Monday, July 15, 2013

Basic Food Storage: How Much? & What Kind?

How do you know how much food you need to store? What kinds of food should your family store? Those two questions are frequently asked and the answers vary according to each person’s family characteristics. We will help you to identify those for your family, placing you on the correct path; after all food storage is a cornerstone of preparedness.
Our bodies are capable of lasting a while without food by feeding on its self; draining your energy and brain power necessary to make it through a disaster. By adequately storing enough food for your family you can mitigate the struggle.
How do you calculate the amount of food you need to store?
It is the consensus of many experts that you need at least one year of food storage to sustain your family during a prolonged disaster.
In order to calculate the amount of food you have to store you need to calculate the number of calories each member of your family needs to consume to sustain their weight and activity levels. Using the B.M.R. (Basic Metabolic Rate) formula you will be able to calculate the calories for each person.
Here are the formulas you need:
• Adult women:
655 + (4.3 x weight in pounds) + (4.7 x height in inches) – (4.7 x age in years)
• Adult men:
66 + (6.3 x weight in pounds) + (12.9 x height in inches) – (6.8 x age in years)
• Girl:
655 + (4.35 x weight in pounds) + (4.7 x height in inches) – (4.7 x age in years).
• Boy:
66 + (6.23 x weight in pounds) + (12.7 x height in inches) – (6.8 x age in year)
Once you have the figures from above use the multipliers below to find the activity level of each family member.
Sedentary (little to no exercise): multiply by 1.2
Light (exercise up to 3 times a week): multiply by 1.3 (1.375 for children)
Moderate (exercise 3 or more times a week): multiply by 1.4 (1.55 for children)
Heavy (exercise 5 or more times a week): multiply by 1.5 (1.725 for children)
With this information you can plan the proper amount of food to store.
What kind of food should your family store?
Every family should store a well balanced diet to sustain their bodies as best as possible; during a disaster your body needs proper nutrition even more do to the stress placed on it. Long self life food items are not part of most families’ diet, so I recommend introducing those food items into your meal plans. This has a couple of benefits, first an abrupt change in diet can cause gastrointestinal problems and 2nd it allows your family to become familiar with it.
• wheat
• legumes
• Grains (corn, millet, oats, buckwheat, etc.)
• dried and canned fruits and vegetables
• dried milk
• canned or dried meats
• honey
• salt
• oils (coconut and Olive)
• baking powder
• Multiple vitamin and mineral supplements and extra vitamin C
To truly survive you have to engage a self-reliant attitude by taking what you learn and adapting it to your family; no family’s needs are the same so it is important to make your food lists and amounts according to your families.

Remember the best time to learn your lesson about personal security, self-defense, and preparedness is before something happens.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Why Awareness is important to self-defense

Street robberies remain one of the most
common types of attack.

It seems like every day there is a news
story of ANOTHER violent incident on our

In San Antonio, TX, for example, three men
suffered SERIOUS injuries in three separate
attacks on the streets.

These young men were attacked from behind
with BRUTE force. All suffered nasty injuries
to their faces. They were hit so hard that
they were left unconscious. Their phones
and wallets were also stolen.

What else did they have in common?

They had ALL been out drinking and were
walking alone.

You may NOT always be able to prevent a
mugging. But you CAN minimize your chances
of an attack.

Don't walk home on your own after a night out,
especially when alcohol has been involved.

Like these three victims, you will have no
chance to react and are in a VERY vulnerable
situation - even if you are trained in self

Stay in a group, stay aware and take a taxi or
don't drink too much. These simple actions could
stop you from being the latest victim of street

Awareness is by far the most important part
of your self- defense arsenal. It is MORE
important than any physical self defense technique.
Without awareness, everything else falls apart."

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Women's Self Defense Training - Be Equipped

By Adam Sisterhen

Be Equipped: (necessities such as tools or provisions.) Being equipped with the proper personal security and self defense tools whether it is a lethal, or non-lethal, or an alternative self defense tool, can greatly impact your personal security in a positive way. They are an important part of an overall self defense strategy.
Lethal: (Capable of causing death.) Just the definition of a lethal Personal Security and Self Defense tools causes some people to fear, with good reason. When you carry a lethal one there is a great responsibility that inherently comes with it.
A lethal tool can be a very effective choice with proper training and practice.

•Guns, particularly pistols are the most common lethal self defense device.
•They come in a variety of different calibers and sizes to fit each individuals needs.
•If you carry it for self defense; that would imply that you would be willing to use it, possible taking another humans life to save your own.
•You must insure that you get proper training, required permits, store it properly to avoid any accidents, and practice with it regularly.

Non-lethal: Many people choose non-lethal self defense tools for obvious reasons. A non-lethal self defense tools can give you the opportunity to flee from a dangerous situation.

•Pepper spray is a non-lethal non-toxic aerosol spray used for self defense. The active ingredient in pepper spray is a naturally occurring substance called Oleoresin Capsicum or "OC". Pepper spray comes in dispersal types: Fogger, Stream, and Foam. Pepper spray offers the most bang for the buck of all non-lethal security products.

•TASERS are non-lethal electroshock devices for self defense purposes only that disrupt the body's neuromuscular systems using electrical currents. They come in three different models; the C2 which is fashionable compact, the ML18 advanced TASER resembles a gun in shape and size, and the X26C that is gun shaped and offers many features.

Alternative: An alternative personal security tool is anything you can find wherever you are. They can be both lethal and non-lethal depending on the self defense tool used, placement and power of the strike on the offender. When it comes down to it you do what you have to in order to flee. Let me give you some examples of possible self defense tools in your car, home, or on your person. Because of liabilities I won't be explaining how to use these items; however the element of surprise is usually on your side with one of these self defense tools.

In the Car; ice scrapers, snow brushes, keys, sunglasses, a hard sun glass case, CD or CD case etc.

At Home; any aerosol can, a tooth brush, T.V remotes, drinking glasses, kitchen utensils, books, trash cans etc

On your person; would be your wallet, loose change, pen or pencil, cell phone, comb, umbrella etc.

This is by no means an exhaustive list when you consider almost anything can be used as an alternative self defense tools. The key to any alternative self defense tools is that they don't appear as self defense tools and give you the element of surprise. By holding correctly, striking with force in the right area they are effective.
In Summary, with any self defense personal security products you should follow the laws and regulations in your area, practice with it and realize the moral and legal responsibilities that you take upon yourself when you carry them. Though it is never guaranteed, these items can give you the upper hand and a chance to flee. In future articles, additional rules will help you maximize your personal security and safety. Remember the best time to learn your lesson about personal security,self defense, and preparedness is before something happens.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Women's Self Defense Training - Be Engaged

Be Engaged (Committed, as to a cause.) When a situation presents itself, it is time to engage. I will talk about the first and best way to engage through assertive behavior. Assertive behavior gives the assailant or would be attacker, the knowledge that you aren't an easy target by using eye contact, a stalwart (firm and resolute) voice, proper posture, and hand placement.

Engaging your eye's

• When you feel something isn't right or see a suspicious person, let them know you know they are there and you are watching them intently without fear: even if you are afraid, don't show it. Let them know you don't want to be bothered or desire to speak with them. You don't want them to think you are a threat or challenging. That all sounds great, but how do you accomplish so much with just your eyes?
• Look at them with soft eyes, in other words as a whole. Never focus hard on any particular part of them, or look your assailant directly in the eyes. That can be seen as both threatening and challenging.
• The chest area is the most important place to keep your soft eyes. Why? It allows you to view their core body (chest, hips, arms and hands); by watching these parts you will be aware of any advances or imminent attacks.
• If the situation has already gone past the point of soft eyes; you will know because they will be sizing you up, threatening you, and even challenging you or in other words "Conducting the interview." (Conducting the interview is what each assailant does to size up a person; during this process they decide whether they should attack or not.) At this point your eyes go from a soft gaze to direct eye contact.

Engaging your stalwart voice

• You should never insult, threaten, aggravate, or challenge an aggressor.
• Ask them a question like: What do you want? A person whom isn't looking to victimize you will give you a normal answer. If they don't respond or give you an answer not to your liking, be prepared for an attack.
• Use a firm fearless voice to yell stop! Back off!
Engaging with proper posture and Hand Placement
• Keep your hands up at shoulder height; this gives you the appearance of submitting while having your hands in the perfect defensive posture to block or strike.
• Move your feet to a staggered position for better balance and to set yourself up to defend or strike.
• Never appear weak by slumping over. Instead, stand with good posture and keep your backstraight which gives you strength and power should you have to move.

In summary

This is by no means a thorough description of engaging, but a jumping off point to peak your interest and motivate you to train and learn self defense. Proper training and knowledge could be the difference between life and death. Not only will you gain peace of mind and self confidence you will find yourself having a completely new outlook on life. Remember the best time to learn your lesson about personal security and self defense is before something happens.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Women’s Self Defense Training the Be Series:

Rule #2: Be physically trained (participating in a self defense class/the act, process, of imparting knowledge and skill): Physical training gives you the tools to maintain your personal security and is the single best way to be prepared. Why should you train in self defense? What are the benefits of self defense training?

Why should you train in self defense?

• Preparation: With any crime, the best way to avoid it is to be prepared. Self defense training is defense preparation. Good self defense training can prepare you to deal with an assault, robbery, attempted rape, not to mention the everlasting emotional effects of an attack.
• Insurance: You purchase house, auto, fire, and even life insurance to protect you and your family. What do you do to insure you personal safety? Self defense training is the insurance you need for your personal security against being a victim of crime.
• Crime: Generation after generation, laws have been passed and law enforcement has increased in numbers and still hasn’t been able to eliminate crime. Crime is here to stay; you can’t change that; however you can reduce the risks of being a victim.
• Statistics: University studies show women who don’t fight back more often lose in an assault. In fact 73% of all women 12 years old and up will become victims, with a third being robbed, assaulted, or raped. Unfortunately just being born a woman puts you at risk for certain crimes.
• Self Reliance: In today’s world people often look the other way rather than getting involved; you can’t rely on someone coming to your rescue.
• Knowledge: Learn what to look for, know how to avoid those threatening situations, and take steps to learn best possible methods to defend yourself is key to survival and escape from your enemy. That knowledge can be the difference between life and death.

What are the benefits of self defense training?

• Building Self Confidence: Being self confident helps you in every aspect of life. It empowers you to take control and be a stronger person. For example, offenders look for timid and weak targets, then walking tall and with confidence increases the odds in your favor.
• Peace of mind: Peace of mind comes from knowing that you have the proper training to defend yourself should the time come for you to use that training for defense.
• Physical Fitness: Training improves your balance, strength, stamina, flexibility, and posture, increasing your overall health.
• Stress relief: Stress is one of the number one causes of illness; through physical and mental conditioning you reduce your stress levels. Exercise improves circulation and increases your oxygen delivery while reducing anxiety.
• Discipline: By learning self discipline, you improve self control and ability to perform under pressure.

In summary, I have stated many reasons why you should be physically trained, and what the benefits are. I hope you never find yourself in a situation where you will have to physically confront an assailant. However, if it’s unavoidable you will know how to handle it with proper training. For more self defense, safety, and personal security tips and products go to

Remember the best time to learn your lesson about personal security and self defense is before something happens.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Women Self Defense Training - Be Vigilant

Rule # 1: Be vigilant (on the alert, watchful): being vigilant may not be easy to master, but once you do, it becomes as normal as breathing. By being vigilant you are able to identify problem situations, locations, and suspicious people. Now let me unpack that for you.

Time of day
• According to the bureau of justice 53% of incidents of violent crime occurred during the day between 6a.m. and 6 p.m. and almost two-thirds of the rapes/sexual assaults occurred at night from 6 p.m. to 6a.m. From these statistics we learn that 24 hours a day offenders are prowling and at no time should you let down your vigilance.

• The bureau of justice reports that the location of about a 25% of incidents of violent crime was at or near the victim's home, about half occurring within a mile from home and 76% within five miles. Only 4% of victims of violent crime reported that the crime took place more than fifty miles from their home. Everyday life keeps most people with in thirty-fives miles of their home; these statistics tie right into the top three places woman are attacked and abducted.

• The number one place is your local grocer, number two is office parking garages and lots, and number three is public restrooms. Don't get the impression that those are the only locations to be watchful, you need to be alert at all times wherever you are.

Problem situations

• Problem situations occur anywhere and at any time do to your own actions. Identifying bad habits will help you avoid them. Pay attention to the list below. The suggestions can make a difference.

• Never walk alone: always walk in groups or with an escort to and from your office, car, restaurant, restroom, etc. Walking alone makes you a target for an offender.

• When parking your car don't park near large vehicles like vans that obstruct your surrounding views. Why? When you exit your car it is easy for an offender to pull you in and drive off without anybody noticing. Upon returning to your car if there is a large vehicle next to your take the appropriate precautions. For example walk down another isle so you can see clearly around your car before approaching it. At night try to park close to the entry door and under a light.
• When walking from your office, home or parking area to your car always, have keys in hand, take a moment to look around before continuing for things out of the ordinary, and resist the temptation of talking on the phone or anything else that may distract you. Walk confidently to your car get in close and lock the door before you doing anything else.
Suspicious people

• A suspicious person can be defined in two ways: the first is a person exhibiting questionable behavior; the second is a person in an area or doing something unusual or out of the norm. Suspicious behavior is something that doesn't feel right; you may have a weird sensation or see something isn't quite right, or out of place. A partial list of suspicious behavior follows:

- Individuals not dressed appropriately for the weather conditions. For example a long heavy coat when it's hot outside.
- Individuals hiding their face, unwilling to make eye contact, turn away acting interested in a sign, when being approached they depart rapidly.
- Individuals in an area they don't belong or carrying items that don't fit what they are doing.
- Individuals hiding in shadows or behind objects so they won't be identifiable.
- An unfamiliar individual loitering in an environment they shouldn't be in. For example; parking lots, buildings, schools and play grounds.

What you do if you see a suspicious person

• Contact the police: When contacting the police for suspicious persons provide as much information as possible. For example; Location, what direction they were headed, car license, make, model and color, ethnicity, physical description, age weight, height, hair color and length, eye color, clothing or any distinguishing marks.

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Clearing the Clutter from your Home:
Is it difficult to find room in your home? Do you need more space? In this article I will be giving you some guidance for removing old items, creating that much needed space. For the serious Prepper it is an inescapable need, and if you’re not a Prepper you will find this information valuable.

The time has come to start making room. If you are a Prepper you know why it is necessary; storing enough food for a year takes space, and a lot of it!
Create a list of all areas of your home inside and outside that you need to purge; take that list and put together a plan and methodically move through it. Call a family meeting; make each person be accountable to one another assuring the plan goes into effect. It‘s really easy to talk yourself into hanging on to stuff and the excuses you will find are amazing.
Start by removing none essential and unused items that have no purpose other than collecting dust or those maybe someday I will use it. Let’s get going!

1. Cloths, well really anything you wear (boots, shoes, and coats) if you haven’t worn them in a year, they need to go. The exception is specialty gear like hunting gear, winter gear, hand me downs, etc. Let me qualify this; those 10 sweaters you might wear again if they come back in style, doesn’t count as winter gear! They need to go!
2. Any old appliances, vacuums, anything from hobbies you no longer partake of like golf bags, skis, tennis rackets, etc. need to go!
3. The DVD collections; if you are like me, you have an enormous DVD collection you will never watch; however you hold on to them because you may want to at some point in the future; don’t get me started on VHS. Do you even own a VHS player? Again they need to go! Are you starting to see the pattern here?
4. Books and magazines sometimes are difficult to let go of. Keeping books that directly pertain to you like your work, educational or classics are fine; however you need to sort through them keeping the ones you can’t live without and discard the rest. Your collection of national Geographic magazines from the last 4 decades that you haven’t looked at in years let alone thought of need to go!
5. What do you do with all the stuff? Sell it on Ebay, Craigslist, garage sales, flea markets; everyone can use extra money. Donate the items that don’t sale to Good Will, Retarded Children’s Fund, Epilepsy Foundation, KK Cares, any charity.

There are a multitude of items that I haven’t mentioned; that’s not a pass to keep them. Now you have basic ideas to help you tackle this task of clearing the clutter. You need to make it happen believe me the benefits outweigh the difficulty. This isn’t something you accomplished overnight; it will take time; just keep moving forward, you will make it, and be better for it! Remember the best time to learn your lesson about personal security, self-defense, and preparedness is before something happens.

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