I always enjoy Judge Jeanine Pirro's opening statement each week. She is pretty straight forward in her comments, and leaves no doubt about where she stands on the issues. She is typically very correct in her analysis of the issues, and what the current administration is doing (or usually not doing) to handle it. Her Opening Statement from 9/20/14 was particularly alarming, however. And this from a woman who I know is not an alarmist or some crazy paranoid lunatic trying to spread fear, uncertainty, and doubt. But as another source I read on this subject stated: "The Gates of Hell have been opened..." I don't think this is exaggeration. I think this is a dire and credible warning.
I have to be honest, I have never heard her give such a stern and imminent warning before, as she did concerning the ISIS threat in this opening statement on 9/20/14. The words in her opening statement were very chilling, and should alert us all to take immediate action to prepare ourselves, our families, and our communities. Take a listen...
The gates of hell have indeed been opened, and I think we need to act accordingly. My assessment of Judge Jeanine's advice is simply this.... PREPARE! And now that we have started bombing in Syria, warnings abound about an increased threat of lone wolf attacks here in the United States.
First - I'll say that if you haven't even started preparing, you are too late. But please take this warning, and at least get started right away in getting a few basic necessities in place. Below, I outline what I think are some of the urgent and immediate needs, as well as some strategic planning needs (if you have enough time before the chaos starts), that you need to consider.
Second, I'll say that it's not a matter of "IF" they get here - they are already here. There are reports of domestic "Lone Wolves" already in our midst. Plus, our porous open border has been an entry point for terrorists for quite some time. Radical Islamic terrorist training camps have been right here on our own soil for quite some time. Law enforcement has been successful in shutting some of them down, but the terrorists have in turn been successful in moving on and planning/training elsewhere. And with social media being what it is today, their communications network is firmly in place.
Please, for the sake of your family and friends, heed this advice and start planning. If you have already planned, and have your supplies and strategies in place, then help others get up to speed - and do it rapidly. This is urgent. We are in grave danger. But We The People are going to be the ones to save this country - not this clueless administration, and certainly not any other country. The police and military are going to be overwhelmed. We The People are going to be called into service to confront this evil ourselves. So here is what YOU can do...
Immediate Planning Needs:
These are the things you must do IMMEDIATELY to ensure that you have the basics to survive for a minimum of 72 hours, and give you time to plan what to do next - beyond that 72 hour period. Remember - the "Rule of Threes" in a survival situation: You cannot live 3 minutes without air, 3 hours without shelter, 3 days without water, and 3 weeks without food. But I will add another "3" for you: You need to decide within 3 seconds of the emergency that you are going to have the will to live, and the will to improvise, adapt, and overcome to survive. Without that will to survive and WIN, the other "3's" don't matter. Having a good attitude, and finding ways to keep morale high are as vital to survival as anything else mentioned below.
Spiritual: Get your spiritual life in order, and get right with God. The Gates of Hell have indeed been opened, and God is the only one who can give us strength in this dark hour. God is our hope, God is our strength, and God's Son, Jesus Christ is the warrior who will ultimately vanquish this evil from our midst. Put on the armor of God, let Him speak to our hearts and let Him give us the tools to prepare us for battle. He will speak to your heart and tell you what you need to do - please pray, and please listen to His guidance. Having hope and having a good frame of mind is critical to keeping good morale.
Shelter: If you are going to shelter in place, you need to make sure your location is protected and secure. You need to be able to secure your location from weather, intruders, and provide adequate fire protection. If you are going to bug out, you need to make sure that your bug out location has shelter - some sort of defensible structure. Your shelter location needs to have accommodations for sanitation. Many deaths in a crisis situation are caused by diseases that can be easily prevented with good sanitation.
Water: You need one gallon, per person per day of water to survive. That is bare minimum, Don't forget - not only do you need water to drink, but you need water for cooking, and water for sanitation needs. Current wisdom puts that figure at more like three gallons of water per day per person. Don't forget about your pets - they need water too. Have this minimum water supply in initial storage, and be able to plan for obtaining water for other sources for emergencies that go long term. Water resupply, filtration and the ability to purify water is a vital element of survival.
Food: The average human consumes 2,500 calories of food per day. I highly recommend a storage system for food that allows you to rotate commonly used items, and allows you to have a supply of foods that you are used to eating. Having a supply of soy bars high in calories is going to get mighty old, mighty fast. Make sure you have a good supply of foods that you normally eat. Good "comfort foods" will help you and your family maintain a sense of "normalcy" in a crisis situation. Build of a good supply, and maintain freshness by rotating your food supplies.
Medical/First Aid: As mentioned above, many illnesses lead to death in a crisis situation, but could have been prevented if proper sanitation were observed. Have a way to dispose of human waste, and keeping it away from living areas and food preparation areas. If you take prescription medications, make sure you have a good supply on hand - don't wait until you are down to your last few days worth to renew. Have plenty of first aid supplies to treat things such as gun shot wounds, serious knife wounds, bug and snake bites, and minor injuries. Having a simple cut on your hand can turn into a serious infection very quickly if exposed to the elements, unsanitary surfaces, etc. Have good supplies of sanitizer and antibiotic ointmenets.
Communication: Know how to get in touch with your family members and your support structure. Cell phones and land lines may very well go down completely. The Internet will be down also. At the very least, phone lines and cell phone circuits will be overwhelmed. But text messages often go through as long as cell towers are operable, even if the cellular calling circuits are overwhelmed. Get your HAM radio license now so that you can practice using them. Have GMRS/FRS radios. CB radios are still useful. Have extra batteries and a way to recharge them if you have rechargeable batteries.
Self Defense: All of your food, water, and other survival items can be taken away from you very quickly unless you have the means with which to defend them. Guns and ammo, my friends. And lots of them. A good folding knife and a tactical flashlight are "must have" items as well. As I will mention in a later section, having them yourself is not enough. You need to be able to set security teams that can perform security and defense. Try to arm yourselves with weapons of common calibers - .223/5.56mm, 7.62X39 for rifle, and 9mm/.45ACP for pistol are common calibers that you will be able to easily obtain, and even find in a crisis. .22 LR is a necessary caliber, but is still hard to find. Stock up onn this crucial caliber as best as you are able. A good bow or cross-bow will also be helpful. Remember - your weapons will not only be needed for self defense, but also for hunting as well. A good high power pellet gun will be essential for hunting small game, and help you conserve precious ammo.
Miscellaneous Tools: A good multi-tool is worth its weight in gold. Have tools available for turning off gas and water mains. Tools for general cutting, digging, and hammering. Make sure you have the needed tools to maintain and clean weapons, sharpen knives, cut food (particularly game), and start fires. Extra batteries are a must. Have several flashlights - put them everywhere. A good personal flashlight can also be a self defense weapon. An emergency hand-crank radio will be useful for getting updates, even in a power outage.
Strategic Planning Needs:
Once those essential basics are met, you need to start working on a strategy to band together with others. Statistics show that small groups of people have a greater chance for survival than those who go it alone. Large groups tend to have too many personality and conflict problems, and can't get much done. But small groups that closer emulate the family and the immediate community (a neighborhood, for example), tend to do much better and are more cohesive.
Here are some things you can do in addition to the essentials above taken care of. If you are just starting out with prepping, getting together into small groups is especially useful for helping each other with prepping ideas and support.
Meet Your Neighbors: Get out in your neighborhood, find out who you can count on, and who still has their head in the sand. Not all of your neighbors are going to be on board, and some will even think you are crazy or paranoid. But get out and see who you can form an alliance with, and then build your support group. Unfortunately, when the worst happens, these folks who had their head in the sand will come to you wanting help. And unfortunately, you will have to say no to some, and possibly even defend yourself from those people who get desperate and turn against you. But meet your neighbors now and find out who is who.
Form Groups: Prepper groups, even community citizen militias, will be necessary in this coming storm. Form small teams in your neighborhoods and communities. Hopefully, you are forming good alliances in your neighborhood, but you will also want to form alliances in your city/town.
Form a CERT: You can get trained to become a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) member. This training will give you the fundamentals in firefighting, first aid, search and rescue, and general emergency response concepts. These are vital skills that will give you a leg up on response to major issues in your neighborhood.
Get Your Church Involved: The church is the ultimate support structure, and many churches are made up of like minded people who already know each other well, trust each other, and can quickly band together to provide support for each other.
Form Security Teams: In each of the above groups, you need to have people who can act as security team members. You can't stay up 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, but security is a 24/7 proposition. Not only is security necessary for you homes, but you may find yourself needing to secure entry into and out of an entire neighborhood.
Times are uncertain, and these events of late have increased our level of uncertainty, and also the level of urgency to prepare. You can't do it alone. Support groups of trusted and close people will be key to survival and overcoming in the crises that are surely coming our way.
This is a dynamic article, and I will be adding to it and updating it as I think of some additional preparedness issues that need to be addressed. Please check back often for updates.
About The Author: "The Gonz" is an NRA Certified Firearms Instructor, and an NRA Certified Range Safety Officer, with several years of advanced tactical firearms and emergency preparedness training.