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  • newPreparedness Notes for Saturday — February 23, 2019
    I’ll start off today with some sad news:  W.E.B. Griffin, Army Veteran and Prolific Military Novelist, Dead at Age 89. — Today is the anniversary of the beginning of the Battle of the Alamo (February 23 – March 6, 1836). February 23rd is also…
    - 20 hours ago 23 Feb 19, 7:05am -
  • newDownturns and Financial Crises – Sequence, by Gary Christenson
    Editor’s Note:  This concise bullet point market and economic summary article first appeared at The Deviant Investor and is re-posted with permission. Pay attention folks. This echoes my own writings on the economy. Another global economic crisis…
    - 20 hours ago 23 Feb 19, 7:04am -
  • newEditors’ Prepping Progress
    To be prepared for a crisis, every Prepper must establish goals and make long-term and short-term plans. Steadily, we work on meeting our prepping goals. In this column, the SurvivalBlog editors review their week’s prep activities. They also often…
    - 20 hours ago 23 Feb 19, 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”.  Today, we focus on winter warfare training.  The photo for…
    - 20 hours ago 23 Feb 19, 7:02am -
  • newThe Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “And when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his trained servants, born in his own house, three hundred and eighteen, and pursued them unto Dan. And he divided himself against them, he and his servants, by night, and smote the…
    - 20 hours ago 23 Feb 19, 7:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Friday — February 22, 2019
    On this day in 1732, George Washington was born in Westmoreland County, Virginia, the second son from the second marriage of a colonial plantation owner. An initially loyal British subject, Washington eventually led the Continental Army in the Americ…
    - 2 days ago 22 Feb 19, 7:04am -
  • Cutting Your Power Utility Cord, by Dennis Williams – Pt. 2
    Step 4: Equipment Inverters When setting up your off-grid power system, don’t buy the cheapest inverter that you can find on Amazon! There are several excellent inverter manufacturers out there. I have some that I love, some of them are okay, and s…
    - 2 days ago 22 Feb 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 22 Feb 19, 7:02am -
  • The Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “When then, my Lords, are all the generous efforts of our ancestors, are all those glorious contentions, by which they meant to secure themselves, and to transmit to their posterity, a known law, a certain rule of living, reduced to this conclusion…
    - 2 days ago 22 Feb 19, 7:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Thursday — February 21, 2019
    February 21st is the birthday of Group Captain Douglas Bader (born 1910, died 5 September 1982). He was a Royal Air Force (RAF) fighter ace during the Second World War. He lost his legs in a pre-war flying accident, but that didn’t stop him from re…
    - 3 days ago 21 Feb 19, 7:04am -
  • Cutting Your Power Utility Cord, by Dennis Williams – Pt. 1.
    A Short Primer on Making Your Own Electricity Most of us have thought of the dream: A secluded retreat nestled in the woods, off the beaten path, no mortgage, no utility bills, raising our own food, homeschooling our children, spending time with our…
    - 3 days ago 21 Feb 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 the new .308 PMAG drums. (See the last it…
    - 3 days ago 21 Feb 19, 7:02am -
  • The Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “This is a nation of inconsistencies. The Puritans fleeing from oppression became oppressors. We fought England for our liberty and put chains on four million of blacks. We wiped out slavery and our tariff laws and national banks began a system of…
    - 3 days ago 21 Feb 19, 7:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Wednesday — February 20, 2019
    This is the birthday of novelist and screenwriter Richard Matheson (1926–2013). He wrote many sci-fi television scripts. His novella I Am Legend later was adapted into three different movies over the course of five decades, and his story Bid Time R…
    - 4 days ago 20 Feb 19, 7:05am -
  • Age-Adjusted Prepping, by Wandering Will
    It is said that prepping is not a movement or a philosophy. It is a way of life, and a way of life must accommodate changes in life. Having squarely arrived into my “Golden Years,” I was reluctantly forced to take a fresh look at my prepping agen…
    - 4 days ago 20 Feb 19, 7:04am -

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…
    - 56 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

  • newTips 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.
    - 23 hours 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…
    - 2 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…
    - 3 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
    - 4 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…
    - 11 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.
    - 15 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…
    - 16 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…
    - 17 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
    - 18 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…
    - 19 days ago 5 Feb 19, 1:16am -
  • No Gas, Frozen Feet, and 2019 Snowpocalypse
    I discuss the gas shortage in Michigan, then demonstrate some lightweight preps to keep you warm and dry if you're caught in a snowpocalypse at work.
    - 22 days ago 2 Feb 19, 12:35am -
  • Frostbite
    Frostbite is a medical condition caused by exposing skin to extreme cold. I've mentioned it a few times while writing about cryogenic gasses (anhydrous ammonia and liquid propane gas), so it's not an exclusively a winter-time threat, but during winte…
    - 23 days ago 31 Jan 19, 9:29pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: the Klymit LWD
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping. Last Wednesday (the day my salvaged blog post was published) was my birthday and the tradition here at Blue Collar Prepping is to…
    - 24 days ago 30 Jan 19, 5:00pm -
  • Throwing Motions: Big and Powerful
    This week we have a video demonstrating the large throwing motions involved in swinging heavy tools efficiently. Lokidude
    - 25 days ago 29 Jan 19, 5:42pm -
  • Secret Shopper: The Inside Scoop on Savings
    Disclaimers:I do not in any way represent Gander Outdoors or its affiliates;My opinions are all my own;I’ll probably get fired once corporate finds out (maybe). Shhh.
    - 26 days ago 29 Jan 19, 12:29am -
  • Appetite Fatigue
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.The concept of appetite fatigue has been referenced several times in posts, but until now there has been no written explanation for it. This is due to the fact that I mentioned it i…
    - 29 days ago 25 Jan 19, 11:36pm -
  • Permanent Matches
    We've written a lot about fire and several different fire-starting methods over the years, because being able to build a fire is a staple of survival. A few weeks ago I got a chance to practice a couple of my favorite methods while burning a rather l…
    - 30 days ago 24 Jan 19, 6:00pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: Every Day Carry: What and How
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.  Last week's post disappeared! If anyone has it on an open tab, please send a copy back to Erin. WHATIn a series of posts sta…
    - 31 days ago 23 Jan 19, 5:40pm -
  • Going Through the (Throwing) Motions
    2019 looks to be a year of "Loki goes into the woods and throws things." Erin got me an atlatl kit for Christmas, and I've been dying to play with slings as well. Most of us learn to throw things at a very young age, but some people don't, and others…
    - 32 days ago 22 Jan 19, 9:08pm -
  • Guest Post: Black Bean Gluten-Free Spaghetti Noodles
    by George GrootGeorge is a member of our Facebook Group and has written for us before.While shopping at Costco I ran into Black Bean Spaghetti Noodles which were certified gluten-free. Since my wife has a wheat allergy, gluten-free is a good thi…
    - 33 days ago 21 Jan 19, 8:51pm -
  • UST Folding Stove/ Fuel Tabs Follow Up
    My after action report of the UST Folding Stove mentioned here.
    - 36 days ago 19 Jan 19, 2:44am -
  • Bug Out Bags for the Unprepared
    The other day I got into an internet conversation about what to put in a BOB/GHB for children. My friend was convinced that a 5-year-old should carry a lighter version of an adult bag, and I was trying to convince him otherwise. I've been mulling th…
    - 38 days ago 17 Jan 19, 6:37am -
  • Fuel Your Fire (Starter)
    My half-joking mantra about preparedness is "I cheat at it." by looking for the most efficient and effective tool to accomplish a given task. Primitive bushcraft tools and methods are a wonderful proof of concept, and a neat way to show off skills, b…
    - 39 days ago 15 Jan 19, 8:09pm -
  • A man, a Can, a Plan: Canned Corn as Survival Food
    (Note: this article is an homage to a rather excellent book that I recommend as a gift for young adults leaving home for the first time. It even comes in board book format, so as to be durable enough to handle dorm life.)Being a prepper, I am always…
    - 40 days ago 14 Jan 19, 10:22pm -
  • Product Test: UST Folding Stove and Fuel Tabs
    Back in December I purchased a folding stove and fuel tabs from Ultimate Survival Technologies for under $7.In this video I demonstrate how to use them.
    - 43 days ago 12 Jan 19, 1:54am -

Survival Medicine

  • newSurvival Medicine Hour: Earthquake Survival, Radiation, pt. 3, Antibiotics, More
    Survival Medicine Hour: Earthquake Survival, Radiation, pt. 3, Antibiotics, More  SURVIVAL MEDICINE HOUR PODCAST Yesterday a 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit Ecuador, part of the “rim of fire” that circles the Pacific (but certainly not pacified) oc…
    - 3 hours ago 23 Feb 19, 11:35pm -
  • Patient Transport in Austere Settings
    Patient Transport in Austere SettingsPATIENT TRANSPORT IN AUSTERE SETTINGS   In normal times, your main goal upon encountering an injured or ill person is to transport them to a modern medical facility as soon as possible. In cases where there is a…
    - 3 days ago 20 Feb 19, 9:23pm -
  • Video: Xofluza: A New Anti-Flu Drug
    Video: Xofluza: A New Anti-Flu DrugVideo: XOFLUZA Last year, 80,000 Americans died from the influenza virus. Early treatment with anti-viral meds like Tamiflu and Relenza is known to be the most effective way of decreasing the flu’s severity. Now,…
    - 5 days ago 18 Feb 19, 3:44pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: How Many Antibiotics, Shooter Events, Hangnails, More
    Survival Medicine Hour: How Many Antibiotics, Shooter Events, Hangnails, MoreSURVIVAL MEDICINE HOUR PODCAST A gunman opened fire inside an Aurora manufacturing plant on Friday, killing five people and wounding six police officers. The suspect, identi…
    - 7 days ago 17 Feb 19, 2:53am -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Radiation, Pt.2, Measles, Crystal Meth
    Survival Medicine Hour: Radiation, Pt.2, Measles, Crystal MethSURVIVAL MEDICINE HOUR PODCAST We don’t often get to report good news these days, but here’s something that’s making the authorities celebrate and may have saved hundreds of lives in…
    - 14 days ago 9 Feb 19, 6:38pm -
  • Accumulating Antibiotic Stockpiles: How Much Is Enough?
    Accumulating Antibiotic Stockpiles: How Much Is Enough?HOW MANY ANTIBIOTICS DO YOU NEED? Some years ago I began writing about medical preparedness for disasters that may take away modern medicine for the foreseeable future. In those circumstances, it…
    - 17 days ago 6 Feb 19, 4:04pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Radiation, Medic Teams, Expired Epipens, More
    Survival Medicine Hour: Radiation, Medic Teams, Expired Epipens, MoreYou may think that preparedness is purely an American passion but there are folks from all over the world that contact us to ask questions or tell us about their medical preps. One…
    - 22 days ago 2 Feb 19, 12:31am -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Mudslides, Survival Medics, Supplies, More
    Survival Medicine Hour: Mudslides, Survival Medics, Supplies, MoreSURVIVAL MEDICINE HOUR PODCAST In a long term survival situation, it will be an extremely fortunate family or group that has a physician or other formally trained medical professional…
    - 27 days ago 28 Jan 19, 2:44am -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Pneumonia, Medic Duties, Virus vs. Bacteria
    Survival Medicine Hour: Pneumonia, Medic Duties, Virus vs. BacteriaToday, we have advanced laboratory studies that allow identification of many pathogens. Despite this, it can be a challenge for healthcare providers to tell a bacterial disease from a…
    - 36 days ago 19 Jan 19, 1:53am -
  • Xofluza: A New Anti-Viral For Influenza
    Xofluza: A New Anti-Viral For InfluenzaXOFLUZA (BALOXAVIR): A NEW ANTI-VIRAL The human body spends a lot of energy fighting for its health (and your life) against different types of diseases. One of the most important battles takes place against the…
    - 39 days ago 15 Jan 19, 6:11pm -