Bugging In Place with the Elderly

Today I have a guest post from Lukas Nicholson. Lukas contacted me about writing a guest post on a subject I hadn’t really thought about. Buggin in with the elderly. I know many of you have parents and grandparents at home with you. Enjoy -James

 

Bugging In With the Elderly

Bugging In With the Elderly

When SHTF, most of us won’t have a secondary bug out location we can run to and wait out the chaos. In fact, the vast majority of preppers plan to essentially bug in place. That is probably a wise decision. Unless you have a fully stocked location nestled away somewhere out of town that can provide adequate shelter, food, water and security for an extended period of time, you best not plan on “heading for the hills” at the first sign of trouble.

Bugging out becomes even less of an option if you have elderly family or friends to account for. But I would guess that when most people are making plans they are not realistically considering the needs of their elder members. Before continuing, it should be made clear that not all older individuals will need special attention. Many are physically and mentally fit and perfectly capable of taking care of themselves.

But the truth is that many more elderly individuals are quite dependent on modern society for their needs. They may have extreme limitations brought on by maladies like diabetes or debilitating arthritis. They may depend on daily prescription medications to keep them relatively healthy. In our modern society they may get about and function with relative ease, but that shouldn’t bear on our assessment of how they will do when the lights go out permanently and we’re living like we did 150 years ago.

Realistically, there is only so much you can do to ensure the health and safety of the elderly during an extended period of catastrophe. But here are some things to think about and prepare for as best you can.

Bug In at the Older Member’s Home

It may make sense to make your bug out location at the elderly person’s home. If they are supportive of the idea, consider stocking your supplies at their location so when SHTF occurs, they don’t have to travel to meet you. Instead, it would be easier (but still dangerous) for you to bug out to their location.

This is advantageous for several reasons. They will have the comfort of staying in familiar surroundings and have all of their medical needs, such as walkers and other appliances, already in place. Staying in familiar surroundings will help them cope with the fear and may subsequently lessen the resulting depression as they experience the outside world crumble apart. In addition, many elderly are either particular about the food they eat or have health restrictions on the types of food they must have. For these reasons it might be far easier and sensible to plan on weathering the storm at the elderly person’s home.

Secure Your Home

Regardless of where you plan to stay, you must ensure the security of everyone in your party. So instead of focusing energy and resources on a vague plan for bugging out, it would be better to focus your efforts on securing your home for SHTF. Human psychology being what it is, people will still be creatures of opportunity, even under harsh circumstances. If your home is hardened against break-ins, looters and those searching for resources will tend to opt for your less secure neighbor’s home. This is not to say that in time they won’t get around to your home, but by then you will have had adequate time to assess your situation and devise concrete plans for your extended survival.

 

Lukas Nicholson hails from a family of preppers hardened by numerous Florida hurricanes. He found an outlet for his skills in the security industry, where he has spent the past seven years. He is now interested in sharing his knowledge online, where he writes in association with Topconsumerreviews.com.

 

 

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Episode 21 Glen Tate on 299 Days and Crossfit

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Glen Tate Interview

Another Mikes guest invite paid off. Glent Tate author of the 299 Days books emailed me about being on the show. He liked my review of the books so much be wanted on. Also as It turns out we have something else in common. Glen drank from the kool aid and joined the cult of crossfit. We both are of the mind that physical fitness is one of the most important preps. I’ll take any chance to spread the word on getting in shape. We do talk about the books a good bit though. I got my co host Mike hooked on the books before this podcast. Mike really got into the swing of things and asked some hard hitting questions.  This will be different from any interview with Glen Tate you’ve heard. He all had a great time and covered some important info.We hear about the upcoming audio versions.  Glen Tates 299 Days books are the best prepper fiction out there. Go check them out.

 

Topics

  • Who is Glen Tate.
  • The Role Of Fitness In Disaster Preparedness.
  • What is Crossfit.
  • Get Fit NOW Rather than later.
  • 299 Days: Semi Fictional Story Set In A Preppers Guide.
  • Is He afraid to be found out?
  • Worst Workout Ever?
  • Best P.R?
  • Community Aspect.
  • Glens Take on Nutrition.
  • Doors opening and Making Friends.

 

Links

299 Day’s Website

299 Days On Amazon

299 Days On Facebook

 

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Paleo Nachos Recipe

 

Paleo Nachos

Paleo Nachos

 

I saw a recipe in a magazine at work that was for “Healthy” nachos. It was full of low fat this and that. It did have a unique twist. Instead of using tortilla chips it used bell peppers. I thought that  was genius. I decided to make some fully paleo ones. If you don’t have any issues with dairy these would be great with cheese. I’ve been eating a lof of Old Croc grass fed cheese. Much like real nachos add what you want to these. So how do you make paleo nachos and how do they taste? Join me in my much better lit kitchen.

 

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Archery Series: Getting Practice

 

Hopefully you have enjoyed and learned something new from my previous two articles, so we can move on and get you out in the field on the next step…… The first thing you need to do after you purchase whatever equipment you have determined would best suit you, is practice!

archery practice

archery practice

When you start, if you haven’t ever shot a bow, you probably should begin at an archery range, with someone that has a significant amount of experience. Beginning at a 5 yard distance is ideal, you should be comfortable with short yardage before you move to longer yardage. After you get comfortable with shooting your bow, start moving and shooting from different angles, side to side and up and down. You need to practice shooting from all angles because you never completely know where your game is going to come from.

    There are a multitude of possibilities, whether it be uphill or down hill and you need to be confident when you let your arrow go. Try if you can to practice with a friend and create distractions for each other (my wife and I do this and have a pretty good time). When you get your concentration down, work on your strength. Start at a closer range and start holding your bow drawn back for 30 seconds before you shoot and work your way to holding your draw at farther distances, then try it again holding for 45 seconds and so on. The longer you can hold your bow back before you shoot, the better.

    I have been in a situation where I had to hold my bow back for over a minute before I let my arrow fly and to be honest I was shaking so bad, lost some control and I missed because nobody ever told me that I might have to do this. I was very disappointed in myself that day, so I stepped my practice and strength training up, now I can hold for 90 seconds without waver. I cannot stress the importance of practice enough, it will be the difference between a quick and painless kill shot and a painful wounding that you will have to track down.

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archery practice 2

When you practice in your backyard or in an archery range, you need to have the mindset that you are hunting and it is the real deal. If you have your quiver on your bow, make sure it’s full of arrows when you practice, because that slight amount of weight will make you shoot different if you don’t practice with it. If you are going to use a back quiver hunting, practice with it on your back full of arrows. If you might have to shoot with a pack on your back, practice with a pack on your back.

    Practice shooting from a sitting position, from a kneeling position, as well as leaning over. Practice shooting your bow every way you possibly can, so you are confident to make the shot you are given every time.

archery practice 3

archery practice 3

If you are wanting to set something up in your backyard or elsewhere, you will soon find out that targets are expensive, so I will share a couple ways to make your own target that can save you some money.

    Take any empty garbage can, put a plastic liner in it. Use a couple cans of spray foam insulation and spray them in the liner. Take the liner and fold over the top of the foam and put a heavy book on top of it in the garbage can. Give it a few hours to cure and pull it out of the can, then peel the plastic off and you have a foam block you can paint on to make your target.

The next way is to get a card board box and stuff it full of equal size pieces of card board and when I say stuff, that’s exactly what I mean. Stuff it so full there is no way you could get another piece in it, the tighter you get it the better it will stop your arrow. I have used both of these DIY targets and they work great!

If you practice like me you will be making a new target once a month, but it’s rewards are well worth it when you take down your first big game animal. I would also recommend taking it easy your first week of practice and work into strengthening those new muscles you will discover you have.

I hope this helps you in your adventure!!!

Robert

Find Robert at Rice Family Creations

 

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Trash That’s Not Trash

Trash

Trash

 

I don’t spend much time anymore reading other survival blogs. I usually stay off the forums for the most part. Heck I have been thinking about giving up tsp. Why would you do that for James? Well I am a sponge and would have to sound like I’m  mimicking anyone else. It’s a fine line between still learning and enjoying my favorite subjects and copying. There’s an article I’ve seen going around called something about the items to not trash. Items to always keep as a prepper. What’s on the list of not trash? I have no idea I haven’t read it. It got me thinking though that there are items I always keep. Some of you might be interested in what my packrat butt hordes. Let’s get into the trash and see what we find.

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52 Prepper Projects Review

I am both the worst reviewer and friend in history. My friend David Nash released 52 Prepper Projects in November. I pre ordered and have had it since then. Now it’s darn near August when I’m writing this review. Sorry Dave, November was actually a rough month for me. The book came in during a terrible break up. I’m better now and it’s time I talked about 52 Prepper Projects. I’ll knock off the belly aching and get to it.

 

52 Prepper Projects

52 Prepper Projects

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Episode 20 Anarchy Is Awesome

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Join James and Mike today as they discuss the following topics.  Ten tips for concealed carry. Rainwater  is now illegal in many states now. Why I’m an anarchist these days. Coconu lube personal lubricant. Trouble with the hook grip try these tips. Permaculture minute is the Chickens card. The wild edible of the week is the acacia tree.

Topics

  • Concealed Carry Tips.
  • Rain Water Illegal.
  • Anarchy.
  • Coconu Lube.
  • Hook Grip.
  • Chickens.
  • Acacia Tree.
Anarchy

Anarchy

Anarchy

What led him to become an anarchist. James and Mike talk about being young anarchist. What is anarchy and what it is not. There are many misconceptions about anarchy. It does not mean total chaos. The word meaning has been altered by the world governments. They wanted to make it synonymous with chaos. The government’s marketing campaign worked great and most believe it.  Is Mike becoming an anarchist too. James is slowly converting Mike along with all of you. Don’t believe the two party lies. Work on personal liberty. Ignore the fools. Build the life you want because voting will never build the life you want.

 

Friends the podcast is not a lecture from James and Mike. It’s a discussion between friends so make your voice heard and leave a comment.

 

 

Links For Today

Ten Tips For Concealed Carry.

Collecting Rain Water Now Illegal In Many States .

Trouble With Your Hook Grip .

Acacia Tree.

 

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Rational Survival Appearance

Rational Survivor

Rational Survival

 Today I just want to share with you an interview I did recently. I was interviewed by Kyle of Rational Survival. I had a great time chatting with Kyle. He is also big into crossfit like me. We talked about the importance of fitness and nutrition in the survival community. Why Paleo is best for rational survival. Kyle had some questions about paleo. He was overthinking it like many others. You don’t need to fully understand something to do it. Follow the rules and see how you feel.

I give him a few tips on cheap and easy paleo meals to make. Not every meal has to be expensive. I make meat go further by eating smaller portions of it. I bulk out my meals with leafy greens cooked in fat. I believe in rational survival and part of that is budgeting.

Rational Survival

Rational Survival

We have a good laugh about how bad out first Crossfit workout was. Kyle was prior service military. After he got out he let his fitness slip. Hell it happens to the best of us. He knew from a rational survival standpoint he knew he needed to get back in shape. Crossfit hands down is the most effective way to increase your fitness. We also talk about our worst workouts. Mine was doing two hard wods in back to back. And my back hated me for it. We also talk about the great community to be found at Crossfit. If you find a good box, gym, you will love it. You will make great friends there that you will not find on the treadmill.

Kyle is a much more prolific podcaster than I. How he pumps out that many great podcast for rational survival I don’t know. I’ve done back to back podcasts  and it’s hard work. He’s running a contest right now as well to win 5 ounces of silver. So stop by and check him out.

If you want me to appear on a podcast let me know and I’ll get with them or if you have one drop me a line.

 

 

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What Next People: A James Rant

Sometimes I just need to rant  to my friends. I consider all of you my friends so pull up a chair. Today’s rant is about what I call the What Next People. They are the bane of my existence. They top my short pet peeve list. What next People waste so much of my time at work. They resist any attempt on my part to put an end to that behavior. So what is a what next person you ask. Oh you know them. They are everywhere. You might be one yourself.  If you are read this and answer what is next.

 

What Next People

What Next

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Veggetti The Veggie Noodle Maker

I really try not to ever buy anything As Seen On Tv. I have done it once before.I bought a green skillet from the ASOTV section and quickly regretted it. Db from Florida Hillbilly says his works great. He did not buy an ASOTV  branded one and paid twice as much. Your mileage may vary. I havent seen the Veggetti commercials but I walked past it at work a lot. The Veggetti caught my eye one of those times. I have made zucchini noodles often in the past. I use them in my Zucchini Ramen recipe.  The downside though is the time it takes to make them by hand. I have kicked around an idea to make a zucchini noodle maker before. Well I finally broke down and bought the Veggetti and just tested it out. How did it work out? Let’s find out.

 

Veggetti

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