Monday, August 20, 2018

Volume Four: Number Thirty-Four

Fisherwives Waiting For The Boats To Return
Eugène-Louis Boudin

My brothers and I, sometimes, talk about the "Big" threats facing our country and our families. One of these threats is War.

Now, when we talk about this subject, we talk about responses and counter-responses that our country's, potential, adversaries may take to counter our country's policy's.

Doom and Gloom







Red Bull





War, Space War

War, Trade War

Things You Might Want to Think About

It's possible.

But, ...

Last time I checked. Villains aren't required to tell the truth to their friends, family, and the security forces. Plus, last year, there was a proof of concept attack; he could of copied.

It isn't over. Not by a long shot.

Yeah, Yeah, Yeah. Straws are bad, and balloons harm the environment.

But, ...

What got me was the number of power outages caused by metallic balloons, 203 in California alone.

Folks, just wait til bad times roll around and the dogs get hungry.

And, ...

Remember, dogs are descended from wolves, so they will be a threat to your family, even in good times.

They are stupid. They can't get over Trump winning the Presidential election, so they have to attack him at every turn.

Well, ...

That will make it easier to beat them this November.

Now, ...

All we have to do is get the Republicans to quit grovelling and reduce the size of the federal government.

Dealers are just another type of villain.

So, ...

Make sure your children know about these types of villains, too.

One of the things, I point out to folks at work. Some regulations are written in blood, injury, and death.

Ooops, ... Another reason to hate rich people, especially rich preppers.

We need more of these types of immigrants. ... Not!

Coming to a state near you?

Racists and Anti-Immigrant
Yeap, they are everywhere!

The Suspect?
I bet you; it was a 'Black' guy.

You know why?

The article didn't say the shooter was a white guy, ... five or ten times.

After South Korea builds all these new roads and railway lines, do they get to invade North Korea?

Or, ...

Does North Korea get to suck South Korea dry to prop up their Communist Party that has murdered millions of people?

The Victims?
They were shot be a black guy.

You know why?

The article didn't say the shooter was a white guy, ... five or ten times.


"The faction that used to be the Democratic party can be described with some precision these days as a three-headed monster driving the nation toward danger, darkness, and incoherence. Anyone interested in defending what remains of the sane center of American politics take heed:"

"Christmas 2020"

"But that seems like a risky social calculus -- especially since Sweden's statistics agency forecasts that the foreign-born population will only continue to grow in the future."

"In theory, it sounds like a winning formula."

"And knowing that, they also know that absolutely everybody else is broke and unable to meet their obligations."

"So, Americans listen up, do not fall for the false promises and do not extinguish the light that is left to allow humanity a measure of self respect."

"The solution to this will not be the same as last time. There is no secular authority willing to challenge the power of the new theogarchs. Mark Zuckerberg went to Congress and lied his face off, knowing they were afraid to lay a hand on him. By the 2020 election, social media will have banned Trump and all Trump supporters. The solution, in time, is the people in these oligopolies will have to fear the peasantry in real space. The same civil authorities that are too weak to oppose the theogarchs will be too weak to protect them."

What Others Wrote

Ace of Spades HQ: The Morning Report, 8/17/18

Active Response Training: Weekend Knowledge Dump, August 17, 2018

Defense One: The D Brief, 17 August 2018

Survival Blog: The Survivalist's Odds n' Sods, 253 

Yer Ol' Woodpile Report: Index 541

The Z Blog: Democracy

That's Just the Way it Was: Black River Falls, Wisconsin (ca 1937)

Mrs. Hale and her oldest son in front of their home near Black River Falls, Wisconsin. This farm house was built with a total expenditure of three dollars in money

Youngest child of the Hale family.

Son of the Hale family

Machinery belonging to the Hale family, a family of farmers

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Friday's Thoughts and Other Stuff, on a Saturday

Dear Preppers and Survivalists,

 Canadian Band WHY (ca 2013)
WHY music

Why? Why? Why?
It's easy, as you probably guested.

Exercises, especially the operational exercises, allow you and your family to test your preps under real world conditions.

That's right. There is no magical, in your dreams, this is how things are going to go when you and your family rush out the door with your emergency evacuation kits. Exercises make you (especially if your family is truthful with themselves) prove that you and your family have this capability.

Yeap, ... It's a dose of reality that most people don't want in their preps.

A Minimal Survival Kit
kept in a tin box (ca 2007)
photograph by

Survival Tin
This means, if all you carry is a survival tin, you and your family use that survival tin to provide the necessities for one, two, or three days.

Before, ... You and Your Family Need It To Survive!

Grinding Corn to Make Corn Meal
at Hontianska paráda,
a folklore festival in Slovakia (ca 2005)
photograph by

Do you store wheat, hard red winter wheat or hard white wheat?

Do you have a grinder?

Have you used it? How about your family?

Did you make bread with the flour that you had made with the grinder?

Not Practice
Now, ... Exercises aren't practice because exercises happen in real time, at the speed of life. Just like they will during an actual event.

But, ...

You have to be safe! Not stupid!

I'll be back, unless you see this message then that's it, ... for now.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Friday's Thoughts and Other Stuff

Dear Preppers and Survivalists,

Federal Emergency Management Agency Logo (ca 2007)
illustration by

Emergency Preparedness
When I was trying to determine a name for this blog, I didn't want to go with something trendy, such as 'The Prepper Blog,' 'Getting Started in Survivalism,' or 'Surviving the Coming (The Threat Du Jour).' I wanted something professional.

So, ... Ten years ago, I picked 'Getting Started in Emergency Preparedness' because Emergency Preparedness is a real profession.

That's Right!

You or a loved one can attend college, find a position at the federal, state, or local level, and get paid big bucks as an emergency preparedness professional. Now, sometimes you may be a police officer or a firefighter, at the local level, but you're still a professional. Heck, there is a federal agency (You may have heard of them) called F.E.M.A., the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Needless to say, ...

You're probably wondering why I am mentioning this little tidbit to you.

There are about six or seven types of exercises, depending on who you ask. According to the CHA Hospital Preparedness Program, there are seven while FEMA lists six types of exercises.

O.K. You're still probably wondering, so let me explain.

Exercises allow you and your family to...

* Evaluate the preparedness program

* Identify planning and procedural deficiencies

* Test or validate recently changed procedures or plans

* Clarify roles and responsibilities

* Obtain participant feedback and recommendations for program improvement

* Measure improvement compared to performance objectives

* Improve coordination between internal and external teams, organizations and entities

* Validate training and education

* Increase awareness and understanding of hazards and the potential impacts of hazards.

* Assess the capabilities of existing resources and identify needed resources

In other words, ... Exercises allow you, your partner, and your family to evaluate your preps, identify weakness in your preps, test your preps, make sure family members know what they are supposed to do, get suggestions and recommendations from your family, tell your family where they are at in their journey of preparedness, coordinate with your team (friends, family and trusted coworkers) make sure your family is learning and practicing their skills, teach your family about possible threats, and tell your family whether they really need a new piece of equipment or stay with what you got.

Types of Exercises
Like I said, depending on who you ask 'What are the different exercise types in Emergency Preparedness?' will determine whether they list five, six, seven, or possibly eight exercise types.

Since you asked me, ...

The National Fire Academy holds a table-top emergency preparedness exercise
with firefighters from across the country
simulating a structure fire and other emergency situations in a mock city
ca. 2003
photograph by
Jocelyn Augustino

Paper or Discussion
These are the exercise where you, your family, and your team talk about your plans, usually it's a one-way talk like a class.

In these exercises, you or your partner familiarize or teach your family the plans or any changes to a family plan. It could be as simple as when you teach your children how to quickly evacuate for a house fire or what the adults are going to do when they have to quickly pick up any children from school.

A hazardous materials specialist with the Oakland Urban Search and Rescue California Task Force 4
gives members of the California National Guard’s Homeland Response Force
an update during Operation Dark Horse (ca. 2015)
photograph by
Sgt. Brianne Roudebush

These types of exercises are when you, your family, and your team actually go through a plan. An operational exercise can be a tabletop exercise, a functional exercise, and a full-scale exercise.

For tabletop exercises, people sit around and talk about what they are going to do for a specific event.

You know what I'm talking about....

You're watching The Walking Dead with your partner and she says, ... If some zombie comes stumbling through the sliding glass door, I'm going to grab the shotgun and shot their head off then grab the sheets of plywood and nails from the the barn and board up all the windows and glass doors in the house. Your eldest daughter chimes in with, ... I'll get the shovel and broom then sweep and shovel the body parts out the door into a trash can while Mom starts fortifying the house. Your eldest son says, ... I'll round up all the younger kids and get them upstairs, grab the .22 LR pistol with five magazines from the ready gun locker then come back downstairs to pull security for everyone, and so on.

That's a tabletop exercise

For functional exercises, small groups go out and actually complete a task or a series of task, just like they would during an event.

You know, ...

When you go camping and you have your older children build a fire as they prepare dinner using food items from your emergency evacuation kit+, while they wait for the fire to burn down to coals so they can cook dinner then clean up the dishes, properly dispose of any food waste, and return everything to its proper place (just like you would, in case you and your family had to quickly leave an area)

These exercises are when the whole team works under simulated events using the tools, equipment, and people that they would for a real event.

Like that time, one winter weekend, you and your partner turned off the electricity to the house, so you and your family could practice what they would do during a winter power outage.

I know, I know, ... You're still trying to figure out what my choice of blog names has to do with you and your family's preps.

You'll have to wait because I'm going to go read Yer Ol' Woodpile Report ; - )

FEMA: - Exercises

California Hospital Association Hospital Preparedness Program - Types of Exercises

Provider Magazine - Three Types of Emergency Preparedness Drills

Centers for Disease Control - Planning Exercise

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Wednesday: 15 August 2018, Part Three

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Electronic Benefit Transfer Cards
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (ca 2011)
photograph by
U.S. Department of Agriculture

My Apologies
Sorry folks, ...

I didn't have time, probably the most finite resource.


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Wednesday: 15 August 2018, Part Two

Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,

Propaganda Poster (ca 1918)
Library of Congress

In a few short months, Getting Started in Emergency Preparedness will be ten years old,

In honor of this event, ...

I have collected, every Wednesday for the next year, a few blurbs from various places, such as ...

Safely Gathered In
Hannah and Abbie with Brittany, Aleasha, Sarah, and Tiffany provided wonderful advice and suggestions about gathering, storing and using food storage for you and your family. The six women also provided great, delicious recipes based on their food storage that their families eat at family meal times.

Safely Gathered In - Food Storage Friday: Whole Wheat French Bread

Food Storage Made Easy
Jodi and Julie have a wonderful blog with lots of information, so they also have many tips, tricks, and recipes, for you and your family.

Food Storage Made Easy - Food Storage Recipes: Corn Cakes

Food Storage Made Easy - Sweet and Sour Meatballs and Zucchini

Food Storage Made Easy - How to Make an Ice Cream Cake