Riot Survival Tips: 3 Ways To Establish Your Own “13 Hours” Escape Plan!

Kris Paronto Riot Survival Tips

Jeff AndersonIf you think the movie “13 Hours” doesn’t apply to you, think again…

Violent uprising or flash mob attacks like the Benghazi attacks can take place without any warning whatsoever (as many Americans have now learned).

In fact, we’ve seen violent protests turn multiple public events into bloodbaths in the last several months.

When extremists on both sides clash looking to get their street violence on, innocent people can easily be caught in the middle.

If you’re trapped, you most likely don’t have half a dozen badass operators coming to rescue you… so I caught up with my friend, Kris Paronto, and asked him for some of his best “riot survival tips” from his terrifying ordeal during the Benghazi attacks – and here's a summary of a few things we talked about…

3 Riot Survival Tips To Establish Your Own “13 Hours” Escape Plan For Flash Mob Violence!

Kris Paronto Riot Survival Tips
Riot Survival Tips From Kris Paronto
Kris Paronto
Kris “Tanto” Paronto

What can you, as a civilian, do to establish a riot escape plan strategy ahead of time… and avoid getting trapped in the violence when it all goes to hell?

There are three things you need to be doing to establish an escape plan for wherever you find yourself that could be affected by flash mob violence.

1. Do Some Basic Recon

If you’re in an area or you’re going to an area that you’re unfamiliar with, study up a little bit.

I’m not saying that you’ve got to sit down and do a full map recognizance, like setting up little sand tables and army men like they do in Ranger school.

What I’m saying is that you shoudl get a feeling for what roads go in and out, where the alternative routes into and out of the area are, etc.

Nine times out of ten when there is going to be a mob protest, they’re coming from one direction, which leaves other routes out.

You just need to know all those various escape routes.

2. Pay Attention To Your Surroundings

The next thing you have to do is pay attention to what’s going on around you.

Most of the time, you can tell when things aren’t right.

People will move oddly.

Adrenaline starts pumping.

The pace of things picks up around you and people move more quickly.

When you get that feeling, don’t be a tough guy.

One against 50, I don’t care how bad ass you are, you’re going to lose.

That brings me to…

3. Just LEAVE!

I know that sounds like a no-brainer, but a lot of “sheepdogs” have a tendency to run toward danger instead of away from it.

Don’t try to be a tough guy.

There is no Batman.

Superman’s not coming for you.

You might be able to take two, or even three guys… but six? Twenty? Fifty?

No way.

Don’t make a big thing out of it… don’t make a production out of leaving…

If you run like your rear end’s on fire, you’ll start a panic and set off the mob, becoming a target.

If you are calm, cool, and collected, and you just ackowledge that it’s time to go, then you’ll get in your vehicle or get on your feet and get out of there.

Leaving means you’re not a target.

Paying attention, and knowing when and how to leave, is the least you need to know about establishing an escape plan for flash mob violence.

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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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(Story) Urban Survival And The Current Pandemic

Hurricane Sandy Survival Lessons

Back at the beginning of the year, I made some predictions about the need for more “practical prepping.”

Then 2020 turned around and kicked EVERYBODY'S behind with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since then, people have struggled with disruptions in the supply chain and in our infrastructure – some of them caused by panicked behavior, and some of them caused by deliberate shutdowns.

This drives the need for more basic “urban survival” preparations no matter WHAT the emergency – because if you're prepared for one of them, you're prepared for MANY of them.

For example, I still remember my friend, Adam's, story about when he was trapped in New York City during Hurricane Sandy – one of the worst hurricanes to ever hit the U.S…

People in the city didn't think “it would happen to them”, but when the 115 mph winds and massive flooding hit, the storm was blamed for 233 deaths and power outages affected more than 8 million residents.

At the time, all travel was blocked out of the city and Adam was forced to stay at a downtown hotel with some friends.

Here's a picture he took (below) when he finally stepped out of the hotel to find residents sifting through dumpsters, looking for food, and crowding around a couple of stores that somehow (magically) still had electricity and:

Hurricane Sandy Survival Lessons

Adam told me all about how people reacted after the storm gave way and there were a LOT of “lessons learned” you can take away from his experience:

1. Get Creative With “Food Hoarding”

Hopefully you're stocked up on some survival food that can help you weather a long-term power outage when the food in your fridge bites the dust.

Since Adam was visiting, he didn't have a stockpile of food so he went down to the local grocery store to see what he could round up.

What he discovered was a mob of people quickly grabbing every last bottle of water – and even fist-fights over the last scraps of food on the shelves.

Rather than chance getting attacked over a box of Frosted Flakes, Adam found that the local ethnic grocery stores (he found an Asian market) had very few people inside.

He was able to find all the fresh food he needed and without the threat of a mob looting spree!

Lesson Learned: Map out where your local ethnic groceries are in your area and consider them as a last-minute addition to your current food stockpile when choosing to shelter-in-place during a disaster.

2. Guard Your Food (From Friends!)

As you'd expect, none of Adam's friends were as prepared as he was when the hurricane hit.

But you can damn well be sure they knew ADAM had food… and that's where they headed to huddle up through the storm.

Not only did they feast away on his food, but they didn't even think about WHAT they were eating so, rather than beginning with perishables, they ate the longer-lasting canned goods instead.

Lesson Learned: If your friends know you're “prepping”, you can count on them showing up at your door when a crisis hits and they're hungry. You may have a hard time turning them away so be sure to have a “decoy stash” of food you can share… but then a “super-secret stockpile” that NO ONE else knows about!

3. Beware The “Electricity Warlords”

Oddly, one of the worst things Adam experienced was the lack of communications caused by the hurricane.

News reports of people dying were hitting the nation and with the power-outage, Adam wasn't able to let his family know he was safe.

Adam wasn't able to call out to his family, but found that he was eventually able to get a text message through right before his phone went dead.

What's funny is that 8 million people were without power, yet a few convenience stores somehow had electricity and a few other places had generators.

But get this… those stores and “electricity warlords” were charging people $70 to charge their phone for 15 minutes…

… and people were standing in line for hours just to get their chance! (The picture above was right from Adam's camera.)

Lesson Learned: Even when phone lines are jammed, you may be able to get a text message through to let loved ones know you're ok – or coordinate with them to link back up. But the key here is that you have to “own” your own electricity and not rely on the “wolves” of our society who look to prey on other people's misfortune.

I use a simple rechargeable solar lantern, but a good power bank or portable battery will do the job too.

And it's not just for survival…

It's perfect for everyday carry (it's saved my bacon dozens of times when my phone was dead!)… in your vehicle (if you're stranded on a back road or in a snowstorm)… bug-out bag (for maintaining commo when evacuating)… and at home (when sheltering-in-place and need charging capability).

Because like I said in my free survival gear guide, while a major power outage can be caused by bad weather or a terrorist attack, it can even happen because of a falling tree branch thousands of miles away!

Plus it's always best to learn from other people's mistakes, right?

Hopefully you'll learn from Adam's… and take action now to avoid these same dangers!

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3 Critical Steps To Take NOW To Survive A Grid-Down Blackout Collapse!

Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

You take it for granted every day, and you depend on it for EVERYTHING.

It is ELECTRICITY, and with our fragile electrical grid essentially held together with duct tape and hope, it’s only a matter of time before we experience another widespread blackout like the Northeast United States did just a few years back.

What’s worse, terrorists have figured out that our grid is a point of vulnerability — and we’ve already seen what may be the first tentative steps to target our electrical grid for destruction.

When a grid-down blackout strikes there will be many factors you’re going to need to plan for in order to avoid being one of those 281 million Americans who won’t survive…

…but there are three you had better get on RIGHT NOW (and yes, I know we're all in lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic… but this is very serious food for thought).

Here is a summary of advice given to me by survival expert Jonathan Hollerman when we talked recently…

The Three Most Critical Steps YOU Should ALREADY Have Taken To Prepare For A Grid-Down Blackout Collapse!

Jonathan Hollerman

A long-term loss of the electric grid will be infinitely harder to survive than a massive financial collapse, for instance.

Outside of the financial collapse, it’s also the MOST LIKELY thing to happen in our future.

In the best-case scenario we’re looking at a minimum of SIX MONTHS without power, more likely a year or two, and at that point our country will probably have lost 80 to 90 percent of its population.

There’s no plan of action that the military or DHS can put into effect to feed 300 million Americans without the electric grid, and people need to understand that.

That means you’ve got LOTS of prepping and stockpiling to do… but it also means there are…

3 Critical Grid-Down Blackout Survival Planning Tips You Should Already Be Doing…

Okay, let's take them by the numbers.

There are more things you should be doing to survive for a grid-down blackout collapse, but these are three of those most critical ones.

First of all…

1. Don’t Tell ANYONE That You’re A Prepper.

It's natural to want to talk about prepping.

After all, we naturally want to discuss what interests us… and we may feel we owe it to our friends and neighbors to explain to them the need to prepare.

The problem is that if people know you are prepared, they know you have supplies…

…And that means your doorstep is the first one they're going to show up on if things go crazy and they need to survive.

Don't expect your friends to stay your friends during social chaos.

They'll ask… and beg… and finally, they may resort to violence to take what they want.

Make your prepping a closely guarded secret.

That way, none of your neighbors will come looking to kick in your door when they are starving and desperate.

2. Store Enough Food And Water For 1 YEAR.

If you can't eat and drink, no amount of gear in the world will help you survive a crisis.

Only having adequate stores of food and water will see you through the worst of it.

Our government recommends preparing for a few days to perhaps a week.

In a long-term survival situation, that's going to leave you thirsty, starving, and desperate.

You have GOT to be preparing for more than just a few days.

A grid-down crisis could go on for MONTHS.

Keep that timeline in mind and make storing food a constant, revolving process.

3. Make Sure You Have Protection, And I Don’t Mean Just Physical Shelter.

You’ve got to have weapons and supplies for fighting off the human predators that your neighbors will become when they are starving and looking to stay alive.

You may think it can't happen to the people you know.

You may think the folks who know you're a prepper would NEVER turn on you.

The harsh truth is that they can and they WILL.

When people are desperate to live, they'll do almost anything to ANYONE.

That includes you.

Your survival stores must therefore include the weapons, ammo, and other gear you can use to fight off hostiles who want to take what you have.

Don't put off your prepping.

Don't tell yourself it can't happen to you.

See to these three things NOW, before the next crisis hits.

You need all the time you can get to be ready.

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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.


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!


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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FEMA Camps: 5 Scary Facts You Must Know To Survive A Disaster

FEMA Camp Facts

Never underestimate the government's ability to screw things up, right?

I mean, we already know FEMA botched Hurricane Katrina.

But what you may not know is why

What made them so incompetent in that situation – and do you have any reason to think they'll be any better at handling a disaster that strikes near you?

Here are 5 things you absolutely NEED to know about what FEMA does in disasters – and, more importantly, what it doesn't do…

5 Scary Facts You MUST Know About FEMA Camps!

FEMA Camp Facts

1. FEMA's Funds Aren't Just For “Disasters” Anymore

FEMA used to be strictly for natural disaster relief and management – but like so much else, that all changed on September 11th.

FEMA now focuses primarily on terrorism, alongside Homeland Security.

Why? No one knows.

No one can explain why funds that should have been available for people in real danger during Hurricane Katrina were diverted to “fighting” terrorism.

FEMA has less money than ever before, because the government is covering how much it's spending on Homeland Security by taking money from an agency that has nothing to do with terrorism.

Which means that agency doesn't have the money to do its actual job.

2. FEMA Cuts Corners and Causes More Harm Than It Relieves

During Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, FEMA put up trailers for people who had been displaced from their homes.

Sounds like a good thing, right?

That's what you want your natural disaster relief organization to do.

Except the trailers had exceptionally high formaldehyde levels.

The Sierra Club warned FEMA about the problem, but they were ignored and FEMA continued to place displaced citizens in the trailers – which inflicted those people, who had already lost everything, with breathing trouble, constant headaches, and nosebleeds.

3. FEMA Won't Help You Get Out of Harm's Way

You probably heard on the news that a lot of people didn't want to leave New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, even after they were told to evacuate.

That might have seemed downright stupid to you – why wouldn't you get out if your life was in danger?

The answer?

A lot of them COULDN'T get out.

FEMA didn't provide transportation or funds for those who didn't have their own vehicles to evacuate in.

The vast majority of people stayed not because of stubbornness or stupidity, but because FEMA gave them no way out.

4. FEMA Doesn't Have the People It Needs Ready to Go

Ever been on a volunteer fire department or rescue team?

You get trained and you show up regularly to stay trained, so that whenever your services are needed, you know exactly what to do and how to help.

It's how the National Guard works.

It's how a lot of very effective forces that aren't needed all the time work.

But it's not how FEMA works.

FEMA doesn't have people on standby.

They have to orchestrate a massive number of services, from search and rescue to waste disposal to food distribution to transport – and more – and the people they're working with HAVE NOT BEEN TRAINED BEFOREHAND.

They're mostly cobbled together from local agencies, each of which knows how to do one small piece of the required disaster relief plan – and none of which know how to do it in concert with a large number of other organizations.

Any way you look at it, it's a logistics nightmare waiting to happen.

5. Even FEMA's Survival Kit Advice Is DEADLY

If you go to FEMA's website, they'll tell you what you should have in your survival kit in case of disaster.

It's ridiculously inadequate.

It will not help you survive a real disaster and in fact, it may even get you killed by giving you a sense of false confidence.

For example, they don't even mention having a means of evacuating your family or your supplies.

The items they do tell you to have are sufficient for a disaster that lasts a day or two at most – not a full-scale catastrophe like Katrina.

Look, I can't solve all the problems with FEMA.

But I CAN solve the problem of making sure you have your family's survival kit ready to go when they need you most.

Every survivalist needs to know what to pack – and surprise… not a one of them is on FEMA's worthless list of things to get.

Especially in today's trying times, you need this information now more than ever.

Fire Starting 101: Do’s And Don’ts Of Starting A Survival Fire

Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

It's a fact of survival:

Fire is life.

Fire allows you to make water safe, cook food, light your way, and fight off hypothermia.

Anyone can start a fire in ideal conditions, right?

But what happens if you have to start a fire under “extreme” circumstances?

Recently I discussed this topic with survival expert Kevin Estela.

Here is a summary of what he told me.

Fire-Starting Do's And Don'ts

Fire Starting Tips: Do's And Don'ts
Kevin Estela

One of the problems people have when it comes to starting a fire is that they make basic mistakes.

Deep down, a lot of us think we know how to start a fire already.

As a result, we may make mistakes by rushing, assuming things from television work, or just basically being careless.

(And no, dumping a bucket of lighter fluid on the fire won't always help, either.)

Let's hit three topics: avoiding common fire mistakes, starting a fire when conditions aren't ideal, and concealing a fire when you don't want to be discovered.

How NOT To Start A Fire

One of the biggest mistakes people make when starting a fire is lack of patience.

If you try to go too big too soon, you're setting yourself up for failure.

At the same time, make sure you collect enough resources to keep a fire going.

You can't afford to leave the fire at a critical moment to find more fuel to keep feeding it, because it will sputter and die when you neglect it.

There's one more thing to consider, though, and that is that you should never build a fire that you're not prepared to put out.

(That's a good way to start a forest fire.)

Fire Starting Under Extreme Conditions

On a clear day with dry fuel, starting a fire is really no big deal.

If it's raining, sleeting, or blowing like crazy, though, it's going to be much harder.

Persevere in the face of these terrible environmental conditions.

NEVER give up, even if you feel like quitting, because you NEED that fire.

Create a shield with your body, if possible; you can also use your clothes.

The buddy system helps, too.

If you think outside the box, you may come up with other ways to protect your fire.

Concealing A Fire For Escape And Evasion

Finally, you may want to create a fire that is concealed, so you don't give away your position in an “escape and evasion” situation.

One option is a Dakota fire pit, which is like a chimney in the dirt.

Other options include poking holes in a 55 gallon drum, or using toilet paper soaked in rubbing alcohol inside a paint can (which is like a giant candle).

Yet another option is to dig an “H” in the ground and close the flaps when you're done to cover your tracks.

Finally, building any fire under a tree will help to dissipate smoke through the leaves.

(Remember that the fuel you use will make a big difference as far as smoke goes.)

Keep all these do's and don'ts in mind when you consider building your own survival fire.

The life you save could be your own – or it could be the lives of your loved ones.

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MCS 250 – Survival Gas Masks

Survival Gas Masks
Gas Masks: Why You Need One… How To Get One

Have you ever seen a picture of a “prepper” in a gas mask?

Chances are good that you have, because the gas mask has become the go-to symbol of whackjob paranoid loons in popular media.

I see pictures of preppers in gas masks, holding rifles while standing in post-apocalyptic landscapes, all the time, and that's bad. . .

. . . because the gas mask is a very REAL, very USEFUL tool that can safe your life and your family's life.

Even if you get that, though, you have ANOTHER problem:

How do you know what to buy?

The fact is, there are a LOT of gas masks out there that will leave you choking on smoke, chemical fumes, or WORSE if the excrement hits the oscillating air mover.

To stay alive when you NEED a gas mask, you need to know how to shop for the RIGHT features. . . and how to avoid the BAD ONES.

In this week's podcast episode, Modern Combat & Survival's Jeff Anderson interviews gas mask expert Roman Zrazhevskiy of, in order to sort out what you should and shouldn't be looking for in a gas mask.

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

  • The very REAL threats a gas mask can protect you from (some of which will surprise you).
  • The 3 Biggest Myths about gas masks that TOO MANY preppers still believe!
  • The WORST features of commercial gas masks, which you should avoid at all costs!
  • What to look for in a gas mask that will actually keep you and your family members alive.
  • How to use your gas mask in an emergency without endangering your own life. . . or driving yourself insane!

The time to find out that your gas mask doesn't work as advertised is NOT when you're choking on CS gas, wildfire smoke, or something much worse.

Find out now what you should be looking for in a gas mask — so that you and your family will be protected when you need it most.

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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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  • 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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“Bug-Out Tips”… From A NURSING HOME?

Look, there's no polite way to say this, so I'm just going to put it out there…

If you're “older”… or have elderly parents or neighbors you look out for… (or even if you have young children)… then being forced to evacuate your home in a disaster could be the most dangerous task you'll ever face!

I mean, let's look at the stats…

  • Of the nearly 1,000 people who died as a result of Hurricane Katrina, fully HALF of the victims were 75 or older. Most of them died the day of the storm… and most of them drowned – alone and helpless – with no one to save to them.
  • During the “Paradise Wildfires,” most of the people who were killed were over the age of 65. In fact, 77% of the fatalities – people who were literally burned alive – were senior citizens.
  • Of the dozens of people killed by Hurricane Harvey in Texas, many were senior citizens who died due to lack of power for medical equipment (like oxygen tanks).

The hard reality here is that survival planning for people with limited mobility, people who are older (and even young children!) is a LOT more challenging than it is for those strapping, healthy dudes in their prime.

But there are some super smart people out there who are learning from other peoples' mistakes and…

Here's How 1 Retirement Community Mastered “Bugging Out” (And Why You Should Copy Their Evac Plan)

Steal This Nursing Home's Bugout Tactics
Here's How 1 Retirement Community Mastered “Bugging Out” (And Why You Should Copy Their Evac Plan)

The staff of the Bishop Gadsden Retirement Community in South Carolina have got evacuations down to a science –because they were forced to…

When Hurricane Hugo hit the coast of the state in 1989, they had to evacuate all of the residents…

It happened again during Hurricane Matthew in 2016…

And when Hurricane Florence threatened residents again in 2018, nursing home staff once again had to make sure all residents were safely evacuated inland.

In other words, the nursing home's staff and residents (unlike even most “survival gurus”) have real-world experience in how difficult it can be when you're forced from your home in an emergency.

Here are 3 lessons they discovered (the hard way) and how their plan can help YOU – especially if you're older and/or have medical issues:

1. “Survival Stress”… It's A Real Thing!

The stress of bugging out means you'll need more time and resources than you think you do.

For example, Bishop Gadsden residents used up TWICE as much oxygen during an evacuation that they used during normal day-to-day life.

They also faced far more upset stomachs… flared  tempers… emotional breakdowns… and even a HUGE uptick in bathroom trips.

In other words, the stress and physical strain put their bodies through the wringer, and that's something you'll have to plan for if you and your family are forced from your home due to a disaster or some other dangerous crisis.

2. Personalize Your “Go-Bag”!

While they didn't call their kits “bugout bags,” the residents of Bishop Gadsden were prepared for evacuation with personalized, labeled suitcases.

Just like a bug-out bag, each suitcase contained all the items each resident needed to survive.

That includes specific medicationsoxygen tanks, and other life-sustaining supplies and equipment that, if lost or misplaced (or left behind) could mean DEATH for the resident in question.

There's no room for “forgetting” something you depend on to survive!

A one-size-fits-all plan wouldn't help these residents.

They need customized, personalized evacuation kits… and so do you.

3. Have A Plan… But Not Just ANY Plan!

The #1 lesson the staff and residents of Bishop Gadsden learned from these repeated responses to natural disasters?

That their “evacuation planning” needed to be a 24/7… 365 days a year… personally customized process… if they wanted to live!

I think you already know that the WORST time to figure out all these details is when a disaster is already headed your way, right?

Well, staff members knew that if each and every nursing home resident wasn't packed up and ready-to-go at a moment's notice – with that individual's personal needs taken care of – then they would all be stuck in buses… trapped on a jammed highway… and residents could literally die during the evacuation without the proper supplies.

Same goes for you, my friend…

Whether you're older… have a mobility problem… have young kids… or you're a young stud who can run marathons, your survival planning has to be detailed. . .

. . .It has to cover everything you might face. . .

. . .And it HAS to be specific to your family's needs, desires, challenges, strengths, etc.

Unfortunately, most people are trying to to do a “one-size-fits-all” solution.

Some of them just have some cheap gear socked away with maybe a couple of water bottles, and they think that's going to get them there.

In a real disaster, without a customized survival plan, that kind of “fantasy prepping” WON'T cut it.

I realize that customizing a plan is a lot to do. . . especially with all the misinformation on the internet from people who have never actually experienced how hard it can be to plan for – and execute – a life-or-death evacuation.

Worse yet, some of the “doomsday fantasy preppers” out there want you to pack everything but the kitchen sink.

That's just not practical… and unfortunately, what IS practical is 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 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're a complete beginner, an experience prepper, or even a senior citizen living on a fixed income.

Whether your personal threats are wildfires, hurricanes, or any other crisis, you MUST have a realistic survival gear and bugout plan. . . or you can find yourself stranded, alone, and at the mercy of Mother Nature – as well as the desperate citizens all around you.

Yeah, it's that serious my friend!

What Is Your Survival Plan? What Gear Do You Rely On For Evac And Surive-In-Place?

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MCS 246 – “Geo-Customizing” Your Survival Plan

Customizing Your Survival Plan
Customizing Your Survival Plan
How Does WHERE You Live Affect Your Survival Odds?

What do you think of when you visualize your own personal disaster response plan?

Well, that picture changes depending on if you're living “out in the country”… or you're sunk deep inside of a city, right?

And of course, so do the challenges and threats you would face depending on your location.

Failing to take your environment into account – failing to accurately gauge your own personal “survival threat matrix” – could be a critical mistake in building your survival plan…

..and in the world of survival, making a mistake COULD mean life or death – for you AND those you love and are depending on you to protect them.

In this week's podcast episode, survival expert, Russ Adler, will reveal how to accurately assess the threats your environment poses… and fine-tune your own survival plan to shift the odds in your favor.

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

  • Why a “one-size-fits-all” approach to survival planning is a big, giant mistake for truly prepared citizens!
  • Think you're safe out “in the country”? You might want to re-think your options after learning what you really face when the “S hits the F”!
  • “Urban survival” – Little-known threats that even “city folk” might not have on their radar.
  • Austere environments… what are they… and what do you need to know about what you'll face in these zones.
  • The ultimate bug-out survival matrix – how to make sure you can survive in ANY environment – under any conditions – when moving in and out of unknown areas.

We can all get nice and comfy in our familiar surroundings… but there could be unknown threats that can crop up at the most unfortunate times.

Use Russ's advice to take your own survival plan to the next level based on your personal threat factors.

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What OTHER Survival Factors Are Important To Consider In Your Geographical Area?

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