Preparedness

Lessons Learned From Firefighting in Rural America

Being part of my home town’s fire department is the most rewarding experience I have had to date. Every time I stepped into the fire house, I learned something. I saw sides of humanity you don’t get to see in a normal nine to five life, and I am a better person for it. If… Read More

The Individual Trauma Kit / IFAK

In my last article, we discussed the primary assessment tool “MARCH.” This writing is aimed at carrying the tools necessary for treating life threats. I call it an IFAK (Individual First Aid Kit). Others may call it a trauma kit, blowout kit, or GSW (gunshot wound) kit. By J. Bridger, contributing author to SHTFblog and… Read More

How To Choose The Best Firearms Instructor For Your Needs

Everyone should take a firearms class! Unless you have been in the military or law enforcement, there is an excellent chance you do not have good training in firearms management. Without a doubt, firearms management is the key to safety and contributes significantly to reducing injuries and deaths. What is “firearms” or “weapons” management? You… Read More

How Ultralight Backpacking Influenced my Bug Out Bag

Before I became interested in backpacking, I made several iterations of “bug out” bags. The idea of living out of a bag fascinated me; it was the ultimate freedom. My first bug out bag was an olive drab ALICE pack with three full MREs, an old poncho and liner, a cheap hunting knife that wouldn’t… Read More

MARCH – A Lifesaving Primary Assessment

During my first EMT course, our instructor outlined the phases of a patient encounter: scene safety, general impression, primary assessment, secondary assessment, and reassessment. If you’ve ever done the psycho-motor skills exam, this probably sounds familiar. After working on an ambulance, I quickly learned this organized approach was somewhat academic. Things don’t happen in real… Read More

Building a TSA-Compliant Bug-Out Bag/Get Home Bag

If you tried to get through an airport security checkpoint with your bugout bag as a carry on, what would set off the alarms? The obvious offenders would be your gun, your knives, your water, your pepper spray, and many of your tools. But happily, the list of what you can take past security is… Read More

Pioneer Preps: Minimize MRE

When you ask most survivalists, bug out enthusiasts etc. what is their preferred long term go food or pre-made meal the majority are most likely going to say an MRE. Why not? Its good enough for our soldiers in a multitude of climates and it provides a full meal, for most people, with lots of… Read More

Axe or Saw For Survival – Which is Better?

Over the last several years I have seen a discussion kicked around the survival and outdoor forums surrounding two pieces of gear. The discussion has to do with whether it is better to carry an axe or a saw. When I first came across this question the answer seemed rather straightforward. For me, the answer… Read More

Getting Started With Reloading for SHTF

If there is one thing that the past 25 years have shown us, the firearms and ammunition market can be unpredictable. From so called “Assault Weapons” bans, to ammunition import bans and sanctions. Market panics can cause a run on firearms and ammunition and leave store shelves and internet suppliers empty. Wars or an overseas… Read More

What does Prepping Mean To You?

Everyone’s level of prepping is not the same. Some people prepare for the occasional storm, power outage, short-term hardship or numerous other emergency situations. However, at some level, the need for preparation will apply to everyone. We all have to decide what “prepping” means to us and to what extent we want to pursue it… Read More

You Have No Excuse Not To Carry These 5 Items Every Day

As the currently-popular Steven Crowder meme goes, “change my mind”. In the interests of upping everyone’s basic preparedness, I hereby proffer the following five items that practically no human has any reason to not have with them or within arm’s reach every day – day in, day out. When the balloon goes up, these five… Read More

The Ultimate Compact Survival Kit

Got your attention? We have all read many posts on those Altoid Tin kits, at least I hope you have. They look like a fun project, affordable, and useful. Put your hands up if you liked the idea, but couldn’t convince yourself because it was too wimpy or small to be effective. What’s a tinkering… Read More

Avoiding “The Purge”

“Reminder: All emergency services will be suspended.” The red cross on the poster has a big black “/” through it. The promo says the support services of the nation, state, city, community, and neighborhood will be out of service for a 12-hour period during “The Purge”. The motto is: “Survive the Night.” That was the… Read More