This is the ultimate item for your bug-out bag

By Pat McLene

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Why we prep

Here’s another reason why you – and your friends and family – should prep:

Doctors rip Obama for opening border to exotic STDs

For whatever reasons, the leadership of both the Democratic and Republican parties are big supporters of invasion by immigration. Crime rates are rising and diseases long thought “extinct” in the United States are again rearing their ugly heads. Being prepared means being able to control your personal environment. If a disease outbreak occurs in your local community, you and yours will have the supplies to stay safe in your homes and wait out the pandemic.

Prepping is the kind of insurance that pays off before you get sick.

And that’s one of the reasons we prep.

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First off, thanks for so many comments on my first column. I appreciate it. I also got some email questions and comments and I’ve either already replied to, saved for future columns or ignored them completely – since most of those were suggestions about my ancestry or offers of “friendships” with exotic ladies of foreign climes (My! Customs do vary around the world).

But I did note a couple of trends in the comments. One poster wrote, “If you are not ready by now … it is too late for you to start now. …”

Hate to disagree with a reader, but unless you think the Four Horsemen are in the final stretch, there is still time to vastly improve your position in the event of a major upheaval. My next column will show you a baby step in that direction. Then, I’ll tell you how – for the cost of one Big Mac meal deal a day for 90 days – you’ll be able to feed your entire family of four for a year.

Another common thread I read is: “All I want/have is faith in God … He will take care of me.”

Folks this is absolutely true in a spiritual and eternal sense … but if you run your car into the back end of a cement truck because you were trying to save money on a brake repair, I expect when you stand before the Alpha and Omega and try out the justification that you assumed it was all part of His plan, He’s not going to be amused.

Just before the greatest “end of the world as we know it” event so far, God told Noah to build an ark. He gave him the plans but He didn’t hand him the QE II and Captain Stubbins to pilot. The Lord appears to want us to have a little sweat equity. God has frequently helped me towards self-sufficiency, but He’s never sent me a pallet of MREs. He has, however, put me in the path of a bunch of godly experts who’ve helped me build my ark.

Today’s column begins with some advice from one of those godly experts.

James Wesley, Rawles, is an author, frequent radio guest, and founder, senior editor, and publisher of SurvivalBlog, the Internet’s premier source of information on family preparedness and survival topics. Jim is a former U.S. Army intelligence officer, the author of the best selling “Patriots” series novels and a host of books and articles on preparedness and self-sufficiency topics, including his popular non-fiction book, “How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It: Tactics, Techniques, and Technologies for Uncertain Times.” (a Pat McLene recommendation for all preppers). Jim agreed to answer a few questions for this column.

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PM: Jim, thanks for taking the time to answer a few questions for Practical Prepper readers. The first question: In your opinion, what is the first thing a beginning prepper should do?

JWR: I believe that the first step is to get right with God. Those who are confident of their destination when this mortal life ends will be those who are able to face adversity with the most confidence. As a Christian, I can act with boldness. Next, you need to prioritize your preparedness steps, by assembling a “Lists of Lists” – to include a Food List, a Heating and Cooking List, a Communications List, a First Aid list, and so forth. How you tailor those lists will depend on your geographic location, your stage of life, your health, the size of your family, your income and several other factors. To make this simple, I have created a free Excel spreadsheet.

PM: Next, how would that advice change for someone who lives in an urban environment versus a more rural location?

JWR: I advise anyone living in an urban environment to move, if possible. I recognize because of family and work obligations that relocation is not practicable for many people. But for anyone who is self-employed, or who has “portable” job, or who telecommutes, or who is retired, I urge you to move soon. Ideally you should move to a property with plentiful water in a lightly-populated agricultural region that is well removed from major population centers. You will need enough acreage to become largely self-sufficient. My detailed recommendations on relocation locales can be found at my blog site.

PM: Finally, aside from your book “How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It,” can you recommend a few other books that will help the freshman prepper along on their journey?

JWR:Four of the most important books for your survival bookshelf are:

I have many other book recommendations at my blog site.

PM: Thanks Jim.

Folks, please note: Jim didn’t recommend buying a solar cell-covered back pack, the latest in laser-guided assault rifles, or a drone. He said get right with God, get out of Dodge, and feed your head. Of the three, preparing to meet your Maker is of the greatest importance because none of us know when our ticket will be punched; and eventually we will all meet the Conductor. But aside from recommending that you get out of Dodge, all of Jim’s advice for the beginning prepper concerns the acquisition of knowledge.

Thinking about getting prepared? Check out the WND Superstore for all your needs – from informational books, movies to shovels, water purifiers, and food from soup to nuts!

To reinforce that advice, here’s a video from Manny Edwards, noted self-sufficiency expert of Survival News Online, on the seven biggest rookie prepper mistakes:

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Knowledge and the skill set to use that information is more important than gear. Your best “bug-out bag” should be the one between your ears. I agree with all of Manny’s points, and we’ll be addressing each of them in upcoming articles.


Till next week, be safe.

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