Friday, January 17, 2020

Friday's Thoughts and Other Stuff (Emergency Evacuation Kits)

Dear Preppers and Survivalists,

Prepacked Emergency Evacuation Kits
About now, some families are thinking that it would be far easier to go out and purchase a prepacked survival kit, especially families with a high net worth.

Well, ... That might be a poor idea. Why?

First, how do you know you are going to receive gear that is appropriate to your situation?

If you live up north, like New York, you're going to need a sleeping bag rated for below 32°F.

Second, how do you know your family is going to receive quality gear?

Yes, the kit might say it has a quality first-aid products, but could you buy better quality from Walgrens?

Bloomberg - Insanely Fancy Emergency Survival Packs You Didn’t Know You Needed

Vice - 2 Chainz Digs Through a $10,000 Luxury Survival Kit on 'MOST EXPENSIVEST'

Preppi -  The Prepster Ultra Advanced - Fireproof Emergency Bag


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Friday, November 8, 2019

Friday's Thoughts and Other Stuff (Networking)

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

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

 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

Marines assigned to Combat Cargo
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.

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 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)
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.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Independence Day July 4th, 2019

The Signing of The Declaration of Independence (ca 1873)
painintg by
Charles Édouard Armand-Dumaresq

Like any other day, this day is an ordinary day for the rest of the world.

But, ...

For these United States, it is the 243nd anniversary of the founding of our country.

So, ...

Happy Independence Day

Hanabi in Nagaoka
Kiyoshi Yamashita

Friday, April 12, 2019

Friday's Thoughts and Other Stuff (This Is It)

Dear Friends, Family, and Readers,

Küste am Coast Path Path
nahe Land's End, Cornwall, England (ca 2013)
photograph by
Dietmar Rabich

This is It
 I'm finished irregularly posting about how you and your family can get prepared for the tough times ahead.

My reason is simple. I want to advance in my career, and the only way to do that is to start studying after work hours. Hours that I would normally use to write about preparing for the tough times ahead.

But, ...

I still have the writing bug, so you might see my articles around the internet, at places like Say Uncle, Prepper Website, and others. Plus, I will be updating Prepper: Surviving the Tough Times Ahead to be a solid source of information.

With that said, ...

I recommend you visit Yer Ol' Woodpile Report. It comes out every Tuesday, for your reading pleasure, with Ol' Remus' take on the threats facing you and your family.

Another weekly recommendation is Say Uncle for his daily dose of whats going on in the firearms world with a sprinkling of prepper information.

Another firearm related website that I regularly read is Gun Free Zone. He has a sense of wit that hopefully you will find educational in our fight for freedom.

An excellent source for prepper-type information is Prepper Website. It is a collection of articles from various sites on the internet.

There are many other sites offering great insight into the coming tough times, like Of Two Minds, while others offer insight to our current political situation, such as Ace of Spades HQ and Clusterfuck Nation, to name two.

Sorry, ... I wanted to remind you.

More likely then not, you and your family have most of the stuff you will need to survive the tough times ahead; however, you are probably lacking enough food, especially long-term food storage such as hard winter wheat, long grain enriched white rice, and dried beans.