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‘Own The Night’ DVD Preview

Own the Night: Tactical Training for Citizens Vol I

From the back cover:

“People from all over the country are gathering together to combine their vast array of unique talents to prepare for civil unrest. Meet three of them.

First Lieutenant Harry Golden served his country for 12 years. First deployed for nine months in support of Operation Desert Storm. Later he enlisted Army National Guard and attended Officer Candidate School. He was deployed for 20 consecutive months in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom 3-4 & 5-6. During a six month period while attached to the Second Marine Division, Golden’s 21 troopers of Blackjack Third Platoon 1/104 CAV, 28th ID, earned on Silver Star, three Bronze Stars with Valor, four Bronze Stars and five Purple Hearts for direct combat against al Queda in al Anbar Province, Ramadi, Iraq. Now retired, he lives in the South-West and tends to his flock of chickens.

Dave Womach is a world-class illusionist who has completed multiple world tours, and starred in shows in more than 20 countries.He has headlined on many major cruise lines, and won multiple national and international awards including the Pacific Rim Professional Stage Championship and the Masters of Magic Award. His illusions have been seen on television specials everywhere from the United States to Bangladesh & China. Most recently, he stared in his own show with Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey on a two-year tour. Now he combines his knowledge of misdirection, with the dedication of an artist, all while training for the big fight.

Chet Womach dropped out of college and the highly competitive world of division-one baseball, to make his first million from behind a computer and avoid the corporate conundrum. He immediately founded several private LLCs, and hit the ground running to secure his fortune before the economic collapse. His athletic background set the tone for his work-ethic and drive, as he activated a plan to build a permaculture food forest which will soon feed his neighbors and family. Between running his businesses and tending to his farm and family, he still makes time to train in preparation to protect his neighborhood.”

This is an excellent video for those seeking information and visual demonstration of  the correct methods of employing night vision gear during low-light tactical operations. Useful night time training drills that the viewer can replicate are the core of this particular video. The “VOL I” descriptor suggests this is the first of a series of training videos, and more of the series are yet to come.

The DVD is available directly from ThePrepperProject.com for $49.95. Shipping within the US is free.

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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.

Prepper Planning

Many times, as preppers, we tend to focus on long-term food storage, bug out bags and survival equipment, and all the stuff associated with prepping- which is important- but we don’t always spend as much time and consideration into planning and creating multiple contingency plans for whatever situation may occur. All the canned food and stockpiled ammo in the world will do very little good without a plan on what to do when they become essential to survival.

Hope for the Best, Prepare for the Worst

This may seem elementary in the extreme (of course we’re preparing for the worst, we’re preppers, right?) but it isn’t quite as obvious as it seems. For instance, if your plan is to bug-in, and hunker down to weather out whatever troubles go on from the safety of your fortified home, what would you do if you were forced to leave? At what point would you make the decision to leave? Would you go before the roads became impassable and the streets filled with roaming gangs of thugs or government troops forcing you to evacuate, or would you wait it out until there was no option but to leave, forcing you to fight your way out? When you do leave, where will you go, and how will you get there?

If you are planning on bugging-out, do you have multiple routes planned out to get there in case one, or several roads or highways are cut off or impassable? Do you have enough fuel to get to your destination if there is no gas available to purchase? Are you prepared to walk out, and how long would it take you to reach your BOL by foot?

Know your Surroundings

An important component of your Plan should be to get to know your surroundings as well as possible, and assessing them for both threats and opportunities. In a grid-down situation, a nearby prison could become a leaking sieve of escaping prisoners taking advantage of the resulting chaos to escape and prey on nearby residents for resources for food, equipment, and weapons. Likewise, local stores, warehouses, orchards, or junkyards provide excellent places for foraging for food and supplies- but be aware – there is a very thin line between “foraging” in a survival situation and looting, and usually law enforcement and local vigilantes make no distinction between the two.

Every prepper should know their local area like the back of their hand, able to get from point A to point B by any number of back roads or side streets. In a SHTF situation, it will be imperative to stay off the main roads while martial law is imposed, as well as avoiding getting caught in roadblocks and ambushes. Knowledge of local rivers and having the ability to navigate by boat would also be extremely useful – any means of travel that circumvents the major traffic areas and population centers.

A good way to start doing this is to simply take a weekend drive around town and the surrounding areas, going down the little roads you normally pass by on your way to the store, and see where they lead. You can also usually obtain local and county maps from the chamber of commerce or visitors’ center for free, as well as state road maps from your local state government or department of transportation via their website. Often there are hunting maps and state and federal park land maps freely available too, which give topographical information. These maps could be invaluable tools in a survival situation, and should be included in your bug-out bag.

Have multiple plans ready

Asses the threats specific to your region – natural disasters, locations of nuclear power plants or weapons depots, potential terrorist targets, high density population centers, etc. – and make plans with contingencies specific to each possibility. For instance, in a region like Southern California, a prepper should have plans in place for earthquakes, fires, water scarcity, and anything else which may be specific to their location, as well as general threats like civil unrest and terrorist attacks. You should plan multiple routes of escape, and know where there are safe places to shelter, both at home and also if something happens when you are at work or shopping at the store.

Include your family in the planning process

Make sure every member of your family knows what to do in an emergency situation, and have a communication system in place to be able to reach each of them when a situation develops. Time how long it takes for you to pick up the kids from school and get home, or get from your job to your house. Set up a secondary rally point in a central location if for any reason a family member is not able to make it home, or if communication is cut off. Set up a safe word or phrase which can be used to alert family members that it is not safe to come home if you are being held hostage but can communicate. Most importantly, know each other’s schedules and routes and be sure to communicate any changes in your daily routine quickly to every person in your family. In a SHTF situation, survival will depend on your family working together, functioning and communicating as a unit, rather than being separate and disjointed.

Be flexible

“The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” No plan can completely predict every contingency and take into account every variable. Be prepared to think on your feet and change your plans if the one you’re following does not work out. Sometimes bugging out might be far more dangerous than sheltering in place. Be prepared to be flexible, and exercise situational awareness to best determine your course of action. Historically, the species that have survived are the ones which have learned to adapt to their environment, and have evolved to changing circumstances. We must be ready to do the same if we are to survive as individuals, and as a species.

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About The Author: The Blue Collar Prepper is a project to help working families prepare for a post-collapse world in ways they can afford, preparing and adapting sustainably now and in an uncertain future. Check us out at http://bluecollarprepper.com

The Prepper’s Look at Body Armor

Survival is the principal goal of every species – this is what Charles Darwin said. Obviously, he was right, especially speaking about humans. Human species has seen it all and still remains. But, what if a new global disaster occurs and you will have to take care of your own self and your family? Probably, evolution will be one of the very last things you’ll be thinking about.

Protection Is the Priority

Before you start making sorties, looking for provisions, weapons, clean water, and other essential things, you will have to prepare for one. You can’t go out in the middle of ruin and expect to be completely safe. You can get attacked by other people, who are trying to survive themselves, but have probably lost the understanding of life’s sanctity. You don’t want to fall a victim at hands of some bloodthirsty crazies. This is where proper protection comes in handy.

There’s no better protection for your body, than body armor. Depending on situation, you will benefit from various types of body armor. However, any kind of body protection is better, than nothing. If you have any kinds of athletic pads, they can work as body armor for quite some time. They won’t save from bullets or heavy cold weapons, but they can protect you from fractures, bruises, and a lot of other injuries you can get, when completely unprotected.

Look for the Best Body Armor You Can Get

While athletic pads are better, than nothing, real body armor is the best. Whether you can figure a stab proof body armor set or bullet proof vest, you will be much better protected, than using athletic pads. A helmet would be useful as well. Never stick to the armor you’ve got used to, because you can simply overlook a much better option. The better you are protected, the better are your chances for survival. You can never know who’s going to attack you and what weapon they will use.

Consider Preparing in Advance

The best way to get properly protected is to prepare in advance. There are tons of body armor products available on the market today. Unfortunately, no one has all time in the world, so don’t postpone it for tomorrow, and then for tomorrow, and then for tomorrow, and so on. There are regular retail stores selling body armor of all types and models and there are quite many online stores such as SafeGuardClothing.com with even larger assortments. In other words, only the lazy person thinking of getting prepared for survival won’t spend a day or two on finding the best body armor.

Ask your own self, if you will have a real opportunity to figure a tactical body armor set, when the world falls apart? Probably not, so why not do it today, when you have the funds, the time, and a lot of options? Preparing for survival in advance is a rather smart thing to do.

We’re hearing that the North Korea is about to launch a nuclear bomb to the USA day after day. Who knows – maybe it’s just a verbal threat and a desire to declare of the country’s might or it could be a real thing. And what if it turns out to be the real thing? Perhaps, this is a no-brainer.

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About The Author: Safeguard Armor offers a full range of body armor, from bullet proof vests to ballistic helmets. Visit us at http://www.safeguardarmor.com to see what we have to offer.

Remembering To Keep It In Perspective

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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.

12 Survival Items You May Have Overlooked

From The Prepper Journal | On March 27th, 2013

“When we talk about survival, there are certain items that immediately come to mind. We start with the discussion of beans, bullets and band-aids. This logically flows to having at least a 30 day supply of food, firearms and ammo to defend your home or retreat and medical instruments and supplies to take care of a variety of injuries in an emergency. This gets you the basics and then we talk about extending those provisions to last longer time periods, support more extreme scenarios or to include additional bodies…”

READ MORE:

http://www.theprepperjournal.com/2013/03/27/12-survival-items-you-may-have-overlooked/

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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.

Veteran Soldier And Fellow Prepper Talks Reality

By MainePrepper | From Youtube.com | On July 3rd, 2012

Preppers will die in WROL

“Preppers are going to die… unless they wake up.

In this video, I pull no punches because I care enough about you to tell you just how it is. I realize I may lose some subscribers but that’s not what it’s about to me, it’s about doing the right thing, about living my values and about trying to help. I can’t help unless I speak up about something that is really out of line here in the community.

If I’m wrong, tell me where. If I’m right, you have a choice to make. I hope this 4th of July is a turning point for so many of you.”

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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.

The Standardized Amateur Radio Prepper Communications Plan

Catastrophe Network and The American Preparedness Radio Network (TAPRN) have teamed up to create a Standardized Amateur Radio Prepper Communications Plan. This plan outlines a standard set of frequencies that should be used by all preppers following a catastrophic disaster. These frequencies will serve as a meeting point where information about the event can be shared and actions between like minded preppers can be communicated.

This plan will not and cannot work if it is not widely publicized in the prepper community! All preppers must know and understand these frequencies in order for them to become common meeting points. This is your call to action, if you are a licensed Amateur Radio operator and a prepper, please spread the word about this new communications plan. Tweet about it, blog about it, and most of all…share the document!

Click here to download the latest copy of the Standardized Amateur Radio Prepper Communications Plan.

The following are the frequencies that have been designated by Catastrophe Network and the The American Preparedness Radio Network (TAPRN):

  • 80 Meters – 3.818 MHz LSB (TAPRN Net: Sundays at 9 PM ET)
  • 40 Meters – 7.242 MHz LSB
  • 40 Meters Morse Code / Digital – 7.073 MHz USB
  • 20 Meters – 14.242 MHz USB
  • 20 Meters Morse Code / Digital – 14.073 MHz USB
  • 2 Meters – 146.420 MHz FM
  • 440 (70 cm) – 446.420 MHz FM
  • FRS/GMRS – Channel 4 (462.6375 MHz)
  • CB – Channel 4 (27.005 MHz)
  • MURS – Channel 4 (154.570 MHz)

Aside from the TAPRN nets held on 3.818 and their digital net on 7.073, formal prepper nets will not be held on these frequencies. However, future exercises and drills may be held on-air between preppers and preppers are encouraged to use these frequencies to coordinate activities. Along the same lines, during catastrophes, it is unlikely that a formal net control will be established. The Standardized Amateur Radio Prepper Communications Plan outlines protocols for calling and communicating with other preppers.

Amateur Radio Stations using the Standardized Prepper frequencies of 3.818, 7.242, and 14.242 MHz transmit pertinent information in AM (Amplitude Modulation) mode rather than SSB (Single Sideband) mode so that those with less expensive shortwave receivers that do not receive SSB can still gather pertinent prepper information from the Amateur “Ham” Radio community.

Click here to list your GENERAL location on the map of Standardized Prepper Communications Plan users.


View Prepper Communications Map in a larger map

Plan News and Updates

11/01/2011 – The Plan was downloaded by nearly 1000 people within the first 24 hours. Keep up the good work in spreading the word. This plan will only work if we spread the word and everyone prints a copy for their station. Special thanks to @Hamradio_Ticker, @SelfReliantInfo, @PrepperWebsite, @TalkSouthRadio, @iSurvivalSkills, and @SurvivorJane for spreading the word on Twitter.

11/12/2011 – TAPRN has informed me that their Sunday night digital net is now using CONTESTIA 4/250 mode rather than PSK-31.  Consequently, the Plan has been updated to reflect this change.

12/31/2011 – I have updated the document, with a minor revision to include a © on the document for prosperity purposes. I still want everyone to distribute the document as widely as possible. However, some people have been using the document without giving any credit to Catastrophe Network and even taking credit for creating the document themselves. I also added the document to Scribd and embeded it below. This will make sharing it even easier!

01/15/2012 – I recently received an email from a fellow Amateur Radio Operator by the name of Bart who pointed out to me that Morse code, also known as CW in the Amateur Radio community, should be included in the plan because it is one of the most basic, yet effective and energy efficient modes in existence. My original intent was to include the TAPRN digital frequency as a general purpose “digital” frequency, which would include Morse code, since it is really a very basic digital mode. However, the specific mention of CONTESTA was made beacuse that is what TAPRN used for their Sunday nets. With that said, I would like to state clearly that any digital mode, including Morse code, could be used 7.073 in accordance with the plan. I have updated the plan to reflect this change.

07/03/2012 – TAPRN participation on the digital frequency of 7.073 MHz has been discontinued. This frequency will continue to be used as the standard prepper morse code / digital frequency. In addition, the Standardized Amateur Radio Communications Plan was recently published in a booked entitled “Survival Communications” by John Parnell. Please patronize his books, as they are a great reference book for communications, customized by state! You can find his website at http://www.tutorturtlepress.com/.

08/12/2012 – Non-Amateur Radio channels have been added to the Standardized Amateur Radio Prepper Communications Plan in order to facilitate prepper communications in the non-ham radio bands. The following additions are being made:

  • FRS/GMRS (Family Radio Service/General Mobile Radio Service) Channel 4 (462.6375 MHz) be designated for “prepper” use in local communities.
  • CB (Citizens Band) Channel 4 (27.005 MHz) be designated for “prepper” use in local communities
  • MURS (Multi-Use Radio Service) Channel 4 (154.570 MHz) be designated for “prepper” use in local communities.
  • Amateur Radio Stations using the Standardized Prepper frequencies of 3.818, 7.242, and 14.242 MHz transmit pertinent information in AM (Amplitude Modulation) mode rather than SSB (Single Sideband) mode so that those with less expensive shortwave receivers that do not receive SSB can still gather pertinent prepper information from the Amateur “Ham” Radio community.

09/30/2012 – A 20 meter digital frequency of 14.073 USB and a 70 cm amateur radio frequency of 446.420 FM have been added to the plan. In addition, a map has been added that will allow preppers who plan to use these frequencies to register their general location and their capabilities so that other preppers in the same general area know how to contact each other. Click here to list your location.

Questions or Ideas?

If you have questions or ideas about the Standardized Amateur Radio Prepper Communications Plan or would like to get involved, email me at admin@catastrophenetwork.org

Source: http://www.catastrophenetwork.org/?page_id=446

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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.

The Future of Prepping, The Pantry Is Full, BOB’s Are Ready…What Next?

For most of us our call to prepping came suddenly. A weakness was exposed and we were shocked to find just how vulnerable our families had been, like the left hook you don’t see coming. The early stages are very much a selfish endeavor. Food storage, water collection, stocking supplies, stacking silver and the various other procurements involved in creating your new guard against disaster. Before long and this is subjective to the person, you begin to realize that in order for this effort to be successful it has to happen on a larger scale.

To build and strengthen a community in preparation for whatever may come down the road is the key. Communities are the cornerstone of all civilizations. The fact is we have forgotten to nurture our own. Instead of dealing with social issues, food and shelter we have pawned our responsibilities off on the government. Don’t fool yourself we are all very much responsible for the state of the nation today. So the question is: how do you get a neighborhood to buy into preparing and the work that comes with it?

I Am Liberty is a Podcast about just how to take these steps. There are 6 specific avenues within our community that build a solid base; Mentoring, Community Agriculture, Co Op Business, Bartering and Timebanking and finally secure tangible wealth i.e precious metals. I think it goes without saying that communication, sourcing food, bolstering the local economy and exchanging services and products with those around you are all key elements to building strength within a community.

Unfortunately, there aren’t many out there that are doing any of these things. This is no innovation. We have simply forgotten about nurturing the community. It’s not a new idea we are frankenstiening an old way of life. We call it ReRooting America. It is the next step not only in prepping but in preserving the nation and maybe the world.

I believe this next step in preparedness, this community level preparing is going to wire together other important causes. These very basic functionalities in the community are going to resound with people from all types of beliefs and backgrounds. As the processes evolve each one will require communication within the community. The success of each will build confidence and ownership of not just individual property but of the community as a whole.

Dealing with things like the shooting in Sandy Hook should help you to understand the importance of mentoring. Homes are broken in America. They are creating broken children, children that have to medicate in order to get along in this world and appease their selfish parents. Strong mentors create relationships and outlets for children of broken homes. We all understand the benefits of venting the day’s troubles. Mentoring also broadens the horizons of an otherwise trapped mind.

The world puts tremendous strain on the farming industry, the earth and its resources to produce food far away from the home and deliver it, cheap, to the supermarkets. The government spends billions a year to keep food prices down, then we yell at them for spending too much of our money. We have to begin take responsibility for producing our own food. Community gardens are a great opportunity to meet the people in your neighborhood as well as teach the next generation about food production.

The final pieces of the puzzle all have to do with developing a strong independent local economy. Co Op business is the crux of putting opportunity back into the local economy. Through these varied types of businesses you can create local jobs, local cash flow, and even entrepreneurial opportunities. For instance, if your community garden flourishes, imaging your own community store owned by the people in your community and the funds go back to next year’s crop or to fix ailing infrastructure or even help a family who has fallen on a rough patch.

I chose these ideas because each one releases us a bit from government dependence. Whether you know it or not, we look to the government to solve so many problems for us. Food prices, gas prices, disasters, troubled youth, infrastructure, are just some of the problems we look to the government to solve. We have surrendered our power to deal with these issues now. To survive, we have to take the responsibility back.

Prepping is about being able to self-sustain through whatever the future may bring. Hard times are coming and we have brought some of it on ourselves. It is time to look outside of the bunker and into the future. We must take our efforts to the next level and begin to incorporate our communities into our plans. I believe that if our communities prosper and become self-sustaining, then we can build our future to look and act 7

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About The Author: James Walton is the host of I Am Liberty Check out I Am Liberty live on http://www.prepperbroadcasting.com every Friday at 7ET and on http://www.prepperpodcast.com on Thursdays at 9pm ET http://www.iamliberty.wordpress.com iamlibertyshow@gmail.com

11 Important Skills For Preppers

By Gaye Levy | From Backdoor Survival | On Thrursday, March 7th, 2013

lady with a hammerThere comes a time when every prepper will say enough with all of the food and enough with all of the gear.  I do not know how to adequately articulate what I mean but after a year of seeking out the best stuff at the best price you just might want to stop – at least for awhile – and focus on something else.

When you get to that point – and hopefully a whole lot sooner – you will want to start working on the important skills that will carry your through when faced with hard times.  Today I would like to share my own list of important skills for preppers.

11 IMPORTANT SKILLS FOR PREPPERS

1.  Interpersonal Skills

Interpersonal skills are sometimes referred to as people skills, social skills or communication skills.  But regardless of what you call it, interpersonal skills will dictate your ability to work with others in a positive and productive manner.  By getting along with others, you will be able to build good community relationships and will become known as a responsible and honest person who can be trusted.
Having strong interpersonal or social skills will be invaluable when it comes to bartering for goods or services or for controlling a potentially deadly situation with reason instead of force.

2.  Problem Solving

The ability to think on your feet is going to be critical following a disaster or collapse.  In practical terms, this means that you will need to very quickly evaluate a situation and come up with the best possible coping strategy for surviving under dire if not incomprehensible circumstances.  You will need the ability to assess the risks you face and to act accordingly.

cooking by a campfire3.  Home Arts

Having the ability to cook from scratch, preserve your home-grown food, sew (or mend) your own clothing and maintain a clean and sanitary living environment will be critical to your health and well-being.

In modern times, we have become reliant on others to tend to our basic needs, whether from the supermarket, the mall or even the local power and water company.  Learning to get by on your own without modern conveniences will allow you to live more comfortably and to focus on the more important matter of staying safe.

4.  Perseverance

Perseverance is often described as having the steadfastness to do something despite the difficulty in achieving success.  Hard times or not, this is the skill that will give you the will to keep on going no matter what.  It will allow you to focus on the future – and hopefully better times – rather than staying stuck in the moment when all may not be perfect.
Perseverance is a choice and a habit that will allow you to set small goals that are attainable which will lead to optimism and ultimately a sense of accomplishment.

5.  Frugality

Being careful in the use of resources makes good sense.  This applies not only to consumables but also to the use of time.  Avoiding waste and eliminating costly habits will result in a simpler life, yes, but a life that is more likely to be filled with spiritual abundance.

6.  First Aid

It goes without saying that knowing how to administer first aid can save lives.  Basic wound care, suturing skills and even a knowledge of herbal home remedies can make a difference in whether your loved ones will make it through a crisis.

7.  Gardening

Whether your grow a simple plot of greens or maintain a mini-farm on an acre or two, knowing how to grow your own food will allow you to supplement any food supplies that you have in your pantry.  Learn to work and develop whatever land you have so that you can grow vegetables and fruits that will feed your family and possibly provide edible currency for barter in a SHTF situation.

gardening seeds

8.  Basic Fix-It Skills

Knowing how to pound a nail and operate a hand saw are just two of the many fix-it skills that will help you make repairs once you begin the recovery process.  Plumbing, welding,  electrical and general carpentry skills will always be in demand and will give you a marketable skill that will make you valuable to the community.  (The book Brushfire Plague described this well.)

9.  Defense

Whether you choose a stun gun, pepper spray, a knife or a firearm, get to know your defensive weapon well so that you can defend what is yours in a safe and sane manner.

10.  Compassion for Others

Caring for others when they cannot fend for themselves is the human thing to do.  Following a disaster or collapse, there are going to be people that are vulnerable.  They may be children, they may be elderly or they may simply be lost or separated from their loved ones.

Having the heart and compassion to deal with those that are physically or emotionally hurt is the right thing to do as long as you can do so without compromising your own safety.  Be prepared to deal with the frightened and to assist them in finding their way to safety.

11.  Know Yourself

Acknowledge your strengths and your weaknesses as well as your passions and your fears.   Be strong in your faith and in your willingness to fail as well you willingness and desire to succeed.

THE FINAL WORD

Focusing on skills can provide a welcome break from the sometimes frantic and often times obsessive need to acquire food, gear and supplies.  Taking the time to think through the personal qualities that will guarantee survival is something that we all need to do from time to time.  Doing so will make you realize how much you have that is non-tangible but of great value none-the-less.

Keep in mind, though, that with any list, this is only a start.  With a modicum of thought, many more skills can be added to this list.  How about you – what skills would you add to this list?

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

Gaye

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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.

14 Signs of Poor Mental Health To Consider For Prepping Partners

By SchemaByte | From SchemaByte.com | On Saturday, February 16th, 2013

Armand Gautier [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsOf course you want physically active, skilled prepping partners. You also want someone that’s not going to go nuts after a month of canned food and no sunlight. While this list doesn’t guarantee it, we definitely need to consider mental health as part of network selection criteria.

A lot of preppers go out of their way to make sure they include people with very specific skills in their survival network. That’s commendable, but short-term drills and weekend camping trips don’t indicate that your friends and family will be suitable for close quarter living after TEOTWAWKI.

It’s difficult to separate the over-generalizations of the psychologists from just normal human behavior, especially given that we as a people are unfit mentally as it is. We’re zoo animals, insane by environment, to start with. Nonetheless, some people who get along in the world we live in now probably won’t be able to function in the more difficult world after a significant event. Some people just don’t deal with stress well, and others just cover up the crazy they’ve been growing inside.

It’ll be far easier to survive with reasonable, rational people – no matter the skill sets involved. Per the Mayo Clinic, most mental illnesses don’t get better on their own even without a disaster. Certainly, suggest to people that they seek to improve their state through nutrition, exercise, meditation, and counseling, but don’t count on that happening down the road. Mental fitness is harder to acquire than physical fitness.

Here’s some quick tips on signs your potential prepping partners won’t be very pleasant post-apocalyptic roommates.

5 Indications the Potential Prepping Partner is Easily Stressed

Look for indicators that the person is continually stressed as it is; clearly if so you should be concerned about their resilience in extreme circumstances.

  1. Nervous mannerisms like continually biting the fingernails or tapping a pen demonstrate stress (or perhaps too much caffeine). If you’ve never seen the person just relaxed without alcohol or something else being involved, be wary.
  2. Sweating or shaking also indicate short-term stress, and if that’s always happening then there’s cause for concern.
  3. Continually abrasive behavior like excessive aggression, crying, and impatience are behavioral indicators of short-term stress. So is restlessness, although that’s perhaps not abrasive.
  4. Decreased immunity to seasonal illnesses like colds and flu is a symptom of long-term stress.
  5. Long-term physical illnesses like hypertension and asthma can be associated with long-term stress, but could be due to other reasons.

9 Indications of Possible Mental Illness in Prepping Partners

Don’t stop there though. Make sure you don’t have someone who’s already losing it on your hands.

  1. Look for drug or alcohol abuse, which is often associated with mental illness and at least indicates an inability to cope with the world as it is now. On top of things possibly turning quite nasty if an addict can’t get a fix.
  2. Listen for continual inability to cope with life’s daily challenges, a sign of mental illness. Look especially for signs of this increasing, which is an indication of a corresponding psychological problem gaining dominance.
  3. Pay attention to wild mood swings (manic behavior) and grandiosity, which generally indicate instability.
  4. Long term depression, sadness, or irritability is an indicator of mental illness and of course would be an ugly thing to live with.
  5. Confused thinking or the inability to concentrate, when continually present, can be a sign of mental health issues.
  6. Extreme fear, anxiety, and anger is another indicator of mental illness and also indicates that the person is hardly able to deal with the unrealized and possible threats, much less the real deal. These are, in my opinion, the people most likely to become violent with provocation.
  7. Social isolationism is given by WebMD and the Mayo Clinic as a sign of mental illness, but of course keep in mind that preparedness includes a high degree of privacy for operational security – don’t confuse the two. For the most part, keep an eye out for increasing isolationism but don’t automatically exclude introverts.
  8. Unexplained physical problems, especially when there are many of them, is a common theme among the mentally ill.
  9. Continual fatigue is an indicator of mental illness or a physical health problem, also a sign that the person won’t be able to cope with the higher physical demands of complete self-sufficiency if they become necessary.

There’s of course a lot of other behavior and tendencies that are repugnant, even if the potential prepping partner will be able to mentally function. It’s best to get to know people extremely well before you agree to joining up efforts, providing Get Out of Dodge backup plans for each other, and disclosing your preps.

Resources & More Reading

  1. Mental Health Warning Signs – webmd.com
  2. Mental illness: Symptoms – mayoclinic.com
  3. Coping with the causes of stress can help you avoid the physical symptoms of stress – essortment.com
  4. How to Spots Signs of Mental Illness – ehow.com
  5. Signs of Mental Illness & the Family – fultoncountyga.gov
  6. Signs and Symptoms of Stress – stresscourse.tripod.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.