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  • newPreparedness Notes for Sunday — June 13, 2021
    On June 13, 1777, Marquis de Lafayette landed in the fledgling United States. — SurvivalBlog Writing Contest Today we present another entry for Round 95 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The prizes for this round include: First Prize…
    - 19 hours ago 13 Jun 21, 7:04am -
  • newThe Science: Reusing Canning Jar Lids – Part 2, by St. Funogas
    (Continued from Part 1. This concludes the article.) #4. “Tempered less than Mason jars.” Nearly every book, website, and blog discussing this subject insists that Mason jars are tempered. They’re definitely, absolutely, NOT tempered. Glass has…
    - 19 hours ago 13 Jun 21, 7:03am -
  • newJWR’s Meme Of The Week:
    The latest meme created by JWR:   To share this, you can find it here: https://kapwi.ng/c/Ltl2NKku Meme Text: A Red Letter Day: June 7, 2021 The Day The BATF Proposed Turning Three Million Law-Abiding Americans Into Unprosecuted Felons You can see t…
    - 19 hours ago 13 Jun 21, 7:02am -
  • newThe Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in th…
    - 19 hours ago 13 Jun 21, 7:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Saturday — June 12, 2021
    On June 12, 1987, during a visit to the divided German city of Berlin, President Ronald Reagan publicly challenged Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev to “tear down this wall.” The fall of the wall (Mauerfall, auf Deutsch) took place just two year…
    - 2 days ago 12 Jun 21, 7:04am -
  • The Science: Reusing Canning Jar Lids – Part 1, by St. Funogas
    I’ve been on an incredible journey since submitting my last article Reusing Canning Jar Lids to SurvivalBlog. That article was based on my personal experience reusing 1,000+ canning jar lids. Many other home canners bear similar testimony about suc…
    - 2 days ago 12 Jun 21, 7:03am -
  • Editors’ Prepping Progress Saturday June 12, 2021
    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…
    - 2 days ago 12 Jun 21, 7:02am -
  • The Editors’ Quote of the Day:
     Then came all the tribes of Israel to David unto Hebron, and spake, saying, Behold, we are thy bone and thy flesh. Also in time past, when Saul was king over us, thou wast he that leddest out and broughtest in Israel: and the Lord said to thee, Tho…
    - 2 days ago 12 Jun 21, 7:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Friday — June 11, 2021
    John Wayne, the iconic American film actor, died on June 11th, 1979. While John Wayne is probably best known for his westerns like True Grit, The Shootist, and Fort Apache, we remember him best for his roles in The Alamo and The Green Berets, both of…
    - 3 days ago 11 Jun 21, 7:04am -
  • Gear Review: Two Twig Stoves, by The Novice
    I often enjoy using my Norwegian “Storm Kitchen” alcohol stove. It is reliable, quiet, compact, clean, and convenient. It has just two weaknesses: it heats slowly, and in a long-term disaster scenario, I might run out of fuel for it. So I started…
    - 3 days ago 11 Jun 21, 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. Most of these items are from the “tangibles he…
    - 3 days ago 11 Jun 21, 7:02am -
  • The Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “Those who are capable of tyranny are capable of perjury to sustain it.” – Lysander SpoonerThe post The Editors’ Quote of the Day: appeared first on SurvivalBlog.com.
    - 3 days ago 11 Jun 21, 7:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Thursday — June 10, 2021
    On June 10, 1967, the Six-Day War ended as Israel and Syria agreed to observe a United Nations-mediated cease-fire. — SurvivalBlog Writing Contest Today we present another entry for Round 95 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The priz…
    - 4 days ago 10 Jun 21, 7:04am -
  • The Citroen 2CV as a Prepper Vehicle, by Steve W.
    Many would consider the Citroen 2CV an unlikely vehicle for preparedness plans. But based on 40 years of personal experience with the car, I am suggesting that you consider the Citroen 2CV as a backup vehicle for your preparedness plans. While not a…
    - 4 days ago 10 Jun 21, 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…
    - 4 days ago 10 Jun 21, 7:02am -

SHTF Plan

More Than Just Surviving

  • newAre 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…
    - 15 hours 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

  • newPrepping for Dad's Return
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.It's been almost 1.5 months since dad went into the hospital and then to a rehab facility, and now the rehab place is making noises about sending him home this week. This is clearl…
    - 1 hour ago 14 Jun 21, 12:53am -
  • Supply and Demand Today
    Unless you've been living in a cave for the last year or so, you'll have noticed that things are changing. The “pandemic” has seriously affected the world economy and some of the follow-on effects are just now making themselves felt. Add to that…
    - 3 days ago 10 Jun 21, 5:49pm -
  • Restock and Realign
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping. Plans are moving, slowly but surely, towards an actual camping trip this year. I think. Glaciers move, correct?Gear For TwoS…
    - 4 days ago 10 Jun 21, 12:25am -
  • Making a DIY Spot Welder
    One of the ways humans manipulate their environment is through the use of tools. However, not everyone can afford all the tools they might need, and so being able to work around that limitation can be extremely important. Back in 2012, the YouTube c…
    - 5 days ago 8 Jun 21, 6:55pm -
  • Junk Preps
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.We all have them: items which are still useful enough that it feels wasteful to throw away, but aren't good enough to deserve a spot among your prepping supplies. I call these "junk…
    - 9 days ago 4 Jun 21, 9:43pm -
  • New Nuclear Power?
    I've had a fascination with nuclear power for about 40 years. As a teenager, I watched the construction progress of a small nuclear power plant about 20 minutes from home; that reactor, built in the 1970s, has since been shut down after several exten…
    - 10 days ago 3 Jun 21, 11:33pm -
  • Stuck On Me
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.Things have settled down some, but family stuff is still taking what's left of my free time after work and overtime (which I'm g…
    - 11 days ago 2 Jun 21, 6:40pm -
  • Estate Planning
    2020 was a horrible year for many people for a variety of reasons. In addition to what most people faced, I lost both my parents last year. My father, who lived in Florida, died in April and my mother, who lived in New York City, died in September.J…
    - 13 days ago 31 May 21, 10:32pm -
  • Totes for Water Storage
    I've seen a few people on various internet sites asking about water storage in plastic "totes". Since I work with these on a daily basis, I've had to get training on the proper marking and labeling of shipping containers. Here's a basic primer on wha…
    - 17 days ago 28 May 21, 2:02am -
  • Newbie Preps, pt. I Can't Recall
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.In the continuing saga of gearing up Purple Pack Lady, here are a couple of updates on what's been happening. Vehicle SafetyIn…
    - 18 days ago 26 May 21, 11:34pm -
  • Bullet Casting 104: Sizing and Lubing
    If you’ve been following along in my bullet casting series, you should have a nice pile of cast bullets. However, they’re not ready to load and shoot just yet; before we can get to loading them, we need to go through three steps.InspectionFirst…
    - 20 days ago 24 May 21, 8:33pm -
  • Product Review: the Fellowes Powershred Cross-Cut Shredder
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.On first glance you might be wondering why a paper shredder is being reviewed on a prepping blog. This is a valid question, but as someone who has spent the past two weeks going thr…
    - 22 days ago 22 May 21, 8:37pm -
  • Getting Into Hot Water
     Ah, the joys of owning a home, one of which is maintaining said home so it can continue to provide shelter without endangering you and yours. The range of maintenance you can do yourself will vary with your skills, training, budget, and time, but p…
    - 24 days ago 20 May 21, 10:44pm -
  • A Bright Way To Sanitize?
    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 quick post on an unusual item seen in the stores I call on. I found this on display in most of the Home Depot s…
    - 25 days ago 20 May 21, 12:46am -
  • Bullet Casting 103: Casting Bullets
    Now that we have a batch of clean alloy formed into ingots, we can move on to actually casting it into bullets.The same camp stove we used to melt the alloys can be used for rendering ingots. While this keeps costs down, one issue with this method is…
    - 27 days ago 17 May 21, 11:17pm -
  • Prepping for Blog Deletion
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission. Some of you may have noticed that this past Friday, certain posts on select blogs were deleted. Those of us who run the affected blogs definitely did, as we received an email from…
    - 28 days ago 16 May 21, 7:35pm -
  • Random Knotty-ness
    Before there was paracord, the prepper's cordage of choice, there was something even more versatile and a lot easier to find in rural areas: baling twine and wire. These have been staples of farm ingenuity for a long time, and so their uses are impos…
    - 31 days ago 14 May 21, 2:01am -
  • Prudent Prepping: Quick Hits
    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 going to be a bit short, due to Life and Obligations taking up my extra time. Tourniquet Information, part The LatestIn…
    - 32 days ago 12 May 21, 10:13pm -
  • Bullet Casting 102: Rendering
    Now that we have our raw materials, we can’t just melt it and start casting bullets; our lead supply contains many impurities we need to clean out first. While some people refer to this step as smelting, it’s more properly termed rendering.Safety…
    - 34 days ago 10 May 21, 7:40pm -
  • Staging a CAT Tourniquet
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.David talked about the importance of having an authentic CAT tourniquet. I have a follow-up to that post, and it's one of the laziest posts I've made in that it's just a video, but…
    - 36 days ago 8 May 21, 10:00pm -
  • The Chlorine Shortage
    Clean water is essential for life. Chlorine is one of the easiest and most common ways to disinfect (kill microbes) water, and has been covered several times here and on other blogs. I even showed the basics for making your own chlorine bleach, and t…
    - 37 days ago 7 May 21, 7:56pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: TQ, or Not TQ
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping. I carry at least one tourniquet in various bags and first aid kits, and with a second set of bags to fill, I ordered two more…
    - 38 days ago 6 May 21, 10:04pm -
  • Bullet Casting 101: Alloys
    Back in 2015, Ray Davies wrote an excellent guest post on the basics of bullet casting. Since it’s been a while, I’d like to review this topic and go into more detail. While detail-oriented, bullet casting isn’t especially complicated, or at…
    - 40 days ago 4 May 21, 10:09pm -
  • The Millbank Bag
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.Have you heard of a Millbank Bag? I certainly hadn't until last week; I believe they're more prevalent in the UK than over here, as they were originally  developed at the Royal Arm…
    - 44 days ago 30 Apr 21, 11:49pm -
  • Doxxing Prep
    Doxxing, or "dropping docs", is a fairly new threat, which started to become common in the 1990s and has evolved into an everyday occurrence today. Put simply, doxxing is digging up and releasing private information on a person as a form of threat, p…
    - 45 days ago 29 Apr 21, 6:53pm -

Survival Medicine

  • Dental Trauma
    Dental TraumaMany believe that they can handle any emergency if the grid goes down. For those who are trained to stabilize and transport, that may be true for typical injuries due to trauma. Experienced medical professionals faced with dental trauma,…
    - 6 days ago 7 Jun 21, 7:17pm -
  • Medicinal Gardens
    Medicinal GardensPlanting your own medicinal garden is the best way to provide alternatives to modern medicine in long-term austere settings. Until pharmaceuticals were produced in factories, people had to grow their own medicine. This practice was a…
    - 7 days ago 6 Jun 21, 6:45pm -
  • Video: Pneumonia
    Video: PneumoniaIn this video, Dr. Joe Alton discusses pneumonia, a lower respiratory infection that can be life-threatening. This time, Dr. Alton is talking from experience: He is fighting a case of it right now, possibly from aspirating stomach aci…
    - 20 days ago 24 May 21, 8:15pm -
  • Boosting Immunity
    Boosting ImmunityIn good times or bad, there are always issues that can impact your health. Black clouds might be on the horizon, but you can still weather the storm if you have a good immune system. The immune system is your mechanism to protect aga…
    - 23 days ago 21 May 21, 7:04pm -
  • Acid Reflux Off The Grid
    Acid Reflux Off The GridAny pain due to acid inflammation is hard to ignore and will decrease work efficiency. Therefore, an accurate diagnosis and treatment are important to get your group member back to normal. Pain originating from stomach acid ca…
    - 25 days ago 19 May 21, 4:06pm -
  • Ticks
    TicksIt’s the time of year when, whether you’re a hiker, camper, or survivalist, you’ll be spending more time in the Great Outdoors.  During your off-grid adventures, you’ll be exposed to all sorts of critters that want a piece of you. In th…
    - 33 days ago 11 May 21, 5:55pm -
  • Nursing Care Off The Grid
    Nursing Care Off The GridProviding emergency care for an injury or other medical issue is important. In normal times, it’s the most that’s expected of the average citizen. More than that, and you’re expected to pass the sick or injured along to…
    - 34 days ago 10 May 21, 9:20pm -
  • The 4th “R”
    The 4th “R”When you go to school you learn the three “R”s: Reading’, ‘Riting’, ‘Rithmetic. That’s all well and good, but in these days of school shootings and civil unrest, it might be time to add to the curriculum a fourth “R“:…
    - 38 days ago 6 May 21, 8:55pm -
  • Tendinitis In Austere Settings
    Tendinitis In Austere SettingsThe average person imposes daily demands on muscles and joints, which can only be increased in survival scenarios. We’ve discussed sprains and strains, but have rarely mentioned tendons. Tendons are thick fibrous cords…
    - 44 days ago 30 Apr 21, 7:50pm -
  • Appendicitis
    AppendicitisAppendicitis Off The Grid After a disaster or at a remote homestead, the medic may not have ready access to modern medical technology. As such, many conditions that are commonly identified with ultrasounds or CAT scans may be more challen…
    - 52 days ago 22 Apr 21, 11:07pm -