SHTF blog – Modern Survival

Ensuring Safety: When is it Time to Change Personal Body Armor?

Since body armor is life-saving gear, if you are going to wear it, you cannot neglect its quality and performance. This doesn’t just apply to law enforcement officers who use it as a part of their duty. Anyone using it even occasionally need to be equally watchful about the integrity of this essential piece of survival gear. While you need to be very sure about buying a product that has a manufacturer warranty for its ballistic performance, going the extra mile to assess its condition from time to time makes…

Are MREs Healthy to Eat? How Long do They Last?

MREs – yum! Soldiers carry them and preppers stock them. The long shelf life, the salty taste, the plastic packaging. Nothing quite says “Git in my belly” like an MRE! But are they healthy to eat? What’s in an MRE? How long do they last? Are they worth the money? by Derrick James, SHTFblog founder and blogger at Prepper Press Let’s explore those questions and more, but first… A Brief History of the MRE You know the saying, an army marches on its stomach. Hauling battle gear, marching for days…

Giveaway: Olight PL-PRO Valkyrie Flashlight & Flash Sale

Building off my review of the Olight PL-PRO, SHTFblog is partnering with our friends at Olight to give away one PL-PRO Valkyrie weapon light to a lucky SHTFblog follower. Enter the giveaway here. The PL-PRO tactical light has a retail value of $129.95. This is light offers a lot of power for the price. Additional features include: extremely power 1500 lumens with 280 meters of throw rail mount capabilities rechargeable battery magnetic USB charging cable quick attach level for fast removal and installation lockout mode and strobe features Olight One-Day…

Gear Review: Olight PL-PRO Valkyrie Flashlight

Looking for a white weapon light to attach to my AR-15, I started researching my options. As with other AR-15 attachments, the quantity of options available to consumers is virtually limitless. I am no expert when it comes to AR-15 attachments, let alone ARs. So, if you’re like me, trying to sort through those available options becomes a little overwhelming. by Derrick James, SHTFblog founder and blogger at Prepper Press The whole decision-making process went something like this… I finally got my Aimpoint PRO. Now I need a light. But…

My Winter Climb Up Mount Katahdin

This post may not be entirely ON topic, preparedness-wise anyway … unless I stretched it, pitched the post as… by Derrick James, SHTFblog founder and blogger at Prepper Press Exercise All Year Long to Stay Apocalypse-Ready, or …Breathe Fresh Air Today Because the World Might End Tomorrow, or …you get the idea. Instead I’m just going to talk a bit about this year’s winter hike up Mount Katahdin in Baxter State Park, Maine’s highest peak. Baxter State Park used to regulate winter hiking, but they loosened the rules up a…

Review of 5.11 Tactical's Rush Delivery Messenger Laptop Bag

Soooooo, it was time to buy a new laptop aaaaaand ….. anyone remember their Miller Analogies? Try this one: Handgun is to Holster as Laptop is to: A) Power Cord B) Laptop Bag C) Keyboard D) Monitor The answer is B, of course. So just as I’d buy a holster for a new handgun, I buy a laptop bag for a new laptop; and why, if I need to buy a laptop bag anyway, wouldn’t I buy a TACTICAL laptop bag? What kind of SHTFblog writer would I be if…

Washington State Prepper Profile – Thoughts Wanted

Readers, often newer readers, contact me once in a while asking for advice on their particular preparedness/survival scenario. Sometimes their questions are precise, other times they’re more open ended and general. Sometimes I ask their permission to use their scenario as part of a blog post, as part of a …. PREPPER – PROFILE! Yeah, baby! by Derrick James Today’s Prepper Profile comes to us straight outta …. THIS STATE: Random Washington State Anonymous and Aspiring Survival Samurai writes: I am a new prepper and I find your blog invaluable.…

Shipping Container Off Grid Housing in Maine

I like writing survival related posts based in Maine, because … well, because I like Maine. You fellow prepper peeps will probably appreciate this preparedness newspaper piece. Maine’s Bangor Daily News (BDN) ran an article on a young couple that just moved to the coast of Maine will dreams of “minimizing cost of living, but maximizing standard of living.” The BDN article on the couple states (some of the comments on the news article are good): They are not the first to move to rural Maine from a more heavily populated…