Greetings and welcome to the Patriot Express Newsletter Edition #160. Thanks for stopping by to spend a few minutes with us. As we begin our journey through May, we see lots of different weather patterns and conditions around the nation. While many are preparing for doomsday, remember you are more likely to be hit by mother nature and natural disasters than eventual doomsday. By preparing vs prepping, we focus on everyday life, not a single event. You could have other events that will impact your daily life and impede your abilities to provide for yourself and your family. Being prepared is an insurance policy to protect you and your loved ones. Most insurance policies pay off after the event has struck. Preparedness is a policy to protect you from the start of the event. You decide.
Last Friday evening I had a great visit with the Crossville and one of the KY team leads along with their CEOs. We shared a good meal at a local eatery while discussing topics covered in a HFS Team Leader meeting conducted the night before. Time together and positive discussions makes for an easier drive home to Eastern TN. I appreciate their time given up meeting with me on a Friday evening.
Ms. Lucy and I will be entering another crazy period of life with lots of travel the next six weeks or so. Somehow, we will manage and work it out, but time will be limited, and our energy will have to be focused on numerous task we do each week in order to keep the train on the track. Why does it seem that life goes faster with more to do as we age?
Okay, let us move along.
Thursday Zoom Rallies – This week we conducted HFS Zoom Rally #87 with more group exercises and a discussion on upcoming changes to HFS. We also spent more time focusing on the importance of building a P.A.C.E. Family Communication Plan and why. If a disaster strikes tomorrow, do you have a plan in place to communicate with loved ones?
Communications: You can now follow HFS social media on the following outlets:
Facebook – Hope for Survival
YouTube Channel – Hope for Survival
MeWe: - //mewe.com/p/hopeforsurvival2
Odysee - Hope for Survival (odysee.com)
Parler - Preparedness101
Check out the newest HFS YouTube video at this link. If you have not, please hit subscribe and support our efforts to get the preparedness message out. Thanks. https://youtu.be/TKayDFymR7I
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Guest and Newcomers
If you are a guest or newcomer to the HFS journey, please check out this link for additional
information offered through HFS. https://www.hopeforsurvival.com/post/guest-and-newcomers-information-page
Hope for Survival books and HFS Thumb Drive for Emergency Documents -: You can obtain information on the two HFS books at this link: Survival, Preparedness, Disaster Management for individuals or family (hopeforsurvival.com)
Hope for Survival - How Food, Water, Shelter, and Security Could Save Your Life (Book 1)
Hope for Survival - The Mindset (Book 2)
HFS Thumb Drive for Emergency Documents - We just restocked the HFS Thumb drive and have them available now. Follow this link and you will see the add at the top of the page. Blog | Survival (hopeforsurvival.com)
Heritage Life Skills 2022 - Waynesville, NC, May 20-22 - TIME IS RUNNING OUT!!! Class schedule and signups are posted for your review and selection. Once again, the price for a full weekend attendance or single day visit can't be beat. This is a very affordable opportunity for loads of preparedness training and information. Not to mention, you will meet some amazing people who become friends for life in many cases. Here is the link to view this year's classes, class schedules, and instructor bios. Upcoming Events | Carolina Readiness | Preparedness & Camping Store If you have questions, please call the Carolina Readiness Supply at 828-456-5310.
If you would like to sign up for classes taught by Hope for Survival at this event, here's the posted HFS dates, times, and classes being taught.
Thursday, May 19, 2022 - HFS Potluck Dinner (time to be determined)
Friday, May 20, 2022 - 830 AM to 1130 AM - Preparedness 101
Friday, May 20, 2022 - 1 PM - 230 PM - Preparedness 102
Friday, May 20, 2022 - 3 PM - 430 PM - Vetting New Members (New Class)
Saturday, May 21, 2022 - 830 AM - 1130 AM - Preparedness 101
Saturday, May 21, 2022 - 1 PM - 230 PM - Preparedness 102
Saturday, May 21, 2022 - 3 PM - 430 PM - Psychological Preparedness (New Class)
Sunday, May 22, 2022 - 830 AM - 10 AM - Vetting New Members (New Class)
Sunday, May 22, 2022 - 10:30 AM - 1200 PM - Protecting Your Five Mile Radius
Sunday, May 22, 2022 - 1 PM - 230 PM - Psychological Preparedness (New Class)
We must make this brief public announcement to protect the innocent.
Ding, Ding, Ding....Attention HFS readers..... Opinions shared in this newsletter are just that, opinions, and nothing more. Read at your own risk. The owner and author of this site is not responsible for hurt feelings or thin-skinned readers. I do my best to show restraint and respect to the best extent possible. I take as many precautions as possible and try to remain as nonpolitical as possible, however, there are times when I just can't help but point certain things out. Occasionally I use words only Patriots recognize and understand. It's not personal against any non-Patriot. It's just the truth. Sometimes we must pull up our spenders and suck it up. Just saying. Stay the course, read what you want, and avoid the rest. Avoid fear porn as much as possible and the day will be okay. When all else fails… Keep the faith and always have Hope.
Let’s move along and get to some thoughts...
Thoughts for the week -
I-D-M - "It Doesn't Matter" and for some you may hear "it don't matter." Regardless how you hear it the meaning remains the same. I-D-M is possibly the single most pointed out item for Hope for Survival over the past year. Yep, I have chapped my fair share of backsides and attitudes with the I-D-M statement. But it's true and it can't be proved wrong. It is no skin off my elbows either way and I'm simply trying to help others learn, understand and prepare. If someone is trapped on the roof of their flooded house and a helicopter flies over offering them rescue, and they pass it up waiting for a boat, they probably haven't figured it out yet.
No matter what is said or offered some people look at me and they are on another planet. You can see it in their eyes. Heck, in the middle of your statement they interrupt me with another topic unrelated to the point I was making. I swear they are on Planet Lost through the entire conversation. To keep this simple, I am offering them a boat engine to go against the tide, yet they are convinced using their hands as boat oars is better.
What you believe and what you choose to do is a personal choice. The question is how much time do you have to get it together? Sometimes I think to myself that people are living like a racehorse with partial blinders on. They have limited vision and they see and hear what they want. Just like my pastor said on Sunday, "if you preach the Bible you are going to offend someone." That is a fact. And I feel the same way at times sharing my thoughts on preparedness based on lessons learned from my past life and things I experienced and witnessed. I can run furiously across the field yelling "the buffaloes are coming, run." A few would run and a few would stand still trying to figure out if buffaloes are really approaching or did I hire a tympani player to stand beyond the ridge and give a long tympani cadence to sound like a charging herd.
It is this simple. You can be the steppingstone for yourself, family, and community, or you can be the stumbling stone who ignored and failed those who love you and look up to you. What will your choice be?
Here is the thing. people are spending and wasting valuable time on things that just don't matter. I have beaten this topic like a dirty rug hanging in the Mojave Desert. I could simply stop and just move on and let those hanging in Epstein style do so. If people wish to follow this fad or that fad that turns out to be another wish on no return, they are investing in lottery odds. I have suggested repeatedly for preparers to invest their money in preparedness and not lottery tickets with no return.
Do you realize readers get mad at me for telling them the truth on things they do not wish to hear? I'm not pointing this out to criticize people and I'm not laughing at them. I'm the ranger in the park yelling "fire, fire, fire" to the boys at the table playing cards. The fire burns hotter and gets closer and the boys continue their card game. What matters most? The approaching fire or the card game? How can grown educated adults believe Elvis is still alive, the former President is really married to Princess Di who is still alive, half the Democratic Party is locked up at Gitmo and the other half got executed. It's doesn't matter. Shall I continue? The military is planning a revolt and will take control of the White House and the former President will regain power. Hillary Clinton is also being held at Gitmo and a body double is being used for her appearances in public. People...it doesn't matter. People will tell you the Bible is nonsense yet believe the voice of a person they have never met who is selling them hope based on an unnamed inside sources who parades nonsense. Yes, it is easy to believe, and even easier because 150,000 other people listen to the same information and gobble it up. When all the local stores are out of food and your family crying because of hunger, are you going to run around town explaining to food vendors you need food, or a story you heard on a podcast relating to dwarf giraffes taking over Saudi Arabia?
We are living in a world where it seems people will find any reason to bring down another person. We are living in a society where we praise and warship high school and college athletes more than students working to become brain surgeons and bridge builders. We have a government wanting to wipe out the college debt of many while leaving critical thinking skills in debt for years. What is wrong with our nation and the world? If the indebted college educated doctor voices opposition to the college dropout football player who goes pro after two years of college with millions of dollars already in their pockets, the debt loaded doctors are titled racist for not understanding what a college jock goes through. Let me put it another way. College football playing jocks are weighted down from the millions of dollars in their pockets and are rushed to the hospital for a head injury that requires brain surgery to be performed by the debt loaded doctor. Think about that. Parents are losing control of their children to skill systems, drag queens are parading as guest in churches, our nation has more debt than common sense, and people tell me nothing is wrong, it will all work out.
The Federal Government, both parties, tells us we need to tackle the nations poverty so the poor can be somewhat equal. Really? I don't think many would argue the point with taking care of our people. But when the government rewards bad behavior and pays non-residents more in monthly income than hard working Americans trying to survive, then we have a problem, and it is getting worse. Almost everywhere we travel we find "always hiring" signs all over the place. In our small community a person waits 30 minutes to one hour for seating. No, not because they are busy. Half the place is empty. They don't have full staffs to seat people at every table. Managers continually state workers no longer worker because the government pays them more to stay home. Why? Yet, even people who recognize and talk about this will tell you there is no problem and things will be fine.
Our world is upside down because the things that should have mattered the past 50 years didn't matter while we spent time living life and believing someone else took care of what mattered. Now that its upside down, many now believes the world will be fixed by a magic rabbit popping out of a hat. Abracadabra type stuff.
Now, let me ask you a question. If people are smart enough to figure out all these things are wrong and it is bad enough to require a rabbit to pop out of a hat and fix it, then why would the same person not recognize they better get their act together and stop focusing on all the things that doesn't matter? I am convinced a large number of alternative news listeners thrive on fear porn. Building a preparedness plan is boring and takes effort. How much is your family worth to you? I don't make predictions, but I can tell you all the negatives surrounding us are worth taking note of and not doing anything about it to protect your family is foolish.
When you are making out your daily schedule, make sure you place the letters I-D-M at the top of each day and apply it to each hour. How are you spending your time that matters or doesn't matter? Faith, family and friends, and community.
When a person or family starts their preparedness journey and begins the madness of reading countless websites, listens to numerous blogs, and gets on preparedness forums, their brain is fried, and they feel lost and defeated. They feel they are hopeless and must spend thousands of dollars to get prepared. Nonsense. They have yet to find the one location or person who will ask the single most important question; "what are you preparing for?" Few to none ever will ask the question "have you conducted a risk assessment to your location and then determine any and all potential existing threats. Why not? Risk assessments aren't cool and very few post-apocalyptic books ever mention doing the RA. But, let me ask you, if you are preparing for something how do you know how to prepare if you don't know where you stand as a starting point and what are the threats to you in a priority order? How can you, if at all, mitigate identified vulnerabilities if you don't know what they are? Right?
When you are driving down the highway and start down a mountain at 55 mph and then see a yellow sign alerting you the safe speed is 45 mph going into a curve, the sign is identifying a possible threat ahead and the mitigation is to slow down to 45 mph. You either maintain 55 mph or slow down to 45 mph to offset the threat. Your choice. Just like in preparedness, you must pick and choose to what degree you wish to prepare for potential threats forecasted ahead.
There is a process that can be used to help you out. I personally named it protecting your five mile radius. This can be more or less than five miles. You could have two miles and build upon it as you build your community team located further out from you. This gains you distance and hopefully will help push the threat further away from you and offer you a communication point to alert you when a possible threat passes a group member located a distance away but in your radius you are trying to protect.
There's several key areas you should put in your risk assessment process in order to build a complete picture of your community. One area is key personnel around you. This is called assessing the human terrain factor. This is a must category to complete because many of your community and personal risks and areas you may