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  • newPreparedness Notes for Thursday — July 29, 2021
    July 29, 1805 was the birthday of Alexis-Charles-Henri Clérel de Tocqueville. He died 16 April 1859. He is best known for his lengthy treatise: Democracy In America. — A reminder: I sell antique guns, through Elk Creek Company — my home-based ma…
    - 4 hours ago 29 Jul 21, 7:04am -
  • newHands-On Healing – Part 3, by Dr. Derek King, DC
    (Continued from Part 2.) So, back to memories…if something happened a second ago, it’s a memory. Gone, over. And it can be good, bad or neutral; yet it was recorded into the mind and it will be stored permanently on your brain’s hard drive toni…
    - 4 hours ago 29 Jul 21, 7:03am -
  • 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 “JWR”. Our goal is to educate our readers, to help them to recognize…
    - 5 hours ago 29 Jul 21, 7:02am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Wednesday — July 28, 2021
    On July 28, 1932, U.S. Army troops, using tanks, cavalry, and tear gas demolished and burned the shanty town set up near the U.S. Capitol by unemployed Bonus Army protestors. July 28th is also the anniversary of the outbreak of World War I, in 1914.…
    - 1 day ago 28 Jul 21, 7:04am -
  • Hands-On Healing – Part 2, by Dr. Derek King, DC
    (Continued from Part 1.) Alright, you’ve made it this far so I am going to give you your first simple gold nugget to help facilitate healing in another human being: Right hand on Top, Left hand Underneath. “What does that mean, Doc?” I am so gl…
    - 1 day ago 28 Jul 21, 7:03am -
  • SurvivalBlog Readers’ & Editors’ Snippets
    This weekly column is a collection of short snippets: practical self-sufficiency items, how-tos, lessons learned, tips and tricks, and news items — both from readers and from SurvivalBlog’s editors. We may select some long e-mails for posting as…
    - 1 day ago 28 Jul 21, 7:02am -
  • The Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “There are only nine meals between mankind and anarchy.” – Alfred Henry Lewis, Cosmopolitan magazine, March, 1906. (Back when it was a family magazine.)The post The Editors’ Quote of the Day: appeared first on SurvivalBlog.com.
    - 1 day ago 28 Jul 21, 7:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Tuesday — July 27, 2021
    July 27th is the birthday of Captain Samuel Whittemore (born in 1694, died February 3, 1793). He was an English-born American farmer and soldier. He was eighty years of age when he became the oldest known colonial combatant in the American War of Ind…
    - 2 days ago 27 Jul 21, 7:04am -
  • Hands-On Healing – Part 1, by Dr. Derek King, DC
    In this four-part article, I will describe some gentle hands-on healing and mental/emotional trauma-release techniques that you can use on your loved ones. When the SHTF, the most important issues, long-term, will be: How do you handle your stress? A…
    - 2 days ago 27 Jul 21, 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…
    - 2 days ago 27 Jul 21, 7:02am -
  • The Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “The formula for achieving middle-class success is simple: Finish high school; don’t have a child before the age of 20; and get married before having the child.” – Radio talk show host and California gubernatorial candidate Larry ElderThe po…
    - 2 days ago 27 Jul 21, 7:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Monday — July 26, 2021
    On July 26th, 1931, a swarm of grasshoppers descended on crops throughout the American heartland, devastating millions of acres. Already in the midst of a bad drought, Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota suffered tremendously. The swarms were said to be…
    - 3 days ago 26 Jul 21, 7:05am -
  • Glock 30S – SF, by Pat Cascio
    I’m a Glockaholic. I love their guns! However, over the years, there have been a few Glocks that I just didn’t like, or take to for one reason or another. I love the Glock 21, and it feels great in my hand and balances nicely. On the other hand,…
    - 3 days ago 26 Jul 21, 7:04am -
  • Recipe of the Week: Lamb’s Quarters
    The following wild greens recipe is from Mrs. Alaska. Many wild greens can be cooked the same way people like to cook spinach: with butter and lemon or garlic or as a creamy concoction. In spring, we enjoy fiddlehead ferns and fireweed shoots.  In e…
    - 3 days ago 26 Jul 21, 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…
    - 3 days ago 26 Jul 21, 7:02am -

SHTF Plan

More Than Just Surviving

  • 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…
    - 46 days ago 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 -
  • 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 -

Blue Collar Prepping

  • newFinincial Planning After an "Oh S**T!" Moment
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping. Welcome to another installment of "Don't Be That Guy!" starring your lovable and occasionally smart blogger, me! HackedYes, s…
    - 15 hours ago 28 Jul 21, 8:32pm -
  • Gnocchi Are Gnot Yukky
    Gnocchiare a type of pasta/dumpling that have been a staple of Italian cuisine all the way back to ancient Rome. The name is derived from either the word for knot (nocchio) or knuckle (nocca) in Italian, both of which describe the traditional gnocchi…
    - 2 days ago 27 Jul 21, 5:55pm -
  • Life in the Time of WTF
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ PhotographyAs& is used with permission.I seem to be living in a constant state of "What the F**k" as I deal with the ramifications of my father having dementia, being in rehab, and trying to get him into a VA home. Som…
    - 3 days ago 26 Jul 21, 8:20pm -
  • Trust the Experts?
    I think I've written before about trust and how it is one of the basic parts of any social interaction. Trust, or the lack of it, will influence how you deal with people on every level and it can be used against you. After seeing some of the nonsense…
    - 6 days ago 23 Jul 21, 12:38am -
  • Fixing A Get-Home-Bag, part the Latest
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping. We return to the Work In Progress GHB for the Purple Pack Lady. I'm (slowly)getting it filled with useful things, and not just…
    - 7 days ago 22 Jul 21, 3:28am -
  • Packing for a Trip
    Back in the day I travelled for work a lot. When my one year anniversary at that job rolled around, they did the math and told me I’d been in the office less than four months. With that much travel, you pick up a few packing tricks. While it’s be…
    - 8 days ago 21 Jul 21, 12:46am -
  • Summer Vacation
     Hi everyone. This is Erin. I'm dealing with a lot of drama right now and I just can't give this blog the attention it deserves right now, so because of that, and because the other bloggers have been working very hard, I'm giving them time off as a…
    - 15 days ago 14 Jul 21, 2:37am -
  • I Don't Even Know What to Call This
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ PhotographyAs& is used with permission.This post is another update about my father. As the title says, I don't know what kind of prepping this might be, assuming this even is a form of prepping; I just hope that by thi…
    - 19 days ago 10 Jul 21, 8:36pm -
  • Drama and Stress
    Sometimes life throws things at us that we aren't ready for; that's one of the reasons we prep. Trying to foresee difficulties and avoid them, or at least minimize their impact on our lives, is more important than having the “right” brand of wate…
    - 20 days ago 9 Jul 21, 4:31pm -
  • Care Home Planning
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping. I needed to ask some questions at the Care Home where my Mom is staying:What sort of Disaster Plans are in place?How will you…
    - 22 days ago 7 Jul 21, 3:12am -
  • Quick Breads
    I explained the basics of baking yeast breads in a previous post. Today, I’d like to discuss alternative methods of leavening, which is the process wherein bread yeasts consume sugars and produce carbon dioxide which creates light, airy loaves. Q…
    - 23 days ago 6 Jul 21, 11:08pm -
  • Long-Term Will Storage
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.Both of my parents' wills are complete. This is the end of a legal process that has taken months and too much money, but at the end not only do we have a Last Will & Testament for b…
    - 27 days ago 2 Jul 21, 3:15pm -
  • Tinea: a Fungus Among Us
    Summer is officially here, so it's time to stay hydrated and deal with the temperatures as best we can. Record highs are being recorded all over the world -- Pakistan is giving Death Valley a challenge for the hottest on record at >120°F, and the Pa…
    - 28 days ago 1 Jul 21, 5:58pm -
  • Time Management
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping. I didn't post last week due to some personal business and our amazing Editrix was able to give me the time off. I realize now…
    - 29 days ago 30 Jun 21, 9:57pm -
  • White Vinegar: the Miracle Acid
    White vinegar, also called distilled or spirit vinegar, has been found on kitchen and bathroom shelves for hundreds of years. White vinegar is probably one of the most underappreciated kitchen chemicals most people have in their pantry. For such a si…
    - 30 days ago 29 Jun 21, 8:50pm -
  • Taking the GHB for a Walk
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.Wednesday night I was gifted with a surprise bit of energy (perhaps as a result of eating too much ice cream after dinner) and developed an odd craving to go for a walk around the n…
    - 34 days ago 25 Jun 21, 9:13pm -
  • Lots of Knots
    The other day I had to teach a young man a few knots that are used to secure things to a truck. He'd never been a Boy Scout, so his knowledge of rope and knots were limited to tying his shoes and a basic square knot, and since we work with a lot of l…
    - 35 days ago 24 Jun 21, 7:11pm -
  • Guest Post: Electrolytes Revisited
    by George GrootGeorge is a member of our Facebook Group and has written for us before.With summer coming up, I wanted to write about the importance of electrolyte drinks and oral rehydration salts. For me, the first sign that I don’t have enou…
    - 36 days ago 23 Jun 21, 8:48pm -
  • Metal Finishes
    When choosing metal items that will be exposed to wear or the elements, whether lawn furniture, firearms, or decorative items, the finish can have a considerable impact on longevity.Metal finishes come in a variety of categories with different pros a…
    - 37 days ago 22 Jun 21, 8:07pm -
  • The Necessity of Luxury
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission. Wait, I know what you're going to say: Erin, luxuries aren't necessities! That's why we have two different words for them! And you'd be correct. However, that's not the argument…
    - 40 days ago 19 Jun 21, 9:26pm -
  • Survival Movie Review: "Cast Away"
    I sat and re-watched Cast Away a while back. It's not a great movie, but I was bored and it does deal with surviving alone after a disaster. The movie is 20 years old, so I'm not going to worry about spoilers, but I won't give away everything just in…
    - 42 days ago 17 Jun 21, 8:22pm -
  • Planning A Plan
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping. It appears that a short camping trip has been tentatively added to the calendar. Furthermore, the balance of my camping gear n…
    - 43 days ago 16 Jun 21, 6:35pm -
  • Making Wine at Home
    Brewing and fermenting are some of humanity's oldest skills. Beer and wine have been produced at least as far back as ancient Egypt, possibly even further back in history. A close friend is especially skilled in home brewing and has won several awar…
    - 43 days ago 16 Jun 21, 1:43am -
  • Prepping for Dad's Return
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.It's been almost 1.5 months since dad went into the hospital and then to a rehab facility, and now the rehab place is making noises about sending him home this week. This is clearl…
    - 45 days ago 14 Jun 21, 12:53am -
  • Supply and Demand Today
    Unless you've been living in a cave for the last year or so, you'll have noticed that things are changing. The “pandemic” has seriously affected the world economy and some of the follow-on effects are just now making themselves felt. Add to that…
    - 49 days ago 10 Jun 21, 5:49pm -

Survival Medicine

  • Video: Medical Gloves With Demo
    Video: Medical Gloves With DemoWe’ve talked a lot on this channel about face masks, how to properly fit, place, and remove them, but we haven’t talked much about gloves. You’ll be using gloves a lot more often than masks when performing routine…
    - 6 days ago 23 Jul 21, 3:13pm -
  • Survival Medicine Videocast
    Survival Medicine VideocastIn this video version of the Survival Medicine Podcast, Dr. Joe Alton and Nurse Amy Alton discuss the recent heat waves, especially in the West, where it’s been a cruel, cruel summer, with wildfires burning three times th…
    - 9 days ago 20 Jul 21, 7:37pm -
  • Fractures, Bones Contusions, And Sprains
    Fractures, Bones Contusions, And SprainsIn survival settings, the family medic will be confronted with a variety of orthopedic injuries. They might be injuries to joints like sprains, to muscles like strains, or to bones like contusions or fractures.…
    - 11 days ago 18 Jul 21, 3:15pm -
  • Survival Medicine Podcast: Heat Waves, Burns, Medicinal Honey
    Survival Medicine Podcast: Heat Waves, Burns, Medicinal HoneyIt’s a cruel, cruel summer, like the 80s song goes, and everywhere from Oregon to Montana to New York City can experience big problems this year with blackouts taking out the AC and makin…
    - 14 days ago 15 Jul 21, 7:32pm -
  • Botulism
    BotulismClostridium botulinum is a bacterium that thrives in anaerobic environments. Botulism toxin is most commonly produced by contaminated food containers that have been improperly preserved. Off the grid, canning foods will be an integral part of…
    - 16 days ago 13 Jul 21, 8:25pm -
  • All About Medical Gloves
    All About Medical GlovesThroughout history, infectious diseases have been part and parcel of the human experience. Ever since the Middle Ages, we have known that some infections have the capacity of passing from person to person. Therefore, the wise…
    - 19 days ago 10 Jul 21, 10:17pm -
  • Survival Medicine Podcast Returns!
    Survival Medicine Podcast Returns!Well, a lot of you might be wondering where we’ve been and why we took a hiatus from our podcasts and videos. It because ol’ Dr. Bones had pneumonia, and recovery for me has been slow going. I have acid reflux,…
    - 22 days ago 7 Jul 21, 6:00pm -
  • Nail Bed Issues Off The Grid
    Nail Bed Issues Off The GridMinor injuries can sometimes become a major detriment to the function of a member of a survival group. Although not as life-threatening as a gunshot wound or an open fracture, nail bed injuries are common; they will be mor…
    - 27 days ago 2 Jul 21, 11:09am -
  • Nerve Blocks
    Nerve BlocksIn a disaster that knocks us off the grid, increased exertion from activities of daily survival, combined with poor health and sanitation, can lead to injuries that pose a challenge to the family medic.  For example, an injured patient t…
    - 36 days ago 23 Jun 21, 3:46pm -
  • Eye Trauma Off The Grid
    Eye Trauma Off The GridIn survival scenarios, the sense that will have be the biggest determinant of your chances of success is that of vision. Many people have one vision defect or another, and would be wise to have corrective Lasik surgery or, at l…
    - 45 days ago 14 Jun 21, 6:25pm -