Archive for January, 2012

When purchasing a whole house portable generator, the following are some key features to look for based on trying to run an average sized house during a power outage including heat, water pump, lights, appliances, etc.  8000 watt rated output; 10,000 watt peek surge ouput; electric key start with included battery; automatic voltage regulator which maintains a constant voltage level; backup pull start mechanism; heavy duty steel frame; 11 hour run time at half load and a low oil shutoff system.

Other important features to look for are an all steel 8 gallon fuel tank; low noise rating of around 78 dba; 4 fully protected standard 110v outlets; 1 twist lock outlet 240V 30 amp; 1 twist lock outlet 120V 30 amp; 1 DC outlet 12V 8.3 amp; durable wheel and handle kit; reasonable weight around 241 pounds and reasonable dimensions such as 27.75″ x 22″.

Make sure a licensed electrician wires your panel box correctly so the long power cord from the generator can be plugged into an exterior transfer outlet box after the main circuit breaker has been switched off and the reserve generator breaker has been switched on.  Refer to your specific generators instruction manual for safe and proper operating procedures.

Most generators do not come with a power cord so that will need to be purchased seperately.  A 25 foot power cord is generally a good length.  Make sure you also have a sufficient quantity of safely stored gasoline with stabil added to run your generator when needed.  So what generator do I use to get me through extended power outages?  My selection is the Allpower portable generator.

Be alert for predatory signs that usually signal an increased probability of attack.  These signs include excessive or prolonged eye contact; people who approach you deliberately or move with you as you move; predatory movements such as circling, splitting up, or trying to get behind you and people who try and herd you towards a low visibility, isolated ambush point.

Other signs include the use of distractions such as someone asking for directions, or for a light, or physically bumping into you; people who quickly enter your personal space; people who are deliberately following you and people who wear inappropriate clothes such as a heavy jacket in warm weather.

Pay attention to your surroundings (situational awareness).  If something seems unusual, start to increase your defensive posture.  Your behaviors and actions should signal to a predator that you would be a hard target and that you pose such a hazard to them, that they will look elsewhere for an easier target.

Avoid dangerous people and dangerous situations.  If attacked you must be mentally prepared to incapacitate your attacker and win at all costs.  Your mindset and attitude can significantly effect the outcome.

Tactics

Posted: January 13, 2012 in Tactics
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Tactics are an important element when the SHTF.  Here are some tactics to consider as the need arises.  Move quietly, don’t travel in a straight line, avoid main roads, never go back the same way that you came, never use the same ambush site twice and remember if you can see the enemy the chances are that the enemy can see you too.

Avoid predictable patterns, watch carefully for trip wires and booby traps, do not step on twigs as the sound of a twig breaking will travel a considerable distance.  Avoid using or wearing shiny objects and stay away from locations which leave you vulnearable such as alleyways and dimly lit parking lots.

Pay attention to sounds.  Birds suddenly moving away from a location are an indicator of movement.  Know your enemy and keep your weapons within arms reach.  Your mission will dictate your weapons choices; there is no such thing as one correct weapon for all scenarios.  You must learn to become aggressive enough quickly enough.

Never submit to threats or allow an enemy to isolate you in a vehicle or abandoned building.  If you do get into a vehicle make sure the car door will open from the inside before closing that door, as some unscrupulous folks will disable the inside door handles to prevent them from working.  Never allow yourself to become incapacitated especially if bindings are produced such as rope, cord, duct tape, zip ties, wire or handcuffs.

Minimize your risk profile as most attacks are crimes of opportunity.  Pay attention to your gut instincts; if something feels wrong it probably is wrong.

 

The three primary methods of water purification are boiling, chlorine and iodine.  Let’s take a brief look at each method.

Boiling:

First filter out any debris then heat the water until it boils.  Keep the water boiling for several minutes.  Boiling is quick, reliable and kills both bacteria and viruses and is considered the most effective of the three methods listed.

Chlorine (Household Bleach):

Use only plain, without fragrances or other additives.  The chlorine (sodium hypochlorite) content should be between 4% and 6%.  Once you open your container of bleach the chlorine content will diminish, so avoid opening it until you plan on using it.  Once the water is at room temperature add 2 drops of bleach for 1 quart, 4 drops for a half gallon or 8 drops for a gallon.  If the water still remains cloudy then double the amount.  Stir the bleach and water briskly and then let it sit for 30 minutes to an hour.  The water should retain the faint odor of bleach, if it does not then treat the water again.

Iodine:

Water treated with iodine may retain a chemical taste which can be reduced by adding a flavored drink mix to it.  Use 5 drops of iodine per quart of water if clear or 10 drops of iodine per quart if the water is cloudy.

If in doubt about your water supply, consider your sources of water as contaminated until treated.

SHTF Survival

Posted: January 13, 2012 in Survival
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When the SHTF, survival will become the primary goal.  Keep the following in mind should any SHTF survival situation ever arise.  Lightly populated areas will be safer then more heavily populated areas; also do whatever is necessary to avoid the mass exodus of the unprepared who will flee the cities in search of food, water, shelter, etc.

In the absence of law and order it will not take long for people to revert to their base, savage instincts; so show restraint but if the situation warrants be prepared to use force in a defensive manner.  If the power fails for an extended period of time and food and water distribution is disrupted, expect to see fires, looting, escalating violent crime and massive migrations out of the cities and into the suburbs and rural areas.  Looters will look for easily accessible areas and will bypass areas that can offer strong resistance.

When the SHTF law and order is generally the first casualty.  Be prepared to defend yourself.  If you look and act like a victim you will in all probability become a victim.  Consider your home to be your well stocked survival outpost as the last thing you want is to become a fleeing refugee.

Avoid being caught unprepared.  Prep properly when times are good so you will be prepared when times are bad.  Even when society is in complete anarchy people will organize into groups; some good and some bad.  The bad ones are likely to be aggressive and violent.  Be prepared and take responsibility for your own survival. 

 

 

 

“Necessity is the excuse for every infringement of human freedom.  It is the argument of the tyrant and the creed of the slave.”  William Pitt

“It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions.  There are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern.  They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters.”  Daniel Webster

“They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”   Benjamin Franklin

“If you love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace.  We seek not your counsel, nor your arms, crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.”  Samuel Adams

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.  It must be fought for, protected and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children or our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”  Ronald Reagan

“If you wish for peace, prepare for war.”  Publicus Flavius Vegetius, Renatus

“No man is happy without a delusion of some kind.  Delusions are as necessary to our happiness as our realities.”   Christian Nestell Bovee

Martial Law

Posted: January 12, 2012 in Survival
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Martial law can be defined as the military taking control of a city, state or country and running it at their discretion.  The military would impose control on a civilian population when law and order cannot be maintained by the civil authorities.  Martial law scenarios would likely involve a restriction, erosion or suspension of your Constitutional rights by government decree.

In order to survive martial law the following things should be considered.  You will need to prepare beforehand by becoming as self reliant as possible; avoid traveling to any and all areas under martial law; do not draw attention to yourself or your family during times of martial law; stay informed and never accept the governments word at face value.  Remember your survival trumps obeying dictates.

A constant, armed military presence  and routine patrols by the military will be part of martial law along with curfews and vehicle checkpoints.  There will be people who masquerade as law enforcement to lure people into traps and attack them.  Do not fall for this.  You need to be extremely careful who you follow and whom you trust.

In any scenario; it is important to be aware of all that is around you as part of your 360 degree security plan.  You need to pay particular attention to anyone or anything which seems out of place.  Trust your instincts, do not ignore them as your first concern will be to stay alive.

You are your own first line of defense.  Based on circumstances the course of action you choose needs to be carried through without hesitation.  When faced with violence, which cannot be avoided, you must have the will to act with ferocity and severity in order to save your life.

It is irrational in this day and age that a law abiding citizen would not carry some form of a weapon.  To choose not to carry a weapon intentionally renders yourself partially defenseless.  Violence is escalating and many attacks occur in fringe areas such as deserted parking lots, alleyways, public bathrooms, stairwells, ATM kiosks, etc., where no immediate help will be available.

The most reliable and powerful weapon will do you no good if a situation demands immediate, decisive action for your survival and you fail to take action.  While it is best to avoid violence; if you are in a life threatening situation you may need to react violently to save your life.  Never escalate a situation which could turn violent until you consider where it might lead.

Bug Out Bag

Posted: January 10, 2012 in Survival
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A Bug Out Bag is basically a survival pack that should contain all of the items which are necessary to survive a disaster for at least a 72 hour period.  When putting together your Bug Out Bag (BOB) you should take into consideration your personal situation and needs to maximize your bags effectiveness.

Recommended items to carry in your Bug Out Bag include water, a water purification method, food, first aid kit, appropriate clothing, knife, multitool, firearm, ammunition, flashlight, batteries, portable radio, binoculars, fire starting method, blanket, compass, shelter, zip ties, duct tape, 550 paracord, ziploc bags, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, bug spray, personal hygiene items such as a toothbrush and toothpaste, cash and coins.

My current Bug Out Bag is a Fox Medium Rio Grande Pack in Woodland Camo and I keep a U.S. Issue Medium Alice Pack with frame in Woodland Camo as a backup.  Make sure you re-evaluate the contents of your bag periodically making sure conditions specific to your area have been factored in and that the bag is not too heavy for you to carry.

Know your bag and where each item is located within your bag.  The better prepared you are, the more prepared you will be to deal with the chaotic situations around you.  Remember your Bug Out Bag should contain supplies that are useful, effective, durable, convenient to access and influenced by seasons, locations, activities and circumstances.

While there are many types of defensive shotgun ammo; what I find to work  best for my particular defensive applications are 12 Gauge 2 3/4″  6 or 7.5 birdshot, 12 Gauge 2 3/4″ 00 buckshot and 12 Gauge 2 3/4″ rifled slugs.

12 Gauge 2 3/4″  6 or 7.5 Birdshot can be used in strict indoor home defense situations where over penetration can be an issue and the distance to your target is very close.  12 Gauge 2 3/4″ 00 Buckshot can be used anytime the shotgun is defensively used outdoors or indoors where over penetration is not an issue.  12 Gauge 2 3/4″ Rifled slugs are for use in smoothbore barrels when the defensive fight outdoors goes well beyond the 25 yard effective range of buckshot.  A rifled shotgun slug can increase the effective range out to approximately 100 yards.

Sheetrock can generally absorb birdshot but buckshot will sail right through sheet rock walls.  For general purpose defensive deployment buckshot is generally the preferred choice to birdshot.  Each type of shotgun ammunition is defensive mission specific so it is best to match the ammunition type to the mission type.