How to Cache, Hide, And Camouflage Your Property From Looters

Today’s article is about how to cache, hide and camouflage your property, also known as OPSEC. OPSEC is essential for every prepper( OPSEC stands for Operation Security, that’s a military term), and it basically means you must keep your stockpile secure from privy eyes.  The first rule of OPSEC is that you don’t talk about your stash! The same goes for the second rule and the third rule! Loose lips can sink ships and the whole nine yards, you know the drill!

The fewer people know about your prepping endeavor, the better. As a general rule of thumb, never store your stuff in visible places. Also, you don’t have to brag to your friends, co-workers and neighbors about your stash, or about the cool things you own. I must make a special emphasis on this stupid habit: don’t put pictures of your gear on Facebook, Instagram or wherever. In the best case scenario, you might be laughed at and mocked for being a crazy prepper; worst case scenario, you may end up reported to Homeland Security for terrorist activities, or robbed.

But, in a SHTF situation, guess what , it gets even worse:  you’ll be a piggy bank for all the people out there who know about your stash, people who are not prepared to deal with a disaster, and that makes for the vast majority of Americans.  Are you ready to share your survival stash with total strangers, or you’d prefer to do that with your family and your friends? Will you be able to say no to them? Are you willing to defend your stockpile at gunpoint against the hordes of hungry and desperate people? The easiest way to prevent these unpleasant (to say the least) things from happening is to keep your pie hole shut! If your friends and co-workers are making fun of those crazy preppers, join them, make fun of them too, don’t let anybody know that you’re one of the “chosen ones”.

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Obviously, you must instruct your family members about OPSEC too, and especially your kids.   Nowadays, public schools are questioning the kids about their parents’ activities i.e. if they have guns and stuff, and even FBI started to ask questions about folks buying in bulk crazy stuff like food and ammo; preppers are now associated with domestic terrorism! I mean, we’re living in a crazy world or what?  In the land of the free, home of the brave, refusing  to be dependent upon the government is now regarded as domestic terrorism!

So, keep your mouth shut at all times and do what you have to do. It’s nobody’s business what are you doing on your property, or what you have stored inside of your house, whether it’s water, food or guns. It’s your constitutional right to do it, so just do it. Again, don’t take pictures of your stash, especially if you’re a gun enthusiast and NEVER put them on the Internet, on Facebook, Twitter or other social media platforms. I know it’s fun to do it and to compare what you have with other preppers, but you may become a target, not only for those unprepared, but for our own government that’s supposed to protect us.

Trust me, I’m not exaggerating and I am not over reacting, just read the news. In case you did not know, in case of emergencies, the US government has the right to come into your home and confiscate your extra food supplies, and I am sure they’ll do that if presented with the “opportunity”. Remember Katrina? In case you don’t remember or you did not know, various government agencies confiscated people’s guns with no reason but for the “good, safety and security” of … I don’t know exactly whom. I can’t grasp the concept of disarming people and letting them at the mercy of looters and burglars that always show up in the aftermath of natural disasters/society collapse.

In case of a SHTF situation, you should not rely on the government to protect you. You’ll be on your own, at least temporarily, and your family will depend upon you for food, protection and shelter. Obviously, we all hope that day will never come, but it’s better to be prepared for the worst case scenario while hoping for the best. Which brings us to today’s article: DIY ways to hide your stockpile, whether it’s firearms or supplies.

To begin with, the coolest thing to have in your house is tactical walls. A tactical wall can be described as a hidden compartment used for storing…well, anything, ranging from guns and ammo to food or other valuables (gold, cash, etc). To begin with, here’s a cool video on how to DIY tactical walls (hidden compartments) for storing survival gear with magnetic locks. If you want to scoop for more ideas about tactical walls, just click here. This guys have a lot of gear to sell, yet you can “borrow” a few cool ideas from them absolutely free of charge.

Another idea would be to DIY a stealth/concealed shelf. And here’s the tutorial. Also, check out this videoabout secret compartments in the house, including concealed cabinets, secret compartment tables, couch bunkers, and hidden storage places in the floor. And yet again, another cool idea for stair storage, check it out. When it comes to stashing your survival cache outdoors, there are plenty of options, with the only limit being your creativity. Think along the lines of abandoned wells, hollow stumps, inside old tires, suspended high-up in an evergreen tree (wrapped in camouflage tarps) or buried somewhere near, in an out-of-commission chimney, in your car, and so on and so forth. For a ton of hidden storage solution ideas, check this out too.

Obviously, when you’re contemplating building a secret storage compartment or whatever, you’ll have to first determine what are you trying to hide, and size plays a big role in this equation.  Accessibility is another matter, i.e. if you’re trying to hide a weapon for self defense somewhere in the house, you’ll have to do it in such a way that you’d have quick access to it, in case an intruder shows up. Another thing to remember when building hidden caches for your survival gear is not to put all of your eggs in one basket, i.e. the more survival caches you have (preferably in different locations), the better. For example, here’s an interesting tutorial on how to DIY an underground secret storage, hidden in plain view basically. If you’re going to bury (or store outdoors) your survival gear, it’s important to choose the container carefully and remember that moisture is a prepper’s biggest enemy. Waterproof plastic and metal (like aluminum or stainless steel) containers are the best, the likes of garbage cans/barrels, pelican cases and similar stuff.

I hope the article helped. If you have other ideas or comments, feel free to express yourself using the dedicated section below.

 

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Are you prepared to survive an active shooter style terrorist attack?

Not so ironically, I was in the process of writing an entire piece on how Islamic terrorist cells were already operating inside the United States and then the events in Brussels occurred. The Islamic terrorist attack pre-empted the article’s publishing and unfortunately proved the point I was making so I have since scrapped the article and instead decided to talk directly about preparing for and surviving an active shooter situation.

The events in Brussels, Paris, Colorado, and California are all examples of active shooter scenarios and mark a deadly change of tactics that now show a bias for soft targets in gun free zones.  This knowledge alone will help you prepare yourself and your family to survive in the event you find yourself confronted and possibly trapped in the midst of an attack.  To survive, consider these simple points.

Preparation is key to a successful outcome whether it be in war, a sports game, or a job interview.  It is no different when it comes to self-preservation in the face of an active shooter.  One must be mentally prepared to fight to the death.  The first time you think about what you would do while at school or work or shopping when shots start ringing out should not be when it actually happens.  Working through the problem sets in your head beforehand will enable you to act much more quickly and decisively under high stress, which is vital for survival.  You should also constantly maintain a state of mild vigilance and never completely ignore your situational awareness.  Take note of where exits are.  Observe the people around you and their dispositions.  Be aware enough to know if something doesn’t seem right or if it is out of place.  If you get a gut feeling something isn’t right, exit immediately and leave the area. 

Once it is clear something has gone very bad, immediately seek to develop situation, make a plan, and act.  Don’t waste time trying to get a perfect picture of what is going on.  Take a quick assessment of the situation and then move.  Don’t try to justify what you “think” you are witnessing as a drill or “not really happening.”  Accept that you are in a life and death situation and act accordingly.  If you can exit, do so fast and get away from the area.  If you can’t, get to a hard point (a safer place that provides protection from bullets and ideally can be secured from the inside).  If prepared and able, move to a position of advantage where you can ambush the attacker(s).

If nothing else, just don’t allow yourself to get cornered and move to a spot where you can better observe what is going on and then react accordingly.  If the situation persists, it is likely you can get information from local news on your cell phone or even better, download a police scanner application and activate it to listen to local police traffic.  Just remember, you don’t want the noise to give away your position so silencing ringers is a good plan.  Also, document what you can for the police and first responders via cell phone video or memory.  If you are unfortunate enough to have a close encounter with the attackers, note the specific details of attackers to include number, descriptions, locations, and types of weapons.

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You should also be armed if at all possible.  Training in advance is critical in this regard.  Not only should you be physically fit, but have trained in hand-to-hand tactics and any weapon you may be carrying.  Optimally, you will be carrying a concealed handgun and be very proficient with it. You might even have a go bag stashed at work with some extra tactical gear such as body armor, a knife, and some extra magazines.

If you are unable to maintain proficiency and carry a concealed firearm then you should at least be very good with using the three most common improvised types of weapons such as a club (blunt trauma), a pointed weapon (penetrating trauma), or an edged weapon (combination).  These would look a lot like an expandable baton, dagger, and sword or knife if professionally manufactured.

However, they can be easily improvised from readily available materials.  These could be anything from a broom stick and strong ink pen to a baseball bat, tire iron, broken bottle, belt with a buckle, kitchen knife, fireman’s axe, or even a sock full of change.  Non-lethal weapons are not suitable for this type situation as an active shooter could easily fight through something like pepper spray and still kill you.  Either way, if you are suddenly caught up in the midst of an attack, your best chance of survival will be to arm yourself so that you have a fighting chance as you make your way to help or an exit.

If at all possible, completely avoid the attack.  Note the location of the gunshots and the direction people are fleeing from.  Naturally, go away from the sound of gunshots and explosions.  However, do not necessarily follow the pack out an exit.  It may be a trap and instead it would be much smarter and safer to take another route and exit even if it is from a window or hole busted in a wall.  Attackers have been known to funnel people into kill zones where the doors are locked and attackers are waiting with weapons to shoot down every last person.

If you must engage with an attacker or find yourself cornered, set up a hasty ambush.  Attempt to put actual cover between you and the attacker.  By cover I mean something that will actually stop a bullet like concrete and steel and not just a desk or door.  Also try to use an angle.  Attackers will be hyped up on adrenaline and will not have good situation awareness.  In fact, it is likely they will have tunnel vision and you can use this to your advantage.

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Offset your ambush position from their likely avenue of approach.  Don’t hide in front of a door, but rather, set up behind or beside it.  It is even better if you can get above them because people rarely look up.  You can improve this position by having a covered escape route and setting up a distraction to draw their attention away from your position if only for a second.  Remember, they will likely be shooting everything that even looks suspicious so maintain your offset and cover.  Also, try to change the lighting.  If it is well lit outside, darken your location.  If it is dark outside, make them walk into the light.  The time it takes for their eyes to adjust gives you the split second advantage if you are prepared to act.

If you don’t have the ultimate hiding spot, you should be ready to fight and position yourself within hand-to-hand range to ambush your attacker as soon as they come around the corner, enter the room, etc.  If you can assemble anyone else to help in your ambush you will be far better off.

 

Either way, as the attacker enters “your” kill zone, hit them hard, fast, and repeatedly until they are no longer a threat.  Take their weapons and either reset your ambush now with firearms or evacuate to your closest exit.  You must take on the mindset of hunter and turn the tables on your attackers to make them the hunted.

If you cannot funnel your attackers into a close quarter’s ambush, set up your ambush so that you can assault them during a reload.  As soon as you see an attacker have a malfunction or run out of ammo, you need to rapidly approach with stealth, speed, and violence.  Use a club or combination weapon to dispatch the shooter as quickly as possible.  If you can approach from behind do so and club them.

Target the base of their skull for your strike.  If your weapon is light weight like a broom stick, strike them across the side of the neck to disrupt blood flow and their nervous system.  If you have a knife, thrust it in and up attacking the kidneys and diaphragm or stab down at an angle penetrating the soft pocket where the neck meets the shoulder and thrust and twist the knife toward the center line of the attacker.  Repeat as necessary.

If you are unarmed, rush the attacker from behind and using a double leg take down motion, lift and launch them forward.  The body’s natural reaction will be to brake their fall and release their weapon.  Then proceed to beat the living hell out of the attacker (preferably with the help of others) while keeping them away from the weapon.  If you gain control of their weapon, use it on them.  If you cannot get it to fire (remember, you attacked when their gun was down), use it to club the attacker.

At this point it is absolutely necessary I point out what will now be by far your biggest danger.  The danger you now face as an armed civilian is that the police and first responders will mistake you for one of the shooters and kill you.  This danger is critically high even for police and has been a subject of constant discussion.  My recommendation is once you are armed, to hard point and call the police.  Give them your location, description, and make sure they know and put out to responding units that you are armed and inside.  At this point they may direct you to come out or hold your position.

Either way, it would be best to engineer the situation so that you do not have a chance encounter with a cop or SWAT team.  If you are able to shoot your way through the attackers and stop the attack, convey this and wait for the cops to come in while talking directly with them on the phone.  You may also want to put your weapon down near you once the threat is taken care of to further diminish the chances of accidentally being shot by a cop, but still retaining the weapon in case another attacker emerges.  If you must exit, do so cautiously and methodically.

DO NOT just burst out of the building with a weapon.  This will most likely lead to bad things.  Instead, if you made it this far safely and can see police on scene, then try to call out to a cop and let them know your situation.  They may have you put the weapon down and walk out with your hands up.  If you can’t see any police and the threat is still active, consider holstering your pistol or slinging the weapon and slowly exiting with your hands in the air.  If you see any police, expect to be disarmed at gun point until things can be sorted out.  Remember, no fast movements.

A very dangerous natural reaction in these types of scenarios is for someone armed to spin quickly with their gun in the direction they hear a command.  For example, if a cop sees you he may yell to you to freeze.  Even though the command is simple, your natural and likely immediate reaction is to turn to see who is being addressed.  This “furtive” movement will often be enough for a cop to shoot you if he doesn’t know who you are and sees that you have a gun.  Cops also are trained to look for badges and “police” sashes.

If you are going to draw a gun or take up a weapon in the fight during an active shooter situation, consider having with you and placing on a sash similar to the one advertised in the link above.  This at least will give a cop a moment of pause before he or she pulls the trigger and has been shown in numerous law enforcement training scenarios to prevent “blue on blue” shootings.

If you are captured as a hostage, don’t piss off your attackers any worse.  If they want you to say something or sign something, do it.  Don’t do it well, do it slow, and don’t make it easy for them, but do it.  These types of attackers are not bound by laws and will kill you in a blink if you don’t comply.  You must recognize that this isn’t a situation of state sponsored detention where resistance to demands is warranted or beneficial.  Further, you need to humanize yourself by having them use your name, letting them know about your family, and making yourself not just a face, but a person.

If you are injured ask for help.  If you need water ask for it.  If they refuse, at least try to treat yourself.  This may be applying a tourniquet or pressure bandage to stop massive bleeding from a wound on you or a fellow hostage. Either way, a hostage taker is less likely to kill you first if they have a human connection with you.  Also essential is that you listen and observe everything.  Try to identify our captor’s motives and whether they are going to just kill you or try to ransom you.  Most likely if it is an Islamic terrorist attack, they are going to try to kill everyone so you should prepare to seize the first good chance to attack them and or escape.  If you have your phone, pass any information to authorities.  If nothing else, just leave your phone on and keep it hidden so authorities can listen to the open line.  Eventually, you will be searched by your attackers and any phones will be confiscated so get what information out you can.

If you know your phone is about to be seized, try to leave it connected and place it in a hidden location so authorities can continue to listen in even after you have been searched.  Note the number and location of the hostages as well as the number and location of the attackers and how they are armed.  If you can pass descriptions of the attackers, their motives, and even names being used that is also very beneficial to the police.  If it appears the attackers have explosive devices, absolutely pass this information.  All of this information is critical for the hostage rescue team and will aid in your rescue and survival.  Finally, if it is imminent the attackers are going to start killing hostages, try to get this information out to the police.

This is a critical go/no-go criteria for launching a rescue operation and/or making your escape attempt.  Let the police know if possible and what you plan to do.  Remember, the attackers are going to kill you so it is better to go down fighting than to all die like sheep.  In the interim, you should constantly be preparing escape plans.  Locate your escape route, coordinate with other hostages if possible, prepare improvised weapons, and try to get out of any restraints.  Also, design or be prepared to take advantage of distractions to launch your escape attempt.  If a rescue operation is launched before you can escape, stay down and take cover.  DO NOT grab a weapon and try to help because you will probably be mistakenly shot as a hostage.  Just stay low and behind cover.

However, if an attacker is going to kill you, yes, defend yourself and pray the rescue team is good enough to figure it out.  Also, expect to be held at gunpoint and searched until the rescuers can sort out who is who.  Once the rescue team secures the room, you will need to follow directions and move quickly to safety where you can expect to be further detained and questioned.

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This article is by no means the definitive work on surviving an active shooter style terrorist attack.  However, it is designed to give you critical information you need to know to properly act and survive such an attack.

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Outside of formal training though, you can still do a lot to protect your life and the lives of those around you by simply preparing your mind and body ahead of time.  This includes getting proficient with a firearm and carrying it with you.  Ultimately, you can stack the odds in your favor by preparing now.

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15 Signs That We Live During A Time Of Rampant Government Paranoia

Government Paranoia

 

How does it feel to live under a government that is getting even more paranoid with each passing day? Yes, we live in a world that is becoming increasingly unstable, but that is no excuse for how ultra-paranoid the federal government has become. Today, every single one of us is viewed as a “potential threat” by the government. As a result, the government feels the need to intercept our emails, record our phone calls and track our expenditures. But they aren’t just spying on individuals. The government keeps tabs on thousands of organizations all over the planet, it spies on our enemies and our allies, and it even spies on itself. The American people are told that the emerging Big Brother police state is for our safety, but the truth is that it isn’t there to protect us. It is there to protect them. Our government has become kind of like a crazy rich uncle that is constantly spying on everyone else in the family because he believes that they are “out to get him”. The following are 15 signs that we live during a time of rampant government paranoia.

#1 Former CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson says that the federal government was so concerned about her reporting on Benghazi, Fast and Furious and other Obama scandals that they hacked her computer, monitored every keystroke and even planted classified material in an apparent attempt to potentially frame her.

#2 The United States has become the nation of the “permanent emergency”. In fact, there has been at least one “state of emergency” in effect in this country since 1979.

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#3 In America today, almost everyone is considered to be a criminal. At this point, nearly one out of every three Americans has a file in the FBI’s master criminal database.

#4 Most people don’t realize this, but the FBI also systematically records talk radio programs. The FBI says that it is looking for “potential evidence”.

#5 In Wisconsin, 24 armed police officers are an armored military vehicle were recently sent to collect a civil judgment from a 75-year-old retiree. It is being reported that officials feared that he might be “argumentative“.

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#6 According to guidelines that were recently made public, purchasing Amtrak train tickets with cash is considered to be “suspicious activity” and needs to be reported to the authorities.

#7 The IRS can now seize your bank accounts on suspicion alone. If you are successful fighting the IRS in court, you might get your money back years later.

#8 Thousands of Americans have their mail spied on by the U.S. Postal Service. If you are on “the list”, all of your mail and packages are shown to a supervisor before they are delivered to you.

#9 Most people don’t realize that the U.S. border is now considered to be a “Constitution-free zone” where officials can freely grab your computer and copy your hard drive.

#10 The feds have apparently become extremely concerned about what all of us are saying on the Internet. In fact, they have even been caught manipulating discussions on Reddit and editing Wikipedia.

#11 The U.S. government has become so paranoid that it even spies on our European allies. Needless to say, our allies over in Europe are quite upset about this but we continue to do it.

#12 To the government, each citizen is a “potential threat”, and this justifies the militarization of our entire society. The following is an excerpt from an excellent commentary by John Whitehead

Just take a stroll through your city’s downtown. Spend an afternoon in your local mall. Get in your car and drive to your parents’ house. Catch the next flight to that business conference. While you’re doing so, pay careful attention to how you and your fellow citizens are treated by government officials—the ones whose salaries you are paying.

You might walk past a police officer outfitted in tactical gear, holding an assault rifle, or drive past a police cruiser scanning license plates. There might be a surveillance camera on the street corner tracking your movements. At the airport, you may be put through your paces by government agents who will want to either pat you down or run scans of your body. And each time you make a call or send a text message, your communications will most likely be logged and filed. When you return home, you might find that government agents have been questioning your neighbors about you, as part of a “census” questionnaire. After you retire to sleep, you might find yourself awakened by a SWAT team crashing through your door (you’ll later discover they were at the wrong address), and if you make the mistake of reaching for your eyeglasses, you might find yourself shot by a cop who felt threatened.

Is this the behavior of a government that respects you? One that looks upon you as having inviolate rights? One that regards you as its employer, its master, its purpose for being?

I don’t think so. While this hyper-militarization of the government is being sold to the public as a means of preventing terrorism and maintaining national security, it is little more than a wolf in sheep’s clothing. In fact, as I document in my book A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, what we are dealing with is a police state disguised as a benevolent democracy, a run-away government hyped up on its own power and afraid of its citizenry, whose policies are dictated more by paranoia than need.

#13 As our police departments have become militarized, SWAT team deployments have gone through the roof. As I wrote about recently, there were only about 3,000 SWAT raids in the United States back in 1980. But today, there are more than 80,000 SWAT raids per year in this country.

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#14 The federal government is so paranoid that it is actually spying on itself. The “Insider Threat Program” encourages federal employees to closely watch one another and to report any hint of suspicious activity…

The federal effort, called the Insider Threat Program, was launched in October 2011, and it certainly hasn’t diminished since Edward Snowden disclosed details of the National Security Agency’s domestic spying. As McClatchy reporters Marisa Taylor and Jonathan S. Landay have described, federal employees and contractors are encouraged to keep an eye on allegedly suspicious indicators in their co-workers’ lives, from financial troubles to divorce. A brochure produced by the Defense Security Service, titled “INSIDER THREATS: Combating the ENEMY within your organization,” sums up the spirit of the program: “It is better to have reported overzealously than never to have reported at all.”

#15 Last, but certainly not least, there is the matter of the NSA constantly spying on all of us. The NSA is monitoring and recording billions of our phone calls and emails, and most Americans don’t seem to care. But they should care. I like how an article in the New York Post described what is happening to our society…

Through a combination of fear, cowardice, political opportunism and bureaucratic metastasis, the erstwhile land of the free has been transformed into a nation of closely watched subjects — a country of 300 million potential criminals, whose daily activities need constant monitoring.

Once the most secret of organizations, the NSA has become even more famous than the CIA, the public face of Big Brother himself. At its headquarters on Savage Road in Fort Meade, Md., its omnivorous Black Widow supercomputer hoovers up data both foreign and domestic, while its new $2 billion data center near Bluffdale, Utah — the highly classified Intelligence Community Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative Data Center — houses, well, just about everything. As James Bamford wrote in Wired magazine two years ago, as the center was being completed:

“Flowing through its servers and routers and stored in near-bottomless databases will be all forms of communication, including the complete contents of private e-mails, cellphone calls, and Google searches, as well as all sorts of personal data trails — parking receipts, travel itineraries, bookstore purchases, and other digital ‘pocket litter.’ ”

So what do you think?

Are there any points that you would add to this list?

Please share your thoughts by posting a comment below…

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7 Immediate Steps If Your Instinct Warns Of Imminent Terrorist Attack

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Lets say that your instinct (your ‘gut’, your ‘spidey’ senses) are warning your inner self of a potentially imminent terrorist attack…

…maybe there has been an unusually high number of reported threats, or a recent incident (which may be ‘just the beginning’ of something bigger), or an upcoming event or holiday which could prove ‘ideal’ for such a thing, etc…

No matter the reason for the uptick in alertness, What are you going to do?

Assuming that you are already reasonably prepared in general (since you’re here on a survival preparedness site and reading this…), you might consider the following recommendations:

Security check. Do a quick evaluation of where you stand with regards to your personal security – which is ultimately your own responsibility. You’ve likely heard the saying, “When seconds count, the police are only minutes away…”. The police cannot and will not be everywhere and YOU are the front line of defense. Should a major terrorist attack occur, the closer you are to ‘ground zero’, the more this will matter.

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Should a major terrorist attack occur, the instinctive reaction for many gun owners will be to go out and buy more ammo (same thing happens when there’s a threat of more so called ‘gun control’. With that said, it’s a good idea to preemptively check your inventory.

  • For maximum effect, an organized terrorist attack will focus on public spectacle to boost panic. Crowds. Public gatherings and events. Logically then, avoid these places when your instinct tells you…

 

  • Top off your gas tank. Should you suspect that something may be about to happen, go out and fill your tank. Having a vehicle all set with ‘maximum range’ is always a good thing. Maybe you are away from home and may need to return quickly and without disruption. Etc…

 

  • Stay close to home. Your home is your castle. It’s probably where most all of your preparedness inventory is kept. Should TSHTF, home is where you will want to be.

 

  • Have a plan to get home. If you’re in the region where the attack takes place, in a worst case scenario there might come a period of time when .gov issues a ‘lock-down’. Given the example of the Boston bomber teenager who shut down the entire region of the State, if there were to be a much larger scale coordinated attack than the Boston example – the resultant .gov reaction might pale in comparison.

It will be a judgement call, but if you’re away from home and you believe that the scope of the event has reached a certain threshold, you might high-tail it back home before they close it all down…

  • Double check the 72-hour kit in your vehicle. This may be a good time to preemptively check your kit. A ‘rule of thumb’ is to keep 3 days food in your vehicle’s 72-hour emergency kit(2000 calories per day per person).

 

  • Visit the ATM. Having an interim supply of extra cash is always a good idea, so if your instinct is on alert, then pull some extra cash out of the bank for emergency ‘cash flow’.

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  • Top off the fuel for your furnace. Obviously winter-related, but should things get real chaotic, there may be some supply and distribution issues for awhile. Your home heating is a priority, so keep it closer to full than empty. Top off your heating oil or propane or whatever…

 

  • BONUS TIP. Relax… Being ‘prepared’ in general will bring on a more relaxed state of being. Most preparedness-minded folks are not worried or fearful. Instead they are simply ‘prepared’ and tend to be more ‘situation aware’. The 7 tips listed above are simply several of many quick checks that you might consider while your ‘spidey senses’ are seemingly warning of a potential imminent terrorist-type threat (for whatever reason).

Your turn… Add to the list. Assuming that you’re already prepared, what are some of the things that might be helpful (a mental checklist) as last minute considerations during a time of imminent uncertainty?

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The Consequences Of A Large Nuclear War, WW 3

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Following a large U.S.-Russian nuclear war, enormous fires created by nuclear explosions in cities and industrial areas cause 150 million tons of smoke to be lofted high into the stratosphere. The smoke is quickly spread around the world and forms a dense smoke layer around both Hemispheres; the smoke will remain in the stratosphere for many years and act to block sunlight from reaching the surface of the Earth. New studies predict this level of stratospheric smoke deposition will still be possible even after planned reductions in U.S.-Russian nuclear arsenals are completed under the SORT Treaty in 2012.
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Summary of consequences: U.S.-Russian war producing 150 million tons of smoke

  • 2600 U.S. and Russian strategic nuclear weapons on high-alert are launched (in 2 to 3 minutes) at targets in the U.S., Europe and Russia (and perhaps at other targets which are considered to have strategic value).
  • Some fraction of the remaining 7600 deployed and operational U.S. and Russian strategic nuclear warheads/weapons are also launched and detonated in retaliation for the initial attacks.
  • Hundreds of large cities in the U.S., Europe and Russia are engulfed in massive firestorms which burn urban areas of tens or hundreds of thousands of square miles/kilometers.
  • 150 million tons of smoke from nuclear fires rises above cloud level, into the stratosphere, where it quickly spreads around the world and forms a dense stratospheric cloud layer. The smoke will remain there for many years to block and absorb sunlight.

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  • The smoke blocks up to 70% of the sunlight from reaching the Earth’s surface in the Northern Hemisphere, and up to 35% of the sunlight is also blocked in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • In the absence of warming sunlight, surface temperatures on Earth become as cold or colder than they were 18,000 years ago at the height of the last Ice Age
  • There would be rapid cooling of more than 20°C over large areas of North America and of more than 30°C over much of Eurasia, including all agricultural regions
  • 150 million tons of smoke in the stratosphere would cause minimum daily temperatures in the largest agricultural regions of the Northern Hemisphere to drop below freezing for 1 to 3 years. Nightly killing frosts would occur and prevent food from being grown.
  • Average global precipitation would be reduced by 45% due to the prolonged cold.
  • Growing seasons would be virtually eliminated for many years.
  • Massive destruction of the protective ozone layer would also occur, allowing intense levels of dangerous UV light to penetrate the atmosphere and reach the surface of the Earth.
  • Massive amounts of radioactive fallout would be generated and spread both locally and globally. The targeting of nuclear reactors would significantly increase fallout of long-lived isotopes.
  • Gigantic ground-hugging clouds of toxic smoke would be released from the fires; enormous quantities of industrial chemicals would also enter the environment.
  • It would be impossible for many living things to survive the extreme rapidity and degree of changes in temperature and precipitation, combined with drastic increases in UV light, massive radioactive fallout, and massive releases of toxins and industrial chemicals.
  • Already stressed land and marine ecosystems would collapse.
  • Unable to grow food, most humans would starve to death.
  • A mass extinction event would occur, similar to what happened 65 million years ago, when the dinosaurs were wiped out following a large asteroid impact with Earth (70% of species became extinct, including all animals greater than 25 kilograms in weight).
  • Even humans living in shelters equipped with many years worth of food, water, energy, and medical supplies would probably not survive in the hostile post-war environment.

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