Author Archives: Thoreau

Job Opportunities when the SHTF

A SHTF scenario implies substantial changes to society due to a disaster from nature or human events. Possible SHTF scenarios include: failure of the economy, severe disruption in food production and distribution, collapse of the power grid, breakdown of law … Continue reading

An Excellent Solar Oven for Survival

A new solar oven has been designed and offered as a Kickstarter project: GoSun Grill. The oven features a large heat-resistant double tube with a vacuum for insulation, and a parabolic reflector to focus the sun’s rays on the tubular … Continue reading

10 Disastrous Effects of the California Drought

I was talking with Butch, co-author of this blog, about the drought in California. And we began to realize how the continuation of this drought over the long term could set-up a series of catastrophic events. I think most people … Continue reading

Passenger Planes now vulnerable to Internet Hackers

News agencies throughout the world are reporting on the vulnerability of new commercial passenger planes to hacking, malware, and terrorism. What is the cause of that vulnerability? The on-board system allowing passengers to access the internet. That system is directly … Continue reading

Will the Gov’t eventually ban Lead Bullets?

I mean, if they don’t ban all bullets of all kinds. I have nothing against those nice all-copper Barnes hunting bullets, and similar rounds from other bullet smiths. But there’s no good all-round replacement for lead. The density of lead … Continue reading

Zombie Apocalypse Prank

Here’s how it works: A large group of people make themselves up to look like Zombies. Then they travel in a group, terrorizing unsuspecting citizens, scaring the hell out of them and chasing them, while behaving in a very threatening … Continue reading

Panic Buying when the SHTF

1973 was a year of real shortages. In December of 1973, a Wisconsin congressman put out a press release warning of a possible shortage of toilet paper within a few months. Few took notice. Then Johnny Carson used that news … Continue reading

Turn Your Car or Truck into a Practical Survival Vehicle

There’s an older post over at Jalopnik: The Ten Best Post-Apocalyptic Survival Vehicles. Fun and amusing, but not practical. So, what practical steps can a prepper take to turn an ordinary car or SUV or pickup truck into a survival … Continue reading

Simple Defenses against Home Invasion

I recently read a post at TTAG on a home invasion in Oklahoma. The resident repelled the assailants with his firearm. He and his wife were unharmed. But things could have gone very badly. But I’m wondering what else can … Continue reading

Prep-Blog’s most popular Past Posts

Here’s a quick list of our most popular posts from past months and years. 1. Which Martial Arts are best for Self-Defense? 2. Top 5 Inexpensive Guns for Home Defense 3. Lever-action Rifles for Hunting and Survival 4. Fish Antibiotics … Continue reading

Fish Antibiotics for Human Use: Pros and Cons

Many preppers buy and store “fish antibiotics” for possible human use when the SHTF. The idea is that a disaster may make the usual means of health care unavailable for an extended period of time. A person who is sick … Continue reading

Off-road Motorcycles for when the SHTF

The best vehicle when the SHTF does not necessarily have 4 wheels. A motorcycle has certain advantages over a jeep or pick-up truck or sedan. When there is a severe traffic jam, due to an evacuation, a motorcycle, with its … Continue reading