Depending on the movie or show, consensus seems to agree
that zombies aren't particularly fast-moving creatures.

However, there are some interpretations where the zombies
are inhumanly fast, agile and daresay creative when it
comes to sniffing out and stalking their human prey.

But whether the zombies of the coming apocalypse are fast
or slow, they will pose an immediate threat to the safety
of you and your family.

That's why its important to be fit enough to outrun a
zombie (or another assailant).

And while your main goal will be to avoid the zombies at
all costs, you will inevitably come across them at some
point. Then you will face the fight or flight scenario,
both of which will require prime physical fitness.

Your first step to getting fit enough to outrun a zombie
starts with cardio. But contrary to what some movies
insist upon, long-distance cardio shouldn't be your
primary focus.

Instead, you should practice sprinting at short distances
as it will be the first 40 or 50 yards that determine
whether or not you'll get away from a zombie.

Leisurely jogs or runs on the treadmill will help keep you
in shape, but interval training with sprints will be much
more effective in your ability to evade the zombie.

Interval training will help you in those crucial first few
seconds of a zombie getaway while helping to maximize your
lung capacity, thus improving your endurance.

And endurance is not to be downplayed. You really never
know what the zombies of the apocalypse will look like. If
it turns out they are fast, your endurance and ability to
run long distances will be critical to your survival.

Keep in mind that you'll likely be carrying a pack loaded
with your survival gear and most likely a firearm or other
weapon. Your ability to run while carrying a load is also
of utmost important, so include that in your training

Another important part of outrunning a zombie will be your
ability to surmount obstacles and barriers that zombies
cannot to give you a more likely chance of escape.

To some, this means practicing parkour.

Regardless of how slow the zombies are, running down a
long, straight road or path will not be the best way to
evade them. Plus, in the aftermath of an apocalypse there
are likely to be a variety of vertical obstacles that
you'll have to overcome.

Whether these obstacles are fences, stairs, overturned
vehicles, ladders or rooftops, they are just as much of
an advantage as they are a challenge.

The more barriers you can put between you and the
attacking zombies the better. If you can overcome these
barriers quickly and efficiently, you will have a much
better chance of surviving the attack.

You don't need to learn any fancy flips or how to run up a
wall like you see the parkour experts do in videos. Some
simple agility moves are all you will need to overcome a
few barriers and stop the zombie's pursuit.

Simply learning how to jump up and down stairwells, on and
off ledges and walls, and across small gaps, in addition
to a few basic vaulting moves, will give you a significant
edge over your clumsy, bloodthirsty attacker.

Most parkour enthusiasts are actually quite small and
nimble, but that isn't to say they aren't also strong.

Relative strength is another important aspect of
outrunning a zombie as it plays a role in your ability to
overcome obstacles. Not all walls, ledges and fences can
be cleared in a single leap.

At some point in time you're going to have to climb a tall
fence or scale a wall using a rope, both of which will
require you to support the weight of your body while
exerting strength.

However, brute strength will also be useful in a zombie
apocalypse. You could be scaling flights of stairs and
making sharp turns down corridors in a building full of
zombies when all of a sudden you come across a locked or
jammed door.

Not everyone has the body mass or strength to barge
through a locked door, but it could be an obstacle you
have to face when running from a zombie.

Additionally, the time may come when you have no choice
but to force your way through the path of one or more
zombies. Agility and speed will play a role here, but so
too will your brute strength and ability to knock down
bodies with bone-crushing force without getting bitten or

As mentioned in a last week's newsletter pertaining to
getting “zombie fit,” your diet is another incredibly
important part of your health and plays a direct role in
your ability to outrun an enraged zombie.

Outrunning a zombie requires speed, agility, stamina and
endurance. Unfortunately, pizza, burgers, cookies and
soda will not provide you with any of these attributes.

Some people naturally have great metabolisms and can eat
whatever they want and remain thin, but that doesn't
necessarily mean they are fit.

Regardless, if you have a diet of fast and processed food
in normal times, you're chances of surviving after the
collapse will be significantly reduced.

So, do you think you have what it takes to survive a
zombie attack? If not, you should start hitting the gym
and coming up with a routine that will provide you with
the physical skills to evade and outrun the living dead.

If the zombie apocalypse does come, you don't want to be
the one in the back of the pack with flesh-eating undead
on your tail. Do your part now to get fit enough to outrun
a zombie.

Get fit enough to outrun a zombie now with these fun
Ultimate Athleticism workouts:


By now you have some idea of what it means to be a
prepper, and you are probably chomping at the bit to get
started collecting your own survival supplies.

It can be a daunting project at first. On the one hand,
you want as many preps at home as soon as possible, but on
the other hand, covering all your bases would take a hefty

I wish that I could tell you that you can have it all, but
the truth is that you are going to have to decide which is
more important to you:

Amassing preps quickly – or – Amassing preps cheaply

You will also have to decide whether it is more important
to have the highest quality preps or to have higher

Prepping is all about prioritizing. If you are not already
a master prioritizer, then prepping will help you develop
the skills to get there.

To help you get started, here are seven strategies that
you can use when building your disaster supplies.

1. Prepper kits… and we're done!

For the prepper who has no shortage of money and wants to
feel safe as soon as possible, there are a great number of
survivalist kits available.

You don't have to calculate your family's calorie needs or
learn to make 500 different dishes with rice and beans;
all you need to do is buy a six- or twelve-month food kit.

You don't have to go through the trouble of researching
and building a bug-out bag or car kit because they're
available pre-made online.

First-aid kits, water purification kits, survival cooking
kits, survival knife kits, survival garden kits … these
can all be bought and shipped to your location.

Even if there are some quite competitively priced kits out
there, you are going to end up spending a lot of money.
That is just not a possibility for everyone.

For others, stocking only these ready-made kits is
unthinkable because generic kits are not tailored to their
individual needs.

It is hard to argue with the convenience, though, of
being fully prepared as soon as your kit arrives.

2. Starting with what's lethal

Everyone who doesn't have more money than they have time
is going to have to decide where to start with this
overwhelming task of prepping.

One way to go about it is starting with what could kill

Do you have severe allergies? If so, what would happen if
you got an allergic reaction while the roads are blocked
or there is no one home to drive you to the hospital?

What would you do if you cut yourself deeply while
cooking? Do you have the tools on hand to handle that
until you can get to a medical professional?

Do you have extremely cold winters and rely only on an
electric heating system?

With this strategy, you won't be prepared for everything
immediately, but you will survive deadly scenarios!

3. Starting with what is likely

If you don't want to start with what is lethal, you can
start with what is most likely. This is a very simple and
efficient way of prioritizing your shopping.

In its very essence, this strategy asks the question: Am I
most likely to lose my job or live through a zombie

If the answer is “zombie apocalypse,” that's the scenario
you'll prepare for first.

Of course, you will probably start by preparing for a
power outage, an accident, a lost job or being snowed in
and then work your way up.

You won't be prepared for everything for a long time, but
the odds will always be in your favor.

4. Starting with the short-term

Prepping for the short-term first, moving into the
long-term later, is the shopping strategy many preppers

This way, you are not making guesses as to what kinds of
situations you ought to be preparing for. You are
preparing for them all, but starting small.

The upside is that you are preparing for a wide range of

The downside is that some of those scenarios may last for
much longer in duration than what you will be ready for
in quite some time.

5. Low-budget strategies

The prepper who has a strict budget to work with has many
great strategies to apply in combination with one of the
last three shopping priorities.

Classic low-budget strategies such as buying in bulk,
buying from wholesale corporations and clipping coupons
can, with great benefit, be used by preppers.

Preppers with a cash trickle instead of a cash flow, who
find it difficult to justify large purchases even to
justify savings, can start by buying just a few extra
items on each shopping trip.

Truly handy preppers can create their own preps by buying
produce very cheaply at the end of the season and canning
or drying it themselves.

6. Quality over quantity

If you are a stickler for quality, you may choose to prep
more slowly in order to save up money for the very best.

If that is the case, know now that you are in good
company. The survivalist and prepper communities are full
of people who share a love for fine things – especially
if those high-quality things involve knives, tools and

Better quality often means better durability. Beware,
though, of dooming yourself to inertia simply because you
want the best. Sometimes it is better to compromise.

7. The middle road

It's okay to want the best, but sometimes you have to
settle. Maybe you can invest in the best possible knife,
but spend less on a handgun?

Maybe the best costs so much that you are saying no to a
large number of crucial preps when something a little less
perfect would do just as well.

You have to weigh the cost of having the best of the best
against your need to take care of you and your family.

Otherwise, you may have a great knife but go hungry in a
disaster. And that's what we will talk about next time!

Don't forget to watch this crucial video to discover all
the essential items you need to stockpile (because they
will sell out INSTANTLY following a crisis):


Previously we've discussed the importance of physical
fitness when it comes to surviving disaster scenarios,
whether it's a zombie apocalypse or severe storm.

I also got you to check out the Ultimate Athleticism
workout. Isn't it the greatest guide to getting fit
enough to escape any disaster that could strike?


It's true that physical fitness is a largely overlooked
aspect of prepping, and far too many individuals focus
their efforts on guns, gear and shelters.

Being in shape and physically able to perform a variety of
demanding exercises when SHTF is bound to help your
chances of survival.

As is being equipped with certain weapons, equipment and
survival gear and knowing critical survival skills, which
will give you an edge over the unprepared and unskilled.

But your gear, skills and physical fitness will only get
you so far. Would you be able to survive without your
gear? Would you be able to adapt to a situation for which
you weren't trained? Could you overcome a physical injury
or sickness?

If not, you need to start considering how mentally and
psychologically prepared you are for a disaster situation.
All of your preps will go to waste if your mind isn't
ready to go into survival mode.

Survivors of extreme situations all across the world have
attributed their mental fortitude as what saw them through
the crisis and ultimately got home alive.

It is typically sheer willpower and the unwavering
certainty that they will survive no matter how high the
odds are against them that get them out to the other side.

With that said, your “mental survival kit” is just as
important as your beans, bullets and Band-Aids when
preparing for the apocalypse.

Below are a few skills and attributes that you should
start fostering and making part of your preparedness

You may not be able to truly test yourself until SHTF, but
you can take measures to get your head in the game NOW and
give you a better chance of surviving when disaster

*Learn how to adapt

A theme that we've carried out in several newsletters is
the importance of adaptability in survival scenarios.

You never really know what's going to happen when SHTF,
begging the importance of learning how to adjust to your
surroundings, putting your skills to the test, and using
your environment to your advantage.

*Keep a positive attitude

This is one of the more important parts of surviving any
life-threatening situation.

The majority of people who survive extreme situations do
so with the attitude that they can overcome the odds and
live to see another day.

This is made difficult when you are stranded alone without
anything or anyone to help you, as is often the case in
survival situations.

But you must accept that your life is in your hand and
overcome any negativity holding you back from continuing

Thinking of friends and family back home, singing familiar
songs around a campfire, or anything else that will lift
your spirits can help your chances of making it through
the night and surviving another day.

*Set goals and stick to them

Depending on the length or scale of the disaster, you
could find yourself in a survival situation for an
extended period of time.

It can be easy to become overwhelmed in such instances,
many people can lose their ability to prioritize when
faced with choices of what to do to survive.

To avoid this trap, set attainable goals that can be met
with broken down and easy-to-accomplish steps.

Even if this means doing mundane tasks like stoking the
fire or periodically scanning the horizon or skies for
signs of rescue, you should always do something to keep
your mind occupied and fixed on a larger goal.

If you think sequentially and follow a routine, you're
much more likely to make progress, stay on track and take
the necessary measures to get out alive.

*Work on strengthening your resolve

In order to survive a disaster situation, you have to have
equal parts physical and mental stamina. But your mind
will only be able to keep up with your body with a strong

This means coming up with solutions to everyday problems
and setting a course of action to survive long-term.

After all, survival is all about moving forward, never
giving up and not calling it quits – that's a death

Obstacles and challenges are inevitable in any survival
situation and will require persistence and determination
to overcome.

Whether its your exercise routine, eating habits or any
other challenge, start strengthening your resolve and
learning how to push yourself. Giving up is not an option
when SHTF.

*Control your fears and anxieties

Fear is a natural human reaction when faced with a
life-threatening survival situation. Quite simply, any
time we're out of our comfort zones, we have cause to
panic and are often driven by fear.

Unfortunately, there's no telling what will trigger a fear
response or anxiety attack in a person or how they will
react to a situation.

Only you know what brings about fear and anxiety for you,
leaving it up to you to learn how to recognize the onset
and control your response to a situation.

When SHTF, panic is not an option. You must have all of
your faculties in check in order to make logical decisions
that will ensure your survival.

Though no means comprehensive, the mental attributes above
can give you a distinct advantage when it comes to
surviving a disaster situation.

The sooner you adopt these skills and start training your
mind to face the worse, the better off you'll be when SHTF
and everyone else around you is stuck in panic mode.


There are many lists around of what you should stockpile to be ready in case of an emergency. Most of those focus on the food that you should have on hand, as well as some basic survival supplies. There’s nothing wrong with that, but category is often missed: repair supplies.

Many of the most likely disasters which we are preparing for are natural disasters. These commonly cause moderate to severe damage to people’s homes—the same homes that they have everything stockpiled in and are trying to survive in. With damage to the home, it’s hard to use it as a survival shelter.

Moderate damage to a home, or even severe damage that is localized to only part of a home, doesn’t necessarily make it uninhabitable. The government may decide to declare that the home is damaged beyond repair, but doesn’t mean it can’t be a shelter for survival, at least until a better option becomes available. However, staying put may require some modest repairs, such as covering windows that were shattered and fixing a hole in the roof.

With the right materials, you can do a lot of repairs to a home. The home won’ be returned to like-new condition, but it can be fixed up to protect you from the elements. It doesn’t have to be pretty, just functional.

The Details

  • Tarps. These can be used to cover up a leaky roof, a hole in the wall or a window that has had the glass broken. Tarps are probably the easiest and most versatile home repair material there is to work with.
  • Clear Plastic Sheeting. While you can cover broken windows with tarps, you’re better off using clear plastic sheeting. Not only will it let more light into the home, but it will also make it possible for you to see what’s going on outside.
  • Lath or Furring Strips. If you just nail or staple the tarps or plastic sheeting in place, the wind will tear them out. You’re much better off nailing them through lath or furring strips. These thin pieces of wood will spread the pressure out, preventing tearing in the tarps.
  • Plywood. Plywood is another easy way to repair holes in walls and roofs. It’s also stronger than using a tarp alone. While a tarp may work fine for a typical leaky roof that has hail damage or shingles that have blown off, if there’s a hole in the roof from a tree branch, you’ll probably need something with a bit more substance. That’s where the plywood comes in handy.
  • 2 x 4 Studs. You can build anything from walls to roofs with plywood and studs. You can even build a smokehouse out of them, if you need one for smoking a steer you happen to shoot.
  • Duct Tape. It’s no secret how useful duct tape is. With it, you can repair lots of different things, even if you don’t have the right repair materials to use. Make sure you have plenty as you’ll find plenty of uses for it.
  • Wire Ties. Almost as useful as duct tape, these plastic ties are typically used for bundling wires. They come in a variety of sizes and are great for tying just about anything together, even criminals’ hands. I once made a shelter in the woods by tying the branches together with wire ties.
  • Caulking. Good for repairing all types of leaks. You may need it in conjunction with your other repair materials to make sure that the rain can’t get through that repair in your roof.
  • Wire Nuts. For connecting electrical wires together. If part of your wiring is damaged, you may need to disconnect part of your home’s electrical system. In that case, wire nuts will allow you to reconnect the parts that are working, as well as cap hot wires that aren’t attached to anything.
  • Plumbing Fittings. It’s possible that the part of your home that gets damaged is the part with pipes running through it. In that case, you may need to splice plumbing pipes or even cap them off in order to use the water in the rest of the house. Be sure to have the adhesive and primer to go with the fittings.
  • Hardware. All types of hardware are likely to be needed, especially an assortment of nails and screws. You might need brackets, hinges and latches as well to close up your temporary repairs.
  • Extension Cords. If you end up using a generator or any alternative electrical power system, you will need extension cords to get the power to your appliances and other electrical devices. There’s no such thing as having too many extension cords.

The Bottom Line

A few simple materials can make all the difference between keeping your home usable and sleeping out under a tree. While you won’t be able to return your home to its pre-disaster condition with this short list, you will be able to dry it in so that your home can protect you from the weather. Safety makes any repair worth doing.

In addition to these materials, make sure that you have the necessary tools, especially manual tools that don’t require electricity. We are so used to using electric power tools these days that many people don’t have their manual equivalents. If the power goes out, as usually happens in any disaster, power tools won’t do anyone any good, even with the materials to work with.



Hope I didn't scare you too much with my last letter about
financial collapse. Remember, you are one of the people
who is preparing for a disaster to strike. That means that
you will be ready when the time comes, although you may be
one of the only ones.

That should give you some much-needed assurance. You won't
have to go to a FEMA camp with everyone else so that you
can survive. When your neighbors are depending upon the
government, you'll be able to depend upon yourself and no
one else.

When that financial collapse comes, it's going to affect
a lot of things. How many aspects of daily life it
affects will depend a lot on how serious the collapse is.

Just go here to see how a food crisis can come from the
collapse of the US dollar (and how you can survive):


Of course, the longer it takes for the collapse to come,
the worst it will be when it finally gets here.
Politicians think that they can just put it off
indefinitely – but for them, indefinitely equals when they
leave office.

While there are many things you should expect to happen,
here are the top five:

1. Money will become worthless

Runaway inflation always accompanies a financial meltdown.
The money you have so carefully saved over the years will
become worthless in a matter of days.

People will stop accepting American dollars in payment for
goods and services. Why would they accept worthless paper,
when they might not be able to spend it? Bartering will
become the normal way of doing business when SHTF.

The items you have stockpiled will be worth much more than
their current cash value. You can barter a roll of toilet
paper or a can of chicken. You can't barter with worthless
paper money.

Gold and silver will retain their value as well. Actually,
precious metals will increase in value astronomically.
However, you may not be able to cash in on that increase
in value until the crisis is over and things return to
some semblance of normalcy.

2. The supply chain will break down

With the loss of income, companies won't be able to pay
their bills. Since most businesses operate on a net-30
basis, after those thirty days, their suppliers will
realize they aren't going to get paid. The next step will
be to cut off credit.

This will be the onset of a domino effect. One business
will fold because it can't pay its bills. That will cause
financial strain on its suppliers. If enough of the
suppliers' customers fold, they'll run out of money and
go bankrupt as well.

It won't take long before businesses all over the place
will be closing their doors. Oh, it might take a few
months for that to happen, but that's really not all that

A general breakdown of the supply chain means that the
things that we buy on a day-to-day basis won't be
available. We'll go to the grocery store and find the
shelves empty. It will become harder and harder to buy the
basic necessities for survival.

That's why you're building a food stockpile. You're going
to have to depend on it – and the other survival gear you
are stocking up on – because you won't be able to find
anything in the stores.

3. Utilities will become unreliable

With the reduction in income, utility companies will have
to find ways to cut costs. The first place will be in
replacing outdated equipment and performing preventative
maintenance. These are great when the money is there to do
them, but a burden when it isn't.

With reduced maintenance, you can be sure that there will
be more blackouts, brownouts and times when the city
water service is shut down. How much that happens will
depend on how long and how severe the collapse is.

As the crisis continues, these problems will increase in
frequency and duration. There will be more and more
problems caused by these services going out.

The only solution is to have alternate means in place so
that you can get by without electrical power and city
water. Many preppers install solar power systems, wells
and wind generators to prepare for this eventuality.

4. Riots and lawlessness will become common

Countless thousands of people will lose their jobs. Being
unprepared to face the situation, they will be angry and
scared. That will increase when they find that Big Brother
isn't going to be there to help them out.

Mobs of protesters will become commonplace. Those mobs
will quickly turn violent, as people vent their anger and
fear. Rioting, vandalism, looting and destruction will
become the expressions of that mob.

A funny thing happens with mobs. Those who are peaceful,
law-abiding people in everyday life will commit all kinds
of crimes. People who never even got a parking ticket may
do some of the vilest, most violent things, all because of
mob mentality and the unruly emotions of that mob.

The only way to deal with a mob is to avoid it. I realize
that is easier said than done, but that's what you have to
do. If you ever find yourself in a mob situation, flow
with the mob and gradually work your way to the edge. Once
there, you can slip quietly away.

5. Police and emergency services may abandon their posts

If the financial crisis gets bad enough, there may not be
enough money to pay police and other emergency services.
While most police officers are people of integrity, who
would want to go to work, putting their life on the line,
when not getting anything in return?

Those police officers and other first responders can
easily reach the point where they say, “I'm better off
staying home.”

When that happens, the mob violence will become worse.
Mobs that realize that they don't have any risk from the
police are the worst. Being totally unchecked makes it
even easier for them to become violent.

The only protection in such a case is to be ready to
protect yourself and your home. Having firearms and
knowing how to use them then becomes an important part of
your survival.

So, there are five things that we need to watch out for
when the financial collapse comes. While you can't control
everything, you can control your actions and reactions.

By prepping now, you can be ready to feed your family,
even when the supply chain goes down. Stockpiling food is
part of that, but there's more you'll need to do. And
that's what we'll talk about in a couple days!

Until then, keep on prepping, and don't forget to check
out the ways you can survive a resulting food crisis: