Survival Skills

Survival Afterwards: Living in the Aftermath

August 29 is my wedding anniversary.  It was the same date that Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf South Coast.  I try not to attach any connection between the two.  Though I lived 150 miles north of the landfall, our community was greatly impacted by the storm.  High winds and driving rain took down scores of… Read More

11.5 Bug Out Bag Mistakes That Are Not Mistakes

About the only tangible aspect we have for a real bug out is the bug out bag.  Sure you might have a BOVehicle or BOLocation, but BOBag is often the beginning and the end for most lightweight survivalists and preppers.  The problem is that unlike taking a cruise to Alaska, or a family trip to… Read More

10 Tips For When You Get Lost In the Woods

In July of 2013 Geraldine Largay was hiking the Appalachian Trail in Maine by herself after her partner had to leave because of a family emergency.  She was 66 years old and had a poor sense of direction and when she went off trail to use the bathroom she got lost and couldn't find her… Read More

Summer Prep For Kids

I have listened to a lot of people lately complain about their kids and how all they want to do is sit in front of screens.  Ironically while these people are telling me about their “lazy” kids, they are checking their phones and physically, appear to be the indoor/ couch type of person.  I am… Read More

TTP’s For SHTF

Prepping takes time and preparation.  This is essential whether you are doing a Bug In at home with family, a few extended family, neighborhood friends, or a Bug Out solo or with a partnership team.  Just know that the more numbers you add, the more complicated and difficult things suddenly seem to become.  It is… Read More

13 SHTF Tips For City Dwellers

Most of you reading this are urban or city dwellers.  Stay with me for a minute while I set the stage.  Roughly 80% of the U.S. population is urban.  What exactly does urban mean though?  According to Wikipedia:  "An urban area is characterized by higher population density and vast human features in comparison to the… Read More

The Human Element

Though we as humans are not listed on the periodic table, everything that combines into our chemical makeup is.  We, you, me, all of us are at the essential core of the salvation of mankind.  If that sounds redundant or worn out, well, think about it.  We are not only charged with surviving ourselves, but… Read More

How to Start A Fire With Your EDC Knife And A Shoelace

"If I was lost in the wilderness  I'd just take my shoelaces and make a bow drill and start a fire."  I've heard people say it time and again and I roll my eyes every time I hear it.  I can count on one hand the number of times I've heard someone say it who could… Read More

Technology and Survivalists

One thing I’ve noticed in the past is that every time I’ve really needed technology the most is when it let me down.  I was thinking about this the other night after my cell phone shut itself down never to start again.  I happened to be on call that night for work and in order… Read More

Bug Out Long Term (B.O.L.T) Pistol: Part 1

To B.O.L.T. is to Bug Out Long Term.  As a complement to the Katrina Rifle, I decided to assemble a B.O.L.T. Pistol.  The requirements, as they say, are similar but different from the Katrina Rifle in that the B.O.L.T. Pistol must be a reliable lightweight small-caliber semiautomatic with optic and suppressor.  B.O.L.T. is my nickname… Read More

The Fear Factor

Fear….. It is the number one item that everyone forgets to prepare for in cases of survival, emergency situations and personal protection.  Yes, you may have your Get Home Bag, your Bug out Bag, your SHTF location and your weapon. But did you prepare to deal with FEAR? Most likely NOT.   Unless you can manage… Read More

How to Make Your Camp Fire Burn All Night

Have you ever wanted a fire to last all night long, but didn't want to stay up feeding it hour after hour?  Most nights you lay down and open your eyes again two hours later just in time to throw more tinder and wood on just before it goes out.  Recently I was watching a… Read More