Entries for August, 2009

Survivalism and the obsession there of

A recent video I posted on youtube received this comment.

Kev…with so many bags are you gonna be able to find your bug out bag in emergency??

I dont know if the guy was just picking, or trying to make a joke – but either way I was not offended. The comment touches on an important subject that should be discussed. And that is people who are obsessed with survivalism.

These are the types of people that can not lead a normal life because of some “reason.” Whether that reason is nuclear war, outbreak of a new disease, new world order and martial law, the united nations coming to get your guns,,,, whatever the reason may be, these people go around in a constant state of readiness. All they can think about is being ready for some kind of event.

Here is the video that received the comment.

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The Survivalist Lifestyle

Flooding from Hurricane Ike Recently I was asked “how long I have been prepping?” That set off a whirlwind of thoughts about my life. Everything from my grandparents farm, to my dad taking my brother and I hunting, to my 1st and 2nd grade teachers going over duck and cover drills and what a nuclear explosion looked like, to watching our jobs and factories move to China, to camping next to the marsh in Bridge City, Texas, to hurricane Andrew, to watching what happened with Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Ike,,, the list might be a mile long.

To answer the question, Survivalism is a lifestyle, not a fad. Go ask a marathon runner what kind of quick diet he/she in on, they might give you a snicker and an evil look in return. To get into shape one has to make lifestyle changes. Training for a marathon is not something your going to do in a week, or even a month.

The same goes with being a Survivalist and Survivalism. Prepping is not going to the local local big box mart and buying a few cases of bottled water or a few cases of dried foods or canned foods, its a lifestyle change.

Its impossible to stay in a constant state of readiness. So after awhile survivalist noobs get burned out. They keep asking “when is the shtf?” After a little while they lose interest and pick up another hobby or move to the next fad.

People think they can lose a few pounds and keep it off be eating certain foods for a few weeks. But they get burned out eating only those foods. Sooner or later they go back to their normal eating patterns and the extra weight comes back. To lose weight you have to make a lifestyle change and permanently change what you are eating.

Being a true survivalist requires a lifestyle change. We do not go around waiting for SHTF, but when it does happen we are ready. We do not go down to the local big box mart, buy 20 pounds of rice – and then brag to our friends that we are “prepping”. we’re prepping, we are having so much fun being a survivalist,,,. Yea, right, ok, go blow smoke somewhere else.

If you are serious about getting ready for a disaster and adopting the survivalist lifestyle – this decision should not be taken lightly. Its a long road full of twist, and wrong turns. Its easy to get side tracked, I know, I have been there and done that.

To get started, sign up at the survivalist forum and post your questions there.

Recommended Products and Contest for September

Contest for September:

Red Flare Kits is having a contest to win one of three kits.
First prize: Fundamentals First aid kit Everything you would want in a grab’n’go Medical Kit now arrives in a sleek, light-weight, water-resistant package featuring E-Z Easy Care First Aid System.

Second prize: SOL 3 First aid/survival kit This 3-in-1 kit covers all the basics of outdoor safety. Containing medical supplies, survival tools, and gear repair items, the S.O.L. 3 enables you to survive almost anything that Mother Nature throws at you.

Third prize: Pocket Survival pack Keep this indispensible collection of survival tools with you at all times! Designed by Doug Ritter for Equipped to Survive Foundation. A portion of all proceeds is donated by manufacturer to worthy causes.

Read about all of the details in the Red Flare Kits Giveaway forum thread.  The contest ends midnight on September 30, 2009.  So go on over to that forum thread and get signed up.

Recommended products: These products that have been tested and are survivalist approved.

Item #1: Maxpedition #0605 Operator Tactical Attache Fully-padded large tactical attaché. Main compartment: 15.5” L x 4” W x 11” D. Fits up to 15.4″ (diagonal screen size) laptop computer. Internal divider; external organizer.

Item #2: Maxpedition #0513 Falcon-II Backpack The MAXPEDITION Falcon-II (#0513) has all of the best features of a small/medium hunting pack or day pack, plenty of room for an overnighter, and is rock solid throughout.

Item #3: Maxpedition #0431 Sitka Gearslinger Main compartment: 16.5” high x 8.5” wide x 3” thick with internal organization. Approximate Capacity: 618 cu. in.

Item #4: Eco Twist’r Flashlight This flashlight never needs batteries, just a few twist of the the handle. 10-30 seconds of twist equals 10 minutes of light.  3 Powerful, Focused White LEDs. It is water resistant. Brightness up to 25000 mcd.

  



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