Letter Re: Getting to Your Children


This is very good information, but if I, as a police officer or a designated reporter (nurses, doctors, teachers, and the like), found someone with lots of observations and detailed notes and maps about the movement of children, I would be considering whether to assert control for some questioning, since some parents are legally restrained from contacting (kidnapping) the children – male and female, and this is exactly what a predator pedophile needs.

The absentee parent is in an awkward position, and God help them if there is conflict of any sort. A casual comment of frustration can tip the questioning to controlling. – A.L.

Getting To Your Children and Keeping Them Safe: Help For An Absentee Parent- Part 2, by J.C.

For older children, there are a variety of ways you can help them. The first is exposing them to the outdoors and teaching them the skills and knowledge you have learned. Do not rely on teachers, schools, or other adults to make sure they are prepared. Even if you have limited time with your children, small things can help. Every child should have some type of bug out bag at their main residence. This bag should cover these main categories: water, food, shelter, signaling, communication, and protection. Make sure that all items are age appropriate and they know how to use them. One thing that can be very important is survival cards. These are cards on which you have listed important information in simple, easy-to-follow steps. Have one for each main topic attached to the outside of the bag for easy reference.

Here is an example of one for an … Continue reading

A Timely Book Review from TM in Arkansas

Gun Control in the Third Reich: Disarming the Jews and “Enemies of the State”, by Stephen P. Halbrook.

©2013 Stephen P. Halbrook Published by The Independent Institute, Oakland CA

ISBN: 978-1-59813-161-1 Hardback; also available in Paperback and via Kindle.

246 pages, 12 chapters, bibliography, and index.

“Gun control”, a politically loaded term for citizen control, seems to be an unrelenting topic for discussion and the rhetoric has grown more heated in recent years. Every time somebody goes wacko and sets out to settle differences of opinion or exact revenge with a firearm, there are new calls for “gun control”. The first things usually cast aside in the ensuing knee jerk reaction is truth and constitutional protections. The politicians cannot pass a new law fast enough in their rush to “do something” to avoid further bloodshed and secure bragging rights on the re-election circuit. In the USA, citizens … Continue reading

Getting To Your Children and Keeping Them Safe: Help For An Absentee Parent- Part 1, by J.C.

The United States has nearly 1.2 million divorces* of married couples. There are an estimated 25 million children* living in single parent households, and many parents travel long distances for work, spending nights away from home. Setting aside for a moment the reasons for these situations, the fact is that a large portion of children are away from either one or both parents for extended periods of time. If you are a parent who spends time away from your child, how do you plan to save them in a SHTF moment, or more importantly, get to them in a crisis when time is against you?

If you are a divorced father who only sees your children on the weekends or are a mother who travels for work every day and relies on daycares, schools, or babysitters, you might both have the same problem in an emergency situation. You are miles … Continue reading

Two Letters Re: Review of the Sawyer Filter


I have seen these filters sold with different components, bells, and whistles and have bought three different types. One package features components that allow you to gravity feed the water from a plastic food grade bucket through the filter and into a storage container. I have this set up ready to go now, if and when it is needed. The narrative on the packaging suggests that if this filter is used on an overseas mission trip it could be left behind for use by the native people. That’s a nice humanitarian touch.

There was no mention that these filters are easy to maintain and come equipped with the syringe to back flush and clean the filter. Also, you can buy additional pouches for clean water, but a hard plastic or stainless steel container would be a better long-term choice.

One thing I have not understood, Sawyer used to … Continue reading

Readers’ Recommendations of the Week:


Survivalblog reader Patriotman suggested several books:

The Coming Anarchy: Shattering the Dreams of the Post Cold War

Flashpoints: The Emerging Crisis in Europe

Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath

Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization

Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed

The Collapse of Complex Societies

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Reader DMS suggested these movies:

Unconditional (the true story of “papa Joe”)

Ring the Bell (my wife is buying a bell)

Hoot (protecting Florida’s wildlife)

Red Dog (true story)

Lessons From the Oklahoma Ice Storm of 2006, by Dr. Prepper

What I have found most useful from many useful articles on SurvivalBlog are the ones that honestly deal with personal experiences of stressful events, for example, those who have gone through hurricanes, floods, other natural storms, or man-made events. While it is useful from a planning perspective to speculate how things might be in an event that changes the world for us, there is nothing like learning from other’s experiences and what they thought went well and not so well.

My family and I discovered first hand the value of preparation as well as the cost of the lack of it during a particularly severe ice storm in Oklahoma in the winter of 2006. It was about three weeks before Christmas, and we had three of four kids at home, my elderly mom, my elderly father-in-law all living with us, and my oldest daughter’s future husband as a guest for … Continue reading

Letter Re: onPoint Tactical Course

Hugh and Jim,

I won the opportunity to attend one of the onPoint Tactical courses through the SurvivalBlog writing contest. However, I knew my 23-year-old son would get a lot more out of it than I, and Kevin Reeve (owner) graciously allowed Luke to attend in my place. He couldn’t have been more grateful for all he learned in the Basic Scout course.

He spent hours telling the rest of the family of all he learned, and we all practiced some of the skills. (Luke has practiced a lot more than the rest of us.) And Luke immediately started making plans to attend the Advanced Scout course, which he would have to pay for himself. This is coming from a full-time student (fortunately on full ride scholarship) who works part time and is also building a tiny house for himself on our property, all without carrying any debt. He doesn’t … Continue reading

Recipe of the Week: Swedish Cabbage Rolls


  • 12 large cabbage leaves
  • 1 beaten egg
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ¼ cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 1 (8 oz) can of tomato sauce
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce


  • Immerse cabbage leaves in a large kettle of boiling water for about 3 minutes or until limp, then drain.
  • Combine egg, milk, onion, salt, pepper, beef, and cooked rice.
  • Place about ¼ cup of the meat mixture in the center of each leaf, then fold in sides and roll ends over the meat.
  • Place in a slow-cooking pot.
  • Combine tomato sauce with brown sugar, lemon juice, and Worcestershire sauce, then pour over the cabbage rolls.
  • Cover and cook on low for 7 to 9 hours.
  • Makes 6 servings.

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    Useful … Continue reading

    Two Letters Re: Prepper Axioms


    I wanted to reaffirm a couple of points from these excellent, objective observations and guidance:

  • CPR – I fully concur. I am 0 for 2 performing CPR.
  • Optimism. My mother, still alive at age 83, has been through the following:
    • Bedridden for over a year as a child with rheumatic fever
    • Mentally and verbally abusive husband (Sorry, Dad, but it’s true)
    • 10lb tumor removed at age 47, full rounds of chemo, full recovery
    • Still a Democrat and liberal, in the face of all the facts

    Lesson: Optimism trumps pessimism.

  • Fight first, treat later. I fully concur; been there, done that!
  • Humor is essential to survival.
  • – Gadfly

    HJL Comments: CPR is only a temporary measure until a defibrillator can be accessed. With the cost of automatic units now in the $1000 range, everyone should have one in their preps. These are what … Continue reading

    Letter Re: Prepper Axioms


    It is most certainly true that people should not choose to bug out in certain situations unless they have a sustainable location prepared in advance. However, many SurvivalBlog readers work far from home (well over 2,000 miles for me) and we absolutely must have detailed plans in place to get back to our families in a TEOTWAWKI event. This will become more common in a severe economic downturn. In that case, you’d be wise to have those packs prepared the author of this article speaks against, just in case your primary mode of transportation doesn’t get you home. And what if disaster strikes your rural location and it’s better to get out than remain in place? Think earthquake or other similar disruption where wells can stop producing due to pipe damage, power is down for months, roads are impassible, your home is a loss, and … Continue reading

    Mesh Networks, Digital Radio, EMP, and Metal Buildings, Oh My!, by R.V.

    We are working on a grass roots Internet style network at my radio club. As I am a very curious fellow, I am currently reading Wireless Networking in the Developing World, which is a free ebook. This book, of which I am 1/3 of the way through reading, seems to exercise every possibility in connecting these wireless routers. The pros and cons of various management strategies and switching tactics are exhaustively discussed. Sources and software are named, making it a great reference. What got me started is the Ham Radio version of this, which is described online, which is a project of my ARRL club. My interest was aroused by a presentation on digital radio at a club meeting.

    Interestingly enough government emergency management money is being allocated to replace repeaters in Georgia with DSTAR units, which are the ICOM … Continue reading

    Letter Re: Prepper Axiom #5

    Dear James and Hugh,

    Your writer of the day for June 20th brought a smile to me when I read his comments on the fallacy of “bugging out”. This topic is one that is near and dear to me, both personally and professionally as the design director for Hardened Structures and as a former infantryman and Boy Scout. Even with my training and experiences (or especially because of this training) it’s really inconceivable to me to think of providing 2,000 calories per day, every day for my family of four indefinitely, out in the boonies, with only a pack and a rifle, without at least a small plot of land to develop into a micro farm of sorts.

    One of my own axioms with clients who ask about bug out planning is: “History has been very unkind to refugees.” So you better have a really well planned place to … Continue reading

    Guest Article: The Best Oils For A Worst Case Scenario- Part 2, by Melissa Mink

    #4- Cedarwood (Organic-Atlas)

    This is a very useful but tricky oil that I would not recommend any pregnant women use. It can be ingested but needs to be an Atlas variety only. Others are toxic and cannot be ingested, so know your oils! This one is also an amazing calmer and is much more powerful, in my own experience, at soothing bug bites and stings than Lavender. If you have ever owned a Cedar chest, you know how amazingly effective it is at repelling bugs. It is also not an oil that will give away your presence if needing to hunt. Cedarwood will blend right into the surroundings of nature and not alert anyone to your presence. It is what we use indoors for repelling bugs and it works. It can also be used for allergies. I combine it with Frankincense and other oils to reduce … Continue reading

    Two Letters Re: Prepper Axioms

    Hi Jim,

    It’s been a while, but I thought I’d comment on this two-part article.

    This guy really nails it! A total realist. I like his understanding regarding the fallacy of “bugging out” for the average survivalist, along with other realities. His emphasis on physical fitness is locked-on, just for starters. Arguably, I even have to admit that in my efforts to be a Gray Man, I’m even standing out a little bit, at present (with a flat-coyote truck, and coyote and OD green clothing). I haven’t archived anything from the site in a couple years, due to the storehouse of knowledge already at SurvivalBlog, but I think I’ll do this one. – J.E.

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    If you soak your oats in water for 8 to 12 hours, they will cook in just 5 minutes. Here is an example recipe: Combine 1½ cups oats with just enough water … Continue reading