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  • newPreparedness Notes for Tuesday — October 4, 2022
    October 4, 1923 was the birthday of the late Charlton Heston, who was born John Charles Carter. He died April 5, 2008. He is often remembered for movies like Ben Hur, The Ten Commandments, Soylent Green, The Planet of the Apes, and the survivalist cl…
    - 12 hours ago 4 Oct 22, 7:04am -
  • newSeptember 2022 in Precious Metals, by Steven Cochran
    Welcome to SurvivalBlog’s Precious Metals Month in Review, where we take a look at “the month that was” in precious metals. Each month, we cover gold’s performance, and the factors that affected gold prices. This is an abbreviated Month in Pr…
    - 12 hours ago 4 Oct 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…
    - 12 hours ago 4 Oct 22, 7:02am -
  • newThe Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.” – George OrwellThe post The Editors’ Quote of the Day: appeared first on SurvivalBlog.com.
    - 12 hours ago 4 Oct 22, 7:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Monday — October 3, 2022
    The Maltese Falcon, John Huston’s adaptation of Dashiell Hammett’s famed 1930 novel, had its world premiere on October 3, 1941. It starred Humphrey Bogart. It is considered the greatest detective movie ever made. — Two alerts from Spaceweather.…
    - 1 day ago 3 Oct 22, 7:07am -
  • Writing Contest Prize Winners Announced — Round 102
    We’ve completed the judging for Round 102 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The prize winners are: First Prize: First prize is awarded to Always Learning, for Fire Preparedness and Firefighting – Part 1 and Part 2, which was posted…
    - 1 day ago 3 Oct 22, 7:05am -
  • Rock River Arms All Terrain Hunter, by Thomas Christianson
    The Rock River Arms All Terrain Hunter (ATH) is an AR-platform rifle optimized for hunting. It is attractively styled and beautifully machined. I found it to be accurate and reliable in my testing, and was especially impressed with the outstanding tr…
    - 1 day ago 3 Oct 22, 7:04am -
  • Recipe of the Week: John’s Perfect Pizza Burgers
    The following simple recipe for Perfect Pizza Burgers comes to us from SurvivalBlog reader John M.. John says:  “This is a chef’s surprise dinner that most folks have never tried. Be advised that you should make a bunch of these burgers, because…
    - 1 day ago 3 Oct 22, 7:03am -
  • 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…
    - 1 day ago 3 Oct 22, 7:02am -
  • The Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “No man escapes When freedom fails, The best men rot in filthy jails; And they who cried: ‘Appease, Appease!’ Are hanged by men they tried to please.” – Attorney Hiram Mann, 28 March, 1947, Wall Street Journal, Letters to the Editor.The po…
    - 1 day ago 3 Oct 22, 7:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Sunday — October 2, 2022
    On October 2, 2002, the Beltway sniper attacks began. This was a series of coordinated sniper attacks in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. The attacks lasted three weeks and resulted in the killing of 10 people. — October 3rd is also the an…
    - 2 days ago 2 Oct 22, 7:05am -
  • Revisiting The “Worst Case” Retreat Potential for Northeastern States
    I have had a couple of consulting clients contact me since July, both asking me for advice on potential retreat locales that are fairly close to Northeastern cities.  My replies to them were fairly pointed and terse: There are simply no viable retre…
    - 2 days ago 2 Oct 22, 7:03am -
  • JWR’s Meme Of The Week:
    The latest meme created by JWR: To share this, you can find it here: Meme Text: Dear Mr. Tyrant: You Will Soon Discover… Just How Quickly You Can Lose A War When You Push A Family Man That Just Wants To Be Left AloneThe post JWR’s Meme Of The We…
    - 2 days ago 2 Oct 22, 7:02am -
  • The Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “Now when he had ended all his sayings in the audience of the people, he entered into Capernaum. And a certain centurion’s servant, who was dear unto him, was sick, and ready to die. And when he heard of Jesus, he sent unto him the elders of the…
    - 2 days ago 2 Oct 22, 7:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Saturday — October 1, 2022
    The Republic of Palau officially became an independent sovereign state on October 1, 1994. — We are seeking entries for Round 103 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. That two-month round starts today.  More than $750,000 worth of priz…
    - 3 days ago 1 Oct 22, 7:05am -

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

  • Prepper’s Pantry: Garlic
    Garlic is one of the staples of life, akin to water or oxygen... or at least it is to some of us. A member of the allium genus along with onions, shallots, leeks, and chives, garlic has been used as a food seasoning and folk medicine for thousands of…
    - 7 days ago 28 Sep 22, 2:18am -
  • Guest Post: Fire Preparedness Aboard Ship
     by Sean SmockSean is a member of our Facebook Group. This is his first post for us.Let us consider the concern of fire while aboard a ship. We’re going to ignore anything with a professional crew, who have people trained in damage control and fi…
    - 10 days ago 24 Sep 22, 7:07pm -
  • Long Distance Travel Planning
    My wife and I just returned from a long, out-of-town trip to a place I dislike and for reasons that were unpleasant. Nevertheless, it was a journey that had to be made.This made me consider how my wife and I prepare for long trips in the car. We have…
    - 14 days ago 21 Sep 22, 12:37am -
  • Guest Post: the Presto Precise
    by George GrootGeorge is a member of our Facebook Group and has written for us before. The Presto Precise 10-Quart Multi-use Programmable Pressure Cooker Plus is probably not what you consider a “blue collar prepping” device at $130, we are…
    - 19 days ago 16 Sep 22, 2:47am -
  • "It's just a scratch. Why the big deal about cleaning it?"
    Because not cleaning it might lead to a real problem, up to and including death.This is a tale about cellulitis infection. It's caused by common bacteria that are harmless unless they can get into your body, and all it takes for that to happen is a l…
    - 21 days ago 14 Sep 22, 1:46am -
  • Prepper's Armory: Cleaning Long Guns
    Last week was pistols; now we finish this series with cleaning long guns.RiflesRifles have more variety than handguns due to their many different types, so this section will be bit more general, but I’ll add a few asides for specific actions or com…
    - 27 days ago 7 Sep 22, 11:30pm -
  • Odds and Sods
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.David Blackard calls these "Buffet Posts": articles which are just collections of topics that by themselves aren't enough to warrant a full post. Throw enough of them together and w…
    - 30 days ago 5 Sep 22, 3:08am -
  • Prepper's Armory: Cleaning Handguns
    Now that we have the tools and the solvents & lubricants needed to clean a firearm, let's discuss the actual cleaning procedure. This week is handguns.The first step is making sure it's clear of ammunition. Always unload and make safe a firearm befo…
    - 35 days ago 30 Aug 22, 11:25pm -
  • Prepper's Armory: Firearm Cleaning Chemicals
    Solvents and lubricants are another area that can cause information overload. Everyone has their favorite, as well as a product they dislike for whatever reason. Among the commercial solvents I’ve used are Ballistol, LSA, CLP, Frog Lube, Hoppe's N…
    - 42 days ago 23 Aug 22, 7:41pm -
  • Which Way is the Wind Blowing?
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping. Summer is ending, schools are opening in many places, and before you know it Halloween decorations will be on display. With…
    - 44 days ago 22 Aug 22, 1:18am -
  • Bug Out Foot Care
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.Ever since adolescence I've had an annoying tendency to roll my ankle, and recently my right big toe has been acting in an uncomfortable bunion-like manner. While painful, neither o…
    - 47 days ago 19 Aug 22, 12:58am -
  • Prepper's Armory: Firearm Cleaning Equipment
    The number one cause of firearms malfunctions is, by far, a poorly maintained gun. Properly cleaned and lubricated firearms generally operate more reliably and last longer than ones that aren’t.I’m sure many of our readers, especially those with…
    - 49 days ago 17 Aug 22, 1:40am -
  • Portable Car Jump Starter
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.Last week I mentioned that I wasn't worried about my LED road flares losing a charge because I have a 20,000 mAh power bank in my car designed to jump start a dead automobile batter…
    - 53 days ago 12 Aug 22, 9:34pm -
  • Weed 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…
    - 56 days 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…
    - 61 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…
    - 63 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…
    - 65 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…
    - 67 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.…
    - 70 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…
    - 72 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…
    - 78 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…
    - 78 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…
    - 87 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…
    - 91 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…
    - 92 days ago 5 Jul 22, 3:09am -

Survival Medicine

  • Noroviruses
    NorovirusesMany of us have heard of the “stomach flu” but not the actual virus that causes it: Norovirus. Norovirus has been in the news lately when a long-term outbreak occurred among more than 220 rafters and hikers in the Grand Canyon National…
    - 3 days ago 1 Oct 22, 7:50pm -
  • Video: Multiple Casualty Kits with Nurse Amy
    Video: Multiple Casualty Kits with Nurse AmyIn an active shooter or similar event in a workplace, church, or other location, you may need more supplies than is usually available for emergencies involving one victim. Nurse Amy takes center stage in th…
    - 6 days ago 28 Sep 22, 5:20pm -
  • Hurricane Ian: Just When You Thought…
    Hurricane Ian: Just When You Thought…Just when you thought we might get away without a serious hurricane, here comes Ian. Hurricane Ian is barreling down like a juggernaut in the direction of Florida, and they’re expecting a lot of wind, rain, an…
    - 7 days ago 27 Sep 22, 7:48pm -
  • Video: Questions To Ask Your Doctor
    Video: Questions To Ask Your DoctorDoctor visits can be stressful, and you’ll often be asked to take this medicine or that test or undergo that procedure. For various reasons, patients seem to be reluctant to ask medical professionals important que…
    - 8 days ago 26 Sep 22, 3:12pm -
  • Survival Medicine Podcast: Wound Care, Debridement, More
    Survival Medicine Podcast: Wound Care, Debridement, MoreIn normal times, once you have stopped the bleeding and applied a splint or dressing, the emergency is “over.” You sit and wait for an ambulance or rescue helicopter to arrive and your part…
    - 11 days ago 23 Sep 22, 7:59pm -
  • Self-Reliance Experience, Knoxville
    Self-Reliance Experience, KnoxvilleNurse Amy and I would like to announce that we’ll be giving a free lecture, exhibiting medical kits, and conducting a small hands-on suture/staple/wound care class in Knoxville, TN at the Self-Reliance Experience…
    - 12 days ago 22 Sep 22, 5:36pm -
  • Enterovirus D68: 2022
    Enterovirus D68: 2022Sometimes, I receive notifications from health authorities that cause me to take particular notice. Recently, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued an advisory to health care providers about a viral infec…
    - 15 days ago 19 Sep 22, 3:19pm -
  • Questions You Should Ask Your Doctor
    Questions You Should Ask Your DoctorI often get questions from people who ask: “I take this medicine or that medicine for this health problem. What do I do if there’s an emergency?” I usually start off by saying: Well, what did your doctor say?…
    - 20 days ago 14 Sep 22, 4:10pm -
  • Video: Multi-Person Trauma Kit
    Video: Multi-Person Trauma KitWe sometimes get requests from schools, churches, and workplaces for kits meant to stop bleeding in mass casualty events (such as, say, an active shooter or industrial mishap). In these circumstances, even a quality kit…
    - 24 days ago 10 Sep 22, 12:06pm -
  • Burns, Part 3: Smoke Inhalation
    Burns, Part 3: Smoke InhalationIn this article, I’d like to discuss the effects of inhaling smoke caused by fires. Smoke inhalation involves the breathing in of toxic gases and particulate matter, causing emergency respiratory distress or even lung…
    - 25 days ago 9 Sep 22, 3:46pm -