JWR’s Recommendations of the Week:

Here are JWR’s Recommendations of the Week for various media and tools of interest to SurvivalBlog readers. The focus is usually on emergency communications gear, bug out bag gear, books and movies that have any tie-in to disaster preparedness, and links to “how to” self-sufficiency videos. There are also links to sources for both storage food as and food storage containers. You will also note an emphasis on history books and historical movies. This week the focus is on Red Cross Training. (See the Commo Data and Training Web Pages section.)


The classic book series by Dave Gingery: Build Your Own Metal Working Shop From Scrap

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How to Build a Natural Swimming Pool

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If you want to try a ketogenic diet, there is now this cookbook: The Easy Keto Meal Prep: 800 Easy and Delicious Recipes – 21- Day Meal Plan – Lose Up to 20 Pounds in 3 Weeks

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Beginners Guide to Mastering the Art of Sewing: A Visual Step By Step Guide to Using Sewing Machine for Kids & Grownups

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War of the Flea: The Classic Study of Guerrilla Warfare


With “predictive policing” and “red flag” laws now in the news headlines, the script of this movie was prescient:  Minority Report.

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Now in 4K Blu-Ray format: Black Hawk Down 

Instructional Videos and Vlogs:

This is a good option for folks that live in semi-auto rifle-deprived countries or states, or for Over The Road  truckers and others who regularly pass through many state jurisdictions: Marlin 1894 CST upgrade w/ Midwest Industries Handguard

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Max Velocity: The Combat Reload.

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Commo Data and Training Web Pages:

Ethrane wrote: “This site is from the DHS but they have done a good job of aggregating a large volume of communications information.  They include frequencies, modes, wiring and pin out diagrams, organizations and a host of other information. I think people will find it is a good resource.”

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Most SurvivalBlog readers have already visited it, but in case you haven’t:  The American Red Cross has an Online Learning web site.  (Note: Registration is required.)

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Greg e-mailed me this:  “My safety guy at work sent me the link to FEMA’s training web pages. I suggest that you look under the Independent Study category.”

Gear and Grub:

Tool Aid SG SGT18980 Ratcheting Terminal Crimping Kit (Quick Change with 9 Die Sets)

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3-Outlet Surge Protector with 2 USB Ports

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Sawyer Products Mini Water Filtration System

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Keto Snack Box (20 Count) – Ultra Low Carb Snacks, Ketogenic Friendly, Gluten Free, Low Sugar – Healthy Keto Gift Box Variety Pack – Protein Bars, Pork Rinds, Cheese Crisps, Nuts, Jerky

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Thai Kitchen Organic Unsweetened Coconut Milk, 13.66 fl oz.

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  1. Max Velocity: The Combat Reload.
    Mr. Velocity makes an excellent point about repetition and training to muscle memory. When situational awareness is paramount, maintaining observation of threat potentials while blindly (without looking) being able to properly handle, manipulate, reload, and operate your rifle, keeping eyes on other things, is important.

    Minority Report
    The movie misuses the name of Jesus more than a dozen times. The writers, producers, directors, actors, and even those consumers who accept and do not admonish those who hate God (Psalm 139) make league with the devil. I do not watch movies by those who have chosen their false god and insist that I be subjected to their blaspheming of our LORD. Want to know a major reason why we’ve lost our country; lack of righteous indignation toward the workers of inequity. Come out from soft Churchianity.

  2. The FEMA self study list has been shortened from what it once contained. It was designed for primarily first responders. local government officials, and hospitals to complete their required training. Anyone with a working knowledge of Command structure and CBRN will find the presentations to be extremely boring.

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