Be prepared, dont be paranoid…always be prepared

“The rule is, not to besiege walled cities if it can possibly be avoided.” Sun Tzu

There are many approaches to safe living, whether a person fears a 1950’s styled nuclear holocaust, bioweapons, solar flares, meteors, terrorists, natural disasters or criminals of all varieties and types. The two main types of preparing approached are the following, make the home a castle and bugging out.IMG_00000005_edit

In the recent years I have through the course of studying history and mapping current events come to the conclusion that the rise and fall of governments are like the natural succession of periods of warming and cooling. They will occur, and until humanity evolves past the need for barely sentient suit wearing neanderthals guidance in their lives, we as a whole must deal with this. Safety cannot be legislated, mandated and no amount of government wall building or empire promoting will ensure individuals safety.

The solution is actually quite easy, always be prepared, like you should in regards to the potential for criminals invasion of your home, (one out of every five homes will be victimized in the USA alone) or home fires, (3,500 people die and 17,000+ are injured annually in home fires most are the very young or elderly). Have a plan in place, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, however, if a biochemical or nuclear weapon is detonated close enough for you to realize that is what it is, you will likely die regardless special gas mask’s and suits. So be prepared, dont be paranoid, as I tell my autistic son who is afraid of the potential death of our sun in several billion years, even if it did happen now, we would be dead before we realized it had happened.IMG_00005611_edit

So how should you prepare? For me it is simple, after all I love camping and while my wife is not keen on the idea the kids love a good adventure. So I purchase things that are used for camping, whatever I may need to support my family for up to two weeks without amenities at a bare minimum. I use propane stoves and have some awesome wood burning and much smaller tablet burning rigs used for hiking. Tents are tested in rainstorms and shining sun, where I live they have to be able to stand up to 30-50 mph gusts and lots of dust at times as well. Shovels must be able to dig through caliche and small stones as well as rock hard desert dirt, for this reason alone I never purchase or rely on folding shovels of any type. Machetes and axes as well as hachets must be able to cut reliably through allot of high desert brush wood, mesquite. Anyone who has lived where this exists will agree it is among the hardest woods to cut and will easily destroy even the high end chainsaws that exist. The list goes on, from firearms through foodstuffs and water storage, everything is refined with regular 1-4 day camping expeditions and when I say refined I mean, constantly refined.IMG_00005610_edit

Next is in home preparations, having had numerous home invasions throughout my life for everything from psychotic men chasing my girlfriend to simple robbery it has happened. We as a family have lived through a traumatic forest fire that caused the evacuation of over half the town we lived in at the time as well. I have lived through massive flooding on the banks of the Missouri, Mississippi and a few other notorious flood zones, minor tornadoes and more. Things happen, so, how do we prepare to ensure the family is safe in events like this?

Vehicle ready bags for vehicles allow us to easily grab one or two essentials and depart with haste should it become necessary. These are typically heavier then something we pack on our shoulders and easily allow for 2-3 days in comfort or a week if we must stretch a bit. Handheld HAM radios are in the vehicles, house and ourselves depending on where we go. In my experience cellular networks are quickly overridden or logged down with individuals for whom rescue comes with lights and uniforms. Friends who have seen similar incidents throughout their lives make great prepping partners. Set up regular check in times, shoot the shit and store additional individual specific supplies at each others houses. These additional supplies include but are not limited to special medications, foods and more.20121227-171054.jpg

Barricading a house can become quite expensive depending on the level you want. Personally I would love to have buried 50,000 gallon potable water tanks, internal roof mounted fire system, solar and wind backups with a diesel generator and another 50,000 gallons of fuel for that. Kevlar fiber layered over armored steel over rammed earth for walls a minimum of 4′ thick at the top with a domed roof made of hardened concrete layered over steel webbing and kevlar fiber for the roof. A cellar with multiple 200+ yard tunnel systems to hidden getaway 4×4’s specifically designed and built to easily climb up and down the Grand Canyon one wall at a time. A moat with sharks and alligators would add to these fortifications, not too mention a minimum of three GE miniguns in 7.62 with AP ammo X’s 50,000 rounds per gun and triplicate backup of batteries for those. Each of the guns would use wired camera aiming and I would like at least one decent side scan radar system and military level jammer with a ring of easy on claymores for that threat that just wont go down right away. Some SA-N-5‘s as well on the roof and some decent antitank anti armor setups.good start

Okay, reality should have set in by now, this is next to impossible, not too mention just plain weird. (But it would be nice right?)

You can put sturdy yet decorative bars on the windows, reinforced with reflective, smoked or clear 7 mil window coverings. The door can have a solid steel storm door in a steel frame added and can also be reinforced without causing an eye sore or advertising that you have more gold then fort Knox. (which at last count was empty…) Mirrors or pictures with glass coverings opposite doors and windows offer illusionary defense as they reflect the person barging in to them. Having a plan of action in the event someone invades while you are home is essential, just as having a plan for a house fire is. Depending on the emergency at the moment it may be safer to simply stay in side and lock your doors, alternatively it may be safer to get on the road and start pulling a Mel Gibson. Either way has its benefits and both ways have their drawbacks. It is up too you to already have a plan in place for those things that DO occur daily around the United States. Most importantly, however, is the need to adapt as the situation calls for it.20121206-071950.jpg

There is such a thing as too much training, unless someone is a competitor what real good is it to practice to that level? It is a scientific fact that during fight or flight you will fall back on training or practice. Why instill the military approach which tends to lock people into one way versus the guerrilla approach which allows a varied approach based on the circumstances? This is why I never recommend people get all their training from cops or military alone. They are generally rigid and I guarantee their training will not fit most civilian applications nor do you want it too. Train in the basics, regular practice is essential and most importantly LIVE your life.

Stop moving your family to foreign countries, adapt to where you are now. Instead of promoting false fears to make yourself seem awesome, promote the idea that we can and should work with those around us daily. Stop being the guy everyone on the block crosses the street to avoid. Rather be the guy that people love to hang out with and have barbecues with. Instead of constantly running other professions down in public, simply nod and laugh and wait for the inevitable questions to which you simply do not lie. Yes, folks, I detest government employees as a whole because the system is nothing more then a giant mafia scam giving the illusion of protection in return for the loss of your freedom and money. However, I cannot and will not detest the individuals unless they give me individual cause. This means, I will smile and nod and try to be cordial until they give me cause not to be.

Hope this helps some of you, if not, keep up the great work and remember,

Free the mind and the body will follow


About Jesse Mathewson

Jesse Mathewson is the author of the popular blog, and provides commentary to many varied places based on a background that includes education in criminal justice, history, religion and even insurgency tactics and tactical training. His current role in his community is as an organizer of sorts and a preacher of community solidarity and agorism. He also runs Liberty Practical Training, a self defense school specializing in the practical applications of defensive approaches versus the theoretical. As an agorist, voluntaryist and atheist his life is seen as crazy and wild by many, though once they get to know him most realize he is a bluntly honest individual who will give you the shirt off his back if he believes it is necessary to help you. Very simple, "That which is voluntary between all individuals involved is always right, if it is not voluntary, it is always wrong."
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