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Are you a Prepper or Survivalist?

Prepper or Survivalist

Prepper or Survivalist?

I get asked this question a lot.  But what people are really asking is “What really is a prepper, is that the same thing as a survivalist?”

A prepper, by definition, is someone who prepares.  Nothing more, nothing less.

It’s that simple.

But for argument’s sake, I’ll give some examples;  A homesteader is a prepper, so is a survivalist, so are first responders, and so is someone who has made a prudent choice to install a smoke alarm in their home and have an evacuation plan.

So what do all of those people have in common?  They all prepare for something in one form or another.

The question is sort of like asking “Is that a Humvee or is that a vehicle?”  Well, it’s both!  But not every vehicle is a Humvee, and likewise, not every prepper is a survivalist.  But all survivalists are preppers because they prepare.

Sure you can have whatever Adjective-Prepper you can think of like Doomsday Preppers, or  Homestead Prepper but that does not mean that every prepper has a homestead nor does it mean that they all believe in Doomsday.  Do we say Ice Road Trucker and automatically assume that all truckers drive on ice roads?  No, so then why should we believe every prepper is a “Doomsday” prepper?

Of course the media would like everyone to think that we’re all preparing for the end of the world, but we already know they’ll even throw their own people under the bus, or in front of a hurricane just to sell headlines.  (Don Henley’s Dirty Laundry comes to mind.) So I don’t put much faith in the opinions of the media.

But what about our confused government?  Here we have the Department of Homeland Security on one hand who considers us all as extremist groups while  FEMA actually tells us to prepare and have a 72 hour kit on and the CDC tells us to prepare for a zombie apocalypse.

The divide and conquer mentality is not surprising though. The concepts of self-reliance and individual preparedness is a threat to the powers that be.

Nowhere in the history of humankind has there ever been such a unified movement across the political spectrum.

Think about it, where else could you possibly see articles featuring the latest AR-15 accessories, the best gardening tips, news on peak oil, and how to knit a pair of socks all in the same place? It’s not always about zombie Apocalypses, doomsday asteroids, and alien invasions (domestic and intergalactic)

I’ve seen people new to the movement from every political persuasion say something like “I’m not a prepper, but I do prepare for_____”.…..

Oh you prepare do you? and you say your not a prepper? Hmmm, interesting.  Do you wear a seat belt? Own a gun? Have a smoke alarm?  Own insurance? Then you just might be a prepper! Welcome to our mighty band of misfits, welcome to the club of humanity.


Winter Survival Car Kit and which items to include

Winter survival car kit

Don’t get stranded without your winter survival car kit

By A. Page

As winter comes around, new situations and emergencies become possible. From frigid weather, to slippery roads the streets seem to be the most dangerous place for us to be in the winter. Unfortunately, work and obligations won’t stop just because the weather gets bad. In the event of an emergency, having a Winter Survival Kit for you car could ultimately save your life, and your passenger’s life.

Here is a list of things you should include in your winter survival car kit:

-A Shovel. If you’re put in a situation where you need to dig your car out of deep snow, you don’t want to be doing it with your hands.

-Road Salt or Cat Litter. This is great for traction, because after you dig yourself out,  you’re bound to have issues moving out of that spot.

-A Flashlight with Extra Batteries. If anything happens at night, you’ll want more than your cell phone light to illuminate the way.

-A First Aid Kit. This is an obvious one, if you are hurt in a crash or slide you’re going to want a first aid kit.

-Matches and Small Candles. Fire can sometimes be hard to attain in winter, having matches and candles ensures that even if your flashlight batteries all disappear, you have something to guide the way by.

-Raisins and Candy Bars. When blood sugars get low, it becomes harder to tolerate the cold. If you’re in a position where you have to wait for help, having something to keep your sugars up will prevent you from passing out.

-Back-Up Medications. If you have any special medications that you need every day, make sure you pack back up supplies so that you don’t miss a pill.

-Emergency Flares. Not all accidents happen close to town, and the further you go out of town the harder it is to see. Flares will make sure help can see you.

-Extra Blankets and Mittens. Or scarves and sleeping bags. If you find yourself sitting, or even off road, you must remain warm. Hypothermia can be a very real thing.

-Water. A heavy irony of winter is though you’re surrounding by water, you can’t drink any of it. Hydration is always important.

-Battery Powered Radio. If your phone isn’t charged and the car’s electrical systems have gone out, what are you going to do? Have a battery powered radio that you can contact the outside world with.

-A Pen and Pencil. If you need to write down important information, you’ll ahem the ability.

Depending on your needs, you may want to include more things than are listed here. When an emergency arises, its important to stay calm and in control of whats happening around you.  Call 911 if possible, and if you cannot make an educated decision on whether or not to leave your car.  If you decide you must leave your vehicle be sure to write down your name, address, and next destination.  Nothing could be more frightening that aid finding an abandoned car, and have no idea where the people are.  The most important factor of all, is remaining calm and collected. Overexertion helps no one, and your goal is to survive.


Everyday Survival Tools

Everyday survival tools

By A. Page

Being prepared doesn’t have to mean carrying around large bags and kits that cover every last thing you could imagine. Though its good to have these expansive kits, creating an everyday kit that can fit in your purse or pockets is the ultimate amenity for those who admit the struggle between man and the wild, is very real.


Here are eight everyday survival tools that are bound to come in handy, whether your hiking or waiting for the bus.

Metal Encased Flint. You never know when you’ll need to start a fire, or when you’ll want to impress your friends. Metal encased flint is extremely sturdy and will not cut your pocket, or worse, your leg.  Most are made with a built-in striker, and several other amenities.

A Survival Card.  A survival card is about the size of a playing card and includes many features that cut the amount of gear you’d normally carry ten fold.  A can opener, flat head screwdriver, rules, bottle opener, wrench, saw blade, and ancillary indicator are among the most common amenities these survival cards have to offer.  The best part?  It fits in your wallet.

A Solar Flashlight.  A solar flashlight protects you from common flashlight problems, water damage and dead batteries.  Most operate on a full time charge after just a few hours of charge. Its a great tool to keep on your keyring, and LEDs are sure to illuminate any issues you may be having.

Alcohol Prep Pads.  This is an obvious tool for antiseptic purposes, but another use for this common product is fire-starting.  If you’ve forgotten your flint, taking a lighter to an alcohol prep pad is a great way to start a fire, even in the worst conditions.

Waterproof Pill Boxes.  Of course these boxes are great for storing meds, but they can also be a great place to keep your strike-anywhere matches.  They’re air tight and can be attached to your car keys.

An Emergency Whistle. Whether you’re in the woods or out in public, having a whistle that has a high decibel can save you in a tight spot.  Most come with added compartments, which is a great place to store back-up pills or a needle and some strings.

A Metalized Polyester Blanket. This emergency blanket is unique in the fact that it can be folded down to the size of a deck of cards. When the gas-lines pop or a car accident leaves you in the cold, this lightweight and flexible material reflects up to 90% of body heat. This is a must have for any and every survival kit.

A Foldable Water Bottle. Carrying around your aluminum two-quart water bottle can get a little old.  Getting a collapsible water bottle is ergonomic for your everyday life.  When you’re finished with the contents, this water bottle fits away in your pocket or purse.

Not every day is a day to carry around a fifty pound bag, but that doesn’t mean you should abandon survival tools altogether.  You never know when you’ll need them, and its always better to be prepared than be forced to rely on others when a crisis (even a minor one) occurs.


Preparing Your Children for School Disasters

Preparing Your Children for School DisastersBy A. Page

When it comes to your children, chances are you’ve already gone through some preparation steps to keep them safe during emergencies.  However, when your kids are at school you can’t always be there to guide them through every possible emergency.  Thats why its important to consider the possibilities, and be equipped with as much knowledge as you can.  Whether it be community violence that occurs close to the school, medical accidents, natural disasters, or terrorist threats; Its good to know the school’s policies and procedures.


When preparing your children for school disasters, Ask yourself these questions:

-What is the schools lockdown policy? Many schools have mandatory lockdown policies during certain disasters. Its absolutely vital you know this procedure because during a lockdown schools rarely let children out, or parents in.

-What hospital does the school call in a medical emergency? If your child is transported to the hospital, its helpful to know which one they will be going to. It will cut out a lot of stress in the event your child is injured.

-What is the schools evacuation plan? In the event that a disaster makes it too dangerous to remain inside the school, where will they take your child?

After you’ve answered these questions, sit down with your child and discuss their school schedule.  Ask them what obstacles they may encounter and formulate a the safest, quickest route for them to take in between classes. Having a map of the school for both you and your child can benefit both of you during an emergency.  Your children can plan and execute their routes, and you can always know the evacuation routes they plan on taking.

Beyond these plans, its also important to make a plan for yourself.  How will you handle your child being in an emergency?  Your first instinct as a parent is to run to the school and retrieve your child, but that’s not always plausible.  Create a plan to deal with the aftermath, both physically and emotionally for you and your child.  Some events can be traumatic and your job as a parent is to make sure that they don’t put a damper on your child’s development.

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