Knuckle Dragger Survival, School of Emergency Preparedness


School of Emergency Preparedness

Welcome to KDS! We are happy to say that we are about to complete our last test class and we are currently taking deposits for the KDS 8 Pilar Survival Basics Course which is a 4 day course (Friday-Monday) that will run monthly starting in January 2019. Please read below for class description, class dates and enrollment procedures:

KDS 8 Pillar Survival Basics Course Description:

Our 8 Pillar Survival Basics Course is intended for adults 18 or older (17 if considered legally an adult) that focusses on my linear, 8 Pillar survival philosophy which encompasses the 8 skill sets and focus areas that I believe to be most essential for long term survival. The 8 pillars are Food, Water, Shelter, Security, Communications, Health, Land Navigation, and Fire-Craft. Unlike other survival systems that take the pyramid approach to survival by identifying certain needs as more vital than others; my system looks at survival needs as being fluid and ever changing, and we encourage our students to use their intuition and apply situational awareness to determine which of the 8 survival pillars to apply to whatever emergency scenario they may find themselves in. At KDS we intentionally cap our class sizes to 8 students or less so that you will get a far more intimate and often one on one instruction from some of the most experienced survival and emergency preparedness instructors that you will find, bar none!

KDS 8 Pillar Survival Basics Course Dates-

KDS 8 Pillar Survival Basics Course Class 0001:

11-14 January 2019

KDS 8 Pillar Survival Basics Course Class 0002:

15-18 February 2019

KDS 8 Pillar Survival Basics Course Class 0003:

15-18 March 2019

KDS 8 Pillar Survival Basics Course Class 0004:

12-15 April 2019

KDS 8 Pillar Survival Basics Course Class 0005:

17-20 May 2019

KDS 8 Pillar Survival Basics Course Class 0006:

21-24 June 2019



100% Disabled Veterans can attend ANY of our course packages FREE of CHARGE (subject to availability of slots; 1 slot per class is left open per class for this purpose)

Active Duty and Retired Veterans get a 50% discount on all course packages

Public School Teachers and Police Officers get a 50% discount on all course packages

Nurses and CNA’s get a 50% discount on all course packages

First Responders get a 50% discount on all course packages

Family members of Active Duty or Retired Special Operations personnel and their direct family members (dependents) get a 50% discount on all course packages


Course Name: KDS 8 Pillar Survival Basics Course

Cost Per Person to Attend: $1,500

Minimum Down Payment required to hold your slot: $300.00

$100 of the $300 down payment is nonrefundable (unless the class is cancelled by KDS or in other rare case by case situations). The other $200.00 is refundable until 7 days prior to training at which time it too is nonrefundable.

The remaining $1,200.00 is due to KDS prior to the commencement of training.

How to enroll…Easy as 1,2,3!:

Step 1: Call or email KDS and schedule your class dates.




Step 2: Send a Money Order or Certified Check to:

Knuckle Dragger Survival, LLC

Attn: Brian Morris

PO Box 264

12311 Roxboro Road

Rougemont, NC 27572

Make Checks/money Orders out to:

Brian Morris/KDS, LLC

Step 3: Once your payment is received KDS will immediately contact you with further instructions.

NOTE: KDS reserves the right to cancel training for any reason at any time. in such an event a 100% refund of your money will be given. the minimum number of students required for a class to go forward is 4. if we do not have a minimum of 4 students enrolled at the 7 days prior to training mark then that class will be cancelled and you will be given the option to get a 100% refund immediately or to shift right to another class date.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is KDS?:

KDS is a survival school located in Rougemont, North Carolina and founded by Brian Morris; a retired Green Beret Master Sergeant with the United States Army Special Forces. Brian spent his 25 year career honing his survival skills by putting many of the techniques taught at KDS to the ultimate test in real world combat operations around the globe; but mainly by learning and being mentored by some of the greatest Spec Ops operators to ever live. After the military, Brian continued to serve by working for the Special Operations Command as a civilian advising and teaching survival and Personnel Recovery (For more about Brian see the KDS Founder page).

What makes KDS different from other wilderness survival schools?:

Over Brian’s many years of service he developed and honed what he has coined “The 8 Pillars of Survival”, a survival philosophy that utilizes a linear-fluid approach to survival based problem solving requiring practitioners to utilize their situational awareness to choose what pillar to focus on in an ever fluid survival scenario in order to continually adjust and flow between pillars in order to optimize their chances of survival. The 8 pillars consist of Food, Water, Shelter, Security, Communications, Health, Land Navigation, and Fire-Craft. KDS applies the Spec Ops philosophy to everything we teach. What I mean by that is we teach in a simple, easy to remember, “crawl-walk-run” manner that will apply common sense, smarter not harder techniques and methodology to all of the essential survival skills needed to allow our students to survive and thrive in any situation they may find themselves in. At KDS we always weigh the risks against the rewards in everything we teach so that students learn the right way to minimize and mitigate the chances of compounding their survival situation by making decisions that were not thought out or based off of proven and battle tested techniques, tactics, and procedures. You can rest easy knowing that Brian personally vets every KDS Instructor to ensure that the information being put out is coming from only from the most highly respected and proficient members of the Special Operations and Emergency Preparedness communities.

Why KDS incorporates firearms training into its core curriculum?:

Because of the fact that the world is inarguably a volatile place, and there is no way of knowing where you will be or what the dangers are that you may face when a disaster or major emergency occurs, we believe it is imperative that you use all the tools available to you, including firearms if necessary, to break contact with those threats and as quickly as possible, get yourself and those you love as far away from the source of danger as is humanly feasible. Remember that all humans poses the same survival instinct; the only real difference is some people for a multitude of reasons, chose not to prepare for a localized emergency such as a severe weather event, let alone a national catastrophe, and because of that you can be sure that those who were not prepared at some point once desperation sets it will come to try and take what you have to assure their survival. That is why “Security” is a core Pillar of the KDS survival methodology, and it is the reason we incorporate firearms training into our program of instruction.

Packing List:


What to bring:

While we will not turn anyone away from training due to not bringing certain items on the packing list, we do strongly recommend you bring the following gear and supplies in order to maximize the training value of your time here at KDS and assure that you get the most out of your experience with us.


You will be on site for 4 days (or approximately 12 meals) and while we will break for lunch 3 times a day for meals, and you will have some free time each night to cook; we will not always be at base camp during training and so we ask that while there is no limit to what you bring to eat or drink, that you try to at least bring lunch food items that you can put in your day pack so that we can stop in place wherever our training has taken us and not have to go back to base camp for our lunch meals. Additionally, the base camp is about ¼ of a mile walk from the drop off location and other than your weapons, everything else will have to be brought in on foot so I don’t advise you pack more food than you can carry unless you don’t mind making multiple trips. Below are the food items I recommend you bring but again, what food you bring is up to you.

Personal daily freeze dried rations x 4 days of training (12 Entrées Per Person.

Power Bars

Hard Candies

Backpacking Stove and 2 x 16 oz fuel canisters

Camping cook set

Coffee of cocoa

.22 caliber rifle or air rifle (We have one for you if you cant bring your own)

.22LR ammunition or .22 air Rifle Pellets (if borrowing one of the KDS .22’s, please bring a tin of 500 hollow point air gun pellets).

Weapons Carrying Case(s) and pad lock for any weapons that will accompany you


CamelBak (or similar styled) Water Hydration System

Water Purification Tablets or Liquid Drops

Water Filtration Straw or Pump style system


Tent, Light Weight (Season will dictate style IE: Ground Tent,

Hammock Tent, 3 or 4 Season Tent, etc. depending on time of year)

Sleeping Bag System (20 Degree Rated Nov-Mar)

Poncho Liner, Military Surplus

Tarp 10×10

Bunji Cords x 5

2 long sleeve shirts, outdoor, button up

2 long or short sleeve under shirts, moisture wicking

2 pair thermal pants (N0v-April)

2 thermal tops

1 warm jacket (N0v-April)


2 pair work pants, outdoor

1 pair thermal gloves (N0v-April)

1 thermal cap (N0v-April)

10 pairs of socks

Hiking Boots

Base Camp Shoes

Work Gloves

Tactical Belt


Pistol with holster and additional magazine (if you don’t have your own pistol we can loan you one but would prefer you please bring a universal holster that will support a 92F Berretta.

Pistol Ammunition x 200 rounds (if you are not bringing your own pistol and would prefer to borrow one of ours instead, then please bring 200 rounds of 9mm Ball Ammunition.

AR15 or AK47 Style Carbine with minimum of iron & reflex site and an additional high capacity magazine (We have loner Carbines on sight at KDS if you do not have one of your own)

Carbine Ammunition (if you are not bringing your own Carbine and would prefer to borrow one of ours instead, then please bring 300 rounds of .223 Rem./5.56 NATO Ammunition.

Shotgun (We have loner shotguns on sight at KDS if you do not have one of your own)

50 rounds of shotgun ammunition (if borrowing one of our shotguns, please bring 50 rounds of 12 Gauge x 2.75 Buck Shot or Target.)

Weapons Carrying Case(s) and pad lock for any weapons that will accompany you

Head lamp, USB chargeable or bring extra batteries (500 or more Lumens and with Red Lens option)


AM/FM/Short Wave Radio  (Plus Spare Batteries)

Pocket Sized Notepad

Pen & pencil

Power stick or external battery pack


Glow sticks, Green, 10

Solar Charging Panel

Signal Mirror


Chemical Protective Mask

IFAK/FIRSTAID (Complete with Trauma Package/Tourniquet/Israeli Bandage as well as other standard first aid kit items)

Foot Care Kit (Nail Clippers, Mole Skin, Pain Relieving Ointment)

Emergency Dental Care Kit

Toilet Paper

Baby Wipes

Hand/Foot warmers

Emergency space blanket

1 pair trauma shears

Prescription Medication (4 Days worth)



Map Pens (black, x2, extra fine)

Compass, Lensatic

GPS (I suggest getting a GPS smart phone app such as “milGPS”. These apps work well and are far less expensive than a traditional GPS)


Pace Beads


Road Flairs, Waterproof (6)

Lighter (6 pack small Bic lighters and a 6 pack of generic lighters with adjustable flame)

Strike Anywhere Matches (waterproof/qty 500)

5 small white tea candles

Magnifying glass

Ferrocerium (Ferro) Rod

Magnesium Fire Starter

9 volt battery (2)

Steel wool (Extra Fine)

Hand full of dryer lint in a Ziploc bag

Small ziplock bag of cotton balls

Small container of Vaseline


Knife, Primary Survival, Full Tang.

Knife, Pocket/EDC, Folding

Multi tool

Role of electrical tape

Carabineers to secure equipment (10)

Gorilla Tape

Glue Stick (small pack)

Spool of low test fishing line

Pack of assorted small hooks

Pack of small weighted bobbers

Empty 16-20 oz plastic bottle

Black garbage bags x 4, Heavy Duty/Industrial Strength

Survival kit tin, Individual

Watch (analog)

Paracord x 200 feet (make sure it is authentic and has a minimum of 7 internal strands)

Sewing Kit

Dental floss

10 x 1 gallon zip bags & 10 x 1 qt zip bags

Pack of small razor blades

Pack of condoms for water storage (non-lubricated)

DOCUMENTS – Carry Copies Of:

  • Drivers License and one other form of formally recognized photo ID
  • 3×5 card with list of family & friends to be called in event of emergency as well as any medical allergies, precautions, or other information that may be needed in event you are injured or ill and can’t talk for yourself.