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  • newPreparedness Notes for Saturday — April 17, 2021
    On April 17, 1961, about 1,500 CIA-trained Cuban exiles launched the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba in a failed attempt to overthrow the government of Fidel Castro. Due to the Cuba/Soviet intelligence network as well as loose talk by members…
    - 13 hours ago 17 Apr 21, 7:06am -
  • newMedical Emergency Sheets – Part 4, by K.B., M.D.
    (Continued from Part 3. This concludes the article.) DEEP VENOUS THROMBOSIS, PULMONARY EMBOLISM, CHOKING, AND NOSE BLEEDS Today is the last of this four-part series. I hope that the previous three parts have been informative and helpful. Our topics f…
    - 13 hours ago 17 Apr 21, 7:04am -
  • newEditors’ Prepping Progress
    To be prepared for a crisis, every Prepper must establish goals and make long-term and short-term plans. In this column, the SurvivalBlog editors review their week’s prep activities and planned prep activities for the coming week. These range from…
    - 13 hours ago 17 Apr 21, 7:02am -
  • newThe Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. Though an host shoul…
    - 13 hours ago 17 Apr 21, 7:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Friday — April 16, 2021
    My inventory of pre-1899 guns is getting low at my Elk Creek Company side business. Federal gun legislation is looming, so get your order in soon. The current sale will end at 9 PM Pacific Time TONIGHT. (Friday, April 16th, 2021.) – JWR — April 1…
    - 2 days ago 16 Apr 21, 7:06am -
  • Medical Emergency Sheets – Part 3, by K.B., M.D.
    (Continued from Part 2.) STROKE, HEAT EXHAUSTION, HEAT STROKE, AND WOUNDS Today’s presentation will cover protocols for the above topics. I hope that you have found Parts 1 and 2 interesting and helpful. Do you have at least one emergency medical n…
    - 2 days ago 16 Apr 21, 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. Most of these items are from the “tangibles he…
    - 2 days ago 16 Apr 21, 7:02am -
  • The Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “The monopolization of money and banking is the ultimate pillar on which the modern state rests.” – Hans-Hermann HoppeThe post The Editors’ Quote of the Day: appeared first on SurvivalBlog.com.
    - 2 days ago 16 Apr 21, 7:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Thursday — April 15, 2021
    April 15th, 1912, is the anniversary of the sinking of the “unsinkable” Titanic. 1,517 people lost their lives on the maiden voyage. As research into the incident has progressed over the last 100 years, it seems as if, one way or another, the shi…
    - 3 days ago 15 Apr 21, 7:05am -
  • Medical Emergency Sheets – Part 2, by K.B., M.D.
    (Continued from Part 1.) HEART ATTACK, FRACTURE, AND HEAD INJURY Today, we will cover these topics. The author has had an unpleasant experience with the latter two, more than once! As mentioned previously, having a prepared summary to turn to for *in…
    - 3 days ago 15 Apr 21, 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 “JWR”. Our goal is to educate our readers, to help them to recognize…
    - 3 days ago 15 Apr 21, 7:02am -
  • The Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “Programs like these make it clear that the internet has not loosened the grip of authoritarian regimes. Instead, it has become a new tool for maintaining their power. Sometimes, this occurs through visible controls on physical hardware or the peop…
    - 3 days ago 15 Apr 21, 7:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Wednesday — April 14, 2021
    Today marks the birthday of actor Adrien Brody (born 1973). He played the lead role in the Holocaust survival movie The Pianist. — We are pleased to announce that a new prize has been added to Second Prize package, of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction w…
    - 4 days ago 14 Apr 21, 7:05am -
  • Medical Emergency Sheets – Part 1, by K.B., M.D.
    Today begins a four-part article series called “Medical Emergency Sheets” in an effort to assist fellow readers who may face certain emergencies. Why? During an emergency, people panic and may forget what to do or may never have had any medical t…
    - 4 days ago 14 Apr 21, 7:03am -
  • The Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “Despite the best guesses of participants, and movement profiles in newspapers of record, no one knows how many individuals should be identified with the migration. But if millions of hits on survivalblog.com are any indication, or if the achieveme…
    - 4 days ago 14 Apr 21, 7:01am -

SHTF Plan

More Than Just Surviving

  • 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…
    - 83 days ago 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 -
  • 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 -

Blue Collar Prepping

  • newEye Washing Made Easy
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.As a follow-up to the post Chaplain Tim made yesterday about the importance of being able to wash irritants out of your eyes, here is a handy little device that belongs in every pre…
    - 17 hours ago 17 Apr 21, 3:00am -
  • Eye Washing
    We've mentioned eye washing a few times over the years; the most recent one I found in a quick search (use the search box in the upper left corner) was almost 5 years ago. Bottles of commercially available eyewash aren't very expensive, and in my opi…
    - 2 days ago 15 Apr 21, 6:40pm -
  • David Blackard's Father Has Passed
    Hello, Blue Collar Prepping readers. David's father passed away on Sunday. Here is the message from David's sister:  Hi family and friends;Last night our dad passed away peacefully at 91 years. He led a full life and taught us so much. Please keep…
    - 3 days ago 15 Apr 21, 1:33am -
  • Slow Matches
    The slow match/lighter shows in this video can be bought on Amazon.  Lokidude
    - 4 days ago 14 Apr 21, 2:56am -
  • Sausage Fest
    “Laws, like sausages, cease to inspire respect in proportion as we know how they are made.” -- John Godfrey Saxe, 1869 Sausage is one of humanity's oldest prepared foods and when made properly can potentially be stored without refrigeration fo…
    - 5 days ago 12 Apr 21, 8:56pm -
  • Dementia & Elderly Care
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.This one's going to be a ramble, because my post is less a case of "Here's what you need to do" and more like "This is what I've learned through experience."To give you a brief idea…
    - 7 days ago 10 Apr 21, 6:28pm -
  • Fire Season
    Winter is over, spring has begun, and fire season is upon us. While the wildfires and forest fires that plague California get the most coverage in the media, most of the US is susceptible to brush fires that can destroy homes and property. The scale…
    - 9 days ago 8 Apr 21, 7:37pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: When The Shoe Fits
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping. Well, well! Another item has been checked off my prepping wish list for my friend, Purple Pack Lady. We were looking for a j…
    - 10 days ago 8 Apr 21, 3:45am -
  • What is a Core Charge?
    I was shopping online for parts for my car this week, and underneath the price of the part was a "core charge" price. My brake calipers were only going to cost me $62 per side, so what was this other $60 tacked on to each of them? If you didn't know…
    - 11 days ago 7 Apr 21, 1:51am -
  • Pocket Survival Kit
    There have been numerous articles on Bug Out (BOB), Get Home (GHB), and I’m Never Coming Home (INCH) bags, as well as various belt pouch survival kits. All of these have important places in a survival situation and I’m in no way discounting them.…
    - 12 days ago 5 Apr 21, 11:02pm -
  • Vehicle Rescue
    I got a message from a friend just as I was leaving work today: his car broke down on the side of the freeway, and all my friends know I'm available and capable. He's one of my car guy buddies, so he has skills himself, but he needed a tow. While I'v…
    - 15 days ago 3 Apr 21, 2:58am -
  • Sustainable Sleep
    It's well-known that sleep is important to our health. How are you preparing for getting some shut-eye in the rough times?Most of us sleep in a bed, on some form of mattress. The main purpose of a bed is to get us off of the ground, which makes it ea…
    - 16 days ago 1 Apr 21, 7:21pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: Resupply
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.Prepared is what we try to be; ready to respond at any time, day or night, to the situation at hand. I've done that several time…
    - 17 days ago 1 Apr 21, 12:25am -
  • Pandemic Post: a Retrospective
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.It's been over a year since I published "Pandemic? Don't Panic!", one of our most popular -- and most divisive -- posts. We received many comments about it, a good number of which w…
    - 18 days ago 31 Mar 21, 3:40am -
  • Chag Pesach Sameach
    To quote Benjy Stone from My Favorite Year,  “Jews know two things: suffering and where to find great Chinese food.” In this post I'm going to discuss the topic of ritual foods and their place in a prepper’s pantry. Just as with special treats…
    - 20 days ago 29 Mar 21, 3:47am -
  • Bearing Replacement
     If it turns on a shaft, it probably has bearings. Bearings wear out with use and are considered a “consumable” item, they are designed to be replaced on equipment that is intended to be used for any length of time. The cheap, imported gear (too…
    - 23 days ago 26 Mar 21, 12:17am -
  • Prudent Prepping: Trying
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping. Well, the search for gear for Purple Pack Lady (PPL) has started, and I think everything may go easier than I expected. Shoppi…
    - 23 days ago 25 Mar 21, 11:58pm -
  • Ear Cleaning
    Here's the link to the Earwax Removal Kit I review in the video below. Lokidude
    - 25 days ago 24 Mar 21, 12:25am -
  • Everybody Must Get (Whet)Stoned
    In a previous article, I talked about files and said I’d get to stones later. Well, I checked and it’s later now.  Also called lapping, sharpening, or whetstones, stones are used for polishing and honing, i.e. to produce a smooth finish, while f…
    - 26 days ago 23 Mar 21, 12:25am -
  • Bearings
    When you hear the word “bearings”, the normal prepper context is “a compass reading”. However, the other type of bearings that a prepper should know about are the mechanical ones that keep things spinning smoothly. Bearings are basically anyt…
    - 29 days ago 19 Mar 21, 10:48pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: Second 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 had an opportunity to use some of my gear Monday. While it may have been not necessarily needed, I was glad to have it avail…
    - 31 days ago 17 Mar 21, 10:14pm -
  • Straight Cheatin'
    "Give me a place to stand and with a lever I will move the whole world." - ArchimedesI had a flat tire on my truck over the weekend. I tried to pull it off with my electric impact gun, but it wasn't turning the lug nuts at all. Apparently, the last j…
    - 32 days ago 17 Mar 21, 1:14am -
  • Product Review: the KP-15 AR Lower
    In this post I’m going to review a new addition to my collection, the KP-15 AR lower receiver by KE Arms. This is basically a slightly updated version of the receiver Ian and Karl used for their What Would Stoner Do? rifle project for InRange TV.Th…
    - 33 days ago 15 Mar 21, 5:58pm -
  • CPAP Masks
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.You've had your sleep study done and you've selected your CPAP machine. Now on to the million-dollar question: What kind of mask should you get?That's a question only you can answer…
    - 34 days ago 14 Mar 21, 11:55pm -
  • Prepper Fiction
    I was chatting with a prepper friend whom I've known most of my live, and we started talking about books that we've both read. Being veterans as well as fans of fiction, we have similar tastes and our libraries have a lot of overlap. We started compa…
    - 37 days ago 12 Mar 21, 3:16am -

Survival Medicine

  • Poison Ivy, Oak, And Sumac
    Poison Ivy, Oak, And SumacA common form of contact dermatitis the medic will see in survival scenarios will be related to contact with natural irritants that exist in some plants. In an extended disaster scenario, you’ll spend a lot more time expos…
    - 6 days ago 11 Apr 21, 4:28pm -
  • Survival Medicine Podcast: Tornadoes!
    Survival Medicine Podcast: Tornadoes!Six people are dead in the South after at least 23 tornadoes tore through Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia last week. The damage in places like Coweta County is Georgia, well, it looks like a bomb went off there.…
    - 10 days ago 7 Apr 21, 8:00pm -
  • Flood!
    Flood!Flooding is one of the most common natural disasters affecting U.S. citizens. Flood are overflows of water that submerge land which is normally dry. Some floods develop over time, while others can become dangerous very quickly and affect areas…
    - 14 days ago 3 Apr 21, 2:31pm -
  • Active Shooters In The New Normal
    Active Shooters In The New NormalOn March 23rd, 2021, a man thought to be mentally disturbed entered a Boulder, Colorado grocery store and began a shooting rampage. 21-year-old Al Aliwi Alissa, born in Syria but living in the United States since the…
    - 23 days ago 25 Mar 21, 4:59pm -
  • Video Podcast: Thyroid Issues
    Video Podcast: Thyroid IssuesIn this video version of the Survival Medicine podcast, Joe Alton MD and Amy Alton ARNP discuss the importance of the medic in survival settings to know about chronic illnesses, such as thyroid dysfunction. In austere sce…
    - 31 days ago 17 Mar 21, 9:00pm -
  • Survival Medicine Podcast: Thyroid Issues, Hypertension
    Survival Medicine Podcast: Thyroid Issues, HypertensionIn this audio episode of the Survival Medicine Podcast, Dr. Joe Alton and Nurse Amy Alton discuss chronic medical problems in survival scenarios, such as thyroid issues and high blood pressure. W…
    - 34 days ago 15 Mar 21, 6:24am -
  • Dressings and Bandages
    Dressings and BandagesThe medic in survival settings can expect to see their share of injuries, some of which involve open wounds. A working knowledge of dressings and bandages will serve a caregiver well in terms of accumulating supplies in normal t…
    - 39 days ago 9 Mar 21, 8:48pm -
  • Video Podcast: Expiration Dates, Drug Storage
    Video Podcast: Expiration Dates, Drug StorageSince 1979, drug companies have been mandated to place expiration dates on their products, but what is the actual meaning of an expiration date? Are the drugs still good after that date? Are they dangerous…
    - 46 days ago 2 Mar 21, 4:21pm -
  • Survival Medicine Podcast: Expiration Dates, Drug Storage
    Survival Medicine Podcast: Expiration Dates, Drug StorageIn a disaster, especially a long-term one, the family medic has to be able to handle a lot of different emergencies. Some of these are clearly survivable, such as a broken finger, and some are…
    - 51 days ago 25 Feb 21, 3:07pm -
  • COVID-19 Long-Haulers
    COVID-19 Long-HaulersThe COVID-19 pandemic hit home recently in our family when my brother, sister-in-law, and their kids came down with the virus. While my brother and the boys were better in a few days, his wife became short of breath to the point…
    - 52 days ago 24 Feb 21, 5:36pm -