Happy Commit Spiritual Adultery Against Christ Day

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spiritual-adultery-editedWell it is that day of the year again when “Christians” dump Christ and choose to wallow in the muck and mire of the enemy. I call it spiritual adultery, in other words, basically sleeping with a whore once a year. People will make all kinds of excuses about how fun it is or what a great way to reach people, … Yada, yada, yada.
Sleeping with a whore is sleeping with a whore no matter how fancy or dirty she may be. One is committing adultery no matter what.
Wives, how would you feel if you found out your husband was entertaining a woman of the night once a year?
Men, what if you found out your wife was entertaining a male prostitute once a year?
Get what I am saying here?
So why do we commit spiritual adultery with Satan on one of his highest holidays?
You enjoying sleeping with the Whore Satan?
I know that I am ticking off a lot of people right now saying what I am saying, but like it or not, that is what you are doing.
Because Jesus Christ is “not visible” before our eyes, we have no problem getting in bed with that prostitute and we justify in so many ways.
I know for a fact that I am going to get a bunch of email from people telling me that I am wrong, being judgmental, I am a pharisee, why can’t I let the kids have fun,  Kirk Cameron says it’s ok, etc, etc, etc.
Listen, you want to whore around with Satan… Go for it, it does not effect me one way or the other. Who it does matter to is the one who paid the price for your very soul. He was tortured, whipped, scurged, bled, mocked, hung on the cross and died a horrible death all for you… And how do you repay that love? You go get in bed with Satan once a year dressed up as what ever and unite yourself with the enemy all in the name of fun and the flesh.
You are then going to sleep off the spiritual hangover all day Saturday and then go to Church on Sunday and talk to all the other spiritual adulterers about all the “fun” you had.
Again, how would your husband or wife feel if you did the same thing and cheated on them?
Pretty bad right?
I bet if you cheated on your wife or husband you would also feel pretty guilty too, right?
SO why don’t “Christians” feel the same guilt when they cheat on Christ with Satan?
Scripture says…

1 Corinthians 10:21 (KJV) Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.
Galatians 5:17 for the flesh lusteth against the spirit, and the spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
1John 2:4-5(KJV) He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.

Here is a statement by Harry Ironside, a great fundamental pastor.

“Error is like leaven, of which we read, “A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.” Truth mixed with error is equivalent to all error, except that it is more innocent looking and, therefore, more dangerous. God hates such a mixture! Any error, or any truth-and-error mixture, calls for definite exposure and repudiation. To condone such is to be unfaithful to God and His Word and treacherous to imperiled souls for whom Chris died.” –H.A. Ironside

True Christian or Just Another C.I.N.O.?

Time to do a check up from the neck up and REALLY ask yourself, Who Do You Serve?
What distinguishes a true Christian from a C.I.N.O.?
In most cases the answer is one word – guilt.
Those who are truly Christians are convicted when they sin and feel guilt whenever they do sin ( and we all sin).
Those who aren’t true Christians don’t feel guilt, either because they have quenched the Holy Spirit or because they were never saved in the first place.
If fact, one of the sure ways to find out if you are really saved is how you react to sin.
If you just shrug it off and say “everyone sins” then you have problems.
If you hate every sin you have committed and feel guilt every time, it is safe to say that you are saved.
SO if you are going to choose to whore around with Satan tonight, ask yourself the morning after, how do you feel?
Guilty or just “shrug it off” because everyone is doing it?
Then ask yourself who do you really love – Christ or Satan?
If you liked whoring around, felt no guilt and justified it, odds are you aren’t one of His.
See, it is a common lie told by many CINOs – “It’s who you know that gets you into heaven.”
Actually, this is wrong. It is who knows YOU.
Here is what I mean. I know George W Bush, he was the president, lives in Texas, and I was able to drive up to his front gates when we lived there.
If I drive there today and pull up to his gate, Secret Service agents will stop me, look me in the eye and ask me what I am doing there.
My responce “Well I am here to see George W” and flash him the perly whites.
He asks my name, checks his list, asks if I have an appointment and does not see my name on the list.
WHY?
Although I know of George W Bush, he does not know me. So am I gaining access to this former president?
Nope, nada, no way.
Same goes with Christ. Just because YOU know Him does not mean HE knows you. Well, He does in His God manner, He knows everything. But what you are not, is one of His children.
Scripture says…

Matthew 7:21-23 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

So, if you choose to go out whoring with Satan tonight and you claim the title Christian. Look yourself in the mirror and get real with yourself and ask “Who do you REALLY serve?”
I hope these words sting and cut to the bone. It is the truth and it does not matter if you like it or not, it still is the truth.
If you do not like what I am saying and I am just being mean and hateful, news flash – the truth sounds like hate to those who hate the truth.
No sugar coating and no halloween candy from me. No siree….
So the choice is yours.
Stay true to your first love, or go whore around with the enemy.
What will matter is how you will react to your choice / action the morning after.
That will tell who you REALLY care for, love and serve.
Be ready for an eye opener one way or the other.
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By Ray Gano

Essential Emergency Kit Information & Advice

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By Denis Korn                                                                                                    Franklin quote

This post – Essential Emergency Kit Information & Advice – is a valuable companion to the previous post Essential Checklist for Emergency Preparedness & Outdoor Adventure Planning – Including Vehicle Preparedness – Latest Update.  You are encouraged to share this post and its vital information with family, friends, business associates, church and temple congregations and other members of any organizations to which you belong.  May this post help you in your serious preparedness planning.  Celebrate Peace of Mind!

Here are the crucial questions to answer when assembling your emergency kit/grab-and-go/bug-out bag – which is vital if you must leave your home or business quickly.

  • If an evacuation has been declared, a severe weather event is imminent or a significant disaster has occurred, how will I know?
  • If I have to evacuate, will I be in a cozy government evacuation center with food, water, blankets and a bed, or will I be on my own in the elements, a crude shelter or a friend’s/relatives house?
  • If specific government, church, community and friend’s sheltering options are not available, where do I go? How far? How do I get there?
  • What conditions can I expect to encounter – best scenario – worst scenario?
  • What are the weather conditions I am likely to encounter? What is the season?
  • Will I be alone, or are others depending on me? Family – children – elderly – pets?
  • Am I dependent on others? Who? Why? Do I expect the government to take care of me?
  • What kind of support is likely to be available?
  • How long should I prepare for?
  • What if there is nothing left when I return?
  • Are my essentials, heirlooms, personal treasures, irreplaceable photographs, documents and financial assets secure if I leave with only my grab-and-go bag?
  • Do I have a reliable communication plan to contact family, friends and business associates at a moment’s notice?
  • What is the potential severity of the emergency I might experience?
  • Will I have transportation, or will I be on foot?
  • Do I have enough money on hand to pay for possible shelter, food or supplies if I am suddenly evacuated and away from home or business?
  • Am I truly prepared for the unexpected, a procrastinator or am I in denial?

To have a truly adequate emergency kit/grab-and-go/bug-out bag the above questions must be answered. Your personal preparedness bag contents will vary depending on numerous factors such as time, number of persons, locations involved, mobility, support available, season, comfort level desired and the degree of peace of mind you want.

Here is a list of the basic essentials for every kit. Each category will have multiple options depending on how you answer the above crucial questions. Cheap, inadequate and poorly made provisions don’t belong in a quality kit. Prepare your kit as if your and your family’s life and comfort depended on it – because it does!

  1. Water – bottled/filters/purifiers/tablets/containers
  2. Food – ready-to-eat/bars/trail mix/freeze dried/shelf stable/food preparation equipment
  3. Medical – quality medical kit with instructions/prescriptions/glasses/essential medications/sunscreen/dental medic/foot care/safety pins/dust mask/gas mask
  4. Special Needs – food/medical/children/elderly/disabled/pets
  5. Tools – multi-tool/knife/wire/cable ties/duct tape/rope/paracord/gloves/small axe/repair tools/super glue/aluminum foil/ /manual can opener (often on multi-tool)/bungee cords/foldable or wire saw
  6. Communication – radio/hand crank – solar – battery/two-way radios/cell phone
  7. Fire – fire starter/lighter/matches/tinder/flint starter/magnifying glass
  8. Signaling & Orienting – whistle/signal mirror/compass/maps/GPS device
  9. Lighting – Hand crank – solar – battery/headlamp/flashlight/lantern/candles/lightsticks
  10. Power & Energy – batteries – regular and rechargeable/power-pack for batteries & cell phone recharged by solar and/or hand crank/solar and/or hand crank that charges devices directly
  11. Shelter – tarp/tent – tube or larger/plastic sheeting/insect protection
  12. Emergency Blankets/sleeping bags – emergency or larger or bivy sack
  13. Personal Hygiene/sanitary supplies/disinfectant
  14. Plastic Bags/ties
  15. Personal Security – weapon & ammo if appropriate/pepper spray/bear repellant/mace or other options
  16. Appropriate Clothing and Footwear – protection from the elements/apparel for warmth/heat packs – hand and body warmers
  17. Identification and Essential Documents – Bible/compact survival handbook/personal ID/insurance and other key documents/entertainment
  18. Spare Keys
  19. Phone Numbers and Addresses – friends, relatives, and emergency organizations/agencies
  20. Instructions on meeting and/or communicating with family and/or friends during or after an emergency
  21. Cash/credit cards
  22. Pen/markers/paper
  23. Configured Compact Emergency Kit with Essential Items
  24. Carrying Device – carry bag/backpack/suitcase/sturdy container/Food & Supply Brick™/duffel Bag (very durable and if you anticipate carrying your bag any distance shoulder straps should be available with your carry bag or duffel)

If time permits, take irreplaceable items such as heirlooms, heirloom jewelry, photographs, military/marriage/birth/deed records, computers, tablets, and personal contact information and documents not included in your grab-and-go device.

Water
An obvious necessity for everyone. Know what water sources are available to you during an emergency, or in the outdoors. Plan accordingly and don’t hold back preparing for this essential category.

Determine whether or not you want to purify water for viruses.  Not all water filters are designed for this purpose – look for water purifiers that specifically state that they will kill viruses.

Food
Numerous options are available. This category must be accessed carefully and the quality and quantity of foods chosen should be appropriate to the anticipated length of time of the emergency or outing, and severity of circumstances you anticipate might occur.  For shorter term scenarios foods in most situations should be nutritious and ready-to-eat; however you might want to consider some foods requiring only the addition of cold or hot water.  If you do need hot water you must plan for the appropriate means and equipment to heat your water.  Options listed have a longer shelf life and are suitably packaged for kits or backpacks.

Medical
When your health and survival during a medical emergency is at stake, you don’t want to rely on cheap or inadequate medical supplies. This is an important category to thoughtfully evaluate. Don’t forget medications or products needed for those with special medical conditions.  If your pre-assembled kit doesn’t include one, make sure you get a good book on medical emergencies.

Shelter/warmth
Protection from the elements and insects is essential, especially in a harsh climate.

Tools
Numerous unforeseen situations or just routine conditions occur during an emergency or during an outdoor adventure. Be prepared and secure with the proper quality tool.

Communication/Signaling
It is important to keep informed during an emergency with friends, family, and appropriate governmental agencies and emergency organizations. When in an outdoor environment, unsettled weather considerations necessitate weather alert radios. Avoid a sense of isolation during serious emergencies.  If you get lost or are separated from your group signaling can be crucial.  Since electronic items are included in this category, you may want to consider a small solar power device.

Lighting
This is an essential category to address when anticipating any situation where you may be in darkness. Not only for a sense of security and comfort, but to be able to see clearly and act accordingly if emergencies occur in the dark.

Personal protection
For some this may not be an essential basic category.  Each individual must decide the extent to which they will or will not provide protection for themselves and their families from physical harm by others or wild animals.

This article provides a very basic list of suggested items we believe are essential for emergency preparedness and outdoor recreation; especially if space, weight, and mobility are important.  For an expanded list of suggestions read our article: Essential Checklist for Emergency Preparedness & Outdoor Adventure Planning Including Vehicle Preparedness

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Combative Pistol 1 with ORS

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This is just a brief summary of the pistol course I took with ORS recently. I trained with Olmsted Risk Solutions about 8 months ago at the Defensive Preparedness Summit; you can read the summary of that here. This course was different in that the focus was on pistol employment in a day to day scenario.

 

Lance discussing techniques
Within minutes of the class commencing I noticed improvements on my grip and draw, we did a few drills that focused on grip and trigger control. It is amazing how a little rain and a cold wind can add an added value to the training.

I don’t think he’s going to make it

Range selfie
Combative Pistol 1 took place at the range which is genius, most CCW courses take place in a house or a Holiday Inn and spend almost the entire time talking about a bunch of crap that you don’t need to know. In this class we discussed what to do in the event we do have to use deadly force. The CCW course I took back in Massachusetts never once discussed using our pistol when our lives are in danger, we didn’t even talk about shooting the pistol properly!

I can’t say enough good things about this course, Lance clearly has his shit together and is among the rising number of people in the firearms world who focus on what is important when it comes to the gun and how to use it.

Lance and I did a brief video summarizing the class as well.
 
I promised it would be brief so here it is! Any questions about this course of upcoming classes please contact ORS directly here.



The Ivans awaiting some more lead

The (Not Very) United States

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The eleven different sub-nations within the US.  Click image for a larger image.

The eleven different sub-nations within the US. Click image for a larger image.

One of the fictions foisted on us in the name of greater federal government is that the US is a collection of 50 similar states, and that national/federal laws of a ‘one size fits all’ are both appropriate and necessary.

The reality is very different.  Indeed, there are massive social discontinuities within single states, let alone across all 48 lower states, plus Alaska and Hawaii (which still seems to half regret having joined the rest of us).

I travel some around the western part of our great nation, and it always strikes me that not only are there huge differences between, for example, CA and its neighbors, OR, NV and AZ, but also with each state.  In California we have the Mexican dominated south, the formerly hippy and now high-tech Bay area, but also, if you go inland, there are some conservative counties with gun friendly policies, including some where the county sheriff is happy to issue concealed carry permits to anyone who asks.

In WA, the state is fractured by the Cascades – a very liberal western group of counties, and a much more conservative eastern group of counties, who feel terribly disenfranchised.  Political matters are decided in the left-wing metroplex stretching from Bellingham down to Olympia, leaving the greater part of the state – geographically but not economically or demographically – out in the cold (quite literally so in the winters!).

These disruptions within our nation and within individual states come as no surprise to us.  We see it every presidential election, for example, and we consider it painstakingly if we are choosing where to locate a retreat.  It is reflected in the repeated and unlikely to ever succeed moves to split states into two, or to blend parts of two states and make them into three or more new states.  Most recently, in late 2014, a petition for a ballot measure in California to split the state into six separate states narrowly failed to gain enough signatures.

A recent article in the Tufts University Alumni magazine suggests that the US as a whole can be segmented into 11 different clustered subgroups, with each subgroup sharing generally similar values and views.  The article includes a fascinating map showing, county-by-county, where the groupings are.  We could point out that even some counties are far from uniform in nature, but for the purposes of a general vague mapping of these different value groupings, that is probably as close as one can get – leastways, without a multi-million dollar federal grant to research it further!

The most interesting point, for me, was that the increased mobility of our population was actually making these groupings more extreme, rather than mixing everyone up more.  Because it is easier to relocate these days than it was in the past, people are choosing to relocate to areas with like-minded folk, and when you think about it, that’s one of the core concepts in choosing a retreat location.

The area of greatest interest to us is essentially an extension of the region sometimes referred to as the American Redoubt, and in this article, termed ‘The Far West’.  Of course, the article did not adjust its regions for considerations of how best to survive TEOTWAWKI, so for us, their Far West region is a starting point to then refine and narrow down.

The author’s point is not so much to show and map these different regions, but to consider the implications of their existence.  He says that as long as there is such a pronounced lack of homogeneity in our country, it is difficult for consensus driven federal government to effectively address the often opposite wishes of different parts of the country.

Think for example about abortion.  That’s something most people have an opinion on, and it is pretty much an either/or issue – you’re either for or against ‘a woman’s right to choose’/’the rights of an unborn child’.  There’s not really a compromise that could be created that works for everyone in the nation.

The same for gun control, and for all manner of other moral and value related issues.

Unfortunately, the author uses his findings as a base for a long discourse on violence and, by implication, how it should be controlled, but for our purposes, simply look at the map, read the descriptions of the eleven different regions, and then follow the national trend – relocate to the region that feels most like ‘home’ to you.

Chances are, when you do, you’ll find us already there!

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299 Days Book Review: The Preparation

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At long last, I FINALLY read the first 299 Days book, The Preparation! Loved it! For those of you not familiar, 299 Days is a series of 10 books written by Glen Tate, about the collapse of the United States. “The Preparation” chronicles the life and career of a man named Grant, who takes a […]

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How Much You Need To Plant To Feed Your Family

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How Much You Need To Plant To Feed Your Family How much do you need to plant to feed your family? How many seeds/plants do you need to plant if you want to feed your family fresh produce during the growing season, and then can enough to last the rest of the year. The chart […]

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12 year shelf life verified for Mountain House Food Storage

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Research Shows 12 year shelf life

Albany, OR (PRWEB) October 06, 2014

12 year shelf lifeNew testing by the Sensory Science Laboratory at Oregon State University has found the food pouches of Mountain House, the leading provider of freeze dried foods for outdoor recreation and long-term storage, offer a 20-percent longer shelf life than previously verified. The third-party testing, which Mountain House commissions on a regular basis to ensure their rigorous standards are met, showed a 12-year shelf life, compared to the 10-year shelf life previous testing had proved in 2012.

This represents the longest independently verified shelf life in the industry.

“Shelf life remains one of the most important variables in the emergency preparedness market, and we are continually looking to provide our consumers with the most up-to-date information on our products, backed by unbiased third-party testing,” said Reiner Bohlen, marketing manager at Mountain House. “Other companies may claim to offer pouches of food with longer shelf lives, but they fail to provide independent testing to substantiate those claims.”

For those looking to Mountain House for emergency preparedness or other long-term food storage needs, the brand’s food packaged in #10 cans offers a verified 25-year shelf life and has been a popular choice for decades. This latest testing on Mountain House foods packaged in proprietary pouches shows them to be another viable option for long-term storage. The pouches also provide greater variety, easier storage, and more convenient serving sizes.

To conduct the testing, the OSU Sensory Science Laboratory evaluated foods from Mountain House pouches archived 12 years ago and compared the results to the same recipes packaged this year. The testing found with a 99.9% confidence level that there is not a significant difference in taste between the current pouches of food and those that are aged 12 years.

“We know the emergency preparedness community takes great care in storing food. After all, the health, well-being, and comfort of their families depends on it”,” said Bohlen. “At Mountain House, we take the same care in creating our meals. We also have the most conservative definition of shelf life in the industry: virtually indistinguishable from new production. We want people to trust that in an emergency, they’ll be able to turn to Mountain House products for reliable, great-tasting and nutritious foods, on day one or year 12.”

Oregon Freeze Dry, the makers of Mountain House, has a long history of excellence in the freeze-dried foods industry, pioneering the necessary technology and processes for over 50 years. As part of a rigorous, ongoing quality assurance program, Mountain House regularly tests its own archived products rather than making assumptions based on “accelerated aging” or testing of other types of food. More information on Mountain House’s efforts in this area can be found on its website.

We carry a large selection of Mountain House Food Storage

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Ebola in my home town

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Before this summer I often glossed over bioterrorism in my Survival Medicine classes…that could never happen here, could it?

Now that Ebola has arrived in my home town I feel differently. No doubt you’ve heard of the health care worker who flew from Cleveland to Dallas the day before she reported symptoms of Ebola.  During her time in Ohio she visited the Akron area, Tallmadge actually, less than 5 miles from my home.  Yikes!  Time to take this seriously.  No wonder a  friend called from Alabama…to wish me farewell…just in case.

Not that this is bioterrorism – but it could be someday.  Ebola is on the CDC’s Category A list of potential bioterrorism agents.

For the local story, check out the Fox news coverage at http://fox8.com/2014/10/15/cdc-notifies-frontier-passengers-says-ebola-patient-traveled-on-flight-from-cle-monday/.  The house under quarantine could well be in my neighborhood.

Over the past month I’ve been receiving nearly daily Ebola updates.  I haven’t posted an article on my site before now, since readers have access to the same news I receive.  But today the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians sent out an alert, along with the following Ebola Virus Fact Sheet.

Note that physicians are being asked to try to diagnose patients via telephone and to NOT draw blood.  Check out the references below for the official Ohio response to Ebola.  I’ll keep you updated on the local scene if anything more develops.  And make sure you and your own community are prepared for the unthinkable.

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Ebola Virus Disease

(Source: Ohio Department of Health)

Ebola virus disease is one of several hemorrhagic fevers. It is spread through direct contact with:

  1. The blood or body fluids of a person who is sick with Ebola
  2. Objects (like needles) that have been contaminated with the blood or body fluids of a person sick with Ebola
  3. Touching the body of someone who has died from Ebola.

Ebola is not spread by air or water.

Ohio Information

On October 15, 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notified the Ohio Department of Health that a health care worker in Dallas, TX, diagnosed with Ebola recently visited family in Ohio.

The Ohio Department of Health has activated its Ebola preparedness plan and initiated a 24-hour-a-day call center to answer Ohioans’ questions about Ebola. The number is (866) 800-1404.

What Should Family Physicians Do?

According to Mary DiOrio, MD, state epidemiologist and interim chief of the Division of Prevention and Health Promotion at the Ohio Department of Health, physicians are asked to diagnose patients by telephone, if possible, for Ebola virus symptoms. Physicians should also verify whether the person in recent weeks has either traveled to West Africa or been in contact with someone who has. If the patient is being diagnosed in person, physicians should check for symptoms such as fever, body aches and fatigue, but should not draw blood.

The Ohio Department of Health also stresses that it is now also important to ask whether individuals have had contact with a person ill with Ebola in the United States. Physicians and other health care professionals are reminded of the appropriate use of personal protective equipment as indicated.

Physician & Patient Resources

– See more at: http://www.ohioafp.org/practice-transformation/ebola-virus-disease/#sthash.y6sqt9jX.dpuf

Product Review – Paleo Meals to Go’s Coconut Berry Breakfast

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My buddy, James from SurvivalPunk, runs a blog similar to mine, and lives a similar lifestyle. He and I both eat as close to 100% Paleo as we can.
For those not in the know, “Paleo”, or “the Paleolithic Diet”, in a nutshell, consists of no refined sugars, no grains, no legumes, and no dairy. Pause a […]

Disaster Tip of the Week: How to Survive a Halloween Zombie Attack

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Did you know that Halloween is considered one of the most dangerous nights of the year for children?

Did you know that on average, twice as many kids are killed while walking on Halloween as compared to any other day of the year according to Safe Kids USA?

To keep our little ones from Zombie attacks of all sorts a little common sense will do the trick. Make sure your Halloween night does not become a real life nightmare.

Plan for a Safe Halloween 

  • Have lighted gear such as glow sticks, toddler light up shoes and other fun “bright” items that make your children “visible”
  • Plan a Halloween party instead of trick-or-treating—or attend a community event
  • Chose comfortable costumes and shoes that do not restrict movement
  • Avoid dark-colored costumes (if you must consider glow necklaces and wristbands)
  • Use make-up rather than a mask
  • Make sure costumes are fire proof or treated with fire retardant
  • Use reflective fabric or tape to improve visibility
  • Don’t forget to blow out pumpkin candles

 Stay Safe Halloween Day

  • Turn on exterior lights and remove objects that could cause tripping
  • Avoid trick-or-treating alone – stay with an adult and in groups
  • Remind kids to steer clear of strangers
  • Start early in the evening and stay in your own neighborhood
  • Carry a flashlight or a light stick and a cell phone
  • Stay in well-lit areas
  • Walk on sidewalks and cross at corners or lights; do not cross mid-block (very important)
  • Avoid dark areas and houses
  • Never enter a home without parental permission, even if in a group
  • Consider signs in the neighborhood to “drive slow”
  • Inspect Halloween treats before letting kids eat them
  • Eat only treats that are sealed and/or in original packaging

 Keep a Community Focus

We are not a fan of  “scary or gory” costumes.  Dressing up holds many special childhood memories but we avoid idolizing images of the dead, devils, vampires and other anti-Christian symbols.  Try to direct the  focus on building relationships in the community and the opportunity to connect with “zombie neighbors” who rarely surface from their garage graves except to participate in this annual ritual.

We enjoy the harvest theme with family and friends so we  monitor how much “Halloween” our kids are exposed to. We host a neighborhood pumpkin carving event where our family gets to set the tone.

No matter what approach you take, our kids safety is of utmost priority.

We want all of our kids home safely this Halloween and that’s no trick!

Revisiting Favorite Wild Places

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I spent a couple of weeks in September wandering around the Southwest by motorcycle, mostly camping in national forests and other public lands, which there is no shortage of in this region.  Many of the places I wanted to revisit were favorite areas I’ve done lots of backpacking and exploring in, such as the San Juan mountains of southern Colorado and the Blue Range Primitive area of southeastern Arizona.  These are also areas discussed as bug out locations in my book: Bug Out: The Complete Plan for Escaping a Catastrophic Disaster Before It’s Too Late.

Riding the Suzuki Vstrom 650, I was able to leave the pavement for long stretches of exploring unpaved forest service roads.  A lighter, more off-road capable bike would be e even better once there, of course, but with all the highway and interstate riding to do the 3700-mile trip out and back from Mississippi, the DL650 was a good compromise.  I plan to post a more detailed account of the trip with more photos on my main website soon, but wanted to share a couple of photos here too.  Those of you living out West are fortunate to have access to so much publicly accessible wild land for exploring, camping, hunting and in the worst-case, as potential bug-out locations.

Southwestern Colorado near the San Juan Range
Blue Range Primitive Area, Arizona

An another note, before I left on the trip I did an interview with Morry Baines, who runs a multitool review site and has been working on a round-up of interviews with various survival authors and others with questions such as “What is the most useful tool for the outdoors?”  You can read the answers including mine and those of some of my fellow survival authors including Jim Cobb, Bernie Carr and others here: http://bestmultitoolkit.com/expert-roundup/most-useful-tool-outdoors/   The full interview that I did is here: http://bestmultitoolkit.com/interviews/scott-williams-bugoutsurvival-com/
Morry also wrote an article on multitools aimed specifically at boaters, and since much of my writing has to do with bugging out by boat, here is the direct link to that: http://bestmultitoolkit.com/knowledgebase/multi-tool-boat-essential-tips/
Also, don’t forget that I’m giving away a free copy of Refuge After the Collapse (Book II of The Pulse  Series) every Friday of this month to subscribers to my newsletter.  Last Friday’s winner was Wayne in Fort Edward, NY.  Today’s winner will receive notification through the newsletter list, and will be announced to the rest of the list later today or tomorrow.  There are three more Fridays in this month, so if you haven’t won a copy yet, hang in there, you’ve still got a chance.

Of Mice and Other Fears

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Few things inspire such fear in people as mice.

Sure, there’s  “standard” fears; heights, snakes, bugs, spiders, dark places, tight places and so on. None of these are to be made light of, but as a person who is afraid of mice, let me tell you that there is, sometimes, no rationale to fear. Let’s take mice.
Please, take them all.
My eldest son tells me, mice have fear too. Personally, I don’t believe this for a second. But many will tell us that they are more afraid of us than we are of them.
I don’t care!

Apologies to my eldest son, and others who think mice make cute pets.

The little bastards have no place being in homes. They belong outside, not in my house.
Living out in the bush, I can tell you that mouse fertility comes in waves. It doesn’t take a mouse long to get pregnant, carry and give birth to more  vermin. The gestation period of the common house mouse is just under a month, and they can give birth to a litter anywhere from 3-14 young. Mother Nature has pretty much ensured the continuation of  the house mouse with a range that covers North America. It’s not like they’re a threatened species!

My fear is not unfounded. The common house mouse can carry deadly diseases. Leptospirosis, Murine  Typhus, Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis, Bubonic Plague, and the list goes on.

I don’t really care if they live outdoors and remain part of the food chain, but I do not want them in my house.
To that end, we have lifted every vent cover and inserted common window screen, then replaced the vent cover. We did this because a couple of us have spotted mice coming up from the basement this way, then returning to it’s dark sanctuary the same way.
I have scattered mothballs throughout the basement because it’s said that mice don’t like mothballs.
(I can understand that, those things reek!) We’ve also invested in sonic rodent repellers for every room, and while the house was empty, they seemed to work.

So of course, after doing all that to keep the mice out, wouldn’t you know, we got a mouse just the other night.
Sigh.
We had gone three or four nights without seeing one, but then Betty and I heard one in the walls of the back porch late one night. With a growing sense of dread, I knew it was only a matter of time.

We have mouse traps in the kitchen and back porch, but when Eldest Son saw it, it was quite happily exploring the kitchen. Eldest Son talked to it while I tried not to have a melt down and secretly prayed the mouse would bolt for a peanut butter baited trap and die quickly.
Of course not. That would make my life simple!

In the end, Eldest Son was able to capture Micky with a peanut butter baited bowl, flashlight and a piece of cardboard. Mouse was taken down the road (not far enough for my liking, but Son was in his pajamas) and released!

I respect my son’s mouse-whisperer gifts, but I subscribe to the “the only good mouse is a dead mouse” belief. I know I am not alone in this, lots of folks are afraid of mice. But we can fill all the holes we see, keep our homes as clean as possible and yet still have to deal with them!
On behalf of all the mouse-haters, we do not apologize for our fear any more than someone who is afraid of heights can.
All we ask is that you bear with us.
And clean up those crumbs!

How do you feel about rodents?

The Official 31-Question Prepper Quiz

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As many of us know, there are several different types of preppers. But until now, the conspiracy theorists, food storage moms, and tactical tough guys have all fallen under the same label, “prepper.” This 31-question prepper quiz is where that all ends! That’s right, in our very own “Buzzfeed” style personality quiz, we put together […]

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How to Teach Your Kids to SURVIVE a House Fire

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Did you know that in two minutes a house fire can be life threatening and in five an entire home can be engulfed in flames according to FEMA?

October is Fire Prevention Month and a time to make a plan.

House fires occur often and sadly too many children lose their lives.   A house fire can happen quickly, without warning and parents need to educate themselves and their children to the dangers.

This will hit home with every parent.

According to the National Fire Association, “There was a civilian fire death every 208 minutes and a civilian fire injury every 30 minutes in 2011.  Home fires caused 2,520, or 84%, of the civilian fire deaths.”

Build Survival Confidence

Every parent needs to build survival confidence into their children. A business meeting with my friend, Nathan, this week was a reminder of how fragile life is.  In our conversation he shared how his son’s best friend, Joseph Hightower was tragically killed in a house fire in 2003.

I could see the loss in his eyes. He asked  if I knew what real fire looked like.  He proceeded to say, “it’s black” and it was hard to find the 11-year old boy.”

What You Can Do

1.  Talk about fire safety with your kids.  It matters. Knowledge and practice bring survival confidence.

2.  Keep fire extinguishers  in key locations throughout the house like in a kitchen, garage, near fireplaces and other high risk areas. You can’t have too many!

3.  Check rooms for faulty wiring that looks frayed, broken, blackened or overloaded. Faulty wiring in the wall can smolder for days before a house fire breaks out. Check your teen’s room too as mine will overload plugs next  to pillows, bedding and curtains.

4.  Make sure your entire electrical circuit is checked for fuses and short circuits by a licensed professional. Replace all old sockets with new plug points, which could be a potential fire hazard. Periodically check the circuits attached to the water heater, AC and the oven as they consume the maximum amount of power and are highly prone to short circuits.

5.   Make sure smoke detectors are working and that batteries are working properly and the detector itself is not too old.  According to The New York Times, “Consumer’s World; How Long Do Smoke Detector’s Last”  “Federal officials estimate that up to 85 percent of all dwellings in the United States have smoke detectors, but that as many as a third of them may not work.”

What YOUR Kids Need To Know

Curious Kids Set Fires

The U.S. Fire Administration and FEMA recommend the following: Children under five are curious about fire. Often what begins as a natural exploration of the unknown can lead to tragedy.

  • Children age 14 and under make up 10-15% of all fire deaths.
  • Fifty-two percent of all child fire deaths occur to those under age 5. These children are usually unable to escape from a fire independently.
  • At home, children usually play with fire in bedrooms, in closets and under beds. These are “secret” places where there are a lot of things that catch fire easily.
  • Too often, child firesetters are not given proper guidance and supervision by parents and teachers. Consequently, they repeat their firesetting behavior.

Practice Fire Safety in Your Home

  • Supervise young children closely. Do not leave them alone even for short periods of time.
  • Keep matches and lighters in a secured drawer or cabinet.
  • Have your children tell you when they find matches and lighters.
  • Check under beds and in closets for burned matches, evidence your child may be playing with fire.
  • Develop a home fire escape plan, practice it with your children and designate a meeting place outside.
  • Take the mystery out of fire play by teaching children that fire is a tool, not a toy.
  • Teach children the nature of fire. It is FAST, HOT, DARK and DEADLY!
  • Teach children not to hide from firefighters, but to get out quickly and call for help from another location.
  • Show children how to crawl low on the floor, below the smoke, to get out of the house and stay out in the case of fire.
  • Demonstrate how to stop, drop to the ground and roll if their clothes catch fire.
  • Install smoke alarms on every level in your home.
  • Familiarize children with the sound of your smoke alarm.
  • Test the smoke alarm each month and replace the battery at least once a year.
  • Replace the smoke alarm every ten years, or as recommended by the manufacturer.

Other Tips:

1. Teach your teen children to use a fire extinguisher. If they babysit, go through safety precautions about cooking.

2. If your children or teens  sleep through “anything”, teach them to respond to the sound of the smoke alarm. Tell them to NOT tune it out! Consider a “surprise” practice run.

2. Keep a cool head. At the first sign of trouble, have your children call for help.

The good news is that children who learn fire safety tend to react quicker in a situation as described here by this  fast-acting 7 year-old.

Asked your local fire department if they provide fire safety for children. The city of Milwaukee has a program called “Survive Alive House” which teaches children how to escape a fire.

 

Additional Resources on Children Fire Safety http://kidshealth.org/parent/firstaid_safe/home/fire.html

Mice, Minimalising and Mojo!

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Change is never-ending.
We never really get used to it, no matter how many times it hits us in the ass.
Our circumstances here have changed yet again, and all of the lessons I learned the last time we moved are nearly useless.

I say ‘nearly’ because the only lessons that apply this time are
-change always comes again
-this too shall pass

So what lessons did we learn this time?

We have too much stuff!

I se now the benefit of “realistic minimalism”

We are a family of four people and two dogs. Two of us are teenagers, two of us are crafters.
We have stuff.

So now we embark on the interesting journey of downsizing. Do I need ten favourite coffee cups? Not really, no. Do I need twenty t-shirts? Nope. The challenge will be in getting the family, as a unit, on board with the downsizing.

We are fortunate this time to have a wood/oil furnace.
The prepper in me likes this, because now we have a choice in how we stay warm, not to mention the simple matter of control over this issue.

I can also use the firebox to help stay on top of garbage.
Whatever trash we generate that is flammable goes into a separate bag and used for fire-starter. Wood heat is a more thoroughly-warming kind of heat, and I’m not exaggerating when I tell you our senior Chihuahua appreciates the heat!
Although it took me a little while to find my fire-making mojo again, I’m sure I’ll get back into the swing of keeping a fire going by the time the snow flies.

Either that or we’ll be chilly!

How is autumn progressing where you live?

Next time, the war of the mice!

Book Giveaway Winners

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Just an update to announce that the winners have been selected  for the ten  signed copies of Refuge that I offered to those signing up for my author newsletter.  If your email address was chosen, you should have received a notification through the newsletter.  Of the ten winners, I have received a reply back from eight and books have been mailed out to those eight winners.  I’m still waiting to hear back from the other two, so check your spam folders and inboxes carefully to make sure you didn’t overlook the notification, which should show up as an email from my address: scott (at) scottbwilliams.com
The eight winners who should receive their books soon are:
Khris – St. Petersburg, FL, David – Southport, FL, Gary – Mohnton, PA, Beverly – Kosiusko, MS, Kathryn – Canton, MO, Vivian – Mill Creek, WA, Devon – Ludington, MI and John – Kirksville, MO.
I will send out another direct email to the other two chosen winners soon and if no response after a few days, will select two alternate winners.
For the rest of you who have signed up for my newsletter, thank you for subscribing, and I want to make sure you have another chance at winning a copy of Refuge.  To that end, I will be giving away one free copy at random every Friday of this month from among my subscriber list.  Stay tuned as well to the newsletter updates for an announcement of my next book, which is in progress now and coming soon.
Refuge is available on Amazon and in bookstores now and I’ve gotten great feedback on it, including hearing back from some of the giveaway winners that they’ve already purchased and read it before learning they had won.  Review copies from the publisher are late going out as has happened upon the release of my last two books, so if you’re on one of those lists to receive one, I apologize for the delay and have word that they will be shipped out this week if not already.

Ebola comes to the US

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I had planned on writing a series of articles on potential threats and their chances of becoming a serious issue.  Current events pushed this one to the top of the list.  The United States has its first case of Ebola in history.  This sounds very frightening, and there is a lot of talk about it right now.

Yes, Ebola has made it here.  Yes, it is a concern.  NO, you should not start to panic.  This eventuality has already been planned for by the CDC.  Even small, rural hospitals have received information from the CDC relating to identifying potential infections and proper isolation of patients.  The chances of Ebola becoming widespread in the U.S. are small.

Ebola is a very lethal virus, with a mortality rate ranging from 25% to 90%.  However, it can only be spread through direct contact with bodily fluids of someone infected.  It is also believed at this time that a patient is not contagious until symptoms present.  This makes it considerably less likely to become a major pandemic like most respiratory illnesses such as Influenza.

I look at comments on news articles and posts by friends on Facebook and realize that we are on the verge of a major pandemic of PANIC.  Panic is always counterproductive.  When people panic they do dumb things.  Dumb things in real emergency can become disasters.  Getting into a state of panic is easy for most people, but with a little bit of information, it can usually be overcome.  At the end of the article, you’ll find several links to very reputable sources containing information to better understand this disease and how it relates to you.

For weeks I’ve been watching events in Africa.  What concerns me more are the events here.  People were already starting to freak out.  Now we have a case here.  Expect this freakout to go into overdrive.  This case of Ebola is 40 miles from me.  It’s here where I and millions of others live.  I fully expect to see our hospital ERs overrun with people freaking out because they have a runny nose or a low grade fever.  This is going to stress the staff of the hospitals.  They will have to triage people that have a 0% chance of contacting this one infected person.  That makes it harder for them to help those that really need it.  I wouldn’t be surprised to see people going to the ER like this all over the country.  It’s just the way people panic.

A lot of preppers I know are jumping on the panic bandwagon.  “What do we do?”  “How do we prepare?”  “Is it time to self quarantine?” are a few things I’ve already seen.  Some of these are logical questions, some are fear driven.  We all make poor decisions when we make them in fear.  The first thing to do is take stock of the situation.  This can’t be done in a panic.  Here’s what we know…

A patient contracted Ebola on a trip to west Africa.  They brought it home to Dallas.  When they started showing symptoms, they went to the hospital.  The hospital recognized this as a potential infection and properly isolated the patient.  Tests came back positive.  The CDC is now involved.

At this point, the CDC is going to be putting its full effort into this case.  They will most likely locate anyone that could have had contact with this patient after becoming symptomatic.  There will be teams to determine if these people need to be isolated.  It may seem like an impossible task, but these teams will be professional and well trained.  Containing any potential outbreak is what they do.  At this point, the CDC is even saying that people on the flight with the patient are not thought to be at any risk.

At this point, that is pretty much all we know.  We have one case, and some people that will need to be monitored.  This DOES NOT mean there is an Ebola outbreak in Texas.  This is an isolated case for right now.  Of course, it is worth keeping a close eye on the situation, but it should not cause you to disrupt your normal life.

http://www.cnn.com/2014/09/30/health/ebola-us/index.html

http://www.doomandbloom.net/ebola-the-next-great-pandemic/

http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/