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I was recently made aware of a huge survival guide resource at PatriotRising.com. It seems this page alone has over 800 free resources (by my rough count) which you may freely download, though the subheadings claim nearly 3000 resources… I’m not quite sure where the other 2200 are at.

Regardless, every topic seems covered, from NBC to wilderness survival, medical, water, food, fire, gardening, shelters and so much more… you’ll find plenty to make use of I’m sure.

The only request the site owner has is that if you want to save yourself loads of time and download the provided ZIP or RAR files that you consider making a donation to help with bandwidth costs which, I’ll attest, really do cost website owners money and can do so quickly.

Here’s the link again to this wonderful resource page if you’re interested… and, of course, be sure to share this with all who may be interested.

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How To Get Antibiotics Without A Prescription (video)

Just repeat the mantra: “my fish are sick, my fish are sick, my fish are sick” and you’ll be on the right track for sure, plus this video discusses a wonderful SHTF medical preparedness book, , which is written by two of my most favorite people, the Alton’s of DoomAndBloom.net. Trust me, you can’t go wrong with purchasing this book and following their advice…

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Electric Knife Sharpener for SHTF Survival


I finally broke down and purchased an electric knife sharpener, a , which cost me just under $30 total on Amazon:

Yes, I’ve NEVER owned an electric sharpener until this purchase preferring, instead, to sharpen knives by hand perhaps because I wanted to be “manly”… or just because I figured I shouldn’t rely on anything electric for such a basic task as sharpening a knife during SHTF.

Perhaps I was wrong.


Because an electric knife sharpener is far better and much faster than attempting to sharpen a knife by hand. In fact, I’d say that unless you have a grinder you’re not going to be able to put an edge on at all with puny little sharpening gadgets like this:

I’ve owned a few of these (this is the one I’ve been using) but I’ve never been a huge fan because, unless you’re just trying to put an edge back on a knife that’s already relatively sharp, these aren’t going to do much good.

It was only until I sharpened

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How to Treat Tension Pneumothorax (video)

I’m glad I’m not an EMT! I can only imagine myself attempting to remember (let alone do) this if/when needed. I’d say the take away here is to call 9-1-1 should this ever be necessary. That said, if this is SHTF then you probably have no choice but to attempt. If you truly expect to do that then get appropriate training now…

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Ways to Camouflage Your Face (video)

The folks at BlackScoutSurvival discuss several ways to camo your face, including mud, charcoal, improvised netting (including twine), a Shemagh, and, of course, face paint which they demo near the end of the video…

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Camp Tool Box (video)

What a nice setup! I’m jealous to be sure. 🙂 He’s got everything one could need, from axes and saws to shovels, mallets, chisels, files, and more. You’d be hard-pressed to make a better setup on your own…

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Buried, Earth-Cooled Shipping Container Home – $30k Total Cost! (video)

This guy doesn’t consider himself a prepper he says but the idea is still neat to see in action. Yes, he buried the container but his purpose was to also utilize the earth to passively cool and heat the shipping container home (there are two containers buried side by side to make the home bigger). Perhaps the biggest reason to consider this is that he paid a 30K total to make it happen.

He’s made all sorts of improvements, including adding sliding doors, solar tube lighting, cabinets and a pantry, an air exchange to reduce humidity, septic, well water, and more. He actually did a great job with the space he has, in my opinion.

Throughout the video you’ll occasionally see video snippets of the build process including the “secret” to keeping the roof from caving in at about the 8:30 mark. He’s also written a book titled if you’re interested in his build process…

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Check Your First Aid Supplies Lately? I Just Did And I Was Shocked At My Failure…


The other day my kid was feeling sick with sinus pressure so I went looking for some Children’s Mucinex and, while I had two bottles, they had apparently “expired” about three years ago.

Now, normally I wouldn’t pay too much attention to expiration dates but since it was a liquid medication (they tend to go bad faster than tablets, for example) and since it was my kid I was giving this to, I decided to toss the Mucinex and go get some more.

The point, however, was that I started to look at the various first aid supplies and medications I keep in my basic first aid kit and it must have been a while since I’d looked at this stuff because I was quite surprised when I found that the vast majority of the supplies I’d had on hand were technically expired.

Here, take a look…

There are dozens of different medications here, as well as some duplicates, all of which are technically expired. Granted, some are only recently expired (dates from early this year

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Survival Tabs 15 Day Food Supply, Really Only 3600 Calories for $40 – Worth It? (video)

Sometimes my math gets all wonky and I get things wrong but I don’t think so this time. While I definitely like the idea of these survival tabs for a variety of reasons–including their longevity and assorted vitamin and protein yield–I do question some claims, specifically the “15 day food supply” claim from their website.

For instance, glancing at the back of the package when he shows it to you in the video below at about the 1:00 mark (this info can also be found here) states that 12 survival tabs provides 240 calories. When I go to their website I can buy a bottle of 180 tabs for $40. Doing the math, therefore, suggests that there are 3600 calories in the entire bottle which equates to roughly 1.5 days of food for the average adult male (assumed 2500 calories per day).

I do find it interesting that he briefly mentions a study (at the 2:10 mark) of people living off of these survival tabs but I don’t see this being viable either for the calories

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Are Hard Times Really Coming?

How often do you see posts for “living in hard times” or the “coming hard times” or something like that? I might see a new post like that once a week or so. But, are these folks right? Are hard times REALLY coming?

After all, one might suggest that things are great for most of us here in America. Sure there are exceptions but, for the vast majority of Americans, maybe you shouldn’t complain…

Water and Food

Think about how easy it is to get water. You just turn on the tap and, voila, out it comes! Despite the occasional problems such as with Flint’s water crisis or the the Ohio algae bloom a year or two back, you probably never think twice about your water. Water is simply at our fingertips 24/7.

Food is about the same. We’re living in an unprecedented age of food production, one never before seen in history. How much longer can we keep this up? I don’t know but for the time being…

We can buy a boat-load of food at our local grocery stores

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