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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Security Options

One of the top concerns people have about their homes, homesteads, and BOLS is security. There are the obvious systems that people consider including; CCTV, alarms, dogs, fences, firearms, and motion sensors. Being in the security field I am big proponent of all of these options; however, these options are not always sensible to put in or affordable. Often times, like all of our preparations, security has to be built over years. Here are some very affordable options that you can start with today that will not break your bank.

Never over estimate the power of lighting. In most applications it is better than a fence because it allows you to react to someone in your space. A well lit yard also makes a prowler think twice as he can been found out without the cover of darkness. Lighting your home with motion lighting, cheap and decorative lights to accent your home, and front porch lights can make a huge difference. Turning on lights with the high efficient bulbs in different locations around the house also makes a good prop.
The "fake tv" is another great product that makes it look like you are at home watching tv.

Noise is one of the least favorite things for a criminal to deal with. They are trying to get in and out without anyone looking their way. If you cannot afford and alarm system there are screeching alarms that cost around $20.00 when the connecters are move from each other. These can be great for apartments, or in addition to you alarm system if it does not cover windows or some doors.

Additionally, a radio left on during the day on a volume that can be heard outside of the house will make anyone coming around believe someone is on the inside. I have had vendors call me when I am at work asking if they could have whoever was inside come sign their ticket. I always tell them, "My brother is there and works at night so please do not disturb him. He does not have the authority to sign for me". No more questions asked.

Door locks only keep honest people honest. To keep people from kicking in your door I would suggest a door devil. This is a metal plate placed in your frame and makes it difficult to kick through a door. Also make sure your locks are not able to be opened with a "bump key" or easily picked. The cheap, Lowes stuff is not your friend.

Fake cameras can be found for cheap online and add the look of real cameras for home use. They are placed in real camera housing and have red flashing lights that draw attention to them. These are wonderful if you cannot afford a couple hundred dollar system and also can be used in conjunction with real cameras. Make sure you are careful to make sure that a kind is used where it look like it should be there. I.E. do not put one to a tree where there is no wiring for power, etc. this will give you away very easily.

Signs are another wonderful tool to use. A simple octagon sign that says you have a security system in the home will help to deter scouts. Stickers on the windows with ADT etc, stickers saying this property is video monitored, and beware of dog signs are also effective and work well in conjunction with the above.

Communications can be troublesome but there is a system out that allows a person to use a speaker at the front door to communicate through your cell phone. Perfect for someone ringing your door bell to see if someone is really home.

Of course adding a moat with zombie sharks equipped with laser beams on their heads is also effective means of security but the zombie sharks can get expensive!

Friday, September 21, 2012

10 most often forgotten items for B.O.B.s

I’ve tested and reviewed dozens of Bug Out Bags (B.O.B.s) my friends, families, and clients and most of them have forgotten many of the same items.  Fortunately, most of them are easy and inexpensive to update …

If you have medications that you have to take on a regular basis, you need to keep at least 3 days worth in your 72 hour kit.  Many drugs break down in the extreme heat of a car, so ask your pharmacist how long they’ll stay safe in your car and how long they’ll stay effective.  The life expectancy of your drugs will vary depending on where you live and the season of the year.

 If you ever wear flip flops, heels, or dress shoes, then consider carrying a pair of quality shoes/boots in your car.  Stick in at least one pair of quality socks and underwear as well.
Remember the pictures and videos after 9/11 of people running barefoot, holding their $500 shoes?  Imagine how your body would feel after doing that for a few miles.

Clothes for the season
You should either carry clothes for both summer and winter or change the clothing contents of your kit every spring/fall.  Shorts won’t help much in the winter and insulated winter clothing won’t help much in the summer.

Young children
If you have young children, they add a HUGE level of complexity to any survival situation.  Can/will they eat your survival food?  Do you have spare clothes/diapers/wipes for them?  Do you have a way to manage their pain from teething/injuries?  Do you have a way to transport them? It might be worth learning how to use a regular bed sheet to create a wearable baby sling. If you have a stroller with inflatable tires, do you carry spare tires and/or a tire repair kit?

If you aren’t good at handling pain, learn proven techniques from someone you know who has done natural child-birthing, a midwife, birthing coach, or doula.  In addition, consider carrying ibuprofen, anbesol, or even prescription pain medications.  If you are concerned about a hurt pet, consider getting livestock lidocaine.  (It requires a veterinarians’ prescription, but costs a fraction of human lidocaine.)  It wouldn’t hurt to just ask them for some or try to find in on the WWW.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Never shopping at Target again!

I will not go into a Target store again... Wasn't it last Christmas that Target refused to let the Salvation Army ring their bells in front of their stores?

Dick Forrey of the Vietnam Veterans Association wrote.

'Recently we asked the local TARGET store to be a proud sponsor of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall during our spring recognition event. We received the following reply from the local TARGET management:

'Veterans do not meet our area of giving. We only donate to the arts, social action groups, gay & lesbian causes, and education.'

So I'm thinking, if the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall and veterans in general, do not meet their donation criteria, then something is really wrong at this TARGET store. We were not asking for thousands of dollars, not even hundreds, just a small sponsorship for a memorial remembrance.

As a follow-up, I, E-mailed the TARGET U.S.. Corporate Headquarters and their response was the same...
That's their national policy!!! Then I looked into the company further..They will not allow the Marines to collect for 'Toys for Tots'at any of their stores. And during the recent Iraq deployment,they would not allow families of employees who were called up for active duty to continue their insurance coverage while they were on military service...

Then as I dig further,
TARGETis a French-owned corporation. Now, I'm thinking again... If TARGET cannot support American (or Canadian) Veterans, then why should my family and I support their stores by spending our hard earned American (or Canadian) dollars in their stores???  And, have their profits sent to France. 

Without the American (and Canadian) Vets, where would France be today? They, most likely would be speaking German and trading in Deutsch Marks.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Freezing Eggs

I did not write this post, it was sent to me by one of my readers...so I give credit to anothe writer...whomever he may be.

After doing a little Web research and finding out how easy it was to freeze the eggs, we decided to give it a try. There were several storage methods out there, from just pouring the eggs into bags, to using ice cube trays. We chose the ice cube tray method. This way, we could just pull out as many as we needed and then reseal the bag. Each egg cube is approximately 1/2 of an egg.

I started by placing 15 eggs in a large bowl (See below). (At that time I didn't know that one cube was 1/2 of an egg, so I had a little left over.)

One of the things you want to try to avoid is having air bubbles in the eggs. In the next picture, you can see several bubbles that occurred from just dropping in the eggs. I just poked them with a fork. Then, with the same fork, I gently beat them into a light scramble, trying not to create more air bubbles.

There were few small bubbles, but those you couldn't help. They didn't show up in the cubes.
The next step was to place them in two freshly washed ice cube trays. Each tray makes 14 cubes, which would be a total of seven eggs for each tray.

We used a large soup ladle to transfer the eggs to the ice cube trays. This seemed to remove pretty much all of the air bubbles. It was a little slow process, so I may try a turkey baster next time.

The lower tray was the last tray I filled. You can see that some of the egg whites didn't mix very well due to the light beating. But, overall, it didn't affect the egg turnout.  We then froze them overnight, roughly 24 hours.

Below are the eggs just removed from the freezer. I tried turning the tray over and flexing the tray to remove them, but they wouldn't come out. I placed a strainer in the sink and ran a little hot water over the back side of the tray for about 5 seconds or so. Then they popped right out.

Don't they look just awesome? I love how rich and golden they look. The next step was to vacuum seal them up. We decided to seal them in batches of six, and a dozen complete eggs. (12 and 24 cubes).

We removed the eggs from the strainer using hot dog tongs and placed them in the vacuum sealer bags. We then sealed them up. We used the normal setting (Dry). I wanted to see if the cubes would hold up to a full vacuum.

You can see here that they held up extremely well. We dated the bags and placed them back in the freezer. From everything that we have read, they should stay usable for up to a year. We have set aside four bags that we will open up, one in 30 days, 3 months, six months, and one year. This way, we will have our own FNV on freezer life, and report back to the group.

The recommended way to cook them was to pull the bags out a couple of hours before cooking and defrost. Or, place them in the refrigerator the night before. We decided to try a different method. We melted some of our canned butter on very low heat and just dropped in the cubes.

We kept the heat very low, so as not to start cooking the eggs. It took about six minutes. They were completely melted and not cooked. We then turned up the heat and cooked normally, and this is what we got...

When I posted my initial trials on the Back to Basics boards there was some great feedback on how to use the eggs. One method for camping was to place the eggs in a boilable bag and store them in your ice chest. Then, when you want to use them, open up the bag and throw in your ham, cheese , onion, mushrooms or whatever. Then toss in a pot of boiling water for exactly 13 minutes. Out comes a perfectly cooked omelet. I haven't tried it yet, but it sounds great.

For those of you without chickens, you can do the same thing with store bought eggs.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Why I moved from CA to TX to set up my homestead

Why did I choose Texas to set up a homestead…because Texas has its own power grid unlike the rest of the nation.  Texas can grow its own food.  Texas is the energy capital of the nation and can produce natural gas, diesel, oil and even jet fuel.  Texas has masses of armed patriots who own more guns than they do pairs of shoes, and that makes Texas practically impenetrable to any invading force.

For example, suppose North Korea launches an ICBM into the high atmosphere over North America and unleashes an EMP weapon that destroys nearly all electronics; this could theoretically be followed by a naval invasion of forces from Red China and North Korea, both of which suffer from too many young males that can hardly be fed and might as well be thrown at some enemy nation as cannon fodder.  These forces would plow right through Southern California, with all its anti-gun laws and totally unprepared populations. 

Oregon would fare a lot better, thanks to the country folks who know how to live off the land, and although Seattle would be quickly overrun by enemy forces, the eastern (country) parts of Washington state would put up a fierce resistance.  And any enemy forces foolish enough to try to make it into Idaho would, of course, be viciously intercepted by highly capable resistance forces that would snipe, explode and shred the enemy's supply lines, halting any advance no matter how strongly intentioned.  (You do not want to mess with American rebels and patriots in Idaho, for the record.)

If some enemy force was foolish enough to try to enter Texas, they would be obliterated by a mass of Texas farmers, ranchers, National Guardsmen, law enforcement officers and ex-military men who are all locked and loaded to the hilt.  That's where I feel safest, in the midst of the best-armed and most well-skilled riflemen in the country, most of which are upstanding, community-minded citizens who defend life and liberty.  Texas is a fortress of determined men and women who will not, under any circumstances, willfully surrender their freedoms or their Bill of Rights.

That's why people who don't own guns dial 911 -- because they want men who DO own guns to arrive as quickly as possible and solve their problem.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Ten tips on dealing with crowds

Here are ten tips for dealing with large crowds:

Assess the crowd. You want to quickly assess the mood and the purpose of the crowd you are dealing with. In the case of the poker tournament, you have ten thousand people who are focused on poker. They aren't drunk, they aren't belligerent, but they are putting many thousands of dollars into a game they seriously want to win and are focusing on. In a word, this crowd is probably at the low end of the threat level. On the other end of the spectrum is a large crowd at a political event, a sporting event, or other emotionally charged event where they can, and most often do, pose a threat to others in the crowd. This is a crowd you want to stay away from.

Find the exits. Right after figuring out what kind of crowd I am dealing with, I look for the exits. Even in the most nonthreatening of crowds, an emergency can happen where you may want to exit the situation quickly. Knowing where the exits are ahead of time will save you precious minutes and aid in your escape.

Stay on the outskirts of the crowd. Again, a crowd can initially pose very little threat, but things can change fast. Being in the middle of a crush of people is the last place you want to be. By staying on the edge of the crowd you have more options for protecting your safety (ie: being able to exit quickly, or just being able to avoid being crushed by a surging crowd).

Locate physical barriers that could impede your safety. Surging crowds are dangerous for many reasons, one of the most common ways to be injured or killed in a crowd is being unable to protect yourself due to physical barriers that prevent you from exiting the fray in a hurry. Doors that are barred can keep you from escaping a fire, for example, and barricades are a crush hazard should the crowd all start surging in the same direction. People can also become trampled by a crowd due to their own physical barriers--they are smaller, slower, and weaker than others in the area and can fall causing them to be trampled over by the crowd.

A stampeding crowd is one of your biggest threats in a crowd situation. Again, barring a major incident (shooting, earthquake) the crowd at the poker tournament isn't going anywhere as they are all seated and concentrating on the game. In the case of sold out concerts, crazy Black Friday sales at Walmart, and contentious World Cup soccer games, however, stampedes can happen at the drop of a hat and you don't want to find yourself in the middle of this type of situation.

Keep an eye on the crowd. Even though you can't see everything that is happening, you can usually tell if there are problems in the crowd by the overall pattern of the crowd's movement. When there is a threat or a disruptive event, you will see the crowd either circling around the action and/or fleeing the threat. This should be your cue to move away from the disruptive event as quickly as possible.

Check out security that is in place to control the crowd. At large, planned events, there is generally a lot of security that you see and a lot of security you don't see; this is a good thing. On the other hand, poorly planned events, quickly gathering mobs, and events that get out of hand either size-wise or violence-wise, are a bad place to be and I suggest leaving as quickly as possible.

Run through some scenarios of how you would protect yourself if all Hell breaks lose. As you are enjoying the event you are attending, take a minute to consider what you would do RIGHT NOW if the crowd decides to suddenly become a threat. How would you escape? What barriers could you use to protect yourself? What barriers would impeded your escape? From what direction might a threat come? What is the most logical type of threat you may encounter in this particular situation? You don't need to do a thorough analysis but stopping every once in a while to consider these things is a good way to raise your safety awareness level.

Don't add to the problems that could arise in a crowd situation. The way you act in a crowd may need to be much different than how you would act in any other situation. In a crowd you want to be as non-threatening and as quick to diffuse a situation as possible. A crowd situation it is not the place to become belligerent or rowdy, engage in a fight due to a perceived slight by someone in the crowd, or pull a weapon for either threat or self defense purposes. It only takes one person to cause a melee to break out and you don't want to be this person.

As a final option, you can choose not to deal with crowds. This is usually my default as I am not a fan of crowds to begin with and find that being hyper alert in such situations generally takes the fun out of whatever I happen to be there for. My general thoughts when viewing a large crowd is first, what a good place to let loose a chemical/biological agent, second, how quickly could this crowd situation devolve into a chaotic mess, and third, if I have to pull my firearm for self defense, how many people could I hit (answer, too many, which is why the use of a firearm in a crowd is a critically bad idea).

Sometimes you just can't avoid crowds but with a bit of planning and awareness, you can at least have a better than average chance of protecting yourself in such a situation.