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

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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

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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”

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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

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

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By Bev, Executive Editor – SeasonedCitizenPrepper.com

I recently saw a guest post on Rethinksurvival.com 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

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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?

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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?

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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

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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?

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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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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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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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Check out BestPreparednessDeals.com

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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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“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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Flesh eating bacteria – is there a ‘silver bullet’ ?

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[From Rourke: The following article was previously published here on ModernSurvivalOnline. It can be seen in its original format HERE. ]

by Brenda Nicholson

Have you thought about how you will take care of yourself or your family if you can’t get to a doctor ?? Even with doctors available why do people lose limbs and lives because of the “flesh eating bacteria” There are answers and

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5 Must-Haves for Long-Term Wilderness Survival

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So it’s the end of the world as we know it, and you must pack up all you own and flee into the wilderness to escape the shambling hoards of slavering undead and roaming bands of raiders—or, maybe you are just going on an extended camping trip. Either way, you aren’t alone in your desire to get away. The Outdoor Foundation reports that about 38 million Americans traveled more than 200 miles to spend time

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Final Call……Preparedness Expo: August 16-17, Hagerstown Maryland

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If you live anywhere near Boonsboro or Hagerstown, Maryland I have some great news for you. On August 16th and 17th at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center there are going to be two days of “back to basics”: demonstrations, exhibits, and entertainment in a family-friendly atmosphere.

 

Exhibits and demonstrations will include emergency medical supplies, natural and homeopathic remedies, long-term food storage and food preparation, solar energy, outdoor and primitive

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Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever: Something does NOT add up!

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Something does NOT add up!

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“The Coach”, Contributing Editor

Today is Saturday, 8/2/2014. If you have been following the Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever virus outbreak in West Africa, like I have, maybe you have picked up on something’s like I did. However, unless you pay very close attention you may have missed it.

Something just does not make any sense to

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Flashlight mounts for Mountain Bikes

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Riding mountain bikes on trails is one of my favorite activities and it is something I do not get to do often enough. Riding at night has proven difficult in total darkness. In order to facilitate my riding I have used small bungee cords to wrap a flashlight around my handlebars. Does it work? Sometimes. Unfortunately a good solid bump will jar the light loose and then I find myself riding blind and trying to

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Gault on……Preserving The Harvest

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Home canning has been around since the mid 1800s. That’s when a tinsmith named John L. Mason invented the Mason Jar. For most of its existence canning was done by the “open kettle method”, but with the advent of the “pressure canner” canning became more useful and more broadly used. With the spread of supermarkets and the industrialization of food production, but for a few diehards, canning faded from our culture, at least

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Welcome Dr. Bloom and Nurse Amy!

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It is my honor to announce that Joe Alton, M.D., aka Dr. Bones and Amy Alton, A.R.N.P., aka Nurse Amy have come on board ModernSurvivalOnline as Contributing Editors. I know you will welcome them with open arms.

Dr. Bones is an M.D. and fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American College of OB/GYN. He has contributed to Survivalist Magazine, Backwoods Home, Self Reliance Illustrated, and Survival Quarterly, and has written a chapter

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Reminder……Preparedness Expo: August 16-17, Hagerstown Maryland

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If you live anywhere near Boonsboro or Hagerstown, Maryland I have some great news for you. On August 16th and 17th at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center there are going to be two days of “back to basics”: demonstrations, exhibits, and entertainment in a family-friendly atmosphere.

 

Exhibits and demonstrations will include emergency medical supplies, natural and homeopathic remedies, long-term food storage and food preparation, solar energy, outdoor and primitive

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Learn Discipline Now Instead of Later

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Nothing comes for free. That includes good habits like discipline. The more disciplined we are now the better off we will be when the next emergency situation comes along. But wouldn’t it be better to learn to do without now as opposed to later when you are struggling to deal with a new reality?

 

Unfortunately our country in no way, shape, or form promotes discipline. An old sage piece of advice goes

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