How to use Sandbags To Stop Water or Bullets

Sandbags have been used for a long time to keep us safe in dangerous situations. Safe from rising flood-waters and from incoming rounds in combat. I started thinking about sandbags in terms of home...

Surviving in the Cold

Editor's Note: A guest submission from Zac Martin. As another summer slowly dies, colder weather is going to start creeping its way into our lives again. In my area this is my favorite time to...

12 Survival Items You May Have Overlooked

When we talk about survival, there are certain items that immediately come to mind. We start with the discussion of beans, bullets and band-aids. This logically flows to having at least a 30 day...

Neighborhood RECON

If it all goes sideways someday, a lot of us are preparing to hunker down as opposed to bugging out. Your home, your city, your neighborhood is where you will choose to make your...

Importance of Sanitation after SHTF

In thinking about preparing your family for survival after a disaster or emergency situation you can’t forget to consider their health. Your family’s health is affected by so much more than having adequate stores...

A Shout Out to Our Neighbors Along the East Coast: This IS Serious

This subject of hurricane preparedness is a recurring thread of The Prepper Journal and here are three good articles articles on it from our archives: Crisis at Work: Hurricane and Emergency Preparedness for Small...

Want To Forage In Your City? There’s A Map For That

If you really love your peaches and want to shake a tree, there's a map to help you find one. That goes for veggies, nuts, berries and hundreds of other edible plant species, too. Avid...

Where There Is No Kitchen: Cooking When The Grid Goes Down

Many of you are familiar with the nearly famous books “Where There Is No Doctor” and “Where There Is No Dentist” that are the most widely used health education books in tropical and sub-tropical...

Survival Basics – Controling your Core Temperature

A core concept of survival in just about any situation is the rule of threes. If you don’t know this rule it is that you can generally live: Three minutes without air Three hours without shelter Three...

Survival Basics – Water

One, if not the most important aspect of Emergency Preparedness to get right is developing a plan for how you will obtain water. You simply can’t live without it. You can go a long...

Easy Survival Cache Planning and Training

A key element of most survival plans is to bug out to a different location. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your personal choice to get out of dodge, the very act of bugging out...

A Forgotten Skill: Weather Prediction

As of right now, only extreme weather affects our daily lives, but in a doomsday scenario we would need to know the weather to properly adapt shelter, make sure our rain barrels are ready,...

After an EMP Attack – How To Get Home When it’s 700 Miles Away

I sometimes have to go out of town on business just like millions of other people each year. The distance and locations all vary with the need, but in a lot of cases, I...

When Society Disintegrates: A preview Of What May Be Coming To Your City

Yesterday I read about hundreds of armed vigilantes in a small Mexico town . This was preceded earlier by reports of townspeople capturing and murdering several men, displaying their bodies propped up in lawn...

Top 10 Items You Need To Survive On The Road

Surviving on the road is something every prepper dreads. But, it's necessary in case of a major disaster or catastrophe that causes you to evacuate your home. In 2004, a record-breaking tsunami struck South...

Obligation To Carry Concealed

To the concealed carry permit holder, you have a very important responsibility. The responsibility to carry a handgun is not one that you should take lightly, it is a key factor in deciding whether...

Camouflage and Concealment: The Art of Staying Hidden

You do not have to have expensive patterns to give you good camouflage and concealment, a gray dress shirt and a pair of light khaki pants is way more effective than tactical Tim dressed in SWAT black!

25 Things That You Should Do To Get Prepared For The Coming Economic Collapse

Do you think that you know how to prepare for the collapse of the economy?  If so, are you putting that knowledge into action?  In America today, people are more concerned about the possibility...

Tactical Gear List & Considerations for SHTF

The below personal tactical gear list is taken from a proposal I put together for counterinsurgency / tactical team in West Africa a few years ago, this should give you a few hints on kit etc.

Prepper Power! – The Advantage of Hydroelectricity

It’s a fact that energy makes our lives far more comfortable and in some cases, even safer. Preppers who are able to have a reliable source of energy during and after an unexpected event,...

Is Operational Secrecy (‘OPSEC’) Dead?

Whenever I read through posts and articles on the Internet, I am surprised to see that many people don’t seem to realize or understand that the paradigm of civilian OPSEC is dead… So what do...

Hurricane Survival Guide

Hurricane season for the Atlantic Ocean runs from June 1st to November 30th with a sharp peak in activity from late August through September. It was precisely this time period that Hurricane Katrina descended...

Surveillance And Counter-Surveillance – A Key Prepper Skill

Surveillance and counter-surveillance skills are important for all Preppers, and in fact are the logical extensions of situational awareness… The military and other agencies utilize many advanced technologies, the costs of which are beyond the...

What Is the Best Bunker Design?

Editor's Note: This article was generously contributed by Clarence Mason and in it he compares and contrasts two different survival bunker designs. Each have their advantages, but if you are considering building your own...

5 Security Measures That Will Keep You Alive During Doomsday

You want to make sure that you are secure enough to live to see tomorrow. Let’s take a look at five security measures that you can implement to help you stay alive during doomsday.

Survival Water From A Tree

This is a pretty nice video from Rob at Sigma 3 Survival school that illustrates how to fairly easily get water from a tree. This could come in handy in a survival situation but...

A Soldiers Experience

Editors Note: This article was submitted by Tom D. to Pat awhile ago. I am publishing it, with some "military language" edits, since it provides some insights into the reality of military life and...

Product Review – Bug-Out-Bag (BOB) by Food Insurance.com

Today's review is courtesy of guest blogger Captain William E. Simpson II - USMM. Captain Bill was featured on National Geographic's Doomsday Preppers episode "Fortress At Sea". Bill has other articles that may be...

Survival Fishing Kit: Worth the Time or Useless Gear?

Does a survival fishing kit make much sense at all or is it wasting space in our bug out bags, backpacks and pants pockets?

The 9 Types Of Survivalists – Which Are You?

It’s crazy to think that Rottweilers and Poodles are in the same family of animals. Or for that matter, Great Danes and Toy Chihuahuas. They are as different as they come. One is 200...