How To Be A Prepper In The City – The population density can greatly increase the risks associated with a disaster (even minor ones), and you could be caught in the middle of it

Urban preppers have to deal with a lot more prepping and survival problems than those living in small communities.

Limited space is one of the issues they have to cover, but that is nothing compared to the troubles the population density may bring. In a densely populated area, even your neighbors are hard to trust, and you can never know who might be a friend or foe when SHTF.

The tips from this article should give urban preppers the upper hand when it all goes south, and it will increase their chances of survival.

As an urban prepper, the number one thing you need to do is to acknowledge that living in an urban environment is not ideal if a crisis arises. Surviving in an urban setting is difficult because there are many factors to be considered. It requires much more work and preparation to just be able and face a disaster, let alone survive it.

You need a watchful eye, and as a training strategy, you should be on constant alert. Some people will decide that bugging in and trying to outlast the others will be their only choice. Others will try to evacuate and reach a safe retreat. This all depends on a variety of factors, and only you should make a decision based on your preparation plans and survival strategy.

If you decide to stay in the city, here are a few tips you should put to good use when the time comes.

Survival strategies in an urban environment

1. Tune in and listen!

In general, before something occurs, there always some tell-tale signs and information reaching the masses. This is the type of information you need to discover and gather before it’s too late. Having a police scanner and learning how to use it brings a major advantage to an urban prepper. This tool is even more valuable if evacuation is your main choice for survival. A police scanner will tell you where the disaster has occurred, if it’s spreading and what measures are being put in place to address social implications (evacuation, riots, etc.).

Another method to listen to the outside world is by HAM radio, and in certain cases, it may be more useful than a police scanner. HAM operators will report from the scene or its vicinity without filtering information. You will know exactly what is going on and you will get much more accurate details.

2. Learn to jump-start a car

If you need to bug out and leave the city behind, you may encounter roadblocks or other obstacles that may force you to abandon your vehicle of choice. Knowing how to jump-start a car in such cases is a vital skill. Running or walking is not a good option in an urban environment unless you know all the safest routes, and you are well-trained for such physical activity.

Breaking into a car and jumpstarting it, may, in fact, be your only option to acquire a new bug-out vehicle to get out of the city. However, before using this tactic as your last resort , there are a few things to consider.

First, make sure your vehicle is well-maintained and has a full gas tank. Second, learn how to deal with simple problems and have a basic understanding of general car maintenance.  And third, if you’re not sure about stealing someone’s car, always have a secondary method of transportation. A good bicycle is an ideal option for an urban setting.

3. Keep your bug-out bag close

City dwellers know that time is of the essence during “quiet” days, when competing in the rat race. You always have to make sure you’re not late for appointments, chores, and everything else. Imagine how critical time becomes for an urban prepper when a disaster hits. You will be under constant pressure, and the last thing you want to do is to search for your survival bag and other gear.

All the stuff that would make evacuation easier should always be in reach. Some urban preppers have two bug-out bags, one in their car and one at home. The logic behind this is that you may not be able to reach your home and the next best thing you can do is either go to the establish meeting point or go to retrieve your loved ones. Having a spare bug-out bag will increase your chances of making it out without having to improvise every step of the way.

4. Build an emergency plan for your family

Having a family emergency plan is mandatory regardless if you decide to bug-out or hunker down. The plan should cover as many aspects as possible of the disaster(s) you are planning for, and every family member should have a role in it. Here is what a basic emergency plan should cover depending on the choices you have:

Bugging out

  • Have a bug-out-bag ready and in reach
  • Make arrangements to turn utilities off before leaving the house
  • Learn every possible escape route and inform your family about them
  • Keep a BOV well-maintained and ready to go
  • Establish meeting points for each escape route
  • Have communication means for everyone
  • Assure protection for every family member
  • Plan for a bug out location or a safe retreat

Bugging in

  • Secure water at the last minute before municipal utilities stop working (fill your bathtub and any available container with tap water)
  • Cut off utilities that may pose a problem (especially the gas line)
  • Tune in and listen to what’s going on outside your fort. The sudden development of the crisis may force you to evacuate.
  • Have enough supplies to last for at least 3months and plan for a solution afterward.
  • Implement any means you have for heating and generating electricity
  • Have a complete first-aid kit designed for various types of emergencies
  • Make sure your home is protected against forced entries

Of course, that emergency plans cover much more than this, but each plan should be made based on factors such as location, family members count, resources, knowledge, and skills. As urban preppers, you should at least have what’s listed above to have a fighting chance.

5. Learn to make your own food

City folks have no time nor will for cooking, and ordering food or going out to eat is the main course of action. However, if you plan to survive for times when the foodservice industry will be dead, you need to learn how to cook. I’m not talking here about taking a gourmet cooking class. Far from that! I’m just suggesting you should know how to cook a meal with the resources you have in your pantry and how to turn food scraps into a tasty meal.

Also, you could produce some food to supplement your needs by trying container gardening. Many urban dwellers are doing it nowadays as a relaxing hobby. For you, it can become an activity that provides nourishment during a time of need, but also a project to keep you sane when SHTF.

Think of it like this, if you manage to outlast the majority of your fellow peers, the lack of food will become a serious problem as time goes by. Your main choices would be to grow your own or scavenge for it.

6. Discover the city and know its advantages

Most city folks, don’t know their city as well as they should although , even though it should be common sense if you think about it. They are all connected to their phones, and the younger generation has stopped looking out the window a long time ago. They go by every day without noticing things that someday might prove useful for their survival.

If you live in the city and if you are serious about emergency preparedness, you should give yourself time to explore the city and find your way around it. Learn the major roads and intersection, the back alleys, and how to get from point A to point B without using the main roads. You shouldn’t rely on your phone for navigation because that might not be an option when SHTF.

Knowing your environment is critical for every survival situation. You don’t want to get lost in the city or be unable to reach your family in case of a disaster.

7. Powering your home is a dangerous process

Cooking and heating will be two of the major problems for any urban prepper if utilities are shut down. You will have to struggle and improvise since gathering firewood and cooking over a campfire is not really an option for you.

Some urban preppers will go with slow and low burning fuel sources. However, you will run out of fuel eventually, and you will either have to scavenge for fuel or find other ways for cooking and heating.  As an urban prepper, you need to find ways to be able to cook and heat your home without attracting unnecessary attention.

If you have to hunker down for a long period of time, try getting a solar cooker and heating sources that don’t make noise or bright light. You can look online and investigate the fuel source available, portable power generators, etc.

8. Think about your water needs

Storing water becomes a big problem for urban preppers due to its bulky and heavy nature. You have limited space, and you need to make the best use of it. Filling your apartment with water containers may not be ideal.

The first thing you must do when disaster strike is to fill your bathtub or any available container in your home with tap water. By doing so, you will not use your stored water supplies, and you will have a good start before you have to face dehydration or any other problem.

One safe bet you can count on are the portable water filters and your ability to improvise rain catcher that could be attached outside your windows or to be installed on the roof of your building. Another option, especially for an urban prepper, is to procure a device that makes water out of the air, as it will be very useful when your water supplies are running low.

9. Guns and ammunition

As an urban prepper, once he or she decides to hunker down, there will be the need for at least two firearms and the appropriate ammo for them. There is a big debate on the internet when it comes to how much guns and ammo you should store for facing an emergency situation. Personally, I think that you need a firearm for every family member that is able to use one and has a good practice with it.

As for ammo, I think that 1000 rounds are more than enough for urban preppers. Hopefully, you won’t be using that many when SHTF. Since you won’t be able to go hunting, it’s no use spending all your money on guns and ammo. Invest wisely and use your money for other resources and items to keep your fort running.

10. Self-care requirements

This is a big problem for all preppers, not only for the urban ones. People say that the world is full of doctors and lawyers. However, during a crisis, you will find out that doctors will not be available since they have others to care for (especially their friends and family). You may hunker down for a long time and attend to all your culinary and comfort needs, but what happens if you get ill or injured?

Your one and only solution would be to learn about self-care and self-healing. Take as many first aid classes as possible and consider attending an EMT course. In an urban environment, you are prone to more injuries than in rural environments. Anything from debris, projectiles or sharp objects can leave a nasty mark during a disaster.

It is vital to learn how to disinfect and treat a wound and how to make the best use of your first-aid kit. Learn about sanitation and disinfection techniques since these are critical when medical aid is not available, and you have to stop bacteria and disease from spreading. Having good first aid knowledge and stockpiling on medicine will prove useful, regardless of the nature of the disaster you are preparing for.

A last word

The life of an urban prepper is complicated, and they have to struggle much more than the rest of us. For some, bugging out will be their only chance of survival, while for others, it may not work so well. Urban survival becomes difficult because there are many unknown and unpredictable factors caused by the human element. The population density can greatly increase the risks associated with a disaster (even minor ones), and you could be caught in the middle of it.

Learn how to hold down your fort, but most importantly be mentally prepared to leave everything behind if the situation calls for it. Have everything you need  in reach to make the journey and don’t look back once you’re out the door.

Get Out or Die: 10 Tips For Escaping Any City When Society Collapses

There’s a reason why big cities come to mind when we think of terrorist attacks or natural disasters. Any kind of a large-scale attack will always inflict more damage and tragedy on a city because of the massive increase in population. It will affect more people, creates more chaos, and deal the largest economic blow.

But you can survive a major disaster in a city — whether it is natural or man-made — even if you’re in the middle of it. That’s not to say that evacuating a city won’t be dangerous, but it is to say that your chances of survival increase dramatically if you simply know what you’re doing.

Here are 10 tips for escaping a city when a crisis strikes:

Tip No. 1 – Know every evacuation route possible.

Many people have an evacuation route planned from their home to a destination outside of the city, but most also fail to have a backup evacuation route, and even a backup route to the backup route, and so on.

The truth is that you need to know every single evacuation route possible from your house to your predetermined rendezvous point (which we’ll get to a minute). This way, when one route fails, you still have backup options so you aren’t stuck.

Tip No. 2 – Have a predetermined rendezvous point.

Your destination or rendezvous point is where you will meet up with your other friends and family members. This destination can be anything from a bug-out location, to a family member’s house, to a secret hideaway that only you know about (such as a natural landmark).

What’s important is that there be multiple routes from your home to this destination and that it be within driving distance.

Tip No. 3 – Practice driving to your rendezvous point.

Not only should you be aware of all of the possible routes to your rendezvous point to your house, but you should practice driving them, as well. Pretend that one route fails and you now have to detour to the other route. You should get to the point where you know each route by heart and without having to read a map or GPS.

Tip No. 4 – Plan out different scenarios.

You never know when disaster will strike, meaning you don’t know if you will be at home, at work or elsewhere. You could be at work, one child could be at school, another could be at piano lessons, your spouse or significant other could be visiting with friends on the other side of town, and so on.

The point is that you need to have a plan for every scenario. You’ll likely need to come up with new routes and backup routes in order to accommodate these scenarios. What’s important is that you get everybody out of the city safely and quickly, so make sure your plans reflect that.

Tip No. 5 – Have a bug-out vehicle.

Your bug-out vehicle needs to be a real bug-out vehicle. It can’t just be any ordinary car. It needs to be an AWD vehicle that is capable of driving over rough terrain, it needs to be well-maintained, and it needs to be big enough to carry each family member and your bug-out supplies. Trucks and SUVs are commonly favored.

Tip No. 6 – Make sure each family member has a bug-out bag.

Most homesteaders and survivalists are fully aware of the importance of having a bug-out bag/survival kit, but far fewer recognize the need for each family member to have a personalized one.

Make sure each bag is ready to go and easily accessible so you can grab them in a jiffy. Going as far as to keep your bug-out bags actually stored in your bug-out vehicle isn’t a bad idea, either.

Tip No. 7 – Have at least 20 gallons of gasoline and 20 gallons of clean water ready to go.

You’re going to need plenty of gasoline and water to get out of Dodge. You need the gasoline so that your bug-out vehicle can run, and you need the water so that your family can stay hydrated when water sanitation standards are going to drop significantly. Twenty gallons of gasoline and water each is a good amount to have in your bug-out vehicle, ready to go.

Tip No. 8 – Keep up to date on weather and disaster alerts.

Make it a daily habit to check up on the weather and news, but go a step further and get breaking weather and news alerts sent to your phone and email.

Tip No. 9 – Look for warning signs.

In addition to keeping up to date on what the authorities are saying, you would always be wise to look for warning signs yourself so that you can get the sense if an evacuation will be necessary.  If the authorities announce that an evacuation is necessary, your entire city will instantly be thrown into chaos. Entire roads will be closed off — instantly blocking off some of your escape routes — and more roads will be clogged with traffic, which will make your escape far more difficult.

But if you identify the warning signs and begin your evacuation BEFORE the authorities call for one, you’ll be able to escape your city much more quickly (and safely) because it’s likely some sections of the city won’t be closed off yet and not everyone will be in a frenzy to escape.

Tip No. 10 – Be armed.

Being on the open road makes you vulnerable, especially if you’re bogged down in traffic and can’t drive away in a hurry if needed. Don’t think that you and your family are safe within the walls and windows of your car. Mobs and raiders will be a significant threat in any urban disaster scenario. For this reason, always be adequately armed when bugging out, and keep your weapons close by you, being prepared to use them if necessary.

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Stockpiling Food Might Be Your Best Investment When The SHTF – Proverbs 27:12 say "A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished"

Today I wanted to share tips for how to stockpile food for emergencies that anyone can use. I will focus on preppers who are just starting out, but I think some ideas in the topics below could be useful to anyone looking to ensure their family has food and does not go hungry.

I believe there are 5 main components to survival that everyone needs to consider. They are simply Water, Food, Shelter, Security and Hygiene.  The need for water and how you can easily store water for emergencies that render your traditional methods of obtaining water impossible. Water is more important to life than food or at least you can live longer without food than you can water, but they are both important.

Why do you need to stockpile food for emergencies?

If you are new to prepping, you may have something that triggered your awareness of the subject. Preppers have many reasons for doing what they do and no two preppers are alike. Some are preparing for the end of the world, but most see situations in our daily lives that give a perfect reason to stock up supplies. You have only to look at the recent winter storm that affected large swaths of the Eastern Seaboard to have a perfect example of why you don’t want to be left without a means to feed your family.

It seems almost cliché at this point, but invariably it always happens when a winter storm is forecast. Everyone rushes out to the store and certain food supplies are wiped out. Images of empty shelves are shown on practically every newscast and eventually prepper websites. Food shortages during simple storms are common if not expected. We don’t really even blink anymore because we are so used to this practice of waiting until the last-minute and then hitting the local grocery store on the way home from work to grab some basic necessities or comfort food.

If you can’t live for more than 3 days without going to the store, it’s time to reevaluate your family’s readiness. The statistic we hear most of the time is that the average home has only 3 days’ worth of food in it. If this is true, where would you be on day three if you had not been able to make it to the grocery store before the storm? What if instead of a snow storm, a virus outbreak had occurred and everyone was told to stay indoors to prevent infection? Each of us should have more food on hand that our families and friends will eat than is absolutely necessary to prevent surprises from leaving you hungry.

How much food do you need to store?

In the example above I used a virus outbreak as the condition that would prevent you from getting to the store. There are others though and weather could certainly be one of them. Some storms where I live have left roads impassable for upwards of a week. Could we walk to the store? Sure, but what if the stores having already been cleared of just about all of the food were closed? What if power outages prevented them from conducting any transactions? These are things you should consider.

Prepping is not something I ever consider you can accomplish. By that I mean, you are never going to be fully prepared. You may be much better prepared than some or all of the people around you, but you will never be 100% self-sufficient. Prepping should be done incrementally even if you have more money than you know what to do with because as you start to stock up food you learn lessons.

A good rule of thumb for me is to start small when you are beginning to stockpile food for emergencies. You don’t need a year of freeze-dried foods to start with. Try just having a week or two of extra groceries that your family already eats. This is accomplished without any exotic storage needs usually or 5 gallon buckets of grains you have to figure out how to prepare.

What are the best types of food to stockpile?

My wife purchases the groceries and I started out by giving her extra money to simply buy more food. I did this in the beginning because she is a much better shopper than I am and will always save more money than me. This worked great because she was easily able to fill our pantry and had plenty of meals planned to last us well over 30 days. Sure, at the end of that 30 days of food we would be getting into more exotic cans of mushrooms and soups that are better left as part of a recipe as opposed to your entire meal, but we wouldn’t starve.

Once we had a month worth of food and water stored up, I started looking at other options. I think each person should have a layered approach to food storage. This gives you flexibility and more importantly variety that as you go out to 6 months or 1 year or 2 will be important. My own personal goal is 2 years’ worth of food stockpiled for my family but that isn’t made up of only food from our grocery store. That can certainly be done though with a very good rotation plan.

Food storage should ideally cover the following:

Short Term Food Storage – The best and simplest foods are like I said above, what your family eats every day. One thing to consider is that the bulk of this food should be non-perishable in case you lose power. Canned foods are great as well as pastas, drink mixes and staples. These usually last at least a year.

Medium Term Food Storage – For the 5 – 10 year range MRE’s are a great option although they are heavier and their convenience comes at a higher price. I have several boxes of these and I like MRE’s because they are self-contained and don’t really need any water. Freeze dried camping foods like Mountain House are another great option to just add hot water to. Rice and beans make great additions to this category because you don’t really have to do anything crazy to store them as long as they are kept cool and dry.

Long Term Food Storage – When you start to look at foods that will keep for many years you get into stored grains like Hard Red Winter Wheat that you store in sealed 5 gallon buckets. Freeze dried food from any one of many suppliers out there keep for 20 years usually and are individually wrapped Mylar packets. They require water to re-hydrate but the taste can be surprisingly good. Make sure you have seasonings though….

Renewable Food Storage – This is when you have to get your inner farmer working. Renewable foods are an intensive garden, small livestock like chickens or rabbits and the occasional wild game caught either through hunting or snares. In the worst disasters, your food will run out so having a plan for that ahead of time will help you prepare.

How do you plan for your food eventually running out?

I have a mix of the food storage options above. We eat on our grocery store items every day, but I also have MRE’s and a pretty large amount of freeze-dried foods stored. We also have the grains I mentioned and the all-important grain mill to grind them into flour. Several hundred pounds of rice and beans round out the equation.

Stockpiling food is only the start. We have a garden and small flock of chickens. The stored food is just to get us through the worst of the disaster. Hopefully before our food runs out whatever disaster has happened will be mitigated and life will have returned to some sense of normality. If not, we have a huge leg up that will allow us to further harvest our garden to put away food like the pioneers had to do. It is an approach that gives us some sense of security and prepares us to come out on the other side still alive.

What is your plan to stockpile food for emergencies?

The Anatomy of a Societal Collapse: When You Understand How A Breakdown Behaves And How It Progresses, Only Then Can You Truly Prepare For It

If we can all agree on one thing, it’s that the government and disaster organizations alike grossly underestimate how dependent the majority of the population is on them during and after a disastrous event takes place. We need not look any further than the last major disasters that have occurred to find our answers: the Haitian earthquake that occurred in 2010, Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the 2011 super tornado of Joplin, MO, and even as recently as other major hurricanes.

As preppers are well aware, when the needs of the population cannot be met in an allotted time frame, a phenomenon occurs and the mindset shifts in people. They begin to act without thinking and respond to changes in their environment in an emotionally-based manner, thus leading to chaos, instability and a breakdown in our social paradigm.

When you take the time to understand how a breakdown behaves and how it progresses, only then can you truly prepare for it.

The Anatomy of a Breakdown

This glimpse into a systemic breakdown is based on an isolated, limited disaster or event where emergency responders have been deployed. I must emphasize that all bets are off if the event is widespread, affecting multiple tens of millions of people simultaneously.

Phase 1: The Warning

Although disasters such as earthquakes and tornadoes can come on so quickly that timely warnings are not always given, for the most part, governments typically provide adequate time to get a population ready in advance. Local governments even go as far as to err on the side of caution and sternly warn the citizens to evacuate.

For one reason or another, there will be a select group that stays behind. Some of these citizens are prepared and ready for what may come and may feel the need to stay to defend what is rightfully theirs but the majority of the population will not be ready for what they are about to endure. Those that are in this unprepared majority who choose to ride out the disaster do so because they are either unaware of how to fully prepare for disasters, have become complacent or numb to the needs of warning from the local government and news media, or are overly confident.

This is the point in this cycle where herds of people go to the grocery stores frantically grabbing supplies. Most grocery stores will not be able to meet the demand of the people’s need for supplies, and many could go home empty-handed.

Bracing for the disaster, the prepared and unprepared will be hoping for the best outcome. What many do not realize is the hardest part of this event is soon to be upon them. Within days, the descent into the breakdown will begin.

Phase 2: Shock and Awe (1-2 Days)

After the initial shock wears off of the disaster, many will have difficulty in coping and adapting to what has just occurred. This is also what many refer to as the normalcy bias, and is actually a coping mechanism to help us process and deal with the changes that have occurred. Many will cling to any normal thought and habit until their brain begins to accept the changes it has witnessed. As they are trying to wrap their thoughts around the severity of the disaster, their losses and what their future holds, local government leaders are scrambling for answers and trying to assess the situation, all the while dealing with their own normalcy bias issues.

At this point, the unprepared survivors will be expecting organizations and local government to step in to meet their immediate needs at any moment. The reality of the situation becomes bleaker when they realize that due to downed power lines or debris blocking roadways and access points, emergency organizations, emergency response and distribution trucks supplying food, water, fuel, and other pertinent resources will be unable to get to the area. Once the realization hits that resources are scarce and the government leaders are incapable of helping them in a timely fashion, desperate citizens will take action into their own hands.

The breakdown has begun.

Phase 3: The Breakdown (3-7 Days)

Have you ever heard the saying, “We’re three days away from anarchy?” In the wake of a disaster, that’s all you have is three days to turn the crazy train around before crime, looting, and chaos ensue. In reports during the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, residents from Staten Island were pleading for help from elected officials, begging for gasoline, food, and clothing.

“We’re going to die! We’re going to freeze! We got 90-year-old people!” Donna Solli told visiting officials. “You don’t understand. You gotta get your trucks down here on the corner now. It’s been three days!”

Similar stories of looting occurred during the Hurricane Irma in Miami, during hurricane Harvey in Huston and during any other disasters that we had to face.

‘Miami area police arrested more than 50 suspected looters during Hurricane Irma, including 26 people who were accused of breaking into a single Wal-Mart (WMT.N> store, authorities said on Tuesday.’

‘We’ve already arrested a handful of looters. We’ve made it real clear to our community we’re going to do whatever it takes to protect their homes and their businesses.’

Multiple factors contribute to societal breakdowns including the failure of adequate government response, population density, citizens taking advantage of the grid being down and overwhelmed emergency response teams.

For whatever reason, 3-5 days following a disaster is the bewitching hour. During this short amount of time, the population slowly becomes a powder keg full of angry, desperate citizens. A good example is a chaos that ensued in New Orleans following the absence of action from the local government or a timely effective federal response in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In such troubled times, people were forced to fend for themselves and their families, by any means necessary. This timeline of Hurricane Katrina effectively illustrates “the breakdown,” and within three days, the citizens of New Orleans descended into anarchy, looting, and murder.

If this scenario isn’t bad enough, at the end of this time frame, there will be an increase in illnesses due to cramped living quarters from emergency shelters, sanitation-related illness, compromised water sources and exposure to natural elements. In the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake, sanitation-related epidemics became a large concern for the disaster victims. In fact, the outbreak erupted into the world’s largest cholera epidemic despite a huge international mobilization still dealing with the effects of the Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake.

Victims from Hurricane Sandy are also beginning to see their share of illnesses. Due to the horrible weather plaguing the area, many of the evacuation shelters in Brooklyn were closed last week for sterilizing due to a vicious viral outbreak that struck.

Phase 4: Recovery (8-30+ Days)
Despite what we want to believe, most recoveries are slow and difficult in progression and require long-term planning. On average it takes a city around 1-2 weeks after the event took place to start this phase of the cycle. Every disaster is different and the length of recovery efforts vary greatly on the nature of the incident.

7 years after Hurricane Katrina leveled parts of Louisiana, the state is still in the recovery phase, “We are in a process of long-term rebuilding,” said Christina Stephens, spokeswoman for the Louisiana Recovery Authority. “There is at least another 10 years of recovery.”

Within this recovery phase, essential goods and resources could still be hard to come by, thus forcing local officials to implement the rationing of resources to ensure there is enough for the population.

It could be months before the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy is cleaned up. Damaged communities are coming to terms with the devastation that delivered an unprecedented punch to the region’s economy, causing more than an estimated $50 billion in losses and forcing hundreds of thousands to rebuild their lives.

Now that you understand what we’re dealing with, there are ways you can use this information to prepare for the next event so that you will be a part of the population that is ready for what may come.

Trust yourself. Learn to be self-sufficient and rely on yourself. When it is all said and done, you are the only one who can care for yourself and your family the best. You will be the one who has your family’s best intentions at heart. Having a stock of your family’s favorite canned or dry goods, a supply of water and a simple medical kit can maintain your basic needs for a short-lived disaster. This simple preparedness supply could set you apart from the unprepared.

If you live in a highly populated area, understand that resources will diminish quickly, so preparing beforehand can circumvent this. You can always start out with the basic 10 preparedness items you will need to skirt through a disaster:

  1. Food and alternative ways to cook food
  2. Water
  3. Fuel for generators, cooking stoves, and mantels, charcoal for outdoor grills
  4. Batteries and battery charger
  5. Generator
  6. Emergency lighting
  7. Ice
  8. Medical supply
  9. Baby formula
  10. Sanitation supplies

Educate yourself. Learn from the disasters, folks! Each time there is a disaster, the same pattern occurs…the warning, shock, and awe, the breakdown and recovery. Study the effects of disasters that affect your area and what items you will need to get through the event. Further, find the weak points in your preparedness supply and correct them. Supply inventories twice a year can do wonders in this area.

Get into the mindset. Learning what to do in the face of a disaster or how to care for your family during extended grid-down emergencies can put you well ahead of the race. The more prepared you are, the faster you are at adapting to the situation. You can learn anything as long as you research, gather and apply the information. For example, while many on the East coast were still in shock from Hurricane Sandy and were sitting in their homes panicking and watching their perishable food items go bad, those that had learned how to survive in off-grid, cold environments were well prepared for this type of disaster, and had already begun packing their perishable items in the snow to preserve them. It’s that simple!

Practice makes perfect. Practice using your skills, your preps and prepare emergency menus based on your stored foods. The more you practice surviving an off-grid disaster, the more efficient you will be when and if that event occurs. Moreover, these skills will keep you alive! For a list of pertinent skills to know during times of disaster, click here.
Further, to make your family or group more cohesive, cross-train members so they can compensate for the other during a disaster.

In summation, only until we see the cycle for what it is and the effects it has on society will we be able to learn from it. There is always a breakdown in some form or fashion after a disaster. If you can prepare for this, you will be able to adapt more quickly to what is going on around you.

The cycle is there and we can’t look past it. Prepare accordingly and do not overlook ensuring you have your basic preps accounted for.

It's Time to Face Up to Our Nuclear Reality – Nuclear War Won’t Be Like Hollywood Portrays It

If we believe the Hollywood screen writers, no one can survive a nuclear attack and anyone that beats the odds will turn into some type of mutant radioactive zombie. Furthermore, if you believe the Hollywood hype, you are probably like many people (prepper or not) who don’t even bother to prepare for nuclear attack and hope that you go quick if it happens. Yet, with some basic knowledge and pre-planning, you can survive.

My Knowledge

My knowledge comes from decades of being a prepper, including a collegiate debate concerning “nuclear winter” in which I debated the fallacy of nuclear winter based on the design flaws of the research. While in the military, I also served on my unit’s nuclear, biological, and chemical (NBC) reconnaissance team. I am also on my county’s radiological monitoring team and serve as a county radiological officer as part of our county’s hazardous materials (HazMat) team. Being on the county’s HazMat team allowed me the privilege of attending a course at the Nevada test site, where we actually did radiation monitoring training at actual nuclear weapons blast sites.

Radiation Basics

Let me go over the radiation basics. There are three types of radiation– alpha, beta, and gamma– that you need to understand, when preparing for a nuclear blast. There is also neutron radiation, but it will not be discussed in this article.

Alpha Radiation

Alpha radiation is easily stopped by a sheet of paper or even your skin. Even though they are low energy, you still need to protect yourself from alpha particles. This is because ingestion and inhalation into the body will allow a concentrated dose to more susceptible soft tissue, like the intestines, to occur.

Beta Radiation

The second type is beta radiation, which is a little more penetrating that alpha. Beta can travel through skin and paper but can only travel a few feet. A thick book, block of wood, and a very thin sheet of metal can stop beta energy. Beta particles left on the skin can cause burns and, like alpha, they are also dangerous when inhaled or ingested. When dealing with alpha and beta energy think particles. Particles can be removed.

Gamma Radiation

The last radiation we will discuss is gamma. Gamma radiation is very penetrating. To block gamma rays requires about three feet of concrete or a few inches of lead. As gamma rays pass through human cells, the gamma rays damage those cells.

A nuclear explosion will generate alpha, beta, and gamma radiation. Even though we cannot use our human senses to detect radiation, it doesn’t mean we still can’t protect ourselves against it.

Basic Principles of Protection

The basic principles of protection from radiation are timedistance, and shielding. You want as to optimize each of these to your benefit.

Time

The less time you spend being exposed to radiation, the less dose you will receive. This is why decontamination is so important, as it will lessen the time you are exposed to radiation by removing the contamination.

Distance

Distance is also a way to protect yourself. The further away you are from the source, the less amount you receive. (If you want more specific information on this, look up the Law of Inverse Square.)

I have done radiation monitoring on several occasions, including the privilege of attending a training course at the Nevada Test Site. It is always amazing what a difference a few steps can make when dealing with radiation. At one point you may have nothing on your radiation monitor but take another step and you might see the meter needle move a little as it detects a little radiation. Take another step and the needle can jump tremendously. This is the Law of Inverse square at work.

Shielding

Then there is shielding. The more shielding you have, the less dose you receive. The more dense the material, the better. Materials, such as lead, steel, concrete, work very well, but even books piled deep can provide shielding. Shielding is particularly important when trying to protect yourself against gamma radiation, due to its ability to penetrate.

The Cold War civil defense era produced many plans on both expedient and purpose-built fallout shelters. Shelters do not need to be elaborate. A lean-to in the corner of a basement with steel plates leaned up against the wall can be a workable design. Will it be comfortable? Probably not. Will it shield you from gamma rays? Yes, if you use enough steel.

To increase the shielding on one wall of my shelter, I built a shelf to store ammo cans. The metal from the cans and the lead from the bullets will help provide additional shielding. Remember every bit of shielding helps.

Nuclear Reality

The effects of nuclear weapons are not conjecture. With two bombs dropped on two Japanese cities and numerous above ground test, there is a plethora of data. Hiroshima, a city of about 350,000 people in 1945, had a death count of about 80,000 as a direct impact of a 15 kiloton blast. About another 60,000 died from radiation poisoning. In Nagasaki, a city of approximately 240,000 people, the atomic blast from a 21 kiloton atomic bomb killed an estimated 35,000 immediately with approximately another 45,000 lost to radiation poisoning. Looking at these numbers, it is clear that nuclear weapons are deadly. However, note that 270,000 of the 350,000 survived the initial blast in Hiroshima, and in Nagasaki 205,000 of the 240,000 survived the initial blast. If you survive the blast, surviving radiation poisoning can be easily done with knowledge and preparedness.

Location, Location, Location

Where you live– not just where your home is but where you work, relax, and spend your time– should be as far away from possible nuclear attack targets as possible. Military bases and large cities are two types of locations that will be targeted. The Internet is full of information on target locations. Since most of us have to work, we can’t just pick up and move to a remote area away from possible targets. The next best scenario is to buy a home just outside of the blast area of a nuclear weapon.

How Far Away

So how far away is that? It depends.

In City or Military Base, Plan on 1-3 Megatons

If you live in one of the larger cities in the U.S. or a military base, you should plan for at least a 1 megaton device and perhaps 3 megatons. I live near a city of about 100,000 and have decided to base my planning assumptions and preps on a 1 megaton explosion. Why? Nuclear weapons yields are not getting smaller for the most part. Second, you may not know what every factory in your area manufactures or what factories the enemy has deemed of military significance. Also planning for a larger yield provides a buffer in case a smaller device explodes slightly off target.

Russians Prefer Larger Nuclear Weapons Yields

Soviet missile guidance technology was not thought to be as advanced as U.S. technology. Perhaps this is why the Soviets and now the Russians prefer larger nuclear weapons yields. The immediate effects one needs to protect themselves from are the blast that will destroy buildings.

PSI Over 40 Lethal In Humans

Fifty PSI will level everything (50 PSI being the peak PSI from the blast), but even a PSI of three will cause residential structures to collapse. Even at 1 PSI, window glass will shatter. The good news is that only PSI’s over 40 are lethal in humans.

Example

For our 1 megaton example, the PSI ten miles from ground zero will be around 1 PSI. Thus damage to residential structures can still occur. So, being at least 11 miles from ground zero for a megaton blast is a good planning assumption.

Below Ground Shelter Best

It is best to have a below ground shelter area to help protect you and your supplies from the blast. The cement or stone walls, plus the dirt, will provide a fair amount of good shielding from radiation. The below ground shelter area will also be necessary to protect you from the blast and both initial radiation and any fallout that may fall in your area. I’m not saying everyone needs a bunker, but a good basement with a few modifications can provided the protection needed. Additionally, you need to be far enough away from the blast that your above ground structures survive both the blast wave and the heat from the flash that could ignite curtains and wood siding miles away.

Americans will never come to grips with the idea of Martial Law. Even if it results in turning chaos into order. That is because the sheer loss of rights under this militaristic rule are many and are invasive

In 1861, following a riot and the destruction of the transportation system Abraham Lincoln enacted Martial Law in Maryland. 12 voters from the General Assembly were arrested and prevented from voting on secession. The scars of the civil war are so deep that many of them are hard to believe. Its very hard to understand the necessary evil that was required to keep the nation whole.

We have seen glimpses of what Martial Law might look like in America. After the nightmare of Hurricane Katrina, the desperate people of Louisiana had to deal with the threats of looters and hand over their guns to armed police. Curfews were put in place and, in my opinion, it made a bad scene even worse.

We are fast approaching the 2020 Election and there is a lot of talk about radical action leading up to and after the results of the election. If we see a new level of civil unrest and disobedience, flavored by extremist violence, will we see some form of Martial Law in our biggest cities?

What Do You Lose Under Martial Law?

It’s been said many times, many ways, Martial Law is the suspension of most of your rights under a regional military leaders’ rule.

From the moment it was enacted in the civil war, all the way to 2005 Martial Law has been used sparingly in times of disaster and rebellion. It was part of the war of 1812, the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906, the Dock Workers Strike of 1934 and even Hawaii was placed under Martial Law after Pearl Harbor.

While these instances were swift, Americans will never come to grips with the idea of Martial Law. Even if it results in turning chaos into order. That is because the sheer loss of rights under this militaristic rule are many and are invasive.

Worst of all, it’s a situation that has the potential for radical corruption and abuse of power.

In Martial Law the suspension of many, or all, of your constitutional rights is possible.

  • Gun confiscation is common and your right to bear arms is infringed
  • Your right to free speech is also at risk
  • Your free travel will be impeded or suspended
  • You will have no protections against search and seizure
  • Curfews are often instilled

Do You Know Your Rights Under Martial Law?

In 1863 Lincoln imposed the suspension of habeas corpus through a congressionally authorized martial law. However, that wasn’t the last word on the subject. Through checks and balances, the president’s proclamation was opposed, and the Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional.

While this might sound like a victory for the people, this small battle was far from over. What happened next is a very important lesson on government overreach.

The counsel for the US swayed the court and the man who brought the issue to bear, Lambden Milligan, was sentenced to be hanged. Milligan was tried by the military commission under the current Martial Law.

Milligan was not going to go quietly into the night and petitioned the circuit court arguing his arrest and conviction were all unconstitutional. This put an end to military leadership being judge, jury and jailor in a Martial Law situation.

While the average American loses more rights than they retain in Martial Law, this standout circumstance assured our constitutional right to our day in court. Of course, nothing is set in stone and you could still be arrested but likely not sentenced in Martial Law.

Martial Law is a Numbers Game

Remember, Martial Law in the America is about regional tactics. It has been successfully implemented on regional levels in this nation to stop unrest and aid in recovery from disasters. In small areas the numbers are on the side of the imposing force.

In these circles there is this idea that the whole of the nation will be subjugated to Martial Law. This makes for fear inducing YouTube videos and blog articles, but the reality is there aren’t enough soldiers, police, national guard members or even hired heads to conduct a nationwide Martial Law. Keep that in mind.

There are 1.2 million people in the city of Philadelphia alone. Do you know what kind of presence it would take to place the entire city under Martial Law? That is not to mention surrounding suburban areas and counties. Some counties outside of Philly have as many as 500,000 people in them or more!

Now consider the numbers if we added NYC, Chicago, Boston, Miami, Austin, LA and Phoenix. That is nearly 20 million people in those 7 cities alone. It’s a numbers problem. There is no force capable of inducing something like Martial Law on a National level.

If it got to the point where foreign armies were being brought in by the government, then that is no longer Martial Law. I say to you, that is war by any definition.

Two Bullet Proof Solutions for Dealing with Martial Law

There are two great ways to avoid Martial Law. You cannot be sure that your region will not be affected by a disaster that could create calamity. However, there are some steps you can take to make it less likely.

Small Cities and Towns

In large scale disasters, small cities and towns will be last on the list when it comes to Martial Law. These areas will struggle with the same number issues we mentioned earlier. They do not have an unlimited number of resources to pull from.

This means locals will likely take action to restore order, with the help of the police.

Get Rural

If you wanna take it even further, get away from people altogether. If you live in a rural area where town is a bit of a drive, well, you will never see Martial Law. NEVER!

There is no benefit in rolling the military into a stretch of road that is 5 miles long and has 4 neighbors on it. There is just no reason for it, and it will never happen. At most, you might get a knock on your door from the sheriff and he will be asking you for help in town.

Conclusion

Looking at the clock and worrying about curfew is not going to be fun for anyone. Hiding your guns, because you damn sure aren’t giving them up, is also not going to be a good time. However, that is what could be and what has been in Martial Law in the US.

Understanding your position and the population density in your area will help you understand your risk.

Maybe it’s time to make a change in terms of your living circumstances! If you are hell bent on avoiding Martial Law at all costs, it can be done. Remember, this is merely a numbers game and a population game.

Did You Know That The Devil Is As Close As Your Phone Or Computer? Walmart Sells Satanic Paraphernalia Despite “Family Company” Image

Did you know that the devil is as close as your phone or computer? Want to know why? Well, the shocking truth is that Walmart sells Satanic paraphernalia online. For instance, Walmart.com sells the Satanic Bible for $31.16 and a Baphomet necklace for $12.99.

To clarify, Baphomet is a god or demon that Satanists supposedly worship. Importantly, Baphomet idols and necklaces are among the Satanic paraphernalia that Walmart sells, as Churchmilitant reports.

Additionally, Walmart sells Satanic paraphernalia that includes Baphomet statues, church of Satan goblets, and clothing with Satanic symbols. However, some of Walmart’s Satanic paraphernalia is downright silly. For instance, they sell Satanic cheerleader costumes.

Family Company Walmart Sells Satanic Paraphernalia

Notably, Walmart likes to bill itself as a family company that Sam Walton began in Arkansas in 1950. Notwithstanding, Walmart is really a high-tech multinational conglomerate that reported $500.34 billion in revenues last year.

Currently, Walmart is the world’s largest company in terms of revenue and the world’s largest retailer. In addition, Walmart is becoming one of America’s most automated companies. For example, Walmart is deploying robot janitors in its stores and replacing thousands of workers with algorithms.

Walmart selling Satanic paraphernalia outrages Churchmilitant because Sam Walton was a churchgoer and a family man. Nonetheless, Sam Walton died in 1992 so his influence is long gone from the company.

On the other hand, Walton’s children and Walton Enterprises, a family business, are among Walmart’s largest shareholders, Investopedia states. As a result, Walmart is still a family business that billionaires own.

Moreover, the fourth largest holder of Walmart stock is Marc Lore. Lore is the president and CEO of Walmart US eCommerce, which is the business that runs Walmart.com. To elaborate, Lore took over Walmart’s online operations when he sold his business Jet.com to Walmart in 2016. Consequently, Lore and not the Walton family runs Walmart.com.

Walmart Sells Satanic Paraphernalia Along With Amazon

Walmart sells Satanic paraphernalia online to keep up with Amazon. In fact, Amazon sells The Satanic Bible for $8.99 with Free Prime delivery.

Additionally, Amazon sells Baphomet Horned Sabbatic Goat statues for $24.25 and Baphomet Horned Demon Pentagram Satanic Symbol Hoodies for $36.99. Devil worshipers can also buy The Satanic Rituals: Companion to the Satanic Bible for $7.99 with Free Amazon Prime delivery.

Furthermore, cheapskates can get a 50th Anniversary revision of The Satanic Bible free on Amazon Kindle with Kindle Unlimited. Meanwhile, The Satanic Scriptures sells for $16.95 and Baphomet Satanic Goat Head Unisex Over Knee-High Socks sell for only $4.95 plus $3.85 for shipping at Amazon.

Satanic Paraphernalia Is Big Business

Satanists can even sleep with a demon by ordering a three-piece duvet cover set that features Demon Baphomet Satanic Goat Head decorations for $79.90. Ultimately, Walmart sells Satanic paraphernalia because Satanic paraphernalia is big business.

Moreover, Satanism is warping America’s sense of humor. For instance, Amazon sells a Make America Satanic Again T-shirt as a “funny gift” for $19.99. In the end, Satan and Baphomet are big money for Big Retail.

As a consequence, Walmart sells Satanic paraphernalia because Satan is part of mainstream American culture. Like any good retailers, Walmart, Amazon, and many others are simply selling what their customers want.

Who Is Baphomet And Why Is Walmart Selling His Merchandise?

In detail, Baphomet is a demon whose statues modern Satanists use in ceremonies.

Oddly enough, the Rational Wiki asserts that the term Baphomet began as a corruption of the name Muhammad, the founder of Islam. So, the name Baphomet is blasphemous to both Muslims and Christians.

Specifically, Baphomet is the demon that French King Philip IV accused the Knights Templar of worshiping in 1307 when he abolished their order. However, most historians think Phillip was really interested in seizing the Templars’ money and property. The Knights Templar were an order of Christian knights whose power Phillip feared.

On the other hand, Baphomet did not get his modern form until the 19th Century when French Artist Eliphas Lévi depicted the demon as a goat-headed monster. During the 1960s, Anton LaVey, the founder of American Satanism, chose Lévi’s version of Baphomet as the symbol for his Church of Satan.

Consequently, today both Amazon and Walmart sell large amounts of Satanic paraphernalia with Baphomet’s picture on it. In fact, today’s Satanist can have Baphomet shipped to his or her home with free delivery.