Author Archives: Thoreau

Survival Scenarios: Hunkering Down with Coworkers

This is a plot for a horror movie, if ever there was one. Some SHTF disaster traps you at work, for an extended period of time. You are stuck in the same room or building with your co-workers and bosses … Continue reading

Prepping for Air Quality Problems

A recent news article on massive smoke and haze from fires in Indonesia got me thinking about how similar problems might occur in the U.S. and what we might do about it. “Toxic fumes from the Indonesian fires that have … Continue reading

Leaf Protein Concentrate – a survival food

The leaves of many plants are a good source of protein: amaranth, spinach, lettuce, kale, alfalfa, as well as the leaves from plants that produce other edibles: beans, grains, sweet potato, etc. The main problem with leaves as a protein … Continue reading

The Real Trade-off in the Privacy vs. Security debate

Since 9-11, political commentators have been discussing the relationship between privacy and security. Should the government be given greater ability to intrude into our private lives, in order to keep us safer? And, alarmingly in my view, more than a … Continue reading

Someone Is Learning How to Take Down the Internet

I regularly read different news and commentary sources that are relevant to prepping. One such resource, which is perhaps not so well-known among preppers, is a blog by Bruce Schneier: Schneier on Security. He covers new types of computer and … Continue reading

Survival Scenarios: Driving after the SHTF

Driving is so simple and relatively safe nowadays. But after the SHTF, that could all change. Desperate people do desperate things. Law and order could breakdown, leaving motorists to fend off criminals without much help. Visitors to the Summer Olympics … Continue reading

New Prepping Website: Future Danger

I happened across a new prepping website, Future Danger, which links to a myriad of different news stories of interest to preppers and survivalists and other concerned human beings. Nice layout. Easy to navigate. The links are categorized by topic. … Continue reading

Surviving Hurricane Hermine

Hurricane Hermine came from the Gulf, across Florida, then up the eastern seaboard. It is now bearing down on New England, where I currently make my abode. The storm has weakened now, to become a Post-Tropical Cyclone, whatever that means. … Continue reading

Survival Scenarios: the city apartment dweller

As I’ve opined in past posts, rural living lends itself to prepping and survival more so than urban or suburban living, especially when the SHTF. But not everyone can move to a less populated area. What happens if you are … Continue reading

My Top 20 Survival Food Crops

In alphabetical order, not order of importance, here are my top 20 picks for survival food crops: 1. amaranth – high in carbs, a complete protein, high yielding, easy to harvest (no hulling). 2. beans – good source of protein, … Continue reading

Home Defense with the Heckler & Koch SP5K

The MP5K 9mm machine gun is renowned for its reliability, compactness, and light weight. HK calls it “the ultimate Close-Quarter weapon”. Well, it’s one of the top close-quarters weapons. And now there is a civilian legal version the SP5K pistol. … Continue reading

Indoor Survival Gardening

As I’ve discussed in previous posts, survival gardening when the SHTF is problematic. Thefts from a backyard garden or small farm will be rampant, and with each theft, you lose food, there’s damage to the garden, and you’ve lost labor … Continue reading