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Table of Contents

06 Have Fun With Silver

05 Letter from the Editor 09 Victory in Personal Protection

19 Tomahawk Introduction

22 Prepping with Bartering in Mind

11 All about the Zika Virus

15 No-Budget & LowBudget Camping

25 PULSE - Part Two: Andrea Continued‌

30 Devotion: Dealing with Discouragement

33 Contributors


Letter from the Managing Editor Dealing with Discouragement. It is a battle many more may face in the days ahead.

The Feb 2016 Issue marks our 40th Digital Publication of PREPARE Magazine! We are so thankful for the writers, designers, photographers and of course, you our readers for joining us in this journey. For those who have been with us since the beginning, we hope you are continuing to glean knowledge and be encouraged with what our wonderful team has to share! For those who are new to our PREPARE Magazine Family who want to see what you’ve missed, you can! We have all 40 Digital Issues archived (plus more material) and available for PREPARE Premium Members. The theme of this current issue is “Preparedness Economy & Personal Protection”. We often split our focus on topics since no one knows any one exact target for being prepared. The broad reach of preparedness is to plan for what life may throw our way from any direction. One area that finances, chaos and the need for protection do affect is our mental and spiritual health. We now see it in preppers and the general population all around us. That is why in this issue we offer the Devotion:

The tactile struggles of tighter finances, changes in the economy, prepping on a low budget or planning for alternative monetary means are a bit more tangible to address. So in this issue, our authors offer ways to Have Fun with Silver, and No-Budget & Low-Budget Camping ideas to practice your skills. With our monetary system in a precarious place, it also would be prudent to begin Prepping with Bartering in Mind. Protecting ourselves and our loved ones too requires a varied approach. There is no doubt that there is Victory in Personal Protection. It could be the need to protect ourselves from new illnesses or disease such as learning All about the Zika Virus. The Tomahawk Introduction can aid by offer protection and skill that go hand in hand with learning to use a new weapon/tool. We hope you will enjoy the newest installment of PULSE - Part Two: Andrea Continued... We have been thrilled at the comments shared with us about the new addition to PREPARE of the excerpts of this riveting work of fiction. Read on and let it spark your creative preparedness process! We desire to improve with each issue, both in Print or Digital, and empower you to continue and not lose heart. We would love to hear from you to know how we have been able to serve and ways we can improve. Feel free to drop us a note at: Support(at)PREPAREMag(dot)com. We would love to hear from you. Donna L. Miller  


Have Fun with Silver

By James Walton,

If   you   frequent   any   prepper   website   it’s   likely   you   are   inundated   with   informa8on   about   buying   gold   and   silver.   Most  ads  can  be  as  ostenta8ous  as  to  tell  you  that   “quickly   before   the   dollar   is   devalued   to   0”   you   must   buy  gold   and   silver.  Then  there  is  a   quiver   inside  you.  Fear  begins  to  chip   away  at   your   common  sense  and   you   make  poor  decisions.   If  you  have  a  desire  to  get  into   buying  silver  read   this   ar8cle   to   find   out   the   benefits   that   go   far   beyond   an   economic   collapse. Early  on   I  bought  into  this  idea.  I  bought   silver   at  $25  and   I   have   bought   silver   at   $13.   There   was   a   8me   when   I   felt   pressured  to  purchase  silver   because  I  thought  we   wouldn’t   be  able  to  afford  bread  if  I  didn’t  have  an   alternate  means  to   pay  for   it.  The  wheel   barrels   of  money  type   of   thing   had  a   hold  of  my  consciousness.    

want   to   touch,  when   they  are  permiLed   to.  This  is   a   great   way  to   get   children   excited   about   coun8ng   and   math   that   doesn’t  involve  flash  cards  or  phone  apps. If   you   find   a   quality   dealer,   they   will   have   the   ability   to   engrave  coins  as  well.  This  gives   you  an  incredible  op8on  for   crea8ng   very   important   and   nostalgic   pieces   for   your   collec8on.   Just   recently   Silvertowne,   one   of   my   favorite   dealers,   has   created   a   small   case   for   silver   coins   that   transforms   that   coin   into   a   Christmas   tree   ornament.     Awesome.     Of  course,  beyond  all  of  this   warm  and  fuzzy  that  goes   along   with   collec8ng,  buying,  hoarding,   storing   or   stacking  silver,   there   are   also   the   benefits   of   owning   a   very   real   and   tangible  asset.  

PreLy  soon,  however,  something  began  to  happen. I   started   to   fall   in   love   with   these   gleaming   pieces.  These   incredible   designs   and   the   weight   and   worth   of   the   metal   began   to   take   me   over   like   a   spell.   Soon   it   became   less   about   price   and   more   about   design.   I   started   seeking   out   certain   pieces  with   my  son   and   we  enjoy  going  to   different   loca8ons  and  buying  silver.   Silver   pieces   that   are   brought   out   only   on   “special   occasions”  are  a  great  way  to   inspire  your  children  to   begin   coun8ng.   They   are   these   beau8ful,   shiny   things   that   kids   6

We   could   talk  markets,  paper  silver,  and  price  manipula8on   but   I   am   not   an   expert   on   any   of   these   so   it   would   be   a   bumbling  conversa8on.  I  want  to   talk  simple  facts  because  I   feel   many  people  are   put   off  by   the  conspiracy  behind   the   silver   price.   I   am   not   sure   if   conspiracy  and   “in   the   know”   inves8ng  has   burnt   them   in  the  past   or   if   people   just   hate   the  idea  that  people  can  be  so  evil. Below   are   some   facts   about   silver   that   I   garnered   from   M i c h a e l   S n y d e r ’ s   w e b s i t e :   He   always   does   an   impeccable  job  at  pu[ng  together  per8nent  informa8on  on   important  subjects.  These  are  simple  facts  about  quan88es,   industrial   use   and   supply   and   demand   in   the  future.   From   these   three   short   paragraphs   you   should   begin   to   understand   why   silver,   especially   at   this   price,   is   a   worthwhile  investment. 1:65  Ra(o  makes  silver  the  only   choice.    The  current   gold  to  silver   ra(o   is:  1   ounce   of  gold   is  worth   65   ounces   of  silver.     These  come  out  of  the  ground  at  a   1:9   ra(o!     That   means   just   to   get   back   to   the   natural   mining   ra(o,   silver   would   have   to   outperform   gold   600%.     This   is   regardless   what   happens  to  the  dollar  value   of  gold.    If   gold  goes  to   $13,000   an   ounce,   silver   at   a   1:9   ra(o   would   be   $1,444  silver. Silver   is   an   industrial   metal   with   over   10,000   commercial   applica(ons.   Because   it   is   one   of   the   best  electrical  and   thermal   conductors,  that   makes   it   ideal   for   electrical   uses  such   as   switches,  mul(-­‐ layer   ceramic  capacitors,  conduc(ve  adhesives,  and   contacts.  It  is  used  in  some  brazing   and  soldering  as   well.   Silver   is   also   used   in   solar   cells,   heated   automobile  wind  shields,  DVD’s  and  some  mirrors.

Silver’s  industrial   demand  should   increase  60%  to   666  million   ounces  per  year   by  2016  

Silver’s   industrial   demand   should   increase   60%   to   666   million   ounces   per   year   by   2016   from   487   million   ounces   in   2010.   Current   annual   mine   produc(on   is   only   around   700   million   ounces   per   year  growing  a  few  percent  annually. So   of   course   there   is   investment   poten8al   in   silver.   If   you   are  thinking  about   buying,  however,  I  would  encourage  you   to   do   two  very   important   things.  Find   a  great   dealer   online   and  a  great  dealer   locally.  Above  all,  though,  have   some  fun   with   silver.   It’s   a   beau8ful   thing   that   we   shouldn’t   stow   away  in   case   of   emergencies.   There   was   a   8me   when   we   fancied  these  types  of  things. 7


Victory in Personal Protection

By Donald Alley, Martial Tactical Training of Michigan The   idea  of   ‘winning’  is   ingrained   in   us  as  a  culture.   We  are   heavily   freedom   oriented.   We   won   our   freedom   from   England   and   maintained   it.   Immigrants   won   against   oppression  or   other   nega8ve   factors  to  start  a  beLer  life.  We   are   heavily   influenced   on   this   controlled   rebellion   against   authority  so  much   that  our   na8onal  documents  were  wriLen   with  it   in  mind.  Our   capitalis8c  economy  is  built  on  economic   achievement.  The  terms  ‘growth’  and  ‘expansion’  are  used  in   our  economy  regularly.  In   the  absence  of  na8onal  conquest,   we  watch   our  na8on’s  finest  athletes   with   zeal  as   they  strive   for  victory.  We  are  a  na8on  of  people  that  like  to  win.

What  is  winning? In   a   sport,   the   terms   of   victory   are   fixed,   and   each   side   understands  them.  A   golfer   wins   when   she  has  taken   fewer   strokes  than  her  opponents.  A  football  team  wins   when  they �� score  more  touchdowns  and  points  than  the  other  team.  The   term  ‘goal’  is  used   in  mul8ple  sports  signifying  the  objec8ve   of  the  game,  and  the  more  goals  reached,  the  beLer. In  a  conflict,  ‘winning’  can  be  a   very  different  thing.  We’ve   all   been   in  heated   arguments  where   winning  means   convincing   the   other   person   of   your   viewpoint,   or   trying   to   get   one’s   way.   Whether   it’s   what   color   to   paint   the   kitchen,   or   if   the   Dog’s   Playing   Poker   oil   pain8ng   stays   or   goes,   winning   can   mean   the   outcome   of   the   argument   is   the   way   you   want   things  to  be.  

But   winning   isn’t   always   ‘winning’.   Every   guy  that   has   ever   slept   on   the  couch  for   winning  an  argument   has  come  to   the   realiza8on   that   maybe   he   didn’t   really  ‘win’.  With   wisdom,   winning   goes   from   an   immediate   achievement   such   as   a   game,  to  a  long  term   strategy  for  success,  heavily  dependent   on   calculated   accomplishments,   occasional   yielding   to   another’s   desires,   and   placing   success   above   just   one   person’s  winning  condi8ons.   The  phrase  “You  may  have  won   the   baLle   but   you   lost   the   war!”   embodies   the   failure   to   grasp  this. For   personal   protec8on   maLers,   winning   should   be   considered   taking   the   ac8ons   necessary   for   the   long   term   success  of  the  individual  and/or  family.  This  might  go  beyond   physical   protec8on,   and   extend   into   avoiding  the   hassle   of   conflict  (escape,  avoidance,  and  verbal  de-­‐escala8on).  

Asymmetric  Terms  of  Victory This  simply  means  that  your  terms  of  victory  may   not   match   the  person’s   terms  that   you   are  in  conflict   with.  A  humorous   example   I  some8mes   use   in   personal   protec8on   classes   to   illustrate  this   concept  is  a  high   school   guy  and  girl  da8ng  for   the  first   8me.  At   some   point,   they  will  wrestle   around   a   bit,   playfully.  They  are   kids   full   of  youthful   energy,  afer   all.  The   girl’s   terms   of   victory   in   this  match   is   to   show   the   boy  that   she  is  fierce,  independent,  and   feisty;  she  can  hold  her   own,   and   you   beLer   not   mess   with   her.   She   is   a   Valkyrie!   They   guy’s  terms  of  victory  is   to  have   fun   squirming  with  the   girl.  


Nothing   more,   nothing   less.   Of   course,   this   is   all   from   a   playful   and   flirta8ous   paradigm.   Both   sides   can   win,   and   generally  do.  If  the  girl  pins  the  boy,  she  wins.  The  boy  has  a   girl  on  top  of  him.  Believe  it,  he  thinks  he  wins  too!     More   seriously,   when   considering   an   alterca8on   with   someone  over  a  conflict,   it   is  vitally  important  to   remember   one’s  terms  of   victory.  Typically   this   is  ge[ng   home   safe   to   one’s   family,   ensuring   the   safety   of   one’s   children,   and   avoiding  needless  involvement  in  the  alterca8on. As   an   example,   a  crowded  parking  lot  ofen  sees  some  fairly   aggressive  driving  trying   to  get  close  spots  at   the  store.  Two   people   pulling   into   that   spot   can   lead   to   an   alterca8on.  An   aggressive   Person   1   feels   that   the   spot   is   his.   His   terms   of   victory  are   to  get   that   spot,  and   his  ac8ons  may   be  pushing   forward   with   his   vehicle,  honking,  rolling   down   the   window   and   calling   names,   or   even   star8ng   some   type   of   physical   alterca8on.  For   Person  1,  the  terms  of  victory  are  to  get  that   spot. Person   2   has   different   terms  of   victory.  He   wants   to   get   to   the   store   safely,   handle   his   business   with   no   conflict,   and   return  to   his  home  with   no   afer   effects,  such   as   a  looming   lawsuit   or   police   interac8on.  With   these   terms   of   victory   in   mind,  he  backs  away  from  the  spot  and  the  crazed   Person   1,   goes  and   finds   another   spot,  and  is   simply  cau8ous   while   in   the  store  in  case  Person  1  takes  the  interac8on  inside.  

The   easiest   way   to   stay   mentally   balanced   is   to   focus   on   breathing  during  a  stressful  situa8on.  Breath  in   for   4  counts,   hold   for   4   counts,   release   for   4   counts.   This   is   some8mes   called   ‘tac8cal   breathing’,   and   repea8ng  it   for   2   or   3   cycles   upon   feeling   anxiety   can   help   ensure   logic   and   cogni8ve   abili8es  are  retained. Mar8al   Tac8cal   Training  of   Michigan   offers   a  “Warrior   Mind   Fitness   Training”   that   allows   trainees   to   explore   what   happens   to   themselves   when   induced   with   stress.  Knowing   one’s   reac8ons   to   stress   is   very   important,   and   training   in   mental  balance  is  currently  an  under-­‐prepared  skill  for  most. Conflict   is   some8mes   chosen   and   some8mes   unavoidable.   Staying  mentally  balanced   allows   one   to   remember   what   is   important   to   them.   These   ‘terms   of   victory’   can   then   be   ra8onally   pursued  in  the  conflict  rather   than   succumbing   to   choosing  the  other  person’s  terms  of  victory.  The   goal   of  the   personal  protector   is  to   keep  his  circle  safe,  free   from  harm,   and   free   from   unnecessary  liability   whenever   possible.   If   a   conflict  can  allow  for  the  protector  to   extricate   his  circle  from   it,  the   protector   takes   that   op8on.  When   the   conflict   does   not  allow  extrica8on,  the  protector  takes  the  necessary  steps   to  ensure  his  terms  of  victory.

Who   won?  Clearly  Person  2  met   all  his  criteria  for   his   terms   of   victory.   He   remained   safe  and   balanced   and   was   able   to   avoid   escala8ng  a  conflict   to   a   level   where   harm   may   have   been  incurred.  His   ac8ons  may  have  saved   a  fight   and   all   the   legal  afermath  that   goes   with   it.  Likewise,  Person  1  met   his   terms  of   victory  (although   most  ra8onal   people  would   think   they  are   ridiculous).   He   ‘won’  the   parking   spot   and   backed   down  Person  2  and   made   them   drive  away.   He  will  likely  go   brag  to   his  friends  and  generally  use  the  ‘triumph’  to   bolster   his  ego.

Mental  balance The  key  to   remaining  true  to  one’s  own  terms  of  victory  is  to   be   mentally   well   balanced.   It   is   very   easy   to   become   emo8onally  hijacked   while  someone  is  yelling  at  you  or   even   shoving  you  around.  Ego  can  get  in   the  way   so  as  not   to   look   weak.   With   prac8ce,  a   personal   protec8on   prac88oner   can   inoculate  themselves   against   stress   to   a   high  degree,  where   the  s8muli  from   an   alterca8on   are  processed  as  informa8on   coming  in  rather  than  emo8onally  reacted  to. 10

All About Zika Virus by Joe Alton, MD of newborns.  Like  its  predecessors,  it’s  a  mosquito-­‐borne  virus.   Ci8zens  of  the  Americas  have  liLle  immunity  against  it.   Most   people   experience   mild   flu-­‐like   symptoms,   but   an   infected   during  a  pregnancy  can  yield   a  newborn   with   brain   damage.  In   late   2015,  it   was   mainly   a   Brazilian   problem.  A   congenital   abnormality  (once   called   a   “birth   defect”)   called   m i c r o c e p h a l y   s t a r t e d   a p p e a r i n g   a m o n g   newborns.   Microcephaly   presents   as   an   abnormally   small   head   and   is   associated   with   mental   handicaps;   if   severe,   it   may  be  incompa8ble  with  life.

One   of   the   scenarios   we   write   about   is   the   “Pandemic”.   Although   we   have   had   success   curing   many   illnesses   with   an8bio8cs,   we   are   s8ll   struggling   with   outbreaks   of   viral   diseases.   In   2014,   thousands   died   in   West   Africa   during   the   Ebola   epidemic.  In  2015,   Chikungunya   virus  crossed   the   Atlan8c  into   the  Western   Hemisphere  and  infected   a  million   people.  This   year,   Zika  virus   is  the  latest   pandemic,  and   the   first  to  generate   travel  warnings  specifically  for   women  that   are  pregnant  or  of  childbearing  age.

A   liLle-­‐known   virus   of   equatorial   Africa   and   Asia,   the   Zika   virus  has  “jumped  the   pond”  and  is  wreaking  havoc  in   South   America,   especially   among   pregnant   women   and   their  

  Brazil   is   a   large   country   with   a   youthful   popula8on;   in   an   average   year   it   sees  about   150  cases  of   microcephaly.   Since   the  arrival  of  Zika  virus  in  May   2015,  there  have  been  3,500.   Now,   cases   of   the   virus   are   being   reported   in   the   United   States  from  New  York  to  Texas  to  Hawaii  (mostly  in  returning   travelers   from   South   America).   In   total,  25   countries   so   far   are   repor8ng   evidence   of   the   virus.   The   World   Health   Organiza8on   suggest   that   there   might   be   up   to   100,000   newborns  affected   before  it's   over,  a   state   of   affairs  that  will   tax   the   resources   of   the   poor   countries   where   most   cases   have  occurred.

EPIDEMICS  VS.  PANDEMICS Infec8ous  disease  can  be  endemic,  epidemic,  or  pandemic:


chikungunya,  and  West  Nile  virus.  Like  the  others,  Zika  virus   is  carried  by  Aedes  mosquitoes,  which   are  the  main  agent   of   transmission   (human  to   human  transmission  can  also   occur);   unlike  the  others,  the  virus  affects  the  unborn.   Symptoms   of   the   virus   include   headache,  rash,  fever,   joint   pains,   and   conjunc8vi8s   (pink   eye).   The   grand   majority   of   infected   people,   however,   have   no   signs   of   the   infec8on   whatsoever.  This  is   ominous  for   a  pregnancy,  as  the  mother   doesn’t  even  know  she  was  at  risk.

–An   Epidemic   infec8ous   disease   is   a   community-­‐wide   outbreak   of   an   illness   that   is   not   always   present   in   an   area.  Influenza,  EnterovirusD68,  and  Ebola  are  examples. –An  Endemic  infec8ous  disease  is   one  that   is  normally  found   and   expected   in   a   certain  area.  Malaria   is  endemic   in   many   tropical  countries. –A   Pandemic   occurs   when   an   infec8ous   disease   crosses   various  borders  and  runs  rampant  throughout   a   large  region,   or   even   the   whole   world.   The   Spanish   Flu   of   1918   is   the   classic   example.  Zika  has   had   outbreaks   in   Africa,  Asia,  and   now,  South   America.  Cases  have  been   reported   in   Denmark   and  Sweden  as  well.



There   is   no   vaccine   or   treatment   available   that   is   effec8ve   against   Zika   virus.   Preven8on,   however,   is   simple:   Don’t   travel   to   the   countries   where   widespread   outbreaks   are   occurring.  If  you   have   to   go,  use   sunscreen,   long   pants   and   sleeves,  plus   mosquito   repellant   or   ne[ng.  Standing  water   near  your  loca8on  in  affected  areas  should   be  drained.  If  you   catch   the   virus, �� it’s   unlikely   you’ll   affect   others   “human-­‐to-­‐ human”.   If   biLen   at   home   by   another   Aedes   mosquito   (common   in   the   South),   however,   that   mosquito   can   carry   the  virus  to  infect  other  humans.

Zika  virus  is  a  member  of  the  Flavivirus  family,  which   contains   a   number   of   well-­‐known   diseases   such   as   yellow   fever,  

  Mosquito   control   efforts   are   underway   in   Brazil   and   other   countries   at   risk.   Besides   the   usual   sprays   with   pes8cides,   you   might   be   surprised   to   know   that   GMOs   (gene8cally   modified   organisms)   are   playing   a   part.   A   male   “Franken-­‐


mosquito”   calledOX513A   has   a  gene   that   kills   his   offspring.   Female  mosquitoes   only   mate  once  during  their  lives,  so  this   might  have  a  significant  effect.  Brazil  claims  more  than  a  90%   decrease   in   the   popula8on   afer   release.  OX513A   was   also   used  in  the  Florida   Keys  in  2012  (over   protests)  to  combat  an   outbreak   of   another   Flavivirus,  Dengue  Fever.   It   remains   to   be  seen  what  impact  the  GMO  will  have  on  local  ecology.

Could  Zika  Virus  be  a  MutaKon? Why   is   a   virus   that   isn’t   a   serious   problem   in   its   original   territory  suddenly  causing  these   heartbreaking   deformi8es?   Zika   is   a   tropical   disease   spread   by   mosquitoes;   these   are   condi8ons   present   in   Brazil,  Africa,   and   Asia.   Why   should   it   have  such   a  different   presenta8on   in   one   part   of   the   world   than  others?  I  believe  that  Zika  in  the  Western  Hemisphere  is   a   muta8on   of  the  original   virus.   Viruses   are   well-­‐known   for   their   ability   to   change   gene8cally.   These   changes,   or   muta8ons,   may   either   be   insignificant   or   have   major   consequences.   Luckily,  most  viruses  don’t  change  much  from  

year   to   year,  and   this   is   the   reason   why  influenza   vaccines   are   usually   effec8ve   preventa8ves.   This   year’s   flu   is   ofen   similar   to   last   year’s,   and   flu   vaccines   are   made   from   components  of  last  year’s  virus. If   an   influenza   virus   mutates   significantly,   as   is   suspected   with   the  Spanish  Flu  epidemic   that   killed  50   million  people  in   1918-­‐9,   a   much   higher   number   of   cases   and   deaths   would   occur.   This   is   simply   because   popula8ons   have   not   been   exposed  to  it  before  and  have,  therefore,  less  immunity. Imagine  if   Ebola,  which   caused   a  regional  epidemic   in   West   Africa  in   2014,   had   mutated   to   become  easily   transmissible   through   the   air?   It   would   have   been   more   challenging   to   control  and  could  have  reached  pandemic  status. Despite   the   possible   dire   results   of   a   muta8on,   there’s   nothing   in   the   news   that   men8ons   the   possibility   that   the   Zika   virus   has   mutated.   If   we   are   to   have   success   in   developing  treatment   or  preven8on  of  this   viral   illness  (none   exists   at   present),   we   will   have   to   take   into   account   the   chance  that  this  Zika  virus  is  not  the  same  as  the  original.



By Christopher Nyerges,

LOW-BUDGET & NO-BUDGET CAMPING Some   8me   ago,   an   editor   of   a   magazine   called   and   asked   me   to   write   an   ar8cle   for   his  readers  about   “low   budget   camping.”     My   first   ques8on  was,  “What   do  you  mean  by   low-­‐budget?” He   thought   about   it   for   a   while,  and   then   told   me   to   keep   the   total   shopping   list   under   $2,000.     Wow!     That’s   low-­‐budget?     He   then   explained   that   he  was   assuming  that   the   reader   had   absolutely   no   equipment  at  all,  and  he  or  she  would   have   to   go   out   and   purchase   everything  from   scratch.   I   eventually   w r o t e   t h e   a r 8 c l e ,   e n 8 t l e d   “Backpacking   on   a   Shoestring,”   and   everything   I   suggested   could   be   purchased   for   under   $300   or   so,   if   you  followed  my  instruc8ons. However,  I  had  to  think   back  to   when   I  was  10  or   so,  and   how   my  brothers   and   I   got   interested   in   hiking   and   backpacking   in   the   Angeles   Na8onal  

Forest.     Even   if   we   couldn’t   get   a   parent  to  drive  us,  we   could   just  walk   outside  our  door   and   in  a  short  while   we   were   in   the   mountains.     We   certainly   enjoyed   exploring   the   hilltops   and   valleys   and   hidden   canyons.     That   appeals   to   everyone.     But   unlike   so   many   of   the   urban   aLrac8ons,   we   knew   that   we   could   do   our   mountain   exploring   without   ever   having   to   pass   through   a   8cket   booth   where   someone   collects   an   admission   fee.     For   all   prac8cal   purposes,  the  mountains  belonged   to   the   people   and   they   were   free   for   anyone   to  enter  and  explore.    And  for   us   at   that   age,   that   was   cri8cally   important.    We   didn’t   go   hiking   on  a   “low-­‐budget.”    We   didn’t   even   know   what   the   word   “budget”  meant.    We   went   hiking   and   backpacking   on   NO   budget.    We  had  no   money  and  none   was  needed  to  head  to  the  hills.   Over   the   years,   of   course,   I   have   gradually   acquired   camping  gear  that  

works  for  me,  and   that  I  feel   is  worth   having.     I  don’t   mind   spending  extra   money   on   an   item   if   I  know   it’s   the   best   and   if   my  life   can   depend   on   it.     On   the  other  hand,  to  this  day  I  don’t   care   much   for   useless   gadgets   that   just  take  up   space  and  add   weight   to   the   pack.     I   like   to   go   as   light   as   I   possibly  can. So,   I   thought   that   readers   would   enjoy  hearing   how  we  went   hiking  on   no   budget.    Some   of  you  will  chuckle   at   our   youthful   enthusiasm   and   silliness.     A   few   of   you   might   even   think  we  had  a  few  good  ideas.

CLOTHING W e   N E V E R   purchased   special   c l o t h e s     designed   for   h i k i n g   o r  


backpacking.    We  just   wore  what   we   called   our   “play   clothes”   -­‐-­‐   clothes   that   we   didn’t   worry   about   ge[ng   dirty  or   torn,  but   durable  enough  for   a  weekend  or   a  week  in   the  hills.     We   simply   dressed   for   the   season,   and   took   an   extra   sweatshirt   along   if   it   was  cold.   The   one   area   that   could   have   used   improving   was   footwear.     I   usually   had  poor   footwear   on  the   trails,  but   I   never   let   it   bother   me.     The   worst   8me  was  when  I  had  some  old   suede   shoes  while  hiking  in  the  snow.    My   feet   were   wet   and   cold   the   whole   8me,   so   I   was   either   constantly   moving   or   si[ng  by   the   fire   all   the   8me.    Eventually,  I  learned  that   you   could   put   a   plas8c   bag   over   your   socks  and   keep   your   feet   sort-­‐of  dry   in  the  winter.   But   since   most   of   our   hiking   was   in   fair  weather,  wearing  our  “city  shoes”   into   the   hills   was   usually   not   a   problem.

KNIFE Heck,   every   kitchen   has   a   knife,   doesn’t   it?    We  just  wrapped  a   small   kitchen   knife   in   a   piece   of   cardboard   for   safety   and   put   it   in   with  our  gear.     Eventually,   we   received   Boy   Scout   knives   as   gifs   one   Christmas,   and   we   carried   them   all   the   8me.     Now,  I  wouldn’t  leave  home   without  a  Swiss  Amy  knife.

MESS  KIT Why   would   we   need   to   go   out   and   buy   something   special   just   for   hiking   and   backpacking   when   every   kitchen   in   the   world   -­‐-­‐   well,   at   least   OUR   kitchen   -­‐-­‐   had   dishes   and   silverware   and   pots?     We’d   pack  an   o l d   p a n   a n d   p o t ,   a n d   w o u l d  

some8mes   just   carry  an   old   pie   pan   and  an  empty  can.    We  reasoned  that   with   the   pie   pan   and   can,   we   could   crush   them   and   bury   them   before   returning   home   and  wouldn’t   need  to   carry   them   back.     We’d   also   grab   a   few   plas8c   forks   and   spoons,   and   maybe   an   old   metal   one.     Nothing   more  was  needed.

CANTEEN B a c k   i n   t h e   m i d -­‐ 1 9 6 0 s ,   plas8c   wasn’t   as   ubiquitous   as   it   is   today,   and   the   plas8c   that   was  around   back   then   was   low   quality.     So   we   didn’t   have   plas8c   containers   to   use   for   water.     On   occasions,   I   actually   carried   a   glass   mayonnaise   jar   as   my   canteen,   and   I  wrapped   it   with   cardboard   so   it   would   be   protected.     Eventually,  I  spent   about   $1   and   purchased   a   metal   WWII   canteen.     It   was   a   very   good   investment.     However,  we  tried  to   plan  so  many  of   our   hikes   around   the   known   water   sources  that   I  never  bothered  to  carry   a   canteen   half   the   8me.   Today,   inexpensive   water   containers   can   be   obtained   just   about   anywhere,   so   humanity   seems   to   have   solved   this   problem.


FLASHLIGHT Some8mes   we’d   find   a  flashlight   in  a   drawer  at   home  but   more   ofen   than   not  it  simply  didn’t  work.    Perhaps  the   baLeries   were   no   good.     So   I   never   got  addicted   to  needing  a  flashlight  at   night.     Did  you   know  that   the  average   adult   has   the   ability   to   see   in   the   darkness   almost   as   good   as   an   owl   afer  30  minutes  in  the  dark?

LANTERN Lantern?     We   had  NO   budget.    If  we   had   a  lantern,   we’d   have   to   buy   fuel   and   wicks   and   stuff   called   “misc.”     However,   on   some   occasions,   we   actually  carried  an  old  soup   can.    We   cut   out  both  ends  of   the   can,  and  put   an  old  clothes  hanger  through  the  can   for   a   handle.    Then   we   cut   a  hole   in   the   side   of   the   can,   and   inserted   a   candle.    That  was  our  “lantern.” Another   varia8on   of   the   can-­‐lantern   is   to   cut   open   an   aluminum   can   so   that,   when   standing   upright,   it   appears   to   have   two   “doors.”     You   then  hang  the  can  by  the   pop-­‐top,  put   a   candle   inside,   and   you   have   a   lantern.     If   made   properly,   the   wind   will   catch   the   doors   and   turn   the   candle  away  from  the  wind.     I  learned   about   this   from   fellow   survival   instructor  Ron  Hood.

WALKING  STICK Stove?     We   simply   cooked   right   on   the   flames   of   our   small   camp   fire.     I’ve   never   carried   a   stove   -­‐-­‐   to   this   day!

Though   we   have   marveled   at   the   beau8fully-­‐carved   walking   s8cks   at   backpacking   stores,   we   never   even   came   close   to   buying   one.     For   one   thing,   afer   you   spend   $40   for   a   beau8ful   s8ck,  who   wants  to   mess   it   16

up   on   the   trail.     Addi8onally,   we   discovered   that   there   was   never   a   shortage  of   s8cks  in  the  woods  which   could  serve  as  a  walking  s8ck.

TENT Tent?     Those   are   heavy   and   expensive.     I  have  never  carried  one.     The   closest   I   have   ever   come   to   packing   a   tent   was  when   I  used  tube   tents   a   few   8mes   in   the   early   to   mid-­‐1970s.     But   otherwise,   you   can   usually   avoid   the   need   for   a  tent   if   you   simply   p i c k   y o u r   campsite  well.

SLEEPING   BAG On   many   of   my   first   backpacking   trips,   I   never  carried  a  sleeping  bag.     I  slept   in  a  hammock  with  a  tarp.    I  was  cold.   My   first   sleeping   bag   was   loaned   to   me  from  my  older  brother,  and  it  was   a  layered  paper   sleeping  roll  designed   for  just  a  few  uses.    I  was  cold. I   have   carried   just   a   blanket   or   two   with  me,  and  I  have  gone  backpacking   with   just   an   emergency   space   blanket.    I  was  cold. I   have   learned   to   sleep   in   holes,   in   lean-­‐tos,   and   in   various   natural   shelters  with  no  sleeping  bag  and  stay   warm. A   sleeping   bag   is   one   item   where   it   pays   to   get   the   best   you   can   afford.     Buy  down,   and   buy   one   that   can   be   compressed   into   a   small   bag.     Even   s8ll,   I   have   purchased   good   quality   sleeping   bags   for   as   liLle   as   $5   (and   never   more   than   $20)   by   watching   the  ads  in  the  newspapers.



S o me8 mes   we   wen t   i n to   th e   bathroom   before   our   camping   trip,   grabbed   a   roll   of   toilet   paper   and   tossed   it  into  our  pack.    But   ofen  we   forgot   to   do   this   and   discovered   that   the   woods   are   full   of   “toilet  paper.”

Again,  remember   we  had   no   budget.     We   have  actually  carried  bags   of   stuff   into   the   mountains,   which   made   us   look  more  like  we  were  running  away   f r o m   h o m e   t h a n   c a m p e r s .     Eventually,   we   purchased   canvas   packs   at   the   Army  surplus   shop   that   used   to   be   in   downtown   Pasadena.     We  spent   a  few  dollars   on  what   was   an   excellent   investment.     S8ll,  those   heavy   old   packs   are   dinosaurs   compared  to  the  packs  of  today.

M A P   A N D   COMPASS Get  real!     We  simply  went   up   to   the   mountains   and   followed   the   trails,   and   ofen   had   no   idea   where   we   were   going,   other   than   some   obscure   rumor   from   someone   that   a   friend   of   a   friend   talked   to   and   suggested   that   maybe   this   par8cular   trail   actually  led   to   some   really   good   place.     It   all   sounds   very   silly   and   imprecise   as   I   think   back   on   it,   but   that’s  how  we  did  things. Afer   a   while,   we   got   to   know   more   and   more   of   our   local   trails   and   we   would   go   back   to   our   favorite   spots   again   and   again,   day   or   night,   summer   or   winter.     No   map   or   compass   was   ever   needed,   and   we   never  got  lost.

FIRE  STARTER We  would  take  book  matches  that  we   got   for  free  at  the   local   supermarket,   and   s8ck   matches   from   our   parent’s   kitchen,  and   wrap   them  up   in  several   wrappings  of  plas8c.    Back  then,  there   were   no   Bics,   no   magnesium   fire   starters,   and   none   of   the   high-­‐tech   devices   that   today   assure   fire   for   even  the  village  idiot.

On   occasion,   I   have   used   potato   sacks   to   carry   things,   but   that   is   uncomfortable   and   doesn’t   leave  your   hands   free.   My   best   “for   free”   pack   was   made  by  conver8ng  an   old   pair   of   pants   into   a   pack.     You   simply   stuff   all   your   things   into   the   pants.     The   legs   will   be   the   carrying   straps.     You   then   8e   off   the   waist   and   cuffs,   and   8e   the   cuffs   up   to   the   waist.     Presto,   a  pack.    If  done  right,  you  get   a   very   comfortable   pack   that   everyone   laughs   at.     I   have   even   made   an   emergency   “pack”   from   a   long  sleeve   shirt,  but  I  had  to   do   a  bit   more  tying  to  create  the  pack.  

FOOD Food  in  the  backpacking  shops  always   seems   to   cost   too   much.     Freeze-­‐ d r i e d ,   s p e c i a l l y   p o r 8 o n e d  


exo8c   meals,   MREs,   special   candy   bars,  juices,  etc.  etc.    Why?    We  would   just   go   to   the   supermarket   and   purchase   dry   things   like   rice   and   buckwheat  groats  and  spaghe[.     Then   we   purchased   dry   soup   mixes   and   instant   potatoes.   Then   we’d   get   a   boLle   of   dried   spices,  and   then   some   nuts   and   seeds,   and   some   fresh   fruit   like   apples   and   avocadoes   and   perhaps   some  cheese.     Afer   a   while,   you   have   good   food   at   a   reasonable   cost.   But   in   the  very   beginning  -­‐-­‐   as  I  said,   we   had   NO   budget   -­‐-­‐   we   just   looked   through   our   parent’s   cupboards   and   picked   out   anything   that   was  dry  and   light   and   that   we   thought   we   might   like.     Doesn’t   every  kitchen   cupboard  

in  the  world  have  at  least  enough  odds   and   ends   to   make   a   few   decent   trail   meals  for   a  week  or   so?    Ours   always   did.     And   though   some   of   our   meals   were   very   slim,  it   was  partly   because   we   didn’t   want   to   carry   any   more   weight   than  was   absolutely  necessary.     Which  is  why  I  have  pursued   the  study   of   wild   edible   plants   for   most   of   my   life  -­‐-­‐  but  that’s  another  story.

think   and   be   with   yourself   and   your   friends.    Why  cluLer   it   up  with  all   the   overpriced   gimmicks  and   gadgets  that   take  up   weight   and   occupy  too   much   of  your  8me?      

Some   of   the   ways  that   we   did   things   might   help   some   of   you   to   keep   the   weight  in  your   pack  as  low  as  possible,   and   to   retain   as   much   money   as   possible.     I  have   always   believed  that   simple   enjoyment   of   the   outdoors   should   be   as   unadorned   as   possible.     Part   of   the  aLrac8on   -­‐-­‐   to   me  -­‐-­‐   is   to   be   in   the   outdoors   where   you   can  


TOMAHAWK INTRODUCTION By Snake Blocker, Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas

Any  serious   mar8al   ar8st,  survivalist,   fighter,  law   enforcer,  security  officer,   or   self-­‐defense  prac88oner   must   add   a   l e v e l   o f   k n o w l e d g e   o f   t h e   tomahawk  along  their   journey  in   life.     Many  versions  of   the   tomahawk  have   been   around  since  the  first  people   in   ‘8me-­‐in-­‐memorial.’     The   tomahawk   (hawk)   is   merely   a   tool.     Its   use   is   determined   by   the   hand,   or   hands   that   wield  it.    For   a   survivalist,  it   can   cut   8mber  to   feed   a  fire.    It  can  chop   a  tree  to  build   shelter.     It   can   cut   the   limbs   of   a   trophy   Elk   to   transport   sec8on  by  sec8on  back  to   base  camp.     For   a   mar8al   ar8st,   it   can   defeat   a   larger   opponent,   or   several   larger   opponents.    The  tomahawk  is  neither   savvy,   nor   cunning.     It   is   neither   righteous,  nor   wrong.     Its   fate  is   in  the   use,   or   misuse  of  its  holder.    Its   fear-­‐ factor   is  in   the   eye  of   its   beholder  or   receiver.     I   can   write   a   volume   of   books  on  the  many  uses  of  the  mighty   tomahawk,   but   no   need   to   state   the  

obvious   applica8ons.     If   you   aim   to   learn  self-­‐defense,  you  must  learn  the   tomahawk,   because   violence   has   been   around   since   Cain   killed   Abel.     You   can   learn   the   way   of   the   tomahawk   from   thousands   of   teachers   (some   self-­‐proclaimed)   around   the   world…   but   why   travel,   when   you   can   flip   the   pages   of   a   tomahawk   book   (or   watch   a   video),   and   get   an   idea   of  the   varia8ons  that   surround   this   tool.     No   one   teacher   has  all   the  answers,  nor   all   the  drills,   exercises,   forms,   or   tac8cs   that   encapsulate   the   hawk;   therefore,   learn   from   the   respected   instructors,   then  baLle-­‐test  what  works  for  you. W h a t   w o r k e d   f o r   G o y a t h l a y   (Geronimo)  may  not  work  for  you,  my   warrior   friend.     What   works  for   you,   may   not   work   for   Jus8n   Beaver.     Everyone   must   take   a  drill   and   make   adapta8ons   to   meet   their   own  

individual   skill   set   and   limita8ons.     Everyone   has   a   different   range   of   mo8on,   a   different   arm   length,   different   wrist   strength,   a   different   walking/running   gait,   different   mobility,  and   a   different   speed.     Add   a   variety   of   tomahawk   books   and   videos  to  your  library  of  weapons  and   you   will   be   leaps   ahead   of   the   average   Joe.     The  hawk,  like  the  knife,   has  always  been   around,  and   it  is  not   going   away.     Most   assaults   around   the   world   are   not   the   result   of   firearms,  but   rather   a   result   of   hand   held  weapons,  which   include:  knives,   s8cks,   clubs,   bats,   and   tomahawks.     No   great   library   is   complete   without   including  some   material   to   cover   this   topic. I   lived   in   the   Middle   East   for   over   3   years  and  I  saw  tomahawks  in  Kuwait,   Iraq,  and   Afghanistan.     I   lived   in   Los   Angeles   for   over   30   years   and   the   19

tomahawk   was   among   the   street   gangs   as   well.     My   friend   Shark  was   with   a   group   of   new   friends   that   invited   him   to   a   restaurant   club   on   the   weekend.     This   group   was   what   many   would   consider   the   ‘nerdy’   group.       Shortly   afer   they   arrived,   there  was  a  confronta8on   with   these   ‘nerds’   and   some   slightly   intoxicated   ‘ c o o l ’   g u y s   o v e r   s o m e t h i n g   meaningless,   so   one   of   the   ‘nerds’   pulled   out   two   compact   tomahawks   from   behind   his   back   (under   his   jacket)   and   he  was   ‘ready  to   rumble.’     The   ‘cool’   guys   didn’t   feel   so   ‘cool’   anymore  and   ran  outside   to  ‘cool  off.’     At   the   Apache   reserva8ons   I   visited,   most   households   had   tomahawks   in   their   living   space.   I   spent   a   couple   weeks   at   Firebase   Chamkani   when   I   lived   in   Afghanistan.     A   few   weeks   afer   I  lef   this   base,   the   local   village   across   the   street   from   the   base   brought   in   two   family  members  that   had   just  been   aLacked  by  the  Taliban.     The   Taliban   had   taken   a   tomahawk   and   chopped   the   two   men   up   and  

down,  then  lef  for   dead  because  they   had   good  rela8ons  with  the  US  Army   base.     One   man   s8ll   had   the   tomahawk  lodged   into   his  spine.     He   was   pronounced   dead   on   arrival   (DOA).     The   second   man   was   s8ll   breathing.     My   buddy   was   there   at   the   8me.     While  the   US   Army  medics   were  trying  to   save   the   2nd   guy,   the   DOA   guy   with   the   tomahawk   in   his   back  came   back  to  life.    They  tried   to   keep   him   alive   but   he   had   lost   too   much   blood   and   died   a   second   8me   afer   a   few   minutes.     I   have   heard   many   more   tomahawk   stories   over   the  years  and  it   does  not   surprise  me   to   hear   about   them.     Military   troops   in   almost   every   country   around   the   world   s8ll   carry   tomahawks   or   other   wielding  weapons  in  similar  size.     Learn   what   you   can   of   the   hawk.     Learn   its   ways-­‐-­‐for   its  ways  are  many.     The   tomahawk   can   be   made   from   stone,   metal,   plas8c,   wood,   or   composite.     Regardless   of   the  

material   it   is   forged   from   or   assembled   from,   you   must   always   respect   the   hawk!    I  carry  one   in   my   car,  in   my   house,   and   in   my   studio.     The   hooking   power   and   blunt   force   produced   from   a   hawk   can   be   fatal.     Use   only   the   force   necessary   in   any   situa8on.   Avoid   conflict   as   much   as   humanly  possible   but   when   no   other   op8ons   are   available,   you   must   use   the   hawk,   my   friend—to   serve   and   protect.         I   started   researching   Apache  Knife  Figh8ng  &  BaLle  Tac8cs   from   various   Apache   tribal   members   around   1993.     I   taught   my   first   of   many   seminars   on   the   topic   in   1995   and   I've   been  teaching  since  then.    A   few   years   afer   I   began   teaching,   there   have   been   many   others   that   came   around   and   began   to   teach.     They  teach   what   they  know   (or   think   they   know)   on   such   topics.     I   learn   more  every  year   and   con8nue  to   add   to  the  Apache  History  books.    Like  the   cunning   Apache   Raven,   con8nue   to   learn   from   both   the   past   and   the   present.    Enjoy  your  journey!       20

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Prepping with Bartering in Mind By LeAnn Edmondson, Homestead Dreamer

Every   prepper   knows   the   importance   of   stocking   up   food,   water,   medicine,   ammo,   and   hygiene   items   to   help  make  ge[ng  through  a  disaster  easier.   There  is  no   denying  that  the  list  above  contains  the  most  important   things   to   human   survival   but   what   about   when   those   things  run  out?  If  the  disaster   goes  for  a  long  8me,  have   you   thought   about  different   ways   you   can   get   more   of   what   you   really   need?   Will   you   be   forced   to   hoc   the   jewelry  for  beans? This  is   one   area  many  preppers  fail   to  even   consider,  let   alone   actually   plan   for.   The   need   to   barter   will   begin   when   paper   money  is   no  longer   being  accepted   by  the   general  populace  in  exchange  for   goods.  It   will  con8nue   to  grow  un8l  some  other   currency  replaces  it,  much  like   the  modern   defini8on   of   money   replaced  the  common   use  of  bartering.   Here’s   the   challenge:  What   items   are   valuable   enough   to   get   food   and   other   things   that   everyone   needs   without  taking  from   your  family  or  making  things  harder   on  yourself? Trading   your   future   for   your   present   rarely   ends   well.   Sure,   you   may   really  need   some   food   to   eat   now   but   would   you   trade   your   seeds  for   it?  Perhaps  if   you   have   children  who   are  starving  (because  who  wouldn’t   go   to   crazy  lengths  to  feed  their  kids?)  but  generally  speaking,   most  people  would  agree   that  isn’t   the  wisest  trade.  So,   what  do  you  do?

Though   it   may   seem   unlikely   now,   boredom   will   be   a   huge  problem  in  the  afermath   of  a  large  disaster.  With   your   rou8ne   completely   skewed,   there   will   be   large   stretches   of   8me   where   all   you   have   to   do   is   sit.   No   television  or  internet.  No  telephones.  Maybe  you  have  a   nice  hand  crank  radio  so   you  can  at  least  get  some   kind   of   informa8on.   Generally   speaking   though,   when   you   aren’t   scavenging   for   supplies   or   huddled   down   defending  your   home,  there  are   going  to  be  many  hours   of   nothing   to   do.  Entertainment   will   be  a  big  deal   and   people  will  trade  crazy  stuff  to  be  entertained! When   deciding  what   items  you  may  get   to  barter   with,   keep   in   mind  that  having  a  stock  of  liquor  to   be  traded   with   can   make   you   a   big   target.   Drawing   a   lot   of   aLen8on   to   yourself   is   not   exactly   the   best   plan   of   ac8on  and  having  high  value  items Consider   sets   of  dice,  playing  cards,  and   card   games   in   general   (Uno,   Go   Fish,   etc).   All   are   very   inexpensive,   small   and   easy   to   store   and   yet,   they   can   all   provide   literal   hours   of  entertainment.  Now   add   in   travel   sized   board   games,   paperback   books,   and   magazines.   That   stack  of  Na8onal  Geographic  magazines  from  the  1960’s   your   Dad  has  been   saving  will  suddenly  be  a  gold   mine   22 26

of   informa8on   and   entertainment   that   you   can   use   to   your  advantage.   Ask  any   soldier  who   has  been   deployed   overseas  about   the   entertainment   issue   and   they   will   confirm   that   boredom  is   one   of  the  worst   things   to   deal   with.   They   trade   books  like   a  whirlwind   scaLering  papers  around.   My  brother   was  sta8oned  in  Afghanistan   for  16  months   and  he  learned   early  on  how  important  it  was   to  keep  a   set   of   dice   on   him  or   in   his   pack  at   all   8mes.  You   just   never  knew  when  you  needed  to  kill  8me. There  are  other   op8ons  besides  entertainment  that  are   again   low   cost   and   easy   to   store.   In   some   situa8ons,   they  may  also  have  a  higher   perceived  value  depending   on   where  and  who   you   are   bartering  with.  Dental  floss,   toothpaste,   and   toothbrushes   are   small   and   fairly   inexpensive.  Especially  if  you  can  get  a  good   deal   at   the   dollar  stores.  Spices  such  as  pepper  and  salt  will  be   a  big   deal,  too.  Especially  salt!  It  flavors  and  preserves  food.  

For   those   with   liLle   to   no   disposable   income,  you   can   s8ll   prepare   and   have   bartering   in   mind.   It   just   takes   some   imagina8on   and   maybe   a   liLle  extra  work.  Using   the  spices  as  an  example,  instead  of  spending  money  on   the  containers  of   spices,   buy  seeds  to   grow  your   own!   Even   if   you   don’t   have   a   dehydrator,  you   can   s8ll   dry   and   preserve   the   herbs   and   spices   to   be   used,   given   away,  or  bartered  with! Though   playing   cards   and   dice   may   not   be   in   high   demand   at   first,   if   the   disaster   drags   out,   they   will   increase   in   value   exponen8ally!   Once   you   have   the   most   important   supplies  stocked   up,  take  a   look  at   the   things   you   can   barter   with   and   consider   adding   items   now  that  can  be  used  as  currency  later.  

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Editor's   Note:  This   is   the   first   excerpt   from   L.R.Burkard's  YA/Suspense   PULSE,  in   which   three   teens   and   their   families   must   survive  a`er  a  catastrophic  EMP  takes  down  the  electric  grid. With  the  author’s  expressed  consent,  we  will  be  con(nuing  the  story  in  each  issue  of  PREPARE.  Enjoy!    

PULSE Part Two: Andrea (Cont'd.)

By L.R. Burkard a   power   outage   before,   Dad   just   took   us   to   a   hotel.   Now   we're   stuck  here.  We  have   this   gigan8c   fireplace—at   least,   I've   always   thought   it's   gigan8c,   but   now   that   we   need   it   for   heat   it   seems   hardly   big   enough.   It's   r e a l l y   t h e   s t o n e -­‐ fl a g g e d   mantle   and   dark   mahogany   bookcases   flanking   it   that   make   it  seem  huge.  Anyway,   Dad   spent   a   long   8me   ge[ng   a   fire   going,   even   with   a   fire-­‐starter,   but   we   s8ll   have   to   stay   close   to   feel   its   warmth.   We   moved   all   the   furniture   into  a  small   circle   around   it.

Day  One-­‐-­‐EVENING I  never   knew  a  house  could  get  so  cold   this  quickly.   We   really   felt   it  when   the   sun   went   down.  Whenever   we've  had  

Mom   got   a   camp   stove   from  the  garage  (which   I   forgot   we   had.   We   haven't   gone   camping   s i n c e   b e f o r e   t h e   twins  were  born)  and   by   pu[ng   it   over   the   logs,   we   could   actually  heat   the  tea   keLle.   Now   we   can   warm   the   baby's   boLles  and   I   finally  got  to  drink   that   hot   chocolate   I've   been   wan8ng   all  day! So   we  sat   around   the   room  together,   which   is   hugely  odd.  My   family  never   sits  and   hangs  together.  Well,  not  with  

my   dad,   anyway.   The   boys   had   dragged   in   their   bucket   of   building   blocks   and   the   baby   was   asleep   in   a   portable  crib  near  the  fireplace. I  looked   at   my   father.   "When   do   you   think   power   will   be   back?"   When   he   didn't   answer   right   away—he  seemed   to  be  thinking  about  it—my  mom  said,   "I   hope   it's   soon.   But   I  don't   get   it— how  come  everything   is  out,  even  our   cell  phones  and  cars?"  She  was  looking   at   my  dad  as  though  she   expected  him   to  explain  it  all.  He  shook  his  head. "I   don't  know.  Those   cars  should  start   if   it's   zero   degrees   and   it   only   got   down   to  twelve  today.”  He  stared  into   the  fireplace.  “If  it  was  only  one  of  the   cars,  I  could   understand   that.   A   fluke.   But   none   of   them   work.  I   don't   have   an  answer  to  that.” With  nothing  else  to  do,  I  tried  reading   with   a   flashlight   but   I   guess   the   baLeries   are   dying   because   it’s   too   dim.   We   have   a   few   candles   on   the   dining   room   table   but   it's   preLy  dark   in   here,   even   with   the   fireplace.   My   liLle   brothers   are   giggling   and   being   silly  like  it's  a  family  camp-­‐out,  but   my   mom   and   dad   aren't   even   playing   along.   The   baby   is   blissfully   unaware   that   anything's   changed;   I   envy   her.   Dad  is  worried  because  all  we  have  are   a   few   logs   lef   from   the   holidays   to   burn   besides   some   fire   starters   and  


cardboard   boxes   in   the   basement-­‐-­‐but   that's   it.   And   the   temperature   is   now   below  zero  outside. I'm   not   too   worried—we've   never   had   a  long  outage  before,  so  why  would  we,   now? I  tried   to  sleep  in  my  room  but  woke  in   the   middle   of   the   night   freezing.   Carrying   blankets   and   my   pillow,   I   groped   my   way   in   the   dark   and   went   downstairs.   Everyone   else   was   in   the   family  room.  Mom  was  asleep  on  a  sofa   that  had  been  moved  in  front  of  the  big   stone   fireplace,  and   the   boys   were   on   the   floor   in   front   of   that.   Dad   was   asleep   on   another   couch,   moved   so   that   it   was   adjacent   to   the   one   with   Mom.   I   put   down   a   few   blankets   and   my   pillow  and   slept   on  the  rug  like   the   boys.   I'm   only  warm   on   the  side   facing   the   fireplace,   though.   Mom   has   baby   Lily   and   so   they   have   the   best   spot,   followed  by  the  boys. I  managed   to  fall  asleep  earlier  without   my   music,   but   right   now   I'm   wishing   I   had   it.  I'd   give  anything  for  one  working   MP3  player!  If  I  at  least  had  that   I  might   be  able  to  forget  about  everything  else. I  hope  the  power  is  back  by  tomorrow. This   house   is   lonely   and   quiet   and   boring  without  electricity. JANUARY  12 DAY  TWO Wretched   morning.   I  had   to   get   ready   for   school   with  no   hot  water   or  shower   or   anything—and   then   Dad  walked  out   with   me   when   I   went   for   the   bus.   He   wanted   to   talk   to   the   driver   and   see   what   he   could   find   out   about   the   outage.   The   bus   never   came.  I  was   so   disappointed.  I'd  prefer  a  normal  day  at   school   (even   without   a  shower)   to  this   grind.  Home   with   nothing  working.  The   whole  8me  we  stood  out  there  wai8ng,   he   said,   like,   two   words   to   me.   Some8mes  he  creeps  me  out.

So  the   living   room  looks  like  a  campsite   with   our   extra   blankets   and   pillows   around,  and  we   have  to   dress   in  layers   to   keep  anywhere  near   warm.   If  I  need   to   use   the   restroom,  I   wear   my   coat!   Speaking  of   which,   the   toilets   stopped   working   last   night.   My   father   wasn't   too   concerned   because   he   figured   we   can   keep   it  flushing  by  bringing  in  water   from   the   well.   Even   though   it's   powered   by   electricity,   we   have   a   manual   hand   pump.   But   afer   he   went   out  to  bring  in   the   first  bucket  of  water,   he   returned  shortly,  cursing  up  a  storm.   The   pump   handle   was   frozen,   and   when   he   tried   to   force  it   to   operate,  it   came  apart  right  in  front  of  his  eyes. Seems  he  should  have  slowly  defrosted   it   with   a   heat   source   instead   of   trying   to  force  it  to  work.  Now  it's  useless! So  I  was   given  the  lovely  task  of  hauling   in  snow—bucket  afer   bucket  of   it.  I  am   SICK   of   snow.  We  have  four   bathrooms   in   this   ridiculous   house,   and   I   was   supposed  to  fill   all   the  tubs.  Afer  filling   just  one,  my  arms  and  legs  were  aching   and  my  hands  were  star8ng  to  freeze.  I   begged   Mom   to   let   me   rest.   The   layer   of  ice   on  everything  makes  it  real   work   to   get   that   stuff   in   a   bucket   and   then   into   the   house   and   then   into   the   bathroom. Mom  said  I  could   do  more  tomorrow.  I   thought,   Perfect!   We'll   probably   have   power  by  then!  I  got  warmed  up  by  the   fireplace  and  then  went  up   to  my  room   to   hide.   I   didn't   want   Dad   to   see   me   and  make  me   do  more  hauling.  While  I   was   out   there   he   did   help   a   liLle   because  he  was  making  a  depression  in   a  wall  of   snow  to   put   a  cooler   with   the   rest  of  the  food  that   was  in  our   freezer.   (Even   though   the   house   feels   so   cold,   it's   s8ll   colder   outside   and   he  thinks   it   will   keep   beLer   out   there.)   But   his   mood   was   s8ll   foul   because   of   the   broken   pump   and   I   had   to   ignore   a   good   deal   of   "colorful"   language   while   he  dug.

I  asked   my   mother   why  he's   so   angry.   She   says   it's   because   he   can't   get   to   work  or   even   call   in   and   it   makes   him   feel   crazy.   He's   a   workaholic,  so   this   is   sort   of   killing   him.   He's   also   worried   he'll  get  fired  for  not  going  in.  And  she   thinks   he's   worried   that   other   people   are   s8ll   going   in   and   ge[ng  their   jobs   done  while  he's  helpless  out  here  in  the   plat,   which   is   kind   of   isolated   by   surrounding  farmland. "Why   would   they   fire   him?"   I   asked.   "He   can't   be   expected   to   get   to   work   when   there's   no   power   and   no   vehicles." "They   won't   fire   him,"   she   answered,   taking   the   single   big   black   pot   we've   been   using   for   hea8ng   food.   She   opened   a   few   cans   of   stew,   emptying   them  into  the  pot  and   I  followed  her   as   she   brought   it   to   the   fireplace   and   posi8oned   it   on   the   camp   stove.   "He's   just  worried  because  he's  like  that." Anyway,   it   figures   that   my   father   is   more   upset   about   work   going   on   without   him   than   he   is   about   what's   happening   here.   This   is   the   gist   of   what's   really  ge[ng  to   Dad.   HE   CAN'T   DISAPPEAR   TO   WORK   AND   BURY   HIMSELF   IN   HIS   JOB.   What   if   his   co-­‐ workers   have   power?   What   if   things   are   going  on   without   him   as   usual?  He   can't   handle   the   thought.   He's   worse   than   I   am   about   having  to   live  without   my  stuff  working. A   strange   thought   hit   me,   though:   Maybe   he's   just   afraid.   He's   used   to   being   in   control   of   things   and   feeling   like   he's   good   at   what   he   does,  like   in   his   office.  Here,  I  don’t   think  he  knows   how  to  take  care  of  us  with  this  outage.   He's   in   upper   management   and   calls   the   shots   at   work.  Now,  he's   only   got   us   to   boss   around.   Otherwise,   he's   as   powerless  as  our  gadgets. When  I  returned  to  the   living  room,  the   boys   were   doing   a   puzzle  on   the   floor   and   mom  was  si[ng  with   the  baby,  just   staring   ahead.   It   was   like   she   was  


watching   TV,   only   of   course   it   wasn't   working.  Our   useless  big-­‐screen   sits   in   the   corner   like   an   altar,  and   at   first   it   looked   like   mom   was  staring   at   it.  But   she   wasn't.   She's   just   staring   at   nothing,   lost   in   thought.   I   want   to   throw  a  sheet  over   that  huge,  wretched   TV.  It's  just  a  reminder  of  what  we  can't   do. JANUARY  13 DAY  THREE I   woke   up   to   find   Dad's   been   burning   my  books  for  heat!   I   can't   believe  it.  Of   all   the   stuff   he   could   have   picked,   of   course   it   had   to   be   books   that   were   mine.   And   he   had   the   nerve   to   complain  they  weren't  burning  well!  He   says   today   we   all   have   to   scour   the   property   for   branches   and   anything   that   will   burn,  or   else   he'll   start   using   furniture! "Can't   we   wait   and   see   if   the   power   comes  back?"  I  asked. "It's   ten  degrees   out  there,  Andrea,"  he   said.  "We  can't  wait." It's  not   like   we   have  a  forest   out   there,   either.   Our   property  is   one   acre,   most   of   which   is   carefully   landscaped   lawn   and   flowers   when   it's   not   covered   in   snow.  So   we  have  a  small  stand   of  trees   and   bushes  before   you   reach   someone   else's   property.  Mom   calls   it   a   natural   privacy   fence.   Dad   said   it's   the   best   place  we've  got   for   finding  anything   to   feed  the  fire. We've   never   had   long   outages   before.   We  were  always  lucky,  even  afer   a  bad   storm   that   took   out   electric   for   thousands   of   people,   'cos   we  live   near   a  substa8on.  Since  they  always   get  that   up   and   running   quickly   and   we're   nearby,   we've   always   had   power   restored   quickly.   Afer   last   year's   hurricane   we  only  lost  our   electric  for  a   day  and   a   half.  And   my  cell   phone  s8ll  

worked.  And   our   cars   started.  What   is   going  on?

wasn't   a   single   sound   except   my   own   feet  crunching  in  the  snow.

So   Dad   walked   all   the   way   to   that   power   sta8on   today.   Normally   you   can't   walk   on   our   main   road,   at   least   not   safely.   If   you   leave   the   plat   you   take   your   life   in   your   hands   because   everybody   speeds   on   the   main   road.   But   today  it   was   eerie   quiet,   Dad  said,   and  he  passed  four   cars  that   were  dead   and   abandoned   in   the   middle   of   the   road.  He   wanted   to   ask   ques8ons   but   the   substa8on   was   empty.   Dad's   not   sure   if   it   was   empty   because   there's   nothing  they  can   do,   or   if   it's   because   no   one  could  get  to   it.  Another  thing— usually  if   you   get   close   to   the   sta8on,   you   can   hear   wires   crackling.   Today   Dad   said   he   heard   only   one   thing:   a   whole  loLa  nothing.

I  didn't   find   much   to   burn.  Sure,  there   were   bushes,  but   I  had   nothing   to   cut   them   with.   I   gathered   the   few   s8cks   and  branches  that  were   s8cking  up  out   of   the   snow,   but   everything   else   is   covered,  and  it  didn't   amount   to   a   lot.   When   I   went   in   complaining   my   feet   felt   like   ice,   Dad  said,  "Just   be   glad   we   have   a   fireplace."   I  wanted  to   give   him   a  sarcas8c   answer   cos'   he's   said   about   a   hundred   8mes,  'It's   a   good   thing  we   have  a   fireplace.'   A  hundred  8mes.  And   if   you   ask   me,  a   fireplace   is   not   good   enough,   because   unless   I'm   right   up   next  to  it,  I'm  s8ll  cold.

I   so  want   to   wash   my  hair.   And  I   really   want   to   talk   to   Lexie.   I   wish   I   was   at   school!   Just   so   I   could   do   something   normal   instead   of   having   to   haul   in   snow  and  now  look  for   wood!  And  with   all   that   snow  and   ice?   How   will   it   even   burn  if  it's  frozen? I   trudged   out   to   the   stand   of   bushes   and   trees,   hoping   someone   was   going   to   lose   their   job   over   this.   Somebody   must   have   done   something   wrong,   somewhere,   to   cause   this   power   failure.  Heads  should  roll! When  I  got  there  I  was  glad  to   be  alone   for   a   change.   Even   the   silence   didn't   bother   me.  Snow  cover  always  brings  a   muffled   quality  with  it,  but  today  it   felt   different.   It   took   awhile   for   me   to   realize   it   was   because   there   wasn't   a   single   sound   of   civiliza8on;   no   one   warming  a  car  engine  before  leaving  for   work  or   to  go  shopping;  no  one  using  a   power  blower  to  clear   their   sidewalk  or   drive   of   snow;   no   one's   radio   or   television   turned   up   too   loud   and   wafing   out   from   their   house.   There  

EVENING Jim   is  back!   Jim  is   our   neighbor   on   the   right.   Dad   stepped   outside   and   saw   a   faint   flickering   light   coming   from   his   house,  so  he  went  to  speak  to  him  right   away.   Turns   out,  Jim   was   at   Wal-­‐Mart   when   the  power  went   out.  Wal-­‐Mart  is   about   thirteen   miles   from   here.   Jim   spent   the   first   night   at   the   store   with   other   people   who   were   stranded,   but   he's   been   walking   home   ever   since.   Jim's   not   a   young   man,   or   he   might   have   made   it   sooner.   He   managed   to   bring   one   bag   of   stuff   from   the   store.   He   said   he   bought   a   lot   more   but   had   to  leave  it  in  his  car. "So  there's  no   power  there,  either,"  my   mom  said,  flatly. Dad   shook   his   head.   "Nope.   Same   as   here.   You   should   have   seen   Jim.   He   looked   awful,   like   he   barely   made   it   home.   He   stopped   by   a   few   roadside   fires  people   had  going,  but  he   thinks  he   may  have  frostbite  on  both  his  feet." "My  goodness,"  said  Mom.  "Poor  man."   Then,  "Does  anyone  know  why?" "Why  what?"


"Why   this   happened   to   the   electric?   Was  it   the  snow?  And  what   about   cars   and  cell  phones?"

doesn't   come.   If   the   power   doesn't   return.   He   reminded   me   of   what   happened  afer  Katrina."

"No   one   knows   for   sure.   It's   anyone's   guess."

"But   we're   out   here   in   the   country.   Who's  going  to  loot  us?"  Mom  asked.

My   mother   sighed.   "Did   you   ask   him   about  water?"

Dad   shrugged.   "I   think   Jim's   a   liLle   paranoid."

Jim's  well  has  a  manual  pump  like   ours,   which   hopefully   isn't   broken.   We've   been   going   through   the   boLled   water   my  mom   buys  to   mix   up   baby  formula   for   Lily,   but   we're   almost   out   of   it.   Hauling  in   snow  and   having  to  boil  it   is   like   sheer   misery.   I   hope   his   pump   works.

"Did   he   see   any   loo8ng   going   on?"   Mom  persisted.

"I'll   ask   him   tomorrow.  He   didn't   want   to   talk  right   now."   He  paused.   "He  also   said   that   if   I  had   a  gun,  I  should   make   sure  it's   ready  to   use."   You   could   hear   surprise  in  my  father's  voice. "What   does   that   mean?"   I   asked.   I   thought   I  must  have  heard   him   wrong.   My  dad   looked   at   me.  My  mother   was   wai8ng  to  hear  his  answer,  too. "He   said   we  might   need  to  protect  our   homes.  Loo8ng  could   start  soon  if  help  

Dad  nodded.  "Yup.  He  said  people  were   star8ng   to   panic   at   Wal-­‐Mart   because   they   wouldn't   accept   anything   but   cash.  And   some   people  actually  started   walking  out   with   their   arms  full   of   stuff   they  hadn't   paid   for."   He   shrugged.   "I   mean,   who   carries   cash   today?   Nobody." "But   if  you   did   have  cash,"  I  said,  "you   could   buy   food   and   water.   At   least   people   in   ci8es   can   buy   that   stuff.   Unlike   us,   out   here   in   the   middle   of   nowhere." Dad   gave  me  a  dark   look.  "Yeah.  For   a   few   days.  And   then   it   all  runs  out.  And   then  they  come  looking  for  more."

"Well,   they   won't   find   it   here,"   I   quipped.   I'd   been   no8cing   our   pantry   wasn't   all   too   stocked.   I  didn't   usually   pay  much   aLen8on   to   that   stuff,   since   it  was   mom's   job  to   shop   and  cook.  But   already   we   were   ea8ng   the   less   desirable   items   from   the   pantry   like   peanut   buLer   and   jelly.   The   boys   actually  like  this,  so  for  them,  that's  just   dandy.   I   would   be   fine   if   I   never   ate   peanut  buLer  again  in  my  life. Anyway,  we're  going  to  run  out  of   food,   and   then   what?   Nobody   knows   how   long   this   is   going   to   last.   And   no   one   knows   why   it's   happening.   I   wish   I   could   get   on   Facebook   and   ask   my   friends.   I   wish   we   could   watch   the   News  and  find  out.  I  feel  so  alone. Another   thing;   the   quiet   inside   the   house   is   driving   me   crazy.   Outside   it   seemed   okay,  even  res~ul.  But   in   here?   I   never   realized   how   appliances   make   noise,   but   with   nothing   working   in   the   house   there's   a  strange   silence   that   is   gra8ng  on  me.  It's  like  a  lull   before   the   storm.  It's  quiet  but  not  peaceful. And  I  think  the  storm  has  already  hit.


Devotion: Dealing with Discouragement By Donna Miller, Hostess of Your Preparation Discouragement,  by  design,   is  the  an8thesis   of  encouragement.   It   is  a   lack  of   courage   or   a   debilita8on  that  keeps  one   from   posi8ve   forward   mo8on   in   tasks,   decisions   and   in   life.   It   also   warps   one’s   sound   judgement.  Studies  show   that  there  are  more  people,   across  the  globe   suffering  from  discouragement  now  than  any  other  8me  in  history. Most   people   tend   to   avoid   others   who   are   struggling   with   discouragement.    Some8mes   the   aLempts   of  others   range  from  “Just   get  over   it”   to  well-­‐meaning  yet   misplaced  “good  advice”.  Perhaps  they   don’t  know  how  to  help  the  discouraged  person   and  simply  leave  them   to   their   discouragement.    Or   perhaps   they  feel   they  should   avoid   him/   her   so   that   they   too   aren’t   dragged   down.   Maybe   they   are   so   self-­‐ focused   that  they  wallow  along  with   the  one  who   is  struggling  in  order   to   prove   how   they   are   in   worse   shape   than   the   one   originally   struggling;   thus   invoking   a   sort   of   reverse   ‘one-­‐upmanship’.     Most   heinous   of   all,   are   those   who   pretend   to   be   a   safe   shoulder   while   having   their   own   hidden   agenda.   Then,   suddenly   and   without   their   consent   or   awareness,   the   discouraged   individual   becomes   vic8m   to   something   that   only   worsens   the   hold   of   discouragement:   manipula8on. Do   you   see   the   vicious   cycle   that   this   can   cause?  We   run   the   risk   of   being   a   very   isolated   society   as   discouragement   creeps   into   the   crevasses  of  daily  life.  Isola8on  even   deepens  the  discouragement.  It  is   the   design   of   the   enemy   of   all   man-­‐kind   to   steal,   kill   and   destroy.   Discouragement   is   an   easy  weapon   to   be  wielded   to   work  the  plan   of   destruc8on. Discouragement   and  fear   tend   to  be  birds  of  a   feather   and  ofen   flock   together.   It   is   no   wonder   that   we   so   ofen   read   in   Scriptures   the   phrases   similar   to   “Do   not   be   afraid”   or   “Fear   Not”   or   “Be   of   great   courage”.     However,  I  do   not   think  of   these  scriptures   as   commands   NOT  TO  BE  discouraged   or   afraid,  but   rather   as  acknowledgements  by   our   Loving  Creator   and   Savior   that   He   knows   our   human   tendencies   and   weakness,   yet   He   bids   us   to   resist   fear   and   discouragement   in   Faith.

He  has  broken  my  teeth  with   gravel  and  pressed  me  down  into   ashes. I  have  been  so  deprived  of  peace,  I   have  so  forgo;en  what  happiness   is, that  I  think,  “My  strength  is  gone,   and  so  is  my  hope  in  Adonai.” Remember  my  u;er  misery,  the   wormwood  and  the  gall. They  are  always  on  my  mind;  this  is   why  I  am  so  depressed. But  in  my  mind,  I  keep   returning  to  something,   something  that  gives  me  hope  —   that  the  grace  of  Adonai  is  not   exhausted,  that  His  compassion   has  not  ended. [On  the  contrary,]  they  are  new   every  morning!  How  great  is  Your   faithfulness! “Adonai  is  all  I  have,”  I  say;   “therefore  I  will  put  my  hope  in   Him. Adonai  is  good  to  those  waiFng   for  Him,  to  those  who  are  seeking   Him  out.  It  is  good  to  wait   paFently  for  the  saving  help   of  Adonai. LamentaDons  3:16-­‐25

In  Lamenta8ons  3:16-­‐25   (the   name  of   the  book  alone   should   tell   you   how   discouraging   it   may   be)   the   author   allows   himself   to   feel   the   26 30

For  though  we  live  in  the  world,  we   do  not  wage  war  as  the  world   does.    The  weapons  we  fight   with  are  not  the  weapons  of  the   world.  On  the  contrary,  they  have   divine  power  to  demolish   strongholds.    We  demolish   arguments  and  every  pretension   that  sets  itself  up  against  the   knowledge  of  God,  and  we  take   capDve  every  thought  to  make  it   obedient  to  Messiah.   1  Corinthians  10:3-­‐5

depths   of  discouragement.    However,   he  does   not   lean   to   other   means   to   distract   or   sa8ate   that   discouragement.   Rather   than   trying   to   ‘self-­‐sooth’   or   turn   to   fantasy,   chemicals   or   self-­‐debasement,   even   though   the   discouragement   appears   to   repeat,   the   author   fixes   his   hope  repeatedly,  on  the  Lord.   This  is   an   excellent   example   of  “taking  every  thought  cap8ve”. Discouragement   can   become   a   habitual   state   of   being   dependent   upon   where   we   focus.     It   can   be   either   remedied  or   worsened   by  how   we  use  our  own  self-­‐speech   and   where   we   tend   to   allow   our   thoughts   or   others   opinions  to   take  us.    No  one  really  likes  to  be  discouraged.     But   when   it   happens,  we   can   use   it   as   a   tool   for   needed   change   if  we  know   how   to  recognize   it  and   then   loose   the   grip   of   its   chains   on   us.   Feeling   discouraged   as   the   world   around   us   becomes   more   chao8c,   and   as   we   deal   with   injus8ces   (past,   present   or   future)   is   a   natural   feeling.     What   we   do   with   it,  and   to   where   we   let   it   point   us  is  a   maLer  of  our  spiritual,  mental  and  emo8onal  willingness  to   focus  the  baLle.   When  we  find  ourselves  struggling  with  discouragement,  let   us   realize  that  it  is   not  a  place  we   are  designed  to  remain;  it   is   not   an   earthly   baLle   which   substances   or   fantasy   can   remedy,  but  rather   each  discouragement  can  be  used  like  a   compass   to   keep  returning  to  His  Word,  His  Peace  and   His   Wisdom.  When   we   find   ourselves   among   others   who   are   discouraged,   let   us   not   turn   away  but   rather   let   His  Light   shine   to   lif   up   their   heads   to   find   the   agenda-­‐free,   Uncondi8onal  Love  of  the  Father.


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Christopher Nyerges

Donald Alley

Donna Miller

Christopher Nyerges is the author of 14 books, including “Extreme Simplicity” (Dover books), “How to Survive Anywhere” (Stackpole books), “Guide to Wild Foods” (Chicago Review Press). He has been teaching wild food and self-reliance classes since 1974 via School of Self-Reliance and other organizations. He conducts a weekly self-reliance podcast, weekly field trips, and has appeared on Fox TV as “Natureman,” on National Geographics “Doomsday Preppers,” and other TV shows. Contact him at: Box 41834, Eagle Rock, CA 90041.

Donald Alley is a martial practitioner with 15 years of experience. He has practiced personal protection training methodologies with full use-offorce spectrum consideration. He is a black belt in classical Ju Jutsu, Assistant Instructor at the Martial Science Center, and an Emergency Preparedness Instructor and Program Coordinator at Martial Tactical Training of Michigan. Furthermore, he is an NRA Instructor for Basic Pistol and Personal Protection firearm training. His product line, Bu Tactical, includes items for protection, preparedness, and survival applications.

Donna Miller is a teacher, author, sought-after speaker and trainer. She has been both a guest and host on internet and broadcast radio talk-shows and in television interviews. She enjoys teaching online and local classes & ladies retreats. Donna is happily married and has three adult children, and a daughter in-law. She and her husband (Joseph) are the founders Millers Grain House and YourPreparation Station.

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Joe Alton

LeAnn Edmondson

James Walton is a young father and husband living in Virginia. He hosts "I AM Liberty, the podcast that is Rerooting America”. James brings a great sense of humor and a curious mind to the airwaves with great guests and topics. You can find his show at along with a weekly short story called Tom Locke: Surviving Today, poetry, and books. There is also a live broadcast with chat and call in every Friday at 9est on

Joe Alton, M.D. (aka: Dr. Bones) is a member of Mensa, collects 19th century medical books to gain insight on off-grid medical strategies. He is the co-author, along with Amy Alton, A.R.N.P. (aka Nurse Amy), of the #1 Amazon Bestseller in Survival Skills “the Survival Medicine Handbook". The opinions voiced by Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy are for post-apocalyptic settings only; in normal times, seek modern and standard medical care from qualified professionals.

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Snake Blocker

Linore Rose Burkard's first published books were historical romance with Harvest House Publishers. She now writes YA/Suspense as L.R.Burkard. PULSE is the first in a three book series. A homeschooling mom of five, Linore grew up in NYC. She now lives with her family in Ohio, which, she notes, is a much better place to be in case of a PULSE really happening! To see L.R. Burkard's romance novels, visit her "alter-ego" website at:

Snake Blocker is a member of the Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas, is an accomplished martial artists and Apache Historian. He has served in the U.S. Navy since June 2001 and did tours in Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan. He is the featured instructor in several videos and promotes his signature line of survival products and knives. Snake has been featured on Deadliest Warrior “Apaches versus Gladiators” and Doomsday Preppers “In the Hurt Locker”. He hosts “Snake Blocker Survival” on Preparedness Radio Network.

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