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  • newNotes for Tuesday – September 02, 2014
    We are running a five-part series on EMS this week. This is an area where there has been a burst of activity, both in writing of articles for SurvivalBlog and in the searching of archives. If you are one of those who needs this information, make sure…
    - 20 hours ago, 2 Sep 14, 3:42am -
  • newMusings of a Law Enforcement Paramedic – Part 1, by LEO Medic
    I am a peace officer by trade, but I am also a paramedic. This article will have five sections to it, based on experiences, thoughts, and training that I have seen and done on a few topics that I think may benefit the readers. The daily sections will…
    - 20 hours ago, 2 Sep 14, 3:42am -
  • newLetter Re: 9 Volt Batteries
    Folks, If you’re like me you are heavy in AA and AAA cells and rechargeables, and you’re light in 9v batteries (with none rechargeable). This may be a problem for our 9v devices. I found a couple items that might be of some use: Battery Holder fo…
    - 20 hours ago, 2 Sep 14, 3:41am -
  • newNews From The American Redoubt:
    Coal industry dealt another setback as Oregon blocks export plan – will feds help?- H.L. o o o Albertsons data breach involved 3 states – RBS o o o When RightNow sold to Oracle for $1.8 billion, who got the money? o o o Sentinel High principal, v…
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  • newEconomics and Investing:

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  • newOdds ‘n Sods:
    One of the Ryans over at the great Total Survivalist blog has posted a pre-release review of my upcoming novel, Liberators. (The novel is scheduled for release on October 21st, 2014.) Bottom line: He rated it “excellent”, and called it “probabl…
    - 20 hours ago, 2 Sep 14, 3:39am -
  • newHugh’s Quote of the Day:
    “It is the fundamental theory of all the more recent American law … that the average citizen is half-witted, and hence not to be trusted to either his own devices or his own thoughts.” H. L. Mencken
    - 20 hours ago, 2 Sep 14, 3:39am -
  • Notes for Monday – September 01, 2014
    September is Kilted to Kick Cancer Month. It was a wise move, not picking January. (Brrrr!) September is also National Preparedness Month.
    - 2 days ago, 1 Sep 14, 1:41am -
  • August In Precious Metals, by Steven Cochran of Gainesville Coins.
    Welcome to SurvivalBlog’s Precious Metals Month in Review, where we take a look at “the month that was” in precious metals. Each month, we cover the price action of gold and silver, and we examine the “what” and “why” behind those numbe…
    - 2 days ago, 1 Sep 14, 1:39am -
  • Scot’s Product Review: Work Sharp
    I used to dread sharpening things. Sometimes I would go look for another knife, hoping it would be sharp rather than fixing the one in hand. Other times, I would just make do with the dull one. I’ve sometimes thought that my sharpening phobia might…
    - 2 days ago, 1 Sep 14, 1:39am -


More Than Just Surviving

  • newBenchmade Griptilian 551 Folding EDC Knife Review

    Benchmade Griptilian 551 Folding EDC Knife Review

    The Benchmade Griptilian has been a mainstay in the Benchmade catalog for many years, and its reputation as an excellent EDC knife has always been touted. It’s an extremely utilitarian knife, both practical and neutral from top to bottom,…
    - 6 hours ago, 2 Sep 14, 5:30pm -
  • August 2014 EDC Purse Dump

    August 2014 EDC Purse Dump

    1. Gerber Shard Keychain Tool – Review. 2. Keys on Zinc-Galvanized Steel Carabiner 3. Titanium “Bamboo” Kubaton 4. Silver Ring – Unknown origins. 5. G-10 Single Nuko Tools Punchring 6. CRKT Ripple Folding EDC Knife – Review.This is…
    - 3 days ago, 30 Aug 14, 6:00pm -
  • 10 Self-Sufficiency Skills That Will Save You a Bundle

    10 Self-Sufficiency Skills That Will Save You a Bundle

    Preppers often teach themselves self-sufficiency skills solely based on the premise that if the SHTF they’ll find themselves wishing they’d taken the time to learn those skills.  Yet there are many self-sufficiency skills that, once lear…
    - 5 days ago, 28 Aug 14, 5:45pm -
  • What’s the Best Way to Sharpen Stainless Steel Knives? [RQ#2]

    What’s the Best Way to Sharpen Stainless Steel Knives? [RQ#2]

    John’s Knife Sharpening Question Well, I have one question. It’s a timeless one, so there must be lots of good answers.Is there a best way to sharpen most any (non-serrated blade) stainless steel knife?Carbon steel blades seem easy to sha…
    - 12 days ago, 21 Aug 14, 3:00pm -
  • Nite Ize Doohickey Key Tool Review

    Nite Ize Doohickey Key Tool Review

    After reviewing the Gerber Shard I found myself getting really into small multi tools and widgets as a viable concept for everyday carry. The Nite Ize Doohickey is the latest addition to my widget roster, but there are definitely more to com…
    - 15 days ago, 18 Aug 14, 4:00pm -
  • Knife Drop: “Zen Spydercos” Yin and Yang

    Knife Drop: “Zen Spydercos” Yin and Yang

    I take so many pictures of knives that I thought it’d be nice to have a feature where I exclusively showcase knife photography. I’ll of course be listing which knives were used in the photographs below the image(s), in case you’re curio…
    - 17 days ago, 16 Aug 14, 5:00pm -
  • CRKT Hissatsu Tactical Folding Knife Review

    CRKT Hissatsu Tactical Folding Knife Review

    There’s something about the aesthetics about the CRKT Hissatsu Folder that just drew me in initially. In my humble opinion, it’s one of the most badass tactical knives still in production. Whether or not it’s a viable tool is a differen…
    - 22 days ago, 11 Aug 14, 5:00pm -
  • August 2014 EDC Pocket Dump

    August 2014 EDC Pocket Dump

    1. Generic Czech Pipe Tool 2. Kershaw Emerson CQC-6K EDC Folding Knife – Review. 3. General Onyx Snus Tin – Used to hold pipe tobacco. 4. Ian Sinclair Cardsharp Credit Card Knife 5. Scarecrow Organic Golden Pale Ale 6. Missouri Meersch…
    - 24 days ago, 9 Aug 14, 6:30pm -
  • 5 Popular Knife Myths and Why They’re Not True

    5 Popular Knife Myths and Why They’re Not True

    There’s a whole lot of nonsense that gets repeated on the internet, and there’s no exception to this rule, even for the knife community. Many of the “facts” about knives that people wholeheartedly believe are not facts at all, but are…
    - 26 days ago, 7 Aug 14, 6:30pm -
  • Buck 110 Folding Hunter Knife Review

    Buck 110 Folding Hunter Knife Review

    The Buck 110 is a classic slice of Americana. I love this knife, though to be frank, I love it maybe a little more than I should. When I finally bit the bullet and ordered my Buck 110, I was ecstatic. I grinned ear to ear when it arrived, and…
    - 29 days ago, 4 Aug 14, 5:00pm -

Patriot Rising

  • 70 Common Things That Go Wrong During a Disaster
    As recent as four years ago, when someone mentioned disaster preparedness, the nature and scope of the disaster was typically something caused by Mother Nature.  Sure, some consideration was given to man-made disasters and terrorism, but for the mos…
    - 4 days ago, 29 Aug 14, 9:27pm -
  • Propane for Preppers
    Propane for Preppers – Part One Introduction This has been a difficult article to write. The word ‘prepper’ covers a lot of territory. Whether it’s a blackout or a race riot – and both have occurred in these United States during my lifetime…
    - 4 days ago, 29 Aug 14, 3:54pm -
  • The Top 5 Ultimate Medicinal Herbs For Your Bug Out Bag
    Willow Tree When it comes to surviving, one of the main necessities is pain management. From headaches to back pain, roughing it is known to cause a few bumps and bruises and is definitely not headache free. What many people don’t know is that the…
    - 4 days ago, 29 Aug 14, 3:40pm -
  • How to Build a Trap: 15 Best Survival Traps
    In a survival situation, traps can capture animals that provide us precious calories from meat and fat. Think of them as little hunters that you put out to do your work for you while you are off accomplishing other tasks. There are seemingly as many…
    - 4 days ago, 29 Aug 14, 3:35pm -
  • Prepping 101 – The Worst Question Any Beginner Prepper On A Budget Can Ask
    There’s this ONE question … I hear it, see it, and get asked it a lot. The good news? Everyone asks it. And if you’re new to prepping, chance are, you have asked it too. But the bad news? It’s the worst question any new prepper can ask! Es…
    - 4 days ago, 29 Aug 14, 3:31pm -
  • Preparing Emergency Food Rations
      You don’t really need to live in a disaster area to be prepared for the unforeseen. Earthquakes, hurricanes, floods and the albeit unlikely bacteriological/viral threat are all still out there, potentially waiting to happen. Some situations requ…
    - 5 days ago, 28 Aug 14, 10:21pm -
  • 24 Things Preppers Are Tired of Hearing
    1. We are freaks. Wake up everyone! Being a prepper means that you are just prepared with enough stuff to help keep you going through a month or a year. Technically, we just don’t want to enter a fight without the necessary ammunition. It does not…
    - 5 days ago, 28 Aug 14, 2:45pm -
  • Preparing For an EMP: The Dangers and Precautions
    There are quite a few misconceptions about EMP’s and what exactly we need to do to prepare for an event like this. This is also an area of preparedness that most of us are lacking in. With our dependency on technology today coupled with our ailing…
    - 6 days ago, 27 Aug 14, 8:32pm -
  • Homeward Bound: The Perfect Bugout Location
    You’ve said it to yourself many times over…   “When shit hits the fan (SHTF), I’ll be in the hills.”   In all actuality, that isn’t a bad plan. In fact, I’d say it’s an optimal plan and in most cases, preferable to bugging in. Espec…
    - 6 days ago, 27 Aug 14, 8:30pm -
  • How to Make a Homemade Long Bow With Wood From the Hardware Store
    Tools and Wood Selection In the video below he goes through what tools you will need and how to pick the right piece of wood. I didn’t use Gorilla Glue because after doing some research I found that Titebond III wood glue is better for bow making…
    - 6 days ago, 27 Aug 14, 8:21pm -

Destiny Survival

  • newEating Weeds for Survival – Check Out This Helpful Resource on Wild Edible Plants
    Eating weeds for survival seems to be getting a little more favorable consideration these days. But if you don’t think things are desperate enough for you to eat weeds, just wait. Or think of it this way. If you’re gardening, it’s likely you’…
    - 10 hours ago, 2 Sep 14, 1:37pm -
  • What if Our Prepping is for Nothing?
    What if our prepping is for nothing? Wouldn’t it be great if all the steps you and I have been taking toward preparedness proved to be mere mental exercises? And wouldn’t it be great if the prepping supplies we’ve purchased are things we’re g…
    - 7 days ago, 26 Aug 14, 1:10pm -
  • Perceptions About Preppers –You Can Make a Difference
    Michael Mills is a Ph.D. candidate and Assistant Lecturer in the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research at University of Kent (England). He is undertaking 3 years of research on the preparedness community in America and Britain. In th…
    - 14 days ago, 19 Aug 14, 1:06pm -
  • Summer Vacation Time for DestinySurvival Radio
    Starting this week, it’s summer vacation time for DestinySurvival Radio. I’m taking the rest of the month off from doing the show, and I’ll resume some time in September. This is the first time in more than three and a half years of doing Desti…
    - 19 days ago, 14 Aug 14, 1:21pm -
  • Keeping Your Camp Site Safe
    Whether you’re enjoying a camp out with the family or hunting for that big buck with a group of guys in the fall, you want to make sure you’re keeping your camp site safe. “Backwoods Home Magazine” for July/August, 2014, (Issue #148) includes…
    - 21 days ago, 12 Aug 14, 1:24pm -
  • Keeping Clean and Staying Healthy When There’s No FEMA–Part 2
    In this week’s DestinySurvival Radio, I conclude my two part conversation on hygiene and good health with Richard Bryant, author of When There is No FEMA. If you missed Part 1, find it here. Keeping clean and staying healthy when there’s no FEMA…
    - 26 days ago, 7 Aug 14, 1:14pm -
  • Ebola: Is it a Pandemic in the Making?
    If you read my posts with any regularity, you know that as a rule I’m not Johnny on the spot to get out in front of current events. That’s because I believe they provide the backdrop for prepping. But the recent flurry of news concerning Ebola ra…
    - 28 days ago, 5 Aug 14, 1:05pm -
  • Keeping Clean and Staying Healthy When There’s No FEMA–Part 1
    In Richard Bryant’s book, When There is No FEMA, Chapter 9 is about hygiene and sanitation. It starts with a quote from P. J. O’Rourke which says, “Cleanliness becomes more important when godliness is unlikely.” That’s not just witty. It’…
    - 33 days ago, 31 Jul 14, 1:08pm -
  • Concentration Camps in America?
    Concentration camps in America. It’s a controversial topic. Do camps exist here in America already? Or will they soon? Would you believe it’s already happened? See a post I wrote previously about it here.  
    - 35 days ago, 29 Jul 14, 1:07pm -
  • Join Like-Minded Preppers at the Preppers and Patriots Expo
    A few weeks ago, back in June, my DestinySurvival Radio guest was Mike Slack, and we talked about the Go Green Self Reliance Festival. Read about it here. Well, Mike is my guest again this week to talk about another upcoming event. You’re invited t…
    - 40 days ago, 24 Jul 14, 1:14pm -

Libertarian Rantfest

  • newWhat Did You Do To Prepare This Week?
    A lot of my energy went into shopping and researching single stack 9mm's. Plan to make a purchase next weekend.We got to the store to replace some consumables that had been used up. Dog food, toilet paper, a jar of this and a can of that.Filled up th…
    - 10 hours ago, 2 Sep 14, 1:30pm -
  • new75 Years Ago Germany Invaded Poland
    On September 1, 1939, the German army under Adolf Hitler launched an invasion of Poland that triggered the start of World War II (though by 1939 Japan and China were already at war). The battle for Poland only lasted about a month before a Nazi vict…
    - 21 hours ago, 2 Sep 14, 2:22am -
  • Labor Day
    I do not have deep thoughts about Labor Day. Organized labor did some great things for people and arguably was a major contributor to America forming a strong middle class and becoming a great nation. On the other hand in the last couple (or arguably…
    - 1 day ago, 1 Sep 14, 11:01pm -
  • Single Stack 9mm Rabbit Hole, General CCW and Random Thoughts
    I talked a good bit about this recently and it has been on my mind for awhile. Recently I came to a realization on the topic. The type of firearm dimensions I am talking simply do not support the concept of use I had in mind. The combination of enoug…
    - 2 days ago, 1 Sep 14, 3:47am -
  • More Thoughts on Ammo Counts
    Displaced Louisiana Guy's thoughts on Ammo Counts. His counts are significantly lower than mine but, especially since they are not for some Mad Max scenario, reasonable all the same. If you are worried about generic defensive situations as well as pr…
    - 2 days ago, 1 Sep 14, 1:27am -
  • How Much Ammo Is Enough?
    I was discussing how many guns you really need and Tpals asked for my thoughts on ammo. Also today I saw Peter of Bayou Renaissance Man's thoughts on How Much Ammo Is Enough today. Peters thinking certainly has merit. Take it for what it is worth.I d…
    - 3 days ago, 31 Aug 14, 4:21am -
  • Ryan vs Everything: Opening Discussion
    For the sake of adding a bit of variety to the blog I am going to discuss my take on a variety of different issues in contemporary society. Sort of my thoughts on the matter and in some cases how, if given a free hand, I would fix the issue. Potentia…
    - 4 days ago, 30 Aug 14, 4:33am -
  • Pic Post

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  • Single Stack Compact 9mm Round Up
    I do not mean this to be comprehensive. Instead it is going to be a brief and totally subjective view on some of the single stack 9mm's out there. For background I have been anecdotally in that market for awhile and recently put away the cash to do i…
    - 6 days ago, 28 Aug 14, 2:01am -
  • How Many Guns Do You Really Need?
    I was chatting with a co worker about carry handguns and my upcoming purchase of well, something or another, and this topic came up. He asked myself and another guy (both gun owners, the question guy has a pretty good collection of a couple ar's, a f…
    - 7 days ago, 27 Aug 14, 1:49am -

Dr. Bones & Nurse Amy

  • newEnterovirus 68
    There is currently an outbreak of a virus called Enterovirus 68 in the Kansas City area. This is one of those viruses that, sadly, strikes children in a disproportionately large percentage. 300 kids or more have been affected currently, with many hos…
    - 7 hours ago, 2 Sep 14, 4:47pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Earthquakes, Wounds, and more
    In this episode of the Doom and Bloom(tm) Survival Medicine Hour, Joe and Amy Alton, aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, discuss earthquake safety, making your own sterile saline for wound care, the plight of pollinators like Monarch butterflies, ebola upda…
    - 3 days ago, 30 Aug 14, 12:10pm -
  • Multitools As Medical Items
    (Dr. Bones says:  We enjoy hearing from promising writers in the field of preparedness and survival, and today we publish a guest post from our friend Morry Banes of  Morry takes the versatile multitool and discusses its use…
    - 4 days ago, 29 Aug 14, 12:15pm -
  • Video: SURVIVAL! Solo Play

    - 5 days ago, 28 Aug 14, 2:34pm -
  • Earthquake Safety
    The recent earthquake in California wasn’t THE big one, but it was a big one. With damage to infrastructure, buildings, and homes, it underscores just how vulnerable we are to major tremors. The question is: How can you protect yourself and your fa…
    - 8 days ago, 25 Aug 14, 12:05pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Bio-Warfare, Antibiotics, and More
    In this episode of the Doom and Bloom(tm) Survival Medicine Hour, Joe and Amy Alton, aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, discuss what makes the perfect biological weapon, bio-weapons in the history of warfare, and if Ebola qualifies for weaponization. Also,…
    - 10 days ago, 23 Aug 14, 8:12pm -
  • Medical Supplies, Part 3: Orthopedic Injuries
    Few of us, even the couch potatoes, have managed to avoid the occasional sprain or strain. In disaster situations where we are exerting ourselves just to stay alive, these will be more common. The risk of fractures also looms as a very real possibili…
    - 11 days ago, 22 Aug 14, 8:28pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Prepper’s Blueprint’s Tess Pennington
    Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy’s Survival Medicine Hour   In this episode of the Doom and Bloom(tm) Survival Medicine Hour, Joe and Amy Alton, aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, welcome their friend Tess Pennington of, author of the The…
    - 17 days ago, 16 Aug 14, 4:53pm -
  • Ebola as Biological Weapon?
    With Ebola in the news, there are some that have pointed out the possibility that some nations may attempt to weaponize the virus. This is a concern that deserves discussion, so let’s talk about something that few consider a likely cause of a colla…
    - 21 days ago, 12 Aug 14, 12:15pm -
  • Pandemic Supplies
    The world is full of infectious diseases that have made the news in recent weeks. From the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa to the diseases crossing the U.S. in the recent immigrant crisis, there are all sorts of reasons to be concerned about you…
    - 22 days ago, 11 Aug 14, 12:00pm -

Survivalist Blog

  • newThank You For Your Help!
    Our other blog over at the "Daily Collapse Report" is off to a great start, with over 13,000 page-views yesterday! That's pretty much unheard of for a blog that's less than a month old...I just wanted to thank everyone who offered suggestions on ho…
    - 6 hours ago, 2 Sep 14, 5:27pm -
  • newConflicted Tuesday
    We have worked out an exclusive deal with the publishers of the survival card game “Conflicted” where we will be posting one question per week from the deck for open discussion here on You can buy your own Conflicted Dec…
    - 12 hours ago, 2 Sep 14, 11:35am -
  • U.S. Preps For Ebola Outbreak: Cases May Exceed 100,000 By December: “The Numbers Are Really Scary”
    Though news on the Ebola virus has been muted since two American health care workers were admitted to U.S.-based facilities last month, the deadly contagion continues to spread. According to the World Health Organization more than 40% of all Ebola ca…
    - 1 day ago, 1 Sep 14, 11:33pm -
  • I Hate Glocks… So Why Am I Going to Buy One?
    Glock.Just saying the word creates all sorts of connotations in different people. Some people love them, swear by them, create shrines and worship them. Others have developed a gag-like reflex of pure disgust when they hear the word. I used to do t…
    - 1 day ago, 1 Sep 14, 1:36pm -
  • Questions and Answers With The Wolf Pack
    I have enough food to last a season and seeds to plant for resupplying the pantry. Told my DD we need to think about items to cover the next 5 years that cannot be replaced by gardening. I came up with a short list for me: sugar, rice, coffee. Wha…
    - 1 day ago, 1 Sep 14, 1:23pm -
  • Monday Miscellany News Brief
    1. This makes me want to throw up… sick bunch of bastards! : Islamic jihadists behead six-year-old boy because he was Christian. What kind of sick twisted “people” would do something like that? Who Beheads a six-year-old – If I were going to…
    - 1 day ago, 1 Sep 14, 1:12pm -
  • How to Escape From Zip Ties
    Good to know and a great prepper skill just in-case you're "taken"... Click below to watch videos one through four.This post first appeared on Copyright © 2014. All rights reserved.Check out these related articles:How to…
    - 2 days ago, 31 Aug 14, 3:02pm -
  • Game Camera Photos Taken About 100 Yards From My House
    If you have any interesting game camera Photos please email those to me and I'll publish the best of those sent here on post first appeared on Copyright © 2014. All rights reserved.Check out…
    - 2 days ago, 31 Aug 14, 12:43pm -
  • The Daily Collapse Report has Been Completely Redesigned!
    Check it out the "Daily Collapse Report" has been been completely redesigned and updated - and now you can leave comments too. Don't forget to subscribe!This post first appeared on Copyright © 2014. All rights reserved.Che…
    - 3 days ago, 30 Aug 14, 6:17pm -
  • A Good Question…
    Question posed by Carl"If you had NO preps, were starting out fresh, living in an apartment in a moderate 100,000 sized city with an “average” paying job, the usual amount of debt mortage, car payment which left you with little at the end of th…
    - 3 days ago, 30 Aug 14, 1:28pm -

American Preppers Network

  • newNational Preparedness Month 2014 (+ free ebook and NPM special)
    September is National Preparedness Month and thousands of private, public and nonprofit groups are encouraging businesses, agencies, organizations, schools and families to take time to help your community get better prepared for disasters and emer…
    - 9 hours ago, 2 Sep 14, 2:51pm -
  • new5 Ways To Get Ready For The Fall Harvest
    By Nevermars Soon, we’ll feel the familiar brisk change in the air. Daylight won’t be quite as harsh or last as long. Instead of our summer uniform of shorts and a tee shirt, it’ll be time to don a sweater and some jeans. Fall is coming. As gar…
    - 18 hours ago, 2 Sep 14, 6:07am -
  • There Is Still Time Left For Planting That Fall Garden
    You still have time. Yes, in most cases depending on your geographical location you can still get your fall vegetable Heirloom Seeds into the ground and still have a bumper crop before the deep winter snow sets in. It doesn’t matter if your spring…
    - 3 days ago, 30 Aug 14, 3:40pm -
  • Baofeng Doubles Down on New Handheld Radio
    Originally posted by Bob Hawkins in the APN Ham Radio News News of Baofeng’s newest & latest handheld UHF/VHF Radio, has all of Amateur Radio keying up & queuing up for what looks to be the culmination of the most popular handheld radio around. Chi…
    - 4 days ago, 29 Aug 14, 3:33pm -
  • Medication and Emergency Preparedness
    An important part of any emergency preparedness plan that can easily be overlooked is medication. No matter what type of medication you take, you don’t want to find yourself in a crisis situation without it. Ensuring that your medication is covered…
    - 5 days ago, 28 Aug 14, 3:26pm -
  • Homeward Bound: The Perfect Bugout Location
    You’ve said it to yourself many times over… “When shit hits the fan (SHTF), I’ll be in the hills.” In all actuality, that isn’t a bad plan. In fact, I’d say it’s an optimal plan and in most cases, preferable to bugging in. Especially…
    - 6 days ago, 27 Aug 14, 3:22pm -
  • 3 Disaster Mitigation Items all Households Should Have
    Natural disasters are not only becoming more frequent, but more deadly. In 2011, there were 553 deaths in the U.S. as a result of tornadoes, which was more than 2001 to 2010 combined, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association. The…
    - 7 days ago, 26 Aug 14, 12:04pm -
  • 8 Home Rubbish Removal Amenities that you should look
    It is general fact that each and every sector, whether it be a commercial, industrial or residential sector dumps lot of waste every day. As these wastes come in a variety of shapes and sizes, so getting rid of all those rubbish is quite tough and ch…
    - 8 days ago, 26 Aug 14, 6:09am -
  • 6 Tips for Planning a Secure Remote Cabin
      Many like the idea of having a cabin tucked away in the woods where they can go to enjoy nature and get away from it all. How to keep the cabin safe from intruders and large animals when you are not there and how to afford it in the first place ar…
    - 8 days ago, 25 Aug 14, 11:41am -
  • Establish a Plan B: Hydroponics
    About the Author: Chris is an urban hydroponic hobbyist who uses hydroponics to maximize his 400 square foot yard and extend the short Chicago growing season. Chris blogs about his hydroponic experiences at Hydroponic gardening…
    - 10 days ago, 23 Aug 14, 2:50pm -

Survival Gear

Backdoor Survival

  • Labor Day and The Great Recession
    When I first started Backdoor Survival, we were in the middle of what is now referred to as “The Great Recession”.  At the time, unemployment was putting pressure on families of all ages, jobs for young people completing their educations were sc…
    - 2 days ago, 1 Sep 14, 8:00am -
  • The Sunday Survival Buzz #132
    Welcome to this week’s all new Sunday Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.I really had to think hard to come up with my prepping activities this week.  You see, the way it works is that…
    - 3 days ago, 31 Aug 14, 8:00am -
  • Summer 2014 Book Festival: Prepper’s Long-Term Survival Guide + Giveaway
    Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the Summer 2014 Backdoor Survival Book Festival.  Jim Cobb, the author of the Prepper’s Long-Term Survival Guide, is back again for another interview with all new questions plus, of course a…
    - 4 days ago, 30 Aug 14, 8:00am -
  • 70 Common Things That Go Wrong During a Disaster
    As recent as four years ago, when someone mentioned disaster preparedness, the nature and scope of the disaster was typically something caused by Mother Nature.  Sure, some consideration was given to man-made disasters and terrorism, but for the mos…
    - 5 days ago, 29 Aug 14, 8:00am -
  • Propane for Preppers – Part One
    Having sufficient fuel for cooking and heat following an emergency is always an concern for preppers.  If you are lucky, you live in a wooded area and have access to a wood burning stove as well as plenty of wood to feed the fire.  Most of us, thou…
    - 7 days ago, 27 Aug 14, 8:00am -
  • DIY: Never Purchase a Razor Blade Again!
    One of the dilemmas I face is that buried in the archives are a ton of great articles that are lost to newcomers to the website.  One of these days, I really do need to set up a better menu and organization system.  The problem with doing so, howe…
    - 9 days ago, 25 Aug 14, 8:00am -
  • The Sunday Survival Buzz #131
    Welcome to this week’s all new Sunday Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.This has been one of those weeks where life as I know it was temporarily turned upside down.  Without boring you…
    - 10 days ago, 24 Aug 14, 8:00am -
  • Summer 2014 Book Festival: The Shadow Patriots + Giveaway
    Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the Summer 2014 Backdoor Survival Book Festival.  Warren Ray, the author of The Shadow Patriots, is here to answer some questions and of course, to award one lucky reader with a copy of his boo…
    - 11 days ago, 23 Aug 14, 8:00am -
  • 12 Months of Prepping: Month Seven
    We have now passed the half way point and are entering month seven of getting prepared one month at a time.  By now you should be feeling secure in the knowledge that you are ready to beat the odds should a natural disaster or other disruptive event…
    - 12 days ago, 22 Aug 14, 8:00am -
  • 20 All Purpose Remedies Using Essential Oils
    The use of essential oils for wellness and healing seems to be catching everyone’s attention these days.  This is true not only in the prepping and homesteading world, but in the mainstream world of traditional medicine as well.While it is easy t…
    - 14 days ago, 20 Aug 14, 8:00am -

Backwoods Survival Blog

  • Product Review: Utilitech LED Lantern
    Not a great deal to say about this product. How much can one really say about a lantern? The label lists it as producing up to 300 lumens of light, and one thing I can say about it: it's bright. In fact, the highest setting is almost too bright. I ac…
    - 6 days ago, 27 Aug 14, 6:43pm -
  • Don't You Believe It
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    - 6 days ago, 27 Aug 14, 6:19pm -
  • Medieval Survivalism: Why Is This Not Already A Thing?
    Many of us in the Prepper / Survivalist community believe in taking care to prepare for the worst case scenario, the time we know will probably never come, but we know in our hearts that to prepare for it simply means we will be better positioned to…
    - 6 May 14, 12:46am -
  • Medieval Survivalism: One Small-Scale Single Family Option
    Previously, I laid out an idea for the construction of a hill fort that a few families could band together to build in the event of an all-out TEOTWAWKI scenario. Unfortunately, it was a bit too industrious to be tackled by a single family, trying…
    - 6 May 14, 12:40am -
  • 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…
    - 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…
    - 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!}
    - 27 Jan 14, 12:48am -
  • 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 -

Bug Out Survival

  • Book Giveaway Signup Link
    Yesterday I posted an announcement of a book giveaway for ten copies of Refuge After the Collapse (the sequel to The Pulse).  Many of you who follow this blog have signed up for the giveaway using the embedded signup form I included at the bottom o…
    - 4 days ago, 29 Aug 14, 9:39pm -
  • Book Giveaway: Refuge After the Collapse
    I have word from the publisher that copies of Refuge have shipped from the printer to the warehouse, so the book should be showing up for sale soon, though the official release date is still posted on Amazon and other sites as September 23. I should…
    - 5 days ago, 29 Aug 14, 1:42am -
  • Polar Pure is Available Again!
    Back in January, 2010, I posted a review of one of my favorite water purification methods: Polar Pure Water Disinfectant.  You can read the article for all the details of why I like this iodine purification method so much, and how I've tested it in…
    - 14 days ago, 19 Aug 14, 9:34pm -
  • Refuge (Book II of The Pulse Series)
    Just a quick update on the expected availability of Refuge which I finished up in June.  My publisher has shipped the finalized files to the printer and I got word yesterday that copies will ship from the printer on August 21, which should put them…
    - 32 days ago, 1 Aug 14, 6:00pm -
  • Discussing The Prepper's Workbook on Destiny Survival Radio
    Once again I enjoyed chatting with John Wesley Smith of Destiny Survival Radio about my latest book release, this time The Prepper's Workbook.  My co-author, Scott Finazzo joined us as well as we went into the details of the book and why it was inte…
    - 53 days ago, 11 Jul 14, 1:06pm -
  • Sequel to THE PULSE Finished
       Days have turned into weeks with no contact from anyone outside of North America, where the power, communication and transportation grid has been completely destroyed by massive solar flares. In the ensuing chaos, grocery store shelves have been…
    - 84 days ago, 10 Jun 14, 9:07pm -
  • 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 24 Jan 14, 9:45pm -

Canadian Preppers Network

  • newMovie Monday - Wartime Farm Part 3 of 8
    This Week On Movie MondayWartime Farm is an eight part documentary program originally aired on BBC2 in 2012.  Historian Ruth Goodman along with archeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn take over a farm in Hampshire, England.  The goal is to…
    - 23 hours ago, 2 Sep 14, 1:00am -
  • Summer of Survival - Last Chance
    In case you haven't grabbedit yet I wanted to make sure you know the price on the Summer of SurvivalComplete Collection will jump from $69 to $129 Tomorrow (Wednesday)morning. Permanently.That means you have less than 24  hours to get over 36 hours…
    - 7 days ago, 26 Aug 14, 4:58pm -
  • Movie Monday - Wartime Farm Part 2 of 8
    This Week On Movie MondayWartime Farm is an eight part documentary program originally aired on BBC2 in 2012.  Historian Ruth Goodman along with archeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn take over a farm in Hampshire, England.  The goal is to…
    - 8 days ago, 26 Aug 14, 1:00am -
  • Fire Safety Drills And Procedures - Guest Post by Lee Flynn
    Emergency Safety Procedures Are Important - How To Use Fire Safety Drills And ProceduresA disaster can happen at any time. Most families have issues handling disasters, such as tornados and hurricanes. This is why an emergency plan is needed. An eff…
    - 13 days ago, 20 Aug 14, 3:25pm -
  • Movie Monday - Wartime Farm Part 1 of 8
    This Week On Movie MondayWartime Farm is an eight part documentary program originally aired on BBC2 in 2012.  Historian Ruth Goodman along with archeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn take over a farm in Hampshire, England.  The goal is to run…
    - 15 days ago, 19 Aug 14, 1:00am -
  • Introducing Movie Mondays on the CPN!
    Starting August 18, the Canadian Preppers Network will be presentingMOVIE MONDAYS!Movie Mondays is a project we have undertaken to show films, documentaries, commentaries, etc that relate in some way to the lifestyle of preparedness in the hopes tha…
    - 19 days ago, 14 Aug 14, 1:54pm -
  • Special Workshop With Cam & Michel Mather For CPN Members
    Does living off the grid interest you?  Would you like to grow your own food?  Maybe you're just looking to reduce your carbon footprint?If so, then this is definitely for you!The Living Sustainably and Independently, Ready for Rough Times, Hands…
    - 21 days ago, 13 Aug 14, 10:00am -
  • Does Archery have a place in a Preparedness/Survival scenario?
    Does Archery have a place in a Preparedness/Survival scenario?How to choose the proper Archery equipmentThe use of Archery equipment for Hunting/Food procurementThe use of Archery equipment from a Tactical perspectiveWhy Archery equipment can be bett…
    - 21 days ago, 12 Aug 14, 5:04pm -
  • Protecting Yourself & Your Food Storage
    I spent a glorious summer many years ago working in the Waterton National Park. A local family graciously offered me an opportunity to live in a cute little homestead house on their ranch at the base of the mountains. It was a dream come true…. unt…
    - 38 days ago, 27 Jul 14, 4:27am -
  • The Survival Summit - John Jacob Schmidt
     Comms Up with John Jacob SchmidtTonight at 8PM ESTJohn Jacob is the voice behind the microphone at Radio Free Redoubt, a weekly podcast dedicated to promoting the American Redoubt and helping conservative Americans prepare for the coming events a…
    - 49 days ago, 15 Jul 14, 9:29pm -

Tactical Intelligence

  • Why Now Is the Time to Get Your Ham License
    Most preppers get the idea that communication is an important capability to have during an emergency. Despite this understanding though, few preppers have a solid communication plan in place beyond a few two-way walkie-talkie devices and the false h…
    - 10 days ago, 23 Aug 14, 11:58pm -
  • Product Review: SunJack Portable Solar Array
    For preppers, survivalists and others desiring to have other means of electricity when the grid goes down, solar has always been a valid means of off-grid power. And in recent years, there’s been significant advances and interest in portable solar…
    - 10 days ago, 23 Aug 14, 1:22pm -
  • Warning: The Coming Pandemic and How You can Prepare Yourself
    Back in 1995, Richard Preston wrote a #1 New York Time’s best-seller by the name of The Hot Zone which gave a startling view into the deadly seriousness and history of the Ebola Virus. It’s a truly horrifying disease: bleeding from the ears, eye…
    - 27 days ago, 6 Aug 14, 5:17pm -
  • The Humble Bow: The Ultimate SHTF Weapon?
    If you were in a SHTF situation, which one would you rather have – a bow or a firearm? Before you gun nuts (me included) start saying there is no contest, I thought I’d use this article to maybe not so much change your mind but to expand your un…
    - 33 days ago, 31 Jul 14, 5:24pm -
  • Letter From a Reader: What 24 Years of Gardening Has Taught Me
    Editor’s Note: In order to provide some inspiration and help others in their prepping journey, I like to include some personal experiences from my readers showing off some of their experiences and lessons-learned. Here’s the latest from Laurey in…
    - 40 days ago, 24 Jul 14, 10:09pm -
  • 36 Awesome Baking Soda Uses for Preppers
    As preppers we tend to accumulate stuff. This, for obvious reasons, is a good thing, but on the other hand, our pantries, closets and other storage places tend to fill up. In many ways prepping and hoarding can be a fine line (except our stuff is mu…
    - 46 days ago, 18 Jul 14, 7:28pm -
  • The War on Cash Escalates
    What Is Happening In recent years, especially in developing countries, national governments have been escalating their war on cash. Although the claim is for the safety and convenience of its citizens, it’s nothing less than “a despotic attack b…
    - 55 days ago, 9 Jul 14, 6:29pm -
  • How to Make Dehydrated Bug-Out Toothpaste
    You might not think dehydrated toothpaste blobs are such a novel idea but keep in mind, every little bit of weight savings helps in lightening the load of your bug out bag -- making for easier travel when you need it most.
    - 55 days ago, 9 Jul 14, 2:57pm -
  • How to Stock up on Antibiotics without a Prescription
    What we nowadays take for granted, could become life-threatening in a collapse type situation.For example, a good friend of mine got a simple scratch from his cat which developed into sepsis. Because he was able to get to a doctors and be treated w…
    - 64 days ago, 30 Jun 14, 9:16pm -
  • TI News Alert: The UN Pushes for Global Gun Disarmament
    It's no secret that the United Nations has been after global gun disarmament for all citizens of all countries for some time now.They've even been pushing (thankfully, unsuccessfully so far) for a binding international treaty that will supersede th…
    - 67 days ago, 27 Jun 14, 7:14pm -

Off Grid Survival

Preparedness Videos

Woodcraft on a Budget Part 4 Jack Knives Dave Canterbury, David Canterbury, The Pathfinder School,Bush Craft ,Survival skills, Historical Lore, Primitive Skills, Ar...
- 13 days ago, 20 Aug 14, 3:01pm -
Haversack Kit Dave Canterbury, David Canterbury, The Pathfinder School,Bush Craft ,Survival skills, Historical Lore, Primitive Skills, Ar...
- 8 May 14, 6:41pm -
Commercial: Dave Canterbury "Makes fire with his beard"
Made by Brand New Telly: Dave Canterbury, David...
- 1 May 14, 9:39am -
Meat Preservation Concerns and Setting Snares Dave Canterbury, David Canterbury, The Pathfinder School,Bush Craft ,Survival skills, Historical Lore, Primitive Skills, Ar...
- 1 Feb 14, 3:04am -
Coyote It's whats for Lunch Dave Canterbury, David Canterbury, The Pathfinder School,Bush Craft ,Survival skills, Historical Lore, Primitive Skills, Ar...
- 28 Jan 14, 12:26am -
Kit mentality Useage vs Investment Dave Canterbury, David Canterbury, The Pathfinder School,Bush Craft ,Survival skills, Historical Lore, Primitive Skills, Ar...
- 21 Jan 14, 6:23am -
Fatwood Collecting Processing Igniting Dave Canterbury, David Canterbury, The Pathfinder School,Bush Craft ,Survival skills, Historical Lore, Primitive Skills, Ar...
- 26 Dec 13, 10:30pm -
Self Feeding Fire Part 1 Basic Bushcraft Dave Canterbury, David Canterbury, The Pathfinder School,Bush Craft ,Survival skills, Historical Lore, Primitive Skills, Ar...
- 24 Dec 13, 2:19am -
Super Shelter Modified for the Eastern Woodlands Part 1 Dave Canterbury, David Canterbury, The Pathfinder School,Bush Craft ,Survival skills, Historical Lore, Primitive Skills, Ar...
- 12 Dec 13, 9:47pm -
Axe Care Made Simple Dave Canterbury, David Canterbury, The Pathfinder School,Bush Craft ,Survival skills, Historical Lore, Primitive Skills, Ar...
- 10 Dec 13, 1:52am -
Snares The Ugly Truth Modern Trapping Part 57 Dave Canterbury, David Canterbury, The Pathfinder School,Bush Craft ,Survival skills, Historical Lore, Primitive Skills, Ar...
- 11 Nov 13, 5:12pm -
Bobcats Released Safely Modern Trapping Series Part 52 Dave Canterbury, David Canterbury, The Pathfinder School,Bush Craft ,Survival skills, Historical Lore, Primitive Skills, Ar...
- 29 Oct 13, 5:07pm -

Survival Monkey Forums

  • newI know this is a long shot but i need help
    Hello!So I am a 23 year old single mom of a wonderful 9 month old son. For quite some time I have followed forums and prepare websites about the coming crisis. I have wanted to make a move for a while, but my hands are completely tied financially.…
    - 46 mins ago, 2 Sep 14, 10:54pm -
    I thought I would try this, probably been done before, but I will post a few pictures of a local plant, everybody partakes and guesses what it is. Have fun. Feel free to also post pictures and keep this going.Location: NE USAView attachment 29…
    - 58 mins ago, 2 Sep 14, 10:42pm -
  • newHill People Gear Alternative for Hiking and concealed carry
    Tested this out and loved it. Thought you might like it too, what do you think?
    - 1 hour ago, 2 Sep 14, 10:19pm -
  • newToilet Paper- How Is Your Stockpile
    TOKYO (AP) -- A message Japan began delivering Monday is a bit unusual, but true enough: Don't wait until it's too late to think about toilet paper.The government and paper companies kicked off a "Let's stockpile toilet paper!" campaign to…
    - 2 hours ago, 2 Sep 14, 9:51pm -
  • newCast Iron Care
    Preppers/ survivalist often say a must have is cast iron. My Mother only used cast iron. A pan can be used for cooking or as a weapon. So how do you care for your cast iron?
    - 2 hours ago, 2 Sep 14, 9:22pm -
  • newAngler gets lost . . . gives up . . . lucks out
    Nothing says "I wanna die" like his "never give up" attitude . . . and after only a few days to boot. What a greenhorn.Angler Survives Five Days in California Wilderness | OutdoorHubAngler Survives Five Days in California WildernessOne angler…
    - 3 hours ago, 2 Sep 14, 8:53pm -
  • newIn Case Of Emergency Radio Show
    Many of you monkeys know me, many know of me. A select few know who I am.I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself: My name is Don Pontious and I am the author of Some Helpful Tips for Prepping and Some Helpful Tips For Bug Out…
    - 3 hours ago, 2 Sep 14, 8:45pm -
  • newEbola patients to be flown to the US for treatment in specially designed DoD isolation chamber
    Ebola patients to be flown to the US for treatment in specially designed DoD isolation chamber.Medical evacuation planespecially designed DoD isolation chamberisolation chamber interiorAs we have been discussing for a few days, 2…
    - 3 hours ago, 2 Sep 14, 8:26pm -
  • newYard Dart's Primal Journey
    Well I started my journey with the Primal Blueprint January 1...thought I would tie my lifestyle change with the new year to have a good date to mark the start.... not really as a new year resolution per se...those get broken. I picked up three of t…
    - 3 hours ago, 2 Sep 14, 8:20pm -
  • newThe Word Association Game
    The Word Association Game: I'll start by posting one word. You read the post and then think of a word that comes to mind when reading the previous one. Are you ready to play? PICKLES!
    - 4 hours ago, 2 Sep 14, 7:59pm -

Preparedness Pro

  • Second Deadly Shooting by Police in MO This Week
    Another St. Louis Police shooting of a black man just 5 miles away from the Ferguson, MO shooting that's the cause of so much unrest this week. (WARNING: You can watch it on mute and see what happens just fine, but if you watch it with sound there is…
    - 10 days ago, 23 Aug 14, 9:51pm -
  • What You Need to Know About Lice
    What You Need to Know About Lice-- By Guest Contributor Jackie K.  What I know now, compared to what I knew in January of 2010, are worlds apart.  If you’ve never had the pleasure of being exposed to lice, count your blessing.  I never expe…
    - 33 days ago, 1 Aug 14, 7:06am -
  • Media Hype or Firearm Facts—You Decide
    Everyone has the right to defend themselves.Fact:100% of ALL firearm “accidents” occur as a result of someone violating one of the four most critical safety rules in the ownership and use of a firearm.  Firearms don’t kill people as the m…
    - 34 days ago, 30 Jul 14, 6:58pm -
  • Last Minute Scholarship Offer
    Hey there,I've been busy preparing for an education event that I'm taking part in this weekend. It's an event that I've attended (and taught at) regularly and I've not missed it over the past 4 years.  I got to thinking today about how much I want…
    - 49 days ago, 16 Jul 14, 5:19am -
  • 85 Telltale Signs That You Might Be a Prepper
    I hope that you've all enjoyed your holiday weekend and that you got to do something over the weekend that helped you become a little bit more independent. I know I did and so now I'm back and ready to work hard at Preparedness Pro. To start off with…
    - 57 days ago, 8 Jul 14, 5:30am -
  • Have a Happy Independence Day!
    We hope that this Independence Day means more to you than just BBQs and summer fun. We hope that you'll be able to do something to strengthen your personal independence and self-sufficiency. We'll be on vacation until th 7th of July, but we'll be bac…
    - 62 days ago, 3 Jul 14, 6:36am -
  • Is Homeschooling Right for You?
    Is Homeschooling Right for You?--by Guest Contributor Penni Batty  There's a whole lot of buzz about public school these days. As a home school mom of six children, I think I've probably heard every existing argument in favor of it, and yet, the…
    - 81 days ago, 13 Jun 14, 10:05pm -
  • Reader Asks: "Can I preserve dry goods without a FoodSaver?"
    A reader asks a question about preserving candy without a FoodSaver: Question: "Hi Kellene, Your site helps me so much, thank you. I know you preserve chocolate and candy. Can I do that with oxygen absorbers in mason jars? if so, should they be…
    - 87 days ago, 7 Jun 14, 12:00pm -
  • Heiss Kartoffel Salat (aka Hot German Potato Salad)
    Heiss Kartoffel Salat (aka Hot German Potato Salad) -- Preparedness Pro I love trying new recipes, especially ones of International Fare.  Today’s recipe comes to us from across the Atlantic from the beautiful country of Germany.  My dear fr…
    - 90 days ago, 4 Jun 14, 4:36pm -
  • Why my Bandana was Saved from the Donation Pile
    62 Reasons Why my Bandana was Saved from the Donation Pile--by Guest Contributor Emily S  Over the years I have accumulated a collection of bandanas which I have received from various events, activities and as gifts.  After their immediate use…
    - 94 days ago, 31 May 14, 1:22pm -

Survival Cache

  • Survival Coffee
    Every morning I take the pulse of the planet by brewing a cup of coffee.  As the second most traded commodity on earth, and the number one imported food item in the United States, coffee is a major indicator of how smoothly the world is turning.  A…
    - 2 days ago, 31 Aug 14, 9:36pm -
  • SHTF Firearm Choices
    I read a lot of articles about the best choice of firearms. They generally focus on the AR-15 and the AK47.  I believe the discussions generally miss the point by failing to ask the question of what are you trying to do with the weapon. For example,…
    - 5 days ago, 29 Aug 14, 9:56am -
  • Survival Gear Review: Timbuk2 Aviator Backpack
    A few years ago for work, I switched from the over the shoulder computer bag to a backpack.  The old style computer bag just wasn’t cutting it for both work and the urban bug out situation.  After I saw the Timbuk2 Aviator Backpack, I upgraded fr…
    - 12 days ago, 21 Aug 14, 8:28pm -
  • DIY: Making An Activated Charcoal Filter
    We’ve had a lot of rain up here lately.  A LOT of rain.  I was out puttering around the yard this week and I noticed the rain water slowly dripping through my raised fire pit and the wood coals it was full of.  Drip drip drip…… into a puddle…
    - 23 days ago, 10 Aug 14, 11:35pm -
  • Survival Gear Review: Magpul MBUS Pro Iron Sights
    Iron sights have been with us ever since muskets were rifled.  Sharpshooters demanded more and thus began the revolution and evolution of iron sights.  Backup iron sights, on the other hand, grew from the need for redundancy as optics sprouted up o…
    - 37 days ago, 27 Jul 14, 8:28pm -
  • Book Review: Holding Their Own
    Joe Nobody exploded onto the survivalist scene in 2010 with his first book, an instruction guide titled, Holding Your Ground: Preparing for Defense if it All Falls Apart.  That book became an instant success, catapulting Joe into the top tier of sel…
    - 41 days ago, 23 Jul 14, 4:54pm -
  • Survival Gear Review: Fallkniven A1 Survival Knife
    In 2002, in response to a question about the Iraq war, the US Secretary of Defense replied, and I paraphrase, “There are known knowns; there are known unknowns, but there are also unknown unknowns.” Those words are the best way to describe the th…
    - 48 days ago, 16 Jul 14, 4:03pm -
  • Survival Gear Review: Trucker’s Friend
    It’s curious a specialty tool like this would be called the Trucker’s Friend.   For certain it is a tool a trucker would want to have in their tool box, but its usefulness goes way beyond that limited functional area.  I would say this tool is…
    - 53 days ago, 11 Jul 14, 1:17pm -
  • Survival Gear Review: SOCOM 16
    If you grew up shooting rifles, then you might have an itch that a carbine just can’t scratch.  Like many, I have always been a fan of the M-14 rifle, also known as the M1A, but I am a little too young to appreciate its predecessor, the M1 Garand.…
    - 56 days ago, 8 Jul 14, 12:30pm -
  • Book Review: The Survivors Club
    In the book The Survivors Club, Ben Sherwood who writes for the L.A. Times, interviews people from around the world who survived events that would kill most, trying to answer the question “Why?”.  Why do some people survive while others capitula…
    - 69 days ago, 25 Jun 14, 11:43am -

Survival is a state of mind

Idaho Holsters

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,…
    - -
  • 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

Wilderness Survival Forum

  • newBackcountry Environmental Health Manual
    I stumbled across this manual from Coconino County in Arizona. It covers wilderness diseases, water purification, food handling, and human and solid...
    - 1 hour ago, 2 Sep 14, 10:11pm -
  • newHill People Gear Kit Bag Alternative for Hiking Concealed carry Tested this out and loved it. thought you guys might also like it. What do you think?
    - 4 hours ago, 2 Sep 14, 8:10pm -
  • newGinseng - Who to sell to?
    So, I've been contemplating growing ginseng naturally/wildly (ie: planted in its natural habitat and left to mature 7-12 years with no aid or...
    - 6 hours ago, 2 Sep 14, 6:08pm -
  • newHow To Turn A Planer Blade Into A Knife
    - 23 hours ago, 2 Sep 14, 12:46am -
  • newbe posting
    I have looked at several of the edible plant stuff and am intrigued however when in boy scouts I learnt about a plant that was edible but as of yet...
    - 1 day ago, 1 Sep 14, 5:34pm -
  • Hello from Canada!
    Hi there! My name is Ali (male), 29, and I am from Canada. I came across this forum when researching Axe Vs Machete. I was amazed at the wealth of...
    - 1 day ago, 1 Sep 14, 4:28pm -
  • Happy Birthday DomC
    Hope you have a good one. The cooks baked you a cake......where'd you go? Image:
    - 2 days ago, 1 Sep 14, 10:21am -
  • Thank you for your controbutions
    Wow! I joined the forum this morning then logged off. Tonight I had the chance to get on here and really take a look at the threads and dive into...
    - 2 days ago, 1 Sep 14, 5:05am -
  • New Garden for next year
    I recently received some free chain link fence from a neighbor for doing a job and decided I was going to turn it into a fence to keep the deer and...
    - 2 days ago, 1 Sep 14, 1:47am -
  • Added 3 new items to my survival kit this week
    The new items include -a compass(used with a map)---$4.99 -a wire string saw---$2.49 -a survival whistle (has built in flint, compass, match...
    - 2 days ago, 1 Sep 14, 1:40am -

Modern Survival Online

  • newWhy should I get Dog Tags?
    By “The Coach” (Contributing Editor)   The earliest mention that I can find about dog tags is of the soldiers in the U. S. Civil War placing their personal identifying information on pieces of paper or writing their names inside of their uniform…
    - 22 hours ago, 2 Sep 14, 1:20am -
  • newAny auto mechanics out there?
    This may seem like an odd request for a preparedness site but hey, I am willing to give it a shot. My wife drives a 2007 Ford Expedition XLT. It is the 4×4 model. A few weeks ago the vehicle started running extremely rough. I know little about cars…
    - 23 hours ago, 2 Sep 14, 1:10am -
  • September is National Preparedness Month
    Ever since I was a kid this time of the year always put me in “prep” mode. A few days of cooler weather hints that Fall and Winter are approaching – and hunting season. Being from the northeast the winter provided snow storms and power outages.…
    - 2 days ago, 1 Sep 14, 1:05am -
  • Have a Kindle? One Second After only $2.99
    At the time of this publishing the classic prepper fiction book “One Second After” is available on Amazon for only $2.99 (Kindle Edition). If you have a Kindle and have not read One Second After – I highly recommend it. Here is a summary from A…
    - 2 days ago, 1 Sep 14, 1:01am -
  • MSO participates in “expert roundup”……..
    I recently participated in an “Expert Roundup” of sorts over at Check it out HERE. As part of the roundup I answered the following question: “What was the single most useful tool you’ve ever used while outdoors?” The…
    - 3 days ago, 31 Aug 14, 1:01am -
  • Special Labor Day Sale for MSO readers…..
      Our friends at Survival Store are holding a 10% Labor Day Weekend special for Modern Survival Online readers only.   Get a 10% off of all your purchases this weekend. That includes knives, backpacks, survival gear, hydration tools…EVERYTHING Si…
    - 4 days ago, 30 Aug 14, 1:10am -
  • American Veteran writes letter to ISIS….”Do you really think you stand a chance?”
    Over at the Warfighter blog they published a letter to ISIS written by Marine Veteran Nick Powers. I think he pretty much tells it like it is. ~ Rourke * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * “As I sit here constantly hearing and watching you execute i…
    - 5 days ago, 29 Aug 14, 3:00am -
  • Vote for ModernSurvivalOnline!!
    Yes – this is a shameless request to ask you to take a few seconds and vote for this site – ModernSurvivalOnline – over at If you appreciate the efforts here as we try to bring you daily thoughts on survival and the world…
    - 5 days ago, 29 Aug 14, 1:10am -

The Survival Mom

  • newSimple Tips to Help Kids Stay Cool in Back-to-School Weather

    Simple Tips to Help Kids Stay Cool in Back-to-School Weather

    You’ll want to pin this one! Click here or on the image to pin it to your Pinterest boards! It’s hot out there and kids from coast to coast are going back to school. As a former classroom teacher in Read MoreThe post Simple Tips to Help Kids Sta…
    - 9 hours ago, 2 Sep 14, 3:00pm -
  • newEnd of Summer and Back to School Essential Oils Tips for Kids and Moms

    End of Summer and Back to School Essential Oils Tips for Kids and Moms

    Disclaimer: Before we get started, I need to provide you with a legal disclaimer on these essential oil tips: Please do not discontinue prescriptions or a medical professionals advice who is treating you without consulting with them first. I am Read…
    - 18 hours ago, 2 Sep 14, 6:00am -
  • Prepping on the Sly

    Prepping on the Sly

    Two years ago, my husband thought I was nuts to imagine a life without electricity, gas, or grocery stores. He didn’t want to discuss it, much less have hand tools and tactical gear cluttering up every inch of unused space Read MoreThe post Preppi…
    - 2 days ago, 1 Sep 14, 6:00am -
  • 16 Uses for Plastic Sheeting (aka Visqueen)

    16 Uses for Plastic Sheeting (aka Visqueen)

    Keeping up with the recent theme of exploring common objects and finding preparedness uses for them, this month’s article looks at some prepper uses for plastic sheeting, sometimes called Visqueen. While the uses for plastic sheeting is seemingly e…
    - 2 days ago, 31 Aug 14, 4:00pm -
  • Basic Survival in Another Country: Prepping For an Emergency

    Basic Survival in Another Country: Prepping For an Emergency

    Basic survival in another country means being prepared for an emergency long before you board an airplane for your travel destination. As an outdoor guide, I’ve been asked to go to many different parts of the world, and I lived in Japan for 3 R…
    - 3 days ago, 31 Aug 14, 6:00am -
  • 10 Things You Can Do When the Power is Out (Besides Make Babies ;)

    10 Things You Can Do When the Power is Out (Besides Make Babies ;)

    There’s one thing people enjoy doing when the power is out, and if you don’t believe me just show up to the nearest hospital 9 months later. There is often about a 20% increase in babies born, or in Hurricane Read MoreThe post 10 Things You Can…
    - 4 days ago, 30 Aug 14, 6:00am -
  • If You Just Moved Here… Living in Tornado Country

    If You Just Moved Here… Living in Tornado Country

    Where exactly IS “tornado country?” Most people know about Tornado Alley which includes northern Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska at its core (though the boundaries are not completely defined).  Some may even know about Dixie Alley, the Sout…
    - 5 days ago, 29 Aug 14, 6:00am -
  • When it comes to food storage, don’t forget the side dishes!

    When it comes to food storage, don’t forget the side dishes!

    You may want to pin this and try these recipes later! Click here or on image to pin. As a young wife and mother, I wasn’t much of a cook. When I told my  husband we would be having tacos Read MoreThe post When it comes to food storage, don’t fo…
    - 5 days ago, 29 Aug 14, 2:12am -
  • Prepping for Back to School

    Prepping for Back to School

      Amidst the joy of summer time swims, cold Popsicles, and sleeping in, the new school year sneaks up on us. I dread the whirlwind back to school shopping as advertisements plague the airways, and other media. I feel my Read MoreThe post Prepping f…
    - 6 days ago, 28 Aug 14, 6:00am -
  • Organizing the Bug Out Bag

    Organizing the Bug Out Bag

    An important consideration when assembling your bug out bag is how it should be organized. There are two elements at work here–containers and packing order. The only thing worse than just tossing everything into a sack without forethought is not Re…
    - 7 days ago, 27 Aug 14, 6:00am -

Florida Hillbilly

  • Coturnix Quail for Homesteaders
    I’ve had a bit of interest over the last few weeks regarding quail as a backyard meat source. I thought I’d dust off the topic and put another article together covering the ins and outs of raising Coturnix quail, particularly in an urban setting.…
    - 4 days ago, 29 Aug 14, 12:50pm -
  • Peace, Love, and Preparedness
    [popunder-popup id="1"]I was exchanging emails with what has turned out to be my latest advertiser, While finishing a reply, I signed off in my typical fashion, “Peace, db”, and laughed to myself about how much of a hippie I…
    - 19 days ago, 14 Aug 14, 12:57pm -
  • Product Review: Altai’s MF Tactical Boots
    From time to time, I am contacted to review products, some good, some not so good. I won’t review a product I wouldn’t try to use regularly, and won’t review products that aren’t realistic. When I get a request to review an item that “dupli…
    - 33 days ago, 31 Jul 14, 1:57pm -
  • How to Cook The ULTIMATE Steak
    (For Kip, as requested.)The ULTIMATE steak (or pork chop…or chicken…or fish….) …A bold statement for anyone. More so when you realize how un-picky of an eater I am. Until I started eating Paleo (no grains, legumes, or refined sugars), it…
    - 55 days ago, 10 Jul 14, 10:00am -
  • Book Review: Sanctuary by G. Michael Hopf
    When I’m contacted about reviewing a book, I normally have the same dread. In reading a book to review, I normally come to the end of the book, only to find there is going to be another book in the series…and I have to wait to find out what happe…
    - 64 days ago, 30 Jun 14, 3:08pm -
  • Book Review: Forsaking Home (The Survivalist Series)
    Last December, I reviewed the first three books of the Survivalist Series. I had been contacted by the great folks over at TLC Book Tours, a book promoting firm. The storyline follows Morgan Carter as he is traveling several hours drive away from hom…
    - 71 days ago, 23 Jun 14, 2:12pm -
  • The Fastest Way to Sharpen a Knife
    (Here is an old article I wrote way back when. If you are like 90% of the households out there, your knives are dull. Here is a quick-fix for that issue. )In my post reviewing the Mora Companion knife, I mentioned the Smith Abrasives 2-Step Knife Sh…
    - 76 days ago, 18 Jun 14, 12:05pm -
  • How To Sucker Tomato Plants
    As this website has evolved and grown, I’ve built relationships with many of my readers. Many of these relationships start out as an emailed question. I love helping out, and am well versed in online and offline research, so if I don’t have the a…
    - 82 days ago, 12 Jun 14, 1:44pm -
  • Everglades Tomatoes – The Final Free Shipment

    - 83 days ago, 11 Jun 14, 12:27pm -
  • Hurricane Season 2014
    June 1 marks the official start of hurricane season. For some of you, this really means nothing, since you rarely, if ever, are affected by a hurricane. Sadly, there are those who live well within the typical range of hurricane disasters, that the st…
    - 91 days ago, 4 Jun 14, 1:02am -

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

  • The Perils and Solutions to Victim Hood
    Victimhood is a self-reinforcing mental framework which leads to a constant search to picture ourselves as being the victims of someone or something. Victimhood, is comfortable as a mental state. In this state we give responsibility to our ills to so…
    - 34 days ago, 30 Jul 14, 8:50pm -
  • Which country in Europe gives you the highest resilience ? (Part 1)
    This article is not about which country is the most resilient, but which geographical location within Europe gives you personally the most resilience. Europe is an interesting continent. Interesting because of variety, history, culture and relative s…
    - 80 days ago, 14 Jun 14, 6:09pm -
  • Business Start-up Resilience
    The path to your financial independence will involve the creation of a business, either active (shop) or passive (rental income). These sources of income will need to be resilient themselves, in order to offer you resilience in terms of your income.…
    - 86 days ago, 9 Jun 14, 11:35am -
  • Are your early retirement or FI plans resilient to world challenges ? (Part 2)
    In Part One I discussed the great things future will bring, biotechnology, artificial intelligence, human longevity, robots and cheap energy. In part two I discuss the darker side of the future, I admit writing the other article was more inspiring th…
    - 90 days ago, 4 Jun 14, 7:11pm -
  • Past self vs now self vs future self  - the path to Resilience and FI
    Sometimes, I  think that there are three Resman’s (I call myself Resman on this blog). You are here to get something different from the other blogs, to get challenged. So take off your shoes and gimme 10 minutes. I am amazed by how much the “pr…
    - 90 days ago, 4 Jun 14, 7:00pm -
  • Putting my back into it’ – active resilience
    I decided to have a break from my theorizing about resilience and do something under the sun and out in the fields. I will be trying to grow some veg and protein. I have spent most of my adult life sitting down, in front of a computer doing one thin…
    - 91 days ago, 3 Jun 14, 8:08pm -
  • Are your retirement plans resilient to a positive future (Part 1) ?
    Will your early retirement plans be able to ride all the good things that the future will bring to humanity ? In this article we explore all the good things that could be coming our way in the next 20 years. Early retirement, is a process where one a…
    - 91 days ago, 3 Jun 14, 6:11pm -
  • Job Vacancy – Volunteer Spanish Translators needed. is looking for volunteer Spanish Translators. The job is to translate articles  on into Spanish. Make a change in peoples lives apply today ! Please contact us on info at The Resilience message n…
    - 94 days ago, 1 Jun 14, 5:19am -
  • Understanding Value, is key to managing your actions. Key to achieving your objectives.
    Value is something which is set intrinsically. Most of our decisions occur, because we see more value in taking one choice over another. One action over an other. We assign value depending on our morals, relative wealth, way of being, pain to value r…
    - 95 days ago, 31 May 14, 8:11am -
  • Key terms you need to know in order to better understand prepping, resilience and early retirement.
    People who seek to be Resilionaires, Preppers, Survivalists, Early Retirement, Financially Independent will find the following concepts will make their thinking more clear on their resilience decisions. These concepts will help you to understand what…
    - 96 days ago, 30 May 14, 7:52am -

The Great Northern Prepper

  • Prepper Product Review: Solar Bag Water Purification
      This is one of the neatest products I have seen in awhile for water purification, mainly because of its ability for re-use and being very lightweight. Now with many methods of water purification on the go, or in a bug out situation, they are eithe…
    - 34 days ago, 30 Jul 14, 12:18pm -
  • DIY Vinegar: How to make Vinegar
    (Photo courtesy of Vinegar has numerous uses from cooking to cleaning, but apart from those wishing to be more green or back to earth homesteaders vinegars many uses have been forgotten over the past generation or two. T…
    - 64 days ago, 30 Jun 14, 12:00pm -
    Hey Folks just updated the Prepper Resource page with 300 new files! There is everything you are looking for from food prep lists to Radio Communications to Blacksmithing I think we cover everything here!   PREPPER RESOURCES
    - 78 days ago, 16 Jun 14, 2:01pm -
  • Homemade DIY Organic Potassium Supplement
      Every plant needs potassium to grow, it is necessary for proper growth of the plant itself as well as to flower and flourish. Anytime of flouring fruit needs a good supply of potassium to grow from peppers to potatoes to fruit trees, if you don’…
    - 83 days ago, 11 Jun 14, 12:17pm -
  • Comfrey: A Miracle Plant for your garden
      Spring is gone, but no need to worry I have a plant that you can plant now and will be more beneficial to you, your garden and any livestock than anything you have planted yet. Comfrey is a hardy perennial plant (meaning it comes back in the sprin…
    - 85 days ago, 9 Jun 14, 12:20pm -
  • DIY Waterproofing with Wax
      I have packed away many cans of scotchguard that I rotate through every fall/winter season (sometimes summer depending on where I am).  However I have also packed away various bars of wax for DIY waterproofing. You can go with paraffin wax, howev…
    - 88 days ago, 6 Jun 14, 12:20pm -
  • Defending Yourself in SHTF: Now What
    Every SHTF scenario may be different, in some Police may be around, in others there may be no police and in this post I will try to outline some things you should take into consideration for both. So lets say….the world has gone down the tubes, cri…
    - 92 days ago, 2 Jun 14, 12:20pm -
  • Episode 28: The Great Myth of the Founding Fathers
      Today I want to talk to you about a common myth I find on many peoples minds and many arguments. Often you will hear “The Founding fathers would be rolling in their graves” or “The Founding Fathers would NEVER have approved of this….” Th…
    - 99 days ago, 26 May 14, 12:01pm -
  • Vermiculture 101: Composting with Red Worms
        My family has composted with Red Worms for a long time, and this year I started my own. Red Worms will give you some of the best soil improvements and fertilizer for your gardens out there, no need to buy fertilizer from the store, and all you…
    - 23 May 14, 12:08pm -
  • DIY Container Gardens: Growing Potatoes Indoors
      Today I present my Youtube video on how to grow potatoes inside in bins.  I presented this first in my post on all the uses for the lowly cardboard box, and decided to give the straw free potato bin container garden a try myself this year. Its ve…
    - 20 May 14, 12:35pm -

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

  • How to survive an EMP – Part 1: What is an EMP?
    There is a credible threat to our power grid from an EMP/CME. This series will explain what they are, how they can/will affect you, and what you can do about it.You're reading How to survive an EMP – Part 1: What is an EMP?, originally posted at G…
    - 4 days ago, 30 Aug 14, 12:02am -
  • Gun 101: How to Choose Your First Self-Defense Weapon
    Most advice you hear about how to choose a weapon is crap. I quickly break down the basics for you and give you further resources to make the best choice.You're reading Gun 101: How to Choose Your First Self-Defense Weapon, originally posted at Gray…
    - 9 days ago, 25 Aug 14, 3:32am -
  • Is Big Brother spying on your computer – with your own cell phone?
    Everyone knows that you can be monitored through your cell phone, but did you know they can use it to monitor your computer activity too?You're reading Is Big Brother spying on your computer – with your own cell phone?, originally posted at Graywo…
    - 11 days ago, 22 Aug 14, 7:29pm -
  • Why you need to rethink your SHTF water plan
    There are a lot of myths about what you can and can't do with water in a survival situation or if SHTF. Let's dispel some of those myths.You're reading Why you need to rethink your SHTF water plan, originally posted at Graywolf Survival - Common-sen…
    - 15 days ago, 18 Aug 14, 1:45pm -
  • The threat you face from Ebola and what you can do about it (UPDATED 31 Aug 14)
    The Ebola virus problem has been escalating out of control in Africa. ... How worried should you really be? ... What can you do to prepare?You're reading The threat you face from Ebola and what you can do about it (UPDATED 31 Aug 14), originally pos…
    - 25 days ago, 9 Aug 14, 1:01am -
  • 9 ultralight backpacking tents for hiking or your bug out bag
    Tent tech has come a long way. Here are 9 great tents for your backpack or bug out bag that will make camping more survivable - and more enjoyable ...You're reading 9 ultralight backpacking tents for hiking or your bug out bag, originally posted at…
    - 29 days ago, 5 Aug 14, 9:23am -
  • Ebola fear grips the world – here’s why you don’t need to freak out
    The world news is on fire with reports of infections and death from the Ebola virus, and victims are being brought to the US. What do you need to know?You're reading Ebola fear grips the world – here’s why you don’t need to freak out, original…
    - 29 days ago, 4 Aug 14, 9:49pm -
  • Are you really prepared?
    If most people prepare to ensure their survival, then wouldn’t it make sense that you take precautions with things which can immediately impact you first? Then prepare for other possibilities?You're reading Are you really prepared?, originally pos…
    - 30 days ago, 4 Aug 14, 12:12am -
  • The best games to learn survival or emergency preparedness skills
    The best board, card, video, and outside games to teach or hone survival or emergency preparedness skills. Great for preppers or just to give your family something fun to do together.You're reading The best games to learn survival or emergency prepa…
    - 34 days ago, 31 Jul 14, 3:16am -
  • How to start a niche website – the right way
    Learn how to find a profitable idea for a website, how to own a domain, and how to install WordPress so you can make your own website onlineYou're reading How to start a niche website – the right way, originally posted at Graywolf Survival - Commo…
    - 38 days ago, 27 Jul 14, 6:46am -

Rural Revolution

  • newMolly Green Magazine
    I'm pleased to report that the Fall issue of Molly Green Magazine is now available! The magazine is being relaunched in a gloriously colorful e-format, and yours truly is now writing for it.For those unfamiliar with Molly Green, it's a publication t…
    - 21 hours ago, 2 Sep 14, 2:36am -
  • 30 Signs You're One of those Crazy Preppers
    In contrast to the rather sobering list of Inconvenient Truths About TEOTWAWKI, I thought you'd all enjoy this humorous list from The Organic Prepper entitled 30 Signs That You’re One of Those “Crazy Preppers.”_________________________________H…
    - 2 days ago, 31 Aug 14, 7:36pm -
  • The power of willpower
    A few months ago I received an email from a woman named Laura who had a question, and we fell into an email conversation. She told me a bit about her and her husband's story. They were living near Philadelphia and longed to move to north Idaho and…
    - 3 days ago, 30 Aug 14, 4:17pm -
  • More on college degrees
    This week's WND column (originally titled Worthless College Degrees) is pretty much a recap of this blog post.
    - 3 days ago, 30 Aug 14, 4:12pm -
  • Inconvenient truths about TEOTWAWKI
    I found this cheery list on Todd Savage's Strategic Relocation blog. If nothing else, it gives sobering food for thought. (I found #11 especially true... because at this point we're ALL armchair survivalists. #22 is also true -- trust me on this.…
    - 4 days ago, 29 Aug 14, 12:19pm -
  • Book hangover
    A friend sent this. It couldn't be more true!
    - 5 days ago, 28 Aug 14, 3:22pm -
  • Are we in for a hard winter?
    Here in Idaho (as well as many other northern locations) they say we have three distinct seasons: Winter, After Winter, and Getting Ready for Winter. There's some truth to that.Old-timey folks wisdom is full of predictors for the weather, usually in…
    - 6 days ago, 28 Aug 14, 12:51am -
  • Bacon and Eggs blog
    A reader just reported the sad news that Jodi ("SciFiChick") of the Bacon and Eggs blog passed away last Thursday of an apparent heart attack.I never knew Jodi in person, but her gardening skills and ability in the domestic arts were staggering and a…
    - 7 days ago, 26 Aug 14, 12:04pm -
  • Vanilla fish and other culinary disasters
    Last night at our neighborhood potluck, our neighbor served fish he had raised and harvested himself. It was tender and flaky and delicious. And it reminded me of a story...Back when Don and I were newlyweds, I decided to try a new seafood recipe.…
    - 8 days ago, 25 Aug 14, 1:01pm -
  • August chaos
    This time of year, it should come as no surprise that the house is a mess. It's the busy season for our woodcraft business, and tidiness must go by the wayside as we labor to keep up with the workload.Yesterday evening I looked around and realized t…
    - 9 days ago, 24 Aug 14, 1:35pm -

Last Minute Survival

Learn How To Be Prepared

  • Prepping in the 15th century: An ancient underground shelter discovered and you won’t believe how deep it goes.
    In 1963, a man in the Nevşehir Province of Turkey knocked down a wall of his home. Behind it, he discovered a mysterious room and soon discovered an intricate tunnel system with additional cave-like rooms. What he had discovered was the ancient D…
    - 2 days ago, 1 Sep 14, 7:40am -
    Lately, I have fallen prey to the diatribes of those that call themselves progressives and they are all too happy to declare me an extremist and a fear monger. These so called informers are here to tell me that since I am heard on stations that produ…
    - 6 days ago, 28 Aug 14, 1:57am -
  • We Found Life In Outer Space and even Scientists Aren’t Sure How It Got There— adding fuel to the question did we actually come from space?
    While the world tackles ebola and wide spread war, recently there has been a rather amazing discovery and it has been stepped over by the news. Russian cosmonauts have discovered something remarkable clinging to the outside of the International Space…
    - 6 days ago, 27 Aug 14, 9:46pm -
  • What’s new in the Ground Zero Store?
    Greetings! It’s been a busy month at Prepare Your Ground Zero. We have been working hard to roll out some new features for our customers, both past and present. First,  Welcome to the Ground Zero Store Club! I wanted to find a good way to add some…
    - 7 days ago, 26 Aug 14, 8:41pm -
    Throughout time, in every part of the world stories that can only be categorized as incredible are recorded every day. Lately it seems that there are many people who look at stories of the paranormal as flights of delusion and so they are either dism…
    - 8 days ago, 26 Aug 14, 1:16am -

Learn to Prepare

  • Barriers to Critical Thinking & The 7 Essential Questions for Reflection
    By Denis Korn                           I am sharing once again what has been one of the most read of all my posts – Barriers to Critical Thinking.  It continues to be even more timely given the issues that we face as a…
    - 7 days ago, 27 Aug 14, 12:04am -
  • Vital Preparedness Planning Questions
    By Denis KornWhat Road Will You Choose to Take?For those who have read many of my other posts you will discover that I very often use questions to stimulate and motivate reflection and action.  In the preparedness process there are two distinct el…
    - 34 days ago, 30 Jul 14, 9:04pm -
  • The Gift of Encouragement
    By Denis KornWe live in stressful and transformative times!My Be Encouraged post first appeared at the end of 2011 and I have received many encouraging comments about its value in these troubling times.  I especially wanted to re-post this updated…
    - 64 days ago, 1 Jul 14, 5:32am -
  • Why Are So Many Christians Being Called To Prepare?
    By Denis KornThe time is appropriate to share an article written prior to Y2K.  The title was the original title – Today it could be expanded to ask: Why Are So Many People of Diverse Communities Being Called to Prepare? While this was written 1…
    - 94 days ago, 1 Jun 14, 4:21am -
  • What Are The Most Important Elements of Preparedness?
    By Denis KornThere is an extraordinary fixation in our current culture with all the trappings of physical survival – given the perception of imminent collapse, chaos and oppression.  The degree of hysteria and response to this phenomena is unprec…
    - 1 May 14, 4:55am -
  • Beginning & Improving Preparedness Planning – Another Look
    By Denis KornFor the finest in preparedness products you are encouraged to visit PrepareDirect. It is time once again to evaluate one of the Foundational Articles.  I have presented here a simple and concise guide to the preparedness process.  Y…
    - 1 Apr 14, 5:36am -
  • 7 Things Every Reputable Food Reserve Company Needs to Tell You!
    By Denis KornYou must trust the company that provides you with the food you and your family will require during an emergencyI first wrote this article in 2012 and it is just as relevant today – if not more so – than it was then.  I continue to…
    - 1 Mar 14, 5:14am -
  • A Critical Evaluation of Foods for Emergency Preparedness

    - 1 Feb 14, 3:04am -
  • The #1 Preparedness Question!

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  • My Top 6 Crucial Questions for Effective Preparedness Planning
    By Denis KornProper preparedness ensures effective resiliencyI am continually asked by serious preppers, preparedness planners and managers, whether beginners or experienced, “What are the most important things I need to know in getting started o…
    - 27 Nov 13, 10:52pm -

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…
    - 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…
    - 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 205 time…
    - 4 Sep 13, 12:06am -

Mama Kautz

  • newImmortelle Essential Oil Blend
    I am excited to start using Immortelle by doTERRA. Kind of like immortal, at least I’d like to think so. Here is what I found about Immortelle: “A proprietary blend of powerfully renewing, rare essential oils used throughout history for their bea…
    - 15 hours ago, 2 Sep 14, 9:00am -
  • Prepared Bloggers Cooking without Power
    Thanks for joining the Prepared Bloggers as we work our way through 30 Days of Preparedness. September is National Preparedness Month so you will find everything you need to get your preparedness knowledge and skills into shape. Take one post each da…
    - 2 days ago, 1 Sep 14, 11:00am -
  • Emergency Preparedness on a Budget
    September is National Preparedness Month according to FEMA. So what better time to write about Prepping on a Budget. Who should prep? Everybody should prepare. The more prepared you are the less you have to wait for FEMA or the Red Cross to show up.…
    - 3 days ago, 31 Aug 14, 11:00am -
  • What you Can Expect by Joining Mama K’s Essential Team
    I have often offered promotions exclusive to joining my team. What I haven’t done is share what else comes with it. What dōTERRA Really Is: dōTERRA is a real business model – NOT a scam dōTERRA is built with honest diligent work – NOT a get…
    - 4 days ago, 30 Aug 14, 1:12am -
  • Front Porch Friday
    It’s that time again! Shelle PreparednessMama likes the post from Taylor Made Ranch about the ways she Repurposes Items Around the Ranch. We have done a version of that here at our house by giving up paper towels and composting kitchen scraps. Mama…
    - 5 days ago, 29 Aug 14, 7:00am -
  • Using Essential Oils to Handle Stress in an Emergency
    One thing many people may not think of, and yet is a real part of emergencies/disasters, are emotions and moods such as: stress anxiety fear grief sorrow depression anger hopelessness discouragement Essential oils may be helpful to a person in dealin…
    - 6 days ago, 28 Aug 14, 11:00am -
  • Do It Yourself with Essential Oils
    One thing I love to do with my essential oils is make my own, chemical free, products. I have made my own shaving cream. It is more the consistency of Noxema, but I love the smell and how smooth my legs are after I am done. This summer I made sunscre…
    - 8 days ago, 26 Aug 14, 11:00am -
  • Front Porch Friday Blog Hop
    It’s that time again! Shelle PreparednessMama liked the post from Taylor Made Ranch on Getting Blood Stains Out of Your Clothes. This has been a constant laundry problem around her house. Mama Kautz chose What I’ve Canned So Far. Makes me want to…
    - 12 days ago, 22 Aug 14, 7:00am -
  • How Using Essential Oils Saves you Money
    When trying to convince sharing oils with people one of the biggest roadblocks for NOT trying them is cost. Quality oils are an investment. It does take some time to build up your supply. Can I tell you where I am saving money, now, as a result of u…
    - 15 days ago, 19 Aug 14, 11:00am -
  • Front Porch Friday #23
    This weeks featured post is: Mama Kautz chose homemade fabric softener. Although, I recommend doTERRA oils of course. Shelle PrepardnessMama chose this article from The Rural Economist – Are Farmers Markets Under Attack? Support your local market!…
    - 19 days ago, 15 Aug 14, 7:00am -

Modern Day Redneck

  • Dreams Do Come True
    We all have our ideas and dreams for our children. Some work out and others, not so much.After a certain time in the child's life we can no longer control the dreams and goals we had for them. I think it's around the time they start to have future id…
    - 14 days ago, 19 Aug 14, 8:07pm -
  • Tiny House Progress
    Next weekend we will be moving our trailer to the place where we are building our Tiny House.First we had to get electricity, got that. Then we had to run the water, got that done Friday night. Then we had to install a septic system, done Saturday an…
    - 15 days ago, 18 Aug 14, 2:08pm -
  • It Was A Long Way
    We drove 5.5 hours to cook chili, now that is dedication.Out of the 36 cooks, 20 or so were form the Great State of Texas, and Texas took home the first place trophy again this year. Among the 36 were 5 world champions and almost all of the top ten r…
    - 29 days ago, 4 Aug 14, 2:43pm -
  • Lets Get Out Of Here
    "What are the plans for the weekend?" Candy (the wife) asked me a couple of days ago."Lets just go!" I said back."Go where?""Lets just get out of here for the weekend"Final preparations are being made to head to Joplin this weekend for the Missouri S…
    - 33 days ago, 31 Jul 14, 1:35pm -
  • It's The Simple Things
    The average house in America is 2300 square feet. Just forty years ago it was 1000. The average house in Europe is still at 1000 square feet while in Spain it is only 924. The smallest apartment in Manhattan is 78 square feet and is rented out for $8…
    - 36 days ago, 28 Jul 14, 5:36pm -
  • Home Is Where She Is At
    Here is my home,Just for a little while hopefully.It's like camping every day!Alright, it's not really that fun but it's a change of pace and completely different than what I am accustom to. I have neighbors all around me and I can watch them eat din…
    - 46 days ago, 18 Jul 14, 6:21pm -
  • It's a start
    Over the past week we have been moving more stuff out of the house and yard and storing it in the barn or over at my dad's.We also started on the tiny home we are about to build by installed the corners posts for the yard andstaking out where the hou…
    - 57 days ago, 7 Jul 14, 9:51pm -
  • Some Say I'm Crazy
    It's all about that little sound in the back of my head, you know the one, the internal time clock that is telling you, "You need to start doing something about retirement and fast"That sound has always been with me, but as I get older it keeps getti…
    - 71 days ago, 23 Jun 14, 6:05pm -
  • The Last One Across
    Two beautiful women have walked in this gown before her, and now my wonderful daughter Kylee had the honor of being the last. I've watched her grow and mold herself into the woman I look to everyday, one of my best friends, a woman of love and cha…
    - 84 days ago, 10 Jun 14, 1:05pm -
  • Great Weekend For The Ford Girls
    I wondered what it would be like to be those people.You know those folks that show up and people say, "Oh crap, now we don't stand a chance."All through my Competition Chili Cooking career I have met, and cooked against the best in the world. Most pe…
    - 85 days ago, 9 Jun 14, 3:34pm -

My Family Survival Plan

  • The Blueprint for World War III
    This article is the first of a two part series which details the coming war. This war will not be a simple war of occupation such as what we saw in Iran and presently in Afghanistan. This war will be utterly devastating and has the potential to escal…
    - 1 day ago, 1 Sep 14, 11:58am -
  • My Gun Choice Mistake – Don’t Do What I Did…
    Yes, I said a Mistake!I started my ‘survival gun’ collection about 10 years ago. Now I’ve been a hunter many years longer and have had all the hunting weapons under control, but when it comes to survival weapons the mindset must change slightly…
    - 4 days ago, 30 Aug 14, 10:56am -
  • Winter Is Coming: Ukrainians Educated In Energy Saving And Alternative Heating
    With natural gas shortages central heating may not be in place in Ukrainian flats for the cold winter. While people are rushing to buy electric heaters, authorities have issued brochures with advice on how to cope with freezing temperatures.Recogniz…
    - 4 days ago, 30 Aug 14, 6:52am -
  • 24 Things Preppers Are Tired of Hearing
    When you first hear the word ‘prepper’ or ‘prepping’, the first thing that comes to mind is crazy, hoarder, nutjob, or those paranoid people who have a LOT of supplies of just about everything. What is a prepper?When you google prepper, a bo…
    - 5 days ago, 28 Aug 14, 1:30pm -

Command Zero

  • Light
    One of the local cops here told me something that seems to be supported by cops everywhere – nothing good happens after 11pm. If we were to slog through the crime statistics of just about anywhere on the planet, we’d … Continue reading →
    - 1 day ago, 1 Sep 14, 9:26pm -
  • When truth hides itself as humour

    - 3 days ago, 31 Aug 14, 12:09am -
  • Article – Tokyo’s disaster parks: hi-tech survival bunkers hidden under green spaces
    Another fascinating link from our friend over at Self Sufficient Mountain Living. Tokyo’s refuge parks are cleverly disguised survival bunkers for the masses during times of urban chaos and dysfunction. They are outfitted with solar-powered chargin…
    - 5 days ago, 28 Aug 14, 7:47pm -
  • .22 LR reloading kit
    Like most people today, you probably didn’t even realize it was possible to reload 22 long rifle ammo. As you can see, it is not only possible but also convenient with one powerful tool and a few accessories. Our manual … Continue reading →
    - 6 days ago, 27 Aug 14, 3:59pm -
  • Article – A Glow in the Desert
    A cool article I found in a list of links over at our buddy Self Sufficient Mountain Living. NY Times article about a fella living off in the desert building his own stuff and living his own life. YOU won’t … Continue reading →
    - 8 days ago, 25 Aug 14, 6:50pm -
  • Apocabox
    From the “Why DIdnt I Think Of This” department: APOCABOX is a subscription based survival box.  Every other month, a hand-selected collection of survival tools, information and gear is packed and shipped direct to your doorstep.  The subscr…
    - 10 days ago, 24 Aug 14, 12:44am -
  • 9mm
    Any time you want to start some sort of flamewar or neverending thread cascade, bring up the topic of ideal pistol calibers. Opinions are like that orifice at your fourth point of contact…everyone has one and most stink. It seems … Continue readi…
    - 11 days ago, 22 Aug 14, 12:21pm -
  • Civil disturbance
    I’ll ignore the ‘why’s about whats going on in Missouri, and just go to the ‘what’. What’s the proper recourse for when your neighborhood or town gets swamped with all sorts of civil unrest? Well, The First Rule Of Surviving … Continue…
    - 13 days ago, 20 Aug 14, 12:24pm -
  • Silver < $19.50
    $19.45. Time to buy! I’d like to see it get below $19 but who can predict the future? When silver is limp, call the ‘Pimp!
    - 14 days ago, 19 Aug 14, 6:16pm -
  • Link – DIY Pelican Case Velcro Organizer
    If you’re like me and like to keep a certain amount of ‘ready gear’ and guns in one place, here’s a cool link on getting your Box O’ Doom organized with velcro. Good reading. And these mods would work awesomely … Continue reading →
    - 15 days ago, 18 Aug 14, 6:23pm -

Outdoor Quest

  • A Mini Survival Kit
    Here are several mini kit options and recommendations.Mini, pocket sized survival kits are in every outdoors store. But, really, what good are they?by Leon PantenburgSeveral years ago, the editor at the newspaper I worked at tasked me to write a prac…
    - 7 days ago, 26 Aug 14, 5:28pm -
  • Marking a GPS Waypoint
    Trust but verify that the GPS waypoints that you have marked are saved.There is nothing magic here.  Then again, there is nothing worse than that sinking feeling when you are in the backcountry, it's time to return the trailhead, you select "trailhe…
    - 10 days ago, 23 Aug 14, 12:30pm -
  • Pre-Trail Maintenance For Your GPS Receiver
    The following post I wrote was just presented at      Photo by Davynin       Summer is a great time to head for the trail and practice with a GPS receiver. There are several things hikers can…
    - 11 days ago, 22 Aug 14, 1:30pm -
  • DeLorme inReach Update
    Because of my interest with GPS training, rescue beacons and Search and Rescue I thought the August 2014 issue of GPS World had a definite connection to this blog. Don’t know about you, but I am always a bit cautious about reading the many glowing…
    - 13 days ago, 21 Aug 14, 1:24am -
  • Families in the Backcountry
    Travel safely in the  backcountry with your family.  Start them early and start them with the right skills.I wrote the following article a year ago for a local family news magazine in Bend, Oregon.      My wife and I began our outdoor journeys…
    - 13 days ago, 21 Aug 14, 1:20am -
  • Plan Your Escape Route
    Planning Your Escape Route“Alternative and escape routes - Once you have planned your route, plan and check out alternative routes that you may need to take in case of bad weather or if the going gets too much for some party members. In mountainou…
    - 17 days ago, 16 Aug 14, 5:06pm -
  • UTM Grid - Plotting Your Position On a Map
    Recently I was skimming through an article in a respected journal about plotting a hiker's position on a map.  The article focused on using latitude and longitude to plot one's position.  Latitude and longitude has been the standard for backcountry…
    - 18 days ago, 15 Aug 14, 5:03pm -
  • Map Scale
    Maps come in various scales, sizes and variety.  This post makes sense of map scale and what that means to the defines map scale as:“A ratio which compares a measurement on a map to the actual distance between locations identi…
    - 21 days ago, 12 Aug 14, 6:26pm -
  • Weather in The Backcountry
    This post by follows other post found on this blog about the weather.  Philip takes a strong commonsense approach to monitoring and respecting the Philip WernerI saw someone write “I don’t let the weather determine w…
    - 21 days ago, 12 Aug 14, 6:17pm -
  • Wildland Fire
    We simply have to be more careful.from  OutsideonlineHunter Charged with Starting Rim FireThe third largest in California's historyBy: Erin Berger…
    - 21 days ago, 12 Aug 14, 5:35pm -

Paul Kirtley's Blog

  • How To Find A Place To Practice Bushcraft Skills In The UK
    At some stage, we all want to find somewhere we can go to practice our bushcraft skills. Yet land ownership, laws, bylaws, regulations and access codes limit us in what can be done where. This article shares ideas, considerations and case studies on…
    - 7 days ago, 26 Aug 14, 10:59pm -
  • Nutritional Breakdown of the PLCE Side Pocket Menu
    I thought it would be useful to have a further look at the macro nutritional balance of the PLCE side pocket menu outlined in a previous article and video. In particular I thought it worthwhile to lay out an analysis of the amounts of carbohydrate, f…
    - 62 days ago, 2 Jul 14, 10:06pm -
  • How To Pack Enough Food For A Week In A PLCE Side Pocket
    In a previous video I packed up all of the kit that I take when I working on UK bushcraft courses or camping in that way. It’s my typical baseline northern temperate kit. It all fits easily into a Karrimor Sabre 45 with side pockets, with room to s…
    - 69 days ago, 25 Jun 14, 8:43pm -
  • Integrating Bushcraft With Modern Outdoor Life: Bushcraft Show 2014 Presentation
    For the second year in a row I was among the expert speakers on the main stage at the Bushcraft Show. I was honoured to share this platform with illustrious names and authorities such as Lofty Wiseman, Cody Lundin, Steve Backshall, David Scott-Donela…
    - 97 days ago, 28 May 14, 4:11pm -
  • What Gear To Pack For A Day Hike In The Woods
    When we head out for multi-day hikes, we’re usually quite considered in our choice of equipment. As soon as a trip involves spending at least one night out, we’re usually found reaching for appropriate sleeping equipment, a cooking pot, a means o…
    - 28 Apr 14, 1:17am -
  • 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 15 Feb 14, 3:39pm -

Prep Blog

  • newSeveral Ebola Vaccines Are In Development
    In my previous post, I described a new treatment for Ebola Viral Disease (EVD) called ZMapp. It’s a concoction of three antibodies (proteins) that attach to the virus and help the immune system fight the disease. The current post will … Continue…
    - 8 hours ago, 2 Sep 14, 3:41pm -
  • Weekly Survival Reader: Aug 25-29
    This popular feature at is a single webpage where you can access our continually growing list of top posts, articles, and resources for prepping and survival. The list is organized on a daily basis. And we’ll be adding a … Continue…
    - 3 days ago, 30 Aug 14, 6:45pm -
  • ZMapp: Controversial Treatment for Ebola
    The haves and the have-nots. What if we lived in a world where a serious disease ravaged the nations, and only the wealthy and influential could obtain a cure for that disease. That day could be coming soon. Ebola is … Continue reading →
    - 4 days ago, 30 Aug 14, 1:46am -
  • 3D Printing for Gun Parts and Accessories
    I’m not a fan of the concept of 3D printed firearms. Even if it were legal, a gun you print yourself might not be safe to operate. 3D printed metal is not as strong as a part CNC machined from … Continue reading →
    - 5 days ago, 28 Aug 14, 4:01pm -
  • How California’s “kill switch” Smartphone Law might be misused
    CA just passed a bill requiring all new smartphones, made after July 1, 2015 and sold in the State, to have a function (“kill switch”) that allows the user to lock the phone, delete data, and prevent a reinstallation of … Continue reading →
    - 7 days ago, 26 Aug 14, 8:45pm -

Prepper Recon

  • Podcast-Defending the Homestead-SP1 and PR on Rational Survivor
      David Kobler, AKA Southern Prepper 1 and I had the honor of being guests on the Rational Survivor Podcast. We played the Conflicted card game and talked about ways to protect your home and property when it hits the fan.   […] ↓ Read the res…
    - 2 days ago, 1 Sep 14, 1:38am -
  • Sunday Prepper Bible Study- Is the New World Order at Hand?
    “You looked, O king, and there before you stood a large statue–an enormous, dazzling statue, awesome in appearance. The head of the statue was made of pure gold, its chest and arms of silver, its belly and thighs of bronze,  its legs […] ↓…
    - 3 days ago, 31 Aug 14, 3:42am -
  • Friday Night at The Movies-Invisible Empire
    Tonight’s movie is Invisible Empire. It presents a fantastic overview of the New World Order. It gives an introductory definition of the secret societies behind the globalist movement as well as some great tidbits missing from modern history books…
    - 4 days ago, 29 Aug 14, 2:36pm -
  • Podcast-James Wesley Rawles-People Need to Get Prepared
    James Wesley Rawles joins me on the show today to talk about recent abuses against the first amendment and the need for people to get prepared. We discuss the recent earthquake in Napa, California and the threat of the BRICS […] ↓ Read the rest o…
    - 7 days ago, 26 Aug 14, 9:22pm -
  • Podcast- Forming a Retreat Team- Glen Tate
    Glen Tate joins me on the show today to talk about forming a team. We also discuss getting rid of emotional  baggage that slows us down and keeps us from being all that we can be. Glen’s books are now […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry...The po…
    - 9 days ago, 24 Aug 14, 11:54pm -
  • Sunday Prepper Bible Study- Worry vs Faith
    “I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me. I will not fear the tens of thousands drawn up against me on every side. ” Psalms 3:5-6 Does worry ever keep you up at night? Maybe it doesn’t right now, […] ↓ Read the…
    - 10 days ago, 24 Aug 14, 3:18am -
  • Friday Night at The Movies- James O’Keefe Marathon
    Tonight’s movie marathon is by guerrilla film making James O’Keefe. In his most recent documentary, he snuck across the Mexican border into America dressed as Osama Bin Laden.   Trish duRivage is the winner of the extended giveaway prize. Congr…
    - 11 days ago, 22 Aug 14, 3:06pm -
  • Podcast-Reader Mailbag- Ron Paul and Banking
    I read a couple of letters today about my support of Ron Paul and how to prepare for the collapse of the banking system.   Cati Armor offers affordable body armor including level III trauma plates made of AR-500 steel which […] ↓ Read the rest…
    - 14 days ago, 20 Aug 14, 3:27am -
  • Podcast- Ebola- It’s Worse Than They’re Telling Us- with Kyle Starkey
    Kyle Starkey of Rational Survivor joins me today to talk about some real statistics concerning the Ebola virus. We discuss what to watch for and how to prepare to so you’ll have a fighting chance. Check out Kyle’s website and […] ↓ Read the r…
    - 16 days ago, 18 Aug 14, 2:31am -
  • Sunday Prepper Bible Study-Proverbs 2
    “Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men, from men whose words are perverse, who leave the straight paths to walk in dark ways, who delight in doing wrong and rejoice in the perverseness of evil,  whose paths are crooked and […] ↓…
    - 17 days ago, 17 Aug 14, 12:49am -

Preparedness is Fundamental

  • One Spectacular Homestead
    One of the nice things about owning a blog is you can break your own rules. Normally I wouldn’t post something like this, but if any of my readers are looking, this appears to be one of the nicest, and … Continue reading →
    - 89 days ago, 5 Jun 14, 9:05pm -
  • Updates on BioChar, Potato Columns, Composting, tomatoes, free wheelbarrows and barrels
    It has been a while since I’ve had a post, not because I lack projects, on the contrary, I actually have dozens of what I consider, useful ideas. The problem is I don’t have a lot of time for shooting … Continue reading →
    - 7 May 14, 6:03am -
  • 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…
    - 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…
    - 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 →
    - 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 →
    - 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 →
    - 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 →
    - 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 →
    - 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…
    - 24 Jan 14, 2:54pm -

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