Thursday, March 31, 2016

Find the need, Fill the need!

So many people get caught up in the zombie apocalypse that they miss the entirety of the point of a reliable get home bag or even an effective first aid kit. As you sit there reading this post, consider what you would need if there was an explosion from a natural gas leak in a nearby house. The authorities are evacuating all nearby houses and they have an aid/shelter station set up at a nearby school. The roads are blocked with debris, the area is cordoned off by federal authorities and you are being forced from your home for your own protection until it can be inspected for structural defects.

This exact thing happened a few miles from my house. Many members of my church family lived in the neighborhood and the last family is just finishing having their house rebuilt after the incident. Richmond_Hill_explosion

Find the need.

Do you have a bag packed and ready to go out the door for a weekend or couple day trip?
Do you have a place to go?

The shelter provided for the victims is a gun free zone, so you cannot go there armed.

What if your home was destroyed?

Do you have a cache or storage facility for needed items?

You can spend literally thousands trying to fill every void, but you can also take an old duffle bag and fill it with a few of your clothing items that are looking a little worn and replace them with new without killing your budget. You can also set aside a few hundred bucks over a year to put in that same bag, as well as some MRE's or mountain house meals and a Sawyer water filter. A memory stick with your important documents is cheap insurance as well. Keep these things in your car's trunk or the back of your SUV to keep things separate from your regular stash. Maybe set up a circle of friends with the same ideas.

The best idea would be to have a small storage unit within walking distance for your stuff or overflow. It's cheap insurance. You can even set up a corporation and put it in the corp name for a little anonymity.

Look to the news and put yourself into the headlines. See what you have done that would keep these stories from happening to you, or how your reaction would be to the events in the news. The last advice I have is to learn to use the items you have packed away prior to betting your life on them.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Spring Break Woodcrafting Trip.

The boys and I are all loaded up for a trip to the woods. We have set goals, some a bit too lofty, but they are a solid plan. I showed my eldest manchild how to strike fire from a ferro rod with fatwood and the youngest is going to forego a shelter and make one of his own design to sleep in. The eldest is responsible for the fire for the week. Should be interesting, for sure!
We went over the meal plan, the camp site, the sleeping arrangements as well as crafts we intend to accomplish while there. Should be a fun trip. I'll be getting some pics to use for some upcoming reviews and might even get some video footage if it gets really boring. I hope everyone has a safe Easter and can enjoy spring break!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Trained Agents of Doom

Many post apocalyptic books contain some sort of "Goon Squad" that seeks to destroy the hero and leave the public in disarray. Some have the goons be trained, others have them as inept thugs. Either way you slice this poop sandwich, it's going to stink. Is this a realistic scenario? From reading blow by blow details from war torn and folded countries like Liberia, Congo and Venezuela, we can begin to see what happens in a power vacuum or war torn area. Factions will exist, they will become territorial and only lash out when cornered or forced to by dwindling supplies.

The trained and motivated aren't going to be your first priority. It's the desperate and hungry that will be thrust upon your property looking for supplies, if things devolve to that level. Your best bet it to stay anonymous. Keep yourself as innocuous as possible. Grey man all the time, without drawing any attention to yourself or your actions.

Buying bulk items at non commercial stores will get you noticed. Same with getting a pallet of food delivered to your home. Your neighbors will notice. If you don't have a basement, build shelves near the ceiling of your garage to house your stores so that people driving by can't see 20 food buckets piled about.

If you have disregarded all thoughts of remaining anonymous and have decided to advertise your abilities and discontent, you will need to have a method of early warning and detection for your adversaries. I'm not going to go into the specifics, but you will need a few minutes notice that the boogey man is coming.

A trained and determined enemy will do surveillance on you and yours in order to find your vulnerabilities. If they find that you have minimal security or personnel, they may opt to just execute you from long range to keep their exposure to danger low. Counter surveillance will be key in that situation. That art takes people and time, so make sure you have trained trackers to interdict outside assets. Drone technology is another issue to deal with. Modern drones can house sophisticated optics and infrared technology to track your outpost.

The moral of the story is that it's easier to remain hidden than it is to protect a known target. Due diligence staying hidden will be much easier than expecting a fight.