Today I’m pleased to introduce you to an old friend of mine who will be known in these pages as Infidel. Infidel has volunteered to be Prepography’s primary firearms editor and unlike many writers and interviewees in the security arena, Infidel is the survivor of a number of lethal and potentially lethal engagements. Continue reading
Received the following note from Prepography Advertiser The Ready Store where they’ve been donating a can of food to children’s charities for every can of storage food they sell. Congratulations to The Ready Store and keep up the good works!
“We just wanted to drop a quick note wishing you and yours a merry Christmas! We are constantly amazed by our wonderful customers and want to thank you for the great generosity in participating in our Can-for-Can Program. With your help, you’ve donated an estimated 40,000 meals for hungry children across the globe!”
The prepper movement gets a bad rap sometimes from the ill informed who sometimes call us ‘selfish‘ and think that we’re only interested in ourselves…but I’ve found preppers and the businesses that cater to them to be extremely generous in every way imaginable.
Those Pesky Mayans!
SURPRISE…WE’RE STILL HERE!
So much for the predictions of stone age peoples…next time maybe we should ask the ancient druids.
Seriously though…maybe there will be some good deals on preps like there were after the millennium scare as the fair-weather (maybe we should call them foul-weather) preppers dump their preps for pennies on the dollar.
Remember, prepping isn’t for doomsday…it’s for every day!
Keep on prepping,
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I’ve received several comments from Prepography readers regarding the ‘insensitivity’ of including firearms and firearm accessories in my Prepper Days of Christmas series. These readers believe that in light of the recent murders in Connecticut that were perpetrated using firearms I should refrain from discussing firearms for a period of time. I understand that for many people firearms are a very emotional subject but will remind my readers that my articles related to firearms only discuss firearms that are legally acquired and legally used. Prepography’s discussions of legal firearms have the same relationship to stolen firearms used as murder weapons, possessed illegally (due to the accused perpetrator’s age), transported illegally (transportation permit is required for handguns in Connecticut) and a firearm that is possibly in violation of Connecticut’s assault weapons ban as a car article in Motor Trend Magazine does to the 88.67 people killed daily in auto accidents in the US… i.e. NONE.
I remind all Prepography readers regularly to keep it legal, keep it safe and take control of their own self defense. It’s a sad fact that the places we are most vulnerable are the very places that prohibit the law abiding from defending themselves. Criminals and the mentally deranged are unwilling to follow laws the rest of us have agreed to abide by.
Prepography’s mission is to help it’s readers become safer, better prepared and more self reliant, we’ll keep focusing on that…for those wishing to politicize the suffering surrounding this tragedy I direct you to GunPolicy.org, International firearms injury prevention and policy which reports that in 2009 (the most recent year that data is available) the U.S. had a firearm related homicide rate of .00298%, the lowest in 10 years during which the U.S. experienced its greatest firearms law liberalization in history. It’s counter intuitive, but the presence or potential presence of legal, licensed firearms in the hands of the law abiding decreases gun violence.
In the coming weeks and months we will likely have a national dialog on criminality, mental illness, physical security for our most vulnerable citizens and the role of firearms in our society but for today I will continue to pray for the families and communities involved in this recent tragedy…I encourage you to as well.
WOW! What a difference 48 hours makes. I’d like to extend a hearty welcome to new and returning subscribers! Since the introduction of Prepography’s Doctrine of Full Spectrum Preparedness we’ve had more than a 15% growth in e-mail and RSS subscriptions. If you’re not currently subscribed by e-mail or RSS I encourage you to do so using the links at the top left side of this page.
Since we have so many new subscribers I thought I’d step back a moment to introduce Prepography and some of our features. Simply put, we are a self reliance and preparedness site. We believe that prudent preparation will allow us to thrive or at least survive major life or societal change. We encourage you to prepare for disasters, both little and big; both personal and regional or societal. We believe that preparedness is the only rational response to an awareness of the current world situation and even a cursory study of history. Read more on our Why Prep Page.
Because we encourage self reliance on an individual, local, regional, and national scale we provide commentary on society as well as government actions and initiatives. There’s nothing wrong with outside connections and ties…just don’t bet your life on them. Politics…don’t see much difference between the parties and we’re critical of both when they attack liberties, encourage dependence or try to spend our great-grandkids future income.
Additionally, we don’t believe in conspiracy theories…because we know that people generally aren’t very good at keep secrets… and secrets are required for effective conspiracies. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t movements and mechanisms at work that would hurt our Republic… just that we can abandon our tinfoil hats and focus on the numerous real threats to our security and self reliance.
We have several regular features and columnists:
Expect some additional improvements as well but bear with us during the process, our webmaster as well as our writers are all volunteers with demanding day jobs. For those readers over 50 and especially for faithful reader Charlie…yes we’re getting rid of the black background, I know it’s hard to read with ‘mature’ eyes.
Welcome again…and keep on prepping,
I never go holiday shopping on Black Friday or anytime between Thanksgiving and Christmas if I can help it. There are a lot of good deals though that I don’t want to pass up…so I just shop online…or at local Mom & Pop stores where everything is a little more sane. If you do feel you need to brave the retail masses…make sure to be aware of your surroundings and stay safe. Here is a small sampling of some of the Preppers Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Holiday Deals available from Prepography’s advertisers.
Click on the company name to link to their website and check out the rest of the deals.
Announced Coupon Code AM2012! which expires 11/30/12…good for:
OtterBox makes excellent protective cases and waterproof boxes for technology as well as building floatable survival kits (just the box, you’ve got to fill it yourself). I’ve purchased both their tech protective and waterproof boxes and they’re the only viable alternative I’ve ever found to Pelican Cases.
Mozy is the online backup service I use (and yes I do the periodic, USB drive backups as well)…I did a onetime setup and get a daily confirmation on each of my computers that the backup is up-to-date.
Offer valid until 11/25/12 @ 6PM Eastern. Use Coupon Code: “BLFR12S”
Cyber Monday Deals (use Code CY12 at checkout):
I’m pleased to announce that Camping Survival has become the latest advertiser on Prepography. That’s their survival coffee ad over there on the right hand side of this page. They sell so much more than coffee though…food, shelter, clothing, first aid, survival kits, books, protective masks, and much more.
I’ve bought a number of items from Camping Survival since I found them on the internet several years ago and was always pleased with both my purchases and the prompt service they provided. My favorite section to shop is their Closeouts & Specials where they sell survival, and sometimes a bit off the wall products at deep discounts.
Check them out and let them know you heard about them on Prepography.
Today I’m ‘Sharpening the Saw’ at the USAPrepares Get Prepared Expo in Springfield, MO. If you attend, say hello to the guy sitting next to you…it might be me.
Expect an After Action Review next week.
Just a short note of thanks to all of Prepography’s loyal readers. Yesterday was a milestone for Prepography as we surpassed 50,000 pageviews since ‘going live’ just four months ago.
…and a special thank you to the multitude of preparedness, survival and other sites and site editors that have commented on and linked to our content in order to help readers find Prepography. Here’s a partial list of the websites (my apologies if I missed anyone):
Assistance Request: I’d like to hear from any Prepography readers who have attended a Midwest based foraging class. Foraging is an important skill that I need to further develop with some hands on training under the direction of a good teacher. Please contact me HERE with your recommendations.
I was recently contacted by James of the Prepper Podcast Radio Network’s I Am Liberty Show and asked to sit for an interview. We had a great visit that you can listen to online or download to your ipod, phone, kindle, etc.
After James’ introductory monologue we discussed a number of preparedness issues including:
Doing the interview was a lot of fun and hopefully helpful to some folks. With any luck James and I will get a chance to do it again in the future.
You can listen to my interview HERE or using the tool below. I come in at the 15 minute mark. The host, James also has a website where he writes prepper articles and is building a serialized fictional prepper storyline.
Thanks for the info Roger, the references have been added to the library.
Roger’s most recent article is REALITY CHECK Preparing for Class Warfare – Battling the 47th Entitlement Corps.
If you see an online tool that would help the Prepography community…please pass it along.
Today I’m pleased to announce a tool for tools…that is a reference page of Online Tools for Self Reliance. With your help this resource will grow over time. You can access the reference at any time HERE. This is what we’ve got so far:
While we don’t want to become reliant on high tech and broadband communications there are a number of excellent references and resources available for our use on the web. Here are some of my favorites and those suggested by Prepography’s readers:
Today I’m breaking from our pedagogical norm and putting the shoe on the other foot. Instead of providing information and knowledge I’m asking for it.
I’m in the process of building a resource of online preparedness & self-reliance tools to add to Prepography for our readers benefit and need to access the hive mind… please use the ‘Submit a Prep Tip‘ button (top right) to submit your favorite online tools.
Here’s a list of some of the categories being considered to get your creative juices flowing. Once we’ve published the tools we will continue to update as new tools become available.
Thanks in advance for your help, all submitters will be recognized by their ‘handle’ when the tools are published.