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Recently I announced that the Jackson clan completed a seven year quest to purchase acreage for a homestead and full time retreat. Rachel and I had been considering purchasing acreage for a number of years as a combination hunting/recreation/retreat property but as I served in Iraq I watched neighborhoods turn into war zones and the radicalization of ordinary civilians I realized that the only (relative) safety in societal breakdown lies in either complete isolation or surrounding yourself with the fellow members of your family, ‘clan’ and ‘tribe.’ I hope that by sharing our story and homestead evaluation criterion we help you in finding your Prepper homestead. That said I want you to consider how unrealistic complete isolation is for the average person or family. […]
A Prepper must know how to take care of others, but even more important that taking care of others is taking care of one’s self…so that you can continue to take care of others. Prevention and self care are important to maintaining health but never more so than during times of great stress, after a disaster and while living in an austere environment. You will likely experience one or more of those events in your life and if you’ve studied and practiced the requirements for post apocalyptic self-care…you can easily apply those lessons to such lesser disasters and hopefully keep yourself and your community healthy enough to deal with the challenges you face. Frequent and proper hand washing is one of the most effective actions that the prepared prepper can perform t […]
Ballad of the Green Berets By SSG Barry Sadler Fighting soldiers from the sky Fearless men who jump and die Men who mean just what they say The brave men of the Green Beret Silver wings upon their chest These are men, America’s best One hundred men we’ll test today But only three win the Green Beret Trained to live, off nature’s land Trained in combat, hand to hand Men who fight by night and day Courage deep, from the Green Beret Silver wings upon their chest These are men, America’s best One hundred men we’ll test today But only three win the Green Beret Back at home a young wife waits Her Green Beret has met his fate He has died for those oppressed Leaving her this last request Put silver wings on my son’s chest Make him one of America’s best He& […]
‘ Be prepared!’ isn’t just for Scouts and campers. The Top 10 Camping Essentials is a good read for Preppers too.
Author’s note: I was recently going through my survival library. I was paging through a book entitled “Where There Is No Doctor”, by David Werner. The ideas and skills in the book fit in to the FSP doctrine quite nicely. I found a section that listed the tenets health care workers should remember. Reading them, I thought that they would make a good article. The tenets are direct quotes from the book. The commentary for each is my expansion on them, explaining how they would apply in a post disaster world Post SHTF the modern health care system we’ve come to rely on will not exist. A black swan event doesn’t even need to take place to make the previous statement true. Even a moderately severe event, like a national monetary collapse would disrupt societ […]
Being able to communicate silently in the field using Visual Signal is good skill survival skill whether you’re a Soldier or a Prepper. I was lucky to learn about hand and arm signals, a subset of Visual Signals (also includes light signals, flags, panel systems and the like) at the Fort Benning School For Boys. In fact, the Army has developed an entire Hand and Arm Signals vocabulary and this hand and arm signal vocabulary is actually pretty intuitive. This vocabulary is also worth learning to keep in that preparedness library between your ears. Scroll through the gallery below to review a selection of U.S. Army Hand and Arm Signals that I’ve gathered for the Prepper crowd from the September 1987 edition of the Army’s FM 21-60 Visual Signals. This manual has been […]
Let’s admit it…as Preppers we love wood heat. Wood is the perfect renewable resource as a heating fuel because you can harvest it with the most primitive of tools and nature supplies a steady supply if we don’t overharvest. But like most simple solutions it’s simple for something to go wrong and that’s why you should develop and use a wood stove checklist if you include wood heat in your daily life or preparedness plan. I want to discuss this topic today because it’s that time of year again when many of us in the Northern Hemisphere are getting ready to put our wood stoves and furnaces back into operation. Before the first cold day arrives and you light that first fire make sure that you work through your wood stove check […]
Cogitation is concerted thought, reflection, meditation, or contemplation. “Cogitation” highlights cognitive ideas that cross our paths. These ideas and thoughts don’t really warrant full articles. They are important enough to be shared as food for thought before forgotten. Cogitation: Hubris Will Kill You! The death of Thomas Eric Duncan, the foreign national who recently passed away in Dallas, becoming the first US ebola death, is raising alarms. What I find even more alarming is the CDC’s, and US administration’s public response to his death and the subsequent infection of not one, but two of his nurses as well as the general threat that Ebola poses to our nation and the world. At every turn the CDC and administration’s statements have turned out to […]
The Army does a good job of breaking down complex procedures into digestible tasks but the Army doesn’t always call things by the same name as civilians…civilians would call this the Heimlich Maneuver but the Army calls it First Aid To Clear Object Stuck In Throat. Links have been added to facilitate further reading or research. Task Number: 081-COM-1003 Task Title: Perform First Aid to Clear an Object Stuck in the Throat of a Conscious Casualty Task Type: Individual Proponent: Task Data Conditions: You see a conscious casualty who is having difficulty breathing because something is stuck in his throat. This iteration should NOT be performed in MOPP. Standards: Clear the object from the casualty’s throat by giving abdominal or chest thrusts until the casualty can talk an […]
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[The 2014 Ebola outbreak is] the most severe, acute health emergency seen in modern times… World Health Organization via News from The Associated Press Also see the World Health Organization’s Ebola Virus Disease Page
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