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Coping with Tear Gas and Pepper Spray

Most serious survivalists will carry pepper spray with them as a non-lethal means of self-defense… but that’s not what this article is about. In this article, you’ll learn how to cope with pepper spray or tear gas being used on you. This is a very real possibility in a war zone, and it’s not pretty.

If you’ve watched documentaries of past riots, warfare situations, scenarios where tension is escalating, etc. the first thing the controlling forces do to disperse the crowds or put an end to the hostile protests, is to fire tear gas into the crowd.

If it’s small groups of protestors, law enforcement on the ground may use pepper spray on the protestors. If you’re in the midst of the protest or just a passer-by who is stuck in the area because of all the blockades, the chances of you being affected is quite high.

Knowing what to do during times like these will mean saving yourself from a lot of discomfort. Let’s look at a few tips you can follow.

 

Avoid the affected areas

Prevention is better than cure. If you know that the area you’re going to be in might have protests, it’s best to steer clear. Even peaceful protests can get violent in minutes and you do not want to be caught in the melee that ensues.

 

Don’t panic

If despite your best efforts, you find yourself in a situation where tear gas is being fired into the crowds, do not panic. Do not try picking up and throwing the tear-gas canister away. It will be hot.

Do not rub your face or skin that comes into contact with the chemicals. That will just make it worse.

 

Carry a pair of goggles

Keep a pair of goggles with you if you travel in a war zone. This could be swimming googles, or a gas mask or any eyewear that forms an airtight seal over your eyes. Most people will probably have a pair of swimming goggles at home. This is probably your best option.

If your eyes are protected, that’s half the battle won. Now you can see where you’re going and beat a hasty retreat instead of staggering around in blind agony as your eyes water and burns.

 

Stick to glasses

Never wear contact lenses when you’re in an area where there are protests. The chemicals in the tear gas will penetrate the semi-permeable membrane of the contact lens and cause your eyes to burn immensely. Immediately remove your contacts if you’re in such a situation.

 

Be prepared

Sometimes, you may have no choice but to go to the store or the hospital or somewhere where you’re needed. In times like these, if you’re in a war zone the situation can be highly unpredictable, and you will need to stay prepared.

When going out, carry a small bag with spare clothes, eye goggles, a few shemaughs or bandannas, a few bottles of water and some antacid (Gaviscon, Alka-Seltzer, etc.) or baking soda. All these items have a purpose.

When you’re in the midst of the chaos, the first thing to do will be to wear the goggles. Next, soak the bandanna in water and tie it around your mouth. Now you can breathe through your mouth. Once you do that, run away as fast as you can.

If your skin has been exposed to the chemicals and they burn, dilute the antacids in water and wash your skin with them. You may also gargle and spit out this improvised decontamination mixture.

While it may seem like these are simple solutions and might not work, rest assured that they are very potent and can make a world of difference when you’re in pain. Ideally, you should get home and take a good shower to get rid of all the residue.

Keep these tips in mind and always remember to be aware of the situations around you. Knowing where the problem spots are and avoiding them is your best option.

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Is Famine Coming to the United States?

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Famine, once thought to be a relic of the past, has reemerged as a pressing threat in today’s world. While historically associated with distant lands and far-off crises, the possibility of famine hitting closer to home, even in the United States, cannot be ignored. As preppers, understanding the dynamics of famine and food insecurity is paramount to ensuring our resilience in the face of potential disruptions to food supplies.

The Resurgence of Famine in the 21st Century

The resurgence of famine on a global scale is a stark reality that demands our attention. Despite significant progress in combating hunger over the past few decades, recent trends show a worrying reversal. Today, over a quarter-billion people worldwide are grappling with severe hunger and malnutrition, representing a staggering 100% increase in just the past five years. The factors driving this trend are multifaceted, ranging from climate change and armed conflict to economic instability and inequality.

Climate change, in particular, has emerged as a leading contributor to food insecurity, exacerbating the challenges faced by communities already struggling to cope. From devastating droughts in the Horn of Africa to erratic weather patterns affecting agricultural productivity, the impact of climate change on food systems is undeniable. As temperatures continue to rise, the risk of crop failures, water shortages, and displacement will only intensify, posing a grave threat to food security worldwide.

Addressing the root causes of famine requires a multifaceted approach that encompasses climate adaptation, poverty reduction, conflict resolution, and gender empowerment. Investing in climate-resilient agriculture practices, such as drought-resistant crops and efficient irrigation techniques, can help communities withstand the worst impacts of climate change and ensure food security for future generations. Similarly, tackling persistent poverty and inequality, both within and between countries, is essential to addressing the underlying drivers of food insecurity.

Conflict and insecurity remain significant barriers to food access and distribution, particularly in regions affected by ongoing violence and instability. Efforts to prevent, reduce, and end conflict must be prioritized alongside initiatives to mitigate its impact on vulnerable populations. By investing in local actors, empowering women and girls, and prioritizing prevention and risk management, we can build more resilient communities capable of withstanding the threat of famine.

As preppers, the specter of famine serves as a sobering reminder of the importance of preparedness. By staying informed, building robust networks within our communities, and adopting sustainable practices, we can better withstand the challenges posed by food insecurity. Together, we can turn the tide against famine and ensure a brighter, more secure future for all.

What is your family doing to prepare for famine in the United States? Leave your thoughts in the comments below. 

 

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COVID Drags On: Is Your Family Prepared for More Lockdowns?

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For those of us preparing for potential social disruptions surrounding COVID, understanding the evolving narratives and responses to the pandemic is crucial. While the disease itself may be a concern, the impact of government policies, expert recommendations, and public reactions can have far-reaching consequences for our communities and preparedness efforts.

One aspect of the COVID narrative that demands attention is the influence of certain individuals dubbed “experts” in guiding public policy and public perception. Figures like Anthony Fauci and Francis Collins have wielded significant influence, often advocating for strategies that may not align with our prepping priorities. It’s essential to critically assess their recommendations and consider how they may affect our preparations for potential disruptions.

The debate over masking mandates is particularly relevant to preppers, as it intersects with issues of personal freedom and government control. While some regions have enforced universal masking, evidence suggests limited effectiveness in preventing the spread of respiratory viruses. Understanding the nuances of this debate and the implications for our communities can inform our prepping strategies and response plans.

Similarly, the emergence of new variants has sparked concerns about renewed lockdowns, supply chain disruptions, and social unrest. Preppers must stay informed about the latest developments and assess the potential impact on their local communities. By monitoring trends and staying adaptable, we can better prepare for any disruptions that may arise.

Acknowledging past mistakes and reassessing previous strategies is also critical for preppers. Individuals like Professor Devi Sridhar, once proponents of a “zero COVID” approach, have admitted to errors in their recommendations. As preppers, we must learn from these mistakes and adjust our preparedness plans accordingly.

In navigating the complexities of COVID narratives, preppers must prioritize critical thinking, data-driven decision-making, and community resilience. By staying informed, remaining adaptable, and fostering strong networks within our communities, we can better prepare for potential disruptions and safeguard our well-being in uncertain times.

How is your family preparing for the continuation of the COVID crisis? Leave your thoughts in the comments below. 

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US Military Personnel Facing Coercion Over COVID Vaccines: A Disturbing Reality

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Since the Pentagon’s mandate for COVID-19 vaccines in 2021, a shadow of coercion has loomed over many individuals serving in the US military. Recent revelations from an Epoch Times survey shed light on the widespread feeling of pressure and intimidation faced by servicemen and women regarding vaccination.

The survey, conducted among members of all branches of the military, revealed alarming statistics. Over 70% of respondents reported feeling coerced into receiving the COVID-19 vaccine and/or booster shots. This coercion, they claim, intensified after the mandate was issued, creating an environment of fear and uncertainty among military personnel.

The Disturbing Results of the Survey

Of the 229 participants, a significant majority were active-duty service members, with an average length of service of around 16 years. Shockingly, 87% of respondents were unvaccinated against COVID-19, and among the minority who had received the vaccine, only two stated they had done so willingly.

The consequences of resisting vaccination were dire for many. Instances of verbal threats of punitive legal action, loss of promotion opportunities, and exclusion from career-enhancing schools were reported by nearly 95% of those who objected to the mandate. Additionally, almost half of the respondents claimed to have suffered financial harm as a result of noncompliance.

One veteran, with 20 years of service in the Army, shared his experience of feeling compelled to take the vaccine despite his objections. He described being forced to wear a mask and facing the threat of deployment if he did not comply. Such coercive tactics, he argued, left him with no choice but to submit to vaccination, even though he believed it posed risks to his health.

Others echoed similar sentiments, highlighting the lack of transparency surrounding the vaccines’ potential adverse effects. Many claimed they were not adequately informed of the known risks associated with the vaccines, including damage to reproductive health and increased risk of heart disease.

The Call for Accountability

Calls for accountability reverberated among survey participants, with all 229 individuals agreeing that Department of Defense (DOD) leaders should be held responsible for the enforcement of the mandate. For them, the rescission of the mandate in January 2023 was a step in the right direction but not enough to rectify the harm caused.

As the debate over vaccination mandates continues, the experiences of military personnel underscore the importance of respecting individual autonomy and informed consent. Coercion, whether explicit or implicit, has no place in matters of personal health decisions, especially within the ranks of those who serve our nation. It is imperative that the concerns raised by servicemen and women are addressed transparently and that measures are taken to ensure that such coercion is never allowed to happen again.

As the elites telegraph their desire for another round of lockdowns for “Disease X,” it’s necessary to start preparing our families for another pandemic outbreak, one potentially far more deadly than the original COVID-19 outbreak. Between lockdowns and disease, the specter of a serious socially disruptive pandemic looms large over the United States. 

How are you and your family preparing for the next round of disease outbreaks? Leave your thoughts in the comments below. 

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