Tuesday, November 28, 2017

DISASTER!! Tips & priorities for dealing with emergencies...

Its an emergency. The s**t just hit the fan. You're facing a major crisis. Disaster is all around. Quick... What do you do now?

Here are some tips to help you figure out what you should so in an emergency, and what your priorities should be:

Follow the STOP plan: Stop. Think. Observe. Plan.

>>>Stop. Don't panic. Stay calm. Don't get overly emotional. Take a few deep breathes. Maybe even sit down if you need to. What happened, happened. Panic and overly-emotional reactions will only make matters worse.

>>>Think. Take a moment or two to consider your situation. Are you in immediate danger (e.g. your house is own fire)? Or, are you in a more drawn-out sort of danger (e.g. the economy just collapsed)? Either way, you need to make rational, well-thought out, decisions at this point.

>>>Observe. Look around. What is your situation. What are your immediate threats? Near-term threats? Long-term threats? Take stock of what resources you have available (knowledge, skills, supplies, tools, people, money, etc.).

>>>Plan. Decide how you are going to deal with the crisis. Make a plan, share your plan with others with you, and stick to the plan, making changes only in relation to changing circumstances. (Making unneeded or frequent changes only adds confusion and ensures that your group are NOT all on the same page.)

!!! Depending on the circumstances, you may have only seconds to do the above. Or you may have hours, days, or even longer. Do the best you can do in the time you have. Thinking through possible scenarios ahead of time helps.

Tip: Make sure everyone in your family or group is well-versed with the STOP plan. Practice it in various scenarios.

Know the priorities in any emergency:

1) Safety. Quickly remove yourself and others out of the path of immediate danger. If your house is on fire, your first priority is to get yourself and your family out of the house. If a riot or civil unrest is happening, get out of the area.Safety may also mean "bugging out" to a safer/better location during a time of political or economic turmoil.

2) Address any serious medical concerns. Here is the basic order of concern for most injuries:
  1. Make sure the person can breathe.
  2. Stop any major bleeding.
  3. Immobilize the neck/back if there is any possibility of injury to those regions.
  4. Treat shock, hypothermia, hyperthermia, and/or heart attack. 
  5. Treat dehydration.
  6. Treat broken bones (immobilize/splint).
  7. Treat lesser injuries.
*****Please take a good first aid & CPR course before an emergency hits! 

 3) Shelter from the elements. This may mean a formal shelter, a tent or other temporary shelter, or just warm clothes, rain gear, and/or blanket.

4) Water. Clean water is a must in any situation, emergency or not.

5) Food. Last on the list, and likely unimportant in the short run. You can go longer without food than anything else on this list.

Important: Plan ahead and practice what to do in various scenarios. The more you practice, the more ingrained your responses will be. This practice will help you remain focused on what you need to do during an emergency. This is why schools hold fire drills, basketball players shoot free throws in practice, and nations hold war games.  
This article replaces an article I wrote on this subject a few years ago. 

Of Interest: 

http://amzn.to/2h6mXzCACEP First Aid Manual, 5th Edition - Everyone, prepper or not, should learn first aid. This first aid manual of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) is much more up-to-date (2014) than the American Red Cross manual, which hasn't been updated since 1992. 


326-Piece First Aid Kit for Home or Office - This is an affordable and fairly complete first aid kit that meets OSHA and ANSI guidelines. Compartmentalized and very well-organized so you don't waste much time hunting for what you need. 

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

How the Wealthy are Planning to Survive Economic Collapse

An article in The New Yorker earlier this year starts off with this line: “Some of the wealthiest people in America—in Silicon Valley, New York, and beyond—are getting ready for the crackup of civilization.

Steve Huffman, co-founder and CEO of Reddit, was quoted in that same article: “I own a couple of motorcycles. I have a bunch of guns and ammo. Food. I figure that, with that, I can hole up in my house for some amount of time.” He also revealed that he has undergone laser eye surgery.to improve his vision in hopes of improving his chances of surviving a disaster.

PayPal co-founder, billionaire, and member of the Bilderberg Group, Peter Thiel recently became a New Zealand citizen and purchased a large tract of land there.

And these are only two of a long-list of the ultra-wealthy who are taking steps to prepare for an economic doomsday that they feel may come in the not too distant future. Over the last few years, there have been many news articles and reports of the world's elite buying land and “doomsday bunkers” around the world.

So, what is going on? What do the world's elite see coming, and what are they doing to survive?

Financial reporter Paul B. Farrell has written several articles about what he describes as a “coming global debt bomb” and the fact that many of the world's wealthy elites and financial insiders have realized that a global economic collapse is inevitable. In talking about how to prepare for the coming collapse, Farrell quotes hedge fund manager Barton Biggs (now deceased), who advised his clients to expect the "possibility of a breakdown of the civilized infrastructure". His advice: Make tons of money. Buy an isolated farm in the mountains. Protect your family against the barbarians.

"Your safe haven must be self-sufficient and capable of growing some kind of food ... It should be well-stocked with seed, fertilizer, canned food, wine, medicine, clothes, etc. Think Swiss Family Robinson." -- Paul B. Farrell quoting advice from Barton Biggs

Please realize that this isn't advice from some survivalist guru to militia-type folks. Instead, this is advice from a respected hedge fund manager and financial insider, to his ultra-wealthy clients.

Notice that first part of the above quote - make tons of money. Farrell and others are saying that the wealthy elites are doing just that. Realizing that an economic collapse is inevitable (only the timing is uncertain), they are making as much money as they can right now using short term tactics (creating a frothy stock market in the process) and reinvesting that money into hard assets such as productive land, gold, silver, agricultural and other commodities, as a protection against future collapse.

There are two ways to look at this advice: 1) the wealthy elite are selfish, greedy scumbags who are trying to take advantage of a dire situation to their benefit; or 2) the wealthy elite see what is coming, realize there is nothing that can be done at this point to prevent it, and are simply doing whatever it takes to protect themselves and their families. Greedy, honorable or both - you decide.

So, what is the average Joe and Jane supposed to do if collapse is coming? Adopt the advice of Biggs and the tactics of the ultra-wealthy. Make as much money as you can right now, turning that short term cash into the things you and your family will need to survive the coming economic chaos. Buy productive land in a relatively low-population area. Set up a homestead. Invest in security ( guns, ammo, self-defense classes, harden your home, etc.). Take care of any health needs now. Stockpile food, water, medicine, clothes and other supplies. Learn the useful skills of self-sufficiency. Get ready now to hunker down and ride out the collapse when it happens. 

Of Interest:

Going Galt: Surviving Economic Armageddon

Going Galt: Survival Gardening: Sustainable High Yield Gardening

Monday, November 20, 2017

Review: Bud K Neck Knife

This is a review of a Bud K Neck Knife that I've owned for a few years. I mostly wear it when walking my dog along the trails in the woods beside my neighborhood, as well as when I go jogging.  But it could be used for numerous other purposes, too. In addition to the knife, the sheath has a built-in whistle, which could be very useful in certian circumstances.

This knife is surprisingly inexpensive (less than $10)  for its quality. Here are the details: total length of the tanto-style knife itself is 6.75 inches. The cutting edge is 3 inches. In its sheath, it checks in at 7.5 inches. It is designed to be quite light weight, with the knife, sheath, and cord combined weighing less than 3 ounces. The full-tang knife is a black anodized 440 stainless steel. It came out-of-the-box relatively sharp. Overall, both the knife and the sheath & whistle seem well-made.

The knife snaps in place upside-down in the ABS sheath, which hangs by a cord from your neck. You can adjust the cord so that the knife hangs at the desired level on your chest. You could also easily replace the cord with different cordage or even a ball-chain if you wished. The sheath has a built-in whistle, which is quite loud.

The snap-in system works quite well. I've had this knife for almost four years, and have never had it fall out of its sheath, even when I'm being quite active. It still seems to hold as firmly and securely as when I first got it.

This shouldn't be your primary fixed-blade knife, of course, but it works great for my purposes. Use it for when you don't won't to wear a belt knife (such as I do when walking my dog around the neighborhood, or jogging), or to have as a back-up. It is light enough to throw into a backpack, book bag, pocket book, or brief case without adding a lot of weight.  It would also fit nicely into the glove compartment or door pocket of a vehicle. For these purposes, I give this neck knife a 4.5 out of 5 stars.

It is currently available on Amazon for less than $10, which I consider a good buy for this neck knife.