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Bugging Out in a Tree? Really?

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The typical outdoorsman will simply take a trip to the local Cabela’s or Bass Pro Shop, and purchase a tree stand to improve his hunting vantage points. For those who are prepping for long-term survival in the wilderness, a tree stand could potentially save their lives in certain situations and even provide shelter in a pinch.

Tree stands made for long-term survival will have to be built from scratch to not only blend into

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From the Desk of John Rourke…..September 30th, 2015


All the pieces of the “declining of the United States” continue to fall into place. A Minnesota court just made a ruling calling BB guns firearms. Ridiculous.

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Recently saw a magazine with a featured article on modern hollow handled knives. These newer designs are extremely strong, expensive, but do not possess the same weakness the older models have. The idea of the hollow handle was popularized by Rambo in the

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“Redneck” Air Conditioner


I have never made one of these but certainly can see how they work. Although effectiveness pretty limited in the right environment and in a small area it could provide some comfort.

Ever make anything like this? Did it work?

Please share!



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


Hope everyone has had a great start to their week. So much crap going on in the world it is easy to walk right by and not see the leaves changing or feel the beginning of the Fall “crisp” in the air. So looking forward to this Fall and coming winter.

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Getting new tires for my Jeep Wrangler. Just ordered 4 Goodyear Wrangler Duratracs. Recent wet weather has shown me

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A few thoughts on EMP protection



Quite often I receive questions and comments related to EMP protection. Let me start by saying I am not an expert on EMP. I will also tell you that I have talked to some very knowledgeable people when it comes to EMP and electronics. For me the answer to what will happen if there is an EMP attack is rather simple:

No one knows for sure.

It’s true. No one knows exactly what will

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Rourke’s Weekly Recommendations


Every week I throw out a few recommendations on things such as movies, books, knives, flashlights – all kinds of stuff. Some of these are not related to preparedness whatsoever – rather, just stuff I like. Most are available on Amazon but not all. I have a particular fondness for movies as one of my favorite things to do is to sit back and watch a good one.

So – for this week……here is my

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From the Desk of John Rourke – September 28th, 2015

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FYI – over the weekend I made some changes to the inner workings of the site. It should be working smoother and faster. Any observations would appreciate it if you would let me know.

Special thanks to ThunderBearer for the recommendations.

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The Pope visiting the United States has created a lot of chatter on social media. I am disappointed that much of what I see has been negative and

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Gear Review: Alocs Alcohol Stove

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Alcohol stoves are very popular with backpackers and campers who look for lightweight cook systems that burn inexpensive fuel. There are no moving parts, no electronics, no valves, and no pipes. Simplicity. They are also inexpensive and can be made from common household materials if so desired.

Alcohol stoves are mostly used for boiling water for preparing freeze dried and dehydrated foods. Fuel selection varies with denatured alcohol being very popular.

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ALMOST OVER!!! Emergency Essentials monthly sale


Emergency Essentials is having another great sale this month on numerous survival and preparedness products and it all ends in a few days. As a leader in the preparedness industry for years Emergency Essentials bring some of the best products at the best prices every single month. With a reputation second to none in customer service they are not only a great company to deal with – but they are a sponsor of this website.

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

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I have been working on some of the internal workings of this website trying to figure out why multiple people have expressed issues with the comment system. I just changed the software that handles the comments but not sure of that will do anything. In my own testing sometimes when a comment is left it takes longer than it should to show up – but it does show up.

With the many suggestions given on

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Free Nuclear Threat DVD……


Last week I mentioned a totally free DVD on nuclear terrorism that was available. Here is another one that I would recommend. The Nuclear Threat Initiative is offering a free DVD video called “Last Best Chance“.

The video’s website provides the following description of the film:

Last Best Chance is a docudrama that shows the threat posed by vulnerable nuclear weapons and materials around the world and underscores what the stakes are.

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Building and Operating a Makeshift Wood Oven


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One of the basic needs for any survival situation is a means of cooking food.


The most abundant fuel available is wood. There are many ways to use wood to cook food…the most common being a camp fire or the “rocket stove”. However, these methods are not the most fuel efficient, and a lot of heat is lost during cooking, resulting in excessive fuel consumption.

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

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JohnP sent in a link to a news story where a school board in New Jersey had to rule on changing the school holiday schedule based on the petitioning of the local Muslim community.

Here are a few excerpts and the entire article can be read HERE:

A school-board meeting in New Jersey descended into chaos when a room full of angry Muslim parents were denied a last-minute request by its members.

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Preseason Preparation: 4 Tips for Better Hunting

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By C.

The success rate for hunters continues to rise from the old days when a harvested buck in a small town made local headlines. A 2013 survey by the Quality Deer Management Association found that Virginia had the highest ratio, 80 percent, of harvested deer to tags sold by the state’s Fish and Game Department.

Hunters in the Southeast as a whole enjoyed a 58 percent harvest rate for deer. But those in the

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From the Desk of John Rourke – September 22nd, 2015


The mainstream media is having a field day with what Ben Carson recently said about not supporting a Muslim to run for President. I would have to say at least 90% of America would agree with him. I would not vote for a Muslim either. Does that make me prejudice? Call it what you wish. Although many Muslims are loyal to non-Muslim governments that is NOT what the Quran teaches.

The ridiculous thing is this

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How to Can Bacon

by sevantheart


You will need: a large (tall) pressure canner; a rack on feet OR 2 racks and jelly jars with caps and rings; quart jars with caps and rings, preferably wide-mouth, thick-sliced bacon, and parchment paper (or paper bags).

Get lots of parchment paper; I buy mine in rolls at Sam’s – much cheaper this way.

Get your jars ready – quarts will work best for this project, and wide-mouth

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From the Desk of John Rourke – September 21st, 2015

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Hope everyone had a great weekend. I visited my brother in Georgia and as always enjoys my time in the country. I was able to get a good amount of trigger time in, ate some fantastic steak, visited a local “mom and pop” gun shop – and replaced the water pump on my Jeep upon arrival.

Upon getting out of my Jeep Friday night I smelt antifreeze immediately. I was hopeful it was a pinhole

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5 morale boosting foods for when the SHTF


We all have a favorite food that we eat either out of pure enjoyment or for the “comfort” it provides. Me? Kellogg’s Blueberry unfrosted Pop Tarts. Ever since I was a kid regardless of what was happening around me sitting back with a pair of hot Pop Tarts and a tall glass of milk = paradise.

In high stress situations these comfort foods can provide some level of stress release and a calming effect. This

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Pocket Survival: Big Gear in Small Packages

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By Cherie

Big is not always better. In fact, when survival is your goal, “big” only slows you down. When selecting gear to take into the field, you want tools that are small but powerful — survival tools that offer great application but take up little space. Gear that will fit in your pocket is ideal, leaving both of your hands free and eliminating the weight of a clunky backpack. So how do you decide

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From the Desk of John Rourke – September 18th, 2015

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Alright guys and gals the weekend is almost upon us. Let’s make it a great one. Make sure you go do something you enjoy. Shooting? Planting some Fall mums? Mylar packing some rice? Maybe go check out a movie or go for a hike out in the woods.

What’s your plans?

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Pretty Cool!!! ModernSurvivalOnline has been featured as one of the “Top 3” Survival Blogs in an article over at

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Free DVD: Nuclear Tipping Point


I came across a free DVD Video related to nuclear terrorism – called Nuclear Tipping Point. It is a disturbing watch and a slap of reality.

From their website:

Nuclear Tipping Point is a conversation with four men intimately involved in American diplomacy and national security over the last four decades. Former Secretary of State George Shultz, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, former Secretary of Defense Bill Perry and former

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From the Desk of John Rourke – September 17th, 2015

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Russian hackers penetrated U.S. industrial control networks that run critical infrastructures like the electrical grid, according to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

Clapper, in little-noticed testimony before Congress last week, also disclosed that Moscow has formed a cyber military command and a special hacker unit as part of preparations for future cyber warfare.

In addition to Russia, the intelligence chief singled out China, Iran, and North Korea as the primary nation states capable of

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Survival Library After TSHTF

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The Survivalist book series by Jerry Ahern was one of my favorite reads as a teenager. My favorite part that I remember was a “shelter walk-thru”. You see – the main character had a hidden underground shelter that after the first several books – he finally makes it to. Upon entering – the book describes the contents of the shelter in great detail. One of the parts of the shelter that I remember most was

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Share your knowledge


Hello folks –

We are running very low on posts to I am putting the call out to all of you. If you have some special knowledge, thoughts, experiences which to share – please send them in. Even if it is but a question to ask to all the other readers – lets put it out there.

Here are some subjects we are looking for:




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