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
Today’s discussion is on backwards planning and while the term ‘backwards planning’ may not be familiar to you… you are likely familiar with this common sense technique for ‘time on target’ or time sequence planning. Backwards planning is the Army’s term for this technique and like many aspects of common sense the Army has a formal method for teaching this technique to leaders and future leaders. Backwards planning is an important skill for anyone to know but is especially important for the prepper.
The general who wins a battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses a battle makes but a few calculations beforehand. Thus many calculations lead to victory and few calculations to defeat. It is by attention to this point that I can foresee who is likely to win or lose.
Every infantryman and Army leader knows the acronym OCOKA, pronounced OH-coke-A. It’s a mnemonic that helps soldiers survive on the battlefield and dominate the enemy by evaluating their terrain. OCOKA is also a key survival acronym for preppers and survivalists. You should use OCOKA to evaluate the terrain around your workplace and home (and your retreat if you have one) but you should also use it to evaluate temporary locations or positions you occupy even for a few minutes if you live or are operating in a degraded security environment. Today’s article will introduce some concepts that we will return to in more detail in future articles.
One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.
It’s that time of year again when people turn their yards and garages into second hand stores for a day or a weekend. I hate looking at other people’s junk but I love some of the deals I get when I’m Prepping with Garage Sales.
In our neck of the woods garage sales generally start at about 8 a.m. on Thursdays and many of the towns and subdivisions set aside just one weekend a year or one weekend a month for garage sales. I don’t tend to do a lot of research ahead of times but the local paper and Craigslist will give you a good set of marching orders. I tend to stop at garage sales that are along my way as I’m driving except for the city garage sales which are worth going out of your way for.
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.’
Frequent Prepography contributor Roger Reality wrote in to ask that I remind our readers that the 27 year old Leader of North Korea, Kim Jung-un just scrapped the 1953 Armistice that ended…really just hit the ‘pause button’ on the Korean War. His declaration technically returns us to state of open warfare with the Stalinist state.
This puts us in a state of war with another nuclear armed nation…the first time this has ever happened. I should also mention that this nuclear armed nation has also successfully launched a satellite into orbit demonstrating what is essentially an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capability. Put together ICBM and nuclear capabilities and we’ve got a whole new kind of threat to worry about…and it likely isn’t the one you’re thinking about right now. Continue reading
To win a war quickly takes long preparation.
Today I’m pleased to announce the release of our first application for Android phones and tablets. The Prepography
Android Application can be found HERE in the Google Play Store or just search the store for “Prepography.”
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.
The application will be enhanced from time to time as we develop more tools for the preparedness minded so make sure to sign up for the automatic updates. I’d like to include some checklists as well if I can adapt those I use personally for more generalized use. Maybe some readers will have some enhancement ideas as well.
Of course we’ll add the Prepography Android Application to our Online Tools Library as well…
I hope this application makes it easier to access the information provided at Prepography. I almost forgot to mention that the Prepography Android Application, like the website is provided for FREE. Enjoy!
Andrew’s Note: It’s no secret that preparedness is much more a way of life in Utah than in most of the Union. I’ve been checking out Utah’s State preparedness website and couldn’t help but notice in the article below that “People without vehicles” are considered ‘Special Needs’…wonder what my East coast mass transit readers think about that? Here’s what Utah says about Preparedness for Special Needs:
“The old saying ‘live and learn’ must be reversed in war, for there we ‘learn and live’ otherwise, we die.
It is this learning, in order to live, that the Army is so vitally concerned.”
U.S. War Department Pamphlet # 20-17, July 1945
Prepography reader MG asked for some help putting together an intro to prepping class for his church and one of the easiest places to start is with building a Bug Out Bag.
Before we break into our discussion bag selection and the contents of your Bug Out Bag let’s define it:
A Bug Out Bag is a grab-and-go container that has everything you’ll need to survive for up to three days (72 hours) if you have to suddenly leave your home. Bug Out Bags are also referred to as 72 Hour Bags, 72 Hour Kits, Go Bags, Emergency Bags or Emergency Kits.
It’s that time of year again…namely a New Year. Happy New Year and here is Prepography‘s New Years Gift to you…a cut and paste list of 101 Prepper Resolutions for the New Year. Don’t try to accomplish them all or you’ll just frustrate yourself, but pick a few or come up with some of your own to continue on with your preparedenss journey in 2013. We’ve grouped the resolutions according to the Full Spectrum Preparedness Doctrine Fundamentals, 10 for each Fundamental and a bonus resolution to achieve 101 Prepper Resolutions. Continue reading
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.
Andrew’s Note: The following information on Emergency Kits is from the Ready Army Website. Ready Army is an organization almost like the Army’s own little FEMA. I thought you might enjoy a military take on a Family Emergency Kit. Enjoy Emergency Kits from Ready Army.
All personnel should maintain a basic level of preparedness for all potential hazards.
You are encouraged to get an emergency supply kit, make a family emergency plan and be informed about what might happen.
To prepare your family for an emergency, assemble one or more emergency kits that include enough supplies for at least three days. Think of items that have multiple uses and are long lasting. Keep a kit prepared at home and consider also having kits in your car, at work and a portable version in your home ready to take with you.
These kits will enable you and your family to respond to an emergency more quickly. Your various emergency kits will be useful whether you have to shelter in place or evacuate.