General Preparedness

This category covers all topics not belonging in other categories.

  • A Rose Speaks of Love

    A rose speaks of love silently in a language known only to the heart. When you give roses to her, the thought is eternal and the perfume is endless. She will know the gift is from the heart when it is roses. I sent my Nancy eleven roses when I first met her. She was a ballerina and was dancing with a New York Ballet Company, I was a Crop Duster Pilot, the competition was tough for her attention. My enclosed card read, "Regretfully I could not find a twelfth as beautiful as you, so I had to...
  • Are Americans Aware of the Damage Caused by Communism?

    I've noticed from many things younger people say these days, they don't understand history and they don't understand what has happened to America over the last forty years. This is a little long, but perhaps beneficial to those who don't understand what has happened in America before and after many of them were born. Perhaps if it is too long for some of you to read, for those that is the case, skip it. For those who want to know about what has changed and the detrimental effects that have...
  • Always Be Prepared; Even if You Don't See It Coming, Things Can Change Instantly

    Well, I got lost in the woods this weekend. It was the most stupid, preventable thing and I would like you to learn from it if possible. I say 'if possible' because I broke every common sense rule there is and hopefully none of you can quite say the same. It started off being the first nice day I've seen in ages, so I wanted to spend it outside. By 'outside' I mean in unfamiliar terrain a few hours from where I live. What I wanted to do was hike to a bald eagle's nest and take some...
  • Survival Uses for Petroleum Jelly

    One of the many items that can be and has been proven useful in survival situations time and time again is petroleum jelly (also known as Vaseline). With its medicinal, hygienic, and emergency uses, tossing a container of petroleum jelly in your pack may prove useful many times over. Here's why: Petroleum jelly is flammable. It makes for an easy fire starter; all you have to do is dip a cotton ball or some paper in it and ignite. If the only thing standing between you and getting soaked is...
  • 50 Survival Skills You Should Have...Just For Starters

    In order to survive whatever life throws at you, there is one universal thing that can help: knowledge. What you know how to do and what you have practiced are skills that will contribute to your success or, in the event that you lack knowledge, failure. Knowledge is easy to carry with you because it is weightless, taking up only space in your brain. It is also unbreakable and does not expire, so the more you have, the better off you will be. In life, and in survival, there are basic things...
  1. Remembering what it used to be like

    I’m old enough to remember the Civil Rights activists, the white lines painted on the floors in the buses, the “Whites Only” signs everywhere in the south. There was change of course, and it came at a price of murders, beatings, arsons, civil discord, riots, and much more too lengthy to describe here fully. It taught me a lesson I only read about prior to this era happening and the time frame where I lived. This is that message; read it loud and clear; The only civil change that will happen...
  2. Is America Heading Toward Another Civil War?

    A strong idea at best, but is it so far-fetched to think Americans will not take up arms against its fellow neighbors and citizens? Or, is it possible that Americans who are being corralled in an ever growing bureaucratic quagmire as an out of control government strips their rights away from them we were led by a man who won’t allow anyone to see his birth certificate or examine his school records, will they not stop and say, “Enough is enough?” When is enough really enough? But wait, the...
  3. Equal Justice Under the Law

    Until our laws are equally applied to ALL people, regardless of their station in life, our country will never be safe from lawlessness. If you do the crime, it is long pastime you get indicted, criminally charged, and are required as we all are to hire an attorney, and suffer the process all the way to the end. If you are found guilty of treason, when it is all done and over with, you should be legally hanged by your neck until you are dead. Consequences are what make the laws work for...
  4. Preparedness For Pets

    According to the 2013/2014 APPA National Pet Owners Survey, there are 83.3 million owned dogs in the United States and 95.6 million owned cats. That is 178.9 million animals that need shelter, food, and medicine. That number does not even include other varieties of animals, such as rodents, reptiles, birds, and livestock, all of which will have the same needs, some of them even more specialized. Responsible pet ownership is very important, and reaches far beyond feeding Fido and letting him...
  5. Utilizing the Marine Special Operations PT Guide

    No one knows preparedness like the Marines. They face things in combat that other mere mortals cannot imagine or comprehend. Because of this, they are the authority on preparedness for when (not if) the SHTF. There shared wisdom is available for download via their website, and you should consider printing yourself a copy of The Marine Special Operatons Training Guide for when (not if) the lights go out. Certain things are priceless in a survival situation, and this guide is very much one of...
  6. Creating a Flat Cooking Surface

    When out in the wilderness, be it by choice or because the SHTF and the grid collapsed, at some point you are going to long for a nice, warm meal. Ideally you will have food items on hand that you socked away or foraged to acquire. Having access to an iron skillet is extremely useful as iron skillets are very versatile when it comes to preparing food. If you have food to cook and something in which to cook it, all that remains is a heat source. Building a camp fire is effective for cooking,...
  7. Lessons in Survival from the Pioneers

    Survival of the fittest is a theory that has been around for a long time. It embodies the concept of those who were hearty and strong being able to survive while the weak died off. Part of being strong was an ability to adapt and overcome, exhibiting ingenuity and being prepared for unexpected situations to arise. This entails having good ideas of your own, but also includes having the sense to utilize other resources as needed. In other words, don\'t be afraid to ask for help when your...
  8. Preparedness Lessons from Chicken Little

    If Chicken Little were real, he would be working overtime running around yelling that the sky is falling. Perhaps he would be right, perhaps the sky is falling. What Chicken Little did not say was a single word about preparedness; all he did was run in circles freaking out. There are two things you can learn from Chicken Little. 1. Do not waste time running around like a chicken without a head. While it is natural to panic, it is not productive to go into full meltdown mode when the SHTF....
  9. Bugging In

    Frequently discussed are the items you need to bug out. You have your BOB and contents fully thought out, planning to utilize every square inch of space in your bag, figuring how to make the least amount of items go the furthest survival distance. You've considered how to keep your load as light as possible to make carrying easier when it comes time to move fast and practice the art of evasion. But what if you don't have to move fast or evade? What if the problem at hand does not require...
  10. Predicting Sunset in the Event of Timepiece Failure

    It is vital in many circumstances to know the time of day. Sunset brings with it things we might prefer to avoid if we find ourselves out too late, such as nocturnal predators. These predators can be both of the animal and human variety but what matters is that you probably do not want to encounter something which might want to eat you. This is why losing track of time can amount to a real problem if you find yourself not making it back to camp at the time you should. You can always take a...
  11. Survival Sleeping

    Have you ever watched the behavior of horses in a herd? Horses are flight animals and their herd hierarchy is based on assignment of tasks, specifically the task of standing guard. When a group of horses is napping or sleeping, there is always a man (or mare!) on guard. The job of that horse is to watch for danger and alert the rest of the herd when that danger is present so they can get up and flee as is their nature to do. That guard horse will remain standing while the others lay down and...
  12. Identifying Venomous Snakes

    When the time comes for you to bug out, you never know where you might ultimately wind up. You might plan to be in a certain place, but the nature of the SHTF is that unexpected things happen and force us to take drastic action. This might translate to living in an abandoned Laundromat for all we know. It could also mean moving into a failed restaurant venture that closed and is boarded up tight. Or you may find yourself wandering about in the great outdoors, becoming in tune with the...
  13. Is Diatomaceous Earth for You?

    Is /npic.orst.edu/factsheets/degen.html"">Diatomaceous Earth part of your survival plan? After TEOTWAWKI, it will be necessary to re-establish many things, including a sustainable food source. Hunting and scavenging for food will be part of this process, but gardening will also play a very large role. With gardens, however, come garden pests, and diatomaceous earth is rumored to be a solution to pest problems of all kinds. It is not without its own set of drawbacks, however. What is...
  14. Safeguard Your Stuff with Help from Grandma

    We talk all the time about bug out bags, but have you ever considered the obviousness of those bags? Say, perhaps, someone breaks into your house or car and that person (or people!) has even the vaguest survival knowledge. They may be easily able to recognize that bag for what it is and, upon snagging it, be taking some items of great value to you. Think about the items you keep in that bag. We all know credit cards would be useless in a SHTF scenario, so you will need cash. Is that cash in...
  15. Knowing the Phonetic Alphabet

    Have you ever had to give an address or other significant information that required spelling over the phone to another person? This is something that can go off without a hitch if the information you are sharing is all spoken clearly and easily spelled, but we are not always so lucky. As creative street names pop up all around us, spelling them is not always the easiest thing, whether or not you are on the giving or receiving end. This is equally difficult if you live in an area settled by...
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