Something to think about…Current Situation (6/1/2020)

This morning I was watching video of a portion of what transpired last night in regards to protests, riots, looting, etc. I was saddened beyond belief…we, as a country, were/are eating ourselves alive. Nothing short of social and cultural cannibalism.

There was senseless violence, looting of stores and businesses, fires, angry confrontations, random and ridiculous acts of destruction. Journalists specifically targeted and injured by police…intimidation as a goal. Then something interesting happened…a change started to occur in what I was seeing.

A video clip showed a youngish man was using a hammer to break bricks apart on a sidewalk; he was passing them out to a couple of young people who left the view of the camera. I can only assume what their intention was…criminal/destructive behavior. But, then a miracle took place! Several young men dressed similar to those with the bricks appeared and tackled the guy with the hammer, wrestled him to the ground, subdued him, then it got even better.

Unknown to me because of the camera angle there was a line of police maybe 50 feet from what was happening with the hammer guy…and the police did nothing. But, the young men that had subdued hammer guy wrestled with him while dragging him over to the police…and then turned him over to police. It was amazing…hammer guy was not going without a fight. So here was this one group of young protestors wrestling with the police helping them to get hammer guy under control. Once hammer guy was on the ground the police officers could be seen calmly tapping the protester assistants on the shoulders and obviously telling them they had it under control.

The young protestors walked away from the police and resumed their peaceful protesting. Amazing!! And it truly touched my heart. Was this an isolated incident or more widespread?

Then another video where a Sheriff, not a deputy, in Michigan, was standing with a group of deputies facing off with a group of very angry protestors. Another violent confrontation in the making. The Sheriff then did an amazing thing he took off his riot gear and approached the crowd asking to speak with them. About 20 mins later there was a bond in that small community interaction, the situation defused, the crowd dispersed, the officers left…and all had the understanding that the killing of George Floyd was horrific, criminal, unacceptable, and not going to happen in their community.

Then another video with another tense stand-off. But, you could see some of the protestors, angry to be sure, started talking to the front line police officers. I thought to myself that this was going to spark a violent encounter…I was wrong…oh so wrong. The crowd started chanting something like “kneel for George Floyd” and some of the protestors started kneeling. Then a couple of officers knelt, then more, then more. Next thing you knew there were protestors and police officers kneeling together and you could see the tension drain from both sides.

Then video from another large city where another large and tense crowd approached a line of bike officers…another powder keg. Chanting, shouting, tension…everything for another spark to ignite violence. But the officers didn’t get all macho Rambo…an officer approached the crowd and spoke with a couple of their apparent leaders. The conversation didn’t last long but the officer explained that they thought the killing of George Floyd was absolutely unacceptable behavior and they stood in solidarity with the protestors. The officers momentarily knelt…then walked away. The protestors milled about for a few minutes and then they too dispersed on their own accord. Within 10 minutes video showed virtually no one in that area of the city.

In Washington state another angry crowd formed…again, protesting the murder of George Floyd. Police officers showed up…in regular duty uniforms not military gear. The city police chief stepped forward to speak to the crowd…he was greeted with apprehension but was allowed to speak. A protest leader stepped up to him and handed him an electronic megaphone so he could be better heard. The chief spoke for a couple of minutes then answered questions from the crowd members. Some of the questions were tough, a few a bit rude. But the chief answered them all…it lasted about 30 minutes. At the end a protest leader got up and spoke well of the chief and “their” police…he asked people to remember what he said, respect them, and only protest peacefully. The officers left…the protestors continued walking and chanting…no sign of violence to be found anywhere.

My point?  A personal one to be sure…but important as well. Remember I spoke about avoiding binary choices? Remember I spoke about letting locals solve their own problems? Remember I spoke about using something other than militarized police or the actual military? Well, it can work! No, not every time…I understand that. But, I clearly saw where peace officers were proactive and engaged with the public, worked with those protesting, understood the actual problem(s), dropped the Rambo attitude, considered community over subjugation, valued life over submission…solutions were found.

It also takes protestors using reason and understanding to know when they have won. When you have police officers turning into peace officers it is time to understand you won…and then work together with those officers to form a better community. To give hope that all life can improve and overcome the evil that is out there.

Yes, there will continue to be senseless violence, destruction, looting, and all manner of evil in our cities over this and future injustices. But, for those who set their pride and ego aside, for those who will allow themselves some humility, there is hope. Hope for a strong, united, compassionate, and just community. People working together to make life, all life, better. A hope that differences and injustice is not met with tear gas, bricks, rubber bullets, thrown water bottles, martial law, fires, flash-bang grenades, looting, brutality, and a police state.

Too many are willing to be divided…accepting, even encouraging an “us vs them” culture. Too many willing to subjugate, to subdue, to crush, to win at all costs…regardless of the true price paid. True patriots do not want a police state, do not want militarized police, do not want military troops in the streets, do not want citizens beaten. And no, true patriots do not want to see journalists specifically targeted for intimidation or worse…victims of violence. True patriots understand protests and protestors. True patriots can even understand when those protests turn into riots…and property destruction. True patriots understand that is exactly where our Founding Fathers, militia members, Minute Men, and others had their roots when the USA was being born.

We have to, we must, avoid binary choices! We must step outside of the box, step outside of ourselves. We must meet others halfway…hell, meet them more than half way! We must work together to solve problems and defeat evil…ALL evil regardless of where it is found.

Why?

It is not hard to understand. There are forces at work in this country, in this world, that are trying to divide us, to conquer us. And when we allow them to divide us…EVERYONE loses. The officer who killed Floyd was a thug with a badge…nothing more than a sad, pathetic excuse for a police officer. And those who are burning, looting, and attacking police officers are no better…worse in my opinion in many ways.

But, both the badge thugs and the looters/destroyers are agents of those that wish to divide and conquer. And they are winning in many locations, in many ways. We can’t let that happen. We must work together in our communities to defeat those that wish to defeat us.

Who are they that wish to defeat us? Well, that is another whole discussion for another day. But, I would wager that most, if not all, of you know who they are.

We are in an unprecedented time in US history. We have a pandemic, we have a crashed economy, we have massive unemployment, we have a political system that is broke and getting worse, we have financial catastrophes coming at us that can easily crush us, we have politicians who wish us harm…if we allow it. Don’t allow it! Find solutions…don’t feed your ego. Work out problems with positive “win-win” resolutions…don’t go macho. Use humility when dealing with others…defeat ego driven decisions.

No, I am not advocating the abrogation of God-given rights, nor nonperformance of public or private duties and responsibilities. I am simply asking you to work together within your community to do what is right.

 

 

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Feedback & Comments: 5/30/2020

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In response to my Immediate Action Warning this morning I received this passionate response…


OK, what exactly would be a correct response by government or individuals?
The police have abandoned large areas of several cities. They either can not or will not do anything. How many burglaries, assaults, robberies, rapes, and murders have been committed in the police no-go zones? How many scores settled?
Does this sound like France, Sweden, or Germany?

If troops, whether Guard or Regulars, are deployed (in spite of Posse Comitatus), will they have empty rifles?
For how many years was the traditional ROE for troops and civilians in disaster areas “You loot, we shoot”? Would you expect them to NOT shoot? Easy to say, if you are not in the line of men facing a mob. If not that, then what? Allow the mob to beat them down and take their select-fire weapons, or pull out and once again leave the streets and neighborhoods to the looters? No good choices, but which is worse?
Not making a choice is still a choice.
Civilians too will be quickly overwhelmed by sheer numbers unless they use deadly force, and at least one pawnshop owner (yes, a white guy) was arrested. After the arrest, the store was gutted. In law, in every jurisdiction I’m aware of, shooting to stop arson is a justifiable use of deadly force, as is the disparity of force of being faced by a mob. Apparently, MN has a “duty to retreat” law everywhere- except a domicile, so the choices for business owners are death, destitution, or jail.
https://heavy.com/news/2020/05/john-rieple/
How about these men, (who I’d side with and you will not find this on youtube)? Would they be arrested as quickly as the white pawn owner?
https://www.worldstarhiphop.com/videos/video.php?v=wshhhB2w3tSuRIVkX79A
Is the only alternative to simply leave the law-abiding at the mercy of the mob?
Just sayin’.
I wonder if the mayor and other members of the Minnesota Democratic Farmer Labor Party (yes really) have any idea what they are creating?
( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minnesota_Democratic%E2%80%93Farmer%E2%80%93Labor_Party)
Who will tolerate a place where the cops only arrest the basically law-abiding non-violent “offender”, and the citizens are not allowed to defend either their property or themselves. Governors and mayors of the progressive blue states cry about the flight of the tax base, as they become ever more greedy and tyrannical, but so far, their only solution is to demand more bailouts and blame Trump for their own failings.


A lengthy and provocative post to be sure. But, it is also a tough post to respond to based on a number of factors; 1) passion, 2) straw-man arguments, 3) inaccurate/false set of choices, 4) presentation of binary choices,etc. So, I thought I would respond to some of the more specific issues raised to ensure clarification of my position and provide food for thought to readers. I will reproduce his post and then embed my thoughts/responses. But please, don’t let this sidetrack you from the purpose of the warning and actions to take.

OK, what exactly would be a correct response by government or individuals? (It was the government that caused the problem to begin with. It was one of them that killed the man. So the government is responsible for the problem. I am not saying that to excuse any behavior of the looters, but they didn’t just start looting out of thin air. The foundation of the problem is rooted in the government there.)
The police have abandoned large areas of several cities. They either can not or will not do anything. (I am not sure if that is true or not. I have no information that there is an official policy or such direction by local government leadership.) How many burglaries, assaults, robberies, rapes, and murders have been committed in the police no-go zones? (No idea, nor does anyone else know what those numbers are…if any.) How many scores settled? ? (No idea, nor does anyone else know what those numbers are…if any.)
Does this sound like France, Sweden, or Germany? (To me it sounds like a police force that allowed an officer to stay on the force WAY too long and other officers who stood by and watched one of their own kill a man. And it sounds like a subset of the population who are frustrated beyond my ability to comprehend it. And violence and destruction that should not be taking place. It sounds like the USA to me…I saw it many times over the decades going all the way back to the civil rights movement.)

If troops, whether Guard or Regulars, are deployed (in spite of Posse Comitatus), will they have empty rifles? (I can’t imagine they would have empty rifles and would not want them to have such. Putting troops in harm’s way and then not allowing them to defend themselves is unconscionable. Putting troops in the streets armed to the teeth is even more unconscionable.)
For how many years was the traditional ROE for troops and civilians in disaster areas “You loot, we shoot”? (No idea since I am not aware of and have not done research on all of those incidents.) Would you expect them to NOT shoot? (My primary opinion of shooting to kill is in defense of life.) Easy to say, if you are not in the line of men facing a mob. (It is easy to say! Because ALL people are free to have their own opinion and to state such. Lack of opinion, morals, ethics, and principles is a sure way to crash a society.) If not that, then what? Allow the mob to beat them down and take their select-fire weapons, or pull out and once again leave the streets and neighborhoods to the looters? (Of course not!) No good choices, but which is worse? (You are setting up a binary choice…and that is extremely limited thinking…tunnel vision at its worse. Allow locals to make the right outcome…not someone in Washington, not me sitting in my chair, and no one else unless they are directly involved.)
Not making a choice is still a choice. (No one ever suggested that. But assuming only binary answers to a situation is worse idea.)
Civilians too will be quickly overwhelmed by sheer numbers unless they use deadly force, and at least one pawnshop owner, yes, a white guy, was arrested. (You are speaking in absolutes and from passion. I understand that but it is quicksand foundation for developing a workable solution to the problem.) After the arrest, the store was gutted. In law, in every jurisdiction I’m aware of, shooting to stop arson is a justifiable use of deadly force, as is the disparity of force of being faced by a mob. (You are talking post-event not at the moment. And I am not familiar with the situation so I will refrain from responding more.) Apparently, MN has a “duty to retreat” law everywhere- except a domicile, so the choices for business owners are death, destitution, or jail. (Once again you are writing from a passionate perspective. “Duty to retreat” is a de-escalation tactic. Leaving the area rather than killing someone, or many people, makes sense in almost every situation…if you highly value life and its potential. Killing in self-defense is a God-given right and should not be suppressed, ever. So duty-to-retreat for a business owner means…life, insurance claims, clear conscious, and a plan to recover…NOT “death, destitution, or jail”!)
https://heavy.com/news/2020/05/john-rieple/ (Not familiar with the situation and it has zero bearing/impact on my opinion and viewpoint regardless of the facts in the matter. I was not respond to or write about a pawn shop owner.)
How about these men, who I’d side with and you will not find this on youtube? Would they be arrested as quickly as the white pawn owner?
https://www.worldstarhiphop.com/videos/video.php?v=wshhhB2w3tSuRIVkX79A
Is the only alternative to simply leave the law-abiding at the mercy of the mob? (If the media reporting is accurate…I applaud these folks!!!! They are the property owners and have rights. I hope they are well-informed and know what they are doing. If they kill someone there will be legal issues and a life-time of second-guessing and dealing with taking a life…probably PTSD to some degree. That could be a heavy burden. I hope they are trained in all aspects of dealing with this kind of a situation and not just acting out of passion of fulfilling some fantasy of who they think they are.)
Just sayin’.
I wonder if the mayor and other members of the Minnesota Democratic Farmer Labor Party (yes really) have any idea what they are creating? (No. Unquestionably “No!” That city has been out of control for decades. They have a police force that has been out of control for just as long…a police force that they have created and allowed to act as outlaws in many situations over the years. Officer Derek Chauvin has a long documented history of inappropriate and lawless behavior while on their police force. And that police force and city leadership allowed it to continue…if not encouraged it. They bear the blame, the burden, and should receive justice as well.)
( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minnesota_Democratic%E2%80%93Farmer%E2%80%93Labor_Party)
Who will tolerate a place where the cops only arrest the basically law-abiding non-violent “offender”, and the citizens are not allowed to defend either their property or themselves. (That is rhetorical in nature and not applicable to this situation at all. But if you are speaking more generally…then the answer is a simple…”no” ) Governors and mayors of the progressive blue states cry about the flight of the tax base, as they become ever more greedy and tyrannical, but so far, their only solution is to demand more bailouts and blame Trump for their own failings. (And that displays their cowardice, lack of morals/ethics, and an absence of leadership. And oh so typical of who they are. Sad!)


This is why these kinds of situations are very volatile…and they seldom have good outcomes…only destruction and sadness…seldom a positive solution. It is also why people should be very slow to react to these situations unless they are directly involved in a life-death situation! Taking a hasty and ill-thought out action can result is damning decisions that will haunt the average person for the rest of their lives.

All of this being said…PLEASE go back a read the Warning and understand its purpose and not get sidetracked by a backseat issue/principle. Stick with what is important in the message.

 

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Immediate Action Warning!

5/30/2020

Violence & Civil Unrest

On March 13 and again on May 1 I issued Immediate Action Warnings for violence. In the 11 weeks since the initial warning we’ve seen some sporadic violence, but almost all at the individual level. That all changed earlier this week when Minneapolis police officer (Derek Chauvin) killed a man who was begging for his life…and it was all caught on video. A man (George Floyd) who was handcuffed, who was subdued on the ground, who was compliant, who told the police officers he was having difficulty breathing. And then police officer Derek Chauvin placed his knee on the back of George Floyd’s neck with almost his entire weight…until George Floyd was dead. The alleged crime of George Floyd…a clerk in a local convenience store thought that a $20 bill George Floyd used looked “suspicious.”

Now, it is not uncommon for police to use this submission tactic…video and pictures are abundant on the Internet that show police using this tactic. It is not uncommon for people to die in police custody while restrained and compliant. It is not uncommon for people to die in police custody from not being able to breath. It is not uncommon for people to beg for their lives while in police custody and still die. But, what is uncommon in this instance is one very uncommon factor…COVID-19.

No, I am not speaking of any of the people involved having COVID-19. I am talking about the fact that the country has been locked down for two months…and all the fallout from that lock down…namely the stress and tension on a national level. This week it boiled over…and the face of the resulting violence is ugly, extreme, and could grow exponentially worse.

There is also two additional issues associated with the police murder of George Floyd and the resulting  violence…1) the militarized response to the violence, and 2) the targeting of journalists by police officers.

I don’t have to go into details regarding the militarized response…the pictures are all over the Internet of militarized police and army units in the streets of major US cities. But we saw in Minneapolis and in Louisville where credentialed journalists specifically targeted by police officers. In the case in Minneapolis the journalists were arrested (on live TV) based on “orders” the police officers had received from their leadership. In the Atlanta case the journalists were fired upon with crowd control pepper balls from a high powered air guns.

These factors…and more…have caused me to issue this warning.

Warning Specifics –

I am issuing an Immediate Action Warning – Violence & Civil Unrest.

This warning is based on the following:

  • The nature of the confrontations
  • The current high-stress national environment
  • The immediate use of militarized police and military units
  • The violent and destructive nature of the protesting and rioting
  • The widespread, coast-to-coast, outbreak of the protests and riots
  • The specific targeting of journalists by police
  • Gunfire present at the protests, rioting, and looting
  • A developing “us vs them” mentality

To make matters worse, far worse, was the President making the statement of shooting looters. While many may have a personal belief that shooting looters is an appropriate response…especially if you are the owner of the business being looted…it is entirely and completely inappropriate for the President of the United States to make such a statement.

Statements such as that can be seen by law enforcement and the military as having a free hand and simply shoot people vs trying to quell the violence. It can be seen by people in those communities as a complete disregard for their lives. It can be seen by the protesters as a declaration of war. It can be seen by the looters as a provocation to escalate the situation from looting businesses to shooting business owners, law enforcement officers, or military personnel. President Trump’s statement was juvenile at best…extremely provocative and dangerous at worse. Regardless, escalating an already dangerous situation.

Actions to Take –

I won’t repeat myself. To better understand what actions to take please read my Immediate Action Warnings of 3/13 and 5/1:

Note –

I delayed issuing this Immediate Action Warning for good reason.

  1. I wanted to see the facts of the killing by police, including video and bystander statements.
  2. I wanted to see if there would be “sustained” violent protesting and rioting and the level of destruction associated with it.
  3. I wanted to see if the police officers would be charged and the reaction to that event.

Now I see this is an extremely volatile situation with the potential to spread much wider and get much worse. The stress and tension of the COVID-19 lock-down, the historic unemployment, worsening economic situation, etc. are all factors that could drive the escalation of the violence to very, very dangerous levels. I won’t state at this point what that level could be…but I will continue to monitor the situation.

Please don’t disregard this Immediate Action Warning…or take it lightly. Even Rush Limbaugh is calling a “killing” by police officers.

Remember my continual reminding you of one very important and applicable statement of those in power…

Never let a crisis go to waste.

They wont.

 

 

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PDF Files: Baofeng Radio Information

For you Baofeng UV-5 owners and users…here are some great information and user manuals/guides that I created.

The Baofeng radio is a great little radio and RT Systems programming software is the best. But, documentation…easy to read/understand documentation…is hard to come by. These might help.

 

AHTrimble – Baofeng UV-5RA RadioUserGuide – 1.31.2016

AHTrimble – Baofeng UV-5RA Radio QuickStart (New)

AHTrimble Baofeng UV-5RA General Radio Menu Settings

AH Trimble RT Systems Software – UV-5R User Guide (20160515)

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PDF Files: Threats, Risk, Mitigation

This is the third post in a series where I post a PDF file that you can download and print for reference material.

The PDF file below goes into detail on threats, risks, and how to mitigate them. And do so in a professional, systematic way that is both valid and reliable.

Now, a request from me to you…at the bottom of each page in each file I have included “Courtesy of AHTrimble.com” as a gentle and subtle advertisement for my website. No, not to make money, because I make no money from my website. But, I would like more folks to visit the website…there is a lot of material on the site and I would love to see more folks taking advantage of it. All I ask of you is to not deconstruct the PDF file and remove or obscure the “Courtesy of AHTrimble.com”…thank you.

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Something to think about…Why do I “prep” ?

note: article first appeared in October 2015

Well, first off, I am not crazy about the word “prep” because it sounds like a slang form of “prepper.” And in the last few weeks “prepper” has gotten some bad press. And besides, I don’t think it is truly accurate. However, the words are short, clear, and to the point…so I guess we will work with them.

Why am I a “prepper”?

Man, how much time do you have? But, realistically when I was thinking about the question this morning during my OMJ (old man jog) I had a bunch of interesting concepts floating around in my head. Or maybe it was just some great endorphin rush. Either way, it was a good time. First morning since summer that the weather was in the mid-60s. Love it!

So, back to the “why” about me being into “prepping” so much.

After creating the most obvious of lists of why I a prepper, I came up with this startling question, “Why not be a prepper?” Yes, seriously, that was the question that popped into my head. I had no answer.

But let me take the conventional, and considerably more professional, approach to answering the question.

We know for sure, 100% sure, that each person will have some kind of emergency in their life. It may be unemployment, a house fire, death in the family, a shortfall in paycheck, layoff, unexpected bill, flue outbreak, etc. We also know that many people may, at some point in their life, also face a disaster such as a hurricane, wildfire, earthquake, disabling accident/illness, etc. We know these things will occur…there is no doubt.

So how will people respond?

I think the response falls into two basic categories; 1) people who will depend on themselves to respond/recover, 2) people who will depend on the government to take care of them. I honestly don’t see any other realistic response option.

Let me start off by saying that I am not condemning people in the “#2” group. Everyone under the age of 40 have been raised to believe that the proper role of government is to take care of people. A lot of people over the age of 40 also believe that to be the case, although there are a substantial number of folks who still feel responsible for themselves. But that later category of people is shrinking with the end of every new school year.

So I believe “preppers” fall most into category #1, self-reliance. They see not just an obligation to be in the position to respond and recover from life’s emergencies and disasters, but huge benefits to it as well.

I truly feel that they (we) view part of being prepared as also having an obligation to help others in this regard as well.

“Others” fall into category #2 by-in-large. And over my 30+ years in emergency services I can tell you that this is a huge demographic of people. It cuts across political, religious, age, financial status, and many more demographic groups. It is a true “cross-section” of Americans. But it wasn’t always like that, actually for most of American history it was the exact opposite…the vast majority of people were prepared to survive and recover most anything. And helping out their neighbors doing so.

But let me back up before I start getting into the “why” aspect of this. From my experience preppers don’t want to be beholden to, or wait for, the government to come wipe their noses or butts. Preppers want to be able to stand on their own two feet and take care of themselves, to be independent of being obligated to some government bureaucrat for their next meal, bottle of water, or bag of ice.

Let me put this into perspective…Remember the last time you went to the DMV for anything? How would you like to be dependent on those folks for your next meal? Or, how would you like to be obligated to the IRS folks for disaster recovery?

Well, I hate to break it to you, if you are not a prepper, you are in exactly that situation! Go talk to the survivors of Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Andrew, Loma Prieta Earthquake, or any other number of disasters that have occurred in the last 20 years or so. What do you think their answer would be to how well the government took care of them?

I want to take a little break for just a minute and tell you about some friends that visited with my wife and I recently. We hadn’t seen them in almost 1-1/2 years because they had moved to another state. We were enjoying their company and catching up on mutual friends and family. We had made a great dinner together and we were just sitting around the table, the conversation turned to current events. After about 15 minutes or so the concept of food storage came up. Both couples got quiet for a minute. Then I asked the question, “When you think of your food storage, what single word comes to mind?”Food storage shelves

I asked that question because a word had come to my mind while we were talking. Their answer, almost simultaneously, was “security.” Yup, matched mine exactly. That was the first thing that came to my mind, and theirs, when thinking about food storage.

Why?

This is kind of like trying to tell you what salt tastes like. Salt tastes like salt. But just try to describe that flavor to someone who has never tasted salt. Telling someone about the “security feeling” that comes from food storage it similar; they won’t understand it if they never tasted it.

Security in knowing that no matters what happens, your family will not go hungry. And with that knowledge comes a certain feeling of comfort.

I saw it firsthand in Florida during hurricane season after hurricane season. The weather forecasters would start tracking a potential storm approaching Florida. No one would get worked up over it while it stayed out in the Atlantic, in the Caribbean, or in the Gulf. But once it turned into hurricane status and all the models showed it making landfall in Florida, then people would take note. About 1 – 2 days out, sometimes less, people would decide it was “real” and they would head to the grocery stores, Walmart, and gas stations.

I can’t begin to tell you the number of times I saw news footage of empty grocery store shelves and long lines at gas stations a day or two before a hurricane was going to hit. The sad part was the people…most were desperate trying to get something bought to be ready for when the storm would hit. Most had failed miserably to prepare. Desperation sometimes boiled over into violence. Sad to see…an understatement.

Those who had food and water storage, a full tank of gas, a generator, and other preparedness items felt secure in that they had done all that they could do to take care of their families.

OK, I am really dancing around here, let me get back on point.

I am a prepper because it doesn’t make sense not to be one. Seriously! Think about it for a minute, give me one good reason not to be a prepper.

There is only one response that is relatively common when that question is asked, “money.” A large number of folks respond that money is the biggest impediment to being prepared for emergencies and disasters. And I bet that most of those same people have a large flat-screen TV, a relatively new car, decent clothes, and the latest iPhone.

So it boils down to two things; 1) priorities, and, 2) willingness to place your family in the hands of the government.

I work for the government, and let me tell you…you don’t want to depend on us for your family’s well-being, safety, and future…you really don’t. Trust me on that one. Remember back to the whole “DMV” & “IRS” thing, and then you can understand what I am getting at.

Now let me make it a little more personal:

  1. I am a prepper because it makes financial sense. My food storage has gone up in value since I bought it. Actually, if I was to put it on a spreadsheet, it is probably keeping up with, if not beating, the return on my 401k. And when it comes time to retire, if we need it to, all that food storage turns into daily meals for my wife and I. The rest of our gear and equipment will be sold at a garage sale if we need the cash money, or the grand-kids will get it when we are gone.
  2. I am a prepper because I am charitable. The scriptures tell us to be charitable, preppers (true preppers) are just that. In times of emergencies and disasters preppers can be the first ones to feed their own family, their extended family, neighbors, fellow congregation members, etc. And that can take place immediately, not the days and weeks it takes for government relief efforts to kick in.
  3. I am a prepper because it makes me feel secure. Whatever life throws at me I know I can at least feed, clothe, put a roof (albeit canvas) over my family’s head, and provide them with clean/safe drinking water.
  4. I am prepper because I love to learn new things, especially useful skills. I can operate a Ham radio, I can build a solar generator, and I can reload my own ammunition, to name just a few.
  5. I am a prepper because I get to use all my cool gear and equipment when I go camping and hiking. It is a whole lot of fun that I share with family and friends.
  6. I am a prepper because I don’t trust the government to do a good job of taking care of me, my family, or anyone else. I mean, seriously, tell me something, anything that the government does well. I don’t want to be depending on some government bureaucrat to be in control of my family’s safety, comfort, and future.
  7. I am a prepper because I don’t want to depend on the media or the government for my information. I want to be able to know what is going on myself, directly. I don’t need their bias and “slant” on what I learn.
  8. I am a prepper because I want to be a contributor not a taker. I want to be an asset to my family, my friends, my congregation, my neighbors, and my community. I don’t want them to go hungry waiting on MREs to be pushed off the back of some National Guard truck.

Mostly though, I can’t tell you the most powerful and underlying reason I am a prepper. It’s not because I don’t want to tell you, but it is simply because I can’t explain it to you. I actually can’t relate it to you because it “tastes like salt.” And unless you know what being prepared feels like, I can’t get that across to you. I wish I could, I really wish I could.

But I can tell you this, I can feed my family, I can provide fresh clean water for them, I can house them, I can communicate with them, I can keep them warm, and I have the means to protect them if needed.

Can you imagine if more families could do that? How about if the vast majority of families in America could do that? What would that mean for our communities, our states and our whole country to be independent of the government? Pretty sweet in my opinion.

Now, I will touch on the dark side for just a minute. I have related numerous times my concept of “money & power.” And this principle is especially applicable to emergencies and disasters. If you are not prepared for emergencies and disasters, you have pretty much signed away your money and power. Because letting someone else take care of your family post-emergency or post-disaster will cost you plenty of both money and power.

Yes, that means it will be expensive in terms of money, and costly in terms of power. You will be giving up plenty of both. You will do whatever you are ordered to do because you will not have the means of taking care of your family. You will be at the mercy of anyone and everyone who has a little food, water, shelter, and can provide security…especially the government. If you find that appealing, then you are quite comfortable not being a prepper. Good luck to you and your family.

Grid-down event and the ICS system - Incident command system for organization of prepper groupAnd finally, “grid-down”, I bet you were wondering when I would get to that. You’ve been waiting for it. Well, here it is.

You either believe that there will be a grid-down event or not. Many Americans, actually most, absolutely do not believe that there will ever be a grid-down event in America. The vast majority of people believe we are immune to such things. They believe that the government can solve all problems and prevent any truly cataclysmic event from occurring.

They are wrong! Dead wrong!

It is coming, the “grid-down” will occur. No, I don’t know exactly when. No, I don’t know what will start it. No, I don’t know where it will start. No, I don’t know who will start it. But it will happen, that is a 100% guarantee.

And a “grid-down” will make any emergency or disaster look like a bump in the road compared to what will hit society and your family. And I don’t want you to take my word for it. And I don’t want you to believe it. I want you to think I am absolutely out of my mind about this.

But I will ask you to do one thing…think about it. And then ask yourself in a quiet contemplative moment; what do you believe will happen, what do you think is coming?

Once you ask and answer that question for yourself, then you will have a pretty good idea what to do next. And that “next” is yet another question for you to answer for yourself.

Remember way back at the beginning of this article when I talked about there being two kinds of people? 1) People who want their family to be dependent on the government, and 2) those that don’t.

Which kind of person do you want to be?

 

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PDF Files: Setting Priorities – L.I.P.S.

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The first topic covers understanding how to understand what are the priorities are in emergencies, disasters and during grid-down. How go about setting priorities in a competent and professional manner.

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