Quite some time ago, we offered up some information on preparedness. We were actually quite surprised on how well this information was received and numerous people even came into the shop to ask Dianne how she fashioned / organized her Bug Out Bags. So on that note, we decided to start another page on Tactical and Preparedness Tips offered up by us and some technical advisors that we network with.

Some of these tips will be new to you, some of them you will know, some of them you may have known but forgotten. We hope all of them will keep you thinking about your responsibility to always be mentally and physically prepared for the benefit of you, your family and your community.

Our technical advisors and us believe it is the individuals responsibility (not Governments or other agencies) to take the initiative to be well prepared with the proper equipment, training, and mental attitude to not only survive a crisis but be victorious. One only needs to look at Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans to understand the importance of this. The City had four days notice of the impending storm and floods. No one moved. The City had hundreds of school buses at its disposal to move people. None were utilized. People were already under flood waters before they tried to stock up on water and essentials by looting stores. Now it was too late to move. The people blamed the City for not keeping them safe and secure, watered and fed. The City blamed the state and the state blamed the Feds. Yet it was the citizens themselves who were in “condition white” and clueless to their pending predicament.

It’s highly unlikely that we will see a hurricane here in Edmonton but we have had severe tornado’s and extreme winter storms. The Province as a whole has been experiencing power “brownouts” and these are expected to get worse as the power grid has not kept up with development, hence power requirements. That forces us to survive at the very least for possibly hours, off the grid. We should be prepared for worse. As has been said before, we are martial artists and as such we train to make our minds and bodies strong. We should also be prepared to not only look after ourselves but those who cannot look after themselves such as the weak, handicapped or elderly. Hopefully you can glean a few tidbits of knowledge from this page. Stay tuned for more additions.

The Preparedness Library

Saturday, 16 February 2013 19:43 Mike McGuire
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Preparedness Library

Reading almost seems to be a lost art these days. Most people only skim articles that they find online as opposed to actually picking up a book and reading it cover to cover. Look at how many small book stores have closed up shop over the last few years.

There are some excellent books in the marketplace relative to the preparedness topic. These books will provide you with a wealth of knowledge on all things on the topic. They will usually also have lists in the appendix as to the kinds of gear you should have, food quantities and types, and medical items to consider. On top of that they will usually point to other reference books that you might want to consider adding to your library.

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Aside from reading these books in order to help you prepare, these are books that you will want to keep and most likely take with you should you have to bug out. Under times of stress, you may not be thinking as rationally as you would normally and having the ability to just flip through a book and get some ideas relative to your current predicament can be worth its weight in gold. Mental stress is your worst enemy when you are already taxed by your situation. If sitting down for a few minutes helps you in your decision making process and calms you down at the same time, it is well worth it.

But here is another consideration. Depending on the situation, you may not have power and all those fancy devices that you rely on every day may in fact be worthless. This is the one time where you may be forced to go old school and actually rely on a time honored paper book. Those dog eared pages don’t need a battery and will serve you very well. As far as taking books with you, obviously books are heavy and you may want to choose one or two quality reference books to go.

Two starter books should be Family Preparedness Handbook by James Stevens and the Encyclopedia of Country Living by Carla Emery. Rising Sun stocks some good titles such as the Stevens book that would serve your library well. Happy reading…

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