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WROL BUGGING IN & SECURITY TIPS & TRICKS

Excerpts from Survival Tips, Tricks and Traps by Wanda & William Priday, Chapter 2 EDCs, BOBs, BUG Out/In & WROL

WROL scenarios mean the breakdown of society as we know it and if that happens personal security will be a high priority. In a WROL scenario, cover your windows from the inside with dark material, such as black trash bags or dark blankets or sheets. A week or 2 into WROL and people will be looking to take advantage of those with supplies. Blacking out your windows keeps others from seeing movement or lights (flashlights, candles, etc.) which indicate your presence.

Strew trash, furniture, debris and even feces on your lawn and porches to make your house appear as if it has already been looted and difficult to ingress.

Have stocks of ready to eat food to minimize cooking smells.

Be well armed. People regress when their lives are on the line and will be deadliest in WROL scenario. Read more in Chapter 7 Firearms & Security.

Stock up on toilet paper, alcohol, cigarettes and any medications, these will have value in WROL. Offering a cigarette or a drink could shift foe to friend.

Only keep pantry supplies that you can afford to lose to looters with you or in your home. Keep the remainder of your supplies in various caches that only you know their whereabouts.

One way to hide valuables in your home is to make those valuables look and smell as unattractive as possible.  Place old clothes, trash and towels in piles on top of your stashes, then urinate and defecate on them – NO ONE will dig through a pile of crap just to see what might be there.

This theory works for people too.  If you feel the need to, make yourself less of a target by smelling and looking bad.  Urine, feces and alcohol on your clothes will keep others at bay.

Making rudimentary armor from household items will give you an advantage in hand to hand combat and serves as a good place to keep a blade. Bracers around your forearms made from several layers of cardboard or a phone book and duct tape. Slide butter knives in between the layers will fortify the bracers. Grieves are primitive shin guards and can be made the same as bracers.

Place crushed glass on the floor by your windows and doors of your domicile to create noise if someone walks through. It is not an alarm, but an alert, so you can ambush them instead of vice versa.  Setting alarms, such as bells or glass jars above your doors will indicate to the trespasser that someone is present.

Place clothing against the bottom of your door. If it has been shifted or moved, it will indicate that someone has been there or is still there. Tape a strand of hair or strip of paper across the seam of windows and doors, so that if broken will show you someone has entered. Whether you choose to alarm upon entry or silently alert after the fact depends on whether you want to deter, confront or evade.

BUGGING OUT?  TIPS and TRICKS TO HELP YOU GET WHERE YOU NEED TO GO  

Excerpts from Survival Tips, Tricks and Traps by Wanda Priday & William Priday

When bugging out you will encounter less predictable circumstances, regardless in some cases it will be safer to relocate. Maybe your bugging out to get to a more remote location or to be with a community of other self-reliant people you trust.

Have an escape route, from everywhere, all the time. Make note of where you drive and the places and landmarks you pass before an emergency hits. Satellites may go down and GPS or navigation software is notoriously unreliable in remote areas. Do not rely on your navigation app.

Have multiple bug out plans that vary the mode of transportation (by vehicle, on foot, motorbike, bicycle, or boat) and the location you are going to. If you live in an urban area, consider that people will be your biggest allies and adversaries, thus it makes sense for your group or family to get away from the hordes that will be vying for a small amount of resources.  Staying in the city a few days might be wise, to gather your gear, friends, family and review your exit plans.

Prearrange a location to meet at in case cell phones are not working.  From that meeting place, you can travel to a bug out/bug in location. Prepare that location and the route along the way with a cache of supplies to be used upon initial arrival.  An ideal location will be one that can provide for you on a long-term basis because it has shelter with a heat source (fire, fireplace or stove), water, food sources and woods for building and heating fuel.

During a crisis, stay alert while driving and understand that other drivers are stressed and distracted. Maintain a safe driving distance between yourself and other vehicles. Not only should you attempt to make this a daily practice, it could not be more important than in a critical situation. Leave enough room between your car and the one in front of you to maneuver into emergency lanes, onto the shoulder, sidewalk or median. When there is heavy traffic, or you are at a standstill, driving lanes could be permanently blocked.

Prepare and outfit your car for emergencies and survival in advance. If you become stranded while traveling, your car becomes your department store and your shelter. Have an emergency roadside kit in your car and know how to use it. Have a good, inflated spare tire, a tire changing kit and learn how to change a tire. Carry a can of fix-a-flat or 2 in your vehicle.

While having a clean car has its merits and comfort, a messy car could be your keys to survival. Just like a well-kept car, the messy car can be stripped of parts and used. However, the messy car is far more valuable in a survival situation. All that trash now becomes treasure, there may be stale food which is either bait or direct sustenance, fast food bags for fire starter, even the burger wrapper could be bait and containers like water and soda bottles will often have some liquid left in them and now have become suitable, but not necessarily desirable, option for caloric gain. A tin can is a container for cooking in, boiling in and sterilizing water. This list could go on and on and some of the items you may find or keep in your messy car have been addressed throughout the book.

A car can be literally stripped in a survival scenario to increase your survivability. Use the mirrors for signaling, the wires for cordage and the seats and mats for insulation. A car mat can become a sled to carry other items on, be made into a pair of flip flops, or used on a fire to create black smoke to signal rescue. Look at your car as a tool kit. Your car can be replaced, you cannot.

Consider how the amount of trash alongside a road can give you information. More trash generally indicates higher road usage. Less debris indicates someone maintains the road or it is not often used. If all you see are beer cans, then you might set your guard up a notch and be wary of the types of people in that area.

A game you can play to increase your ability to adapt is to take note of roadside trash and debris and name/consider all the things they could be in a survival scenario. Look at what you see, don’t label it trash, ask yourself, what can I use it for? A broken water cooler is a container, a float, a seat, insulation to keep you off the ground, a fire accelerant and signaling device. A metal hubcap is a plate, a grate, a signaling device, a shovel and plastic hubcaps will break to make a cutting edge. The proverbial plastic grocery bag (aka the urban tumble weed) becomes a carrying container, a rain hat, cordage, fire fuel or accelerant and when ripped into strips markers for your path.

The more you plan and practice your bug out plan, the more successful you will be in executing it under pressure when an emergency happens.

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Situational Awa…

Situational Awareness – An excerpt from the upcoming New Book “Women’s Self Reliance & Emergency Preparedness”

Situational Awareness is the practice of being aware of your environment and the situation you are in at all times.  This is not a paranoid, hyper awareness but a little forethought and contemplation about your surroundings.  Take some time out and think about where you are live, your neighbors and town.  Think about where you go, what the environment is like, what the weather will be and the potential for it to fluctuate?  What environment do you find yourself in most?  What are the potential hazards of where you are going to be?

 Being aware of your surroundings and knowing what your options are in your surroundings is being situational aware.

This is not just about walking down the street and looking around you through mundane, everyday eyes, but its about looking beyond what you accept as daily, normal and only applicable to you.  Look into what is really happening right around you and in front of you.  Our world is getting smaller, through the vast amount of technological advancements and lightning speed communication.  The entire world is your world and what happens in it affects you.  Be aware of the world in which you live in; be aware of its strengths and weaknesses.  Be aware of its condition and how it impacts your species, your country, your state, your town, your friends, your family and your life. This concept spans the entirety of our lives, from recognizing the facts that you live in a city with 15 million other people within 15 miles of you and the recognition that the grocery stores get food shipped to them.  It is grown and produced far away from where you are.  Be aware of the political climate, the economic indicators, the weather, the crime rate.  Situational awareness requires us to look at life on many levels and in connection with the bigger whole of our world.

It also asks us to look closely at what we have and how we can best utilize what we have at our disposal.  One true trait of being self reliant and a survivor is training your self to see opportunity in everyday situations and materials.

 Mental Exercise – Imagine an emergency has occurred where you are on Manhattan Island and the grocery stores have been empty for a day or 2 and the bridges are blocked by abandoned cars or by the National Guard.  What makes the most sense for your survival?  Should you bug out or bug in?  Are you going to wait for someone to bring relief and goods?  Think about the shear logistics of supplying food and water to 1.6 million people with the power out.  Evaluate the risks associated with being in the middle of an emergency in a city.  Many 911 survivors and witnesses will tell you that all of Manhattan was in complete chaos.

Exodus not likely.  Just being aware of this reality, is crucial to your survival. Preparation is key when there is a limited amount of supplies available at any given time in proximity to you.