SHTF blog – Modern Survival

Should You Become an EMT for Prepper Medical Training?

I have been very fortunate in my short life to be able to some things not everyone gets the opportunity to do. I have studied engineering, geology, and medicine. I earned my pilot’s license. I spent four of the best years of my life on a fire department. I worked as a personal trainer, framer, lifeguard, and at a shooting range. That said, hands down one of the most rewarding and influential things I have done was become an Advanced EMT. by J. Bridger, contributing writer Being an EMT taught…

Challenges of Becoming an Expat Prepper

As you probably already know, an expat (expatriate) is someone who lives in a country other than the one he or she was born in, and a prepper is someone who actively prepares for emergencies. Therefore, expat preppers are people that live in a country not their own and are prepared for disruptions in society, natural disasters, and personal emergencies. by Jolina Flowers, an expat prepper living in Mexico Expat preppers have chosen to leave their home countries for a variety of reasons. Perhaps they are working or studying abroad.…

Pioneer Preps: Improve Your Magnesium Bar

Since 1973, magnesium bar fire starters have been around. A simple, waterproof, arguably unbreakable, fire starter that can get hot enough to light wet tinder. The bar can produce many shavings to make quite a few fires. Here though, is possibly the only downfall to the magnesium bar: making the shavings. It takes awhile and one has to be very careful not to allow all the shavings they have scraped off to scatter to the wind. Can it be done? Of course, I myself have done this many times on…

Will Climate Change Attract More People to Prepping?

Climate change is all over the news. Let’s take a look at what this might mean for preppers and the prepping market as a whole, but first… Is Climate Change Real? Climate change is a political subject, and in today’s political climate, that means it’s a polarizing subject. Those on the right say it isn’t happening. Those on the left say the sky is falling. There isn’t much common ground. Self-identifying as the political middle, I generally try to avoid political subjects these days. Those on the left call me…

Upgrading Your Vehicle EDC

Like most of you, I want to be prepared and self-sufficient. I believe my safety is my responsibility. If you rely on someone else, chances are you will be disappointed. By J. Bridger, contributing author I like knowing I can step into my vehicle and comfortably get by for a day or two with what I have stowed away. I have toyed with the concept of a truck gun. I like the idea but can’t stomach the thought of someone stealing it and committing a crime. When I have the…

Survival Gear Review: The BioLite Solar Apartment Kit

I’m not ashamed to admit it – I’ve been horrifically slow to adapt to solar power for my home survival preps. There, I said it. Maybe “slow” is an inappropriate term – “reserved” might be better – but the point of fact is that while I use and rightfully adore other solar-powered illumination flashlights and lanterns, when it comes to ramping up the scale to provide basic solar power to my home for illumination and charging capabilities, I was – pun intended – shamefully in the dark. By Drew, contributing…

Seven Deadly Prepper Sins

Recycling cans is good. But recycling faulty intel is bad. Yet so much of the general prepping information floating around includes recycled information based more on wishful thinking and post-apocalyptic fiction books than on science and historical lessons. By Doc Montana, contributing author to SHTFblog Common sense has its limits. Sitting in a comfy chair designing your post-apocalyptic survival strategy can be entertaining, but play your scenario out further with all the grit of a real SHTF and you will quickly see that many prepper plans might be little more…

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…