Dear Editor, We had a line of storms blow through with extraordinarily strong winds, blowing trees down over multiple counties. We were blessed to have family, friends, and a church member help clean up the limbs and fallen tree on the family place. When lunch time came, I had to run to the store and get some food to feed everybody. This gave me a great idea: Along with the food you put back, include a portion for one or two meals for around ten people, so that you can feed whoever comes to help out. A spaghetti dinner for ten is less expensive than tree service and an appropriate “Thank you!” I also have a question about red dot sights you may be able to help with. I would like to find one that could withstand the beating that being mounted on an HK91 delivers. I had a bad experience with an open red dot on a much gentler 308: The screw-on battery cover kept popping off while shooting. So, I’m understandably wary. BSA warned me against using their red dot tube sights on the HK91 platform. (I can provide the email if desired.) Is there a red dot … Continue reading
There are hundreds of thousands of women among the SurvivalBlog reader community and their households, and most of us are feeling stressed beyond what has been “normal”. If you’ve been reading SurvivalBlog and watching the news for anytime at all, like me, you’re probably concerned on a macro level about the blatant disrespect of human life, the trampling of our liberty and privacy, the moral decline of society in general and in what the children in schools are being taught, the economic crises around the world, the pressure pot of international conflict on multiple fronts, and more. Then, on a local, community, and possibly even in your own family, you are seeing those around you hurting and you may also be struggling with personal economics, relationships in trouble, unstable employment, health matters, not to mention the daily struggles that all women have to superbly provide a well-run household for their husband, children/grandchildren, themselves, and maybe even parents and/or a group, if you are working in the direction of community living. Like my husband and I, you may also be regularly hostessing survival training and/or religious training/worship in the form of a home church/congregation, too. Hopefully, you and your family are … Continue reading
HJL, I can see some problems. First you must store it and deploy it when things go down. Second, if it is winter, you really don’t want your windows and doors broken. You want to defend them first (maybe both inside and outside). Third, even if you can insure you are safe, you will need to be able to go the other way, perhaps multiple times per day. Fourth, it doesn’t provide security if they decide to firebomb or shoot into your house. Fifth, if there is a fire or something else, you may have to get out fast, but can you do so? – T.Z. o o o Hugh, I have been reading SurvivalBlog daily since early January 2010, and words cannot describe the blessing that JWR, and now you, have been to my family. Finding SurvivalBlog was definitely the result of the hand of God on my life. Until I found SurvivalBlog, everything I had ever read about prepping up to that point was from a world view that was humanist and/or situational with regards to ethics or morals– definitely not Biblical. I devoured JWR’s writings about his survivalist philosophy and his Biblical basis for prepping, with my … Continue reading
Hugh, First let me say that I am a Christian and have followed JWR for many years and appreciate his Christian values when dealing with survival/WROL/collapse scenarios. Today, my faith was tested and I felt compelled to share my experience with you and your readers. My back story: Five years ago in 2010, I moved to eastern Tennessee to work. I lived in employer provided housing, but purchased a remote property along the Cumberland Plateau for camping, exercise, and hunting. Being of the prepper mindset, I built a small cabin, cleared some of the wooded property and began to assemble my cache of items. The property is located on a side road, of a side road, of a side road per JWR, but I did have two neighbors about one mile away. I came to know my neighbors and extended a friendly Christian hand by helping with their home projects and such, but never revealed my preps or feelings about world events. During this time, I also built food plots on my property to attract wildlife with the plan of being able to provide food for my family during a time of crisis. Also, watching the birds, squirrels, and deer … Continue reading
With every social program that is enacted, every attempt at a re-distribution of wealth by our political “leaders” we are shamed into reluctant submission by our vague notions of Christian charity. We have been raised to “feed the hungry” and “clothe the naked” and “provide a home for the homeless”. Politicians and religious leaders, who have made social justice their god, quote scriptures to us, validating their own agenda; “He who shuts his ears to the cries of the poor will be ignored in his own time of need” (Proverbs 21:13), “If you give to the poor, your needs will be supplied! But a curse upon those who close their eyes to poverty.” (Proverbs 28:27), “Happy is the generous man, the one who feeds the poor” (Proverbs 22:9). Even the Pope, who is arguably the most important religious leader in the western world, uses God to bolster his own vision of fairness and equality. But these leaders, both political and religious, are at best, ignorant or at worst, true masters of deceit. The truth of the matter is that Jesus spoke directly to people, never to “the state”. He expected His followers to clothe the naked, feed the hungry and … Continue reading
Hugh, It is never possible to insure or prepare for every event. You can only do what you are able and what is prudent. The one thing which should be different about the Redoubt vs. other “preppers” goes back to DeToqueville when our country was young. But the scene is now changed, and gradually the two ranks mingle; the divisions which once severed mankind are lowered, property is divided, power is held in common, the light of intelligence spreads, and the capacities of all classes are equally cultivated; the State becomes democratic, and the empire of democracy is slowly and peaceably introduced into the institutions and the manners of the nation. I can conceive a society in which all men would profess an equal attachment and respect for the laws of which they are the common authors; in which the authority of the State would be respected as necessary, though not as divine; and the loyalty of the subject to its chief magistrate would not be a passion but a quiet and rational persuasion. Every individual being in the possession of rights, which he is sure to retain, a kind of manly reliance and reciprocal courtesy would arise between all … Continue reading
I have a special appreciation for the letter written and posted on July 25th by S. C. S. C. has mirrored my sentiments exactly. I have had several friends say to me, “When the SHTF I know where I am going, I am coming to YOUR house.” My reply, as I laugh hysterically, “You might want to rethink that one, cause you might get shot!” They do not realize just how serious prepping is. When I began prepping in earnest (I prepped somewhat half-heartedly for more than 20 years), I was very excited about it. I wanted to tell everyone I knew about my epiphany, my new-found knowledge, and my plan to save myself and my family from disasters and hard times. Today, my feeling on OpSec is completely different than before. I regret ever having said anything at all to anyone about being a prepper. Additionally, I feel mounting pressure to move far from my current location. Partially to get away from those that know that I prep, and also to choose a better location with fewer people. This is a double-edged sword in that it also puts me in a position of being far from those who do … Continue reading
HJL, About ten years ago my wife and I made the decision it was time to get out of the city and move to a more sustainable rural environment. We discovered a place with great climate, reasonable land prices, good neighbors, good job opportunities. You know, it had all the right stuff. We moved and began and continue to put our “prep” plans into effect at our new location. Over the years we have had numerous family members come to visit, and they also have fallen in love with the area. Although they are not involved in any type of “prep” plans, we have had six groups of our extended family move to the area. While my individual family is very low key about our plans for the future, it was obvious to our family members what was going on. That is where the problem comes in. Because my family is trying to move toward being as self sufficient as possible, we have accumulated a lot of “stuff” to make this happen. Various family members have now moved to a attitude that my family is their supplier for a variety of things. This attitude is usually that they need to … Continue reading
My experience is based on working with the SMI population in a behavioral health outpatient clinic and through personal experience with a spouse with a SMI diagnosis as well as a parent with an SMI diagnosis. The types of individuals that are in the SMI population vary wildly and can been acutely symptomatic and asymptomatic depending on their diagnosis. This is NOT a complete guide on mental illness; it’s only an experienced perspective on mental illness. Acute symptoms Acute symptoms are often easy to identify; they include talking to self, responding to internal stimuli, depression, aggression, or suicide. Common symptoms to look for when assessing whether or not an individual is mentally unstable can include: laughing/giggling at internal stimuli, talking to self, inability to control emotions, verbal/physical aggression, unrealistic delusions, paranoia, or attempt to complete suicide. There are generally two categories of the SMI population– those who have drug induced psychosis, and those who are legitimately SMI because of genetic reasons or trauma related reasons. Drug induced psychosis generally pertains to the use of substances like alcohol, caffeine, cocaine/methamphetamine, hallucinogens, nicotine, opioids, and sedatives. The use of these substances in some cases will likely never lead to a psychosis related … Continue reading
Hugh, I appreciate L.M.’s recognition of charity. Early in my prepping life I read the posed scenario of a young woman approaching your door with a crying child. Opening it to hand out some food could earn you a round in the head, from the shooter in her team set up 300 yards away. Thus, I have a “barter box” of last-generation prep gear, mixed with energy bars and half rolls of toilet paper. The contents are tightly bundled in Target supermarket bags and suitable for throwing over the house to a location 30 yards up the street. This alters their plan, gets you inside their OODA loop, and is indeed charitable. – D.D.
I could not help but reflect, when I read the article under the Odds N’ Sods section about a person being at a range and looking like they did not belong. This was me, too. I appreciate the lady protecting her children. However, I, too, once walked onto a gun range and did not know what I was doing. My first outing at a gun range was while I was in college. I received a Concealed Carry Permit (CCP) from our Sheriff before I was 21 under the circumstances exception rule, as I was driving two hours to college and living in an area in which I did not feel safe. It was my first time being away from home. My father gave me two guns to try at the range we found when we visited campus. The first was a Model 36 Smith & Wesson .38 Chief’s Special. The second was a Ruger Blackhawk .30 Carbine. I was as green as new growth on a pine tree, just living on my own and studying hard. It was a welcomed relief to get to go to the range and have some fun. I had never been to an indoor range. … Continue reading
HJL, “Preparing for Family and Friends” by Thor1954 was a thought-provoking article, but I would include basic cooking directions and perhaps a recipe or two concerning the rice and beans. Do you really think that people who are unprepared for emergencies and disasters will know what to do with plain rice and beans that weren’t part of a packaged meal? – D.M. Hugh Replies: Hunger is a great motivator. While I like my beans well cooked and spiced up, it’s really not necessary. All they need is a pan of water to make something usable, but I’m sure that small packets of spices and directions would always be appreciated. It’s not hard to do either. Just print the information out on a 3×5 card.