One cannot be prepared for something while secretly believing it will not happen.
Former South African President Nelson Mandela
Andrew’s Note: I don’t remember how to tie all the knots my father tried to teach me over the years…but I remember how to tie the Trucker’s Hitch and use it regularly. Thanks Dad! Today’s Infographic comes to us by way of ScoutMasterCG.org. Check out their website for lots of preparedness related information…their motto is “be prepared” afterall…
Well, I’m not excusing the fact that planning and preparedness was not where it should be. We’ve known for 20 years about this hurricane, this possibility of this kind of hurricane.
Former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff
Andrew’s Note: You know right now if you live in tornado country, hurricane territory, near an earthquake fault, in an area susceptible to tsunamis, winter storms or floods…what’s your excuse for not preparing for these or any of the other natural or man-made risks you and your family may face? …and make sure you don’t rely on those guys that new Katrina was coming for 20 years…just 20…maybe they should have read a little history like this piece on the 15 Wost Hurricanes.
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F.E.M.A. Region 5 via Twitter
Andrew’s Note: Hmmm, even F.E.M.A. is now acknowledging that in a disaster the first responders will likely be taking care of their own families… time to take control of your own preparedness.
Andrew’s Note: When I was a kid I always carried a bandana…maybe it’s time to start again. Looks like these guys who built the 60 Bandana Uses Infographic aren’t around on the internet anymore so there’s no link back to the source website.
Andrew’s Note: A few years ago I took a group of kids out to the woods, broke them down into several groups and challenged them to build a campfire. I had a prize waiting for the first group to successfully start their campfire…it was a very long wait. Knowing how to build a campfire was skill nearly every child learned when I was a kid…not so anymore. This is a critically important skill that’s key to protecting yourself from the elements in cold weather…pass it on.
Andrew’s Note: Fire, pressurized vessels, ATF, State Liquor control, blinding yourself…there are lots more things to know about how to make moonshine than just what’s presented here but it’s a nice overview of the process and you really can make your own moonshine legally with a little research and training. Moonshine can be used socially, medicinally, as fuel, for cleaning and for barter. Looks like the guys that built this infographic aren’t around on the internet anymore…maybe they’re just consumers now.
There are evil men in this world and they are capable of evil deeds. The moment you forget that or pretend it is not so, you become a sheep. There is no safety in denial.
Simply put: bystanders can’t stand by. We’ve seen countless times that bystanders are truly the first responders. They save lives. Each of us must be ready to help others when every minute counts.
Secretary of Health & Human Services and the former Governor of Kansas, Kathleen Sebelius commenting on preparedness and Preparedness Month
For many Prepography readers today is an extra day… a day free from the labors of making a living. Are you considering taking this day to improve your preparedness? If so, consider spending some of your free time today trying out one of our Top 10 Preparedness Options for Labor Day.
Below I’ve identified one task for each of the preparedness categories of our Full Spectrum Preparedness Doctrine that you might consider spending a couple of hours of this extra day.
Andrew’s Note: One of the things I like about the Army and the military in general is that we have a manual where you can learn just about anything you want to know including a lot of skills that are of value to the preparedness minded prepper. Being able to observe and avoid trouble is a key survival skill for a prepper who operates alone or in much smaller groups than the typical soldier on the battlefield. It’s important to develop your observations skills for survival and today’s extract from the 3 August, 1984 Edition of the United States Army’s Field Manual, FM 21-75 Combat Skills of the Soldier (Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited) may help.
While written for soldiers operating on a battlefield the skills are readily transferable and will help you develop observation skills for survival. Elements in italics below have been added by the editor. This extract is the entire fourth chapter, titled Observation:
During all types of operations, you will be looking for the enemy [or potential adversary]. However, there will be times when you will be posted in an observation post (OP) to watch for enemy activity [as your sole or primary mission].
An OP is a position from which you watch an assigned sector of observation and report all activity seen or heard in your sector. Chapter 6 provides guidance on collecting and reporting information learned by observation.
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The application provides an RSS Feed, a shortcut to the website and shortcuts to our articles on the 10 Fundamentals of preparedness that we describe as Full Spectrum Preparedness. The application is pretty responsive but the RSS feed option does take a few minutes to load the first time it’s selected.
I hope this application makes it easier for you to prep as well as keep up with all the information we present at Prepography.
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 was recently asked by a longtime Prepography reader about what motivated me to write the Prepper’s Creed. It was really an attempt to capture the essence or ethos of the Prepper Movement as I understand it both from the preppers I know and my own experience. I wanted to codify how preppers differ from their preparedness ancestors, The Civil Defenders and The Survivalists. Each of these movements has made important contributions to and led to the development of The Prepper Movement. Think of the three movements as a preparedness family with Grandpa, Dad and Son all sharing interests but approaching those interests just a little differently.
The problem with the Civil Defender and Survivalist models available in the 1980s were that the Civil Defenders preparedness efforts was predicated upon getting all of society ready for a single type of event (nuclear war) and the Survivalists, although more broadly prepared seemed destined to abandon society altogether. Thank heaven for the preppers and their third way.
A Prepper is an individual or group that practices preparedness in advance of any significant change in normal circumstances. Preppers frequently describe this change in normal circumstances as “The End Of The World As We Know It” or use the acronym TEOTWAWKI. Continue reading
You win not by chance, but by preparation.
Baseball Legend Roger Maris
Deciding what security preps to include in your every day carry or bug out bag is one of the toughest decisions you’ll have to make as a prepper. If you chose incorrectly there can be serious consequences both as it applies to your family’s safety and also potential legal consequences. I’ve seen Bug Out Bags and Get Home Bags that look more like a ‘go to war bag’ than a setup designed to get you and your family to safety. Such an approach is likely to land you in jail if they’re still operating during the opening states of a crisis, make you the focus of unwanted law enforcement attention or even make you a target if you look like you have equipment worth stealing.
There is no way to know ahead of time if the situation you may encounter in every day life, much less the situation that forces you to head home or bug out will also result in a breakdown in the rule of law… so you must consider both the legal environment and the social norms of the areas you intend to pass through as you head home or bug out shortly before or in the opening . To demonstrate how the legal and social environment should be considered in your security preps consider the following scenario: Continue reading
In an article a couple of days ago I started telling you about the preparedness models that were available back in the 1980’s when I was first developing my interest in preparedness. There were really only two preparedness ‘models’ available to emulate. Remember, this was way before the internet became a common household (and cellphone) utility. The predominant archetypes available to model at that time were the Survivalists and the Civil Defenders. In that first article, published on July 25th I discussed the Civil Defenders…today I’m going to discuss the Survivalists of the 1980′s.