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The 6 Tenets Of Post Apocalypse Health Care

Posted by on Oct 21, 2014 in Featured, Health Preparedness

The 6 Tenets Of Post Apocalypse Health Care

Author’s note: I was recently going through my survival library.  I was paging through a book entitled “Where There Is No Doctor”, by David Werner.  The ideas and skills in the book fit in to the FSP doctrine quite nicely.  I found a section that listed the tenets health care workers should remember.  Reading them, I thought that they would make a good article.  The tenets are direct quotes from the book.  The commentary for each is my expansion on them, explaining how they would apply in a post disaster world Post SHTF the modern health care system we’ve come to rely on will not exist.  A black swan event doesn’t even need to take place to make the previous statement true.  Even a moderately severe event, like a national monetary collapse would disrupt...

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Hand and Arm Signals – The Army Way

Posted by on Oct 20, 2014 in Communications Preparedness, Featured, Military Pedagogy

Hand and Arm Signals – The Army Way

Being able to communicate silently in the field using Visual Signal is good skill survival skill whether you’re a Soldier or a Prepper.  I was lucky to learn about hand and arm signals, a subset of Visual Signals (also includes light signals, flags, panel systems and the like) at the Fort Benning School For Boys.  In fact, the Army has developed an entire Hand and Arm Signals vocabulary and this hand and arm signal vocabulary is actually pretty intuitive.  This vocabulary is also worth learning to keep in that preparedness library between your ears. Scroll through the gallery below to review a selection of U.S. Army Hand and Arm Signals that I’ve gathered for the Prepper crowd from the September 1987 edition of the Army’s FM 21-60 Visual Signals.  This manual has been...

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Wood Stove Checklist

Posted by on Oct 17, 2014 in Featured, Shelter & Clothing Preparedness

Let’s admit it…as Preppers we love wood heat.  Wood is the perfect renewable resource as a heating fuel because you can harvest it with the most primitive of tools and nature supplies a steady supply if we don’t overharvest.  But like most simple solutions it’s simple for something to go wrong and that’s why you should develop and use a wood stove checklist if you include wood heat in your daily life or preparedness plan. I want to discuss this topic today because it’s that time of year again when many of us in the Northern Hemisphere are getting ready to put our wood stoves and furnaces back into operation.  Before the first cold day arrives and you light that first fire make sure that you work through your wood stove...

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Cogitation: Hubris Will Kill You!

Posted by on Oct 16, 2014 in Cogitation, Cognitive Preparedness, Disease

Cogitation: Hubris Will Kill You!

Cogitation is concerted thought, reflection, meditation, or contemplation. “Cogitation” highlights cognitive ideas that cross our paths. These ideas and thoughts don’t really warrant full articles. They are important enough to be shared as food for thought before forgotten. Cogitation: Hubris Will Kill You! hu·bris: noun \ˈhyü-brəs\ : a great or foolish amount of pride or confidence via Merriam-Webster.com The death of Thomas Eric Duncan, the foreign national who recently passed away in Dallas, becoming the first US ebola death, is raising alarms. What I find even more alarming is the CDC’s, and US administration’s public response to his death and the subsequent infection of not one, but two of his nurses as well as the general threat that Ebola poses to our...

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First Aid To Clear Object Stuck In Throat – The Army Way

Posted by on Oct 14, 2014 in First Aid, Military Pedagogy

First Aid To Clear Object Stuck In Throat – The Army Way

The Army does a good job of breaking down complex procedures into digestible tasks but the Army doesn’t always call things by the same name as civilians…civilians would call this the Heimlich Maneuver but the Army calls it First Aid To Clear Object Stuck In Throat.  Links have been added to facilitate further reading or research. Task Number: 081-COM-1003 Task Title: Perform First Aid to Clear an Object Stuck in the Throat of a Conscious Casualty Task Type: Individual Proponent: Task Data Conditions: You see a conscious casualty who is having difficulty breathing because something is stuck in his throat. This iteration should NOT be performed in MOPP. Standards: Clear the object from the casualty’s throat by giving abdominal or chest thrusts until the casualty can talk...

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The Most Severe Health Emergency of Modern Times

Posted by on Oct 14, 2014 in Disease, Quote

The Most Severe Health Emergency of Modern Times

[The 2014 Ebola outbreak is] the most severe, acute health emergency seen in modern times… World Health Organization via News from The Associated Press Also see the World Health Organization’s Ebola Virus Disease...

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Full Spectrum Preparedness and the 5 C’s of Survival

Posted by on Oct 13, 2014 in Featured, Full Spectrum Preparedness

Full Spectrum Preparedness and the 5 C’s of Survival

“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage — to move in the opposite direction.” – Albert Einstein In the quest for preparedness, we constantly face the challenge that Albert Einstein discusses above. How do we approach the exceedingly complex topic of preparedness and survival in the way that makes it as simple as possible. We’re not geniuses here at Prepography by any stretch of the imagination but we do think that we have done a pretty good job creating and expanding the concept of Full Spectrum Preparedness (FSP). We’ve tried to develop a comprehensive approach to preparedness in as small a form as possible. Additionally, FSP is a scalable approach that can be used...

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Buy 2 Solar Panels Get One Free – GOALZERO

Posted by on Oct 12, 2014 in Featured, Prepography Advertiser Announcement, Shelter & Clothing Preparedness

Buy 2 Solar Panels Get One Free – GOALZERO

Buy 2 Solar Panels Get One Free Buy 2 Boulder 15 Portable Solar Panels, Get 1 Free at goalzero.com! A $90 value. Use Code: EXTRASOLAR. Ends 10/31/14. Shop Now!  ...

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If by Rudyard Kipling

Posted by on Oct 10, 2014 in Poetry, Quote

If by Rudyard Kipling

If If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you But make allowance for their doubting too, If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies, Or being hated, don’t give way to hating, And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise: If you can dream–and not make dreams your master, If you can think–and not make thoughts your aim; If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster And treat those two impostors just the same; If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools, Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken, And stoop and build ‘em up with worn-out tools: If you can make one heap of all your winnings And risk it all on...

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Prepping For Ebola & Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers

Posted by on Oct 7, 2014 in Featured, Health Preparedness

Prepping For Ebola & Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers

There’s a great deal of consternation currently regarding the unprecedented spread of the Viral Hemorrhagic Fever, Ebola outside of it’s traditional African haunts as well as the current Ebola epidemic in Africa and the reemergence of Marburg in Uganda..  There certainly isn’t any indication that Ebola or any Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers will overwhelm the world-class medical systems we have in the U.S. and reach pandemic levels anytime soon but prepping for Ebola and Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers is yet another way that you can improve your overall preparedness. What Is Viral Hemorrhagic Fever The first step in developing any battle plan is to know your enemy. This even holds true when battling disease, so before we discuss prepping for Ebola and other viral hemorrhagic fevers...

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