My blog post about our first interview was published on a Friday. That happened to be December 14th, the same day the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting took place in Connecticut. That day’s post was one of my most read posts for a few weeks. And, as we all know, sales of guns, ammo magazines and ammunition have gone through the roof. People all over the country are concerned about home and self defense.
So how do we put this in perspective for preppers?
Guns for Protection
We discussed the basic recommendations for firearms given in his book. There’s no need to spend a lot of money on guns. Start with a .22 rimfire rifle. Move up to a 12 gauge shotgun, and handgun.
In his book Jim compares the attributes of pistols vs. revolvers. We touched on that in our first interview.
When caching, hide away supplies you may need in a pinch. Are their strategic places along your way to work or another important location?
Another reason to cache is to get something out of your home you don’t want to have there. /Do you have handguns you want to keep away from children? This is the sort of cache you’ll want to be able to keep an eye on. Jim suggested practical ways to cache valuables in or near your home.
Much depends on what the catastrophic event is and what your situation is. Stay home if you can, but don’t ignore reality when the situation dictates that you leave.
Have options. Ask yourself if where you are now is unliveable under the circumstances. If you decide you can’t survive there any longer, where will you go? How will you get there? Have you planned this out ahead of time? Or will you become a refugee?
Bug Out Bag
- Water and water filtration
- Food (and a way to get more food)
- First aid and hygiene
- Security (including ways to signal for help)
Radios & Communication
Be sure you and your family or group coordinate as to the radio equipment you use for communicating. Test it out.
I can’t help but throw in my two cents about a couple of other things.
Regarding shortwave radios, there’s a lot less on the bands than there used to be. The BBC, Radio Netherlands and numerous other international broadcasters, have stopped broadcasting to North America. They’ve put their content online or satellite. So you won’t hear much in English these days, except for Cuba, China and a few commercial stations here in the U.S. And who knows how any of these stations will fair in a total collapse situation?
It’s a good idea to get a shortwave radio with single sideband capability to hear the amateur radio bands. There’s sure to be plenty of activity there, as long as ham operators have a power source. If you’re interested in ham radio for yourself, it’s worth it to get licensed. A local ham radio club can help you get licensed and get equipment.
I agree with Jim’s recommendation in his book to have some kind of alternate power source, such as for solar power. Keep rechargeable batteries and a solar battery charger on hand, too. Some wind-up radios have the ability to charge cell phones.
By the way, the book includes tables for the phonetic alphabet and police 10 codes. Those 10 codes are useful, but they may be going away slowly as government agencies move toward plain speech.
Don’t overlook anyone. Each person has unique skills and knowledge.
If you haven’t yet ordered Prepper’s Home Defense, you really should. Jim packs a lot of common sense info on a variety of relevant topics into a little over 200 pages. It’s a DestinySurvival Pick. Order by clicking on the book’s title wherever you see it in this post. You’ll be taken to the page where it’s featured.
You can also check out Jim’s site at www.survivalweekly.com.