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    Cities – A Prepper’s Nightmare & Solutions

    Jessica Hooley
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    The following article has been generously contributed by Jessica Hooley of the Salt n’ Prepper web site.

    Is it a coincidence that all of my nightmares occur in big cities? While it may be a personality glitch, I find that considering the dangers you face in the event of an emergency while living in a city, my nightmares may be justified. If you live in a city – buckle up. As a prepper you will have to work extra hard to make your emergency plan viable. And while I make no judgments on city dwellers, I must say – MOVE! For your own safety – MOVE! Move, move, move, move, move. Okay. I think I got it all out.

    Now I understand that not everyone can just pick up and move because some lady on the internet says so. So if you are in the situation where you must stay in the city here are a few things you MUST have in your emergency preparedness plan.

    Define Your Strategy

    One of the biggest problems with cities are the fact that they aren’t self-sustaining. They rely on outer communities to supply them with food, water and often times electricity. The second biggest issue with cities is the space. Most homes/apartments/condos don’t have the space needed to store supplies for 6 months to a year. And even if they did there is a severely high probability of civil unrest, leading to looting and robbery. In short – you need a plan.

    The three questions to ask yourself:

    1. How long will we stay
    2. How will we get out
    3. Where will we go

    How long will we stay
    – As I said before, in a city you must resign yourself to the fact that you will have to leave if the situation escalates to a point where you either have no supplies or your safety is in jeopardy. Decide with your family how long this period is going to be. After the power is out, the food is gone, and the shelves are empty in the
    grocery stores of all liquid – how much longer will you hold down the fort. Too short and you may have bugged out too soon. Too long and you risk the possibility of not being able to get out.

    How will we get out
    – Your exit strategy needs to be well planned out. Come up with a minimum of three routes out of the city. You’ve seen how a couple thousand people can shut down a road. Imagine the magnification of that situation when millions are out looking for food and water. You need to be able to navigate your way through the mess and be prepared to defend you and your family. I’ll go into further detail later.

    Where will we go
    – Once again, come up with a couple places as a destination if possible. Think of relatives out in the “boonies”. Anyone that you consider as being in a safe part of the world. If you don’t know anyone within a reasonable distance (you may run out of fuel) start thinking of areas that you could stay.
    Hotels. Camp spots. Some place to “ride it out”.

    Make Connections

    As we’ve pointed out before, the population of cities can quickly turn into one of your biggest challenges. So it’s up to you to change that. Build your community into your own personal defense. Help those around you prepare. Educate them about emergency preparedness. You don’t need to reveal all of your prepping secrets but by preparing others you are ensuring help in the event that looting reaches your neighborhood. If everyone has something to defend they are more likely to band together. By not including your neighbors you are making them a potential threat to you. And the last thing you’ll want is to have to pull a gun on your neighbor if they are trying to take your supplies out of desperation.

    Get the Gear

    Bug-Out Gear

    Although it may not seem like “gear” – a truck may likely be the most important bug-out necessity for someone in a big city. Reasons why:

    • Capable of hauling ALL of your bug-out supplies
    • You will need something capable of maneuvering around rubble, waste, people and stalled vehicles on the road.
    • Able to store extra fuel in the bed to get further away.

    Outside of an off road vehicle, you will also need the following items:

    1. 96 hour kits for each person in the family
    2. 7 days of water – 1 to 2 gallons of water per person per day
    3. A full gas tank and 40 extra gallons to haul

    Make sure in your plan to bug out, you have someone armed. When trying to leave the city there will be plenty of people outside waiting to stop you and take what you have. You must be prepared to face the realization that you may have to defend yourself with force.


    No matter where you live, water is the basis to sustaining life. If you are planning to stay in your house longer than a week (after water is unavailable) you need to make storing water a big priority. Get creative with your water storage. As you can find in my other posts, polycarbonate containers are great for water storage. If you are crammed on space, I highly recommend WaterBricks®. You can store upwards of 60 gallons underneath your queen size bed alone with them. No matter what you decide for a storage system – make the most out of it. You’ll want to store 1-2 gallons for each person in your family for every day you plan on staying in your home.

    Food Storage

    Food storage goes along the same lines as water. Make a food storage list to last your family the time you will be staying in your home. The key to your food storage is making it secret. In cities, food is likely to completely run out within 3 days. People will get really hungry really fast. And if someone remembers seeing that stack of food storage in your garage, or remembers you saying something about having 6 months in your basement – you’re their first stop. Don’t put yourself in the situation where you are more likely to have to defend your storage by shouting it from a mountain top. Once again, get creative and bury it in your yard if you must.


    In the event of an emergency, you will likely be facing a powerless situation. During the day you’ll just have to get used to being without certain luxuries like powered kitchen gadgets and television. But at night, no power can turn into a psychological battle. Especially for children. Have plenty of snap lights, flashlights and lanterns to keep it bright when the sun goes down so the little ones (and maybe even you) can relief during the night.
    TIP: In most cities, homes and other living spaces are close together. When using your evening lighting make sure to draw the shades. Test your emergency lighting during peacetime and see which places in the house you can use them without it being seen from the outside. Light will draw more than just bugs during a power outage. And the result could end up in self defense.
    Without electricity you may be in for some cold nights. Be prepared with some down blankets and 4 season sleeping bags. You can also get some indoor kerosene heaters. And if you are lucky enough to have a wood burning fireplace, put it use! Get stocked up on firewood and use it when necessary.



    The terrible truth is that most places in this country where self-defense is needed most, it’s unavailable to law abiding citizens. I’m talking about guns. Big cities, despite their soaring crimes rates, seem to find rationale in banning guns whenever possible. And while free speech is still available – I’m telling you to get your hands on a gun no matter what it takes. As long as you are an otherwise law abiding citizen and you don’t hear voices in your head telling you to kill people – you need the ability to defend your property and more importantly your family.

    Other fantastic weapons to have stored for self-defense include:

    • Pepper spray
    • Taser
    • Trip wires
    • A guard dog – a really mean looking one

    These other defense tools are great to get someone off your property initially but keep in mind that they’ll get away and may come back with the knowledge that this time they’ll have to kill you to get your food.


    If you plan to stay in your home for more than a month before bugging out, you need to consider investing in fortifications for your home. This includes making some changes that are more functional than pretty. This includes things like plexiglass windows, steel doors, removing landscaping features that people can easily hide in, blacking out windows, etc. Anything that can make your home more secure makes you less of a target.

    So for all you city dwelling preppers, I hope this helped. Make your plan bullet proof. You are already at a disadvantage so have a process in place for everything you need to do. Good luck and happy prepping!

    Jessica Hooley is the author of Salt n’ Prepper and contributor to the Army Navy Store Blog – PX Supply.

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    Episode-879- Julie Behling on Essential Oils for Emergency and Everyday Care

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    Julie Behling founded Essential Survival in 2010 with the goal of helping as many people as possible be equipped to take care of their health in the event of a natural disaster or economic collapse where medicines are expected to be scarce, as well as on a daily basis.

    Essential Survival combines the effectiveness and purity of essential oils from Young Living Essential Oils with Julie’s passion for and extensive knowledge on both natural healing and disaster preparedness. She joins us today to discuss medical preparedness, how to prepare medically for an economic collapse.

    Join Julie and I today as we Discuss…

    • What is projected to be the #1 cause of death in the event of a global economic collapse?
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    SHTF-Oriented Fitness and Martial Arts for a Middle-Aged Couch Potato

    I saw this thread 1, 2 over at Survival Blog and have to talk about it.....

    Things like this always kind of bother me. It is like folks are framing a question to get an answer they want. "What is the best gun if I do not want to spend a lot of money but want something super reliable and also really cool?" or "What is the best bolt action rifle that costs less than $120 has dirt cheap ammo and was manufactured between about 1898 and 1945 in a country that borders Poland and China?" Maybe even worse folks ask for seriously sub optimal and almost ridiculous advice like "So I won't exercise at all and will continue being a huge slob, also I am not willing to spend any money or time on preparedness, have no extra space in my home and am unwilling to change my current lifestyle in any way but how do I become completely prepared for the Zombie apocalypse in 30 days?"

    For folks getting back into fitness the key is to start with something that is reasonably easy (in fancy words training OPTIMALLY not MAXIMALLY) and to slowly but CONSISTENTLY and methodically progress in difficulty and length of effort based on some reasonably logical plan. Heck, those are the keys to fitness anyway but older folks with some extra pounds and maybe some injuries can't get away with what healthy 22 year olds can.

    Tighten up on your diet is so important I just can't talk about it enough. Like a lot of things as you get older the slack goes away. At 20 or 25 most folks can eat just about anything and stay at a healthy weight but that goes away over time. I am not saying that you have to shift to a perfectly healthy diet tomorrrow but just about everybody can do better. Have a bit of discipline to not eat complete junk like fast food, chips and sweets all the time and pay some attention to your portions. A significant amount of the "bad knees/ hips/ backs" of 35-55 year olds would magically be cured by getting to a reasonable body weight.

    Assuming a program makes some sense ie: is progressive or scalable, allows enough time to recover, has strength, muscular endurance and running/ rucking type components and generally passes the common sense test it should be just fine. Doing something is probably more important than following the perfect program.

    As to specific points that came up in this series with my comments:

    "To start with, use only a few primitive techniques (punches, kicks, blocks, movements) and combinations of them. A simple well-practiced technique is far better than several of those which you won’t be able to do in the critical situation. A simple and reliable technique is far more valuable than a complex one."

    I agree with this but it kind of misses a simple and valuable point. The basics are what make you a good athlete or fighter. It is honestly a disservice to call them the basics in that it demeans them and implies that there are some more useful and advanced techniques out there. The difference between a total novice and a great fighter or shooter is that a great fighter or shooter can properly apply the basics very quickly at the right time with a high level of consistency while a novice fails at some or maybe even all of those.

    For example anyone could learn in an afternoon the exact same skills that Chris Costa of Magpul fame or genuine Tier 1 Bad Mama Jamma Larry Vickers use to draw and fire a handgun. Does this mean that they would be able to put a round downrange from concealed carry in the same sort of time, let alone have the same accuracy? Does it mean that Mr. Couch Commando could defend himself as efficiently as either of those gentlemen could if he was attacked leaving the Bank after cashing a check? I seriously doubt it.

    If you can’t do at least 50 push-ups in a single set, your punch will never be any good."

    This is just stupid and is really what bothered me enought to write this whole thing in the first place. First of all let us look at where striking "power" comes from, namely proper technique and then sheer strength.

    I have been hit by a lot of people in my life. Some of them were professional fighters. A professional welterweight outpunched a few 220+ pound big strong men because he really knew exactly what he was doing. Bringing us back to the first point for a second this is a great example of mastering the basics. Secondly if we factor it out technique by getting fighters of similar skill levels then sheer raw strength (and size but those two usually rhyme) is what matters in terms of striking power. A punch is a quick aggressive movement of near full force. If you are going to exercise to hit hard you lift big heavy things to get stronger, period. Local muscular endurance, which is what max rep pushups measure has absolutely nothing to do with this other than that it may be losely related to strength.A guy who is strong (we would have to define that but I don't feel like tossing out some random arbitrary numbers) can hit hard, a guy who is REALLY STRONG can hit REALLY HARD. Jim Wendler or Matt Kroc could hypothetically have the fighting technique of an average elementary school kid and still hit REALLY HARD because they are just that strong.

    Lastly to utterly refute this concept I bring up Butterbean. I rather doubt he could do 50 good pushups but he sure hits hard.

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    Dealing With Dehydration In A Survival Situation

    April 16, 2012
    by Bob Livingston

    One of the greatest dangers to people in survival situations, especially in the summer in warmer climates, is dehydration. While working to overcome a new hardship, it’s easy for someone to overexert and become overheated. Also, people can easily be exposed to contaminated water or improperly prepared or spoiled food — which could cause diarrhea or vomiting — in a survival situation.

    Of course, the easiest way for a healthy person to avoid dehydration is to drink plenty of liquids before and during strenuous activities. But severe diarrhea can also cause dehydration, so you should be prepared to deal with this deadly condition.

    The young and the elderly are especially susceptible to dehydration. The young are more susceptible because they don’t know how to properly hydrate themselves, and, when sick, often refuse food or drink. The elderly are susceptible because they don’t drink as much as younger people, have reduced kidney function, suffer incontinence, or simply have difficulty going to relieve themselves because of pain or infirmity.

    Look for these signs if you suspect a person is dehydrated:

    • Thirsty.
    • Dry mouth or sticky saliva.
    • Dry skin.
    • Skin flushing.
    • Dark colored urine.
    • Fatigue or weakness.
    • Chills.
    • Head rushes.

    A person showing these signs are in the early stages of dehydration and has lost about 2 percent of his total body fluids. This person should be kept in a cool area away from the sun, if possible. He should be given plenty of non-caffeinated fluids (preferably water or a sports drink). The fluids should be taken in small sips.

    In more severe cases of dehydration a person may experience:

    • Increased heart rate.
    • Increased respiration.
    • Decreased sweating.
    • Decreased urination.
    • Increased body temperature.
    • Extreme fatigue.
    • Muscle cramps.
    • Headaches.
    • Nausea.
    • Tingling of the limbs.

    A person experiencing dehydration this severe should receive IV fluids to quickly replenish the electrolytes that are lost, and every effort should be made to get the person still, quiet and cool. If an IV is not available, sports drinks or Pedialite should be given, again, taken in small sips. Sports drinks and Pedialite are better than water because they contain electrolytes. Electrolytes are important because their loss can interfere with the chemical reactions needed for healthy cell operation. If no sports drinks are available, slowly administer water and, once symptoms have subsided, give the patient a salty snack or light meal.

    In the most serious cases of dehydration a person will lose about 10 percent of his fluids. Emergency help will be needed immediately. Symptoms of severe dehydration include:

    • Muscle spasms.
    • Vomiting.
    • Racing pulse.
    • Shriveled skin.
    • Dim vision.
    • Painful urination.
    • Confusion.
    • Difficulty breathing.
    • Seizures.
    • Chest and abdominal pain.
    • Unconsciousness.

    Again, an immediate IV and the best available medical care are needed in situations like this.

    The Mayo Clinic has a recipe for an oral rehydration solution that it recommends in an emergency situation where a pre-formulated solution is unavailable.

    Mix 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 3 tablespoons sugar and 1 liter (about 1 quart) of safe drinking water. Be careful in your measurements because incorrect amounts can make the solution less effective or even harmful. If possible, have someone else check your measurements for accuracy.

    If the victim is vomiting, the Mayo Clinic recommends giving small amounts of the solution at frequent intervals.

    If you don’t have the equipment necessary to give IV fluids and the person is in shock, unconscious or severely dehydrated, there is still a way to administer fluids in a hurry. It can be done rectally.

    However, this method will obviously not work if the cause of the problem is severe diarrhea. To administer rectal hydration, place the victim on his side with the buttocks raised on two pillows. A lubricated plastic tube with a blunt end (a large urinary catheter or naso gastric tube is ideal) should be passed through the anus into the rectum to a depth of about 9 inches. It should pass with minimal pressure and should not be forced so as to avoid perforating the bowel.

    Tape the tube to the skin. A longer piece of tubing and a drip bag or funnel should be attached to the end and elevated. Slowly drip 200 mls. of fluid over a period of 15 to 20 minutes. The catheter should then be clamped. This can be repeated every four hours with another 200 mls. Up to 1000-1,200 mls per 24-hour time frame can be administered this way. If 200 mls is tolerated well, the volume can be increased slightly or the time between intervals can be reduced to three or three and a half hours.

    If overflow occurs, the volume should be reduced. A rectum full of feces does not absorb water very well, so the amounts may need to be reduced, but given more frequently.

    Editor’s Note: This is an excerpt from my book, How to Survive the Collapse of Civilization. You can order the book here.–BL

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    The zombie survival 'Google Map' that will help you find food and guns after the undead apocalypse

    By Chris Parsons
    PUBLISHED: 18:03 EST, 10 April 2012 | UPDATED: 03:09 EST, 11 April 2012
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    It's well known horror film fact that when a zombie apocalypse arrives, those who want to see off the army of the undead need a variety of supplies to survive.

    Nearby medical care, weapons and nutrition are the key concerns for anyone hoping to successfully avoid being feasted on by rampant zombie legions.

    Now, should any remaining humans be overcome by confusion or panic during the zombie invasion, a unique world map has been created detailing all the key locations people need to survive.

    Useful guide: The zombie map of New York points out gun shops and convenience stores, among other things, in the Big Apple

    Handily, the map of the dead also features a more conventional road map without the ominous red and black colour scheme

    A wide map of London shows all the retail outlets required for your zombie survival needs

    Many key locations for surviving the zombie hoards do not show up immediately, but are visible when the user zooms in further on maps

    Prepare yourself: Anyone looking to engage in a fight against the undead knows they need quick access to weapons and provisions

    The 'Zombie Survival Map' plots petrol stations, grocery stores, and even gun shops in major cities across the world, should the worst happen and the undead take over the planet.

    Mapped out in an ominous black and red colour scheme, the map, the map shows the nearest location for key locations in the fight against zombies, such as convenience stores, gun shops, and hardware stores.

    Usefully, it also points out liquor stores, shopping malls, military facilities and police stations.

    Worldwide threat: The makers of the map have clearly not ruled out a global zombie apocalypse, as they have also provided details on major cities across Europe, such as Paris

    Options for those surviving a zombie onslaught in Rome appear more limited, as the map makers have only pointed out shopping malls and liquor stores

    Cemeteries and campsites, stock locations for many zombie films, are also included, along with hospitals, airports, radio towers, outdoor stores, and harbours.

    The selection of locations also features tongue-in-cheek descriptions so users can assess the usefulness of each category.

    The convenience store, for example, is described as being 'likely to have snacks and non-perishables. Like Twinkies.'

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    The Fallacy of Bugging Out – Are You Prepared to Be a Refugee?

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    This article has been generously contributed by Survival Acres – Sustainable Living & Common Sense.
    Many websites, blogs and forums have covered the topic of bugging out in excruciating detail, all under the assumption that this will be a necessary escape plan for many of us when the proverbial shit hits the fan. This notion is predicated upon the belief that escape and evasion, necessary for your immediate survival will be a (likely) event that you must plan and prepare for now.
    However, nothing could be further from the real and actual truth. This cherished myth is a deceptive and dangerous notion that has little place in reality. I’ve long held a stanceagainst this notion because in nearly all cases and all situations, this is a very bad idea with oftentimes fatal consequences. Bugging out is embracing the refugee lifestyle – a very bad idea. Refugees throughout history have fared very badly, suffered extreme hardship and deprivation, with many not surviving the experience. There is a far better alternative to this.
    The rejection of the “bug out” mythology flies in the face of the so-called ‘expert advice’ and theory being proposed by many websites and authors, who are also very active in selling products and gear specifically oriented around this concept. You could say quite rightly, that there is indeed a agenda at work here, but it is not one in your best interests. Hold onto your pockets and read on.
    Bugging out entails leaving everything you are, and everything you own, and everything you use, day in and day out, and everything you cannot carry or transport with you, behind. Not only behind, but inaccessible, unusable and abandoned.Potentially forever.
    How much of our lives, and the things within our lives, do we truly want to abandon? You will also leaving behind all rules of normalcy, the concept of “plenty” and abundance (which also means replacements and repair), all laws, rules, behavior andexpectations that we have come to expect from each other and within our society, both good and bad.
    Let’s make a list of these things to put this reality into perspective:
    You will be leaving behind your job (income), perhaps your family (wife, kids), your home (shelter), your friends (support network), your contacts (other people you know), your bank accounts (money), your credit (ruined), your retirement (pension), your property and everything you own (everything you cannot carry with you), your vehicles (except perhaps one, at least until the gas tank is empty), your future (prospects, employment, credibility, integrity). Don’t forget things also left behind, such as electricity, running water, Internet access, news and information, communications, telephone and even cell service, a warm, dry bed and other ‘essentials’, some more then others.
    You will also leave behind all expectations of normalcy, decency, morality and expectations, i.e., a “normal life”,forever – more on that below.
    If you were dependent upon a job, it will be gone. You will have either been fired or laid off with a ruined reference for any future employment. You would not be able to pay your rent or your mortgage, your utility bills or any of your monthly obligations. If they’ve lapsed far enough, then you would be facing bankruptcy and / or forfeiture of your (remaining) assets, or at the very least, their liquidation (if you still have them) in order to survive a few more weeks.
    It’s possible your kids or your wife could be gone, having abandoned you for abandoning them or sucked up into the system by the welfare state or child protective services. Your marriage could be in ruins, your family and friends could disown you, but in any case, what would be left of your relationships could potentially be in complete tatters. Worthwhile? You decide.
    Your connections to society and civilization would also be destroyed, or certainly damaged, perhaps beyond repair. In effect, you’d be “cashing out” completely and perhaps forever, of the life you’ve lived and starting over. Worthwhile? You decide.
    But you’d be alive! (supposedly).
    In effect, bugging out will mean you will be totally abandoning your present life in exchange for huddling under a tree in the woods, trying to avoid hypothermia and starvation, wondering where you next meal will come from, and how long you can hold out in your new ‘reality’. And whatever it was that you chose to run away from — will still be there. This is perhaps the most overlooked point of all.
    How long could you hold out? Not long. The reasons are many, but they are sound.
    The need to bug out is an exceedingly tiny reality — a future event that will probably never happen. But it is not a zeropossibility (nothing is, not even an alien invasion). Yet this topic still receives a ridiculous amount of attention despite its extremely low probability, which makes no sense at all. The reason is because escapism is thought to be a ’solution’ versus contributing to the problem. It’s not, as the points above demonstrate.
    Running — from whatever the problem is, usually ensures that you are taking your problems with you. Only if your life is inimmediate danger does running offer a better opportunity then staying put and dealing with the problem. Running does not make problems go away, it will very often make them much worse.
    Running is also thought of as being romantic, adventurous and even ‘brave’ in some circles. Taking on the world all by yourself while you’re on the run is a common theme in movies and books, but has nothing to do with real life. Running means you’re in full-blown survival mode and all bets are off, including all notions of morality, right and wrong, doing the “right thing” and what you can even reasonably expect to happen. Anythingcan happen if you run, and often does, because you are replacing all of your security for a whole series of things unknown (and insecure).
    Did you know that if you abandon the system, then the system will also abandon you? Nobody much talks about this point, but it is true. You will find yourself outside of society, unhelped and unhelpable, unknown, disconnected and even hated for being what you have now become. With no address, connections, no references, no family or friends, nothing with which to help connect you back into society, society will turn its back upon you in fear, and you will be outside of all normal channels of help and assistance, effectively cut off. This is a huge issue, but nobody ever mentions it.
    To The Woods
    Bugging out is usually assumed to mean “to the woods” where survivors, patriots, militia, end-timers and others will be making “their last stand” (apparently together, whether they like it or not) while roasting hotdogs and marshmallows. Instead, it will be the last man standing over a pile of rotted and half-eatencorpses, since the food and supplies and the notions of ‘living off the land’ will have died out with the last slaughtered deer to be found. And every ’survivor’ will have been hoping all along that nobody has turned them in for poaching.
    Campsites, caves and hidey-holes will have become armed, dirty and infested encampments of hungry and desperate men (the surviving women would have long since been forced into prostitution and slavery), all fighting over the remaining scraps to be found (and newcomers showing up) necessary for their survival. Informants, traitors, thieves, murderers, rapists and thugs will quickly become the defining characteristic, with the strongest ruling (or eating) the weak. Those who arrive “first” will potentially be better prepared to prey upon the late-comers or the weak, so if you are still planning on trying this, get your seat at the table early.
    Think not? This is exactly what happens during civil wars and internal conflicts when a country turns against itself. The war in Bosnia saw tens of thousands of murders, rapes and thefts as the people turned on each other. It was a fight for survival, for food, for weapons, for money, for women.
    It has happened all over the world, and it will happen again. Whenever there is not enough to go around, and whenever there is strife, secrecy and conflict, those involved will resort to whatever methods of survival that they have to in order that they might live another day by whatever means possible. It will be no picnic, no romantic “retreat into the woods” where faith, truth, righteousness or rebellion will flourish and grow. Instead, it will be a bloodbath where the young, old and the weak succumb the quickest. I suggest you bring lots of Tabasco sauce, as it does make the meat taste better.
    Bugging out also means you are leaving the norms of society behind. These are the rules, laws, restrictions and expectations that you have come to expect (and largely appreciate) that govern human behavior. Would-be dictators and gang leaders will spring forth from unlikely sources. Since there is nothing to hinder them, then they will allow themselves to be unhindered. Unrestrained, you will find the true nature of what your “friends” can really be. You’ll soon regret not locking up the mad caps among you and taking away their weapons. If food or medical supplies are in short supply, then expect gang on gang, tribe on tribe warfare to begin. Expect slavery, torture, imprisonment and rape. Also expect the nearby communities (cities, towns, villages) to become their prey, as theft, robbery and murder to go hand in hand with their (daily) need for food and other things like fuel and medical supplies.
    Inversely, you could also expect smart and prepared communities to expel, exterminate and hunt down these refugees if things get way out of hand, exacerbating an already bad situation. Forget for a moment the military or law enforcement going after these woodland refugees (a topic unto itself), the locals themselves will not be the helping hand that you may have naively come to expect, especially if you or your gang have already trod upon their welcome mat. They’re trying to survive too, and live normal, unfettered lives as best they can. They don’t need nor appreciate you coming along and messing things up. Camping out in their back yard or nearby forests will often pit you against them in violent and lethal ways. And they will be far more adept then you are outlasting you because they will have the infrastructure and support network to do so.
    Survivalism is only rarely about ’surviving in the woods’. Rather, survivalism is about living, and staying alive, and how you might do that while experiencing as few hardships as you can. Bugging out to the woods to survive your end-time fantasies is going to be a quick path to death for the majority of people that try this route. There is a better alternative to this.
    Staying Alive
    Bugging out is never quite what everyone seems to think it is, where living off the land and finding adequate nutrition and staying healthy is grossly overlooked. Many people claim that they can “do it”, yet return year after year from hunting season empty handed. When the beer runs out, they head home. Or when the food is bland or gone, they’re beating tracks as fast as they can to the nearest restaurant. These ’survivalists’ and ‘outdoorsman’ will not survive their voluntary refugee status by bugging out, but they will (if they show up, far from home) be a serious problem for the locals.
    You will burn up a tremendous amount of calories (as much as 3 – 4 times as normal) while trying to live off the land. Finding and building shelter, hunting and gathering for food and water, providing heat, establishing security and working and waking / walking for long hours at a time, will cause you to expend far more calories then you will be taking in. Even if you are very well supplied, you won’t be for long (you cannot carry enough). Foraging for food will very rarely provide enough calories versus what you are expending while looking. You will quickly go into a calorie deficit, burning off fats and muscles as your body adapts to your new environment and demands.
    I’ve seen lot of ill-informed discussion of ‘nomadic lifestyle’ whereas the individual or group is roaming about, living off the land. This notion is pure b.s., as it is calorie-deficient, ill-advised for security reasons and will increase the risk of injury and health issues. You will need to preserve calories — not expend them (if you can).
    Calorie deficiency cannot last very long (mere days in most cases) before your health diminishes and your strength drops. You risk hypothermia, vitamin deficiencies and a higher risk of contracting illness and injury due to your weakened condition. Unless your nutritional needs are met and you are able to also stay warm and dry, avoiding hypothermia (core temperature drop) and frostbite / exposure, then it is just a matter of time before you become incapacitated, unable to effectively help yourself.

    There are countless examples of ‘modern day survivalists’ who have found this out, believing that they too could live off the land and survive, but lacking the skills and experience to do so.

    Additionaly, our forests are not the cornucopia of food waiting to be plucked many seem to think, they’re vastly depleted monocultures of trees, lacking sufficient edible foods and wildlife. Some of these people wound up dead, others were found or rescued. All of them learned that foraging for sufficient nutrition and calories is why we have modern farms — it is the most efficient way of meeting our nutritional needs. Even growing your own food at home in a controlled environment (garden) with a plentiful supply of soils, seeds, water, tools and time is extremely difficult, if not nearly impossible for most of us (really) to meet all your daily nutritional needs, all while leading a far less demanding lifestyle then living off in the woods in survival mode. I’ve long been advocating sustainable living and raising your own food, but here in the woods where I live, I cannot even grow half of the food I need to stay alive and healthy, let alone expect to hunt it down. Nor can I grow enough to feed my family, compounding the nutritional needs required.

    Bugging out is in nearly all cases, a very bad idea, fraught with danger and pitfalls, destined for failure and doom for those that believe that this will be “their answer” to whatever they’re running away from. It would only be necessary in the most extreme circumstances (extremely rare) and for very extremely short periods of time and for extremely few (skilled) people. This rules out almost everyone else. You would need to return to civilization far sooner then many seem to be planning for. If you did run off into the woods, you’d soon be back (as many Y2K refugees found out).

    Wouldn’t it then be a better solution to avoid this unnecessary step altogether if you could?

    Ultimately, this then is the far better solution — bugging in, back to safety, food, heat, clothing, medical attention and survival. If you truly think that you foresee a need to bug out — then revise your plans to bug in to a new location within civilization where you can find (or work for) food, clothing, shelter, safety and security (including an income) where your survival is a far more sure thing. This is the only long-term answer there really is. You will also be in a much better situation to deal with whatever the problem was in the first place that caused you to leave.

    I do not have a bug out bag anymore, since it no longer makes any sense to me to have one. I do have cash, toys, tools, vehicles and other things of interest at my disposal. Disappearing off into the woods is a dead end and it will not work for the vast majority of people that would try this.

    You would have to come out sooner then you think (if you survive) and return to life within civilization somewhere. You’re not going to live off the land indefinitely, and not even as long as you may think, so it makes far more sense in your ‘escape plan’ to prepare for living someplace else instead.

    The entire concept of bugging out truly needs to be redefined to fit within the parameters of reality and how this would really work for the vast majority of people. Leaving for reasons of safety, security, natural disasters or some other valid reason is perfectly acceptable — but where you go and how you will plan on surviving while you are there seems to be where this theory falls flat on its face against reality.

    Having the means to leave, but having some place to go, where you can find safety, food, shelter and sustainability is key to a true “bug out” plan.

    Planning on disappearing into the woods is in all probability one of the worst ideas you could attempt. You would have to come out sooner or later, weakened, possibly sick or injured, broke, destitute and impoverished — a true self-made refugee. Basically, a dumb idea all around, one that should only be tried in the most extreme circumstances and only for the adept.

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    The One Investment Strategy You Need to Know to Protect Yourself Against the Coming Inflation Monster

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    The Inflation Monster Cometh, Prepare Yourself

    by Tom Chatham

    Let’s just take a quick review of the situation as we know it. The real inflation rate is over 10% and the real u6 unemployment rate is over 22% according to General Mills recently reported that their input costs rose from 10% to 11% year over year. This is no shock to anyone that goes to the grocery store every week. The Baltic dry index, the measure of shipping rates worldwide , dropped over 65% between Nov 2011 and Mar 2012. This means a lot of cargo ships are sitting around with nothing to do. The housing sector is still in shambles and will take at least a decade to work off the Millions of foreclosures on the books and the millions about to be added in the next few years. This means the price of houses will continue to fall for the foreseeable future so if you decide to buy please do some research and go into it with both eyes open.
    Recently the BRICS countries held a meeting and agreed to conduct more commerce in their own currencies instead of U.S. dollars. Iran is selling oil for anything but dollars.

    Saudi Arabia is building a huge new refinery in cooperation with China on the Red Sea. It is estimated that there are about $700 Trillion in derivatives in the world banking system. This is over 10 times the World GDP. This is insane.

    So why is it a bad thing if no one wants to use our currency to do business? The Dollar is the world reserve currency. This means that all major commodities in the world are priced in Dollars. If someone wants to buy oil or grain they first have to exchange their currency for dollars to make the purchase. Because of this many foreign banks keep a large supply of dollars to do business. The only one that can print Dollars is the U.S. so we don’t need to convert anything to do business. That means we don’t need to have a lot of exports to make money to pay for stuff, we can just print all the money we need. This is exactly what we have been doing for decades. It has worked so far because foreign banks needed the money for their own use , but we have come to a point that there is too much money. The more money that is printed , the less each dollar is worth.
    Other countries are tired of losing buying power because of this so they are deciding to use something else. This means all of that U.S. money that is sitting in foreign banks is about to start moving back to the U.S.

    Most of the things we now buy are made overseas. If all of this money comes home it will flood the economy with money making the dollars you hold worth less. If we lose our reserve currency status we will then have to exchange our dollars for other currencies for whatever we buy just like everyone else. The more we print , the less it will be worth in other currencies. This means we won’t be able to just print what we need , we will have to make money by exporting goods. This will be difficult to do with the destruction of our manufacturing sector. In short , losing reserve currency status will make everything we import much more expensive and the continued printing of money will make things even worse. Every time you hear about someone moving away from the U.S. dollar you need to keep this in mind. And what are those pesky derivatives about?

    They are merely bets between banks , just like the bets you place in Vegas except when these bets have to pay off everyone will lose.

    Everything we buy will continue to rise in price at a faster and faster rate. It will be impossible for people to keep up in purchasing power. So what can you do to protect yourself? Consider this. If you buy $100 worth of food and put it in your pantry until you need it next year , and the price of this food goes up 10% , that is the same as making 10% interest on this $100 , just the same as if you had it in a savings account. The best thing is you will have no risk of losing this money as you would in the stock market or some other investment. If you do this with items you know you will need over the next few months , you can save a great deal of money and protect your buying power. If you keep a year supply of food and keep it rotated , you will effectively be eating at last years prices and this will shield you from any supply disruptions should they happen. This can also be done with things like clothing. You may want to put some of your extra money into something like silver to preserve your buying power. The best way for the average person is to buy pre 1965 junk silver coins or 1 oz bullion coins , but be aware that China is flooding the U.S. with fake gold and silver coins so buy them from a reputable dealer that can verify their authenticity.

    A good book to read on this subject is The Alpha Strategy (PDF), which can be downloaded free on the internet. It is well worth reading if you want a better understanding of economics. Most people like to be optimistic and think things will get better , but what if they get worse? Anyone living outside of D.C. knows that things are difficult these days so it only makes sense to be responsible and be prepared to take care of your family if the situation should continue to deteriorate. Some estimate the real inflation rate will hit 14% this year and possibly 25% next year. If QE3 is launched the estimates are as high as 50% within a year. If these estimates are even half right , it will destroy the average working class American. A can of ham will always be worth a can of ham but a dollar is only worth what someone is willing to trade you for it. Prepare yourself accordingly.

    SHTFplan Editor’s Note: Millions of Americans invest their hard earned money into paper assets that have counter-party risk. These paper assets like stocks, bonds, or delivery receipts are only as good as the firm (or country) backing them. If those entities fail (as we have seen countless times before, most recently with MF Global), even though they say you have ownership of those assets, you actually own nothing but the paper receipt in your possession. Back in January of 2010 we recommended a strategy that called for buying commodities at today’s lower prices to consume at tomorrow’s higher prices. Investing directly into commodities, namely food, precious metals and other supplies, as Mr. Chatham suggests, will provide you with a zero counter party risk investment, because you have physical possession of those goods and you are free to consume them at anytime. Not only that, but as the dollar depreciates against these assets you are enjoying a relatively decent return. With inflation at roughly 10% (unofficially, of course), had you invested into assets that include long-term storage supplies like rice, beans, wheat, etc., you’d have turned a decent profit – with no risk of those assets ever being MF’d by Wall Street brokers who are out only to protect their own interests. This strategy is as timely today as it was in 2010, and for the reasons Mr. Chatham outlines above, may be more important now than it was then.

    This article has been contributed by Tom Chatham, author of The American Dream Lost: Economic Survival Strategy For a New Paradigm.

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    Guest Post: Why I Prepare by Benjammin

    In 2005 my presence was requested in Iraq and I went over as a civilian contractor for the Army for a year. Due to my upbringing, I had always been a bit of a survival type (boy scouts, hunting, fishing and camping in the Pacific Northwest). I had also gone through SER training in the military a long time ago. As a result, most all of my knowledge of survival is from a wilderness perspective, so going to a war zone in an urban environment was a new experience for me.

    In the time I was there in Iraq, I learned quite a bit about what it takes to get by in a crisis situation in an environment much more structured and restrictive than I was familiar with. We were not allowed to carry firearms as civilians, so we relied exclusively on security personnel, not only to protect us, but as a source of information and direction as to how to act, what to look out for, and so on. It didn’t take long for me to figure out that I wanted these folks to appreciate my presence, so I had the wife regularly ship me whatever goodies I knew the security people craved. Keeping them in beef jerky and candy meant they all knew me by my first name; and that was comforting.

    I came to realize how thin the veil of security/safety in our own society really is. These were some of the experiences that opened my eyes:

    • Making bunker runs at 2:00 am to the sound of mortars impacting nearby
    • Bullets spinning out on the floor of our quarters after penetrating the roof
    • Eating one MRE a day all week because we can’t get to the chow hall, and my latest goody shipment is late, and I didn’t save any of the last one
    • Not being able to leave the compound for days
    • Having to keep a gas mask within arms reach some days
    • Bathing in highly chlorinated, near scalding water from tanks sitting in the hot Iraqi summer sun
    • Drinking 2 gallons or more of water a day because you are wearing 40 lbs of black Cordura body armor and a Kevlar helmet
    • Seeing the look of death on the faces of your Iraqi co-workers because someone blew up at the checkpoint on their way into town, again
    • Witnessing people getting shot, blown up, etc
    • Friends who suddenly and permanently never show up to work ever again, no idea what happened to them
    • Getting shot at, dancing in the street to avoid bullets ricocheting along the sidewalk, or having bullets smack the window next to your head in a car waiting at a checkpoint, with nowhere to go
    • Having your most important/vital possessions in a bag by the door of your hooch, ready to grab and run for your life, and actually having to do it once in a while

    And we civilians had it easier than the soldiers. The soldiers we interfaced with (mostly kids younger than my own children) had it a lot worse, and faced far greater risks and hardships than I ever did.

    When I came home, I had an entirely different attitude about our lifestyle. I also realized there are some things you can prepare for, some things you can control, and some things that you are just along for the ride. More importantly, I am passing on this mindset to my children in the hopes that they don’t have to go through what I did, although it would be worth the experience for them if the risk wasn’t too egregious.

    Now I keep my home, my work, and my vehicles well stocked with equipment, material and supplies that I’ve learned I will need in a crisis. I keep in reasonable shape for a 50 year old so I can still run like hell to safety, if it is close enough (I need oxygen bad when I get there, though). I practice self defense and situational awareness regularly, and I surround myself with people I can trust will have my back if things go sour, and endear myself to them. I have plans for staying where I am or leaving, with redundancy.

    I am certain that soldiering in the sandbox does much to educate those who serve about the realities of life and the way the world really works. Going over there as a civilian was also enlightening and humbling. I will admit that on more than one occasion I was formulating prayers faster than I could speak.

    Faith is a powerful survival tool for just about any crisis situation.

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