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Should We Brace for Severe Winters Ahead?

You may have missed a few brief mentions of an emerging threat in the mainstream news: The face of the sun has gone mostly blank in the past few years, with an extremely low number of sunspots. There have only been sunspots visible on the the sun for 133 days in the past year. The last three solar cycles have become progressively weaker. There is now a legitimate concern that because there have been several very weak solar cycles in succession, that we could tip over into another Grand Solar Minimum (GSM). This potentially developing GSM could be something similar …

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Smoke Grenades – Any Utility?, by T. in Virginia

I’ve participated in a few discussions recently about the utility, if any, of smoke grenades and similar devices to an average person, or even a reasonably trained and equipped prepper, in a SHTF situation. There are certainly some valid points to both sides of the arguments. So, this short article is intended to share a few thoughts to help SurvivalBlog readers make up their own minds. Smoke grenade use generally falls into two areas— signaling or obscuration. Large scale smoke, such as from vehicle-mounted or stationary military-style generators, can also have other applications that are beyond the intended scope of …

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7 Best Tent Stoves To Make You A Winter Camping Hero

We are excited and honored to have been featured on Skilled Survival website with one of our products. They featured our 50BMG Rocket Stove in the “7 best tent stoves to make you a winter camping hero.” Here is the link to the article. Thank you Justin Jackson and his team for the feature.

7 Best Tent Stoves To Make You A Winter Camping Hero

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Library at the End Of The World.

Library At The End Of The World Library at the End of the World is hosted by noted survival and preparedness authority Jim Cobb. He's long been a fan of post-apocalyptic and disaster fiction and this show will focus on the books, TV shows, and movies that center on all the ways authors and directors have destroyed the world. We'll be talking about electromagnetic pulse, plague, nuclear war, alien invasion, zombie uprising, and so much more. Reviews, author interviews, even some real world survival and prepper tips along the way.

  • Library At The End Of The World - Episode #0
    on September 8, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    The Library at the End of the World is hosted by noted survival and preparedness authority Jim Cobb. He's long been a fan of post-apocalyptic and disaster fiction and this show will focus on the books, TV shows, and movies that center on all the ways authors and directors have destroyed the world. We'll be talking about electromagnetic pulse, plague, nuclear war, alien invasion, zombie uprising, and so much more. Reviews, author interviews, even some real world survival and prepper tips along the way. Fridays on Project Entertainment Network […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 1
    by Jim Cobb on October 20, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    In the premier episode, host Jim Cobb discusses his early discovery of post-disaster fiction and the influences on his own career as a disaster readiness consultant.  He also interviews Sharon Ahern, co-author of THE SURVIVALIST book series and learns how she and her husband Jerry plotted the stories, researched products that were featured, and just how much real life was inserted into those stories. […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 2
    on October 27, 2017 at 11:00 am

    In our second installment, Jim begins the show with talking about his theories on why end of the world fiction is so popular.  Then, the focus shifts over to prepper fiction, such as how it is different from other types of end of the world stories and what is the Prepper Fiction Checklist.  From there, Jim talks to popular prepper fiction author Franklin Horton, author of Borrowed World.  They discuss how that series began, what prompted the writing of the books, and how realistic the plot might actually be.  Jim wraps up with the Three Minute Survival Tip, this time discussing the importance of water. […]

  • Library At The End of The World - Episode 3
    on November 3, 2017 at 11:34 am

    In episode 3, The Road Warrior is on the menu.  Jim talks about the first time he saw Max and his sawed off double barrel shotgun and the impact it had on him.  Author Adam J Whitlatch is the guest this week.  His book, THE WELLER, is very much the literary equivalent of The Road Warrior.  Adam and Jim discuss the inspirations behind THE WELLER as well as the enduring popularity of post-apocalyptic books and movies. […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 4
    on November 10, 2017 at 11:00 am

    In our 4th installment, we're talking about Young Adult disaster fiction.  There's an awful lot of it coming out these days and much of it is quite good.  We touch on The Hunger Games and a couple of others.  Then, Jim interviews Mike Mullin, author of the Ashfall series, and among other things they discuss what happens when the supervolcano underneath Yellowstone National Forest finally blows? […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 5
    on November 17, 2017 at 11:00 am

    In episode 5, the focus is on post-apocalyptic communities. While the lone wolf Road Warrior is fun to read about, small villages and groups are interesting, too.  There's a lot to take into account when writing about a survival community, from the group's structure to division of labor.  Author Kristan Cannon joins Jim to talk about her Kingdom of Walden series, which focuses on a community in Northern Ontario after a major societal collapse.  Also, details on how to win the Library at the End of the World Shameless Bribe contest! […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 6
    on November 24, 2017 at 11:00 am

    This week's installment is all about movies.  The Road Warrior, Escape from New York, Exterminators in the Year 3000, the list of classics, some more dubious than others, goes on and on.  Jim chats with David J Moore, author of WORLD GONE WILD, the definitive guide to post-apocalyptic films.  Jim also reveals a helpful hint or two for those participating in the Library at the End of the World Shameless Bribe Contest. […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 7
    on December 1, 2017 at 11:00 am

    In this installment, Jim talks a bit about the different sorts of time frames or settings for post-apocalyptic fiction.  He then chats at length with Sean Ellis, author of CAMP ZERO.  They talk about that book, action stories in general, and playing in other creators' sandboxes.  And, of course the weekly Three Minute Survival Tip. […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 8
    on December 8, 2017 at 11:00 am

    PANDEMIC by Yvonne Ventresca is one of Jim's favorite disaster books.  While geared toward the Young Adult crowd, it isn't filled with fluff, rainbows, and unicorns.  Instead, we have the Blue Flu, a virus that leaves infected patients gasping for air.  This week, Jim sits down with Yvonne to talk about the book, pandemics in general, and why Young Adult disaster fiction seems to be all the rage. […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 9
    on December 15, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    This time around, we're talking about the theme of isolation in post-apocalyptic fiction.  Many stories and movies revolve around the "last man on earth" scenario.  Jim interviews Andrew Barker, a British filmmaker whose film A RECKONING is a brilliant portrayal of solitude.  And, of course, the weekly Three Minute Survival Tip, this week featuring a discussion on post-collapse barter & trade. […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 10
    on December 22, 2017 at 11:00 am

    Putting a paranormal slant on post-apocalyptic fiction isn't necessarily new but it isn't all that commonplace.  This week, Jim chats with Acacia Parker, whose book RECESS has an interesting combination of a journey through a ravaged world with decidedly paranormal elements.  For the weekly survival tip, we're talking about how to stock up on prescription medications. […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 11
    on December 29, 2017 at 11:00 am

    In this week's installment, we're talking a little about sailing, a little about wilderness survival, and a little about the end of the world.  Join us as Scott Williams tells us how he transitioned from writing survival manuals to engaging and entertaining novels and how he went from working with a traditional publisher to doing it all himself.  Plus, the Three Minute Survival Tip, this week featuring a quick discussion on emergency kits for the vehicle.&nbs […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 12
    on January 5, 2018 at 11:00 am

    This time around, we're talking about the ultra-violent and sometimes sleazy "men's adventure" post-apocalyptic stories.  The high-octane car chases, blazing gun battles, and more often than not a little eye candy waiting for the hero's return.  Eric Compton, reviewer of sits down with Jim to talk about the Outrider series by Richard Harding, one of their favorites of the men's adventure books from back in the day.  The Three Minute Survival tip after the interview is all about planning for communication during a disaster. […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 13
    on January 12, 2018 at 11:00 am

    In many dystopian tales, science is the culprit for the downfall.  Often, the eggheads were trying to make things better and it just didn't go as planned.  This week, Jim talks to Ashleigh Reynolds.  Her series, beginning with Paroxysm Effect, looks at what would happen if mankind had been freed of negative emotions and violence for decades, and then suddenly those feelings came rushing back at once.  This week's Three Minute Survival Tip talks about the importance of having comfort foods in the pantry. […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 14
    on January 19, 2018 at 11:00 am

    In this installment, we're finally discussing one of the most popular post-apocalyptic themes - ZOMBIES!  Allen Gamboa joins Jim to talk about his Operation Zulu series and undead fiction in general - why it is popular and how hard could it be to survive a zombie pandemic?  The Three Minute Survival Tip this week is focused on choosing a knife for your survival kit. […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 15
    on January 26, 2018 at 11:00 am

    In this week's episode, we spend some time with prolific author Boyd Craven.  He has written more than 30 books in just the last few years, with more on the way.  From EMP to gritty sci-fi dystopian tales, he covers them all.  Jim and Boyd discuss some of those stories as well as writing styles, survival advice, and the importance of hope in post-apocalyptic fiction.  The Three Minute Survival Tip this time around is about getting friends and family on board with prepping. […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 16
    on February 2, 2018 at 11:00 am

    Like the idea of mashing together the supernatural and the end of the world?  Be sure to check out this week's episode as Jim sits down with Josh Matthews, author of the Hell Gate series, to talk about what happens when demons from Hell invade our world.  The Three Minute Survival tip this week is on how to find and network with local preppers in your area.&nbs […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 17
    on February 9, 2018 at 11:00 am

    Some folks like their apocalypse filled with fantasy.  Others prefer a gritty, realistic look at what could happen and how it could all shake out.  This week, we're talking with Dave McIntyre, author of The Fall series as well as winner of Alone (season 2) on The History Channel.  We talk about the creation of The Fall series, the importance of realism in fiction, and some of his experiences during his 66 day stay on Vancouver Island.&nbs […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 18
    on February 16, 2018 at 11:00 am

    A slight change in pace this week as we didn't include an interview.  Instead, Jim gabs for a bit about his favorite post-apoc movies and why they are so cool.  The Three Minute Survival Tip this week is the importance of keeping your survival plans realistic. […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 19
    on February 23, 2018 at 11:00 am

    Authors and filmmakers have many visions of how societies may form and operate after a world-changing disaster.  Most often, it isn't a vision of sunshine and rainbows, either.  This week, we're talking with Barry Hunt, director of the independent film The Further Adventures of Anse and Bhule in No-Man's Land.  The movie is set many years after a major calamity and focuses on a small group of survivors who were children who have now grown up without the influence of adults.  The Three Minute Survival Tip this week is all about off-grid cooking. […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 20
    on March 2, 2018 at 11:00 am

    A little change of pace this week.  Instead of a book or movie, we're talking about a little card game called CONFLICTED!  Highly popular among the prepper and survival crowd, as well as with gamers in general, CONFLICTED is all about balancing your morals and ethics with your survival needs after a major collapse.  What would you be willing to do in order to survive?  Jim sits down with Shanna and Joshua Wiscombe, two of the people behind the scenes at CONFLICTED, to discuss how the game was developed, how it is played, and more. […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 21
    on March 9, 2018 at 11:00 am

    One interesting aspect of post-apocalyptic fiction is how one disaster can lead into the next and how characters deal with that.  Rarely is it just a single cause, such as a pandemic or nuclear event.  Instead, there is often a domino effect.  This week, we interviewed author DJ Cooper and talked about her Dystopia series, which highlights this domino effect as one disaster leads to the next.&nbs […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 22
    on March 16, 2018 at 10:00 am

    Let's say there were a global catastrophe of some sort.  What would descendants of survivors decades from now think about us?  Would they have been taught anything about their history?  In this week's episode, we talk with Matthew Cox about his book The Forest Beyond the Earth, in which a 12 year old girl discovers there's a world far beyond what she's known.  We also talk about Cox's Roadhouse Chronicles, filled with car chases, flying bullets, and other fun stuff. […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 23
    on March 23, 2018 at 10:00 am

    The mid-1980s was a fun time for those of us who were, and still are, fans of post-nuke action and adventure.  Mutants, gun fights, car chases, all that great stuff was available in spades.  The Endworld series by David Robbins was right there in the thick of it, though it had a few unique spins that served to separate it from the rest.  This week, I sat down with David and talked about Endworld, how his other series are connected to it, and some other fun stuff. […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 24
    on March 30, 2018 at 10:00 am

    Some authors want to entertain, others want to inform, and occasionally some do both.  Our guest this week is Sara Hathaway, author of the Changed Earth series.  She falls firmly into that third category.  Engaging stories with actual survival and preparedness information scattered throughout. […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 25
    on April 6, 2018 at 10:00 am

    Zombies have risen, once again, and threaten our very existence!  In this episode, we sit down with author Joseph Zuko, whose series The Infected takes an interesting look at the whole fast zombie vs slow zombie debate.  Let's put it this way, after hearing what he had to say about his series, I'm ready to give zombie fiction another try! […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 26
    on April 20, 2018 at 10:00 am

    After an absence last week, we are back!  This week, we're talking with Brian Parker, author of several books, both traditionally as well as self-published.  His Path of Ashes series has hints of the classic Swan Song by Robert McCammon and is definitely worth checking out. […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 27
    on April 27, 2018 at 10:00 am

    Community, either the continuation of an existing one in the face of disaster or the formation of a new one in the aftermath of collapse is a running theme in post-apocalyptic fiction.  This week, author Joseph Hansen joins us to talk about his Zombie Rush series.  The Three Minute Survival Tip this week is on researching government emergency plans. […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 28
    on May 4, 2018 at 10:00 am

    This week, we're talking zombies once again. Author Rich Baker joins us to fill us in on his Zed's World series.  We also talk a bit about making a living as a writer.  The Three Minute Survival Tip this time around is on choosing backup gear. […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 29
    on May 11, 2018 at 10:00 am

    Remember the Branch Davidian standoff in Waco, Texas?  Hard to believe it has been 25 years already.  Jerry Gordon's debut novel, Breaking the World, examines a slightly different version of the events we heard from the media.  What if the predictions by the compound's leader, David Koresh, came true?  What if the end of the world was truly coming as he foretold?  Three teens, all of them non-believers, learn the truth and fight to survive.  Then, the Three Minute Survival Tip discusses how to handle the aftermath of defending yourself in a violent encounter. […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 30
    on May 18, 2018 at 10:00 am

    No interview this week but a quick discussion about one of Jim's favorite post-apocalypse series from the 80s - The Warlord by Jason Frost.  Imagine California even goofier than normal, separated from North America by a series of quakes and covered in a dome of impenetrable chemicals and radiation.  Fun times, my friend, fun times.  &nbs […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 31
    on May 25, 2018 at 10:00 am

    Underground or otherwise hidden survival bunkers are a popular trope in post-apocalyptic fiction.  Often, it is what happens once the survivors re-enter the world at large that the fun begins.  The Children of Apis series features just such a story.  Author John Raposa joins Jim to talk about his series and more.  The Three Minute Survival Tip this week features a discussion on situational awareness. […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 32
    on June 1, 2018 at 10:00 am

    Beyond just the sheer body counts involved in world-ending catastrophes, horror and the apocalypse often go hand in hand.  Our guest this week, Jon Merz, has started a new series that illustrates what might happen if vampires were real and they brought about the downfall of society.  Then, for the Three Minute Survival Tip, Jim talks about the realities of using booby traps as security devices. […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 33
    on June 8, 2018 at 10:00 am

    Let's take a tour through the irradiated wastelands, shall we?  Don't worry, we'll be safe in our high-tech LandMaster vehicles, complete with 12 wheels, rockets, and more.  That's right, folks, it is time to visit Damnation Alley!  Join myself and my buddy Josh Haney from No Fate Survival as we talk about this true gem from the late 1970s.  The Three Minute Survival Tip this week talks about a few common prepper mistakes and what to do about them. […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 34
    on June 15, 2018 at 10:00 am

    Prepper fiction has become sort of the modern equivalent of the old "Men's Adventure" post-apocalyptic novels and series from the 1980s.  But rather than a nuclear holocaust taking out the country, it is usually EMP, though occasionally pandemics or terrorist attacks crop up.  My guest this week is Chris Weatherman, a.k.a. A. American, author of the Going Home series and sort of a founding father of the modern prepper fiction genre.  After the interview, stick around for the Three Minute Survival Tip, which is about preparedness prioritization. […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 35
    on June 22, 2018 at 10:00 am

    Zombies are on the menu once again here at the Library at the End of the World.  These aren't the run of the mill zeds, though.  Depending upon where they originated, they have different abilities and such.  Pretty interesting twist, actually.  Join us as author Brian King, writing as E.E. Isherwood, talks about his Sirens of the Apocalypse series.  Be sure to stick around for the Three Minute Survival Tip, too! […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 36
    on June 29, 2018 at 10:00 am

    This time around, we're talking prepper fiction again, but with a slight twist.  Imagine a story with all the drama and action, but without being bogged down by endless intricate descriptions of every piece of gear the characters use.  Patti (P.A.) Glaspy joins us this week to talk about her Powerless World series, her post-apocalyptic fiction inspirations, and the importance of writing about regular, everyday people.  The Three Minute Survival Tip this week is all about prepper tourist traps and how to avoid them. […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 37
    on July 6, 2018 at 10:00 am

    Listeners get to meet Pepper in this episode.  She's taking over Jim's hosting duties today as Jim's voice isn't doing well.  Our guest this week is Jeff Motes, who has written a series called Once Upon an Apocalypse.  What happens when those who prepare for the end of the world are put to the test when an EMP strikes?  Stick around for the Three Minute Survival Tip which is about why you should trust your gut. […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 38
    on July 12, 2018 at 5:11 pm

    Jim is back this week, having finally shaken off the Captain Tripps virus.  He is joined by L Douglas Hogan, author of the Tyrant series as well as Oath Keepers.  They talk about those books as well as prepper fiction in general.  Stick around for the Three Minute Survival Tip, this time discussing resource conservation in survival situations. […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 39
    on July 27, 2018 at 10:00 am

    What was the last post-apocalyptic story you read that was written solely or predominantly from the female perspective?  Yeah, I thought so.  Our guest this week is Shelby Gallagher, author of The Divide, the first in a planned trilogy called A Great State.  It is written from the perspective a single mom trying to keep her son alive as the world falls apart around her.  Stick around for the Three Minute Survival Tip, this week discussing the realities of planning for post-collapse bartering. […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 40
    on August 3, 2018 at 10:00 am

    This week we're delving into dystopian fiction.  Our guest is Alison Ingleby, a British author who has two books out so far in her Wall series.  Dystopian fiction might differ in subtle ways from post-apocalyptic fiction but they live next door to one another.  The Three Minute Survival Tip this week discusses the vital difference between preparing and improvising. […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 41
    on August 10, 2018 at 10:00 am

    We're visiting the dystopian genre again this week, this time a future where the very air has become poisonous.  My guest is Aaron Frale and his Atmospheric Pressure series will take your breath away.  Okay, yeah, that was admittedly REALLY corny.  The Three Minute Survival Tip this week talks about the realities of self-defense. […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 42
    on August 17, 2018 at 10:00 am

    Dystopia is on the agenda once again this week.  This time around, we're talking with Janet McNulty, who has written one full trilogy in this genre and has another in the works. Then, we move to the Three Minute Survival Tip, this week about feeding stray cats?&nbs […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 43
    on August 24, 2018 at 10:00 am

    What if you could eliminate any need for obtaining resources like food, water, and shelter?  You'd never have to worry about paying bills or finding your one true love.  The catch is you'd have to give up your physical existence and live out your life as a digital being.  If you refuse, you're hunted down.  Suddenly, doesn't sound quite so awesome, right?  That's the premise of Forced Conversion by Donald J. Bingle.  We talk with him about this book and his thoughts on the genre itself.  Then, we move over to the Three Minute Survival Tip, this week on learning basic navigation. […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 44
    on August 31, 2018 at 10:00 am

    A short episode this week, perfect for that quick bus ride to work.  Jim talks about some of his earliest influences, especially a few books by John Christopher, and how life often seems to circle back to things.  The Three Minute Survival Tip this week might be the most important one you'll ever hear. […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 45
    on September 7, 2018 at 10:00 am

    Most post-apocalyptic fiction is either focused on the disaster and immediate aftermath or the story takes place several decades or more later.  What about that middle ground?  How does society right itself and get back to some semblance of normalcy?  This week, we talk with author Deidre Gould who tackles those questions in her After the Cure series.  In the Three Minute Survival Tip, we begin the observance of National Preparedness Month. […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 46
    on September 14, 2018 at 12:03 pm

    We're talking zombies again this week, but these walkers are a little bit different than the typical ones we see in the genre.  Author Armand Rosamilia tells us about his Dying Days series as well as about the Project Entertainment Network, the folks who give the Library here a home. […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 47
    on September 21, 2018 at 12:08 pm

    This week, we're talking zombies with William Schlichter, author of the No Room in Hell series.  He's an educator and we had a really good talk about the genre as well as his books.  The Three Minute Survival Tip is a continuation of our honoring National Preparedness Month. […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 48
    on September 28, 2018 at 11:43 am

    This week, we're taking a stroll through history.  Post-apocalyptic fiction has been around far longer than many people realize.  Let's take a look at how we got to where we are today and talk a bit about the different sub-genres in the niche.  Then, in the Three Minute Survival Tip, we close out National Preparedness Month with some info that will help keep you and your family safe during emergencies. […]

  • Library at the End of the World - Episode 49
    on October 5, 2018 at 10:00 am

    Something a little different for our show this week.  A few weeks back, I was a guest on the You've Got to be Kidding Me podcast and had a great time with Tom and Skip on that show.  We decided we'd do a true crossover event and have them on my show as well.  We chatted about our favorite post-apocalyptic books, the genre as a whole, and had some laughs along the way. […]

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Fresh Ebola Outbreak Discovered In Sierra Leone

Fresh Ebola Outbreak Discovered In Sierra Leone

Updated July 26, 2018


A new Ebola virus has been found in bats in Sierra Leone, two years after the end of an outbreak that killed over 11,000 across West Africa, the government said on Thursday.

It is not yet known whether the new Bombali species of the virus — which researchers say could be transmitted to humans — can develop into the deadly Ebola disease.

“At this time, it is not yet known if the Bombali Ebola virus has been transmitted to people or if it causes disease in people but it has the potential to infect human cells,” Amara Jambai, a senior ministry of health official, told AFP.

“This is early stages of the findings,” Jambai added, calling on the public to remain calm while awaiting further research.

A health ministry spokesman and a researcher who worked on the discovery confirmed the findings to AFP.

Researchers who found the new virus in the northern Bombali region are now working with the Sierra Leone government to determine whether any humans were infected.

“As precautionary measures, people should refrain from eating bats,” Harold Thomas, health ministry spokesman told AFP.

The worst-ever Ebola outbreak started in December 2013 in southern Guinea before spreading to two neighbouring west African countries, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

The West African outbreak was caused by the Zaire species, which has historically been the most deadly in humans since it was first identified in 1976.

That outbreak killed more than 11,300 people out of nearly 29,000 registered cases, according to World Health Organization estimates.

The WHO declared the epidemic over in January this year, but this was followed by flare-ups in all three countries.


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Build a BOB by Jim Cobb

The goal of bugging out is to reach a safe location, such as your predetermined bug out location (BOL) as quickly, safely, and efficiently as possible. That could be considerably hampered should you end up lost along the way.

Part of bug out planning involves selecting primary and alternate routes to reach your destination. Those routes should be practiced, too, on a regular basis. Travel them during the day and at night, in all four seasons, so you can recognize landmarks and such easily. For many people, they already know the BOL area intimately as it is the neighborhood where they grew up or perhaps it is a favorite family vacation spot. Assuming the normal roads are available, they’ll have no problem finding their way there.

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Mental, Emotional, and Spiritual Preparation for Survival, by S.L.

What does it mean to survive? Obviously, humans have survived countless natural and man-made disasters and continue to survive and thrive on planet earth. However, in this blog, we are focusing on surviving a SHTF situation. We Prepare All around us we see our freedoms being eroded and many of our systems being corrupted. So we prepare. But for what? So many scenarios could play out– a false epidemic, fires (natural or man made), SWAT teams in the early hours in small communities where they can knock out power and cell, preventing us from spreading the alarm. And, there are …

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Guest Article: America Loses When The Trade War Becomes A Currency War, by Brandon Smith

There has been a longstanding narrative in economic circles that no matter what crisis occurs the U.S. dollar is essentially invincible. I have never been one to buy into this assumption. Reason 1: Because I remember distinctly just before the derivatives and credit crisis in 2007/2008 the majority of mainstream economists were so certain that U.S. housing and debt markets were invincible, and they were terribly wrong. Whenever the mainstream financial media are confident of an outcome, expect the opposite to happen. Reason 2: Because karma has a way of crushing grand illusions. When you proudly declare a Titanic “unsinkable,” …

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What Would a WROL World Look Like?

What are you prepping for? Is it a natural disaster like a wildfire, tornado or hurricane? Those are perfect examples of common events that occur every day. Nature has a way of dealing us unexpected circumstances from time to time and we, as humans try to roll with the situation as best we can. That is one of the benefits of prepping in that you are proactively planning for events, and the fallout of events now before you find yourself possibly affected by disaster. There are large and small examples of emergencies but prepping gives you a method of working through examples and making potentially lifesaving decisions all from the comfort of your computer or as in Sideliner’s case; the easy chair.

From a big-picture perspective we can look at regions where certain types of natural disasters are more common. If you live in areas where you have identified many potential risks as part of your prepping plan, some people advocate designing your own threat matrix. A threat matrix is really just a decision-making system where you assign a level of risk and probability to each disaster. This is supposed to help you decide which disaster is more likely or impactful to your life and thus should be worked on first. For example, California has routinely seen floods, earthquakes, mudslides, wildfires and you have to throw in the risk of blackouts, riots, nuclear fallout and most recently drought. You could line all of these threats up on a page, assign them a number and a risk and start making plans accordingly. Now that I think of it, why would anyone want to live in California anyway?

As a resident of California this might make sense because you have seen the first-hand effects of these disasters, but what if there was a different type of emergency that we haven’t really seen in this country before? What preparations would you make if you knew now that the FEMA tents weren’t going to be popping up, truckloads of relief supplies weren’t headed your way and that sooner or later scores of news media and Red Cross volunteers weren’t going to be descending on your town to document the devastation?

What would a WROL world look like?

WROL is a term that means Without Rule of Law. I don’t know who coined it first but it seems to accurately describe the worst type of scenario preppers imagine. A WROL world could spring up spontaneously or it could grow out of some relatively common natural disaster. To imagine a WROL world you would simply have to imagine no police, fire or ambulances coming to your aid. In a WROL world you would be on your own or left with your band of friends and neighbors to provide for yourself all of the services that are now gone.

If you look around you might have seen glimpses of a WROL world even if they are quickly controlled. Looting is an example of WROL behavior and so are riots. The two go hand in hand but the police rely on controlling the crowd to a large extent to keep these events from growing much larger than they are. If the police are not available or are overwhelmed, what happens then? When the rioters and looters don’t have any reason to stop the spread of rage and violence, what do they move on to next?

Imagine something as benign as the power grid failing for some arbitrary period. Let’s say a fluke takes out the power for the entire eastern seaboard for one month. This could be a terrorist caused outage, solar flare or some random chain of events that causes a domino effect of failures to equipment and systems. Imagine also that this happens in August and the east coast is also experiencing warmer than usual weather.

Without power, what could possibly happen in the US? Do you think riots would break out? Could you see looting of stores? Without power there would be no way to refrigerate food. You wouldn’t be able to pump gas, run credit card machines or ATM’s, air conditioners or ice makers. Cell towers would be ineffective. Would you be able to go to work? Not likely unless your job involved something manual that was completely not reliant on electricity or fuel. My job is 100% dependent on the internet and electricity. Public transportation would be down and even government services would be unable to help. So what would millions of hot, hungry and panicked people do?

What would you have to worry about in a WROL world?

Is this all a fairytale? Maybe. There are a lot of people who believe nothing bad like this will ever happen and that our way of life will keep on chugging along in more or less the same fashion it always has. I have said many times that I hope that is our shared reality, but I am planning for the chance that it doesn’t. My own threat matrix is my gut. You will find no shortage of people who say worrying about things like this is a waste of effort.

By very definition WROL means there is law and order so normalcy is pretty much out the window. With a failure like this there wouldn’t be enough police, National Guard or military combined to help everyone out. All of these soldiers, police and firemen would have their own families to watch over most likely and I could see many of them, if forced to choose between going to work stopping a riot or staying at home to defend their wife and kids would choose the latter. Again, there will be those who disagree and say that the professional soldier, police officer or fireman would never abandon their post and communities will rally together to take care of one another in times of crisis. Maybe when the crisis is over, but not while everyone is going through it.

What can you do now to prepare for WROL?

My WROL scenario above is relatively short-lived. There have certainly been natural disasters where the destruction caused power outages for a long time. In my example, presumably we would have half a country that could rally to help us but assume for a second help isn’t on the way. You are on your own for a month of potential lawlessness. Imagine a month of the Purge lived out in real life?

Limit your exposure

Who makes the best target? They guy right in front of you. If there is widespread violence being carried out in the name of rage or of need, stay far away from it. You don’t want to be anywhere near the chaos that is going on and it would be better to let it burn out as much as possible before it gets to you. In this case bugging out may be your best option so have a plan for that contingency in your back pocket. In my scenario you would have plenty of time to make that decision, but you should have prepping supplies together before the ability to acquire them has passed. This includes everything you need for food, water, shelter, security and hygiene for a minimum of 6 months. Start small if you have to.

Use the buddy system

If you do have to travel or bug out, you don’t want to go it alone. Someone needs to be there to watch your six and potentially pull you out of trouble. In a without rule of law world, I foresee deadly force as being much more prevalent and warranted if your life is in danger. I am not saying to go out and shoot people walking down your street, but if they are threatening your life then you have a choice to make. It is better to consider this now as opposed to in the moment even though I realize and admit that thinking about killing someone is a lot different from actually pulling the trigger.

  • Neighborhood watch on Steroids
  • Thinking of your neighborhood from a tactical perspective
  • Coordinating a neighborhood response plan

Keep an eye out

If there is a real threat of violence in your neighborhood, you won’t be able to simply lock the door and hope they will go away. If you haven’t already, post-event you should form up with your neighbors immediately to draw up plans for security and address any needs of anyone in your local group. Whatever you did or didn’t do before the event will need to go out the window if you want to survive. It takes more than one person to stand guard all night.

  • Protecting your family when the bad guys come down the street
  • Looter Defense Tactics

Arm yourself responsibly

And legally. I am a big advocate of responsible firearm ownership. This assumes you have the training and knowledge of how and when you should discharge that firearm in the course of defending your life. It has been said that the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun and I believe that. Just make sure you are the good guy in this situation.

A WROL world is what I envision as a mixture of a war zone and a mad-max movie rolled all into your favorite disaster flick. Essentially, I never want to go through anything like this but if something this catastrophic comes your way, you better make sure you have a plan and you are ready to go.

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Metal Art Now Available in Store Only

Metal art pieces now available to buy in store only.

We have for sale 2 Dragonflies. May be purchased together or individual. These pieces will rust throughout time. Handmade by our awesome welder. More pieces to come. Stop by and take a look. You can make a request for a certain item and he can try his best to make it for you. No guarantee.


940 S Pine St. #1

Burlington, WI 53105


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PGP for Preppers- Part 2, by Groundhog Gravy

We should be especially careful when communicating electronically: it’s little more than trivial for a government, a corporation, or even a couple of well-equipped criminals to intercept phone calls, emails, or text messages. This article explains how to use simple, secure tools that do only encryption and do it right. These are based upon a tool that is significantly better than the name suggests, Pretty Good Privacy (PGP), and offers excellent communications security for preppers. Part 1 covered PGP and how it is used. Now, we are continuing. Setting an Expiration Date Now that you have created a key, there …

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PGP for Preppers- Part 1, by Groundhog Gravy

Introduction We all have a need for private communication. Whether it’s details of our preparations that we want to share with others in a group, discussing tactics, carrying on trade, or any of a hundred other matters, we should be concerned about keeping our communication private. We should be especially careful when communicating electronically: it’s little more than trivial for a government, a corporation, or even a couple of well-equipped criminals to intercept phone calls, emails, or text messages. We can use encryption, which transforms data into a form that can only be read with a secret key, to help …

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Summer Series on Neglected Tropical Diseases: Shedding Light on NTDs


The chances are that if you turn on your television or scan your local news sources, you will hear about infectious diseases like HIV/AIDS, Ebola, Tuberculosis, Hepatitis and Measles. Now, can you say the same for Buruli ulcers? How about Guinea Worm disease? Chagas disease? Yaws or Schistosomiasis? Your response might not be as certain.


This is not because the diseases only infect a few people each year or are not as dangerous. Actually, combined, these diseases categorized as Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) impact more than one billion people every year [1]. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), NTDs include communicable diseases that exist in tropical and subtropical climates of nearly 150 countries, and mostly impact those living in poverty with close proximity to infectious vectors [1]. The WHO has created a roadmap to treat, prevent and eliminate the burden of NTDs, which includes five strategies of control: Preventative chemotherapy; Vector and intermediate host control; Veterinary public health; Intensified disease management; and Procurement of safe water, sanitation and hygiene [2]. The goal of incorporating these strategies is to reduce disease burden and eradicate at least two NTDs by 2020 [1].


As of 2017, WHO recognized 17 diseases as neglected tropical diseases [1,2], including:

  • Dengue and Chikungunya
  • Rabies
  • Blinding Trachoma
  • Buruli Ulcer
  • Endemic Treponematoses (Yaws)
  • Leprosy (Hansen Disease)
  • Chagas Disease
  • Human African Trypanosomiasis (Sleeping Sickness)
  • Leishmaniasis
  • Cysticercosis
  • Dracunculiasis (Guinea Worm Disease)
  • Echinococcosis
  • Foodborne Trematode Infections
  • Lymphatic Filariasis
  • Onchocerciasis (River Blindness)
  • Schistosomiasis (Bilharziasis)
  • Soil-Transmitted Helminthiases (including Ascariasis, Hookworm and Whipworm)


“Neglected” is a powerful word. Most of these diseases occur in areas of economic hardship, strife, and are just a small part of the challenges faced by the affected communities. Those most affected by NTDs have insecurities far beyond what we can effectively grasp in the majority of the United States. While the threat of disease is high, it is miniscule to the challenges of poverty, food insecurity, lack of medical care and poor sanitation. This summer, the Disease Daily will be hosting a Neglected Tropical Disease Series, where it is my goal to introduce you to these lesser-known diseases. The series hopes to raise awareness to their global impact. While NTDs might not be running rampant in your community, our global community is in need. Addressing NTDs requires awareness, policy changes, medical access and community support to provide the tools necessary for treatment and hopefully one day, eradication.






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Unexpected Hepatitis A Outbreaks Spread Throughout the U.S.


In 2017, several states have experienced acute outbreaks of Hepatitis A, namely Michigan, Kentucky, Utah, Colorado, and California. Each state varies in regards to outbreak onset and population affected, but one similarity has emerged among these states where those experiencing homeless and people who inject drugs (PWID) have been the largely affected population.


Hepatitis A


Hepatitis A is an infection caused by the Hepatitis A virus, and is typically transmitted through the fecal-oral route or consuming contaminated food or water [1]. Symptoms of the infection include fatigue, lack of appetite, nausea, diarrhea and jaundice; symptoms can last up to two months after the initial infection. Hepatitis A is a vaccine-preventable disease. These outbreaks have been severe, with over 80% of cases requiring hospitalization [2]. The specific strain of Hepatitis A virus (genotype IB) is not commonly seen in the U.S., but is rather common in the Mediterranean, Turkey and South Africa [10]. The initial source of the outbreaks among these states is unknown, but several states have linked cases serologically.


PWID are at increased risk of contracting hepatitis (A, B, or C), as it can be spread percutaneously [12]. Thus, it is impossible to ignore the role that the current opioid epidemic has played in the rise in Hepatitis A cases among PWID. In addition, those experiencing homelessness often have less access to clean toilets and handwashing facilities, and can be hard to reach when attempting to vaccinate [10], increasing likelihood of transmission.



State Outbreaks




Michigan began to see an unexpected number of Hepatitis A cases since August of 2016, and the outbreak has continued to present day. Almost 600 cases have been recorded, including 20 deaths [2]. This outbreak is nearly 10 times the amount of cases typically seen over this time period. No link to common sources of food or beverages has been found between cases, but a pattern has emerged where homeless people and PWID are at greatest risk for infection [3].




As of late November, 31 cases of Hepatitis A have been reported in Kentucky, a 50% increase from the average annual number of cases seen in the past decade [4]. No deaths have occurred due to this outbreak. 19 of the 31 cases have come from Jefferson County, which contains the city Louisville, and have also shown a pattern of homelessness and IV drug use among cases [4].




Since the beginning of 2017, Utah has reported 112 confirmed cases of Hepatitis A, 102 of which are associated with the current outbreak. The areas affected in this outbreak have reported around a 70% hospitalization rate for cases; however, no deaths have been reported [5]. Again, the populations largely affected in this outbreak are those experiencing homelessness and PWID.




The outbreak in Colorado has reached double the number of expected cases in 2017 [6], with a total reported case count of 62 [7], and one death [8]. Fifteen counties in total have been affected, with the greatest number of cases coming from the Denver and El Paso counties. Many of the Colorado cases have occurred among men who have sex with men (MSM) and homeless individuals, and two cases have been linked to the outbreak in California [9].




San Diego, Santa Cruz, and Los Angeles counties have reported an outbreak of Hepatitis A within California. Within these three counties, there has been a total of 672 cases reported, 430 hospitalizations (64.0% hospitalization rate), and 21 deaths [10]. The California Department of Public Health reported that the majority of patients in this outbreak are experiencingare homeless ness or IV drug users. The outbreak in California is the largest Hepatitis A outbreak in the U.S. since the introduction of the vaccine in 1996 [10].


The Hepatitis A virus infection is easily preventable through vaccination, however,though many adults remain unvaccinated as the vaccine was introduced in 1996. As of 2016, the reported rate of hepatitis A vaccination among adults aged 19 or greater was just 9.0% [14].  It is possible for the vaccine to be effective after exposure to the virus, if administered within 2 weeks of the exposure [1]. Due to the current outbreak, there has been a large increase in demand for the vaccine in order to prevent further transmission. However, this has caused a shortage of the Hepatitis A vaccine, leaving it difficult for public health departments to combat the outbreak effectively [11]. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are supporting efforts to increase vaccine supply and vaccine policy development [13]. Education campaigns regarding proper sanitation, Iin addition to vaccination, education campaigns regarding proper sanitation are being used to put an end to the outbreak that is now affecting several U.S. states.





















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Essential Survival Skills You Should Learn, by B.T.

Life is a game of survival. Everything is possible. Anything can happen. Preparation is the key, but what if you are struck unaware? What if you are left with nothing but the clothes on your back and a flashlight? Getting lost in the wilderness or being stranded on an island can be tough, but you will live if you have the will and courage to tackle the unknown and make do with what’s in front of you. The Art of Survival When it comes to events of a catastrophic scale, there’s nothing more important than staying alive and focusing on …

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The Game of Life, by A Modern Stoic

I lie awake, thinking of the past and different choices I could have made in this game of life, or fantasizing about the future and the alternatives I can choose. Then I remember that the only moment that exists is the one my mind occupies in this instant. “If thou shouldst live three thousand years, or as many myriads, yet remember this, that no man loses any other life than that he now lives; and that he now lives no other life than what he is parting with, every instant. The longest life, and the shortest, come to one effect: …

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Getting Home In The Event Of An EMP- Part 2, by B.M.

We are looking at what might be required if you are working in the city a great distance from your family’s home. My scenario is that I work 50 miles away, which would require a two day walk. I’ve already talked through the basics of day one, which is focusing on getting as far as possible while being the Gray Man. Now, let’s look at what might happen next. Overnight and Day Two So, you have had a fortunate day. You’ve covered 30 miles, but you are exhausted. You’ve eaten once; you are sweaty, tired, worried, and it is getting …

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Getting Home In The Event Of An EMP- Part 1, by B.M.

I want to open by saying that this is not a blueprint for long-term survival or preparedness, nor is it the same as a bug-out-bag scenario. This is a guide for getting home in the initial stages of a grid-down scenario. I served in the USMC,  worked the streets of this country for 25 plus years and I have also traveled extensively (to 60 plus countries). I have dealt, on a regular basis, with human beings from all walks of life, and there is no accounting for the ignorant and irrational behavior that they display. The One Thing You Can …

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Hormel Spam Recall


Hormel has issued a recall for 228,000 pounds of canned meat products, because they might contain pieces of metal.

Hormel said it issued the recall after receiving several complaints from consumers about finding the metal material in their food.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) was contacted not long afterward to conduct the investigation.

The products in question were produced on Feb. 8 through Feb. 10. 

The following products are subject to recall:

  • 12-oz. metal cans containing “SPAM Classic” with a “Best By” February 2021 date and production codes: F020881, F020882, F020883, F020884, F020885, F020886, F020887, F020888 and F020889. These products were shipped throughout the United States.

The products subject to recall have the establishment number “EST. 199N” on the bottom of the can.

The items were shipped throughout the United States and to Guam.

There have been reports of minor oral injuries associated with consumption of the products. FSIS has received no additional reports of injury or illness from consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

FSIS is concerned that some product may be in consumers’ food pantries. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Consumer Response, Hormel Foods, at (800) 523-4635. Members of the media with questions about the recall can contact Hormel Foods Media Relations, at (507) 437-5345.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at or via smartphone at

The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: