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Bug Out Buggy

I’ve received several e-mails since I started Prepography from mature preppers and preppers with limited mobility asking about bug out options in the case of an Electromagnetic Pulse or Coronal Mass Ejection.  I’ve recommended several different solutions over the years to that offer the ability for even those with limited strength to carry a heavy load over miles of rough terrain but I think I’ve found a better solution…the Bug Out Buggy. While originally designed for sportsmen and women to carry long guns and equipment to and from the field and called the Gun Buggy by its manufacturer…it would be easily adapted into your own personal 21st century pack mule if necessary to bug out or get home while on foot. The original specs and product video describe the But Out Buggy as: 2 Gun Capacity (rifle or shotgun) 3 Big, all-terrain bike wheels for stability Folds up for easy transport Light Weight Aluminum Frame Padded Handle Foot break to stop rollaways while parked Plenty of room with pockets and a water bottle holder Set up it’s approximately 45 x 24 x 40 1/2“ Folded up it’s approximately 38 1/2 x 24 x 23″ Weighs 21 lbs., 9 ozs Subdued colors and non-reflective materials If I was setting this baby up for bugging out or getting home in a situation with little or no rule of law I’d: Add a couple of heavy duty weather resistant rifle or shotgun scabbards that would obscure the rifle’s silhouettes but let the weapons slide easily out into my hands.  Make sure to select sleeves that can easily be tied down at multiple locations like the molle versions I’ve linked to (get the olive drab because it’ll blend in better than the black shown in the main picture). Add a grab and go backpack (because I’m still pretty strong and mobile) or a...

The Prepper Compact

Where would you go if you had to leave your home on short notice due to a local, regional or larger disaster?  You probably have family and friends who would be happy to put you up for a few days or a week…but where could you go if you needed refuge for weeks, months, or longer?  Maybe you’ve even taken the steps necessary to build a Bug Out Bag, but where would you bug out too?  That’s where a Prepper Compact can help you. A Prepper Compact is an agreement where one party agrees to take in the other party in the event of disaster or a bug out situation.  Compacts can be one way, reciprocal (between two parties) or mutual aid agreements among multiple parties.  The Prepper Compact clearly states the expectations and responsibilities of each party in advance so that adequate planning and preparation can take place. At a minimum a Prepper Compact should specify: What types of disasters will initiate the co-living situation?  For example, will you take in the other party after a job loss, local natural disaster like a wildfire or will it only be initiated by a long term ‘banking holiday,’ civil unrest or a breakdown in the rule of law. Who or how many will be taken in?  What happens if the bug out party shows up with Jimmy’s girlfriend and her 5 cousins unexpectedly? How long will the bugging out party be taken in for? What will the living arrangements be?  Will they be staying in Junior’s room, living in the family’s RV out back or in the loft of the barn? Will the party bugging out be required to preposition supplies at the bug out location?  If so, what type, how much and will they be commingled or stored separately. What happens to the bugging out family’s supplies if they...

Less Lethal Weapon Options for Your Bug Out Bag

Over the last few years law enforcement officials have replaced the term ‘non-lethal’ the more appropriate term ‘less lethal.’  Less lethal weapons are those that are intended to deter, disrupt or incapacitate rather than kill.  Be aware though that even the most benign less lethal weapon risks a lethal outcome based on the situation and target.  There are reports of lethal outcomes for virtually every type of less lethal weapon developed.  Below are some less lethal weapon options for your bug out bag.  Remember:  that the use of less lethal weapons on a person should only be considered in the face of significant danger to life or severe bodily harm. Less lethal Weapon Options for Your Bug Out Bag Walking Stick:  Walking sticks have been used for thousands of years as a method of self-defense and are an option even in areas with the most restrictive weapons laws.  Walking sticks also benefit from the fact that most people don’t view a walking stick as a weapon which will make you less threatening to those who don’t mean you harm and provide a surprise for those that do.  Many martial arts disciplines teach methods of stick fighting including traditional Irish Stick Fighting or bataireacht which uses the shillelagh.  Other disciplines use longer sticks like a Bo Staff.  If you’re a current or former U.S. service member you were likely taught to fight with a padded bo stick (the services refer to these as pugil sticks) as part of your hand-to-hand combat and bayonet combat training. Stick Selection:  Select the type of stick that you’re most comfortable with and the stick that will fit in best in your surroundings.  I’d select a longer stick because of my pugil stick training and I live far enough out west that seeing someone with a tall walking stick isn’t completely out of place.  If...

The Prepper Blood Chit in Spanish

Andrew’s Note:  Prepography reader Eduardo was kind enough to provide a Spanish translation for the sample language from our article on creating a Prepper Blood Chit.  A Prepper Blood Chit is another way to assure your loved ones make it home safe after a disaster.  Thanks Eduardo! Here’s the Spanish for you… ========================== FOR DAUGHTERS / FEMALES: La portadora de este documento (cuya foto aparece en el dorso de esta tarjeta) es mi hija preciosa, [NAME], que ha estado estudiando en la Universidad de [Uni Name]. Ruego que la ayudes con comida, alojamiento, transporte y cualquier otra asistencia adicional que necesite para regresar a casa lo más pronto, y de la forma más segura, posible. Reugo que la trate como si fuera su propia hija. Todos los que la ayudan a [Name] a regresar a casa serán recompensados. Si puede traerla a [Town & State], le recompensaré con alguno de lo siguiente: $1,000 en efectivo, 20 onzas troya de plata pura (.999) o comida suficiente para dos semanas; usted elige. Gracias por adelantado por cualquier asistencia que pueda proveer, SIGNATURE & Name ==================== FOR SONS / MALES: El portador de este documento (cuyo foto aparece en el dorso de esta tarjeta) es mi hijo amado, [NAME], que ha estado estudiando en la Universidad de [Uni Name]. Ruego que le ayudes con comida, alojamiento, transporte y cualquier otra asistencia adicional que necesite para regresar a casa lo más pronto, y de la forma más segura, posible. Reugo que le trate como si fuera su propio hijo. Todos los que le ayudan a [Name] a regresar a casa serán recompensados. Si puede traerle a [Town & State], le recompensaré con alguno de lo siguiente: $1,000 en efectivo, 20 onzas troya de plata pura (.999) o comida suficiente para dos semanas; usted elige. Gracias por adelantado por cualquier asistencia que pueda proveer,...

Cold Weather Canteen Tips – Top 10

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 The only place better to store water than inside your canteen is inside your body…drink plenty of water as staying hydrated helps your body regulate temperature better. If possible, select a canteen that allows for some expansion when freezing without breaking. When freezing can’t be avoided leave room for expansion by filling your canteen about 2/3 full. Carry your canteen as close to your body as possible to keep it from freezing.  Canteen can be carried inside your jacket or between your layers of clothing. If you can’t carry your canteen close to your body then wrap it in insulating layers of spare clothing being careful not to let your only spare clothes get wet. Carry your canteen upside if you think it might freeze.  Water freezes from the top down…and you’ll still be able to drink if the bottom of the canteen starts to freeze but the neck hasn’t. If possible select an insulated canteen for extreme cold weather situations.  A canteen like the USGI ARCTIC Canteen is designed to keep from freezing at -40 degrees Fahrenheit for 6 hours.  It’s essentially a one-quart stainless steel vacuum bottle. If your canteen does freeze don’t thaw it over a direct flame unless the instructions specifically recommend it…this will damage or ruin most canteens. Store your canteen in your sleeping bag overnight to keep it from freezing. If possible, fill your canteen with warm (not boiling) water before putting it in your sleeping bag…it’ll keep your feet warm. If there are any alumni from the Northern Warfare Training Center out there…maybe they can add to my cold weather canteen tips. FacebookPinterestGoogleRedditTwitterTumblrEmailPrintPocketMoreLinkedInLike this:Like...

Prepper Blood Chit

One of the scarier situations for a prepper is when the family is scattered to the wind.  When everyone is close to home it’s easier to keep them safe and secure but what is a prepper to do when the chicks start leaving the nest?  Two of my three kids are no longer living at home.  Daughter #1 and Air Force son-in-law husband live just outside a major military base, have good heads on their shoulders and are financially secure enough take care of their own preps…not to mention that Uncle Sugar takes care of his own.  What to do with Daughter #2 though…she’s away at college, lives a distance from future son-in-law who’s also in college and they don’t have the storage capabilities, financial resources or experience to go it alone.  If a situation comes along that puts Daughter #2’s security or wellness in jeopardy then I’ve got to get her home safe and sound.  I’ve equipped her (mentally and materially) with what she needs to get home but the best laid plans can go awry so I’ve come up with a Plan B…the Prepper Blood Chit. What is a Blood Chit: Despite its ominous sounding name, a Blood Chit is nothing more than a notice, usually written in several languages that’s carried by Aircrews, Soldiers, Marines and others forced to operate in or over dangerous territory.  When the crew is shot down or individual gets separated from their unit then the Blood Chit helps the person seek aid form locals in order to make their way safely back to friendly lines or a safe location. The concept of the Blood Chit is dates back hundreds of years to monarchs or influential persons providing letters requesting those reading to render assistance to the carrier.  President George Washington gave a letter like this to a French balloonist in 1793...

Building a Bug Out Bag – Part XI, Conclusion

This entry is part 11 of 11 in the series Building A Full Spectrum Preparedness Bug Out BagToday we finish up the longest article series in the history of Prepography…but ‘Building a Bug Out Bag’ is an important topic and a great place to start if you’re new to prepping and something to circle back to periodically if you’re an advanced prepper. Let’s begin with a quick review of where we’ve been on this topic.  In Building a Bug Out Bag Part I we discussed why building a Bug Out Bag is important and what type of bag to select.  In Part II we discussed the Transportation Items to consider, in Part III it was Water preparedness, in Part IV it was Food preparedness, in Part V we tackled Shelter, Clothing and Protection from the elements, in Part VI we considered Communications options, in Part VII we discussed Security Preparedness, in Part VIII we explored Financial & Identity preparedness, in Part IX we covered Health & Medical considerations for your Bug Out Bag and most recently in Part X we discussed Family & Community Support while building a Bug Out Bag. Today we’ll briefly review Cognitive Preparedness as well as some of my favorite multi-use items and just as important…some items commonly recommended for Bug Out Bags that I suggest you leave behind.  As always, remember that when we discuss a Bug Out Bag we’re talking about your last ditch, carry on your back, walk away from trouble Bug Out Bag…not what you hope you can get to your bug out location if your car, SUV, or Landmaster makes it. Cognitive Preparedness: In Building A Bug Out Bag Part I we discussed building awareness of the need to prepare and the how you can get by with less ‘stuff’ if you have more knowledge and skills, so we won’t...

Building a Bug Out Bag – Part X, Family & Community Support

This entry is part 10 of 11 in the series Building A Full Spectrum Preparedness Bug Out BagIn Building a Bug Out Bag Part I we discussed why building a Bug Out Bag is important and what type of bag to select.  In Part II we discussed the Transportation Items to consider, in Part III it was Water preparedness, in Part IV it was Food preparedness, in Part V we tackled Shelter, Clothing and Protection from the elements, in Part VI we considered Communications options, in Part VII we discussed Security Preparedness, in Part VIII we explored Financial & Identity preparedness  and yesterday we in Part IX we discussed Health & Medical considerations for your Bug Out Bag.  Today we’ll discuss Family and Community issues to consider while building a Bug Out Bag.  Remember, this is your last ditch, carry on your back, walk away from trouble Bug Out Bag…not what you hope you can get to your bug out location if your car, SUV, or Oshkosh TPV makes it. Family and Community Support: Perhaps the most elusive of the Full Spectrum Preparedness Fundamentals is Family and Community Support because you have to rely on others to be successful…and sometimes the harder you work at it…the harder it becomes.  The Family & Community Support concepts important in Building A Bug Out Bag have more to do with encouraging and supporting your family members and friends while they build their own Bug Out Bag than anything in particular you need while building your Bug Out Bag.  However, while this fundamental doesn’t require much ‘stuff’ there are few items you should consider or pack in your Bug Out Bag based on this Fundamental: Contact Information:  Although we mentioned it while discussing the Communications Fundamental it bears repeating…pack laminated contact information for friends and family in every bag.  Don’t rely on your...

Building a Bug Out Bag – Part IX, Personal Health, Fitness & Medical Preparedness

This entry is part 9 of 11 in the series Building A Full Spectrum Preparedness Bug Out BagIn Building a Bug Out Bag Part I we discussed why building a Bug Out Bag is important and what type of bag to select.  In Part II we discussed the Transportation Items to consider, in Part III it was Water preparedness, in Part IV it was Food preparedness, in Part V we tackled Shelter, Clothing and Protection from the elements, in Part VI we considered Communications options, in Part VII we discussed Security Preparedness and in Part VIII we explored Financial & Identity preparedness for your Bug Out Bag.  Today we’ll discuss Personal Health, Fitness and Medical preparedness and Bug Out Bag elements to consider.  Remember, this is your last ditch, carry on your back, walk away from trouble Bug Out Bag…not what you hope you can get to your bug out location if your car, SUV, or Ford Falcon Coupe/Interceptor makes it. Personal Health, Fitness & Medical: Fitness:  The fitness aspect of Personal Health, Fitness & Medical isn’t something that you can pack in a bag and take with you.  Fitness takes a lot more work than Building a Bug Out Bag…but don’t neglect it.  A good way to establish and maintain fitness is to practice walking with your Bug Out Bag…it’s also a good test of how comfortable your bag is and how capable you are of humping it. Health, Sanitation & Prevention Hand Sanitizer or Soap:  Hand Sanitizer doesn’t last as long as soap but can be used without water and will help you start a fire (be very careful if you do this as it’s very flammable).  If you go with soap, make sure it’s unscented so you don’t attract bugs.  Your soap can be stored in a zip lock baggie. Insect Repellent:  Bug repellent isn’t just...

Building a Bug Out Bag – Part VIII, Financial & Identity

This entry is part 8 of 11 in the series Building A Full Spectrum Preparedness Bug Out BagIn Building a Bug Out Bag Part I we discussed why building a Bug Out Bag is important and what type of bag to select.  In Part II we discussed the Transportation Items to consider, in Part III we explored Water preparedness, in Part IV it was Food preparedness, in Part V we tackled Shelter, Clothing and Protection from the elements, in Part VI we considered Communications options and yesterday in Part VII we discussed Security Preparedness for your Bug Out Bag.  Today we’ll discuss Security preparedness and some Security elements to consider while building a Bug Out Bag.  Remember, this is your last ditch, carry on your back, walk away from trouble Bug Out Bag…not what you hope you can get to your bug out location if your car, SUV, or Daimler Ferret makes it. Financial & Identity Preparedness: There’s no telling what financial challenges you’ll have during your bug out.  Don’t count on being able to refill your wallet during an event either…there may be a bank ‘holiday,’ a run on the ATM or the credit card networks may be inoperable.  You may also encounter price gouging or even a currency failure where cash is suddenly worthless.  In addition to the ‘money’ you’ll carry, there’s also a ‘currency’ to being able to prove who you are, what you own and what skills you have.  Consider the following for your Bug Out Bag…but you may want to transfer most of these items to your body at your earliest opportunity. Currency & Financial: Cash:  Carry as much as you can in varying denominations but make sure not to flash your wad or you might make yourself a target.  One way to do this is to split your currency among the responsible adults...

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