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

Jeff Anderson

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

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

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

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

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

3 Tips For Fortifying Your Property!

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

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

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

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

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

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

There's just too much space there.

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

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

That brings us to our first tip…

1. Creating And Exploiting Choke Points

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

You can also make those choke points.

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

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

That kind of mass will stop a vehicle.

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

2. Mind Your Windows And Doors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All of these tactics are intended to buy you time.

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

3. Sandbags

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Even just a little can help provide needed cover.

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

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

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Martial Law: (Almost) Everything I Need To KnowI Learned From Pot-Smokers

Cheech And Chong Martial Law Avoidance

They're everywhere…  in the sky overhead… on the street corners… watching your every move.

It's like they read your very thoughts…

No, they're not space aliens; they're soldiers – soldiers wearing the uniform and the flag of your very own country… and in a pandemic, disaster zone, or all-out collapse, overzealous peacekeepers could take be a hassle to you and your family.

They might even confiscate your weapons or other survival supplies during a period of “martial law.”

Your best survival advice for a collapse isn't to scream out “Come And Take It” to the authorities on the street!

(They will.)

It's to master the ability to avoid detection and interrogation in the first place.

And for that, there are some very knowledgeable experts you can turn to for advice…

What Pot-Smokers Know About Avoiding
Martial Law That You Don't…

Cheech Evading Martial Law

With more isolated states and locales legalizing or decriminalizing marijuana, police in neighboring municipalities have become more aggressive in trying to catch folks crossing in and out of their territory to buy pot.

Those folks have learned a thing or two about how to deal with these roadblocks and stops – and here are a few of their most coveted strategies many have learned the hard way that you can use to avoid a martial law interrogation in a collapse:

Don't Get “Guilty Eyes”

Police look for your eyes to give you away.

That's one of the ways cops always seem to know when someone is lying.  

When you notice authorities and military scanning the area or at checkpoints, don't avoid making eye contact… but don't stare, either.

Just acknowledge their presence with a natural, casual glance and in your head (not out loud), say the words, “I'm glad you're here”.  

This will subliminally be communicated in your facial expression (without you even trying) and send the subconscious signal that you're not a threat.

Feign Lack Of Interest

If you're around soldiers or law enforcement, break out your phone and appear to be having a friendly discussion with someone.

Smile.

It will appear to the guard that you're not worried at all, and people have a built-in programming not to interrupt others so this could subconsciously avert their attention to others.

Stop Your Blabbing

So you're walking down the street with a baggie of weed in your pocket and a cop stops you to ask the standard questions – who are you… where are you coming from… where are you going… 

You think, “Shit! I’m totally screwed! But maybe if I’m really nice, he'll let me go.” so you blab on like a polite choirboy under the delusion that you can charm your way out of a stop.

You know who volunteers too much information and answers every question with an elaborate story?

People who are lying, that's who.

If you're stopped, don't be overly talkative.

Keep it relaxed and normal… or as close to normal as possible.

We don't like to think that martial law is a possibility, but people living in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, or citizens in Boston during the Boston bombing investigation, quickly learned otherwise… as did almost ALL of us after the current pandemic hit.

You don't want to get caught unprepared by the authorities during one of these times.

When we held a private survival strategy-sharing conference a few years back with nearly 5,000 preppers, martial law was one of the areas everyone thought needed to be covered.

The question is… are you as prepared to deal with law enforcement and military during a pandemic and/or after a collapse – when the rules of law and justice get blurred?

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MCS 291 – Pandemic Prepping Update

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

“Coronavirus.”

COVID-19.

The “Wuhan Flu.”

People keep arguing about what it's called.

But it's STILL a global pandemic that is changing our world as we know it.

Right now, people don't realize how serious it is.

We're about to learn some powerful lessons.

I've been talking to some “insider contacts.”

What's coming is going to be serious… but you CAN get ready for it.

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:

  • The critical mistake most Americans are making right now when it comes to the pandemic.
  • What more states will start doing as infection numbers increase.
  • What “martial law” really means, and what we should expect!
  • Why there is a “global chess match” coming in the world economy… and why our enemies have an advantage in that.
  • The simple steps you and your family should be taking RIGHT NOW to prepare… while you still can!

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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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic: 5 Rules

The WHO has released a series of recommendations for the current COVID-19 “Coronavirus” pandemic.

You know me…

…I don't just blindly accept what governments and the “powers that are” tell me.

These, however, are very sensible.

More importantly, I think having some simple rules they can follow helps give people guidance during a trying time like this one.

So…

Let's All “Do The Five” During The Pandemic

1. Wash Your Hands

Washing your hands with soap and water (not hand sanitizer) is the most effective way to physically remove germs from your hands.

Frequent hand washing is therefore one of the best ways to help prevent infection.

It's not a guarantee, but good hygiene is always the front line defense for this type of problem.

2. Cough Into Your Elbow

When I was a kid, they taught us to cough into our hands.

This helps you not to cough on other people… but it covers your hands in germs, and then you spread those to whatever you touch.

Kids today are taught to cough into their elbows, because of course you don't use your elbow to touch anything (and especially not your “elbow pit”).

Break yourself of the habit of coughing into your hand, and learn to do this instead.

3. Don't touch your face.

For me, this is the hardest one.

We simply don't think of how often we touch our faces.

If you have germs on your hands, touching your face and especially rubbing your eyes can help transmit infection INTO YOU.

Learn to focus on this and keep your hands in your pockets if you can't stop nervously touching things.

4. Stay 1 meter (3 feet/1 yard) from everyone.

This is part of the “social distancing” that everyone is talking about.

The closer you are to strangers, the greater the chance they can transmit infection to you.

Stay at least a meter (1 yard, or 3 feet) away from everyone else in public.

Don't let them touch you and don't get any closer than that.

Especially for those in big cities, this will be harder for some than others.

Just treat it as the goal to work toward, and do your best.

5. Stay home if you're sick.

If you're not feeling well, chances are good (in terms of probability) that you DON'T have COVID-19.

The thing is, if you go to the hospital at the first sign of mild illness, you run the risk of helping clog up emergency rooms during the pandemic…

…while also exposing yourself to the illness.

If your symptoms are mild, stay home and monitor yourself closely.

Avoid contact with absolutely everyone to the extent that you can.

Understand that you are now a risk — and don't take it personally when people don't want to be around you.

If your symptoms start to get worse, THAT is the time to get medical attention.

Do NOT, however, just march into the emergency room exposing everyone else to the potential illness.

Instead, contact your local health provider and get instructions as far as how you should proceed to get assistance with a possible infection.

They'll be able to tell you the protocol they're following for suspected cases… so you can minimize contact with others.

That's it.

That's 5 simple rules.

Let's all do our best to follow them as the starting point for coping with pandemic.

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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.

Get prepared now while there's time.

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

Chinese Coronavirus - Wuhan Flu (Kung Flu)

Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

The news has been terrifying.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It's influenza.

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

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

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

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

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

So, why does that matter?

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

And no one is talking about this!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Now here's where things get really scary…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Get prepared now while there's time.

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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.

What's YOUR Survival Plan? Where Will YOU Bug Out To?

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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!

Do YOU Have A Bugout Bag Story To Share?

Please Use The Form And Add Your Additional Comments Below…

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

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

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

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

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

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

You're going to get tired.

You're going to start leaving gear behind.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Resources Mentioned In This Podcast:

What Are Your Top 3 Takeaways From This Podcast?

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Wilderness VS. Urban Survival

It's easy to frame a wilderness survival situation as “you vs. the world”.

Many people think of “survival” in those terms – living off the land… avoiding everyone… and generally staking out your territory while waiting for the collapse to blow over.

But thinking this way will drastically change your “threat matrix” in how you plan to survive depending on whether you're in a wilderness vs. urban survival scenario.

Let's talk about a couple of examples, okay?

Wilderness VS. Urban Survival

MCS On Wildneress Versus Urban Survival
Modern Combat And Survival Offers Tips On Wilderness VS. Urban Survival

Here's one:

Alone in the wilderness, a bright fire will keep you warm, keep bugs away, and deter 4-legged predators… in urban areas, it will attract “2-legged” predators to your location.

Shooting your firearm in the woods for food won't likely attract attention… in urban areas, it can draw authorities and/or looters to confiscate or steal your weapons.

In remote areas, you can more easily be self-reliant, while in urban settings, you will be forced to deal with other people – both friend and foe.

In fact, one of the biggest factors that will determine your long-term survival in an urban survival scenario is how well you're able to interact with other people.

  • Do you know how to make “strategic friends” easily?
  • Are you skilled at exchanging your goods and services with others?
  • Can you do it so that you'll get as good of a deal as possible and still be able to trade with that person again in the future?
  • Have you acted in a way that will cause people to WANT to help you when you need help?

It's trickier to pull these off than you may think – especially during times when the people around you are stressed, unprepared, and not always trustworthy.

You don't want to be one of them… and you don't have to be if you understand how survival gear SHOULD work.

Consider your “people plan” now.

What Are Your Best Quick, Informative Survival Tips? What Have YOU Learned About Survival and Survival Gear?

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