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  • newPreparedness Notes for Tuesday — August 9, 2022
    August 9th, 1831 was the birthday of James Paris Lee (August 9, 1831 – February 24, 1904). He was a Scottish-Canadian and later American inventor and arms designer, best known for inventing the bolt action that led to the Lee-Metford and Lee-Enfiel…
    - 22 hours ago 9 Aug 22, 7:04am -
  • newRainwater Harvesting – Part 1, by K.R.
    Imagine that you have a 2,000 square foot cabin in the Inland Northwest and a spring rain shower thunders by that drops an inch of rain. If you were equipped to capture the rain that hit the roof of your cabin, you would have just picked up over 1,20…
    - 22 hours ago 9 Aug 22, 7:03am -
  • newSurvivalBlog’s News From The American Redoubt
    This weekly column features news stories and event announcements from around the American Redoubt region. (Idaho, Montana, eastern Oregon, eastern Washington, and Wyoming.) Much of the region is also more commonly known as The Inland Northwest. We al…
    - 22 hours ago 9 Aug 22, 7:02am -
  • newThe Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “A man’s house is his castle and fortress, et domus sua cuique tutissimum refugium.” (The Latin at the end translates as ‘and each man’s home is his safest refuge.’) – Sir Edward Coke, The Institutes of the Laws of England (1628)The po…
    - 22 hours ago 9 Aug 22, 7:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Monday — August 8, 2022
    August 8th is the birthday of Terry Nation (August 8th, 1930 – March 9th, 1997), who was a Welsh television writer and novelist. Nation wrote two series, Survivors and Blake’s 7, in the 1970s. Survivors was re-made a few years ago. — The new Su…
    - 2 days ago 8 Aug 22, 7:05am -
  • Springfield Armory Hellion, by Pat Cascio
    I hate to admit it, but I came to the bullpup dance a little bit late. I’m a dyed-in-the-wool fan of the AR-style of rifles, as well as the M14 (M1A) rifles. Some folks like to say I’m older than dirt – well, not quite. When I joined the Illino…
    - 2 days ago 8 Aug 22, 7:04am -
  • Recipe of the Week: Arden’s Dutch Oven Spaghetti With Beef 
    The following recipe for Dutch oven spaghetti with beef is from reader Arden K. It uses dried spaghetti, and there is no need to boil it, in advance. Ingredients 1 pound of lean or extra-lean ground beef 1 small onion, chopped 1 medium green pepper,…
    - 2 days ago 8 Aug 22, 7:02am -
  • Economics & Investing For Preppers
    Here are the latest news items and commentary on current economics news, market trends, stocks, investing opportunities, and the precious metals markets. We also cover hedges, derivatives, and obscura. Most of these items are from the “tangibles he…
    - 2 days ago 8 Aug 22, 7:02am -
  • The Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “Want of foresight, unwillingness to act when action would be simple and effective, lack of clear thinking, confusion of counsel until the emergency comes, until self-preservation strikes its jarring gong – these are the features which constitute…
    - 2 days ago 8 Aug 22, 7:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Sunday — August 7, 2022
    August 7th, 1933 was the birthday of Jerry Pournelle. He, along with Larry Niven authored the survivalist classic Lucifer’s Hammer. Jerry passed away on September 8, 2017, at 84 years of age. — SurvivalBlog Writing Contest Today we present anothe…
    - 3 days ago 7 Aug 22, 7:04am -
  • Upgrading an Inexpensive Gun Safe, by PrepperDoc
    Many prepared individuals have an alternate living location. It might be called a “retreat,” a “bug-out house” or simply their “vacation home.” Perhaps in a “safer” location or in a state with more favorable legal climate on important…
    - 3 days ago 7 Aug 22, 7:03am -
  • JWR’s Meme Of The Week:
    The latest meme created by JWR: To share this, you can find it here: https://www.kapwing.com/videos/62eadab5ba842000814b0fdf Meme Text: At First, It Was Pride Day, Then Pride Week, and Then Pride Month If You Do Not Display Sufficient Enthusiasm, The…
    - 3 days ago 7 Aug 22, 7:01am -
  • The Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “Who goeth a warfare any time at his own charges? who planteth a vineyard, and eateth not of the fruit thereof? or who feedeth a flock, and eateth not of the milk of the flock? Say I these things as a man? or saith not the law the same also? For it…
    - 3 days ago 7 Aug 22, 7:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Saturday — August 6, 2022
    On 6 August 2011, a U.S. CH-47D Chinook military helicopter operating with the call sign Extortion 17 (spoken “one-seven”) was shot down while transporting an Immediate Reaction Force attempting to reinforce a Joint Special Operations Command uni…
    - 4 days ago 6 Aug 22, 7:04am -
  • Fire Preparedness and Firefighting – Part 2, by Always Learning
    (Continued from Part 1. This concludes the article.) We did the usual pre-fire prep as soon as we heard the fire broke out, putting all the patio cushions in the house, closing drapes / blinds etc. We have lightweight patio furniture that we stacked…
    - 4 days ago 6 Aug 22, 7:03am -

SHTF Plan

More Than Just Surviving

  • Invasion of Ukraine – Please Grow a Pair
    Evening folks. Long time no chat as usual, but much like the pandemic, sometimes fuckery of untold proportion unfolds which forces me away from the repetitive rigours of normal life to hammer away at my keyboard. So here we are. Unless you have…
    - 24 Feb 22, 9:41pm -
  • COVID Lessons & Lockdown Life in a Vacuum
    As of last Friday, my little slice of the hemisphere ended the COVID lockdown. I am not sure what sort of reaction I expected. Perhaps a level of jubilance that we managed to get 85% of country vaccinated, or an economic sigh of relief, but fra…
    - 3 Oct 21, 2:15pm -
  • Are Dalstrong Knives Overhyped? Dalstrong Shogun Series X Knife Review
    For my first review of 2021, I figured it would be fun to court controversy by taking a look at Dalstrong knives, Specifically the Shogun Series X 10.25″. Now to some of you sitting at home who haven’t heard of Dalstrong knives and remain b…
    - 13 Jun 21, 11:03am -
  • Lockdown Lucidity: A Prepper Perspective
    As this pandemic stretches to an unforeseeable conclusion, this felt like a good time to drop back in and give you lot an update on my own perspective as a jaded prepper. The current situation here in Portugal is, to put it bluntly, dire. We ha…
    - 24 Jan 21, 4:01pm -
  • Emergency Experience: Forest Fire on My Doorstep
    The interesting thing about forest fires is the powerlessness one feels when placed kissing distance from an inferno. I never really understood the underlying threat of forest fires until 3 days ago, but folks, I learnt that lesson pronto. Firs…
    - 19 Jul 20, 2:29pm -
  • Coronavirus: A (Realist) Prepper’s Perspective on the World Opening Up
    As the world unwinds our collective enforced isolation protocols, it’s good to take stock of the situation at hand and see where this will lead us. The reality is that the economy shutting down until a vaccine is discovered & mass inoculation…
    - 25 May 20, 2:51pm -
  • The Coronavirus Crisis Is Going to Upend Our World in a Way We Can’t Really Fathom
    Figured I was long overdue for an update. With lockdown still in effect, I have no longer have much of an excuse. Isolation is an odd word in our new reality. As a society we have never been so connected. The world is just a click away and it s…
    - 15 Apr 20, 7:15pm -
  • Will the Coronavirus Make Regular People More Prepper Minded?
    If there’s one thing that’s bothering me the absolute most about this pandemic, it’s the uncertainty. The fact that we don’t and can’t know when this will all blow over leaves me a little on edge. And yes, I know that Thomas & I will…
    - 8 Apr 20, 9:29am -
  • Come on Governments, of Course FOMO = Panic Buying; Can’t Stop Human Nature
    As this crisis continues unabated throughout our little blue planet, I find myself growing more and more irritated with the powers that be. Since I have been on lock down for what feels forever (you will understand soon enough America!), I want…
    - 23 Mar 20, 11:43am -
  • Coronavirus Stockpile Tips for Beginners & Why It’s Sensible to Worry
    As this shit show shows no respite, I figured this was a good time to discuss what the girl and I are doing in terms of preparing and what my thoughts are on this developing situation. Stockpiling 101 for Beginners Seems to me that as of a few…
    - 13 Mar 20, 8:24pm -
  • Debunking Coronavirus Myths – Yes, Some Are Completely Idiotic
    On the heels of my no-bullshit Coronavirus explanation article which I recommend you take a quick look at, I feel the need to clarify and debunk some of the nonsense I have seen over the past few weeks. Drinking X Will Kill the Coronavirus Drin…
    - 8 Mar 20, 12:52pm -
  • Coronavirus: A No-Bullshit Explanation of Where We Are Now
    This could get dicey folks. As of 26 minutes ago, we hit over 80,000 confirmed cases of Coronavirus including a disturbing rise in a country adjacent to my own. The spread of this virus has shone a light on the darker impulses of our species fr…
    - 26 Feb 20, 11:19am -
  • Conversation time
    After so many years of blogging (admittedly, not so much recently), its interesting to sit back and muse about what MTJS represents and how the girl and I have evolved along the way, both as people and as content creators. MTJS was created as a…
    - 2 Feb 20, 1:22am -
  • Security Information Overload: From Panic to Apathy & the Remedy
    Security overload leads to apathy. How often do you hear a car alarm go off and roll your eyes hoping the owner would disable the blasted thing before the incoming headache comes a knocking? The primary objection I have to such systems is they…
    - 24 May 19, 12:30pm -
  • On Biased Blogger Reviews & Scribbling Opinions as If They’re Gospel
    Re-reading my past scribbles is always interesting to me, not because I am obsessed with my own written word, but rather because bloggers, by virtue of being given a platform to be highly opinionated, tend to ignore uncomfortable realities when…
    - 15 Apr 19, 5:35pm -
  • Real Talk, What Happened to MTJS
    Blogger burnout is a real thing. I have been scribbling reviews and sharing my thoughts with you all for quite a few years now. It seems it all started off as a way for me to talk about my love for Spydercos and evolved into a great community o…
    - 29 Dec 18, 2:58pm -
  • How Much Is Your Life Worth? SafeGuard Armor Ghost Bullet Proof Vest Review
    Before I get into the meat of this review, I want to structure this away from regurgitating specifications like every other review of this sort and instead spend it musing about what this product represents to so many people the world over. Bul…
    - 11 Oct 18, 11:08am -
  • It’s Strangely Satisfying That What I’ve Stockpiled Has Never Gone to Waste
    This is not exactly relevant to the epitome of prepping at all – I think it’s important to prep even if you end up with waste (though I think it’s good to minimize waste) because I think it’s important to be prepared in case worst-case…
    - 23 Sep 18, 2:34pm -
  • Hazard 4 Grayman Series Patrol Tactical Backpack Review
    Tactical backpacks are always a tricky proposition. Either they make you look like you just got off the set of Rambo or they are jam packed with performance compromises in an effort to pass as a normal pack. The Hazard 4 Grayman Patrol is one…
    - 19 Sep 18, 7:43pm -
  • Yes, We’ve Been AWOL; Here’s Why
    Long time no scribbles my friends. I have been AWOL as of late, but rest assured – we had a good reason! As some of you may have guessed, the girl and I have once again uprooted and made our home in a new country. Some of you may remember tha…
    - 17 Sep 18, 3:02pm -

Blue Collar Prepping

  • newWeed Killers, Maaaaaan
    Anyone who has a yard, whether there's a garden present or not, has to deal with weeds. On our property, the driveway is long and gravel, so during the high growth months, nature tries to reclaim it for her own.Because of the size of our property, we…
    - 8 hours ago 9 Aug 22, 9:00pm -
  • The Boy's Axe
    Sometimes it's great to be a boy... or at least, it's great to use their tools.Recently I was cruising through a hardware store, getting parts for a work project, when I stumbled across a most curious tool. It was a compact axe, and it was so strikin…
    - 5 days ago 4 Aug 22, 8:24pm -
  • Stop! Wrong Cartridge!
    Back in November of 2021 had two different posts where I talked about how certain chamberings could fire multiple different cartridges safely. I stressed that this isn't always the case, however, and that care must be taken to stay on the safe sid…
    - 7 days ago 3 Aug 22, 1:21am -
  • Electronic Road Flares
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.Road flares can be incredibly useful if your car breaks down on the road, especially if it's dark outside or you're in inclement weather which restricts visibility. These flares wil…
    - 9 days ago 1 Aug 22, 2:50am -
  • A Minimal Motorcycle Medical Kit
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.I've wanted this for a while now, and everything finally aligned so I was able to buy it. So what's the "this" that I wanted?Why…
    - 11 days ago 30 Jul 22, 2:58am -
  • Product Review: Fix It Sticks
    I'm a collector of tools. Show me an interesting, unusual, but functional gadget and you have my attention... and possibly my money. I'm especially fond of compact hand tools; from Swiss Army knives to pocket multitools, I've owned and carried many.…
    - 14 days ago 26 Jul 22, 6:58pm -
  • EDC "Pocket" Dump
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.Since 2009 I have used the Urban Tool HipHolster for my Every Day Carry needs. Unfortunately, a decade-plus of regular use takes its toll, and my HipHolster was starting to fall apa…
    - 16 days ago 25 Jul 22, 5:45am -
  • Product Review: Stansport Freighter Pack Frame
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.When I re-vamped my Get Home Bag last year, one of the things I said was while I liked the features the bag had, I didn't like how it attached to me even after significant tinkering…
    - 22 days ago 19 Jul 22, 4:04am -
  • Product Review: Lock Laces
    Just over four years ago Erin reviewed Hickies-brand no-tie shoelaces for use with her zip-side boots. Since that post they've come out with an improved version and they're also available in a variety of colors.I wear zip-side boots at work, so when…
    - 22 days ago 18 Jul 22, 10:41pm -
  • Cleaning Up the Car Trunk
    I tend to ignore the more cosmetic aspects of cleaning my car, which include not only the seats but the trunk as well. I have a trunk organizer that I talked about in this post, which makes it really easy to access what I want when I need it, and go…
    - 31 days ago 9 Jul 22, 8:38pm -
  • Back That [Data] Up
    This is going to be a shorter than usual post for reasons that will soon become apparent.Last week, while working on a project, my computer crashed. This isn’t anything special; many people have experienced something similar. What was different was…
    - 35 days ago 6 Jul 22, 2:46am -
  • MOLLE Attachments
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.Buddhism says that attachment is the root of all suffering. Be that as it may, sometimes attachment is good, especially when you want to secure loose gear to MOLLE straps. I certain…
    - 36 days ago 5 Jul 22, 3:09am -
  • Bag of Holding, Stealth Version
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.Yeah, I really miss that site. ** "Bag of Holding" is a reference to a product made by a cool, now-defunct, company called Think…
    - 40 days ago 1 Jul 22, 3:14am -
  • Cookbooks
    In a number of my previous posts I’ve talked about various food items every prepper should have in their pantry. I’ve also reviewed some of the food prep tools, techniques, and devices available. However, the utility of these ingredients, tools,…
    - 42 days ago 28 Jun 22, 11:11pm -
  • The Work Sharp Blade Grinder Attachment
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.In my last post I sang the virtues of the Ken Onion Work Sharp Knife & Tool Sharpener, while at the same time saying that it had its limitations. Those limitations can be broken w…
    - 44 days ago 27 Jun 22, 3:13am -
  • Walking It Off And On
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping. I have never had a job that was behind a desk, or one that allowed me to sit for long periods of time. I've always been standi…
    - 45 days ago 25 Jun 22, 7:57pm -
  • You and Your Feet (Again)
    Seven and a half years ago I wrote a post about taking care of your feet. Nothing has changed in that time; you're still likely to be relying on your feet for transportation after TSHTF. Back then, I wrote about a friend who had a minor wound on his…
    - 47 days ago 24 Jun 22, 12:45am -
  • DIY Ballistic Gelatin
    One of the most important pieces of information to know about ammunition performance, whether for hunting or self-defense, is how it actually behaves when used.There have been many different bullet testing systems used over the years, including live…
    - 48 days ago 22 Jun 22, 9:12pm -
  • A Stealthy Sling Bag
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.I've used several different sling bags with no real problems, except they all look tacti-cool with webbing and MOLLE loops every…
    - 55 days ago 15 Jun 22, 11:55pm -
  • Prepper’s Pantry: Flour
    Many of the recipes I’ve shared in my posts involve some form of flour. At a basic level, flour is the ground product of any of a number of grains, beans, nuts, roots, or seeds. Humans have been grinding all sorts of plants to a fine powder for at…
    - 57 days ago 14 Jun 22, 2:57pm -
  • The Work Sharp Knife & Tool Sharpener
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.Last week I reviewed a sharpener which didn't solve my problems with hard-to-sharpen knives, and promised that this week I'd tell you what I bought which did finally solve those pr…
    - 58 days ago 13 Jun 22, 3:33am -
  • Book Review: The Lost Superfoods
    While wandering a bunch of prepper sites I saw an ad for a book called The Lost Superfoods. The ad mentioned that it had a recipe for the emergency ration crackers used by the US government in the 1960s when they stocked the fallout shelters around t…
    - 60 days ago 11 Jun 22, 2:30am -
  • Prepper’s Pantry: Pasta
    Being partially of Italian and Sicilian heritage on one side of my family and Eastern European on both, pasta of various types is a staple in our kitchen as my genetics require regular servings of pasta and egg noodles to remain content. Pasta is als…
    - 63 days ago 8 Jun 22, 12:50am -
  • The Work Sharp Precision Adjust Knife Sharpener
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.This isn't going to be a review in my standard style. I've been putting off this review for about 2 months, and I'm not really sure why, but I figure an informal ("unprofessional,"…
    - 65 days ago 6 Jun 22, 2:26am -
  • Kitchen Armory: Instant Pot
    In previous posts I’ve talked about crock pots, also called slow cookers, as well as mentioning pressure cookers in passing. Both have their places in the Kitchen Armory. However, they cost money and take up space. Wouldn’t it be helpful if there…
    - 70 days ago 31 May 22, 9:31pm -

Survival Medicine

  • Survival Medicine Podcast: Floods, Constipation, Monkeypox
    Survival Medicine Podcast: Floods, Constipation, MonkeypoxA world weary of one viral pandemic is now experiencing the early stages of another: In the last three months, more than 88 countries have reported a total of more than 30,000 cases of the dis…
    - 2 days ago 7 Aug 22, 10:05pm -
  • Things To Know About Floods
    Things To Know About FloodsFlooding is one of the most common natural disasters affecting U.S. citizens, causing deaths and massive property damage. Flood are overflows of water that submerge land which is normally dry. Some floods develop over time,…
    - 11 days ago 30 Jul 22, 3:55pm -
  • MREs: Meals Refusing To Exit?
    MREs: Meals Refusing To Exit?For those who want to be prepared for the uncertain future, food security is high on the priority list. The demand for long shelf-life items is high, so many in the preparedness community have turned to an old military st…
    - 12 days ago 29 Jul 22, 12:06pm -
  • Constipation Off The Grid
    Constipation Off The GridIn difficult times, storing a good supply of long-shelf-life food is a wise move. Folks in the preparedness community have, for decades, filled pantries and freezers with enough food to get them through any disaster. Long-las…
    - 16 days ago 24 Jul 22, 5:57pm -
  • Video: Dr. Bones and Canadian Prepper on Ortho Injuries
    Video: Dr. Bones and Canadian Prepper on Ortho InjuriesIn an appearance on the popular channel of Nate the Canadian Prepper, Joe Alton, MD and Amy Alton, NP demonstrate how to wrap an injured ankle and place a lower leg splint using SAM products. The…
    - 18 days ago 22 Jul 22, 9:17pm -
  • Video: Minor Wound Care
    Video: Minor Wound CareFrom a simple cut to burns, any damage to skin is akin to a hole in your body’s protective armor. These injuries occur more frequently than we’d like. The main goal is to encourage quick healing while preventing infection.…
    - 19 days ago 21 Jul 22, 6:34pm -
  • Survival Medicine Podcast: Saltwater Encounters, Drownings, Cellulitis
    Survival Medicine Podcast: Saltwater Encounters, Drownings, CellulitisIt’s summer, and this is the time that people head out to the shore and take in the Great Outdoors. Millions will do just that, and the vast majority of beach-goers will experien…
    - 23 days ago 18 Jul 22, 4:03pm -
  • Shark Attacks
    Shark AttacksSummer is when people head out to the shore and take in the Great Outdoors. Millions will do just that, and the vast majority of beach-goers will experience nothing but a great time. On occasion, however, a person may run afoul of a sea…
    - 24 days ago 17 Jul 22, 4:11pm -
  • Minor Wounds Off The Grid

    - 25 days ago 15 Jul 22, 4:57pm -
  • Compartment Syndrome in Crush Injuries
    Compartment Syndrome in Crush InjuriesThe group medic in survival scenarios will face a number of challenges not normally seen today. Even in normal times, however, there are many areas away from cities where the ambulance isn’t just around the cor…
    - 31 days ago 9 Jul 22, 9:09pm -