Preparedness Notes for Thursday — September 30, 2021

On this day in 1938, the Treaty of Munich was signed by Hitler, Mussolini, Daladier, and Chamberlain. This treaty forced Czechoslovakia to cede territory to Germany. — I’ve reactivated the shopping cart system at Elk Creek Company. You will note that we’ve added a new “Knives and Tools” section. That is being operated by my eldest daughter, Miss Eloise, with profits going to her. She is specializing in out-of-production and limited edition knives from American makers like Buck, Case, and Schrade/Uncle Henry/Old Timer. The latter are from Schrade’s now very collectible pre-2004 production — back before they sold the company …




The Urban Versus Rural Chasm, by MacHam

When doing research for this fascinating topic I found so little in the way in empirical research. The question I asked over and over again is: How could such a vast swath of America be ignored for so long? Yet no one asked these questions. Using very current 2020 United States census data you will see that 52% of America lives in unincorporated communities. Then coupled with the fact that 8.4% of America lives in small-town USA, that is cities and towns under 10,000 people. So a qualified majority lives their lives in relative political obscurity. I hope with some …




The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods

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 “JWR”. Our goal is to educate our readers, to help them to recognize emerging threats, and to be better prepared for both disasters and negative societal trends. You can’t mitigate a risk if you haven’t first identified a risk. Today, a special column with technical specifications, manuals, maps, and assorted how-to resources and references for various prepper gear and prepper-related topics. My advice is to find a waterproof USB stick with at least …







Preparedness Notes for Wednesday — September 29, 2021

September 29th, 1881, was the birthday of economist Ludwig von Mises. (Born 1881, died October 10, 1973.) — I’ve reactivated our shopping cart system for Elk Creek Company after a month-long hiatus. Please not that with the recent drop in the spot price of silver, it is an advantageous time to order from us, if paying in Federal Reserve Notes (FRNs). That is because we price all of our merchandise in Pre-1965 U.S. silver coinage prices, and we use a multtiplier for those paying in FRNs by cash, check, or USPS Money Order. The multiplier is presently at a low …




Get Out of the Cities – Part 2, by SaraSue

(Continued from Part 1. This concludes the article.) In Part 1, I discussed the primary reason for getting out of the big cities: It is just not safe. The main reasons I have been told that people hesitate on moving to a rural location is not knowing what to do for a living – getting a job. The money thing. Secondarily, the inconvenience of being far away from customary activities. Thirdly, fear of the unknown. There are many reasons why people can’t fathom moving away from the big city. Making money If you can’t “take your job with you”, for …




SurvivalBlog Readers’ & Editors’ Snippets

This weekly column is a collection of short snippets: practical self-sufficiency items, how-tos, lessons learned, tips and tricks, and news items — both from readers and from SurvivalBlog’s editors. We may select some long e-mails for posting as separate letters. o  o  o Reader Z. wrote to ask: “We are in the process of selling our home and moving to our retreat full-time next week. (Off-grid retreat in the Appalachian mountains.) Our retreat has no address, which leads to my question(s): Should we get an address assigned for the retreat from the local government and list this address on our …







Preparedness Notes for Tuesday — September 28, 2021

On September 28, 1066, William The Conqueror invaded England, landing at Pevensey Bay, Sussex. — Elk Creek Company has been on an ordering hiatus, for the month of September, 2021. I’m just about done traveling, gathering more inventory. I plan to reactivate our shopping cart system on Wednesday, September 29th, and shipments will resume on Monday, October 4th, 2021. Thanks for your patience. We will again be accepting payments in pre-1965 U.S. silver coinage, or in FRNs (with a frequently-changing multiplier) via your checks or USPS PMOs. Please note that my eldest daughter, Eloise, has been building her own business …




Get Out of the Cities – Part 1, by SaraSue

If you’re on the fence, then please get off of it and make your move. I realize how scary that sounds because I’ve done it. I realize how insane it sounds to walk away from a job with really good benefits and a retirement account. Again, because I did it. I did it for health reasons several years ago, but the current situation is no different – there is a need, a demand, a situation at hand (unconstitutional mandates?), that requires finding a spot far away from the madness and its influences. I was scared spitless at the time – …




SurvivalBlog’s News From The American Redoubt

This weekly column features news stories and event announcements from around the American Redoubt region. (Idaho, Montana, eastern Oregon, eastern Washington, and Wyoming.) Much of the region is also more commonly known as The Inland Northwest. We also mention companies of interest to preppers and survivalists that are located in the American Redoubt region. Today, we present a roundup of high technology and technology-related companies in the American Redoubt region. Idaho In Idaho, Boise is clearly the tech hub. But there are lots of other high tech loci that are spawning startup companies — mostly in and around college and …




The Editors’ Quote of the Day:

“If your country was under attack in a ‘regular war’, there are some things you might expect your enemy to try to do. For example, you would expect your enemy to try to destroy your cities; making them unsafe places to live and to work. You would expect your enemy to commandeer your public information system; using it to disseminate their propaganda. Your enemy would also try to disrupt your private communication systems; censoring ideas which oppose their agenda. Your enemy would want to cripple your economy and productivity. And sow discord among your people. And infiltrate your government, placing …







Kershaw Innuendo, by Pat Cascio

In my 29 years of testing and writing about knives (and firearms) I have always been on the lookout for the next “big” thing in these products. And, let’s be honest here. It is really hard to find something new and unique to write about, especially when it comes to cutlery. All knives have one major function, and that is to cut something – pure and simple. I used to design knives, and still do, to a certain extent – and it is difficult to find a new style or design to come up with. Once again, all cutlery has …




Recipe of the Week: Fry Pan Ham & Rice

The following recipe for Fry Pan Ham & Rice is from SurvivalBlog reader Lisa in Ohio. You will need a large fry pan with a lid, or a skillet with a lid. Note that cooked turkey may be substituted for the cooked ham. Ingredients • 1-1/2 teaspoon olive oil • 1 cup of sliced mushrooms • 1 medium-size onion, chopped • 1 cup pre-cooked ham or turkey, cubed • Ground pepper (to taste) • 1/4 cup water (omit if using cooked rice instead of instant rice) • 1/2 cup chicken broth or turkey broth • 1 cup cooked rice or 3/4 …