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  • newPreparedness Notes for Tuesday — September 28, 2021
    On September 28, 1066, William The Conqueror invaded England, landing at Pevensey Bay, Sussex. — Elk Creek Company has been on an ordering hiatus, for the month of September, 2021. I’m just about done traveling, gathering more inventory. I plan t…
    - 3 hours ago 28 Sep 21, 7:04am -
  • newGet Out of the Cities – Part 1, by SaraSue
    If you’re on the fence, then please get off of it and make your move. I realize how scary that sounds because I’ve done it. I realize how insane it sounds to walk away from a job with really good benefits and a retirement account. Again, because…
    - 3 hours ago 28 Sep 21, 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…
    - 3 hours ago 28 Sep 21, 7:02am -
  • newThe Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “If your country was under attack in a ‘regular war’, there are some things you might expect your enemy to try to do. For example, you would expect your enemy to try to destroy your cities; making them unsafe places to live and to work. You wou…
    - 3 hours ago 28 Sep 21, 7:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Monday — September 27, 2021
    This is the Birthday of Samuel Adams. He was an American statesman, political philosopher, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. — Today’s feature article was authored by our great Field Gear Editor, Pat Cascio.The post Preparedn…
    - 1 day ago 27 Sep 21, 7:05am -
  • Kershaw Innuendo, by Pat Cascio
    In my 29 years of testing and writing about knives (and firearms) I have always been on the lookout for the next “big” thing in these products. And, let’s be honest here. It is really hard to find something new and unique to write about, especi…
    - 1 day ago 27 Sep 21, 7:04am -
  • Recipe of the Week: Fry Pan Ham & Rice
    The following recipe for Fry Pan Ham & Rice is from SurvivalBlog reader Lisa in Ohio. You will need a large fry pan with a lid, or a skillet with a lid. Note that cooked turkey may be substituted for the cooked ham. Ingredients • 1-1/2 teaspoon ol…
    - 1 day ago 27 Sep 21, 7:03am -
  • These Dangers Loom Over the Fragile U.S. Economy, by Brandon Smith
    Editor’s Introductory Note: Today, in lieu of our usual Economics & Investing For Preppers column, we are posting a guest article. This article was authored by Brandon Smith of Alt-Market.us. It was originally published at Birch Gold Group, and is…
    - 1 day ago 27 Sep 21, 7:02am -
  • The Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “The tragic history of civilian disarmament cries a warning against any systematic attempts to render innocent citizens ill-equipped to defend themselves from tyrant terrorists, despots or oppressive majorities.” – Attorney Daniel L. Schmutter…
    - 1 day ago 27 Sep 21, 7:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Sunday — September 26, 2021
    On September 26, 1908 an ad for the Edison Phonograph first appeared in The Saturday Evening Post. — SurvivalBlog Writing Contest Today we present another entry for Round 96 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The prizes for this round…
    - 2 days ago 26 Sep 21, 7:04am -
  • Consider Where We Are – Part 2, by APD-4
    (Continued from Part 1. This concludes the article.) The Unravelling era by definition had no peak or pinnacle and one finds it hard to pick out sentinel events. The normalization of alternative lifestyles, education and mores was reflected in the go…
    - 2 days ago 26 Sep 21, 7:03am -
  • JWR’s Meme Of The Week:
    The latest meme created by JWR: To share this, you can find it here: https://kapwi.ng/c/cl1dXtVpzJ   Meme Text: A Good Thing That Attorneys Put “At Law” After Their Names So We Know That They Aren’t “At Doughnuts”The post JWR’s Meme Of…
    - 2 days ago 26 Sep 21, 7:02am -
  • The Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “Then came together unto him the Pharisees, and certain of the scribes, which came from Jerusalem. And when they saw some of his disciples eat bread with defiled, that is to say, with unwashen, hands, they found fault. For the Pharisees, and all th…
    - 2 days ago 26 Sep 21, 7:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Saturday — September 25, 2021
    On September 25th, 1789, the first Congress of the United States approved 12 amendments to the U.S. Constitution and sent them to the states for ratification. This is also the birthday of Will Smith (born 1968), best known for his roles in I Am Legen…
    - 3 days ago 25 Sep 21, 7:04am -
  • Consider Where We Are – Part 1, by APD-4
    Consider where we are, in our nation’s history. We are no longer at a crossroads as a nation. We are in decline as a nation and society. This can seem a blunt assessment, but it needs to be said and understood if anyone is to successfully prepare f…
    - 3 days ago 25 Sep 21, 7:03am -

SHTF Plan

More Than Just Surviving

  • 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 -
  • Buy It Once: Everyday Carry Tools I’ve Bought to Last Me a Lifetime
    Like many of you, I got into this EDC obsessed lifestyle as a kid. I have always had an affinity for tools that serve a singular purpose, but have almost perverse levels of technology thrown into them. A knife is just a sharpened piece of steel…
    - 26 Jun 18, 3:08pm -
  • Now the UK is Banning Online Knife Sales – Here We Go Again
    It’s not enough for Canada to go off the deep end, the UK has to follow in suit. After all, it has to keep its edge in the battle for the most ridiculous ban legislation. In its latest bout of scheduled lunacy, our elected overlords passed a…
    - 14 May 18, 1:12pm -

Blue Collar Prepping

  • newPrepper's Pantry: Pickling
    I’ve mentioned pickling in earlier posts, such as the ones on vinegarand canning, so it seems appropriate to go into more detail about the supplies and techniques to create these tasty treats at home.Pickled vegetables can be made in a variety of w…
    - 11 hours ago 27 Sep 21, 10:42pm -
  • Harvest Season
    Yesterday was the first full day of autumn, so we have a couple of months before winter sets in. Autumn around here is the busy season; farmers still have plenty of time to plant crops, but they race the snow to get them harvested. Most of the grower…
    - 4 days ago 24 Sep 21, 9:09pm -
  • Getting Home And More
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.A few weeks ago I wrote about several books I share with people who ask serious questions, and a friend asked about Get Home Bag…
    - 6 days ago 22 Sep 21, 5:40pm -
  • Erin's New GHB, part 5: First Out of the Main
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.Since other, smaller pockets have been more than enough to take up an entire blog post, I knew I wouldn't be able to fit the entire Main Pocket into a single article. Instead I'm go…
    - 6 days ago 22 Sep 21, 1:02am -
  • Cartridge Conversion
    Returning to my series on reloading, another concept in this area is modifying one cartridge case into another chambering, perhaps even a brand new one.If the result is a brand new case design, it’s called wildcatting. Many commercial cartridges we…
    - 8 days ago 20 Sep 21, 6:36pm -
  • Circular Storms
    Erin lives in hurricane territory and I live in tornado country. Both are destructive weather events, but they differ in several aspects while sharing a few others.HurricanesHurricanes generally emerge from the Atlantic Ocean (they're called typhoons…
    - 10 days ago 18 Sep 21, 3:00am -
  • An Oldie But Still Goodie
    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 been cleaning out my gear from the places I used to store everything, and I discovered what I think is my very first piece…
    - 11 days ago 17 Sep 21, 3:00am -
  • Companion Gardening: the Three Sisters System
    As we head into fall and the harvest season, now is a good time to start planning our gardens for next year. These plans can include: Clearing more ground for plantingPrepping existing beds for winterAdding slow fertilizing agents such as manure or l…
    - 14 days ago 14 Sep 21, 9:03pm -
  • Erin's New GHB, part 4: the Shelter Pocket
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.So after a trilogy of posts about charcoal, let's return to talking about my new Get Home Bag and how I've probably overpacked it.The Shelter Pocket is to the rear of the main pocke…
    - 15 days ago 13 Sep 21, 8:43pm -
  • Defensive Driving
    I received my first driver's license a long time ago. (No, we weren't taught how to drive on dinosaurs, but they were still in some of the older books.  David Blackard might remember them, though). The year after getting my license I worked a job th…
    - 18 days ago 10 Sep 21, 8:38pm -
  • Where To Start?
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping. Word is out around work that I write for a  prepping blog. Thankfully, only one person has asked the obvious and clichéd p…
    - 18 days ago 10 Sep 21, 12:26am -
  • Odor Removal
    One of the constants goals of civilization seems to be making bad smells go away. Whether through soap, perfume, or deodorant, we regularly try to make things smell better. This can be a more significant issue with long term storage of fabrics; to th…
    - 21 days ago 7 Sep 21, 9:43pm -
  • Activating Charcoal
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.You've made charcoal. But how do you activate it Before we go into that, a few disclaimers:Store-bought activated charcoal will always be superior to home made. This is because you…
    - 21 days ago 7 Sep 21, 12:18am -
  • Witness Marks
    I asked a question on MeWe the other day and received a response that mentioned witness marks. To be honest, this topic is something that I learned as a child, had reinforced in the Army, and now I do without thinking about it.Witness marks are any k…
    - 25 days ago 3 Sep 21, 7:08pm -
  • How To Keep Cooking Without Power
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.A friend asked me for ideas on how to cook in the off chance we have a really long power outage. The follow-up question on how t…
    - 26 days ago 2 Sep 21, 8:47pm -
  • Making Charcoal
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.Charcoal has many useful applications: as a fuel source, as a filtration medium, and as a toxin neutralizer. Therefore it behooves a prepper to know how to make it themselves. Sel…
    - 27 days ago 1 Sep 21, 1:33am -
  • Depression
    As the title implies, this article is going to be more serious than what I usually post. I’ve struggled with depression most of my life. By the time I was 18 I’d gotten through almost a decade of therapy, which helped quite a bit and taught me so…
    - 28 days ago 31 Aug 21, 3:44am -
  • Freebies
    Electricity is such a major factor of our modern lives that we take it for granted until it's not there. With the nasty heat that most of us dealt with this summer, electrical supplies in a lot of areas were strained; some even broke when the demand…
    - 32 days ago 27 Aug 21, 4:34pm -
  • August Roundup
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping. This is another in a collection of posts where I have topics that by themselves don't make a stand-alone article.Safety of Per…
    - 33 days ago 26 Aug 21, 8:22pm -
  • Rice, Rice, Baby
    Rice is one of, if not the most, popular cereal grains in the world. The majority of rice sold in the United States is long grain white rice, though brown rice has become more popular over the past decade or so.The difference between the two types of…
    - 35 days ago 24 Aug 21, 8:41pm -
  • Activated Charcoal
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.Before I tell you about activated charcoal, I need to explain the difference between absorption and adsorption. Absorption is when a fluid is taken into the volume of something, li…
    - 35 days ago 24 Aug 21, 12:31am -
  • Heat and the Buddy System
    It's always a good idea to have a helper. They often go by different names (teammate, co-worker, significant other, partner, crew member, or friend), but they're there to watch out for you and share the work. The first part, watching out for you, is…
    - 39 days ago 19 Aug 21, 10:50pm -
  • More Fire Planning
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.The weather patterns changed last week, but they still aren't good for lowering the risk of nearby fires.Getting ReadyBecause he…
    - 41 days ago 18 Aug 21, 8:22pm -
  • Chamber Casting
    The purpose of making a chamber casting is to get the internal dimensions and learn information about a firearm chamber. This information includes: Does the chamber have any damage or excessive wear that might cause function and reliability issues?W…
    - 42 days ago 17 Aug 21, 7:43pm -
  • Erin's New GHB, part 3: Food & Water Pouches
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission. No, not pouches of food and water, but quick access pouches for food and water. You'll see the difference in a moment.Water PouchThe water pouch is on the right side of my pack.…
    - 42 days ago 16 Aug 21, 11:10pm -

Survival Medicine

  • Survival Medicine Podcast: Hemostatic Dressings
    Survival Medicine Podcast: Hemostatic DressingsThe control of major hemorrhage (called “hemostasis”) is the territory of paramedics and trauma surgeon in normal times. In survival scenarios, however, the family medic is unlikely to be either of t…
    - 4 days ago 24 Sep 21, 3:15pm -
  • What Is Nipah Virus (NiV)?
    What Is Nipah Virus (NiV)?In the midst of a worldwide pandemic, the last thing you want to hear about is another virus with pandemic potential. Yet, an outbreak of one has appeared in India. It’s called the Nipah virus (NiV). Before you sound the a…
    - 9 days ago 19 Sep 21, 3:12pm -
  • Survival Gardening: Sweet Potatoes
    Survival Gardening: Sweet PotatoesYou might not know that both Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy graduated from the state of Florida’s Master Gardener program. The family medic can benefit from some experience growing food crops to provide the calories, esse…
    - 15 days ago 13 Sep 21, 5:42am -
  • Survival Medicine Podcast: Nuclear Events/Radiation
    Survival Medicine Podcast: Nuclear Events/RadiationFor the survival medic, increasing international tensions means that knowledge about nuclear events and the physical damage associated with them is a worthwhile topic to know about. Short of an aster…
    - 16 days ago 12 Sep 21, 7:47pm -
  • Mass Casualty Incidents
    Mass Casualty IncidentsOn the anniversary of 9/11, it only seems appropriate to discuss what you would do if confronted with more victims of traumatic injury than you can handle. This can happen anywhere, anytime, and in normal times or times of trou…
    - 17 days ago 11 Sep 21, 2:42pm -
  • Survival Medicine Video Podcast #7
    Survival Medicine Video Podcast #7This video version of the Survival Medicine Podcast cover anxiety, depression, PTSD, and other issues that will confront the medic in times of trouble as well as “good” times…. To watch, click below… .Wishing…
    - 22 days ago 6 Sep 21, 4:35pm -
  • Proper Storage Of Survival Meds
    Proper Storage Of Survival MedsBeing prepared for disasters means storing food, but it also means putting together a stockpile of medical supplies. While bandages and instruments may keep acceptably in a variety of environments, medications are anoth…
    - 27 days ago 1 Sep 21, 5:26pm -
  • Video: Unboxing The 4th Edition
    Video: Unboxing The 4th EditionVideo: Unboxing The 4th Edition A strange package arrived at our house yesterday, which prompted ol’ Dr. Bones to get out the stethoscope (might be a bomb, you never know) and perform a delivery. Imagine his and Nurse…
    - 30 days ago 29 Aug 21, 2:54pm -
  • Video: The 4TH EDITION
    Video: The 4TH EDITIONLet me ask you a question: Would you be prepared to keep you family healthy if a disaster took away everything we take for granted? Could you be an effective medic when hospitals are overcrowded and the ambulance is heading in t…
    - 33 days ago 26 Aug 21, 1:14pm -
  • The Survival Medicine Handbook’s 4TH EDITION
    The Survival Medicine Handbook’s 4TH EDITIONWe’re pleased to announce the publication of the brand new and greatly expanded 4th Edition of The Survival Medicine Handbook on Amazon! After an entire year of putting it together, we believe the new v…
    - 34 days ago 25 Aug 21, 2:07pm -