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Don’t Just Stand By And Watch – Quote

Do something… Hiding, or sitting back, is not going to accomplish anything. And the gunman would’ve been successful if my friend Spencer had not gotten up. So I just want that lesson to be learned going forward, in times of, like, terror like that, please do something. Don’t just stand by and watch. Spencer Stone, U.S. Airman and recipient of France’s Legion d’honneur for taking down a rifle wielding Jihadi on one of France’s high speed trains Source: American train attack heroes awarded France’s highest honor For his warrior spirit and frankly for ignoring DOD policies that tell service members to hide and barricade themselves during an active shooter situation, Airman Stone along with National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos, their longtime friend Anthony Sadler and British businessman Chris Norman are the latest inductees into Prepography‘s Wall of Honor.   FacebookPinterestGoogleRedditTwitterTumblrEmailPrintPocketMoreLinkedInLike this:Like...

5 Tips on Bugging Out Into The Woods

If you have spent any time at all in the on-line Prepper community, you have no doubt seen discussion from people who have plans for bugging out into the woods and living off the land in the event of a crisis. These discussions lay out optimistic projections of grabbing a BOB and hoofing it into the woods. There, the authors will hunt and forage in order to survive whatever crisis they are escaping. The reality of bugging out into the woods will most likely be considerably different than those author’s fantasies. We’ve been discussing these wilderness fantasies recently and have come up with 5 tips on bugging out into the woods. Bugging Out Into The Woods 1) Have A Plan, Otherwise You Are Just A Refugee. Having a vague plan of bugging out “into the woods;” essentially taking an extended camping trip, is not a real plan. We were all raised on movies where the city slicker was dropped unexpectedly into the wilderness and through some difficulties learned to live off the land but there are very few people who have the necessary skills to survive this kind of life long term.  Even Dick Proenneke had a plan that included regular resupply from civilization.  Being part of some mass exodus with no prepared location waiting for you makes you a refugee, no matter how well equipped you are. If you own the property you are bugging out to a plan might include building shelter ahead of time and laying in an extensive collection of prepositioned caches. If you don’t own your property your choices are retreating to public lands with every other mountain-man wannabe or trespassing on other people’s lands.  With resources running thin either situation can get you in legal trouble if there’s still some rule of law or worse.  If your plan includes unnecessary trespass and theft then you aren’t...

Prepping for Riots & Civil Unrest – 10 Tips

As the mainstream media positively salivates over the anticipated civil unrest and rioting that’s expected following the release of the dual Grand Jury investigation and Department of Justice investigations that are expected to exonerate Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, a teenager of African decent we thought it might be a good idea to review tips on prepping for riots and civil unrest.  According to a knowledgeable multi-juristictional law enforcement analyst the law enforcement community is more concerned about the aftermath of the Ferguson shooting information release than any event since 9/11. A riot or period of riots/civil unrest is best avoided and the Prepping for Riots and Civil Unrest tips below should help you avoid or if necessary safely escape a dangerous situation. Avoid:  Riots and protests that could easily become riots are often organized on social media including sites like this one currently being used to organize protests and riots following the release of the results of the Grand Jury investigation into the acts of Officer Wilson.  Sites like these tell you where and in some cases when ‘actions’ will occur.  They tell me what parts of town to avoid like the plague.  If you find yourself in a mob, avoid confrontation…don’t argue, verbally engage or negotiate. Know What Time It Is:  Many planned riots and protests that could easily become riots happen in the first few hours and days after the precipitating event.  Keep an eye on breaking news that could trigger a riot and go out of your way to return to safe areas or stay out of danger areas entirely if there is a potential precipitating event or planned release of information like the Officer Wilson Grand Jury and Department of Justice investigation results. Stay Calm:  Keep a calm, clear head and don’t get emotionally involved and compromise your...

Cogitation: Hubris Will Kill You!

Cogitation is concerted thought, reflection, meditation, or contemplation. “Cogitation” highlights cognitive ideas that cross our paths. These ideas and thoughts don’t really warrant full articles. They are important enough to be shared as food for thought before forgotten. Cogitation: Hubris Will Kill You! hu·bris: noun \ˈhyü-brəs\ : a great or foolish amount of pride or confidence via Merriam-Webster.com The death of Thomas Eric Duncan, the foreign national who recently passed away in Dallas, becoming the first US ebola death, is raising alarms. What I find even more alarming is the CDC’s, and US administration’s public response to his death and the subsequent infection of not one, but two of his nurses as well as the general threat that Ebola poses to our nation and the world.  At every turn the CDC and administration’s statements have turned out to be untrue, or patently false.  The most glaring examples of this are the following: The threat of Ebola coming to American shores is small:  Less than two weeks later Thomas Eric Duncan was dead in Dallas and several potential cases are being monitored in Dallas, TX,  Atlanta, GA and Kansas City, KS. The threat of others being infected is small:  One of Thomas Eric Duncan’s nurses has contracted Ebola, and his family and those that are around him are being closely monitored and there is a real threat that they have been infected as well. The chances of health care workers becoming infected with Ebola is almost non-existent:  Two nurses in Dallas have been confirmed to have contracted Ebola, with another 70 possibly exposed.  No one is 100% certain is was human error that caused the nurses to get infected, and there are conflicting reports that the virus may have mutated so as to be airborne. At every turn officials have had to back pedal, or “clarify” what they previous meant to say. In at least...

Wilderness Emergency Infographic

This Wilderness Emergency Infographic from Scoutmastercg.com is as appropriate for Preppers and Prepper activities as it is for the Boy Scouts and I think that it’s appropriate that the Boy Scout motto is “Be Prepared.” FacebookPinterestGoogleRedditTwitterTumblrEmailPrintPocketMoreLinkedInLike this:Like...

September is National Preparedness Month

The following is the announcement on FEMA’s Ready.gov regarding September is National Preparedness Month: During National Preparedness Month we ask you, your family, community and workplace to take action by planning a National PrepareAthon! Day on or around September 30th. We recommend using digital media tools as a way to promote National Preparedness Month, September 1-30th. What you can do to promote National Preparedness Month: Check out the How to Get Involved in NPM Quick Guide Download the 2014 National Preparedness Month Digital Engagement Toolkit Share NPM messages on Social Media View and share the new Ready Campaign Public Service Announcements Join our Thunderclap message on let your followers know that it’s National Preparedness Month with your followers. How does Thunderclap work? Once you sign up, Thunderclap will sync your social media accounts to release an automatic Facebook post, Tweet or both on September, 2, 2014 at 2:00 PM reminding your friends and followers to make a family emergency plan. Join the National Preparedness Community and download the high resolution NPM logo Promote NPM by updating your Facebook and Twitter cover photo and profile image For NPM materials in Spanish please visit: www.ready.gov/es/septiembre Register for National PrepareAthon! Day: www.ready.gov/prepare via 2014 National Preparedness Month NPM | Ready.gov FacebookPinterestGoogleRedditTwitterTumblrEmailPrintPocketMoreLinkedInLike this:Like...

Cogitation: Your Enemy Has A Vote

Cogitation: “Your Enemy Has A Vote” Cogitation is concerted thought, reflection, meditation, or contemplation.  “Cogitation” highlights cognitive ideas that cross our paths.  These ideas and thoughts don’t really warrant full articles.  They are important enough to be shared as food for thought before forgotten. Recently, Ed Turzanski, Co-Chairman of the Center for the Study of Terrorism at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, was on a local morning talk show.  He was discussing the July 17th shoot down of the Malaysian passenger jet over western Ukraine.  The attackers appeared to be the pro-Russian rebels in the area. He was highlighting failures in US foreign policy in regards to the on going conflict.  He framed an idea that I found very simple and profound at the same time. Paraphrasing, he said, “Your enemy has a vote.  Even if you disengage, your adversary will still be active.  It is better to have some positive control, than to have none at all.” I can’t help but think that his statement is central to the concept of Full Spectrum Preparedness.  On many different levels it holds true. “Your enemy” doesn’t necessarily have to be a somebody. It can be inaction.  It can be bad government policy. It can even be the entropy created by a SHTF scenario. Stay engaged in actively preparing and learning how to live a self-sufficient lifestyle. Stay engaged in the political world around you and your community.  Help craft the decisions that frame your world. Create a mind set of staying engaged when confronted with direct conflict.  Even if your strategy is to disengage on different levels, try to maintain some of control over the situation. In the end, you would be well served to remember; your enemy DOES have a vote.   FacebookPinterestGoogleRedditTwitterTumblrEmailPrintPocketMoreLinkedInLike this:Like...

Conflicted-The Survival Card Game Review

Recently, a friend said, “Hey I’ve got this new card game that looks like it would be a hoot.”  He handed me the deck, and briefly gave an explanation of the idea behind the game.  I thumbed through the deck, and replied, “Looks interesting, we’ll have to play some time.”  Several weeks later, we decided to do a cook out and give the game a try.  I purposefully did not look the game up online so as not to taint my view of it by reading promotional material or other reviews.  All I knew going in was that it was a called Conflicted-The Survival Card Game and that it presented moral dilemmas for the players to discuss.  Game night finally arrived, and Mrs. Grumpy G, or as I more affectionately call her “She Who Must Be Obeyed” arrived on target.  The ladies made small talk, while our host and I sat on the deck watching dinner cook.  After dinner and a few drinks, we retired to the front room and commenced the night’s journey. Conflicted-The Survival Card Game Review – What you get: The publisher describes the game as: Conflicted: The Survival Card Game is a brand new way for survivalists to share their philosophies about prepping. It’s a game that can be a serious conversation between established prepper groups, or it can be a fun way to introduce someone to the concept of prepping.  Conflicted helps you show other preppers why you are prepping, why your reason for prepping matters, and what your survival philosophy is when choosing life vs your morals.  The quality of the cards is good.  They are nice and thick.  On one side is the game’s logo and deck number (there are two decks currently out).  The other side contains a short blurb describing the moral dilemma you face.  The scenarios range from mundane to “who’s the sick puppy that...

I’m Not A Prepper!

Andrew’s Note:  Today’s article “I’m Not A Prepper” comes to us from Grumpy G as an addendum to the first article he wrote for Prepography, The End Of The World Starts At Home.  Grumpy G and I have been discussing some of his home food production techniques and he has graciously offered to share some of his techniques with our readers but he must have been getting a little grief for a comment he made in that first article as he asked for an opportunity to clarify his comments.  I find his perspective which I call ‘evangelical self-reliance’ refreshing and distinct from my own version of Stealth Prepping.  Both approaches seek to maintain Operational Security (OPSEC) but each system seeks privacy from a slightly different approach: A.J. and I have been discussing some contributions I can make to the Food Preparedness facet of his Full Spectrum Preparedness discussions but before I do, I have to explain a comment I made in my inaugural post, The End Of The World Starts At Home.  The blasphemy I uttered was that “I hate the word prepper.”  I know it seems weird that on a site named “Prepography” a featured writer would declare “I’m not a prepper” but let me explain… My dislike of the word “prepper” comes in two forms with the second form building on the first. First, the word prepper has developed negative connotations recently in some circles.  In these circles, prepper translates more as “That Prepper Guy”, as Prepography‘s editor, AJ describes him.  It’s not a flattering picture that the non-initiated create in their minds. People enjoy talking about what they are passionate about.  Say in conversation it comes up that you have three months of food set aside (I know, major OPSEC fail but bear with me).  They ask, “Are you a prepper?”  You have prepared some, so...

The End Of The World Starts At Home

Andrew’s Note:  Today I’m pleased to present the first article from my friend and fellow self reliance aficionado, Grumpy G who in spite of hating the term ‘prepper’ is a rather accomplished…prepper…I mean ‘survivalist’ himself.  You can read more about Grumpy G’s background and philosophy from his author biography.  Grumpy G is absolutely right that preparing for the end of the world starts at home.   The end of the world must be a very sexy thing.  Volumes of books, reels of celluloid and mega-gigabits of electronic data have been devoted to describing it, exploring it, and dissecting it.  “Preppers” (oh how I dislike that term; that is another topic, though) read the books, watch the films, discuss and debate the subject, because they see the threat in it and know it is smart to be prepared.  Many a “prepper” has their pet fear, even though they won’t admit it.  That fear is so overwhelming to many that it seems to take center stage in their preparations.  In fact, the idea has become so prevalent that National Geographic has built an entire series around it named “Doomsday Preppers”.  These pet fears range far and wide, from worldwide pandemic, to economic collapse, to “climate change”, to peak oil, and so on. Just cruise any forum devoted to “prepping” and you will see that a large portion of survival devotees fanatically focus on their individual pet fear at the exclusion of other possibilities.  These single fear prepper argue their points with non-believers and purveyors of alternative pet prepper fears ad-nauseum.  They spend thousands of dollars preparing for their ‘favored’ apocalypse. The top may pop off of the Yellowstone Caldera, a 500M asteroid may hit the earth and the political class who are so much ‘smarter’ than us may very well drive the world’s economy into total collapse.  All of these things, along with...

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