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Medical Week: Suturing Video’s


Get out the needle and thread folks ’cause its time to stitch up some open wounds. Oh, and if you get a bit queasy from the sight of blood and cuts and the inside of the human body – go read another article.

It may sound amazing but it is true that I have never had stitches. I have had some cuts that needed them but I used butterfly bandages and they eventually healed up.

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Medical Week: Azithromycin


This article originally appeared over at and can be seen HERE.


In a survival setting, I’ve often discussed the importance of having a way to prevent and treat infections that are often easy to deal with in modern times, but could be life-threatening when you are off the grid. It’s not only important to have these in your medical storage, but also to know how to know their indications, dosages, side effects, and

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Emergency Essential July Sale……


Another monthly sale from Emergency Essentials offers some serious savings and a variety of preparedness products. This list is going to be a long one as in July Emergency Essentials has really outdone themselves.

Let’s get started:

MRE’s & MRE Components

MRE Chili with Beans Entree – my favorite – $2,37 MRE Apple Turnover Dessert – $1.36 each 3-Day MRE Entrees and Sides – $29.99 MRE Chocolate Chip Cookie – $1.17 each MRE Carrot

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Happy Independence Day!!


Happy Independence Day everyone.

Be safe out there. Hope you have a great one…


Bartering after TSHTF


In the event that there is some type of cataclysmic situation that reduces society and the economy back to the stone ages (or close to it) – bartering will become a common method of commerce. With that in mind – I have been putting some additional items in my preps with “barter” in mind.

Here is a list of worthy additions to a “barter list”:

Seeds Bottled water Food of any kind

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Friday’s Steals and Deals


Friday’s Steals and Deals contains great deals offered by many of our advertisers and official affiliates.

Click on the following website links to be directed to the offers from the featured companies. Deals and prices were accurate at publishing time.

Here we go…..


Olight Flashlight Specials from

These specials are for a very limited time and may end shortly.

Olight OPEN Mini Torch Cree XP-G2 180 Lumen Penlight – Reg. $78.99 SALE: $22.94

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From the Desk of John Rourke – July 2nd, 2015


The United States – President Obama – has blocked efforts of our Middle Eastern allies to fly heavy weapons to the Kurds fighting ISIS.

This at the same time that ISIS executed over 70 kids.

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One of my favorite animals is the shark. Ever since seeing Jaws in the theater as a kid I have been fascinated with sharks. Last weekend I watched the entire 2013 Shark Week series. This

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The Necessary 72 Hour Kit


This post was originally published HERE on ModernSurvivalOnline.

by Jeff

I have been into emergency preparedness for more than 14 years. It all started when a family member asked if we wanted her friend’s #10 cans of wheat. It wasn’t just a few cans either. We accepted and have since added to it again and again.

As part of our preparedness plan, we have a well stocked 72 hour kit. This

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From the Desk of John Rourke – July 1st, 2015


Greece’s unemployment rate sits at over 25%. This is just one indication of a country run by Socialists where the vast majority of citizens actually work for the government. Greece has not made their scheduled $1.8 billion dollar loan payment to the I.M.F. however there is still a possibility that they will make a deal with their creditors. I

In July Greece has another scheduled payment due. This one is to the European Central Bank

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Book Review: BUG OUT by Scott Williams


Scott Williams book BUG OUT – The Complete Guide for Escaping a Catastrophic Disaster Before It’s Too Late has been on my nightstand for quite some time. A review is long over due.

Bugging out is not a major aspect of my preparedness system however this book has certainly provided some perspective. “Bugging in” should the SHTF is my main plan. BUG OUT really opened my eyes. I have realized

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From the Desk of John Rourke – June 30th, 2015



I have put this out there before and made some contacts: If you are in the York County, SC area and interested in joining a MAG send me an email. A local group there is looking for potential members. emergencycd(at)gmail(dot)com

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Yesterday Glenn Beck commented on the situation in Greece. Listen to it below. Very interesting. About 8 minutes:

Beck Blitz Greece economy

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Video of the Week: How To Set Up Your Plate Carrier


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.

For those of us who have plate carriers the decision on exactly how to set it up can create sleepness nights and fights with the spouse.

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From the Desk of John Rourke – June 29th, 2015


Just a reminder: Several weeks ago something happened and many of the first 2 years of published posts disappeared. I ended up finding them. Rather than republishing them all at once I sometimes pick one here and there and bring it back to current. If you see something and it looks familiar – this might be the reason.

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There are a series of buttons at the bottom of each post

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I can see it coming…..



I can see it.

I can see the countless stories of kids lemonade stands being shut down due to local governments requiring permits. I can see towns fining people who back into their driveways rather than pull in to expose their license plate. Of course the town officials must make sure that all vehicles are registered and not left just sitting in the home owners driveway.

I can see tax bills arriving to the

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Emergency Essentials sale almost over!!


ENDS TOMORROW!!!! For the month of June Emergency Essentials has several items on sale at deep discounts that you may find attractive. Emergency Essentials has been an industry leader and long time supporter of this website. Great company! Here are a few examples: Mountain House Scrambled Eggs with Ham and Peppers Reg. $35.99 SALE: $21.49 Mountain House Breakfast Skillet Reg. $36.99 SALE: $19.99 ​ Emergency Essentials Diced Freeze Dried Chicken Reg. $54.99 SALE: $29.99 Emergency

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Why do I Prepare…….. by Blueridgeprepper1


This post originally appeared HERE on MSO.

Have you ever thought to yourself, “This country has lost its moral core”? Do you believe that because of liberal influences and a misguided Supreme Court we now live in a country that has Freedom FROM Religion, rather than Freedom OF Religion? If so, you are not alone. For many years I have noticed the decay of our society. Many in our nation no longer believe that you

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From the Desk of John Rourke – June 26th, 2015


My nephew just picked up an AR. Even better is he is asking about training – which I am very happy about. Far too often a checkmark is placed in the box next to “defense” just because a firearm is bought. I have made a lot of strides in my ability to put rounds down range, moving, reloading, etc – but have a long ways to go.

Hopefully my nephew and I will get a

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Watch this…….something to consider


This video shows what the first 12 hours of a US Dollar collapse might look like.

Let’s hope not!!


From the Desk of John Rourke – June 25th, 2015


A new video has been added to the Patriots membership area. I have several more planned as well as additional articles and downloads. I am also negotiating with a few more online vendors for more discounts.

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Just ordered a 2-meter J-pole antenna for ham radio use. Thing gets great reviews on YouTube and I am looking forward to setting it up.

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The town I live

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7 Essentials During a Power Outage


by Lee Flynn

The grid disruption database from Inside Energy compiled their data and found an average of 200 reported grid outages per year from 2010 to 2013. This numbers continues to increase. There is not always an impending storm or a sudden natural disaster to warn that a power outage may be in the future. Therefore, it is essential that everyone be, at least minimally, prepared for the loss of power before

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From the Desk of John Rourke – June 24th, 2015


This past weekend “The Group” went camping. The Group is the MAG survival group I belong to. Great group of guys and truly feel that we are turning into a Band of Brothers that can be there for each other whenever needed. Camping was good although the heat was. Some of us brought our kids and I brought Christopher – my 12 year old. Did a little fishing and canoeing.

Saturday night

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I Was Born Into The Cold War……


In case you missed it – this post was originally published HERE on


by Guy Spotts


I was born into the cold war between the United States and the old Soviet Union, my parents had grown up in the great depression. I don’t remember if it was the Cuban Missile Crisis or if it was before then when my father started to prep but with a weekly pay check of

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From the Desk of John Rourke – June 23rd, 2015


There has been an onslaught of rimfire pistols and rifles coming online over the past couple years. With .22LR becoming more widely available these firearms are looking more attractive. The .22LR is my favorite caliber. Why? It represents so much fun for very little money.

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Looks like the Progressives have totally taken over Tylenol from what I have seen of their recent marketing efforts.

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