SurvivalRingEzine Newsletter – V2E2

sre-logoThe SurvivalRing Ezine

“Study Yesterday…Prepare Today…Live Tomorrow.”

–>  By Richard Fleetwood + 12.01.09 + Early Winter 2009 <–

[Volume TWO,  Edition Two]

SurvivalRingEzine: ISSN 1548-7504

Welcome, again,  to all my friends and SurvivalRing supporters,
Here’s the next issue of the SurvivalRing Ezine
More news, views, crews, dues, and moves…

In this SurvivalRingEzine newsletter…

* Happy Holidays from the Fleetwood Family
* H1N1 – Shots, Fears, Realities
* Moving –  An entire house & business – Doing it yourself. Big View..
* Prepping and Disabilities
* In The News…SitRep…Personal Awareness
* Still Need  Input...Send me your questions, for my upcoming Podcasts on SurvivalRing Radio
* Our “Retreat” – We’re bugging in…How to…
* 2012 – The movie, the reality, the science…what’s up with that?
* Still have some Radiation Monitoring Equipment…Dosimeters kits
* The Socialized Survivalist…Facebook, Twitter, and more…adding to your SitRep…
* The Economy – Making your own recovery, and making it stick.
* Geek Survival Tools…The iPod Touch
* Online Resources…building your virtual survival library.

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Happy Holidays from the Fleetwood Family

As we all move towards putting yet another year in the record books, and celebrate a couple of national holidays, including Thanksgiving this past week, and Christmas in just a few weeks, my family and I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and yours a most wonderful Thanksgiving, and a joyous and most fulfilling Christmas holiday.

It’s very important to remember on this day what we are truly blessed with and thankful for. Times may be bad for some people, but that’s life. Things do get better, if you let them, and understand it does take some effort. But bottom line, your ARE blessed in many ways. So be thankful!

We wish the best to you and your family.

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H1N1 – Shots, Fears, Realities

The biggest fear and controversy in our nation (besides the socialist Democratic agenda) is the current global health crisis surrounding H1N1 swine flu.

More than once in the last few months, I’ve had personal contact with people who either were just getting H1N1, or had it much later after our paths crossed. On top of that, my career as an Office Support Specialist for the Wyoming Department of Corrections minimum security prison facility brings me in contact with hundreds of inmates from all over the state. These inmates are either short timers or less classified but still in need of prison programming opportunities.  This means just as many, if not more, chances for sharing of viruses, colds and other yucky stuff.

Most of you know that one of the keys to avoiding infection by these illnesses is practicing proper hygiene. This includes regular hand washing, and wiping down common area surfaces like tables, counters, doorknobs, and water fountains. In other words, what many people in the course of a day may come in contact with. You should also protect yourself and others from coughs and sneezes (and the airborne spread of these germs by the aerosol mist caused by a sneeze) by coughing or sneezing into your elbow (held up against your face) to stop the spread. An entertaining and informative video on coughing and the spread of germs can be seen at

Keeping hand sanitizers with you (remember, with a 62% alcohol content or better!), clorox-type wet wipes (generics are available at any grocery store), and eating well will all work towards keeping you and your family well and healthy through the cold and flu season. More information on how to stay safe in the midst of this pandemic can be found at the Center for Disease Control H1N1 flu website at

Regarding the H1N1 shots…I’ve been watching the news and reading a lot online about what H1N1 vaccination will do and don’t do, who should get them, what the aftereffects of getting the shot are, and the potential for illness from just getting the shot. I’ve also seen a lot of conspiracy theories and just plain stupid rumors abound on the internet about “Don’t do it!” (take the shot).

With a spouse who is disabled, and three grand kids we regularly take care of, I made the decision and opted to get the H1n1 shot when it was offered at work to all staff members. Even after I made this decision , and before I received the shot; I was still a bit hesitant.

I’m not really sure why, other than all the negative conspiracy crap that abounds even to this day. I did get the regular seasonal flu shot at my doctor’s office a few weeks before. I was a little grouchy for a day or two after the shot, but had no lasting ill effects. I got the H1N1 shot at 6:45am on a Thursday morning several weeks ago. Like the regular flu shot, I did get a little grouchy, developed a stuffy nose and sore joints for a couple of days, and then nothing. Everything was normal.  No heart attacks, no increased blood pressure, no pneumonia, no nothing.  Everything is copacetic…all is well in the world.

My suggestion to you? Get vaccinated. While H1N1 is not the deadly pandemic that the Spanish Flu was in 1918, it has the potential to escalate to a more potent version. Recent H1N1 deaths in the Ukraine,Norway and France showed evidence of more virulent mutations of the currently circulating virus. A receptor within the gene sequence of some of these recent fatal cases appears to allow the virus to invade the lungs and bronchi more deeply; thereby causing more severe pulmonary problems. This is a new development; just discovered within the past two to three weeks. For more info on H1N1, as well as other diseases try the ProMed site at . This site is run by the international society of infectious diseases and is quite comprehensive in the depth and detail of H1N1 coverage.

Back to the past for a minute though…… For those who have only heard about the Spanish Flu, let’s look at a few pertinent details about it.

The “Spanish” influenza pandemic of 1918–1919, which caused ≈50 million deaths worldwide, remains an ominous warning to public health. Many questions about its origins, its unusual epidemiologic features, and the basis of its pathogenicity remain unanswered. The public health implications of the pandemic therefore remain in doubt even as we now grapple with the feared emergence of a pandemic caused by H5N1 or other virus…

…An estimated one third of the world’s population (or ≈500 million persons) were infected and had clinically apparent illnesses during the 1918–1919 influenza pandemic. The disease was exceptionally severe. Case-fatality rates were >2.5%, compared to <0.1% in other influenza pandemics. Total deaths were estimated at ≈50 million and were arguably as high as 100 million .

Source – CDC

Remember, the 1918 epidemic was caused by an H1N1 virus as well. This current H1N1 virus is of similar genetic makeup to the 1918 strain. Interestingly enough, it wasn’t until the early 1930’s that the H1N1 flu strain that caused the 1918 epidemic was actually discovered!

Current CDC reports for the US give official H1N1 infections as of November 20, 2009, 11:00 AM ET, positive Influenza Laboratory-Tests hospitalized infections of 26,315, and verified lab-tested positive deaths of 1,049. (Source CDC)

These numbers DO NOT take into account the tens of thousands of non-hospitalized infections, nor the non-lab tested deaths of this flu strain. The estimated case numbers are extrapolations; estimates based on computer generated infectious disease models. Remember, regular lab testing to determine H1N1 infection was effectively stopped in July of this year in the US .The CDC figures account for hospital admissions only. For that, we can take a look at this pdf from the CDC.

oct09 h1n1stats

Note the bottom line there on this snapshot of page 2 of the above pdf. The number of cases could be as high as 34,006,384. 34 million Americans…way over one tenth of our population. Not good. You can keep track of national mortality and morbidity figures at another website CDC has; this is the weekly morbidity and mortality report and is available at .

Here are some more things to consider regarding H1N1. People are expressing concerns over the safety and efficacy of the H1N1 vaccines the government has contractors churning out by the millions of doses. Here are some facts you may not have heard about the current crop of H1N1 vaccines.

All of the currently available H1N1 vaccines available in the US are made in the EXACT same manner as a seasonal flu shot. The LAIV (“live attenuated inactivated vaccine, I.E the “nasal spray vaccine”), the Sanofi Pasteur, the Glaxo Smith Kline (known as the GSK vaccine), the Novartis and Medimmune vaccines; all are made in the same FDA approved manner.

I’ve heard concerns about the addition of thimerosal (a mercury based preservative) to the vaccines. There is less than 25 micrograms of thimerosal contained within multidose vials (required by FDA regulations)-and NONE in the LAIV (nasal spray) and single dose prefilled syringe vaccine; which incidentally is being promoted to use in children 2-49 years of age with no underlying health conditions. Thimerosal usage in the multidose vials has less quantity than the active ingredient in ONE inoculation. IE one shot of vaccine essentially has trace amounts of thimerosal. Here is an excerpt from the Wall Street Journal of October 19, 2009 that may be of interest to you.

“ All H1N1 nasal spray vaccines are free of thimerosal, as well as some shots in single-dose syringes, she said. She said she couldn’t specify how many of the 251 million doses the government has ordered will be free of the preservative, however.

The U.S. government has ordered vaccine from five manufacturers, including 75.3 million doses from Sanofi-Aventis SA. But it hasn’t yet told Sanofi how many doses it wants in multi-dose vials, which must contain a preservative, said spokeswoman Donna Cary. All of the pediatric doses that Sanofi is making are packaged in syringes and are thimerosal-free, she said.

AstraZeneca PLC, whose MedImmune unit makes an H1N1 vaccine delivered in a nasal spray, says its vaccine doesn’t contain thimerosal. The U.S. government has ordered about 40 million doses from AstraZeneca. Its vaccine is licensed for people two to 49 years of age, but isn’t licensed for use in pregnant women and hasn’t been studied in pregnant women, said George Kemble, vice president of research and development at MedImmune.

Vaccine opponents have also voiced concerns about the safety of adjuvants, or ingredients used to boost the immune response a vaccine generates. While adjuvants will be used in many H1N1 shots outside the U.S., they aren’t being used in the U.S. vaccine, officials said. Vaccine makers say their adjuvants have been studied extensively and are safe.

So what’s the bottom line here?  We definitely have a health risk from this rather widespread health issue. The government and various health agencies are doing all they can to track and contain the problem. And finally, the makers of the H1N1 meds are finally getting up to speed on the mass production of the medications, while the various government agencies at the state, county, and municipal levels are putting into action plans made months ago for H1N1 clinics, where injections are offered to thousands of people at a time.

Will all the planning, work, attention to threats, and overall response be enough to quell this minor outbreak, before it mutates into the next 1918-sized pandemic?  Technology is on our side in this fight, but at the same time, with high speed mass transportation (trains, airlines, etc) available to millions of people a day, are we really going to be in time to avoid large jumps in infection rate on a global scale?

Time and history will tell us if we’ve averted a global disaster. But remember, at this point, everything YOU do to help stop the spread of simple colds and viruses by washing your hands and thinking clean thoughts, will actually make the biggest difference in stopping the infection rate before it gets out of hand.

A good friend of mine, Morgan Clements, has created an online incident map, at, which offers interactive mapping of the US breaking news stories of H1N1 cases.

Check it out and bookmark it to add to your situational awareness kit.

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Moving –  An entire household & business – Doing it yourself. Big View..

After many, many years, my wife and I finally found The House for our potential retirement and permanent settling down locale. We moved in exactly a month ago, and we’re loving it. Our place is miles out of town, sits on ten acres, literally sits up against a wildlife habitat, is 1000 feet away from a huge lake, has million dollar views, and the nearest neighbor is barely visible from our house. Oh, have I mentioned yet that we’re 150 miles from the nearest Interstate Highway?

Before I give you the details, I want to explain that to get here, we had to keep doing what we’ve been doing for our entire 28 year marriage.  I also want to share our requirements that we were looking for in a house/land, and how we actually made it happen.

Moving is serious business. There must be some requirement in your life for a different home. A change in lifestyle, a different job, a return to educational action, or even finally settling down after a mostly nomadic career. Many choose to purchase a home early in life, once income and family reach levels that support the buying of the roof over your head.

In our case, we’ve lived in apartments or rented homes and raised three great kids to adulthood that way.  Early on, my wife and I decided we didn’t want a tract home, in suburbia. Our dream was privacy, wide open vistas, and room to grow and add as we choose, without limitations of home owners associations, stringent municipal codes, or neighbors peering through the cracks in the fence.  We also wanted as near off grid we as could get, even starting out. We studied and planned on what we needed to have in place if we were to actually find our dream home on a piece of land.

We didn’t have much savings toward our dream, but did have the ability to do whatever was needed to make the place our own, including any repairs needed, lease to own, and decent credit . Most of our power that led to our finding this home came to us by luck…fate…karma, or whatever you want to call it. We would know our destination when we found it. Those things we did during our lives up until now included living as frugally as possible (a theme you may notice throughout my writings), and practicing the “do it yourself” lifestyle in everything.

Our needs in a home, besides the off grid dreams, were a single level home (dear spouse uses a cane inside the home, and a wheelchair outside), roomy living area, decent sized kitchen, and mostly in good repair. The bonuses of this home were a good well, mature trees for windbreaks and summer shade, a two car garage, a septic system in good order, and even a poured cement patio with an outdoor wood burning decorative stove and a basketball goal.  Having a wildlife habitat over the back fence, and a lake for year round fishing?  Priceless.

My wife and kids have learned a lot over the last several years, as I’ve put more and more effort into helping other people prepare for a better future.  We’ve lived frugally, stretched the budgets with coupons, sales, thrift stores, flea markets, and garage sales. We’ve bought used vehicles since we could drive, normally paying cash.  We’ve learned how to do nearly all our own repairs…vehicles, home, plumbing, electrical…you name it. We even home schooled our kids up until high school, and that was the best decision we ever made.

All these things worked towards our future…a future that is our “now”.

Our new place is a 20 year old modular home on 10 acres. We have good well water at 75 feet down with a water softener and reverse osmosis filters that make the well water much less mineral flavored, have propane for cooking and heat, a pellet stove for heating in the winter time, and views of two different ranges of the Rocky Mountains, out the front and back windows of the living room, and live just over 1000 feet from a 13,000 acre lake surrounded by game habitat.  What does this lake offer…especially to us?

This habitat area is managed primarily for waterfowl production.  This warm water lake with depths to 31 feet is situated between the Owl Creek Mountains and the Wind River Range.  There is a wide range of habitats, from arid sagebrush grassland and cultivated croplands to permanently wet marsh and open water.  You will find geese, ducks, sandhill cranes, pheasants, mourning doves, cottontail rabbits, mule deer, muskrats, raccoons, red foxes, mink and skunks.

This Lake is best known for its waterfowl and pheasant hunting.  Between 1,500 and 2,000 pheasants are released each year to supplement native bird populations.  There are also dove and small game hunting opportunities, as well as trapping opportunities.  If you like to fish, there are plenty of walleye, trout, bass, crappie, perch, bullhead and ling.

Like most high mountain basins, our valley receives runoff from the annual snowfall in the mountains. This spring runoff is channeled through several small rivers, as well as some irrigation canals hand-dug decades ago, and is used for farming and irrigation throughout the area.

In our case, the nearest irrigation ditch literally is on the other side of our backyard fence, as we’re the last ditch customer before the canal empties into the lake. A very small annual fee for garden and yard usage provides us with plenty of water to start a garden.

So about that moving part in the title of this section?  Yes, we moved ourselves, again because of that big “DIY” lifestyle thing. This is the second time we’ve moved in just over a year, with the prior move over five years before that. Anyone that has ever moved their entire life’s collection of belongings, including their business, AND their massive collection of research materials at the same time, on their own dime…well, it ain’t easy.  It took three trips with a 26 foot U haul truck, a convoy of SUVs, and about a dozen Xterra truck loads to move EVERYTHING. Literally tons of stuff.

Two of my three kids helped (third one is in Nashville), and a half dozen VERY good friends from work spent a Saturday morning moving the major stuff, most of the book boxes, the appliances, and furniture. I provided breakfast, AND a very nice almost catered lunch from a local bar-b-que restaurant (beef, pulled pork, and bbq chicken, plus all the fixin’s…for 15 folks…and we have LEFTOVERS!).

For our business, we maintain our regular business address at our box at the Post Office in town. My job is still in town, but is a 20 minute commute at sunrise and sundown.  For internet, we had three choices…satellite access, wireless, or dialup…but internet WAS the sole absolute requirement. Without net access, my web based business…well, isn’t. Dialup was our last recourse, if nothing else was available.

Satellite was the first thought, but a few phone calls led to our discovery that our on again-off again relationship with was on again (we’ve used them for net access for most of the last 9 years in Wyoming).  To our good fortune, we had a clean line of sight view of the nearest wireless antenna within this part of the basin, from a roof mounted dish. Satellite internet access only offered a maximum download speed of 1.5 mbps and a cap of 17 gigabytes of bandwidth per month, while wireless gives us nearly double that speed, and no bandwidth limit.

Being miles from town, means we are also miles from TV, including Cable TV. Since my business requires constant news access for situational awareness, I felt the need to have access to signals. The home did have an old analog tv antenna installed, but also had a Dish TV antenna in the yard, long unused. We decided to go with DirecTV, having had it years ago in Alabama, but are now VERY unhappy with the service, due to billing problems and false promises (access to local TV channels, or even national network channels were promised at order time, but in reality are not available to us), and we’re one month into a 24 month contract. This is the ONLY unpleasant aspect regarding our move.

At this point in time, one month after the move, we’re comfy, cozy, and love the open feeling of the house, the yard, the views, and the climate. Every day geese, ducks and cranes fly over making their way south for the winter. I’ve seen red fox, deer, many game birds, a few hawks, and even a few hunters in the habitat across the canal.

All I can say about our finding this place, at this time, in this economy, is it’s a miracle.  We are so blessed to have had the chance to even learn about it, and actually getting handed the keys, after all we’ve been through in our move to Wyoming in 2000, including a few weeks being homeless the first year here..well…again, it’s just a miracle. Having enough savings for the down payment, the move, and setting up the utilities? Another miracle.

A LOT of hard work, long days, longer nights, and beating the sidewalks to have found the job I currently have with the best benefits I’ve ever had in a job…all came together to get us here.

If you define your dream, and that dream includes getting out of Dodge, you CAN make it happen. If you’re happy living in suburbia, surrounded by repossessed homes, ever encroaching crime and degrading neighborhoods, and jobs that can be gone in a flash, I say more power to you. If you want it hard enough, you will find a way to make it happen. As always…TAKE ACTION.

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Prepping and Disabilities

My family and I have been in prepping mode since the early nineties. Upon our move from the Dallas, Texas area, to central Alabama, we learned that bad weather we had grown up with in Texas, took on a whole new meaning in the deep south. Yearly tornado activity threatened us closer than ever before, including an F5 twister in April 1998. Two hurricanes, Danny and Opal, caused major damage all around us, including losing some VERY mature trees in blow downs, that we had to deal with. Flooding, hail, oppressive heat and humidity, and everything… starting off with the 1993 storm of the century, that affected the entire east coast…two weeks after we moved from Texas.  The WEATHER made us preppers.

With all these storms and yearly damage and destruction in those parts of the state, I began that life long plunge into PREPARING for the INEVITABLE.

We developed plans, stocked up on basics, including tools, batteries, water, and basic comms…just in case we got trapped in the house for a few days. The 1993 storm, with 20 inches of snow in our yard, had us without power for nearly a week. We moved our entire family into our master bedroom, used a propane heater to cook meals with, cracked the windows open for fresh air.  We started off our journey into preparedness by NOT being prepared during a regional disaster.

Also during this time, in late 1993, my family and I were victims of a car accident, a high speed rear end impact. I received several fractured vertebrae, and Annie had her left hip severely damaged, and the kids all received injuries at impact. Today, 16 years later, Annie needs that hip replaced. My back is always sore, and although I was able to avoid surgery, I do have physical limitations I have to work around every single day.

The accident could have been avoided, if the young lady driving the car that hit us, had applied the breaks in a timely manner, instead of putting on eye makeup and not watching the road at the time of impact.

Years later, physical limitations very much come into play when it comes to a preparedness lifestyle. I’m sure that every prepper considers many life event scenarios while doing the things that provide our families with “live” insurance, but I’m not at all sure how many throw in some suggestions of limited mobility, severe health issues, or unplanned for accidents or injuries.

Our new home was chosen because it was conducive to most of our physical needs. I will be adding a wheelchair ramp, and creating a closed in front porch that includes the ramp area, next spring. In the coming years, we’ll also be adding onto the house and creating accessible bathroom and kitchen changes, and updating throughout the home for full ADA accessibility needs.

Most people will never have to do this. Some families, however, especially in this economy, will move in elderly parents or family members with needs, into non-compliant homes.  Considerations for those physical needs of any level of disability is important, and if you truly care about providing GOOD care to your family in need, you’ll do a little research and see that it’s actually not much work to change a few doorknobs, sink knobs, and clear some paths in the home of trip hazards. A wheelchair ramp may or may not be needed, but if you do have stairs in your home, you’ll have to take them into consideration in the big plan of adaptability.

Many other considerations to think about in a family with very young, very elderly, or physically disabled members, including meds, nursing needs, and transport to higher care levels in real emergency situations, either localized or region wide. Workable plans can be created for any eventuality in your home town, from tiny events to earth shattering catastrophes. Most will be workable, some will be truly horrible, but any outcome can be positive if patient research and thoughtful consideration is spent.

FEMA and other national and lower level emergency management planning postures now include training and responses that help people with limitations. Take time now, between disasters, to read up on current thoughts and suggestions for preparedness for your family needs, for all ages and abilities.

For those of you lucky enough to not have disability as part of your life, or who have not had much interaction with folks with issues, I found this nifty pdf file, which gives some good tips on how you can help or assist folks who may cross your paths in the future.

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In The News…Personal Awareness

In this part of our newsletter, we’re going to discuss a few current events, and how these events could impact us personally, were we to be present during the actual occurrences of these major news stories.  We’ll only cover a couple of events in each issue, but the importance here is creating a plan for a potential experience that HAS happened, and could and probably will occur again somewhere in the world, sometime in the future. Will you be part of that history?  Time will tell, but having a strategy just in case is just good form, and a very good psychological exercise.

Since our last issue of the SurvivalRing Ezine, a couple of deadly events have scarred the world. The mass murder at Ft. Hood, by Major Nidal Hasan on November 5th, was an unambiguous act of terrorism. 13 people were killed, and dozens more were injured, in what is the worst mass shooting at a military base in the history of our nation.  In Mindanao island of the Philippines, 46 people were killed in a politically inspired massacre.

In both cases, Muslim extremists were involved.  Before being transferred to Ft. Hood, Major Hasan had a history of Islamic proselytizing, and had been tracked attempted to make direct contact with Al Qaeda operatives. He was being watched by the FBI, and the move to Ft. Hood was an attempt to have higher levels of supervision kept on him.  In the Philippines, authorities initially said a group of more than 40 people had been abducted by gunmen linked to Maguindanao governor Andal Ampatuan, the head of a Muslim clan who is part of Arroyo’s ruling coalition. After the massacre, 46 bodies were removed from mass graves, with the victims including political supporters and journalists.

And in both cases, mass murder was the ultimate motive for the heinous acts.  In America, we’ve had dozens of mass killing events, almost exclusively of single shooters with religious, political, or mental issues. From the Luby’s Restaurant massacre, where George Hennard killed 23 victims in 1991, to the Virginia Tech shootings in 2007, where Seung-Hui Cho killed 32 people and wounded many others, to many smaller mass homicides in both public and private places, we find that mentally disturbed individuals dying to make their marks in history, no matter how many people go with them.

Decades ago, we had these same problems, when Charles Joseph Whitman, a student at the University of Texas at Austin, killed 14 people and wounded 32 others during a shooting rampage in 1966.  Even the Kent State shootings, on May 4, 1970., where authorities were responsible for 4 deaths when national guardsmen fired 67 rounds over a period of 13 seconds, killing four students and wounding nine others, one of whom suffered permanent paralysis…in this case the mayor requested state support, and the governor sent the guard, to deal with protests against the Vietnam war, that turned into multi-day riots.

In most cases, murders went to crowded places and just started shooting.  Kent State went the other way, with authorities over-reacting and command authority being abused. In both cases, the deaths results from victims being in crowded places, and very unfortunately the wrong place at the wrong time.

In our everyday lives, the chances of any one of us being involved INDIRECTLY (being in the wrong place at the wrong time) are infinitesimally small…well…look at the facts above. The victims and untouched observers had the same probability…and many died. In our lives, if we are to be truly intelligent, and consider any potential scenario that we might someday be witness to, or victim of, we have to consider the problem of the homicidal shooter, and how we personally would react, either in self defense, unselfish responsive action, or self preservation. It’s one of those things absolutely NO ONE wants to consider, yet in our American society it is happening with maddening regularity, and in EVERY state.

Some people may take proactive action, purchase a handgun, and get trained at a local gun club or with the help of local law enforcement. Others will take it a step further, and fill out the paperwork in their county to obtain a concealed weapons permit. Legislators may see a need, as has happened in a few states (after a mass shooting), and pass (or fix) laws that would have potentially changed the outcome of some shootings. As an example, one woman, Suzanna Hupp, at the Luby’s shooting in Texas did have a CCW permit, but Texas law required that in certain buildings, no weapons could be carried in, so she left her weapon locked in her car. She watched in agony as her mother and father were killed right in front of her.

There are no easy answers in deadly and uncertain situations like this. When faced with the barrel of a loaded gun pointed directly at you, or in your general direction, natural instinct takes over, and what you are most inclined to do, whether it’s fight or flight, is what will occur. Remember Flight 93 on 9/11. A few victims knew what was occurring, and took action to stop the hijackers and save more lives on the ground, knowingly sacrificing their lives to save others. Knowing what we know now, dear reader, we too might decide to sacrifice the one, for the many. Only you know how you may react, based on your beliefs, life experience, or lack thereof.

This is one of those topics that are very difficult to have a truly open and objective discussion about, as personal biases and even bigoted profiling can affect clear and objective judgment. In this newsletter, we’re not discussing the shooter…we’re focusing on a scenario. Understand that point, and take time in your future preparedness planning, to formulate ANY plan for YOU. If this situation ever crosses your life’s path, at least you’ll have an idea of instinctive thought to create real action.

Only once in my life have I ever faced a weapon. I was a city letter carrier on my route in Bessemer, Alabama, when a car load of thugs drove by slowly, with the front seat passenger pointing a black satin finish .38 directly at me. They didn’t pull the trigger…and I don’t know why, but I thank God that they just kept on going. Yes, I reported it, and yes, I did get the license number and vehicle description.  Again, it’s that probability thing. My job required me to work in very dangerous neighborhoods. Do your best to NOT be in neighborhoods or locations where opportunities for shooters to hit and run might occur. Lessen the odds, and increase your lifespan.  This particular incident is one of the leading factors in our plan to move to Wyoming.

There are entire websites, forums, and communities on the internet that focus almost exclusively to weapons, scenarios, training, and psychological issues. They are easy to find, but do your homework. Your life might one day depend on it.

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Need Input...Send me your questions, for my upcoming Podcasts on SurvivalRing Radio

I’ve received hardly any feedback from readers on topics of interest, other than some generalized comments. I was hoping for a bit more response, but hey, it’ll happen. It’s not like I don’t have enough raw material for a million years of broadcasting…. 🙂

Plans are for the first real podcast to hit this website after the first of the year. I’ll start off with the basics of prepping, and then delve into the areas I am most familiar with…creating shelters for your family. Over time, I’ll have a lot of information on every aspect of nuclear preparedness, as well as news and commentary on the varying degrees of nuclear threat in history, and in our near future.

I’ll also have guests and special interviews from many of my friends all over the world. And, as we do get questions rolling in, we’ll provide specific and useful answers and resources to very unique scenarios and potential events.

Until the first podcast, keep an eye on this newsletter for release info and visitor feedback.
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The papers are here!  The papers are here! I now have possibly the last stash of Bruce Beach’s newspapers that may exist. Twelve full boxes worth, all in pristine condition…hundreds and hundreds of copies.

From my last issue…

“Bruce wrote and published a newspaper several years ago, called RECONSTRUCTION AFTER NUCLEAR WAR.  Dozens and dozens of cases of these newpapers went out across North America, and were handed out freely to interested folks. Over the years, the availability of thes papers dried up, as there was only one very costly printing of I believe 10,000 copies.

Well, I’ve hit the proverbial jackpot. Through Bruce, I made contact with a gentleman named Mark, who had I believe the last 12 cases of Bruce Beach Newspapers. They’ve been shipped, and should be in my hands shortly.  Once they arrive, I’ll again be shipping copies to everyone who orders anything from me.  If you’d like JUST the newspaper, I’ll be posting the details about how you can get your very own copy directly from me.

Stay tuned. Oh yes…you can read the digital version here….

So, who wants a copy?  Anyone?  Anyone?  Bueller? Bueller?

Here’s the deal. Anyone who orders any CD or DVD package from me at , from now until we run out again (several years from now), will receive a FREE newspaper in their package. Well, what if you already have ordered, or can’t afford any of the CDs or DVDs at the moment?  (stay tuned, our annual 12 days of Christmas sale starts in less then 3 weeks).

Here’s how to get YOUR free copy of the Bruce Beach classic RECONSTRUCTION AFTER NUCLEAR WAR. Simply send a self addressed, STAMPED 9×12 inch envelope to me at the address below, with a note that you’d like the Bruce Beach paper. Here’s the secret part…ANYONE who does this also gets a copy of Bruce’s CD ROM, created several years ago, and included in each box of newspapers shipped. No charge, as long as you’re paying the postage.

If you’d like to send a tiny donation with your envelope, that would be appreciated, but it is NOT a requirement.  Any donations WILL get a special gift from me…(I recommend high speed internet access available to take best advantage of that gift).
Send your mailer here…

Rich Fleetwood
Dept. BB News
PO Box 729
Riverton, Wy 82501

Packages will be sent within 24 hours of receipt.

And, Merry Christmas…

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Our “Retreat” – We’re bugging in…How to…

You’ve already read about our new home above. You’ve seen what we took our sweet time to locate, and what our basic needs were. Many of you are also familiar with the terms “Bug Out” and “Get Out Of Dodge”…common phrases found on most prep and survival websites on the web.

Our new place is our Bug In retreat…where we’ll ride out any catastrophe…except maybe Yellowstone, should the caldera blow in the next 30 years or so. But why would we go through years of searching, only to find a place to ride out the end of the world?

Think logically here for a moment. In a real national emergency, transportation systems, highways, and and cities would go into meltdown. The 1992 LA riots would be writ large on a continent wide scale. Federal authorities would be overwhelmed, short handed, as well as heavy handed in response, thanks to the Katrina debacle.  Real use of martial law would be invoked quickly and widely, in most major cities, as people with no concept of setting aside things for a rainy day DEMANDED instant gratification in help from Uncle Sam.  People would die, as looters and criminals took what they wanted, instead of waiting for tiny handouts, and the military would come down hard. Potentially, that is. Themes right out of any number of fictional action stories, books, and movies.

All the above would be worst case scenario, of course.  Even the government  has made plans to assist a majority of the population in a crisis such as potential nuclear attack.  “Crisis Relocation” was a staple of the early to mid-seventies, at the height of the cold war.

Under this doctrine, some 150 million people would evacuate from urban areas and other probable targets to rural host communities.  The population of the latter would stay put to assist the relocatees. Local communities would be responsible for the welfare of up to ten times their normal population for an indefinite period of time.

Details of exactly how many refugees would stay at what emergency shelter, and how they would be fed at local restaurants, were put into the plans. However, many details were completely left out, such as how to restock the host area restaurants during or after an attack…leading to potential riots, deaths, and even mass starvation. Needless to say, crisis relocation as an emergency plan faded out in the late seventies.

We’ve seen two potential “maybes” for having to leave big cities or suburbia before, during or after a localized or national crisis. With crisis relocation, we’ve actually seen several real events such as Hurricanes Katrina and Andrew, plus several mid east coast hurricanes, as well as some Gulf coast storms in recent years, where populations were urged by authorities to head inland as far as possible, to seek safety away from winds,  flooding and other destruction. Hotels filled up for hundreds of miles along main highways, and thousands stayed in cars in parking lots of restaurants, truck stops, and shopping malls, until the threat was over and they could return home.  Their experiences as refugees from their own homes were for the most part horrible.

What are your thoughts now, after reading the above historical background?  Do you want to be a refugee from your own home, away from your hometown, because of events out of your control?   Do you want to have to sleep in your car in some strange parking lot hours away from your warm bed and stocked kitchen?   Granted, very few of us would actually have to suffer these travails, but as storms and technological incidents and natural disasters continue to happen world wide, any of us might become a refugee in a heartbeat.

In my family, we’ve never been refugees, but we’ve been pretty darn close to storms, disasters, and events that could have taken us down that ugly, unknown road. We’ve been fortunate, but we have seen the writing on the wall, so our long term goal was to make our permanent home as far away from the most common disasters we see in the US every year.

Being familiar with big cities, having grown up in Dallas, and then working in Dallas and  Birmingham, Alabama for many years, I spent a lot of time on the streets as a city letter carrier, and was right in the midst of crime, drug culture, and all the evil things that shorten life spans of suburbanites who get too close to that dark edge of society.  Seeing those things up close and personal helped drive home the need to get far away from it at the earliest opportunity.  This is one of the biggest reasons we move to Wyoming years ago after visiting and seeing the potential lifestyle change.

In choosing Wyoming, we already knew the threats offered by nature and man in the southern US, with tornadoes, hurricanes, crime rates, and everything in between. Wyoming also has some threats, and I did my research to learn what they were.  In our county, we have the potential for up to a 7.5 magnitude earthquake, and the far northeastern and southeastern parts of the state contain hundreds of nuclear missile silos.  And then, there’s that little thing about some old decrepit super volcano a couple hours northwest of us.

Seriously though, we did know that Wyoming offered a better weather situation, albeit a much colder winter and springtime. That we could deal with, leaving only the most important need of all…employment. My current job as a state employee is my dream job.  I didn’t start out in Wyoming with that job, but actually starting at the bottom of the employment ladder when we wound up homeless (read my “Starting Over” article for background), and it took years and a return to college to catch this great job.   I don’t make nearly as much as I used to as a federal employee, but the cost of living is cheaper, the life style is so much simpler, and the benefits of such a pristine landscape more than make up for a lack of some big city niceties…like malls, entertainment, endless restaurant  choices, and the rest.  Sure, there was a trade-off, but we knowingly made the decision as a family, and never looked back.

Those decisions have culminated in our highest goal, owning a home on land, with incredible views, endless vistas, and pure wilderness an hour in any direction…and some much closer. We’ve learned the lay of the land, become active partners in our community, lived as frugally as ever, and kept our eyes open for just the right opportunities to play that most important strategy game of life…making a dream into  reality.  We’ve raised our children to appreciate most of these same attributes, and each are on their own paths that will let them reach their own dreams as well.

So, about that bugging out…  My experience in big cities, spending many years doing multiple jobs, living in areas of increasing crime, rising cost of living, more taxes for less benefits, and an ever widening gyre of society going insane…well, I got the message. It’s always better to be the first out of Dodge, than the last. Next October will be our tenth year in a rural state, in a small town, with the ability to do anything we can dream of.

My fears of economic meltdown once only considered a huge long shot, have come to reality. In this administration, we’re seeing it spiral ever more out of control, with no end in sight. At some point, in this volatile and depressing set of events, there will be a social meltdown. How far it will get out of control is a wild card. How deep into our culture it will infect our national soul is an unknown. How badly and irreversibly it will destroy our future is an ever increasing possibility.

As has often been made light of in this genre we call preparedness, “…avoid the rush…panic early…” is becoming more of a reality than a joke. 2012, like Y2k, is bringing the fear of cultural worries to a new boiling point. Myth, legend, science, and profit are once again becoming close friends. It’s time to take action now…before it’s too late. Do what it takes to follow your heart, even if it means starting over to get there. I know this to be true…because that’s what we did. As my friend Bruce Beach has often said, and I’ve oft repeated, “Get Out Of The Cities!”.   From my perspective, life experience and decades of study in *why*, I have to agree.  Simplify your life. Now.

I’ll end with a portion of Yeats poem, The Second Coming…
TURNING and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity….

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2012 – The movie, the reality, the science…what’s up with that?

A couple of reviews, and then MY comments.

From my good friend Jodi, in PA.

2012- A review by Jodi Cornelius

2012 has a lot of action-packed roller coaster rides once the earth starts to “erupt”.  The movie begins with a quick year by year synopsis leading up to the year 2012.   John Cusack plays Jackson Curtis, a writer down on his luck, working part-time as a limo driver who is late picking his kids up from his ex-wife’s house to go camping.  There are quick scenes of “small” cracks developing in California where they are located while he’s racing to get to his kids.

The storyline, while it has its moments, is a bit mushy, unrealistic, and totally unbelievable.  That said (I’ll explain it in a moment), I do recommend you go see the movie in the theater if you can.  The special effects are AWESOME.  This would have made a great 3-D movie!

Though I don’t want to give away any spoilers, I have to say that there is a LOT of unbelievable things happening.  The first one is when California is about to fall into the ocean.  Jackson Curtis calls his ex-wife to get the kids ready because “the big one” is about to happen and he has a plane ready.  She basically hangs up on him after telling him  to calm down because the Governor has said the earthquakes have stopped completely.  Almost as soon as she hangs up, the big one starts.  Jackson arrives with a limo and hurries everyone into the limo.

Now the big ride comes – lots of “defensive” driving, while making for good special effects, that is totally unbelievable.  Jackson gets to the airport only to find the pilot of the plane he had rented dead.  But wait, Jackson’s wife’s husband, Gordon, is a pilot who has taken a couple of lessons on a single engine plane and this is a small almost commuter sized multi-engine plane.  And lo, and behold, he can fly it!!  Not only fly it but land it as well.  He can maneuver the plane as if it was a toy.

And that’s only one of the unbelievable parts of the movie.  But if you go to just be entertained, it is one of the better special effects movies I have ever watched.

I was also kind of disappointed that they didn’t focus more on the Mayan Calendar aspect of it.  They mention it a little bit along with the Hopi Indians but that’s it.  So if you are looking for some in depth info on the Mayan Calendar you will be disappointed.

It’s a bit hokey in parts but I think the acting is good.  Woody Harrelson plays a whack job that actually knows what he’s talking about but he’s crazier than a bedbug on a hot matchhead.

So there you have it – awesome special effects (though some are unbelievable), decent acting, good storyline (again some parts unbelievable) and all in all good visual candy.  I give it a 4 out of 5 star rating.

From another movie goer, Jim McC, we have a review that was shared on JW Rawles website You can read that review here.

Now for my comments on 2012…both the movie, and the year. I’ve seen the movie. I consider it first rate action flick. Yes, the special effects were absolutely stunning. The story line…well….meh. The acting over the top. I’ll add it to my DVD shelf when it comes out … to make fun of, if nothing else. As for connection to reality? I think its about as real as Independence Day, Men in Black, or even the Terminator series. It’s ENTERTAINMENT, people. Nothing more.

As for the foretold events that could occur in 2012, mostly are in regards to the Mayan calendar starting OVER.  Bunk, myth, legend, and so much tripe as to be nauseating. No comets, no Planet X, no aliens, no supernovas….no nothing. It’s another year people, barely a year away. We have more important things to do, family to raise, futures to create, and memories to record.

Focus on the real…not the imagined.  Please?.

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Still have some Radiation Monitoring Equipment…Dosimeters kits

Only FIVE  sets left…old civil defense dosimeters and chargers. These are BRAND NEW mint condition chargers, never used, and I’m including six model 742 dosimeters with each charger. Price per set is now $50 each. A package deal with the 10 disk Massive Preparedness Primer CD/DVD set, charger and dosimeters is now only $125.   If you’re interested in either deal, simply email me at .

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The Socialized Survivalist…Facebook, Twitter, and more…adding to your SitRep…

[Note that title…Socialized….not Socialist.] and [SitRep means Situation Report]

I mentioned in our last newsletter about the hugely popular social internet websites such as Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, and others. These sites are amazingly powerful, and are great tools to stay in touch with family, friends, and businesses and their customers. You can even use your cell phone to post, read, browse, and connect with your online friends and family.

I’ve been using them for a few years now, and have seen them grow some pretty darn good tools that help maintain that human connection to our loved ones. And, having watched the technology mature (with a few bugs and technical bumps along the way), I see some technology that can be applied VERY easily to preparedness and survival uses. In times of real emergency or disaster, if the cellular and/or phone systems were able to be kept intact, family could stay in constant contact, with real time updates, and help could be offered, or called for, as needed.

If you’re NOT on any of these website networks yet, I would like to recommend to you right now, to take the time to get involved, take action, and join them. Like a hammer or a screwdriver, a computer (or network capable phone, ipod, or other device) is an enormously flexible TOOL. Learning how to use that tool in more and easier ways, gives you another way to stay safe, offer your assistance, or increase your knowledge and educational ability.  These social sites provide the framework for any of us to create, manage, and grow our own awareness group.

News agencies, emergency management agencies, and other governmental entities are just starting to add this technological capability to their toolbox of power and information.  Join them, and enhance your PQ…preparedness quotient. You’ll find it a great way to improve your situational awareness.

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The Economy – Making your own recovery, and making it stick.

A few suggestions, and some tips from my own experience, on putting some bite into your own economic recovery. The economy SUCKS right now.  Jobs are disappearing at ever increasing rates. Homes are being lost, families are becoming homeless, and despair is growing while hope fades away.

A lot of people are just giving up. If you are here, on the internet, on my website, reading these words, you are NOT giving up. You are taking action for your future. As we get closer to record national unemployment numbers, cuts in pay, and loss of benefits in every direction, each of us must take control of our future, and create alternative lifestyle changes to deal with a lost income.  Below are some effective and proven ways to stretch your funds, make extra income, and fight your way through our continuing recession.

  • Flea markets — Most flea markets are near large metropolitan areas and larger cities. Some are in rural areas, and quite a few are inside all kinds of different buildings. You’ll find literally anything under the sun if you visit several over time. These places are also great places to rent a stall or space and sell your unneeded stuff, gear, crafts, or home made products. Very little investment in the space, although some larger markets can rent by the day, week, month or year. Great way to save money, or make money, in a short time.
  • Garage Sales — Everyone has been to one of these. Easy, quick, and sometimes quite profitable. Buying or selling, these types of sells are a great chance to find good things cheap, or sell anything you can fit in your yard.
  • Thrift stores — One of my favorites. I’ve spent hundreds of hours in thrift stores over the years, going right to the book racks before anything else. Rare books, cheap classics, entire encyclopedia sets, magazines, and more…pennies on the dollar. You’ll find clothes, lawn equipment, electronics, bikes, office supplies, artwork, shoes, and literally anything else…most of the time sorted, cleaned, priced cheaply, and usable.
  • Farmers Market — If you’re lucky enough to have a farmer’s market near your home, you can pick up farm fresh veggies, organic stuff, and even eggs and cheese at some markets. Prices are cheaper than most grocery stores, and if you have your own garden, you’ve got a place to sell your surplus and make a profit.
  • Ebay — Love Ebay…been ebaying for over 10 years now. I’ve bought and sold tens of thousands of $$$ in books, hardware, clothes, car parts, and a truck load of resellable digital items. Some people start a business helping others buy and sell on ebay, while others create a virtual storefront using ebay’s seller tools. Much easier than you might think to use, and the feedback method on buyers and sellers does help weed out the scammers and thieves.
  • Freelance — got a talent you’d like to make money with, such as painting homes, car repair, lawn work, or any of a million skills?  Hire yourself out to your neighbors via the classifieds, word of mouth, cheap radio ads, or even business cards. Do as much, or as little business as you can handle. In times like this, with skills to barter, you can sometimes trade your skills for someone elses offerings, depending on your needs.
  • Turnkey businesses — On the magazine rack at any grocery store, you’ll find dozens of “how to make money” magazines, chock full of ads for turnkey business opportunities, methods, fullfillment agencies, and even outsourced wholesale items. These are a good place to get ideas, but only the most active and engaged person should persue these methods. You can buy a business in a box, but only you can make it work right, for YOU. I personally have thousands of web based turnkey websites, complete with sales copy, downloadable products, and even audio and video training. Any ONE of these could be the foot in the door for your own business. Watch for more on this as I get my BunkerBiz project online next month.
  • other opportunities — when you need ANY income, and need it now, you can’t hold out for a better offer to come along, if you don’t have food, rent, and basic necessities. When I had to start over in 2001, in a small rural town, I had to take any job I could find after a few weeks of nothing. I started flipping burgers at McDonalds to feed my family. I hated it, but I did it. I also took the opportunity to work there because there was an upward path that would bridge my family to where we REALLY wanted to be. I moved up to shift manager, and then general manager with my own store in only 9 months. I still didn’t enjoy it, but it got my family back into a home, paid the bills, and got us back on our feet. I excelled at sales goals, and made the job work, earning corporate recognition.
  • My point?  Take any job that opens the door to SOME income, and build on it. Never give up. Suck it up, do the work, and keep looking forward. Stick with it, and you’ll still reach your dreams eventually.

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Geek Survival Tools…The iPod Touch

I’ve had some variation of the Apply iPods for just over three years now. Starting with a Shuffle, then progressing to a Nano, I now have a Touch. I use it everyday for music, at home, at work, and traveling in between. If you’ve never had an mp3 player, now would be a good time to find one CHEAP, with many less than $20 now. But, if you’re in the market, consider an mp3 player that does more than just play music.

For me, I was in the market for a new cell phone, and was looking at Blackberries because of the extra non-phone features. Built in GPS and WiFi, data storage, internet browsing, and so many more tools, made the geek in me rationalize the investment. Alas, in my area, Verizon Wireless didn’t offer any phones that had the features I wanted, but also my cell bill would have doubled or tripled per month. Instead, I kept my current phone (at least for the time being), and looked for alternatives. Upon finding out that iPod Touch players had Wifi, I shopped around and picked up an 8 gigabyte 2nd generation Touch through, saving $30 by buying a recertified unit.

After using my Touch for a few months now, I’ve come to truly appreciate the features and possibilities a device like this brings to a preparedness geek like myself.

Why did I get this last Ipod?  Lots of reasons.  A portable WiFi device is very usable to me when in town or on trips…much easier than popping open the laptop and waiting for Windows to boot. I use the music and video capability on a daily basis, for several hours over the day. I put shopping lists on it, track gas mileage, record vehicle repairs, keep my wish list updated, check the weather & radar, find wifi hotspots, and so much more. That Apple commercial that’s being played globally…”There’s an app for that!“…well I must say, I’ve found an app for every single one of my needs…SO FAR. The Touch is NOT an iPhone, and doesn’t have the phone or camera or GPS, but it does everything else.

For locating places, I’ve got Google Earth AND Google Maps. I’ve got three different apps for topographical maps, including one that downloads entire grids, and lets you keep the maps accessible when you’re in the back country. I have two different apps for voice recording, which will work out great for upcoming podcasts. I have family pictures and some of my award winning videos stored on  the ipod, and can always add more.I can download and read PDF files, including my fallout shelter plans on my website. I can read and edit Microsoft Office documents.

I track my meds, doctor appointments, and illnesses with different apps, keep a current list of prescriptions and doses, have first aid and CPR help apps, and even have illness diagnoses apps for making some health decisions. I have apps for goal making, task management, even website idea tracking. I can skype, facebook, and gmail from any hotspot. I can listen to streaming radio shows, access YouTube videos, and even update my websites…ALL of them…from the palm of my hand.  Ebay and Amazon are a click away with apps for those websites. PayPal lets me check my balance or make a purchase and even send money for purchases.

All in all, an INCREDIBLE device.   With adapters, you can charge the battery from your computer, your car, your home’s 110v sockets, and there are even wireless chargers now. Using some of the smallest solar panels out there, you could probably keep this device charges forever. Finally, you can back up the entire device and all it’s contents to your desktop or laptop computer.

I highly recommend the Ipod Touch as a survival gadget to add to your bugout bag, pants pocket or even your vehicle’s tool kit. I’m sure I’ve just touched the surface of how you can use a touch for prepping and survival use and storage,  and as I find new uses, I’ll share them on the website. Like a good shovel, tent, camp stove, or hammer, the Touch is a tool that can offer incredible amounts of knowledge at your fingertips, any time day or nite. Consider adding one to your lifestyle.

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Online Resources…building your virtual survival library.

Jim Rawles shared this link with his readers at SurvivalBlog, after someone shared it with him…so I’m sharing it with YOU.


The City People’s Book Of Raising Food…

Encyclopedia of country living Carla Emery…

The complete book of self sufficiency by John Seymour…

Vegetable Gardening Encyclopedia With Special Herb Section…

Gardening Without Irrigation – Dry Farming…

Intensive Gardening For Profit And Self Sufficiency…

Joy of Gardening

MANY dozens more books available at the link above. I highly recommend you go through the entire list.

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In Closing…this month’s thoughts…

We’ve delved into some serious areas this issue. Mass casualties, Mayan prophecy, deadly flu mutations, geeky gadgets, and heartfelt concern for you to take action in being prepared.  My passion in helping others through this website project continue to grow with each day, and each new challenge that we, as human beings, all must deal with in our lives.

You can take it all with a grain of salt, or you can actually invest time and energy, and educate your mind, body, and soul with real science, real goals, and real opportunities to NOT be a victim of the next disaster. Most of the downloadable files we offer here at SurvivalRing come DIRECTLY from our government…the “horse’s mouth”. Most are from the years of our republic, where civil servants actually served, and didn’t profit.

The nuclear preparedness data and information, fallout shelter math and do it yourself shelters, and all those other things, represent investments of billions of US dollars, and millions of man hours of science, experiments, and proof of concept. You can read them, download them, print them, or pass them by. But, if you do pass them by, you’re on that slippery slope of pacifism and denial…of  giving up, when you could have fought to live…of passing on a life, that should have made a real difference to the world.

This is just ONE area of expertise and FACTS you can find here on SurvivalRing. Deal with hurricanes or tornadoes or earthquakes, or flooding…regularly?  Well, we have the facts on EVERY natural disaster free for the asking. Stop. Think. Do. Or give up. It’s your choice.

It never ends…there will always be natural disaster, especially when YOU least expect it.

What do you do?

Prepare. Learn. Educate. Practice. And Be Aware.

Know what threats are possible, or probable…where YOU live. Get ready for THOSE, and then think about the larger disasters of life, like the economy, deaths in the family, unemployment, or another Katrina or Sumatra.

Be the difference, and TAKE ACTION.

No one’s going to do it for you. It IS up to you.

“Do or do not…there is no try.”

Until Next Time,

//* —– Who I Am —– *//
Richard Fleetwood
Founder/Director – SurvivalRing

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Appreciation and thanks to these good friends in producing this issue ..
  • DC Friend, and his assistance with the H1N1 data
  • Jodi, and her review of 2012, written just for the newsletter
  • Jim Rawles, for his continued outstanding work on SurvivalBlog, covering all areas of preparedness and self reliance
  • Morgan Clements of, for his suggestions
Updated: January 4, 2010 — 11:10 pm

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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  1. This is a very good news letter. You give a lot of info out not , rumors and such.

    I watched the The Day After Disaster – Nuclear Attack on DC, and to me they (federal gov ) were more interested in getting the government leaders and congressional folks out of dodge.

    And this documentary ? shows that if you have not even read or watched any videos on this subject – you probably will not make it. There is no on the job training with radiation and fallout.

    Either you know about it or you don’t.

    I think your site is going a long way in providing a way for people to learn if they so desire.

    Good Work again !

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