Survival Scout Tips — planning

Salvage Today's Food Supply to Protect Tomorrow's

SALVAGE TODAY’S FOOD SUPPLY TO PROTECT TOMORROW’S 31% of all available food in the U.S. goes to waste. Let’s break down what that means for the average household. According to a report from the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), "American families throw out approximately 25 percent of the food and beverages they buy. The cost estimate for the average family of four is $1,365 to $2,275 annually." For those of us trying to stretch our budget for preparedness, reducing waste can be huge. Using the money we save by not wasting food can translate into emergency food storage that can...

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Without Practice, Plans Are Only Intentions

WITHOUT PRACTICE, PLANS ARE ONLY INTENTIONS There is a reason we say at MPS that preparedness is a journey. Many of us are excellent in the planning phases. Others are better at executing plans. To be truly self-reliant and prepared, we must all learn to be good at both.   Both planning and practicing are equally important. You can have a stockpile of emergency supplies. A bombproof bug-out bunker. Extensive mapping of routes to and from rendezvous locations. But none of it will be of much use if you aren’t confident in actually putting these plans to use. So, in...

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The Truth About National Preparedness Month

THE TRUTH ABOUT “PREPAREDNESS MONTH” IT’S A LIFELONG JOURNEY – ONE YOU’LL CHERISH EVERY STEP I’ll cut right to the chase today. Look, if you're anything like me (and I know many of you are) you don't need one month out of the year to remind you to get prepared. Hurricane Harvey is reminder enough. The first National Preparedness Month was in 2004 and yet, less than one year later, we saw an absolutely abysmal response by the US Government in providing aid to our brothers and sisters impacted by Hurricane Katrina. I guess FEMA didn't follow their own advice...

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Improvisation: When Plans (Inevitably) Fail

IMPROVISATION:When Plans (Inevitably) Fail In today's Survival Scout, we'll discuss a principle known as improvisation. You might be familiar with the term as it's used in music or comedy, but it essentially means thinking on your feet. Improvisation is a natural complement to preparedness. The unfortunate truth is that, no matter how hard you try, you can never be 100% prepared for the unexpected. That's the very nature of the unexpected. You can come close. It's our mission to help you get 99.9999...% prepared. However, sometimes our plans will fail us. We may not have enough of a critical item....

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Which Needs Come First?

WHICH NEEDS COME FIRST?APPLYING MASLOW'S WORK TO OURPREPAREDNESS JOURNEYS Today, I want to discuss something that's been kicking around my mind for a while. I was reflecting on a psychology concept known as Maslow's Hierarchy. You familiar with it? Well, I thought I'd share my thoughts on this concept from a preparedness perspective. What it teaches us we can all use to get better prepared. To give everyone a basic background, Abraham Maslow proposed his hierarchy of needs in a 1943 paper titled "A Theory of Human Motivation." Since then, this hierarchy of needs is often illustrated as a pyramid....

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What's the Worst That Could Happen? A Mom Prepares After Terrorism

What's the Worst that Could Happen? A Mom Prepares After Terrorism Today, I thought I'd share a true story of one family's self-reliance journey that followed a horrendous attack on our country. Meet Patriot Jean, who has plenty to share from her preparedness journey. In the hours after the events the morning of September 11, 2001, I wondered if more attacks were imminent. As one of eight million living in the Chicagoland area, I wondered if my flourishing suburb was another strike away from a stampede at the grocery store or gas station.What would happen if another country were to...

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Learn From Those Who've Come Before: The Story of Patriot Larry

As we all prepare for the year ahead, we thought some inspiration was in order. Meet Patriot Larry When we plan ahead, we need to be reminded exactly why we lead a lifestyle of preparedness and self-reliance. For many of us, we do it to provide and protect for the ones we love. In that spirit, we're going to do something special with our Survival Scout today. We're going to tell the storyof one of our own:Patriot Larry. My Patriot Supply is a company filled with passionate people. As active participants in the preparedness and self-reliant lifestyle, we want to...

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My Patriot Supply - Self-Reliance Planner

Happy New Year! We hope your Christmas holiday was wonderful. Ready for the New Year? In our first Survival Scout of 2017, we thought we'd do something special that will help you prepare for the year ahead. No, it's not a list of resolutions and how to stick to them. It's something much more powerful - and practical - that will boost everyone's level of self-reliance and preparedness. THE MY PATRIOT SUPPLYSELF-RELIANCE PLANNER Whether you've made New Year's Resolutions or not yet, this may be the most important thing you read to start your year off right. The unfortunate thing...

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One Simple Piece of Preparedness Wisdom

With Christmas nearing and another year coming to a close, I thought I'd share a small but powerful piece of wisdom and reflection we could all use right about now. The reason for this season is celebration and joy, so in that spirit, I hope you find this message uplifting and inspiring. Let's face it. Patriots like us have heard enough bad news this year. Continue reading for a new perspective that will keep you going in your preparedness journey - all with a smile on your face.   POSITIVE PREPAREDNESS IN A WORLD OF NEGATIVITY As Americans, we've had...

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Check it Twice: Will You Forget These?

As fall marches on, we can sense winter rapidly approaching. Harvest has gone from full swing to slowly fading. For many folks, this signals the time to get those fall chores done to prepare for winter. Clean the gutters. Put the boat and other summer toys away. We call this "winterizing." Well, the same goes for us living the preparedness lifestyle. Today, we thought we'd share a checklist we created to help you make most of the time left in fall to properly prepare for winter. WINTER IS COMING, ARE YOU PREPARED?  Every time the seasons start to change, it's...

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