First Hundred Things That Go In A Collapse (Part 9)

I have referenced this list before, the first hundred things that disappear in a collapse. It was originally created based on the feedback from survivors of the Bosnian war with special attention from the experiences of those who lived through the siege of Sarajevo. The list has been updated (to some degree) to reflect the slightly different world we live in these days and a slightly different culture/economy.

I few weeks ago Wonderful Wife and I reviewed the list together. We did our best to determine what items did, or did not, apply to us. For the items that did apply we tried to determine how well we had that item covered. For the items where we determined there was a gap we put together at least a rough plan for filling the gap.

I thought it might be useful to some of you to share our thoughts on the items, our gaps and our plans. I also thought it might be useful to share these things because many of you might have better ideas than we did. So, feedback is not only encouraged but would be much appreciated.

Here are the next ten items on the list:

81. Plastic sheeting for insulating windows and shelter creation
Plastic sheeting is good for more than insulating windows and creating a shelter. I keep a good bit around because we live in (or at least on the edge of) Hurricane Alley. Hurricanes and tornadoes have a tendency to drop trees into unwelcome places including houses. They also tend to blowout windows. Plastic sheeting is particularly useful for protecting the homes when damaged by winds or debris.

82. Food storage products such as freeze dried food/buckets/pouches
We are pretty good here and looking to increase it even more.

83. Walkie-Talkies/ham radios/CB radio
We have a pretty good supply of walkies (one per person), a few ham radios, and a GMRS radio. No CB radio (yet). I am constantly encouraging my kids to pick up their own radios but so far that has been largely ineffective.

84. Socks, Underwear, T-shirts, etc. (extras)
We have stocked up recently on all of these and we keep pretty well well stock in general.

85. Lumber (all types)
I wish we had the space and money to stock up a bunch of lumber. I have a tiny but around the garage but that’s it. Thoughts on what should be a priority?

86. Wagons and carts (for transport to and from open Flea markets)
We have a couple of collapsible wagons and a wheelbarrow. The only think I can think of that would be better is a small cart that can be pulled behind a bicycle.

87. Cots and Inflatable Mattresses (for extra guests)
Yup, we have extended family stay with us regularly so we have such things on hand.

88. Gloves: Work/warming/gardening, etc.
HAHAHA! I was inventorying our supplies this week. We have a tub full of these kinds of gloves. I guess I over-purchased after the flooding from Hurricane Harvey.

89. Solar panel kits – small for charging batteries and devices
I have added this to the shopping list. I have been thinking about such as solution for a while now.

90. Screen Patches, glue, nails, screws, nuts, and bolts
We don’t have screen patches but we have a pretty good supply of the other items and will be adding to it.

 

We will continue to work through the remainder of the list in future posts but as I mentioned above please make suggestions and provide your thoughts on these items.

Be alert, get prepared, fight the good fight!

God bless and God save the Republic.

Project Get Fit 2022: Week 3

Not me, I don’t have that much hair on my head…

Another mostly wasted week. I did make it to physical therapy for my shoulder and walked a couple of days this week. I put a few miles on the new boots in a tactical training class today but that’s the extent of it.

Next week…

Stay alert, stay prepared and stay safe.

God bless.


Goal: Complete a Murph Challenge in 2022

Unafraid

Regardless of which propaganda outlets you tune into the constant barrage of “fear porn” can be overwhelming. It is very easy to fall into depression and it is easy to let the fear mongering take hold. It has happened to me, to Wonderful Wife and other member of the family. It has happened to friends and acquaintances. I am sure it has happened to complete strangers.

When I find myself being dragged down by the weight of the challenges we are dealing with I take a step back, take a deep breath and ask myself a question or two.

Based on what I am seeing, what precautions do I need to take that I am not already taking? Then get busy taking any needed precautions.

What preparations do we need to make that we are capable of making? Is there something that I can do that is left undone? If so, get it done.

They key here is “that we are capable of making.” Would I be better prepared with a private island out of the prevailing winds with an underground bunker fully sealed against nuclear, biological and chemical threats? How about a submarine to evac us there undetected? For sure. Are those possible. Not on our incomes. If it was we would be retired there right now!

If there are no more precautions or preparations to be done, the only thing left to do is pray and be at peace because at that point everything else is in His hands.

The Lord has given us wisdom and knowledge on how to prepare. He has even given us blueprints, in the Bible, of how we should prepare for bad times on Earth and has told us there WILL be bad times. If we are following His words and have faith in Him we are good. He is our savior and no matter what happens in the next few years, we will ultimately be with Him…eternally.

Dwelling on His commands and in His will gives what no amount of food storage, water purification and radiation pills can. It’s not that those things aren’t important. It’s just that He is most important.

Take care and take heart brothers and sisters because if you have read your Bible you know how the story ends…with Christ returning not as a lamb but as a lion. Not as a humble servant and teacher but as a conquering king who will crush those who oppose Him and threaten His people. That will be a day that is both terrible and wonderful. The bottom line is that our Lord wins and we will be with Him.

So take heart. The light will always drive out the darkness.

God bless and God save the Republic.

 

 

First Hundred Things That Go In A Collapse (Part 8)

I have referenced this list before, the first hundred things that disappear in a collapse. It was originally created based on the feedback from survivors of the Bosnian war with special attention from the experiences of those who lived through the siege of Sarajevo. The list has been updated (to some degree) to reflect the slightly different world we live in these days and a slightly different culture/economy.

I few weeks ago Wonderful Wife and I reviewed the list together. We did our best to determine what items did, or did not, apply to us. For the items that did apply we tried to determine how well we had that item covered. For the items where we determined there was a gap we put together at least a rough plan for filling the gap.

I thought it might be useful to some of you to share our thoughts on the items, our gaps and our plans. I also thought it might be useful to share these things because many of you might have better ideas than we did. So, feedback is not only encouraged but would be much appreciated.

Here are the next ten items on the list:

71. Baby Wipes, oils, waterless and Anti-bacterial soap (saves a lot of water)
We discussed baby wipes when talking about toilet paper. I keep a supply of both. The baby wipes take up far less space and are a good supplement to toilet paper. Basically, all the soap we buy is anti-bacterial and we have a decent supply on hand.Water-less soap I haven’t seen unless the mean hand sanitizer in which case we are pretty well stocked as well. We may have some baby oil around but we really don’t use it. What’s it for in relation to survival and preparedness? Ideas?

72. Rain gear, rubberized boots, emergency rain poncho’s, etc.
For boots and emergency poncho’s we are in good shape. Good rain gear is a gap though. I have workable rain gear but it is not as durable as I would like and need something really sturdy. I have been looking but I am not sure what to get so I would welcome suggestions.

73. Shaving supplies (razors and creams, talc, after shave)
All good and stocked up

74. Hand pumps and siphons (for water and for fuels)
Definitely a gap for us. Add this to the checklist.

75. Soy sauce, vinegar, bouillons/gravy/soup base
We are doing well here as well. These will go a long way, along with spices, to help provide some flavor and variety to our diet.

76. Reading glasses
I have one pair. Should stock up and add a few extras to the shopping list.

77. Chocolate/Cocoa/Tang/Punch (water enhancers)
I have been meaning to add Tang to our supply. Right now it is heavy on powdered Gatorade since replacing electrolytes will be important during the nine months of summer down here. A lot of folks warn to avoid the sugar and salt in things like this. I don’t agree. In a collapse calories will be a good thing and in the heat of the south replacing salt lost in perspiration will be too.

78. Rain barrel kits(valve assembly)
This is a big gap for us although we do have a large water source in the backyard and one I am looking to fix. Soon.

79. Woolen clothing, scarves/ear-muffs/mittens
I am looking to add some wool “emergency” blankets to our supplies. Scarves are also a good idea but cold weather is not quite the issue it is for us than for other parts of the country. Today (mid-January) it’s pretty chilly for us…about 50 degrees.

80. US Army Survival Manual FM 21-76
I have a number of survival and preparedness manuals in electronic and physical formats. I do not have this one or the newer one (FM 3-05.70) but I just ordered both and will add them to the reading list.

 

We will continue to work through the remainder of the list in future posts but as I mentioned above please make suggestions and provide your thoughts on these items.

Be alert, get prepared, fight the good fight!

God bless and God save the Republic.

Project Get Fit 2022: Week 2

Not me, I don’t have that much hair on my head…

I am still not making much progress here. I am still recovering from the upper respiratory infection and bronchitis. No gym time for me.

I have started walking again. I walked my normal, half mile loop several times towards the end of the week. On my first walk my watch warned me of a high heart rate but not on the next one. In either case I am maintaining a reasonable pace and not going too fast.

Stay alert, stay prepared and stay safe.

God bless.


Goal: Complete a Murph Challenge in 2022

Ten Stages Of Genocide

I don’t recall where I saw this on the InterWebz but it caught my eye and I saved it to my tablet and came across it again today… …just about the time I saw this headline:

Justice Department Creating Specialized Unit Focused on Domestic Terrorism Due to Growing Threat of ‘Anti-Authority’ Ideologies

Huh, well where does that play on the ten stages?

Number 6…

So, where are we on the other stages? Here are my thoughts:

    1. Classification (people divided into us and them) – Any nightly news, most every news conference and most movies and TV shows do their level best to draw a certain part of the population as “others” who need to be corrected, cajoled, harassed and moved out of the mainstream.
    2. Symbolization (people are forced to identify themselves as members of the “othered” group ) – VAX Passports are an attempt to do this. To be honest some of us being “othered” for removal from society do a pretty good job of identifying ourselves; MAGA hats, Let’s Go Brandon (LGB) or FJB swag, not to mention anything patriotic, or supporting law enforcement does the trick.
    3. Discrimination (systematic discrimination) – Yup, those not in lock step with the current powers that be are targeted by government agencies such as the IRS, OSHA, or the EPA. Support the wrong candidate or donate to the defense of a young many who crossed the woke mob and you lose your job. Espouse the wrong opinions and financial institutions will refuse to loan you money or provide banking services. The list goes on and on…
    4. Dehumanization (people associate with vermin or disease) – Another yup. Refuse to be a VAX guinea pig and you are a super-spreader responsible for the deaths of those who are VAXed. Listed to the terms used by the media and leftist politicians to describe conservative, patriotic Americans. “Bitter clingers” was the start, “deplorables” made it worse and it has gone downhill since. Domestic terrorist seems to be the current favorite.
    5. Organization (the government creates special groups to enforce policy) – See today’s headline posted above.
    6. Polarization (government propaganda against the group) – Again, yup
    7. Preparation (official actions to remove people) – Not yet, thank God.
    8. Persecution (beginning of murders, theft of property trial massacres) – How many conservatives have been murdered by the left and their supporters over the last few years? A dozen? More? Does it matter if a conservatives property is destroyed?
    9. Extermination – Not yet…
    10. Denial (government denies it committed the crime) – Not applicable at this time

The bottom line is that the groundwork is being laid. The “othering” has begun and if we were not so well armed we would be loading into boxcars already.

So, what do you think? Am I being too sensitive and exaggerating where we stand compared to the list? Sound off in the comments section below.

Be alert, get prepared, fight the good fight!

God bless and God save the Republic.

First Hundred Things That Go In A Collapse (Part 7)

I have referenced this list before, the first hundred things that disappear in a collapse. It was originally created based on the feedback from survivors of the Bosnian war with special attention from the experiences of those who lived through the siege of Sarajevo. The list has been updated (to some degree) to reflect the slightly different world we live in these days and a slightly different culture/economy.

I few weeks ago Wonderful Wife and I reviewed the list together. We did our best to determine what items did, or did not, apply to us. For the items that did apply we tried to determine how well we had that item covered. For the items where we determined there was a gap we put together at least a rough plan for filling the gap.

I thought it might be useful to some of you to share our thoughts on the items, our gaps and our plans. I also thought it might be useful to share these things because many of you might have better ideas than we did. So, feedback is not only encouraged but would be much appreciated.

Here are the next ten items on the list:

61. Bleach (plain, NOT scented: 4 to 6% sodium hypochlorite)
A few things to keep in mind about bleach…
Liquid bleach has a fairly short shelf-life and begins to lose potency in as little as six months and can lose up to 20% of it’s usefulness as a sanitizer per year afterwards. Powdered leach is much more concentrated and has an almost infinite shelf life. It’s also much cheaper (per use) than liquid bleach.
Bleach is extremely destructive should it leak. We had a pinhole leak in a gallon jug of bleach that ruined a stainless steel shelving unit, the wall, and several cases of paper towels. Had we not replaced the wooden floors in that area of the house with ceramic tile it would have ruined that was well. Be careful how and where you store it and inspect for leaks and damage regularly. Powdered bleach is much stronger than liquid and even the fumes can damage items in the vicinity.
Here are a couple good links on the use and storage of bleach:
5 Things To Know About Bleach Storage
DIY Bleach That’s Safe To Use At Home
Bleach is also very dangerous when combined with other household chemicals such as ammonia, acidic cleaners or alcohol which results in the creation chloramine gas, chlorine gas and chloroform which can all result all of which can be deadly (link).
With that said we are well stocked on bleach.

62. Canning supplies (Jars/lids/wax)
Definitely useful, as long as you know how to use them and have everything else you need to make use of them including foods to be canned. Something we have on our skills list for 2022 but do not currently have.

63. Knives and Sharpening tools: files, stones, steel
While I am horrible at sharpening knives I do have plenty of knives and sharpening solutions. Practice makes perfect and I need a lot more practice on that particular skill.

64. Bicycles…Tires/tubes/pumps/chains, etc.
We have bicycles. It is not a bad idea to grab some extra tires, tubes, etc. Going on the list.

65. Sleeping bags and blankets/pillows/mats
We have a few and as we find them on sale or have additional need we may add to our stores.

66. Saline solution for contacts
We don’t wear contacts but it’s a good thought.

67. Board Games Cards, Dice, cards
We keep a stash in the “Hurricane Box” for those quiet times after the storm when the power is out plus we have what we use for family game nights.

68. d-Con Rat poison, MOUSE PRUFE II, Roach Killer
Yup, have it covered. We have a steady supply of unwanted guests coming out of the woods during cold weather…

69. Mousetraps, Ant traps and cockroach magnets
See above, we’re covered here although a few extra mousetraps may not be a bad idea. They might even be useful to discourage raccoons from raiding the trash.

70. Paper plates/cups/utensils (stock up, folks…)
We use them and stock them. Who wants to wash dishes when the power is out, when a hurricane is threatening or when the flood waters are rising/falling.

We will continue to work through the remainder of the list in future posts but as I mentioned above please make suggestions and provide your thoughts on these items.

Be alert, get prepared, fight the good fight!

God bless and God save the Republic.

Questioning Crypto As An Investment

Our primary investment vehicle has remained a diversified set of stocks and various funds. I recognize and understand the inherent risks of ‘the market” but to be honest we will never reach our retirement goals without the level of return we have been getting from these  investments. Precious metals has been our secondary investment vehicle as a way to hedge against a possible (probable) market collapse. We also keep a reserve of cash available for emergencies although we are starting to shrink that down due to the current inflation rate and low interest rates.

Last year in April I posted that we were starting to test the waters of investing in cryptocurrency, specifically Bitcoin (link). Since then we have continued to make (small) investments and built a tracking spreadsheet to help me to track and understand the performance of that investment. Two things happened this week that have me second guessing our crypto investments.

First moves, really rumored moves, by the US government cast a bit of a shadow on this as an investment option but then the chaos in Kazakhstan popped up. Immediately, the government there shut down Internet and cell services for much of the country. This did affect some operation and mining activities but, drove the price down 30% and more importantly, it worried me about what would happen if we lost access to our accounts and were unable to use them.

Sure, such activities in the US would affect access to my stock and bank accounts but not to the same degree as they would crypto. With any other accounts even if the Internet is down I can still manage or withdraw our  my money using the (landline) phone or even physically going into the office. Not so much with crypto, anything there would be essentially gone for the duration. Sure I can keep it in a local wallet BUT it would still be useless without the ability to transfer funds to other people in exchange for what we need or to “cash out.”

None of these concerns are new. They are the same concerns that kept me out of the crypto game for a long time but these two events did make me more hesitant. I think that this experiment is about to end for us.

I will keep what we have there and, to be honest, I even dropped another $100 into bitcoin this week since the prices were so low.

None of this is or should be taken as financial advice. I am no wizard with money or I would be retired to a nice compound somewhere living off the grid with my family and loved ones with me. I am just sharing my thoughts and concerns. Anyone with other/better ideas please feel free to share in the comments below.

Be alert, get prepared, fight the good fight!

God bless and God save the Republic.

 

Project Get Fit 2022: Week 1

Not me, I don’t have that much hair on my head…

I went to my first session of physical therapy for my shoulder. She gave me a list of exercises and stretches to start out with and that’s where my efforts to get fit stopped.

I have been fighting a severe cold which filtered down into my lungs. I went to the doctor before it could turn into pneumonia but that means exercise beyond walking up the stairs to my office is off the table until next week.

I must say that is not an auspicious start for 2022.

Stay alert, stay prepared and stay safe.

God bless.


Goal: Complete a Murph Challenge in 2022

First Hundred Things That Go In A Collapse (Part 6)

I have referenced this list before, the first hundred things that disappear in a collapse. It was originally created based on the feedback from survivors of the Bosnian war with special attention from the experiences of those who lived through the siege of Sarajevo. The list has been updated (to some degree) to reflect the slightly different world we live in these days and a slightly different culture/economy.

I few weeks ago Wonderful Wife and I reviewed the list together. We did our best to determine what items did, or did not, apply to us. For the items that did apply we tried to determine how well we had that item covered. For the items where we determined there was a gap we put together at least a rough plan for filling the gap.

I thought it might be useful to some of you to share our thoughts on the items, our gaps and our plans. I also thought it might be useful to share these things because many of you might have better ideas than we did. So, feedback is not only encouraged but would be much appreciated.

Here are the next ten items on the list:

51. Fishing supplies/tools
This is a great suggestion, if you live near a body of water with enough fish to make it worthwhile. Which I do.
However…
Fishing to survive and feed your family is very different from recreational fishing (at least in the US). In a collapse, towing your $50,000 bass boat to the lake and blasting across the lake to your favorite honey hole to pull in a couple of fish (even good sized fish) is not a very efficient use of resources. You are burning a lot of fuel towing the boat and running it around the lake. You are probably going to attract a lot of unwanted attention. Casting around a lake or even dunking minnows or worms is not a very efficient way to catch dinner. Instead think about nets. Cast nets or gill nets which may not be legal pre-collapse are far more efficient ways to add fish to the menu in sufficient quantities. You will have to have them, know how to use them and how to repair them. Jug fishing or “trot” lines are also much more efficient ways of catching your food supply. Again, legalities may vary pre-collapse. Instead of a high profile motorboat, think about a canoe or kayak instead. Operational security is a key here. If someone finds your gear, lines or boat you may not have them for very long.

52. Mosquito repellent
Living along the Gulf Coast, I think I think I have an entire bin of various anti-mosquito defenses but don’t limit yourself to what you can buy. Look at what you can grow on your own as well. There are a number of plants that help repel those nasty little bloodsuckers including citronella. Some are herbs that would be nice to have on hand for other reasons as well (link). In addition to repellents, practice good mosquito control practices including getting rid of standing water near your property (link).
Keep in mind that pre-collapse mosquitos can be an annoyance but post-collapse they become a serious health risk. I have been told that mosquito-born illness kills more people in some parts of the world than anything else.

53. Duct tape
Can you ever really have enough of “duck” tape? It is probably the most versatile item in your toolkit. I have used it for everything from temporary car repairs to wrapping presents and making wallets. In one case, I even used it as part of a makeshift bandage, along with a stack of unused fast food napkins, on a knife wound. Get a bunch. I just ordered several extra rolls.

54. Tarps/stakes/twine/nails/rope/spikes
Living in Hurricane Alley (at at least right next to it) blue tarps are a mandatory item to keep on hand. I will grab a few extra before hurricane season start and grab some of the other items listed here as well. I have some but would like more.

55. Candles
We have a selection of these on hand, mostly of the scented or decorative varieties. But we need to add more. To combine this with #52 a bunch will be citronella candles.

56. Laundry detergent (Liquid)
Since COVID we have kept a pretty good supply on hand and will continue to stock up.

57. Backpacks and Duffle bags
Oh Lord, if Wonderful Wife sees me buy another backpack or bag I may have to live out of it. I buy way too many of these and have over a dozen on hand.

58. Garden tools and supplies – manual
This is another area where just having the tools on hand is not enough. You need seeds. You need properly prepared soil. You need to be able to provide water to the plants should it be needed. You need to know what grows well in your environment and when to plant each crop you want to grow. Once you plant your garden it will take several months or week to yield food. The bottom line is that you should gardening now in order to be ready.

59. Scissors, fabrics and sewing supplies
This is an area that falls more in line with Wonderful Wife’s are of expertise and she has quite a bit for sewing and knitting but I think it would be good to add a few small sewing kits to the inventory to have just in case.

60. Canned Fruits, Veggies, Soups, stews, etc.
This is part of our routine food preps. We make sure we have plenty of what we normally eat on hand. I will say I am probably a little light on the fruit side of things so we will start building those supplies up a little.

 

We will continue to work through the remainder of the list in future posts but as I mentioned above please make suggestions and provide your thoughts on these items.

Be alert, get prepared, fight the good fight!

God bless and God save the Republic.