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    56 Items That You Should Stockpile In Your Easy Cellar

    By David Simpson

    Without water, your life expectancy is measured in days—and not many days at that. After three days, dehydration will be a huge problem, and death is almost certain after a week. Making sure you can stay supplied with water is a top survival priority.

    Unfortunately, the only water you can rely on is what you already have stored in your bunker. Even if the bunker has plumbing and your system draws water from a well, that’s likely to get contaminated by fallout within a few days of a nuclear attack. You need to have enough water stockpiled to get you through the initial period of high radiation.

    1. Water Containers 

    Aim to store, as a bare minimum, a gallon of water per day for each person who’ll be in the shelter. You need enough for at least two weeks, but if there’s room for more, that’s ideal. Water needs to be in sealed containers to keep contamination out. For normal storage, opaque or blue containers are best as a lot of microorganisms rely on sunlight to grow. If you’re storing your water in a bunker, that’s less important; sunlight won’t be reaching it.


    Portable containers are better than large barrels. Plastic army-issue five-gallon jerrycans are perfect; they’re tough, but they can be carried easily for short distances, and their rectangular shape is good for efficient storage. Plastic gasoline canisters are also good, but only use new ones that haven’t held fuel before.

    Bottled water works as an alternative, but it has some limits. On the positive side, it’s probably going to be cheaper than buying containers and filling them with tap water. As a baseline, assume that containers will cost you around $5 a gallon; you can get bottled water for less than half of that. It’s also easy to control and account for. Instead of measuring out daily drinking water rations, you can just hand everyone a bottle every morning.

    On the other hand, the bottles aren’t as robust as a military jerrycan. They’re not as tough as a canteen either. You can pick one up and take it with you when you go out, but it’s more likely to split than a one-quart GI canteen. Finally, heavy duty containers can be reused many times. A jerrycan will last for years—probably decades—unless you actually drop it off a cliff. That makes them valuable when you start collecting and purifying water.

    2. Filters

    No matter how much water you stockpile, eventually it’s going to run out. After spending two weeks in the bunker, you’re going to have to find a water supply, and then you’re going to have to purify it.


    Even if you have your own well, any water supply is potentially contaminated with nuclear fallout. Fallout can contain many different radioactive substances. Most of them are in the form of tiny particles that a filter will remove from water, and they won’t turn the water itself radioactive. However, at least one of them can dissolve in water—and that

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      Best 1911 9mm Pistol For The Money And For Sale Reviews

      By David Simpson

      You have run out of options, cornered in a dark alley three days after an electromagnetic pulse blasted the inner workings of every electronic device within 100 miles. Maneuvering, fleeing, reasoning, and diplomacy have all but fallen on the deaf ears of your would-be attackers.

      You reach for the one thing that will now speak for you, a model 1911, whose racking slide speaks the international language of authority. It means back up, leave me alone, let me pass.

      If not, it will blaze a trail of self-defense, leaving fist-sized holes in its wake. It is the 1911, one of the best examples of a handgun this country has ever offered.

      The Colt Government Model 1911 has been the most respected combat handgun in the world for over 100 years. Like the Colt Single Action Army (SAA), the pistol has great emotional attachment, along with a strong sense of history, but unlike the SAA, the Government Model is still on the front lines.

      The 1911 is currently more popular than ever, and the reason is an underlying excellence of design. The 1911 was a mature design when adopted by the US Army in 1911, as the pistol had been in development since 1898 or earlier. Longevity, versatility, and performance are hallmarks of John Moses Browning designs.

      On times of trouble, where do you turn? The automatic pistol, caliber .45, model 1911, s.S.Army is, in my opinion, the best pistol for home defense and general-purpose use. You can trust the model 1911 with your life in any kind of survival situation; the gun will defend you with totally reliable, one-shot stopping power against any threat, human or otherwise. Here’s why.

      1911 on the market today

      All 1911 handguns on the market today are not Colt pistols. There are a number of excellent handguns based on the 1911 design, including Kimber, SIG, and Springfield. Others brands are made cheaply to sell inexpensively.

      There is nothing wrong with a basic 1911 GI pistol as offered by Springfield Armory, but the potential for improvement is vast.
      Because of this, the 1911 can be called the Mr. Potato Head of hand- guns. Sights, the slide lock safety, the beaver-tail safety, and grip panels may be easily changed, and internal parts may be modified by those with experience and certifications.

      1911 Varieties

      The 1911 is available in other calibers including the 9mm, .38 ACP Super, and 10mm, but the original chambering, the .45 Automatic Colt Pistol, remains most popular. In a steel frame 1911, the .45 ACP cartridge is easily controllable for those that practice.

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        How To Prevent Mass Shootings At School

        By David Simpson

        His time, most of the victims were innocent young children. There were 26 dead, including 20 children, at the Sandy Hook elementary school in Connecticut that devastated the nation right before Christmas.

        These innocent children died in vain if we do not learn from this tragedy and work together to prevent the next one. The victims of mass violence serve as a warning to us all. We can no longer ignore the risks and continue to do the same things, expecting different results.

        In order to effectively manage future threats, we must be willing to think about the problem differently. These low probability—yet high consequence—events continue to occur and are a growing public concern.

        No place is immune to an active shooter attack, and no one knows when and where the next such terrorist attack will occur.

        Mass violence is a serious multifaceted challenge that transcends all politics, and no single approach in itself can stop these killers. The solution must include two key components: prevention and response.

        Prevention through detection

        The best way to mitigate risk is to prevent it from occurring in the first place, so law enforcement agencies have been diligently working on preventing the next attack.

        Important reports about preincident indicators among at-risk individuals have been published online by the United States Secret Service (USSS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). I urge everyone to read these free reports.

        Recognizing the signs of danger is essential to early intervention by school staff, parents and law enforcement and can prevent some of these attacks … but not all of them.

        Prevention through deterrence

        Perpetrators always attack the most vulnerable victims. It’s no coincidence, that whatever their motivation,mass murderers attack soft targets. What makes a school a particularly soft target for a mass shooting is its vulnerability due to the lack of defense capabilities (gun-free zone) and the large concentration of targets in the area (schools are what we in the military call a “target rich environment.”)

        Potential attackers know that they will be able to create many casualties due to the schools’ inability to immediately counter the assault. The only person armed in a school during such attacks is usually the killer. These inherent vulnerabilities of schools unfortunately increase the likelihood of future attacks.As a first step in improving security, it is highly recommended that every school assemble a Threat & Vulnerability Assessment (TVA) team and conduct a thorough assessment of the security on campus. Following the findings and recommendations of the TVA team, the school can then develop and implement a plan to improve campus security.

        There is no doubt that improving physical security can help deter or delay a violent intrusion, but it does not always work. There is no such thing as 100 percent security and risk can never be reduced to zero. We must be prepared to respond effectively when security fails and act swiftly to protect ourselves.

        Response: Outside intervention

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          How Safe Is My Neighborhood ? Follow My Tips For Selecting A House

          By David Simpson

          When looking to buy a new home, not all of us are fortunate enough to search for a tract of land that stands “off grid.” Proximity to work, airports, schools, hospitals, or ailing parents can be factors that restrict us to a more urban area — or perhaps you’re an irrepressible extrovert, requiring you to throw frequent parties for your hipster friends.

          Either way, if you search the web for assistance in house-hunting tips, you’ll find that same old crap — mortgage payments, market value, homeowner association dues, and utility bills seem to be the normal search results. Thanks, Google.

          Though all of this is important, there are ebbs and flows to the market, and perhaps to your income as well. But what is constant throughout is the chunk of terrain on which your home sits.

          You’ve heard this before — it’s said that the three most important things to think about when buying are home are location, location, location. You cannot change your home’s location.

          What to look for

          With the help of your real estate agent and Google, you can assess the typical things folks might consider — the neighborhood, prevailing home values, school districts, crime rates, taxes and fees, and so on. Let’s focus on other key characteristics that aren’t discussed as often.

          As a recent home shopper myself, I found myself in a predicament where my real estate agent and I were not speaking the same language.For some odd reason, she wasn’t savvy to my needs of having interlocking sectors of fire covering all enfilade in small-arms range, and for my concern of any defilade aiding enemy foot patrols. Who would have guessed? To some degree, you’re not selecting a domicile, but a patrol base. As defined by the U.S. Army’s Ranger Handbook, a patrol base is a security perimeter that is set up when a squad or platoon conducting a patrol halts for an extended period. Patrol bases are used:

          • To avoid detection by eliminating movement
          • To hide a unit during a long, detailed reconnaissance execute several consecutive or concur rent operations
          • To perform maintenance on weapons, equipment, eat, and rest
          • To plan and issue orders
          • To reorganize after infiltrating on an enemy area
          • To establish a base from which to execute several consecutive or concurrent operations

          You want your home to be easily defendable. There should be minimal blind spots that would aid in undetectable ingress of a would-be intruder. Holly shrubs directly next to the home and under windows offer great obstacles for creepers, but those same bushes in the yard also provide blind spots for said creeper. These blind spots can be classified as defilade. In military tactics, the terms and defilade refer to how a formation is exposed to enemy fire.

          If there are natural or artificial obstacles shielding or concealing your position, such as those bushes, you’re “in defilade.” If your adversary can direct fire down the length of your position, you’re … Read the rest

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            How To Start Modern Homesteading For Beginners

            By David Simpson

            Start small and then decide.

            If you want to convert to the homesteading lifestyle, you can start with one small project at a time to determine if the lifestyle is for you. If you dream of living off of your land with no outside job, you should know that this isn’t an unreachable goal.

            Anna Hess and her husband Mark have been happily homesteading for years on their 58-acre property, where they enjoy both the labors and the fruits of having a self-sustaining farm.


            If you’re interested in following in their paths, they’ve got advice for would-be homesteaders on how to get started—and succeed.

            Hess’s early childhood was filled with amazing memories on her family’s farm, which prompted her want to return to that lifestyle. “I had dreamed of going back to the land ever since my own back-to-the-lander parents threw in the towel and dragged us into town when I was in third grade,” she says. “As soon as I got out of college, I started saving, studying and planning, eventually materializing a farm, which just about kicked my butt in the first year.”

            Before long, she met Mark, whose combination of common sense and a strong back allowed her to more comfortably transition to homesteading.

            Although Mark hadn’t shared the lifelong goal of becoming a homesteader, the couple helped each other prepare for the life on the farm. “It was tougher for him than for me since I’d been training myself to live frugally since high school, whereas Mark had been considering moving to Los Angeles or New York City,” she says. “In the end, though, Mark taught me as much about enjoying the process as I taught him about simple living, and we both learned to love partnering with the farm.”

            Start several small projects

            If you’re interested in the homesteading lifestyle, your best bet is to ensure that you don’t jump in with both feet too quickly, which is the biggest mistake that Hess sees new homesteaders make. “We all bite off more than we can chew in the beginning, and unfortunately that causes many homesteaders to burn out,” she says. “I grew up watching my parents struggle with a farm, one full-time job, and three kids, but I still tried to embark on projects beyond my energetic means during the first few years on the farm.

            My husband has helped me realize that homesteading is all about the journey, and even if it takes a decade (or two, or three) to reach your goals, you’ve been successful as long as you keep making progress and enjoy every minute.” In her book, The Weekend Homesteader, Hess suggests easy and rewarding projects that new homesteaders can take on during the first year or more. “Your best bet is to get your feet wet in a lot of different areas, but to keep each endeavor small,” she says.

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              Emergency Kit For Car: A Complete Guide For Your Four Wheel

              By David Simpson

              It happens every year. Guaranteed. Each year in the U.S., multiple motorists drive off the road in dangerous weather, get stuck traversing an unfamiliar shortcut or experience car trouble in the middle of nowhere—only to find themselves hopelessly stranded.

              Start with preventive steps

              To ensure your survival during such an event, you must first create a vehicle survival kit. Fill a bin, back-pack or a duffle bag with important emergency necessities, sealing the most important things in zip-top bags to keep them dry and safe. This gear should include basic survival essentials and some gear specific to automotive emergencies.

              Another important consideration is to always let someone know where you are going.  So many “stranded” survival stories revolve around a spur of the moment trip, which left the victim’s friends, family and co-workers with no idea where the missing person went.

              Imagine the difficulty for search and rescue crews or local law enforcement when they don’t even know which county or state they should explore to look for you.

              Stay with your car

              Once you’ve mastered the preventive steps, it’s time to prepare how you’d react in a survival emergency. Let’s say your car has broken down on a remote road. You’ve taken your precautions, but what do you do now that you’re stranded? The number one thing to do when you realize that you’re in a survival situation is to stay put. In the case of vehicle-based survival strategies, your car becomes your shelter, and you do not leave that car.

              Unless that vehicle is on fire or rolling off a cliff, it’s your new best friend. For the past century that cars have existed, the statistics show that people who stay with the car have a higher probability of survival than those who leave the car looking for help in stranded scenarios.

              Any vehicle with the windows intact will provide you with a wind- and rain-resistant shelter. No, it’s not a perfect shelter, as anyone who has ever had to sleep in his or her car can tell you.

              But you can easily enhance the shelter value of a vehicle by adding blankets, extra clothing and sleeping bags for warmth. You can even build a campfire 10 to 15 feet away from the vehicle and heat up stones near the edge of that fire.

              Get the stones just warm enough that you can barely hold them to your skin, and then bring them into the vehicle as a low-tech space heater. Repeat as needed every few hours.

              On the other extreme of temperature, your vehicle can become a useful shelter in hot weather. Open all of the vehicle doors and use duct tape to attach tarps, blankets or sheets to the tops of the doors to create cooling shade in sunny, hot climates.

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                5 Tips To Help You Buy The Right Gas Mask

                By David Simpson

                Picture this. An earthquake beyond any seismologist’s wildest dreams rocks southern California. The freeway systems collapse throughout the Southland, and the San Onofre nuclear power plant is nothing but rubble upon the beach. Your air is filled with nuclear radiation particles.

                Imagine this. A terrorist network strikes an Eastern city with chemical warfare. In the Midwest, a smallpox outbreak occurs. What can you do to protect your family from breathing in these dangerous inhalants? Strap on a gas mask so you can breathe clean air. Before you make the investment in masks for your family, consider these five tips to ensure that you make a wise purchase.

                1. Use caution with surplus masks

                  If you want a high-quality, military- grade mask, you may be ready to hop in the car and head to your military surplus store to snag one for each member of your family. But be sure the masks are still within code, says survival expert Marty Dent of Seattle. “Some military masks have been used and used masks are probably not going to be airtight to your face,” he says. “Plus, these masks are often out of date and past their usefulness.
                  In some models, the filter can be replaced to make the mask effective again, but often that is not the case and you’ll be wearing a mask that does you no good.” No matter what type of mask you use, you’ll want to ensure that it fits tightly around your face so that no fresh air can get into it through the sides, top or bottom.

                2. Know the difference between masks

                  A gas mask respirator filters many different types of particles if it’s up to date, has been stored properly, and has a new and working filter cartridge.
                  Depending on the type of respirator, the mask could protect you from bacteria, chemical threats and other dangerous inhalants. Standard N-95 filter masks like the type you buy at a hardware store are also helpful to have on-hand, because they also clean particles out of the air as you breathe.
                  These masks, however, “do not protect against chemicals, gases, or vapors and are intended only for low hazard levels,” the Centers for Disease Control notes on its Web site.
                  The best way to ensure that you can breathe clean air is to get a Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA), which is similar to what firefighters and scuba divers use. They allow you to breathe clean air from a tank. However, they are quite heavy and typically only include an hour’s worth of air.

                3. Check the label

                  Depending on the type of threat that you foresee, you’ll want to ensure that your mask can do the trick. Most preppers who expect nuclear fallout will have a nuclear-approved respirator or SCBA mask, whereas you may not need such a heavy-duty mask if you are expecting debris in the air from a tornado.
                  Double-check the label on any mask you’re considering purchasing so you’ll know what it

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                  Best Survival Dried Foods With Long Shelf Life

                  By David Simpson

                  Food is essential to survival. In a disaster situation, the power may go out, leaving your refrigerator or freezer virtually useless. Grocery store shelves will be emptied, and restaurants won’t be serving meals. Food will, no doubt, be a hot commodity in a worst-case situation.

                  Similarly, if you’re in the wilderness, you won’t have access tourban or suburban conveniences. You’ll have to fend for yourself using what’s in your pack along with nature’s resources.

                  You and your family will need access to food, and dried items are among the easiest to prepare, store and transport. Here’s a quick rundown of some dried, portable edibles to keep in your cellar or go-bag and how to best store them.

                  Shell Beans, Legumes

                  Dried shell beans and legumes—such as black beans, garbanzo beans, lentils, split peas and soybeans—are a staple in most pantries thanks to their long shelf life and versatility.
                  These little  protein-, starch- and fiber-rich morsels also travel well. Plus, some beans and legumes can be sprouted and grown (or eaten). They’re a perfect item to have on hand—just in case.

                  • Choosing

                    You can purchase dried beans and legumes from your grocer, or you can grow and dry your own. When you grow your own, let the beans partially dry on the plant. Harvest them when the pod turns light brown and the seeds are mature.
                    Place the pods in a cloth sack and hang it in a warm place for up to two weeks to finish drying. When completely dry, shake or hit the sack to break the pods and release the seeds. Remove the pods and pour off the beans. Store them as you would purchased beans.

                  • Storing and Shelf Life

                    When properly dried and stored in an airtight, moisture- roof container in a cool, dry place, shell beans and legumes can be kept indefinitely.
                    They will take some effort to cook, as you’ll need a heat source, water and a pot in which to cook them. But if you have access to those essentials, the beans will provide a ready source of nutrition for you and your family.

                  Dried Meats, Jerky

                  Who doesn’t love a good jerky? The salted, seasoned, sometimes smoked raw meat dried in an oven was a favorite among pioneers—and it’s still a popular snack today.
                  Because most of the moisture is removed from the meat during the drying process, jerky can be stored without refrigeration, making it ideal for survival situations. The addition of salt and sodium nitrate extends the shelf life of jerky even more.

                  • Choosing

                    Just about any lean fish or meat, including beef, game and lamb, can be turned into jerky. You can purchase ready-made jerky in your local market, or you can make your own.
                    If you make your own, be sure to follow tested recipes that use proper temperature and drying time, as certain dis ease-causing microorganisms, like salmonella and E. coli, may be present in raw meats and survive the

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                    Terror And Mass Shooting Stopped By Armed Civilian

                    By David Simpson

                    It’s a sad and frightening fact of life. Mass shootings continue to occur, and the risk of terror attack on U.S. soil remains serious. Schools, hospitals, places of worship, movie theaters, malls, stadiums, fairs and other public places are all potential targets. No one knows where and when the next attack will occur.
                    Would you know what to do if the shooting erupts next to you? Would you use your concealed carry weapon to save yourself and others? Do you know how? None of us should ever have to face a violent killer in our lifetime. No one deserves to be a victim. Yet, this type of violence does happen, and it is more commonplace than we would like to believe. Our law enforcement cannot prevent every possible attack, and counting on others to save us does not always work. We must be prepared to take action to save ourselves!

                    Carry for personal protection

                    Carrying a gun for personal protection carries with it a great deal of responsibility. In the majority of jurisdictions across the United States, the use of deadly force is justified as a last resort under extreme conditions… when there is reasonable fear of death or grave bodily injury. In general, deadly force is defined as any physical force that a person knows, or should know, to pose a substantial risk of death or serious bodily harm to another person. While law enforcement officers are permitted to use deadly force in certain circumstances when attempting to enforce the law, it is illegal for private citizens to use deadly force unless it meets the specific requirements set out by their state in circumstances of self-defense or defense of another person.
                    These laws can vary from state to state, but in general, most laws are designed around what’s considered “reasonable and necessary” force based on what the state deems a reasonable person would do under the same circumstances. Anyone who has been in combat or involved in life-and-death situations knows that we undergo significant psychophysiological changes related to the activation of the flight-or-fight mechanism. These autonomic (non-voluntary) reactions of the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) result in severe disruption of motoric skills and distortions of our ability to process information (sensory exclusion). Most notably, we will experience target fixation (also known as tunnel vision).

                     It’s important to remember that these changes affect everyone involved, including the perpetrator(s). Research has shown that vision provides about 80-percent of the information we process during emergencies. We also know that our field of vision narrows down by about 50-percent when shooting. This phenomenon is further exacerbated in low-light conditions (during which most firefights occur). In other words, the active shooter’s vision will always be impaired during his attack.

                    During the shooting, they only see the targets in front of them (or in their sights). They have no peripheral vision and cannot perceive anything above, below, behind or on their sides. Neither can they hear anything over the gunfire and screams. This … Read the rest

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                      Long-term Survival Foods And Supplies Guide For Family

                      By David Simpson

                      If you don’t have your health, you don’t have anything. Thus, in the event of a local or national disaster, you need to be prepared not just for a short-term food supply solution, but have a long-term plan that allows you to meet the nutritional needs of each individual family member.

                      If a disaster’s effects last longer than three days, the reality is that most people are not prepared to provide healthy meals beyond that period. Trying to rely on outside assistance may not be the best approach, so you should be prepared to subsidize your nutritional needs even in the event that outside help is available, and make sure you rotate your emergency supply so it’s always current within a three-month window. Keep the following nutritional needs in mind as you create your disaster plan.

                      1. Water

                        A person can only survive three to five days without water. The first priority in any disaster is, therefore, a clean water supply. The average person needs to drink approximately 2 to 3 quarts of water each day. If you live in a warm climate, are nursing a child, or are ill, that amount can easily double.
                        Water is also necessary for some food preparation and certain hygiene needs. When you add that together, you should store at least 1 gallon per person, per day. Set aside a 20-day supply of water for each member of your family. It’s also recommended to break up this storage supply over multiple areas: garage and basement, with some supply in your vehicle. There are large storage containers from 55-gallon drums to large 150-gallon Poly-Mart containers that are useful for storing your water supply. Be sure these are secured and maintained.

                      2. Food

                        Meals Ready to Eat (MREs) are usually in most family disaster supply kits. They are easy to store and purchase, and simple to prepare. Keep in mind that these rations usually have a five-year shelf life and must be maintained to ensure that you keep them fresh in the event of a disaster.

                        Protein powders and meal supplement bars are also great ways to meet your nutritional needs in a disaster situation. You should plan how much you need to set aside based on how many people you’ll be feeding and what their caloric requirement will be each day. Multiply these needs by at least 20 days.

                      3. Garden

                        During a food crisis, MREs and other supplements are helpful, but the need for fresh fruits and vegetables is critical in long-term situations to keep your body healthy. A home garden is a great source for disaster nutrition.
                        Not only will you always have food on hand, but much of your garden food can be stored for later use. Freeze-drying, canning or dehydrating food will keep a lot on your shelf and in your food rotation to ensure that you have a fresh supply on hand. A garden can be created in just about any living environment.
                        You can simply start with

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