From the Desk of John Rourke – May 29th, 2015

Happy Birthday Mom. You are missed so much.

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There was quite a response on the guest post yesterday A Basic Bug-In Plan.  Both D. and author Jonathan Hollerman chimed in opposition to the article. Others were very supportive. Figured I would provide my own take.

I think preppers prepare for one reason – to live. It’s really that simple. They want to live. They want their family and maybe friends to be safe and secure.  Sometimes that outlook that something bad may happen so we will just “prepare” for it clouds our senses of reality. Guess what…..things will not always work out no matter what kind of preparation are made ahead of time.

Hate to be a downer but I continue…..

I think the article offers many great preparedness suggestions and ideas. What I have issue with is the premise that bugging in during a SHTF/WROL situation within a major city is OK and a good idea. It’s not. Now – it very well might be the best you can do and if that is the case just understand it. If you are surrounded by a panicked population of unprepared people, well, that is a recipe for disaster. The best idea would be to relocate.

Reality Check: This “SHTF” situation the author mentions and many of us prepare for? Well – it may not ever happen. That is the truth. Within each of our lifetime things just might end up palm trees and ocean breeze. Then again… may not. Thus – we prepare for the unknown.

A Basic Bug-In Plan” provides great preparation ideas for the right scenarios. If everyone in the country took the author’s advice we as a nation would be much more prepared than we currently are.

D. and Jonathan’s comments may seem a little brash or harsh. Yeah – I would agree with that but the question is are they accurate?

I believe they are based on the criteria the author sets up right from the start of the article. If I lived in a city the size mentioned in the article my plan would be to get out. In a city with half a million starving people having no idea where their next meal is coming from would not be where I would want to be.

Take the good ideas from the article and leave the rest.

Appreciate EVERYONE who commented.

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Taking a buddy out to a range tomorrow. He has never shot a gun. Ever. I am looking forward to his introduction on exercising his 2nd Amendment Rights and setting a foundation of safety with him. Breakfast at Nichol’s Store at 9:00am then to the range at 10:00. In the area? Feel free to stop by and say , “Hi!”.


Have a great weekend everybody!!



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  1. Well said Rourke. I tip my virtual hat to you and your family on this day of remembrance. Happy Friday everyone, hope you guys have a great day Rourke. I would hope Rick would still plan on bugging out somehow. I would think shelter, transportation to get them out of there, the location they have to go, and supplies. And for sure, try to find a MAG so he can have support. With his elderly needs and dementia it could be demanding. What I have no idea about is can Rick move his elderly people with dementia without causing some kind issue. You know,..? Literally move them.

    If for what ever reason you have to stay there. Please man, invest in really thick plywood and the means to put them in place over your windows. Cut what we in the military called firing ports. Basically, How can you fortify your house. And by this I mean see if you can even afford some thin steel to put around soft points in your house or the means to get it. I would also recommend getting some sort of pick axe, some fire extinguishers, or some thing to put out a fire just in case. Start researching military emplacements. Most bunkers or outpost use Hesco filled with sand that stop almost any attack except mortars and explosives. However, I hardly think you need to worry about those. Sand bags can be bought really cheap and filled with…well sand/dirt. You wouldn’t want those outside your house either. You would want them inside up against the walls. You want your house to look like every other house in the neighborhood, abandoned. The next thing your are going to need is protection! Your going to need firearms or some reach out tools like crossbows, something to protect yourself. Then of course supplies, ie food water, etc. The resources and information to get prepared are there. Just got to dig.

    If the economy does not crash, there is no attack of any kind, then GREAT! If nothing happens, we win! That is fine with me. My supplies wouldl be eventually used for something else like Hurricane or something else. And the property. GREAT also, I will still have a small off the grid place to get away from it all.

  2. Rourke, enjoy your day at the range. Everybody has to prepare for what they think the situations will be for them. Capt. M, very sound advice.

  3. I think a good large genuine US surplus camo tarp would be first. One you can put a 6×6 under. And secondly, a good used well maintained 6×6 to put under it, with extra coolers mounted for each drive train section, and high capacity oil pans – home made if need be, a second battery, extra tire, jack, etc. And a piece of railroad rail mounted behind the front and rear end, and skid plates for the entire driveline and axles. Front and rear winches with 3/4″ high strength cable.

    Now you are ready to get out. Little, if anything, normally found on the road can resist such a beast. Oh yeah, I forgot to put in the best air seats money can buy. I drove a dump truck for 15 hours at a stretch, and at the end of the day, you can feel every pulse in your body pound when you stand flatfooted on the concrete slab. They are an absolute necessity.

    And you must know which parts are most likely to fail, and have spares just as you do for your firearms.
    After you’ve driven it for a while under different weather and terrain circumstances; you’ll find a set of chains to be very useful in snow, mud, on ice and other difficult landscapes. A pair of “crawl-out” sections for being stuck in the sand. The normal electronics, including ham radios that will allow you to communicate anywhere and any time, be it deep in the mountains, along the seaboard at ports, or anyplace else, including satellites.

    Lotta Hassle? Well, I don’t think your Chevy 4×4 can push through all the stalled vehicles. You might make it on a mountain bike – that is feasible, although tiring. Or shank’s mare, which won’t get you very far very fast, and will require stout boots. Like the Georgia brand 10″ Logging Boots, which I always wear hunting and such. Heavy, yes. Twist an ankle? Very unlikely. Some snake-bit protection? Yes. Durable and long-lasting? For sure.

    My1st stepfather served 2 years on Attu and Kiska a civilian with 150 roofers under him, as he was considered to have be equal to the rank of 1st Lt. He saw many men lose toes and feet from frostbite and not taking care of their feet in general. He arrived there when they were “still bulldozing bodies into the trenches”, and remarked how odd they looked as they tumbled in, frozen solid. More than anything, he taught me that if the feet won’t go, everything stays where it is. Good foot care is almost as important as air, water, and food.

    Respectfully; Semper Fi & Semper Vigilans

  4. I think there is a misunderstanding. John said he live in a county with over 600k not a city. While Colorado Springs is over a half million people the county of El Paso is 2130 square miles or 239 people per square mile.

  5. DH Conner-thanks for the heads up on foot care !!! Jon-big difference.

    Rourke- a heads up. As you know I signed up immediately for your Patriot site and used pay pal.Maybe its a coincidence but since its was the first time I used pay pal …… well today my credit card company sent me a letter
    and my card has been very compromised-fraudulent activity. Folks watch out with pay pal .Has any one else had any problems with pay pal?
    I had to cancel my card etc. So I wish to mail you a check for the next 10 months.Please e mail me the correct address to send it to you. Thanks. Have fun and be safe at the range.Arlene

    • Arlene – There is nothing wrong with the security of Paypal. They are one of – if not the largest credit card/bank transaction processors in the world. I use them multiple times per month and have never had an issue as well as millions of others. Could something happen? Sure – just like with every other physical store or online vendor. I need to set up a couple other alternate ways of paying though. WIll work on that.

      Thx!! Rourke

  6. Arlene, they verified that my card wasn’t compromised, but I had issues with my bank cancelling my PayPal account. I never bothered reopening it, but I thought it had to do with my Spring order to EE that they blocked. Could it be that your credit card company takes issue with prepping? I had to get special permission from the bank’s outside fraud-alert company before I could buy my yearly stock-up at Sam’s Club, and they warned me that they might shut me down at any time in the future if I spend more than $200 anywhere. At the risk of sounding paranoid, I’ve begun to wonder if Big Brother is pulling some strings…

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