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    Warning Signs vs Warning Systems

    The recent link to Survival Mom http://thesurvivalmom.com/2013/06/08/how-will-you-know-when-the-balloon-goes-up-advice-from-survival-experts/ from the Survival Cache Newsletter got me to thinking about warning signs that a widespread, long-term disaster is coming our way. My research included warning systems. Below is a very condensed version of my blog Warning Signs vs Warning Systems http://www.blogsbyqwerty.com/blog-warning-signs.shtml. Would sure like to hear what other preppers think about this important topic. 1- Warning signs don't arrive with a plan of action. We have to decide what they mean and how to mesh our response with our existing survival plans. They are more general than alerts from a warning system, but give us more time to plan our response. If the Internet goes down, for example, it's not like a smoke alarm going off. Some signs will put us in a state of wait and see. Some signs will confirm our commitment to stay put. And some will bring us to the brink of bugging out. But none should catch us with our pants down saying "I did NOT see that coming!" when the disaster itself arrives. 2- Warning Systems generate alerts that are more specific and reliable than signs. But the warning comes after the disaster is detected, not before, so you and I have less time to plan our response to the information. If I hear a policeman driving through my neighborhood shouting on his megaphone, "Pack your vehicles with food, water and clothing and evacuate immediately." it's too late to bug out. Better to deal with looters and zombies with the help of like-minded preppers in my own neighborhood than to face them alone on a grid-locked freeway. Most warning systems are not networked with other warning systems. The Disaster Warning Network http://www.disasterwarning.com wants to change that by creating a network of sensors, computers and radios to detect danger, analyze its magnitude, speed and direction, and communicate geographically specific warnings to common devices such as cell phones, smart phones, laptops, televisions, radios and other devices capable of giving an audible alarm. Not sure that will help me survive a SHTF event, especially one that escalates to TEOTWAWKI http://www.blogsbyqwerty.com/blog-survival.shtml. The 1938 War of the Worlds http://www.time.com/time/arts/article/0,8599,1855120,00.html broadcast by Orson Wells was before my time, but I see it as a sobering example of how most people might react to any public announcement of impending danger. It's also a lesson about how difficult it might be to verify the truth of a sign or an alert. Before you decide to stay put or bug out, you might try to answer questions like these: Which warning systems do I have access to now? Which warning systems will still be available after SHTF? Which warning signs would I accept as evidence that a disaster is coming? Which warning signs would make me decide to stay put or bug out? Where could I survive better than right here? What are my criteria for interpreting the word better? What are my chances of getting my family to this other place? Will my preparations mesh with city, state, national or global disaster plans?
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    Kinda thought this place would be in flames...

    Yeah, flames came to my mind too when they said Obama had been re-elected. Four more years of not so fiscally conservative government. Like bread left in the toaster too long. And once toast you can't go back to being just bread. But the Elephant/Donkey grid lock isn't much better. Wish politics were not so polarized. "And" rather than "Either/Or" just seems so much more realistic and practical, in all aspects of life. My vote almost always goes to the Republicans because I'm fiscally conservative and believe in not burdening others with things I can do myself. But my income is "subsidized" by the government and I believe in helping others when Lady Luck has dealt them a bad hand. So in some ways I'm a Democrat, I guess. But mostly I'm a Survivalist because I identify strongly with people prepared to rebuild America from the ground up WSHTF. In fact, I'm wondering what percentage of Survivalists are Democrats. My understanding of their philosophy doesn't make it seem likely (to me) that they would embrace a Survivalist's approach to life, with or without a TEOTWAWKI scenario. I'm also wondering how I can support the Obama administration when I oppose so much of what it has done (or undone) in the last four years. I am an American, and glad beyond words I was born here, not somewhere else. But it's not the America I grew up in. And I'm not one of those old guys making himself even older by trying to keep things the way they were. But boy do I not like the changes we've seen in the last four years. Most of that is not just my emotional, subjective response. The Obama regime has affected my life in adverse, real-world ways. The only thing about Obama that doesn't affect me in any practical, down-to-earth way is his name. I hate it, especially the one in the middle. ~Bill
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    Get Home Bag

    Yeah, good way to keep an eye on your BOL while you're gone. At least you'd know what to expect when you got there and have time to prepare in advance if somebody had gotten there before you. Here's some ideas about hiding stuff in plain sight... preparedsociety.com/forum/f23/hidden-plain-sight-10861/
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    Get Home Bag

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    Get Home Bag

    I've been entertaining the idea of buying a cabin in a remote area as a BOL to deal with the possibility that I could not get home to my wife WSHTF or if we have to leave home. But like you I would not be comfortable leaving anything there, especially firearms and ammo. BOLs are subject to everything from vandalism to militants or moochers getting there before you do. Might be a good thread: ways to hide stuff, securely, at or near your BOL. I saw a Youtube video a few months ago about how to stash supplies in large PVC pipes buried in the forest. Guess you could store the coordinates in a GPS but what if the satellites go down with the grid? Might require some careful triangulation with geographical features? Maybe even a picture or two of the sites? I don't know. Lots to think about... Bill
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    Get Home Bag

    Yes, a bag should be able to accomodate different scenarios. Mine is setup to handle everything from a three day (or so) evacuation (mostly in case of forest fire) to get me home if SHTF to bugging out forever. My biggest concern right now is not the bag but where to go if I'm never going home again. Our place is in the mountains 15 miles or so from a very small town but it's one of those gated communities with too many sheeple and too few preppers. Thanks for the replies everytone. Very good info... --Bill
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    Get Home Bag

    This topic has been beat to death, I suppose, but I never tire of hearing how other preppers weigh stay put against bug out. Or how other preppers see the difference between a bug out and get home bag. Here's why I am once again thinking about this... This weekend I helped a friend put on a big party in the Thousand Oaks area of southern California. The drive down there on Friday afternoon wasn't too bad--a little congestion here and there but I still managed to average 50 mph overall. The trip home Sunday morning was very different. A lengthy section of the 405 Fwy was closed so I spent almost an hour detouring around the closure on surface streets. Finally got going again but an hour later, north bound on the 14 Fwy, everything came to a halt. An accident had closed all four lanes. Took me 2 hours to go 7 miles and most of that was sitting with my truck in Park eating trail snacks and drinking water. Made me realize how it would be if a SHTF event causes a mass evacuation from LA. For the most part, everyone behaved politely. We were of course not dealing with a disaster--just a long wait to get home. But the experience reminded me of why my BOB has gradually become a Get Home Bag. In the last year, my thinking and my preparations are that my little place here in the mountains is my Bug Out Place. Short of the roof catching fire or the militia or militants forcing me to bug out, I'm staying put. My wife and I wouldn't last 3 weeks out there in the woods or the desert competing with all the other refugees for rats, rabbits, worms, water and weeds. What's that little ditty? Three minutes w/o air, three days w/o water, 3 weeks w/o food. Maybe some of you are Jeremiah Johnsons but I am not and don't wanna be. I'll risk my life to defend my wife and our stuff against a few militants but if an army of bad asses is coming up my driveway, well, bugging out might look better at that moment than dying like Bonnie and Clyde but all things considered bugging out looks more and more unrealistic to me. I'm prepping to stay put and that includes those last two rounds in my back pocket. --Bill
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    oc pepper spray

    I bought the Fox Flip Top pepper spray... http://www.defensedevices.com/fox-labs-flip-top.html and the adjustable slip-fit holster made by Comp-Tac.com... http://www.comp-tac.com/product_info.php?products_id=34&osCsid=ftihg8k8fj7jgsg8gtb2nbktj3 The Fox spray and Comp-Tac holster cost about $50. Not that much savings over the Mace gun. Here a few reviews I checked out before deciding to not buy it... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0dsBkQiuZs http://www.familyhomesecurity.com/mace-pepper-spray-gun-features-and-customer-reviews/ http://www.defensedevices.com/mace-video.html
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    Scope for Ruger 10-22

    Thanks for the great pics! My Ruger is old and doesn't have a mount, just the four screws on the top. I'm inclined to go with a picatinny rail, not a weaver. Does the Tasco you bought have fixed or adjustable parallax? Bill
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    Scope for Ruger 10-22

    This topic has come up a few times but I am still confused about exactly what to buy. The Simmons is recommended alot, and I have an Amazon account so I'm ready to put that in my shopping cart. It supposedly comes with rings but some guys complain the included rings put the scope up too high. And the Ruger I have has no mount, just the four little screws on the top. Can somebody give me a heads up on what mount and rings I should buy to mount the Simmons and if Amazon.com has them or not? Thanks for any help coming my way... Bill
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    What happened to Survival?

    Nor me either. And you and the others have suggested many ways to get out of that loop. I've survived two fires and several earthquakes that required us to get through more than a week without running water or electricity. We were prepared only in the sense that we had lots of food and water stored in my shop in nitrogen-packed cans. We could stay put for a very long time, but we had a truck/camper as a mobile BOB in case we had to evacuate to our BOL. We were fortunate not to have to deal with gangs roaming the neighborhood with an attitude and an appetite for violence or theft. Mostly because we lived in the country, not the city. Didn't call them zombies then. Until the Internet became what it is today, with forums and other information, what I "knew" came mostly from books like Alas Babylon, Earth Abides and Lucifer's Hammer. All of those novels focused on the growth of small groups working together to make life as close to the way it was before SHTF. Even later novels like Lights Out seem to focus on that goal. So WSHTF, I'm thinking my best chances of survival would be to hook up with people who like the life we have in America and who are able and willing to work together to get it back on its feet again. We live like kings and queens compared to a large percentage of the rest of the world. I have a garden, but still need to get to a grocery store every week. My "hard" list contains food, water, supplies, ammo and so forth. But I have a "soft" list too, and it starts with things like a shower every night, a hot meal and a warm bed, and moves up to "higher" things like friends I can depend on, someone to love and be loved by and the goal of contributing to the restoration of this country. Or as close to TWAWKI before disaster struck. The goal of short-circuiting TEOTWAWKI would also be on my "soft" list, but to tell the truth, I have very few clear ideas of how to go about that. And if I did, I'm not sure I'd feel any less impotent than I do now in the face of so many things on so many levels going to hell in a hand basket. Or so it seems to me. Interesting thread and very in informative too. Thanks everyone... --Bill
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    If SHTF

    Really appreciate the comments about treating pets with respect. They might not be able to say it or even think it like we humans do, but you gotta know they want to survive too. My dogs are all gone now, but I still have 3 of my original cats, and for many reasons I consider them better friends than most of the people I know. Hey, they are "people" as far as I am concerned, or at the very least they have what I call personhood. Thanks for the insights, everyone... --Bill
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    Questions, answers, and other things

    For financial reasons, my wife and I gave up our cell phones. The possibility that the cell phone system would be down in even local emergencies made us buy two ways in case we are separated when SHTF. The range is supposedly 25 miles but our experience is more like 4 miles unless we are both standing on a mountain top. They are GMRS/FRS radios with 22 channels and I set up both to operate on that CTCSS thing so we could talk even if other people are using our channel. That has happened a few times and we were surprised how well it works. But I'm wondering what things would be like in an emergency when hundreds or even thousands of people were flapping their lips at one another while we are trying to get in tuch. We have an agreed upon bug out place, but I anticipate lots of reasosn why I would like to hear her voice, and versa vice, if SHTF and we are not together. Anyone know what two way traffic is like in an emergency? Even with the CTCSS mode enabled? Thanks for the forum Capt Bart!
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    Emergency communication

    Could you be a bit more specific about some of the terms you used? I've never heard of the phrase UPS or Skype. Thanks, Bill