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Thomas Miller lives with his wife and three sons in the Northeastern quadrant of the United States. He has completed countless hours of advanced training in both clinical and trauma medicine and is a Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician. Tom has also completed several courses in disaster and emergency planning/management as well as hazardous materials handler and transport certification. He graduated with honors from American Military University with an Associate of Arts in Real Estate Studies.
Tom is a U.S. Army combat veteran who served with honor as a combat medic on his multiple overseas tours during the Global War on Terror. During his time in the Army, Tom became an expert in the use of several weapons (including long guns, sidearms and improvised weaponry) and obtained competence with many other weapon systems, including foreign firearms. The Army also afforded Tom the opportunity to become proficienct in the driving and operation of several different vehicles from Humvees to heavy trucks and tracked vehicles.
If there happens to be any free time available, Tom can be found sharing his passion for fishing with his sons, working on a project in the wood shop, tending to the garden or trying to maintain some resemblance of physical fitness. Tom's other writings can be viewed on his blog, The Prepared Ninja, at www.thepreparedninja.com. If you are on Twitter, Tom can be followed on the handle @preparedninja. Email this author.
For the person who wants to get started prepping or improve upon their start, it is important to act while the desired equipment, supplies and opportunities are available. Here are a few steps to take as soon as possible to ensure your greatest chances of staying ahead with prepping:
If a method for securing a variety of locations as well as various-sized elements has worked so well for centuries, doesn’t it seem like it would serve a group well during a survival scenario, regardless of the cause?
“The Alpha Strategy: The Ultimate Plan of Financial Self-Defense,” a book that was written in 1980 by John Pugsley, outlines how the economy really works and provides an investing strategy that could be a very viable solution for the prepper as well as those who are hesitant to invest in traditional paper investments. While some may consider a book written in 1980 to be irrelevant to today’s situation, I would beg to differ. What the country was going through in 1980 is not unlike the situation that the United States has seen over the last five or six years.
Over the past few months, I have been making preparations for a major life event that has posed several unique challenges to me as a prepper. At the end of the month, I will be moving.
The greatest way to prepare for disaster with limited resources is to make the best decisions with your money and ultimately explore methods to obtain goods and services without having to spend money.
One of the key elements to a solid survival foundation is fire. During an emergency or disaster situation, fire will be a requirement to complete tasks that will be necessary to sustain life. This is especially true if there were to be a catastrophic failure of civil infrastructure systems.
Prepper Thomas Miller answers reader questions about modeling a medical kit for survival purposes off of the existing medical kits that are in use today by medical professionals in the different branches of the U.S. Military.
In terms of treating injuries following a disaster, there is not a better model for a medical kit than those developed and used by the military. These medical kits are designed to save lives in the most difficult of circumstances and in the most austere environments.
An evacuation order may be issued for a number of reasons. With rare exception, there is typically minimal notice that it is coming. From a natural to a man-made disaster, the knock on the door could come at any time. This makes having a plan for how to deal with, and survive, the call to evacuate absolutely paramount.
BOB stands for “bug out bag.” A BOB is a bag (usually a backpack) that is strategically packed with life-sustaining and/or lifesaving equipment that contains a minimum of a couple of days’ worth of supplies. Keep one on hand to help get you from point A to point B in an emergency.