Monthly Archives: January 2012

Teaching Kids Preparedness Without Fear

Every prepper parent thinks first and foremost of their children. We want them to be prepared, But, we don’t want to terrify them. The nightmares of what may be ahead is a burden for parents to carry for their children. If we raise them with too much fear, they will lack the confidence and optimism to meet life’s challenges.

We need to look at the goal rather than the reasons. As children grow older, we can gradually introduce the topics that give us cause to worry for our future. Young children are amazingly resilient. Part of this comes from a general acceptance of things as they are. This, of course, can be bad if the circumstances they encounter are negative. Thus, kids who grow up abused think this is normal and kids who grow up tethered to government welfare programs think that’s normal. A child’s first, most important role models are teachers and parents.

As a parent, you can set an example by living a prepared and self-sufficient lifestyle. Your children will accept that it’s right to have plenty of essentials on hand “just in case”. You can use events that may occur such as storms or blackouts as teaching opportunities. At these times, even a child can see that it’s good to have what is needed on hand. Your children will grow up more secure knowing that no matter what happens, you will be ready and able to take care of them.

As they grow up, you can gradually accustom them to being responsible for themselves. At age appropriate times, let them learn how to prepare their own food. Starting with easy things like sandwiches working your way through using the toaster, microwave and stove. If you garden, let them participate as they are able. Nothing will make a child love vegetables more than growing his or her own. Family chores are out of fashion these days. But, they are a key to learning responsibility. It is my opinion that chores should not be tied to money. Children need to learn that in any group, responsibilities must be shared. Again, being age appropriate and reasonable matters, we are not aiming to raise slaves.

Participation in “old fashioned” family activities can be extremely valuable. Camping trips are a great way to learn, teach and practice skills. Try different cooking methods and ways of starting fires. Fishing can usually be introduced at a fairly young age. Hunting when they are older. If you keep guns, be certain to teach safety rules from the beginning. Children can learn many important lessons in the context of family fun.

As they are old enough to understand and be interested in news, discuss what they see and hear. Take the opportunity to explain that they can’t believe everything they hear. Let them know which things you are concerned about. At the same time, always reassure them that you are there for them. Especially when it comes to discussing crime, they need to know that you will protect them. As they grow more independent, teach them situational awareness and ways to keep themselves safe. Encourage them to discuss fears with you as well as hopes and dreams. Strong families produce strong young people.

These are the basics. In the future, I will write in more detail about various preparedness measures and how to introduce these to children. I believe it is essential to avoid scaring children with potential scenarios. However, no matter whether the future is better or worse than we believe, raising confident, responsible, self-sufficient young citizens is our duty as parents.

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About The Author: Mama (Catherine) believes in preparedness as a way of life. Special emphasis on health as well as preparedness for women, families and communities. You can follow her on Twitter @MamasGotAGun.

Negative Progress

by Peg Luksik

In the debate over illegal immigration, perhaps we should begin with the words of the Emma Lazarus poem inscribed on the base of the Statue of Liberty:

Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free, …

It’s interesting that America did not ask for the rich and famous, she welcomed those who had nothing. And they came by the thousands. In fact, almost all of us can identify at least one ancestor who passed by that inscription.

The question that needs to be asked in today’s debate is, “Why did they come?”

The short answer is that in America they didn’t HAVE TO be a member of the huddled masses. If they followed the rules and worked hard, they had a chance to climb out of the huddle. It was as if America suspended a ladder over the head of every person who passed that Statue, and offered that person the challenge of climbing it. And while a guarantee of success is never possible, there was a guarantee of opportunity for those willing to accept America’s challenge.

It didn’t matter what country you came from because now you were an American. And our ancestors were proud to proclaim themselves as such. They embraced the culture, the language, and the opportunity, and built a place that continues to attract those who want something more for themselves and their children.

Illegal immigration attacks every aspect of that reality.

The attack begins with undermining the very foundation of the liberty that sustains our greatness – equality before the law. Illegal immigration says that only some people have to follow the rules, that behavior has only has consequences some of the time. And when those who try to follow the rules see that the ones who break them are not only allowed to do so, but actually receive benefits from their noncompliance, the ranks of the non-compliant grow.

The second attack is on the illegal immigrants themselves. Most of them came for the same reasons as the people who passed by our Statue. They were looking for something more.

The responsibility for enforcing America’s rules does not belong to them. It belongs to every elected official who decided to ignore his obligation to enforce the laws of this nation. It belongs to every employer who decided that hiring an illegal under the table was cheaper than hiring an American above it. It belongs to every special interest group that decided that it could build its ranks, and therefore its influence, on the backs of the immigrants.

Our immigrant ancestors, who followed the rules, either learned English themselves, or made sure their children did, as quickly as possible. So they did not require an organization of translators to help them participate in American life. They got legitimate jobs, where they not only paid taxes, but they could be promoted. So they did not require the assistance of any government agency. They not only voted, they could run for office. So they could become full participants in not just our culture, but our government.

For the most part, illegal immigrants don’t learn to speak English, they don’t get legitimate jobs, and they can’t run for office. The ladder of opportunity that comes with entering America correctly is never offered to them.

Instead, America now has a sub-culture that is not American existing within its borders.

And the combination of rewarding rule-breaking and enabling a non-American culture creates a progression that eventually moves a society from liberty-based-on-law to anarchy-based-on-fear to tyranny-based-on-power.

When that progression is completed, America will no longer need to worry about illegal immigration.

This article appears in the current Constitution Party Of Indiana newsletter entiteld “Why Did They Come?”.

You may find Peg Luksik’s archives of older articles and subscribe to receive them weekly at no charge by visiting www.CenterforAmericanHeritage.com

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About The Author: RSOP is the co-founder & Executive Editor of Radical Survivalism Webzine, as well as a Family Preparedness Consultant with nearly five years of personal experience in the self-reliance game. RSOP's many preparedness roles within his own group include team mechanic, head of security, electrician, and project designer/engineer.

Oakland Occupy Protesters Achieve New Low: Flag Burning

Oakland Protesters Burning the American Flag

Oakland protesters burning the American flag

Oakland, CA police arrested about 300 individuals Saturday as Occupy protesters attempted to break into a vacant convention center, City Hall, and tried to occupy an Oakland YMCA.

Police spokesman Jeff Thomason said most of the arrests came around 8 PM local time, when police took protesters into custody as they marched through the city’s downtown.

Thomason said Oakland police were sent to sweep City Hall looking for protesters who had reportedly  broken in, then ran out of the building carrying stolen American flags just prior to the officers’ arrival on the scene.

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan said during a news briefing late Saturday that protesters had actually forced their way into City Hall, where they burned American flags, broke into an electrical box and damaged several art structures, including a recycled art exhibit created by local children.

It is not clear at this time whether or not Occupy protest organizers have publicly commented as to how these events, including the burning of the nation’s flag, has furthered their cause or helped them convey a specific message.

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About The Author: RSOP is the co-founder & Executive Editor of Radical Survivalism Webzine, as well as a Family Preparedness Consultant with nearly five years of personal experience in the self-reliance game. RSOP's many preparedness roles within his own group include team mechanic, head of security, electrician, and project designer/engineer.

Gallery: Patriotic Imagery

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About The Author: Erica M. is the Managing Editor of Radical Survivalism Magazine.

Letter: Finding A Solar Battery Charger

“I’m trying to find a solar battery charger able to handle all of the standard batteries used in home electronics, and that doesn’t require a separate solar panel to use. So far I have not found a truly self-contained charger like this. Do you know of any such animal in existence?”

-Anonymous,
Defiance, Ohio, USA

A: Shelf Reliance makes a solar battery charger that does everything you are looking for in a single, compact unit. It is capable of charging D, C, AA, and AAA sized batteries. You can find the unit on the Shelf Reliance website here.

If you have a comment or question for the Editors of Radical Survivalism Webzine, please send your email message to Ed@RadicalSurvivalism.com

Shelf Reliance Solar Battery Charger

Shelf Reliance Solar Battery Charger

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About The Author: RSOP is the co-founder & Executive Editor of Radical Survivalism Webzine, as well as a Family Preparedness Consultant with nearly five years of personal experience in the self-reliance game. RSOP's many preparedness roles within his own group include team mechanic, head of security, electrician, and project designer/engineer.

Are You Prepared to Cope With The Emotional Side of Disaster?

People who practice emergency preparedness often think about the physical part of survival after a disaster. But, I suspect that many don’t give enough thought to learning ways to deal with the emotional fallout from a catastrophe.

Of course, I’m not a professional, nor do I play one on TV ツ, but I have read up some on this area in order to develop our disaster coping skills.

A simple place to start is the FEMA page on Coping with Disaster. It covers some basics:

Another good basic resource is an American Red Cross PDF file on Taking Care of Your Emotional Health after a Disaster (click here for a Spanish version). It includes these three main areas of discussion:

  • What you may be feeling now
  • Taking action
  • If you still don’t feel better

The American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress (AAETS) also has an article on Dealing With Crisis and Traumatic Events that I’ve found helpful too. It covers a number of helpful topics, including:

  • What is a traumatic experience?
  • What is crisis intervention?
  • Types of crises
  • Secondary trauma
  • Symptoms and reactions
  • Emotional reactions
  • Possible physical reactions
  • How to better cope
  • How to help family members and friends cope

Incidentally, the AAETS also highlights the book It’s OK Not To Be OK … Right Now (How to Live Through a Traumatic Experience) on their website. (Disclosure: I have not read this book, but each of the nine reviewers on Amazon give it a five-star rating, so it looks pretty worthwhile. As such, it’s on my reading list.)

In short: you’re doing the physical prepping to help your family survive… be sure to have some resources and knowledge in place for the emotional side too.

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About The Author: Believing that preparedness and self-reliance or the key to individual freedom, Atticus Freeman is the founder of the Self-Reliant Info blog, and he also authors The Practical Prepper weekly blog.

Book Preview: Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills

From the Publisher: Anyone who wants to learn basic living skills—the kind employed by our forefathers—and adapt them for a better life in the twenty-first century need look no further than this eminently useful, full-color guide. Countless readers have turned to Back to Basics for inspiration and instruction, escaping to an era before power saws and fast food restaurants and rediscovering the pleasures and challenges of a healthier, greener, and more self-sufficient lifestyle.
Now newly updated, the hundreds of projects, step-by-step sequences, photographs, charts, and illustrations in Back to Basics will help you dye your own wool with plant pigments, graft trees, raise chickens, craft a hutch table with hand tools, and make treats such as blueberry peach jam and cheddar cheese. The truly ambitious will find instructions on how to build a log cabin or an adobe brick homestead.

More than just practical advice, this is also a book for dreamers—even if you live in a city apartment you will find your imagination sparked, and there’s no reason why you can’t, for example, make a loom and weave a rag rug. Complete with tips for old-fashioned fun (square dancing calls, homemade toys, and kayaking tips), this may be the most thorough book on voluntary simplicity available. 2,000 color photos and 200 black-and-white illustrations.

About the Author: Abigail R. Gehring is the editor of Back to Basics, Homesteading, and Self-Sufficiency, and author of Odd Jobs and Dangerous Jobs. She’s practiced living self-sufficiently since her childhood in Vermont, being home-schooled, home-canning jams and jellies, and enjoying natural crafts. She lives in New York City and Windham, Vermont.

Book Details:

  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; 3rd edition (April 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602392331
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602392335
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 10.7 x 1 inches

Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills by Abigail R. Gehring is currently available from book stores everywhere as well as the Amazon.com Marketplace.

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About The Author: Erica M. is the Managing Editor of Radical Survivalism Magazine.

Video: OPSGEAR Women’s Tactical Tip Escaping an Attack from the Back

OPSGEAR and The Urban Warfare Center founder, Jager present Tactical Tips.

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About The Author: RSOP is the co-founder & Executive Editor of Radical Survivalism Webzine, as well as a Family Preparedness Consultant with nearly five years of personal experience in the self-reliance game. RSOP's many preparedness roles within his own group include team mechanic, head of security, electrician, and project designer/engineer.

Preview: Handbook to Practical Disaster Preparedness for the Family, 2nd Edition

Handbook to Practical Disaster Preparedness for the Family, 2nd Edition is often touted as the best guide to disaster preparedness available in book form.

“A great introduction to disaster preparedness in a single volume, both scholarly and easy to read! Provides practical information for families seeking to organize their preparedness efforts.” –James Talmage Stevens, Making the Best of Basics

From the Author: “Right out of the gate let me tell you what the book is NOT. It is not a book about fighting off hordes of flesh-eating zombies, should they ever rise from the grave. Nor will it describe how to survive a shipwreck by feasting on coconuts and roasted iguana. Finally, it is not intended to help you survive our planet being sucked into the cosmic fireball affectionately known as our Sun. If you wish to prepare for those types of events, I respectfully suggest that you continue your search for a more suitable text.

This book is designed to help your family prepare for more commonplace, yet still potentially deadly ­disasters. The list is long and varied, and includes hurricanes, tornados, terrorist attacks, earthquakes, pandemics, financial collapse, widespread blackouts, and much more. My hope is that this handbook will accomplish three things: (1) motivate you to become better prepared, (2) illustrate how to prepare effectively, and (3) help you to realize your place in a larger movement.

The handbook is clear and easy to read with more than a hundred photos, illustrations, and worksheets. What makes this book different is that it focuses on practical steps that you and your family can take to become better prepared. At the beginning of each chapter, is an example scenario designed to help you consider your current level of readiness. At the end, are brief lists of recommended supplies.

This handbook will help you to lay out a plan that includes assessing your family’s needs, stocking supplies, shoring up your shelter, leveraging existing resources, mitigating potential hazards, and preparing for likely threats. At the end of your efforts, you will be rewarded with knowing that your family is far better prepared to handle real world challenges.”

Details:

  • Paperback: 430 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace; 2 Upd Exp edition (June 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463531109
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463531102

Handbook to Practical Disaster Preparedness for the Family, 2nd Edition by Arthur T. Bradley is currently available from book stores everywhere as well as the Amazon.com Marketplace.

Special thanks to Arthur T. Bradley for providing a signed copy.

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About The Author: RSOP is the co-founder & Executive Editor of Radical Survivalism Webzine, as well as a Family Preparedness Consultant with nearly five years of personal experience in the self-reliance game. RSOP's many preparedness roles within his own group include team mechanic, head of security, electrician, and project designer/engineer.

Reuters Pegs The Prepper…Poorly

Last week, Reuters’ Jim Forsyth published an article titled “Subculture of Americans Prepares For Civilization’s Collapse” (http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/01/21/us-usa-civilization-collapse-idUSTRE80K0LA20120121) which it seems was intended to shed some light on the motivations of families and individuals who are taking the initiative to become more prepared when a natural or man-made disaster strikes.

My initial thought when reading the title was how nice it would be to finally have the concept of families becoming more self-reliant and less frightened of the idea that bad things sometimes do happen, brought to light via main-stream media. Then more questions came to mind. Why did they use the word subculture in describing preppers? Why did they only mention “civilization’s collapse” in the title when in reality, many of those who prepare for a disaster do so because of highly publicized real-world events such as floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, and tornadoes? Odd indeed.

So, as I began to read, I quickly realized this was not written to open the eyes of those who are unaware of the multitude of potentially devastating global events that could occur in a moment’s notice. This was not about how to become a survivor in the event disaster rears its ugly head in the reader’s community. This was a literary episode of the Jenny Jones show, portraying preparedness-minded families a bit like circus performers sporting big red noses and wearing over-sized clown shoes.

In an attempt to elaborate on the origin of disaster preparedness, Forsyth asserts that, “They [preppers] are following in the footsteps of hippies in the 1960s who set up communes to separate themselves from what they saw as a materialistic society…” While there may be some truth in the idea that the preparedness-minded do think modern society has become blatantly materialistic (it clearly has), that is about the extent of reasonable comparisons between hippies and the vast majority of preppers. Sorry Jim, you missed the mark on this one. Besides, as a prepper myself,  I’d prefer a society that can better withstand the hardships brought forth when an occasional disaster strikes, and bid a fond farewell to the communist & socialist ideologies held in such high regard by our various elected officials and youthful Occupiers.

What Mr. Forsyth either doesn’t seem to understand, or does not care to share with the reader, is that disaster preparedness is about self-reliance, family, community, and taking on some personal responsibility in the modern world. The alternative is essentially to turn a blind eye to reality or just be lazy. Well I have some bad news; the clueless and shiftless have always been, and will continue to be, victims as opposed to survivors, in the event they experience a catastrophic natural or man-made disaster. One only needs to turn to history to see the overwhelming evidence of this reality.

The article goes on to quote former Army intelligence officer, turned disaster preparedness author James Wesley Rawles, who has written fiction and non-fiction books on end-of-civilization topics, including “How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It.” While the quotes are quite relevant to the topic, Forsyth again manages to insult the readership by stating that the Rawles book mentioned above “is also known as the preppers’ Bible.” No, Mr. Forsyth, actually it’s not. It’s a good book, but, there is another that many preppers would refer to as the Bible… That would be The Bible.

It would be wonderful to live to see the day mainstream media finally relays an accurate message describing what preppers are all about; family, traditional values, personal responsibility, and government that answers to its people, just to name a few. But, after reading this article, I think we’ll have to wait a little longer for an accurate, positive portrayal of who we actually are.

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About The Author: RSOP is the co-founder & Executive Editor of Radical Survivalism Webzine, as well as a Family Preparedness Consultant with nearly five years of personal experience in the self-reliance game. RSOP's many preparedness roles within his own group include team mechanic, head of security, electrician, and project designer/engineer.