Category Archive: Emergency Preparedness

Cover Your Bases:  Focus on Here and Now Survival

There’s no doubt that it is important to prepare for a nuclear attack, massive natural disaster or any other cataclysmic event.  These are the things that threaten to plunge our normal way of life into chaos, and we definitely need to be in a position where we are as self-sufficient as possible.  However, by placing …

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Long Term Prepper Survival Information

    How to plan an evacuation kit – also known as a go bag or bug out kit. In today’s Mailbox Monday we cover recent events that have driven people to evacuate. Floods, Earthquakes, Tornados, Civil War, all of these items can cause you to leave with little notice. Having a prepared kit and plan …

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Priorities of Survival, Rules of 3

There are several rules basic to survival. They’re known as “survival rules of three“. You can survive 3 minutes without oxygen, 3 hours without shelter, 3 days without water, 3 weeks without food, 3 months without hope. I go into some detail on each in this video. Everyone has a different ability to cope with …

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Overcoming Deadly Psychological Traps in an Emergency Part 3: Anger

Anger is just as capable of killing us as the events that are threatening our lives.  It can cloud judgment,   encourage us to make irrational decisions and work against everything good that we are trying to accomplish.  Anger is a natural and common psychological response to stress or loss, but it is something that should be dealt with …

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Overcoming Deadly Psychological Traps in an Emergency Part 2: Fear

Fear can be both good and bad.  It can indicate to us that we are facing danger and need to react.  It can also keep us from confronting things that make us uncomfortable.  Fear can force us to take a step back and think about something, or it can cause us to freeze up and not think about …

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Overcoming Deadly Psychological Traps in an Emergency Part 1: Denial

Most people automatically experience an initial feeling of shock, disbelief or denial as soon as an emergency strikes.  One theory is that this is the brain’s way of helping us to minimize shock so that we can detach from the situation.  However, denial can also delay or cloud the decision-making process that needs to start as soon as …

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Are You Physically Prepared for Survival?

Physical fitness is one of the most important things that you can do to get your body ready for the challenges of a survival situation.  Getting into an exercise routine will also help you to rest better, think more clearly and have more control over your emotions.  Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need a gym or …

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Survival Stockpiles and Rations: Lessons from the Cold War

There were over 100,000 municipal survival shelters scattered across the country from 1960s to the early 1970s.  They were funded by the federal government, but sites were selected and managed by state and local civil defense agencies.  Considering that these shelters were intended to protect populations from the effects of a nuclear war, it’s almost comical to …

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Appreciating Natural Reactions to Life or Death Situations

The human mind, in most cases, reacts in certain ways when we are faced with life or death situations.  Some of these reactions are helpful as they prevent us from doing things that will be deadly.  On the other hand, they can inhibit us from doing the right thing, which can lead to a grim …

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What to Expect if Martial Law Comes to Town

We’ve seen a resurgence in civil unrest over the past couple of years, and there have been many instances when government has decided to institute martial law to restore order.  However, many people don’t realize the real impact that martial law has on our civil liberties and basic rights as American citizens.  It is a widely-held …

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