Archives for category: TEOTWAWKI

I’m going to be a reading fool this Summer.  I have 3 books to read for work, book studies on educational topics.  I found a great deal on some others that I want to read for personal reasons: leadership, info., etc.  But two that I’m enjoying are: Battle Ready by Tom Clancy, I found that for $1 at Half Price Books in the clearance section, the other is One Second After by William Forstchen. One Second After is a fictional account of a very possible scenario that our country isn’t ready to deal with – an EMP attack.  We have no idea how much technology touches our lives.  An EMP attack would immediately take us all back to the Middle Ages.  The forward is by Newt Gingrich.  It sells for $17 on Amazon, but I picked it up for $7 @ Sam’s Club. http://www.amazon.com/One-Second-After-William-Forstchen/dp/0765317583/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1309198681&sr=8-1 Check out a Youtube video interview with the author here.

As I delve deeper into prepping, it’s not hard to find “the kooks.” They are out there, and they have websites, podcasts, videos and more. They are the extremist who believe that TEOTWAWKI (The end of the world as we know it) is upon us, for whatever reason, man made or mother nature.

In fact, you can find the kook fringe in every domain of life. You probably know some. I encountered the kook fringe in Christianity when I started looking into the home church idea. Back then, there were only a few websites….and they were so anti-institutional church that some seemed very militant if you weren’t doing church in a home and leadership wasn’t shared among the laity. That’s all changed now. The home church idea is very much mainstream.

And that is my point. Eventually, if the fringe is correct, it will move into the mainline of society. When you look into how many people are “prepping,” it is kind of mind-boggling. There is a sense out there that things are not going well, and that people who will do well are those who have prepared and have a plan for themselves and their family.

Which gets me thinking, do I wanna be a kook?

Kooks get laughed at. They are made fun of. They are thought of as people with some kind of disorder. “You’re just crazy. If I want some food, I’ll just drive down to the local grocery store and pick up what I need. Why am I going to stock up?”

The thing about kooks is that they have laid the ground work. They have done the heavy lifting by trial and error AND they want to share it with others who want to learn. Like I said earlier, you can find videos on almost any topic related to prepping. You can listen to podcasts and read articles that detail important info. as well as, encouragement for the weary or freaked out.

So, I’m not running to the wilderness anytime soon to start living like the Unabomber. I’m going to hang on to my Blackberry, garden in my backyard, build some sort of food storage…basically plan and prepare hoping that I will never have to go into WTSHTF mode. I’m also going to keep learning and getting ideas from the kook fringe.

Uhm… No!  I’m not talking about Harry Potter!  This can be considered pt.2 of my previous post, Our Lost Skills.

I don’t think anyone would deny that our advances in society are great.  I’m really glad I can go to the restroom in my nice, comfortable, warm restroom and not have to take a walk to the out-house.  But as things have become easier to make, buy, etc… we have lost some of the skills that were just common knowledge years ago.

Just the other day my dad was telling me about a lady on his block that would pay him for cutting her grass with canned fruit.  She would go to the local grocery store and buy fruit, at a reduced price, that was about to go bad and can it.  She was an old school prepper!  But something that was so common back then, is almost forgotten now…  Not everybody…you know what I mean.  It’s like those skills have become arts now.

But what if you could learn those skills?  You can go to Youtube and find some great tutorials and people who care about getting the info. out there.  But what if you could have a hands-on experience?  What would you like to learn?

  • canning
  • bread making
  • soap
  • gardening
  • water purification
  • orientation
  • edible plants around your area

Help me out here… Leave me a comment on what you would like to learn and then take the time to answer the poll (to the right).

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We at HOUSTONZOMBIES.COM use the Zombie Apocalypse as a fun metaphor for the end of the world. This end could be the end of a relationship, the end of your job, the end of a long professional career or even the end of a physical life due to slipping in a bathtub.

The idea is to be prepared for any major change in your life; develop flexibility skills, knowledge and become fiscally and mentally resilient. The end of your world will require you to be flexible and tough, smart and collaborative, knowledgeable and industrious.

I have gone through some interesting “catastrophic” experiences myself, a flash flood in Kansas, where everything we owned was destroyed in 45 minutes and Hurricane Alex in Monterrey, Mexico. After Alex, my family and I had to live for 5 days with no water and no electricity. Both were dangerously sobering experiences that taught me a lot about myself and helped my family become very adaptable.

As Todd mentioned in a previous post, things become really simple in a survival situation. You don’t worry about unnecessary stuff. Your inner chatter quiets down and you live in the moment. Your mind is focused in the task at hand, be it finding food, collecting rain water to be able to flush a toilet, or figuring out how to wash your whole body in a very efficient and effective way with just one bucket of water, a bar of soap and a washcloth.

One thing that we learned was that we could adapt to almost any kind of living situation as long as we all stayed together. We helped each other and did not allow any whining. We completely accepted and embraced the new situation without asking why us, or why now. Every day we had a plan to execute and we did it. Execution of a well thought out plan is a great cure for anxiety. Every night we would sit at the candle lit kitchen table and review what we had done that day, as well as play cards and tell stories. It was a surprisingly engaging situation that made us become very close in so many levels.

Here are some thoughts and points of action that can help you in a non-life threatening, but ugly situation: a great loss, a divorce, the failure of a business, a disabling illness or a death of a close relative.

  • Accept and embrace your new situation. Don’t judge it or complain about it.
  • Learn as much as you can about what is happening.
  • Develop a vision of your needs and what can be accomplished in the immediate, short and mid term.
  • Develop a well thought out action plan.
  • Execute your plans and evaluate the results of your action plan frequently.
  • Have a support team.
  • Make sure that the people you are sharing this experience with are as motivated as you to make the most out of it or help you go through it.

In future posts, Todd and I will be sharing some ideas about living a more fulfilling life during the current state of events; as well as explore helpful knowledge to survive in style, the imminent Zombie Apocalypse.

Breathe and stay happy. You never know when you’ll take your last breath.