10 Ways SurvivalRing is changing direction this fall.

Site History of SurvivalRing

SurvivalRing, as a web entity, has been online since November 1st, 1997. It started as a webring, and in the run-up to Y2k, it made the top 100 of 80,000+ rings existing at the time. During this era, I was running my original Blast Shelter website which started on AOL homepages, my first attempt at web programming. Of all the pages I had in that site, SurvivalRing was the most popular.

In the months and early years, I focused all my web content energy into both of these sites. Then, in 2008, AOL divested itself of the Home Pages section, deleting tens of millions of personal web pages in one swift move that changed the web landscape forever.

They gave two months warning, and I was able to save all my content, but the years of static site pages, search engine engagement and optimization, and back links from thousands of other sites all disappeared. Even Archive.org backups were deleted. Not much any of us could do.


SurvivalRing continued with an expansion to a server that offered free space, around 50 megabytes, for business owners. I moved the main SurvivalRing pages there, in early 2000. Then, 9/11 occurred, and of the files I had on SurvivalRing, the most downloaded were the original FEMA fallout shelter plans they published in 1980.

In the week that followed the attack in NYC, DC, and the passenger takedown of the terrorists on Flight 93, the nation was in a state of panic. No one knew if more attacks were coming, where they might occur, and what they might do to stay safe.

In their haste to think outside the box, Americans came across the shelter plans, and overloaded the shared server I was on, causing the host at the time (for the life of me, I can’t remember their name, and don’t even think they’re in business any more) to delete my website completely from their systems, before I ever had a chance to see what the traffic was like, what exactly was being downloaded, and from where the traffic was coming.

For two weeks, I searched for a replacement host, somewhere that had value, but also robust systems. I was going to have to pay for hosting this time, and with the site not making any income, it was difficult to upgrade, but somehow I did. The host I chose then, I still use now, nearly 18 years later.

From then…until now…

Since then, I’ve spent years upgrading, writing, putting thousands of new documents into SurvivalRing, writing hundreds of articles, and continuing to make the site one of the most valuable prepping and survival sites in the world.

Then, my last job appeared last spring, driving across country, working on a global mapping initiative for a fortune 50 company, doing street level mapping with a specialized vehicle. On the road for 3 to 4 months at a time, home for a week, then back out again, repeating the cycle for a two year contract.

82 hour workweeks…

I learned that when you work 12 to 14 hours a day, in a vehicle where you are greatly focused on the tasks at hand, you don’t have much time for anything else but meals and sleep.

SurvivalRing suffered as server changes, PHP and Apache and other server tools got upgrades or changes, and the site starting choking and not loading correctly. Traffic bottomed out, and our visits plummeted…not posting every week, or even every month, took a toll as well.

How badly did SurvivalRing take a hit because of the lack of posts, the server software choking, and a ton of minor server end changes? This bad…traffic bottomed out. This was about the worst thing that could happen to anyone’s website. I did not see this coming.

Oh no…not again…

In April this year, while on the job, I was a passenger in a company provided vehicle that was hit from behind, with 7 of us inside. We all suffered injuries, going to the hospital, getting x-rays, and being sent back to the hotel. I worked everyday for two more weeks, before my quarterly time off (that week between months on the road) came up.

Home, sweet home…

I flew home on 4/28, and saw my doctor on 4/30. I’ve been off work since, on workers comp, and while doing physical therapy, doctor appointments, and other medical things, got this site back online and fully functioning again. Next stop, a spinal surgeon, and potential back surgery. Yay.

You’re now up to date with the history of SurvivalRing, and I’m going to share with you what new changes are coming to the site.

Why the changes?

SurvivalRing is still one of the leading content websites in the world, when it comes to authentic, GOVERNMENT CREATED, scientifically proven, and viable survival and preparedness information, from all over the world, with original survival documents dating back to 1941.

I even returned to college from 2003 to 2008 and earned three college degrees to put absolutely everything of my body, mind, and soul, into the site. Now, it’s time to move forward, and take it to the next level.

Here’s what we intend to do for SurvivalRing, and you.


  1. Speed. Getting the site to load QUICKLY, for EVERYONE. Smart phone accessible, tablet accessible, and more. A world of difference already.
  2. Accessibility. I know all too well about accessibility issues, with myself and my wife needing these kinds of things in our old age. Full audience participation for anyone needing anything.
  3. Content. A wider variety of content, focusing on everyday things, that anyone can do, to add another layer of preparedness into their lives.
  4. Videos. Why type it and try to explain in words, what you can show in real time, with closeups, of tools, methods, tricks, how-tos, and more? I’ve got the tools to create any video I can think of. It’s time to just do it.
  5. Research. There’s a reason SurvivalRing has thousands of downloadable files on every potential survival and preparedness subject under the sun… nearly three decades of RESEARCH by me, in every area, as you can see in the breadth of files available to you. Hit the download link above and see what I’m talking about. The research will continue.
  6. Guest Posts. I get a couple of emails a week from potential guests who would like to write something and see it shared on THIS site. I have no reservations about asking for this, from ANY of you. See this page for info on how.
  7. Advertising. I’ll be setting up ad banner space for those of you who have products who would like to advertise on SurvivalRing. See this page for info.
  8. Products. Don’t forget, SurvivalCD is MY product, started in 2002 with a single CD Rom, and currently at 14 CD/DVD disks, but not for sale RIGHT NOW. I’ve sold close to 15,000 disks in 16 years. It’s about to expand to other media formats, including instant cloud access, AND affiliate availability, so YOU can make some side hustle money. This is not just the cheap chinese crap other “prepper” sites are selling for free, “just pay S&H”. They get you coming and going…don’t waste your money on cheap knockoffs, or pricey rehashes of somebody elses content in a few expensive ebooks. You’re looking at one of the founding members of Survival Information Collections on the web.Yes, I said it.
  9. Reviews. I use a LOT of things in my daily life. Little prepper items, a couple of very nice and inexpensive lock blades, paracord, LOTS of books, hardware and software. I’ll show each and every one to you in the coming months, why I like it, where to get it, and what to expect of it. If you have a product, book, tool, or video you’d like to see reviewed and honestly given real feedback, email at rafleet@gmail.com .
  10. Integrity. I’m still here. SurvivalRing is still here. SurvivalCD is a true vast library of knowledge with 25,000 titles, 3.2 million printable pages, and MORE content about to be added. While I’ve gone off the reservation a few times, I’ve always come back, and I’ve always come back better. Nearly 21 years of ACCESS to historic and real survival information. Let’s not forget the 5 years of college, three degrees earned, national scholar recognition, award winning videography, and MORE than 21 years of volunteer work. Everybody stumbles, but not everyone gets back up. I haven’t failed to get back up yet, although my family has suffered just about everything one can, from house fires, to flooding, to tornadoes, to multiple car accidents, to life changing injuries. Two lightning strikes at one house, one of which I got a jolt from, and one that blew a hole in my roof I could stick my head through. Shocking stuff, I tell you….


Thanks for your support of the last twenty years. We’ll continue to add more history, content, and yummy ideas to help YOU have a more successful, prepared, and safe life.


The Author

Rich Fleetwood

Rich is the founder of SurvivalRing, now in it's 24th year, author of multimedia CDs and DVDs, loves the outdoors, his family, his geeky skill-set, and lives in rural southern Wyoming, just below the continental divide (long story, that...). Always ready to help others, he shares what he learns on multiple blogs, many social sites, and more. With a background in preparedness and survival skills, training with county, state, and national organizations, and skills in all areas of media and on air experience in live radio and television, Rich is always thinking about the "big picture", when it comes to helping individuals and families prepare for life's little surprises.

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