BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – In the country, a skunk problem can be taken care of with a gun, but in the city, killing a skunk – even without a gun – can get your arrested.
Indiana University student Andrew Baldini discovered this the hard way when he beat a skunk to death with a shovel in late October. He told police that his fraternity house had been having problems with skunks, but police were not amused, and subsequently arrested him, put him in jail and charged with animal cruelty — a felony, according to Fox-59 in Indianapolis.
The news station reported that Baldini and his friends were playing basketball when the skunk walked across the court. He got a shovel and hit the skunk, which limped away injured. He then “followed the skunk and hit it several more times with the shovel, killing it on a public sidewalk near the 1200 block of East 3rd Street,” Fox-59 reported.
The moral of the story: If you want to kill skunks, stay out of the city.
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Having the kids away from home without parents is inevitable and a source of worry for all parents. For preppers, there are even more worries because your home is likely prepared for any number of disaster scenarios. If your kid is already preparedness-minded, getting them into a prepper mode for college, or just moving out, will be easy because they share your point of view. Even kids who may think you’re daft for preparing, though, can also be prepped with a few handy supplies.
Car emergency bag
College students need more than one emergency bag because they need one for their room and one for their car, if they have one, or for travel home if they don’t. In addition, they need a car emergency kit with jumper cables, a flare, and other basic items that they may not have yet, especially if they have never driven far from home before. If they travel home another way (train, airplane, carpool), modify this list of supplies to suit those needs and be sure to consider TSA requirements.
- comfortable shoes
- socks that work with those shoes (no low-rise socks and high-top shoes)
- a rain coat
- water purification
- chemical light sticks
- Quik Clot
- an emergency whistle
- EMT shears
For a college student, I strongly recommend matches over a lighter because it is very obvious when you are almost out of matches but they might not notice that a lighter is damaged or low on fluid.
Quik Clot is not a “basic” item to most people, but the reality is that a car accident is the most likely emergency a car-driving young person will face and having a pack or two could quite literally save a life. Having had a friend die from bleeding out in an accident, this is a bit of a personal quirk, but I strongly encourage you to include it, and possibly even a tourniquet. These have come back into favor in a severe injury case, where the choice is either to save a limb or save a life. More information about tourniquet use is here.
It is a rare place, in this day and age, that emergency vehicles can’t reach in 10-30 minutes, but having those two items to reduce massive blood loss in that time could make a critical difference.
I also keep EMT shears in my car, and I love them. Your college student probably will as well because they are GREAT for cutting off the wristbands that you can get at special events. If you can find a stuffable sleeping bag or down jacket to include, that would be great because even big kids (young adults) tend to go out without a warm coat. Additional optional items include:
- emergency shelter
- wool emergency blanket
- pressure bandage(s)
- deck of cards
- bug repellant
- sun screen
- a small emergency solar charger, especially if they are bad about charging their phone
- emergency food
Include in the kit better food than standard emergency rations because they are less likely to turn up their noses and go hungry if they like the food. (Yes, in a real emergency they’ll eat anything – but it’s your child. Do you really want them going hungry because you gave them a beef stroganoff and they hate mushrooms?)
If your student is leery of GMO ingredients and perfers more natural meals, check out these.
Dorm Room emergency bag
The suggested items in this bag are in addition to the car bag. This kit should include a safe way to heat food, a mess kit they aren’t likely to pull out to use in their room (an empty plastic container with disposable utensils is good), and a face mask to help reduce viral infections.
College kids may be far from home, but they’ll still get sick and injured. Travel size bottles of ibuprofen, aspirin, Benadryl, etc. only contain a few pills and a big wad of cotton, but small bottles are better suited for small spaces. You can fill them from larger bottles.
Think about what medicines your child routinely needs at home.
- cough and cold
- fever reducing
- headache medicine such as Tylenol
- Gas X
- Pepto Bismol
This may seem like overkill, but you won’t be there if, and when, they get sick. Include Benadryl even if your child doesn’t have any known allergies because they will be encountering new food and new airborne allergens.
In college, I remember going to work at a temp job with a fever that was easily 103 because the office had air conditioning, my apartment didn’t, and it never even occurred to me or my roommates that I could get medicine to reduce my fever. (I also lacked a thermometer.) If I had had medicine in my room, I would have taken it and stayed home.
They will need bandages of all sizes including knuckle and large sizes, and at least one Ace-style bandage, preferably two. A topical antibacterial for cuts should also be included. Neosporin is popular, but raw honey is increasingly popular and at least as effective.
Food and water
Best of luck keeping emergency food and water in a college student’s room, especially food. The reality is that they will end up eating it as a snack or because they either don’t want to go to the dining hall or are rushing to meet a forgotten deadline. That doesn’t mean impossible, just challenging. On the other hand, if you restock them every time you visit, at least you know they have something other than (or in addition to) Ramen for those meals.
If they are like most kids, especially freshman, they will be on a meal plan and it will not allow them to take food back to their room from any all-you-can-eat buffets. (Again, good luck with that.) However, most will have other options that allow them to take their food with them, possibly including pre-packed options. If there is a true emergency and they need to evacuate, using their meal plan to get as much food as they can carry (and their plan allows) from one of those locations right before they leave is a smart plan.
A turkey sandwich won’t last long on a hot day, but it will last a lot longer when it’s cool outside or an insulated bag is used to carry it. If they have a supply of food, then they can share with friends going in the same direction. Easy to carry fruit, especially apples, is readily available in meal lines, as are oatmeal, breakfast cereal, and assorted meal replacement bars.
A stash of canned food under the bed isn’t a bad idea, either.
New areas, new natural disasters
Many young people go to college hours from home. Living in a different time zone isn’t unusual, and some students spend time abroad. All of this means they’re vulnerable to new types of threats. The new location may bring new natural disasters as well, and even the ones they grew up with may require a different response, especially if the new area is lot more urban or rural. Making sure they know the basics of how to handle these disasters should be your first step, and you should start working on it with them as soon as they graduate from high school, if not sooner.
The big headline-inducing disasters are the ones that come to mind first. If your child is moving to the Gulf Coast, hurricanes pop to mind. If they are going to California, then earthquakes bcome a new concern. Did you ever consider what they will do if there is a mudslide near their new home? Or a wildfire or flooding shuts down the highway? You may live in an area with four seasons, but if they go several hours farther north, are they really equipped (in gear and mindset) for how much colder the winter can be?
It is well beyond the scope of a single post to cover every possible natural disaster, but spend a little time searching for information about the area where they will be living. A chart of average monthly temps will give some good information, but a search on “school closings” for the local school district will tell you much more of what you need to know than simply looking at a map. Schools, especially elementary schools, close whenever the weather is considered too dangerous to drive or be out in. If the only closure was for weather at -15 degrees, that is a very different situation than a school district that closed for “poor air quality” due to wildfires or one that closed for excessive cold at 5 degrees (above zero) and heavy snow (4″).
College students need an evacuation plan beyond a mere dorm evacuation in the case of a fire. If your child had been in New Orleans when Katrina aproached or in Northridge when the quake hit, would they have known where to go and how to get there? Probably not. This book is a one-stop-shop for everything you need to know when planning for an evacuation.
Work with your student to create a plan for them to get home if they have to evacuate ahead of an impending disaster and alternate routes to use if one is no longer safe. Laminate the evacuation routes and put it in their emergency (car) bag, along with physical maps (not electronic ones) for their entire route. They will undoubtedly think they don’t need paper maps because they have an app on their phone and GPS, but those can go down, or run out of batteries, in an emergency.
AAA provides free state, area, and city maps to their members. These are great for planning evacuation routes, as is a printed version of a MapQuest or other online set of directions. A topographic map is an outstanding resource for this because it shows terrain features as well as parks, campgrounds, and more. If there are places for them to stop en route, friends and family, campgrounds, public parks, etc., be sure to mark them on the map and talk about them in advance with your child. They may not remember, but at least you’ve tried. These NatGeo topographic maps are free and can easily be printed.
Before you laminate the map, write down how they should communicate with you, as described in this article about establishing a Disaster Communications Hub. Cell lines are usually clogged in an emergency. Text messages are far easier to get through, but I know I wouldn’t want to be checking every cell phone in the house for possible text messages from an out of state child. Telling them a specific phone to text, and an alternate if no one replies within a set time (ten minutes, an hour, six hours – whatever you agree is reasonable) should make it easier to get in contact.
Just because our kids go off to college or move out on their own, doesn’t mean we ever stop worrying about them. If they’re prepped for a variety of emergencies, mom and dad will be able to rest just a little easier.
Every September is the official National Preparedness Month in the U.S. If you don’t have one of these special dates in your country, you can either establish one for yourself and your family or begin a letter-writing and petition campaign to convince your government that one is needed.
Over the years of encouraging people to get prepared for everyday emergencies and worst case scenarios, I’ve always known that most people give the idea lip service. Knowing the importance of “getting prepped” is not very different from knowing that it’s better to be a healthy weight, eat right, drink lot of water, and exercise. We all KNOW that stuff. We just don’t all DO it.
And right there is what makes the difference between a family who is ready to quickly and quietly load up the car with supplies, the kids, and the pets and hightail it away from danger to one who either scrambles at the last minute, deep in the black zone and forgetting what to pack, like these folks did during the huge Fort MacMurray fires. Worse are those who are totally unaware until there IS no escape. Honestly? Most people fall into those 2 latter categories.
I don’t want even one of my readers to be caught unaware by fire, flood, extreme weather, or any other type of disaster. (Take my 5-question Threat Assessment Quiz here to figure out what are the most likely dangers you face.) This blog is chock full of over 1700 articles, my family survival manual, Survival Mom, should be on every family’s bookshelf (no kidding!), and my second book, Emergency Evacuations: Get Out Fast When it Matters Most, details exactly what, when, where, and how you should evacuate from a dangerous situation.
I’ve worked hard over the years to provide you with the very best advice I could, but this last spring, I realized it hasn’t been enough. Most of you know you should prep, you read about prepping, maybe put a few things in place, and then get distracted by life, as I did myself earlier this year. When that happens, you still are not ready, especially for a true worst case scenario. And what could those be? We don’t have to look very far to see examples all over the world — and please don’t lapse into normalcy bias and think, “It could never happen here.”
- Venezuela, once the most prosperous country in South America, utterly collapses in economic turmoil, with empty food shelves, food riots, and desperate people.
- Random terrorist attacks in places most would have considered safe.
- A rising tide of anger and unrest, resulting in extreme and violent riots that sometimes last for days.
- A government that can be slow to respond to true and desperate calamities, such as the flooding in Louisiana this summer. Did you realize this disaster is the third worst to hit our country after Katrina and Hurricane Sandy? I’ll bet you didn’t, since only scant attention was given in mainstream media. Federal response was described as “pitiful”.
I’m determined to never be one of the hungry, desperate moms lining up, or rioting!, just to get some bottled water and a bag of groceries. I’m far too independent-minded for that, and I’ll bet you are, too.
The Prepping Intensive
So, here’s what I’ve done so that you and your family are prepared for all types of scenarios. I created a 10-week live course, complete with actual classes, assignments, assessments, and…accountability! If you’re serious about getting yourself, your family, and your home prepped, you can’t afford to NOT take this class.
The timing is perfect! Not only is it the start of National Preparedness Month but the kids, and grandkids, are back in school. It really is the perfect time to direct your attention to something of vital and life-saving importance — and, you can teach what you learn to your other family members and friends.
The course covers just about everything:
- Water and sanitation
- A complete food storage education
- Power outage readiness
- Natural disaster preparedness
- Survival when you’re away from home
- Health and fitness for survival
- Setting up a survival retreat no matter where you are
- Worst case scenarios
We’ve covered all the bases but then we’ve brought in some amazing guest speakers for you:
- Dr. Arthur T. Bradley — This guy wrote the book on EMP preparedness, literally.
- Merriwether — A nationally known foraging expert and author
- Jim Cobb — Author of 9 prepper books, ranging from home security to surviving the end of the world
- Selco — Bosnian war survivor who write about his experiences on SHTFSchool
- Fernando Aguirre (FerFAL) — Lived through Argentina’s economic collapses and tells it like it is
- Patrice Lewis — Author, blogger, and expert homesteader. She contributed this very popular article to my blog.
We have more speakers scheduled, but you get the idea. If you’re wondering if you’ll be able to attend all these classes, each one is recorded and will be available to you, 24/7.
Here’s the Sneak Peek
I don’t expect you to plunk down your registration fee without actually seeing what you’re buying. I’ve written too many articles about the importance of frugal living to want you to do that! So, if you would like to see a sample of one of our training modules, here you go!
And, we’ve expanded just a bit to offer more than a 10 week course (which you have access to for a year!). We’ve also created a separate Student Center for members only. This separate site has a forum, webinar recording archive, a Book of the Month Club (all prepper/apocalyptic/survival books — I promise!), and coming this fall, mini-courses you can take any time, 24/7. You get a 1-year membership to the Student Center with your class registration!
Check out the Student Center at this Sneak Peek link. Since this is all so new, we have a lot of room to grow, with lots of ideas for things that will help you get fully prepped. Just talking and thinking about it will never help you and your family survive.
We start on 9/11
Someone asked me if our start date of September 11, was significant in any way. The answer is no! We want you to take this course and take action, every single week, and then take a break just before Thanksgiving and the holiday season arrive.
However, this doesn’t give you a whole lot of time to sign up. Registration closes for good on September 18.
If you’ve ever wished you could just TALK with someone about prepping and ask all your crazy questions, get expert advice on your own special circumstances — this was designed for you. Not only am I very active in the course, teaching a handful of classes myself, but Daisy Luther, author, blogger, and homesteader, is right there, too.
We want to help you get fully prepared for an uncertain future. Join our group of students today and start working through our Student Orientation to be ready for launch day, September 11. This is the perfect time for this!
*The course is fully detailed at this link, Preppers University.
P.S. If you can’t join us this time around, we have another session starting in January. Sign up here to get updates whenever new classes are starting AND to get our Prepping To Do List every month!
Over the years as a prepper, I’ve noticed the huge increase in INFORMATION. It’s everywhere. Blogs, forums, websites, products, books upon books, and even scams. Preppers have never had more INFORMATION, and yet, preppers have also never had a more confusing maze to wander through.
Freeze dried food? Dehydrated? Is canned food okay, but what if the ‘Best by’ date has expired? What about nutrients, calories, and servings?
Which water filter? There are so many and comparing microns and the number of gallons a filter can process — which one is best?
Then there’s the rule of back-ups. You should always have a back-up to your back-ups, but where does that end? A person could become a hoarder just by adding back-ups to their bacck-ups to their back-ups!
So, this summer when I had a chance to attend a few webinars with the new Preppers University and check out their Prepping Intensive course, I thought, “This is the missing piece!” We preppers have more than enough information to be ready for a full-blown nuclear war, but how many of us have actually followed through, day after day? For some, it’s been a lifestyle, ingrained since childhood, but for most of us, we’re new to the prepping mindset.
In my case, I admit that i get sidetracked by work, projects to do around the house, helping my wife with the kids and their activities — you name it. Weeks can go by without me consciously doing much prepping. Thank goodness my wife usually stays on track with food storage and keeping our bug out bags and gear up to date.
Enter the 10-week Prepping Intensive. Reading through the course outline, pretty much everything is covered:
- Water and Sanitation
- Food Storage
- Power Outage Readiness — Dr. Arthur T. Bradley is a guest speaker. Pretty impressive.
- Natural Disasters
- Survival Away From Home
- Health & Fitness
- Setting Up a Survival Retreat
- Worst Case Scenarios
There’s even a week where students are given their choice of several drills to run through. The one I picked was “No water for 24 hours”. Having a week of drills about halfway through the course seemed pretty smart to me — you can check on your progress and know what still needs to be done.
In the students-only area, I read through weekly To Do lists, the Weekly Challenges, a few of the assessments students fill out, and then saw the schedule of webinars — at least 2 each week. I know there’s a lot more that I haven’t included here, but this website will give you the complete overview.
The course isn’t cheap. It’s priced at $169 for the 10 weeks, but when I saw how I could actually talk with people like Dr. Bradley or someone like Selco, who writes about his experiences during the Bosnian war, or FerFAL who talks about living through Argentina’s various economic collapses — I’m not sure how to put a price tag on that.
Lisa Bedford, who has helped me here at Preparedness Advice, is The Survival Mom and is one of the founders of Preppers University, along with Daisy Luther. Daisy has written the book about water for preppers and she has 2 websites: DaisyLuther.com and TheOrganicPrepper. Both these ladies also teach some of the webinars.
Lisa and Daisy gave me a coupon code good for $20 off the registration fee. If you take a look at the course and decide to go for it, use code FANDF20 for the discount. I’m not an affiliate with them — I’m just passing along this code.
This is something new in the world of prepping and maybe some people won’t want the restrictions of weekly assignments or the accountability of being part of a group, but to me, this really is what a lot of preppers have been needing.
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Tim Wolfe, white male privilege?
James Walton “I Am Liberty”
In demand one the group demanded Mr. Wolfe admit to his white male privilege and apologize. I nearly lost my lunch. What I thought was a decent and impressive strike at institutions that are loosing integrity turned out to be a simply game of whose prejudice wins. Here is the full demand below.
I. We demand that the University of Missouri System President, Tim Wolfe, writes a handwritten apology to the Concerned Student 1950 demonstrators and holds a press conference in the Mizzou Student Center reading the letter. In the letter and at the press conference, Tim Wolfe must acknowledge his white male privilege, recognize that systems of oppression exist, and provide a verbal commitment to fulfilling Concerned Student 1950 demands. We want Tim Wolfe to admit to his gross negligence, allowing his driver to hit one of the demonstrators, consenting to the physical violence of bystanders, and lastly refusing to intervene when Columbia Police Department used excessive force with demonstrators.
I also want to talk about work tonight. I see a ton of this unrest and the basis of income inequality and I think its important that we talk about the satisfaction of work and most importantly how we deal with others success. We cannot spend our lives frumping around angry at another mans success.
In Greek mythology Sisyphus (/ˈsɪsɪfəs/; Greek: Σίσυφος, Sísiuphos) was the king of Ephyra (now known as Corinth). He was punished for his self-aggrandizing craftiness and deceitfulness by being forced to roll an immense boulder up a hill, only to watch it roll back down, repeating this action for eternity.
Perhaps this punishment is actually what life is all about. In my opinion its not about the about reaching the peak its most certainly about the journey
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