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USGOV Issues Europe Travel Alert

ISIS Urges the Taking of Hostages For Slaughter


May 6, 2017




What You Need To Know

On multiple occasions this week AlertsUSA subscribers were notified via SMS messages to their mobile devices regarding security threats. Most pressing for this report, on Monday subscribers were notified of the release of a U.S. State Department Travel Alert for Europe, warning U.S. citizens of the continued threat of terrorist attacks throughout Europe.

” Recent, widely-reported incidents in France, Russia, Sweden, and the United Kingdom demonstrate that the Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham (ISIS or Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, and their affiliates have the ability to plan and execute terrorist attacks in Europe. While local governments continue counterterrorism operations, the State Department nevertheless remains concerned about the potential for future terrorist attacks. U.S. citizens should always be alert to the possibility that terrorist sympathizers or self-radicalized extremists may conduct attacks with little or no warning.

Extremists continue to focus on tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, and local government facilities as viable targets. In addition, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, high-profile events, educational institutions, airports, and other soft targets remain priority locations for possible attacks. U.S. citizens should exercise additional vigilance in these and similar locations, in particular during the upcoming summer travel season when large crowds may be common.

Terrorists persist in employing a variety of tactics, including firearms, explosives, using vehicles as ramming devices, and sharp-edged weapons that are difficult to detect prior to an attack.

If you are traveling between countries in Europe, please check the website of the U.S. embassy or consulate in your destination city for any recent security messages. Review security information from local officials, who are responsible for the safety and security of all visitors to their host country.

This Travel Alert is very important to share, particularly with the many hundreds of thousands of U.S. and Canadian students who will travel abroad this summer and are unlikely to be paying any attention to current events of this type. Truth be told, their trips will likely be saturated with activities at the various types of soft targets specifically warned about in this travel guidance!

If such an individual is within your circle of family or friends, you would be doing them (and their parents) a major favor by sitting them down for a few min and making them read the Travel Alert. Force the issue. Impress on them the need to be proactive in their security considerations, including actually checking with the embassies regarding local safety and security bulletins, areas to avoid, etc.

Above all, try to achieve an some level of understanding of the need to maintain a mindset of security awareness as the party rolls on…

The simple reality is that the romantic idea of backpacking through Europe, staying in youth hostels, exploring Paris at night with exotic people from far away lands, zipping here and there with a Eurail Pass and pub crawls in this or that town… has become considerably more dangerous since the start of the Middle East / North African migrant crisis in 2014-2015. Add to this the rapid exodus of foreign fighters from battlefields in Iraq and Syria back to their home countries across Europe, and it is easy to see the need to stay security minded and to have a plan if things go sideways.

This is our world, but just a little forethought and planning goes a long way in terms of managing personal risk.

(PRO TIP: Visit the embassy and find a Marine Guard. Ask them for a 30 second no shi**er on the local security situation (safe parts of town, where to avoid, etc..). Be courteous and respectful (they are working) and you will ultimately leave with a great sitrep and rock solid local insights / advice. Have a map and pen ready to hand them.)

Islamic State Urges Hostage Taking

On Friday, AlertsUSA subscribers were notified of the release of the latest issue of the Islamic State’s online magazine known as ‘Rumiyah’ (Safe PDF HERE) which, through it’s regular section known as ‘Just Terror Tactics’, instructs followers in how to carry out a diverse array of terror attacks. In this issue, the emphasis is on hostage taking.

” The objective of hostage-taking in the lands of disbelief – and specifically in relation to just terror operations – is not to hold large numbers of the kuffar hostage in order to negotiate one’s demands. Rather, the objective is to create as much carnage and terror as one possibly can until Allah decrees his appointed time and the enemies of Allah storm his location or succeed in killing him. This is because the hostile kafir only understands one language and that is the language of force, the language of killing, stabbing and slitting throats, chopping off heads, flattening them under trucks, and burning them alive, ‘until they give the jizyah (disbelievers tax) while they are in a state of humiliation’. “

The guidance provided includes tactics for the acquisition and use of a firearm, selecting target locations, methods of execution, and even instruction on how to lure victims, including falsely advertising a property for rent in order to get the targets to enter the dwelling. They even go as far as making suggestions such as setting a room aside for the storage of bodies, staggering target appointments and first using a club or bat to the head to subdue a target “before slaughtering them.”

It is also important to note that the French language version of this issue of Rumiyah calls for attacks on politicians, voters, and polling staff ahead of France’s May 7 run-off election.

The depth of evil in this issue is breathtaking, but well worth the read by law enforcement, first responders, counterrorism professional and anyone else who wishes to stay abreast of the latest threats and tactics being employed by Jihadists in western nations.

Laptop Ban to be Extended

In March of this year AlertsUSA reported on new restrictions surrounding the different types of electronic devices allowed in the cabins of non-stop US-bound flights from eight Muslim-majority countries (Egypt, Jordan, Qatar, Kuwait, Morocco, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey). Those traveling to the US from these countries are now barred from bringing laptops, tablets, or any devices “larger than a cellphone” as a carry-on items. These items must now be transported as checked luggage.

Sources within DHS/TSA tell AlertsUSA that barring a major change in the current threat environment, this laptop ban will likely be extended to include U.S.-bound flights from Britain in the coming months. Expect it and plan accordingly.

AlertsUSA continues to monitor the overall domestic and international threat environment and will immediately notify service subscribers via SMS messages of new alerts, warnings and advisories or any developments which signal a change the overall threat picture for American citizens as events warrant.



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5/1 – USGOV issues new travel alert warning of continued threat of terror attacks throughout Europe. Vigilance urged, partic during upcoming summer travel season.

5/5 – New ISIS magazine ‘Rumiyah’ urges French Muslims to carry out election day attacks. Also calls for hostage taking and the sowing of terror via brutal murders.

5/3 – AlertsUSA monitoring active shooter situation, North Lake College, Irving, TX. Campus on lockdown. Shooter at large. Add’l alerts as warranted.

5/1 – AlertsUSA monitoring reports of several underground explosions, Scotia Plaza Building, Toronto financial district. Cause unknown. Add’l alerts as warranted.

5/1 – At least 4 stabbed w/ one dead near Gregory gym at University of Texas, Austin. One suspect in custody. Possible accomplice at large. AlertsUSA monitoring.

5/1 – AlertsUSA monitoring ongoing active shooter situation near Dolphin Rd. & Military Parkway, Dallas, TX. At least one first responder shot. Shooter at large.

5/1 – AlertsUSA warns of May Day events / protests to be held nationwide on Mon, May 1st. Violence anticipated at larger gatherings. See email for add’l info.

4/30 – Mass casualty shooting incident, La Jolla, CA (San Diego). At least 5 casualties, shooter reported down. AlertsUSA monitoring…

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World News Roundup

May 6, 2017

Other Developments We Are Following


Pace of Operations Starting to Wear on US Special Operations Forces
Socom Commander Highlights Elite, Globally Deployed Forces
In Venezuela, the military will determine how long Maduro’s regime can last
US House of Representatives votes to impose new North Korea sanctions
Comey reveals few details about state of Russia inquiry
Still a danger, US judge rules ‘El Chapo’ must remain in solitary confinement
Trump counterterrorism strategy urges allies to do more
Brazil jails eight militants over Rio Olympic plot
Venezuela’s Dystopian Nightmare


The War in Ukraine: Russia’s Laboratory?
Brexit: English language ‘losing importance’ – EU’s Juncker
German police arrest suspected ‘Islamic State’ militant near Leipzig
Russian troops to receive advanced satellite communications vehicles
Is NATO-Russia militarisation spilling over into the Arctic?
Russia a Threat To NATO’s World Order In the West
Denmark Proud to Lead NATO Atlantic Fleet Against ‘Russian Aggression’
Russia’s New Tsirkon Cruise Missile


Trump to visit Israel, Saudi Arabia and Vatican in first foreign trip
Saudi Arabia, U.S. in talks on billions in arms sales
How terrorists freely enter Afghanistan and move around unhindered
Moscow is serious about upping its ground game in Syria
Russia’s Lavrov, U.S. Tillerson discuss de-escalation in Syria
Russia: No US Coalition Jets Allowed in Syrian De-Escalation Zones
Russia says has already stopped bombing proposed Syria safe zones
Will Trump save the Middle East peace process?


North Korea accused the CIA of plotting to assassinate Kim Jong-Un
IAEA chief: North Korea continues nuclear test efforts
Trump and Turnbull ‘get along great’ after rocky start to relationship
After six decades of Nork threats, uncertainty is nothing new for S. Koreans
Chinese navy hands over three pirates to Somali authorities
China’s military tech is becoming less of a joke and more of a threat
The Philippines in Play


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Travel Security Update

The U.S. Dept. of State is the authoritative federal source for information on the security situation at travel destinations worldwide. With tensions rapidly increasing in most regions, readers planning on international travel, even to such common destinations as Canada, Mexico or the Caribbean Islands, are strongly encouraged to do a little research on the security situation prior to departure.

Latest USGOV Travel Alerts and Warnings




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Worldwide Caution


Additional Sources of Travel Guidance

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Student with concealed handgun stops mass stabbing at Texas college

One student has died and multiple others were seriously injured during a stabbing attack at the UT Austin campus.

According to The Tab, eyewitnesses report that the death toll would have been higher had it not been for another student with a concealed handgun. UT Austin Student Body President Kim Binna also confirmed that a student with a concealed carry weapon stopped the attack before police could arrive.

Student Jamie Song captured the moment Police arrived and placed the suspect, 20-year-old student Kendrex J. White, in handcuffs. Song’s photo was posted to Snapchat:

(image source; Snapchat/Jamie Song)

Another student shared the following eyewitness account on social media under the name Alyson G:

“Me and Brandon were eating at Chilantro’s truck at a long picnic table. Then at the end of the table some guy comes up in a bandana and stabs the knife into the table and looks all of us in the eye. I thought it was just some theatrical stunt or something. He pulls the knife out without saying anything and turns around to slash some guy in the back of the neck. The slash victim grabs the back of his neck and yells (people look at him and I await some sort of ‘gotcha’ statement). But then… The attackers walks to another guy and stabs him in like the kidney region in his back. Some guy yells run and we all bolt to McComb’s.”

The UT campus has been closed for the rest of the day. A UT Austin Alert released the following message:

“Due to the violent attack on campus this afternoon and multiple buildings being close, we are canceling classes and events for the remainder of the afternoon and evening while the investigation is in progress. There is currently no ongoing threat on campus.”

David Carter of Chief of Police at UT Austin confirmed that one student had been killed and three others were being treated for serious wounds made by a “large Bowie-style hunting knife.”

More photos from the scene: pic.twitter.com/XZpymHUvgt

— The Daily Texan (@thedailytexan) May 1, 2017

UPDATE: The following message allegedly from the CCW student has been shared on Twitter:




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Alert: Truck driven into crowd in central Stockholm

A truck has been driven into people in central Stockholm, police and eyewitnesses said.

‘At least three killed’ as truck hits crowd in Stockholm

At least three people were killed when a truck hit pedestrians in central Stockholm before crashing into a department store, public service radio station Ekot has reported.

Several others are believed to have been injured.


Swedish PM confirms incident as terror event. Shots fired at Friedhemsplatz, police issuing terror alert, asking for evac of city center.


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U.S. launches cruise missile strike on Syria after chemical weapons attack

President Trump ordered a cruise missile strike against Syria early Friday local time in retaliation for the chemical weapons attack that killed 86 people on Tuesday, according to the Pentagon.

The attack, the first conventional assault on another country ordered by Trump, comes a day after he declared that the chemical weapons assault had “crossed many, many lines,” including causing the deaths of 27 children.

Years of previous attempts to change the behavior of Syrian President Bashar Assad have failed, Trump said from his resort in Palm Beach, Fla.

The missiles, fired from a U.S. Navy vessel in the Mediterranean Sea, struck multiple sites, including the airfield where Syria based the warplanes used in the chemical attack, a Defense official said.


The attack essentially follows the plan that the Pentagon had set in September 2013, according to a senior Defense official not authorized to speak publicly about the operation. That plan was devised after President Barack Obama had set a “red line” on the use of chemical weapons.

Assad had used the weapons that killed 1,400 civilians, but Obama did not order an attack. Instead, Assad agreed to turnover his stockpiles of chemical weapons, a pledge he obviously reneged on in light of Tuesday’s use of what experts believe was sarin gas on civilians.

In 2013, military planners had planned to use land-attack cruise missiles launched from Navy destroyers cruising off shore from Syria. For weeks, the Navy had four destroyers floating off shore, waiting for the order to strike that never came.

Using ships negates the need to seek permission from countries where U.S. warplanes are based. Land-attack Tomahawk missiles can travel 1,500 miles to strike their target and carry a warhead with 1,000 pounds of conventional explosives.

Among the options that Pentagon planners had developed for Trump: the airfield, military command-and-control centers, air defense systems and troops.

Any attack puts at risk the hundreds of U.S. special operations troops in eastern Syria who are advising local ground forces in their fight against the Islamic State, or ISIS. The concern, according to the official, is that Assad could order a counter strike, targeting the Americans. There is also the risk that the attack could kill Russian troops who have been supporting the Assad regime.

The Pentagon, which has been bombing ISIS targets in Syria since 2014, can provide extra air patrols to protect those troops. But they still would be vulnerable to attacks by surface-to-surface missiles fired by Syrian forces.

Deadly chemical attack

The strike followed an attack on a rebel-held city in northern Syria with apparent chemical weapons. Autopsies on three Syrians who died after being brought to Turkey for treatment suggest the banned nerve agent sarin was used in the attack, the Turkish Health Ministry said.

Turkey, which also is involved in the fighting, has long pushed for Assad’s ouster.

Russia said the deaths were caused by a Syrian strike on a terrorist chemical lab, but the United States, other nations and human rights groups rejected that claim as baseless.

While Trump has been criticized for cozying up to Russia, officials in that country warned him against military strikes.

“We have to think about negative consequences, negative consequences, and all the responsibility if military action occurred will be on shoulders of those who initiated such doubtful and tragic enterprise,” said Vladimir Safronkov, Russia’s deputy envoy to the United Nations, speaking with reporters at the U.N.

Asked what those consequences might be, the Russian diplomat cited ongoing problems in Iraq and Libya.

Trump had long shared that opinion. He had previously urged the United States to support Assad against rebel groups fighting him, many of which are aligned with al-Qaeda. In 2013, he criticized Obama for contemplating strikes without getting congressional approval. But the images of the dead children spurred an about-face.


Now, in the early morning darkness in Syria, Trump has responded with force.


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How Do You Find A Good Survival Retreat Property?

With global economic instability rising and personal security issues taking center stage in the U.S., consumer demand is increasing for remote properties that offer security and the ability to be self-contained. This could include providing your own electric power, drinking water, food, and personal protection. In other words, it’s the ability to live independently, in a self-sufficient manner, with renewable resources far from urban chaos.  Are you looking for a remote survival property?

Think very seriously about it. We did, and what follows is a checklist of considerations for finding a survival retreat. It is the culmination of a four-year process of searching, site visitations, and more searching. When we started our search 10 years ago, we were living about 100 miles from “ground zero” for every nutjob with a terrorist death wish. There was some urgency, even then. We knew we had to prepare to Get Out of Dodge. We were convinced that, when things go South, having a dedicated safe retreat for relocating our loved ones would put your minds at relative ease, and it did. It would make no difference what the SHTF crisis was. It could be man-made or a natural disaster that causes you to leave your immediate area; it could be a nationwide financial melt-down or a long-term security situation that could make returning to your primary residence perilous or impractical. Having a retreat, when facing TEOTWAWKI, provides you with a secure place to go that is far from inner city anarchy and where you can safely maintain food reserves and other supplies and start your life over again. If that sounds like a practical alternative to holing up in your house while looters with sledgehammers crack open nearby ATMs, then our experiences could be a good primer for you.

Where do you start in determining a good location for your survival retreat? Start by doing your own research. Understand that it’s going to take some time commitment to find what you want. It’s probably one of the most important purchases of your life and for your loved ones, so take the time to be thorough. Read up on what makes a good retreat property. James Wesley, Rawls’ book, Rawles on Retreats and Relocation, is a good place to start. Joel Skousen’s Strategic Relocation is another well-known reference. Use popular Internet sites (like SurvivalRealty.com) to select your top two or three areas of the country, and learn all you can about those locations. Be sure what you select is within your budget and is a practical choice for your family and/or retreat mates. Unless you have unlimited funds, there will be trade-offs and compromises in your selection process. Eventually, you’ll boil down to the lowest common denominator– the “must-haves” at your retreat property. Once you’ve really narrowed your choices to one single area, get some professional help. If you don’t buy and sell properties on a routine basis or have a very close friend who already lives in the area you’ve selected and is willing to help you, you’ll want to consider finding a seasoned real estate broker– a highly experienced expert in local retreat properties. Talk with all of the rural property brokers in the area you’ve identified. Research the brokers thoroughly, and talk to their past clients. Consider someone very familiar with the county courthouse and who can demonstrate a good track record of satisfying clients, not just having the most listings or selling the most houses. Remember, this person must be someone you trust to be knowledgeable, thorough, and discreet; you’re not looking for a fast-buck artist. An expert who understands pricing elasticity in your area can guide you to properties that you can afford and assist, if necessary, with finding owner-financed properties and other purchasing options to meet your needs. Of course, you must have your finances in order and be seriously ready to pull the trigger when you find the property that you want.

Significant Points to Consider

Once you have pinpointed a short list of properties in your chosen area, these are some significant points to consider. Later in this article, I’ve included a fairly complete checklist of critical considerations and questions. It’s not exhaustive, but based on our own experiences it can serve as a practical guide for most everyone. These are some initial questions to ask yourself about the best sites you’ve selected.

Location: The most important rule of real estate is always location, and this is the overriding consideration in choosing any retreat location. How will you get to this location in a disaster, if it’s a multi-state drive away? What’s the population of the local area? Is the property defensible? How far off the beaten path do you want to be? How close is it from major population centers and evacuation “lines of drift”? How many access points are there?

Water: You must have year-round reliable drinking water. Are there wells, streams, springs, rainwater collection potential, and/or ponds? You need redundant water sources that are independent from city water services. What will it cost to develop or remediate these? What are average rainfall amounts for the area?

Self-sufficiency: Is the site suitable for solar energy production, wind mills, or mini-hydro power applications? Is the soil favorable for growing your own food, if necessary, and for raising livestock? Is there plentiful wild game? Is their adequate timber for building and firewood for heating your home? If you need it, what would it take to get central station electricity and city water, natural gas, and sewer to the location?

Cost of living: Can you find employment in the area? What’s the zoning situation, and how about property taxes? What are insurance costs? What sources are available locally for various services, such as hospitals, diesel mechanics, electricians, plumbers, and/or earth movers? Where are schools and churches?

Finally, don’t procrastinate. If you’re reading this, you already recognize a serious need for the security of your loved ones and close friends, should a disaster occur. Get started now. Identify a general location that is accessible and well suited to your needs. As noted in other SurvivalBlog posts, you can use City-Data.com as an effective tool to pare down your location choices. Contact a local real estate expert that specializes in retreat properties from your chosen area. Good luck and good hunting.

Checklist for Choosing Remote “Retreat” Property

  • How will you get to the retreat location in a disaster? ls your vehicle reliable and well-outfitted?
  • Do you have a refueling plan if it’s a multi-state drive away? Will you have backup supplies along the way?
  • How defensible is it? Is there high ground to control access and maintain security? Mountainous, rocky terrain limits access, but is it also suitable for planting a garden, digging a root cellar, or building a tornado shelter?
  • What are the prevailing area weather patterns? What’s the average rainfall? Length of seasons?
  • Is your site near an earthquake zone or susceptible to river flooding and/or mudslides?
  • Will any structures be visible from the nearest county road? Is there high ground from which to overlook and control your access points or build an LPOP?
  • Is there more than one ingress or egress point? Is it a private entrance or a county-maintained roadway? Does it require 4WD to access? Does the property entrance look inviting to solicitors, spooners, hunters, or other uninvited individuals? A county road sign (ie: Shady Cove Ln) is an invitation to wanderers. You do not want “curb appeal” at your retreat.
  • ls there year-round fresh drinking water– wells, streams, springs, rainwater collection, or ponds? Look for multiple water sources independent from convention city water services. What will it cost to develop or remediate these?
  • Will the soil need to be amended for agriculture or is it adequate for growing crops now?
  • What is the year round climate, and will you be able to tolerate it (for yourself and for your garden and livestock)?
  • Is there plentiful wild game? Rural areas are home to many insects, rodents, and other indigenous critters that you may not be familiar with. What are the natural predators in the area? Feral hogs and coyotes are growing into a nuisance in the South. Learn what to look for so you’ll not be surprised at what already lives on your selected property.
  • How far is your site from a major metro area or large city? What is the population of the local area, the county, the closest town, and how close is it to migratory “lines of drift” from major population centers. During a crisis, areas with high population densities generally can experience the most crime, social unrest, looting, highest likelihood for diseases, and the highest death tolls due to anarchy, depleted resources, and poor sanitation.  Avoid proximity to these areas.
  • If your site is just a raw tract of land, what are the local zoning restrictions for building? Can you have an airplane landing strip? Can you have fuel storage tanks? Can you build a lake or dam a stream? Can you drill for oil or natural gas on the property? You do plan to buy with all of the mineral rights intact, right?
  • Is there adequate road access for bringing in building materials if needed? Are there fences and gates on the property, and what is their condition?
  • Will you have to install a septic system, and if so, has the soil been perc tested? If not, what is the confidence of passing a percolation test?
  • Is there electricity nearby? Do you know the cost of bringing electricity to the building location? Will you need back-up generation capability? Which fuels (propane, natural gas, et cetera) are available?
  • Will you consider solar power? Is the site suitable for photovoltaic energy production, wind mills, or mini-hydro power applications? If so, check for adequate sun exposure near the building location (South-facing exposure for Northern Hemisphere).
  • Is there plentiful timber for building and/or firewood for heating your home?
  • Are you at least 50 miles from the nearest nuclear power plant? What are the seasonal prevailing wind directions from that plant?
  • Do you or your family need professional medical services? Occasionally, you may need medical treatment from a metro center, e.g. special health care). You might not want to live too far away from a city but beyond the reach of an evacuating mob. We like a 50 mile minimum, but further (75 miles or more) is much better. What about local ambulance service? Do you or your family members have allergies to any environmental (natural or otherwise) elements that could be aggravated at your selected location?
  • What is the general cost of living in the area? What are the median income and education levels?
  • How expensive are the property taxes? What’s the local regulatory climate?
  • What are the State and Local taxes? Is there a state income tax?
  • What about educational opportunity for school-age children? How far away are the schools?
  • What religious affiliations are prominent in the area? Where are the churches?
  • Will you live on site full time? Unless you have enough funds in reserve or lucrative investments, are you going to be able to find employment? Will the location provide a supplemental income? Will it be enough to get by?
  • If you don’t live on-site full-time, who will be looking after your property? Do you have a trustworthy neighbor to look in on the property routinely and report back?
  • What’s the attitude of local law enforcement? How about the local elected Sheriff? The local Road Commissioner is also good to check out.
  • What are the crime statistics for the county your property is in? Review the local newspaper and consider prevalent arrest statistics.
  • Who are your neighbors, and might they be like minded? Stop and visit them prior to any purchase. Make a good first impression; your life may depend on your neighbor’s good will at some point.
  • What is the political climate of the state and in the nearest town that you are considering? Will you be able to tolerate it?
  • What will it cost to insure your property for fire loss and weather-related damage.
  • Are you surrounded by other private property owners or do you have some natural boundaries or Government, National/State Forest, or BLM boundaries? This could be advantageous or not, as some Western ranchers have recently discovered.
  • How far is the location from the nearest small town? (You will need to occasionally replenish your supplies.)
  • How far is the location from the nearest mid-sized town? (They will have special services that you may require from time to time, like refilling your buried propane tanks.)
  • Would it bother you much if a high percentage of county residents were illiterate? What other characteristics of a local population should you be concerned about?
  • What sources are available locally for mechanical services, such as electricians, plumbers, earth movers, and vehicle repairs? If these are scarce, how far would providers have to come to help you, and at what cost? Can you learn to handle property maintenance work and minor medical crises yourself? Are you physically able to handle manual labor and DYI projects common in a remote setting?

There’s a lot to consider in seeking a survival property, but take it one step at a time and you won’t be overwhelmed. You’ll find it’s a lot like prepping; you start with your top survival priorities and work at it with conviction and patience over time until you have assembled what you need and learned how to deploy your acquired resources. A survival property search can be fun and very rewarding, even though it can be a long, thoughtful, decision-making process that you and your family do not enter into lightly. Sure, finding the “right” property for your needs and budget takes some time, but don’t drag your feet on starting your search process. Consider the alternatives; they are not pleasant. Leaving the city at the last minute with your family and a car full of luggage is definitely not a smart strategy. You need a specific safe destination and a solid plan (or two or three or four plans) to get to your retreat. Being aimless and mobile is high risk for even the best prepared individuals. Believe me, most city dwellers assume they are safe if they stay in their cozy house. That’s their survival plan. The error of this supposition becomes sadly obvious when the first well-armed looters invade their neighborhood. These pillagers definitely had their own plan all along, which was to take what you have as a means for their own survival. Of course, there are other city folks who really believe they can “head for the hills” and survive with their old “Boy Scout” skills. That scenario does not have a happy ending. What’s left is about 97% of the population clueless and totally unprepared. By the time they figure out there’s a serious problem and no one is coming to help them, the Seven-11’s are already empty. Be smart; be among the 3% that have a secure retreat location in advance and a plan to get to it in an emergency if you are not already living on site. In fact, have multiple backup plans to reach your retreat expeditiously, with the fuel reserves for a reliable vehicle to transport you and loved ones there as safely as possible.

Finding a good survival retreat location is not a difficult task. But putting off your search will only ensure that you’ll likely not have a safe retreat when you or your family needs it most. Start your research now. Select a general retreat location (multi-county) in a region you like, look over these checklist questions, and contact a local expert in survival retreat properties.

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Multipurpose Items To Survive Crisis

History has already proven how fragile the global economy is and it really wouldn’t take much to have it collapse altogether. If that should happen, life will get exponentially tougher for the majority of us, so being prepared in advance is crucial.

As preppers, we’re always looking for ways to re-use, repurpose and get creative with what we have on hand so in that spirit, we’ve put together a list of common household multipurpose items to use when surviving an economic crisis. Don’t wait till the economy collapses, though.

These items are great to use now because they’re also environmentally friendly!

Duct Tape

I know that we preach the value of duct tape all the time, but it really can’t be overstated as an invaluable multi-use item that every prepper should have. Just a few things that you can use duct tape for include:

  • Patching tarps, rain gear, shoes and tents
  • Splint a broken tent pole (or a leg!)
  • Sealing broken windows
  • Sealing leaky window sills and frames
  • Binding wounds
  • Marking trails
  • Making a cup in a pinch
  • Making easy fly strips
  • Making a sling
  • Emergency vehicle repair (hoses, etc.)

Check out what this pilot did after his plan was ripped to pieces.

There really is no limit to what you can use duct tape for.  Have several roles on hand.


According to the Salt Institute, there are more than 14,000 uses for salt; as a matter of fact, Roman soldiers were actually PAID in it! That’s what we call a serious multi-use item and the fact that it’s an abundant, cheap mineral makes it even better.

In addition to tasting good, salt also acts as an antibacterial, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory agent when used topically and can be used for a number of household cleaning and disinfecting purposes.

Here are just a few of the 14,000 uses!

  • Salt melts ice
  • Use it to preserve foods, especially meats
  • Tenderize tough cuts of meat
  • If you forage for nuts, soaking them in a salt water solution for several hours will make them easier to open
  • A pinch of salt in coffee reduces bitterness
  • A pinch of salt will keep milk fresh longer
  • Gargle or rinse with salt to help a sore throat, canker sore or toothache
  • Salt makes water boil at a higher temperature, reducing cooking time and saving fuel
  • Puts out grease fires
  • Combine with baking soda to make toothpaste
  • Use with some honey or water to exfoliate
  • Combine with baking soda to make an abrasive, stain-removing cleanser
  • Wash your hands with it to get rid of oniony or garlicy smells
  • Use a salt bath to draw infection or swelling out of minor wounds or aching muscles
  • Relieve the itch or pain from bug bites and stings
  • Soak candles in a salt solution for a few hours and they won’t drip when burned
  • Line doorways, windowsills and shelves with salt to keep ants away
  • Salt water kills weeds, including poison ivy
  • Toss a tablespoon or so into wet shoes to help dry them faster and deodorize them
  • A sprinkle of salt helps soak up grease and scrub off particles when cleaning your iron skillet
  • If you’re air-drying your clothes in the winter, add a handful of salt to your final rinse to keep them from freezing on the line.
  • Add a pinch to your jams and jellies. It helps the gelatin set quicker
  • Salt mixed with alcohol (1:4) is great to remove grease stains from clothes

14,000 uses. Stockpile plenty!


Bleach can be used to kill disease-causing bacteria, fungi and viruses and it takes very little to be; a 10:1 bleach/water solution will kill just about anything, including the AIDS and hepatitis viruses. Since disease is going to be a huge issue in a post-SHTF society, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

You can also use it to sanitize drinking water. Add ¼ teaspoon per gallon of clear water or ½ teaspoon per gallon of cloudy (but filtered) water. Let it stand for 30 minutes prior to drinking.


First, let’s differentiate between white vinegar and apple cider vinegar. White vinegar is a fermentation of dilute ethyl alcohol. Apple cider vinegar is a natural product made from fermented apples/juice. Both have awesome cleansing properties but apple cider vinegar is also has medicinal properties.

Keeping both on hand would be ideal but if you have to choose one or the other to stockpile, we would suggest going with apple cider vinegar, hands down.

Here are just a few uses for vinegar:

  • The acetic acid in vinegar tenderizes meat
  • Dabbing some vinegar onto a fish will help the scales come off easier
  • Preserve eggs by pickling them in vinegar. White works best because of the distinctive flavor or apple cider, but either will do
  • Spritz on your skin to relieve eczema and other skin conditions
  • Kills bacteria on your face that causes acne
  • Clean and disinfect counters, windows and other hard surfaces
  • AC vinegar helps with digestion and helps soothe heartburn and UTIs
  • Mix with baking soda to clean and disinfect water bottles and containers
  • Helps reduce night sweats associated with menopause
  • Nutrition: ACV has lots of minerals and enzymes, including calcium and potassium
  • Mix with baking soda and spray on shelves and in dark corners to deter mice and rats
  • Mix with water to relieve painful sunburn
  • Kills mildew
  • Antibiotic properties help cuts and scrapes heal faster and with less scarring
  • Kills the itch and odor associated with yeast infection. Drink an ounce or so in the morning to fight the yeast internally and swab/douche with diluted vinegar to stop the itching and kill the yeast externally
  • Kills dandruff
  • Antibacterial properties help kill bugs that cause a sore throat when you gargle with it

Isopropyl Alcohol

Acts as an antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral for wounds, first aid tools and surfaces. It’s also extremely flammable and can be used to make Sterno cans to cook with. If possible, go with 99% if you’re going to use it to burn instead of the 70% that most people grab.


Can be used to mark paths, deter ants and insects if you put a line of it in your doorway, or even as a component to make biofuel.

Zip Ties

The uses are endless. To reuse them just slide a razor blade or small screwdriver into the teeth at the lock and pull the tab back out.

Used Tea Bags

Great for starting fires. Just dry them out then store in an airtight container.


Antibacterial, antiseptic and antifungal. Use as a base for salves or to relieve the pain of beestings. Also high in nutrients, including vital minerals. Honey is also great for curing allergies if taken orally every day. Pure local honey should most certainly be a part of your stockpile.

Cayenne Pepper

Not only does it make food taste great, cayenne powder helps stop bleeding and is good for various ailments including various digestive disorders. It’s also a natural anti-inflammatory if eaten regularly.


Don’t toss out those Sunday papers after you get the coupons out of them! Newspaper can be used for toilet paper, insulation, starting fires or making a semi-bulletproof wall.


In case of economic crisis, keeping warm is going to be an issue. Use a tarp to isolate areas of the house off to keep heat localized. You can, of course, also use tarps for catching water, building shelter, patching damaged roofs, keeping warm, or a million other uses. They’re just handy to have.


Packed full of calcium and protein, eggshells have several uses. You can feed them to your chickens for better egg production. Store them in a jar of water then pour the water on your plants. It provides excellent nutrients to the soil.

Eggshells are also good as an abrasive to clean iron skillets or other surfaces with. Bake them and grind them into a powder. Add a tablespoon to your breakfast to boost your calcium intake. If you want to get really creative, half-shells are great to use to start your seeds in.

Baking Soda

This stuff is amazing. We’ve already mentioned several ways to use it with other ingredients but it makes a great base for a paste for cleaning or for many medical uses. You can take a teaspoon of it for heartburn in a pinch (be careful, chronic use can make ulcers worse). It kills fungi and yeast and soaks up moisture from your shoes. Scrub your veggies with them, or use it as a base for deodorant or toothpaste. The list goes on.

These are just a few of the top items that we found that are cheap and easy to stockpile. Because they’re so multi-functional, you should make every effort to stockpile each of them!


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Is Buying a Pre-Made Survival Kit a Good Idea?

Given the popularity of prepping today, it stands to reason that many companies would jump on the bandwagon and try to cater to that market.  You can now find pre-made survival kits at places like outdoor stores like REI and even at discount retailers like Walmart.  But is buying a pre-made kit a good idea?

Problems with Pre-Made Kits

Well, like anything else in life, it depends.  The first problem I’ve seen with many commercial kits is that some or all of the components are of poor quality.  If you are staking your life on an item, you want it to be up to the task.  Some kits are nothing more than cheap, dollar store quality items tossed into a sub-average knapsack.  You really aren’t saving much money with those kits.  Sure, the package says the kit contains 200+ survival items.  But, they also count each adhesive bandage as a single item.

The second problem I’ve seen is the kits are often incomplete.  They are almost always lacking gear for at least one major category.  Maybe it has food, water, and shelter covered but it has nothing for first aid.  Or, it is missing any sort of fire making equipment.  Few kits on the market today truly cover all of the major categories of survival needs:

  • Food
  • Water
  • Shelter
  • First aid
  • Signaling
  • Navigation
  • Communication
  • Tools

A third issue with many pre-made kits is the container they use, such as the backpack or duffel bag.  Typically, these are cheaply made and aren’t going to hold up in any sort of realistic survival scenario.  If you’re hoofing it to your bug out location, you don’t want to discover a hole in the backpack halfway through your journey, a hole through which much of your gear has managed to leak out from over the last several miles.

Why Bother Buying One?

In most cases, you are far better off assembling your own kit from the bottom up, taking into account your own skill sets, your needs, and your overall situation. What works for one person might not be the best idea for another. However, commercial kits can serve as a starting point.  If you purchase a kit with that in mind and take the time to become familiar with each provided item, you’ll be in a far better position to decide what else needs added to the kit.

Personally, I like the products sold by Echo Sigma as well as those made by Survival Resources.
Both companies take great care in selecting gear that actually works under real life conditions.  Of course, the kits they assemble and sell aren’t cheap, but neither is your life.

Of course you can go back through this blog to older articles and find many ideas for making your own kit.

The best thing to remember is either buy or make your own, but “HAVE ONE“.

Check out what the local Walmart had:

The black bags on top are kits for around $35.00

On bottom where emergency food storage and 72 hour kits.

Not too bad for Walmart.


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How to Make a Simple Snare

Knowing how to make a snare can be very helpful in an emergency situation. Imagine that you are stranded in the woods and need to find food quickly. If you have some snare wire in your backpack or emergency kit, you can easily catch some dinner.

Follow these instructions to learn how to create a snare in order to catch some food!

The first thing you’ll need to determine is where the prey is located. It’s not going to do you any good to set a trap where no animal will be.

You’ll want to look for signs of animals like tracks, droppings, plants that have been eaten, flattened vegetation, etc. The best area is probably around feeding areas or watering holes.

Noose and Loop
The simple snare is the basic tie behind any trap. Ideally, the animal would walk straight through the loop and set off the trap. You can start creating a simple snare by following these instructions:

Wrap the end of the wire a few times around a stick.
  Twist the ends of the wire together and over each other a few times.
  Remove the stick and you should have a nice loop.
  Thread the other end of the wire through the loop. You should be able to tighten the snare by pulling on one end.

You’ll want to set up your snare near some type of tree or shrub. A young tree is always a good engine because it’s bendable and quick to snap back into place.

You’ll be bending the sapling over and tying it down to the snare in order to act as tension. If you find yourself in an area void of trees or shrubs, you can always use dead weights like rocks.

The trigger consists of two parts: The hook and the leading line. The leading line connects the trigger to the engine – usually a wire of some sort.

The trigger is connected to the noose and should tighten very quickly when pulled by the engine.

You can build an effective trigger by finding two pieces of wood and carving interlocking notches into the sides of each. The base of the trigger should be sturdy and stay in the ground. The hook in the trigger should be able to slip out at the slightest touch, so that if an animal passes through the noose, the trigger will slip out and tighten up by being pulled with the engine.

You can also modify the trigger to connect directly to a fishing line. When the fish pulls on the bait, the trigger will release and the engine will tug on the fish – hooking it in. However, you have to be careful not to have an engine that pulls too hard and rips right out of the fish’s mouth.

Here are a few different options when building a trigger:

Carved Trigger. This trigger is very effective but requires a knife or some type of carving utensil.
  Y Trigger. This trigger is great when you’re stuck without a knife or carving tool. You can simply find two sticks and roughen the two edges.
  Peg Style Trigger. Rather than having a base that sticks into the ground, you can stick a peg into a nearby log, tree or stump. This also allows you to apply bait to the peg.

Some other things to consider:

Remember … your human scent will be all over the wire and any trigger you may incorporate in your snare. Hold all parts of your snare in the smoke of a fire. And, before “smoking the parts” be sure to rub in dirt/mud and take off the “shine.”

A word of warning though. While rabbits would be a seemingly obvious target for capture with a snare a diet of rabbit meat alone will kill you. Seriously, it will, unless you can introduce fat into the diet as well as vegetation. It is a condition known as rabbit starvation where the hopeful survivor starts with diarrhea that dehydrates the body. A continued diet of rabbit and water will hasten the death. Food for thought. Lesson learned? Fat is an essential part of a survival diet.

Another great place to buy gear and for free manuals and videos on using snares is snareshop.com as well some great videos on youtube such as this:


Thanks to Willow Haven Outdoor for many of these ideas.


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A Quick Primer on Silent Weapons and Why You Need Them

Silent Weapons – well maybe not completely silent but silent enough to not draw attention to yourself… The value of silence under certain survival conditions could literally mean the difference between life and death for the survivor.

Taking game silently could be essential in keeping your location secret and avoiding potential threats, or frightening away every other animal in the area.

Never fall into the trap of being totally dependent on one food source. Too many things can happen to quickly deplete, or even completely destroy your supply. Remember Morphy’s law will be in full effect and in top form after any disaster.

Please have a plan to supplement your food storage with wild game, eatable plants, fresh garden produce, domestic animals etc., evaluate your location and personal situation and plane for at least three independent sources to supply or at least supplement your survival food needs.

The area backing up my homestead / retreat is covered by thousands of acres of forest – with an ample supply of deer, wild turkey, black bear, pheasant, rabbit and squirrel.

I would be foolish to not make preps to use those abundant resources to supplement my food storage. By far the best foraging tool is a firearm, but under most survival conditions silence would be desirable or even essential. Because of this reality,  I have several tools that will allow me effectively take game without arousing suspicion or attracting unwanted attention including:


.22 caliber CB caps

While not completely silent the .22 caliber CB caps caps are much quieter than standard loading with this round. The sound is more of a thud compared to the crack of standard rounds. Small game can be taken out to twenty-five yards with careful shot placement.



A blow-gun is the epitome of simplicity. It is basically a tube through which a dart is blown. Blow-guns offer silence not found with other weapons and the dart can reach a muzzle velocity of 250 fps or more. I bought mine years ago from a mail order supplier but they can be made at home for nearly nothing.

-I have blowguns with those hunting darts, and while they’re not ideal (.40 vs. .625), they work on squirrel and rabbit if you use the diamond-shaped plastic points. Ammo was super cheap for those: some music wire, and plastic cones from the crafts store along with the purpose-built hunting points.



The sling-shot is generally seen as a child’s toy but can be very effective on small game and birds out to about twenty yards. The key is to practice enough to become efficient in its use. I’ve a folding slingshot to great effect to take a lot of small game – the animals are usually stunned and not killed and must be finished off by other means. I always keep a folding slingshot in my bug out bag.


– Note with surgical-tube slingshots to treat the rubber with Armor-All or similar to keep them from drying out and crumbling.

-Dollar store marbles are cheap and consistent ammo to use, and I’ve got a bag full of .36 round balls for ‘big game’.


Bow and Arrow

Modern compound bows are great for taking larger game, but are expensive with most models costing more than a comparable firearm. Primitive bows are easy enough to make from materials found in nature, for me the hardest part has always been the arrows. I have several handmade bows, but for the most part I prefer to use commercial arrows and broad heads.


Looking for a great compact take-down survival down and arrow set that you can afford!  Check out our Take-Down Bug Out Bow.  It breaks down to only 16″ and also includes 4 break-down arrows!


Sling-Shot Arrow shooter.

You can also check out something that I found at Walmart recently. Hey have been around a while but now are available there (sometimes).

In its basic form it is a sling-shot set up to short standard arrows. With a little practice they work great.


Air Guns

In my opinion, the spring piston models are the best design choice of the models now available. They are cocked by a single stroke and the force driving the pellet out of the barrel is consistent meaning better accuracy. Look for a gun with a fully rifled barrel, adjustable sights and grooved for scope mounting. Also look for a rated muzzle velocity of at least 1,000 fps. Pyramid Air  has a huge inventory of great air-rifles at competitive prices and fast shipping…


-I’m eyeballing that Crosman .22 carbine based on their pump pistol frame. No CO2 cartridges needed and it just looks cool. Either that or just one of the pistols it was made from would round out my needs nicely.


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If You Don’t Put Together Your 72 Hour Survival Kit Now You’ll Hate Yourself Later!

Guest post from M.D. Creekmore


This short modified excerpt is from my book 31 Days to Survival – this would also make a good bug out bag packing list, with a few modifications…

As with any “prepping shopping list” you’ll need to tailor the suggestions listed below to meet your specific needs, skills, location and circumstances – no such shopping list can cover the needs of everyone in every situation, everywhere.

The items listed below make up what is commonly referred to as a basic 72 hour kit and is where you should start your preps. In the following days, we’ll build and expand your stockpile to the point where you will be prepared for both short-term and disasters lasting six months or more.

Now let’s head to your local shopping mall or department store.

Here is your 72 hour kit shopping list:

  1. A three-day supply of water – one gallon of water per person, per day.
  2. A three-day supply of non-perishable food – foods ready to eat or requiring minimal water are preferred.
  3. Small portable, battery-powered AM/FM radio extra batteries.
  4. Flashlight and extra batteries (don’t skimp here get a good quality light)
  5. First aid kit and manual.
  6. Personal hygiene items including toilet paper, feminine supplies, hand sanitizer and soap,
  7. Toothbrush and toothpaste etc.
  8. Matches and waterproof container.
  9. Battery powered lantern and batteries
  10. Whistle
  11. Extra clothing according to climate and season.
  12. Kitchen accessories and cooking utensils, styrofoam plates and bowls and a manual can opener.
  13. Special needs items, such as prescription medications, eye glasses, contact lens, and hearing aid batteries etc.
  14. Items for infants, such as formula, diapers, bottles, and pacifiers.
  15. Sleeping bag or warm blanket (one per person) rating depending on location and climate.
  16. A multi-tool. A roll of duct tape, crowbar, hammer, staple gun, adjustable wrench and Bungee cords and heavy duty work gloves are also nice to have, but add extra weight.
  17. Small bottle of unscented liquid household bleach and an eyedropper for water purification.
  18. Plastic sheeting, duct tape and utility knife for covering broken windows or sheltering in place.
  19. Large heavy duty plastic bags and a plastic bucket for waste and sanitation or other suitable solution.
  20. A small multi-fuel backpackers stove (Colman makes a quality product).
  21.  N95 Respirator for each person in your group (2 or more).
  22. 100′ of rope (550lb paracord or similar)

It’s also a good idea to have photocopies of credit and identification cards, health insurance and other important documents in a water proof container and $100 in emergency cash in small denominations. Also don’t forget photos of family members and pets for re-identification purposes if you get separated.

You’ll also need to put together a list of emergency and personal contact phone numbers as well as a complete list of allergies to any drug (especially antibiotics) or food for each person.

It’s also a good idea to have an extra set of keys to your house and vehicle.

How to pack and store your 72 hour kit

Remember, the 72 hour kit may also serve as an evacuation kit so it all needs to be stored in easy to move containers. You want to be able to “grab and go” should you be forced to evacuate your home.

I prefer to “double pack” – first neatly pack everything in duffel bags or backpacks the store these in plastic totes making it easy to quickly load everything into your car while still having the option of slitting up the gear among your group if you’re forced to evacuate on foot.

Bug Out Bag List 101: How to Determine the Essentials, Contents, and Gear that you Need



Today’s assignment is to put together your 72 hour survival kit and or bug out bag… This kit will provide what you need to survive 95% of disasters and is a great starting point to building your preps. Now get to it…


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