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National collapse: Organizing security for the worst case scenario


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National collapse: Organizing security for the worst case scenario

Of all the factors involved in survival, security is the one issue I see that is the most talked about yet is generally taken the least seriously. Let me elaborate — I have met many preppers in my life and nearly all of them are avid gun buyers and collectors. Sadly, at least half of them have minimal training in those weapons. Sure, they go out and shoot at the range or in their backyards, maybe once every few weeks, but they are not even close to mastering their firearms or the tactics involved in defeating an enemy that has moderate experience and training. This is a problem.

I have long felt that there is a distinctive and subversive weakness to our gun culture; the simple act of buying guns gives people a false sense of security and invincibility. I have met people who own tens of thousands of dollars in arms yet know nothing about how to even break most of those guns down to clean them. I also have met people who buy guns as a proxy for expertise; In other words, they buy guns and brag about them to bolster their image as gun "experts," but it's all a farce. They know next to nothing.

In terms of surviving a collapse event, the key is not owning a lot of guns, it's knowing how to use what you have, while also having practiced in the tactics that make a prepper combat effective. The preppers that are not going to make it through the collapse we are seeing today are those that are too arrogant to see their own weaknesses:

The preppers who have minimal training but see themselves as the local Rambo.

The preppers who plan to go "lone wolf" and have dismissed security concerns in the name of some childish concept of "OPSEC."

The preppers who think because they have a large family or group that this alone makes them safe even though no one in their group has training beyond a mediocre level.

The preppers who forget to incorporate other factors of security, including communications and early warning systems.

As noted, arrogance is an Achilles' heel for any prepper. These people are not going to make it. It will be hard enough to survive even if you do have training and a plan. Entering into a collapse environment without mapping out your security concerns is suicide, and some people seem to think they are above all of it, even as the world begins to burn around them.

Security makes all other survival efforts possible. It is the key to everything. Without security you have nothing. Your preps will be taken easily by people with rudimentary combat knowledge and the will to do violence to others. Any farming efforts will be impossible when you are living in fear of being eviscerated by a sniper's bullet because you stepped out onto an open field to till the soil. Barter markets will not form because they will be raided and ransacked by criminals, and production will be impossible because trade is impossible without defenses in place.

Without security, the entire machine of culture, trade and society stops, and we are left with little else but isolation and terror.

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Ideally, you have already been building associations with other preppers over time and have been talking with family members about the potential for a national crisis. Also, ideally, you have done at least some group training with these people. If, however, you are starting from scratch in the middle of the pandemic and economic crash, then you have quite a lot of work ahead of you. That said, some things will be easier today than they were a few months ago...

Step #1: Get your own house in order

Make sure you are prepped to some extent before you approach other people about the issue of security. If you try to develop a defense plan with those around you but you have minimal preps, they will see you as a potential liability and not an ally. You do not want to be seen as a leach on the resources of others. As groups grow and evolve and begin to trust each other they naturally end up sharing some resources in order to benefit everyone in the long term but walking into an organizational effort empty-handed is a bad idea.

Step #2: Find like-minded people

Before the advent of the coronavirus, when the economic crash was more subversive and less obvious to the average person, a lot of Americans simply had no inkling that a nationwide collapse was even possible. Now they are starting to learn that they have been naive. Not all of them, but some of them. This means that you are more likely to convince friends and family today of the necessity of security measures, but it all depends on how you approach them.

For family, outline your concerns about the current unemployment trend and the potential rise in crime if the situation continues. Show them the rising stats in nearly all areas of criminal activity right now to back your argument. Take them out to a local gravel pit or other isolated locale and teach them to shoot. Show them how to use a simple radio, like a Midland GMRS radio. Be proactive in the process of getting them on board; don't merely bombard them with terrible news, involve them in training and give them the power to do something about the situation.

The best places to find like-minded preppers outside of your close circle of friends and family would include your church, local barter markets if they exist, firearms training classes, etc. Of course, most of these outlets for organization are closed right now due to the pandemic (and this is by design), but you can still contact people you have met in the past in these places and discuss the situation with them.

Step #3: Approaching neighbors

This is a sensitive issue for many preppers, as it risks revealing that they are preppers to those that live around them, thereby leaving them open to theft or government reporting. Frankly, if you are that afraid of your neighbors you should not be living in the neighborhood you live in. Your situation remains the same even if you don't talk to anyone; you will still be isolated and alone, and eventually, you will be found out as a prepper by someone. Count on it.

So, the key to security and thus survival is to not be caught alone and isolated. Approaching neighbors does not have to involve spilling your guts about your prepping either. Try this:

Find a neighbor you think might be receptive, then tell them you are thinking about setting up a neighborhood watch or neighborhood security group to keep an eye out for potential criminal activity in the area. Remind them that law enforcement is not responding to most calls right now because of the pandemic. If they support the idea, purchase some cheap GMRS radios and give them one. Now you have extended your circle of security and established a comms network. Simple.

The discussion doesn't even need to go beyond this, at least not until things get worse. Then, you expand on the efforts of your neighborhood watch to include more defensive measures and a wider circle or net.

Step #4: Gear up for the worst-case scenario

Even with the rush on guns and gun-related items, there is still time to gear up a group of people for the advent of a full collapse of the rule of law. If all the AR15s are gone from the stores in your area, then you can still easily find AR parts to build your own rifle. It's is not that difficult, but there are plenty of armorers in every town and city that can build one for you if you provide the parts and pay a fee.

Make sure you and your group try to maintain the same weapon types. You want redundancies in case one person runs out of ammo or needs a magazine. If each person is running a different rifle in a different caliber then you are going to run into problems when the shooting starts. This is a primary reason why a rebellion might lose, a lack of interchangeability in their firearms. They end up with a bunch of guns that have no ammo and one gun with tons of ammo.

Next, make sure each person has a chest rig set up for engagement along with a medical kit (blowout kit). Make sure they have a conceal carry kit in case of a low-profile situation. And make sure they have some kind of nighttime weapon setup, even if it is just a rifle with a light on it.

Once the group is established and gear is matched so that ammo and mags can be shared, you can start putting certain people into specialties, such as long-range tactics and observation.

First and foremost is unit cohesion. Everyone must be on the same page about why they are there. Everyone must be willing to fight if necessary. Everyone must be able to handle stress without panicking.

Step #5: Group training

This is where things get a bit difficult, as many people are averse to physical labor or learning new things in front of others. People don't like to look stupid. Also, many people talk big but have little experience, and they don't want to be discovered. Finally, some people are just plain lazy and think they don't need to train. It's better to identify these people now and get rid of them, or at least ensure that you are not relying on them for anything. Having training sessions quickly weeds out the weaklings and the frauds.

Work on the basics first, including:

Rifle accuracy — If they can't hit anything with their rifle then they should practice until they can, or they should not be involved in security.

Two-person movement — Form "buddy teams" and practice basic movement including bounding, peeling, moving to cover, etc.

Four-person movement — Form a group of four people (a fire team) and practice the same basic movements. Start with unloaded rifles to avoid accidental discharges, then work your way up to live fire. I suggest using steel targets to increase the realism.

Room-to-room movement — Practice room entry, pieing corners, avoiding muzzle sweeps, etc.

Random patrols — Patrol an area. Plan out the patrol on a map beforehand and then carry it out.

Navigation — Learn how to use a compass and map for longer patrols. Set up rally points and observation points. Have a goal for the patrol beyond simply getting from point A to point B. Stage an "enemy" at the end of the patrol and practice an engagement. Do not expect to be using GPS during a real emergency.

Night operations — As your group gets more experience, start training at night. Nighttime is when the bad guys move around most. Learn the limitations of night defenses and how to adapt to them.

All of this can be done, even now in the middle of a collapse. There is still time. In the span of 2-3 months a security team can be formed and trained if everyone involved is serious about the endeavor. Conflicts will arise and frustrations can disrupt the process, but this is common. Don't let the group fracture over simple disagreements. Only when a person becomes a liability to everyone else should you rethink your association.

The current breakdown is indeed a danger and must be countered with preparation and expectation. Plan for the worst and hope for the best, but don't be surprised when you get the worst. Make security a No. 1 priority, because if you do not, mark my words, you will deeply regret it down the road.

To truth and knowledge,

Brandon Smith




After a year where the media has done nothing but bark all manner of orders about how to live your life, “Follow the rules,” “Wash your hands,” “Mask up,” “Social distance,” “Stay home…” it’s important to remember this…

If YOU are not the cause in the matter of your life — someone else is! 

Put another way… if you ain’t driving the bus, you’re just along for the ride!


Prepare. Train. Survive.

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Five Steps to Building Your Personal 10-Year Plan

 by Mark J. Kohler

Young or old, stable or in transition, starting a new business or trying to find an exit strategy for a mature one, building a 10-year plan can give you a significant edge in living a happier and more fulfilling life. 

More specifically, for a business owner it could be the difference between profitably harnessing their passion, or losing years of their life with success continually out of reach. 

The primary objective of a 10-year plan is to “take control” of your future and not simply live life reacting to what comes your way.

If you don’t have a written, passionate vision of your future 10 years from now, what are you even doing and why?! Have you really thought through the things you’re doing right now and what their long-term ramifications will be?

Writing down a plan can be a “game changer” in your personal growth and happiness. If you feel uncertain about what you want out of life, or unhappy about what you seem to be consistently receiving from this crazy world…make a plan to change it!! 

It could be just what you need to get motivated and focused. Here are five steps to get it done.

Step 1: Begin With “Picture” of the Future

The first critical step, in my opinion, is to start by writing down an “ideal scenario” of what you want your personal future to look like 10 years from now. Don’t worry about grammar or spelling — just write! Let it flow. It’s not going to get published in a journal or the newspaper. It’s personal. Let it be an emotional experience if needs to be. It’s OK!

I also don’t want you to simply focus on finances or your occupation. Make sure you include a focus on relationships, physical health, education and spiritual growth. 

Imagine your future self, and envision the details of what you accomplished over the past 10 years. Who or what type of person are you with? How much is in your bank account? What education have you completed? What type of business or job do you have? 

Take the time to meditate, pray, and be honest with yourself on what you truly want this future to look like.

Remember, you can always change and modify your plan. It’s yours. But, write it down on paper and give it the care and attention it deserves. This is your future! 

Finally, be realistic. It’s OK to push yourself toward a dream you think you can reach with some effort, but don’t set yourself up for failure. Saying you want to be the president of the United States or a VP of a fortune 500 Company in 10 years from now might be a stretch… but who am I to say what you can and can’t do! Maybe something like that is within your reach. Just don’t overdo it.

Step 2: Work Backwards With Benchmarks That You Need to Reach

Once your 10-year goals are detailed on paper, it actually becomes quite easy to work backwards and determine the practical steps you need to take in order to get there. Some people want to set straight out goals, but I think it’s easier to work with the larger end in mind, and create stepping-stones you need in order to make your dream a reality.

Practically, this means creating 5-, 3-, and 1-year objectives that will ultimately get you to your 10-year goals. For example, if you see yourself owning 10 rental properties in 10 years, then maybe it would be smart to shoot for five rentals in five years, three in three years, and one this year! Getting your head around buying one rental property this year is much easier than racing to get 10 rentals as fast as possible.

Moreover, when you know you have 10 years to reach your goal, you aren’t as rushed or stressed. This kind of mindset also gives you breathing room to make mistakes and adjust your plans along the way.

This is where your plan starts to take shape. Break it down into categories and years. 

Step 3: Share It! 

Ok… this is the scary part. I did say your plan wouldn’t be published, but you DO have to share it with someone. In fact, I would suggest 3-5 people. The number one reason why: When you do, it becomes alive and you’re now accountable to someone.

A significant side benefit is that you can get feedback and criticism. Helpful criticism mind you. You may need a little thick skin fielding the feedback, but no one should be there to beat you up. If responders are rude, mean, negative or demeaning…get them off of your “board.” Just don’t be afraid to ask for someone’s opinion. And then be open and willing to take it.

Step 4. Revisit Your Plan Regularly 

Don’t leave your 10-year plan in the drawer. Honestly, I love to carry mine around with me in my bag everywhere I go. I like to review it on airplanes or weekends when I have a free minute and the pressures of the workweek aren’t bearing down on me.

Review it constantly and stay disciplined! 

Make sure you are making notes in your plan whenever you have a “brilliant idea.” Don’t say to yourself, “I need to do that next quarter when I review my plan.” Write it down now!

Step 5. Manage by Statistics 

Track your success or failures. Try to quantify your progress whenever possible. Tracking your numbers, even if you are only reporting to yourself, will consistently tell you if you are headed in the right direction. 

Don’t get discouraged. Make changes as needed. Investing and trying to build wealth takes a little math. Don’t be afraid of it. Embrace it and become accustomed to it.

Finally, don’t be dogmatic or a slave to your plan. The point of this exercise is not to make you miserable or push you into unwise decisions. 

Sticking with our rental property example, if your plan is to have 10 rentals in 10 years, don’t think you have to buy one rental every year — and certainly not in the first year if you aren’t ready for it. Maybe you have to take one step backwards to take three steps forward. Maybe your first year or two is about getting out of debt, better educated and working under mentors. Then, in your third year, you might be able to purchase two properties, and by year five you are right on track.

It’s not a race! It’s a journey. And most importantly, it’s your journey. Take your time and enjoy the process. Don’t kill yourself. Celebrate when you make any progress at all. This is your life. 

So say good-bye to living a reactive life, feeling like you’re never in control. With a 10-year plan, YOU are in control!

Mark J. Kohler is a CPA, attorney, co-host of the Radio Show Refresh Your Wealth and author of the book The Business Owner’s Guide to Financial Freedom – What Wall Street isn’t Telling You.

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Ken said...

Sage advice my friend!

Henry said...

I agree with 98% of everything here-cannot believe what's happening to our nation. Leftists are an unhinged cult, like those zombies on TV.

Kim said...

Security might be a myth given 21st Century tech; best to keep a low profile/gray man strategy.

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