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From Jeff V: With all the talk of North Korea detonating a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific, I am wondering if you can publish a guide on how to protect your family from fallout in the atmosphere.
Is a Visqueen room in the house already prepared with food water etc. the way to go?

Answer: The key to surviving a nuclear attack is to limit your exposure, shield yourself, and to wait for the fallout to decay. Now, the reality is that fallout can be carried hundreds of miles, so even if you aren’t near the direct hit you are still in danger. Ideally, you would want to take shelter in a basement below ground. Plus, you should have this basement room stocked with at least 2 weeks worth of supplies. As for the visqueen, this is a good idea to use to protect the room as long as you make it as airtight as possible. In short, the more barriers between you and the outside air the better your chances of survival will be.

From Matt S: Hi Jason, in the back page of the Oct 2017 Volume 2 issue you recommend some items for kids going to college. I am curious if you could point me in the direction of a good stun-gun flashlight and a bulletproof panel?

Answer: You can see the exact stun-gun flashlight that I carry at Plus, the bulletproof panel that I currently have in my laptop bag is also available there. No matter which panel you buy, make sure it’s rated at least level IIIA.

From Gil L: Thanks for your service to our country and to all your readers. You give valuable information on all kinds of topics. I have purchased ammo from various places over the years – from box stores to web sites. The best I have found on the internet is Lucky Gunner out of Knoxville TN. They have great prices and usually ship the same day if an order is put in before 3 pm.

Answer: Thank you for this information Gil. I’ve never purchased ammo from Lucky Gunner; however, I’ve heard that they offer low prices and good service so it’s definitely worth checking out.

From Charles E: Thank you for the instructions on using the SurvFilter. You tell me how many times the filter can be used (250 1 gallon cycles) but I also want to know if there is a shelf life for the filter. I do not plan on using it except in emergency and that might be next year or 10 years out.

Answer: The SurvFilter doesn’t have an expiration date if you store it in a cool dry place. So you can safely store it with your survival gear and use it when you need it most. However, if you leave it outside in 110 degree weather all of the time it will be 5 years or less.

From Sonia R: I usually walk home late at night from the bar where I work. I always carry my keys in my hand with the keys jutting out through my fingers. Recently a friend told me that wasn’t a good idea because if you punch someone like that, you’re actually MORE likely to break your own hand. Is that true?

Answer: I wouldn’t say it would break your hand but it would probably cause you more pain since your keys would basically be hitting your palm as you hit the other person. I don’t personally recommend carrying keys this way for the simple fact that if you did cause yourself pain, your first reaction might be to drop the keys. Most woman I know who are leaving work late at night are carrying a tactical pen or a stun-gun flashlight, which can do more damage and are better suited to stop an attacker.

From Fernando M: I’ve walked many days in water with my weapons fully loaded, but held underwater and literally buried stashes of ammo along streams and rivers where it stayed totally soaked for weeks. I disagree with your position on wet ammo. My life and those of my professional teammates were dependent on that ammunition working. Don’t know who told you such information that “quality factory ammunition that meets milspec standards” cannot be wet. I recommend you readdress the “advice” you’re giving. All that’s needed is precautions in cleaning and lubrication to prevent corrosion on the brass casing and primer (factory ammo). Reloaded ammo by individuals (self reloaders), I would never trust with protection of anyone’s life or safety. That I would dispose of.

Answer: You are certainly right that submerged ammo can work just fine. But, the reverse is also true. Personally, I am not willing to take the risk and bet my family’s life on ammo that’s been waterlogged for a while. I’d rather buy new ammo to be safe.

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