Category Archives: DEFENSE

Security – surveillance systems, perimeter systems, locks and alarms. [Fire, smoke, CO, gas] weapons could also go under hunting in the FOOD section

EAS false alarm

EAS false alarm

Recently there was a false warning for a missile attack on Hawaii. The warning lasted about 37-38 minutes and caused a great deal of panic. People were going into the storm drains for shelter.

Apparently someone had just hit the wrong button. All I got to say about that is IT happens. That raises a question in my mind. Ideally everything should go as planned 100% of the time. That is not reality though now is it? Which would you rather have happen, a false alarm OR no alarm and the first you know is a bright flash of a nuke going off? IF we can not have 100%, then I would rather get a few false alarms than miss out.. SO, in my mind it was a good thing as it showed flaws in the system, it made people think and has sparked conversation!

So let’s analyze the situation– here in the US of A mainland we are about 30 minutes by ICBM from Russia and China and North Korea– comforting thought. In Hawaii it is way less than that maybe 10 or 15 minutes from North Korea. Maybe if people could keep that in mind they would not be panicky after the first 20 minutes [ymmv]

Shelter – it would be great if you had a designated shelter to go to, 2nd best is retrofitting your basement . As far as going into the storm drains or sewer systems, it is a good idea until it rains and washes the fallout into the drains. The other issues with going underground like that is methane which displaces oxygen which WILL kill you. Think about it, the next time you see a work crew going in the pipes they always keep one person on the surface AND they pump fresh air down to the underground workers.

Is it possible to survive a nuclear weapon attack?? Unless you are directly at ground zero, yes it is. I was stationed in Japan in the 1970s. Part of my duties as a medic was taking care of some of the survivors from the 2 atom bombs we dropped in the 40s. This was not from the kindness of our [or our government] hearts. We wanted the data for research. It was very interesting seeing the flash burns on them [the survivors] and you could tell what the patterns of clothing they had on. The darker part of the pattern had worse burns V the lighter colored areas. One of the people was SOOOoooo… lucky, he was 700 – 1,000 yards from ground zero with the first bomb and survived, then he walked home where he was just in time to be caught in the 2nd bombing… mind you this was back in the 1940s. He finally dies of old age in the early 2000s about 60 years after being bombed twice.

Which brings us to— what are you doing to get prepared?

Ref article – which should NOT be comforting..

long term storage tip sealing

Long term storage tip

How to seal stuff air tight for long term storage. One of the better long term storage containers IF it is going to be kept in a dark space is plastic or Mylar. This will keep both air and liquids either in or out depending on what you want. The hard part is sealing the container. If you are using plastic bags or Mylar bags they will store for a very long time. If you are freezing something make sure that you leave a little bit of empty space for expansion BUT get as much air out as you can before sealing the bag.

How to seal the bag? You can spend and get a dedicated device such as a seal a meal or vacuum sealer which can be expensive when new which unless you are doing a lot of it can be cost prohibitive.

You can build a dedicated device out of wood and a clothing iron. This is more economical but can take up a lot of space. In essence you take 2 2x4s however long so that you have a bit of extra length to play with.

What you will need- 2 pieces of 2 x 4 about 2 feet long, 4-5 inch C clamp, a door hinge and screws, a drill, saw and a screw driver. How you build it – cut to length, match them up so that when constructed you will sandwich the Mylar or plastic bag between the 2 x 4s, place the door hinge so that the 2 pieces of wood will articulate like a door opens and closes, mark the spots for the screws and drill pilot holes. Place the screws.

HOW to use – fill the bag leaving enough empty so that the jaws of 2 x 4s can close AND leave about an inch of the bag sticking out, fold this over to the side with the sheet of aluminum foil over it which protects the iron when you seal the bag. Set the iron to medium heat and slowly run it along the flap. Test the seal to make sure it worked. You may have to move faster or slower or adjust the temp up or down depending on the quality of the seals.

Depending on what you are storing you can now toss the package in the freezer, on the shelf or take it out and bury it.

If you are only going to do a few packages you can use a hair curling iron and use it as above.

Ready? Or Not, Things WILL Happen = Quick start survival guide
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Lights after Christmas

I wanted to get this quick TIMELY tip out to you today.

It’s a tip that I’ve suggested for the last several years on the day after Christmas that a lot of you have taken advantage of… If you’ve got the time, head to your local Home Depot, Lowes, Ace, Target, etc. and buy some LED Christmas lights on closeout.

Home Depot even has sets this year that are solar powered and come with a solar charger, Lithium Ion battery, a light sensor to turn them on automatically at dusk and a timer to turn them off 6 hours later! If you’ve got 120 volt emergency power, these are a great cheap way to keep your house lit during an emergency.

A great accompaniment is the SMALL 1 plug cigarette adapter inverters that you can buy from Wal-Mart and other stores so that you can power the lights with a 12 volt battery. And, if you want more adaptability, you can spend another $3 and get a battery harness that will hold 8 AA batteries (1.5vx8=12v) so you can run your LED strings on AA batteries.

The model I like is from Radio Shack, has a 9v type connector, and works like a charm. As you’re searching, you might want to look for these features: -strings of lights rather than “icicle” lights -a female plug at the end so you can run multiple sets in series -wired so that the set will still work if a bulb goes out -LED -can be saved for next year or used as emergency lighting OR as night security lighting :]

Now is a great time to get wrapping paper on clearance, last year my daughter stocked up for $0.25 on the dollar which made this year’s WAY cheaper. ;]

If you’ve got any other after-Christmas prepper deals that you’re finding, please share them with us.

Count down

Counting down to Christmas — for those of you who do not observe Christmas as such then Happy Holidays to you.

Just when you thought the presidential election was over….and decided and that for good or ill that Donald Trump won, well it taint over yet.

December 19th [today] is when the Electoral College votes on who the next President of these United States of America will be. The results of this vote most likely will not be made public until 2017 January 6th

post election [2016 November 8th] we have seen too many peaceful demonstrations -also known as riots- of the anti Trumpers in the days and weeks. Regardless of how things turn out today I think that it would be reasonable and prudent to be prepared for whatever happens.,.,

things to do today… top off you fuel tank and do not let it get below ¾ for the rest of winter. Avoid large gatherings of people. Keep your eyes and ears open for things out of the ordinary, if it does not sound, look or feel right – leave the area.

Review your family communication plans and test it.

There is less than a week till Christmas. IF you don’t have all of your presents bought yet, consider things related to being ready. Such things as sleeping bags and other ‘camping’ things. Fire starter related items are always good for stocking stuffers. Another great item for each of the older kids and adults would be one of those 4 way water keys – they look like the 4 way tire iron or lug nut wrench and they will work on almost all of the out door water outlet so that you can get city water from outside most buildings as you bug out or walk home during a disaster.

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riots continue

It is Friday after the election on 2016 November 08 the riots are continuing.

We are listening to a radio station [ if your local station does not carry Ground Zero with Clyde Lewis] in Portland, Oregon in part reporting on the riots there. There are reports of ‘bombs’ going off [flash bangs are a type of hand grenade] and other non fun things happening. While the regular reporting is interesting the commentary from the talk radio show host is by far MORE interesting and informative as he reports on the stuff happening outside the building he is in.

some of the happenings can be boiled down to a bit of advise.

1. IF you can avoid such areas, stay away!
2. If you actually HAVE to be in such areas OR if you just happen to can caught in a riot or other ‘protest’ leave if you can. If you can not leave OR if your job requires you to be in an area, PLAN to be able to SIP [shelter in place]. Food, water, toiletries, bedding, change of clothes for 3 days stored in your office. This WOULD include needed medications and medical devices such as a spare C-PAP [and or oxygen,] they are easy to find at garage sales and your oxygen company can service and set them as back up devices.
3. If you get caught in a ‘protest’ do NOT engage the rioters. Keep moving with your windows rolled up, doors locked and leave the area. If you are walking move to the edges of the protest and then exit the stream of walkers. [yes that was a ref to ‘The Walking Dead’ and in my mind is an appropriate analogy.
4. Do not draw attention to yourself. Blend in as best you can.
5. If you are working in an area like this have someone outside the area monitor communications and alert you to the situation so that you can make informed decisions.
6. Do not depend on your own vehicle nor public transportation as they can and most likely will be shut down or blocked. Plan on walking [or running] to get anywhere OR plan to shelter in place.
7. This would be a good time to pray for your self and loved ones AND the nation.

Cross ref

and some books that explore the topics in more depth This is book 1 the quick start guide to preparedness. This is book 2 about traveling and evacuation planning.

Riots post election

Riots post election ;[

There are several riots going on around these US of A for the second night after the elections. Sounds like a lot of property damage with several people hurt [at least 2 in ICU]

I realize that half of the country is happy how the elections turned out and the other half is pissed. Either way it is getting needlessly dangerous out there.

I have heard some talk of how the ‘protesters’ are paid to be out there stirring up crap. Is this actually the case? I do not actually know. Some observations though. Most of the “spontaneous protests’ seem too well organized and co-coordinated in my opinion. Regardless of if they are spontaneous or not it is NOT safe for you to be around them.

So what do you do if you find yourself in the middle of this crap? OR better yet how do you prevent yourself from being in the middle of it?

Pay attention to your surroundings, avoid large groups of people, plan out alternate routes of travel AND have plans to be able to camp out at your place of work or with friends until the crowds / trouble disburses.

1. Pay attention to your surroundings – know what is ‘normal’ for where you are, be familiar with the area for the time of day you normally are in the spot. Are the people near you behaving as they normally do or are they agitated? Does anyone appear odd or out of place / does not fit in? If so, report it to the ‘normal’ people there [your co-workers, friends, the boss or security if any. Once you have alerted others either take control of the situation or leave.
2. While you are out and about avoid large groups of people especially if any of them seem agitated or angry.
3. Plan out alternative routes of travel AND escape routes. Always know at least 2 ways to exit any area you find yourself in. look for the normal things like front, back and side doors. Consider also windows as points of egress. Discuss this with others in your party so that everyone will be on the same sheet of music should something not good happen, also discuss and agree on a meeting place should any of you get separated.
4. Have a communication plan before hand with those in your party AND people at home. Most of us have cell phones which seem to grow out of our heads now. Consider use of either CB radios, the FRS type radios or the Beofeng radios that I have reviewed elsewhere in the blog.
5. Have plans to be able to camp out at your place of work or with friends until the crowds / trouble disperses. It is sometimes advisable to just stay somewhere until the storm blows over. Right now we are discussing riots and “peaceful protests” but this also applies to snow storms and other such. If you work in an office type setting consider storing an extra set of clothing, toiletries, a days [or 3] of rations and maybe some bedding in or under your desk – I have been snowed in at work before and it sure is better if you have planned ahead.
6. Listen to the news and or local radio station while at work to be able to know what is going on around town. An off shoot of this is to have a friend or family member who is at home pay attention to the local news and alert you to things. People can take turns on this if you have a group and if need be and the group is large enough there could be 24 hour coverage.
7. Lastly, if there is trouble and you do not HAVE to be out and about, do not be stupid and STAY home..

cross ref

and some books that explore the topics in more depth This is book 1 the quick start guide to preparedness. This is book 2 about traveling and evacuation planning.

Election 2016 FU

Good morning everyone… Election 2016 F/U [follow up]

As I type this at 2146 on election night Tuesday, Donald Trump is at 254 electoral points and Hillary Clinton is at 209 electoral points. The night is still young I would NOT count the chickens YET.
There is nothing more that I can do about this tonight so I am going to bed and get some sleep as soon as this posts.

EITHER way that this election goes there most likely will be trouble with half the country happy and the other half mad. BTW they just played One Tin Soldier – the legion of Billy Jack… great song and fitting for this topic. [listen to the song and watch the movie, it is WELL worth it]

While there is still time tonight or first thing in the morning top up your fuel tank in your vehicle.

Basically cut more wood and carry more water until this thing shakes out.

Will stuff happen this week? Heck if I know, BUT it is best to be ready and not need it than not be ready and have something go wrong.

I am going to repeat recent advice….

Did you vote yet??? IF you have not and you are just now reading this it is TOO late for this cycle, get it in gear next time…… ;] No matter who won this election WE WILL SURVIVE.

With all the unrest in the world over the last few years (9-11-01, Iraqi war, economic recession, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and others) it is a good thing to be ready for anything. Here are some items that may help.
* 1 gallon water per family member or pet per day for two weeks.
* a way to purify even more water in case you must go without fresh water supply for a period of time.
* 6 months (or more) food in your pantry. Include your pets! They need to be accounted for and fed too.
* 6 months (or more) salary in savings. You can do this slowly, no need to panic and save it all at once. Just $5.00 per week in a savings account will add up quickly. Keeping some of this savings in your house is advisable in case of continuing decline in economy or power outage in your area (power is out, the ATM isn’t going to work). Keep it in your kit, this way if you have to evacuate it’s available to you.
* 1 month supply of all medications (6 months supply would be even better).
* camping cook-stove in case of power outage. Remember to use this in a well ventilated area.
* fuel for stove.
* easy to prepare foods, such as un-condensed soups and cans of fruit and such that will be very quick to prepare or can be eaten from the can.
* keep your car above 1/2 tank of gas at all times. This will help if you ever need to be evacuated from your residence. Above 3/4 would be better, but it would be more trips to the gas station.
* phone book in print format of all friends and relatives. Keep a copy of this in your kit so you don’t have to hunt for it if you evacuate.
* evacuation plans so you do not have to be dependent on a shelter if you have to evacuate your home.
* Remember your pets! If you do need to evacuate, shelters will not let you bring them. Check with your local shelter or vet to see where you can take them if you can’t bring them with you.
* Keep your dishes and laundry done. In winter or during an emergency there could be power outages that keep you from being able to do either of these simple chores easily.
* Keep appropriate clothing for each season on hand. If your area gets very cold during the winter, keep enough clothing on hand you can go from 2 weeks to one month without doing laundry in case of power outages.
* Paper goods, such as paper plates, napkins, plastic cutlery and plastic cups will truly help during a time of no power. No washing, you simply deposit them in a trash bag for either garbage collection or, if you are in the country, burn barrel. Non-coated paper plates, bowls and cups may also be burned in a fireplace.
* Keep oil, water, and a shovel in your vehicle. Depending on your area you may also want to keep a few rugs or some kitty liter as well for traction in case of ice or sand. This can be very helpful during winter driving or summer cruising.
* Think about getting a passport. It’s accepted in all places as picture ID. Even when a drivers license is rejected or expired. A passport generally has a 10 year expiration date.
* Scan all important pictures and either save them on disk, or have someone do it for you. Then keep this disk in your kit, then you will never be without those memento pictures that are so important to us.
* Scan all important paperwork. Titles for cars, homes, birth certificates, marriage certificates and the like should all be scanned onto disk and also kept in your kit. These scans are not legally binding, but at least you have the information this way in case the original in your possession is destroyed.
* Keep a kit! Do not store it in your car, but keep it with you at all times in your house. In the living room when you are awake, or other easily accessible spot, and in the bedroom with you when you are asleep. Keep the spots routine, so that even in a “just woke up” state you can find and grab your kit if you have to leave the house in a hurry. If you travel somewhere more than walking distance from your home, take your kit with you.
* Keep your vehicle maintained. Change oil, flush and fill the radiator, flush and fill the transmission and do all recommended maintenance on a regular schedule. Manufactures, put out a recommended schedule that you will find in the owners manual online, or by contacting them. Keep to it. It would be a shame if you had to evacuate and your vehicle broke down at a key time. Not to mention, it could cost your life. Many people have frozen to death in winter when their car has broken down just when they needed to get somewhere.
We can all take care of ourselves and each other if we just think ahead and be ready.
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Field rations 1

Field rations

There are a lot of conversations going on about field rations, which ones are best and what ‘systems’ are more appropriate or BETTER.

MREs are the best because our military uses them, they are the coolest and most ‘sexy’ foods to eat out on maneuvers. They have a LONG shelf life and are lite weight. MREs also COST a lot more than most other foods of the same calorie count. IF cost is not a factor for you, great, go get a ton of them.

MREs weigh less…. the actual food content is the identical weight per serving as fresh made, frozen or canned. The packaging may weigh less than the metal can and when you are talking about shipping the amount needed for 500 people that IS a factor. In the amount per person for 3 days most people will not be able to tell the difference between a pack with MREs in it V an identical pack with the same amount of food that is packed in metal cans. If you think you can you are delusional and have never done a double blind test of it. BTW the component that adds the most weight to either is the water content.

MREs have a LONG shelf life…. yes they do.. WHEN properly stored. The cooler that they are stored equals longer shelf life. If you store your MRE in the trunk or passenger areas of your vehicle during the summer the temperature can get over 200 degrees F during the day in direct sunlight. It gets so hot that you can bake cookies or bread on the dashboard – or cook your kids / dog to death, but that is another story. The rated shelf life of an MRE over 140 degrees is under 3 months. SAME story for canned goods. Some friends and I when we went through basic military training were eating the old C-Rats which were 40 years old and some of them was just as bad as the day they were packaged, some we liked a lot, it all depends on your tastes and how hungry you are. ;]

canned goods…. as noted above … and they have at least 3 added benefits compared with MREs. 1. we are more familiar with eating them as there is most likely not a week go by that we do not have food from a can. 2. canned goods are more likely to be rotated in part due to the economical cost. 3. you end up with cans to use for other survival projects such as cooking, treating water and they can be used as part of an alarm system.

[ What other uses can you come up with? Please share your thoughts with the rest of us in the comment section of this post]

Stinging Nettle

Stinging Nettle aka Great stinging Nettle, Common Nettle

Genus: Urtica
Species: Dioica

Parts Used: roots, leaves and stems
Nettle is high in iron and vitamins C and K

Nettle is very common all over the world. It is often found in moist shaded woodlands but does grow in the prairie too. Plants grow from 2 to 6 feet tall and is propagated from root runners and seeds. The Nettle plant consists of a long, flexible stem that has serrated leaves opposite of each other. When I was a kid we used to encourage the growth and propagation of stinging nettle on the homestead.

The thin hairs on the Nettle plant contain Formic Acid which causes the Stinging effect. Redness, itching, burning ect can last a few hours to a week. This can be somewhat less than fun.

Prevention / protection from Stinging Nettle reactions is best accomplished by learning to identify it and staying away from it ; ]

If you must OR should you decide that you want to make use of this very helpful plant the best way to handle the Nettle plant is to wear long sleeves and gloves to prevent skin contact with the plant until it has been processed.

How do you process Stinging Nettle for use? The most common uses are for consumption as either a pot herb or tea. The younger the plant the more delectable it will be to eat or to make tea. Younger leaves can be striped off the stem and either boiled or sauteed with salt or pepper to taste or mixed in with vegetables or meats.. basically any way that you would use mustard or turnip greens in cooking. The young leaves can also be minced to make a tea with the pulp consumed with the drink not strained out.

Older leaves can be dried [which inactivates the formic acid] and later crushed before steeping for tea, the pulp can be consumed as with fresh young leaves. The stems can be be used fresh or dried for tea with the fibers strained out before consuming.

Some people apply the fresh leaves directly to an arthritic area as a poultice and report that this temporarily relieves the discomfort of the condition.

Dealing with the skin reactions and stinging:

Some references recommend OTC remedies such as analgesic creams or pills, steroid creams [and RX pills] and antihistamines such as Diphenhydramine creams or pills OR Ranitidine aka Zantac. OR –ominous music– you may need to seek medical treatment*.

[*MOST people are not actually allergic to this plant and will not have an anaphylactic reaction which does need intervention]

It has been my experience that the ‘old wives’ who tell the tales are correct and that Stinging Nettle is best treated FIRMLY and not with a light touch. Meaning if you brush against it, it will sting you. But if you grab it firmly the area will go numb and not bother you.

Other uses for stinging nettle include making it into string, rope or weaving it into a rough fabric or baskets.

Stinging Nettle can also be used as a deterrent to dissuade people from coming into your yard when planted in strategic locations.

What memories of using stinging nettles do you have?

Battle of Athens

It is hard to believe that it has been 70 years since the Battle of Athens…… this was one of the most important battles surrounding WWII and it is hardly talked about, much less actually discussed today.

The following movie tells the story WAY better than I can or have the space to tell.

A gentile reminder to ALL Americans to get out and vote this year. ESPECIALLY VETERANS

The Battle of Athens – 1946 Athens, Tennessee – Full Movie

A small town in 1946 feeling intimidated by local, corrupt politicians, especially concerning voting issues – took up arms against their aggressors and turned the tide for the community.
The second amendment to the U.S. Constitution worked very well!

Discussion of the Battle