When All Hell Breaks Loose

When All Hell Breaks Loose

When All Hell Breaks Loose covers much of the same ground as How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It, but it is a significantly different book. This book is much longer, yet easier to read.  It’s layout and graphics are far more professionally done.  On the flip side, the information provided is a much lower quality.  The author babbles endless platitudes and spends more time displaying his attitude than focusing on the topic at hand. On the positive side, this book is extremely focused on survival strategies you can implement with very little or no […]

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Fire Extinguishers

Fire Extinguishers

Fire extinguishers can help to put out small fires, but should not be relied on to put out fires that have already become large. Most home fires begin in the kitchen, so I recommend maintaining a larger capacity fire extinguisher there. The workshop or garage is another good location for a larger capacity extinguisher. In addition, there should be at least one larger extinguisher on every floor of your house. In the US, these larger extinguishers might be labeled 2-A:10-B:C. Smaller capacity fire extinguishers can be maintained in other rooms to ensure that you are never more than forty feet […]

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Long-Term Food Storage

Long-Term Food Storage

The question is not “will the food supply fail?”, the question is “when and where will the food supply fail next?” Food scarcity caused famine and death in China in the 1950’s, across Europe in the 1940’s, in Russia in the 1910’s, and in the American South in the 1860’s. During these time periods, millions of people were cut off from reliable supplies of safe and nutritious foods. In China alone, approximately 30 millions people died of starvation during Mao’s “Great Leap Forward.” Historically, bad government is the #1 cause of famine, but food shortages can also be caused by […]

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Moving Overseas for Security

Moving Overseas for Security

The United States has been a model of stability since the end of the Civil War in 1865. Over one hundred years of domestic tranquility has caused many Americans to forget that all governments tend towards tyranny. The United States faces many risks, some created by the nations successes, others by its failures, and still other which are simply bad luck. The wealth and power of the United States attracts fear and resentment from members of less capable cultures. The U.S. has largely been able to ignore those people up to this point, but within a few decades many groups […]

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Door Locks

Door Locks

Common door locks fall into one of three categories: cylinder locks, rim locks, and mortise locks. Cylinder locks are the most common type of door lock.  They are designed to fit into pre-cut holes in standard doors. Rim locks are an older type of lock that is seldom seen anymore.  They can sometimes be useful to add an additional layer of security to an existing door lock. Instead of going through a hole in the door like a cylinder lock, rim locks are screwed onto the interior surface of the door. Mortise locks are similar to cylinder locks in that […]

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Prescription Drug Security

Prescription Drug Security

Most people get their prescription drugs every month, with no backup plan in case something goes wrong. But what if something does go wrong? What if a freak snowstorm blocks the roads for weeks? What if a civil emergency like the L.A. riots makes it unsafe to go to the doctors office or the pharmacy? What if a government intervention in the health care system leads to six-month delays to see your doctor — as has happened in other nations? What if your doctor is killed in a car accident and no other doctor in your area is accepting new […]

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Telephone Security

Telephone Security

There is one simple rule of telephone security: Never say anything on the telephone that you would not want your worst enemy to hear. Landline telephones are pathetically simple to tap. Almost all mobile phone systems utilize security systems which have been compromised. VoIP telephone calls can be tapped by anyone with access to the network. In addition, you don’t know the environment of the person on the other end of a telephone conversation. Perhaps someone is pointing a gun at them, or perhaps they are talking on a mobile phone while standing in line at a bank, or maybe […]

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Choosing a Secure Location

Choosing a Secure Location

Real estate agents quip that the three most important things in real estate are location, location, location.  In a lot of ways, this is more true for security than for real estate in general. Weather and Geology There are many ways in which Mother Nature can ruin your day: Earthquakes Floods Hurricanes Typhoons Tornadoes Volcanos The presence of each of these items can be, and should be, researched before you choose a location as your home base. Earthquake information can be found at the U.S. Geological Service Earthquake Center.  Most of the other events can be researched by searching through […]

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Bullet Resistant Vests

Bullet Resistant Vests

A bullet resistant vest should be a part of any comprehensive security plan. A properly designed, manufactured, maintained, and worn vest can make the difference between a bad day and a very bad day. Most bullet resistant vests are manufactured to standards published by the National Institute of Justice. The current revision of the standard is 0101.06. The standard defines five classifications of bullet resistant vests, based upon their ability to stop various common handgun and rifle rounds.  In general, large slow bullets are easier to stop than small fast bullets. The current classifications are IIA, II, IIIA, III, and […]

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Outdoor Survival

Outdoor Survival

People become stranded or lost in the wilderness for various reasons. A leisurely day hike can turn into days of wandering sick and exhausted, or an overnight camping trip can go horribly wrong because of an extreme weather event. You might even be on a small plane that goes down in a remote area. Your car can slide down a ravine leaving you waiting days for rescue. Anything can happen to anyone at anytime. However, you can survive virtually any situation by preparing, and being aware of what can happen. Survival experts will tell you they prepare for the expected, […]

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