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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Stealth Prepping - Hiding in Plain Sight During a Crisis - Part Two

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Stealth is the act of proceeding furtively (i.e., secretly) and becoming almost imperceptible to others in the process.  This can be an invaluable skill in a survival situation. When attempting to avoid having your activities being noticed or attracting what may be the unwanted attention of others, people are usually motivated by a firm belief that there is a high probability that the discovery of their actions or movements will lead to the possibility of further trouble. In a survival situation, additional troubles are the last thing you will need.


The practical application of stealth in your prepping activities is going to require some effort on your part but doesn’t necessarily have to become a burden. During normal times, most people aren’t very attentive and will pay little heed to you or your activities. The exact opposite is likely to occur during a crisis. Many people will panic and start to act irrationally and will be capable of acts that they wouldn’t ever consider during a normal situation. It is important to remember, that in the majority of cases, the less people know about you and your activities; the safer you and your family will be during a crisis.


There seems to be quite a number of people who are currently interested in the different things preppers are doing to get prepared. This is especially true in light of some of the weird things going on in the world right now. And while their interest in your activities may be sincere, it may not be in your best interest to give out too many details. With a little effort and some common sense, there are several simple things you can start with to increase the amount of stealth in your prepping activities.


One of the easiest ways to incorporate stealth prepping into your lifestyle is to start paying cash for needed items. Cash transactions are extremely difficult to trace and don’t leave traces of you and your activities. Although only a partial number of your credit or debit card usually shows up on your receipt, your signature will often be quite easy to read. That credit or debit purchase will also leave a record of what, where and how much you purchased for anyone that may become interested in you or your activities.



Another simple thing you can do to maintain a little stealth in your prepping is to split big purchases into smaller ones by simply using two shopping carts instead of one. You can use one cart and another family member can use a second cart. Depending upon the number of family members available to help, you could even use additional carts. Don’t forget to go to different registers when checking out and remember to pay cash if possible. You should also shop at random times and stores whenever possible to avoid unwanted attention. You should probably avoid making large purchases at places where you may already be known.


You can also have a handy excuse available if asked about your purchases or activities. Keep the answer simple and uncomplicated so as not to arouse their curiosity and in most cases they won’t give you or your activities a second thought. The “I’m in charge of the meal for the family reunion this year.” seems to work very well in most instances.














In the words of Sun Tzu:



"Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt."








Things seem to be changing quite rapidly nowadays… 



Are you ready to practice a little "stealth" prepping?





You can read Part One here:























Staying above the water line!


Riverwalker





Female Self Defense: Situational Awareness

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Situational awareness is a key factor in daily survival.  Many people do not realize just how vulnerable they are doing a normal activity such as grocery shopping.  I see so many people, women in particular, making careless errors that could cost them their life.
By Valerie K,  SurvivalCache.com Contributor


This post is part of a series of posts on Female Self Defense

Distractions

Talking or texting on your cell phone when walking into or leaving the store is not a good idea. woman self defenseWhen you are entering the store, you should be taking that time to look at the vehicles and people around you.  Being able to differentiate between a threat and the friendly.  If anything looks suspicious you should take note of it and be prepared to react.  Being distracted on a phone makes you look like an easy target, which is exactly what thieves and wrongdoer’s are looking for.
Upon entering the store, you will probably use a cart.  Never leave your purse in a cart!  That is just begging for someone to rob you.  I thought everyone was aware of this now, but on many recent trips that I have made I have seen this over and over again.  If your purse is stolen, not only will you lose whatever cash and cards you have in there, your personal information will be compromised as well.  Many women do not realize just how much information can be stolen until it is too late.  Personal checks or bills with your home address will have you panicking if your purse is stolen.

Take Precautions

If at all possible, I encourage women if they are shopping alone (especially at night), to only buy what they need.  It would be best to be able to carry all of your bags out in one hand, while making sure you have your keys out in the other hand. I’m hoping at this point that there is a ninja spike on that key chain.  If not, your largest key in between your fingers will also work in a pinch.  If you have to buy multiple bags of stuff, use the store’s cart to wheel your bags out to your car.  The cart can serve two purposes,
1. Your hands are free, you can hold a can of pepper spray or you ninja spike key chain or the monkey fist while you Self Defense For Womenpush the cart.  You are also able to quickly produce a concealed weapon if you are licensed to carry one.  This is not to say that you could not just drop your bags to produce your weapon, but we can all agree that sometimes we try to carry too many bags and they get twisted around our fingers and can be difficult to drop.

2.  If anyone strangely approaches you from an observed angle, you can position the cart in between you and the perpetrator until you have evaluated the risk.  Pushing the cart into someone’s attack path could provide you with valuable seconds to defend yourself.
You will also deter any possible thieves in the parking lot if you are clearly ready for an attack and thus announcing to them that you are not an easy target.  As you walk to your vehicle, look and make sure there is nothing lurking near your car (thief, serial killer, weirdo).  Begin your observation as soon as you step out of the store.  Any perpetrator will want to get “eyes on” you as you approach you car.  Knowing this, begin to scan around your car for observation points such as the back of the car, windows, or the car’s hood, many times perpetrators will peek out to confirm your arrival and your situational awareness might foil their best laid plan.
As you walk up to your car try to stay in the middle of road of the parking lot (safely avoiding traffic) until you are even with you car.  Although it might look weird making a 90 degree right angle turn to walk to your car, you are putting about 10 to 15 feet between you and a would be assailant if they were hiding near your car.  You are also more likely to be seen by other patrons if you are attacked in the middle of the road.  As you unlock your vehicle, glance inside to make sure everything is as you left it.  If all is well, slide into the driver seat, locking your car as soon as you get in.  Your bags can be situated when you are safely in the vehicle.  If you have a cart, place your bags into the car and then drop the cart off keeping your situational awareness level on high during this process.  Never carry your bags back to your car from the cart drop off, compromising your hands is always a bad thing.

I understand that many women are shopping with children and have to use a cart. If at all female self defensepossible, I encourage you to utilize the online shopping system many grocery stores now offer for a nominal fee. You pay for everything online, then you park close to the entrance and employees will load your vehicle for you.  If you must shop with a cart and a child I would advise you to park as close to the cart return as possible.  You should load the child safely in the vehicle first, then the bags. As soon as you finish, lock the vehicle while you return the cart, and keep the Ninja Spike in the ready to fight position at all times.
Choosing a store that obviously is concerned with safety is a great choice.  Lots of stores now have security officers.  Look for brightly lit well kept parking lots with surveillance cameras.

If the store keeps up with their cart return, then there will constantly be an employee in the parking lot, another plus. Your personal security ultimately depends on you and the choices you make. Survival is an every day occurrence, and the repetitive things we do that are a part of normal life need to have particular attention paid to them.

Patterns

Routines set patterns, patterns can be exploited, look to see where you are vulnerable and how you can off set these critical vulnerabilities by either changing your routine or pre-positioning defensive advantages in places that will be unexpected by a perpetrator. (example: Heavy duty lock on bedroom door, pepper spray in your car, pepper spray in your purse, pepper spray near your bed, ninja spike on your key ring,  high powered surefire flashlight in your purse, monkey fist near your bed, etc. these are a few examples of things that could turn the table in your favor if you were unexpectedly attacked)

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