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The Prepper Journal

The Prepper Journal

By Pat Henry
The Prepper Journal is a daily survival blog devoted to a wide variety of preparedness, survival, self-reliance, and personal defense topics for readers who want to protect themselves and their families from seen and unseen disasters in our future. I started the Prepper Journal in 2013, with the goal of helping people become more prepared for life’s curve-balls.

It is my belief that anyone can take steps to be more prepared for natural or man-made disasters regardless of their age or physical ability. With that in mind, I want to do anything I can to motivate people to start prepping.
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Home Fortification Tips That Can Save Your Life
In the world of Prepping, we group our topics that people want to learn about into just a few major categories when you think of it. The overarching goal of prepping or survival is to stay alive, but the disciplines that feed into Survival could be broken simply into food, water, shelter, self-defense, and first aid. There are many other branches but is a simplistic way of looking at priorities. Self Defense is one that has more urgency, and our home fortification plans are some of the most important parts of initial survival we can discuss. As a parent of small children when I first got into prepping, it was hard to say which item I cared about more, but I know home defense was near the top. The thought of someone breaking into my home and harming one of my loved ones was scarier than just about any hypothetical armed combat against mutant zombie biker gangs in a post-apocalyptic world. Break-ins happen every day so my goal as a father along with providing for the general welfare of my family was keeping them safe. Home fortification is a complex subject though for a couple of reasons. There are no one-size-fits-all solutions. We can make certain assumptions though and understanding that the Prepper Journal’s audience is primarily located in the US, our collective home situations share similarities. For a ton of Prepper Information – Original Article on Home Fortification - Wyze Cam Outdoor - Door Armor - Door Barricade Brackets - Security Window Film - Tripwire Alarms -
April 11, 2021
Building the Perfect Emergency Go Bag
Some situations in life do not give you time to think a lot. Sometimes you just must act in the interests of protecting your family. If you are ever faced with having to evacuate your home quickly, a packed go bag is your best bet of getting out of the house fast with the supplies you need to survive, potentially without anything else. There are few things that provide preppers with a sense of security like a well-thought-out go-bag. Go bags are the same thing as a Bug Out Bag. It is a bag personalized to you and your situation expressly designed to grab on your way out the door. Your go bag should be packed and ready to go when you need it. Today, we are going to break down what is needed for a go bag list and give you the information you need to set your own go bag up. Hopefully, you will never need a go-bag, but if you do let’s make sure you know the important items to consider when you build your go-bag. Read the original article on The Prepper Journal Download the Bug Out Bag Checklist
April 3, 2021
Best Gun For Home Defense
Our homes are supposed to be a safe place where we can find refuge and rest from the world outside. It’s where we are our most vulnerable, where we lay down and sleep. Our homes are where memories are made, family treasures are stored, and our children grow up. It’s sacred in a lot of ways. Our home should be secure, it should be a place where we have no fears or worries, and most of the time that is true. We watch TV in our pajamas. We play with our children or pets without looking out the window for strangers lurking outside. We let our guard down. One of the topics we inevitably discuss in preparedness circles is home defense. There are methods we can take to reinforce our doors and windows, we can add alarms and security cameras to alert us to someone outside, but what if those fail? What if someone gets into your home… If that sacred space is violated by someone intent on doing you harm? Do you have a plan for what you would do in that instance? For a lot of preppers, that last line of home defense is a firearm, but what is the best gun for home defense? The Prepper Journal Blog - Shotgun Review -
March 26, 2021
Are You Ready to Be Called a Domestic Terrorist?
The Inauguration on January 20th went off without a hitch and we have a new President of the United States, Joe Biden. This is a fact that many still have a very hard time dealing with. There are some who remain anxious – waiting for a declaration of Martial Law or some violent action to kick-off, promised by a shadowy internet rumor gone amok. I fear that if these people and many others in the larger “Patriot Movement” do not use their heads, you and I could find ourselves labeled as a domestic terrorist in the near future. - Blog
March 12, 2021
Neighborhood Watch on Steroids
You have heard of the neighborhood watch before and some of you may even have this in your neighborhood. I remember that we had a home in our neighborhood that was broken into several years back and all of our neighbors got together at a meeting to discuss forming a neighborhood watch. We had a police officer come in and talk briefly about what we should and should not do and we all received small flimsy signs to put in our yard that said words to the effect of “This neighborhood is protected by neighborhood watch”. I think there was one lady who volunteered to roam the streets but that is about the last I heard of it and once the flimsy sign rusted and faded it found its way into my trash can. If you have a true collapse and you and your neighbors feel that they need to defend their homes it is better to join together and combine forces so that you can protect more homes at once. It is also more likely that several people watching over things will be more of a deterrent than a single older retiree walking her dog at night. This is another situation where it all depends on the disaster that has happened. If you are talking about a late summer storm that drops some trees on power lines and you have the resulting loss of power for a few days, the neighborhood watch on steroids probably doesn’t need to get activated. Visit us at Full Gear List - Neighborhood Defense: People, Weapons and Supplies - The Prepper Journal Episode Links Motorola Radios - Surveillance Headset with PTT - FITH OPS Alarm Signaling Device Tactical Anti-Intruder Alert Trip Line - Ammo Inventory Spreadsheet -
March 2, 2021
Bugging Out vs. Hunkering Down
A frequent topic in Preparedness and Survival circles is the subject of Bugging Out and more specifically the question of whether you plan to Bug Out or will you Hunker Down. This simple question easily elicits all manner of responses and you will rarely find consensus on which is the better option. The only good thing about this question is there are only two options and one of those has to be the correct one in someone’s eyes. A 50/50 shot of getting this right isn’t too shabby if you are looking at odds, but there will be those who maintain an absolute position on one option or the other. To Bug out or not bug out, like most questions that we must ask ourselves as we prepare for emergencies is an individual question and there is no universal wrong or right. This question is probably only second in notoriety to “What caliber is the best defensive round”. If you can imagine going into a big underground bunker full of Preppers who are getting ready for the next Emergency and shouting that question; you will get as many answers as you have people.
February 22, 2021
Hello everyone, this is Pat Henry, creator, and editor of Since 2013, I have been sharing information on the topics of preparedness, survival, and self-sufficiency will millions of readers and now we are bringing this information to a new platform. The Prepper Journal podcast will be a new adventure for me, and my goal with the podcast is to share the message of prepping, survival, and common sense with you each week – delivered on your favorite podcast service. In this new format, we will talk about all the prepping basics and teach you what you need to know if you want to get prepared for life’s unexpected events. You can be sure we will bring the same quality of content to this podcast as readers of The Prepper Journal have grown accustomed to for years, just delivered in a different way.
February 20, 2021