Prepping 101: Storing Batteries Long Term

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Survival Buzz: How to Store Batteries for the Long Term

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To Refrigerate, Freeze or just Store in a cool dry place…. that is the Question.

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Prepping 101: Survival Wisdom from the Great Depression

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65 Pieces Of Survival Wisdom From The Great Depression

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My parents were both products of the Great Depression, and as such, I learned a lot about survival and prepping as a LIFESTYLE, not a fad or something “cool” to do from a very young age.

Some of their habits are basic no-brainers like “Waste Not, Want Not”; and that goes for everything, not just Food! My dad often got scolded by other members of our family fo having so much “junk” around our house. Sometimes going so far as to think my dad was a “hoarder”, But they soon learned that all that ‘junk’ was basically our own personal hardware store when something needed to be fixed, modified or upgraded.

One time when I was a kid, some of those relatives came down for a family reunion and one of our Aunts, who was disabled and in an electric wheelchair, started having problems with the chair not working correctly; basically it would not turn correctly. That evening, my dad took the chair down to the shop and after digging though his “unsightly junk pile”produced the correct parts to fix the electronic switch that was broke. My relatives, who were not the kind of folks that were handy with tools or very self-reliant, were absolutely amazed. Their comments about my dad’s “junk” ceased from that day forward!

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Prepping 101: Creating A Working Inventory For Living in Dangerous Times

Not a bad primer to help get your mind in the right direction when it comes to preparing for when the Hammer drops. Remember, in Prepping, just like in Firearms and Combat Training, it is Software before Hardware. The Mind is the Ultimate Weapon, all else is Supplemental. -SF

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I have been reading the excellent book, Logavina Street: Life and Death in a Sarajevo Neighborhood, by Barbara Demick, and thinking about other places like Ukraine, Egypt, Venezuela, Syria, Argentina, Turkey, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Japan, Chile, Haiti, France, Zimbabwe, Iraq, Russia, Libya, Israel, Liberia, Yemen, Mexico, and my home state of Texas.  This has caused the paranoid part of me, a part that is apparently immune to normalcy bias, to consider how one might spend some spare money and time, apart from buying sovereign bonds and attending DSK’s quarterly sex parties, to prepare for TEOTWAWKI as experienced by the people in the aforementioned nations.  What follows is not a shopping list, but rather a list of questions to assist in creating a working inventory of mind, body, and equipment for living in dangerous or uncertain times.  These are mostly things one would want to get squared away while one has time for consideration, before one’s life, or another’s life, depends on it.
 

Mind

Whom do I love?

What do I love?

What do I have to live for?

What am I willing to die for?

What are my mental assets?

What are my mental liabilities?

What is my single biggest knowledge gap?

What are my natural rights?

What are the top three habits that make up my character?

Whom can I really trust?

Who are my mortal enemies?  Why?  What can I do about it?

What skills do I have to earn a living?

What special tools do these skills require?

Do I know how to beg…effectively?

Do I know how to barter…effectively?

How good of a liar am I…really?

Do I know how to use a compass and map?

What is the highest point in my county?

Do I know how to make a fire…without making much smoke?

Do I know how to hunt, fish, butcher, and prepare meat?

Do I know how to gather, grow, store, and prepare food?

Do I know how to change a tire, swap a battery, and jump-start a vehicle?

Do I know how to sail a boat?

Do I know how to use a two-way radio that is not a cell phone?

When and where am I safe to be in condition white?

What is my reactionary gap at day and at night?

How do I respond to a reset of my OODA Loop?

How can I reset someone else’s OODA Loop, and how much time does that give me?

What does it feel like to get punched in the face, and how does it affect me?

Do I really know how to defend myself with a knife?  For example, where are the three primary arterial targets?

Do I really know how to defend myself with a pistol?  For example, how confident am I that I can draw my pistol and in less than 1.5 seconds hit the brain of a man wearing body armor and standing two meters away?

Do I really know how to use my rifle?  For example, can I hit a man twice in the chest at two meters, in less than 1.5 seconds, while moving?  What about once in the chest, at 250 meters, with my first shot, and while I am sitting on the ground?

Do I know CPR?

Do I know how to make and apply a pressure bandage?

Do I know how to treat a sucking chest wound?

Do I know how to apply a tourniquet?

Do family, friends, and I know our neighborhood, out-of-town, and out-of-state rally points?

What is the first and last name of my twenty closest neighbors (geographically)?

What is the name and cell phone number of my county sheriff?

What is the name of the commander of my local militia?

What exactly do I do if I see the flash of light from a nuclear device?

Do I know the location of several local bomb and fallout shelters?

 

Body

How well, relative to others, am I able to see and hear, with or without aid?

Am I able to run for my life for more than a minute?

Do I have the strength to manage my own body weight?  For example, can I pull myself up over a six-foot wall?

Am I able to control my appetites, or do my appetites control me?

Am I chemically dependent?

Am I fit enough to perform sexually?

Am I able to swim 500+ meters?

Am I able to fight off everyday infection and illness, and to heal my own minor wounds?

Am I physically able to defend myself without a weapon?

Am I physically able to repeatedly manipulate and engage my pistol and rifle?

Am I able to carry myself, my pack, and my weapon up, down, across, over, around, and through obstacles for many miles?

 

Equipment

Do I have multiple pairs of Rx glasses and hearing aids if needed?

Do I have a good light and spare batteries or fuel?

Do I have a good pair of shoes that I can put on and walk to the next town without blisters?

Do I have warm and durable outdoor clothing in muted colors?

Is my vehicle in good condition with a spare tire, tools, water, siphon, fuel container, and flares?

Do I have a bicycle, boat, aircraft, or animal (with appropriate kit) that will carry me, and my gear, hundreds of miles?

Is my dog obedient and does he or she warn me of danger?

Do I have at the ready a Get Back Home Pack (aka Evacuation Pack, aka Bug Out Bag, aka Assault Pack, aka 3 Day Pack, aka Survival Pack)?

Do I have portable, widely recognized, and durable assets such as gold coins?

Do I have a reliable and portable method to obtain clean drinking water?

Do I have a good compass and appropriate maps?

Do I have some sort of telescopic magnification?

Do I have a first aid kit?

Do I have a two-way radio that is not a cell phone?

Do I have a knife that is high quality and a small sharpening stone?

Do I have a sidearm, ammunition, gun belt, holster, spare magazines, and magazine carriers?

Do I have a rifle, ammunition, sling, spare magazines, magazine carriers, spare firing pin, and range card?

Do I have body armor and a kevlar helmet?  Or will I be relying on bread?

Do I have a “spare” set of identification?

Do I have a mask, balaclava, or disguise?

Do I have at least a month’s cache of food?

Do I have ammunition cached?

Do I have books cached?

Do I have TamiFlu cached?

 

There are many more, I am sure, but I hope this at least spurs a lively discussion.

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Venezuela: A Prepper’s Nightmare Come to Life

Not much is being said in the state run media about the current events in Venezuela, but it would behoove the Armed Citizen/Prepper to pay attention to what is going on there; lots to learn. -SF

A group of masked men run for cover after riot police launched tear gas in Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. After an opposition rally broke up in the late afternoon, in a pattern that has been seen in past demonstrations about 1,000 stragglers erected barricades of trash and other debris and threw rocks and bottles at police and National Guardsmen. The troops responded with volleys of tear gas to prevent the students from reaching a highway and blocking traffic. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd

Two years ago, Venezuela was a normal functioning nation, relatively speaking of course. It was by no means a free country, but the people still had a standard of living that was higher than most developing nations. Venezuelans could still afford the basic necessities of life, and a few luxuries too.

They could send their children to school and expect them to receive a reasonably good education, and they could go to the hospital and expect to be effectively treated with the same medical standards you’d find in a developed nation. They could go to the grocery store and buy whatever they needed, and basic government services like law enforcement and infrastructure maintenance worked fairly well. The system was far from perfect, but it worked for the most part.

However, this standard of living was a mirage. Venezuela was and still is a leftist socialist nation, and the only thing propping it up was their glut of oil reserves and $100 per barrel prices. The state owned those resources, and they provided so much wealth that even Venezuela’s highly inefficient command economy could provide everything the people needed. But socialist systems do not by their nature, respond well to shock and disruptions. They’re not flexible.

As soon as the price of oil fell, the country started crumbling rapidly. The infrastructure has fallen apart, leading to rationing of both water and electricity. Inflation is out of control. Price controls have led to shortages of basic necessities. Crime is skyrocketing, and vigilante mob violence is now commonplace. All of these trends have been building over the past two years, but they have finally reached a crescendo over the last few weeks:

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Help Is NOT Coming, You Are On Your OWN

Although this article has good intentions and has some good information, if you want to stay REALISTIC, I would not include FEMA into any of your Preparedness plans. I will leave it to you to do the research as to the WHY.-SF

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These seem like harsh words that one may expect to hear in a developing country. Contrary to what many may think, this is a first world issue. Lack of self-reliance and resiliency is real. The intent of these statements is not to create fear or even anxiety, but, to inspire action. Inspire a plan. In the United States we are afforded a considerable amount of protection and security from things that could do us harm. Significant natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and earthquakes are all too real. Events such as hurricanes and tsunamis may provide for some early warning; while others like earthquakes, present little to none. The media does a great job highlighting the events before, during and after. Does it fall on deaf ears? The average person is not prepared. How many people have emergency plans or even a simple kit to deal with natural disasters? Due to incident activity, local fire and police departments may be unable to render assistance for the first 24, 48 or ever 72 hours. People may actually need to be self-sufficient during these initial periods. You could be on your own.

It takes individual initiative to overcome these disasters. Waiting for someone else to come to your immediate rescue may not be the best strategy. People living in neighborhoods with more social connections and resources are more resilient. They are more likely to say their neighborhood is well prepared to handle a disaster and more confident that their neighborhood would recover quickly after a disaster. This takes the concept of crowd sourcing a different direction. Use crowd sourcing to enhance you and your family’s safety. Leverage community relationships to secure physical and social resources.Social resources include a number of different aspects of social life in a community including:

Social cohesion: how connected people are within their neighborhoods.

Social control: the informal ways that people in the neighborhood maintain public order.

Social exchange: how neighbors help each other out.

General trust: how much a person trusts people overall.

Picture a post disaster block party. Here is a hypothetical example that can easily take place with some minor preparation. We are not talking “doomsday prepper” level here, just some basic, old-school community networking. Have a pre-event conversation with your neighbors. Come to a consensus that you will all work together as a social network and collaboratively pool resources. You need to plan for the worst; no help for several days with no available utilities. Focus on food and shelter. Once shelter has been identified and secured, develop a food and water plan. For buildings that are structurally safe, utilize the water found inside residential water heaters (generally 30 to 80 gallons each). Next, determine who has portable gas generators. Use these generators to power refrigerators and freezers containing perishables that have been sorted by the group. Lastly, combine all the perishables with no refrigeration. Then, have a big neighborhood barbecue with the food that could not be refrigerated. It seems simplistic, I know. A simple plan like this will get you through the days until help arrives. All it takes is some self-responsibility and actually talking to your neighbors.

From a proactive respective, FEMA focuses much of their marketing on preparedness. Are you ready? is a FEMA initiative and educational campaign that provides a step-by-step approach to disaster preparedness by walking the reader through how to get informed about local emergency plans, how to identify hazards that affect their local area and how to develop and maintain an emergency communications plan and disaster supplies kit. Other topics covered include evacuation, emergency public shelters, animals in disaster and information specific to people with access and functional needs. Are You Ready? also provides in-depth information on specific hazards including what to do before, during and after each hazard type. The following hazards are covered: Floods, Tornadoes, Hurricanes, Thunderstorms and Lightning, Winter Storms and Extreme Cold, Extreme Heat, Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Landslide and Debris Flows (Mudslide), Tsunamis, Fires, Wildfires, Hazardous Materials Incidents, Household Chemical Emergencies, Nuclear Power Plant and Terrorism (including Explosion, Biological, Chemical, Nuclear and Radiological hazards). America’s PrepareAthon , is a grassroots FEMA campaign for action to increase community preparedness and resilience. Join others around the country to practice your preparedness!

Take it upon yourself to get educated and enhance personal safety for your loved ones in the face of a natural disaster.

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