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“A failure to plan is a plan to fail.”

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What Is The Savannah Arsenal Project?

Medical emergencies, job loss, extended illness, violent crime, hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes, wildfires, terrorism, riots and social unrest, nuclear accidents. In the aftermath of a major disaster the unprepared general population will be anxious and panicked. There may be mass casualties. Utilities will be down. There will be no electricity, fresh water, garbage collection, or communications. Survivors may be confused, panicked, sick, injured, thirsty, hungry, hot, cold, and alone in the dark. Groups may be desperately hunting for what they need to survive and may try to steal whatever precious supplies you may have. There will be no rescue, law enforcement, or medical resources to help you. If from the beginning of your planning you understand that you will be on your own after a major disaster, then you won’t be in for any surprises after it happens. Accept the fact that bad things happen, and that you can’t depend on anyone to take care of you when they do. Once you have, it is time start getting prepared.

Savannah Arsenal’s mission is to share information and resources that may help you to feed and protect your family during man-made and natural disasters. There are many prepper and survival blogs on the Al Gore’s incredible internet, and this is one of them. This scope of this website is certainly not intended to be the final authority with regards to safety and survival, but rather to serve as a springboard or guide to the many online resources available to you on your journey to being prepared. Savannah Arsenal is by no means to be a substitute for proper training and frequent practice, but intended rather to be a collective wisdom of anyone interested in contributing. Most of the information found within is written from actual experience. Some information is “borrowed” from other sources. I try to give credit where credit is due. Throughout the blog there are pages on water, food, shelter, heating or air-conditioning, lighting, first-aid & medical care, hygiene, transportation, security, and self recovery. This isn’t everything that there is to know, but it’s everything that we know. If we don’t have the answer here, we should at least be able to point you in the right direction. We learn more everyday, so this website continues to grow almost daily.

If you a former Boy Scout, a veteran of the military, work in the medical profession, work in law enforcement or fire / rescue, a pilot, or an avid outdoorsman, then you most likely have already be instilled with the survivor mindset and have a firm grasp of many of the skill-sets on this site. This blog will be a good review. If don’t have any similar type of life experience and training then you will have to make a concerted effort to develop the survivor mindset so that you will be ready when the SHTF scenario occurs. This blog will be a good place to begin your journey.

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Page Contents:

Introduction To Prepping:

  • Must Read
  • What Is A Prepper?
  • What To Prepare For
  • Order of Preparation: Mindset — Skillsets — Assets
  • The Five Phases of Preparedness
  • Phase One – Immediate – Personal
  • Phase Two – Short Term – Up To 72 Hours
  • Phase Three – Intermediate – Up To Three Months
  • Phase Four – Long-Term – As Much As A Year Or More
  • Phase Five – Indefinite – EOTWAWKI
  • Where To Start

Prepper Mindset

Prepper Skillsets

  • Skillsets
  • Hard Skills vs. Soft Skills
  • Most Basic Survival Skillsets
  • More Advanced Skillsets

Prepper Assets

Line Gear Philosophy

Bug-Out vs. Shelter In Place

Help Your Neighbors?

Prepper Reality Check

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Must Read:

Books:

Web:

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What Is A Prepper?




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What To Prepare For:

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Order of Preparation: Mindset — Skillsets — Assets:

You can only prepare in this order:

  1. Mindset
  2. Skillsets
  3. Assets

It would be a mistake to go out and start buying food, water, and gear (assets) if you haven’t first developed a survival mindset, and developed the skillsets to employ the assets. “Stuff” is important, but with the right mindset and skill sets you will be able to survive with less, and be able to adapt with what little you may have to survive.

 

Order of Preparation Commentary, submitted by “Mike”:

January 15, 2015

Order of prep: The philosophy of spread thin before stacking tall comes to mind.

Ask yourself…what will kill you first? thirst, hunger, or lack of ‘blank’?  I know a lot of people with dozens of guns and 1,000’s of rounds of ammunition, that will die from lack of water.  This is what we call “skip ahead”.

“The Skip Ahead”: The act of putting off buying a high priority item, to buy a more wanted, but less needed, item and delaying the high priority item.  A good example would be buying a 2nd AR-15, before you buy water and food.

“The Make Do”: The act of buying/making do with, a lesser quality item that is cheaper, to free up $ to buy other same priority items. The combination of purchases is typically better than a higher quality item by itself. Example: Buying a AR-15 for $1,000 and having no money left to buy bullets…or…buying an AK-47, 10 mags, 300 rounds of ammo, and 100 gallons of water. This is similar to the “spread wide before stacking tall philosophy”.

The “skip ahead” and “make do” phrases are what we use in Mississippi. When we see a guy with very little food and water, buy a $1,000 scope for his rifle…we call that a “skip ahead”. Buy all means, get the $1,000 scope…but only after you have the more important stuff.

When a guy shows up with some old, bull-crap, used body armor for $100…we call that a “make do”.  Not the best armor…but appropriate for someone who has NONE.  And, if ridiculed, all he usually has to say is…”ok, so show me your armor”, and that ends the conversation.  If its doesn’t, and the guy says my $1,000 interceptor vest is in the trunk…then the reply is, “well, my trunk is filled with $900 in food!”

 

Mindset:


 

Skillsets:

 

Assets:

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The Five Phases of Preparedness:

Many beginning preppers make the mistake of initiating their preps with the intention of surviving the zombie apocalypse. Your first step should be preparing for realistic, everyday personal and family emergencies. The next step will be to prepare for 72 hours without any outside resources or utilities, or to execute a hasty mandatory evacuation. Once you can survive for 72 hours without help, you should training and prepping for longer and more involved catastrophes. Prepare to operate off-grid for a month. Once you feel that you are ready, simply continue to add resources to last as much as a year, or indefinitely.

Levels of Preparedness (2)The circles picture to the right (click to enlarge) illustrate each phase, level, or layer of preparation. Each overlapping layer encompasses the mindset, skill sets, and assets of its subservient layer, and adds new MSAs required to survive the exponentiating complications of longer and more severe survival scenarios.

The first level of preparedness, labeled “Personal”, applies to realistic, everyday types of emergencies and the mindset and preparedness to survive them. These might include medical emergencies such as cardiac arrest, choking, bleeding, or a broken bone; loss of employment or income; home or vehicle fire; legal issues such as divorce or law suite, illness or death of a family member; personal assault, robbery, or home invasion.

The second level of preparedness, labeled “Immediate”, applies to emergencies that might only affect your and your community for a few days. Examples might include blackouts, floods, blizzards, wildfire, etc. These emergencies will require the mindset, skill sets, and assets of the personal level of preparedness, plus a few additional to successfully survive and prosper. This level may require you to live for a few days without outside utilities and resources (electricity, running water, fire-rescue and law enforcement), or to quickly leave you home and live on the run for a few days.

The third level of preparedness, labeled “Intermediate”, applies to regional type of emergencies that my require many months to recover from. Examples might include post-hurricane or post-tornado rebuilding, however during that time you can expect financial help from your insurance carrier if you are properly covered. You may not have a home, but there will be government assistance for rescue and cleanup, and insurance will put you in a motel until you can rebuild. In many countries it may be quite a while before you receive any assistance, if any at all.

The fourth level of preparedness, labeled “Long Term”, applies to large-scale emergencies that might take as much as a year or more to recover from. Examples might include global economic collapse, US economic collapse, EMP attack on the United States, regional war, regional pandemic, etc. All resources will be precious, security will be a concern as people try to take what you have, and you will probably find it necessary to form some type of mutual aid and support group.

The fifth level of preparedness, labeled “Indefinite”, applies to an EOTWAWKI type catastrophic event. Major examples might include total economic collapse and collapse of the United States government, nuclear attack or terrorism that permanently disrupts our society, or solar activity or an electromagnetic pulse attack that destroys the nation’s or world’s electrical grid infrastructure. You will be on your own, and no one is ever coming to help you. It will require the mindset, skill sets, and assets (MSAs) of the first four level, plus the addition of many more complex and sophisticated MSAs in order to survive and prosper. The fifth level will encompass everything that you can muster. You will need it all.

The different levels represent the order and magnitude of emergencies and disasters that you should prepare for. Completely prepare for the personal level before preparing for short-term emergencies, and prepare for short-term emergencies before preparing for long-term emergencies. Each level encompasses the preceding levels within, so it is truly impossible to prepare for the end of society without first getting yourself into basic physical and financial shape and learning basic skills. First learn to crawl, walk, and finally run. You can’t run without learning the others first.

When attempting to master the next level of preparedness, concentrate first on mindset, then skill sets, and lastly, assets.

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Phase One – Immediate – Personal:

While everyone loves planning for the zombie apocalypse and is looking forward to rappelling the roving bands of marauders intent on taking your buckets of beans, how many have actually prepped for some of the life’s more probable disasters?

EDCYou have a flat tire late at night in a rural area; your child is choking on a grape or hotdog; your smoke detector activates at 3:30 AM; someone is following you as you walk through the mall parking deck; your computer goes tango uniform; you lose your job; your house is robbed; you find a “lump”; your marital status changes by someone else’s choice; you become disabled and can not work; your spouse passes away; etc.

These scenarios aren’t as exciting as ISIS tanks rolling down Flatbush Ave, or Zombies climbing out of the ground, but I can bet that at least one of the aforementioned scenarios will happen to you. You’ve had your whole life to prepare. Why aren’t you ready?

Before you start preparing for the end of the world, start preparing for some of life’s more common emergencies. You can apply the Order of Preparation theory (mindset, skill sets, assets) discussed earlier. Develop a survivor mindset and condition your body so that you will be able to mentally and physically deal with the stress of an emergency or disaster. Learn basic survival and emergency skills so that you will know what to do when something bad happens. Position yourself legally and financially so that you can easily recover from a disaster. Acquire the equipment and gear to deal with life’s realistic emergencies.

Personal Mindset Examples:

Personal Skill Set Examples:

Personal Asset Examples:

  • Save six months worth of living expenses.
  • Make sure that you insurance policies are up to date: health, life, supplemental, home owner’s, flood, etc.
  • Make sure that your will, health power-of-attorney, and other similar documents are up to date.
  • Secure important personal and financial documents into one binder. Store in a fire-proof safe or remote location .
  • Secure digital photos and other important computer files on external media that is stored in a fireproof safe or remote location.
  • Provide a safe home. Conduct a home safety inspection. Provide smoke/fire/CO2 detection equipment, fire suppression equipment, home security equipment, and first-aid kit(s) and supplies.
  • Provide safe and reliable transportation. Properly maintain your vehicles.

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Phase Two – Short Term – Up To 72 Hours:

Once you are prepared for life’s more routine emergencies, now you can start preparing for more dramatic catastrophes. You will need to seriously analyze your geographic area and decide what you should prepare for. The east coast has hurricanes, blackouts, and occasional civil unrest. The mid-west has droughts, blizzards, and tornadoes. The west coast has wildfires and earthquakes. There are nuclear power plants, petro-chemical plants, and other mega-industrial facilities scattered all across the United States. These have the potential for accident or are prime targets for terrorism.

In your analysis you will have to decide the best course of action for your anticipated disaster and then plan and prepare accordingly. Your plans for a wildfire or hurricane will be different from an earthquake or blackout. Regardless, after a major disaster you will need to be prepared to provide water, food, shelter, heating or air-conditioning, light, medical care, hygiene, transportation, security, and self recovery for yourself and your loved ones. When you have established your list of perceived threats you can begin with preparing for those threats. The first and most important step in your preparation will be to develop a survivor mindset. Next you will need to develop survivor skillsets (knowledge to help your survive in adverse situations). The final step is to acquire assets (gear and equipment to help you survive).

doomsday_preppers_instore_ambientOn average it takes the federal government at least 72 hours to move resources and establish relief in a disaster area. FEMA and the Red Cross recommend that every family have enough supplies to survive at least 72 hours without outside resources. The first phase of your planning should be to cover a 72 hour in-home emergency such as a blackout, blizzard, or an evacuation from a wildfire, flood, or nuclear emergency. Your preparations will include making a 72-Hour Kit for your home, a Bug-Out Bag for each member of your family in case you have to evacuate your home with little or no warning, and a Get Home Bag (GHB) for each vehicle to help get you home should you be caught away when the SHTF. Bottled water, MRE or canned food, battery-powered lights and radio, and a few other convenience items should help get you through until order can be restored. You will want to get prepped for an “immediate” and temporary type of emergency before you start planning for more long-term and elaborate disasters.

Short Term Mindset Examples:

  • I have analyzed the geographic area and know what disasters to prepare for.
  • I have a plan on how to quickly evacuate the area, and have a place to go.

Short Term Skill Set Examples:

  • Ability to defend yourself and your family.
  • Ability to survive in the wilderness.
  • Ability to make simple repairs of damaged buildings, vehicles, and gear.
  • Ability to perform CPR and simple first-aid.

Short Term Assets Examples:

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Phase Three – Intermediate – Up To Three Months:

Disaster Examples: regional disasters such as hurricanes or cyclones, tsunamis, civil war, etc. Although we in the United States are fortunate enough to be able to expect some type of rapid disaster recovery and relief from our government, you may live in a part of the world where civil recovery make take longer.

sandy5n-5-copyAfter you have enough supplies and training to stay in you home without outside resources and supplies for 72 hours, or to evacuate your home and live on the run for 72 hours, or to work you way back to your home should you be caught away when the SHTF, then it is time to start prepping for to survive a longer period of time without outside resources. Three months is a good goal.

You will want to store potable water in bulk, and have a way collect and purify more water as your supply begins to dwindle. You will want to have accumulated large amounts of canned and dried foods. You will want to have a way to cook your food, such as a grill or camp stove, and enough fuel to run it for an extended time. You will want to have a way to recharge batteries, such as a solar panel(s). You will want to have enough basic tools and supplies to make basic repairs to your damage home, such as a large tarp to go over a damaged room. You may want to invest in a generator that can, at a minimum, power your refrigerator/freezer and a few appliances. You will have to safely store enough fuel to run your generator.

Level Three Mindset:

  • I may have to barter my skills, services, and assets.
  • I know my local neighbors and friends and I am aware of their individual skill sets and assets.
  • I may have to physically protect myself and my family.
  • I may have to regenerate resources (water, food, etc.)
  • I need to maintain OPSEC with regards to our equipment, supplies, and capabilities.

Level Three Skill Sets:

Level Three Assets:

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Phase Four – Long-Term – As Much As A Year Or More:

Disaster examples: global economic collapse, US economic collapse, EMP attack on the United States, war, etc.

food-storage-varietyAfter you have prepped for a month of survival without outside resources, you can now start saving and prepping for “long-term” off-the-grid living for up to a year… or more.

The fourth level is where you settle in for the long haul. You will have to produce your own food, water, and other resources, and create a group for mutual support and protection. Everything that society has provided for you before the trigger event (safety and protection, utilities, food & water, transportation, communications, sanitation, etc.) will be gone and you will have to provide it yourself. This level will be extreme.

Planning for “long-term” will involve storing canned and dried foods in much higher bulk levels, and creating a way to purify large volumes of drinking water, charging batteries with more elaborate solar or wind generators, and acquiring enough fuel (firewood) to cook and heat with. You may want to stock up on seed and gardening supplies so that you can supplement your bulk supplies with fresh fruits and vegetables. You will want to store hunting and fishing gear so that you can supplement your food stocks with fresh meat. You will want to accumulate a year’s supply of all of the items that you use in your house each day. You will need to accumulate all of the tools and spare parts that you might anticipate needing to make repairs to your home and vehicles for the next 12 months. There isn’t any way that you can plan for every contingency, so you will most certainly find yourself trading and bartering for other goods and services.

Level Four Mindset Examples:

  • Everyone wants what I (we) have, and may do anything (including killing us) to take it.
  • Every resource is precious.

Level Four Skill Set Examples:

  • Group organizational experience and training.
  • Defensive Tactics.
  • Military training with combat MOS (weapons and tactics).
  • Military leadership experience and training.
  • Hunting: can kill and process game.
  • Gardening : can produce more food than they can eat.
  • Amateur radio operation: can talk to the world.
  • Food canning (long-term food storage).
  • Advanced medical training (doctor, nurse, dentist, paramedic, etc.).
  • Electrician.
  • Carpentry.
  • Plumber.
  • Automobile mechanic.
  • Seamstress.
  • Cook.

Level Four Asset Examples:

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Phase Five – Indefinite – EOTWAWKI:

Disaster examples: Electromagnetic pulse or solar activity that destroys all electronics on a global scale, nuclear holocaust, global pandemic, asteroid impact, etc.

Help is never coming.

the_book_of_eliFirst, and most importantly, you will absolutely have to have some type of survival group of people with various skill sets and expertise that you can trust with your life. You won’t make it on your own. You will need to have a way to purify water indefinitely without replacement filters. You will need to know how to raise livestock, hunt, fish, butcher meat, and grow fruits and vegetables. You will have to know how to protect yourself, your family, and your group. You will need a way to generate electricity, such as solar and wind generators. You need lots of hand tools to make repairs, and work the gardens. You will absolutely have to become a master of bartering and scavenging food, fuel, batteries, etc.

EOTWAWKI is outside of the scope of Savannah Arsenal since it is all theoretical, but if you are preparing for that, then you will definitely be prepared for any lesser emergencies.

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Where To Start:

If you a former Boy Scout, a veteran of the military, work in the medical profession, work in law enforcement or fire / rescue, a pilot, or an avid outdoorsman, then you most likely have already be instilled with the survivor mindset and have a firm grasp of many of the skill-sets on this site. This blog will be a good review. If don’t have any similar type of life experience and training then you will have to make a concerted effort to develop the survivor mindset so that you will be ready when the SHTF scenario occurs. This blog will be a good place to begin your journey.

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Prepper Attitude:

Survivalism explained to “non-prepared” friends: “I want to be able to weather any common event, storm, power outage, robbery with no problem at all.

Conveniently, if the end of the world as we know it comes then I get to avoid the inevitable shootouts at WalMart.”

– Author Unknown –

Rethink your attitude. Hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes, wildfires, terrorism, riots and social unrest, nuclear accidents, violent crime, medical emergencies? Every one of these disasters has occurred in the past 24 months, most of them right here in the United States. September 11th is proof that the government can’t stop it from happening. Hurricane Katrina is proof that the government can’t take care of you after it does. With disasters it is never a question of if, but rather a question of when. It is naive to think otherwise, and negligent on the part of the individual not to make a survival plan tailored to the type of disaster that might be expected in their part of the world.

What about smaller, less dramatic calamities? A dead car battery, a flat tire, a car fire, a city-wide blackout, a person laying unresponsive in the street, a child choking at the next table over in a restaurant, a suspicious man following you as you walk back to your car.



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Combat Mindset and the Cooper Color Code:

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Wikipedia’s Article on Jeff Cooper & the Cooper Color Code:

The most important means of surviving a lethal confrontation, according to Cooper, is neither the weapon nor the martial skills. The primary tool is the combat mindset, set forth in his book, Principles of Personal Defense.

The color code, as originally introduced by Jeff Cooper, had nothing to do with tactical situations or alertness levels, but rather with one’s state of mind. As taught by Cooper, it relates to the degree of peril you are willing to do something about and which allows you to move from one level of mindset to another to enable you to properly handle a given situation. Cooper did not claim to have invented anything in particular with the color code, but he was apparently the first to use it as an indication of mental state.

White: Unaware and unprepared. If attacked in Condition White, the only thing that may save you is the inadequacy or ineptitude of your attacker. When confronted by something nasty, your reaction will probably be “Oh my God! This can’t be happening to me.”

Yellow: Relaxed alert. No specific threat situation. Your mindset is that “today could be the day I may have to defend myself”. You are simply aware that the world is a potentially unfriendly place and that you are prepared to defend yourself, if necessary. You use your eyes and ears, and realize that “I may have to shoot today”. You don’t have to be armed in this state, but if you are armed you should be in Condition Yellow. You should always be in Yellow whenever you are in unfamiliar surroundings or among people you don’t know. You can remain in Yellow for long periods, as long as you are able to “Watch your six.” (In aviation 12 o’clock refers to the direction in front of the aircraft’s nose. Six o’clock is the blind spot behind the pilot.) In Yellow, you are “taking in” surrounding information in a relaxed but alert manner, like a continuous 360 degree radar sweep. As Cooper put it, “I might have to shoot.”

Orange: Specific alert. Something is not quite right and has your attention. Your radar has picked up a specific alert. You shift your primary focus to determine if there is a threat (but you do not drop your six). Your mindset shifts to “I may have to shoot that person today”, focusing on the specific target which has caused the escalation in alert status. In Condition Orange, you set a mental trigger: “If that person does “X”, I will need to stop them”. Your pistol usually remains holstered in this state. Staying in Orange can be a bit of a mental strain, but you can stay in it for as long as you need to. If the threat proves to be nothing, you shift back to Condition Yellow.

Red: Condition Red is fight. Your mental trigger (established back in Condition Orange) has been tripped. “If ‘X’ happens I will shoot that person” – ‘X’ has happened, the fight is on.

Black: The USMC uses condition Black, although it was not originally part of Cooper’s Color Code. Catastrophic breakdown of mental and physical performance. Usually over 175 heartbeats per minute, increased heart rate becomes counter productive. May have stopped thinking correctly. This can happen when going from Condition White or Yellow immediately to Condition Red.

In short, the Color Code helps you “think” in a fight. As the level of danger increases, your willingness to take certain actions increases. If you ever do go to Condition Red, the decision to use lethal force has already been made (your “mental trigger” has been tripped).

The following are some of Cooper’s additional comments on the subject.

Considering the principles of personal defense, we have long since come up with the Color Code. This has met with surprising success in debriefings throughout the world. The Color Code, as we preach it, runs white, yellow, orange, and red, and is a means of setting one’s mind into the proper condition when exercising lethal violence, and is not as easy as I had thought at first.

There is a problem in that some students insist upon confusing the appropriate color with the amount of danger evident in the situation. As I have long taught, you are not in any color state because of the specific amount of danger you may be in, but rather in a mental state which enables you to take a difficult psychological step. Now, however, the government has gone into this and is handing out color codes nationwide based upon the apparent nature of a peril. It has always been difficult to teach the Gunsite Color Code, and now it is more so.

We cannot say that the government’s ideas about colors are wrong, but that they are different from what we have long taught here. The problem is this: your combat mind-set is not dictated by the amount of danger to which you are exposed at the time. Your combat mind-set is properly dictated by the state of mind you think appropriate to the situation. You may be in deadly danger at all times, regardless of what the Defense Department tells you. The color code which influences you does depend upon the willingness you have to jump a psychological barrier against taking irrevocable action. That decision is less hard to make since the jihadis have already made it.

He further simplified things in Vol. 13 #7 of his Commentaries.

“In White you are unprepared and unready to take lethal action. If you are attacked in White you will probably die unless your adversary is totally inept.
In Yellow you bring yourself to the understanding that your life may be in danger and that you may have to do something about it.
In Orange you have determined upon a specific adversary and are prepared to take action which may result in his death, but you are not in a lethal mode.
In Red you are in a lethal mode and will shoot if circumstances warrant.”

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Be A Leader:

“Leadership is the ability to tell someone to go to hell, and they leave to eagerly pack for the trip.”

-unknown-

“I do not fear an army of lions, if they are led by a lamb.

I do fear an army of sheep, if they are led by a lion.”

-Alexander the Great-

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Don’t Be A “Sheeple”. Be The “Sheepdog”:

Urban Dictionary’s Definition Of “Sheepdog”:

Certain special people, who watch over the rest of the people. The rest are called sheep. Sheepdogs prevent the “wolves” (bad people/things) from hurting the sheep. Sheepdogs understand violence is sometimes necessary in order to protect the sheep. The sheep really don’t like the sheepdog. Sheep prefer to go along their merry way, oblivious to the perils of life. Sheep tolerate sheepdogs’ existence in order to keep the wolves away. Police, soldiers, firefighters. A Sheepdog protects sheep from wolves.


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Be the “Boy Scout”:

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“Be prepared.”

– Motto of the Boy Scouts of America –

“Make good scouts of yourselves, become good rifle shots so that if it becomes necessary that you defend your families and your country that you can do it.”

– Lord Baden-Powell, Scouting For Boys

Are You ReadyExpect problems. Be prepared for them.

This means that you need to be mentally and emotionally prepared for something bad to happen, to have the skillsets to know what to do, and to have the proper gear and equipment to handle it.


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Be the “Gray Man”:

“Don’t look conspicuous. It draws fire.”

-From Murphy’s Laws of Combat-

Urban Dictionary’s definition of “Gray Man”:

A person who can blend in to any scene or situation without standing out, hiding his skills and qualities.

Thoughts On How To Be The Gray Man:

  • Practice “urban camouflage”. Blend into your environment and try not be noticed.
  • Project confidence so as to discourage aggression, while at the same time not projecting over confidence so as to attract unwanted attention.
  • Consider the pros and cons of tattoos when trying to blend in to your environment. Consider when to hide scars and when to use them to your advantage.
  • Dress so as to blend in various environments.
  • Adopt an attitude so as not to draw attention.
  • Do not draw unwanted attention with the vehicle you drive.
  • Consider the advantages of owning a “Q car”.
  • Use body posturing so as not to look suspicious.



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Be the “Minuteman”:

Urban Dictionary’s definition of “Minuteman”:

Term for a volunteer soldier in the American Revolution, who were supposed to be ready to fight against the British at a minute’s notice. These were often nothing more than farmers that happened to have a gun or two lying around.

President Kennedy’s Commemorative Message on Roosevelt Day, January 29, 1961

“This year, the celebrations of Roosevelt Day has special significance for Democrats everywhere; for we celebrate not only the triumphs of the past but the opportunities of the future.

Twenty-eight years ago Franklin Roosevelt assumed the leadership of a stricken and demoralized nation. Poverty, distress and economic stagnation blanketed the land. But it was not long before the great creative energies of the New Deal had lifted America from its despair and set us on the path to new heights of prosperity, power and greatness.

Today America is the richest nation in the history of the world. Our power and influence extend around the globe. Yet the challenges and dangers which confront us are even more awesome and difficult than those that faced Roosevelt. And we too will need to summon all the energies of our people and the capacities of our leaders if America is to remain a great and free nation — if we are to master the opportunities of the New Frontier.

The dimensions of our problems overwhelm the imagination. At home millions are unemployed and the growth of our economy has come to a virtual halt. Abroad, we are faced with powerful and unrelenting pressure which threaten freedom in every corner of the globe, and with military power so formidable that it menaces the physical survival of our own nation.

To meet these problems will require the efforts not only of our leaders or of the Democratic Party–but the combined efforts of all of our people. No one has a right to feel that, having entrusted the tasks of government to new leaders in Washington, he can continue to pursue his private comforts unconcerned with America’s challenges and dangers. For, if freedom is to survive and prosper, it will require the sacrifice, the effort and the thoughtful attention of every citizen.

In my own native state of Massachusetts, the battle for American freedom was begun by the thousands of farmers and tradesmen who made up the Minute Men — citizens who were ready to defend their liberty at a moment’s notice. Today we need a nation of minute men; citizens who are not only prepared to take up arms, but citizens who regard the preservation of freedom as a basic purpose of their daily life and who are willing to consciously work and sacrifice for that freedom. The cause of liberty, the cause of America, cannot succeed with any lesser effort.

It is this effort and concern which makes up the New Frontier. And it is this effort and concern which will determine the success or failure not only with this Administration, but of our nation itself.”



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Think Outside of the Box:

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Urban Dictionary’s definition of “Think Outside of the Box”:

Try to solve the problem with unorthodox methods. Consider any idea, no matter how unusual.

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Practice Situational Awareness:

“Somewhere out there right now someone is preparing for the day you both shall meet. How prepared will you be?”

-Unknown-

Urban Dictionary’s definition of “Situational Awareness”:

Situational-AwarenessPossessing the trait of always knowing what is going on around you; awareness of one’s situation.

Pay attention to your surroundings. Always know what is going on around you. Recognize danger. Use you knowledge of what has happened in the past and your observations of what is happening now to predict what could happen in the near future. Listen to the voices in your head (your intuition). If something doesn’t seem right, it isn’t.


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Recognize the Players:

Learn to recognize knowledge, skills, abilities, and assets of those around you. Examples:

  • My neighbor has a hybrid vehicle that gets 55 MPG.
  • My neighbor has a swimming pool with thousands of gallons of water.
  • My neighbor is an avid hunter that can shoot and process game.
  • My neighbor has solar panels that can charge batteries
  • My neighbor has a gas-powered generator.
  • My neighbor is an avid gardeners and produces more food than she can eat.
  • My neighbor is a surgeon.
  • My neighbor is a dentist.
  • My neighbor was an electrician in the Navy.
  • My neighbor was an emergency medical technician before she went to law school.
  • My neighbor just rebuilt the engine in his ’65 Mustang.

None of these people are whom I would describe as “preppers”, yet they each possess extremely important skillsets or assets, especially in a prolonged emergency situation. Teach yourself to watch and listen for key information about people which might indicate that they have skillsets and assets that might benefit you in an emergency. Maybe your neighbor that owns a lawnmower repair business doesn’t sound like a good prepper asset, but just wait until your generator quits working on a hot night. You are going to wish that he was your best friend.

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Carry Concealed:

“An armed man will kill an unarmed man with monotonous regularity.”

-Clint Smith-

“Your attacker is in more danger from you, than you are from him.”

-Jeff Cooper-

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Skillsets:

If you have experience as a Boy Scout, member of the military, police officer, firefighters, or in the medical profession then you are fortunate to have experience with first-aid, self-defense, survival, using tools, etc.

 

Soft Skills vs. Hard Skills:

Soft skills are skillsets that will most often keep you out of trouble. Think awareness and observation. Soft skills are passive in the sense that no one will ever know that you are practicing them.

Hard skill are used when the situation gets loud and painful (shooting skills, combative skills, etc.).

 

Soft Skillsets:

Mundane soft skills might include:

  • Understanding the OODA Loop and Cooper’s Color Codes
  • Thinking proactively when it comes to simple equipment and travel plans
  • Comprehension of the Attack Cycle
  • Risk midigation
  • Ability to perceive improvised weapons — where they are and a willingness to use them.
  • A basic understanding of surveillance (so that you will know when you are being watched).

More esoteric soft skills might include:

  • Establishing multiple rally points (RP) and counter-surveillance measure with your whole group.

 

Hard Skillsets:

Basic Skills:

You should attempt to master the items on the following basic prepper skills list:

  • Basic first-aid and CPR
  • Drive a vehicle with a manual transmission
  • Basic self-defense
  • How to use a fire-extinguisher
  • How to read a map
  • How to change your car tire
  • Jumpstart your car battery

Advanced Skills:

The following skillsets will make you a valuable to any prepper group.

  • Advanced medical training
  • Advanced self defense
  • Mechanical, plumbing, or electrical
  • Speak another language
  • How to grow and can food
  • How to raise livestock
  • How to communicate with HAM radio equipment
  • Gun-fighting and security tactics
  • Wilderness survival
  • How to drive a boat
  • How to drive a motorcycle
  • How to fly an aircraft

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Assets:

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Order of Importance:

Rule of Three: “You can survive three minutes without oxygen. You can survive three days without water. You can survive three weeks without food.”

Based on the Rule of Three I would recommend that you base your preparations in this order:

  • water
  • food
  • shelter
  • medical
  • shelter
  • security

 

Assets: Magnitude of Asset Allocation:

Three days, one week, one month, three months, six months, one year.

FEMA recommends that each household have enough supplies to last three days. This is an absolute minimum, but it is where you should start. This would include bottled water, canned food or MREs, flashlight(s), first-aid kits, etc. A 72 Hour Bag / Bug-out Bag Checklist can be found on the Savannah Arsenal Checklist Page. Pack the items in backpacks so that if you have to leave in a hurry (“bug-out”) it will be easily portable. Once you have a three-day kit assembled, start working on assembling enough supplies to last you one week without a trip to Wal-Mart. Gallon jugs of water, canned food, Sterno or camp stove and fuel to heat it…more later.

 

Basic Assets:

  • everyday carry gear (EDC)
  • home emergency kit(s) and supplies
  • bug-out bag and go-bag
  • first-aid kits
  • car emergency kit
  • tools
  • stored water & food
  • vehicle(s)

 

Advanced Assets:

  • fuel & generator
  • self-defense gear
  • medical supplies
  • swimming pool and method to clean the water
  • well
  • gardening & canning equipment
  • livestock

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Line Gear:

The Line Gear Philosophy:

The concept of Line Gear refers to the various layers of gear that you might need to survive and flourish during an emergency.

 

1st Line Gear:

Sometimes referred to as Every Day Carry or EDC, are the items that you carry on you all of the time.

 

2nd Line Gear:

Sometimes referred to as a Load Bearing Equipment (LBE), Go-Vest or Go-Bag, this includes items that you need to immediately protect yourself with, including a long gun and supporting accessories.

 

3rd Line Gear:

May be refered to as a 72 Hour Bag or Bug-Out Bag . It is your sustainment load, or your gear needed to survive for at least 72 hours.

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Bug-Out vs. Shelter In Place:

Shelter in Place or Bug-Out? Stay or Go?

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There are two major types of major disasters: those where you shelter in place, and those you bug-out for.

Examples of disasters that you would stay and shelter in place include tornadoes, earthquakes or any other disaster that happens without any warning.

Disasters for which you might have time to bug-out, and which would be foolish to hang around for, include wildfires, volcanoes, nuclear emergencies, and hurricanes. It’s a no brainer that you need to leave when:

  • A government mandated evacuation has been declared.
  • A wildfire is headed your way.
  • A nuclear / chemical / biological (NBC) plume is unleashed, and you are certain that you can’t hunker down and survive it.
  • A volcanic event of overwhelming magnitude.
  • A flood/tornado/earthquake/tsunami has obliterated your locale.
  • A game-changing hurricane, where you have insufficiently fortified shelter.
  • You are unprepared to bug in, with no supplies and no plan.

While the ability to evacuate is a critical part of emergency preparedness, the assumption that evacuation should be the first choice in any survival scenario is flawed. Placing all your hopes in getting to a retreat with the limited supplies that you can carry is a big gamble.

Shelter in Place assures the maximum safety of individuals in their present location when dangers of movement exceed the relative risk from the threat, or movement can not be completed in a reasonable timeframe.

 

Stay or Go? Factors In Your Decision Making:

Regional Disaster vs. EOTWAWKI:

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Bugging-Out? Where Are You Going?

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Benefits of Bugging Out:

  • x
  • x

Dangers of Bugging Out:

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  • x

Just Stay Where You Are:

  • x

 

Shelter in Place:

ain't got time fo thatShelter in Place assures the maximum safety of individuals in their present location when dangers of movement exceed the relative risk from the threat, or movement can not be completed in a reasonable timeframe. Examples of disasters where you would stay and shelter in place might include tornadoes, earthquakes or any other disaster that happens without any warning. Sheltering in place might be your only option when:

  • The authorities have established a quarantine.
  • Your household includes an injured, sick, or elderly family ember who cannot be move.
  • A pre-selected member of your bug-out crew is missing, and you don’t want to break up the group.
  • Your evacuation routes are congested, barricaded, or otherwise impassable.
  • Extreme weather, or another force of nature, or manmade event or hazard makes evacuation impossibly dangerous.
  • Marauding gangs are in your pathway.
  • Your bug-out vehicle is unusable.
  • You are unprepared to bug-out with no provisions and no plan.
  • You or a member of your clan lacks the necessary level of physical fitness to be on the move.
  • Nuclear fallout makes it unsafe to be outdoors (often it will be safe to move in a matter of days).

Benefits of Sheltering in Place:

  • x
  • x

Danger of Sheltering in Place:

  • x
  • x

 

Evacuation / Strategic Relocation / Bug-Out:

bugoutWhen it hits the fan America’s population centers will explode in violence, looting, and total breakdown of law and order. It’s a theory put forth by numerous survival and relocation specialists, and one that makes complete sense if you consider what happens in a truly serious collapse-like scenario.

Because every crisis that threatens, even a local crisis, can turn exponential because of close proximity to people who cannot help themselves. Even good people panic in a crisis.

 

Evacuation Planning:

Houston Traffic Hurrican RitaAfter a major disaster motor travel may be difficult because gas stations will be without power and won’t be able to pump fuel. Be ready to transport your own fuel.

Travel early in the morning will be your best bet, but even then you have to be ready to be a fish in a sea of refugees, all looking for the same things in a countryside filled with people who will quickly become intolerant of the thousands of needy, homeless families.

The farther you can get away from the affected area, the better, but your range is usually dependent on the preparation you have done before a catastrophe.

Provide some type of communications between other vehicles in your convoy (CB or GMRS). Cell phones will probably be inoperative.

More soon!

 

Where Not To Go:

Recent U.S. census data indicates that out of the 3000 counties in the United States, fully 50% of the population lives in just 146.

If you want to have any chance of surviving a wide-spread catastrophic event by avoiding the hordes that will be searching for critical resources in its aftermath, then check out the following map to get a visual reference of the areas you want to stay away from.

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Where To Go:

Bugout!Those looking for strategic retreat locations or homes outside of major cities consider highway proximity. Be at least five to seven miles away from any major thoroughfare, which is generally outside the range people want to venture off familiar roads, and far enough away to make any ‘walkers’ too tired to attempt the trip without ample clean water and food.

 

When To Go:

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More soon.

 

How To Get There:

 

Plan in Advance:

 

Bug-Out Bag:

bug_out_bagThe 72 Hour Bag or your Bug-Out Bag is your sustainment load, or your gear needed to survive for at least 72 hours. The United States Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends that every household should have a enough emergency supplies to last your family at least three days. Your kit should be small and light enough to be portable should you have to bug out. Your Bug-Out Bag is your sustainment load that will ensure that you will have enough drinking water, food, shelter, medical supplies, means of communications, and means of self-defense to sustain yourself throughout the emergency.

A more detailed explanation of the bug-out bag can be found on the 3rd Line Gear: 72 Hour Bag or Bug-Out Bag section of Savannah Arsenal’s Gear Page.

A list of suggested contents can be found in the Bug-Out Bag Checklist on Savannah Arsenal’s Checklist Page.

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Help Your Neighbors?:

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Prepper Reality Check:

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5 comments on “Welcome

  1. In these changing times where anything from a Natural Disaster to Civil Unrest/ Fallout, its good to have these things foremost so you can keep you and your loved ones alive and safe.

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  2. Someone add me for communications articles…Have a lot to add! I can talk to Europe and Aisia almost ever day as a ham radio operator. Have made 100 country contacts and worked all states….Have a lot of info at my fingertips….Personal experience! would love to help out!

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