SURVIVAL: Everyone should have a “survival plan”; if not a pack!

Henry U.S. Survival Pack with AR-7 Takedown Rifle – Why You Need One
By Major Van Harl

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Mike and I both know that an individual needs a survival kit. You have the right to survive but you also have the obligation to survive, others may depend on you. Hollywood sadly gives you the mistaken impression that one nuke will strike your country and everyone will be vaporized, so of course no one will survive. If that is the case then why practice the Boy Scout motto to “Be Prepared”?

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Regardless of how you feel about “guns”, tin foil hat Conspiracy Theories, or dystopian novels, the recent snowstorm has illustrated just how “fragile” people are. Many folks were without power for a week. Some just lost TV and / or the internet. Now imagine if it was for an extended period of time?

Either way, if you don’t believe that a complete collapse transporting everyone back to the caveman age is possible, then dial it back to a temporary interruption and ask “how do I survive”!

Folks are ill-prepared for any disruption. And, the supplies are all “just in time”.

Better have a plan! 

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SURVIVAL: Don’t think it could NEVER happen to you

What Civil Unrest Is Really Like: We Survived the Ferguson Riots
By Karen Morris — The Organic Prepper — March 1, 2018

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  • Don’t think it could NEVER happen to you.  
  • Being ready for the unexpected is a MUST! 
  • Learn to use social media to your advantage. 
  • Having items that you keep in your car all the time is VERY helpful in case you ever need to leave quickly. 
  • Watch for the effects that stressful situations may be having on your children. 

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“Normalcy bias” kills.

We see, that in a crisis, a large percentage of people “freeze” unable to take action.

Wonder how you develop that “bias to action” without always “running around with your hair on fire”?

Not sure how this helps but I’m going to get a go bag in my cars.

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SURVIVAL: How are you set for earthquake preparedness?

California’s ‘Other’ Drought: A Major Earthquake Is Overdue
by Tyler Durden
Wed, 01/31/2018 – 21:55
Authored by Richard Aster via

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California earthquakes are a geologic inevitability. The state straddles the North American and Pacific tectonic plates and is crisscrossed by the San Andreas and other active fault systems. The magnitude 7.9 earthquake that struck off Alaska’s Kodiak Island on Jan. 23, 2018 was just the latest reminder of major seismic activity along the Pacific Rim.

Tragic quakes that occurred in 2017 near the Iran-Iraq border and in central Mexico, with magnitudes of 7.3 and 7.1, respectively, are well within the range of earthquake sizes that have a high likelihood of occurring in highly populated parts of California during the next few decades.

The earthquake situation in California is actually more dire than people who aren’t seismologists like myself may realize.Although many Californians can recount experiencing an earthquake, most have never personally experienced a strong one. For major events, with magnitudes of 7 or greater, California is actually in an earthquake drought. Multiple segments of the expansive San Andreas Fault system are now sufficiently stressed to produce large and damaging events.

The good news is that earthquake readiness is part of the state’s culture, and earthquake science is advancing – including much improved simulations of large quake effects and development of an early warning system for the Pacific coast.

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Clearly, if you’re in Pepuls Republik of Kaliforkneeah, then you better have you’re act together — BIG TIME!

But, what is to say that it’s just California? When the stuff hits the fan, what makes us think that it would have widespread physical, economic, and financial effects.

Think about the impact physically. Trivially, I guess there will be a huge increase in the price of avocados. Seriously, the death toll will be enormous; the injuries will be numerous. 

The US, and the world, economy will be disrupted. It’s unimaginable.

Financially, it’s going to be disastrous. The stock market will crash. And, the supply lines will be stretched and drained. Think about the hurricanes and their impact.

Best, that EVERYONE start preparing.

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SURVIVAL: Why don’t we plan for natural disasters?

Cash demand soars in Puerto Rico after hurricane hit ATMs, card systems
by Reuters — Wednesday, 27 September 2017 21:52 GMT
By Jonathan Spicer, Robin Respaut and Saqib Iqbal Ahmed

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NEW YORK/SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Sept 27 (Reuters) – Demand for cash in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico is “extraordinarily high” after power outages knocked out electronic transactions and ATMs but needs were being met for now, a Federal Reserve branch said on Wednesday.

Residents and tourists were counting their dwindling banknotes in the wake of Hurricane Maria, which crippled the electrical grid and communications network, turning the Caribbean island into a largely cash-based economy.

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Looking away from the immediate string of disasters, why hasn’t the “wise and all knowing maters of the Universe” (i.e., Gooferment politicians and bureaucrats) planned for national disasters?

Each time “we” have one, be it wildfires, hurricanes, tornados, floods, it like “we” have never experienced it ever before.

As a retired IT executive, Disaster Recovery was a recognized need. And, while getting proper attention and funding was never easy, it got done. Often the expense was minimized by proper recognition of the relative impact and possible frequency with a dash of innovative architecture.

It seems like the politicians and bureaucrats LOVE disasters (i.e., “You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.” — Rahm Emanuel)

I mean if “we” had forward thinking Federal and State Gooferments, then wouldn’t we have some “trust funds” set up. Of course, that would require some fiscal discipline. But in Genesis 41:54 (“and the seven years of famine began to come, just as Joseph had said, then there was famine in all the lands, but in all the land of Egypt there was bread”), Pharaoh listened to Joseph and put something away for a “rainy day”.

Why can’t “we”?


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SURVIVAL: Don’t wait to be told; use your own common sense

Observations and Lessons from the Oroville Dam Evacuation 
By SurvivalBlog Contributor | February 14, 2017 

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At this point in the evening (now about 10:40), the Department of Water Resources is reporting that the water level is now below 901 feet, the level of the emergency spillway, and water is no longer spilling. Now, they are working on a plan to address the failed concrete in the main spillway and get a plan of action together before the next storms begin arriving next Thursday on the 16th of February. North bound highway 99 has now been reopened to traffic. Marysville remains shut down to access at this time. At after 11:00 pm, we are finally getting some comprehensive reports from the various emergency services agencies. I am sure that there will be some questions about why the initial damage to the main spillway that initiated this event was not addressed by the Department of Water Resources when it was first documented about three years ago, when we were in official drought status. Go figure. No doubt a custodian someplace will be the one to lose their job over it; there is always a scapegoat.

Blessings to all. Stay safe, and be prepared. You never know what might happen. – Behind Enemy Lines in the People’s Republik of Kalifornia

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I have read reports that say there were competent authorities warning about the dam 12 years ago? TWELVE years ago!

Maybe I’m a real tin foil hat but when it comes to the Gooferment, its politicians and bureaucrats, or “spokespersons”, “I wouldn’t believe you, if your tongue came notarized.” … attributed to Judge Marilyn Milian, but may have an earlier history.

Bottom line: Don’t wait for some “official” to tell you what to do. Do it NOW!

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SURVIVAL: Off-Grid For 27 Years

The WWII Soldier Who Disappeared Into The Woods & Lived Off-Grid For 27 Years
Written by: Cody Assmann

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Wow, I’d read and forgotten about this story.

Just shows what a person can do.

His memes made his life lot harder. But then maybe our own memes are just as flawed.

Interesting that he never reconsidered any of them.

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SURVIVAL: This super experienced guy goes … and nearly dies!

TV crew saves castaway after spotting him on deserted island: ‘He was ready to die’ 
Inside Edition JOHANNA LI
Apr 19th 2016 5:44AM

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Shearman said that the man, whom they later learned was named Tremine, was out fishing one day when he decided to venture off his boat in search of better oysters. He was told that the Sir Edward Pellew Group of Islands was only inhabited by a small aboriginal group, and would be a more interesting area to fish.

Tremine, a roofer from Borroloola in northern Australia, is an experienced hobby fisherman and often takes short camping or fishing trips. But he didn’t anticipate the conditions that day. Shearman said Tremine told him that he left his boat and took a wrong turn after a couple hours of digging for oysters.

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After 60 hours without water, this guy was a mess and near death.

How many of the ‘survival rules’ did he break!

Maybe they should be codified so that we “experts” don’t fall afoul of them?

First rule, is remember “Murphy’s Law”. And, it’s like the Law of Gravity. It’s always operational.

It’s a dangerous world out there and puny naked humans shouldn’t forget that ONE FACT!

He was almost a “Darwin Award” nominee; let’s not have others!

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