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Why should I get Dog Tags?

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By “The Coach” (Contributing Editor)

 

The earliest mention that I can find about dog tags is of the soldiers in the U. S. Civil War placing their personal identifying information on pieces of paper or writing their names inside of their uniforms. This way if they were killed in action, someone would know who they were and their address to notify their families.

Around 1906, a circular aluminum disc was suggested to the U.

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Any auto mechanics out there?

This may seem like an odd request for a preparedness site but hey, I am willing to give it a shot. My wife drives a 2007 Ford Expedition XLT. It is the 4×4 model. A few weeks ago the vehicle started running extremely rough. I know little about cars but I felt it was obvious it was not firing on all 8 cylinders. I had the check engine light check and it came back a

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September is National Preparedness Month

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Ever since I was a kid this time of the year always put me in “prep” mode. A few days of cooler weather hints that Fall and Winter are approaching – and hunting season. Being from the northeast the winter provided snow storms and power outages.

I remember one particularly large winter storm – possibly 1977. We woke up in our single story home to find snow drifts keeping us prisoner. From what I remember

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Have a Kindle? One Second After only $2.99

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At the time of this publishing the classic prepper fiction book “One Second After” is available on Amazon for only $2.99 (Kindle Edition).

If you have a Kindle and have not read One Second After – I highly recommend it.

Here is a summary from Amazon.com:

In this entertaining apocalyptic thriller from Forstchen (We Look Like Men of War), a high-altitude nuclear bomb of uncertain origin explodes, unleashing a deadly electromagnetic pulse that

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MSO participates in “expert roundup”……..

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I recently participated in an “Expert Roundup” of sorts over at BestMultiToolKit.com. Check it out HERE. As part of the roundup I answered the following question:

“What was the single most useful tool you’ve ever used while outdoors?”

The single most useful tool I have ever used was a knife.

To be more specific – it was a Gerber BMF (Basic Multi-Function). See attached picture.

Unfortunately

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Special Labor Day Sale for MSO readers…..

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Our friends at Survival Store are holding a 10% Labor Day Weekend special for Modern Survival Online readers only.

 

Get a 10% off of all your purchases this weekend. That includes knives, backpacks, survival gear, hydration tools…EVERYTHING Simply head over to http://survivalstore.co and use the coupon laborday2014 with your purchases. This offer expires Monday at midnight so you better hurry!

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American Veteran writes letter to ISIS….”Do you really think you stand a chance?”

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Over at the Warfighter blog they published a letter to ISIS written by Marine Veteran Nick Powers. I think he pretty much tells it like it is. ~ Rourke

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“As I sit here constantly hearing and watching you execute innocent men, women and children in the Middle East I chuckle. Why do I

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Repost: Survival S.O.P.’s

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In developing a Survival & Preparedness “System” – it is obviously important to think ahead. I mean, that is why we are all interested in preparedness is because we are concerned about what might happen in the future and are thinking, planning, and preparing now. Right?

With this in mind – it is a good idea to come up with Standard Operating Procedures for different scenario’s. These are written procedures with steps

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Guest Post: What you should take into account before buying a hunting knife?

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Currently there are tons of different hunting knives on the market. In this post we are going to talk about few things you should take into account before making a purchase.

#1: Do you want a folding or fixed blade?

Both folding and he fixed blade has its pros and cons.

Let’s start with the folding blade:

Advantages: The folding blade is compact and easy to carry around. Some brands actually

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Current State of the Government

YouTube is an absolutely incredible source of information on almost anything you can think of. Every week we feature a new video related to a variety of topics such as firearms, first aid, gardening, security, food storage, water filtration….and current events.

 

This weeks video is essentially political in nature – leave no doubt about it. I believe it points out the truth to what has happened

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How to make injectable Lidocaine HCL

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The following post was previously published here on MSO – it can be seen in its original format HERE.

 

by RalphP

Almost every other prepper / survivalist that I’ve met shares a similar “hope for the best, but prepare for the worst” philosophy about life. If this pretty much describes you too, than you’ve probably considered a SHTF situation where, with no access to doctors or dentists, you might be forced to perform some

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Time for a change….

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Over the past few months I have been going through somewhat of a personal transformation. No – I don’t turn green when I get angry. Rather I am finding that my perspective on things and how I deal with them has changed. Maybe I have run out of patience. Maybe my confidence level has reached a level only challenged by Mount Everest. I have grown tired of compromise. I am tired of “being nice” to

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Ebola as Biological Weapon?

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From Rourke: This post was originally published over at DoomandBloom.net. It can be seen in its original format HERE.

With Ebola in the news, there are some that have pointed out the possibility that some nations may attempt to weaponize the virus. This is a concern that deserves discussion, so let’s talk about something that few consider a likely cause of a collapse scenario: biological warfare.

Biological warfare is

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Do you need Potable Water stored?

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I was speaking to a person I recently met while shopping at an outdoor equipment store. During our conversation the topic turned to storing food and water at home in case of an emergency. This person I was speaking with made the following statement. “I can maybe understand storing some type of food for a few days at home, but why in the world would ever need to store water? We are on our

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New books from Prepper Press

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Hey all – ModernSurvivalOnline sponsor and supporter Prepper Press has just released a few new books. All are available in paperback as well as electronic format.

 

The first – Preppers: History and the Cultural Phenomenon – is something I have never seen before.

PrepperPress.com summary:

The word ‘prepper’ seems to have burst onto the scene within the last 10 years, and has increasingly become associated with “fringe” extremists. They have been labeled

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FYI – Survival Download Database

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Just want to give everyone a heads up. Over the coming few weeks I will be removing the Survival Download Database from this site and moving it elsewhere. It has grown so large with so many links – it really needs to be on a server by itself.

So – if there are some items you want to download do it soon. Once the files have been moved I will update everyone to its new

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ISIS is here…..

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I find the majority of people I talk to about ISIS in Iraq and their relentless mission to slaughter Christians and others whenever possible, well….they simply don’t care. It is disappointing and disheartening and really goes to show how far we have fallen. I do understand though peoples hard feelings with our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan but we cannot go back in time and change anything. We have to deal with the here and

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Lessons of Ferguson

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The recent news media have been covering the anarchy in Ferguson, MO due to a Police officer shooting and killing an eighteen year old male suspect named Michael Brown. There have been numerous conflicting stories regarding the shooting, since I was not there to witness it myself, I will not attempt to pass judgment on anyone involved. There is however several facts I know to be true. The first fact is a young African-American

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I have an announcement……and an invitation.

Just a reminder about a sister site to ModernSurvivalOnline…..BestPreparednessDeals.com.

Like many preppers I have been trying to stock up on various supplies over the past few years. Prior to each purchase I would do a substantial amount of research to get the absolute best price possible. After all – I am on a budget like many others and try to stretch my dollars as far as

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Off-Grid lighting idea….cheap!

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Visiting my local Wal-Mart to check on the ammo selection I found a display of solar landscaping lights on clearance for .72 cents each. These are the very cheap models usually selling for $1.00. I bought 10 of them.

I believe these small 1 lumen solar lights could be useful in a power outage. I am going to make a small wooden stand with holes in it to store the lights. This stand would allow

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National Weather Service Huntsville, Alabama Part 2

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From Rourke: The following post was previously published on ModernSurvivalOnline. It can be seen in its original format HERE. Everything that follows is 100% true.

by BePrepared, see Part 1 here

I’m guessing around this time EMA declared this tornado scene an MCI (Mass Casualty Incident). This is akin to the scene in the movie “The Professional” where Gary Oldman’s character turns to the cop next to him and says,

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“The magnitude of the Ebola outbreak in west Africa has been vastly underestimated”

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The magnitude of the Ebola outbreak in west Africa, which has killed more than 1,000 people, has been vastly underestimated and will require “extraordinary measures, on a massive scale” if it is to be contained, the World Health Organisation has warned.

The admission came as Médecins sans Frontières (MSF), the medical charity, said the disease was spreading “faster than we can respond to”, and accused the WHO of being too slow to react.

The outbreak,

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National Weather Service Huntsville, Alabama Part 1

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From Rourke: The following post was previously published on ModernSurvivalOnline. It can be seen in its original format HERE. Everything that follows is 100% true.

by BePrepared

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HUNTSVILLE AL 708 AM CDT WED APR 27 2011

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HUNTSVILLE HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR… EASTERN DEKALB COUNTY IN NORTHEAST ALABAMA…

* UNTIL 745 AM CDT

* AT 709 AM CDT…NATIONAL

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