June 2023

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Location: South Beach, Port Washington, WI

Focus of the Month – Evacuation

Reading Recommendations:
Non-fiction book – 100 Deadly Skills: The SEAL Operative’s Guide to Eluding Pursuers, Evading Capture, and Surviving Any Dangerous Situation by Clint Emerson
Fiction book – The Survivalist: Frontier Justice by Arthur Bradley

In the vast majority of likely disaster scenarios, you’ll be best served by hunkering down at home. I mean, that’s where the bulk of your supplies are, right? You know the area and are probably more comfortable there than anywhere else. However, none of us have a working crystal ball and thus cannot reliably predict what the future may hold. A well-rounded prepping plan must take into account the possibility that you’ll need to beat feet, possibly with very little warning.

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Our non-fiction book this month is 100 Deadly Skills: The SEAL Operative’s Guide to Eluding Pursuers, Evading Capture, and Surviving Any Dangerous Situation by Clint Emerson. He is a retired Navy SEAL who spent two decades conducting special ops all over the world. In this book, he provides a dizzying array of skills, tips, and tricks designed to keep you safe and alive when you’re out and about.

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On the fiction side of things this month, we have the first book in the Survivalist series, Frontier Justice, by Arthur Bradley. A virus called Superpox-99 has wiped out most of the human race. Among the survivors is Mason Raines, a US Deputy Marshal. He is traveling with his Irish wolfhound Bowie and they land in the town of Boone. The residents there are pitted against a group of violent outlaws and Raines decides to help them out.

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June 9 – Evacuation Kits

If the police or sheriff knocked on your door in the early morning hours and said you needed to evacuate ASAP, how long would it take you and your family to get out the door?

Set up an evacuation kit (often called a Bug Out Bag, or BOB) that can be grabbed on your way out the door. Keep it in a closet or other easily accessible area until it is needed. In the vast majority of likely scenarios, emergency evacuation or bugging out won’t require you to run off to the wilderness. You’re not leaving home forever; you’re just trying to get away from a dangerous or potentially dangerous situation. In cases like this, having a cell phone, car keys, and some money will be far more useful than a combat knife and 87 different ways to light a fire. Think along the lines of a weekend getaway rather than fleeing to the hills. Here are some content recommendations:

• Full change of clothing, with at least two changes of socks and underwear
• Small toiletry kit (toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, deodorant, razor, shaving cream).
• Cash – ideally enough for at least two nights at a motel and a few meals, plus 1-2 tanks of gas (this is primarily in case computer systems are down and businesses go to cash only transactions).
• Snacks – just a few things to tide you over, along with a couple of bottles of water.
• Prescription medications for each member of the family who requires them. Enough for at least a week.
• Important documents – on a password protected thumb drive, have copies of your identification, insurance policies, vehicle ownership, home ownership, and similar records. You’ll probably never need them, but putting this together shouldn’t take you more than maybe an hour.
• Cell phone charger with cord.
• List of important phone numbers, in case your phone is unavailable.
• Pet food, dish for food and water, and any applicable meds.
• Flashlight with spare batteries
• Small first aid kit, including stomach remedies and meds for cold/flu.

Of course, setting up a bag for each member of the family is ideal, though you don’t need to repeat all of the contents in each bag. Use common sense and good judgement to decide what to include in each one.

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June 12 – EDC Tool Kit

When we talk about EDC, or Every Day Carry, we usually concentrate on things like knives, flashlights, and defense weapons. But, there are several tools that could prove to be quite useful on a day-to-day basis. This sort of tool kit won’t easily fit into a pocket, but the pouch is small enough to carry in the backpack or shoulder bag many carry today. Here’s an article detailing what could be in your EDC Tool Kit.

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June 15 – Evacuation Destinations

If something happens to force you from your home, you should know ahead of time where you can go in a hurry. This article should help you with those plans.