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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MCS 298 – The #1 Threat To Your Survival

The True #1 Threat In Any Disaster, Crisis, Or Attack
The True #1 Threat In Any Disaster, Crisis, Or Attack
The True #1 Threat In Any Disaster, Crisis, Or Attack

It’s a perfectly normal human reaction.

We’ve all had it.

The problem is, this reaction…

…can lead to decisions…

…and those decisions MIGHT get you killed.

That’s why you need to get a handle on this right now.

But in order to understand the true threat to your survival in any situation…

…We’ve got to take a long, hard look at some uncomfortable truths.

In this week’s podcast episode, Modern Combat & Survival’s Jeff Anderson explains exactly what this threat is… as well as three steps you can take to deal with it (now, and in future emergencies).

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

  • The two options from which everybody chooses when confronted by conflicting ideas… and how this choice can get you KILLED in a crisis!
  • What we can learn from BODYGUARDS about “risk probability” and responding to it.
  • Why your “response triggers” matter, and how to manage them.
  • How to avoid writing “survival checks” that your skills can’t “cash!”
  • The #1 tool for identifying gaps in your training and stockpiles.

The worldwide pandemic showed a LOT of us some uncomfortable truths about our approaches to prepping and surviving.

This is an episode you absolutely WON’T want to miss.

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Looter Defense In A Disaster: Home Defense Screw-ups Citizen Defenders Make

Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

Your home is your castle.

Your refuge is the territory around that home.

Together this is the place where you’re going to dig in during an emergency (like the current pandemic).

This is the place where you choose to shelter-in-place, unless and until it becomes necessary to bug out because that location is no longer safe.

I mean let’s face it; that’s where your survival cache is anyway, right?

Your gear is there, your family is there… but what will you do if a major disaster throws your town into chaos and suddenly there is a real threat of attack from looters?

As we’ve all learned in recent months, you’ve got to protect your home from the sudden threat of violence.

So how will you do that?

Or, perhaps more importantly, what should you NOT do while accomplishing that?

I spoke with survival expert Pat Henry about protecting your home from looters, and here is a run-down of what he had to say.

The Biggest Mistakes People Make When Protecting Their Homes From Looters

Looter Defense In A Disaster Or Emergency

Pat Henry
Pat Henry

As we’ve seen time and time again during times of crisis, the wolves come out to prowl.

With collapse comes the threat of looting and violence that could threaten your family and your survival stash.

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.

But don’t make THESE mistakes along the way!

Mistake #1: Thinking It’s Going To Be Over Soon

One thing you’ve got to fight against in a collapse is the normalcy bias.

I think a lot of people out there, to their detriment, just don’t believe it’s going to get as bad as it is.

(You saw that after Hurricane Katrina, and we’re seeing it now during COVID-19.)

People who had all kinds of advance warning of the disaster didn’t take it seriously.

When the power was out and there was no food, they were stuck in their homes freaking out.

They thought it wasn’t real, that it wasn’t happening.

In a collapse, therefore, the sooner you realize it’s not just going to be fine in a few hours, the better off you’ll be.

Realize as soon as possible that you’re going to have to take matters into your own hands.

That includes gearing up to protect your home from violent looters.

Mistake #2: Being Unprepared To Defend Their Lives

Once you’ve gotten past that, another mistake people make is not being prepared to deal with the ramifications of having to defend their lives.

Far too often, we rely on the police.

In a collapse, if there are looters coming down your street. you’re going to have to be prepared to defend your home — defend your life, possibly — from people who have shown that they don’t give a damn what the police are going to do.

As much as possible, think through the steps you are going to take, or that you could be faced with, when it comes to defending your home.

That will help put you in a better position to take action when the time does come.

Mistake #3: Not Being There

Finally, a lot of people make the mistake of simply not being there.

In a collapse, if you want to protect your home, you’ve got to be there.

(You can’t expect your private army of security personnel to do it… because for most of us, they don’t exist.)

If you’ve bugged out to a neighbor’s house or you’re at a bar watching all this happen on the television, you won’t be there to defend your home.

Anything you do have, including your stockpiled supplies, your food, your water, your gear… it’s all going to be up for grabs.

Not being home during a crisis, therefore, is a huge mistake.

These aren’t the only mistakes you could make, but they are some pretty major ones.

When you come down to it, there are a lot of ways to protect your home from looters.

Be mindful of what NOT to do as we’ve detailed here and you’ll be a long way towards successfully protecting your home and family.

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SHTF / WROL Survival Evacuation Tips: The “Domino Effect” Proven In CA

Mary Lindsey through that she and her husband, Charles, were “prepared“…

Even though their home was far enough away from the raging wildfires scorching the northern California woods, they were no strangers to these threats and had taken all the necessary precautions “just in case“.

The power company had given them warning that their power was being shut down as a precaution, so they had flashlights at-the-ready and there would be more than enough time to “get out of Dodge” if the fires even hinted that they were headed their way.

Mary and Charles went to sleep around 11:00pm with the feint glow of the fires far off in the distance and all seemed quiet.

But all that changed at 2:30am when Mary and her family – in fact their entire neighborhood and the police – learned the critical life-or-death lesson of…

The Deadly Disaster “Domino Effect”

Survival Tips – California Wildfires – SHTF – WROL

It really wasn’t their fault…

Like everyone else in their neighborhood, Mary and Charles followed the direction of their local officials and, while there was no immediate danger to them and their home, they were ready to leave in an instant if an evacuation order was given.

In fact, they had prepared well in advance with the county’s reverse-911 alert system… were on the emergency email subscriber list… and had neighbors who looked out for each other with a phone notification system.

There was just one thing missing…

… POWER!

You see, the fire DID make a turn for the worse that evening – and officials DID issue a “Mandatory Evacuation Order” for all residents to IMMEDIATELY evacuate the area before they were trapped by the blaze.

But since the electricity had been turned off… the ENTIRE NEIGHBORHOOD was clueless as they lay sleeping in their beds when the order was given.

No phone service to wake them up…
No emergency call over the television or radio…
No sirens going off…

“Clueless”!

It wasn’t until Mary – maybe woken by the sound of the helicopters overhead – scuffled to the window with her flashlight and saw that her entire street was engulfed in thick smoke, that she knew something was wrong.

It even surprised a local police officer cruising by who, while making a final pass through what he “thought” was a vacated neighborhood, looked up and saw Mary’s flashlight in the window and asked her why she hadn’t left yet.

What he hadn’t realized is that NO ONE in her area even knew of the order being given, due to the failure of their electric-dependent alert system.

And they weren’t the only ones…

In another area, Janice Bell – a single woman with multiple sclerosis – was trying to evacuate her home in the pre-dawn darkness, only to find that her car was trapped inside her garage because the electric door opener didn’t have power.

For 2 hours, she tried getting help until she was finally able to flag down a neighbor who helped her open her garage door so she could flee the area before the flames engulfed her – trapped with no way to leave.

These Are The “Dominos” That Literally
KILL Families In Their Sleep…

California Wildfires

Look, any ONE of the threats in a disaster have the potential to take lives, right?

Loss of power… empty gas pumps… jammed highways… overrun hospitals… ALL are “survival factors” you MUST be prepared for – and the COVID-19 pandemic has shown us that over and over again in the last two months.

When you lose multiple conveniences at the same time, they knock each other down like dominoes – each one causing the next one, or making it worse than it would be by itself.

Threats like these can happen to you and your family, too – because if it’s not a wildfire, it could be a hurricane.

If it’s not a hurricane, it could be a massive blackout.

If not’s a blackout, it could be a flood, riots and protests “gone wild”, or even an earthquake.

I know, because it happened to ME

It was only a few years ago that I went through a very similar ordeal as the stories I’ve told when a massive “wall of water” dragged 75 homes into the river that runs through my tiny Texas town in the wee morning hours around 2:00am.

Many of my friends barely escaped with their lives.

Worse, a dozen of my fellow townsfolk died in that horrific disaster.

They didn’t need to.

I learned some VERY valuable lessons from that fateful night and – with my background in preparedness (mixed with lessons I’d learned in the military) – I’ve made it my personal mission to make sure that NO FAMILY ever suffer the same fate as my friends or those families that drowned as the waters dragged them into the ambush of water that drove through our town.

I’m hoping I can share those lessons with you because I PROMISE YOU that any ONE of the lessons could literally be the difference between life or death for you and those you love.

Some of those lessons are contained in my survival gear secrets report, which I hope you’ll download so you can start preparing.

For your sake. For your family’s sake. I really hope you will.

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MCS 292 – Pandemic Prepping Update #2

Pandemic Prepping Update Wuhan Coronavirus COVID-19
Pandemic Prepping Update Wuhan Coronavirus COVID-19

COVID-19, or the “Coronavirus,” continues to paralyze the world.

The thing is…

…It’s going to get worse before it gets better.

This global pandemic is teaching us a LOT.

And it’s up to us to remember these powerful lessons.

I’ve said before that people were not taking it seriously.

Well, it’s getting worse now.

Before we get through it, we’ll know, more than ever:

It’s the people around you who are the REAL threat.

In this week’s podcast episode, Modern Combat & Survival’s Jeff Anderson explains what’s going on with COVID-19 right now in the United States… and what you and your family should be doing to prepare and get through it.

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

  • Why the death toll we’ve seen so far is NOTHING compared to what Trump and Dr. Fauci are predicting.
  • Why the W.H.O. was wrong to minimize concerns over aerosol transmission.
  • The critical location that could become the next epicenter for the pandemic in YOUR town!
  • What you can do to protect yourself if you must go out to procure supplies.
  • Why both martial law and vigilante action are coming (and have already started)… and the HUGE OPSEC mistake many preppers are making right now.

These are difficult times, but we WILL get through them.

Get this critical information now so you can prepare while there is time to do it.

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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.

Coronavirus Masks: Surgeon General Says STOP Buying These For COVID-19?

Corona Virus Masks - Flu Masks - Pandemic Preparations

Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

The panic about “coronavirus,” or COVID-19, is starting to reach a fever pitch.

We’ve had our first death(s) here in the United States – starting with someone who didn’t get it from traveling to China.

And just after that report, the official number of infections in the United States JUMPED – because we started counting a bunch of Americans who caught it on a cruise ship.

And the stock market?

Fear of the virus caused us to break a record for a single-day drop, with even more fall-off the next day.

It’s gotten so bad that even the Surgeon General of the United States is urging frightened people to STOP buying masks to prevent themselves from catching the virus.

Now, here is something important:

People who knew what to look for had an early warning about this pandemic scare.

So let me explain – because the reason why isn’t what you might think… and it points to what you should be doing to protect your family.

What You Can Do About A Coronavirus Pandemic While Everybody PANICS…

Corona Virus Masks - Flu Masks - Pandemic Preparations
Corona Virus Masks – Flu Masks – Pandemic Preparations

You might not consider it an early warning sign of pandemic, but a little over a week ago, one of my employees told me he couldn’t find dust masks.

He does a lot of projects involving grinding and sanding, and a couple weeks ago he went to the hardware store to buy some.

They were completely sold out!

But he didn’t get really worried – or bring it up to me – until he tried to buy some online, only to discover the few sellers who had any left had jacked up their prices!

The shortage is all because people are buying up masks, looking for something, anything, that can protect them when they’re out in public!

And THAT is why the surgeon general is telling the public to stop buying them.

People are buying up so many masks that now, there aren’t any masks left to price-gouge.

They’re just gone – meaning medical professionals and first responders can’t get their hands on them!

Here’s a picture that same employee of mine took just this past weekend:

Empty Hardware Store Shelf
Empty Hardware Store Shelf

That’s the dust mask section of a national chain hardware store, where you can buy simple masks for painting and sanding.

Unlike fine-particle filter masks, those simple hardware store dust masks can’t do ANYTHING to prevent you from getting coronavirus.

That means that now, contractors – and you and I – can’t get dust masks for simple projects around the house…

…all because people are panicking.

Now… think about all of the products you take for granted on a daily basis.

Not just dust masks, but basic household goods.

In Hawaii, a state that depends on imports – on a supply chain for consumer goods – panicking citizens are buying out the toilet paper and bottled water for the same reason they’ve been buying hardware store dust masks.

And it’s only a matter of time before that panic affects YOUR local store – and hits more than just painter’s masks.

This is, in other words, the first step in the chain reaction – all of it caused by PEOPLE, not the pandemic itself.

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 for something like a pandemic scare to trigger the reaction:

First, people get worried about getting sick, so they buy out the stores of hand sanitizer and dust masks.

Then, they get worried about household goods, so they start buying toilet paper and bottled water.

Then the stock market crashes, like we’ve ALREADY seen, and people make a run on the banks to take out their money.

Then, stores start closing, either because there’s no merchandise to sell, or because the government told them they have to close during the panic (like has already happened in China).

And without the flow of cheap goods from China to our trucking fleets and then to our store shelves, well, things start to spiral out of control… FAST.

You see, most people don’t realize just how dependent we are on our nation’s truck drivers – and on the supply chain they distribute from manufacturers in China.

That system is critical to our economic infrastructure, and it supplies every single household and business with all the things we take for granted, such as food, water, medicines, fuel, repair parts, etc.

But if those truck drivers have nothing to deliver – or they start getting sick, and spreading sickness themselves – the whole system breaks down!

Once things start to collapse, it will take only days for our country to turn into a nightmare… and it all started with sold-out pollution masks.

So… now you know what a collapse, prompted by a pandemic panic, can look like.

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 coronavirus panic leaves you without the supplies you need… and with you local grocery store shelves empty.

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Bugout Survival: Top 5 Hurricane Stragglers Who Stayed – And DIED!

Bug Out Or Survive In Place? The Price For Failing To Evacuate

Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

It was being called catastrophic

deadly

… a monster storm unlike anything the U.S. East Coast has ever seen before.

Hurricane Florence was churning on a devastating path straight toward small towns all up and down Virginia and the Carolinas.

Mandatory evacuation orders were given in nearly all of the expected flood zones to get people to seek safe shelter and get out of Dodge.

Yet, as usual, not everyone listens to evacuation orders – and…

Here Are 5 Reasons People Don’t Evacuate – And The Price Paid!

Bug Out Or Survive In Place? The Price For Failing To Evacuate
Bug Out Or Survive In Place? The Price For Failing To Evacuate

It’s not hard to get the “truth” out of stragglers who think they’re smarter than Mother Nature and decide to brave the storm that’s headed their way.

In fact, after several interviews, here are the 5 most common reasons why people don’t evacuate before a storm:

1. “It’s a hassle.”

I know, I know…

Gathering up the extra food… photo albums… packing it all in the family vehicle… jockeying for what looks like the evacuation traffic’s “fast lane” of cars creeping along at 3mph…

Who the hell wants to go through all THAT nonsense, right?
Besides, as Tim Terman (a NC resident) put it:

“Once you leave, it’s hard to get back in to check on damage. My home is all my wife and I have, materially speaking, a lifetime of stuff.”

I get it.

Leaving your “stuff” sucks.

2. “We have a good plan.”

Whether it’s coming from experience with other storms, or just a sense of confidence with their current supplies and options, many people stocked up to ride out the storm.

As one resident in South Carolina put it,

“We’ve got things boarded up. We’ve got a lot of supplies from Walmart, generators, so we’re good to go. We have our kits ready.”

That’s actually a very common approach – even for those WITHOUT any kind of plan.

And then there’s Phase 2 of this so-called “survival plan”…

3. “We’ll just wait. If things get bad enough, we’ll leave.”

A lot of people have weathered storms in the past and didn’t experience heavy damage.

Others came back after evacuating from previous storms only to find that they weren’t hit as hard as expected… but their home had been looted while they were gone.

That would make ANYONE want to think twice about leaving again, wouldn’t it?

As that same S.C. resident continued…

“Of course, we’re keeping an eye on the forecast… so if something changes and we need to go, we’ll get out at the last minute if we have to.”

But then what, right?

These are the same people who typically ALSO fall into the next category…

4. “I don’t know where to go.”

Evacuations are chaotic and confusing by their very nature.

Most people haven’t thought about where they would go if they had to leave their state or even just their local area.

And many towns don’t offer much help…

Emergency officials generally assign letters to evacuation zones for guidance – but most people don’t know what zone they live in and whether evac orders apply to them or not.

Some areas – like Myrtle Beach, SC – don’t have a major highway connecting them to outside areas which makes the evacuation process even slower and more confusing.

And once that decision IS made, nearly every shelter and hotel in a 150 mile radius will be booked solid – leaving very few (if any) options.

But here’s the #1 reason I hear the most…

5. “I’m too old/disabled/set in my ways to leave.”

Many residents simply don’t see leaving their home as an option.

For some, it’s truly NOT an option.

Senior citizens… disabled persons… people who are unable to leave because they’re caring for someone who can’t travel.

And of course there are always a good handful of cranky “Get off my lawn!” types who refuse to let Mother Nature get the best of them, right?

Now, Compare These Reasons To The Death Toll…

So far, about half of the deaths attributed to Hurricane Florence are from residents who are over 60 and stayed behind.

But it’s not just the “older” folks…

A 3-month old and a 7-month old from a separate family are among those whose parents didn’t feel like evacuating with a very young child was an option… and suffered the consequences as wind-blown trees crushed the children inside their home.

Then there are those who thought they had “a good plan” for sticking it out…

Like the couple who prepared for the expected loss of electricity by purchasing a generator… and ran it inside their home until they died of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Look, natural disasters are NOT the easiest thing for most people to prepare for.

Most don’t give it any thought at all until it’s already too late.

And then there’s the expense of getting all that gear and supplies together – for some “event” that might never even happen, right?

I hear you.

But preparing for a disaster (or ANY crisis that can affect your local area) does NOT have to be difficult NOR expensive.

I’ve learned several “survival tricks” over the years.

Some are from my days in the military (believe it or not, prepping for a disaster is very similar to prepping for a combat mission!).

And some strategies I learned the hard way as a devastating flood came crashing through my small Texas town in the middle of the night, dragging a dozen of my local townsfolk into our tiny river to their deaths, including two young children as they held tight to their mother.

I swore that day that I was going to do everything I could to show people the REAL way to put together a survival plan – and without them going broke in the process.

That’s why I wrote the “Survival Gear Secrets” Report, and that’s also why I give it away for FREE.

Look, don’t make the same mistake that so many others make and just put things off until “later”.

Procrastinators die.

Hate to be so blunt, but it’s just the damn truth.

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.

Survive In Place? Bug Out? Why Bugging Out “To The Wilderness”… Won’t Work!

Best Bugout Bag / Bugging Out Survival Kit Tip: Wilderness Fail

Jeff Anderson

We love to talk about bugging out here at MCS.

All that really refers to, though, is what you do in a short-term disaster scenario.

It refers to escaping the immediate danger and getting to somewhere more safe.

I’ve talked before about the very real events that can plunge us into a serious social chaos situation.

If one of those events occurs, you’ll need to bug out somewhere that you’ve planned out ahead of time.

Just leaving, just fleeing without a destination in mind, won’t work.

But a LOT of preppers seem to think they’re going to just go “to the wilderness” and get along fine, even long-term.

That’s a NO GO as far as survival plans are concerned.

Why Bugging Out “To The Wilderness”… Won’t Work!

Best Bugout Bag / Bugging Out Survival Kit Tip: Wilderness Fail
Best Bugout Bag / Bugging Out Survival Kit Tip: Wilderness Fail

The danger you face, and that your family faces, changes in a long-term collapse scenario like that.

Your groceries, your fuel, all those items you rely on and take for granted, all revolve around three-day resupply cycles.

If you get cut off from that resupply, if your local stores are cut off from that cycle, guess what happens?

There are no grocery stores.

There are no gas pumps.

There are no Wal-Marts or Targets open for business, because there is nothing to put on the shelves.

People start freaking out… and when they do, if you decide you’re going to bug out “to the wilderness” to survive, there are several reasons that’s not going to make your situation better:

1. Finding Enough Food Will Be A Problem

This is a common misconception because a lot of people figure that, because populated areas are a threat, they should go somewhere that is less populated.

Right?

Well, not necessarily.

Living the “pioneer lifestyle” in a truly remote area isn’t easy.

One of the biggest reasons this is true is that there simply isn’t much food to be found in truly remote areas.

You might be able to garden a little sure, depending on how far ahead you’ve planned to go to that retreat.

And yes, there may be some things for which you can hunt and forage.

In truly remote areas, though, food will be in relatively short supply, so while you may feel safer than in more populated areas, you may not be able to find enough food to feed your whole group once your stores are depleted.

2. Other People Will Have Had The Same Idea

Another reason that food and other resources will be in short supply in remote locations is that other people will have had the exact same idea.

That “remote” area could suddenly be full of other people, all of them looking for what they need to survive.

This happened during the Great Depression.

When people weren’t able to afford groceries, they had to find food.

So they went off hunting for more.

Areas that were formerly remote will suddenly be filled with refugees like this, all of them looking for the same resources you need.

That’s going to increase competition for what’s available and could leave you out of luck.

3. All Kinds Of Non-Food Resources Will Be In Short Supply

For the same reasons, there are all kinds of other resources that will be in short supply in remote areas after a crisis.

One of these is shelter.

There simply aren’t that many structures or natural areas where you’re going to find shelter.

The more remote the area, the worse this problem.

But that’s not the only shortage you’ll face.

Security, sanitation, and medical care are also in short supply the farther out you get.

When you really stop and think about it, then, simply fleeing to a remote area is not enough.

There is all kinds of planning, and all kinds of stockpiling (and hiding, and securing) of resources you’ll need to do ahead of time, if you’re going to weather a long-term survival scenario in the “wilderness.”

Start planning now, and start taking action now

…because if you wait until a disaster happens, it will be too late.

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I Want YOUR Bugout Bag Story!

Best Survival Kit / Best Bugout Bag Story

Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

If you’re like a lot of people reading this, you have a bugout bag – or even just some supplies that you eventually intend to put into a bugout bag.

Well, I’d like to know something.

Have you ever used those supplies, or that bag – or just thought you MIGHT have to?

See, I’m asking, because…

Best Survival Kit / Best Bugout Bag Story

I’m interested in the bugout bag stories our readers might have.

  • Have you had to REALLY use your BOB in an emergency?
  • Have you used your stored survival gear or food in some kind of potential crisis?
  • Were you in a situation that you thought you might need those supplies… that turned out to be a false alarm?

You don’t have to have spent a few hours sitting on your roof during a flood, a riot, or a wildfire.

Maybe you just decided to evacuate your home to avoid an emergency – justified or not.

I’m interested in what I can learn from your bugout bag experience – and I just might want to interview you about it.

I’ve set up a contact form on this page of my website.

All you have to do is go there, tell me your bugout bag story, enter your contact information, and submit it privately.

We get so much mail from things like this that I can’t respond to everybody individually, but if your story sounds like something I’d like to learn more about, I just might use that contact information to reach out to you to interview you.

(Don’t worry – I won’t use the information you put into that form for anything else.)

So, do you have a bugout bag experience that you’d like other people to know about?

Click this link and fill out the form to share your story with me!

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Please Use The Form And Add Your Additional Comments Below…