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Get Out of the Dollar and Into Tangibles

Posted on Oct 18, 2012 in Economic News, Emergency Preparedness & Survival

Kevin Hayden –

Every so often, I get an email asking where I would invest my money or why I talk so much about putting my money into tangible goods rather than the stock market or traditional CDs.  From my standpoint, tangibles endure the test of time far better than a fiat paper currency such as the US Dollar.  A fiat currency has value only because of government fiat – or declaration.   And since it is tied to the whims of governing politicians and bankers, it risks inflation, meaning that you will need to shell out more and more dollar bills for the same old product year after year.  Look at the price of gasoline, as an example.  Prices inflate because the dollar is losing it’s fiat value – the Federal Reserve is stretching it too thin by creating more money in circulation with repeated rounds of “quantitative easing.”

See also: Death of the US Dollar Hegemony: Military Intervention, Oil Sales, and the Inevitable Collapse

So what are tangibles, you ask?  Well, that’s a broad term used to describe many things that are physical; something you can either hold in your hand or touch and is worth something. ...

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HR 6566: Mass Fatalities and FEMA – What Are We Not Being Told?

Posted on Oct 08, 2012 in Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Political Issues

Kevin Hayden –

The United States Congress has just passed a bill instructing FEMA to better prepare for “mass fatalities” in the event of a natural disaster or man-made event.  While this seems prudent for any emergency preparedness organization, the specific wording of the bill gives pause for concern.

In it, Congress amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002, and requires the Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency liaise with “representatives from different communities, private sector businesses, non-profit organizations, and religious organizations,…” in order to prepare for “funeral homes, cemeteries, and mortuaries [to] be overwhelmed…”

Do we really need a Congressional bill for this? What do they know that they are not warning us of?  Over the last few years, we’ve seen several laws passed and orders made that should make us question what is going on:

FEMA Requests Info on Availability of 140 Million Meals, Blankets and Body Bags for New Madrid Fault Zone

Martial Law, Economic Meltdown & Executive Orders

Doomsday Executive Order or Govt Preparedness? Either Way, It’s Tyrannical

DHS Purchases 200 Million More Rounds of Ammunition

“This is just one of those things that makes the stomach turn: the people who brought us the National Defense Authorization Act (authorizing the detention of US citizens on US soil) now deem it prudent to prepare for mass fatalities on US soil,” writes Simon Black.


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Prepping Tactics: Moving by Vehicle in High Threat Environments

Posted on Sep 24, 2012 in Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Featured Articles

Kevin Hayden –

Source: Max Velocity Tactical – Truth Contributor

The intent of this article is to act as an introduction with some thoughts and primers for moving your family or group in high threat environments. It is not intended to give all the answers and that would be beyond the scope of this short piece. The type of environment envisioned is a post-collapse situation where there has been a breakdown in law and order. To clarify, this article is not concerned with the sort of ‘bug-out’ movement that families may conduct in response to a localized natural disaster, where you have to get in your car with some basic equipment and move out of the impacted area. Rather, this is directed at those who find they have to move locations after a significant societal collapse has happened.

Hayden’s Note:

This is a lengthy article, but contains some really great information you might not have thought of. This is certainly one of those articles you’ll want to print out, re-read, train on, and file. Full disclosure: I am currently reviewing Max’s new book, Contact!: A Tactical Manual for Post Collapse Survival.  


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Death of the US Dollar Hegemony: Military Intervention, Oil Sales, and the Inevitable Collapse

Posted on Sep 23, 2012 in Economic News, Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Featured Articles, Global & National News

Kevin Hayden –

According to a recent report by Indy Media, Mexican crude oil will be sold to China without using the US dollar as its trading currency.  Sources inside the Mexican government refuse to disclose if they have been in secret negotiations with China over possible crude oil sales.

If you’re not familiar with the term petrodollar, or why a move such as this by China, Mexico, or Russia is of grave concern, allow me to give you a few points to consider and explain the situation –

In 1975, the members of OPEC agreed to sell oil only in US dollars.  This was for a variety of reasons, but chief among them was to maintain a need for US currency and maintain its reign as the global reserve.  Without this in America’s backpocket, I’m sure that the Dollar would have even less value, to put it mildly.

Greenspan, in his first speech after leaving as Chairman of the Fed, said that gold prices were up because of concern about terrorism, and not because of monetary concerns or because he created too many dollars during his tenure.


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The Post-Collapse Realities of Your Survival Location

Posted on Sep 17, 2012 in Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden –

Source: American Preppers Network by Max Velocity

I wanted to put a few thoughts out there about the realities of your survival location. To read what is out there in terms of opinion and advice, it appears that to survive any coming apocalypse you need to be in a fortified self-sustaining retreat somewhere out in the boonies, with three years of food in the basement and the ability to grow food plus animals.

Good stuff; you will be really well positioned if that is where you are with your preparations. The reality for many is that they simply do not have that. For whatever reason, they may be in an urban or suburban environment. They may have nowhere else to realistically ‘bug out’ to. They may have a goal to achieve the retreat, but are not there yet, or have bug out land that is fairly basic and requires them to move to it following a collapse.Let me first say that this post is not so concerned with the kind of short-term natural disaster that would involve you bugging out with little choice — perhaps a wildfire or earthquake or similar....

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Top Ten Tactical Skill-Sets for the Common Man

Posted on Sep 17, 2012 in DIY Projects, Emergency Preparedness & Survival

Kevin Hayden –

Source: ITS Tactical

Yesterday, my good friend Jack, from The Survival Podcast, asked me if I’d like to come on his show to discuss the Top Ten Tactical Skill-Sets for the Common Man. I jumped at the chance and the show we recorded yesterday is now live!

I tried to highlight many of the Skill-Set topics that we frequently discuss on ITS Tactical and I think they all tied together well. I’d urge everyone here to spend a few minutes to check it out and hear about why we advocate having these skill-sets here on ITS.

Here’s my personal top ten list of tactical skills that everyone should make a part of their lives, specifically for those of us in a preparedness mindset.

  • Self Defense, Combatives and Situational Awareness
  • Navigation
  • Fitness
  • Lock Picking
  • Medical
  • Driving
  • Knot Tying
  • Digital Competency
  • Home Security/Assessment
  • The Tactical Mindset
Let me know what you think about the show and check out the links below for more information on each of these skill-sets here on ITS. Follow this link to listen directly on TSP or find them on iTunes!...

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Education After the Collapse: Free eBook

Posted on Sep 04, 2012 in Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden –

Source: Backdoor Survival, by Gaye Levy

Todd Sepulveda, the chief editor of Prepper Website, has released a free eBook, titled, “Education After the Collapse”.  In it, Todd describes a fictional community surviving in the aftermath of an economic collapse. It is not a pretty picture and most certainly it will make you want to sit back and think (as well as ratchet up the preps more than just a little bit.)

But his intent is not to scare and create panic. Rather, with this brief introduction, the intent is to set you on a track for thinking about an aspect of prepping you rarely hear about: the education of our children and the leaders of the next generation.

School When There is No Classroom

Using his background and passion as an educator, Todd writes about teaching and puts it in the context of the old days – not unlike Laura Ingalls in her series of books titled Little House on the Prairie. Back then traditional schoolhouses were few and far between. They were predominately in the cities and towns and only randomly scattered in rural communities....

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Just in Case: State of Alaska to Stockpile Mass Amounts of Food and Supplies in Giant Warehouses

Posted on Sep 03, 2012 in Emergency Preparedness & Survival

Kevin Hayden –

Source: SHTF Plan by Mac Slavo

With its remote location and dependence on the uninterrupted flow of supplies from the lower 48 states, the Governor of Alaska has made disaster readiness a hallmark of his administration.

Gov. Sean Parnell worries a major earthquake or volcanic eruption could leave the state’s 720,000 residents stranded and cut off from food and supply lines. His answer: Build giant warehouses full of emergency food and supplies, just in case.

For some in the lower 48, it may seem like an extreme step. But Parnell says this is just Alaska.

“We have a different motivation to do this, because help is a long ways away,” said John Madden, Alaska’s emergency management director.

The state plans two food stockpiles in or near Fairbanks and Anchorage, two cities that also have military bases. Construction on the two storage facilities will begin this fall, and the first food deliveries are targeted for December. The goal is to have enough food to feed 40,000 people for up to a week, including three days of ready-to-eat meals and four days of bulk food that can be prepared and cooked for large groups.


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Congressman Bartlett: “Every Citizen Should Develop an Individual Emergency Plan to Prepare for the Absence of Government Assistance for Extended Periods”

Posted on Aug 25, 2012 in Alphabet Agencies & Operations, Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Political Issues, Science & Technology, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden –

Source: SHTF Plan by Mac Slavo

In the documentary Urban Danger, Maryland’s Congressional Representative Roscoe Bartlett warned those who can to move their families out of major cities.

Outspoken in his belief that each individual American should prepare for a crisis where the government would be unable to provide for the basic needs of the national population, Bartlett has himself created a hideaway deep in the West Virginia forest. His cabin runs on independent power, he has put away food and canning equipment, stockpiled supplies for the long-term, and is ready for a worst-case scenario should it ever come to pass.

“We don’t really think of those today, because it’s so convenient to go to the supermarket,” he cautions. “But you know, you’re planning because the supermarket may not always be there.”

The electrical grid could fail tomorrow, he frequently warns. Food would disappear from the shelves. Water would no longer flow from the pipes. Money might become worthless. People could turn on each other, and millions would die.

Bartlett’s biggest concern, the vulnerability of our national power grid, is justified through extensive research by private organizations and the US government alike....

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Startling Evidence that Central Banks and Wall Street Insiders are Rapidly Preparing for Something Big

Posted on Aug 20, 2012 in Economic News, Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Federal Reserve & Bankers

Kevin Hayden –

Source: Economic Collapse Blog

If you want to figure out what is going to happen next in the financial markets, carefully watch what the insiders are doing.  Those that are “connected” have access to far better sources of information than the rest of us have, and if they hear that something big is coming up they will often make very significant moves with their money in anticipation of what is about to happen.

Right now, Wall Street insiders and central banks all around the globe are making some very unusual moves.  In fact, they appear to be rapidly preparing for something really big.  So exactly what are they up to?  In a previous article entitled,l “Are The Government And The Big Banks Quietly Preparing For An Imminent Financial Collapse?“, I speculated that they may be preparing for a financial meltdown of some sort.  As I noted in that article, more than 600 banking executives have resigned from their positions over the past 12 months, and I have been personally told that a substantial number of Wall Street bankers have been shopping for “prepper properties” this summer. ...

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Nukes and Fallout: How to Survive When Others Won’t

Posted on Aug 14, 2012 in Emergency Preparedness & Survival

Kevin Hayden –

Source: Ready Nutrition by Tess Pennington, via

Since the dawn of nuclear weapons, we have always been weary of a trigger happy world leader hastily pushing a nuke detonator. However, according to history the two worst nuclear events that have occurred were accidental. Chernobyl, being the first event, had a fire and explosion that released large quantities of radioactive contamination into the atmosphere, and spread over much of Western USSR and Europe. The second largest nuclear event is the infamous Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster that occurred in 2011.

Each day we are exposed to nuclear radiation, some naturally and some through un-natural means. Those of us who live close to nuclear power plants are exposed more than others.

Are You Ready Series: Nuclear Disaster Preparedness

Those that live near nuclear power plants should be especially concerned with nuclear disaster preparedness; especially individuals who live in areas where natural disasters (hurricanes, earthquakes and tornadoes) could damage the nuclear facilities. The map below shows all of the nuclear power plants in the U.S.  Many states are areas where natural disasters could quite possibly take out or damage a power plant....

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The Most Often Forgotten Survival Preparations

Posted on Aug 04, 2012 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures, Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden –

Source: Alt-Market by Brandon Smith (This is a great article!)

I think it’s safe to say with some conviction that in the year of 2012, the concept of survival prepping is NOT an alien one to most Americans.  When National Geographic decides there is a viable market for a prepper TV show (no matter how misrepresentative of true preppers it may be), when Walmart starts stocking shelves with long term emergency food storage kits, when survivalism in general becomes one of the few growing business markets in the midst of an otherwise disintegrating economy; you know that the methodology has gone “mainstream”.  There is a noticeable and expanding concern amongst Americans that we are, indeed, on the verge of something new and unfortunate.

Is it the big bad hoodoo of the soon to expire Mayan Calendar?  For a few, maybe, but for the majority of us, no.  That jazz is a carnival sideshow designed to make the prepping culture appear ridiculous.  We don’t need to believe in magical prophecies to know that there is a catastrophic road ahead; all we have to do is look at the stark realities of our current circumstances. ...

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Cascading Grid Crash: Now 600 Million Without Power in India, How Vulnerable is America?

Posted on Jul 31, 2012 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures, Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Global & National News

Kevin Hayden –

Source: SHTF Plan by Mac Slavo

Update: Tuesday July 31, 2012:

Just one day after India’s power grid left 370 million residents of its northern provinces without electricity, the country is experiencing another massive crash of their fragile power grid with some 600 million people – about half its entire population – now going through widespread outages in what can only be described as a cascading power grid failure.

Though no cause has yet been identified, the power ministry is frantically working to restore electricity as essential services collapse and transportation systems come to a grinding halt. Hundreds of thousands have been trapped in mid transport on trains, while millions sit in traffic jams across afflicted areas.

Vehicles clogged streets in New Delhi after a power outage disrupted traffic lights and the city’s rail services.

About 600 million people lost power in India on Tuesday when the country’s northern and eastern electricity grids failed, crippling the country for a second consecutive day.

The outage stopped hundreds of trains in their tracks, darkened traffic lights, shuttered the Delhi Metro and left nearly everyone — the police, water utilities, private businesses and citizens — without electricity.


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Oregon Man Sentenced to 30 Days in Jail for Collecting Rainwater on His Property

Posted on Jul 29, 2012 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures, Constitutional & Liberty Issues, Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Political Issues, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden –

Source: CNS News

A rural Oregon man was sentenced Wednesday to 30 days in jail and over $1,500 in fines because he had three reservoirs on his property to collect and use rainwater.

Gary Harrington of Eagle Point, Ore., says he plans to appeal his conviction in Jackson County (Ore.) Circuit Court on nine misdemeanor charges under a 1925 law for having what state water managers called “three illegal reservoirs” on his property – and for filling the reservoirs with rainwater and snow runoff.

“The government is bullying,” Harrington told in an interview Thursday.

“They’ve just gotten to be big bullies and if you just lay over and die and give up, that just makes them bigger bullies. So, we as Americans, we need to stand on our constitutional rights, on our rights as citizens and hang tough. This is a good country, we’ll prevail,” he said.

The court has given Harrington two weeks to report to the Jackson County Jail to begin serving his sentence.

Harrington said the case first began in 2002, when state water managers told him there were complaints about the three “reservoirs” – ponds – on his more than 170 acres of land....

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55% of Americans Believe that the Government Will Take Care of Them if Disaster Strikes

Posted on Jul 23, 2012 in Alt Energy, Tiny Homes, & Structures, Emergency Preparedness & Survival, Urban Gardening, Farming & Homesteading

Kevin Hayden –

Source: Michael Snyder Truth Contributor

If a major emergency happened in the United States, do you have faith that the government would take care of you?  Amazingly, even after all of the examples to the contrary that we have seen in recent years, a solid majority of all Americans actually believe that the government will be there for them when things hit the fan.  According to a new survey conducted by the Adelphi University Center for Health Innovation, 55 percent of Americans believe that the authorities will come to their rescue when disaster strikes.

Sadly, most Americans still view the government as a “nanny state” that has both the capability and the willingness to take care of them from the cradle to the grave.  Most Americans still have faith that the government will come through for them when they need it the most.  But all we have to do is look back at what happened during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to realize what a crock of baloney that is.  Hurricane Katrina was a disaster that was limited to a relatively small geographic area, and yet we all saw how the response of the federal government – and even the local government – was a complete and utter failure. ...

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