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Principles of Emergency Planning

Original published in the Live Free USA newsletter in 2011, we have updated this article.  Considering current and impending events, it seems like a good time to be make new emergency plans and reviewing old ones.

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New Recommended Survival Book List

It has been a few years since we updated our book list.  This is simply because we have too many projects going on simultaneously, but we will try to update it more often.  We invite our readers to send in their recommendations in short form for the list or in longer form for publication as book reviews in our American Survivor newsletter.  Send these to me at survivorjj@aol.com

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Surviving an Active Shooter Event

The "active shooter" scenario is an increasing danger that shows no sign of decreasing in the near or far future as our society disintegrates.  Most articles on this subject avoid some of  the more drastic steps that may be necessary to survive these events.  This article is derived from several police and EMS programs as well as our hard-core reality approach to the subject.

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Pocket Respiratory Protection

Pocket respirators are an essential item for survival in many situations. Epidemics, terrorist events, nuclear fallout, toxic dust, and other respiratory hazards can develop at any time.  Having immediate short term protection will be much more important than delayed access to bulks "gas masks".  This article explores your options.

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How Prepared is the American Public?

Based on the :American Housing Survey" conducted by the US Census Bureau, this article examines each element of home preparedness covered in the survey and the provides recommendations by Live Free USA that go further. We also cover several key items that were not included in the survey that every home must have for complete preparedness.

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How Prepared is the American Public

Based on the :American Housing Survey" conducted by the US Census Bureau, this article examines each element of home preparedness covered in the survey and the provides recommendations by Live Free USA that go further. We also cover several key items that were not included in the survey that every home must have for complete preparedness.

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Two Live Free Chapters in Tennessee

Two Live Free Chapters in Tennessee
We are happy to welcome the “Tennessee Scouts” Live Free USA chapter to our family. This chapter is located in Silver Point TN east of Nashville. They are planning on doing regular meetings and camp events in the near future. They join the established “Middle Tennessee” chapter near Nashville as Live Free’s presence grows throughout the state. We invite members in Tennessee to contact the Tennessee Scouts at: thebeals@twlakes.net and the Middle Tennessee Chapter at galloyd@mttkd.com

Live Free Safety & Security Team

SAFETY & SECURITY TEAM REORGANIZING
The Live Fee USA bylaws have always provided for the establishments of teams to assure coverage of all survival and preparedness related issues. These teams have acted as agencies to advance their specialties and then lead training events to improve that capacity among all Live Free groups and members. Until last year the “Safety and Security” Director was elected. The changes in the bylaws now assigns all specific tasks to designated “coordinators”.  At one time our safety and security team was extremely well trained and conducted internal field training as well as external classes. Unfortunately this team has been largely inactive for several years. We know that we have a number of members trained in various aspects of self-protection, home defense, and related skills that can be the core of a revitalized team. This group would:

• Sponsor unarmed self-defense classes for Live Free events and Live Free chapter meetings
• Sponsor and organize firearms safety and armed self-defense classes for Live Free events and Live Free chapter meetings.
• Develop advanced defense training programs.
• Create and provide safety and self-defense articles, literature, blogs, and videos as needed.
• Provide security at all Live Fee sponsored events.
If interested in participation contact the new Safety and Security Coordinator at: chad.ritter@ymail.com

Picking Locks As A Survival Skill

Picking Locks as a Survival Skill

Certainly we all regard lock picking as a rather nefarious activity used by criminals and spies, but under true, live-or-die survival situations including this skill and the necessary devices in your survival kit may be worth consideration.  In a large-scale disaster there will be plenty of abandoned commercial, industrial and residential structures.  Even sheds and barns can provide emergency shelter that is far superior to tarps and tents.

While breaking into someone’s home or business is not something we want to do, it may be absolutely necessary to get out of the cold, wind, rain and other hazards. Entry should be achieved with the minimum of noise and damage. A broken window or door will attract unwanted attention. Carrying a lock pick gun and/or small pry bar in your survival pack may be worth the weight. If you enter someone’s home be respectful of their property.  If you must “borrow” food or other items to survive leave them a note and an IOU for future reimbursement.  Just because civilization has broken down does not justify your becoming a looter.  Most importantly: be sure it is truly an unoccupied structure before approaching or attempting entry.  Carefully observe, call out and even knock first.  Going from a desperate survivor to an intruder could result in disaster for you and the occupants.  The lock pick gun below with its instruction should get you past most locks, but you should practice ahead of time. Lock picks alone are much smaller and lighter than this gun, but take longer to learn.  There are also special master keys and jiggle keys made for padlocks and automobiles. You can get these devices on line and through many survival supply catalogues. The one below is made by Scorpion Defense Products and is sold by BUDK.com for $22.99.  Plain picks are just $9.95 while jiggle keys go for $19.00

 

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Surviving An Active Shooter Event

Resent events have made surviving an "active shooter" situation a real possibility.  While writing my next book I am including it in the Ten Street Survival Techniques section.  This is a combination of several official recommendations with my own survivalist additions.

Active shooter situations are becoming more frequent. An active shooter is one that not only initiates a shooting, but continues to remain at the scene or in motion shooting multiple rounds at multiple victims.  Active shooters target crowded locations such as stores, theaters, and public building where every round fired may hit one or more victims.  If caught in this situation you can be sure that the killing will continue until the police engage the shooter or he/she/they have killed everyone in sight.  Even the police have now admitted that civilians caught in such situations should take certain actions rather than “stay calm” or try to reason with the terrorists.  Unfortunately, the days when you could relax and enjoy public places and public venues are gone. Violent crime, gang shootings, drive-by shootings and terrorist guns and bombs have converted our communities into potential war zones. Below are steps and actions that you can take to survive such an event.

Being Prepared for an Active Shooter

Be observant and alert!  In any crowed you must observe for suspicious behavior. Are people wearing unnecessarily baggy or long clothing?  Do some people have suspicious bulges in their clothing or are they carrying odd long packages. Are some people wearing backpacks or leaving backpacks behind?  Are some people moving around suspiciously and looking about as if ready to take some action?   If your “sixth sense” is telling you to get out or get down do it!

Make an escape plan.  In a restaurant, mall, theater or other potential terrorist target make sure to constantly be aware of the exits. Exits can be fire doors, windows, over railings, anything that works. Consider routs to exits that offer the most bulletproof cover. If true escape is not safe then seek any room with a solid door that can be locked and barricaded with heavy furniture.

Identify potential bullet proof cover. While you may hide behind furniture, car bodies, and plaster or wood walls it will generally not stop bullets. They provide only concealment. Cover is offered by brick walls, cement walls, heavy appliances, engine blocks and other very solid objects. Constantly identify these as places to go if escape is not immediately available.

What to Do When the First Shots are Fired

Act Immediately!  If you have accepted the possibility of an active shooter situation and taken the steps above you can skip from denial to action while other freeze and get shot.

Take Cover. If you are already in the shooters vision or there is no covered escape route that will not expose you to the shooter, this may be your only option. Get behind the strongest, thickest object possible immediately. Stay low or lie flat.  If wounded or among wounded lie down and play dead. Shooters will instinctively shoot anything that they see that moves.

Escape: If the shooter(s) has his back to you, you have a chance to escape or at least reach good cover before they turn around. Remember that there may be more than one shooter. If you go through a door get to the right or left of the door and keep moving towards cover since the shooter may shoot through it or follow you out.

Engage:  The Washington D.C. chief of police and many others have now recognized that civilians may need to take action on their own before law enforcement arrives to save themselves and others. If you cannot escape or find cover and the shooter continues to shoot your best chance is to distract, delay or disable the shooter. Discharging a fire extinguisher, throwing a heavy object; tackling, clubbing, or stabbing are all justified in this situation.  If you have a firearm use it!  Yes, shoot them in the back if you can. Shoot for the head as they often have bullet-proof vests. If possible shoot from a low position so your bullets go upward and avoid hitting bystanders. Don’t hesitate and don’t try to get them to surrender.  They will just shoot you.  CAUTION: remember, the police will consider anyone they find holding a gun as the enemy!  Once the shooter(s) are down (1) do not pick up their weapons and (2) put your weapon down and your hands up and wait for the police.

Communicate: If not in immediate danger use your cell phone to call for help. Provide the police with any information that you can, such as the description number of shooters, location of shooters, type of weapons used, direction shooters are or did move.  If you are barricaded or behind cover provide your location and your own description.  If nothing else, pull the fire alarm to warn others and distract the shooter. .

Recovery:  If you are lucky enough to have survived such as violent event you are not safe yet. The police are going to be very jumpy on entry!  Stay down and keep your hands up. Follow police instructions carefully. They will consider everyone there as a threat until searched, interviewed and cleared.  There may still be other active shooters at large or there may be bombs or booby traps left behind.  If you are carrying a firearm (open or concealed) be sure to immediately tell the police while keeping your hands up. If you have any medical training try to help the wounded until the medics arrive. Stopping severe bleeding and treating for shock may be an important lifesaving action.