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Orlando Shootings

I’ve received a number of emails regarding this terrorist event. While I normally wouldn’t speak about this matter in this blog, my conscience demands otherwise.  So for the record, let me state my opinion clearly.

 

1. This was a horrible and despicable act by a religious fanatic.

2. There were 300 people in that bar and 1 gunman. He could have been easily overpowered if the bar patrons had immediately rushed him. There still would have been a few casualties, but certainly not 100 people shot!

3. Clearly there there is something seriously wrong with the attitude of people in America. Have we already forgotten 9/11? There were 4 planes involved. On 3 of those planes, the passengers passively sat and offered no resistance to the hijackers. All three of those planes hit their targets, causing massive damage and a huge number of casualties. The 4th aircraft, United Airlines Flight 93 went down in a field in Pennsylvania. The passengers fought back and stopped that plane from striking it’s target. They behaved as True American Heroes!  They didn’t die on the hijacker’s terms but on their own. For years afterward, Americans were able to hold their heads… Continue reading

Kid-Size Situational Awareness

Guest blog by Granny O., Michigan

Granny here. I hope you’ve been playing awareness games with your kids and grandkids since my last article, “Granny’s Games For Prepper Kids”.

I can’t stress enough that all of us should be aware of what’s going on around us at all times. This is especially true of children, who tend to ignore anything that doesn’t interest them.

Awareness Away From Home

Today we’re going to extend that awareness away from just the home and go out into public places. I like to start with an outing to a park because children love those. The younger ones can play on the equipment while the older ones race, organize a game, or just talk.

After an hour of playing, I call them over and pepper them with questions. I’ve been observing what was going on in the park so my questions are timely. For example:

  • Did you see someone wearing red? Was it a child or a man or a woman?
  • How many babies did you see?
  • Were there any dogs in the park? What kinds? How many? Did you see the owner?

You get the idea. During this time of questions I let them… Continue reading

Readiness 101 (Or How You Can Cause A Riot At Home)

You think you’re ready for anything because you’ve been prepping a long time? Your food supply looking good? Your water supply in place? Your medical supplies on hand?

But, wait!

How ready is your family? “Great,” you answer. “We’ve discussed all the possible things that can happen and what we should do.”

That’s what I thought about my troops. Then I decided to run a little experiment. I chose a Saturday when  everyone was home, including grandkids and some of their friends.

My Little Experiment

All I did was disconnect the satellite TV dish from the box. You would have thought World War III had started.

Within minutes I had a riot brewing as my hamshack was flooded with hysterical kiddos. They stormed in announcing that they couldn’t get their favorite programs. In fact, one said, “It feels like my umbilical cord has been cut.” (She’s the dramatic one.)

I acted surprised. Soon the room was filled and from all sides they were demanding that I do something and that I do it right now! I went into the living room, looked at the TV and said, “Yep, it’s not working.”

They weren’t amused.

Grabbing my phone, I made… Continue reading

Is Ham Radio a Good Fit for You?

What Ham Radio operators do.

On May 22, 2011 an EF5 tornado roared through Joplin, Missouri, Less than ten minutes later one third of the city was destroyed and three fourths was heavily damaged.

158 people were killed outright with another 1,200 injured. Joplin’s only hospital was left mostly destroyed, power was out throughout the city, and roads were impassable due to debris. Continue reading

Granny’s Games for Prepper Kids

How to Teach Alertness Skills          by guest blogger, Granny O., Michigan

Granny here. Let me begin by saying that I don’t intend to go over old ground. Every insult that can be thought of has been said about Preppers being a wild-eyed fringe society who tote guns to keep people from stealing their food supplies while training their children to be fearful of zombie apocalypse attacks.

Nothing could be further from the truth! I’m grandmother to several children whose parents are Preppers and even though I say it myself, they’re delightful, normal kids who do none of the above.

In fact, I think they’re the most fortunate children in America because they have wise parents who are training them to be prepared for whatever may come and to be self-reliant. Who could argue with that?

As a former school teacher and elementary school counselor, I can’t resist teaching my grandkids something when they’re with me. But I sugarcoat it in the form of games and they seem to love it and beg to spend the night whenever they get the chance.

I really thought I’d invented this game until that TV… Continue reading

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