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MSOnline Contest: Your SHTF “Go To” Knife photo contest

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Here is a simple contest……..send me a picture of your SHTF “Go To” knife and the best one will win a Gerber Machete Pro.

I am not looking for a picture of your knife laying on the kitchen counter – somehow make it unique and interesting. Set your entry apart from the rest.

Send your contest entries to emergencycd(at) Make sure to include the picture and tell me a little about why you have chosen

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Are people digging in?

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I am hearing from a growing number of people so concerned with current world events they are stepping up their preps and getting ready to “dig in”.

These people are not quitting their jobs or bugging out however they are taking significant actions to put back more food, medical supplies, firearms – and those items which would be needed related to what they feel is coming. What is it that is concerning people? Well –

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Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever: Something does NOT add up!

Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever:

Something does NOT add up!


“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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5 items for sanitation after the SHTF


I have been thinking a bit about sanitation lately. Grid down and no public utilities – How would sanitation be handled? Not often discussed and often ignored sanitation is not only a health concern but influences morale as well. Having a group of 4-6 people huddled up in some form of shelter – doing lots of manual labor – could create some serious body odor.

Here are five things I have

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****This post originally appeared over at It can be seen in its original form HERE.


BY GREG RENTCHLER, Editor at Large

I’ve been spending a lot of time at my BOL thinking about a one-gun solution for defending the family in time of SHTF. After much discussion with my survival family and colleagues, we collectively concluded that there is no such thing as

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Building your own gun for SHTF

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In prepping there are few things more important than protecting the lives of yourself and your loved ones. It’s your duty to ensure their safety by any means necessary even in the toughest of times. As a prepper you probably own a firearm (or several) as a means of defense for you and your family.

What happens however, when the government comes to take away your guns? How will you protect the

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Dr. Allen shares his thoughts…………


The following comes from a comment posted by Dr. Allen in response to a recent post – Survivalist First Aid Kits: What Do I Need? I appreciate Dr. Allen’s willingness to share his thoughts and expertise. – Rourke


The postings for a “first aid kit” have been of interest with some of them of concern.


Only FYI and substantiation: my training/experience has been rather extensive both in years (13 in training and

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Could a SHTF event create a race war?

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The stock market has crashed. Grocery stores have closed. Gas stations have run out of fuel. People are growing more and more desperate by the day. Being in such a critical state groups begin to form. There are safety in numbers and people begin to hear of increasing violence. People no longer walk the streets by themselves as they are more likely to fall victim to violent crime.

What role will race play when things

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Condition Factor Monitoring Level raised to Level 4


Current CFM Level is “4” with a total Factor Level of:



Although I am not going to get into the specific equation which is used to arrive at the current score of “80” – the current score reaches that level due to several influencing factors including:

The conflict and apparent aggression by Russia in the Ukraine could cause an economic ripple across Europe and over to the

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…On Grief and Loss


The following is a guest post entry into our Survival & Preparedness Writing Contest.


Here’s another little chat on another subject that we all would like to ignore.

During the Vietnam war I lost close friends including my childhood friend that I joined the Marine Corps with. At that time in my life the rule of the day was “suck it up and move on” there was not time for grief or

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Video: When Will the SHTF?


This is probably one of the most asked and thought about questions by preppers all over as they consider their preps, finances, and plans. When will it all come crashing down? Will it ever? Do we have a year left? 5 years? 10 years? A discussion on this topic could go on for hours……



15 questions to answer about when the SHTF/TEOTWAWKI happens


“SHTF” can cover quite a wide range of possibilities but the bottom line is it will be life changing and dangerous. I am referring to a large “event” such as what happened with Katrina. Think “economic collapse” -type event.

Here we go….

Can you provide food and water to your family? What will you tell friends and neighbors that come knocking on your door when they have “needs”? When will you make the decision not

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Preparing & Reacting To Riots

Preparing & Reacting To Riots

by Irish-7, Editor at Large

Considering the recent acquittal of George Zimmerman in the high profile case involving the SELF DEFENSE shooting of Trayvon Martin, I thought it would be beneficial to go over some safety precautions and actions in event of potential riots.

My first piece of advice in preparing for possible civil disturbance or violent attack by a mob applies to more than

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Call to Action: July ’13 – Water

This is the third installment of a monthly series called “Call to Action”. Call to Action (CTA) is a monthly reminder to review one part of your prep’s and strengthen it.

Water is taken for granted in many countries – but especially in the United States. Most all have crystal clear water at the turn of a knob or the twist of a bottle cap. Just imagine if the water stops flowing and the

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Prepping: It’s a Family Affair

Prepping: It’s a Family Affair

by LM


As even the most seasoned prepper will attest to, the hardest part about preparing for when the SHTF is often trying to communicate how important this is to our families. At best, they may not understand. At worst, they may turn away from you completely – even if what you’re doing is in their best interests.

It’s understandable that people may not recognise a danger until it

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….On Education

….On Education


I’ve been involved in this game for a lot of years and I didn’t get here by accident. I am a big proponent of READING, something our society particularly our young seem to have an aversion to.

Many different writers have guided my philosophy over the years, Both fiction and non-fiction. The fiction writers, such as Jerry Pournelle: Lucifer’s Hammer, Robert Heinlan: Stranger in a strange land, and Frank Herbert; Dune series

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F. J.


Everywhere you look there are references to bartering, and how it will be an asset when shtf.

But why not use bartering now before the shtf to help enable you to get prepared?

Bartering is, by definition a system of exchanging goods and services without the use of currency.

Let’s face it, when the shtf there won’t be many people with any money to get what

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Guest Post: The 3 5’s……….


The 3 5’s


We know that in the aftermath of any major event like a hurricane or even some riot brought on by a political differences, society tends to fall apart. Once that happens, we know what comes next. This is what is known as the 3 5s. Check out how this law has played out in real life scenarios.


3-5 Hours Looting Happens

Within three to five hours of an incident,

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MSO featured in new website………

ModernSurvivalOnline participated in a questionnaire over at Proper Survival. 20 fellow bloggers provided their favorite preparedness tips.

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Video of the Week: Prepper Basement Subpart – Medical


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Video of the Week: The Coming American Civil War


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YouTube Video: World War 3 : U.S. Steps up Surveillance as North Korea unveils KN-O8 Missile

Never to be dismissed….North Korea continues their threats as well as efforts to develop weapons systems to put its neighbors and the rest of the world at risk.

– Rourke



Guest Post: Disposal of Human Corpses Part One

Disposal of Human Corpses Part One

by Harry


The radio next to Brandon’s sleeping bag squawked bringing him instantly awake. He heard his oldest son, “Dad, Dad, we have visitors, lots of them, and they are armed”. For several weeks he had observed a number of roving bands scavenging in the neighborhoods at the base of the hill. Brandon had quietly observed the rising pyres of his neighbors’ homes

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Guest Post: You Can’t Take It With You

“You Can’t Take It With You”


If you care about your own survival and your family’s welfare then the only rational solution is to be prepared and capable of providing for your own defense. It doesn’t matter if the ultimate threat comes down to a localized disaster, like Katrina, or worldwide SHTF scenario… the only threat that matters to YOU is the one at your front door, right now. Everything else is

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