Archive for the ‘Survival’ Category

If you are anything like me you probably have tons of survival how to books in your library collection at home.  While these are great and informative resources; if you need to bug out you’re not going to be able to take them all with you.  Or if you shelter in place at home you may not have time, during a disaster, to search through these books looking for the how to information you need.  

The solution; keep a small, handwritten survival journal in your bug out bag.  Mine is a lined journal with a durable cover where I have listed all of the how to’s I might need in an emergency.  No commentary, no dribble; just all of the step by step how to information with a reference table of contents set up.  

If I can’t remember how many unscented bleach drops to add with an eyedropper to purify a certain amount of water, or how to start an emergency fire without matches, lighters or a firesteel; all of that step by step information is in there for quick reference along with lots of other survival how to information I might need.  

If you want to know how to do something; write it down and keep it in your survival journal.  Mine is set up with how to topics on water purification, food storage, fire starting methods, treating dehydration, hypothermia, hurricane preparedness, security and defense, etc.  If you haven’t set up your survival journal take the time to do so.  The information you keep close at hand may just end up saving your life someday.

You can see all 5 of my post apocalyptic fiction books, 2 of my zombie fiction books and 1 of my horror fiction books on the left side of my blog page.  Go ahead and purchase one or more over at Amazon.com. They are really quite interesting and entertaining to read if I do say so myself.

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While many of us are busy prepping for the upcoming winter months; let’s not forget to help our furry critter friends do the same.

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When society crumbles the chances of encountering a life threatening situation increases. Thugs, looters and predators will be out there just waiting to pray upon those that they perceive to be weaker than themselves.  Some of these people fear punishment from the law; which keeps them temporarily in line, but once law and order disappears they are free to act upon their baser impulses.

In ordert to survive when society collapses it is important to adhere to the following.

  • Move within a large enough group of people; to appear threatening enough that predators will move on to other, easier targets.
  • If you are with a smaller group; move in areas which have already been bypassed by predators.
  • Learn to blend in with the crowd and do not draw uneccessary attention to yourself.
  • Follow the gray man principle which states the mind remembers things which stimulate it; if there is no stimulus, there is no noticing.  IE the mind is stimulated and notices fast movements, threatening movements, movements that will intersect your path, bright colors, lights and reflections.  Therefore move slowly, in a non threatening manner, do not intersect anothers path, avoid wearing bright colors, avoid using lights when others are without and avoid casting reflections unneccessarily such as in store windows or off of shiny chrome objects, etc.
  • A key element to avoiding trouble is to simply not go where you anticipate trouble is.
  • Learn to move in and out of areas as needed without drawing attention to yourself. 
  • Be properly armed for self defense but know your limitations.  
  • When society crumbles; staying alive and healthy are your primary concerns.  When the thin veneer of civilization is ripped away and the underlying evil that people are capable of is revealed, you need to be properly prepared mentally, physically and emotionally for what you may need to do to survive.

You can see 5 of my post apocalyptic fiction books, 2 of my zombie fiction books and 1 of my horror fiction books on the left side of my blog page.  Go ahead; take a chance and purchase one or more over at Amazon.com.  They are really quite interesting if I do say so myself 🙂

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Whether it’s zombies, societal unrest, war, famine, or natural disasters; you need to anticipate and be prepared for the unexpected.  Making the right choices in what items to prep, what skills to acquire and what defensive capabilities to have can make all the difference in the world.  Having a workable survival plan and the will and the skill to follow through with your plan are of paramount importance.  Let’s look at a few other considerations.

  • Weapons – When it comes to handguns, shotguns and rifles look to what the pro’s use.  Law enforcement and the military tend to carry weapons that have stood the test of time; so these are good starting points.
  • Ammunition – Common calibers are usually best.  Try to avoid calibers that are hard to locate.  Again look to what cops and the military tend to use.
  • Knives – Robust, durable and strong are the features you must have in a knife.  If it can’t hold together when put to heavy duty use then it’s not the right knife to own.  When you absolutely, positively need a knife; no other tool will do.
  • Personal Protection – Your life is always more important than some scumbag thug or criminal.  
  • First Aid – Have a well stocked kit and know how to use every item in that kit.
  • Route Planning – Know which routes are safe to travel and which are not.  Learn how to stay off of main roads and get to safe destinations using backroads which will tend to be less crowded.
  • Fuel – Know how to stabilize it and store it properly.
  • Bug Out Bag – Pack it with essentials for a minimum of 72 hours and have it ready at all times.  Make sure you can carry it for a significant distance as it does you little good if you can’t carry the weight past the end of your driveway.
  • Communications – Reliable information is crucial to survival so have good communications protocols in place.
  • Mindset – Be alert, confident, a positive thinker and maintain situational awareness and control.

You can see 5 of my post apocalyptic fiction books, 2 of my zombie fiction books and 1 of my horror fiction books on the left side of my blog page.  Go ahead; take a chance and purchase one or more over at Amazon.com.  They are really quite interesting if I do say so myself 🙂

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Very few of us will have to deal with surviving a plane crash or surviving a ship sinking or being attacked by hordes of flesh eating zombies; however many of us may have to face more routine survival scenarios such as extended power outages due to storms, etc.  Are you prepared if you have no power for 10 to 20 days?  The following are some considerations for disaster survival that are important to be aware of.

  • Have a workable, realistic survival plan and follow that plan.
  • Have a sufficient quantity of food and water on hand.  3 months worth per person set aside is a good target goal.  Don’t forget to have extra food available for your pets.
  • Have a sufficient quantity of firearms, mags and ammo as needed for defensive purposes.
  • Have a workable generator, proper wiring to run the whole house from the generator and sufficient quantities of safely stored fuel to run the generator until such time as electrical power is restored .
  • Keep a sufficient supply of firewood on hand for your fireplace and or woodstove.
  • Keep charcoal safely stored and have a charcoal grill available if you need to grill any meals outside.
  • Batteries, batteries, batteries in proper sizes for your equipment such as flashlights, etc., is a must.  You can never have too many batteries or too many flashlights.
  • Sanitation needs must be considered.  Have sufficient toilet paper stockpiled; pages of phone books can also be used as a toilet paper substitute.  If you have rainbarrels outside you can use the water from them to flush the toilet, if you are on well water, and if you don’t have a generator running to provide power.
  • Keep small denominations of spare cash available.  If the power is out and some businesses are open; they likely will not be able to take credit card transactions.  You will also not be able to use an ATM machine to get cash.
  • Do what is necessary to ensure the safety of yourself and your family.  Choose your actions wisely.

You can see 5 of my post apocalyptic fiction books, 2 of my zombie fiction books and 1 of my horror fiction books on the left side of my blog page.  Go ahead; take a chance and purchase one or more over at Amazon.com.  They are really quite interesting if I do say so myself 🙂

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Every disaster scenario brings its own set of unique circumstances to the forefront.  When the situation warrants; if you have the choice of bugging in or bugging out, bugging in will usually be the better option.  Why you ask;  let me elaborate.  By bugging in you have the following distinct advantages.

  • You will be in familiar surroundings.
  • Food and water in your refrigerator and or pantry can supplement your survival stash.
  • You’ll have additional time to improve and monitor your homes defenses.
  • Your home will offer shelter against the elements.
  • You’ll have access to clothing, blankets and other essential survival gear.
  • You’ll have access to weapons and ammunition.
  • You can better protect your home from thugs and looters.
  • You avoid becoming a refugee.

The better prepared you are now, the better prepared you will be to deal with a survival situation.  Trust your instincts and stay alert.  Make sure you have the will and the skill to protect yourself and your family.  Proper gear, proper training and proper mindset are the keys to successfully surviving when chaos is all around you.

You can see 5 of my post apocalyptic fiction books, 2 of my zombie fiction books and 1 of my horror fiction books on the left side of my blog page.  Go ahead; take a chance and purchase one or more over at Amazon.com.  They are really quite interesting if I do say so myself 🙂

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When the SHTF, survival will become the primary goal.  Keep the following in mind should any  survival situation such as natural disasters, war, societal unrest, zombies, etc., arise.  Lightly populated areas will be safer then more heavily populated areas.  You must do whatever is necessary to avoid the mass exodus of the unprepared who will flee the cities in search of food, water and shelter; and who will see you and your family as nothing more than inconvenient obstacles to obtaining what they want.

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.  Have a workable survival plan and be flexible enough to change the plan as new situations arise.

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 downright evil.  The bad groups are likely to be aggressive and violent so you must be prepared and aware of their methods and tactics.  Take personal responsibility for your own survival and the survival of your family and make sure you have the will and the skill necessary to survive. 

You can see 5 of my post apocalyptic fiction books, 2 of my zombie fiction books and 1 of my horror fiction books on the left side of my blog page.  Go ahead; take a chance and purchase one or more over at Amazon.com.  They are really quite interesting if I do say so myself 🙂

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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.

You can see 5 of my post apocalyptic fiction books, 2 of my zombie fiction books and 1 of my horror fiction books on the left side of my blog page.  Go ahead; take a chance and purchase one or more over at Amazon.com.  They are really quite interesting if I do say so myself 🙂

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List of Prepper Acronyms

ACOG – Advanced Combat Optic Gunsight.  Combines magnification, red dot and is self illuminating so no batteries are needed.

AK – Automat Kalashnikov.  Rifles well known for their robustness.

AK-47 – Early generation AK carbine that shoots the 7.62 x 39mm cartridge.

AK-74 – Later generation AK carbine that shoots the 5.45 x 39mm cartridge.

ALICE – All – Purpose Lightweight Individual Carrying Equipment.

AP – Armor Piercing.  Refers to bullets with a steel or tungsten core that penetrates steel armor.  Bullet’s tip is usually painted black for easier idfentification.

AR – Automatic Rifle (generic term).

AR-15 Semi-auto civilian variant of the U.S. Army M16 rifle.

ARB – Armed Response Bag.

ARK – Armed Response Kit.

BIB – Bug In Bag.  Contains essentials for hunkering down in place.

BK – Buckshot.

BOB – Bug Out Bag.  Contains essentials for evacuation.

BUIS – Back Up Iron Sights.  These are the post and fork iron sights common on many weapons.

CCW- Carrying Concealed Weapon.  Usually refers to a permit to do so.

CQB – Close Quarters Battle.  Usually within 25 yards.

CS – Carry strap for your rifle which is not the same thing as a rifle sling.

EDC – Every Day Carry

FA – Forward Assist.  A feature on an AR-15 rifle designed to push the bolt carrier forward under dusty, dirty conditions.

FF – False Flag.  An operation made to look like it was perpetrated by another country’s armed forces.

FMJ – Full Metal Jacket.  A cartridge that does not expand when striking a target.

GH – Golden Horde.  Refugees and looters that will pour out of the city into the surrounding areas during a crisis situation.

GOOD – Get Out Of Dodge.  A term for leaving the area in a hurry.

HP – Hollow Point.  Refers to cartridges with a concave shaped tip that facilitates rapid expansion of the round upon impact.

L1A1 – Semi automatic rifle available in inch or metric patterns which can fire a .308 cartridge out to distances of between 800 to 1000 yards.

LP – Listening Post

MBR – Main Battle Rifle.

MOLLE – Modular Lightweight Load – Carrying Equipment.

MRE – Meal Ready To Eat.

MZB – Mutant Zombie Bikers.  Generic term for thugs and looters.

NVD – Night Vision Device.

OP – Observation Post

OPSEC – Operational Security.

POA – Point of Aim.  Where you point your weapon.

POI – Point of Impact.  Where the cartridge actually strikes.

PRD – Personal Radiation Detector.

R&R – Rest and Recuperation.

SHTF – Shit Hits The Fan.

SKS – Samozaryadnyi Karabin Simonova.  Semi auto rifle firing the 7.62×39 cartridge.

SOP – Standard Operating Procedure.

SQ – Safe Queen.  Firearms that are almost never used and rarely leave the gun safe.

TEOTWAWKI – The End Of The World As We Know It.

WROL – Without Rule Of Law.

 

There you have it; that’s all it takes, refuse to be a victim.  Whether in your personal or professional life all you need to do is have the mindset that you will not be a victim.  Once that mindset is developed, everything else becomes easy.  People with a victims mentality attract predators and manipulators, people with a survival and confident mentality keep predators and manipulators at bay.

Once you have decided to not be a victim, then doors of opportunity open.  Your confidence increases, your interests broaden and you will develop a clarity of purpose.  Keep moving forward, train vigilantly in self defense techniques and in the proper use of firearms and practice, practice, then practice some more. 

Remember each person is individually responsible for their own safety and security.  Don’t delegate that responsibility to someone else.  Make sure you have the skill and the will to defend yourself properly if and when the situation arises. Criminals look for easy targets of opportunity so make yourself a hard target.  Refuse to be a victim!

On a happier note; check out the following fiction books I’ve written which are all available at Amazon.com.  You can also get a free preview by clicking on the book cover images to the left of my blog posts on my blog page which will take you to the Amazon.com free preview area.  I write in a variety of different fiction generes including post apocalyptic, zombie and horror.  If you like what you see consider reading my books.

Post Apocalyptic Fiction Book I’ve Written

  • American Rebellion Book 1 of the Revolution
  • American Rebellion Book 2 of the Revolution
  • American Rebellion Book 3 of the Revolution
  • American Rebellion Book 4 of the Revolution
  • American Rebellion Book 5 of the Revolution

Zombie Fiction Books I’ve Written

  • Biohazard Redacted Book 1 of the Zombie Apocalypse
  • Biohazard Redacted Book 2 of the Zombie Apocalypse

Horror Fiction Books I’ve Written 

  • Anthology of Horror