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  • newPreparedness Notes for Friday – November 16, 2018
    November 16th is the birthday of Michael D. Echanis (born 1950, died September, 1978), a former United States Army Special Forces and 75th Ranger Battalion enlisted man. He was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star with “V” device as a LRRP in…
    - 21 hours ago 16 Nov 18, 11:40am -
  • Making The Hard Decisions Somewhat Easier- Part 3, by Old Bobbert
    We are in the midst of the third example in our consideration of making hard decisions whether to go or not go in a crisis situation. I am using scenarios to illustrate the decision processes. Scenario #3: Small Town, Patriotic Family (continued) Thi…
    - 1 day ago 16 Nov 18, 7:04am -
  • Letter: Surviving California’s Fires
    Hugh, I live in a house that has a commanding view of a very large canyon in Southern California. Last Thursday night at 11:20 p.m., I received a mandatory evacuation order on my cell phone and on my TV. I could see the sky lit brightly to the east o…
    - 1 day ago 16 Nov 18, 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. And it bears mention that most of these items ar…
    - 1 day ago 16 Nov 18, 7:02am -
  • The Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “Having over 40% of all the money in the market being managed by computers gives a huge boost to returns during a bull market. But when the selling starts, computers don’t think. Their algorithms will automatically sell and flash crashes will abo…
    - 1 day ago 16 Nov 18, 7:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Thursday – November 15, 2018
    On this day, Charles Dickens published the final installment of A Tale of Two Cities in Dickens’ circular. o o o SurvivalBlog Writing Contest Today features another entry for Round 79 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The nearly $11,…
    - 2 days ago 15 Nov 18, 7:05am -
  • Making The Hard Decisions Somewhat Easier- Part 2, by Old Bobbert
    Okay, we are at the second example in our consideration of making hard decisions whether to go or not go in a crisis situation. I am using scenarios to illustrate the decision processes. This time we will be looking at bugging out from a large, subur…
    - 2 days ago 15 Nov 18, 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 “HJL”. Amazon Echo is at the center of a Murder trial as evidence now…
    - 2 days ago 15 Nov 18, 7:02am -
  • The Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “The corollary, from the first position, is, that ‘the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.’ The prohibition is general. No clause in the Constitution could by any rule of construction be conceived to give to congre…
    - 2 days ago 15 Nov 18, 7:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Wednesday – November 14, 2018
    On November 14th, 1985, the Nevado del Ruiz Volcano erupted in Colombia, killing over 20,000 as nearby towns are buried in mud, ice and lava. Scientist studying the volcano believed an eruption was imminent and had recommended an evacuation of the ar…
    - 3 days ago 14 Nov 18, 7:05am -
  • Making The Hard Decisions Somewhat Easier- Part 1, by Old Bobbert
    Being fully aware of the contest rules concerning fiction, this essay topic has required an ample supply of assumed acceptable standards and examples for one simple over-riding truth– world wide, there is a single commonality factor about everyone…
    - 3 days ago 14 Nov 18, 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. And it bears mention that most of these items ar…
    - 3 days ago 14 Nov 18, 7:03am -
  • JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:
    Here are JWR’s Recommendations of the Week for various media and tools of interest to SurvivalBlog readers. This week the focus is on Replacing Broken Tool Handles. (See the Instructional Videos section.) Books: Winter in the Wilderness: A Field G…
    - 3 days ago 14 Nov 18, 7:02am -
  • The Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “Nothing will ruin the country if the people themselves will undertake its safety; and nothing can save it if they leave that safety in any hands but their own.” – Daniel WebsterThe post The Editors’ Quote of the Day: appeared first on Survi…
    - 3 days ago 14 Nov 18, 7:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Tuesday – November 13, 2018
    Robert Louis Stevenson, author of Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, was born in Scotland on November 13th, 1850.The post Preparedness Notes for Tuesday – November 13, 2018 appeared first on SurvivalBlog.com.
    - 4 days ago 13 Nov 18, 7:05am -

SHTF Plan

More Than Just Surviving

  • 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…
    - 37 days ago 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…
    - 55 days ago 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…
    - 59 days ago 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…
    - 61 days ago 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 -
  • “Hysteria & Hysterical Fits:” First Aid Knowledge & How It Evolves
    I used to publish articles and guides concerning first aid on a semi-regular basis on this blog, but over time, have found it’s become harder and harder for me to do so. There’s been a pretty massive shift in attitude on MTJS with regards…
    - 29 Mar 18, 5:20pm -
  • “Extreme” Weather Conditions: Snowflakes, Hysteria, & the UK
    If you are a Brit, you will undoubtedly be aware that we faced a seemingly apocalyptic event over the past week or so. In case you’re unaware and need to be brought up to speed with regards to the cataclysmic event that struck old Blighty, be…
    - 11 Mar 18, 11:20am -
  • New Knives in 2018? The Knife World’s Changed & Not For the Better
    When Elise and I started MTJS, I began by reviewing my extensive Spyderco collection. Over the years, due to constant bugging by you lot, I started reviewing knives from brands I never really had much interest in. A good example would be Cold S…
    - 19 Feb 18, 4:26pm -
  • We Need to Talk About the Cape Town Drought & Human Stupidity
    As some of you may know, Cape Town is running out of water. The local government has quite literally stated that in less than 100 days, they may have to turn off the taps entirely and water will be rationed out at designated outposts. Here’s…
    - 3 Feb 18, 10:54am -
  • Prepper Lessons: What Mistakes Have You Made & Learned From?
    While I haven’t been prepping for very long in comparison to most of you, I’d like to think I’ve learned quite a lot over the years through mistakes I’ve made with prepping. Honestly, mistakes make some of the most valuable lessons reso…
    - 27 Jan 18, 12:34pm -
  • The Value of Dehydrated Foods & MRES in a Prepper’s Food Stockpile
    So I’ve spoken about this briefly before, but basically my opinion on rotating through a food stockpile has actually changed since I first began prepping. I used to think that – in an ideal situation – I 100% wanted to rotate through ever…
    - 24 Jan 18, 12:40pm -
  • How Often Do You Change the Gear You Everyday Carry?
    My personal EDC habits, especially in terms of how often I swap in and out the things I carry, have changed considerably over the years. I know there are many who like to change what they take out with them daily, but I’ve never been the type…
    - 15 Jan 18, 3:05pm -
  • Canada Essentially Bans the Import of Every Folding Knife In Existence…
    The insane have taken over the asylum folks. The geniuses over at the Canada Border Services Agency decided that they weren’t going to let the United Kingdom beat them in the Stupid Olympics and have opted to ban the import of basically all…
    - 10 Jan 18, 11:54am -
  • December 2017 EDC Pocket Dump
    When it comes to gear, I feel I have settled into a groove. I rarely experiment with tobacco these days (same with the pipes) and just stick to what I know I like. Hope you had a merry Christmas, and we’ll see you in the new year! Everyday Ca…
    - 31 Dec 17, 6:33pm -
  • Chosen By Our Readers: Victorinox’s Best Swiss Army Knives to EDC
    Picking out the best Victoriniox Swiss Army Knife is not at all an easy feat considering just how many options Victorinox gives you, and how many variations of those different there are to choose from. There’s no way I could have mad up a lis…
    - 21 Dec 17, 12:33pm -
  • Diabetes Preparedness: Emergency, Disaster, & SHTF Preps for Diabetics
    We’ve received a lot of reader questions asking us how to prep for diabetes over the years. How many? I couldn’t possibly count. It’s a lot, and not all from preppers who are themselves diabetics either. We get a number of concerned relat…
    - 15 Dec 17, 5:51pm -
  • SAK Chat: What’s Your Favourite Swiss Army Knife?

    - 11 Dec 17, 10:00am -
  • Svord Peasant Friction Folding Bushcraft Knife Review
    The Svord Peasant knife is a century old design that was brought back to the mainstream by B.W. Baker. This is a knife I have used and owned for a good long while, but have always been on the fence with regards to reviewing it. In practical ter…
    - 4 Dec 17, 5:09pm -

Blue Collar Prepping

  • newThe Long, Dark Walk Home
    Now that I've done a practice walk home after an EMP attack, it's time to talk about what I learned from it all.Here’s a link to the AK pistol video I mentioned.
    - 11 hours ago 16 Nov 18, 9:59pm -
  • The Comfort of Wool
    Cold weather has arrived a bit early this year, so I've had to break open the tubs of warm clothing before Thanksgiving. Most years I can get by working outside in November wearing insulated underwear under my jeans and a few more layers on the top h…
    - 2 days ago 15 Nov 18, 6:15pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: Get Out Of Dodge
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping. California is on fire again...  or perhaps "still on fire" is a better way to describe what's happening.Here are some stories fr…
    - 3 days ago 14 Nov 18, 2:59pm -
  • Electrical Repairs: GFCI
    I got a call from a friend the other day because the outlets in his shop had stopped working and he had no idea why. When I got to his shop, my first check was his circuit breakers. Nothing was tripped, but when I put my tester on his outlets, sure e…
    - 3 days ago 14 Nov 18, 2:13am -
  • Gear Review: EcoZoom Dura Rocket Stove
    There was this thing called a “rocket stove” a few years back. I originally heard about them not from preppers or backpackers, but from off grid-living and permaculture forums. A bunch of people were getting really excited about them, and how ef…
    - 4 days ago 12 Nov 18, 9:59pm -
  • Made it Home... Safely?
    Or did I?
    - 7 days ago 9 Nov 18, 10:01pm -
  • A New Spork
    I had another birthday last month, and one of my friends got me a pair of sporks for a present. I like using sporks when camping, and I've written about my titanium sporks in the past ( I still have one in my GHB), but these were a little different.T…
    - 9 days ago 8 Nov 18, 8:00pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: A Milestone In My Preps
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping. With some discipline in my budget (not my strongest suit) I've been able to buy my first bucket of freeze-dried, long-term storag…
    - 10 days ago 7 Nov 18, 6:58pm -
  • Electrical Repairs: Outlets
    I've already shown you how to replace a light switch. The other electrical device that commonly needs replacement is the basic electrical wall outlet. Keep your house in good repair.Lokidude
    - 10 days ago 7 Nov 18, 3:22am -
  • Protein Bars? or Candy Bars?
    The s**t has hit the fan. You have a bug out bag, you got out in time, and you're on your way to your bug out location. You've met up with one of the other people who bought into the bug out location and are hiking together. You decide to stop and re…
    - 12 days ago 5 Nov 18, 7:15pm -
  • Dead Reckoning? or Lost in the Woods?
    You've begun your trek home.. but what's the best route to take?Part four in a series on the gear we carry and how we use it.
    - 14 days ago 2 Nov 18, 10:30pm -
  • Remington Rifle Settlement and Recall
    Many preppers have rifles, some for hunting and others for defense, and one of the most popular hunting rifles ever made was the Remington Model 700 (M700). Affordable, accurate enough for hunting, and available in a wide variety of calibers, M700s a…
    - 15 days ago 1 Nov 18, 11:57pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: Fall Is Here
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.It's finally cooling down here and two things are going to happen sooner or later: it will be cold enough to fire up the heater ins…
    - 16 days ago 31 Oct 18, 10:11pm -
  • Worth Its Weight? The Pocket Ref
    In an earlier post I discussed the utility of the Pocket Ref, and the question of whether that utility was worth the weight and space it takes in a BOB or similar. Now that I have mine in hand, let's settle that question.Amazon's listing says that t…
    - 18 days ago 30 Oct 18, 7:21pm -
  • Cheap Gear Review: Crack and Boil Hand Warmers
    Last week I discussed hand warmers. I would argue that they are an essential piece of equipment for people who have to go into extreme cold environments on a regular basis.Unfortunately, there is a fairly large gap, both price and convenience-wise,…
    - 18 days ago 29 Oct 18, 9:21pm -
  • Packing Up and Heading Home in the Dark
    You're far from home, it's dark outside, and no electronics work. What do you bring along and what do you leave behind?Part three in a series on the gear we carry and how we use it.
    - 21 days ago 27 Oct 18, 12:13am -
  • The UST Parahatchet FS
    A while back I sampled and reviewed some common emergency rations. One of the first brands I found was the Ultimate Survival Technologies (UST) 2400 kCal bar. It was in the middle of the pack of all of the brands I tested, but it has one advantage: I…
    - 22 days ago 26 Oct 18, 12:58am -
  • Prudent Prepping: Size(ing) Matters
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping. I call on Big Box stores for my job covering hardware items: nut, bolts, screws and related products. Luckily for me I don't have…
    - 24 days ago 24 Oct 18, 3:15pm -
  • Electrical Repairs: Light Switch
    One of the simplest electrical repairs is replacing a standard light switch. With basic safety precautions, it is something anyone can do with very basic tools. This video walks through the entire process.I think my wife is starting to love this seri…
    - 24 days ago 24 Oct 18, 2:28am -
  • Cheap Gear Review: Zippo Hand Warmers
    Winter is Coming, or at least that's what I've been told, by people who read a lot of epic fantasy.Be that as it may, I live in a chilly climate in the Rocky Mountains, especially this time of year. I have plenty of history to draw upon for stories o…
    - 25 days ago 22 Oct 18, 9:06pm -
  • In the Dark
    You're out with friends when disaster strikes. What do you do when you're in the dark?Part two in a series on the gear we carry and how we use it.
    - 26 days ago 22 Oct 18, 12:04am -
  • Panic
    The word “panic” comes from the name of the Greek god Pan, the god of the woods and fields, and the entity responsible for making mysterious noises that would spook herds of animals and scare people in lonely places. The dictionary definition of…
    - 30 days ago 18 Oct 18, 4:44pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: The "Key" to Security, pt. 2
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.In this post from last year, I talked about buying extra keys for my new (to me) car. Since then I've tried several different ways…
    - 31 days ago 17 Oct 18, 5:25pm -
  • Pocket Ref Preview
    We're taking a break from electrical work this week, mostly because another project has superseded working on the house. In lieu of that, let's take a look at something cool that I was reminded of by a couple other members of the staff: a book called…
    - 31 days ago 17 Oct 18, 1:12am -
  • Hand Tools for Woodworking
    Many preppers have aspirations of building something at some point in their lives.Some of them have the money to have someone else do it for them;Some of them have the power tools and skills (or how-to manuals) to do it themselves fairly easily;Some…
    - 32 days ago 15 Oct 18, 9:05pm -

Survival Medicine

  • newSurvival Medicine Hour: Bacterial Infections, Stones, Antibiotics, More
    Survival Medicine Hour: Bacterial Infections, Stones, Antibiotics, MoreSURVIVAL MEDICINE HOUR PODCAST: KIDNEY STONES, GALL STONES, BACTERIAL INFECTIONS, ANTIBIOTICS, MORE To better understand current events, it’s useful to know the history behind t…
    - 14 hours ago 16 Nov 18, 6:50pm -
  • Kidney Stones: Diagnosis, Treatment, Prevention
    Kidney Stones: Diagnosis, Treatment, PreventionKIDNEY STONES: Diagnosis, Treatment, Prevention   The ability to urinate without pain is a blessing taken for granted; that is, until you can’t. In some people, the kidney has a tendency to accumulate…
    - 2 days ago 15 Nov 18, 2:18pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Animal Bites, Active Shooters, More
    Survival Medicine Hour: Animal Bites, Active Shooters, MoreSURVIVAL MEDICINE HOUR PODCAST A gunman opened fire on a crowd at a bar in Thousand Oaks, California. The shooter, named Ian David Long, who killed 12 people and himself was a 28 year old for…
    - 8 days ago 9 Nov 18, 6:05pm -
  • Active Shooter Events
    Active Shooter EventsACTIVE SHOOTER EVENTS A 28-year-old gunman opened fire on a crowd, killing 11 patrons and a police sergeant, at a Thousand Oaks, California bar before dying of a possibly self-inflicted wound. The shooter, Ian David Long, was a f…
    - 9 days ago 8 Nov 18, 8:34pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Pregnancy Issues, Ortho Injuries, Wasp Stings
    Survival Medicine Hour: Pregnancy Issues, Ortho Injuries, Wasp StingsSURVIVAL MEDICINE HOUR PODCAST It’s around Halloween, so I figured I’d tell you a horror story. In centuries past, women married as teenagers and often had 8 to 10 children, tha…
    - 15 days ago 2 Nov 18, 8:28pm -
  • Video: Pregnancy and Childbirth Past and (hopefully not) Future
    Video: Pregnancy and Childbirth Past and (hopefully not) FuturePREGNANCY AND CHILDBIRTH PAST (AND HOPEFULLY NOT FUTURE) Decreases in death rates during childbirth in the last century is an example of the miracle of modern medicine. If a long-term dis…
    - 15 days ago 2 Nov 18, 1:13pm -
  • Childbirth in Olden Times
    Childbirth in Olden TimesCHILDBIRTH IN OLDEN TIMES It’s around Halloween, so I figured I’d tell you a horror story. A tale that you might confront personally if you found yourself as the caregiver in a post-disaster scenario. In centuries past, w…
    - 17 days ago 30 Oct 18, 11:20pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Trail Injuries, Burns, More
    Survival Medicine Hour: Trail Injuries, Burns, MoreSURVIVAL MEDICINE HOUR PODCAST Anyone who has done any hiking like we have or has bought the wrong pair of shoes has experienced a friction blister. For a relatively small soft tissue injury, a blist…
    - 22 days ago 26 Oct 18, 6:51pm -
  • Typhus Outbreak in L.A.
    Typhus Outbreak in L.A.TYPHUS IN L.A. In our upcoming book “Alton’s Antibiotics and Infectious Disease: A Guide to the Wise Use of Drugs in Austere Settings, we include a section about epidemic infectious diseases that aren’t common now, but wi…
    - 30 days ago 17 Oct 18, 11:09pm -
  • Video: How To Perform A Neuro Exam
    Video: How To Perform A Neuro ExamThe medic for a survival group needs to be able to stop a wound from bleeding and splint an ankle sprain. For a long-term situation, however, a caregiver needs to know how to perform exams that would identify other m…
    - 35 days ago 12 Oct 18, 9:09pm -