Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Advanced Preparedness: Hardened underground nuclear blast shelter

By Tim Gamble

The American Civil Defense Association (TACDA) recently released a video lecture entitled "Learn how to design and build a hardened underground nuclear blast shelter." The 1 hour 15 minute video features Sharon Packer, who "has been on the board of directors for TACDA for over 20 years. She has a bachelors degree in mathematics, a minor in physics, and a master's degree in nuclear engineering. She is an expert in nuclear weapons effects, shelter design, and civil defense."

Direct link to video on YouTube is or watch here with additional information and links below:

From TACDA: "The American Civil Defense Association (TACDA) educates Americans how to prepare for and survive disasters through civil defense concepts and techniques. Learn from experts from our 60 year old non-profit, non-political organization that teach all aspects of civil defense. What is civil defense? It is the process of the civilian population to take care of disasters and emergencies in their area before government help arrives. Many countries in the world have trained their citizens in civil defense and they know exactly what to do in catastrophic situations. Our citizens in America are grossly unprepared. Join us and learn the basics of civil defense, then share your knowledge with others. Together we are stronger! TACDA is an individual entity run by volunteers and is not associated with the US Federal Government. We do not discuss politics. We are for all people who wish to reduce fear, suffering, and panic from the effects of disasters, by preparing their homes, neighborhoods, and communities for unexpected emergencies."

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Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Situation Report: Disease and Famine Edition

By Tim Gamble

Note: The following news reports are  presented here not to induce panic, but rather to raise awareness of potential and emerging threats. In reading these or other reports, or making your own observations, try to identify overall trends. React to trends, not isolated incidences. 

United States, Colorado, Archuleta County: Resident dies from the Plague. Public health officials have confirmed that a local resident has died from the Plague. Spread by infected flea bites and direct contact with infected animals, the Plague is very rare in modern times, but occasional deaths do happen. So far, this appears to be an isolated event. In the United States, the Plague is often detected in rock squirrels, prairie dogs, wood rats and other species of ground squirrels and chipmunks. (Link to Source)

Canada, Alberta: West Nile Virus Outbreak. Nine cases of West Nile Virus have been reported in Alberta in recent weeks - two cases in Edmonton and seven cases in the southern Alberta. Although the virus can be deadly, so far no deaths have been reported. West Nile Virus is spread by certain species of mosquitos. (Link to Source)

Italy, Lombardy Region: 34,000 pigs culled to contain African Swine Fever outbreak. Italy is experiencing its largest outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) since the 1960s. ASF is deadly to domestic pigs and wild swine, but poses no direct threat to humans. Instead, this is yet another hit to the global food supply chain. (Link to Source)

Documentary: No Farmers No Food: Will You Eat The Bugs? The Epoch Times earlier this week released the documentary No Farmers No Food: Will You Eat The Bugs? The documentary exposes "the hidden agenda behind global “Green Policies,” the untold stories of farmers forced out of business, the disruption this will have on our food supply, and why edible bugs are suddenly being pushed to the fore as a "Global Green Solution."

Subscribers to The Epoch Times can watch it for free. Others can watch it for $4. Here is the Link.
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Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Homestead Hints by S.K. Fox

By Tim Gamble 

There is a new neo-pioneering homesteading book on the market, Homestead Hints by S.K. Fox. I bought a copy a few weeks ago. I am extremely impressed with it, as it is a short (only 62 pages), very readable book that is absolutely crammed with highly useful information. There is no fluff or filler in it, just good info for anyone new to or considering the homesteading lifestyle. Even seasoned homesteaders will likely find this book useful.     

You may know S.K Fox as Sister Kate of Shofar Mountain, whose husband is Pastor Joe Fox (aka Viking Preparedness). They have been off-grid homesteading for over 10 years now, and have been into prepping and survivalism for a lot longer. Sister Kate's life experiences include being a girl scout leader, certified firearms instructor, firefighter, and EMT, among many other experiences. 

Homesteading Hints contains 13 chapters. Here are the titles, with my brief description of each:
  1. Before You Start Homesteading = Things to think about and do BEFORE starting your homesteading journey (such as getting out of debt)
  2. The Land = Finding and buying land
  3. Your Little Slice of Heaven = Deciding what you want in a homestead (will influence what you buy)
  4. The Cheapest Homesteading Options = Marginal land, going off-grid, solar ovens, water catchment, and other money-saving ways to homestead.
  5. Moving = Moving is stressful and costs money. Plan for it and budget for it. 
  6. Animals = Considerations for chickens, goats, sheep, cows, and other animals on the homestead. 
  7. Gardening = Growing your own food. Also some info regarding wild edibles. 
  8. A Way to Organize Your Homesteading Life = Year round, weekly, and daily calendars of activities. 
  9. Food Basics For the Homesteader = Recommended cookbooks, kitchen tools, canning supplies, food stables, and even info on milking goats, sheep, and cows. 
  10. Machines vs. Manpower = Nobody said homesteading must be off-grid.
  11. Vehicle = Vehicle considerations: trucks, tractors, ATVs, mules (the kind with wheels, not hooves), etc.
  12. Extras = Wi-Fi and Internet accessibility
  13. And Finally... 24 Homesteading Hints = This chapter alone is worth the price of the book, in my opinion. 
Homesteading Hints also fits in very well with one of my themes here on Dystopian Survival, that of Biblical Agrarianism. I believe that agrarianism is God's intent for His people. This doesn't mean everyone must be a farmer or homesteader - after all, there are plenty of support functions that must be done - but that as God's people, our lives, culture, economy, and civilization should reflect the primary importance of agriculture. This book defiantly points in that direction. And I defiantly recommend it to anyone interested in homesteading or a more agrarian lifestyle on any scale. 

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Monday, September 11, 2023

Some Notes

By Tim Gamble 
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Just a few notes:

1) Mystery plant identified? After getting suggestions from several people, and looking up pictures of the fruit and plant, I've decided that my mystery plant is most likely a variety of Winter Melon, also called Ash Gourd. Winter melons are a green fruit with white flesh and a mild flavor, according to what I've read. It is used in Chinese soups and stir-fries. I have no idea how one ended up in my garden, other than a bird probably "planted" it there. 

2) Over on my Resistance Website, I just posted a two-part article on Guarding Your Privacy. Readers of Dystopian Survival may be interested in it:
3) Also on my Resistance Website, I recently posted a four-part series on Protecting Your Family From the State and Society: 
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5) I am now on Instagram. Yeah, I know... Instagram. It is my attempt to reach out to a broader audience with my message, especially a younger audience that likely isn't hearing much about self-reliance, preparedness, or traditional values on a regular basis. My Instagram account is @DystopianSurv. Check it out if you are on Instagram, and give me a follow. You can even see my Bigfoot photo on there (for real - and its not blurry!).  

6) I'm also on Gab at, there are some "unpleasant" folks on there, but they're easy enough to mute and block. I've found that most Gab folks are decent people and there are more actual interactions on there than on Twitter/X. Reminds me of the old days of Twitter before the censorship crap started. I am the most active on Gab. 
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Tuesday, September 5, 2023

What is it?

By Tim Gamble 

A volunteer plant is growing beside my back porch. The vine and leaves remind me of a watermelon plant (which I originally thought it was), but the fruit looks more like a zucchini (but not exactly). The fruit is smooth, not rough barbs like on cucumbers. Look though the photos and tell me what you think it is. Just click to enlarge the photos. Thank you! 

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Monday, September 4, 2023

Boosting the Immune System

By Tim Gamble 
Please Note: I am NOT a doctor or other medical professional. Nothing in this article is meant as professional advice, nor is it an attempt to diagnose or treat any illness or medical condition. If you have specific medical questions or concerns, please consult with a licensed medical professional. The following information is meant only for general educational purposes. A list of sources appears at the bottom of the article.

Ways to Boost the Human Immune System

Generally speaking, anything that improves overall health will help boost the immune system - the body's natural defenses against disease. The immune system also repairs the damage done once the body does become sick. There are a number of things that can be done to boost the human immune system.

1) Eat right, and not too much. You are what you eat, as the saying goes. A healthy diet is low in sugar, white potatoes, and grains, high in real veggies (leafy greens, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, etc.), contains some fruits (don't go overboard or you will get too much sugar), and has plenty of good protein (meat & fowl) and healthy fats (fatty fish, olive oil, tree nuts, etc.). Of course, use commonsense and don't eat foods that you are allergic to. And don't eat too much food. Strive to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. 

2) Stay hydrated. Surprisingly, studies have proven that many modern people are suffer from mild dehydration on a regular basis, despite having ready access to clean drinking water. This is bad for the immune system. Stay well hydrated.  Good sources of hydration: water, unsweetened teas. Horrible sources of hydration: soda pop, alcohol. 

3) Be physically active.
Regular exercise is very good for the body and the immune system. Being a couch potato is not. You don't have to be a professional bodybuilder or a world class athlete. You do have to do something to keep yourself physically active. 

4)  Get plenty of sleep. An often overlooked, but extremely important, factor in the human body's ability to fight off disease and repair itself is sleep. In today's modern 24/7 world, most people don't get enough sleep (7 to 8 hours a night on a consistent basis). In fact, many people ignorantly brag about how little sleep they can "get by on." Sleep is too important to ignore if you want a immune system that functions at its best.  

5) Stop damaging your immune system. Certain activities suppress the immune system, such as smoking, drinking too much alcohol, using illegal drugs, abusing or misusing legal drugs, and consuming too much sugar. You MUST stop these if you want your immune system to achieve peak performance. 

6) Fresh air and sunlight. Whether you think humans were designed by God or by nature, the fact is humans were designed for the outdoors. However, most modern people live the vast majority of their lives indoors - in their homes, at school, at work, at church, at the store, and while driving. This is both unnatural and unhealthy. Humans need fresh and and sunshine. Oh, and don't fear the Sun. There is no connection between sunlight and skin cancer. The problem isn't with sunlight, which humans need both physically and emotionally. Rather the connection to skin cancer is with getting severely and repeatedly sun burned. Normal exposure to sunlight is normal and healthy. 

7)  Destress. Stress, particularly chronic stress, is known to contribute to inflammation, high blood pressure, high levels of stress hormones, high blood sugar, and heart disease, among other things. Stress also acts to suppress the immune system, weakening the body's defenses against all forms of disease. Work on eliminating stress from your life, and better managing the stress you do have. 

8) Emotional and Spiritual Health. There is a connection between mind and body. People should pay as much attention to their emotional and spiritual health as they do their physical health. It is all interconnected. Overcome your addictions, whatever they may be. Pray. Read the Bible. Reconnect with your spouse, family and friends. Spend time in nature, enjoy beauty, art, music... 

9) Vitamins, minerals and other supplements. Vitamin C, Vitamin D3, and Zinc play significant roles in the immune system. Quercetin Phytosome is another nutritional supplement that has received lots of attention over the last few years. There are other supplements that are also beneficial to the immune system, so do some research in this area. 


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Friday, September 1, 2023

My Personal "Boots on the Ground" Report For September 1

By Tim Gamble 

Here is my personal boots on the ground report of what I am seeing and experiencing in my area (small town in western North Carolina) over the last few weeks. Please feel free to leave your own reports in the new comments section (now unmoderated) of this website. (Hat tip to SouthernPrepper1 for the concept.)

The Bad News At The Stores

Although it is nothing like what happened in 2020, there are again noticeable gaps on the store shelves in this area, worse than its been in at least a year. It is the usual suspects: canned meats & fish, mac-and-cheese & other meal-in-a-box foods, certain snack foods, OTC medications, vitamins & supplements, and some cleaning supplies. The shelves of fresh meats and frozen foods are also noticeably thinner. Olive oil is non-existent in this area, except for a few bottles of the most expensive brands. 

The Good News At The Stores

Eggs remain in the $1.78 - $1.98 range for store-brand white eggs, much cheaper than they were earlier this year. The price of Member's Mark canned chicken at Sam's Club is now  $12.84 for a six-pack, down considerably from a peak of $18.98 earlier this year. Despite rumors of a rice shortage, all stores in my area have plenty of rice on the shelves, in various sizes of both the name-brands and store-brands. If there is a rice shortage, it hasn't shown up here yet. 

The Weather

Despite all the talk in the media of climate change and an extremely hot summer, this isn't what we are experiencing in my area. In fact, this has been a noticeably mild summer. For example, we normally have 4 or 5 days of 100-degree every summer, usually around late July or early August, yet this year we haven't had any. In fact, our hottest day so far has been 97 degrees (which we've hit twice). 

Restaurant Closings

Two local restaurants have closed in recent weeks. I don't know the owners, so I don't know the why of the situation. However, each represents a least a dozen or more people who have lost their jobs. 

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Thursday, August 31, 2023

Spike Protein Concerns? Detox Guide by the World Council For Health

By Tim Gamble 

The World Council For Health (WCH) has compiled "information on how to clear viral and vaccine-induced spike proteins from the body. The lists of herbal and other medicines and supplements have been compiled in a collaboration between international doctors, scientists, and holistic medical practitioners." The WCH has put together a handy leaflet, which can be downloaded as a .pdf by clicking this link (hosted on the WCH website). 

1st Page of WCH Spike Protein Leaflet

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Tuesday, August 29, 2023

American Civil Defense Association

By Tim Gamble 

In the course of my research on Civil Defense, I became aware of a private non-profit organization, the American Civil Defense Association (TACDA). It has been around since 1962, and was founded by "several doctors and professors from the University of Florida, including a Nobel Prize winner (Eugene Wigner) that recognized our country’s continued need for civil defense and the importance of personal emergency and disaster preparedness," according to its website.

The American Civil Defense Association describes its mission this way:
"The mission of The American Civil Defense Association (TACDA) is to provide education, products and resources that empower American Citizens with a comprehensive understanding of reasonable preparedness strategies and techniques; promoting a self-reliant, pro-active approach to protecting themselves, their families and their communities in the event of nuclear, biological, chemical or other manmade and natural disasters." --TACDA Mission Statement
Among other things, the American Civil Defense Association provides training through its TACDA Academy, publishes the Journal of Civil Defense, and sells a variety of survival kits, dosimeters, Potassium Iodate (KIO3) anti radiation tablets, and other emergency supplies. 

Their website,, also contains a wide variety of information and links to resources on Civil Defense related topics. TACDA is definitely worth checking out. 

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Sunday, August 27, 2023

Civil Defense in Russia

By Tim Gamble 

Russia, both as the old Soviet Union and as the current Russian Federation, places great emphasis on national civil defense. In fact, the need for an active, organized civil defense program is enshrined in a number of federal laws passed since the collapse of the old Soviet Union in 1991.  Planning and oversight of all civil defense activities is conducted by the Ministry of Emergencies of Russia since 1994. The Ministry of Emergencies has created various regional, inter-regional and federal crisis management centers which coordinate the day-to-day work of civil defense. 

A 1961 Time Magazine article described the Soviet Union's civil defense program this way:

"In contrast to the U.S.'s desultory interest in civil defense, the Soviet Union is well advanced on a thoroughgoing program to protect its people against nuclear attack. The Soviet government has built shelters by the thousands and organized elaborate training programs, reported the Rand Corp.'s Leon Gouré, leading U.S. authority on Soviet civil defense, at a civil defense conference last week at the University of California at Los Angeles.

The Soviet civil defense effort is expanding steadily on a compulsory basis. "Once the Soviet government makes a decision of this sort," said Gouré, "it does not have to ask for public support or popular approval." Under directives from the Ministry of Internal Affairs, all units right down to collective farms and apartment houses are required to organize so-called volunteer self-defense groups consisting of 48 trained fire fighters, shelter attendants and first-aid workers for every 500 residents. A claimed 22 million Soviet citizens—10% of the whole population-serve in these formations. Since 1955, these units have carried through three compulsory training courses for all citizens. This winter, says Gouré, the Soviet Union is giving every urban citizen between the ages of 16 and 55 an 18-hour course in how to protect himself against nuclear attack and how to behave in shelters. "Soviet shelter facilities," says Gouré, "are the most extensive anywhere." They range from concrete installations in every factory to the root cellar under every peasant hut."

Civil defense lessons in Russia began in the 1930s, and was mandatory for all citizens, from babies to the elderly. Elementary school kids were taught how to make homemade protective masks, as well as first aid and how to "hide" from the shock wave of nuclear blasts and radioactive fallout. Public lectures and training were arranged on a regular basis. Citizens were required to know how to quickly put on a gas mask (they were timed, with a required efficiency of under 12 seconds). Special attention was paid to psychological training, and people were taught to stay calm and act according to instructions during an emergency.

Actual photo from a 1937 Russian civil defense lesson.

Current Russian civil defense includes emergency warning systems, bomb shelter programs, evacuation plans for large cities, disguising various facilities, and first aid and medical training. In 2016, Russia held a national nuclear war drill across the country involving approximately 40 million Russian citizens, at least 200,000 emergency service personnel, and 50,000 pieces of equipment (article in The Sun). 

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Cresson H. Kearny's Nuclear War Survival Skills is available on Amazon. This is the highly-recommended classic nuclear war survival guide commissioned by the US government. The paperback of the 1987 edition is available on Amazon for just $10.39 at the moment. There are newer, and more expensive, editions available at that same link. Folks, in my opinion it doesn't matter what edition you get, as the physics of nuclear war haven't changed, and the information originally  presented by Kearny is not "out of date." Choose whichever edition you are comfortable with.

Thursday, August 24, 2023

Civil Defense: The US Government's Last Real Act of Civil Defense

By Tim Gamble 

I have kvetched throughout these civil defense articles about the lack of a coherent and well-publicized civil defense program in the United States over the last several decades. After the US Civil Defense program was buried in FEMA in 1979, Civil Defense has largely been ignored by the federal government. The last real act of Civil Defense by the US government was the publication in 1979 of the Civil Defense manual Nuclear War Survival Skills by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, with added material by Cresson H. Kearny (including adding the section on Nuclear Winter in the 1987 edition). The book was published in the public domain. 

The 1987 edition of Cresson H. Kearny's Nuclear War Survival Skills is available for free download at It is also a good idea to have a physical copy of this book instead of relying solely on a digital copy. The paperback of the 1987 edition is available on Amazon for just $10.39 at the moment. An updated edition, keeping the original text but adding some new information, was released in 2022, and is available on Amazon for about $24 currently. Folks, it doesn't matter what edition you get, as the physics of nuclear war haven't changed, and the information presented by Kearny in 1987 is not "out of date."

To give you a sense of the scope of the book, here is the Table of Contents:

Nuclear War Survival Skills
Table of Contents

Foreword by Dr. Edward Teller

About the Author by Dr. Eugene P. Wigner


Chapter 1 The Dangers from Nuclear Weapons: Myths & Facts

Chapter 2 Psychological Preparations

Chapter 3 Warnings and Communications

Chapter 4 Evacuation

Chapter 5 Shelter, the Greatest Need

Chapter 6 Ventilation and Cooling of Shelters

Chapter 7 Protection Against Fires and Carbon Monoxide

Chapter 8 Water

Chapter 9 Food

Chapter 10 Fallout Radiation Meters
Chapter 11 Light

Chapter 12 Shelter Sanitation and Preventive Medicine

Chapter 13 Surviving Without Doctors

Chapter 14 Expedient Shelter Furnishings

Chapter 15 Improvised Clothing and Protective Items

Chapter 16 Minimum Pre-Crisis Preparations

Chapter 17 Permanent Family Fallout Shelters for Dual Use

Chapter 18 Trans-Pacific Fallout

A.  Instructions for Six Expedient Fallout Shelters

A.1 Door-Covered Trench Shelter

A.2 Pole-Covered Trench Shelter

A.3 Small-Pole Shelter

A.4 Aboveground, Door-Covered Shelter

A.5 Aboveground, Ridgepole Shelter

A.6 Above ground, Crib-Walled Shelter

B. How to Make and Use a Homemade Shelter-Ventilating Pump, the KAP

C. A Homemade Fallout Meter, The K.F.M. - How To Make & Use It

D. Expedient Blast Shelters

E. How to Make and Use a Homemade Plywood Double Action Piston Pump and Filter

F. Means for Providing Improved Natural Ventilation and Daylight to a Shelter with an Emergency Exit

Selected References

Selected Index

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