By Ken Jorgustin – Modern Survival Blog
There are many uses for a night vision device (NVD) including that of the military, law enforcement, security, surveillance, hunting, wildlife observation, navigation, hidden-object detection, entertainment, and more.
Although a night vision device can be an expensive addition to one’s preparedness ‘toolkit’, it could prove itself invaluable under some circumstances.
Here’s information on how night vision devices work, the differences in technology of the various generations (GEN-0,1,2,3,4…), and a good resource for getting yourself one…
The Survival Place Blog – Staff Writer
The Internet. As boundless and infinite as space. Or is it? Though spending time online has become one of America’s favorite past times — nearly 75 percent of U.S. homes have Internet access, according to the U.S. Census Bureau — it has also become the backbone of countless businesses, organizations and government agencies. Since the dawn of dial-up, the main goal of providers and the main demand of users has been faster, faster, faster. However, that horizonless hub of information may now be facing some very real limitations.
The World Wide Web may be intangible, but users still require very tangible methods of connecting to it. Analysts in the U.K. warn that the fiber optics and cables necessary to send data to our devices are rapidly approaching their limits. Data handling is not the only issue at hand, either — there also exists a power problem. With Internet accessibility and usage increasing everyday, in the country of the Britain alone, internet usage has the potential In just 20 years to consume all of the U.K.’s power supply. These troubles have many expressing very real concerns about Internet usage caps and even the possibility of collapse.
At the risk of such devastating consequences, backing up one’s data and protecting sensitive information from security breaches in the wake of an Internet collapse is more important than ever. Here are a few tips:
Create a partition
For Windows users, by default, the files you create are stored in your My Documents folder. This folder then categorizes the files based on the kind of files they are. This is great for an organization, but the My Documents and all of its subfolders inhabit the most vulnerable area of your hard drive: the Windows partition. If you create a different partition to store these files, when it is time to reinstall Windows, you do not overwrite the files, making it easier and safer to back up data.
Use an external hard drive
Naturally, as handy and convenient as cloud storage is, it will do you no good if you cannot reach the cloud. For your most sensitive information, like tax documents and identity data, or for your most treasured files, like family photos and videos, maintaining a separate hard drive allows you to have digital copies that aren’t “plugged in” to the Web. It is basically a catalog of your files that you can hold on to for safekeeping but hook up to a computer if you need access, no online transmission required. So if the Web unravels, you still have your data.
In 1998, a group of hackers known as LOpht attempted to warn a panel of senators of the threats that lurked in the shadows of the Web. LOpht spoke of the vulnerabilities within programs and software and encouraged the statesmen to take action, yet nothing was done to ensure the safety of Internet users, and the burden of security falls on the shoulders of the users even today. Cybercrime is constantly evolving. With every security measure businesses and individuals take, the black hats seem to find new ways around. Being educated on cybersecurity vulnerabilities is your first line of defense in online security.
As engineers scramble to find solutions for the limitations of optic fibers, and as countries begin to understand the power demands swelling internet usage requires, it’s time to begin your own line of defense against the consequences of finding the end of the Internet frontier.
By Ken Jorgustin – Modern Survival Blog
Security lighting is the best preventative measure that you can take for home security. This may include outdoor motion lights or other such lighting for burglary deterrence and nighttime security purposes.
Once you’ve installed security lighting, you will be rewarded with a sense of safety. Every time that I have added more lighting to our house and property, I have had this increased feeling of safety and security (warm and fuzzy ).
Intruders, no matter their intention, do not like lights on at night. It will expose them and will most certainly deter them.
Here are a few simple and logical tips for your own security lighting:
By Ken Jorgustin – Modern Survival Blog
The unprepared. Sadly, most people are unprepared in the context of ‘survival and preparedness’ and/or just having a deep food pantry.
While recently having discussed the notion of being prepared for the unprepared, I touched upon the very real need for security during a time of deep societal collapse whereby the modern day delivery systems of just-in-time infrastructure have broken partially or altogether.
Since remarkably most people only have an approximate 3 day supply of food for their household, it is a certainty that these people will become hungry, angry, and eventually desperate – and may become a clear and present danger to you – the prepared – during a time of deep societal downfall.
So given that you cannot save everyone (even if you so desired) without ‘shooting yourself in the foot’, the need to establish your own security will become a very important priority to protect what’s yours. It’s an ‘icky’ subject for some, and not very comfortable to think about or talk about – but it will be a reality that is forced upon you – should society descend to such a place…
By Ruby Burks – Ready Nutrition
In the previous article on how your guard dogs could be compromised, I talked about how easy it is for me to get past your dog and onto your property when you’re not home. Most people think that their pet dog behaves the same way towards strangers entering the property when the owner isn’t home as they do when the owner is present. They see their dog barking ferociously and relentlessly and think they have a great guard dog on their hands. My off the farm job requires that I enter all types of private property unannounced hundreds of times a month and I can tell you this just isn’t true in almost every case.
If you want your dog to protect your property while you’re away, there are a few things you can do that make it easier for the dog to do his job and to protect your dog from those that would otherwise want to do him harm.
Limit the Protection Zone
Dogs are naturally territorial, but they have a limit to what they consider their territory. You may think of your entire acreage as “yours”, but your dog doesn’t. The larger your property and the farther away from their territory they get, the less incentive they feel to protect it. I feel much safer meeting your dog at your gate at the end of your long driveway than I do if your gate is open and I attempt to get out of my vehicle closer to the house. The exceptions to this rule are dogs that are bred specifically to be livestock guardians, which we’ll discuss later.
If you have acreage that is fenced around the perimeter, put up a fence around your house and out buildings, too, and keep your dog inside that zone. Install adequate shelter for the dog (a doggie door that leads inside one of the buildings or a dog house) within that perimeter. This is not only the humane thing to do; it will also take advantage of the dog’s natural desire to defend its “den” and territory.
Never leave out fetch-type toys when you’re not home. Balls, Frisbees, and other types of toys commonly used to play fetch are the first things I look for. If you have a dog that loves to play fetch, I have a dog that loves to play fetch! I’ll either try to get your dog excited about “Find the ball! Where’s your ball?!” or if I’m unable to get the dog to go get the toy for me, I’ll look for a suitable substitute on my side of the perimeter like a stick.
Keep the dog poo picked up. A yard full of dog poo is just gross and encourages parasites, but it’s also a dead give-away to let me know what size of a dog you have before I see the dog. Little bitty poos and small dog houses- perfect! I walk right in. No one is that afraid of a twenty pound dog. If your dog is on the smallish side, try to locate the dog house out of site. On the other hand, if you have a big dog and a dog house sized to go with it, place it in a conspicuous place- the intent is to intimidate and give pause to whoever wants to enter your property before they get a chance to meet your dog. Dogs can pick up on body language much better than we can and someone who is apprehensive is nervous and a little afraid.
Limit the amount of bushes and objects near your home. One of the only times I feared for my life was while entering the backyard of a suburban home. I had been told there was a known biter at this house, but that the dog was secured inside the home. No one told me about the doggie door. I was halfway across the backyard before the dog realized I was there and I was much too far away from the entry gate to get out before the dog could catch me. The only reason I was able to escape is because the owner of the house was so messy. Their yard was cluttered with all manner of things that I used to defend myself.
Provide a Pack
When we form a bond with a dog, we become part of their pack and dogs will defend anything in their pack, including other dogs and animals. Many breeds that are now used in police and protection work were originally bred to protect a flock and don’t do well when left alone for an eight-hour (or longer) workday. An “only child” dog left alone all day while you’re at work is often a bored and lonely dog. They don’t have the job to do and will often welcome my unexpected company.
Livestock Guardian Dogs (LGDs) make great protection dogs, but they need something other than property to protect while you’re gone. The pack instinct is very strong in these types of dogs and, with proper training and supervision to control the prey drive instinct, they’ll bond with almost any kind of livestock and make it part of their pack. This brings me to the Backup Auxillary Dog- a small dog that acts as a companion to your LGD (if they have no other livestock companions) and an additional set of ears/eyes.
Dog flippers are just like real estate flippers, except real estate flippers don’t steal your house. Purebreds, especially unaltered animals that are still capable of breeding, are prime targets, but any dog can fall victim to these pet thieves. As reported in this Time article, pet flipping is on the rise.
“In a typical pet-flipping situation, a criminal will get hold of a pet — either by stealing it or seeing the animal in a “Pet found” poster or ad on Craigslist and claiming to be the owner — and then turn around and sell it for a quick profit. It’s a cause for concern for pet owners, obviously, but also for anyone looking to buy a dog or cat. The scam is an extension of dognapping, a trend that the American Kennel Club reported spiking in recent years.”
Contrary to popular belief, these dogs are no longer stolen by unscrupulous Class B Dealers, aka dog bunchers, and sold to laboratories thanks to a recent change in the law for research facilities.
“Class B” is a USDA designation for individuals who buy, sell, or transport animals they did not breed and raise themselves…. Class B dealers sell dogs and cats for research, and some of these individuals have generated controversy because of repeated failures to provide adequate care for animals and, in some cases, selling lost or stolen pets to research labs.”
Instead, most pet thieves are motivated by a variety of reasons. Purebreds and “designer dogs” can cost hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars. The thieves steal the dogs and then turn around and sell them as unpapered purebreds, use them for dog breeding and sell off the offspring, or claim to have found the dog and demand a finder’s fee (a form of ransom) from distraught owners. Occasionally, expensive or highly desirable breeds are stolen by thieves to give to themselves or to their friends or family. Arguably the cruelest of all are the dogs stolen and used as bait animals in dog fighting.
Another group worth mention is the Do Gooders: those individuals that make it their mission, whether they belong to an organized animal rights group like PETA or not, to “rescue” dogs. Non-aggressive working dogs are especially susceptible to these types of people. They see a dog that was bred to be perfectly suited for the environment and conditions it’s working/living in and think the dog is being mistreated.
Never Feed From Your Hand
Using the tactics above to take advantage of your dog’s instincts will also help protect your dog. Additionally, never feed your dog out of your hand or toss food at their feet or in the air. It teaches the dog to accept hand-held treats and to eat things thrown over a fence. Instead, toss a bit of food down and train your dog to “leave it”. This won’t fool-proof every dog, but make those hand-held and tossed treats less familiar and therefore make your dog more cautious about accepting them when left to their own devices. If your dog is small and portable, never leave it unattended in a yard or alone in a car.
Make Your Dog Less Desirable
Spaying and neutered your dog makes them less desirable to would-be dog thieves and reduces the animal’s desire to roam in search of a mate. Micro-chipping your dog is the best form of identification. Virtually all veterinarians and animal shelters have the device to read the chip to find out the rightful owner. It’s important to note that the information on the chip needs to be registered to your name as soon as possible and then updated anytime you have a change of address or phone number. Take close-up photos of distinguishing characteristics of your dog- for instance, a white stripe on it’s chest or the pattern of it’s stocking feet or any scars it may have. Take yearly photos of your dog, including full body and face shots, so you always have updated photos in case you need to post a “lost dog” ad.If you do discover your dog missing, watch the “found” ads in the newspaper and on the internet. Respond to any that are even close to your pet’s description. What one person describes as a “red hound mix” may look like a “yellow pit mix” to someone else. Check your local shelters and search websites like www.petfinder.com or www.petharbor.com to see if your dog has been taken in by a rescue. Many communities also have Facebook groups dedicated to finding lost or stolen dogs. If you post to your own Facebook profile, be sure to make the post “public” so it can be seen and shared by as many people as possible. Monitor pets for sale or pet adoption ads in newspapers or online from pet thieves are looking to profit from stealing your animal.
By making a few small changes to your property, you can help your dog to do a better job of defending it. Teaching your dog that food comes from a bowl, not from your hand, will help prevent them from becoming conditioned to take treats from strangers. Micro-chipping your dog and taking yearly photos will greatly increase your chances of getting your dog back if he gets stolen. Done together, you and your dog are better able to protect each other.
About the author:
Ruby is a first generation Californian who grew up in the heart of the Central San Joaquin Valley farming community. She’s been involved in agriculture for 40 years and learned to preserve food, traditional home arts, to hunt and fish, raise livestock and garden from her Ozark native mother.
By Michael Snyder – End Of The American Dream
Do you ever wonder if someone might come marching into your church one Sunday morning and start shooting? When I was growing up, I never even imagined that some mentally-imbalanced individual or a group of Islamic terrorists would ever attempt to attack a church service that I was attending, but times have changed. There have been more mass shootings in America during the presidency of Barack Obama than under the previous four presidents combined, and the primary target of the Islamic terrorists in San Bernardino was a Messianic Christian. The shooters in San Bernardino could have very easily decided to hunt him down at his place of worship instead of at a workplace Christmas party if they had wanted to. And we all remember the horrific mass shooting that took place at a church in South Carolina earlier this year. Our churches are very vulnerable “soft targets”, and Christians all over America are starting to realize that security needs to become a higher priority.
Just like schools, malls, movie theaters, concert halls and sporting events, churches are places where large numbers of people gather and where security is typically minimal. As Christmas approaches, FEMA is holding “specialized training” for churches that includes training for “active shooter incidents”…
Christian churches have been refining their security plans ahead of receiving some of their largest crowds of the year for Christmas.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has been holding specialized training for congregations for “all hazards, including active shooter incidents.”
If Islamic terrorists were to even just hit one or two of our churches, attendance all across America would immediately plummet. Nobody wants to feel like they are taking their family to a place of danger, and so that is the power of random attacks like the ones that we recently witnessed in Paris. If terrorists can make us feel that they could strike anywhere and at any time, the panic and fear that will create will fundamentally change the way that we go about doing things.
Just look at what is already happening. Church greeters are already being trained to “feel for weapons” as they are hugging people coming in the front door…
Christian churches have been refining their security plans ahead of receiving some of their largest crowds of the year for Christmas. On a FEMA webinar last Wednesday on protecting houses of worship, the chief security executive at The Potter’s House, the Rev. TD Jakes’ megachurch in Dallas, gave tips about behavior that should raise concern, such as a congregant arriving in a long coat in hot weather. If needed, church greeters could give a hug and feel for weapons, said the executive, Sean Smith.
And at one Catholic congregation in North Carolina, backpacks, baby strollers and diaper bags have been banned from worship areas…
About the author:
Michael T. Snyder is a graduate of the University of Florida law school and he worked as an attorney in the heart of Washington D.C. for a number of years.
Read his new book The Beginning of the End