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LeadSportsUSA Quarterly Newsletter
"Prepping" has become fair game for late night jokesters and has attained a "Jerry Springer" level status with the Cable TV series "Doomsday Preppers." Amazing situations described in all, and sure they're maybe a little obsessive...to the rest of us, but why are far less extreme proactive measures viewed as a "weird" these days to the average Joe? I mean, no one denies that disasters can strike at a moment's notice with little or no warning and in the blink of an eye you are left with nothing but the shirt on your back. We're watching Obamacare play out against our entire way of life and the Gun Grabbers are everpoised to be at our doorstep. But a life altering situation doesn't have to be like the earthquake I lived through in 1989, or even a major hurricane like Sandy. What happens when something as simple as a black out by a "glitch" in our aging power grid plunges you in the dark for a few hrs. or a few days? I have been on traffic control duty more times than I can count where someone plowed into a power pole with their car and left an entire neighborhood dark. What happens this Winter when you have a frozen pipe burst and it floods your home? Sure we have insurance for some of these things, but what if the support we're expecting is delayed or the problem is on a grander scale and "everyone" is expecting help? Knowing that every geography is different and each season brings its own challenges how will you survive and keep your family warm, fed and safe? It's really not a question of "IF" but "WHEN!"
In this issue of the LeadSportsUSA newsletter I will focus on some of the things you really do need to think about as Winter and the next 2 years of political turmoil and uncertainty sets in...Both are already here especially if you think about the storms that still have the East Coast in disarray, the current Supreme Court make up and it's uncertain future, the Admin's strong approval of the UN banning your access to guns, or Obama "more flexibility" to do his bidding for all the items he couldn't get through congress! That can't be good, but some things we're facing on a local and national scale are for certain and this isn't really news...No country has maintained the level of debt the US currently has and lived to talk about it, there has never been more US citizens on government handout services like food stamps etc., and there has never been such a large swath of the population that doesn't contribute through federal taxes. Plus, this "level of dependence" on the government by such a large percentage of the population means when you're tasked to fend for yourself there's going to be some very upset people completely unprepared and totally pissed off!
By no means is this "prepping discussion" an all-encompassing list, or suggesting that my opinions are worth more than the other guy's, but my hope is that you take a couple seconds out of your day this Spring and Summer to think about what your particular situation may bring and prepare for what may come your way. I've even added links throughout the letter below in "Hot Text" to click on to find out more on products to help you on your way as well as a link to my "Search & Rescue" team's 24-hr Pack (keeping in mind that pack's contents changes with the seasons and mission). I guess what I'm trying to say is there's no silver bullet when prepping for disasters big or small...You just need to always be thinking on your feet, constantly re-analyzing your situation, and always knowing you'll be OK whatever comes your way because you've done your homework and are prepared to endure and succeed...Enjoy and please feel free to share your experiences and ideas give on Twitter & Facebook !
Basic rules of prepping:
Prioritize while Understanding the Rule of Three
There's an old saying in survivalist circles called the Rule of Three and it can help you prioritize the most urgent needs you may have in a survival situation.
- Three minutes without air. The first thing to consider is your immediate safety. You can escape from a burning home or sinking vessel, but you must act quickly and without panic.
- Three hours without shelter. In harsh environments, the body will begin to protect itself as best it can. Bitter cold or extreme heat can wreak havoc on your survival plans as your body attempts to self-regulate its core temperature. In these cases, shelter must be a top priority.
- Three days without water. Despite, or perhaps because, the human body is mostly water, we need a constant supply of fresh drinking water to survive. The average person should consume at least two liters per day and up to a gallon per person should be rationed.
- Three weeks without food. Food, typically the first concern for the reluctant survivalist, is actually much less important than the other, more pressing items.
- Only three seconds without hope. Everything else is irrelevant without hope and the will to live. All of your skills and know-how are worthless to you without that.
The Rule of Three is not set in stone and there may be situations where finding water is more important than building a shelter. Every survival situation is different and you must use the most important tool you have with you at all times - your Brain! Memorize the rule, but be flexible, adjust and adapt as the situation demands.
Bug out Bags
Remember no list of Bags or contents will be a perfect match for all situations. In fact, even the decision to stay or go will change so versatility and options are key. Think of having an emergency kit in a backpack which is usually better if "bugging out" ever becomes a necessity. Moreover, reclosable plastic tubs can hold a lot of things for "home Standing" but difficult to be mobile with. Take a look at the bags I offer to give you an idea of what's available. We'll talk about what you want to put in those bags below.
Whether you decide to "home stand" inside your house, "bug out" or while out foraging for food & water etc, you need to be in contact with your family members, but what's going to be the best way to communicate? Your family should have a disaster plan detailing where you'll meet up in the event of a disaster if you're split up. If power is up or your cell provider has a back up power supply you may be fine in just using your cell phone. However, lessons we've learned from previous disasters is that sometimes you'll get "All circuits are busy" or your phone's power will eventually run out so make sure you have a way to charge it back up. During the Loma Prieta quake cell service was out, but text pager messages could get through. HAM radios were also very helpful. I would also suggest you invest in walkie talkie radios as they're cheap, portable, short range, and very durable. Charge them up monthly and test them to make sure they're ready to go. Back up battery packs or alkaline back ups are a smart idea too...Here are some Walkie Talkie Radio Options.
Police & Fire service usually have back up generators and communications equipment, so if you need to relay an emergency message you can always ask and they'll do their best to help. Remember, no power also means your land line phone will probably be out, plus no computers to look us stuff on the internet. To make sure you have important first aid information it's probably a good idea to get your books now! I recommend the Combat Medic Field Reference, and Tom Brown's Field Guide to Wilderness Survival. Lastly, it's always good to have a waterproof cell phone case especially in the winter or if you're in an area where you could drop it in water. Here is an option for a waterproof cellphone case
Water, Water, and more Water:
Water is needed for everyday living more than we realize. This includes water for drinking, food prep and maintaining normal good hygiene and health, and if you want to stay alive and have some sort of normalcy for your family you should have a lot stocked...Like in the order of a gallon per person per day! Plus, because the body can only process a liter an hour make sure you drink enough to prevent dehydration. Think about long term and short term storage as well as rotate through your stock to prevent that lovely "plastic taste." You may also want to think now about how you can capture water from nearby sources if your supplies started to dip. You can always capture from gutters into cleaned garbage cans during rain storms, the closest pool or hold it even in your own bathtub. A "Water BOB" is something great to have on hand for when you need it to capture water from your pipes. When using water from any non-secured source during an emergency you really want to treat it by boiling it for 20 minutes. Then, add two drops of non-scented Clorox bleach for each quart of water, eight drops of Clorox bleach for each gallon of water or ½ tsp of regular Clorox bleach per 5 gallons of water. If the water is visibly cloudy, double the amount of Clorox. You can use purification tablets, iodine and filtered straws. You really don't want to get sick during a crisis where medical services would be taxed and possibly not even available. Even thinking about where to create an outhouse if water and sewer services are interrupted is important to limit the transmission of disease. And one final thought...Toilet paper will be gold! Store all you can for usage and trading.
People don't realize that the modern American grocery system only keeps enough food stocked for 72 hrs worth of shopping, and a run on the neighborhood store could turn ugly fast with the last water or baby formula being sought by a 100 different individuals. At a bare minimum, you should have enough food for 30 days, and that's every member of the family including Fido and Fluffy. There are many food options out there and I have included options from Wise Foods.
Always check the calorie counts and expiration dates on whatever you purchase for storage purposes as they may be edible after that, but nutritional content definitely takes a hit. And, most importantly test it on your family before the big purchase. I found a great deal on Dinty Moore meals at the local Rite Aid and MRE's at the local Surplus, but when I brought it home and hashed up some "survival rations" no one wanted to eat it. It doesn't do any good if folks won't eat it. Plus, to add some security and normalcy to the situation have things like popcorn and cookies ready to make.
When the power goes out keep the refrigerator and freezer closed as much as possible. You'll have a couple days if you open sparingly. Use freezer items first, refrigerated items second and your pantry third. Definitely rotate your food stocks based on expiration date to keep them fresher. Fondue is a great treat but it also lets you use up your cheese from the fridge, bread that may be a little old and hard and at that point who couldn't use a glass of wine! Honey never spoils and is a great source of calories...In fact it's the only food that doesn't spoil (A cheer for the recently revived Twinkee with the 10 year shelf life...I know that's a fable). Here's a link to a great Fork/Knife/Spoon kit . Large plastic tubs are great for storing foods so they don't get bugs and mice chewing into the cardboard boxes. Always be thinking about good hygiene when preparing food. Have bleach wipes and baby wipes to minimize the risk of getting sick. Knowing how to cook what is around you if you run out of ration is just as important as having items to barter as items get scarce.
The one thing I can't say enough is reuse, reuse, and reuse...Everything from soup cans which are great to boil drinking water in if you have to (please take off the label first), to plastic packaging that can help you catch rain water for drinking, just think about it before you throw it away.
The New Fiscal Cliff will be much worse than the last few:
Getting your fiscal house in order is going to be key with the stock market terribly overbought Gold's nose dive and the "fiscal cliff" looming with little resolution on the horizon. Even if lawmakers create some new Ponzi scheme to keep the worst from happening in the short term just remember that every tax paying sub-18 year old will inherit approx. $420K in debt in today's dollars. Absolutely shameful and dangerous! I recommend you stay away from credit card and other "short term" debts that can rob cash flow and liquidity and think about what you can trade for items you may not have stocked up on. Cash is great but remember to have lots of smaller denomination bills on hand because folks will be hard pressed to offer "change" for the items you want in time of need. Other tradeable items like silver coins, extra food (like those MRE's that no one in my family will eat), water and even bullets will be helpful.
With little or no emergency care options available or with limited options but no way to get someone actually to the hospital, you'll have to stabilize and treat whatever comes your way. In my Search and Rescue team we have folks with all levels of medical experience from basic "Boo-Boo control" to Nurse Credentials. I'll tell you what I recommend to them...When you're treating someone, you should only do up to the level you're trained and do no further harm to the patient. That said, I would highly suggest going to youtube and watch some videos on "field first aid." Learn how to properly sew yourself up and prevent infection. Prepare yourself to do what you need to survive. There are so many different "pre-packaged" first aid kits on the market but what will you really need when it hits the fan. A good First Aid Kit should always be stocked with your and your family's medicines. You can always get a longer term prescription filled so you have a stockpile (Ask your doctor and check the federal and local laws to make sure you're not breaking any).
In the event of a situation you may not have electricity and possibly no natural gas service...You should always turn your gas service off if you think there's a leak anywhere. Learn how to turn both your Gas and electricity off. Also, let's face it, we're a hydrocarbon society and we all witnessed through Sandy's devastation the impact it had on the fuel supply and ultimately everyone was involved. It's been a month plus, and there are still homes with no power. Always keep your car full of gas. You can siphon (safely) into generators etc. I have a gas grill outside and a few back up refillable propane tanks. Those each can last months, and everything can be grilled...Even brownies! Sterno gel fuel is also great for cooking as it lasts forever and can be re-used until it's used up. Be safe and test everything out beforehand!
Flashlights (Rechargeable or not) and extra batteries:
To buy a rechargeable or alkaline flashlight?...That is the question and very similar to the walkie talkie discussion...Well, I have both and likely you have both as well. I have one permanently in the charger in the truck, but also have an alkaline powered back up. Alkaline flashlights are plentiful, cheap and durable. Make sure you store them long term without the batteries in them or they can corrode. And as they say during the holiday shopping season..."Don't forget the batteries!!!" Whatever choices you make in all your electronics purchases make sure to keep lots of back up batteries...I keep them in the freezer to extend life, but I'm just weird that way. Here is a list of great flashlights.
A Good Knife or Knives:
Each knife has its own purpose and the Bayonet (yes the military still trains soldiers to use them) is great to build a structure open a can of beans or protect you, but is big and bulky and much less easy to carry around than a folding blade or even a Swiss Army Knife. Think ahead of how you would use your knife whether it be kitchen utensil, fire starter, wire cutter, personal protection, or a little of all the above...Then practice all the uses you'll need it for. Click here for some great knife options.
Too many people are too far removed from their food today. They won't know where to begin when the store shelves are bare. Most will have little idea how to plant a garden, gather wild edibles, or hunt for food. Even if they do have the knowledge, their environment will soon be depleted. Unfortunately, much of the "gathering" will rapidly take the form of taking food from others who cannot defend themselves or their belongings. Knowing how to be versatile in your weapons choices and knowing how to use them is critical to survival...Period! A .22lr rifle is great for hunting "dinner critters," but will be challenging to defend the homestead when hostiles come to take what's yours. Look at also having a close quarters-type rifle and sidearm. Here's a link to the weapons I offer. When you think of ammunition think of versatility. choose similar options for handgun and rifle. The 9mm is cheap, plentiful, multi-purpose and when you teach your family to shoot it isn't too intimidating for them. Here's a versatile ammo link. And a note on reloading bullets...Ammunition currently isn't that expensive compared to a few months ago unless you shoot a lot, but what happens if the supply dries up. With 9mm reloading you don't need a lot of powder to go a long way. I reload, but personally I'd rather stock up on loaded bullets as it is very labor intensive to reload...Here is a link to reloading equipment.
Basically anything can and most likely will be used as a weapon for hunting or self-defense, but simply owning them will not help when your life is on the line. You must be proficient with any weapon especially the firearms you choose as well as have a good knowledge of how it works, how to fix it in a pinch and how to maintain it so it will work when you need it. Even as simple as changing your batteries quickly out of your AR-15 red dot sight in the dark if needed. You also need to be smart enough to know when not to engage a hostile situation. My advice is if you can "talk and walk" yourself out of a situation that serves you far better than shooting your way out. However, if you are in a grave situation you and your families self-defense is paramount. What it boils down to is, "What force options are you prepared to do to neutralize a threat?" Sometimes you don't know until you're actually faced with it, but having knowledge of what you'll need to do is important to succeeding. We have a saying..."You will perform as trained," but also remember that you will perform about 1/2 as good as your worse day at the range under intense stress! So, practice until you feel comfortable in using your weapon so that when it really counts, you'll have that know how and confidence to use it properly. Here are a few great training videos to purchase regarding Handgun, Shotgun and Rifle in combat scenarios.
During this Christmas and Holiday season when you're figuring out what to give everyone on your gift list maybe a heartfelt gift for the success of their future during a rough patch is what you have in mind. Maybe an annual membership to the NRA, a magazine like "Personal & Home Defense," a great training video or even a supply of emergency food supplies or earthquake survival supplies. Maybe one of the great items above will spur some serious discussion into what they need for survival during trying times.
Hopefully this edition of the LeadSportsUSA Newsletter has at least prompted you to go on the internet, your local library or bookstore or even my social sites to find out more on the topics above. I've only really scratched the surface to get the discussion going...Feel free to go online to my Twitter feed or Facebook and post a comment or see what others are doing to prepare.
Be Safe, Smart, and God Bless,
Kent from LeadSportsUSA