One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.
It’s that time of year again when people turn their yards and garages into second hand stores for a day or a weekend. I hate looking at other people’s junk but I love some of the deals I get when I’m Prepping with Garage Sales.
In our neck of the woods garage sales generally start at about 8 a.m. on Thursdays and many of the towns and subdivisions set aside just one weekend a year or one weekend a month for garage sales. I don’t tend to do a lot of research ahead of times but the local paper and Craigslist will give you a good set of marching orders. I tend to stop at garage sales that are along my way as I’m driving except for the city garage sales which are worth going out of your way for.
Top 10 preparedness uses of mineral oil…mineral oil is a colorless, odorless and tasteless liquid byproduct of petroleum refinement. Mineral oil is often used for it’s hydrophobic properties which means that it repels water. Mineral oil is non-conductive and will also air. Mineral oil doesn’t expand when heated which is why it’s often used for hydraulic and heating (like space heaters) applications. There are a number of different grades of mineral oil available including ‘food grade.’
Mineral oil can be purchased at pharmacies, grocery stores, pet shops, veterinary supply houses, hardware stores or online but you should only stock and store ‘food grade’ mineral oil to have the most potential uses and reduce the risk of using the wrong type for your application. Some grades that aren’t as refined are believed to be carcinogenic so stick with ‘food grade.’
To win a war quickly takes long preparation.
Today I’m pleased to announce the release of our first application for Android phones and tablets. The Prepography
Android Application can be found HERE in the Google Play Store or just search the store for “Prepography.”
The application provides an RSS Feed, a shortcut to the website and shortcuts to our articles on the 10 Fundamentals of preparedness that we describe as Full Spectrum Preparedness. The application is pretty responsive but the RSS feed option does take a few minutes to load the first time it’s selected.
The application will be enhanced from time to time as we develop more tools for the preparedness minded so make sure to sign up for the automatic updates. I’d like to include some checklists as well if I can adapt those I use personally for more generalized use. Maybe some readers will have some enhancement ideas as well.
Of course we’ll add the Prepography Android Application to our Online Tools Library as well…
I hope this application makes it easier to access the information provided at Prepography. I almost forgot to mention that the Prepography Android Application, like the website is provided for FREE. Enjoy!
Andrew’s Note: It’s no secret that preparedness is much more a way of life in Utah than in most of the Union. I’ve been checking out Utah’s State preparedness website and couldn’t help but notice in the article below that “People without vehicles” are considered ‘Special Needs’…wonder what my East coast mass transit readers think about that? Here’s what Utah says about Preparedness for Special Needs:
“The old saying ‘live and learn’ must be reversed in war, for there we ‘learn and live’ otherwise, we die.
It is this learning, in order to live, that the Army is so vitally concerned.”
U.S. War Department Pamphlet # 20-17, July 1945
Prepography reader MG asked for some help putting together an intro to prepping class for his church and one of the easiest places to start is with building a Bug Out Bag.
Before we break into our discussion bag selection and the contents of your Bug Out Bag let’s define it:
A Bug Out Bag is a grab-and-go container that has everything you’ll need to survive for up to three days (72 hours) if you have to suddenly leave your home. Bug Out Bags are also referred to as 72 Hour Bags, 72 Hour Kits, Go Bags, Emergency Bags or Emergency Kits.
It’s that time of year again…namely a New Year. Happy New Year and here is Prepography‘s New Years Gift to you…a cut and paste list of 101 Prepper Resolutions for the New Year. Don’t try to accomplish them all or you’ll just frustrate yourself, but pick a few or come up with some of your own to continue on with your preparedenss journey in 2013. We’ve grouped the resolutions according to the Full Spectrum Preparedness Doctrine Fundamentals, 10 for each Fundamental and a bonus resolution to achieve 101 Prepper Resolutions. Continue reading
Today we add another article in our Top 10 series…this time it’s the Top 10 Preparedness Uses of Baking Soda
Baking Sodais composed of pure sodium bicarbonate. This common leavening agent is added to baked goods which causes them to rise due to the production of carbon dioxide bubbles. Baking Soda reacts chemically to help neutralize and regulate pH in substances that are to alkaline or acidic. Baking Soda differs from Baking Powder in that Baking Powder is a mixture of sodium bicarbonate, an acidifying agent and a drying agent.
Sodium bicarbonate, also known as sodium hydrogen carbonate is a naturally occurring compound but can also be produced using the solvay process.
Andrew’s Note: The following information on Emergency Kits is from the Ready Army Website. Ready Army is an organization almost like the Army’s own little FEMA. I thought you might enjoy a military take on a Family Emergency Kit. Enjoy Emergency Kits from Ready Army.
All personnel should maintain a basic level of preparedness for all potential hazards.
You are encouraged to get an emergency supply kit, make a family emergency plan and be informed about what might happen.
To prepare your family for an emergency, assemble one or more emergency kits that include enough supplies for at least three days. Think of items that have multiple uses and are long lasting. Keep a kit prepared at home and consider also having kits in your car, at work and a portable version in your home ready to take with you.
These kits will enable you and your family to respond to an emergency more quickly. Your various emergency kits will be useful whether you have to shelter in place or evacuate.
Prepography reader edheler has been kind enough to help me get much better acquainted with the Reddit Preppers Community where he’s one of the moderators. It’s a rapidly growing group that currently has 2,719 subscribers. That’s 2,719 people hitting the up arrow or the down arrow depending on whether they like or dislike a submitted article or comment…crowdsourced quality control!
It’s easy to submit an article as well, just click on the little alien face at the bottom of an article you like or copy the link into the submission field after going to Reddit and clicking on the ‘Submit a Link’ button (right side).
I belong to and lurk in a lot of online (and some not-so-online) preparedness ‘communities’ and Reddit is one of my favorites. If you’ve seen the little alien head at the bottom of our articles than you already know how to get to Reddit. You can also check out my Reddit page at AndrewJJackson.
I encourage you to check out the Reddit Preppers Community…you never know who you might meet!
In the article, Introduction to Full Spectrum Preparedness Doctrine we briefly discussed the ten fundamentals of preparedness, how they overlap and interact as well as how each fundamental has four aspects. Today we’re going to establish some conventions to aid us in our future discussions of how long to prepare for.
I’m working on a probability model (if you’re a mathematician and want to help please contact me) to help those readers that are mathematically inclined chose how long to prepare for…but for today’s discussion we’re going to simplify things a little and talk about preparedness time horizons. For convenience, I’ve broken the time horizons down into ‘Preparedness Levels.’
While there’s no reason a person, family or group couldn’t prepare to different levels in different fundamentals…you should keep in mind that your overall preparedness level is that of your ‘lowest level’ preparedness fundamental. For example: if your family is prepared to Level III, Weeks in every fundamental except Health (where you are prepared to Level I) than your overall preparedness level is Level I, Days.
Take a look at the graphic to the right to remind yourself of what the aspects of the Full Spectrum Preparedness Fundamental are. You can review the 10 Fundamentals of Full Spectrum Preparedness HERE if need be or look at the Graphic towards the end of this article.. Keep in mind as you read about the Preparedness Levels that different aspects become more or less dominant at different Preparedness Levels and factor that into your preparedness planning.
You and your family are unable to get through the next 72 hours without making purchases, borrowing from others or seeking charity. Perhaps your life sustaining prescription is about to run out, your pantry is almost bare or you don’t have a source of safe, potable water if the tap suddenly stops working. Continue reading
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
I started Prepography to encourage self reliance, help people get started prepping and help established preppers get to the next level in their efforts. I believe that when our family, friends and neighbors are better prepared…so are we. To this end I’ve been working on the next step with a small group of like minded preppers. Our goal is to develop a conceptual framework to codify and help you direct your own preparedness efforts. We call this concept the Full Spectrum Preparedness Doctrine.
Before we discuss the Full Spectrum Preparedness Doctrine in detail let’s break it down and define it:
Therefore, the Full Spectrum Preparedness Doctrine is a conceptual framework that provides the complete range of related, overlapping concepts required for individual, family or group readiness.
Full Spectrum Preparedness is being developed as a doctrine applicable to all preppers at all preparedness levels in all geographic areas. Full Spectrum Preparedness was created because other preparedness ‘programs’ are one or more of the following: too dogmatic, too simple, too complex, too expensive to implement, too focused on a particular type of calamity or are too reliant on situations that aren’t universal (owning a farm, having unlimited storage capability, etc.).
Full Spectrum Preparedness is a cognitive model to help you become better prepared based on your own analysis of the risks you may face. We’ll delve deeper into how to evaluate threats in another article, but it’s important that you know that Full Spectrum Preparedness isn’t a one-size-fits-nobody program but a doctrine built on ten preparedness fundamentals. These fundamentals will form the basis for an open dialog you can have with your family or preparedness group. This doctrine is a perpetual work in progress and I encourage you to contribute to the dialog both in your personal life and on the pages of Prepography.
The ten preparedness fundamentals provide the conceptual foundations for Full Spectrum Preparedness as well as providing the basis for an efficient and effective preparedness plan. Ultimately, it is your family’s application of these fundamentals that will enable you to build resilience and allow you to survive and possibly even thrive in adverse situations. Although you don’t need to prepare to the same level in each of these fundamentals, keep in mind that many are mutually supportive or complementary.
As you begin thinking about each preparedness fundamental, consider that most of the fundamentals have four separate aspects that can compensate for one another to a certain extent:
Sometimes preparedness is about seeing the potential alternate uses of everyday items, sometimes preparedness is about keeping the ‘end’ in mind while dealing with the ‘ways’ and the ‘means.’ These were the inspirations for another article in this periodic column on Prepography called… It’s Not This It’s That (INTIT):
I recently received an invitation from the National Geographic television show, Doomsday Preppers to participate in the casting call for the new season. I’ve heard and read a lot about the show but haven’t seen an episode. The way it’s been described to me…Doomsday Preppers is to preparedness what the television show Hoarders is to pack rats.
Anyway…the invitation was polite and I just as politely turned down the invitation citing my privacy concerns. I’ve got to hand it to woman who contacted me though…she didn’t give up…she assured me that my participation could take place without mention of my name or where I live. I’m not quite sure how that keeps me anonymous with everyone I’ve ever met…and everyone they would tell about my participation…but I imagine they’ve only got to get a handful of folks to agree each season to put on a show. If you’re considering answering a similar casting call, check out my article on the Top 10 Reasons To Be A Stealth Prepper. I’d love to promo my site and reach a wider audience…but not that way.
Final Thought: Doomsday Preppers is a terrible name…it implies that people only need to prepare for apocalyptic events…there are plenty of mundane disasters that are much more likely where your preps will come in handy.