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Resource Of The Week: In The Rabbit Hole Urban Survival Podcast

In yesterday’s post I talked about modern survivalist Jack Spirko and his advice for dealing with this election cycle’s intensifying insanity. I mentioned Spirko is the long-time host of The Survival Podcast, which I named a “Resource Of The Week” all the way back on March 4, 2011. Great stuff, and I still cherry-pick from the latest episodes posted on the TSP website on a regular basis.

There’s one other prepper/survival-related podcast I listen to these days:

In The Rabbit Hole Urban Survival Podcast

From the podcast section of the ITRH website:

After years of being frustrated that no one was fully addressing the concerns of urban survivalists, Aaron [Frankel] and Jonathan [Kanarek] took to the web and founded In The Rabbit Hole in February of 2010. Shortly after they’re long time friend and accomplice Jason joined the show to add a touch of “Red Neck Cajun”. Since then the show has enjoyed many great guests and a wide range of topics.

They are three city boys with a lifetime affinity for the outdoors, but a love of the city, passion for survival topics, and Libertarian Ideals…

“In The Rabbit Hole is about focusing first on the things that matter most: What’s likely to happen. Then preparing for it in a rational and productive way.”

These priorities of urban survival come from the focal points of Community, Health and Intelligence–referred to as “Survival CHI”.

Through a weekly podcast and articles, Aaron, Jonathan, and Jason remind people to “Stay safe and sound”. (Safe in person and sound in mind.)

From the Lone Star State, the trio reach out to people who are interested in taking personal responsibility for their own safety and well-being…

…And who just happen to live in the city.

While not a “long-time listener” to the podcast, I’ve noticed it’s not just urban preppers/survivalists who could learn a thing or two from the material presented. The ITRH site adds:

Hosts Aaron, Jason, and Jonathan cover topics such as:

Self Sufficiency
Food Storage
Homesteading in the city
Survival Book, Video, and Gear Reviews
Starting Off as a New Prepper
Financial Survival
Self Reliance
Preparing for Natural Disasters
Emergency Medicine
Firearms, Guns, and things that go bang
Self Defense
Disaster Psychology

Surveying the latest episodes listed on the ITRH website, episode 191, “Surviving Refugee Hell” (posted October 17)- with James Price, Founder/Director of Humanitarian Aid Security Forces (HASF)- sounds like my next listen.

Interested in tuning-in too? Head on over to the In The Rabbit Hole Urban Survival Podcast website here.

But before you do, there’s also this from the ITRH gang:

Not sure where to begin?

Two of ITRH’s most acclaimed episodes that paint a clear picture of what the Podcast is about are:

TEOTWAWKI Reality Check: What do you really need to be prepping for.

Survival CHI- Reloaded: The foundational principles of ITRH.

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

(Editor’s note: Link added to “Resources” page)

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REI Survival-Related Classes In The Chicago Area For October Thru Mid-November

Chicago-area readers- below are survival-related classes from REI this October thru mid-November:

Map and Compass Navigation Basics, Oakbrook REI (west suburbs- Oakbrook Terrace), October 6, 6:30-8:30 PM, $30 member/$50 non-member, 4 spots left
Introductory to Backcountry Skills Class, Deer Grove Forest Preserve- Grove 5 (northwest suburbs- Palatine), October 11, 9 AM-2 PM, $60 member/$80 non-member, 8 spots left
Prepare for the Unexpected: Urban Emergency Preparedness, Northbrook REI (north suburbs- Northbrook), October 15, 7-8:30 PM, Free, 22 spots left
Wilderness Survival: 3-Season Skills, Palos Forest Preserve- Wolf Rd. Woods (southwest suburbs- Willow Springs), October 17, 9 AM-2 PM, $65 member/$85 non-member, 3 spots left
Zombie Preparedness- Surviving a Zombie Apocalypse, Oakbrook REI (west suburbs- Oakbrook Terrace), October 23, 7-8:30 PM, Free, 18 spots left
Backcountry Navigation with a Map & Compass- Level 1, Deer Grove Forest Preserve- Grove 5 (northwest suburbs- Palatine), October 24, 9 AM-2 PM, $60 member/$80 non-member, 11 spots left
Map and Compass Navigation Basics, Lincoln Park REI (city north- Chicago), October 29, 6:30-8:30 PM, $30 member/$50 non-member, 9 spots left
Zombie Preparedness- Surviving a Zombie Apocalypse, Schaumburg REI (northwest suburbs- Schaumburg), October 30, 7-8:30 PM, Free, 3 spots left
Wilderness Survival: 3-Season Skills, Blackwell Forest Preserve- Silver Lake Boat Launch (west suburbs- Warrenville), October 31, 9 AM-2 PM, $65 member/$85 non-member, 12 spots left
Wilderness First Aid with WMI and REI, Edgebrook Woods – Mathew Bieszczat Volunteer Resource Center (city northwest- Chicago), November 14, 9AM, to November 15, 6 PM, $225 member/$255 non-member, 15 spots left

REI membership is still available for only a one-time fee of $20. For more information about REI, visit their website here.

Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

(Editor’s note: Posting of information about any third-party instruction is not to be construed as being a recommendation from Survival And Prosperity and its editor, unless specifically indicated. I am not responsible for any personal liability, loss, or risk incurred as a consequence of the use and application, either directly or indirectly, of any information presented herein.)

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OnPoint Tactical Offering Urban Escape And Evasion Class In Chicago This September

Does the name Kevin Reeve sound familiar? How about the “Scout, Tracker and Survival School” he founded in 2004, OnPoint Tactical? Both are well-known in the survival training community, and from September 24 to 26, 2015, they’ll be in Chicago providing instruction in urban escape and evasion. From the OnPoint Tactical website:

Urban Escape & Evasion

While on an international business trip you are kidnapped and held for ransom. Or, a terrorist attack closes the business district of your city and you find yourself in a dangerous, chaotic fix. How do you stay alive? How do you get to safety on your own?

This class provides leading-edge skills to civilians who live or work in challenging urban environments or who may find themselves in a destabilizing urban area during a crisis. Topics covered include covert movement (day vs. night), the judicious use of caches, understanding urban baseline movement and urban awareness training, the use of disguises and false papers/identification, lock picking, escaping from unlawful custody, obtaining and driving local transportation, the use of “specialized” urban gear, and instruction on how to develop urban escape and evasion go-bags. A one day urban escape scenario is held the final day of class.


July 2015 AP Segment Of OnPoint’s Urban Escape And Evasion Class
YouTube Video

There’s been a lot of press generated about this class over the years. Cost is $799 to attend. Head on over to the OnPoint Tactical website here for more information and/or to enroll.

Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

(Editor’s note: Posting of information about any third-party instruction is not to be construed as being a recommendation from Survival And Prosperity and its editor, unless specifically indicated. I am not responsible for any personal liability, loss, or risk incurred as a consequence of the use and application, either directly or indirectly, of any information presented herein.)

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C.U.M.A. Survival School Offering Civil Unrest/Bug Out/Summer Weather Survival Training In Glenview, Illinois, On July 25

Just like the Chicago School Of Wilderness Skills, here’s another local organization I’d like to obtain instruction from down the road. From the Facebook page of Waysun Johnny Tsai and the C.U.M.A. Survival School (first blogged about in April 2014) this Sunday morning:

We are proud to announce DayOne Gear and Vulture Equipment Works as Sponsors for our ONE DAY Urban Survival/Bug Out/Wilderness class on Saturday, July 25th, 2015.

All class participants will receive a goodie bag which includes a DayOne Gear Survival Tin and Live Fire 550 Fire Cord (MSRP $50+ per bag) plus other essential gear that can be used in class.

DayOne Gear is donating a total of 30 survival gift bags, so space is limited to 30 students.

Vulture Equipment Works will be donating one of their TALON knives (MSRP $189) that will used in class and then raffled off afterwards.

It should be known that the NBC News Crew will be there filming the class for a special segment on Survival. However, all students can opt out of being filmed. This will be a Nationally broadcasted segment.

Class will be held at Off The X Training Concepts in Glenview, Illinois and go from 10:00AM-5:00PM.

NEXT C.U.M.A. SURVIVAL SCHOOL Civil Unrest/ Bug Out/ Summer Weather Survival.

This class will cover:
Home Prep
Home Defense
The importance of firearms training (presented by Off The X Training Concepts)
The Bug In
The Bug Out Vehicle
The Bug Out
Basic Wilderness Survival Skills
C.U.M.A. COMBATIVES Street Defense

WHEN: Saturday, July 25th, 2015

TIME: 10:00AM CST-5:00PM

Location: Off The X Training Concepts, 4350 Dipaolo Center, lower level, Glenview, Illinois 60025

COST: $150.00 (New Students /$75.00 C.U.M.A. SURVIVAL Alumni)

For more information about the class, head on over to C.U.M.A.’s Facebook page here. And for more comprehensive information about the school, visit their website here.

Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

(Editor’s note: Posting of information about any third-party instruction is not to be construed as being a recommendation from Survival And Prosperity and its editor, unless specifically indicated. I am not responsible for any personal liability, loss, or risk incurred as a consequence of the use and application, either directly or indirectly, of any information presented herein.)

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C.U.M.A. Survival School Offering Civil Unrest/Bug Out/Spring Weather Survival Training In Glenview, Illinois, This April

I just love all these survival-related training opportunities popping up this spring. And here’s the latest instruction being offered by Waysun Johnny Tsai and the Chicago, Illinois-based C.U.M.A. Survival School (first blogged about last April) in conjunction with Off The X Training Concepts in north suburban Glenview. From a Facebook event page:

Off The X Training Concepts is pleased to host Johnny Tsai of the C.U.M.A. Survival School for a course on

Civil Unrest / Bug Out / Spring Weather Survival Training

The following topics will be covered in this course:

Home Prep
Home Defense
The Bug In
Vehicle Prep & Considerations
The Bug Out
Basic Wilderness Survival Skills

Cost: $150 (New Students) $75 (C.U.M.A. SURVIVAL Alumni)

This is a CLOSED DOOR CLASS. Students must Pre-Register / Pre-Pay to attend this class.

To Register, please contact: Registration@offthextraining.com or sifujohnnytsai@gmail.com

Facebook shows the class is scheduled to take place on Saturday, April 18, from 10 AM to 4:30 PM, with the location listed as Off The X Training Concepts, 4350 DiPaolo Center, Lower Level, Glenview, Illinois.

You can view that Facebook event page here. For more information about C.U.M.A. Survival School, you can visit their website here.

Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

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Chicago-Area Urban Survival/Bug-Out Classes In December

Any Chicago-area readers looking to learn urban survival/bug-out skills in the coming month? Back in the spring I mentioned the C.U.M.A. Survival School in a post about Chicago Reader contributor Connie Vaughn taking such training from the outfit. I blogged:

I’ve come across the C.U.M.A. Survival School website before while researching Chicago-area prepper/survival training, and I’ve made a note to blog about it down the road.

This morning seemed like an appropriate time to talk about the school again as they’re offering survival training in December. From the C.U.M.A. website:

The C.U.M.A. Survival School specializes in no-nonsense training for everyone who is interested in Combatives, Self Defense, Urban Survival or venturing into the great outdoors. It does not matter if you are 45 year old civilian “novice” or a seasoned combat/law enforcement veteran; our goal is to provide quality instruction to anyone who is interested leaning valuable skill sets that can potentially save someone’s life…

The C.U.M.A. Survival School was founded by world re-known martial artist, CQC trainer, Book/DVD author, magazine writer and knife designer “SIJO” Waysun Johnny Tsai…

I e-mailed Waysun Johnny Tsai recently about upcoming survival-related classes they might be offering. From his reply last Thursday:

The Next one day 7 hour C.U.M.A. Urban Survival / BUG OUT classes are on Saturday, Dec 13th, 2014 and Sunday, Dec 20th, 2014.

The hours are 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM on either day.

Subject matter will include:

HOME PREPARATION AND BUGGING IN / SURVIVAL GEAR REVIEW (2 Hour Lecture/Near Schaumburg, ILLINOIS).

THE BUG OUT : Basic Winter Wilderness Survival at the BUSSE WOODS (Near Schaumburg, ILLINOIS / 3 Hours)

C.U.M.A. COMBATIVES: SURVIVING THE FIGHT (2 hours/ NEAR Schaumburg, ILLINOIS)

The cost for one day training is $150 per person …


“CBS CHANNEL 2 News on Urban Disaster Survival & Preparedness With The C.U.M.A. SURVIVAL SCHOOL”
YouTube Video

The class sounds real promising. Expert, hands-on urban survival training is hard to come by around these parts for some strange reason (or maybe not, as faith in the “Nanny State” among local residents remains foolishly strong). Busse Woods is a terrific venue (I used to fish there all the time when I was a kid). And I like that part of the instruction is dedicated to wilderness survival in the winter, which can get incredibly-brutal here in the Midwest.

This “keyboard commando” is certainly interested in enrolling some day.

Interested in the Urban Survival/Bug Out course or C.U.M.A. Survival School in general? You can visit the school’s website here for more information.

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

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Fernando ‘FerFAL’ Aguirre’s 2005 Essay: ‘Thoughts On Urban Survival’

I first brought up Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre on Survival And Prosperity within days of launching the blog. I wrote on December 1, 2010:

Last week I mentioned that I follow a couple of blogs on a regular basis. Surviving In Argentina is one of those and is authored by an Argentine named Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre who, like Orlov, has first-hand experience of what a financial collapse looks like. In his blog, Aguirre (who has lived in the U.S.) talks about how he and his young family survived the economic crisis in Argentina and how they’re coping now. It’s a rich source of information for surviving tough times, so much so FerFAL went ahead and wrote The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse in 2009.

I have a copy of The Modern Survival Manual. I’ve found it so relevant to my circumstances (living in Chicago and now its suburbs), I’ve referred back to it on a regular basis.

FerFAL has a new survival-themed book out. From an e-mail I received from him on June 29:

Hello Everyone!

My New Book, “Bugging Out and Relocating” is now available in Amazon!!

“Bugging Out & Relocating” is the “homework” I did for leaving Argentina. Unlike many prepper books floating around these days, this is about what I actually did, picking up a couple suitcases each, leaving everything behind and moving to a country I had never set foot on before. I basically did so by doing what I explain in this book…

Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying Put is not an Option sounds real interesting. I can’t wait to read it.

Now, did any readers know that Fernando Aguirre also published a pretty lengthy essay on urban survival back in 2005? I discovered it while reading his blog. It’s long– divided into seven parts- and chock-full of information and lessons gleaned from actual experiences. Remember, Northern Ireland-based FerFAL lived through an economic collapse in modern times. Even though I read the essay some years back, there’s one part in Thoughts on Urban Survival that still blows my mind. Aguirre wrote:

It happened 4 years ago, almost a year after the December 2001 crisis. It was a social studies class and this teacher, don’t remember if it was a he or a she, was explaining the different kinds of social pyramids. God! Now I remember more! We even had a text book with those darn, cruel pyramids! The first pyramid explained the basic society. A pyramid with two horizontal lines, dividing those on top (high social class) those in the middle (middle class) and the bottom of the pyramid (the poor, proletarian). The teacher explained that the middle of the pyramid, the middle class, acted as a cushion between the rich and the poor, taking care of the social stress. The second pyramid had a big middle section, this was the pyramid that represents 1st world countries. I which the bottom is very thin and arrows show that there is a possibility to go from low to middle class, and from middle to the top of the social pyramid. Our teacher explained that this was the classic, democratic capitalist society, and that on countries such as Europeans one, socialists, the pyramid was very similar but a little more flat, meaning that here is a big middle section, middle class, and small high and low class. There is little difference between the three of them.

The third pyramid showed the communist society. Where arrows from the low and middle class tried to reach the top but they bounced off the line. A small high society and one big low society, cushioned by a minimal middle class section of pyramid. Then we turned the page and saw the darned fourth pyramid. This one had arrows from the middle class dropping to the low, poor class.

“What is this?” Some of us asked.

The teacher looked at us. “This is us”

“It’s the collapsed country, a country that turns into 3rd world country like in pyramid five where there is almost no middle class to speak, one huge low, poor class , and a very small, very rich, top class.”

“What are those arrows that go from the middle to the bottom of the pyramid?” Someone asked.

You could hear a pin drop. “That is middle class turning into poor”.

I won’t lie, no one cried, though people rubbed their faces, held their heads and their breath.

No one cried, but we all knew at that very moment that all we thought, all we took for granted, simply was not going to happen.

“You see, the income from the middle class is not enough to function as middle class any more. Some from the top class fall to middle class, but the vast majority of the middle class turns into poor” Said the teacher.

I don’t know how many people in that room suddenly understood that he/she was poor.

The teacher continued “You see, we have a middle class that suddenly turns to poor, creating a society of basically poor people, there is no more middle class to cushion tensions any more. Middle class suddenly discovers that they are overqualified for the jobs they can find and have to settle for anything they can obtain, there for unemployment sky rockets, too much to offer, too little demand. You see they prepare, study for a job they are not going to get. You kids, you are studying Architecture because you simply wish to do so. Only 3 or 4 percent of you will actually find a job related to architecture.”

We all sat there, letting it all sink in. After a few months, it all proved to be true. Even the amount of students that dropped out of college increased to at least 50%. They either so no point in studying something that would not make much of a difference in their future salaries, had no money to keep themselves in college, or simply had to drop college to work and support their families…

Any of this strike a chord with readers? I’m guessing it might.

Anyway, check out the rest of Fernando Aguirre’s Thoughts on Urban Survival on his Surviving In Argentina blog here.

Just be sure to set aside a large block of time- or several smaller ones- to read it and take it all in.

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

(Editor’s note: Link added to “Resources” page)

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