3 Tips For Staying Safe While Scavenging For Survival!

Survival Scavenging Safety Tips
Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

If a society-wide emergency plunges us into chaos, you and your family will be on your own,  with only the supplies that you have stockpiled and the preparations you’ve managed to make before everything went to hell.

One way you can extend your stores, though, is to get what you can find from the world around.

That isn’t always easy… and it’s often very dangerous.

I spoke with survival expert Jake Sepulveda about how to stay safe when scavening for survival, and here is a summary of what he told me.

3 Tips For Staying Safe While Scavenging For Survival!

Survival Scavenging Safety Tips
Survival Scavenging Safety Tips
Jake Sepulveda
Jake Sepulveda

Why do you need to scavenge?

To put it simply, you just can’t have everything.

It’s impossible to have a place to put it all.

So thinking that you’re prepared for every eventuality, and thinking that you’ve got all the supplies you need, and not having the ability and the foresight to plan for what happens when you don’t — because there will be a time when you don’t — could end up getting you killed.

But scavenging itself could ALSO get you hurt or killed.

It’s a dangerous world out there, and in an emergency or survival scenario, it’s only going to get worse.

I like to use what I call the “3 Ps” to stay safe.

These are partners, pause, and precaution.

Tip #1: Have Partners

Partners are difficult in survival situations if it’s not somebody you know, because you don’t know how much you can trust them.

Even then, if you do know them, there are certain breaking points people have.

But the benefit of a second set of eyes is almost immeasurable, especially if you’re occupied doing something.

Having that person who can watch over your shoulder and watch your back and listen while you focus on a task is fantastic.

I think it’s a must for pretty much anybody, because they’ll at least sense or see a danger coming, and at least warn you about it.

Tip #2: Pause While Scavenging

Pausing, even if you’re with another partner, is taking a moment every now and then to stand and look around you.

It’s taking time to take in your surroundings and really identify what’s happening in your immediate area that is really important.

You can’t afford to focus too hard on scavenging itself.

If you get too caught up in your focus on what you’re doing, you’re going to lose sight of everything else that’s happening around you.

Then anything from a human enemy to just a dangerous environmental condition, like a collapsing ceiling in a damaged building, could end up taking you out.

Tip #3: Use Precaution

Precaution is just being careful.

When you’re scavenging you don’t necessarily want to go to a huge department store for your supplies.

Yes, they’ll probably have lots of stuff that you could use in there, but a lot of other people are probably going to be there as well.

If you’re grabbing something that somebody else wants, there isn’t a whole lot that they would hold back to get that thing from you.

So being cautious and being aware of the places that you plan on scavenging, or that you see as an opportunity in the moment, and just taking in the scenery and having that second pair of eyes… these are all-important factors.

The other thing is that if a family member of mine or one of my team didn’t come back, the natural reaction, especially if you’re in a close-knit survival team, is we’ve got to go out and find out what happened, we’ve got to find them.

That’s not a good prospect because then everybody’s kind of roaming around trying to find one another.

So it seems that having a partner with you has a lot of different benefits to it as well.

You also have to watch out for natural hazards, not just people.

When you’re out there you’ve got to be cautious because if it’s a true collapse type of situation, an injury that you would normally go to urgent care to or go to the hospital for could easily kill you.

Risks you would think nothing of taking in a world where you can just call 911 become impossible when you don’t have that option.

You’ve definitely got to keep in mind that if something goes wrong, whether it’s a bee sting that you’re allergic to, a snake bite, or a twisted ankle… these are things that can put you out of action or give you an infection.

Even minor injuries can become life-or-death scenarios when there is no medical care to be had.

It can come back to your pride.

If you are doing something just because you think, “Well, I’ll just brute force through it,” that’s not always a good choice.

If you can drop that machismo and realize that sometimes it’s good to step back and start on a smaller project, you can avoid a lot of serious injury and downtime.

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Rally Your Family In An Emergency: Survive An “Instant Disaster”

Rally Your Family In An Emergency: Survive An "Instant Disaster"
Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

One of our biggest concerns as preppers is, what if an event happens and I’m not near my family?

Because that’s most likely what’s going to happen.

You’re going to be at work (once this pandemic is over).

Your spouse is going to be out, either at work, running errands, or whatever (once people do that again).

The kids are going to be at school (once schools open up again).

If an emergency happens, how do we rally our families when the grid is down, when the cell phones aren’t working, and your loved ones are separated from you and from your survival location?

I talked to survival expert Jonathan Hollerman about this issue, and here is a summary of the advice he gave me.

How To Rally Your Family Together In An “Instant Disaster”!

Rally Your Family In An Emergency: Survive An "Instant Disaster"
Rally Your Family In An Emergency: Survive An “Instant Disaster”
Jonathan Hollerman

You’d be surprised to learn just how many people are prepared.

They have food stores, they have water, they have purifiers.

But they never focus on different scenarios, especially if they’re separated from those supplies.

Communication is the key!

You’ve got to plan it out ahead of time.

Here are three tips for rallying your family in an emergency:

1. Have A Written Plan Of Action For Multiple Scenarios

The first thing you have to do is make a plan and WRITE IT DOWN.

Writing down the plan makes it possible to refine it and to teach it to all the members of your family.

Don’t just pay lip-service to it.

For every likely issue you might encounter, have a written plan.

Consider what could come up and plan out your family’s response to it.

Do NOT have a family conference about it, however.

The heads of the household should draw up the plan and and share it with the dependents.

This isn’t a vote.

It’s a plan that you impart to your dependents.

2. Know Your Kids’ Plans

Because you can’t predict when an emergency will occur, you have to be flexible.

If your family isn’t together when an emergency takes place, you have to know where to find your loved ones and plan ahead for what they’ll do.

This will allow you to react accordingly.

For example, what will your kids’ school(s) do in an emergency?

How will you get your kids home, and where can you expect to find them?

Understand how those logistics will work and plan it out.

That way, you can work to get all your family members together in the same place based on the starting points they’ll each have.

3. Have a Fallback Plan

You know that old saying, “no plan survives first contact with the enemy?”

Well, every plan can go wrong.

Most of them will, in fact.

You’ve got to plan ahead for when things go wrong, because in an emergency, anything that CAN go wrong probably will, and at the worst possible time (as Mr. Murphy likes to say).

Make sure you have a fallback plan if all else fails, or if the emergency scenario doesn’t fit any of your other drawn-up plans.

As part of this, you must have a specific rally point.

That rally point allows you to know that, no matter what else, there is one specific place to find your family members in an emergency.

But your family can’t get to the rally point if they don’t know what it is, and they aren’t certain they’re supposed to go.

As in all things, plan out your family’s survival BEFORE an emergency strikes!

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Bugging Out: Where To Plan Your Survival Retreat In A Forced Evacuation

Jeff Anderson

With everyone “sheltering in place” during the pandemic, it can be tempting to forget that sometimes, you have no choice BUT to leave your home.

Now is a great time to plan WHERE you would go if your home became too dangerous to stay in… because, over and over again, we’ve told you something you HAVE to understand about bugging out for survival.

It’s not enough just to flee!

In fact, I’ve talked before about the very real events that can plunge us into a serious social chaos situation, which could prompt you to bug out.

(You know, like a global pandemic, hint, hint?)

If one of those events occurs, you need to get gone… but you have to have somewhere to go TO.

Just leaving, just fleeing without a destination in mind, won’t work…. but how do you choose where to go?

You need to consider…

Bugging Out: Where To Plan Your Survival Retreat In A Forced Evacuation

Bugout Survival Retreat Evacuation Planning

Leaving without a destination in mind turns you into a refugee, not a survivor.

This means you’ll have planned a survival retreat ahead of time.

When considering where to locate that survival retreat, though, there are a bunch of things you need to think about.

Some of them are “counter-intuitive.”

For example…

Is The Travel Distance Feasible?

First of all, you have to be able to get to that retreat location.

Who knows what threats are going to be there along the way, no matter what route you take?

  • There could be poor resources in certain areas.
  • There could be civil unrest in certain areas.
  • If the distance is too long, you won’t be able to reach your retreat.

You really want to start with looking at a 75 to 150 mile radius from where you currently live.

So if you have to leave your home, you’re looking at worst case scenario a quarter to a half a tank of fuel, because you don’t know what you’re going to have in your vehicle.

Having NO Civilization May Not Be An Option

When you’re looking at that location, you want to look at what resources you have nearby to be able to sustain yourself.

That means you want to look at a topographical map.

  • It will show you where maybe state parks are.
  • In state parks there could be more game there.
  • There’s usually fishing there.

You are looking for something that is out of the way that people are not going to think to travel to.

  • But does it have water available?
  • Is there going to be game there that you might be able to hunt? Are there fishing locations?
  • Or is there even a place, if it’s a longer term stay, where you might be able to garden?
  • How is the soil there?

These are all things you have to think about for long-term survival.

You Need SOME Resources Nearby!

You obviously don’t want to be near a major population if you can avoid it, right?

You want to try and stay away from any major urban population because people are going to eventually start to branch out from those urban populations.

Then you have a bunch of clueless, desperate, panicked people out there that could take your stuff, stumble across you, or whatever.

So you want to be as far away from major population as possible – at least one full gas tank away from a major urban area.

You DO want some resources nearby, though, like a hospital or urgent care, a hardware store for supplies, and even something as basic as cell phone and even Internet service.

You might be able to use cash or even bartering, whatever it might be, to be able to go and get resources.

You will also need to resupply food from this area, so you do want to be near some sort of a smaller population.

Small town residents are used to being more self-sufficient, and that may play into your thinking as well.

The point is, there are a lot of factors to consider… and you can’t afford to make these decisions on the fly.

Do your planning NOW while you have the opportunity.

When an emergency hits, it will be too late.

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Bugging Out: Is Your Bugout Survival Vehicle Missing These 4 Critical Items?

Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

You’ve seen it in countless survival and disaster movies:

Volcanoes are erupting, great chasms are opening up in the Earth, and fire, brimstone, and plagues of frogs are raining down from the sky.

But don’t worry; here comes the hero, Strongjaw McHandsomeface, riding to the rescue in his pimped out monster truck complete with roof rack, snorkel, and mounted fifty-caliber machineguns!

But do the movies REALLY tell you what you should be carrying in your bug-out vehicle?

Recently I spoke with expert Ryan Lee Price about the critical bug-out vehicle gear he recommends.

Here is a summary of what he told me.

Is Your Bugout Vehicle Missing These 4 Critical Survival Items?

Bugging Out: Bugout Vehicle Survival Gear
Ryan Lee Price

There isn’t a prepper on the planet who hasn’t fantasized about creating the ultimate bugout vehicle to see him through the zombie hordes and safely to his survival retreat.

But do you really know what you THINK you know about bugout vehicles and equipment?

People often overlook whether their bug out vehicle can physically reach its destination.

You have to be able to get there physically or there’s no point in going.

If your vehicle can’t handle the terrain physically, you’re stuck and worse off.

If it breaks down, you’re again stuck and worse off.

What this means is, you have to be able to take care of the vehicle itself.

This requires you to carry certain items to maintain the vehicle and get you out of trouble.

1. Air Pumps And Jacks

Your bug-out vehicle is only as good as its tires.

If you can’t roll, you can’t get where you’re going.

Most of us don’t have run-flat tires.

That means you’ve got to have the ability to maintain and replace your tires.

An air pump, like the kind that connects to your car’s electrical system, can be invaluable, especially if you have a slow leak and you’re miles from help.

Having a jack and a tire iron to replace your tire and put on the spare is also critical.

You would be amazed how many people are driving around without these.

2. Critical Fluids

If your car runs out of fuel, you won’t be getting anywhere.

If it runs out of oil, it will seize up.

If it runs out of coolant for the radiator, it will overheat.

All of these are things you can be carrying with you just in case.

Keep in mind, though, that in the case of gas you can’t just throw a gas can in the back seat.

It’s best to keep fuel outside of the vehicle, such as on a tow rack on the back, to prevent fumes from accumulating inside the vehicle.

Having these critical fluids on hand could save you when the alternative is breaking down.

3. Jumper Cables and a Siphon Pump

If you aren’t carrying a siphon pump or transfer pump, you should be.

These don’t take up that much room.

They give you the ability to take fuel from broken down cars that might still have gas in them.

They also make it possible to transfer water quickly from one container to another.

(Obviously, you wouldn’t use the same pump for both things in that order.)

Jumper cables are another item that lets you essentially “transfer electricity” from one vehicle to another.

And just like jacks and tire irons, you would be surprised how many people don’t have jumper cables in case their batteries die.

4. Traction Mats And Tow Cables

Vehicles can get stuck even if there’s nothing wrong with them.

Keeping a tow cable in your vehicle makes it possible for someone who isn’t stuck to pull you free.

This may or may not work depending on how badly stuck the vehicle is.

In some cases, a traction mat might help.

These, too, don’t take up a lot of space in the car.

Throwing down a traction mat can make it possible for the wheels to gain enough traction to get you out of a tough spot.

It works on the same principle as throwing down cat litter, or even a plank, when your tires are swamped in soft ground, snow, or mud.

The items listed here are all very important.

You should be carrying them if you aren’t already.

They don’t add up to much additional cargo, but they can really help prevent you from breaking down.

Keep that in mind.

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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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Bugout Tip (From Gov’t) For WROL And SHTF Disasters: ARM YOURSELF!

Bugout Tip (From Gov't) For WROL And SHTF Disasters: ARM YOURSELF!

“You can’t eat bullets.”

“All those guns won’t save you from a fire or an earthquake.”

“Why are you so paranoid?”

These are all things some people like to say to armed citizens when it comes to survival in a natural disaster or other emergency (like the current COVID-19 pandemic).

Now, look, I get the point these folks are trying to make.

No, weapons should not be your ONLY priority in an emergency.

But you also don’t DARE ignore them, because now…

Even The Government Says To Arm Yourself In A Disaster!

Bugout Tip (From Gov't) For WROL And SHTF Disasters: ARM YOURSELF!
Bugout Tip (From Gov’t) For WROL And SHTF Disasters: ARM YOURSELF!

Your government isn’t exactly known for being on the “cutting edge” of preparing for a disaster:

They left a fleet of buses to be buried in flood water in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina.

They left thousands of bottles of water to sit, unused, during disaster recovery efforts in Puerto Rico

And they complained that it simply didn’t have the resources to help people (seriously – FEMA. bureaucrats said this after Hurricane Maria)!

But now, the same people who famously confiscated guns from law-abiding citizens after Hurricane Katrina have changed their tune.

Specifically, more and more state governments are recognizing the REAL danger in a natural disaster.

What is that danger?

It’s other people.

Lawmakers in Texas, last year, approved a new bill that lets legal gun owners carry handguns in public for up to a week after a natural disaster.

It passed in a very close vote, and the lawmakers argued about it a LOT before passing it.

An article in the The New Republic said…

According to a summary, bill supporters don’t want to be “forced to leave handguns behind in vehicles or homes, where they could be at risk from looters.” [emphasis added]

The bill is a step in the right direction, but what it DOESN’T include is just as important:

The bill doesn’t require relief shelters to let in people who are armed.

In other words, if you’re an armed citizen and you intend to stay armed in a natural disaster…

…You’re on your own!

What Laws Like This Mean For Your Survival

If more and more states – the same people who haven’t exactly been quick to look out for you in the past – are recognizing the danger of natural disasters…

…you’re already behind the curve if you aren’t getting ready for this.

(Especially given all the attacks on gun sales and your gun rights that have happened since the pandemic started.)

Whether it’s a home-leveling hurricane, a raging forest fire, an earthquake, a flood… it ISN’T the disaster itself that your government is now worrying about.

It’s what comes AFTER the disaster, when innocent victims are preyed on by looters and other “human threats.”

Understanding the danger of looters and an increase in crime (which is exactly what happened after Hurricane Katrina turned New Orleans into a crime-ridden war zone) is the ONLY reason your state government would urge you to arm yourself in an emergency.

The problem has gotten so bad that state governments are flip-flopping from taking guns…

…to telling you you’d better make sure to have one, because “ain’t nobody gonna help ya!”

I talk about this in-depth in in my best-selling bug out bag manual.

The time to prepare ISN’T when danger is forcing you out your front door…

…or when it’s desperately trying to break in to get at your and your family.

Start arming… and preparing… now, while you can.

It could save your life.

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SHTF & WROL Survival Bartering: The 3 Biggest Myths

Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

The movie in most people’s mind goes something like this:

The dollar is dead and civilization has collapsed, and even if you dare venture out to the supermarket or the local Walmart there’s not going to be anything on the shelves for you to buy.

But your wife and kids are complaining that supplies are getting low.

So what do you do?

One way to get the supplies you need is through survival bartering – and for a lot of us, trading for what we need became very, very real when the panic buying over COVID-19 emptied out the store shelves.

(I STILL can’t find toilet paper anywhere.)

Not long ago I spoke with survival expert Pat Henry about this survival bartering, and he told me there are three major misconceptions that people have about it.

Here’s a run-down of those three items.

The 3 Biggest Myths About Survival Bartering In A Collapse

Survival Bartering For WROL/SHTF Trading
Pat Henry
Pat Henry

Especially in disasters, things will get bad fast (as we’ve all seen now during the pandemic).

Those supply lines, where trucks bring in food to grocery stores and things like that?

Well, even FEMA sometimes can’t get the materials they need to be able to get.

That’s when people really start to get nervous and jittery about what they’re going to do for long-term supply.

But it’s that long-term disaster – one that goes 60 days and beyond –  when you really start looking at a new way of living.

At that point, especially if money isn’t really good anymore, that’s where bartering really becomes even more important.

You might do things to help your neighbors for free early on, because you’re a neighborly person.

But once it looks like this is the way life could possibly be for an extended period of time, that’s where you really start getting into what goods do you have, what services can you trade… things like that.

There are a lot of misconceptions, because I think there’s a lot of this fantasy stuff out there on the Internet.

Let’s summarize, then, the three biggest myths about survival bartering:

Myth #1: The Stores Will (Still) Be Open

People think they’re going to be able to go into their local store with a different form of currency like their bartering supplies.

Or they think there’ll be some kind of Mad Max Bartertown market set up.

That could happen, I guess, but it’s not going to happen for a very long time.

When there is no economy whatsoever, people do talk.

Therefore, that’s what you’ve got to take advantage of.

Maybe you hang up some fliers, and everybody knows that on a certain date at a certain location, everybody brings what they have to trade.

I can certainly see barter markets opening up eventually, but that takes time to establish.

Just understand that at first, there will be no rules and no one will know how to do it, because we’ll all be in uncharted territory.

That brings me to…

Myth #2: Trades Will Be Fair

Another myth about survival bartering is that people think trading will always be fair.

They think you can just walk into a trade and you’ll have an idea of the real value of the trade items.

“I’ll give you six .22 cartridges for four eggs,” you’ll say to the guy, or something like that.

But you won’t always know, necessarily, what the fair value for a trade is.

You might end up giving away too much to get too little, because nobody knows how to trade early on, and everyone’s going to be worried about giving too much to get too little.

It will take a lot of time to set up a trade system and a list of values that everyone is comfortable with.

Along the way, you may end up on the losing end of several trades, or you may end up inadvertently taking advantage of other people… people who will remember getting ripped off.

Myth #3: You’ll Have ANYTHING That People Want

A lot of people store stuff thinking it will be useful for barter later.

That’s all well and good, but your barter items are only as good as the value someone else places on them.

It’s like our currency.

If there’s no value on the dollar, nobody’s going to give you anything for a dollar.

If you go to Bartertown with ten thousand Beanie Baby toys, nobody’s going to give you a single .22 cartridge for something like that.

If all you have are trade items nobody needs, and for which there is no shortage, they’re not going to trade for it.

Remember: Survival bartering is all about supply and demand.

It comes down to what you have.

The worst time to prepare is AFTER a disaster happens.

Start looking right now at what you would have to trade with if it comes to that during these troubled times.

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Machete Combat: When Guns Are Banned, These Are The Weapon Of Choice

machete combat for SHTF / WROL
Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

The machete is a weapon of mass destruction.

It’s a weapon of genocide.

It has been used to kill and maim thousands of people.

And that’s why you need to train with it.

Wait, what?

No, I haven’t lost my mind… and I’m not trying to be dramatic.

But the fact is, the machete is a much bigger deal, as a weapon, than you might think it is…

Why The Machete Is The Go-To Weapon Of Collapse And Social Chaos

machete combat for SHTF / WROL
machete combat for SHTF / WROL

You may not realize it, but the machete has been used to take countless lives – notably, in massacres like the Rwandan genocide.

(This was dramatized in an unspecified African nation in the movie Beasts Of No Nation, where the image above comes from.)

There are 3 reasons it’s so popular as a primary weapon, not a backup, in third world nations – places where the “rule of law” is nonexistent and the strongest, most violent people rule:

  • It’s simple – with no moving parts – which means even third-world child soldiers, not to mention roving death squads, can use it and keep using it.
  • It’s powerful, with the leverage necessary to sever limbs and remove heads.
  • It’s terrifying, striking fear in the hearts of those who see gangs equipped with machetes.

Just a few years ago, in fact, “scores” of people were hacked to death by men using machetes, in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Hundreds of civilians were killed during that particular burst of violence in 2016.

“But Jeff,” you may be thinking, “that’s happening in the Third World. It’s not like that here.”

Well, no – not yet, it isn’t.

But in the UK, an industrialized nation that is very similar to the United States in a lot of respects, they’re seeing multiple machete attacks every single day.

Their street gangs have embraced the machete as the weapon of choice.

“But Jeff,” you may also be thinking. “That’s because guns are banned in the UK.”

Well, sure – but here in the States, the violent gang MS-13 has ALSO embraced the machete as their favored weapon, specifically because the level of brutality it involves helps the gang spread terror.

See, we all think we live in the industrialized “First World,” but we’re all only a few days of power outage away from riots in the streets – and the type of WROL (Without Rule Of Law), s–t hits the fan collapse that turns those streets into a bloody nightmare.

Whether they ban guns or not, you can bet that gangs and street criminals with machetes are going to come out of the woodwork in a “collapse” scenario, with police and medical personnel stretched too thin to patrol the streets.

The street criminals know their machetes don’t depend on ammo – so even if authorities suspend ammo sales during a crisis, the gangs won’t be affected.

And while more and more cities have those fancy gunshot detectors to bring police to areas where firearms go off, machetes are silent – and even deadlier than firearms within arms’ reach.

That means that if there’s even a temporary collapse of order here in North America, it could be only a matter of days before thugs with machetes are roaming freely, preying on the weak.

Can you imagine your family hiding in fear behind you, while you face just 2, 3, 4, or more machete-wielding predators?

The ONLY thing that would save you be a technique that I teach in my Advanced Combat Machete course.

It’s a method that can be used (and has been used) to fight off multiple attackers… and it’s EASY to learn.

I can show you how to master the machete and other survival weapons here

Using these techniques, you could literally take on a dozen or more armed attackers – and it’s one of the most fun lesson we go over in our annual “Combat Machete Camps”.

It’s all in there, so unless you want to be helpless when the s— hits the fan, the rule of law collapses, and big blades rule the streets… well, it just might be time for you to get trained up with your OWN machete.

It WILL be your preferred weapon in a collapse, something you can rely on even when your ammo runs out (or your guns are banned).

Don’t wait until things get that bad, though – learn to protect your family NOW.

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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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SHTF / WROL Survival: Could A “Zombie” Outbreak Threaten YOUR Town?

Zombie Outbreak Survival Lessons
Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

You’ve seen the television shows like “The Walking Dead” and movies like “World War Z.”

If you’re like me, you’ve wondered: Even though zombies aren’t real, plenty of real-life emergencies look a LOT like a zombie outbreak.

Remember the Ebola scare?

Or Coronavirus now?

That got me thinking: just how real is the “zombie threat,” and what can this possibility teach us?

Recently I talked to zombie enthusiast and survival expert Jake Sepulveda about the reality of an outbreak and, even though the “zombie” thing has kind of come and gone among survivalists, I think there are some still some relevant lessons.

Here is what Jake had to tell me.

What Can The “Zombie Threat” Teach Us?

Zombie Outbreak Survival Lessons
Zombie Outbreak Survival Lessons
jake-sepulveda
Jake Sepulveda

There are a lot of myths behind zombies.

People automatically think “undead” like in “World War Z” or something similar, but that’s not the reality.

If you look at virology and the way viruses mutate and move, the way they evolve, you can see…

….that we quite possibly do have something to be very afraid of.

Viruses Are Terrifying

In a real emergency, you won’t be facing zombies… but you WILL be facing people who have very real zombie-like symptoms caused by an illness or even a drug.

Turn on your television.

Read the news.

There are zombie-like attacks, such as that rash of “bath salts” attacks not so long ago, that look an awful lot like something you see in a zombie thriller.

Who Are The “Zombies?”

There are different “zombie” types based on what is affecting the people in question.

  • Chemical zombies are people who have been exposed to a toxic chemical, radiation, or a nerve agent.
  • Parasite zombies are people who have been exposed to brain parasites that affect their behavior (there is a real-world fungus called Cordyceps that takes over the active parts of the brain in animals, making them behave strangely).
  • Drug zombies are people who have taken or been given drugs that alter their behavior, like bath salts.
  • Virus zombies are people who are sick, dangerous to your health, and possibly desperate, such as those with H1N1, Ebola, etc.

The Zombie Reality

The fact is, there are very real news stories involving people who attack other human beings and even eat flesh from their bodies.

We don’t know that this is likely to become an epidemic, and we know these people aren’t REALLY “zombies.”

Their behavior, however, makes them dangerous.

We must train to survive these real-life threats that look a lot like something from a horror movie.

THAT is the reality of the “zombie threat” in this, the real world.

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MCS 285 – Coronavirus: Should You Be Afraid?

Wuhan Coronavirus Pandemic - Should You Fear Virus SHTF/WROL Collapse?
Wuhan Coronavirus Pandemic - Should You Fear Virus SHTF/WROL Collapse?
Wuhan Coronavirus Pandemic – Should You Fear Virus SHTF/WROL Collapse?

Remember Ebola?

It was all our media talked about for weeks…

…and then, suddenly, it just disappeared.

But did the threat go away?

(You can bet it DIDN’T – we just stopped talking about!)

Now there’s a new threat that recently infected an entire cruise ship that stopped in Hong Kong:

The deadly Wuhan Coronavirus.

The Chinese built an entire hospital in just 10 days to handle the threat…

…and people are still DYING!

In this week’s podcast episode, Modern Combat & Survival’s Jeff Anderson explains what YOU can do to prepare for the Coronavirus pandemic threat.

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

  • The simple product that’s selling out in the United Kingdom…that you should be buying right now!
  • Why “feeding a cold” won’t solve your problem, but storing survival food just might.
  • The “white lie” you can tell that will help you stock up on vital medications before a pandemic outbreak.
  • How your government might work against you in a pandemic!
  • What you should be watching out for so that you have “early warning” of a societal collapse…

Pandemic illness is scary because it’s invisible and can get to you when you least expect it.

Don’t wait to prepare for this potentially deadly threat while there’s still time!

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