The Prepper Compact

Where would you go if you had to leave your home on short notice due to a local, regional or larger disaster?  You probably have family and friends who would be happy to put you up for a few days or a week…but where could you go if you needed refuge for weeks, months, or longer?  Maybe you’ve even taken the steps necessary to build a Bug Out Bag, but where would you bug out too?  That’s where a Prepper Compact can help you.

A Prepper Compact is an agreement where one party agrees to take in the other party in the event of disaster or a bug out situation.  Compacts can be one way, reciprocal (between two parties) or mutual aid agreements among multiple parties.  The Prepper Compact clearly states the expectations and responsibilities of each party in advance so that adequate planning and preparation can take place.

At a minimum a Prepper Compact should specify: (more…)

Train Derailment Forces Bug Out

Industrial accidents and transportation mishaps are just another reason to keep that bug out bag handy.  Check out this article whose headline could just as easily read Train Derailment Forces Bug Out.

More than 100 homes were evacuated after the 78-car Union Pacific locomotive came off the tracks about 3:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. ET Sunday near Lawtell, about 60 miles west of Baton Rouge.  Two of the 23 cars that derailed began leaking chemicals, including the substance sodium hydroxide, which can cause injuries if it touches the skin or even death if it is inhaled.

via Emergency declared with hundreds unable to return home after Louisiana freight train derailment – U.S. News

For more information on building the perfect bug out bag for your unique situation check out our series on the topic:

 

Less Lethal Weapon Options for Your Bug Out Bag

Over the last few years law enforcement officials have replaced the term ‘non-lethal’ the more appropriate term ‘less lethal.’  Less lethal weapons are those that are intended to deter, disrupt or incapacitate rather than kill.  Be aware though that even the most benign less lethal weapon risks a lethal outcome based on the situation and target.  There are reports of lethal outcomes for virtually every type of less lethal weapon developed.  Below are some less lethal weapon options for your bug out bag.  Remember:  that the use of less lethal weapons on a person should only be considered in the face of significant danger to life or severe bodily harm.

Less lethal Weapon Options for Your Bug Out Bag

Shillelagh Walking Stick

Shillelagh Walking Stick

Walking Stick:  Walking sticks have been used for thousands of years as a method of self-defense and are an option even in areas with the most restrictive weapons laws.  Walking sticks also benefit from the fact that most people don’t view a walking stick as a weapon which will make you less threatening to those who don’t mean you harm and provide a surprise for those that do.  Many martial arts disciplines teach methods of stick fighting including traditional Irish Stick Fighting or bataireacht which uses the shillelagh.  Other disciplines use longer sticks like a Bo Staff.  If you’re a current or former U.S. service member you were likely taught to fight with a padded bo stick (the services refer to these as pugil sticks) as part of your hand-to-hand combat and bayonet combat training. (more…)

The Prepper Blood Chit in Spanish

Andrew’s Note:  Prepography reader Eduardo was kind enough to provide a Spanish translation for the sample language from our article on creating a Prepper Blood Chit.  A Prepper Blood Chit is another way to assure your loved ones make it home safe after a disaster.  Thanks Eduardo!

Here’s the Spanish for you…

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FOR DAUGHTERS / FEMALES:

La portadora de este documento (cuya foto aparece en el dorso de esta tarjeta) es mi hija preciosa, [NAME], que ha estado estudiando en la Universidad de [Uni Name]. Ruego que la ayudes con comida, alojamiento, transporte y cualquier otra asistencia adicional que necesite para regresar a casa lo más pronto, y de la forma más segura, posible. Reugo que la trate como si fuera su propia hija.

Todos los que la ayudan a [Name] a regresar a casa serán recompensados. Si puede traerla a [Town & State], le recompensaré con alguno de lo siguiente: $1,000 en efectivo, 20 onzas troya de plata pura (.999) o comida suficiente para dos semanas; usted elige.

Gracias por adelantado por cualquier asistencia que pueda proveer,

SIGNATURE & Name

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FOR SONS / MALES:

El portador de este documento (cuyo foto aparece en el dorso de esta tarjeta) es mi hijo amado, [NAME], que ha estado estudiando en la Universidad de [Uni Name]. Ruego que le ayudes con comida, alojamiento, transporte y cualquier otra asistencia adicional que necesite para regresar a casa lo más pronto, y de la forma más segura, posible. Reugo que le trate como si fuera su propio hijo.

Todos los que le ayudan a [Name] a regresar a casa serán recompensados. Si puede traerle a [Town & State], le recompensaré con alguno de lo siguiente: $1,000 en efectivo, 20 onzas troya de plata pura (.999) o comida suficiente para dos semanas; usted elige.

Gracias por adelantado por cualquier asistencia que pueda proveer,

SIGNATURE & Name
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Cold Weather Canteen Tips – Top 10

Keeping hydrated in cold weather is just as important as keeping hydrated in hot weather but presents the additional challenge of making sure your water source stays liquid.  Here are the Top 10 Cold Weather Canteen Tips

  1. The only place better to store water than inside your canteen is inside your body…drink plenty of water as staying hydrated helps your body regulate temperature better.
  2. If possible, select a canteen that allows for some expansion when freezing without breaking.
  3. When freezing can’t be avoided leave room for expansion by filling your canteen about 2/3 full.
  4. Carry your canteen as close to your body as possible to keep it from freezing.  Canteen can be carried inside your jacket or between your layers of clothing.
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Prepper Blood Chit

One of the scarier situations for a prepper is when the family is scattered to the wind.  When everyone is close to home it’s easier to keep them safe and secure but what is a prepper to do when the chicks start leaving the nest?  Two of my three kids are no longer living at home.  Daughter #1 and Air Force son-in-law husband live just outside a major military base, have good heads on their shoulders and are financially secure enough take care of their own preps…not to mention that Uncle Sugar takes care of his own.  What to do with Daughter #2 though…she’s away at college, lives a distance from future son-in-law who’s also in college and they don’t have the storage capabilities, financial resources or experience to go it alone.  If a situation comes along that puts Daughter #2’s security or wellness in jeopardy then I’ve got to get her home safe and sound.  I’ve equipped her (mentally and materially) with what she needs to get home but the best laid plans can go awry so I’ve come up with a Plan B…the Prepper Blood Chit.

What is a Blood Chit:

Despite its ominous sounding name, a Blood Chit is nothing more than a notice, usually written in several languages that’s carried by Aircrews, Soldiers, Marines and others forced to operate in or over dangerous territory.  When the crew is shot down or individual gets separated from their unit then the Blood Chit helps the person seek aid form locals in order to make their way safely back to friendly lines or a safe location.

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Building a Bug Out Bag – Part XI, Conclusion

Today we finish up the longest article series in the history of Prepography…but ‘Building a Bug Out Bag’ is an important topic and a great place to start if you’re new to prepping and something to circle back to periodically if you’re an advanced prepper.

Let’s begin with a quick review of where we’ve been on this topic.  In Building a Bug Out Bag Part I we discussed why building a Bug Out Bag is important and what type of bag to select.  In Part II we discussed the Transportation Items to consider, in Part III it was Water preparedness, in Part IV it was Food preparedness, in Part V we tackled Shelter, Clothing and Protection from the elements, in Part VI we considered Communications options, in Part VII we discussed Security Preparedness, in Part VIII we explored Financial & Identity preparedness, in Part IX we covered Health & Medical considerations for your Bug Out Bag and most recently in Part X we discussed Family & Community Support while building a Bug Out Bag.

Today we’ll briefly review Cognitive Preparedness as well as some of my favorite multi-use items and just as important…some items commonly recommended for Bug Out Bags that I suggest you leave behind.  As always, remember that when we discuss a Bug Out Bag we’re talking about your last ditch, carry on your back, walk away from trouble Bug Out Bag…not what you hope you can get to your bug out location if your car, SUV, or Landmaster makes it.

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Building a Bug Out Bag – Part X, Family & Community Support

In Building a Bug Out Bag Part I we discussed why building a Bug Out Bag is important and what type of bag to select.  In Part II we discussed the Transportation Items to consider, in Part III it was Water preparedness, in Part IV it was Food preparedness, in Part V we tackled Shelter, Clothing and Protection from the elements, in Part VI we considered Communications options, in Part VII we discussed Security Preparedness, in Part VIII we explored Financial & Identity preparedness  and yesterday we in Part IX we discussed Health & Medical considerations for your Bug Out Bag.  Today we’ll discuss Family and Community issues to consider while building a Bug Out Bag.  Remember, this is your last ditch, carry on your back, walk away from trouble Bug Out Bag…not what you hope you can get to your bug out location if your car, SUV, or Oshkosh TPV makes it.

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Building a Bug Out Bag – Part IX, Personal Health, Fitness & Medical Preparedness

In Building a Bug Out Bag Part I we discussed why building a Bug Out Bag is important and what type of bag to select.  In Part II we discussed the Transportation Items to consider, in Part III it was Water preparedness, in Part IV it was Food preparedness, in Part V we tackled Shelter, Clothing and Protection from the elements, in Part VI we considered Communications options, in Part VII we discussed Security Preparedness and in Part VIII we explored Financial & Identity preparedness for your Bug Out Bag.  Today we’ll discuss Personal Health, Fitness and Medical preparedness and Bug Out Bag elements to consider.  Remember, this is your last ditch, carry on your back, walk away from trouble Bug Out Bag…not what you hope you can get to your bug out location if your car, SUV, or Ford Falcon Coupe/Interceptor makes it.

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Building a Bug Out Bag – Part VIII, Financial & Identity

In Building a Bug Out Bag Part I we discussed why building a Bug Out Bag is important and what type of bag to select.  In Part II we discussed the Transportation Items to consider, in Part III we explored Water preparedness, in Part IV it was Food preparedness, in Part V we tackled Shelter, Clothing and Protection from the elements, in Part VI we considered Communications options and yesterday in Part VII we discussed Security Preparedness for your Bug Out Bag.  Today we’ll discuss Security preparedness and some Security elements to consider while building a Bug Out Bag.  Remember, this is your last ditch, carry on your back, walk away from trouble Bug Out Bag…not what you hope you can get to your bug out location if your car, SUV, or Daimler Ferret makes it.

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