical handles, however, as you will soon find…
    - 81 days ago 8 Feb 16, 6:45pm -
  • Why You Shouldn’t Prep Out of Fear (& Why You Should Prep Instead)
    There’s a lot of fear mongering in this industry. Like a lot. And even if you typically err on the side of caution, look into the details of these scares, and regularly end up falling for the hype – if you’re completely honest with yourse…
    - 88 days ago 1 Feb 16, 8:00pm -

Blue Collar Prepping

  • newMeasuring Radiation
    Since Erin has explained what ionizing radiation is and the hazards it poses, I thought I'd add an article covering ways to measure it. Since you can't see, taste, or feel ionizing radiation, you need a tool to find out if it is present (qualitative…
    - 12 hours ago 28 Apr 16, 10:16pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: Shelter!
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Now we concentrate on what to do in, and how to plan for, the long term via Prudent Prepping. Back in March I mentioned my purchase of a tent, and how there was no room inside my house to set…
    - 2 days ago 27 Apr 16, 5:16pm -
  • Fishing: Get Hooked on Terminal Tackle
    Now that we've gone over rods and line, it's time to look at what actually goes on that line. The collection of bits and bobs that affix to your line are called terminal tackle and consist of weights, hooks, floats, and a variety of other things that…
    - 3 days ago 26 Apr 16, 10:03pm -
  • Gun Blog Variety Podcast #88 – The Group Podcast with Special Guest Luke Apps of Triangle Tactical Podcast
    It was a long week moving Casa Sorrentino and URS Studios, so instead of a regular show, Adam and Sean bring you a special group show!Sean tells you about another Sean Sorrentino. One who is a very naughty Sean Sorrentino. This Sean Sorrentino will n…
    - 4 days ago 25 Apr 16, 2:59am -
  • Radiation Doses for Dummies
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.Welcome to the final installment of "Radioactivity for Dummies" series. Over the past two months I've talked about why ionizing radiation is dangerous, how it works, how to shield y…
    - 7 days ago 22 Apr 16, 10:23pm -
  • Chemistry for Preppers: Distillation
    One of the most common and useful chemical processes for preppers is distillation. Everyone has seen the water purification systems that boil the source water, cool the steam, and produce pure (distilled) water. The simple “solar still” method of…
    - 8 days ago 21 Apr 16, 6:43pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: Seasonal Inventory Checkup
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Now we concentrate on what to do in, and how to plan for, the long term via Prudent Prepping.The weather here in the West has been trending towards spring with warmer weather, occasional rain,…
    - 9 days ago 20 Apr 16, 6:39pm -
  • Apocabox Unboxing #11 (April 2016)
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.I didn't even try to put this out on Friday. I embraced the inevitable delay and figured I could post it over the weekend, or on Monday at the latest.This post is back-dated to Mond…
    - 9 days ago 20 Apr 16, 4:02am -
  • Fishing Part 3: Line
    Fishing line is what connects the fish to you. It is also the most common failure point in a fishing rig by many orders of magnitude. This should lead to the conclusion that your line must be checked regularly and replaced whenever needed. You should…
    - 9 days ago 19 Apr 16, 10:32pm -
  • Gun Blog Variety Podcast #87 - Special Stunt Co-Host ERIN!
    This week on The GunBlog VarietyCast, Adam is "On Assignment" doing post-surgery bed rest, so holding down the co-host chair is Erin Palette!Just because Erin is co-host doesn't mean she can't do her final segment in her "Thinking about how we think"…
    - 11 days ago 18 Apr 16, 2:25am -
  • Radiation Terminology for Dummies
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.We're almost done with the "Radioactivity for Dummies" series. I've talked about why ionizing radiation is bad and how to prevent it, but sometimes you can't keep it off you.Before…
    - 14 days ago 15 Apr 16, 8:57pm -
  • Swamp Coolers
    A few years ago, a young friend of mine moved to Southern California with her husband and new baby. The housing they were living in was fair, but when the air conditioner died in July, the landlord struggled to find someone to fix or replace it. Havi…
    - 14 days ago 14 Apr 16, 10:43pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: Gear Test
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Now we concentrate on what to do in, and how to plan for, the long term via Prudent Prepping.Following up on the original post that mentioned my new sleeping pad, I had a chance to try it out…
    - 16 days ago 13 Apr 16, 3:41pm -
  • Fishing: Rods and Reels, Ways and Means
    There is an unimaginably wide variety of rods and reels on the market, each one fitting a particular niche or designed for a specific job. The rod used in the surf is different from the rod used to fish weed beds on a bass pond. Both of those rods ar…
    - 16 days ago 13 Apr 16, 1:11am -
  • Gun Blog Variety Podcast #86 - Will Hillary Use NATO to Attack the NRA with Cosmo Couples?
    Adam, Sean and the gang bring you another great episode of The GunBlog VarietyCast!Erin Palette finally explains what she means by "Groupness." Just when she thought she was out, Trump drags her back in. Nicki Kenyon just wants to talk about NATO, b…
    - 18 days ago 11 Apr 16, 2:51am -
  • I Really Want This to Fund
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.If you've been reading this blog for any length of time, you know that I'm a big fan nifty gadgets. As a prepper I'm also a fan of items with multiple uses as those save space as we…
    - 20 days ago 9 Apr 16, 7:11pm -
  • Preventing Radiation Sickness for Dummies
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.I'm not going to sugar coat this: if you absorb a high enough dose of ionizing radiation, you're going to die. The only thing doctors can do is pump you full of painkillers so that…
    - 20 days ago 9 Apr 16, 12:02am -
  • Death and Burial: An Update
    I've had a rough month. With the deaths of my father-in-law, mother, and aunt all occurring within three weeks, I have had to deal with the subjects of death, dying, and burial on a personal level that I haven't experienced before. I went back and re…
    - 21 days ago 8 Apr 16, 12:06am -
  • Prudent Prepping: What's In Your Mouth...
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Now we concentrate on what to do in, and how to plan for, the long term via Prudent Prepping.I have some dental problems: fillings needing replacement, a crown that now may be cracked; and teet…
    - 23 days ago 6 Apr 16, 6:22pm -
  • Fishing: An Introduction
    A great question came up on the BCP Facebook page this week. "Need some help. Let's say someone either never learned to fish, or hasn't been since early elementary school some 30 years ago. What licenses (Florida), supplies, resources and guides do t…
    - 24 days ago 5 Apr 16, 5:29pm -
  • Gun Blog Variety Podcast #85 - The Parkers do the Hot Brass Dance on Public Service Radio
    Adam and Sean host another great episode of The GunBlog VarietyCast.Well, it's great even though the bratty kid sister of the gunblogosphere, Erin Palette was off enjoying herself shooting a Squad Automatic Weapon and a silenced lever action .45/70 r…
    - 25 days ago 4 Apr 16, 12:36am -
  • Phoning It In
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.Hey all, this is Erin coming to you via the magic of writing in advance.I likely don't have an article for you now -- if I did, you wouldn't be seeing this -- because I am attending…
    - 27 days ago 2 Apr 16, 1:44am -
  • Proper Storage of Metal Objects (updated)
    And by "metal objects" I mean such things as firearms, ammunition, and knives.What brought the subject to mind was this article I ran across, where a cache of weapons -- firearms, ammo, explosives, and fuses, hidden for German spies and saboteurs beh…
    - 29 days ago 31 Mar 16, 9:33pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: Get Stuffed and Dry Too!
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Now we concentrate on what to do in, and how to plan for, the long term via Prudent Prepping.In preparation for summer trips, I have been cleaning and organizing my camping gear -- most of whic…
    - 30 days ago 30 Mar 16, 8:20pm -
  • Environmental Sign
    We've already talked about the two better-known types of animal sign, tracks and scat. There are other signs left by animals that can fill in blank spaces in the story you're seeing. Antlers and claws leave scrapes and rubs on trees. Some canine a…
    - 31 days ago 29 Mar 16, 6:01pm -

Survival Medicine

  • newMore Notice For Tornado Events?
    Disasters happen, and a tornado is one of the classic ones that can cause damage and death. Will a new computer-driven warning system give citizens more time to get out of the way of the path of destruction?   A tornado’s a violently rotating colu…
    - 9 hours ago 29 Apr 16, 1:31am -
  • American Survival Radio #4
    In American Survival Radio #4, Joe and Amy Alton recount the efforts of an anti-religious group to remove the bible from the “Missing Man Table”, a military tradition that honors those fallen and missing in action. It seems that it won’t be lon…
    - 4 days ago 25 Apr 16, 3:15pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: New Normal, Zika Handbook, More
    Joe and Amy Alton announce their latest book, “The Zika Virus Handbook“! It’s the first book on everything you need to know about the infection written by an MD. It’s concise at 138 pages, but still way more information than the other books o…
    - 5 days ago 24 Apr 16, 4:22pm -
  • The Zika Virus Handbook
    Warm weather is on the way, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that we can expect more cases of Zika virus in the United States this summer. Indeed, the Aedes mosquito which transmits the virus seems to have expanded its range t…
    - 6 days ago 23 Apr 16, 12:18pm -
  • VIDEO: Active Shooter Bleeding Control Kit in Action
    Would you be able to stop severe hemorrhage in the aftermath of a terror attack? In Amy Alton, ARNP, aka Nurse Amy’s latest video, she puts on a realistic demonstration of her First Aid Bleeding Control Kit in action after a simulated active shoote…
    - 8 days ago 21 Apr 16, 12:58am -
  • American Survival Radio #3
    American Survival Radio is a brand new podcast hosted by Joe and Amy Alton in collaboration with Genesis Communications Network, the home of Alex Jones’ Infowars. America Tonight, Joyce Riley’s Power Hour, and other fine shows. In American Surviv…
    - 11 days ago 18 Apr 16, 3:57pm -
  • Earthquake Survival
    Some significant seismic activity has been reported this week, especially in the zone bordering the rim of the Pacific Ocean (sometimes called the “Ring of Fire”). It’s important to have a plan for earthquake survival so that your family will r…
    - 12 days ago 17 Apr 16, 5:31pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Japan Earthquake, Zika News, Fluoride, More
    In this episode of the Survival Medicine Hour with Joe Alton, MD and Amy Alton, ARNP, we give you the latest news, and there is definitely news, about the Zika virus epidemic in South America. When warm weather arrives in your area, will you be in th…
    - 12 days ago 17 Apr 16, 1:30am -
  • ZIKA VIRUS UPDATE
    Zika virus, native to Africa, has crossed the Atlantic and is predicted by the World Health Organization to infect 4 million people in the Western Hemisphere.  It has been linked, more every day, to a number of birth abnormalities, including close t…
    - 13 days ago 16 Apr 16, 5:20pm -
  • Videocast: Around The Cabin #22
    In collaboration with the good folks at aroundthecabin.com/campfire, Joe and Amy Alton host a live videocast where they can demonstrate things live, like how to lance a boil, control bleeding, and other medical issues you might encounter in remote or…
    - 14 days ago 15 Apr 16, 2:00pm -