Redundancy Matters: Multi-Tiered Bug Out Plan

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Whether you are on a daily commute, are traveling away from home or are preparing for a bug out scenario, you need to have alternate forms of transportation in addition to your primary.  Scenes from the Houston area evaucation from Hurricane Rita, to the 2014 ice storm in Atlanta, GA give us advanced warning of why we need to have get home bags and alternate transportation.

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Use City-Wide Surveillance for Your Own Bug Out Plan

Friday, April 10, 2015

As I show in my video, We Are In The Truman Show – Total Surveillance, cameras are almost everywhere!  They are on several intersections, stores, highways, and even on people.  Did you know that some of these cameras are available for public use?  It’s time to start using this oppressive surveillance for a good use – Your Bug Out Plan!

Watch as I navigate this particular website and access live streaming city-wide cameras.  If the internet is still up, these cameras can give you a birds-eye view of what’s happening on the ground before you bug out of your home. Read More

Life Saving Skills – Pulleys for Rope Rescue & Stuck Cars

Monday, March 9, 2015

A couple of years ago, I used to own a Jeep Wrangler which was my pride and joy. I outfitted the vehicle with a 4″ lift, 33″ tires and all the bells and whistles. The last item which I wanted was a nice winch. Winches are great tools to get your vehicle unstuck, get other vehicles unstuck, or even used as a rescue operation to haul persons or gear.

The only problem with winches is that they are expensive, heavy, must remain fixed to the vehicle and use electricity.  However, there are cheaper and more practical solutions!  In this article, I’ll discuss some cheap alternatives to the winch and how they are used for a variety of preparedness situations. Read More

Build Your Own Bug Out Bag (Categories & Ideas)

Monday, February 16, 2015

If I could have one recommendation for anyone out there who is new to prepping, try to avoid buying a pre-loaded bug out bag.  Although you might think there is a threat of impending doom with how current events are playing out, you do indeed have some time to make a bag that is tailored to you.  There are many pre-loaded bags out there that are just plain junk, and it is unfortunate that people get sucked into those purchases.  There are other bags out there which are “OK”, but are highly marked up in price due to the convenience factor and are not custom tailored to yourself as an individual.

My best advice to you is build you own bug out bag which is customized to your survival needs, skill level and price. Read More

Practical Every Day Carry (EDC) Kit

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Updated for 2015 with new & improved gadgets!

There are Bug Out Bags (BOBs), Get Home Bags, I’m Never Coming Home (INCH) bags, and then there is EDC – Every Day Carry kits.  When you look up EDC kits on google, you’ll see a vast array of kits.  Some of them are practical, whereas others are far from it!!  EDC should be a kit that is always on your person regardless of where/how you travel.  Some kits that people have online are one stop short of going back into the 80’s and carrying a fanny-pack with you everywhere you go.  While that may be practical for a couple of folks, the vast majority of us will not be wearing a fanny pack everywhere we go.

I wanted to share with you the contents of my EDC kit.  Remember, the EDC by itself does not give you all the tools to “survive”, but it increases your odds dramatically.
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The Definitive Land Navigation Training Material

Friday, January 9, 2015

There is no doubt that land navigation using compass and map is a necessary skill for a prepper.  However, training materials out there are either too simple or too lengthy (e.g. – military reference).  Below are files of a 5 part series on land navigation from 101 to advanced.  Through my research, I have found these presentations to be the most comprehensive and easy to understand.

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Bug Out Bag Foam?

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Organization is key for having an effective preparedness bag.  Whether it be your primary bug out bag, medical, COMMS, get home bag, etc., items need to be effectively compartmentalized so that you can have an efficient deployment if the situation arises.

Here is how I have my communication bag organized.  I’ll introduce you to a nice cheap tool called “Pick n’ Pluck” foam from Pelican that can be purchased for under $10-15!  Remember, if you can’t find a Pelican case on sale, you can always buy rubbermaid or some other type of hard container and buy the foam separately.

 

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Bug Out Plan – Standby Crates

Monday, December 8, 2014

Preparedness does not have to be über technical.  Sometimes the most simplest of ideas can make a huge difference.  This is one of them…

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Human Errors – Standardize Your Team (SOPs)

Monday, December 1, 2014

Whether you’re in big business, small business or the military, a common theme found throughout all is the use of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).  SOPs are step by step procedures to ensure consistency when executing a specific task/purpose.  Just the same, SOPs are critical for the preparedness community if you want your people to be razor sharp when it comes to executing critical tasks. Read More

Geocaching & Survival Foraging

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Geocaching is a recreational activity among GPS users that is basically a big game of find and seek.  I do not participate in geocaching hunts, but the principle of using map markers is something everyone should be doing right now! Read More

Contingency Planning – Sink or Float

Monday, November 10, 2014

It’s dark out at around 8PM.  You and your family are inside watching a program on the TV when an alert marquees across the screen:

“Presidential Alert – Russian cyber attack underway across American utility infrastructure”

Your bug out plan is a go!  Grab the kids, grab the gear, and get the hell out of dodge.  In the middle of your bug out plan, the electrical infrastructure goes down – your entire house is in darkness.  Not so easy finding your gear now is it? Read More

When the Google Well Runs Dry

Thursday, November 6, 2014

All around the world, governments are censoring the ability of their citizens to obtain information freely on the internet.  Whether it is hard core censorship in China, to more tactful censorship in the United States like subduing search engine results, we had better come to the realization that we may not be able to harness the power of the internet at some point in our future. Read More

A Prepper’s Dilemma – Pack Weight

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Water, firearms, ammo, clothing, shelter, food, tools…OH MY!  As you check off your list of bug out bag preparedness items, the needle on the scale goes higher and higher.  Not to mention there are more than a few of us who could shed a couple pounds off our own body weight.  What is the balance between gear and weight?

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SHTF Scenario Planning – When you still have a job

Monday, August 25, 2014

As you explore survival community topics, you’ll find a wide variety of situations including economic collapse, viral epidemics, solar EMPs, etc.  With each situation, people are preparing in a variety of ways.  The one scenario that has the most credible evidence by experts throughout the field is economic collapse.  While people are preparing by storing food, water, and other essentials, I see “bugging out” as an incredibly popular topic…but how practical is it?  In this article, I explore some more practical considerations as to what an economic collapse will be, and why bugging out may not be a reality until later stages of the collapse.

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Land Navigation Orienteering 101

Friday, August 15, 2014

Did you know that in Sweden, Orienteering (Land Navigation using a map and compass) is part of mandatory school curricula since 1942?  It has even become Sweden’s most popular sport alongside of swimming and other athletics.  Similarly, other European countries like Germany established “Forest Kindergartens” which are essentially pre-schools which are strictly set in the wilderness setting.  Although the United States has the Boy and Girl Scouts, the majority of American children are losing touch with nature. Similarly, life as well as survival skills that can be obtained from being outdoors are sadly fading as well.  If you were never given that opportunity at a young age, it is never too late! Read More