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.
Andrew’s Note: Today we’re pleased to present ‘Preparedness Lessons I Learned in Prison’ by guest writer David Nash of The Shepard School. See the end of the article for additional biographical info on David.
First off, I should mention that the things I learned in prison were things I learned while WORKING in a prison, not LIVING, in a prison. That being said there are several things I learned from prison that apply to catastrophic disasters. They are:
By definition a catastrophic disaster is out of your control, just like a prisoner cannot control their environment. However, in my experience, the inmates that are the most successful at adapting to prison life were able to recognize what they could and could not control, accept the realities of the situation, and then learn to quickly adapt to the situation. Continue reading
Preparation through education is less costly than learning through tragedy.
Max Mayfield, Director National Hurricane Center
Recently my wife dragged me to a performance by a Beatles Tribute Band. I’ve never really understood the concept or appeal of tribute bands. It seems to me the whole reason for being a performer is to create something new or unique. The idea of a band performing night after night in character…recreating copies of past performances just never made sense to me. Keep reading to find out what Beatles Tribute Bands and Preparedness have in common. Continue reading
It seems that some people are getting a little carried away since the election. Even Donald Trump has made statements on Twitter that seem to incite violence. Is Donald Trump guilty of sedition?
“We should have a revolution in this country.” That was the opinion of Donald Trump after President Obama won re-election…
Here are some additional nuggets of prepper wisdom from James Wesley Rawles that I picked up at the Get Prepared Expo this past weekend during Rawles’ tele-interview. I missed part of the interview due to some technical difficulties with the equipment and a scheduling conflict I had… but took away enough good ideas that I thought they were worth passing along.
If you’re not familiar with Rawles you can check him out on Survivalblog, his non-fiction book, How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It: Tactics, Techniques, and Technologies for Uncertain Times or his survival manual disguised as a novel Patriots as well as the sequels Survivors and Founders.
The following nuggets were introduced by Rawles but I’ve taken the liberty to expand on them a bit here and there:
Battery Stock Up Alternative: While you should stock up now on the batteries you’ll need, Toy stores are a great last minute place to stock up on batteries when the grocery and hardware stores are sold out or overrun.
Water Transportation: Don’t overlook the logistics of water transportation in your preparedness. You likely won’t have the fuel to waste in your vehicle so you’ll need to plan a manual alternative. You should stock sturdy water containers and some type of wagon or cart. Water weighs over 8 lbs per gallon so hauling 8 gallons (almost 67 lbs) per day for a family of four will be a real chore. Think about how far away your backup water supply is from your home and what type of ground you need to traverse (rough, paved, slope, etc.). 5-Gallon water jugs and a high quality garden cart are a good option.
Where you live matters: Bigger population density means bigger problems.
Society is Becoming More Vulnerable: The vulnerability of our society increases each year due to: Continue reading
Andrew’s Note: Today we present another lesson from our Military Pedagogy series. This discussion, from FM 21-76, the U.S. Army Survival Manual [Approved For Public Release; Distribution is Unlimited] is on the Psychology of Survival.
It takes much more than the knowledge and skills to build shelters, get food, make fires, and travel without the aid of standard navigational devices to live successfully through a survival situation. Some people with little or no survival training have managed to survive life-threatening circumstances. Some people with survival training have not used their skills and died. A key ingredient in any survival situation is the mental attitude of the individual(s) involved. Having survival skills is important; having the will to survive is essential. Without a will to survive, acquired skills serve little purpose and invaluable knowledge goes to waste.
There is a psychology to survival. The soldier in a survival environment faces many stresses that ultimately impact on his mind. These stresses can produce thoughts and emotions that, if poorly understood, can transform a confident, well-trained soldier into an indecisive, ineffective individual with questionable ability to survive. Thus, every soldier must be aware of and be able to recognize those stresses commonly associated with survival. Additionally, it is imperative that soldiers be aware of their reactions to the wide variety of stresses associated with survival. This chapter will identify and explain the nature of stress, the stresses of survival, and those internal reactions soldiers will naturally experience when faced with the stresses of a real-world survival situation. The knowledge you, the soldier, gain from this chapter and other chapters in this manual, will prepare you to come through the toughest times alive.