There is always concern as to whether or not a disaster or crisis will bring about the need to decide to either stay in place or leave to go somewhere else; the classic bug-in vs. bug-out scenario. Once the decision is made to leave, a number of steps have to be completed before all the doors on the vehicle close and it pulls out of the driveway.
Actionable intelligence (intel) in the midst of disaster can be the difference between making the better or the worse choice in a difficult situation. The primary focus of disaster intelligence should be to gather information pre-disaster about options and courses of potential action before disaster hits.
If you plan on providing your own food during difficult times, it is vital to start gardening now so that your skills will be sharp and food available when you need it. It’s also prudent to grow things now so that you know what will successfully grow and your time is not wasted later trying to grow something that isn’t going to work out.
The concept of analysis paralysis (the condition of being so caught up in the process of analyzing, or over-analyzing, a situation that no action is ever taken) was foreign to me until my time in the Army. It did not take long until I realized the type of disaster that can come from inaction could be far worse than taking the wrong action, particularly when it came to the time I spent in combat in the Middle East.
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One of the things that is worth considering for your emergency preparedness planning is how you would cope without access to emergency services. There are a few reasons to give this some thought because emergency services could potentially disappear in a major series of disasters.
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I love lists for survival and homesteading. It makes it easy to check things off as you acquire them. One of the areas of preparedness that I often see overlooked are the tools that are needed to create and maintain a retreat or homestead so I thought I would put together the big list of survival and homesteading tools.
There are several different terms for the different types of survival kits out there. Most of these names line up with the designed purpose of the particular kit. As an example, an INCH (I’m Not Coming Home) bag has the sole purpose of sustaining an individual when they are not able to return back to their home.
The majority of us who are concerned with emergency preparedness spend our getting things in place prior to any sort of disaster. An area of lesser focus is what should be done once something happens. So you planned and did everything you were supposed to, things go south, now what? Here are the first steps to consider following a disaster.
With disaster comes a fork in the road, do you rebuild or do you move on elsewhere to start over? Luckily, not every disaster is always so severe and you have to live in the right area to encounter such disasters. This does shine light on the fact that community is important. Especially for the preparedness minded.
As a nation we are facing what I am finding to be one of the least-hopeful presidential elections in my lifetime. We are facing the reality that we may see Hillary Clinton as the Democratic candidate for President of the United States. Yep… Hillary Clinton.
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When it comes to preparing for an unfortunate event like a natural disaster, loss of a job, economic collapse, or even a terrorist attack, there are many things that make a whole lot of sense to purchase used. This is especially true when considering that some of these items may only sit on a shelf to only be used in the event that the SHTF.
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Everyone should have a physical copy of the U.S. Army Survival Manual in their preparedness library because if things go bad, this is one book that you need to have at the ready no matter what.
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One of the end goals of many preppers is to establish a bug-out plan that ends at some sort of retreat/isolated area. But what kind of shelter will you have when you get there? This is a big problem, a problem that might actually have a tiny solution.
A collapse of the electrical grid is a real and present danger. A security researcher recently trying to find the hackers responsible for stealing a university’s housing files in California discovered that cyberattacks had already been waged on the networks operating the U.S. power grid.
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You need to develop and refine your escape plan now. I feel confident saying that things are not on track to get any better. Worst-case scenario, you will end up with a ton of valuable information. But I don’t think you will end up feeling like there is not purpose at all in developing an escape plan.
Threats have been made, things have happened and now it is apparent that evil is no longer on the way; it is among us. The question I find myself asking is: What is the prudent thing to do from here?
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