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North Star For Navigation Infographic

Today’s infographic from Scoutmastercg.com was designed to teach Boy Scouts about Circumpolar Constellations and it’s interesting for anyone who’s gazed at the night-time sky and wondered…but for the Prepper it’s a great primer on finding the North Star for Navigation.  Give it a try the next time you’re out at night…find the North Star and you’ll always know your cardinal directions on a clear night. FacebookPinterestGoogleRedditTwitterTumblrEmailPrintPocketMoreLinkedInLike this:Like...

Backpack Selection Infographic

Scoutmastercg.com developed a great backpack selection infographic that would be equally helpful to those of you developing or wanting to improve the fit of your backpack based bug out bag. FacebookPinterestGoogleRedditTwitterTumblrEmailPrintPocketMoreLinkedInLike this:Like...

Top 10 Airplane Crash Survival Tips

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! Top 10 Airplane Crash Survival Tips Finding yourself in an aviation accident ranks at the top of most travelers fears when they think about flying. Even seasoned frequent flyers think about it, although from their experience they realize the odds of being in an accident are very slim. It is surprising to note that most passengers think that if a plane crashes they have little or no chance of survival. This is an example of a myth that could cost you your life. First of all, it is highly unlikely that a person will even be in a plane crash. The odds are just one in sixty million. In other words, you could safely fly for 160,000 years before experiencing a crash. For those unfortunate enough to be in a crash, the odds of you surviving are actually in your favor. The National Transportation Safety Board analyzed all the plane crashes from 1983 to 2000 and they found that even in the most “serious” accidents (those involving fire, injuries, and severe damage) the survival rate was still over 76...

How To Enter A Building During WROL

Today we present the eighth post in our series taken from the U.S. Army’s FM 21-75, Basic Combat Skills Appendix D, Urban Areas.  This manual is Approved for Public Release and provides a great deal of useful information for the prepper forced to move through urban or built up areas following a breakdown in the rule of law which is sometimes called without rule of law or WROL.  Today’s tip will help you learn how to enter a building during WROL.   Note:  Entering a building for military purposes does differ from entering for the reasons most preppers would need to enter a building and the tools available to our soldiers differ from what most preppers have available…many of the skills still transfer but disregard what doesn’t apply.  Additionally, don’t overlook the easy, obvious method of asking any inhabitants for entry…this may be especially effective before the fact that WROL is upon us is widely accepted or when traveling with children. Today’s tips do involve the entering of  buildings which isn’t just trespassing on private property but is also extremely dangerous as anyone remaining inside will likely feel threatened and react accordingly.  You should only attempt these actions if you deem entering a building to be the least dangerous alternative given your current circumstances.  Conversely, by knowing the likely methods an intruder might use to enter a building you occupy you will be better able to avoid conflict or defend yourself if necessary. HOW TO ENTER A  BUILDING When entering a building, take every precaution to get into it with minimum exposure to enemy fire and observation.  Some basic rules are: Select an entry point before moving [across open areas and approaching the building] Avoid windows and doors [enter at an unlikely point like a hole in the outside wall] Use smoke for concealment Make new entry points by using demolitions or tank rounds [remember me saying some of this wouldn’t apply to preppers] Throw a hand grenade through the entry point before entering [another...

How To Move In A Building During WROL

Today we present our seventh tip in a series taken from the U.S. Army’s FM 21-75, Basic Combat Skills Appendix D, Urban Areas.  This manual is Approved for Public Release and provides a great deal of useful information for the prepper forced to move through urban or built up areas following a breakdown in the rule of law which is sometimes called without rule of law or WROL.  Today’s tip will help you learn how to move in a building during WROL.  I have edited today’s tip for ease of reading but haven’t changed the information provided (or eliminated annoying redundancies). HOW TO MOVE IN A BUILDING When moving in a building, do not silhouette yourself in doors and windows.   Move past them as discussed for outside movement. If forced to use a hallway, do not present a large target to the enemy.  Hug the wall and get out of the hallway quickly [Andrew’s Note:  Don’t hug concrete or brick walls too closely as bullets tend to travel along hard walls]   FacebookPinterestGoogleRedditTwitterTumblrEmailPrintPocketMoreLinkedInLike this:Like...

How to Cross Open Areas During WROL

Today we present our sixth tip in a series taken from the U.S. Army’s FM 21-75, Basic Combat Skills Appendix D, Urban Areas.  This manual is Approved for Public Release and provides a great deal of useful information for the prepper forced to move through urban or built up areas following a breakdown in the rule of law which is sometimes called without rule of law or WROL.  Today’s tip will help you learn how to cross open areas during WROL.  I have edited today’s tip for ease of reading but haven’t changed the information provided (or eliminated annoying redundancies). How to Cross Open Areas During WROL Whenever possible, you should avoid kill zones [Andrew’s Note:  a kill zone is an area where the opposition can concentrate fire on you in order to….kill] such as streets, alleys, and parks. They are natural kill zones for enemy machine guns. When you must cross an open area: Do it quickly Use the shortest route across the area Use smoke to conceal your move  and have someone overwatch you. If you must go from point A to point C, as depicted in the illustration, do not move from point A straight to point C.  This is the longest route across the open area and gives the enemy more time to track and hit you. Instead of going from point A straight to point C, select a place (point B) to move to, using the shortest route across the open area.  Once on the other side of the open area, move to point C using the techniques already discussed. FacebookPinterestGoogleRedditTwitterTumblrEmailPrintPocketMoreLinkedInLike this:Like...

How To Move Parallel To A Building During WROL

Today we present our fifth tip in a series taken from the U.S. Army’s FM 21-75, Basic Combat Skills Appendix D, Urban Areas.  This manual is Approved for Public Release and provides a great deal of useful information for the prepper forced to move through urban or built up areas following a breakdown in the rule of law which is sometimes called without rule of law or WROL.  Today’s tip will help you learn how to move parallel to a building during WROL. HOW TO MOVE PARALLEL TO A BUILDING When you must move parallel to a building, use smoke for concealment and have someone to overwatch your move. Stay close to the side of the building. Use shadows if possible, and stay low.  Move quickly from covered position to covered position. [Andrew’s Note:  Don’t stay too close to the side of the building as bullets tend to travel along walls] FacebookPinterestGoogleRedditTwitterTumblrEmailPrintPocketMoreLinkedInLike this:Like...

How To Move Past a Window During WROL

Today we present our fourth tip in a series taken from the U.S. Army’s FM 21-75, Basic Combat Skills Appendix D, Urban Areas.  This manual is Approved for Public Release and provides a great deal of useful information for the prepper forced to move through urban or built up areas following a breakdown in the rule of law which is sometimes called without rule of law or WROL.  Today’s tip will help you learn how to move past a window during WROL. HOW TO MOVE PAST A WINDOW When moving past a window on the first floor of a building, stay below the window level.  Take Care not to silhouette yourself in the window, and stay close to the side of the building. When moving past a window in a basement, use the same basic techniques used in passing a window on the first floor.  However, instead of staying below the window, step or jump over it without exposing your legs. FacebookPinterestGoogleRedditTwitterTumblrEmailPrintPocketMoreLinkedInLike this:Like...

How to Move Around a Corner During WROL

Today we present our third tip in a series taken from the U.S. Army’s FM 21-75, Basic Combat Skills Appendix D, Urban Areas.  This manual is Approved for Public Release and provides a great deal of useful information for the prepper forced to move through urban or built up areas following a breakdown in the rule of law which is sometimes called without rule of law or WROL.  Today’s tip will help you learn how to move around a corner during WROL.   HOW TO MOVE AROUND A CORNER Do not expose yourself when checking out that area.  Lie flat on the ground and do not expose your weapon beyond the corner.  With your steel helmet on, look around the corner at ground level only enough to see around it.  Do not expose your head any more than necessary.  If there are no obstacles or enemy present, stay low and move around the corner. FacebookPinterestGoogleRedditTwitterTumblrEmailPrintPocketMoreLinkedInLike this:Like...

How to Cross a Wall During WROL

Today we present our second tip in a series taken from the U.S. Army’s FM 21-75, Basic Combat Skills Appendix D, Urban Areas.  This manual is Approved for Public Release and provides a great deal of useful information for the prepper forced to move through urban or built up areas following a breakdown in the rule of law which is sometimes called without rule of law or WROL.  Today’s tip will help you learn how to cross a wall during WROL. HOW TO CROSS A WALL Always cross a wall rapidly. But first, find a low spot to cross and visually reconnoiter the other side of the wall to see if it is clear of obstacles and the enemy.  Next, quickly roll over the wall, keeping a low silhouette. The rapid movement and low silhouette keep the enemy from getting a good shot at you. FacebookPinterestGoogleRedditTwitterTumblrEmailPrintPocketMoreLinkedInLike this:Like...

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