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  • newPreparedness Notes for Wednesday — March 20, 2019
    March 20th is the birthday of Mel Tappan. (Born 1933, died 1980.) His perennially popular survivalist books Survival Guns and Tappan on Survival have a well-deserved following. JWR’s Comment: I propose that March 20th be designated National Surviva…
    - 10 hours ago 20 Mar 19, 7:05am -
  • newStrangers in a Strange Land: Communication, Pt. 2, by L.C.
    (Continued from Part 1. This concludes the article.) GET TO KNOW YOUR NEIGHBORS. HUMBLE YOURSELF. We took Danish lessons. It is a very difficult language that has 6 extra vowels that I can’t even hear the differences. After living on our small stre…
    - 10 hours ago 20 Mar 19, 7:04am -
  • newJWR’s Recommendations of the Week:
    Here are JWR’s Recommendations of the Week for various media and tools of interest to SurvivalBlog readers. This week the focus is on Thermo-Electric Generators (TEGs). (See the Gear & Grub section.) Books: The Home Edit: A Guide to Organizing and…
    - 10 hours ago 20 Mar 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…
    - 10 hours ago 20 Mar 19, 7:02am -
  • newThe Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “One of the first things they teach stockbrokers is to stay out of the stock market. Brokers make their pile from selling advice, and from commissions on stock transactions. They can’t predict the market, and few risk their own money. They, at le…
    - 10 hours ago 20 Mar 19, 7:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Tuesday — March 19, 2019
    On March 19, 1649, the House of Commons of England passed an act abolishing the House of Lords, declaring it “useless and dangerous to the people of England”. Perhaps it’s time Americans did the same with our Senate–or better yet return our S…
    - 1 day ago 19 Mar 19, 7:05am -
  • Strangers in a Strange Land: Communication, Pt. 1, by L.C.
    HOW TO MEET PEOPLE/MAKE FRIENDS IN A NEW AND FOREIGN AREA After growing up on small farms in Ohio, my husband and I were given the opportunity to live in Denmark for his work. Looking back, that was total culture shock to both of us. Also looking at…
    - 1 day ago 19 Mar 19, 7:04am -
  • SurvivalBlog’s News From The American Redoubt
    Here is SurvivalBlog’s News From The American Redoubt. This weekly column features news stories and event announcements from around the American Redoubt region. We also mention companies of interest to preppers that are located in the region. The e…
    - 1 day ago 19 Mar 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”.  Today, we focus on digital home invasion–sadly by both hac…
    - 1 day ago 19 Mar 19, 7:02am -
  • The Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “Before, my managers knew never to mention a TV series to me, because they knew how furious that would make me. I’d look at it like a vote of no confidence in my movie career, that I was going to be sent off to the television graveyard. But at a…
    - 1 day ago 19 Mar 19, 7:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Monday — March 18, 2019
    Today of the birthday of Luc Besson, director and producer of films such as Nikita and The Fifth Element. He was born in 1959. March 18th is also the birthday of novelist John Updike. (He was born in 1932 and died in 2009.)  The post Preparedness N…
    - 2 days ago 18 Mar 19, 7:05am -
  • Glock 17 RTF 9mm Handgun, by Pat Cascio
    Many readers have asked me to review the Glock 17, even though I’ve already reviewed the Glock 19 – which is my favorite Glock model. Other than their size, there isn’t a lot of difference between the two models per se. However, since I receiv…
    - 2 days ago 18 Mar 19, 7:04am -
  • Recipe of the Week: Lo Carb Green Chile Cheese and Egg Bake Set
    Okie Ranch Wife’s Lo Carb Green Chile Cheese and Egg Bake I found the original recipe on an Atkins Diet-friendly web site and changed it up to suit my taste. It is a great way to use eggs from your chickens and other garden produce. I would not sug…
    - 2 days ago 18 Mar 19, 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. And it bears mention that most of these items ar…
    - 2 days ago 18 Mar 19, 7:02am -
  • The Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “In a republic the sovereignty resides essentially, and entirely in the people. Those only who compose the people, and partake of this sovereignty are citizens, they alone can elect, and are capable of being elected to public offices, and of course…
    - 2 days ago 18 Mar 19, 7:01am -

SHTF Plan

More Than Just Surviving

  • 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…
    - 81 days ago 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 -
  • 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 -

Blue Collar Prepping

  • newSplitting Maul Introduction
    It's firewood season for me now that spring is upon us. This video is a quick demonstration of my favorite way to split firewood. Lokidude
    - 17 hours ago 19 Mar 19, 11:57pm -
  • Video Review: Orion Campfire Starter/Signal Flare
    You can buy these from Amazon in a pack of two for $15 ($7.50 per flare) or a pack of 12 for $35 ($2.92 each).From the Amazon entry:Offers a small size measuring 5-1/4-inches long and weighing only 8-ouncesFeatures a self contained, windproof ignitio…
    - 2 days ago 18 Mar 19, 9:41pm -
  • Steel: What Kind and From Where?
    Steel isn't hard to find, generally not expensive, and you can do lots of things with it. But what kind do you use, and where do you find it, once you’ve decided on a project for it?Mild SteelFor a lot of things (basic ironwork, braces, learning th…
    - 5 days ago 16 Mar 19, 1:29am -
  • Chaplain Tim
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.I received this email from Chaplain Tim last night:Subject: Thursday postI'm going to try to get one together,  but I just had a nice policeman at my door inform me that the my sec…
    - 6 days ago 14 Mar 19, 8:18pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: March Delirium
    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 my first post-move blog entry, and since I’m too tired to make it into a buffet post, you get this.I’ve uncovered some…
    - 7 days ago 14 Mar 19, 12:25am -
  • Chemical Specialty PPE
    I’ve discussed Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) a couple of times in the past, and for good reason: it's the last line of defense against injury when doing work. In addition to basic PPE, there are specialty protective items that are used to add…
    - 8 days ago 13 Mar 19, 1:29am -
  • Emergency Heat: "New" Old Kerosene Heaters
    The good: Kerosene and its heaters are cheap to buy, unlike propane canisters.The bad: Unlike propane, kereosene isn't available everywhere.The ugly: Kerosene goes bad, and while burning it stinks like diesel.Again, if you don't have a combination ca…
    - 9 days ago 11 Mar 19, 3:04pm -
  • Iron and Vitamin Supplements for your BOB
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.I am some degree of anemic. I base this upon my observed experiences over several years (mentioned here and here on my personal blog) where the introduction of 25-50 mg of iron vi…
    - 11 days ago 9 Mar 19, 6:00am -
  • CD3WD
    I was wandering through a prepper-themed social media site the other day, and I saw someone asking for a source of e-books to store on a laptop in the event of TEOTWAWKI (“The End Of The World As We Know It”). Years ago, I followed a project des…
    - 13 days ago 7 Mar 19, 5:31pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: EDC First Aid Kit, 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. After wearing the kit I discussed in the post two weeks ago for almost three weeks now, I have done what Jonathan Sullivan mention…
    - 14 days ago 6 Mar 19, 6:00pm -
  • UST Fire Kit Upgrades
    I mentioned in my unboxing video of the UST Fire Kit that I was going to capitalize on all the extra space in that box by adding some of my favorite fire-building bits, much of it is being cloned from my original fire bag. While I love my fire bag an…
    - 15 days ago 6 Mar 19, 1:44am -
  • Emergency Heat: Propane
    How do you heat your home if the power goes out? You can use a propane canister like I demonstrate in this video.If you use one, be sure to have a carbon monoxide/smoke detector combo. If you don't, you can get one from Amazon for around $30.Bonus Vi…
    - 19 days ago 2 Mar 19, 12:43am -
  • Medications
    There's more than one reason to prepare. Yes, we spend a lot of time getting ready for disasters and emergencies, but there are several things which don't quite reach that level that still need to be on your radar. Having a stockpile of your daily me…
    - 20 days ago 28 Feb 19, 8:55pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: Splinter Removal
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.I went to my local knife shop last month to hang out and see all the cool things I couldn't (and still can't) afford. I've been doi…
    - 21 days ago 27 Feb 19, 9:33pm -
  • How to Change an Automobile Air Filter
    Automotive maintenance is a necessary evil for folks who own cars, but it can also be incredibly expensive. While certain maintenance tasks require special tools or skills which justify the cost, some tasks extract their price based solely on conveni…
    - 22 days ago 27 Feb 19, 12:25am -
  • Tips on Filling Your Emergency Pantry
    Many beginning preppers want to know how to create a food reserve but don't know how.Fortunately, it's easy to do. Watch this video and I'll show you how.
    - 26 days ago 23 Feb 19, 4:05am -
  • Li-ion Batteries in Winter
    After listening to my coworkers whine about their cell phones going dead in the cold, I decided to look up an explanation for why it happens. (Keep in mind that I work outside a lot of the time and this has been one of the coldest winters in a genera…
    - 27 days ago 21 Feb 19, 8:03pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: The EDC First Aid Kit, pt. 2
    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 a continuation of this post from several weeks ago, using the included links to previous BCP posts and the posts of frie…
    - 28 days ago 20 Feb 19, 7:45pm -
  • UST Fire Kit Unboxing
    Unboxing videos are rare from me, but I was able to be patient and get the camera out when I opened this kit. Enjoy! Lokidude
    - 29 days ago 20 Feb 19, 12:01am -
  • Hiatus
    Due to a variety of factors -- Scott is dealing with a death in the family, David is packing and moving to a new place, Chaplain Tim is sick and I'm going to Utah for a week -- I have given our authors the week off.Have a great week and a happy Valen…
    - 36 days ago 12 Feb 19, 5:42pm -
  • Old School Gas Can Hack
    Here's a handy little modification for old school gas cans along with some thoughts on my current preps, future demands, and what I’m going to do about it.
    - 40 days ago 9 Feb 19, 12:53am -
  • Updates and Misc
    Since I'm battling the various colds and flu that are making the rounds in my family, today's post is going to be a recap or update of some of my older posts. This is the beginning of my 6th year of writing here, and it takes more concentration than…
    - 41 days ago 7 Feb 19, 9:31pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: Moving On
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping. Not moving on from this blog, but rather moving from where I currently live. My landlord has sold this house to move into a much…
    - 42 days ago 6 Feb 19, 3:32pm -
  • Throwing Motions: Precise and Accurate
    This week we have a video demonstrating the short, precise motions involved in using small tools accurately.Lokidude
    - 43 days ago 6 Feb 19, 12:34am -
  • Guest Post: Light Weight, Low Bulk, Cold Weather
    by George GrootGeorge is a member of our Facebook Group and has written for us before.In the Infantry there is a phrase: "Travel light and freeze at night." It’s true that there isn’t a lot of room or weight left over for creature comforts wh…
    - 44 days ago 5 Feb 19, 1:16am -

Survival Medicine

  • newVIDEO: Creating An Epidemic Sick Room
    VIDEO: Creating An Epidemic Sick RoomVIDEO: CREATING AN EPIDEMIC SICK ROOM 100 years, ago, the world was hit with a pandemic influenza known as the “Spanish Flu“. Since then, no one infectious disease outbreak has caused as many deaths. The wise…
    - 2 hours ago 20 Mar 19, 3:02pm -
  • newAll About Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
    All About Benign Prostatic HyperplasiaBENIGN PROSTATIC HYPERTROPHY We all change as we get older, and some changes are gender-specific, like prostate problems. Your prostate gland is part of the male genital tract and surrounds part of your urethra,…
    - 19 hours ago 19 Mar 19, 10:28pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Mumps, Expiration Dates, OTC Drugs, More
    Survival Medicine Hour: Mumps, Expiration Dates, OTC Drugs, MoreSURVIVAL MEDICINE HOUR PODCAST Sometimes, diseases that are rare today pop up unexpectedly, such as the recent outbreak of mumps on the warship U.S.S. Fort McHenry, where 25 sailors came…
    - 4 days ago 16 Mar 19, 9:22pm -
  • Mumps and Mariners
    Mumps and MarinersMUMPS Sometimes, diseases that are rare today pop up unexpectedly, such as the recent outbreak of mumps on the warship U.S.S. Fort McHenry, where 25 sailors and marines came down with the illness. This led to the quarantine of the s…
    - 7 days ago 13 Mar 19, 10:47pm -
  • Video: Which Antibiotics?
    Video: Which Antibiotics?VIDEO: WHICH ANTIBIOTICS TO HAVE IN SURVIVAL SETTINGS If a disaster throws you off the grid, your risk of traumatic injury increases and so does that of infection. When someone thinks of an infectious disease event, they envi…
    - 7 days ago 13 Mar 19, 5:18pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Which Antibiotics, “The Unraveling”, more
    Survival Medicine Hour: Which Antibiotics, “The Unraveling”, moreSURVIVAL MEDICINE HOUR PODCAST Survival Group Medicine Handbook guru Charley Hogwood comes to the show to talk about his post-apocalyptic fiction novel “The Unraveling“, an awes…
    - 11 days ago 9 Mar 19, 11:02pm -
  • Which Antibiotics To Have For Survival Settings?
    Which Antibiotics To Have For Survival Settings?WHICH ANTIBIOTICS TO HAVE? (NOTE: The information below is only meant for circumstances where there is no functioning medical system. If modern professional care is available, seek it out.) If a disaste…
    - 11 days ago 9 Mar 19, 6:04pm -
  • Hypothermia In Dogs
    Hypothermia In DogsHYPOTHERMIA IN DOGS (Note: I get a lot of questions about dog medical issues, but I’m not a veterinarian. Here are just some thoughts on a potentially dangerous issue for our canine friends.) Our last article was about hypothermi…
    - 14 days ago 6 Mar 19, 5:20pm -
  • Tornado!
    Tornado!TORNADO SURVIVAL Every year in the United States, we go through various natural disasters. as we approach Spring, tornadoes become some of the most common in certain parts of the country. In Lee county, Alabama, a violent storm took the lives…
    - 15 days ago 5 Mar 19, 7:13pm -
  • HYPOTHERMIA IN MARCH?
    HYPOTHERMIA IN MARCH?HYPOTHERMIA   When March comes along, you might think that Spring has sprung. But old man Winter isn’t done with us yet. Although the month of March may exit like a lamb, it often enters like a lion. The Midwest and Northeast…
    - 16 days ago 4 Mar 19, 5:09pm -