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Radio Scanners are a Good Intelligence Source for Preppers

radio scannersI currently have a couple of radio scanners and feel that at least in the early stages of major civil disruptions or natural disaster they can be very useful.  You can listen to local fire, EMS, police and gather information on what it happening around you in real time.  In rapidly changing situations, this can be very helpful.  Imagine a wildfire, listening to the firefighters in real time can let you know if the fire is approaching your home or BOL well before an evacuation notice is announced. If there are riots in you’re area radio scanners can let you know what areas to avoid.…

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Safes, The Wrong ones are Worse than Useless

safes

A good quality gun safe

Recently it seems like there have been many burglaries in our area.  In fact, one of our friends was a victim.  In his case they stole a large gun safe that was located on the second floor.  They got it downstairs and loaded it in a vehicle and got clean away.  In this case, the safe was not properly anchored to the floor.

Because of my years as an arson and bomb investigator, I have seen many examples of safes failing in fires or being burgled prior to the fire.  The majority of people did not have their valuables stored correctly. …

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My Take On The Terrorist Attack in Southern California.

terrorist attackSince I have been slowed down, I got to watch all the news of the terrorist attack that occurred in San Bernardino yesterday morning.  The information that comes from the mainstream media is a mishmash of truth and speculation.  They use speculation and rumors to keep the public from facing much of the truth.

It amazes me how scared they are to face the truth and simply call it a terrorist attack.  Instead, they keep trying to make it a workplace attack or some weird combination of both. They have downplayed the fact that the wife was an immigrant.  From watching the news, it appears she was from either Saudi Arabia or Pakistan. …

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Refugees Over Run Germany, From an Expat’s Prospective

refugeesThis is a letter from Germany describing the refugee problem that they now face.  This letter comes from what I believe is a reliable source and should give us some idea of what can occur here during a refugee crisis.  Remember refugees can be from external or internal areas.  This description could apply if the refugees were from large urban areas and they were desperate.

Howard

Life in Germany Today Is Getting Dangerous!

A perspective from an ex pat living in Germany for the last 30 years.  Interesting considering she is a musician with left leaning politics. —

My dear family,

You can’t imagine how life here in Germany has changed.…

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Protecting Your Home or Camp with Early Warning Systems, Part 2

The other day I wrote post on Protecting Your Home or Camp with Early Warning Systems.  As a result of this post, I received quite a few questions on how to implement the various systems.  Since there seems to be a lot of interest in this area, I am writing a more detailed post to explain some of the suggestions in more detail as well as add a few new ones.

For the purposes of this post I have made no efforts to camouflage anything in the pictures, in fact I have done just the opposite and tried to make them more visible. …

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Protecting Your Home or Camp with Early Warning Systems

early warning sytems

A good dog can be both an early warning system and a deterrent.

In a real emergency, it doesn’t matter whether you are bugging in or out, you may need to be warned of intruders.  Today many of us sit at home with the doors locked, window closed and air conditioning keeping the temperature under control.  After a disaster, we may have to keep all our window open, to try to stay cool.  This eliminates some of the security we normally have.  If you have people, who are trying to take advantage of the situation by looting you may need to rig up some early warning systems.…

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10 Last Minute Things to Do Before Teotwawki

10 last minute thingsIf you are watching the news and following events you know that the country could be in major crisis with very little notice. Now this is why we all prep, so that we can handle the unexpected. But suppose you have a few hours notice, what are the 10 last minute things that are most important.

1. Contact your friends and family and let them know what is happening. Get the kids out of school, get home from work, in other words get your group together.
2. If you are bugging out to a stocked retreat, load the car, fuel up and leave now.…

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How to Choose a Good Campsite

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People can walk right by a well hidden campsite.

It seems that these days the internet is filled with articles about bugging out.  It sounds like a large number of you have decided that this is a better cause of action than bugging in.  That very well may be the best choice for you.  The question is where, are you bugging out too.  Do you have a bug out location that is stocked and ready or are you going to be one of many looking for a semi permanent campsite.

If you are among the group that will be looking for a campsite here are some suggestions that may help you.…

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A Few simple Tricks to Enhance Your Personal and Home Security

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A well lit home deters break ins

Because of something that recently happened to a friend of mine, the subject of personal and home security has been on my mind quite a bit lately.  Over the years, I have posted several articles on various ways of securing your home against break-ins.  Here are a couple of links that will give you some suggestions on how to secure your home, How to avoid being the victim of burglarsDogs for Security and Why You Should Have One, Pick the Neighborhood in Which You Live Carefully.

In addition to the above information on home security, I recently came across a couple of new ideas. …

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Hacking by Governments or Criminals has Become a Real Threat

hackingHacking is now a danger that we can’t over look. Due to the ineptitude of our government, it seems that any of our information that is on the governments computers is now available to China, Russia and any other country or criminal that wants it. The recent hacking of the Federal employee database is a good example. The Hacking of Federal Data Is Much Worse Than It First Seemed. It has been revealed that all of the information that was gathered to provide security clearances for millions of current and former military and intelligence workers is now in the hands of Chinese hackers.…

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