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  • newPreparedness Notes for Wednesday — November 30, 2022
    Satirical novelist Jonathan Swift was born on November 30th, 1667. — SurvivalBlog Writing Contest Today we present the final entry for Round 103 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The prizes for this round include: First Prize: The ph…
    - 2 hours ago 30 Nov 22, 7:04am -
  • newPreparedness Regrets and Priorities, by N.C.
    We all have our own ideas of how much risk we’re running and what type of disaster seems the most likely threat. Your answer to that will depend largely on where you are. Doubtless, my focus would certainly be different if I lived in Germany and it…
    - 2 hours ago 30 Nov 22, 7:03am -
  • newSurvivalBlog 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…
    - 2 hours ago 30 Nov 22, 7:02am -
  • newThe Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “As our own species is in the process of proving, one cannot have superior science and inferior morals. The combination is unstable and self-destroying.” – Arthur C. ClarkeThe post The Editors’ Quote of the Day: appeared first on SurvivalBlo…
    - 2 hours ago 30 Nov 22, 7:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Tuesday — November 29, 2022
    Today is the birthday of writer Clive Staples (“C.S.”) Lewis, who was born in 1898 and died 22 November, 1963. SurvivalBlog Writing Contest Today we present another entry for Round 103 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The prizes f…
    - 1 day ago 29 Nov 22, 7:04am -
  • The Prepper Potential of an Old Cell Phone, by Mr. Zipph
    Over the years, I have read many articles on communications in a grid-down situation. Those articles typically focus on using ham radios or CB radios to communicate with other like-minded folks in a TEOTWAWKI scenario. I have also read articles focus…
    - 1 day ago 29 Nov 22, 7:03am -
  • SurvivalBlog’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…
    - 1 day ago 29 Nov 22, 7:02am -
  • The Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “Little more can reasonably be aimed at, with respect to the people at large, than to have them properly armed and equipped; and in order to see that this be not neglected, it will be necessary to assemble them once or twice in the course of a year…
    - 1 day ago 29 Nov 22, 7:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Monday — November 28, 2022
    On November 28th, 1520, Magellan finally reached the Pacific Ocean after navigating the dangerous straits on the southern tip of South America that now bear his name. He became the first European explorer to reach the Pacific from the Atlantic. — T…
    - 2 days ago 28 Nov 22, 7:05am -
  • Pistol Magazine Loaders — A Must For Some Shooters, by Pat Cascio
    Getting old is no fun! Back in the day, I was able to load any type of magazines, with thumb power only. Sadly, along with old age, comes certain disabilities. To wit: I have terrible osteoarthritis in various parts of my body – not the least is lo…
    - 2 days ago 28 Nov 22, 7:04am -
  • Recipe of the Week: Roasted Squash Seeds
    The following recipe for Roasted Squash Seeds is from SurvivalBlog reader Mrs. Alaska. She writes: “Why throw out the seeds of winter squash like butternut, acorn, spaghetti, and pumpkin?  You can roast them for a tasty seasonal snack. Or you feed…
    - 2 days ago 28 Nov 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…
    - 2 days ago 28 Nov 22, 7:02am -
  • The Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “The Constitution of the United States was made not merely for the generation that then existed, but for posterity- unlimited, undefined, endless, perpetual posterity.” – Henry ClayThe post The Editors’ Quote of the Day: appeared first on Su…
    - 2 days ago 28 Nov 22, 7:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Sunday — November 27, 2022
    Today is the birthday of SurvivalBlog’s Field Gear Editor, Pat Cascio. (Pictured.) He is now home from the hospital. Please pray for full restoration of his health. November 27th is also the birthday of Ludwig Loewe (November 27, 1837 – September…
    - 3 days ago 27 Nov 22, 7:04am -
  • 21st Century Life: Controlling and Redirecting Anger, by SaraSue
    I’m sure quite a lot of us, tens of millions for sure, maybe a couple hundred million, were slapped across the face a little while ago by the highest officeholder in our land. Anyone who disagrees with the gub’mint is a domestic terrorist, appare…
    - 3 days ago 27 Nov 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

  • Finding the Angle
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.Special thanks to George Groot for double-checking my math and helping with clarity. I realized that my previous post referenced using azimuths to find an angle without explicitly…
    - 4 days ago 26 Nov 22, 2:50am -
  • Shooting Azimuths
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.Two years ago, David Blackard wrote a post about how to determine the distance to an object in the field without using a rangefinder. This involved knowing the distance and angle to…
    - 5 days ago 25 Nov 22, 4:49am -
  • Prepper's Pantry: Preserving Herbs and Spices
    Now that harvests are pretty much complete in most of the country, it's time to start preserving our harvests. In previous posts I've talked about the equipment and process of canning, pickling, and a brief overview on spices. Dealing with herbs and…
    - 7 days ago 23 Nov 22, 8:48pm -
  • Cold Frames
    Now that our gardens are at rest for the winter, we have time for additional garden-related projects, such as building some cold frames. These are transparent-topped, low enclosures that are used to protect plants from cold and wet conditions, like m…
    - 15 days ago 15 Nov 22, 6:00pm -
  • CPAP Battery Solutions 2
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.In my previous post on this topic I stated that I was looking for a battery bank that could run my CPAP for as many nights as possible and the ability to recharge via solar panel. I…
    - 16 days ago 14 Nov 22, 4:59am -
  • Prepper's Pantry: Tea
    I recently talked about chocolates, and in my post on nuts I shared a recipe for scones. A regular companion to both of these treats is tea. HistoryComing in second place to clean water, tea is the most commonly drunk beverage in the world. Served…
    - 20 days ago 10 Nov 22, 3:25am -
  • Tool Substitutions
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.One of the "joys" of middle age is a loss of flexibility, strength and resilience, and a corresponding increase in aches, pains, and susceptibility to injury. One of the many ways t…
    - 25 days ago 5 Nov 22, 12:27am -
  • Prepper's Pantry: Chocolate
    Everyone knows about chocolate, one of the most popular edibles in the world. Most people like it, many love it, some can't eat it for health reasons, and a few simply don't enjoy the flavor. As a bonus, by the time this post is published Halloween…
    - 28 days ago 2 Nov 22, 8:46pm -
  • Prepping Lessons from John Titor
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.Some of you may have never heard the name "John Titor"; for others, it's a blast from the past. Regardless of your familiarity with the name, I'd like to beg your indulgence as I ta…
    - 30 days ago 31 Oct 22, 1:09am -
  • Prepper's Armory: Air Guns
    Air guns have a much broader and more interesting history than the .177 and .22 caliber target and pest control arms most people are familiar with today.HistoryThere’s considerable debate about the initial development of the air gun. Many historian…
    - 34 days ago 26 Oct 22, 10:02pm -
  • CPAP Battery Solutions
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.In my last post I talked about wanting to be able to power my CPAP during a sustained power loss of several days. I don't yet have a solution, but enough readers expressed interest…
    - 40 days ago 21 Oct 22, 8:47pm -
  • Putting the Garden to Bed
    Now that mid-October is upon us, most gardeners will be looking to prepare their beds for winter. At this point in time, many areas of the country will have a frost coming soon if it hasn’t already occurred. A hard frost, also called a killing fros…
    - 42 days ago 18 Oct 22, 10:45pm -
  • Prepper's Armory: Shotgun Chokes and Their Use
    Ask, and ye shall receive a discourse on shotgun choke types and uses.While there are a variety of choke types, I'm going to limit this post to the five most common: Cylinder, Improved Cylinder, Modified, Improved Modified, and Full. Each of these ty…
    - 46 days ago 15 Oct 22, 8:41pm -
  • Post-Hurricane Ian Report
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.So it's been a week-plus since Ian hit and things are pretty much back to normal here. This was the first hurricane I've bunkered down for and I found it an excellent learning exper…
    - 49 days ago 12 Oct 22, 9:05pm -
  • Going for Grub(s)
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.Due to circumstances sometimes under my control and other times not, I've been absent from BCP. There are more posts in my notes…
    - 54 days ago 6 Oct 22, 10:06pm -
  • Prepper's Armory: Shotguns
    When it comes to firearms, a very good argument can be made that the ubiquitous shotgun is the most versatile of them all. Whether loaded with lead shot for use on smaller birds, small game, or clay pigeons,  steel shot for waterfowl, buckshot for h…
    - 56 days ago 5 Oct 22, 12:48am -
  • 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…
    - 63 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…
    - 67 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…
    - 70 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…
    - 75 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…
    - 77 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…
    - 83 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…
    - 86 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…
    - 91 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…
    - 99 days ago 23 Aug 22, 7:41pm -

Survival Medicine

  • Survival Medicine Podcast: RSV, Cellulitis, Antibiotics, Cold Water Safety
    People in off-grid settings are often called upon to perform activities to which they’re not accustomed. In daily survival, the inexperienced will suffer mishaps that lead to injury; in situations where sanitation is questionable, these injuries ca…
    - 2 days ago 28 Nov 22, 4:29pm -
  • Cellulitis Off The Grid
    People in off-grid settings are often called upon to perform activities to which they’re not accustomed. In daily survival, the inexperienced will suffer mishaps that lead to injury; in situations where sanitation is questionable, these injuries ca…
    - 4 days ago 26 Nov 22, 6:11pm -
  • The FDA and Veterinary Antibiotics
      Several years ago, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) decided that access to veterinary antibiotics was too easy for the average citizen. They announced that there would be an increased “stewardship” of these drugs (life-savers in survival…
    - 6 days ago 23 Nov 22, 10:58pm -
  • Respiratory Syncytial Virus
    As we enter the winter season, outbreaks of infections like flu, COVID, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) become a concern. In California, all three have come together to make the state a possible site for a triple epidemic, or “tridemic.” So…
    - 10 days ago 20 Nov 22, 1:50am -
  • What You Need To Know About Fentanyl
    This article was first published at americanthinker.com. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has sent out an advisory to the public regarding the opioid crisis, specifically warning of the presence of brightly-colored fentanyl pills in general…
    - 43 days ago 18 Oct 22, 5:57pm -
  • Tetanus
    The destruction caused by hurricane Ian in Florida recently was widespread and devastating. Flood waters teeming with contaminants and debris posed a hazard to all who ventured out after the storm. You can bet that there was a run on tetanus shots af…
    - 48 days ago 13 Oct 22, 5:38pm -
  • Noroviruses
    Many 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 Park from…
    - 60 days ago 1 Oct 22, 7:50pm -
  • Video: Multiple Casualty Kits with Nurse Amy
    In 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 this video to describe items that could save l…
    - 63 days ago 28 Sep 22, 5:20pm -
  • 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, and storm surge. Every year around this t…
    - 64 days ago 27 Sep 22, 7:48pm -
  • Video: Questions To Ask Your Doctor
    Doctor 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 questions regarding their health, even…
    - 65 days ago 26 Sep 22, 3:12pm -