The Mission Drives The Gear

Preppers are notorious for caching stuff. Gear is our life. We can’t seem to get enough of it and at the same time we could probably all have a huge garage sale and never miss half of it. Have you ever really thought what you are going to do with all that stuff?  If you are not a list person, I recommend you become one. Gear management is just as big a part of survival prepping as planning for it in the first place. With a comprehensive inventory, you can not only get a handle on what you have amassed in terms of survival gear, but you can review it, refresh it, and begin to task it for specific missions. By Dr. John J…

The Future of Fish Antibiotics in Survival?

Siamese Fighting Fish (Betta splendens) As the first physician to write, years ago, about aquarium and avian antibiotics as a survival tool, I’ve long realized their utility in preventing unnecessary deaths in true survival scenarios (in normal times, seek modern and standard medical care). Lately, I’ve received a lot of mail asking about the upcoming FDA Veterinary Feed Directive. Does it mean the end of the availability of fish and bird meds for placement in disaster medical storage? To understand what the Veterinary Feed Directive is and what it means for the preparedness community, we should first describe the problem that the Directive aims to correct: Antibiotic resistance. There is an epidemic of antibiotic resistance in this country, and it exists, not because of pet bird or …

Emergency Preparedness : Stocking Disaster Survival Supplies

Three Lessons From Ruins

Archaeologists and Historians study the past to derive valuable inferences from past civilizations. This exercise is a noble and important one; after all, those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it. In the spirit of this thinking, I have written about a few examples of decay. If we aspire to be prepared for the worst, we need to look at people who have already experienced the worst. Fifty years ago, the places on this list were functioning, maintained, and inhabited. The existence of these ruins is evidence that bad things do happen. By D-Ray a contributing author to SHTFBlog & Survival Cache Contrary to what some people would …

Survival Medicine Hour: Ron Melchiore on 36 Years of Living Off the Grid

Survival Medicine Hour In this episode of the Survival Medicine Hour, Nurse Amy Alton interviews Ron Melchiore, who with his wife Joanna, has lived for 36 years off the grid in Maine and, now, Northern Saskatchewan. Amy finds out all about what Ron’s life as a self-reliant “pioneer” has been like, and how he’s put it all in his book “Off Grid and Free: My Path to the Wilderness“. Ron has hiked the entire Appalachian Trail and has ridden a bicycle from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean. Ron talks about power issues, experience with local animals, wildfires, and other challenges he and his wife …

goTenna Takes a GIANT Communication step into Mesh Networking

goTenna Launches goTenna Mesh to Take Off-Grid Communication Further: International Expansion & First-of-Its-Kind Mesh Networking Technology BROOKLYN, NY (Sept. 28, 2016) — goTenna, the company that last year released the first and only device that enables smartphone users to communicate without cell towers, wifi routers or satellites, today introduces a new breakthrough product: goTenna Mesh, the first 100% off-grid, mobile, long-range consumer-ready mesh network device, which will be available internationally. The announcement comes along with the launch of goTenna’s premium service, goTenna Plus, and the release of the goTenna open Software Development Kit (SDK). goTenna Mesh pairs with any iOS or Android device to allow users to text and share GPS locations, up to …

Survival Buzz: Seven Ways to Simplify and Get On With Life

Why is it that humans, especially American humans, collect so much stuff?  It is not that we need all this stuff and it is not that we necessarily want it.  It just is.  Perhaps we should blame the Madison avenue types so aptly portrayed in the now defunct TV series Mad Men. These days, it seems we are bombarded by ads for every conceivable item, from toothpaste, to fashion, to pharmaceuticals we never knew we needed.  Then there is the seduction of shopping!  Sometimes it  is simply too much, and at least for me, it often takes more than a modicum of will power to simply say no. This applies to prepping gizmos as well.  Thankfully, for the past five or six …

The Katrina Pistol

Ever since I created the Katrina Rifle, I’ve considered adding a Katrina Pistol to my loadout.  So when Glock read my mind and released their Modular Optics System (MOS) pistols, I knew the time was right to build a Katrina Pistol.  Based on the same survival philosophy as my Katrina Rifle, the Katrina Pistol needs to be good enough to sit at the top of my short list of things to grab when running out the door for possibly the last time. By Doc Montana, a contributing author to SHTFBlog & Survival Cache Symptoms and Solutions The features of the Katrina Pistol are based on the need for a versatile, multi-purpose firearm.  To be clear, the Katrina Pistol is not…

Essential Items in Your Emergency Survival Kit

Emergencies or a disaster do not come knocking on your door. So, you always need to be Red Cross ready and have essential items in your kit. Staying prepared for an emergency means, you must have the proper supplies of materials that you might need in an emergency event. As a rule of thumb, you must remember that the Federal Government expects the people to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours. Hence, while deciding on the survival kit, first consider where you are going to use it. Will you keep it in your car? Are you going to place it…

Survival Buzz: Eight Lessons Learned from Survival Fiction

There is fine line between fiction as entertainment and fiction as a learning experience.  Sometimes, if you are lucky, you get both. In that respect, fictionalized tales of survival have proliferated over the years, and as long as you steer clear of the monster zombie titles, you can usually find something redeeming to add to your preparedness knowledge. As a newbie prepper, one of the first books I read was One Second After.  This book was an eye opener and served to confirm that the road to preparedness was the correct path to follow.  Shortly after reading One Second After, I …

Emergency Skills Needed in a Crisis

Emergency workers are truly a different breed. Bravery, leadership, critical thinking, a calm demeanor in crisis, compassion, and empathy are all in a day’s work. Here are a few more emergency skills that can be used at any time. Firefighters Firefighters handle a wide range of emergencies. When they’re not containing fires and assisting victims, they respond to car accidents, natural disasters, bomb threats, terrorist attacks, and incidents involving hazardous materials. They make water rescues as well as assist in evacuations. Most are trained to perform lifesaving procedures before paramedics arrive. Firefighters need the physical strength to work with heavy machinery. Like all emergency responders, urgent-duty driving skills are a must. Firefighters do a lot more than put out fires and rescue…

Survival Medicine Hour: Dan O’Hara of Gateway Prepper Expos, More

Maybe you haven’t had the opportunity to go to one Dan and Kit O’Hara’s Gateway Prepper Expos, in which case, you’ve missed out on an opportunity to meet a lot of awesome, like-minded folks who are preparing for the worst, while hoping for the best. In this episode of the Survival Medicine Hour, Amy Alton, ARNP, aka Nurse Amy welcomes good friend Dan O’Hara to the show and gets a real insight on what these shows are all about, and the thinking behind putting these events out to the  public. Plus, Joe Alton, MD, aka Dr. Bones, gives you …

Social Work Will Help You Survive

There are all sorts of degree programs that preppers can take to become better prepared for unexpected catastrophes. Classes on architecture could teach you the strengths and weaknesses of modern buildings and how to stay safe during different disasters. Nearly any applied science, such as electrical engineering or biochemistry, could be useful in a crisis. Have you ever wondered about Social Work? Even business management might provide you with experience in organizing and leading groups of people to accomplish goals. Probably the last degree program you would consider helpful would be social work ? but you’d be wrong. Social workers know more about the best and worst aspects of humanity than any other group, which means they …

4 Person Perfect Survival Kit Deluxe for Earthquake, Evacuation, Emergency Disaster Preparedness 72 Hour Kits for Home, Work or Auto: 4 Person

All items are packed securely by Survival Kits Online in a deluxe duffel bag. The kit includes the following: * 48 -Pouches of Datrex Water – twice the amount of water as leading suppliers and each pouch has a 5 year shelf-life * 48 – 200 Calorie Food Bars – 5 year shelf-life * 40 […]

Survival Buzz: What To Do Following a Natural Disaster

Having lived most of my adult life on the West Coast of the US, the the probability of a major earthquake has not been an if but a when proposition. The same can be said for residents of the East Coast; simply change the word “earthquake” to “hurricane”.  For middle America, there are tornados. The point is that regardless of where you live, there is risk of a natural disaster happening in your own backyard.  It is simply a matter of when. Are you ready?  The most likely answer to that question is sure, kind a sort a.  Most of us are well prepared…

Skills Needed in a Survival Group

Do you know what skill sets you have accumulated within your survival family? Think about it for a minute. What does each person bring to the survival group that is beneficial and needed in some way or another? These are thoughts that have been in my mind for a few weeks now. So I sat down and did some research and put together a list of skill sets that are almost a must have for any group. One of the great things about this list is you can mark off what you have mastered and pick something else to work on. In doing this you become multi-beneficial to the group which is fantastic. Not only …

Preparedness Beyond Just Short Term – Think Local…

Preparedness ‘101’ is pretty simple. Enough food for several days or a week without resupply, some water storage in containers, a water filter, and other ‘ordinary’ preps for a short term disruption. Not too much skill is required here – just some extra supplies. Preparedness ‘201’ builds on ‘101’ with more supplies and several definitive …

Survival Buzz: How to Store Batteries for the Long Term

How much do you know about storing household batteries for the long term?  Until I started prepping, I did not have a clue.  Even after I started to prep, I was unsure, although it did make sense to store batteries at room temperature, not too hot and not too cold.  Still, when the topic came up while out with friends, some wise guy mentioned keeping batteries in the freezer and I was lost. Shortly after that, I check snopes.com and learned no, batteries should not be refrigerated or frozen.  Snopes is not always correct so I decided to ask my pal Ron Brown for his …

Protecting Yourself and Family is Key!

We know that the big one is coming. We prepare ourselves to survive by having enough food & water, medical supplies and other things on hand but we also need to protect ourselves from all. Protecting yourself and your Family at home from violence, intruders, Terrorist groups and more has become one of the highest priorities these days. So what areas should one begin to protect? Entry ways & Windows! There are various ways intruders can penetrate a home or business but most common are Doors and Windows. Violators will most likely act quickly by blasting down a door or shooting down windows. It is important to know what …

External Belt Gear Rigs

When the soldiers left the ships to fight in that big war to end all wars, the troops were all carrying a webbed belt around the outside of their coats or jackets. This webbed belt carried a wide variety of accessory pouches for ammo, weapons magazines, medical supplies, a canteen, maybe a holster for a 1911 Colt .45 and other optional gear items. The external webbed belt kept the gear weight well distributed around the waist and easy to access. Some web gear units even had shoulder straps. By Dr. John J. Woods, a contributing author to SHTFBlog & Survival Cache Without carrying these immediate need items on the pants belt itself, the soldiers would not have their trousers weighted down or pulling excessively at…

How To Make an Emergency Kit for Disaster Preparedness HD Guide

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Gasoline Pipeline Shutdown To 50 Million People On East Coast

The Colonial Pipeline runs from Texas to New York and supplies gasoline to an estimated 50 million people a day on the East Coast. On September 9, a 36-inch pipeline was shut down near Birmingham, Alabama where a major ‘leak’ was discovered. The shutdown of Colonial Pipeline service to ‘Line 1’ which normally transports 1.3 …

Survival Buzz: Teaching Kids to Have a Preparedness Mindset

Lately I have seen a lot written about kids and prepping.  Yes, some members of the younger generation only care about immediate gratification and living in the moment.  Others, however, do pay attention to the times, and whether by osmosis or something else, do learn from their prepper parents. That leads me into today’s topic: teaching kids to have a preparedness mindset. Earlier this year, I was asked to help judge the annual Video and Essay contest at the Survival Weekly website. Selecting the best entry in each of the two categories was difficulti because the topics covered were as diverse as the authors themselves.  At the end of …

Suppressed Prepper Rifles

Ricky Bryant has not used a regular hunting rifle for years.  By regular he means a standard hunting rifle with a factory barrel.  Why?  Because Bryant of Clinton, Mississippi is owner and operator of BMS Machine short for Bryant’s Machine Shop on Highway 80 East in Clinton.  What Ricky probably does not realize is that his shop is making an excellent rifle for prepping and survival work.  Quiet, mean, and effective. By Dr. John J. Woods, a contributing author to SHTFBlog & Survival Cache Among all the many machined parts for multiple industrial applications that BMS manufacturers in house, Ricky and his team including his mom and dad that work in the business also makes firearm …