(physical, emotional, and financial freedom)
This preparedness list is based on my true life experiences; I had or wish I had these items.
I have experienced and have had to endure: so much fear I have wet and pooped my pants (more then once), gas shortages, bank closures, food and water shortages, financial collapse (personally and at a national level), economic inflation, high interest, I have been the subject of riots and numerous personal attacks (emotional, financial, physical, and spiritual), floods, tornadoes, mud slides, hurricanes, as an individual I have been threatened (and in some cases had to take action to stay alive) by bad guys; street gangs, bandits, corrupt police, military, and government officials, I have seen people die because of their inability or unwillingness to be prepared (normalcy bias), extreme weather conditions (hot, cold, wet, dry, and/or windy), cold showers, been unemployed and incapable of caring for my own family, my killed for money, I lost my mother and father at an early age, and probably more I cannot remember.
Most important: Experience and Life-Style! Who is NoStressMike Page
At one time I had over 4 years of income in gold and silver, that was a good feeling and it has saved me financially and emotionally may times. If I would have known what I know now, I would have bought more when I was younger. I would not have put so much in housing, insurance, stock, and weapons.
I have been using copper coins (rounds) for a tip, bribe, and as gifts. Copper Rounds are inexpensive, easy to carry, and impressive (1 oz. is best).
Find out what works for you. It is fun being nice, try it! Recently I had coins made for me for the purpose of giving.
(I cannot stress this enough. You need to have gold, silver, guns, and ammunition, then you will have the basics)
Currency cash on hand: one year’s salary, in all denominations
Birth Certificates (Copies of Whole Family)
Compass and Maps
Credit Cards (List at Home)
Medical Information (Whole Family)
Medication (Prescriptions and Non)
Money Belt with $3,000
Passport and Copies (Whole Family)
Pencil and Paper
Pepper Mace or Wasp Spray
Phone Numbers (written down)
Small Grab Bag (Ultimate Survival Grab Bag, above) is made up for international travel or if I only have seconds to leave my secured area. This bag has everything I need to survive anything, and start a new life.
Medium Grab Bag is made up for travel (not in an air plane), on all of my cross country and international motorcycle trips, this bag is my second most important bag and with my small grab bag I can travel most any place in the world.
Large Ready Bag is a place to put other needed items. In the States I use hard case gulf bag with wheels. I use this in case evacuation is necessary. In less then 5 minutes I am ready to go.
Grab Bag (Contents); Bandannas, Candles, Bic/Matches, Gloves, Canteen and Water Purification, MREs, Extra Clothing, First Aid (Super Glue) and Manual, Potassium Iodide Blog, Flashlight and Batteries, Mirror (Small), Smoke Bombs (Caution, May start fire), Knives (Large and Small), Gas Mask, Duct Tape, Radio, Rain Gear, Whistle, Guns and Ammunition, Personal Needs Blog,
Can and Dried Food (6 Months’ Supply) from Freeze Dry Guy
Fire Extinguishers Fire Extinguisher for Self-Defense Blog First Aid (Super Glue) from Freeze Dry Guy
Guns and Ammunition (Various Types)
Radio and Extra Batteries
Smoke Bombs (Caution, May start fire)
Tarp/Plastic Bags (All Types)
Compass (Best as Possible) and Maps
Cooking and Eating Utensils
Fishing Gear and hooks
Sharpening Stone or file
Sling Shot and Marbles
Smoke Bombs (Caution, May start fire)
CB Radio and/or Cellular Phone
Gallon Plastic Jugs
Gas Treatment and Filter
Guns and Ammunition
Oil and Filter
Rag or Hand Towel
Auto Bag (Contents); Baling Wire, Basic Tools, Bic, Candles, Duct Tape, First Aid, Potassium Iodide Blog, Spare Tire In A Can, Flares (Strike and Burn Type), Gloves, Jumper Cables, Smoke Bombs (Caution, May start fire), Siphon Hose, Space Blanket, Rope, Tire & Hose Repair Kit, Water, Gas Mask, Guns and Ammunition,16-in-1 Survival-Kit-in-a-Bottle Emergency Kit
Awareness and Knowledge are the most important of all. You will never have everything you need during an emergency or disaster, all you can do is the best you can do under the circumstances. And like insurance, you probably will never use it. But, if you need it, you and your family will be Proud and Thankful, you had the foresight.
Items Good for Trade or Negotiation
The longer you go without, the more valuable an item is. These items may become more valuable than MONEY
(Everyone Needs Something, Do Not Under Estimate Their Value).
Alcohol and Liquor
First Aid (Dental and Medical Supplies/First Aid (Super Glue)from Freeze Dry Guy
Cheap Copper or Other Metal Rounds
Chocolate/ Hard Candy/Gum
Can and Dried Food (6 Months’ Supply) from Freeze Dry Guy
Gold and Jewelry
Guns and Ammunition
Your Abilities and Skills
You May Want to Think About
A Good Dog or two
Alarm system (car type) for home/business defense
Alcohol and Liquor (Medical or Recreation Proposes)
BB Gun or Pellet Rifle
Bicycle (mountain bike)
Bow and Arrows/Sling Shot and Marbles
Camping Trailer (RV)
Consider joining or starting a 3 man militia (Specializing in First Aid and others)
Credit Card Security Risk
Extra Parts and Tires for Car
First Aid (Bigger the Better, with Manual)/Extractor Pump/The best Medical Manual you can find
Flares (Shoot in the sky type and strike like a match)
Fuses (set off fireworks type)
Gas Saver (treatment to keep gas fresh)
Geiger Counter and accessories nukepills.com
Gun Cleaning Supplies
How to get your own business for Free! Intro
Iodine Pills (Water Purification)
Knowledge of US History and its Constitution will empower and inspire you even more
Learn Useful Skills that Others can Benefit From (Learn Hoy Chi and get a Treatment Tool)
Leatherman Multi-Purpose Tool
Medical Options; wildernessfirstresponder.org/ hesperian.org/books-and-resources/ www.wildmed.com
Metal Bars and Rounds (Look at All Metals)
Motion Detectors (Battery)
Mouse and Rat Traps
Non Scented Bleach
Portable Solar Panel (charge batteries, www.batterystuff.com/solar-chargers/)
Potassium Iodide (KI) or Die Slowly Blog
Read, “The Art of War” by Sun Tzu
Rocket Stove – Make your own or buy for emergency
Silverlon I carry this when I travel and I have used it to save my wife’s life (July 2012) this stuff works (I sell it)
String, Rope, and Wire
Vitamin C and Others
My Blog for details How to use what you have Blog
This is my Berkey Water Filter Systems, we used it in the states and now we use it on our water well here in Central America. In my world if you get sick, you die. I don’t do medicine or doctors (emergencies only), I don’t care what country I am in.
Useful Tools, 3 or more of these are with me all the time.
Different occasions call for different knives
Pocket Knife: Smaller the better, because it needs to be with you all the time (you may need more than one, depending on your dress and needs). Uses; clean nail, open boxes, tweezers, cut string and light wire Swiss Army
Large Folding Knife: Any-time you are outside your house (even driving from place to place) this knife could be of use. Uses; cutting a seat belt, small branches, rope, light wire, opening boxes, self-defense from animal or man Spyderco
Sheath Knife: If you are going out of town or to the woods, this knife is a must. Uses; cooking, tie to stick to make spear, open cans, pry things open, throwing, self-defense for animal or man, cutting rope and sticks Cold Steel and Ka-Bar
Machete: When you are in the woods, you better have your machete. Uses; Cutting and Chopping limbs and vines, pry things open, throwing, self-defense for animal or man, clearing out an area, digging,
Folding Shovel: is a good all-round tool that is non-threaten and can be used as a weapon. The shovel was a useful tool in Vietnam. Can be kept in the house, garage, or trunk of the car. I keep mine sharp. Glock
Leatherman Type Tool; A multifold, multi-tool, with multipurpose (I carry this all the time) Leatherman
Do Not Under Estimate the Value of a Good Knife
Gun Shows are good places to find good knives and ask questions
also check Cold Steel
Caution: All Knives Are Dangerous To Everyone
Accidents Will Happen, So Always Keep the First Aid (and Super Glue) Close
(Every Knife I Own, Has Cut Me At Lease Once)
In my world, 1 or 2 attackers are not a high degree of a threat. 6 to 12 or more (gang or pack type) puts me in a position where there are no rules. Anyone that knows me knows I face danger regularly. Who is No Stress Mike Page You do to, but most choose to ignore or give that responsibility to others (Call Security or 911).
For more information; Publications and Classes Page Concealed Carry Knife Blog Counter-terror mike mah Blog or Stories of Adventure Page
Basic Kinds and Uses
22 Cal. Rim Fire; A must for every family.
* Guns and ammunition are very reasonable in cost
* The small caliber makes it easy to shoot
* Ammunition takes up little space and is cheap
* Great for maintaining a food supply
* Can be used by anyone in family
* In a pinch can be used for defense
* Is fun to shoot
* Ruger 10/22 Semi-Auto Rifle wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruger_10/22(with extra 25 round magazines www.butler-creek.com/magazine) and Taurus 9 shot revolver
Shotgun (Double Barrel or Pump);
* Great for home defense
* Easy to operate and maintain; 20 gauge easier to use, or 12 gauge, bigger is better and more choice of ammunition
Derringer or Small Handgun; In .22, .32, and/or .38 Cal.
* is small enough to be with you at all times
* Will keep the Bogyman away
357 Magnum Revolver;
* Accurate for short range
* Easy to operate and maintain
* Can use either .38 or .357 ammunition (both good for self-defense)
Smith and Wesson, Hammer-less, Air Weight, .38 Cal. (A must);
*Is excellent for women, but email me (email@example.com) for details for the proper use in Self-Defense. You need to understand why and how before it will serve it’s purpose. Woman’s Safety – Purse from Hell Blog
SKS, Mak 90, or AK 47 (Semi-Auto Rifle) 7.62 mm by 39mm;
* Guns and ammunition are reasonable in cost, for what you get (you need 4 magazines and a case of ammo)
* Bullets will go through car doors, walls, and doors (sometimes you don’t want to face the threat)
* Easy to operate and maintain (simplicity at its best)
* Can be used by most anyone in the family
* Fun to shoot (use ear protection)
* Accuracy, over 250 yards
* A proven combat weapon though out the world
* Extremely useful when properly used
* This is a very scary weapon; “Defiantly Keeps All the Bogymen Out of the your area!”
* If you have to be in a gun fight, this is the weapon you need to have.
I made this comment on a video which compared the AR to the AK
My Comment: I am into pure combat survival and I am experienced in both at both ends. The AR is fun and the AK is a killing machine.
Response: Really??? The M16 / M4 has killed many commies, terrorists, and criminals
My Response: Were you alone?
Response: Tell that to our Marines and Soldiers.
My Response: My point, the AR is a weapon used as a unit, one of many used by professionals because of their support and they are educated in cleaning and maintaining. When one has a problem the others will be there.
For those non-professional killers the AK is simple and easy to get maximum effects.
Response: For precision I’ll take the AR all day long, but in an urban environment where I may have to shoot through barriers it’s hard to beat the punch of the 7.62
My Response: Accuracy is for the aggressor. The AK works best for “Stay out of my space”.
Even in my military and peace officer experiences, which were aggressive positions; I have always been outnumbered and out gunned. For me and the normal people I teach, the simplicity and ruggedness of the AK makes it the top of the line in a defensive weapon.
If you and I have to stand together to stay alive, I would have more confidence if you, I, and the women and children behind us had AKs.
I have a video response for all that question the reality comparing the AK vs AR
This is a general list to give you an idea of what is on the market.
Be aware of your own personal needs and abilities.
Prices do not necessary reflect its quality.
Gun shows are good place to buy new guns and ammunition, and asking questions will give you good and bad advice.
Store a case of ammunition for each primary weapon you own.
(Without bullets you have a paper weight)
Caution: All Firearms Are Extremely Dangerous To The Uneducated
Any Gun Can Kill, But Used Properly A Gun Will Save Lives.
If You Chose To Arm Yourself, Practice and Educate Your Family
I offer classes that go into detail on;
* The signs to look for when danger is approaching and how to react
* What to look for in the proper weapon for your personal protection
* How, what to look for in a self-defense handgun, and where to buy, carry, and store your weapon
* The proper ammunition for its use
* Tactics needed to win a gunfight
* How, who, when, and what to use to bribe with
* The proper etiquette when defending your space or entering someone area
* What to do and when to do it, if you find yourself targeted to be victimized at any level
personal, home, business, and/or travel (physical, financial, and/or emotional)
* and much, much more
My concealed carry Glock and my wife’s was Smith and Wesson – .38, hammerless, air weight www.smithwessonhandguns.com/category/412-Smith_Wesson_38_Special.aspx
Know What You Need and How To Use It
For more detail check my blog How to use what you have – My blogs
3 Man Militia: A militia is the most feared fighting force in the world, but your 3 person unit needs to specialize in one and have fun learning 2 or 3 other fields: first aid, water purification, food storage and preparation, radiation, chemicals, communications, leather craft, magic, search and rescue, fishing, boating, hunting, logistics, Hoy Chi (good for making friends), camping, and many other skills you can share with others.
Any and all the above skills will be needed in a crisis.
After your group has gained respect in your specialty, go to your local Sheriff and volunteer your services in time of need. He will appreciate the local support and he will give your group the respect they deserve. I have many on line videos on the 3 Man Militia
I would appreciate any other ideas you can come up with that we can share.
Alcohol and Liquor: First Aid and Recreation, I make seizure medicine using vodka
Barter Items: Alcohol, Ammunition, Batteries, Candles, Candy, Coffee, Food and Water, Fish Hooks and Line, Liquor, Paper Goods, Playing Cards, Rope/String, Salt, Sewing Supplies, Soap/Shampoo, Tissue, Tobacco, Toiletry Supplies, Trash Bags, and more
Batteries: Try not to use items that need batteries (you will never have enough), think solar panel chargers
Be Prepared: Do your homework, think of situations and how you should react before it happens to you. Create a Survival Library in book form
Candles: Very good for light (the batteries never go bad), and in extremely cold weather, will put out enough heat to stay alive Nuwick 44 hour candle
Clothing: Keep in mind the weather conditions, and have an extra set ready, staying dry will be your main concern, cleans easily
Compass and Maps: You always need to know where you are, so you know where you are going
Consider Learning and Specializing: Open up your mind and become skilled in one or two preparedness fields, such as chemicals and nuclear, advanced first aid, weapons and tactics, security, or others. Learn as a hobby; communications (shortwave radio, Morse Code, and others), Tai Chi (for health), making health enhancing beeswax ointments, food and water storage, take a first responders class (don’t worry about the paper work, all you want is the knowledge), transportation, logistics, magic (Magic Ring Trick Bribe Blog), electric, start you own business, or any other skill which will be useful for your safety and/or in an emergency condition. Have the knowledge and the equipment that will make you a valued asset to others. Learn to play or have fun with a musical instrument. Teach and share with others what you know. I have never been to a disaster where I seen true professionals in their field. Learn to test water. With your knowledge, you will make yourself useful to those that need your help.I just stated learning leather craft.
Copies of Important Papers for the Whole Family: Passport (get it now, when you need it, it will be to late), Birth Certificate, Driver’s License, Social Security Numbers, Shots and other Medical Needs, etc. I use a copy of my birth certificate, passport, and driver’s license for ID when I am not driving, they don’t like it but it works.
Currency: Green Backs (All Denominations), keep larger bills separated from the smaller ones in your money belt, in your sock or other hide out Blog. Gold (All kinds of Coins and Jewelry) and Diamonds (Real and Fake); great for making deals; they have worth in a Crisis (Sam’s does not want my US Dollar Blog). The Fake Stuff is to give you the appearance of more worth and a magnifying glass is so you won’t be fooled and starting fires. If you need a ride, the cost could get expensive. You would be surprised what a pretty piece of jewelry (real or fake) can do. Silver US silver coins (pre 1964). Bury some gold and silver in different places, which is the best way to ensure its safety.
Get experience: Go to your local police and/or sheriff departments and ask to go as a “Ride Along” in the evenings. This is a good way to get some hands on exposure to the under belly of society. You will get you an idea how human behavior works at its worse. Go to the fire department and have them put you name on the list of volunteers for future preparedness exercise.
Food: You will be surprised how good you will feel with Six Months’ supply of food on hand.
Have some MREs (Meals Ready to Eat) on hand just in case. You will feel good with 6 months’ supply for 2 of dehydrated or freeze dried food on hand. Have a Survival Kit for Emergency Disaster – 72 Hour to a week Kit for Home, Work and Auto Can and Dried Food (6 Months’ Supply)from Freeze Dry Guy has good buys and good food
First Aid: The good First Aid Blog Kits will give you everything you need and instructions. Super Glue will close small cut, suture and tread for large cuts, and sterile surgical blade. Lots of Aspirin and Vitamin C. Make sure you have your prescription medication. Important: When I travel, and I get injured or sick, I would rather use my First Aid stuff then use what is locally available. In combat, when someone needs First Aid, you use the victims First Aid stuff. You may need your First Aid for yourself.
My personal first aid kit is in my water purification bottle.
Flares: Strike like a large match works well and the kind that shoots in the air can make a weapon in a pinch.
www.amazon.com/Orion-Safety-Prod-Strike like a match type
Fire Extinguishers: Makes a good distraction and self-defense, it can block everyone’s’ view, can be used by anyone in the family, hitting someone with it will hurt, and it can also put out fires. I used smoke and fire extinguishers on SWAT Teams, their whole system comes to a halt when they cannot see. Fire Extinguisher for Self-Defense? Blog
Gas Mask: Hazardous Materials are all around us all the time (railroads, factories and highways), if you need one there is nothing else that will do the job.
Gifts: Are given away before and after making new friends. Learn what makes good gifts (coins, food, candy, jewelry, and more) and start giving gifts now so you will know how to when the time comes. If you don’t know how to be nice, you will be paying high bribes and extortion later.
Good Mental Conditioning: The Most Important of All, “Attribute”. With a clear understanding of Good Morals and God’s Laws, you will know when a wrong is being done to you or your family, and with a clear conscience, you will be able to react accordingly.
Good Physically Conditioning: You don’t mean you have to be strong, but if you feel healthy you will feel good about yourself, and you will perform better.
Guns and Ammunition (various types): Firearms have three good unquestionable uses:
1) Convenience, most anyone can make this tool function.
2) Protection, the sad fact is that there are bad people and animals (rabid, hungry, and/or crazy) out there that will hurt you or your loved ones.
3) Food, without the modern ways (electric and refrigeration), food will be prepared from fresh ingredients (fish, rabbit, rat, and others). After a disaster, healthy food and water may not be available for days. Allow the family to get familiar with guns now. Bow and Arrows/Sling Shot and Marbles work will also.
(Do not forget Gun Cleaning Supplies and a case of ammunition (stored) for each primary weapon.)
Humor: You would be surprised what a Laugh or Smile will conquer, keep things in perspective, life can be pretty funny.
Knives: Do Not Under Estimate the Value of the BLADE.
Know Your Limits: By understanding what you are capable of doing physically and mentally, you will then have a better understanding of your options.
Lighting: Candles, oil Lamp or Coleman lantern (nights are long).
Lighter/Matches: A Bic lighter would come in handy when you’re cold and wet.
Mirror: Can be used easily to signal, directing light, or look around corners.
Motion Detector: You will be able to sleep much better. Can be used to scare off would be trouble makers (man or animal); by a door, window, under your car, guard your supplies, or even watches those blind areas
Driveway Patrol Sensor and Receiver Kit
Potassium Iodide:Potassium iodide (KI) Blog works only to prevent the thyroid from absorbing radioactive iodine. You do not want Radiation-sickness.
Pepper Mace: Not Good, but can be used by anyone in the family, a sharp stick in the eye is better for self-defense. Wasp spray is better.
Protect Your Space: You have a bubble around you, which is Your Space Only (approximately 24 inches depending on the circumstances), you have a responsibility to yourself, to protect this space with you life. Such as reaching out to shake someone’s hand (you are allowing them to enter your space). This is called “Zone Defense”. Each zone has its own cautions, you need to plan your zones ahead of time, and be ready to react accordingly.
5 and 1 Gallon Plastic Buckets and Jugs: Drinking water, storage, or a toilet, in an emergency these work good for gasoline, cheap water purification
Shelter: You can stay under the stars, or share
Someone else’s space for a limited time
Radio: After a disaster there will always be some kind of radio or 2 way communication (Short-wave, get the kind with battery, or better, a crank).
Silverlon: July 2012 my wife was in the hospital dying, I applied Silverlon during the night. The next day the doctors were stunned on the overnight improvement. That day they did 3 series of x-rays, blood test, and more to find out what happened.
As silver coins can heal, Silverlon has the capability to wrap around curves on the body and work on symptoms and locations where a coin can’t. You can’t beat Silverlon on burns of all degrees and causes. I carry it in my backpack when I travel. I have used Silverlon on breathing problems, the heart, digestion, improve circulation, unknown aches and pains, and much more. If it doesn’t work, it will not hurt. Silver takes away pain and itch immediately.
Smoke Bombs: are good for signaling and can be used to change the outcome of an attack. Caution: some smoke bombs can start fires.
Soap: being clean is the first step to stay healthy, I use miracle soap you use less and rinses easily with no residue.
String/Light Wire: use as a snare (catch food), tie to cans together for an alarm, or a trip line.
Trust Your Gut Feelings (Instinct): When you feel things aren’t right, be on alert, and be ready to react accordingly. Remember Nature has given you everything to survive, don’t ignore it.
Water: Is needed to stay alive, You will die without it, Purification and Containers are a Must
(The main reason I travel well and stay healthy is I only drink good clean water)
If you live on an island or close to the ocean you may want to think of learning more about Reverse Osmosis or some way to make salt water drinkable.
Katadyn Micro Bottle Water Filter
MSR SweetWater Microfilter
Bota Of Boulder Outback Water Filter
Potable Aqua Purif Tablets
Water Purification from Freeze Dry Guy
Cheaper Than Dirt
you go in an emergency (Short or Long Term)? In town, out of town, another state, or country. Stories of Adventure Page and A No Stress Get-a-Way – My Blog
You probably have most everything on this list, but how much can you gather in 5 minutes? Bag up needed items now. My Ready Bags are ready to go. Emergencies are not convenient.
Everything Has Worth
Never show what you have (someone may have thoughts of taking all of it from you), ask and look what the person needs, wants or desires, and be observant.
You probably have most everything on this list, but how much can you gather in 5 minutes?
Emergencies are not convenient.
The Basics Elements of Life:
Food, Water, and Shelter
All of this and most everything above in my emergency bag (Golf Bag with Wheels).
Hot Spot Preparedness Seminar covers all of the above and more.
Ideas on how to counter-terror – My Counter-Terror Blogs and You Tube (look for my unlisted videos), Lectures, my experiences in Books, DVDs, and Classes Available; firstname.lastname@example.org
How to use what you have to be prepared – My Blog
NoStressMike on YouTube
The United States and the American Way is based on “The Individual”. As individuals, if we are prepared for the future, we as a nation will prosper and grow strong. I can only help those that take the steps to help themselves.
In the short term: If you have plenty of gold, silver, and guns, and your home and/or business is paid off, you may want to focus on food storage and networking with like-minded people.
Mark my words, “In the near future there will be big changes in the way we live our lives.” If you are prepared, this will be an interesting experience (a challenge), if not, you will be standing in line and confused (disaster).
Up to date information on what is going on and ideas on how to prepare
USA Prepares and the Radio Show 24/7
NATO MARTIAL LAW USA!
Meal in a jar
Listen to Beth 10am-11am/M-F CommonSenseCoalitionTalkRadio.com
Good stuff and at a fare price The Freeze Dry Guy
“Staying Alive and Fruitful”
Urban and rural survival guide for social and situational turbulence, life and death made easy. I share my unique life and life style with solutions to make staying alive and fruitful a challenging event instead of fatal tragedy. Personal safety is my number one priority in a world of misnomers. Now you have options when you are surrounded by economic and social unrest, along with a list of everything you need and how to use it.
A collection of all the Uncle Mike booklets to date, the things your parents were scared to tell you, only an uncle that was concerned about you safety would tell you. All based on techniques and behavior I have studied, acquired, witnessed, and used throughout my life.
During bad times you need all the useful information you can get. “Staying Alive and Fruitful“ will make a good reference source. This is what I have learned and used to stay alive and fruitful when all the odds were against me. I am called, “No Stress Mike” for a reason.
After Armageddon – A SHTF scenario – From the History Channel
Good stuff and at a fare price FreezDryGuy.com
“Bad planning on your part
Does Not constitute an emergency on my part”