SHTF blog – Modern Survival

How to be a Modern-Day Minute Man

Minutemen were motivated fighters who formed a well-organized militia during the American Revolutionary War. As the name implies, they were ready for action at a moment’s notice. Their history is a fascinating one. They served a vital role in winning our independence, and their legacy lives on in American culture. When I think of American history, I think of men and women brave enough to fight a larger and better equipped army in the name of freedom. Let’s look at some ways to keep you ready at a moment’s notice:…

Will Climate Change Attract More People to Prepping?

Climate change is all over the news. Let’s take a look at what this might mean for preppers and the prepping market as a whole, but first… Is Climate Change Real? Climate change is a political subject, and in today’s political climate, that means it’s a polarizing subject. Those on the right say it isn’t happening. Those on the left say the sky is falling. There isn’t much common ground. Self-identifying as the political middle, I generally try to avoid political subjects these days. Those on the left call me…

Surviving Alone in a SHTF Scenario

What if SHTF?  You are the only one home at the time when it hits.  Your kids are grown and gone.  Your wife is gone at work.  It is dark outside.  You hear nothing; see nothing.  There are no cars on the streets. When you finally venture out of the house early the next day, you see nobody on your neighborhood street.  The following day you find no one on any streets in your entire neighborhood.  You retreat back home and lock down in earnest.  There are no cars on…

Our Growing Dependence On Electronics

If you’ve been to a shopping center or a mall lately you’ve probably noticed how many people these days are totally plugged into their phones or other electronic gadgets.  It is even worse today now that the Pokemon Go craze has hit the world like a tidal wave.  I was in the big city of Augusta, Maine recently, which isn’t that big, and was reminded of how many people are constantly plugged into their toys.  Kids, young adults, and increasingly even the Baby Boomers are getting attached to their phones.…

TTP’s For SHTF

Prepping takes time and preparation.  This is essential whether you are doing a Bug In at home with family, a few extended family, neighborhood friends, or a Bug Out solo or with a partnership team.  Just know that the more numbers you add, the more complicated and difficult things suddenly seem to become.  It is inevitable I guess.  Either way you will be facing the daunting task of learning, teaching, practicing and perfecting your TTPs or Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures.  Far be it for me to preach to you guys…

The Human Element

Though we as humans are not listed on the periodic table, everything that combines into our chemical makeup is.  We, you, me, all of us are at the essential core of the salvation of mankind.  If that sounds redundant or worn out, well, think about it.  We are not only charged with surviving ourselves, but we need to contribute to the preemptive avoidance of any and all catastrophic events to the extent we can influence such.  I assume nobody wants Armageddon. By Dr. John J. Woods, a contributing author This…

The Fear Factor

Fear….. It is the number one item that everyone forgets to prepare for in cases of survival, emergency situations and personal protection.  Yes, you may have your Get Home Bag, your Bug out Bag, your SHTF location and your weapon. But did you prepare to deal with FEAR? Most likely NOT.   Unless you can manage fear, you have an exceedingly high probably of not surviving. Fear strikes fast, it produces sometimes uncontrollable responses; it distracts your from what is really going on and significantly inhibits your ability to make the…

Prep For The Future

I recently read that “The future is where we will spend the rest of our lives.”  Ponder that one for a few minutes.  If you live in Colorado, you would maybe be headed to the local neighborhood pot store to get some encouragement for taking on any philosophical debates to discuss that statement.  In Alabama it would take at least a couple six packs to prep the mind to rationalize the wisdom in that comment.  Just kidding. By Dr. John J. Woods, a contributing author In a ZITS cartoon strip…