SHTFblog is a modern survival blog focused on bringing relevant, quality content to the prepping community since 2007. This site is part of Prepper Press, a publisher of survival media. Having gone through different owners over the years, SHTFblog returned to its founder in 2020, Derrick James, who created the blog prior to building Prepper Press in 2011. SHTFblog, as part of Prepper Press, is a (very) small, U.S.-based business. We strive to remain authentic and hope you find the information we present to be both helpful and entertaining. If you haven’t already, please consider subscribing to our newsletter in the right sidebar. Thank you – and prep on!
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The SHTF blog Team
Derrick James – Founder and Lead Editor
Derrick was a “prepper” well before Y2K, Katrina, and Covid-19. He founded SHTF blog in the early days of prepping when it was one of only a handful of prepper blogs. His experience and longevity has made him a leader in the prepping community. In addition to SHTF blog, he is also the exclusive writer at, and founder of, Prepper Press. Prepper Press is a survival blog and publisher of prepper books and entertainment.
Kyt Lyn Walken – Contributing Writer
Kyt Lyn Walken is the official European representative and instructor for Hull’s Tracking School (Virginia, USA), and she is a certified Conservation Ranger for C.R.O.W. (Conservation Rangers Operations Worldwide). She has been an outdoors and tracking enthusiast since childhood.
Kyt has written for The Bushcraft Journal, American Survival Guide, and RECOIL Offgrid. She lives and works in Europe even if she often travels overseas. She can be found at the Mantracking School.
Steve Markwith – Contributing Writer
Steve Markwith began competitive shooting at a very young age. He served two combat tours in Vietnam and led all firearms operations for a large state agency. Returning to civilian shooting, he became an NRA-Certified Pistol, and served as a certifying authority for concealed-carry permit applicants in several states.
He joined the firearms industry working with a gunsmith who was a disciple of the well-known PO Ackley. He has years of full-time firearms experience and enjoys direct contact with many industry leaders. He is the author of numerous firearms books in the Survival Guns series.
Jolina Flowers – Contributing Writer
Jolina Flowers is an off-grid homesteader and expat prepper living in rural Mexico. She lives surrounded by edible cacti, mesquite, and various critters. She also has her own animal kingdom of goats, chickens, horses, and dogs. Her experience living in Mexico gives her a unique perspective on prepping south of the border.
When Jolina is not working in her garden she can be found writing articles and teaching English as a second language.
Logan Misseldine – Contributing Writer
Logan has spent most of his life exploring wild spaces, from backcountry canoe trips to foraging near his home there’s hardly any outdoor activity that doesn’t excite him. He also advocates for more people to get outside and enjoys helping them take advantage local public lands and waters.
Logan is currently based in Western New York where he finds the time to balance his work and family life with expanding his outdoor skills hunting, fishing, camping, foraging, and paddling.
Aden Tate – Contributing Writer
Aden Tate is a part-time farmer – specializing in eggs, greens, and oyster mushrooms. When he’s not working in one form or another, he enjoys hiking, woodworking, working out, letter writing, and developing his latest epidemiology-related algorithms.
Aden is a fan of Joel Salatin’s views on farming, Victor Hugo’s novels, and American history when it’s not written by revisionists. He is also the author of The Faithful Prepper: A Christian’s Perspective on Prepping.