SHTF blog – Modern Survival

Book Review: US Military’s Dog Training Handbook

Dogs are commonly discussed as being a part of various preppers’ preparedness plans, but those discussions are typically centered on whether you’re better to have a dog or not; and if you have a dog, which dog is the best for survival. Less commonly discussed is how to actually use that dog in a survival situation; and ultimately, how to train it. Dogs in Survival Situations It should be no surprise to anyone that dogs have many uses, particularly in survival situations. Soldiers have known their value since ancient times. Egyptians,…

Protecting Your Shelter for Personal and Financial Survival

Oh, a storm is threat’ning My very life today If I don’t get some shelter Oh yeah, I’m gonna fade away – Rolling Stones Mick Jagger, in Gimme Shelter, sings of the importance of having shelter from external threats. Shelter is a topic that doesn’t get the level of attention in prepper circles that food storage or firearms might get, but that doesn’t make it any less important. In fact, if you look at Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, a five-tier psychological theory of human needs, Maslow establishes Physiological Needs (food, water,…

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 you ever have a chance to work or volunteer in a similar way, I urge you to do it. It feels good to be part of something bigger than yourself. You may make a difference…

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 have most likely heard of firearms handling, gun safety, or marksmanship; to me these are all parts of firearms/weapons management.  Management commences when you first touch the weapon and it ceases only when the firearm…

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 life the way they do in text books. Real life is messy. Not all patients want you there, not all calls are exciting, not all calls warrant a head to toe trauma scan. That being…

Are Shotguns the Ultimate SHTF Firearm?

Are Shotguns the Ultimate Survival firearm? I’m gonna save you some time in case you don’t feel like reading the rest of this article: NO. I’m fully aware I may have just opened up a Pandora’s Box of Drew-hate, but I’m going to stand behind my statement. Are shotguns versatile? Yes. Are shotguns brutally effective within their envelope? Absolutely. Will I be heading out the door with a shotgun in hand as a primary firearm in a SHTF event? Nope. By Drew, contributing author to SHTFblog and Survival Cache I’m…

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. By Tinderwolf, a contributing author to SHTFblog and Survival Cache For me, it goes beyond preparing for your average three-day power outage caused by a storm. I believe that we live in a world with…

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 items will provide a good head start on improving your lot in life when combined with knowledge and experience. By Drew, contributing author to SHTFblog and Survival Cache You’ll notice that I did not include…