The Three Phases of a Disaster: Each One Needs To Be Planned For

Disaster Planning

The First Phase

The years, months, days and hours leading up to the event are phase one. Typically, seasonal natural disasters can be predicted days in advance, and often times with great accuracy. Many occur on a regular basis, so to some extent you have an idea of what to expect.

You have the benefit of knowing something is likely to happen, a certainty of sorts that allows you to prepare on somewhat of a schedule. You have who, what, when and where, giving you the information needed to plan. Your plans could include sheltering in place or evacuation.

Man-made disasters are something entirely different however. There is, of course, the time leading up to one, but you may not be aware you are in phase one. The clock may have been ticking but you could not hear it.

You would not have a timeframe, predictions, or forecasts such as with a natural disaster. In the event of an attack, such as a nuclear one, the country or certain areas of the country may have a short warning before a missile strike, “May have a warning” this not guaranteed.

Of course Preppers assume there is a clock ticking somewhere, something is going to happen and most can only guess at the who, what, when and where, but this does not stop you from being ready. It is not a matter of if, but simply when something happens.

The Second Phase

The event itself, disaster strikes, you are no longer in a prepping phase you are in survival mode by any means necessary. You are essentially “riding out the storm”. The event can be relatively short lived such as with a tornado or even a hurricane or blizzard. A nuclear attack can be over in minutes. Providing you survived the event you now have phase three to survive, and in some cases, the days after can be the most deadly.

The Third Phase

Once disaster strikes you assess the situation after the dust has settled somewhat. Everyone is alive, but all you have at this point is what you have gathered up to this point. You cannot prep from this point forward, all you can do is try and survive with what you have.

Depending on the crisis, you may not be able to obtain essential goods for the foreseeable future. You will only have those supplies you have on hand. If you do not have it, cannot make it, or raise it, you go without it.

You have to begin using what you have gathered, and this is when you discover any mistakes you may have made, but it is too late to fix them. You have to move forward, and deal with the new reality. Your life expectancy can be counted in minutes, hours and days depending on how well prepared you are, and with what you are left to face now that disaster has struck.

The United States has definite advantages when it comes to surviving a crisis in the country. The earthquake in Nepal for example, has killed over 2,000 people and likely has displaced tens of thousands of people from their homes.

Would anyone predict 2,000 deaths if an earthquake struck the United States, anyone dying from a disaster is one person too many, but because of the infrastructure and technology in this country, deaths from disasters like earthquakes would be relatively low in comparison to certain other countries.

This is not to say deaths will not happen and much depends on the disaster. A nuclear detonation, for example, would kill tens of thousands, if not millions of people regardless of technology and infrastructure. In Nepal the number of deaths that occur after the earthquake could be as high as or higher than the deaths that occurred during the earthquake.

In this country, the days after are what you are really preparing for, the lack of clean water, no electricity, no heat, and limited to no medical care. There will be diseases, looting and civil unrest caused by panic and lack of response from the authorities.

Focusing On Conspiracies May Mean You Miss the Obvious

If you live in California or along the New Madrid Fault, for example, an earthquake should not catch you by surprise. The so-called big one may not happen during your lifetime, or during the time you live there, but it will happen at some point. The extent of the destruction cannot be predicted with any accuracy, but you know there will be damage to buildings, damage to power plants, possibly even nuclear power plants and then the loss of utilities for days or even weeks.

A small majority may be spending their time and money on how to avoid capture and incarceration in FEMA camps, how to become invisible to drones, and how to escape Martial Law along with a host of other things that could happen, but are not likely to happen.

Preparedness Should Not Necessarily Be Disaster Specific

Regardless of the crisis life essentials remain the same in particular in the days after. In some cases, you would need specific equipment and materials to survive the disaster such as radiation suits, respirators, specific medicines and so forth. The same would apply to a chemical or biological attack. You would need specifics to survive the attack, but not necessarily to survive the days after, so what are your priorities, because you cannot prepare specifically for every possible scenario.

You start with what you know, and build from there once you have everything you need to survive in the days after. You cannot put a roof on a house until the foundation is laid, and the walls framed up. The same applies to prepping, build from the bottom up.

Radiation suits can help you survive, but they are limited in what they can do, and frankly if you are in a situation where a radiation suit is needed then your chances of surviving are low unless you have specific training, knowledge and skills.

Whether you survive a nuclear, chemical, or biological attack would likely be based on your location. Radiations suits do little for you once you have been contaminated, so cloaking yourself in protective gear once exposed would do little to help you survive. You would have to be in the suit before the nuclear device was detonated if you live within a certain radius of the blast. It is location and just plain luck, in some cases, that may mean the difference between surviving the initial attack or not.

Densely populated areas will always be a target. A high body count in the initial attack is what the enemy wants. If you live in a metropolitan area, then having protection from radiation, chemical or biological contaminates may make sense once you have everything else on hand.

You have to assume you will survive the attack, so then we are back to the basics of survival. You need shelter, water, food, energy, medicines/medical care. These are the basics, without them nothing else matters, because you will not be around to care.

Once you have the basics then you can get specific, but remember specific equipment, supplies and materials may only protect you during the attack, they may do little to help you survive in the days after.

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Salvaging a Lawn Mower for Survival Material

Lawn Mower Survival

When the SHTF, scavenging will become more than just a hobby, it may become a necessary part of survival. Gear, materials, and equipment will be abandoned, because it simply does not work, or because people cannot take certain things with them as they flee the disaster. Many of these items can be used for any number of things in a survival situation.

Take a Push Lawn Mower For Example

Many homes have one and people will discard them when they stop working, and in a crisis when people have fled the area, you may find lawnmowers abandoned that are mechanically sound. You probably will not need one to keep your lawn up, but think parts and materials.

1.) Make a Push/Pull Cart

The mower has four wheels, so immediately you have a cart of sorts. Removing the engine, gives you a bigger, lighter cart that can be used to transport gear, or you can attach the ad hoc cart to a bicycle and pull it behind as you scavenge the area for more useful material. Strap a plastic carton, (milk carton) to the frame to hold your gear.

In some cases, if you can start the mower and it is self propelled you may be able to transport heavier items this way. However, the noise may give you away, and remember when the motor is running the blade is spinning so be careful when moving over materials that could ruin the blade or throw out dangerous projectiles.

2.) A Blade Is a Blade

The lawn mower blade may be one of the more valuable items you could remove. The uses for a heavy blade are endless. Once off you can duct tape and/or wrap Paracord on one end for a handle. The blade can be easily sharpened with a good metal file.

3.) Oil

Oil from the mower can be used for lubrication and to protect metal from moisture damage,  and it can be used to help start fires. The oil will have broken down so its lubricating abilities will be questionable, so remember this if using to lubricate/cool moving parts. The oil can be filtered using cotton material, coffee filters or use the filter that is attached to the mower to filter out metal and other debris that may potentially damage moving parts. Use to lubricate a chainsaw blade, for example.

4.) Fire

Most small lawn mowers and other small gasoline engines do not require a battery to generate a spark, so how then is the fuel ignited? A spark is created by the use of a magneto, which can generate extremely high voltage up to 20,000 volts. The voltage creates a spark that jumps across the spark plugs’ gap, and then of course the spark ignites the fuel.

A magneto is an electrical generator that is designed to create a periodic spark and not a continuous current. Pull the cord, the generator spins to create a short, but high voltage spark, and you know how valuable a spark can be when creating fire.

If you were to pull the rubber cap off the spark plug wire you will expose the wired end that fits over the plug. Exposing the wire and not fitting it over the plug, but propping it close leaves a gap, a gap that the spark is forced to jump. A spark is produced that can be utilized.

You can do this alone if you can set it up to where your tinder is exposed to the spark. Ideally you would have an accelerant that could be used with the tinder so when the spark is created it readily ignites. Having a helper would make it easier to create a fire this way.

Be very careful when using gasoline as an accelerant especially when close to the mower’s fuel tank. Even if the tank is empty the fumes can be ignited.

5.) Cordage Rope and Wire

Any length of rope is a good length so always look for cordage and cables that can be used. The pull cord unless dry rotted or otherwise is not serviceable can be utilized for any number of things. Short lengths can be spliced to create long lengths. The various cables and springs that operate the self propelled gears, choke, carburetor and so on, can be used for any number of things as well.

Other Stuff

The handles themselves can be used for various things, and if nothing else you can remove the wheels to make your own cart. You have to keep an open mind and always be on the lookout for usable materials, and before you toss something in the trash evaluate it for use when disaster strikes. It may not be something you can use now, but you may need it when the SHTF.

Obviously, you will need tools when salvaging, so when prepping for any crisis you would need to add tools to keep what you currently have up and running and what you may scavenge in the future.

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Survival Preparedness Is Practice For The Ultimate Competition

Survival Preparedness Competition

We all know survival is not a game, and prepping is not a game either, though in some cases, people make it out to be such. Survival situations are gritty, pulse pounding most of the time, stressful to say the least, and can at times even be boring.

However, survival will always be a competition, because there is always an adversary. You may have to go up against Mother Nature and other humans to survive, and you may have to go up against yourself as well.

Conflicts within your own mind can cause problems. Lack of skills and training will cause hesitations, because you simply have no idea as to what to do next, so nothing is done, and yet you know something must be done and so decisions are made without the proper information. Lack of training and skills may also mean not having the right supplies, or not enough supplies, materials and equipment, and of course, no plans.

Prepping is not À la carte. Prepping is not just skills and knowledge you need a plan too. You need to order up supplies, materials, and equipment, to be able to compete as well. Being prepared requires the entire package. You can put it together piece by piece, but in the end it all has to be there when your survival is on the line.

The definition of survival is to sustain life in spite of an ordeal whether it is a tornado, hurricane, mass shooting, terrorist attack, nuclear or chemical attack, pandemic or in some cases survival in spite of a bee sting. You have to be ready as an individual, because survival always comes down to the individual.

In any Prepper group there is always going to be those that are more enthusiastic about preparing than are others. The same may apply to families. Someone gets the ball rolling, and then spends considerable time from that point forward trying to convince others in the family or group of the importance of being prepared. You as an individual may care more about it than your spouse, your children, more than your extended family, more than your Prepper group, but you have to continue on, have be ready to compete, so you and everyone else can survive.

Back To the Game

A previous article had talked about rendering aid and comfort to others, and the article mentioned that to be able to render aid you have to be capable of doing so. In other words, you have to make sure the situation does not overwhelm you to the point you cannot give aid to your children or other loved ones or even to strangers.

You as an individual have to sustain life in order to ensure others can sustain theirs. You have to know how to compete with your adversary, and of course be ready at all times to compete.

Like any competition you have to know who or what you may be going up against, so you can form a strategy. In some cases, brute force may work, but in today’s world it is not always survival of the fittest, but survival of the smartest.

Take Ebola for example, force does not work. You cannot meet it head on and expect to win. You have to have a plan for avoidance, and then plan for the worst case scenario, but your objective is to not make contact with this adversary in the first place. As with a hurricane or tornado, you want to get out of the path of destruction, you have to know your adversary and its capabilities.

Forewarned Is Forearmed

The news is not full of feel good stories, there are a few, but for the most part it is about threats. Pandemics, terrorist attacks, local crimes, break-ins, carjacking, cyber attacks, and the lists go on.

At some point you may have to deal with one of more of the listed threats. Your entire community, or the country as a whole may have to deal with the same threat or a series of threats, but regardless survival is still at the individual level. What have you done to prepare yourself for the competition?

You cannot wait for the government to tell you what to do or when to do it. You cannot wait on them to pass out food, water, and blankets. No one can compete against the threat in your name when it comes down to it. It is up to you to survive, and by doing so, you can ensure your family survives even though you are the only one that believed in preparing in the first place.

Be Real

People may believe they need superior firepower to be able to conquer their adversaries. The more guns I have the better chance I have, this may be true in certain situations, in very limited situations however.

No matter how many guns you have stockpiled if it is just you and your family, you cannot go head to head with a well armed group. You cannot compete and expect to survive, so you have to change your strategy. If you cannot adapt and see the stark reality of a situation, you will not survive the situation. It does neither you nor your family any good to pretend otherwise.

If you say you fear nothing you are a fool. Having fear means caution and fear motivates you to do things that can save your life and the life of others. In ancient times, fear forced humans to adapt. It did not take too many humans being dragged off by four legged predators at the cave opening every morning to cause others to change their habits so they could compete with the threat. You have to live long enough to fight back.

Ten thousand years ago, humans reacted to threats by sitting down and planning different paths to the water source, for example, and they learned the habits of their adversaries so they could avoid them. Then humans learned how to fashion weapons, to build shelters, to raise their own food. Humans learned to compete, so they could survive the threat.

Humans learned to adapt and to control their environment, so they went from prey to predator in some cases. You have to fear the threat to be able to compete against it or to conquer it, because otherwise you will ignore it until you are the one being dragged away from the cave opening.

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Administering First Aid: Do You Have Basic First Aid Skills

First Aid Skills

First, ask yourself, do you have basic first aid skills, first aid supplies and a willingness to render aid to someone who is injured. If you simply have no skills at all, or fear to give aid, but want to learn to overcome your fear or reluctance then it is important that you take accredited classes.

Reading about giving first aid, or watching videos online could mean you are receiving information that is not correct and this could have serious consequences. 

For more information on classes and where to find one near you visit, http://www.redcross.org/ux/take-a-class

You need some experience so you “do no harm”. This means you know enough not to move certain injured persons, for example, which may result in greater injury. You need to know the level of your own training, and have the ability to assess the injured person to some extent. The objective is to preserve life and to prevent further injury. Typically, you would not move an injured person if there is no need to move him or her.

Obviously, there will be situations where not moving an injured person would result in certain death, such as when a person is trapped in a burning car or structure. Decisions have to be made quickly, and having training and some experience means you are more likely to make the right decision.

Remember you can render aid to an injured person by simply comforting them if you do not have any skills, or are hesitant for any number of reasons to render aid. It is a choice you have to make, and in some cases there are ramifications when giving aid, so it is important once again that you take classes, learn the laws, and build skills, which will lead to greater confidence.

You want to preserve the life of the injured person, but you also want to preserve your own, and the life of others that may be helping. Before rushing to help you have to make sure the situation unfolding will not cause you injury or even death.

Situational Awareness

Other countries and people not friendly to us have learned from past conflicts how Americans treat their wounded. On the battle field if an American soldier is wounded medics rush to their side. The enemy knows this, and this is one of the reasons antipersonnel mines are often times designed to maim/injure and not necessarily kill. The enemy knows that a soldier’s comrades will render aid and this means soldiers are distracted from the battle and are grouped in one place.

The enemy also knows that killing or injuring a medic has a psychological effect on troops, so what better way to lure out the medics and Causality Evacuation (CASEVAC) helicopters or other methods of transporting the injured then having troops injured. The hard reality is that dead people do not need aid, so injured personnel create more chaos than dead people do, and injuries tie up soldiers or even first responders who would otherwise be engaged in the situation at hand.

Terrorist will stage attacks so they can kill or maim those rushing to give aid after an attack.

You have to assess the situation before rushing to give aid. People at traffic accidents will rush across busy highways endangering themselves and others to help those injured. You have to ensure your own safety. You becoming injured means you are of no help to those you are trying to help, and of course, you certainly do not want to become injured. Parents are instructed to take the oxygen mask and place it over their own faces first, so they stay conscious to help their children when on an aircraft.

In a SHTF situation there may not be medical professionals on hand, no one to call, no hospitals or first aid stations, so it is on you.

Rushing in sometimes can lead to more injuries or death, but you only have seconds to evaluate any situation, and to do so effectively you need certain skill sets. You need skills, knowledge and above all you must have practiced rendering aid under various conditions.

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Lightning Strikes

Protecting Your Home From Lightning Strikes

Lightning Strikes: Are You Protected and Can You Do More

First, let’s talk about your home. If you have a lightning protection system, it must be designed to provide a specified path to harness and safely ground the current generated from the lightning strike.

If installed correctly a protection system neither attracts nor repels, it merely protects in the event of a lightning strike. A proper system will route the charge into the earth, thus discharging the dangerous electrical current.

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Is Fear Causing Problems With Your Preps?

Prepper Fear

Fear can provoke action on your part, or it can paralyze you to the point, nothing gets done and your survival is in question. The middle ground between fight and flight is a higher level of anxiety, impulsiveness, and just general uneasiness. There are highs and lows, a rush for a while and then fatigue sets in. This can be both damaging physically and emotionally.

Often times fear can be controlled by confronting what you fear. Once you confront it, you can in some cases, control the fear, eliminate it as a threat all together, or at the very least reduce the anxiety, because often times it is never as bad as you had imagined.

There are more than enough threats to go around, to many to count in fact, in this world and some of them do require a healthy respect for the dangers involved. Analyze and then decide what is most likely down to the near impossible. The only way to make a determination is by gathering information.

EMP attacks seem to be on everyone’s mind and they should be, but not to the exclusion of everything else. You can spend all of your time preparing for one thing only to have a wildfire, tornado, or some other disaster strike. You can spend a tremendous amount of money, time and energy on one threat, because of fear, and this could make you actually less prepared.

Evaluate threats realistically, and then teach yourself the skills needed to counter that threat. In most cases, however, the skills learned are not disaster specific, they can be used to counter the majority of threats. You cannot destroy or eliminate many of the threats, you can only prepare to a level that allows you to survive the threat.

Fear can make you compulsive, and it can cause financial problems. You can convince yourself and your spouse/partner that you need specific materials and gear all out of fear. You can spend thousands of dollars on radiation suits, Faraday cages, on vehicles that can survive an EMP and the list goes on. Soon the money is all gone and yet the sun still rises and sets and you are still broke.

Someone on the Internet is always screaming about this or that threat that will happen on such and such a date. Someone has a video that reveals all, you have to get ready for this one, and it is coming, fear mongering sells.

Of course, something is coming. Death comes to us all. The world ends for tens of thousands of people daily. Do you want to spend every day prepping in a state of panic, fearing the sunrise or sunset, or do you want to calmly, and logically continue to prep on and hope nothing happens.

It all comes down to whom to believe. You can literally buy into every conspiracy theory that comes along by running out and buying something. You can instead, prepare sensibly because you know tornadoes, hurricanes, snowstorms and other disasters are not conspiracies or theories they are real and they will happen.

Keep everything in mind but do not let fear sidetrack you. If an EMP scares you to death, well then you have to face it, learn about it, and decide if it is something that you can prepare for, or even need to prepare for.

Once you study and gather information you may decide some threats are much ado about nothing. This is not to say that any threat you fear is not a dangerous one, but do not decide how dangerous something is until you have researched it thoroughly.

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Do I have To Blanch My Surplus Vegetables before Freezing?

Blanching Vegetables

Some of you may already be thinking that freezing foods for preservation is not ideal, because what happens if the power goes out for an extended period. This of course can and will happen, but this should not stop you from taking advantage of this quick and reliable way of preserving surplus produce from your garden.

Freezing vegetables is not considered a long term preservation method, because typically the recommended time in the freezer is up to 18 months when blanched, and even less for vegetables not blanched.

Canning, pickling and drying are other methods of preserving surplus produce and fruits that could extend the shelf life beyond a year, and of course refrigeration is not needed if preserved this way. However, canning, for example, requires considerably more preparation, equipment, materials, and time.

For those serious about prepping for a SHTF scenario, you may very well have an alternative power source you can use such as solar, hydro, wind or even generators that can keep your freezers and refrigerators up and running in a grid down situation.

Freezing surplus vegetables fresh from the garden to see you through until the next harvest is quick, easy and can be done by anyone with what is already in most kitchens.

What Is Blanching and Why Is It Important

Blanching is simply boiling the produce for a stated time without cooking it. Blanching stops the action of the vegetable’s enzymes, helps maintain color and nutrients and removes dirt and microorganisms/bacteria from the vegetables. The enzymes in vegetables help them grow and ripen, and this process often times continues after the vegetable is harvested, so to preserve the product the process must be stopped. Failure to do so will cause color, flavor, texture, and nutrient loss (Penn State Extension, 2012). 

Can I Freeze Vegetables without Blanching

Yes, you can freeze certain ones without blanching, but keep in mind blanching can extend the freezer life of certain products. Onions, hot and sweet peppers and raw tomatoes are some of the more common ones that can go from the garden to the freezer without the hot bath, and many people have had great success freezing corn on the cob in the husk, as well, without blanching.

Those that have had the most success with freezing corn without blanching have stated they picked it fresh from their own gardens, or from local growers, and then froze the corn almost immediately while still in the husk. Fruits and vegetables that have been harvested weeks in advance, and then shipped to your local grocer are probably not ideal candidates for freezing without blanching.

Freezing alone will slow the enzymes, but often times will not stop them completely, so the product can still degrade while frozen, hence the shorted life span. Once a product has been harvested time is of the essence to preserve the color, texture flavor, and nutrients.

Herbs, cabbage, sugar peas/snap peas, summer squash, young broccoli and green beans can also be frozen without blanching, but expect the shelf life to be reduced somewhat. Keep your work station clean and make sure you thoroughly wash, dry and then slice or cut up your vegetables or leave whole if you like. Whether a vegetable is whole, sliced, or diced may have an effect on how long it needs to blanch.

Date the product after bagging or putting in approved containers for freezing. Some recommend using the product within 60 days if it has not been blanched, and others have claimed many vegetables can be frozen for up to six months without any apparent effects on flavor or texture. Much may have to do with the containers used to freeze the product in and the product itself. This is left up to you, so inspect the product, experiment with times and containers, and then make your own determinations.

How to Blanch

Blanching not only stops the enzymes it also removes oxygen and shrinks the product somewhat thus reducing space in the containers/freezer.

What you will need is one gallon of water for every pound of vegetables and a pot large enough to handle the volume. It is recommended that you use a strainer basket that fits in the pot, so when the vegetables have blanched long enough, you can remove them quickly with the strainer.

Why the gallon to a pound ratio, once the water is boiling you want it to return to a boil in one minute after adding the vegetables. If this is not the case you need to reduce the amount of vegetables for the volume of water used, and  count the time for blanching from when the water has returned to a boil.

You do not want the product to cook, so tracking the boiling times and not overloading the pot is important. Once it has boiled for the recommended time the product must be chilled immediately in ice water (see recommended blanching times below). Change the ice water as it warms. Drain all vegetables thoroughly. When blanched and packaged correctly, you can expect your product to last between 12 and 18 months in the freezer.

Cool the vegetables for the same length of time they were blanched. Corn however, must cool for twice the time it was blanched (University of Minnesota Extension, 2015).

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Trip Wires

How To and Where To Set Trip Wires For an Early Warning System

Homes set back in the woods may need an early warning system, a system that alerts you that someone is prowling your property or sneaking up on the home. If you are off grid using alternative power sources, you may not have enough electrical resources that would allow a wired alarm system and/or surveillance cameras, so what is the alternative.

You can make ad hoc systems, and they can be complicated ones that require some electrical skills, or simple ones that essentially use noisemakers to alert you. You can use battery operated wireless sensors, for example, that are activated once an invisible beam is broken. They can be placed virtually anywhere within range of the wireless alarm, which would be on your person or close by, so it can be heard.

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DIY Wool Dryer Balls

DIY Wool Dryer Balls
If you’re like me you are always trying to find a way to save some cash, one way you can save is to stop buying dryer sheets and make these DIY wool dryer balls. Wool dryer balls soften your laundry naturally without the use of any chemicals.

They also save energy by cutting down on drying time by an average of 25% per load. Wool dryer balls will also help reduce static and wrinkles and by adding a few drops of your favorite essential oil you can gently scent your laundry. So check out the video below, make a few and stop wasting your money on dryer sheets.

 

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Should You Keep Your Property Maintained Once the SHTF?

Push Mower SHTF

Should You Keep Your Property up Once the SHTF like Mowing Trimming And So Forth

If the power grid has collapsed, you are sheltering in place and it has been three weeks or more, do you maintain the outside of your home or do you let it go.

Letting it goes means the grass is quite high after three weeks, shrubs may need pruning, leaves are gathered in bushes and corners of the porch, and debris that has fallen from the trees due to a storm still litters your yard. Your home may look abandoned or vacant at this point. Is this the impression you want to give, or do you want your home to look like it is occupied during a crisis.

Some Reason to Keep the Grass Trimmed and Debris and Litter Picked Up

1.) In the summer months high grass means insects, snakes and rodents have a sanctuary, a safe haven close to humans and close to human food. This may not bode well for those living in the home if your area has venomous snakes, and no one wants biting insects that can carry diseases crawling around, and rodents can get into the home and destroy food supplies, bite humans and generally create trouble.

2.) Grass that is high enough and shrubs not trimmed back can be hiding places for anyone stalking or attacking the home. Even when there is not a crisis, criminals are always on the lookout for homes to break into, so giving them cover to get close to the home is not a good idea.

3.) Keeping the outside cleaned up and well maintained shows the home is occupied, similar to leaving a light on when you go out at night. Certain criminals look for signs of occupancy before breaking in, and if they suspect someone may be home they may not attempt.

4.) Even though you are in the midst of a crisis taking pride in your home and property is a psychological boost. It helps occupy your mind in a positive way. Having some sense of normalcy is important during a crisis. Like preparing hot meals at normal times, and doing chores like cutting the grass and trimming the shrubs and so on.

5.) Maintaining a sanctuary for small rodents and even rabbits and other mammals’ means the predators know where to go for the all you can eat buffet. While this would not be a big problem for most people it may be for some. Coyotes and even other more dangerous four legged predators may begin to prowl around the area.

Some Reasons Why Your May Not Want To Maintain the Outside of Your Home

1.) Certain groups or individuals during a crisis would assume any house that looks occupied would have people living inside and more importantly supplies would be inside. There are advantages to having a home that looks abandoned. People often times give little thought to a home that looks vacant, and groups or individuals looking to pillage and plunder may not bother to stop.

2.) Depending on your mindset and on how well you are armed you may want to keep the grass high and the bushes shaggy so you have a hiding place to counter an attack. While this may not generally be a tactical advantage in most situations it maybe one in a crisis if your home is attacked or you are under siege and have to escape. Hiding places for those attacking can also be concealment for those defending the home.

3.) Game animals may want to graze if the grass gets high enough and the shrubs are left to grow. This is by no means a guarantee, but deer and other game may begin to graze, and you could if a situation presented itself bag yourself fresh game, if you can do so without giving away the fact someone is living in the home.

Considerations

Even though you are not cutting the grass or picking up debris, walking the property will leave signs of life for anyone that is looking for signs. Trails will be made if you walk through the grass in the same place each time, so if you do have to go out always use a different route. This will be difficult until it becomes a habit.

Human predators will stake out water sources in a crisis seeking other humans just like a four legged predator stalks the game trails to and from water looking for prey.

It would be very difficult to live in a home and not leave some sign someone is living there unless you did not use any form of light at night, did not get caught hunting game, searching for water or caught out foraging for edibles. Anyone with ill intent will follow you back to your home.

You have to decide when a crisis strikes how you plan to shelter in place safely. There is more to sheltering in place than just having enough food, water, medicines, and other essentials.

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