Category Archives: Preparedness

Website Review 001: Survivalist Prepper

survival prepareTactical Catholic’s Review of Survivalist Prepper

URL: http://survivalistprepper.net/

I have followed Dale and Lisa at Survivalist Prepper for some time now.  In fact, I am pretty sure I found their podcast before I found their website.  They’ve been at this for a while and have a large following both for their site and for their podcast.  Dale recently launched a live video show SPTV as part of the Apoco-List community on Google Plus that is worth checking out.

Survivalist Prepper is all about practical ways you and I can prepare for emergencies BEFORE they happen.  Every week, Dale and Lisa share from their own experiences as well as persons in their network of friends.  They are NOT the sort of crackpots you typically see labeled as survivalists.  In fact, I like to think that in most ways they are a lot like me.  No need to panic or dive into conspiracy theories.  Just take time to prepare yourself and your loved ones in the event of a disaster, be it a small thing like an accident injury or a large event like a flash flood.  Dale and Lisa write from a balanced perspective with a healthy dose of humor.

As I’ve been following this site for some time I can tell you that they cover pretty much any topic.  Nothing is off limits.  So, you should have no problem searching their site for helpful tips and tricks you can use.  The search feature is prominently displayed at the top of any page so you can quickly look for what you want.

The layout of the page has continued to improve.  Using a responsive design, Survivalist Prepper shows up good on a PC, a tablet, or a mobile device.  The nav menu is a cinch to use, and all of their social networks are plainly displayed as icons at the top of the page.  Navigation and information finding is super easy, and I’ve already told you how much I like the content.

Another thing I like about Survivalist Prepper is that they do a lot of legwork for me.  By that I mean that their network of friends and their research enables them to post summaries and links to articles from all over the web that I might find interesting.  While not an aggregate site, I know that as I read through the pages, I’ll find links to other good content elsewhere without having to do a lot of searching on my own.  Heck, they have their own gear store where you can buy the equipment they review!  I can say this too because I feel like I know them.  They are not going to sell you something unless they would use it themselves.

In conclusion, you should check this site out.  Guys, Dale is the kind of guy you’d benefit from knowing.  Lisa is also a genius when it comes to medicine and first aid.  The content is superb and the site is clean and efficient.  Bookmark Survivalist Prepper and visit often.  Consider subscribing to the podcast like me and we can talk about the show sometime.

 

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Personality Types Are Good to Know

Dale and Lisa at SurvivalistPrepper.net put out a great podcast this week on the topic of personality types. I want you to go to download it right now.

I have been inspired by Dale and Lisa to do a show on personality types in the family. So be looking for that on the podcast in the coming weeks.

Why are you still here? Go listen to them and come back in a few.

Monday: Roll for Initiative

“Roll for initiative? What is this strange speech? I have not yet enjoyed sweet java this morning.” – some dude

The roll for initiative is a role playing game (RPG) staple. The roll determines who goes first, be it among players, enemies, etc. There are a million ways to do it and every game has its tweaks (stats, buffs, bonuses, die, punchies…..). You do the same in several sports. Badminton, raquetball, volleyball, football (coin toss). Now do you get it?

So you are beginning a Monday. What will you encounter?

  • A short deadline project
  • Trolls
  • A fire to put out (real or figurative)
  • An irate customer
  • No coffee in the pot
  • An opportunity to gossip
  • A Beholder
  • Traffic

No matter what you encounter (watch out for eye beams, dude), take care that you prepare yourself for anything.

How? Armor? Buffs? Magic missile?

I suggest, adventurer, that you prepare yourself by spending time with God in prayer before your day starts. Offer today and all your work to God’s glory. Ask for the intercession of the Blessed Mother and St Joseph.

Surprises will happen, but we are never fully alone. Let’s pray for each other today. I just prayed for you.

And for the record, I just rolled a 17 (1d20).

Focus Drill Idea for 12/29/14

Catholic guys should spend 30 minutes in focused thought to start their day. Non Catholics should do the same. Here are my suggestions.

Meditate on Sacred Scripture:
◾Proverbs 29
◾Psalm 29

Situational Response. Eliminate any persons from the scenario who do not apply to your family.

  • You are at a new years bowl game party with your buds.
  • You have had your share of adult beverages
  • You finish a drink just before you get a text from your wife asking why you are not yet home.
  • Don’t be an idiot

Share any good ideas from your drill time in the comment boxes.

Focus Drill Idea for 12/24/14

Catholic guys should spend 30 minutes in focused thought to start their day. Non Catholics should too. Here are some suggestions.

Meditate on Sacred Scripture:
◾Proverbs 24
◾Psalm 24

Situational Response. Eliminate any persons from the scenario who do not apply to your family.
◾You are at an office party
◾Your spouse and children are at the movies
◾A co-worker says he/she has a room at the host hotel and invites you up for drinks

◾What is your response?
◾Now what do you do?

Hey.  I didn’t say every scenario would be about survival situations.  You need a game plan and general course of action for situations like this too because men and women are put in near occasions of sexual sin often.  When a temptation arises, we are always better off having a game plan.

By the way, the best rule of thumb in situations like this is to politely excuse yourself.  “No.  I really should be heading back.  It’s my night to read to the kids.”  It’s not perfect, but I think it works better than running out of the room screaming.  However, if that works for you, be my guest.

Share any good ideas from your drill time in the comment boxes.

Focus Drill Idea for 12/23/14

Catholic men should spend 30 minutes in focused thought to start their day. Non Catholic men should too. Here are some suggestions.

Meditate on Sacred Scripture:
◾Proverbs 23
◾Psalm 23

Situational Response. Eliminate any persons from the scenario who do not apply to your family.
◾You are at home
◾Your kids are occupied in various rooms
◾Your spouse and you are watching Walking Dead.
◾Someone is banging on the front door asking for help. You’ve never seen them before and they look kinda rough.

◾What do you do?
◾What do your children and spouse know to do? 

Share any good ideas from your drill time in the comment boxes.

Focus Drill Idea for 12/22/14

Cathilc guys should spend 30 minutes in focused thought to start their day. Non Catholics should too. Here are some suggestions.

Meditate on Sacred Scripture:
◾Proverbs 22
◾Psalm 22

Situational Response. Eliminate any persons from the scenario who do not apply to your family.
◾You are at home at 3am
◾Your kids are in their bedrooms
◾Your spouse and you are in bed.
◾There was a noise downstairs and you think you heard drawers opening

◾What do you do?
◾What do your children and spouse know to do?
◾How will you prevent possible harm to your spouse and children?

 

Share any good ideas from your drill time in the comment boxes.

Focus Drill Idea for 12/19/2014

Spend 30 minutes in focused thought to start your day. Here are some suggestions.

Meditate on Sacred Scripture:

  • Proverbs 19
  • Psalm 19

Situational Response. Eliminate any persons from the scenario who do not apply to your family.

  • You are at work
  • Your kids are in class at their school/college
  • Your small children and spouse are at home.
  • An earthquake hits your city, causing great damage to city infrastructure. Power is down and will be for at least 2 weeks. Cell towers are down. You are uninjured and able to exit your workplace. Your vehicle works, but not all roads are passable.
  • What do you do?
  • What do your children and spouse know to do?
  • How will you reunite with your family?
  • How will you survive until power and communications are restored?

30 Minutes of Focus May Save Your Life

I was reading an old article found by Brett McKay over at Art of Manliness called “How to Live on 24 Hours a Day”. The piece opened my eyes to the premise that each of us only gets 24 hours, regardless of how we spend it. The challenge, therefore, is making the most of our time.

One recommended tactic for you, my friend, is to start each day by focusing on a topic for at least 30 minutes. The topic can vary day to day, but several days should be mapped out so you aren’t guessing each day. This exercise is about focus after all. The result of daily focus work is greater alertness during the day, which could save your life. This works, so it gets the Tactical Catholic Thumbs Up.

Some men pick a topic they wish to learn, or a skill, and focus on learning it. Here is a morning suggestion for you.

Mysteries of the Rosary. Today happens to be Thursday, so give yourself 30 minutes to concentrate on the 5 vignettes of today’s mysteries.

The Baptism in the Jordan

The Wedding at Cana

The Proclamation of the Kingdom

The Transfiguration

The Institution of the Eucharist

The daily topics after that are up to you. This works, guys. Do it!

It’s Cold Outside! Buy All the Bread & Milk!

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In the South, temperatures rarely go below freezing, but when they do it is as though a SNOWPOCALYPSE befallen the south. Fearing they may be trapped by the forecasted 1/2″ of ice, citizens rush to the store and buy every last bread, milk, and bacon (yup) in the store. Read the rest of this entry