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  • newNotes for Monday – October 20, 2014
    October 20th is the birthday of actor Viggo Mortensen (born 1958.) He lives somewhere in the American Redoubt. On his ranch is his horse-for-life “TJ”–one of the five paint horses used in the filming of the movie Hidalgo. This is also the birth…
    - 9 hours ago, 20 Oct 14, 4:06am -
  • newGuest Article: Lights Out, by NightlyJazz
    Not to take away from the novel of the same name by David Crawford–which really is an excellent book that I do recommend you read as well as save a hard copy–I experienced my own little Lights Out situation. I’ve always wanted to test my preps…
    - 9 hours ago, 20 Oct 14, 4:06am -
  • newScot’s Product Review: FLIR LS-Series Thermal Imaging Camera
    Seeing in the dark is something we poor humans aren’t good at. The term “cover of darkness” is an apt description, and if we can penetrate it we have a serious advantage over those who can’t. This also applies to anything that obscures visibi…
    - 9 hours ago, 20 Oct 14, 4:04am -
  • newRecipe of the Week: Swiss Steak with a Kick by Mrs. HJL
    This is a simple recipe that our family likes to cook using the crock pot. It’s a regular dish. We modified the traditional version to use some green chili and/or jalapeno peppers, which you can use to suit your personal tastes. 1 1/2 to 2 lb round…
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  • newLetter: Bullet Proof 3-Ring Binder

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  • newEconomics and Investing:
    The World Has Less Than 5 Days Worth Of Copper Inventories o o o Japanese Stocks Tumble After BOJ Bond-Buying Operation Fails For First Time Since Abenomics o o o Yellen says rising income inequality in U.S. ‘greatly’ concerns her. And since when…
    - 9 hours ago, 20 Oct 14, 4:02am -
  • newOdds ‘n Sods:
    JWR had some comments on the Ebola outbreak at the Prepper Recon Podcast. o o o Over at The Daily Sheeple: 10 Books That Could Actually Save Your Life. o o o Krayton Kerns, DVM: Main Street USA – Avalanche Lily o o o Build a working ADSB Aircraft R…
    - 9 hours ago, 20 Oct 14, 4:01am -
  • newHugh’s Quote of the Day:
    “The future of human liberty … means the future of civilization.” – Henry Hazlitt
    - 9 hours ago, 20 Oct 14, 4:01am -
  • Notes for Sunday, October 19, 2014
    Today, we present another entry for Round 55 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…
    - 1 day ago, 19 Oct 14, 4:28am -
  • Emergency Prepping, Sustainability, and the Idea of Adapting in Advance, by F.J. – Part 2
    Prepping is a great cultural example of the observations that led bio-cultural anthropologists to a hypothesis that suggests human brains are hardwired to use past experience and present observations to make projections of hypothetical future scenari…
    - 1 day ago, 19 Oct 14, 4:25am -


More Than Just Surviving

  • Winter Emergency Supplies: Get ‘Em While It’s Still Warm!

    Winter Emergency Supplies: Get ‘Em While It’s Still Warm!

    Not sure if winter’s begun to show it’s frosty fingertips where you live, but here in Toronto, the weather’s slowly begun to take a turn for the colder. Last December, Thomas and I had the misfortune of living through 5 nights and 4 d…
    - 4 days ago, 16 Oct 14, 3:45pm -
  • Kershaw Cryo II SpeedSafe Assisted Open Knife

    Kershaw Cryo II SpeedSafe Assisted Open Knife

    When Kershaw announced a partnership with Rick Hinderer, the excitement was almost palpable. Rick has been a mainstay of grail knife manufacturers for years, with his XM series of custom/midtech knives (depending on your definition) being on…
    - 7 days ago, 13 Oct 14, 4:15pm -
  • Knife Drop: Mods and Upgrades

    Knife Drop: Mods and Upgrades

    One of our friends does some killer knife modifications. He’s been getting so good at them recently, couldn’t help but taking shots of them and featuring them in a knife drop. My favourite mod is the one of the Kershaw Strobe, what’s yo…
    - 9 days ago, 11 Oct 14, 8:00pm -
  • What Success Looks Like for a Prepper

    What Success Looks Like for a Prepper

    Let me start off by noting that success comes in many different shapes and forms. Success for one individual often looks very different from the picture of success another person paints. One individual may see a stable corporate job with…
    - 11 days ago, 9 Oct 14, 6:20pm -
  • Benchmade Adamas 275BKSN Folding Knife Review

    Benchmade Adamas 275BKSN Folding Knife Review

    Owning as many knives as I do, it often takes quite a lot for me to get really excited over a slab of steel. Needless to say, the Benchmade Adamas sure did the trick. Thinking back, I can’t remember many knives that have peaked my curiosity…
    - 14 days ago, 6 Oct 14, 3:10pm -
  • October 2014 EDC Pocket Dump

    October 2014 EDC Pocket Dump

    1. Paul Smith Leather Bifold Wallet 2. Xyla Ricochet Mints With Xylitol 3. Case Swayback Gent Red Bone Handles 4. Google Nexus 4 + Blue i-Blason Slim Fit S Line Flexible Case 5. Spyderco Endura 4 Custom G10 Scales – Review.This is just…
    - 16 days ago, 4 Oct 14, 6:00pm -
  • Are Knife Super Steels Worth It?

    Are Knife Super Steels Worth It?

    After over a decade of being heavily involved in the knife world, not only as a knife user, but as a collector as well, I have found myself completely jaded by the knife industry’s enduring tactic of releasing new steels and declaring the…
    - 18 days ago, 2 Oct 14, 6:35pm -
  • Granite Rocx Tahoe Backpack and Cooler Review

    Granite Rocx Tahoe Backpack and Cooler Review

    Granite Rocx is a newly founded company in the outdoor arena. The Tahoe Backpack and Cooler combo is the love child of its founder, who wanted a backpack that could be used to carry everything he wanted: including a folding chair. Granite R…
    - 21 days ago, 29 Sep 14, 3:30pm -
  • September 2014 EDC Purse Dump

    September 2014 EDC Purse Dump

    1. Pink G-10 Single Nuko Tools Punchring 2. Inova XP LED Flashlight – Not yet released; review sample. 3. Bananagrams Word Game 4. Spyderco Lum Chinese Folder Nishijin Glass Fiber – Review.This is just the start of the post September…
    - 23 days ago, 27 Sep 14, 6:30pm -
  • A Careful Look at Bugging In VS Bugging Out

    A Careful Look at Bugging In VS Bugging Out

    No topic has proved as divisive on prepper and survival forums as the choice to bug in or bug out. The reality is that the choice is not always clean cut, and whether you bug in or bug out may actually be forced upon you based on changing en…
    - 25 days ago, 25 Sep 14, 5:30pm -

Patriot Rising

  • Bartering
    Credit will undoubtedly be suspended and the banks could be placed under a “banking holiday” much like during the Great Depression. Cash and coin may hold their value for a period of time, but those using commodities for bartering may find it far…
    - 3 days ago, 17 Oct 14, 5:15pm -
  • Build a 30-Day Emergency Food Supply
    How much do you need? There are a few different ways to calculate food storage, but I find breaking it down by serving size to be the most practical. Don’t rely on what a package calls a serving size – consider the appetites of your family. You…
    - 3 days ago, 17 Oct 14, 5:14pm -
  • MREs
    A MRE (Meal Ready to Eat) is a US military precooked ration pack designed to feed soldiers who are currently engaged in ongoing missions. Just like regular meals, these military MREs are fortified with vitamins and minerals enough to nourish and repl…
    - 3 days ago, 17 Oct 14, 5:09pm -
  • Winter Emergency Supplies
    This year, we’re doing our best not to relive our mistakes. After all, the past could repeat itself. However unlikely, we could be stuck in yet another ice storm, maybe one that knocks out the power grid for even longer this time. Just after the…
    - 3 days ago, 17 Oct 14, 5:07pm -
  • Tropical system could become hurricane, hit Hawaii…
    Rain and gusty winds may threaten Hawaii later this week as Tropical Depression 2C tracks toward the islands.   “Warm water and low wind shear will contribute to strengthening this week as Tropical Depression 2C tracks toward Hawaii,” said AccuW…
    - 6 days ago, 14 Oct 14, 1:09am -
  • 4 Northern California faults primed for big earthquakes
    Three fault segments running beneath Northern California and its roughly 15 million people are overdue for a major earthquake, including one section that lies near the dams and canals that supply much of the state’s water, according to a geological…
    - 6 days ago, 14 Oct 14, 1:03am -
  • Sales of gas masks, bio-hazard suits and foil blankets soar as ‘survivalists’ prepare for Ebola epidemic – and warn others to store water
    Survivalists warned families would not cope if an epidemic happened now Families ‘must take it upon themselves to prepare for worst in advance’  Experts advise avoiding all human contact and stocking up on supplies  In worst case scenario flee…
    - 7 days ago, 13 Oct 14, 8:01pm -
  • Survival Resources You Can Find in Your Vehicle
    Gasoline Starting a fire becomes infinitely easier with a dribble of gasoline. Motor oil This can also be used to aid in starting a fire, but it’s even more useful in signaling for help. Add a quart or two of motor oil to a fire and you’ll send a…
    - 7 days ago, 13 Oct 14, 5:15pm -
  • 80 Emergency Essential Supplies To Stock Up On
    1. Generators 2. Water Containers 3. Water filters, purifiers, water tablets, and water testing kits 4. Portable toilets, wood shavings & plastic bags 5. Seasoned firewood 6. Coleman fuel 7.  Lamp oil, wicks, mantles, oil lamps 8. Charcoal, lighter…
    - 7 days ago, 13 Oct 14, 4:51pm -
  • DIY Tin Can Solar Lantern Tutorial
    I love the rustic charm of tin can lanterns. Budget-friendly and super simple to make, their warm light brings a relaxing ambiance to any outdoor party. While flickering candlelight is perfect for a special occasion, I really wanted tin can lanterns…
    - 7 days ago, 13 Oct 14, 4:14pm -

Destiny Survival

  • Preparedness for the Disabled and Elderly – Another Look
    It’s no secret that America’s population is aging. That means dealing with more age-related health concerns. Also, in at least the past couple of decades, those with disabilities have become more vocal about their needs. Certainly, this carries o…
    - 4 days ago, 16 Oct 14, 1:26pm -
  • Guard Llamas – Should You Have One on Your Homestead?
    If you’re having trouble with predators–four legged or two legged–consider guard llamas. No kidding. A reader brought this to my attention, and I encourage you to watch the video below for info.    
    - 6 days ago, 14 Oct 14, 1:16pm -
  • From Drillin’ and Shakin’ to Wonderin’ and Waitin’
    That’s a bit of a peculiar title, I admit. But it summarizes what Janet Liebsch and I discussed on this week’s DestinySurvival Radio program. We covered two distinct topics–(1) the Great ShakeOut earthquake drill and earthquake preparedness, an…
    - 11 days ago, 9 Oct 14, 1:05pm -
  • After Retirement – Will You Travel to Where the Work Is?
    This may not sound like it has anything to do with prepping, but in a way it is related. At least on the fringes. That’s because in recent years, many beyond the normal age of retirement have become geriatric migrant laborers, traveling in RV’s t…
    - 13 days ago, 7 Oct 14, 1:17pm -
  • What’s Keeping You from Taking Prepping to the Next Level?
    I’m curious . Would you like to be doing a better job at prepping, but you’ve run into roadblocks? What’s keeping you from taking prepping to the next level? Do any of the following ring a bell with you?   Not enough money Not enough time Feel…
    - 20 days ago, 30 Sep 14, 1:13pm -
  • Ebola: How Concerned Should We Be?
    You’d have to be living in a cave not to have heard about the wildfire spread of Ebola in west African countries and the possible danger it poses to other places, including the U.S. But how big of a threat is it really for us in America? How concer…
    - 25 days ago, 25 Sep 14, 1:13pm -
  • Flour from Grass Seeds–One Way to Make Eating Weeds Practical for Survival
    The idea of eating weeds turns some people off. That’s partly because plant lore isn’t part of our everyday lives as it was in times past for many of our ancestors. Take a few minutes to see how one man made eating weeds practical by collecting g…
    - 27 days ago, 23 Sep 14, 1:26pm -
  • The Prepper’s Blueprint Will Help You Map Out Your Prepping Strategy
    Architects and builders depend on blueprints to do their jobs. The Prepper’s Blueprint will help you map out your prepping strategy. On this week’s DestinySurvival Radio, I spoke with its author, Tess Pennington.   The Blueprint’s Drafter I kn…
    - 32 days ago, 18 Sep 14, 1:08pm -
  • Buy Emergency Foods–I’ve Tried It, Now You Can Win It!
    A few weeks ago I was contacted by a representative with with an offer. If I would try one of their sample packs and let you know my evaluation, they’d give you the chance to win free food. So I’ve tried it, and now you can…
    - 34 days ago, 16 Sep 14, 12:51pm -
  • Getting Your Papers in Order is an Important Part of Preparedness
    It’s true. It’s overlooked by many of us. Or we just plain procrastinate. But getting your papers in order is an important part of preparedness. We take for granted things like financial and medical records, partly because we figure we’ll alway…
    - 39 days ago, 11 Sep 14, 1:10pm -

Libertarian Rantfest

  • newTueler Drill Revisited and AMERC's Thought on Condition Three Carry
    AMERC talks the Tueler Drill. I spoke about the Tueler Drill and it's various associated misconceptions some time ago. To rehash the major take away is not knife vs gun but action vs reaction. Before getting to the main point of condition three (empt…
    - 10 hours ago, 20 Oct 14, 2:47am -
  • Ebola: Understanding and Preparing for an Outbreak
    Ebola: Understanding and Preparing for an OutbreakAvailable on Amazon. Kindle editions are currently .99c and will stay at that price for several days before rising. I haven't got a chance to read it yet but for the price of a snickers bar it is almo…
    - 2 days ago, 18 Oct 14, 1:38am -
  • Guest Post: Ebola Observations From a Lowly Nurse
    Hey Ryan, It's been a while.As you may recall, I am a nurse and have been an active participant in mass casualty drills. I would like to impress upon the readers a few of my observations.One. Take a look at the pictures of the workers in Africa.…
    - 4 days ago, 16 Oct 14, 1:00pm -
  • My Assault Pack/ Get Home Bag AKA Level 2.5 Load- Including New Comments and Discussion
    Awhile back TEOTWAWKI Blog did an everyday carry bag contest. Both to support that excellent blog and provide something I felt was lacking to the conversation I participated. Have been meaning to cross post that discussion here and today seems like a…
    - 6 days ago, 14 Oct 14, 2:00pm -
  • From Around The Web
    Weapons Man talks physical security. Excellent stuff.Hat Tip to Claire Wolfe for pointing out: Breaking 43 Years of Silence, the Last FBI Burglar Tells the Story of Her Years in the Underground. Her story is certainly interesting. While the woman's…
    - 7 days ago, 13 Oct 14, 9:54pm -
  • Headshots with Walking Dead Weapons: Featuring Jerry Miculek
    Pretty cool little video. That being said I have two reservations. First you will note that while the shooter was moving the targets were stationary. When BOTH THE SHOOTER AND THE TARGET are moving the difficulty level is significantly compounded.Se…
    - 8 days ago, 12 Oct 14, 3:44pm -
  • Range Report: .308 Bolt Gun and Kahr CW9 Impressions and Trigger
    I went out too the range today. The primary goals were to give another shot to my problem bolt gun and put some rounds downrange with the Kahr CW9 in an intentional way. An ancillary goal was to confirm zero on Project AR. I have not shot it for awhi…
    - 8 days ago, 12 Oct 14, 2:52am -
  • Battle Belt and Level 2 Thinking Revisited
    I am reviewing a battle belt package setup for a guy. More info will come about that later and for the sake of the rest of this post it isn't really important, except that it got me onto the topic of battle belts.The MOLLE fun and comfort of these ha…
    - 9 days ago, 11 Oct 14, 3:24am -
  • What Did You Do To Prepare This Week?
    Finished cutting the wood in the yardPulled out the generator, fired it up and let it run for a few minutes with a small loadDid some maintenance on the wood cutting toolsOrdered a holsterStarted paying better attention to my dietDid some testing on…
    - 12 days ago, 8 Oct 14, 7:00pm -
  • Stocking Up Causes Shortages?
    My post Ammo is Back: Stock Up If You Need It! received a comment today. I do not moderate comments on recent posts but do on older ones. I do this to become aware of them so I can see them and respond, also a high percentage are spam. The comment wa…
    - 13 days ago, 7 Oct 14, 11:47pm -

Dr. Bones & Nurse Amy

  • Wildfire Realities
    (Our friend Jim Piper, RN, N6MED, has been volunteering for disaster duty at the Northern California wildfires and sends us a report on his activities and thoughts on preparedness. We thank Jim for this contribution.) At 58 after a long career in Sil…
    - 3 days ago, 17 Oct 14, 12:11pm -
  • Airborne Ebola
    One of the questions I am most asked about Ebola is its potential to be transmittable through the air. CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden and other top health officials say no, but now a reputable research facility is disputing this claim.   The well-know…
    - 5 days ago, 15 Oct 14, 2:48pm -
  • Ebola: The Year Of Living Dangerously
      This article was originally published in my capacity as contributing editor to the excellent website modernsurvivalonline.  Here’s the link:       (Update: A second health…
    - 6 days ago, 14 Oct 14, 3:14pm -
  • Volcano Safety
    A volcano is a rupture on the crust of the earth (or other planet)/moon), which allows hot lava (hot molten rock), ash, and gases to escape from below the surface. Volcanoes are not the disaster that most people think of when they think of a natural…
    - 7 days ago, 13 Oct 14, 12:07pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: James Wesley, Rawles part 2
    In this episode of the Survival Medicine Hour, Joe Alton, M.D., and Amy Alton, A.R.N.P., aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, interview famed survivalist James Wesley, Rawles of, and author of the novel “LIBERATORS”. James returns for par…
    - 9 days ago, 11 Oct 14, 11:57pm -
  • Tonight: Ebola Webinar
    Tonight, Joe Alton, M.D., and Amy Alton, A.R.N.P., aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, will be doing a webinar on the Ebola epidemic and how to be prepared for infectious diseases. To watch, click the link below:…
    - 11 days ago, 9 Oct 14, 1:09pm -
  • Video: Chikungunya Virus
      With all the news about Ebola, you hardly hear about the pandemic that’s on this side of the Atlantic right now: Chikungunya Virus.   Chickungunya is a mosquito-borne disease that causes fevers and joint pain. The joint inflammation sometimes l…
    - 14 days ago, 6 Oct 14, 9:36pm -
  • A Travel Ban: Quick, Simple, and RIGHT
    (Update: Nurse in Spain who treated missionary with Ebola evacuated to Madrid now confirmed to have first transmitted case outside Africa)    Recently, Ebola arrived in the United States when a man named Thomas Duncan stepped off a plane from Lib…
    - 15 days ago, 5 Oct 14, 12:16pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: James Wesley Rawles
    In this episode of the Doom and Bloom(tm) Survival Medicine Hour, Joe and Amy Alton, aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, welcome for the first time the most well-known survivalist on the web, James Wesley, Rawles of! James will talk about h…
    - 16 days ago, 4 Oct 14, 7:12pm -
  • Ebola Arrives in the U.S.
    With the announcement of the official diagnosis of Ebola in a person named Thomas Eric Duncan in Texas, the U.S. can no longer assume that it is invulnerable to the threat of this deadly virus. I had predicted that this would happen a number of times…
    - 19 days ago, 1 Oct 14, 7:15pm -

Survivalist Blog

  • Bulletproof Home Defense : What You Should Know!
    Bulletproof Home Defense is about how to defend your home and retreat now and after an extended disaster, such as an economic collapse, pandemic, or natural disaster. There are a total of 149 pages, that make up nine total chapters - including; Home…
    - 2 days ago, 18 Oct 14, 6:51pm -
  • What did you do to prep this week?
    Before we get started, I would like to give a shout-out and too say thank you to – Peter W, sherry S, John H, and Sheila B for their generous support via PayPal of this blog and what we do here. Thank you – it is greatly appreciated. Also if you…
    - 2 days ago, 18 Oct 14, 1:47pm -
  • Prepping works as planned. Until it doesn’t
    Robert Burns once wrote, “The best laid schemes o' mice an' men gang aft a’gley.”. Translated—no matter how well we plan, things often fail, turn out wrong, or go awry. Humans have limitations. We possess only fragments of knowledge and limit…
    - 3 days ago, 17 Oct 14, 1:40pm -
  • Questions from readers : What to do with retirement money?
    A widow for 5 years and prepping....what would you suggest doing with insurance money set aside for retirement? I don't believe anyone 55+ will live to see retirement let alone any money from 401ks or social security.This post first appeared on TheS…
    - 3 days ago, 17 Oct 14, 1:21pm -
  • Friday Miscellany News Brief
    Yellowstone Volcano Has Preppers Worried About Supervolcano Eruption Causing Global Cooling. FEMA Conducting Pandemic Drills Amidst Ebola Crisis. Trend Analyst on Stocks: “If The Dow Drops Below 15,000… I Would Suggest People Start Buying Food &…
    - 3 days ago, 17 Oct 14, 1:08pm -
  • Airborne Ebola
    One of the questions I am most asked about Ebola is its potential to be transmittable through the air. CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden and other top health officials say no, but now a reputable research facility is disputing this claim.The well-known…
    - 4 days ago, 16 Oct 14, 12:35pm -
  • How to Build a Rotating Canned Food Shelf
    Storing canned food in your kitchen cabinets is an inefficient use of space and you will often find old cans in the back. This easy-to-build shelf system will solve the problem by rotating the cans. The cost is a small fraction of the price of retail…
    - 5 days ago, 15 Oct 14, 1:58pm -
  • Ebola – How to Avoid Catching It
    Many people are understandably afraid that Ebola might become a true global pandemic, and I must confess that I share this concern. It is important to understand that the risk of infection is currently extremely small here in the states.With that s…
    - 5 days ago, 15 Oct 14, 1:31pm -
  • Wednesday Miscellany News Brief
    9 Ominous Signals Coming From The Financial Markets That We Have Not Seen In Years. Top 10 Flashlight Apps Are Stealing Your Data, Even Pics Off Your Phone. Ebola Strikes Second Texas Hospital Worker and More Cases a ‘Possibility’. Financial Melt…
    - 5 days ago, 15 Oct 14, 1:17pm -
  • Daily News and Headlines on The Daily Collapse Report
    Don't forget to check out today's top news and views at The Daily Collapse Report.This post first appeared on Copyright © 2014. All rights reserved.Check out these related articles:WBIR local news TV report – Survivalis…
    - 6 days ago, 14 Oct 14, 12:21pm -

American Preppers Network

  • Our World: Recovered Journals and the Power in Preppers Self Publishing
    By James Walton With the advent of self-publishing we as writers have been handed an artistic license like never before. There is no longer that voice in the back of our heads about what might publish well and what might not.  No.  Instead we can c…
    - 2 days ago, 18 Oct 14, 7:28pm -
  • 10 Things To Stock Up on That No One Thinks About
    Written By: David (Dok-The El Cheapo Schlock Prepper) Amberson Prepper always stock up on food, medical aids, water, weapons, and even have some kind of shelter set up just in case of an emergency. Let’s think about this a little bit more. What wou…
    - 3 days ago, 17 Oct 14, 11:29am -
  • Make Your Harvest Last Longer By Building a Root Cellar
    Storing a variety of crops in a root cellar is a superb way to preserve your harvest, not to mention saving a great deal of money. However, if you don’t have one in place, don’t worry. It’s quite easy to create a space in order to store vegetab…
    - 4 days ago, 16 Oct 14, 11:26am -
  • Advice about Super Foods for Pets
    Bringing a new pet home can be a challenge, but the more you prepare for it, the easy it will be for everyone. While you are waiting for your invisible dog fence installation, be sure you have portable fencing for dogs available so your pet can go ou…
    - 8 days ago, 12 Oct 14, 5:52am -
  • Deadly Winter; Be Prepared By Making a Winter Car Kit
    Winter is approaching us quickly in 2014. The last few winters have been somewhat mild, but according to the Farmers Almanac it is going to be a very bitter winter this year. Being prepared for natural disasters is one of the most important things a…
    - 14 days ago, 6 Oct 14, 2:49pm -
  • How to Protect Your Home from the Most Common Natural Disasters
    At any given time during the course of each year, thousands of individuals in the U.S. fall victim to some type of natural disaster. Fires, flash floods, hurricanes, twisters, and earthquakes often leave devastation in their wake. Experts believe tha…
    - 15 days ago, 5 Oct 14, 5:38pm -
  • Ebola Outbreak In America: A Voice from Canada
    Dr. Thomas Frieden, Director of the Centers for disease control and prevention gave the following press conference: I’m not saying that the freaks have come out of hiding on this one, but if you want a laugh, go to the video on YouTube and read the…
    - 18 days ago, 2 Oct 14, 11:07am -
  • Four Foods That Can Be Canned
    Home canning is a wonderful way to preserve the nutrients in fresh foods, avoid excessive salt, eliminate preservatives from your diet and save money by buying in-season while prices are low. Fruits, vegetables and home-made broth are obvious choices…
    - 19 days ago, 1 Oct 14, 2:17pm -
  • Lodge Sportsman Grill
    …zen & the art of cooking on a cast iron grill… I nearly forgot. Over two years ago, I was so happy with a new acquisition, I made a video of it’s first use…an “unboxing” if you will.  Earned a gift certificate for Bass Pro Shops, enabl…
    - 20 days ago, 30 Sep 14, 1:49pm -
  • Ammonium Dichromate: A Dual Natured Chemical Compound
    Chemical science has developed a lot when compared to its earlier days. The analysis of chemicals and their effectiveness whether useful or hazardous could be easy known to the chemists now. Indeed it takes time but not as like early. However mostly…
    - 20 days ago, 30 Sep 14, 5:53am -

Survival Gear

Backdoor Survival

  • newSummer/Fall 2014 Book Festival: The Knowledge How to Rebuild Our World from Scratch
    How would you go about rebuilding a technological society from scratch?  I find the question is both troubling and interesting.Now that I have peaked your interest, today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the Summer/Fall 2014 Backd…
    - 5 hours ago, 20 Oct 14, 8:00am -
  • The Sunday Survival Buzz #139
    Welcome to this week’s Sunday Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.Something I did not mention earlier this month was that the night before I left for vacation, the hard drive on my lapto…
    - 1 day ago, 19 Oct 14, 8:00am -
  • Summer/Fall 2014 Book Festival: Joe Nobody & Bishop’s Song + Giveaway
    Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the Summer/Fall 2014 Backdoor Survival Book Festival.  Joe Nobody, the author of the hugely popular “Holding Their Own” series, is back with book #6, Bishop’s Song plus another interview…
    - 2 days ago, 18 Oct 14, 8:00am -
  • 13 Ways To Roll With the Punches
    The great recession of the 21st century has been marching forward for seven plus years.  These have not been easy times.For the the enlightened, these seven years have been troubling and extremely stressful. The stagnant economy, the threat of a g…
    - 3 days ago, 17 Oct 14, 8:00am -
  • 8 Reasons to Drink Water for Survival
    In the summertime when you get hot, sweaty and sticky, it is quite natural to reach for a nice, cool glass of water to quench your thirst.  In the Fall and Winter, however, it is easy to forget to drink an adequate amount of water to stay hydrated.…
    - 5 days ago, 15 Oct 14, 8:00am -
  • Disaster Preps: When the Storm Hits the Fan
    I am a firm believer that our very best learning opportunities come from the learning experiences of others.  There is no better example of this than listening or reading about the experience of someone who has lived through a major disaster.This…
    - 7 days ago, 13 Oct 14, 8:00am -
  • The Sunday Survival Buzz #138
    Welcome to this week’s Sunday Survival Buzz with an update on my own preps and announcements from the Backdoor Survival blog.It is always strange to write a Sunday Survival Buzz while I am on vacation.  On the one hand, I want to be thorough and…
    - 8 days ago, 12 Oct 14, 8:00am -
  • Summer/Fall 2014 Book Festival: Collective Retribution + Giveaway
    Next up on the Summer/Fall 2014 Backdoor Survival Book Festival is a another piece of prophetic fiction, this time from author D.S. Edwards.  The book is Collective Retribution and it is quite the thriller, relating a tale of what we hope will neve…
    - 9 days ago, 11 Oct 14, 8:00am -
  • Free Food Friday: Mountain House Fall Giveaway
    Once again it is “Free Food Friday”!  I know how you love emergency food giveaways and so today I have another one for you.  The folks at Mountain House will be awarding each of three readers a sample kit of three Mountain House meal pouches i…
    - 10 days ago, 10 Oct 14, 8:00am -
  • Propane for Preppers – Part Three
    One of the more frequent questions I get relative to propane has to do refilling propane tanks.  I am not talking about those 20 pound tanks commonly used with backyard BBQs.  Instead, the questions have to do with refilling those ubiquitous one p…
    - 12 days ago, 8 Oct 14, 8:00am -

Backwoods Survival Blog

Bug Out Survival

  • 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 days ago, 10 Oct 14, 3:25pm -
  • Book Giveaway Winners
    This is a repost from my main website:Just an update to announce that the winners have been selected  for the ten  signed copies of Refuge that I offered to those signing up for my author newsletter.  If your email address was chosen, you should…
    - 19 days ago, 1 Oct 14, 3:36pm -
  • Book Giveaway Signup Link
    Yesterday I posted an announcement of a book giveaway for ten copies of Refuge After the Collapse (the sequel to The Pulse).  Many of you who follow this blog have signed up for the giveaway using the embedded signup form I included at the bottom o…
    - 52 days ago, 29 Aug 14, 9:39pm -
  • Book Giveaway: Refuge After the Collapse
    I have word from the publisher that copies of Refuge have shipped from the printer to the warehouse, so the book should be showing up for sale soon, though the official release date is still posted on Amazon and other sites as September 23. I should…
    - 52 days ago, 29 Aug 14, 1:42am -
  • Polar Pure is Available Again!
    Back in January, 2010, I posted a review of one of my favorite water purification methods: Polar Pure Water Disinfectant.  You can read the article for all the details of why I like this iodine purification method so much, and how I've tested it in…
    - 62 days ago, 19 Aug 14, 9:34pm -
  • Refuge (Book II of The Pulse Series)
    Just a quick update on the expected availability of Refuge which I finished up in June.  My publisher has shipped the finalized files to the printer and I got word yesterday that copies will ship from the printer on August 21, which should put them…
    - 80 days ago, 1 Aug 14, 6:00pm -
  • Discussing The Prepper's Workbook on Destiny Survival Radio
    Once again I enjoyed chatting with John Wesley Smith of Destiny Survival Radio about my latest book release, this time The Prepper's Workbook.  My co-author, Scott Finazzo joined us as well as we went into the details of the book and why it was inte…
    - 11 Jul 14, 1:06pm -
  • Sequel to THE PULSE Finished
       Days have turned into weeks with no contact from anyone outside of North America, where the power, communication and transportation grid has been completely destroyed by massive solar flares. In the ensuing chaos, grocery store shelves have been…
    - 10 Jun 14, 9:07pm -
  • Update on Review Copies and Giveaways
    I'm reposting this update from my main site, for those of you who only check in here.  As many of you know, The Prepper's Workbook has now been shipping from Amazon for about two weeks, and is even available on the shelf in ma…
    - 2 Apr 14, 2:12pm -
  • Scott Finazzo Discusses The Prepper's Workbook
    My coauthor of The Prepper's Workbook, Scott Finazzo, discussed our book on Kansas City's KCTV5 News earlier this week.   Finazzo is firefighter with the Overland Park Fire Department in that area, and his extensive experience as a first responder t…
    - 6 Mar 14, 10:33pm -

Canadian Preppers Network

  • More Ebola, Hurrican Season Continues, and Processing the Harvest
    I was concerned last week when I heard of a nurse who had cared for Thomas Duncan has tested positive for the Ebola virus.  Unfortunately, my concerns were well placed, as we now have learned of a second nurse with Ebola.  I have not yet found a…
    - 4 days ago, 16 Oct 14, 10:22am -
  • Movie Monday - Prepper Bartering - What to Barter After SHTF
    This Week On Movie MondayChe, from the Ontario Preppers Survival Network is a major contributor to the preparedness community not only in Ontario, but across the country. Every summer, Che hosts the Ontario Preppers Annual Meetup, where a multitude…
    - 7 days ago, 14 Oct 14, 12:00am -
  • Ebola. To fear or not to fear?
    Twitter is tweeting and the news is buzzing with anything to do with Ebola. It’s a genuine fear about a deadly disease that mutates quickly and has no known cure. A Harvard poll conducted in August, before the United States’ first case of Ebola e…
    - 10 days ago, 10 Oct 14, 6:57pm -
  • Casting call - Proper Television
    I have been asked to post a casting call by Proper Television, a production company based in Toronto.They are looking to film a show in the spring where 2 survival enthusiasts are placed in environmentally challenging locations, with supplies and…
    - 12 days ago, 8 Oct 14, 10:00am -
  • Movie Monday - Wartime Farm Part 8 of 8
    This Week On Movie MondayWartime Farm is an eight part documentary program originally aired on BBC2 in 2012.  Historian Ruth Goodman along with archeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn take over a farm in Hampshire, England.  The goal is to…
    - 14 days ago, 7 Oct 14, 1:00am -
  • Mid Summer Storm Lessons
    So there I was, doing my ultra rare once a year shopping trip to the big city box stores and a summer storm rolled in. And what a storm. From inside the store I could hear the wind roll in like a hurricane. Then as we looked out the windows we could…
    - 17 days ago, 3 Oct 14, 3:00pm -
  • Ebola - One Simple Case or Possible North American Outbreak?
    This is a followup to my post yesterday evening regarding a confirmed case of ebola in the US.  In the interest of sharing this information, I posted simultaniously to The Canadian Preppers Network Blog, The Canadian Preppers Network Forum, and s…
    - 19 days ago, 1 Oct 14, 6:30pm -
  • First confirmed case of Ebola confirmed in the United States: CDC
    Yes, you've read that title correctly, a case of ebola has been confirmed in Dallas, Texas today.
    - 20 days ago, 30 Sep 14, 10:06pm -
  • Movie Monday - Wartime Farm Part 7 of 8
    This Week On Movie MondayWartime Farm is an eight part documentary program originally aired on BBC2 in 2012.  Historian Ruth Goodman along with archeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn take over a farm in Hampshire, England.  The goal is to…
    - 21 days ago, 30 Sep 14, 1:00am -
  • The New and Improved Sponsored Post Program
    The Canadian Preppers Network is proud to announce the return of the Sponsored Post Program.  This time, we've expanded our reach to include four of the top Canadian providers of preparedness gear and supplies. Each of them will take turns posting…
    - 24 days ago, 26 Sep 14, 1:36pm -

Tactical Intelligence

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

Off Grid Survival

Preparedness Videos

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, Ar...
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Wood Craft on a Budget Part 12 Condor Kephart Feather Sticks Dave Canterbury, David Canterbury, The Pathfinder School,Bush Craft ,Survival skills, Historical Lore, Primitive Skills, Ar...
- 54 days ago, 27 Aug 14, 10:54pm -
Haversack Kit Dave Canterbury, David Canterbury, The Pathfinder School,Bush Craft ,Survival skills, Historical Lore, Primitive Skills, Ar...
- 8 May 14, 6:41pm -
Commercial: Dave Canterbury "Makes fire with his beard"
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- 1 May 14, 9:39am -
Coyote It's whats for Lunch Dave Canterbury, David Canterbury, The Pathfinder School,Bush Craft ,Survival skills, Historical Lore, Primitive Skills, Ar...
- 28 Jan 14, 12:26am -
Kit mentality Useage vs Investment Dave Canterbury, David Canterbury, The Pathfinder School,Bush Craft ,Survival skills, Historical Lore, Primitive Skills, Ar...
- 21 Jan 14, 6:23am -
Fatwood Collecting Processing Igniting Dave Canterbury, David Canterbury, The Pathfinder School,Bush Craft ,Survival skills, Historical Lore, Primitive Skills, Ar...
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Self Feeding Fire Part 1 Basic Bushcraft Dave Canterbury, David Canterbury, The Pathfinder School,Bush Craft ,Survival skills, Historical Lore, Primitive Skills, Ar...
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Super Shelter Modified for the Eastern Woodlands Part 1 Dave Canterbury, David Canterbury, The Pathfinder School,Bush Craft ,Survival skills, Historical Lore, Primitive Skills, Ar...
- 12 Dec 13, 9:47pm -
Axe Care Made Simple Dave Canterbury, David Canterbury, The Pathfinder School,Bush Craft ,Survival skills, Historical Lore, Primitive Skills, Ar...
- 10 Dec 13, 1:52am -
Snares The Ugly Truth Modern Trapping Part 57 Dave Canterbury, David Canterbury, The Pathfinder School,Bush Craft ,Survival skills, Historical Lore, Primitive Skills, Ar...
- 11 Nov 13, 5:12pm -
Bobcats Released Safely Modern Trapping Series Part 52 Dave Canterbury, David Canterbury, The Pathfinder School,Bush Craft ,Survival skills, Historical Lore, Primitive Skills, Ar...
- 29 Oct 13, 5:07pm -

Survival Monkey Forums

  • newclassifying your neighbors before SHTF
    You can read on the Monkey several places about "getting to know your neighbors."This article tells you a possible way to collect information on your neighbors that categorizes them as friend, foe, needs education, inner circle.Red Yellow Green B…
    - 10 mins ago, 20 Oct 14, 12:50pm -
  • newdc alternator
    Morning guy and gal's. I'm in the market for a dc alternator for charging my battery banks. I currently am using a 13th propane air cooled gen. I just picked up a 2 cry yanmar liquid cooled diesel and would like to run a dc gen/alt and most control…
    - 1 hour ago, 20 Oct 14, 11:51am -
  • newbudget Aimpoint 2MOA red-dot optic released
    Aimpoint sneaks out budget 2MOA RDS Carbine Optic | Military Times GearScoutJust passing along info. No need for "XYZ scopes are half that price" or "ACOGS are better."I have CompM2s on my stuff and like it pretty well. I am from the "you get w…
    - 2 hours ago, 20 Oct 14, 10:56am -
  • newQuestion about a Solar Charge Control Panel
    The family and I are full time living in our RV. It has a small solar system, about 180 watts (2 panels), and a small bank of 8 batteries (the bank can hold upwards of 12 as designed). My problem is my charge control panel. Currently installed is a…
    - 3 hours ago, 20 Oct 14, 10:24am -
  • newCOINCIDENCE? I Think Not!
    This pic was edited from the the movie THE BIBLE, Let those with ears to hear and eyes to see!
    - 3 hours ago, 20 Oct 14, 10:07am -
  • newWelcome New Members!...Check in here.
    Glad to have you aboard the best spot on the net for survival and preparedness info!!
    - 3 hours ago, 20 Oct 14, 9:38am -
  • newAnyone need seeds?
    I inventory my seeds each year, and below is what extras I have, at last count. I won't be able to mail them out til next month though. PM me with your request. MISCELLANEOUS SEEDS20 Big Bluestem Prairie Grass seeds, unopened Blue Fescue Grass see…
    - 5 hours ago, 20 Oct 14, 8:29am -
  • newMotivational Poster Thread (warning content)
    Post your favorite Motivational Posters here.
    - 5 hours ago, 20 Oct 14, 7:40am -
  • newPay As You Drive Tax Test
    This is an extra tax rip off to start with, but I am more concerned about privacy issues. Everywhere you drive will be logged. If this happens leaving you cell home or taking the battery out of it will not matter as long as your in your vehicle.Cal…
    - 7 hours ago, 20 Oct 14, 5:35am -
  • newBookworm III - The Best Laid Plans
    Hi, everyone.This book – The Best Laid Plans – is the third book in the Bookworm series, following Bookworm and The Very Ugly Duckling. This novel will probably make next to no sense unless you’ve read the first two, but just in case I’m w…
    - 10 hours ago, 20 Oct 14, 3:29am -

Preparedness Pro

  • Strengthening the Bonds With Family and Friends--Part 1
    Today’s article isn’t about the all-natural cure for battling the Ebola virus. Nor is it about the 12 essential food items you can make from powdered milk. It’s quite a bit off the beaten path of the traditional “prepper journey”. However,…
    - 1 day ago, 19 Oct 14, 1:09am -
  • Quail--A Path to Preparedness for All Types of Homes?

    - 10 days ago, 10 Oct 14, 1:36am -
  • Invest in Your Greatest Need Today--Community
    Preparedness is not about being a hermit, or a Rambo-like survivalist.  And there might not be much time left for you to get one of your most critical assets in place--Your Community. There’s a component of preparedness that I fear most prepp…
    - 23 days ago, 27 Sep 14, 1:28am -
  • Awesome Projects for Preppers
    Awesome Projects for Preppers--by Guest Contributor Matt StevensWhile there are a lot of people whose prepping starts and stops with stockpiling supplies, there are many others who make it a lifestyle. These people ultimately end up much better pre…
    - 30 days ago, 20 Sep 14, 4:30pm -
  • Meatball Soup Recipe
    Meatball Soup Recipe -- By Kellene Bishop  One thing I love about my good friend Shawna is that she has a lot of good recipes that are easy, delicious and can easily be adapted to be made from your preparedness food pantry.  She has shared qui…
    - 41 days ago, 9 Sep 14, 1:39am -
  • Preparedness 101: The Rule of Three
    One of the fundamentals for being prepared for all that life throws at us is having what we really need, when we really need it--and having a back-up.  I accomplish a lifestyle of Panic Free Preparedness by living by the Rule of Three. The Rule…
    - 46 days ago, 4 Sep 14, 7:15am -
  • Second Deadly Shooting by Police in MO This Week
    Another St. Louis Police shooting of a black man just 5 miles away from the Ferguson, MO shooting that's the cause of so much unrest this week. (WARNING: You can watch it on mute and see what happens just fine, but if you watch it with sound there is…
    - 58 days ago, 23 Aug 14, 9:51pm -
  • What You Need to Know About Lice
    What You Need to Know About Lice-- By Guest Contributor Jackie K.  What I know now, compared to what I knew in January of 2010, are worlds apart.  If you’ve never had the pleasure of being exposed to lice, count your blessing.  I never expe…
    - 80 days ago, 1 Aug 14, 7:06am -
  • Media Hype or Firearm Facts—You Decide
    Everyone has the right to defend themselves.Fact:100% of ALL firearm “accidents” occur as a result of someone violating one of the four most critical safety rules in the ownership and use of a firearm.  Firearms don’t kill people as the m…
    - 82 days ago, 30 Jul 14, 6:58pm -
  • Last Minute Scholarship Offer
    Hey there,I've been busy preparing for an education event that I'm taking part in this weekend. It's an event that I've attended (and taught at) regularly and I've not missed it over the past 4 years.  I got to thinking today about how much I want…
    - 96 days ago, 16 Jul 14, 5:19am -

Survival Cache

  • newBook Review: Ebola: Understanding And Preparing For An Outbreak
    What does Drudge, PBS, The Mayo Clinic and Reddit have in common?  Ebola.  It’s everywhere – well, not literally anyway.  But it is dominating the media, and for good reason.  People are scared.  They see the authorities saying one thing, an…
    - 17 hours ago, 19 Oct 14, 7:51pm -
  • Survival Gear Review: SunJack Solar Charger
    I have a treat for y’all today.  I was given a SunJack last month to test out and review.  If you’ve been looking to add one of these to your preps, read on.  This solar charger rocks!   Now, first, some caveats.  My family is NOT heavy on…
    - 3 days ago, 17 Oct 14, 10:11am -
  • Book Review: Preppers: History and the Cultural Phenomenon
    About the Author (From the front matter in Preppers: History and the Cultural Phenomenon):  Lynda King is a freelance writer and former newspaper editor who lives with her husband in a 19th-century farmhouse on a one-acre “mini-farm” in Central…
    - 6 days ago, 14 Oct 14, 12:47pm -
  • Survival Gear Review: Ontario Falcon Knife
    One particular blade that has been flying under the radar for several years now is the Falcon from Ontario Knife Company (OKC), and its full of many welcome contradictions.  In lots of ways the Falcon, introduced in 2011, is a whole collection of op…
    - 10 days ago, 10 Oct 14, 7:54pm -
  • Survival Gear Review: Primal Gear Unlimited Bow
    When I was a kid my dad bought me a youth compound bow.  I loved shooting it but I never shot at anything other than the practice target in our yard. I spent all my hunting years using firearms even though the desire to bow hunt was always just bel…
    - 16 days ago, 4 Oct 14, 12:27pm -
  • Survival Gear Review: Kel-Tec RFB
    Wow, what a fun rifle.  Although its design is strictly business, the Kel-Tec RFB is just plain cool.  Kel-Tec is a company that thinks outside the box and is not afraid to be different, which is evident from their KSG Shotgun design.  When you fi…
    - 20 days ago, 30 Sep 14, 6:00pm -
  • Survival Shotgun Selection
    The shotgun is probably the most versatile survival firearm on can possess.  It has unparalleled versatility.  With a change in ammunition it can take down large game or small birds. High quality firearms can be found for reasonable prices, ammunit…
    - 23 days ago, 27 Sep 14, 11:46am -
  • Survival Gear Review: V-Line Brute Gun Safe
    If you own a gun, you should own a safe.  There, I said it.  These days, you don’t exactly have to strain the ol’ gray matter to come up with a good reason to keep your firearms secure.  Your domicile or automobile could be broken into and you…
    - 27 days ago, 23 Sep 14, 3:57am -
  • Survival Gear Review: Streamlight TLR-3
    As I sit here typing this out, I have a neat little self-defense package nestled on my hip, residing there quite comfortably:  A Smith & Wesson M&P Compact in .40S&W, with a Streamlight TLR-3 light clamped happily on the accessory rail. The light lo…
    - 31 days ago, 19 Sep 14, 2:34pm -
  • Book Review: Star’s Reach
    Star’s Reach, A Novel of the Deindustrial Future, is John Michael Greer’s latest piece of Fiction. It’s a great read for anyone of the prepper persuasion. JMG is one of the original doomers in my mind. When I first started reading up on this wh…
    - 33 days ago, 17 Sep 14, 3:09pm -

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…
    - -
  • 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…
    - -
  • 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…
    - -
  • Saving on Groceries this Week
    I have been hearing from quite  a few of you that you are concerned about the economy and more than ever feel you should be stocking up to prepare for the coming depression or recession. Some economists are even predicting inflation. In other words,…
    - -
  • Power Out? Tips for Staying Warm and Sane
      I was amazed and disappointed as I watched the news last night. A reporter was touring the apartment of a family who has been without power for the past week. It was so frustrating to see them freezing when there are a few things they could have d…
    - -
  • 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…
    - -
  • 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…
    - -
  • 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

  • newhowdy
    I am a big prepper. Totally off the grid here (arkansas) except for the satellite internet and a bit of propane for the water heater. I feel like...
    - 11 hours ago, 20 Oct 14, 1:57am -
  • newNew Guy Here
    Poppa Cop: Just saying hello. Been reading the site for a while now lots of goodies in here. Thanks to everyone for great info
    - 13 hours ago, 20 Oct 14, 12:13am -
  • newG'day
    Greetings! :) First I would like to say I am 17 and live in QLD, Australia. The reason I want to learn and experience surviving wilderness' is to...
    - 21 hours ago, 19 Oct 14, 4:06pm -
  • newMaking Colloidal Silver Pics
    Took about 3 hours tastes and looks like the product I bought retail.
    - 22 hours ago, 19 Oct 14, 2:56pm -
  • newmystery squash
    at least to me. Anyone know what squash this is? Image: ...
    - 23 hours ago, 19 Oct 14, 2:05pm -
  • newAnother newbie
    Hi!. I'm Valerie otherwise known as cncgirl00. I'm 44 years old, married and have a 6 yr. old daughter and a 16 year old stepson. I live in Kentucky....
    - 23 hours ago, 19 Oct 14, 1:39pm -
  • kids will be kids
    Here's a interesting article I came across about birch bark letters. ...
    - 1 day ago, 19 Oct 14, 12:58pm -
  • River boats
    The DW and I had a marvelous evening on the Ohio River. Louisville's Belle of Louisville steam boat is celebrating its 100th birthday this week....
    - 1 day ago, 19 Oct 14, 5:47am -
  • Single Paracord 25 Foot Watch Band
    - 1 day ago, 19 Oct 14, 2:38am -
  • Survival Tips Or Common Sense?
    This offers some tips that many would probably call just plain ole common sense. Good information nonetheless IMO. ...
    - 1 day ago, 19 Oct 14, 2:16am -

Modern Survival Online

  • newFrom the Desk of John Rourke – October 20th, 2014
    Saw several types of .22LR at Wal-Mart on Saturday – CCI Mini-Mag 40-grain Standard Velocity boxes of 100 for $7.97 which is a good price but I didn’t want standard velocity. They also had 50 round boxes of Remington Yellow Jackets for $4.99 –…
    - 13 hours ago, 20 Oct 14, 12:15am -
  • newEbola Information from AlertUSA Threat Journal
    Via the latest issue from Infected Nurse Exposes Hundreds In Multiple States Obama to Bring Foreign Ebola Victims to U.S. National Guard and Reserve Activated   Between Oct 12-17, 2014, AlertsUSA issued the following related Flash…
    - 13 hours ago, 20 Oct 14, 12:11am -
  • new11 month test – canned crackers
    My wife made some no-bean chili the other night. Stuff is fantastic but I must have saltine crackers to go with it. She said we were out……EXCEPT those ones in the jars sitting in the cabinet. She was referring to several jars of crackers that I h…
    - 13 hours ago, 20 Oct 14, 12:10am -
  • From the Desk of John Rourke – October 18th, 2014
    I am mostly AFK (away from keyboard) this weekend at my brothers place in Georgia. If you are not aware he lives on 42 acres out in the country. Planning on doing some shooting and testing a few things. Stay tuned. ◊ ◊ ◊ ◊ ◊ I just ordered…
    - 3 days ago, 18 Oct 14, 12:15am -
  • Thoughts on Ebola
    Rourke: The following was sent in by “KAT” who works in the medical field. There is very little real information because this virus has only recently received the level of attention it should have given its seriousness. Other hemorrhagic fevers i…
    - 3 days ago, 18 Oct 14, 12:05am -
  • Essentials for a Vehicle Emergency Kit
    By Cherie Being prepared for an emergency is serious business. You probably realize, for instance, the wisdom of carrying an emergency kit in your vehicle. But do you have one in there right now? During the winter of 2006, a couple and their children…
    - 3 days ago, 18 Oct 14, 12:03am -
  • From the Desk of John Rourke – October 17th, 2014
    My desire to have a place out in the country – a weekend getaway – is pretty much driving me crazy. I have been planning on sitting down with my wife to discuss finances and goals – but so far this week it hasn’t happened. I want to have some…
    - 4 days ago, 17 Oct 14, 12:15am -
  • Ammo prices….
    The ammunition market continues to get better since the days following the Sandy Hook shooting. At one point you couldn’t buy a box of 9mm – regardless of the price. Then a few boxes would start to show up at ridiculous prices. I continue to say…
    - 4 days ago, 17 Oct 14, 12:11am -

The Survival Mom

  • Preparedness on the High Seas

    Preparedness on the High Seas

    In 1997, I went on my first cruise and loved it. In September 2014, I went on my 13th cruise. Cruising is a fantastic way to vacation but there are some safety and preparedness issues that are unique to this Read MoreThe post Preparedness on the Hig…
    - 1 day ago, 19 Oct 14, 6:00am -
  • Shelter in place without going crazy, Part 1

    Shelter in place without going crazy, Part 1

    There’s nothing like the word “Ebola” to get people to finally pay attention to preparedness. When you have a well stocked pantry with enough food to last a couple of months, stored water and a couple of ways to purify Read MoreThe post Shelte…
    - 2 days ago, 18 Oct 14, 7:21pm -
  • 15 Ways to Store & Use Winter Squash

    15 Ways to Store & Use Winter Squash

    Winter Squash is a great vegetable for our short-term food storage needs. It doesn’t need much from a preservation stand point, can be grown easily, purchased inexpensively, and tastes good in a variety of recipes.  Here are 15 Ways to Store & R…
    - 3 days ago, 17 Oct 14, 6:00am -
  • Shelter Life: How to Thrive and Survive in a Red Cross Shelter

    Shelter Life: How to Thrive and Survive in a Red Cross Shelter

    During disasters like wildfires and floods, we’ve all seen TV news reports that the Red Cross is opening a shelter at such-and-such High School or other public building. It’s hard not to feel sorry for people who are either temporarily Read More…
    - 4 days ago, 16 Oct 14, 3:00pm -
  • Bucket Backpack Review

    Bucket Backpack Review

    I recently tried the Bucket Backpack to complete a few chores. I was very excited at the possibilities this product presented to make normal tasks more efficient and easier physically. I tried the bucket backpack on a five-gallon bucket for Read More…
    - 4 days ago, 16 Oct 14, 6:00am -
  • Is Buying a Pre-Made Survival Kit a Good Idea?

    Is Buying a Pre-Made Survival Kit a Good Idea?

    Given the popularity of prepping today, it stands to reason that many companies would jump on the bandwagon and try to cater to that market.  You can now find pre-made survival kits at places like outdoor stores like REI and Read MoreThe post Is Bu…
    - 5 days ago, 15 Oct 14, 2:08pm -
  • The Ultimate Dehydrator Cookbook: Review & Giveaway

    The Ultimate Dehydrator Cookbook: Review & Giveaway

    IMAGINE being able to preserve your own food at home safely, economically, conveniently, and with no harmful additives. EVEN BETTER, your food storage will take up very little space, and will last you for years to come! Whether you are Read MoreThe…
    - 6 days ago, 14 Oct 14, 6:00am -
  • 10 Things You Should Know About Ebola

    10 Things You Should Know About Ebola

    Like many of you, I have been trying to keep up with stories about Ebola, ever since this terrible virus reared its deadly head, again, in Africa. At first, the stories were interesting and a lot of us in the Read MoreThe post 10 Things You Should K…
    - 7 days ago, 13 Oct 14, 7:00am -
  • 6 Simple Tips for Developing a Natural Spring

    6 Simple Tips for Developing a Natural Spring

    One of my favorite childhood memories was venturing into the woods with my late grandfather to fill up gallon jugs with water from a spring he found and tapped himself. I never thought much about it back then; walking a Read MoreThe post 6 Simple Ti…
    - 7 days ago, 13 Oct 14, 6:00am -
  • 3 Herbs for SHTF Hygiene

    3 Herbs for SHTF Hygiene

    I have a confession: I don’t use coupons. I know, I know. They can be a great way to help stock up on extra personal hygiene products to round out your preparedness kits. But my main focus has always been Read MoreThe post 3 Herbs for SHTF Hygiene…
    - 9 days ago, 11 Oct 14, 6:00am -

Florida Hillbilly

  • 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…
    - 4 days ago, 16 Oct 14, 10:00am -
  • The Ultimate Secret to Preparedness
    A while back, my family and I were at a cookout at a friends house. Also attending were several couples that I’d never met before. After the festivities started to wind down, one of the new acquaintances mentioned my website, catching me off guard.…
    - 25 days ago, 25 Sep 14, 10:00am -
  • Rule Of Threes
    In survival training, many instructors refer to the “Rule of Threes”. Here they are, as taught to me by Hank, of Green Earth Survival School: 3 minutes without air 3 hours without shelter3 days without water3 weeks without foodPlease no…
    - 34 days ago, 16 Sep 14, 10:00am -
  • Coturnix Quail for Homesteaders
    I’ve had a bit of interest over the last few weeks regarding quail as a backyard meat source. I thought I’d dust off the topic and put another article together covering the ins and outs of raising Coturnix quail, particularly in an urban setting.…
    - 52 days ago, 29 Aug 14, 12:50pm -
  • Peace, Love, and Preparedness
    [popunder-popup id="1"]I was exchanging emails with what has turned out to be my latest advertiser, While finishing a reply, I signed off in my typical fashion, “Peace, db”, and laughed to myself about how much of a hippie I…
    - 67 days ago, 14 Aug 14, 12:57pm -
  • Product Review: Altai’s MF Tactical Boots
    From time to time, I am contacted to review products, some good, some not so good. I won’t review a product I wouldn’t try to use regularly, and won’t review products that aren’t realistic. When I get a request to review an item that “dupli…
    - 81 days ago, 31 Jul 14, 1:57pm -
  • How to Cook The ULTIMATE Steak
    (For Kip, as requested.)The ULTIMATE steak (or pork chop…or chicken…or fish….) …A bold statement for anyone. More so when you realize how un-picky of an eater I am. Until I started eating Paleo (no grains, legumes, or refined sugars), it…
    - 10 Jul 14, 10:00am -
  • Book Review: Sanctuary by G. Michael Hopf
    When I’m contacted about reviewing a book, I normally have the same dread. In reading a book to review, I normally come to the end of the book, only to find there is going to be another book in the series…and I have to wait to find out what happe…
    - 30 Jun 14, 3:08pm -
  • Book Review: Forsaking Home (The Survivalist Series)
    Last December, I reviewed the first three books of the Survivalist Series. I had been contacted by the great folks over at TLC Book Tours, a book promoting firm. The storyline follows Morgan Carter as he is traveling several hours drive away from hom…
    - 23 Jun 14, 2:12pm -
  • The Fastest Way to Sharpen a Knife
    (Here is an old article I wrote way back when. If you are like 90% of the households out there, your knives are dull. Here is a quick-fix for that issue. )In my post reviewing the Mora Companion knife, I mentioned the Smith Abrasives 2-Step Knife Sh…
    - 18 Jun 14, 12:05pm -

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

  • Why do you need resilience in the first place?
    You need resilience when you have a problem. The real Resilionaire, would avoid the problem in the first place. How can this be done? I am only alluding to a solution for the problems you, have created and not the ones you have zero control over. I c…
    - 4 days ago, 16 Oct 14, 5:19pm -
  • Environmental Stress: How to deal with it?
    Environmental stressors are those which come from non-human triggered events.. To reduce stress from such events you need to clearly define them. This is done by being honest and practical about the impact of the event. These events have a scale. Hea…
    - 12 days ago, 8 Oct 14, 6:14am -
  • Resilience to the Apocalypse: An opportunity to be part of a strong and self-sufficient community.
    For those seeking ultra-resilience, I have found you a solution.  Ultra-Resilience is going beyond the day to day resilience techniques. Day to day hardiness means being able to rebound after troubles with stress, people, divorce, jobs, health and…
    - 15 days ago, 5 Oct 14, 7:33am -
  • How to cope and be resilient to stress
    In the previous article I highlighted the three sources of stress . In the this article I will focus on how YOU can avoid stress. I highlighted many times on the site, that the best strategy to resilience is not needing it. A good performing athlet…
    - 30 days ago, 20 Sep 14, 6:53pm -
  • Common sources of stress – build your resilience against them
    Waking up fresh every morning, felling fully energized and ready to enjoy another day of living needs resilience. Resilience to recover from the stress of the day before. “If your problem has a solution why are you stressed ? Why stress about a pro…
    - 30 days ago, 20 Sep 14, 6:45pm -
  • What are we here for ? What is the reason for being alive ? What is our true purpose ?
    These questions have occupied my thoughts for some time. It took a while to find the answer, but I did. The answer is an explanation to how to get a sense of purpose not how to achieve purpose. Achieving purpose is, different for all of us, but the a…
    - 43 days ago, 7 Sep 14, 7:40pm -
  • The Chicago Plan : Resilience to our financial system.
    Those of you who follow the economic sphere have frequently heard the names Keynes and Hayek mentioned. Keynes was an economist who advocated for wide state intervention during an economic down turn while Hayek advocated a no touch approach to the m…
    - 47 days ago, 3 Sep 14, 5:41am -
  • Health and your Resilience – snippets
    Things I learnt and inspired me this week : (Disclaimer:  I am not a medical professional) Bile stones can be removed naturally check this out : Our gut contains neurons, and some scien…
    - 47 days ago, 3 Sep 14, 4:46am -
  • The Perils and Solutions to Victim Hood
    Victimhood is a self-reinforcing mental framework which leads to a constant search to picture ourselves as being the victims of someone or something. Victimhood, is comfortable as a mental state. In this state we give responsibility to our ills to so…
    - 82 days ago, 30 Jul 14, 8:50pm -
  • Are your retirement plans resilient to a positive future (Part 1) ?
    Will your early retirement plans be able to ride all the good things that the future will bring to humanity ? In this article we explore all the good things that could be coming our way in the next 20 years. Early retirement, is a process where one a…
    - 3 Jun 14, 6:11pm -

The Great Northern Prepper

  • Prepper Product Review: Solar Bag Water Purification
      This is one of the neatest products I have seen in awhile for water purification, mainly because of its ability for re-use and being very lightweight. Now with many methods of water purification on the go, or in a bug out situation, they are eithe…
    - 82 days ago, 30 Jul 14, 12:18pm -
  • DIY Vinegar: How to make Vinegar
    (Photo courtesy of Vinegar has numerous uses from cooking to cleaning, but apart from those wishing to be more green or back to earth homesteaders vinegars many uses have been forgotten over the past generation or two. T…
    - 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

  • new5 discreet weapons you can carry (almost) anywhere
    You can't always carry a weapon to defend yourself but with a little creativity and some training, there are many discreet weapons you can improvise.You're reading 5 discreet weapons you can carry (almost) anywhere, originally posted at Graywolf Sur…
    - 14 hours ago, 19 Oct 14, 11:07pm -
  • The threat you face from Ebola and what you can do about it (Updated)
    The Ebola virus problem has been escalating out of control in Africa and is now spread to the West. ... How worried should you really be? ... What can you do to prepare?You're reading The threat you face from Ebola and what you can do about it (Upda…
    - 3 days ago, 17 Oct 14, 1:01am -
  • Your own vehicle surveillance camera – the G1W-C 1080P
    Having your own vehicle surveillance camera to document your bug out route, cache locations, or traffic altercation is pretty inexpensive these days. You're reading Your own vehicle surveillance camera – the G1W-C 1080P, originally posted at Grayw…
    - 7 days ago, 14 Oct 14, 12:53am -
  • 5.11 Rush 72 tactical backpack review – the perfect bug out bag?
    If you ask a forum or group about the best bug out bag, the 5.11 Rush 72 seems to be the go-to bag of choice. It's a great bag but is it the best choice for bugging out?You're reading 5.11 Rush 72 tactical backpack review – the perfect bug out bag…
    - 12 days ago, 8 Oct 14, 1:34am -
  • How to communicate when the world goes silent
    So if cell phones stopped working, how would you communicate? What if an EMP wiped out all electronics? How would you find your family or get help during a disaster or if SHTF?You're reading How to communicate when the world goes silent, originally…
    - 30 days ago, 20 Sep 14, 6:47pm -
  • 12 essential survival items under $12
    Quality survival gear isn't always expensive. By choosing carefully, you can find gear for your kit or as a gift. Here are 12 essentials for your bug out bag or camping equipment.You're reading 12 essential survival items under $12, originally poste…
    - 31 days ago, 19 Sep 14, 7:34pm -
  • Mpowerd Luci inflatable emergency solar lantern review
    Mpowerd sent me a Luci inflatable emergency solar lantern to do a review. It has some really strong points and a few weaknesses. Read my review here.You're reading Mpowerd Luci inflatable emergency solar lantern review, originally posted at Graywolf…
    - 35 days ago, 15 Sep 14, 10:57pm -
  • How to survive an EMP/CME – Part 2: Life after the pulse
    There is a lot we don't know about the effects of an EMP/CME but there are some things that we do. Knowing what would happen to your electronics, your car, and your life is the first part of being prepared for an EMP.You're reading How to survive an…
    - 42 days ago, 9 Sep 14, 12:56am -
  • How to survive an EMP – Part 1: What is an EMP?
    There is a credible threat to our power grid from an EMP/CME. This series will explain what they are, how they can/will affect you, and what you can do about it.You're reading How to survive an EMP – Part 1: What is an EMP?, originally posted at G…
    - 52 days ago, 30 Aug 14, 12:02am -
  • Gun 101: How to Choose Your First Self-Defense Weapon
    Most advice you hear about how to choose a weapon is crap. I quickly break down the basics for you and give you further resources to make the best choice.You're reading Gun 101: How to Choose Your First Self-Defense Weapon, originally posted at Gray…
    - 56 days ago, 25 Aug 14, 3:32am -

Rural Revolution

  • newAnother daughter and one of THOSE days
    Our friend GG, who makes such ethereal and beautiful jewelry pieces, is staying with us for a few weeks. We're so tickled!GG's folks live across the country now, so frankly we thought we'd never see her again after she left boarding school. But an…
    - 23 hours ago, 19 Oct 14, 2:24pm -
  • Too stupid to roast marshmallows
    Sorry for the silence of the last few days, it's been crazy-busy!As a placeholder until I have the mental energy to post something more profound, here's my WND column for this weekend entitled Too Stupid to Roast Marshmallows.It must have been a slow…
    - 2 days ago, 18 Oct 14, 1:18am -
  • First fire of the year
    The weather has been getting chillier here in north Idaho, but we were reluctant to start a fire in the wood stove because it's also been bone-dry.However we wanted the wood stove to be cleaned and ready to go for when the dry spell broke, so last we…
    - 5 days ago, 15 Oct 14, 8:05pm -
  • Why make the choice to homestead?
    Here's my SurvivalMom podcast from last week entitled Why Make the Choice to Homestead?
    - 5 days ago, 15 Oct 14, 2:51am -
  • How are onion sets formed?
    Last spring I tried growing onions from seed. It's a tough process -- not the actual growing (that's easy) but the keeping alive. I planted 200 seeds, and most of them keeled over and withered away after a couple of weeks. Clearly I have a lot to…
    - 6 days ago, 14 Oct 14, 1:37pm -
  • The blessings of abundance
    We interrupt your regularly scheduled program for some philosophical musings.Lately I've been doing a lot of canning as well as re-canning to round out the pantry -- peas, carrots, mustard, pizza sauce, salsa, chicken broth, things like that.I've als…
    - 8 days ago, 12 Oct 14, 10:52pm -
  • Building feed boxes
    Ever since Don built the awning on our barn last year, he's had another project in mind: to build feed boxes for the livestock.Before we had the barn built, we fed the cattle in makeshift feed bins that didn't work well. Dominant animals pushed lowe…
    - 9 days ago, 11 Oct 14, 12:52pm -
  • Marry your best friend
    Here's my WND column for this weekend entitled One Key to Having a Successful Marriage.
    - 9 days ago, 11 Oct 14, 1:27am -
  • Backlog of podcasts
    Oops -- my bad -- I've been neglecting to post my podcasts with The Survival Mom Radio as they come available. I'll try to do better.From September 18: Getting Ready for WinterFrom September 25: Looking Meat in the EyeFrom October 2: Fall Gardening…
    - 11 days ago, 9 Oct 14, 3:59pm -
  • A beautiful wedding
    We attended the wedding of some friends yesterday. The family is private and do not want their photos on the internet, so I won't show any faces.On the walkway into the church, there were little hanging vases with silk flowers. Lovely.The wedding w…
    - 15 days ago, 5 Oct 14, 3:41pm -

Last Minute Survival

Learn How To Be Prepared

    There is an ancient theory that has been held by the Egyptians that the magnetic influence of the Sun and the orbs known as stars, the alignment of planets and the synchronization of time influences the way mankind goes about the business of being hu…
    - 6 days ago, 15 Oct 14, 12:26am -
  • Prepping in the 15th century: An ancient underground shelter discovered and you won’t believe how deep it goes.
    In 1963, a man in the Nevşehir Province of Turkey knocked down a wall of his home. Behind it, he discovered a mysterious room and soon discovered an intricate tunnel system with additional cave-like rooms. What he had discovered was the ancient D…
    - 49 days ago, 1 Sep 14, 7:40am -
    Lately, I have fallen prey to the diatribes of those that call themselves progressives and they are all too happy to declare me an extremist and a fear monger. These so called informers are here to tell me that since I am heard on stations that produ…
    - 53 days ago, 28 Aug 14, 1:57am -
  • We Found Life In Outer Space and even Scientists Aren’t Sure How It Got There— adding fuel to the question did we actually come from space?
    While the world tackles ebola and wide spread war, recently there has been a rather amazing discovery and it has been stepped over by the news. Russian cosmonauts have discovered something remarkable clinging to the outside of the International Space…
    - 54 days ago, 27 Aug 14, 9:46pm -
  • What’s new in the Ground Zero Store?
    Greetings! It’s been a busy month at Prepare Your Ground Zero. We have been working hard to roll out some new features for our customers, both past and present. First,  Welcome to the Ground Zero Store Club! I wanted to find a good way to add some…
    - 55 days ago, 26 Aug 14, 8:41pm -

Learn to Prepare

Mike Marlow's Survival Blog

  • More Mouths To Feed
    That’s right, we have more additions to the family. No, Marisa isn’t pregnant. We ordered our chickens today! We had to make some changes to what we had originally planned on getting. We were planning on ordering from Murray Mcmurray […] ↓ Re…
    - 3 Feb 14, 6:43am -
  • Sausages, Seeds & a Greenhouse
    This has been a busy week. My work is picking up & I had quite a few new patients. Marisa’s work was really busy last week too. The weather has been crazy around here, warm & then freezing cold. but […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry...(Visited…
    - 27 Jan 14, 8:46am -
  • Waiting on Spring!
    I’ve been looking at seed catalogs, chicken catalogs, looking at ads for meat rabbits…. I’m ready for the weather to warm up so we can start of some of our outdoor projects. I went to my first beekeepers association meeting […] ↓ Read the r…
    - 14 Jan 14, 6:16am -
  • Annnnnnnnd… WE’RE BACK!
    I can’t believe that September 3rd was the last post I made on here! Lots of things have been changing for us since I posted last. The girls turned 2! We’ve moved, and have a place with more land, and […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry...(Visi…
    - 10 Jan 14, 11:00am -
  • Are Americans Really As Stupid As We Appear?
    Well, here we are again – right in the middle of a bunch of crap in the Middle East that’s none of our business. Obama has been posturing & trying to figure out what to do, and the rest of […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry...(Visited 223 time…
    - 4 Sep 13, 12:06am -

Mama Kautz

  • newSun Oven {GIVEAWAY}
    Win An All American Sun Oven in this Giveaway!   The folks at the All American Sun Oven company have teamed up with a large group of bloggers and we are giving away a deluxe Sun Oven! The retail price of this set is $399! But that is only the start…
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  • newTraveling with Essential Oils
    While you are reading this I am currently on a plane heading east. I am attending the Allume blog conference in Greenville, SC. Something about traveling from my little corner of the country, that you might not know, is unless I am only going to Seat…
    - 2 hours ago, 20 Oct 14, 11:00am -
  • Essential Oils for Preparedness
    The main reason I even considered essential oils was for preparedness. I wanted to have a first aid kit ready. I soon found out that essential oils were great for more than just preparedness. Here is my free mini e-book where I share my top 5 essenti…
    - 1 day ago, 19 Oct 14, 11:00am -
  • Essential Oils are Antibacterial
    I already shared my go to oils for anti-virals. Most of those oils also have anti-biotic properties. So today I am going to share a few articles that prove the findings of these properties in the CPTG oils. Oxford Journals Antibacterial activity of e…
    - 2 days ago, 18 Oct 14, 11:30am -
  • Cleanse and Detox with Essential Oils
    In this day and age with GMO’s and food that comes in boxes it’s no wonder we may experience toxic overload. Have you got signs of toxic overload? Do you feel bloated? Do you have trouble sleeping or feel tired even after a good night’s sleep?…
    - 3 days ago, 17 Oct 14, 11:00am -
  • Front Porch Friday
    Welcome to another edition of Front Porch Friday! Mama Kautz and PreparednessMama are your hostesses with the mostesses. This weeks featured posts: Getting Prepared on the Cheap by The Rural Economist Thank you to all who linked up last week!! I real…
    - 3 days ago, 17 Oct 14, 7:05am -
  • I Carry, Oils that Is
    I have the cutest little case attached to my purse. It hold 8 5/8 dram oil bottles. I need a second one because I don’t have all the oils I would like to have with me everyday. I love the convenience of having my oils with me. Just the other day a…
    - 4 days ago, 16 Oct 14, 11:00am -
  • A Day in the Life of an Essential Oil User
    Some people have asked “Exactly how do you use oils?” or “How often do you use your oils?” So I thought a Day in the Life would be a good post, especially since The Principal and I are heading to the dōTERRA Convention this week. We take our…
    - 6 days ago, 14 Oct 14, 11:00am -
  • Saratoga Jack Thermal Cooker {Giveaway}
    Thermal Cooker Giveaway We are really excited today about our thermal cooker giveaway! We are a group of bloggers who like to show our readers how to use different preparedness items. This Saratoga Jacks Thermal Cooker works very much like a slow coo…
    - 7 days ago, 13 Oct 14, 11:00am -
  • 5 Side Effects of Essential Oils that the Experts aren’t Telling You!
    I have compiled a list. A list of things that the “Experts” neglect to tell you when you start using essential oils. #1 Make New Friends! The experts don’t tell you that as a result of using Essential Oils that you will smell funny and people w…
    - 7 days ago, 13 Oct 14, 11:00am -

Modern Day Redneck

  • Time To Get Busy
    We finally got our buildings moved in and set in place. The one on the left (12X24)was my wood shop and the other one (10X16) was my garden shed. Now the one on the left will be my kitchen and living room and the one on the right will be my bedroom.…
    - 7 days ago, 13 Oct 14, 4:08pm -
  • It's A Chili Thing, You Wouldn't Understand
    The weather could not have been any better.Saturday morning it was 43 degrees, the windows of the camper were open, the fan on high. She was cold, I was in heaven.This is chili weather, nobody argued that. The first weekend of the new chili year and…
    - 14 days ago, 6 Oct 14, 5:31pm -
  • A Quick Two Weeks
    Wow! It has been two weeks and I haven't posted one thing. It sure went by quick.Here is a quick recap of what we have been up to.We made the trip to College Station for my oldest daughter Jessie's Ring Ceremony.She got the Gold!!!! When the girls we…
    - 20 days ago, 30 Sep 14, 1:28pm -
  • Going Out In Style
    Last weekend we did a two day cook off in the little town of St. JoThis was our last cook off of the Chili year and what a way to finish.Our year runs from October 1st to September 30th. In that year you can cook at as many cook offs as you want, its…
    - 34 days ago, 16 Sep 14, 7:59pm -
  • It's About Time
    Finally, I think summer is over.Three days ago it was 101 degrees and today it's only going to be a high of 73. Also a little rain came in with the cold front so it's twice as good.Tonight we are loading up for a weekend of Chili cooking in St Jo Tex…
    - 38 days ago, 12 Sep 14, 1:12pm -
  • Chugging Along
    Even though things are quiet in my neck of the woods we are still chugging along.It's been hot, too hot to really get excited about much. I have seen hotter Texas summers, but when it's hovering right at the century mark every day it's still too hot…
    - 42 days ago, 8 Sep 14, 12:31pm -
  • Dreams Do Come True
    We all have our ideas and dreams for our children. Some work out and others, not so much.After a certain time in the child's life we can no longer control the dreams and goals we had for them. I think it's around the time they start to have future id…
    - 62 days ago, 19 Aug 14, 8:07pm -
  • Tiny House Progress
    Next weekend we will be moving our trailer to the place where we are building our Tiny House.First we had to get electricity, got that. Then we had to run the water, got that done Friday night. Then we had to install a septic system, done Saturday an…
    - 63 days ago, 18 Aug 14, 2:08pm -
  • It Was A Long Way
    We drove 5.5 hours to cook chili, now that is dedication.Out of the 36 cooks, 20 or so were form the Great State of Texas, and Texas took home the first place trophy again this year. Among the 36 were 5 world champions and almost all of the top ten r…
    - 77 days ago, 4 Aug 14, 2:43pm -
  • Lets Get Out Of Here
    "What are the plans for the weekend?" Candy (the wife) asked me a couple of days ago."Lets just go!" I said back."Go where?""Lets just get out of here for the weekend"Final preparations are being made to head to Joplin this weekend for the Missouri S…
    - 81 days ago, 31 Jul 14, 1:35pm -

My Family Survival Plan

  • Bartering – Planning For the Future
    In the recent past many believed that by accumulating cash in different dominations they would have a safe means of protection in the event that they found themselves in a SHTF scenario.They could purchase all the latest in camping gear, bug out equi…
    - 3 days ago, 17 Oct 14, 6:38am -
  • Ebola Transmission – Understanding and Preparing for an Outbreak
    The CDC makes no mention of Ebola transmission through airborne droplets in humans. Because of the severity of the current outbreak, however, transmission through airborne droplets seems like a possible explanation. Note that the author says airborne…
    - 3 days ago, 17 Oct 14, 5:48am -
  • This Little Weed is one of the Most Useful Medicines on the Planet
    You’ve stepped on it, ignored it, and tried to eradicate it from your lawn. However, this innocuous little weed is one of the most useful medicines on the planet, just begging to be harvested.The post This Little Weed is one of the Most Useful Med…
    - 4 days ago, 16 Oct 14, 3:18pm -
  • Paracord Survival Bracelet Tutorial
    That's Aria's favorite part about them. I agree, but really the best part about them is that they are made out of about 6-8 continuous feet of very strong utility cord that can be disassembled in the event of an emergency and used for whatever the ne…
    - 5 days ago, 15 Oct 14, 10:58pm -
  • Bug Out Bag or Go Bag or just BOB!
    Your Bug Out Bag should be packed and ready, and easily accessible whenever you should need it. You may want to keep your Bug Out Bag in your car, or your designated “Bug Out” vehicle. Each family member should have their own Bug Out Bags stocked…
    - 6 days ago, 14 Oct 14, 9:04am -
  • Use It or Lose It: Your Guide to Effective Food Storage Strategies and Techniques
    Shelf life is affected by oxygen, fat, moisture, heat, and time.bulk food storage The more fat a food contains and the longer it is exposed to oxygen, moisture and heat, the faster it will spoil. In fact, the shelf life of some long-lasting products,…
    - 7 days ago, 13 Oct 14, 9:08am -

Command Zero

  • newComments
    Comments seem to be down. Trying to get a handle on it. Hold that thought. Update 19:51 – I think I got it, but it looks a touch wobbly. We’ll see. Update 20:10 – Nope. Still not working right. Update … Continue reading →
    - 12 hours ago, 20 Oct 14, 12:40am -
  • newFun with mylar and first aid supplies
    Part of being prepared means that a lot (!) of stuff spends a looooooong time sitting around unattended waiting for that moment that, honestly, may never come. But if it does come, that gear needs to be in operating condition … Continue reading →
    - 15 hours ago, 19 Oct 14, 9:39pm -
  • Article – Dig in for apocalypse in a practically invisible ‘Bunker Moderne’ home
    This partially buried home in Southern California combines the luxury of a multimillion-dollar estate with the practicality of a concrete bunker. Made of steel-reinforced concrete, it’s carved into the Santa Monica Mountains’ Saddle Peak and prac…
    - 2 days ago, 18 Oct 14, 7:32pm -
  • Baselines and false standards
    Years ago, I was in one of those cheesy ‘dollar stores’ picking up some calculators for use in the shop. I picked up five of them, for a dollar each. Typical flimsy made-in-China LCD calculator. A few months after that … Continue reading →
    - 3 days ago, 17 Oct 14, 8:36pm -
  • Walking Dead S5E1 – Extra coolness
    I download TWD off Amazon and they apparently left out this majorly cool post-credit nugget. Interesting to see where this goes.
    - 5 days ago, 15 Oct 14, 3:45am -
  • Thermite
    The stuff of books, movies, and awesome backyard experiments. Two interesting Instructables posts: Cast Thermite and how to light that stuff: First Fire, The Thermite Ignitor One never knows when some well-meaning nanny-stater will demand harmless DI…
    - 6 days ago, 14 Oct 14, 5:54am -
  • Walking Dead Season Five – Spoilers
    Holy crap, Carol killed Tasha Yar! So apparently the big message here was that the Terminus folks were once good and decent and when they got locked in those cattle cars, they fought their way out, beat their captors, and … Continue reading →
    - 7 days ago, 13 Oct 14, 8:55pm -
  • Further fun with ebola
    So…you take a Third Worlder with Ebola, stick him in a US hospital, crow about how ‘all precautions are being taken, there’s no risk’ and…surprise…someone tests positive for ebola. Dude, you can’t get a hospital to even prevent MRSA, wh…
    - 8 days ago, 13 Oct 14, 12:02am -
  • Warcraft, Batman and ebola-as-a-weapon
    Continuing a trend, Raconteur Report hits another one outta the park. I don’t know if you know it, but I play a bit* (ahem) of Warcraft. Even if you’re not a gamer, let me tell you an interesting story. Or … Continue reading →
    - 11 days ago, 9 Oct 14, 4:08pm -
  • Ebola and the butterfly effect
    The hazards from ebola aren’t just a contagious disease, it is also how the disease and the response to it affects other systems…our travel systems, medical systems, legal systems, delivery systems, infrastructure systems, etc, etc. An extreme ex…
    - 12 days ago, 8 Oct 14, 7:01pm -

Outdoor Quest

  • newNew Web Site
    I left my old web host and have migrated from a 10 year old micro soft office product to Word Press.Please take a look a and let me know what you think.  Please post your comments on this blog.Thank you
    - 15 hours ago, 19 Oct 14, 10:26pm -
  • Backcountry Travel Off The Beaten Path
    I just finished teaching a land navigation class at the local community college.  I had lots of questions about hiking off the beaten path; bushwacking through the backcountry.  I paused my presentation to capture the moment by engaging the student…
    - 3 days ago, 17 Oct 14, 2:16pm -
  • A Hiker's Clothing Base Layer
    Fall is here and people are searching for information about selecting the right base layer clothing for backcountry travel; underwear for the hiker.  There are lots of options and some aren't worth your time or money.  In late November 2013 my loca…
    - 5 days ago, 15 Oct 14, 1:45pm -
  • CALTOPO - Free Mapping Software
    This post is about a relatively new mapping program for hikers and hunters.  I met the software devloper late last month at the Pacific Northwest SARCON held near Portland Oregon.  Matt  Jacobs has developed a very sophisticated and robust prog…
    - 6 days ago, 14 Oct 14, 7:29pm -
  • Tips on Getting Accurate Compass Readings - Part 1
     The following  suggestions on getting accurate compass readings is from Basic Land Navigation (by the National Wildfire Coordination Group.)Tips on Getting Accurate Compass ReadingsA small error when using a compass can result in a significant er…
    - 11 days ago, 9 Oct 14, 12:00pm -
  • Understanding Magnetic Declination
    “Declination: A Noun. The horizontal angle between the true geographic North Pole and the magnetic North Pole, as figured from a specific point on the Earth.” Declination is a term that causes “brain cramps” for many…
    - 12 days ago, 8 Oct 14, 1:19pm -
  • Garmin Rino 600 GPS
    Last week I had the opportunity to use a Garmin Rino 600 GPS.  It is accurate, has lots of capability and works as advertised.I do recommend that the user take care regarding the very sensitive screen.One of my students dropped the receiver and wher…
    - 14 days ago, 6 Oct 14, 4:25pm -
  • Black Bear Kills Hiker
    The following is from the New York Times: By Tatiana SchlossbergSept. 22, 2014: Rutgers University student was killed by a black bear over the weekend, the police said on Monday, the first such recorded death in New Jersey since the 1850s.The stude…
    - 15 days ago, 5 Oct 14, 2:48pm -
  • Staying Warm In A Sleeping BAg
    The following post is from  This is very timely.By Philip Werner"Have you even spent a cold night in your sleeping bag because the temperature dropped lower than you expected? Here are a few tips and tricks you can use to incre…
    - 17 days ago, 3 Oct 14, 4:50pm -
  • Compass Accuracy
    Just how accurate is your magnetic compass?After speaking at a land navigation lecture at a recent sportsman’s show, an attendee asked my opinion about the accuracy of his compass.  His compass was a new model and about the size of a nickel.  The…
    - 18 days ago, 2 Oct 14, 6:55pm -

Paul Kirtley's Blog

  • newPlanning An Overseas Wilderness Journey
    To me, the attraction of going further afield boils down to the differences that other geographies offer that the UK might not. On the face of it, this is an obvious statement. But before you just stick a pin the map at random, I think it’s impo…
    - 22 hours ago, 19 Oct 14, 3:30pm -
  • Enter A Virtuous Circle: Take Your Bushcraft Skills On An Adventure
    We were sitting high up in a mountain valley overlooking trees and surrounded by peaks. We’d set up our tents on a small, relatively flat, grassy area. The nearby stream provided us with water and we had collected up some firewood. As our small cam…
    - 8 days ago, 12 Oct 14, 3:50pm -
  • A Night In The Woods
    I'm often asked about bushcraft skills and camp set ups for heading into the woods for a weekend. Quite a few readers of this blog - and viewers of my YouTube channel - have asked for articles/videos regarding skills to help with getting out into th…
    - 17 days ago, 3 Oct 14, 8:35am -
  • The Stagger Inn: Portrait Of A Wilderness Cabin
    Wilderness cabins, huts, hytte, cottages – whatever your name for these footholds in the wilds – are intriguing places. They tell you something of their owners and users. They can also inform you about the environment in which they are placed. In…
    - 20 days ago, 30 Sep 14, 11:52am -
  • Bloodvein River Trip – My Personal Gear
    People are always interested in other people’s gear. It’s certainly an area I’m asked a lot of questions about. As I get older, I’m less and less interested in outdoor clothing and equipment for any reason other than function and reliability.…
    - 28 days ago, 22 Sep 14, 3:35am -
  • Six Men, Three Boats and The Bloodvein: Canoeing A Wilderness River
    Rory, our pilot – about one third the age of the de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver he was flying – took the plane into a banked turn as we descended towards Artery Lake. About 31 minutes earlier we had taken off from Red Lake. Malcolm was the other passe…
    - 31 days ago, 19 Sep 14, 3:24pm -
  • How To Find A Place To Practice Bushcraft Skills In The UK
    At some stage, we all want to find somewhere we can go to practice our bushcraft skills. Yet land ownership, laws, bylaws, regulations and access codes limit us in what can be done where. This article shares ideas, considerations and case studies on…
    - 55 days ago, 26 Aug 14, 10:59pm -
  • Nutritional Breakdown of the PLCE Side Pocket Menu
    I thought it would be useful to have a further look at the macro nutritional balance of the PLCE side pocket menu outlined in a previous article and video. In particular I thought it worthwhile to lay out an analysis of the amounts of carbohydrate, f…
    - 2 Jul 14, 10:06pm -
  • How To Pack Enough Food For A Week In A PLCE Side Pocket
    In a previous video I packed up all of the kit that I take when I working on UK bushcraft courses or camping in that way. It’s my typical baseline northern temperate kit. It all fits easily into a Karrimor Sabre 45 with side pockets, with room to s…
    - 25 Jun 14, 8:43pm -
  • Integrating Bushcraft With Modern Outdoor Life: Bushcraft Show 2014 Presentation
    For the second year in a row I was among the expert speakers on the main stage at the Bushcraft Show. I was honoured to share this platform with illustrious names and authorities such as Lofty Wiseman, Cody Lundin, Steve Backshall, David Scott-Donela…
    - 28 May 14, 4:11pm -

Prep Blog

  • Convincing Friends and Family to Prep
    It is a good idea, to try to convince others to become a prepper? Or is the most likely result an “epic fail”? Butch got me interested in prepping. So he succeeded in convincing his friend to prep. But on … Continue reading →
    - 3 days ago, 17 Oct 14, 2:32pm -
  • Should Sound Suppressors be NFA?
    A firearms item is called “NFA” if it is restricted by the National Firearms Act. NFA items can be purchased by civilians, under certain conditions. You need to live in a State that does not prohibit the item. There’s a … Continue reading →
    - 6 days ago, 14 Oct 14, 10:13pm -
  • How is Ebola Spread? Is it Airborne?
    Why is Ebola spreading to doctors and nurses who take proper precautions? These are health care professionals who are well-informed about Ebola. They know it is a contagious and deadly disease. They are taking the usual precautions when dealing with…
    - 8 days ago, 12 Oct 14, 12:56pm -
  • How to keep Ebola from destroying the U.S. hospital system
    Ebola is coming to the United States. And I’m not talking about isolated cases of travelers from West Africa. There will be a major Ebola outbreak in the U.S., maybe not this year, but in the not so distant future. … Continue reading →
    - 8 days ago, 12 Oct 14, 12:02pm -
  • The California Drought is a very serious problem
    All of California is under a drought. And the vast majority of the land area in California is under severe, extreme, or exceptional drought. See the Drought Map here. How long has this been going on? For the last 2 … Continue reading →
    - 10 days ago, 10 Oct 14, 1:45pm -

Prepper Recon

  • newPodcast Repost-Building Resiliency- Dakota Hughes
    Last week, we had a serious issue with our podcasting host, Blubrry. They’ve had some problems internally, but all is well and I received good customer service in fixing the complication. Today’s post is from last Monday which many of […] ↓ R…
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  • newSunday Prepper Bible Study- Philippians 4:13
     I can do everything through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13 I can do all things is a great motto, but it’s only a half truth. And a half truth is little more than a lie. When the enemy convinces […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry.…
    - 22 hours ago, 19 Oct 14, 3:17pm -
  • Friday Night at The Movies-State of Mind
    Tonight’s movie is State of Mind. it is a great film from the folks at which covers the state’s endless pursuit to train the American public to submit to slavery and accept whatever they’re told. Make sure you stop […] ↓ Read t…
    - 3 days ago, 17 Oct 14, 3:39pm -
  • Blubrry Podcast Hosting Update
    Our Blubrry Podcasting Host was compromised recently and this week’s podcasts were affected. They should be working now. Thanks for your patience. MDGThe post Blubrry Podcast Hosting Update appeared first on Prepper Recon.
    - 5 days ago, 15 Oct 14, 9:05pm -
  • Podcast-James Wesley Rawles- An Ebola Outbreak Could Trigger Collapse
    James Wesley Rawles is back on the show today. We talk about general preparedness as well as preparing for specific threats like Ebola, economic collapse and grid failure due to cyber attack or solar flares. His new book, Liberators will […] ↓ Re…
    - 5 days ago, 15 Oct 14, 1:50am -
  • Podcast- Building Resiliency- Dakota Hughes
    Dakota Hughes of joins me on the show today. We discuss gardening, radio communications and how lock picking can be useful to preppers. Check out Dakota’s blog at   Today’s Prepper Recon Podcast spons…
    - 7 days ago, 13 Oct 14, 1:13am -
  • Sunday Prepper Bible Study- Jeremiah 13:21-22
    What will you say when [the LORD] sets over you those you cultivated as your special allies? Will not pain grip you like that of a woman in labor? 22 And if you ask yourself, “Why has this happened to me?”– it is […] ↓ Read the rest of t…
    - 9 days ago, 11 Oct 14, 9:50pm -
  • Friday Night at The Movies-Losing Iraq
    Tonight’s Movie is Losing Iraq by Frontline. It chronicles how Bilderberg, CFR and Trilateral Commission member Henry Kissinger’s right hand man, Paul Bremer was sent to Iraq as a special envoy. It shows how he alienated the Sunnis from the […]…
    - 10 days ago, 10 Oct 14, 2:23am -
  • Podcast-The Collapse Isn’t a Joke! David Quintieri
    David Quintieri of is back on the show today to talk about the real unemployment numbers and global economic instability. We talk about ways to hedge yourself financially and protect yourself physically. To learn more, check out David…
    - 12 days ago, 8 Oct 14, 2:22pm -
  • Podcast-Prepper Recon on Survival Punk
    I’m in the hot seat today on The Survival Punk Podcast. James and Mike were great hosts. We talked about a lot of prepper stuff and had a great time. I had a bad cable connecting my sound board, so […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry...The post P…
    - 14 days ago, 6 Oct 14, 1:55am -

Preparedness is Fundamental

  • 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…
    - 27 days ago, 23 Sep 14, 5:44pm -
  • Misinformation and Prepping
        When I was a young cop, I watched a pilot at our local air show fly his plane right into the ground. I realized instantly what had happened and turned to see the entire emergency crew, many of … Continue reading →
    - 31 days ago, 19 Sep 14, 4:01pm -
  • Super Simple Salsa, Rocket Stove Fried Cheese and Chili’s and Frozen Tomatoes
     The days are getter crisper and the leaves are turning, if you’re llike me, you have a lot of vegetables to deal with on a regular basis. Tomatoes are my favorite, but what do you do if your crop exceeded … Continue reading →
    - 36 days ago, 14 Sep 14, 11:55pm -
  • Updates on BioChar, Potato Columns, Composting, tomatoes, free wheelbarrows and barrels
    It has been a while since I’ve had a post, not because I lack projects, on the contrary, I actually have dozens of what I consider, useful ideas. The problem is I don’t have a lot of time for shooting … Continue reading →
    - 7 May 14, 6:03am -
  • Cordless Drill Soap
    I’ve always contended that our forefathers forgot more than most of us will ever know. Things like canning, sewing and soap making were just another chore. Most people think that these old arts are too hard to master. I don’t … Continue reading…
    - 18 Mar 14, 5:55am -
  • A Very Nice Non- Electric Hydroponic Vegetable Producing Container for under a Buck.
    This year I’m trying several new methods of growing veggies to see what works best for my locale. One of the neatest setups I’ve seen is the Kratky method of hydroponic growing. The biggest expense is buying or building containers to grow … C…
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  • The Underestimated Prep
    It’s right up there with food, water and shelter, and yet it’s perhaps one of the most under addressed preps there is. You need it for chores, security, cooking, eating and on a psychological plane; it goes a long way … Continue reading →
    - 28 Feb 14, 5:18am -
  • How to Light and Cook on a Rocket Stove
    Rocket stoves are relatively new to prepping, and as such, there is a dearth of information when it comes to using them. The fact is, there are a lot of great stoves available and they are not only incredibly simple … Continue reading →
    - 15 Feb 14, 4:58pm -
  • Bright Idea for Preppers
    If you’ve read any of my posts, you know how emphatic I am about the need for plenty of renewable light for disasters, civil unrest, outages or WTSHTF. It is up there with food and water in my book, so … Continue reading →
    - 7 Feb 14, 7:03pm -
  • A Boomers Lament
    Perhaps one of the most difficult aspects of being a baby boomer in this (it grieves me to even write it) formerly great country, was growing up in a country that wasn’t just exceptional, it was spectacular. We would go … Continue reading →
    - 4 Feb 14, 3:09pm -

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