Monthly Archives: December 2015
By: Tom Chatham
There are many people that have a bailout bag handy just in case and that is great but that is only a starting point. You need to think bigger and longer term when planning for severe disruptions that can cause you to flee your home for long periods.
There are many that are prepared to shelter in place for extended periods but at some point circumstances may change and force you to leave or potential threats may force you to hide your provisions from hostile parties. In the event one of these events happens you need to be able to quickly relocate your supplies to a safer area for the duration of the threat. This may be for hours or weeks so your supplies must be packed in such a way as to protect them, at least minimally, from environmental threats in your location.
This usually means from rodents and the weather at the very least. Keeping your supplies from getting infested and wet are two of the primary concerns you will face. For this reason keeping some of your supplies in plastic buckets with gamma seal lids is one of the easiest ways to protect these items.
If you are someone that has years worth of supplies you may not be able to move this amount of supplies quickly so it is necessary to have at least some critical supplies packaged for quick movement. A five gallon bucket full of supplies is easier to handle than large boxes and it provides more protection than boxes will.
Basically you are packaging a smaller version of your total preparedness plan. This will allow you to move these supplies in the event you need to evacuate quickly or you need to hide your supplies from elements that wish to take them from you upon detection. This is necessary especially if you cannot leave your location for a safer area.
The contents of these buckets can be an emergency food supply, weapons and ammo, clothing or a combination of items. The contents are determined by you depending on the potential threat you may face. Keep in mind this is something in between your bug out bag and the total supplies you may have. It allows you to save something when you are unable to save everything.
It allows you to load your vehicle and leave or to move items out of your home to the woods, a junk vehicle or some other hiding place on short notice and not worry about something damaging the items until you return. You may not have the option of leaving the area due to road blocks or dangerous situations you may encounter on the road.
Having your supplies dispersed on short notice can save you from losing all of them at once. Even if you lose the supplies you have stored in your home this stash will give you something to live on while you decide how to proceed. Having a cache buried in the woods may work for some people but you still run the risk of water damage if not stored properly and you cannot move the buckets as easily or as quickly if you have to constantly dig them up.
By keeping this supply close to home where you can readily access it on a daily basis you can rotate the supplies and change the contents based on a changing situation. If you need to grab this kit and run you will be able to carry several weeks worth of supplies with you that can be stored once you are safely away from danger. It can be hidden to lighten your load while you continue moving to evade hazards.
No matter how many supplies you have they should be set up in various size kits that can be moved according to the speed at which you need to move under various conditions. The more time and transportation you have the larger the kit you can load.
Having mobile supplies may become a necessary precaution in the future if events unfold that pit neighbor against neighbor and government against citizens. The more mobile your supplies are the greater the chance you will be able to keep them in a rapidly changing world.
One way to set up a bucket is to determine a months supply of basic goods such as flour, cornmeal, pancake mix, powdered milk, beans, rice, pasta, powdered mixes and spices. By setting all food buckets up with similar foods you can grab any bucket in that group and know what you have. Each bucket you grab will give you an additional month of supplies. To keep these buckets rotated you can simply write a month on each one to keep them straight. Buckets with hygiene supplies, clothing, weapons or ammo can be marked with special colors to make a quick selection if in a hurry to get out the door. The main point is to have supplies in small packages to adjust your load to what you can carry at the time.
There are many different ways this can be accomplished but a plastic bucket with a gamma seal lid is one of the easier options you can use to insure the integrity of your supplies over a variety of conditions. The buckets also provide you with a good container that has multiple uses when your supplies have been used up. Having even a few buckets set up like this will provide you with greater security than simply having a small bag to grab when the time comes.
When everything is at stake, the more you have, the better your chances will be to get through it safely. When seconds count you may not have time to pick and choose what to pack and the stress of the moment will make clear thinking much harder. Do your thinking now so later you will only need to grab and go.
By: Tom Chatham
Most thinking people have a backup plan for disasters of some kind but do you have a final default plan if everything goes wrong? That is to say, do you have a final last ditch plan to provide the basic things you and your family need if all other plans fail.
I have written before that you should have a few thousand dollars set aside in the event things go wrong and you are forced to resort to a backup plan to insure your family has the basic things they need. This backup money would be used to create your backup system and not to continue living your normal life until all of your resources are gone leaving you no good options.
That basic plan was based around having or getting a good used camper trailer and a cheap tow vehicle you could pay cash for. Then buying a years worth of basic food items to put in it and some clothing for each member of the family. You would then want to get a basic rifle or shotgun and ammo for hunting and self defense. With this basic setup you could continue to care for your family even in the worst situation where you lose your job, savings, mortgaged home and vehicle.
Having a backup system like that would be ideal for many people but there may be many that do not have the financial means for even that these days. It has been reported that most Americans have less than $5,000 saved up for retirement and many have nothing at all. For these persons, losing the little bit that you now have would be devastating. It would mean losing all of the support structures you need to take care of your family.
In this event you would still need a basic system to take care of your family. There may come a day when you will not have the advantage of collecting money from the social safety net. If that system fails along with the economic system you will be forced to live with what you have on hand. For those with limited financial abilities, you will still need to develop a fallback plan.
A very basic plan would include buying a good four season cabin tent that you and your family could live in year round if necessary. Each person should have a good cold weather sleeping bag good to at least zero degrees. You will need a set of camping cookware and cooking utensils. A good backpack for each person and a good set of hiking boots per person in addition to suitable clothing for your area year round. You should have at a minimum a water filter, an axe, bow saw, hunting knife and shovel. Add to this a good rifle or shotgun with ammo for hunting and self defense.
You should have sufficient food supplies to last for at least two months. Since you might be carrying this along with your other supplies you will need to keep food items very basic and light. Rolled oats, rice, dried beans, cornmeal, flour or pancake mix, honey, salt, spices and powdered drink mix.
Any equipment and supplies beyond these that you can manage will make life that much easier long term. Keep in mind that if you find yourself in this type of situation, it will likely be something that will last for quite some time meaning months or years.
With these supplies you would have the ability to move into a wooded area, possibly on the edge of a national park, and set up a camp. It would need to be near a water source but off the beaten path. With the basic tools you have you would have the ability to construct a dugout in the side of a hill to provide better shelter than your tent. With local building materials you would be able to construct a hillside shelter with overhead cover and even build a basic fireplace in it for cooking and heating.
This type of backup plan may not only be necessary during an end of the world situation but during current economic disruptions such as what happened in 2008. Even now, there are many people living in tents around the country due to their current economic situation. This is happening at a time when social services and government agencies are available to help. Just imagine what it would look like if these agencies ceased operations. While this is a level if existence you should try to avoid, it could happen if you fail to plan to prevent it.
This type of plan is your last line of defense when everything goes wrong and nothing else is available. No matter how well you may have planned for future disruptions, you need to have a very basic plan standing by at the bottom of your list that can prevent a total collapse of your living standards. Sitting on a street corner or in the woods with no supplies and no way to care for yourself is the last thing you want. Even if you have a good fallback plan keep in mind that something could happen that destroys that plan. If you are forced to flee you may only have what you can carry to start over somewhere else so you should know exactly what to grab if that eventuality ever happens. People always hope for the best but reality has a way of making life hard at times.
Nobody would want to resort to this level of living but the fact is many have and will suffer from events out of their control and how well they live afterwards depends on how well they are prepared to deal with it. If you fail to prepare for the worst you may be condemned to suffer through it when it happens. Preparing does not have to be expensive. It costs nothing to sit down and write out a plan of action utilizing the resources you have on hand now and working to fill any gaps you identify in that plan as time and money permits. Your well being is your responsibility so provide yourself a plan to succeed.
By: Tom Chatham
The president is trying his best to sell the nation a faulty bill of goods. He would have you believe that it is ok to allow a murderer into your home as long as that person does not have a gun. Anyone with at least two brain cells to rub together knows that if a murderer gets into your home with the intent to do you harm, it does not matter if he has a gun because he will find some other way to harm you.
He wants you to believe that we do not need to prevent these radical individuals from entering the country. He wants you to believe we only need to prevent them from getting guns and the way to do that is to take guns away from everyone. They want you to believe that will keep you safe. It is faulty logic at best and treason at worst. They are trying to disarm the population and leave the whole of the country open to genocide at some point.
They keep talking about the availability of certain weapons calling them assault rifles and weapons of war. They try to use words to make you think it is crazy to have these types of weapons. The government has declared a war on terror that covers the entire globe. That battlefield includes the United States homeland. If you live in the middle of a battlefield it only makes sense to have military grade weapons to protect yourself and conduct operations to eliminate the enemy.
When the enemy is allowed to enter the nation at will, unimpeded, it is a sure sign that those in power have ulterior motives and Americans are being set up for failure at some point. The president has already said that the U.S. is no longer a Christian nation and goes out of his way to defend the Islamic religion against any attacks while condemning Christianity every chance he gets.
With over 22 Islamic training camps in the U.S. now and the relentless call for more Muslim refugees to be resettled in the country, we are witnessing a silent invasion that will ultimately result in open warfare on the streets as Muslims attempt to eliminate anyone that refuses to convert to their faith. The so called peaceful Muslims are siding with their radical brothers by their failure to denounce the murder of Americans by these radicals. The majority of Muslims in America want to see Sharia law become the law of the land replacing the constitution and the freedoms it signifies. Sharia law and Muslim beliefs in general are not compatible with the U.S. Constitution or our way of life.
As far as Islam is concerned, there can be only one religion on earth and it is theirs. To this end they will do whatever they must to make that a reality and the U.S. is a major impediment to those ends at this time. We have seen the ease with which the invasion of Europe has taken place and the elements responsible want the same for America. The major impediment will be the ability of Americans to actually resist with lethal force and that is where we are today.
The elements that have captured the reigns of power in the U.S. are attempting to disarm Americans by any means necessary. There has been a 700% increase in mass shootings since Barack Obama has become president. Every shooting is met with the same demands of more gun control. Time is running out for them to complete the disarmament of Americans and the failure to do so will severely hamper their plans for complete subjugation of America under Islamic rule. Islamic rule would insure that a free republic would never rise again and any survivors would be loyal subjects to their radical ideology.
The radical liberal left is cooperating with this agenda in hopes of achieving their socialist utopia but they fail to see that their liberal policies are ultimately unacceptable to Islam. The current killing of homosexuals and Christians and the stoning of women is clear indication of what will happen to liberals when conservatives are eventually eliminated.
The gun culture in America is largely a conservative venture and these are the individuals that excel in war fighting skills. The loss of this block will insure liberals are left relatively defenseless in the future and will be unable to defend themselves against future hostility from Muslim aggression within the U.S. That is exactly how the current administration wants it. Eliminate the sheepdogs so the flock is helpless in the future. Then the call will be convert or die.
For those at the top of the ruling pyramid, an Islamic dictatorship would be easier to control than a prosperous free nation where the people have any say in matters. Bare in mind that we are in a global war on terror epitomized by the likes of Al Qaeda and ISIS, both of which were created and are funded by the U.S. government. For those who want their new world order it is merely a means to an end. I don’t need to wait until America looks like Syria before I realize what is going on. We have been slated for destruction and those behind it are using the hatred fomented by American bombs to encourage foreign Jihadis to do the bulk of the internal damage to us.
I could care less what you do in your country, on your land or in your home, that’s your business, but when you bring something into my country, onto my land and into my home it becomes my business and I don’t have to agree with it or put up with it. The U.S government has a habit of making bad decisions and they need to answer for them but if someone decides to make American citizens pay for the bad deeds of government all I can say is you need to pack a big lunch and wear a life preserver because you are about to jump into the deep end of the ocean and the critters that live there may not be very friendly.