Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Prepper's Home Defense By Jim Cobb - An Introduction to Security Strategies Book Review

The copy of Prepper's Home Defense- Security Strategies to Protect Your Family by Any Means Necessary that I am reviewing here is by Jim Cobb.  It is published by Ulysses Press and is copyrighted 2012.  For those searching for it by ISBN: 978-1-61243-115-4.

The topic of this work is of great contemporary interest to Americans from all walks of life.  There is an innate drive to protect that which is yours, both material and family from the unknown ravages of an uncertain future.  It is common practice for books of this genre to approach the subject from an assumption that "SHTF" or "TEOTWAWKI" is in effect.  This is not different, as the opening planning assumption in the introduction is that "a long term lapse in social services" is present

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

I know I need a TEOTWAWKI Pantry, but where do I start?

WWII Rationing Food Line Up at Butcher Shop, England 1942
The most recent 60 day (and counting) free trial of communism (the lock downs go way beyond mere “socialism”) offered up by the COVID crisis have caused many families to pause and consider what they would do if going to the grocery store didn’t just mean reduced quantities or choices in foodstuffs, but if literally the shelves were bare, and the resupply was uncertain. As in, Venezuela bare. As in, people in Poland “unavailable”.  Under communist rule, those in the Soviet bloc would join any line and buy whatever was on offer because inflation was so rampant that you had to exchange currency for SOMETHING tangible, tradeable or useful immediately, before your money was completely devalued and, supply chains in the modern American sense were a joke and so you bought what was available, when it was available, and a thriving barter economy resulted. Speak to anyone who lived in the Soviet bloc during this era and they are quite clear it sucked.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

SHTF Self-Education: Introduction to Pressure Canning

My interest in pressure canning began when I became concerned about the meat stored in our large chest freezer in the event of an extended power outage.  We had just purchased a custom butchered quarter cow and half hog, as well as game that my husband had procured and free range poultry he earned by volunteering at a local farm on chicken slaughtering days.  It would be impossible to cook/save all of it in the event of long term loss of power.  Anxious about potentially losing such a significant investment, I began seeking ways to diversify our food storage.


Investing in a quality pressure canner is investing in a piece of American history.  The number one seller of pressure canners in the USA is the "All American" brand produced by the Wisconsin Aluminum Foundry founded in 1909.  Their line up of pressure canners has stood the test of time, is heirloom quality and range in size from 10 qt to 41 qts.

As an aside, the Wisconsin Foundry also sells a line of electric sterilizers (autoclaves). In a pinch, your pressure canner could be a substitute autoclave to properly sterilize instruments, equipment and bandages.  Autoclaving sterilization works by steam and pressure to kill infectious organisms, which is the function of a pressure canner.

Beginning a Preppers "SHTF" Garden? Avoid the hidden hazards - Here's some important safety info you need to know.

Many prepping advice sites discuss in addition to long term food storage, the need to have an ongoing, long term food source you control, such as a garden or aquaponics setup. There are many excellent blogs dedicated to planning, setting up, growing and organically managing a SHTF prepper's garden.  This is not "that" type of post.

This post is about some basic safety information you need to know before you venture out and commune with the land.


"Festivities" unavoidable? Dress for Success, or, What I wore to the Riot: A primer for Preppers, Survivalists and Trump Rally attendees

Update:  This post was originally published June 8, 2016. Considering the current civil unrest currently underway, it seemed like a good time to repost as a refresher.
Partyzantski has embedded some good knowledge links and free resources to school yourself on how to "know thy enemy".

Dress for Success
...or, "What I wore to the Riot"
when the Festivities were unavoidable
A primer for Preppers, Survivalists 
and Trump Rally attendees


This article is inspired by a tweet in my twitter feed @Partyzantski where some person was asking what martial art to study in the wake of the recent San Jose mob action riots against Trump supporters.  My reply was essentially that NOW is TOO LATE to pick up the study of a martial art for immediate application, and that I questioned the wisdom/sanity of wanting to mix it up in a riot.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

When Bugging Out is NOT an Option #1: Strengthening Security to Shelter in Place

You have Questions, we try to answer.  The following series of upcoming Tuesday Prepping posts are in response to Reader Questions about what basic steps should anyone new to prepping or becoming aware of their own home's vulnerability should take to prepare and secure themselves should the security situation in the USA begin to decline more precipitously than it is now.

There are a lot of posts about how to prep for a SHTF/TEOTWAWKI scenario and "bugging out" when that happens.

It's just not practical - for a variety of reasons.  Most people who subscribe to this romantic notion of packing it all up and fleeing to safety in the hinterlands are living in a world not grounded in reality.  Generally, they're people who have never lived off the grid or without modern amenities for any extended period of time.

When Bugging Out is NOT an Option #2: Plusing-Up Perimeter Security Part I

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

When Bugging Out is NOT an Option #3: Perimeter Security, Part II


You have Questions, we try to Answer.  The following post is part of a series of Tuesday Prepping posts in response to Reader Questions about what basic steps should anyone new to prepping or first becoming aware of their own home's vulnerability should take to prepare and secure themselves should the security situation in the USA begin to decline more precipitously than it is now.

This is the third post in this series.  Post #1 discussing doors, windows and other points of entry can be read here and Post #2 (the first on basic perimeter security) can be read here. This post, Post #3 continues with additional basic perimeter security measures.

Perimeter Security Management and You, Part II
by Partyzanski, Certified US Military Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection Officer

In my previous article regarding household perimeter security management, I mentioned shrubbery, lighting and observation (peephole for the front door, some options there). As perimeter defense and awareness is a complex topic, in part 2 I will discuss other methods to detect and deter the criminal element from your home, a place where you should be safe and sound. Remember, YOU have a RIGHT to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”. Most suburbanites and exurbanites find that place is their home, with your hearth and honey.
In keeping with prior articles, I will address only three items in an effort to keep the information short, timely and easy to digest and act upon.

Monday, May 18, 2020

10 Things to Think About for Emergency Evacuation from your home

Like many families, we have college age children studying away from home.  They happen to be living and studying in "weather-challenged" parts of the country, with higher-than-average risk for earthquakes, wild fires, hurricanes and tornadoes.  As parents, we worry about their safety should things go sideways and they have to evacuate (ie: it is not safe to shelter in place).  The recent fires in Alberta, Canada and California, USA have brought home the realization that sometimes "bugging in" is NOT an option.


"Hurricane Preparedness Week" public education awareness week by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) was this past May 15th - 21st. Their timely tips and information guides generated an overdue discussion about various emergency scenarios that could arise in the near future in their specific locations. The Red Cross also publishes various guides to suggested preparations for a variety of disaster situations that would be most appropriate for your specific situation.

FREE RESOURCE:  Hurricane Safety Checklist & valuable hurricane info

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Update: Back in stock .. SHTF Self-Education Book Review: Wolves Among the Sheep....

**Bumped:  Copies of Wolves Among the Sheep are now back in stock at Amazon!

** A very special thank-you to long-time member of the Patriot/Liberty community and loyal Reader MaryfromMarin for bringing this book to our attention, and for kindly sending us a copy to review.

Dear Readers,  I am reviewing a book today that may be the most important that I have done to date, as it is applicable RIGHT NOW in YOUR life and those around you. Although Dr. Isaac's well researched work approaches the issue of "safety and security" from a different perspective than I do, once I cracked open the covers and read the first few paragraphs I was hooked - and completed reading the book in one uninterrupted sitting.  You should strive to get this book into the hands of as many people you care about as possible.


It is a book concerned with recognition of danger and of malefactors.  On the surface, it would seem to approach the topic from the point of view of solely concerning Churches and other ministry activities, but to dismiss it as such is to do yourself and your loved ones a profound disservice.  I approached this topic with some skepticism and from the viewpoint of a lapsed Catholic life, thinking this was only about Churches.  I was so, so wrong, as it is so much more than that.  The book rewards those with faith in the message itself, not in any specific faith overview.  It is eminently practical advice of great utility in anyone's life.  If you have children, even more so.