Preparedness Notes for Saturday – July 01, 2017

SurvivalBlog Notes

July 1st, 1863 is the anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War Battle of Gettysburg.

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California’s draconian gun ban was just blocked by a federal judge, days before it was to take effect! Judge Roger Benitez ruled that the law was likely unconstitutional. This is a temporary injunction to give the courts time to consider the pending lawsuits.

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Happy 150th Canada Day to all those north of the 49th parallel!

Guest Article: Gear System- Philosophy, Set Up, Use, Fitness & Mindset- Part 1, by Max

Tactical Gear

This article is a follow-up to the recent “The Practical Application of Tactical Gear, Load, and Weight Considerations”.


I get many questions about gear setup. It is also a perennial topic on the MVT Forum, and of course across the Internet. It’s an important subject. Many people ask me specific questions about my gear setup and make/brand of equipment items. And so here I will attempt to give some guidance, but not in terms of specific brands of gear. This is what I am trying to do when I set up my equipment. It is also important to note that gear is no use without training, and the focus by so many on gear is often either 1) part of the process of getting ready for training, or 2) a dead end pursuit that has limited purpose.

Be in the first group. You must actually use your gear, … Continue reading

The Editors’ Preps for the Week


To be prepared for a crisis, every prepper must establish goals and make long-term and short-term plans. Steadily, we work on meeting our prepping goals. In this column, the SurvivalBlog editors share their planned prep activities for the coming week. These range from healthcare and gear purchases to gardening, property improvements, and food storage. This is something akin to our Retreat Owner Profiles, but written incrementally and in detail, throughout the year. We also welcome you to share your planned activities for increasing personal preparedness in the coming week. (Leave a Comment with your project details.) Let’s keep busy and be ready!


Dear SurvivalBlog Readers, and שש 🙂

It was a beautiful week weather-wise here in the Northern American Redoubt. We accomplished many projects this week.

Building Infrastructure and Maintenance

Jim finally completed the plumbing and electrical projects this week.

Jim … Continue reading

The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods:

Decay of Society

SurvivalBlog presents another edition of The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods – a collection of news bits and pieces that are relevant to the modern survivalist and prepper from “HJL”. The predominate news stories seemed to be centralized around the decay of society today.

Decay of Society

Reader J.C. sent in this article where the writer reflects on the changes in downtown Minneapolis in the last 15 years. The city was once a relatively friendly and exciting place but is now decrepit and debase. The Writer is a police officer and is well acquainted with the crude culture that permeates the inner city these days. While the article is about Minneapolis, you can see shadows of practically every major city in America here. These are areas that are hostile to your survival.

The Editors’ Quote of the Day

James Wesley, Rawles

“Civilization is just a thin veneer. In the absence of law and order, men quickly revert to savagery. As was illustrated by the rioting and looting that accompanied disasters in the past three decades, the transition from tranquility to absolute barbarism can occur overnight. People expect tomorrow to be just like today, and they act accordingly. But then comes a unpredictable disaster that catches the vast majority unprepared. The average American family has four days worth of food on hand. When that food is gone, we’ll soon see the thin veneer stripped away.”- James Wesley, Rawles