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School Lockdown

A parent’s worst nightmare… school on lock down because of eye witnessed account of a man close to the school with a high powered rifle acting deranged… watch the video to see what happens…

 

 

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Adding YouTube to the Blog

As I am venturing into keeping a digital interactive journal, I am creating a YouTube channel as well. Just as with the blog, I believe I can share any knowledge with the few or the masses, depending how the Welcome To Freedom brand will grow. I have all sorts of ideas and concepts, I just need to get started.

As far as my blog, I am 2 months into it, 24 posts (before this one), and 270 followers. I have had fun doing this, and planning on keeping the blog up and going and growing the blog. On Facebook, most of the shares I do receive are good feedbacks. After all, feedback is something that fuels a blog. I believe that “Food Storage: Prepper Style” has had the most conversation on Facebook, but I would like more feedback or comments on the blog. Why? So everyone who has access to it (on facebook -all groups, WordPress, and Twitter).  The most viewed  was my “Outdoor Dining Table.” I had some good comments on it, but mostly people looked at it and liked.

How many people read the current and don’t visit the rest of the posts?

I believe most get bored going through and reading posts. With a YouTube Video Blog, I can post to wider audience and entertain while presenting my information.

I have some ideas for posts and you will see them as the do come. I am learning how to edit video, so my videos to YouTube will catch people’s eyes. I will have multiple channels on YouTube. The first one will be for uploading videos of my family. The second will be for this blog. I thought about leaving them together, but I want to be able to allow people searching for Welcome to Freedom material versus videos of my family.

Well, let me know what you would like to see or hear about. Please comment on the blog and follow.

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Food Storage: Prepper Style

Storing food for hard times, even the collapse of society as we know it, should be on everyone’s mind. There are more people living today than at any other 1 point in time, and there are more people now than all the people that have past, ever! With droughts, famines, severe weather, and cost of goods increasing, food will be hard to come by in the future.  How much should you store? How would you replenish your storage?

I like to watch different shows and videos talking about prepping for “doomsday,” extreme weather, collapse of society, civil unrest, and many other topics. Some of you reading the posts have experienced hard times and some have not. Those who have are more prepared to survive because of experience. Food is one of the necessary preps for other than ideal times to boost morale. But we have all seen the “preppers” that have gone overboard and ended up at the bottom of the ocean. Some individuals have stored food for 5-10 years or longer. Why? Are they using and rotating their storage so the food does not go bad or decrease in quality? I have been in houses where they owners bought so much food that they did not know what they had. Eventually, the jars of pickles turned white. Why? They bought too much, too often, and usually food they don’t even eat.

Many people say to have 3-6 months of food storage. This is fine depending on the situation. If it’s a hurricane, and you live in the coastal region that floods, then you are wasting your time and money. If you are in the midwest where tornadoes are prevalent and storing your food above ground, you are wasting your time and money. I laugh at the ideas that people have. If you are preparing for civil unrest and you live in an suburban or urban area and you are preparing to bunker in, then you better be well fortified. They riots in recent years have shown that the masses do not care if it is your property.

At any given time, we have  2-3 weeks of food. Our area is known for having wildfires and we will have to get out ASAP for that. On the other hand, the last tornado in our area has been more than 30 years.  Where we live is between a major Texas river and a ridgeline. It is rare for a tornado to hit such  spot based on geographical formations. I am not saying it will never happen, but it statistically low percentage.  Civil unrest would be the worst case for us outside a natural disaster. We do live in a neighborhood that houses are less than 150 feet apart. Also, we only have 2 ways in, not including heading out on the train tracks and crossing the train bridge. A river on the south and west sides, dense wooded area with steep terrain to our east, and a massive drainage ditch to our north,  it would not be hard to lockdown our neighborhood.  To stock up more than we could pack in our SUV and truck would be foolish.

When we leave during the initial stages, we would pick up supplies from various places that most would not think about. I do not share these ideas, nor have heard others ever mentioning these places on blogs or videos. Other preps for food we are doing is learning gardening. We are in our second year of gardening and doing quite well. We are making notes on how to improve on growing our crops, increasing the yield, and planting different vegetables that we will eat. You have to learn now to be able to have a chance later. Fishing and hunting are also ways we will be able to feed our family. I recently purchased a book, Wild Edible Plants of Texas. I will be using this book, finding the plants around us that we can pick to eat. I know this doesn’t seem that satisfying, but if it adds nutrition, then I will do it. I need to get out this summer and start looking for these plants and to try them. Remember, anything you gather, you definitely need to wash, just in case.

Now, if you are one of those that do have years of food stashed away, remember to rotate your stock so that you are not throwing money done the drain. Be aware of the possibility where you have to leave and you cannot carry all of your food storage with you. That goes for any preps.

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Stocking Up on Gold and Silver

 I hear many people in the Prepping World talking about you need to stock up on gold and silver for the post-apocalyptic world. Yes, over the history of mankind, people have sought out precious metals. Yes, it allows for a standard bartering system, if the system was only standardized though.

During the initial phase of the  post apocalyptic world, food, medicine, and basic survival needs will be the key focus and many will barter for them. One cannot eat precious metals. Gold and silver will not save the hungry. Stocking food, weapons, basic necessities of shelter will be the goal of survival, or at least the smart ones.

Investing in precious metals have its rewards, before the economy collapses. Bear and bull markets, I don’t understand derivatives and all the ways the market, but I do understand the bartering between two individuals of goods or services.

In Katrina, there were reports of looting for tvs, electronics, and other non-survival goods. Why? You cannot use a tv to save you from a wall of water. You cannot eat those $200 pair of Jordans. Yes, you need footwear, but that was not the purpose of the looting. People did loot for food and survival gear.

Ammo! Ammo is something that many people do stock up on for safety purposes, but so fail to see the bartering positives of it. Depending on how much you have, you can barter with ammo. Bullets are a dual purpose prep; you can use it for protection or to  hunt game. Back in the 1800’s, saloons would you ammo for drinks. How many bullets can fit into a glass, later coined a shot glass. The saloon owner, or the barkeep, would then sell the ammo for profit.

Alcohol, especially vodka, have many purposes. The obvious, to get drunk. It also can be used as mouthwash, antiseptic, insect repellent, and bartering, just to name a few. Items like this will be something  will be invaluable. With so many uses, it would be something worth it to stock up, or find early during the decline. Better yet, learn how to distill vodka. Knowing the process will be beneficial to save money now and after the stock is depleted  during the breakdown of society.

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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.

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Fire! Fire!

My boys, my wife and I went “camping” in the back yard in the last few month. The experience was to see how the boys would react. They loved it! They are so ready to go deep in the woods to camp, or so they have asked. My wife and I are not so sure just yet on the deep woods adventure. State parks are the next step in camping for our family and looking to go this summer. We love the outdoors, but need to make sure they are ready for the challenge. So it got me to thinking about what would be important to know when we do go this summer. Food, water, fire, and shelter.

FIRE! Creating fire is one of the most essential lessons to learn. Most people do not know how to start a fire using primitive methods. I will have future posts about the necessities to survive.

Creating fire is pretty easy when you have dry tinder, dry wood, a good fire starter, and ideal situations. Many times people are trying to start a fire but they are working against the elements. Depending on if it’s a dire need based on a true survival situation or an experiment (camping included), one needs to know what to use and how to use their supplies. Survival skills do need practicing in order for that time when it does mean life or death.

My wife and I keep all of our dryer lint for making fires in our pit outback. I am looking to stuff paper towel rolls with lint for emergency tinder in a bug out bag situation. I will be sealing it in zip locked bag to keep it dry. The lint will be the first step to create a fire and the tube will be the next easiest piece to catch.

When the conditions are wet, some individuals use cotton balls and other will use cotton balls dipped in petroleum jelly as a fire starter.  It is key to have dry tinder. I usually keep something flammable in my bag to help to get the fire going. Crayons are good way to keep a small flame going. Light the paper and the wax will keep it from burning too quickly. Worst case, take lint off of your cotton garments and use that for tinder.

The main thing you need to go along with the tinder is enough of various sizes of dry wood. I keep a few knives in my truck at all times. In case of emergency where I am stranded, I can always at least make a fire. I use the knife or hatchet(don’t keep in my truck but should) and a blow-stick to hit the back of the blade with. Using this hammer and wedge method will allow you to slice your firewood into various sizes to have a better chance of success of getting the fire started. You can also use the knife to create wood shavings for tinder.

My main spark for fire is my fire steel. Some people will make fun of me but I have the Bear Grylls Fire Starter. Nice and compact and easy to use. I also have a magnesium fire starter. It does burn great, but trying to shave the magnesium into a small pile and start a spark into it usually sends all the shavings flying. Maybe I get too close to do it. Maybe I am not doing it correctly, but I am not a fan of the magnesium fire starter. I have waterproof matches, but not a great concept for a long term scenario.

I was that guy who just used lighter fluid and matches to get fire started. Those days are done (mostly) because there will be a time I need a fire but don’t have anything to start it with. Finding different methods that work. I have not tried the following methods: fire piston, bow drill, or with steel wool and a 9 volt battery. Now, the most interesting one I have never tried are Doritos.  The oils that the chips are cooked in soak into the chip and should be able to light that oil on fire and the chips will burn.

Practice your methods of fire starting, along with the rest of your survival skills, You never know when you will need to use them in a life or death situation. Go, live life, and enjoy your freedom.

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Richard

 

 

Survival Multiplier

What does survival multiplier mean? Survival multiplier is a skill or characteristic that one possesses that gives him or her an advantage in a situation. In a physical fight, if one of the fighters had extensive hand to hand combat training, then that would be their survival multiplier.

How do we gain a survival multiplier? People enroll in many different courses to gain an advantage over an obstacle or an opponent. I wish I thought of this when I was in college, I would have signed up for some of the recreation and combat classes Texas Tech offered. I did not. Others sign up for courses in building and construction trade, cooking, botany, survival schools, and many other courses that allow them to learn a skill or a trade that one day will help them survive. Some people read books and watch educational videos.

What happens when you do not have time or money to enroll in all these different courses? What do you do?  If you are like me, I eat, sleep, and work. I don’t have much time outside the normal work day to do anything extra (until summer break). So, I take the time at lunch and my break to watch videos (mainly YouTube) to learn different things. You have to be wary of which videos you do watch. For instance, I recently watched videos on canning, so I made sure it was filmed or sponsored by a canning company like Balls or Kerr Jar Co. Many people out there have techniques and practices, but some of them don’t know their elbow from their earhole.

I believe many people forget one of the characteristics they need in order to survive, and that would be they need to be physically fit. You may not need to have 10% body fat, be able to run a marathon, or bench press 350 lbs but I do believe you need to be able to manipulate your body enough to get in and out of tight spots. For about a year now, I have been running. I am also starting Insanity Max. I am embarrassed that I have not done it much lately because I came down with the flu and tournament season in softball (I teach/coach high school students) got me off track. Spring Break starts this evening. I will try to get back on track with my fitness this coming week.

Other skills I believe are considered my survival multipliers are able to build and fix most things, cook, sew, fire starting from various methods, not afraid to scavenge for materials, and the ability to problem solve. My wife is one of my best survival multipliers because she comes up with ideas for me to try, usually from Pinterest. I play ‘podcasts’ while I am travelling to learn about things, or at least have a chance to spark ideas on how to improve items I already have.

Growing up, I had many different adults in my life, and I learned a great deal of skills from them. If you consider yourself a homesteader, a prepper, a survivor, or just an average person, there is one thing all of them need, and that is a teacher. I am not talking about a school teacher, but some do teach more than their content, but someone who you can listen to, imitate, and look up to in order to gain knowledge. Knowledge is the ultimate survival multiplier. Papa was a great teacher. Sometimes my brother and I would go fishing with him and learned different fishing skills, how to tie a knot on a hook, make our own fishing bait, or just watch our poles. He helped us one year roof our house and showed us how shingles were supposed be laid down. I wish I was able to spend a little more time with him, but he passed few years ago. I inherited some of his woodworking tools because he thought I would use them. I try to honor him by keeping his tradition of building gifts instead of buying them. I may have replaced some of the tools but it isn’t the tool, it’s the tradition.

I don’t think anyone is ever prepared for every situation, but I think with the proper training and learning, you can problem solve your way out of most situations. I tell the students in my classes, sometimes it is not the content we are learning, the teachers are trying to teach you problem solving skills through our content. I teach geometry, which I believe is a very relevant subject to know. Many industries and jobs require some level of geometric knowledge in order for the worker to be successful.

(Picture of a sword and shield I made for my sons.)

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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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