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Nuclear Targets in America

January 4, 2011 3 comments

In the event of a nuclear war many of these cities have been mapped as potential Nuclear Targets due to being economic centers, tourism, military, local governments Eco hubs etc..  Click on the map to see your town enlarged.  Hard to believe is it not?  The town that I reside in is not that large in size however it is marked.

This information and other valuable information regarding the “Safeness” of America can be found at

Top 10 Survival Downloads

January 4, 2011 Comments off

Top 10 Survival Downloads You Should Have

Modern Survival Online

There are tons of good downloads in the Survival Database Download section of this website. For this article – I have selected 10 that everyone should have either printed and put away, or placed on a USB drive – or better yet both.

So – let’s get to it:

#10. FM 4-25-11 First Aid (2002) – Military First Aid Manual.  First aid information is a must – get training before you need it – use this manual for reference.

#9.  Guide to Canning – Being able to preserve crops to  be able to provide for yourself and your family long after the growing season is over is important. This guide will help with that.

#8. Rangers Handbook (2006) – Crammed with info on demolitions, booby traps, communications, patrolling, tactical movement, battle drills, combat intelligence and much more
#7. Where There is No Dentist – The author uses straightforward language and careful instructions to explain how to: examine patients; diagnose common dental problems; make and use dental equipment; use local anesthetics; place fillings; and remove teeth.

#6. NATO Emergency War Surgery – While this is certainly not a manual that would stand alone in most persons emergency/disaster library, it is an absolutely necessary resource if you expect to handle any type of trauma where immediate comprehensive medical care is not available.

#5. A Guide to Raised Bed Gardening – This is not an “all knowing” gardening book – however it provides a lot of information to the “urban gardener” before or after TSHTF.  Best to get the experience and knowledge of gardening NOW rather than later.

#4. FM 3-06 Combined Arms Operations in Urban Terrain – Combat techniques covered in the manual which may be very valuable in a “Roadwarrior”-type world.

#3. 1881 Household Cyclopedia – A massive resource of information that much of it has been lost over the past 203 generations. From Angling to Knitting – its here.

#2. FM 21-76-1 Survival-Evasion-Recovery (1999) – Excellent manual geared towards the soldier that finds himself behind enemy lines

#1. FM 21-76 US Army Survival Manual – From  This manual has been written to help you acquire survival skills. It tells you how to travel, find water and food, shelter yourself from the weather and care for yourself if you become sick or injured. This information is first treated generally and then applied specifically to such special areas as the Arctic, the desert, the jungle and the ocean.1970 Military Issue Manual. General Introduction and Individual and Group Survival Orientation Navigation, Finding Water In All Parts of The Globe. How To Obtain Food, Start a Fire and much more!

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Are you prepared for a emergency?

December 28, 2010 Comments off

The Council for Excellence in Government and American Red Cross conducted a poll that found that Hurricanes Katrina and Rita did not motivate a plurality of Americans to prepare for an emergency. Only 12 percent say they’ve done a great deal to prepare for a natural disaster, terrorist attack, or other major emergency.

The poll shows that most Americans yawned and went back to sleep (Table 1).


We are our own first responders, and it is up to each of us to create a family communication plan, put together emergency supplies, and practice evacuation plans. We are an optimistic, generous nation, which opened its hearts and wallets to those whose lives were turned upside down. We are willing to help others. Now we’ve got to help ourselves.

Patricia McGinnis is president and CEO of the Council for Excellence in Government (

Table 1. Is It Time to Wake Up?

It won't happen to me.       More than half say that one reason they
                             have not done more to prepare is because
                             they do not think another disaster is
                             likely to happen to them. We seem to
                             believe that the tragedies of Katrina and
                             Rita were terrible events with horrific
                             consequences--but the devastation was
                             someplace else--not in my community,
                             home, or business.

I don't mind inconvenience   Since the 9/11 attacks, we have given our
as long as I don't have to   leaders wide latitude to protect our
do anything.                 Nation. For the most part, we have been
                             more than willing to sacrifice some
                             privacy for safety and preparedness.
                             After July's London subway bombings, a
                             Fox News poll found that 85 percent would
                             not mind a bag search before entering
                             public transportation, which would not
                             require any extra effort on our part.

I don't know what to do.     Two months after Katrina, the Americans
                             who said they hadn't prepared because
                             they didn't know what to do actually
                             increased by 9 percent. We saw and heard
                             the desperate pleas of family members
                             separated by Katrina, yet most of us
                             still have no plan on how to communicate
                             with family members during or after a
                             disaster. Just 36 percent report that
                             they have prepared a communications plan
                             to contact loved ones in an emergency if
                             they get separated. Only one-quarter have
                             established a specific meeting place in
                             the event that they or their family are
                             evacuated or cannot return home. Only one
                             in three have stored extra food or
                             bottled water for emergencies.
Some Americans have gotten   More than half of Southerners say that
the wake up call.            the hurricanes gave them motivation to
                             prepare for a disaster. But others are
                             still hitting the snooze button: just 35
                             percent of people in the West, 31 percent
                             of people in the East, and only 21
                             percent of Mid-westerners have been
                             motivated to prepare.

We demand that our leaders give us better and more effective emergency
plans for our communities, yet only 18 percent of Americans are
familiar with their city or town's emergency plan. Even fewer are
aware of their state's plan. We know significantly more about plans
for our workplaces (45 percent) and local schools (28 percent), but
we're nowhere near ready.

The Home Survival Kit

Store everything here in sealed plastic bags or containers, and keep in a place that is fairly accessible. This probably won’t cost as much as it might seem, and you probably have most of it already. Still, if price is an issue, buy this stuff a little at a time (maybe when it’s on sale?) and eventually you will have a truly epic survival kit.

1. Water: 1 gallon per person per day. For a family of 4 that makes 12 gallons. The best way is to buy gallon jugs of drinking water, because they are pre-sanitized and sealed to prevent any nastiness from getting in. If you decide to fill your own jugs, read this for instructions on how. Also, keep a bottle of non-scented bleach – 12 drops in a gallon of water makes it drinkable, and tea bags can make it taste better.

Word to the wise: As a last resort, there is a handy backup reserve of water – in your hot water heater. Open the drain valve at the bottom to get some water of last resort. Don’t forget to sterilize it with bleach!

2. Food: Go ahead and plan out 3 days worth of meals, using non-perishable food that does not need to be heated. Canned tuna, veggies, and fruits are great, as well as canned beans and potatoes, and dried fruit and nuts. They may not taste great cold, but they will work. Peanut butter is a high-calorie food with a long shelf life. Freeze dried camping meals and MRE’s are nice too, but they can get a little pricey. Stay away from foods that will make you thirsty, like high-sodium crackers or soups, and go for whole grains as much as possible. Don’t forget to add in some comfort food. You may be stuck inside for days, and a little candy or other snacks can go a long way.

Word to the wise: Don’t forget to pack a manual can opener!

3. First Aid Kit: You can buy one for about $25, (here is a good one from the Red Cross) or you can make your own. Check out this list of suggested first aid items. Don’t forget to include any prescription medication!

4. Clothes: A full change of clothes, including warm outer layers and sturdy comfortable shoes, for each person under your roof.

5. Flashlight: A crank powered led light with a built in emergency radio is my personal favorite, but a cheapo dollar-store version will work. Don’t forget the extra batteries!

6. Plastic Sheeting: Fiber-reinforced, laminated polyethylene film, 0.006 inches thick. You can buy 1,200 square feet of Dura Skrim DS2 for about $100. Or get a tarp — for covering broken windows or roofs.

7. Zip Ties and Duct Tape: These DIY favorites are great for attaching the aforementioned plastic sheeting, or even making compression bandages or splints.

8. Protective Wear: Waterproof and cut resistant Kevlar gloves and N95 face masks. Get one face mask for each person, at least.

9. Tools: A crowbar to pry debris that might stand between you and a loved one. An adjustable wrench. Screwdrivers. A staple gun. Rope. Fire extinguisher: small canister, ABC type.

10. Matches: Strike-anywhere, waterproof, and windproof. Keep them in a plastic bag. In another bag, hoard some dryer lint for kindling.

11. Sanitation: Toilet paper, soap, liquid detergent, feminine supplies, personal hygiene items (travel-sized, please), plastic garbage bags, ties (for personal sanitation uses), plastic bucket with tight lid, disinfectant, household chlorine bleach.

12. Radio