Deploying to Haiti & Preparedness While Traveling

To begin with, I want to thank everyone who is or will be deploying down to Haiti to help with the recovery and stabilization efforts. I will be praying for you. If you or anyone you know is among those deploying to Haiti, please get in contact with me ASAP. I am getting in touch with as many people as possible to share their notes, experiences, and lessons learned from their deployments. Next, I wanted to talk about something particularly timely in light of the earthquakes in Haiti...what … Continue reading...

Practical Survival Gear For Daily Carry

I get emails fairly often asking me what survival gear people should carry on a daily basis. I can't tell you what will work best for you, but I will tell you what I carry everyday. As a gear-junkie-minimalist, my tendency is to carry any and every cool toy that I have access to, but I end up carrying as little as possible. So, here's what I carry every day on my person and why: 1. A Glock 27 with a spare full size mag. I carry them in a Smart Carry Holster on my right hip with the butt of … Continue reading...

UV Water Purification and Weapon Safety Around Kids

Two questions that I get asked often are about water purification and weapons safety around kids. Will UV Water Purification Work In An Urban Survival Situation? In short, it CAN work.  UV purification is very effective at killing viruses, bacteria, and protozoa and is used by municipalities, restaurants, and many households to purify not only water but UV purification is also used in air conditioning and in food preparation areas. Popularized most recently by Cody Lundin, … Continue reading...

Scary Zombies & Surviving Breakdowns in Civil Order

Again, having fun with the season, I want to talk with you about one of the scariest aspects of urban survival after a disaster...zombies. (stay with me) You see,  "zombie" is code for the masses of unprepared people who wander about in a daze after natural and man-made disasters. They loot, steal, and do whatever they have to to survive. They aren't necessarily infections, undead, or wrapped in burial clothes, but they are dangerous. It's just that when people get hungry, thirsty, tired and … Continue reading...

Question About the 72 Hour Bag

Hi David.  I realize that that the best situation is that there be a bag in the car and house and maybe per room.  My question is, Should each person have a bag?  If so, should each bag contain the exact same material? Thanks [Davids response: "I would have a hard time justifying one bag per room, but yes...you do want to have bags in your car(s) and your house. Don't worry about them all being completely stocked immediately.  It's a marathon, not a sprint :) Each person (and dog) should … Continue reading...

Sun exposure to fight the flu

"let me thank you for your work. The depth of research and articulate presentation is very sincerely appreciated. I've been a "growing survivalist" for about 4 years now. I started your course with many preparations already in place (GO bags, vehicle and office kits, shelter-in-place home kit, food/water storage, multiple cooking/fire methods, etc.). Even so, the nuggets and wisdom I glean from your lessons are invaluable. You never know which piece of information might save your life one … Continue reading...

Book Suggestions

:Lesson two begins to hint that we are going to get into the "meat" of the topic soon. I look forward to heavier/weighter/meater lessons. So far, I have enjoyed both lessons, but am looking to really getting into the "weeds" so to speak, and not another overview from 5-miles up. (Don't get me wrong, or take it personally, so far I have been pleased, I am just optimistically looking forward to more. I have already planned the "24 hours w/o water/power, and the Wife and kids are looking forward … Continue reading...

Only Prepper in my area

I hope I'm wrong, but seemingly all my neighbors are the most "situation white" oblivious folks you could find.  I've always fantasized/hoped about finding aware alert neighbors who were interested in forming "sleeper cells" for our local security.  This is why I'm really digging the Survive In Place training.  I feel that there must be sheepdogs in sheeps clothing amongst us.  Much like the minutemen in early times.  I'm the only guy I've seen in the whole neighborhood with a garden.  No … Continue reading...

Mobility questions

Great info.   Trying to keep it all moving forward. I've been working on kit for a while now.   One for the car, house and most of my items in my motorhome.   I have never used a GPS.   I will rely on my own sense of direction.   Don't they have a locator.   I personally am more concerned with a problem with the government.   If I make the decision to "go", I don't want a gps, cell phone or internet for them to track me.   Is that paranoid? Well that is my feeling. I do not have any food items … Continue reading...

Do You Make This Critical Firearms Training Mistake?

This is a sponsored message from our friends at Tactical and Preparedness Solutions (David Morris) According to the FBI, 60-80% of all Law Enforcement shootings happen in low-light environments and in at least 39% of those, lighting was cited as a critical factor. It's a safe bet that civilian numbers are similar. So I’d hope this means you're doing 80% of your firearms training in low light conditions. . .right? Maybe 50%? 10%? Even 1%? If not, don’t worry; you're not … Continue reading...