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The newspapers and television stations we get our current news from have a propensity to label every storm that comes down the road the greatest disaster since whenever. It is true that we have some terrific storms, but how do we really classify them as disasters? Many of the so-called greatest disasters of today become minuscule in tragedy compared to disasters of yesterday.

Hurricane Katrina was called the worst disaster since whenever, but the reality is that the hurricane that wiped out 1,836 people back in 2005. But the 1928 Okeechobee hurricane  caused more real damage, taking many more lives than Katrina did. The damage was just as extensive, but because costs have risen so much over the decades due to the decline in the value of currency worldwide, Katrina cost much more in cash to recover from.

Do not take me the wrong way here, Katrina was a tragedy, but in real terms, it was in fact a tragedy that really might have been prevented. However, that was then, Sandy Hook has come and gone and we wait with tingling buttocks the next media fed disaster of the century.

Let us look at our own disaster levels, and prepare for them by creating plans for each of the different levels of disaster. I have developed a personal tiered system of five levels of disaster/preparedness that we should be ready for. You can develop your own system as you see fit, but please develop prepping goals that help you achieve a permanent survival plan in case the worst does come to pass.

Here are my five stages:

  • Stage 1; Stage 1 is the simplest, and least stressful of prepping events. This would include any situation involving no more than one night without your usual or normal infrastructure in place. This could involve a thunderstorm creating a blackout of just a few minutes to a 24-48 hour time frame. At this point, you will be consuming the food in your refrigerator first, as it is likely to thaw and spoil in just a couple of days.

 

  • Stage 2; Stage 2 is a little more complex, with your infrastructure being interrupted for up to one week to a month. By day three you should have cleaned out your refrigerator, and begun to consume the contents of a deep freeze if you have one. Store bought canned and dry food in your pantry will be consumed at this point. You will want to save MRE’s and long-term food supplies for stage three and beyond. Batteries will likely have been used up by this point, and you would be on alternative lighting such as oil lamps, etc. cooking will be done with camp stoves, so you would need plenty of fuel on hand for this stage.

 

  • Stage 3; Stage 3 is a duration of from one month to a six months or so. You would have consumed all fresh foods long before the beginning of this stage, and would be utilizing your short-term storage foods such as canned goods and may have begun your MRE  program. Availability of foods and fuels in the marketplace is no longer an option, as there likely is no marketplace to speak of. Your fuel may be gone, and you would be utilizing wood for heating and cooking. The smart prepper would have developed a solar lighting scheme to recharge batteries for lighting and other needs.

 

  • Stage 4; Stage 4 is a period of from six months to one year. This is the time frame in which you would have mentally sat back and taken stock of the fact that we are really screwed, it is not just a bad dream. Short-term food supplies will be running low, and you will begin consuming your long-term food supply. A good prepper would have seen this coming and realized early on that your short and mid-term supplies would need to be rationed to avoid running out too quickly. By now you will be at the barter stage to obtain needed supplies as the government is obviously  dumber than we gave them credit for being.

 

  • Stage 5; Stage 5 is a period of survival lasting from one year to two years out from the initial disaster. You finally figured out that you were right all along, and there is no going back to the way things were. You will be on your long-term food supply, and will by springtime have planted that survival garden you thought you would never need. There are no jobs, no money, and transportation is now 100% people powered. Bicycles and animals provide the means of getting anyplace faster than walking. Your long term food is holding out, and in the fall, you will harvest and prepare for storage your food needs for the entire following year.

 

  • Stage 6;  Stage 6 is no longer a survival stage. If you have made it this far, you will find that this is the new normal. It had been over two years since the disaster that created the situation you are in, the government, the economy, and society have all crumbled into a sort of 18th century mentality. Roving gangs have moved from the depleted urban areas and are now roaming the countryside to take what they want. You have banned together with your neighbors to form militia groups for protection from these marauding gangs. You have found that life truly sucks, but that is OK, you will weather the storm.

 

That is a brief rundown of the stages of disaster preparedness. Most of us only have to put up with an occasional stage 1 setting, and a few of us go on to a stage 2 setting. Very few people ever come close to a stage three in these days, but it could happen. We owe it to our families to prepare for the worst, but pray that it never happens.

Happy prepping folks!

Surviving The Times
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Surviving the Times takes you through the steps to make your own preparedness planning binder. You’ll learn how to gauge the level of various threats as they relate to your preparedness planning by using the three P’s of preparedness, the SaWaFo pyramid, and more. Simply click onto the title or image to go to a secure ordering site.

 

Introduction from the book;

Why did I write Surviving the Times? There are a lot of reasons, but probably the most relevant reasons are because; #1. I am a bit of a preparedness freak; and #2. As I look around the marketplace at the offerings available to people like me I see far too much of a certain type of product being foisted upon a public that is becoming increasingly frustrated and frightened of the coming times, but very few offerings to help people learn to make their own decisions when it comes to survival needs.

Needs for survival change from person to person, climate to climate and environment to environment, and yet all we seem to see offered for products are the same one size fit all 72 hour packs that often contain items not everyone needs, but always leaves out one thing or another that we do need. This book attempts to plug that hole between the need and don’t need state we all come to at some point in our preparedness planning efforts.

Simply put, too often we see people being told you need this product, this tool and that gadget, and you need to do this action to survive. And this isn’t always the case. But by taking the time to think things through you can develop a tailor made plan that will fit your specific needs. And you can do it without buying tons of food and equipment you probably will never need.

Nor do you need an extensive library of books describing the act of becoming prepared or survivalism. In my research I have picked up an extensive library of survival guides and preparedness manuals, and I can safely tell you that for the most part, many of the offerings today merely mimic somebody else’s ideas and plan.

You do need to learn, and by learning you will obviously purchase books on various topics, but you do need to examine the books you are considering carefully. Do you already own a book that tells you what you already know? Then you are better off buying a different book that addresses skills you need to learn about and develop.

What I intend to do here is to help you develop a sense of what you need to look for and what types of foods, equipment, tools and skills you may need for a long term survival plan for the coming times. You won’t find any cookie cutter formulae in this book. But you will find frank discussion about many of the things we need to prepare for.

You will not find the fear mongering and hysteria that many books base their content upon. You will, of course, find warnings and tips on what to watch far as the world continues upon its natural course of development and decay.

If you are truly and fully prepared for the coming times, then you have absolutely no need to fear whatever may befall us in the future.

I have laid this book out into four different sections, with the first section dealing with some ideas behind your planning efforts. In your planning stage you should develop a binder system for note taking and record keeping, and divide that binder into different sections. Each section should deal with a different topic or area that needs to be addressed in your long and short term planning.

To start out the first section I address the question of why preparedness planning is so important to us in today’s world of new disasters and threats. Following that I go into a discussion surrounding your preparedness binder and some of the topics you should include in your own planning discussions.

I have taken the liberty of dividing preparedness into nine different sections as follows;

Tab 1; Documentation                

    Tab 2; Water                    

    Tab 3; Nutrition                    

    Tab 4; Sanitation                

    Tab 5; Safety and Security            

    Tab 6; Transportation                

    Tab 7; Long Term Needs        

    Tab 8; Go Bags and Bug Out Kits    

    Tab 9; First Aid    

 

Feel free to add to or delete sections, or even change them around to suit your needs. It’s your binder, and your survival depends upon your skills and knowledge. I would like to suggest that you use a three ring binder as this allows you to also insert photocopied articles and other items into the various sections. A simple wire bound notebook will suffice as well, but you’ll have nowhere near the organizational capabilities that a three ring binder provides. But the choice is entirely yours.

In section two I deal with some of the most controversial and widely discussed topics that I have come across in my own research. These topics include; Respirators and Gas Masks; Emergency Building repairs; Emergency Heating and Cooking; A Survival Armory; and Gold and Silver for Your Survival. These are all topics that seem to be hotly contested on various forums, and you’ll need to come to your own conclusions as to how to deal with each of these issues. Each of us is in a different state of need and ability, and just because the survival guru du jour says something is fact, doesn’t make it so. Do your own research and planning, and your knowledge will increase by it.

Section three deals with specific incident topics such as extreme heat, hurricanes, terrorism and other emergency situations. Most of this section comes from several of the various government issued books and pamphlets dealing with these same topics. It’s all interesting and good advice, no matter the source. I think at this time I would strongly recommend that you visit the website http://www.ready.gov to learn more about dealing with emergencies. They have several free publications available for download as a pdf that can add greatly to your knowledge base.

In section four I provide a database of state, federal and private national websites and contact information available here in the United States. I would suggest you also find your own state emergency office contact and visit their site(s) to see what they have to offer the public in the way of information. It would also be a good idea to learn of the various local and state emergency plans ahead of time so that you can know what to expect when the proverbial crap hits the fan. Evacuation is probably one of the worst orchestrated responses to any disaster anywhere, and that fact can be traced to the lack of knowledge by the public on what to do and where to go when the order to evacuate is issued.

In summary, let me say that this book should not be looked upon as an end all manual for preparedness planning and survivalism. Instead, look upon it as a jumping off point for your own journey towards self reliance and survival. I point you in some directions, but whether you take them or not is entirely up to you. You and you alone are responsible for your own life and well being, and the life and well being of your family.

You know, some things in life are just too stupid to comprehend, and not being prepared is one of those things. Why’s that you ask? Because we are not a nation of morons, and yet we so often act like a moron, especially when it comes to emergencies or disasters. Take the stormy weather we’ve had over the last three day’s for instance. It’s had rained for the last three days straight, ending sometime over the wee hours of this morning.

The result of all that rain and accompanying high winds only led to the inevitable, and should have been expected power outages and downing of trees across the roadways. So what happened? People panicked in the wake of last night’s final deluge and this morning’s lack of electricity. I lost no power, I usually don’t where I live, but many people had lost it. The result was pandemonium and a bunch of people screwing up my breakfast because they couldn’t fend for themselves. Which only demonstrated to me once again that it isn’t going to be the asteroid falling from the sky that gets us, but our own lack of good sense. Many areas of the part of Maine I’m received over five inches of rain, and I heard tales of there being over two feet of snow dropping from the sky above in the western and northern parts of the state.

So it should have come as no surprise that there would be locations without power this morning. It’s Maine, it’s February, and it’s stormy. What else should w expect? I normally eat at fast food joint in the morning because it’s across the street from where I work. Not exceptional food by any definition, but it’s convenient. Imagine my surprise when the doors were locked to the lobby. They were locked not because they had no power, but because they were serving drive through traffic only this morning. I don’t like eating in my car, by the way. Apparently, the power had been out, but came back about an hour before I showed up. There were so many people coming to get breakfast because they couldn’t, or wouldn’t fend for themselves at home that they were overwhelmed by the business.

So, I got back in my car and went to another fast food joint. They were serving eat in, but the place was packed. There were so many people there that a business that was normally pretty empty had standing room only. And all I kept hearing was complaints about how shocking it was, how bad it was, how nobody had power and on and on and on….

Makes me want to puke, really. My normal routine was mucked up because none of these people were prepared to deal with a minor inconvenience. They think it’s bad for a bitty storm like this one, wait until the infrastructure really starts to crumble in a few years. Once the Obamanation really gets settled in and the raping of the public treasuries begins in full force these events will become standard operating procedure for us all.

There are a few things we should have on hand for these occasions.

Lighting;

Lighting is a simple chore and can be accomplished with either flashlights, or flames. Get some flashlights, preferably the crank kind so you needn’t fumble for batteries. And you should also have some candles stored in a convenient location, with a box of matches for lighting them. And an oil lamp is a good idea as well. Keep a container of oil standing by, with some matches as well. These lamps can be purchased at most mass market department stores for just a few dollars, and a quart of fuel will last for a good long time if you are careful of your usage. Keep the wick trimmed and low enough so you don’t see any soot building on the chimney and you’ll be fine.

Cooking;

Cooking can also be easily done, simply by picking up a camp stove. There are some that burn liquid fuel by way of alcohol or unleaded gas(Coleman fuel) and come in single or multiple burner sizes. There are also some that utilize the one pound propane canisters as well. Keep the stove handy, not buried in the garage or basement, and a supply of fuel as well. You can cook a fine meal on one of these stoves, and no one will ever know the difference between a meal cooked on one of those stoves or a big kitchen range.

Heating;

Get one of those kerosene heaters and keep it full of fuel, and make sure you keep a few extra gallons handy as well. I like the top hat convection heaters, like the Kerosun or Omni brands. They are easy to light, easy to fuel and easy to maintain. Make sure you dry burn the filter after every few days of use to keep carbon and wax from building up and clogging the wick. In a pinch, you can also burn #2 heating oil in these things as well, though the manufacturers don’t recommend it. Diesel fuel is the same as #2, it just has more taxes added to it for the excise agents. Don’t let anyone fool you into thinking you need to be cold because no one sells kerosene. It’s out there and these other fuels are acceptable substitutes when it can’t be readily found.

Get some tree working tools as well, for when that big one falls across your driveway. Just make sure there are no downed power lines nearby that may want to leap up and bite you in the hind end. If there are, stay away and call the pros. But if not, there is no reason you need to be trapped in your yard because of a downed tree. Drive around it if you can. Cut it down to size with a chain saw and use it for firewood if you can. No fireplace or wood stove? Use it in a fire pit on those romantic summer nights when you want to laze around the back yard with the family.

Not being prepare in today’s world is just plain stupidity. We know these things are going to happen, and we have the wherewithal to be ready for when they do happen. What’s your excuse for not being prepared?