No building can stand without a strong foundation and your body’s foundation is your feet. As a a former light infantryman (the light infantryman often relies on his feet and not on mechanized transportation during operations) I was well schooled in proper preventative foot care for military operations. Many of the same preventative foot care techniques are applicable to hiking, bugging out or even a long day if you work in one of the many occupations that has you on your feet all day.
Today’s one of those days where no one looks too askance at you if you dress up like a zombie, an ax murderer or a Somali pirate. Why not take advantage of the allowance for weirdness by trying this Prepper Halloween Challenge…
Ask the first five friends and acquaintances you meet what their ‘zombie apocalypse’ plan is. I’ll bet you get at least four answers that are at least somewhat well (or considering we’re talking fictional monsters…ill) considered. Enjoy the subsequent conversations as you ask your buddies to expand and elaborate on their plans. Once the conversation begins to lull try this segue:
A few years ago my wife dragged me to the movie Shakespeare In Love. I don’t remember much about the movie but I do remember one thing the filmmakers showed that was very interesting. They showed the Elizabethan version of a toothbrush which is basically a stick with one of the ends roughed up. Recently I came across a description of how to make that primitive toothbrush in FM 21-75, Combat Skills Of The Soldier. In good old state-the-obvious Army style the description goes point out that “twigs can also be used for toothpicks.” Here’s hoping you don’t have to resort to makeshift oral hygiene…
For a long time, there have been newspaper stories and covers of magazines that talked about “The end of antibiotics, question mark?” Well, now I would say you can change the title to “The end of antibiotics, period.”’
Source: This Means of Tactical Communications Infographic is from FM 21-75 Combat Skills of the Soldier August 1984, Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
Andrew’s Note: These means of communications are timeless and even hold true to a world a little more basic than one that includes e-mail, fax, text, phone, and high definition television.
Source: This Personal Camouflage Infographic is from FM 21-75 Combat Skills of the Soldier August 1984, Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
Societies have to think about how they’re going to approach the problem. One is to say we want an armed citizenry; you can see the reason for that. Another is to say the enclaves are so secure that in order to get into the soft target you’re going to have to pass through extraordinary security.
Interpol Secretary General Ronald Noble commenting in the wake of last month’s Al-Shabab attack on the Nairobi Mall
Andrew’s Note: So we allow citizens to defend themselves or we surround all our soft targets with “extraordinary security” Won’t that just make the lines waiting to get through the “extraordinary security” into new soft targets which will then need to be surrounded by even more “extraordinary security” which will…well you get the picture. If you live in a society that allows you to defend yourself, seek training and make arrangements to do so.
Andrew’s Note: Today we present an article on The Most Important Item In Your First Aid Kit by guest author, Frank Nielson.
In the event of an injury, natural disaster or more serious type emergency one of the basic staples of your gear will be your first aid kit. With such a wide variety of choices available from small first aid pouches for your car to expedition sized kits the size of backpacks deciding on the best first aid kit can be overwhelming. In too many cases, the decision defaults to two just two factors, the size of the first aid kit and the price of the first aid kit. Don’t forget that the most important tool in your first aid kit is the one between your ears along with the skills you impart to your body through training and practice. Continue reading
Andrew’s Note: Outdoor gardening is coming to an end in the Northern climes, consider keeping that thumb green with a little indoor gardening. Indoor gardening is a great way not only to keep in practice but it’ll also put a little extra food on the table, improve indoor air quality and maybe even save you money at the grocery store. Guest author Bernice has identified the Top 10 Foods To Grow Indoors This Winter.
If you’re new to indoor gardening or want to know if the edible plants you’ve cultivated can be moved from your outdoor garden indoors when the seasons change, good news! There are a number of fruits, vegetables and herbs that can be successfully cultivated indoors. Moving your gardening efforts indoors when the weather turns foul will also extend your fresh food preparedness efforts beyond your zone’s traditional growing seasons. Here is a list of my choices for the top 10 foods to grow indoors this winter. I live in Hardiness Zone 10 and this is my list but feel free to add to or modify this list to fit your growing zone if you’re planning to move plants indoors and out as the seasons change. If you plan on growing year round indoors then you can even consider trying a tasty treat that isn’t suitable for your outdoor garden. Continue reading
Andrew’s Note: Prepography reader JD in Portland, OR who’s a Marine Corps veteran has been teasing me lately for not including enough anything but Army Manual reprints when we don’t publish original articles or infographics. He said he want’s to see something from ‘The Corps’ so here you go JD…Task MCCS.23.15, Identify Weapons of Opportunity from The Marine Corps Common Skills Handbook, Book 1B, All Marines (what the Army calls Skill Level 1). Continue reading
Andrew’s Note: There are many tools that you can use to keep your family and your preps safe day-to-day and even during periods of where the security environment is eroding. One of those tools is a home alarm system. Prepography reader Lukas Nickloson works in the industry and has graciously provided the Top 10 Questions To Ask A Home Alarm Company Installer…and a couple of bonus questions!
Andrew’s Note: One of the things I love about being in the Army is that there’s a manual for how to accomplish just about any task you can imagine. The problem in applying Army solutions to Prepper problems is that our Army is so well supplied and funded that it has world class specialty equipment to accomplish any task that even the most well-heeled prepper can’t hope to match. There are other Army manuals though that can fill that gap, these manuals and parts of manuals explain how to improvise many of the tools and equipment we use in the Army. These improvised tools, techniques and procedures can often be of use to the preparedness minded as well. Today we’re presenting an excerpt from the U.S. Army Combat Lifesaver Correspondence Course, IS0871 on making improvised litters.
Are you ready for some football! Maybe not if you are a federal, state or local law enforcement officer. Off duty law enforcement officers will now be prohibited from carrying their firearms into all National Football League (NFL) stadiums under a new League policy.
It’s hard to imagine a more target rich environment for a madman or terrorist group than the crowds that gather for America’s other great pastime. An attack on an NFL game wouldn’t have to be as sophisticated as the one imagined in the 1977 film, Black Sunday to successfully spread terror and damage the way of life that we’ve come to cherish. A mass casualty attack on an NFL game could now be accomplished by an individual or group wielding edged weapons as we’ve seen with a number of high profile knife attacks in firearms restrictive zones over the years. Yes, there are still on duty and contracted police officers stationed at games but why would you give up a trained, sober (you’re not drinking if you’re an off duty cop carrying), ‘undercover’ and free security presence embedded with the crowd. After some of the shenanigans that have taken place over the years at NFL games you’d think that the teams would be distributing pairs of tickets spread throughout the stadium to various law enforcement groups just hoping to get more trained, ready peace officers into the stands.
We know that the sheep live in denial; that is what makes them sheep. They do not want to believe that there is evil in the world… many of them are outraged at the idea of putting an armed police officer in their kid’s school. Our children are dozens of times more likely to be killed, and thousands of times more likely to be seriously injured, by school violence than by school fires, but the sheep’s only response to the possibility of violence is denial. The idea of someone coming to kill or harm their children is just too hard, so they choose the path of denial.
The principles for a healthy prepper marriage are similar to the principles for any other healthy marriage but with the tremendous added complication that the spouses may be at different stages in the mental and emotional aspects of their respective preparedness journeys. In fact, in my experience it’s rare to find a prepper family where both both spouses are equally convinced of the need to prepare and consequently, equally committed to preparedness. Even if you and your husband or wife aren’t on exactly the same preparedness page you can use the techniques described here to strengthen your marriage and move towards more harmony in both your marriage and your preparedness life.
Family and Community Support is one of the ten fundamentals of our Full Spectrum Preparednes Doctrine and there is no relationship more important to individual and family happiness and fulfillment than a healthy marriage. If you and your spouse are mutually supportive and completely committed it also adds incalculable resilience to you both individually and to your family collectively. Just like a strong faith in God is a ‘force multiplier,’ a strong sense of faith in your marriage and each other will give you the strength to better handle life’s adversities.
Experts tell us that achieving and maintaining a healthy marriage is a process and you can use the following principals both to keep a great prepper marriage great or improve a marriage in jeopardy.
Andrew’s Note: Today we present an article by guest writer Alan Carr on the Top 10 Airplane Crash Survival Tips. Alan presents ten simple ways to increase your chances of survival in the unlikely event of a commercial airplane crash. I have a safety protocol I follow when I board a commercial airline and I’m going to have to modify it a little based on Alan’s research. Preparing yourself for even such an unlikely event gets you in the habit not only of survival thinking but may also save your life in a worst case scenario. One of the reasons that this topic is of interest to me is that I nearly lost my father in an airplane crash when I was about two years old. It can and does happen!
Andrew’s Note: Don’t dismiss this information on surviving a nuclear accident as farfetched…I was serving in Egypt months after and thousands of miles away from the Chernobyl, Ukraine meltdown in 1986 and we had a radiation injury in our public affairs office (PAO) when our PAO team (Military journalists) went out to cover a story on a migratory bird die off…guess where the birds had just migrated through.
How far do you live from a facility that’s the next Chernobyl, Fukushima or Three Mile Island? Nuclear proponents argue that nuclear energy is safe and it mostly is but human and (multiple) mechanical errors occur and for some reason we build these plants on rivers that flood, coasts that receive tsunamis and right on top of earthquake faults.