SurviveInPlace Course Overview Course Outline


Several people have asked for a course sylabus or outline for the Urban Survival course, and we’re happy to provide it below.  There are, of course, some fun additional surprises that we won’t disclose to non-students.

Lesson 1. Overview

  • Why Urban areas are a horrible place to be in a disaster.
  • Why staying in an Urban Area may be your best option.
  • Operational Security—How to avoid being a target for thieves now and looters later (part 1).
  • First Steps To Get Your Family On Board.

Lesson 2. The Will to Survive

  • Why your survival depends more on your mindset than your skill set.
  • How to train your mind to become your most valuable survival tool.
  • What’s worth surviving for?.
  • Communications after disasters (part 1).
  • How cell phones could stop you from making contact with relatives during an emergency.
  • Prioritized Buying List & A process to keep you from ending up with a garage full of survival stuff you can’t use
  • Your first exercise.

Lesson 3. Current Potential Threats

  • How to know the parts of your city that pose a threat to you and your loved ones and still sleep at night.
  • What areas will civil breakdowns effect most?
  • Identifying choke points.
  • Assessing your survival strengths and weaknesses.
  • Basic supplies inventory.

Lesson 4. The 72-Hour Kit

  • The 6 criteria that every 72 hour kit should meet.
  • A systematic approach to stocking your car, home, and office kits.
  • Hiding your 72 hour kits.

Lesson 5. Flu and Pandemics

  • History of influenza pandemics.
  • Tamiflu & Relenza.
  • Simple tips to avoid cytokine storms and organ liquefaction.
  • Cheap/free techniques to reduce your chances of getting the flu (Missing just one of these “obvious secrets” will increase your chances of getting the flu by 89 percent!).
  • Proven flu-fighting items to keep on hand if you get the flu and going to the doctor is not an option.

Lesson 6. Chemical and Biological Attacks and Ghetto Medicines

  • Brief overview of the terrorist threat.
  • History of chemical & biological attacks.
  • Recent chemical/biological attacks.
  • Your response to airborne incidents.
  • Your response to communicable pandemics.
  • Creating your safe room.

Lesson 7. Building Your Own Team AKA – Mutual Aid

  • How to build a team of likeminded people without compromising operational security.
  • Operational Security (Part II) – Don’t share too much information.
  • 7 point plan to vet people for your team.
  • 9 places to find people for your team.
  • Tips for keeping your team together.

“Gut Check”

  • Self evaluate your progress to this point.

Lesson 8. Hardening Your House

  • Secrets to quickly and cheaply “harden” your home and protect it from forcible entry and armed attack without advertising yourself as a target.
  • FBI crime stats.
  • The illusion of security.
  • Using power tools without electricity.
  • Bullet penetration in various materials.

Lesson 9. Economics of Survival

  • Economic troubles on the horizon (doubling the money supply plus lower GDP = tough times ahead).
  • Very simple food storage solutions that everyone in your family will buy into.
  • What to do about your financial obligations after a disaster.
  • Getting your family on board.
  • Operational Security (Part III) and food caches.
  • Using the water in your water heater without scalding yourself, drinking raw sewage, or having to drink brown water.
  • Getting your Church prepared.
  • Dealing with neighbors after a disaster.

Lesson 10. Alternative Means of Communication

  • Texting, email, draft messages, and other alternative means of communication.
  • War Driving.
  • Two way radio communications.
  • Graffiti & hobo chalk codes?
  • The math behind batteries, solar chargers, and hand crank chargers.
  • Why car batteries are horrible for survival situations.

Lesson 11. Lessons Learned From Katrina

  • Timing is everything.
  • Hungry/Thirsty people won’t die if you don’t give them your supplies.
  • Misinformation kills. (The media is not there to protect you).
  • Centralized solutions fail.
  • Never trust a bureaucratic proposal in a disaster situation.
  • You’re on your own. Accept it and deal with it.
  • Why shelters may be your worst solution (NEVER become a refugee!).
  • Some who have taken an oath to defend the Constitution are really a threat to it.
  • Thank God for Bubbas and Rednecks.
  • Withdrawal sucks…here’s how to profit from it.Protect your first responders and their families.

Lesson 12. Psychology for Survival Situations

  • Burning ants with a magnifying glass.
  • Why you’re better off teaming up with a drunk than someone who hasn’t slept in two days”.
  • Insider powerful napping secrets that can increase your effectiveness by over 82% in 3 days.
  • How to inoculate your mind to stress so you will react with speed and purpose when others are paralyzed by fear.
  • Simple tricks to turn poisonous worry into productive action.

Lesson 13. Urban Movement After A Disaster

  • Protect your body so your body can protect you.
  • Where to find free local maps after a disaster.
  • Scouting out gangs and community groups.
  • Concentric circles of security.
  • Be boring… it might keep you from getting shot.
  • When to carry a padlock and a livestock marker.
  • Surveillance detection and avoidance.
  • Field expedient disguises.
  • Barter items.
  • Don’t look like the weak gazelle.
  • Money counting lessons from a blind man.
  • Group formations to avoid mugging.
  • Reuniting your family after a disaster.
  • “Smelling” danger in advance to gain a head start.
  • How to keep yourself “invisible” in plain sight.


  • Gain the peace of mind that comes from knowing you and your family are prepared.

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Vote -1 Vote +1Cicely Glaze
October 8, 2010 at 11:11 pm

I’m very interested but want to wait until we return from Texas this month. The course looks very interesting and useful. My husband and I are in our 70’s but we’re not quitters. We also think we’ll have several of our kids heading this way in a time of trouble. We’re trying to prepare but there is so much information out there that it’s hard to get a good plan going.


Vote -1 Vote +1Jesse Craig
July 11, 2011 at 9:53 pm

Planning is eveything, Start planning it will change a hundred times, that is what adaption is kinda like a gorman “recalculating” a bridge is out, road closed. Our life is very fragil now everywhere. Stores hardly have a days worth of product to sell especially the larg supermarkets. They stock shelves during the night and there is a crew that does that when the trucks come in in the night. There is hardly any storage in the warehouse in the back of the store. Consider this information when you plan.



Vote -1 Vote +1tony
August 2, 2011 at 7:03 am

cant wait to get this course!i was always a prepared and mindful individual but i now realize and confess i am a i just never knew how to prep and now i got access to a skill we all should know. its time to get the course,study it and be ready for the inevitable!i know so many that will benefit off of this and will share this with them a.s.a.p.its good to be the hero in the time of need but wiser to be a planner and have all my loved ones knowledgeable so when stuff hits the fan there will be more than one hero. 😉 good luck to all who prepare and see yall when the unprepared have died off! 🙁


Vote -1 Vote +1MARIA NEGRI
February 27, 2012 at 6:29 pm

The advice in these letters is practical & useful. A lifelong prepper, born with what I call an emergency mentality, I have always kept supplies of food and basics, but the current situation requires much more planning, money, and information. Now, I am 80, not spry, alone, and enjoying life. Since I made my last move into a one-level home on a corner, I do worry about my physical safety. I had security bars placed on every window and door; had pins put in the hinges of the door leading from the garage into the laundry room so that the outward-opening door cannot be opened, short of an ax or similar. Hopefully, this will deter gangs until days of unrest are passed. I have bought WaterPure Internat’l’s machine that makes water from air; 99% pure without any ground contaminents; useful as long as there is electricity. Expensive, but desirable. From “170 Gallons a Day”, I have learned where & how to make a water still, which I have told several people about. Food & water supplies are ample, not life-long. Most instructive is what I do not have: knife, rope, gun, et al.
All goes without saying that I am aware that nothing is 100%. I am grateful for the sharing of tips for survival, comfort, health, relative peace. My neighbours are busy, & discreetly, I have tried to discuss some elements of preparedness – talk about clueless! Next door, a young couple bring home cartons of fast food; I believe they would justify killing me in a life-or-death situation, as I am old, have lived my life, and am good for no one. (except me!) I thank all of you who write and plan. I wish you all well, & a safe journey through the inevitable crisis..


Vote -1 Vote +1Lisa
March 10, 2012 at 2:38 pm

I really hoping you will have some include info and tips for those of us who live in apartments or condos. Such as hardening your home – it will a little different when you don’t have a single family home. A couple of situations I have that I think about is I have a neighbor on each side of my unit. The attics are connecte, that is there is no firewall up there. The attic access is in the ceiling of the bedroom closet. Another thought, I have windows on the second floor, but down stairs just two sliding glass doors, BIG sliding glass doors – they are 8 feet wide. Is plywood even available wide enough to cover that? Any ideas for this situation would be appreciated.


Vote -1 Vote +1Beverly
June 22, 2012 at 10:49 am

All the information and tips are really helpful and I’m just now starting my preparations.I am
concerned with how to keep my doors secure because they do not push in but they all pull out so wedges and some of the other tips won’t be helpful.If there are any ideas on how to secure my entrances it would be helpful.I also have large windows and wonder how I can secure them from entry.


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