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  • newNotes for Saturday – September 20, 2014
    Today, we present another entry for Round 54 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The $12,100+ worth of prizes for this round include: First Prize: A Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate, good for any one, two, or three course (a…
    - 18 hours ago, 20 Sep 14, 3:30am -
  • newHow Will YOU Get the Family Together When the SHTF?, by T.W.
    If you’re like most of us, your family is very often spread out over a fair-sized area during the course of the day. It’s not unusual for my immediate family of four to be spread out over an area spanning around 30 linear miles. I travel about 15…
    - 18 hours ago, 20 Sep 14, 3:29am -
  • newLetter: Starched Military Camouflage Uniforms
    Good morning, Hugh, I read your Thurs 9/18 post on using camo clothing that’s never been starched; how does one tell if a garment has ever been starched? I supposed this may apply to all garments, not just camo. (I reference the common military phr…
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  • newEconomics and Investing:

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  • newOdds ‘n Sods:
    Mob Violence, Terrorists, & Fears of Tyranny: Are You Arming & Armoring Up? – T.P. o o o News Montville, N.J. Plan Would Allow Searches Without Warrants For Underage Drinking. – T.J. o o o And Then They Came For The Bolt-Actions. – B.B. o o o N…
    - 19 hours ago, 20 Sep 14, 3:26am -
  • newHugh’s Quote of the Day:
    “For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off. It is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it? … Conti…
    - 19 hours ago, 20 Sep 14, 3:26am -
  • Notes for Friday – September 19, 2014
    On September 19th, 1778, the Continental Congress passed the first budget of the United States. While the budget may have passed, the states responded poorly to the call for taxes to fund the government, and the government resorted to printing paper…
    - 2 days ago, 19 Sep 14, 3:53am -
  • Challenge of Prepping, by R.W.
    How My Insights Have Changed With Time I became interested in prepping and survival 12 years ago. It wasn’t so much an event or reading about survival, it was what I believe was a message from God. I was 49 years old and had just finished leading a…
    - 2 days ago, 19 Sep 14, 3:52am -
  • Letter Re: Septic Systems
    Mr. Hugh, My house was built in 1978. I don’t know if you would consider it “modern”. It is built on a concrete slab with brick veneer and is air conditioned. I noticed in your comments about things going into the septic tank, especially water…
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  • Economics and Investing:
    America’s Big Bet On Natural Gas And Big Short On Coal. – J.S. o o o The Collapse of the Concept of Fiat Currency o o o Items from Mr. Econocobas: The Fed’s Laughable GDP “Forecast” Just Got Even Funnier Fed Officials Predict Fed Funds Rate…
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More Than Just Surviving

  • 10 Things You’ll Regret Not Having Enough of When the SHTF

    10 Things You’ll Regret Not Having Enough of When the SHTF

    If you begin prepping for TEOTWAWKI, and a good stockpile is on your list of preps, it will quickly become evident just how many different items are useful to stockpile for a SHTF situation. Your list can be short and sweet at first, but once…
    - 2 days ago, 18 Sep 14, 5:15pm -
  • Nite Ize DoohicKey QuicKey and SkullKey Tool Review

    Nite Ize DoohicKey QuicKey and SkullKey Tool Review

    Coming hot on the heels of the Nite Ize Doohickey key tool review, here is another mini multi-tool widget-thingy created by Nite Ize for us to play around with. In this review are both the QuicKey and SkullKey, but besides the stylistic diffe…
    - 4 days ago, 16 Sep 14, 6:00pm -
  • Knife Drop: A Few Too Many Spydercos

    Knife Drop: A Few Too Many Spydercos

    That’s a good chunk of the Spydercos Thomas and I own. There are a few more still mint in boxes, and I’m guessing a few at the bottom of pockets/purses or lying around on desks/nightstands. Yes, our collection of Spydercos is probably a…
    - 7 days ago, 13 Sep 14, 8:30pm -
  • Advil, Tylenol, or Aspirin?

    Advil, Tylenol, or Aspirin?

    Since Advil, Tylenol, and Aspirin are all common pain-relieving medications, it can be pretty confusing remembering all the differences between them. While many will admit they know the three medications don’t all work the same way, not…
    - 8 days ago, 12 Sep 14, 7:00pm -
  • Opinel No. 8 Traditional Pocket Knife Review

    Opinel No. 8 Traditional Pocket Knife Review

    Opinel has been producing knives much longer than the majority of present-day knife manufacturers: they started in 1890 with a distinctive sense of style and function and haven’t stopped since. The Opinel No. 8 is by far their most popular…
    - 12 days ago, 8 Sep 14, 7:30pm -
  • September 2014 EDC Pocket Dump

    September 2014 EDC Pocket Dump

    1. Paul Smith Leather Bifold Wallet 2. Olympus XZ1 Digital Camera 3. Benchmade Griptilian 551 Folding EDC Knife 4. Leatherman Style CS Multi-Tool 5. Inova XP LED Flashlight – Not yet released; review sample. 6. Victorinox Red Classic Sw…
    - 14 days ago, 6 Sep 14, 6:30pm -
  • Benchmade Griptilian 551 Folding EDC Knife Review

    Benchmade Griptilian 551 Folding EDC Knife Review

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

    August 2014 EDC Purse Dump

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

    10 Self-Sufficiency Skills That Will Save You a Bundle

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

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

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

Patriot Rising

  • Tools And Equipment Without Fuel Or Electricity For Prepping
    In the event of a SHTF collapse, our refining and fuel operations & infrastructure will quickly grind to a halt while local fuel supplies will deplete and disappear within days.   In a long term collapse scenario without electricity, your gasoline-d…
    - 1 day ago, 19 Sep 14, 9:51pm -
  • And That’s Why I’m a Prepper
    The Prepper Journal   I have been a prepper for several years now and have been on both sides of probably every argument out there in some form or another at one point in my life. I don’t have the same perspective on life that I used to when I was…
    - 1 day ago, 19 Sep 14, 9:48pm -
  • 100 Items To Disappear First

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  • Recovering Your Survival Cache
    This is Part 2 of the Basic Self Reliance series. In Part 1 we discussed how to select a survival cache location and how to hide it. In this article we’ll highlight the most important aspects of cache recovery. This is a basic approach to cache r…
    - 1 day ago, 19 Sep 14, 5:18pm -
  • Escape a Sinking Car
    Escape a Sinking Car By: Matt Stevens , September 17, 2014 Car accidents can be extremely gruesome, with the passengers being stuck in the car in a variety of ways. While cars are designed to protect the passengers as much as possible, high velocity…
    - 3 days ago, 17 Sep 14, 7:10pm -
  • 7 Tips for Surviving a Mob of Looters
    How To Deal With Looters 1. Control Your Emotions – Unlike the looters, you need to have self-discipline and be able to control your emotions. If you’re walking down the street and you see guys running out of Best Buy with TVs in their arms, ju…
    - 3 days ago, 17 Sep 14, 7:04pm -
  • Mindful Preparation: Surviving Traumatic Events starts with Developing the Right Mindset
    Often when you read about survival, you usually read about things like gear, survival skills and emergency planning; while those things are extremely important, and will make surviving a lot easier, there’s one thing that’s often overlooked that…
    - 4 days ago, 16 Sep 14, 10:25pm -
  • Learning to Overcome Prepper Procrastination
    Procrastination is a trait that we all share.  For some, procrastination means putting off tasks or chores that are tedious, time-consuming, or simply downright boring.  To others, it means never quite getting to the task list because there are oth…
    - 5 days ago, 15 Sep 14, 9:18pm -
  • Mock nuclear explosion drill being conducted next week
    Emergency planners look to prepare for worst case scenarios Emergency planners are preparing for the worst next Tuesday and Wednesday.   Regional West Medical Center [in Scottsbluff, Nebraska] is participating in a 21 – agency emergency disaster n…
    - 5 days ago, 15 Sep 14, 8:23pm -
  • Survival in a Foreign Land: How to Make it Through the Jungle Alive
    By Common Sense Prepper – Prepared For That There is a definite sense of comfort in surviving a disaster safely in your home surrounded by all of your supplies and in a climate you understand. However, there is also a need to learn how to surviv…
    - 5 days ago, 15 Sep 14, 6:22pm -

Destiny Survival

  • The Prepper’s Blueprint Will Help You Map Out Your Prepping Strategy
    Architects and builders depend on blueprints to do their jobs. The Prepper’s Blueprint will help you map out your prepping strategy. On this week’s DestinySurvival Radio, I spoke with its author, Tess Pennington.   The Blueprint’s Drafter I kn…
    - 2 days ago, 18 Sep 14, 1:08pm -
  • Buy Emergency Foods–I’ve Tried It, Now You Can Win It!
    A few weeks ago I was contacted by a representative with with an offer. If I would try one of their sample packs and let you know my evaluation, they’d give you the chance to win free food. So I’ve tried it, and now you can…
    - 4 days ago, 16 Sep 14, 12:51pm -
  • Getting Your Papers in Order is an Important Part of Preparedness
    It’s true. It’s overlooked by many of us. Or we just plain procrastinate. But getting your papers in order is an important part of preparedness. We take for granted things like financial and medical records, partly because we figure we’ll alway…
    - 9 days ago, 11 Sep 14, 1:10pm -
  • Saving Money on Your Homestead
    You don’t have to be a homesteader to benefit from tips on saving money. But if you’re living the rural life, it’s even more helpful when you can get insights from others who are doing it, too, because some things are unique to the homesteading…
    - 11 days ago, 9 Sep 14, 1:31pm -
  • Prepper Camp Will Move Your Family Forward on the Journey to Preparedness
    Do you enjoy the scenery of the great outdoors? Do you enjoy camping out with your family? Do you want your family to be better prepared? There’s a way to do all three. It’s Prepper Camp, and it will move your family forward on the journey to pre…
    - 16 days ago, 4 Sep 14, 1:05pm -
  • Eating Weeds for Survival – Check Out This Helpful Resource on Wild Edible Plants
    Eating weeds for survival seems to be getting a little more favorable consideration these days. But if you don’t think things are desperate enough for you to eat weeds, just wait. Or think of it this way. If you’re gardening, it’s likely you’…
    - 18 days ago, 2 Sep 14, 1:37pm -
  • What if Our Prepping is for Nothing?
    What if our prepping is for nothing? Wouldn’t it be great if all the steps you and I have been taking toward preparedness proved to be mere mental exercises? And wouldn’t it be great if the prepping supplies we’ve purchased are things we’re g…
    - 25 days ago, 26 Aug 14, 1:10pm -
  • Perceptions About Preppers –You Can Make a Difference
    Michael Mills is a Ph.D. candidate and Assistant Lecturer in the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research at University of Kent (England). He is undertaking 3 years of research on the preparedness community in America and Britain. In th…
    - 32 days ago, 19 Aug 14, 1:06pm -
  • Summer Vacation Time for DestinySurvival Radio
    Starting this week, it’s summer vacation time for DestinySurvival Radio. I’m taking the rest of the month off from doing the show, and I’ll resume some time in September. This is the first time in more than three and a half years of doing Desti…
    - 37 days ago, 14 Aug 14, 1:21pm -
  • Keeping Your Camp Site Safe
    Whether you’re enjoying a camp out with the family or hunting for that big buck with a group of guys in the fall, you want to make sure you’re keeping your camp site safe. “Backwoods Home Magazine” for July/August, 2014, (Issue #148) includes…
    - 39 days ago, 12 Aug 14, 1:24pm -

Libertarian Rantfest

  • newFront Loading Medical Stuff
    Food for thought. One of the less 'sexy' parts of preparedness is medical and dental stuff. Right now you can wait until a potential problem turns into a real problem and get it fixed in short order. So on one hand the incentive to get that tooth fix…
    - 5 hours ago, 20 Sep 14, 4:41pm -
  • Friday Music-Meanwhile Back at Moma's
    I am not especially a Tim McGraw fan but this is a pretty good song.
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  • Huge News: PRK Eye Surgery Complete!
    I have been wanting this for awhile and things finally came together. Didn't want to say anything beforehand because I could have been disqualified for one reason or the other up until the day of the surgery. Anyway my eyes are pretty sore and vision…
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  • Last Dictator Standing: Hillarious Chicken Commercial
    I do not know what made a chicken restaurant come up with this but it was hilarious.
    - 2 days ago, 18 Sep 14, 5:00pm -
  • Note: Correspondences and Due Out's
    Over the next few days I may be slow about responding to emails and completing various due out's. Please bear with me.
    - 3 days ago, 17 Sep 14, 5:01pm -
  • Tacticool Magazine
    Max Velocity brought to my awareness 'Tacticool Magazine'. I am not quite sure what to think of that. However Matt of MBest11X who is simultaneously a real deal Ranger Regiment vet and a hilarious youtuber is on the front page.  Matt's video on pre…
    - 3 days ago, 17 Sep 14, 3:57pm -
  • Things On My Mind
    1) Adjusting my systems to factor in both rural and urban type considerations. Having system(s) that will work if I get stuck in the woods or have to crash land in a city. Obviously regional considerations apply. Zero in Montana does not need subway…
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  • Admin Note- Save It If You Want It
    Hey, I am going to be doing some more admin and formatting type stuff on the blog in the near future. If there are older articles (say past a year) that you want I would recommend saving them in the next few days. Cannot promise much on availability…
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  • Tab Clearing: Caches and Go Bags
    Constructing and Finding CachesThe Go Bag
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  • Train With Max Velocity This Fall: 28 SEP 6 Day Course
    Spaces Available: Sept 28 6 Day + Combat LifesaverPosted: 12 Sep 2014 02:37 PM PDTI have four spaces available on the September 28 – October 3 6 day combined CRCD / Combat Patrol Class. This class is also running Combat Lifesaver (TC3) on September…
    - 7 days ago, 13 Sep 14, 6:20pm -

Dr. Bones & Nurse Amy

  • newSurvival Medicine Hour: Alzheimer’s, Wildfires, Ebola Response
    In the latest episode of Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy’s Survival Medicine Hour, Joe and Amy Alton discuss the President’s response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, the wildfires in California and how to keep your family safe, and a surprising pos…
    - 2 hours ago, 20 Sep 14, 7:57pm -
  • Wildfire Safety
      Summer has ended but wildfires are still raging across California. Hundred of thousands of acres have been lost each of the last several years to wildfires, and there appears to be no end in sight. Although Smokey the Bear says “Only you can pre…
    - 1 day ago, 19 Sep 14, 5:51pm -
  • Ebola: Does It Matter?
    (Update: My mention of the minimal response of the U.S. to the Ebola crisis seems to have gotten some traction with the administration.  President Obama is now sending 3000 troops and establishing 17 100-bed hospitals in Liberia!  Seriously, it had…
    - 4 days ago, 16 Sep 14, 12:08pm -
  • 13 Foods That Can Help Diabetics
    One of the most-frequently asked questions I get regarding medical preparedness is about diabetes. Insulin, as it come in liquid for, doesn’t maintain its potency after its expiration dates very well. This is all well and good in normal times, but…
    - 10 days ago, 10 Sep 14, 12:10pm -
  • Medical Supplies, Part 4: Open/Bleeding Wounds
    The injury that most non-professionals are most fearful of is the open, often bleeding, wound. With the right supplies, however, even heavy bleeding can be staunched successfully. A discussion of the procedure for stopping hemorrhage in a wound can b…
    - 12 days ago, 8 Sep 14, 12:11pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Lyme Disease, Depression
    In this episode of the Doom and Bloom(tm) Survival Medicine Hour, Joe and Amy Alton, aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, discuss tick-borne Lyme Disease and the tendency of doctors to miss the diagnosis.  Also, the common survival issue of depression is re…
    - 14 days ago, 6 Sep 14, 7:17pm -
  • Video: Earthquakes with Dr. Bones
    In his latest video, Joe Alton, M.D., aka Dr. Bones, discusses how to keep your family safe during and after an earthquake, and how to prepare for it.  Companion video to his Earthquake Safety article for the visual learners in the audience! To watc…
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  • Enterovirus 68
    (Update: 10 states are investigating outbreaks of respiratory disease in children, including one that has hospitalized 400-500 kids in Denver, Colorado)   There is currently an outbreak of a virus called Enterovirus 68 in the Kansas City area. This…
    - 18 days ago, 2 Sep 14, 4:47pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Earthquakes, Wounds, and more
    In this episode of the Doom and Bloom(tm) Survival Medicine Hour, Joe and Amy Alton, aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, discuss earthquake safety, making your own sterile saline for wound care, the plight of pollinators like Monarch butterflies, ebola upda…
    - 21 days ago, 30 Aug 14, 12:10pm -
  • Multitools As Medical Items
    (Dr. Bones says:  We enjoy hearing from promising writers in the field of preparedness and survival, and today we publish a guest post from our friend Morry Banes of  Morry takes the versatile multitool and discusses its use…
    - 22 days ago, 29 Aug 14, 12:15pm -

Survivalist Blog

  • newWhat did you do to prep this week?
    Before we start with this weeks “what did you do to prep this week”, I would like to give a shout-out and say thank you to Vanessa M, Peter W, Mike from TN, Katherine H, Jake R, Lee M and Fran C for their support in keeping…
    - 10 hours ago, 20 Sep 14, 12:28pm -
  • Got Milk?
    Country Fresh 100% Real Instant Nonfat Dry Milk With a 20 Year Shelf-Life!This post first appeared on Copyright © 2014. All rights reserved.Whole-Food, Natural Vitamin Supplements (AD)The Best Non-Hybrid Garden Seed (A…
    - 1 day ago, 19 Sep 14, 1:30pm -
  • Advice For Survivalists About Selecting And Using Guns
    Many survivalists realize the importance of firearms in their planning. Unfortunately, many do not completely realize the role that the firearms should assume in prepping. I would like to provide some advice based on my experience. I have instruct…
    - 1 day ago, 19 Sep 14, 1:20pm -
  • Stocking Up on Shoes and Boots for Survival
    A survivalist owns these three plus "ALL" the goodies you see on the internet survival sites such as this one. This survivalist also owns two Schutzhund trained Level III German Shepherds. His home is his bunker.He lives beyond the Boy Scout motto of…
    - 1 day ago, 19 Sep 14, 1:09pm -
  • Building an Ice House
    Questions and Answers With the Wolf Pack – Building an Ice House From B It’s the right time of year to build an ice house – but not yet time to fill it. In the old days, the sleigh was pulled by horses down to the creek or the lake, blocks of i…
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  • Friday Miscellany News Brief
    Of course they did – US court renews NSA surveillance program. The joke in the White House – Former Navy SEAL: Over 90 Percent Of Troops Do Not Support Obama. Resistance is futile you will be assimilated into the collective – The Borg Vs. The P…
    - 1 day ago, 19 Sep 14, 12:59pm -
  • Thursday Sponsor Shout-Out
    Preserve Your Own Food - DVDLucky Gunner - AmmoWikiarms - More AmmoAmmo Independence: The Firearms Survival Guide (AFF)This post first appeared on Copyright © 2014. All rights reserved.Whole-Food, Natural Vitamin…
    - 2 days ago, 18 Sep 14, 12:58pm -
  • Question About Employment in Rural Areas From Mark H
    Dear M.D. and the Wolf Pack – I would like to move my family to a rural area, but the one problem with rural areas is the lack of jobs and the fact the what jobs they are available there are given to locals. So it’s hard for new folks moving to t…
    - 3 days ago, 17 Sep 14, 2:37pm -
  • The American Survivalist
    If you’re reading this blog you feel the need to prepare to take care of yourself in case of disaster. And you should! Because the state and federal governments will not be coming to your rescue in the case of a national emergency. A small local em…
    - 3 days ago, 17 Sep 14, 1:30pm -
  • Wednesday Miscellany News Brief
    Obama, the divider - “Wasn’t it already obvious to most people – since he’s been in office he has been fostering the division of the country by skin color, religious beliefs, and wealth. He shines a new light on the democrat “donkey” and…
    - 3 days ago, 17 Sep 14, 1:14pm -

American Preppers Network

  • newGoodie Gifts For Canners
    Weather you know an expert canner/dehydrator or someone just starting in the art, we always need supplies but are not always easy to shop for. So for this holiday season I have put together a list of the tools I have found to be very effective when i…
    - 2 hours ago, 20 Sep 14, 7:54pm -
  • 2000 Homes Threatened by Wildfire In California
    Sept.18,2014: More than 2,000 homes and up to 1,500 other smaller structures are threatened by wild fires that are spreading out of control near Sacramento California. With 2,500 brave firefighters involved, the fire has already consumed 44 square mi…
    - 2 days ago, 18 Sep 14, 10:23am -
  • Driving in a Winter Wonderland: 5 Ways to Prepare Your Car for Winter
    Icy pavement accounts for 154,580 crashes annually, while snow and slushy pavement cause 175,233 crashes, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. But accidents can be avoided with proper planning and winterization. Proper planning means h…
    - 3 days ago, 17 Sep 14, 2:46pm -
  • Nuclear Powers, the Rise in the Middle-East and the New Bomb
    (Editorial note: Article & Video is the opinion of the author.) “History shows the folly in hoping that each new, more destructive weapon will not be used. And yet we dare to hope that this time it will be different. We, and the Soviets have amasse…
    - 4 days ago, 16 Sep 14, 1:44pm -
  • Update: Monsoon Kills Nearly 500 People
    September 15, 2014 nearly 500 people have been killed across Northern India and Pakistan. Flooding in a village south of Srinagar, India leaves women and children scavenging through their destroyed homes while thousands are stranded. “Massive de-wa…
    - 4 days ago, 16 Sep 14, 1:00pm -
  • Preparing For Winter in 2014
    The word is, that this years winter in the United states is going to be brutal compared to what we have been getting the last several years. It is suppose to hit us a lot earlier as well. My sources say the end of September or early October. Accordin…
    - 10 days ago, 10 Sep 14, 4:59pm -
  • I-15 Flooding Hero Saves Elderly Couple From Horrible Death!
    Brave or Stupid? Man jumps into flood waters to save elderly couple as it plunges over a ravine!The post I-15 Flooding Hero Saves Elderly Couple From Horrible Death! appeared first on American Preppers Network.
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  • CS Magnum Kukri Machete Product Review
    Originally Published on the APN Product Review Blog was most gracious in donating the Cold Steel Magnum Machete for this review, be sure to check out their great selection of knives & edged weaponry. There’s few who doubt the need fo…
    - 11 days ago, 9 Sep 14, 11:28am -
  • Dare Devil Runs Into Outback Tornado for a Quick Selfie
    In this video titled “Crazy Guy Runs Into Outback Tornado To Take Selfie,” we witness what seems to be quite a daring stunt performed by a “crazy guy,” who heroically runs into what he thinks is a tornado. Fortunately for the man in the video…
    - 12 days ago, 9 Sep 14, 3:52am -
  • Communicate Off the Grid with Satellite Phones
    It seems like hardly a week goes by without news of another cyber threat that has compromised a supposedly secure website. The people responsible for these hacks aren’t the only ones we should be watching, however. The bigger threat for the average…
    - 13 days ago, 7 Sep 14, 6:56pm -

Survival Gear

Backdoor Survival

  • newSummer 2014 Book Festival: 299 Days The War + Giveaway
    Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the Summer 2014 Backdoor Survival Book Festival.  Glen Tate, the author of the 299 Days Series, is back again for another interview with all-new questions plus, of course a book giveaway.  Th…
    - 14 hours ago, 20 Sep 14, 8:00am -
  • Free Food Friday: Legacy Food Bucket Giveaway
    It has been a while since I have had a “Free Food Friday” so what better way to kickoff the Fall food storage season with another fabulous giveaway from sponsor Buy Emergency Foods!In the event you are not familiar with Buy Emergency Foods, the…
    - 2 days ago, 19 Sep 14, 8:00am -
  • Fast Track Tip #10: 8 Uncommon First Aid Items
    Generally speaking, I have a fairly decent first aid kit.  It includes everything from a large variety of bandages to pain killers, antibiotics, essential oils, trauma supplies, first aid books, and equipment such as braces, splints and a blood pre…
    - 4 days ago, 17 Sep 14, 8:00am -
  • Learning to Overcome Prepper Procrastination
    Procrastination is a trait that we all share.  For some, procrastination means putting off tasks or chores that are tedious, time-consuming, or simply downright boring.  To others, it means never quite getting to the task list because there are ot…
    - 6 days ago, 15 Sep 14, 8:00am -
  • The Sunday Survival Buzz #134
    Welcome to this week’s all new Sunday Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.I love that we use the Sunday Survival Buzz to share what we have been up to this past week.  I have to tell you…
    - 7 days ago, 14 Sep 14, 8:00am -
  • Summer 2014 Book Festival: The Provident Prepper + Giveaway
    Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the Summer 2014 Backdoor Survival Book Festival.  Kylene and Jonathan Jones, the authors of The Provident Prepper: A Common-Sense Guide to Preparing for Emergencies are here to answer some que…
    - 8 days ago, 13 Sep 14, 8:00am -
  • Friday Flash Giveaway: Rivers by Michael Farris Smith
    Today I am taking a break from the usual Friday fare to host a “Flash Giveaway”.  What the heck is that?  By my own definition, a flash giveaway is a short-term, three day giveaway promotion that I pop into the schedule when preps, life, and s…
    - 9 days ago, 12 Sep 14, 8:00am -
  • Propane for Preppers – Part Two
    How much do you really know about storing and using propane?  If you are like most folks, you open the valve on your tank and for all intents and purposes, you have fuel.  In the Backdoor Survival series, Propane for Preppers, we are going to unra…
    - 11 days ago, 10 Sep 14, 8:00am -
  • 12 Months of Prepping: Month Eight
    You may be familiar with the saying “behind the eight ball”.  This idiom implies that you are in a tough, difficult or losing position from which it is unlikely to escape.Now surely that is not someplace that any of us wants to be and for that…
    - 13 days ago, 8 Sep 14, 8:00am -
  • The Sunday Survival Buzz #133
    Welcome to this week’s all new Sunday Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.My own preps; let me see.  Actually, you should see my dining table which is covered with all of the stuff I rec…
    - 14 days ago, 7 Sep 14, 8:00am -

Backwoods Survival Blog

  • Product Review: Utilitech LED Lantern
    Not a great deal to say about this product. How much can one really say about a lantern? The label lists it as producing up to 300 lumens of light, and one thing I can say about it: it's bright. In fact, the highest setting is almost too bright. I ac…
    - 24 days ago, 27 Aug 14, 6:43pm -
  • Don't You Believe It
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    - 24 days ago, 27 Aug 14, 6:19pm -
  • Medieval Survivalism: Why Is This Not Already A Thing?
    Many of us in the Prepper / Survivalist community believe in taking care to prepare for the worst case scenario, the time we know will probably never come, but we know in our hearts that to prepare for it simply means we will be better positioned to…
    - 6 May 14, 12:46am -
  • Medieval Survivalism: One Small-Scale Single Family Option
    Previously, I laid out an idea for the construction of a hill fort that a few families could band together to build in the event of an all-out TEOTWAWKI scenario. Unfortunately, it was a bit too industrious to be tackled by a single family, trying…
    - 6 May 14, 12:40am -
  • 30,000 Year-Old Virus Awakened From Siberian Permafrost
    You should understand, prior to reading this, that I'm a big fan of science. I was never all that good at it in school (I'd be a Doctor right now, but I'm afraid I'd end up killing somebody), but I always enjoyed it. That being said, sometimes scie…
    - 4 Mar 14, 2:06am -
  • Hypocrisy
    Yeah. Because artificial trash, created in a mad scientist's lab, is safer for you than a plant. The hypocrisy is mind-numbing. They don't want you off drugs; they just want them and their buddies to have a monopoly on being your dealer.{This…
    - 27 Jan 14, 12:51am -
  • Honor Our Heroes
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    - 27 Jan 14, 12:48am -
  • A First Aid Kits’ Most Important Tool, Knowledge
    One of the basic staples of your survival gear is a first aid kit. But with so many choices available from small kits that can fit into a pocketbook to expedition sized kits, choosing the right one can be overwhelming. As a result, many individuals m…
    - 28 Jun 13, 4:48am -
  • Emergency Food Buyer’s Guide, Part 2
    Read Part 1Chapter 2How Much Food to StoreWhen starting their food storage people commonly ask: How much food do I need? There are a few considerations to make when deciding on quantity. Each food storage type has its own characteristics so includ…
    - 24 Jun 13, 7:44pm -
  • A Rare and Precious Awakening to the True System of Control
    I was talking to a family member the other day, and I had a rare opportunity to congratulate him on the very beginning stages of his awakening to the truth.He was talking about the whole Paula Deen scandal and saying that, while what she said wa…
    - 23 Jun 13, 7:35pm -

Bug Out Survival

  • Book Giveaway Signup Link
    Yesterday I posted an announcement of a book giveaway for ten copies of Refuge After the Collapse (the sequel to The Pulse).  Many of you who follow this blog have signed up for the giveaway using the embedded signup form I included at the bottom o…
    - 22 days ago, 29 Aug 14, 9:39pm -
  • Book Giveaway: Refuge After the Collapse
    I have word from the publisher that copies of Refuge have shipped from the printer to the warehouse, so the book should be showing up for sale soon, though the official release date is still posted on Amazon and other sites as September 23. I should…
    - 23 days ago, 29 Aug 14, 1:42am -
  • Polar Pure is Available Again!
    Back in January, 2010, I posted a review of one of my favorite water purification methods: Polar Pure Water Disinfectant.  You can read the article for all the details of why I like this iodine purification method so much, and how I've tested it in…
    - 32 days ago, 19 Aug 14, 9:34pm -
  • Refuge (Book II of The Pulse Series)
    Just a quick update on the expected availability of Refuge which I finished up in June.  My publisher has shipped the finalized files to the printer and I got word yesterday that copies will ship from the printer on August 21, which should put them…
    - 50 days ago, 1 Aug 14, 6:00pm -
  • Discussing The Prepper's Workbook on Destiny Survival Radio
    Once again I enjoyed chatting with John Wesley Smith of Destiny Survival Radio about my latest book release, this time The Prepper's Workbook.  My co-author, Scott Finazzo joined us as well as we went into the details of the book and why it was inte…
    - 71 days ago, 11 Jul 14, 1:06pm -
  • Sequel to THE PULSE Finished
       Days have turned into weeks with no contact from anyone outside of North America, where the power, communication and transportation grid has been completely destroyed by massive solar flares. In the ensuing chaos, grocery store shelves have been…
    - 10 Jun 14, 9:07pm -
  • Update on Review Copies and Giveaways
    I'm reposting this update from my main site, for those of you who only check in here.  As many of you know, The Prepper's Workbook has now been shipping from Amazon for about two weeks, and is even available on the shelf in ma…
    - 2 Apr 14, 2:12pm -
  • Scott Finazzo Discusses The Prepper's Workbook
    My coauthor of The Prepper's Workbook, Scott Finazzo, discussed our book on Kansas City's KCTV5 News earlier this week.   Finazzo is firefighter with the Overland Park Fire Department in that area, and his extensive experience as a first responder t…
    - 6 Mar 14, 10:33pm -
  • Prepper's Workbook Giveaway on Goodreads
    My publisher is sponsoring a book giveaway of 10 copies of The Prepper's Workbook on Goodreads.  You can enter to win one right here.  The giveaway ends March 18. The publisher should have copies of the book in their offices around the first of Ma…
    - 17 Feb 14, 2:19pm -
  • Foreword by Jim Cobb
    My friend and fellow Ulysses Press author, Jim Cobb, best known for his excellent site: Survival Weekly and his bestselling Prepper's Home Defense has written the foreword to The Prepper's Workbook.  I'm posting it here to give you a little better…
    - 24 Jan 14, 9:45pm -

Canadian Preppers Network

  • Movie Monday - Wartime Farm Part 5 of 8
    This Week On Movie MondayWartime Farm is an eight part documentary program originally aired on BBC2 in 2012.  Historian Ruth Goodman along with archeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn take over a farm in Hampshire, England.  The goal is to…
    - 5 days ago, 16 Sep 14, 1:00am -
  • Movie Monday - Wartime Farm Part 4 of 8
    This Week On Movie MondayWartime Farm is an eight part documentary program originally aired on BBC2 in 2012.  Historian Ruth Goodman along with archeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn take over a farm in Hampshire, England.  The goal is to…
    - 12 days ago, 9 Sep 14, 1:00am -
  • Movie Monday - Wartime Farm Part 3 of 8
    This Week On Movie MondayWartime Farm is an eight part documentary program originally aired on BBC2 in 2012.  Historian Ruth Goodman along with archeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn take over a farm in Hampshire, England.  The goal is to…
    - 19 days ago, 2 Sep 14, 1:00am -
  • Summer of Survival - Last Chance
    In case you haven't grabbedit yet I wanted to make sure you know the price on the Summer of SurvivalComplete Collection will jump from $69 to $129 Tomorrow (Wednesday)morning. Permanently.That means you have less than 24  hours to get over 36 hours…
    - 25 days ago, 26 Aug 14, 4:58pm -
  • Movie Monday - Wartime Farm Part 2 of 8
    This Week On Movie MondayWartime Farm is an eight part documentary program originally aired on BBC2 in 2012.  Historian Ruth Goodman along with archeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn take over a farm in Hampshire, England.  The goal is to…
    - 26 days ago, 26 Aug 14, 1:00am -
  • Fire Safety Drills And Procedures - Guest Post by Lee Flynn
    Emergency Safety Procedures Are Important - How To Use Fire Safety Drills And ProceduresA disaster can happen at any time. Most families have issues handling disasters, such as tornados and hurricanes. This is why an emergency plan is needed. An eff…
    - 31 days ago, 20 Aug 14, 3:25pm -
  • Movie Monday - Wartime Farm Part 1 of 8
    This Week On Movie MondayWartime Farm is an eight part documentary program originally aired on BBC2 in 2012.  Historian Ruth Goodman along with archeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn take over a farm in Hampshire, England.  The goal is to run…
    - 33 days ago, 19 Aug 14, 1:00am -
  • Introducing Movie Mondays on the CPN!
    Starting August 18, the Canadian Preppers Network will be presentingMOVIE MONDAYS!Movie Mondays is a project we have undertaken to show films, documentaries, commentaries, etc that relate in some way to the lifestyle of preparedness in the hopes tha…
    - 37 days ago, 14 Aug 14, 1:54pm -
  • Special Workshop With Cam & Michel Mather For CPN Members
    Does living off the grid interest you?  Would you like to grow your own food?  Maybe you're just looking to reduce your carbon footprint?If so, then this is definitely for you!The Living Sustainably and Independently, Ready for Rough Times, Hands…
    - 38 days ago, 13 Aug 14, 10:00am -
  • Does Archery have a place in a Preparedness/Survival scenario?
    Does Archery have a place in a Preparedness/Survival scenario?How to choose the proper Archery equipmentThe use of Archery equipment for Hunting/Food procurementThe use of Archery equipment from a Tactical perspectiveWhy Archery equipment can be bett…
    - 39 days ago, 12 Aug 14, 5:04pm -

Tactical Intelligence

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

Off Grid Survival

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Survival Monkey Forums

  • new100% Wool Blankets (Master Listing)
    Keeping it simple: The wool blanket should not be underestimated. In today's society, we see millions of products, each of them offering a reason why you should buy their product. When it comes to providing warmth, the wool blanket is still the great…
    - 42 mins ago, 20 Sep 14, 9:17pm -
  • newMoonshine
    George Washington, our first president was a home distiller of alcoholic spirits. Fact!.Why and how did we get to the point where it is the crime it is today..I have started this thread due to my interest in this issue as a skill to hone for the…
    - 2 hours ago, 20 Sep 14, 8:19pm -
  • newtactical landing
    That's talent . . .
    - 2 hours ago, 20 Sep 14, 8:11pm -
  • newair rifles
    So i been looking into those high powered air rifles, calibers range from .177 to .50 cal and fire almost with the same power as powder charges. Any one have info on these? Like how reliable they are?
    - 4 hours ago, 20 Sep 14, 6:19pm -
  • newMotivational Poster Thread (warning content)
    Post your favorite Motivational Posters here.
    - 5 hours ago, 20 Sep 14, 5:27pm -
  • newPossible SHTF; Level One Fire Evacuation Notice

    - 6 hours ago, 20 Sep 14, 4:06pm -
  • newApple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died
    via writes When Apple published its first Transparency Report on government activity in late 2013, the document contained an important footnote that stated: "Apple has never received an order under Section 215 of the U…
    - 6 hours ago, 20 Sep 14, 3:58pm -
  • newQuestion for the Hawaiians here
    I happened across this little article about the Haiku valley.Hiking Oahu's Stairway to Heaven /// Adventure.comMade me curious about the status of the decommissioned Omega transmitter facility in the valley. Any of the folks who live in Hawaii kn…
    - 6 hours ago, 20 Sep 14, 3:50pm -
  • newMakin Bacon
    Finishing your own bacon is something anyone can do. The cures are limited by your imagination and really take little time to prepare. Smoking is a bit time consuming but you can do it even if you don't have a smoker. I've talked to people who oven…
    - 7 hours ago, 20 Sep 14, 2:31pm -
  • newA guide -
    to keeping the political news as reported by our newspapers in perspective:1. The Wall Street Journal is read by the people who run the country.2. The Washington Post is read by people who think they run the country.3. The New York Times is re…
    - 8 hours ago, 20 Sep 14, 2:20pm -

Preparedness Pro

  • newAwesome 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…
    - 5 hours 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 quit…
    - 12 days ago, 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…
    - 17 days ago, 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…
    - 28 days ago, 23 Aug 14, 9:51pm -
  • What You Need to Know About Lice
    What You Need to Know About Lice-- By Guest Contributor Jackie K.  What I know now, compared to what I knew in January of 2010, are worlds apart.  If you’ve never had the pleasure of being exposed to lice, count your blessing.  I never expe…
    - 51 days ago, 1 Aug 14, 7:06am -
  • Media Hype or Firearm Facts—You Decide
    Everyone has the right to defend themselves.Fact:100% of ALL firearm “accidents” occur as a result of someone violating one of the four most critical safety rules in the ownership and use of a firearm.  Firearms don’t kill people as the m…
    - 52 days ago, 30 Jul 14, 6:58pm -
  • Last Minute Scholarship Offer
    Hey there,I've been busy preparing for an education event that I'm taking part in this weekend. It's an event that I've attended (and taught at) regularly and I've not missed it over the past 4 years.  I got to thinking today about how much I want…
    - 67 days ago, 16 Jul 14, 5:19am -
  • 85 Telltale Signs That You Might Be a Prepper
    I hope that you've all enjoyed your holiday weekend and that you got to do something over the weekend that helped you become a little bit more independent. I know I did and so now I'm back and ready to work hard at Preparedness Pro. To start off with…
    - 75 days ago, 8 Jul 14, 5:30am -
  • Have a Happy Independence Day!
    We hope that this Independence Day means more to you than just BBQs and summer fun. We hope that you'll be able to do something to strengthen your personal independence and self-sufficiency. We'll be on vacation until th 7th of July, but we'll be bac…
    - 80 days ago, 3 Jul 14, 6:36am -
  • Is Homeschooling Right for You?
    Is Homeschooling Right for You?--by Guest Contributor Penni Batty  There's a whole lot of buzz about public school these days. As a home school mom of six children, I think I've probably heard every existing argument in favor of it, and yet, the…
    - 99 days ago, 13 Jun 14, 10:05pm -

Survival Cache

  • Survival Gear Review: Streamlight TLR-3
    As I sit here typing this out, I have a neat little self-defense package nestled on my hip, residing there quite comfortably:  A Smith & Wesson M&P Compact in .40S&W, with a Streamlight TLR-3 light clamped happily on the accessory rail. The light lo…
    - 1 day ago, 19 Sep 14, 2:34pm -
  • Book Review: Star’s Reach
    Star’s Reach, A Novel of the Deindustrial Future, is John Michael Greer’s latest piece of Fiction. It’s a great read for anyone of the prepper persuasion. JMG is one of the original doomers in my mind. When I first started reading up on this wh…
    - 3 days ago, 17 Sep 14, 3:09pm -
  • Survival Gear Review: M1951 Fishtail Parka
    I apologize now for the madness you are about to enter into if you read this review.  My madness started about 30 years ago when I first received a fishtail parka from a fellow Army Reservist in trade for some boots.  The parka looked like a warm c…
    - 6 days ago, 14 Sep 14, 12:38pm -
  • Survival Gear Review: Gerber GDC Money Clip
    I have always admired money clips for their sleek simplicity. However, time and time again I end up going back to a wallet as I stock my pockets with more junk.  I have a small collection of money clips and recently wanted to go back to using one. …
    - 9 days ago, 11 Sep 14, 12:33pm -
  • Survival Gear Review: Smith & Wesson .380 Bodyguard Backup
    Frankly to me just the idea of a having a “backup gun” smells of trouble.  But then on the positive side of things a backup gun can be a comforting thing.  The concept of a backup gun of course naturally implies that you have a primus firearm a…
    - 12 days ago, 8 Sep 14, 11:26am -
  • Survival Gear Review: MSR Whisperlite Stove
    The MSR Whisperlite stove is one of my favorite stoves – especially in cold weather.  It’s light weight and uses white gas stove fuel which you can get at any outdoor store or from Amazon.  The best part is that it is made in America.  The bot…
    - 16 days ago, 4 Sep 14, 2:18pm -
  • Survival Coffee
    Every morning I take the pulse of the planet by brewing a cup of coffee.  As the second most traded commodity on earth, and the number one imported food item in the United States, coffee is a major indicator of how smoothly the world is turning.  A…
    - 20 days ago, 31 Aug 14, 9:36pm -
  • SHTF Firearm Choices
    I read a lot of articles about the best choice of firearms. They generally focus on the AR-15 and the AK47.  I believe the discussions generally miss the point by failing to ask the question of what are you trying to do with the weapon. For example,…
    - 23 days ago, 29 Aug 14, 9:56am -
  • Survival Gear Review: Timbuk2 Aviator Backpack
    A few years ago for work, I switched from the over the shoulder computer bag to a backpack.  The old style computer bag just wasn’t cutting it for both work and the urban bug out situation.  After I saw the Timbuk2 Aviator Backpack, I upgraded fr…
    - 30 days ago, 21 Aug 14, 8:28pm -
  • DIY: Making An Activated Charcoal Filter
    We’ve had a lot of rain up here lately.  A LOT of rain.  I was out puttering around the yard this week and I noticed the rain water slowly dripping through my raised fire pit and the wood coals it was full of.  Drip drip drip…… into a puddle…
    - 41 days ago, 10 Aug 14, 11:35pm -

Survival is a state of mind

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

  • Humane Society: Prepare pets for emergencies
    Since 2004, Federal Emergency Management Agency has sponsored National Preparedness Month each September. Emergencies come in many forms: fires, tornados, floods, hazardous material spills and, of course, hurricanes.
    - 2 days ago, 19 Sep 14, 3:39am -
  • Prepare your Family for disasters, emergencies
    Are you prepared for a national disaster or emergency situation? Tornadoes, for example, can happen anywhere and any day, according to the Virginia Department of Emergency Management. Virginia can als
    - 2 days ago, 18 Sep 14, 6:13pm -
  • Pet Talk: National Preparedness Month
    With September being National Preparedness month, it is important to not only prepare the people in our family for when disaster strikes, but also our pets as well. When creating a proper evacuation plan, we must remember to include the needs of our…
    - 6 days ago, 15 Sep 14, 6:18am -
  • Learn to prepare, muster, recover during National Preparedness Month
    Throughout September, the Navy is joining National Preparedness Month efforts to ensure the Navy family is prepared for a variety of emergency situations that may strike without notice, such as bad weather and natural disasters.
    - 9 days ago, 11 Sep 14, 11:09am -
  • April 2011 Tornado Event Prompted Many Alabama Residents to Prepare
    UAB School of Public Health researchers found that 66 percent of residents of Alabama's most populous county had a complete disaster preparedness kit on hand after the tornado outbreak.
    - 11 days ago, 9 Sep 14, 5:46pm -
  • Emergency Preparedness Tips for the Family and Pets from PetFirst
    September is National Emergency Preparedness Month. (PRWeb September 09, 2014) Read the full story at
    - 12 days ago, 9 Sep 14, 7:58am -
  • Family Month ups disaster resiliency
    WITH Family Week being celebrated in the country every fourth week of September, the city government of Baguio, along with its partner agencies and civil society organizations have set activities anchored on the theme, “Celebrating the Filipino Fam…
    - 13 days ago, 8 Sep 14, 8:20am -
  • Preparing for the next natural disaster
    Karin Sutton, left, chats with American Red Cross volunteer Donald Wickham during the Emergency Preparedness and Family Safety Expo on Saturday at The Ranch.
    - 14 days ago, 7 Sep 14, 6:23am -
  • Red Cross urges families to be prepared for emergencies
    Does your family have an emergency plan if a tornado or flood hit the Big Country? September is National Preparedness Month and the American Red Cross shared some tips on how to be prepared for emergencies.
    - 17 days ago, 4 Sep 14, 1:48am -
  • 2014 National Preparedness Month kicks off
    Mayor urges Philadelphians to have a plan in place, just in case.
    - 18 days ago, 3 Sep 14, 7:33am -

Wilderness Survival Forum

  • newFrontier Bowie Knife with Rawhide Sheath
    Here is a new one I just finished up today, this one was a fun build that everything just went well on. I actually forged this blade at Dave...
    - 1 hour ago, 20 Sep 14, 8:30pm -
  • newjust wish to give thanks
    i just got done reading a post in which a 19yr,old canadian i believe had wish to go survive in the wils of northern onterio,ca. this has into the...
    - 2 hours ago, 20 Sep 14, 7:41pm -
  • newIs it okay to drink??
    Hello all, I wanted to post an interesting question and see what everyone had to say regarding it. I was teaching a class regarding water...
    - 3 hours ago, 20 Sep 14, 7:16pm -
  • newwhy don,t sawsall blades have tobe anealed?
    i saw a old post where someone made a really nice kife out of a sawsall blade. and if i,m not mistaken it did not get anealed. but why? is it to...
    - 9 hours ago, 20 Sep 14, 1:25pm -
  • newI really enjoy this time of year.
    I love grouse hunting. 10 so far this season. To bad the days are getting shorter, soon I will not be able to hunt after work. Oh well, I still have...
    - 16 hours ago, 20 Sep 14, 6:21am -
  • newstart a fire in wind & rain use a dakota fire pit
    i,ve heard much here in reguards to failure to start a fire in wind and rain. why not try a dakota firepit. start with a hole smaller than your...
    - 18 hours ago, 20 Sep 14, 3:48am -
  • Fun time at Therapy
    Been going to therapy 3 days a week ....trying to get back in the groove...... This morning as I was riding the stationary bike.......guy next to me...
    - 1 day ago, 19 Sep 14, 9:13pm -
  • Miniature Weapons. Just a small side hobby.
    I have a small hobby on the side where I make these miniature weapons. Though there are some traditional Katana blade making techniques I couldn't do...
    - 1 day ago, 19 Sep 14, 6:41pm -
  • need help; how do you cut old sawmill blades and carbide blades to make knives?
    i was wanting some time back to mave my own knife blades using an old sawmill blade but could find nothing to cut it, i got so fustrated i just...
    - 1 day ago, 19 Sep 14, 6:25pm -
  • True Confession & .44mag
    Time for soul searching and self reflection. After all these years and all this shooting I must admit that I have never owned a .44 Magnum. I...
    - 1 day ago, 19 Sep 14, 3:56pm -

Modern Survival Online

  • newREMINDER: Seeds of the Month Club special discount
      The folks over at “Mike the Gardner” are offering ModernSurvivalOnline readers 25% off their Seeds of the Month Club. Promo code MODERNSURVIVAL25 Joining the Seeds of the Month Club – you will receive seeds every month of the year year roun…
    - 21 hours ago, 20 Sep 14, 1:01am -
  • A few random thoughts…..
    First off…..Happy Friday everyone. It’s been a tough week for me and I am looking forward to the weekend. ◊ ◊ ◊ ◊ ◊ I see that Australia foiled an ISIS plot to hold public beheadings in two cities. Amazing that I continue to see people…
    - 2 days ago, 19 Sep 14, 4:05am -
  • Back to the Wild: Wilderness Survival Kit
    by Victoria It pays to be prepared in every area of your life, and that makes it fundamentally important that, if ever you should find yourself out hiking across mountain or moorland, traversing streams or chasing through forests, you have a wilderne…
    - 2 days ago, 19 Sep 14, 1:15am -
  • Free Online Preparedness Training……
    Published this previously here on MSO and it has been awhile – thought I would pass on some information again on free preparedness training that can be taken online. This training is provided by the NC Center for Public Health Preparedness. Topics…
    - 3 days ago, 18 Sep 14, 1:10am -
  • CDC states….”now is the time to prepare”
    The CDC recently issued a 6 page guide for hospitals and medical care workers stating “now is the time to prepare, as it is possible that individuals with EVD in West Africa may travel to the United States, exhibit signs and symptoms of EVD, and pr…
    - 3 days ago, 18 Sep 14, 12:30am -
  • VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Magazine ID paintjob
    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…
    - 4 days ago, 17 Sep 14, 1:20am -
  • Perennial Vegetable and Fruits in a Permaculture Garden
    This post was published previously here at It can be seen HERE. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * By Bev, Executive Editor – I recently saw a guest post on about sur…
    - 4 days ago, 17 Sep 14, 1:15am -
  • Have You Thought Of?
      by “The Coach” (Contributing Editor)   How well have you thought out what to bring/pack with your gear should you have to evacuate or bug out of your residence in an emergency or imminent major disaster? Sure you have a well thought out Bug O…
    - 5 days ago, 16 Sep 14, 1:26am -

The Survival Mom

  • newCheck Out Our Lists!

    Check Out Our Lists!

    You’ll want to pin this for future reference! You may have noticed the “List of Lists” in the top nav for this site. 120+ is A LOT of lists to scroll through! But there is some great stuff in there. Read MoreThe post Check Out Our Lists! by Li…
    - 16 hours ago, 20 Sep 14, 6:00am -
  • newTop 10 Foods for Stocking Up

    Top 10 Foods for Stocking Up

    You’ll want to pin this list for future reference! Click here. To get started with the basic building blocks of food storage, these are the top 10 foods I recommend. If these aren’t a good fit for your family, for Read MoreThe post Top 10 Foods…
    - 24 hours ago, 19 Sep 14, 10:00pm -
  • Augason Farms fall recipes

    Augason Farms fall recipes

    This month’s recipes from Augason Farms are a perfect fit for chilly autumn whether. If it’s still a bit warm in your area, turn down the AC, put on a sweater, and make these yummy fall recipes anyway! All Augason Read MoreThe post Augason Farms…
    - 1 day ago, 19 Sep 14, 3:30pm -
  • The Star Wars Guide to Surviving Flu Season

    The Star Wars Guide to Surviving Flu Season

    Pin this so you’ll have easy access to these great tips! It happens each and every year.  No, it’s not your birthday. Well that happens too, but that’s not the topic. It’s that oh-so-rude life interruption that comes every fall.  Read More…
    - 2 days ago, 18 Sep 14, 6:02pm -
  • Which Comes First, the Pack or the Contents?

    Which Comes First, the Pack or the Contents?

    Unlike the chicken versus egg debate, this one is a rather important consideration, particularly when you’re working on a bug out bag or get home bag. Yet, at the same time, it is something about which few people give serious Read MoreThe post Whi…
    - 4 days ago, 17 Sep 14, 6:00am -
  • Top 5 wilderness survival skills you need for urban survival

    Top 5 wilderness survival skills you need for urban survival

    I recently set up a bugout bag for my daughter. She starts college next week near Los Angeles and I’ve always been paranoid about the potential for a major earthquake in that area. Then, in an instant, I went from Read MoreThe post Top 5 wildernes…
    - 5 days ago, 16 Sep 14, 6:00am -
  • How Hollywood Got ‘Preppers’ All Wrong

    How Hollywood Got ‘Preppers’ All Wrong

    Pretty much everyone has heard about or seen the television show, “Doomsday Preppers.” In each episode, the ‘prepper’ is shown getting themselves all prepared to deal with a specific man-made or natural disaster. Maybe it’s just me, but t…
    - 5 days ago, 15 Sep 14, 5:44pm -
  • The Nitty Gritty of Commerical Food Storage Packaging: Oxygen vs. Nitrogen in Food Storage

    The Nitty Gritty of Commerical Food Storage Packaging: Oxygen vs. Nitrogen in Food Storage

    It’s easy to pin this for later! Click here. Over the years, I’ve tried out dehydrated and freeze dried foods from many different companies. Nearly all of the packages I opened, whether cans, buckets, or pouches, had an oxygen absorber Read More…
    - 6 days ago, 15 Sep 14, 6:15am -
  • Candles Aren’t Just For Birthday Cakes

    Candles Aren’t Just For Birthday Cakes

    Candles come in all shapes and sizes and are very handy to have in your various survival kits. They serve two main purposes–providing light and assisting with fire making. There are different types of candles suitable for survival purposes. Startin…
    - 7 days ago, 14 Sep 14, 6:00am -
  • 7 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Join a Meal Swap & 5 Reasons Why You Should

    7 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Join a Meal Swap & 5 Reasons Why You Should

    Over the years, I’ve participated in several different meal swaps.  If you aren’t familiar with these, it’s where a bunch of people, mostly women, get together and swap meals.  For example I might be in a group with 5 other Read MoreThe post…
    - 7 days ago, 13 Sep 14, 7:57pm -

Florida Hillbilly

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

    - 11 Jun 14, 12:27pm -

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

  • newHow to cope and be resilient to stress
    In the previous article I highlighted the three sources of stress . In the this article I will focus on how YOU can avoid stress. I highlighted many times on the site, that the best strategy to resilience is not needing it. A good performing athlet…
    - 3 hours ago, 20 Sep 14, 6:53pm -
  • newCommon sources of stress – build your resilience against them
    Waking up fresh every morning, felling fully energized and ready to enjoy another day of living needs resilience. Resilience to recover from the stress of the day before. “If your problem has a solution why are you stressed ? Why stress about a pro…
    - 3 hours ago, 20 Sep 14, 6:45pm -
  • What are we here for ? What is the reason for being alive ? What is our true purpose ?
    These questions have occupied my thoughts for some time. It took a while to find the answer, but I did. The answer is an explanation to how to get a sense of purpose not how to achieve purpose. Achieving purpose is, different for all of us, but the a…
    - 13 days ago, 7 Sep 14, 7:40pm -
  • The Chicago Plan : Resilience to our financial system.
    Those of you who follow the economic sphere have frequently heard the names Keynes and Hayek mentioned. Keynes was an economist who advocated for wide state intervention during an economic down turn while Hayek advocated a no touch approach to the m…
    - 18 days ago, 3 Sep 14, 5:41am -
  • Health and your Resilience – snippets
    Things I learnt and inspired me this week : (Disclaimer:  I am not a medical professional) Bile stones can be removed naturally check this out : Our gut contains neurons, and some scien…
    - 18 days ago, 3 Sep 14, 4:46am -
  • The Perils and Solutions to Victim Hood
    Victimhood is a self-reinforcing mental framework which leads to a constant search to picture ourselves as being the victims of someone or something. Victimhood, is comfortable as a mental state. In this state we give responsibility to our ills to so…
    - 52 days ago, 30 Jul 14, 8:50pm -
  • Which country in Europe gives you the highest resilience ? (Part 1)
    This article is not about which country is the most resilient, but which geographical location within Europe gives you personally the most resilience. Europe is an interesting continent. Interesting because of variety, history, culture and relative s…
    - 98 days ago, 14 Jun 14, 6:09pm -
  • Business Start-up Resilience
    The path to your financial independence will involve the creation of a business, either active (shop) or passive (rental income). These sources of income will need to be resilient themselves, in order to offer you resilience in terms of your income.…
    - 9 Jun 14, 11:35am -
  • Are your early retirement or FI plans resilient to world challenges ? (Part 2)
    In Part One I discussed the great things future will bring, biotechnology, artificial intelligence, human longevity, robots and cheap energy. In part two I discuss the darker side of the future, I admit writing the other article was more inspiring th…
    - 4 Jun 14, 7:11pm -
  • Are your retirement plans resilient to a positive future (Part 1) ?
    Will your early retirement plans be able to ride all the good things that the future will bring to humanity ? In this article we explore all the good things that could be coming our way in the next 20 years. Early retirement, is a process where one a…
    - 3 Jun 14, 6:11pm -

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…
    - 52 days ago, 30 Jul 14, 12:18pm -
  • DIY Vinegar: How to make Vinegar
    (Photo courtesy of Vinegar has numerous uses from cooking to cleaning, but apart from those wishing to be more green or back to earth homesteaders vinegars many uses have been forgotten over the past generation or two. T…
    - 82 days ago, 30 Jun 14, 12:00pm -
    Hey Folks just updated the Prepper Resource page with 300 new files! There is everything you are looking for from food prep lists to Radio Communications to Blacksmithing I think we cover everything here!   PREPPER RESOURCES
    - 96 days ago, 16 Jun 14, 2:01pm -
  • Homemade DIY Organic Potassium Supplement
      Every plant needs potassium to grow, it is necessary for proper growth of the plant itself as well as to flower and flourish. Anytime of flouring fruit needs a good supply of potassium to grow from peppers to potatoes to fruit trees, if you don’…
    - 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

  • 12 essential survival items under $12
    Quality survival gear isn't always expensive. By choosing carefully, you can find gear for your kit or as a gift. Here are 12 essentials for your bug out bag or camping equipment.You're reading 12 essential survival items under $12, originally poste…
    - 1 day ago, 19 Sep 14, 7:34pm -
  • Mpowerd Luci inflatable emergency solar lantern review
    Mpowerd sent me a Luci inflatable emergency solar lantern to do a review. It has some really strong points and a few weaknesses. Read my review here.You're reading Mpowerd Luci inflatable emergency solar lantern review, originally posted at Graywolf…
    - 5 days ago, 15 Sep 14, 10:57pm -
  • How to survive an EMP/CME – Part 2: Life after the pulse
    There is a lot we don't know about the effects of an EMP/CME but there are some things that we do. Knowing what would happen to your electronics, your car, and your life is the first part of being prepared for an EMP.You're reading How to survive an…
    - 12 days ago, 9 Sep 14, 12:56am -
  • How to survive an EMP – Part 1: What is an EMP?
    There is a credible threat to our power grid from an EMP/CME. This series will explain what they are, how they can/will affect you, and what you can do about it.You're reading How to survive an EMP – Part 1: What is an EMP?, originally posted at G…
    - 22 days ago, 30 Aug 14, 12:02am -
  • Gun 101: How to Choose Your First Self-Defense Weapon
    Most advice you hear about how to choose a weapon is crap. I quickly break down the basics for you and give you further resources to make the best choice.You're reading Gun 101: How to Choose Your First Self-Defense Weapon, originally posted at Gray…
    - 27 days ago, 25 Aug 14, 3:32am -
  • Is Big Brother spying on your computer – with your own cell phone?
    Everyone knows that you can be monitored through your cell phone, but did you know they can use it to monitor your computer activity too?You're reading Is Big Brother spying on your computer – with your own cell phone?, originally posted at Graywo…
    - 29 days ago, 22 Aug 14, 7:29pm -
  • Why you need to rethink your SHTF water plan
    There are a lot of myths about what you can and can't do with water in a survival situation or if SHTF. Let's dispel some of those myths.You're reading Why you need to rethink your SHTF water plan, originally posted at Graywolf Survival - Common-sen…
    - 33 days ago, 18 Aug 14, 1:45pm -
  • The threat you face from Ebola and what you can do about it
    The Ebola virus problem has been escalating out of control in Africa. ... How worried should you really be? ... What can you do to prepare?You're reading The threat you face from Ebola and what you can do about it, originally posted at Graywolf Surv…
    - 43 days ago, 9 Aug 14, 1:01am -
  • 9 ultralight backpacking tents for hiking or your bug out bag
    Tent tech has come a long way. Here are 9 great tents for your backpack or bug out bag that will make camping more survivable - and more enjoyable ...You're reading 9 ultralight backpacking tents for hiking or your bug out bag, originally posted at…
    - 47 days ago, 5 Aug 14, 9:23am -
  • Ebola fear grips the world – here’s why you don’t need to freak out
    The world news is on fire with reports of infections and death from the Ebola virus, and victims are being brought to the US. What do you need to know?You're reading Ebola fear grips the world – here’s why you don’t need to freak out, original…
    - 47 days ago, 4 Aug 14, 9:49pm -

Rural Revolution

  • The longing for solitude
    Our family experiences a lot of solitude.It's inevitable where we live. It takes a lot more work to socialize, certainly more than just stepping out our front door where we're far more likely to bump into a deer than a person. Therefore our default…
    - 1 day ago, 19 Sep 14, 7:58pm -
  • Handicapping kids
    One of my husband's favorite authors is Robert Heinlein. Besides being a brilliant writer, he was a prescient observer of the human condition.Just this morning I came across a Quote of the Day from SurvivalBlog as follows:"Do not handicap your child…
    - 2 days ago, 18 Sep 14, 2:51pm -
  • Prepper Recon podcast interview
    Here's a podcast interview I recently did with Mark Goodwin of the Prepper Recon on the subject of self-sufficiency.Prepper Recon is a cool beans site with excellent preparedness info, including podcasts, gear, fiction, and other goodies. Well worth…
    - 3 days ago, 17 Sep 14, 2:17pm -
  • What about Don?
    A couple days ago, I got a comment from a gentleman named Myles who was concerned about my husband. He wrote:I've been watching your blog for some years now. I've been to Portland with you four or five times meeting your friends and seeing your favo…
    - 4 days ago, 16 Sep 14, 6:26pm -
  • The Estrogen Messiah speaks.....
    Whoa! Go take a look at this link...!The "Estrogen Messiah" -- hee hee, what a hoot. Thank you very much!
    - 5 days ago, 15 Sep 14, 6:27pm -
  • Canning concerns
    If there's one thing I try to express in all my discussions about canning, it's safety. A couple of days ago I received an email that epitomized these concerns. I didn't ask permission to post the email so I won't, but I'll synopsize the contents.I…
    - 6 days ago, 14 Sep 14, 12:48pm -
  • Feminism has slain our protectors
    Here's this weekend's WND column entitled Feminism has Slain our Protectors.It seems to have attracted some interesting attention. I also note how people are interpreting the column through the lens of their own biases, interests, and strengths.
    - 7 days ago, 13 Sep 14, 5:41pm -
  • Venturing into podcasts
    Guess what -- I'm trying a new venture!In July I was contacted by Lisa Bedford (The Survival Mom) and asked to join her team of prepper women on Survival Mom Radio Network doing podcasts. She and Don both sweet-talked me into it.So here I am, ventur…
    - 8 days ago, 13 Sep 14, 3:54am -
  • Lest we forget...

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  • Writing this "with tears in my eyes"
    Here's your chuckle du jour.As I mentioned before, I get a lot of spam emails. Most of them I delete without reading, but this one caught my attention:I'm writing this with tears in my eyes, my family and I came down here to Dubai - United Arab Emir…
    - 9 days ago, 11 Sep 14, 2:37pm -

Last Minute Survival

Learn How To Be Prepared

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

Learn to Prepare

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

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  • The #1 Preparedness Question!

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

Mike Marlow's Survival Blog

  • More Mouths To Feed
    That’s right, we have more additions to the family. No, Marisa isn’t pregnant. We ordered our chickens today! We had to make some changes to what we had originally planned on getting. We were planning on ordering from Murray Mcmurray […] ↓ Re…
    - 3 Feb 14, 6:43am -
  • Sausages, Seeds & a Greenhouse
    This has been a busy week. My work is picking up & I had quite a few new patients. Marisa’s work was really busy last week too. The weather has been crazy around here, warm & then freezing cold. but […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry...(Visited…
    - 27 Jan 14, 8:46am -
  • Waiting on Spring!
    I’ve been looking at seed catalogs, chicken catalogs, looking at ads for meat rabbits…. I’m ready for the weather to warm up so we can start of some of our outdoor projects. I went to my first beekeepers association meeting […] ↓ Read the r…
    - 14 Jan 14, 6:16am -
  • Annnnnnnnd… WE’RE BACK!
    I can’t believe that September 3rd was the last post I made on here! Lots of things have been changing for us since I posted last. The girls turned 2! We’ve moved, and have a place with more land, and […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry...(Visi…
    - 10 Jan 14, 11:00am -
  • Are Americans Really As Stupid As We Appear?
    Well, here we are again – right in the middle of a bunch of crap in the Middle East that’s none of our business. Obama has been posturing & trying to figure out what to do, and the rest of […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry...(Visited 208 time…
    - 4 Sep 13, 12:06am -

Mama Kautz

  • Front Porch Friday
    Mama Kautz is at the doTERRA Convention and PreparednessMama is moving to somewhere in the great state of Texas. So this week you are ALL amazing and consider your self Featured! Please link up and share this week. We will be back to our regularly sc…
    - 2 days ago, 19 Sep 14, 7:30am -
  • Standard Deviants Curriculum {Review}
    **CLICK ON THE PICTURE FOR THE FREE TRIAL** Are you looking for an online curriculum for your Middle or High school aged child? Do you want online without the red tape and public school commitment? Are you wanting something that keeps track of assign…
    - 2 days ago, 18 Sep 14, 11:00am -
  • A Day in the Life of a dōTERRA User
    Some people have asked “Exactly how do you use oils?” or “How often do you use your oils?” So I thought a Day in the Life would be a good post, especially since The Principal and I are heading to the dōTERRA Convention this week. We take our…
    - 4 days ago, 16 Sep 14, 11:00am -
  • The One Where I Tell you It’s SO Worth It!
    We all want to make better health and lifestyle decisions for ourselves and those we love. We want to lose some weight, have more energy, use greener products, create nutritious meals for our families, get fit, and feel confident that we’re doing a…
    - 6 days ago, 15 Sep 14, 5:05am -
  • 100 Days of Real Food Cookbook {Review}
    Are you like me and struggle to feed your family healthy, wholesome food? Do you try to stay away from the middle of the grocery store aisles and all of the processed food? While doing so, you then have to cook from scratch a lot of the time and end…
    - 7 days ago, 13 Sep 14, 11:00am -
  • Front Porch Friday Blog Hop
    Real quick I wanted to share with you the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle. For less than $30 you get over $1000 worth of products. Enough of that, I just didn’t want you to miss out. This week Shelle PreparednessMama likes the post from Taylor Made…
    - 9 days ago, 12 Sep 14, 7:00am -
  • Ultimate Bundle {Healthy Living}
    We all want to make better health and lifestyle decisions for ourselves and those we love. We want to lose some weight, have more energy, use greener products, create nutritious meals for our families, get fit, and feel confident that we’re doing a…
    - 9 days ago, 11 Sep 14, 6:37pm -
  • Announcing my Allume Sponsor
    I want to announce my Allume sponsor for 2014. The Ready Store! What a great fit with to my purpose here at Mama Kautz (pronounced: cowts) Also, how appropriate that it be during National Preparedness Month! The Ready Store carries everything you nee…
    - 9 days ago, 11 Sep 14, 11:00am -
  • Enterovirus 68 & Essential Oils
    Now, I am totally NOT into fear mongering. I am also not a doctor. I am an oil user that is concerned. I was reading post after post on Facebook about Enterovirus 68 and how many kids, in the Midwest, are being affected. I have family in the Midwest.…
    - 12 days ago, 9 Sep 14, 1:00am -
  • Front Porch Friday Blog Hop
    Ahh September is here and fall is in the air! Well, a little. Temps here in North Idaho are still in the low 80′s. I have my sweaters and cozy slippers waiting though. Here are this weeks featured posts. Mama Kautz chose Quitting My Smoking Adventu…
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Modern Day Redneck

  • 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…
    - 4 days ago, 16 Sep 14, 7:59pm -
  • It's About Time
    Finally, I think summer is over.Three days ago it was 101 degrees and today it's only going to be a high of 73. Also a little rain came in with the cold front so it's twice as good.Tonight we are loading up for a weekend of Chili cooking in St Jo Tex…
    - 8 days ago, 12 Sep 14, 1:12pm -
  • Chugging Along
    Even though things are quiet in my neck of the woods we are still chugging along.It's been hot, too hot to really get excited about much. I have seen hotter Texas summers, but when it's hovering right at the century mark every day it's still too hot…
    - 12 days ago, 8 Sep 14, 12:31pm -
  • Dreams Do Come True
    We all have our ideas and dreams for our children. Some work out and others, not so much.After a certain time in the child's life we can no longer control the dreams and goals we had for them. I think it's around the time they start to have future id…
    - 32 days ago, 19 Aug 14, 8:07pm -
  • Tiny House Progress
    Next weekend we will be moving our trailer to the place where we are building our Tiny House.First we had to get electricity, got that. Then we had to run the water, got that done Friday night. Then we had to install a septic system, done Saturday an…
    - 33 days ago, 18 Aug 14, 2:08pm -
  • It Was A Long Way
    We drove 5.5 hours to cook chili, now that is dedication.Out of the 36 cooks, 20 or so were form the Great State of Texas, and Texas took home the first place trophy again this year. Among the 36 were 5 world champions and almost all of the top ten r…
    - 47 days ago, 4 Aug 14, 2:43pm -
  • Lets Get Out Of Here
    "What are the plans for the weekend?" Candy (the wife) asked me a couple of days ago."Lets just go!" I said back."Go where?""Lets just get out of here for the weekend"Final preparations are being made to head to Joplin this weekend for the Missouri S…
    - 51 days ago, 31 Jul 14, 1:35pm -
  • It's The Simple Things
    The average house in America is 2300 square feet. Just forty years ago it was 1000. The average house in Europe is still at 1000 square feet while in Spain it is only 924. The smallest apartment in Manhattan is 78 square feet and is rented out for $8…
    - 54 days ago, 28 Jul 14, 5:36pm -
  • Home Is Where She Is At
    Here is my home,Just for a little while hopefully.It's like camping every day!Alright, it's not really that fun but it's a change of pace and completely different than what I am accustom to. I have neighbors all around me and I can watch them eat din…
    - 64 days ago, 18 Jul 14, 6:21pm -
  • It's a start
    Over the past week we have been moving more stuff out of the house and yard and storing it in the barn or over at my dad's.We also started on the tiny home we are about to build by installed the corners posts for the yard andstaking out where the hou…
    - 75 days ago, 7 Jul 14, 9:51pm -

My Family Survival Plan

  • Six Ways You Can Keep Yourself Alive With Animal Bones
    Whether you find yourself stranded in a hostile environment, or you’re facing a long term collapse of the grid, you’ve got to learn how to put everything to good use. You have to carefully consider every little thing that you would have normally…
    - 76 days ago, 7 Jul 14, 12:00am -
  • The U.S. Economy Has Collapsed: “This Is A Monstrous Negative Revision”
    For months the administration, financial pundits and Wall Street analysts made it a point to inform Americans about the healthy state of our economy. One of the key metrics they’ve used as proof of recovery was the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) whic…
    - 87 days ago, 26 Jun 14, 12:00am -
  • .22LR: Truth & Myth
    It’s easy for the prepper survivalist to get lost in the endless confusion, attempting to discern between wants and needs. Is it a small knife or big blade? Do you carry a handgun or a rifle? However, it is even more important to determine the diff…
    - 87 days ago, 26 Jun 14, 12:00am -
  • DIY Washing Machine And Homemade Laundry Soap
    What do you get when you combine a 5 gallon bucket and a toilet plunger? An off grid washing machine. Well, maybe not a machine in the traditional sense, unless you consider my hands the motor. This is something I have been wanting to make for quite…
    - 88 days ago, 25 Jun 14, 12:00am -
  • 15 Preparedness Uses for Kiddie Pools
    Summer is upon us and that means summer items are now available. As you have no doubt noticed, some items are only available during certain seasons, and if you miss the opportunity to get those items when you can, you are faced with either waiting un…
    - 95 days ago, 18 Jun 14, 12:00am -
  • Add Wild Mushroom Hunting to Your Skill Set
    Last month I covered gathering and eating fiddlehead ferns (click here to see the article), this month I want to touch on a different wild edible. Make collecting wild mushrooms a part of your self-reliance skill set. Sound dangerous? It’s not, if…
    - 12 Jun 14, 12:00am -
  • Top 100 High ORAC Value Antioxidant Foods
    The ORAC values of the following spices-herbs-foods are rated very high (healthy) and are worth considering in your diet and preps for your overall health and well-being. ORAC is an abbreviation for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity and was develope…
    - 6 Jun 14, 12:00am -
  • 101 “Oddball Items” To Stock Before TSHTF
    When you make your preps for a long term survival situation, you want to make sure you cover the basics: Water-  check Food- check Shelter- check Batteries- check This list can go on for quite a while, but what about thinking outside the box? A litt…
    - 2 Jun 14, 12:00am -
  • The Top 8 Reasons You Need a Possum Mentality to Survive What’s Coming
    When times are good, abundance flows like sweet treats from Willie Wonka’s Chocolate factory. Thinking that this river of abundance will never dry up is, as Willie Wonka sang, Pure Imagination. Entire nations have experience hyperinflation, sever…
    - 28 May 14, 12:00am -
  • Can The Latest Technologies Eradicate Hunger And Save Lives?
    If you check out the latest news in research & development, you`ll learn a lot about a new technology that`s about to revolutionize our lives completely. I`m talking about 3D printers.I know it`s been a lot of fuss around them lately, but unfortunate…
    - 27 May 14, 12:00am -

Command Zero

  • newSilver < $18
    Wow, thats interesting. Reason? Who knows? Economic uncertainty in the EU over Scotlands independence vote? People dumping metal to build capital for the Alibaba IPO? Beats me. What I do know is that silver hasn’t been below $18 since…hmmm…2010…
    - 23 hours ago, 19 Sep 14, 10:55pm -
  • Link – Food stamp system to go down across New York this weekend
    Shop now if you depend on food stamps or cash assistance from New York. Neither will work starting early Sunday morning. The system will go down at midnight and isn’t expected to come back online until noon Sunday. It’s being … Continue reading…
    - 1 day ago, 19 Sep 14, 6:34pm -
  • Link – No Desiccants Needed: Federal Fresh-Fire Packs for 5.56
    Id posted earlier about Federal offering ‘tuna cans’ of .22 LR ammo and now it appears that they have decided to offer it in .223 5.56 as well. I would have thought something like a 50 or 100-round quantity would … Continue reading →
    - 4 days ago, 16 Sep 14, 5:13pm -
  • Fuel rotation
    The needle was riding on ‘E’ so I figured this would be a good time to rotate out some stored fuel. Todays vintage is 10/12. Yup….two year old gasoline. It is treated with this fine product right here: PRI Fuel … Continue reading →
    - 7 days ago, 13 Sep 14, 10:34pm -
  • Silver
    Silver continues to be below $19. I’m not a fortune teller (although I suppose I’m kind of a misfortune teller) but I suspect that this is pretty close to the bottom of things for a while. Sure, maybe it’ll go … Continue reading →
    - 8 days ago, 13 Sep 14, 1:25am -
  • Silver @ $19, stranding
    Well, silver is hovering around $19 at the moment, which means its a good time to buy as far as I’m concerned. Now that Obama has made his speech about ISIS, it’ll be interesting to see if there’s a market … Continue reading →
    - 10 days ago, 11 Sep 14, 1:34am -
  • Scout Rifle Stuff
    Went to the range yesterday to play with the Scout rifle a little.Last time I used some ‘blasting ammo’ and was, unsurprisingly, less than thrilled with the results. This time I loaded up some 165 Hornady SST over some Varget. … Continue readin…
    - 13 days ago, 8 Sep 14, 1:10am -
  • Light
    One of the local cops here told me something that seems to be supported by cops everywhere – nothing good happens after 11pm. If we were to slog through the crime statistics of just about anywhere on the planet, we’d … Continue reading →
    - 19 days ago, 1 Sep 14, 9:26pm -
  • When truth hides itself as humour

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  • Article – Tokyo’s disaster parks: hi-tech survival bunkers hidden under green spaces
    Another fascinating link from our friend over at Self Sufficient Mountain Living. Tokyo’s refuge parks are cleverly disguised survival bunkers for the masses during times of urban chaos and dysfunction. They are outfitted with solar-powered chargin…
    - 23 days ago, 28 Aug 14, 7:47pm -

Outdoor Quest

  • newFinding Direction Without a Compass
    Preparation and carrying the ten essentials is vital to any outdoor trip.  Map, compass and GPS make up my navigation kit.  Still, the unplanned happens and the magnetic compass may be broken or left at home.  Knowing a few common practices can ma…
    - 7 hours ago, 20 Sep 14, 2:32pm -
  • The Yellowstone Volcano
    From  TimeAtricle by Dan Kedmey2 September.An eruption could blanket the east coast in a few millimeters and bury the Rocky mountains in several meters of ash. If Yellowstone erupted into a massive, ash-spewing volcano, how far might the plume tra…
    - 6 days ago, 14 Sep 14, 2:43pm -
  • Calibrating The GPS Electronic Compass
    Calibrating your GPS receiver's electronic compass is a must.Recently I held a GPS navigation seminar at a Sportsman’s show in Oregon.At one point during the seminar one man described the inaccuracy of his GPS and asked what he could do about it…
    - 7 days ago, 13 Sep 14, 2:11pm -
  • Solar Flare
    New flare headed our way.By SETH BORENSTEINWASHINGTON (AP) - An extreme solar flare is blasting its way to Earth and could mess up some power grids, satellites and radio transmissions, scientists say.It's been several years since Earth has had a sola…
    - 9 days ago, 11 Sep 14, 1:49pm -
  • A Mini Survival Kit
    Here are several mini kit options and recommendations.Mini, pocket sized survival kits are in every outdoors store. But, really, what good are they?by Leon PantenburgSeveral years ago, the editor at the newspaper I worked at tasked me to write a prac…
    - 25 days ago, 26 Aug 14, 5:28pm -
  • Marking a GPS Waypoint
    Trust but verify that the GPS waypoints that you have marked are saved.There is nothing magic here.  Then again, there is nothing worse than that sinking feeling when you are in the backcountry, it's time to return the trailhead, you select "trailhe…
    - 28 days ago, 23 Aug 14, 12:30pm -
  • Pre-Trail Maintenance For Your GPS Receiver
    The following post I wrote was just presented at      Photo by Davynin       Summer is a great time to head for the trail and practice with a GPS receiver. There are several things hikers can…
    - 29 days ago, 22 Aug 14, 1:30pm -
  • DeLorme inReach Update
    Because of my interest with GPS training, rescue beacons and Search and Rescue I thought the August 2014 issue of GPS World had a definite connection to this blog. Don’t know about you, but I am always a bit cautious about reading the many glowing…
    - 31 days ago, 21 Aug 14, 1:24am -
  • Families in the Backcountry
    Travel safely in the  backcountry with your family.  Start them early and start them with the right skills.I wrote the following article a year ago for a local family news magazine in Bend, Oregon.      My wife and I began our outdoor journeys…
    - 31 days ago, 21 Aug 14, 1:20am -
  • Plan Your Escape Route
    Planning Your Escape Route“Alternative and escape routes - Once you have planned your route, plan and check out alternative routes that you may need to take in case of bad weather or if the going gets too much for some party members. In mountainou…
    - 35 days ago, 16 Aug 14, 5:06pm -

Paul Kirtley's Blog

  • Six Men, Three Boats and The Bloodvein: Canoeing A Wilderness River
    Rory, our pilot – about one third the age of the de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver he was flying – took the plane into a banked turn as we descended towards Artery Lake. About 31 minutes earlier we had taken off from Red Lake. Malcolm was the other passe…
    - 1 day ago, 19 Sep 14, 3:24pm -
  • How To Find A Place To Practice Bushcraft Skills In The UK
    At some stage, we all want to find somewhere we can go to practice our bushcraft skills. Yet land ownership, laws, bylaws, regulations and access codes limit us in what can be done where. This article shares ideas, considerations and case studies on…
    - 25 days ago, 26 Aug 14, 10:59pm -
  • Nutritional Breakdown of the PLCE Side Pocket Menu
    I thought it would be useful to have a further look at the macro nutritional balance of the PLCE side pocket menu outlined in a previous article and video. In particular I thought it worthwhile to lay out an analysis of the amounts of carbohydrate, f…
    - 80 days ago, 2 Jul 14, 10:06pm -
  • How To Pack Enough Food For A Week In A PLCE Side Pocket
    In a previous video I packed up all of the kit that I take when I working on UK bushcraft courses or camping in that way. It’s my typical baseline northern temperate kit. It all fits easily into a Karrimor Sabre 45 with side pockets, with room to s…
    - 87 days ago, 25 Jun 14, 8:43pm -
  • Integrating Bushcraft With Modern Outdoor Life: Bushcraft Show 2014 Presentation
    For the second year in a row I was among the expert speakers on the main stage at the Bushcraft Show. I was honoured to share this platform with illustrious names and authorities such as Lofty Wiseman, Cody Lundin, Steve Backshall, David Scott-Donela…
    - 28 May 14, 4:11pm -
  • What Gear To Pack For A Day Hike In The Woods
    When we head out for multi-day hikes, we’re usually quite considered in our choice of equipment. As soon as a trip involves spending at least one night out, we’re usually found reaching for appropriate sleeping equipment, a cooking pot, a means o…
    - 28 Apr 14, 1:17am -
  • Snugpak Travelpak 3 Sleeping Bag Review
    People seem to visibly cringe when they ask me about sleeping bags. The conversation goes something along the lines of “Paul, I’d like to buy a new sleeping bag, what do you recommend? What do you actually use yourself?” “Well, I have half a…
    - 5 Apr 14, 2:08pm -
  • Bellroy Very Protective: An Adventure-Tough Wallet?
    Little things can make a big difference. I certainly find this is the case when I’m travelling. I like to have a place for everything and everything in its place. The danger is, of course, that you end up adding bulk and weight to your kit by using…
    - 29 Mar 14, 8:25pm -
  • A Framework For Preparing Yourself For A Survival Situation
    You don’t need to look far for almost countless incident reports, news items and accounts of woe whereby ordinary folk have found themselves in difficulty in the great outdoors due to lack of basic skills and knowledge. So, how do we make sure we h…
    - 26 Mar 14, 1:12pm -
  • Portable Sharpening Stones: Keeping Your Edge On The Trail
    When we are at home, in a cabin or a fixed camp, we can use full-sized bench stones to sharpen our cutting tools. When we are on the move, however, we do not want to be carrying full-sized stones. They have a similar density to bricks. Even a full-si…
    - 19 Feb 14, 4:31pm -

Prep Blog

  • The TV Series “Scorpion” and why Geniuses can’t solve all our problems
    When the SHTF, will the geniuses of the world save us? Color me skeptical. There’s a new TV series, called Scorpion, about a team of geniuses who save the day on a weekly basis. The premise is that when you … Continue reading →
    - 1 day ago, 19 Sep 14, 3:59pm -
  • Sun-dried Tomatoes from the Survival Garden
    What should you do with all those summer and early fall tomatoes? It’s very easy to pick up 6 or 12 tomato seedlings at a local gardening store, and toss them in the survival garden. Tomatoes are easy to grow. … Continue reading →
    - 3 days ago, 17 Sep 14, 3:12pm -
  • A U.S. Epidemic affecting Kids: Enterovirus D68
    Read the CDC question and answer page for this disease here. The disease is currently active in 10 mid-Western states. The CDC says just over 100 people have become infected, but news reports put the number much higher. The Washington … Continue re…
    - 5 days ago, 15 Sep 14, 6:14pm -
  • Sig Sauer versus the BATFE on the MPX Muzzle Brake
    The MPX is a sweet new pistol-caliber carbine (PCC) from Sig Sauer. The military/LEO and civilian market place needed a new PCC. The venerable MP5 is outdated. It lacks the features of a modern AR — rails all around, AR … Continue reading →
    - 7 days ago, 13 Sep 14, 5:30pm -
  • ISIL and the Possibility of a Second 9/11

    - 9 days ago, 11 Sep 14, 1:32pm -

Prepper Recon

  • Friday Night at The Movies- In Plane Sight
    September is Truth Month here at Prepper Recon. Tonight’s movie is In Plane Sight. It examines some of the facts about 9/11 that are ignored by the mainstream media. Make sure you stop by the Prepper Recon Supply Store before you leave. […] ↓…
    - 1 day ago, 19 Sep 14, 5:13pm -
  • Podcast-Becoming Self-Sufficient-Patrice Lewis
    Patrice Lewis of joins me today to talk about her transition to becoming self sufficient. We talk about gardening with tires, canning and being frugal. Patrice also writes for Backwoods Home Magazine and World Net Daily. Stop by…
    - 4 days ago, 17 Sep 14, 3:16am -
  • Podcast- Back to the Survival Basics- Charley Hogwood
    Charley Hogwood of joins me on the show today to get back to the basics. I realize that we are getting a lot of first time listeners who could use a good primer on prepping. It is also a […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry...The pos…
    - 6 days ago, 15 Sep 14, 3:25am -
  • Sunday Prepper Bible Study- I Timothy 5:8
    If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has deniedthe faith and is worse than an unbeliever. I Timothy 5:8 Providing for our families goes far beyond food and shelter. Proper provision entails a [……
    - 6 days ago, 14 Sep 14, 5:39pm -
  • Friday Night at The Movies- The Men in Building Seven
    September is Truth Month here at Prepper Recon. Tonight’s movie is The Men in Building Seven. It examines the facts about the collapse of WTC Building Seven. Facts that are ignored by the mainstream media. Make sure you stop by […] ↓ Read the r…
    - 8 days ago, 12 Sep 14, 3:27pm -
  • Podcast-9/11 Can You Handle the Truth? – Mike Berger
    Mike Berger of joins me today for a very in-depth primer into the cover ups and inconsistencies of the official story about what happened on September 11th. Mike presents indisputable evidence that we’ve been lied to over and over [……
    - 11 days ago, 9 Sep 14, 11:09pm -
  • Podcast- The Truth About 9/11 with CPS Mike

    - 13 days ago, 8 Sep 14, 1:37am -
  • Sunday Prepper Bible Study- Rivers of Living Water
    Today’s post is from the daily devotional book by Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest. The book makes a great companion to your daily Bible reading. He who believes in Me . . . out of his heart will […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry...Th…
    - 13 days ago, 7 Sep 14, 2:21pm -
  • Friday Night at The Movies- AE911Truth
    September is Truth Month here at Prepper Recon. Tonight’s movie is from Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth. They represent 1500 people from the building industry that don’t believe the official story. Tonight’s movies tells you why. Make s…
    - 15 days ago, 5 Sep 14, 7:58pm -
  • Podcast- Get Fit for the Apocalypse- James of Survival Punk
    James from Survival Punk joins me on the show today. We talk about the importance of being in shape to thrive after it hits the fan. We also discuss the importance of eating good and freeing yourself from toxic relationships and addictive substanc…
    - 18 days ago, 3 Sep 14, 3:26am -

Preparedness is Fundamental

  • 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 →
    - 1 day 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 →
    - 6 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 -
  • Bright Idea for Preppers
    If you’ve read any of my posts, you know how emphatic I am about the need for plenty of renewable light for disasters, civil unrest, outages or WTSHTF. It is up there with food and water in my book, so … Continue reading →
    - 7 Feb 14, 7:03pm -
  • A Boomers Lament
    Perhaps one of the most difficult aspects of being a baby boomer in this (it grieves me to even write it) formerly great country, was growing up in a country that wasn’t just exceptional, it was spectacular. We would go … Continue reading →
    - 4 Feb 14, 3:09pm -
  • A Solar Powered Compost Tumbler for Under $5.00
    I am a scrounge. I can’t stand to see all of the waste that goes on around us, so I try and salvage and re-purpose items that are headed for the landfills and turn them into useful items. Gardens love … Continue reading →
    - 2 Feb 14, 5:27pm -

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