Civil Defense Manual – Vol 1

It’s been said that the measure of a man’s intelligence is often how much he agrees with you. I felt that way as I read Volume 1 of Jack Lawson’s Civil Defense Manual. I’ll put link down below. Since he agrees almost completely with me, the man is clearly a GENIUS. You’d think as anContinue reading “Civil Defense Manual – Vol 1”

The Defense Production Act

The Defense Production Act is something that the preparedness community overlooks, and it can come back to bite us in this age of social media surveillance and Big Brother. Passed in 1950, the original intent of the Defense Production Act was to ensure that in the event of another all-out war (most likely at thatContinue reading “The Defense Production Act”

Wake Up Call: South Africa

The current situation in South Africa should be a learning tool for anyone interested in preparedness. The state of KwaZulu Natal is in a true Without-Rule-Of-Law situation. But first, here’s the Tactical Wisdom that applies here:  “then if anyone hears the trumpet but does not heed the warning and the sword comes and takes their life,Continue reading “Wake Up Call: South Africa”

Field Observations

As part of preparedness, information gathering is vital. If you simply gather supplies, but not information on all of the possible actors in our current potential civil conflict, you are not really prepared. Situational Awareness is a key part of that. So many in preparedness, especially in rural areas, write off groups like BLM, ANTIFA,Continue reading “Field Observations”

But, Are You Ready?

A couple of weeks ago, I posed the question “how ready are you at any given moment”. Since then, things have gotten progressively worse in this country and we’re now seeing armed groups openly preparing for conflict and having armed confrontations with police. They’ve been resolved peacefully so far, but that won’t last. Regardless ofContinue reading “But, Are You Ready?”

The Current Environment

The current environment is dangerous, and getting more so every day. We are seeing more signs of division and potential Balkanization, and, by their actions, it would seem that government at all levels is doing everything they can to make that happen. Before we get too deep into the evidence and what we can doContinue reading “The Current Environment”

Make A Decision

Overnight, a group calling itself the Moorish American Arms was stopped while refueling vehicles on the freeway in Massachusetts. This led to a standoff in which 11 men were arrested. Because it was a black supremacist Muslim group, many applauded the MA State Police. I hold a different position, because until this group breaks theContinue reading “Make A Decision”

Urban Recon Pre Event

There is no doubt that we are in a pre-conflict stage in the US at this point. No one wants a conflict (except apparently the far left extremists and maybe some extreme far-right ones). But, what can we in the center do to prepare ourselves for civil unrest, intentional damage to the power grid, orContinue reading “Urban Recon Pre Event”

Tactical History – Ziklag

This is an epic battle story and a classic study of tactics that directly applies to us as people interested in preparedness. It highlights some pieces of Tactical Wisdom that are vital to our plans for a WROL situation, and happens to be a pretty cool story. If anyone wants to follow along, the fullContinue reading “Tactical History – Ziklag”

Fire Preparedness

We prepare for all sorts of situations, and presently most of us are worried about a potential hack taking down the electrical grid or some type of mass civil disorder, right up to a potential second civil war. You know I frequently talk about second and third order effects, and the potential for a fireContinue reading “Fire Preparedness”

Latex/Nitrile Glove Training

Last night, I had a conversation with a long-time corrections officer and he mentioned training to shoot in Nitrile or Latex gloves, due to the current pandemic and other scenarios. Anyone who has ever tried to accomplish anything in nitrile/latex gloves instantly knows what the issues will be. For context, the source I spoke toContinue reading “Latex/Nitrile Glove Training”

The Three Blade Rule

I frequently talk about the Three Blade Rule, and I thought I would take a few minutes to explain my methodology on this, and explain my own EDC tools that I use to fit this. What does the Ultimate Tactical Handbook say about this? I’m glad you asked: If you don’t have a sword, SellContinue reading “The Three Blade Rule”

My Morning – A Preparedness Tale

Earlier this week, I mentioned that you need to take yourself from Condition Yellow to Condition Orange. I had an incident occur this morning where that condition kept a workplace violence threat from expanding into actual violence. I want to share the story, not for accolades, I get paid to do this, but to pointContinue reading “My Morning – A Preparedness Tale”

Condition Orange

If you read my book or have followed this blog for any appreciable amount of time, you know I talk about Cooper’s Color Codes and remaining in Condition Yellow as much as possible. Today, I’m saying that if you aren’t in Condition Orange when interacting with others outside your household, you aren’t safe. Monday night,Continue reading “Condition Orange”

Misconceptions are Dangerous

The other day, I shared an article of mine that appeared over at http://www.survivalblog.com (great website by James Wesley Rawles, BTW). In that article, I discussed some training exercises that are listed in my Base Line Training Manual, available at the Amazon affiliate link below. The exercises involved conducting safe movement, avoiding others, and settingContinue reading “Misconceptions are Dangerous”

Fieldcraft

In their training manual on Fieldcraft, the Canadian Forces define Fieldcraft like this: “Fieldcraft is made up of the individual skills and techniques used by soldiers in the field, which include movement, use of ground and camouflage in conditions of reduced visibility.  These skills and techniques enable soldiers to maintain their own security while gainingContinue reading “Fieldcraft”

Radio Testing

I frequently talk about the need to test your gear and your skills, but when is the last time you tested your preparedness radios? I’m not talking to the Amateur Radio guys, they do it everyday. I’m talking to YOU, yes YOU, the guy who has the radios in a box somewhere. So often weContinue reading “Radio Testing”

Is Israel a Preview?

And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. Matthew 24:6 As I sit here watching the situation unfold in Israel, I can’t help but wonder if it’s a preview of things to come here. Now, I’mContinue reading “Is Israel a Preview?”

Seasonal Changeover

As we approach Mid-May, the weather is getting warmer. On Monday, I decided to do a seasonal changeover on all of my bags. As I was finishing, I thought it would be a good idea to share with you all my thinking and methodology. By now, you should all have ordered a copy of theContinue reading “Seasonal Changeover”

Self Defense is Over

Everyone said, “Wait until they come to Texas! The cops here won’t play that”. Then they came to Texas, and the cops protected BLM/ANTIFA. “But that was Austin”, they all said. Then they went to Plano, Texas. There, BLM/ANTIFA blocked traffic. One motorist, pictured above, got angry and walked to the front, demanding that theContinue reading “Self Defense is Over”

Team Training Ideas

Whenever existing prepper groups train as a group, one of two things happen. They either spend the entire weekend shooting and doing unrealistic tactics like practicing urban combat, or it just becomes a family camping trip, where a good time is had, but no actual training occurs. As the law & order situation in theContinue reading “Team Training Ideas”

Could It Happen Here?

A common pushback I get is “Yeah, but a without rule of law situation would never happen in the United States.” We’re going to talk about that, address some vulnerabilities, and discuss whether or not we are already in a WROL situation. In October of 2017, the Commission to Assess the Threat of an EMPContinue reading “Could It Happen Here?”

Lessons from “The Road”

I watch a lot of the “Prepper” movies, to see how realistic they are, and to see how the principles I discuss would have helped the heroes in the movie.  SPOILER ALERT…if you haven’t seen “The Road”, with Vigo Mortensen, there are a few spoilers in here, but I’ll try to limit them. Before weContinue reading “Lessons from “The Road””

Let’s Talk Self Defense

Just when you thought this place couldn’t get any crazier, the last 2 weeks have thrown us for an even bigger loop.  Today, we’re going to talk about the declining self-defense situation, the revelation of the lie that this was all about George Floyd, I’ll offer some practical tips, and throw out a few itemsContinue reading “Let’s Talk Self Defense”

Skill: Civil Disturbance Planning

As civil disturbances are increasing and we approach the deliberations phase of the Derek Chauvin trial, I thought it would be a good time to discuss civil disturbance planning.  There are things you can do to reduce the impact of civil disturbances on your life. First, let’s come to an agreement that politics plays NOContinue reading “Skill: Civil Disturbance Planning”

Normalcy Bias – Again

I know, I talk about this a lot.  You want to know why?  Because people still have a normalcy bias. But first, an update.  The first book in our Training Manual Series, The Base Line Training Manual is being edited and will be wrapped up in the next few days.  If you’d like to helpContinue reading “Normalcy Bias – Again”

Lessons From Brooklyn Center

Last night, a police shooting sparked spontaneous and immediate rioting in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. This area is part of the Minneapolis metro area, where the George Floyd/Chauvin trial is taking place. Just like Kenosha last year, things devolved almost instantly from calm to lawlessness, so I wanted to discuss some learnings from that, some tacticalContinue reading “Lessons From Brooklyn Center”

Gathering OSINT

A great opportunity for preparedness is the ability to gather and analyze information, so that you can make informed decisions based upon that information.  In the military realm, that’s called gathering intelligence.  When the information is gathered from information freely available, it’s called “Open Source” intelligence or “OSINT”. In the beginning, OSINT wasn’t considered asContinue reading “Gathering OSINT”

Protest Season – Again

As the weather warms up, protest season is on us once more. We can expect more frequent protests, and potentially even worse ones than last year. In this article, we’re going to cover some lessons learned, discuss some events from this weekend, and talk about how to prepare for protests. First, we need to understandContinue reading “Protest Season – Again”

Skill – Overnight Positions

In the world of preparedness, we gather camping gear, and prepare for “bugging out” with all our cool-guy gear, food, and supplies, but have we considered that camping in a Without Rule of Law situation will be DANGEROUS?  Security will become crucial. Military forces the world over have been camping in dangerous situations for thousandsContinue reading “Skill – Overnight Positions”

Are We Already in a Collapse?

Boy, has it been a rough ten days, or what? We’ve had two mass shootings, a murder on video in Washington DC, and several violent protests.  We’re going to discuss what that means for us, as people into preparedness, and what we can do to further prepare for the situation we are in. First, we,Continue reading “Are We Already in a Collapse?”

Medicinal Preparation

I’ve already repeatedly explained the need for first aid training and gear, but the yesterday, I had a discussion about the need to prepare as far as medications. It’s an area that is often overlooked. It’s such an issue, that I’ve included the topic in the first volume of the Tactical Wisdom Training Manual Series,Continue reading “Medicinal Preparation”

Active Shooter Response

In light of the events of the last week, I felt compelled to talk about Active Shooter Response.  Ironically, I teach in-person classes for groups & businesses on this, and yet have never written about it.  Well, let’s do that now. The  first and biggest step you can do to prepare yourself for an activeContinue reading “Active Shooter Response”

More Communications Issues

As we head further into what appears to be a decline, communications will be even more vital.  We have become so reliant on our modern ability to immediately communicate with everyone else instantaneously, that the loss of that ability could be devastating. A few issues have come up since my last article on Communications, soContinue reading “More Communications Issues”

Personal Security in the Digital Age

Cell phones and the internet were supposed to make our lives easier, less complicated, and more efficient.  It was supposed to usher in an era where our effectiveness was going to give us more free time and less stress. Do you feel like that’s what happened? With the prevalence of cell phones, “free” search services,Continue reading “Personal Security in the Digital Age”

Why We Prepare

What is the reason that we prepare?  What is our ultimate justification for what we’re doing? If you watch “Doomsday Preppers” or some other show on TV, the answer would seem to be that it’s because we’re crazy.  They selected people and edited the clips to make them look crazy, which led to years ofContinue reading “Why We Prepare”

What’s Really Happening?

If you’ve read this blog long enough, you will know that I’m a big proponent of reading indicators. For those into preparedness, you need to be paying attention, regardless of which side of the political aisle you are on. The rhetoric and actions being taken are increasing the risk of domestic conflict within the UnitedContinue reading “What’s Really Happening?”

Skill – Route Planning

I originally wrote this for Survival Blog, and the skills are critical in analyzing your routes and options for getting away from your immediate area in a Without Rule of Law situation. But first, let’s see what the Ultimate Tactical Handbook has to say about this: Give careful thought to the paths for your feetContinue reading “Skill – Route Planning”

A Preparedness Story – Gathering Information

You can a learn a lot by reading.  If you’re into preparedness, I’m sure you have a stack of books with practical skills in it, I know I do. I read the entire Gray Man series by Mark Greaney (www.markgreaneybooks.com if you’re interested), and a few other good pieces of fiction, like Mongol Moon byContinue reading “A Preparedness Story – Gathering Information”

News – Book Series

We spend a lot of time discussing how we can prepare to survive some type of a Without Rule of Law or SHTF situation.  We watch livestreams, read blogs, and buy all kinds of products. If we face the cold, hard truth, we have to realize that at the time we need it the most,Continue reading “News – Book Series”

Book Review: The 12 Gauge Shotgun – A Beginners Manual for Home Protection

When I received an e-mail from Charles Marais in South Africa, asking me to take a look at his book on using the shotgun for home defense, I was very excited.  The perspective offered is vital, due to the political climate there, which is like a glimpse into our own future. For context, the environmentContinue reading “Book Review: The 12 Gauge Shotgun – A Beginners Manual for Home Protection”

Functional Testing

We all have our plans and our preps, but when was the last time you conducted a functional test, with all of your gear?  Getting out and doing a functional test, like a I describe below, allows you to adjust things before there is a true emergency and it’s good training. Here’s what the UltimateContinue reading “Functional Testing”

If the Government is Planning on War – Shouldn’t You?

The President, the Speaker of the House, the Department of Homeland Security, and the FBI have all made announcements this last week about a “War on Domestic Terror” and the threat of “Domestic Violent Extremists” and “Homegrown Violent Extremists”.   Politicians are giving speeches about “all-out war”, “declaring war”, “seditionists”, and “re-education camps”. There areContinue reading “If the Government is Planning on War – Shouldn’t You?”

Dealing with Rumors

The information age was supposed to make our lives better.  It was supposed to enable us to make faster decisions based upon the solid, factual information that was available at our fingertips at a moments notice. Are you getting the feeling that the free and rapid flow of information is making your life easier?  MoreContinue reading “Dealing with Rumors”

Legal Preparedness 1

I’ve mentioned before that knowing your state’s self-defense and citizen’s arrest laws can help, and I meant it.  I don’t think we’re all intending to run out and start arresting people, but you need to know what authority you have if someone assaults you or steals your property, or attacks a third party. Recent statementsContinue reading “Legal Preparedness 1”

Ideals

Why do we prepare?  Why do we spend so much time studying, training, and learning about preparedness? Because when a calamity happens, we want to be able to rely on OURSELVES, not anyone else.  Because we believe in the American Ideal of self-reliance.  Because we believe in not just giving up and waiting for someoneContinue reading “Ideals”