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Your Car is Caught in a Flash Mob, What Do You Do?

Your Car is Caught in a Flash Mob, What Do You Do via Preparedness Advice

Todays post is written by my friend, Ed, on what to do if you are caught in a flash mob or surprise protest while driving.

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You are driving with your family in a rented car in a foreign country on vacation.  You make a wrong turn and find your vehicle and other cars around you swarmed by demonstrators. Car windows start being broken out and down the block you see Molotov’s being thrown.

What do you do?  If you just hit the gas and run folks over, depending on ground clearance of your vehicle you will move only a short distance before getting high centered on bodies.…

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A Serious Safety Issue with Many Newer Cars

newer carsThe other day I received this information from a friend.  It involves the manner in which the door locks work on many of the newer cars.  I feel that this is a serious safety issue that could put someone’s life at risk.  First, here is the article my friend sent me followed by some additional information I found.

“Some car models, at least newer GM products, will unlock the doors when you stop and put the car into park… For the second time in a few months, I have a rental car as a result of flying to an event.  To make things worse, much as I like this Impala, there is no owner’s manual with it, so I can’t tell if there is a way to unscrew that.  …

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You Need a Gray Man Bug Out Vehicle

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Nice, but attracts way too much attention.

It seems like when some preppers start to think about a bug out vehicle, the first thing they want is a large four wheel drive, armored and camouflaged tank.  Something that looks like it came out of a mad max movie.  Me I want something that blends in, I want a gray man vehicle.

Now that does not mean that the vehicle won’t meet my needs, it just won’t attract a lot of attention.  There are many good choices for a bug out vehicle including pickups, SUV and vans that can meet your needs.…

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Vehicle lights and Avoiding Surveillance

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Turn off your dome lights and don’t forget the dash lights

During my years as an arson investigator, I had the chance to do a fair amount of surveillance and sneaking around. Most people were fairly easy to follow and did not pay attention to what went on around them. Now whether you are following someone or are trying to avoid being seen, there is one change we should all consider making to our vehicle lights in case of TEOTWAWKI.  That is retake control of the lights in our vehicle.

For example, dome lights that come on automatically every time you open the door. …

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Winterize your Home and Preps

winterizeIt is November and we haven’t had much snow in the Sierra’s, all least for now the drought seems to be continuing.  However, the weather has been quite cold the last few days.  Some things indicate that the El Nino that is occurring in the Pacific could bring heavier than normal rains to Southern California. In other parts of the country, I see  strange weather patterns occurring.  I really don’t know what is going to happen, but get ready for the worst and hope for the best.  If you live in the northern hemisphere now is a good time to winterize your home and preps.…

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The Problems of Bugging Out and Freeways

problems of bugging outThis morning I have been thinking about traffic jams and the problems of bugging out, because of an incident that happened yesterday.  There was another large wildfire about 15 miles from where I live.  It started alongside the freeway in several different locations over a two or three mile stretch.  At that time, I was traveling from my son business to my home and could see the smoke up the freeway.  So having family and friends living in that direction, I decided to drive up the freeway to see exactly where the fire was located.

At the time I did not have a radio scanner with me and had no good information other than, I could see a very large column of smoke. …

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A Gray Man Vehicle, Why you Need One

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A nice truck, but people remember it.

The other day I saw a prepper driving what he calls his bug out vehicle.  It is a nice older four-wheel pickup.  But it is painted in camouflage and stands out like a sour thumb.  It has extra lights, antennas and gas cans and attracts attention everywhere he goes.  What he really needs is a gray man vehicle.  The vehicle he is driving is a target.

A gray man vehicle does not stand out and draw attention.  It may be an older four-wheel drive pickup or SUV that is in good mechanical condition and is painted an ordinary color. …

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Tire Repair for preppers

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This is a tire repair kit for plugging holes without dismounting the tire.

When there is no electricity and one of your truck tires has a puncher and is flat, what do you do?  Years ago, when the tires contained inner tubes and everybody had a old hand operated tire pump in their garage it was not as much of a problem.  So how do you handle a tire repair after TEOTWAWKI.

Hopefully the tire has a small hole that you can locate without dismounting the tire from the rim and you have a tire repair kit for plugging holes.  If you do, it is not hard to repair the tire. …

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If You Have to Bug Out, What do You take?

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Don’t over load you vehcile

 

In yesterdays post I talked about bugging in and how that would probably be the first choice for many of us.  As I said yesterday, the point at which I bug out from my home will be the point at which it is more dangerous to stay than leave.

For some people who have a bug out location already set up that is easy to get to, this may not be much of a problem.  But unfortunately, most people don’t have a well stocked bug out location or the skills to live off the land without one. …

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Get Home Bags Should be a Work in Progress

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Yesterday I spent part of the day helping a young man build some get home bags for his family.  Now get home bags are designed for one purpose, to help you home during an emergency.  The content of each bag depends on how far from home you travel.

If you never travel more than a few miles from home and the area in which you live has a moderate climate and the walking is easy, your get home bag can be very small.  If you travel a lot and it would take you several days to get home, your kit should be much larger.…

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