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A Survival Plan That Works

January 24, 2011 by  

A Survival Plan That Works

(Survival expert and author David Morris is our newest regular contributor. His articles on survival will appear the second and fourth Mondays of each month and complement the offerings of food storage expert Peggy Layton, whose articles appear on the first and third Mondays of each month. — Bob L.)

A few years ago, I had a serious wake-up call about how vulnerable my family was to natural and manmade disasters. There were dozens of threats that could quickly disrupt or end life as we know it, and Katrina gave us a glimpse into breakdowns in civil order and the Federal government’s inability to effectively respond to localized disasters.

I already lived a preparedness lifestyle from growing up with an Army helicopter pilot dad on a farm in tornado and blizzard country and had advanced backcountry, fighting, shooting and medical skills. But I realized that I’d bought into the “just-in-time” myth and didn’t really have ANYTHING put aside or plans made to take care of us if there was a short or long term disaster.

When we were hungry, we went and got food. When we were cooking and needed something, we just made a quick trip to the store. We didn’t keep much extra around the house because it was SO easy to simply buy stuff right when we needed it. Just like most families, we were a just-in-time family.

I realized that grocery stores were operating on the same just-in-time system. To minimize waste, maximize freshness, use space efficiently and maximize profitability, they set their inventory levels so that there were no more than nine meals on the shelves at a given time.

This combination of just-in-time families and just-in-time stores meant that ANY hiccup in the system, whether accidental or intentional, could lead to unrest or even violence in as little as three days.

As I started researching solutions, every “expert” said that cities would be burned to the ground in a disaster and that there were only two options for survival. First, when a disaster happened, we had to be ready to immediately pack up our stuff and “Get Out Of Dodge” and go to our fully stocked rural retreat (which we didn’t have.) The second option was to move to the country and quickly learn to live like the Waltons in “Little House On The Prairie.” This didn’t make sense for us and flew in the face of history and logic.

Cities were originally formed FOR survival. I can earn a living easier in the city — and so can most people. When we need specialized products or people with specialized skills, we can find them in the city. Most military, law enforcement, first responders and their families live in cities. LOTS of good people can’t leave cities because of medical conditions. And many people live in the same city that their families live in and they wouldn’t think of abandoning their loved ones in a disaster.

Moving wasn’t an option for us at the time and I knew I had to quickly come up with a plan to keep us safe in our current typical urban-America situation. If a disaster happened, I knew that we wouldn’t be the only good people left. We just had to figure out a plan.

So, I started contacting my friends in the Special Operations community, from the Pentagon, former “spooks,” private military contractors, military survival (SERE) instructors, first responders, law enforcement, even a geneticist, a bio-weapons specialist and 30+ other subject matter experts.

One of the interesting things that came from all of these interviews was the common sentiment that each of these experts could survive anything, but they weren’t sure how to transfer all of their knowledge and skills to their loved ones. As long as they were with their families, everyone would be fine. But in a disaster situation, they’d be doing what they loved and their families would have to take care of themselves. I knew after I’d compiled and organized my research, I’d have the tool they were looking for to get their families up to speed.

While this was all happening, I was running my small businesses, times were changing, we were new parents and we were going from earning a great living to barely making it. Any solutions that I came up with had to be easy to put into action and not take much time or money.

As a result, I developed a survival philosophy that guided our preparations. For me, it’s based on simple reality. Time and money are limited resources and we need to spend them wisely.

Our plans have to mesh with reality and history. Mass evacuations (like Katrina) tend to only be a good experience for first movers. In sudden disasters, by the time most families get reunited, packed and on the road, they have missed their window of opportunity for “Getting Out Of Dodge” and hit traffic jams, fuel outages and possibly roadblocks and detours.

Our plans have to work where we live with our current situation. For us, that means that if we were to “bug out,” we’d be doing it with two adults, two car seats and two dogs in a mid-sized SUV. As a result, the most pragmatic plan for us is to stay in our house in a disaster situation unless we absolutely have to evacuate.

Everything we do for preparedness needs to have value regardless of whether or not a disaster ever happens. As an example, most of our food storage is made up of food that we regularly eat rather than food that might sit uneaten for 25 years.

More than that, some day I’m going to be on my death bed looking back over how I spent my life. I want to be proud of how I spent my time and not regret investing all of my time into preparing for disasters that never happened. As a result, any time that we spend on preparedness simply MUST have a clear, immediate benefit.

We focus more on skills that will enrich our everyday lives… not just skills that will only have value in a disaster. We focus on skills like situational awareness, operational security, bartering and negotiating, armed and empty hands defense, natural medicine, having a positive mental attitude and motivating others rather than developing and maintaining our skill at attacking and overrunning an enemy position with multiple fire teams.

If a breakdown in civil order happens after a disaster, we want to have the training, skills and tools to be the solution to the problems that are happening in our immediate area. This might be supporting first responders, helping neighbors or simply taking care of ourselves so that we’re not a burden on others.

We enjoy the benefits of technology, a maximized infrastructure that’s nearing the end of its life and the low prices that a just-in-time economy provides. At the same time, we continually learn and practice skills to live without all three of these luxuries. The realization that conveniences could disappear at any time and the first-hand knowledge of how much time and effort they save make us thankful on a daily basis. I can tell you, it’s much nicer to live in a continual state of thankfulness than it is to feel like we’re entitled to these luxuries 24/7.

We keep most of our preparedness plans invisible to others and strive to look like an ordinary family to outside observers. Two huge benefits of this are that we don’t look like targets for thieves now or looters later. We don’t want to be the house that a neighborhood teen thinks of as a good target to rob. We also don’t want to be the first family that our neighbors think of when their kids are hungry and the store shelves are empty.

And our plans need to be written down and set up so that my wife can implement them if I am traveling, sick, injured or acting in my role as a first responder when a disaster happens.

It sounds like a tough set of criteria to meet, and it was. Over the coming weeks, I’ll be sharing the nuts and bolts of the system with you so that you can implement the same type of plan for your family.

Actually, it’s quite important to me that you do implement my preparedness system, or something similar. You see, I firmly believe that our families, neighborhoods, cities and even our country becomes more stable as more and more people become self-reliant. In a disaster, history has proven that decentralized solutions (individuals like you and me) almost always outperform centralized solutions (government).

By self-rescuing and helping maintain order in their immediate area, prepared individuals can create stable micro-environments in their neighborhoods and delay or completely prevent breakdowns in civil order.

I’m thoroughly looking forward to sharing this information with you. More than 10,000 people have gone through my SurviveInPlace.com Urban Survival Course since I released it in early 2009, and I’m confident that you will benefit from it as much as they have.

– David Morris

Dr. David Eifrig Jr.

is the editor of two of Stansberry's best advisory services. One of his advisories, Retirement Millionaire, is a monthly letter showing readers how to live a millionaire lifestyle on less than you'd imagine possible. He travels around the U.S. looking for bargains, deals and great investment ideas. Already his average reader has saved $2,793 since 2008 (documented in each Retirement Millionaire issue). He also writes Retirement Trader, a bi-monthly advisory that explains simple techniques to make large, but very safe, gains in the stock and bond markets. This is a pure finance play and the reason Porter Stansberry loves having "Doc" on the team. Doc holds an MBA from Kellogg and has worked in arbitrage and trading groups with major Wall Street investment banks (Goldman Sachs). In 1995, he retired from the "Street," went to UNC-Chapel Hill for medical school and became an ophthalmologist. Now, in his latest "retirement," he joined Stansberry & Associates full-time to share with readers his experiences and ideas.

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  • Jim

    Good info and a great course! I highly recommend it.
    USAF Pilot
    Survival Student

  • SS McDonald

    “…by the time most families get reunited, packed and on the road, they have missed their window of opportunity for “Getting Out Of Dodge” and hit traffic jams, fuel outages and possibly roadblocks and detours….” You neglected to mention the snipers and marauders that will stop and kill you for what you have in your vehicle.

    • 45caliber

      I doubt if you will run into any snipers and mauraders until things have gone completely bad. In the initial run, actually people are quite friendly and willing to help. I ran from a hurricane several years ago now and found that out. The only people NOT willing to help were the authorities. If you got onto one of their “emergency evacuation routes”, you weren’t allowed off again until you reached the end of it. That was both going and coming. Considering that I do NOT live in Houston, this was annoying when told that I had to stay on the route to Houston going home and then turn around and come back about 60 more miles to reach home.

      Actually, I’m surprised since probably 90%+ of the vehicles contained at least one gun. Nearly everyone here has at least one and in emergencies, they can be ready cash.

  • http://BobLivingston Wild Bill

    A VERY GOOD SURVIVAL WEB SITE. I has just about everything you need.

    http://www.greatdreams.com/survival.htm

  • Ron Nelson

    “Katrina gave us a glimpse into breakdowns in civil order and the Federal government’s inability to effectively respond to localized disasters.”

    It was the local government that failed the people not the Feds. From the mayor to the governor. They caused the Feds to be delayed and when they did respond it was a knee jerk reaction to try and make up for lost time. The credit card fiasco comes to mind.

    Yes, everyone should be prepared on their own and the ones that don’t should not expect special treatment from the government. What do you think happened in the infamous San Francisco earthquake in 1906? Everyone helped each other. There was no federal help. All able bodied person helped and the ones who couldn’t were taken care of. There were not thousands of able bodied folks laying around shelters complaining about the food and the water not being cold enough. Americans need to get back to basics. I hope your work helps and all should take heed.

    • independant thinker

      “Katrina gave us a glimpse into breakdowns in civil order and the Federal government’s inability to effectively respond to localized disasters.”

      “It was the local government that failed the people not the Feds. From the mayor to the governor.”

      Ron, I believe both statements are accurate. The feds were unable to effectively respond and the local officials were totaly inept along with failures by the state.

    • 45caliber

      While the local and state people were in the wrong, so too were the feds. I’ve a friend locally here (in Texas) who works as a fireman. He volunteered to go to NO and help out in the initial stages. FEMA insisted that all volunteers had to go to Atlanta, GA, for a FEMA indoctrination before going to LA. So he and others had to drive about 800 miles, spend a week waiting in a hotel in Atlanta, and then drive another 500 miles back to NO to help. The FEMA indoctrination taught them nothing about rescue work – it was only an indoctrination class on what FEMA was supposed to be doing.

      • http://UrbanSurvivalGuide.com David Morris (Survival Dave)

        The sad thing is that one of the main purposes of that training in Atlanta was to teach “sexual harrassment in the workplace” training. Then, once these highly trained first responders got their training and were deployed in New Orleans, FEMA had them handing out flyers rather than acting as first responders.

        • Bruce

          David, I would like to thank you for the very fine blog the information is very interesting I just hope I never need to employ it.

    • http://UrbanSurvivalGuide.com David Morris (Survival Dave)

      Yes, both the Federal Government and the local government had glaring problems. The reason that I pointed out the Federal Government is because they are the solution that most people think will come to the rescue after a disaster.

      In reality, we can thank God that FEMA wasn’t equipped to respond to Katrina. Why do I make such a seemingly heartless statement?

      Because the threat from the levees was known for over 30 years before Katrina happened. If FEMA would have had the manpower, equipment, and supplies to quickly and efficiently respond to Katrina in place for that entire time, the resources would have been mostly wasted for those 30 years. More to the point, the American Taxpayer’s hard earned money would have been mostly wasted for 30 years.

      That’s why I’m such a big proponent of bottom-up solutions vs. top-down solutions. A network of prepared families can respond to a local disaster MUCH more efficiently than an outside government agency. And, if done properly, the resources aren’t wasted with individual preparedness like they are with government preparedness.

  • Rennie

    1906 San Franciscans were better citizens then you will find in cities today.

    • 45caliber

      Not really. Even the bad guys will help in a disaster. The real problem today is that most people have been taught that the government will do it. So they wait after the first acts to save lives is over. Further, too many people (primarily on welfare) have been trained that they should let others do everything for them. When they brought the Katrina people to Houston, volunteers were working their tails off to set things up for them while the Katrina refugees refused to do anything to help themselves.

      • Granny Mae

        45caliber,

        You are very right. Look at Hati. All the people there are still looking for help from anyone. There is a lot that they could be doing for themselves. removing rubble and setting up sewage disposal sights and many other things. The government there could be out there dirrecting the work and organizing things but it seems they all just sit around waiting for someone else to come to do it ! I saw a lot of that after Katrina too, and then all of a sudden some people got fed up with waiting and just started doing things for themselves, trouble is there is not enough of them and here it is years later and there is still areas that have not been touched. Part of that problem in my opinion is that we took too many people out of their homes and never brought them back. They will not return to rebuild now because there is no help for them. We make a lot of mistakes durring disasters here, and that is to be expected but the problem is we don’t seem to learn from them. The first inclination of most people is to start going through the mess after a disaster, but most time the government won’t let them. They won’t let them back in to help or to even assess the situation. Most survivalists think different than others, they grab their chain saw and start clearing the roads to get in and then they try to salvage what they can that is left and start to remove the trash. If they can’t get it off the property they begin to pile it in a large pile so the heavy equipment can get to it when they get around. This is the attitude that all people need to acquire in the time of emergency’s. We all need to educate ourselves and others as to how to act and how to survive so we don’t have to contend with others with our guns. That is not to say there won’t be some that will have to be dealt with, especially druggies and pedophiles and such. Druggies comming down off drugs are a hand full and that will be a problem but there should be a way we could deal with that situation if we give it some thought ! I am going to check out David’s sight and I’m sure he can teach us a lot.
        I’m not leaving my home, because I can’t but even if I could physically I probably wouldn’t because I have animals that need taking care of. Animals that are not pets. Also this is where my family will know to look for me !

  • http://freeforextrainingfast.com Wiley

    As a resident of a barrier island on the Gulf of Mexico near St Petersburg Fl. Water is a major concern if I am unable to leave. So I am investigating conversion of sea water as a source of drinking water. The technology has been standard on life rafts for many years.

    There are de-sal units that can turn sea water into drinkable water using hand power costing from $850 to over $2000. There are also units that convert humidity in the air to water but need a power supply. A home “water from air” unit starts at about $1500.

    In any serious breakdown of civil services the priorities are water first and food second. It would seem to me a gallon of fresh water would be very valuable currency.

    • 45caliber

      Build a unit. A parabolic dish focuses all energy that strikes it to a single point. That includes sunlight and heat. If you place a vessel holding water there, it will heat and evaporate the water. A copper coil coming off the unit can be run through a water bath to cool and condense the pure water. There are also other simple solutions.

      • Granny Mae

        45,

        For those who have a power source they can simply use a dehumidifier. They are not very expensive and pull water out of the air and it goes in a pail which can be used for anything. The only people that I see that couldn’t use it would be those in real dry states. We used one for years in our basement and also in our home in north Fla. We didn’t have air in it and so we used the dehumidifier. Also there is a tube running from an airconditioner that could be used to collect water if you have a power source. We have also done this. Airconditioners take the moisture out of the air and it runs out that tube to the outside.

        • Richard Pawley

          But it would have to be boiled first and then filtered through a good bit of clean sand and then a carbon filter or two before it would ever pass my lips. The best machines that make water from the air have as many as twelve different kinds of filters on them.

    • http://UrbanSurvivalGuide.com David Morris (Survival Dave)

      There are a few easier and MUCH cheaper methods you can use to make sea water drinkable that I go into in my book, “Advanced Urban Water Purification” which is available as an upgrade to the http://SurviveInPlace.com Urban Survival Course. Here are 3 of them…

      1. Solar stills. The simplist way to make them is with a sheet of plastic and a few rocks. They’re not too efficient, though, and they only produce 1-2 liters of drinkable water per day per square meter of plastic used.

      2. Parabolic still. VERY simply, take an old satellite dish, coat it with mylar or aluminum, point it at the sun, and put a container where the sun focuses. Close the container and run a pipe or tube from the top of it to another container for collection. The satellite will focus the sun’s energy and evaporate/boil the water in the container and you will collect the vapor/water in your collection container.

      3. Fresnel still. Same concept as the parabolic still, but you focus the sun’s energy in front of your container rather than behind it. If you’ve got an older rear projection TV, chances are good that the “screen” is actually an fresnel lens. In the simplist terms, a fresnel lens is a magnifying glass that can be as big as 4′-6′, but only the width of a credit card.

      With both the parabolic reflector and the fresnel lens, the bigger one you use, the hotter they’ll get.

      • http://?? Joe H.

        David,
        The best thing I would tell those good with tools is to learn how to do wood work by hand. A solar still with the capacity to supply one can be made with 1x4s a window glass, a piece of cloth, a length of copper tubing, and some aluminum foil. I made one when I was 15 years old for a science fair in school. Took blue, I might add and it worked quite well in a window of the class room!

        • http://SurviveInPlace.com David Morris (Survival Dave)

          Solar stills are awesome, but keep in mind that they generate about 1 quart per square yard (or 1 liter per square meter) per day, so it takes several in a survival situation.

  • kate8
    • 45caliber

      Good question. When you find an answer, let me know.

    • Dan az

      Hey Kate
      I found this on this site.http://theintelhub.com/2011/01/24/fema-requests-information-on-the-availability-of-140-million-packets-of-food-blankets-and-body-bags/
      In June, a report from the University of Illinois warned that the possibility of a 7.7 magnitude or higher earthquake striking the New Madrid Zone was very high.

      “If a quake that size did hit, the report estimates at least 3,500 people would be killed and more than 80,000 others hurt,” reported the Chicago Headlines Examiner.

      Other estimates from the report include:

      * 715,000 buildings damaged
      * 7 million people homeless
      * 2.6 million households without power
      * $300 Billion economic impact

      Adding to seriousness of this situation, the Department of Homeland Security has also contacted multiple vendors in regards to the availability of underwater body bags.

      • Dan az

        So exactly what events have happened recently that are causing people to take a close look at the New Madrid fault zone? Well, just consider the following examples of things that have been popping up in the news lately….

        * According to the U.S. Geological Survey, more than 500 measurable earthquakes have been recorded in central Arkansas just since September.
        * A magnitude-3.8 earthquake that shook north-central Indiana on December 30th is being called “unprecedented.” It was strong enough to actually cause cracks along the ground and it was felt in portions of Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin and Kentucky.
        * More than 3,000 red-wing blackbirds fell out of the sky dead in the Arkansas town of Beebe on New Year’s Eve.
        * Large numbers of dead birds were also found in Kentucky right around Christmas.
        * Approximately 500 dead blackbirds and starlings were also recently discovered in Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana.
        * Approximately 100,000 fish washed up dead on the shores of the Arkansas River just last week.

        So could all of these things have some other very simple explanation?

        • independant thinker

          Dan az………You missed the one thing that is the most serious indicator of the possibility of a serious earthquake on the New Madrid that being the fact that based on the average time between occurances we are long overdue for a big one. Another reason so much interest is being shown is the fact that very few if any buildings and infrastructure in that ares is built to withstand more then a 4-5 magnatude earthquake and even a 5 would do a lots of damage.

          One other thing about the New Madrid, a few years back it was said to be the most active fault line in the US if not the world.

        • independant thinker

          One other thing. The quakes in central Arkansas are far from the New Madrid fault (probably 100-150 miles). Some of the quakes are shallow and very probably connected to the fracking and waste water injection connected to the natural gas drilling going on in the area. Others are deeper and would have other causes such as an unknown fault line, magma movment deep underground, etc.

          • Granny Mae

            independant thinker,

            My son listens to Coast to Coast on the radio and he said they are also discussing this whole thing and the possibility of links to harp. Especially the weather changes. Seems when they crank that thing up we end up with weather problems , earth quakes and forest fires! However with all the earth quakes in this past year or two, I would say the earth is undergoing some major changes and it isn’t global warming. They also said that the earth has tilted quite a bit off it’s axis, so who knows?

    • herman richardson

      Do you really have to ask?? People are so busy listening to the propaganda they are not listening to reason, something that should come from within. Start thinking for yourself, stop waiting with your hand out for the so called government to fill it. If you believe they they will allow the truth to remain out there, your wrong.
      My question is this: WHY????
      They cannot take the money with them, WHY

    • http://SurviveInPlace.com David Morris (Survival Dave)

      In addition, the Pentagon’s latest round of war gaming dealt with ways to handle breakdowns in civil order in the US after disasters.

      I would have to study the accepted format for this particular RFI to know what they are really asking for. I say this because the RFI says that they need 14M per day for 10 days. “M” is the Roman numeral for 1,000, so they could be asking for 14,000 or 14,000,000 meals per day.

      14,000 meals per day would make sense to feed 3000-4000 first responders. 14,000,000 meals per day seems like it would be beyond the current logistical and distribution capabilities of FEMA.

  • ZELDA LEE HOOVER

    I ALSO FOUND THE WATER-FROM-AIR UNITS NEED ELECTRIC POWER, SO WOULD BE USELESS FOR MOST EMERGENCIES. I AM INTERESTED IN SOLAR DISTILLING. HAVE FOUND NO USEFUL INFO EXCEPT ON A VERY SMALL SCALE. MAYBE ONE TO TWO PEOPLE, NOT A FAMILY. ANY IDEAS?

    • independant thinker

      Scale up in size or number of units.

    • Dan az

      International Desalination Association (IDA)
      POB 387
      37 Main St.
      Topsfield, MA 01983 USA
      Tel: +1 508 887 0410, 356 27 27
      Fax: +1 508 887 0411
      E-mail: idalpabgix.netcom.com
      http://www.ida.bm
      The goals of the Association are the development and promotion of the appropriate use of desalination and desalination technology worldwide.

    • Granny Mae

      ZELDA LEE HOOVER,

      We have invested in a power converter and also a generator, but there is a generator being advertised on the TV that is solar powered if you are interrested. You might be able to google it to find out more about it. We have had to use our alternate power sources in the past and found that we have to limit the use for just what is necessary. Which is what will happen for most people so it is a good idea to get use to the idea that you won’t be using all the conviences that we are use to. There are a lot of things that we can do and get by until order is restored.

      • Dan az

        Granny
        Your batteries are your fuel tank for the inverter.I run 20- 12v about 3000 amp hrs and it last me 5 days without sun.Check the amperage on your frig its located on the left side of the door just inside and see what kind of amps it draws,the one I use only uses 1.5 amps which when converted to amps from your batteries is 15 amps dc.multiply that by ten hrs and I use 150 amp hrs per day.With 3000 amps in the bank you can see it dose not take to much but if yours is 6.5 ac amps then you can see that it would be 650 amps dc out of your bank. you need to know how much you put in with solar or wind or just a generator so not to use to much of your bank.There is a lot to learn but its going to take awhile to explain it all.but just remember that your batteries are your fuel tank the bigger it is the longer they last.

        • Granny Mae

          Dan az,

          I know you are right! I don’t know too much about this whole thing and have left it to my husband. We have used it a few times when we had huricanes so he knows how it is going to work for us but as for me I have no clue ! I know I should but I have bussied myself with the food storage and all and just left that other end up to him. I do know we need to invest in a pump for the well. I think he said that he has that taken care of too! Between him and my oldest son they seem to do a pretty good job ! Now watch, just because I shot off my mouth everything will fall apart !!! LOL ! Hope not.

      • herman richardson

        Something folks need to think about, water. If you have well water as I do, a windmill will just be a beacon for unsavory types, have invested in a hand pump. Just a small thing but could make a difference.

    • http://SurviveInPlace.com David Morris (Survival Dave)

      I actually cover that in my February print newsletter. With 20F ambient air, you can purify 16 ounces of water every 8-30 minutes, depending on the method you use.

  • herman richardson

    Finally someone that is not name calling and whining. So nice to see there is still intelligence in this world. We already are in the country, only problem I can forsee is the expiring ammo that is gradually being put into place. Kinda scarey thought, run across a feral hog, try to shoot, oh forgot, this ammo expires 90 days after purchase, it is a fact Jack!!!
    Thank you for all you info

    • Earl

      Solution–Reload your own ammo…..Not hard to do if you study up a little and have steady hands and patience. The Lee presses are cheap and work well. powder and bullets and primers are still affordable. If you shoot, you should learn this. No expiring ammo here! Primers last for decades if U keep ‘em away from oil and moisture. Keep powder from temperature extremes and its fine. I use Winchester primers and Bullseye powder. lots of ranges will let you collect brass from those who don’t police it up..Go for it.

      • herman richardson

        Thank you, I am in a wheel chair, but hasn’t stopped me yet!! Wish there were more folks thinking for themselves, but old habits die hard

        • Granny Mae

          herman richardson,

          I’m with you. I too am in a mobility chair. Can’t get on my feet but it doesn’t stop me either. I find ways to do what I need to or want to do ! Go herman ! Keep up the good work !

      • independant thinker

        If you decide to reload your own ammo be sure to READ, READ, READ all you can about it. Handloading is very safe but the potential for catastrophic failures due to lack of attention to what you are doing is definately there. Read all you can about it use care in doing it and most important ENJOY.

      • Yankee Will

        Lee makes small single caliber re-loading kits that you can find on the net for about $20. Each kit has a chart that gives you the information you need to use the kit with different powder types and bullet weights. I first got one to try re-loading .45LC, and have since bought them in 3 other calibers. Very easy!

  • Barbara

    Wasn’t the family on Little House on the Prairie named the Ingalls?

    • libertytrain

      Yes but he’s just referring to the types of lives back then — :) I wouldn’t get too critical.

    • http://UrbanSurvivalGuide.com David Morris (Survival Dave)

      You’re probably right, Barbara. I’m much more versed in preparedness and survival than 80s TV trivia. :)

  • American Patriot

    To those that think that America is fine and will not fall to tyrany. Watch this and then decide how you and your family will survive the “NEW WORLD ORDER” It’s coming folks! Maybe next year. Watch this video. Judge Napolitano looses sleep over what he finds. And Tells Alex Jones at INFOWARS.COM Alex has been warning people of the things he has found over many years of research. These issues are now out in the open for all to see. We are all in for a very rocky road in the coming months. And while your all at it, Look up the Bill S510. It is unlawful to grow, transport, pick, food. Yes food! you are not permitted to have your own garden. Still think i’m full of sh!t? It is unlawful to collect water too. All under the new health care bill. But, what the hell do I know. I’m just a dumb ass American. And Washington D.C. thinks that you are too. Wake up America. Please wake up. Let’s stop with the fighting. We are all being had each and every day. We are all losing our freedoms very soon to be ably to even feed ourselves and our family’s. Watch the video. Please?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLcj5C5KWcU&feature=related

  • s c

    Hmmm. Here’s yet another topic that our compassionate, progressive ‘friends’ avoid. Could it be that they think Uncle Scam is their SAVIOR? Do they think Uncle Scam (the new Caesar) will come running, when the old fart has PROVED time after time that he has other plans and that we’re on our own? Hmmm.
    Any rational adult who has witnessed what Uncle Scam does (and what he doesn’t do) knows that the handwriting is on the wall. Americans are good for two basic reasons (according to Uncle Scam). First, we supply an almost endless supply of redistributed WEALTH to the old fart and his pimps in Washington. Second, we’re expected to WORSHIP the old fart, but when we need the SOB, that’s another matter. Hmmm.
    How are we obligated to owe any allegiance to an entity that knows how to dictate terms, but rarely acts like a friend? Hmmm. I know what Uncle Scam can do with his patronizing ways. He can take his cheerleaders in Congress, the White House and the media and SHOVE them one by one. Fair is fair, Scammy, and your turn in the monkey barrel is coming.

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