Emergency Supplies

This is list from Homeland Security.  Maybe you are 100 percent ready to shelter in place and don’t need this list. That is great!  But you might want to use it to check.

water – one gallon per person per day for at least three days for drinking and sanitation.  Empty bleach bottles make excellent storage containers for water, just be sure the bleach had no additives.  The trace amount of bleach in the empty bottle will serve to keep the water for a good long time. Label the bottles H2O and line the back of seldom used closets with them.  Three days is a minimum by the way.

food – at least a three day supply of non-perishables. You should easily be able to keep this much food on hand by rotating your normal pantry and having extra nut butters, granola bars, etc.

battery-powered and/or crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries.   If you can, get a radio that can use radio, has a solar charger, and lets you hand crank it that also has a place for charging a phone.  Don’t store the batteries in your emergency radio – you don’t want to find them corroded  inside it.  The NOAA Weather Radio ought to be a part of daily life.

flashlight and extra batteries at minimum.  If you want to be really prepared for the power going out and staying off for a period of time, there are special bulbs that fit in regular fixtures that use batteries when the grid goes down.  One could strategically replace a few bulbs around the house with these for emergencies.  There are lanterns that work off batteries too worth considering.  We suggest that each person ought to have their own flashlight.  For the long haul, you might want a couple of lamps that use lamp oil and/or study how folks used to make lamps that used oil for light

first aid kit – how extensive you want this to be is partly a function of your own skill set.  If, by chance, you have taking emergency medical training, we suggest you put together an extensive first aid kit to enable you to help others in a disaster.

whistle  to signal for help, because people get tired of yelling – for the same reason, a hand mirror is useful to signal to a plane

dust mask – to filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place. When you can once again purchase N95 masks, you might want to get a box, along with a roll of plastic sheeting and lots of duct tape. The this I would add contractor bags which can be turned into sleeping bags or tents or porta potties (see below).

moist wipes, garbage bags, and plastic ties for personal sanitation.  It is possible to turn a conventional toilet into one that can be used during an emergency.  When it is empty of water in the bowl and tank (the water in the tank can be used for washing clothing – don’t discard it), line the bowl with a heavy plastic bag.  If you have cat litter (you don’t need to own a cat to purchase litter) it can be added after each use to control odors.  Daily, tie up the bag and dispose of it outside where you are sheltering.

wrench or pliers to turn off utilities  – which of course means you have some idea of where the turn off valve for your water supply is located and it still works.  If not, you might want to go to the effort to get that fixed.

can openers – for the food you have stored in cans (and I would add to this a way to heat the foot, whether a little camp stove or a fireplace and cast iron pots)

local maps – which will be worthless unless the folks using the maps can read a map

additional items you might need

prescription medicaton and glasses

infant formula and diapers (even if you don’t have an infant, having this might make you a blessing for someone else)

important family documents such as insurance policies, identification, bank account records in a waterproof, portable container

cash and change

emergency reference material such as a first aid book

complete change of clothing, including long sleeved shirt, long sleeved pants and comfortable hiking shoes, if you live in a cold weather climate be prepared

household chlorine bleach and a dropper – 9:1 makes a disinfectant while 16 drops per gallon of water will make it drinkable

fire exinguisher

matches in a water proof container

feminine supplies

mess kits, paper cups, plates, plastic utensils and paper towels

paper, pens and pencils

books, games, and activites for children







the playbook

A democratic representative Virginia said this in a tweet, “As a former CIA officer, I know this playbook.” Abigail Spanberger joined the agency in 2006 and worked gathering intelligence on terrorism.

What playbook is she making references to?  Psychological Operations in Guerrilla Warfare, a manual written for the agency for the contras comes to mind. The book focuses on how armed propaganda teams can build support for the contras by deceit, intimidation and violence. The book and its lesson plans were based on an earlier works like Armed Psyop: Implicit and Explicit Terror and Handbook on Aggressor Insurgent War.  The translator objected to two sections of the book, one on hiring professional criminals for special jobs and killing people on one’s own side to make martyrs for the cause.

One part of the book includes the following advice;

[lead] demonstrators into clashes with the authorities, to provoke riots or shootings, which lead to the killing of one or more persons, who will be seen as the martyrs; this situation should be taken advantage of immediately against the Government to create even bigger conflicts.

Maybe the congresswoman had another book in mind, the War of the Flea. Its author analyzed patterns he found in conflict including Cuba, Greece, Israel and Palestine, Malaysia, and Vietnam. The work explains the nature of asymmetrical conflict. A small insurgent group cannot hope to face and defeat a might military power, but it is able to create a ‘climate of collapse.’

The goal is the insurgent group is not to win, but goad the stronger might to respond with a show of force that produces casualties among the innocent.  This of course has the effect of turning the population against the ever more authoritarian state.

The term playbook is used in the history of special operations, The Perfect Soldier: Special Operations, Commandos, and the Future of Us Warfare.  According to the Perfect Soldier the “playbook” was “used by all post World War II communist guerilla wars.” That book is On Guerrilla Warfare by Mao Zedong.

Will the commander and chief send regular troops into US cities?  Here is exactly what the President said, “I am mobilizing all available federal resources, civilian and military, to stop the rioting and looting, to end the destruction and arson and to protect the rights of law-abiding Americans, including your Second Amendment rights. …We are ending the riots and lawlessness that has spread throughout our country. We will end it now. If a city or state refuses to take the actions necessary to defend the life and property of their residents, then I will deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem for them,” Trump said, referring to himself as “your president of law and order and an ally of all peaceful protesters.”

The President’s words ran under this headline, “Trump says he will deploy military if state officials can’t contain protest violence.” Protest violence sounds like PsyOp terminology.  Immediately after the President finished his speech on the matter, the news commentator called the looting, burning and rioting “unrest.”

People are dying in this “unrest.” How many are hard to say.  In Indianapolis five people were shot in a single night, three of whom died. That was one city on one night. Now the body count is up to something like a dozen.

But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God

                                                                                                      II Timothy 3:1-4

What can we do?  take a lesson out of His playbook

And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ,  filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.                                                                 Philippians 1:9-11