Prepper, or Refugee?

The difference between an idiot and a hero is quite often his timing.

I can’t take credit for this quote, but I also can’t remember who originally said it. Still, it is true. One man rises to charge a machine gun nest and is cut down. The next catches the gunner and his ammo handler during a loading cycle and kills them both – saving his squad. Idiot, and hero. Seconds and worlds apart.

Except that BOTH men were heroes.

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Observations Regarding Hurricane Sandy

Plan A will generally require the assistance of Plan B. But what if there is no Plan B?

Or, in the meaning-laden question of a friend of mine, “Are you ready?”

News feeds from the Sandy Theater of Operations illustrate the reality of conditions that live large and powerful within internet PAW fiction and prepper guru predictions. It can get ugly, even with FEMA preparations and promises. Words, fliers and official FAQs are useless when it comes to providing disaster

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Bug Out Test

Been thin on posts because we are on a bug out trip /test. We hooked up the trailer, loaded some supplies (and a pair of cats) and hit the road. More information when it is available, but we have been experimenting with different camp setups, testing our rig on grades, and getting to know some territory on the way to the “Far End”, our most extreme BOL.

One big surprise was the lack of fuel efficiency of our diesel rig.

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A Few Odds and Ends

Back from a practice run with the mobile retreat, our BORV. All went well, considering my huge lack of sleep and an unusually high intolerance for warmer temperatures. Once again, for those interested, I must stress that a properly suited BORV needs to have storage, storage and STORAGE. If you plan on being self-sufficient while mobile, you have to accept that all needed supplies must be part of your load. Maximizing the possibilities is impossible without storage. It’s even more

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Adaptability

JJ over at http://www.realitysurvival.com recently posted an article on adaptability. He asked a question at the end. “What things can you suggest for helping people to remain adaptable in their Bug Out Plans?”

I answered with (spelling errors and all….)

“Mobility and Communication are important in ground ops for the soldier, and also for the Prepper. The Prepper needs flexibility in hid bug-out transportation options, including a way to stay put if mobility somehow is denied him. ON FOOT might

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Gear Review, MedCallAssist - MedCallOutfitter Kit

The MedCallOutfitter Kit™ by MedCallAssist™ is designed to provision the owner with medical supplies on his person, and emergency medical consultation from a doctor. The supplies are serious medications and accessories chosen to fight many major infections, and treat traumatic injuries. They are stored in an M3 style medical bag built by Voodoo Tactical. The consultation is a 24-7 emergency service provided by MedCallAssist’s™ on-call doctors. Together, these components create a powerful medical treatment system for anyone that does not

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BOL (Bug Out Locations) - How Far Away?

As with just about any question an inquisitive prepper poses, the answer often begins with yet another question. “How far away from what, exactly?” The underlying expectation of most asking this question is an answer that will help them decide how far away from everything, everyone, is safe. Grid down, TEOTWAWKI, ______ collapse, you name it…. the disaster of each person’s dreams is the foundation for their preparations.

“….from what?” Answer that first. In general, a BOL is positioned such

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