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Survival weekly: COVID-19 & Prep thoughts

By: JimCobb of Survival weekly

In the last few weeks, I’ve been contacted by numerous media types and entirely too many of them are looking for the “doomsday prepper” angle, which is frustrating. Very, very few preppers fall into that category and focusing attention on that sort of lifestyle isn’t helpful to the vast majority of people who are looking for information on how to prepare for emergencies. Even if a reader or viewer were wanting to explore that sort of extreme preparedness, it isn’t like they can do much about it right now. Let’s get through the current crisis first, y’know?
How are you folks holding up so far? What’s the world look like in your neck of the woods? Here in Wisconsin, our governor just issued our “lockdown” order, effective tomorrow (March 25) and running for four weeks. It is what I’d call a soft lockdown, at best. When you get right down to it, most white-collar jobs are shut down and most blue-collar jobs are still up and running. People are told to stay home unless they have a good reason to be out and about.
I would encourage all of you to follow the guidelines that have been communicated to us over the last several days. Maintain social distancing whenever possible, stay home unless absolutely necessary, and do everything you can to remain healthy. A few suggestions with that last bit:

  • Make sure you’re eating at least some healthy food every day. It is okay to indulge in junk food here and there, just balance it with the good stuff.
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Be active every day. Do some exercise, go for a walk (which is perfectly fine, provided you maintain that social distancing aspect), do something that gets your pulse up for ab it.
  • Avoid sick people as best you can. I realize that isn’t always feasible or practical.
  • Wash your hands often, with soap and water. Use hand sanitizer if you can’t truly wash them.

Our hike this past weekend was a visit to a park we’ve been to several times in the past. It is smallish and we will sometimes swing in there when we need to get a hike in but don’t have a lot of time to spend. They’ve been doing some work on it in spots and we’re eager to see the final result…whenever they get a chance to finish it off.

Survival Tip Tuesday – Is This Our “I Told You So” Moment?

For years, preppers and survivalists have been beating the readiness drum, telling folks to get prepared for emergencies and disasters. For much of that time, we were ridiculed, told we were overreacting, and that we were wasting our time and money on something that would never happen.
Then, it did happen. Whether you feel the COVID-19 pandemic is a serious, life-threatening issue or something that is being blown entirely out of proportion and is perhaps a smokescreen for something else, the fact is we all have to deal with what is happening. We’re all facing potential supply shortages, cuts in income due to jobs being shut down, and the risk of getting sick ourselves or having a family member fall ill.
So, does this mean it is time for the “told you so” dance? Well, sort of like cashing out your life savings to buy scratch-off lottery tickets, just because you CAN, doesn’t mean you SHOULD.
Look, there are a lot of people who have suddenly jumped on the prepper bandwagon in the last few weeks. Lots of them have made and are still making bonehead mistakes. Guess what? That’s part of the learning process. Not one of you reading this were born with all of the knowledge, skills, and experience you possess today. Somebody, somewhere along the way, taught you, guided you, and helped you.
You have an opportunity to be that person for the next group of aspiring preppers and survivalists

If you decide you don’t want to take on that role, that’s fine, no worries. But, don’t muck up the works for the rest of us by denigrating, deriding, and generally making an ass of yourself by picking apart what you feel the new folks are screwing up.
We know going in that many, if not most, of the people who have recently joined us under the prepping umbrella aren’t going to stick around for the long run. Human nature is what it is. But, we have an opportunity here to make a genuinely positive impact on a large number of people. Take advantage of that and do what you can to help.
Leadership isn’t about being the best. It is about making everyone on the team better.

Knife & Gear Society

One of my favorite writers and instructors is Michael Janich. He is a recognized authority when it comes to self-defense, especially the use of knives. His Martial Blade Concepts school is a valuable resource. Michael has started doing a monthly column for the Knife & Gear Society webzine. This month’s installment is about Blood Loss and Stopping Power, two concepts that are woefully misunderstood. 

Prepper Survival Guide and Backwoods Survival Guide

For those new to my little corner of the Internet, I am the Editor in Chief for both Prepper Survival Guide and Backwoods Survival Guide magazines. These are quarterly print publications that are published by Centennial Media. Here are the covers for the current issues that are available in stores right now. 

You can find them just about anywhere magazines are sold, including:

  • Walmart
  • Sam’s Club
  • Costco
  • Publix
  • Walgreens
  • Rite Aid
  • CVS
  • Tractor Supply
  • Fleet Farm
  • Barnes & Noble

At this time, the staff at the publisher is working remotely, so we’re unable to order copies direct from them. 

Library at the End of the World Podcast

Do you enjoy end of the world books and movies?  Stuff like The Survivalist, The Road Warrior, Red Dawn, and Night of the Comet?  If so, you just might want to check out the Library at the End of the World podcast.  Hosted by yours truly, each week I interview an author, filmmaker, or someone else connected to the genre as well as chat about.  These aren’t live shows.  You can download any or all of them and listen to them at your leisure.  You can find all of the episodes of the podcast here.
 Questions, Comments, Complaints, Concerns?

I am always just an email away –  

-Thanks Jim for your continued expertise and tips!

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New Gear Alert… The ACW “Mini-Survival Kit”

A “no-brainer” item… Cheap, and packs a big punch in a little package.

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“Luck favors the well prepared”

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30 minute warning (are you a survivor)



Stop everything.

Ask yourself, at this moment right now, are you ready for disaster Randomness to visit?

This will be the perfect time to test, because you didn’t see it coming, like many circumstances in real life.  You had no warning, yet here it is with you in the cross-hairs.

This will be the perfect example for you to reflect and examine what you could have done up to this moment, and in real time present, how ready you are.  That moment is here.  In this episode of ESCAPE, lets assume disaster is upon us, so now you get to realize how well you are ready for the big moment.

You may be in your vehicle waiting at soccer practice, in you bathroom on the porcelain throne, in the kitchen, at the office, in bed, wherever…

Use your CURRENT present location as you read this.

For this to be an effective exercise don’t cheat, you will only be cheating yourself if you know what i mean.

After you go through the scenarios, reflect on how you can be pro-active in the future, and gain some insight

As you go through the examples we lay out,  consider these and other things that pertain to you:

  • Do you have an exit plan?
  • Can you be on the road / trail in minutes to beat the wave of congestion?  What alternate methods of travel do you have and do you have set way-points to meet if you are separated from your group?
  • Are you planning on staying put, or bugging’ out?
  • What do you have with or near you to help?
  • Can you contact family or friends to coordinate? do you have a contingency already?
  • What is your fuel, water, food situation for today and days or weeks ahead, and do you have an emergency means to procure them further?
  • What items, equipment, skills and knowledge have you built up?
  • What do your surrounding conditions offer you, can you problem solve creatively?

Lets Start the clock count-down from 30 minutes to minute zero when disaster strikes.  Mentally walk through what you would do if given 30 minutes to prepare based on what you have in reality.   and…Begin

(You have 30 minutes for EACH scenario below.  write down on paper or mentally walk through each scenario in real time if possible)


Scenario A:  A ballistic nuclear missile / Meteor / “Dirty bomb” warning is issued.  The only information you have is the pending impact will be WITHIN a 25 mile radius of your current position

Scenario B:  An aggressive microbial outbreak is finally announce when the holding area is compromised.  Insiders had no choice but to notify the public after the breach.  It was located in a nondescript facility WITHIN 3 MILES from your current location ( or in the next largest town ).  An estimated 15,000 animals are infected, ranging from birds to cats, dogs and various wild animals.  Before the report it was also estimated that at least two dozen people working at the facility had been exposed.  At minute 25, those of you within radio/device or television range are informed that the animals were quarantined due to the discovery of a new strain of Rabies.  Drug experiments backfired creating a hyper aggressive strain instead.

Scenario C:  Solar Flare ( coronal mass ejection; or CME), or a situation of massive power grid and GPS / communication outage.  Lets assume that everything will be down for a period of a weeks to 2 months.  When the grid goes off-line, normal life alters…  ATM’s, banks, food stores, communications, electricity, gas pumps etc etc.

Remember sometimes it is best to observe and react DIFFERENTLY then the herd.  If the SHTF and you plan on using the roadways it makes a lot of sense to have BOB’S  ( bug out bags, or “go” bags) and resources ready to go.  Most people are reactive, not thinking through clearly so they will be jumping into vehicle quickly.  Then there are planners who are not ready.  Time management counts, they will be well equipped but stuck with the congestion sometimes.

Then there is you;  hopefully adaptable and ready.  You have your necessities and a means to make options for yourself…  Seems like the best way to thrive and survive any dilemma or disaster is actually a quality you posses ⇒ adaptability.   Compliment this by having useful resources and you are in a powerful place.   If for no other reason then remember this;  Many times we have no idea of specific threats and conditions right away:  Who, What, Why, When, and Where.

In our opinion

The more options of resources (r) the better.  The more adaptability (a) to conditions the better  = The more resilience,  & longevity ( “x” factor ).

r + a = x

When you combine  R + A,  you have an effective force multiplier.  Like a game of chess with more individual moves and combinations than the stars in the night sky

Great.  So OK, disasters are a fact”  of life.  they show up with and without warning.   Monday through Sunday.  And so does real life.   The real best part of it all is this:  These same ideas and perspectives are easily applied to real life scenarios EVERY DAY…  Be ready to adapt during your interview, on the job-site, in your home.  What you become is an asset, someone to be looked up to.  A person with use, knowledge and purpose, or an effective guardian or leader, not to mention you can handle things and make the best of a given situation.

What are your resources specifically and what do you use or want?   They can be knowledge, tools, skills, gear etc. :

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Comment with us and the community on how well you think you would do and why.   We are all in this together, even if only some of us get it.

  • What would you like to see that you don’t have?
  • What is in your kit?  What would you recommend to be ready?  Your favorite items and gear?
  • Do you have a vehicle EDC, personal EDC etc?
  • If you have an ACW kit, how have you used it to get you out of a jam?  E-mail Pictures, or post to Facebook  stories of real life use of our gear, and we will slot you if for a possible replacement of the item for FREE as thanks.


Lastly, on a different note… What would you do in a morale dilemma?

The scenario:

1.  A train is coming down a tunnel at high speed.  The track comes to a “Y” in front of the train.  On one branch of the “Y” is 3 strangers.  on the other is one stranger.  Neither can escape if a train comes down their track.   You have control of the lever.  What way do you send the train?

2.  The same train is on a single track, with 3 strangers about 300 meters down track.  You are 100 meters away down track from the train, and 200 meters up track from the group.  There is one person in front of you on a shallow ledge, if you physically push them off they will be struck and cause the train to stop due to the train’s safety mechanism.  What choice would you make?

3. Using the above 2 examples, what would you do if you knew the group? if you knew the single person?  What if either or was very close to you ( a parent, sibling or loved one)?.

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