Survival Gear: Tiny Survival Gadget BEATS Much Larger Versions

Survival Stove Gear Review

With everyone worrying about disruptions in the food supply chain – as well as other problems caused by the COVID-19 pandemic – we’ve all been gearing up like crazy.

I’ve talked to people around the country who are focused on getting what they need to survive more than ever before.

(And no, the shortages aren’t over – I was in the grocery store just yesterday and everybody was complaining that the paper towels were gone again.)

One thing that almost every survivalist and prepper has in common is that he or she has a bug-out bag… and that means needing a stove to cook your survival rations.

There’s a good reason for that.

If you’ve ever been camping deep in the woods, or (especially) if you’ve ever been in the military, you already know how important a hot meal is.

Let me tell you… when you’re stressed out, wet, tired, cold, and miserable, a hot meal can really soothe the soul and give you the mental break you need to push on.

But, here’s the thing…

When it comes to a survival scenario – especially as the result of a nation-wide crisis like the pandemic, or even a grid-down blackout – you’ve heard me say that you need to look at your situation much like a “military mission”.

Your goal should be to lay low and stay hidden as much as possible so the “enemy” doesn’t locate you and target your supplies.

Unfortunately, starting a fire is a dead giveaway of your location.

Some people pack a “backpacker’s stove” that uses propane to heat up food and water.

As cool as these things are, they’re pretty damn expensive (as much as $30-40) and when you consider the fuel canister you need to pack, it’s pretty bulky and heavy.

As you know, I’m not a big fan of “bulky” or “heavy” when it comes to my survival gear.

That’s why I pack a tiny “survival-stove” in my bugout bag instead.

Mine is an older version of the newest pocket stove from Survival Frog.

Survival Stove Gear Review
Survival Stove Gear Review

It’s only about the size of your palm, but quickly folds open to allow you to set a pot on top of it, or cook your food directly over the long-burning “heat tabs” that fit inside.

And while it costs very little, it EASILY beats much more expensive, more elaborate “survival stoves.”

When it’s time to eat, you simply pull the stove out of your side pouch… light the candle… and in no time, you’ll have boiling water in your canteen cup.

Then all you need to do is drop in your survival food (like freeze-dried meals)… stir… and in just a few more minutes, you have a hot meal ready to give you a well-deserved break from your stress.

I can’t tell you how much of a difference this can make in your peace of mind and decision-making.

You wouldn’t think it does, but trust me… there’s a big difference.

I’ve tried several different stoves over the years and I’ve always found “simple” to work the best (and it’s also the cheapest option).

I highly recommend you pack one of these small “pocket stoves” into each bugout bag you have (yours and family members) as well as keeping one in each car with a meal packet just in case you break down in the middle of nowhere and need something to use for heat and cooking.

For a limited time, you can get a discount on these stoves from my favorite survival goods resource here…

Check it out and see how simple and efficient the latest version of this little gizmo is.

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TACT Bivvy Survival Gear Review: 3 Ways This “Body Bag” Can Save Your Life!

TACT Bivvy Review

You may remember me raving about one of my absolute favorite survival gear items…

The TACT BIVVY has become an essential part of my emergency plan, whether it’s a natural disaster or a national crisis, I wouldn’t feel prepared without it.

I can’t stress enough how amazing this thing is and I have several of them – one for each family member in our bug-out bags, as well as a few for use while camping with my son.

These things can be a real life-saver for you or a family member no matter what survival scenario you may face. In fact…

Here Are 3 Ways The TACT BIVVY Can Save Your Life In A Crisis…

TACT Bivvy Review

1. Signals For Rescue

The TACT BIVVY has 2 sides to it: An orange side for signaling for help and a reflective side (for keeping you warm when inside the bag).

If you’re lost or injured in a remote area, both sides of the BIVVY can be used to signal to search aircraft.

But depending on the scenario, you may not want to be found…

2. Hides Your “Signature”

Sometimes you may NOT want to be found, right?

This may seem strange to you, but during times of crisis, you never know how you’ll be targeted and by whom.

One of our readers, Kevin Dowd, had a great suggestion in how to stay hidden…

Kevin said…

“If you turn an emergency blanket with the silver side towards your body, and cover your face, you can defeat most ‘flir’ <from aircraft> and thermal imaging devices <even some smartphones can find your heat signature>.”

The TACT BIVVY is perfect for staying covert when you don’t want to be found because the reflective part of the bag is already on the “inside” and it’s fully enclosed so it doesn’t “leak” your heat out like a regular emergency blanket does.

Plus, the outside is NOT reflective (like most blankets) and won’t give away your location by shimmering in the moonlight.

3. Lightens Your Load

In a forced-evacuation scenario, if you’re ever forced to get to safety on foot, you want your bug-out bag to weigh as little as possible.

A sleeping bag is a complete waste of space and can add an additional 5-7 lbs that will only keep you from reaching your destination.

I personally have a TACT BIVVY that fits right inside of my bug-out bag’s 8″ side tactical pouch, right next to the poncho I use as a shelter.

I use this every time when I go camping with my son and it keeps me warm all night long – even during colder weather.

Highly recommended!

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Shameless Looters! What They Did In This 89 Y.O. Woman’s Home Will P*ss You Off…

Home Looting Hurricane Harvey

89 y.o. Michelle Poche had trouble getting around so she insisted on ignoring the evacuation order to stay in her home when Hurricane Harvey hit her local area.

Her neighbors stayed behind as well.

Their goal was to protect their home and also be there for the elderly Michelle if she needed anything.

After the storm and flooding, one of the neighbors waded through the waters to go check on her.

What did they find?

The senior citizen had drowned… with her phone after just dialing 911.

But that wasn’t all they discovered, and…

Most People Aren’t Prepared For What Neighbors Found Waiting In This 89 y.o. Woman’s Home…

Home Looting Hurricane Harvey
What’s The Best Way To Defeat Looters After A Disaster?

Of course, “death” is as bad an ending as you can get to this heart-wrenching story.

Especially given all the rioting and looting we’re seeing now, I thought this story was worth recounting.

An elderly woman… all alone… watching the waters slowly rise in her home.. desperately dialing for help that will never come!

But there’s a deeper, more disgusting element to this story that offers a valuable lesson in what to expect in the after-effects of any kind of disaster or crisis…

You see, her entire home had been ransacked by looters who took whatever valuables they could find while the dead body of the 89 y.o. woman floated right next to them in 4 ft. of water!

Having personally seen the direct results of disaster 2 years ago (where we lost 12 men, women, and children when a 50’ wall of water flooded our little town in the early morning hours), I can tell you there are 3 things you can count on

1. Neighbors will “try” to help neighbors.

Most people really DO have the best of intentions.

Sadly though, when it comes to life-or-death decisions, it’s “everyone for themselves”.

It’s best to pull together and face a crisis as a “team” – but you can’t count on it.

2. Looters!

They have no morals… no fear… and their only goal is to take advantage of the “sheep” of our society during hard times.

If you appear weak, they will target you.

Dead or alive.

With law enforcement taking part in rescue missions, there will be no rule of law to hold them accountable.

3. Everyone can FAIL you!

Your 911 call will go unanswered… or fall on deaf ears.

98% of your fellow citizens will be unprepared for even the smallest disaster.

During catastrophic scenarios, first-responders will be forced to do the best they can to rescue those who are trapped in cars… attics… on top of homes…

… and for many – like for 89 y.o. Michelle Poche – help will come too late.

Bottom line is this…

During ANY disaster or crisis, the only one who can look out for you… is YOU!

Not your neighbors… not the police… not the government.

When it’s life-and-death, it’s a dog-eat-dog world and it’s YOUR eyes your loved ones will be looking into for saving.

Unfortunately, most people (even experienced “preppers”) don’t understand the right way to set up your survival plan based on real-world scenarios.

There’s frankly too much “fantasy survival” crap littering the internet and steering people in the wrong direction.

Make sure you’re not falling for all the “zombie survival b.s.” when putting together your plan, and just take it one step at a time.

You’ll get there. 🙂

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Survival Medicine: 4 Deadly Diseases Unleashed In A Disaster… And How To Treat Them!

Collapse Survival Medicine Tips

It was the deadliest disaster since 1928…

Hurricane Katrina hit an area of approximately 90,000 square miles and resulted in the displacement of approximately 1 million citizens.

We all know of the horror stories these “refugees” faced in the Super Dome (theft, violence, even rape and murder!) but few people realize the horrific health problems that ripped through families because of all the sewage, chemicals, and other contaminants that polluted every drop of water in the area.

Here are some secrets that will help you avoid…

The 4 Deadliest Diseases You And Your Family Will Face During A Disaster…

Collapse Survival Medicine Tips

When it comes to “disaster diseases”, the biggest threats don’t come from dead or decaying bodies or spoiled food.

They mainly come from the complete FAILURE of basic public-health services like sewage disposal and water purification.

And it can come from ANY disaster – not just hurricanes or flooding – even just a major blackout power outage (I’ve seen this during combat when sanitation workers aren’t able to get to work).

No power means no air conditioning… no fans as back-up… no refrigeration to keep life-saving medicines stable… and no open pharmacies to dispense medications.

No transportation means no access to hospitals – and during Katrina, even the people who reached them found that many had no power, no supplies, and no water to drink.

Without these basic infrastructure services, medical care goes back to the 1800’s and you and your family are prone to illness from:

E. Coli Contamination

E. Coli is a very common bacteria that can have devastating effects – including diarrhea and severe cramping – especially for those already weakened by malnutrition and dehydration.

Normally, washing your hands and food can prevent exposure, but disasters aren’t “normal” and everything you touch can be laced with fecal matter – even in your home if sanitation services stop.

Dysentery

I remember getting Dysentery when on a mission in Honduras many years ago from drinking just 1 cup of what I “thought” was safe water.

I was wrong (BIG TIME!) and thought I was going to die because there wasn’t even a hospital in the area I was at (kind of what you might experience in a real disaster when medical help is over-strained, eh?).

I managed to pull through… but trust me, you DON’T want to experience this problem where it’s hard to even keep water inside your body!

Cholera

In some cases, you can be exposed to the germ “Vibrio Cholera” and diarrhea can be so uncontrollable that you or someone you love could literally go from “perfect health” to DEATH in just a matter of a few hours from severe dehydration!

Actually, we rarely see cholera in the United States because we have proper-working sewage and water treatment systems.

But remember… during a disaster or collapse, these protective systems go down and germs run rampant throughout your environment.

Typhoid Fever

More than 100 years ago, a female cook in NYC (you may have heard of her – “Typhoid Mary”) infected about 50 fellow co-workers, starting the spread of this dangerous disease.

Typhoid is always a threat due to carriers already in our society… but at a much greater risk when sewage and water purification controls are wiped out – and can cause high fever, collapse, and death.

Treatment Of Deadly Water-Borne Diseases In A Disaster…

Given that medical treatment in the after-effects of a disaster will be scarce (or non-existent), you will most likely have to provide self-care for yourself or a loved one who had fallen ill from these horrible illnesses.

For the most part, you can get by with antibiotics and LOTS of hydration.

Of course, BOTH of those could be a real problem to get your hands on when hospitals are overrun, pharmacies have been looted and picked clean, and water sources are contaminated (which got you in this trouble to begin with).

This is why I always advise people to stockpile antibiotics for your own personal use in a crisis.

I buy mine on visits to Mexico where I can get them cheap at any local pharmacy without a prescription… or you can pick up some Fish-Mox (best for Typhoid) and Fish-Zole (best for Cholera) at a pet store that sells fish products since these “fish versions” are the same as our medical prescription antibiotics.

But the real key is to stop the diarrhea and stay hydrated… or you WILL die!

Having anti-diarrheal medicine is a MUST for your home supply (and your bug-out bag).

For hydration, an IV is really helpful here, but few people have several bags of IV solution for hydration, nor do they know how to administer it.

Again, this is why it’s so critical to have an endless source of clean, drinkable water to avoid deadly dehydration.

Filters can really help, but most don’t work where there are chemical spills contaminating water – a really big problem people don’t realize happens in “super storms”.

The best thing you can do is be sure you have filters that can truly clean your water, no matter what the contaminant.

If you can’t have an endless supply of clean water, then at the very least be sure at all times to have a good supply of bottled water in your home, and make sure you rotate the stock every so often so that it’s good and fresh.

For so many people in the U.S., clean water is so plentiful and readily available that we rarely, if ever, pause to consider what life would be like without it…and once it’s unavailable things can (and will) go south FAST.

But if you remember these tips and plan ahead, you can be ready BEFORE things go bad!

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Sheltering In Place (Quarantine/Lockdown): 3 Tips For Fortifying Your Property!

Jeff Anderson

When city planners are constructing communities, the last thing they’re thinking of is its defense against enemy combatants.

In fact, if anything, the way that normal neighborhoods are set up, most homes would make you a sitting duck if a battle broke out on your block.

As with any castle, the better fortified your fortress is as you’re staring at the marauders outside the gates, the better your chance of survival.

So how would you go about fortifying your home – especially with all of us worrying about looters and home invaders during the COVID-19 quarantines and lockdowns?

A while back I spoke with my survival expert Pat Henry about the idea of fortifying a home, and here is a summary of what he had to say to me about it.

3 Tips For Fortifying Your Property!

Survive In Place: 3 Tips For Fortifying Your home
Pat Henry
Pat Henry

You yourself may not have given any thought to how to defend your home and your community when it suddenly becomes a war zone, but as we’ve recently seen during times of widespread civil unrest, rioting and looting, any emergency that plunges your town into a state of social chaos could bring violence literally right to your door and onto your streets.

When the police are overwhelmed and 911 operators give up on even trying to answer the phone, it’s left to you, and hopefully a well-trained survival team, to defend your home.

Let’s say you’re lucky enough to be on a dead-end street.

You could use cars to stop people from coming down your street.

But you’re not going to be able to close off the entire perimeter of your front yard.

There’s just too much space there.

Most of us don’t live on dead ends, either.

But no matter how open your property is, there are choke points you can take advantage of.

That brings us to our first tip…

1. Creating And Exploiting Choke Points

Look for choke points that can minimize the space and reduce someone’s ability to get through.

You can also make those choke points.

  • You can drop a tree, for example.
  • Take advantage of fences in the area, too.
  • Anything that you can dump dirt, sand, or gavel into, like a trashcan, can form a barrier that makes it harder for an enemy to get through and may provide cover.

In a serious crisis, you could use appliances, like washing machines, freezers, and so on, filled with dirt.

That kind of mass will stop a vehicle.

It won’t stop a tank, but it will stop most passenger cards on the road… and it will slow down just about anyone.

2. Mind Your Windows And Doors

Your home is, obviously, your last line of defense.

We see it in zombie movies and things like that, with arms coming through the windows.

You’ve got to plan ahead of time to seal off your windows and doors from a serious invasion.

Sure, someone could take a sledgehammer and start beating in the walls, but if they’re doing that, you’re not going to stop them anyway.

You can purchase a film from 3M that you can apply to your windows to turn them, effectively, into a sheet of plastic like safety glass.

They’ll take much more abuse before they give in, although they’re not bulletproof.

  • Plywood can also be fit over your windows, although it cuts your visibility and makes your fortifications more obvious.
  • Boards with nails run through them can be put under your windows to provide a deterrent.
  • The doors themselves can be reinforced, or you could replace the entire door with a steel unit.

All of these tactics are intended to buy you time.

They’re to give you more room to sneak around and get out to escape.

3. Sandbags

One thing that you could lay in a supply off, as long as you’ve got a yard to fill them from, is sandbags.

People usually have these on hand for flooding, but they can be used to make a great barricade if you have time to fill them.

It’s time-consuming to build a wall of sandbags, but creating a mound you can duck behind for cover is another otion.

You don’t even need to have a ton of dirt available.

Obviously, you’d be filling these with dirt, not sand, in most cases.

These work because a dirt mound is a great way to absorb the energy of bullets.

If you have enough dirt, you can make some fairly serious earthworks defenses.

Even just a little can help provide needed cover.

So what are YOU doing to prepare your home for an invasion like this?

The time to start fortifying is NOW, more than ever before.

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Survival Medical Kits For Your Bugout Bag: 3 Medical Items You MUST Have!

Bugout Bag Survival Medical Kit Items
Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

One of the many areas that preppers and survivalists sometimes neglect in a disaster or collapse scenario is the propensity of desperate people for violence.

Especially when you look at the early stages of a disaster, rioting or looting can easily turn into violent acts perpetrated by some citizens against others, even for no real reason.

Medical gear for your B.O.B. isn’t nearly as sexy as some of the other survival gear we all accumulate and carry, but it is absolutely essential.

Especially in a collapse scenario, then, what medical items should you be packing?

I talked with medical and survival experts Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy about this recently, and here are three items they told me are absolutely critical.

Three Medical Items Your Bug Out Bag MUST Have!

Bugout Bag Survival Medical Kit Items
Bugout Bag Survival Medical Kit Items
Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy

In the context of medical care, you should have certain medical items stockpiled and available should you have to engage in first aid during a collapse situation.

But your bug-out bag is only so large.

There are only so many things you can be carrying with you at any moment.

Prioritizing your medical gear requires that you make certain choices about what to include and what to leave behind.

Make sure these three items absolutely are included in your B.O.B.

1. Tourniquets

In a collapse situation, you’re much more likely to use collapse medicine to treat diarrheal disease and other infections than you are to get into gunfights.

The fact is, though, that civil unrest and other violence is often part and parcel of surviving a collapse situation.

One of the items you should have available to you is a good tourniquet kit.

There are some brands that are designed so you can use them on yourself with just one free hand, if necessary.

You should always have a tourniquet available in case of a grave injury that produces extreme bleeding.

Tourniquets are not meant to be kept on the body for long periods of time.

They hurt a great deal after a few minutes.

They also cut off circulation to areas that may not be bleeding, in addition to the bleeding area.

Still, despite these limitations, tourniquets are very important medical gear.

2. Hemostatic Agents

Hemostatic agents like QuickClot or CELOX are very helpful for fast treatment of bleeding.

These are natural agents, one of the main ingredients in which is Kaopectate, which is also found in red clay.

If you live in Georgia, you have seen some red clay like this.

CELOX is processed from the shells of crustaceans.

It will stop bleeding and even act on anticoagulants.

(CELOX is superior to QuikClot in that regard.)

It forms a gel when applied, which makes it easier to deal with compared to QuikClot, which sometimes forms a harder material after a while that you have to clean out of the wound.

The one thing about CELOX, though, is that it should not be used on people who are allergic to seafood.

That’s very important to remember.

3. Lots And Lots Of Gauze

The final item you should have on hand for collapse medicine in a violent scenario is gauze.

A single hemorrhagic injury can easily wipe out your entire supply of gauze.

It’s important to have gauze on hand, and also to have things like the Israeli Battle Dressing, which is a sort of gauze.

Don’t neglect the Ace Wraps, either.

In an emergency, you will avoid conflict whenever possible.

The potential for violence is still there, however.

By keeping these simple supplies on hand, you can be better prepared for the scenarios you will confront.

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‘Coronavirus’ Threat? 15 MILLION people are now INFECTED!

Chinese Coronavirus - Wuhan Flu (Kung Flu)
Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

The news has been terrifying.

  • Chinese officials claiming bodies should be cremated quickly without funerals, to avoid spreading infection.
  • The World Health Organization declaring a global health emergency.
  • Surgical masks selling out in the UK, because people are terrified the virus has come to their country.
  • And the first cases appearing here in the United States, indicating the coronavirus is spreading here.

But as worrying as all that is, there is another infection, a WORSE infection, that is threatening us right now.

All it takes is for that, PLUS fears of coronavirus, to COLLAPSE our economy – even for just a few weeks…

…and you won’t believe how many people ALREADY have it!

Worried About ‘Coronavirus’. . .? 15 Million People Are ALREADY Infected!

Chinese Coronavirus - Wuhan Flu (Kung Flu)
Chinese Coronavirus – Wuhan Flu (Kung Flu)

See, there’s a ‘coronavirus’ style threat that the news ISN’T talking about.

CNN reported just last week that 15 million people are infected so far this year, and the threat is spreading from state to state.

It’s influenza.

That’s right: While everybody’s worrying about coronavirus (and they should be), the flu is already killing people in the United States.

It just doesn’t rate the news, because people don’t think of “the flu” as the deadly threat it really is.

This season alone, the flu has killed 8,200 people in the United States.

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases predicts that this flu season will be the worst one in a decade, and at least 140,000 people have already been hospitalized with flu complications.

That number is only going to go up before this flu season is over!

So, why does that matter?

Because if the flu season gets bad enough – and COMBINED with the threat of coronavirus in the United States – we could experience a supply chain collapse.

And no one is talking about this!

A short-term (or even long-term) “collapse” doesn’t usually happen in one giant THUD that wipes everything out in an instant.

Instead, it goes down as a chain-reaction that can be caused by any triggering event.

(I talk about how to prepare for those triggering events in my life-saving survival “manual” .)

When any of these very real events are triggered, they will cause a domino effect that will have a very predictable outcome.

All you need is a “trigger event” – and, let me tell you, friend, a record flu season, coupled with the coronavirus breaking out in the US, is one HELL of a trigger.

(The Centers For Disease Control – the CDC – has been trying to warn us for years that we’re LONG overdue for a deadly pandemic!)

Diseases can spread very quickly across the country through long-distance transportation such as by people using airplanes, trains…

… and even long-distance truck-drivers delivering goods!

Since truckers often stop in the same locations as other truckers for rest, food, re-fueling, and resupply, all it would take is just a few truck-drivers exposed to the coronavirus (or a medicine-resistant strain of the flu) to rapidly spread these diseases throughout the entire trucking industry.

(In fact, I’m ALREADY hearing rumors about Chinese suppliers of consumer goods halting production “temporarily” while the coronavirus has everyone in China afraid!)

Now here’s where things get really scary…

You see, most people don’t realize just how dependent we are on our nation’s truck drivers.

Our entire trucking system is part of our nation’s critical underlying infrastructure that supplies every single household and business with all the things we take for granted, such as food, water, medicines, fuel, repair parts, etc.

Once things start to collapse, it will take only 3 days to go from calm… to CHAOS.

See, there are LOTS of “triggering events” that can disrupt every town’s supply chain and send our entire infrastructure into a tailspin, turning everyday folks into hungry, desperate “refugees” forced to fend for themselves and their families.

This is why YOU need to be the most prepared person on your block in order to protect yourself and those you love from the dangers that your neighbors don’t even realize are out there – and this workshop will help you do that.

But that knowledge is no good without “action”, right?

Take advantage of my life-saving survival “manual” and let me show you the prepping shortcuts I’ve learned (the hard way) over the years, and prepare NOW, before it’s too late.

I promise this information could save your life (and the lives of those you love).

Don’t wait until the fear of infection shuts down supplies to YOUR town… and the grocery store shelves go empty.

Get prepared now while there’s time.

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MCS 256 – Dual-Purpose Bug-Out Bag Survival Gear

dual-purpose bug-out bag survival gear
Dual-Purpose Bug-Out Bag Survival Gear

When you’re bugging out, there’s one fact that is inescapable:

You can only carry SO MUCH gear! Keeping your bug-out bag manageable can be a BIG problem. . .

. . . and TOO MANY preppers make the mistake of trying to pack everything and the kitchen sink.

If your BOB is too heavy, you won’t be able to move fast.

You’re going to get tired.

You’re going to start leaving gear behind.

One way to avoid that problem is to pack dual-purpose gear, which can serve two different, even OPPOSITE functions.

In this week’s podcast episode, Modern Combat & Survival’s Jeff Anderson identifies four critical pieces of dual-purpose survival gear for your bug-out bag.

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Here’s What You’ll Discover In This Week’s Episode:

  • The patriotic piece of gear that can be used to diffuse conflict before it begins (or trick your enemies so you can get the upper hand)!
  • A piece of gear you can buy in any Wal-Mart that makes an INCREDIBLE improvised weapon.
  • A simple piece of equipment that can be used for “hack-proof” communications!
  • A piece of kit used for paintball and airsoft that could save your life in an emergency.
  • Multiple ways to use each piece of gear to serve YOU during rescue or escape and evasion!

Bugging out is one of the most stressful things you’ll ever do.

Make sure you stack the deck in your favor by hand-selecting the best, most useful gear for bugging out (or in)!

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Prepping, Storage, & Stockpiling In Limited Spaces, Apartments, & Small Homes

“Most preppers are NUCKING FUTZ!”

If you ask me, that’s the message that television shows like “Doomsday Preppers” and others tried to send to the public, don’t you agree?

But hey… that’s the kind of sensational crap that sells advertising for the television networks, right?

In fact, I remember one episode of one of those shows that was particularly bad…

This woman lived in an apartment and was SCARED TO DEATH of what would happen to her if the excrement hit the oscillating atmosphere agitator.

Her apartment was FILLED from top to bottom with soda bottles of every size – all of them filled with tap water.

I think a lot of would-be preppers and even experienced survivalists think that this type of hoarding is their only option if they’re prepping in limited space, like an apartment.

But that’s absolutely FALSE!

At least, it’s false if you understand. . .

3 Tips For Prepping With Limited Storage Space

Prepping, Stockpiling, and Survival For Small Homes, Apartments, And Other Limited Spaces
Prepping With No Storage Space

One of the most common complaints I hear from preppers is about where to store all of their emergency food, water, medicine, and ammo.

I mean, who the hell has an endless chain of buried school buses in the back yard, or a warehouse worth of storage space in the attic?

No one. That’s who.

A LOT of people live in smaller homes, apartments, or even trailers and RVs and don’t have the space or moolah to build their own bat-cave of survival gear.

Hell… even those with what they think is PLENTY of storage might have trouble with long-term storage of supplies, because the bare necessities themselves take up a LOT of valuable space.

Your plan will change depending on your situation, of course.

For example, if you live near a reliable fresh water source, you may be stockpiling less water but investing more money in filtration systems.

No matter WHAT your situation, though, almost every prepared citizen asks him- or herself this question sooner or later:

“Where do I find more storage space?”

Well, HERE’S where…

1. In “Negative” Space

One way to fit more stuff into the same amount of space is to take advantage of “negative” space — the areas in between where things are now.

For example…

  • The space between the wall and a bookshelf or desk might be wide enough for you to fit a lockable file cabinet that instead holds cans of food stacked neatly on top of each other.
  • The space under a bed or even under a sofa could be used to store anything that will lay flat enough to go unnoticed.
  • Stackable totes and storage containers can be stacked up to take up less overall space.

These stackable plastic storage containers are a good example of eliminating negative space because they also allow you to force irregularly shaped items to fit in more neat “pockets.”

These storage containers can then be stacked on top of each other much more neatly, eliminating wasted area.

2. In The SAME Space You Have Now

The secret to fitting “20 pounds of sh*t in a 10 pound bag” has always been organization.

Some of you are old enough to remember the game “Tetris.”

In that game, you stack bricks of different shapes together, like puzzle pieces, to make full rows to score points (and make room for more rows).

Well, storing your survival gear is like a big ol’ game of Tetris.

You’ve got to find a way to fit everything together – like a puzzle – eliminating wasted space and fitting what you have in the smallest, most efficient “envelope” possible.

I guarantee, if you look at how your supplies are stored, you can find ways to make them…

  • Neater
  • More organized
  • Easier to find
  • More tightly stacked and grouped

Again… large plastic storage boxes are GREAT for making your gear more organized, modular, and helping you fit more into less space.

That brings me to. . .

3. In “Secret Hiding Spots” In Your Vehicle

OK, this is probably the biggest opportunity that people just don’t think about…

First of all, there are so many hidden open spaces in your vehicle, it will make your head spin. (Just ask any cop who’s had to search for drugs at a traffic stop!)

The most obvious places are in the trunk… glove box… and under the seats.

But there are even some “secret” places like inside the bottom of the seats… in the spare tire compartment… or even disguised storage boxes (one of my sneakiest tricks)!

The fact is, my vehicle is my PRIMARY storage location for my most critical survival gear… and right now I’m driving a tiny Mini Cooper!

(Um… you don’t have to snicker!)

You see, these supplies are the ones that will not only keep you and your family alive at home… but also if you’re ever forced to evacuate your home.

In fact, this is one of the “5 phases of survival” I talk about in-depth in my online “survival masterclass” that frankly, most people are doing all wrong!

Look, the bottom line is this…

Making a plan now, and organizing your supplies to support that plan, is a critical part of survival stockpiling and prepping – no matter how much space you do or don’t have!

Hopefully these tips will help you re-think your storage options and take the next step in better protecting yourself and your loved ones.

There are a lot more tips that can help you that, unfortunately, are more detailed than I can go into in just this one article.

However, if you’re interested in the RIGHT way to set up your survival plan and your supplies based on real-world scenarios, you can download a report about that right here.

This is something that ANYONE can follow to be prepared for ANY disaster, crisis, or attack — whether you live in a mansion, a small apartment, or even a camper or house boat.

There’s no reason not to get started — and get prepared — right now.

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3 Bugout Survival Mistakes Even “Doomsday Preppers” Make In A Forced Evacuation

Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

Whether you’re in the path of a disaster or things are heating up in your area when it comes to civil unrest, you may be thinking about bugging out.

The problem is, you may make a critical mistake that ruins the rest of your survival plan before it can even begin.

If you screw up early on, you’ll be fighting from behind the curve the whole time you’re trying to survive.

I asked survival expert Jeff Kirkham to identify three mistakes even experienced preppers make, and here is a summary of what he told me.

3 Bugout Mistakes Even Trained Preppers Make!

3 More Bug-Out Mistakes Almost Every Prepper Makes
3 More Bug-Out Mistakes Almost Every Prepper Makes

Jeff Kirkham

Most people, when it comes to bugging out, think to themselves, “Okay: I’m going to grab my bug-out bag, throw it in the car, and head off to the wilderness.”

Maybe you’re not going to the wilderness; maybe you’re going to grandma’s house down the road.

You should have a specific place in mind and a plan for bugging out, of course.

Your plan, vague as it might be, still hinges on getting away from the danger and to somewhere safe.

But there are some critical decisions you have to make along the way… and if you screw them up, you won’t survive.

Mistake #1: Bugging Out When You Don’t Have To

Your home is your castle.

You should stay there if you can.

When you bug out, all you have to sustain you is what you can carry with you.

Just think of all the tools and supplies you could conceivably need when you are bugging out.

If they won’t all fit in a bag that you can carry on foot, then you won’t necessarily have them with you when you need them.

If you bug out and you didn’t really have to, you’ve just left yourself WITHOUT all that needed gear.

Now, you might be thinking, “But I’ll carry those things in my vehicle.”

That brings us to…

Mistake #2: Failing To Prepare Your Transportation

So what do you have packed in your bug-out vehicle?

You would carry in your vehicle anything that you might need that is too bulky or heavy to carry on your person.

When you have a vehicle in which you can move with your loved ones, the extra size and weight doesn’t matter…

…until it does.

Remember, where dependents are involved, you may have to be able to move them, so if you’ve got kids who can’t keep up with the adults, you’ve got to have a wagon or stroller or something in which they can ride.

Two-wheeled vehicles are also an option, including motorcycles and even bicycles.

Distance equals safety, so you’ve got to get away.

A vehicle helps you do that… even if it’s just a bicycle.

But if you can’t get to that vehicle, or it breaks down, that brings us to…

Mistake #3: Forgetting That You May End Up On Foot

Bugging out on foot is one thing many preppers will end up doing.

If your vehicle breaks down, or you can’t get fuel, or the highways are clogged, that means YOU.

You need to make sure you have the right foot gear and that you have practiced hiking in it.

If you have great boots, but you’ve never used them, you could end up with blisters.

You’re not going to get very far away from a threat with bleeding feet, and you’re not going to move very fast.

Going on weekend camping trips with your family is one way to practice bugging out.

It’s not just physical activity and it doesn’t just build community; it’s also a learning experience, teaching you which of your equipment you don’t need and what does or doesn’t work.

The time to learn that your equipment is unnecessary or, worse, doesn’t do what you need it to do is NOT when you are bugging out.

Think of camping as a bugging out dry run of sorts.

It also helps get your team or family used to the exertion and the experience of bugging out.

Remember, in a real emergency, exhaustion equals death.

Get out there, outside your comfort zone, and start training with your gear and practicing your bugging out.

Taking the time to do so now could save your life when it really matters.

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3 Urban Survival Myths (And The Truth About How To Survive In A Collapse!)

Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

For years, the groupthink on urban survival was that, in a disaster situation where there’s a medium to long term breakdown in infrastructure and civil order, the ONLY way to survive was to flee the city.

You were supposed to run, like a dog with its tail between its legs, and hide out in the woods until things get back to normal.

The truth is, this is really dated thinking that ignores history.

To get to the bottom of this, we’ve got to dispel some of the myths about urban survival in a collapse.

I talked to my friend Ox to get his thoughts on this topic.

Here is a run-down of what he had to say to me.

Urban Survival Myths (And The TRUTH About How To Survive In A Collapse)

Urban Survival Myths Busted
Urban Survival Myths Busted

Ox

Besides the logistics of whether or not you’ve got a fully stocked rural retreat to flee to, or the fact that there’s a good chance that it will be difficult to travel with gridlock and roadblocks, there are several reasons why cities — or urban areas — make good places to STAY after a disaster.

There are three big urban survival lies that have convinced people this isn’t so.

Let’s talk about each one of them.

Urban Survival Lie #1: “With all those people, everything’s going to run out right away.”

While this is true, it’s just the first chapter of the story.

In the event of a medium- to long-term breakdown in order after a disaster, many people will abandon cities and others will die of shock, medical reasons or violence, leaving a remnant of people who were prepared and can continue/rebuild the economy.

Also, at some point, products like fuel, food and other supplies will start being distributed again.

If refiners, farmers and other distributors have the option to deliver to one city or 10 towns, they’ll pick the one city.

Their cost to deliver goods to only one location will be less AND they’ll probably be able to sell the goods at a premium because of higher demand.

The key here is to have enough supplies on hand to make it through the worst part of a civil breakdown situation until resupply begins.

Urban Survival Lie #2: “I’ll be a sitting duck in my house!”

After a disaster, if violence is particularly bad, you can rotate a watch without it being too much of a burden on any one family.

This concept has been around for generations.

Just to be clear, it doesn’t stop crime, it only changes the location where it happens.

If a crackhead needs to steal a TV to support his habit, it’ll just get them to go a block or two away to break into a house and steal someone else’s stuff.

Of course, in a disaster situation, many have scaled this up and have multiple roving people covering an entire neighborhood.

In the country, there’s just too much space between houses to make this practical.

Why?

Because in an urban area, one person can watch several houses at one time.

Urban Survival Lie #3: “Everyone in the city will turn on each other.”

Actually, this is partially true.

I hear people talk about their organized plans to kill, loot and steal from their neighbors way too often.

Just yesterday a friend told me how he overheard a group of otherwise rational people talking about how they have their neighborhood mapped out and the houses prioritized according to which ones they’re going to attack first.

This is no joke — the TRUTH about surviving in a collapse is that you have to be able to defend yourself against predators like these.

It’s why we talk about “survival weapons” so much here.

I think these people should and will be “taken care of” quickly if they ever start acting on their sick plans.

They go against everything that America stands for, and they disgust me.

There is another side to this story… one which has a lot more historical evidence.

Think of barn raisings and the ability of a rural community to band together to get a big project done.

Now think about how many more people there are in a city than in a rural area and how much easier it would be for any one person to get a group of people together to get a big project done when there are so many more people to ask.

Stop laughing at the thought of city people helping each other: As we saw after September 11th, there are people who WILL come together to help in a crisis.

So what do you think?

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MCS 248 – Missing BOV Gear

Missing BOV Gear
Top 10 Bugout Vehicle Survival Gear Items You (Probably) Don’t Have

Do you worry about emergencies, natural disasters, civil unrest, or other events that might force you to take your family and “bug out?”

A lot of us plan to bug out using a BOV, or “Bug Out Vehicle.”

If you get out fast — before the highways are clogged with refugees — you can put some serious distance between yourself and what’s behind you behind the wheel of your BOV.

Your BOV has more carrying capacity than you and your family can carry on your backs, too.

But if you’re not stocking your BOV with the RIGHT gear. . .

. . . Then you might as well have stayed home while things go to Hell in a handbasket around you!

In this week’s podcast episode, Modern Combat & Survival’s Jeff Anderson details 10 items your Bug Out Vehicle probably DOESN’T have, but which you had better not leave without!

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Here’s What You’ll Discover In This Week’s Episode:

  • The one item you probably already carry… but which you actually need TWO of!

  • A super-sneaky way to keep your evac route SAFE from prying eyes — even if the “bad guys” go through your gear.

  • An item found in almost every military surplus shop that is worth a hundred times more than the few bucks you’ll pay for it!

  • The critical items your first aid kit MUST have, but probably doesn’t come with.

  • And much, much more!

Don’t hit the road only to discover that you don’t have what you need to keep your family safe and supplied. Packing these survival gear items in your Bug Out Vehicle could make all the difference.

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What Gear Do You Store In YOUR Bugout Vehicle?

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