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  • newPreparedness Notes for Saturday – October 21, 2017
    Safecastle has launched their new site that you should check out when you get a chance. As part of the upgrade, they have discontinued the lifetime membership and instead are using an annual membership model. However, they are extending the lifetime…
    - 4 hours ago 21 Oct 17, 7:40am -
  • newWhat I Learned Living Through Harvey, by M.S.
    I’ve lived through several disasters and learned some thing. The worst events, in my experience, were the World Trade Center attack, Hurricane Sandy in New York City, and then most recently Hurricane Harvey in Beaumont, Texas. South East Texas was…
    - 4 hours ago 21 Oct 17, 7:39am -
  • newThe Editors’ Preps for the Week
    To be prepared for a crisis, every Prepper must establish goals and make long-term and short-term plans. Steadily, we work on meeting our prepping goals. In this column, the SurvivalBlog editors review their week’s prep activities. They also share…
    - 4 hours ago 21 Oct 17, 7:35am -
  • newThe Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods:
    SurvivalBlog presents another edition of The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods— a collection of news bits and pieces that are relevant to the modern survivalist and prepper from “HJL”. The onslaught against the Second Amendment continues and the M…
    - 4 hours ago 21 Oct 17, 7:25am -
  • newThe Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee. In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the Lord thy Redeemer.” – Isaiah 54:7-8…
    - 4 hours ago 21 Oct 17, 7:20am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Friday – October 20, 2017
    October 20th is the birthday of actor Viggo Mortensen (born 1958.) He lives somewhere in the American Redoubt. On his ranch is his horse-for-life “TJ”–one of the five paint horses used in the filming of the movie Hidalgo. Most SurvivalBlog read…
    - 1 day ago 20 Oct 17, 6:05am -
  • Do We Have Your Full Attention Yet?- Part 2, by Old Bobbert
    Experienced Preppers Fall Short As Great TeachersThere seems to always be that cursed word “but”, where the experienced preppers usually fall just a little short of the mark of a great teacher. They never seem to actually talk much, or show much…
    - 1 day ago 20 Oct 17, 6:04am -
  • Freeze Dried Friday:
    Welcome to Freeze Dried Friday on SurvivalBlog! We’ve been making so many things in the Harvest Right Freeze Dryer that we want to share some of them with you. If you have something wonderful you’ve prepared in your freeze dryer that you would li…
    - 1 day ago 20 Oct 17, 6:03am -
  • Economics & Investing For Preppers
    Here are the latest items and commentary on current economics news, market trends, stocks, investing opportunities, and the precious metals markets. We also cover hedges, derivatives, and obscura. And it bears mention that most of these items are fro…
    - 1 day ago 20 Oct 17, 6:02am -
  • The Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “All the fiery rhetoric of the Founders was directed at a “tyrant” who taxed his subjects at a rate of about three percent. Today, we in “the land of the free” are taxed at about 50 percent when you add federal, state, and local taxes. What…
    - 1 day ago 20 Oct 17, 6:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Thursday – October 19, 2017
    October 19th is the birthday of three notables– the late Alexander Zeisal “Zus” Bielski (born 1912), investor Jim Rogers (born 1942), and James Howard Kunstler (born 1948). Kunstler is well known to SurvivalBlog readers as the author of the nov…
    - 2 days ago 19 Oct 17, 6:29am -
  • Do We Have Your Full Attention Yet?- Part 1, by Old Bobbert
    Let me get your attention by sharing this fact: “Life expectancy is going up everywhere except in the U.S.” This opening statement is supposed to be the “grabber” and should make the reader want to read the entire article.Okay! Here we go wi…
    - 2 days ago 19 Oct 17, 6:26am -
  • Letter: E-85 and Generators
    Hugh,I didn’t have any luck searching for this on your website. May be something you consider for a future article.How well/poorly do portable generators function using “ethanol gas” (E-10 ‘the normal mix”, and E-15 [or higher] which vari…
    - 2 days ago 19 Oct 17, 6:21am -
  • The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods:
    SurvivalBlog presents another edition of The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods— a collection of news bits and pieces that are relevant to the modern survivalist and prepper from “HJL”. Kids smart watches are something that you may want to be caref…
    - 2 days ago 19 Oct 17, 6:19am -
  • The Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground.” – Frederick DouglassThanks for reading, check out SurvivalBlog.com for more news!The post The Editors’ Quote of the Da…
    - 2 days ago 19 Oct 17, 6:16am -

SHTF Plan

More Than Just Surviving

  • newDo You Sharpen Your Own Knives? What’s Your Preferred Method?
    A small number of posts on this blog have been about knife sharpening; probably nowhere near as much as should be on here considering how knife-heavy our content is, but nonetheless we do have a couple articles: What’s the Best Way to Sharpe…
    - 15 hours ago 20 Oct 17, 9:03pm -
  • Asthma Attacks: Symptoms, Treatment, & When to Seek Help
    A couple of weeks ago, I woke up to a feeling I hadn’t experienced in over a decade. As a kid I had mild asthma, and to suddenly feel my breathing become constrained – the start of a very mild asthma attack – was a real wake up call for m…
    - 5 days ago 16 Oct 17, 6:44pm -
  • Are Your Family Members Supportive of Your Prepping?
    When it comes to family members supporting preps, I feel like I’ve heard it all. At one end, you’ve got the prepper families where each individual takes prepping seriously, and each member of the family works together toward the end goal of…
    - 8 days ago 13 Oct 17, 3:42pm -
  • Your EDC Picks: Top Knives & Multi-Tools MTJS Readers Are Carrying
    Thank you guys so much for answering my question a few weeks back about which pocket knife you were currently EDC-ing. Made for a crazy cool read, especially since there were so many knives listed I didn’t even know existed. Some awesome disc…
    - 10 days ago 11 Oct 17, 2:13pm -
  • Where Do You Buy Knives? In Person? Online? Which Stores?
    First off, let me start off by saying thank you so much for answering my question about which knife you were currently carrying a few weeks ago. I was pretty astonished by the variety of gear in your pockets & packs; your responses were definit…
    - 15 days ago 6 Oct 17, 3:00pm -
  • Legacy Food Storage Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner Bucket Review
    I know that many preppers think it’s silly to fixate on taste when it comes to survival food. If you’re in an emergency situation, they’ll argue, you’re unlikely to care about the taste of the food as much as you’ll care that you have…
    - 17 days ago 4 Oct 17, 11:21am -
  • September 2017 EDC Pocket Dump
    A minimalist EDC update for doing things around my grandmother’s garden. This, of course, does not include all the things in my pocket that can be seen here. The Mandra is a super nifty little knife. I would define it broadly as a neck knife,…
    - 21 days ago 30 Sep 17, 5:16pm -
  • 5.11 Tactical Stryke Pants Flex-Tac Ripstop Apparel Review
    I’ve had these 5.11 Stryke Pants for a while now, have tried and tested them and worn them every day for over a month, and yet still have found myself really struggle with formatting this review. See, reviewing clothes and apparel on this blo…
    - 22 days ago 29 Sep 17, 2:48pm -
  • What Are the Most Important Home Security Improvements to Make?
    It’s no news to preppers that keeping your home safe is important. We’ve got that part down. What’s a little more tricky is knowing which home security improvements are the most important for you to do, so you don’t end up spending mone…
    - 29 days ago 22 Sep 17, 2:00pm -
  • Kershaw Pub Sinkevich Multi-Function Keychain Knife Review
    I think many of you will have seen this review coming. When Kershaw announced the “Pub” by Dmitry Sinkevich, I was beyond excited. It seems to me that Spyderco was always the de facto “weird ‘lil knives” company, but recently I have f…
    - 31 days ago 20 Sep 17, 2:14pm -
  • What Knife Is Currently In Your Pocket?
    Just thought it’d be cool to do a quick survey of what knife everybody’s carrying at this present moment, so: Which knife or (let’s be honest – with a lot of you that’ll be) knives*, are you currently EDC-ing? If you’ve got two in y…
    - 36 days ago 15 Sep 17, 2:10pm -
  • Prepper Lessons from Hurricane Harvey
    It’s been a few weeks since Hurricane Harvey began wreaking havoc in the south of the United States, and now we have word that Hurricane Irma will be coming from Cuba toward Florida to wreak havoc as well. Seeing photographs, footage, and hea…
    - 43 days ago 8 Sep 17, 2:35pm -
  • Kershaw Emerson CQC-10K Folding EDC Knife Review
    Ever since Kershaw announced their collaboration with Ernie Emerson, I have been waiting for a knife like the CQC-10K to arrive. The first Emerson collabs were in the same vein as the previously reviewed CQC-6K, a true-blue Emerson design, but…
    - 45 days ago 6 Sep 17, 3:55pm -
  • Do You Have Plans to Bug In, Bug Out, or Both?
    We’ve spoken a bit about bugging in versus bugging out on this blog. Quite a long time a go, Thomas wrote up an article about the advantages and disadvantages of each option. There are of course many reasons why you might choose one option ov…
    - 53 days ago 29 Aug 17, 3:00pm -
  • August 2017 EDC Pocket Dump
    Minimalist EDC in my grandmother’s garden. Nope, the CQC-10K is definitely not UK legal, but private property = I get to carry it anyway. Review coming soon, but spoiler alert – it’s freaking amazing. As a side note, I removed a lot of my…
    - 55 days ago 27 Aug 17, 1:23pm -
  • Helle Temagami Les Stroud Survival Knife Review
    TV personality knives have always gotten a bad rap from the bushcraft community. Far too often companies overplay their hands and throw in marketing crap into a tool that is supposed to be practical in nature. This pessimism isn’t helped with…
    - 60 days ago 22 Aug 17, 1:32pm -
  • Reader’s Choice: High Value Knives Our Readers Recommend
    A few weeks back, Thomas asked you guys which knives you found to be some of the highest value on the market. This article is the result of that question post. In it, I’ve taken the time to compile your responses, grouping your specific knife…
    - 65 days ago 17 Aug 17, 7:13pm -
  • goTenna Mesh Off-Grid Communication Device Review
    In late 2015, I reviewed the original goTenna. It’s fair to say that, right off the bat, I was pretty smitten with the concept of this tech, but back then, I felt the goTenna was too far ahead of its time due to the inherent range issues. Com…
    - 71 days ago 11 Aug 17, 2:41pm -
  • Cancer In The Family & How It Made Us Re-Assess Healthcare Preps
    So we’ve been a little MIA recently on this blog. You may or may not have been able to tell, but from this end of things, it’s felt like we’ve been half in half out for weeks. See, a relative of ours was diagnosed with cancer. Don’t wor…
    - 73 days ago 9 Aug 17, 10:09am -
  • 10 Things I Love About the Prepper Community & 5 Things I Hate
    Every once in a while, someone stumbles on an old article of mine – “Why We’re Giving Up Prepping” and doesn’t realize that it’s actually an April Fools Day joke! I am 100% in this mindset to stay, and would never stop prepping, not…
    - 81 days ago 1 Aug 17, 1:23pm -

Blue Collar Prepping

  • newBugging In: Fuels and Storage
    If you're going to heat your house in the winter, you'll need fuel. And if you have fuel, you'll need to store it.Here are the different ways I store my different fuels.
    - 11 hours ago 21 Oct 17, 12:22am -
  • eBook Review: “Water Storage for Survival”
    I've been interested in what other prepper sources are publishing, so I decided to check a few of them out. I'm working long hours at the moment, but I do have time to read a bit here and there. The Kindle app on my phone tends to deplete the battery…
    - 1 day ago 20 Oct 17, 2:44am -
  • Prudent Prepping: Protection For When Things Get Hot
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping. aaa   Fire: Week TwoDepending on the direction of the winds blowing from the Napa and Sonoma County fires, the air quality in t…
    - 2 days ago 19 Oct 17, 3:33am -
  • Prepper Vehicles From the Ground Up
    We've gone over ultimate bug out rigs, and some things you can do to make your current rig more prepper-friendly, but buying a new (or new-to-you) car presents some unique opportunities and considerations for a prepper.The time came a couple weeks ag…
    - 4 days ago 17 Oct 17, 11:34pm -
  • Preparing for Plumbing Disasters
    The last few weeks have been fairly busy for me. Among other things, and as a reminder that not all disasters are major, my basement flooded.This was no small small thing, involving over three inches of water in my basement and a fair amount of prope…
    - 4 days ago 16 Oct 17, 11:55pm -
  • GunBlog VarietyCast #165 - The Mega Anti-Gun Nuttery Show
    Erin's hurt and everyone else is on vacation or assignment, so Sean and Weer'd talk about the Las Vegas shooting and how Hillary Clinton and Diane Feinstein rushed to the nearest camera to call for more gun control.Thank you for downloading, listenin…
    - 5 days ago 16 Oct 17, 12:14am -
  • Bugging In and Staying Warm
    If you're bugging in up north, your first consideration is staying warm in the winter. In this video, I demonstrate my various options for efficient and low-cost home heating.
    - 7 days ago 14 Oct 17, 1:49am -
  • Bargain Hunting aka If You Don't Ask, the Answer is Always “No”
    I had to stop by the local hardware store the other day, and I noticed that they had left-over garden seeds on sale for 10 cents a pack. You've seen those cardboard displays full of seed packets" This one was still about half full of vegetable seeds,…
    - 9 days ago 12 Oct 17, 7:13pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: No One Is Safe
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping. I've made fun of my friends and others who live in tornado alley or hurricane-threatened areas, saying "Yeah, here in California,…
    - 10 days ago 11 Oct 17, 8:39pm -
  • Alternative Flotation Devices
    Back when Hurricane Harvey was flooding Texas, I promised Erin an article on "alternative flotation devices," or in my native redneck vernacular, "Stuff what floats." While traditional boats are the best option for getting out of a flooded area, plen…
    - 11 days ago 10 Oct 17, 7:31pm -
  • Useful Potted Plants
    (Sorry, but this post isn't about that kind of pot plant.)In the event of a longer term disaster, food storage is essential. One of the most effective ways for people to have that stored food is to grow the stuff themselves. Unfortunately for apartme…
    - 12 days ago 9 Oct 17, 6:55pm -
  • GunBlog VarietyCast #164 - Will the Junk in Sean's Trunk Crush a Crowd in a Hurricane?
    Whatcha gonna do with all that junk,All that junk inside that trunk?I'm a get get get get a TrunkCratePro!Beth is on assignment and will return soon.The Charlotte police and fire departments have no plans to search for a Dilworth, NC carjacking suspe…
    - 12 days ago 9 Oct 17, 1:10am -
  • Free Hygiene Items
    I know that I promised you some Bug-In preps, but life happens. So how appropriate is it that this week's video is geared towards that?
    - 15 days ago 6 Oct 17, 9:04pm -
  • Emergency Cell Phone Charging
    Today's topic is whether or not you can use a USB car charger with anything other than a car's electrical system to charge a cell phone.One of my friends posted a video of a simple hack that shows how to connect a regular 9V battery to a car charger,…
    - 15 days ago 6 Oct 17, 12:24am -
  • Prudent Prepping: Additional Prepping Info
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping. This is not my semi-monthly roundup post. Really! New Prepper InfoMy contact with the other reps seems to be making a difference!…
    - 17 days ago 4 Oct 17, 10:32pm -
  • Emergency Veterinarians
    We had a bit of chaos in our house last week when our geriatric cat developed a sudden and severe abscess on Monday. The swelling was severe, and due to his age and the sudden onset (he showed no symptoms 24 hours prior), we were very concerned for h…
    - 18 days ago 3 Oct 17, 6:31pm -
  • Gunsite Lowered Thumb Safety
    If that title makes no sense, then you're not familiar with the 1911 pistol made by John Browning (peace be upon him): on the left side of the frame is a manual safety you move to 'off' or 'on' with your thumb.Full-size 1911A1 with this safety pointe…
    - 19 days ago 2 Oct 17, 6:31pm -
  • GunBlog VarietyCast #163 - Magic Carpet Ride
    On a cloud of sound we drift in the nightAny place it goes is rightWhat happens when more than 350 gun-toting ladies get together? Beth travels to Utah to attend a conference by The Well-Armed Woman to find out! Man Shot By Police After Holding Preg…
    - 19 days ago 2 Oct 17, 12:30am -
  • Bugging In: the Long Road Ahead
    Last week I mentioned that people would be best served by finding a locale where bugging out is unnecessary except in extreme circumstances.This week is just a quick outline if what's to come; for the remainder of the year, each episode will be an in…
    - 22 days ago 29 Sep 17, 9:00pm -
  • Trees after a Storm
    While looking at pictures of the aftermath of this year's hurricanes (and the season's not over yet), I was struck by the number of trees toppled and torn by the 100+ mph winds. I was reminded of the trees we lost around here after the 2011 floods (a…
    - 23 days ago 28 Sep 17, 9:00pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: The Basic Get Home Bag
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.I started helping a fellow sales rep who is new to earthquake country with disaster planning last week. I was asked to give a shopp…
    - 24 days ago 27 Sep 17, 5:54pm -
  • Guest Post: Why Live In Florida Where There Are Hurricanes?
    by Miguel GonzalesMiguel is a resident of Miami, Florida and has lived there for 20 years. He is also a contributor to the GunBlog VarietyCast and his blog, Gun Free Zone, can be found here. Erin has been asked these questions by her readers:"Why w…
    - 25 days ago 26 Sep 17, 6:58pm -
  • Husqvarna Carpenter's Axe Review
    I want to make something clear in this review: I did not initially purchase this axe as a survival/bug out tool, but because I owned a property management company and needed a handy hand axe when I was working on landscaping. I tried out several, and…
    - 26 days ago 25 Sep 17, 8:00pm -
  • GunBlog VarietyCast #162 - South Florida Knows How To Hurricane
    That's "be prepared for a hurricane" and not "make a rum cocktail."Have you ever attended a Friends of the NRA Banquet? Are you curious about what it’s like? Beth shares her experience so you can decide if it’s something you’d like to do.A man…
    - 26 days ago 25 Sep 17, 12:50am -
  • Bug Out? Bug In!
    The ultimate Forgetful Frugal Friday series starts here.
    - 28 days ago 22 Sep 17, 11:59pm -

Survival Medicine

  • Survival Medicine Hour: Labor and Delivery, Wildfire, More
    In any long-term survival situation involving a group or community, eventually the issue of pregnancy and childbirth arises. The medic for the group should know basics about pregnancy and childbirth. Childbirth is a natural process that usually doesn…
    - 7 days ago 14 Oct 17, 7:54pm -
  • Wildfire Defense
    Every year, wildfires race throughout the western part of the country, causing property destruction and loss of life. So far, 21 people have died in the latest series of fires in Northern California with almost 500 still missing; 2000 buildings have…
    - 10 days ago 11 Oct 17, 7:29pm -
  • 8 Health Benefits of Cloves
    Health Benefits of Clove Our readers often ask us to comment on various natural remedies. Face it, medics can stockpile all the drugs they can, but if a disaster event lasts long enough, medicine and supplies will be expended. Unless society restabil…
    - 10 days ago 11 Oct 17, 1:44pm -
  • The Effective Survival Medic
    THE EFFECTIVE SURVIVAL MEDIC   (This article first appeared in American Survival Guide, a great magazine for backcountry, short-term, or long-term survival. Each issue is so packed with great information, I can’t bear to let go of them!)   After…
    - 12 days ago 9 Oct 17, 3:16am -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Off-Grid Pregnancy Care, Cloves, Bleeding Kits
    The Survival Medicine Hour Podcast #357 What if you had to care for a pregnancy off the grid? Would you identify it as early as you should without pregnancy tests and ultrasounds? How can you assure the well-being of mother and baby during the pregna…
    - 14 days ago 7 Oct 17, 1:45pm -
  • Why Do Active Shooters Succeed?
    Why Do Active Shooters “Succeed”? You might associate armed attacks with wars or survival scenarios, but they can occur in normal times as well. The recent mass shooting at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas is a reminder that, in these toxic times, n…
    - 15 days ago 6 Oct 17, 10:04am -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Church Safety, Rehydration Salts, Pregnancy Issues Off Grid
      Joe and Amy Alton are concerned about natural disasters, but man-made mass casualties can be caused by active shooters, such as the one in Las Vegas, and they’re now targeting our churches. A plan of action to ensure the safety of congregants sh…
    - 19 days ago 2 Oct 17, 12:50pm -
  • Can Churches Be Made Safe Again?
    Can Churches Be Made Safe Again? A gunman entered the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch, Tennessee, killing one and injuring several others at a September 24th Sunday religious service. This heinous act of violence in a place of worship und…
    - 23 days ago 28 Sep 17, 3:20pm -
  • Is It Time To Teach First Aid In Schools?
    Is It Time To Teach First Aid In Schools? Given the history of violence in our schools and churches lately, it’s become clear that something must be done to make these places safer from those with bad intentions. Is it time to include things like f…
    - 24 days ago 27 Sep 17, 1:49pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Earthquake, Birthing Supplies, Hemorrhage, More
    Survival Medicine Hour #355 What would you have done if you were in Mexico City during the recent earthquakes? Is there anything that might have increased your chances of survival? In this episode of the Survival Medicine Hour, hosts Joe Alton MD and…
    - 29 days ago 22 Sep 17, 3:19pm -