Guns are an issue. They have always been an issue and they will always be an issue. There is always someone out there with the great utopian idea that if we simply take away all the guns we will eliminate all the crime. This idea has been proven to fail for many reasons. And yet […]
It seems like civil unrest has become an increasingly common occurrence in America over the past few years. Since the election we’ve seen a lot of protests turn violent, and in the years preceding the election, just about any controversial police shooting could spark a riot. As these incidents become commonplace, more people are becoming aware of just how tumultuous our nation really is. They want to know how they can protect themselves from civil unrest or avoid riots in the first place, especially if they live in urban areas.
Coincidentally, I have firsthand experience on this subject. Though I have thankfully never been in a riot, I know exactly what it looks like on the streets in the hours before a riot kicks off. I was visiting Berkeley, California on December 6th, 2014, just before a massive protest for the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown turned violent.
I left the city a couple of hours before things got crazy, though not because I knew what was coming. Though I had heard earlier in the day that there was going to be a protest, I didn’t think that anything serious was going to happen, because protests are a pretty common occurrence in Berkeley. This may sound crazy now, but at the time there was no reason to think that there was going to be a full-blown riot.
Always Be On the Lookout for Warning Signs
Though I was completely ignorant of what was about to go down, in hindsight there were plenty of red flags. I noticed them as I was walking through the city in the late afternoon, on my way to catch a BART train home.
For starters, there was a massive police presence everywhere I looked. There were more cops walking or driving around than I had ever seen in the city before before. That may sound like an obvious sign, but it was what the cops were doing and what kinds of equipment they had on hand that was significant. You could hear helicopters overhead, and there were several large nondescript buses parked near where the protest was about to begin. They were kind of like school buses, but painted white. In other words, the kind of buses that are often used to transport prisoners. They were clearly getting ready to detain a lot of people.
As for the behavior of the police, there was one thing I saw that stands out. I distinctly remember seeing two police officers tell a homeless man to leave the area. That’s common in some cities, but not Berkeley. There are homeless people everywhere and I’ve never seen the police do that. Unless the homeless are being unruly and someone calls the cops (which most people rarely do), the police seem to leave the homeless alone in Berkeley.
In hindsight it makes a lot of sense. After they close, the homeless often sleep in front of the shops where the riot was about to take place. And when the cops interacted with this guy, they weren’t being aggressive. The interaction looked pretty courteous. They weren’t removing someone who was causing a problem. They were removing him for his own safety.
And perhaps the most interesting warning sign I witnessed, has to do with what many of the businesses in the area did to prepare themselves for the protest. I saw dozens of shops close early. Their owners and employees had boarded up windows and doors, as if they were getting ready for a hurricane to rip through the city.
The reason why that’s so intriguing, is that before 2014 I don’t think Berkeley had seen a major riot in decades. I’m really not sure how these businesses knew that there was going to be unrest in the streets. Remember, Berkeley is practically the protest capital of the world. It seems like there is a protest going on in that city every week, and they rarely turn violent. So how did they know that this time was going to be different? My only guess is that the police must have warned them ahead of time. Without that kind of advice, they would have been as much in dark as I was.
So keep these warning signs in mind the next time you visit a city. Don’t be like me. I just happened to leave as the city was gearing up for civil unrest. I had no idea of what was going on, and basically avoided the riot by dumb luck. When you see the police and the locals getting ready for a street battle, take note and get the hell out of there.
Joshua Krause was born and raised in the Bay Area. He is a writer and researcher focused on principles of self-sufficiency and liberty at Ready Nutrition. You can follow Joshua’s work at our Facebook page or on his personal Twitter.
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In this episode of the Survival Medicine Hour, Joe and Amy Alton, aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy discuss improvised tourniquets and some TCCC guidelines regarding hemorrhage under fire or in normal times. Blood clotting agents are introduced and Quikclot/Celox are compared. Plus, when should a wound be closed and when should it be treated as a open wound from beginning to full recovery?
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This article from The Organic Prepper was published last summer, and it was written when some major protests against police officers were happening across America. But frankly, the protests we saw last year were a picnic compared to the kind of protests we’re already seeing now that Donald Trump has become President, and it’s only […]
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As a Free Speech advocate, I support the people’s right to protest and make their opinions heard. Unfortunately, demonstrations in the U.S. these days are becoming more frequent and violent. From what I saw happen at UC-Berkeley, I expect them to become more extreme as times goes on.
I haven’t been at a protest since the Vietnam era, and that was just on the way to class. Back then, I was fit enough to hightail it out of there when the pepper gas flew. However, there is so much civil unrest in the news these days that it’s a good idea to have a riot survival strategy, whether you’re involved or just a bystander. It goes without saying that your objective should be to stay away from the where the violence is occurring.
Of course, if you walk smack dab into a demonstration, things can get dicey pretty fast. I’ve written a lot about situational awareness, and that mindset will serve you well. Here are some simple tips that will help you avoid injury at a protest:
1. Always be in a state of “Yellow Alert”. Yellow alert simply means being aware of your surroundings and the people around you. When people are behaving strangely, take note and avoid them.
2. Always mentally map out routes of escape as you walk along. Where’s the nearest side street? Is there a building or subway entrance that will get you off the street? If you don’t know the area, move away to where you know the lay of the land.
3. If you have to make your way through the crowd, stay on the fringes. Don’t get caught in the masses of people surging away (or towards) the violence. If you do, they are deciding your movements, not you.
4. Avoid confrontation with protesters. In other words, take off your “Make American Great Again” hat if it’s an anti-Trump demonstration. At Berkeley, things like this got women pepper-sprayed and men beaten.
5. Have a bandanna handy. This essential survival supply isn’t a gas mask, per se, but it works at riots when tear gas is sprayed. Some advocate the soaking of the cloth with lemon juice or apple cider vinegar. Avoid black bandannas, though; at Berkeley, organized masked “ninjas” in black caused most of the damage. You don’t want to be confused with one of these people.
6. Wear sneakers or other footwear that will allow you the most mobility. The only women wearing heals are reporters. Make sure you’re well-clothed so that your skin is protected. You’ll need to wash clothes thoroughly that have been exposed to tear gas, or throw them away.
7. Be aware of the movement of law enforcement officers, but don’t approach them. Their job is tough enough, and they won’t be able to hear you above the roar of the crowd.
8. Don’t run if you can help it. Unless everyone else is running, you will attract unwanted attention. Walk fast and purposefully around a corner, to higher ground, or other safe spot.
9. Be inconspicuous. This may be difficult if you’re 6 foot 7 inches tall, but otherwise, do you best to be “the gray man”.
10. If you’re with friends, stay together. If you can’t, agree on a meeting place beforehand in case you get separated moving through the crowd.
11. Avoid being caught against walls, fences, blockades, or other solid objects. People can get crushed by masses of protesters.
12. Carry some water, milk, or diluted liquid antacid (like Maalox) in a container if you know you’re heading into a protest area. If sprayed with tear gas, move quickly into an area of fresh air and pour the liquid on your face (especially your eyes). Drink it if sprayed in the mouth. Milk or liquid antacid are thought by some to work better than water, but there’s no hard data one way or another. The effects of the tear gas will resolve over a relatively short time in most cases.
13. If you’re involved in a protest, carry a basic medical kit that will help to treat injuries and stop bleeding.
It’s likely you’ll never get caught in civil unrest, but having a solid plan of action in these troubled times just makes common sense. We must be prepared for man-made disasters just as we should be prepared for hurricanes, tornadoes, and earthquakes.
Joe Alton, MD
WRONG PLACE AT THE WRONG TIME? HOW TO DECONTAMINATE IF YOU’RE HIT WITH TEAR GAS
We live in very uncertain times, things can change at a moments notice. Both law enforcement and the military will be on stand-by to step in if there are any major problems and both will deploy any methods they have at their disposal to quell dissent and control a mob.
You don’t have to be involved in protests, riots or any other form of civil unrest to get caught up in events and end up in the firing line. Tear gas rather than bullets is often the first thing the police will take aim with.
The active chemical compounds found in tear gas are most commonly 0-Chlorobenzylidenemalononitrile (CS) or 2-chlorobenzalmalononitrile (CN). Often referred to as CS or CN. CS and CN are not gasses, they are synthetic organic halogen compounds that are liquid or powder-like solids that at room temperature. CS the more potent of the two and CN is primarily used in the form of mace.
CS and CN which are the most common ‘gases’ used and it’s the powder consistency that makes it look like a cloud when it’s released into the air. As it settles it irritates skin and mucous membranes and it clings to clothes and skin, perpetuating the stinging and burning sensations every time it’s touched, the microscopic crystals breaking down even further when crushed against the skin. For this reason rubbing your eyes is a very bad idea even though it’s an almost instinctual action.
Keeping the powder away from your eyes, nose, mouth and skin is the best thing you can do but it’s so fine it permeates fabric if you are in the cloud for any length of time. The initial steps you should take are as follows:
- If you are caught up in events where the police or military are visible you should expect a gas attack if the crowd is large and tempers are flaring. Any attack on law enforcement means they are far more likely to fire canisters into the crowd than if the protest remains peaceful.
- Move as far back from the police lines as you can. Pull up hoods and roll down sleeves if possible as you continue to put some distance between yourself and the police. Cover as much of your skin as you can.
- If you wear contact lenses but can proceed without them remove them, they can trap particles of CS in your eyes.
- Get into a building if you can, if that’s not possible get as high as you can. CS is heavier than air but can remain airborne for some time. If you can get above the cloud you may avoid contamination. High sided stationary vehicles should be a last resort as if you are affected falling off is a distinct possibility. Think multi-storey car parks, fire escapes and the like.
- Some people who live in inner city areas carry swim goggles when they feel trouble is brewing, they have a tight fit and can protect your eyes very effectively. Gloves will also offer initial protection to your hands.
- Work out which direction the wind is blowing. if it’s blowing against your back as you move away start moving faster, the cloud will move towards you once it starts to come out of the canister. if there is a side wind move in the direction opposite to the likely movement of the gas. If the wind is in your face as you move away you stand a chance of not getting gassed.
So lets say the worse happens and you are caught in the cloud of gas that’s hissing away happily a few feet behind you what then?
- Move as fast as you can from the canister, remember the wind direction as it may work in your favour.
- As soon as it touches you, you will feel the effects, your eyes will sting and burn, your nose will run and you will drool as your salivary glands start to work overtime. DO NOT TOUCH YOUR FACE.
- Continue with as much speed as you are able away from the gas cloud. Blow your nose and clear your throat as often as you can to get the irritant out of your body as fact as you can. The tears, snot and phlegm are your bodies way of trying to rid itself of the irritant particles. Go with it but keep moving if you can. The effects will stop anywhere between 30 minutes and two hours depending on your exposure. Try not to panic. you will feel like you can’t breathe but unless you have a predisposing condition such as asthma, a lung disease or are grossly allergic to the compound the sensation of not being able to breathe will wear off.
There is a great deal written about wet bandanas stopping the gas, cider apple vinegar on a bandana ditto, petroleum jelly under your eyes and even toothpaste spread under your eyes stopping the effects of the gas. I can’t endorse these because particularly with powder-based irritants the chances microscopic particles of powder sticking to the goo and actually exacerbating the problem is high. As for the wet bandanas, the same could be said if the powder stuck to it.
Covering as much of your face is definitely prudent but my spy from the Metropolitan Police tells me anything to hand will do and not many people carry apple cider vinegar around with them! Fair comment.
One thing that has been proven to work and has been used with success by law enforcement officers who have had a taste of their own medicine( bet that’s a training session you won’t forget Iain) is L.A.W. – liquid antacid and water.
Not all antacids are the same and for the purposes of treating this particular officer Maalox was used. Make sure you get the antacid not the stomach upset Maalox. Maalox antacid contains aluminum hydroxide, magnesium hydroxide and simethicone. This is diluted half and half with water and can be used to rise and cool the eyes and skin, as it’s an antacid you can also drink some to soothe the inside of your mouth and your gullet. Also marketed under the name Mylanta the active ingredients in these OTC medications are different to Gaviscon and Pepto-bismol, the latter of which works far less efficiently against CS gas. L.A.W can also be used on the genitals . Apparently females and circumcised males suffer more the most from genital irritation.
Removing contaminated clothing should be done with care so as not to compound the problems with your eyes and airways. Preferably face into the wind so any residue that drops off and is blown past you. Close your eyes and take a deep breath before taking anything off over your head, thew it behind you after removal.
Although L.A.W can be used to soothe your skin it is more effective on delicate mucous membranes, such as the eyes, mouth, throat and genitals.
Skin cleaning is better accomplished by rubbing a copious amount of vegetable or mineral oil on the skin and then almost immediately wiping it off and using rubbing alcohol on the same patch of skin. This is a long and time consuming process and the rest of you will continue to sting and burn until you get around to that area.
Showering it off is the best bet. The water should be cold and copious amounts of laundry or dishwashing soap should be used. Bath bars, perfumed soaps and beauty products should not be used at all during the process as they can interact with the residue and make the problem worse.
Rinse off and then wash again.
If the cold is getting to you go to luke-warm but no hotter. Hot water opens your pores and allows residue to penetrate deeper into your skin which makes the surface contamination seem pleasant by comparison.
You need to be under running water for about 20 minutes to be sure you have removed it all.
Never be tempted to have a bath, you will just be sitting in a tub of chemicals.
Clothes can be laundered, at least twice and then air dried in order to reuse them but my ‘got gassed in a training exercise’ friend assures me bagging up and binning them is a far better idea. If you do go down the laundry route put the machine on the hottest wash you can for a full cycle before using it again to make sure all contamination has been removed.
Many thanks to Detective Inspector C, Metropolitan Police for his help in writing this article.
Source : undergroundmedic.com
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10 Low-Cost Home Defense Tactics You Can Implement Today
Civil unrest can create a wave of violent crime and home invasion robberies. Here are 10 low cost home defense tactics you can implement right now to protect your family and preps.
Securing A Home is Proven to Reduce the Chances of Break In and Detour Criminals
Civil unrest can create a wave of violent crime, putting adults and children in danger
In these days of high crime rates and looming social crisis, as a homeowner you must have the ability to protect your family and your home. The following 10 low-cost home defense tactics can be installed or built into your home today.
Projects you can tackle on your own and save money on
If at all possible, try to do these projects on your own in order to save money. It should also be noted that hiring others may make it easier for neighbors to see what you have, or inadvertently expose your security measures to others that might use this information to hurt you later on.
If you must hire someone to do these jobs for you, make sure that you work only with a reputable company.
1. Fencing and Lockable Gates
Without fences and lockable gates, you will not be able to control who or where people enter the property. Build a strong fence around your property with only one lockable strong gate at the entrance. The fence can be supported and strengthened by using a combination of natural and man-made materials such as galvanized steel or heavy wooden planking. That will prevent or slow down vehicles from entering a point other than the gate.
The fence posts should be set in cement and the fence should be from 6′- 8′ tall.
• In order to have a good field of fire around the fence, remove all brush and cut down any trees to about 25′ outside away from the fence. When you cut trees down, leave tree stumps over a foot tall and all of the above ground roots. Do this around the gate down each side of the driveway. By doing this you channel all unwanted vehicles or individuals to an area where you control the situation.
• You can install “Do Not Trespass” and “Private Property” signs, however, they may not be of much use in a social collapse situation. During more stable times, however, they do establish that others are being warned to stay off your land.
2. Use and Install Door Braces on All Exterior Doors
These door braces support and make it harder for individuals to break down exterior doors.
• The first type of door brace has a steel rod that fits under the door knob and is secured in a reinforced base attached to the floor.
• The second type of door brace fits across the bottom of the door about 6 inches above the floor. It is anchored into the floor by a reinforced base that is attached to the floor.
• For sliding doors, there is a floor base system. First mount the reinforced base plate on the floor next to the spot where the sliding door is completely closed. Then slide the door brace piece into the floor base plate. The door is securely locked in place.
3. Simple and Cheap Alarm Systems That Can Save Your Life
Alarm systems don’t have to be expensive to protect you and your property. Sometimes the cheap, but very simple ways can work for you. Try to use ways that blend into the surroundings and don’t stand out.
Doorbells when pushed. Activate a CCTV system that automatically calls your Smartphone. When you answer, you can see, hear, and respond to whoever rang the bell. If it is a thief, this is a test to see if you are home. If they hear your voice they will run away.
• Suspend aluminum cans with rocks in them on 15-20 lb. nylon line at different heights of the fence. When individuals try to climb over the fence, the cans move rocking the rocks, and the noise alerts the owner.
• Place little camel bells on a ribbon, which has a loop on one end, to hang on the interior door knob of an exterior door. Another place to use the bells is tacked to the inside of windows. When the door or window is opened or shaken. The bells will ring out and alert the homeowner.
High Decibel Alarms – Battery Powered
• Battery powered mini window and door alarms that are mounted to windows and doors by 2 sided tape or screws. Depending on the model, the alarm is activated when the window or door is opened; some models like the Doberman Security window alarms detect the slightest vibration, immediately sounding a piercing, high decibel alarm on any window a unit is placed on. (Other models by other manufacturers sound an alarm when the magnetic contact is broken.)
These alarms are portable, can be moved, and remounted when necessary, and can be used separately from a standard home alarm security system, Brinks, etc. (They also have models for your front door, back door, garage doors, shed, etc.) For your windows, they are both a deterrent and alarm device; they detour criminals prowling around windows because they are clearly visible, yet because they are mounted inside the home, they cannot be tampered with from the outside.
Keep electronic alarms invisible from the road
• Try to make electronic alarm systems as invisible as possible — from the road. Cameras in plain view or other “expensive” looking gear that can be viewed from outside your property can actually draw criminals on to your property and to your home because they think you have something worth protecting.
* Note that units like the Doberman Security for your windows are intended to detour criminals once they are actually looking into your home from directly outside a window; data is mixed however; some criminals may decide you have something you are protecting and that may prompt some to try to figure out another way to break inside; others may decide to pass on your home, due to the window alarms — knowing they are likely to go off if a window is broken or opened. The best placement may be out of sight from the road, but in view once a prowler is at a window.
4. Interior and Exterior Mirrors to Help You See Blind Spots
Blind spots can hide individuals who don’t want to reveal their presence while they are breaking in or leaving.
• Install exterior 4-6 inch convex mirrors that can be installed on the corners of a porch and outside of windows.
• The mirrors need to be mounted higher than the average person and adjusted downward.
• Most people don’t have a habit of looking up and would walk right under the mirrors without seeing them.
For interior use of mirrors in the home
• For small rooms and L-shaped hallways, use a 90-degree quarter dome mirror.
• When viewing blind corners and T intersections, use an 180 degree half dome mirror.
• For areas that require 4-way visibility at intersections from all angles, use a 360-degree full dome mirror.
5. Keep Outdoor Areas Well Lit
Good outdoor lighting will discourage anyone from hiding or trying to break in during dawn, dusk, or night hours.
• Use inexpensive solar lights in shaded areas.
• Use motion detector lights that will come on when a person walks by, but not your pets or other animals.
• Put all other exterior house lights on a dusk to dawn timer. This gives the appearance that someone is home.
6. Pets As an Early Warning Alarm System
No matter if you live in the city or the country, animals will always reveal people who don’t belong on your property.
• A dog barking will tell you if someone is outside the house.
• If anyone breaks in, the intruder will have to deal with the dog’s bite and attack first, if you have a trained security dog. (Most intruders don’t want to take on one or more dogs guarding their master’s home.)
• For those individuals that live in the country, geese, turkeys, chickens, roosters, and Guinea Hens make excellent roving alarms. These birds can even be taught to squawk, bite, and chase intruders away.
7. Panic Rooms
When used properly, panic rooms make it appear like no one is at home. Most of these rooms don’t cost a fortune to build or maintain. Putting your shelter underground adds extra layers of protection. This would make the panic room (also called a “safe room”) more like a bunker and harder to break into. Kitchen islands, closets with hidden doors, or floor trap doors all make good hiding places for entrances to the panic room.
8. Train Your Family to Handle, Shoot, and Maintain Firearms, Crossbows, Standard Bows, and Edged Weapons.
Shooting is an excellent skill to have, as is the development of situational awareness that comes with learning how to be a good and responsible gun owner. Aside from guns:
• Bows and crossbows are excellent medium to long range silent weapons; in a post-collapse enviroment, for that same reason they are also possible weapons used by would be raiders, burglars, etc.
• Edged weapons are excellent in-close weapons (for close quarters combat) or weapons of last resort, when a firearm isn’t an option, and your life is in danger.
9. Set Up Fields of Fire in Your Home and Exterior Portions of the Property
Fields of fire maximize the effectiveness of weapons within a specific area. These zones are places where you want invaders to go because having fields of fire gives you an advantage and easier defense of your home.
Interior fields of fire
The number and size of fields of fire in your home will depend on:
• The number of people in the household that can be located in active fields.
• The amount of space that can be used for sandbags and other protective covers.
• If there is furniture such as sofas or large chairs, which can also be used for home defense. Here’s how: Each can have a steel plate mounted on the bottom. When a piece of furniture is tipped over with the bottom facing outward, it can act as a cover to protect you.
• These same steel plates can also be mounted just below window frames (especially those where you, members of your family might take positions), and on the inside of doors; these are both probable places that raiders with guns can spray with bullets, if they think you’re on the other side.
Too extreme? Depends on how bad it gets
To the average American, bullet proof defenses like steel plates and bullet proof vests may seem like an extreme step but they are standard in many dangerous places of the world currently, from cartels to embassies and even armored plates added to vehicles driven by diplomats, businessmen, contractors, and others; they are popular because they work well and are proven to reduce the chances of being shot by someone after your life. (The vest detailed at the link must have small plates added to it; it does not come with plates.)
Exterior fields of fire
Exterior fields of fire are also important and act as one of your first lines of defense. They should include:
• Camouflaged foxholes with multiple fields of fire.
• Well constructed out buildings with trenches dug inside around the exterior walls. Just above the ground, gun firing ports should be installed to permit the outer wall sections to swing inward and down out of the way. When not in use, the gun ports should be locked in the up position.
• Remove all yard junk like old, non-running vehicles and any objects that could be used as cover by unwanted individuals.
• Cut grass no lower than four inches high and make the yard look unkempt. Remove all trees and shrubs around any buildings that are in the exterior fields of fire.
RELATED : Tips for using Camouflage when SHTF
10. A Well Camouflaged Fortified Tree House and Bunkers
• These observation posts will be manned around the clock during times of social unrest.
• The tree house should have a steel floor and steel walls (refer to the steel plates mentioned above) to protect the observer. All of the steel will be covered with wood to give the illusion that the tree house is nothing more but a place for children to play in.
• The camouflaged bunkers should be low to the ground and not well seen from a distance.
• These bunkers will be constructed of stone outer walls with steel plates just inside of the outer walls. Sandbags can be added behind the steel plates for added protection.
• Use small slits for observation and gun ports. These slits should blend in with the camouflaged bunker.
• There should be 3-4 of these bunkers to protect the main house and other close-in buildings.
• It would be to your advantage to have a couple of decoy bunkers made of wood and sandbags to confuse the attackers. These decoys would not have any bullet stopping power and could be located in front of one of the actual camouflaged bunkers.
Remember to look after your neighbors, and also start a community watch following any kind of collapse before any looters or thieves arrive. Invest in several dozen safety whistles that can be blown by a neighbor or even a child who spots trouble first, in an effort to alert the rest of the neighborhood to sudden danger.
If things get really bad, assign patrols (minimum of two people per patrol so that one can effectively guard the other) to monitor the neighborhood perimeter and adjacent streets or open spaces for incoming threats.
Sentries are posted guards used to monitor areas that crooks are most likely to enter your neighborhood from. Remember though that some crooks are clever and may even have military training; so don’t forget about other areas that crooks may enter from; consider having your patrols (mentioned above) double-back periodically to the neighborhood perimeter, effectively giving any sentries you have posted additional eyes on the ground and immediate reinforcement in a conflict.
Though God can look out for us from up above, for the same reason we wouldn’t leave a small child alone with a pit bull, that’s the same reason we shouldn’t down play the idea that crooks may make an attempt on our life or property in a post-collapse environment. In a dangerous world, basic safeguards are important to consider and be prepared for.
Keeping your home safe from looters and thieves
In conclusion, keeping your home safe from looters and thieves during a time of social unrest does not have to cost a fortune. A comprehensive home defense system is as much about keeping your fortifications secret as it is the methods you actually use. Please feel free to comment below this article on low-cost home defense tactics that you have seen or feel would be of use to the average person.
Source : secretsofsurvival.com
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Are you Ready?
Be sure you have a supply of the following:
Necessary prescription medications
Food and an off grid way to cook it
Or food that requires no cooking
First aid supplies
Lighting in the event of a power outage
Sanitation supplies (in the event that the municipal water system is unusuable, this would include cleaning supplies and toilet supplies)
A way to stay warm in harsh winter weather
Over-the-counter medications and/or herbal remedies to treat illnesses at home
Survival and first aid manuals (hard copies in case the internet and power grid are down)
Alternative communications devices (such as a hand-crank radio) so that you can get updates about the outside world
Off-grid entertainment: arts and craft supplies, puzzles, games, books, crossword or word search puzzles, needlework, ect.
Now, according to some, being in a large city might not be the best thing during a disaster scenario. So if something happens that requires evacuation, you’ll want to be the first out, which means you will want to have your emergency gear easy to pack and haul out to the car without wasting time.
We will go over more details in the next video coming on Civil Unrest ….. Stay tuned!
Failure of the electrical grid can lead to far more than just inconvenience and a loss of the lights. History has proven that loss of electricity and the amenities it provides can lead to civil unrest, including riots.
Attacks on the infrastructure that provides our homes and businesses with electricity are far more common and sometimes more effective than we might imagine. News articles indicate that the grid is under constant siege from attackers, ranging from sophisticated cybercriminals to disgruntled employees. Even though the motives of these saboteurs vary widely, their purpose is a simple one: to wreak havoc by shutting off the electricity.
Such attacks can occur in conjunction with civil unrest or they might be carried out with the intention of triggering civil unrest. One reason why the saboteurs go after the grid is that it is highly vulnerable to attack. Such assaults are likely to cause a major electrical outage in the future because the grid is under constant attack.
The United States power grid suffers some sort of attack every four days, a March 2015 investigation by reporters from USA Today and 10 other Gannett media outlets revealed. The attacks occur both in cyberspace and in the real world, with a major attempt to breach computer security at an electrical facility occurring about once a week.
There were more than 300 physical attacks on electrical infrastructure between 2011 and 2015, Gannett discovered. Authorities have not been able to identify suspects or make arrests in most of those attacks.
‘We Are Without God Now’ — The 1977 New York Blackout
The worst example of civil unrest caused by a power outage was the New York City Blackout of 1977. That grid failure led to widespread looting, rioting and arson. A series of lightning strikes on the evening of July 13, 1977, blew out circuit breakers, which caused power lines to overload with electricity and blow out the system.
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The loss of power led to chaos and widespread looting in parts of the city. More than 3,700 people were arrested, 1,600-plus stores looted, and 550 police officers injured.
“The looters were looting other looters, and the fists and the knives were coming out,” neurologist Carl St. Martin recalled in an interview with The New York Times. St. Martin witnessed the violence first-hand as a medical student at Wyckoff Heights Hospital in Brooklyn.
Some observers used apocalyptical language to describe the situation.
“We are without God now,” Father Gabriel Santacruz, a Catholic Priest at St. Barbara’s Church in Bushwick, Brooklyn, told his congregation after the violence had ended.
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Many observers blamed the violence during the 1977 New York blackout on economic conditions. The worst looting occurred in poorer neighborhoods where people were desperate and angry.
It’s Not Just NYC
In June 2014, angry mobs stormed several electrical substations in Northern India after a heatwave caused blackouts and power cuts, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) reported. In one incident, a mob set an electrical substation in the city of Gonda on fire. In Lucknow, a crowd ransacked power company offices and took employees hostage.
Temperatures as high as 117 degrees caused the grid to fail, the CBC reported. Civil unrest was made worse by popular anger at utilities, which started rationing utilities as high temperatures created a high demand for electricity.
Power outages can also create riots at colleges. On April 6, 2010, a blackout caused a melee at the University of Washington’s fraternity row in Seattle, United Press reported. A mob blocked streets, set couches on fire and threw bottles and bear cans at police.
A similar incident occurred at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, on September 16, 2008. Around 3,000 students poured into the streets and began throwing objects at police after school officials decided to keep classes going during a power outage. Nearly 70 police officers from 10 different departments had to be called in.
There are several ways to stay safe from blackout-induced civil unrest:
- Move. Living in a home that is as far away from the city center and business areas is the best way to keep your family safe. Moving out to the country. or at least the edge of the city, is a good first move.
- Keep as low a profile as possible. Hunker down and keep safe until order is restored. One reason for this is that it will usually take several days for the regular military or the National Guard to mobilize and deploy to a trouble spot. Another delay is that troops cannot usually be deployed to an area until state or local authorities request their presence.
- Stay home and off the streets. Do not drive or take long walks or bicycle rides unless absolutely necessary. You should also stay off public transportation systems, such as subways or light rail, because they run on electricity and often shut down during power outages. Stay off of major highways and freeways as well, because they become gridlocked with traffic in emergencies.
- Examine maps of your area closely and find alternative routes to use during an emergency. Try to avoid major streets and highways.
- Keep all of your valuables such as electronics, jewelry, gold, coins, silver, cash, guns etc., out of sight. If you have a safe, make sure it is hidden. Moving your vehicles to a location where they cannot be seen from the road or street is also a good idea.
- Keep an emergency source of electricity, such as a solar generator, on hand. This can help you enjoy a modern lifestyle while your neighbors are blacked out.
- Stockpile food, medicine and other supplies, and have a bug-out plan.
Civil unrest and power outages are like any other emergencies. You and your family can get through them safely and securely with a little preparation, awareness, knowledge and common sense.
What would you add? Share your thoughts in the section below:
In some cities at certain times, we have advanced from civil disobedience or civil unrest to violence to anarchy. When protesters can shut down major highways and roads and get away with it and then get invited to the White House, you know things are spiraling out of control. What final straw will break the camel’s back, what catalyst will cause discontent and violence to spread to areas in which they are not accustomed?
Will those that created the chaos soon become the ones that will protest when the system breaks down? A system they had strived to destroy. Will they be there with their hands out wanting help once things go past the point of no return? When you cause a system to fail you cannot turn around and then complain about how the system no longer works for you.
What Can You Do?
Well, the easiest and smartest solution would be to move out of town. Most people can’t do this, however. Jobs are nearby, and the expense of moving is not something many could afford.
If you can’t move away, then you have to do what you can in place. Fortify, and harden your structure, in other words, protect what you have.
Avoiding conflict is important. If you know, there are demonstrators out and about stay away from the area then. If you have vacation days, or sick days take them so you don’t have to go to work. Losing a day’s wage is hard, but losing your life, or having your car destroyed or becoming injured is even worse.
Rubbernecking the scene is a good way of getting caught up in something you can’t handle. Police will be on high alert and you could end up in cuffs or worse. Do not add to the problems already there. Trying to go to work knowing the bridges and roads are blocked by protesters is just folly on your part. Use common sense, and set your ideology aside and do what you need to do to survive the day or days of turmoil.
Mob mentality rules, this is a common phenomenon and it is a dangerous one because sheep will walk off the cliff following their appointed leader. Stay away and think for yourself. Look to your family first. The mob won’t help you survive, they won’t be there to bail you out of jail or to help fix your car, they won’t bring you food and water, and they will disappear to create havoc somewhere else as soon as it gets too rough for them.
It’s important that you have enough supplies in your home to survive for days or weeks in some cases. There are so many possible threats it is impossible to prepare for each individually, so don’t try. Just be prepared to hunker down for as long as it takes. Bugging-out is probably not an option unless you had several days notice and could pack your vehicles and get out of town before the city shuts down.
If you tried to bug-out during the Dallas massacre how far do you think you would get. In Nice, France, a supposed terrorist used a large truck to kill over 70 people that had gathered for a national celebration. What if something like this happened tomorrow in your city, could you leave, not likely, so you do have to be prepared to shelter in place? Stores and roads could be shut down for days, access blocked to certain areas of the city or town. You may not be able to go to work, to school, or to the grocery store.
As Preppers you have to adapt to the changing threats, the old threats are still there, however. Threats like nuclear war, armed conflict with another country and cyber attacks that shut the grid down, but more likely in the short-term are situations like Orlando Florida, Nice France, Dallas Texas, and San Bernardino CA. and so on down the list. These come without warning, so you do have to be prepared to react quickly and change plans for that day, or for that week until the dust settles somewhat. This means you have to be prepared to stay home and to do this you need supplies on hand.
If you pay attention to the news at all, it probably seems like the world has been fraying at the edges lately. In South America, Brazil’s economy is crumbling and Venezuela is on the verge of collapse. In the United States, riots are expected at the Republican National Convention later this month. In Europe, the Brexit vote is threatening to tear apart the EU and the UK.
And all over the world, people are becoming sick and tired of the status quo. In nearly every single country, people are losing their faith in major institutions, and in increasing numbers, they are losing their trust in the financial and political elitists who run those institutions.
Obviously, this state of affairs can’t continue indefinitely. There is a flashpoint somewhere down the road, when the people of the world reach their breaking point, and the elitists who run their societies will do everything they can to hold onto their power. It’s going to be ugly, and it’s going to be global in scope.
The governments of the world clearly know what’s coming. That’s why they’re stocking up on riot gear at an unprecedented rate. We know this because globally, sales of riot gear are rapidly growing.
Over the next five years, the market for crowd control tools is expected to boom, from $9.05 billion in 2016 to some $11.78 billion by 2021, at a rate of 5.4%, according to RNR Market Research.
Currently, the market is dominated by North American companies, due to technological advancement and growing fears of terrorism and civil unrest. The report forecasts, however, that over the coming years, Asian-Pacific and Middle Eastern markets will grow at the highest rate. Current popular products for handling unrest without inflicting lethal harm include offensive and defensive weapons, electromagnetic and sonic weapons, kinetic impact weapons, chemical agents, and more.
Of the weaponry available on the market, directed energy weapons (a subset of offensive weapons) is projected to grow at the highest rate, including what are termed active denial systems (ADS) or “pain rays.”
And that’s not all. Wealthy Americans from Chicago to the Silicon Valley are buying rural compounds that they can escape to if civil unrest occurs. Companies that produce luxury bomb shelters are seeing widespread interest, and the wealthy who are still living in major cities are building panic rooms in their luxury apartments.
Clearly, the people who are in the know are getting ready for something big. The elitists who run the governments of the world are hunkering down. They’re preparing their police forces to deal with widespread civil unrest, and they preparing to protect themselves as well. The only question that remains is, are you ready?
Joshua Krause was born and raised in the Bay Area. He is a writer and researcher focused on principles of self-sufficiency and liberty at Ready Nutrition. You can follow Joshua’s work at our Facebook page or on his personal Twitter.
Joshua’s website is Strange Danger
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One of the most frightening scenarios that anyone in the modern world could face, is a global food shortage. It’s one thing when just the country you live in faces a food shortage. That situation can have horrific consequences, as the citizens of Venezuela have learned recently. However, a global food crisis means that there is nowhere to run to. You can’t flee your home and become a refugee in a foreign land, and you can’t expect any other nation to send you aid.
All that’s left to do is endure for as long as you can, with whatever food you have stocked up and whatever rations the government can provide. Your absolute best case scenario involves living on a self-sufficient property, and very few people have that. And the people who are living self-sufficiently would have to live with the fear of being raided by hungry looters or an opportunistic government.
And that government by the way, may be your biggest concern during a crisis, because governments are typically only interested in their own self-preservation. The safety and prosperity of their citizens is a secondary concern. How your government reacts to the crisis could mean life or death for your family.
Unfortunately, our government is ill prepared for this kind of situation, as are most governments around the world. We know this now thanks to a study that was recently published by a FEMA contractor known as the CNA Corporation.
The study was a simulation that was conducted last November. It involved the participation of 65 government officials from countries all over the world, and was commissioned by the World Wildlife Fund, the Center for American Progress, and the Cargill corporation. It was set up like a game, with each participant leading their respective nations through a hypothetical global food crisis. The game was designed to see how these nations would interact with each other, and what kinds of solutions could be produced to solve the crisis.
The food crisis in this game lasted between the years 2020 and 2030, and was caused by a combination “of food price and supply swings amidst burgeoning population growth, rapid urbanization, severe weather events, and social unrest.” In the scenario, crop failures in key regions caused by climate change, higher fuel prices, and poor responses by the international community, eventually led to food prices rising 395%. Not surprisingly, the game found that civil unrest would be widespread during this period.
What is surprising however, is how this scenario concluded with such a happy ending, against all odds and all logic. The high food prices stimulated more food production, and as weather conditions improved, the world’s food stocks were replenished. Worldwide donations to the UN’s World Food Programme managed keep the lid on the situation until the crisis passed. This however, is probably the most outlandish case of wishful thinking on the part of government officials. There is no way such a crisis would be resolved so peacefully.
While the study admits that a food crisis of this magnitude would result in widespread civil unrest, I think they’re underestimating how bad it would be. As previous research has shown, whenever the global Food Price Index rises above 210 points, pockets of civil unrest rise up all over the world. This happened recently in 2008, and again when food prices peaked in 2011, which fueled the Arab Spring. Keep in mind that we’re still dealing with the aftermath of the Arab spring in places like Libya and Syria, where thousands have been killed in bloody revolutions and millions have been turned into refugees.
In those cases the food crisis lasted only a single year, and had ramifications that we’re still dealing. This scenario however, would likely leave the Food Price Index above 210 points for years, a situation which has never occurred in the modern world. We would be seeing civil unrest, violent revolutions, and wars on every continent for a decade.
In fact, it could even lead to World War Three. If there were worldwide crop failures, a breadbasket nation like Ukraine would become even more hotly contested between the West and Russia than it is now. That could be just the spark needed to embroil the world in a global conflict.
And let’s not forget the vast number of people who would simply starve to death in this situation. Right now there are dozens of nations where the average person has to spend 25% or more of their income on food. In China and India alone, the average person spends about a third of their income on food. So do the math. If food prices spiked 395%, or roughly four times higher than pre-crisis prices, then hundreds of millions of people around the world would not be able to feed themselves, even if they could forego every other expense including fuel, utilities, shelter, and clothing. Millions would die. Somehow I doubt that the UN’s World Food Programme will put a dent in those numbers.
Amazingly, this study made no such conclusion. The nations that participated in this game are foolish at best for thinking that they would have a handle on a global food crisis. At worst, this whole game was an exercise designed to placate the public, who are increasingly concerned with the global economy and food supply. Either way, it does not inspire much confidence in our government’s ability to deal with this apocalyptic scenario.
Joshua Krause was born and raised in the Bay Area. He is a writer and researcher focused on principles of self-sufficiency and liberty at Ready Nutrition. You can follow Joshua’s work at our Facebook page or on his personal Twitter.
Joshua’s website is Strange Danger
This information has been made available by Ready Nutrition
Lloyd’s takes a look at the fragility of the world’s food production system in the face of ever growing demand.
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Lloyd’s of London Food System Shock June 2015
Here are a few sobering key findings of the report.
Suggestions: Develop the hobby of gardening. Promote the keeping of backyard poultry in your community. Stock up on dried milk products while they are still available. Know where the flooding rivers might impact your home. Develop the hobby of fishing. Learn how to listen to emergency reports. Join an amateur radio club and learn how to keep in touch without the use of cell phones. Severe weather events often disrupt the power grid, so develop the skills of using solar power. You can be identified as a farmer by the USDA if you sell at least $1,000 a year. Be prepared to protect what you have for your family. …
- A combination of just three catastrophic weather events could undermine food production across the globe.
- These could lead to a 10% drop in global maize production, an 11% fall in soybean production, a 7% fall in wheat production and a 7% fall in rice production.
- Wheat, maize and soybean prices could increase to quadruple the average levels experienced during the 20 years prior to the global food price shock of 2007/8. Rice prices could increase by 500%.
- The scenario indicates this series of events has the potential to lead to food riots breaking out in urban areas across the Middle East, North Africa and Latin America, leading to wider political instability and having knock-on effects for a wide range of businesses.
- While agriculture commodity stocks might benefit, the overall economic impact of high food prices, combined with rising political instability, could severely impact financial markets. The scenario indicates that the main European stock markets might lose 10% of their value and US stock markets 5%.
Food System Shock June 2015
Monday Mania – 1.25.2016 Ok! Here’s the first Monday Mania for 2016. I don’t have much to say today (mostly because work is getting in the way) but I would like to thank each and every one of you for the support and encouragement that you have shown me. I won’t say that I couldn’t … Continue reading Monday Mania – 1.25.2016
By Michael Snyder – End Of The American Dream
You may have noticed that things are starting to get crazy. Financial markets are imploding, violent crime rates are soaring in our major cities, and we have witnessed a truly unusual series of natural disasters in recent months. War in the Middle East continues to rage out of control, and Islamic terror continues to spread all over the globe. And many believe that 2016 is going to be a year of political shaking, civil unrest, governmental crackdowns and great economic chaos in the United States. All it is going to take to plunge our society into full-blown panic mode is a major “trigger event” of some sort. Another 9/11, a new “Lehman Brothers” moment, a massive EMP burst from the sun or a historic seismic event are all examples of what this “trigger event” could look like.
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By Mac Slavo – SHTFplan.com
Germans are adjusting to the new normal, and they aren’t taking it lying down.
As SHTF reported, the first reaction of many Europeans to the violent wave of Syrian refugees flooding their countries was to take arms for self-protection, and as a result gun sales soared, and where those weren’t available, sales for things like pepper spray also soared.
Back in September, everything was controversial, with headlines driving discussion about whether or not countries should accept largely-male populations of Muslim ‘refugees.’ Many people did not want them to be accepted, and as a result, many people have been extremely concerned for their safety.
But as the headlines are dying down, that sentiment is proving NOT to be a passing phase.
People are lining up for firearms, self-defense tools and training. And the underlying reason why? A crime wave of rapes, robberies and violent crimes by “black sheep” individuals in these migrant groups.
Via the Gatestone Institute:
Germans, facing an influx of more than one million asylum seekers from Africa, Asia and the Middle East, are rushing to arm themselves.
All across Germany, a country with some of the most stringent gun-control laws in Europe, demand is skyrocketing for non-lethal self-defense weapons, including pepper sprays, gas pistols, flare guns, electroshock weapons and animal repellants. Germans are also applying for weapons permits in record numbers.
[…] The spike in violent crimes committed by migrants has been corroborated by a confidential police report leaked to a German newspaper. The document reveals that a record-breaking 38,000 asylum seekers were accused of committing crimes in the country in 2014. Analysts believe this figure — which works out to more than 100 crimes a day — is only a fragment: many crimes are not reported.
Since Germany’s migration crisis exploded in August 2015, nationwide sales of pepper spray have jumped by 600%, according to the German newsmagazine, Focus. Supplies of the product are now completely sold out in many parts of the country and additional stocks will not become available until 2016. “Manufacturers and distributors say the huge influx of foreigners in recent weeks has apparently frightened many people,” Focus reports.
The governments of these countries are doing all they can to keep appearances and maintain political correctness. Angela Merkel and other European heads of state have taken strides to strike a neutral, inviting tone, but under the surface, native populations are clearly deeply unsettled by the crime wave that has accompanied a failure to assimilate.
Local police and city officials are giving a different account than national leaders, according to Gatestone, while residents are doing all they can to protect their daughters and wives while out in public.
The Gatestone Institute rounded up reports from local papers across Germany, and the themes are consistent – sales are increasingly sharply because people are in fear. The rates for gun permits, pepper spray and home alarm systems are all skyrocketing:
According to KH Security, a German manufacturer of self-defense products, demand is up by a factor of five, and sales in September 2015 — the month when the implications of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s open-door migration policy began to dawn on many Germans — were the highest since the company was founded 25 years ago.
[…] citizens in Saxony can regularly be seen queuing up in large numbers waiting for gun shops to open.[…] Andreas Reinhardt, a gun shop owner in the northern German town of Eutin, said he now sells four to five self-defense weapons each day, compared to around two per month before the recent influx of asylum seekers. “The current social upheaval is clearly driving the current rush to self-defense,” he said. “I never thought that fear would spread so quickly,” he added.
[…] In Heilbronn, another city in Baden-Württemberg… one shopkeeper, the demand for pepper spray began surging in August, when many mothers started purchasing the product for their school-aged daughters. “Our clients are extremely afraid,” the shopkeeper said. “We are seeing this everywhere.”
[…] A woman in Gera who bought pepper spray for her 16-year-old daughter said:
“I think it is fundamentally proper for me to protect my daughter. She is at that age where she is out alone in the evening. If she says she needs this for protection, I think this is not unjustified. Of course, due to the current situation that we now have in Germany. We just do not know who is here. There are quite a lot of people who are not registered.”
“The people who come to the store are afraid. They believe that among the refugees there are ‘black sheep.’ Some customers openly admit it.”
The German people are lining up to arm themselves and look after their own self defense. Will it happen in America next?
The United States is heavily armed today, apart from gun free zones and liberal states. But recent moves from the Obama Administration and their allies in the gun control lobby make clear they will stop at nothing to reign in the 2nd Amendment and take away the birthright of every American.
This article first appeared at SHTFplan.com: Refugee Crime Driving Germans to Buy Guns: “Huge Influx of Foreigners Has Frightened Many People”
Greece is now being compared to a country that has had its economy devastated by war. As on Sunday, Greek politicians voted NO to accept further financial help and implement austerity measures at the request of European bankers. What is the result of this vote? The Greek people have been forced to reduce their lives to the bare necessities.
While the people have been forced to deal with decreasing incomes and supply problems for some time now, recently the situation has picked up speed. The Greek crisis began in 2009, so they have had years of cutbacks to prepare them for their current situation. We thought it would be an interesting opportunity to peek in on some of the signs of economic trouble that we should all watch out for, and some things we can do ahead of time.
These trouble signs are not just for far away countries, but our own nation and even our cities. When you see the following signs, you should wrap up your main supplies list and ready your LAST MINUTE WANTS AND NEEDS LIST. The goal is to have your important items well before the supply shortages and price gouging takes effect. The Last Minute List (LML) is designed so that any shopping you do is in places opposite of other people.
Increasing signs to look for in a faltering economy:
Increasing budget deficits
Downgrading of national or municipal credit ratings
Salary freezes at government level
Increased taxes on fuel, tobacco, alcohol and luxury goods
Cuts in public sector pay
Civil unrest, Union strikes
The use of the word austerity
Limits on bank withdrawals
Stores run low on supplies
Medical supplies and services reduced
Law enforcement, civil servants reduced
Bartering becomes more common
Currently in Greece there are countless reports of the communities coming to a standstill. Shops are closing and stores are out of stock in many items. Right now there is a run on the basic necessities. Foods, medicine, and toilet paper are being stripped bare and stored in preparation of national unrest and total financial collapse.
The current most popular items being hoarded:
Any foods that are non-perishable
Items such as meats, cheeses, fruits and vegetables are becoming scarce. ATM machines have been running out of cash and there is very little cash left to resupply the machines, even with the severe limits on withdrawals by individuals. People on pensions are having trouble just getting through the long lines to get their money. Many shop owners have stopped accepting credit cards from national banks. The deposit insurance fund is drying up and the banks are reportedly forming a plan to seize money in many accounts over a certain threshold. The Country of Cyprus recently did this to boost their own economy, which led to people withdrawing their money and placing it elsewhere. This has also happened in Greece, that practice is called capital flight.
There have also been stories of families who are surviving because they have gardens and small livestock such as chickens and goats. It has taken a number of years to make the news about the current situation but the Greeks and citizens of many other countries have watched their way of life deteriorate. Those that took the time to prepare just in case of such problems seem to fare more well than those unable or unwilling to do so.
If you found yourself in such a spiraling and uncertain situation would you be panic shopping? Hopefully not, but if you do there is a strategy to reduce your exposure to the crowds. Most people will wait until the last minute and then seek out basic survival supplies. We don’t want to be in that category, we prefer to have that out of the way as much as possible.
Below we have created a Last Minute List (LML). The items on this list are going to help you create/repair shelter and other possible tasks of survival as well as the benefit of having barter supplies. While other people are out stripping the grocery store shelves, you may want to visit the hardware store, auto supply, farm store and such. You shouldn’t have as much competition for resources as long as you are where others are not.
This list may be customized for your situation.
The Last Minute List (LML)
This list is to be regularly reviewed and fulfilled as possible. In case of pending or imminent threat, procurement tasking of desired items should be assigned to members based on skills and transportation abilities. Attempt to locate items where others may not look. Attempt to conceal the spoils from others. Mind your safety and security at all times.
- Tow Trailer: Covered if possible like a Horse Trailer.
- Pack animals
- Off road transport
- Farming equipment
Construction supplies (hardware)
- Wood – 2×4, 4×6, plywood,
- 2×10″ Pressure Treated Lumber for Raised Beds:
- Nails – 1″, 2″, 3″, 4″ Galvanized,
- Screws – 1″, 2″ 3″, 4″ wood and metal
- Brackets: “L” – “T” – Straight
- Metal Piping and PVC piping, fittings ½ “ and 1”- 90 degree elbows, couplings and various fittings
- Glue: Similar to all purpose Gorilla Glue
- Duct Tape: Gorilla Duct tape
- PVC Glue and Cleaner:
- Screening Material:
- Electrical wire and connectors
- Hand tools Hammers, wrenches, Screwdrivers, Crowbars, Machete, shovels, axes, files
- 12v car/ motorcycle Batteries,
- 12v led lights
- Jumper Cables
- Carts, wagons
- Mason String
- Tape Measure
- Hose, tubing
- Barbed wire
- Solar panel materials
- Plastic bins
- Metal trash cans
- Rain barrels
- Chicken wire
- Animal feeds, Chicken Rabbit, Dog, Goat, Horse
- Zip ties
- Bailing wire
- Bug spray
- Fly traps
- Rat/mouse traps
- Spare shoes / boots
- Trash bags
- Grill lighters
- Laundry detergent
- Dish detergent
- Baby wipes
- Aluminum foil
- Saran wrap
- Oven roasting bags
- Black/ Gray/Green/Brown spray paint
- Cotton sheets
- Bungee cords
- Surgical tubing
- Cooking oils
- Motor oils
- Spare filters for any engines
- Automotive belts
- Radiator hose repair kit
- Flat tire repair plugs
- Bulk Fabric
- Fishing Supplies
- Personal Hygiene supplies
- Extra Medical supplies; Bandages to Tylenol
Other/ Bartering Items:
- Disposable Lighters
- Vegetable seeds
- Sterno fuel cells
- Alcohol: Whisky, Scotch, and Bourbon, Rum, Moonshine
- Anything items that could be traded for other supplies, keep in mind comfort and off grid survival items.
The situation in Greece didn’t begin yesterday and will not end tomorrow. It has been said that we are all poor at different levels and those who make the effort to create surplus will the ones that have the upper hand in a crisis economy.
What do want to add to the Last Minute List?
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Due to the nature of survival it is wise to prepare for what to do in case someone becomes incapacitated, missing or leaves for some reason, even if the event or absence is only temporary. A disruption event can happen at any time; it doesn’t matter where everyone is or what they are doing.
To ensure that the family can come together and continue to operate you will want to do some key tasks ahead of time.
First we want to understand the different types of event that could happen and how they relate to your situation at the time. A tornado, for instance, is a very possible event that will drastically affect a relatively small number of people at one time and usually occurs with predictable severe weather. Often the tornado strikes during the day when everyone is separated, but not always. As for an event from the complete other end of the spectrum, a massive grid down power outage that keeps a city without electricity for many days, weeks or months will affect large numbers of people and cause all sorts of societal problems and could happen at anytime.
In either of these scenarios there is one thing in common, you and your family. You have already stocked and planned for what to do in case of disaster, but have you planned on what exactly to do if someone is lost or incapacitated? What if that person, or even you, are the only one who knows how to survive, operate a well pump, flip a breaker, shoot a weapon safely, access a bank account, contact relatives, etc. In short, are you or the kids prepared to take over the leadership position in case the worst happens?
In the case of a large scale event you may have to bug out or you may even have people coming to you. In a survival group there are usually several people with key skills, but for a small family, this may not always be the case. In a complex survival situation it will be very difficult to know and do everything by yourself so why not plan ahead so you can keep operating if such a time comes.
Top 5 reasons you will need to consider a continuity or succession plan:
- A key person is delayed by disaster conditions or travel restrictions
- Someone is injured, ill, lost or killed along the way
- Someone cannot participate because of their own lack of planning
- Not able to communicate for some reason leaving everyone else in the dark
- Perhaps a key person just chose to not participate for some reason
How do we get started?
The first steps are to identify who is key to the plan and identify an alternate person who is not in the primary member’s traveling party or immediate family. This is to give the best chance of the alternate showing up and staying with the survival group, family or community. The alternate should be able to perform the duties of the primary and be trained properly. Importantly, the alternate must be made aware of his/her title as alternate, and must voluntarily accept the assignment. At this point the alternate will provide all possible contact info to include an out of area relay contact so that there is the best chance of communication.
*Important tip: Anytime an out of area contact is to be used as a relay point for information, the information relay person must be made aware of the arrangement and be ready to answer calls from unusual numbers.
Next is to identify key operations. These are tasks or processes that must be done to provide for the safety and welfare of the family or survival group in an emergency.
Key operations may include:
Activating the emergency plan
Collecting everyone from work, school, shopping or other travels
Security: protecting everyone and everything from loss or destruction at all times
Food and water provisions to keep everyone going strong for the predetermined period of time. i.e. 3 days, 3 months, 1 year, etc.
Sheltering: keeping everyone out of the elements
Energy for warmth, power or communications
Transportation to re-position resources or evacuation
Medical response to injuries and safety oversight during emergency activities
Site safety such as immediate response to fire, flood, wind events, dangerous people
Communication with each other and outside world. Use your Commo Plan to stay in contact and set up a relay contact that is far away from the event location
Evacuation/convoy in case of rapid displacement
But what about the smaller disasters?
Not every event is the coming apocalypse, what happens if a family member is in a car accident? Your wallet gets lost, you must hurry to a family emergency out of town for several days. Who will hold down the fort, feed the kids and pay the bills?
This is when your Family Contingency Binder (FCB) will prove to be a lifesaver, This is a notebook that contains all of your operational information from critical documents such as birth certificates to credit cards to insurance policies and vehicle titles.
The FCB also has your emergency plans, maps to important places, passwords to everything, medical information, wills and trusts, Powers of Attorney for someone to handle your affairs and those of your children and actual written phone numbers to everyone important in your life (just in case you lost your cell phone too).
Just as with planning for alternate key personnel, alternate methods to achieve key operations should be defined, documented and communicated to all personnel within the group or family, not just those involved in those operations. Resilience depends on a group wide effort and everyone should know what is supposed to happen and how it should get done, this way people can adapt as needed and remain close to any defined objectives or wishes. Be sure to keep all of this information secure and under lock and key but don’t forget to make sure that several people know how to access it in an emergency.
If a sudden emergency strikes and you must evacuate quickly, try to take your binder, it will have everything you need to recover from a burned out home, prove who you are and get your life back on track.
When you take some time to prepare the people in your life as well as the stuff on the shelf you will begin to see that you may need less stuff. Share your plans and expectations with the people around you so they can be there when you need them the most and have them do the same. Give everyone the tools they would need to stand in for you if something happens, because something always happens.
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Recent events have again reminded us just how divided we can be as a population. Throughout American history we have been challenged to find common ground within a melting pot of ethnicity, socioeconomic stratification and political maneuvering. What will you do when it lands violently in your front yard?
Sometimes the big picture blurs out who are truly being affected. Hint: it’s us the individual citizens and the family next door. If you are reading this it is a safe assumption that you have begun to take your family’s safety and preparedness more seriously. There has been a smoldering divide in our communities that seems to be flaring up more often lately, most recently, there has been a storm brewing over the militarization of the police at the local level. With the situation in Ferguson Missouri demonstrating a total distrust of police after the shooting of an unarmed black teen and the overwhelming military style projection of force by the state, has the match been lit for emotional contagion?
Emotional contagion is a condition that spreads when an event happens that gets a community upset enough to protest in the streets in a way that attracts people from other areas to join the cause. After a while there is seemingly little connection to the facts of the original case and now the street becomes the venue to air all sort of grievances.
So what does this all have to do with the survival group? Everything. This is all part of your situational awareness. In Ferguson you have seen the media coverage. What did you notice this time as opposed to other unrest events? I saw that almost every newscast was conducted in a normal middle class looking neighborhood. The cameras were literally broadcasting from the front yards of houses, not parking lots of some big city urban center or some far away avenue where corporate elite businesses were being destroyed. Sure there has been plenty of looting but the battles have moved onto the side streets right outside the bedroom windows of innocent families. Did those people expect a running street war with international media coverage? That’s not all that changed this time around, when have you ever heard of news crews being attacked with tear gas, threatened with violence from police and even arrested just for covering the news?
The biggest difference and the one thing that got my attention was the sniper sitting on top of a SWAT vehicle actively aiming his weapon at the crowd as if scanning for targets, one finger pull away from starting the next revolution. Somewhere along the way the lessons of Kent State have been lost. In today’s militarized society it seems as if we have turned the page on airing our differences. There are a lot of societal reasons that we won’t go into here that are fueling this divide. For now we are just setting the stage to discuss how we will survive and navigate the changing social terrain. Conflict is here and sides are being chosen. For those families caught in the perimeter of such conflicts it would be wise to be ready.
First we need to talk a little about martial law. As we have seen there has been an evolving cast of characters in Ferguson. Initially it was the local police department, then the SWAT team, then more SWAT teams with verified pentagon issued military surplus. The escalation only incited anger as more heavily armed troops arrived with such things as sound cannons (LRAD), flash-bang grenade volleys, clouds of tear gas and various non-lethal weapons backed up by very lethal supporting elements. This arms race has only caused a run on body armor, gas masks and gun sales. Upon seeing the failure to quell the protests the State Police were called in to replace the other forces and shortly it was obvious that wasn’t working either so the National Guard has been deployed.
Does this indicate martial law? Possibly and likely in this case, there is no precise definition of martial law. You won’t find martial law in the Constitution and there is no working definition of how to organize or implement martial law in any State Constitution. It can be inferred that when the military assumes authority to enforce the law we are experiencing a form of martial law. We can also make the assumption based on the progression of events in Ferguson that if the situation persists or emotional contagion spreads to other areas, so will the level of enforcement.
There have been a number of martial law deployments in our history and they have increased in the last fifty years. Often the deployments were in response to impending danger to a community for everything from union unrest to natural disaster to the attack on Pearl Harbor. Hawaii was under martial law for two years after the attack. Recently and notably Watertown Massachusetts could be seen as the latest recipient of martial law. In the aftermath and subsequent search for the Boston bombers the entire city was under siege by thousands of agents brought in from all over the country. Citizens were told to stay home and door-to-door searches were essentially mandatory without warrant or probable cause. To my knowledge, such a siege has not been done since the Revolutionary War.
Were there survival group members in the conflict perimeter? For this discussion we will say yes. What should you as a survival group do if this kind of scenario were to burst into your yard? I’m reminded of an old saying, “If you look out the window and 60 minutes is on your lawn, it’s going to be a bad day.”
There are a number of steps to take when this or worse comes to your house. First and foremost immediate actions must be taken to provide for the immediate safety of the family inside and possibly the timely evacuation if the situation degrades quickly.
What do I do first?
- Secure all the doors and windows
- Keep the noise levels low in house so you can hear anything that might happen
- IMPORTANT: take a headcount of all personnel and family members.
- Never, never assume everyone is accounted for
- To do a headcount line everyone up and count off. Each person MUST say his or her number out loud.
- Get everyone prepared to evacuate immediately, just in case
- Get kids dressed and shoes on
- Dress accordingly for climate and threat
- Leash the dog
- Arm yourselves accordingly
- Flashlights issued
- Grab your identification
- Grab a paper map of your area so you can plot a safe direction later on if your routes are blocked
- Put all cell phones in pockets
- Grab a phone charger for later and put in your pocket
- Issue any gas masks you may have.
- If you don’t have any masks, wet some t-shirts and wear them as respiratory protection.
- Also use eye protection for everyone. Swim goggles will help to keep tear gas from eyes so you can see, otherwise use safety goggles that have a face seal
- If it is hot outside consider wetting your shirt to reduce heat injuries from running
- If evacuating take some water to drink and rinse your eyes out.
- Also consider carrying some milk to rinse pepper spray and tear gas from eyes, the cream in milk neutralizes pepper spray
- Of course grab your bug-out bag but you won’t need all that primitive survival stuff this time, You will only be evacuating the protest area and going somewhere safe
- Turn down lights to get your eyes adjusted to the dark outside
- Keep everyone away from windows and stay near floor in case of stray bullets
- If possible, stage a guard near all entries
- Position fire extinguishers accordingly and designate knowledgeable users
- Fill bathtubs and keep buckets nearby
- Clear paths through yard for escape, move chairs and bicycles out of the way
- Consider loading some Evac supplies in car and turn the car facing the road, keep keys in pocket
- Wet large towels to possibly use as fire blankets and cover bodies during a hot evacuation
- If you have bars on windows do not use that room as a retreat unless you can get out
- If you have a deadbolt lock that uses a key to get out, place the key in the lock ahead of time
- Make sure everyone knows where to meet outside in case of fire
- Make them say it out loud
- Do the same for a neighborhood meeting location. This is important if someone is not home during an emergency or you get separated
- Activate your Commo Plan even if you don’t think it is necessary. Be sure to reach your out of area contact as well. This is important for concerned family in other areas who cannot reach you
- If there is a lockdown on your neighborhood no one will be allowed in so your survival group may not be able to reach you
- Do not evacuate into unknown or dangerous conditions unless your location or home becomes no longer safe to occupy
- If you are evacuating be sure to approach the line of law enforcement carefully. You do not want to appear as a threat, consider how you might be armed and how they may respond
- If you are caught in a crowd of rioters or looters try to blend in and not be a target to either side
- If the crowd is moving, fall to the back or move to the edge to avoid being hit by projectiles from either side of the conflict
- Law enforcement always leaves an exit for protesters to disburse, find it and use it
- If you evacuate in a vehicle, be ready at any moment to ditch it and move on foot. This means any packs must be zipped up, kid’s shoes on their feet and tied, no sandals or flip-flops. Someone should be riding shotgun and there is a reason they call it that.
- Travel light and don’t attract attention
- Keep in mind that if there is civil unrest in the area, there will be three kinds of people outside:
- the police,
- armed citizens protecting their possessions and businesses and
- There may also be trigger-happy people armed inside their homes. You do not want to surprise any of these people. Be careful when moving around on other people’s property.
- When moving as a group or family, assume a patrol style configuration. This means to place all children, vulnerable people and assets in the center of the column and place adults who are able to observe, recognize and react to any threats in the front, back and sides as you move.
- Remember your headcount and check it regularly to verify you have everyone. Always check the count after running or moving through an obstacle.
- In a tactical or silent environment the count should be initiated from the front, passed back to the rear and back up to the front. This is done by placing a hand on the person in front of you and whispering the number back up to the front of the line or patrol. Once everyone is accounted for you can continue to move.
- If there is a separation in the group it is the fault of the person ahead of the lost member. Make it a point to only move as fast as the slowest person and look behind you every few moments.
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Feel free to print and post this information on your refrigerator or in your Family Contingency Binder as a reference. Hopefully you will never need it but in an emergency, panic and tunnel vision can overcome the best-prepared person. There is nothing wrong with using a cheat sheet because in true survival, all is fair.
Stay alert preppers!
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In a massive social collapse, law and order break down and man’s true nature will be revealed. During this time of chaos, an individual will have rights only as long as he can defend them.
A devastating social collapse will smash your preconception of safety & security…
This is the subtle logic of violence. Your rights are those you can defend.
Most people may feel uncomfortable with this, but it is true. For your chance to survive a major social collapse, you must understand this.
Many (most) people live in (mostly) safe and secure suburbs and have never had to defend themselves or their property. These same people (mostly) will not grasp, understand, or accept the logic of violence. Criminals on the other hand, understand it fully.
During the years of our lives we have lived in an orderly society, where most people obey the laws and those who do not are dealt with by the police and the justice system. Most criminals are held in check by the threat of force by the police who enforce the law which results in a mostly orderly society. When there is violence to be done, the police handle it.
While there are exceptions to any scenario, I trust you get the general idea…
Following a major social collapse however, the criminal element will be unleashed while the police become overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of the collapse coupled with the fact that many of them will be busy defending their own home, property, and family.
Collapse will be worst in the city (where martial law may be declared), less so in the suburbs, and even less so in rural America.
If and until order is restored…
Your rights will consist of those which you can personally defend.
Defending your rights under social-collapse conditions will (with high probability) result with engaging in the threat of force or violence, or the action thereof. It’s not a pleasant thought for most people used to an orderly and safe society. But it will be a reality. It’s best that you consider it.
Most people don’t have much if any experience with guns or defending themselves against violence. While a great many Americans do own a firearm, there are also many who do not. Many or most of those who do own a firearm probably have not given serious thought to the circumstances of a major social collapse and the ensuing reality of having to defend one’s rights for real. Most people think it can’t happen…
If you are reading this, then I hope you will at least think about it. If you own a firearm(s), practice with it (them). If you do not, then I hope that you will consider it.
The best weapon for home defense may be the shotgun, one with a short barrel (easier to handle). A shotgun and its big barrel is an intimidating site to be staring down… it’s nearly impossible to ‘miss’ at close range, and the sound of racking the action is enough to make anyone think twice…
Perhaps a 12 gauge Remington pump 870 with an 18” barrel. Check the legality in your state regarding barrel length restrictions. Although having said that, during collapse, who really is going to stop you…? Just saying…
This article was originally published by Ken Jorgustin on ModernSurvivalBlog.com