Posts Tagged ‘SHTF’

In any disaster or apocalyptic scenario you will find that some people will behave irrationally and may try to take advantage of these chaotic and catastrophic situations.  Expect these people to commit criminal acts; so be prepared to defend yourself and your family.  All of these people will want something from you and many of them will do nothing to prepare; but will still feel they are owed something.  Just because a disaster has ocurred does not mean the attitude of these people will change.

Do not allow strangers to latch onto you.  They can prove to be very dangerous.  Your goal is to prepare to ensure your family’s survival; not the survival of every stranger that passes by.  You must be prepared to defend yourself and your family from those who would try and harm you and steal your food, water, guns, ammo, first aid kits, bug out bags, and other survival supplies.  If strangers had the chance to prepare and chose not to, it is not your responsibility to provide for them.

Your survival skills and your supplies will not be able to save everyone but they can help save the people who matter to you the most.  You must learn to trust your instincts and stay alert, avoid becoming predictable, be observant, familiarize yourself with your surroundings, learn to move quietly in all environments and avoid large groups of people.  In any survival situation your attitude is everything.  Pay attention to your gut instincts as they just might save your life.

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 and a great way to pass the time.

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If you want to be a survivor and persevere during harsh economic, social, and political times; or during civil unrest, or any other type of SHTF situation, it is imperative to pay attention to the following rules.

  • You need to be aware of who and what is around you at all times; this is referred to as situational awareness.
  • Trust your gut instincts.  If something feels wrong or seems dangerous then it usually is wrong or dangerous.
  • Actions speak louder than words.  Just because someone says they will do something does not mean they will follow through.  Make sure if someone commits to doing something that they actually do it.
  • Have confidence in yourself and your abilities.  If you act vulnerable, insecure and weak then you can expect to be treated that way.
  • Be bold, dynamic, and conduct your business with authority.
  • Maintain a positive mental attitude.  Positive attitudes attract positive results.  Negative attitudes attract negative results.
  • Make yourself a hard target.  It is the easy targets who are attacked.
  • Do not think or act like a victim and avoid having an entitlement mentality.
  • Not everyone can be trusted.  Be careful whom you trust.
  • Know your surroundings.  
  • Know the best strike points to incapacitate an attacker; and if attacked do whatever it takes to win.
  • Be proficient with your defensive weapons.
  • If you have to fight back; fight back hard.

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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If society crumbles due to economic, political, or social reasons, you can expect violent crime, looting, rape, assault, murder, etc., to reach unprecedented levels never before seen in modern times.  Police will be unable or unwilling to respond to cries for help as they will be looking to protect there own families. In short you are on your own and you will need to be prepared accordingly to deal with this type of scenario.

If law and order breaks down you must be sufficiently armed with the will and the skill to do what you can to protect yourself and your family.  Do not go looking for trouble; but if trouble finds you there may not be anyone else available to assist you in many circumstances.  

Two main types of threats you might face are career criminals who use the societal collapse as just another excuse to commit violent crimes and formerly good people who have been driven to do bad things based on circumstances; meaning they didn’t prepare and now they are trying to take food, water and other supplies from those who did prepare.

If you don’t own firerams or have access to them and you don’t know how to use them efficiently and properly; you will find yourself at a distinct disadvantage.  You should familiarize yourself with firearms and the proper methods of loading, unloading, target acquisition, maintenance, and which firearms, gauges, and calibers are best for which situations.  Be prepared because when all is said and done you are ultimately responsible for your own safety and security.

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; take a chance and purchase one or more over at Amazon.com.  They are really quite interesting to read if I do say so myself and they also make excellent gifts 🙂

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Can your cell phone give away your location?  Yes it can.  Anytime it has a power source attached it can be tracked; which means simply turning it off is not enough.  If it has access to power, via a battery, as an example it can send and receive tracking data from nearby towers.  Your signal can be triangulated between towers which can then identify your position whether the cell phone is in use or not. Removing the battery is the only way to eliminate this tracking; however, once you re-insert the battery, it re-registers the network and your location can once again be revealed.

Check out my book series American Rebellion Book 1 of the Revolution as well as the four other books in that series which can be seen on the left side of my blog page; and are available at Amazon.com.  They are interesting fictional reading and provide a clear indication of what can happen if cvivilization and society breaks down and you are left to fend for yourself.

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In case you weren’t aware.  Your U.S. Passport obtained from October 2006 forward contains an RFID (Radio Frequency Identification Chip) which contains a passport holders personal identification data. Data includes name, date of birth, nationality, gender, place of birth, as well as a digitized photo of that person.  The chip’s data will match the paper portion data of the passport. The RFID chip allows passports to be scanned remotely and can present safety and privacy violations.  Other issues include remote hacking of data, whether other unspecified information is also contained within, and how tightly your movements can be tracked when the passport is carried about as part of a person’s activities.

Check out my book series American Rebellion Book 1 of the Revolution as well as the four other books in that series which can be seen on the left side of my blog page; and are available at Amazon.com.  They are interesting fictional reading and provide a clear indication of what can happen if a government spins out of control.

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For most disaster scenarios I anticipate bugging in rather than bugging out.  However it is still essential to have a bug out bag packed and ready to go at a moment’s notice.  So with that said; what gear do I keep in my bug out bag? The following; in no particular order is a list of my bug out bag gear.

  • 3 pairs of socks
  • 3 pairs of underwear
  • 3 Tee shirts
  • 3 long sleeve shirts
  • 1 sweatshirt
  • 1 Jacket
  • 2 Pairs of Pants with Belt
  • 5 pairs of lightweight work gloves
  • 1 pair of shooting gloves
  • 1 pair of winter gloves
  • 1 Raincoat
  • 1 Boonie Hat
  • 1 Winter hat
  • 1 Complete First Aid Kit including Medicines
  • 2 Bottles of Hand Sanitizer
  • 2 Small compressed rolls of Toilet Paper
  • 9 Eyeglass Wipes
  • 1 Eyeglass Case
  • 1 Compass
  • 1 Set of area maps
  • 1 Fixed Blade Knife with Sheath
  • 1 Spare Pistol Holster
  • 1 Spare Pistol
  • 1 Spare Mag Pouch with 3 slots
  • 3 Spare Mags
  • Spare Ammo
  • 1 Riggers Belt
  • 1 Flashlight 100 Lumens
  • 6 replacement flashlight batteries
  • 3 packs of waterproof matches
  • 1 Firestarter
  • 2 Removable Canteen Straps
  • 2 Canteens in Canteen pouches with water
  • 2 Metal Water Bottle with Molle bottle holder
  • 120 Peanut Butter Crackers
  • Water
  • Flavored Drink Mix
  • 1 Bottle of Vitamins
  • 2 Bottles of Water Purification Tablets
  • 1 Water purification filter with straw
  • 1 Water Bladder
  • 4 Packages of Iodine Tablets to protect against radiation
  • 1 Adhesive Radiation Detector
  • 1 Pair of Binoculars
  • 1 Portable Radio
  • 4 replacement radio batteries
  • 1 Bandana
  • Assorted Petty Cash
  • 550 Paracord
  • Climbing Rope
  • 1 Roll of Cloth Tape
  • 5 Snap Straps
  • 4 Compression Straps
  • 1 Sleeping Bag with Stuff Sack 
  • 5 Mylar Emergency Blankets
  • 1 Fork and Spoon Set
  • 1 Can Opener
  • 1 Bottle Opener
  • 1 Signal Mirror
  • 1 Pocket Knife
  • 1 Multi-tool
  • Various Important Documents

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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Periodically I like to post survival/preparedness questions to give my readers an opportunity to share their thoughts, experiences and other related discussion ideas.  So without further hesitation here are this weeks survival/preparedness questions.  What scenario of a survival/preparedness nature do you anticipate you will have to face in the near future?  What steps have you taken to prepare for such an event?  I’m looking forward to everyone’s responses.

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If and when society collapses remember the following:

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It is imperative; and I stress imperative that folks understand that violent crime has the potential to strike anyone at anytime.  Knowing this it becomes important to be situationally aware of who and what is around you and to have a plan to deal with potentially dangerous situations if they develop. Many criminals look for victims of opportunity; which means people who are not paying attention to where they are, what they are doing, and who appear weak and vulnerable.  So let’s talk about some things you need to be particularly aware of.

  • Avoid dangerous places which means don’t go to bad parts of the city or to drug and crime infested areas.
  • Don’t go to desolate, out of the way ATM’s alone and don’t go up and down stairwells alone in places like parking garages.
  • Don’t flash lots of cash, or expensive rings, or watches in public places.
  • Remember there are bad people out there who only see you as an obstacle to getting what they want.  They will think nothing of hurting, raping, or killing you to achieve their objectives.
  • Always keep your fully charged cell phone handy, keep your car doors locked when driving, and when parked, and have your self defense weapons accessible.
  • Know where your children are going, the routes they are taking, and when they are leaving and when they should be back.
  • Know who your chidren’s friends are and make sure you have their phone numbers in case you need to reach them.
  • Train properly with your self defense weapons of choice such as pepper spray, hand to hand fighting skills, knife, gun, etc.
  • Make yourself a hard target; which means make yourself appear to be someone who will be too difficult to rob, rape, or assault.  Criminals want easy targets; if you appear to be a hard target they will pass you by in search of easier prey.

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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It seems as though lately; some ridiculous liberal/progressive calls on the government to implement martial law for one scenario or another.  It’s almost as though they want to use it as a way to circumvent individual rights and freedoms as well as circumventing the Constitution.  It’s interesting to note that there is absolutely nothing in the Constitution that grants the President of the United States the power to declare martial law although these days; why should that stop any liberal/progressive President from attempting it.

Martial law is the absolute rule by the military; to be used to replace the civil government.  Martial law is generally imposed upon defeated military regimes during wartime; not against law abiding American citizen’s by their own government. If martial law is ever declared you can expect suspension of all of your rights, weapons confiscation, free speech elimination and a host of other unpleasant occurrances.  Law abiding citizens would in turn be treated as outlaws and subject to search, seizure, imprisonment, etc.

Give this matter some thought; as the military and the police should refuse to comply with any orders to impose martial law upon law abiding American citizens under the pretext of a crisis.  If the powers in Washington D.C. want martial law then let them go out and try and enforce it themselves.  Remember the President and other members of the government are not above the Constitution; and even take oaths swearing to defend the Constitution as part of their appointment to office.  America must never become a nation that is headed down the brutal path of tyrannical rule as other nations in other parts of the world have already experienced at the hands of their own regimes.

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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