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A few days ago I was enjoying a Butterfinger chocolate bar when I noticed one of my back molars felt really sharp and sensitive.  I could not see all the way back there but it felt like I cracked a filling.  It was a weekend so the dentist office was closed.  I endured a weekend of pain and not being able to chew my food properly.  That Monday I called and made an appointment.  It turns out I lost the entire filling, and the tooth was too damaged to fill back up.  Bottom line:  I needed a new crown made or I will lose the tooth.  I guess I did  not have much of a choice at this point.   Unfortunately, my dental plan only covers a fraction of the cost of a crown, leaving me with a large chunk of an unbudgeted expense.

There is never a convenient time for this to happen.  I was annoyed this didn’t happen last year when I had better dental coverage.  I was also kicking myself because the dentist had recommended I replace the filling with a crown last year.  On the plus side, it could have happened at an even worse time.  It would be very bad to break a filling or crack a tooth during a disaster when there is no one around to fix it.  Same goes for other medical issues:  certain things may not bother you now, but they can be much worse if something like your back or wrist or ankle were to give out right when you are in a middle of a disaster like a hurricane or earthquake.  Even if a disaster does not happen, it would be bad to have any medical or dental emergency if your employer were to cut benefits or if you become unemployed.

Assemble a dental emergency kit

Just in case, include a dental emergency kit in your first aid supplies.  If you want to assemble your own, here are some suggestions:

I learned it’s not a good idea to put off needed dental or medical procedures.   I think while I am at it, I will line up doctor, dentist and optometry appointments for the entire family before the end of the year.

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I was on a social media group and the discussion wound it’s way around to the idea that cattle will be plentiful and easy to take for food if we end up in a Stuff Hits The Fan (SHTF) situation Without Rule Of Law (WROL).

Since it’s a closed group, I’m not going to include the questions as they were written by others, but I will share with you a version of my responses.

These are not exact quotes of me or of the original questions, but this does let me share my points.

Let me be frank, there is not some vast “future cattle rustling” movement in the prepper community, this is one of those things that came up in a discussion and I just thought it was a fun topic to contemplate on a late winter day. Sometimes it’s fun to let the mind wander.

Since there are so many cattle, they will be available for the taking?

My answer? It depends on how long you want to live before a farmer, rancher or one of their family members / associates / neighbors take you out.

Right now, when the S has not HTF, cattle are very valuable and while it may look to somebody who doesn’t ranch like they are left on their own to take care of themselves, it only SEEMS that way.

If the stuff that comes out of the hind end of a bovine impacts a rotary oscillator, they will be even more valuable, and even more watched and guarded.

Cattle rustling – wild west style?

In a SHTF situation anybody caught rustling livestock (which is what you would be doing if you kill somebody’s property) would be shot on sight… and country boys and girls can shoot a long, long way with their scoped bolt actions.

That is assuming you make it out into the country where most of the cattle are. We’ll come back to that in a bit. 

The idea of sneaking onto a property and taking a cow down may sound easy, but if the SHTF and people start trying it, I’d estimate a raid-survival attempt rate under 50 percent.


I think a lot of people don’t realize that farmers and ranchers see NO difference between somebody breaking into their house to steal food out of their kitchen and somebody crossing a fence line to steal food away from their children’s future. Somebody breaks into your house to steal your food? You are going to shoot them, right? Somebody comes onto a farm or ranch? Well… there’s lots of room to dig holes for rustlers’ bodies.

But It’s a numbers game, right? 

One of the forum users made a good comment, talking about it all being a numbers game. You have one old farmer (many farmers are in their 70’s and 80’s) and his family to protect a huge amount of land… and there may be hundreds of hungry people raiding the farm in a total Without Rule Of Law situation. 

That actually makes a lot of sense, especially with cattle being raised close to cities (say within an hour’s drive). But once you get past that, get off the main roads onto the blue highways, county roads and onto gravel, things change quickly. 

It all comes down to “where are the cattle?”. As silly as this sounds, they are in the country. Not the country next to the city, but the REAL country. 

Country roads, take me home, to the place I can steal cows… 

Bear with me.

How do you get to the country to steal cattle?

Well, the only way you can hope to transport something as big as as meat from a dead cow is in a vehicle. So you have to drive out into the country.

I live in the country, where the sounds I hear are the birds and the animals. I can hear a car coming while it is still two miles down the road.

People from the city who are visiting us at our cabin are often freaked out by how “quiet” it is. If a vehicle coming down a gravel road, I can see the dust plume from more than 2 miles away winter or summer, unless it’s been raining. If it’s been raining, that’s a whole different level of fun for people not used to driving on mud roads… and we will still hear them coming.

At night, they will either be driving in with lights, or they will be driving down a country road without their lights on (one that likely has barricades if the SHTF). In this type of situation, there WILL be barricades.

Bridges will be blocked.

We know who belongs

Here’s what else I know… I know who belongs on these roads, and who doesn’t. I know what my neighbor’s vehicles look like, and I know who has business being out in the fields.

Here’s the reason stealing cattle is a bad plan for survival.

It’s not the farmer who’s being attacked that you have to worry about, it’s his 30-50 or so neighbors and their families that’s the problem.

Unless you are driving down the road in an MRAP (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected) vehicle you aren’t going home. Lots of people have the image in their mind of solitary old farmers out there with their old double-barrel smoke-pole, sitting on the front porch of their run down houses while somebody plays a the theme from Deliverance on the banjo. 

In reality? Not so much. For one thing, the 70-year-old may own the farm, but most of those animals out there are belong young men and women who are renting the land. Sure, Tom may still run a few head to keep the freezer full and give him something to do with his time, but the truth is livestock farming and ranching is hard work, and it’s a young person’s game.

One thing the old rancher and farmer does know, however, is who his neighbors are. He knows their children, and he knows the folks from town. He knows who belongs, and who doesn’t. 

Let’s say our cattle rustler does find an unmonitored field

Let’s say he’s driving along in his vehicle, finds some animals, and after watching for a while he decides he’s in the clear to “harvest” a steer.

Out comes the gun, he draws aim on the perfectly stationary, stupid steer, and puts one in the brain pan. The steer drops in it’s track as the crack of the shot echos through all around the neighborhood.

Now what? Well, our rustler now gets to find a way to get his vehicle through the fence, and field dress a steer that weighs in at half-a-ton, all while keeping watch knowing that the crack of a rifle can be heard for miles. 

I think we know this isn’t going to end well for somebody… and I doubt seriously it’s the rancher who’s land the rustler is on.

Take it from somebody who once worked at a slaughterhouse, it’s a lot… and I mean A LOT… of work to take a steer and turn it into something you can put over a fire… it’s not a 5-minute job, more a “many-worker-hours” job, especially when you are talking about doing it out in a dirty cow lot or pasture. 

The Golden Horde of cattle rustlers

A staple of prepper fiction and of much debate is the idea that there will be a “Golden Horde” of looters coming out of the cities and suburbs, walking out to act like locusts in the countryside.

While I personally don’t see this as a high probability event, let’s assume for the rest of this article that it indeed happens.  

I don’t find a lot of examples of this type of “Golden Horde” activity in recent world history, but let’s assume it’s accurate. Let’s assume the collapse scenario we’ve all read about in prepper fiction actually happens, the cities dissolve into chaos, people engage in social unrest and riots, the whole nine yards.

Most people still won’t leave. I would be surprised if we don’t all agree on that. People will stay even if they are unprepared, waiting for “somebody in charge” to save them.

Forward thinking people (like, for example, preppers) will have their plans in place to deal with situations as they arise, but for most of the people? Well… I think we know what happens to them.

Green Acres is the place for me

SHTF WROL within an hour’s driving radius of any large city? Well, it’s going to be a heck of a mess.

That’s one of the many, many reasons I don’t live within a four hour drive of any of any significant size.

As things break down, people would leave by car and then by foot. Sound about right?

Let’s look at 3,000 of our fellow Americans hitting that old highway

First, 3,000 is a random number, it could be 30 or 300 or 30,000, the logic works the same.

How can a farmer or rancher stand up to 3,000 people? 

Well, 3000 people-turned-locusts would be a real problem… but as we’ve seen in mass evacuations throughout the ages, people don’t tend to turn off the main roads, they tend to group together and stay on the main roads.

I’m going to use St. Louis as an example, but this could be any city in America. I happen to live in Missouri and know this area better than elsewhere, so roll with it. I’ll help but showing a map.

Let’s get them all the way out of the city before we let them branch out. We will take those 3,000 people and put them on Interstate 70 at Wentzville at the intersection of Hwy 61.

OK, now that we are in Wentzville, which way to we go?

Which way do they go? North up 61? West towards Columbia, MO? North towards Hannibal? One thing to keep in mind is that we are already 25-40 miles out (41 miles from downtown, 25 from the burbs).

Since the narrative is the Golden Horde walking out of St. Louis with all of their survival posessions, we are assuming they are walking. Now 25 miles is more than a lot of people CAN walk, especially with stuff.

We are in Wentzville, so what happens to our 3,000? Half decide to go west, half go up Highway 61 towards Hannibal.

 Of the 1,500 that head west, how many get off at the next intersection, Z, the one that heads down towards New Melle and Wine Country?

How many keep going? How many turn off at Forestell about 6 more miles down the road? Of those, how many go north on HWY W? How many go south?

Of those that go south, a couple of miles down that road you hit the intersection of N and OO running east and west. Of those people, how many go in each of the three possible directions.

That 3,000 becomes 1,500 at a major intersection but do they get off the main road?

There’s a lot of intersections between Wentzville and NE 45th Avenue in Grundy County

Where I’m going with all of this is that yes, next to a city you will have chaos no doubt, but every road that branches off either thins the herd or they keep on the main road until they hit the next big city town… for example going north it would be Moscow Mills, then Troy, the it’s a LONG way to Bowling Green, then Eolia, Hannibal, Quincy, etc, hitting intersection after intersection all the way out.

Sooner or later (probably sooner) bad things will happen to people who are doing this, simply because there’s no way the people of a town like Hannibal (which could just block the bridges) will let a mob wander through.

Again, you make good points but there’s a reason I think if people need to bug out, they need to go immediately and get to where the food is and start becoming a member of the community there. Your mileage may vary, and this is just one person’s opinion; it doesn’t mean I am right.

What about armored bands of looters in vehicles?

Fun fact, in Missouri (again I’m using my home state) there are over 10,400 bridges in the state, each and every one of which could be roadblocked.

If there were bands of armed looters running around, I’m pretty sure communities all over the state would throw up roadblocks and shut that stuff down. Pretty darned sure they would.

So what do you think?

Is ole Salty full of beans or making sense? 

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Choosing a good gun to protect your family and property is one of the most important things you can do to prepare for a SHTF scenario. There’s no use spending months or years preparing for your survival if a small, even unarmed mob or single individual can easily get into your home or garden unchallenged to steal your food and resources. Guns are also useful for hunting, of course, another important survival activity that you should balance your survival goals with when choosing a firearm.

There are many guns that are perfect for home defense and security in such a scenario, along with being suitable for hunting, but there are also many guns that just don’t cut it due to factors such as limitations in stopping power, limited ammo capacity, poor reload times, or lack of reliability, among other factors. Some of these guns may even be okay as a backup weapon, but to rely on them as your singular gun in the event that the SHTF is simply not smart.

Without further ado, here is a list of the top 6 popular types of guns not suitable for SHTF:

1. Single Action Revolverssingle action revolver

Single action revolvers lack both the power and reliability of double action revolvers and semiautomatic pistols, if we are comparing handguns. Slow reload times are also a weak point of these firearms since you must manually remove each shell casing once spent. Combined with the fact that you need to manually cock the hammer for every single pull of the trigger, you can see why these weapons are a poor choice for a SHTF gun.

2. Oversized Revolversoversized revolver

Overly large revolvers, usually designed for hunting, while not lacking in the power department can actually be inappropriate and even dangerous when used indoors in home defense. They would be excessively noisy if shot indoors (potentially damaging hearing, a very important sense for survival purposes), while also being hard to control during a rapid-fire gunfight due to excessive recoil. Increased flash and muzzle blast may also blind you in an indoor gunfight, particularly in a low-light situation. Finally, their power may prove dangerous indoors as although they may take someone down, it is probable that bullets may penetrate right through an intruder, interior and exterior walls, endangering the lives of your family in other rooms or outside. Guns in this category include the .44 Magnum, the .454 Casull and the .500 Smith & Wesson Magnum, for example. Consider instead a small or medium framed revolver or center-fire pistol with 9mm or .35 caliber, or a .38 special cartridge.

3. Pocket Pistolspocket pistol

On the other side of the spectrum are another class of guns not suited for a SHTF scenario for the opposite reason: too little power. Pocket pistols or pocket guns are simply small guns that fit in your pocket. Although they may be useful as a backup firearm, or as a concealed weapon during outings when the SHTF societal breakdown hasn’t entered full swing yet, under-powered guns such as Ruger LCPs or Kel-Tec P-32s have very short ranges, high recoil for their caliber (limiting fire rate and accuracy), and not enough stopping power for home defense or hunting purposes. Instead of these under-powered class of firearms, go for a good semiautomatic pistol.

4. Bolt Action Hunting Riflesbolt action rifle

These weapons can be a good choice for hunting game, but they are certainly not suited for home defence. The problem is this class of firearm has a long barrel that makes them difficult to utilize effectively indoors, while also requiring the user to manually eject spent casings and load new rounds after each pull of the trigger. Further, just as with overpowered revolvers, they can endanger family members by over-penetrating targets, while also presenting the same problem of too much flash and potentially damaging noise.

5. Single Shot Shotguns or Riflessingle shot rifles

Many of these class of firearms contain chambers for .22 LR cartridges, or in the case of shotguns, 20-gauge shells, and because of this they will lack the stopping power needed for home defense, particularly if there are multiple targets. Their real drawback, however, is their lack of an internal magazine, limiting them to one shot before needing to be tediously reloaded. A pump action shotgun, by contrast, prevents the need to take your attention away from your (probably moving) target to reload after every shot. A word on auto-loaders vs. pump action shotguns: pump actions are relatively inexpensive, simple, reliable, and will work with almost any shotgun ammo. Semiautomatic shotguns have less recoil, but are not as reliable with certain ammo and can be more complex, thus reducing reliability, especially if not kept very clean and well-maintained.

6. Military Surplus Gunsmilitary surplus

Although not a specific class of weapon, it is worth mentioning that military surplus weapons such as those from World War eras may be cheap to acquire, but they are simply not made for home defence given that most were designed for open battlefields. Further, reliability may be a problem in some cases, and modern weapons have many advantages over older weapons given the simple fact that technology has progressed since then. If you are on a very strict budget, and must defend open space, these might be worth it until you get a modern gun, however.

What is the best gun for a SHTF scenario then?

Some will argue that a semiautomatic pistol or rifle, or even a pump action shotgun is the ideal weapon for home defence. Keep in mind too that a rifle or shotgun may also double as a hunting weapon. You may therefore consider getting both a pistol and a rifle or shotgun to get the best of both worlds, but you should also consider where you store the weapon in your home in the event that you need to quickly retrieve it. It may be more realistic to keep a pistol in your bedroom if there are other rooms around you with family members who you want to make sure don’t suffer the consequences of an overly powerful rifle or shotgun, for example, while your rifle may be elsewhere in the home so that you can respond quickly to a potential home invasion no matter where you are in the house. Keep in mind as well that a shotgun is more forgiving with aim, and even if you are a great shot, this could change in a high stress circumstance. Of course, with any weapon you must practice, practice, practice, and it can’t be stressed enough that you must consider your defence plan so as to avoid friendly fire in the event of over-penetration into adjacent rooms. Locking your weapon appropriately, and hiding it well from children is also of critical importance so that you still have a family to protect if a time comes when you need to defend your home.

In conclusion, when choosing a type of gun suitable for SHTF scenarios, avoid the above types of guns that are not suitable for SHTF and go for either a small or medium framed revolver, a pump action shot gun, a semiautomatic pistol chambered for .40, 9mm or 10mm auto cartridges, or something like an AR-15 rifle with a short barrel for better maneuverability.

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Here is a simple contest……..send me a picture of your SHTF “Go To” gun and the best one will win a case of MRE’s from MealKitSupply.com.

The collapse has happened. There is no rule of law. There are roving bands of brigands and gangs. What will you use to defend your family and supplies? I am not looking for a picture of your AR-15 leaning up against your refrigerator. Somehow make it unique and interesting. Set your entry apart from the rest.

Send your contest entries to emergencycd(at)gmail.com. Make sure to include the picture and tell me a little about why you have chosen this as your SHTF gun. Your description is part of the entry.

The contest will run from June 15th through July 15th. Each entry will be presented here on ModernSurvivalOnline. Anyone entering the contest must be willing to supply their name and address should they win the Case of MRE’ from MealKitSupply.com. Shipping to the continental USA only.

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I’d really like to participate, but with the gun climate being what it is these days, I think it would be in my best interest not to post pictures of my gun’s. You really dont know who could be monitoring this web site for content like that, or making a “list”. I think perhaps you might draw more people if you just posted the pictures annonymously or didnt publish which guns belonged to whom. That would create a safer environment for this type of contest.

Gary – you do not have to use your real name. Most everyone uses a name they come up with.

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It is another new year that brings along a list of new threats that could have a big impact on your life and your family’s.  When going into the New Year it is important to assess your preparedness plan to make the proper adjustments.  Things change and sometimes your preparedness plan needs to adapt to those changes when prepping for SHTF 2019.

If you haven’t developed a preparedness plan then you need to put together one immediately.  Trying to be prepared without a plan is like traveling to a destination without a map.  A preparedness plan is designed to be a guide to help you reach your overall goals.

This is why it is important to conduct a threat assessment to help you identify the most likely threats that are relevant to you.  If not, you may be preparing for threats that are not even likely to come your way.  (You can check out The Strategic Prepper eBook to learn how to conduct a threat assessment.)  However, I believe that there are a few threats that we will all face in the United States for 2019.  There are four different aspects of threats that we should take into consideration when prepping for SHTF in 2019.

4 Types of Threats to Consider When Prepping for SHTF 2019

1. Legal Threats

When prepping for SHTF 2019 you have to take legal threats into consideration.  One such legal threat that I believe will continue in 2019 will be continued pressure for more gun control.  This is important for us that believe we should have the right to defend ourselves not only from the crooked government but also the dumbass that tries to break into our houses and cause us harm.

Now that anti-gunners have gained some power back in the house you can expect a full-fledged assault on the second amendment.  House Democrats have made it known that it is their intention to press for more gun control and confiscations in 2019.  So that means it is going to be harder to obtain self-defense weapons in order to properly defend ourselves.

Even President Donald Trump is making a push for a ban on bump stocks.  Now, this isn’t a full blown gun confiscation.  However, if you give anti-gunners an inch then they will take a mile.  They will never be satisfied with just an inch.

Mitigating Legal Threats

As many of you know, I no longer support the NRA due to their lack of having a spine to stand for our rights. They bowed to the pressure of gun control seeking to make a compromise by supporting regulations on bump stocks hoping that they would be satisfied.  But of course, they are not.

So now my support is with the Gun Owners Association of America.  GOA has a proven track record for fighting for the second amendment. As a matter of fact, they have just recently filed a lawsuit against the call for a ban on bump stocks.  The constitution is clear that the government cannot infringe “i.e. regulate” our right to bear arms.

So when prepping for SHTF 2019, it is important to support organizations that stand for the second amendment. I recommend GOA but there are a few other organizations still out there.  We have to fight with the law and not against.

In the meantime, I believe it is important to stock up on weapons and ammunition. Now you don’t have to build a full arsenal.  However, you should have enough that will help you survive should SHTF.

2. Economic Threats

Another important aspect of threats to consider when prepping for SHTF 2019 is economic threats.  You probably hear a constant warning from fear mongers who proclaim that an economic collapse is imminent.  They proclaim that such an event will take America back into the pre-industrial times.

I can’t say that a full economic collapse is imminent for 2019.  However, there are indicators that we are on the verge of another economic crisis.  Such a threat is reminiscent of the crisis in 2001 and 2008.

There are a few reasons why I believe that we are on the verge of an economic crisis.  For one, hedge funds are having their worst year since the 2008 crisis.  Also, household debt recently hit $13.5 trillion which is another record high.  There are a few indicators but these two are typically the most important indicators of our economic health.

Mitigating Economic Threats

Even if you believe that President Trump is our savior you still need to be prepared for such an event.  Yes, you will need the foundational elements of preparedness like food, water, shelter, and security.  However, being financially prepared will increase your survivability in 2019.

You need to have your debts paid off and own some assets.  A really great and easy to access type of asset is silver bullion.  It is currently, as of today’s date, is at one of the lowest prices it has been at in years.  This typically happens right before an economic crisis.  I have talked about the importance of building a stockpile of silver previously so I’m not going to rehash that here.

However, silver always stays consistent with inflation.  That makes it a great hedge and a form of wealth protection during a crisis.  One company that I always recommend buying from is SD Bullion.  I have been buying from them for years.  Not only do they have some of the lowest premiums but they have a low flat fee for shipping.  Many bullion companies will charge you higher prices for shipping as you purchase more.

3. Political Threats

It seems that the threat of nuclear war with North Korea has simmered for the moment. President Trump has made a big impact on the peace process that is currently happening with North and South Korea.  However, we are seeing tensions increase with Russia and China.

President Trump has threatened to back out of the Nuclear Arms Treaty with Russia.  Many believe that this is a response to the investigations that the president is facing.  Of course, Russia isn’t taking this lightly.  They have threatened that there will be repercussions if such a move is made.  Being that they currently have the biggest nuclear bombs in the world, I wouldn’t take that threat lightly.

On top of that, China is becoming irritated by the supposed trade war that is happening between our countries. China has one of the biggest armies in the world. On top of that, they are aligned with Russia. With that being said we should be prepared for possible war and on the extreme case, a nuclear fallout.

I would recommend researching if where you live is susceptible to such an attack.  For example, a major military base would make your city a potential target for an attack.  Not many of us are able to just get up and move.  However, you should look for ways to hunker down.  Maybe if you have a basement or live close to a shelter.  Then you should develop a preparedness plan should such an extreme event ever happen.

4. Social Threats

We are also seeing the media increase their efforts to continue to divide this country with race wars.  The media constantly pushes out news that they spin to broadcast how evil the white man is.  They also imply that all whites are racist which is simply not true.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I do believe that there are a lot of racist whites in the United States.  However, that doesn’t mean all should be labeled as racist.  But the media continues to spin this story to increase their click-through rates that bring in advertisement money.

We are even seeing divisions that are created by politicians.  Americans no longer support a political party because they agree with their political beliefs.  Instead, many Americans support a particular political party because of the people that they like or dislike.

For example, many people call themselves Republicans because they don’t like Hillary Clinton and the Obamas.  On the other end of the spectrum, other people call themselves Democrats because they don’t like President Trump.  So they will vote for these people purely based off of opinions that are typically fostered by the media.

As a result of this, I believe that we are going to continue to see social unrest and protests turning violent. So when prepping for SHTF 2019 we need to develop and practice being the grey man.  Situational awareness is essential but we also need to learn self-defense skills.  In order to survive a situation, you will need to know how to properly defend yourself.

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When you’re in a SHTF situation, the last thing you need to deal with is pain on top of everything else. From increased activity that most of us aren’t used to—chopping wood, traveling by foot, and tending to a full-scale garden, for starters—to lack of medical treatment if a new injury occurs or an old injury is aggravated, having effective painkillers in your stockpile is a must for any prepper.

The bad news is that obtaining painkillers from a doctor (especially for a “just in case” situation) is almost impossible, because most painkillers are considered controlled substances under federal law.

Because of their addictive nature, most doctors only prescribe these medications when necessary; so, if you do get a prescription for a Schedule II or Schedule III painkiller, it’s likely that your injuries were so serious that you needed the entire prescription and would not have had any left to keep for a SHTF scenario.

Some preppers try to circumvent prescription restrictions by ordering medications online. Because these sellers are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, taking these types of medications can be dangerous.

Without regulations, consumers can never be certain what kind of nasty surprise ingredients might be lurking in their pills.

The good news is that there are effective and inexpensive over-the-counter medications that you can easily stockpile for a worst-case scenario. Readily available at most pharmacies, these medications can tackle just about any type of pain:


Ibuprofen is a common over-the-counter medication that can help relieve many types of pain and a variety of pain-related symptoms. This wonder drug can help you eradicate pain from toothaches, headaches, arthritis, and muscle aches related to the common cold or flu.

Additionally, because ibuprofen is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) it can help alleviate fevers and swelling, in addition to pain.

Ibuprofen can also be used in conjunction with other medications to maximize pain relief. A recent study reported in the American Family Physician Journal found that ibuprofen plus acetaminophen was just as effective in relieving extremity pain as three different commonly used opioid and acetaminophen combinations.

The recommended dosage for ages 12 years and older is 400 milligrams every four to six hours as needed. It’s always best to take ibuprofen with food, as it can be an irritant on an empty stomach.


Acetaminophen (known as paracetamol in Europe) treats the same types of pain that ibuprofen does—headaches, toothaches, backaches, muscle aches, and others—but in a different way. This drug belongs to a class of medications called analgesics (pain relievers) and antipyretics (fever reducers).

While it is great for pain, unlike ibuprofen acetaminophen doesn’t target swelling and inflammation. On the other hand, acetaminophen is less irritating to your digestive system; if you are someone who suffers from ulcers, for instance, you may want to try acetaminophen first.

A word of caution: according to Harvard Health Publishing, over 600 different types of medication contain some amount of acetaminophen, and overdoses can easily occur when combining tablets with other common medications such as cough or cold medicines.

It is recommended that adults not exceed 4,000 milligrams of acetaminophen in a 24-hour period, to avoid damage to the liver and overdose risk.


Aspirin has some of the benefits of both ibuprofen and acetaminophen; it’s great for reducing fever, swelling, and pain from a variety of conditions such as headaches and the common cold.

In addition to being a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug aspirin belongs to a class of drugs called salicylates, which block natural substances in your body to reduce pain. The use of salicylates (which are derived from willow bark) dates back to 400 BCE when the Ancient Greeks chewed willow bark for pain relief.

As the most commonly used drug in the world, the wide availability of aspirin makes it an easy medication to add to your emergency preparations. Another reason aspirin is a great medication for your stockpile is that research suggests low doses can prevent blood clots, thereby reducing your risk of heart attack and stroke.

However, not everyone can take aspirin; children, hemophiliacs and those with conditions of the digestive system should avoid taking it.


Lidocaine is another wonderful multi-purpose over-the-counter drug. It has many uses, comes in many different forms, and is available under a variety of brand names. As a local anesthetic, lidocaine prevents pain by blocking the signals at the nerve endings in the skin.

As such, it provides fast and long-lasting pain relief; according to WoundSource (the definitive source of wound care information for professionals) within four minutes of application sensation is reduced, and the effects can last up to six hours depending on the dosage, making it ideal for reducing pain in a wound.

Lidocaine viscous topical treatment is great for sore mouths or throats. In its topical ointment or jelly forms it can be applied just about anywhere externally, causing numbness to combat the pain associated with minor burns, insect stings, poison ivy, poison oak, and cuts.

Other Over-The-Counter Medications For Pain In SHTF

  • Pain-relieving patches and gels
  • Sunburn relief spray
  • Burn cream
  • Stomach pain relief products
  • Children’s ibuprofen/acetaminophen

Expiration Dates?

While all of these medications are great options for pain relief, they lose their efficacy over time: these painkillers don’t “expire,” but they do weaken.

If the medications are stored improperly, or exposed to too much moisture, the decrease in their effectiveness will accelerate. To ensure that your painkillers are at their best, keep them stored in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight and avoid exposing them to moisture.

As Benjamin Franklin famously said: “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” You can reduce your likelihood of painful injuries in SHTF situations by becoming more active and beginning to do the activities—such as chopping wood, walking long distances, and carrying heavy objects—now so that the possibility of injury later is reduced.

Source: askaprepper.com

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The Best Methods for Identifying Wild Edibles

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How many times have you seen a plant or a flower and are unsure of what it is? I know I have.

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 In fact, I normally get really mad at my self because by my age I thought I would know quite a lot of them. Even with extensive studying of plants and foraging, you will still encounter plants you are unsure of. 

There are also dangerous lookalikes that can make identifying plants even harder! Some lookalikes can even be deadly, depending on the plant. So it’s important that we

Plant ID Apps

I found an app that you can download to your iPhone or Android device which can identify plants by working with images from a huge database collected through Plant Net users help to identify and add information about the quality of images and plants.

This app may just save your life if you find yourself lost in the wilderness. Imagine seeing berries not knowing if you can eat them, this app may just be your saving grace. I downloaded it and got great results.

Field Guides

The best resources of them all is a good field guide. The Peterson’s Field Guides are some of the very best and they have one that is built specifically for wild edibles.  

A small field guide can be carried in your pocket or backpack and referred to when you come across that hard to identify a plant. 

Foraging Classes 

Another means of learning your wild edibles is to look at attending some foraging classes. These classes are hands-on experience with an expert. You can ask questions and learn about preparations when you have an expert with you. 

It takes a lot of consistent practice and eating of these wild edibles to become an expert but that is well within your grasp. 


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We always talk about bugging out when the SHTF. It’s a necessity with certain disasters. But sometimes, it is best to stay where you are.

What happens when there is no need to evacuate where you are?

Going out may be dangerous…. then what?

Today we’ll focus on just that. What things you should focus on first if you need to hunker down.


You need to check to make sure your home is secured enough for you to be safe. Things like sliding doors are particularly vulnerable to intruders as is unlocked windows and doors. Make sure your shelter is as safe as it can be.

Also, try to keep items out of the way to keep a clear line of vision around your home, if possible. Secure garages and make sure it will be hard for intruders to break into.

Lastly, keep your prepping supplies in an area where you can get to it easily. If you have your prepping items in an area that could be completely closed off such as a detached garage or a climate controlled storage shed, move them quickly inside if possible.


Preppers are notorious for their food storage because it’s one of the biggest and most important concerns when the SHTF. Of course, we want to feed our families.

But I added this because a lot of preppers like myself forget to rotate my food out so it becomes expired or my wife needs something while cooking dinner and I give it to her out of my stockpile instead of driving to the store when I’m tired. (Come on guys, i know we’ve all probably done it!)

Remember to replenish what you have taken from your food storage, Keep up with expiration dates. Rotate them out. Do an inventory of your food to see what you are lacking.


Storing water is super hard to store because is heavy and you will need so much of it for each family member. Because of this, I lean more towards water purification.

One of my favorite is the Lifestraw from Vestergaard products. They are compact and the ultimate in water purification. Read the fine print however because even though most Lifestraw products remove viruses, some don’t. (Lifestraw Personal & Lifestraw Go do NOT). For prepping purposes, I recommend you use a larger water purification device that meets the standard EPA standard for removal of bacteria, parasites, and viruses.


OTC drugs will be few and far between when the SHTF. Buy up a stock of OTC drugs for pains, cold, allergies, and whatever else you think you may need while you can.
Prescription drugs can often be gotten in a 90 supply just by talking to your doctor.

As a reminder, keep all medicines in a safe place where children, teens and persons with questionable judgement cannot get to them.


Have a way to protect yourself if needed. For some that may mean having a gun or even multiple guns and for others in may mean a knife, or a bow & arrow. Hopefully you have multiple ways to defending yourself.

But just make sure you have at least one way of protecting yourself and your loved ones. If you have guns, make sure you have plenty of ammunition stored. Make sure again to keep these in a safe place away from children!


You need some form of light. It could be an LED or a rechargeable flashlight.  It’s important for security such as it’ll help you keep an eye out at night around the perimeters of your shelter.


One of the most overlooked things by preppers. You don’t want to just survive. You want to thrive in a SHTF scenario. The means having a way to unwind, some refreshment.

Play cards. Read a book. Play UNO or Monopoly. Play charades. There are several things you can do to get your mind refreshed and relaxed.

Final Thoughts

Remember to keep any harmful items such as medicines and weapons away from children and in a safe place.

We hope we have helped you prepare for if you ever do have to hunker down.

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The many survival uses of tarps when SHTF

A tarp is a versatile item, especially for SHTF situations. You can use it to make a shelter or to stay warm, among other things. (h/t to TheSurvivalistBlog.com)

Below are some of the various survival uses for tarp:

Tarp qualities to consider

There are different kinds of tarp, and it can be made of canvas, cloth, mesh, polyester, polyethylene, or vinyl.

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Consider the following before buying tarp:

  • Arctic flexibility – Arctic flexibility refers to tarp’s capacity to bend and flex in cold and wet conditions. Tarps that aren’t breathable may be dangerous, especially if you use one to stay warm. Non-breathable tarps may cause hypothermia.
  • Density – A denser tarp won’t let anything get through it. However, a mesh tarp is breathable and light. Even if some air can pass through, a mesh tarp can still protect you from debris and rain.
  • Fire retardant – Fire retardant poly tarps can reflect heat. All tarps are at risk of burning, but fire retardant tarps are safer to use.
  • Mildew resistance – This quality is important if you’re using the tarp in a damp or wet environment.
  • Tear/puncture resistance – A tear-resistant tarp can help prevent rips and tears that might compromise the protection of your food or gear. Constant exposure to the elements can make many tarps more brittle. You can use duct tape to patch holes or rips in your tarp.
  • UV protection – This is crucial if the tarp is often exposed to the elements. UV protection prevents tarp from becoming brittle when exposed to the sun or rain.
  • Weight – Vinyl tarps are generally heavier, and they are suitable for heavy duty tasks where you need to lift or carry the tarp frequently. A lighter tarp may be a better choice if you’re building a temporary shelter or collecting water.

Consider bringing these other items when camping so you can use the tarp for various survival purposes:

  • Cordage/paracord
  • Duct tape/tarp tape
  • An emergency Mylar blanket/a large wool blanket
  • Replacement grommets
  • Tent stakes

With your survival knowledge, some basic tools, and a tarp, you can survive the great outdoors even if SHTF.

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Survival books are one of the best investments you can make.

We try to pack as much information into our posts as possible – and you can use the search function to find guides on specific topics!

But unless you have easy access to alternative energy and off-grid internet, you’re going to want a mini library of survival books!

To help you out, we compiled a list of the best ones for you – 5 survival books to read before.

Where possible, we added links to Amazon Kindle versions too.

Make sure you know how to make a DIY Solar-Powered Cellphone Charger keep your Kindle device up and running if the power is out!

1. Bushcraft 101 – A Field Guide To The Art Of Wilderness Survival

SHTFBushcraft 101 is jam-packed full of useful survival skills to practice. No matter how long you’ve been a prepper (but especially if you’ve only just started), it’s a valuable resource to have.

There’s also an advanced version, Advanced Bushcraft: An Expert Guide To The Art of Wildnerness Survival, and the supplementary The Bushcraft Field Guide To Trapping, Gathering, and Cooking In The Wild.

Author: Dave Canterbury
Price: From $9.98
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  • Dave Canterbury
  • Adams Media
  • Kindle Edition

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2. Edible Wild Plants: A North American Field Guide to Over 200 Natural Foods

It’s always a good idea to know how to find food in the wild when SHTF before you try bugging out.

And with so many poisonous plants, Edible Wild Plants: A North American Field Guide to Over 200 Natural Foods is an absolute must-have survival book.

Authors: Thomas Elias and Peter Dykeman
Price: From $12.34
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  • Thomas Elias, Peter Dykeman
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3. Hawke’s Green Beret Survival Manual

The full title is quite a mouthful – Hawke’s Green Beret Survival Manual: Essential Strategies For Shelter and Water, Food and Fire, Tools and Medicine, Navigation and Signaling, Survival Psychology and Getting Out Alive!

But if you’re only going to have one survival book in your bag, then you won’t go wrong by making it this one. Yes, it’s a lot more expensive than the other books on our list, but it’s worth it.

Author: Mykel Hawke
Price: From $50 (used) or $358.26 (new)
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4. SAS Survival Handbook

This is the third edition of the SAS Survival Handbook: The Ultimate Guide to Surviving Anywhere, which includes an entirely new chapter dedicated to urban survival.

If the price for Hawke’s Green Beret Survival Manual scares you off for the time being, then this a fantastic alternative.

Author: John ‘Lofty’ Wiseman
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SAS Survival Handbook, Third Edition: The Ultimate Guide to Surviving Anywhere

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5. Build the Perfect Bug Out Bag: Your 72-Hour Disaster Survival Kit

We post a lot of guides on Building A Bug Out Bag. Some of our favorites include Building A Better Bug Out Bag and The Ultimate Bug Out Bag List For Every Survivalist.

A great idea would be to print the latter out and keep it in your copy of Build the Perfect Bug Out Bag: Your 72-Hour Disaster Survival Kit – which you should keep near your bug out bag, of course.

Author: Creek Stewart
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