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  • newPreparedness Notes for Saturday — July 2, 2022
    On July 2nd, 1937 aviator Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan disappeared over the Pacific Ocean while attempting to make the first round-the-world flight at the equator. — SurvivalBlog Writing Contest Today we present another entry for Round…
    - 22 hours ago 2 Jul 22, 7:04am -
  • newWhere Are Your Red Lines?, by Domesticated Ranger
    Editor’s Introductory Note: The following article is graphic, and not for the squeamish. Some folks should probably skip reading it. — It finally happened. The fecal matter has well and truly impacted the rotating air oscillation device. The Schu…
    - 22 hours ago 2 Jul 22, 7:03am -
  • newEditors’ Prepping Progress
    To be prepared for a crisis, every Prepper must establish goals and make long-term and short-term plans. In this column, the SurvivalBlog editors review their week’s prep activities and planned prep activities for the coming week. These range from…
    - 22 hours ago 2 Jul 22, 7:02am -
  • newThe Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout [all] the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubilee unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his famil…
    - 22 hours ago 2 Jul 22, 7:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Friday — July 1, 2022
    July 1st is the anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War Battle of Gettysburg, in 1863. — We’ve completed our camping trip, so I’ve reactivated the shopping cart system, at Elk Creek Company. Thanks for your patience. — Today’s feature…
    - 2 days ago 1 Jul 22, 7:06am -
  • A Sign For Our Times: “Not Engaged In The Business”
    Bottom Line, Up Front (BLUF): It is time to print a “Not Engaged In The Business” notice to post at your gun show table. Joe Biden has signed a House and Senate-reconciled version of S. 2938, the “Bipartisan Safer Communities Act”. This is th…
    - 2 days ago 1 Jul 22, 7:04am -
  • June 2022 in Precious Metals, by Steven Cochran
    What Did Gold Do in June? Gold prices don’t usually see much activity during the summer months, but there were lots of things pushing and pulling prices in different directions in June. in June. The largest moves happened in the middle of the month…
    - 2 days ago 1 Jul 22, 7:02am -
  • The Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “We are in hot haste to set the world right and to order all affairs; the Lord hath the leisure of conscious power and unerring wisdom, and it will be well for us to learn to wait.” – Charles Haddon SpurgeonThe post The Editors’ Quote of the…
    - 2 days ago 1 Jul 22, 7:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Thursday — June 30, 2022
    June 30th is the anniversary of the tragic death of 19 hotshots in the Yarnell Hill Fire, in 2013. — SurvivalBlog Writing Contest Today we present another entry for Round 101 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The prizes for this roun…
    - 3 days ago 30 Jun 22, 7:04am -
  • Review: GripOX Gloves and WoodOX Sling, by Thomas Christianson
    GripOX gloves are sturdy, comfortable gloves that are well designed for use in processing firewood. The WoodOX sling is an ingenious, ergonomically designed sling for carrying firewood. The Backstory I am pretty hard on gloves, usually wearing out se…
    - 3 days ago 30 Jun 22, 7:03am -
  • The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods
    SurvivalBlog presents another edition of The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods— a collection of news bits and pieces that are relevant to the modern survivalist and prepper from “JWR”. Our goal is to educate our readers, to help them to recognize…
    - 3 days ago 30 Jun 22, 7:02am -
  • The Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “Communism is a monopolistic system, economically and politically. The system suppresses individual initiative, and the 21st century is all about individualism and freedom. The development of technology supported these directions.” – Lech Wales…
    - 3 days ago 30 Jun 22, 7:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Wednesday — June 29, 2022
    On June 29th, 1941, the Germans invaded and occupied Lvov, Ukraine, slaughtering thousands of people. Russia followed a scorched earth policy as Germany invaded just as they had during Napoleon’s invasion. They burned, destroyed, flooded, dismantle…
    - 4 days ago 29 Jun 22, 7:04am -
  • Gear Review: Klik Belts, by Thomas Christianson
    I recently tested two Klik Belts. One of them is single-ply, and the other one is double-ply. They are both excellent belts that are durable, comfortable, attractive, and do a good job of keeping my pants up. If you need a new belt, it may be worth y…
    - 4 days ago 29 Jun 22, 7:03am -
  • SurvivalBlog Readers’ & Editors’ Snippets
    This weekly column is a collection of short snippets: responses to posted articles, practical self-sufficiency items, how-tos, lessons learned, tips and tricks, and news items — both from readers and from SurvivalBlog’s editors. Note that we may…
    - 4 days ago 29 Jun 22, 7:02am -

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

  • 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…
    - 2 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,…
    - 4 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…
    - 6 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…
    - 7 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…
    - 9 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…
    - 10 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…
    - 17 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…
    - 19 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…
    - 20 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…
    - 22 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…
    - 25 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,"…
    - 27 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…
    - 32 days ago 31 May 22, 9:31pm -
  • Nature Abhors a Vacuum
     Aristotle wrote it down, but others probably noticed it before him: the natural order of things doesn't allow empty spaces to remain empty for very long -- something will fill the void.For preppers, this is a necessary part of our planning. When so…
    - 36 days ago 28 May 22, 1:04am -
  • Metal Finishes Redux
    When my father died I inherited his firearms and related accessories, which included the AR-15 we built together for his use. While I knew my father was a fan of Frog Lube, I didn’t realize he was also of the “If some is good, more is better” s…
    - 39 days ago 25 May 22, 2:13am -
  • Food as Barter
    Growing food is always a good thing: if you grow more than you can eat or store, you can barter or gift the surplus. I've mentioned that when I was growing up my family grew lots of tomatoes, while the neighbor to the north grew sweetcorn along the…
    - 41 days ago 23 May 22, 1:13am -
  • The Future of Blue Collar Prepping
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.Some of you may have noticed that the output of this blog has diminished significantly lately. When once we had five posts a week, we're now lucky to get three of them... and it's a…
    - 44 days ago 20 May 22, 2:58am -
  • Prepper’s Pantry: Beans
    Beans, beansGood for your heartThe more you eatThe more you… One of the longest cultivated foods, beans have been grown and eaten since before humans developed pottery. Beans were placed in the tombs of pharos in ancient Egypt, and beans are still…
    - 45 days ago 18 May 22, 9:56pm -
  • Reloading: Brass Cleaning
    One of the things I mentioned in my reloading overview post was starting with clean cartridge cases. The importance of using clean brass cannot be overstated.When fired, the inside and outside of a cartridge case is covered in gunshot residue (GSR).…
    - 53 days ago 11 May 22, 3:35am -
  • Growing Zones
    Winter is over, so it's time to get into the fields and gardens and start growing things. I've been seeing a lot of interest in growing food as a result of increases in food prices and reductions in availability in stores. The reasons for inflated p…
    - 57 days ago 6 May 22, 11:08pm -
  • Prepper's Pantry: Nuts
    A food item that’s good for long term storage, is energy and nutrition dense, and can be eaten as-is or combined with other ingredients, are nuts and their biological or culinary cousins.From the perspective of science, nuts are considered fruits…
    - 60 days ago 4 May 22, 1:32am -
  • White, Red, Green, Blue
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.A few weeks ago I talked about a head lamp with red and green lights. I thought that now would be a good time to talk about the benefits of each type of light. White LightThis is w…
    - 62 days ago 2 May 22, 2:21am -
  • Is Prepping in the Cards?
    I apologize for the lack of content lately. Life has been kicking me from several directions at once, and my free time to write has been one of the casualties. Most of my online activities were the first things cut in order to make time for more impo…
    - 64 days ago 29 Apr 22, 10:42pm -
  • Vacuum Sealers Suck
    Unlike the ancient techniques of dehydrating or smoking, vacuum sealing is one of our youngest food preservation techniques. As with many newer technologies, this one came out of the industrial boom of World War II. Vacuum sealing as we know it was d…
    - 67 days ago 27 Apr 22, 2:15am -
  • This Is a Post
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.Dear readers, how are you these days?I must confess that for about the past month I have struggled to stay on target. I wouldn't call it depression, exactly (although I suppose it c…
    - 69 days ago 25 Apr 22, 3:07am -

Survival Medicine

  • Survival Medicine Podcast: Anaphylaxis, Lightning, Complementary Medicine
    Survival Medicine Podcast: Anaphylaxis, Lightning, Complementary MedicineWell, it’s summer and a lot of folks are heading out into the great outdoors. In a disaster or any other situation that knocks us off the grid, we’ll be exposed a lot more t…
    - 4 days ago 28 Jun 22, 4:55pm -
  • Video: Eye Trauma Emergencies
    Video: Eye Trauma EmergenciesIn survival settings, it’s important to enforce the use of eye protection when doing at-risk activities. At one point or another, the group medic will be confronted with an eye injury. In this video, Joe Alton MD tells…
    - 6 days ago 26 Jun 22, 6:35pm -
  • Hernias
    HerniasIn off-grid settings, the amount of physical exertion involved in activities of survival can be significant. Bending, lifting, and carrying heavy weights is part and parcel of the daily duties needed to stay alive. Our bodies have muscles and…
    - 9 days ago 23 Jun 22, 9:41pm -
  • Dental Extraction Off The Grid
    Dental Extraction Off The GridIn a survival scenario, the family medic will be called on to care not only for medical issues, but dental as well. Military medics during the Vietnam War reported that they dealt with dental problems almost as often as…
    - 14 days ago 18 Jun 22, 5:55pm -
  • Video: Safe Camping Tips
    Video: Safe Camping TipsIn this video, Dr. Joe Alton notes the ending of the school year and the beginning of summer, marking a great time to teach yourself and your kids self-reliance by camping out. Important tips abound which can help newcomers to…
    - 21 days ago 11 Jun 22, 7:28pm -
  • Survival Medicine Podcast: Chamomile, IV Basics, Rehydration Alternatives
    Survival Medicine Podcast: Chamomile, IV Basics, Rehydration AlternativesToday Nurse Amy and Dr. Bones talk about the health benefits of chamomile.  Yes, a regular MD and nurse practitioner touting the benefits of herbal tea, how about that?  Hey,…
    - 22 days ago 10 Jun 22, 9:03pm -
  • Hypertension Off The Grid
    Hypertension Off The GridMost consider the duties of the off-grid medic to be solely the treatment of injuries and infections. These can occur suddenly and are referred to as “acute” problems. However, more often, group members will have long-sta…
    - 26 days ago 7 Jun 22, 2:22pm -
  • Survival Medicine Podcast: Stab Wounds, Peppermint, Censorship, Leg Cramps
    Survival Medicine Podcast: Stab Wounds, Peppermint, Censorship, Leg CrampsA bill entered in California’s state legislature has gone where President Biden’s “disinformation bureau” couldn’t. Bill AB-2098 gives power to the state’s medical…
    - 32 days ago 31 May 22, 8:55pm -
  • Reading Urine Test Strips
    Reading Urine Test StripsEvery so often, I get a question from a reader, listener, or viewer about what it means when they have their urine checked with a commercially-available “dipstick.” A good amount of information can be gleaned from this si…
    - 34 days ago 30 May 22, 12:18pm -
  • VIDEO: Diabetes, Pt. 3: Off The Grid Options
    VIDEO: Diabetes, Pt. 3: Off The Grid OptionsIn part 3 of this video series on diabetes, Dr. Joe Alton goes outside the conventional wisdom to offer alternative strategies to treat diabetics in situations where there is no existing medical infrastruct…
    - 36 days ago 27 May 22, 5:33pm -