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  • 10 Cloverfield Lane: Why Preparing for Emergencies Makes Sense

    Have you ever been in a situation where a little extra preparation could have made your life a lot more comfortable? These scenarios can range anywhere from the mundane to the extreme. While mundane moments such as short-lived power failure and an inconvenient tornado might happen frequently in the United States, the television and movie industries tend to depict extreme emergency situations. Most likely we won’t ever have to experience these extreme emergencies, but they sure are exciting and, most importantly, can teach important lessons in preparing.

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    On March 11th, 2016, 10 Cloverfield Lane was released in theaters starring John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and John Gallagher Jr. Directed by Dan Trachtenberg, the story has a loose connection to the 2008 surprise hit Cloverfield.

    The initial movie trailer first aired during Super Bowl 50 and the movie features a small group of people trapped in a bunker underground waiting out whatever apocalyptic event may or may not be happening above.  Inside the bunker are loads of emergency food storage items, water, gear, and other necessities. They looked like they could live quite comfortably (as comfortably as a bunker can be with people and intentions you don’t know, anyway) for quite some time.

    10 Cloverfield Lane is very entertaining if you are into movies with intense drama and lightning fast turns in the story line. From a preparedness perspective, the movie makes it evident that regardless of your motivations you can be prepared for almost anything. So, thanks to producer JJ Abrams for entertaining us and giving us food for thought on preparedness!


    Did you see 10 Cloverfield Lane? Let us know your thoughts on the movie in the comments below!


    Along with the release of the movie, an interview video was released in which the actors of 10 Cloverfield Lane discussed what they would like to take with them in a bunker in real life. See the video here.



    Put yourself in their shoes. If you knew you were being forced to live in a bunker for who knows how long…what would you take? Personally, I’d make sure I had a load of board game. After all, things could get boring really fast. But what else? What are the necessities in your life that you just couldn’t imagine living without?

    And why, then, would a big film company make a movie about living in a bunker if it’s so boring?

    And that got us thinking: what is it about prepping that makes for such great entertainment? One reason could be because there are plenty of real threats that most people aren’t prepared for, so that adds an extra sense of drama. Or perhaps it’s about seeing if all that preparation was really worth it. Whatever the reason, producers of mainstream media have realized that this whole “prepping” or “survivalist” thing touches a nerve with the cultural sentiments and realities of our day.  They then grow the story to levels they feel will trigger feelings or emotions that make the experience memorable.

    As we rehash 10 Cloverfield Lane’s scenario over and over in our minds, we started thinking about other movies and TV shows that had a similar theme of emergency preparedness. Here are a few we came up with.


    You, Me, and the Apocalypse

    You, Me, and the Apocalypse first aired as a TV series in the fall of 2015. While not so much focused on the prepping aspect for the end of the world, You, Me, and the Apocalypse is a comedy-drama that follows different people during the last month before a massive comet – supposedly on an unavoidable collision course with Earth – ends all life as they know it. Even though the “stock up on food and gear” mentality isn’t entrenched in the show, the fact that they’re dealing with the end of the world shows us that it’s at least strong enough on their minds that they would make an entire TV series out of it. That being said, if a comet the size of Manhattan was going to hit Earth in 30 days, how would you prepare?


    The Walking Dead

    Zombies seem just about as likely to infiltrate our world as a super-massive comet striking our planet, but at least with The Walking Dead, the characters are in a survival setting. Civilization has all but collapsed, and those remaining must use their survival skills and instincts to keep from falling to the mindless zombies.

    The entertainment factor is definitely there judging by the popularity and longevity of the show.  There are also a number of things preppers find useful in this series, including survival techniques. The Walking Dead first aired in 2010 and as of this writing in 2016 is still going strong.


    Falling Skies

    Similar to The Walking Dead, Falling Skies follows a group of survivors following an alien invasion that basically ruined Earth. The same survival instincts and techniques apply to aliens as they do to zombies, so it’s worth a watch if survival shows are your cup of tea.



    Released in theaters in 2011, Contagion depicts the swift outbreak of a disease. As opposed to disaster survival and zombie shows, this movie makes viewers realize that we should be prepared for anything – including an epidemic.  Catching a bad bug can be devastating to an individual, but If many people contract the same illness at once a society’s infrastructure can’t help but suffer.   Taking note that not all emergencies are due to otherworldly influences it’s good to keep some balance in mind as we plan and prepare for the future.


    The Hunger Games

    A popular young adult dystopian novel, The Hunger Games films became box office hits. Following a young woman struggling to stay alive in a kill-or-be-killed arena designed to be a large, outdoor world, there are tons of prepping and survival tips. One thing that sticks out in particular is the main character’s realization that they need to stick close to a source of water. There’s a lot to be learned about survival when you’re running for your life in a game designed to kill.


    Man Vs Wild

    Why is it so entertaining to see one man, alone in the wild, showing off his survival tricks? We generally watch it from our comfy couch cushions because we can.  If ever there was an irony in watching these prepper shows, this might be it.  But again, this is a widely popular reality TV show, something both survivalists and non-survivalists alike tune into on a regular basis. There’s definitely something enthralling about emergency situations and the skills used to survive.


    Doomsday Peppers

    Perhaps the most direct in topic, Doomsday Preppers highlights different survivalists and their preparations should civilization as we know it come to an end. While some prepare for economic collapse, others prepare for a polar shift, while others still prepare for urban survival. If preparing for an emergency is your thing, you might very well be interested in how these preppers go about their business.


    These are just a few examples of a host of preparedness-related movies and television programs, many of which can be viewed on Hulu or Netflix. These programs may be entertaining and exciting, but perhaps that’s because they’re designed to be that way. By showing us extreme cases in which preparing is crucial (like fending off zombies), we are much more invested in what’s going on in the show.

    However, in all my years on Earth, I have yet to meet a zombie, get lost in the wild with just a pocket knife and a will to live, or flee from a super-massive alien intent on obliterating everything in its path. These scenarios are exciting, yes, but real life just isn’t like that (for most of us, anyway).

    The world is a relatively safe place. We have modern amenities that make life easier. When disaster does come, we’re usually able to rebuild quickly. But it’s the mindset behind these programs that stick with us. What if severe weather rolls in and knocks out your power for a few days? What if you unexpectedly lose your job? These less-apocalyptic situations are more apt to happen, and when they do, being prepared with extra food and gear can help life continue on as normal.



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  • 7 Habits of Highly Effective Preppers

    This is a guest post by J.D. Phillips of SurvivalCrackas.com


    I'll cut straight to the chase on this one, if you want to be a successful prepper you need to not only study it, but put it into action. Develop these seven habits if you want your prepping to really pay off.


    1) Action

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    Believe it or not, many people who like to call themselves "preppers" don't actually practice prepping. They simply binge watch Bear Grylls or Survivor man on TV. They read articles about prepping on the internet, they talk about survival with their friend and watch hours of prepping videos on YouTube. These people aren't preppers – they're just fans of prepping shows and videos. If you've been thinking about prepping for a long time, but haven't really made any substantial progress maybe it's time to start practicing what you preach.

    Remember; real preppers believe in action, not articulation. So instead of skipping to the next article after you have finished reading this one, try implementing some of the tips outlined below.


    2) Effective Preppers are incredibly fit!

    Believe it or not, fitness is one of the most ignored aspects of survival. No matter how much expensive gear you have (cool scopes, and 5 AR-15s), you are definitely not prepared for a disaster if you're not fit.

    Your $1,000 mountaineering shoes are pretty much useless if you start seeing black after jogging for just a couple of minutes!

    Imagine the kind of abuse your body will go through when things do get crazy. Depending upon the situation, you might have to swim for hours and walk for days! You might have to battle through extreme weather and take down several bad guys (or girls). Now, this may be a bit of an exaggeration - but you never know until it's time to jump into action! Preparing for survival isn't any different than preparing for war. So to be a real prepper, you have to have an exercise and diet plan.

    effective prepperConcentrate on cardio, strength training, and self defense (karate, kickboxing, MMA etc.) Personally, I'm a huge fan of the workout program p90X3 - it allows you to get in a killer workout in just 30 minutes a day, 6 days a week. If you can complete that, you'll definitely have a leg up when it's time to put your survival skills into practice!

    Apart from physical fitness, it's also important to be emotionally and spiritually fit. You have to be able to stay calm in a high pressure environment.

    Meditate every day for at least five to ten minutes and keep your mind sharp by playing memory and logic based games. You want to survive right? So make sure you're able to keep up when things take a turn for the worse.


    3) Keep improving and learning constantly

    A good prepper always strives to acquire new knowledge and skills. For many people, prepping simply means going on a shopping spree: they buy extra food and water; they prepare a bug out bag and get themselves a cool machete or combat axe and camo outfit, and do nothing other than that. They don't practice their skills, and after a while, the novelty wears off and they forget all about survival.

    Understand that prepping is not something that can be accomplished in a weekend. You have to constantly observe, learn, and evolve as a prepper.


    4) An intelligent prepper has more than one stash

    You might think that your basement or the garage is the perfect place to store extra food, water, supplies etc.

    However, what if there is a massive earthquake and you can't access that location?

    What if your property burns down along with all the supplies?

    Years of preparation can be destroyed within seconds. So it's a good idea to have more than one stash. And yes, you should have a spare bug out bag too!

    How about putting some stuff away in your office (or workplace)? It does not have to be anything conspicuous…Just a box of supplies under the desk will suffice. Your beach house or cabin in the mountains is also a great place for a backup stash.


    5) A true prepper actively assesses risks and threats

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    Always keep your head on a swivel. Situational awareness is key. Stay in touch with current events, news etc. Assessing risk does not mean being paranoid – it simply means being vigilant, like a soldier on guard.

    We're not saying that you should live in constant fear of the future. However, you can't ignore reality. If you notice that the crime rate has gone up in your area, carry a pepper spray with you and improve the security of your home.

    Carry a GPS if you're going out camping at a new location. Liquidate your investments if you foresee an economic crisis. Of course, you can't predict all types of catastrophes. However, you'll have a much better chance if you're constantly aware of what's going on around you. Simply recognizing a threat is not enough; you have to come up with a plan of action to avoid or neutralize it.


    6) A prudent prepper knows how much to reveal

    Do collaborate with other preppers by all means. In fact, you are even encouraged to educate others about the relevance and importance of prepping in this day and age. However, be a little bit careful to not reveal too much information about your stash and plans. For example - don't go on Reality TV and show the world everything you have. That's not wise (but a lot of people do it). You don't want the wrong people to find out what you have and where - so keep the bragging and showing off of your gear to a minimum, but by all means get out there and help out and learn from others!


    7) Nothing beats practical experience!

    effective prepperA true prepper goes to great lengths to gain practical experience. It's easy to say that if you get stranded in the woods, you'll simply build a fire to signal for rescue and catch some fish in the meantime. However - ask yourself these questions, and answer honestly:

    • Have you ever caught fish with paracord or a makeshift spear?
    • Do you know how difficult it is to start a fire without a lighter or matches?
    • Have you ever encountered wild animals before?
    • Can you shoot down a moving target?
    • Do you know how to tie a proper knot?

    If you want to be effective in a survival scenario, you have to gain hands on experience by simulating a hostile environment.

    Also, make sure that all your family members know what to do in case of an emergency.


    As you may have already realized, prepping requires a significant amount of time and money. Don't try to accomplish everything at once. Treat this like eating an elephant - take one bite at a time. Set small, realistic goals and work your way up gradually.

    Now, get out there and start doing!


    About the Author: J.D. Phillips Runs SurvivalCrackas.com and lives with his family in Southern California. You can follow him on Facebook and download his Guide How to Build the Ultimate Disaster Kit free of charge!


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  • Popular Mechanics Goes Prepper

    Hi Team,

    It shouldn't come as a surprise that preparing for unexpected events is becoming more and more common. With tv shows pushing everything from wilderness survival to zombie warfare, prepping is going mainstream. So mainstream that even Popular Mechanics is getting in on the trend. This April 2013 the PM cover will read, Survive Anything.

    In anticipation of their April mag, Popular Mechanics has posted several prepper-related articles on their website. Here's an excerpt from How to Stock Your Disaster Pantry (via instapundit):

    [...] We filled our pantry with enough food to build a 30-day diet made up of 55 percent carbs, 25 percent fats, and 20 percent protein. That puts us within the 2010 dietary guidelines suggested by the USDA for all age groups.

    Emergency Essential's Year Supplies provide a good balance of carbohydrates, fats, protein AND essential vitamins and minerals. If you'd like to analyze the content of your food storage pantry, check out our Food Storage Analyzer. It's a great tool!

    Read more from How to Stock Your Disaster Pantry. Look for their other related articles under Survival Tips (some more helpful than others).

    I think you'd like to read what they have to say, and I'd love to hear your feedback below.

    Happy reading.

    Source: http://pjmedia.com/instapundit/

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