Too often preppers and survivalists lead lives of isolation.  We insulate ourselves from society by putting up barriers of protection.  Some of these barriers are physical, many more are figurative. We avoid high profile activities, bury our politics and keep to our own.  We do it to be prepared and protect our families, but in the process we miss out on something, Community.

SHTF Blog is all about filling that void.  It is a place where like-minded souls can gather to share best practices, homespun solutions and political insight.  All of this delivered with the confidence of anonymity, but the familiarity of a common purpose.  Our team has one of the most diverse backgrounds you will find from any survival website.  Our contributors include Marines, off grid survivalists, college professors and hardcore gun enthusiasts; all with a singular dedication– to build that community.  Someday it will be every man for himself…  Until then you’ve got us.

The Team

Jarhead Survivor - Editor
Contact: jarhead-survivor (at) survivalcache.com
Jarhead Survivor is a nickname given for my experience with the Marines and my interest in survivalism. Before I became fully aware of  the prepper movement I thought a lot about being ready for things like power outages and did some thinking about what would happen if… (name the disaster). I was talking to a friend one day a year or two before the economic mess in ‘09 and he was talking about the economy, peak oil, and social collapse.  I was instantly hooked.  I’d never been able to give a name to what it was that made me uneasy, but from the various rumblings I’d heard in the news there was something making me wary.  Now I was able to put a name to it.

Joel – Editor Top Survival Blog
Contact: joel (at) survivalcache.com
Joel has been thinking about TEOTWAWKI before Michael Stipe formed the band R.E.M in 1980 and penned the song “The End of The World as We Know It.”  Joel grew up in the Midwest where his father and grandfather always preached to him about self reliance and being able to live off the land.  Joel stayed in the Midwest for college where he was a Div I swimmer and school record holder.  After college Joel joined the US Marine Corps where he served as an (0302) Marine Infantry Officer.  Joel is an avid outdoorsman and swimmer.  He spends much of his free time hunting, hiking, swimming in masters programs, mountain biking or near the ocean scuba diving and sailing.  Joel’s hobby is researching survival gear & weapons as well as prepping for survival situations.  Joel also has an interest in Bug Out Vehicles which require no fossil fuels such as Sail Boats and Mountain Bikes.  Joel recently co-authored the book “Everyday Survival Kits” to help people get better prepared.

Calamity Jane – Contributing AuthorCalamity
I’m a frontierswoman, known for my determination and disregard for societal pressures.  I live a more agrarian life than she did, but every once in a while, usually when I’m cleaning my gun, I feel a small part of me in kinship with her. I’m a shelter in place sorta gal, I’m hunkered down in NW Iowa, just trying to prepare for the hard times I feel are already here.  I’m a wife, and a mother, and a survivor.

Drew – aka – The Road Warrior - Contributing AuthorTop Survival Blog
The handle “Road Warrior” comes from (of course) the last of the “Mad Max” films, and a deep, undying love for driving and restoring vintage automobiles. (my current fixer-upper is a 1956 Chevy 210 handyman 2-door wagon, with a 409 and 4-speed Muncie.) Ihave been around firearms my entire life, and my father got me my first “Chipmunk” .22 youth rifle when I was 5 years old. Since then, he has instilled me with a driving respect and adoration of all firearms, from vintage Winchesters and Smith & wessons to the newest Glocks and AR-15s. I am currently a SIG-Sauer, Glock, and AR-15 certified armorer, with more certs in the works. I believe that firearms should have a priority place in the hands of the prepper, not only for security, but for feeding families and passing on an honorable, safe firearms heritage that runs deep in this country.

John J. Woods, PhD – Contributing AuthorTop Survival Blog
Dr. Woods has been outdoor writing for over 35 years with over 3000 articles, and columns published on firearms, gun history, collecting, appraising, product reviews and hunting all sorts of game, especially white-tailed deer and wild turkey.  He regularly gets beat up by both.  He has hunted much of the western states plus in Canada and Europe.  Dr. Woods is currently the Vice President of Economic Development at a College in the Southern United States.

Pineslayer – Contributing Author - I am a gear junkie, leaning towards US made pineslayer_writer_shtfblogvintage/bombproof items.  I plan on having enough to equip my own squad or two if the need arises.  I believe strongly in developing a group of individuals who believe in being prepared for anything, whether that be a total collapse or just an ever changing world. It is not easy.  I dropped out of the Rat Race in 2002 when my daughter hit the planet.  My wonderful wife allowed me to become a stay-at-home Dad, working when time allowed.  I starting cutting trees with my good friend, hence the name Pineslayer.  I’ve been coaching since 1999, basketball and football, which has changed my life forever.

Professor Liberty Mize – Contributing Author - Professor Liberty Mize is the ultimate Black Swan; a Conservetarian living in the deep blue of the twin cities of Minneapolis/St Paul.  A true fish out of water, he’d welcome the rise of a third party, though he’d settle for some sort of distinction between the two we already have.  A religious zealot, he takes the bible as the authoritative word of God, and longs for a return to the principals that made this country great.

Doc Montana – Contributing AuthorTop Survival Blog
As a young child, Doc Montana moved from the midwest flatland to the Rocky Mountains and never looked back. Embracing every aspect and season of the outdoor life, Doc lives to mountaineer, rock climb, trail run, hunt, race mountain bikes, ski, hunt, and fish “The River that runs through it.”  Never missing the chance to be outdoors, Doc honed his survival skills through professional courses, training, and plenty of real-world situations, both intentional and not. Although Doc is considered a gearhead, he never lets having the wrong equipment stop him from enjoying the adventure. Long before Gore-tex, cell phones, helmets, and bear spray, Doc was pushing the limits in the mountains by running that icy line between minimalism and disaster.  Doc Montana holds PhD’s in both science education and computer science and currently teaches at a university in the northern United States.

Mark - Contributing AuthorMark_Survival_Cache_SHTFBlog_Top_Survival_Blog
Mark graduated from Texas A&M University with a BS in biochemistry and completed graduate work in international commerce and policy at George Mason University in the Washington DC metro area. Mark is a former Marine recon team leader, Marine officer instructor at The Basic School and Marine Infantry Officer. He is an avid outdoor adventurist and survivalist. Mark has lived and traveled all over the world with the Marine Corps. He has raced multiple marathons and triathlons. He is currently training for his first ultra-marathon and next Ironman triathlon competition. Mark coaches triathletes, swimmers, and crossfit athletes. When Mark is not working or coaching he is preparing for his next endurance race or spending time with his family.  Mark recently co-authored the book “Everyday Survival Kits” with Joel to help people get better prepared.

Ranger Man - Founder of SHTFBlog & Contributing Author
“Ranger Man” is a college-era nickname given for my love of forests and mountains. I started this site in 2007 for self-entertainment. Then people found the site and itsreadership grew. I didn’t anticipate or plan for the responsibility of updating the site regularly, but I felt an obligation to readers. I updated daily for nearly a year before I crashed and burned. The site took too much from my already busy life.  In July 2010 I brought the site back to life with earnest. I scaled back to a more manageable 5 day a week schedule and I brought other writers on. The fragility of modern society concerns me so I prep accordingly. Conspiracy theories and extremism don’t interest me. I like common sense.