Bug Out Motorcycle

The Pros and Cons to Using a Motorcycle as Bug-Out Transportation

There are pros and cons to using a motorcycle as bug-out transportation or using one to simply escape a disaster area. You would drive yourself crazy trying to prepare for all possible road or off-road conditions when it comes to choosing a motorcycle. Therefore, to make a decision you would assess your need, probable terrain you would have to cover and do a threat assessment. Most importantly, however, can you navigate with a motorcycle in the winter months, because if you cannot then it is not a logical choice?

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Surviving Long Term SHTF

Surviving Long-term After the SHTF

As preppers and survivalists we’ve trained ourselves hard. We’re continually working on acquiring the knowledge and skills that can help us beat the odds and survive a catastrophic event. We prepare for the worst, while planning for long term survival. We know that there may be a few harrowing months, or even years, that will require extra attention, grit, and endurance. However, we also have to consider that in the case of a SHTF event there may be some rebuilding and restructuring that needs to come after. Planning for long-term survival (think years and decades) needs to be a part of our preparations as well.

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Bug Out Boat

Does a Bug Out Boat Make Sense for Some Preppers?

You obviously do not want to be on a boat or even near any large body of water during hurricanes, heavy rains, or during thunderstorms or when there are high winds. However, there are times when a boat could save your life.

The ideal situation would be that you live near a large body of water and have access to remote islands, islands where you could set up a bug-out-location. You could easily ferry supplies across to your location without raising suspicions if you follow a few simple OPSEC rules. Having a boat docked close by eliminates the need for a vehicle to haul the boat to a launch area.

Keep in mind, however, if you found an island suitable for your needs, others could of as well, and so you have to look ahead and consider how you would defend your location.

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Winter Storm Traffic

It’s Winter So You Have To Expect and Prepare For Snow Ice and Wind

The news channels and the Internet show miles and miles of vehicles stranded on slick roads. They show cars that have smashed into each other and some simply abandoned. The pictures and videos show cars off in ditches and motorists walking away from their vehicles, walking to where, though, well that’s anyone’s guess. Walking into another crisis is the likely outcome.

Emergency workers in Kentucky along with the National Guard were patrolling Interstate 75 helping stranded motorists, by providing water, fuel, and snacks and trying to move cars out of the way of emergency vehicles. Eventually certain stretches of the Interstate were closed to non-emergency traffic. People trying to get home or get to the store jammed the highways preventing anyone from getting anywhere and add slick roads to the mix and you have a disaster in the making.

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Dash Cams

Prepper Journal: Dash Cams Can Be Useful

A variety of dash cam models are now available that are relatively inexpensive compared to just a few years ago and they are DIY installation. You can purchase ones that simply record “forward facing” where it just records what is in front of the vehicle as you drive along the highway.

You can step up and get one that records video and audio inside the cabin as well as the front of the vehicle. You can also get a dash cam system that does the front, inside and the rear of the vehicle and some models can even double as a rear parking assistant.

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Drone Registration

Are Drones a Viable Tool for Preppers Now That You Have To Register Them?

When the drone craze first took off, only commercial drone operators had to register with the FAA, essentially they needed a flying permit, which granted them authorization to conduct their business, as long as they did not interfere with any aircraft, and stayed a certain number of miles away from airports. Failure to do so would result in stiff penalties. Today, however, any owner now has to register their drone. You don’t need a license, just simply register with the FAA if the drone is for private use.

Why does the FAA require registration? As with many things, abuses happen, and drones are no exception. They are crashing at tennis matches, invading the backyards of homeowners, and flying too close to airports/aircraft and so on. The authorities claim they need a way to trace drones back to their owner, in particular, those drones that are caught violating no-fly zones around airports and other sensitive areas.

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Stovehinge Collapsible Rocket Stove

Stovehinge: The Collapsible Rocket Stove

First, a little about how the Stovehinge Collapsible Rocket Stove works, and why it is so efficient when it comes to combustion. This stove has the traditional “L” shaped design that allows oxygen to be drawn into the fire chamber via the split feed tube design.

The feed tube is split into two chambers, the top is the feed tube for combustibles, and the bottom is for airflow.

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Prison Inmates SHTF

What Happens to Prison Inmates When The SHTF

Well, we wondered too, and after some research, we are still confused. Private prisons have a plan and post the fact that they have a plan. The problem is that they don’t state what the plan actually is.

There are a number of forums, with questions about this and some share with the forums what they think the plans should be. The perspectives or opinions if you will are just that, people’s opinions.

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Do You Carry At Home or Just When You Go Out?

Concealed Gun Carry

Those that carry outside the home may feel uncomfortable when they get home and relinquish their handgun to the lock box or safe. Some may feel anxious without the comforting weight on their hip. The comfort or sense of security is gone, and until the situation is rectified you feel exposed.

Every morning as part of your daily routine, you pat your pants pocket for keys, change, and check for your phone. You feel to make sure your wallet is in place and you always put your hand to your hip to make sure your sidearm is secure.

The purse gets inspected for keys, phone, wallet, and other daily necessities, and you always make sure your sidearm is nestled inside. Often you feel as if you should have it clipped to your waist and not locked away when at home. Habits, and for many people ones they will never break.

If you watch the news or scan the local papers one might get the impression you can’t go to the mailbox without being armed, yes, it feels that bad in today’s world and in some cases it is.

A sidearm is a personal defense weapon and burglaries along with home invasions where people actually take over your home often happen during the daylight hours, times when you may very well be home. Your firearm is locked in its safe and your front or back door is kicked in, you have to pass by the intruders to get to your sidearm, and precious time is lost. If it is on your hip you are well ahead in the game of life and death.

At night while watching TV do you really have time to go to the safe or lock box to get your firearm if the front door is kicked in or a window smashed downstairs. Do you have time to load a magazine and then deal with the intruders?

Safety protocols dictate that if you have children in the home or even expect to have children over to your home, then the firearm is locked up separately from the ammunition at all times unless in your hand or on your hip. This makes sense from a safety standpoint. Of course, you cannot have children gaining access to a loaded firearm. Makes sense until you need your handgun in an emergency. The answer obviously is to carry when at home.

If you have it secured on your person then children and others do not have access to it, and it is close to hand when needed. People sometimes leave their loaded handguns unsecured and so children and others do gain access to them, and sometimes tragedies occur because of this.

Of course, with the dramatic increase in handgun sales, there will be people that have never owned a firearm that will buy one and strap it on and call it a day. They assume because they have one that all is well. Buying a handgun is really the easy part. The hard part comes after you get it home. A gun in the home does not make the home safer unless you know how to use a firearm effectively. A few hours at the range does not make you an expert either.

This article will assume that no one will carry a firearm unless they have had the proper training, and continue to train and that you follow all applicable laws. With the disclaimer out of the way, we can continue.

Get the right holster for your sidearm. If you don’t want to panic the neighbors and UPS drivers, then carry concealed on your own property. It is important that you do not skimp on your holster in particular if you carry concealed. You literally need a fitting before bringing it home, so try to purchase your holster when you buy your handgun so you can match the two up.

We were not going to get into the debate about open carrying out in public, but a news article caught our eye here.

“Gun-Toting Subway Customer Gets Into Open-Carry Dispute with Police”

In Connecticut, people can open carry so long as they have a concealed carry permit and are carrying the permit with them when carrying in public. You cannot be arrested for simply carrying openly according to the law, but the law gets murky. On one hand the law states police officers can ask to see your permit and a refusal to produce the permit can lead to an arrest because you interfered with police.

On the other hand, the law also states that police need a reasonable suspicion that a crime has been committed by the one carrying the weapon. This, however, allows police considerable latitude. One could assume that at any time police could reasonably assume a crime has been committed or will be committed by someone carrying a firearm openly. After all, it’s at their discretion. Essentially, in Connecticut police can ask you for your papers at any time.

Businesses are allowed to refuse service to anyone open carrying in Connecticut

This all came about when a customer at a Subway refused to show his open carry permit to a police officer when asked. According to the news article, there had been several complaints from local businesses. The article did not specify if the complaints were about this particular individual, or about others, in general, open carrying (Houck, 2016).

As we have stated in previous articles, if you open carry in public some people will complain to the police and they will respond. This is sometimes called “swatting”. If the police are confused about the law then the public at large will be as well, and people will call 911 to complain someone is wandering loose with a gun.

The gentlemen in question could have just shown his permit when asked, and then he could have gone on his way. He wanted to make a statement, however, and some do, because it is a constitutional question, which it seems is still open for debate despite Supreme Court rulings. Getting worked up over being asked to show your permit, when a gun is on your hip, is not sensible however and the police will react to that because they don’t know until they ask. Of course, if he did not have an open carry permit and the news article did not specify this, then he would be breaking the law.

Houck, B. (2016, Jan 15). Retrieved 2016, from http://www.eater.com/2016/1/15/10775084/open-carry-law-customer-subway-connecticut-police-dispute

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Bugging In Rural Area

Bugging In If You Live In a Rural Area

If bugging-out is the very last and very desperate choice, then logically, more resources would go to bugging-in rather than bugging-out. You hedge your bets, of course, by having a plan to bug-out if the situation gets desperate enough, but by and large, your focus is on sheltering in place.

Mass migrations typically have one thing in common. People migrate due to calamities like war, famine, and natural disasters, such as was the case, for example, here in the United States during the Dust Bowl in the 1930’s. Farmers, during this period, migrated from the rural areas to metropolitan areas, because the crops died and the land became unproductive. They set up tent cities outside of large urban areas. Farmers fled one disaster only to create another, and in some cases, worse disaster.

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