Note from JWR:

Welcome to the thousands of new SurvivalBlog readers who’ve arrived after yesterday’s prominent mention of on MSNBC.The same mention also pushed up the Amazon sales rank of my novel “Patriots: Surviving the Coming Collapse” to around #800. (Out of more than two million books listed. Not bad for a novel that has been in print for 11 years!)

OBTW, I’ve been getting dozens of e-mails from SurvivalBlog newbies, asking very familiar questions, such as: “What’s the safest area to relocate to?”, “How do I store rice to protect it from vermin?”, “What are the best things to keep on hand for barter?”, and “How can insulin be stored without grid power?” I recommend that new readers take full advantage of the SurvivalBlog Search box (at the top of the right-hand bar) as well as the numerous static topic pages that are easily accessed using the buttons at the top of our main page. Read the “About” and “Precepts” pages first. After that you might n reading through some of the “Retreat Owner Profiles” and my “Recommended Retreat Areas” pages.


The high bid in the current SurvivalBlog Benefit Auction is now at $535. This auction is for a mixed lot that includes:

1.) A huge lot of DVDs, CD-ROMs and hard copy nuclear survival/self-sufficiency references (a $300+ value) donated by Richard Fleetwood of

2.) A custom-made, fully-stocked EMS Medic Bag from Cajun Safety and Survival (a $212 retail value)

3.) A NukAlert radiation detector donated by at (a $160 retail value)

4.) A case (6 cans) of Mountain House freeze dried foods in #10 (96 ounce) cans donated by Ready Made Resources (a $160 value)

5.) An autographed copy of “Patriots: Surviving the Coming Collapse” ($24, retail)

See the SurvivalBlog Benefit Auction page for complete details on these items. This auction ends on November 15th. Please e-mail us your bid.