Home protection

In our society today protecting our homes and our families has become a big issue.   As part of this issue, the amount of force you will use is a huge decision.

I advocate that each person (or family) take the time to make the decision about what force will be used, before the decision is made for you.    There are many types of force and tools that can be used to protect yourself.   The tools that are available may also vary due to your personal situation.

A word of caution here.  There have been numerous stories about people that had not thought this through and went and grabbed a “knife from the kitchen” to protect themselves.  These stories generally do not end well because of the lack of preparation (i.e. learning how to properly handle what ever was picked up).  However, if you do find yourself in this situation do not give up – fight at all costs (it could be your life).

I suggest you get comfortable with the decision you may need to make and the tool you use.  Better yet do some research and get facts that will help you be informed.


Learn from mistakes

“Smart people learn from their mistakes. But the real sharp ones learn from the mistakes of others.”

Brandon Mull, Fablehaven

The flooding of this spring is starting to subside.  I am certain that over the next few months the media will start to report about the mistakes that were made.

There are lessons to be learned.  I would hope that my readers (real sharp people) would be smart and learn from the mistakes of others.


Have you considered integrating your bicycles into your Emergency Plan?

Bicycles are a great source of transportation in an emergency.  They do not require fuel.  They can cover distances fairly easily, and in a short period of time.  With a few accessories they can carry a fair amount of supplies. They are also easy to maintain and fix.

Take a look in your garage and see how to integrate your bicycles into you plan. Make sure that you have supplies to repair flats, and to maintain them in working order.  Better yet take them out for a spin.

Summer Time

As spring fades quickly away, we have now entered the hot part of the year.  Temperatures are on the rise.  A real possibility of heat related illnesses are now with us.  Today we will cover a few of the heat illnesses that can be seen.

Heat-related illnesses include:

  • Heatstroke – a life-threatening illness in which body temperature may rise above 106° F in minutes; symptoms include dry skin, rapid, strong pulse and dizziness
  • Heat exhaustion – an illness that can precede heatstroke; symptoms include heavy sweating, rapid breathing and a fast, weak pulse
  • Heat cramps – muscle pains or spasms that happen during heavy exercise
  • Heat rash – skin irritation from excessive sweating

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The best, fastest, and easiest treatment for these illnesses is to  removing the person from the heat source.

Use a combination of the following measures depending on the circumstances and means available:

  • Have the person rest, legs slightly elevated, in a shaded area or cool or air-conditioned building, room, or car.
  • Remove or loosen the person’s clothes.
  • Give the person an electrolyte drink, such as Gatorade® or Pedialyte®, or water if not available. Note: You can make a salted drink by adding 1 teaspoon of salt to one quart of water. Do not give beverages that contain caffeine or alcohol.
  • Wrap the person in wet cloth, and position a fan toward him/her. Evaporation of water on the skin aids in cooling.
  • Apply cold compresses (eg, to neck, armpits, groin).


HEATSTROKE is a true medical emergency and should be treated in an Emergency Room.


Many people have a love for gardening.  I am not one of those people.  However, summer time is the the best time to get fresh fruits and vegetables.

Preserving these is a great way for preparing for an emergency.  It is also a great food when it is time to rotate stock.  The Ready Store has a great book that will help you if you are new to this.  Here is a link to the book:


Here is to some great eating also.