General Preparedness

This category covers all topics not belonging in other categories.

  • 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....
  • 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...
  • Civilization anyone?

    An Opinion. Much of what we know will be lost if a major shift happens in most societies. People get so enmeshed in trying to survive from day to day simply to get by. We go about working in the trades, in business and factories, and we forget our technology, simply stated, we take them for granted and much more which took hundreds if not thousands of years to develop. It gets set aside in our senses because it isn’t that important. We take it as a given. Of course, surviving is the most...
  • Memorial Day

    Memorial Day Many of us don't understand the significance of Memorial Day, and yet, if we go back in time, we realize the reason for having such a day is to honor those who fell in battle. It is more than just a day to honor the dead. It is a day reserved to honor men and women who gave everything they had in the pursuit of freedom. Not just for Americans, but people all over the world. If you go to Hawaii you will see a cemetery filled with white grave markers. In Arlington, Virginia, is...
  • 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...
  1. You Have to Know Where you are Going to get There

    That should be self evident, but how many people do you know who are like a dog chasing his tail? They keep going around in circles and can’t seem to get anything done. I’ll give you an example of what I mean. Let’s say that you suddenly come into a great deal of money and your expenses are no longer a problem. You decide to go on a long globe-hopping trip. You pack a small bag, you know, toothbrush and a few miscellaneous items, you don’t have to take much remember, money is no object so...
  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. Civilization anyone?

    An Opinion. Much of what we know will be lost if a major shift happens in most societies. People get so enmeshed in trying to survive from day to day simply to get by. We go about working in the trades, in business and factories, and we forget our technology, simply stated, we take them for granted and much more which took hundreds if not thousands of years to develop. It gets set aside in our senses because it isn’t that important. We take it as a given. Of course, surviving is the most...
  4. "The Gift of Time"

    Something to think about. The last wishes of Alexander the Great........ On his deathbed, Alexander summoned his army generals and told them his three ultimate wishes: 1. The best doctors should carry his coffin ... 2. The wealth he has accumulated (money, gold, precious stones) should be scattered along the procession to the cemetery .... 3. His hands should be let loose, so they hang outside the coffin for all to see! One of his generals who was surprised by these unusual requests...
  5. 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...
  6. A Worldwide Depression May Be Coming

    Could it really happen? Let's take a look at a few facts and see if that's possible. The world standard today is the dollar. I live close to Panama and they don’t use anything but the dollar. No matter where you go in the world, everybody accepts the dollar as payment for every sort of goods imaginable. You cannot do that with all currency, that is to say, travel worldwide, and spend another country’s currency in stores, and other places in a different country other than your own. Here in...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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,...
  10. 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...
  11. 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....
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. 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...
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