The world is in the midst of it’s largest ever Ebola outbreak. The first ever transmisson of Ebola within the United States was just confirmed this week. Two days later there was another confirmed transmission within the US and who knows how many people were infected before they sought treatment for symptoms. As of this writing, the CDC is saying two airline flights were potentially at risk, as would be anyone who came in contact with either nurse in the early symptomatic stages of the disease.
So what do we do? How do we prepare in case the worst happens? Continue reading
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One thing that I learned early on in my adult life is that Yetis hurt people. They are mean and uncaring as they go from village to village destroying igloos and ruining birthday parties and then slip away into the blizzard that conceals their every move. Another thing that I learned is that ounces = pounds. This is something that was beaten into my head on every forced march or military maneuver I have ever had to partake in. That really comes into play when you look at your gear. When you ponder if that particular piece of gear is a “need to have” or a “want to take.” And needs always trump wants. Many times a particular item that is a “need” is bulky, awkward, or heavier than you would like. The question is, at times, can I make a particular “need” lighter? Can I make it more easily manageable? Make it more convenient? Food will always be a need.
When I went on my initial bug out I chose to take MREs as my source of nutrition. They are familiar to me, having spent 21 years in the military; they were a main staple of field life. That and I had them on hand so that was a bonus as I did not have to purchase anything. That was an absolute bonus as after doing some research I discovered that they have gone up in price considerably over the years (going from about $6.00 in 1994 to $17.00 a week ago for a complete MRE). I grabbed 3 days’ worth of MREs off of a shelf (9 total – by today’s prices on MREs I am sitting on a gold mine), sat down, and without thinking about it I immediately started field stripping them, something that I have done numerous times. As I was tearing through them, throwing things to and fro, Jackie asked me to take pause and explain to her what I was doing and why. I looked at her as though she asked me how babies were made. Continue reading
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After doing some research on the net of what gear everyone considers the “must haves” or “at a minimums,” I began to gather my supplies. It was a frustrating endeavor as there were many different opinions of what is needed. Some sites state that you have to have this particular fire starting tool that is guaranteed to start anything on fire within a few strikes (I chose a lighter instead), while another went nearly so far as to tell me that if I don’t have this booklet of 101 survival skills, I will die cold and lonely, with only the sounds of buzzards being heard as I drift off into eternal damnation…luckily they will provide me the booklet for $20.00…small price to pay for salvation I guess.
I have always been an amateur survivalist, relying on commercials and unrealistic reality shows to guide me in my pursuit of outliving cockroaches after the bombs fall, so gathering the gear took very little time. All I really needed to do was to go out to the garage and dig it all out of boxes, blow the dust off, and do a quick inventory. Continue reading
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