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+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave W
September 24, 2010 at 10:23 pm

This was you best lesson yet. It’s the simple things that will be the farthest thing from you mind when disaster stikes.Your mind will be your best weapon when the time comes.You must give all of your survival skills a test. It is better to get it right,right now then get it wrong when it realy counts.

I use my own invention. Alcohol heater.It keeps my house warm and it’s clean burning.


Vote -1 Vote +1Linda
September 25, 2010 at 10:52 pm

Hi Dave,

I would be really interested in how you make an alcohol heater!


Vote -1 Vote +1Marty
October 1, 2010 at 11:23 am

Very easy to make.

One three pound coffee can
One roll of toilet paper (TP)
A stand to place the can on (fireproof)
90% alcohol

Poke a few small holes in the bottom upright side of the can for air. (Not too many or too large. Easier to make more holes than less.)

Pour enough alcohol on TP to saturate but not dripping, placed in can.

Set TP and can in safe area of room. (Smaller rooms are easier to heat.)

Light with a long stick match or throw a small kitchen match into can.


Vote -1 Vote +1TOM BURR
September 24, 2010 at 10:25 pm

I must congratulate you for your information. Plus allowing others to give their info. I lost my lady in 1995. Having been alone since. My grand son Danial wife and 5 yr old son now live with me. Having every thing paid. being in the service having been confront with danger has left me unafraid to take measures with what ever it may need. Having a large garden,fruit trees,Pear,apple,blueberry raspberries , hazelnuts, well you get the situation. Not having a weapon is leaves me a bit nervous. I feel a Glock 9mm with 17 shots when loaded plus an automatic long gun,and Shotgun. Do you have knowledge where I can purchase used weapons. On internet or otherwise.? So thank you. Burr


Vote -1 Vote +1stupid
September 24, 2010 at 11:41 pm

get on the web and look up gun shows. you will find several nearby over the next few weekends. they usually cost from $5. to $8 dollars to attend and a very wide selection of firearms, new and used


Vote -1 Vote +1Full Bunker
September 27, 2010 at 4:12 pm

I am an FFL dealer who would be happy to direct you and help


+1 Vote -1 Vote +1David
November 16, 2010 at 8:35 am


Don’t know where you are but I have a couple of extra that I could sell you cheap. Only about halfway of kidding.

My suggestion for firearms would be:

.22 rifle and a 20 gauge shotgun or a combination of the two in an over/under configuration

The reason for this is simplicity and readily available, cheap ammo. You can get 20 gauge in slugs or buckshot for bigger game or protction, smaller shot size for birds and such. The .22 can be used for just about everything including bigger game and protection if you are a good shot.

Do a bit of research on ammo choices and prices for firearms before you go to your local gunshow and maybe go with a knowledgeable friend. You don’t have to spend big bucks either and, trust me, there will be a sh*tload of people who will tell you that you need to spend a whole pile of cash for “good equipment”. K.I.S.S. is what I live by.

Hope this is helpful.


+5 Vote -1 Vote +1Glenna R
September 24, 2010 at 10:33 pm

[David’s Note: Glenna’s entry was the winning entry and will get immediate access to the SurviveInPlace.com Urban Survival Course.” Congratulations, Glenna!]

1. How will course help me? I have two grown children and four grandchildren and I want them to survive! I have recently found your site and I am learning a lot. Suggestion: the holidays are coming and you can buy survival gifts for your family. I am researching where I can buy a good knife that you recently wrote about and getting ready to make some purchases. I can fit a $100 knife into my Christmas budget for some of the older kids/parents.

[David’s note: Here’s where you can find it on Amazon > http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000G0HP5C?ie=UTF8&tag=surviveinplac-20 ]

2. What is the biggest reason you need the course? I am concerned about medical issues since I am diabetic and meds need to be refrigerated. In a critical situation I wonder if meds will even be available. I haven’t seen much in your newsletters about this issue. Other family members have medical issues as well and I need to learn how to deal with that. Also I care for my 93 yr old mother who is frail.

3. What skills have you put into practice? I started stockpiling even before I read your newsletter and I have started a garden. Now I have to learn how to protect the garden and get the most out of it since I have limited space. As I read each newsletter I try to put into practice what has been outlined. I need practice.
I have found “The Colony” to be a real eye-opener and really emphasizes the need to be prepared for what could happen. I have discovered how vulnerable I really am.
Thanks for all you do. This site is regular reading for me.


Vote -1 Vote +1K-Man
September 25, 2010 at 3:46 am

As to your diabetic supplies, make sure that you always have at least 3 months worth. I have been a diabetic for 29 years and I like to have 3 to 6 months handy. Another misconception about insulin is that it “needs” to be refrigerated. Let me tell you that I have not been keeping my insulin cold for over 20 years now. Don’t get me wrong, I do keep my spare, unopened bottles in the fridge. But what I carry with me at all times, never gets cool. Even in the car in the summer heat. I’m alive and well and I would suspect that you will be too.

Another thing that gets me is that people throw away their insulin after starting to use it in 30 days. Again, I use mine until it is empty. I use R, or regular, and N daily. I only use from 2 to 10 units a day of the R insulin. So that means that one bottle will last me about 6 months. Another type of insulin I use is super quick acting Humalog Pen. These pens were given to me by someone who went on the pump years ago and did not need them anymore. The expiration date is Jan 1, 2008. Guess what? It is not refrigerated and I still use it and it works just fine!
Hope this helps!

I also handle my guns everyday. There are a lot of gun owners, but not so many shooters. I shoot IDPA competitions to keep sharpening those shooting skills and it also helps dealing with the stress that comes with challenging yourself. While in my state, I always carry concealed. When driving to other states, which I do a couple days a week, I always carry a CRKT (Columbia River Knife & ToolM16-13Z knife. I find that I use this knife virtually everyday. David Morris said it is a great everyday carry knife, and I highly recommend them too. Also carry emergency water, clothes, flashlights (Mag lights and Surefire), fire starting tools (which includes a bag of dryer lint- lights fast!) and mechanical tools in all of our vehicles. By the bedside, you will find a machete, blowgun, Surefire flashlight, and a sword. Every room in the house has some type of weapon in it be it a pen remote control, picture, lamp, mug, plate, candle, a book, keys, fire extinguisher,,, you get the idea. Even in the shower you’ll find a composite thrusting tool/knife. I even go so far as to have a strip of foam rubber on the outer edge of the tub. This is to hold my pistol between the 2 shower curtains. It stays dry, and I feel protected. You never know if someone breaks in while you are showering. You may not hear them until its too late!

Be prepared for the worst case scenario, but always hope for the best. I learned so much from buying the Survive in Place manual. It will open your eyes. You hear everyday that crazy people do crazy things. Many of my friends think I’m a little nuts, but if T.S.HT.F., I know that I’m fairly prepared. Are you?

Good luck to all you who read these articles!!!


Vote -1 Vote +1Watchdog
October 29, 2010 at 10:59 pm

Hi K-Man,

No. I don’t believe that you’re nuts. I think you’re as smart as a fox. You only get one chance in life to make a fatal mistake. Best that you increase your chances of NOT becoming deceased any way that you see fit.

God Bless you and all the “preppers” out there.


+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Korum Emrys
September 24, 2010 at 10:46 pm

When stripping a vehicle of usable gear, most peeps remember grills, mirrors, seats, mats, crowbars, tires. How many peeps remember to pull the plates if available of a disabled, abandoned, or trashed vehicle? When I forgot my canteen cup and mess kit some years ago, I pulled the plates off my vehicle and friend eggs, bacon, and toast on my license plates. The following day I poured Bisquick mix onto the plates and made my kids some fun license plate pancakes. the paint on the bottom of the aluminum burns to no ill effects, nicely cooking whatever you like on the back/silver side of the plate, so long as you pay attention to whatever you like. The pancakes are a favorite amongst kids, especially if you’ve got a few plates available to make into personalized pancakes!! The inside of banana peels will reinforce water repellent/seal on leather boots if wiped fairly heavily onto them in wet climates. Only temporary though. Beech leaves help to repel insects when used in a debris shelter, wickiup, etc,. Garlic and onion works as well being released from your pores as it does being rubbed heavily on your skin as insect repellent. You my $ .02 worth. =)


+3 Vote -1 Vote +1MP
September 25, 2010 at 12:02 am

I would love to be considered a winner for the urban survival course for these many reasons.


How will the course help my family? Well, while I’ve been researching different types of survival ideas whether its from TV documentaries, books, online articles, or just talking to ex military work buddies, I believe that one can never stop learning. No matter how much one learns, there’s always SOMETHING that hasn’t been learned yet. Also, I may even be able to enhance one of my already known ideas just by going through the course and having it trigger a lightbulb in my head about something that I can do to improve another idea that I’ve already worked on. Also, with the many hours I spend conversing with work buddies about current events and many “what ifs”, I feel that this course will help me help my friends, who are also more than aware that things may be getting ready to crash and burn at any time. While many of my friends have the “stock up on guns or ammo” mentality down, many of them haven’t really put a lot of thought behind the other aspects of surviving an extended catastrophe, especially since many of them had to weather Katrina in ’05. Just having generators and extra fuel wouldnt cut it, being able to filter water out of a nearby pond or creek when your stored supply dries up would take you a lot farther than having the biggest generator for your McMansion. Another thing is that while I live out in the country, the area I’m in still has many people/properties in close proximity of one another. While I may not know if anyone/everyone even has a survivalist mentality, what I do know is that many of the people around me still practice many of the old time country skills that one would normally see in the county. People still have big gardens, dry clothes on lines, have chickens/cows, and can/preserve foods. My own mom still knows how to preserve many foods and make wine from pears and muscadines (which was pretty good by the way and would make a good barter item). By me having the knowledge from something like this survival course, I could further help the people in my area with many ideas that they may not be aware of or even forgot about. It goes back to the idea that was talked about, “useful idiots”. While I can’t really call anyoe an idiot as I don’t know them enough to judge them that way, it still fits because many of these ideas can help people be of better use to themselves and their families, as well as this unofficial community in times of turmoil.


As far as the reason I would need the survival course, I would say the reasons are all of the above; there’s no telling what the world will throw at us. Anything can happen, EMP, socio-economic crashes, nuclear war, hell, even little green men could invade from another galaxy and put us into a position of having to live off of the ruins. But in reality, just knowing these skills makes for an added level of personal security so when the world throws a pile of dung at us, we’ll be able to dodge it with cat reflexes. Going back to my first reason, the course will give me more ammunition to build on my skills through improvements in what I already know and adding new material to my arsenal. A need like that is needed by everybody, even the biggest survival experts out there, we can all learn from one another.


As far as what I’ve utilized from what I’ve learned, there’s many things that I’ve utilized. Whether its recommendations for tools or gadgets that have the best quality, there’s techniques and ideas that we’ve utilized out here. Being in the woods allows us to be closer to the stage when it comes to survival as we have one of the most common survival arenas right in our backyard. On a lazy day we may practice starting fires using the tools we have available along with native materials out here (most common being pine needles). Using other things like dryer lint or hay also gives us more practice as these things are common out here. We’ve pretty much got the stockpiling thing down with our limited resources as we fit it into our bi-weekly shopping. Every time we shop we make it a habit to purchase $3-5 worth of canned goods, or mix up a pack of toilet paper or bottle of iodine or alcohol in the mix. If packs of ramen noodles are on sale, we’ll get those too. Either way, by doing this, we’ve amassed a large amount of food and other supplies that we can definately put to use, or barter. In time we will use some of the canned items on days when the wife doesn’t feel like cooking anything so rotation isn’t a problem. As far as water, we’re only a mile as the crow flies from a large reservoir so water is almost abundant. I’ve even looked at the idea of utilizing simple 12v pumps with a marine battery and some hose to pump water into some drums for emergency water. We are able to back up to the shores of the reservoir to go fishing so this comes pretty easy. There are also many properties with large ponds available as well, that with the right negotiating skills could also serve as water supplies for those in need, even if its coming by with a couple of 5 gal buckets to get drinking water for a few days.

On a side note, there are things that we do to help make ourselves more self sufficient as well as hone in our survival skills. Besides fixing our own vehicles, and working around the property, never having to hire out labor except for those really big tasks (which we’ve been blessed not to have to do yet). As far as a little step towards EMP protection, we have a couple of vehicles that would probably be one of the few vehicles that would still be on the road if an EMP burst hit the US. We have a couple of old mustangs, 69 and 65 respectively, one with a 6 cyl, other a V8, which while currently are using the Duraspark electronic ignition systems as an upgrade we did, we still retained the original breaker point distributors along with the extra points/rotors/caps, so we could easily revert back to those components to put the cars on the road in an emergency. Extra ignition modules are also in stock, kept in metal ammo cans for EMP protection as well. This type of protection has also been extended to some handheld CB radios, some of those handheld “10 mile range” radios that are common, and a yellow radiation meter. Extra cans are also available for our power inverters too.

We’ve got a wood stove installed in the house, with a large stock of wood, composed of everything from scrap wood salvaged from hardware stores, curbside garage, fallen trees, pallets, and leftovers from projects. Firestarters are made from sawdust and candlewax. We recycle everything we can, old motor oil/tranny oil and gasoline gets mixed together to make a firestarting fuel that won’t blow us into the stratosphere. We forage for blackberries or wild muscadines and huckleberries in the woods around us. We have dogs outside that serve as natural alarms to warn us of any possible threats. Just like any backwoods folks, we have our guns. While we’re not fanatics, we choose guns based on some practicalities, like ammo availability as well as dependability. Some of our favorites are surplus bolt rifles rebarreled to .308 cal since its a caliber that’s easily available. We also like 762x39s and 223 for the same reasons. 12ga shotguns and 357 mag/38spl revolvers along with 9mm also make up the list. No one can forget the good ole 22. Since we reload, we can customize ammo for many of these guns, and share many slugs as well. Since we mold some bullets too, we can share one bullet for a few calibers, like a 125gr 9mm bullet, works for 357/38spl as well. In a pinch the .311 bullets for the 762×39 can be used in the 308 with lighter powder charges. No one can forget air rifles. We have a mix of spring piston and pneumatics, all in the 600 fps+ range, many with scopes, as we like having the ability to pop a squirrel or rabbit in near silence at times, another skill that could be useful in in such times, especially in the city during martial law.

Other things that we’ve done as part of our everyday life on the homestead was build a diesel generator with an ebay purchased engine and generator head, and have plans on running the thing with veggie oil again, as we’ve done it once, but after not doing it right, had to do some cleaning on the engine. Now that its up, we will try again. We have a small solar array set up, currently for recharging a marine battery, but will be working on upgrading. Our garden was successful and will be growing more next year, and with what we learned, will be better. The successes that we’ve accomplished get discussed among work friends and tends to help motivate them to try more themselves. We’ve also taken up kayaking as a means of exercise, and a means of getting into places to fish, set trot lines and in a real dire emergency, silent transportation through areas where larger boats cannot go. I could go on and on but have gone on long enough, this will definately do. Until the next time.


Vote -1 Vote +1nukemm2
October 23, 2010 at 10:04 pm

if you have a .311 bullet mold and need to use the .311 in a .308, get the .309 bullet sizer from Lee for about $15 and put it on your single stage press. It will size the bullets and gas crimp them at the same time. It will also save money since there is no need for a top stamp as in RCBS or Lyman sizers and the tumble lube works well for about $4. I use .311 at 155gr for my 7.62×39 for practice and cast extras for reloading in my .308 and .30-06 Garand.
happy prepping,
knowledge is power and power keeps the lights on (nuke navy mm2, me)


Vote -1 Vote +1Watchdog
October 29, 2010 at 11:40 pm

Seems to me like you’re already a winner!!!!!

Wish you were my neighbour.Lol.

God Bless.


Vote -1 Vote +1George
September 25, 2010 at 12:05 am

Back around the 1970s or 1980s a series of books were written by an educator who traveled throughout Appalachian mountains. She ended up writing around 6-8 books. Each one covered an area of living in the area. Keep in mind the area is/was way off the grid due to the financial situation of the people and the area. The books documented all of the old methods of providing what was necessary for life and added to the comfort of living (including making musical instruments and so on. It included how to build a log cabin, grow/process/can/store food, natural plants to use as medicine, building furniture, making cloth and clothes, and so on.

The series was called Fox Fire. Check your libraries for copies available. There should still be some around because it also captured the lives and stories of the people.
Just checked Amazon, they have 12 volumes of the books for sale.


Vote -1 Vote +1Mike Harlow
September 25, 2010 at 12:45 am

This a good thing you’re doing. I’m getting prepared. I’ve located four really good campsites way out in the weeds but close enough for emergency return trips back to town if need be. I see a need for a chain saw for firewood. Huge labor saver. Fire starters are super easy to make out of half a paper towel folded tight and held tight with a twisted paper clip. Now soak it in melted parfin found at local hardware store. Look in the home canning section. These work great. Full size shovels are cheep enoughj to buy two or three. I’m pretty good on guns & ammo but I know I need a lot more food. If something kicks off on the border or with muslim sleeper cells, there will be no such thing as too much ammo. Stay alert.


+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Alex
September 25, 2010 at 1:01 am

I would like to get a free survival course because I am interested in survival and I want to be ready for almost anything, not just for myself but for anyone that would benefit from my help. I have tried gathering supplies in the past but because of moving or financial distress, I don’t have anything much and would like to use what I learn as a framework for my survival plan. I haven’t had the chance to try any survival techniques and would really like to learn because I have seen a few things but I just want to learn all I can. I hope I get the free course.


+1 Vote -1 Vote +1george
September 25, 2010 at 2:44 am

1. How will the course help you and/or your family?

me and my family live in a third world country were we are persicuted (because were christians) also our country is headed into civil war add to that its extremely rare for a christian to own a firearm here so the abuility for me to protect my family is vital

2. What is the biggest reason you need the course?

take your pick 1-religious persicution
2-civil war
3-economical fail

3. What skills or practices have you already put into practice that you’ve learned from the Urban Survival Newsletter?

i started stockpiling survival tools and equipments
started learning sientific self defence and TFT got a bb gun (to be able to feed my family) and building improvised traps and weapons


+1 Vote -1 Vote +1George
September 25, 2010 at 3:39 am

This course would help me and my family survive. My wife sometimes things I am crazy, but living where we live, I feel we have a very high chance of naturual disaster (fire and earthquakes) and we live in a huge military town close to the boarder which I feel makes us open to terorist attack.
I have made small survival kits for my vehicles (since I drive alot for work) and have started to stockpile, food, equipment and information. I read about differant things such as gassifiers, walter filters, solar cooking. I have a couple of weapons for home defense and hunting now.
I have pratice firemaking techniques and am going to try that charcoal technique this weekend.


+1 Vote -1 Vote +1David Lucas
September 25, 2010 at 7:28 am

I know we are living in times of great distress, and I am prepareing for hard times. I am alone in this I try to wake up people and family to the reality of hard times that lies ahead.I don’t know enough about surviveing,I do know its about budgeting and sacrifice and that I do practice.I also practice showering in cold water,eating soups and rice regularly I have no knowledge on real survival preparations and I know the course will benefit me so I can prepare my soon to be family for the worst and be ready to teach when time comes.I hope for the best and try to prepare for the worst with your course.


+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Bobbi Martin
September 25, 2010 at 8:57 am

This course will help me have at least SOME chance of surviving and keeping my remaining family safe. None of them think anything is going to happen and I am being an alarmist. I am on a very small fixed income, and I’m disabled so finding any money to this is really hard.

The biggest reason I need this course is to teach me the things I wouldn’t know to even think about doing. I know there are things I need to be doing and learning NOW but I wonder if I have even thought about most of them. The medicines issue is a large one for me and my family also. I am diabetic, with a mild heart condition, and emphysema, and the family have medical conditions also.

I started stockpiling about 4 months ago, and while money is scarce the pile continues to grow. I am hoping to learn what to do about medicines, but I am also learning about homeopathic methods, herbs, and spices, and how to concoct remedies and preventives from them. I have my seed stores and have them in the freezer in the sealed packages they came in. In fact I have 4 of the packages , hoping that will give a little to barter with. I have also begun to try to find a place to hide my firearms so they cannot be confiscated, if it gets to that before total meltdown. Thank you for all the lessons. I appreciate you.


Vote -1 Vote +1Mike Harlow
October 1, 2010 at 8:53 am

Hiding guns 101
Get some poly sewer pipe. It’s usually blue or green. Get it in large diameter10 or 12 inch.buy caps for same and some silicone rubber cement or aquarium sealant (same thing). Put the long guns in gun socks or leg warmers after wiping down each gun not with creasote but with axel grease as its much easier to remove without special solvents. Handguns can be put in real socks or zipped cases after the grease wipe. Don’t forget half loaded magazines and bandoleer for long term storage. Loading mags only half full keeps the springs in good shape forever. MREs, emergency water, first aid kit and a roll of gold coins will also fit in this pipe. Now stuff some silica gel packets into the pipe, cap & seal the ends with silicone and bury it at least three feet deep in a place where it’s unlikely anyone will dig such as along a remote govt. fenceline. Your yard is a bad place unless you can park a junk car on top of it with no wheels. The junk car would confuse a metal detector and be very difficult to move with no wheels.


+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Mike Schweitzer
September 25, 2010 at 10:04 am

My Dad and I have been working toward the goal for surviving in our homes just like your course recommends. Our wives don’t see the need. Your course would show why and how better then we’ve tried. Plus they would like to see how we can do it without destroying our budget.
I’m concerned about natural disasters and economic collapse.
I’ve already been doing food stockpiling, practicing fire starting once per week on the weekends, and have water storage.
I would appreciate your help in doing these things better and learning more that I could be doing without breaking the family budget.


+8 Vote -1 Vote +1Leonard
September 25, 2010 at 2:39 pm

[David’s Note: Leonard’s entry was the winning entry and will get immediate access to the SurviveInPlace.com Urban Survival Course AND a copy of “Urban Survival Guide.” Congratulations, Leonard!]

1. My greatest need for this course is to enable myself and family to survive what is sure to be an enormous economic collapse.

2. Until about 3 years ago, my job paid $60k per year. I never spent any time preparing for anything but inconvenience (i.e. two NEW tires for use as spares in my pickup, a few days’ supply of extra food in case of rough weather making travel to grocery stores too difficult. I’d never heard of EMP’s or knew of the damage they could cause. Today, my job pays just under $30k, and as it is a traveling sales job, costs $7k in gasoline to accomplish. For us, the collapse has already begun. The company I work for (a chain of publications) has downsized dramatically—by about 40%. I have no “extra” money to spend on anything, and won’t until (or unless) the economy improves dramatically. In my circumstance, the prospect of homelessness is a possibility as jobs that pay more than minimum wage are almost non-existent. Our Governor (of New Mexico) has created a “sanctuary” state here, and illegal aliens have flooded the market. They can afford to work for far less than Americans, as they have no compunction about signing up for every welfare gimme you can name. Contrary to popular belief, they DO file tax returns. Because they choose to live in such poverty, they qualify for every dime withheld from their pay to be repaid to them, plus thousands of dollars in “earned” tax credits by having more children than they can support. For us, moving to another state would be impossible, and no, we don’t collect foodstamps or any other “gimmes”.

3. Since subscribing to Survive in Place newsletter:
We’ve begun stockpiling canned foods against a time when purchasing food may be impossible-either because of price increases, rationing or limited supply caused by disruptions of electricity or fuel supply. Recently, we’ve begun hearing news stories in local media of people committing the “crime” of “hoarding”. While these stories don’t have anything to do with stocks of food, the very fact that “hoarding” of anything is considered criminal is disturbing to us. Could be time to store up lots of food, but keep it a secret. After doing more online research, I found that old –fashioned vacuum tube type radios would be unaffected by an EMP. I searched through thrift stores for months and found a 1940’s vintage short-wave radio that receives AM and FM signals as well. If everything crashed, there might not be commercial radio stations broadcasting anything, but Ham operators might be able to, assuming that electricity in one form or another is available, I could hopefully learn what’s happening in the world, and be able to anticipate how it might affect us. TFT had already been a part of my life (and SCARS before that); too, in order to acquire the most affordable and transportable (if necessary) form of water, we’ve begun buying a couple of gallon-sized bottles of water when grocery shopping. The small bottles of water will run over $3 a gallon, the gallon-sized containers cost just over $1, and if purchased in cases of 4, can be easily stacked and stored until needed.

As for survival skills (or strategies), I’ve acquired quite a few during my life. Many scavenged from Backpacker Magazine, as well as Fur, Fish & Game magazine. Of those most anyone could use are:

Store Cotton Balls into which one has “massaged” a large gob of petroleum jelly (Vaseline). They’re easily stored in old film containers. You can place one on wood that’s too wet to light by any conventional method, and with a match (or spark) light the cotton ball. It will burn for about 5 minutes, drying and lighting the wood sufficiently to use it for cooking or heating.

Field Dressing game: In situations where handwashing is impossible, or water too precious to waste, DON’T cut open the belly of any animal. The internal organs may have parasites like tapeworms or flukes and even deadly bacteria like e. coli. Do what modern cattle rustlers do—slit the skin down the back of the animal, pull it off and then cut off the legs at the joints. This is where most of the meat on most quadripeds is. The joint is nature’s “dotted line”. On small game, kitchen shears like those made by Chef’s Choice (look on eBay) will easily cut through the cartilage and ligaments. On larger animals, poke the tip of your knife into the joint (wiggle the leg to find the spot), and cut through it. If you’ve ever cut up a frying chicken, you know how to do this. On LARGE animals, like cattle, elk or even fat catfish, where there is substantial meat on the ribcage, you can remove the meat on the ribs by cutting along the spine, down toward the belly. With catfish, don’t remove the skin—it’s the “frying” pan. It’ll burn to a crisp on your grill, keeping the attached meat moist, and will peel easily away after the fish is cooked. WARNING: when field dressing game of any kind, be aware of your surroundings, especially when hunting alone. Many a lone hunter has been killed by bears or mountain lions while busily attending to the project at hand. Too, another predator you might need to fear would be humans. They’ll be hungry, too.

Field Expedient Grill: Those old fashioned steel milk crates you can still find in flea markets, garage sales, etc. You can put your pots and pans inside of them to transport, and, once your fire is built, turn it upside down over the fire: instant barbecue grill! The modern plastic crates used by commercial dairies are fine for storage or transport but being plastic, unsuitable for cooking over.

Trapping: When I was a kid, I kept snakes as pets. Snakes don’t just eat mice, but also birds (not necessarily alive, either). I used mousetraps to trap birds by painting the wooden platform and tip of the bait pedal of the mousetrap with karo syrup—no “chemical” smell to deter birds from feeding—and sprinkling birdseed over the karo syrup. The seed stuck and stayed forever. I’d place the trap on the ground and broadcast more birdseed around it in the morning and go to school. When I came home for lunch, I’d harvest the catch. It ALWAYS worked. Rat traps, similarly baited, would be best for larger birds, like doves. Birds, unlike most other game, will have to be gutted, and certainly plucked. Best field-expedient way to cook small birds would be to boil them. If you’re staying in your home during a period of crisis, set up several bird feeders now and keep them stocked with seeds.

Hunting: Best to use a .22 rifle and plan to kill small game. Ammo is still cheap and easy to find. Large game is hard to preserve except during freezing weather, and even harder to store safely. If salmonella or similar afflictions from eating tainted meat doesn’t kill you, the predators drawn by the scent of your food cache almost certainly will.

Edible Wild Plants: Proceed with caution. Even the most non-toxic wild plants are probably not a part of your regular diet. If you’re thinking of relying on them to any degree, get used to eating them now. You may discover that they can cause the inexperienced forager to develop diarrhea. Diarrhea is not no fun in most weather, it can kill by dehydrating the sufferer. Dehydration kills in different ways, depending upon circumstances.While slowly drying up into human jerky over a period of days it will destroy internal organs. Diarrhea, however, will lead to a much more rapid dehydration, in which electrolytes are lost, but not all electrolytes, and certainly not equally. Unbalanced electrolytes, especially potassium causes severe muscle spasms. Your heart is one of those muscles. When it spasms, it’s unlikely you’ll survive.


Vote -1 Vote +1Mike Harlow
October 1, 2010 at 9:28 am

Great idea about trapping birds. I’ll write that one down. Lots of small game moves at night when it’s tough to see em & shoot em. I have a humane trap I bought for feral cats. It works really well. The animal is trapped unhurt, and safe from predators. I then put the barrel of my 10/22 through the screen of the trap and use the animal’s body for a silencer. Contact gunshot wounds are super deadly because of the expanding gas and quiet enough to not wake the neighbors no matter how close. It’s also hard to miss. Don’t try this with a revolver. Escaping gas between cylinder and barrel will make plenty of noise. This trick allows you to poach in the city. BB guns are quiet and can also harvest birds in the city without disturbing the greenie next door.


Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Maxson
September 25, 2010 at 3:30 pm

Thanks so much for giving someone a chance for a free course. That’s a very “neighborly” thing to do and you will re rewarded for it. Keep up the good work. We all appreciate it and depend on the information that you give us.



Vote -1 Vote +1andrea
September 25, 2010 at 4:24 pm

Hello David & other potential survivors out there! I am learning so much from all of you, so thank you. My husband thinks I am too paronoid, but I am still learning everything I can, and getting food, survival gear etc. together little by little. My husband is a farm boy from a large family who learned many useful skills. I am picking his brain, and am surprised at all he knows! Now if I could just get him more into practicing these skills with me. Maybe as things become more difficult he will realise what might happen and get with the program. At least my preperations will come in handy if tshtf! Well, everyone hang in there, lets keep encouraging everyone who listens!


+1 Vote -1 Vote +1debra oatley
September 25, 2010 at 5:08 pm

Dear David,
Many of the strategies you speak of are already known by me, but I’m always willing to learn more! Staying in place is really the only option for me. I live with my 18 year old autistic son and changing situations and places are extremely upsetting for him.
Keeping surroundings as “normal” as possible and stress free are important.
I am also a Prison Planet listener and enjoy the info Alex Jones gives his audience.
One thing I have expanded on is my home garden- I’ve always had one, but it’s about to get much bigger!
I would like to be considered for your free offer due to the tight financial situation my son and I are under. My daughter used to be able to help us out, but she is now over seas, in the navey. She calls from Bahrain frequently and I worry about her all the time,
Thanks for all of your great information!


+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Jeanette
September 25, 2010 at 9:22 pm

Please consider me for a free copy of your Urban Survival Course. I have only started to focus on survival planning within the last 6 months, since I read the book “One Second After.” I realized how unprepared my family was to deal with any kind of breakdown in normal services for more than a couple days, much less a broad reaching societal breakdown that could occur in the event of an EMP. I’m also concerned about economic collapse, or other unforeseen disasters. Fortunately where we live natural disasters are uncommon. We do not have much extra income, so I’ve been trying to learn what we can do with very limited funds to prepare. Setting up an “away” location is also not an option for us. Your guide seems to be exactly what I was looking for. With 2 small children, I want to make sure our family is taken care of, and to be able to prepare our home. We’ve also started gardening this summer, to learn basic skills that may come in handy.

Most of the information I’ve found has been focused on getting away, and briefly talks about what to do to prepare to survive in place. I really like the concrete things I’ve seen outlined so far in the mini-course. You’ve even included things I can work on already with my 6 year old (such as situational awareness – explained in an age appropriate way). I am also looking for guidance on what “stuff” we actually DO need to buy, so the little money we can put into gear is well spent. We have discovered that hiking is an excellent way to test out what you need for basic survival!

I only started your mini-guide this week, and have been working on 72 hour car kits and especially situational awareness wherever we are. I plan to put negotiating into place next weekend when we head to the farmer’s market. Tomorrow my husband and I are going to see what we have and need to set up water filtration. We live in an arid area, and water is of great concern here. I want to make sure we could safely drink whatever we could find in an emergency.

Thank you for putting this course together, and for offering the mini-course for those of us who can’t scrape the money together for the full course at this time.


+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Jason
September 25, 2010 at 9:32 pm

I need the free course to help me protect myself and my family in the event of a natural disaster, economic collapse, etc. I am an avid survival enthusiast and I am constantly watching survival shows on TV and reading up on survival online. I want to be as prepared as possible if things go bad. I have already taken measures to prepare including a bail-out bag, along with extensive firearms training/tactical gunshot wound training I have obtained as part of my employment. I am currently stockpiling food and water along with taking measures to make my home more secure. I feel that I would take complete advantage of the information provided in the course with nothing being wasted. I have a wife and 2-year old along with a new baby on the way. Keeping them out of harms way is very important to me. Thanks


+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Linda
September 25, 2010 at 11:51 pm

Hello! I am a 50 year old Canadian and we are not allowed guns other than for hunting and I prefer not to have to have a registered gun that the Government will have the police take from me when the time comes for us to lose all our rights so my husband and I have learned how to use slingshots, air riffles, blow guns and archery and have machettes/swords/knives for protection. We just purchased night vision goggles and wnet tent camping for the first time since I was 14 and cooked over open fires (new tip…gathered tree sap off pine trees and the globs burn for about 5 minutes or so each so is natures ready made fuel supply) and we kayaked 85-100 KM over a 13 hour period of time for exercise in a local fish filled res. I have been studying survival skills from books, the internet and tv shows over the past 2 years or so and have tried many of them so I can have a skill set. We started collecting food and supplies and are doing our best to get prepared for ANYTHING that may happen in the future. I learned about square foot gardening (squarefootgardening.com) and purchased the book and we built gardens for my mother and for us this year and are building some for my sister also. I am learning how to grow my own herbs and flowers as well for medicinal purposes and our yard will provide us with 10 kinds of fruit. I am learning canning, make my own jams/jellies, and purchase locally as much as possible from our farmers market, fruit trucks and Hutterites that sell their excess produce. I need to learn more about how to have cache storage, indoor heating in the winter (as it is often up to 40 below here) if there is a power outage and there is no fireplace etc., I stock up on candles (pillar type mostly) and have wall holders with candles throughout my home, kerosine lamps, crank flashlights/radios and crank lamps. I have learned how to build various shelters but need to actually get time in doing it. We have a years supply of food stored and I have purchased a dehydrator and learned how to dehydrate food to store as it takes up less room and is light to carry if you had to transport it (Dehydrate2store.com) and it is so much cheaper to make your own. I have taken CPR/first aid courses and have med bags and fully packed bug out bags in each vehicle with an extra set of clothes/socks/boots and coats. We have purchased 5 gal. water bottles from a company here who sells reverse osmosis water and racks to hold them and have 28 bottles in storage at all times (My goal is a year supply on hand) and I am going to purchase a fire hydrant wrench also. My friends and fammily think myt husband and I are out to lunch when we share information with them pertaining to needing to prepare for disasters, failed economy, hyper inflation, world war III, EMP, terrorist attack, China takeover or whatever may come down the pike but I know they will be happy we prepared and are ready to step in an lead or family when it all comes down and then they will be ready to hear and learn the skills we have practiced..I would love so much to win your course and other materials…I try to stay level headed yet I am so afraid of the future and what may happen (especially if the illuminati has its way in the end) and our government members are sitting comfortably in underground bunkers while we are fighting to survive…we do not have fall out shelters or bunkers in Canada and no one sells them in our country…no safe rooms unless you make your own…so we are very much on our own. Ideally I wish we lived in the country in a dome home with a wood stove to cook on and everything we need to be alright but we don’t so I have to do the best I can here at home…please consider me for your course…I could sure use your vast knowledge and experience to keep my loved ones alive should the worst things happen. Thank you for all you do!


+2 Vote -1 Vote +1Linda
September 26, 2010 at 12:13 am

I forgot to include in my plea to win the course that I make a point of stocking up on toilot paper and if there cam a time that life stood still and transportation of goods ceased to happen I think that toilot paper will be GOLD (and the best/cheapest item I can store…not cigarettes/alcohol)…also I purchase 2 portable toilots…if there is no power from an EMP it won’t be long before there is no sewage system as it runs on electricity and an outhouse is not allowed in the city.


Vote -1 Vote +1Chris Polaski
September 26, 2010 at 12:39 am

I have to say that I am learning a lot just reading and have spent the last year working on prep survial skills. I am amazed at how much we all still have to learn but am empowered by seeing the awesome responce from everyone. My simple contribution is look for

dollar stores!!

I have stockpiled a lot of food and have missed out on doubling my amounts by shopping at a dollar store. Watch for dates on packages. Water, containers for gas, and medicine are all really important and availible. I pass any Chavez I have to the next person. God bless!


Vote -1 Vote +1Chris Polaski
September 26, 2010 at 12:41 am

I have to say that I am learning a lot just reading and have spent the last year working on prep survial skills. I am amazed at how much we all still have to learn but am empowered by seeing the awesome responce from everyone. My simple contribution is look for

dollar stores!!

I have stockpiled a lot of food and have missed out on doubling my amounts by shopping at a dollar store. Watch for dates on packages. Water, containers for gas, and medicine are all really important and availible. I pass any chance I have to the next person. God bless!


Vote -1 Vote +1G Snyder
September 26, 2010 at 6:03 am

I don’t know if these qualify as “skills”, re: your “There are 2 VITAL
survival skills in particular that I’m looking for” per se, but I know without
them you are going to definitely have problems.

First is a survivor’s mindset, an “I’m going to get through this, and I’m
going to do so with a whatever becomes necessary” attitude.

Second is the WILLINGNESS to do whatever becomes necessary. You can have
all the material items you want, but without attitude and will, they mean
very little.

G. Snyder


Vote -1 Vote +1Mike Harlow
October 1, 2010 at 10:32 am

Doing what’s necessary might include making a decision about beggars. Feed someone one time and they remember you the very next time they get hungry. They WILL return and they might bring their pitiful children to tug at your heart strings or they might bring enough of their buds to take all of your food and leave you lying in a large puddle of your own blood. This is the bad part of surviving in place. It can be done but you must make a decision to say no and mean it and be ready to defend against those who WILL come and ask if you have any food you don’t need. I plan to post an extremely nasty sign to discourage them. If that doesn’t work, they may not like the way it ends. It won’t be freindly. Remember some survival plans include shooting you and taking YOUR food. Some have told me this is their plan! If surviving in place is what you MUST do, you must mentally prepare for what you may HAVE to do. Surviving in place is ludicrous without a gun and the resolve to use it. A huge huricane wiped out Holmstead, Florida years ago. Every house was flat. The cops told the folks to shoot looters and the place was bristling with guns. No one was shot cause absolutely no one dared to loot. It worked that time because there was food and water and cops. Where I live today 31 deputies and about a dozen city cops have been laid off. Pretty soon we’ll be down to a skeleton crew. I have the ability to bug out to several locations but I’m staying put just as long as humanly possible. Remember this: you can’t defend against a drive by shooting or a Molatov Cocktail. I also suspect that if you start stacking bodies at the curb, you might get arrested or hung by a citizen’s committee or at the very least, invited to leave by the homeowner’s association. Something wicked, this way cometh. Mike


Vote -1 Vote +1talon1
September 26, 2010 at 7:13 am

Well, first of all,I`d like to thank you for my awakening to survival.Most of the skills that the older generation new are now allmost forgotten.I`ve learned alot from your site.please consider my family for the free course .we have went form a 5 bed room house to a small 2 bedroom trailor because of the paycuts at work. I have 3 children to feed and clothe. My wife says for me to find another job, but a little money is better than no money I say. Last night we had a major power outage.the power was out allnight lucky I had some candles I took some meat out and built a small fire and cooked out . the kids got kind of scared So we played a boardgame until they got tired and went to sleep. That gave my wife and Itime to talk .We discused different things about survival and what we would do I do store water in plastic soda bottles we have a little food stored but its not enough. we are in the process of building a chicken coop . we want to learn more about wild foods and harvesting them foraging . I read some of the post on your site and go wow ,if I new how to do that, but you see I can not afford your course but my family would benafit so much form having it. Right now winter is comming and I cant afford to buy propane but will have to do something soon thanks for your time


Vote -1 Vote +1Linda
September 26, 2010 at 11:07 pm

Talan…is there anyway I can help you?…where do you live?


Vote -1 Vote +1Wayne L. Purl
September 27, 2010 at 12:07 pm

Need it, want it, hope to win it.


Vote -1 Vote +1Marcia
September 27, 2010 at 1:14 pm

David, thanks so much for a great and very informative newsletter! And thanks to all of you who write commnets each week. I have learned so much from all of you. My husband and I have been stockpiling for about 3 years. We think we have most of the basic equipment that we need but not assuming we are finished. We have purchased some freeze dried food and are stocking on water. It does take time and financial resources but just start somewhere. If you google survival or some other similar key word, you will be surprised at how many sites it will take you to. That will give you an idea of what to start buying. I just buy something every week when I go grocery shopping. You will be surprised that in a short amount of time, you are actually starting to stockpile for your family. I have been buying lots of extra tp, tissues, soap etc. These items do not go bad and they would be great barter items. Good luck to whoever wins the free survival-in-place course!


+4 Vote -1 Vote +1Linda D.
September 27, 2010 at 3:15 pm

I am writing to be considered for the free SurviveInPlace.com Urban Survival Course. I have become more aware of possible upcoming disaster(s), whether from natural sources or man-made ones. I started putting together a Y2K kit when my children were very small and have been trying to improve on those supplies ever since. Now I realize a threat could come from any direction, at any time and last indefinitely. I want to do more than just survive, I want my family to thrive along with those around me and I want to learn how to live in a healthier environment that I create.

I have 5 children of my own, am responsible for overseeing my mom’s care and am a pastor’s wife ( we have a home church). Lately, as the topic of preparing for the future has come up, more and more people from our little congregation are looking to me to teach them what to do. I’ve been studying and researching all I can, but as you said, there is just so much info out there that I’m on overload. I need a plan, a strategy. I need to know how to put together what I’ve learned and disregard what may seem important at first glance, but really isn’t.

Besides trying to accumulate “stuff” for possible different scenarios, I’ve started a small garden this year (tried some in the past, but made them too big and overwhelming) and am experimenting with what to grow and how to do it naturally, and different methods of preservation. I want to start raising chickens & am researching for best results. I’m trying to avoid the grocery store more and find things locally or make them myself. I feel like I’ve begun to accumulate some knowlede, but the more I learn, the more I realize how much I don’t know. I want to help my neighbors, family, friends, and church members; I want to take the survival course.



+2 Vote -1 Vote +1David ("Pharaoh") Coffeen
September 27, 2010 at 5:58 pm

1. How will the course help you and/or your family?
We live on my single-income disability, so we need to exercise care in all our expenditures and preparations. I already glean and share useful information with family and anybody else expressing interest in emergency preparedness. “Knowledge is power.” I don’t expect God to provide if I haven’t listened to and heeded the warning signs by judiciously making every reasonable effort to provide for the future. Come what may, I AM my brother’s keeper, and I will be charitable with my goods and knowledge.
2. What is the biggest reason you need the course?
My family includes five children and sixteen grandchildren, and I am urging everybody to do everything practical and possible to prepare for any eventuality. I must lead by example, both at home and in the community, and I feel a responsibility to share knowledge and and experience.
3. What skills or practices have you already put into practice that you’ve learned from the Urban Survival Newsletter?
I’m new to the “Secrets” newsletter, and I’ve already begun preparing by stockpiling black beans, rice, wheat, spices, seeds for sprouting, and canned goods. Additionally, I’ve purchased well-driving equipment (even though I live in a condo), potassium iodide (water purification, radiation poisoning), a propane campstove, and lots of toilet paper and soap. Since money is tight, I scour the Web for ideas (like the Fresnel lens!) and stock up when things are on sale. I have a long list of things to add, including seeds for open-pollinated, easy-to-grow crops, a solar oven, etc. One suggestion I have for those living where it freezes: Secure several gallons of RV anti-freeze in the event of extended loss of heat. Drain all supply pipes, toilet tanks, toilet bowls, etc. To prevent damage from burst pipes and fixtures, use the RV (not automotive) anti-freeze in the toilet bowls, drain traps, and water supply pipes.


+2 Vote -1 Vote +1Paula Bentz
September 27, 2010 at 7:57 pm

I am not sure if it is too late or if this is the place to request to win The Urban Survival Course, but I’ll give it a try.

I have just found and signed up for your newsletter and sight, so I am not well known by you.

I am sure you here of many sob stories of ” why we are too poor to purchase your course, but I’ll give you a little background of our finances but will keep this all brief, for I am sure your over your head in comments to read.

My husband, Peter is on disability due to a tractor accident, and I lost my job back in May, the day after I found out we were pregnant with #7… don’t worry, we only have two teens, the rest are grown. But so far, we haven’t been ablet to buy anything for this new arrival due around Christmas. Again, don’t worry, I am sure it will work out…..

Anyway, financially we bring in more then we need to lay out, but so far the Lord has provided….So it’s all good.

As far as survival, both me and my husband have always had a passion for survival, I always hide toilet paper, vitamins, water, food, wind up radio’s and clocks as well as non electric kitchen tools, i.e. a blender, and can openers etc…

My husband has always felt that one day we will need to bug out or be prepared to survive, he focus’s on military and fighting/ defending skills ( two of our children, one boy and a girl are serving in the Marines, because of Daddy’s belief) we feel, survival skills are vital and the Military is a great place to learn them and yet still function in today’s society, if they’re not needed.

We believe that something devastating is going to happen, and soon, weather it is that 2012 scare, a terrorist, economic collapse or an earthquake spitting out country in half and destroying the “technical wold” that we live in…. We don’t know how it is going to happen, but believe strongly that most people are blind, and this government can’t go on thinking it’s the Big Dog and nothing can hurt this Country… We believe many people will be surprised when our FREE Country is No Longer FREE.

Any case, what can we offer you? or what have we done? Take the knowledge we learn from you, as well as search the net, we can’t buy courses or books right now, but we can take what we have learned, bit by bit and apply that knowledge. That along with making sure our mind, our heart, and our body is physically in shape, that along with a stocked pantry, will put us way ahead of the average person, who, on the day of disaster will try to run to the grocery store and meet a robber instead.

When a disaster happens, don’t panic, play with the kids, and try to keep life stable.

Also, it is a good idea to have a backpack (which I don’t have yet) but with a supply in it, in the car, so if you do have to bug out, you don’t have to run around packing…. food, clothes or anything.

As I think upon what I wrote… it doesn’t sound much like the kinda story to win a prize………I am sure the one you decided was the one who needed it most….. May God Bless you and them.

Paula Bentz


Vote -1 Vote +1Paula Bentz
September 27, 2010 at 8:01 pm

OOPs, I just read my comment… financially we bring in less than we lay out…. if we brought in more…. we wouldn’t have financial problems…LOL


Vote -1 Vote +1Denise
September 28, 2010 at 4:18 am

DEar Dave,

My concern is that I have no far away place to go yet live in a suburb of LA not far from either the airport or the Long Beach Harbor (both sites for terrorist attacks or nuclear attack). My house is mostly sliding glass doors. Is there still hope for me to realistically prepare to stay in my home? With the traffic in and around LA even now, I can’t imagine going anywhere in an emergency. Thank you for any help you can offer to those of us caught in this situation


Vote -1 Vote +1Fred
October 1, 2010 at 10:05 am

This is great information, but just one small lesson for us who take individual responsibility seriously. Those who don’t take responsibility for themselves &/or famlies will recognize too late and blame others for their misgivings. Because they don’t believe they are at fault, they will expect those who “preped” to take care of them because now its owed to them. Don’t be caught up in excuses and sorrow. That is part of our survival! Everyone has the same opportunity… good choices however are rare anymore! Continous planning and review/adjusting our plans are an unfortunate part of our survival… but mandatory!


Vote -1 Vote +1Scott
October 1, 2010 at 10:07 am

I am really appreciating all of the ideas and plans for survival, but I need more info on stored water…how long can water be stored in plastic bottles without a couple of drops of Clorox and what is the shelf life of water with Clorox? Can water from a salt water swimming pool be used for drinking purposes?


Vote -1 Vote +1Fred
October 1, 2010 at 11:25 am


Those answers (and more you haven’t thought of) are found in the survival guide. It’s a cheap price to pay for the knowledge you gain… well worth the price many times over. Go ahead now just do it! I’m glad I did!!! You won’t be sorry!!!



+5 Vote -1 Vote +1Sandra M.
October 1, 2010 at 11:31 am

[David’s Note: Sandra’s entry was the winning entry and will get immediate access to the SurviveInPlace.com Urban Survival Course.” Congratulations, Sandra!]

I and my younger brother are disabled with a hereditary neurological disease. I don’t give you this info to garner any sympathy, but, to try to get others to realize it is going to be So much more difficult for folks in my situation than the able bodied folks. Even if I might win this course, I’ll have to adapt some of its teachings (having been involved with the Boy Scouts of America’s fantastic and varied training will make it easier!)
My sole source of income is SSD and if the Govt. goes down….
I do have skills that I can utilize: I was an LVN and a Red Cross CPR/1st Aid instructor; I know how to can food; My Grandparents made sure I and my brothers all knew how to raise and slaughter cow, pig, chickens and dress them out. I loved playing an old computer game called “Oregon Trail *tm* which teaches a fun, rudimentary barter/trade skills.
Just as a little thought for those of us disabled….. Most of the disabled in the 9/11 towers were “staged” together on certain floors to enable the rescuers to effect their escape easier, having no earthly belief the towers would fall. ALL died, except the ones helped out by others.
I do NOT want to be so reliant for my survival on others…… So I humbly ask you consider my application for this free training course.
Thank You.


+2 Vote -1 Vote +1Robert
October 1, 2010 at 4:53 pm

What happened to my comments and the other early comments last week? I sent mine in an hour or 2 after the e-mail was sent and yet the first comment that is listed is about 10 PM last Friday.


Vote -1 Vote +1Shawn M
October 1, 2010 at 8:56 pm

Hi David!
I purposely stayed out of this and waited until today 10/01 to write anything.
Not that I think I know everything, far from it, but there are others that need to learn the basics far more than most of us that have some training.

I’d LOVE to meet Sandra M!! And get an hour of her time for how to butcher large animals, etc. Most of the skills she mentioned would be GREAT barter items!!!

I “know” how to do most of that from reading…..but not practical apps! And there are always things books have wrong!!!

Shawn M.


Vote -1 Vote +1Jerry
October 1, 2010 at 9:26 pm

Hey folks! It’s been a while since I’ve put in my 2cents worth. A lot of folks worry about “puttin’ up stuff”. All, good and fine…..however, remember this is a course taught about survival in place. Remember….survival is a mindset. It’s more than stashing things….it is putting into practice what you learn from the material you have acquired here. There are many different scenarios which can play out to make survival instincts kick in……..when presented with a crisis…many folks will freeze up! Remember the television series,”McGyver”? I know many of the situations he was in were kinda of corny, however, he always kept his cool and worked his way through any crisis situation. I think this is the primary point David tries to convey. You don’t need the fanciest piece of equipment to survive…just the knowledge and wisedom to help you to survive. Be practical in the items you pick to help you survive and you will surprise yourself.


Vote -1 Vote +1Jerry
October 1, 2010 at 9:36 pm

Addenum: Many of the items I have acquired from eBay, 99cent Stores, Dollar Stores, Yard sales, and just plan old “horse trading”(that’s bartering for the uninitiated). I happened to be at Kroger’s the other day and spied a supply of Pinion Wood. Although a little pricey, i’ve considered acquiring a few pieces of this wood. This stuff is loaded with sap! Also, it helps to repel bugs. When I’m at the 99cent store, I pick up packs of unscented maxipads and cheap bandage wrap. Both are sterile and quite usable for open wounds. Kudos to our Kanuck brothers and sisters for pointing out…..if you can’t use ammo and guns….use pellet rifles, pistols, bows and arrows, and slingshots! These are quite quiet and easy to carry plus ammo is really cheap! Resourcefullness is another virtue for the survivalist!


Vote -1 Vote +1Keith P
October 2, 2010 at 8:10 am

[David’s note: Keith is my choice as the winner of one of the free courses. All of the entries were great, but his story is the most similar to mine. Congratulations, Keith!]

How will the course help me and my family? We have a 6 year old boy and a baby girl who will be 1 later this month. I also have a 12 year old daughter in Utah. Family is number one. It’s been hard to talk my other half into the survivalist mindset. So far what I have seen through the mini courses, while they don’t “dumb down” the info, it is presented in a way that anyone can learn from it. It keeps the reader interested. I am sure she’ll read through this material. I hope to somehow prepare my oldest though it is hard because of the distance.
I am ex military. I was a firefighter & EMT. I volunteer with SAR and HAZMAT . I am the county District Emergency Coordinator for ARES (ham radio). I am a CERT trainer. So why do I need this course for free?? Because I am broke just like many readers. I own two small businesses which went down hill this past year. I am struggling. In all the emergency services I belong to, I hold volunteer positions. For years I have paid my own way through numerous courses. Haven’t I had enough training? NO. One can never learn enough. If I’ve heard it before, I take it in as a refresher (the info may be slightly different than what I already knew and it could even be better).
Like I said, family comes first. Once I ensure their safety, I am out the door helping the community. I have seen for years that (many) people cant take care of themselves. Every neighborhood needs a sheep dog. What I learn through this course, I WILL pass on to others. To everyone taking this course, please help someone who can’t help their self. Don’t wait for government assistance. Police, firemen & EMTS will be home saving their own family first if something really big happens.

What is the biggest reason I need the course? EMP? Economic collapse? Infrastructure attack? Cyber attack? Natural disasters? Something else?
While there are some warnings that come prior to some of these events, one should not prepare for only one type of disaster. My neighbors say tornadoes don’t happen in NJ. We had a tornado watch two days ago!
While a large scale EMP or cyber attack may not happen, electricity and communications can go down for hours after one thunderstorm. Living in the north east, we are subject to ice storms which can knock power out for a week or more.
While NJ did not host a site of the 9/11 attacks, we felt a tremendous impact. Many employees at the towers were NJ residents. NJ sent many of its emergency response resources. At the time, I was employed as a 911 dispatcher. I can’t tell you the volume of calls we received in central NJ related to the attack. Help your neighbor but don’t leave your family unattended.
Economic collapse? I heard on the radio the other day the recession ended 18 months ago. Did it? I personally feel it will become worse. We are already 3 months behind on the mortgage. I believe this type of disaster has the most warning signs prior to the main event. People need to know where to look for them.
A disaster does not need to occur for people to panic. The threat or idea that something is about to happen will drive people over the edge.
Your (My) family needs to prepare for the worst case scenario. If it never occurs, then GREAT. But you will now be prepared for the “little” emergencies like the three day snow storm which keeps you sheltered in place. For when a drunk driver knocks down a power pole leaving you in the dark for 12 hours. How about the natural gas leak in the neighborhood that makes you evacuate your home. If you are prepared for the worst, these minor events will be a piece of cake to deal with.

What skills or practices have I already put into practice that you’ve learned from the Urban Survival Newsletter? For many of the articles I’ve seen so far, much of it is a much needed refresher to what I’ve learned in the past. However, there are many new things I have learned. For example, just earlier I read about the char cloth. Awesome idea! My Cub Scout son and I are planning on giving this a shot tomorrow. While we are at it, I’m going to look for the spare satellite dish and give that a try too. I love that the Urban Survival Newsletter is very straight to the point and easy to read. This gives ever ready, no matter their skill level, the opportunity to learn vital survival skills. It is great that you teach Urban skills and to remain in place. So many “experts” tell you to get out of dodge. If you can before an event happens, by all means do so! It is unlikely large groups of people will make it out of an area safely. Picture evacuating Manhattan. Two tunnels and a bridge for millions to cross. Oh, and a few ferries too. Not going to happen. More of us need to focus on skills needed to survive on our own neighborhood vs out in the wilderness.

PS I have read many of the other readers’ comments. I enjoy learning of their situations. I love the tips some have suggested. By the amount of people showing interest on this site, I say we may still have hope for humanity. Good luck to all.


Vote -1 Vote +1Bodebro
October 5, 2010 at 5:46 am

Thanks for the information. One question – I do have access to an old out of use satellite dish – one of those big guys, perhaps 10 feet or more in diameter. To cook on this, I understand to cover with foil or Mylar, but do you place the object you wish to heat directly on the surface (in the middle of course) or should it be suspended where the satellite transceiver would typically be? It would be easy enough to suspend something from this as the support arms are still in place, but I was curious of the best method.


+1 Vote -1 Vote +1M
October 8, 2010 at 10:11 am

Putting food on the surface of the dish would be no different then putting it in an aluminum pan on the ground.

The transceiver is at the focus point of the parabola. This is where all the heat would be concentrated, and where you would want to cook.


Vote -1 Vote +1Kurt Steiner
October 8, 2010 at 6:15 am

I cannot find my comments anywhere. What happened to them? Were they suppressed because they are not politically correct? I am not a politically correct person, by design.


Vote -1 Vote +1Evan
October 8, 2010 at 9:45 am


I am sorry that your comments are not showing up. I do not know what happened, but I will tell you that we do not delete comments unless they are spam or overtly “out there” (racist, foul language, etc). I hope that helps.




Vote -1 Vote +1Jeane
March 28, 2011 at 10:39 am

Nice site. I have a dibilatating desease that ebbs and flows. Given the crazy medical/drug busininess I purchased all available doses even though they were no longer required for desease control. While costly, this small stock pile may have great value in a crisis!


+1 Vote -1 Vote +1grizz
January 27, 2012 at 11:52 pm

I just found this website and I am very interested in finding out more. I work in a gunshop and have been reading the emails about survival and firearms ownership and would like to toss in some of my knowledge into the pot. Here are a few suggestions for people new to the game.
!. Always, always think and practice safety. Treat ALL guns as if they’re Always loaded. NEVER point a gun at anything that you are not willing to destroy. KEEP your finger off of the trigger until you are ready to shoot. ALWAYS know your target and the area beyond it.
Remember that it is the “Unloaded gun” that kills someone.
If you’re going to own a gun get proper training from a Certified firearms trainer. Don’t bet your life on training from one of your un-certified buddies or a friend of a friend.
As far as firearm selection goes, go to your local shooting range and rent a variety of guns and try them out. Most ranges have staff that can help you out. We’ve all heard the horror stories about the “testosterone cowboy” selling the little old lady a 44 magnum as the “ultimate” man/elephant stopper and how it is the perfect gun for her. Nothing could be further from the truth. Get a gun that fits you well be it a rifle or a handgun. You will shoot it a whole lot better if it fits you correctly. Also, know your physical limits. Don’t buy a semi-automatic handgun if you can’t rack the slide or clear jams. A revolver is a more reliable choice for most shooters over a semi-auto.
Here are my suggestions for self defense firearms:
Handguns: Revolvers- .38 special, .357 magnum (will shoot .38 specials too), .44 special,
.44 magnum (will shoot .44 specials too). Barrel lengths in 2″, 3″, or
Semiautos- 9mm, .40 S&W, .45 ACP.
These handguns and ammunition are readily available and can be found just about anywhere in the US.
Rifles- .22, .223, .243, .308, in either bolt action or semiauto.
A lever action rifle in a pistol caliber or 30-30 would work fine too.
Shotguns- 12 or 20 gauge. If you buy a short barrel shotgun for home defense consider
consider buying an extra barrel for hunting birds and game. A 28 or 30 inch
barrel with choke tubes will have all your bases covered. Use birdshot loads in
the house ( number 4,5,or 6 size shot ) to lessen the chance of penetrating
interior walls and for hunting birds. Use buckshot loads or slugs outside for
longer shots or hunting deer , pigs, or other game.
Hope this helps all you “preppies” make an informed firearm choice(s).


Vote -1 Vote +1gnarus
February 21, 2012 at 7:28 pm

I have recently changed my outlook on life. This is something that I realize that I need to protect my family. Please help me protect my family.


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