Some Thoughts on What to Do in an Active Shooting situation

shootingThe shooting that occurred in Orlando Florida has been on my mind ever since I heard about it yesterday.  It clarified some thoughts that have been going through my mind for some time now.  First let me express my condolences to the families of the victims, I feel for them.  Second, let me express my contempt for the radical Muslims and the fellow travelers in our current administration who aid and abet them.

Now the next section may make some people upset with me.  But these are the thoughts that have been going through my mind.  First the government programs teach that if you are caught in an active shooter situation to run, hide or fight in that order. …

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16 Things You Need to Know When Caught in a Panicky Crowd or Riot

riotWhat happens if you are stuck in a large riotous crowd?  Now this can be the result of an evacuation or bug out situation or just riots for any one of many reasons.  Now back in the early seventies I was working undercover and got caught in a couple of the anti war riots that occurred during this period.  I even ended up on the wrong side of a police line, not the right place to be.

riotLast night I was watching a movie and they showed the people traveling in a large panicky crowd.  Our heroes made several dumb moves, first they tried to drive through a crowd having the only running vehicle.  …

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Emergency Homeless Shelters and Other Hacks built by Paul Elkins

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He used recycled fluted plastic signs, old plywood and a bicycle to build this shelter.

About 5 years ago, I wrote an article on homeless shelters developed by an inventor named Paul Elkins.  His emergency homeless shelters can be built for about $100.00 and will keep you warm and dry.  Now I had rather forgotten about him until I ran across information on a small camper he has built to tow behind his bike.  He has been traveling all over the country in it.

He spends his time building all kinds of inventions many of which could be useful to preppers. …

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A list of Seven Problems that Older Preppers Face.

problems that older preppers faceThe older I get the more I see problems that older preppers face. I know you all plan to be that rare exception that is still walking long distances in your 90’s and not taking any medication.  Unfortunately, that does not happen to most of us.  Most of us end up facing some type of serious limiting medical problems.  Many of us are dependent on medications, have mobility problems or cognitive problems.  Even if you are that rare exception, you don’t know what will happen tomorrow.

I recently wrote an article about Some Helpful Tips for Older Preppers.  Now today’s list is a bit different it provides information about preppers who are having problems that are more serious and are more limited physically.…

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How to Repair Fasteners on Field Gear and Clothing

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Sewing supplies

Hopefully you have stocked up on a good selection of sewing supplies.  So you look in your supplies and find a zipper repair kit.  Instead of having to rip out the old one, which you may or may not have a replacement for, you can save time and money by replacing what is wrong with it.  I don’t know about you, but it’s hard to replace zippers in coats and jackets, even in jeans.

These are some of the types of kits, I found on the internet:

  • Zipper kit for; outdoor gear like tents, backpacks and tents
  • Zipper kit for: clothing
  • Zipper kit for; tab replacement
  • Ezy zipper Glide; helps with sticky zippers
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Zipper repair kits

Now this is just one example of how you can solve a problem with a little bit of preplanning. …

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The Problems of Velcro on Tactical Gear




It seems like a lot of the tactical gear and camo uniforms that are currently available use a lot of Velcro? Now new Velcro has it place for some uses it is quick and convenient.  But it’s also noisy, and when the going gets real dirty and muddy, it just doesn’t stick together anymore.

Personally, I try to avoid gear that uses Velcro.  On uniforms, I prefer buttons.  The stay closed, don’t catch on strange surfaces and last longer.  On tactical equipment I prefer the plastic squeeze clips like on surplus M16 magazine pouches and the square 2 quart canteen covers. …

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Canteens are an Important Part of Your Field Gear


A two quart military canteen with it cover and carrying strap

After a disaster whether you are bugging out or just scouting around your neighborhood, you will need to carry water.  You never know what may happen that will keep you away from home a bit longer than you expect.  Now Camelbaks are great, but there are other canteens that I like and that are readily available.

I like the 1 and 2 quart US Military canteens.  I have used them for many years without a problem.  The two quart is a plastic canteen that is designed to hook on to your gear or be carried with a shoulder strap. …

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Get Inexpensive Preps by Going to Yard Sales

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My new water tank

I love this time of the year, its spring and the yard sales are starting.  Every year I add to my preps for pennies on the dollar.  Last week I bought a good Alice pack complete with fame and all the straps, plus a pistol belt, canteen and a small pouch for the total sum of $10.

This morning I bought a 300-gallon water tank with most of the piping to hook it up to rain gutters for $50.  A great buy, since it had only been used for fresh water at a couple of home shows. …

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12 Ways to Stay Cool During Hot Summers

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Old brick home with high ceilings and double hung windows

The other day we had lunch in Grass Valley in a building that was constructed in the 1860’s.  Now it was a fairly hot day but the building was cool even with the windows open and no air conditioning.  This got me to thinking about what people did to stay cool in hot weather in the past.  After all air conditioning has only been available to most people for the last 50 years or so.

I have spent some time in Arizona and Nevada and one thing that I have noticed is that many of the newer homes and other buildings are so dependent on air conditioning you would have to break the windows to get outside ventilation. …

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Venezuela Style Martial Law, Is It Coming to the United States?

VenezuelaAlan Greenspan on Thursday May 26 told Fox News that Venezuela is now under martial law and that “America is next.” He said that what was happening in Venezuela was inevitably going to take place in the US.  Former Reagan budget director David Stockman on Wednesday told Neil Cavuto the U.S. could be on the verge of a market economic collapse.

So that brings up the question what is happening in Venezuela.  Well for preppers this may very well prove to be a good primer of what can happen here.  They are already having food shortages, riots, chaos and looting.  I would not be surprised if within a few days the army is shooting the rioters and looters in the street. …

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