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Relocating During Coronavirus: Pros, Cons, and Things To Consider

  For many of us, no matter how prepared we might be, this remains a very strange and stressful time to be living in. COVID-19 has presented us with many challenges and has disrupted our lives. On the one hand, we can learn a lot from this time when planning ahead for similar scenarios in the future. On the other, we’re still trying to navigate some unexpected hardships.  While some of us have taken the continued need for social distancing in our stride, it’s nonetheless changed the way we live. Some of the steps we must take are clear: keeping … Continue reading

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How to Prepare for a Natural Disaster When You Have a Chronic Illness

Modern society is rife with individuals who suffer from chronic, debilitating illnesses. From diabetes and heart disease to autoimmune conditions, cancer, and mental health issues, chronic conditions are almost the norm rather than the exception. The National Health Council reports that approximately 157 million Americans will be living with a chronic illness in 2020, which is roughly 40% of the total population. The unpleasant reality is that this segment of the population is extremely vulnerable in the event of a long-term grid-down scenario, large-scale weather event, or economic crash. Being unprepared for sudden power loss or a similar eventuality can … Continue reading

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Non-Firearm Defense Options

Non-Firearm Defense Options Keep in mind that non-firearm weapons have much less range and are not as effective in stopping an attacker. If you are looking into non-lethal or non-firearm weapons because you don’t want to hurt or kill anyone, you need to do some deep thinking on the topic. Anyone that breaks into your home, especially if they know that you’re inside, intends to harm you, one way or another. Whatever the reason they decide to enter your home, the fact that they do so knowing that you’re inside tells you that they aren’t afraid of you and will … Continue reading

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Will You Survive a Collapse Crisis?

Charlie McGrath of WideAwakeNews.com did an excellent video essay on getting home safely. In this video, Charlie shows how having a Get Home Bag, which is his EDC – Every Day Carry, and a plan to get home via an alternate route can keep you much safer than trying to face whatever upheaval is happening in the city. Have you made your plan to get back home? Do you carry a Get Home Bag with you all the time? you can also watch it on YouTube here: http://youtu.be/lmudsLgEvWM

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Evacuation Grab List Example

In Episode 124 – Back To Basics – Planning To Evacuate, I cover making an evacuation plan and stress that it’s most important for you decide on what you’re going to take with you before you have to evacuate. This prevents grabbing the worthless and making sure you save that which is irreplaceable. If you wait until you have to evacuate your home immediately, you’re likely to have a “…just grab something!” mentality, thinking that something is better than nothing. The below is an example of how I structured my evacuation grab list. I broke it up into 3 sections: … Continue reading

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National Preparedness Month Checklist

September is National Preparedness Month! As preppers, this is the month that we can claim as our own; Yay! What does that mean for us preppers? As I think that preppers are some of the smartest bears in the forest, we should use this month to help educate others on the importance of being prepared. Even if we only get one person to be a little better prepared for emergencies and disasters, we will have helped one more person. Every person we help get prepared is one less person that might be knocking on our door during the crisis. Some … Continue reading

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What Is A Grid Down Scenario?

A “Grid Down” event or situation is an event where the power grid goes down.  In other words, a blackout.  Typically, Grid Down refers to a widespread event and one where the power isn’t expected to be quickly restored. A Grid Down Scenario, then, would refer to any event that impacts the ability to generate power on a wide basis.  Further, because the more serious of grid down scenarios involve very long periods of time before the power would be restored, if ever, planning for it usually requires a combination of tactical and strategic planning. Electrical power is so ubiquitous … Continue reading

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The Four Phases of Emergency Management

It’s important to understand that there are distinct stages, or phases, to surviving through an emergency.  These are called The Four Phases of Emergency Management and they are: Mitigation Mitigation is preventing disasters or taking steps to lessen the impact of unavoidable disasters.  Ideally, mitigation should occur before an emergency happens.  However, mitigation and preparedness sometimes do not occur until after a disaster happens and repairs are being made; this is quite common in the corporate world.  This is also often seen in government agencies where there is a tendency not to notice a potential disaster until it strikes.  All … Continue reading

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Weekly Preparedness Project 1

Weekly preparedness project, #1.  These weekly projects help you get better prepared by outlining a specific task or goal to accomplish for the week.  By doing a little each week, you can greatly increase your preparedness level over time. This week’s project is to create a Home Escape Bag for everyone in your family.  This bag is what you grab as you are escaping a burning house.  It’s intended to be stored at or near the beds, so you can quickly grab it if a fire breaks out in the middle of the night. Every member of your family should … Continue reading

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After Armageddon

In a recent podcast, I make commentary on a how that was on the History Channel called, “After Armageddon.”  Several of you have asked for a link to where they could see it online.  Unfortunately, the History Channel hasn’t made this available yet.  A few days ago, someone put it up on YouTube.  It’s not a great copy of it, but it is watchable. I recommend that you watch this with your spouse, family and or group and pause it often to discuss the various issues that it brings up. Then, listen to my commentary on the podcast. Watch it … Continue reading

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