Monday, August 28, 2017

Survival Strategy #16: A Bug Out Bag in the Philippines for Kids

Today is a very special day! Could you believe it, we're making the most exciting homework ever! I started this blog back in 2010 to chronicle my journey of preparedness. My little girl is now 8 and will be 9 in a few months. She was less than a year old when this was but a spark in my mind. All of these activities, the skills, prepping, equipment, training, blogging, its all for her.

And now WE BUILD A BUG OUT BAG TOGETHER. Major parenting win here folks!

So the task was to build an Emergency Plan and her very own B.O.B. And get this: their school calls it a "Z-Bag", playing on the name "emergen-zee". As far as I'm concerned, we all know what the Z really stands for! How cool is that??

My little survivalist will present two days from now these things in a show & tell format for Science. That happens to be one of my favorite subjects. Don't give me that look.

I. The Emergency Plan

In case she is ever caught in a calamity in school or at home all by herself. We constructed a few simple rules for her to follow to ensure safety.

We have safe-zones for her to stay in case of an earthquake, typhoon, flood, or riots & civil disturbances.

Listed down were the locations of where she will evacuate to if she is forced to leave these safe zones and where to find our supplies. Snazzy.

As you could see, many elements of the Emergency Plan came from our previous articles, particularly the Home Defense Analysis. It was really cool to revisit to find that my files from 2011 were still there.  Awesome!

II. The Z-Bag

The contents were expertly constructed by her mom. Mrs. Zombie Hunter sorted and zip-locked the contents for easy access. The mission was to be okay for two days. Stay warm & dry, hydrated, light her path, fix minor boo-boos, fill her stomach, and handle obstacles such as smoke, rain, and general confusion.

A key element for building a bug out bag for kids is being mindful of the overall weight. Mobility and having enough supplies are opposed to each other. Having "enough" is always subject to harsh debate.

Mrs. Z and I are never a few miles away from our daughter even while at work so being separated from each other by even the harshest of calamities will never go beyond two days of walking. Even if a massive earthquake, tsunami, zombie attack, or whatever happens, either of us can reach her in 24 hours.

Armed with this, we have outfitted our daughter to handle 48 hours for her pack.

A liter of water per day, 
she also asked for a few favorite snacks and canned goods...

III. Evacuation Drill & Area Reconnisance

We took a little tour of the neighborhood. We've been here for 10 years but this is the first time my daughter had a look around the place keeping in mind how things could be like during a disaster.

Lets go for a walk...

It was a lovely day. A few light showers didn't bother us, we had rain gear in case it got stronger. It didn't.

Its not exactly a long-range patrol, but it was good to have look around for possibly trouble areas like bottle-necks, flood-prone areas, dead-ends, points of ambush, hiding spots, and other points of interest.

I'm hoping to develop in her mind the technique of looking at her surroundings in this manner at all times. If it becomes second-nature, then she'll become increasingly self-reliant.

"how many neighborhoods surround us?"

"where does that creek lead to? is the water good or bad?"

"that street is a dead-end, but it has a good hiding spot"

"how many trees have edibles?"

"is that house really haunted?"

"where will daddy come and find me?

This way of thinking trains her mind. Looking at the world through a scout's eye will give her a tremendous advantage.

It was also the perfect time for her to evaluate our neighborhood to find good reception for communicating with home base. For a child like her born in this decade surrounded by Samsung Galaxy 8s, micro-drones, and other gadgets, the concept of handheld radios and UHF/VHF is a novel experience. Too many houses blocked line of sight. We did however find a few spots that gave clear signal and decent coverage.

At last we arrived at the safe zone. Its the club house where sports and parties are typically held. Its common practice to make this an assembly point for calamities as its a large building that has two basketball courts, 3 tennis courts, a bowling alley, and two large ballrooms. Its also got a few decent restrooms for a fairly large capacity. Its sturdily built and it can take a lot of punishment. I'm perfectly fine with her staying at this place if ever our home is compromised.

She made it!

IV. Lessons Learned

Most of her education regarding preparedness came from the classroom and this was the first time that we did this as a family. Mrs. Z was amused by all this saying that this blog has been waiting for the little girl all ths time.

As a parent, I'm swelling with pride because she's reached a point where all of these concepts of safety and self-reliance are finally within her understanding.

I was too accustomed to how I'd treat her like when she was younger.  I keep saying it to myself every year: don't underestimate her.

She had a good day. Her adrenaline was up till late night too. I'm so pumped, I wrote all of this in a single go. Before she slept, we talked about doing more practice runs like this, I'm so thrilled. Look out world, player three has entered the game. :-)

Stay vigilant!

Monday, July 17, 2017

RIP George A. Romero (1940-2017)

Good night sweet prince. 

Thank you uncle George for everything :-(

Stay vigilant!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Zombie Headshot Training: Pistols (part 3)

So lets start the year with a bang? :-)

The living dead can only be destroyed by shooting them in the head. You must breach the cerebral cortex to take them out permanently!

Competitive shooting can help you prepare for the enemy. Its a great way to hone this critical skill. You build confidence with your firearm by playing under match conditions which can ultimately toughen your mental game.

Watch dis!

Zombie brains are hard to hit! 

The brain is smaller than half of the head and we need to aim at the upper part of their ugly face. We need to be precise. This requires us to be familiar with its shape from various angles for each precious shot.

You could do it with pistols, rifles, bows, slingshots, or whatever weapon that is powerful enough to breach the skull.

You'll also need to be fast. We will be surrounded by hundreds or even thousands of hostiles.

The great Col. Jeff Cooper's motto was Diligentia, Vis, Celeritas (DVC) meaning accuracy, power. He was the founder of the International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC).

Practice hard. Your loved ones are counting on you.

Zombie Headshot Practice part 2 of 3
Zombie Headshot Practice part 1 of 3
Recuve bow VS Zombies!

Stay vigilant!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Have a Merry Zombie-Free Chistmas!

This makes me feel warm and fuzzy. My family is all good and I hope yours is too. 2016 has been a good year and a tough one too. Lets look back and be thankful for all that's happened.

Merry Christmas!

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Black Friday = The Great Panic

Yep, its scary. 

This photo is from a post on my buddy's Facebook page. Smart guy.

Its all fun and games 'till someone gets hurt. What was that report stating that NYC will descend into cannibalism in just two weeks of food running out?

I'm not all doom and gloom but today's nationwide madness is a taste of what can will happen. 

Some thoughts:

  • I have food and water under the bed, but is it enough?
  • Is my area really safe from rioting and marauders? 
  • I have food but many people don't. What's gonna happen when thousands of them are going to start looking for it? Are they gonna ask politely?
  • How will my community handle this crisis? 
  • Can I really bug in my home location and ride out a crisis?
  • I need to know when its time to get outta Dodge. Identifying the early warning signs could be a life saver. I want to avoid the mad rush to escape my area. 
  • I think its time to rehearse our bug out drill again with our new SUV. 
  • I wish I bought a black SUV. Easier to conceal. The one we got is kinda brightly colored.
  • My next homework is the actual checklist when we bug out and how we put all the stuff into the SUV. What goes in, what order, how fast can we do it?

A Great Panic can happen when food, water, electricity, and other essentials get turned off. It does not have to be a cataclysmic event. 

Get ready, your family is counting on you. 

Stay vigilant!