Tuesday, November 19, 2013

BE SELF-RELIANT: PREPARE YOUR FAMILY (Part 4) -
SUNDRY AND SANITATION ITEMS

As part of my ongoing series about what you can do to be a God-fearing, self-reliant, freedom-loving American...
Sanitation is a huge issue and in any sort of emergency often goes by the wayside.  But disease and sickness usually takes a much larger toll than the actual emergency.  A case in point is the typhoon that recently hit the Philippines.

The below reflects the “at a minimum” need for a family of 4 for a year:

QUANTITY                                                        WHERE TO BUY
1.  5 Cases of Toilet Paper                                   Costco
2.  3 Lg. Boxes Tampons/3 Lg. Boxes Pads        Costco
While embarrassing perhaps for some tampons are a huge deal and have many different uses...don't laugh.  Read more here:  http://www.artofmanliness.com/2012/06/05/survival-tampon/
3. 4 Lg. Bottles Dawn Dish Soap                        Costco
4. 5 Lg. Pkgs. Of Bar Soap                                 Walmart
5. 5 Lg. Bottles of Shampoo                               Walmart
6. 16 Tubes of Toothpaste                                   Costco
7. 2 Lg. Pkgs. Toothbrushes                               Costco
8. 8 Gals. Bleach                                                Costco/Walmart
9. 8 Gals. White Vinegar
    2 Gals. “Real” Apple Cider Vinegar              Costco/Walmart
    -Get actual Apple Cider Vinegar.  Read the label, some are 
        just “flavored” only.
10. 4 Lg. Boxes Powdered Laundry Detergent  Costco
11. 2 Ea. Breathing Washer (You can wash clothes in 5 Gal. Bucket)    www.breathingwasher.com
12. 1 Awl  for Awl (A handy item to have to repair things)                    www.awlforall.com

As always I welcome your thoughts!

Semper Paratus,

Matt

Monday, September 30, 2013

BE SELF-RELIANT: PREPARE YOUR FAMILY (Part 3) - MEDICAL

So...Prepare Yourself and your family...spiritually, mentally, and physically. The most overlooked for people is physical preparedness...so let's start there again...with my suggestions.

Injuries happen in emergency situations and almost always at the wrong time. After talking with several combat medics here are the basics needed to treat serious injuries and buy time...

Each individual in a family should have in their personal trauma kit the following links are the easiest/cheapest I could find:

1. Celox Gauze 10' x 3" (1 Roll)
http://www.rescue-essentials.com/celox-gauze/
On sale for $19 a roll right now.

2. 6" Israeli Bandage w/ Sliding Pad (2 ea)
http://www.rescue-essentials.com/israeli-emergency-bandage-6-with-sliding-pads/

3. Combat Action Tourniquet
http://www.rescue-essentials.com/softt-w-generation-3-tourniquet/

4. SAM Splint Combo Kit w/ Corban (There are 2 but 1 per person)
http://www.rescue-essentials.com/36-gray-sam-splints-camo-wrap-combo-2ea/

6. Triangular Bandage (Military Cravat)
http://www.bhigear.com/bhitrianglebandage.aspx

7. Rausch Asherman Chest Seal (1 ea)
http://www.rescue-essentials.com/asherman-chest-seal/


As part of a normal commercial family first aid kit I would add:
1. 3M TransPore Tape (12 1"x10' Rolls)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000K3HSIO/ref=oh_details_o04_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

2. Elastic Bandage Wraps (4 4" Rolls)
http://www.rescue-essentials.com/elastic-wrap-4/

3. Tea Tree Oil (2 2Oz. Bottles)
http://www.amazon.com/100-Pure-Tree-Good-Natural/dp/B001063NY8
For the many uses of Tea Tree Oil see these links:
-http://www.backdoorsurvival.com/miracle-of-tea-tree-oil/
-http://www.survivalblog.com/2013/07/-disclaimeri-am-a-retired.html

4. Dental Emergency Kit (there are many here is one good example)
http://www.campingsurvival.com/deemdekidrst.html

5. Corban Wrap (10 4" Rolls)
http://www.bigronline.com/index.php/animalhealth/animalhealth-vet/syravet-syrflex-cohesive-flexible-bandage-4-7162.html

As always let me know your thoughts and comments.

Semper Paratus,

MATT

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

BE SELF-RELIANT: PREPARE YOUR FAMILY (Part 2) - WATER

So...Prepare Yourself and your family...spiritually, mentally, and physically. The most overlooked for people is physical preparedness...so let's start there again...with my suggestions.

1.  Filtering Water -  It is always good to have both a portable and a bulk water filtration system:

MSR Sweetwater Portable - http://www.amazon.com/MSR-SweetWater-Microfilter-Gray-Red/dp/B001BNPJK6

This lever action system is highly reliable, easy to clean and store, lightweight, and can literally be used anywhere.  I have owned one for over 15 years and only had to replace the filter once.  I have used it in places with brown brackish swamp water all the way up to glacial streams.  Never a problem and the pre-filter keeps out all the big stuff making the internal filter last longer.

Berkey Filters - http://www.berkeyfilters.com/berkey-water-filters/systems/

This is considered a must have by many because this is the most reliable fastest way to filter water in bulk for a family.  A simple design and proven reliability means this will last a lifetime.  I recommend the Big or Royal sizes and to buy a set of extra filters.

2.  Accessing Water -  4-Way Sillcock Key
You can purchase this at Home Depot - http://www.homedepot.com/p/BrassCraft-4-Way-Steel-Sillcock-Key-Wrench-T154/100145007#.UjnqAbzDVig

Almost never thought of but extremely important is being able to access water supplies in a time of emergency.  A cheap investment at around $5 this key can get you access to water from almost any public source.

As always I welcome your thoughts!

Semper Paratus,

MATT

Saturday, August 31, 2013

BE SELF-RELIANT: PREPARE YOUR FAMILY (Part 1) - FOOD & SUNDRY
As part of my continuing posts based on the 8 Points of what we all should be doing:
To review...
1. Pray/Repent
2. Do What We Say We Believe
3. Quit Going to the Government for Our Needs
4. Owe No One Anything
5. Prepare Yourself
a. Spiritually
b. Mentally
c. Physically (The 4 S's)
i. Get in Shape
ii. Learn Self-Defense
iii. Learn to Shoot
iv. Small Group Tactics
6. Prepare Your Family

So...Prepare Yourself and your family...spiritually, mentally, and physically. The most overlooked for people is physical preparedness...so let's start there again...with my suggestions.

1. FOOD & SUNDRY ITEMS

We are admonished by Jesus to love our neighbors. Immediately following that statement a lawyer asked him "who is my neighbor." Jesus answered with the account of the Good Samaritan. We cannot love our neighbors if government is doing it for us. Disasters of all kinds do happen so it is good to be prepared not only to help your own family but your neighbors as well. Having food and sundry items stored up is like buying insurance.

The below reflects the best prices I have found and with Freeze Dried foods Thrive local dealers will beat Costco.
The following as an "at a minimum" list:

FOOD & SUNDRIES WHERE TO BUY
1. 300 lbs. of Wheat Straight from Local Farmer
2. 250 lbs. of Rice Costco/URM Cash & Carry
3. 250 lbs. of Non-Iodized "Rock" Salt Costco/URM Cash & Carry
4. 100 lbs. of Pinto Beans Costco/URM Cash & Carry
5. 80 lbs. of Pankcake & Biscuit Mix URM Cash& Carry
6. 75 lbs. of White Sugar Costco
7. 75 lbs. of Pasta URM Cash & Carry
8. 50 lbs. of Powdered Milk or Milk Alt. Honeyvillegrain.com
9. 50 lbs. of Baking Soda Costco
10. 25 lbs. of Brown Sugar Costco
11. 1yr Supply Freeze Dried Fruit/Veg. http://risenthrive.com/
12. 1yr Supply TP & "Female" Items Costco
13. 1yr Cleaning Supplies & Soap Costco/Walmart
14. Breathing Washer breathingwasher.com
15. 1yr Jars & Canning Supplies (200 ea) Winco/Bi-Mart
16. 1 Acre/2 Growing Season Seeds Costco or Amazon
-(Costco = Non-GMO Heirloom Garden Seeds - 2 Gal. Bucket)
-(Amazon = Heirloom Emergency Survival Seeds - 505,000 Seeds)
-1 Can of Culinary Herb Seeds mypatriotsupply.com
-1 Can of Medicinal Herb Seeds mypatriotsupply.com
-4 Packets Tobacco Seeds victoryseeds.com
-(2 each of Connecticut Broadleaf and Greenwood)
-40 Seed Potatoes Local Garden Center
-Apple, Raspberry, Elderberry Seeds Local Garden Center
17. 10 Gal. of Honey Local Apiary
18. 4 Cases (#10 Can) Drink Mix/Cocoa Honeyvillegrain.com
19. Spices (Lots)
-Winco = Bulk Spices (can be stored in hermetically sealed jars)
-http://risenthrive.com/ = Pre-packaged (shelf life over 15 years)
20. 10 lbs of Yeast Costco

For bulk foods you can buy buckets, mylar bags, gamma lids, and oxygen absorbers at Winco (back by the bulk spices). I strongly recommend using gamma lids. They are tried proven and can be re-sealed. Search the internet on how to properly store each item. For example, Sugar usually doesn't need oxygen absorbers. For the pasta and seeds use a vacuum sealer. Store the wheat in an old pickling barrel (you can buy these at Big R, but check the seal) with oxygen absorbers. Also, another handy item to have to repair things is an Awl for All. https://www.awlforall.com/merchant2/.

As always I welcome your comments.

Semper Paratus,

Matt

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

BE SELF-RELIANT: PREPARE YOURSELF - LEARN TO SHOOT
 

Over the next few months I am going to be posting every Tuesday and Thursday, God willing, based on the 8 points of what we all should be doing. The first four I have talked about a lot in my posts and speeches already. So...Prepare Yourself...spiritually, mentally, and physically. The most overlooked for people is physical preparedness...so let's start there...with my suggestions.

THE 4S's...Shape, Self-defense, Shoot, Small group tactics

2. SHOOT
INSTEAD OF WATCHING A MOVIE OR TWO...

What did Thomas Jefferson consider the best form of exercise? "...I advise the gun. While this gives a moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprize, and independance to the mind. Games played with the ball and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be the constant companion of your walks." - Letter to his nephew Peter Carr, August 19, 1785

Indeed, firearms are the great equalizer and indispensable to freedom. However, the Right to Bear arms is not some abstract principle to be talked about...it is a right to be exercised. Learning to shoot ensures self-reliance but we must be able to safely handle firearms and shoot straight otherwise having one is irrelevant.

1. First learn how to safely handle and shoot a .22 rifle.

Project Appleseed is the best basic beginner rifle marksmanship training around. This is a full weekend of training the whole family can attend. Two events are happening locally in the next month:

August 24-25 Medical Lake, WA (I will be at this one)
September 14-15 Coeur d' Alene, ID

Sign up here: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/5134970836
What to bring is here: https://appleseedinfo.org/as_prepare.html

Rifles can be provided as loaners if necessary, and I believe ammo may be available for purchase at the event. If you're interested in that, let me know and I will contact the proper person. Also, Cabela's no has .22 ammo back in stock as of this morning limit 1 300 round box.

2. Second, learn how to safely handle/shoot a pistol or revolver.

Classes are put on locally by Sharp Shooting Indoor range.

Classes for all skill levels are available here: http://www.sharpshooting.net/classes.asp

3. Third, step it up to the next level and learn tactical training.

The best place in the country for this is Front Sight (I cannot say enough good things about them). It is in Nevada but well worth the trip and money.

Courses are here: http://www.frontsight.com/Courses.asp

Let me know your thoughts and experiences!

Semper Paratus,

MATT

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

BE SELF-RELIANT: PREPARE YOURSELF - LEARN SELF-DEFENSE
Over the next few months I am going to be posting every Tuesday and Thursday, God willing, based on the 8 points of what we all should be doing. The first four I have talked about a lot in my posts and speeches already. So...Prepare Yourself...spiritually, mentally, and physically. The most overlooked for people is physical preparedness...so let's start there...with my suggestions.

THE 4S's...Shape, Self-defense, Shoot, Small group tactics

2. SELF-DEFENSE
INSTEAD OF WATCHING AN HOUR OF T.V....

The quickest way to build confidence is by learning self-defense. This is true for all of us but especially our mothers, wives, and daughters. NO VICTIMS. There could be discussions for hours on which martial art is better but from my experience a mixture is best where there are quick transitions from defense to offense with natural movements. Some examples:

1. Mixed Martial Arts (MMA)
2. Russian Systema (The System)
3. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ)
4. Krav Maga

To me Krav Maga is the most practical...However, find what suits you and a knowledgeable instructor you are comfortable with...

BUT DO SOMETHING!

To my knowledge, Russian Systema is only taught privately in the greater Spokane area. Here are some resources for the others:

1. Krav Maga - http://www.kravmagaspokane.com/
2. Christian Centered MMA - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Spirit-Martial-Arts/115999755094996
3. MMA - http://www.spokaneschoolofboxing-mma.com/http://www.spokaneschoolofboxing-mma.com/
4. MMA/BJJ - http://www.bjjspokane.com/

Best of Spokane - http://spokane.cityvoter.com/best/martial-arts/health-and-fitness/spokane

Dojo Locator - http://www.dojolocator.com/Washington/SpokaneCounty/

Let me know your thoughts and experiences!

Semper paratus,

MATT
BE SELF-RELIANT: PREPARE YOURSELF - GET IN SHAPE
Over the next few months I am going to be posting every Tuesday and Thursday, God willing, based on the 8 points of what we all should be doing. The first four I have talked about a lot in my posts and speeches already. So...Prepare Yourself...spiritually, mentally, and physically. The most overlooked for people is physical preparedness...so let's start there...with my suggestions.

THE 4S's...Shape, Self-defense, Shoot, Small group tactics

1. GET IN SHAPE
INSTEAD OF WATCHING AN HOUR OF T.V....
-The quickest way to shed pounds is by walking with a 20lbs pack (this should preferably be your "go bag") on your back (this is what I used to get citizen soldiers in shape before deploying to Iraq).

Simply start walking 5 days a week in the morning or late evening:
For example a 3 month plan:
1st Week
-1/2 Mile (no pack)
2nd Week
-1 Mile (no pack)
3rd Week
-1/2 Mile (20 lbs pack)
4th Week
-1 Mile (20 lbs pack)
5th & 6th Week
-2 Miles (20lbs pack)
7th & 8th Week
-3 Miles (20lbs pack)
9th & 10th Week
-5 Miles (20lbs pack)
10th & 11th Week
-5 Miles (40 lbs pack)
Maintain thereafter... at least 3 days a week. If you are more in shape start at the 3rd week level. It is important to work into this gradually to make your shoulder and back muscles become accustomed to the weight and you gradually develop callouses on your feet. Also, it is important that you wear either running shoes or lightweight hiking boots so you lessen the impact on joints.

-You should add to the above some simple strength exercises:

-Of all that I have seen to build true muscle memory and lasting strength "convict conditioning" is the best true gradual progression:

http://convict-conditioning.com/convict-conditioning-progressions/
http://convict-conditioning.com/convict-conditioning-chart/
Convict conditioning is particularly good for those with joint pain.

Here are some other excellent simple sample workouts:

http://www.artofmanliness.com/2013/02/28/mornin-bodyweight-workout/

http://redux.com/view/post/12392/A-Bodyweight-Workout-for-Busy-Men-The-Art-of-Manliness

http://www.artofmanliness.com/2013/08/01/dont-be-a-dummy-how-to-get-a-full-workout-with-only-dumbells/

For the younger generation Chad Howse's "Hero Training" is excellent place to start:
http://www.artofmanliness.com/2011/05/27/the-hero-training-workouts-putting-it-all-together/

If anyone would like to join me in Spokane Valley in the mornings let me know!





Semper Paratus,


MATT