Situational Awareness

01 October, 2017 is a day that will go down in the history books as just another day that brought temporary shock and awe to the people of this great nation. I say temporary simply because the horror of the moment has passed on into memory for most people. On that day, one Stephen Paddock opened fire upon a massed crowd of concert goers some 490 yards away from the Mandalay Resort hotel in Las Vegas Nevada.

Firing from the 32nd floor into a concert venue some 490 yards away, the concert goers at the annual Harvest County music festival would have been like fat juicy fish in the bottom of a barrel. Paddock allegedly fired hundreds of rounds into the crowd at a rapid rate of fire, assisted by what is called a “bump stock”.  This device allows a semi-automatic rifle to be fired at speeds comparable to a fully automatic weapon.

The poor souls attending the country music concert didn’t have a clue as to what was in store for them that day, and as the shooting continued, blended into one solid mass of pure panic. But I’m not here to dissect the shooting and give my two cents worth on it; I’m here to talk about something called “situational awareness” or SA.

SA is often hyped by many gurus in the pepper/survivalist world as a skill that takes months if not years to develop. This however is not really true. SA is something that is innate in most humans. Unfortunately, we have become so urbanized and lazy that skills like this one have become buried into the farthest reaches of our memory banks. This is too bad because many of our trips into other places besides our home can be enhanced and made more enjoyable, as well as safer if we could only awaken this hidden skill.

The skills of SA become more acute as we use them more and more. Without going into a long drawn out textbook discussion of this mental exercise, let me simply say that situational awareness simply means being mentally and physically aware of the situation you are in.

How do we do this? In the greater aspect, we need to take a position that when we are going to any given site, we examine the place we are going to for any and all possible threat potential. Smart preppers and security minded people will take the added step of pre-reconnaissance of any event venue for additional information that can help you determine threats as well as ways to avoid and escape from any given threat.

Most event flyers and websites will provide you with a seating plan which helps you decide how much ticket to buy and where you will be sitting with that ticket. These diagrams also give you an idea of where the entry and exit doors are and sometimes other architectural elements that you will need to be aware of. Use this knowledge to develop a way of escaping from and lessening and threat factors. Try to be seated as close to an exit path as possible for quick egress from a situation.

Learn where any safety barriers might be placed as these barricades may be useful to hide behind. One of the things we saw in the many shared videos of the Vegas Massacre was images of people trying to find cover. Granted, due to the angle of fire in this situation, it was a difficult to actually find full protection, but in more cases than not, these shootings occur from a ground level, and therefore the barricades make better protection.

Try to be constantly scanning the area you are in for suspicious looking people. When at the mall, especially in food courts, this is very important.  The threat you face may not be a shooter, but a simple pick-pocket. People that are up to no good are always also scanning the area they are in. The exception here is they are not looking for a threat from someone intent on harm, they are looking for security personnel that may be there looking for a criminal.

Know where the doors are to any building you visit. Entry ways can also be exits in an emergency, even though the doors may be physically marked or built to only allow traffic in one direction. One tip here is that all modern building codes require doorways to be opened to allow for exiting any building in the event of a fire, even without power. Usually, you just need to push on a closed door to open it, even if the crash bar is locked. All commercial doors must open outwards, one way or another.

When in a restaurant, sit in such a way that you can observe the entryways and other doors. Don’t choose a table that may be in an alcove, cozily hidden away for a discreet meal. Such a choice may well trap you and prevent escape should some nut case open fire where you are.

The list goes on and I’ll cover more in another post, but just remember that public places make for welcoming venues for these glory seeking shooters. These people are generally interested in taking out as many people as they can, and go into these events with the intent that they will themselves be shot. To some people, there is glory and recognition in death.

Situational awareness is a key factor in our potential for survival in the long term. More often than not we are actually practicing SA, and aren’t even aware of it. Become aware of it and develop this skill to its fullest extent. Till the next time, be prepared and survive the times!

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Survival Times Today. What’s it all about, and what am I about?041010_0030_TheEndTimes1.jpg

It’s been some time since I’ve posted here on a regular basis, but that’s changing. For a long time I hung out on Facebook, doing the social networking thing. That didn’t work out so well. Over the last year and a half or so, as the presidential races heated up, and the Zuck’s choice for el Presidente was rejected in favor of the Trump machine, it became intolerable. I found that more and more, things of a conservative as well as a libertarian nature were being squelched.

Towards the end, even some of my posts were deleted, as well as comments I had made on other timeline, and there was absolutely no record of this occurring on my activity file. It was as though I had never even posted the material. That’s the power of a despotic environment for you. The liberals got free rein to spread all the crap they want to, but conservative leaning entries were censored for “fake news” content and removed if the material didn’t suit the censorship algorithms.

So I signed out of the Facebook indoctrination scam. I closed my pages and am back to writing on my blogs where I can write unfettered by the requirement to be polite and submissive to the progressive domination that seems to permeate nearly all things entertainment related. But that’s enough of that; let’s get back to the original question. What is this blog all about?

I hold several positions when it comes to what I believe things should be as far as politics and life in general. Let me state my position(s) by saying I am first a Christian, second an American and thirdly I am a fervent libertarian. If you’re reading this and you’re a left wing snowflake, perhaps you’d better be on your way. My opinions and my writing reflect these three positions, and I will not apologize nor back down from any of these positions. Survival Times Today will be focused on developing your survival skills in light of ongoing developments to our declining American culture(s). We live in an ever-changing world, and face threats from numerous directions.

Last week’s massacre in Las Vegas was just one of many ongoing threat/danger situations we have to deal with. Kim Jong Un of North Korea is threatening this nation with a nuclear warhead. Isis and other Islamic factions are continuously wreaking havoc in a growing number of countries and cities around the world. We’ll be taking some peeks at many of these events and how they can affect our survivalist and preparedness planning. There are many rumors floating around, including one that makes the claim that NoKo (North Korea) potentially has an ICBM that can reach New York City. This would be a very bad thing if true.

Then again, we have the Vegas Massacre that still poses many questions, but few real answers, and that leads to much speculation. How do we prepare for this sort of thing that springs out at us from nowhere? A better question is: can we prepare for a massacre styled shooting like this?  Simply answered, no. there is no way to prepare for it simply because of the randomness and emotional horror such a shooting presents. We can however prepare to react to such an event.

Successful survival depends upon many things, from prior preparation for an event to the aftermath of that event. Perhaps the most important aspects, however, are those involving our reaction to any given threat. The greater portion of mankind tends to hold to what I call the “fight or flight theology”. By that I mean to say that these two options, fighting back or running away, are the only two options most people ever think about.

There are other options, as well as tactics to make those options viable that I’ll get into at another time. But for now, we need to cool our heels as we wait for facts to evolve about this Bannock person. There are too many questions I need to have answered before discussing such an event with true clarity.

In my mind, the threat of civil unrest is probably the greatest overall threat most people need to be aware of, especially since so many of those from the left wing political arena seem so intent upon fomenting such a divisive and combative environment in this nation. Close investigation of many of today’s riotous events involving minority protests are actually provoked and directed by operators with globalist visions. Their goal is to divide and destroy America, and leave it to be controlled by the UN. That would be Federalism at the global level.

Well, that’s enough for now. I’ve read that when a blog gets beyond a few hundred words long people tend to lose interest and drift off. Subscribe to get all of my posts here on Surviving the Times, and make sure you bookmark and share the page with others.  I’ll pick up with this train of thought again in a couple of days.

Back In The Saddle

Posted: 08/10/2017 in Uncategorized

Hey everyone. It’s been a long time since I last posted hear, but I’m baaacckkk! I hope you’ll bookmark my blog and share with others.

I’m going to share tips gripes and stories that will make you mad as well as preparing yourselves and your family for the coming tribulations.

I’ll be back in a day or two with some great info!

040310_0154_TheSOGPower1.jpgTo begin with today’s post, I will repeat the last paragraph of my last post: The bottom line here is that if your roots are not healthy and strong, neither will your tree of life be. Make sure the roots of your preparedness planning are strong, and diverse enough to withstand any potentially devastating event.

As we look at the illustration of the tree of life and survivalism, we find that there are several ingredients that  allow a tree to become big and strong, living life to its fullest expectancy. One of those criteria requires that the tree have a strong and healthy root system, so too must our preparedness and survival planning also have a strong root system.

One of the trends I have witnessed over the last few years in this arena is the marketing of gimmickry and neat gadgets to the prepper community. They may be cool items and we are all too frequently drawn to them because of what we think they may provide us in terms of disaster readiness, but they do not replace good old fashioned common sense preparedness.

For instance, one company is promoting a combo-tool type of product that will supposedly allow you to survive any disaster, against all odds. At least that is what the advertising leads you to believe. However, reality says that while it is a neat gadget, it does not do anything better than the tools you probably already have at hand, and in fact will most likely be less than able to compete with what you already have when the crap hits the fan.

Why is that? Well, one of the things i have learned about multi-tool gadgets is that while they may look cool, and perform a lot of tasks, it cannot perform any one task better than a tool that was specifically designed to do that task. In other words, while the gadget might be able to get you out of a quick bind, will it do the job better, and will it do the job longer that a tool that was designed for the job? The answer is simply; of course not.

Don’t get me wrong here, i am not against using multi-tools, and in fact own a few myself. Nevertheless, I do not rely upon them as my main survival tools. I use them as quick fixers in a situation where i just do not feel like getting out the big guns. When I want the job done right, I use the right tool. They might get you out of a jamb, but they will not carry you through a long-term survival situation.

Imagine if you will a widespread devastation and the world goes dark. No power, no fuel, no job, no cash, and even if there was, no place to buy anything. You can cook food and sterilize water by boiling it over a fire. Imagine cutting enough wood to live by with one of those little muti-tool  saw blades. See what I mean about planning? Do not get caught up in the gimmickry of today’s marketing and expect these quick fix items to be you main solution in any preparedness and survival situation.

Collect an ample assortment of real tools to do the job with for when the unexpected actually happens. Use your workshop as one of your roots to grow your tree of survival.

Roots, the base of all life

071011_2337_Survivingth6.jpgIn my last post, I touched upon new beginnings and the differences/similarities between preparedness and survivalism. Today, I want to look at some of the base concepts that fuel each stage of reaction that we take in this process we call preparedness.

Many years ago, I came to realize that while much of what we see and hear through various media outlets is just plain fruitcake talk. Nevertheless, I also realized there is indeed an aura of “conspiracy” that attaches itself to at least a small portion of this rhetoric. Moreover, upon investigation, we can see that there is indeed something going on behind closed doors, and we do have cause to fear for our futures.

Whether you believe in any one of the seemingly endless theories floating around or not, the world around us is indeed involved in what seems to be a slow speed crash and burn cycle. It has happened before, in various stages of extent, and if we are smart, we will examine these prior crashes and learn from them as we prepare for the coming times.

Let us take the last “great depression” as it has been named. In fact, there have been times when the economy has been worse for this nation, but this long standing event can teach us the most recent lessons to be learned.  Take a moment and consider who survived this era the best.

There were actually two groups of people who came out as last best survivors of that economic collapse, and these groups were millionaires, and those who had land and business interests that were of a sustainable nature. By using the term sustainable here, I am not talking about the corrupted definition that the enviro-worshipers use today, but the classic definition which simply means; able to be maintained. For instance, many of today’s businesses are wildly successful, but in the event of a collapse, can those businesses continue on in a successful manner?

For example, telemarketing call centers are good places to make a quick buck, and they can provide you with a good income, but look into their history and see how many of them enjoy a well grounded platform that they can use to continue on from should some major event bring the world to a halt. There are none that I am aware of that could continue to provide you with an income should something cause an environment to occur where they would not be able to function.

Telemarketing relies upon telephone service, but if we get hit with a large-scale and widespread EMP event, manmade or otherwise, would these companies be able to continue operations? The answer is of course, no. No telephones, no telemarketing. It is a simple concept, and yet many people fail to see the significance of this concept in real terms.

For us to rely upon one single source of income leaves us in a situation whereby we have nothing, should that source of income suddenly become interrupted. Therefore, part of our preparedness planning needs to include an ability to have a secondary source of income.  This does not mean that we need to have two jobs, but that we need to have skill sets that allow us to have alternative means of income production  that will allow us to pay our bills and put food on the table when things go belly up.

No matter what the financial condition is, some means of transfer of wealth needs to used if we are to survive, long-term.  We are used to the presence of cash for that wealth exchange, and many are foolish enough to pretend that credit can be used for that exchange. If we need a pound of flour to make a loaf of bread to feeds our hungry family, where do we get that flour? We have to buy it, or we have to
grow and process our own wheat to obtain that pound of flour.

To buy it, we need money, and if the government fails, there is no money, since money today is merely a promissory note based upon the government’s good word, and nothing more. We call that fiat currency, and many of us believe that this fiat currency may well be soon coming to an end. The alternative is to barter some tangible goods or service we have for that flour.

Herein lays the rub of survivalism, those who have, survive, those who have not merely exist, and are destined to fail. If we study the last great depression, we learn that the only people who survived with any degree of self-respect were millionaires, simply because they had enough tangible wealth whereby they were able to buy themselves survival with extremely debased currency.  And there were those who had land and businesses that provided necessary commodities that everyone else had to have, i.e. food clothing, shelter and other absolute needs for survival. Everyone else had to make do with what they had, and for far too many, this was nothing.

The bottom line here is that if your roots are not healthy and strong, neither will your tree of life be. Make sure the roots of your preparedness planning are strong, and diverse enough to withstand any potentially devastating event.