Today’s one of those days where no one looks too askance at you if you dress up like a zombie, an ax murderer or a Somali pirate. Why not take advantage of the allowance for weirdness by trying this Prepper Halloween Challenge…
Ask the first five friends and acquaintances you meet what their ‘zombie apocalypse’ plan is. I’ll bet you get at least four answers that are at least somewhat well (or considering we’re talking fictional monsters…ill) considered. Enjoy the subsequent conversations as you ask your buddies to expand and elaborate on their plans. Once the conversation begins to lull try this segue:
I recently had a conversation with a Prepography reader about the concept of intentional living. The concept was new to that particular reader and he encouraged me to introduce it to my other readers with a short article. I’m certainly not an expert on intentional living and it’s still more a goal than a habit but every month I get a little better at living with intention. Here’s that brief introduction:
Let our advance worrying become advance thinking and planning.
British Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill
If you are a warrior who is legally authorized to carry a weapon and you step outside without that weapon, then you become a sheep, pretending that the bad man will not come today. No one can be “on” 24/7 for a lifetime. Everyone needs down time. But if you are authorized to carry a weapon, and you walk outside without it, just take a deep breath, and say this to yourself… “Baa.”
Floods are currently hitting parts of central Europe that haven’t been flooded in living memory…and then some. In fact, the water levels in Passau, Germany have topped the highest recorded flood levels ever recorded there…and that was in 1501. Just another reminder that you must plan for the unexpected and not put all your eggs in one basket…or preps all in one place.
Now I’m not saying that we’re all going to suffer a flood, but your preps may be vulnerable to fire, earthquake, theft, tornado or any manner of other trouble…just don’t let your trouble become a tragedy by relying on one location, stockpile or cache… spread your preps among several locations, enter into a prepper compact with a like minded family that’s lives a distance from you…or both. Of course if you read the Bible, the Torah or the Qur’an…everybody lives on a floodplain.
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.
In Part One of this two article series we introduced Physical Security and Protection by discussing Physical Security Challenges, the similarities and differences between threats and hazards and the five Forms of Protection (Prevention, Deterrence, Passive Defense, Active Security and Mitigation). This topic has been adapted from the U.S. Army’s doctrine on Physical Security for application by the prepper, prepper family or preparedness group. Today we’ll expand our discussion to include the Principals of Protection.
As we discussed in Part One our goal in this series is to help you develop a cognitive model for assessing your own Physical Security in a continuum of security environments from today’s Rule of Law (ROL) environment (at least here in the U.S.) through increasingly degraded security environments, short term WROL situations and all the way to a full, long term, WROL environment.
Army doctrine teaches that successful protection is characterized by the integration of the five principles of protection and these principles can be used to counter a myriad of physical security challenges. Although these principals of protection are applied differently depending on your resources and environment they do provide the prepper, along with the Forms of Protection from Part One…a way to approach protection and improve your Physical Security situation no matter the security environment. Remember that your plan should be tailored not only to the hazards and threats you face, but also to the legal and political environment you face…and might face. It’s a sad testament to our society that a man or woman isn’t judged just by their actions but are also, often judged by how their actions are perceived through racial, gender, political affiliation or economic (class) charged lenses.
The study of history is a powerful antidote to contemporary arrogance. It is humbling to discover how many of our glib assumptions, which seem to us novel and plausible, have been tested before, not once but many times and in innumerable guises; and discovered to be, at great human cost, wholly false.
Terrorism strikes home again! Although early reports from traumatic and violent events are often incorrect the location, timing and fact that there were two explosions targeting the finish line of the 117 year old Boston Marathon seem to confirm that it was a terror attack and not a gas explosion or other type of accident. Having experienced the horror of improvised explosive devices (IED’s) and rocket attacks my heart goes out to those who were victimized by or had loved ones victimized by this cowardly attack. Please keep the victims and the victim’s families in your thoughts and prayers as well.
Yesterday’s attack was a sad reminder that terror can strike here as it has so many times before. Consider this partial list of attacks on U.S. soil from InfoPlease:
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
How aware are you about your surroundings? I’ll bet that everyone that reads this will claim that they are very aware of what goes on around them. Really? By my very nature (Andrew’s Note: check out Infidel’s biography) I put everyone on the defense. Why? Because I’m very good at getting inside your OODA Loop (observe, orient, decide, and act). This keeps me on the offensive…keeps me a step ahead of the opposition. Now… do I do this all the time? No, because sometimes the body has to mentally relax to recharge the batteries. You need to know when it’s time to relax and when to maintain heightened situational awareness.
The four levels of awareness that are taught by most personal defense instructors now are the famous ones that originated with LT COL Jeff Cooper, the originator of Gunsite Training Academy. Cooper’s levels are White, Yellow, Orange and Red. The goal is to pick the appropriate safety awareness level for your surroundings and situation. This situational awareness continuum helps you to react accordingly to threats and potential threats to your safety. A full discussion of this situational awareness model will be discussed at a later time but I mention it here as a brief introduction.
Now, back to our discussion of surroundings…how many of you have observed someone breaking into a car, shoplifting, or actually making a drug deal?
Listed below are four new online resources that have been added to our Online Preparedness Tools & Resources Page. If you see something, say something…no I’m not talking about the Department of Homeland Security’s anti-terror campaign…I’m talking about if you see a great online preparedness tool…say something to me though my Contact Page so I can include it in the Online Preparedness Tools & Resources Page.
The bad news is that I’ve made most of these prepper mistakes…the good news is that you can learn from my mistakes:
As I listened to the President’s State of the Union address last night I couldn’t help but remember the same speech eleven years ago when another President described the ‘Axis of Evil.’ If you’ll recall the Axis included Iraq, Iran and North Korea. The only thing worse than an Axis of Evil is a Nuclear Axis of Evil.
In case you’ve been on a low information diet this week… North Korea apparently detonated another nuclear weapon amid a blitz of anti-U.S. rhetoric.
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.
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.
Aside: Uncle Sugar calls the Beretta 92F an M-9 and the Sig Sauer 229 is called an M-11. Both are current service pistols in the U.S. inventory.
I’ve been shooting a lot more lately as I’ve decided to make regular practice a part of my monthly routine instead of quarterly last year or even less often the year before. I want to maintain and improve my marksmanship and frankly exercise a right that has seemed a little in jeopardy lately. If I keep up at this pace though I’m going to have to order .22 caliber adapters for some of my favorite guns… I know the AR-15 adapters work well (Infidel has let me try his) and Sig Sauer makes one for my Sig 229 as well.
Anyway…back to my huge mistake at the range…
Today 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.