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  • newPreparedness Notes for Sunday – December 16, 2018
    December 16th, 1928, was the birthday of Philip K. Dick, who died March 2, 1982. He penned a remarkable number of sci-fi novels and novellas that have been adapted into movies, including Blade Runner, Total Recall, Screamers, Impostor, Minority Repor…
    - 8 hours ago 16 Dec 18, 7:05am -
  • newGuest Post: Weapons of War On Our Streets – A Guide to the Militarization of America’s Police – Part 2
    This article was originally published on Ammo.com. The Role of Civil Asset Forfeiture Civil asset forfeiture (CAF) is a major driver in the militarization of the police force. Put simply, CAF is a legal principle that allows police to seize money an…
    - 8 hours ago 16 Dec 18, 7:04am -
  • newThe 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”. An interesting article on A.I. Soldiers is profiled today. Fal…
    - 8 hours ago 16 Dec 18, 7:02am -
  • newThe Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “Then said Jesus unto them, I will ask you one thing; Is it lawful on the sabbath days to do good, or to do evil? to save life, or to destroy it? And looking round about upon them all, he said unto the man, Stretch forth thy hand. And he did so: an…
    - 8 hours ago 16 Dec 18, 7:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Saturday – December 15, 2018
    The 15th of December, 1923, was the birth day of Uziel “Uzi” Gal (born Gotthard Glas). According to Wikipedia, he was “…born in Weimar, Germany. When the Nazis came to power in 1933 he moved first to England and later, in 1936, to Kibbutz Yag…
    - 1 day ago 15 Dec 18, 7:05am -
  • Guest Post: Weapons of War On Our Streets- A Guide to the Militarization of America’s Police- Part 1
    This article was originally published on Ammo.com. The claim often heard from those attempting to pass more gun control legislation is that all they’re trying to do is get the “weapons of war off our streets,” but it’s simply untrue that “w…
    - 1 day ago 15 Dec 18, 7:04am -
  • Editors’ Prepping Progress
    To be prepared for a crisis, every Prepper must establish goals and make long-term and short-term plans. Steadily, we work on meeting our prepping goals. In this column, the SurvivalBlog editors review their week’s prep activities. They also often…
    - 1 day ago 15 Dec 18, 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 “HJL”. Survivalrealty has a great California location with an Atlas s…
    - 1 day ago 15 Dec 18, 7:02am -
  • The Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “Then Joseph could not refrain himself before all them that stood by him; and he cried, Cause every man to go out from me. And there stood no man with him, while Joseph made himself known unto his brethren. And he wept aloud: and the Egyptians and…
    - 1 day ago 15 Dec 18, 7:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Friday – December 14, 2018
    December 14th is the birthday of the late John Warren Wadleigh (born 1927, died September 24, 2013). Wadleigh was better known to many SurvivalBlog readers by his pen name– Oliver Lange. He was the author of the best-selling resistance warfare nove…
    - 2 days ago 14 Dec 18, 7:05am -
  • A Year in Central America- Part 2, by G.P.
    A Preview of a Local or National Slide Into Poverty We are taking a look at Central American countries, primarily Honduras, for a preview of some of what our own experience might be following a local or national slide into poverty. What might the Uni…
    - 2 days ago 14 Dec 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…
    - 2 days ago 14 Dec 18, 7:02am -
  • The Editors’ Quote of the Day:

    - 2 days ago 14 Dec 18, 7:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Thursday – December 13, 2018
    After spending nine months on the run, former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was captured on December 13, 2003. During his 24 years in office, Saddam’s secret police, charged with protecting his power, terrorized the public, ignoring the human right…
    - 3 days ago 13 Dec 18, 7:05am -
  • A Year in Central America- Part 1, by G.P.
    Honduras Let’s learn from Honduras. Honduras is a Central American country about the size and population of Tennessee. Geography and Topography Here’s the geography and topography. The northern coast borders the Caribbean Sea. The east coast, cal…
    - 3 days ago 13 Dec 18, 7:04am -

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…
    - 66 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…
    - 84 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…
    - 88 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…
    - 90 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

  • Get Home Bag 2.0, Part 1
    Well here I am sorting and packing from lessons learned on the long dark walk home. Forgive me the length; I tried, but there are too many nuggets for one episode.
    - 2 days ago 14 Dec 18, 5:35pm -
  • Computer Disasters and Recovery
    Three and a half years ago, I wrote an article about prepping for an upgrade to Window 10. It's still relevant, because there are still people using earlier versions of Windows, but I need to expand on having a “Live CD/USB” on hand before starti…
    - 3 days ago 13 Dec 18, 9:41pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: December Round-Up
    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 several things that need mentioning and can't make them a separate post.Son of First AidMy first post on first aid and its…
    - 4 days ago 12 Dec 18, 7:00pm -
  • Alternative Use of a Pencil Sharpener
    After my video about Improper Use of a Cheese Grater, folks asked about using a cheap pencil sharpener to make tinder. This week I did a video to compare the two. Lokidude
    - 5 days ago 11 Dec 18, 7:10pm -
  • Prepping for Hypoglycemia
    Most preppers assume that when the apocalypse happens, they will be fighting zombies, killing aliens, and fending off invasions of leather-clad bikers that seem to have endless supplies of motorcycle parts for when things break.While they’re doing…
    - 6 days ago 10 Dec 18, 10:59pm -
  • Leave No Stuff Behind?
    Back in November I did a series on getting home after an EMP. In one of my videos, I was in my car going through my gear and deciding what to take and what to leave, but it was too dark to see everything. This video solves that with an inventory revi…
    - 9 days ago 7 Dec 18, 6:32pm -
  • Little Things Add Up
    A lot of the ads that I see in the prepper magazines and online offer food and other supplies in large quantities. The common “year's supply” of food for one person starts at around $1000 and there is no upper limit. I'm seeing a year's worth of…
    - 10 days ago 6 Dec 18, 7:04pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: Return of More First Aid
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.  A quick follow-up to last week's post and an update to another. I mentioned last week that I wanted to start carrying a t…
    - 11 days ago 6 Dec 18, 12:36am -
  • Got Wood? Hardwood vs Softwood
    If you've watched my videos or read the articles I've written about making fires, you may have noticed me refer to hardwood and softwood. While the argument could be made that any wood is hard when it's falling on your head, there are important disti…
    - 12 days ago 5 Dec 18, 12:53am -
  • Driving in the Snow
    Friday night there was a slight cold snap. Just a little chill, really.On Saturday I had to go south by about a hundred miles, and ended up leaving for home right before midnight... at which point I traveled through a snow storm in the middle of the…
    - 13 days ago 3 Dec 18, 11:57pm -
  • Portyanki
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.Despite what it sounds like, a portyanki isn't a monster from Dungeons & Dragons. It's actually the Russian name for "foot wrappings", and they were commonly used by the armies of m…
    - 16 days ago 30 Nov 18, 9:40pm -
  • Dealing with Pain in Others
    A lot of prepper articles are written about first aid because injuries tend to happen with any situation that rises to the level of an emergency. First aid generally means treating injuries when professional medical help is not available to stop furt…
    - 17 days ago 29 Nov 18, 7:33pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: More First Aid
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.  I always look for ways to add to and improve my preps, and while food is most important, right after are my first aid supplies.…
    - 18 days ago 28 Nov 18, 9:36pm -
  • Improper Use of a Cheese Grater
    Using a dollar-store cheese grater to make tinder.
    - 19 days ago 27 Nov 18, 9:34pm -
  • Apocalypse Builds: #10 Can Stove
    It's after the apocalypse, and you've reached your bug out location and you're sitting around, waiting for the zombies to eat you. Your pork and beans deluxe (now without long pig!) is ready to eat straight out of the can.You get out your handy dan…
    - 20 days ago 27 Nov 18, 1:38am -
  • Spooning: A Counter Point
    I give a rebuttal (of sorts) to Tim's critique of the Ka-Bar Tactical Spork.
    - 23 days ago 23 Nov 18, 11:55pm -
  • Happy Thanksgiving!
    Chaplain Tim has the day off to spend time with his family like the rest of us. Regular posting resumes tomorrow.In the meantime, please enjoy these two holiday favorites written by theChaplain:If you're interested in history, The First Thanksgiving…
    - 24 days ago 22 Nov 18, 6:24pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: Thanks Giving
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.Corny or not, this is a good time for reflecting on all the good things that have happened to me and all the good people I have in…
    - 25 days ago 21 Nov 18, 6:19pm -
  • Product Review Revisited: Gerber MP400 Compact Sport
    Longevity is important in a tool. Good tools last for years, but great tools last for lifetimes.Today I revisit one of my first reviews for this blog:  my Gerber MP400 Sport multitool. Do my initial opinions of the tool hold up five years in?(I also…
    - 26 days ago 21 Nov 18, 2:54am -
  • Apocalypse Builds: Concrete Block Stove
    Last week I reviewed a rocket stove and gave it a less than stellar review. This week I decided to look into other options, either commercial or home made.Since I have a bunch of stuff sitting around, much of which I would like to dispose of, I deci…
    - 26 days ago 20 Nov 18, 4:14am -
  • The 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.
    - 30 days 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…
    - 31 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…
    - 32 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…
    - 33 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…
    - 34 days ago 12 Nov 18, 9:59pm -

Survival Medicine

  • newDeadly Viruses, Part 1
    Deadly Viruses, Part 1DEADLY VIRUSES, PART 1 Infectious disease is of major concern in good times or bad, and the family medic must be able to identify some of the deadliest. Having just written a book about infectious diseases and the antibiotics th…
    - 21 hours ago 15 Dec 18, 6:24pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Asthma, Pandemics, Food Myths, More
    Survival Medicine Hour: Asthma, Pandemics, Food Myths, MoreSURVIVAL MEDICINE HOUR PODCAST   Ask people about the last pandemic and most will say it was the “Spanish Flu” of 1918-9. Certainly, that outbreak is a well-known example, but pandemics…
    - 1 day ago 15 Dec 18, 5:13am -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Survival at Sea, Sharks, Antibiotics, More
    Survival Medicine Hour: Survival at Sea, Sharks, Antibiotics, MoreSURVIVAL MEDICINE HOUR Upon the passing of President George H. W. Bush, we should remember and honor his military service in World War II as a navy pilot. Having flown 58 missions, Lie…
    - 9 days ago 7 Dec 18, 9:06pm -
  • How to Survive Lost at Sea
    How to Survive Lost at SeaHOW TO SURVIVE AT SEA Upon the passing of President George H. W. Bush, we should remember and honor his military service in World War II as a navy pilot. Having flown 58 missions, Lieutenant Bush was often under enemy fire.…
    - 9 days ago 7 Dec 18, 5:07pm -
  • Home Remedies For Burns
    Home Remedies For BurnsHOME REMEDIES FOR BURNS Certainly, burns are injuries that can have long-standing consequences in good times or bad. Conventional burn care in modern hospitals is complex and can achieve miracles, but won’t be an option in lo…
    - 10 days ago 6 Dec 18, 2:16pm -
  • Food Safety Standards: Clean, Separate, Cook, Chill
    Food Safety Standards: Clean, Separate, Cook, ChillFOOD SAFETY: CLEAN, SEPARATE, COOK, CHILL   The person that’s responsible for the health of their family isn’t just there to stop a bleeding wound or set a broken leg. Poorly cooked or contamina…
    - 13 days ago 3 Dec 18, 7:05pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Food Safety On/Off The Grid, Pandemics, More
    Survival Medicine Hour: Food Safety On/Off The Grid, Pandemics, MoreSURVIVAL MEDICINE HOUR PODCAST   An outbreak of food poisoning with Escherischia coli (E. coli) has hospitalized 43 people in 11 U.S. states and another 18 in Canada, according to t…
    - 16 days ago 30 Nov 18, 6:44pm -
  • Video: Alton’s Antibiotics and Infectious Disease
    Video: Alton’s Antibiotics and Infectious DiseaseVideo: Our New Book Alton’s Antibiotics and Infectious Disease: The Layman’s Guide to Available Antibacterials in Austere Settings Note: This is a companion video to our recent article on our bra…
    - 18 days ago 28 Nov 18, 11:40pm -
  • Multistate Food Poisoning Outbreaks
    Multistate Food Poisoning OutbreaksMULTISTATE FOOD POISONING OUTBREAKS An outbreak of food poisoning with Escherischia coli (E. coli) has hospitalized 32 people in 11 U.S. states and another 18 in Canada, according to the Centers for Disease Control…
    - 20 days ago 26 Nov 18, 4:39pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Burns, Nail Issues, New Book, More!
    Survival Medicine Hour: Burns, Nail Issues, New Book, More!SURVIVAL MEDICINE HOUR PODCAST Joe Alton MD and Amy Alton ARNP are pleased to announce their new book: Alton’s Antibiotics and Infectious Disease: The Layman’s Guide to Available Antibact…
    - 23 days ago 23 Nov 18, 6:51pm -