SHTF blog – Modern Survival

Top Ten Best Survival Board Games

The COVID-19 coronavirus quarantine has got everyone going a little bit stir crazy. People are stuck in their homes. Kids are not at school. Most people can’t even get out during the day to go to work. You’ve watched almost every post-apocalyptic movie out there – now what? How do you pass the time and stay sane? Survival board games, of course. by Derrick James The games in this list are great for any SHTF scenario, not just a quarantine. Stack them on the shelf in your survival bunker! The…

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…

Bugging Out With Your Best Friend

If you’re reading this, you’ve probably given some thought to “bugging out.” You may even have a solid kit and plan. It’s relatively simple when you’re a single manor woman. When you start adding in children, spouses, and pets, things get complicated. If faced with the situation, you may choose to leave your dog at home to protect the house. Personally, I wouldn’t leave my dog at home. She would pee on my nice clean carpet, get into the trash, jump on the couch, and puke everywhere. If the fire…

Bug Out Tip: Medical Matters

As one travels through the land of survival gear eventually they will end up at the medical supplies and equipment section. Bandages, creams, pills etc. come in many shapes and sizes. This can be a bit daunting since not everyone will have a medical degree to understand proper wound care or what an antipyretic is used for. Fortunately companies have figured this out and have made kits. Usually you can find lovely packaged first aid kits in all sorts of sizes. If you dig a bit deeper you might find…

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…

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. by J. Bridger, contributing author Things don’t happen in real life the way they do in textbooks. 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.…

Are Shotguns the Ultimate SHTF Firearm?

Are Shotguns the ultimate SHTF firearm? I’m gonna save you some time in case you don’t feel like reading the rest of this article: NO! by Drew, contributing writer 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. I’m not just postulating out of…

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? by Doc Montana, contributing writer 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 actually quite long. The TSA lists the things on its no-fly list in this brochure. While I am quick to buy prohibited items after I land including a knife and…