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  • newPreparedness Notes for Thursday — September 16, 2021
    September 16th is the birthday of “Mad Jack” Churchill (1906-1996), who was a true eccentric. He went to war in WWII armed with a broadsword and a longbow. (The latter was successfully used to dispatch several German soldiers.) He later became a…
    - 23 hours ago 16 Sep 21, 7:04am -
  • newEscape Southern California – Part 1, by Eastern Sierra Sage
    Covid-19 continues to plague us. Wildfires have destroyed Millions of Acres of beautiful forests and natural areas. The earthquakes in the East Sierra have been numerous and very unsettling. The Political situation in the “Peoples Republic” has b…
    - 23 hours ago 16 Sep 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…
    - 23 hours ago 16 Sep 21, 7:02am -
  • newThe Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “Economic freedom is… …an indispensable means toward the achievement of political freedom.” – Milton FriedmanThe post The Editors’ Quote of the Day: appeared first on SurvivalBlog.com.
    - 23 hours ago 16 Sep 21, 7:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Wednesday — September 15, 2021
    On this day in 1944, the U.S. 1st Marine Division landed on the island of Peleliu, one of the Palau Islands in the Pacific, as part of a larger operation to provide support for Gen. Douglas MacArthur, who was preparing to invade the Philippines. With…
    - 2 days ago 15 Sep 21, 7:04am -
  • Flatten The Curve for Hunting Deer – Part 2, by Behind The Counter
    (Continued from Part 1. This concludes the article.) The topics that I’ll deal with in Part 2 include: • The size, shape, location, and contents of a deer’s vital zone, • Legal, ethical, and practical considerations using your defense rifle f…
    - 2 days ago 15 Sep 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…
    - 2 days ago 15 Sep 21, 7:02am -
  • The Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “I prefer liberty with danger than peace with slavery.” Jean-Jacques RousseauThe post The Editors’ Quote of the Day: appeared first on SurvivalBlog.com.
    - 2 days ago 15 Sep 21, 7:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Tuesday — September 14, 2021
    Today is the birthday of actor Clayton Moore (1914–1999). His name is almost synonymous with Lone Ranger. This is also the birthday of James Wilson, a lawyer and a signer of the Declaration of Independence (1742 – 1798). — SurvivalBlog Writing…
    - 3 days ago 14 Sep 21, 7:04am -
  • Flatten The Curve for Hunting Deer – Part 1, by Behind The Counter
    Do you remember how long it was supposed to take to “flatten the curve”? Weeks not years. In this article, it takes a second or less to flatten the curve. To flatten the curve for hunting deer, we will follow the science. No masks required. This…
    - 3 days ago 14 Sep 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…
    - 3 days ago 14 Sep 21, 7:02am -
  • The Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “Let the American youth never forget that they possess a noble inheritance, bought by the toils and sufferings and blood of their ancestors, and capable, if wisely improved and faithfully guarded, of transmitting to the latest posterity all the sub…
    - 3 days ago 14 Sep 21, 7:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Monday — September 13, 2021
    September 13th, 1951 was the birthday of President Salva Kiir Mayardit of South Sudan. — A Reminder:  I have put Elk Creek Company on another ordering hiatus, for the month of September, 2021. I’m now traveling, in part to gather more inventory.…
    - 4 days ago 13 Sep 21, 7:07am -
  • SIG-Sauer MPX Pistol, by Pat Cascio
    This 9mm pistol, and it is a pistol, has been discontinued by SIG-Sauer for some reason…and they now have a shorter, smaller version called the Copperhead. I received an early version of the MPX for testing, and I’m just now getting around to fi…
    - 4 days ago 13 Sep 21, 7:06am -
  • Recipe of the Week: Chicken Boullion-Flavored Rice
    The following recipe for Chicken Boullion-Flavored Rice is from SurvivalBlog Reader Carl W.. It is a tasty way to use some of your stored rice. The dried versions of the seasonings store well, so this would make a good TEOTWAWKI recipe. This recipe m…
    - 4 days ago 13 Sep 21, 7:04am -

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…
    - 96 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

  • Companion Gardening: the Three Sisters System
    As we head into fall and the harvest season, now is a good time to start planning our gardens for next year. These plans can include: Clearing more ground for plantingPrepping existing beds for winterAdding slow fertilizing agents such as manure or l…
    - 2 days ago 14 Sep 21, 9:03pm -
  • Erin's New GHB, part 4: the Shelter Pocket
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.So after a trilogy of posts about charcoal, let's return to talking about my new Get Home Bag and how I've probably overpacked it.The Shelter Pocket is to the rear of the main pocke…
    - 3 days ago 13 Sep 21, 8:43pm -
  • Defensive Driving
    I received my first driver's license a long time ago. (No, we weren't taught how to drive on dinosaurs, but they were still in some of the older books.  David Blackard might remember them, though). The year after getting my license I worked a job th…
    - 6 days ago 10 Sep 21, 8:38pm -
  • Where To Start?
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping. Word is out around work that I write for a  prepping blog. Thankfully, only one person has asked the obvious and clichéd p…
    - 7 days ago 10 Sep 21, 12:26am -
  • Odor Removal
    One of the constants goals of civilization seems to be making bad smells go away. Whether through soap, perfume, or deodorant, we regularly try to make things smell better. This can be a more significant issue with long term storage of fabrics; to th…
    - 9 days ago 7 Sep 21, 9:43pm -
  • Activating Charcoal
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.You've made charcoal. But how do you activate it Before we go into that, a few disclaimers:Store-bought activated charcoal will always be superior to home made. This is because you…
    - 10 days ago 7 Sep 21, 12:18am -
  • Witness Marks
    I asked a question on MeWe the other day and received a response that mentioned witness marks. To be honest, this topic is something that I learned as a child, had reinforced in the Army, and now I do without thinking about it.Witness marks are any k…
    - 13 days ago 3 Sep 21, 7:08pm -
  • How To Keep Cooking Without Power
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.A friend asked me for ideas on how to cook in the off chance we have a really long power outage. The follow-up question on how t…
    - 14 days ago 2 Sep 21, 8:47pm -
  • Making Charcoal
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.Charcoal has many useful applications: as a fuel source, as a filtration medium, and as a toxin neutralizer. Therefore it behooves a prepper to know how to make it themselves. Sel…
    - 16 days ago 1 Sep 21, 1:33am -
  • Depression
    As the title implies, this article is going to be more serious than what I usually post. I’ve struggled with depression most of my life. By the time I was 18 I’d gotten through almost a decade of therapy, which helped quite a bit and taught me so…
    - 17 days ago 31 Aug 21, 3:44am -
  • Freebies
    Electricity is such a major factor of our modern lives that we take it for granted until it's not there. With the nasty heat that most of us dealt with this summer, electrical supplies in a lot of areas were strained; some even broke when the demand…
    - 21 days ago 27 Aug 21, 4:34pm -
  • August Roundup
    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 another in a collection of posts where I have topics that by themselves don't make a stand-alone article.Safety of Per…
    - 21 days ago 26 Aug 21, 8:22pm -
  • Rice, Rice, Baby
    Rice is one of, if not the most, popular cereal grains in the world. The majority of rice sold in the United States is long grain white rice, though brown rice has become more popular over the past decade or so.The difference between the two types of…
    - 23 days ago 24 Aug 21, 8:41pm -
  • Activated Charcoal
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.Before I tell you about activated charcoal, I need to explain the difference between absorption and adsorption. Absorption is when a fluid is taken into the volume of something, li…
    - 24 days ago 24 Aug 21, 12:31am -
  • Heat and the Buddy System
    It's always a good idea to have a helper. They often go by different names (teammate, co-worker, significant other, partner, crew member, or friend), but they're there to watch out for you and share the work. The first part, watching out for you, is…
    - 28 days ago 19 Aug 21, 10:50pm -
  • More Fire Planning
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.The weather patterns changed last week, but they still aren't good for lowering the risk of nearby fires.Getting ReadyBecause he…
    - 29 days ago 18 Aug 21, 8:22pm -
  • Chamber Casting
    The purpose of making a chamber casting is to get the internal dimensions and learn information about a firearm chamber. This information includes: Does the chamber have any damage or excessive wear that might cause function and reliability issues?W…
    - 30 days ago 17 Aug 21, 7:43pm -
  • Erin's New GHB, part 3: Food & Water Pouches
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission. No, not pouches of food and water, but quick access pouches for food and water. You'll see the difference in a moment.Water PouchThe water pouch is on the right side of my pack.…
    - 31 days ago 16 Aug 21, 11:10pm -
  • Erin's New GHB, part 2: Quick Access
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.Last week, I mentioned that the main reason I went with this pack as my new Get Home Bag was because of its modularity. This is very important to me because if there's something I n…
    - 34 days ago 14 Aug 21, 3:50am -
  • California Burnin'
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.Yes, California is on fire again, but the fires aren't as close to me as in previous years. While that brings me a small amount…
    - 36 days ago 12 Aug 21, 5:56pm -
  • Prepper's Pantry: Pierogi
    Pierogiare Eastern European in origin and are a type of small to medium dumpling made of a simple unleavened dough and (generally) a potato-based filling. Like with so many other ethnic foods, the variety of pierogi are nearly endless. In my family,…
    - 37 days ago 10 Aug 21, 9:26pm -
  • Erin's New GHB, part 1
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ PhotographyAs& is used with permission.January 2020, aka "in the Before Time", I decided that my current Get Home Bag wasn't what I wanted and that I should get a new one. It's taken me a long time to get to a point wh…
    - 38 days ago 9 Aug 21, 7:42pm -
  • American Sign Language
    One of the common topics of discussion by preppers is communications. We want to be able to find out what's going on around us, so we can figure out how to react. Long-range comms are nice, and we've had a few articles about radio and such over the y…
    - 41 days ago 6 Aug 21, 8:15pm -
  • Hidden Treasures
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping. My equipment has been moved out of my parents house, gone through, and items I no longer need have been sold, given away or th…
    - 42 days ago 5 Aug 21, 10:51pm -
  • A Primer on Reloading
    While metallic cartridge reloading has been covered before on Blue Collar Prepping, it’s been a while. This post isn’t going to be an in-depth discussion of all the details involved in the reloading process, but rather more of a general primer. I…
    - 44 days ago 3 Aug 21, 11:05pm -

Survival Medicine

  • Survival Gardening: Sweet Potatoes
    Survival Gardening: Sweet PotatoesYou might not know that both Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy graduated from the state of Florida’s Master Gardener program. The family medic can benefit from some experience growing food crops to provide the calories, esse…
    - 4 days ago 13 Sep 21, 5:42am -
  • Survival Medicine Podcast: Nuclear Events/Radiation
    Survival Medicine Podcast: Nuclear Events/RadiationFor the survival medic, increasing international tensions means that knowledge about nuclear events and the physical damage associated with them is a worthwhile topic to know about. Short of an aster…
    - 4 days ago 12 Sep 21, 7:47pm -
  • Mass Casualty Incidents
    Mass Casualty IncidentsOn the anniversary of 9/11, it only seems appropriate to discuss what you would do if confronted with more victims of traumatic injury than you can handle. This can happen anywhere, anytime, and in normal times or times of trou…
    - 6 days ago 11 Sep 21, 2:42pm -
  • Survival Medicine Video Podcast #7
    Survival Medicine Video Podcast #7This video version of the Survival Medicine Podcast cover anxiety, depression, PTSD, and other issues that will confront the medic in times of trouble as well as “good” times…. To watch, click below… .Wishing…
    - 11 days ago 6 Sep 21, 4:35pm -
  • Proper Storage Of Survival Meds
    Proper Storage Of Survival MedsBeing prepared for disasters means storing food, but it also means putting together a stockpile of medical supplies. While bandages and instruments may keep acceptably in a variety of environments, medications are anoth…
    - 16 days ago 1 Sep 21, 5:26pm -
  • Video: Unboxing The 4th Edition
    Video: Unboxing The 4th EditionVideo: Unboxing The 4th Edition A strange package arrived at our house yesterday, which prompted ol’ Dr. Bones to get out the stethoscope (might be a bomb, you never know) and perform a delivery. Imagine his and Nurse…
    - 19 days ago 29 Aug 21, 2:54pm -
  • Video: The 4TH EDITION
    Video: The 4TH EDITIONLet me ask you a question: Would you be prepared to keep you family healthy if a disaster took away everything we take for granted? Could you be an effective medic when hospitals are overcrowded and the ambulance is heading in t…
    - 22 days ago 26 Aug 21, 1:14pm -
  • The Survival Medicine Handbook’s 4TH EDITION
    The Survival Medicine Handbook’s 4TH EDITIONWe’re pleased to announce the publication of the brand new and greatly expanded 4th Edition of The Survival Medicine Handbook on Amazon! After an entire year of putting it together, we believe the new v…
    - 23 days ago 25 Aug 21, 2:07pm -
  • Earthquake Survival
    Earthquake SurvivalGiven the chaos in Afghanistan, hardly any reporting has been devoted to a horrific earthquake which devastated Haiti recently. Currently, more than 2,200 are known dead and over 12,000 injured. 600,000 Haitian citizens have been a…
    - 25 days ago 23 Aug 21, 4:25pm -
  • Cloth Masks And Infectious Disease
    Cloth Masks And Infectious DiseaseI haven’t written about infectious diseases for a while, but a recent trip to my lung specialist to review a chest CAT scan (good news: it was finally clear of pneumonia) found her looking a little haggard. She adm…
    - 26 days ago 22 Aug 21, 5:36pm -