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  • newNotes for Saturday – December 20, 2014
    I just heard that Jerry Pournelle suffered a minor stroke on Monday, December 16th. Please keep him in your prayers. – JWR o o o Safecastle has just announced their last sale of the year. This week Mountain House is on sale with discounts of 25-40%…
    - 20 hours ago, 20 Dec 14, 7:00am -
  • newSurviving with Type 2 Diabetes, by B.H.
    There have been numerous discussions in the survivalist and SHTF communities about diabetes, and while Type 1 has been discussed at length, Type 2, which is much more prevalent and equally life-threatening, usually gets little more than a mention and…
    - 20 hours ago, 20 Dec 14, 6:59am -
  • newLetter: Wells and Pumps
    I’m curious as to if any other readers have had difficulty getting good information on hand pumps? I am not technical by any definition of the word, but here is my situation: I just purchased a homestead in the country with well water. The pump run…
    - 20 hours ago, 20 Dec 14, 6:59am -
  • newEconomics and Investing:
    Northern Star Bank, Mankato, MN, Becomes 18th Bank Failure of 2014. – G.G. o o o Fewer US-Born Americans Have Jobs Now Than In 2007. – G.G. o o o Items from Mr. Econocobas: David Stockman: The Fracturing Energy Bubble Is the New Housing Crash The…
    - 20 hours ago, 20 Dec 14, 6:58am -
  • newOdds ‘n Sods:
    Snaring Varmints. – J.M. o o o Making 9 Million Jobless “Vanish”: How The Government Manipulates Unemployment Statistics. – P.M. o o o Muzzleloader Explodes Like Grenade, Takes Off Shooter’s Fingers . – RBS o o o Sixth Circuit: Mental Hea…
    - 20 hours ago, 20 Dec 14, 6:57am -
  • newHugh’s Quote of the Day:
    “And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I have dreamed a dream, and there is none that can interpret it: and I have heard say of thee, that thou canst understand a dream to interpret it. And Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, It is not in me: God shall give P…
    - 20 hours ago, 20 Dec 14, 6:57am -
  • Notes for Friday – December 19, 2014
    Book Bomb Day is December 30, 2014: Tools for Survival: What You Need to Survive When You’re on Your Own Now available for pre-ordering at, but I’d prefer that you wait for December 30th to order: Tools for Survival: What You Need to S…
    - 2 days ago, 19 Dec 14, 6:35am -
  • What Haven’t I Thought Of For Nuclear Survival?, by D.K.
    It’s easy to prepare for a specific disaster and then forget about it. Whether it’s an economic collapse, power grid failure, or nuclear attack, gathering supplies just isn’t enough. There are a spiderweb of choices to be made after each event,…
    - 2 days ago, 19 Dec 14, 6:34am -
  • Letter Re: Prepper Armor
    Hugh, Just a few thoughts on the article about body armor. “The idea that you’re going to be wearing full-on body armor 24/7 during an SHTF situation is fantasy land.” That’s me, as accurately as I can remember, on a Facebook prepper group pa…
    - 2 days ago, 19 Dec 14, 6:33am -
  • Economics and Investing:
    U.S. Declares (Currency) War On Russia o o o Swiss Central Bank to Introduce Negative Interest Rates – G.G. o o o Items from Mr. Econocobas: Price of Gold in Russian Rubles – Just thought I would share this chart… Notice how fast things happen…
    - 2 days ago, 19 Dec 14, 6:33am -


More Than Just Surviving

  • Last Minute Presents for the Gear Junkies in Your Life

    Last Minute Presents for the Gear Junkies in Your Life

    - 2 days ago, 18 Dec 14, 5:00pm -
  • Case Seahorse Whittler Black G-10 Knife Review

    Case Seahorse Whittler Black G-10 Knife Review

    - 4 days ago, 16 Dec 14, 4:30pm -
  • Introducing!


    Interested in learning more about survival, preparedness, and gear? I know, I sound ridiculous asking this on a survival blog, right? Hell, that’s why you’re here in the first place! Well, we’re only two people, so while we do our absolu…
    - 9 days ago, 11 Dec 14, 5:05pm -
  • Hi-Tec Men’s Altitude Pro RGS WP Hiking Boot Review

    Hi-Tec Men’s Altitude Pro RGS WP Hiking Boot Review

    The Hi-Tec Altitude Pro RGS WP hiking boots happen to be the first pair of boots I’ve reviewed on this blog. I have to admit, while I’m no cobbler or boot expert, that I had a lot of fun testing these out. I’m actually quite happy to repo…
    - 12 days ago, 8 Dec 14, 6:30pm -
  • December 2014 EDC Pocket Dump

    December 2014 EDC Pocket Dump

    1. Bellroy Hide and Seek Wallet in Cognac 2. CRKT Multi-Tool Get-A-Way Driver Torx Set 3. Kershaw Thermite Pocket Knife 4. Catacomb Customs Engraved Zippo Lighter 5. Gasparini Pocket Pipe 6. Generic Czech Pipe Tool – Modified.This is j…
    - 14 days ago, 6 Dec 14, 7:00pm -
  • Maximum Recommended Dosage of Common Painkillers

    Maximum Recommended Dosage of Common Painkillers

    The maximum dosage of painkillers that one can safely ingest has been debated back and forth many a time, even by the medical community itself. As with all the first aid articles on this website, this article is not designed to offer profession…
    - 15 days ago, 5 Dec 14, 5:00pm -
  • Amazon Cyber Monday 2014 Survival Product Deals

    Amazon Cyber Monday 2014 Survival Product Deals

    Since we had so many views on our Black Friday deals article, we figured you must have found it at least a little helpful to have a bunch of the Amazon discounts linked to in one single article that you reference and browse through. We’re doi…
    - 19 days ago, 1 Dec 14, 4:35pm -
  • November 2014 EDC Purse Dump

    November 2014 EDC Purse Dump

    1. Sony Blue MDRE9L Earbuds 2. Leatherman Style CS Multi-Tool 3. Case Sway Back Gent Red Bone Handles – Review. 4. Fiio X1 MP3 PlayerThis is just the start of the post November 2014 EDC Purse Dump. Continue reading and be sure to let us k…
    - 21 days ago, 29 Nov 14, 6:30pm -
  • Amazon Black Friday 2014 Survival Product Discounts

    Amazon Black Friday 2014 Survival Product Discounts

    I’m pretty sure we’ve mentioned before how much of a valuable resource we think Amazon is for your survival and prepper gear needs. It’s easy to use, excellent for comparison shopping, and free shipping means you’ll be saving a bundle…
    - 23 days ago, 27 Nov 14, 7:30pm -
  • Spyderco Dragonfly 2 Little Big EDC Knife Review

    Spyderco Dragonfly 2 Little Big EDC Knife Review

    Spyderco has long advertised its belief in “Constant Quality Improvement” (C.Q.I.), which emphasizes continuous upgrades and evolution, bit by bit. No knife strikes this message home more to me than this version of the Spyderco Dragonfly 2.…
    - 25 days ago, 25 Nov 14, 7:00pm -

Patriot Rising

  • Hawaii officials: Lava on course to hit shopping center with gas station in 7 to 10 days
    Lava from a volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island is on course to reach a shopping center with a gas station and a supermarket in seven to 10 days, officials said.   Lava is about 1 mile from the shopping center in the small town of Pahoa, Hawaii County…
    - 4 days ago, 17 Dec 14, 2:38am -
  • Levels Of Survival Priorities
    Here are a few thoughts about prioritizing one’s priorities in a survival type situation.   Whether you are planning for, or actually encountering an emergency or disaster, consider this list of general areas to focus on first. It’s all opinion,…
    - 4 days ago, 17 Dec 14, 2:32am -
  • Don’t Fly Without These 20 TSA-Approved Items in Your Prepper’s Carry-on Bag
    What is a more uncomfortable feeling than relinquishing all of the items that are normally part of your EDC kit?   Here’s one: relinquishing those items and boarding a plane to fly across the country.   For many preppers, a worst-case scenario f…
    - 4 days ago, 17 Dec 14, 2:28am -
  • Holiday Prepping: How To Be Prepared Against Different Holiday Threats
      The winter holidays are coming and you should know the do’s and don’ts to survive the hectic schedule and to truly enjoy what the celebration is all about while keeping safe. There will be a lot of traffic, stampede on shopping malls and a gre…
    - 4 days ago, 17 Dec 14, 2:24am -
  • 7 Very Real Threats Most People Aren’t Ready For
    When it comes to preparedness, the list of threats is almost endless. From natural disasters and man-made threats, to disease outbreaks and terrorist attacks, there seems to be a never ending supply of chaos.   While I always advice people to do the…
    - 4 days ago, 17 Dec 14, 2:20am -
  • It’s The Day After The SHTF, Now What?
    It was just another day, breakfast, work, kids soccer practice …. Consider your own lives. How many of you are on auto-pilot? We all settle into routines, that is human nature. We are wired to make certain assumptions about our day to day life. To…
    - 8 days ago, 13 Dec 14, 9:32am -
  • DHS: 100 Million Americans Could Lose Power in Major Sun Storm
      Sun emits a mid-level flare Dec. 4, 2014 / AP Millions of Americans face catastrophic loss of electrical power during a future magnetic space storm that will disrupt the electric grid and cause cascading infrastructure failures, according to a Dep…
    - 8 days ago, 13 Dec 14, 8:45am -
  • 32 Self-Reliant Resources: Preparedness Skills that Everyone Should Know
    Over the last couple of decades the world has seen an unprecedented spike in technology and access to learning. Unfortunately, we’ve also seen a growing number of people who have used this technology to tune out, and lose their ability to be self-r…
    - 8 days ago, 12 Dec 14, 10:58pm -
  • A Community Ring Of Preparedness Minded Neighbors
    You will be safer and more resilient after a natural or man-made disaster if your immediate local neighborhood, community, or network (group) is prepared. The more prepared – the safer, the better, the more quick to recover for everyone.   There i…
    - 8 days ago, 12 Dec 14, 10:57pm -
  • How to perform CPR on an adult (Video & INFOGRAPHIC)
    ee more at: post How to perform CPR on an adult (Video & INFOGRAPHIC) appeared first on Patriot Rising.
    - 10 days ago, 10 Dec 14, 11:58pm -

Destiny Survival

  • DestinySurvival Radio’s Greatest Hits for 2014
    There’s no new DestinySurvival Radio program today. Since next Thursday is Christmas, and the following Thursday is New Year’s Day, the show’s taking a break for the holidays. I’ll have a new show for you January 8th. It may seem early to do…
    - 3 days ago, 18 Dec 14, 2:14pm -
  • SilverFire® Does It Again! Introducing the ‘Scout’
    Editor’s note: Capt. William E. Simpson II shares this review of a compact camp stove you’ll want to have among your prepping supplies. Capt. Bill is the author of The Nautical Prepper and was my DestinySurvival Radio guest twice in October of 20…
    - 5 days ago, 16 Dec 14, 2:09pm -
  • It’s the Biowarfare Threat We’re Not Expecting
    The introduction of non-native species to North America isn’t new. It’s been happening since Europeans first began to settle here centuries ago. For example, Indians wouldn’t have had horses otherwise. But what if non-native species were used a…
    - 10 days ago, 11 Dec 14, 2:12pm -
  • A Self Watering Gardening System with Barrels
    A reader brought this to my attention. It’s a video showing how to set up a self watering gardening system using barrls. It’s really a cleverly designed passive hydroponics system. If you’re someone who enjoys projects like this one, you’ll a…
    - 12 days ago, 9 Dec 14, 2:33pm -
  • The Provident Prepper–A Family Friendly Guide You Should Have in Your Survival Library
    When I say The Provident Prepper is a family friendly guide you should put in your survival library, perhaps I should clarify that a bit. Lots of books on preparedness give info and advice geared toward prepping for the whole family. But few I’ve r…
    - 17 days ago, 4 Dec 14, 2:05pm -
  • Human Waste Disposal Off the Grid
    It’s not a pleasant subject, but it’s oh so essential. And it’s a serious subject. What will you do about human waste disposal off the grid? What happens in the event the power’s off or water’s not running for a long period of time. Joe Alt…
    - 19 days ago, 2 Dec 14, 2:12pm -
  • Some Raised Garden Bed Designs for Your Survival Garden
    In “Backwoods Home Magazine” for November-December 2014 (Issue #150), Joe Mooney shares some raised garden bed designs for your survival garden. Or you could build them for others and earn a little cash. If you’re into building projects like th…
    - 26 days ago, 25 Nov 14, 2:15pm -
  • Going Gluten Free – Should It Be Part of Your Prepping Strategy?
    Many preppers are storing buckets of wheat as survival food. A number of other preppers are going gluten free for good health and survival. The two approaches seem totally opposite. Is there a conflict here? Is going gluten free just a fad? Or is it…
    - 31 days ago, 20 Nov 14, 2:04pm -
  • Starting a Home Business – Should It Be Part of Your Prepping Strategy?
    The answer seems obvious, doesn’t it? After all, who doesn’t want to be more independent? But starting a business from home isn’t as easy as some try to make it out to be. I wouldn’t be surprised to hear the statistic still holds that somethi…
    - 33 days ago, 18 Nov 14, 2:15pm -
  • Long Term Fuel Storage – How Long Will Yours Last?
    There’s an abundance of information about long term food storage available. But how much have you heard about long term fuel storage? It is an important topic for preppers, and it’s the focus of this week’s DestinySurvival Radio. Curtis Morton…
    - 38 days ago, 13 Nov 14, 2:05pm -

Libertarian Rantfest

  • newAR Pistol Thread
    I have been toying with the idea of an AR Pistol for awhile now. Other more pressing matters have bullied their way in front of it but with those knocked out it's back in the 'next gun' slot. I do not regret that decision. Needed a better EDC solutio…
    - 13 hours ago, 20 Dec 14, 2:00pm -
  • From Around The Web
    Bayou Renaissance Man talks budget AR sights/ optics. Ryan's take Plinkers and sporting/ recreational rifles are fine with just a scope. Fighting rifles need iron sights and if you so desire (the only downside is $$$) an optic. Unless you plan on run…
    - 1 day ago, 20 Dec 14, 1:13am -
  • Thoughts on Land Nav
    Max did an excellent post on Land Nav. I do not disagree with anything he says but do a few minor things differently.I am going to do the rest of this post figuring people understand what Max wrote but are not used to doing it in the field. Honestly…
    - 3 days ago, 17 Dec 14, 11:26pm -
  • What Did You Do To Prepare This Week?
    I picked up some additional maps. If you want to know more about land navigation Max Velocity did a real good post on map and compass Infantry style land nav a bit ago.Restocked some consumables.Not much else happened as I was quite busy at work this…
    - 5 days ago, 16 Dec 14, 9:00am -
  • I Can Haz Hide Away Knife?
    I am looking to bring some more capabilities to my everyday carry without letting it get too heavy. Seriously toying with the purchase of a Hide Away Knife. The concept of use would be primarily self defense with a secondary task to do some various e…
    - 6 days ago, 15 Dec 14, 12:00pm -
  • Vision Update
    In September I had eye surgery, PRK to be specific. Went in recently for my 90 day check up. Everything is good. Vision in the left eye is 20/15 and right has a very slight astigmatism so it is a bit better than 20/20 instead of 20/15. The 'halo' eff…
    - 7 days ago, 14 Dec 14, 1:00pm -
  • Larry Vickers on The Myth of Over Lubrication
    Larry Vickers on 'over lubrication' of weapons. Before saying he is stupid I recommend a quick google search. It's fair to say Larry Vickers has forgotten more about all things guns and fighting with them than most people reading this know. His thoug…
    - 8 days ago, 13 Dec 14, 2:00pm -
  • Cold Weather Clothing
    American Mercenary talks winter clothing. Good stuff from a guy who knows what he is talking about. I did a winter clothing post awhile back so I won't totally rehash. Without rehashing I have some general thoughts:Obviously you want to layer with mo…
    - 9 days ago, 12 Dec 14, 1:00pm -
  • Light Engineering In Darra Adam Khel, Pakistan
    - 9 days ago, 11 Dec 14, 4:00pm -
  • From Around The Web
    Inspired by my Ballistic Baller on a Budget post TEOTWAWKI Blog talks about their 1k firearms battery. Alexander went with the $550 complete upper and stripped lower build plan as well as a Glock 9mm. I certainly agree on the Glock; if you find one t…
    - 11 days ago, 10 Dec 14, 1:00pm -

Dr. Bones & Nurse Amy

  • The Avoidable Death
    (This is an introductory article to an updated series on antibiotics that will be useful in a long-term survival setting. Future articles will discuss these drugs in detail and some natural substances that may have antimicrobial properties. It should…
    - 1 day ago, 19 Dec 14, 10:29pm -
  • Survival Medicine VideoCast
    Joe and Amy Alton, aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, will be on the screen when they do their videocast with the nice folks at Around The Cabin this evening 12/17 at 7pm ET.  To join us live, click the link below at 7pm ET:…
    - 3 days ago, 17 Dec 14, 8:11pm -
  • Video: Hypothermia
    In his latest video on YouTube, Joe Alton, MD, aka Dr. Bones, discusses prevention and treatment of cold exposure, otherwise known as “hypothermia”, in an austere setting.. To watch, see below: Wishing you the best of health in good times or bad,…
    - 6 days ago, 15 Dec 14, 1:25pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Food Poisoning, Labor and Delivery, Whooping Cough, More
    In this episode of the Survival Medicine Hour with Joe and Amy Alton, aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, we discuss an incident of food poisoning in Florida and what to do if it happens to you, how to deliver a baby, a whooping cough outbreak in California…
    - 7 days ago, 14 Dec 14, 1:08am -
  • Video: Concussions
    In his latest video, held in the library as the hospital tent is being moved, Joe Alton, M.D., aka Dr. Bones, discusses concussions and traumatic brain injury danger signs. To watch, click below:   Wishing you the best of health in good times or bad…
    - 10 days ago, 10 Dec 14, 7:03pm -
  • Normal Labor and Delivery
    An announcement of a pregnancy is a cause for joy in modern times, but in olden times was also a cause for concern. Indeed, before we had knowledge of infection prevention, a woman could expect a 1-2% death rate per pregnancy. As the average woman mi…
    - 11 days ago, 10 Dec 14, 1:07pm -
  • Kidney Stones
    The human kidney has a tendency, in some people, to develop an accumulation of crystals. These crystals form masses known as “kidney stones”. Some are large and some are as small as grains of sand, but any size can cause pain (sometimes excruciat…
    - 13 days ago, 8 Dec 14, 12:33pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Animal Die-Offs, Kidney Stones, Pregnancy
      In this episode of the Doom and Bloom Survival Medicine Hour, Joe and Amy Alton, aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy discuss strange animal die-offs in the last month, the latest typhoon to threaten the Philippines, some good news from NASA, how to deal w…
    - 14 days ago, 6 Dec 14, 11:35pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Ballistic Trauma, Styes, Fat Intake
    In this episode of the Survival Medicine Hour with Joe and Amy Alton, aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, they discuss basics of ballistic trauma (how bullets cause wounds), good fats vs bad fats, and how to treat styes, plus much more…   To Listen in, c…
    - 20 days ago, 1 Dec 14, 12:32am -
  • Fats You Should Eat
    After a lifetime of being told not to eat fatty foods, you might be surprised to know that fats (at least some of them) are good for you. The American Heart Association recommends that you get 20-35% of your total caloric intake from fats. Fat is a s…
    - 22 days ago, 28 Nov 14, 9:53pm -

Survivalist Blog

  • newWhat did you do to prep this week?
    Before we get stated today, I would like to thank and give a BIG shout-out to Brad C, Peter W, Eric A, and Sherry S for their support of this blog and the community that we have here with their donations via PayPal this week. If you too feel that wha…
    - 12 hours ago, 20 Dec 14, 2:26pm -
  • Emergency lighting from our Thanksgiving Turkey! And a list of “recycles”!
    Thanksgiving has come and gone, but, for those of us who Cajun fry our turkeys, there’s more to Thanksgiving than just eating leftovers for a week. Our Cajun Fried turkey reults in both heat and light. How can frying a turkey bring us heat and ligh…
    - 2 days ago, 19 Dec 14, 2:31pm -
  • Reader Poll: Do you think that there will be a third world war within the next 10 years?
    With the current tensions between the U.S. and Russia, and the massive military build up in China it’s easy to make the case that a third world war could breakout within the next ten years, but I want to know what you think? Please elaborate on you…
    - 2 days ago, 19 Dec 14, 2:19pm -
  • Friday Miscellany News Brief
    Don’t be left-out, stay informed with the latest breaking news and information for preppers conveniently located in one place – covering the coming economic collapse, the police state, health, politics, and other important news and information th…
    - 2 days ago, 19 Dec 14, 2:04pm -
  • Today’s News and Views…
    Don't forget to read today's important news headlines and reports over at The Daily Collapse Report.[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
    - 3 days ago, 18 Dec 14, 2:25pm -
  • Think on your FEET!
    As preppers we have to prepare ahead. We have to look ahead and notice any potential problems and deal with those problems. Foot problems are one such area. That is my goal today, to have you merely recognize your feet for the next few minutes. This…
    - 4 days ago, 17 Dec 14, 1:54pm -
  • This is why you never start a new shooter with a heavy recoiling caliber
    This is what happens when you have "too much gun" and not enough experience - never start a new shooter with a heavy recoiling caliber.[[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
    - 4 days ago, 17 Dec 14, 1:34pm -
  • Wednesday Miscellany News Brief
    Don’t be left-out, stay informed with the latest breaking news and information for preppers conveniently located in one place – covering the coming economic collapse, the police state, health, politics, and other important news and information th…
    - 4 days ago, 17 Dec 14, 1:18pm -
  • Conflicted Tuesday – New World Series
    A local gang began to loot and pillage the area where you are after the lights went out. If gangs suddenly went unopposed due to collapse of society, what steps would you take in order to keep your family safe?[[ This is a content summary only. Vis…
    - 4 days ago, 16 Dec 14, 3:13pm -
  • Police: Armored Military Vehicles Needed for ‘Constitutionalists’
    Sadly this is what "America" has turned into - a nation where the government and the police that keeps them in power see the Constitution and the American people as the enemy.Notice that his first thought when asked why they needed military gear, w…
    - 4 days ago, 16 Dec 14, 3:13pm -

American Preppers Network

  • newThe Trigger Effect- Movie Review
    The events of this 1996 movie  take place in a Los Angeles suburb, but these events could have taken place in any suburb.  This movie is a 95 minute teaching tool that depicts an extended power blackout and the consequences that can befall those wh…
    - 14 hours ago, 20 Dec 14, 12:07pm -
  • How To Save Money on Your Heating Bill
    Every winter home owners get ready to turn on the heating system for warmth. From cleaning the unit to having the system serviced, a heating unit must be taken care of to ensure that system is ready to function properly. Home owners also take steps t…
    - 2 days ago, 19 Dec 14, 11:55am -
  • Greenhouse of the Future
    Did you know it’s possible to grow your favorite vegetables all year round? It’s even easier to accomplish than you might think. You may have even seen some of the various walipini designs floating around the web, but I’ll bet you haven’t see…
    - 2 days ago, 19 Dec 14, 5:40am -
  • Campfire Cooking for Preppers
    There’s nothing like a good campfire meal when you’re “roughing it”. It’s a great way to enjoy the great outdoors, but there may come a time when campfire cooking for preppers takes on a whole new meaning. After TEOTWAWKI, building a campfi…
    - 3 days ago, 18 Dec 14, 11:52am -
  • Purslane or Pigweed?
    Purslane, also known as pig-weed, is a weed that has to be talked about. This weed grows everywhere you don’t want it to grow in the summer. It comes up in the cracks in the side walks and grows as a turf cover in the yard. This plant is a succulen…
    - 5 days ago, 16 Dec 14, 11:49am -
  • What Does It Mean To Live Sustainable?
    It’s happening on a global scale. It’s taking place in relationships, in occupation, in health, in spirituality and almost everything. Everything is moving towards sustainability because we have been in a position that is really unsustainable for…
    - 6 days ago, 15 Dec 14, 11:59am -
  • Pros & Cons of the 7 Emergency Communication Devices
    Emergency communication devices are an important part of any go bag. If traditional communication such as phone and web based connections are not available, an emergency communication device may save your life. While each family has different needs a…
    - 7 days ago, 14 Dec 14, 1:15pm -
  • Dandelions
    By T. K. Barwood Today lets talk dandelions. We all hate dandelions. These little boogers like to grow everywhere. Thanks to children blowing their seeds all over the yard and they are some of the most stubborn weeds to get rid…
    - 8 days ago, 13 Dec 14, 1:08pm -
  • It’s The Day After The SHTF, Now What?
    It was just another day, breakfast, work, kids soccer practice …. Consider your own lives. How many of you are on auto-pilot? We all settle into routines, that is human nature. We are wired to make certain assumptions about our day to day life. To…
    - 9 days ago, 12 Dec 14, 11:52am -
  • Winter Preparedness
    By PreppersParadise According to several sources such as The Farmer’s Almanac and The National Weather Service, this coming Winter of 2014-2015 is going to be a rough winter.  There are predictions of colder than normal temperatures and higher lev…
    - 10 days ago, 11 Dec 14, 12:05am -

Survival Gear

Backdoor Survival

  • newThe Survival Buzz #148
    Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.This has been a busy week both prep and blog wise as I have been doing some planning for those things I want to blog about in ea…
    - 18 hours ago, 20 Dec 14, 9:00am -
  • How to Find Free Prepping Advice on the Internet
    There are moments in the blogging world where you just have to stop the presses, step back, and shift your focus.  Today is one of those days.  The article I had planned to today has been put on hold so that I can bring you a list of websites wher…
    - 2 days ago, 19 Dec 14, 9:00am -
  • BDS Book Festival 7: The Art of Eating Through the Zombie Apocalypse + Giveaway
    It is time to present another entry in the Backdoor Survival Book Festival 7 and oh my gosh, I have been wanting to share this book with you since I first came across a pre-release excerpt last summer!Let me say this: do no be put off by the tit…
    - 3 days ago, 18 Dec 14, 9:00am -
  • 16 Important Rules of Survival and Preparedness
    Having a survival mindset means you are always ready to take on new challenges, right?  Although I fully believe that new challenges are a good thing, it is sometimes downright frustrating to recognize that prep as we do, we are never really ready…
    - 4 days ago, 17 Dec 14, 9:00am -
  • Fast Track Prep Tip #12: Three Uncommon Food Items for the BOB
    Traditionally, when you think of the items in a bug out bag, you think of a flashlight, knife, water filter, fire starter, paracord, first aid kit, and a whole list of other items that before long, fill your pack with gear that will help you survive…
    - 5 days ago, 16 Dec 14, 9:00am -
  • The Survival Buzz #147
    Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.I whine about my lack of organization which is a bit of a conundrum since in my non-prepping life, I am extremely organized.  H…
    - 8 days ago, 13 Dec 14, 9:00am -
  • 9 Simple Tips to Prevent Antibiotic Resistance
    It seems to me that whenever I travel by air, I come home with a sniffle or two.  It is not that I am not careful because I am.  It is just that being squeezed into a miniscule airline seat surrounded by strangers who are breathing, chewing, cough…
    - 9 days ago, 12 Dec 14, 9:00am -
  • Book Festival 7: Urban Emergency Survival Plan + Giveaway
    Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the Backdoor Survival Book Festival 7.  Jim Cobb, the author of Urban Emergency Survival Plan is back again to answer some new Book Festival questions and of course, to award one lucky reader…
    - 10 days ago, 11 Dec 14, 9:00am -
  • 33 Brilliant Non-Traditional Preps
    Pick up any preparedness book or visit any preparedness website and you are bound to be inundated with ideas for getting yourself ready for an unexpected disruptive event.  After awhile, the eyes begin to glaze over as you realize that you are read…
    - 11 days ago, 10 Dec 14, 9:00am -
  • 12 Months of Prepping: Month Twelve
    The term “at the twelfth hour” is often used to describe something or someone that is late. But in Month Twelve of 12 Months of Prepping, nothing could be further from the truth.  More to the point, if you have been following along the Backdoor…
    - 12 days ago, 9 Dec 14, 9:00am -

Backwoods Survival Blog

  • newMOVIE REVIEW: "The Grey" (2011)
    Today, I will be reviewing the film "The Grey" (2011) Blu-ray (DVD version), which depicts the aftermath of a plane crash somewhere in the remote wilds of Alaska and the subsequent ordeal of the handful of survivors.In this particular instance, the…
    - 7 hours ago, 20 Dec 14, 8:01pm -
  • The Looming Future Threat of Cyber Warfare Just Touched Us On Another New And Disturbing Level
    In case you have been living under a rock or out camping on the Alaskan tundra these last few days, you've no doubt heard the news. The long and short of it is thus: a Hollywood movie was made by two popular comedians. In the film, one of them plays…
    - 1 day ago, 19 Dec 14, 7:04pm -
  • The Death of "Real" News
    Photo SourceWe have a serious epidemic in this country, but this isn't going to be an article talking about deadly influenza pandemics or anything of that nature. The epidemic I'm referring to at this point revolves around modern society's grotesque…
    - 2 days ago, 18 Dec 14, 7:45pm -
  • The False Veneer Of Polite Society Hides An Ugly Truth
    I am not, in any way, taking any sort of credit for the Internet meme pictured above. If you pay close attention, there is actually a copyright notice in the lower left-hand corner which I left fully intact. Also, I give full credit to the Facebook p…
    - 3 days ago, 17 Dec 14, 8:51pm -
  • Trapping Small Game As a Food Source
    Photo Source – This is an example of a figure-four deadfall trap for small game. I hate them. I hate them. I hate them. I don't enjoy having my fingers crushed by a big, heavy rock, so I went looking for a better option. Read the rest of this artic…
    - 4 days ago, 16 Dec 14, 7:38pm -
  • Potable Fresh Drinking Water from Tree Leaves and Urine
    Even though I often like to pretend it is a completely separate genre, television programs that teach outdoor survival skills are technically considered to be Reality TV, and as such there are times when they fall into the trap of trying to sensation…
    - 5 days ago, 15 Dec 14, 7:28pm -
  • Prepper Christmas: Even an Off Grid Homestead Can Be Festive
    Photo SourceIt's that time of year when, depending on your own personal religious and cultural background, most of us are in the business of getting ourselves in the holiday spirit. This often involves decorating our homes for the season, and there w…
    - 6 days ago, 14 Dec 14, 7:40pm -
  • Building My Own DIY Everyday Carry (EDC) Kit: A Step-By-Step Journey, Part 1
    Photo SourceAs is true of any subculture, there are many schools of thought within the Prepper / Survivalist community, many of which tend to overlap one another. A growing trend these days revolves around the phenomenon of the ubiquitous everyday ca…
    - 7 days ago, 13 Dec 14, 7:51pm -
  • BOOK REVIEW: "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins
    As I've said previously, I have wanted for some time to get back to reviewing Doomer Fiction here on Backwoods Survival Blog. Recently, I was able to get back into doing film reviews that fall under the survival genre, so I wanted to be able to retur…
    - 8 days ago, 12 Dec 14, 7:44pm -
  • MOVIE REVIEW: "Cast Away" (2000)
    I've been wanting to get back into the swing of things with my reviews for survival-oriented fiction, both with respect to films as well as books and novels, so I decided to get back into it by presenting you with a review of "Cast Away" (2000) [Blu-…
    - 9 days ago, 11 Dec 14, 7:59pm -

Bug Out Survival

  • Sailing the Apocalypse
    I've posted this on my main website but I'm reposting here for those of you who don't visit all that often.  As always, there's a new book in the works and this one is another fiction title that might interest some readers of…
    - 11 days ago, 10 Dec 14, 1:33am -
  • Revisiting Favorite Wild Places
    I spent a couple of weeks in September wandering around the Southwest by motorcycle, mostly camping in national forests and other public lands, which there is no shortage of in this region.  Many of the places I wanted to revisit were favorite areas…
    - 71 days ago, 10 Oct 14, 3:25pm -
  • Book Giveaway Winners
    This is a repost from my main website:Just an update to announce that the winners have been selected  for the ten  signed copies of Refuge that I offered to those signing up for my author newsletter.  If your email address was chosen, you should…
    - 80 days ago, 1 Oct 14, 3:36pm -
  • 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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 -

Canadian Preppers Network

  • newE22 S2 Barefoot Bushcraft Radio Show
    Season 2 Episode 22Saturday, December 20, 2014In this Episode of the Barefoot Bushcraft Radio Show - How to take fitness outdoors in Winter - Healing Teas from Winter Teas - Introduce "Che's Preppers Corner" - Interview Mick Dodge[Click Here To D…
    - 11 hours ago, 20 Dec 14, 4:00pm -
  • Movie Monday - Secrets of the Castle - Episode 2
    This Week On Movie MondaySecrets Of The CastleEpisode 2 How many times have we heard that an EMP would send us back to midevil times?  As disturbing as that statement is, how many of us understand exactly what that would mean?  Have you ever wond…
    - 5 days ago, 16 Dec 14, 1:00am -
  • Untitled
    Season 2 - Episode 21Saturday, December 13, 2014In this episode of the Barefoot Bushcraft Radio Show, Wolfmaan discusses: - The Lumbersexual - Dig Dirt? It's World Soil Day - Special Guest Darian Bacon from Harvest Gathering   [Click here to down…
    - 7 days ago, 13 Dec 14, 4:00pm -
  • Meet the new kit on the block!
    One of the things about living in a country as large as Canada, is that the types of environmental emergencies for which we need to prepare tend to vary from coast to coast. Earthquakes are the talk of the town on the West Coast while hurricanes and…
    - 8 days ago, 12 Dec 14, 9:20pm -
  • Movie Monday - Secrets Of The Castle Episode 1
    This Week On Movie MondaySecrets Of The CastleHow many times have we heard that an EMP would send us back to midevil times?  As disturbing as that statement is, how many of us understand exactly what that would mean?  Have you ever wondered what it…
    - 12 days ago, 9 Dec 14, 12:00am -
  • What's Your Question?
    Prepping can be a wide and varied world with all sorts of scenarios to look at and prepare for. It doesn't matter if you are a seasoned prepper or a newbie to all this, what are your questions? What drives you crazy that you wish you understood bette…
    - 14 days ago, 6 Dec 14, 8:27pm -
  • Episode 20, Season 2, Barefoot Bushcraft Radio Show
    Season 2, Episode 20 Barefoot Bushcraft Radio ShowSaturday, December 06, 2014In this episode of the Barefoot Bushcraft Radio show, host Wolfmaan discusses: - Construction at the Barefoot Bushcraft School - Youtube Video on Bikejoring - Russian tig…
    - 14 days ago, 6 Dec 14, 4:00pm -
  • Movie Monday - Meltdown At Three Mile Island
    This Week On Movie MondayMeltdown At Three Mile IslandThe Three Mile Island accident was a partial nuclear meltdown that occurred on March 28, 1979 in one of the two Three Mile Island nuclear reactors in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, United States. I…
    - 19 days ago, 2 Dec 14, 12:00am -
  • Barefoot Bushcraft Radio Show Season 2, Episode 19
    Season 2, Episode 19November 29, 2014In this episode of the Barefoot Bushcraft Radio Show, Wolfmaan discuses- New theme music- The loss of Sherdoc Yadaki- Replacing Slingshot Bands Video- Interview with Jennifer Pharr Davis of the Blue Ridge Hiking…
    - 21 days ago, 29 Nov 14, 4:00pm -
  • Movie Monday - Killer Flu
    This Week On Movie MondayKiller FluIn 1918, a flu pandemic ripped through the global population with such speed and virulence that by the end of the following year an estimated 40 million people would be dead. Where did this particular flu strain…
    - 26 days ago, 25 Nov 14, 1:00am -

Tactical Intelligence

  • Ebola Prevention in a Grid-Down World
    Hey guys, just wanted to quickly let you know about a document I found buried in the CDC website. It’s an older document (written in 1998) that provides an excellent resource for Ebola prevention in a time when modern medical facilities might not b…
    - 56 days ago, 25 Oct 14, 5:44pm -
  • 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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.
    - 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…
    - 30 Jun 14, 9:16pm -

Off Grid Survival

Preparedness Videos

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Survival Monkey Forums

  • newBookworm III - The Best Laid Plans
    Hi, everyone.This book – The Best Laid Plans – is the third book in the Bookworm series, following Bookworm and The Very Ugly Duckling. This novel will probably make next to no sense unless you’ve read the first two, but just in case I’m w…
    - 10 mins ago, 21 Dec 14, 2:23am -
  • newS&W's M&P Pistol Issues.....
    Chris Costa Reports Smith & Wesson M&P Problem - Monderno
    - 52 mins ago, 21 Dec 14, 1:41am -
  • newA Year And Two Weeks And A Year And 4Days
    That's how long Sweetie and I have been ex-smokers. Kajun
    - 56 mins ago, 21 Dec 14, 1:37am -
  • 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!
    - 1 hour ago, 21 Dec 14, 1:30am -
  • newFederal Gov. buying “Survival Kits” for banks before Christmas
    It may seem like a hoax, or a story from popular satire news sites like The Onion, but this seems to be a true story. According to multiple sources, the U.S. Department of Treasury is looking to purchase “survival kits” for bankers and bank emp…
    - 1 hour ago, 21 Dec 14, 1:16am -
  • newBit Message vs Tor Chat reccommendations
    I noticed that several monkeys are using Bit Message.. I'm considering either Bit Message or Tor Chat... why should I choose one over the other? Why did you choose Bit Message?Recommendations?
    - 2 hours ago, 21 Dec 14, 12:12am -
  • newHey I'm here
    Moved here from another forum, since I don't like their policies.Hope I am welcome here.South Eastern Arizona, I can see Mexico from my back porch.Rancher
    - 5 hours ago, 20 Dec 14, 9:49pm -
  • newChris Knives San Diego
    Is anybody familiar with the maker of this knife?I picked it up at pawn shop for $20.00,its marked Chris Knives San Diego on the blade and sheath.
    - 10 hours ago, 20 Dec 14, 4:16pm -
  • newDW's primal journal
    I've been toying with the idea of going primal for a while. What's held me back wasn't the idea of abandoning pasta or bread or sugar. I never really eat any of that anyway. Sodas are a rare, once a month thing and I don't do processed foods. No suga…
    - 11 hours ago, 20 Dec 14, 3:31pm -
  • newWin 452AA Powder
    Hate to admit this, but I'm starting to run low on powder for my .45acp and 9mm. I've used the above for ever, but all things end. What are ya'll using nowadays? I mainly shoot 185-200gn in the .45 and 115-147gn in the 9mm. TIA.
    - 12 hours ago, 20 Dec 14, 2:30pm -

Preparedness Pro

  • Whistle While They Fret-Mental Preparedness In Action
    So tonight I was literally locked IN my hotel room. I couldn't get out for anything!!  The steel door handle wouldn't turn far enough for me to unlock the door.  After attempting to open the door for several minutes and ruining a good pair of shoes…
    - 18 days ago, 3 Dec 14, 6:33am -
  • Reader Question: "Which Hand-Operated Grain Mill Should I Buy?"
    Question:"Kellene, how do I know which manual grain mill to buy? I'm so confused?!" Answer:There are THREE key considerations to choosing a grain mill that you'll be operating manually.  I'll provide you with these three highlights and let…
    - 40 days ago, 11 Nov 14, 5:24am -
  • Strengthening the Bonds With Family and Friends--Part 2
    In part 1 of this series about strengthening the bonds of your family and friends and your community through fun activities, I shared one game with you along with laying out a case for being mindful of such preparations. Today I’m going to share tw…
    - 60 days ago, 22 Oct 14, 3:28am -
  • Strengthening the Bonds With Family and Friends--Part 1
    Today’s article isn’t about the all-natural cure for battling the Ebola virus. Nor is it about the 12 essential food items you can make from powdered milk. It’s quite a bit off the beaten path of the traditional “prepper journey”. However,…
    - 63 days ago, 19 Oct 14, 1:09am -
  • Quail--A Path to Preparedness for All Types of Homes?

    - 72 days ago, 10 Oct 14, 1:36am -
  • Invest in Your Greatest Need Today--Community
    Preparedness is not about being a hermit, or a Rambo-like survivalist.  And there might not be much time left for you to get one of your most critical assets in place--Your Community. There’s a component of preparedness that I fear most prepp…
    - 85 days ago, 27 Sep 14, 1:28am -
  • Awesome Projects for Preppers
    Awesome Projects for Preppers--by Guest Contributor Matt StevensWhile there are a lot of people whose prepping starts and stops with stockpiling supplies, there are many others who make it a lifestyle. These people ultimately end up much better pre…
    - 91 days ago, 20 Sep 14, 4:30pm -
  • Meatball Soup Recipe
    Meatball Soup Recipe -- By Kellene Bishop  One thing I love about my good friend Shawna is that she has a lot of good recipes that are easy, delicious and can easily be adapted to be made from your preparedness food pantry.  She has shared qui…
    - 9 Sep 14, 1:39am -
  • Preparedness 101: The Rule of Three
    One of the fundamentals for being prepared for all that life throws at us is having what we really need, when we really need it--and having a back-up.  I accomplish a lifestyle of Panic Free Preparedness by living by the Rule of Three. The Rule…
    - 4 Sep 14, 7:15am -
  • 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…
    - 23 Aug 14, 9:51pm -

Survival Cache

  • Survival Gear Review: PureFire Tactical Survival Fire Starter
    The ability to start a fire is arguably the most important skill to have when camping, hiking or in a survival situation. Fire gives you the ability to boil water, cook food, provide warmth, signal for rescue, make tools, keep insects and predators a…
    - 4 days ago, 17 Dec 14, 1:20pm -
  • Survival Gear Review: Leatherman MUT
    The day after Independence Day in 1983, Tim Leatherman and his buddy Steve Berliner formally launched the Leatherman Tool Group Inc. and started selling its first product, the Leatherman PST or Pocket Survival Tool.  From that point on, Tim and Stev…
    - 7 days ago, 13 Dec 14, 10:20pm -
  • Book Review: American Sniper
    Although American Sniper is not the typical book that we review on Survival Cache or SHTFBlog, we felt that this book was good enough to break the mold of our book reviews.  As far as redeeming survival lessons in American Sniper, there are quite a…
    - 11 days ago, 10 Dec 14, 1:45pm -
  • 15 Ways To Start A Fire
    Fire starting is at or near the top of all survival checklists with redundancy of method also on the list.  In reality, keeping the fire alive is arguably more important than starting one since the burning flame does the work, not the ignition.  Bu…
    - 13 days ago, 7 Dec 14, 3:50pm -
  • Book Review: Patriot Dawn – The Resistance Rises
    Well this is my first book review so bear with me as there is a lot of ground to cover.  If you do not know who Max Velocity is, you probably need to, here is a link to site (Click Here).  I could regurgitate his qualifications and experience, but…
    - 30 days ago, 21 Nov 14, 1:46pm -
  • 11 Things You Must Have On Hand In Case Ebola Hits The Fan
    Ebola is not over.  As it becomes more clear that Ebola is firmly a worldwide problem, there may have been unintentional exposure to hundreds of people outside of the hot zone.  To be prepared, you should have a few things on hand that will keep yo…
    - 32 days ago, 19 Nov 14, 12:07pm -
  • Survival Gear Review: Windham Weaponry Flip-Up Sight
    There is a positive glut of aftermarket supplies for the AR-15/AR-10 platform.  I feel like perhaps there may even be too many, especially if you’re just getting introduced to the AR system. Uppers, lowers, rails, grips, lights, sights, flash supp…
    - 36 days ago, 14 Nov 14, 5:27pm -
  • Survival Gear Review: Black Diamond Mini Lanterns
    For decades I used a candle lantern for evening camp light and to hang in the tent before quitting for the night.  But doing the numbers, a candle lantern is only about 20 lumens, lasts a maximum of nine hours (a few more with more expensive beeswax…
    - 39 days ago, 12 Nov 14, 11:07am -
  • Survival Gear Review: Yeti Coolers
    Owning a Yeti cooler is a rite of passage in the South.  Am I kidding or what?  Nope.  Kids down here ask for Yeti coolers for Christmas for heaven’s sake.  The Robinson power family of Duck Commander fame is the poster children of this campaig…
    - 43 days ago, 8 Nov 14, 10:25am -
  • Survival Gear Review: Fallkniven F1 Survival Knife
    Tenacious would be a good word to describe the Fallkniven F1.  In fact, it would be the perfect word.  When survival is on the line, you want a blade that has tenacity in its job description.  And the folks at Fallkniven know how to build tenacity…
    - 45 days ago, 6 Nov 14, 10:03am -

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

  • newFEMA offers advice for home winter prep
    The heavy demands of the holiday season can be a busy time for all. Managing family obligations and handling seasonal preparations along with regular day-to-day activities can make winter preparedness less of a priority. FEMA - the Federal Emergency…
    - 11 hours ago, 20 Dec 14, 3:23pm -
  • Emergency Safeguard
    With Emergency Safeguard you have a complete solution for family safety and emergency preparedness. Add emergency contacts, add and...
    - 2 days ago, 19 Dec 14, 3:05am -
  • Dr. Fine addresses RI's Ebola preparedness
    By: Rebecca TurcoEmail: rturco@abc6.comTwitter: @Rebecca_TurcoFacebook: RebeccaTurcoABC6PAWTUCKET – The smallest U.S. state with the largest population of Liberian immigrants is keeping vigilant on the Ebola outbreak, even though it has been almost…
    - 2 days ago, 19 Dec 14, 2:08am -
  • Cost-Saving Winter Preparedness Tips to Keep Your Family Safe this Holiday Season
    WAUKESHA, Wis., Dec. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Each winter homeowners look forward to the joys the holiday season brings, but they also stress over the extra costs associated with Christmas cheer. Combining the cost of the holidays with the cost of ke…
    - 2 days ago, 18 Dec 14, 8:00pm -
  • The Federal government making air travel more convenient - New Holiday Travel Portal to help make holiday travel ...
    TORONTO , Dec. 17, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport along with Roxanne James , Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, today announced ...
    - 3 days ago, 17 Dec 14, 3:23pm -
  • Preparedness Facts: Practice food safety during the holidays
    The holiday buzz is upon us. Decorating, shopping, and cooking preparations are already in the works in my family. The taste of the holidays is as fond a memory to me as any. I always look forward to the extra time I spend in the kitchen as I create…
    - 6 days ago, 15 Dec 14, 2:00pm -
  • PG&E Implementing Plans For Pending Storm
    SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- With a major storm now heading toward Northern and Central California, PG&E is reminding customers that power outages may occur this week due to significant rainfall, potential flooding and high winds. PG&E…
    - 11 days ago, 9 Dec 14, 9:41pm -
  • Hanrahan family's Eureka moment
    AFTER 10 years of research, Maurice Hanrahan has found the jackpot of family history.
    - 13 days ago, 8 Dec 14, 9:33am -
  • Family Focus Day 3: Literacy Success at Biola Elementary
    Central Unified School District and Biola Elementary discusses early development and literacy. The B3 program Birth to Third Grade has been implemented in the district for two years now and has been a success. There are 14 elementary schools in the d…
    - 17 days ago, 3 Dec 14, 4:44pm -
  • LifeStraw® Water Filters Give The Gift Of Safe Drinking Water For Outdoor Enthusiasts Or Emergency Preparedness Kits
    LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Nov. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Two water purifying products make ideal holiday gifts for outdoor enthusiasts or for emergency preparedness kits.  LifeStraw® Go is a refillable water ...
    - 25 days ago, 25 Nov 14, 2:57pm -

Wilderness Survival Forum

  • newGetting started at new place
    I'm not fully back in the swing of things at my new place yet, but I had to get this pair out to a fellow that has been waiting for a very long time....
    - 5 hours ago, 20 Dec 14, 9:50pm -
  • newMy first wheels, coming in Spring
    That is if nothing major happens like it did last Winter. A lightly cosmetically altered Tomos LX pedal moped. I'll get made fun of by those who will...
    - 11 hours ago, 20 Dec 14, 3:45pm -
  • Shooting my first big batch of reloads...
    Shooting our first big batch of reloads, I wish I started this a LONG time ago! It takes a LOT or time and effort on a single stage press, but the...
    - 1 day ago, 20 Dec 14, 12:19am -
  • appendicitis
    My kid was coming to the tipp of the mitt from Hawaii for a visit. Within hours of her flight, she started to get pains in her abdomen. Went in and...
    - 2 days ago, 19 Dec 14, 12:30pm -
  • Time measurement in wilderness
    How many different ways are there to measure time in the wilderness without a time keeping device from civilization? I was watching a recent...
    - 2 days ago, 18 Dec 14, 4:28pm -
  • Hello Everyone
    Hello everyone, I came across your site when I was searching for how to catch Rabbits. I guess you could call me a trainee Nomad. I have no idea...
    - 2 days ago, 18 Dec 14, 3:12pm -
  • Hello from Texas
    this is our first time and we are trying to get info to start getting our survival kit together. My husband and I got the book SAS Survival...
    - 3 days ago, 18 Dec 14, 12:50pm -
  • Gear Review (Plano Box)
    I thought I'd do a little review on a product that I use a lot. I gave one as a part of the Christmas gift exchange, and the recipient stated that he...
    - 3 days ago, 18 Dec 14, 6:53am -
  • Survival fishing
    Does anyone here have a good survival fishing kit? If so what is in it and do you have any advice on how I should build my own. I love fishing and...
    - 3 days ago, 17 Dec 14, 8:10pm -
  • tarp shelter advice.
    Hello everyone. I am new to this site and this is my first post. I have been slowly building a survival pack for just everyday use when hiking,...
    - 3 days ago, 17 Dec 14, 4:54pm -

Modern Survival Online

  • newOur Grandchildren, Our Future!
      By “The Coach” (Contributing Editor)   Our grandchildren and children are our future. If we do not teach them what they need to know, other people will, but it may not be what you want them to learn! I remember my grandpa very fondly. I still…
    - 2 hours ago, 21 Dec 14, 12:10am -
  • newDads, Their Kids, and 4 Wheelers!
    By Ashley Some of the proudest moments in a father’s life are when his kids learn to ride a bike, get their driver’s license, and when they graduate high school. In between those things, there are many things that dads do with their kids that not…
    - 2 hours ago, 21 Dec 14, 12:06am -
  • FIREARMS VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Servin’ Up the Second Amendment
    YouTube is an absolutely incredible source of information on almost anything you can think of. Every week we feature a new video related to a variety of topics such as firearms, first aid, gardening, security, food storage, water filtration….and c…
    - 1 day ago, 20 Dec 14, 12:11am -
  • Twelve Days of Preparedness…..Day Twelve
      On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love sent to me……. Twelve Holy Bibles…….. Eleven Cylume Lightsticks Ten SOG Tactical Tomahawk’s Nine cases of MRE’s Eight P-51 Can Openers Seven cans of Freeze Dried Chicken Patty Chunks Six…
    - 1 day ago, 20 Dec 14, 12:10am -
  • FIREARMS WEEK: Tips for a budget AR build
      By J Dobson   I doubt there is a more popular weapon system available today than the modern sporting rifle, or AR. They can be had in many different calibers and configurations, more accessories than you can imagine and they are genuinely fun to…
    - 2 days ago, 19 Dec 14, 12:15am -
  • Twelve Days of Preparedness…..Day Eleven
        On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me…….   Eleven Cylume Lightsticks Ten SOG Tactical Tomahawk’s Nine cases of MRE’s Eight P-51 Can Openers Seven cans of Freeze Dried Chicken Patty Chunks Six BaoFeng UV-5R Two-Way…
    - 2 days ago, 19 Dec 14, 12:10am -
  • Training Day: 3 Tips to Gain Tactical Advantage during Martial Law
    By Cherie Chinese General Sun Tzu wrote in “The Art of War” that battles with your opponent are predetermined long before the action begins. Intelligent war tacticians only fight winnable battles, whereas the fool just shows up hoping to win base…
    - 2 days ago, 19 Dec 14, 12:10am -
  • FIREARMS WEEK: How many magazines?
    This question is pondered just about as much as “How much ammunition should I store?“. Over the past several years I have changed my mind on this and much of that changing I directly attribute to readers who have disagreed with me. I listened to…
    - 3 days ago, 18 Dec 14, 12:11am -

The Survival Mom

  • new9 Great Ideas to Improve Family Gatherings

    9 Great Ideas to Improve Family Gatherings

    Family gatherings. They happen throughout the year. Whether it’s a big holiday, like Thanksgiving or Christmas, or smaller ones like Memorial Day or Labor Day, or even a special event like a family reunion or a wedding, there are times Read MoreTh…
    - 19 hours ago, 20 Dec 14, 8:00am -
  • How to Survive a Blizzard in Your Vehicle

    How to Survive a Blizzard in Your Vehicle

    How do you survive if you become trapped in your vehicle during a blizzard? With winter fast approaching, this is a good question. The last few years have seen unseasonably cold and snowy winters in the U.S. Along with sustained Read MoreThe post Ho…
    - 2 days ago, 19 Dec 14, 10:00am -
  • Top 18 Holiday Bargains for Stocking Up

    Top 18 Holiday Bargains for Stocking Up

    Beginning in October every year, grocery stores begin prominently displaying all types of food typically used in holiday cooking and baking. Every grocery store I’ve been to in the past couple of months has their holiday bargains right out front a…
    - 2 days ago, 18 Dec 14, 9:46pm -
  • Stock Your Pantry From Scratch: Homemade Apple Pie Filling

    Stock Your Pantry From Scratch: Homemade Apple Pie Filling

    Apples just seem to overflow here at our homestead. And thankfully so! They are an excellent staple to have on the pantry shelf, easy to can & put up and best of all…delicious! If /when the SHTF, comfort foods will Read MoreThe post Stock Your Pan…
    - 3 days ago, 18 Dec 14, 8:00am -
  • Understand and Prevent 4 Kinds of Heat Loss

    Understand and Prevent 4 Kinds of Heat Loss

    Maintaining your core body temperature is critical in a survival situation. Hypothermia can set in even at relatively mild temperatures. A fact that is often lost on many people is that heat is energy and cold is merely the absence Read MoreThe post…
    - 4 days ago, 17 Dec 14, 8:00am -
  • Holiday Fire Safety: Tips for the season and beyond

    Holiday Fire Safety: Tips for the season and beyond

    Halls decked with holly, a fresh pine adorned with hundreds of lights and glass ornaments, and scented candles spreading cheer — it’s a recipe for disaster! At this time of year, holiday fire safety is a major concern. In fact, this Read MoreTh…
    - 4 days ago, 16 Dec 14, 4:00pm -
  • 5 Post-Emergency Herbs: The Calming Cuppa

    5 Post-Emergency Herbs: The Calming Cuppa

    Five Herbs for Emotional Support Post Emergency The experience of dealing with an emergency situation can leave you feeling shaken, drained, and upset. Stopping long enough to go through the familiar motions of making a cup of tea can give Read More…
    - 5 days ago, 16 Dec 14, 8:00am -
  • Holiday Goodie Bag Giveaway

    Holiday Goodie Bag Giveaway

    Happy Hannukah! Merry Christmas! And a Joyful New Year! The Survival Mom has teamed up with Earth Easy, Flying Circle Bags, and Pelican to put together a great giveaway for the holiday season. Pelican Flashlights has donated one of their Read MoreTh…
    - 5 days ago, 15 Dec 14, 10:00pm -
  • Wilderness Survival Series: Practicing Survival Skills As A Family

    Wilderness Survival Series:  Practicing Survival Skills As A Family

    We are surrounded by wilderness here on our Idaho homestead.  We spend as much of our free time as possible outside and adventuring. What do our adventures consist of? We live a very traditional life out here so a lot of our Read MoreThe post Wil…
    - 6 days ago, 15 Dec 14, 8:00am -
  • What’s in YOUR Wallet? The Art of EDC (Every Day Carry)

    What’s in YOUR Wallet? The Art of EDC (Every Day Carry)

    To far too many people, being “prepped” means accumulating piles and piles of stuff, much of which various so-called experts insist you carry with you at all times. Some of those folks apparently feel you should never leave the house Read MoreTh…
    - 7 days ago, 14 Dec 14, 8:10am -

Florida Hillbilly

  • What Makes You a Prepper?
    I recently went back to my roots in West Virginia, visiting there for the first time since I started I stayed with friends from high school, folks that have consistently proven themselves to be worthy of that short list of folks…
    - 11 days ago, 10 Dec 14, 11:00am -
  • DIY Small Scale Artillery – A Black Powder Cannon
    My father, “Pops”, was a welder by trade, as was his father. Both did far more than just weld, being from the same stock that built this country into the great powerhouse that it once was. Rare was the time either my dad or granddad would call ou…
    - 47 days ago, 4 Nov 14, 2:18pm -
  • Product Review – Paleo Meals to Go’s Coconut Berry Breakfast
    My buddy, James from SurvivalPunk, runs a blog similar to mine, and lives a similar lifestyle. He and I both eat as close to 100% Paleo as we can.For those not in the know, “Paleo”, or “the Paleolithic Diet”, in a nutshell, consists of no r…
    - 66 days ago, 16 Oct 14, 10:00am -
  • The Ultimate Secret to Preparedness
    A while back, my family and I were at a cookout at a friends house. Also attending were several couples that I’d never met before. After the festivities started to wind down, one of the new acquaintances mentioned my website, catching me off guard.…
    - 87 days ago, 25 Sep 14, 10:00am -
  • Rule Of Threes
    In survival training, many instructors refer to the “Rule of Threes”. Here they are, as taught to me by Hank, of Green Earth Survival School: 3 minutes without air 3 hours without shelter3 days without water3 weeks without foodPlease no…
    - 96 days ago, 16 Sep 14, 10:00am -
  • 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.…
    - 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 hipp…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 30 Jun 14, 3:08pm -

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

  • Re: Just Failed an Exam. Now what ?
    I have very recently failed two exams. I wrote the above article, to reason my strategy in passing these exams. One exam was my motorcycle license, the other was a certification. My strategy to pass the certification will be more consistent studying,…
    - 36 days ago, 15 Nov 14, 1:29am -

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…
    - 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…
    - 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
    - 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’…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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

  • Review – Our Take on the Voodoo Tactical Level III Assault Pack
    The Voodoo Level III Tactical Backpack has a few drawbacks but it's still a great bag for the right uses. I break it all down for you here and explain how I use it in my patrol vehicle.You're reading Review – Our Take on the Voodoo Tactical Level…
    - 13 days ago, 8 Dec 14, 1:03am -
  • 25 Brilliant Survival Stocking-Stuffer Ideas You’ll Love
    Stuck with what to fill the stockings of the outdoorsman/prepper in your life this Christmas? Fear not, gentle reader. I'm here to help.You're reading 25 Brilliant Survival Stocking-Stuffer Ideas You’ll Love, originally posted at Graywolf Survival…
    - 15 days ago, 5 Dec 14, 8:27pm -
  • 20 best camping/survival gift ideas for kids
    Finding a camping or survival gift for children that they'll like isn't easy. Luckily, I'm here to help. Here are 20 that are both fun and useful.You're reading 20 best camping/survival gift ideas for kids, originally posted at Graywolf Survival - E…
    - 26 days ago, 24 Nov 14, 8:49pm -
  • How I built my ultimate 25 pound bug out bag
    Here's how I used a some ultralight thru-hiking techniques to build my hiking/camping/bug out bag under 25 pounds without sacrificing what I need.You're reading How I built my ultimate 25 pound bug out bag, originally posted at Graywolf Survival - E…
    - 40 days ago, 11 Nov 14, 1:14am -
  • GORP: The better bug out bag survival food
    Many people choose dehydrated food or prepackaged survival food for their backpack or bug out bag. I have a solution that gives you more calories and protein per pound and is cheaper and even healthier.You're reading GORP: The better bug out bag sur…
    - 47 days ago, 3 Nov 14, 9:29pm -
  • Surviving a blizzard or winter storm without power
    Surviving at home for a while during a severe winter storm isn't all that difficult if you've planned ahead - even if the power goes out.You're reading Surviving a blizzard or winter storm without power, originally posted at Graywolf Survival - Emer…
    - 59 days ago, 22 Oct 14, 8:47pm -
  • The threat you face from Ebola and what you can do about it (Updated)
    The Ebola virus problem has been escalating out of control in Africa and is now spread to the West. ... 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 (Upda…
    - 60 days ago, 22 Oct 14, 1:01am -
  • How to survive an EMP/CME – Part 3: How to prepare
    The threat of an EMP/CME to our society is very real and most people and governments are woefully unprepared. Here's what you should do to start preparing.You're reading How to survive an EMP/CME – Part 3: How to prepare, originally posted at Gray…
    - 60 days ago, 21 Oct 14, 4:10pm -
  • 5 discreet weapons you can carry (almost) anywhere
    You can't always carry a weapon to defend yourself but with a little creativity and some training, there are many discreet weapons you can improvise.You're reading 5 discreet weapons you can carry (almost) anywhere, originally posted at Graywolf Sur…
    - 62 days ago, 19 Oct 14, 11:07pm -
  • Your own vehicle surveillance camera – the G1W-C 1080P
    Having your own vehicle surveillance camera to document your bug out route, cache locations, or traffic altercation is pretty inexpensive these days. You're reading Your own vehicle surveillance camera – the G1W-C 1080P, originally posted at Grayw…
    - 68 days ago, 14 Oct 14, 12:53am -

Rural Revolution

  • newHappy birthday!
    Yesterday was Older Daughter's 19th birthday!Seems hard to believe that our little Christmas baby is all grown up.We didn't have anything particularly special planned for the day, but she received an unexpected gift. Some friends who were upgrading…
    - 9 hours ago, 20 Dec 14, 5:50pm -
  • Christmas goodies and Christmas flowers
    We've been swimming in eggs lately. All our young hens are now laying, and we're getting between eight and a dozen eggs a day. They tend to add up quickly.Besides giving a bunch away, what better way to use a whole lotta eggs than by making homemad…
    - 1 day ago, 19 Dec 14, 3:26pm -
  • Rare butter
    Man have I been missing out.Here's a fascinating article about a woman named Diane St Clair who runs a small farm in Vermont. She hand-produces butter for certain select chefs at high-end restaurants. And the price of the butter? A staggering $49/…
    - 2 days ago, 18 Dec 14, 2:52pm -
  • Cash vs. cashless
    Here's an interesting article I just saw entitled Why More American Families are Going Cashless.The article introduced the Suttons and their three children. The parents "use a mobile app or go online to transfer money into each child's account" for…
    - 3 days ago, 18 Dec 14, 2:48am -
  • Ten years too early or ten minutes too late?
    Here's a sobering article entitled Society’s Five Stages of Economic Collapse found on Tim Young's Self Sufficiency blog. Worth a read.Tim summed up the five stages as follows:1. Denial2. Denial3. Denial4. Oh (bleep)5. I'm screwedVery true! As th…
    - 5 days ago, 15 Dec 14, 6:16pm -
  • Help with dog breeds
    I received a comment on an older post concerning Great Pyrenees (like our beloved Lydia)."I know this is an old post but it has stuck in my mind. We are about to close on a 15 acre property and I was thinking that a Great Pyrenees might be a good dog…
    - 7 days ago, 14 Dec 14, 1:09pm -
  • 12-13-14
    Today is December 13, 2014. A few hours ago, it was fourteen seconds past 12:13 pm, making the time 12:13:14 12/13/14.Whee! Aren't you impressed?Numerically-interesting dates fascinate some people. (I did make a blog post when the date was 12/12/1…
    - 7 days ago, 14 Dec 14, 1:32am -
  • Government permission to menstruate?
    Here's my WND column for this weekend entitled Government Permission to Menstruate?I am so ticked off at the need to write this column I could just spit nails. I urge everyone to read the column, visit the linked site to The Organic Prepper, and sig…
    - 8 days ago, 13 Dec 14, 3:51am -
  • Christmas memes
    Reader Fred sent these. I loved the one with Amish Christmas lights.And my friend Debra sent these. For all you Trekkies:And for all you rednecks (those are shotgun shells, by the way):
    - 8 days ago, 12 Dec 14, 9:49pm -
  • "Make It So, Make It So, Make It So"
    For all you Trekkies out there, here's a hilarious Star Trek spoof of "Let It Snow."Live long and prosper! Make it so!
    - 9 days ago, 12 Dec 14, 2:14pm -

Last Minute Survival

Learn How To Be Prepared

    There is an ancient theory that has been held by the Egyptians that the magnetic influence of the Sun and the orbs known as stars, the alignment of planets and the synchronization of time influences the way mankind goes about the business of being hu…
    - 67 days ago, 15 Oct 14, 12:26am -
  • 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 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…
    - 26 Aug 14, 8:41pm -

Learn to Prepare

  • Unique Gift Ideas From PrepareDirect
    By Denis KornDuring these uncertain times giving the gift of Peace of Mind this holiday season – or any time – is a noble action.  Here are suggestions from our product site PrepareDirect for your consideration.All of these recommendations and…
    - 21 days ago, 29 Nov 14, 11:06pm -
  • Essential Emergency Kit Information & Advice
    By Denis Korn                                                                                                    This post – Essential Emergency Kit…
    - 52 days ago, 30 Oct 14, 3:55am -
  • Essential Checklist for Emergency Preparedness & Outdoor Adventure Planning – Including Vehicle Preparedness – Latest Update
    By Denis Korn                                                                                                                    NOTE:…
    - 82 days ago, 30 Sep 14, 4:34am -
  • 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…
    - 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…
    - 30 Jul 14, 9:04pm -
  • The Gift of Encouragement
    By Denis Korn We 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 update…
    - 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…
    - 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.  Yo…
    - 1 Apr 14, 5:36am -
  • 7 Things Every Reputable Food Reserve Company Needs to Tell You!
    By Denis Korn You 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 t…
    - 1 Mar 14, 5:14am -

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 241 time…
    - 4 Sep 13, 12:06am -

Mama Kautz

  • Front Porch Friday December 19th
    Welcome to Front Porch Friday! Mama Kautz and PreparednessMama are your hostesses with the mostesses. This weeks featured posts: Mama K picked Lard and Olive oil soap. This is on my bucket list of items to learn to make. Shelle PreparednessMama likes…
    - 2 days ago, 19 Dec 14, 8:00am -
  • Winter Driving Essentials
      These are the Top 10 items I take with me on winter road-trips. Anytime we get in the car it is a minimum of 20 minutes drive time…usually 45. Throw in a trip to Seattle and a good day is 5 and a half hours. Anything that won’t be damaged by…
    - 3 days ago, 18 Dec 14, 12:00pm -
  • If You Give a Mom an Oil
    If you say “Here, smell this” the mom decides “oh those smell nice.” So the mom goes home and tells the dad and he says ok, but only a few…. So the mom orders a few oils “just to have on hand”…. If you give a mom an oil to have on han…
    - 3 days ago, 17 Dec 14, 7:26pm -
  • Essential Oil Gifts for Your Favorite Guy
    Nothing says I Love You like something homemade. These recipes are also frugal, so bonus. For obvious reasons I use only CPTG essential oil. If you would like more information on how to purchase oils go to this page and if you are wondering how to st…
    - 5 days ago, 16 Dec 14, 12:00pm -
  • Urban Emergency Survival Plan
    Urban Emergency Survival Plan: Readiness Strategies for the City & Suburbs Paperback and Kindle Pages: 176 Published: October 15, 2014 About the Book: Stay Safe in the City We don’t currently live in the city, but we did grow up there and we visit…
    - 8 days ago, 13 Dec 14, 12:00pm -
  • Front Porch Friday December 12th
    Welcome to Front Porch Friday! Mama Kautz and PreparednessMama are your hostesses with the mostesses. This weeks featured posts: Mama K chose Strangers and Pilgrims Winter Inspired Beauty for your Home. If winter ever actually gets to North Idaho I w…
    - 9 days ago, 12 Dec 14, 8:00am -
  • Scotch Thermal Laminator
    Laminates items up to 9 inches wide Two roller system with two temperature settings The TL901 is designed to be used in a home or small office environment. Will laminate pouches up to 5 mil thick Two 9.4″ x 11″ laminating pouches included Why a L…
    - 9 days ago, 11 Dec 14, 10:12pm -
  • Chickens: The Gateway Farm Animal
    I have to share this video a friend of mine shared with me. I started to get annoyed at the beginning. I thought she was some PETA person. I kept watching. This lady may or may not be describing ME. Maybe. photo credit: EssjayNZ via photopin ccThe p…
    - 10 days ago, 11 Dec 14, 12:00pm -
  • THANK YOU! ~12 Days of Christmas Giveaways~
    Thank you to the wonderful people who contributed to my first ever 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways. Please make sure to like their Facebook pages and follow their blogs. Day 1 doTERRA Intro Kit by Yours Truly Day 2 Food Storage Made Easy is giving awa…
    - 10 days ago, 11 Dec 14, 12:00pm -
  • 12 Days of Christmas {Puralytics Solar Bag}
    Today is the last day and what a treat I have for you! Puralytics Solar Bag! A sunlight activated personal water purifyer. “The only portable water purifier that has proven it can destroy and remove virtually every lethal toxin and pathogen without…
    - 11 days ago, 10 Dec 14, 8:05am -

Modern Day Redneck

  • In The Dry
    For the last two weeks we have been doing what we could on the house. The one problem is, the little house just keeps growing. In the beginning it was going to be a simple 500 square foot little, tiny house. Now we are up to about 896 if you include…
    - 4 days ago, 16 Dec 14, 7:41pm -
  • Building Party
    I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving, I know we sure did.The weather was great, a little windy but other than that the temps were right on. Thursday was the traditional Thanksgiving we always have. I am not selling it short by no means, it was ju…
    - 19 days ago, 1 Dec 14, 5:39pm -
  • A Little More
    We have been working on the Tiny house off and on as the weather cooperates. It has been cold or rainy this past week so work on the house was slow.The center section is almost done. The bottom floor is all framed up and ready for the siding.This wee…
    - 26 days ago, 24 Nov 14, 7:07pm -
  • Low Budget Operation
    Even though we are making progress on the tiny house, this low budget operation is taking too long. For every board we nail up I can see two more needed which means more time and more money.The floor is done and the walls are going up. After I get al…
    - 39 days ago, 11 Nov 14, 5:30pm -
  • We Made It Back
    I would not call sleeping in a tent for five days in the middle of the South Texas desert a vacation, but it was close enough.Candy and I traveled the eleven hours to the World Championship CASI Chili Cook Off in Terlingua Texas. It is one of the mos…
    - 45 days ago, 6 Nov 14, 12:15am -
  • Phase 1, Part 1 - It's A Start
    We decided not to cook this weekend and work on the house. I am glad I did because next weekend we will be spending it getting ready to travel to the World Championship Chili Cookoff for a week.We got the floor between the buildings framed in and alo…
    - 62 days ago, 20 Oct 14, 1:05pm -
  • Time To Get Busy
    We finally got our buildings moved in and set in place. The one on the left (12X24)was my wood shop and the other one (10X16) was my garden shed. Now the one on the left will be my kitchen and living room and the one on the right will be my bedroom.…
    - 68 days ago, 13 Oct 14, 4:08pm -
  • It's A Chili Thing, You Wouldn't Understand
    The weather could not have been any better.Saturday morning it was 43 degrees, the windows of the camper were open, the fan on high. She was cold, I was in heaven.This is chili weather, nobody argued that. The first weekend of the new chili year and…
    - 75 days ago, 6 Oct 14, 5:31pm -
  • A Quick Two Weeks
    Wow! It has been two weeks and I haven't posted one thing. It sure went by quick.Here is a quick recap of what we have been up to.We made the trip to College Station for my oldest daughter Jessie's Ring Ceremony.She got the Gold!!!! When the girls we…
    - 82 days ago, 30 Sep 14, 1:28pm -
  • Going Out In Style
    Last weekend we did a two day cook off in the little town of St. JoThis was our last cook off of the Chili year and what a way to finish.Our year runs from October 1st to September 30th. In that year you can cook at as many cook offs as you want, its…
    - 95 days ago, 16 Sep 14, 7:59pm -

My Family Survival Plan

  • Infographic: How to Identify Poison Ivy
    Now this one is less humor, and a bit more itchy. Be sure to pack your hydrocortisone for this infographic kids! This one comes to us from Treks in the Wild – and, is useful enough to print out, laminate (or print on weatherproof paper), and pack a…
    - 1 day ago, 19 Dec 14, 2:43pm -
  • Survive When Martial Law is Declared!
    Martial law is a tense time of strict curfews and random searches. The safest place to be is a well-supplied home in a sparsely populated area. Survival depends on preparedness, including a plan to evacuate from urban areas if possible. Prepare now b…
    - 6 days ago, 15 Dec 14, 4:56am -
  • 40 Unique Places to Stash Firearms
    Today’s article comes to you from the ITS Forums via Doc of RSKTKR Consulting. We thought this was such a great topic that we wanted to throw it up as a main article.Where have you stashed a handgun in your home or car that you feel is an especial…
    - 7 days ago, 14 Dec 14, 5:32am -
  • 10 Foods You Can Store For 100 Years
    French bread will only last a few days before it goes bad. And canned goods will last you a few years.So all food has an expiration date, right? Wrong!Some foods can last a century. Yes, that’s right. A hundred years!The post 10 Foods You Can St…
    - 8 days ago, 12 Dec 14, 4:19pm -
  • Survival MD Review
    Recently, a new medical survival guide came across my radar and I decided to flip through it. Most of the guides of this sort don’t appeal to me much; they’re either so technical that I want to go to sleep after page 2, or they’re so simplified…
    - 10 days ago, 11 Dec 14, 6:15am -
  • The Best (And Most Secure) Off-Grid Location When Society Ends
    If you’re dead serious about surviving (and even thriving) when the power grid goes down and society ends as we know it, then you likely know one of the most important criterion to success is a good location off the grid. Some of us, due to family…
    - 10 days ago, 10 Dec 14, 5:15pm -

Command Zero

    Outdoor Quest

    • Monitoring the Weather In The Backcountry
      While serving at sea in the Navy in the 1970's I learned the importance of monitoring barometric pressure.  Many of the new GPS receivers can track barometric pressure.Barometric pressure data is important because it gives the hiker an idea of how t…
      - 7 days ago, 13 Dec 14, 4:06pm -
    • Finding Direction Without A Compass
      Ever hit the trail with out a compass or your compass is broken?  Check out my latest post on the Seattlebackpackersmagazine site.
      - 9 days ago, 11 Dec 14, 2:55pm -
    • Winter Survival
      Section Hiker has a very timely post on winter survival."Winter is when the training wheels come off for hikers, climbers, and backcountry skiers. When all of the planning and preparation you did before your trip won’t help you get out of the jam…
      - 10 days ago, 10 Dec 14, 5:20pm -
    • GPS Software Updates
      Is your GPS receiver running with the latest software update?I receive a monthly newsletter from  As the site address implies, this is a group located in the United Kingdom.  Their site is packed with lots of info; so too i…
      - 13 days ago, 7 Dec 14, 2:58pm -
    • Emergency Shelter
      The following is Peter Kumerfeldt's post on emergency shelter options.There may come a time when you have to spend a night out that you hadn’t planned on. It may be because of weather, darkness, injury or more commonly, getting lost! Regardless of…
      - 13 days ago, 7 Dec 14, 2:54pm -
    • The North Star - A Star to Guide Us
      The North Star is a beacon that we can use to guide us in the backcountry.  Few hikers use the celestial bodies in the night sky to navigate by.  But on a clear night, the night sky provides a feature that is an excellent source of direction.  It…
      - 18 days ago, 2 Dec 14, 3:14pm -
    • Invasive Species - Robbing You Blind
      This information comes from a North American Hunter email; this is worth repeating.  Oregon suffers from people releasing bait fish in pristine trout water each year.Few hunters these days remember the years of market waterfowl hunting. Skies once…
      - 21 days ago, 29 Nov 14, 3:01pm -
    • Baseline Compass Navigation
      Baseline navigation is a fundamental map and compass skill.  It is a process of using terrain and land features to the hiker’s advantage.Outdoor Quest imageReturning to a baseline is a pretty straight forward concept.  The idea is that you leave…
      - 22 days ago, 28 Nov 14, 11:28pm -
    • GPS Black Friday Sale
      GPS sales starting for Black Friday.Looking for a place that highlights GPS receivers that are on sale --- visit GPStracklog.  Select GPS Deals at the top.The other place to look is at GPSCity.
      - 24 days ago, 26 Nov 14, 5:32pm -
    • Compass Deviation
      Compass deviation is not declination.  As a Royal Australian Naval Officer told me years ago, "it is man's earthly sins" that give us deviation.  So just what is it?Deviation is the deflection of a compass' magnetic needle due to natural or man mad…
      - 26 days ago, 24 Nov 14, 7:32pm -

    Paul Kirtley's Blog

    • PK Podcast 003: Kevin Callan, The Happy Camper
      In this episode of my podcast I talk with Canadian outdoorsman, speaker and author of 15 books, Kevin Callan. He's won awards for his writing as well as his film-making, including the the "Best of" category at the prestigious Waterwalker Film Festiva…
      - 4 days ago, 17 Dec 14, 5:20am -
    • Bushcraft: Join The Route To Mastery
      Mastery is a strong concept. Yet, many times I've heard people use mastery in a sloppy fashion to mean something along the lines of "I've pretty much got the hang of the basics". Getting something right once or twice doesn't mean you've mastered it,…
      - 6 days ago, 15 Dec 14, 5:30am -
    • PK Podcast 002: Ray Goodwin On Wilderness Canoeing
      In this episode, I chat with my good friend and colleague British canoeing maestro, Ray Goodwin. We discuss wilderness expeditioning in canoe. Specifically we talk about the mindset and attitude you need in order to make the right decisions, particu…
      - 11 days ago, 10 Dec 14, 12:35am -
    • PK Podcast 001: Survival Psychology With Dr Sarita Robinson
      In this episode I talk with Dr Sarita Robison, Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology at The University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN). Dr Robinson studies human behaviour in response to life-threatening situations and has been involved with rese…
      - 18 days ago, 3 Dec 14, 1:49pm -
    • Never Stop Learning: Pushing Your Comfort Zone
      “You never stop learning”, is a phrase you may well have heard in relation to bushcraft. In fact, it’s become a little bit of a cliché. To me it’s unfortunate that this phrase runs off people’s tongues a little too easily; because wrapped…
      - 43 days ago, 8 Nov 14, 3:44am -
    • Switching Out Of An Expedition Mindset: Two Days Of Paddling At The English Canoe Symposium
      The English Canoe Symposium happens once every three years as part of a tri-annual rotation with the Scottish and Welsh canoe symposia. It is held at the YMCA Lakeside, on the shores of Lake Windermere in the English Lake District. In the past I’ve…
      - 44 days ago, 7 Nov 14, 2:31am -
    • Careful With Your Carrots: A Case In Point
      The wild carrot, Daucus carota, is a widespread and relatively common species, native to Europe and Asia. It has been introduced and naturalised in Australia and North America, where it is often referred to as Queen Anne’s Lace. This species also l…
      - 59 days ago, 23 Oct 14, 1:40am -
    • Planning An Overseas Wilderness Journey
      To me, the attraction of going further afield boils down to the differences that other geographies offer that the UK might not. On the face of it, this is an obvious statement. But before you just stick a pin the map at random, I think it’s impo…
      - 62 days ago, 19 Oct 14, 3:30pm -
    • Enter A Virtuous Circle: Take Your Bushcraft Skills On An Adventure
      We were sitting high up in a mountain valley overlooking trees and surrounded by peaks. We’d set up our tents on a small, relatively flat, grassy area. The nearby stream provided us with water and we had collected up some firewood. As our small cam…
      - 69 days ago, 12 Oct 14, 3:50pm -
    • A Night In The Woods
      I'm often asked about bushcraft skills and camp set ups for heading into the woods for a weekend. Quite a few readers of this blog - and viewers of my YouTube channel - have asked for articles/videos regarding skills to help with getting out into th…
      - 79 days ago, 3 Oct 14, 8:35am -

    Prep Blog

    • Overly-Restrictive Gun Law Ruled Unconstitutional
      We all agree that some persons should be legally prohibited from gun ownership due to severe mental illness. But a federal appeals court ruled that a federal gun law is unconstitutional because its particular version of this prohibition is too … Co…
      - 2 days ago, 19 Dec 14, 1:01pm -
    • Should You Keep Those Extra Holiday Pounds?
      Almost everyone gains a few extra pounds during the Thanksgiving to Christmas to New Year’s Day run. Then their New Year’s resolution is to lose the weight. But might you be healthier with a few extra pounds? One very comprehensive … Continue r…
      - 3 days ago, 17 Dec 14, 2:57pm -
    • Survival News Stories Roundup (Dec. 2014)
      APP SNAP: Winter Survival Kit could save lives if used while stranded – useful but limited app for persons stranded in winter in their car. It’s free (as of this writing) and helpful. Son vindicated as father rescued after 12 … Continue reading…
      - 5 days ago, 15 Dec 14, 4:40pm -
    • TTAG Review of Muzzle Brakes (worth a read)
      The Truth About Guns has a long article reviewing dozens of different muzzle brakes, compensators, and flash hiders: Gear Review: 5.56 Muzzle Device Shootout. It’s worth a read. Note that the main focus of the article is recoil reduction; functiona…
      - 8 days ago, 12 Dec 14, 2:54pm -
    • Is a Collapse of the Food Economy Near?
      Prepping and survival websites often exclaim that a collapse of the food economy is near. But perhaps it is not. I can see both sides to this question. There are indications that a collapse is near, but the food economy … Continue reading →
      - 11 days ago, 10 Dec 14, 1:57pm -

    Prepper Recon

    • newSunday Prepper Bible Study- Revelation 21
        Bessy Mae, my faithful pet and companion who has been by my side for five books, nearly two hundred podcasts and an eternity of joyful memories went home to be with her Creator on Thursday morning, December 18, 2014. […] ↓ Read the rest of thi…
      - 26 mins ago, 21 Dec 14, 2:07am -
    • Friday Night at The Movies- Camp FEMA II
      Tonight’s movie is  Camp FEMA II. It’s party two of Gary Franchi’s  fantastic film which chronicles the demonization of the TEA Party and Patriot movements.   Is there a secret cabal working to collapse the global economy in order to usher…
      - 1 day ago, 19 Dec 14, 8:44pm -
    • Podcast-Multiple Threats to the Grid-Bruce Forster
      Bruce Forster joins me on the show today to talk about multiple threats to the power grid. He has developed a great battery backup system for such events. If you’re interested in one of the units, you can contact him […] ↓ Read the rest of this…
      - 4 days ago, 17 Dec 14, 3:27am -
    • Podcast-Surviving A Polar Vortex-Mike Haller
        Mike Haller of joins me today to give us some great tips for surviving in extreme winter conditions like a polar vortex. Mike has served as a Marine, police officer, firefighter and EMT so he knows a thing […] ↓ Read the re…
      - 5 days ago, 15 Dec 14, 3:38pm -
    • Sunday Prepper Bible Study- Matthew 13
      Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed.  As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry...The post…
      - 7 days ago, 14 Dec 14, 12:29am -
    • Friday Night at The Movies- Camp FEMA
      Tonight’s movie is a great film by Gary Franchi which looks at provisions in US law for Nazi-style concentration camps here in America.   Is there a secret cabal working to collapse the global economy in order to usher in a […] ↓ Read the res…
      - 8 days ago, 12 Dec 14, 4:38pm -
    • Podcast-Government Sponsored Civil Unrest and Planned Financial Meltdown
      I was back on Patriot Radio with John Jacob Schmidt to discuss the possibility of the government instigating social unrest for the purpose of conditioning and instituting martial law. We also talk about the possibility of a planned collapse.    …
      - 11 days ago, 10 Dec 14, 12:27am -
    • Podcast- Prepping for Biohazards- Weston Warren
      Weston Warren joins me on the show today to educate us on the existing threats to our indoor environments, weaponized viruses, and what we can do to protect ourselves from these threats. You can learn more at  Weston’s website…
      - 13 days ago, 8 Dec 14, 12:58am -
    • Sunday Prepper Bible Study- Haggai 1:9
      “You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little. What you brought home, I blew away. Why?” declares the LORD Almighty. “Because of my house, which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy with his own […] ↓ Read the rest of this en…
      - 14 days ago, 7 Dec 14, 4:18am -
    • Friday Night at The Movies- United States of Secrets
      Tonight’s movie is a must-see episode of Frontline which covers the great lengths the Bush administration had to go through to get PRISM, the NSA domestic spying program, pushed past the legal barriers imposed by the Constitution.   Is there […]…
      - 15 days ago, 5 Dec 14, 9:45pm -

    Preparedness is Fundamental

    • The Ultimate High Power Rechargeable Prepper Light
      Preppers should take advantage of technology. One example is in the lighting arena. LED’s are constantly being improved to the point that some flashlights put out 10 times what an incandescent bulb does and runs longer as well. Right up … Continu…
      - 23 days ago, 28 Nov 14, 4:52am -
    • Are We in the Eye of the Hurricane?
      It’s hard not to get dispirited when you look at how far downhill this great country has gone. We are seeing not just the unraveling of societal fabric, but the very shredding of it, much like a flag in a … Continue reading →
      - 34 days ago, 17 Nov 14, 3:47am -
    • Can Preppers Go To Heaven?
      There is a “spirited” debate (pun intended) about whether or not prepping is commanded by God or an affront to Him. My last post, “Misinformation and Prepping” really brought out some responses and name callers (apparently I’m a caveman amo…
      - 88 days ago, 23 Sep 14, 5:44pm -
    • Misinformation and Prepping
          When I was a young cop, I watched a pilot at our local air show fly his plane right into the ground. I realized instantly what had happened and turned to see the entire emergency crew, many of … Continue reading →
      - 92 days ago, 19 Sep 14, 4:01pm -
    • Super Simple Salsa, Rocket Stove Fried Cheese and Chili’s and Frozen Tomatoes
       The days are getter crisper and the leaves are turning, if you’re llike me, you have a lot of vegetables to deal with on a regular basis. Tomatoes are my favorite, but what do you do if your crop exceeded … Continue reading →
      - 97 days ago, 14 Sep 14, 11:55pm -
    • 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 -

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