Letter: Why Write an Article for SurvivalBlog?

Dear SurvivalBlog Readers: To date, I have written a few letters to the editor, and several articles. I can’t speak for all authors but I can share my experience, and more important why I do it. Now, I can tell you that it isn’t easy. It’s not just about writing the article itself. The hardest part is dealing with people. If you write an article that has anything to do with money or product choice and you are almost certain to have some very interesting comments. You have to deal with a few people that think because they chose something …




Round 74 Non-Fiction Writing Contest Winners Announced!

We’ve come to the end of Round 74 and these are the editors picks for the winners. If you are one of these winners, please make sure you have sent in your UPS and USPS addresses to SurvivalBlog so that the prizes can be shipped. Any article submitted but not published will be automatically rolled over to Round 75 of the contest. First Prize First prize goes to Alaskan Gardeners for “Mid-Scale Grain Gardening in Alaska- Part 1”, “Part 2”, “Part 3”, and “Part 4”, published on December 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th, 2017. He will receive the following prizes. …




A Long Shot: Looking for Information on 2nd MI Bn. Project Alpine Cactus

The following information request on Project Alpine Cactus is a long shot, but given SurvivalBlog’s large and diverse readership, it is worth a try: As a young Lieutenant back in 1986 I was posted TDY to the U.S. Army 2nd Military Intelligence Battalion (AE), at Echterdingen, West Germany.  That unit was part of the 207th Military Intelligence Brigade, under VII Corps, at the Stuttgart Army Airfield kasserne. While there, I worked a Guardrail live mission. While working at the Integrated Processing Facility (IPF), I read a classified report on an mission that had been conducted a few years earlier. As …




SurvivalBlog’s Ten Cent Challenge — Our Annual Reminder

Each year, we post just one reminder about support of SurvivalBlog, through our our ongoing Ten Cent Challenge.  This year’s financial need is particularly great, since Amazon has slashed its payments to Amazon Associates by nearly 70%, and our legal expenses for the year exceeded $14,000. (The frivolous and baseless lawsuit by Bobby Akard is still pending, and scheduled to go to trial in October, 2018. By the time this is all over, we expect the cost of defending ourselves to exceed $30,000.) This message is primarily for folks who read SurvivalBlog at least one day per week:  If you …




Light One Candle

Happy Hanukkah! We are hoping our Jewish and Messianic friends are having a bright and peaceful Hanukkah! We are currently in the third of eight days of Hanukkah, a celebration of the re-dedication of the Temple at the time of the Maccabean revolt after Antiochus IV Epiphanes desecrated it during the Seleucid empire’s occupation of the Holy Land. Much of the Maccabean story is about fighting against assimilation into a pagan culture.We can certainly understand this concept today. This video is Benny Friedman’s rendition of Peter, Paul, and Mary’s “Light One Candle” in memory of that victory. John 10:22-30




The Survival Community’s Dirty Little Secrets

It’s no secret that the survival community has seen some hard times in recent months. During the last few years of the Obama administration, he was seen by many as the best firearms salesman ever. NICS background checks set record after record, especially after the anti-gun measures called for by the Democratic party. A Cycle of Slump and Recovery After President Trump’s election, the firearms industry suffered from a terrible slump in sales, as many felt a bit of relief from the doomsday predictions and the resulting oversupply of weapons on the market. The survival community as a whole tracked …




Book Release Announcement: My Thailand Calling

I’m pleased to announce the release of the latest book from Liberty Paradigm Publishing.  It is the autobiography of Rynier Kruger, a Christian man who has devoted his life to missionary service in Thailand.  He has spent more than 20 years there, and now speaks Thai fluently.  The book, titled My Thailand Calling, was just released as a Kindle e-book, and as a Print On Demand trade paperback.  Here is a description: My Thailand Calling is the autobiography of Christian missionary Rynier Kruger. Born in Southern Rhodesia in 1952, Rynier Kruger had an idyllic boyhood growing up on his family’s …




Round 73 Non-Fiction Writing Contest Winners Announced!

This was a tough contest to judge because we had so many really good articles during this round. However, decisions must be made so without any further ado, Here are the winners. Any article submitted but not published will automatically be rolled over to Round 74. First Prize goes to Florida Mom for “A Stitch in Time – Part 1” and “Part 2”, published on November 17th and 18th, 2017. She 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 …




New Advertising Spots Available on SurvivalBlog

Pardon this bit of self-promotion, but just like any other business venture, we need to generate revenue to consistently post SurvivalBlog with daily updates.  (We’ve only missed posting a  few days since our launch in August of 2005.) Most of our revenue comes from advertising  and The 10 Cent Challenge. You’ve probably noticed that we’ve revamped our advertising on SurvivalBlog. In addition to traditional banner ads in the right hand column, we now offer text ads (text between articles) for just $100 per month. Those who choose to run the traditional banner ads with us also get access to the text ads …




Round 72 Non-Fiction Writing Contest Winners Announced!

Any article submitted but not published will automatically be rolled over to Round 73. Here are the winners: First Prize goes to J.F. Texas for “Recognizing and Resolving Common Vitamin Deficiencies” published on August 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. This can be used for any one, two, or three day course (a $1,095 value), A course certificate from onPoint Tactical for the prize winner’s …




Round 71 Non-Fiction Writing Contest Winners Announced!

Any article submitted but not published will automatically be rolled over to Round 72. Here are the winners: First Prize goes to J.E. for “Horizontal Relationships: The Key to True Independence- Part 1” and “Part 2” published on July 4th and 5th, 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. This can be used for any one, two, or three day course (a $1,195 value), A course certificate …




Letter: Helpful Resources

Hugh, Thank you for the awesome resources you’ve shared here! I’m very grateful for your work to try to keep your community safe. I’m putting together material for our local workshops on disaster safety, and I feel like I’ve found a kindred spirit by way of your page 🙂 Here are some other pieces I’ve found extremely useful, which you might be interested in as well: CDC Guide to Extreme Heat Disaster Preparedness at Home: Filter Out the Damage Disaster Prep & Self Storage – What You Need to Know PA DMV Emergency Driving Tips Emergency Preparedness for Seniors & …




Round 70 Non-Fiction Writing Contest Winners Announced!

Any article submitted but not published will automatically be rolled over to Round 71. Here are the winners: First Prize goes to J.D. for “Austere Dentistry and Temporary Fillings” published on April 1st, 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 …




Editors’ Quote Of The Day

“Survivalist Rhapsody” (Sung to the tune of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody) Is this the real thing? Is this just fantasy? The Apoc-a-lypse? No, just cold re-al-ity. Open your eyes, Read Tappan, see, I’m a survivalist, I’ve got no empathy, Because I’m ready now, H. und K., Rations high, profile low, No matter the scenario doesn’t really matter to me, to me.




Preparedness Notes for Wednesday – May 17, 2017

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 …