SurvivalRing

Rich Fleetwood on Survival & Preparedness - Founded/Established 1997

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SurvivalRing is a set of websites with a common interest – to educate and inform individuals who might want to learn more about the events that shape the world around us and how to react or prepare for those events- specifically those events that we as individuals have NO control over in any way, shape, or form.

Events such as natural disasters (tornadoes, hurricanes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis’, earthquakes, blizzards, flooding, etc.), man-made disasters (nuclear plant leaks or explosions, nuclear attacks, dam breaks, chemical leaks, bio-hazardous material, etc), or even terrorist activity (bombings, nuclear threats, poisoning, nerve gas attacks, bio-toxin attacks like anthrax or VX, etc.) can affect anyone within the range of areas of these events.

How we react to these events, how we prepare for them, and how we survive, live, and pass through these events is what our SurvivalRing is about. We do not have any grand plans about saving the world — just ideas and thoughts about how we can deal with what life gives us and make the best of what we have been dealt. We each have specific areas that we may be most familiar with in preparing…..physical training, spiritual meditation, thoughtful study and research, or open and equal discussion with folks with the same interests and goals.

NEVER pass a chance by that might allow you to increase your knowledge in needed areas. Keep your ears perked, your eyes open, your mouth quiet, your heart soft, and your mind ready. Pay attention to your surroundings….the weather….the climate, both political and social…your workplace….your family. Disaster can strike at any time, in any place, for any reason. In a heartbeat, or in a long expected run up to a foreseeable event, what happens before, during, and after such things, is what makes us all human…and survivors…or victims.

As it has been said, “No man knows the time or nor the place…only the season.”  REMEMBER THAT.  As was recorded in the Bible,

“…But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.But as the days of No-e were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that No-e entered into the ark. And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” (Matthew 24: 36-39)

This quote speaks of the eventual return of the Son of man. But, the principals of preparing for that eventuality also apply to your everyday life of being in the world, and not of the world.

Having the fortitude…the courage…even the bravery, to take care of your own loved ones in any circumstance is where the return to the foundations of Freedom and Liberty will be the difference in gladness…or sorrow.

You must decide. You must act.  We will help you to follow through, once you take that first step, as you have, by coming to this website.

Where did the SurvivalRing come from? What are its roots?

The SurvivalRing started out as a single page on my original website on AOL called The Blast Shelter.  AOL killed all AOL member homepages as of October 31, 2008. Millions of websites, including those that had been hosted since the earliest days of the internet, and AOL itself, were summarily deleted, with just a few weeks notice. Yes, even my original website was one that AOL killed. You can view my replacement website at www.theblastshelter.com. I’ve still got many, many things to update on the new site, but rest assured that everything that existed on AOL has been safely backed up in numerous places on many hard drives, in preparation for eventual return, with updates.

My first very first web pages appeared on the web in 1996. By 1999, the SurvivalRing Web ring homepage was far and above getting multitudes more traffic than any other page, and my efforts during that time focused on filling that need. Because of this, I took my content, design, and web efforts, and put my attention to SurvivalRing.org.  That effort has paid off with traffic now in the tens of millions of hits a year, from all over the world.

SurvivalRing is one of the longest lasting, most continuously updated (new forums, new downloads, new chat room, new web pages)survival and preparedness websites on the internet, and we’ve published new tangible products of CDs and DVDs, with sets of thousands and thousands of individual digital ebooks on EVERY area of preparedness and survival. We’ve sold over 11,000 sets in the since 2002.  What is rare on the web, but the focus of my business enterprise, is that EVERY file on EVERY CD is available FOR FREE on my website in multiple download areas, AND available with custom programming on CD and DVD that makes accessing every file easily and quickly, with any computer that uses a CD or DVD drive.

I have thousands of original hard copy documents I’ve been collecting and purchasing for years, of the very same public domain, government produced, survival and preparedness materials, still waiting to be digitized and put online…again…for free, as time allows. I’ve invested thousands of new dollars in brand new high power computers, disk duplicators, high speed printers, and sheet feed scanner hardware, as well as the latest web and design software, to support the continued creation of NEW materials in all media formats for you, the SurvivalRing visitor.

Starting in 2003, I returned to college after a 23 year absence, and earned three college degrees, in web development, broadcasting, and general education, to gather cutting edge, state of the art skills to continue to share into the long term future.  At Central Wyoming College, I focused on leadership, responsibility, and action  in my studies, and my extracurricular activities. In 2006, I won two national academic scholarships for my hard work and efforts…the New Century Scholar for Wyoming, and a place on the All-USA Academic  Team for Community Colleges, as one of the top 40 community college students  in the United States.

Even as a non-traditional student, I served on the college student senate, and served as the Student body president for a semester. I also won an International Telly Award for a series of video public safety announcements I produced for our community with support of the college, the high school, and the Riverton, Wyoming Police Department. Again, every possible effort in all these endeavors was to focus on supporting the COMMUNITY where I live.

In 2005 I became a founding member of our county’s CERT group, and currently work as a state employee within our state’s Department of Corrections, where I deal everyday with not only criminals of every kind, but law enforcement, legal agencies, and even the federal government in several areas. I truly walk the walk, and talk the talk, of someone getting involved in HELPING the COMMUNITY where we live.

I’m not special…I’m just an average guy who cares for those people around me, whether it’s family, friends, neighbors, or coworkers. I do what needs to be done, because I can. And, if I can do all that, and this website too, well, there is no reason you can’t take care of yourself, your family, and YOUR community, with every waking moment, every free minute, and every opportunity.

What kind of person uses the SurvivalRing network of websites?

The SurvivalRing Project, founded by my wife and I, focus on helping the individual, the family, the community, and the nation…in that order. This nation was founded on the principle of freedom, as stated in the Declaration of Independence…

…We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Freedom cannot happen for the individual, unless that individual takes full responsibility for his own actions. The foundation of this freedom is knowledge…the knowledge of the law, the knowledge of right and wrong, the knowledge of justice and courage, the knowledge of survival, and the absolute knowledge that life itself is earned, not given. Knowing how to deal with people, events, places, and problems are the keys to successful living.

Look at the roots of our nation…men and women took life changing actions, and traveled to frontier after frontier as our nation stretched from the Atlantic ocean to the Pacific. Living off the land, using any and all primitive means, in the worst of conditions, with only what they could carry, pull, or push, is where we started as a nation. In this ever changing world of international politics, corrupt and self-serving politicians, a disastrous economic situation, and growing unemployment, crime rates, and unfunded mandates, the individual once must again take control of his or her life, and take real action to deal with all things being shoved down our throats.

Look at the recent disasters of Katrina, Sumatra, and even 9/11. Our own US government, who the “average” citizen has come to depend on, proved it was unable to protect Americans, here or anywhere. Even the post-event response was too little, too late.  Absolute  safety is fleeting, but personal preparedness is growing, as Americans learn that it is we that must take care of ourselves…all over again.

When you first realize that you, as an individual, can lessen the impact of things, such as natural disasters, by educating yourself in the root causes of them, you’re practicing the very basic rights of freedom. You know you need to learn something, you begin to understand what creates these disasters in your areas (flooding, tornadoes, earthquakes, etc.), and you then find tools, techniques, and skills to avoid the pain and anguish that would result if you DIDN’T prepare for those inevitable events. The ease of use of technology such as the internet to educate yourself creates astounding opportunities to learn more than you ever thought possible, in a short amount of time.

Once aware of these threats to your safe home life from nature, technology, and bad guys, you MUST take action to get the supplies, tools, and skills that you can apply to your life. Take that and apply to your family, your community, and everything in your life, and peace of mind becomes a daily part of your existence, instead of a fleeting hope and dream to someday be able to share in.

What kind of website joins the SurvivalRing Web Ring?

Each member of this SurvivalRing webring MUST have unique and thoughtful ideas, suggestions, and /or solutions to provide to any and all visitors to the ring. Sites and pages should be ORIGINAL, clean cut, and prepared for ALL audiences. This webring is aimed at helping FAMILIES of ANY age to grow and learn together, and the Ringmaster respectfully requests that this be kept at the forefront of the potential SurvivalRing member’s mind.

Adult material, off-color remarks, racist or bigoted statements, and information for illegal or immoral acts WILL NOT be tolerated here.

As mentioned above, the main purpose of this webring is TO EDUCATE AND UPLIFT all visitors. This can be done with stories about personal experiences, links to useful information, information of historical nature, and all commentary that provides personal insight to problems that we all face (hopefully with great suggestions or solutions on how to deal with those problems). Keep in mind that ANY site submitted MUST have topics that INCLUDE Survival, Preparedness, or Self Reliance issues. These areas do not have to be the main topic of your site, but they must play a major role. I lean heavily in favor of sites that really have original content that visitors can use and learn with. Also, commercial sites that offer tools, supplies, books, training, and the like are welcome here, as long as the products deal with some facet of preparedness and survival.

The info below came from my appli­ca­tion for a doc­u­men­tary project for The Learn­ing Chan­nel (TLC). Thought it might give you a bet­ter pic­ture of why I do what I do.  Prob­a­bly a lot more than you want to know, but its all true, and I have noth­ing to hide. I believe in what I do, and have a pas­sion for mak­ing this world a bet­ter place for ALL that cross my path.

First and Last name? Rich Fleet­wood

Age ? 52

What’s your cur­rent or was your occu­pa­tion?

Office Sup­port Spe­cial­ist 1 for Wyoming Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tions for Wyoming Honor Farm

I also have a home based busi­ness – Sur­vival­Ring Unlim­ited (www.survivalring.org), with which I offer thou­sands of down­loads of pre­pared­ness related info, pro­duce mul­ti­me­dia projects on pre­pared­ness, and web devel­op­ment and local com­puter ser­vices.  My archives of data go back to 1942.

See the mas­sive amount of down­loads in just one sec­tion of my site here…

http://www.survivalring.org/downloads/

Where do you cur­rently live?

River­ton, Wyoming (Cen­tral Wyoming area)

Sin­gle, mar­ried?

Mar­ried 31 years this com­ing June, we returned to col­lege together in 2003, with all three of our chil­dren, and have 8 degrees between us. THAT took REAL sur­vival skills, and we lived just about at poverty level…frugally as pos­si­ble, to attend classes full time, and earned schol­ar­ships, national aca­d­e­mic awards, and sev­eral other col­lege cer­tifi­cates dur­ing this time.  After all these years, my wife and I are the only cou­ple, out of every sin­gle liv­ing rel­a­tive we each have, that stayed together since our mar­riage. We devote a lot of faith, love, encour­age­ment, and time to each other in this very hec­tic world.

How does your sig­nif­i­cant other feel about our sur­vival and prep­ping skills?  Are they sup­port­ive?

My spouse has been a huge sup­port and foun­da­tion for all things pre­pared­ness. She believes in what we do, sup­ports (and has sup­ported) life changes for the bet­ter, includ­ing career goals, edu­ca­tional chal­lenges, and mov­ing across the coun­try to a sim­pler lifestyle.  In the past, we have gar­dened, canned, picked fruit at local farms, done home repair together (replumb­ing a 90 year old house in the crawl­space together while I recov­ered from a back injury). She is my rock. Although dis­abled, she and I still take care of each other and work together to help oth­ers when­ever pos­si­ble.  While some­times I lack com­mon sense on big issues, or imme­di­ate needs, she helps me to focus on the real tasks needed, and jumps in to help solve crises when­ever needed.

Any other fam­ily mem­bers prep­pers?  How do they feel about your prep­ping believes?

Par­ents have passed on in the last few years.  Dad was an engi­neer, and mom was a cus­tomer sup­port spe­cial­ist at Sears for many years.
Brother is retired mil­i­tary, now Mil­i­tary Con­trac­tor spend­ing part of his year “in coun­try”, hence has all his ducks in a row.  Lives in the Florida pan­han­dle and has dealt with a few hur­ri­canes.

Sis­ter also for­mer mil­i­tary, and recently retired from VA Hos­pi­tal Admin­is­tra­tor posi­tion, hav­ing helped develop train­ing in Med­ical Dis­as­ter Response Teams for her facil­ity and region in Texas, whose group was one that helped respond to the earth­quake in Haiti. She recently remar­ried, earned her CDL, and is now a truck dri­ver with her hus­band. She also believes in hav­ing the basics, no mat­ter where you are.

I have three grown chil­dren, and all three lived the life we live now, includ­ing 10 years of home­school­ing.  Two are col­lege grad­u­ates, while the other has earned sev­eral cer­ti­fi­ca­tions in the auto­mo­tive indus­try, includ­ing diesel mechan­ics.

Old­est is my daugh­ter, who is mar­ried with our sec­ond grand­son born May of 2011. She works at a new plumbing supply business with her husband CJ, and does the bookkeeping and all other tasks as needed, while keeping little Charley happy and busy at the office.. She loves cook­ing, has started doing her own repairs, and is not afraid to tackle any issue head on.

Old­est son is a mechanic and father with three small chil­dren (9,5,3). He is liv­ing the tough part of his life right now. He, his wife, and their three children have lived with us since summer 2011. He’s devel­op­ing life­long skills and we see the grand kids everyday. Like myself, he attacks prob­lems head on and is a prob­lem solver. Having some helf issues, including potential surgery in a few weeks.

Youngest son is a an up and com­ing musi­cian who started a new band called Farewell Fighter in Nashville after fly­ing out there with just a gui­tar and back­pack a cou­ple of years ago.  He’s just released his third CD. His band has twice won regional and national band com­pe­ti­tions and has a huge fol­low­ing. His and his band mates spent the entire year of 2011 on the road, playing 160 concerts, doing every stop on the Van’s Warped Music tour, including a featured set in Cincinnati, and will be playing a huge music festival in Texas in March, the Never Say Never Concert weekend, with thousands and thousands of paying music lovers. I would say he’s really applied his sur­vival and adap­tion skills and is thriv­ing in his envi­ron­ment.  He has been approached by sev­eral pro­fes­sion­als in the music indus­try on sev­eral projects, and should get signed on with a record label this year.

Do you run drills or case scenarios with your fam­ily or clos­est friends?  If so, who/what’s their name?

No drills. Our clos­est neigh­bors also live the lifestyle we do. We do real life, including driving half way across the state when we have an emergency to help one another, including towing broken down cars, 100 miles of more.

Do you have a root cel­lar? A under­ground bunker?

No, but we do plan to add on secure and safe areas to our home in the future. Poten­tial under­ground shel­ter is planned, and already designed.

What’s in your under­ground shel­ter?

Noth­ing Yet. It’s above ground. Planned under­ground stor­age will be acces­si­ble (wife is dis­abled), used for storm shel­ter, sup­plies, envi­ron­men­tally con­trolled, and could be used for liv­ing space dur­ing dan­ger­ous times. Design includes two 40 foot con­tain­ers buried, but sit­ting on a cement slab, with cin­der block walls, and slab roof. We have sev­eral nat­ural sand­stone rocky out­crop­pings just yards from the house that would pro­vide excel­lent above ground diver­sions from the shel­ter only feet away when done.

What sort of things do you store?

Food, obvi­ously. Two freez­ers for corn fed beef we buy a half or whole cow at a time, from a local rancher.   We share with our kids when they need it. We also buy canned food, pre­pared boxed food, and other items by the case, when case lots sales occur at local stores. Set­ting up an indoor and out­door con­tainer gar­den sys­tem this spring, and will move into hydro­pon­ics and sprout­ing this year, both of which pro­vide food year round.
Tools and main­te­nance sup­plies for all vehi­cles and house­hold repairs. I am capa­ble of any­thing from bolt on acces­sories, to swap­ping engines, to paint and body, and even cus­tom fiber­glass work and uphol­stery.

Lots of enter­tain­ment for off grid times (thou­sands of books, hun­dreds of videos, etc).

Communications Com­puter parts and tools, cabling, net­work­ing stuff. Also have short­wave radios, scan­ner, CB, FRS radio, and cell phone sig­nal ampli­fier sys­tems.

Bikes and parts, for those times when gas just might be unavail­able.  Poten­tial con­ver­sion of one bike into an elec­tric pow­ered motor­ized bike (could be recharged thru solar cells eas­ily). 50 mile range.

Heat­ing sources such as a pal­let of pel­lets for our pel­let stove, or 600 gal­lons of propane for our fur­nace..

Camp­ing sup­plies. Tents, cook­ing ovens and stoves, fuel, and all the other needed items for liv­ing com­fort­able away from home.

Vehi­cles. I own an Xterra  4×4 for my nor­mal year round dri­ver, an older con­ver­sion van for backup (and poten­tial liv­ing should we ever have to evac­u­ate), and a Kawasaki Voy­ager 1300cc cruis­ing motor­cy­cle for sum­mer com­mut­ing and trips. Each has a spe­cific need and use, and each back up the other two when repairs or down­time is needed.

Secu­rity includes wire­less web cam­era, very plain yard with noth­ing of notice  (power toys, tools, etc), and hand­guns for per­sonal pro­tec­tion. We do have a 100 yard range set up in our front yard for tar­get prac­tice. Our landlords/future neigh­bors are black pow­der enthu­si­asts who set up the range and do their own gun­smi­thing, trav­el­ing year round for black pow­der events.

Do you have any sur­vival skills if so what type of activ­i­ties do you do on a day to day basis to prepare?

  • Yes, I do have skills, hav­ing taken train­ing and classes, and put into prac­tice every­day sit­u­a­tional aware­ness, short term prep tools (72 hour kit, CERT response back­pack, etc.) as needed. Expe­ri­ence in out­door survival/wilderness through years as a hunter and fisherman.
  • I keep first aid and basic res­cue tools in my vehi­cles, hav­ing been first on scene for sev­eral car acci­dents over the years, includ­ing one inci­dent where the vic­tim was trapped in a car not vis­i­ble from the road, where I had to call for help and emer­gency response.
  • I have a life­long pas­sion for hunt­ing and fish­ing, camp­ing and hik­ing, and wilder­ness skills.
  • I have a hun­dred yard shoot­ing range in my front yard, and earned ROTC sharp­shooter awards in high school.
  • I’ve done my own car repairs for 35 years, includ­ing mechan­i­cal, paint and body, elec­tri­cal, and vehi­cle conversion/customization (won sev­eral awards in car shows)…and these skills come in handy for my own needs, as well as being barter­able skills in the future.

What type of classes have you taken?

  • Red Cross cer­ti­fied First Aid/CPR cards – all current
  • FEMA – Cer­tifi­cate – Radi­o­log­i­cal Emer­gency Response
  • FEMA – Cer­tifi­cate – Emer­gency Response Manager
  • Civil Air Patrol, Senior Mem­ber (1997–2000)
  • FEMA CERT – Cit­i­zens Emer­gency Response Team – Fre­mont County, Wyoming (2005 – current)
  • FBI Infra­Gard Mem­ber since 2006
  • Self Defense Train­ing NRCT train­ing – pro­vided by WDOC
  • National Weather Ser­vice Storm Spotter
  • Applied Sci­ence Degrees in Broad­cast­ing (TV/Radio/Web) and Web Devel­op­ment – For Emer­gency com­mu­ni­ca­tions off line and over the air.
  • Scuba – PADI Cer­ti­fied at age 18 (though I haven’t dived for years though, I intend to re-certify)

Planned future train­ing includes HAM radio, EMT, and CCW per­mit, although effec­tive June 1st in Wyoming, any Wyoming cit­i­zen may carry con­cealed with­out CCW (we’re the 4th state in the US to do so)

What’s your emer­gency strat­egy for a major cat­a­stro­phe?

Shel­ter in Place. We moved from the big city 11 years ago to avoid issues in large scale dis­as­ter response, and I do take part in local county emer­gency train­ing, hav­ing attended many LEPC (Local Emer­gency Plan­ning Com­mit­tee) meet­ings in our county, which includes all pub­lic safety depart­ments, energy rep­re­sen­ta­tives, and law enforce­ment units. Through research, I’ve learned that our area of Wyoming would be a host area in a true state wide or national emer­gency. Dur­ing true melt­down sce­nar­ios, things like the Watts and Rod­ney Kind riots may occur nation­wide.

When was the cat­a­lyst point that made you decide it was time to start prep­ping for the pro­tec­tion of your­self, friends and fam­ily?

My wife and I grew up in North Texas, in the Dal­las area, the bot­tom part of Tor­nado Alley. We saw a few storms but never suf­fered any real dam­age from them. We moved to Alabama (job trans­fer) in 1993, and imme­di­ately hav­ing to live with tor­nado threats every year, two hur­ri­canes, flood­ing, a light­ning strike on our home, and neigh­bor­hood crime issues. We had fam­ily get hurt and lose their home in the F5 Tor­nado on April 8th, 1998 that killed dozens in Jef­fer­son County, Alabama.  Also in 1993, two weeks after we moved there, the 1993 storm of the cen­tury, plunged us in the dark ages, trap­ping us in our home for 5 days, with no power, and a LOT of snow, caus­ing tens of thou­sands of downed trees through­out the area.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1993_Storm_of_the_Century

Read about the F5 tor­nado story here…

http://www.survivalring.org/awareness/storm-stories/f5-tornado-april-8–98/

In deal­ing with these storms, I saw a fam­ily need for many items, food, tools, backup com­mu­ni­ca­tions (1993 snow storm that affected the entire east coast killed our power for 6 days, and travel was impos­si­ble because of downed trees on ALL local roads in the rural area we lived in).  With the tor­nado threats sev­eral times a year every year, I began my search for shel­ter plans, and that was the start of my web­site project, shar­ing those plans, and my ideas and thoughts with a global audi­ence.

Are the clos­est peo­ple around you sup­port­ive or do they fight your way of think­ing?  If so have you tried to edu­cate them on your views?

Most of my cowork­ers know what I do in my off time and I have not heard a neg­a­tive word about my work, home busi­ness, com­mu­nity involve­ment, or polit­i­cal views (con­sti­tu­tional con­ser­v­a­tive). I do try to help my friends and cowork­ers when­ever they ask of me, and do com­puter repairs (spy­ware and virus clean­ing) for any­one that needs help. I’m also part of the Employee Asso­ci­a­tion a work, a “staff help­ing staff” pro­gram that we just started to make our work fam­ily a more cohe­sive and thought­ful group.

What do you like to do for fun?

Spend time with my grand­kids, travel around the state (Yel­low­stone and Jack­son Hole are less than 3 hours away), camp, fish, pho­tog­ra­phy (nor­mally nature ori­ented), ride my motor­cy­cle, do com­puter pro­gram­ming and web devel­op­ment, yard work (4 acres of mow­ing), vehi­cle upgrades and repair, wood­work, electronics…and this is the short list. I enjoy play­ing vol­ley­ball at work twice a week for well­ness activ­i­ties, among other things.

What do you with your friends and/or fam­ily for fun?

Camp­ing, cook­outs, movie nights, travel together, and many of the things just above.

Any­thing else you would like to share with us?

In years past, going all the way back to before Y2k, I have had hun­dreds of media con­tact requests very sim­i­lar to yours, and actu­ally cre­ated a page on my old Blast Shel­ter web­site (now restor­ing online at (www.theblastshelter.com ) con­nect­ing media requests with site vis­i­tors and via email lists.

As you might already be aware, con­nect­ing with “prep­pers” and “sur­vival­ists” is always an inter­est­ing propo­si­tion, with those who worry about the biggest dis­as­ters, cat­a­stro­phes, and other things, and actu­ally have bunkers to be ready. They do NOT want to give away any info, unless absolutely anony­mous. Those that do offer to share their work often­times  have some­thing else to mar­ket to help sup­port their “bunker sys­tem”.  Oth­ers stay secure by obscu­rity, yet are well known such as James Rawles of http://www.survivalblog.com .

Over the years I have made many con­nec­tions, and do have con­tacts with sev­eral bunker/ shelter/ hard­ened home man­u­fac­tur­ers. I’ve offered plans on my web­sites for well over a decade on how to build your own shel­ters, and have answered hun­dreds of emails on those kinds of top­ics.
Per­son­ally, I’ve made huge lifestyle changes in the last 15 years, and have a career with the State of Wyoming, as well as a home based busi­ness focused on shar­ing dig­i­tal mul­ti­me­dia freely on the web, or at cost for CDs and DVDs of my mate­ri­als.

I’m not a bunker owner, but have a few acres in cen­tral Wyoming, in the foothills of the Rock­ies, run­ning on well water, with prop­erty that lit­er­ally is on the other side of the fence from a wildlife habi­tat state game pre­serve. Our home is 1000 feet up a hill from a 13,000 acre lake. Mil­lion dol­lar views, serene coun­try sounds, pri­vacy, and expand­abil­ity of our home are what drew us here. Hav­ing deer, pheas­ants, rab­bits, and foxes feed in our yard, and hav­ing tens of thou­sands of geese, ducks and sand­hill cranes pass over our home dur­ing migra­tion helps too.

Being far away from The Golden Horde (the kinds of peo­ple that loot, pil­lage, kill, and oth­er­wise go shit-crazy (loot­ing TVs, ten­nis shoes, and any­thing else they could dur­ing Kat­rina ) was the biggest rea­son of want­ing to find a loca­tion like we have.

Some­times, the best pro­tec­tion from the effects of nat­ural dis­as­ter, civil unrest, tech­no­log­i­cal haz­ards, and all the things that can hap­pen in our world (from Kat­rina to Bhopal, from Andrew to huge quakes in Seattle)…is to find a place that is safe, secure, and sta­tis­ti­cally the low­est threat for most prob­lems.

I have since spe­cial­ized in help­ing all web­site and per­sonal con­tacts start think­ing in that mode, and offer sev­eral maps of national and nat­ural haz­ard areas of the US on my web­site.

That’s what we did, and found the home where we are now. The fact that we are also 150 miles from the near­est inter­state high­way is very com­fort­ing, with only four high­ways com­ing into our area, three of which are moun­tain passes eas­ily con­trolled if needed. The fourth road is 120 miles of desert.

I con­sider myself a pre­pared­ness expert, and have been pub­lish­ing web con­tent since 1996, and mul­ti­me­dia since 2002 on all areas. I also offer giga­bytes of down­load­able sur­vival and pre­pared­ness data, and have had 1.7 ter­abytes of data down­loaded JUST from my web­site in the last 12 months.

I know peo­ple around the world who share the same pas­sions I do. And, I can put the word out about your project on my blogs, social sites, and email lists if you’d like.

I’d be glad to help you in any way I can, but I just wanted to give you a heads up on the genre you’re inves­ti­gat­ing and what I’ve seen occur over the years.

Check the links below my sig­na­ture for more info about me and some of my projects.

Best wishes,
Rich

//* —– Who I Am —– *//
Richard Fleet­wood
Founder/Director – SurvivalRing.org
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Updated: September 16, 2018 — 11:10 am

The Author

Rich Fleetwood

Rich is the founder of SurvivalRing, now in it's 20th year, author of multimedia CDs and DVDs, loves the outdoors, his family, his geeky skill-set, and lives in rural Missouri, just a few miles from the Big Muddy. Always ready to help others, he shares what he learns on multiple blogs, 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. Since 1997, he has provided guidance, authentic government survival history, and commentary on why we all need to get ready for that fateful day in the future, when we have to get our hands dirty and step in to save the day. He is an award winning videographer (2005 Telly Award), has received state and national scholarly recognition (2006 New Century Scholar and All USA Academic Team), and is a natural with computers, technology, gadgets, small furry mammals, and anything on wheels. Rich likes making friends, solving problems, and creating solutions to everyday issues. He doesn't mind mixing things up, when there is a teaching moment ready to happen. As a constitutional conservative, he's staying quite busy these days. The SurvivalRing Radio Show at www.survivalringradio.com will be coming back SOON!

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