DHS Is Gaming Civil War…Are You?

by David Morris on May 10, 2012

There was some big news this week that I want to address about DHS “Preparing for Civil War.”

In short, a highly respected security expert was recently approached by a DHS informant who told him that DHS is preparing for Civil War due to a collapse of the dollar, hyperinflation, and the resulting chaos that they expect to happen as a result.

The thing that has surprised me this week is, frankly, why people are surprised about this.

One one hand, the economic collapse in one form or another has been in process for several decades and it’s been the subject of novels and fiction for at least 2 decades.  Over the last few years, economic collapse has changed from being a fringe concept to being mainstream and generally accepted that some sort of crash is going to happen.  The main question is how bad it will be, how long it will last, and how it will play out.

On the other hand, since millions of preppers, including current and former military, law enforcement, and government employees are preparing their families for financial turmoil and breakdowns in civil order, why wouldn’t we EXPECT federal agencies to do the same?

And this isn’t a new thing.  I’ve worked with guys who have done Red Cell wargaming since 9/11 and controlling the population in the event of a terrorist attack, natural disaster, or economic disaster is ALWAYS one of the factors that has to be taken into account.

When you see that unknown economic turmoil is on the horizon, one of the things that you want to game out is what your family would do in the event of civil disorder/civil war.  In fact, this is one of the things that I strongly encourage people to do in the SurviveInPlace.com course.

Don’t get me wrong…I don’t get warm fuzzies about DHS preparing for civil war.  I’d much rather it was local agencies who actually know and live among their population rather than some Federal agency making centralized policy for the whole country anonymously.  At the same time, while I can’t flip a switch and do anything to change what DHS is or is not doing, I CAN flip a switch right now and make positive changes in my life and the lives of my family that will help make us more resilient in the event of natural disasters, manmade disasters, and economic disasters.

This is a VERY important point that I want you to understand and encourage you to embrace…there are things that are within your realm of control right now and many things that are NOT within your realm of control.  You will probably never be able to do anything but prepare for and react to the things that are not within your realm of control.

What DHS and other government agencies decide to do is outside of your realm of control.  You can vote for representatives who you agree with, write letters and make phone calls to your elected representatives (and I encourage you to do so), but when it all comes down to how things will play out after a disaster, it’s much more important that you take action on things that are within your realm of control.

In other words, instead of being concerned about DHS having plans for a civil war, maybe you should work on your own plan.

What’s that mean?  Get your stuff in order, do it quickly, and do it in such a way that you won’t regret the time and money you spent on preparing if nothing horrible ends up happening during your lifetime.

I’ll give you some guidelines in a second, but I want to point out that this whole prepare-without-guilt-if-nothing-ever-happens concept is foundational to everything that I have written and I strongly suggest that you check out the www.SurviveInPlace.com course and or the www.FastestWayToPrepare.com course if you want a detailed roadmap to follow.

As a general guideline, become more resilient so that you can bounce back from whatever happens to the world around you.  Here’s some steps:

  1. Figure out what it would take for you and/or your family to survive if cut off from civilization. This is harder for some than others.  Accept it and deal with it if you’re in this group…as soon as possible.Here’s an example.  A friend of mine who I think the world of is married to an incredible woman who takes anti-rejection medication for an organ transplant.  If a collapse happens that knocks out future supply of her medication, it means that her clock has started ticking.  At this point, she has the choice of denying that there’s a problem and quietly fading away or completely embracing life and squeezing as much as is humanly possible out of her remaining days.

    Another example is if you’re body is decades older than your mind.  In this case, you need to take inventory of your strengths, find able bodied people who fall short in those areas, and team up.

    In any case, you are going to want to both stock up on water, food, heat, medical supplies, entertainment, mental health, spiritual health, physical health, and the tools necessary to provide the above AND figure out long term sustainable solutions.  It’s easier to simply stock up on stuff that you use and need, but it’s much less expensive to create sustainable solutions.

  2. Once you’ve figured out your needs, start picking off the low-hanging fruit first.  Disaster may strike next week and you’re much better having SOMETHING 100% done and usable than a bunch of items 80% done and unusable.A few pieces of low-hanging fruit are entertainment, mental health, and physical health.  If you take up reading and body-weight exercises and cut out SOME TV time, you could very well end up going to bed earlier, getting more sleep, and feeling much better.

    In the process, you might end up cutting back on your cable package, working out at home or outside and cutting your gym membership, not need as much caffeine to stay awake or as much alcohol to relax and save a bunch of money on subscriptions in the process.

    From a grid-down perspective, you would have made yourself more resilient as well since your life wouldn’t change as much after a disaster. It’s important to note that entertainment withdrawal is a very real thing among both children and adults.  In fact, in some Southern hospital systems, 80% of their ER carbon monoxide poisoning cases are kids who got CO poisoning when the electricity goes out after hurricanes because they ran generators in attached garages so that they could power their video game systems.

  3. Decide if doing a strategic relocation is a possibility.  Successfully bugging out after a disaster is a low probability venture, at best.  Between packing time, packed roads, panicked people, and getting everyone together in time to leave, you must have a plan to SurviveInPlace, regardless of how un-ideal your current situation is.  If things work out and you are able to relocate to a superior position, that’s even better…but don’t count on always being able to.If you absolutely do not want to ride out a disaster in your current location and you have the ability to, you may want to seriously consider strategic relocation.  Strategically relocating is moving to an area that is more survivable BEFORE disaster strikes.  It’s relocating when you want to, instead of when you’re forced to.

    For many, it means downsizing, simplifying, and making dramatic changes in lifestyle.  This may be great if does disaster strikes, but has made many people miserable by cutting off more than they could chew too quickly.  I suggest that, instead of immediately moving from, as an example, a walkable urban neighborhood to a mountain retreat that’s 20 miles from the nearest paved road, you might want to think about finding somewhere that feeds you emotionally and that allows you to start making changes that allow you to become more self-reliant like gardening, learning handyman skills, and basic “survival skills”.  This might look like a 1 acre horse property close to a city, or a small farm a few minutes out of a small to medium sized city.  In any case, look for a source of water that you can get access to if everything falls apart.

    “Survival skills” covers a big swatch of canvas. What I’m specifically referring to is learning primitive survival skills like making fire, building shelters, hunting/gathering, etc. One of the biggest reasons isn’t because you’ll be likely to need them on a daily basis in a disaster, but because learning and using these skills helps to widen the range of conditions that your mind and body are comfortable in.  If you know how to be comfortable in the woods with next-to-nothing, it’s a heck of a lot easier to be comfortable in a house after the power, water, sewer, and gas stop working.  You don’t have to turn into Bear Grylls or David Morris :)…you just want to condition your mind to be comfortable in a wide range of scenarios.

  4. Focus on practical before tactical.  The climax of all survival fiction is the battle between good and bad.  Battles happen in real life survival situations as well, but so does eating, drinking, sleeping, relationships, hygiene, illness, injury, and other “boring” survival skills that are necessary to sustain warriors between battles that may or may not ever come.

One common element here is that these steps will help make you and your family more resilient.  If you spread the message of preparedness, you can help create resilient micro-communities that will be better equipped to endure long term hardship.  If you get your preparations in high enough gear, you will be able to support not only yourself, but others around you.  In either case, the more stable your immediate area is, the less bad attention it’s likely to receive.

The problem for most people who see the need to prepare is that their mind gets spinning so fast with all of the potential scenarios and all of the disciplines that they are told they need to learn that they end up overwhelmed and paralyzed.  It’s not a shortage of information…it’s a problem of not having a way to quickly and efficiently sift through it and prioritize the information.

That’s why I created the SurviveInPlace.com course.  It’s a 12 module course that helps people create a plan to survive short, medium, and long term disasters right where they currently live…regardless of where that may be.

As things in the US started to come unhinged, I found that I was getting more requests for the absolute fastest way to go from 0 to prepared.  As a result, I created the 6 module FastestWayToPrepare.com course.  It overlaps some with SurviveInPlace, but people who have bought and gone through both have been happy that they did.  In other words, they both stand alone as complete products that harmonize with each other.
FastestWayToPrepare.com cuts out a few sections like, “Operational Security,” “Hardening Your House,” and a great section on tactical movement in an urban area after a breakdown in civil order but goes deeper into tools to forge mental resilience and unique and inexpensive semi-secure communication solutions.

If you haven’t gone through either or both of them, I want to STRONGLY encourage you to check them out right now by going to www.SurviveInPlace.com and www.FastestWayToPrepare.com.

What are your thoughts on the announcement this week on DHS?  More importantly, what are you doing THIS WEEK to get you and your family more prepared?  Learning skills? Practicing skills?  Stocking up on items?  Have you gamed out breakdown in civil order scenarios for your family?  Have you, or are you considering strategic relocation?  Share your thoughts, concerns, and encouragement for other like-minded readers who are getting prepared by commenting below:

Until next week, God bless and stay safe!

David Morris

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+10 Vote -1 Vote +1ann woodward
May 10, 2012 at 10:29 pm

David, You are to be commended for the continued encouragement, enthusiasm, and energy that you have expended in your commitment to helping others. It has been about 3 years since I first contacted you. Maybe because I am a former educator, or maybe it is just my nature, but I have always felt the need to help others, mostly through teaching. That was the reason I first contacted you, I wanted to do as much good for as many people in as many survival situations as possible. I was new to this area (at my age it is not easy to break into the “social scene” in a town where you are a total stranger) the Tea Party was just beginning to spread and I believed that the best way for me to get to know folks, AND provide a service, was to become familiar with your basics and share them with a group. You were more than generous with your printed material, and your time. Sadly, in that group of people, and in others that I have been involved with, I find it impossible to get behind the blank stare, and backwards shuffle, when I suggest any kind of preparation for the future (no matter what it may be).
It has taken all three years to penetrate my optimistic determination, but I have decided that I am destined to take care of myself, and hope that I will be generous if the time ever comes that I have to share with neighbors. I have given up on my son (a product of the university system) and have resolutely just suggested to my daughter (who lives in Jacksonville, FL) that she needs to decide where they would go, and how they would get there in case of civil unrest. There is one last group (they call themselves the “homestead” group) that I hope to meet with next month. I will go as a potential member, I am ready to be the learner and let someone else be the teacher! I am mostly still looking for that “like-minded” group of folks to share with.
My frustration with the masses who DO know the situation is all the talk, talk, talk. All about what “somebody” needs to do. Even some pretty good ideas about how “somebody” could resolve some things. Never following through (at least not to my knowledge).
In my prayers, and hopeful thoughts, there are pockets of organized individuals who will, somehow, come together in the event of martial law. Hopefully, there is a leader among these hardy folks. We do so desperately need a leader in a military kind of way. I will be here. Physically, I cannot leave. Nor can I shoot a firearm. But I can provide shelter, food, clothing, and some survival skills to those who end up at my doorstep. I heat with a woodstove, and have another in the yard that is great to cook on. I have a strip of woods for firewood, and there are a couple of springs in the woods. I have kept every email that I have received from you and I will have that available for reference. I have the survival playing cards. I have room for a garden and some UN-gov’t modified seeds. In the long run, I will probably come out OK, just because of the life skills that I have acquired over the years and great references from people like you. I will just stay where I am, just northwest of Winston-Salem, NC. It would be wonderful if some young, urban folks ended up in my area. Their youth and energy with my experience and skills would make a great team!
The insidious evil that prevails in DC, and the apathy of the general population, has just worn me out! I share my frustration and sadness with you because you have remained stalwart, a beacon of strength and hope to those who have learned from you. I am proud of you and others like you who have taken a leadership role in survival skills. We must do all that we can do in this realm, and pray fervently that God still believes in this country that was founded under His guidance and for His glory. God bless you, and God bless our Republic. Ann

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+11 Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
May 10, 2012 at 11:15 pm

God bless you too, Ann

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+10 Vote -1 Vote +1Bill
May 11, 2012 at 11:54 am

Ann, you are not as alone as you might think ! . . . There are many of us out here who reflect you views. . . All will have to take the time to mentally “regroup” from time to time, as prepping physically and mentally can be quite a drain on any one individual. . . Take a day here and there to “not worry” and just enjoy life ! . . . We have to recharge our batteries from time to time. . . . I have to make a list of things to do, and and add to it daily. . . As time and money permits I make a move in a positive direction. . . It sounds to me like you have your head squarely screwed on to your shoulders, and that my friend, will be your most valuable asset and one you cannot buy ! GOD Bless ! , Bill

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+9 Vote -1 Vote +1Rob
May 12, 2012 at 3:51 am

Bless you Ann,
Don’t worry too much about the rejection you might feel coming from your chilldren. There is an age when they must be allowed to think for themselves. If the worst comes to the worst, they will try and return – either because they will realise that you can offer them some protection or because they will want to protect you. Its what we do as responsible parents.
Bless your advance thinking. If you can, learn a bit about firearms, some of the gun club members might be on the same wavelength.
Hoping we don’t need this preparation…
God bless all

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+5 Vote -1 Vote +1patricia
May 11, 2012 at 9:47 pm

Hi Ann- we feel the same way- and you’ve described the situation when one talks about “preparing” -for anything….they listen to a point but would rather back shuffle or give that Huh??” stare… all the more- if you ever get the opportunity to watch Irvin Baxter of Endtime Ministries-on our DISH network – it’s the Church Channel-Sunday, Friday nights usually- knowledgeable speaker- comes from an historical as well as spiritual background- you will see the links between all the “stuff” we are now hearing about- socialism, one world govt, one world religion, the erosion of our freedoms..etc…and give the time, place, documents to prove how things have evolved to this point in our history…he contends the move to “socialism” (really communism with God”) has been a plan for a while…even the Bible talks about “hyperinflation” as well as a Third World War….BEFORE the Battle of Armageddon (which most Christians know about). SO my husband and I have begun preparing, but have a long way to go. Right now as retirees we are looking for the right place in Missouri to move to….a small town perhaps…though our daughter and grandkids (teens) can’t move now. We have a perfect “hamlet ” now- raised beds, fruit trees, creek and river 6 miles away….approachable by bike.. but it is between two major hwys. leading out of a bigger St. Louis City..so- for now we are here …looking for a better place to go.
But we wish you all the blessings and God’s leading to be able to find people who will help you along…the bottom line is God- He IS the only one truly “in charge”. Pat

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+3 Vote -1 Vote +1Patriot
May 14, 2012 at 3:03 pm

I live in St Joseph MO. just retiring from a 24 year Air Force career. You are not alone. I have been prepping for about a year on an $80 month budget.

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+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Art Marsh
May 31, 2012 at 10:05 pm

Ann,
You are speaking to like-minded people when you post tp David’s website. I want to encourage you to continue in your efforts to communicate to your son, even though he is the product a “University” education. As a college graduate with a degree in Behavioral Science, but more importantly as a Christian, I know that the time you spend communicating with your children will not be in vain. You and they will be in my prayers. Keep your head up and continue to prepare for what may be inevitable. I am a Sheriff’s Deputy and have been for the last twenty years. If my wonderful wife or I can be of any service or if you need an ear to vent in, my e-mail is (removed to prevent spamming). I also want to assure you that you are on the right track. I have personally found that starting the day with prayer and reading my Bible really seems to open my ears and wake up my mind for the day to come. My Spiritual Development is an essential part of my preparations, and id followed by all other preps. I too want to continue to serve others, and want to be the best I can be to provide that service. In addition, when I buy a little extra food for my emergency (survival) pantry, or look at my house with an eye for improving it tactically, I am doing this with a clear heart and mind. I really appreciate you for your post as it made me think. I appreciate David as well, he seems like a really good man and it is my intention to purchase his Survive in Place 12 lesson set as soon as I can afford it. Until then, I read his newsletter and those who, like yourself, post to his blog. You, Dear Ann, are a part of my survival education. Thank you and have a Blessed Day.
Art Marsh
Mustang, Oklahoma

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+2 Vote -1 Vote +1Jan
May 11, 2012 at 6:06 am

david,
I have survive in place and found it useful in uncovering weaknesses in my plans: I LIVE in a town that should be called “Gridlock”! This put a damper on heading to a family members house who is south of where I live, just because there is no way out quickly. But then again i really looked at my scenario, and with a husband with dementia who can no longer be directed, I cant do it on my own (i’m basically a single mom of 5: a husband, 2 dogs and 2 cats). So her place might still be an option, but I must get there some roundabout way. I’ve even talked w her about moving some supplies there so I would just have to worry about moving our bodies. I’m not in the greatest shape myself due to chronic illness, so packing things by myself will be a problem . I’ve also ruled out moving way out of town because I need help w hubby. Unless someone joins up w me.
have you heard from others with elderly/infirm family members on what their plans are? Open to ideas……jan P.

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+7 Vote -1 Vote +1Annie
May 11, 2012 at 7:06 am

I am a health care professional and I have worked extensively with elders with dementia. One thing that you might think about- they do not adapt well to change. If you have a location that you might move to, it would be good to get your husband familiar with the new location before you have to move him there. It would also give you a chance to check out different routes to your chosen location. Making a series of short trips would be a good start. Also, talk with his doctor. I suggest telling the doctor that you need to do some frequent traveling and ask about anti anxiety medications that might make the process easier. Be sure to put aside some for the future.

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+3 Vote -1 Vote +1Patriot
May 14, 2012 at 3:10 pm

Shelter in place OR ….Do you have finacial means to help a prepper community buy supplies? You don’t have skills to help and only have baggage. Find someone who is trying to prep but has no $ and exchange that for their skills and help. I know it’s cold but only the strong will survive a collapse. 80% will die on the coast. 50% in the midwest.
Estimates from “One second after” a $1600 gold coin won’t be able to buy a loaf of bread. BUT a .30 cent bullet will.

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+5 Vote -1 Vote +1Steven
May 11, 2012 at 6:09 am

Thanks, I do appreciate your notes.
A majority of the people I speak with today are in total denial, they will go along their merry way until some sort of disaster breaks loose, then what will they do? Katrina was one of many wake up calls for people that has gone by and the people have just gone back to sleep after things settled down.
Fukushima is another, that is still ongoing, our government is purposely keeping the lid on and people ignore.
Several years ago we had a major storm here, knocking out power for at least a week. I had been preparing after paying attention to sites like this and others, before this event happened. Some supplies were ruined, however for the most part, we came through it all quite well. My wife asked, where did you get all this? Preparing for a disaster? I said, and she responded, I am glad you did.
People need to do it on their own, without help and support from family and friends. Family and friends will laugh at you and say mean things. That is until something happens. Then guess who they will turn to?
People that do not make preparations for the future, will be left outside in the cold begging. If you do share with them your stores, they will eat them all and go on to the next one that has prepared and eat theirs also.
It does not take a great deal of money to prepare, it only takes the mindset and willingness to begin.
It is vital that we prepare to save ourselves and our loved ones from what ever might occur.
I see in the news that the President has requested and we have been getting 3/4 of the Russian Special Forces (over 100,000 men and equipment) in the US training at our bases. Why is that? I do not recall the Russians ever asking for help from our Army Rangers and Navy Seals.

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+7 Vote -1 Vote +1MP
May 12, 2012 at 8:26 am

I wouldn’t know what anyone’s feelings are about some of the conspiracy type alternative news channels like the Alex Jones Show, Infowars.com but some of the stuff that he talks about fits right in about the stuff mentioned here regarding the DHS buying beaucoup ammo and the US training foreign troops here. If you believe the idea of globalist mega bankers around the world setting the stage for crashing the US economy to make it easier to reign in the new world order, then a lot of this stuff would make sense and would explain the “why” behind all this. I mean, the only reason I can see all this going on is because the gov’t is planning to essentially take over and declare martial law and suspend all civil rights, etc and make our lives miserable. More likely than not, dissidents will be hauled off to the FEMA camps that have been proven to be set up across the country. With NDAA, that makes it easier for the gov’t to haul “undesireables” away. As sensationalist as these alternative news media outlets may sound to those who have never been exposed to it enough to really sit back and think about it for a while, it may pay as preppers to listen to some of this stuff and decide for yourself, since we can’t depend on the lamestream media that we all know is paid for by the same global interests that control our politicians as well. Yeah, I’m on board with the so-called conspiracy theorists, except I don’t really look at it as conspiracy theory anymore. Decide for yourself.

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+5 Vote -1 Vote +1Craig L Johnson
May 11, 2012 at 6:12 am

Hello David,

Thanks once again for a great practical article. We have decided to make a move from our 1 acre lot rent house in small town east texas to the country about 10 minutes away. We have an opportunity to live rent free on a 32 acre property and fix it up. All the while being able to practice our handyman/repair skills, gardening, shooting skills, naturalist skills etc. The property includes a couple of run down trailer houses which need work before we can move in. However according to the landowner there are 3 springs on the property, a 300′ well and we have seen for ourselves plenty of native plants to glean plus deer, squirrels, and wild hogs (hey it is Texas right !). We had to jump on this opportunity as we were ready for a change. It also looks like I am getting back into law enforcement soon with a state agency and my wife is working EMS, so something like you speak of in this article has been on our mind. The more we can do for ourselves, the more we can be resistant or unaffected by major changes to the economic situations in the US, or whatever is thrown at us.

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+3 Vote -1 Vote +1Eddie Hinson
May 11, 2012 at 6:26 am

Thanks for all the info Dave. I don’t think you can actually be prepared enough. Preparing for a disaster is like preparing for the death of your parents, you know when they are in their 90’s that you may have only a short time with them, but when the day comes of their death, you find out that you were not as prepared for this event as you thought you were.
The best way to learn is through practical experience. A good survival course in your local area would be nice. I took a few survival course in the military, but what we actually need is common sense training on how to survive.
Having grown up with grandparents who were almost totally self sufficient and remembering many of these skills is invaluable.
Living without modern conveniences would be awfully tough, but we can do it. My parents and grandparents grew up in the mountains without electricity or running water, but they did OK. My mom is 97 yrs. old and is still tough as a pine knot. The only modern convenience she has to have is her snuff.
We can relearn lost skills, but many people have no survival skills at all and it would be tough on them.
You cannot replace hands on experience. Reading about surviving and watching the preppers keeps you isolated from what it will take for you to survive. It’s like watching a graphic war movie and seeing how awful it is, but then being in an actual war zone, you find out the movie didn’t quite prepare you for what is happening.

Thanks Dave

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+2 Vote -1 Vote +1Judith Cowan
May 11, 2012 at 6:31 am

My husband and I too shares Ann’s frustrations with the people we talk to that have their “head in the sand” attitudes that seem to prevail throughout our society. We are thinking that it will take a truly visibly apparent situation for them to see how vulnerable they are before they are willing to prepare themselves. Sadly by that time it will likely be too late for them to do anything and they will likely be stuck in life-threatening scenerios where they will be faced with problems they won’t be able to handle. However, we will keep trying to convince those nay-sayers as there will always be a few that will have one of those eye-openning moments and be ready to do what they can while they can and we will be there to help however we are able.

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+6 Vote -1 Vote +1Jack Jobe
May 11, 2012 at 8:35 am

One of your remarks, David, is why I still suggest “paper books”. IF you loose electricity, you loose the web and your electronic devices eventually. IF ‘the event’ is an EMP, you better have plenty to read.

I suggest one section be 1st Aid including a medical dictionary, “Grey’s Illustrated Anatomy” and “The Ship’s Medicine Chest and Medical Aid at Sea” (How to preform emergency surgery and more). I find these type books in ‘Used Book Stores’. I suggest you search till you find them. These type of physical books are That Important.

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+1 Vote -1 Vote +1MP
May 12, 2012 at 8:36 am

Hey Jack,

I’ve been thinking the same way. For a while I was actually working on scanning articles from my favorite survival/self reliance magazines (backwoods home, countryside, etc) and saving them on my computer. After having a couple of harddrive crashes (one a network storage drive and the other a computer drive, both with vital info), I started revisiting the whole idea of keeping things on paper. I made a compromise of just scanning some articles and printing them out on a laser printer to put into binders under specific categories. I haven’t done this yet but I might even go as far as to cut the articles out of magazines to put in binders as well, but I would rather not so I can pass the magazines on to others that may be interested in this stuff. I also look for the anthologies of those different magazines to get the best articles in a smaller package. I’ll still keep a lot on my flash drives but I have paper backups but the paper will be the last ditch library of info for those of us that don’t everything even after civilization crashes and burns. At least if an EMP doesn’t fry everything, I could barter manuals for vital info after printing them out.

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+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Tim
May 11, 2012 at 8:38 am

I live right next to a reservoir in a small town in Essex County New Jersey, a reservoir that services Newark, NJ which is a large city. I have no plans on depending on that water. My concern is that when civil unrest occurs, people are going to be gunning for that water and my whole area would become a “lockdown” zone.

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+1 Vote -1 Vote +1MP
May 12, 2012 at 8:44 am

We’re near a large reservoir ourselves but we’re counting on the idea that if for some reason access is restricted (gov’t patrolling the shores to make sure people arent there pumping water into truck mounted tanks), we can still access the water from one of the little creeks or channels that connects to the main body of water. That may be an option for those close to large bodies of water as well. We’re out in the country so the hope that distance would thin out any masses of refugees or rowdies before they make it to our doorsteps (if that happens) is part of our plans but we have other plans in place as well, with the last one being a bug out to another undisclosed location, in the worst case of course. As far as bugging out we pretty much have all options on the table for consideration, even as far as a full blown bug out to a remote location either by car, bike, or even kayak (we seen some nice ‘yaks at bass pro that had a storage compartment behind a rather comfortable seat that was more than big enough to carry a BOB, tent and sleeping bag, among other things, and they were only $300)

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+4 Vote -1 Vote +1Mel Beasley
May 11, 2012 at 8:56 am

Hello David,

I’m English and living in Spain, I have been prepping for a couple of months. I have a months supply of food for 2 people and enough dry food for our 2 dogs for a month. Plus 2 different methods of fire lighting, candles, a good survival knife that will allow me to break the windows to our nearby supermarket if I’m quick enough, water pruification (2 Methods) We have communual pool which I will be able to use as a water supply with the filtration water bottles I have, tablets to purify water for the dogs. In the event of the collapse of the Euro and civil disorder in Spain, I want to be prepared. I’m pretty sure no one else has done anything, in fact they behave as if everything will get better in the end and nothing will ever happen that will effect us. The main problem from my perspective is defence. I am in an upstairs appartment, just one entry door, with great locks, that go into the door frame. I have a good field of view from a window near the door. I can ignore the back ones, I can’t imagine anyone bringing a ladder to storm the place. However, this is Europe and I don’t have a proper gun. I have bought a .22 Gamo CO2 extreme, which will give me 10 rapid shots and which will allow me to hunt rabbits if I have to. It is also quieter than a normal rifle and I think I can fend off anyone who may be looking for food with it, in fact at the short range I envisage, it may well be lethal. While reloading I have a 6 shot .177 BB revolver. Now I imagine all the Americans laughing at this, but thats all I can legally lay my hands on, I’m looking to get another hand weapon which is illegal here, but not in the UK. Its a nightmare defending yourself in the European environment and I wonder if you would consider a European specific strategy?

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+2 Vote -1 Vote +1BJO
May 11, 2012 at 9:26 am

Mel, there are quite lethal things you can develop using slingshots. Search Youtube for “the slingshot channel” Jorge is in Germany, and he is a slingshot master.. anything that has to do with propulsion with rubber.. crossbows and the like. Best of luck compadre.

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+1 Vote -1 Vote +11LessonSelfDefense.com
May 11, 2012 at 10:01 am

Find a person that teaches REAL self defense. Such as hand to hand close quarters combat. Coach David

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+2 Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
May 11, 2012 at 12:27 pm

I agree whole heartedly and endorse Target Focus Training 100%. It’s the training that I’ve used since the mid 90s and you can read more about it by going to this link: https://m260.infusionsoft.com/go/HW/DM/ I’ve trained several disciplines and always end up going back to TFT fundamentals. In short, I’d ignore ANY system that teaches that you should throw punches to the face.

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+4 Vote -1 Vote +1Bill
May 11, 2012 at 12:14 pm

For self defense purposes you are virtually disarmed ! . . . I suggest you aquire a good compound bow and lots of arrows and make yourself proficient in its use. . . a 1200 fps .17 caliber pellet will merely flesh wound a person, not stop them. . . Do not place false hopes in it to stop anyone, as a face shield would render it completely useless for self defense ! . . Your best defense would be early recognition of a problem situation and having a reliable plan in mind to make yourself as “invisible” as possible. . . Good luck to you, and may GOD Bless us all !

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+2 Vote -1 Vote +1diana
May 11, 2012 at 3:12 pm

could suggest you consider a professional sling-shot using ball bearings….check out
Youtube for various demonstrations like The Great Slingshot Shootout and others

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+1 Vote -1 Vote +1MP
May 12, 2012 at 8:52 am

I’m not laughing at the idea of airguns for survival use, they definitely have their advantages over firearms ( we have both). Being quiet, they allow one to hunt small game w/o drawing attention to anyone who may be looking for food themselves. As far as fighting anybody, its wiser to avoid conflict and live another day than try to be macho with a big gun trying to fight bad guys and getting a fatal gunshot wound in the process. At worst in a self defense situation a couple of shots to the face may persuade one to leave you alone, or at least give you the edge to use something else to immobilize an attacker. If you’re really thinking long term or in a bug out situation, a spring or pump air rifle would still allow you to be able to shoot w/o worrying about reloading spent shells or carrying a lot of rounds, its easy to haul a couple thousand rounds of pellets or BBs versus even .22LR’s. Heck you can have the air rifle for hunting and a small pistol for self defense, only used for that occasion. Just a thought.

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+1 Vote -1 Vote +1MP
May 12, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Another step up from the compound bow would be a decent crossbow, a good compromise between a rifle and bow. Again, a lot of arrows, or better yet, the means to make them, would work good. Another idea that may be considered by some in foreign countries may be the large bore air rifles. Since they come in calibers from .30 cal all the way up to .50 cal with velocities comparable to some of the popular self defense firearms, these air guns would be more than capable of killing someone at distances that any average pistol would. Heck these air rifles have been used for medium size game hunting too. Yes they’re expensive, but not horribly expensive (Sam Yang series around $600), so for those that can’t get firearms, the big bores would be the next best alternative, heck they would be good for those of us here, again for the same reasons that regular airguns would be good to include in a survival arsenal. The only other case would be to go online and do some research and learn to make a homemade large bore air rifle using heavy duty plumbing parts and quick exhaust air valves (do the research under pneumatic spud guns). They may be slow to reload but so are single shot muzzle loaders and even they have their place in a survival arsenal.

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+3 Vote -1 Vote +1Scott A
May 11, 2012 at 9:29 am

Start small and do something. Get a solar oven, some Fire Steels, bags of rice,….SOMETHING!
For Preppers with more funds, consider doing Aquaponics for your food. Sprouting for your nutrients, a Sawyer portable water filtration unit,…..start NOW.

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+3 Vote -1 Vote +1blackhawkjohn
May 11, 2012 at 9:30 am

Great info – very good reminders. However, next time, why not report your sources? This is old “news” but helpful to many. If anyone doubts that this is GOING to happen, consider this; DHS recently ordered 450,000,000 (million) rounds of 40 cal hollow point ammo…wonder why? I don’t recall any war that used pistol ammo as the predoninant round. Do you know of any? Aren’t most wars conducted using AR’s and AK’s and M24’s, tanks and ships, etc – all rifles and more – but why did they order that amount of pistol ammo spread out over a 5 year period? And, just for fun, did you know that there are now 38 Gov’t agencies that are armed? Look it up! Why? Here’s a fun site to visit – http://www.gunfacts.info – they have a free PDF which can help you arm yourself with the necessary FACTS that you won’t get elsewhere! here’s great question – are you registered to vote? If not – you are part of the problem! You can register online! Please read the post above this one and realize that keeping our 2nd amendment rights means we, unlike Mr. Beasley (above) will have more than a damn BB-Gun to protect and feed us. If you don’t “get” that – God help you! Keep up the great work, David!

God bless you and wake you up!

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+2 Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
May 11, 2012 at 11:42 am

Hey John,

I didn’t report the sources simply because the story is white noise and a distraction. Is it serious? Yes. Will it help ANYONE to watch the whole thing? I doubt it. I personally know it’s an hour of my life that I won’t get back. In addition, the interpretations of the interview have been warped…from saying that DHS has plans for how to respond to a civil war to saying that DHS is planning to cause a civil war.

I agree 100% that the request for 450 million rounds of .40 hollowpoint is disturbing…but it’s also confusing. Why would they cripple their fighting ability by using handgun rounds? Why didn’t they requisition 10mm (a full size .40 round), .223, 5.7, or another round that’s more effective? Why requisition that much ammunition that doesn’t comply with the Geneva Convention? AND, how much of that 450 million are they actually taking delivery on and how much of it is simply requisitioned “just in case”? In other words, it doesn’t make sense from a war fighting perspective, a domestic tactical engagement perspective, or from a training perspective and may just be more white noise.

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+3 Vote -1 Vote +1Muhjesbud
May 11, 2012 at 10:25 pm

Most police sidearms nowadays are .40. Most of the violence will be urban. there are kits now out there selling to police that quickly turn your .40 glock into a short carbine. You can alsoget 30 round mags for these pistols/carbines. this then makes the .40 round more than sufficent for urban cqb population suppression, out to 100 meters. Of course backed up by shotguns and AR-15s which are also relativel y abundant now in most paramilitary police departments. Delivery is spread out over Obama’s 4 year term. 400 Million of rounds are not really that much in warfare. My small base camp alone probably wasted multi millions of various rounds in the three years i was there.

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+3 Vote -1 Vote +1Muhjesbud
May 11, 2012 at 11:00 pm

Also, Dave, the Geneva convention doesns’t apply in this case. It,s not a declared war. it’s martial law and a police action to enforce it.

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+1 Vote -1 Vote +1MP
May 13, 2012 at 5:57 pm

While it is disturbing, I would have to say that its almost like a bully warning by the gov’t to those that may contemplate hostilities against the gov’t, the message being that they’re getting prepared too. Again, with the ammo not being legal for battlefield use again shows that ammo is marked for us, and also, they didnt necessarily make note of how much rifle/shotgun ammo has been ordered, just the pistol ammo. The gov’t has also been known to over order stuff, whether they got a bulk discount on the stuff or because they’re ordering for an upcoming operation or program or whatever. Even if no one in DC is truly making plans to wage war against us anytime soon, it goes to say just like with the military surplus stuff being funneled down the line to SWAT teams and the like, boys with new toys are always aching to try em out.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Jeff Harper
May 19, 2012 at 8:35 pm

Hey David,

Who carries .40 cal during duty hours? I know a lot of Law Enforcement does. How about government police agencies? What caliber does the Secret Service, FBI, IRS, EPA, Capital Police, etc use? I don’t suppose the Mexican military carries .40 cal. do they?

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+4 Vote -1 Vote +1MP
May 12, 2012 at 9:00 am

Another thing to think about with the DHS buying all that hollow point ammo is the idea that the Geneva convention prohibits the use of HP ammo on the battlefield, that stuff surely aint for fighting no terrorists in the middle east, that crap is for US! And while they bought that much pistol ammo, they didnt disclose how much 5.56 ammo or 12ga ammo they have or 7.62 ammo, if they have their pistols well fed, better believe their long guns are even more well fed. While the gov’t allowed for the info on the HP pistol ammo to be released, i can see them keeping secret how much of the other stuff they have stocked up. When will we start seeing more surplus APC’s on city streets with 50 cal’s too? Who knows? With all the armed gov’t agencies (DNR? the tree police? Really?) and the foreign/UN troops training here, we’ve already been invaded and occupied and don’t even know it yet, collectively speaking of course, most of us here do realize it.

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+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Patriot
May 14, 2012 at 3:18 pm

Hollow points are outlawed in times of war by the geneva convention. The bullets break into pieces making for a terrible surgery to get all the shrapnel.

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+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Martin
May 11, 2012 at 9:45 am

David, thanks again for such a timely article. Thanks to advice from one of your readers, my greatest prep problem was taken care of. That was the ‘Simple Pump’. After research of hand water pumping, I’ve decided to purchase the Simple Pump as soon as I get my tax refund. This I hope will be my last major purchase for our preparedness needs. Something else I recently learned about is the fuel stabilizers Pri-D and Pri-G. I can now stabilize both diesel and gas for up to 3 years. One problem I have with stored fuel is the odor. I keep the fuel in 5 gallon plastic cans in a 20 foot cargo container. The cans are obviously air tight as when I open an empty one you can hear the air escape. So, Why then do they allow the fuel odor or vapors to escape? We are keeping some of our non food storage in the cargo container and I’m afraid they may become contaminated. One last question. Having no real experience with martial law, although I was in law enforcement for 31 years, Do you believe this will effect the real rural areas? Like alot of your readers, I believe this is a very real possibility and I guess I’m hoping if it happens it will most likely affect the more populated areas. Again, thanks for keeping me thinking, and thanks to your readers for their great ideas.

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+2 Vote -1 Vote +1MP
May 12, 2012 at 9:04 am

I gotta put my 2 cents out yet again folks. The only problem I see with allowing gasoline fumes to vent out is the idea that over time, the gasoline will eventually evaporate til there’s nothing left. I have fuel stored in a 55 gallon drum and thought of venting the fumes out also. Being in a relatively hot climate, it didnt take long for the fuel level to start going down as the fuel vaporized and the fumes escaped. As the level goes down more empty space is created allowing for more evaporation. The best bet would be to try and keep the containers in a cool dark place to minimize sun/heat exposure so the stuff doesn’t try to evaporate as quickly.

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+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Charles May
May 11, 2012 at 10:25 am

The comment about Federal Agency making policy anonymousl is behind times. Feds have been dictating stories TV can broadcast for years. Haven’t you noticed that there is very little news and a lot of opinions broadcast as news? Not only that, but the 3 of the largest networks broadcast the exact same stories in the exact same sequence and almost the exact sentences for all those years. Didn’t you notice when TV quit calling car wrecks and began saying crashes?
With several million people “hunting-gathering” in one day there ain’t-a-gonna be anything to hunt or gather. There won’t even be any more farm animals to poach. Better start learning to eat dogs and cats and rats. All the forests will be destroyed and the place is goings to stink with poor toilet habbits – watch where you step!
There won’t be much of a civil war. Martial law will be declared, there will be a dictator. and you ain’t gonna beat those “local agencies who know and live among us.” The will side with the military which will be controled by the dictator. Have you looked at You Tupe about the army practicing urban warfare here in our cities? How about all the new weapons that will obiterate opposition on the ground? Look at the most powerful shotgun and a 25mm rifle that’ll make mincemeat out of anyone in a house. All this is on You Tube.

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+2 Vote -1 Vote +1MP
May 12, 2012 at 9:18 am

Again, infowars.com talks about a lot of what you’ve seen, they’re on youtube as well. While there’s some truth to what you say about resources being depleted, there’s one thing to look at though, the vast majority of people out there have NO idea of how to hunt, process or even cook wild animals or plants, let alone how to safely cut and use firewood. I would theorize that a large number of people will die from starvation after food/water stores run out, then the next wave of mass death will be from those who try to live off the land and end up dying cuz they have no idea how to identify wild edible plants and end up eating something poisonous, or end up killing something and not processing it right and end up dying of salmonella or some other pathogen in the meat, along with those who try to drink water w/o proper processing and die from waterborn pathogens or from over processing (bleach poisoning). The rest will be the looters who try to take from people like us, they’d mostly go for soft targets cuz even they’re not all that stupid to go against someone who can cut em down fast. Along with the looters will be the refugees who either willingly go to the FEMA camps or those who are unfortunate enough to be made residents by someone elses choice. Face it, welfare queens, most big city professionals and other “modern” living people know nothing about how to pre-filter pond water and treat it with iodine or bleach or how to properly butcher a rabbit or fish and most aren’t even going to give a thought to eating night crawlers and crickets or eating dandelions. Sorry to say but natural selection will work in this situation.

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+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Patriot
May 14, 2012 at 3:22 pm

Read “One Second After.” all your questions will be anserwed.

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+1 Vote -1 Vote +1MP
May 14, 2012 at 11:03 pm

Good book on what it might be like in the aftermath of a terrorist EMP….

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+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Hugh J. Peightreeuht
May 11, 2012 at 10:57 am

A “must read” on strategic relocation is a book now in it’s third edition, by author Joel Skousen, entitled “Strategic Relocation”.
http://joelskousen.com/strategic.html

Thank you Mr. Morris.
You do the Lords work.

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+1 Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
May 11, 2012 at 11:32 am

I’ve got to second the recommendation. Here’s the link to Amazon:Strategic Relocation on Amazon

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+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Cal
May 11, 2012 at 11:14 am

Once again David you have given us a very timely article filled with very useful and insightful information….thank you for your updates and all that you do.
I also want to thank Ann for sharing her feelings with us. I for one can relate to how Ann feels and if it is at all possible after TSHTF and dust starts to settle I would love to be in her area to help and assist. I too hope for the best but I am planning for the worst by surviving in place and preparing to be on my own. It is frustrating when so many still keep their heads in the sand. Like the old saying “you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink”! After years of sharing and trying to enlighten it seems that only an small percentage are willing to fully open their eyes and at least begin to plan ahead.

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+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Tom
May 11, 2012 at 11:17 am

David I am a subscriber and really appreciate your good work!

What is your advice for people fortunate to have in ground pools as a possibe source for drinking water! Best Regards Tom

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+3 Vote -1 Vote +1Dr. Prepper
May 11, 2012 at 11:37 am

David,
Thanks for another great article. It’s a shame we cannot reach more people so that more will be prepared rather than less. A recurring theme in the comments is the lack of
belief that something will happen by people approached by us preppers. We are more often than not, regardless of the approach used, the subjects of ridicule and laughter. I am so lucky, as my whole family is on board .
There are a mutitude of “Events” that could happen and no one knows exactly which ones it will be. It could be more than one ! I just read that China , for the first time in history, has purchased a U.S. bank. China is working HARD to replace the U.S. dollar as the worlds currency with the yuan. AND THEY ARE CLOSE!! If that happens it will take a wheelbarrow full of U.S. dollars to buy a loaf of bread and economic chaos will result……..breadlines, soup kitchens, burning, looting,…..TEOTWAWKI. We have at the outside a few years to prepare but maybe a lot less. Since Washington is practically owned by China [ 15 TRILLION in actual debt ]…..almost .50 cents of every dollar borrowed goes for interest and most of the borrowed money comes from China. It’s an economic war that we can no longer win. So prep, prepare your mind, and PRAY [ From now on known as the 3 P’s ]. This is just one possible scenario, as we all know there are many many more.
I have read on various sites that preppers have been unable to get prepackaged food from distributors of the long shelf life kind [freeze dried, mre’s etc.] because the Goverment bought up all their stock and they had backorders from the gov to fill resulting in lenghty delays…..so the government is also “Prepping”. Gee, I wonder what they know that they don’t want us to know?
As one site that David occasionally writes for says:” Be Smarter than they think you are” !!!

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+4 Vote -1 Vote +1Jerry B.
May 11, 2012 at 12:59 pm

Lately, I have read most of my news from Yahoo. However, even their reporting has doubts. Greece’s continued downward spiral became obvious when they turned out their current politicians for truly radical left wings who feel Europe must continue to bail them out despite their stupidity. Now China has been granted a charter to establish and buy American banks on U.S. soil. I’m seeing more shelves turn up bare in many stores(and if you understand retail, empty shelves means lost revenue) I don’t watch cable television all that much….simply because they are pushing all of these “reality”shows, sports channels(with all of these wealthy atheletes),etc. People are out of work….homes…..their lives are diappearing and people don’t know what to do. Prepared? To a degree….but preparations change continuously…you can’t stop because the scenarios change constantly. When the fall comes? We can’t really say……but I think it’s very close this time…..

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+2 Vote -1 Vote +1Randy
May 11, 2012 at 1:34 pm

The question of why 450 million 40 S & W rounds instead of “rifle” rounds is perhaps misunderstood. I submit that DHS expects to do the bulk of their fighting in urban areas, using what most of us recognize as SWAT tactics. And since most law enforcement agancies, local, state and federal use the .40 as their standard pistol round, it’s also VERY often used in the M4 Carbine configuration, especially among federal tactical teams – largely because it’s more effective than the 9mm, and the previously preferred weapon (the HK MP5/MP5c) is being replaced by the .40 Carbine as it is half (or less) the cost of the MP5, and most police & former military are already familiar with the manual of arms for the M4. With the added benefit of commonality of ammunition for both Carbine (short rifle) and pistol. And for those of you concerned about violations of the Geneva Convention, I assure you that in a civil war scenario, such formalities will be the LAST thing DHS and their allies consider. If only because they HAVE to know that the vast number of civilian shooters they might encounter would almost certainly be using high quality hollow points in both their rifles and pistols – and DHS will want to dispatch any resistance as quickly & efectively as possible (though they may find that task far more difficult than they imagine).
And, for the record, with DHS’s current strength at some 26,000 “troops” (if you will) – that’s a mere 17,306 per member, which when you consider what’s needed per member for training much less a civil war scenario, it’s actually a paltry amount of ammo when you consider that competitive shooters easily go through 3-4,000 rounds in a weekend. So, I’m not as concerned about the amount of ammo on order as I am news of them preparing for civil war. As David says, that’s precisely the kind of thing they SHOULD be doing if they’re doing their job. I am, however, concerned – and puzzled – about why the Dept. Of Ed., Agriculture, Post Office, Dept of the Interior and others feel the need to have their own “tacical units”, along with the corresponding large ammunition orders and unit numbers often equal to DHS.

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+2 Vote -1 Vote +1Martin
May 11, 2012 at 4:53 pm

I haved to hope and pray you are wrong. 31 years in law enforcement, 20 in pro active investigations, most of that dual sworn as a fed, and almost everyone I worked with would never violate the constitution we were sworn to uphold and protect. If enforcing a martial law, I have to believe the enforcers would come from an international force. I may be wrong, I pray I’m not.

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+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Muhjesbud
May 11, 2012 at 10:51 pm

You hit the nail on the head with the reason for.40 ammo. It’s perfectly adequate ballistically out to 100 meters in a carbine which is all they’ll need in urban warfare. The other ‘agencies’, will be given fiat police powers like game wardens because of the recent March 14 domestic emergency powers act Obama modified and signed into law giving him complete and absolute authority to nationalize under government control all private resources for ‘appropriate useage, and rationing’. After he establishes martial law.

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+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Scout
May 11, 2012 at 4:04 pm

As a recently joined participant in this forum I have a concern that has, most likely, been discussed in some detail many times over. But as it is a genuine concern/problem to me I will impose on your input to find a way to either deal with this situation or ignore it…Simply put, the woman I share my life with is completely against guns and has only disdain and dismissal for the possibility of anything of the nature broadly discussed in this forum actually occurring. In other words, she has her “head in the sand” and will not consider the possibility/probability of any such event(s) taking place. I am completely on the other side of this situation and am quite convinced that there is much tribulation ahead. I have, “secretly” begun to accumulate items to be useful when such an event actually happens. I have purchased a shotgun and a “tactical” 22, a crossbow, etc…and am beginning to accumulate other things which will be necessary…I do not enjoy having to do this secretly and fully realize it would be much better if we could do this together, but that is not the case. Without going into any more detail, I would appreciate hearing how others are dealing with a similar situation. She is extremely intelligent and yet quite naive about things like this….any ideas?

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+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Martin
May 11, 2012 at 5:03 pm

Good luck. You are a better man than I. I could not live with a person on the other of the spectrum than I. I never understood how Mary Matlin and James Carville have lasted together. But just because I couldn’t do it, means nothing. Keep at it, maybe you can sway her. Marty

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+3 Vote -1 Vote +1Turtle
May 11, 2012 at 9:16 pm

Scout, My wife is not convinced about upcoming turmoil either so I use recent past small natural disasters to get her to prepare. In ’98 there was an ice storm here that knocked out power to our road (before we lived here) for 3 weeks. It likely stranded the residents in here for a couple of days until the single lane dead end dirt road could be cleared of trees. She can’t deny that event happened nor that it could happen again overnight like it did then. We have dried/ home canned foods (beans, pasta, fruits, soup mixes etc.), wood heat and cook stove, gas light as a backup plus candles and oil lamps, hand pump at our kitchen sink connected to our well and a number of other preparations in case the power goes out for a week or more. Try this logical approach using minor hardships that have actually occured in your area recently to convince her that you should be prepared for them “when, not if” they happen again. If she refuses to even prepare for those, then you do it by yourself and tell her that you have to prepare for both of you for when nature gets nasty again so you can take care of her. If she fights this too and has little or no respect for what you believe so strongly in, maybe you should consider seriously whether you really want to endure a WTSHTF scenario with this woman and will she take you down with her. Baby steps in the right direction are far better than sitting on your thumbs waiting for it to happen and then saying “shoulda, woulda, coulda”. Turtle

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+3 Vote -1 Vote +1Bill
May 12, 2012 at 9:48 pm

To Turtle: . . . If you are revisiting this site, can you please expound on the “hand pump” for your well. . . I too am on a well, but I’m not sure of the depth. . . Is the hand pump you use commercially available ? . . What brand ? . . . Any and all information you can provide would be greatly appreciated. . . I will watch for your reply. . . Thanks, Bill 5/12/12 10:50 P.M.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Bill
May 18, 2012 at 6:42 pm

5/18/12 . . . . .Still checking back to see if you posted a reply !

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Vote -1 Vote +1Jeff Harper
May 19, 2012 at 9:00 pm

If you are looking for a hand pump for your well, contact the local well driller in your area. They ought ot know or go online and look it up.

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+2 Vote -1 Vote +1Thinker
May 11, 2012 at 7:11 pm

I have a similar problem, but am a little bit luckier than you. My wife understands the situation, but chooses to live every day of the rest of her life to the best she can. She won’t help me prepare, but will let me do anything I want to do to get ready. Look at it from her perspective – yes, there is a possibility of nasty things happening, but every hour and dollar you spend preparing for something that might happen is one less hour or dollar you could have spent enjoying the rest of your life. Figure the odds and value your time and money accordingly. I’m going to die with my boots on – she may have the last laugh…. Preparation is simply another form of insurance – most of us buy auto/home/boat/life/flood/umbrella ect. insurance to protect us from possible, but unlikely situations. Survival preparation should be viewed in the same perspective. It is simply another risk to be insured against. In this case, you can’t simply go down to your local insurance agent and buy a policy – you have to do this one on your own. Perhaps this perspective on the problem will be of some help.

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+2 Vote -1 Vote +1davidmobile
May 11, 2012 at 7:58 pm

Keep in mind that a LOT of preparations don’t have a “cost” as they enrich your life, regardless of whether you’re ever in a survival situation.

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+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Patriot
May 14, 2012 at 3:26 pm

Have her watch Trigger Effect movie and read One Second After. Tell her you prep out of LOVE not FEAR.

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+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Ron G
May 11, 2012 at 4:11 pm

I enjoyed your article about DHS preparing for Civil War. I agree we should look at our plans and move accordingly . Thank you for continuing your quest on getting the message out. I liked the little happy face when your name was mentioned on your article.

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+2 Vote -1 Vote +1Art
May 11, 2012 at 7:01 pm

Scout, I am in a similar place with my wife.. But I have been a prepper since before I ever heard of the “label”
It just doesn’t matter what others think if you look yourself in the mirror and know that you are doing the preparations for a real reason. If nothing ever happens, so what, we have ammo and arms to last for the rest of our days. The cost of those 2 items is doing nothing but skyrocketing anyways! We can always rotate the food supplies and eat them as times get tougher or even donate when you get newer fresher supplies. I prefer to hold on to them and if backed into a corner I can give some of those less desirable canned goods away and go to plan B with a relocation or harden the homestead more if pressed.
This forum is a good one so at least I feel you are reading and going in a smart direction, stay the coarse and every week spend the 20 to whatever bucks you can on basics. Water and water purification is high on that list for you I hope!
In also am sure that if TSHTF happens that my wife will suddenly come around, hopefully….
Stay strong and stock wisely.

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+2 Vote -1 Vote +1harley hoochT
May 11, 2012 at 7:52 pm

GET A BOOK THAT TELLS YOU WHAT PLANTS AND TREES-ROOTS ECT THAT YOU CAN EAT IN YOUR AREA. THIS IS NUMBER ONE. SOME LIGHT POTS AND PANS AND SOME WATER PURIFIER PILLS OR FILTERS. GET A PISTOL AND A SHOTGUN. GET DOUBLE AULT BUCKSHOT FOR THE SHOTGUN. DRESS YOUR WOMEN IN BAGGY CLOTHES AND PUT DIRT AND MUD ON THEIR FACES AND ARMS. RAPES WILL BE REAL BAD.
YOU WILL HAVE TO RUN FOR YOUR LIFE SO YOU CANNOT CARRY VERY MUCH. GET THE BOOK SO YOU CAN EAT ON THE RUN. GET A MOTORCYCLE AND A SMALL MOTORCYCLE TRAILER TO HAUL A FEW THINGS IN. YOU WILL NEVER GET ENOUGH GAS TO DRIVE A CAR. GET SOME GAS STORED NOW AND PUT FUEL STABILIZER IN IT.
I HAVE BARRELS AND SMALL CANS.
YOU CANNOT TRUST ANYONE DURING THIS CRISIS SO YOU MAY HAVE TO KILL TO PROTECT YOUR LOVED ONES. IF YOU HESITATE THEY WILL KILL YOU AND THEN RAPE YOUR LOVED ONES AND MURDER THEM. TIMES ARE GOING TO BE REAL BAD SO GET MENTALLY PREPARED RIGHT NOW. HELP EVERYONE YOU CAN BUT DO NOT TAKE ANY CHANCES, FAMILY COMES FIRST. GOD BLESS ALL OF Y

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+2 Vote -1 Vote +1Francie
May 11, 2012 at 7:53 pm

I have been reading all your survival tips and although I appreciate the tips it is kind of hard to get everything done on monthly ss payments. I am lucky to get my monthly bills paid. I have been trying to stock on dried beans and rice along with canned meat and fish. I have been saving water jugs and filling them up, I have them stacked all around my dining room and am starting on my third row. I try to educate my family on the future as to what can happen especially with all the weather disasters that have been happening all over the world. I even planted a garden in hopes of freezing fruits and vegetables for the future, if God forbid we can’t get groceries. I have multiple illnesses that prevent me from doing a lot to get ready for what might happen, therefore I am putting all of my trust and faith in God to help where we need it.
I do thank you once again for your kind efforts, it has been a help.
God’s Blessings to you and your family.

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+1 Vote -1 Vote +1davidmobile
May 11, 2012 at 8:05 pm

Francie, everybody has a different situation and can/will only prepare at the rate that’s right for them.

Frankly, it’s getting more and more so that almost nobody who’s prepping thinks they’re prepping fast enough.

People on social security can’t buy beans fast enough and the wealthy cant buy security companies, refineries, power plants, farms, and second/third citizenships fast enough.

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+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Betty
May 14, 2012 at 9:09 am

I too am doing much the same, although freezing a bunch of food if the power goes out will not be a lot of help. I am drying as many fruits and vegies as I am able while I have the power to do so. I have found that they taste very much like fresh and are much easier to store.

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+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Nichole
May 11, 2012 at 8:13 pm

David,
You should recommend this (David’s note: Spirulina) to ALL your readers… Not only will it provide them the majority of nutrients, protein and vitamins that their bodies need, but it also aliviates many ailments that a lot of people have, which results in them no longer needing the prescription meds they are currently on. In addition, in they can easily grow it themselves.

Imagine a plant that can nourish your body by providing most of the protein you need to live, help prevent the annoying sniffling and sneezing of allergies, reinforce your immune system, help you control high blood pressure and cholesterol and help protect you from cancer.

It dates back to the 9th century & can endure extreme weather conditions. Every single one of your preppers should know about this! Please research & share: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/07/01/spirulina-the-amazing-super-food-youve-never-heard-of.aspx

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+1 Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
May 14, 2012 at 5:37 pm

Yes, and if you’re so inclined, you can grow it in an aquaponics setup and feed it to your fish in addition to eating it yourself 🙂

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+3 Vote -1 Vote +1shirley
May 12, 2012 at 12:48 am

My husband lets me do the “preppin” while he figures the “money” for us. I don’t know what or when something will happen, but we’ll take “One Day at at Time” and prep until it does happen. In the meantime, remember that cash is important, and if that is no good, other items will take it’s place. David, could you give us some more ideas on that? Thanks. God Bless!

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+4 Vote -1 Vote +1Shellie
May 12, 2012 at 8:41 am

I have been visiting this sight a lot. The information is valuable. I have the survival cards and my husband and I have begun to prepare with a L O N G way to go. However, sometimes I’m very discouraged when I’m on this sight because after reading the articles, I sometimes think “Man, we may won’t stand a chance when things happen”. Talking to others about preparing….can’t find like minded people and I don’t trust talking of my plans to others. I’m not comfortable with it at all. I live in a big city in Tennessee and we own our house (Well, not really. We still have a mortgage) but live in a community that have become full of renters. We are stuck in a neighborhood that’s gone bad and in a house that we more than likely can’t sell. But we refuse to rent. We will never get our money and risk others tearing our house up. Crime is already all around us. Our home sticks out like a sore thumb. It is well kept with a very nice lawn. We’ve home-schooled our children (2) with one now in college. The morals and values that we have taught them is much different than our surroundings. We’ve been in our house for 18 years and much have changed tremendously. We are very displeased in the direction our country is going and see the coming disasters. However, we feel so alone in this, especially being African American. Family? Well, there is really none. We have distant relatives with way different lifestyles than ours. We’re not weird or anything, we just have very different standards and lifestyles. I’m a stay at home mom and have been for 19 years. My husband is a law enforcement officer and he is a lil worried about us. He sees a lot. We are educating ourselves and putting into practice what we are learning, as much as we can when it comes to preparing. I’ve taken firearm classes and just got my permit. My son, who is in college, but lives with us does not want to live on campus or on his own yet. There is some challenges there, so right now, he wants to just stay close to home. I guess I’m posting this just to have someone to talk to about it. Sorry if I bored anyone :). Thank you for all the posting and articles. It helps a lot. There is so much I want to say, but…………………………. Again, thanks.

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+4 Vote -1 Vote +1Hipockets
May 12, 2012 at 1:16 pm

Shellie’ Sounds like you need a friend to vent to’ At least you are making headway in
some areas. The fact you have to stay in that neighborhood is a real drawback. I know
about not being able to sell your house. I have property with acreage on a mountain that
I had to move out of due to health reasons. Can’t sell the darn thing and have a fortune tied up in it’ Maybe you should let your yard go to crap,so your house won’t look so inviting,but know that’s hard to do after you put so much work into it. Just keep preparing and keep your
chin up. You sound like a person I would want for a neighbor’

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+2 Vote -1 Vote +1Bob Anderson
May 12, 2012 at 8:45 pm

The biggest problem for some of us is lack of money and lack of opportunity. I live near DC, where my wife is FBI. We have a Townhouse with no garage, and no extra money for, well, anything. We are veterans and I am a lifelong hunter, and have firearms and ammo, but that is about it; and, realistically, and end unit Townhome is essentially indefensible. Would I like to have land in my home state of Vermont? Of course; but it is financially out of the question, as are 99% of the things needed here. What are folks like us supposed to do?

Respectfully,

Bob Anderson

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+2 Vote -1 Vote +1Donna H
May 13, 2012 at 8:08 am

If you have friends, relatives try to find like minded people in Vermont or a safer place to bug out. Offer in trade your hunting skills, any food/supplies you have to share. If you can’t find that network of survivalists who would share a place, I would suggest getting camping gear or a camper and visit some places to set up before a crisis happens in case you have to Bug Out. Since I work for the USFS, I found many bug out places to camp in national forests, resorts for a fee, and private owned landowners who let people camp on their property as an overflow during tourist seasons. Finding the right location is key.

I left the east coast on my own before the Y2K scare to a place in the forest 1500 miles away where homes were 5 times less than in your area, Re taxes were 12 times less , food was half as much, with plenty of wild foods available to become self sufficent in a crisis.

I didn’t have much either, but I was alone with only the money I sold on my home in Pa.,no job, and I had a gazillion mac and cheese boxes, rice dishes for Y2K, and found opportunity to get me through. Opportunity is there, you have to find it.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Jeff Harper
May 19, 2012 at 9:17 pm

Owning your own land isn’t the solution Bob. When the SHTF just get out of town. Find a place in the woods, defend it for a time and move to another. All payments for the property most of us own will stop anyway, at least until the carpet baggers come. When you can, fill a bugout bag with updated MRE’s, a water filter, a bible and personal medicine for each of you. You already have the weapons and ammo. What else do you need?

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+1 Vote -1 Vote +1AWKingsley
May 12, 2012 at 9:31 pm

Washington had a vision of all of our future wars on American soil while in the depths of misery at Valley Forge. Other wars seen in the vision have been fought, but there is one final one left. One in which Washington saw us at war with Asians, some Europeans, and Africans. This is the BRIC nations, minus Brazil, plus Africa. Africa is now trading for oil without using U.S. dollars. We have been trying to stop the trade in oil with foreign currencies by attacking Middle Eastern Oil producing nations, but while this war could be civil, it could also be international, especially if we continue to try to attack Middle Eastern countries to defend the dollar as the world’s reserve currency, or if we directly confront China to stop the inevitable. Unfortunately, this is retaliation for our own misdeeds. Our government shouldn’t be over-spending, and we should not have extended credit to under-qualified borrowers. In Washington’s vision, the U.S. was leveled. Our whole nation had to be rebuilt from the ground up. U.S. Army nuke pill purchases might indicate a war on our soil that is not civil. Iran has been checked for nukes: Iran has no nukes, but they may have reactors that could spew radiation if hit. The question is, how ruthless is our government going to be?

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+3 Vote -1 Vote +1Bill
May 12, 2012 at 10:54 pm

Bob, I wish I had a concrete solution for you buddy. . . My number one preparation is PRAYER ! . . . I would asses your particular situation and think out scenarios, and discover things you will need to get through those scenarios. . . You are a hunter, so I would stock up on those supplies. . .If you do not have a bolt .22 cal rifle, I would get one and lots of cheap ammo to survive off of small game as the larger stuff may be needed for other uses. . . I do not know how handy you are, but if not, I would GET HANDY and aquire a used trailer to build a bugout shelter on. . .You will need to vacate where you are if things get bad, so build a makeshift trailer quarters for safety and sleeping, as it will be relocatable should the need arise. . . Just think basics ! . .You’ll need heat, so get a hand saw for wood. . .Buy a $50.00 paratrooper water purifier, maybe two ! . . Buy a used bicycle for short run transportation. . . These are just a few things as all can’t be listed here. . .Get on the net and learn and write stuff down for reference ! . . Army surplus stores are a good place for many items of survival such as mess kits, sleeping bags, manual tire pumps. . . Buy a few tire plugging kits and basic hand tools and tarps ! . . If you are due for or need to replace your present vehicle, consider a Ford explorer 4 wheel drive to be able to pull a trailer full of “stuff”. On a shoe string budget, a deep BBQ pit with a stovepipe attached to the lid to burn locally cut or gathered wood is a better heater than none ! . . These may seem like crazy ideas, but I’m assumming you basically have no money to spend, which makes it really tuff to come up with what you will need. . . You will have to become “McGiver” ! . . It CAN be done on very little money. . .You just have to apply yourself at every turn and keep an eye out for real bargains on the basics, and learn to adapt one thing into another that suits your purpose. . . If you had “some” money to spare, you may check out a cheap as possible, already fabricated, outside storage shed for your bugout residence and just mount it to a used trailer. . . Again, sorry I can’t lay out every item you’ll need, but if you get crafty, you might be surprised at what you can come up with on a low budget ! . . And most importantly, don’t forget to pray for guidance, as GOD is my biggest asset ! . . .Good luck buddy and I’ll see you when the dust settles ! Bill

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+2 Vote -1 Vote +1MP
May 13, 2012 at 6:05 pm

Another thought might be a short school bus, the one built on the large van chassis, retrofitted as a camper. With a trailer hitch on there you can tow a trailer with a motorcycle or mountain bike and other stuff, maybe a kayak for water travel, etc. Surplus school buses are usually dirt cheap and the smaller version would be cheaper to maintain since its nothing more than a full size van deep down, compared to the larger buses, which are also an option if you’re willing to work on something that large.

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+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Tones
May 13, 2012 at 12:50 am

Another top range newsletter, feeding well thought-out comments.
Gaming scenarios can take many forms. We go on camp-outs with many of our friends several times a year- festivals, birthdays, and other reasons. Everyone gets to practice outdoor living and learn each others’ strengths and weaknesses. Festival organisers get to plan and practice all kinds of logistics outside their normal day jobs, and a great pool of resources is also brought into play for artistic, family-friendly events like these.
Variety truly is the spice of life, and no man is an island. it is a core tenet of civilisation that no one can do every thing, but every one is best at something.
I have carried a BOB since I was 15, and spent ( wasted?) 20 years of this life expecting no tomorrow,due to the MAD of planet-wide Nuclear conflagration. Nothing has surprised me as much as the continued success and beauty in this world. It still amazes me every morning.
God bless you all, and remember- Always Forgive; Never Forget.

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+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Donna H
May 13, 2012 at 7:03 am

What is really frightening if a president declares war or take military action against those who don’t like this government without congressional approval. Presidents have done this before in other countries. This gov’t supported wall street occupiers and they are the ones causing trouble and civil unrest. If DHS in this administration is preparing for a civil war, guess what side they would be on.

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+1 Vote -1 Vote +1M
May 13, 2012 at 10:37 am

David, even though I am a prepper and closely align with your way of thinking, I still try to be very careful in dealing in truth. In your opening e-mail,which provided the link to this article, you wrote “This week, we’re going to talk about the ANNOUNCEMENT this week
that DHS is panning for civil war in the event that an economic crash happens and causes hyper-inflation.” Then in the article above, you wrote, “In short, a highly respected security expert was recently approached by a DHS informant who TOLD him that DHS is preparing for Civil War…” Which is it? Did they actually make an announcement or is it hearsay from an informant?

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+1 Vote -1 Vote +1davidmobile
May 13, 2012 at 2:11 pm

When you put it that way, I understand the confusion…It was an announcement, but not by DHS. It was called an announcement, breaking news, a release, and more, depending on where you read about it.

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+1 Vote -1 Vote +1John_T
May 13, 2012 at 5:29 pm
Vote -1 Vote +1Spb
May 13, 2012 at 1:07 pm

I just bought a cheap 250 gal used tank to store some water to keep my toilets flushing, It was a tank used for some chemicals so it’s not drinkable water but I don’t like crapping in the woods to I’ll use it for flushing my toilets

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Vote -1 Vote +1Shellie
May 13, 2012 at 7:48 pm

Hipocket, thank you for your response 🙂

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+4 Vote -1 Vote +1Brenda Hester
May 14, 2012 at 1:50 pm

HOW EASY IT CAN HAPPEN!
1938 Austria
This is a SCARY piece of HISTORY.
Read & perhaps learn something new from HISTORY and “CHANGE”.

I cannot tell you that Hitler took Austria by tanks and guns; We elected him by a landslide!

By: Kitty Werthmann (Kitty is 85 years old)

What I am about to tell you is something you’ve probably never heard
or will ever read in history books.

I believe that I am an eyewitness to history. I cannot tell you that Hitler took Austria by tanks and guns; it would distort history. We elected him by a landslide – 98% of the vote. I’ve never read that in any American publications. Everyone thinks that Hitler just rolled in with his tanks and took Austria by force.

In 1938, Austria was in deep Depression. Nearly one-third of our workforce was unemployed. We had 25% inflation and 25% bank loan interest rates.

Farmers and business people were declaring bankruptcy daily. Young people were going from house to house begging for food. Not that they didn’t want to work; there simply weren’t any jobs. My mother was a Christian woman and believed in helping people in need. Every day we cooked a big kettle of soup and baked bread to feed those poor, hungry people – about 30 daily.

The Communist Party and the National Socialist Party were fighting each other. Blocks and blocks of cities like Vienna , Linz , and Graz were destroyed. The people became desperate and petitioned the government to let them decide what kind of government they wanted.

We looked to our neighbor on the north, Germany , where Hitler had been in power since 1933. We had been told that they didn’t have unemployment or crime, and they had a high standard of living. Nothing was ever said about persecution of any group — Jewish or otherwise. We were led to believe that everyone was happy. We wanted the same way of life in Austria . We were promised that a vote for Hitler would mean the end of unemployment and help for the family. Hitler also said that businesses would be assisted, and farmers would get their farms back. Ninety-eight percent of the population voted to annex Austria to Germany and have Hitler for our ruler.

We were overjoyed, and, for three days, we danced in the streets and had candlelight parades. The new government opened up big field kitchens and everyone was fed.

After the election, German officials were appointed, and like a miracle, we suddenly had law and order. Three or four weeks later, everyone was employed. The government made sure that a lot of work was created through the Public Work Service.

Hitler decided we should have equal rights for women. Before this, it was a custom that married Austrian women did not work outside the home. An able-bodied husband would be looked down on if he couldn’t support his family. Many women in the teaching profession were elated that they could retain the jobs they previously had been required to give up for marriage.

Hitler Targets Education – Eliminates Religious Instruction for Children:

Our education was nationalized. I attended a very good public school. The population was predominantly Catholic, so we had religion in our schools. The day we elected Hitler (March 13, 1938), I walked into my schoolroom to find the crucifix replaced by Hitler’s picture hanging next to a Nazi flag. Our teacher, a very devout woman, stood up and told the class we wouldn’t pray or have religion anymore. Instead, we sang “Deutschland, Deutschland, Uber Alles,” and had physical education.

Sunday became National Youth Day with compulsory attendance. Parents were not pleased about the sudden change in curriculum. They were told that if they did not send us, they would receive a stiff letter of warning the first time. The second time they would be fined the equivalent of $300, and the third time they would be subject to jail. The first two hours consisted of political indoctrination. The rest of the day we had sports. As time went along, we loved it. Oh, we had so much fun and got our sports equipment free. We would go home and gleefully tell our parents about the wonderful time we had.

My mother was very unhappy. When the next term started, she took me out of public school and put me in a convent. I told her she couldn’t do that and she told me that someday, when I grew up, I would be grateful. There was a very good curriculum, but hardly any fun – no sports, and no political indoctrination. I hated it at first, but felt I could tolerate it. Every once in a while, on holidays, I went home. I would go back to my old friends and ask what was going on and what they were doing. Their loose lifestyle was very alarming to me. They lived without religion. By that time, unwed mothers were glorified for having a baby for Hitler. It seemed strange to me that our society changed so suddenly. As time went along, I realized what a great deed my mother did so that I wasn’t exposed to that kind of humanistic philosophy.

Equal Rights Hits Home:

In 1939, the war started and a food bank was established. All food was rationed and could only be purchased using food stamps. At the same time, a full-employment law was passed which meant, if you didn’t work, you didn’t get a ration card, and if you didn’t have a card, you starved to death. Women who stayed home to raise their families didn’t have any marketable skills and often had to take jobs more suited for men.

Soon after this, the draft was implemented. It was compulsory for young people, male and female, to give one year to the labor corps. During the day, the girls worked on the farms, and at night they returned to their barracks for military training just like the boys. They were trained to be anti-aircraft gunners and participated in the signal corps. After the labor corps, they were not discharged but were used in the front lines. When I go back to Austria to visit my family and friends, most of these women are emotional cripples because they just were not equipped to handle the horrors of combat. Three months before I turned 18, I was severely injured in an air raid attack. I nearly had a leg amputated, so I was spared having to go into the labor corps and into military service.

Hitler Restructured the Family Through Daycare:

When the mothers had to go out into the work force, the government immediately established child care centers. You could take your children ages 4 weeks to school age and leave them there around-the-clock, 7 days a week, under the total care of the government. The state raised a whole generation of children. There were no motherly women to take care of the children, just people highly trained in child psychology. By this time, no one talked about equal rights. We knew we had been had.

Health Care and Small Business Suffer Under Government Controls:

Before Hitler, we had very good medical care. Many American doctors trained at the University of Vienna . After Hitler, health care was socialized, free for everyone. Doctors were salaried by the government. The problem was, since it was free, the people were going to the doctors for everything. When the good doctor arrived at his office at 8 a.m., 40 people were already waiting and, at the same time, the hospitals were full. If you needed elective surgery, you had to wait a year or two for your turn. There was no money for research as it was poured into socialized medicine. Research at the medical schools literally stopped, so the best doctors left Austria and emigrated to other countries.

As for healthcare, our tax rates went up to 80% of our income. Newlyweds immediately received a $1,000 loan from the government to establish a household. We had big programs for families. All day care and education were free. High schools were taken over by the government and college tuition was subsidized. Everyone was entitled to free handouts, such as food stamps, clothing, and housing.

We had another agency designed to monitor business. My brother-in-law owned a restaurant that had square tables. Government officials told him he had to replace them with round tables because people might bump themselves on the corners. Then they said he had to have additional bathroom facilities. It was just a small dairy business with a snack bar. He couldn’t meet all the demands. Soon, he went out of business. If the government owned the large businesses and not many small ones existed, it could be in control.

We had consumer protection. We were told how to shop and what to buy. Free enterprise was essentially abolished. We had a planning agency specially designed for farmers. The agents would go to the farms, count the livestock, then tell the farmers what to produce, and how to produce it.

“Mercy Killing” Redefined:
In 1944, I was a student teacher in a small village in the Alps . The villagers were surrounded by mountain passes which, in the winter, were closed off with snow, causing people to be isolated. So people intermarried and offspring were sometimes retarded. When I arrived, I was told there were 15 mentally retarded adults, but they were all useful and did good manual work. I knew one, named Vincent, very well. He was a janitor of the school. One day, I looked out the window and saw Vincent and others getting into a van. I asked my superior where they were going. She said to an institution where the State Health Department would teach them a trade, and to read and write. The families were required to sign papers with a little clause that they could not visit for 6 months. They were told visits would interfere with the program and might cause homesickness.

As time passed, letters started to dribble back saying these people died a natural, merciful death. The villagers were not fooled. We suspected what was happening. Those people left in excellent physical health and all died within 6 months. We called this euthanasia.

The Final Steps – Gun Laws:
Next came gun registration. People were getting injured by guns. Hitler said that the real way to catch criminals (we still had a few) was by matching serial numbers on guns. Most citizens were law-abiding and dutifully marched to the police station to register their firearms. Not long afterwards, the police said that it was best for everyone to turn in their guns. The authorities already knew who had them, so it was futile not to comply voluntarily.

No more freedom of speech. Anyone who said something against the government was taken away. We knew many people who were arrested, not only Jews, but also priests and ministers who spoke up.

Totalitarianism didn’t come quickly, it took 5 years from 1938 until 1943, to realize full dictatorship in Austria . Had it happened overnight, my countrymen would have fought to the last breath. Instead, we had creeping gradualism. Now, our only weapons were broom handles. The whole idea sounds almost unbelievable that the state, little by little, eroded our freedom.

After World War II, Russian troops occupied Austria. Women were raped, pre-teen to elderly. The press never wrote about this, either. When the Soviets left in 1955, they took everything that they could, dismantling whole factories in the process. They sawed down whole orchards of fruit, and what they couldn’t destroy, they burned. We called it The Burned Earth. Most of the population barricaded themselves in their houses. Women hid in their cellars for 6 weeks as the troops mobilized. Those who couldn’t, paid the price. There is a monument in Vienna today, dedicated to those women who were massacred by the Russians. This is an eye witness account.

“It’s true … those of us who sailed past the Statue of Liberty came to a country of unbelievable freedom and opportunity.

America Truly is the Greatest Country in the World. Don’t Let Freedom Slip Away!

“After America , There is No Place to Go.”

Please forward this message to other voters who may not have seen it.

The author of this article lives in South Dakota and is very active in attempting to maintain our freedom. I encourage everybody to read this article and pass it along. I see so many parallels in this country; are we going to sit by and watch it happen? Spread the word; also contact your congressional reps; vote them out if they don’t do what they should. If you don’t want to be bothered, then you’re part of the problem! Google Kitty Werthmann and you will see articles and videos.

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+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Brenda Hester
May 14, 2012 at 2:21 pm

David, I know that this is long but it really helped me show family and others how it could and did happen. If you do not use it here – please consider using it in a newsletter or somewhere to help! Thanks for all you do for us.

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+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Shellie
May 15, 2012 at 6:35 am

Wow! Thank you Brenda for the information. What an eye-opener. I will pass it on. Again, thank you for sharing that.

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+2 Vote -1 Vote +1Montego Man
May 14, 2012 at 2:30 pm

Here’s my take and some prep info.
POSSIBLE SCENARIO – In a previous post I advised that DHS has ordered 750,000,000 rounds of .223 ammo. Nearly all suppliers have unfilled backorders. Even Wal-Mart can’t get them in. Russian made .223 is tough to acquire since my normal supplier says 2 to 3 months for them. Domestic .223 from Federal and Lake City is also 2-3months delays. There is no doubt in my mind that DHS / Feds are getting ready for something to happen domestically. After serious analysis of facts and federal pronouncements, and seeing what is being done in DC, it appears the Feds are preparing for an attack in the USA by Islamic terrorist who are in undiscovered cells in the country. These are home grown terrorists. The attacks will start in the cities / high population areas. That’s the reason for .40 cal hp. FYI, auto pistols now seem to be a popular item, and Glock models can be converted to carbine with added tubing extenders for the barrel, and adjustable stocks. Look in your gun catalogues and you’ll get the idea. In addition, these weapons can support a 40 round mag. Is there a civil war coming?????-It may be terrorists against us! Intel does slip out……
BE PREPARED w/ a 90 day supply of FOOD & WATER – Remember to have storage devises ready for emergency water storage that you can set up and fill with-in an hour – Water-Bobs (100 gal) for bath-tubs; NEW/unused Large plastic trash cans (35+ gal w/ thick contractor bags as liners-cheap water containers) and use the ceramic filter for drinking it-store them in your larger shower stalls and basement; inflatable wading/swimming pools (Wal-Mart again – larger pools with filters and covers are great. Keep them filled and stored out of sight, possibly under a deck. Run filters to keep water fresh, use bromide of standard chlorine, but boil to drink and cook). Keep several hoses handy so you can fill up as many containers as possible in a short period of time. Use trash cans as rain barrels under downspouts. Cut the downspout to size and set up a series of trash cans (using hose lengths and plumbing adapters from hardware) for the water to cascade from one can to the next. No hot water system – fill two or three a 5/8” 100’ long black hoses coupled together and lay it on asphalt or concrete in full sun for a couple of hours and you get enough hot water to sponge bathe your family. Don’t be afraid to get a shower outside when it rains.
COMMUNITY – Shelter yourself/family at your home where you have everything necessary. Unless it is absolutely necessary, don’t travel. Large metro area will be grid-locked and back roads may not be safe; you can easily be outnumbered and outgun. Think about the repercussions of what will happen to your wife and kids. Create a community group and get you neighbors to work with you. Drop a few hints in your conversations with them. “You know, it might be a good idea if…..” Plant an idea and like a seed, it will hopefully germinate.
COOKING – Build your own fire place for outdoor cooking – use large concrete blocks on three sides capped with solid concrete blocks. Get a large grill top from a camping supplier (thicker gauge metal) and have a cast iron griddle, large fry pan, and dutch oven for outdoor cooking when you run out of propane. Save newspapers / magazines for fuel mixtures.
TARPS & ROPE –Have an assortment of inexpensive tarps (Harbor Freight) – Blue lightweight and silver heavyweight and sheets of clear plastic. Use the tarps to catch rain and store water in clean trash cans. Set out clear sheets of plastic at night on grassy areas and with high humidity, they’ll collect dew (sailors tip). Sides should be a couple of inches higher than center so moisture gravitates to the center for collection. Have a collection of various sizes of braded ropes, including plastic laundry line and the ever useful paracord.
MEDS – Enough cannot be said about having enough of the proper medical supplies. Again – stock up at Wal-Mart for basics, and order from on-line suppliers/catalogues for larger quantities / sizes. Make sure you have a supply of OTC meds and get you prescriptions in 90 days supply, and stay stocked!
ENTERTAINMENT – Paperbacks for adults (if you like to read) and board games for kids as well as adults (checkers, chess). Keep several decks of cards handy.
OPSEC – Stay safe and keep your eyes and ears open. Get the facts. Don’t allow yourself to panic. Stay sane in order to keep those around you from panic. Be creative and look for opportunities and moments that will be an advantage to you and your family.
SHARPS – Have a good collection of knives / machetes or machete type swords / ax or hatchets for practical and defensive measures.
WEAPONS – Basics: (1) 12 gauge pump shotgun with an extended tube for more rounds w/ “00” for defense and bird shot for small game and fowl. (2) Pistol – 9mm or larger caliber for close range self-defense. (3) Rifles – .22 for hunting and larger caliber for long distance self-defense.
INFORMATION – Get David’s course and run it off and keep a paper copy! Try to get a Boy Scout Handbook or go to the used book store and get the Scouting Merit Badge books (remember them?) for tons of useful information.
Just a few thoughts……

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+1 Vote -1 Vote +1davidmobile
May 14, 2012 at 2:50 pm

Thanks, Montego Man!

A couple of thoughts/notes:

1. I’ve seen pallets of .223 in several stores in 3 different states in the last few weeks. It IS out there and readily available.

2. The .40 and 9mm Full capacity Glock mags that I know of are 30 round mags and not 40 round mags.

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+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Old Soldier
May 14, 2012 at 4:59 pm

Deep down in the comments a couple of people talk about loss of material saved on computers. One discusses scanning and printing but said he had not started yet. When I taught in Command and General Staff College there was a block of instruction for future staff officers called “Stubby Pencil”. Basically trying to prepare staff officers to be able to provide rations, ammunitions, personnel services and all the rest without all the computers. Even without nuclear strikes or solar storms, the computers did a lousey job in VN in the two one year tours I served there. Every unit has “expediters” in every supply yard in the theater. In their own units, most were known as Ali Baba and his forty thieves. They rummaged through CONEXs of supplies which were mislabeled or the computerized records never arrived, dozens of excuses. Anything they thought their unit could use was forwarded whether it was on order or even authorized. It only further acerbated an already poor supply situation. My recommendation: Buy a few three ring binders, I have dozens, clearly label and keep items filed and indexed. You will be able to find what you need, if the need arises.

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+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Mary J
May 15, 2012 at 12:36 pm

Can anyone please help me to learn to survive in 110-120 Temperatures, when there’s no electricity as this isn’t addressed in your courses which I’ve purchased. Should I move? Is that the only real solution? Please- anything would be helpful!

Mary-
Stuck in the desert

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Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
May 15, 2012 at 12:54 pm

Hi Mary,

Here’s a link to one of the places where I wrote about it: http://www.secretsofurbansurvival.com/999/surviving-extreme-heat-and-power-outages/

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Vote -1 Vote +1USNVet
May 15, 2012 at 5:21 pm

When Bama was elected and Hellery Clinton was given her office I invested in lots more ammo and firearms . During the clinton regime knowing that Hellery called NYC police “murders” and then she told Janet Reno to kill everyone @ Ruby Ridge including shooting an unarmed child in the back I bought 17 rifles After Wako Texas I bought 200,000 rounds of ammo and shot guns and I am thinking it is still not enough

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Vote -1 Vote +1davidmobile
May 15, 2012 at 6:24 pm

While I am a strong proponent of firearms and ammo, I am a much stronger proponent of promoting prepared communities to maintain order through disasters and having the skills an supplies necessary to create stable micro environments after disasters.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Karen Isaacson
May 18, 2012 at 8:11 am

I’m afraid my teeth aren’t good enough to chew ammo.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Joseph Hyde
May 16, 2012 at 12:13 pm

David

Just finished reading ‘Patriots’ by David Wesley & Rawles (The authors web site: http://www.survivalblog.com/index.html ).

I consider myself a ‘Prepper’…at least in my mind, and I hope I can get it together somewhat before the ‘Big Crunch’ and know when it’s time to get out of Dodge. Most likely I’ll be a causality like most (half or more?) of my fellow Americans (realistically speaking) but even so I don’t want to go down without a fight and especially if I can take a few ‘Bad Guys’ with me, if possible!

That being said I would recommend this book to anyone, I’ll be visiting their web site and hopefully be able to get better prepared for what ever happens…possibly real soon (this year? 2012).

Thanks for a good place to come.

Joe

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Vote -1 Vote +1ron
May 27, 2012 at 3:08 am

the russian’s and UN troops are already here and training, why???????????
i believe that most of us know why and i also believe it will happen very soon.
hillery is due to sign the gun ban at the UN [ i believe it’s july 12th. ].
folks the writing is on the wall.
take care, god bless and god bless america.
ron

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Vote -1 Vote +1Tony
June 2, 2012 at 7:10 am

David,
I’ve come to appreciate your aricles, and I look forward each week to the newest entry. I have a few questions for you, though, hoping you could shed some light on them.
1. I live in a suburb, perhaps 5-8 miles out from an urban center. I have a difficult time picturing major rioting, looting, etc. taking place in my neighborhood. What are the likely scenarios that I might find myself subject to when TSHTF?
2. What criteria do I use to decide to actually “bug out” rather than continue to “bug in?”
3. Since homes are in such close proximity to each other, a large defensive perimeter is out of the question. Do I need to supplement my handguns with the oft-suggested 12 guage and/or rifle (and why)?
4. In a grid-down scenario, where the government has shut down communications, how will we know where to “form ranks?”

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Vote -1 Vote +1Mary B
July 23, 2012 at 12:41 pm

And then there are people like me who prepared for Y2K and haven’t recovered from the experience. Just can’t get up the enthusiasm again.

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