Our Crazy World – A Serious Conversation!

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Do you feel like you’re living in a crazy world?  I first penned this letter on December 2011.  Back then, I was very concerned about our crazy world and the direction that I saw it going.  The signs have been there for a while.  For those paying attention, looking, researching and reading, you could easily find a myriad of problems that point to how fragile our world, country, state… is.  But now, the problems are glaring and in your face!  You really have to be Mary Poppins to think there isn’t “something” wrong! It seems like our world is going crazy!

From our economy to terrorism, to natural disasters, to deadly viruses, crime and more, you can easily find reasons to be concerned for yourself and your family!

There Are Major Problems in Our Crazy World!

The thing is, many of the problems that can arise because of these issues can be mitigated if you just put a little effort into being prepared.  Many of you won’t though because you are too distracted with “living the dream” and having fun or you just are irresponsible!  Responsibility is a problem in today’s world!  We all want the government or some other entity to come through for us!  And what if they don’t?  Are you willing to have your family staring you in the face, wanting to know what to do because they are in a desperate situation that could have been avoided or not as bad because you weren’t man enough to make some decisions and get off your butt?

People always ask, what if I prepare and nothing happens?  Well I say, that is good!  You don’t really want anything to happen!  Or, you don’t want terrorist to hack the electric grid and be without power for however long!  You don’t want the economy to tank and possibly lose your job!  Neither do you don’t want the drought or an earthquake in California to affect the food supply so much that you forgo buying fruit because it is too expensive!  You don’t want any of that stuff to happen!  But if it does….you want to be ready!

It’s Crazy, So What Should You Do?

Being prepared doesn’t mean you go buy a lot of camo, guns and go out into the woods.  Being prepared or living a prepared lifestyle just means you live responsibility by planning, thinking ahead and putting some things back for a rainy day!  There are so many aspects to it and each family is going to be different!  But failing to plan and prepare is setting your family up to fail!

You will tell that my letter below is a lot “softer” than what I’ve written above!  Back then, I didn’t want to freak people out.  I wanted them to think critically!  But now, I think people need a wake-up call!

After you read the letter below, I would be happy to answer any questions or point you to resources that can explain your question in better detail!

July 2019

An Open Letter to Family & Friends

I’m writing this letter because I care about you.  Please take a few minutes to read it and think about what I’m saying.

Why the Letter?

Our lives are crazy and sometimes it seems like we live in a crazy world!  We take care of our family, work, eat, play chauffeur, pay the bills, etc.  When we have a little bit of free time, we like to just veg in front of the TV and watch some brain-numbing pictures flicker across the screen.  We can go at it like this for days, weeks and even months, not knowing what is going on in the world outside our local community and just get by with the talk around the water cooler.

And when we take life in these little chunks, separate blocks of our time and attention, it seems a little bit more manageable.  We move from one task, event, errand, or chore to the other.

The problem is when we look at our lives from a big-picture perspective.  What if our lives, all of a sudden changed?  What if the stress of the day came bearing down at you all at once?  How could this happen?  This can easily happen during an emergency.  I’m not talking about your son just stuffed his GI Joe down the toilet, or the dog is out of food emergency.  I’m talking about the BIG stuff.

The Big Emergency

The BIG emergency is the one that stops you in your tracks.  It can be personal, based in your local community or worldwide.  But it is the one that everything else stops and all resources and energy are put towards it.

The problem is that most people are not prepared for a BIG one.


Are you and your family most people?  Do you have an emergency fund for financial emergencies?  Or, do you have insurance for medical emergencies?  Do you have food and water if there is a food supply/transportation emergency?  What about having another means of cooking and preparing your food if utilities weren’t available?  Do you have first aid supplies and extra medicine on hand?  Can you rely on some basic skills that could help you: fire starting, water purification, gardening, first aid, etc.?

This is the whole reason for my letter.  I want to help you see the importance of being prepared and to start being more self-reliant.  It’s not too hard, but it does take time, planning and effort.  But then again, what would the time, planning and effort that you put in ahead of time be worth in the middle of an emergency?  You’ll be glad you did!

Getting Prepared Action Steps:

Make a planWhat are you preparing for?  What needs to be done?  Don’t look at the magnitude of the plan, that can be overwhelming. Take it in chunks.  In reality, you will never be “prepared.”  You can be “not prepared” or “overly prepared,” but never “perfectly prepared.”  Consider the basics: financial, medical, etc…but also keep in mind your region of the country; hurricanes, tornados, earthquakes, fires, etc…

Set goals – When do you want _____ accomplished?

  1. Get a 3 day supply of food.  Then move to a 3 week supply.
  2. Revisit insurance: house, vehicle, medical, life, etc…
  3. Think about home and personal security.
  4. Start an emergency fund – 3-6 months of expenses
  5. Start a garden
  6. Take a class: first-aid, sewing, gardening, firearm, wilderness survival
  7. Watch some videos on Youtube (search preparedness)
  8. Read blogs and articles on “preparedness” and “prepping
  9. Listen to Podcasts that deal with the topic of preparedness.

Get active – go meet your goals!


The world of preparedness/prepping can be an addictive one.  It can suck you in, mess with your emotions and get you seeing are already crazy world in an even crazier way!  It is always best to approach preparedness within community.  You should go it alone only if no one else is willing.  Eventually, they will realize that you were right, even if that is in the midst of a storm.

It’s A Crazy World and It’s Fragile!

It is not in the scope of this letter to discuss all the possible emergency scenarios that you should prepare for.  But outside of regional, natural disasters, it is important to me to briefly mention our global situation.  Things outside our local community have gone from bad to worse!  At first, we might not care about what is going on in some Asian or European country, but the fact is that we are ALL tied into each other now.  What happens over there, affects us over here.

There are many “End of the World as We Know It” type scenarios out there.  One such scenario is an economic collapse.  Someone recently replied to me and said, “Yes, times can get hard, but we have been through it before during the Great Depression.”  The fact is that it is way different this time.  Our country didn’t have the debt that we have now.  And, if for some reason the world loses faith in our government’s ability to pay its debts, we are up the creek.  It really isn’t too far-fetched to imagine this happening if you’ll look into it.  The concern has gone beyond the tin-foil hat people.  Just research it!

Do Something

Please take this letter seriously.  If you prepare and don’t need it, the worst is that you have some food (food costs are going up/buy now at cheaper prices) and other supplies.  But if you ever find you are in a position that you do need it, you and your loved ones will be glad you were prepared!


Crazy World

Grumbling – Bible Study

In our lives, we are constantly influenced by a multitude of people and things. Ideally, we seek positive influences that uplift and inspire us. But what happens when the influences in our lives are overwhelmingly negative? Unfortunately, for many, complaining and grumbling have become a favorite pastime. When immersed in such an environment, it becomes all too easy to adopt a negative attitude and join the chorus of discontent. Let’s face it, considering the current state of our country and the world, negativity seems like the default stance. For the Believer, how does negativity impact our relationship with God?

1. What do you think of the saying, “You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with?”

2. Read Numbers 2:2-13. What do you think about what God says to Moses in verse 12?

3. Read John 6:60-65.  Did grumbling or negativity kill the disciples faith and trust in Jesus?

4. Do you feel that Philippians 2:14-16 states we should not grumble as Believers?  If so, how do we best accomplish this?

5. What are some ways that we can curve/remove grumbling and negativity from our lives?

There are other Bible Studies published on this site. Click here to learn how to lead a Bible Study for Preppers.


Survival Whistle: The One Piece of Survival Gear You Need to Carry

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The Titanic?!?  For some reason, the scene at the end when Rose is floating on the wooden board and hears the rescuers but can’t yell, reminds me of whistles.  Probably because that was the only way she got the rescuers attention!  It was a smart move and one that saved her life.  Yeah, I know it is a movie, but it’s a good illustration of how important it is to have a simple piece of gear like a whistle!

Like many of us know, emergencies can happen at any time and in any place, and it is important to be prepared for them. Whether it is a natural disaster, a medical emergency, or a dangerous situation, having the right tools on hand can make all the difference. The one piece of “inexpensive” gear that is often overlooked is a whistle.

History of Whistles

Whistles have been used for thousands of years for various purposes. The ancient Greeks used them during their Olympic games to signal the start and end of events. In the Middle Ages, whistles were used by shepherds to communicate with their dogs. Whistles were also used on ships as a means of communication between crew members.

In more recent times, whistles have been used in emergency situations. During World War I, soldiers used whistles to signal for help when they were trapped in trenches or injured on the battlefield. Whistles were also used by air raid wardens during World War II to alert people to take cover during bombing raids.

Today, whistles are still used by hikers, campers, and anyone else who is smart enough to carry a whistle and finds themselves in an emergency situation.

Benefits of Carrying a Whistle

Carrying a whistle can provide several benefits for personal safety. One of the main benefits is that it can attract attention in an emergency situation. If you are lost or injured in the wilderness or trapped in a building after a disaster, blowing a whistle can help rescuers locate you more quickly than if you were shouting for help.  It also takes less energy to blow into a whistle than to keep shouting for help over and over again.

Another benefit of carrying a whistle is that it can potentially save lives. In situations where time is of the essence, such as when someone is drowning or having a heart attack, blowing a whistle can alert others to the situation and prompt them to take action.

Different Types of Whistles

There are several different types of whistles available, each with its own pros and cons. Pealess whistles are popular because they do not have a pea inside that can get stuck or clogged with dirt or debris. Electronic whistles are also available, which produce a loud, high-pitched sound without the need for blowing.

However, some people prefer traditional whistles with peas because they produce a distinct sound that can be heard from farther away. It is important to consider the environment in which you will be using the whistle when choosing which type to purchase.

But if you find yourself without a whistle, and you can find yourself a soda can and a pair of scissors or even your knife, you can make this survival whistle.

But you also need to watch the video below on how you can make a traditional willow whistle, just with your bushcraft knife.  This would be a great project to do and it wouldn’t take too long.

How to Use a Whistle in an Emergency

Using a whistle in an emergency situation is simple, just blow.  But there are some ways that you can use a whistle that many recognize as emergency signals.

For example, blowing three short blasts is a universally recognized signal for distress. Someone in an emergency situation could blow three short blasts in succession to indicate that they need help.

Blowing one long blast can help to pinpoint your location and signal your location to rescuers.

Going back to the reference from the Titanic, blowing short bursts can be used to attract attention, particularly in noisy or windy conditions.  This is what Rose did in the end scene. “Jack, I’ll never let go…but I have to blow a whistle now in short bursts.”

Lastly, you can use a whistle to blow a distress signal. This would include blowing the universal signal for SOS, three short, three long, three short blasts.

When you use a whistle in an emergency situation where you are hoping someone comes to your rescue, you should blow and then wait to hear if there is any response.  This will help conserve your energy and listen for any communication from rescuers if they are near.  

Tips for Choosing the Right Whistle

When choosing a whistle, there are several factors to consider. The volume of the whistle is important, as you want it to be loud enough to attract attention but not so loud that it hurts your ears. The durability of the whistle is also important, as you want it to be able to withstand rough handling and exposure to the elements.

It is also important to consider personal preferences when choosing a whistle. Some people prefer pealess whistles because they are easier to clean and maintain, while others prefer traditional whistles with peas because they produce a distinct sound.

You can find some whistles on Amazon that claim that they are super loud like the Hyperwhistle and the Storm Safety Whistle.  Some are sold as survival whistles like the Tacray Survival Whistle.  My personal favorite is the traditional whistle your gym teacher might have used.

Preparedness Application

Incorporating a survival whistle into your preps is a simple thing that would pay-off big time in an emergency. What should you do about it?

  1. Decide what type of whistle would be better for you and your loved ones to carry.
  2. Purchase several whistles to place in strategic areas, your vehicle, key ring, bugout bag, purse or EDC kit.
  3. Practice using your whistle so you can gauge how much to blow into it to get the loudness you are looking for.

Conclusion: Don’t Leave Home Without It

Carrying a whistle is a simple but effective way to increase your chances of survival in an emergency situation. Whether you are hiking in the wilderness or living in an area prone to natural disasters, having a whistle on hand can help rescuers locate you more quickly and potentially save your life. It is a commonsense preparedness move that everyone should make!

Labels that Stick – Bible Study

Words are powerful. When we allow others to use words to label us, it can hurt for a long time. So how do we remove those labels? Watch the video and go through these questions with a small group or by yourself in personal study.

1. What is a word (label) that is used for a person(s) that you don’t like?

2. Words that people say are powerful.  Why should you consider who you allow to speak into your life?

3. Read Ephesians 2:10.  Where do you see “workmanship” in your own life?

4. Read Ephesians 2:11-22.  What labels do you see the Lord uses for you in this passage?

5. What do you think about the idea that since you have “died,” that none of the labels people put on you matter anymore?  Read Colossians 3:3.

6. What does 1 Peter 2:9-10 mean to you?  How can you make sure you incorporate this understanding into your everyday life?

There are other Bible Studies published on this site. Click here to learn how to lead a Bible Study for Preppers.


A Smart Prepper Move: Your Home Needs a Fire Extinguisher

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Fire safety is an essential aspect of home safety that should not be overlooked. Fires can occur at any time, and they can cause significant damage to property and even lead to loss of life. Having a fire extinguisher in the home is one of the most effective ways to prevent small fires from becoming big ones. This is a smart prepper move that really is a no brainer!

Fire Danger – More Common Than You Realize

Home fires are a common occurrence, and they can have devastating consequences. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), there were 1,291,500 fires reported in the United States in 2020, resulting in 3,420 deaths and 16,720 injuries. These fires caused $14.8 billion in property damage.

Not having a fire extinguisher in the home can increase the potential dangers of a fire. Small fires can quickly escalate into large ones if not addressed promptly. A fire extinguisher can help prevent small fires from becoming big ones by allowing you to put out the flames before they spread.

The Benefits of Fire Extinguishers

The biggest benefit to having a fire extinguisher in the home is it can prevent a small fire from becoming a big one. Fire extinguishers can also save lives and property by allowing you to put out a fire before it causes significant damage.

Fire extinguishers work by removing one or more elements that are necessary for a fire to burn. They come in different types, each designed for specific types of fires. For example, a Class A fire extinguisher is designed for fires involving ordinary combustibles like wood or paper, while a Class B extinguisher is designed for flammable liquids like gasoline or oil.

Types of Fire Extinguishers

There are five main types of fire extinguishers: Class A, Class B, Class C, Class D, and Class K. Each type is designed for specific types of fires.

Class A fire extinguishers are designed for fires involving ordinary combustibles like wood, paper, or cloth. Class B extinguishers are designed for flammable liquids like gasoline or oil. Class C extinguishers are designed for electrical fires, while Class D extinguishers are designed for fires involving combustible metals. Class K extinguishers are designed for fires involving cooking oils and fats.

It is essential to know which type of fire extinguisher to use in case of a fire. Using the wrong type of extinguisher can make the fire worse.

An Alternative Fire Extinguisher

If you don’t want a traditional fire extinguisher, you might consider a First Alert EZ Fire Extinguisher Aerosol Spray. The product description on Amazon reads, “The First Alert EZ Fire Spray Fire Extinguishing Aerosol Spray is easier to use than traditional fire extinguishers and discharges 4 times longer than regular extinguishers, making it ideal for fighting common household fires and providing 32 seconds of discharge to ensure the fire is out. The nozzle sprays a wide area, giving you greater control to put out a fire faster. Just point and spray the Fire Extinguishing Aerosol Spray on household fires consisting of paper, fabric, wood, cooking oils, electrical appliances, or equipment. The portable extinguisher spray is ideal for the kitchen, boats, RVs, and travel, and the biodegradable, nontoxic-foam, fire-extinguishing formula wipes away with a damp cloth for easy cleanup.”

This is the route that I have personally chosen and I feel very comfortable with it. I have several placed in strategic areas in my home.

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Where to Place Fire Extinguishers

Fire extinguishers should be placed in areas where fires are most likely to occur, such as the kitchen, garage, and workshop. It is also important to have multiple fire extinguishers in different areas of the home.

Fire extinguishers should be easily accessible and mounted on a wall or placed on a stand. They should not be hidden behind furniture or stored in a closet where they may be difficult to reach in an emergency.

How to Use a Fire Extinguisher

Knowing how to use a fire extinguisher is essential in case of a fire emergency. The acronym PASS can help you remember how to use a fire extinguisher:

– Pull the pin
– Aim at the base of the fire
– Squeeze the handle
– Sweep from side to side

It is important to remember that fire extinguishers are only effective on small fires. If a fire is too large or spreading too quickly, it is best to evacuate the area and call 911.

Fire Extinguisher Maintenance

Fire extinguishers should be inspected regularly and maintained according to the manufacturer’s instructions. They should be checked monthly for any signs of damage or leakage and replaced if necessary.

It is also important to have your fire extinguisher serviced by a professional every few years to ensure that it is in good working condition.

Fire Safety Tips

In addition to having a fire extinguisher in the home, there are several other fire safety tips that can help prevent fires from occurring:

– Install smoke detectors on every level of your home and test them regularly.
– Keep flammable materials away from heat sources.
– Never leave cooking food unattended.
– Have a fire escape plan and practice it with your family.


In conclusion, having a fire extinguisher in the home is essential for fire and home safety. Fires can occur at any time, and they can cause significant damage to property and even lead to loss of life. By having a fire extinguisher in the home, you can prevent small fires from becoming big ones and save lives and property. It is also important to follow other fire safety tips, such as installing smoke detectors and having a fire escape plan, to ensure that you and your family are prepared in case of a fire emergency.

Getting Unstuck – It Starts Here! Bible Study

Every Believer has times when they feel far away from God, like He isn’t answering prayers or not even listening. We know that God doesn’t change! So, when this happens, where do we go or how do we start to get unstuck?

1. What do you do when you feel stuck?  Non-spiritual answers only!
2. Read Romans 12:1.  What are your thoughts about this verse?
3. With the words used in verse 1, “urge” and “mercies of God,” you get the idea that Paul was setting up something important.  Does this understanding cause you to look at verse 1 differently?
4. Which word in “present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God” do you feel is the most important?
5. Do you agree or disagree that “your spiritual service of worship” should be the starting place for all Believers?  Why or why not?
6. How do you suggest Believers get to a point where they are able to realize their spiritual walk isn’t where it is supposed to be and reset?

There are other Bible Studies published on this site. Click here to learn how to lead a Bible Study for Preppers.


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