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A Survival Story: Will we unite?

A_Survival_Story_CoverWhat follows is just one part of an ongoing survival fiction series written by John Rourke and has been published on Amazon. It is being made available here for free. A new entry is published every day. The story is written in a daily journal format.


July 5th   Will we unite?

Problem: We are running out of clean clothes and that is one part of my preps I never considered. I can only turn my underwear inside out so many times. OK, that was a joke.  :-)

I spent several hours going to door to door asking everyone if they would go to the model home in the neighborhood tonight at 5:00pm to discuss what is happening. A few people asked for details and I just said I thought it would be good to get together and discuss news and how everyone is doing. I did find quite a few homes with no one home as I rode my bike around.

Most of the neighborhood showed up and I asked for everyone’s attention. I had an agenda with some discussion ideas wrote down. Everyone was pretty accepting of me. Most everyone was scared and looking at the future with a lot of uncertainty.

We discussed the following:

    • Reality of the Situation
    • Status of Your Supplies – food, water, medicine
    • Sanitation
    • Defense/Security
    • Gardens & Rainwater Capture
    • Next Meeting 

I have never been good in front of a crowd but I think I did well. I spelled out the seriousness of the situation and tried to get across to everyone that if we worked together we would all benefit, and stand a better chance to survive.

I gave everyone basic tips on using minimal fuel in their vehicles, grills, etc. I discussed sanitation and the importance of keeping things clean. A cut and infection could lead to death or amputation of a limb.  When I brought up defense and security many really started paying attention. I told them the reality is there are a lot of desperate people out there. Thousands of people traveling and away from home with no way of getting home. What are they going to do? How will they get home to their families? What will they do for food? Desperation will turn civil, law abiding citizen to murderous criminals. We have a responsibility to protect ourselves and our families.  I mentioned that if anyone had a firearm to keep it at the ready – and expressed safety, especially with children in the house.

I also told everyone they had very little time left if they wanted to start a garden. Some people had seeds and with Eric’s raised bed business we had some extra supplies which could help. I also mentioned that everyone needed to be prepared to capture rain.

Of the 30 people that showed up many asked questions and gave their opinion on topics. A few asked about the government helping, and when the mail would start back up. I had to disappoint them with my answer.

Lastly – we decided to all go home and sleep on what was discussed – and meet the next day at 2:00pm at the model house.

M told me she was proud of me – that I looked like I actually knew what I was talking about. I thanked her. We sat outside enjoying the cooler temperature of the night and talked. I told her that although I wished none of this had ever happened – I was glad she was here. She just smiled – but I could tell she was unsettled. It has got to be tough for her – in a strange place surrounded by strange people.

Need to get some sleep before it is my turn to go on watch detail.

-          Jed


We have a winner….

“Wild Bill”  has been selected as the winner for the recent Going Home book giveaway.  

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Thanks everyone for participating.



Book Review: Going Home

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I am a book “scavenger”. Basically – I look through books for information and then move on to another. It’s a rarity that I read a book from cover to cover. Several weeks ago I downloaded Going Home onto my Kindle Fire. It’s taken awhile but I finally finished it.

What a great book!!

The basic premise of the movie revolves around “Morgan” who is traveling away from home/family and there is some kind of EMP event. His car – as well as most everyone else’s  - dies. He grabs his pack and starts walking the 200+miles……going home. Along the way Morgan has his fair share of excitement as societies morality begins to plummet as their desperation raises.

The book does a good job creating the environment of no power, no modern conveniences. I really got into the head of Morgan who was desperate to get home to see his wife and kids. Always wondering if they were OK – Morgan had to be careful to keep his head and make minimal mistakes to stay alive. As he travels on foot mile after mile – his experiences really got me thinking about my own situation. I work 22 miles from home and sometimes travel 150 miles or so away. What would happen if something happened and I needed to walk?  I have started to rethink my vehicle kits.

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Morgan has one adventure after the other – from saving some innocent civilians from ruthless murderers to surviving a game of cat and mouse in the dark against ruthless brigands. Morgan is not a super soldier or super hero – just determined to get home.

Morgan was a prepper prior to the EMP event. He had some basic supplies in his pack to help him along the way. He also made some very important friends and picked up some supplies – including a hand-held HAM radio. His use of the HAM really intrigued me. His ability to communicate to friends (not going to give anything away) helped not only give him valuable information but also boosted his morale. 

I mentioned “friends”. Morgan did not walk alone the whole way. He met up with a few people who joined him on his journey. Safety was found in numbers and they often worked to their mutual benefit – but not always. In that kind of situation as you can imagine some very close bonds could be made.

If you like adventure, a bit of intrigue, and some preparedness fiction – this book is for you. It will really get you thinking.

For more information – click HERE.



Book Recommendations… many choices….

Loyal reader Arlene sent me the following in response to the “Recommended Products” section here on 

“I like the carousal display style of the products!! Rourke and all-could you please list the authors for recommended books because sometimes there are many titles of the same .I am searching for Lights Out, Going Home and Patriot Dawn. Thanks Arlene
Lee- Alas Babylon by Pat Frank was exc. -I agree.”

Here are a bunch of survival and preparedness books listed by author along with “hodge podge” thrown in. Both non-fiction and fiction are represented.

Thanks for the suggestion Arlene!!

 - Rourke


James Wesley, Rawles

Scott B. Williams


Bruce D. Clayton


M.D. Creekmore


Joe Nobody


Here are several books from various authors that may peak your interests….. 




Any other suggestions?

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Top 10 books for a WROL library…..

This post was originally published over at It can be seen HERE.

Top 10 books for a WROL library…..

by Rourke



In a grid down, societal collapse, WROL (without rule of law) situation – what books would you want on your bookshelf?

Here are a few suggestions:


1. Without Rule of Law: Advanced Skills to Help You SurviveI am still reading this book and find it very informative. To the non-military person – like me – I am getting a lot out of it.  Very useful should a WROL situation happen.

From Amazon“WARNING: This book contains material that may be offensive to some readers. It is an instructional guide covering tactical actions and capabilities which should only be executed in last-resort survival situations.
“This book was written for non-military readers who believe in self-reliance and wish to develop advanced, just-in-case capabilities for themselves and their families. It leads the reader through progressively more complex preparations and activities. “


2. Holding Your Ground: Preparing for Defense if it All Falls Apart - This book was long overdue when it came out. Great information on how to protect your retreat – wherever it is – city, country  -wherever.



From – “HOLDING YOUR GROUND is an instructional guide and planning tool that addresses defensive preparation of a location. If the government can no longer protect your home, farm or property, HOLDING will teach you how. HOLDING covers virtually every aspect of protecting you and your family in the event society breaks down. Many people have preparations for food, water, shelter and personal defense. HOLDING will teach you how to configure your home, train your team, and properly equip any location for defense.

Covering topics ranging from hiding in plain sight to pre-positioning of supplies, HOLDING uses common sense, military tactics and historical examples that allow you to prepare for defense without affecting your property’s value or appearance.”


#3. The Doom and Bloom(tm) Survival Medicine HandbookGreat medical reference to have for when there is no available urgent care of hospitals. Jam packed with information in it’s 440 pages.


From – The #1 Amazon Bestseller “survival medicine handbook” is meant for those who want to ensure the health of their loved ones in any disaster situation, from hurricanes to a complete societal collapse. Integrative medical strategies abound for situations in which medical help is NOT on the way. This book will teach you how to deal with all the likely medical issues you will face in a disaster situation, and shows you strategies to keep your family healthy even in the worse scenarios. You’ll learn skills like performing a physical exam, transporting the injured patient, and even how to suture a wound!


#4. The Urban Homestead (Expanded & Revised Edition): Your Guide to Self-Sufficient Living in the Heart of the City – This book is packed with information from gardening to making your own cleaning solutions. Tremendous value here and I have learned a lot.


Amazon.comThe expanded, updated version of the best-selling classic, with a dozen new projects.

This celebrated, essential handbook shows how to grow and preserve your own food, clean your house without toxins, raise chickens, gain energy independence, and more. Step-by-step projects, tips, and anecdotes will help get you started homesteading immediately. The Urban Homestead is also a guidebook to the larger movement and will point you to the best books and Internet resources on self-sufficiency topics.

Written by city dwellers for city dwellers, this copiously illustrated, two-color instruction book proposes a paradigm shift that will improve our lives, our community, and our planet. By growing our own food and harnessing natural energy, we are planting seeds for the future of our cities.

Learn how to:

  • Grow food on a patio or balcony
  • Preserve or ferment food and make yogurt and cheese
  • Compost with worms
  • Keep city chickens
  • Divert your grey water to your garden
  • Clean your house without toxins
  • Guerilla garden in public spaces
  • Create the modern homestead of your dreams
#5. Storey’s Basic Country Skills – This book is an encyclopedia of skills that would be valuable in a grid down, WROL situation. I can’t emphasize enough how much homesteading/country living information this book has.

From This is the book for anyone who wants to become more self-reliant, from suburbanites with 1/4 of an acre to country homesteaders with several. The information is easily understood and readily applicable.More than 150 of Storey’s expert authors in gardening, building, animal raising, and homesteading share their specialized knowledge and experience in this ultimate guide to living a more independent, satisfying life.Readers will find step-by-step, illustrated instructions for every aspect of country living including:

  • Finding country land
  • Buying, building, and renovating a home
  • Developing water sources and systems
  • Understanding wiring, plumbing, and heating
  • Using alternative heating and energy sources
  • Vegetable, flower, and herb gardening
  • Traditional cooking skills such as baking bread and making maple syrup
  • Preparing and preserving meat, fruits, and vegetables
  • Building and maintaining barns, sheds, and outbuildings
  • Caring for common farm and ranch animals, and pets
#6. The Survival Handbook – Essential Skills for Outdoor Adventure - This book covers a wide range of situations with excellent contains the absolute best illustrations and instructions on how to do…..just about anything – in the great outdoors. Excellent training tool.

From Amazon.comFrom planning an expedition, to packing essential kits, to discovering what to do on a trail, The Survival Handbook is an invaluable tool when you’re in the great outdoors.Among a myriad of outdoor skills, it teaches readers how to make shelters, find water, and spot, catch, and cook wild food. And if there’s an emergency, it shows which essential first-aid techniques to use when, how to mount a rescue, and even how to get yourself found. 7. Mini Farming: Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre – In a long-term, grid down, WROL situation the ability to maximize food production on your land – whatever the size – will be essential. This books contains volumes of information on doing just that. One of my personal favorites and given to me by my brother.


Via – Start a mini farm on a quarter acre or less, provide 85 percent of the food for a family of four and earn an income.

Mini Farming describes a holistic approach to small-area farming that will show you how to produce 85 percent of an average family’s food on just a quarter acre—and earn $10,000 in cash annually while spending less than half the time that an ordinary job would require. Even if you have never been a farmer or a gardener, this book covers everything you need to know to get started: buying and saving seeds, starting seedlings, establishing raised beds, soil fertility practices, composting, dealing with pest and disease problems, crop rotation, farm planning, and much more. Because self-sufficiency is the objective, subjects such as raising backyard chickens and home canning are also covered along with numerous methods for keeping costs down and production high. Materials, tools, and techniques are detailed with photographs, tables, diagrams, and illustrations.


 8. The Forager’s Harvest: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants – Unless you posses the knowledge and skills to identify that which you can eat in the woods – this book is for you.


Via - A practical guide to all aspects of edible wild plants: finding and identifying them, their seasons of harvest, and their methods of collection and preparation. Each plant is discussed in great detail and accompanied by excellent color photographs. Includes an index, illustrated glossary, bibliography, and harvest calendar. The perfect guide for all experience levels.


 #9. Encyclopedia of Country Living, 10th EditionAnother information packed book to assist living in a tie without electricity and other “modern” resources. Excellent addition to the preparedness bookshelf.


Via - This book is phenomenal! Besides offering general information on
gardening and variations on the usual ways to prepare and preserve
produce, Carla Emery includes thousands of other exotic and old
fashioned recipes. That alone would be remarkable, but she doesn’t stop
there. She covers information on every aspect of farming and
homesteading from buying a farm to delivering your own baby—yes, if you
are all alone when you go into labor!

Here is a general idea of what she includes, as well as some of the
weirder specifics:

How to get water – dowsing, getting it to your farm, using it, pollution
Living primitively – shelter, backwoods refrigeration, campfire kitchens
Alternative energy – information and resources, using a solar cooker (We
have one, and they really do work.)
Washing clothes by hand
Candle making – paraffin and beeswax
Foraging – also poisonous plants and mushrooms
Wood – harvesting, heating, wood cook stoves
Fertilizing your soil
Raising earthworms for gardening, bait, or money making
Using draft horses and oxen
Grain (all kinds!) – planting; mowing by hand; binding sheaves and making
shocks to cure them;
threshing by hand, with animals, or machinery; winnowing; drying;
storing; grinding; and protecting from pests
Preserving food – canning, freezing, drying, salting, larding, fermenting,
jams and juices, making vinegar
Saving seeds for next year plants
Herbs – culinary, not medicinal
Pressing oil from seeds
Acorns – making meal and flour
Bamboo – growing, recipes, and various other uses
Wild Rice – foraging and growing your own
Flax – growing and making linen
Maple sugaring – collecting sap and making syrup
Dandelion root or chicory coffee
Beekeeping – keeping bees, harvesting and using wax and honey
Raising, feeding, and caring for all types of livestock
Building barns, fences, chicken coops, rabbit hutches, etc.
Pastures, forage, hay, feeds
Predator control
Diseases and veterinary care
Reproduction from breeding to births
Dehorning, castrating, hoof trimming
Sheep shearing and using wool
Pigs – housing, fencing, and how to catch a pig!
Rabbit raising
Poultry – chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, guineas; hatching chicks;
preserving eggs and testing them for safety; using feathers
Dairying – milking and milk handling; all types of dairy products; cream
separators and butter churns
Butchering – preserving meat; making sausage, soap, and lard; tanning
hides; making pickled pig feet!
Home funerals and burying your dead 


#10. Holy Bible – no explanation should be needed.


Any other suggestions? Glad my shelf holds more than 10!!


Take care all - 



And the winner is……….


The winner of our recent book giveaway is………..



To select the winner I went to and used the random number generator. I entered the total number of entries (17) and clicked “Generate” and……wallah!!!  The number 7  was the result.

So….congrat’s Carmen! I will be sending your copy of the Prepper’s Pocket Guide to you shortly.




Do you own a Kindle?

Do you own a Kindle? There is a good reason for asking. For those of us that own the Kindle book reader  - we love our Kindles. These little devices allow you to surf the Internet, readers many books, read magazines, send and receive emails, and even listen to music or watch a movie. I own a Kindle Fire and use it all the time.


Back to why I am asking if you own a Kindle. Well - frequently Amazon has books that are temporarily available for FREE – or close to it. Simply click “Purchase” and within a short time the book appears on your Kindle. I have been considering showcasing some of those FREE Kindle books related to preparedness  - but do not want to burden readers with something that no one would be interested in.

So – if you could take a moment to participate in this poll – I would appreciate it.




Book Review: “When Technology Fails”

“When Technology Fails”
– Book Review by Servantheart, Editor-At-Large
So, I pulled out my copy of “When Technology Fails” by Matthew Stein. It’s a large book, not one that will fit in a pocket, certainly, and somewhat heavy, even for a “paperback”, with 493 pages of print. What Stein really means is, “when SHTF”!
I haven’t pulled this book out in a while, so, it was interesting to flip through it for my notes. I’m one of those people who likes to mark my books as I read: notes in margins, highlight a few things, that sort of thing.
What struck me as I went back through this book is that I did not have the same response to it as the first time I read through it. Perhaps that is because I have learned a great deal since I first picked up this book so that now, much of it seems well, sort of “primary”. But I do not want to give you the wrong impression; it does, indeed, have useful information in it.
I came to the conclusion that this book, “When Technology Fails” is a good starting point for beginning preppers.  It covers just about every area of thought one might need to consider in meeting every conceivable need when SHTF. The problem is, for the most part, it only touches on most of the subjects, and some information you might do well to research further.
I would not, for example, put much stock in the “training” available for medical and emergency health care. Having served as a volunteer for many, many years with the world’s largest disaster relief agency, including teaching First Aid and CPR at various levels, I did not find the information all that useful, even though it purportedly was taken from the ARC book (what little is there). Take the class, folks. It’s a hands-on thing, for sure. All you need is one person to take the class, get the book, and teach the others, if it comes to that. But much of what you learn is best learned “in live practice”, not from a book. The book is a reference, not a teacher.
There are many illustrations, but they are all low-budget drawings, IMHO. I don’t think they will do anyone much good, but they are better than nothing.
The one exception to the limited information, in my opinion, is WATER. Stein does an excellent job of telling you most of what you’ll need to know about water, storing it, treating it, threats to it and how to handle each threat…even those “unusual” places to find water in an emergency situation; I actually bought separate books just for that information!  So I highly recommend reading the section on water.
One thing I DO really appreciate about this book is that it contains many valuable references for contact; you can spend a lot of time trying to pull this information together, where to go for what information, who to contact to learn more about XYZ subject…but Stein has made that easy. I also like that he includes Joel Salatin, a Christian and possibly THE authority on whole food eating, and well as other individuals who have proven that they know exactly what they are talking about and are qualified to teach.
The real value in this book, in my opinion, is that it raises the right questions. You won’t find all the answers here, but, if you don’t know what questions to ask, how can you possibly find the answers? This is a good resource for those new or young at prepping, or even just a quick review for seasoned preppers, in my opinion.
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Recommended Book: When Disaster Strikes………


Editor-at-Large MsKYprepper recently mentioned that she really liked the book….When Disaster Strikes: A Comprehensive Guide for Emergency Planning and Crisis Survival.


Any disaster-prep book written in late 2011 has plenty of material to work with.  Matthew Stein gets right to the point reminding the reader of recent tsunamis, hurricanes, earthquakes and civil unrest.  In the first few pages of reading you might be tempted to think “there’s no new news, here” but venture on.  After the author lays out level-headed justification for becoming self-sufficient during and following a disaster, the book accelerates quickly.  If you believe as I do that skills and knowledge are as important as having stuff, you’ll be hooked by page 30.  


THE most valuable thing about Stein’s book is in having such a wide variety of emergency preparation information in one book – and I mean EVERYTHING, in detail, for surviving a short term disaster.    


By my standard, if I can learn 3 new things from a book, then it was worth my time to read. So, I especially appreciated the water purification section. The author offers a detailed discussion on each option – when it’s better and its limitations. This book is all about you having options and knowing how to decide which option to choose.  Stein also included a complete product review of each big-name water filter – which is best in what situation. I had not found this any other place. I appreciate that throughout the book the author included web site URLs and resources for more information to allow self-research.  In the medical section the author is favorable on colloidal silver and Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS). I’m now revisiting the possibilities of making CS and stocking MMS.    


Those are just a few examples; every section is carefully explained, in detail, with options and references.  


I recommend this book because it’s an all inclusive review of stuff you (should) already know; it’s an equipment-review guide for confident purchasing and it’s a good reference for when the bad thing happens and you can’t remember details. I recommend it because of  the author’s writing style, it’s easy to understand, concise and to the point, plus …I love lists, and Mr. Stein gives the reader lots of lists.  


In the end, I learned more than my required 3 new and important items. It may not be worth the $16 price-tag if you’re already well-briefed and well-rehearsed but it’s THE one book to recommend to family and friends who are not yet confident in a broad range of skills. Even though it’s a 400-page book, it is a quick read. A little each night and I gobbled it up in about a week,   Go to Amazon to view the table of contents – it’s too extensive to list here.  Yes, you can save money at Amazon with the Kindle edition, but like I said, it’s a great reference.  …get the book …just in case… 

For more information – check it out HERE.


A couple ebooks “from the other side”……


By Wyzyrd, Editor-At-Large

A couple ebooks “from the other side”




“Total Resistance” 

Hans von Dach – Swiss Army 


This was issued by the Swiss Army in the 50′s as a HOW TO guide, based on WWII anti-Nazi resistance movements, just in case the Soviet Union decided to move west. A “how to cripple enemies and not get caught” guide. Useful reading for everyone. Still useful 60 years later. I have NO sympathy for the next author’s political or ethical position, but this was the textbook at Patrice Lumumba University in the former Soviet Union, and still used to train insurgents worldwide. A VERY practical guidebook. It never hurt to know the enemy, and learn from him. 


“Guerrilla Warfare” 
Dr. Ernesto “Che” Guevara (multiple formats) 

Yes, THAT “Che”. The one on the t-shirts. I would have shot him myself, but the SOB wrote what may be the best treatise on organizing a “survival community under adverse circumstances”, ever. Che’s #1 priority for putting together a rural army was SHOES, not guns, or ammo, or transport, or commo. If your people can’t walk, they can’t get or grow the other stuff. It is written at that level of practicality. 

“Know The Enemy” and take every advantage of the knowledge. 

Just in case there are questions, I got my original paper copies when the Institute for Defense Analysis was clearing out their unclassified library, and I had to show ID from a different DoD contractor to get in – LOL


Like Westerns? Check this out…….


True Story Of Kill Or Be Killed In The Real Old West If you’ve ever wondered what it was like to strap on a six-gun in the real Old West and have a face-off-in-the-street gunfight where only the fastest gunslinger walks away – - then this recently discovered memoir by one of the Old West’s most feared (but virtually unknown today) gunfighter’s and lawmen puts you behind a pair of Colt .45 six-guns and immerses you in what it was like to live and die in the real Wild West.


But, you won’t find this fascinating story in any of today’s western history encyclopedias or glorified in the movies or on TV. But, you will find it at:

I love old westerns and am in the process of getting together all of Clint Eastwood’s old westerns in DVD. If you like westerns like I do – you should check out this one-of-a-kind book with great details from the old west.



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Preparedness Download: Montana Winter Survival Manual


Editor-at-Large, John from Iowa, sent this manual along to share with everyone.  As the mercury continues to dip throughout much of the US – this Winter Survival Manual arrives within the Download section of this site just in time.

I also will be listing all downloads in one place  - the Preparedness Download page.

Thanks John!






Montana Winter Survival Manual

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 - – - Rourke

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Preparedness download: US Special Forces Medical Handbook


This is the first of a series of posts where downloadable survival and preparedness documents of all kids will be provided. These are totally FREE. Some may be books, some manuals, some guides, and others will be articles.

I also will be listing all downloads in one place  - the Preparedness Download page.


US Army Special Forces Medical Handbook ST 31-91B

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I am very pleased to share this special offer to readers of Season Citizen Prepper. The folks over at are providing a special promo code for 10% off on all items at their website. Check ‘em out.

 - – - Rourke

10% off any purchase at 

Enter Promo Code: SCPREP offers an excellent collection of preparedness guides. Watch the video above for an in-depth explanation as to what they are all about.

Enter Promo Code: SCPREP to receive 10% off any order.

YouTube Video: Required Reading for Survival


One of my favorite YouTube channels is Sootch00. Here I present another great video from Don (aka Sootch).



Sootch shows a great selection of books and I own most of these myself.

Here is the rundown:

Lights Out

Surviving the Economic Collapse

The Doom and Bloom Survival Medical Handbook

The Prepper’s Handbook

Patriots - Surviving the Coming Collapse

Lights Out is an excellent read. Great fictional story based on an EMP attack and struggles one community goes through.

Take care all -