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  • newPreparedness Notes for Friday — July 19, 2019
    July 19th is coincidentally the birthday of handgun designers Samuel Colt (born 1814) and Gaston Glock (born 1929). — SurvivalBlog Writing Contest Today we present another entry for Round 83  of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The mo…
    - 14 hours ago 19 Jul 19, 7:04am -
  • newColonial Era Technology, by B.
    I have always loved history. A large part of my fascination with history I believe I can thank my parents for. From an early age I was able to visit historical sites and locations that brought these descriptions of great battles, events, and people i…
    - 14 hours ago 19 Jul 19, 7:03am -
  • newEconomics & 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…
    - 14 hours ago 19 Jul 19, 7:02am -
  • newThe Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “And I hear from the outgoing ship in the bay The song of the sailors in glee: So I think of the luminous footprints that bore The comfort o’er dark Galilee, And wait for the signal to go to the shore, To the ship that is waiting for me.” – B…
    - 14 hours ago 19 Jul 19, 7:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Thursday — July 18, 2019
    July 18th, 1954 is the birthdate of Ricky Skaggs, an American country and bluegrass singer, musician, producer, and composer. He primarily plays mandolin; however, he also plays fiddle, guitar, mandocaster and banjo. — SurvivalBlog Writing Contest…
    - 2 days ago 18 Jul 19, 7:04am -
  • Family Medical Preps – Part 2, by Doctor Dan
    (Continued from Part 1. This concludes the article.) Stockpile Medical Supplies: Basic Household First Aid Kits: These are essential for treating the very minor/nuisance injuries one encounters in their daily lives. This is not as comprehensive as an…
    - 2 days ago 18 Jul 19, 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 “JWR”. Our goal is to educate our readers, to help them to recognize…
    - 2 days ago 18 Jul 19, 7:02am -
  • The Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “I’ve been walking in my sleep counting troubles, ‘stead of counting sheep Where the years went, I can’t say I just turned around and they’ve gone away I’ve been sifting through the layers of dusty books and faded papers They tell a story…
    - 2 days ago 18 Jul 19, 7:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Wednesday — July 17, 2019
    July 17th, 1889 was the birthdate of novelist Erle Stanley Gardner. He was an American lawyer and author. Though best known for the Perry Mason series of detective stories, he wrote numerous other novels and shorter pieces, as well as a series of non…
    - 3 days ago 17 Jul 19, 7:04am -
  • Family Medical Preps – Part 1, by Doctor Dan
    As Americans, we live in a time of relative peace and prosperity and are blessed to enjoy the most advanced healthcare system in history. Yet, as good as we have things now, we do not know what the future may bring. How can we find better health now,…
    - 3 days ago 17 Jul 19, 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. The focus is usually on emergency communications gear, bug out bag gear, books and movies that have any tie-in to disaster preparedness, and…
    - 3 days ago 17 Jul 19, 7:02am -
  • The Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “Vices are simply overworked virtues, anyway. Economy and frugality are to be commended but follow them on in an increasing ratio and what do we find at the other end? A miser! If we overdo the using of spare moments we may find an invalid at the e…
    - 3 days ago 17 Jul 19, 7:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Tuesday — July 16, 2019
    July 16th is the anniversary of the first successful atomic bomb test in Alamogordo, New Mexico in 1945. This portentous event heralded the advent of the age of nuclear weapons. Plans for the creation of a uranium bomb by the Allies were established…
    - 4 days ago 16 Jul 19, 7:05am -
  • Storing Meat, by Pete Thorsen
    While some people are vegetarians and get by just fine, I feel that is not the normal eating habits of humans. Humans are omnivores who are designed to eat both meat and plants. Most preppers have the plant part down with growing their own vegetable…
    - 4 days ago 16 Jul 19, 7:04am -
  • 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…
    - 4 days ago 16 Jul 19, 7:03am -


More Than Just Surviving

  • 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…
    - 56 days ago 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…
    - 95 days ago 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 -
  • “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 -

Blue Collar Prepping

  • newHot Dogs?
    It's that time of year again. Whether you believe in Global Warming or not, summer is the hottest time of the year and this one is shaping up to be a warm one. When it hits 90° F in Alaska, you know it's going to be a miserable summer.I know, I know…
    - 24 hours ago 18 Jul 19, 9:02pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: A LITTLE Shaking Going On
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping. Just as I was wrapping up my day yesterday afternoon we had an earthquake, followed by a second one 15 minutes later. Where I work…
    - 2 days ago 17 Jul 19, 10:14pm -
  • Gross Weight
    I upgraded my truck very recently. In my world, trucks are for hauling and towing, and the new truck expands my ability to do just that. How much hauling you can do is determined by your Gross Vehicle Weight Rating, or GVWR, while your towing limits…
    - 3 days ago 17 Jul 19, 2:59am -
  • The Ultimate EOTWAWKI Prepper Vehicle
    Rule #1? Cardio, and it looks like I could use some more of it.
    - 4 days ago 15 Jul 19, 9:17pm -
  • Guest Post: Reviewing the Aibocn Power Bank
    by David BockA while back, Erin suggested I purchase an Aibocn 10,000mAh Power Bank. Unfortunately it arrived after I left for NRAAM this year, so I didn't get to test it then. However, I have had several chances to use it since.PackagingThe Power B…
    - 7 days ago 13 Jul 19, 3:32am -
  • More LED Lights
    While looking through Amazon for the HybridLight that I reviewed last week, I noticed a variety of tiny LED lights that plug into the ubiquitous USB port. Since I have a spare USB port on my car charger, several portable battery packs for charging my…
    - 8 days ago 11 Jul 19, 11:20pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: The Big One, 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.There has been quite a bit of shaking this last week in Southern California, and I believe it's past time to do a recap of basic pr…
    - 9 days ago 10 Jul 19, 8:26pm -
  • Knife Basics: The Cutting Edge
    - 10 days ago 9 Jul 19, 5:56pm -
  • Just a Little Getaway
    Not all escape methods are big and in plain view.
    - 11 days ago 8 Jul 19, 10:04pm -
  • Hybridlight Journey
    One of my sources for inspiration for articles (what we like to call “blogfodder”) is a weekly newsletter called The Woodpile Report. The host of this newsletter goes by the name of Remus and, like me, is a man of varied interests. The topics te…
    - 13 days ago 7 Jul 19, 4:58am -
  • Prudent Prepping:Plan C?
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.  I know that most of us have a Plan A and then a Plan B, but how many of us have a Plan C?Plan The NextA family member is now on…
    - 16 days ago 4 Jul 19, 12:40am -
  • Get A Grip: Knife Handle Basics
    A truism of knives is that a knife without a sharp edge is no knife at all, and as true as that is, a knife without a place to hold it is equally useless. With that in mind, there are a whole lot of options regarding knife handles and reasons for cho…
    - 17 days ago 3 Jul 19, 3:31am -
  • Planning IS Prepping-Raspberries!!
    Carpe diem can be prudent prepping.      
    - 18 days ago 1 Jul 19, 10:53pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: To Save, Or Not to Save
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping. My phone 'bricked' over the weekend. I went to start it up and it never turned on. Suspiciously, I had the new phone page from my…
    - 23 days ago 27 Jun 19, 3:22am -
  • Knife Basics 101: Terminology
    - 24 days ago 25 Jun 19, 11:51pm -
  • Buying?-No Selling Tips for Social Media
    Tips for selling those buy more wares??
    - 25 days ago 25 Jun 19, 7:01am -
  • Pilot Bread
    When I bought the canned bread for last week's article, I also picked up a package of pilot bread and some light rye crisp bread for comparison. Both are shelf-stable breads that have been around for a long time; the brands I picked were both founded…
    - 29 days ago 21 Jun 19, 1:39am -
  • Prudent Prepping: Prepping Pays Off
    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 try to live what I write: prepared to take care of myself and others, if and when necessary. I had my chance to show it la…
    - 30 days ago 19 Jun 19, 5:59pm -
  • Oooh, That Smell
    A good friend contacted me the other day. She said her sink drain had a terrible stink, and asked if there was anything I could do to help. I told her it was a problem I'd heard of before, and I had a few tricks up my sleeve that I would be happy to…
    - 31 days ago 18 Jun 19, 5:32pm -
  • Best Ways to Prep Cheaply: Logistics
    If you don't know what you have, how will you be able to find it when you need it?
    - 32 days ago 17 Jun 19, 8:43pm -
  • Canned Bread
    A long time ago, in a land not so far away, I was introduced to shelf-stable bread. The US Army had developed a method of baking bread inside a foil/plastic pouch called retort cooking that rendered the bread shelf-stable with a life measured in ye…
    - 36 days ago 14 Jun 19, 3:12am -
  • Prudent Prepping: Summer Has Arrived
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.If the saying goes 'Spring has sprung', then this year I'd have to say that Summer crashed the party. It's been over 95° for the l…
    - 37 days ago 12 Jun 19, 8:44pm -
  • 9V and Steel Wool Fire, Utah Style
    Recently there's been a fair bit of discussion about starting a fire with a 9 volt battery and steel wool. This is my method. It's quick, it's reliable, and it gets hot.Some notes before I cut to the video.The battery still showed 9 volts on a multim…
    - 38 days ago 11 Jun 19, 6:50pm -
  • C’mon Baby, Light My 9V Fire?
    Lighting a fire with steel wool and a 9 volt battery, take two. 
    - 39 days ago 10 Jun 19, 4:56pm -
  • Through a Lens, Clearly
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.According to the Vision Council of America, approximately 75% of adults use some sort of vision correction. If you're one of those people (and statistically you probably are), you n…
    - 42 days ago 7 Jun 19, 10:18pm -

Survival Medicine

  • Heat Wave Safety
    Heat Wave SafetySummer is here and the Midwest and East is experiencing record high temperatures in a major heat wave. Officials predicted a high-risk situation as the heat index surpasses heat indexes in 90s and 100s, and in some case, the 110s. Clo…
    - 1 day ago 18 Jul 19, 5:28pm -
  • Video: Are You Medically Prepared For The Long Term?
    Video: Are You Medically Prepared For The Long Term?You can know first aid and you can have some medical supplies, but are you medically prepared for a long-term disaster? What does it take to be an effective caregiver if the ambulance isn’t headin…
    - 5 days ago 14 Jul 19, 10:57pm -
  • #356 Survival Medicine Hour: Snakebites, Doxycycline, More
    #356 Survival Medicine Hour: Snakebites, Doxycycline, More#356 SURVIVAL MEDICINE HOUR PODCAST Warm weather wakes humans up from their hibernation, but it also wakes inhabitants of the Great Outdoors as well, such as snakes. Inevitably some hiker, cam…
    - 6 days ago 13 Jul 19, 7:00pm -
  • Video: Eye Trauma
    Video: Eye TraumaVideo: Eye Trauma On Or Off The Grid In this video companion to a previous article, Joe Alton MD discusses various types of traumatic injury to the eye. Learn about foreign objects, blood collections, abrasions to the cornea and more…
    - 9 days ago 10 Jul 19, 8:07pm -
  • Snakebites: First Aid and Prevention
    Snakebites: First Aid and PreventionWarm weather wakes humans up from their hibernation, but it also wakes inhabitants of the Great Outdoors as well, such as snakes. Inevitably some hiker, camper, or hunter experiences a face-to-face (or face-to-ankl…
    - 10 days ago 9 Jul 19, 10:49pm -
  • #355 Survival Medicine Hour: Earthquakes, Rheumatoid Arthritis, More…
    #355 Survival Medicine Hour: Earthquakes, Rheumatoid Arthritis, More…#355 THE SURVIVAL MEDICINE HOUR PODCAST Southern California has been hit with a 7.1 magnitude earthquake which followed a 6.4 the previous day. Hundreds of smaller quakes have hi…
    - 13 days ago 6 Jul 19, 11:30pm -
  • Surviving An Earthquake
    Surviving An EarthquakeA strong 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit Southern California recently, cause several dozen incidents of structure fires and ambulance calls. According to the U.S. Geologic Survey, the tremors originated in a remote desert area, sp…
    - 15 days ago 4 Jul 19, 11:10pm -
  • Summer Crypto Infections
    Summer Crypto InfectionsSummertime is when you cool off with a dip in the pool, but this year you might be sorry you did. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are urging citizens to protect themselves against a hardy parasite called Cryptos…
    - 17 days ago 2 Jul 19, 2:10pm -
  • Video: All About CBD Oil
    Video: All About CBD OilVIDEO: All About CBD Oil In this companion video to a previous article, Joe Alton MD tells you all about Cannabidiol, aka CBD oil. CBD is the first natural Cannabis plant product to receive approval from the FDA, in this case…
    - 18 days ago 2 Jul 19, 12:28am -
  • #354 Survival Medicine Hour: Eye Issues Off The Grid
    #354 Survival Medicine Hour: Eye Issues Off The Grid#354  Survival Medicine Hour podcast Ask anyone on the street which of the five senses they would least be willing to sacrifice. They probably will tell you that their vision is the sense they woul…
    - 20 days ago 29 Jun 19, 11:47pm -