| Preparedness News & Information
Celebrating 9 Years of Family Preparedness News! Please Bookmark us and visit and support our sponsors! Stay safe.

Survival Gear

Survival Blog

  • newPreparedness Notes for Wednesday — December 2, 2020
    On December 2nd, 1823, what became known as the Monroe Doctrine was declared by President James Monroe to Congress outlining a foreign policy initiative that forbade European interference in the American hemisphere but also asserted U.S. neutrality i…
    - 24 hours ago 2 Dec 20, 7:04am -
  • newCRKT Ken Onion Panache, by Pat Cascio
    Ken Onion is one of the most famous knife designers on the planet. I’ve never met him face to face, but I’ve spoken with him a few times on the phone and discussed his knife designs, as I was preparing articles about them. He is a wild man, to be…
    - 24 hours ago 2 Dec 20, 7:03am -
  • newJWR’s Recommendations of the Week:
    Here are JWR’s Recommendations of the Week for various media and tools of interest to SurvivalBlog readers. The focus is usually on emergency communications gear, bug out bag gear, books, and movies–often with a tie-in to disaster preparedness, a…
    - 24 hours ago 2 Dec 20, 7:02am -
  • newThe Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “God granted men of principle to be our principal men.” – The late MG Victor Hugo, in a speech to The OSS SocietyThe post The Editors’ Quote of the Day: appeared first on
    - 24 hours ago 2 Dec 20, 7:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Tuesday — December 1, 2020
    This is the birthday of novelist Rex Stout (1886–1975). Rex Stout was the brother of Ruth Stout, the gardener who wrote about no-till, year-round mulching, organic gardening in her book Gardening Without Work: For the Aging, the Busy, and the Indol…
    - 2 days ago 1 Dec 20, 7:05am -
  • Writing Contest Prize Winners Announced: Round 91
    We’ve completed the judging for Round 91 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The prize-winning authors are: First Prize: First prize is awarded to A.D.C. for: Kitting Out The Kalashnikov which ran in four parts: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3,…
    - 2 days ago 1 Dec 20, 7:04am -
  • November 2020 in Precious Metals, by Steven Cochran
    Welcome to SurvivalBlog’s Precious Metals Month in Review, where we take a look at “the month that was” in precious metals. Each month, we cover gold’s performance and the factors that affected gold prices. What Did Gold Do in November? There…
    - 2 days ago 1 Dec 20, 7:03am -
  • SurvivalBlog’s News From The American Redoubt
    This weekly column features news stories and event announcements from around the American Redoubt region. (Idaho, Montana, eastern Oregon, eastern Washington, and Wyoming.) Much of the region is also more commonly known as The Inland Northwest. We al…
    - 2 days ago 1 Dec 20, 7:02am -
  • The Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “A heart that’s full up like a landfill A job that slowly kills you Bruises that won’t heal You look so tired, unhappy Bring down the government They don’t, they don’t speak for us I’ll take a quiet life A handshake of carbon monoxide And…
    - 2 days ago 1 Dec 20, 7:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Monday — November 30, 2020
    Satirical novelist Jonathan Swift was born on November 30th, 1667. — Today we are featuring another review by our stalwart Field Gear Editor, Pat Cascio. — Shipments of Survival Retreats & Relocation are continuing. This is a book that I recently…
    - 3 days ago 30 Nov 20, 7:05am -
  • Ruger American Compact .45 ACP , by Pat Cascio
    I’m a big fan of the .45 ACP cartridge. The “official” FBI tests show that there isn’t a lick of difference between the 9mm, .40 S&W, and .45 ACP rounds – when loaded with high-performance JHP ammo, when it comes to stopping power. But I re…
    - 3 days ago 30 Nov 20, 7:04am -
  • Recipe of the Week: Smothered Chicken
    The following recipe for Smothered Chicken is from The New Butterick Cook Book, by Flora Rose, co-head of the School of Home Economics at Cornell University. It was published in 1924. A professional scan of that 724-page out-of-copyright book will b…
    - 3 days ago 30 Nov 20, 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 30 Nov 20, 7:02am -
  • The Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “[T]he people as ultimate sovereigns, retain the ultimate power – and even the duty – to overthrow any government that fails to respect their authority.” – Glenn ReynoldsThe post The Editors’ Quote of the Day: appeared first on SurvivalB…
    - 3 days ago 30 Nov 20, 7:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Sunday — November 29, 2020
    Today is the birthday of writer Clive Staples (“C.S.”) Lewis, who was born in 1898 and died 22 November 1963. — SurvivalBlog Writing Contest Today we present the final entry for Round 91 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The priz…
    - 4 days ago 29 Nov 20, 7:04am -


    Gold does not directly correlate with the dollar. This couple has ceased from trading inversely to each other for many years. It's very common to see a strong dollar and a strong gold rally, as well as a weak dollar (like right now) along with a weak…
    - 7 hours ago 2 Dec 20, 11:30pm -
  • newFirst COVID-19 Vaccines Will Be Injected Next Week In The UK
    The United Kingdom has approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine and the rollout and first shots will be injected into people beginning next week.  Elderly people in care homes, along with health workers and other vulnerable people will be the first to g…
    - 10 hours ago 2 Dec 20, 9:00pm -
  • newElection Fraud: Whistleblower Testifies 300K Ballots VANISHED From His Truck
    A trucker turned whistleblower has come forward to testify about the election fraud. He testified that almost 300,000 ballots were inside his trailer that vanished from a Pennsylvania lot, even as the United States attorney general said the Departmen…
    - 12 hours ago 2 Dec 20, 6:30pm -
  • newCOVID Czar Admits The Vaccine Has “Significant Side Effects”
    Dr. Moncef Slaoui, who is leading the Trump administration’s Covid-19 vaccine program Operation Warp Speed, and a COVID Czar admitted that the vaccine for this statistically irrelevant virus has "significant side effects." These side effects will s…
    - 15 hours ago 2 Dec 20, 4:00pm -
    Nancy Pelosi wants a stimulus bill that is over $3 trillion. Mitch McConnell wants to pass something in the order of $500 billion. These leaders are clearly worlds apart.The post STALEMATE: 2ND STIMULUS – THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING! first appeared on…
    - 17 hours ago 2 Dec 20, 1:30pm -
    December has officially begun and this month is short because of the holidays, so politicians only have a few short days to fight over nothing, agree to disagree, screw over the little guy, and head back to their respective states to gossip about eve…
    - 1 day ago 1 Dec 20, 11:30pm -
  • More Promises Of A Long “Dark Winter”
    Mainstream media and politicians are continuing to both warn and promise that we are facing a "dark winter." There are predictions from "health experts" that declare the death rate will skyrocket if you believe what's reported in the news. The post…
    - 1 day ago 1 Dec 20, 9:00pm -
  • Gavin Newsome Ready To LOCKDOWN California AGAIN
    California's head tyrant, Gavin Newsome is ready to lock down the entire state once again. The latest rigged and fake coronavirus case numbers show that a post-Thanksgiving coronavirus spike is coming, which they probably already planned in advance,…
    - 2 days ago 1 Dec 20, 6:30pm -
  • Politicians Warn: Vaccines Can Be FORCED On People
    Politicians are now coming right out and saying they believe they have some kind of right to force a vaccine on you. They fully believe that all they need is a law (words on paper) that they wrote themselves to violate your basic human rights.The po…
    - 2 days ago 1 Dec 20, 4:00pm -
    Today's letter is divided into two sections: the first is the update on the bloody mess that precious metals are undergoing and the second is a summary of the hearing that Rudy Giuliani and the list of witnesses reported that gave verbal accounts of…
    - 2 days ago 1 Dec 20, 1:30pm -

More Than Just Surviving

  • 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 -
  • “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 -

Blue Collar Prepping

  • newPrudent Prepping: Seeing Red (Dot)
     The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping. Due to technical difficulties, further posts on map reading and distance measurements will be delayed; the compass I ordered…
    - 7 hours ago 3 Dec 20, 12:13am -
  • Fish Traps
     I love to fish, but in a survival situation, it's far from the easiest way to get food. This week, I look at a far more efficient way to get fish. Lokidude
    - 1 day ago 2 Dec 20, 12:41am -
  • Bug Out Batteries
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.I had hoped to write my annual "Cool Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals!" post this weekend, but either I'm out of the loop these days or manufacturers just aren't having any specials…
    - 4 days ago 29 Nov 20, 12:52am -
  • Thanksgiving 2020
    Since I usually write on Thursdays, I get every Thanksgiving. It looks like I'll get Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve this year as well.Thanksgiving is an American holiday, a celebration of harvest and a day for giving thanks to whoever or whatever y…
    - 7 days ago 26 Nov 20, 5:00pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: Far Away... or Is It?
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.I recently added very good optics to my gear, and so the topic of "How do I figure out long to very long distances in the field…
    - 8 days ago 25 Nov 20, 6:00pm -
  • Reviewing the Benfiss 20000mAh Solar Charger
    Another addition to the minimalist motorcycle survival vest. Sorry about the lighting, I’m still dialing it in.Benfiss 20000mAh Solar Charger at Amazon.
    - 9 days ago 24 Nov 20, 12:12am -
  • Alkaline or Rechargeable?
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.Earlier this week I received a message from a friend who asked: Hi there. Have you lately talked or blogged about whether to get a rechargeable flashlight? Anker has some cool ones…
    - 12 days ago 21 Nov 20, 12:55am -
  • Alternate Social Media
     As most of our regular readers know, Facebook deleted all links to our little blog a short while ago with no warning or explanation. We're not alone in that regard; there seems to be an ongoing purge of "wrongthink" on many of the major social medi…
    - 13 days ago 20 Nov 20, 2:21am -
  • The Ice Storm Aftermath
    As you probably heard, a large part of Oklahoma (and a couple of other states) had an ice storm two weeks ago, which led to all kinds of fun with limbs/trees breaking and power lines down. Here are some things that stood out for me:HeatUnless you hav…
    - 14 days ago 19 Nov 20, 12:30am -
  • The Gerber Armbar Drive
    I've been carrying some variety of a Swiss Army Knife for going on 30 years. I started with a penknife as a small boy, upgrading to a couple other varieties before settling into the Victorinox Tinker I've carried for the past 15 years or more. My dad…
    - 16 days ago 17 Nov 20, 6:37pm -
  • Motorcycle Survival Vest- SOL Traverse Survival Kit
    Ok. The first piece of equipment we are adding is the SOL Traverse Survival Kit. Check it out!
    - 16 days ago 16 Nov 20, 11:49pm -
  • Protection Against Laser Blindness
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.It is becoming increasingly common among certain disruptive groups to use laser pointers as blinding instruments. This is a purpose for which lasers were never designed, but are nev…
    - 19 days ago 14 Nov 20, 2:12am -
  • Detecting Broken Bones with Tuning Forks
    One of our readers found an interesting medical article, but it was written in nearly-incomprehensible jargon and another reader asked for a translation. We do take requests, so I'll take a shot at translating it into common English.The article was…
    - 21 days ago 12 Nov 20, 4:45pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: Purple Pack, 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.The Purple Panic Pack build has slowed to a crawl due to major schedule conflicts, with only one item moving into the pack this wee…
    - 21 days ago 11 Nov 20, 11:58pm -
  • The Fire Triangle
    Blue Collar Prepping has visited the many ways to make fire plenty of times because it is just that important. One thing I've not seen presented, though, is the science of how fire works. Knowing this science is why some folks seem far more successf…
    - 22 days ago 10 Nov 20, 9:30pm -
  • Review: "The Bug Out Survival Vest"
     Hi there! This week I review Creek Stewart’s The Bug Out Survival Vest pocket field guide. Lots of good information in a small handy self-contained notebook. Check it out below.
    - 23 days ago 9 Nov 20, 9:37pm -
  • Division
    We do not cover political topics here for a good reason: they're divisive. Politics, religion, and sports are all good ways to cause friction in any group, and that's not what we're here to do. All of these topics are tribal (groups that identify wit…
    - 27 days ago 5 Nov 20, 11:32pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: Ever Ready?
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping. Yes,  this post is two weeks in the making... but there were problems! I ran out of gas! I got a flat tire! I didn’t have…
    - 28 days ago 4 Nov 20, 7:16pm -
  • Are Iron Sights Still Relevant?
    Modern firearms in our modern world come with modern sighting solutions. While magnifying scopes aren't exactly new technology, the glass being used in them gets better every year, and red dot sights make for incredibly fast target acquisition on rif…
    - 30 days ago 3 Nov 20, 6:12pm -
  • Motorcycle Minimalist Carry: The Pocket Dump
    Before the journey begins, check your pockets!!!
    - 31 days ago 2 Nov 20, 6:15pm -
  • Defending Against Mobs
    With the current social/political mood rather restless, I've had a few people ask me how best to react to mobs and/or riots. I live in a rural area, so we aren't expecting much in the way of violence (one murder a year in the county is big news), but…
    - 35 days ago 29 Oct 20, 5:00pm -
  • Guest Post: Is GMRS For You?
    GMRS stands for General Mobile Radio Service and is a licensed service in the USA that shares some of the FRS (Family Radio Service) channels but allows use of radios and antennas that give you more range. In this article I will outline the steps to…
    - 36 days ago 28 Oct 20, 12:35am -
  • Omniblade Alternatives
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.If you're a patron of the Assorted Calibers Podcast, by now you should have heard Oddball's review of the Omniblade, a $60(!) machete-hammer-hatchet-saw "multitool". If you aren't a…
    - 40 days ago 23 Oct 20, 8:18pm -
  • Glass Windows and Cold Weather
    Where I live, the windows change with the seasons for a lot of people. There are some high-tech (very expensive) windows that do everything for you, but most of us still use screens in the spring and storm windows in the fall and winter. Erin covered…
    - 41 days ago 23 Oct 20, 1:01am -
  • Prudent Prepping: Purple Panic Pack, part the 2nd
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.This post will be short on pictures and light on links, due to the way New! Improved! Blogger handles everything and I don't think…
    - 42 days ago 21 Oct 20, 7:45pm -

Survival Medicine

  • When A Person Faints
    When A Person FaintsWe often write about medical strategies when a society collapses, but, sometimes, an individual may collapse as a result of fainting (also called “syncope”). It usually occurs when a drop in blood pressure (“hypotension”)…
    - 4 days ago 29 Nov 20, 12:28pm -
  • Seizure Disorders
    Seizure DisordersEpilepsy is a group of nerve disorders characterized by episodes known as “seizures” or “convulsions.” Seizures occur when the brain’s electrical system misfires. Instead of sending out signals in a controlled manner, a sur…
    - 4 days ago 28 Nov 20, 6:49pm -
  • Hypothermia in Austere Settings
    Hypothermia in Austere SettingsAs we head into the colder part of the year, I thought I’d talk about the dangers of exposure to cold. On or off the grid, if you don’t take environmental conditions into account, you have made Mother Nature your en…
    - 17 days ago 16 Nov 20, 5:13pm -
  • Asthma In Survival
    Asthma In SurvivalAsthma is a chronic condition that limits your ability to breathe. It affects the tubes that transport air to your lungs, collectively known as the “airways”. Asthma affects 20 million Americans and is the most common cause of c…
    - 18 days ago 15 Nov 20, 3:27pm -
  • Prepper Website Podcast Interviews Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy
    Prepper Website Podcast Interviews Dr. Bones and Nurse AmyTodd Sepulveda of the popular brings his podcast to the ol’ hospital tent for an interview with Dr. Joe Alton and Nurse Amy Alton, this time about pregnancy, labor, and…
    - 24 days ago 8 Nov 20, 7:26pm -
  • Bear Encounters
    Bear EncountersThe Great Outdoors is a place of beauty and wonder, but there are dangers as well. In encounters with large animals, it pays to know what to do when you encounter them on or off the grid. At present, we’re in our mountain home in Gat…
    - 25 days ago 7 Nov 20, 10:49pm -
  • Soft Tissue Infections
    Soft Tissue InfectionsAll injuries carry a risk of infection. When the skin is breached, various microbes can invade and cause damage. Inflammation in soft tissues known as “cellulitis” may develop when bacteria enter through a crack or break in…
    - 38 days ago 26 Oct 20, 3:06pm -
  • Survival Medicine Podcast: Nurse Amy’s OB Tips and Kit
    Survival Medicine Podcast: Nurse Amy’s OB Tips and KitIn any long term survival setting, somebody’s  going to get pregnant at one point or another. Even if you daughter is 7 years old right now, a decade or so into an EMP strike that knocks us o…
    - 45 days ago 18 Oct 20, 7:41pm -
  • Video: Microplastics In Ocean Waters
    Video: Microplastics In Ocean WatersIn this companion video to a previous article, Dr. Joe Alton laments the accumulation of plastic trash in our oceans, vividly shown in The Great Pacific Garbage Patch. This isn’t a new continent, but an area wher…
    - 49 days ago 15 Oct 20, 4:34am -
  • Tonsillitis In Austere Settings
    Tonsillitis In Austere SettingsYour tonsils are glands on each side of the back of the throat. Their job is to help trap bacteria and other germs that cause infections. Sometimes, however, they can become infected themselves, a condition known as “…
    - 57 days ago 7 Oct 20, 3:59pm -