Time to Batten Down the Hatches?

by David Morris on April 28, 2011

I’ve been on the road for most of the last 2 weeks and was fortunate enough to miss out on hearing the news for several days. To start with, my thoughts and prayers go out to everyone effected by the tornadoes and storms in the southern US.

As I got caught up, it has been shocking to see how quickly the economy seems to be unraveling…and bizarre how the media and politicians are trying to create a fantasy land of happy times.

The IMF is saying that Obama’s lack of a credible strategy for getting the US spending in line with tax revenues is likely to undue the entire global economic recovery. Standard & Poor’s has given the US financial health a negative rating and is considering downgrading the rating of our bonds. If our credit rating gets downgraded, the consequences are the same as if your personal credit score gets downgraded… higher interest rates and less negotiating power.

Meanwhile, right now there is enough real estate inventory to satisfy demand for the next 12 months, underwriting is getting more difficult, and banks are being forced to start unloading foreclosures that they’ve been holding on their books to avoid realizing major losses.

Besides that, China keeps warning the US that we MUST get our debt and deficit spending under control and keeps threatening to stop buying US debt. This was a big deal before earthquakes, a tsunami, and nuclear problems crippled one of our other biggest debt buyers, Japan. Since Japan’s increasing challenges since mid-March, it has become even more important that China keep buying US debt.

At the same time, Utah started accepting gold/silver for tax payments without having to pay taxes on the gains. In fact, they’re recognizing gold and silver as an alternative currency to the dollar. 14 other states are considering the same: Colorado, Georgia, Montana, Missouri, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington. There are several reasons for this, but one of the biggest ones is a general lack of faith in the monetary policy of the Federal Government and a recognition by individual states that they MUST have an alternative to the dollar to keep commerce running in their state if/when the dollar crashes.

So, China doesn’t have faith in the US monetary policy. The IMF doesn’t have faith in the US monetary policy. OPEC doesn’t have faith in the US monetary policy. S&P doesn’t have faith in the US monetary policy. And 15 individual states don’t have faith in the US monetary policy. These groups span the spectrum of “don’t tread on me” to “one world order”, big government to limited government, and from conservative to liberal. I emphasize this because it’s VERY odd that such different, and in some cases opposed groups, stand united in a belief about ANYTHING.

What’s it all mean?

It’s hard to say exactly, but in general it means that it would be smart to accelerate your preparations for breakdowns in the financial system, breakdowns in the supply chain, and even breakdowns in civil order caused by people who aren’t prepared.

To the extent that you can, keep some cash at home. If nothing else, it will save you ATM fees.

Buy extra of the food you already eat.

At LEAST stock up on REALLY simple food, like Minute Rice, instant oatmeal, and cans of beans, Rotel, and vegetables. They’re not going to win you any awards for nutrition, but they’re cheap to stock up on, easy to prepare, and they’ll give you calories and stick to your tummy. By the way…on the bad nutrition note, I’m a big fan of SPAM and instant potatoes when hiking/camping. It’s a cheap, utilitarian comfort food for me and I suggest you find something similar for yourself.

If you go this route of cheap calories/protein, make sure to plan on a good multi-vitamin, enzymes, and some source of fat.

Make sure you have a minimum of 7 gallons per person/large pet in your household, and more if possible. In most houses, you’ll have 7 gallons per person in your water heater. I cover the proper way to maintain your water heater so the water inside will be drinkable when you need it and how to get it out safely in the SurviveInPlace.com Survival Course.

Get a mechanical (non-electronic) water filter that is rated for viruses. Most aren’t.

Get control of your mind. Start getting disciplined about not “worrying” about anything and only letting your mind linger on problems that you have the ability to change in the immediate future.

Get in shape. Wherever you’re at, fitness wise, get in better shape. It will improve EVERY aspect of your life now, and will allow you to handle stressful situations better.

Consider who you’d let double up with you and who you’d want to double up with if that became a necessity and work on building those relationships.

On the topic of relationships, do whatever you can to strengthen your relationships in your home. Some of the resources we like are FamilyLife.com, FireProofMyMarriage.com, and LoveAndLogic.com. They all have online resources, DVDs, and books. We have gone through almost everything offered on all 3 sites. Next to God, my wife and I consider our relationship with each other and our relationships with our kids to be some of our most precious possessions and invest a lot of time and effort maintaining and improving them.

And, of course, for a comprehensive plan to get you and your family prepared for short, medium, and long term disasters without having to relocate to a fully stocked rural retreat that you may not even have, I want to encourage you to check out the SurviveInPlace.com Survival Course. If you’ve been putting off going through the course, I’d strongly suggest getting started today.

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As always, being responsible for being prepared means forearming yourself with knowledge and taking action on what you learn. That’s why I tell you about what I’ve learned and what I’m doing. It’s also why I seek out and recommend other resources as well.

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That’s all for this week’s edition of the Urban Survival Newsletter… see you next time.

David Morris.

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Vote -1 Vote +1CAmerica
April 29, 2011 at 4:15 am

Very important information here. God Help Us, it seems that no one else will be able to. This is a game of Good vs. Evil. So far it looks like Evil has more points on the board, but the Good has not had the ball yet.

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+5 Vote -1 Vote +1George
April 29, 2011 at 4:28 am

Every time I go shopping I also stock up on “barter items” e.g. Liquor, cigarettes, toilet paper, etc. Whether you drink or smoke doesn’t matter. These will be handy when the “bell rings” and the ATM’s don’t work- and the dollar isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on. Also make it a point to stop by your local Gun/Sporting Goods shop and buy a 500 rd. “brick” of .22LR ammo. Also a great barter item to have.

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+3 Vote -1 Vote +1joe
April 29, 2011 at 4:35 am

COPY THAT!
i am in afghanistan and have been for 14 months
we do not get the free press on TV here, but the things i see on the computer are getting worst i have been getting my mind in the right place for this for some time now .

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+2 Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
April 29, 2011 at 6:49 am

Thanks for your service, Joe. We don’t necessarily get the free press on TV here either :) Stay safe over there and enjoy the bonds you’re making and shared experiences you’re having.

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+2 Vote -1 Vote +1Nasir
May 1, 2011 at 7:00 am

Hello David & every one,
i am writing from Pakistan. We are almost into the disaster situation as warned by you through your articles & warnings.
Law & order is out of balance, groceries, medicine & gas on constant rise. Although reasons are different among US & Pakistan but sufferings of people are almost same, what you are Expecting has unfortunatel started here at low intensity unfortunately. Government is not interested to help, its just People who are fighting for survival for their own self & family. Its a terrible situation even to think about.
People living in US, not listening to your pridictions & warnings are not doing justice with them selves & those who are connected to them. The after effects of US dollar collaps will be worldwide, Daid your community is world wide, trckle down effect is going to terrible. People must pay attention & ask Allah for blessings.

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+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Eric
April 29, 2011 at 10:19 am

Joe,
Hope you get to come home soon, and I hope what you come home too is better than what it seems like its turning into. I keep hoping something will kick in and the voice of reason will speak to the people in state government and they’ll do something to curb what our Federal government is doing to all of us. But I’m also stockpiling in case they don’t.

Good luck and come home soon!

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+4 Vote -1 Vote +1ShawnM
April 29, 2011 at 5:05 am

Hi David!
Good article. A couple items that I’ve recently added to my emergency supplies. One was a Civil Defense radiation detection kit, as we live within 30 miles of a nuclear power plant, and second was a microscope with a reflective mirror instead of a powered light source. Also, over the years I’ve been aquiring all the good quality hand tools I could lay my hands on, as well as books on everything!! Even some of your articles I’ve printed out, just so that if I’m not here, my family can learn how to take care of themselves. Books on building, How things work, gardening, animal husbandry, canning, water filtration, surival, medicine, etc etc.

I read a lot about getting prepaired, but what happens if I’m the one who doesn’t make it through the next event? Most of my family isn’t interested, but they put up with my “eccentric” side. And I show them everything I collect or get, so they’ll know its there, if or when they’ll need it.

Just because they don’t see it, doesn’t mean I could abandon them!!

Keep up the good work!!
Shawn

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Vote -1 Vote +1Marquita
April 29, 2011 at 11:29 pm

You’re a fine fellow, Shawn. I suspect you are the smartest in your family.you should be commended on your forward thinking.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Varian
April 30, 2011 at 2:58 pm

I was in the same boat until last week. Something went “click” in my wife’s mind and now she’s helping me stock up.

What do you plan on doing with the microscope?

~V

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Vote -1 Vote +1ShawnM
May 2, 2011 at 2:52 pm

Well, depending on how bad it gets and for how long. Several uses for the microsope. Checking new water sources for microbes, checking soil bacteria. Along with the medical training I’ve gotten as an EMT and self study, being able to check blood types, etc.

Also, as I purchased the 100 prepared slides, this will be something I can do with my grandkids as they get older, to teach them about the world.

Don’t forget, its not just grocery stores, and pharmacies that won’t be around… Not going to be a lot of schools either!! So plan on what you want to teach the next generation now, so you’ll have what you need.

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+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Tom
April 29, 2011 at 6:08 am

I don’t like this. It scares the hell out of me. Instead of chatting about survival we need to be chatting about cleaning out the political house thats causing all this crap. If we get the truth out and impeach many representatives, senators, supreme court judges and president we could return to a great nation once again.

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+4 Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
April 29, 2011 at 6:45 am

Hey Tom,

For my family, it’s a 2 pronged approach.

1. Do what we can on the local, state, and national level to change things politically.
2. Do what we can at the household level in case our leaders continue to take us into the abyss.

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Vote -1 Vote +1MP
April 29, 2011 at 10:29 pm

The only thing that sucks about the idea of trying to vote out the crappy politicians based on the piss poor performance they’re doing its the idea that the vast majority of the people, regardless of their political affiliation or beliefs, they’re still going to continue to vote the same class of boobs back in, or sit on the side lines and bitch and complain while doing nothing. We can continue to be optimistic about future regime change that may work out for us but we still need to cover all our bases. As was stated before, we cant worry about those things we cant control such as changing the hearts and minds of the political bobble heads in DC, we can do our best at the polls then after that we need to continue our preparations so when plan A doesn’t work, at least plan B will be there for us. Point is, we can’t count on a population that’s fixated with the BS in modern society versus their loved ones and their own survival and prosperity in these troubled times to help fix the problems that caused all of this in the first place so the best thing we can do is keep preparing like we all do.

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+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Anne
April 29, 2011 at 6:52 am

Tom, impeaching is the hard way. The much easier way is at the ballot box. We all need to vote in every single election, be in contact with those elected representatives after the elction, and be active in letting the party leaders know what we will and won’t do. And some of us need to hold our noses and run for public office. Bless you for your most accurate concern.

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+2 Vote -1 Vote +1Mike
April 29, 2011 at 7:06 am

Hi Tom,

I know how you feel but you have to focus on taking care of yourself and your family first. We’ve only impeached 2 presidents in history and a handful of judges. Impeachment isn’t going to fix this nation’s problems in a timely fashion.

We’ll do the best we can with elections but realize that America is at a tipping point now that 47% pay virutally no taxes at all. These people have no incentive to vote out the corruptocrats as they are basically fully on the take whether they realize it or not. Our education system has corrupted a generation of our youth, too.

Sorry to be pessimistic but I can’t stress enough doing what you can to prepare. It is what you have the most control over, too. Get some extra food and ammo while your money will still buy something.

I’m scared, too. I’ve prepped some but not as much as I would like as I’ve been battling my own “paralysis through analysis.” It’s weird to read the news and hear the alarm bells in my head and then to go to work and watch my co-workers go through the motions seemingly oblivious to what we think is coming. It makes me think I’m the crazy one sometimes.

Regards,
Mike

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+2 Vote -1 Vote +1Jim
April 29, 2011 at 9:13 am

Mike, you’re not crazy. But most of the sheeple don’t know what is happening to our country. Many still think that Obama was the right choice.
Jim

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+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Eric
April 29, 2011 at 10:27 am

Mike,
You are correct. The ground work for this disaster was laid in the early 1800 with the Marshall Supreme Court attacking what was left of the constitution by then. Then, 100 years later, FDR picked up the torch and set the pyre burning. Our current situation is basically the last moment before it all collapses and burns to the ground. Elections are just the method they have used to keep us pacified while they destroyed it all slowly.

So prep and get ready. We’re going to have to weather this one out and start over it seems.

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Vote -1 Vote +1MP
April 29, 2011 at 10:34 pm

Amen!

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Vote -1 Vote +1Lindsay
April 30, 2011 at 6:28 pm

Stick to your plan, Mike

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Vote -1 Vote +1Phraustie
April 29, 2011 at 11:19 pm

I disagree. What are the chances that it’d actually happen to be able to get that to happen? Even if it’s not the economy that fails; it’s a natural disaster or a pandemic. It might behoove oneself to be prepared for the worst and still hope for the best.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Lindsay
April 30, 2011 at 6:27 pm

Yeah, good luck! They will be the death of this country!!!!

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Vote -1 Vote +1Rebecca
May 3, 2011 at 2:50 am

Tom – you’re dead right about the cleaning out of those who have caused the problem to begin with! However, the ones who’ve REALLY caused the problems are not those who are in office – but the invisible elite – i.e., the Illuminatti – the Bilderbergs – the Club of Rome, etc. I wish we could impeach them – but, we can’t – we didn’t elect them – they just learned how to control our money system and bingo – they’re in. It’s been going on since Ansel Meyer Rothschild began to buy banks. And … it’s Prophesy fulfilling itself. The Bible has a lot to say about what’s going on now – and it’s in the books of Daniel and Revelation. But, cheer up – they may be in control now … but ultimately, GOD is – and if we belong to Him-we WIN!

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Vote -1 Vote +1David Armstrong
April 29, 2011 at 6:19 am

I lived in Florida for 10 years and made and maintained a Hurricane kit that served me well in 2004. I have since moved back “upnorth” and not kept that up. A successor is being made now. Thanks for all the info.

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+1 Vote -1 Vote +1forrest walters
April 29, 2011 at 6:51 am

The word is batten (down the hatches), not baton. One hopes the hatches will not be subdued with nightsticks.

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+2 Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
April 29, 2011 at 8:22 am

Absolutely correct…thanks Forrest :) I hope the spelling error won’t get in the way of the message for you.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Robert
May 1, 2011 at 11:47 am

LOL

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Vote -1 Vote +1Dave
April 29, 2011 at 7:36 am

It doesn’t matter who votes; what matters is who counts the votes!

If you think the IMF, doing business as the United States of America is on your side, think again!

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+1 Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
April 29, 2011 at 8:21 am

I don’t think anyone here thinks the IMF is our friend…in fact it baffles me that ANYONE, period, thinks that the IMF is our friend.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Malcolm
April 29, 2011 at 7:42 am

Hi, we have the same trouble here in the Uk and it is all round the western world, we are all paying for are own greed, I suggest If you believe in God, he warned of these things, an Jesus said about end times,and his answer was, dont let your heart be troubled nor let it be afraid, for the lord your god is with you. so dont go over the top with Guns and food, trust in the lord,If you can. of course if you cant, then go savage.

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+8 Vote -1 Vote +1Shawn
April 29, 2011 at 8:39 am

Hi Malcolm,

Don’t forget Jesus also said, “Let him who has ears, hear”… I think he wwas telling us to be vigilant, not just for the second coming , but everything that goes on in the world every day!! You have to do as much as you can to prepare, and THEN leave the reast to God!!

I’m sure he will assist us but we’d better not be sitting back and waiting on him only!! Thats one message he’s never taught.

Shawn

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+4 Vote -1 Vote +1Jim
April 29, 2011 at 9:16 am

God helps those who help themselves.
Jim

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+6 Vote -1 Vote +1Lindalee
April 29, 2011 at 9:21 am

You are right Shawn, scripture also tells us that if we don’t work, we shouldn’t eat. It’s very clear that we should be charitable to those who can’t care for themselves, but lazy people aren’t supposed to get a free pass. God bless you and yours. Lindalee

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+2 Vote -1 Vote +1D G
April 29, 2011 at 12:08 pm

You are also right. Good people sometimes need a hand up while they work to
pull themselves up. Our family prays & prepares knowing that the war was won
on the cross but we have battles yet to fight. Not all battles are won but we must
keep on fighting & voting. A woman interviewed in Seattle, WA said she had not
voted and was very sorry. The proposal she wanted to pass lost by one vote.
She would have made the difference!

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+2 Vote -1 Vote +1Rick
April 29, 2011 at 1:53 pm

Hello Malcolm,

The Lord is telling me TO prepare, and not to doubt that those who don’t prepare WILL as you said, “go savage”. There is no sin in making sure my children can eat! The Lord has never said “do nothing and I will take care of your every need”. The Lord helps those that help themselves. Once you have done all you can, he will take care of the rest. Please, no offense, just my understanding of it.

Cheers!
Rick

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+3 Vote -1 Vote +1Reddog245
April 29, 2011 at 8:13 am

I like the idea of the ballot box, but we need to be clear that the probability of that working any more is small. Too many rely on uncle sugar for their very existence, and they outnumber us. They are not about to vote out their sugar daddies. And even those we do vote in on conservative principals get corrupted all too easily once up there. Look at the results of our recent November elections. Sure, we voted in some “Tea Party” republicans, but once up there, they started arguing about whether to use a 3 gallon bucket or a 5 gallon bucket to bail out the Titanic, and even now have yet to actually pick up the bucket. In less than 6 months, they went from hero to zero. It seems to me, judging from the news, that several world leaders are working toward the same thing-bankrupting their respective countries at about the same time after getting as much stuff and money for themselves and their friends as they can. At that point, their power is cemented, they have a REAL crisis to take advantage of (requiring, of course, martial law and disarming the people ‘for their own safety.’), and the people of the world will have no place to go. The people will be in such a hard place they will have to give up everything, including their freedom, just to get a piece of crust and a sip of water. We need to be ready to survive, yes, but we also need to be getting ready to fight. As we saw in Wisconsin and other places, they have their thugs and are not shy about using them, and that was just over paying a couple bucks for their insurance. What do you think they would do over something they thought was really important? David asked us to think about who we would double up with, but we also need to be looking at who we would stand and fight with. From what they have demonstrated, we won’t need to have a revolution because they will bring the fight to us.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Harold
April 29, 2011 at 8:23 am

Your correct Forrest, but iff’en them nightsticks do the job, it’s ok. Lay on Macduff

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Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
April 29, 2011 at 8:43 am

This IS a rabbit trail, but the whole topic of nightsticks/batons always brings up Rodney King to me. I don’t remember the exact number, but he got hit something like 140+ times with what looked like FULL blows. Yet, it took that many blows to subdue him and he was on stage giving a statement to the press the next day.

That is an example of ineffective targeting and shows why it’s just as important, if not more important, to learn where on the body to strike as it is important to learn/carry all sorts of improvised weapons.

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+2 Vote -1 Vote +1Papawpaul
April 29, 2011 at 8:51 am

The cure for America’s current crises is simple. Audit and destroy the FED. Impeach Obama. Return to God and the Constitution as it was written.
The “end times” have arrived. Those who “filled their lamps” and “trimmed their wicks” will be far better able to help those who need help. We can bury our heads in the sand and say all kinds of things against preparing, but I have always believed God helps those who help themselves. God blesses hard work and generosity. When the 7 years drought was coming, God told Pharaoh to “stock up”, so don’t let anybody tell you god is against preparation for a coming disaster.
Papawpaul
The UN is coming for your guns and ammo, so buy some iron pipe and caps and bury a couple of weapons deep along with ammo. Semper Paratus, God Bless all.

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Vote -1 Vote +1LiLBKP
October 3, 2011 at 9:27 pm

Papawpaul, Please tell me how I can hide/bury some ammo and guns. I am afraid the first thing they will do is disarm the citizens. I have only recently purchased several guns that are for my use. My husband has his hunting guns, and one 45. However, we have no military training and have no idea how to hide/bury survival weapons. If the subject is to sensitive for complete discription on this site I will give you are David my email address. This would take a big worry away. I have purchased three ammo cans from a gun show, however I’m not sure how/if they can be buried. I have been trying to prepare for several years now. While my husband is not onboard. He knows how important it is to me to be prepared no matter what happens, so he says nothing. We’ve been married for 18 years so we allow each other a certain amount of understanding whether we agree on the issues are not. That is very helpful. I continue to pray that God will show him what I see, he is so smart and we could accomplish so much if we were both using our brains. He feels he needs to make sure our bills are paid and cannot concentrate on WTSHTF. However, with or without his assistance I need to understand how to protect our arms and would appreciate your or David’s help so very much. Thank you in advance.

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Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
October 4, 2011 at 10:31 am

I’ve got a book on this subject that I’m publishing for another author…hopefully this fall.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Jim
April 29, 2011 at 9:03 am

Hi Tom, and others, regarding corruption in government:

Consider the topic of ASCENSION (which is not rapture). The separation of some portion of the Earth into a higher density (the “shift”) will leave the service-to-self individuals on the low, third density portion. They will eventually die out as that portion of the Earth cools. Problem solved — for those who shift along with the up-shifted portion of the Earth. The question for each of us then becomes: which am I, service-to-others or service-to-self? And, of course, how to survive until shift time?

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+2 Vote -1 Vote +1Helen
April 29, 2011 at 9:22 am

Talk about scared! We got caught in a Ponzi scheme a few years ago and the financial devastation from that has just about wiped us out with continued financial repercussions coming what seems like daily. We have two grown children both in debt $75,000.00 each and unemployed. I have not worked in 10 years and at my age find it difficult to find anyone who will employ me. We are “surviving” on credit. My point, I see the need to prepare and want to do many measures suggested here and other places, but, I must save my pennies just to buy basic groceries and cannot afford to stock up or purchase other items to begin to feel prepared. I feel like we will be “sitting ducks” for whatever is to happen. Needless to say, my prayer time has increased tremendously. Blessings.

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+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Damon
April 29, 2011 at 12:57 pm

Hellen; I know times are tough right now, but the worst thing to do is nothing. I went to the ninety-nine cent store and bought a few items such as thermal blankets, first aid supplies and duct tape, then the next payday I bought a few can goods, some tools and some bottled water etc. So even if your only able to go to say wal-mrt and buy one or two items such as a “hand crank” flashlight w/am-radio and then the next payday buy one or two items, you’ve atleast started your kit and before you know it you will have a “survivle kit” or a the very least you’ll be a little more prepared than you are now. So start with one little thing and build from there! good luck and God bless!

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+2 Vote -1 Vote +1jc
April 29, 2011 at 1:45 pm

Staple foods Helen, beans and rice.

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Vote -1 Vote +1John
April 29, 2011 at 10:27 pm

Helen, Shop “Big Lots” or dollar stores for food,These places have rice/beans/ pastas/ instant spuds/sugar/cooking oils/spices/oatmeal on and on sometimes even cheaper that military commissarys. Barter items that are cheap: threads and needles. go to “Thrift Stores” get some of the cheapest clothes there, save the buttons and whats left will make good rags and if necerssary bandages. Carpet stores for scraps. If you know anyone working at any fast food places the packages that hold the soft icecream stuff makes great water containers and they have reuseable caps. learn how to dehydrate foodstuffs. Salt used for cold weather roads can be used for con sumption, just be sure you read the package info first for warnings. A lot of things that could otherwise be used for human use they delibertly put addatives in to stop us. Good luck and bless.

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Vote -1 Vote +1RichStillinWyo@yahoo.com
April 30, 2011 at 10:10 am

Good advice! Look for a pressure cooker / canner of around 4 -6 qt size. Larger will work too. New, that size is about $22.00 at K-mart, so they should be way cheaper at thrift store. This will cook beans and feild corn along with tougher cuts of meat both faster and use less fuel. — Look also for an ‘ice chest’ big enough to hold your pressure cooker and several layers of news paper or rags. Fire the cooker just long enough to bring it up to rocking the regulator and then move it into the ‘ice chest’ nest that you have prepared and put a few layers of whatever over the top and then close the lid for several hours while you do something else. You will find that you have at least one HOT meal ready for you and maybe a second one too for later. Cans can be saved or found to build rocket stoves out of. Given that it is spring time now, well kinda anyway as it is snowing here still, get some garden seeds and start an irregular food production operation.

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Vote -1 Vote +1ShawnM
May 2, 2011 at 3:20 pm

Helen, One thing you can get right now, and is very cheap are seeds. Vegetables and herbs.
They can be used for barter in the days ahead, if you can’t grow them yourselves.

Even if you can’t get non hybrid seeds right now, any seeds will be very valuable!!

Good Luck and God Bless!!
Shawn

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Vote -1 Vote +1David
April 29, 2011 at 9:53 am

I’m glad to see the discussion here. I’m stuck in California. Don’t think for a second that the polititions arn’t aware of the preppers. Our legislature, controlled by the democrats, rams through every anti-gun, anti-ammunition and freedom limiting bill they can think of. They spend money like there is no tomorrow and all the time our state is economically collapsing. Our state appears to be intentionally going bankrupt. We have over 120 state funded organizations who”s budgets cannot be touched. The only place our legislature will make cuts are to fire, police, prisons and schools.
A politically middle of the road friend of mine drove from San Diego to Sacramento and back. After seeing with his own eyes the shanty towns that have sprung up on farm land that is no longer planted he went out and bought a shotgun for self defense. His turning point was when he stopped for lunch and he spoke to a policeman who told him many areas in the central valley are now “feral”, which means they are not visited by law enforcement. I sat for an hour and listened to him express his sudden realization of how bad it already has become in our state. The cop also told him the problems will spread when the people in the shanty towns don’t get their food credit card or it won’t buy enough to feed them for a month. You don’t have to look any farther than California to see the second great depression in progress.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Johnny
April 29, 2011 at 9:56 am

If the dollar sucks and isn’t worth anything, why are you charging for books and information on how to survive. I lost my job to some illegal A-hole who will work for almost nothing, I can’t afford to spend money on a book or training coarse. I guess us poor people are assed out, huh?

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+4 Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
April 29, 2011 at 10:32 am

Hey Johnny,

Well, you are “a@@ed out”, as you put it, if you keep up the bad attitude. Fortunately, while your altitude is sometimes handed to you, your attitude is up to you.

Normally, I wouldn’t approve a comment that was as unnecessarily negative and toxic as this one, but I know that some of the thoughts you expressed are common and need to be addresed.

Why am I charging dollars for information when the dollar sucks? Because people are still taking the dollar for payment. You can be sure that I’m converting every dollar that I can into tangible items like food, information, and other supplies…just like I talk about almost doing every week.

As for an illegal working for next to nothing…that’s simply a reality that both you, your employer, and your replacement have to deal with. You being bitter isn’t going to change him, the enforcement of the law, or your situation. What you really have to do in an economy where cheap illegal labor is an option is make darn sure that you have more to offer to employers to justify higher costs/wages. Not only that, but you need to be able to clearly communicate WHY your time is worth more than the time of the illegal laborer.

But, what it really comes down to is positive mental attitude. It’s a discipline that’s absolutely vital in survival situations…whether they are survival situations affecting an entire region, or survival situations only affecting an individual household…like yours. Negative, bitter, sarcastic, cutting attitudes are absolutely toxic and venomous. They suck the life out of the people who have them and they suck the life out of people they’re interacting with. They screw up brain chemistry, mess with your sleep, and create a downward spiral. Worst of all, they don’t change the situation or benefit anyone.

If you’re looking for work, which is more appealing to a potential employer…someone who is bitter and negative or someone who sees opportunity around them?

What attitude is better in getting friends and family prepared…poor people are all SOL, or “we’ll make it together.”

What’s a good first step? Get a piece of paper and start writing down 100 things that you’re thankful for. The food you have, clean water, relationships, working limbs/body, etc. Think of vets lying in the hospital and then write down what you have that you would want if you were in their situation. Then think of someone in Africa who just got his arm hacked off by Muslim extremists, watched his villiage get killed & his house burned…what do you have now that you’d want if you were in HIS situation?

Look at this list and add to it every time your thoughts start getting toxic. Look at it every morning until you don’t need to anymore. Look at it before you call about job offerings, turn in an application, or go to an interview.

Want books? Try “When Hell Was In Session” and “Five Years to Freedom” which are Vietnam POW survivor autobiographies or “Jesus Freaks” which is a book of 300+ stories of modern Christians who were persecuted, tortured, or killed for their beliefs. In all of the cases in all 3 of these books, people with toxic attitudes died. It’s absolutely VITAL that you take control of this if you want any chance of changing your situation for the better.

Take care & God bless.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Owen
April 29, 2011 at 11:16 pm

David,
Fantastic response to Johnny, A positive attitude is vital and thankfulness is the ultimate antidote. Yet, there is a legitimate question buried under Johnny’s bitter barage. If the training is out of reach for some, could it be purchased in installments?

BTW, This week was a great mailing. I always look forward to hearing your thoughts. your writing is insightful and interesting. God bless and keep up the good work.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Varian
April 30, 2011 at 3:17 pm

Where’s the “Like” icon? Nice response.

My job got sent overseas to some guy who works for 15% of what I was getting – the whole department got outsourced. I spent some time self-employed, got ripped off by my ex-business partner, spent a ton on lawyers and accountants, went bankrupt, lost my house. Now I spend 1/2 what I did before on a bigger house and actually have a positive net worth – something I haven’t seen in a couple decades. Watching how my ex-partner totally manipulated the system to borrow money no reasonable person would lend, and stiff 10 banks on over a million dollars – and walk away scott-free – showed me our system is whacked. It opened my eyes. Long way of saying losing my job was the best thing that happened to me. I couldn’t see it then, but 5 years and lots of pain later, it is clear that without this lay-off and subsequent awakening, I would still be a corporate drone grinding away a living, clueless about (and unprepared for) the impending disaster.

“It’s not what happens to us, but how we react to it that defines us. -Unknown

Peace.

~V

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Vote -1 Vote +1ShawnM
May 3, 2011 at 5:17 pm

Johnny,

I pray the Lord willhelp you to overcome your attitude, and learn to be thankful for what you DO have, not what you don’t. Lets start with, you evidently have acces to a computer, not everyone does. Do you have a roof over your head? Food on your table everyday, at least once?? Heat when its cold? A few coins in a jar or dish somewhere in your house? If you have at least 3 of JUST THOSE 4 things, YOU are richer than 90% of the rest of the world!!

When times are hard, pool your resources with a few others. Plant a few vegetables, and all take turns caring for them, and you ALL win!! I know, I’ve been there!!! Thats when I learned to go to the library!! READ EVERYTHING you can!! Knowledge is the ONE thing they can never take away from you!!

I’ve always said, I’ll give any man a hand up!! But I’m tired of giving them a hand out!!

God Bless, and Pray!! It really DOES help!!
Shawn

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Vote -1 Vote +1Mike
April 29, 2011 at 5:42 pm

Johnny,

I don’t think you need another book or course right now. You got the good sense God gave you. You proved that by being active in this forum. Sounds like you are overloaded with information. Stop watching the TV and surfing the bad news web for a day or two. Take things one day, one hour, one minute, or one second at a time!

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+2 Vote -1 Vote +1JulieBran
April 29, 2011 at 10:03 am

I thought it was particularly telling that I couldn’t find ANYTHING on Utah/Gold in the “main stream” media. Seriously? Not worth mentioning the malaise about the US Dollar I guess? Terrible. I found the bill if anyone is interested: http://le.utah.gov/~2011/bills/hbillint/hb0317s01.htm
If there were any doubts that the media and the Regime being in cahoots to create an alternate reality, there shouldn’t be now. This is just one, tiny example out of MANY.

We must seek truth.

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Vote -1 Vote +1John not the Baptist
April 29, 2011 at 10:40 am

Truth is: Amerika is toasted poo. *edited*

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+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Andy
April 29, 2011 at 11:02 am

I am a veteran who served my country for six years of placing my personal life on hold in service to my country as many of us have. In doing so we all took an oath to defend our country and it’s constitution from enemies both foreign and domestic. That oath has no expiration date for any of us. When anyone tries to take away our means to defend ourselves and our familys, no matter if it is “government” or some “outside source”, they have declared themselves to be the enemy of those of us who honor that oath. Therefore, we have no alternative but to stand and fight in any way and by any means available. History shows that out of control “government” will use any amount of force necessary to put down those they consider to be in opposition. The Branch Dividians and Ruby Ridge are examples. Some have the option of being herded like sheep into the already constructed camps in nearly every state, but those of us with integrety do not have that choice, but will be eventually eliminated as we honor our oath. Our only hope is that we take some of the enemy with us as we leave this earth. That makes it a requirement to prepare for what may happen in the future, not only for those of us who will stand, but for anyone who wishes to live through the hard times ahead. The only real option for all of us is Survival in Place when we have no sanctuary away from the terror. Thanks again David for trying to educate those in need of information and some incentive to act. For GOD and Country………Andy

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+1 Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
April 29, 2011 at 11:07 am

Thanks for your service, Andy. There’s a large remnant, if you will, who just want to be left alone and would rather die on their own rather than become like an animal at a “shelter” or “camp.”

I get a small taste of the treatment when I go to the post office, other government offices, or even the hospital. TONS of cumbersome rules and regulations that do nothing to improve the customer experience that some attorney or bean counter put into place for a forgotten reason.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Andy
April 29, 2011 at 11:18 am

David, And this is only a small sample. Andy

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+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Grace
April 29, 2011 at 11:20 am

I used to be positive about our country a few years ago. Now it seems that no matter how hard we try to call, fax, e-mail, etc., our voices are not heard by either/any party.

My gut instincts are saying “Be prepared as there MAY NOT be an election in 2012 for another Presiden.” Just look at what is happening in Wisconsin. Don’t forget that the Rinos/Repubs (Most of them) have renigged on all promises made during the 2010 election.

Get prepared is wise advise. It’s not going to be pretty during the next year or less.

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+2 Vote -1 Vote +1David
April 29, 2011 at 11:35 am

I get it, I must admit in my gut i KNOW something SCARY IS COMING take your pick from a dozen possible scenarios.I have been prepping for years and a still feel like I’m short.
2 questions people?. first what do we do when the military / police show up on our doorsteps in a crisis and demand our legally owned firearms / force multipliers? Second is anyone in the Nashville area looking to form a no-nonsense survival team?

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+1 Vote -1 Vote +1ShawnM
May 3, 2011 at 4:04 am

Thats the biggest problem David. Locations. Would be nice if someone would start an area where people could find local, like minded people, as it is difficult to find anyone around here who’s interested!!

But I will say, BE CAREFU!! Being former military, a member of Oath Keepers, who believe just what Andy said, my oath didn’t end just because I got out of the service. These would be the kind of groups the govt would try to “infiltrate” as they see anyone who’s a prepper, a believer in the Constitution, and doesn’t support the govt line as the new terrorists!!

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Vote -1 Vote +1JW Harrison
April 29, 2011 at 12:57 pm

Bankrupt all the large countries, create a world bank, have a charismatic leader, that promises to take care of everyone’s needs, food, healthcare, a place to live. Chip them so they can buy these FREE things. Not too long before the world will be ready for this “messiah”.

Revelation13:15-17 He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed. He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Jeffrey K.
April 29, 2011 at 12:57 pm

David ,thank you so much for the info,I’m a veteran too of the U.S.Coast Guard so I had some survival training …My wife and I have now 18 guns,10,000 plus rounds,and enough food and water to last a long time.The n.Georgia mountains also have a good supply of deer and wild turkey!!!Stay safe Buddy!!!!Jeff

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Vote -1 Vote +1BadVooDooDaddy
April 29, 2011 at 1:04 pm

Very well put. I agree with you on every point you made. The time is now. Waiting to get things completed will only cost you more and create my problems and stress down the road. Finish things up now and have the peace of mind that you have done all you can to prepare. Great post. Wise words.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Damon
April 29, 2011 at 1:44 pm

Important! Utah excepting gold and silver for tax payments? Dont even think about it, use your worthless money to make payments, save your gold. When the economy collapses gold will soar and you could be instantly wealthy if you held on to your gold! remember the GOLDEN RULE he who has the gold makes the rules!

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Vote -1 Vote +1Ed
April 29, 2011 at 10:01 pm

In tough times, everyday commodities will be worth way more than gold. Even though it’s cute, I’m not giving anyone food for gold. Ammo & other day to day stuff will be much better trading stock.

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Vote -1 Vote +1John
April 29, 2011 at 10:38 pm

Damon, Don’t forget silver. Having gold can get you killed, having small silver is good. The old silver dimes were worth $3.62 each this past Monday with the price of silver up to $50.00 and ounce.

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Vote -1 Vote +1BadVooDooDaddy
May 1, 2011 at 7:26 pm

I live in Utah and it sure was a good surprise to hear that our politicians decided to pass this. I can see a lot of states moving in that same direction. It only makes sense to have something loaded into the barrel when the dollar collapses.

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+1 Vote -1 Vote +1nitrox
April 29, 2011 at 2:17 pm

Word from my friends and family in the Southeast who have been devastated by the recent tornado damage. No electricity, no banks open, no ATMs means no access to money. The closest open stores will accept cash only. Don’t forget to keep some cash on hand. Our money may (will) become worthless but until then, be prepared for natural disasters by having some cash on hand.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Damon
April 29, 2011 at 7:46 pm

Cash on hand, very good idea! But theres something else every prepper should do about “no electricity” you should learn how to produce your own electricity! Go to HomeMadeEnergy for inexpensive ways to do just that! You’ll be glad you did! (by the way, I would never try to endorse anyone on someone elses site but Ben Ford of HomeMadeEnergy sent me to David Morris for the survival skills that I am now learning, so I’m just returning the favor.)Thanks Ben and thank you David!

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Vote -1 Vote +1Tim
April 29, 2011 at 3:10 pm

Luke 22:36

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+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Craig
April 29, 2011 at 3:43 pm

I thought that the economy would fail before the last presidential election — it did, but George Bush and company did some bookkeeping magic and the banks stayed open.

Things have gotten a bit worse since then. 5% interest on 14.2 trillion dollars is 710 trillion dollars which is about 1/3 of the Federal revenue. The Feds have to borrow to pay the interest on our loans.

As for people being unaware, that’s probably not the case. I was having breakfast with several hospital professional people last week and when the topic of jobs and the economy came up, the discussion sounded like a GI gripe session. The man on the street is aware that something unwelcome is happening but doesn’t understand the depth of the problem or what to do about it.

So, keep this in mind:
There is only one enemy that can destroy the United States.
We have met that enemy.
He is us.

Have a nice day

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Vote -1 Vote +1James
April 29, 2011 at 7:33 pm

I think we are living in the last days. David, I really glad I bought your course. It is helping me put together a basic plan. That makes me feel a little bit better. I am just hoping a praying for the good Lord’s mercy, in these last days – James

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+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Mary Lou
April 29, 2011 at 8:11 pm

I have a question.
HOw does one go about getting extra Synthryod tablets? I had my thyroid killed due to it being over active. The Navy Base will only give me 90 days at a time. How do I get more?
My husband has MS and he needs meds. How do I get extra supply of those through the VA?

These are scary times we live in. I know God will take us out of this mess someday but I guess I am just a Girl Scout at heart. I like to be prepeared.
My age is also getting up there but I am in good shape at 72. I have helpers for my husband due to his being a quad.
So I am looking at a very hard row to hoe, if you get my drift?
Thanks.

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Vote -1 Vote +1John
April 29, 2011 at 11:01 pm

Mary Lou, Try what i have been doing. With your perscription meds. You will get 30/90 days worth from the date filled, at day 23/83 you can generally get refills. Your 30/90 day supply starts from the new refills and at that time you have 30/35 or 90/95 doses on hand. Save the extra doses each time you get refills and you slowly build up a supply.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Robert
May 1, 2011 at 2:18 pm

Thyroid medication is cheap and readily available in pharmacies in undeveloped countries. You are legally limited to 90 day’s supply importation each 30 days by Customs rules. Your medication imports are also limited to personal use only. Your favorite MS medications may or may not be available overseas. Good luck.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Ed
April 29, 2011 at 10:05 pm

Mary Lou,
You may need to pay a private doctor for the required prescription, and go buy the medicine. The VA isn’t allowed to cater to your husband’s best interests if they are outside their rules…

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Vote -1 Vote +1Marlene
April 29, 2011 at 10:34 pm

Joseph in Egypt was led by God to prepare for famine by stocking up for 7 years. There’s nothing wrong in preparing for the worst.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Nancy Kosling
April 29, 2011 at 11:19 pm

Mary Lou, if your doctor increases your dose of synthetic thryod to twice the old amount to be taken am and bed time, you will have effectively been able to save three months of meds each three months of refills. At the end of the year, you will have stock-piled one year of your thyroid medicine. At that point you can rotate use of your medications to keep the newest as your emergency hold and use up the oldest pills.

Because MS has flairs of symptoms, you may have the doctor increase his doses during a flair (with refills). Hopefully flairs can be managed well and just go back to the lesser scheduling when he is better and save the extras.

The third option, I have used… my husband and I both took the same four medicines. When he died, I saved his unused pills for my stockpile.

Last option that comes to mind is the newest military research on how long our stash will last. Allmost all the medicines you are prescribed will last at least 33 months longer than the expiration date on the bottle. To save pharmacy budget the tests are a God send not just for the military pharmacies, but for all of us. The only exception was Aspirin. Buy it in small 100ct bottles for a dollar. When it expires toss it and get another bottle. Unless Aspirin goes to $20 a bottle for 100ct, it is too cheap to worry about. I hope I have given you practical food for thought and action.

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Vote -1 Vote +1RichStillinWyo@yahoo.com
April 30, 2011 at 11:26 am

No real disagreement with your post…. but, IF [I] package medications in, say, one month lots in air / water tight sealed and use by dated containers and then put them in the bottom of [MY] freezer. [ I ] can expect to get many more years worth of storage shelf life out of them, than if I just toss them up on the shelf in my store room. And that would include ASA/asprin. I also include a couple of pill cutters in my supplies. Whenever I have a choice between a tablet or cap I always have my doctor order the tablet at double the size so I can cut them in half. My doctor knows full well what I am doing, ask your doctor to do the same OR in the case of the VA to write another paper script for you to fill down town at a big box store [which will fill many meds for $4 - $10]. NEVER lie to your doctor.

Nancy – sorry for your loss- that was very prudent of you to NOT discard your spouses pills when he died. — Just a general comment here, there may well come a time when outdated medication will be better than NO medication at all. Many years ago as an army medic I had that conversation with the pharmacy….. hope it never comes to that but…

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Vote -1 Vote +1Greg
May 2, 2011 at 1:55 pm

Great suggestions. I highly recommend rotating your medications of any type. As you bring additional medications into your stockpile, use the oldest and store the newest on a monthly basis. While most last for at least a year (according to a pharmacist friend), medicines will degrade over time and a large risk is they may not act as expected. This is even more critical in a survival situation where temperature, humidity, sunlight, ect. cannot be easily controlled.

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Vote -1 Vote +1julie
April 30, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Hello,
Johnny, please find some like minded folks and form a group. Pool your knowledge. You can do more & faster together. Even if it is grow a community garden this summer to use any cash saved for buying other needs. Teach people how to grow their own. Several years ago I was at a loss as to what to do. The answer was: Just Start. It will come together slowly… None of us get out of this. Be productive. You will feel better, and we need you!
Volunteer somewhere to find people. local community organization or 9 12 groups or CERT or????? Everyone needs help.
& find God.

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Vote -1 Vote +1julie
April 30, 2011 at 12:04 pm

For David,
Can you address living under martial law? I know little about it factually. It scares me.
Thanks for everything,
Julie

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Vote -1 Vote +1KB
May 2, 2011 at 5:21 pm

A so-called “competitor” of David’s (he has no real competitors, he is just THE BEST out there) has a publication called Understanding and Surviving Martial Law. It is long on prose and very short on any practical advice. It alone costs more than Dave’s course. Bottom line? Keep your head down, blend in and don’t try to fight back, because they will be looking to make an “example” of anyone to cow the masses. It does however, have an extensive list, by state, of all the potential detention sites and some info about them. There is also an extensive history of the use of martial law in the US that will scare the the * out of you. So, not only do you have to accumulate all the stuff that David recommeneds, you also have to figure out how to hide it.

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+1 Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
May 4, 2011 at 2:33 pm

Thanks, KB. I do appreciate the awareness that the company you mentioned has created and don’t view them as a competitor, although they do seem to view me as a competitor. In fact, they let me advertise with them once. We both have the same end goals of getting people prepared…we just have different approaches.

Interesting that you mention “hiding”…we’re covering that topic in one of the articles for the Lamplighter Newsletter this month.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Floyd
April 30, 2011 at 12:38 pm

Over 65 years of life and a heritage that spans the “dust bowl”..taught me that each person is required to take care of himself. We all have to get beyond the “Nanny state” this “president” encourages with debt and free-bies. Each one of us can AND BETTER take the time ot “save” like the “ant” or squirrel. There dumb, right? When it comes to the Bible..Noah built the boat……Joseph saved thru the years of plenty for the dearth and Soloman said that the “fool” avoided the call of danger…This site has some good points…but everyone that doesn’t consider the lesson of Katrina…will live it again!!!! Everyone of us can do PLENTY if you really want to get beyond the fears and just get a “truckin”…..It’s really just “taking action”! One can of beenie-weenies tomorrow is a first
step toward tororrows survival!!!

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Vote -1 Vote +1Ken Smith
April 30, 2011 at 1:50 pm

Have a save place to go with your supplies already there. Greatest risk is civil unrest caused by public panic..run on banks and grocery stores…your “stores” will be next.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Pumperpal
April 30, 2011 at 5:19 pm

David and others. I have been a “prepper” for years. I have also been a firefighter/ paramedic for 25 years and recently become an arson investigator. The reason I tell you this is that I investigated some disastrous fires that were started because the homeowner made some simple mistakes with their wiring and electrical cords. For this reason I developed a “home safety inspection form”. I offered it free to anyone in my church and did a couple “inspections”. The people were very grateful and learned a lot. It also includes safety items for the elderly and children. While I can’t do inspections for all the good folks here represented I can give you a email of the form that folks can use to do their own inspections. Don’t you feel it would be very sad if you stocked up on all your supplies but lost them all due to a fire or water damage because your waterlines broke and you didn’t know how to turn your water main off? David if you would like email me with the proper procedures to get the list published.

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+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Lindsay
April 30, 2011 at 6:38 pm

Hi all,

I have been prepping for about 8 months now along with a good friend. We share websites, etc…and teach each other quite a bit in the long run. I keep my thoughts and actions to myself to NOT draw attention of any kind in the work place. People seem to think the locals or government will come to help. PLEASE!!!!!! How can people be so stupid and ignorant. I shop at different stores at different times and bring ODD items into the house after dark. I don’t know if my neighbors are prepping, but I don’t plan to have them know that I DO. I have the finances to prep well and I plan to. Word to the wise, shop soon as things are starting to get backordered on many survival sites, and don’t forget lots of AMMO. Walmart sells the stand 9M and 40CAL at reasonable prices. You need to be angry enough and hungry enough top stop any intruder.

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Vote -1 Vote +1RICHARD
April 30, 2011 at 7:42 pm

TREMENDOUS CONTRIBUTION YOUR MAKING HERE DAVID. This is truly one of the most valuable forums around right now as there is high agreement on what is about to occur. I was just about beside myself with family members that were not disposed into buying this line of reasoning. By the Grace of GOD we may yet along with our church make the proper preparations for weathering what will take place in San Antonio, Texas. You have a great compliment of folks here willing to share what they know as well. As I find things that may be of use, I’ll chip in as well. GOD Bless You and Your’s

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Vote -1 Vote +1val
April 30, 2011 at 9:00 pm

I have a grand-child and have been buying clothes a few sizes up, in case there are no stores, and can still give them for future birthdays otherwise. Better safe than sorry. Shoes too, think how hard those will be to get. No other siblings for hand me downs.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Robert
May 1, 2011 at 5:44 pm

Thrift stores and garage stores are especially good for kid’s clothes. Remember to stock up for weather without utilities (winter, etc). Buy unseasonably for the best price and selection (coats and snowsuits in July!).

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Vote -1 Vote +1murny
May 1, 2011 at 9:09 pm

Educate yourself on health, nutrients, etc and try to get off meds if you can. I’m telling you almost every time you can do this. Over time RX meds can cause additional problems as well.
Do this gradually, and let your dr. know.
EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE MUCH D3 PUT AWAY, if you can’t get anything else. I’m talking about enough to take AT LEAST 5,000 IU daily in times of no sun. This will eliminate almost all need for antibiotics, antiviral, and may even correct heart, diabetic, autoimmune issues.
Wild oil of oregano – POWERFUL antiviral, antiobiotic, antifungal
Colloidal silver water (get your own generator) – only takes a small battery – if you use hot water, you only need to run it for a short while to get a super concentrated mixture you can then water down as needed.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Leslie
May 2, 2011 at 8:13 pm

This is the first time I’ve seen this site. while frightening, it’s good info. I belong to what is called CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) here in AR. This is exactly what we learn and then teach to others in the community. We all have back packs with food, first aid and tools we’ll need. With all the nasty weather we’ve had in the South it is good to have. A good place to get free info on preparedness is from FEMA.
One thing I’m concerned about is trash disposal. When our city gov’s break down that will certainly stop too. I live in a small community but for big cities this will be an even greater concern. Any suggestions?

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+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dale
May 3, 2011 at 10:47 pm

What if Paul Revere ran around telling everyone to “go hide out”? Things might get tough, but get tough back…my intention is to stand up against anyone trying to take over my country. A lot of us are vets who fought meaningless conflicts, but when the chips go down, we need to fight for our REAL American freedoms, and way of life. “Freedom, or fight to the death”. Preparation is key to survival, but we also need to cut the head off the “Evil Snake”, and dominate any enemy.

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Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
May 6, 2011 at 10:21 am

True words, Dale. In these crazy times, it all depends on your definitions.

The people trying to take over our country with socialist ideas that have been proven failures for over a century (first tried and failed by people on the Mayflower) have to be fought with logical arguments, emotional arguments, and education. They will never square up and fight us…just like extremist Muslim terrorists, thieves in the night, and narco-terrorists. They will always attack our weaknesses…sometimes with a quick strike and sometimes with slow dripping, like education.

That’s the most frustrating thing about what’s going on for people who have a sheepdog mentality…there is no enemy to square up with and have a clean fight with. There’s nobody to “get tough” back at.

So, sometimes the best plan of action is to do some community organizing of our own…get yourself prepared, get your family prepared, get to know your neighbors, and have a plan in place to be able to create expanding stable micro-environments in the event of a breakdown in civil order.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Melissa Partington
May 8, 2011 at 11:02 am

Natural Sources Raw (bovine) Thyroid Hormone is available online without a prescription from any number of vitamin and health food sources. It is also available at good nutrition stores, but is much more expensive. It is produced from grass fed cattle from New Zealand, so is free of mad cow disease contamination. It has a fairly long shelf life (4 years).

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Vote -1 Vote +1ELAINE GOSSETT
October 31, 2011 at 8:57 am

David: I have purchased your SURVIVAL program. But I don’t think I am getting regular newsletters. Is this included or an additional purchase? Can you check and get me on the mailing list if it is included or tell me if otherwise? Is Secrets of Urban Survival free or a subscription? This was forwarded to me by a friend. Thanks.

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