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Owning Your Decision To Bug Out

Howdy fellow patriots and preppers and welcome to another episode. This episode is slightly deeper than most, for today I will talk about bugging out with your family and when you should. I talk about you making the decision for yourself to save the lives of your loved ones and yourself. No one can make this decision besides your family and in many times besides you. This is just a reminder that if more people had thrown aside the directive of the Houston mayor to stay in their homes and had actually bugged out, there would have been fewer calls for help. Yes, I have always been an advocate for “bugging-in”, but I have also said there are other times that you can’t. Please let us know your thoughts on this topic by submitting a comment at the bottom of this article.

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The Time Is Close

The time may be near when preppers will have to break in to those precious food stocks. Ok well we don’t know that for sure, but what if the collapse of society is tomorrow? Are you squared away? Chances are you are not, I don’t know a serious prepper out there that says they are fully ready. You can never have enough food, water, medical supplies, or equipment; or at least for a global collapse that sends us all into the Stone Age.


Really though, what is most likely to happen that requires our preps to be activated; not a collapse or an EMP but more of a localized disaster. A tornado, earthquake, job loss, or power outage is more likely to happen than a national or global disaster. That is what we prepare for the most? You can stockpile stuff for a EMP or other equally horrible event, but if you do then you should be more than adequately ready for the mostly and if you aren’t; you aren’t doing it right.


Now lectures aside. Now all your preps are stored properly and away from moisture and sunlight to keep them lasting a long while, do you ever test them?  One thing you absolutely do not want to do is open a can of beans or tuna to find out the seal was bad on them, especially when you really need it. Yes, store bought canned goods can have bad seals also. An example for me is when I opened a can of Chef Boyardee ravioli for my kids and there was a layer of green slime on the top. Remember watch how your MREs are stored in your BOB as well. A friend and I just today took a hike with our BOBs and ate some of the food in them. He had a MRE that had been sitting in his vehicle for a year or so that, though it was still in date, was bad… Let’s just say the cheese spread was the texture of taffy and the Salisbury steak, he contributed the smell to the pile my dog left in the yard before the hike. Other than quality testing of the food, it may be a good idea to test cooking skills in which you have to be “unconventional” in your preparedness and cooking of recipes. It’s funny how a hundred years ago, our unconventional methods were the standard method; did I say funny, I meant sad. Have you tried cooking over a wood fire lately?


You may want to try your technique out before relying on it. With the spring around the corner, camping season will be also. Taking your family camping is the best way to try out fire starting methods, primitive cooking styles, and all around basic survival skills. When I say camping though, I am not talking about taking your camper down to the K.O.A. and hooking up power and water, I’m talking about rustic. You need to camp simulating off the grid living, someplace where you don’t have neighbors 20 feet to each side singing kumbaya. In a real emergency situations you will use whatever you have at your disposal including a camper, so I’m not saying to avoid using it; use your camper on without outside influence. You also should find either a campground that has rustic sites that are away from people or public land that you can camp out for a weekend. Each member of your family should have their BOB and use it. On public land you can take it a step further and get the proper hunting/fishing permits to trap small game or catch fish to eat over the weekend. I do recommend getting the licenses though before you attempt it, last thing you need is a conservation officer ruining the weekend by fining and or arresting someone.


You should try to have a survival skills camping trip with your family every month or two in the warmer months. As your family gets better you could try in the colder months as well. Now if you are just starting out with them, don’t be surprised if you can’t cover everything or even a quarter of it in a weekend. Don’t get short or irritated with them if they don’t get it either, last thing you want to do is turn them off at the whole idea of camping every month by being pissy over their slow learning curve. It is crucial that if you want your family and you to survive a national emergency, that you are all on the same page and being impatient with them will cause more failure than success. Start small with some basics like fire making, cooking over wood fire, water collection, and water purification. Those four skills can be more difficult than the average person realizes, but once mastered, will allow them to eat stored food and drink clean water which I shouldn’t have to tell you the importance of. Your next skills training with them could be shelter building and snare making. There are a lot of skills that you can work on at home on weekends you are not in the woods like knots, map reading, and sewing; so don’t think you have to do all your training outside.
  
The better you and your family get, the more you can incorporate into these weekends. You could start testing some of your toys like HAM or two-way radios. You should also start putting some trail hiking or off the trail hiking in as well. One day you and your family might just get so good and enjoy living off the land that you never leave the woods. Please share some of your stories or experiences with us and the other readers by commenting below.

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APIIINation Episode 8

Overview of this weeks podcast from Charlie01
Legislative Up-date:
Congress is on recess currently, but upcoming events to watch…
• Senate will start considering the Iran nuke deal sept. 8th
• The end of the federal government’s fiscal year is sept. 30th, will there be a budget passed? Will we see more quantitative easing?… how do you think the world will take more devaluing of the dollar?
• More bills to defund planned parenthood
• Two bills introduced in congress involving sanctuary cities:
1. “Enforce The Law for Sanctuary Cities Act” HR3009 has passed the house and is going to senate judiciary committee after the recess. It denies state or local govt funding if they fail to enforce immigration laws.
2. “Stop Sanctuary Cities Act” S1814- similar to House bill.
• Another Benghazi hearing is scheduled for Oct. 22nd and will be questioning Clinton again regarding her emails
• Congressional Gold Medal HR2567 which gives congressional gold medals to the 4 victims of the Benghazi attack has been proposed in the house.
Today we morn and send our prayers to the families and friends of Alison Parker and Adam Ward after they were gunned down early Wednesday morning. Unfortunately gun control advocates are already beating their drum… be vigilant for gun control attempts.
Events of the week… as everyone knows the market has been very volatile lately with the plunge on Friday and starting out on Monday causing New York Stock Exchange to invoked rule 48 for the first time in 18 years allowing the market to open without setting opening prices during uncertain market conditions and were planning to halt trades if the S&P 500 dropped 7% on Monday.
Preparedness: Emergency Bag (bug out bag, go bag, get home bag)
• Before you build a doomsday bug out bag, build a hotel bag
• Emergency bag items should be tailored to your specific needs, but necessities are food, water, first aid, hygiene products, flashlight, whistle, multi-tool, lighter, duct tape, rope, extra clothes.
• If camping is a possibility add shelter, blankets, fire starters

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Are You Ready To Bug-Out?

I see articles everyday talking about bugging-out when the SHTF, but how many people is actually ready for this course of action? You can say you are till the cows come home, but are you? There are a lot of factors that I doubt most people who claim they will “bug-out” in a disaster are truly ready for. If you are one of those people who believe that you and your family are going to take to the road and get the hell out of dodge, please indulge me by reading this and consider my advice.
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First and for most, where are you going to go in an emergency? Dreaming of living on the road and always on the move in a SHTF scenario are just that, dreams. Living on the road should truly be more of a nightmare. You would have absolutely no control over any element of you or your family’s survival. Every meal, every drop of water, even shelter, could be the luck of the dice. I know some people reading this may think that their wilderness survival skills could keep them alive and they may be right for at least a limited time. This also is true for the people that plan on heading for the woods and plan on living off the land and wilderness, no, in either scenario plan on multiple obstacles to these fantasies. One glowering obstacle is the number of other people with the exact same plan as you, community building right, most likely not. Most people with this idea are not prepared in any way for a disaster; they will be a huge hindrance to successfully survival. Yes, you could teach them, but if you prepared for you and your family to survive, split those preps in half because you just added how many new members to your “family” to feed. Speaking of feeding, where do you plan on getting food and water? Depending on the disaster, you may not be able to safely filter water from a stream or lake and wildlife may have already been killed off by a predator with a 30-50 mile roaming pattern. What are you going to do when you run out of supplies? Chances are, you will not be able to just go rummage through abandoned houses for needed items because unless you are in a city, there probably won’t be many abandoned houses and the residents in those houses will probably defend their property. The best solution to all of the above is have a planned destination or multiple.
Bug-out destinations, retreats, properties, etc. are becoming popular investments in the preparedness world. I do not own one, nor have plans in the immediate future to own one, but like the concept. Personally I believe though, that you should have more than one place to go in an emergency just in case you can’t go to your primary. Once you have located your destinations, you must figure out as many routes as you can to the locations. When determining your way to your bug-out, come up with at least three routes if possible. Those routes should also be the paths with least resistance such as sparsely populated, least bridges to cross, and non-problematic terrain. Once you have figured out the way there, make copies of the maps on a regular road map and a topographical map if possible and put a copy in each family member’s bug-out bag. Try to review these routes with your family on a regular basis, not every week, but maybe once every two or three months.
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How are you going to bug-out? Along with bug-out retreats, bug-out vehicles have become popular. I feel you should not get too hung up on a vehicle to get to your location. Make sure that it is well maintained, plenty of fuel with an adequate amount of extra fuel to get you where you need to go. Plan on not being able to stop for a refill and store enough to get you there. Another reason not to obsess over what type of vehicle you use to get there is that you do not want to be targeted by those you pass. If you are driving around in a lifted, camouflaged Jeep with spot lights, brush guard, and gas cans mounted on it, chances are in a SHTF time you are prepared and have lots of food and water and you will have a huge target on you by everyone who doesn’t. An extended cab 4 wheel-drive pickup with a bed cover will probably work just as well and draw a whole lot less attention.

With every good evacuation plan, you need to account for worst case scenarios. What do you do if the end of the world as you know it is the same time that your transmission decides to take a dump on you? If you and your family also have bikes with you, you could make it to your cabin a whole lot faster than hiking those extra 60 miles. As a bug-out vehicle, a bicycle is by far not an optimal choice, but as a backup while you are already on the road, it serves the purpose. The other option is hiking to your hide away. Hiking has a lot of disadvantages, but one huge advantage that would in some cases make it the best choice. If you have to sneak to your retreat undetected, backpacking you and your family in through the woods quietly is the best. Disadvantages include the fact that you are fully exposed to everything and it is going to take you a lot longer to get where you want to go. Many people also believe that they can simply walk the distance in their current physical shape, those same people, I’ve seen collapse from heat or muscle fatigue in as little as 4 miles. Backpacking, which is what essentially a hiking bug-out is requires the same amount of endurance training that marathon runners go through. You and your family should start taking walks with your BOB on now and begin building up your endurance no matter what your method of escape is.
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So I ask again after you have read this, are you ready to bug-out? What do you still need to do to get to a level that is manageable? One, determine your destination and map it out. Two, make sure that what ever vehicle you take is in good working order and is maintained regularly. Three, be ready for a worst, worse case scenario of your bug out vehicle breaking down.
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Team Building And Training At The Minnesota Chapter

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This up coming May the Minnesota chapter will have a two day camp-out, it will be full bug-out SHTF type of drills. We will be setting up camp in stealth mode, have guards rotating all night, coordinate movements through the woods unseen, go over hand signals, and review wild edibles.

We are training and building three ERTs (Emergency Response Team) in the great state of Minnesota. We are about training and more training with our members. We also put into place this year group dues to help pay outside instructors for training.

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June Training
Knife fighting and close quarters combat and training for our ERT teams

July Training
Weapons disarmament along with more training for the ERT teams

August Training
4 day survival camp deep in the woods

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Cheapest Ultra-light stove worth a look

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I have been asked several times what I keep in my backpack for cooking food. Until a few months ago, I just always told people that I have a stainless steal camp mug. I would use it with a stick next to a hot fire to boil or cook my food. It was not ideal and other than the fact it would only directionally cook my food from what ever side the fire was on, it was also a pain if the stick failed. If I was camping someplace that regulated campfires though, I’d have a heavy sterno stove packed away too. It would evenly cook my food, but when you’re hiking especially long distances, every ounce matters. Also the sterno stove is about as efficient or less as a campfire. My camping buddy however has one of those nice fancy butane backpack stove that he brought out a couple times. That thing was awesome: boils water in under two minutes, light weight, and compact. I imagined keeping one in my backpack, “bug-out” bag, and maybe in my preps at home. So I started pricing them for myself after that and was finding name brand stoves ranging $25-75 at the time, a little pricy for what I was looking at doing with it. Then I stumbled on to this one on amazon.

Ultra-light Stove

I was skeptical to say the least, I mean $6.99 for one of these bad ass ultra light backpack stoves and skipped over it. A year went by and then as a little Christmas present, my daughter gave me it. I was of course very appreciative to have gotten it, but was still skeptical on quality.
Challenge accepted, I decided to start putting the $7 ultra light stove to the test. I threw it in my car bag and decided I would start testing it on some endurance hikes. I would go hiking a few miles with my car bag in the winter and after getting to point A or B I’d make myself a hot cup of coffee with the stove. First thing that stood out about it was every time I attached a butane tank to it, I’d get sprayed from around the fitting when it was being screwed on… It wouldn’t keep doing it, it was just until you fully mounted the stove to the tank, not too big a deal… Just had to make sure your face wasn’t right at the fitting as you did it or you’d be hosed with butane. Once the canister is fully mounted you turn the valve open to start releasing the butane through the burner and use the ignitor to fire it. In my opinion the ignitor is decent quality, I have seen the name brand models have the ignitor give out early on in their life.

As with all ultra-light stoves, you are limited to the size of your pan or pot that you are cooking with. I use a $4.99 stainless steel camp mug from Walmart that holds maybe 18-20 oz of liquid.

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My conclusion after using using this stove as much as I have, it is a must have. For the price you can get some back ups just incase.