Former CIA Officer Jason Hanson Reveals...

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Jason, I live near the Mississippi River and everything coming into my area likely crosses a bridge at some point. I’m worried that some type of disaster that takes out the bridges would be devastating. Any suggestions on what to do?

-From Anita R.

Answer: You are absolutely correct that this type of situation would have far reaching effects on our economy and our ability to purchase goods.

As most people know, militaries around the world often use this very tactic to win battles. If you cut off supplies, soldiers will eventually surrender because of the lack of food and water.

The best thing you can do is to build up your food and water storage. At the very least you should have 30 days’ worth of supplies to sustain your family.

You must be able to hunker down for a good amount of time before things can be restored.


I travel frequently for work. Last week I was at a major airport and a very polite woman asked me to watch her bag while she used the restroom. She came back and picked up her bag with no issues. Looking back, I wonder if I should have told her no. What would you do?

-From Mikey L.

Answer: The fact is, anyone could potentially be a terrorist so it’s important to remember that just because it appears to be a sweet lady, you truly never know what her intentions are.

Plus, criminals often prey on others kindness and have no problem taking advantage of you.

My point is, I would say no and just make some excuse about having to go. I have no problem saying no and social norms don’t really bother me. (I don’t mind being awkward or coming off weird.)


I have stockpiled gasoline for my generator and my car in the event of a disaster. My question is, if I’m bugging out should I take gas with me? I assume gas stations will have long lines.

-From Rich T.

Answer: Storing gasoline is a great idea if you plan to bug out or to run a generator. If you’re going to let the gas sit for 6-12 months make sure and add a stabilizer.

As for taking it with you, this is a good idea but you need to do it safely. What I mean is, you don’t want to put the gas inside the passenger area. The fumes could be dangerous.

When you fill the gas cans only fill them about 95% full. Leave some room for air to help avoid spilling.

Finally, I would suggest checking out Jerry Cans. These are great for storing gas.


Based on your excellent advice I purchased a generator that can keep my home running during a power outage. My only problem is that the generator is really loud. I think the whole neighbor will know who the guy is with power. How can I reduce the generator noise?

-From Mitch L.

Answer: To reduce the noise, here are a few options…

First, make sure the generator has a quiet muffler installed on it.

Next, consider building a sound dampening enclosure around the generator. Obviously, this can be expensive but it might be one of the most effective ways to reduce the noise.

Make sure your generator is sitting on a rubber type pad, which will reduce vibrations and noise.

Lastly, use common sense when using the generator. If looters are roaming your streets looking for someone with power, it’s probably not a good idea to fire up the generator at that moment.

And, of course, don’t forgot to have guns to defend yourself.


What’s your favorite gun caliber? Can you explain why?

-From Josh M.

Answer: Back in the day, most law enforcement agencies carried either .40 or .45 caliber handguns because they wanted the stopping power of a bigger bullet.

However, over the years, we’ve seen so many advances in bullet technology that I personally believe 9mm is the best overall option. (And so do the FBI and many other agencies who are going back to the 9mm.)

The other thing is, traditionally .40 and .45 caliber handguns have a stronger kick compared to a 9mm, making them more difficult for some people to accurately shoot.

If I were going to teach a new shooter I would have them start with a 9mm handgun such as the Glock 19.


Are you familiar with the SCCY CPX-1? Do you have any knowledge or experience with this gun?

-From Shana A.

Answer: I’ve never shot this particular firearm, however I’ve heard that for the price, it’s a decent little gun that is made in the USA.

I know the company is based out of Florida and they’ve been around since the early 2000’s. They focus on manufacturing less expensive pistols with this particular model selling for around $330.

Now, as I mentioned, I’ve never shot this gun, but I’ve heard from others that the trigger pull on this firearm is very long, which can easily cause shooters that don’t train often to pull the muzzle down when shooting the gun.

So, you may want to consider a new trigger unless you practice a lot and are comfortable with the trigger from the factory.

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