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Preparedness Notes for Friday – April 20, 2018
by Hugh James Latimer on April 20, 2018 at 7:05 am
On April 20th, 2010, an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil platform, leased by BP, killed 11 workers and began spewing an estimated 200 million gallons of crude into the Gulf of Mexico for nearly three months, creating the worst known offshore oil spill. April 20th is also the day that we remember the victims of the Columbine High School tragedy, where two students stormed into a suburban high school in Littleton, Colorado in 1999, at lunch time with guns and explosives, killing 13 and […]
The Four Things I Missed Most In Urban Survival Mode, by J.C.
by SurvivalBlog Contributor on April 20, 2018 at 7:04 am
Did you ever picture putting all your survival know-how to the test in an urban environment, in a giant city? Did you think about all the piles of rubble you’d have to work around to “put rubber to the road”? Mexico City Earthquake, September 19th, 2017 I know I didn’t, until I found myself in Mexico City on September 19th of last year, that is. This was the day a 7.2 earthquake shook Central Mexico, toppled buildings, and killed nearly 400 people. This also happened to […]
Letter: A Good Word About One of SurvivalBlog Writing Contest Sponsors
by SurvivalBlog Contributor on April 20, 2018 at 7:03 am
Mr. Rawles, Recently I was pleased to hear that I had won second place in round 75 of your writing contest for my Inevitable American Gun Ban article. As part of that prize, Emergency Essentials promised to provide a 3 day deluxe emergency kit. Thought grateful for the prize, I didn’t really want the kit because I have multiples of every item in that kit already. What to do? Hesitantly, I contacted them and asked if I might order something else from the website and pay the cost difference […]
Economics & Investing For Preppers
by James Wesley Rawles on April 20, 2018 at 7:02 am
Here are the latest items and commentary on current economics news, market trends, stocks, investing opportunities, and the precious metals markets. We also cover hedges, derivatives, and obscura. And it bears mention that most of these items are from the “tangibles heavy” contrarian perspective of JWR. (SurvivalBlog’s Founder and Senior Editor.) Today’s focus is on the recent Bitcoin price rally. (See the Cryptos section.) Precious Metals: Gold Down Slightly After April […]
The Editors’ Quote of the Day:
by James Wesley Rawles on April 20, 2018 at 7:01 am
“Everyone goes to the forest; some go for a walk to be inspired, and others go to cut down the trees.” – Vladimir Horowitz (October 1, 1903 – November 5, 1989) The post The Editors’ Quote of the Day: appeared first on SurvivalBlog.com. […]
Hawaii’s false missile alert is drawing attention to how states and the federal government warn the public about emergencies. Officials blame the alarm on an employee at the state’s emergency management agency who pressed the wrong button.
There is no “button” in Wisconsin.
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As a concealed carry permit holder trained in handgun combat, I’ve learned more than a few things about surviving an encounter with armed shooters. In this two-part audio series, I share valuable, practical advice on how you can survive active shooting scenarios, with or without your own firearm.
These two special reports, linked below, cover concepts like:
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Prepping doesn’t have to be an individual responsibility, it can (and should be) a shared experience which involves the entire family. Of course one has to go about it the right way if considering how to involve the kids, no 7 year old wants to be handed a 4 page spreadsheet with the instructions: “go conduct an inventory of the entire food storage room and rotate items as necessary.” Similarly while one spouse might enjoy the thrill of all things survival and prepardness the other might be less than enthusiastic, so finding ways to break the ice in order to get them involved (and engaged) can be tricky. Whatever your method might be the end goal should be the same, finding a way to get everyone involved while making the process enjoyable. Here are a few suggestions on how to achieve that goal.
1. Label turning at the store. I made this a fun game with my daughter when out shopping for groceries. We would try to find items that had the longest expiration date, depending on what section we were in. She would always be so proud to find something that had a 2 to 3 year expiration date, “hey dad look at this can of beans, it doesn’t expire until 2015!”
2. Altoids survival kits. I recently made one of these kits, and really there is no rule that says you have to use an Altoids tin either. Obviously not for small children (unless they are supervised) but if you have a few kids you could challenge them to come up with their own version of a survival kit based on what is lying around the house.
3. Inventories. While not high on the “most fun ever” list inventories still need to be conducted. It’s a great way to involve everyone and to ensure that everyone knows the scope and location of the preps in your home. This way if you ask little Johnny to grab a can of beans from the shelf he will know exactly where to go, and which can to grab (based on shelf life rotation).
4. Television. There are some shows out there that the entire family can watch together, Doomsday Preppers and Doomsday Bunkers being a couple of the most popular. During commercial breaks or after the show you could conduct a critique of what was shown, what everyone liked and what they thought could be improved.
5. Tracking hygiene supplies. How many rolls of TP does your family use in a month? How long will a tube of toothpaste last in your home? Assign one of the kids to track the usage of your hygiene items, every time a roll of TP is changed out it gets annotated. By assigning responsibility and telling that person how important it is you make them feel like they are truly helping the family out (which they are).
6. Construct a bugout bag. This one can be a fun one because it’s more than just stuffing things into pockets. This is an opportunity to discuss what each item is, why it is important and also why it deserves a place in the bag (versus other less important items). Each person in the home should have their own Bugout Bag which creates a great opportunity for them to utilize a little of their own creativity.
7. Use that wheat grinder. Experiment a little bit with that wheat grinder you bought but have never used, I’m pretty sure all of those #10 cans of winter wheat that came with your year’s supply of food won’t miss one can if you break it open. Grind up some winter wheat and have a hardtack baking contest, see who can make the least edible out of the bunch (your initial results may be pretty terrible). By experimenting you learn what not to do if the time ever comes when you can’t afford to waste any precious food.
8. Assign responsibilities. In one recent article I wrote about how to organize a survival community by assigning various responsibilities (medical, communications, security etc). The same could be done on a much smaller level at home, putting someone in charge of certain parts of your prepping plan. For example in my house my wife is in charge of all of the medical supplies. One of my daughter’s responsibilities is maintaining all of our communications equipment.
9. Learn a new skill. Often overlooked are the skills involved in a good survival / prepping strategy. I’m not saying that you should send your wife off to learn how to become a blacksmith, or one of the kids to a welding academy on the weekends. Rather keep it simple, like learning how to make fire without matches or training how to tie certain knots with rope. These are skills that are very important but can still be done out on the back patio during an evening after work.
10. Shooting. Last but certainly not least, get the family involved in all aspects of shooting. Firearms safety should always be paramount for new shooters and the more training each person gets the less likely they are to be tentative around guns. Safety training, shooting drills and learning how to properly clean guns can be a family event. I believe the best way to train kids about guns is to educate them about how serious they are and what great responsibility is involved for those who own them. This versus hiding a gun in the closet and hoping that little Johnny never finds it (he will).
The New World Order, designed around a functional police state that is encouraged by continuous popular cultural messages, is apparent to even the most avid establishment apologist. Liberty and freedom, hardly ever mentioned in a positive light by the mass media, is a direct threat to the ruling class. The proliferation of degenerate behavior is lauded so that those who object to such conduct will be demeaned as outcasts of the decadent society. The imposition of a police state is necessary to coerce decent people into forced obedience.
Cultural celebrities and icons come and go, but their art often rings on for good or bad. Political propaganda, embedded in media projects, has transcended subliminal messages and now emphasizes in your face brashness. The breakdown of the traditional value society is so complete, that what was once viewed as insulting political disinformation now passes as a promotion for a loyalist NWO drama.
One such Showtime production is the pathetic Homeland series.
Rachel Shabi offers her review assessment in the piece; Does Homeland just wave the American flag?
“Instead, Homeland presents a retuned version of the same unshakeable assurance that, even when things are really complicated, American values are the fairest, the most right and the best. Sure, the series shows US forces doing terrible things: covering up a drone attack that kills civilians in Iraq; trigger-happy in a US mosque, leaving innocents dead there, too. But these are presented as necessary acts in pursuit of far worse crimes. Homeland’s core message is that the US means well, but sometimes has to do bad things; while the Arab and/or Muslim enemy doesn’t mean well and hence does unfathomably bad things. Not much of a progression really, is it?”
When the postmortem of the Patriotic Act era is dissected, the treason of intelligence community operations will be written in their full horror. The police state glorified in Homeland episodes is meant to prepare the public for the next stage of centralized oppression.
While cable or broadcast TV is so removed from Little House on the Prairie, today’s programming is designed to facilitate the psychological acceptance of the transition into a maximum lock down prison society.
In the essay, Mass Mind Control Through Network Television, Alex Ansary warns of the prison industrial complex.
“Turn on your local newscast. You have a few minutes of blue-collar crime, hardly any white collar crime, a few minutes of sports, misc. chit chat, random political jibber-jabber, and a look at the weather that no one is forecasting correctly. Is that what happened in your town? And we’re supposed to own the airwaves! The mainstream media openly supports the interests of the prison industrial complex. The stories focus on minority criminal groups, and exploit the real threat to appear much more dangerous than they are. Think about the growing per capita number of prisoners in the country. Then remember that this is happening at the same time that our prison boom began. The police on our streets have created criminals. The focus is to keep us in a state of fear, that way the elitists can attack any group they want to without fear of consequence. This is why the media is continuing to craft the timeless art of dehumanization.”
The cutting edge of mind control has long included the use of music and lyrics that produce subconscious meanings. Now the fascist messages in street music indoctrinate not only the youth but target to reinforce the despotic aspirations of TSA flunkies.
The article, The Transhumanist and Police State Agenda in Pop Music, provides two examples of globalist messages disguised as performances by Rihanna and Beyonce.
“In hip-hop slang, the term “hard” usually refers to someone who is street-savvy, gritty, rebellious and who is decisively “not down with police”. Hard transposes this term to a military context. Her militaristic video features a gang of uniformed men dancing under the orders of “General Rihanna”. We’ve come a long way from Public Enemy’s Fight the Power…it is now Submit to the Power. All of this military/dictatorial imagery is mixed with Rihanna’s sexy moves and outfits, appealing to the masses’ basest instinct: sex.”
“Beyonce walks on stage with a bunch of men dressed in riot gear… the type of unit a police state would use to repress opposition during popular turmoil. What are they doing in Beyonce’s performance? Contributing to permeate popular culture with police-state imagery.”
In the follow-up account, you can read the description mentioned in this report.
“Two recent examples of the perpetuation of the police state agenda in popular culture are Jay-Z and Kanye West’s music video No Church in the Wild and Adam Lambert’s Never Close our Eyes. In spite of, or perhaps because of, the fact that these songs are two different genres that aim to reach two different markets, they both contribute to the saturation of popular culture with police state imagery. While the authorities are not necessarily portrayed as the “good guys”, they are nevertheless there, as if their presence at any kind of public demonstration is normal.”
Contrast this dark brute force portrayal, with an age of optimism and hope. The peace and love themes in the music and political actions of John Lennon offer a rudimentary alternative to the grisly atrocities that the establishment commits routinely in the name of national security.
Gangster rap has little in common with All You Need is Love.
Rebellion of youth is natural, but resigned acceptance for submission to the police state is repression. The thirty-two years since his assassination has been one long road into oblivion. Read the “Interview With Investigative Reporter Jack Jones” for insights into the elimination of a dangerous messenger of peace.What a long way away from John Lennon’s lyrics in the song Revolution.
You say you’ll change the constitution
Well, you know
We all want to change your head
You tell me it’s the institution
Well, you know
You’d better free your mind instead
But if you go carrying pictures of Chairman Mao
You ain’t gonna make it with anyone anyhow
Now, transition from the mental liberation of the Beetle era, and go back and examine the overt war crimes of the premier American despot, Abraham Lincoln. Biographer and jingoism jezebel LBJ groupie, Doris Kearns Goodwin’s book, Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln served as the backdrop of Steven Spielberg’s production of the recent released Lincoln film.
Alec Ryan writes in the American Renaissance:
“In the modern Hollywood narrative, all American history revolves around the Sacred Black Experience. Lincoln confirms this, bending historical truth to paint the most ruthless, bloody-minded, strong-willed American leader in history as some kind of smug, pre-post-modern storyteller croaking gamely through the difficulties like a paleface Obama sans teleprompter. The few Southerners are snarling, greasy bigots, recoiling before the erect, scowling black Union guards as they slink by during a meeting that led to the Hampton Roads peace conference of February 1865.
The film has throughout a sense of hushed awe, as if kowtowing to its own self-evident righteousness. There is no balance, no complexity, no sense of inner struggle or desperation. No opposing arguments. Its simplistic outlook more closely resembles the popcorn-psychology Avengers or Justice League rather than the serious historical movie that it clearly wishes to be acclaimed.”
The point of evaluating the worship adoration of the destroyer of the Republic with the authoritarianism of the newly re-elected president is to equate the despotism of both of their regimes. The imposition of the police state is part of the master plan to enslave the inherent autonomy of free citizens.
The insidious popular culture strips the institutions of traditional constitutional protections and separations of powers by diminishing the will of sovereign citizens to fight tyranny. The goal of imposing savage dehumanizing ruthlessness seeks to spread the Sons of Anarchy mindset into positions of authority. The merging of law enforcement into the ranks of criminal organizations becomes a common occurrence in the police state environment.
Once upon a time, the peace officer maintained order and balance. Now law enforcement deems that natural rights are arbitrary and conditional on obedience to government dictates.
911 provided the excuse to inflict a “War of Terror” under the disguise of national security. The Homeland program scripts that foster the ends justify the means are repugnant to every liberty advocate. Each day, the evolving police state is becoming more invasive and punitive.
A culture that glorifies jack booted thugs that order innocent citizens around as sinister terrorists destroys the essence of the nation. The New World Order essentially uses depressing indoctrination of the inevitability for submission to their mind game matrix.
The walking dead that accept a dependent society administered by bureaucratic goons, willingly tolerant a fate of bondage. Since texting is all the rage and the written language is sorely deficient, maybe the best way to communicate though the popular culture is to withdraw from the experience as much as possible. Try one on one contact; you might be surprised with the results.
SARTRE – December 2, 2012
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205A Front Street
? How do I prepare for an emergency I know nothing about?
Rule of Threes:
- can’t live more than 3 minutes without air
- can’t go more than 3 hours without shelter
- can’t go more than 3 days without water
- can’t go more than 3 weeks without food
- can’t go more than 3 months without hope
Have a backup of your backup for important items. Meaning, have 3 different sources for one idea.
- Water purifing – 1)boiling, 2) water filter, 3)water tablets.
- Fire – 1)matches 2)Bic lighter 3)fire-steel
- Shelter -1)Poncho 2)tent 3)improvised using nature
Survival firearms generally fall in four main categories:
Centerfire rifle – for hunting game, and for self defense.
Should be in a common, easy to acquire caliber. Semiautomatic is highly recommended and military-type models are generally more durable, more reliable, and easier to replace parts on. Make sure to stock plenty of ammo, and magazines, as well as replacement parts. Rifle choice is highly debatable, but some good choices include the AR15 series, AK series, M14/M1A, and FN FAL
Shotgun – For shooting birds, and for self defense.
Shotguns, especially 12 guage, can shoot an extremely wide variety of ammo, everything from slugs, birdshot, nonlethal ammo, and specialty rounds (“Dragon’s breath”). Shotguns are generally very easy for a novice shooter to learn to use effectively, and are designed for close range shooting. Some time-tested designs include Remington 870, Mossberg 500, and Winchester 1300, and many others.
Handgun – For defense.
It is recommended to pick a high-qualityautoloader, in a readily available caliber. Make sure to train with this weapon as often as possible, and to be completely comfortable with it. Handgun choice is a VERY personal decision, so pick the one you are most comfortable with. There are many high quality, reliable autos to choose from. Night sights, and a good holster are good things to have with the pistol. Some good choices are 1911 style pistols, Springfield XD, SIGs, HK USP, Beretta, Glock along with many others.
.22 rifle or pistol – for taking small game.
22 weapons can be shot all day at very little cost, and ammo is very easy to stock up on. There are many North American game animals that can be taken with the .22, and in a pinch it can also be used for self defense, though it is certainly not the first choice. Novice shooters generally respond positively to the low recoil of .22s. Some good choices are the Ruger 10/22 rifle, Ruger MKII pistol, and Browning Buckmark pistol.
Due to any number of emergencies, you may be forced to leave the area quickly to ensure your safety. This means leaving your place of residence for someplace safer, possibly for a long time. Some or all of your plan may involve “bugging back home” if you already live at a good bug-out location, or work far from home and need to get back before you bug-out.
It is important to have a bug-out destination picked out ahead of time whether it be with friends or family, or to property you own out in the country. Running into the hills to live off the land is terribly difficult and should be avoided if at all possible. Most of the SF members favor survival-homesteading (country- style, self-sufficient living) as the ultimate long-term solution.
A BOB is a “Swiss army knife” of a pack that will help you through just about any crisis. It contains gear to keep you alive, and in many cases keep you comfortable too. The common theme for the BOB is for traveling/stranded in a crisis, but each person has their own spin on it. Some members here have only a vest or very small pack to help them get home from work or deal with emergencies. Others have large packs tailored to leaving town and traveling long distances. Most carry at least some form of aBOB in their vehicle.
There is a general list later in this FAQ of areas to consider when building your BOB.
“Bugging-out” usually gets all the glory, but it is not always the best thing to do. Bugging-out requires travel, which is especially risky in a SHTF situation, and it also requires a BO location, which some people don’t have. “Bugging-in” means staying put and doing your best to to live safely and self-sufficiently through a crisis. The better your preparations, the better your chances.
Bugging-in might be a wise decision in some of the following situations:
- The situation is mild and does not require BO. This could be anywhere from a short power outage on up.
- You are already at a good location.
- The situation does not allow you to BO immediately. You will have to BI for a while, then BO later.
- You don’t have a good location to BO to, but your current location is not the best. Your chances are probably better if you stay put and make the best of it.
Basic Equipment Lists
Some categories your BOB should cover:
- Water (Can’t live without it)
- Navigation (Knowing where you are and were)
- Weapon (Defense/Hunt for food)
- Food (You need this for energy)
- Fire (warmth, cooking, water purification)
- Shelter (Protection from elements, including clothing!)
- Medical (Addressing/ protecting minor wounds)
- Signal (To signal/ summon help)
- Communications (AM/FM/SW receiver at least)
- Tools (knife, flashlight, multi-tool, paracord, etc.)
Some important areas to consider:
- Water (both stores and procurement)
- Food (both stores and procurement)
- Heating and cooking
- Power generation
A good starting list for your vehicle:
- jumper cables
- folding shovel
- duct tape
- bailing wire
- spare belt or belts
- tool kit
- spare vehicle fluids
- fire extinguisher
- road flares
- 2 cans of Fix-a-Flat