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  • newPreparedness Notes for Thursday — April 9, 2020
    On April 9, 1768, John Hancock refused to allow two British customs agents to go below deck of his ship. This was considered by some to be the first act of physical resistance to British authority in the American colonies. And on April 9, 1869, the H…
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  • newTraining: Prepper Parallels in Everyday Life, by K.B.
    I am no expert, but I can share. Contemplating what training or experience I have that could be of value to the community at large in a SHTF scenario, and it appears to be a bit of a struggle to decide what is pertinent. We all have our own experienc…
    - 19 hours ago 9 Apr 20, 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”. Our goal is to educate our readers, to help them to recognize…
    - 19 hours ago 9 Apr 20, 7:02am -
  • newThe Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “We did not vote on the “shelter-in-place” dictum.  We did not vote on the shut down of all “non-essential” businesses. Hysteria leads to a dismissal of the factual. And the factual analysis of this current “Wuhan flu” is that many of…
    - 19 hours ago 9 Apr 20, 7:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Wednesday — April 8, 2020
    April 8th is the birthday of the late Ian Smith, Prime Minister of Rhodesia. (Born, 1919, died November 20, 2007.) April 8th is also the anniversary of the death of English experimental gunsmith and author Phillip Luty, in 2011. He was hounded by Bri…
    - 2 days ago 8 Apr 20, 7:04am -
  • The Coast HX4 Light, by The Novice
    Last summer, I went to a garage sale. There, I found a brand new clip light for sale for two dollars. That was too good a deal to pass up, so I bought the light and put it on a shelf in my workshop. It sat there for several months. Then, one autumn e…
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  • JWR’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, an…
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  • The Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “I will keep the ground that God has given me and perhaps in his grace, he will ignite me again. But ignite me or not, in his grace, in his power, I will hold the ground. ” – John KnoxThe post The Editors’ Quote of the Day: appeared first on…
    - 2 days ago 8 Apr 20, 7:01am -
  • Preparedness Notes for Tuesday — April 7, 2020
    April 7th is the birthday of Colonel Bob Denard (born 1929, died October 13, 2007). He had an amazing life as a mercenary, including four attempted coups in the Comoros.The post Preparedness Notes for Tuesday — April 7, 2020 appeared first on Surv…
    - 3 days ago 7 Apr 20, 7:05am -
  • Pandemic Policies are Destroying the Economy and our Liberty
    I am deeply troubled by the cascade of events that we have seen in these United States since February of 2020.  The rapid spread of the Wuhan coronavirus has caused politicians to veer off into panic mode policies.  They’re acting like a herd of…
    - 3 days ago 7 Apr 20, 7:04am -
  • 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…
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  • The Editors’ Quote of the Day:
    “The only acceptable response to the threat of lethal violence is immediate and savage counterattack. If you resist, you just may get killed. If you don’t resist you almost certainly will get killed. It is a tough choice, but there is only one ri…
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  • Preparedness Notes for Monday — April 6, 2020
    This is the birthday of famous American newsreel and radio journalist/narrator Lowell Thomas. — JWR Observes: SurvivalBlog readers were wearing masks out in public, for weeks before it was cool. — Do you want to really get away from it all?  The…
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  • Work Sharp Sharpeners, by Pat Cascio
    Two questions, that I receive all the time from readers are: 1.) What is your favorite gun? And, 2.) How do I re-sharpen my knife back to factory sharpness? Of course, the first question is impossible to answer, because there is no single gun that ca…
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  • Recipe of the Week: Claire’s Four Cheese Spaghetti Bake
    Reader Claire kindly sent us her Four Cheese Spaghetti Bake recipe. She says that her family often requests it. I suppose this qualifies as a “comfort food”, for hunkering down in the pandemic. Ingredients 1-1/2 pounds of cooked spaghetti 1/2 pou…
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More Than Just Surviving

  • 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…
    - 2 days ago 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…
    - 18 days ago 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…
    - 27 days ago 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…
    - 33 days ago 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…
    - 44 days ago 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…
    - 68 days ago 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…
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  • 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 -

Blue Collar Prepping

  • newGuns and Safety
    We've been writing this blog for a little over six years, so we've covered a lot of information that that you may not know about. There is a handy search box at the top of the page, but some things need to be emphasized so I'm going to re-hash an ar…
    - 3 hours ago 9 Apr 20, 10:58pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: We Are Safe And Sound
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping. I got some groceries, some peanut butter, To last a couple of days But I ain't got no speakers, ain't got no headphones, Ain't go…
    - 1 day ago 8 Apr 20, 4:37pm -
  • Love In the Time Of Quarantine
    I recently asked a question in the BCP Facebook group, and I received the kind of wonderful answers I've come to expect from our readers. The answers were so good I felt like they deserved to be compiled here.The question was "A couple friends of mi…
    - 2 days ago 8 Apr 20, 2:27am -
  • Beer Bread
    Beer? Bread? Two of my favorite things! But is it really that easy? Let’s find out.Godspeed to you all.
    - 3 days ago 6 Apr 20, 6:06pm -
  • Social Distancing Week 3: Online Socialization & Learning
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.Hello preppers! I'd ask how you are all holding up, but I've seen your Facebook posts. Those of us who are introverts are likely doing well, but our extroverted friends are likely n…
    - 6 days ago 3 Apr 20, 10:32pm -
  • Nature's Turn Foods
    I'm always looking for ways to add to or upgrade my food options for my Get Home Bag (GHB), my pantry, and my cache at work. All three are stored food that I rotate through as I eat it, and they all require foods that are filling, nutritious, shelf-s…
    - 7 days ago 3 Apr 20, 2:32am -
  • Prudent Prepping: Take-Out Post
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.With Shelter-In-Place orders coming out or changing seemingly by the hour, many places are only doing pick-up orders or delivery. T…
    - 8 days ago 1 Apr 20, 10:36pm -
  • Electrical Inspections
    I've fixed a lot of things in my career, and acquired a few trophies. These are quite educational when demonstrating what to look for when you're checking your home electrical systems.Lokidude
    - 9 days ago 1 Apr 20, 1:11am -
  • Love Those Wire Hangers!
    Had to help out our buddy Hector keep his water clean!Godspeed to you all.
    - 10 days ago 30 Mar 20, 5:10pm -
  • Protein Preps
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.Now that everyone is contemplating their food storage plans, let's talk about the importance of protein in your preps. While the importance of fats and carbohydrates have been addre…
    - 13 days ago 27 Mar 20, 9:52pm -
  • Welcome, New Preppers!
    Ah, spring, the time of year when anything can happen and usually does, including rain, snow, earthquakes, tornadoes, floods, and fires all over the place... and that's just Monday. The world is going through a rough patch right now and lots of peopl…
    - 14 days ago 26 Mar 20, 7:11pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: When Is Good Enough 'Good Enough'?
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping. I went through my lunch box, GHB and sling bag the past weekend. Again.I looked at the stored food in the house. Again.I looked a…
    - 15 days ago 25 Mar 20, 5:02pm -
  • Disaster Anxiety
    Last week, my area experienced a 5.7 magnitude earthquake with the epicenter was only a few miles from my house. Everyone is fine, damage was minor, and there were no injuries or fatalities, but many people were left with severe anxiety, made worse b…
    - 16 days ago 24 Mar 20, 10:12pm -
  • Social Distancing: Week 1
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.Hello, preppers! How is everyone doing after this crazy week? That's a question I asked yesterday in our Facebook group and there have been quite a number of replies to that. A lot…
    - 20 days ago 20 Mar 20, 10:11pm -
  • Cricket Firestarters
    The other day I had to stop at a discount tool shop because I needed a fair quality hammer drill that would likely not survive the job I had for it, and I didn't want to spend a lot of money on it. While there, I wandered through their bins of assor…
    - 21 days ago 19 Mar 20, 9:39pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: Night Vision Binoculars (Way Longer Than) 90 Day Test
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping. Back in July 2019(!), I mentioned that I bought some inexpensive night vision binoculars from one of the stores I call on. I've h…
    - 22 days ago 18 Mar 20, 5:37pm -
  • Incendiary Lemons
    The world needs a little fun right now. In an attempt at fun, I tried starting a fire with a lemon! Sergei embraces his chance to become internet famous.Lokidude
    - 23 days ago 18 Mar 20, 2:31am -
  • Social Distancing and Flattening the Curve
    Not actually Erin.Picture by KJ Photography& is used with permission.By this point we've all heard about social distancing and flattening the curve. We know that events are being cancelled and schools are telling students not to leave for spring brea…
    - 27 days ago 13 Mar 20, 9:04pm -
  • Fertilizer Basics: Natural
    Last week I covered commercial chemical fertilizers for gardening or farming. Commercial fertilizers are common because they are fast acting, allowing a farmer the chance to tailor his fertilizer to his crop and change what gets planted as the weathe…
    - 28 days ago 12 Mar 20, 4:58pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: Deals Difficult To Pass Over
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping.As per usual, I can't make these ideas stretch into stand-alone posts, so enjoy a smorgasbord.Home SecurityA friend recently had he…
    - 29 days ago 11 Mar 20, 5:22pm -
  • Real World Solar Charging
    I've said in the past that my camp trailer is a huge part of my emergency plans, and that still holds true. Part of using my trailer as a bug out vehicle is being prepared to be as off-grid as possible, and that means learning to live on limited reso…
    - 30 days ago 11 Mar 20, 3:08am -
  • Detroit Gambler 500: Rally Car To Do’s
    To do lists!  Woohoo!Godspeed to you all.
    - 31 days ago 9 Mar 20, 10:24pm -
  • Fertilizer Basics: Chemical
    It's been 4 or 5 years since I mentioned fertilizer chemistry, and with spring around the corner a lot of farmers and gardeners are getting ready to plant this year's crop. The science of soil chemistry is a college-level subject, but I'll try to cov…
    - 35 days ago 5 Mar 20, 7:40pm -
  • Prudent Prepping: Sharing What You Have
    The dust has settled and the First 72 Hours have passed. Follow along as I build a long term plan via Prudent Prepping. It shouldn't be a surprise that the current news is filled with videos (some faked) of not-quite empty shelves at Costco, Sam's C…
    - 36 days ago 4 Mar 20, 7:40pm -
  • Choose the Right Shoes: Why Tire Selection Matters
    In the BCP Facebook group comments on last week's post, my buddy Kent mentioned that tire selection was a critical part of maintaining traction in your vehicle, and he's not wrong. The right tire can make all the difference in your drive, but the wro…
    - 37 days ago 4 Mar 20, 3:08am -

Survival Medicine

  • newHow Much Social Distancing Is Enough?
    How Much Social Distancing Is Enough?The CDC has recommended social distancing that keeps six feet between individuals in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Now, a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association reports that th…
    - 11 hours ago 9 Apr 20, 3:44pm -
  • Survival Medicine Podcast: Chloroquine, Food and Laundry in Pandemics
    Survival Medicine Podcast: Chloroquine, Food and Laundry in PandemicsThe COVID-19 pandemic continues to rampage throughout the known world, killing close to 100000 and ruining the economies of whole nations. There is no proven treatment, cure, or vac…
    - 1 day ago 8 Apr 20, 5:16pm -
  • Grocery Shopping In Pandemic Times
    Grocery Shopping In Pandemic TimesIn infectious disease outbreaks, mundane chores like food shopping may become much more exciting (but not in a good way).  Yet, these activities are necessary to keep a family going. How can you avoid getting infect…
    - 2 days ago 7 Apr 20, 5:53pm -
  • New: Alton’s Pandemic Preparedness Guide
    New: Alton’s Pandemic Preparedness GuideWe published our latest book “Alton’s Pandemic Preparedness Guide: Dealing with Emerging and Current Viral Threats” recently, but haven’t yet made a post on the website about it. This is because we’…
    - 5 days ago 5 Apr 20, 2:15am -
  • Video: Face Coverings and Social Responsibility
    Video: Face Coverings and Social ResponsibilityIn this video, Joe Alton MD reiterates his urgent call for everyone to wear face mask and coverings whenever out in public. Although they hadn’t yet at the time of the making of this video, the CDC fin…
    - 6 days ago 4 Apr 20, 1:23am -
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  • Chloroquine for COVID-19 Patients
    Chloroquine for COVID-19 PatientsThe COVID-19 pandemic continues to rampage throughout the known world, killing thousands and ruining the economies of whole nations. There is no proven treatment, cure, or vaccine. This is a common but deadly problem…
    - 8 days ago 2 Apr 20, 2:13pm -
  • Video: Put On A Face Mask
    Video: Put On A Face MaskIn this video, medical preparedness advocate Dr. Joe Alton strongly urges people to put on a face mask in public. With 25% of all COVID-19 infection totally asymptomatic, there are a lot of people out there that don’t know…
    - 9 days ago 31 Mar 20, 11:18pm -
  • Can You Get Re-Infected With COVID-19?
    Can You Get Re-Infected With COVID-19?A number of reports have brought up the possibility of re-infection with COVID-19. Unlike some other viruses, like chicken pox, that bestow long-term immunity to victims, it appears that COVID-19 does nothing of…
    - 9 days ago 31 Mar 20, 9:47pm -
  • If You’re Not Wearing A Mask, You’re Nuts
    If You’re Not Wearing A Mask, You’re NutsIf the numbers of new cases and deaths caused by COVID-19 haven’t scared you, you’ll never have to prove your bravery in any other way. By bravery, I mean stupidity. There’s brave and there’s stupi…
    - 9 days ago 31 Mar 20, 9:11pm -