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The PactDay By Day Armageddon
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Going Home bookGoing Home book
The Survivalist bookPatriots: Surviving The COming Collapse
TEOTWAWKI bookOne Second After EMP
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Gathering Information: Simple method for downloading YouTube Video’s

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As I build my preparedness library I am finding video’s are becoming a larger part than I originally intended. If a picture is worth a thousand words…well….a video is worth even more. I am using multiple tablets and Kindle Fire’s to store my electronic library including the video’s.

You name it it can be found on video. This includes movies for entertainment, how to dress a deer, how to take care of a broken

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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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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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Prepper Press adds two new books…..


ModernSurvivalOnline sponsor Prepper Press is a leading publisher of preparedness books and Dystopian fiction. They have recently released two new offerings:


The first is The Evolution of the Black Rifle: 20 Years of Upgrades, Options and Accessories. Author Jeff W Zimba brings the reader on a twenty-year journey through the testing and evaluation phase of America’s longest serving battle rifle, no known by many names, such as the AR-15, M16, M4, 416, and many

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North American Alert Map


The following link will take you to the Emergency and Disaster Information Service(EDIS). This emergency information service is provided free of charge and is operated out of Hungry. The link provided goes to the North American map, however other maps are also available.

What is really cool is the ability to zoom in close to an area. As of this writing – zoom in to Dallas, TX. No doubt many

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New books from Prepper Press


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. 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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Coming soon……Preparedness Expo: August 16-17, Hagerstown Maryland


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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A couple of my favorite things: NETFLIX and the Kindle


Figured I would say a few words on two of my favorite things…..Netflix and the Kindle.

I have been user of Netflix for several years now – going from receiving DVD’s in the mail to now only streaming movies. At around $10 per month for unlimited streaming of the thousands of movies, TV shows, documentaries, etc. it is a great deal. Many of you may remember a few months ago that I got rid of

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What’s on my bookshelf right now…..

I continue to add to my preparedness library. Some just good reading, some skill and knowledge-related. Regardless – there are a lot of good books out there.

Let me tell you what sits on my bookshelf right now – and often on my nightstand:

The Home School Shootist

The Urban Homestead

A Failure of Civility

Modern Survival

What’s on my bookshelf right now….. releases new book…..

This announcement is a bit late – but worthy. Jarhead Survivor from recently released the book – SHTF: A Guide to Surviving Almost Anything. The book is only available for the Kindle (as of right now). Don’t have a one? Get a Kindle here.


SHTF: A Guide to Surviving Almost Anything is a compilation of blog post from So yes, much of the content is

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New sponsor………

I have a new sponsor – Survive Any Food Crisis, owned by Rod Davidson – and wanted to pass on some information.

Check it out.

– Rourke

Rod Davidson is a family man and survivalist.

For over a decade he has been preparing and protecting his family for when a crisis hits.

And he would like to share his knowledge with you and show you how to do the same.

In his

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2013 Chattanooga Sustainable Preparedness Expo…..

Chattanooga Sustainable Preparedness Expo – March 10 When? – March 10, 10am-6pm Where? – Chattanooga Convention Center – Chattanooga, TN What? – A family friendly event packed with solid and practical seminars by people who really know what they are talking about. Vendor booths by reputable companies carrying quality products. It makes for a full day to learn and get equipped.


At the Expo, you will find a wide variety of vendors selling

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Own a Kindle?

Long time readers likely know I am a huge fan of the Kindle (and other e-reader’s). I am probably due for another article on my reasoning for incorporating electronic books, manuals, files and video’s into my “preparedness library”. Anyways – if you own a Kindle or have a Kindle app on one of your other devices – this may interest you.


Over at there was a recent post that listed numerous survival and

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Life’s Lessons Learned……THE CHRONICLES OF HAROLD

This incredible post was originally publish over at MSOnline’s sister site – It can be seen in its original form here – Thank you Harold for sharing.

Life’s Lessons Learned

By Harold, Editor-At-Large –



The War Years

Just a history in chronicle form of my life, as I have lived it as near as I can remember after

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Website Review:

I have wrote about before and with what I believe to be an ever important need to prepare I decided to mention it again.


There are a lot of preparedness sites out there with many being blogs (like MSOnline). The folks over at have done a fantastic job and provide a service to the prepper like not many others. We in the preparedness community try to each have our own niche to

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Repost: Survival S.O.P.’s

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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Special Sale on Preparedness DVD……..

From July 23rd through July 31st I have reduced my Survival & Preparedness DVD to only $10.00 ( + free shipping!). This is a PC DVD (not for Mac’s or your DVD player).

DVD’s packed up and ready to go in the mail……

If you are not familiar with this DVD – read all about it below. Packed full of over 4GB’s of info including video’s, manuals, books, articles, and

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Special offer from

It is my honor to present this very special offer to all readers of ModernSurvivalOnline from

Those who take advantage of this offer will receive a free 3-month subscription to’s monthly e-newsletter called The Beacon—the most comprehensive newsletter of its kind, dedicated to delivering you breaking news, practical survival tips and common sense advice from the global prepper community!”


To receive your 3 month free subscription to’s The

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I am very excited by a new project recently started…

This website was created out of a surge of interest from older readers emailing me and asking questions related to survival & preparedness. Many of these people have just recently discovered preparedness and are just starting off. I have also received several inquires from individuals that are disabled in one manner or another. Tough circumstances for a prepper who has concerns about

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Guest Post: The History and Future of Pandemics

[Orginal article posted at I appreciate author Jennifer Bell contacting me and suggesting that MSO readers may find the information useful. I agree. – Rourke]


The Danger of Pandemics

Without a doubt, a pandemic is a serious – and usually deadly – disease outbreak at a global level. In fact, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) states that “another influenza pandemic is highly likely, if not inevitable”. The word pandemic, itself, comes from

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