Friday, November 8, 2019

Friday's Thoughts and Other Stuff (Networking)



University of the Fraser Valley
School of Business networking breakfast (ca 2015)
source
University of the Fraser Valley

Networking
During tough times, you and your family may be scrabbling to get the things you need to survive, such as appropriate shelter, water, food, protection, and ....

So, ....

Who do you turn to for help

Government
 
 Ron Thomas from FEMA
sets up the Incident Response Vehicle (IRV)
for communications out of southern Texas,
following hurricane Dolly (ca 2008)
photograph by
Barry Bahler

For certain events, the local, state, and federal government are going to be there for you, albeit in a few minutes, hours, or days.

Needless to say, ...

The government will have access to money for shelter, think Section 8, food, can you say food stamps, and other services, like healthcare for you and your family

Military
 
Marines assigned to Combat Cargo
and
Sailors assigned to the Wild Cards of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 23
load humanitarian assistance and disaster relief supplies
onto an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter
aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5). (ca 2010)
photograph by
Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class
Ian Campbell

During some disasters, the State's Governor will activate the National Guard to assist victims. They may provide shelter, water, food, and protection.

These services are usually groupings of tents for shelter, bottled water or large water tanks for ... water, Meals-Ready-to-Eat for food, and confiscation of firearms and knives with roving patrols for protection in the tent cities.

Nongovernmental Oganizations
 
Belgian Red Cross Volunteers (ca 2005)
photograph by
Georges Jansoone

Yeap, one of the evil, vile NGOs ran by Mr. George Soros, Mr. and Mrs. Bill and Melinda Gates, or one of the Kock brothers may come to your assistance during an event.

Not really ; - )

More likely it will be the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, a regional religious organization, or another established group that will provide the basics of survival for you and your family.

Work
 
A sailor setting the broken leg of another sailor
after an accident on deck (ca 1897)
Halftoneh by
F. Brangwyn

That's right, your place of employment may have programs that you can access during a crisis. These might be their Employee Assistance Program (EAP), sick time donations from other workers, taking advanced vacation time, health insurance, borrowing from your 401K, and many, many others.

Ooooh, ...

Don't forget, your coworkers might be able to individually help you and your family by having a unique skill, like welding, sewing, cooking, and ... prayers.

Friends
 
Friends from the "Wild Side Story"
Rena Del Rio, Logan Carter, Peaches Del Monte
and Tony Del Valle  (ca 1974)
photograph by
Lars Jacob Prod

Before I begin, I don't want you to take this the wrong way.

But, ...

What can your friends do for you?

How about your extended family? What skills and equipment do they have that could help you and your family, during tough times.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Leaving and Moving


Dear Preppers and Survivalists,

Moving Day in the Jungle (ca 1900)
source
Saint Louis Post-Dispatch
illustration by
Walt McDougall and Syd Griffin

The Past
As some of you know, I have been writing about prepping for over ten years. In the beginning, it was once a week then my writing expanded to two and three times a week. I even wrote a book, Prepper: Surviving the Tough Times Ahead, so I could tell you about my passion, emergency preparedness.

But, ... Times change


The Present
The threats of five and ten years ago are still here. The natural disasters of earthquakes, flash floods, winter storms, and many others events haven't receded. Our financial problems kicked down the road, for future generations to solve, have only grown larger with our country borrowing another $1,000,000,000,000 to feed our government. The adversaries of our country, Russia, China, Iran, North Korea, and others have acquired military power and weapons that could harm our homeland in a single day or week.

Additionally, ...

The so-called Troubles have started here in these United States. We have members of the political class calling for the harassment, assault, and ,yes, the murder of a certain segment of our citizenry for their political, religious, and personal beliefs. As far as I can tell, their followers and others are unwilling to condemn these comments as outrageous and unworthy of our elected leaders. Some of their followers are even using violence to impose their ideology on us.


The Future
What does this mean for you and your family?

First, I have published Prepper: Surviving the Tough Times Ahead, so you, your family, extended relatives, friends, and co-workers can access the book for free.

I have also started exporting my articles from here to there, so you and your family can easily find my thoughts about prepping. No longer will you have to wade through days and weeks of unrelated material or political commentary. This will also allow you to tell friends and family about a one-stop source for prepping when they ask about surviving the tough times ahead.

Second, I predict, we will be seeing a resurgence in prepping because the economic, political, and international problems facing our country, and almost every other country, will come to the forefront for many people and families.

Lastly, I have a choice, like you and your partner, I can continue in my ways, overeating, smoking/drinking, irresponsible spending/borrowing, and many other faults or I can make some life changes to insure my family's happiness and survival, in the years ahead.


Post Script
If for some reason, you can't find an article. It's either in the archive, moved to one of the chapters in Prepper: Surviving the Tough Times Ahead, or it has been deleted.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Wendesday's Websites of the Week - July 31st, 2019


Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,



Introduction
There are many sources of information for you and your family to use in your quest to learn about prepping and its related skills. Some of them local, like the town's library or the adult education office at the local community college. Some may be regional, such as the county agriculture extension service office and a larger cities' art and history museums. On a national scale, information sources like a national library, national archives, or the nation's military is available to you and your family.

Additionally, ...

With the explosion of the internet, thirty years ago, other sources have opened up to you and your family. Sources such as blogs, videos, websites, and many others, and that is the reason for this Wednesday blurb, to provide new and old sources of information to you and your family from the internet.

So, ...



Mental Preparations

Gun Reform
Just to make sure, people understand the type of gun reform that we need in this country.

First, every female citizen will be given a pistol with 250 rounds of ammunition, a outside the waistband holster, a cleaning kit, and other assorted gear, by the government, to protect their family.

Second, every male citizen will be given an AR-15 with 500 rounds of ammunition, a sling, a cleaning kit, and other assorted gear, by the government, to protect the nation.

Third, every fourth and fifth grade school child, in an elementary school will learn how to safely shoot a pellet rifle. In sixth grade, the children will learn how to safely shoot a .22LR rifle. In seventh and eight grade, the students will learn how to safely shoot a .22LR handgun.

Fourth, in high school, the students will learn how to shoot the basic handgun and rifle, issued to every female and male citizen. They will also be required to take a test, as a graduation requirement, to evaluate their proficiency in the use of the rifle and handgun.

With that said, ...


The 'Law'
Folks, ... Make sure you're obeying the laws of your state, especially concealed carry laws.

Link:
Say Uncle - News You Can Use
http://www.saysuncle.com/2018/07/16/news-you-can-use-89/



Emergency Evacuation Kit and Caches



Air



Shelter



Water



Food

Recipes
Safely Gathered In: Test Kitchen - Anytime Cookies
http://sgi-testkitchen.blogspot.com/2010/01/anytime-cookies.html

Food Storage Made Easy - Whole Wheat Bread: From Start to Finish
http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net/2008/12/30/whole-wheat-bread-from-start-to-finish/

Medical



Protection



Communications



Transportation



Backing
Did you know, ...

The most dangerous maneuver, while driving, is backing up?

Link:
Stealth Survival - RV Boondocking Project: DIY Installation for a Reverse Light
http://stealthsurvival.blogspot.com/2014/07/rv-boondocking-project-diy-installation.html

Clothing



Information



Financial



Power Production



Kit



Suggested Reading and Additional Resources

building

Active Response Training
A collection of articles, from around the intenet, about defensive firearms usage, personal protection, and other insights for you, your family, and friends..

Link:
Active Response Training - Weekend Knowledge Dump: May 10, 2019
https://www.activeresponsetraining.net/weekend-knowledge-dump-may-10-2019

Woodpile Report
A collection of articles, from around the world, about politics, prepping, and the coming tough times.

Link:
Woodpile Report - Issue 578
http://www.woodpilereport.com/html/index-578.htm

Digital Survival Books
With the advent of the internet, we are able to share books and magazines that are no longer in print, may be unique, or ... Difficult to obtain from your local library.

Link:
Archive - American Survival Guide Vol. Six
https://ia801603.us.archive.org/18/items/01.AmericanSurvivalGuideJanuary2016AvxHome.in/06.%20American%20Survival%20Guide%20-%20July%202016%20AvxHome.in.pdf

Military Manuals
These United States military is responsible for the defense of this nation, so they train our Sailors, Airmen, Marines, Guardians, and Soldiers in many different skills and occupations. Skills that you and your family can use to survive the tough times ahead.

Link:







Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Wendesday's Websites of the Week - July 24th, 2019


Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,



Introduction
There are many sources of information for you and your family to use in your quest to learn about prepping and its related skills. Some of them local, like the town's library or the adult education office at the local community college. Some may be regional, such as the county agriculture extension service office and a larger cities' art and history museums. On a national scale, information sources like a national library, national archives, or the nation's military is available to you and your family.

Additionally, ...

With the explosion of the internet, thirty years ago, other sources have opened up to you and your family. Sources such as blogs, videos, websites, and many others, and that is the reason for this Wednesday blurb, to provide new and old sources of information to you and your family from the internet.

So, ...



Mental Preparations

Portrait Of An Unknown Woman
Ivan Kramskoi
(1883)

Women
I want you to think about something.

Saudi Arabia is probably the most oppressive country, on this planet, for women. They are prohibited from driving, leaving their home without a male escort from the woman's family, required to wear the full body covering garb, called a burka, prohibited from voting, and much, much more.

But, ...

In 1990, the country had to class women, in these United States' military, as soldiers, so these women could protect the Saudis from a possible invasion by Saddam Hussein. In other words, our female soldiers and women soldiers from other countries were classed as warriors.

Here is something else to think about.

During World War II, in soviet Russia, over 2,500 women were deployed as snipers. Some of these women completing hundreds of confirmed kills.

One more, ...

Currently, there are over 200,000 women serving in our countries military. These women complete many different tasks, including going into harm's way.

So, ...

When you're planning for your wife, girlfriend, daughter, mother, grandmother, aunt, or just some female, to be in the kitchen while you and your 'boys' are out protecting your family and the neighborhood, you might be making a big mistake.

Emergency Evacuation Kit and Caches



Air



Shelter



Water



Food

Bread
It seems, bread was around a few centuries before agriculture. Good news for preppers and survivalists because agriculture is a technological marvel that might fail, for certain, extreme, events.

Link:
Phys.org - Archaeologists discover bread that predates agriculture by 4,000 years
https://phys.org/news/2018-07-archaeologists-bread-predates-agriculture-years.html

Recipes
Safely Gathered In - Food Storage Friday: Chocolate Pudding Mix
http://safelygatheredin.blogspot.com/2009/07/food-storage-friday-chocolate-pudding.html

Safely Gathered In - Wheat Storage Made Possible by...
http://safelygatheredin.blogspot.com/2009/06/wheat-storage-made-possible-by.html

Food Storage Made Easy - Summer Salad with a Quick and Easy Corn Salsa
http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net/2013/07/17/summer-salad-with-a-quick-and-easy-corn-salsa/

Food Storage Made Easy - Food Storage Recipes: Homemade Rice-A-Roni
http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net/2009/07/12/food-storage-recipes-homemade-rice-a-roni/

Food Storage Made Easy - Best Wheat Bread Recipe, Yup We Said BEST!
http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net/2012/07/16/best-wheat-bread-recipe-yup-we-said-best/
 

Medical



Protection


Drills
It is important for you and your family to practice using your family's defensive weapons.

Like, ...

Link:
Shooting Illustrated - 5 Must-Know Drills for Your Home-Defense Shotgun
https://www.shootingillustrated.com/articles/2018/7/11/5-must-know-drills-for-your-home-defense-shotgun/


Communications



Transportation



Clothing



Information



Financial



Power Production



Kit



Tomahawk
Go ahead and laugh.

But, ...

It's quiet, doesn't need to be reloaded, and ...

The predecessors to these United States Rangers used it to win our liberty.

Link:
Stealth Survival - Gear Review: SOG Fasthawk Axe VS SOG Tomahawk Axe
http://stealthsurvival.blogspot.com/2015/07/gear-review-sog-fasthawk-axe-vs-sog.html

Suggested Reading and Additional Resources

stacks

Active Response Training
A collection of articles, from around the intenet, about defensive firearms usage, personal protection, and other insights for you, your family, and friends..

Link:
Active Response Training - Weekend Knowledge Dump: May 10, 2019
https://www.activeresponsetraining.net/weekend-knowledge-dump-may-10-2019

Woodpile Report
A collection of articles, from around the world, about politics, prepping, and the coming tough times.

Link:
Woodpile Report - Issue 578
http://www.woodpilereport.com/html/index-578.htm

Digital Survival Books
With the advent of the internet, we are able to share books and magazines that are no longer in print, may be unique, or ... Difficult to obtain from your local library.

Link:



Military Manuals
These United States military is responsible for the defense of this nation, so they train our Sailors, Airmen, Marines, Guardians, and Soldiers in many different skills and occupations. Skills that you and your family can use to survive the tough times ahead.

Link:






Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Wendesday's Websites of the Week - July 17th, 2019


Welcome Preppers and Survivalists,



Introduction
There are many sources of information for you and your family to use in your quest to learn about prepping and its related skills. Some of them local, like the town's library or the adult education office at the local community college. Some may be regional, such as the county agriculture extension service office and a larger cities' art and history museums. On a national scale, information sources like a national library, national archives, or the nation's military is available to you and your family.

Additionally, ...

With the explosion of the internet, thirty years ago, other sources have opened up to you and your family. Sources such as blogs, videos, websites, and many others, and that is the reason for this Wednesday blurb, to provide new and old sources of information to you and your family from the internet.

So, ...



Mental Preparations

Cool
It's fun reading books like Patriots: Surviving ..., One Second After, The Swiss Family Robinson, The Martian, and many others because these books give us a few ideas about surviving the tough times ahead.

But, ...

Learning from actual events is better.

Link:
NBC News - 'It was a miracle': Boys rescued from Thai cave tell their story in public debut
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/it-was-a-miracle-boys-rescued-from-thai-cave-tell-their-story-in-public-debut/ar-AAAeYmH


The 'Old' Ways
In times past, families would fix worn out items because it made financial sense.

Now-a-days, folks are doing it for other reasons, protecting the environment, building community, and ... saving money.

Link:
City Lab - Don’t Throw It Away: Take It to the Repair Cafe
https://www.citylab.com/life/2018/07/how-repair-cafes-can-fix-our-throwaway-culture/564923/


Emergency Evacuation Kit and Caches



Air



Shelter



Water



Food

Recipes
Safely Gathered In - Food Storage Friday-Green Chili Chicken Taquitos
http://safelygatheredin.blogspot.com/2009/07/food-storage-friday-green-chili-chicken.html

Safely Gathered In - Basic Cooking Skills: Roasted Carrots
http://safelygatheredin.blogspot.com/2009/07/basic-cooking-skills-roasted-carrots.html

Food Storage Made Easy - Food Storage Recipes: Chow Mein Casserole
http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net/2009/07/18/food-storage-recipes-chow-mein-casserole/



Medical





Altitude
You and your family may be planning to 'visit' friends in the mountains during tough times.

But, ...

Do you know how to adjust to the now altitude?

Link:
Stealth Survival - Carson National Forest in New Mexico: Adjusting to Altitude
http://stealthsurvival.blogspot.com/2015/07/carson-national-forest-in-new-mexico.html

Protection



Communications



Transportation



Clothing



Information



Financial



Power Production



Kit



Suggested Reading and Additional Resources

The Maughan Library's Round Reading Room(ca 2017)
photograph by
Colin


Active Response Training
A collection of articles, from around the intenet, about defensive firearms usage, personal protection, and other insights for you, your family, and friends..

Link:
Active Response Training - Weekend Knowledge Dump: July 12th, 2019
https://www.activeresponsetraining.net/weekend-knowledge-dump-july-12-2019

Woodpile Report
A collection of articles, from around the world, about politics, prepping, and the coming tough times.

Link:
Woodpile Report - Issue 587
http://www.woodpilereport.com/html/index-587.htm

Digital Survival Books
With the advent of the internet, we are able to share books and magazines that are no longer in print, may be unique, or ... Difficult to obtain from your local library.

Link:



Military Manuals
These United States military is responsible for the defense of this nation, so they train our Sailors, Airmen, Marines, Guardians, and Soldiers in many different skills and occupations. Skills that you and your family can use to survive the tough times ahead.

Link: