40 comments on “2017 UPDATE: DTG’s 10 Week Plan to Prepare for a Worst Case Scenario for Beginners

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  3. In built up areas, one of the standing resources for potable water will be the lowest elevation fire hydrants you can find. Long after civil water pressure is gone, gravity will send water to the lowest points in the system, and fire hydrants are easy to spot. They are tough to open without the special box wrench the firemen use, but a decent-sized pipe wrench or ‘industrial’ channel locks will do. Also if your neighbors have fled, their water heaters are a good source of salvage water, along with toilet tanks (NOT the bowl!).

    This article is good stuff. Only thing missing perhaps is a reference to “A Failure of Civility” (Google it) — it’s a great SHTF ops manual for building and operating your neighborhood defense plan – i.e., teaching your tribe the right roles and skills.

    Lastly, folks need to think about fuel for cooking, and WHAT they will cook on. Ya ain’t gonna have four burners, and oven and a microwave. What is your heat source? What will you cook in? Will that feed enough people? HOW will they eat what you just cooked? THINK through meals and meal prep. 2000 calories of pack food is one thing, but for those in place either in their home or bug out location HAVE to have a real plan for food prep.

    How many people REALLY know how hard it is to cut (and season) THAT MUCH firewood, forever, AND get it back to your domicile. REM: abandoned homes are constructed out of seasoned firewood. Just take along someone who understands load bearing so you don’t get killed ‘salvaging’ studs and beams.

  4. Great input! “A Failure of Civility” is, indeed, a great reference for building a SHTF plan. Our staff all have their own copies; please excuse it not being mentioned. In mitigation though, all this claims to be is a ‘scratch of the surface’ to get the uninitiated moving in the right direction.

    Good call also on the conventional cooking materials.

    Thanks for dropping by!

  5. In Ohio, the Department of Transportation offers free Rail Maps. They will even mail one to you for free.

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  7. Thanks for this post – it is a real wake-up call, and one that provides many practical plans and resources for self-reliance (even without a government gone mad).

    First I’d like to comment on the scenario underlying this article. It most definitely IS possible, but for those you are trying to convince to get themselves prepared it may seem overly paranoid – they may dismiss a good message because of it. So, let’s ponder other scenarios. How about an economic collapse – this is (IMHO) the most likely scenario, especially since all but those wearing the pinkest eyewear understand that piling more debt forever on top of the mountain of debt we already have is unsustainable – that which cannot go on, won’t. Another scenario is either an EMP attack by Iran, North Korea, China or Russia – or the natural equivalent, a massive solar storm like the 1859 Carrington Event (Google it, for those unfamiliar with the facts). In either of those situations, a good part, if not all, of our critical infrastructure will simply cease to function. OK, now we have 3 scenarios (a government gone totalitarian, economic collapse and the failure of our technological infrastructure) – anyone trying to convince others of the need to prepare will now be able to reach more people. There are surely others, but this is a start.

    Here are my contributions to the substance of the article:

    First, a good rocket stove can be purchased for under $50, or made from old cans and spare hardware anyone has around the house for next to no cost and maybe 30 minutes to1 hour of your time – and it’ll allow you to burn twigs and small sticks almost anywhere while producing very little smoke as evidence of your presence. Google “rocket stove” or “wood gasifier stove” or do the same on YouTube. This let’s you cook food and boil water (good to kill germs before you consume them, for cleaning wounds or to re-hydrate food). Having one in the woods won’t restore you to the lap of luxury, but it makes that which is intolerable for most people a good deal more tolerable.

    Second, on the issue of firearms, we all know that they are noisy. In a scenario in which one would want to remain undetected, using a firearm can be a big problem – especially if someone (or the government) is looking for you. The natural solution to that is a suppressor – but these can be expensive, and one would not be able to obtain the required federal (and, for some, state) permission to do so legally within the 10-week timeframe outlined above. OK, now we’re into territory that is on or over the line legally, so understand that I am NOT advising anyone to break the law. This paragraph is about exploring what is HYPOTHETICALLY possible with certain dual-use items that are perfectly legal to acquire EVERYWHERE, but which are illegal to use to suppress the sound of a firearm without the required government approval (check your local laws, blah, blah, blah). I speak of a “solvent trap adapter” – a small metal device that has threads on both ends. One end attaches to the threads on your rifle (or handgun), the other to an oil filter. Used as intended, it is a great way to ensure that you don’t spill dirty gun solvent all over your table, floor or (Heaven forbid!) the ground. Fill your dirty rifle barrel with solvent, set it filter-side down for a few hours, and now you have a clean barrel without the mess. Of course, I have heard and read in various places that such a set-up can muffle the sound of a gunshot (especially effective when sub-sonic ammo is used)…but, again, we’re dealing with that legal problem if you move this from a hypothetical discussion to reality. I would not do this except in the gravest extreme, but that is exactly what is being discussed in the article above.

    Good luck to everyone! Be prepared.

  8. A. Nony Mouse,

    Glad you liked the article. Thanks for taking time to stop by. For $50 we like the Vargo stove as it has very little mass, folds up nicely and is durable to boot. In regard to your 2nd contribution: topics that “walk the line” legally are not the point of discussion for the article written by our Chief Instructor. The purpose of the 10 week plan is to further you and yours to survive hard times. Topics such as building a family training schedule, support network, appropriate larder system, etc. are much more relevant to SHTF discussion.


    – The A.I.

  9. Thank you for taking your time to create and share this information. Very useful, down-to-earth, and well-written. Personally, I think it is also very timely and I’m going to ensure that my family makes this required reading. Kudos!

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  11. I have an AK , everybody knows about how they are in cruddy conditions , They are rather built for that . Considering that the cleaning rod is built in , and the Soviet issue cleaning kit tube is as small as you can get , a little cleaner and gun oil in equally small containers …….your in business , without much to carry . Ammo is still cheap and plentiful in bulk . A mid range Yugo , is not very expensive and will serve you well , especially the ones that are 92 compliant with American made parts . Perhaps not the best in the world , but for the price of kitting up an AK , its not a bad choice either . Very good article , much to think about here .

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  13. Glad you enjoyed it…good luck with your choice…lots of folks seem to like that platform…until they can get something better. The USG just put a sanction against Russia, so your AK might become more valuable as the supply dries up. Ammo is already on the endangered species list (imported 7.62X39), so take that into account also.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  14. Thanks for the read, second time via western rifle. Like the name says I’m kinda living in the mountains already, so my interest is in building tribe and avoiding detection when that time comes. I don’t expect that we will need to go far from home to do this, less than 5 miles. Fly-overs using inferred and methods of that kind of nature are where my concern lay. Where I live, there are about 100 residents per 5 square miles, I would guess that less than half will last more than 30 days with out resupply.
    Has anyone written anything about us folks already living in the mountains? Appreciate any thing you might have come by. Thanks, Hillbilly.

  15. You’ve got a decided advantage in that you’re already at a GOOD location. Now, all you have to do is to do a study on how to defend it. Here’s a great site that will provide more ‘pearls of wisdom’ than you’ll know what to do with: http://thelizardfarmer.wordpress.com/

    Search for anything with Defense in the title, but start out with this piece for some realistic perspective: http://thelizardfarmer.wordpress.com/2012/04/25/start-here/ , then start with his other pieces. You’ll have to scroll allllllll the way to the bottom, but there’s gold to be found for those that patiently look and want to learn.

    Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

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  17. Thank you for updating, it helps to have a blueprint to work from. Two pieces of kit that may be better suited for some locale conditions – hammocks and bug nets.

    A hammock can be tied in many locations that would be impossible to sleep otherwise. Sloped hillsides, even over water / flooded locations. Very lightweight and compact. We find them useful in the humid south. Those in the really cold locations have some insulation issues.

    Bug netting. Getting good rest is important and having to swat bugs away ruins that needed downtime. You can tuck your clothing tight, wear gloves or other measures but a bug net solves the problem. If too much, at least a good head net.

    Again – thank you.

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  20. As I learned back during Hurricane Carla back in the early 1960s, if you know it’s coming line your bath tub/tubs with cheap plastic drop cloths (about $2.00) at any hardware store. Tape up with masking tape and fill to the brim (all the way to the top, the plastic will cover the drain vent) . If you get one big enough you can use the excess for a cover flap. Or you can buy one of the plastic bags that fit inside of the tub for 20 or 30 bucks. Been using the plastic drop cloth for many years without problems. Nutty Old Geezer

  21. Water,one of the last resorts before finding streams/ponds/what have you not mentioned,well,toilet tanks,a gallon or so there(unless a rerally new water conservation model and still a bit of water),a lot of small sources around,just think,do it now.

  22. Folks,especially new ones,you may not be able to purchase all in 10 weeks,do what you can,every bit helps,as I like to say,the smalls add up.Look at all you do have and think about repurposing if needed,a lot of write ups on this with a web search,do now while web still up.

    Being ready easier on me as a camper/angler/gardner to a small degree/hunter/hiker and a trades person.That said,still always more to learn and get but one does the best one can,good luck to us all and especially the new folks starting out.

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  24. Beware of golf courses, stock tanks, ditches next to farm,industrial parks . Down stream of wastewater treatment plants, down hill of cemeteries.This is seen in my small town of 7K.

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  27. Great article, well laid out and informative. Thank you!
    Without sparking a AK/AR debate, please, I feel the AK-74 is sorely overlooked. Not as accurate as the AR over 200 yds, but simple in it’s construction, easy to break down and clean, and the ammo is half the price or less. If you’re on a budget, it will save you at least $500 for rifle plus a thousand rounds. In fact, you could probably get 2 rifles, 2K rounds and twice as many mags for the price of 1 AR.

  28. Good points; remember, this is a’quick start’ post. And I did state there are many other fine examples out there. This was basically showing two ends of the spectrum.

    Thanks for the input and for stopping by.

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