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: Today’s infographic, 10 Weeds That Heal, is designed to encourage you to study medicinal plants and herbs. DO NOT TRY ANY OF THESE REMEDIES WITHOUT SIGNIFICANT INDIVIDUAL STUDY AND TRAINING…specifically of the plants you’ll encounter in your environment. Remember that to forage and use medicinal plants you must learn not just how to identify beneficial plants, but also how to identify the dangerous and poisonous lookalikes. Today’s infographic is courtesy of The Ready Store, one of our fine advertisers. I encourage you to check out their store as they help keep Prepography up and operating…they’re also having a storewide sale up to 40% off until the end of September/Preparedness Month.
Today Prepography is pleased to present garbage… garbage bags that is…as in the top 10 preparedness uses of garbage bags. Garbage bags can be used by preppers for dozens of purposes besides rubbish disposal. I like the heavy duty, Contractor Grade Garbage Bags because they’re larger and more durable than the typical kitchen variety. In the Jackson household often buy our heavy duty garbage bags through school fundraisers but they’re also available from the big box and local hardware stores as well as online.
I have to admit, I don’t stock Coca-Cola with my preps or even keep it in my house. You see, I’m addicted. I can’t keep my hands off the stuff if it’s within reach. If I had a bunker full of this nectar-of-the-gods that was hermetically sealed until doomsday… I’d spend the first few weeks afterwards wired to the gills and unable to sleep from all the caffeine.
Don’t worry about me though…I understand my addiction and take appropriate actions without the need for a Busybody Bloomberg or family intervention. I buy one or two Cokes a day as I’m out and about and never bring the stuff home lest I be tempted to overindulge.
My addiction doesn’t keep me from dreaming longingly about that bunker full of Coca-Cola though… and if you decide to stock up on cola for potential cola-free times ahead then here are the Top 10 Preparedness Uses of Cola:
I love reading books about history and I especially enjoy military history. Currently I’m listening to Lieutenant Colonel Mike Hoare’s memoir Congo Mercenary which he self narrated. You don’t expect an adventurer and mercenary to to have a flair for writing but I’m really enjoying the book and am especially enjoying Hoare’s descriptions of the characters he met and commanded as well as what life was like in central Africa in the 1960′s. As you can tell by his rules, he had rather a romantic outlook on life but many of his rules are nevertheless, timeless maxims for soldiers and those going into harm’s way. I’ve added a few notes at the end if any of the rules leave you a little puzzled.
Hoare named his Congo Unit, 5 Commando (he’d led 4 Commando in a previous action in the Congolese province of Katanga). Here are Mike Hoare’s Top 10 Rules of Battle:
1) Pray to God daily.
2) Make a fetish of personal cleanliness; take pride in your appearance. Even in the midst of battle; shave every day without fail.
3) Clean and protect your weapon always. They must be bright clean and slightly oiled. Examine your ammunition frequently. Check and clean your magazine springs and clips. Continue reading
Earlier this week I presented a short article titled the Top 10 Personal Protection Measures For Foreign Travel. The response to the short article was tremendous so I thought I’d expand the anti-terrorism, anti-crime and anti-kidnapping theme with an additional Top 10 Tips for Countering Surveillance While Walking. Many of these concepts can also be adapted for domestic use, a without rule of law (WROL) situation or even wilderness areas.
The tips presented run the gamut from passive measures to detect surveillance to active and even aggressive measures to deter, detect and disengage from surveillance.
Before we begin I want to point out that if you have a trained, professional surveillance team (rotating so the same person or persons isn’t always the one watching you) with state of the art communications and competent leadership following you…you will likely never know it unless they take overt actions. A surveillance team that’s trained and large enough can actually follow you partially from being in front of you by rotating team members down parallel streets. While such capabilities exist, you are much more likely and the techniques listed below should prove much more effective against the untrained, under-manned and under-equipped… street criminals and less sophisticated terrorist or kidnapping groups.
I’ve been fortunate enough to travel to four of the seven continents and sometimes I’ve ended up in areas that were a little dangerous, a little anti-American or both. If you have a job that takes you to some of the world’s more interesting places (like countries where kidnapping is an industry) here are some tips and tricks that might help keep you safe from both terrorists and criminals.
Producer Brad Pitt recently released a big budget movie based on the popular apocalyptic zombie book World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War and starring…you guessed it, Brad Pitt. I had a chance to see World War Z recently and have condensed the survival lessons presented down to the… Top 10 Survival Lessons from World War Z.
In addition to a big name cast headed by Brad Pitt as United Nations Inspector turned stay-at-home dad Gerry Lane and Mireille Enos as Karen Lane (not to mention a wonderful supporting cast for the international scenes) it has special effects so amazing that they took years to develop.
As I recall the book was written as a faux history based on oral interviews conducted after the recovery from a zombie war. It was essentially a series of vignettes describing how different groups of survivors got through zombie plague. Pitt’s movie draws on the environment developed by Max Brooks in his book for inspiration but is essentially a different story following Pitt’s character as he travels around the world searching for a cure to the zombie epidemic.
I’ve written before about how the proliferation of the zombie phenomenon is likely due to the fact that it’s a safe way for the average Joe to think about a collapse or TEOTWAWKI event in a relatively non-threatening way. Think about that for a minute… with a zombie apocalypse the only thing you have to prepare for is animated corpses that don’t compete with you for resources… other than your own skin.
Warning: Minor Spoilers Ahead
Whether your Dad’s a prepper or you just wish he were… here are the Top 10 Preparedness Gifts for Father’s Day:
One Second After by Dr. William R. Forstchen isn’t just one heck of an exciting read or the best book ever written to convert someone into a prepper…it’s both. This book presents an extremely well researched and science-based story with realistic, well developed characters and an exciting storyline.
One Second After tells the story of a group survivors in a small college town as they live through the aftereffects of an EMP. The only thing you have to worry about if you buy this for your Dad for Father’s Day is if he’ll loan it to you when he’s finished.
Cost: ~$9.00 for Paperback
Top 10 preparedness uses of mineral oil…mineral oil is a colorless, odorless and tasteless liquid byproduct of petroleum refinement. Mineral oil is often used for it’s hydrophobic properties which means that it repels water. Mineral oil is non-conductive and will also air. Mineral oil doesn’t expand when heated which is why it’s often used for hydraulic and heating (like space heaters) applications. There are a number of different grades of mineral oil available including ‘food grade.’
Mineral oil can be purchased at pharmacies, grocery stores, pet shops, veterinary supply houses, hardware stores or online but you should only stock and store ‘food grade’ mineral oil to have the most potential uses and reduce the risk of using the wrong type for your application. Some grades that aren’t as refined are believed to be carcinogenic so stick with ‘food grade.’
Every workplace, club, school, group and even families have their own version of ‘that guy.’ ‘That guy’ is the one who ducks out when it’s time to work, shoots down every idea without offering alternative solutions, makes the obscene gesture whenever a picture is snapped and generally makes a nuisance of him or herself. Because obnoxious is equal opportunity…that guy can even be a girl. In today’s article we examine the Top 10 That Prepper Guys you don’t want to be.
1. Doom & Gloom Prepper Guy: This is the guy that goes around telling everyone everything bad that’s going on and how everything good is about to end. ‘The end is near’ is his mantra and it may well be…but then again maybe not…this guy needs to learn to balance his/her preparedness efforts within a rewarding life…and not live for the ‘end.’
2. Overly Focused Prepper Guy: This guy geeks on just one of the ten preparedness foundations of Full Spectrum Preparedness (or a subset of one foundation. He’s a wealth of knowledge on his topic of choice but will become an annoyance when he/she needs your help because there are holes in his/her preps that you could drive a deuce and a half through.
3. No Focus Prepper Guy: Long before I developed the Full Spectrum Preparedness doctrine this was me. I had all the water I needed but no hygiene items or a hundred toothbrushes without any toothpaste because I got a good deal. I’m not opposed to good deals but without a balanced approach to prepping this guy will become annoying when he needs your help because he didn’t balance his preps…at least he’ll have toothbrushes to trade!
4. Lazy Prepper Guy: If you’ve ever been in any kind of group then you know who that (lazy) guy is. Now picture having that guy in your preparedness group after life becomes more difficult, people are more stressed and the work product means the difference between survival or not. Beware Lazy Prepper Guy.
5. Scary Prepper Guy: Continue reading
The bad news is that I’ve made most of these prepper mistakes…the good news is that you can learn from my mistakes:
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
Today we add another article in our Top 10 series…this time it’s the Top 10 Preparedness Uses of Baking Soda
Baking Sodais composed of pure sodium bicarbonate. This common leavening agent is added to baked goods which causes them to rise due to the production of carbon dioxide bubbles. Baking Soda reacts chemically to help neutralize and regulate pH in substances that are to alkaline or acidic. Baking Soda differs from Baking Powder in that Baking Powder is a mixture of sodium bicarbonate, an acidifying agent and a drying agent.
Sodium bicarbonate, also known as sodium hydrogen carbonate is a naturally occurring compound but can also be produced using the solvay process.
Renewed calls for increased gun control are gaining ground on the national stage, panic buying is in full swing and hopefully it’s in vain, but I wouldn’t count on it. If you have the money available and can find deals at reputable local establishments or online I encourage you to do so. You’ll have to be persistent but there are still buys out there. Here are the Top 10 Firearms Items to Buy Now:
The military has put a great deal of effort recently to helping service members build resilience because increased resilience or ‘resistance to stress’ makes it much easier for a person to ‘continue their mission’ or keep taking care of their family when danger, fear and discomfort intrude. Resilience is important to preparedness as well. Here are Prepography’s Top 10 Tips to Build Resilience to Stress:
Sometimes preparedness is about seeing the potential alternate uses of everyday items, sometimes preparedness is about keeping the ‘end’ in mind while dealing with the ‘ways’ and the ‘means.’ These were the inspirations for this periodic column on Prepography called… It’s Not This It’s That (INTIT):
Sometimes preparedness is about seeing the potential alternate uses of everyday items, sometimes preparedness is about keeping the ‘end’ in mind while dealing with the ‘ways’ and the ‘means.’ These were the inspirations for a new periodic column here on Prepography called… It’s Not This It’s That (INTIT):
You may have read earlier this week that the Weather Channel has decided to begin naming winter storms. As you may be aware, the National Hurricane Center names tropical storms and hurricanes but this is the first time a private media company in the U.S. will name weather events. Their thinking is that “a storm with a name is easier to follow, which means fewer surprises and more preparation.” We thought we’d get a jump on the competition and suggest our Top 10 Names for Winter Storms (really 19 but who’s counting):