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  • newPreparedness Notes for Sunday — May 16, 2021
    On this day in 1868, the U.S. Senate votes against impeaching President Andrew Johnson and acquits him of committing “high crimes and misdemeanors.” In February 1868, the House of Representatives charged Johnson with 11 articles of impeachment fo…
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  • newThe Honeypot Survivalist, by Gnorizon
    Surviving virtually any event largely comes down to resource availability, planning, groups and perhaps most critically thinking. Thinking is the one innate ability that separates humanity from the wild and, arguably, from other humans unable or unwi…
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  • newThe Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens; A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not…
    - 1 hour ago 16 May 21, 7:01am -
  • newJWR’s Meme Of The Week:
    The latest meme created by JWR: To share this, you can find it here: https://kapwi.ng/c/klWFROtY Meme Text: In 2019, A Great Trade Was Buying Stock in Tik-Tok In 2021, A Great Trade is Swapping .22 LR for 2″ x4″ StudsThe post JWR’s Meme Of The…
    - 1 hour ago 16 May 21, 7:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Saturday — May 15, 2021
    Today is the birthday of Evelyn Ernest Owen (15 May 1915 – 1 April 1949) an Australian who developed the Owen submachine gun which was used by the Australian Army in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. On May 15th, 1942, gasoline rat…
    - 1 day ago 15 May 21, 7:04am -
  • Durable Trades: A Book Review by T.M. in Arkansas
    If you are looking for a change of career you will find this book of interest, especially if you are migrating from a city. There are plenty of good ways to support you, your family, and fulfill you personal work satisfaction. Durable Trades: Family-…
    - 1 day ago 15 May 21, 7:03am -
  • Editors’ 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…
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  • The Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “And it came to pass, when all the people were clean passed over Jordan, that the Lord spake unto Joshua, saying, Take you twelve men out of the people, out of every tribe a man, And command ye them, saying, Take you hence out of the midst of Jorda…
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  • Preparedness Notes for Friday — May 14, 2021
    On May 14th, 1948, in Tel Aviv, Jewish Agency Chairman David Ben-Gurion proclaimed the State of Israel, reestablishing the Jewish state after 2000 years. In an afternoon ceremony at the Tel Aviv Art Museum, Ben-Gurion pronounced the words “We hereb…
    - 2 days ago 14 May 21, 7:07am -
  • Growing Your Own Food in the Inland Northwest – Part 4, by D.F.
    (Continued from Part 3. This concludes the article.) Harvesting I have tried several contrivances for hand harvesting grain or lentils etc., but each time I have been disappointed. Inevitably I have resorted to pulling a clean plastic garbage can beh…
    - 2 days ago 14 May 21, 7:04am -
  • 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 14 May 21, 7:02am -
  • The Editors’ Quote of the Day:

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  • Preparedness Notes for Thursday — May 13, 2021
    May 13th is the birthday of firearms engineer Theodor Koch (born 1905, died 1976.) Koch, along with Edmund Heckler and Alex Seidel salvaged tooling from the bombed-out Mauser factory at Oberndorf, and with it founded Heckler und Koch. — SurvivalBlo…
    - 3 days ago 13 May 21, 7:06am -
  • Growing Your Own Food in The Inland Northwest – Part 3, by D.F.
    (Continued from Part 2.) Little marvel peas were the usual variety planted for shelling. They also had a bad year in 2020 for some unknown reason. Some of my dry field peas were picked while green and shelled to substitute for this bad year. They are…
    - 3 days ago 13 May 21, 7:04am -
  • 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 13 May 21, 7:02am -

SHTF Plan

More Than Just Surviving

  • 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 -
  • Gerber MP600 Multi-Plier Bladeless Needle Nose Multitool Review
    Reviewing Leatherman-style multi-tools is always a tricky proposition. They are essentially pliers with extra tools tacked on as an afterthought and in the case of the Gerber MP600, I found myself struggling with the performance of the pliers (…
    - 11 Apr 18, 11:42am -

Blue Collar Prepping

  • Random Knotty-ness
    Before there was paracord, the prepper's cordage of choice, there was something even more versatile and a lot easier to find in rural areas: baling twine and wire. These have been staples of farm ingenuity for a long time, and so their uses are impos…
    - 2 days ago 14 May 21, 2:01am -
  • Prudent Prepping: Quick Hits
    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 going to be a bit short, due to Life and Obligations taking up my extra time. Tourniquet Information, part The LatestIn…
    - 3 days ago 12 May 21, 10:13pm -
  • Bullet Casting 102: Rendering
    Now that we have our raw materials, we can’t just melt it and start casting bullets; our lead supply contains many impurities we need to clean out first. While some people refer to this step as smelting, it’s more properly termed rendering.Safety…
    - 6 days ago 10 May 21, 7:40pm -
  • Staging a CAT Tourniquet
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.David talked about the importance of having an authentic CAT tourniquet. I have a follow-up to that post, and it's one of the laziest posts I've made in that it's just a video, but…
    - 7 days ago 8 May 21, 10:00pm -
  • The Chlorine Shortage
    Clean water is essential for life. Chlorine is one of the easiest and most common ways to disinfect (kill microbes) water, and has been covered several times here and on other blogs. I even showed the basics for making your own chlorine bleach, and t…
    - 9 days ago 7 May 21, 7:56pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: TQ, or Not TQ
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping. I carry at least one tourniquet in various bags and first aid kits, and with a second set of bags to fill, I ordered two more…
    - 9 days ago 6 May 21, 10:04pm -
  • Bullet Casting 101: Alloys
    Back in 2015, Ray Davies wrote an excellent guest post on the basics of bullet casting. Since it’s been a while, I’d like to review this topic and go into more detail. While detail-oriented, bullet casting isn’t especially complicated, or at…
    - 11 days ago 4 May 21, 10:09pm -
  • The Millbank Bag
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.Have you heard of a Millbank Bag? I certainly hadn't until last week; I believe they're more prevalent in the UK than over here, as they were originally  developed at the Royal Arm…
    - 15 days ago 30 Apr 21, 11:49pm -
  • Doxxing Prep
    Doxxing, or "dropping docs", is a fairly new threat, which started to become common in the 1990s and has evolved into an everyday occurrence today. Put simply, doxxing is digging up and releasing private information on a person as a form of threat, p…
    - 17 days ago 29 Apr 21, 6:53pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: Take Care
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.It has been an interesting two weeks. As the Chinese proverb/curse says, "May you live in interesting times." First Things Fir…
    - 18 days ago 28 Apr 21, 5:52pm -
  • The Humble Air Fryer
    There are many tools that can make our lives easier in all sorts of ways and places, such as in the kitchen. For example, a good quality and well-sharpened knife makes food preparation considerably easier. In this post I’m going to talk about one o…
    - 19 days ago 26 Apr 21, 8:31pm -
  • Turn Your Hydration Bladder Into an Eye Wash
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.Last week I mentioned that an eye wash adapter could be modified to work on a hydration bladder.This week I'm going to show you how and give you a shopping list. If you've followed…
    - 22 days ago 23 Apr 21, 9:11pm -
  • Cultural Growth
    No, I'm not talking about attending an opera or going to an art exhibit, nor were Petri dishes involved. I'm thinking more about food; there are many ways to grow food, and they break down into a few different “cultures”.AgricultureMost definitio…
    - 23 days ago 23 Apr 21, 12:39am -
  • Hasta La Proxima
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    - 25 days ago 21 Apr 21, 3:44am -
  • North American Rescue M-FAK
    Thanks to Erin, David and several other members of the Blue Collar Prepping crew, I finally got off my butt and did something I've been meaning to do for quite a while and picked up a tourniquet. Actually, that’s incomplete; what I picked up is a…
    - 27 days ago 19 Apr 21, 5:00pm -
  • Eye Washing Made Easy
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.As a follow-up to the post Chaplain Tim made yesterday about the importance of being able to wash irritants out of your eyes, here is a handy little device that belongs in every pre…
    - 29 days ago 17 Apr 21, 3:00am -
  • Eye Washing
    We've mentioned eye washing a few times over the years; the most recent one I found in a quick search (use the search box in the upper left corner) was almost 5 years ago. Bottles of commercially available eyewash aren't very expensive, and in my opi…
    - 31 days ago 15 Apr 21, 6:40pm -
  • David Blackard's Father Has Passed
    Hello, Blue Collar Prepping readers. David's father passed away on Sunday. Here is the message from David's sister:  Hi family and friends;Last night our dad passed away peacefully at 91 years. He led a full life and taught us so much. Please keep…
    - 31 days ago 15 Apr 21, 1:33am -
  • Slow Matches
    The slow match/lighter shows in this video can be bought on Amazon.  Lokidude
    - 32 days ago 14 Apr 21, 2:56am -
  • Sausage Fest
    “Laws, like sausages, cease to inspire respect in proportion as we know how they are made.” -- John Godfrey Saxe, 1869 Sausage is one of humanity's oldest prepared foods and when made properly can potentially be stored without refrigeration fo…
    - 33 days ago 12 Apr 21, 8:56pm -
  • Dementia & Elderly Care
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.This one's going to be a ramble, because my post is less a case of "Here's what you need to do" and more like "This is what I've learned through experience."To give you a brief idea…
    - 36 days ago 10 Apr 21, 6:28pm -
  • Fire Season
    Winter is over, spring has begun, and fire season is upon us. While the wildfires and forest fires that plague California get the most coverage in the media, most of the US is susceptible to brush fires that can destroy homes and property. The scale…
    - 38 days ago 8 Apr 21, 7:37pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: When The Shoe Fits
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping. Well, well! Another item has been checked off my prepping wish list for my friend, Purple Pack Lady. We were looking for a j…
    - 38 days ago 8 Apr 21, 3:45am -
  • What is a Core Charge?
    I was shopping online for parts for my car this week, and underneath the price of the part was a "core charge" price. My brake calipers were only going to cost me $62 per side, so what was this other $60 tacked on to each of them? If you didn't know…
    - 39 days ago 7 Apr 21, 1:51am -
  • Pocket Survival Kit
    There have been numerous articles on Bug Out (BOB), Get Home (GHB), and I’m Never Coming Home (INCH) bags, as well as various belt pouch survival kits. All of these have important places in a survival situation and I’m in no way discounting them.…
    - 40 days ago 5 Apr 21, 11:02pm -

Survival Medicine

  • Ticks
    TicksIt’s the time of year when, whether you’re a hiker, camper, or survivalist, you’ll be spending more time in the Great Outdoors.  During your off-grid adventures, you’ll be exposed to all sorts of critters that want a piece of you. In th…
    - 5 days ago 11 May 21, 5:55pm -
  • Nursing Care Off The Grid
    Nursing Care Off The GridProviding emergency care for an injury or other medical issue is important. In normal times, it’s the most that’s expected of the average citizen. More than that, and you’re expected to pass the sick or injured along to…
    - 5 days ago 10 May 21, 9:20pm -
  • The 4th “R”
    The 4th “R”When you go to school you learn the three “R”s: Reading’, ‘Riting’, ‘Rithmetic. That’s all well and good, but in these days of school shootings and civil unrest, it might be time to add to the curriculum a fourth “R“:…
    - 9 days ago 6 May 21, 8:55pm -
  • Tendinitis In Austere Settings
    Tendinitis In Austere SettingsThe average person imposes daily demands on muscles and joints, which can only be increased in survival scenarios. We’ve discussed sprains and strains, but have rarely mentioned tendons. Tendons are thick fibrous cords…
    - 16 days ago 30 Apr 21, 7:50pm -
  • Appendicitis
    AppendicitisAppendicitis Off The Grid After a disaster or at a remote homestead, the medic may not have ready access to modern medical technology. As such, many conditions that are commonly identified with ultrasounds or CAT scans may be more challen…
    - 23 days ago 22 Apr 21, 11:07pm -
  • Poison Ivy, Oak, And Sumac
    Poison Ivy, Oak, And SumacA common form of contact dermatitis the medic will see in survival scenarios will be related to contact with natural irritants that exist in some plants. In an extended disaster scenario, you’ll spend a lot more time expos…
    - 35 days ago 11 Apr 21, 4:28pm -
  • Survival Medicine Podcast: Tornadoes!
    Survival Medicine Podcast: Tornadoes!Six people are dead in the South after at least 23 tornadoes tore through Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia last week. The damage in places like Coweta County is Georgia, well, it looks like a bomb went off there.…
    - 39 days ago 7 Apr 21, 8:00pm -
  • Flood!
    Flood!Flooding is one of the most common natural disasters affecting U.S. citizens. Flood are overflows of water that submerge land which is normally dry. Some floods develop over time, while others can become dangerous very quickly and affect areas…
    - 43 days ago 3 Apr 21, 2:31pm -
  • Active Shooters In The New Normal
    Active Shooters In The New NormalOn March 23rd, 2021, a man thought to be mentally disturbed entered a Boulder, Colorado grocery store and began a shooting rampage. 21-year-old Al Aliwi Alissa, born in Syria but living in the United States since the…
    - 52 days ago 25 Mar 21, 4:59pm -
  • Video Podcast: Thyroid Issues
    Video Podcast: Thyroid IssuesIn this video version of the Survival Medicine podcast, Joe Alton MD and Amy Alton ARNP discuss the importance of the medic in survival settings to know about chronic illnesses, such as thyroid dysfunction. In austere sce…
    - 59 days ago 17 Mar 21, 9:00pm -