Hurricane Harvey Update From Effected on the Ground

By John Farnam

Business owners carry so called "assault weapons" to protect their stores from looters in Ferguson, Missouri
We have much of our furniture and other personal property drying-out on our front lawn. There is no place else to put it! I have personally stopped these thieves from blatantly stealing our, and our neighbors’, property, many times in broad daylight. (file image)
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Ft Collins, CO –-( Hurricane Harvey Update, from a student in Port Aransas, TX

“Delusions of Security”

“We, along with 500k others, are now making slow clean-up progress, as we emerge from Harvey’s destruction. We have running water now. We’re told electricity will be back on tonight.

However, ‘human nature’ continues to amaze!

Our neighbors are all in a similar circumstance, and we look-after each other.

But, car-loads (sometimes truck-loads) of low-grade trash, from heaven-knows where, regularly prowl our streets, particularly at night.

We have much of our furniture and other personal property drying-out on our front lawn. There is no place else to put it! I have personally stopped these thieves from blatantly stealing our, and our neighbors’, property, many times in broad daylight. It is remarkable to see. Anything left untended will disappear!

I’m constantly running them off.

When they see that I am armed, there is never an argument! They are scum, and they know it, and they know full-well they are stealing from the wounded, so there is seldom any attempt on their part to ‘justify’ what they’re doing. They just leave, quickly!

Until our police resume ‘normal’ operations, we have to thus personally protect what we have left, and ourselves!”


Hurricane Harvey is dissipated now, but all of FL, GA, maybe SC and TN are currently suffering form Hurricane Irma’s impact, with at least one more hurricane (Jose) right behind.

At the same time, there has been an eight-plus earthquake in Mexico, with many fatalities, while yet another major hurricane (Katia) is about to impact Mexico’s coast!

And, North Korea is poised for yet another major provocation! Probably a missile launch, probably this weekend. A shooting war, sooner or later, is probably inevitable!

Our news media can’t keep up with it all!

Who knows what any one of us may be forced to do, in order to just survive!

“Security” is indeed a self-deceptive delusion, and right now a cruel one for many!

This is no time to be unarmed, nor otherwise unprepared!


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Is there no literate individual available to proofread these articles?

Herb T

I support shooting looters on sight. But what does the “law” say about shooting a looter in your yard “just” trying to steal something. My guess is that your neighbors should all be willing to help dispose of the body or bodies.

Matt in Oklahoma

The laws really vary from place to place. It’s good to know and understand. It’s also good to have carry insurance to help protect you afterwards.
Document any and all contacts. Thugs have a habit of trying to tell the police first and see if they can get you arrested to get you away from your stuff.
I use USLawShield but there are many good ones.

Wild Bill

@Herb T, That one neighbor that would not help, might need to get himself lost in the swamp, too!

Matt in Oklahoma

This should also drive home the point of Post SHTF survival that it is difficult at best to do it by yourself. You need a team to pull security 24hrs a day and to continue the work.

Wild Bill

in OK, True, but the more people that you have on staff, the more logistics that you need. Dogs are good, but they can not lay down a base of fire. A spool of electric fence wire, and lots of pop cans with a few pebbles in them make good tangle foot and alert the dogs, but a defense in depth still needs a team.

Matt in Oklahoma

So glad someone understands

Chris Mallory

“Hurricane Harvey Update From Effected on the Ground”

One of the major EFFECTS of a hurricane is that millions of firearms owners will be AFFECTED.


OH, yeah…remember this? “No one NEEDS an AR-15 assault weapon!” Often said by the news media anti-gun wackos.

But once the looters see that homeowner defending his/her property with that evil “military weapon of war” that no one but the military should have–you know, the one with the super-destructive “high capacity” 30-rd magazine–they run like the rats they are! Notice the plural term: looterS, with an “S”–multiple potential attackers which requires MULTIPLE rapid shots to successfully defend oneself against.


I was actually surprised the media showed the looters instead of just saying places were looted.


I saw the USUAL throngs of hoodrats running with goods form the looted places. Would love to se a .50BMG answer them as they come out with their stolen goods. Disgusting………….. BUT EXPECTED !