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Executive Order 13603 and What it Means for Preppers…

May 12, 2015 By M.D. Creekmore

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Executive Order 13603 and What it Means for Preppers…

Police stateI’ve been going over “Executive Order 13603” today and thought that you might be interested in taking a look at the following provisions that I pulled directly from the document and pasted below.

What this all boils down to is that the President, can declare a national emergency and then take all resources, even privately owned resources, resources, like your preps and any other private property that they want…

Over the years I’ve read many articles and books which suggest that the biggest threat to your survival post collapse are refugees fleeing the cities or your neighbors coming to take your preps, and while they are a legitimate concern, as you can see by reading the excepts taken directly from executive order 13603, they probably won’t be the biggest threat to your survival.

After the president declares a disaster and enacts executive order 13603, the federal government will first concentrate on taking large commercial farms, fuel produces, fertilizer plants etc, in maybe your local state and county governments who are the first ones coming after the local resources of individuals and families within their state, county and city jurisdictions.

This is why it’s a good idea to have your preps well hidden and backup preps stored away from your home and retreat…

Thoughts on Survival Organization

Thoughts on Organization

From Jim Jones, President of Live Free USA

There is no such thing as failure only people who fail.

I have learned these lessons through years of work building Live Free USA at my career as a safety professional, and at life. The study of leadership in business’s and military strategies confirms these lessons.  Those of you who would be chapter leaders, event organizers and leaders must know this in advance to assure success in all you do.

50 to 75 percent of all events, meetings and program will be a failure or a waste of time but:

  1. You have no way of knowing which ones will fail and which ones will be the key to success
  2. Failures often turn out to provide the elements of success weeks, months or even years later
  3. Often a failure can be the fulcrum for a later success
  4. In fact: the more frequently you try and fail the more inevitable your success becomes.
  5. So success is the product of constant activity and even frequent failures and frustrations
  6. Only inactivity and capitulation can stop you from succeeding
  7. Most importantly: a success that is not followed promptly by efforts towards greater things is still a failure.

Constant and unwavering focus on the mission while ignoring failures and building on successes (no matter how small) is a guarantee of success.

Updated List Of Live Free Chapters

Live Free USA continues to build a network of real (not just virtual) "boots on the ground", Face to face" active organizations throughout the USA.  Chapters and affiliated groups rang from a few members just starting up to scores of members with regular meetings and training events.  Action gets action.  The effectivness of an organization is directly related to the frequency and quality of its activities.  Effective groups make things happen.  Contact these folks and get involved.  Make a difference.


Click The Link Below for a Full List of Chapters and Affiliated Groups





Why Network?
Many prepper/survivalists maintain that secrecy and security are more important than networking and organizing. Live Free USA has been in existence as a high profile advocate and teaching organization for survival and preparedness for over 45-years. Over these years we have seen hundreds of survival preparedness organizations come and go. A group that limits its goals to preparing for some future disaster and limits its vision to just “surviving” always deteriorates and dissolves over a few years. Only those groups that interact with their communities and likeminded groups have been successful over the long haul. A successful group is about growing, building, advocating, teaching and making a difference no matter what the future brings. Networking is a key factor in personal, family and group survival.

Networking can be categorized into four levels.

Personal and Family Networks are built through discussion of on-going hazards (e.g. economic decline, climate change, crime, lost freedoms, shortages, etc.) and potential disasters (e.g. financial collapse, civil unrest, storms, floods, droughts, epidemics, etc.) with coworkers, neighbors, family members and friends. Such discussions must lead to suggested actions (plans, purchases, stocking up, learning) and further cooperative activities to help each other be better prepared and move towards sustainable living (gardens, alternate energy, trade and barter, etc.). This should lead to a formal or informal network or group that strengthens everyone capabilities. The group should always be open to helping others and be involved in the community.

Community Networks are formed through involvement of existing organizations in preparedness and self-reliance activities. This may be a network of dedicated preparedness groups, but more often should include community groups, church groups, veteran’s organizations, fraternal organizations and sports (e.g. hunting, shooting, etc.) groups. Such networks will have greater resources and a vested interest in bringing preparedness and sustainable living to the community. They can host seminars, workshops and even full scale preparedness fairs.

Regional and National Networking* is critical to the long-term survival of independent and self-reliant families. Without such networks a culture of centralized control and dependency will prevail. Although the internet can help facilitate the development of such networks, they should be built on “boots on the ground”, face-to-face” contact with adjoining and linked groups of all kinds. Being represented at preparedness expos, seminars, and meetings . Is critical to this phase of network building. Live Free USA also actively links up chapters and affiliates in geographically adjoining areas. For help in contacting other groups e-mail:

Virtual Networks are the most popular and easy way to network with other preparedness and self-reliance practitioners. While these systems boast hundreds or thousands of members they are not “real” networks. They are however very great tools and portals to developing real connections and real networks. For a variety of reasons, depending on any internet system for sustaining disaster preparedness organization would be a mistake, but it is a great starting point to facilitate networking.
One of the best networks to use is: These folks can get you networking with national a regional preppers and groups as well as keep you informed about meetings and expos around the country

* Live Free USA established an effective national network in the late 1970, before there was an internet. It can be done!


Preparedness Expositions and Seminars
Attending expos is one of the best ways to establish real contacts with other preparedness groups as well as to learn new skills and try out the latest emergency survival and sustainable living equipment. Many are listed with: and in Live Free’s website in the “events” tab,

Will You Be Fit To Survive?

Personal Health and Survival

Will You Be Fit To Survive?

By James J. Jones, EMT/CHCM

   I am aware that I may offend a few “survivalist/preppers” out there by the following comments, but they are expressed with the best of intentions for your survival and health.  While I believe that most of you are healthier than the “average” American.  I often encounter folks who are obsessed with preparing for various external catastrophes while doing nothing to avoid internal catastrophes.  For example: a smoker who is equipped to survive nuclear fallout, chemical agents and biological weapons is much more likely to die from nicotine poisoning and is more vulnerable to NBC agents as well.  An overweight out of shape guy or gal who plans to hit the road with a 30-50 pound survival pack has about zero chance of actually making it out.  Anyone who uses drugs is just plain delusional about being a survivor.  Putting off eye examinations and dental checkups is a more serious survival error than forgetting to bring water.  You will always need the best eyesight possible to survive.  Bad teeth generate all kinds of infections that can affect the brain, heart and other vital organs.  A severe toothache   in the midst of a survival situation could be a serious handicap.  Any undetected and untreated heath issue that develops during and after a collapse will probably be disabling or even fatal due to lack of medical care, shortages of medications, poor diet and stressful conditions.  All avoidable and correctable heath issues should be dealt with now while you still can.  I realize that changing bad habits, eating right and exercising is a lot harder than filling up a survival pack, but being physically prepared is the most important “prepping” you can do.   Eating right, getting exercise, maintaining teeth and ending any unhealthy habits now must be part of everyone’s survival program.

Four Missions of Live Free Chapters

It has been a while since I made an entry. We were very, very buisy in September and October doing classes and meeting new people. Membership continues to grow and we have added several new chapters and alliances as well. November and December will be devoted to planning for 2012 and 2013.  Keep two dates in mind (1) the Annual Meeting in Hammond IN on March 24th and the Camp Independance at Tippecanoe River State Park on the weekend of May 4-5-6.  The empowerment and support of Live Free chapters is a high priority for the comming years.  While each chapter may be at a different point in development and face different situations, they should have the same basic missions as followes. 
     The four prime missions of a Live Free USA chapter provide an unlimited challenge that should direct the efforts of every member indefinitely.  None of these goals can be fully achieved, but offer a path to individual security and independence.  Collectively, the success of multiple chapters and groups can make significant difference on how our communities and our nation survive and recover from the multiplicity of disasters and the general collapse of existing systems.  They are intended to provide security, and safety without sacrificing choices and freedoms.  


Support members and their families in achieving the capability to survive and recover from common short and medium tern natural and man-made disasters without the support or interference of outside agencies.  To this end, provide training, information, equipment and supplies in affordable and practical programs.


Support members and their families in achieving increased self-reliance and independence from centralized and failing sources of life essential needs such as food, water, energy, protection, and medical aid.  Work to create semi-independent life style and economic network that reduces risks, regulation, taxes and waste, while improving life security and quality.


Recruit and develop new members, while developing networks with other Live Free chapters and organizations with compatible and like-minded goals.  These networked communities of self-reliance will be able to exchange instructors, share resources, combine operations and purchases and engage in trade and barter for critical supplies and skill in an emergency.


Advocate and educate for preparedness and self-reliance through community-based programs including educational seminars, speakers, and fairs.  Support government and private community preparedness and emergency response programs whereever practical.

Outdoor Survival

You may leave civilization or civilization may leave you. Either way you need to know how to survive in the outdoors with minimal equipment.  


It has been a long-time since we published any articles on out-door (wilderness) survival.  Since there are so many books and magazines devoted to the subject, we focused on other aspects of survival and self-reliance such as urban survival, medical emergencies, disaster survival and survival equipment. 


The fact is that Live Free started out as a gun club and then an outdoor sports club years before becoming a survival and self-reliance organization. Of course many of the so-called wilderness survival techniques are applicable to other emergencies, especially if one is forced to evacuate into the open countryside. 


Planning and Preparation

Once you have left the comparative safety of your home and ventured away from established facilities you have entered an environment where even slight errors in judgment or a bit of bad luck can have serious or even fatal consequences. 


 An injury or an illness that occurs hours or days away from help, a sudden change in the weather or a miscalculation of your skills or the hazards can turn an enjoyable trek into a disaster.  Here are a few rules for planning any extended (over a few hours) outdoor trek:


Outdoor Safety

Once you are out in the “out-back” safety becomes an essential part of every act.  You are exposed to fire, poisonous plants, venomous insects and snakes, sharp tool, treacherous surfaces and often, loaded firearms all without warning signs, or timely medical services.  Safety becomes even more critical than at home.


1. Stay hydrated.  In hot conditions, don’t wait to be thirsty. Drink as much as you can as often as you can.
2. Watch where you are walking.  A trip or fall that results in a sprain or fracture miles from help can spell disaster.
3. Be alert of poisonous snakes.  Watch where you put your feet and hands. Carry a long stick to probing grass and brush ahead. Snakes like cooling shade and hiding under rocks and logs.
4. Use extra caution when using knives and axes. Never cut towards you.
5. Keep tents, loss clothing and fuel well away from campfires
6. Only build campfires in permitted areas clear of trees, brush and grass.  Clear a good area of bare earth around the fire.
7. Keep firearms on “safe” and pointed in a safe direction  
8. Be aware of eye hazards when traveling through thick trees and bush, especially at night or at dusk. Keep hands in front of you
9. Avoid crossing fast running streams or ice if possible.  If necessary try to use a secured rope to provide a safety hold.
10. Wear appropriate safety equipment for the activity such as gloves, safety glasses, helmets, or floatation devices.