About TheSurvivalistBlog.net

Thank you for your interest and welcome to TheSurvivalistBlog.net. We are dedicated to helping ordinary people—people who live on a budget–prepare for an uncertain future.

Our Experts

M.D. Creekmore


M.D. Creekmore is a full-time survival author, blog writer,  emergency preparedness consultant and is the owner and editor of  TheSurvivalistBlog.net. He is the author of two books “31 Days to Survival” and ”The Dirt Cheap Survival Retreat“ both published by Paladin Press.

Over the years he has studied all facets of survivalism, and has learned works and, more importantly, what does not work. His calling is to show ordinary people how to become better prepared for an uncertain future. His books and articles here are based on real-world experience. You will find helpful tips, guides and checklists – focusing on a very modest budget.


  • He is a certified gunsmith.
  • Certified in CPR / First Aid / AED.
  • Completed FEMA courses “Leadership & Influence”, “Effective Communications” and “Are You Ready? An In-Depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness”.
  • Tennessee Handgun Training Completed.
  • KY Hunter Education Completed.
  • Over 25 Years Hunting, Tapping, Outdoor and Shooting Experience.
  • A Dedicated Student of Military History and Small Unit Tactics.
  • A Dedicated Student of Collapsed Civilizations.
  • He is a Second Degree Black Belt in Shotokan Karate.
  • He has been homeless and lived in a tent for several months (Personal SHTF event and a learning experience).
  • He lived completely off the power-grid for over three years in a travel trailer.
  • He is a Jack-of-All-Trades Handyman.
  • Over 20 Years Prepping Experience.
  • Currently, Owns and Operate a 5 1/2 Acre Homestead in TN.
  • He has been interviewed and consulted as a content expert numerous times for American Survival Guide Magazine.
  • He has written articles for Survivalist Magazine.
  • He has been mentioned in and online at Mother Earth News and Backwoods Home magazines.
  • He has also been referenced on hundreds of online blogs, forums and websites and in several books by other authors.


Joel Skousen

Joel Skousen

Joel Skousen is a regular contribute to TheSurvivalistBlog.net and is the author of Strategic Relocation—North American Guide to Safe Places, and The Secure Home (www.joelskousen.com) as well as the publisher of the World Affairs Brief (www.worldaffairsbrief.com) a weekly news analysis service that attempts to explain each week’s happenings in light of the hidden agendas of government that the mainstream media refuses to reveal.  Mr. Skousen believes that understanding these agendas and the threat they present to our liberty is essential to our preparations for the future.


Joe Nobody


joe nobodyJoe Nobody may need no introduction to you. But, just in case, here are few of his literary accomplishments. Joe has been listed on Amazon’s Top 100 Best Seller’s List as well as the Top 500 ranking among all Amazon listed authors. With over 1,200+ Amazon reviews, readers have collectively assessed his works with a 4.4 out of 5-star rating. Over the last three years, his titles have ranked #1 in six different genres, including both fiction and non-fiction categories. Joe’s technical manuals and novels total over 300,000 copies in print.

Joe’s appeal to the prepper community is born of his own belief system and experience. He has provided systems, consulting and training for the US Army, Department of Homeland Security, Office of Naval Research, United States Border Patrol as well as several private firms and government agencies which cannot be disclosed. He is currently active in this area, and for the security of his family and ongoing business, wishes to remain anonymous. He has over 30 years of competitive shooting experience, including IPSC, NRA, and other related organizations. He has been a firearms instructor and consultant for over 30 years and holds the rights to a United States Patent for a firearms modification.


Dr. Arthur Bradley

author bradlyDr. Arthur Bradley is the bestselling author of the Handbook to Practical Disaster Preparedness for the Family, the Prepper’s Instruction Manual, the Disaster Preparedness Handbook, and Disaster Preparedness for EMP Attacks and Solar Storms. He is also the author of the bestselling post-apocalyptic series, The Survivalist. He also provides free disaster preparedness information at http://disasterpreparer.com.

Dr. Bradley is an Army veteran, father of four, martial artist, weapons expert, and dedicated homeschooler. He is active in volunteer youth organizations, including the Boy and Girl Scouts of America. He holds a doctorate in engineering and currently works for NASA. Having lived all across the United States, Dr. Bradley writes from personal experience about preparing for a wide variety of disasters. He has been featured in the New York Times, Toronto Sun, Men’s Journal, Costco Connection, Popular Mechanics, and Money magazine.


Jim Ballou

jim bJim Ballou has worked as a self-employed, independent insurance agent and a freelance writer for over sixteen years. More than sixty of his magazine articles on a variety of topics ranging from primitive and early American crafts and tools to wilderness survival skills have appeared in five periodicals since 2000, including Backwoods Home Magazine, The Backwoodsman, Wilderness Way Magazine, Primitive Archer Magazine, and Modern Survival Magazine.

Mr. Ballou’s first non-fiction book titled: Long-Term Survival in the Coming Dark Age was published by Paladin Press in 2007, and it quickly became a Paladin best seller. This was followed by four other popular non-fiction titles with Paladin Press, including: Makeshift Workshop Skills for Survival and Self-Reliance, MORE Makeshift Workshop Skills, Arming For The Apocalypse, and the most recent title, The Poor Man’s Wilderness Survival Kit.

Ballou’s interests are too varied to list here but include blacksmithing, gun collecting, target shooting, reading and learning about history, writing, camping, hunting, fishing, treasure hunting, exploring, experimenting with tools and creative processes, survival and self-reliance related topics, plus all of the primitive skills, among numerous other interests and hobbies. He lives with his wife and two kids in Idaho.


Is The Survivalist Blog Right For You?

There are at least one hundred and one blogs out there about prepping, survival and emergency preparedness. So why read The Survivalist blog?

What You Will Never Find On This Blog

Expensive survival advice suggesting $35,000 survival gun collections, bug out air planes, $10,000 solar set-ups, $75,000 bug out vehicles or other nonsense fit only for the wealthy who think that they can buy their way to safety.
No armchair commando survival advice. We live what we write on a daily basis, and everything is tested and retested so you know it can be relied on when needed.

Who is this blog not for?

  • Those who only think about survival yet never get off the couch to do anything to prepare or learn needed skills.
  • Those who think preparedness comes from buying the latest survival gear or related gadget.
  • Those who think the term ”survivalist” is in any way connected to being a racist, extremist or other radical.
  • Those who advocate violence of any kind against anyone unless it is to save your life or that of another.

If any of the above describes you, then please move on because this blog is not for you.

You may find other preparedness sites giving the impression that you need fancy freeze-dried foods, a massive gun collection, a Hummer equipped with a gun turret and a 50 acre retreat secluded in some remote mountain top of Idaho. Although this may seem attractive on some level, it is not possible for the average Joe (or the average Jane). More importantly, you don’t need a six-figure income to help your family become better prepared.

It is my firm belief and conviction, backed with life experience that you can be practical, live efficiently well within your means and take positive, incremental steps towards preparedness success – all with minimal finances. Let me show you how to do it.

Thank you for checking us out. I hope you will grab a cup of coffee and sit down with us for a while. Feel free to use any of my free online resources, read the posted articles – past and present, and join in with the lively discussions. What you will find is a large community of like-minded people and families all across America, willing to support each other, helping prepare for an uncertain future.