Bugging Out. Something to think about.

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Bugging Out. Something to think about.

For the purpose of explaining things in this article, let us assume that this shtf situation is going to last for at least 5 years. Let us also say that bugging out in this article means not living in the city. You could be living at a country retreat in a house, in a house somewhere out of town, possibly even in a small town or you could be camped out in a wilderness/country area.

1) There are many ways/choices/methods in which you could opt to survive. One would be to go into the country/wilderness with nothing at all, in which case you would have to make your own tools from stone, wood or bone, make fire by a friction method, & construct a primitive shelter from wood, stone or earth. Now this would mean a lot of hard work, & this work would be for the most part continuous. Comforts would be at a minimum. Your defenses would be very primitive, & your best defense would be to stay unseen; hidden from view.



2) You could go bush carrying a lot of modern gear, some modern gear is good, but all modern gear has its limitations & is rarely sustainable. Two modern items that are worth considering are 1) medical supplies, which I consider vital, & 2) a modern firearm. The modern firearm is not really sustainable, although a .22 rimfire rifle or an air rifle would allow you to carry quite a lot of ammunition without adding too much weight. The larger the modern caliber, the more weight you carry & therefore the less ammo you can afford to carry. Reloading equipment, primers & lead would add even more weight. Modern gadgets for the most part are not sustainable or vital to your survival. Torches, solar chargers, multi tools, compound bows, radios, walkie talkies, satellite navigation, fuel stoves, heated gloves, night vision goggles, cigarette lighters, matches, ferocerium rod, etc, etc, are not vital additions to your equipment & they are not sustainable or they will add weight & take up room in your pack that could be better served by carrying more important vital items such as water, food, medical supplies & ammunition.

If you were to opt for carrying all modern gear that was not sustainable, then sooner or later you could end up living a stone age lifestyle such as in the first option of going bush with nothing.


3) You could equip yourself with sustainable equipment that will not run down, break or wear out. This type of equipment is dated, by that I mean it is hundreds of years old in its function & technology. Your comfort will not be the same as lying on an inflatable bed in a tent cocooned in a sleeping bag, but there would be a certain amount of comfort that can be maintained/sustained! Flint & steel fire lighting will mean that you are never without fire. Your tools are unlikely to break if you look after them. The moccasins on your feet can be repaired by yourself & even replaced when needs be. A long bow or a muzzle-loading flintlock will supply your meat as well as the traps you have made to set up your trap line.  In short you will have a more comfortable lifestyle than the stone age option.

Put some serious thought into the gear that you choose, if you do not have the experience, then use your imagination! Some people say that you cannot learn anything worthwhile from watching movies, I disagree. Some old movies did in fact foresee the future, & many modern dramas are based on real life, based on the fact that there are bad people out there & it only needs you to be in the wrong place at the wrong time to get yourself in a heap of trouble!

Primitive skills are important, good equipment is vital but A) you need to know how to use that equipment to the best of its advantage, & B) with the skills comes knowledge & understanding.

People on forums have often commented that with all their modern equipment, including powerful telescopic rifle sights mounted on a powerful super accurate rifle that people like me will not live long post shtf. But what these people fail to comprehend is that they do not have the skills that I have, & they, unlike me are not a part of my environment. I can smell things they don’t smell, I hear things they don’t hear, & I sense things that they cannot.


You will not become a part of a wilderness environment overnight, it takes time, patience, experience, & a willingness to learn. Don’t rely on modern gadgets, rely on good proven tools & above all rely on yourself, your abilities & your skills.

Keith.


91 Gallon Gasoline Storage Project for Emergencies

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Preparedness is always about improving your foxhole, going from where you are to the next level bit by bit based on prioritization and available resources.  I currently have multiple 5 gallon containers on site which I cycle fuel storage through, but with three vehicles with a total tank capacity over 70 gallons plus two generators I need more improve my position.  We all store food, water, medical supplies and more but tend to neglect fuel which is a life source for many in times of need.  Granted unless one has a thousands of gallons on site it’s not a long term solution but for immediate needs when faced with natural disasters having a fuel source beyond that of the standard 5 gallon can be an enabler.  Here are a few factors that I considered when building my fuel storage plan.

  • Affordable (Less than $1k total).
  • Mobile, not buried in the ground.
  • Relatively easy to build, instead of buying a more expensive all inclusive option.
  • Minimum of 50 gallon storage capacity which does not require cycling through every few months.

My plan involves taking my existing 5×8 trailer which I bought from Lowes a number of years ago and adding a tank and pump to it.  This 91 gallon tank will weigh around 675 lbs full and that’s easily accomodated with the 1600lb trailer capacity, it will be a unit I can keep on the property or take with me if I need to go mobile.

The Trailer

 

The Fuel Tank

Concept

I plan on mounting this fuel storage container to my trailer, but only after laying wood down on the trailer to create a more sturdy surface.  This container will be able to provide a reasonable amount of fuel storage on site and will also be portable in case we have to bug out with multiple or even one vehicle.  In instances were gas stations are out of fuel or lines are long this would be a a huge advantage, along with having more storage on the trailer for other items.

Bottom Line

Self reliance is a massive advantage when it comes to preparedness, whether it be generating one’s own food or having a fuel source on hand.  While not the best solution possible this project will provide my family with some piece of mind knowing that we do not have to rely on local sources (in the short term) in times of need, and should the power go out for a few weeks at a time we will be able to run our generators with no problem.  Anyone else have a fuel storage plan or project?  Let me know!

 

91 Gallon Gasoline Storage Project for Emergencies

Preparedness is always about improving your foxhole, going from where you are to the next level bit by bit based on prioritization and available resources.  I currently have multiple 5 gallon containers on site which I cycle fuel storage through, but with three vehicles with a total tank capacity over 70 gallons plus two generators I need more improve my position.  We all store food, water, medical supplies and more but tend to neglect fuel which is a life source for many in times of need.  Granted unless one has a thousands of gallons on site it’s not a long term solution but for immediate needs when faced with natural disasters having a fuel source beyond that of the standard 5 gallon can be an enabler.  Here are a few factors that I considered when building my fuel storage plan.

  • Affordable (Less than $1k total).
  • Mobile, not buried in the ground.
  • Relatively easy to build, instead of buying a more expensive all inclusive option.
  • Minimum of 50 gallon storage capacity which does not require cycling through every few months.

My plan involves taking my existing 5×8 trailer which I bought from Lowes a number of years ago and adding a tank and pump to it.  This 91 gallon tank will weigh around 675 lbs full and that’s easily accomodated with the 1600lb trailer capacity, it will be a unit I can keep on the property or take with me if I need to go mobile.

The Trailer

 

The Fuel Tank

Concept

I plan on mounting this fuel storage container to my trailer, but only after laying wood down on the trailer to create a more sturdy surface.  This container will be able to provide a reasonable amount of fuel storage on site and will also be portable in case we have to bug out with multiple or even one vehicle.  In instances were gas stations are out of fuel or lines are long this would be a a huge advantage, along with having more storage on the trailer for other items.

Bottom Line

Self reliance is a massive advantage when it comes to preparedness, whether it be generating one’s own food or having a fuel source on hand.  While not the best solution possible this project will provide my family with some piece of mind knowing that we do not have to rely on local sources (in the short term) in times of need, and should the power go out for a few weeks at a time we will be able to run our generators with no problem.  Anyone else have a fuel storage plan or project?  Let me know!

 

Birth Pangs of Tribulation Part 2

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Bob Griswold of ReadyMadeResources.com joins me for the second half of our interview. We talk about the increase in frequency and intensity of natural and man-made disasters in recent times.

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Nationals party votes to remove all subsidies for renewable energy. Sabotage!

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Barnaby Joyce: “We have no problem in coal fire power.” Photo: Andrew Meares

The greed & corruption within our government knows no bounds. We could have been a leader in alternative power, but due to our corrupt government we have missed the boat. Now we see more sabotage for the sake of money in politicians pockets!!! What will it take for the Australian people to revolt & kick this government & the whole corrupt system out?!

Our farmers are doing it hard with the government prioritising mining over farming, some farmers having committed suicide! Protesters against mining companies on farm land can now be arrested! What we have in Australia is “Big Government” & “Corporatism”! Every day it seems we are losing more human rights, more freedoms. We are seeing more attacks on law abiding firearms owners, WHY?
Wake up Australia! Do something!

Bug Out Travel Security

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Bug Out Vehicle Security

During an emergency situation or a full blown SHTF caused by any of a wide variety of events, a big part of the Best Car Gunimmediate concern may not be that you have a backup site in mind, but in getting there.  Some of the most perilous times can be during the travel from home or work or Point A to Point B, or Z as the case may be.

By Dr. John J. Woods, a contributing author to SHTFBlog & Survival Cache

The Imminent Reality of Evacuation

During Hurricane Katrina those evacuating the coastlines even a little too late in responding to advanced landfall warnings, were caught literally out in the open.  In many of the cases that “open” was an interstate highway with all lanes headed north away from danger.  This was the worst kind of bumper to bumper traffic.  And in some cases these people were in fact heading into a different sort of danger, often defined as the unknown.

A great number of the storm escapees in fact had no real end game destination in mind.  I think many of them thought they could drive a hundred or two hundred miles to find a motel room or another safe haven with hot food, showers and air conditioning.  Wrong!  Often they had to keep moving, some over a thousand miles or more just to find available space in a shelter or a hotel.  Then it was weeks before they could return home to find everything was gone.

Related: How To Build A Hurricane Katrina Rifle

Along the way their immediate supplies depleted quickly if they brought any at all.  Gas lines were long, fuel non-existent in many places along the prevailing evacuation routes, station tanks long emptied by the traffic flow.  Food stocked shelves also ran out.  Tough lessons learned.

In time many reports were verified of robberies, assaults, and other crimes upon the evacuees, and first responding law enforcement were tied up with other duties.  Those escaping the wrath of the storm were simply left to fend for themselves.  Many could not.  So what are the lessons learned here and how can you better prepare for the next crisis?

Being Ready

A stocked and ready Bug Out Bag is not a theory.  You had better have one that is ready to go.  Depending on family The Answer Water Bottle Filtration Solution 300x250size, it could take several.  Pack the essentials of food stuffs that don’t need cooking, medical supplies, clothing, important papers, cash money, personal hygiene items, and all else needed.  Have other stocked supplies like cases of bottled water, blankets, and such ready to toss into your vehicle quickly.  Have your personal protection gear locked, loaded, and ready to deploy.  Trust in redundancy.

The evacuation rationale here is to supply for 72 hours at a minimum.  If it is a natural type disaster that has driven many hundreds of people onto the roadways heading away, then it would be prudent to plan for a longer time frame just in case.  As was evidenced in the case of Katrina, even well-meaning communities with established evacuation centers, found their supplies and patience quickly ran short.  These are tense times with stresses and pressures maxed out.

Related: How To Build A Katrina Pistol

Though you may find help along the way, the smart thing to do is to not count on it.  Have your own supplies, food, water, personal and general medical, clothing, hygiene and security bases covered, and provided by you.  Don’t rely on others for your survival.  Keep to yourself and all your supplies and preps under wraps.

Bug Out Vehicle Readiness

Keep one essential escape vehicle tuned up, gassed up and ready to roll at a moment’s notice.  This vehicle should be SHTF Bagkept at peak maintenance at all times, with good tires properly inflated, belts, hoses, brakes, good front and rear wiper blades, fluid levels, licenses, title, paperwork, and everything else in absolute readiness mode.  All scheduled maintenance should be performed and kept up to date, always.

Such a vehicle designed as the Bug Out choice should never be allowed to have a gas tank fall below at least half a tank, ever.   Finding available fuel along an official evacuation route can become problematic within hours of a full scale event.  Nobody prepares for such things including gas stations, convenience stops and grocery stores.

As to the Bug Out vehicle choice itself, it needs to be large enough to be comfortable, powerful enough to carry a load, and strong enough to stand up to the rigors of a Bug Out including breaching a road block if necessary.  It does not need to stand out in a crowd per se.  Forget blatant graphics, window logo stickers or bumper adornment that offers any clues.

Know Where to Go 

If you are running from a natural disaster, a chemical plant leak, or a riot, your established plans should naturally Best Bug Out Planinclude some options on where to escape to from multiple places you and family are likely to be, home, work, school, out, etc.  Once you Bug Out and are on the highway or back roads is no time to pull out a map to pick a final destination.

Such plans should be worked out way ahead of time, long before the necessity to enact them.  Then such plans and routes should be run and practiced several times taking note of available resources along the way.  Jot down everything on the map or in a travel plan notebook.  On each dry run trip note anything that has changed to update the escape travel book.  Keep this book close.

Also Read: Holsters For Bug Out Carry

You may be fortunate enough to have established a Bug Out escape camp or site.  A cabin at a faraway lake, another home in a rural location, a remote hotel or resort, or maybe a campsite in a forested area, or even more primitive, hidden away from the public and open view.  Plan out multiple routes to this same location to give yourself options.  Options are good.

In Route Security

The entire time you are on the road in an escape mode you are subject to threats.  These can come in many forms from innocuous local police at traffic stops, or a state highway patrol roadblock checking licenses, and residency paperwork.  That’s the good news.  All those stops you should pass with flying colors if you behave yourself.

Let me interject here that if you have a concealed weapons permit or other gun ownership papers, admit to them only if asked, then show them.  Be absolutely sure you know the gun laws, carry laws, guns in vehicles laws in your state.  For these reasons you should avoid crossing state lines if possible.  If you have to go to another state, know their laws, too.

Now comes the other possible threats which could be virtually endless.  Regardless of what they might be, you should be prepared to handle anything.  This means equipping you and your ride with ample security support gear from personal carry to vehicle compartment support with adequate loaded magazines as well as an additional backup supply.  You choose what.

Also Read: How To Bug Out From Mother Nature

Having said that, we assume you and your riders if appropriate have had the appropriate training to handle all this.  That will be essential.  If at any time you may become overpowered or you can back out, get away, and escape any threat, then do so.  Never get yourself into a bind, if you don’t have to or have a way out.  It is after all called survival.

So, long story short.  These are complicated times.  We can’t predict the future for natural disasters, but they will happen again.  The daily news would tell us the seasons are ripe for the unnatural kind.  There is still a lot of unrest in this country and in the world.  We all need be on our “P’s” and “Q’s” when it comes to survival readiness.  Our Bug Out travel security plans play a crucial role in all of this survival business.  Be ready, stay ready.

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11 Last Minute, Last Ditch Evacuation Locations

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From my book, Emergency Evacuations:

Your kits are ready, the pets and kids are bundled up and you’ve remembered to grab their favorite play toys and diversions, but now the big question remains, where do you go? Remember that if your end destination is more than a day’s travel away, you’ll need places to spend the night along your planned route.

If you’re like the majority of Americans, you don’t own a second home and don’t have friends who live on rural ranches or farms. Those are all considered to be “safer” spots for long-term evacuations, but what other options are there? Obviously, staying with grandparents, siblings, or other relatives and close friends are locations that will be at the top of your list. But if those destinations aren’t viable for some reason, here are a few more to consider:

Campgrounds

Camping is one of the very best activities you and your family can experience to help prepare you for survival scenarios.

You’re providing your own shelter, heat (if needed), using off-grid methods for cooking and sanitation, and banding together to not only survive the wilderness but have a fun time as well. If you own basic camping gear and have at least some skills for selecting a good campsite, pitching a tent, safely starting and building a fire, cooking food, and procuring water, then evacuating to a campground is a good choice. If campgrounds are full, then get out your map and head for a state or national park that allows primitive, or dispersed, camping. This is camping anywhere other than a designated campground and you won’t have access to any facilities. Find out which parks allow that and what their rules are.

Urban camping

This option is a possibility for both tent camping and RV/trailer camping. Some businesses, such as Wal-Mart, allow overnight RV camping in their parking lots. If you’re very subtle about it, you can park for a night or two in an apartment complex parking lot or at 24-hour grocery stores if you have no other options. You’ll need to have all your supplies very well organized, with the items you’ll need most easily accessible. During the day, you can go to a local park for some fresh air, a picnic, and to let the kids play. For a family, this isn’t an easy option unless you have an RV or a pickup with a camper.

Camping on friends’ property

You may not have friends with spacious homes or homesteads, but just about everybody has a friend who would allow them to “urban camp” in their backyard or driveway. They may not have sleeping space for you, but would gladly allow you to use their bathroom and laundry facilities, and share meals.

Mobile home park

If you own an RV, you may be able to park it, temporarily, at a mobile home park. Call ahead to check their regulations since many are set by the city or state.

Hotels

These can be pricey and if ATM machines in the area are down, you’ll have to be prepared with enough cash to cover the expense. However, there’s virtually no preparation involved, other than calling ahead to get a reservation. If you have pets, you can find pet-friendly hotels at BringFido.com. Hotels are far less accommodating when it comes to cats, but cat-friendly hotels do exist.

Timeshares

If you’re like millions of timeshare owners, you probably have extra weeks banked. These resorts are an excellent destination because timeshare units often include laundry facilities and full kitchens. Many also have scheduled activities, which will help a great deal for keeping the kids occupied. Call your timeshare company directly, explain your situation, and ask for their help. Be flexible with your destinations, don’t insist on a 5-star deluxe resort — but if one is available, by all means, grab it!

Airbnb

Started in 2008, Airbnb is a fairly new travel concept. Homeowners with extra space for visitors open their homes to travelers on a short term basis. You may end up sleeping on the floor on futons or get a spacious room, or more, all to yourself. Check out the website, read the terms, and look for locations near your evacuation routes. And, as with any other type of accommodation, take care and stay situationally aware.

Youth hostels

Back in the day, I stayed in hostels all over Europe and noticed plenty of families with kids of all ages as well as adults of all ages who were also taking advantage of this very low-cost option. Most hostels are definitely no-frills but will cost about $15-40 or so per night, which is a huge savings over any hotel or motel. There aren’t nearly as many hostels in the U.S. as there are in Europe, but you might get lucky and find ones along your evacuation route. Visit the Hostelling International (hiusa.org) and Hostels.com websites to learn more.

Stay with friends of friends

When my husband moved to Texas, ahead of our family, he was welcomed into the home of a homeschooling family we had never met. The arrangement came about from a simple request on the homeschooling group’s forum. It was a blessing for us, and we would do the same for another family in need. If you have connections through a church, homeschool organization, social clubs, and the like, you may be able to find just the right, temporary destination for your family’s evacuation. Don’t be afraid to ask and let your needs be known.

Non-government shelters

If the thought of checking in to a FEMA shelter gives you the willies, then keep your eyes and ears open to temporary shelter facilities at churches, schools, and other public buildings. Organizations such as The Salvation Army often coordinate with local businesses and government to get these set up quickly. In fact, in most cases, these shelters will be up and running long before FEMA officials even complete their lengthy paperwork. That’s the nature of bureaucracy.

If you do find yourself heading for a public shelter, here are a few things you should know:

  • Be prepared for a nearly complete loss of privacy.
  • Bring your own food and water. There may be some available, but having your own will be much better than standing in line.
  • Pets will not be allowed but service animals are.
  • Adults and older children/teens should take turns keeping an eye on family belongings. Don’t assume that anything is theft-proof.
  • Keep cash and other valuables stored out of sight in your locked car. If you have to bring anything in that you don’t want to be stolen, a small security safe, like a pistol safe, is handy for storing prescription drugs, cash, ID papers, and other small, important items.
  • Be sure to bring chargers for your electronics, an extension cord, and a multi-plug outlet.
  • Bring bedding, pillows, and towels from home.
  • Pack pajamas or something modest for sleeping. You’ll likely be in a large room filled with cots and many strangers.

Learn from the homeless

I’m not eager to recommend this, but in some cases, you may be homeless for a while, from just overnight to several days or more. No one said living out of a car, truck, or other vehicle would be easy, but hundreds of thousands of people do it every day. If you are well and truly stuck, these tips passed on to me from a few folks who lived the homeless lifestyle may help:

  • Get organized and stay organized! Have a place for everything and make sure everyone in the group knows where to find things and to put everything back in the same place. There’s no shorter route to insanity than having to search for every single thing you need, especially if the need is urgent.
  • Keep a family toiletry bag handy with a bar of soap, washcloth, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, and any other items needed for freshening up. You can find showers at truck stops and KOA campgrounds, usually for a small fee. If you belong to the YMCA, you can use their facilities anywhere in the U.S.
  • Pack lightweight, thin towels. They’ll dry faster.
  • Have a small, plastic basin handy for washing dishes, hand-washing small batches of laundry, and bathing. A dishpan or 5 gallon bucket will work just fine for these purposes.
  • If you have freeze-dried meals, this is where that investment may really pay off. They’re very lightweight and can be prepared in minutes. An immersion heater can heat up the water quickly and those are available with the standard electrical plug and one that plugs into your car’s power socket.
  • Always use window shades in your vehicle for privacy.
  • If possible, attach a tarp to your vehicle or nearby trees for another area of shelter.
  • Do not use candles inside your vehicle. Rely on flashlights, headlamps, and other sources of light.
  • Libraries have computers and internet access, which you’ll need to contact your insurance agent, employer, friends, and family.

One final note. Depending on where you are, do a quick search on Vacation Rentals By Owner. Most of what you’ll find aren’t budget friendly, but if they are in a location that is unlikely to be affected by whatever disaster you’re runing from, it might be worth the expense. Be aware that most of these homeowners will require a cleaning fee, pet fee (if they allow pets), and a minimum number of nights.

 

 

11 Last Minute, Last Ditch Evacuation Locations

From my book, Emergency Evacuations:

Your kits are ready, the pets and kids are bundled up and you’ve remembered to grab their favorite play toys and diversions, but now the big question remains, where do you go? Remember that if your end destination is more than a day’s travel away, you’ll need places to spend the night along your planned route.

If you’re like the majority of Americans, you don’t own a second home and don’t have friends who live on rural ranches or farms. Those are all considered to be “safer” spots for long-term evacuations, but what other options are there? Obviously, staying with grandparents, siblings, or other relatives and close friends are locations that will be at the top of your list. But if those destinations aren’t viable for some reason, here are a few more to consider:

Campgrounds

Camping is one of the very best activities you and your family can experience to help prepare you for survival scenarios.

You’re providing your own shelter, heat (if needed), using off-grid methods for cooking and sanitation, and banding together to not only survive the wilderness but have a fun time as well. If you own basic camping gear and have at least some skills for selecting a good campsite, pitching a tent, safely starting and building a fire, cooking food, and procuring water, then evacuating to a campground is a good choice. If campgrounds are full, then get out your map and head for a state or national park that allows primitive, or dispersed, camping. This is camping anywhere other than a designated campground and you won’t have access to any facilities. Find out which parks allow that and what their rules are.

Urban camping

This option is a possibility for both tent camping and RV/trailer camping. Some businesses, such as Wal-Mart, allow overnight RV camping in their parking lots. If you’re very subtle about it, you can park for a night or two in an apartment complex parking lot or at 24-hour grocery stores if you have no other options. You’ll need to have all your supplies very well organized, with the items you’ll need most easily accessible. During the day, you can go to a local park for some fresh air, a picnic, and to let the kids play. For a family, this isn’t an easy option unless you have an RV or a pickup with a camper.

Camping on friends’ property

You may not have friends with spacious homes or homesteads, but just about everybody has a friend who would allow them to “urban camp” in their backyard or driveway. They may not have sleeping space for you, but would gladly allow you to use their bathroom and laundry facilities, and share meals.

Mobile home park

If you own an RV, you may be able to park it, temporarily, at a mobile home park. Call ahead to check their regulations since many are set by the city or state.

Hotels

These can be pricey and if ATM machines in the area are down, you’ll have to be prepared with enough cash to cover the expense. However, there’s virtually no preparation involved, other than calling ahead to get a reservation. If you have pets, you can find pet-friendly hotels at BringFido.com. Hotels are far less accommodating when it comes to cats, but cat-friendly hotels do exist.

Timeshares

If you’re like millions of timeshare owners, you probably have extra weeks banked. These resorts are an excellent destination because timeshare units often include laundry facilities and full kitchens. Many also have scheduled activities, which will help a great deal for keeping the kids occupied. Call your timeshare company directly, explain your situation, and ask for their help. Be flexible with your destinations, don’t insist on a 5-star deluxe resort — but if one is available, by all means, grab it!

Airbnb

Started in 2008, Airbnb is a fairly new travel concept. Homeowners with extra space for visitors open their homes to travelers on a short term basis. You may end up sleeping on the floor on futons or get a spacious room, or more, all to yourself. Check out the website, read the terms, and look for locations near your evacuation routes. And, as with any other type of accommodation, take care and stay situationally aware.

Youth hostels

Back in the day, I stayed in hostels all over Europe and noticed plenty of families with kids of all ages as well as adults of all ages who were also taking advantage of this very low-cost option. Most hostels are definitely no-frills but will cost about $15-40 or so per night, which is a huge savings over any hotel or motel. There aren’t nearly as many hostels in the U.S. as there are in Europe, but you might get lucky and find ones along your evacuation route. Visit the Hostelling International (hiusa.org) and Hostels.com websites to learn more.

Stay with friends of friends

When my husband moved to Texas, ahead of our family, he was welcomed into the home of a homeschooling family we had never met. The arrangement came about from a simple request on the homeschooling group’s forum. It was a blessing for us, and we would do the same for another family in need. If you have connections through a church, homeschool organization, social clubs, and the like, you may be able to find just the right, temporary destination for your family’s evacuation. Don’t be afraid to ask and let your needs be known.

Non-government shelters

If the thought of checking in to a FEMA shelter gives you the willies, then keep your eyes and ears open to temporary shelter facilities at churches, schools, and other public buildings. Organizations such as The Salvation Army often coordinate with local businesses and government to get these set up quickly. In fact, in most cases, these shelters will be up and running long before FEMA officials even complete their lengthy paperwork. That’s the nature of bureaucracy.

If you do find yourself heading for a public shelter, here are a few things you should know:

  • Be prepared for a nearly complete loss of privacy.
  • Bring your own food and water. There may be some available, but having your own will be much better than standing in line.
  • Pets will not be allowed but service animals are.
  • Adults and older children/teens should take turns keeping an eye on family belongings. Don’t assume that anything is theft-proof.
  • Keep cash and other valuables stored out of sight in your locked car. If you have to bring anything in that you don’t want to be stolen, a small security safe, like a pistol safe, is handy for storing prescription drugs, cash, ID papers, and other small, important items.
  • Be sure to bring chargers for your electronics, an extension cord, and a multi-plug outlet.
  • Bring bedding, pillows, and towels from home.
  • Pack pajamas or something modest for sleeping. You’ll likely be in a large room filled with cots and many strangers.

Learn from the homeless

I’m not eager to recommend this, but in some cases, you may be homeless for a while, from just overnight to several days or more. No one said living out of a car, truck, or other vehicle would be easy, but hundreds of thousands of people do it every day. If you are well and truly stuck, these tips passed on to me from a few folks who lived the homeless lifestyle may help:

  • Get organized and stay organized! Have a place for everything and make sure everyone in the group knows where to find things and to put everything back in the same place. There’s no shorter route to insanity than having to search for every single thing you need, especially if the need is urgent.
  • Keep a family toiletry bag handy with a bar of soap, washcloth, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, and any other items needed for freshening up. You can find showers at truck stops and KOA campgrounds, usually for a small fee. If you belong to the YMCA, you can use their facilities anywhere in the U.S.
  • Pack lightweight, thin towels. They’ll dry faster.
  • Have a small, plastic basin handy for washing dishes, hand-washing small batches of laundry, and bathing. A dishpan or 5 gallon bucket will work just fine for these purposes.
  • If you have freeze-dried meals, this is where that investment may really pay off. They’re very lightweight and can be prepared in minutes. An immersion heater can heat up the water quickly and those are available with the standard electrical plug and one that plugs into your car’s power socket.
  • Always use window shades in your vehicle for privacy.
  • If possible, attach a tarp to your vehicle or nearby trees for another area of shelter.
  • Do not use candles inside your vehicle. Rely on flashlights, headlamps, and other sources of light.
  • Libraries have computers and internet access, which you’ll need to contact your insurance agent, employer, friends, and family.

One final note. Depending on where you are, do a quick search on Vacation Rentals By Owner. Most of what you’ll find aren’t budget friendly, but if they are in a location that is unlikely to be affected by whatever disaster you’re runing from, it might be worth the expense. Be aware that most of these homeowners will require a cleaning fee, pet fee (if they allow pets), and a minimum number of nights.

 

 

Without this, All Your Preps and Training are for Naught During SHTF

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By M. P. in Ohio

Instead of teasing you by giving you the answer in the 3rd paragraph, here it is…good health. So before you think you’ve already read similar articles, please read on. I think you’ll find this different. Your health during SHTF scenarios is more important than:

  1. All your training
  2. All your stored goods
  3. Your bug out location

I understand we can’t all be in perfect health, but you owe it to yourself to be as healthy as possible. I’m not only talking about getting in better shape but included with your preps, you should include certain foods, herbs & spices that I will list here to help keep you healthy and to cure many ailments when you get sick.

If you think staying healthy is difficult now, imagine how hard it will be to do so after SHTF. There will be no doctors, no hospitals, and no pharmacies to run to when you need them. Without good health, all your preps may likely go to someone else who comes along and takes it. I can’t tell you the number of acquaintances I know who have spent years and lots of money stockpiling but don’t do squat (no pun intended) to stay healthy. How they think they’ll survive is beyond me.

The good news is most of the items I’m referring to are either cheap or can be grown in most areas of the U-S. They are lightweight in the event that you must bug out and can be preserved for many years without losing much of its potency. Of course, one method to preserving is keeping spices/herbs in air-proof containers. I put much of mine in plastic Food Saver bags and shrink wrap them. They can also be preserved in Mylar bags that are placed in 5-gallon buckets and removing all the oxygen from the bucket. There are many videos you can research on how to do this.

See: The UBER Guide to DIY Food Storage with Mylar Bags, O2 Absorbers and Buckets!

Call it a coincidence if you must, but by including a certain regiment of foods, herbs, and spices in my diet on a daily basis, I have not had a sick day from work in over 10 years. I’m no spring chicken either…I’m a baby boomer. I’ll list items to grow and store, followed by my daily regimen. I will also include linked sources within and at the end of this article to back up the information.

Herbs That Really Make a Difference

Tumeric– This is one of the most important to have on hand. This powerful herb contains curcumin which is an anti-inflammatory. It helps reduce pain and swelling which is needed by many boomers such as me due to minor arthritis. Some studies indicate it may also help prevent colon cancer and Alzheimer’s. Fortunately, turmeric can be easily grown in most U-S climates.

Cinnamon– A recent German study shows it’s helpful for those with Type II diabetes as it reduces blood sugar by 10%. It’s also shown to help reduce cholesterol. Mind you it’s possible to take too much of this spice and can be dangerous. Cinnamon is not grown in the U-S so you must buy and store it.

Garlic– I know many who avoid eating garlic merely because they’re afraid how others might react to the odor from their breath. After Armageddon, who gives a damn? I’m sure some will respond to this by saying the odor may give yourself away if you’re on patrol while in a survival camp but in my humble opinion, the benefits outweigh the smell. I’m also not suggesting that you eat it every day. I too have certain work related appointments where garlic breath wouldn’t be preferred.

Garlic has many benefits including, lowering cancer risk, improving your cardiovascular health, reduces high blood pressure, helps prevents strokes by slowing arterial blockages and reduces cholesterol. It’s also one of the few plants in existence that is all three…anti-bacterial, anti-viral and antifungal. Besides being easy to grow, garlic can also be dehydrated. There are many books available from Amazon that will include all its benefits.

Find a ton of Articles on Garlic on Prepper Website!

Rosemary– We may end up having to fry or grill meats after TSHTF so including rosemary will help prevent the risk of potent carcinogens that are often in meat that are cooked at high temperatures. Rosemary contains two antioxidants that reduce carcinogens. This is easy to grow inside your home or outside in your garden. And if you don’t grow it, it’s inexpensive to buy and stores for long periods.

Flax seed– Many have a false belief that all fats are unhealthy but nothing can be further from the truth. Our bodies need a certain amount of Essential Fatty Acids (EFA) because, without it, we die. Many of you have heard the term “rabbit starvation.” Simply put, if for example, someone were to rely on rabbit as their sole source of protein, the lack of fat in the meat will put one’s health at risk.

One source of EFA’s are oils such as olive, canola, peanut, and vegetable oil and many others you are now using at home. The problem comes from the fact that you won’t have access to many oils because they don’t have a long shelf life and can go rancid. Even if you stock up on oils, they will run out. Olives can only grow in certain climates and those of us in areas outside of the Southwest cannot grow it. However, two seeds that can grow in most areas of the U-S are sunflower seeds and flax seeds that contain EFA. Flax can be grown in your garden in abundance. Flax can be consumed as a seed or the oil can be extracted.

Now unless you have a seed press (a good one is pricey), It can be difficult to extract the oil. Flax seed can be heated on the stove for a short time which will draw the oil out that will float to the top of the water. Then you merely pour off the oil and store it in a cool place. It’s not as beneficial as the first cold press extraction method because heating it up will cause some of the health benefits to dissipate. But hey…beggars can’t be choosers. The oil will also have a shelf life of 1-2 weeks using this method, even if refrigerated so it’s important to use the heating process on a routine basis and only process a small amount at a time.

Ginger– Eating the wrongs foods or foods that have spoiled during SHTF periods could become more common. Ginger helps prevent nausea whether it’s from upset stomach, pregnancy or motion sickness. In one study, ginger was shown to be more effective than Dramamine for subjects who suffer from motion sickness. Ginger grows in most climates and can be dehydrated.

Onions– I could fill up a book on the benefits of onions but with so many varieties available and the ability to grow them in most any climate, onions are among the healthiest of foods. I know many individuals that find onions difficult to digest making it impossible for them to eat. But the majority of us have no such issues. Without including all the benefits here, see the link at the end of the article for additional details. Onions can also be chopped up and dehydrated for long storage life.

Horseradish root– Another food item that grows in most climates, horseradish is a powerful plant that is connected to many health benefits, including its ability to reduce weight loss, lower blood pressure, alleviate respiratory conditions, build strong bones, improve immune system health, stimulate healthy digestion, and promotes heart health.

Cayenne peppers– One of the best books I’ve read is by John Heinerman entitled The Health Benefits of Cayenne. It’s only 48 pages long and you’ll read it in an hour or so but no one I know explains the benefits of hot peppers like Heinerman. There are many varieties of hot peppers that grow in most climates but the key ingredient capsicum seems to be most prevalent in cayenne peppers. Its key benefits will help reduce the severity of colds, improves circulatory and digestive issues, infections, and respiratory ills. Like most items listed above, cayenne can be crushed and dehydrated.

Raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar– Again, I could fill up volumes explaining the health benefits of vinegar so I’ll spare you with those details. You can search for many articles and purchase books online with the many uses of apple cider vinegar including other benefits that don’t include ingesting it.

BUY: High Potency Apple Cider Vinegar 625 mg 180 Caps

Using Herbs for Good Health

Now here is how I use some of the items on a regular basis for good health. One of the healthiest drinks you will ever taste is called Master Tonic. I have a link below with a YouTube video where I first learned how to make it. It’s made up of garlic, the hottest onion you can find (White or Spanish), hot peppers (I use cayenne and/or jalapeño), ginger root, horseradish root and raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar.

The secret to its benefits is the mixing of the ingredients. Even though any of the six ingredients are beneficial on their own, their combining enhances its benefits. One reason many prescriptions and O-T-C liquid medications include alcohol is that the alcohol enhances the other ingredients. So by mixing all six items here, it’s as if it each ingredient is on steroids. I’ll be the first to admit, you won’t find it pleasant tasting. I can’t take more than a sip or two without making an awful face. In the video link I included here, you will see the gentleman drink 2 oz of it while holding a straight face. I’ve been taking this for years and still make a face. Don’t drink it for the enjoyment (you won’t) but drink it for its benefit.

 

Another tonic I drink every morning is called Apple Cider Vinegar Detox. Read link below for additional information. One of the ingredients you see here (lemons) won’t be available in most areas of the world after TSHTF but you can at least drink it now while available. It may also be beneficial to stock up on bottled lemon juice to use in place of freshly squeezed. Besides being a detox, studies show this drink will help you lose weight without doing any other changes in your diet and lifestyle.

Includes 8-12 oz of warm water and the following:

  • 2 Tbs lemon juice
  • 2 Tbs apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbs honey
  • 1 Tsp cinnamon

Place all ingredients in a blender for a few seconds and drink up. Certainly better tasting than the Master Tonic mentioned above.

The last tonic I will mention here utilizes turmeric. There are a variety of ways to use it but I include:

  • Turmeric
  • Black pepper
  • Lemon juice

The link for this tonic includes carrot juice. I have also done it using olive oil instead of lemon juice.

One Last Food Item for Good Health

Here’s a food item that is delicious and its health benefits are like medicine…sauerkraut.

Growing cabbage is easy and can be done in all areas of the U-S. By fermenting cabbage into sauerkraut, it’s not only healthy…but has a long shelf life. Canning sauerkraut is also easy. I have a link below that shows a simple way to make it in only a few days from your kitchen counter. Some don’t like the flavor of sauerkraut. However, I have found those people have often purchased it in a grocery store from a tin can. Ugh! No wonder they didn’t like it. In an SHTF scenario, you won’t be buying it in a can so making it is much more pleasant to eat and will include a higher level of Probiotics than you’ll find in the canned variety. Most people know that food purchased in tin cans has lost most, if not all of its nutritional value due to the high level of heat required to seal the can.

Now About Exercise

As a baby boomer, I have various aches and pains that I have been dealing with for years. I’m not always cognizant of them because I can block some of them out of my mind…not always, but many times. Many of the ingredients mentioned in this article have helped alleviate some of those aches and pains. I also don’t have the upper body strength I had 30 years ago. But I improve my body, strength, and flexibility by doing simple exercises that don’t take up a lot of time and don’t require me to join a gym.

An article earlier this year from Men’s Journal describes 8 exercises they recommend that will get and keep you in shape. In the link provided, the article demonstrates each movement. If you can’t find the time to do these 2-3 times per week, you’re simply lazy. And that’s something you can’t afford to do now and after TSHTF.

Sources:

http://www.foods-healing-power.com/health-benefits-of-onions.html

http://www.naturalnews.com/040340_garlic_onions_cancer_prevention.html

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/vegetable/horseradish.html

The Health Benefits of Cayenne: John Heinerman: 9780879837037: Amazon.com: Books

https://bembu.com/apple-cider-vinegar-detox-drink-recipe/

 

Peace,
Todd

Another P95DC

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Picked up a thoroughly neglected P95DC Ruger off Gunbroker for $200, delivered.

There was , literally, not a drop of oil or lube anywhere on it. Just driving out the slide release to facilitate takedown took the use of a punch and hammer because everything was so tightly seized. But, got it all apart, smoothed everything with some steel wool, lubed it up like a nervous virgin on prom night, and now it seems to be doing well. I’ll take it to the range this weekend to function test it and then tuck it away for the Deep Sleep.

I’ve found these old P-series pistols to be quite the value. They can be had pretty cheaply and they are extremely durable. Although the P85/89 series are way, way, way overbuilt for a 9mm I have no doubt they’d survive just about any punishment that could be dished out at them. I have a bunch of the P89’s floating around, I prefer the P95DC out of the entire line of P-series guns.

20170909_113936The P95DC is decock (hence the DC designation) only…no manual safety. Just point and shoot. Single or double action. And it’s far less bulky than the P85/89. At only $50 more than what a HiPoint dealers at, it’s a far better choice. Cheap enough to be, basically, disposable but ‘real gun’ enough to trust in Katrinaville.

On the flip side, Ruger made some delightful 9mm carbines that shared mags with the P-series. The carbines never sold well and now when you can find them they command insane money. Still, I’d really like to have one.

Although I’m pretty vested in Glocks, I love the P95 for it’s suitability as a secondary or tertiary level of redundancy. It is the perfect gun for leaving under the floorboards at the cabin, tucked into the springs under the drivers seat, or stashing at an undisclosed location.

Bugging Out: Preparing Multiple Escape Routes and Vehicles for a Major Emergency

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By Jeremiah Johnson – Ready Nutrition

ReadyNutrition Readers, we are becoming “long in the tooth,” so to speak, regarding the current world events.  Some of this article will mention points previously covered, but only in relation to the “big picture” of E&E…that’s the acronym for “Escape & Evasion.”  In the end, no matter how secure your fortress, be it Castle Greyskull or Mount Olympus II, you may have to leave it for one reason or another: fire, radiation, severe flood/hurricane, or the IHM (Incredible Human Mob).

The first thing you need to do is establish your immediate location and route to where you intend to flee if you must.  There are several different types of maps that you should consult, if not own outright, and they are as follows:

  1. Local atlas/road type of map with streets and metropolitan areas readily identified
  2. Topographic map: preferably military (DMA, or Defense Mapping Agency is your source) of the immediate area
  3. Maps from the State/Federal Forestry services for your area

Once you have these resources, then you can accurately identify your route out of there, and your new location to hide/hunker down.  There are some avenues you should specifically consider on your E&E.  Let’s go over them:

  1. Railroad tracks: most of the time, railroads must make their tracks accessible for repair/refitting trucks and equipment.  This usually involves a “built up” area that holds the track, sloped off and then followed by a large “bare” stretch that can hold a vehicle, almost akin to an unpaved “secondary” road.  THE KEY TO THIS IS A SUCCESSFUL RECONNAISSANCE!  You don’t want to drive along such a route and parallel the tracks when the time comes for the first time…only to find you must stop at a railroad bridge that is about a quarter of a mile long…so you don’t do the “Nestea Plunge” into a two-hundred-foot gorge.  That’s a bad thing.  You need to know the whole route…all the way to your final destination.
  2. Rivers: What direction do they flow, in relation to your destination? East-West, or North-South…it makes a big difference and will be specific to your location.  Also, are there any large bodies of water such as a lake or a bay or such in your immediate area?
  3. All the Roads to your Destination: You need all of them…the highway, the road, the firebreak, the dirt trails…every possible conceivable route by vehicle.  Then you need to prioritize them…in numerical order of preference…as to the route you want.  You also must find points where these connect.  For example, you may have as your #1 route an “Interstate Highway 66,” but the bridge is out on part of it.  Where is a jump-off point to #2, #3, or #4 that you can use?  All this needs to be meticulously planned and written down.

Because you may die or be taken out of the picture, and your family will have to appoint a new or temporary “leader” and follow your directions out of there.

  1. Airports: It may just be that you’ll need to fly out of there, either by your own hand or with someone else as a pilot. It may behoove you to know where the nearest aircraft and the nearest pilot (friendly to you and your cause) can be found.
  2. Major Harbor points with access to open ocean: self-explanatory, but once you go there, do you know what you’re looking for? Types of vessels that can hold you and your family, and your entire vehicle?

When you conduct the E&E, will you be taking your entire family with you at once, or will you rendezvous at a location to continue onward?  This second option would mean that each family member traveling separately will need a plan of their own, and then to link up with you to continue the overall plan.  We are now going to pose a series of questions to help you assess where you are at this point in time.

There are some skills that will need to be assessed and then brought into play.  Do you know how to pilot a boat?  Do you have such a boat available for your use, if the time comes?  If not, the moral dilemma: will you commandeer one?  How about seamanship, regarding the open ocean?  Do you have any experience, and do you know how to navigate using only a sextant and compass, without electronic aids?  Do you know how to fly, either VTOL (as in helicopters) or fixed wing aircraft?

Regarding a driven route, do you have at least 3 good viable routes planned for use, with connecting points and checkpoints to enable you to switch from one route to another easily and fluidly?  What are you driving, and how much gear/supplies/equipment will you be taking?  More than one vehicle?  How about fuel?

One thing I’ll tell you about that will be a tremendous help if you can swing it.  A mini bike, all the way up to say a 200-cc dirt bike.  You can throw that bad boy in the back of a pickup and then use it to scout and perform reconnaissance on an area ahead of the “main element” of your family.  Although great on gas, motorcycles are not the most efficient way to get out of dodge as a family, unless you’re one of the Hell’s Angels or a family of Evel Knievel-type daredevils without a lot of gear.

Plan refueling points, rest areas and hide spots (to hunker down) along the way on your routes.  All this planning needed to be done a while ago.  If you’ve planned it out, then good job.  If you haven’t, then this article may be something to stimulate you to act.  That is the whole point: preparation promotes a good follow through.  The key to success is being able to act decisively when the time arrives.  You’ll have to go with your observations and go with your gut on it, according to the situation, making changes and adaptations as you go.  Keep in that good fight, and plan your route to get out of Tombstone before the gunfight at the OK Corral begins.  JJ out!

About the author:

Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne). Mr. Johnson was a Special Forces Medic, EMT and ACLS-certified, with comprehensive training in wilderness survival, rescue, and patient-extraction. He is a Certified Master Herbalist and a graduate of the Global College of Natural Medicine of Santa Ana, CA. A graduate of the U.S. Army’s survival course of SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape), Mr. Johnson also successfully completed the Montana Master Food Preserver Course for home-canning, smoking, and dehydrating foods.

Mr. Johnson dries and tinctures a wide variety of medicinal herbs taken by wild crafting and cultivation, in addition to preserving and canning his own food. An expert in land navigation, survival, mountaineering, and parachuting as trained by the United States Army, Mr. Johnson is an ardent advocate for preparedness, self-sufficiency, and long-term disaster sustainability for families. He and his wife survived Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Cross-trained as a Special Forces Engineer, he is an expert in supply, logistics, transport, and long-term storage of perishable materials, having incorporated many of these techniques plus some unique innovations in his own homestead.

Mr. Johnson brings practical, tested experience firmly rooted in formal education to his writings and to our team. He and his wife live in a cabin in the mountains of Western Montana with their three cats.

 

 

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SURVIVALISTS VS PREPPERS: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

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By Rachel Stinson – Guest Writer

For many people, the word “Prepper” brings a vision of camouflage, a scary and frightening survivalist who is waiting for the end of the world. However, most Preppers are very ordinary people who do not stand out in a crowd. They are doctors and plumber, attorneys, carpenters, and teachers with a Wi-Fi hidden camera. Most of them have no camouflage!

So who is a “Prepper”?

Although there may be as many definitions as there are people involved in each movement, the basic definition is that a Prepper is the one that stores the equipment, supplies, and food in case of an emergency. That emergency could be a massive natural disaster such as hurricane or tornado, forest fires, or gas leaks that require evacuation of the neighborhood or anything up to a major collapse of the country’s power grid. Preppers also take seriously the threat of knowing how a terrorist can affect the power grid or nationwide supply network that keeps our grocery store’s shelves stocked.

Preppers will usually have several weeks to a year’s supply of food provided, as well with flashlights, blankets, Wi-Fi nanny cams, water filtering systems, and a portable backup generator. These are people who are not profoundly affected by a multi-day power outage or a large source of broken water that causes a run on bottled water at the grocery store.

Who is a ‘’survivalist’’?

Usually, a survivalist is a hard core Prepper who, in addition to being prepared for a natural disaster, is very concerned about a breakdown in law and order. In addition to Prepper’s concern about ‘’SHTF’’ (Shit Hits the Fan) scenes, Survivalists are interested in “TEOTWAWKI” (the end of the world as we know it) and “WROL” (without the rule of law) situations. Survivalist considers the social order as being very fragile: it depends on an increasingly efficient state welfare system, which has to accommodate more than 44 million Americans on food stamps. They understand that if America’s extraordinary debt is not continually recycled by foreign countries willing to purchase out T-bills and bonds, we could be hyper-inflated like Zimbabwe and Weimar Germany that could cause massive civil unrest. Dangerous times and great risks require precautions, and Survivalist considers their personal safety and that of their loved ones important. A Survivalist will have firearms and usually a concrete plan of “hunkering down” or “bugging out” if law and another breakdown.

What can we learn from Preppers and Survivalists?

It would be difficult to find a Survivalist who is not a Prepper, and likewise, most Preppers have thought about survivalist and protecting themselves. Everyone would greatly benefit from thinking about these two groups of people and what can be learned from them.

If there was a power outage for more than two or three days, what would you do? If the governments (city, state, and federal) could not care for the Hurricane Katrina victims, what does this tell you about being prepared? Did you think that if you don’t have a plan, a natural gas leakage, train derailment, power outage, or terrorist attack could turn your family into a refugee? You may be surprised at how little preparation it takes to give yourself lots of peace of mind as you are positioned to meet disaster head on.

 

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About the author:

Rachel Stinson has always had a knack for writing, food, fashion, and places. Blogging has combined all four for her with an added bonus of enthusiastic audiences. She expertly analyzes real estates, restaurants and electronics stores with respect to pricing and people involved and can express her opinions in an unhesitant, engaging manner for all matters.

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SURVIVALISTS VS PREPPERS: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

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By Rachel Stinson – Guest Writer

For many people, the word “Prepper” brings a vision of camouflage, a scary and frightening survivalist who is waiting for the end of the world. However, most Preppers are very ordinary people who do not stand out in a crowd. They are doctors and plumber, attorneys, carpenters, and teachers with a Wi-Fi hidden camera. Most of them have no camouflage!

So who is a “Prepper”?

Although there may be as many definitions as there are people involved in each movement, the basic definition is that a Prepper is the one that stores the equipment, supplies, and food in case of an emergency. That emergency could be a massive natural disaster such as hurricane or tornado, forest fires, or gas leaks that require evacuation of the neighborhood or anything up to a major collapse of the country’s power grid. Preppers also take seriously the threat of knowing how a terrorist can affect the power grid or nationwide supply network that keeps our grocery store’s shelves stocked.

Preppers will usually have several weeks to a year’s supply of food provided, as well with flashlights, blankets, Wi-Fi nanny cams, water filtering systems, and a portable backup generator. These are people who are not profoundly affected by a multi-day power outage or a large source of broken water that causes a run on bottled water at the grocery store.

Who is a ‘’survivalist’’?

Usually, a survivalist is a hard core Prepper who, in addition to being prepared for a natural disaster, is very concerned about a breakdown in law and order. In addition to Prepper’s concern about ‘’SHTF’’ (Shit Hits the Fan) scenes, Survivalists are interested in “TEOTWAWKI” (the end of the world as we know it) and “WROL” (without the rule of law) situations. Survivalist considers the social order as being very fragile: it depends on an increasingly efficient state welfare system, which has to accommodate more than 44 million Americans on food stamps. They understand that if America’s extraordinary debt is not continually recycled by foreign countries willing to purchase out T-bills and bonds, we could be hyper-inflated like Zimbabwe and Weimar Germany that could cause massive civil unrest. Dangerous times and great risks require precautions, and Survivalist considers their personal safety and that of their loved ones important. A Survivalist will have firearms and usually a concrete plan of “hunkering down” or “bugging out” if law and another breakdown.

What can we learn from Preppers and Survivalists?

It would be difficult to find a Survivalist who is not a Prepper, and likewise, most Preppers have thought about survivalist and protecting themselves. Everyone would greatly benefit from thinking about these two groups of people and what can be learned from them.

If there was a power outage for more than two or three days, what would you do? If the governments (city, state, and federal) could not care for the Hurricane Katrina victims, what does this tell you about being prepared? Did you think that if you don’t have a plan, a natural gas leakage, train derailment, power outage, or terrorist attack could turn your family into a refugee? You may be surprised at how little preparation it takes to give yourself lots of peace of mind as you are positioned to meet disaster head on.

 

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About the author:

Rachel Stinson has always had a knack for writing, food, fashion, and places. Blogging has combined all four for her with an added bonus of enthusiastic audiences. She expertly analyzes real estates, restaurants and electronics stores with respect to pricing and people involved and can express her opinions in an unhesitant, engaging manner for all matters.

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IRMA 9-7 Update

As typical for hurricanes, they are unpredictable. Two days ago Irma’s eye was going to go right over the top of me (Jacksonville) as a Cat-4. Serious winds at 150mph at the eye wall and I’d be hit with two eye walls. The first with winds right to left and after the calm eye passes then the reverse with left to right winds. No doubt I’d have serious home damage if not totaled.
As of today, the hurricanes path has moved to the west coast, about 120 miles from my home. The results for me will be dealing with only 80mph winds. Been there before with no home damage except for trees down and tree branch debris everywhere. Very tolerable.

Needless to say, I am a Prepper and have a motel room booked about 10 miles from home for the entirety of the storm. It’s on higher ground and a building rated for high winds.

Right now I’m home waiting for my 3:00pm room check in. It is quite nice out right now but come Monday morning, the rain bands and winds will hit here dumping an estimated 10-12 inches of rain within 6-8 hours.

More later.

The Best Ant Killers Available Right Now: 2017 Edition

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Lorin Nielsen and appeared first on Epic Gardening, the best urban gardening, hydroponic gardening, and aquaponic gardening blog.

There are millions of ants in the world, and they get everywhere. While I’ve focused in-depth on ants and organic ways to eliminate them in the past, one thing I haven’t done is to focus in on some of the many great commercial options to kill these pesky little pests. Every supermarket, hardware store, big-box … Read more

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Lorin Nielsen and appeared first on Epic Gardening, the best urban gardening, hydroponic gardening, and aquaponic gardening blog.

The Best Ant Killers Available Right Now: 2017 Edition

The post The Best Ant Killers Available Right Now: 2017 Edition is by
Lorin Nielsen and appeared first on Epic Gardening, the best urban gardening, hydroponic gardening, and aquaponic gardening blog.

There are millions of ants in the world, and they get everywhere. While I’ve focused in-depth on ants and organic ways to eliminate them in the past, one thing I haven’t done is to focus in on some of the many great commercial options to kill these pesky little pests. Every supermarket, hardware store, big-box … Read more

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Lorin Nielsen and appeared first on Epic Gardening, the best urban gardening, hydroponic gardening, and aquaponic gardening blog.

Situational Awareness – How To Determine Who Has It and Who Doesn’t

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Situational Awareness

Have you ever seen someone smiling when things are going very wrong all around them?

I’ve heard it said,

“He’s smiling because he doesn’t fully understand just how royally f#&@ed we are.”

I also once overheard a Q/A between two ex-military friends of mine.

“What would you do if you knew a Soviet ICBM was inbound at your location?”

The answer?

“I’d place my head between my legs and kiss my ass goodbye – there’s no getting away from that.”

These are two examples of situation awareness.

The smiling guy has none vs the military guys have about as much as one can.

Definition – Situational Awareness


So what exactly is Situational Awareness, often shortened to the acronym SA (pronounced ess-ay)?

Situational awareness is fully and comprehensively understanding one’s surroundings, environment, and situation.

Full situational awareness includes the following:

  • The current level of danger
  • The level of difficulty
  • Support
  • Obstacles in the way
  • Exit locations
  • Contributing factors
  • Etc.

If you have good situational awareness, you know the actual score. If you have poor situational awareness, you’re mostly lost.

Lost people are of little help – unless the goal is to get lost or disappear – and even then, they may not have the situational awareness to do it successfully.

It’s important to know this about someone before you find yourself in an emergency situation with them for two primary reasons:

1. He will be of little to no help, and
2. He may not even realize the situation is life or death, which can be worse than no help.

How To Recognize Someone Lacking SA


We’ve all known people who possess poor Situational Awareness.

Most of us can think of at least one person out there we’ve dealt with that “just doesn’t get it.”

You wonder – if you could see through this person’s eyes would even they sky still be blue or the grass green.

When speaking with this person eye contact is fleeting and unfocused.

In fact, “unfocused” describes this person very well in many respects.

When they occasionally do meet your stare, you see the utter confusion. And oddly enough, you might see it when theirs no apparent reason to be confused.

I knew one military guy who had these attributes – the hundred yard stare and brief confused eye contact. Plus, constant comments which indicated he didn’t fully understand what was going on around him.

While that thousand yard gaze might be a symptom of poor situational awareness, it mustn’t be confused with something else.

I’ve known guys with that same unfocused gaze, always staring off into space. However, they would come back with the absolute right answer at the right time. That’s called being contemplative.

Some people stare off into space as they formulate the best answer or strategy. It helps them focus on the task at hand – to look away and focus on something in the distance or even close their eyes.

So how do you tell the difference?

The guy or gal with poor situational awareness either won’t come back with an answer (because they’re disengaged and not thinking). Or – even worse – they’ll come back with a terrible idea – and sometimes not just bad, but not even relevant.

Do Bad Ideas Prove A Lack Of Situational Awareness?


Yes and No.

Having finely tuned sense of situational awareness doesn’t mean you’re always right.

A person who is acutely aware of their situation can still have very poor judgment.

However, a bad idea due to a lack of situational awareness tends to reflect an entire misunderstanding of the problem.

One must understand the problem to be able to solve it correctly. And fully understanding the problem is what we’re talking about here – that’s what SA is.

Words. Conversation. Nouns, verbs, adjectives.

These are some of the best indicators of situational awareness.

When you converse with someone about a problem you can tell right away if they understand it. You know almost immediately if you are on the same page. You can hear it in their words and see it on their faces.

Well timed humor can also come into play here.

A well-played curse word or morsel of sarcasm is sometimes the best indicator someone completely understands the situation.

By the way, if that sarcasm doesn’t make sense to you – one of you doesn’t fully understand what’s going on. 

Hopefully, it’s not you!

poker player

How Do You Know If You’ve Got Situational Awareness Or Not?


Warren Buffet once said

“If you’ve been playing poker for half an hour and you still don’t know who the patsy is, you’re the patsy.”

This brings up another problem. We all want to be able to identify who among us has good situational awareness, but how do we know if we do?

Most times the guy with poor situational awareness doesn’t even realize it! This is a tough one. It can’t come from inside. Validation of this fault must be external.

The only advice I can give here is to seek out the counsel of someone you trust. Someone you deem to be wise, with good situational awareness and sound judgment.

Maybe they have good insights about politics, technology, entertainment, sports, international affairs. Whatever you typically discuss, if you find yourself understanding where he or she is coming from, you most likely have good situational awareness.

You may not agree with his or her opinions, but you understand them. That’s the key.

People with good situational awareness won’t always agree on solutions to problems, but they share a common understanding of the problem.

Now if you find you don’t have good situational awareness – and this is a difficult thing for anyone to admit – you have a problem.

Most people will never admit it because they don’t realize they do not see things as they really are. It’s very difficult to recognize it in oneself. But, on the outside chance you do recognize it, what can you do?

Can Situational Awareness Be Learned?


Simply put. Yes. But with great effort.

Usually, I’d say you either have good situational awareness, or you don’t. I’ve never known anyone to gain it suddenly.

However, we are humans, and we can learn new behaviors. People with good situational awareness naturally “see” things as they are.

They recognize patterns and create paradigms in their thinking automatically, with little conscious effort. It’s a gift.

However, someone who does not have the gift can work on it and develop it – at least in theory.

What’s Going On In The World?


First of all, quite often poor situational awareness comes from not being versed on what’s going on in the world.

A person striving to develop better situational awareness needs information. In the old days I’d tell this person to watch the news or read a newspaper every day – so you know what’s going on out there.

However, with the state of journalism today there can be no assurance you aren’t going to be ingesting a pack of lies.

There is so much opinion, gossip, mudslinging and downright lies in the media today you can never be sure what’s the truth.

The Internet is no help either. You can find news stories that say Arctic ice is melting at record levels and also find stories that say satellite imaging shows Arctic ice is growing faster than ever before in history.

You would be lead to believe no president until Trump has ever threatened nuclear retaliation if the other side launches first. He didn’t make a threat – he just dropped nukes on the enemy – twice.

If you read the media today, you’d think the KKK was a huge political force in American politics, when in reality their membership is estimated to be more like 3,000 Klan members. A microscopic fraction of the 300 million Americans.

News stories today all have political agendas designed to hurt someone – both from the left and the right.

There’s no more objective fact-telling. You have to establish your own BS filters.

The great World-Wide Web is a fantastic resource because it holds all the information of Mankind. Both right and wrong – which also makes it nearly useless.

Educate yourself – but take everything with a grain of salt. In fact, the craziness you see in the news should help form useful paradigms.

Learning patterns of media madness may (hopefully) help you recognize BS in the future. That can only help improve your situational awareness.

Other forms of education to improve situational awareness include:

  • Human physiology
  • Survival skills
  • Nutrition
  • Technology/Computers
  • Firearms
  • Political science
  • Economics
  • Banking
  • Systems of government
  • World and US history
  • And on and on

The more you learn, the more you read, the more patterns and paradigms will form in your mind. Over time situations will become better defined, and you’ll recognize them as they happen.

A Situational Awareness Example


Here’s an example:

A man’s car breaks down on a little-traveled road in the Mojave Desert. He sees a road sign that says: Next service station – 15 miles.

He thinks to himself; I can walk three to four miles an hour. That means I can be there in roughly four to five hours.

In this case, he has just enough situational awareness to be dangerous.

Yes. He knows it will be a long walk. He knows he can walk for four to five hours because he’s done that in the past. Great. So how does his SA come up short?

He doesn’t consider the fact that it’s 105 F in the shade, there is no shade, there is no cloud cover, and he has no water.

He doesn’t realize that the moment his car died a biological stopwatch started. A countdown clock until the end of his life.

A gallon of water would add time to that clock. Shade from the sun would add time to that clock. Shelter in the day and traveling at night would add time to the clock.

Walking with no cover in the heat of the day takes time off the clock. He starts off on his journey and is found dead along the road three miles short of his goal.

As I said before, good situational awareness is not the same as good judgment. However, it’s the starting point for good judgment.

You can’t make a good decision, develop a good solution to a problem until you have the problem well-defined.

That means recognizing things that help as well as hurt. We often tend only to consider the negative, but good situational awareness also identifies assets and how they can help.

In some cases, during my analysis of what I thought was a problem, I’ve found many positive influences already lined up against the problem.

It turned out the problem was no problem after all. No intervention was needed from me. My good situational awareness prevented me from wasting more time on an issue that was already solved.

In some cases, too much situational awareness can be a problem.

These people tend to be paranoid. They understand their situation, but mentally extrapolate dire consequences that may never occur.

What About Too Much Situational Awareness?


Too much situational awareness can lead to mental breakdown.

For example, I have found, most women have struck the right balance of situational awareness.

I was in a restaurant with my wife one evening, and we were talking about men scoping women in public. Men who steal those quick glances when an attractive woman walks by. You know, those glances that will get you in trouble with your own wife – if caught.

She said she was going to the restroom and I chose that moment to make my point. I told her at least a half dozen men would steal a glance at her “derriere” on the walk to the restroom. She said I was crazy.

She knew men stole those glances at women, but not at her and not all the time.

Confidently she got up and walked to the restroom – and I saw at least a half dozen men turn their gaze her way as she passed. She never noticed a single one.

She has situational awareness (she’s not oblivious), but not too much of it.

Maybe it’s a mental defense mechanism.

I mean, if women they went through their lives knowing every innocent stroll across the room would lead to a dozen men fantasizing about them, it would drive one crazy.

concealed carry gun behind back

Situational Awareness For Survival


First of all, do your best to self-assess. Try to figure out if you have good or bad situational awareness. You can only improve if you admit you have room for improvement.

If you have bad situational awareness, then I recommend you start working on it. Practice assessing problems and then coming up with answers. Then compare your analysis against someone you trust. Someone who “get’s it.”

If you’re blessed with good situational awareness, the best thing you can do is try to avoid those who don’t.

Not much worse than ending up in a dangerous survival situation with an ignorant dolt.

They won’t just “not help” the situation, but they could become a serious liability.

So keep an eye out for those with low (or no) Situational Awareness and beware of them. If you ever recognize someone like this, make some adjustments your own situation – Stay Away.

“Just In Case” Jack

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Situational Awareness – How To Determine Who Has It and Who Doesn’t

Situational Awareness

Have you ever seen someone smiling when things are going very wrong all around them?

I’ve heard it said,

“He’s smiling because he doesn’t fully understand just how royally f#&@ed we are.”

I also once overheard a Q/A between two ex-military friends of mine.

“What would you do if you knew a Soviet ICBM was inbound at your location?”

The answer?

“I’d place my head between my legs and kiss my ass goodbye – there’s no getting away from that.”

These are two examples of situation awareness.

The smiling guy has none vs the military guys have about as much as one can.

Definition – Situational Awareness


So what exactly is Situational Awareness, often shortened to the acronym SA (pronounced ess-ay)?

Situational awareness is fully and comprehensively understanding one’s surroundings, environment, and situation.

Full situational awareness includes the following:

  • The current level of danger
  • The level of difficulty
  • Support
  • Obstacles in the way
  • Exit locations
  • Contributing factors
  • Etc.

If you have good situational awareness, you know the actual score. If you have poor situational awareness, you’re mostly lost.

Lost people are of little help – unless the goal is to get lost or disappear – and even then, they may not have the situational awareness to do it successfully.

It’s important to know this about someone before you find yourself in an emergency situation with them for two primary reasons:

1. He will be of little to no help, and
2. He may not even realize the situation is life or death, which can be worse than no help.

How To Recognize Someone Lacking SA


We’ve all known people who possess poor Situational Awareness.

Most of us can think of at least one person out there we’ve dealt with that “just doesn’t get it.”

You wonder – if you could see through this person’s eyes would even they sky still be blue or the grass green.

When speaking with this person eye contact is fleeting and unfocused.

In fact, “unfocused” describes this person very well in many respects.

When they occasionally do meet your stare, you see the utter confusion. And oddly enough, you might see it when theirs no apparent reason to be confused.

I knew one military guy who had these attributes – the hundred yard stare and brief confused eye contact. Plus, constant comments which indicated he didn’t fully understand what was going on around him.

While that thousand yard gaze might be a symptom of poor situational awareness, it mustn’t be confused with something else.

I’ve known guys with that same unfocused gaze, always staring off into space. However, they would come back with the absolute right answer at the right time. That’s called being contemplative.

Some people stare off into space as they formulate the best answer or strategy. It helps them focus on the task at hand – to look away and focus on something in the distance or even close their eyes.

So how do you tell the difference?

The guy or gal with poor situational awareness either won’t come back with an answer (because they’re disengaged and not thinking). Or – even worse – they’ll come back with a terrible idea – and sometimes not just bad, but not even relevant.

Do Bad Ideas Prove A Lack Of Situational Awareness?


Yes and No.

Having finely tuned sense of situational awareness doesn’t mean you’re always right.

A person who is acutely aware of their situation can still have very poor judgment.

However, a bad idea due to a lack of situational awareness tends to reflect an entire misunderstanding of the problem.

One must understand the problem to be able to solve it correctly. And fully understanding the problem is what we’re talking about here – that’s what SA is.

Words. Conversation. Nouns, verbs, adjectives.

These are some of the best indicators of situational awareness.

When you converse with someone about a problem you can tell right away if they understand it. You know almost immediately if you are on the same page. You can hear it in their words and see it on their faces.

Well timed humor can also come into play here.

A well-played curse word or morsel of sarcasm is sometimes the best indicator someone completely understands the situation.

By the way, if that sarcasm doesn’t make sense to you – one of you doesn’t fully understand what’s going on. 

Hopefully, it’s not you!

poker player

How Do You Know If You’ve Got Situational Awareness Or Not?


Warren Buffet once said

“If you’ve been playing poker for half an hour and you still don’t know who the patsy is, you’re the patsy.”

This brings up another problem. We all want to be able to identify who among us has good situational awareness, but how do we know if we do?

Most times the guy with poor situational awareness doesn’t even realize it! This is a tough one. It can’t come from inside. Validation of this fault must be external.

The only advice I can give here is to seek out the counsel of someone you trust. Someone you deem to be wise, with good situational awareness and sound judgment.

Maybe they have good insights about politics, technology, entertainment, sports, international affairs. Whatever you typically discuss, if you find yourself understanding where he or she is coming from, you most likely have good situational awareness.

You may not agree with his or her opinions, but you understand them. That’s the key.

People with good situational awareness won’t always agree on solutions to problems, but they share a common understanding of the problem.

Now if you find you don’t have good situational awareness – and this is a difficult thing for anyone to admit – you have a problem.

Most people will never admit it because they don’t realize they do not see things as they really are. It’s very difficult to recognize it in oneself. But, on the outside chance you do recognize it, what can you do?

Can Situational Awareness Be Learned?


Simply put. Yes. But with great effort.

Usually, I’d say you either have good situational awareness, or you don’t. I’ve never known anyone to gain it suddenly.

However, we are humans, and we can learn new behaviors. People with good situational awareness naturally “see” things as they are.

They recognize patterns and create paradigms in their thinking automatically, with little conscious effort. It’s a gift.

However, someone who does not have the gift can work on it and develop it – at least in theory.

What’s Going On In The World?


First of all, quite often poor situational awareness comes from not being versed on what’s going on in the world.

A person striving to develop better situational awareness needs information. In the old days I’d tell this person to watch the news or read a newspaper every day – so you know what’s going on out there.

However, with the state of journalism today there can be no assurance you aren’t going to be ingesting a pack of lies.

There is so much opinion, gossip, mudslinging and downright lies in the media today you can never be sure what’s the truth.

The Internet is no help either. You can find news stories that say Arctic ice is melting at record levels and also find stories that say satellite imaging shows Arctic ice is growing faster than ever before in history.

You would be lead to believe no president until Trump has ever threatened nuclear retaliation if the other side launches first. He didn’t make a threat – he just dropped nukes on the enemy – twice.

If you read the media today, you’d think the KKK was a huge political force in American politics, when in reality their membership is estimated to be more like 3,000 Klan members. A microscopic fraction of the 300 million Americans.

News stories today all have political agendas designed to hurt someone – both from the left and the right.

There’s no more objective fact-telling. You have to establish your own BS filters.

The great World-Wide Web is a fantastic resource because it holds all the information of Mankind. Both right and wrong – which also makes it nearly useless.

Educate yourself – but take everything with a grain of salt. In fact, the craziness you see in the news should help form useful paradigms.

Learning patterns of media madness may (hopefully) help you recognize BS in the future. That can only help improve your situational awareness.

Other forms of education to improve situational awareness include:

  • Human physiology
  • Survival skills
  • Nutrition
  • Technology/Computers
  • Firearms
  • Political science
  • Economics
  • Banking
  • Systems of government
  • World and US history
  • And on and on

The more you learn, the more you read, the more patterns and paradigms will form in your mind. Over time situations will become better defined, and you’ll recognize them as they happen.

A Situational Awareness Example


Here’s an example:

A man’s car breaks down on a little-traveled road in the Mojave Desert. He sees a road sign that says: Next service station – 15 miles.

He thinks to himself; I can walk three to four miles an hour. That means I can be there in roughly four to five hours.

In this case, he has just enough situational awareness to be dangerous.

Yes. He knows it will be a long walk. He knows he can walk for four to five hours because he’s done that in the past. Great. So how does his SA come up short?

He doesn’t consider the fact that it’s 105 F in the shade, there is no shade, there is no cloud cover, and he has no water.

He doesn’t realize that the moment his car died a biological stopwatch started. A countdown clock until the end of his life.

A gallon of water would add time to that clock. Shade from the sun would add time to that clock. Shelter in the day and traveling at night would add time to the clock.

Walking with no cover in the heat of the day takes time off the clock. He starts off on his journey and is found dead along the road three miles short of his goal.

As I said before, good situational awareness is not the same as good judgment. However, it’s the starting point for good judgment.

You can’t make a good decision, develop a good solution to a problem until you have the problem well-defined.

That means recognizing things that help as well as hurt. We often tend only to consider the negative, but good situational awareness also identifies assets and how they can help.

In some cases, during my analysis of what I thought was a problem, I’ve found many positive influences already lined up against the problem.

It turned out the problem was no problem after all. No intervention was needed from me. My good situational awareness prevented me from wasting more time on an issue that was already solved.

In some cases, too much situational awareness can be a problem.

These people tend to be paranoid. They understand their situation, but mentally extrapolate dire consequences that may never occur.

What About Too Much Situational Awareness?


Too much situational awareness can lead to mental breakdown.

For example, I have found, most women have struck the right balance of situational awareness.

I was in a restaurant with my wife one evening, and we were talking about men scoping women in public. Men who steal those quick glances when an attractive woman walks by. You know, those glances that will get you in trouble with your own wife – if caught.

She said she was going to the restroom and I chose that moment to make my point. I told her at least a half dozen men would steal a glance at her “derriere” on the walk to the restroom. She said I was crazy.

She knew men stole those glances at women, but not at her and not all the time.

Confidently she got up and walked to the restroom – and I saw at least a half dozen men turn their gaze her way as she passed. She never noticed a single one.

She has situational awareness (she’s not oblivious), but not too much of it.

Maybe it’s a mental defense mechanism.

I mean, if women they went through their lives knowing every innocent stroll across the room would lead to a dozen men fantasizing about them, it would drive one crazy.

concealed carry gun behind back

Situational Awareness For Survival


First of all, do your best to self-assess. Try to figure out if you have good or bad situational awareness. You can only improve if you admit you have room for improvement.

If you have bad situational awareness, then I recommend you start working on it. Practice assessing problems and then coming up with answers. Then compare your analysis against someone you trust. Someone who “get’s it.”

If you’re blessed with good situational awareness, the best thing you can do is try to avoid those who don’t.

Not much worse than ending up in a dangerous survival situation with an ignorant dolt.

They won’t just “not help” the situation, but they could become a serious liability.

So keep an eye out for those with low (or no) Situational Awareness and beware of them. If you ever recognize someone like this, make some adjustments your own situation – Stay Away.

“Just In Case” Jack

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What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2017-9-9)

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  This weekly post is an open-forum, though preferably focusing on what we all did this week for our prepping & preparedness. Voice your thoughts, opinions, concerns, or questions for others to comment on general topics of preparedness. Because the more who comment, the more who will benefit from the discussion… Are you a first timer? Let’s hear from you too!   ———————————– Note: For articles posted during the week we appreciate that you stay on-topic with your comments. For off-topic comments, post them in the most recent Saturday open-forum: What did you do for your preparedness this week? Note:

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What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2017-9-9)

  This weekly post is an open-forum, though preferably focusing on what we all did this week for our prepping & preparedness. Voice your thoughts, opinions, concerns, or questions for others to comment on general topics of preparedness. Because the more who comment, the more who will benefit from the discussion… Are you a first timer? Let’s hear from you too!   ———————————– Note: For articles posted during the week we appreciate that you stay on-topic with your comments. For off-topic comments, post them in the most recent Saturday open-forum: What did you do for your preparedness this week? Note:

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How To Use Juniper Berries in Herbal Medicine

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ReadyNutrition Readers, we are going to expound on some of the merits of Juniper berries, from the plant Juniperus communis.  They aren’t actually a “berry,” but are a part of a cone in the Juniper plant.  The berries are used to make gin: that is, alcohol such as grain is infused with juniper berries and leaves and then redistilled to add the flavor of the plant, thus creating the gin.

The Juniper berry is also used in herbal medicine.  Juniper is used as a diuretic, and to treat menstrual problems and bladder infections/UTI’s (Urinary Tract Infections).

Juniper in Herbal Medicine

The dosage of Juniper Berries is 2 to 10 grams of the berries, or between 20 to 100 mg of the essential oil.  The berries and twigs can also be used for a tea, but be careful to consume no more than 2 cups of it.  Also, if you’ve never had it before, you should take in a small amount, in case you’re hypersensitive/allergic to it.  Pregnant women and anyone prescribed for Lithium need to avoid consumption of Juniper berries, as well as those with kidney problems.  Also, do not allow Juniper berries to be used on open wounds.

They are green when they are immature and dark/purple upon being mature and ripe.  It is in this latter state they are safe to use.  Juniper berries are used to flavor Norwegian, Swedish, German, Austrian, Polish, and Czech dishes, such as different sauerkraut, roasts, and game meatsJuniperus sabina is a type that grows in central and southern Europe, as well as in Asia.  All parts of this subspecies are poisonous.

There, as you can see by the photo above are the berries turning color from green to purple.  Here’s another photo that shows the plant (the Juniper bush) with the berries turning to purple:

Juniper berry oil is a strong antioxidant.  In order to make essential oils of it, you need to distill the oil from it.  Pinene (technically Alpha-Pinene) from the berry is not only an antioxidant, but you can make bug repellant from it.  That’s right!  It is highly repellant to insects.

How To Make a Juniper Infusion

To make a tea (infusion), you can crush 1 teaspoon of berries and add this to 1 cup of boiled water after taking it off boil and sitting for 1 minute.  They can also be used in compresses to treat gout, as well as being used to reduce warts.  Consult with your physician before undertaking any information in this article.  Juniper berries will be ready when they are purple.  They are strong to the taste, but there are a lot of things that can be done with them.  Happy gathering!  JJ out!

 

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Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne). Mr. Johnson was a Special Forces Medic, EMT and ACLS-certified, with comprehensive training in wilderness survival, rescue, and patient-extraction. He is a Certified Master Herbalist and a graduate of the Global College of Natural Medicine of Santa Ana, CA. A graduate of the U.S. Army’s survival course of SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape), Mr. Johnson also successfully completed the Montana Master Food Preserver Course for home-canning, smoking, and dehydrating foods.

Mr. Johnson dries and tinctures a wide variety of medicinal herbs taken by wild crafting and cultivation, in addition to preserving and canning his own food. An expert in land navigation, survival, mountaineering, and parachuting as trained by the United States Army, Mr. Johnson is an ardent advocate for preparedness, self-sufficiency, and long-term disaster sustainability for families. He and his wife survived Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Cross-trained as a Special Forces Engineer, he is an expert in supply, logistics, transport, and long-term storage of perishable materials, having incorporated many of these techniques plus some unique innovations in his own homestead.

Mr. Johnson brings practical, tested experience firmly rooted in formal education to his writings and to our team. He and his wife live in a cabin in the mountains of Western Montana with their three cats.

This information has been made available by Ready Nutrition

How To Use Juniper Berries in Herbal Medicine

ReadyNutrition Readers, we are going to expound on some of the merits of Juniper berries, from the plant Juniperus communis.  They aren’t actually a “berry,” but are a part of a cone in the Juniper plant.  The berries are used to make gin: that is, alcohol such as grain is infused with juniper berries and leaves and then redistilled to add the flavor of the plant, thus creating the gin.

The Juniper berry is also used in herbal medicine.  Juniper is used as a diuretic, and to treat menstrual problems and bladder infections/UTI’s (Urinary Tract Infections).

Juniper in Herbal Medicine

The dosage of Juniper Berries is 2 to 10 grams of the berries, or between 20 to 100 mg of the essential oil.  The berries and twigs can also be used for a tea, but be careful to consume no more than 2 cups of it.  Also, if you’ve never had it before, you should take in a small amount, in case you’re hypersensitive/allergic to it.  Pregnant women and anyone prescribed for Lithium need to avoid consumption of Juniper berries, as well as those with kidney problems.  Also, do not allow Juniper berries to be used on open wounds.

They are green when they are immature and dark/purple upon being mature and ripe.  It is in this latter state they are safe to use.  Juniper berries are used to flavor Norwegian, Swedish, German, Austrian, Polish, and Czech dishes, such as different sauerkraut, roasts, and game meatsJuniperus sabina is a type that grows in central and southern Europe, as well as in Asia.  All parts of this subspecies are poisonous.

There, as you can see by the photo above are the berries turning color from green to purple.  Here’s another photo that shows the plant (the Juniper bush) with the berries turning to purple:

Juniper berry oil is a strong antioxidant.  In order to make essential oils of it, you need to distill the oil from it.  Pinene (technically Alpha-Pinene) from the berry is not only an antioxidant, but you can make bug repellant from it.  That’s right!  It is highly repellant to insects.

How To Make a Juniper Infusion

To make a tea (infusion), you can crush 1 teaspoon of berries and add this to 1 cup of boiled water after taking it off boil and sitting for 1 minute.  They can also be used in compresses to treat gout, as well as being used to reduce warts.  Consult with your physician before undertaking any information in this article.  Juniper berries will be ready when they are purple.  They are strong to the taste, but there are a lot of things that can be done with them.  Happy gathering!  JJ out!

 

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Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne). Mr. Johnson was a Special Forces Medic, EMT and ACLS-certified, with comprehensive training in wilderness survival, rescue, and patient-extraction. He is a Certified Master Herbalist and a graduate of the Global College of Natural Medicine of Santa Ana, CA. A graduate of the U.S. Army’s survival course of SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape), Mr. Johnson also successfully completed the Montana Master Food Preserver Course for home-canning, smoking, and dehydrating foods.

Mr. Johnson dries and tinctures a wide variety of medicinal herbs taken by wild crafting and cultivation, in addition to preserving and canning his own food. An expert in land navigation, survival, mountaineering, and parachuting as trained by the United States Army, Mr. Johnson is an ardent advocate for preparedness, self-sufficiency, and long-term disaster sustainability for families. He and his wife survived Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Cross-trained as a Special Forces Engineer, he is an expert in supply, logistics, transport, and long-term storage of perishable materials, having incorporated many of these techniques plus some unique innovations in his own homestead.

Mr. Johnson brings practical, tested experience firmly rooted in formal education to his writings and to our team. He and his wife live in a cabin in the mountains of Western Montana with their three cats.

This information has been made available by Ready Nutrition

Build a better concrete block rocket stove from recycled or salvaged materials

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In the aftermath of a disaster, such as a tornado,purifying drinking water may be a priority. The quickest, safest method could be boiling. Here’s how to make an effective stove out of salvaged materials.

Harvey and Lessons Learned

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Harvey and Lessons Learned Micheal Kline “Reality Check” Audio player below! In this show we are preaching to the choir and beating a dead horse. However, only through repetition do we build muscle memory. We will be reviewing some of the lessons learned from the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey. One of the biggest issues … Continue reading Harvey and Lessons Learned

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Harvey and Lessons Learned

Harvey and Lessons Learned Micheal Kline “Reality Check” Audio player below! In this show we are preaching to the choir and beating a dead horse. However, only through repetition do we build muscle memory. We will be reviewing some of the lessons learned from the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey. One of the biggest issues … Continue reading Harvey and Lessons Learned

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Harvey and Lessons Learned

Harvey and Lessons Learned Micheal Kline “Reality Check” Audio player below! In this show we are preaching to the choir and beating a dead horse. However, only through repetition do we build muscle memory. We will be reviewing some of the lessons learned from the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey. One of the biggest issues … Continue reading Harvey and Lessons Learned

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