Heroes do not always wear a uniform. They reveal themselves in times of emergency and the reality is they come in all shapes and sizes. We often call these unseen heroes Nation Makers. People that saw a need in their community and have taken it upon themselves to do something and help to make the world, no matter how broken and lost, the type of world they want to see.
I have no doubt that most of you are aware that wildfires raged across eastern Tennessee earlier this week decimating Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and the surrounding areas along the way. These fires are not the only ones that have been burning across the southeast in recent weeks, but the they are the first to directly impact large and heavily populated cities. The mountains of eastern Tennessee, western North Carolina and northern Georgia are an outdoor lover’s playground throughout the year. If you live in the region, you have probably visited Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, enjoyed the natural beauty of the area and the warm hospitality of their people. We grew up just a few hours away and visited often, never minding the ride to get there, but rather enjoying the magnificence of the view throughout the trip and we always felt right at home once we arrived. It is for this reason and many others that this disaster is personal for us and we wanted to do whatever we can to help.
Just in case you missed it…and you probably did…FEMA Will Hold A Drill To Prepare For A 9.0 Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquake And Tsunami next week. The United States is a continental country and the Cascadia Subduction Zone represents a North American sized disaster and national threat. Even if you do not live in the great northwest or have family that does, it would be wise to maintain a wary eye cast in that direction. When the CSZ fully ruptures again, even if you don’t feel the shaking, every American will feel the impacts.
I decided to take things to the next level when it comes to the topic of First Aid in my/our personal preparedness kit(s), so I have upgraded my individual first aid kit (IFAK) to a trauma kit. Check out the video to see why I decided to do this and what I decided to build into my kit.
I am thrilled to share that we had a small hand in the creative process for Steven Konkoly’s latest work and soon to be juggernaut of a series, FRACTURED STATE. It is a tremendous honor to be associated with such a quality piece of work and an even better person. Konkoly blends the hard truths of reality that we discuss in this space all of the time like the interplay between natural resources, our environment and the economy into a thrilling, near future dystopian landscape that will surely pull you to the edge of your seat and keep you there throughout the story. Pre-order your copy today!
No family preparedness plan should be considered balanced and complete without a solid food storage plan. In this blog post and video, I take a look at Valley Food Storage as an option for your long term food storage needs.
Simply put, the BOLT Kit is the realization of the vision of what we believe the bug out bag should be. The difference between every other bug out bag you’ve ever heard of and the BOLT Kit is a focused relocation philosophy that is underpinned by a plan, the gear and a skill set necessary to make it a success. This is the BOLT concept.
When the topic of preparedness comes up in conversation, the inevitable question from everyone we talk to is “What are you afraid of?” or “What worries you most?” Not always in an attacking manner. Some folks are genuinely interested. Our answer is always much the same. Read through to find out why we practice preparedness.