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Posted On January 10, 2017By J.D. WilliamsIn Nature's Wrath

Survive a Blizzard

by Amy Aumick Winter is coming. Winter can be beautiful, hushed and a way for the Earth to hibernate. Winter can also bring with it inclement weather at a moment’s (or no moment’s) notice. Therefore, it so important to be prepared! Remember that, depending on where you live, the threat of at least one blizzard or ice storm is 25% over a period of nine months. According to The Weather Channel, a blizzard is a storm with “winds of at least 35 mph, and visibility reduced by falling and/or blowingRead More

Posted On December 29, 2016By J.D. WilliamsIn Practical Skills, Spotlights

EDC Explained

by Anthony Yeary When you leave your home, what do you have in your pockets? In your purse? Do you have a bunch of random stuff or garbage? Or do you have useful things that can get you through everything from inconveniences to real emergencies? An Everyday Carry Philosophy (E.D.C.) is the thought and value that you place on the items and tools you carry on your person when you’re away from home. Your personal E.D.C. usually fits into one of these four categories: occupation based, health based, emergency basedRead More

Posted On December 19, 2016By J.D. WilliamsIn News

Winter 2016 BOM! Now Available!

With the advent of winter, it becomes imperative to know how to properly deal with the extreme temperatures and dangerous conditions the weather brings. Learn how to withstand the harsh winter elements and survive through a blizzard. You will also find great articles on preparing your pets for emergencies, the emergency benefits of coin collecting, and a unique perspective on the effectiveness of smart guns for self defense. Learn how to pickle food for storage, how to escape a wrist grab, and how to build an underground green house. YouRead More

Posted On November 1, 2016By J.D. WilliamsIn Product Reviews, Products

Product Review: Lifeline Essential Survival Can

By Anthony Yeary Deciding to begin prepping for survival situations can be a complicated endeavor to begin because there are so many facets. A good starting point is to build a bug-out bag or an emergency roadside kit for your vehicle. Although this narrows things down a bit, deciding what items and tools should go in your bag or kit will require some critical thinking. Certain products can help you “cheat” critical thinking initially by offering you several items in one purchase that can begin your preparedness, while helping youRead More

Posted On October 25, 2016By J.D. WilliamsIn Alternate Energy

So you want to switch to solar…

By Mary McGraw Are you one of the many people with a desire to cut the utility cord and go off grid? If you have ever dreamed about the possibility of using electricity that you generate on your own and telling your power company to take a hike, it is easier than ever. This article will outline the steps you can take to get closer to achieving that dream. Rooftop or ground mount? The first step is to assess your property and decide if a ground mount or a roofRead More

Posted On October 19, 2016By J.D. WilliamsIn Spotlights

Prepping Your Car With Gap Insurance (or Why I Hate Deer)

by J.D. Williams Commuting to work early in the morning is normally a routine thing that people experience, especially in southeast Michigan, with its clusters of assembly plants. Such was the case for me a few years back, on a morning in October, shortly before deer hunting season began. Up until that day, I hadn’t paid deer season much attention. I am not a hunter, and those days held no real significance to me other than being one of many rites of the greater autumn season. That all changed asRead More

Posted On October 11, 2016By J.D. WilliamsIn Homesteading, Spotlights

Hygiene in Emergencies

By Amy Aumick Whether a storm hits your home, a vacation goes awry, or you fall on hard financial times, there are some items you absolutely cannot do without. It is important to consider personal hygiene as much as good nutrition and first aid care. This is especially true when power grids and water infrastructures are hit for an extended amount of time. It doesn’t take much money to keep these essentials on hand, just good preparation and simple household ingredients. Aside from a quality first-aid kit, there are manyRead More

Posted On September 26, 2016By J.D. WilliamsIn Wilderness Survival

Surviving Snake Bites

By Ellie Matama North America has its fair share of venomous snakes, including rattlesnakes, coral snakes and copperheads. According to a The U.S. Food and Drug Administration report, an estimated 8000 people are bitten by venomous snakes each year. Roughly .2% of these people will die from these bites. The rest have to deal with the unpleasant effects the snakebites, which may include infections and amputations. Statistically, most snake encounters will happen in the outdoors. Does this mean that you should give up pleasurable activities like swimming, hiking, or camping?Read More
Download the latest edition! Learn how to survive an active shooter!

Posted On September 20, 2016By J.D. WilliamsIn News, Products

Fall BOM! now Available!

In light of recent events involving mass shootings, Our Fall issue of BugOut MAG! focuses on ways to stay alive when dealing with an active shooter. You will also find informative articles on indoor gardening, canning and pickling food for storage, powering your home independent of the energy companies, and dealing with deer (both in hunting them for food and in avoiding them while driving). You will also find great product reviews, and a nationwide listing of upcoming preparedness expos. It’s all inside! BOM Fall 2016 – Print – $8.95 BOMRead More

Posted On September 19, 2016By J.D. WilliamsIn Product Reviews

Product Review: Sierra Sage Green Goo

By Anthony Yeary As a prepper, my mobility bag (or bug out bag, as most people call it) is always under construction and modification. It goes without saying that I am always looking for new ideas to improve it. Due to my interest in being prepared and as a veteran, the Editor of Surplus Today asked me to review a potential addition to my preparedness. The product I reviewed is Green Goo First Aid and Outdoor Salve from Sierra Sage. Green Goo is an all-purpose salve intended to heal cuts,Read More