On Your Own
This news story from Texas offers several “teachable moments.” The gist of the story is this: Robbers hit the store. The owner fought back. The owner called police, who arrived 74 minutes later!
People who are serious about preparedness and self-reliance are interested in more than a three-month or even a one-year supply of food and water. They want food independence in the form of heirloom seeds that they can both plant and store.
What do you do if there is a disaster in your community? You will not be able to flush the toilets or run water down the drains if a flood, hurricane or something else overwhelms the sewer system. During a disaster situation, public services could be disrupted for many days.
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.
What you carry every day is important. Sure, many of you strap on a pistol and call it good. And that is good, insofar as it is better than nothing. Your self-defense choices are very personal and individual. Start thinking about them and act on those thoughts.
Stockpiling non-perishable food and water for an emergency is pretty much Job No. 1 when it comes to prepping. But if food and water are all you have, you’re going to find surviving very challenging, especially if you’re forced to bug out when you thought you were going to be able to hunker down.
Quinoa was a staple for the Aztecs in South America and was one of just a few crops the ancient Incas cultivated at high altitudes. Because of its high protein and fiber content, it was highly valued in these cultures. I recommend that people store it as an alternative to white rice, which has very little nutritional value.
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.
A concerned reader recently sent U.S. Concealed Carry a note about when you should or should not draw your firearm. The writer was concerned because many articles by attorneys and others say never draw unless to fire or you would be charged with brandishing.
If you can convince a burglar or home invader as he’s scoping out your neighborhood that he will have a very difficult time accomplishing his goal in your house, you might actually save your life and that of your family members.