Sunday, April 27, 2014

“Not IF, but WHEN”.

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SURVIVAL: Clean water issues

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Survive anything
Published September 01, 2013Men’s Health

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“Animals use streams and rivers as their toilets. And swimmers put germs in the water too—there’s a bit of feces in every butt crack,” Charles Gerba, an environmental microbiologist at the University of Arizona, said.
Chlorine or iodine tablets alone won’t eliminate Cryptosporidium or Giardia parasites. So invest in an MSR Sweet-Water Water Purifier System, which wipes out bacteria, parasites, and viruses and was a top-rated purifier in a U.S. military report. Bonus: It has an activated carbon core to improve taste.

“Keep the inlet and outlet hoses in separate bags to avoid cross contamination,” Gerba added.

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When TEOTWAWKI (The End Of The World As We Know It) happens, there will be a lot of casualties.

For all those wannabes, this is a good litany of why they will be casualties too!

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SURVIVAL: Texting tree with cells of three

Monday, May 13, 2013

Quick Emergency Prep Project: Build a Texting Tree
Posted on May 9, 2012 by aptprepper

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A few weeks ago, we posted a guest post on having a meeting place in times of emergency, which covered having multiple backup plans in place where your family can congregate. At the same time, when a disaster occurs, we would also want to reach out to loved ones to communicate our situation or inform them of our next move. In recent emergencies, it was widely observed that while land lines did not work, many people were able to use their cell phones to send text messages. For this reason it would be a good idea to organize your own texting tree. Much like the phone trees used by kids’ schools to keep parents informed, the texting tree would be used in times of emergency to keep family and friends informed.

This project is simple: all you need is your cell phone, contact list and a sheet of paper. You can either draw it out manually or build the tree using Word or Excel, in the same manner you would create an organization chart. It should only take about an hour at the most, except for the part about explaining how it works to your contacts.

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IT would be a good idea to have your contacts be in a different geographic area.

For example, my three contacts are geographically diverse. 

And, I’ve asked them to contact three folks in region or who’d care. 


Not that I’d be sad about being released for this “vale of tears”, but it’s against the rules to leave the game early.

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SURVIVAL: Disabled cruise ship is a practice bug in

Thursday, March 21, 2013

What to do if your cruise ship becomes disabled
By Paul Motter
Cruisin For Deals
Published March 15, 2013

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One approach is to pick a new ship or one that has just been refurbished. Some of these include Disney Fantasy and Carnival Breeze. Also coming soon are Norwegian’s Breakaway and Royal Caribbean’s Royal Princess.

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I’d say “what should you have done BEFORE your ruse ship becomes disabled”!

You should have your “bug out” bag. 

OK, you may have had to leave the guns home. But everything else should be there. 

Plastic bags, duct tape, water, food.

Hunker down.

It’s a survival situation.

Retrovirus — isolate yourself; become a germophobe.

Stuck — collect supplies. 

It’s a bug in situation with guaranteed extraction within a week. 

Good practice?

Stay out of situations where your movement is restricted! 

Airplanes, boats, trains, buses!

The big key is always have a plan!

Like Ike said: “Plans are worthless; planning is everything!”

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SURVIVAL: One risk that you can’t plan for

Friday, March 8, 2013

Do You Live in Sinkhole Territory?

U.S. Geological Survey

Sinkholes are common where the rock below the land surface is limestone, carbonate rock, salt beds, or rocks that can naturally be dissolved by ground water circulating through them. As the rock dissolves, spaces and caverns develop underground. Sinkholes are dramatic because the land usually stays intact for a while until the underground spaces just get too big. If there is not enough support for the land above the spaces then a sudden collapse of the land surface can occur. These collapses can be small, as this picture shows, or they can be huge and can occur where a house or road is on top.


This is scary stuff!


SURVIVAL: Sandy creates at least one

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

What Made Me Begin Preparing for TEOTWAWKI, by Elizabeth in the Northeast

In six months the oldest of my boys leaves for the Marine Corps, and told me that for the first time since he enlisted he’s no longer afraid of what will happen with me and his younger brothers. He’s actually okay with really leaving now, because in two short months I’ve managed to squirrel away enough supplies to take care of all of us, and instead of believing that the powers that be will take care of me and mine in an emergency, I’m being proactive in taking care of me and mine. If it happens, when it happens, this Mama is more than ready.


SURVIVAL: PrepareHub, a not-for-profit

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Welcome to

We beta-launched this site on Saturday, May 26, 2012, as part of our celebration of EMPact America’s third anniversary.

You are welcome to sign up as a member now and start looking through the site and the Citizens’ Exchange(TM) — which is what we’re calling the online store.

Founded in 2009

EMPact America is a not-for-profit that was incorporated in New York State on May 26, 2009. is EMPact America’s latest venture, intended to be a place where people concerned about EMP can interact.

Celebrating Our Third Anniversary

We hope you will explore the various features our site has to offer. We created this online space for you to log on and create a dynamic member profile, collaborate on projects, share your ideas and expertise – and, most important, connect with others who are interested in and involved with preparedness efforts.

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[TIP 'o' the HAT to: Jim Rawles ]

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SURVIVAL: Never Surrender. Ever!

Saturday, January 7, 2012–a_resolution.html

Never Surrender–A Resolution for 2012 And Beyond,
by C.R.W.January 1, 2012 5:00 AM

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Why do Law Enforcement Officials always tell civilians not to resist a criminal, while they tell their Officers to always resist and never surrender?

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On Sept 2, 2010, 40 armed criminals took over and robbed a train in India. Some of the robbers had guns, others used knives and clubs. When they began to disrobe an 18 year old girl for the purpose of gang raping her, one of the passengers decided to fight. He was a 35 year old retired Gurkha soldier. He drew his Khukasri knife and attacked the 40 robbers. He killed three of the robbers and wounded 8 more despite his being wounded in this 20 minute fight. The remaining criminals fled for their lives leaving their stolen loot and eleven comrades dead or wounded on the floor of the train. The eight wounded robbers were arrested.

How does one man defeat 40? How does he summon the courage to fight such odds? He utilized all of the Principles of Personal Defense: Alertness, Decisiveness, Aggressiveness, Speed, Coolness, Ruthlessness, and Surprise. He was skilled in the use of his weapon. Most importantly, He refused to be a victim and allow evil to triumph!

If this one inspirational soldier can defeat 40 opponents using his knife, it would seem that we should all be able to defeat a group of armed criminals by using our firearms if we are professionally trained as was this heroic Gurkha soldier.

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This brings to the fore, with concrete examples, as to why “dial 911 and die” is true.

And, why, indeed, do kops get told one thing and the “mundanes” something else?

Finally, there are no dangerous things, only dangerous people. One guy with a knife polishes off 40?

Remember the Churchill quote: “…if you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.” -Churchill, The Second World War, vol. 1, The Gathering Storm (London: Cassell, 1948, 272, on the British guarantee to Poland in Spring 1939.

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SURVIVAL: What you have on you, and with you, may be all you ever have to survive?

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Stranded Nome man survives 3 days in cold
THREE DAYS: Rescuers found pickup stuck in snow near Nome.
By KYLE HOPKINS Anchorage Daily News
Published: December 3rd, 2011 07:08 PM
Last Modified: December 6th, 2011 09:41 AM

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Normally Vial carries a sleeping bag, extra gasoline and other survival gear in the 2000 Toyota, he said. But on this trip he had few supplies, no food and no water. Even his dogs, a pair of labs that usually accompany him on drives, stayed home.

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What you have on you, and with you, may be all you ever have to survive?

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SURVIVAL: Bury your gold where the kommissar win’t find it

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Lead Your Family Out or Stay?, by Richard G.
By James Wesley, Rawles on March 19, 2011 11:08 PM

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Life on the farm went on for a few more years, information was scarce, no communication, many rumors. Lithuanian silver coinage disappeared, replaced by paper occupation money. No one could be trusted, farms were being raided for food, and many “bad things” occurred. Then suddenly the Germans were back, in full retreat. By fall of 1944 they followed the retreating Germans out on a horse and carriage, gold coinage got them across the many river bridges,(a stash was left behind-buried under their wooden kitchen floor)until the horse and cart was confiscated, then only what bags they could carry, then those to were gone and by the time they reached Dresden (bad timing), February 1945, they only had the clothes on there back. Dresden was bombed to a pile of rubble. They somehow survived Dresden, but were forced into work camps. When the war was finally over, they found themselves in a refugee camp near Munich. Stanislaus, my grandfather, had one last ‘trade’ item left, a gold pocket watch.

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When I returned to Lithuania with my mother in September of 1991 (during the Soviet’s withdrawal of Lithuania) her parent’s farm was still standing, found to be inhabited by squatters. The “wooden” kitchen floor was no more, now just a dirt floor. A distant relative informed us the Soviet collective farm manager found the gold coins and threw the largest wedding party for his daughter the town had ever seen.

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If you bury your gold, which seems to be a good idea, make sure only you can find it again.

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SURVIVAL: A great tool for tree limbs

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

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This little saw is excellent, fast cutting, light weight ( at 3 oz without the case), and folds up small making it highly portable. It can quickly saw branches and trees up to about 4-6 inches in diameter with its 28 inch long chain.

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For $25, no noise and no gas required. A perfect addition to a BOB!

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SURVIVAL: Terrorists will try to bring the “war” home to the USA

Sunday, November 28, 2010

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Mohamed Osman Mohamud, 19, a Somali-born U.S. citizen, was arrested at 5:42 p.m., 18 minutes before the tree lighting was to occur, on an accusation of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. The felony charge carries a maximum sentence of life in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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What this demonstrates to me is that they will be unable to stop a true “lone wolf”. As soon as, “terrorism” can be done without help by one person, totally alone, then we are going to see more of these incidents but successful in “going off”. Hopefully, that doesn’t happen. But, we better prep like it will. And, personally, I’d stay out of crowds for the duration. With the nuts in the District of Corruption, a suitcase nuke here in the USA might be met with a global response. Argh!

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SURVIVAL: Always go with BOB!

Friday, November 19, 2010

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“It’s been like a nightmare,” she said. “There’s been no food, no power, no electricity, no flushing toilets. I spent the night tossing and turning in my cabin in the dark.”

Family members anxiously awaited the cruise liner that left Long Beach on Sunday for a seven-day trip to the Mexican Riviera, only to return days early without ever reaching the beaches vacationers had hoped for. A fire in the engine room knocked out power Monday morning, leaving passengers with no air conditioning, no hot food, no hot water, no casino. The swimming pool was off-limits because there was no way to pump chlorine.

Paul Patrick Sr., 50, of Riverside, said his daughter, Sabrina Klinge of Laguna Hills, was married on Saturday and was on her honeymoon cruise. The 27-year-old texted her father on Wednesday saying it was dark and she was living on Pop-Tarts.

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This is demonstration of why you always need your BOB, a 3 day kit, and 7 day kit. And, as my grandfather taught me about highways: “Limited egress means limited exits.”

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SURVIVAL: Do you have your GOOD, GHB, and / or just G (Get! Git! Got!)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

1. What are some key differences in items you’d put in a bug-out bag and a bug-in bag?

2. Given your location and circumstances, how do you decide whether you’re more likely to need to bug out or bug in?

3. Assuming you conclude that you’re more likely to have to bug in than bug out, is a special bag for the purpose even necessary?

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In my case, I have the “hospital bag” with among other things: a jumble book with pen, steno book, 4 cans of microwavable soup, fruit cocktail (just replenished, thanks Jacki), Our Girl’s unmentionables, two flashlights, one knife that wouldn’t make it past the TSA, am/fm radio, map of NJ (left over from a past road trip), a few bottles of water, and usually a bunch of those terrible Oats ‘n’ Honey bars that I have to restock. Hope you have your bags packed when needed. Even if you don’t believe in TEOTWAWKI (The End Of The World As We Know It), I remember Marge and Frenchy’s unexpected camp in trip as a result of Hugo. Only the Amish and the Mormons seem to be prepared for “stuff”.

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SURVIVAL: Take zero chances. Ever?

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Boy, 9, killed rescuing duck from the road
By Joel Currier

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ST. CHARLES COUNTY — Danny Bampton’s compassion for animals cost him his life.

Investigators say the 9-year-old St. Charles County boy was riding with his mother on Highway P near a relative’s house Wednesday afternoon when he saw an injured duck in the road and asked her whether he could save it. After she pulled the car over, Danny hopped out and put the duck in a roadside culvert on the south side of the highway.

But when he tried to cross back over the rural, two-lane road to his family’s car, Danny was struck by a westbound Subaru Legacy driven by Alayna R. Hitz, 18, of Wentzville.

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Wow, what a tragedy for ALL involved.

I bet Mom is going to rethink that decision for a long time.

Accidents happen.

But, someone always wins the lotto.

Maybe, there’s a lesson there. But I’m having a hard time seeing it.

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SURVIVAL: Leave it all behind

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

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Leave It All Behind: Anything you brought on board can be replaced, with the exception of yourself — if you take the time to fumble for that laptop or grab that purse, you may lose everything.

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Seems obvious.

Personally, if I was “king”, I’d use the TSA to enforce the “carry on luggage” standards. Everyone hates them anyway. Make security the villain. I can’t believe what people bring into the cabin to avoid “baggage claim”. If I was an airline executive, I’d focus on making that process flawless.

(I always thought that the passengers and cargo should be “containerized”. Load the “passenger container” at the gate and then slide it into the belly of the plane. I had visions of a Quonset shaped sleeve for the people and an upside down one for the cargo. Two symmetrical half circles. Watch how fast FedEx can load one of their big monsters. Southwest Airline with their no reserved seats. We need innovation in air travel.)

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RANT:Tennis ball as secret storage

Thursday, September 20, 2007

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8. Secret storage – Looking for a place to stash that million dollar microchip while you’re at the gym? Slit a tennis ball and stick it inside! Works for anything that’s valuable (or not) and small enough to stick inside a tennis ball via a tiny slit.

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Interesting for putting your BOB kit in?

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SURVIVAL: What mistakes were made in this real life adventure?

Friday, September 7, 2007

Woman, 76, found after 2 weeks in wild
Fri Sep 7, 12:26 AM ET

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BAKER CITY, Ore. – A 76-year-old woman was found alive in the mountains Thursday, nearly two weeks after she disappeared while on a hunting trip with her husband, authorities said.

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OK, kiddies, let’s review the mistakes in this story.

(1) Improper preparation. 7Ps. Even if you’re just going for a walk, where is your 72 hour kit on your hip.

(2) No “flight plan”. Leave your plan, route, eta / etr, what ever with a “giant canary” who will “signal” your situation.

(3) No communication. Where was the radios, cell phones, FRS, cb, etc. etc.

(4) Route march from the vehicle without a proper plan.

Did I miss anything?

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SURVIVAL: a don quixote in a disaster

Friday, September 7, 2007;f=64;t=000185

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SURVIVAL: “When Autumn Leaves Fall”

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Anyone for “junk”?

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SURVIVAL: Fiction with some interesting lessons

Wednesday, September 5, 2007;f=33;t=003294;p=2

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