Preparedness Notes for Wednesday – May 17, 2017

SurvivalBlog Notes

New Blog Format

Today’s preparedness notes focuses on change. The change readers have seen in the blog makes finding information easier as well as introduces the blog to new readers.  SurvivalBlog has changed its format, but the same high quality, original content is still there.

We have a new schedule for Odds ‘n Sods as well as Economics and Investing.

  • Odds ‘n Sods will now be published on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday under the name The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods.
  • Economics and Investing will now be published on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday under the name Economics & Investing for Preppers.

Both columns will still have as much information as they used to but with an expanded commentary in them. This will allow us to focus more in-depth on subjects as they come up. We now publish the columns every other day, but you will see more than double the information in … Continue reading





SurvivalBlog Resources: Hidden Storage Spaces

Introductory Note: The following is another in a series of articles by JWR that links to some of the thousands of archived SurvivalBlog articles, grouped topically.

Today we address hidden storage spaces, hidden rooms, secret compartments, wall caches, door caches, and related topics.

Delving into SurvivalBlog’s deep archives, which now have more that 27,600 articles, columns, and letters that are all freely accessible, you will find many articles on this topic. The following is just a sampling:

Letter Re: Advice on Construction a Hiding Place for Precious Metals in a Home

Letter Re: Hidden Rooms and Compartments–Conning the Burglars

Letter: Storage Without a Basement

Keeping Secrets in Suburbia–Constructing Our Hidden Basement Room, by A.

Letter Re: Hidden Entrances, and Secret Rooms

Constructing and Finding Hiding Places, By Eli in The Southwest

Letter Re: Information Security … Continue reading



SurvivalBlog Resources: Retreat Security

Introductory Note: The following is another in a series of articles by JWR that will link to some of the thousands of archived SurvivalBlog articles and letters, grouped topically.

Today, we address the broad issue of retreat security measures.

In my estimation, many preppers have a tendency to over-buy on their gun budget and under-buy on their night vision and intrusion detection budget. I would much rather own just a few guns and have a full complement of other key retreat security gear. After all, humans can’t see well at night with un-aided eyes, and we can’t be vigilant 24 hours a day. Many of the following articles address such gaps in retreat security planning, gear, and training. And some of your most important “gear” might be very low tech or even “no tech”—such as trip flares, bells, and well-trained guard dogs.

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Round 69 Non-Fiction Writing Contest Winners Announced!

Any article submitted but not published will automatically be rolled over to Round 70. Without further ado, here are the winners:

First Prize goes to J.R. for “Vinegar As An Essential Multi-Purpose Tool for TEOTWAWKI – Part 1”, and “Part 2” published on March 14th and 15th, 2017. He will receive the following prizes:

  • A $3000 gift certificate towards a Sol-Ark Solar Generator from Veteran owned Portable Solar LLC. The only EMP Hardened Solar Generator System available to the public.
  • A Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate that is good for any one, two, or three day course (a $1,195 value),
  • A course certificate from onPoint Tactical for the prize winner’s choice of three-day civilian courses, excluding those restricted for military or government teams. Three day onPoint courses … Continue reading


  • SurvivalBlog Resources: Liquid Fuels Storage and Transfer

    Introductory Note: The following is the first of a series of articles by JWR that will profile some of the thousands of archived SurvivalBlog articles, grouped topically.

    Storing and transferring liquid fuels is topic that often comes up in conversations with my consulting clients and in letters from SurvivalBlog readers. There seems to be a lack of knowledge or misinformed voodoo out there in the general public about liquid fuel shelf life, flammability, containers, and how to transfer fuel when the power grids are down. But those questions have all been “asked and answered” in SurvivalBlog, over the course of the past 11 years.

    To begin, it is important to understand that the general rule about distilled oil products is: With the exception of LPG, the more highly refined the fraction, the shorter its shelf life.

    Let me back up for a moment, and describe how refining works: In … Continue reading



    A Redoubtable Internet Business is For Sale

    I’m announcing the availability of what is currently a home-based Internet sales business in the American Redoubt. But the business could be operated from anywhere in the United States.

    I have known the family who owns this online company since before they even started the business more than six years ago, back when they had a house full of toddlers. After six years of building their online presence and excellent reputation, they believe that God has something else for their family and that they need to pursue that.

    The family has exhibited the same high level of integrity in their personal lives as they have in their business, and I would not recommend it otherwise; they want to see this business thrive and are willing to help the new owners through the transition to see that happen.

    This online business revolves around sales of products for self-sufficiency and … Continue reading



    Enjoying (and Surviving) Solar Eclipse 2017

    On August 21, 2017, residents of a narrow swath through the United States will have a rare treat: The chance to observe a total eclipse of the sun. The path of totality will transit several major cities, including Greenville, South Carolina and parts of St. Louis, Kansas City, and Nashville. In the west, most of the viewing will be in smaller towns, since major cities, like Denver and Portland, are well outside of the path of totality.

    Because this eclipse is occurring in mid-summer (with a lower chance of cloud cover), there should be good opportunities for viewing, if you are positioned inland of coastal fog. I have heard that many hotels and motels that are in or near the path of totality have been fully booked for the eclipse travel period since late 2016. And I heard that the hotels and motels in or near Jackson … Continue reading





    Round 68 Non-Fiction Writing Contest Winners Announced!

    This was a tough contest to judge as there were so many good articles published in Round 68, but decisions have to be made. Any article submitted but not published will automatically be rolled over to Round 69. Without further ado, here are the winners:

    First prize goes to J.U. for “Prep Your Ride – Part 1”, “Part 2”, and “Part 3” published on January 3rd, 5th, and 6th, 2017. He will receive the following prizes:

  • A $3000 gift certificate towards a Sol-Ark Solar Generator from Veteran owned Portable Solar LLC. The only EMP Hardened Solar Generator System available to the public.
  • A Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate that is good for any one, two, or three day course (a $1,195 value),
  • A course certificate from onPoint TacticalContinue reading


  • Announcing The SurvivalBlog 11-Year Archive — Now on a USB Stick!

    We are pleased to announce the availability of a limited edition SurvivalBlog 2005-2016 Archive, loaded on a 8 gigabyte waterproof USB flash drive. It now spans 11 years of the blog and with 20 additional bonus books, including a fantastic formulary by William B. Dick, first published in 1872. This archive gives you the same searchable functionality of our previous archive DVDs but with more storage, greater compactness, and a waterproof housing. These top-quality and durable alloy memory sticks have O-ring seals that are waterproof down to 100 meter depth!

    One of the great advantages of buying the SurvivalBlog archive on an 8 GB memory stick is that there is an extra 4 gigabytes of space left available for you to add scans of your important family papers and photos. So this is the perfect stick for your Bug Out Bag or your vehicular Get Out … Continue reading



    Please Pray For Israel — The Imminent 72-Nation Forced Palestinian State Final Solution

    A meeting of 72 nations is being held in Paris on Sunday, January 15th, 2017. This meeting was rushed to be completed before the upcoming swearing-in of President-elect Donald Trump—no doubt because of his planned shift in U.S. Policy toward Israel. It is noteworthy that President Obama has repeatedly stabbed Israel in the back diplomatically, most recently in abstaining rather than vetoing a crucial UN vote on Israel’s future. But in contrast Donald Trump has a genuine heart for Israel and has repeatedly promised to have the U.S. Embassy moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

    The Paris conference is being characterized as a “peace conference” by the world press, but in actuality, it was brokered behind the scenes as a mechanism to force a two-state solution on Israel (creating a Palestinian State), and to rob Israel of control of East Jerusalem, The West Bank region (the heart of Israel) … Continue reading



    Announcing the Updated SurvivalBlog Archive

    • Now available for digital download, for just $14.95
    • Has full SurvivalBlog site content from 2005 to 2016
    • Expanded bonus material (5 additional books and 15 additional military radio manuals)
    • Extra year of content (2016 )
    • Faster download time!

    Note: This release will be followed by the same content on a custom SurvivalBlog logo alloy 8 GB waterproof USB memory stick with an O-ring seal, suitable for your bugout bag. That should be available for ordering in early February. It will be priced under $25. But the digital download (that you can copy onto your own stick or your laptop’s hard drive) is available now. – JWR



    Annual Reminder: The Ten Cent Challenge

    I only post one reminder about voluntary Ten Cent Challenge subscriptions each year, and this is it. Please keep in mind that to operate SurvivalBlog we have considerable expenses for bandwidth, web hosting, our backup site, software, and legal fees. The most recent new expense has been liability insurance. (We live in a very litigious society, and we were targeted in a frivolous defamation lawsuit, which is still pending. I am confident that we will prevail, but the attorney fees have already been substantial.) If you find that you get more than 10 cents worth of value per day in reading SurvivalBlog, then please donate 10 cents ($36 per year) to help support the blog’s costs. There are several payment options including PayPal, cash, checks, U.S. postage stamps, and even mailing a few silver dimes. (Most folks send five or six pre-1965 silver dimes taped to … Continue reading



    SurvivalBlog Welcomes New Sponsors and Advertisers

    Tobers Traditions is now a sponsor of the SurvivalBlog Writing Contest and is offering a $250 gift certificate to their store.

    Tober’s Traditions formulates, produces, and sells, safe, healthy, effective all natural personal care products that actually work! Our product line includes lotions, soaps, deodorant, sunscreen, tooth cleaner, lip balm, massage oil, and insect repellent. Unlike many of the big name brand products, which contain harmful synthetic chemicals and preservatives, our products don’t put your health at risk by using them. And unlike many other all natural products, our products actually work well. Our product line was originally formulated for people with sensitive skin and skin allergies. But as our research and business developed we realized that not only do a large percentage of people have such sensitivities, but that most of the personal care products on the market put people’s health at risk.

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