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  • newNotes for Friday – April 24, 2015
    April 24th is the birthday of Carolyn Cole (born 1961), a well-known staff photographer for the Los Angeles Times. For a few years in the late 1960s, the Cole family lived next door to JWR’s parents’ house in Livermore, California. That little gi…
    - 20 hours ago, 24 Apr 15, 5:38am -
  • new“Internet” Without Infrastructure – Part 4, by R.H.
    Protocol Refinements There are many refinements that can be used to improve efficiency and reduce the number of files to be processed, when dealing with local communication. However, these must always remain discretionary, so that they can be dropped…
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  • newLetter: Cash at KFC

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  • newEconomics and Investing:
    Sheriff’s Office: Search continues for suspects in $175,000 robbery at coin shop, home. Of the several stores in town in this business, this is the one in the “nice” part of town owned by an older gentleman. They apparently don’t sell; they o…
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  • newOdds ‘n Sods:
    Yet another state has had enough of federally-sanctioned theft. Michigan primed to end civil asset forfeiture. – D.S. o o o First They Came for the Anti-Vaxxers. – P.L. o o o From the official Marines web site: Marines complete riot-control train…
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  • newHugh’s Quote of the Day:
    “He found, using fifty stones to keep track, that he could easily remember the names of all fifty states, and he knew the capitols of a lot of them. He knew his times tables all the way up to twelves, and he knew when they’d signed the Declaratio…
    - 20 hours ago, 24 Apr 15, 5:35am -
  • Notes for Thursday – April 23, 2015
    Today, we present another entry for Round 58 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The $12,000+ 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…
    - 2 days ago, 23 Apr 15, 5:01am -
  • “Internet” Without Infrastructure – Part 3, by R.H.

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  • Letter Re: Dogs Tracking Someone
    JWR, HJL, SurvivalBlog Readers: I have a few thoughts about tracking dogs. My wife does canine search and rescue for the local CERT team in our rural county. There are two main types of search dogs– area and trailing. A trailing dog will follow a s…
    - 2 days ago, 23 Apr 15, 4:56am -
  • Economics and Investing:
    War On Cash Intensifies: JPMorgan Chase To Prohibit The Storage Of Cash In Safety Deposit Boxes o o o Massive Derivatives melt-down going on; Fed engaging in enormous RRP Reverse Repo op o o o Items from Mr. Econocobas: You Thought the Taper Tantrum…
    - 2 days ago, 23 Apr 15, 4:55am -


More Than Just Surviving

  • You Can’t Prep to Survive Everything

    You Can’t Prep to Survive Everything

    It’s impossible. There are some natural disasters and national/international crises that you are never going to be prepared enough to get through. If specific events take place, no matter how much prepping you do, you still won’t be able…
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  • Kershaw Chill 3410 Slim Flipper EDC Knife Review

    Kershaw Chill 3410 Slim Flipper EDC Knife Review

    As far as I know, the Kershaw Chill is one of the most inexpensive flippers currently produced by Kershaw. I threw it into my Amazon shopping cart as an “add-on” item to make it to the free shipping limit, and to be straight with you, I di…
    - 4 days ago, 20 Apr 15, 4:45pm -
  • Knife Drop: Thomas’ Favourite Outdoor Knives

    Knife Drop: Thomas’ Favourite Outdoor Knives

    - 6 days ago, 18 Apr 15, 7:15pm -
  • Which Booze is Best for a Prepper Stockpile?

    Which Booze is Best for a Prepper Stockpile?

    Prepping for both short and long-term emergencies is important. When the electricity goes out, there’s flooding, or there’s a natural disaster, you’re really going to want to have been prepared. But you’ll also want to be prepared in th…
    - 8 days ago, 16 Apr 15, 7:45pm -
  • April 2015 EDC Pocket Dump

    April 2015 EDC Pocket Dump

    1. Leatherman Style CS Multi-Tool 2. Bellroy Hide and Seek Wallet in Cognac 3. Glee Gum in Peppermint 4. Case Sway Back Gent Red Bone Handles – Review.This is just the start of the post April 2015 EDC Pocket Dump. Continue reading and b…
    - 13 days ago, 11 Apr 15, 7:00pm -
  • 4 Tips to Help First Aiders Stay Out of Legal Trouble

    4 Tips to Help First Aiders Stay Out of Legal Trouble

    While you can have the very best intentions trying to lend a hand by assisting medically with emergencies, being a Good Samaritan unfortunately doesn’t win you enough brownie points to always protect you from the legal pitfalls that can oc…
    - 15 days ago, 9 Apr 15, 6:45pm -
  • Kershaw Kills Flippers: April Fools

    Kershaw Kills Flippers: April Fools

    Yes, yes, we know. The vast majority of you called us out on our little joke when we said that Kershaw was killing off all the flippers from its product line yesterday. And for good reason, as it was of course a prank! Kershaw will not be dis…
    - 23 days ago, 2 Apr 15, 4:15am -
  • Kershaw Finally Concedes – Flippers Were a Bad Idea

    Kershaw Finally Concedes – Flippers Were a Bad Idea

    We received some samples of knives to be reviewed from Kershaw the other day. To say the least, we were a little bit surprised when we saw them. In our package, we got a Kershaw Leek, Thermite, and Cryo II, but something was definitely off ab…
    - 24 days ago, 1 Apr 15, 1:00pm -
  • Victorinox EvoGrip S18 Swiss Army Knife Multi-Tool Review

    Victorinox EvoGrip S18 Swiss Army Knife Multi-Tool Review

    The Victorinox EvoGrip provides interesting insight into what Victorinox deems to be the next evolutionary step for their Swiss Army knives. This evolution is a clear departure from the classic minimalist red slabs that we all grew up with a…
    - 24 days ago, 31 Mar 15, 7:30pm -
  • March 2015 EDC Purse Dump

    March 2015 EDC Purse Dump

    1. ESEE Candiru (Black Version) Fixed Blade Knife + Orange Scales 2. Inova XP LED Flashlight 3. Orange G-10 Nuko Tools NukoHead Punchring – Similar. 4. Gerber Dime Mini MultitoolThis is just the start of the post March 2015 EDC Purse Dump.…
    - 27 days ago, 28 Mar 15, 4:00pm -

Blue Collar Prepping

  • newDelay of Blog Post

    Delay of Blog Post

    Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.Today's blog post is the unboxing video of April's Apocabox.Due to technical problems and the limits of upload speed, the post will be late.I apologize for this oversight and will have the post up as…
    - 3 hours ago, 24 Apr 15, 10:51pm -
  • Wood Heating Primer

    Wood Heating Primer

    A question came up about wood heat and the pros/cons of the different types, so I thought it was time for a refresher. Wood heat is mostly radiant heat rather than convective heat, so it will feel different than what most people are used to feeling f…
    - 1 day ago, 23 Apr 15, 7:48pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: Inventory Time

    Prudent Prepping: Inventory Time

    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Now we concentrate  on what to do in, and how to plan for, the long term via Prudent Prepping.Inventory and RotationAfter checking out the current state of my local emergency/backup water sour…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Apr 15, 7:17pm -
  • Backup Generators

    Backup Generators

    If you're a member of our Facebook group, you probably already know that Erin is the guest on a radio show this week. If not, hey, Erin is the guest on a radio show this Wednesday. [Oh, jeez. No pressure, eh? -- Erin]One of the topics that came up a…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Apr 15, 7:00pm -
  • Gun Blog Variety Podcast #35

    Gun Blog Variety Podcast #35

    The day after the NRA Annual Meeting, Adam and Sean sat down to talk about all the cool things they saw. It was a great event, and they want all of you to come out to next year's NRA Annual Meeting in Louisville, KY.Erin Palette is on assignment* a…
    - 4 days ago, 20 Apr 15, 11:55pm -
  • Con Survival Part 2 - the Outdoor Event

    Con Survival Part 2 - the Outdoor Event

    Erin had a lot of really good pointers in her article about surviving various conventions.  I'm doing a quick follow-up on that to cover... dun duh DUNNN ... Outdoor Events.From spring, all the way through late fall, we're all eager to get outside…
    - 4 days ago, 20 Apr 15, 5:53pm -
  • Gun Blog Variety Podcast #34

    Gun Blog Variety Podcast #34

    It's the NRA Annual Meeting Minicast, featuring Sean, Adam, and Erin in a short roundtable segment inside the NRAAM Press Room. Thanks for downloading, listening, and subscribing. And don't forget to share with a friend!Listen to the podcast here.Sho…
    - 7 days ago, 17 Apr 15, 7:44pm -
  • Convention Survival Strategies

    Convention Survival Strategies

    Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.Now that spring has sprung, conventions across the country are starting up and folks are making plans to visit their favorite cons in the summer and fall. Since I am someone who goes to conventions w…
    - 7 days ago, 17 Apr 15, 7:16pm -
  • Diatomaceous Earth

    Diatomaceous Earth

    Diatomaceous earth is one of those interesting substances that is more common than most people know and has a variety of uses from a prepper's perspective.What It IsDiatomaceous earth is the fossilized remains of microscopic single-celled algae, ca…
    - 8 days ago, 16 Apr 15, 7:13pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: Revisiting Locations

    Prudent Prepping: Revisiting Locations

    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Now we concentrate  on what to do in, and how to plan for, the long term via Prudent Prepping.Revisiting Locations:Because Sometimes, Water Stops FlowingCalifornia is in its third year of low…
    - 9 days ago, 15 Apr 15, 7:11pm -

Destiny Survival

  • From Christians and Preparedness to Retreats for All
    From Christians and Preparedness to Retreats for All I’ve been blessed in the past few years to get acquainted with a surprising number of preppers who profess to be Christians. Since many Christians think prepping shows a lack of faith … Continu…
    - 2 days ago, 23 Apr 15, 1:07pm -
  • The Green Foods Bible – What Role Could Green Foods Play in Our Survival?
    The Green Foods Bible – Revised and Expanded Edition has recently been released by Panacea Publishing, Inc. They’re the people who brought you the Self Reliance Summit last year, which you can still access from the Survival Training and Instructi…
    - 4 days ago, 21 Apr 15, 1:27pm -
  • The Prepper’s Workbook – A Must Have for Your Survival Library
    Last summer in 2014 I had a conversation with Scott B. Williams and Scott Finazzo about their book, The Prepper’s Workbook, a must have for your survival library. This week’s DestinySurvival Radio is a reairing of that visit.     … Continue r…
    - 9 days ago, 16 Apr 15, 1:10pm -
  • Herbs and Drug Interactions – There’s a Reference Book to Help You Sort Things Out
    Have you used herbs or herbal supplements as part of your personal health strategy? Have you been concerned about herbs and drug interactions? There’s a reference book that can help you sort things out, regardless of whether you’re an herbalist.…
    - 11 days ago, 14 Apr 15, 1:17pm -
  • Easy Cheesy
    Have you tried making cheese at home? It’s not difficult. At least it doesn’t have to be. In fact, follow the steps in the article excerpt below, and you’ll realize it’s easy cheesy. The article comes from the March/April, 2015, … Continue…
    - 18 days ago, 7 Apr 15, 1:25pm -
  • Prepping With Children – DestinySurvival Radio Revisits Prepper Pete and Friends
    Ants and squirrels. Would you believe they have something to teach children about preparedness? Kermit Jones, Jr., knows about that because he’s the author of the Prepper Pete series of books for children. This week DestinySurvival Radio revisits P…
    - 23 days ago, 2 Apr 15, 1:13pm -
  • Keyhole Gardening for your Survival Garden?
    Let’s face it. Gardening can be challenging, especially if you don’t have good soil or live in an area that doesn’t get much water. Could keyhole gardening be your survival garden solution? “Backwoods Home Magazine” for March/April, 2015 (I…
    - 25 days ago, 31 Mar 15, 1:34pm -
  • Prepper’s Financial Guide Offers Common Sense Help You Can Use
    Since the day I first heard Jim Cobb was coming out with Prepper’s Financial Guide, I’ve been eager for it to be released so I could read it and tell you about it. That’s because this is such a vital … Continue reading →The post Prepper’…
    - 30 days ago, 26 Mar 15, 1:09pm -
  • Make Ready to Survive in a Suburban and City Environment
    I’m so glad Panteao’s Make Ready to Survive series covers everything from wilderness survival to urban survival, and a little in between. There’s something for every prepper, no matter what your level of experience. Today I’m reviewing the DV…
    - 32 days ago, 24 Mar 15, 1:15pm -
  • Permaculture – Cap’n Dave Sets an Example for Your Survival Garden
    With spring upon us, gardening comes to the forefront. If you want more than just ordinary gardening, consider permaculture. Cap’n Dave sets an example for your survival garden. I’ll fill you in on that shortly. Cap’n Dave is this week’s ……
    - 37 days ago, 19 Mar 15, 1:11pm -

Libertarian Rantfest

  • newBarter Town: Spring Cleaning 2015 Updated 9 Apr
    Updated 4/16: If you had an eye on something but the price wasn't quite right this is the time to strike before I list things elsewhere. Send me a note with what you are thinking and we'll talk. I'm not having a fire sale but I do want to unload this…
    - 12 hours ago, 24 Apr 15, 2:16pm -
  • newReal Life: Wifey Screamed Out In Panic
    Yesterday afternoon was going along normally. My mom is in town. She was outside with Wifey and the kids. I was inside working on the 'honey do list'. I heard Wifey scream 'RYAN!'.I looked out the window to see if I needed to grab the 870. It turns o…
    - 21 hours ago, 24 Apr 15, 4:51am -
  • Pastor Joe Fox 'Before You Buy PM's'
    On the ammo discussion:10,000 rounds by Pastor Joe FoxCheaper than Dirt chimes in and thinks 2 cases per rifle is pretty reasonableMy thoughts on How Much Ammo is EnoughTo recap my thoughts:Fighting Rifle like an AK-47 3,000 rounds of 7.62x39. Ditto…
    - 2 days ago, 23 Apr 15, 2:33am -
  • Pocket Pistol Rules
    A few months back I was able to have dinner with Chris and Heather. The topic of very small pocket sized handguns came up. They had recently purchased a pair of them, which they were judiciously carrying. He said more or less "be careful you might en…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Apr 15, 3:56pm -
  • Not Jurassic Park Just Two Big Dogs
    Commander Zero threw it out there but no, in fact we are not running Jurassic Park here. It came up in a recent post how much dog food we are going through. My initial estimate was a bit off (we had a 3rd dog for awhile and he skewed things) but we a…
    - 4 days ago, 21 Apr 15, 7:14am -
  • Land Nav Training with Max Velocity
    Max Velocity is offering land nav training. MVT will offer practical Land Navigation classes. These will be 2 day classes. Classes will include: TheoryPractical InstructionDay & Night Practical Land Navigation(Night course optional)Backgr…
    - 4 days ago, 21 Apr 15, 3:02am -
  • Hookers for Hillary
    Apparently there is a group, based out of the famous house of ill repute known as the Bunny Ranch, of prostitutes referring to their selves as Hookers for Hillary. They are advocating for Hillary Clinton to be our next president. I don't really know…
    - 4 days ago, 21 Apr 15, 2:52am -
  • What Have You Been Up To In Preparedness Lately?
    I revamped my get home bag.Have an 80% solution on a resupply cache.Selling stuff to buy more useful stuff.Rotated some stored fuel. Will rotate more over the next 2-3 weeks till it is all fresh and properly preserved non ethanol gas.Bought 350 pound…
    - 5 days ago, 20 Apr 15, 3:08am -
  • Trades in Barter Town
    I was asked about potential trades. This is a tough one as it is difficult to say everything I might be potentially willing to trade for without fully developing the situation. If you are interested in an item I think is going to be harder to sell or…
    - 6 days ago, 18 Apr 15, 2:29pm -
  • 2016 Gun Buying Plans
    I talked about getting ready for the upcoming (pretty well scheduled) 2016 Election Hysteria awhile back. Figured it is time for an update.Since writing that post I did order a stripped lower.Would like to get 2 more, maybe this weekend. I look at th…
    - 6 days ago, 18 Apr 15, 2:27pm -

Dr. Bones & Nurse Amy

  • Video: Amoxicillin in Survival
      In his latest video, physician and author Joe Alton, MD, discusses the antibiotic Amoxicillin, its veterinary equivalents, and its applications in survival scenarios where modern medical aid is not available. Part of an ongoing series on antibioti…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Apr 15, 2:31pm -
  • Videocast #9 with Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy
    Our latest videocast in collaboration with the great folks at is now available for those that weren’t able to see it live! In our videocast, we’re able to demonstrate supplies and procedures that might save a life, in good…
    - 3 days ago, 22 Apr 15, 12:28pm -
  • Lost at Sea, Part 3
        In Parts 1 and 2 of this series, we discussed the unusual case of Louis Jordan, a sailor whose boat capsized off the coast of the Carolinas and who survived 66 days at sea with little ill effect. Special circumstances and Lady Luck played a hug…
    - 4 days ago, 20 Apr 15, 4:16pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Giardia, Survival at Sea, Black Mold
    In this episode of the Survival Medicine Hour Podcast, Joe and Amy Alton, aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, discuss a hazard you’ll encounter if you don’t sterilize water in the wilderness: Giardiasis! Also, a discussion of how to survive at sea, whet…
    - 6 days ago, 19 Apr 15, 2:15am -
  • Video: Intro to Antibiotics Series
      In this video, Joe Alton, MD, aka Dr. Bones, discusses the importance of having antibiotics in your medical storage to deal with infections in austere settings. This is the first of a series that will discuss various antibiotics, their veterinary…
    - 7 days ago, 17 Apr 15, 11:41pm -
  • Lost at Sea, Part 2
      In our last article, we discussed the case of a man who was stranded at sea for 66 days without much ill effect other than weight loss. Luckily for him, his sailboat was his primary residence and was able to “right” itself with most of his sup…
    - 10 days ago, 14 Apr 15, 6:57pm -
  • Lost at Sea? Part 1
    In the news, a man named Louis Jordan survived 66 days lost at sea off the Carolina coast with little apparent physical effect. Some have wondered out loud how this is possible: Could it have been staged? I decided to take a closer look at why he was…
    - 17 days ago, 7 Apr 15, 2:39pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Typhoid vs. Typhus, Valerian Root, Tourniquets
    In this episode of the Survival Medicine Hour podcast, the Altons, aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, discuss two epidemic diseases that sound  and look similar but aren’t: Typhoid and Typhus. Also, Nurse Amy discusses the various uses of valerian root…
    - 19 days ago, 6 Apr 15, 1:48am -
  • Videocasts #7 and #8 with Around The Cabin
      You probably know about Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy’s long-running podcast, but did you know that we have a videocast too, in collaboration with the nice folks at Around The Cabin? We not only talk about medical issues in survival, but also give dem…
    - 20 days ago, 5 Apr 15, 1:19pm -
  • 8 Ways to Prevent Fires
      Last time, we discussed the nature of fire and what to do if you were caught in a blaze in a house or building. We’ve also talked how to establish, in a rural setting, a defensive space around the house against forest fires.   In this article,…
    - 21 days ago, 3 Apr 15, 7:14pm -

Survivalist Blog

  • newHelp me choose the winners…
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  • newSolar Room – Done Dirt Cheap…
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  • newHow the Next Economic Collapse Unfolds
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  • newFriday Miscellany News Brief
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  • newScripture of the Day
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  • Reliable Ham Radio Post-Disaster Security Communications
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    - 3 days ago, 22 Apr 15, 12:36pm -
  • Real Survival versus Survivor TV show
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    - 3 days ago, 22 Apr 15, 12:26pm -
  • Beans, Bullets and Bandaids
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    - 3 days ago, 22 Apr 15, 12:20pm -

Patriot Rising

  • Do You Have Basic First Aid Skills

    Do You Have Basic First Aid Skills

      First, ask yourself, do you have basic first aid skills, first aid supplies and a willingness to render aid to someone who is injured. If you simply have no skills at all, or fear to give aid, but want to learn to overcome your fear or reluctance…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Apr 15, 4:29pm -
  • The probability of a large earthquake in Los Angeles has increased.

    The probability of a large earthquake in Los Angeles has increased.

    A new report by the U.S. Geological survey has introduced a new earthquake forecast model that changes the forecasts for magnitude, location, and likelihood as compared to the 2007 forecast model. The most significant change is the likelihood of medi…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Apr 15, 4:22pm -
  • Surviving Gunshots

    Surviving Gunshots

    About half the time gunshot wounds are fatal or permanently crippling even in the best of emergency care and follow up surgeries. Without good follow up treatment–especially with infections–gunshot fatalities increase to almost 90%. Those are not…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Apr 15, 4:19pm -
  • Sealing Food in Five Gallon Buckets is an Important Skill for Preppers

    Sealing Food in Five Gallon Buckets is an Important Skill for Preppers

    The other day I had to seal some popcorn and millet in Mylar bags and five-gallon buckets.  It is quite easy.  Open the Mylar bag and put it in the bucket.  Fill the Mylar bag with your product to about two inches from the top of the bucket.  You…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Apr 15, 4:01pm -
  • WROL Risks for Women: Are you Prepared?

    WROL Risks for Women: Are you Prepared?

      What to do? Survive. Suffer. Try. What other choice would there be? If one were in some sort of war situation, running off into chaos would have to be a decision made after patiently waiting for a window of opportunity, not a flight or fight visce…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Apr 15, 3:56pm -
  • Water Survival Tips

    Water Survival Tips

    The post Water Survival Tips appeared first on Patriot Rising.
    - 3 days ago, 21 Apr 15, 3:44pm -
  • US Nuclear Power Plant Locations & Live Wind Flow Map For ‘Fallout’

    US Nuclear Power Plant Locations & Live Wind Flow Map For ‘Fallout’

    The map shown above illustrates the location of all the operating nuclear power plants in the United States (I believe there are 104), and I have added a 50 mile radius (100 mile diameter) circle around each one.  The post US Nuclear Power Plant Lo…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Apr 15, 3:39pm -
  • Staying Healthy in the Wilderness

    Staying Healthy in the Wilderness

    Your feet are your transportation. While blisters can be an annoyance if treated properly, a cut foot can lay you up for a week, maybe more, while frostbite can lead to lasting damage. To protect yourself from these dangers you’ll need the right ge…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Apr 15, 3:34pm -
  • Burdock and Its Benefits

    Burdock and Its Benefits

    Burdock is a member of the daisy family. It grows three to four feet tall, has a flower that blooms between June and October, and has wavy heart-shaped leaves with whitish bottoms. The best part of this plant is the root! This is where all the medici…
    - 5 days ago, 19 Apr 15, 8:17pm -
  • 12 Bad Strategies That Will Get Preppers Killed

    12 Bad Strategies That Will Get Preppers Killed

    Bad Strategy #1: “I’ll just hunt and live off the land.” Oh my gosh. No, you probably won’t. You might try to hunt, but guess what? Loads of other people have this same idea.  Unless you live hundreds of miles from civilization, the populati…
    - 7 days ago, 18 Apr 15, 1:05am -

Survival Gear

Backdoor Survival

  • newHow to Make Whole Wheat Bread Using the WonderMix + Giveaway
    For years I have coveted a real dough mixer.  You know the kind; a mixer with a huge dough hook so I could bake 4, 5, or even 6 loaves a bread at once.  On a day last month, my dream came true.  The folks at WonderMill offered to send me their ne…
    - 18 hours ago, 24 Apr 15, 8:00am -
  • How to Deal With Open Wounds When Help is Not on the Way
    If there is one area that I feel singularly unprepared for it is with dealing with physical trauma following a disruptive event.  Basic first aid?  Sure, I can handle that and have a decent first aid kit to back me up.  But serious wounds, broken…
    - 2 days ago, 23 Apr 15, 8:00am -
  • Prepper Book Festival 8: Aftermath A Story of Survival + Giveaway
    This week’s author interview and book giveaway in the Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festival 8 is singularly special not only because of the book itself, but because the author is a BDS frequent contributor, LeAnn Edmondson.Her book, and the fe…
    - 3 days ago, 22 Apr 15, 8:00am -
  • 12 Outrageously Simple Tips for Saving Money
    As much as I would like to say that money does not matter, it does. The reality is that most of us need money to buy food, put clothes on our backs, and pay for housing, utilities, healthcare, medicine and taxes.  Even families that live 100% off g…
    - 4 days ago, 21 Apr 15, 8:00am -
  • The Survival Buzz #165
    Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.The big day is here and as you are reading this, I am probably sweating bullets as I take my Ham Technician License test.  I ha…
    - 7 days ago, 18 Apr 15, 8:00am -
  • Review: Life Pod Paracord Survival Kit + Giveaway
    I do not know a single Prepper or Survivalist type that is not in love with paracord. Suffice it to say that paracord is to an emergency kit what lavender is to essential oils – a multi-purpose tool for getting you through all types of emergency r…
    - 8 days ago, 17 Apr 15, 8:00am -
  • How to Set-Up and Master Ham Radio Without Going Crazy, Part 2
    For the new ham radio enthusiast, setting up the gear can be a challenge.  This is especially true for starter radios that are known to be high on features and design but low on intuitive usability.  Documentation?  Unless you can read broken Eng…
    - 9 days ago, 16 Apr 15, 8:00am -
  • Prepper Book Festival 8: After the Crumble + Giveaway
    After taking a break of several months, I am once again reading books in the post-apocalyptic genre.  To be honest, during this break, living and breathing what might happen following a disruptive event was simply too much to deal with.Shifting ge…
    - 10 days ago, 15 Apr 15, 8:00am -
  • 8 Reasons Old Cookbooks Are Important
    A couple of months ago I was going through some old boxes tucked into the hidden recesses of my garage and I stumbled upon a box of old cookbooks.  Since I learned to cook long before the age of computers, most of my self-taught efforts came by way…
    - 11 days ago, 14 Apr 15, 8:00am -
  • The Survival Buzz #164
    Welcome to this week’s Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.I don’t know about you, but I am feeling a tremendous sense of accomplishment this week.  First and foremost, I continued stu…
    - 14 days ago, 11 Apr 15, 8:00am -

Backwoods Survival Blog

  • newScrounging for Nutrition in Unlikely (and Somewhat Gross) Places
    If you enjoyed this article, feel free to check out the rest of the site, and please consider subscribing to the blog via email by placing your email address in the sign-up box on the right-hand sidebar of the screen. You can also "Like" our Facebook…
    - 7 hours ago, 24 Apr 15, 6:39pm -
  • DIY Homemade Apfelwein (German Apple Wine), Part 5
    Read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4Not much left to say at this point in the process, other than it is time to allow Father Time to do his work and age this batch to perfection. As you can see, I ended up with five bottles of wine resulting f…
    - 1 day ago, 23 Apr 15, 7:03pm -
  • PREPPER PRODUCT REVIEW: Wise Foods Creamy Pasta and Vegetable Rotini
    One thing making this particular review unique among all the ones I have previously done is that it doesn't coincide necessarily with the actual retail version of the product. I actually contacted Wise Foods and requested a free sample (which anyone…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Apr 15, 7:04pm -
  • BOOK REVIEW: "After The Dying Time: Book 2 in The Dying Time Trilogy" by Raymond Dean White & Duane Lindsay and Jane White (Editors)
    As promised a few weeks ago, this week's Doomer Fiction novel review centers on "After The Dying Time: Book 2 in The Dying Time Trilogy" by Raymond Dean White & Duane Lindsay and Jane White (Editors) (currently only available as an e-book in Kindle f…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Apr 15, 7:01pm -
  • MOVIE REVIEW: "The Remaining" (2014)
    For today's Doomer Fiction movie review, I will be discussing "The Remaining" (2014) Blu-ray (DVD version), which is an interesting film for a couple of reasons. Probably the most important of those reasons is the fact that it is essentially a story…
    - 4 days ago, 21 Apr 15, 12:48am -
  • Guest Post: Why You Should Always Keep A Bear Grylls Survival Knife With You
    Editor's Note: I must admit that, with respect to the myriad survival experts on television, Bear Grylls has never been my favorite, despite the fact that his background with the British SAS pretty much guarantees he really does have the knowledge a…
    - 5 days ago, 20 Apr 15, 12:06am -
  • Making Charred Cloth for Use As a Firestarter
    If you enjoyed this article, feel free to check out the rest of the site, and please consider subscribing to the blog via email by placing your email address in the sign-up box on the right-hand sidebar of the screen. You can also "Like" our Facebook…
    - 7 days ago, 17 Apr 15, 8:17pm -
  • Growing 100 Pounds of Potatoes in 4 Square Feet of Space
    If you enjoyed this article, feel free to check out the rest of the site, and please consider subscribing to the blog via email by placing your email address in the sign-up box on the right-hand sidebar of the screen. You can also "Like" our Facebook…
    - 8 days ago, 16 Apr 15, 7:10pm -
  • PREPPER PRODUCT REVIEW: Mountain House Spaghetti with Meat Sauce
    Time for another long-term storage food review here on Backwoods Survival Blog, and I'll readily admit once again that the Mountain House Freeze-Dried Spaghetti with Meat Sauce entree is yet another of their line of excellent products with which I wa…
    - 9 days ago, 15 Apr 15, 6:41pm -
  • BOOK REVIEW: "Anarchy Rising (The Survivalist Book 2)" by Arthur Bradley
    As somewhat of a continuation from previous weeks, today's book review will focus upon "Anarchy Rising (The Survivalist Book 2)" by Arthur Bradley (Kindle edition). I reviewed the first book in this series, entitled "Frontier Justice," last week, and…
    - 10 days ago, 15 Apr 15, 1:43am -

Bug Out Survival

  • EDC Lights and Knife from James Williams and CRKT
    I received some fantastic products in the mail today from James Williams, of System of Strategy. Those of you who are familiar with CRKT Knives have probably seen some of the designs of James Williams, a master of the Japanese samurai fighting arts a…
    - 24 days ago, 1 Apr 15, 1:07am -
  • Into the River Lands: Darkness After Series Book II
    Many readers of the The Darkness After have asked if there was going to be sequel, and it has been my intention all along to continue this story as an ongoing series parallel to The Pulse Series, which of course, involves a different set of character…
    - 41 days ago, 14 Mar 15, 8:09pm -
  • Sailing the Apocalypse on Destiny Survival Radio
    I had another interesting conversation with John Wesley Smith recently, this time discussing my latest novel, Sailing the Apocalypse: A Misadventure at Sea. John has posted his thoughts about the book in a review on his website: Destiny Survival.I…
    - 63 days ago, 20 Feb 15, 5:11pm -
  • Early Review of Sailing the Apocalypse
    Dave Zeiger knows a thing or two about bug out boats. As a designer and liveaboard sailor who makes his home aboard his self-built vessel, Slacktide on the isolated waters of southeast Alaska, he lives a full-time lifestyle many preppers fantasize ab…
    - 99 days ago, 15 Jan 15, 8:43pm -
  • Sailing the Apocalypse
    I've posted this on my main website but I'm reposting here for those of you who don't visit all that often.  As always, there's a new book in the works and this one is another fiction title that might interest some readers of…
    - 10 Dec 14, 1:33am -
  • Revisiting Favorite Wild Places
    I spent a couple of weeks in September wandering around the Southwest by motorcycle, mostly camping in national forests and other public lands, which there is no shortage of in this region.  Many of the places I wanted to revisit were favorite areas…
    - 10 Oct 14, 3:25pm -
  • Book Giveaway Winners
    This is a repost from my main website:Just an update to announce that the winners have been selected  for the ten  signed copies of Refuge that I offered to those signing up for my author newsletter.  If your email address was chosen, you should…
    - 1 Oct 14, 3:36pm -
  • Book Giveaway Signup Link
    Yesterday I posted an announcement of a book giveaway for ten copies of Refuge After the Collapse (the sequel to The Pulse).  Many of you who follow this blog have signed up for the giveaway using the embedded signup form I included at the bottom o…
    - 29 Aug 14, 9:39pm -
  • Book Giveaway: Refuge After the Collapse
    I have word from the publisher that copies of Refuge have shipped from the printer to the warehouse, so the book should be showing up for sale soon, though the official release date is still posted on Amazon and other sites as September 23. I should…
    - 29 Aug 14, 1:42am -
  • Polar Pure is Available Again!
    Back in January, 2010, I posted a review of one of my favorite water purification methods: Polar Pure Water Disinfectant.  You can read the article for all the details of why I like this iodine purification method so much, and how I've tested it in…
    - 19 Aug 14, 9:34pm -

Canadian Preppers Network

  • Product Review - Valley Food Storage
    Food products are tough to review.  Simply, most reviews depend on individual tastes, which vary largely from one person to another.  That being said, I have reviewed food packages in the past that were OK and acceptable by my standards, as well as…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Apr 15, 2:00pm -
  • Movie Monday - Killer Tornadoes
    This Week On Movie MondayKiller TornadoesUnderstanding How Tornadoes Destroy and Kill  With tornado season just around the corner,  I thought this might be a great topic to look at this week.  The majority of tornadoes reported in Canada occur b…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Apr 15, 2:44pm -
  • A Lifeline Right Outside Your Door
    Community. Do you have one? If you answered yes then you are who some would consider to be the fortunate ones. You have either made a decision to be involved in one, live in one, or have created one around you. Your community may be the people you l…
    - 5 days ago, 20 Apr 15, 10:57am -
  • Time To Get Gardening, Or, At Least Planning For IT
    Even with the snow still lingering on the ground, now is the time to turn your attention to the outdoors and your food production for the coming season. Growing your own food is a sustainable way to prepare yourself for hard times. With some sim…
    - 8 days ago, 17 Apr 15, 11:00am -
  • Guest Post From Lee Flynn - Incorporating Water Storage Into Your Emergency Food Supply
    Building your own food and water back up emergency supply is a smart plan to incorporate in the face of an unexpected emergency or serious disaster. FEMA recommends storing at least a two-week supply. However, most survival experts believe a three-…
    - 10 days ago, 15 Apr 15, 11:00am -
  • Movie Monday - How To Build A Wood Gasifier With 7 Trumpets Prepper
    Movie Mondays have been a popular and informative posting series here at the CPN.  I've shared more than a few documentaries from the BBC and National Geographic.  As you could imagine, it's not always easy to find something relevant and interestin…
    - 11 days ago, 13 Apr 15, 11:00pm -
  • Guest Post from Dan F.Sullivan at SurvivalSullivan
    Outdoor Cooking Tips for the Average JoeWhile outdoor cooking is more of a recreational activity, when disaster strikes and we’re all going to be out in the woods building shelter and making fire, we won’t have a choice but to do it every day. W…
    - 17 days ago, 8 Apr 15, 12:28pm -
  • Casting Call From Left Field Pictures

    - 24 days ago, 1 Apr 15, 11:00am -
  • The Homegrown Food Summit - Another Free Webinar Series
    On April 6-12, grow your knowledge for organic living. Grow it faster than if you read a wheelbarrow's load of the best books on food production, harvesting and preserving.April 6-12, the Home Grown Food Summit will host 35 presentations from exper…
    - 28 days ago, 27 Mar 15, 4:07pm -
  • Over The Counter (OTC) Medications For The Prepper
    We’ve all been there…early in the morning, calling into the boss to tell them that we won’t be in that day for any multitude of reasons.  It could be a bout with the flu, strained back, or something else along those lines.  When we leave t…
    - 31 days ago, 24 Mar 15, 7:44pm -

Tactical Intelligence

  • How to Make Char Cloth Indoors
    If there were one fire-making skill I'd recommend all preppers get good at it would probably be making fire from char cloth.
    - 13 days ago, 11 Apr 15, 9:54pm -
  • How to Make Rope from a Trash Bag [Video]
    This video is a follow up to the previous blog post on 18 Bug-Out Uses for a Trash Bag.
    - 22 days ago, 2 Apr 15, 3:38pm -
  • 18 Reasons a Trash Bag (or three) Should be in Your Bug Out Bag Right Now
    When it comes to your bug-out bag -- given the limits you have in terms of space and weight -- the best survival items you can pack are those that are lightweight, have multiple uses, and don't take up much space.
    - 28 days ago, 27 Mar 15, 5:25pm -
  • Activated Charcoal: A Must-Have Item in Every Preppers Med Kit
    If I were to guess, activated charcoal is probably not one of the items found in your med kit right now. Well, it's time you change that...The thing is, in a long-term disaster or a post-collapse situation, you'll likely not have access to profes…
    - 39 days ago, 17 Mar 15, 4:16am -
  • How to Make Homemade Desiccant
    As preppers we all know the importance of keeping our firearms and electronics free from moisture when they are put away for storage. For this reason, before caching or storing items such as these for the long term its crucial you include some type o…
    - 56 days ago, 28 Feb 15, 3:17am -
  • Ebola Prevention in a Grid-Down World
    Hey guys, just wanted to quickly let you know about a document I found buried in the CDC website. It's an older document (written in 1998) that provides an excellent resource for Ebola prevention in a time when modern medical facilities might not be…
    - 25 Oct 14, 5:44pm -
  • Why Now Is the Time to Get Your Ham License
    Most preppers get the idea that communication is an important capability to have during an emergency. Despite this understanding though, few preppers have a solid communication plan in place beyond a few two-way walkie-talkie devices and the false h…
    - 23 Aug 14, 11:58pm -
  • Product Review: SunJack Portable Solar Array
    For preppers, survivalists and others desiring to have other means of electricity when the grid goes down, solar has always been a valid means of off-grid power. And in recent years, there’s been significant advances and interest in portable solar…
    - 23 Aug 14, 1:22pm -
  • Warning: The Coming Pandemic and How You can Prepare Yourself
    Back in 1995, Richard Preston wrote a #1 New York Time’s best-seller by the name of The Hot Zone which gave a startling view into the deadly seriousness and history of the Ebola Virus. It’s a truly horrifying disease: bleeding from the ears, eye…
    - 6 Aug 14, 5:17pm -
  • The Humble Bow: The Ultimate SHTF Weapon?
    If you were in a SHTF situation, which one would you rather have – a bow or a firearm? Before you gun nuts (me included) start saying there is no contest, I thought I’d use this article to maybe not so much change your mind but to expand your un…
    - 31 Jul 14, 5:24pm -

Off Grid Survival

Preparedness Videos

- 7 days ago, 17 Apr 15, 3:23pm -
How To Escape Professional Handcuffs - With A Paperclip
Here's how to escape from professional, double-locking handcuffs, with a single paperclip. Use this technique if you're being kidnapped, abused, or handcuffed to a sinking ship. Don't...
- 10 days ago, 14 Apr 15, 2:14pm -
FEMA To Withhold Disaster Aid To Climate Denying States
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is making it tougher for governors to deny man-made climate change. Starting next year, the agency will approve disaster-preparedness funds only for...
- 32 days ago, 24 Mar 15, 10:00am -
Survival Pro Tips 1 Making Fire with an Empty Bic Dave Canterbury, David Canterbury, The Pathfinder School,Bush Craft ,Survival skills, Historical Lore, Primitive Skills, Archery, Hunting, Trapping, Fishing,...
- 25 Sep 14, 6:25pm -
Commercial: Dave Canterbury "Makes fire with his beard"
Made by Brand New Telly: Dave Canterbury, David Canterbury, The Pathfinder School ...
- 1 May 14, 9:39am -
World War Z: The Real Plan for Apocalypse
Say the world was actually taken over by vicious zombies, World War Z style. What would an actual government response to an apocalypse look like? Anthony fights his way through imaginary an...
- 20 Jun 13, 1:01pm -
Glocks: Don't Piss Them Off
Facebook Twitter I made a video awhile back about how Glocks are deceitful, angry, untrustworthy little creatures....
- 2 Jan 13, 8:37pm -
Good-Bye Gun Safes (Long Overdue Decision)
Facebook Twitter I made a long overdue decision today regarding my guns.
- 21 Dec 12, 10:31am -
Dianne Feinstein & Assault Weapons Ban
A little message from me to Diane Feinstein on what I feel to be her true motivation regarding the assault weapons ban.
- 10 Nov 12, 9:40am -
Make a Fire By Rubbing Sticks
Cast away on a deserted island? Here's a survival technique for making a fire with the most basic of resources. How to make a fire rubbing 2 sticks together! Subscribe for new videos every...
- 8 Nov 12, 4:06pm -
Micro-Semiauto vs. Snubbie Revolver (concealed carry)
Do the modern micro semi-autos have any advantage over the basic snubbie revolver for concealed carry or is it all just hype and hysteria over a new product?
- 2 Nov 12, 8:31pm -
Why I Carry a Gun
Answering the question "why do I carry a handgun?"
- 24 Oct 12, 1:53pm -

Survival Monkey Forums

  • newGoing Solar..Help
    I am moving into a 750 sq ft house that I am body. I feel like a solar dummy. I need help !!!!!! Lots of help!!!! I know I need the panels, batteries. is where I am stumped...1. Do I wire the house the same?2. How much Sun d…
    - 39 mins ago, 25 Apr 15, 1:12am -
  • newMaking a garden in vacant area- advice needed
    Background on our property:Our soil has clay and is not very healthy. About 6 years ago we brought in a load of amended topsoil, tilled it in really good into the area where our lawn is. The soil is back to being hard. The soil is not easy to aerat…
    - 43 mins ago, 25 Apr 15, 1:08am -
  • newFisher "Space Pen"
    For years I have had two old chrome Fisher Space pens. I had to replace one cartridge but they work hot or cold and upside down. So I decided to pick up a couple that of the black cased versions because they are not reflective and they seem to be ju…
    - 51 mins ago, 25 Apr 15, 1:00am -
  • newClint Eastwood on Michael Moron
    I like Clint more and more every day.Added:I While returning from a weekend visit to his parents in Seattle, Washington, he was a passenger on a Douglas AD bomber that ran out of fuel and crashed into the ocean near Point...Clint Eastwood on M…
    - 54 mins ago, 25 Apr 15, 12:57am -
  • newAn Unwelcome Development
    We'd waited too long. Not that we had much choice. We were in no position to exploit our victory. We needed time. Time to consolidate and take a breath. Time to gather intelligence so we could be smart and careful about our next steps. But as I sa…
    - 2 hours ago, 25 Apr 15, 12:08am -
  • newMotivational Poster Thread (warning content)
    Post your favorite Motivational Posters here.
    - 2 hours ago, 25 Apr 15, 12:02am -
  • newNeed Help Discouraging Strangers
    I need suggestions on discouraging people from stopping and thinking they can just come into my yard or asking for directions. Yesterday some guy backed into my driveway, got out of his car and headed across my lawn. I asked him where he was headed a…
    - 2 hours ago, 24 Apr 15, 11:28pm -
  • newBuilding a spectrum analyzer
    Since we got on the topic of spectrum analyzers, I did a little digging around to see just what is involved. I found this nifty little nugget: An RTL-SDR Spectrum Analyzer | Hackaday Unfortunately, It uses Linux. I don't have anything that runs…
    - 2 hours ago, 24 Apr 15, 11:27pm -
  • newDies Irae: Day of Wrath a novella by William R. Forstchen
    I will not describe events from the book nor will I reveal spoilers.The back of the book told of what would transpire in the novella. I knew this book would be hard to read but I felt compelled to. The author's foreword began: This is a book that I…
    - 5 hours ago, 24 Apr 15, 8:43pm -
  • newThe Word Association Game
    The Word Association Game: I'll start by posting one word. You read the post and then think of a word that comes to mind when reading the previous one. Are you ready to play? PICKLES!
    - 7 hours ago, 24 Apr 15, 7:19pm -

Preparedness Pro

  • newThe Fog of War Factor
    "Fog of War" is a term I use in both everyday preparedness, as well as in being prepared for self-defense scenarios.  Today I'm going to address firearm self-defense scenarios more specifically, however, before I do, I just want to bring up one poin…
    - 19 hours ago, 24 Apr 15, 7:16am -
  • Comprehenisve 72 Hour Kit
    As promised here is the list of my recommended 72 hour kit supplies. Mind you, this isn’t the minimalistic 72 hour kit. This is the “rolling” one. By all means, if you have something to add to the list or have questions as to why a particular i…
    - 17 days ago, 7 Apr 15, 8:28pm -
  • How To Deal With Electric Shocks and Electrocution
    How to Deal With Electric Shocks/Electrocution --by Guest Contributor, Dan F. Sullivan Although information about survival and preparedness is abundant these days, it’s extremely hard to find information about electrocution. Knowing what to do if…
    - 29 days ago, 26 Mar 15, 6:14pm -
  • Ten Simple Strategies to Avoid a Crisis
    Let’s face it. Even when we’ve had our car broken into and find nothing missing, it’s still very disturbing emotionally. It haunts us that some complete stranger was rummaging around in our world without any sense of decency that we’ve come t…
    - 37 days ago, 19 Mar 15, 7:09am -
  • Prepping When You're Down and Out
    by J.C. Martin, Guest Contributor(Editor's Note: I'm thrilled to share with you a contribution by one of my friends who's always good for a smile as well as sensible preparedness wisdom--J.C. Martin. Give him a warm welcome, Friends!)  Those w…
    - 43 days ago, 13 Mar 15, 3:33am -
  • Event Notification for Las Vegas, NV
    Event: Fireside/Cottage Meeting Event for Las Vegas, NVDate: Sunday, March 8, 2015Time: 7:00 p.m.Topic: “The Sacred Roots of Preparedness—Finding Peace in Our Preparedness Efforts in the Latter-Days”Place/Host: Davis Residence; 1442 Sta…
    - 51 days ago, 4 Mar 15, 11:07pm -
  • Preparedness Pro Newsletter Subscription!
    This week we'll be sending out our first official issue of the Preparedness Pro Newsletter. Each issue will be packed with something to learn regarding each of the 10 Principles of Preparedness PLUS this is the ONLY place where you'll be able to get…
    - 51 days ago, 4 Mar 15, 11:01pm -
  • And We're Back!
    And we’re back! There’s been a flurry of activity behind the sabbatical at Preparedness Pro so that I could move it forward to what I really, really wanted it to be. And today I’m going to share with you the results thereof because chances…
    - 65 days ago, 18 Feb 15, 7:31pm -
  • Whistle While They Fret-Mental Preparedness In Action
    So tonight I was literally locked IN my hotel room. I couldn't get out for anything!!  The steel door handle wouldn't turn far enough for me to unlock the door.  After attempting to open the door for several minutes and ruining a good pair of shoes…
    - 3 Dec 14, 6:33am -
  • Reader Question: "Which Hand-Operated Grain Mill Should I Buy?"
    Question:"Kellene, how do I know which manual grain mill to buy? I'm so confused?!" Answer:There are THREE key considerations to choosing a grain mill that you'll be operating manually.  I'll provide you with these three highlights and let…
    - 11 Nov 14, 5:24am -

Survival Cache

  • Survival Gear Review: SOF Tactical Tourniquet (SOFTT)
    Before we dive in, let’s take some reality pills.  First, this tourniquet is for you, not for your good samaritan fantasy where you save the beautiful princess/prince with the severed artery (although I’m not saying it wouldn’t work for that a…
    - 10 days ago, 15 Apr 15, 9:49am -
  • Survival Debate: .223 Rem VS .300 AAC-Blackout
    Gun enthusiasts love a good campfire argument over different firearms and cartridges.  Many, many preppers and survival planners are very much into the debate over this gun or that for this purpose or that and correspondingly the cartridges that go…
    - 17 days ago, 7 Apr 15, 2:24pm -
  • Survival Gear Review: GizzMoVest GPS Cases
    As our bug out and EDC kits gain electronics including GPS receivers, cell phones, and radios, there is an ever growing need for better protective cases that will give our battery-powered friends the best chance of survival when things get rough.  A…
    - 26 days ago, 30 Mar 15, 10:40am -
  • Survival Gear Review: Bob’s Butt Wipes
    Ok, ok, I hear the chuckles now from across the room at the Bug Out Bag (BOB) planning meetings, but this is a serious product for survivalists and preppers and generally all outdoors people whether actually outdoors or in the cabin, RV, or home, doi…
    - 39 days ago, 17 Mar 15, 11:22am -
  • DIY: Beer Can Alcohol Stove
    Looking for a light, inexpensive, DIY alternative for boiling water while backpacking or camping? Have you bugged in without heat and power? Have you bugged out to find that your manufactured stove has broken? From the casual traveled to the hardcore…
    - 43 days ago, 12 Mar 15, 4:36pm -
  • Survival Debate: S&W 15-22 vs. Ruger 10/22
    There are many .22 long rifles worthy of consideration as the Last Best Plinker. In most cases, three categories of .22 rifles emerge when tossing them into piles according to similarities; those of classic variety with actions of lever, bolt, and tu…
    - 47 days ago, 8 Mar 15, 7:42pm -
  • I’ll Bug In Thank You
    One of the most basic premises of a SHTF survival scenario is whether to stay put or pack up the SUV and hit the highway.  If you dodge out the garage to join the caravan of other escapees on the interstate, where are you going?  Do you have an alt…
    - 54 days ago, 1 Mar 15, 10:29pm -
  • Wilderness Survival: Part 1
    Even if you’re not an avid camper or backcountry enthusiast, knowing how to survive in the wild is at the core of a survivalist’s mindset.  After all, our survival instinct originated from our most primitive form’s need to navigate and overcom…
    - 57 days ago, 26 Feb 15, 6:02pm -
  • Survival Gear Review: Leatherman Raptor Shears
    Between three and four thousand years ago, somebody somewhere thought up the idea of having two opposing bronze knife blades slice towards each other and thus the spring shears were born.  But it wasn’t until about AD 100 that the recognizable X-s…
    - 61 days ago, 22 Feb 15, 10:16pm -
  • Survival Gear Review: Windham Weaponry R18FSFSM-308
    In the big business of survival and firearms, our time is a great time. Product demand is up; political pressure and societal issues are making people more aware of their surroundings and possible predicaments.  Never before has the survival and fir…
    - 66 days ago, 17 Feb 15, 11:36pm -

Survival is a state of mind

Idaho Holsters

Totally Ready

  • Wax Your Own Cheese
    I am still concentrating on living a more frugal lifestyle but I have not given up on continuing to build my own General Store and on filling in the gaps in my preps. I recently found a great deal on cheese and it reminded me that I need to order som…
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  • Credit Card Savy
    Credit cards can be a wonderful asset or doom your frugal living goals. There are a few things you may want to consider before using your card. I am working at paying off mine and then using them more wisely to build my credit score and to save my ba…
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  • Egg Carton Fire Starters
    Keeping with our commitment to live more frugally and also continue to prepare the following is a great way to make fire starters that are virtually free. One of the things I heard from survivors of hurricane Sandy is that fuel was in short supply, h…
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  • Saving on Groceries this Week
    I have been hearing from quite  a few of you that you are concerned about the economy and more than ever feel you should be stocking up to prepare for the coming depression or recession. Some economists are even predicting inflation. In other words,…
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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

Wilderness Survival Forum

  • newsurvival food bars ever make your own?
    i planning on making some emergency survival food bars based in part on some others i,ve seen. using mostly what i have on hand and some store...
    - 4 hours ago, 24 Apr 15, 9:28pm -
  • newWorking on your own vehicle illegal?
    Working on your own vehicle illegal? Yeah, I...
    - 9 hours ago, 24 Apr 15, 4:23pm -
  • newRats cats& Elephants
    so what are the most exotic tings you,ve eaten hmmm. iv,e heard some say monkey snakes,turtles,possoms,coons, lizareds and so on so whqat have you...
    - 13 hours ago, 24 Apr 15, 12:42pm -
  • newNew here
    Just wanted to say hello!
    - 18 hours ago, 24 Apr 15, 7:46am -
  • Trees green yet in Smokies May 2015?
    Hi, I am doing a 1 week trip to The Great Smoky Mountains in the first week of May. Any members nearby would know if the deciduous trees are green...
    - 1 day ago, 23 Apr 15, 11:28pm -
  • Greetings from Donald in Georgia
    retired cop and a dedicated prepper..............................
    - 1 day ago, 23 Apr 15, 8:50pm -
  • knapping contest winners
    i want to thank everyone who participated in the knapping contest and despite overwhelming participation i was able to select 2 winners. they are ...
    - 2 days ago, 23 Apr 15, 1:19pm -
  • Tapatalk?
    OK, I downloaded it. What's the story on TAPATALK?
    - 2 days ago, 23 Apr 15, 1:12pm -
  • Grinding a Crashete
    This is a new (to me) way of grinding. The thick piece of steel gave me quite a bit of practice.
    - 2 days ago, 23 Apr 15, 12:14pm -
  • Heads Up, Widow Makers
    I was out for a walk a while ago and watched one of the neighbors nearly get killed. We have a steady 25mph wind with gusts up to 40mph going...
    - 2 days ago, 22 Apr 15, 7:15pm -

Modern Survival Online

  • newBig sale at Emergency Essentials
    As usual Emergency Essentials is having a great sale on all kinds of things preparedness-related. Great selection, great prices and great service have kept Emergency Essentials a leader in the preparedness industry. Here are a few of the items on sal…
    - 2 hours ago, 25 Apr 15, 12:12am -
  • From the Desk of John Rourke – April 24th, 2015
    It wasn’t until Thursday night when I realized my “From the Desk of…..” never went live for Thursday. Sorry about that. ◊ ◊ ◊ ◊ ◊ America has changed a lot in the past couple decades. Many believe not for the better. Yesterday I saw…
    - 1 day ago, 24 Apr 15, 12:15am -
  • Anaphylactic Shock In Austere Settings
    Rourke: This article can be seen here in its original format. In a disaster or any other situation that leaves us off the grid, we will expose ourselves to insect stings and poison ivy, as well as strange food items that we aren’t accustomed to. Al…
    - 1 day ago, 24 Apr 15, 12:14am -
  • Equipment Review: Grand Trunk Ultralight Hammock
    This review was originally published HERE.   I am in the process of putting together a new bug out/get home kit. The revision of my kit comes from my recent bout with severe lower back pain. Although my back is better I have put some thought into c…
    - 2 days ago, 23 Apr 15, 12:11am -
  • From the Desk of John Rourke – April 22nd, 2015
    The Panhandle Rancher let me know about this. I can’t believe this crap. John Deere has stated that EVERYONE that has bought one of their tractors does NOT own the tractor. Nope – they paid the money but they do not own the machine. Rather – th…
    - 3 days ago, 22 Apr 15, 12:15am -
  • Panhandle Rancher speaks……Marine Accessories for the Prepper
      For someone raised far from the ocean, I have always loved the water. Perhaps it was the lack thereof… As a youth, I even managed to co-opt a planetarium operator to help me learn celestial navigation and of course I just had to have a Cassens a…
    - 3 days ago, 22 Apr 15, 12:11am -
  • From the Desk of John Rourke – April 21st, 2015
    As our current Administration continues to celebrate in their efforts to make “deals” with Iran – Iran relishes in calling for the death and destruction of America in addition to Israel. It remains frustrating to see the general “sheeple” c…
    - 4 days ago, 21 Apr 15, 12:15am -
  • 18 things every child should be taught
      There are things that every kid should learn as they grow up. Some of these things are simple matters of convenience. Others may just save a few dollars. More importantly – some may just save the kids life. As a parent – or maybe a grandparent…
    - 4 days ago, 21 Apr 15, 12:11am -

The Survival Mom

  • newAre You Getting the Most Out of Your Prepping Supplies?

    Are You Getting the Most Out of Your Prepping Supplies?

    You’ve heard it a million times, “Why spend money on prepping stuff you’ll never use?” Poor excuse! I use LOTS of the supplies initially purchased, “Just in case we’re out of power”, or “Just in case there’s a huge emergency.” Rea…
    - 19 hours ago, 24 Apr 15, 7:00am -
  • Planning an Edible Landscape

    Planning an Edible Landscape

     Make the most out of your yard by creating an edible landscape. Every March, I am consumed with spring fever and can barely wait to get outdoors and turn my winter laden yard into a fairy tale garden. This year, Read MoreThe post Planning an Edibl…
    - 1 day ago, 23 Apr 15, 6:30pm -
  • How Many Off-Grid Cooking Methods Do You Have?

    How Many Off-Grid Cooking Methods Do You Have?

    When you buy, or otherwise acquire, preparedness supplies, do you practice with them or are you a prep hoarder? I think I’ve been guilty of both, especially with off-grid cooking methods. Maybe you know what I mean. Preppers are notorious Read More…
    - 1 day ago, 23 Apr 15, 3:10pm -
  • Celebrating During Crises

    Celebrating During Crises

    My family lived in Northern Alabama and experienced the April 2011 Tornado Outbreak. We saw one of the tornadoes from our front window. I worked clean up and recovery after the storms and the damage and loss was devastating for Read MoreThe post Cel…
    - 3 days ago, 22 Apr 15, 7:00am -
  • How To Grow A Houseplant From The Top Of A Pineapple

    How To Grow A Houseplant From The Top Of A Pineapple

    In 2008, when I was working at a preschool, the lead teacher decided to grow a pineapple houseplant. She was leading a unit on plants and thought it would be neat to grow the top of a pineapple in the classroom. Read MoreThe post How To Grow A Hous…
    - 4 days ago, 21 Apr 15, 7:00am -
  • 27 Important Things You Should Know About Saving Seeds

    27 Important Things You Should Know About Saving Seeds

    Saving seeds is both a science and an art. Here are 27 things I’ve learned about seed saving over the years. 1.  Saving seeds helps preserve the genetic material of the plant varieties we have. Within the last 100 years, Read MoreThe post 27 Impo…
    - 4 days ago, 20 Apr 15, 4:23pm -
  • Four Season Gardening — Webinar Recording!

    Four Season Gardening — Webinar Recording!

    UPDATE: If you missed the super-helpful webinar with Rick Stone, here’s the link to the recording:   Don’t miss this free webinar tonight with gardening and homesteading expert, Rick Stone…
    - 4 days ago, 20 Apr 15, 3:51pm -
  • Sprouting Seeds – An Essential Part of Your Food Storage Plan

    Sprouting Seeds – An Essential Part of Your Food Storage Plan

    Do you like sprouts? I had only ever eaten plain, long white mung bean sprouts from the grocery store and didn’t really care for them. Then I discovered home sprouting and the wide variety of seeds, beans, lentils and nuts Read MoreThe post Sprout…
    - 6 days ago, 18 Apr 15, 11:26pm -
  • STOP! Don’t Throw Away These Treasures!

    STOP! Don’t Throw Away These Treasures!

    Storage and preparation can both be pretty expensive. It would be a shame to throw away items that would save us money when you can turn your trash into treasures, but that’s what we do every day. Many items that Read MoreThe post STOP! Don’t Th…
    - 9 days ago, 16 Apr 15, 7:00am -
  • Health Benefits of Tomatoes

    Health Benefits of Tomatoes

    A vegetable “survival” garden isn’t a vegetable garden without some nice tomato plants, but is the tomato really a vegetable, or is it a fruit? In 1893, this question went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled Read MoreThe post He…
    - 10 days ago, 15 Apr 15, 7:00am -

Florida Hillbilly

  • Using Bulk Stored Goods – Taco Seasoning and Corn Bread
    Recently, I made it home from work before my wife did. Since she’s such a trooper in dealing with all the things that make most folks look at me in a strange manner (at least living here in town), I thought it would be nice to make something for di…
    - 57 days ago, 27 Feb 15, 11:00am -
  • Book Review: Aftermath, A Story of Survival
    OK, first off, when I heard about the chance to review the first book released by the author, LeAnn Edmondson, I asked…almost begged, to have a reviewer’s copy of Aftermath, A Story of Survival in order to review it. I have stalked the author fro…
    - 63 days ago, 20 Feb 15, 2:01pm -
  • Food at Your Feet: Wild Onions
    This is about a little adventure my wife and I had during our recent trip to West Virginia. I need to set the stage for this one. Stick with me long enough, and you’ll understand the where and why of it all. The more I write, the more I realize th…
    - 13 Jan 15, 1:51pm -
  • Front Porch Memories
    As a kid spending time at my grandparents house, much time was spent sitting on the front porch. It was where we would sit while shucking corn, shelling peas, and stringing beans. We would play tag, run, laugh, jump, climb, and cause general low-grad…
    - 23 Dec 14, 2:47pm -
  • What Makes You a Prepper?
    I recently went back to my roots in West Virginia, visiting there for the first time since I started I stayed with friends from high school, folks that have consistently proven themselves to be worthy of that short list of folks…
    - 10 Dec 14, 11:00am -
  • DIY Small Scale Artillery – A Black Powder Cannon
    My father, “Pops”, was a welder by trade, as was his father. Both did far more than just weld, being from the same stock that built this country into the great powerhouse that it once was. Rare was the time either my dad or granddad would call ou…
    - 4 Nov 14, 2:18pm -
  • Product Review – Paleo Meals to Go’s Coconut Berry Breakfast
    My buddy, James from SurvivalPunk, runs a blog similar to mine, and lives a similar lifestyle. He and I both eat as close to 100% Paleo as we can.For those not in the know, “Paleo”, or “the Paleolithic Diet”, in a nutshell, consists of no r…
    - 16 Oct 14, 10:00am -
  • The Ultimate Secret to Preparedness
    A while back, my family and I were at a cookout at a friends house. Also attending were several couples that I’d never met before. After the festivities started to wind down, one of the new acquaintances mentioned my website, catching me off guard.…
    - 25 Sep 14, 10:00am -
  • Rule Of Threes
    In survival training, many instructors refer to the “Rule of Threes”. Here they are, as taught to me by Hank, of Green Earth Survival School: 3 minutes without air 3 hours without shelter3 days without water3 weeks without foodPlease no…
    - 16 Sep 14, 10:00am -
  • Coturnix Quail for Homesteaders
    I’ve had a bit of interest over the last few weeks regarding quail as a backyard meat source. I thought I’d dust off the topic and put another article together covering the ins and outs of raising Coturnix quail, particularly in an urban setting.…
    - 29 Aug 14, 12:50pm -

Full Survival Mode

  • Police Dash Cam Captures Fatal Shooting Near Biggs Junction In Oregon
    An Oregon trooper's police dash cam reveals a short but deadly shootout with the man he pulled over for speeding.On August 29th, near Biggs Junction in Oregon, state trooper Matt Zistel, 26, pulled over John Van Allen, 34. The driver immediately got…
    - 6 Oct 13, 4:10pm -
  • How To Dehydrate Mushrooms
    Learn how to dehydrate mushrooms and also how to make an ingredient used in high end restaurants to add rich flavor to beef dishes.Noreen, of Noreen's Kitchen and YouTube channel atticus9799, found a deal on mushrooms at her local store and shows u…
    - 3 Jan 13, 11:28pm -
  • Annihilation Of The Second Amendment
    Southern Prepper talks about the threat against the Second Amendment to the US Constitution due to the recent shootings in America.As with Southern Prepper, we should all be thinking where our line in the sand should be. But they keep pushing and we…
    - 2 Jan 13, 6:25pm -
  • Doomsday Prepper Raided By FBI For Criticizing Obama
    The FBI raided a Sharpsburg, MD citizen after he criticized President Obama. The above video from dranger1108 shows the local news report...the video is shot from a handheld video camera rather than being pulled directly from the televised video sour…
    - 31 Dec 12, 5:20pm -
  • Girl In A Gas Mask
    This is a photo of a young woman wearing a gas mask.I'm experimenting with types of content published on Full Survival Mode. There's no caption for this or backstory, so not much text is available.But she is in the bathroom, so I wonder if the gas…
    - 8 Oct 12, 3:12am -
  • BioLite Camp Stove Unboxing And First Use
    Gytheran unboxes his new BioLite camp stove and then shows us the unit in use.It only takes a small amount of wood to run the stove for a half hour. The BioLite stove has a built in thermoelectric generator, so it's able to run its own fan, as well…
    - 7 Oct 12, 9:33pm -
  • Antibiotics AREN’T Candy!
    The Patriot Nurse thinks you should have a store of antibiotics on hand. But she also thinks people are going to use them incorrectly.Antibiotics are not candy. Antibiotics have real side effects that can hurt you. If you take the wrong anti-biotic,…
    - 7 Oct 12, 6:44pm -
  • Supersize Your Vegetables With Wood Chips And Rock Dust In Your Garden
    John Kohler of YouTube channel Growing Your Greens shows us what plants look like when grown in beds of rotting wood chips, rock dust, and mushroom spores.First, John shows us some dinosaur kale that's growing in regular garden soil that's been trea…
    - 1 Oct 12, 9:34pm -
  • Store Cucumbers At Room Temperature So They’ll Last Longer
    The next time you harvest or buy cucumbers, you shouldn’t store them in the refrigerator. They’ll only last about three days in cold temperatures. Other plants to store at room temperature are tomatoes, eggplants, and peppers. Cucumbers are also…
    - 21 Sep 12, 4:38pm -
  • Our Simple DIY Home Solar Power System
    When Greg Seaman, founder and editor of Eartheasy, needed to charge his laptop in his off grid home, he chose solar power. After installing a simple solar system three years ago, he was also able to power his power tools, a home sound system, and eve…
    - 21 Sep 12, 4:25am -

Resilient Man

The Great Northern Prepper

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

If The Shit Hits the Fan

  • Guest Post: Wilderness Survival School Review
    Folks, it has been over 2 months since I have posted anything.  Lots of things going on (nothing bad) and I'll get some updates out to you soon.  I REALLY appreciate you for still checking in.  In the meantime, please enjoy this guest post from a…
    - 13 Aug 13, 1:53am -
  • Hurricane Preparedness Week
    Welcome, WRVA ListenersThursday morning at about 7:30 a.m. (EDT) I'm scheduled to be interviewed on Richmond's Morning News with Jimmy Barrett to talk about hurricane preparedness as we get ready to enter the season.  You can listen in on 1140 AM (…
    - 30 May 13, 1:22am -
  • Interesting Week
    Moore, OKWe were on vacation this past week down on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  Taking a break from the beach in the room, my wife was stunned to see live footage of the tornado that devastated Moore.  Her best friend from high school live…
    - 27 May 13, 1:51am -
  • Prepper Ponderings
    TREXPOThe other day, I went again this year to TREXPO in D.C.  It used to be the Tactical Response EXPO back in the 90s when I started going, but I think now it is just plain TREXPO and is done in cooperation with the GOVSEC trade show.  Tons of co…
    - 20 May 13, 2:02am -
  • Fleeing Felon
    It Can Happen AnywhereFriday afternoon I got a call from the local police that a guy had escaped from state police custody and he had 50 years of time hanging over his head for parole violations, and he had vowed never to go back to jail.  He was i…
    - 7 May 13, 1:17am -
  • Video Review: Surviving Civil Unrest
    Surviving Civil Unrest with Chance SandersDisclaimer: Chance sent me a free demo copy of this video for me to review.First, a little background...  I met Chance Sanders, and his wife, Laura, when they were assistant instructors when I went through P…
    - 28 Apr 13, 10:44pm -
  • Book Sale
    Staying Home - by Alex SmithAlex wrote his first post-SHTF novel, Going Home, under the nom de plume of Angery American.  It recieved rave reviews on Amazon.He let me know that his latest book is on sale for .99 cents in e-version through Friday. …
    - 12 Apr 13, 12:27am -
  • Free Preparedness Fair
    This Weekend - Hampton Roads, VirginiaI went to this fair last year and really thought they did a great job.  The LDS church in Newport News is doing it again this Saturday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.  If you are in the Richmond - Va. Beach area, I real…
    - 9 Apr 13, 10:38pm -
  • Staying ALERRT
    Just Had Some Amazing TrainingAs long-time readers know, I was a police officer for 15 years and have been the chief of security for a large, urban public school system for the past 7.  As a cop, I attended hundreds of hours of training each year, f…
    - 6 Apr 13, 1:09am -
  • Prepper Ponderings
    Been a WhileFolks, it's been quite a while, so I really appreciate everyone who continues to check in here.  I can't get out content as much as I would like, but if you are one of our 955 Facebook fans, I usually get something up there almost every…
    - 11 Mar 13, 10:47pm -

Graywolf Survival

  • DISASTER! The first 9 things to do when SHTF
    Would you know what to do in a serious disaster situation like a regional EMP? Here are the first 9 steps to help you survive.You're reading DISASTER! The first 9 things to do when SHTF, originally posted at Graywolf Survival - Emergency preparednes…
    - 10 days ago, 14 Apr 15, 9:05pm -
  • GoSun Sport Solar Stove Cooker Review
    In an emergency, you can't always rely on having fuel to cook. Solar cookers allow you to cook using just the sun, but not all solar cookers are created equal. Here's what we think of the GoSun Sport.You're reading GoSun Sport Solar Stove Cooker Rev…
    - 33 days ago, 22 Mar 15, 11:23pm -
  • The Art of Blending in: 5 Tips from a Counterintelligence Special Agent
    Before I was a blogger, I spent many years teaching and doing surveillance. I'm going to share a few tips on how to blend in that I learned over the years.You're reading The Art of Blending in: 5 Tips from a Counterintelligence Special Agent, origin…
    - 49 days ago, 6 Mar 15, 5:40pm -
  • Prepping 101: Beyond the Basics – part 2
    Even more information on how to start prepping of you're a beginner. Creating a sustainable food supply, having emergency water, cooking without power - and more.You're reading Prepping 101: Beyond the Basics – part 2, originally posted at Graywol…
    - 56 days ago, 28 Feb 15, 2:03am -
  • Best Prepper Resources and Recommendations – Feb 2015
    Come check out the best prepper gear, books, blogs (with the most recent posts from each), forums, and facebook pages - all handpicked by me. You're reading Best Prepper Resources and Recommendations – Feb 2015, originally posted at Graywolf Survi…
    - 77 days ago, 6 Feb 15, 7:27pm -
  • Prepping 101: Beyond the Basics – part 1
    The next part of the series on how to begin prepping. What about food storage, bug out bags, and even weapons do defend yourself and your home?You're reading Prepping 101: Beyond the Basics – part 1, originally posted at Graywolf Survival - Emerge…
    - 84 days ago, 30 Jan 15, 3:52pm -
  • Feeling Lost? Start Here if You’re New to Prepping
    Don't feel overwhelmed and lost if you're new to prepping or learning survival skills. Start with this page to get your bearings.You're reading Feeling Lost? Start Here if You’re New to Prepping, originally posted at Graywolf Survival - Emergency…
    - 92 days ago, 23 Jan 15, 1:07am -
  • Financial Self-Sufficiency: 5 Lessons from a Digital Nomad
    Why struggle to find the time and money for prepping? Leverage your skills and learning into becoming financially prepared the smart way. You're reading Financial Self-Sufficiency: 5 Lessons from a Digital Nomad, originally posted at Graywolf Surviv…
    - 13 Jan 15, 8:58am -
  • 14 brilliant bug out bag packing tips
    It's not just what goes into your bug out bag - it's how you put it in. Here are 14 tips to help you out.You're reading 14 brilliant bug out bag packing tips, originally posted at Graywolf Survival - Emergency preparedness from a combat veteran by G…
    - 8 Jan 15, 9:00pm -
  • 9 home protection secrets from a veteran cop
    Home security is all about common sense, but some common-sense ideas aren't so obvious. A veteran cop gives 9 great ideas to protect your home.You're reading 9 home protection secrets from a veteran cop, originally posted at Graywolf Survival - Emer…
    - 8 Jan 15, 4:04am -

Rural Revolution

  • newFriday Roundup
    I saw this article on Drudge the other day: DOE warns 'modern life' threatened by terror, climate threats to electric grid.It kind of surprised me that mainstream news site would address the problems with our national power grid so candidly. "The De…
    - 11 hours ago, 24 Apr 15, 3:13pm -
  • newHappy Live-Your-Regular-Life Day
    So I guess this is Earth Day. Wheeee.Obviously we don’t pay attention to such things, but of course many others do. Celebrants discuss ways they can increase their sustainability, decrease their carbon footprint, commit green “acts,” and othe…
    - 13 hours ago, 24 Apr 15, 1:18pm -
  • I ♥ cow poop
    I love cow poop. Really I do.You see, cow poop composts. It produces some of the most beautiful "black gold" you'll ever see. And compost is one of the most perfect plant foods there is, ideal for vegetable gardens.This is our massive compost pile…
    - 3 days ago, 22 Apr 15, 2:39am -
  • Gathering 'round the radio
    It might look hokey and of course it's staged, but I still thought this was a charming photo.
    - 4 days ago, 20 Apr 15, 6:31pm -
  • Don't waste your money on college
    Here's my WND column for this weekend entitled Don't Waste Your Money on College.
    - 5 days ago, 19 Apr 15, 2:36pm -
  • A giant experiment
    In the past, whenever we wanted to raise some chickens for the freezer, we opted for Cornish Crosses. This hybrid bird is bred to gain weight and size with a speed awesome to behold.The trouble is, these birds are freaky. Their bodies can't withsta…
    - 6 days ago, 19 Apr 15, 3:03am -
  • A calf for Raven
    I've been watching Raven carefully for her impending birth. Yesterday morning she tried to make a dash for it -- jumping over the fence into the woods -- which isn't unusual for a cow who really wants to be alone to birth her baby. So we closed her…
    - 6 days ago, 18 Apr 15, 2:54pm -
  • April showers bring May flowers....
    ...but what do April blizzards bring?Twice this month we've woken up to snow.Not a lot of snow, it's true, but enough to remind us winter hasn't quite lost its grip yet.I took these photos early in the morning, and when the rest of the family woke up…
    - 9 days ago, 16 Apr 15, 3:54am -
  • Raven watch
    In our feedlot, the mud is almost literally belly-deep for the cattle.Thankfully it's not this bad everywhere or the beasties would be in trouble from foot-rot or other ailments. But they have to wade through this muck before achieving the dry islan…
    - 11 days ago, 14 Apr 15, 2:34am -
  • Swans on the lake
    This is the time of year when swans gather on the lake.It's pretty extraordinary to see these huge, magnificent birds in such numbers.These photos were all taken at maximum zoom from the road, so the birds are pretty far away. However there's a spot…
    - 13 days ago, 12 Apr 15, 12:49pm -

Last Minute Survival

Learn How To Be Prepared

  • How Big Is A 9.0 Earthquake?
    Seismologists say there's a 37 percent chance a magnitude 8.0 or 9.0 earthquake could hit Oregon in the next 50 years. It's hard to imagine the power of these earthquakes. So, let's break it down with sand.   Read more...This article…
    - 43 days ago, 13 Mar 15, 12:27am -
  • Top Asset Manager Warns Of Risks In Banking System: “It’s The Biggest Reason To Own Precious Metals”
    Top alternative asset manager Eric Sprott, whose company has $10 billion in assets under management, sounds the alarm about the day everyone in America finally realizes that the real economy has collapsed. In a highly informative intervie…
    - 45 days ago, 11 Mar 15, 6:58am -
  • Measles And Lies
    Measles outbreak: 13 reasons to reject the hype  By Jon Rappoport February 13, 2015  Hype a war, sell an invasion.  Hype a disease, sell a vaccine.  That’s the business model. Make no mistake about it. And at the criminal liar’s club call…
    - 70 days ago, 13 Feb 15, 8:49pm -
  • DSCOVR Solar Storm Satellite
    The Deep Space Climate Observatory satellite (aka DSCOVR) is finally in space after a successful launch today.   Read more...This article is published with permission via New View News at where YOU can publi…
    - 72 days ago, 12 Feb 15, 5:29am -
  • Jon Rappoport – Vaccine Scandals
    "The complete failure of this year's flu vaccine, even by conventional standards, is a major scandal at the CDC. To distract the press and public, we now have a fake epidemic of measles, and pressure to take the vaccine, take all vaccines all the…
    - 72 days ago, 12 Feb 15, 3:13am -
  • Let their be war! Obama sends Congress military request against ISIS
    President Barack Obama asked Congress Wednesday to formally authorize military force against the Islamic State group, arguing the militants could pose a threat to the U.S. homeland if their violent power grab goes unchecked and urging lawmakers t…
    - 72 days ago, 11 Feb 15, 2:48pm -
  • Gates – “Global Government”
    Billionaire Bill Gates called for “a kind of global government” this week, arguing that the creation of such a system would be needed to combat major issues such as “climate change.”   Read more...This article is published with permission…
    - 79 days ago, 5 Feb 15, 4:43am -
  • Measles
    Is this a genuine outbreak of measles, or simply a marketing ploy by Big Pharma?The evidence suggests it is a marketing ploy by the drug companies, aided and abetted by politicians and the mainstream media   Read more...This article is published…
    - 79 days ago, 5 Feb 15, 4:20am -
  • Incredible UFO over Germany looks very much like UFO’s from Portland, Oregon that were sighted many times in the 1990’s
    For years I have watched UFO videos pop up on the web, looking for videos that match or are similar to UFO’s I and people I know witnessed together in the 1990’s Today I found my closest match yet. The video below is the closest I hav…
    - 80 days ago, 3 Feb 15, 7:04pm -
  • Drumming Up War
    Russian Aggression And The BBC's Drums Of Nuclear War“Naked propaganda about fictitious 'Russian aggression' (is) intended to soften us up for a war that could wipe out life on Earth.....   Read more...This article is published with permis…
    - 81 days ago, 3 Feb 15, 5:26am -

Learn to Prepare

  • Vital Preparedness Planning Questions
    By Denis Korn                                                                            If you have read many of the articles I have posted on this site, you will know that…
    - 24 days ago, 1 Apr 15, 1:11am -
  • 10 Foundational Elements of Emergency Preparedness Planning
    By Denis KornThese 10 Foundational Elements of Emergency Preparedness Planning – AND RESILIENCY – and the suggested links are in my opinion an essential component to beginning, improving and solidifying an effective, successful and beneficial pr…
    - 62 days ago, 22 Feb 15, 3:13am -
  • Shelf Life Considerations for Preparedness Foods
    By Denis Korn           When I consult with preparedness planners about the various food options for long term storage, the foremost question is, “What is the shelf life?”  Shelf life considerations for preparedness foods is an essent…
    - 83 days ago, 1 Feb 15, 12:41am -
  • Reflections, Goals and Encouragement for 2015
    By Denis KornThe year of 2015 will be an important year for me in initiating and fulfilling goals and projects that I believe will be crucial given the current state of cultural, economic and political decay prevalent in contemporary society.  This…
    - 1 Jan 15, 5:08am -
  • Unique Gift Ideas From PrepareDirect
    By Denis KornDuring these uncertain times giving the gift of Peace of Mind this holiday season – or any time – is a noble action.  Here are suggestions from our product site PrepareDirect for your consideration.All of these recommendations and…
    - 29 Nov 14, 11:06pm -
  • Essential Emergency Kit Information & Advice
    By Denis Korn                                                                                                    This post – Essential Emergency Kit…
    - 30 Oct 14, 3:55am -
  • Essential Checklist for Emergency Preparedness & Outdoor Adventure Planning – Including Vehicle Preparedness – Latest Update
    By Denis Korn                                                                                                                    NOTE:…
    - 30 Sep 14, 4:34am -
  • Barriers to Critical Thinking & The 7 Essential Questions for Reflection
    By Denis Korn                           I am sharing once again what has been one of the most read of all my posts – Barriers to Critical Thinking.  It continues to be even more timely given the issues that we face as a…
    - 27 Aug 14, 12:04am -
  • Vital Preparedness Planning Questions
    By Denis KornWhat Road Will You Choose to Take?For those who have read many of my other posts you will discover that I very often use questions to stimulate and motivate reflection and action.  In the preparedness process there are two distinct el…
    - 30 Jul 14, 9:04pm -
  • The Gift of Encouragement
    By Denis Korn We live in stressful and transformative times!My Be Encouraged post first appeared at the end of 2011 and I have received many encouraging comments about its value in these troubling times.  I especially wanted to re-post this update…
    - 1 Jul 14, 5:32am -

Mike Marlow's Survival Blog

  • Hump Day – Monday Is NOT Your Enemy
    It’s HUMP DAY! Does that make you happy? Are you excited that you’re halfway done with another week at a soul-sucking job that you hate? Is the only pleasure in your life when the work day is done on Friday & you get a break until Monday morning?…
    - 38 days ago, 18 Mar 15, 4:06am -
  • Middle Age – Why You Want To Be Here – Mike Marlow says: “Though the age period that defines middle age is somewhat arbitrary, differing greatly from person to person, it is generally defined as being between the ages of 40 and 60.” So here I am – right in the middle of middle ag…
    - 43 days ago, 13 Mar 15, 5:06am -
  • Apps for Android – Part 3 – Mike Marlow
    Today I’m going to talk about my fun apps. The apps that I use a lot for things other than work or social media. Fun Apps Kindle – This is definitely one of my most used apps. I just checked, and my Kindle library currently contains 2,993 books.…
    - 44 days ago, 12 Mar 15, 3:45am -
  • Apps For Android – Part Two – Mike Marlow
    Today I’ll talk about some of the apps that I use most often to make life easier. Some I use daily, others not quite as often. Hopefully you’ll find something new here that you haven’t tried before!   Productivity Apps Dolphin Browser – the…
    - 45 days ago, 10 Mar 15, 10:29pm -
  • Apps – What Do You Use?
    Let me start off by saying that if you are an iPhone user, nothing in this post will benefit you, and your app suggestions aren’t going to help me either. I’m an Android user. You’re not going to get me to switch. I don’t own a Mac, an Iphone…
    - 46 days ago, 10 Mar 15, 3:19am -
  • The Compound Effect – A Review
    I love to read. I read constantly. I usually have two or three books going at once, & I usually read at least six to eight books every month. My interests are varied, and you never know what book I’ll come up with next. When I read Darren Hardy’s…
    - 47 days ago, 9 Mar 15, 2:39am -
  • Growth Can Be Painful
    Have you ever worked out a little too much & wound up being sore for a couple of days afterwards? I’ve overdone it quite a few times in the past, and you’d think I would know better by now. I have been focusing mainly on walking and losing weight…
    - 48 days ago, 8 Mar 15, 3:30am -
  • My 500 Words – A Writing Challenge

    - 49 days ago, 6 Mar 15, 10:34pm -
  • Being Right – See Why Sometimes It’s Wrong
    Everyone likes being right. I know I do! I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who deliberately chooses to be wrong & have the wrong opinions about something. But since people do have different views about things, everyone can’t be right all the t…
    - 58 days ago, 25 Feb 15, 5:22pm -
  • Mentors – Why You Need Them To Succeed In Life
    Successful People Have Mentors Almost without exception, every successful person will tell you that they had help along the way. Someone coached them, taught them, and guided them along the path toward their success. Business people, spiritual leader…
    - 66 days ago, 18 Feb 15, 9:28am -

Mama Kautz

  • newFront Porch Friday April 24
    Welcome to Front Porch Friday! Mama Kautz and PreparednessMama are your Hostesses with the Mostesses. Mama K chose a post by Floyd Family Homestead on how to check the age […]The post Front Porch Friday April 24 appeared first on Mama Kautz.
    - 19 hours ago, 24 Apr 15, 7:00am -
  • Spiritual Preparedness
    This isn’t a post on preparing spiritually on getting to heaven. This is a post about being ready, spiritually, if the you have an emergency. My emergency may not be […]The post Spiritual Preparedness appeared first on Mama Kautz.
    - 2 days ago, 23 Apr 15, 7:00am -
  • Surviving Summer with Essential Oils
    Spring is in full swing and Summer is just around the corner. With Summer comes bugs and sun! Here are the essential EO’s to have to survive the summer. Allergy […]The post Surviving Summer with Essential Oils appeared first on Mama Kautz.
    - 4 days ago, 21 Apr 15, 11:00am -
  • Where I tell you It is SO Worth it!
    Let me ask you a question. Have you ever taken your family out for a buffet dinner… and then been disappointed when you couldn’t eat every single morsel on display? […]The post Where I tell you It is SO Worth it! appeared first on Mama Kautz.
    - 4 days ago, 20 Apr 15, 3:41pm -
  • The Survival Savvy Family Review
    When I was was given the chance to review The Survival Savvy Family by Julie at Home Ready Home I was super excited. I have read Julie’s blog for sometime […]The post The Survival Savvy Family Review appeared first on Mama Kautz.
    - 7 days ago, 18 Apr 15, 7:05am -
  • Front Porch Friday April 17th
    Welcome to Front Porch Friday! Mama Kautz and PreparednessMama are your Hostesses with the Mostesses. Mama K has always wondered about raising rabbits. Floyd Family Homestead has a great read […]The post Front Porch Friday April 17th appeared firs…
    - 8 days ago, 17 Apr 15, 7:05am -
  • 4 Simple Steps to Stress-Free Homemaking
    Are you a stressed-out homemaker? Don’t stay overwhelmed! Check out this free eCourse: 4 Simple Steps to Stress-Free Homemaking! Are you tired of getting behind on laundry? Do you struggle […]The post 4 Simple Steps to Stress-Free Homemaking app…
    - 9 days ago, 15 Apr 15, 5:00pm -
  • Essential Oil Revolution
    With 31 presentations containing relevant evidence and practical advice from our experts, The Essential Oils Revolution will help you use essential oils effectively and confidently. This event is the first-ever, […]The post Essential Oil Revolutio…
    - 11 days ago, 14 Apr 15, 7:05am -
  • Front Porch Friday April 10th
    Welcome to Front Porch Friday! Mama Kautz and PreparednessMama are your Hostesses with the Mostesses. Shelle PreparednessMama is always looking for new crockpot recipes. This post – 40+ CrockPot Recipes […]The post Front Porch Friday April 10th…
    - 15 days ago, 10 Apr 15, 7:05am -
  • Episode 5 Essential Oils for Preparedness Pt 2
    Here is Episode 5 of my Essential Preparedness Podcast Part 2 of Essential Oils for Preparedness (Pt 1 is here) Episode 3 was 5 oils for preparedness covered in Part […]The post Episode 5 Essential Oils for Preparedness Pt 2 appeared first on Mama…
    - 16 days ago, 9 Apr 15, 11:00am -

Modern Day Redneck

  • Just A Little Proud
    Yup, that's my wife right there, the new Texas Ladies State Champion.What a great weekend we had cooking chili down near San Antonio. This right here made it all worth it.Until next time,Jerry
    - 3 days ago, 22 Apr 15, 12:47pm -
  • Sleeping Arrangements
    This last weekend was a huge push to get the bedroom completed.I think we are just tired of the cramped space in our camper bedroom where as soon as you get out of bed, you are touching a wall and the ducking and dodging of getting through to the bat…
    - 16 days ago, 8 Apr 15, 5:52pm -
  • A Month Ago
    I actually could not believe it has almost been a month since I last posted. I think this is the longest I have ever taken off.We have been cooking chili almost every weekend here and there. It's kinda been a hit and miss on making it in the top ten…
    - 24 days ago, 31 Mar 15, 4:26pm -
  • Old Man Winter
    He came in late this year. So with nothing to do here in Texas, we went off for the weekend. Last weekend was my birthday, I turned 43. My company sent me to Las Vegas to celebrate in style.This was our first time to visit Vegas and believe it or no…
    - 50 days ago, 5 Mar 15, 4:44pm -
  • Almost
    Here is a sneak preview of what the bathroom is looking like.We set the toilet last night and finished the inside plumbing. It sits off to the right of the tub.This weekend I will build the shower curtain rod and get that installed but tonight we wil…
    - 64 days ago, 19 Feb 15, 5:22pm -
  • Play and Work
    I guess that's how my weekends go, one day for play and another for work.Saturday we cooked chili down in Irving. 61 cooks showed up and 7 of those were the raining word champion and the other six were ex champs. Among the other folks there, Mexico a…
    - 74 days ago, 9 Feb 15, 4:34pm -
  • A Little Bit Of Both
    We finally got a little work done on the House, but first.....Two weekends ago we went to College Station and cooked some Texas Red Chili with Jessie.Our best friends and their daughter came with us and we had a great time. Neither me, Candy or Jessi…
    - 81 days ago, 2 Feb 15, 4:29pm -
  • I Said I Wouldn't
    But I didPeer pressure is something else. I was going to work on the house this weekend because the weather was going to be nice, but I didn't. I didn't want to cook chili because I had too much to do, but I did.Our Chili Family are among some of the…
    - 95 days ago, 19 Jan 15, 4:36pm -
  • Nothing To Say, Except......
    Because you now I'm all about that chili, 'bout that chili, 'bout that chili, no beans,All about that chili, 'bout that chili, 'bout that chili, no beans, All about that chili, 'bout that chili 'bout that chili, no beans  You know it's pretty clear,…
    - 12 Jan 15, 6:20pm -
  • Taking It Easy
    I sure hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and I hope you all have a Happy New Year.We sure did, I can tell you I am blessed more than I should be.I had five days off and I was looking so forward in getting a lot accomplished on the house. In the…
    - 29 Dec 14, 9:00pm -

My Family Survival Plan

  • Hydration for the Apocalypse: How to Store Water for Long-Term Emergencies
    A big storm and earthquake hits your town. It’s a certifiable quakenado.Your house is spared structural damage, but the power and water are out. According to news reports, the grid is down in your area and several water mains The post Hydration f…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Apr 15, 9:03pm -
  • Baking Soda – 112 Uses (WWII Series)
    Week after week I'm amazed at all of the uses for common household product. This list contains a lot of the uses that were used back in WWII. However, as my family and I collaborate we find that we use the products for more modern things too. To cont…
    - 8 days ago, 17 Apr 15, 5:58am -
  • 12 Bad Strategies That Will Get Preppers Killed

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  • How to Produce Your Own Fuel
    In the event of a crisis situation, you never know for how long you will be isolated in your home, and how scarce the resources will be. You can be forced to live off your stored goods for months in a row, even years, and as a proper survivalist, I a…
    - 25 days ago, 31 Mar 15, 5:28am -
  • 20 Survival Uses for a Wire Coat Hanger
    Just about any common household object can be turned into a survival tool. You’d be surprised at the uses of things you use every day. The key is to remove all preconceptions about the object and what it was made for. Think outside the box.The pos…
    - 25 days ago, 30 Mar 15, 2:18pm -
  • Lights Off: How The World Could Change In 7 Days
    You might be thinking, hey, I’ve got this one covered! I’ve survived lots of power outages. If that is your thought process, you could not be more wrong.Anyone who considers, even for a moment, how interconnected andThe post Lights Off: How The…
    - 33 days ago, 23 Mar 15, 12:44pm -

American Preppers Network

  • Make Your Home Safer: 3 DIY Projects for a Saturday Afternoon
    Unexpected emergencies, disasters and hardships are inevitable. However, planning ahead and being prepared for the worst can have a huge impact on how your family is affected. If you’ve got a knack for DIY projects, consider adding safety features…
    - 1 day ago, 23 Apr 15, 6:31pm -
  • It’s About Thyme
    Remember the song From Simon and Garfunkel “Parsley, Sage Rosemary and Thyme? This is one of most used herbs as a medicine, throughout time. References from Italy, Greece, and other countries speak of doctors of the thyme using it in many healing p…
    - 2 days ago, 23 Apr 15, 12:13pm -
  • All About The Tomahawk
    Our friends over at True Swords have kindly shared their article with us about tomahawks and tactical weapons. We hope you enjoy their article and video! (Amazing site, please check it out!!) Being a versatile tool, the tomahawk axe has been consiste…
    - 6 days ago, 19 Apr 15, 1:37am -
  • It’s About Time For That 3 Sisters Garden
    What is a “Three Sisters Garden” you ask? It is an ancient Native American method of gardening using an inter-cropping system which is comprised of growing 3 different variety of crops. By the time European settlers arrived in America in the earl…
    - 7 days ago, 18 Apr 15, 1:40pm -
  • Tips for Being Financially Prepared
    If you lost your job or suffered a serious injury tomorrow, would you be financially prepared?  One of the cornerstones of financial freedom is being prepared for setbacks, but increasing your savings while also paying down debt, saving up for big-t…
    - 8 days ago, 17 Apr 15, 1:33pm -
  • Rotating Your Food Storage With FIFO
    Learning how to use the FIFO (First-In-First-Out) method isn’t complicated. It’s a method that refers to a safe and efficient way to store food and how to effectively rotate it so you’re always using the oldest items first before the newer ones…
    - 9 days ago, 16 Apr 15, 1:23pm -
  • Burdock and Its Benefits
    Burdock is our weed for need! Burdock is considered a weed in the United States, however in Japan and parts of Europe, they eat this plant as a vegetable. Yum Yum! Burdock is a member of the daisy family. It grows three to four feet tall, has a flowe…
    - 10 days ago, 15 Apr 15, 12:29pm -
  • It’s High Storm Season – Let’s Get Prepped!
    High storm season usually comes around spring in most areas of the country, and we are constantly being warned that tornados can come at any time on any day. While it is true that high storm season usually takes place in the spring and early summer,…
    - 11 days ago, 14 Apr 15, 11:36am -
  • What’s Up with Wind: Your Small Scale Wind Energy Questions Answered
    By Aaron Mandelkorn Wind energy may appear like a no brainer for renewable energy production in many places. Is it always windy at your location? Doesn’t it seem like it would be an easy thing to harness all that free potential energy? Q: The wind…
    - 12 days ago, 13 Apr 15, 11:33am -
  • The Differences Between Survivalists and Preppers
    Australian disaster prepper Peter (last name withheld by request) runs the online Aussie Oz Prepper Forum. The free service allows Australians with similar interests to share tips, ideas, and strategies about how to survive a catastrophe, either shor…
    - 13 days ago, 12 Apr 15, 1:23pm -

Outdoor Quest

  • GPS Vulnerability
    By Glen Meek SEARCHLIGHT, Nev. -- Experts say the nation's GPS navigation system is at risk of being jammed or spoofed. But even scarier, there isn't a backup system in place. An I-Team investigation revealed that a radio navigation station operati…
    - 5 days ago, 19 Apr 15, 2:47pm -
  • Navigation Term of The Month
    DeclinationDeclination is the angle measured between true north and magnetic north. Declination must be factored into all wilderness trips Account for declination before leaving the trailhead.  I like to keep my navigation simple and personally…
    - 9 days ago, 16 Apr 15, 1:46pm -
  • Cascadia Tsunami Survival
    The following AP article appeared in the Bend Bulletin.By Jeff Barnard / The Associated Press             Published Apr 14, 2015 at 12:02AM    GRANTS PASS — About 5,500 more people could survive a ma…
    - 9 days ago, 16 Apr 15, 1:43pm -
  • Ten Common GPS Myths
    The U.S. Air Force's blog has a great post about 10 common myths related to GPS.   I've attached it below.  WALLPAPER GALLERY10 COMMON MYTHS SURROUNDING GPS By Brian Hagberg50th Space Wing Public AffairsThe Global Positioning System, or GPS, has…
    - 16 days ago, 8 Apr 15, 3:24pm -
  • Backpacking Gear Myths
    Philip Werner at SectionHiker has a interesting post about: 10 Backpacking Gear Myths It’s amazing how some backpacking gear myths persist, even when there’s ample evidence to the contrary. Here are my favorites.
    - 16 days ago, 8 Apr 15, 3:22pm -
  • Sighting With a Magnetic Compass
    Sighting with a compass is an important skill that can determine direction to an object or help the hiker locate and identify his position in the backcountry.A compass is an important part of the backcountry navigator’s kit.  The use of GlobalPosi…
    - 17 days ago, 7 Apr 15, 1:52pm -
  • GPS Tracking Technology
    From the UK's GPSTraining ( email update:"Did you know that the U.S. government is placing a high priority on developing a more reliable real-time position tracking technology whose signals won’t disappear in blind spots an…
    - 17 days ago, 7 Apr 15, 1:51pm -
  • GPS Error - Part I
    Our GPS receivers are very accurate.  What should the hiker do when the information displayed just doesn't look right?Ever have one of those "GPS days" when the darn thing is providing a bearing that looks way off the mark...."that can't be right?"H…
    - 19 days ago, 5 Apr 15, 2:23pm -
  • Evaluating Back-Up Magnetic Compasses
    Frequently in my backcountry land navigation class, I am asked about the need to carry a back-up compass.  Generally students are interested in a light weight model that is low in cost, small in size, and would “fill in” as needed. I purposeful…
    - 35 days ago, 21 Mar 15, 1:50pm -
  • What Maps to Take Hiking
    Seattle Backpackers Magazine recently published my recent post about what maps hikers should take into the backcountry."In a recent map & compass class, one of my students asked me what maps I carry into the backcountry when hiking or hunting. In thi…
    - 37 days ago, 18 Mar 15, 6:16pm -

Paul Kirtley's Blog

  • PLAN: A Framework For Prioritising In A Survival Situation
    It's never been easier to reach wild and remote parts of our planet, and we’re doing it more and more for recreation and adventure. The question is though, what do we do when things go wrong? If you’re in an emergency situation in the outdoors, i…
    - 16 days ago, 8 Apr 15, 4:27pm -
  • PK Podcast 007: Jules Pretty, Travels With Enduring People In Vanishing Lands
    Jules Pretty OBE, Professor of Environment and Society at the University of Essex joins me to discuss his book The Edge Of Extinction: Travels With Enduring People In Vanishing Lands, the powerful messages it contains and his work in general...This f…
    - 23 days ago, 1 Apr 15, 9:36pm -
  • As Thick As A Capercaillie: How To Build A Long Log Fire
    I have in the past written about the value of a long-log fire in the context of articles detailing the building of a lean-to shelter and later, the renovation of a previously used shelter. This has prompted readers to ask questions about the long-log…
    - 36 days ago, 20 Mar 15, 8:10am -
  • PK Podcast 006: Winter Outdoor Life Tips, Thoughts And Perspectives
    In episode 6 of my podcast I travel to northern Sweden for a winter camping trip and along the way pass on some advice for winter outdoor life, build a special survival fire and meet a Sami man who provides insight into his traditional way of life...…
    - 42 days ago, 13 Mar 15, 8:04pm -
  • An Emergency Winter Survival Shelter For The Forest
    When snow falls in the forest, you have multiple winter shelter designs to choose from. One of the classic northern forest shelters is a lean-to with a raised bed and a large long-log fire in front to keep you warm through the coldest of nights. I’…
    - 59 days ago, 25 Feb 15, 8:15am -
  • What To Do If You Get Lost Outdoors: STOP
    Every year, there are cases of people who get lost in the woods. And they don't always do the right thing. In the video above, I share some tips, tricks, and best practice of what to do if you should you find yourself lost or even a little bit geogra…
    - 66 days ago, 18 Feb 15, 8:30am -
  • PK Podcast 005: Justine Curgenven And An Aleutian Adventure
    Award-winning adventure film-maker Justine Curgenven joins me to talk about the incredible, unprecedented sea kayak journey she and Sarah Outen made along the Aleutian Island chain and Alaskan peninsular, which resulted in a rich wilderness experienc…
    - 80 days ago, 4 Feb 15, 8:30am -
  • How To Generate Water In The Frozen North
    Because they’re frozen, extreme cold environments are practically deserts. In this video and the associated article I share a couple of really effective methods of generating water in a frozen environment. Unless you have a specialist tool to cut t…
    - 94 days ago, 21 Jan 15, 7:15am -
  • Equipment For Ski Touring Adventures In Norway
    The Norwegian winter mountain environment is challenging but with the right training, experience and equipment this terrain provides one of the best opportunities for wilderness adventure in northern Europe. In this article I run through in detail t…
    - 96 days ago, 19 Jan 15, 12:46am -
  • Fjelltur: A Norwegian Adventure
    Fjelltur is a film I made about a winter trip to Norway with two friends and the subsequent adventure we had. "Fjelltur" translates literally to mountain trip or mountain tour. This was always the intention of our trip, for us to make a ski tour in…
    - 14 Jan 15, 7:15am -

Prep Blog

  • An Excellent Solar Oven for Survival
    A new solar oven has been designed and offered as a Kickstarter project: GoSun Grill. The oven features a large heat-resistant double tube with a vacuum for insulation, and a parabolic reflector to focus the sun’s rays on the tubular … Continue r…
    - 1 day ago, 23 Apr 15, 2:15pm -
  • 10 Disastrous Effects of the California Drought
    I was talking with Butch, co-author of this blog, about the drought in California. And we began to realize how the continuation of this drought over the long term could set-up a series of catastrophic events. I think most people … Continue reading…
    - 4 days ago, 20 Apr 15, 3:30pm -
  • Passenger Planes now vulnerable to Internet Hackers
    News agencies throughout the world are reporting on the vulnerability of new commercial passenger planes to hacking, malware, and terrorism. What is the cause of that vulnerability? The on-board system allowing passengers to access the internet. That…
    - 9 days ago, 16 Apr 15, 12:34am -
  • Will the Gov’t eventually ban Lead Bullets?
    I mean, if they don’t ban all bullets of all kinds. I have nothing against those nice all-copper Barnes hunting bullets, and similar rounds from other bullet smiths. But there’s no good all-round replacement for lead. The density of lead … Cont…
    - 10 days ago, 14 Apr 15, 6:31pm -
  • Zombie Apocalypse Prank
    Here’s how it works: A large group of people make themselves up to look like Zombies. Then they travel in a group, terrorizing unsuspecting citizens, scaring the hell out of them and chasing them, while behaving in a very threatening … Continue r…
    - 13 days ago, 11 Apr 15, 3:36pm -

Prepper Recon

  • newFriday Night at the Movies- The Harbinger-Jonathan Cahn
    Tonight’s movie is Jonathan Cahn talking about his first book, The Harbinger. It points out many signs that suggest the 9/11 was a warning from God telling America to repent.   In The Days of Noah, Book Two: Persecution, a globalist conspiracy […
    - 13 hours ago, 24 Apr 15, 1:18pm -
  • Podcast-Protecting Yourself From Government Surveillance -Dr. Katherine Albrecht Pt 2
      Dr. Katherine Albrecht joins me on the show today for the second half of our interview about NSA spying and the amount of data that we volunteer through Google, Yahoo, Facebook and other commercial collection points. Sign up for […] ↓ Read the…
    - 3 days ago, 22 Apr 15, 1:54am -
  • Podcast-Persecution of Christians in America Has Begun!
    In case you thought the persecution of the Church in America was something that could never happen or, at worst, was an event in the distant future, Aaron Klein of Sweet Cakes Bakery in Oregon is with us today to set […] ↓ Read the rest of this…
    - 5 days ago, 20 Apr 15, 2:40am -
  • Sunday Prepper Bible Study- Isaiah 7
    If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all. Isaiah 7:9 Christians in America are being asked to choose a side. Those opposed to same-sex marriage are demonized as bigots rather than seen as […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry…
    - 6 days ago, 19 Apr 15, 2:38am -
  • Friday Night at the Movies- The Mystery of the Shemitah- Jonathan Cahn

    - 7 days ago, 17 Apr 15, 1:56pm -
  • Podcast-Government Surveillance At Unimaginable Levels-Dr. Katherine Albrecht
    Dr. Katherine Albrecht joins me on the show today to talk about NSA spying and the amount of data that we volunteer through Google, Yahoo, Facebook and other commercial collection points. Sign up for Start Mail to protect your email […] ↓ Read th…
    - 10 days ago, 15 Apr 15, 1:32am -
  • Podcast-The Increase of Criminal Actions by the State- Cal Wilson
    Attorney Cal Wilson joins me on the show today to talk about illegal actions being carried out by the government. The abuse of the might makes right mentality has reached epic proportions and now prevents us from living free lives […] ↓ Read the…
    - 12 days ago, 13 Apr 15, 1:40am -
  • Sunday Prepper Bible Study-Isaiah 22:8-11
    And you looked in that day to the weapons in the Palace of the Forest; you saw that the City of David had many breaches in its defenses; you stored up water in the Lower Pool. You counted the buildings in […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry...The…
    - 13 days ago, 12 Apr 15, 2:41am -
  • Friday Night at The Movies- Eye of The Phoenix
      Tonight’s movie is Eye of The Phoenix. It tells about the Massonic and occult influences in the design of the dollar bill. Grab a snack and enjoy the show. In The Days of Noah, Book Two: Persecution, a globalist conspiracy […] ↓ Read the re…
    - 14 days ago, 10 Apr 15, 2:56pm -
  • Podcast- Staying Sober After The Collapse
    Today’s guest is Jim Thompson of Last week, we talked about our personal struggles with addiction and pointed out the added difficulties addicts will face if they don’t conquer that demon prior to a collapse. This week we…
    - 17 days ago, 8 Apr 15, 1:44am -

Preparedness is Fundamental

  • DIY SOLAR Powered Roto Tiller
    Solar power is a fantastic resource, especially for preppers, and while it is catching on, it still isn’t where it should be. I have been adding raised bed planters to my garden, but couldn’t get a tiller in the boxes to add and … Continue r…
    - 36 days ago, 19 Mar 15, 7:45pm -
    Whether you have 100 acres in the country or a small corner lot in the city, WTSHTF, you will still need to know when someone is trespassing or taking your property. The Mini Sentry trip wire .22 blank alarm can be … Continue reading →
    - 37 days ago, 19 Mar 15, 9:23am -
  • Solving a Common Rocket Stove Problem
    Rocket stoves are in my opinion, the absolute best prepper stove available today. They use multiple fuels, and if you use wood, they use about 5% (or less) of the wood it would take on an open fire. When properly … Continue reading →
    - 85 days ago, 29 Jan 15, 5:54pm -
  • Simple, Inexpensive, Bright, Rechargeable WTSHTF LED Light
     When a snowstorm took out our power last week, I needed to come up with some simple but effective lights for a neighbor. After scrounging through my shop I ended up with a simple light that took just a few … Continue reading →
    - 94 days ago, 20 Jan 15, 3:26pm -
  • Simple DIY, Dirt Cheap, Mini Welder for Field Repairs and WTSHTF
    Murphy’s Law is simple, if something’s going to break, it will do so at the most inopportune place and time.  If you live in the country, you probably have things like mowers, tractors,  and other equipment that requires an occasional … Conti…
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  • A Full Size Rocket Stove For Cooking Big Meals
    After doing the video on my homemade rocket stove, I received numerous calls asking where people could buy one. Unfortunately at that time, it was just not available. However, now it is. This is a large stove that will do … Continue reading →
    - 29 Dec 14, 3:59am -
  • The Ultimate High Power Rechargeable Prepper Light
    Preppers should take advantage of technology. One example is in the lighting arena. LED’s are constantly being improved to the point that some flashlights put out 10 times what an incandescent bulb does and runs longer as well. Right up … Continu…
    - 28 Nov 14, 4:52am -
  • Are We in the Eye of the Hurricane?
    It’s hard not to get dispirited when you look at how far downhill this great country has gone. We are seeing not just the unraveling of societal fabric, but the very shredding of it, much like a flag in a … Continue reading →
    - 17 Nov 14, 3:47am -
  • Can Preppers Go To Heaven?
    There is a “spirited” debate (pun intended) about whether or not prepping is commanded by God or an affront to Him. My last post, “Misinformation and Prepping” really brought out some responses and name callers (apparently I’m a caveman amo…
    - 23 Sep 14, 5:44pm -
  • Misinformation and Prepping
        When I was a young cop, I watched a pilot at our local air show fly his plane right into the ground. I realized instantly what had happened and turned to see the entire emergency crew, many of … Continue reading →
    - 19 Sep 14, 4:01pm -

Survival and Prosperity

  • newResource Of The Week: Free Digital Editions Of GUNS Magazine, American Handgunner, Shooting Industry, And American COP
    Chances are, you’ve visited a pharmacy or grocery store which contained one or more titles from FMG Publications on their magazine rack. San Diego-based FMG publishes: • American Handgunner (6 times/year) • GUNS Magazine (12 times/year) • Sho…
    - 22 hours ago, 24 Apr 15, 3:21am -
  • Illinois Adults Invited To Enter Contest For Free Weather Alert Radios
    Illinois residents 18 years and older are being offered the chance to win free weather alert radios in a contest launched yesterday by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and the Illinois Emergency Services Management Association (IESMA).…
    - 1 day ago, 23 Apr 15, 9:00pm -
  • Proposed Triton College Shared Police Training Facility Moves Forward
    Chicago-area readers may remember me blogging last summer about future concealed-carry classroom and range instruction possibly being offered at a proposed shared police training facility at Triton College, a two-year community college located in wes…
    - 1 day ago, 23 Apr 15, 5:12pm -
  • Polls Show Americans More Optimistic On Economy
    Despite the significant financial challenges this country faces, a number of Americans seem to be more optimistic about the economy going forward. Jeffry Bartash reported on the MarketWatch website yesterday: Even though U.S. growth slowed sharply in…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Apr 15, 8:10pm -
  • Niles Gun Shop, Range Lawsuit Decision Next Month?
    Chicago-area firearm enthusiasts- here’s the latest regarding that proposed gun shop and range at 6143 Howard Street in northwest suburban Niles. Igor Studenkov reported on the Chicago Tribune website on Monday: The fate of a lawsuit a Skokie-based…
    - 2 days ago, 22 Apr 15, 4:16pm -
  • JM Bullion Sale: 5 Oz Sunshine Silver Bars Only 89¢/Oz Over Spot Any Quantity
    The price of silver sure is bouncing around these days. Looking to acquire physical silver while the spot price is close to $16? Affiliate marketing partner JM Bullion (reviewed here) is having a 5 Ounce Sunshine Silver Bar Sale. From an e-mail I rec…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Apr 15, 9:51pm -
  • Chicago Uber Driver With Concealed-Carry Permit Shoots Man Firing Into Crowd In Logan Square
    I’m guessing some members of the anti-concealed-carry crowd in Illinois and beyond aren’t too pleased that news of the following makes its way into the mainstream media. Greg Ziezulewicz reported on the Chicago Tribune website Monday morning: Aut…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Apr 15, 8:34pm -
  • Bloody Chicago Weekend Sign Of Things To Come?
    Unlike last year, Chicago is having an authentic spring in 2015. But accompanying the much-welcomed warm weather has been the dreaded shootings and homicides. The Chicago news media is reporting the tally from this past weekend (starting late Friday…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Apr 15, 8:02pm -
  • Quote For The Week
    “It is better to look ahead and prepare than to look back and regret.” -Jacqueline “Jackie” Joyner-Kersee, retired American athlete and four-time Olympian, three-time gold medal winner Christopher E. Hill Survival And Prosperity (www.survival…
    - 3 days ago, 21 Apr 15, 4:08pm -
  • Resource Of The Week: Gun Talk Media’s First Person Defender
    Long-time readers know I’ve been listening to podcasts of a radio show called Tom Gresham’s Gun Talk for a number of years now (named it a “Resource Of The Week” back on July 15, 2011). I’m swamped these days so I don’t get to listen to p…
    - 8 days ago, 17 Apr 15, 3:51am -

Armed Rogue

  • Should You Join a Survivalist Group?
    I was listening to a podcast by Rational Survivor where he was explaining why he would never join a survivalist group. He made some valid points. He said that many of the groups that you see on or craigslist, are targeted more to newbie p…
    - 14 days ago, 10 Apr 15, 3:42pm -
  • Think of Being Prepared for Emergencies & Disasters as Insurance
    You have insurance for your car. You have insurance for your house. You have health insurance. In some cases you have insurance for your phone. Sometimes you have life insurance. However, what about the times in which none of those insurances can hel…
    - 16 days ago, 9 Apr 15, 6:00am -
  • DIY: Homemade Coffee Creamer
    Inspired by Morgan who recently shared how she roasted her own coffee I asked myself: What is in coffee creamer? The answer disturbed me. I am not typically an all day coffee drinker. I only drink coffee at home in the morning when Boots brews up…
    - 17 days ago, 7 Apr 15, 4:48pm -
  • Water Purification is a Buzz Phrase
    There is no such thing as purifying water. Many people use the word ‘purify’ because it’s a buzz word and sounds better than ‘sanitize’. You don’t want to drink water that has simply been sanitized, you want to drink water that has been p…
    - 17 days ago, 7 Apr 15, 2:53pm -
  • Why You Shouldn’t Bug Out Unless You Absolutely Have To
    I am a big advocate for bugging in. The only time you need to bug out is if your home is in immediate danger. It doesn’t matter if you live in an apartment or a house, you are the safest when you are in your home. Your home has food, water, bed, fl…
    - 29 days ago, 26 Mar 15, 3:22pm -
  • Yes, You NEED Fire To Survive
    Whether you’re just getting started in prepping or whether you’ve been in this game for 20+ years, you’ve heard that the essentials for survival are: Water Food Shelter And anything after that is just a plus. However, I am of the STRONG believe…
    - 53 days ago, 3 Mar 15, 6:00am -
  • Learning How to Tan Hides – Part 1
    When I decided I wanted to teach myself to tan animal hides I received a lot of mixed responses. Notably negative remarks such as, “Why would you do that? It’s too much work.” Or even, “That’s nasty” followed by gruesome faces of disgust.…
    - 57 days ago, 27 Feb 15, 6:00am -
  • Everyday Survival Podcast – Ep 3 Bugging In Vs Bugging Out
    I’m a little out of it for this podcast, but I talk about bugging in vs. bugging out, the tip of the week, what’s been going on with 365 Survival, I talk about the lady who shot herself while adjusting her flash bang holster and what else…liste…
    - 58 days ago, 26 Feb 15, 1:52am -
  • 5 Realistic Fitness Tips for Preppers
    This subject has been talked about a lot recently and I briefly talked about it in a 365 video but I have my own thoughts on the matter that I’d like to elaborate on. You don’t need to be Rambo – Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to…
    - 60 days ago, 24 Feb 15, 6:00am -
  • How to Get Started in Competition Shooting – Part 1
    My husband and I wanted to get into competition shooting for a long time. We knew about 3 Gun and thought that was really the only type of competition we could get into. We had done some research, but the amount of specific information on how to get…
    - 64 days ago, 20 Feb 15, 6:00am -