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From George H: I lost the keys to the rear gate of my Ford wagon; I hope your lock pick kit will get me in, will it?

Answer: Unfortunately, most car door locks are nearly impossible to pick without destroying the actual lock. However, there are a set of keys called Covert Jiggler Keys, which can open the doors on some older model vehicles. I would recommend trying the jiggler keys because trying to pick the lock with traditional lock picking tools will only damage the vehicle. These keys can be found here:

From Brooks M: I am 76.5 years old now, and despite efforts to remain fit, I can see that there is slow deteriorating in physical capabilities. Surely I cannot run as fast or as far as I could 10-12 years ago. Cade talks about doing MORE today than yesterday. Good in theory, and when you are 20-30 or so, and maybe even up to 50-60. But gee, now I am concerned more about just not deteriorating quite as fast!

Answer: When trying to remain fit, just give it 100% and make sure you’re doing your best. As we all age, we do slow down, but I know plenty of people in their 70’s and 80’s who still workout daily. Sure, they might not be able to do as much as they used to, but they’re still in shape and still giving it their all.

From Jason S: Thanks for the publication. As a subject that personally interests me, what about actions a 60+ family of two can take for protection when they live in the midst of a 15 million jammed urban area? I have always said that if the LA area were ordered evacuated, lines of cars and walking wounded would still be progressing at the end of the week after the evacuation order. So, likely it will be bunker at home. What defensive and survival items, etc. would be essential?

Answer: Unless you are able to evacuate ahead of time, basically before the evacuation has even been ordered you are right that it will be difficult for that many people to leave the city safely. Now, when staying put during an emergency I recommend stockpiling at least 30 days worth of food and water. In a perfect world, I would try to build up to a year supply of food but at the minimum, you should have 30 days. Of course, you should also plan on having a generator or some type of power supply and other necessities for your home. As far as home defense, make sure you have guns and ammo. In a true disaster, crazy situation, the AR-15 is my home defense weapon of choice.

From Karl B: Do you have any information on the hand digging of tunnels, mine shafts, wells or root cellars?

Answer: Digging a tunnel without heavy equipment can be difficult and take a long time. Ideally, you want to dig your tunnel into the side of a hill or embankment and you want to make sure you have at least twice as much dirt above the tunnel as the height of the tunnel itself. For instance, a 3-foot high tunnel should have 6 feet of dirt above it to reduce the chances of it collapsing. As you dig your tunnel, you should use 2 X 4’s with pieces of plywood on the top part of the tunnel to provide support. The fact is, digging a tunnel can be dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing so I would use extreme caution when doing this.

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