Is the Syrian civil war closer to home than we think?

It makes me sad. Everyday I turn on the news, there is more bloodshed over in Syria. The government security forces quietly killing activists. Then it escalates to innocent people getting kidnapped and killed, and eventually the military starts opening fire on protests. It was only a matter of time before civilians started fighting back.

Syria MapFrom there, all out civil war erupts. Civilians band together to form rebel groups. Volunteers from other countries side with the rebel forces to try to get democracy in Syria, and to get freedom from the oppressive dictatorship. Some of the volunteers fight with the Syrian rebels just because they like to fight.

The Syrian army goes from village to village, bombing towns, and destroying buildings wherever they go. Now they are being accused of using chemical weapons. That is a pure bullying tactic, being used to scare the civilians into submission.

Not everyone is fighting, though. There are a lot of innocent, peaceful civilians, caught in the crossfire. What are they to do? Are they safe to stay in their homes? Are they safer to leave, and go to a less populated area?

Do you know if you’re staying in or bugging out?

I am in no way predicting a civil war coming to this land. I definitely in no way want anything like this to happen in this great nation that I love. Even though I may not want it, I am not blind to the signs of what is going on.

Our privacy is getting less and less, in the name of national security. We are losing more and more Constitutional rights, in the name of homeland security. The right-wing, conservative America is more rapidly becoming the minority, and is under attack. Our religion and gun rights are being violated more and more every day. If we speak of the Bible, the Constitution, or the Bill of Rights, we are becoming the enemy to the government.

Do you have a plan?

So what if there is an uprising here in America? What are you going to do to protect your family? Are you going to stay put, or are you bugging out? Do you have a plan? Do you even know how to logically make a plan for you and your family?

A few weeks ago I got a copy of a report called The Family Survival System. This report is over 40 pages packed with survival planning, techniques, and practical checklists. Being a veteran, and a good ‘ole country boy, I figured that I had a pretty good handle on  what I would do when it hit the fan, but after reading this report, I found that there were several holes in my plan.

If you know the difference between what constitutes you staying in or leaving, then good for you. I would say that you are more prepared than 90% of everyone else. If you aren’t sure, though, there’s still time to act. Taking the time to make a plan is critical. A good plan can always be adjusted later to make it a great plan. Start to prepare now, while we still have the time and the freedom to.

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Prepper Skills vs Knowledge: What’s the Difference?

eval exampleWhen I was in the Navy, my semi-annual evaluations were based off of different performance traits. The first one on the list was “Professional Knowledge.” On those evals, knowledge and skills were paired together, although they are definitely not the same thing. Even the evals made a point of establishing that if a given person had technical knowledge, were they able to put that knowledge to use, and make a skill out of it?


Knowledge is, simply put, things that you have researched but have never performed the task to make a skill out of it. Anything that you have any kind of interest in, there is some kind of documentation covering it somewhere, and more than likely it is online. YouTube, Wiki’s, Google, the possibilities are endless. Knowledge is awesome, but its even more awesome to have practiced that knowledge and acquired a new skill.


A skill is “a process that you can successfully perform that will produce a positive result.” Unless you are some kind of prodigy, you usually need to perform a task more than once to become proficient at it. Some examples of skills may include:

  • Starting a fire
  • Cleaning your firearm
  • Putting up a tent
  • Reading a compass/map

Notice how these skills are very specific. Being able to read a compass is different than being “good with directions.” In order not to fool yourself or others, you should be honest and specific when listing out your skills.

Fully understanding the difference between skills and knowledge is just part of The Prepper Triangle. A man by the name of Frank Mitchell wrote a short book on this, and other must-have skills in the Family Survival System.

Click here to find out more on the Family Survival System.

This book is over 40 pages crammed full of useful information. Frank Mitchell is a member of the Armed Forces, and has been through multiple disaster and survival courses.The information in this book is solid, and is a must have for families and individuals alike. I personally have a copy of this book, and I was amazed at how much detailed information in this book. For anybody who feels like now is the time to start preparing for the coming times, this book is a must-read.