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Prepping for Less



by Terry Blount


According to the US government most people are dealing with a financial squeeze. Two out of every three citizens are now living from paycheck to paycheck… that means that two out of every three people who read this have limited discretionary income to purchase items that would prepare them for hard times. However, anything you can do now will not be wasted if you can buy the things you will

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Rourke’s Weekly Recommendations




Atlas Shrugged:Part One

Atlas Shrugged: Part Two

AMERICA: Imagine a World Without Her


Food Storage

PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter

Dymatize Whey Protein Powder, Vanilla – the best!

Mountain House 72 Hour Emergency Food Kit


Articles from around the ‘net

Ebola and the Butterfly Effect

Rightful Liberty and “Standing Up”

The Scout Rifle

What happens to debt and mortgages after an Economic Collapse?

Buying a .22LR These Days





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Ebola Information from AlertUSA Threat Journal


Via the latest issue from

Infected Nurse Exposes Hundreds In Multiple States Obama to Bring Foreign Ebola Victims to U.S. National Guard and Reserve Activated


Between Oct 12-17, 2014, AlertsUSA issued the following related Flash messages to subscriber mobile devices:

10/17 – FLASH: Dallas healthcare worker who cared for US Ebola index patient T. Duncan reportedly ill w Ebola symptoms on cruise ship off coast of Belize. Developing..


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Dr. Doom and Nurse Amy at is offering all ModernSurvivalOnline readers a special 10% off promotional code. This special promotion will run for a limited time through November 5th. offers a tremendous amount of medical preparedness information as well as a store with some of the best medical preparedness supplies you will find…..anywhere.


From dental kits, trauma bags, survival bags, DVD’s,

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Realities of a disaster!


By “The Coach” – Contributing Editor


I thought I was fairly prepared for most disasters. Then Hurricane Katrina struck and I found out I was not as well prepared as I thought. The following article is a couple of the hard lessons that I learned during the days and weeks after Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.

I live in a suburb of New Orleans, Louisiana. However, I worked in the central business district of

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Panhandle Rancher speaks….Rain Water Harvesting

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Our Texas ranch was blessed by the Ogalalla aquifer. Anywhere we drilled to 400 feet, water was found. Windmills and electric pumps provided ample and cheap water.


Those of you who read my scribbles know that my family relocated from Texas recently. One of the places we purchased was on a rural water system. This retreat is in an economically challenged area and shortly after closing, the water coop experienced a pump failure.

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Rourke’s Weekly Recommendations


Knives & Tools

Cold Steel GI Tanto

Gerber Suspension Multi-Pliers with Sheath

Mora Companion Outdoor Knife



Contagion DVD

Outbreak DVD

SURVIVORS TV Series Season 1 & 2 DVD


Online Video’s

Getting Started in HAM Radio

How to Grow Potatoes – Wranglestar

How to Laser Bore Sight a Rifle

A bit of trouble….

I was away all weekend and arrived back Sunday afternoon. Having problems with Internet access. Due t this limited publishing today.

Stay tuned for tomorrow.

Take care all – Rourke

From the Desk of John Rourke – September 28, 2014


With the cooler weather approaching I am really hoping to have the family go on a decent camping trip. At a minimum I would like to take the boys out for a “men’s only” outing.

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I am surprised that Tannerite is still legal. This stuff is awesome and so much fun. I plan to do some tests to see how long the stuff will last once mixed if kept dry.

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The Pure Hell At The Heart Of The Ebola Pandemic In Africa Could Soon Be Coming To America


This post was recently published over at The Economic Collapse- check it out HERE. – – Rourke


Did you know that the number of Ebola cases in Liberia and Sierra Leone is approximately doubling every 20 days? People are dropping dead in the streets, large numbers of bodies are being dumped into the rivers, and gravediggers can hardly keep up with the the number of corpses that are being delivered to the cemeteries. As

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From the Desk of John Rourke – September 25th, 2014


I am looking at holding a guest post writing contest mid-October through mid-December. These contests help give me a break as far as writing and finding things to post. If interested in entering go ahead and “warm up that keyboard”.

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Had a friend of mine contact me. He was wondering if he should trade his M&P 9mm pistol for a .40S&W Shield. This question was done on Facebook and opened

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From the Desk of John Rourke – September 24th, 2014


Seems like I can “smell” Fall in the air. We are starting to have some cooler days here in the South and the evenings have certainly cooled down. Time to start thinking about winter-preps.

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I love Netflix? I use it often especially since I got rid of satellite and cable. I have been watching “Inside Combat Rescue” – a short series with 6 episodes. It is about a rescue unit

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Rourke’s Weekly Recommendations



Patriots: A Novel of Surviving the Coming Collapse

“Light Out” by David Crawford

Survival, Evasion, Recovery Manual 21-76-1 (free download)



Jericho – The Complete Series

After Armageddon

American Blackout



Survivalist Tips – 5 Easy Survival Food Preps

How to Make a Tourniquet

Household Survival – Common Survival Items Found in Your Home


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From the Desk of John Rourke – September 22th, 2014


I have decided to make a few changes here on the site. Every day I will be posting “From the Desk….” with my thoughts on whatever is on my mind at the time. There are a few other changes as well. Just keep an eye out.

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Over the past few weeks I have made some strides in the area of “disaster communications”. I will be testing for my HAM licence

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Back to the Wild: Wilderness Survival Kit


by Victoria

It pays to be prepared in every area of your life, and that makes it fundamentally important that, if ever you should find yourself out hiking across mountain or moorland, traversing streams or chasing through forests, you have a wilderness survival kit to hand.

Around the world, the great outdoors poses many dangers to the unprepared. The wilderness is beautiful and invigorating, with an immediacy and freshness long absent from our

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CDC states….”now is the time to prepare”


The CDC recently issued a 6 page guide for hospitals and medical care workers stating “now is the time to prepare, as it is possible that individuals with EVD in West Africa may travel to the United States, exhibit signs and symptoms of EVD, and present to facilities.” As the virus continues to spread overseas within limited areas concern is growing that it may eventually reach the United States via travelers…..or possibly through our porous

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Perennial Vegetable and Fruits in a Permaculture Garden


This post was published previously here at It can be seen HERE.

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By Bev, Executive Editor –

I recently saw a guest post on about survival gardening and how a garden may not feed you all that much compared to the work you

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Rourke on Camouflage


This post was previously published on MSO – it can be seen HERE.

When most people hear the word “camouflage” they think of the typical Army soldier in woodland fatigues. In a survival situation – one which perhaps you do not want your location advertised to the rest of the world – camouflage could become very important.

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Why? If you have “bugged out” from an area congested with desperate ill-prepared people

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Emergency Essentials celebrates September as Preparedness Month

I have posted about past Emergency Essentials special sales previously – for good reason: They offer up some of the best bargains in survival and preparedness products…..PERIOD!

For the month of Preparedness they have outdone themselves with their LARGEST monthly sale ever. Over 170 items on sale.

Here are a few examples:

Mountain House® Freeze Dried Oriental Style Spicy Chicken with Vegetables – only $24.99

IOSAT™ Potassium Iodide Tablets – only $8.99

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“Who” is ModernSurvivalOnline?


ModernSurvivalOnline is owned and run by John Rourke. He pays the bills, edits, publishes – and everything else involving the upkeep and maintenance of this website. In addition to Rourke – several Contributing Editors provide great information whenever they find the time in their busy lives.

So….this is who ModernSurvivalOnline is:

My name is Rourke and I have been interested in survival, preparedness, and weapons for over 20 years. I have some very strong opinions

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Re: Are people digging in?



Rourke, Digging in? Some of us never really dug out. I, like you Rourke, am a child of the Cold War. The Russian Bear and global communism were rampant. Terrorism was everywhere.

Let’s take at step back to the early 80’s shall we? Increasing tensions between Ukraine and Russia and Russia and the United States. Remember when the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan? I do. Why did they do it? To help the

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Video of the Week: Ebola


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.


Ebola Outbreak : Survival Medicine with Dr. Bones


Ebola Treatment Zmapp:

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Why should I get Dog Tags?


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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