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War: Bombing in Syria

President Trump ordered strikes in Syria. Russia is backing Syria.  Will they respond? Will this start a global war, WW3?

I am not here to talk about political aspects, but are you ready for a potential outcome? Do you have your plans in place to protect, feed, and shelter your family?

I know we have 2-3 weeks of food storage but not much more than that. I have tackle for fishing and other means to get protein. Living close to a major river helps, but we live in a suburban area. I believe most people here will think of the same if something that changes day to day life.  We have 1/2 of an acre, which will not sustain us for long. We do have a garden that is growing, but not even close to being harvested. Our 1100 square feet garden will only supplement our nutrition, and not satisfy it.

We may be ok to shelter in place, but we live way too close to a metropolitan area to be able to stay for long. Have you mapped your escape? Do you know alternate routes? In my travel throughout our region for work, I know many back roads through the area to get to my bug out location in north central Texas. Knowing alternate routes will help your stress level. If you only know of one way to get to your destination, I would suggest you map at least 2 alternate routes. Rule of 3 is a good rule to follow.  I look at the triangle, simplest geometric figure with the most stability, and apply the concept to other places.  I also have a paper road map in case cell service ceases to exists.

What do you take if you bug out? How long do you plan to be gone? Do you plan to come back?

To leave home, you need to take multiple items. Food, shelter, and protection. Food, load up any non-perishables. I know we have a couple of coolers, and we will load up any cold items that are essential for the trip and for the 2-3 days after we get there. Milk, for example, would be hard to take because it is bulky and have a chances to spoil. Now, frozen meats would be good items to take since they are packed with protein. Being frozen, they will keep longer. The more frozen food you can pack, the better. Fruits and vegetables can be added to a meal to stretch the protein. Things like pasta, rice, beans, and sauces are a food multiplier since it stretches  a small amount a protein out and to allow the individuals to get other calories in the meal.

Clothes and blankets are other things to take. You really don’t know how long you will be gone, so pack heavy and different seasonal items like jackets, long and short pants, and long and short sleeves. Shoes are a must. I am not talking about nice dress shoes but boots, tennis shoes, and sandals. Sandals? Why? Sometimes the only way you can bathe is in a river, and you want to protect your feet. Old shoes could work but you need to air out your feet. Sandals are good while you are at base camp and needing to let your feet breathe.

Weapons. Weapons are a necessity when leaving under a bug out situation. Protection is needed because if civil law is gone, band of marauders will try to take your things. Know how to use them and clean them. It wont be worth it if you do not know how to fire your weapon. There have been times where someone has all these weapons, but they hurt themselves because they do not know how to use the weapon. I remember watching an episode of Doomsday Preppers, and the father injured his thumb because he did not know how to use the weapon or help his son to use the weapon.

Toys and Games. Why? I have 2yr old and 4yr old boys and they will need things to do, as well as the adults. You need to have something that allows you to have some fun. One cannot sustain stressful situations for a long time. It will be a stress reliever. Most of y’all have been around kids when there is nothing for them to do. They  will drive you nuts.

Tools. It would be wise to take tools with you. For example, a hatchet is nice, but a nice axe will make the work easier. I have changed a water pump on an old Toyota Celica with pliers and a screwdriver, but the work would have been easier if I had sockets and wrenches. You never know when you need them. In my truck, I keep sockets, wrenches, screwdrivers, and pliers as well as other tools to help me in the event of a breakdown or an emergency where you need them.

Now, everything is listed here for my family if we are able to take our vehicle/vehicles. Yes, I would take multiple vehicles. First, if one vehicle breaks down, you are not stranded. Second, you can carry more supplies or pick up supplies on the way. I have good ideas where I can pick up supplies since I pass through towns and countryside daily for work. I pay close attention to my surroundings as I am driving for supplies if I have to scavenge during my bug out scenario. You would have to strip down the amount if you are only on foot. If that’s the issue, then you would need to rethink what is necessary. I have already come up with a list for what we would take if vehicles are inoperable and a hand held vehicle for additional supplies and for the boys to ride on.

Our ultimate bug out would be to buy a property that we can have a good size garden that will provide most of our vegetables for the year. Also have an orchard that had variety of fruit trees, and enough land that can be hunted on for our own meat source. We would naturally supplement it with packaged goods of items that would be too time consuming for us. This property would also need a root cellar to store the harvest in, canning jars, and stock items. This will allow us to provide fresh foods throughout the year. I would also have a green house to keep a harvest going throughout the winter.

If we bug out, we plan as if we are not coming back. The reason we would not come back is if society does not restore order. Even in that case, our home would probably be in ruins because of people breaking in and taking everything. I would come back to check things out to see if it is worth salvaging. It would sadden us to see what we worked so hard for to fall to ruin due to people not respecting property. This would be the worst case scenario.

Always be ready! 5.11 Tactical  slogan. I take to heart because you don’t get a second chance.

Go, live life, and enjoy your freedom.

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Month 1 in the Books

I’ve had my blog up for about a month. I want to thank everyone that reads it and sends comments. It has been a learning curve to learn the layout of the page, what the jargon means, and just finding followers.

At the start, I had my sisters look at the blog to see if it is user friendly. After working some of the kinks out of it, I posted it to my Facebook page. I got an immediate increase in the number of followers.  During this last month, I have been working on the garden, some projects around the house, and my full-time job of teaching and coaching. Some have asked how do you do it all?

Teaching a subject I am familiar with (Geometry) helps a lot. I show my students different things I build or have built in the past. They keep asking me why do I teach if I can build? I enjoy the thought of teaching and reaching the minds of today’s youth. I believe they need someone who enjoys the content and can actually show them the use of the content. I use an online classroom for their homework and tests, so I do not have anything really to grade.

With gardening, I work on the weekends, when given a chance. My sons love the part of digging, but once that was done, they tended to stay away from the garden. They help plant a couple of my seed cups ( http://wp.me/p8pCsM-21 ). I wanted to plant a lot of different vegetables and wanted a good crop. I was trying to find a tiller to borrow but we finally just purchased one. I am glad we did because I planted 2 more beds because my seedlings did pretty good.

During spring break, I had a chance to scavenge some 2×6’s from a local construction site. I dug some out of the dumpster and also asked the foreman if I can take some out of the trash pile next to the houses. This is where my outdoor dining table came from ( http://wp.me/p8pCsM-bD ).  I had many people comment and ask questions on this table.

This past weekend I joined many different groups on Facebook. I think this is how my blog will explode with traffic.  I am trying to find new avenues of how to broadcast my blog, find new followers, and make sure my posts are interesting.

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Downed Emergency Services

911….911… no connection…help is not coming…

Wednesday night (03-08-17) was a wake up call, AT&T 911 services were down. What would happen if they never came back up? You dial 911 and nothing; what would you do? How would you get the help you need?

I know my family will be protected. I am a firm believer of the 2nd amendment. People have the right to bear arms to protect them and theirs. You always hear in the news the bad side of gun ownership. Why? When someone is responsible and defends their loved ones or property, the story is barely covered. When a criminal uses a gun in an illegal act, then guns have no right in the hands of civilians. You take the guns out of the hands of responsible Americans, the rest of your civil liberties will follow. You take the guns out of the hands of criminals, they just find more.

Civil unrest is all around us. In the near future, it will turn violent. With the Democrats not showing up to the inauguration, Super Bowl champions not visiting the White House, and people blackballing the First Lady’s clothing line, we are witnessing the start. The Republicans and Trump are not making it any easier. Does slandering Obama and starting rumors about wire taping Trump is pretty disappointing? I don’t really associate with either side, just glad to be a Texan. Protect the family and the ‘Republic’ at all cost. I will not go any further on political views.

I have watched a documentary (numerous times) on YouTube by NatGeo called “After Armageddon.” Its a pretty good mock collapse of society based on a super virus spreading, starting in California. LA County has approximately 25,000 hospital beds for a regional population of 10 million. If a pandemic breaks out, the medical services will be overloaded and completely shutdown. Could this really happen? Last pandemic was the Spanish Flu in 1918. Its been 100 years and we have come to a point where we believe we are immune and nothing will bring us down. One day, our kryptonite will bring us to the realization we are not a superior race and mother nature will always win.

This brings me back to the 911 outage. Could it have been a test on the system? Could it be a cyber attack? When my wife mentioned it, I wasn’t paying attention to the news or the posts on Facebook. After hearing the news, I reacted as could this be a drill or is this, in fact, the start of the collapse? Either way, I feel like I am not as prepared as I should be. I know my family will not stay at our current home during the collapse. We have a river within a mile of the house, rain catchment system, the start of a garden, but also 10,000 neighbors. When most people don’t prepare, they will hunt for supplies. I know some experts say you should include your neighbors in your prepping, but I don’t even know most of my neighbors.

Knowledge is the first line of defense in an emergency situation. I am CPR and basic first aid certified, but I need more training. I believe I am well versed in making do with what I have and what I can find. I have a desire to learn more to be able to protect my family and provide for my family if ever an event should arise. This will be my survival multiplier. I will discuss what a survival multiplier is in a later post.

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Daily Travel- Survival For Breakdowns

I think being prepared when travelling started in college(1999-2004). I had an 1986 Toyota 4Runner that I bought from a man who purchased it in 1986. This gentleman made meticulous people look messy. He had every document for the truck and documented everything he did down to adding air to the tires.  He had a tote in the back of extra parts, including but not limited to radiator hoses, spark plugs, wires, light bulbs, and various fuses. This was nice because I was, like most of you, broke and couldn’t afford to buy parts to fix the truck or have it tow. I would go back every month and half or so to visit family, and fill my belly with something other than Ramen noodles. My trips would be through the country and 60 miles between 2 towns on a stretch of it. So a breakdown would definitely be a bad thing.

Every vehicle since then, I have had a tool box to give me a chance to fix things on the side of the road. I haven’t gone as far as having spare parts for every vehicle, but I do carry more survival items. I travel 130 miles a day for work, and sometimes in the late evening. Most of the roads I am on are frequently travelled. Even if the roads are travelled, I do carry things that would keep my alive if something does go wrong. In my truck, I have a fixed blade hunting knife, fire starters, water filtration straw (Life Straw), tarp, water bottles, jacket, gloves, beanie, sometimes a bat (depending if we are in season–high school coach), extra clothes and many more items.

My biggest survival item are my boots that I wear daily. Tennis shoes don’t hold up when trying to hike or go through unforgiving terrain. I wear 5.11 ATAC 8″ boots to teach in. I know the kids mentioned them a time or two but they are comfortable, especially standing and walking on concrete floor during the school day. In my school bag, I also carry a small first aid kit, something for minor bumps and bruises. I am starting to carry a little extra food, just for those times.

My truck, 2006 F150 with the 5.4L, is getting up in years and mileage (109,000). A week ago, the motor blew a spark plug completely out of the head. Good thing was that a Ford dealership did the plugs because they are know to break on you when you are replacing them (they broke 3 of mine). After reading about the situation, this seems to be a design flaw by Ford. I had to take it back to Ford this past Friday because of a check engine light. She is getting old but she still needs to last longer, so repairs are in the future. If you know me, I HATE letting others do what I can do, but I do want the warranty on the repairs.

I have not really put together a BUG OUT bag. Although I am falling behind on this, I usually have enough gear in my truck to get me home if something does happen. I usually have a duffle bag full of clothes, from shorts to balaclavas, because you never know what weather you will get here in Texas. I coach and teach for a living and I need to make sure I have enough gear for any type of weather. I usually have a jar of peanut butter in my lunch bag because I eat a banana and peanut butter on my long trip home everyday instead of stopping off at McDonalds. Addition to the gear bag, I do have my backpack for my school gear. A laptop will not do much in survival, but the information on it is invaluable. In the near future, I will do a post on a bug out bag.