Recently, I was reminded about the importance of being able to self-support. Earlier this month, hundreds of passengers on two cruise ships, the Voyager of the Seas and the Crown Princess, contracted norovirus and experienced extreme “digestive system distress.”
From time to time, I like to share ideas for fun activities that you can do on your own or with other members of your family that have a “hidden” preparedness component. Geocaching is an activity that fits into that category incredibly well, and it can be as much fun or as serious as you want it to be.
Most firearms enthusiasts would agree that suppressed firearms are some of the most fun and most desirable firearms toys you can play with. In addition to the cool factor, they have a tremendous amount of practical value for firearms enthusiasts in general and preparedness-minded people in particular.
Over the years, I’ve gotten into the habit of writing notes on paper or on my phone whenever I hear news stories that relate to preparedness. When I’m having a conversation with someone, I sometimes step away to look at the notes on my phone to figure out a current story from the news that I can use to introduce the topic of preparedness.
What will economic destruction look like? When will it happen? All we can do is guess. What can you do? Prepare. The simplest and most powerful thing you can do is to stock up on the items you regularly use.
It’s always bizarre to me when I hear people talk about wanting to deport only those illegal aliens who are criminals. The Department of Homeland Security said it will start focusing on deporting illegals with criminal records and leaving alone illegals without criminal records. Call me crazy, but if someone breaks our immigration laws and is in the United States illegally, he is a criminal.
Water is one of the most important things you need to consider in a survival situation. I want to share a few thoughts I have on things that can be done on a city or regional level to increase the amount of water that’s available in drought situations. These are measures that can be taken both now and in a grid-down survival situation.
The Occupy protests bring to mind a serious question: How do you protect yourself in a true riot or mob situation? Mob mentality has been causing riotous behavior for thousands of years. Although it’s chaotic, there are things about mob mentality that we can recognize and use in order to keep ourselves safe.
Two major threats have the ability to partially or completely destroy the power grid: electromagnetic pulses (EMPs) and coronal mass ejections (CMEs). Nuclear blasts can cause EMPs, and large solar flares can cause CMEs.
With time being limited and the economy being the way that it is, it’s important to identify preparedness and survival skills that you can learn and practice quickly and inexpensively. One of the most important skills that you can learn happens to be free to practice: situational awareness.
Just like with a car, if you run your body on the fuel that it’s designed to burn, it will have more power, run more efficiently and have less waste. Even more importantly from a preparedness perspective, if you eat foods that your body can burn and use efficiently, you don’t need to eat as much.
We’re going to a football game on the weekend of the 10-year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. One side of my brain says there’s no extra danger. The other side of my brain says terrorists love anniversaries. In any case, we’re going to go see some football. Am I going to have some stuff in the car in case something happens? Of course I will; I always do.
Following an end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it scenario or even a severe economic collapse, one of the most practical security measures that homeowners, neighborhoods and small towns can take is to find ways to increase security with minimal manpower. One of the simplest ways to do this is by using physical barriers.
Once you realize how important and urgent it is to prepare your family for disasters, getting loved ones on board can be one of the most frustrating and heartrending parts of the process. This can cause almost as much stress as the disasters you’re trying to prepare for.
It’s amazing how many emails I get that start with either “I might be paranoid” or “My family thinks I’m paranoid.” The simple fact is, if you think that it’s smart to prepare for likely disasters, some people will call you prudent and others will call you paranoid.
There has been a lot of derogatory talk lately about “preppers” and “survivalists.” Here are 10 reasons why preppers and survivalists have always been vital to the United States and why it is essential that we have as many as possible to survive future disasters.
Lots of people email and ask about what the best seeds are to store for long-term survival situations. With all of the deceptive and fear-based seed marketing in the preparedness market, it’s become confusing to try to figure out what kind of seeds to plant now and store for the future.
Protecting your property — whether your home, your animals or your garden — is key, especially if there’s been a breakdown in civil order. Protection is something everyone needs to consider, no matter his level of preparedness.
This week, we’re going to take a break and have some fun. Specifically, we’re going to talk about TV shows that might actually have survival lessons included. In recent years, there have been several survival shows that have come onto the market, and it looks like several of them are going to be regular features.
As ammunition prices have bounced all over the place and the threat/promise of increased firearms and ammunition legislation has increased, I have started doing more and more of my training with airsoft police tactical pistols or trainers. They have allowed me to train with my wife more often than we could if live fire were our only option. As an added benefit, I know that if it becomes illegal or a serious liability to train with firearms in the future, I have a backup plan in place to stay proficient as well as get new shooters up to speed with firearms.
There are a lot of misconceptions about how wilderness survival, camping and urban survival do or do not fit together. The arguments range from saying that neither wilderness survival skills nor camping will help in an urban survival situation to saying that all you need for a long-term urban survival situation is your camping or survival gear. The truth lies somewhere in between. No matter what your skill level and experience level, I have some great stuff for everyone this week.
Sometimes life can throw you a curveball and make preparations difficult. It can be difficult because of finances, health, family issues or any combination of things. In fact, a lot of people who are switched on and see trouble on the horizon are already in a sort of survival mode.
What is the startle response, how might it affect you in a crisis situation, and how can you keep it from turning into full blown panic?