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  • newPreparedness Notes for Sunday — September 22, 2019
    September 22nd is the birthday of the late Lieutenant Colonel Ronald Reid-Daly, who founded and commanded the Rhodesian Selous Scouts. He was born 1928, and he died August 9, 2010. His history of the Selous Scouts, titled Pamwe Chete, is fascinating…
    - 36 mins ago 22 Sep 19, 7:05am -
  • newPractical Survival Chemistry – Part 2, by 3AD Scout
    (Continued from Part 1. This concludes the article.) Apple Cider Vinegar This is one of the examples of where biology and chemistry cross over. Apple cider vinegar is mostly Acetic acid and is easy to make. The process starts with fermenting apples (…
    - 37 mins ago 22 Sep 19, 7:04am -
  • 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…
    - 39 mins ago 22 Sep 19, 7:02am -
  • newThe Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “And he cometh to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto him, and besought him to touch him. And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when he had spit on his eyes, and put his hands upon him, he asked him if he sa…
    - 40 mins ago 22 Sep 19, 7:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Saturday — September 21, 2019
    On this day in 1780, during the American Revolution, American General Benedict Arnold met with British Major John Andre to discuss handing over West Point to the British in return for the promise of a large sum of money and a high position in the Bri…
    - 1 day ago 21 Sep 19, 7:04am -
  • Practical Survival Chemistry – Part 1, by 3AD Scout
    I have been involved in survival and preparedness since I was a teenager. I have done a lot, seen a lot, and heard a lot about preparedness from many sources. This has come from hands-on practice, reading books and magazines, watching YouTube, and ta…
    - 1 day ago 21 Sep 19, 7:03am -
  • Editors’ 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…
    - 1 day ago 21 Sep 19, 7:02am -
  • The Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who c…
    - 1 day ago 21 Sep 19, 7:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Friday — September 20, 2019
    On September 20, 1995, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to drop the national 55 MPH speed limit. This allowed the states to again decide their own speed limits, without the threat of losing their Federal highway funding. — Happy Paratus, eve…
    - 2 days ago 20 Sep 19, 7:04am -
  • Root Cellar Construction, by George T.
    To begin with my first root cellar (RC) was built in 1998, in anticipation of Y2K. I used a John Deere front loader to dig/excavate the area for a root cellar. I had worked as a Temp for a local business and they were retrofitting a former work area.…
    - 2 days ago 20 Sep 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 20 Sep 19, 7:02am -
  • The Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “The method of using ‘mental health’ or social disruption as an excuse to silence dissent was not actually mastered by China, however.  It was standardized in communist Russia during the reign of the Soviets.  The mental health excuse was exp…
    - 2 days ago 20 Sep 19, 7:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Thursday — September 19, 2019
    On September 19, 1796, George Washington addressed the nation in his farewell address as president. Also on this day, in 1778, the Continental Congress passed the first budget of the United States. While the budget may have passed, the states respond…
    - 3 days ago 19 Sep 19, 7:04am -
  • The Current Nuclear Threat – Part 2, by John M.
    North Korea, Scenario 2 The second North Korean scenario involves China and potentially Russia. While the threat of mutually assured destruction makes a direct engagement with Russia or China unlikely, proxy wars have often been occurring. If China o…
    - 3 days ago 19 Sep 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…
    - 3 days ago 19 Sep 19, 7:02am -


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…
    - 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 -
  • “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

  • A Potential Man-Made Disaster (part 1)
    We live in interesting times. While most of those reading (and writing) this blog are trying to prepare for disasters and emergencies, there is a part of our audience who don't get much attention: they're preparing for a man-made disaster that is loo…
    - 3 days ago 19 Sep 19, 4:00pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: First Aid Kit Update
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.In a post on the Blue Collar Prepping Facebook page, Garry Hamilton (along with others) mentioned what many of first aid kits lack…
    - 4 days ago 18 Sep 19, 4:34pm -
  • Chip Burn Conclusions
    - 4 days ago 18 Sep 19, 12:41am -
  • DIY Ash Sifting Bucket: Part 1
    Winter is coming and our eggs need ash to  preserve them. Shipping pallets burn great, but they're full of nails and staples. What's a prepper to do?Why, make a sifting bucket of course!Godspeed to you all.
    - 5 days ago 16 Sep 19, 9:48pm -
  • Why Sawyer?
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.As a follow-up to Chaplain Tim's excellent post about the performance of  most commercially-available water filters, I'm going to take a moment to explain why I will still carry a…
    - 8 days ago 14 Sep 19, 1:30am -
  • Water Filter Testing Review
    We've done a lot of reviews of different portable water filters over the years. I covered the basics of how to choose a filter a while back (although I can't find the article now) and lamented the fact that I had to use the claims of the manufacturer…
    - 9 days ago 13 Sep 19, 2:56am -
  • Prudent Prepping: Always Something There To Remind Me
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.  The anniversary of the last big earthquake in my area slipped by me recently, lost in the hubbub of local activities and then re…
    - 10 days ago 11 Sep 19, 10:52pm -
  • Chip Burn Redux
    Part 1 found here.Lokidude
    - 12 days ago 10 Sep 19, 6:16pm -
  • Minimal Air Travel Does Not Mean Unprepared!
    Knowledge is Power. Not only are you smarter and safer, but thriftier as well!Godspeed to you all.
    - 13 days ago 9 Sep 19, 6:19pm -
  • Hurricane Dorian AAR*
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.(*After Action Report)As you probably know by now, Hurricane Dorian skipped Florida entirely. This was good news for me, as I made the decision not to evacuate based on its projecte…
    - 15 days ago 7 Sep 19, 12:13am -
  • Canned Meat
    Last year was a bit rough on my pantry. Two major surgeries and a few extra unplanned expenses meant I had to dig into the food storage, but that's part of why I prep; having food stored is normal for those of us who have lived through a disaster or…
    - 17 days ago 5 Sep 19, 5:23pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: 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 week I have my usual assortment of slightly too-short or 'reminder' topics to use as stand-alone posts, so here goes! Season…
    - 18 days ago 4 Sep 19, 6:00pm -
  • The Great Corn Chip Burn Off!
    - 18 days ago 3 Sep 19, 9:44pm -
  • Hurricane Bug Out: A Short List
    Hurricane season is in full swing. Sometimes you just have to evacuate, so here’s a short list of gear and advice for those who are bugging out.Godspeed to you all. 
    - 20 days ago 2 Sep 19, 5:49pm -
  • Hurricane Shutters
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.Florida has yet another hurricane bearing down on it, so now is the time for all smart Floridians to begin implementing their hurricane preps. (No, not "go shopping". Smart Floridia…
    - 22 days ago 30 Aug 19, 8:35pm -
  • Two More for the Car Kit
    While at work the other day, I realized how much duct tape we go through in a year. Granted, I work with a lot of outdated and poorly maintained machinery, but looking through the inventory logs I found that we use four times more than we sell.Duct T…
    - 24 days ago 29 Aug 19, 7:19pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: RTFD
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.I try to have a little fun with everything I write. Erin frequently pulls something out of my text that was intentionally inserted,…
    - 24 days ago 28 Aug 19, 10:05pm -
  • Utah Brainbreaker Chili
    It's one week to the beginning of most bird seasons here in Utah, which feeds right into the big game seasons. In my redneck world, hunting seasons mark the real beginning of fall, and all the wonderful cold-weather foods associated with it.Now I hat…
    - 25 days ago 27 Aug 19, 8:03pm -
  • Civil War Era Hard Tack
    Hard is right!All you need is 2.5 cups of flour mixed with a teaspoon of salt.Knead in about 1 cup of water a quarter cup at a time. Roll it out, poke it lots with a fork, cut it into shapes, and bake for 30 mins at 375. Let it cool for the afternoon…
    - 26 days ago 26 Aug 19, 9:42pm -
  • The Survival e-Reader
    Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.After writing last week's article, I realized that while I have mentioned the Survival e-Reader before, my argument for why it's a good thing is something which is not readable on this blog, due to i…
    - 29 days ago 23 Aug 19, 8:43pm -
  • Protective Cases Addendum
    Last week I covered some basic plastic cases for protecting your valuable and somewhat fragile gear. One of our regular readers suggested another source,, and I'm still working my way through their site to see what they have to offer. Th…
    - 30 days ago 22 Aug 19, 10:07pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: Summer Car Review
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.  After  watching Monday's video by The Discerning Shootist, I realized it has been a while since I checked everything in my own…
    - 31 days ago 21 Aug 19, 8:11pm -
  • MacGyver Eyes
    The atlatl range was closed this weekend, so sadly that video will have to wait. But on the way to our campground we encountered a bit of automotive trouble that might prove a touch instructive.I've said in the past that I try to look at a problem wi…
    - 33 days ago 20 Aug 19, 5:00pm -
  • Errand Escapades and Poor Planning
    Complacency will kill you just as quickly as hysteria will. Here are some good reminders, and a tip or two just for a day in the life. No zombies needed.And here’s a picture of what your tire’s date code should look like:
    - 34 days ago 19 Aug 19, 5:28pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: SFD Responder, Part the Last
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.Technical difficulties prevented me from posting on time, but our talented and resourceful Editrix Erin saved the day. So with no f…
    - 36 days ago 16 Aug 19, 10:27pm -

Survival Medicine

  • newSurvival Medicine Hour: Insomnia, Turmeric, “Tactical” Tampons
    Survival Medicine Hour: Insomnia, Turmeric, “Tactical” TamponsJust back from a trip to the United Kingdom, Amy Alton ARNP and Joe Alton MD discuss some topics not recently covered in previous shows. Sleep deprivation is a serious issue: Some res…
    - 14 hours ago 21 Sep 19, 5:38pm -
  • Insomnia
    InsomniaInsomnia As a resident decades ago in a large inner-city hospital and later in private practice, I learned what it was like to be up at all hours of the night and then have to work the next day. I can honestly say that I spent years deprived…
    - 2 days ago 19 Sep 19, 9:17pm -
  • The Tactical Tampon?
    The Tactical Tampon?One item I come across from time to time on social media is the persistent notion that tampons, the feminine sanitary product, are an excellent addition to your medical kit. I’ve read accounts by many, usually second- or third-h…
    - 5 days ago 17 Sep 19, 2:40am -
  • #364 Survival Medicine Hour: Poison Plants, Bone Fractures, Hair Loss, More
    #364 Survival Medicine Hour: Poison Plants, Bone Fractures, Hair Loss, More#364 SURVIVAL MEDICINE HOUR PODCAST In this info-packed episode of the Survival Medicine Hour, Joe Alton MD and Amy Alton ARNP discuss poisonous plants like poison ivy, oak, s…
    - 7 days ago 14 Sep 19, 8:59pm -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: EMPs, Herbal Teas, Wound Closure
    Survival Medicine Hour: EMPs, Herbal Teas, Wound ClosureSURVIVAL MEDICINE HOUR PODCAST Our thoughts and prayers go out to the citizens of the Bahamas affected by the recent hurricane; we have been fortunate enough to escape its wrath here in South Fl…
    - 15 days ago 7 Sep 19, 6:28pm -
  • Biolite’s Family Kit
    Biolite’s Family KitOur friends at Biolite has put together a series of gear bundles meant to supply families with back-up power and lighting options for both emergency and everyday use. These items are especially useful for camping and off-grid ou…
    - 15 days ago 7 Sep 19, 2:21pm -
  • #363 Survival Medicine Hour: Hepatitis, Jeff Motes of “Once Upon an Apocalypse”, More
    #363 Survival Medicine Hour: Hepatitis, Jeff Motes of “Once Upon an Apocalypse”, More#363 SURVIVAL MEDICINE HOUR PODCAST Outbreaks of hepatitis A are springing up in various parts of the country, leading us to want you to know all about this inf…
    - 21 days ago 1 Sep 19, 5:46pm -
  • Video: Animal Bites, Pt. 4: Rabies
    Video: Animal Bites, Pt. 4: RabiesThe risk of infection exists whenever a violent encounter occurs between animal and human. Diseases like rabies and tetanus are still occasionally seen in the U.S., and certain types of animals can transmit other dis…
    - 22 days ago 31 Aug 19, 4:58pm -
  • Disinfecting Instruments
    Disinfecting InstrumentsHow to Sterilize Medical Supplies A significant factor in the quality of medical care given in austere settings is the level of cleanliness of the equipment used. You may have heard of the terms “sterile” and “clean”.…
    - 24 days ago 29 Aug 19, 11:42am -
  • Survival Medicine Hour: Todd Sepulveda of Prepper Website
    Survival Medicine Hour: Todd Sepulveda of Prepper WebsiteIf you want to know how to keep informed on all the latest preparedness topics, you don’t have to go further than Todd Sepulveda’s Todd is a pastor and information gur…
    - 28 days ago 25 Aug 19, 5:28pm -