Jul 16, 2010


Hello everyone, I would like to welcome you to the first edition of CVSP. I am going to begin this blog as my way of helping everyone out there to help prepare for anything that my happen to you and your family in the future. I do not prescribe to tinfoil hat theories or conspiracies. I am more concerned with current events such as Hurricane Katrina, the earthquakes in Haiti, and the destruction of the economy in the US. Over time I will discuss different methods and techniques that you can use to improve your life, prepare for contingencies, and be better prepared for emergencies or tragedies that may occur in life.

I'm not sure how I will go about this, but I am generally a well organized person, so, I will attempt to lay out a plan for anyone beginning to prepare and go into each subject with my experience, knowledge and thoughts on how to improve on each subject.

As I'm new at this I am not entirely certain how to work this site, but I want to have your input here so that I may also learn from you as well. I just have to figure out HOW to do this :-)


  1. Oh! Apparently it's automatic! Yeah!

  2. I can see you and my dad having a good time talking. He is in the process of buying some land in Oregon and has this big plan to have a bunch of families set up to use it as a retreat site. I first heard the word Prepper from him.

    He just bought a backhoe and has been noodling over plans for building greenhouses. He figures that most of the time the greenhouses (made of pvc pipe and shrink wrap) will be used for growing things and if/when the time comes they can be converted to immediate emergency housing as needed.


  3. Hi Gina, glad to see you drop by ;-) Prepping isn't just for people looking to hunker down and wait for Armageddon.

    You can prep, by stocking up on extra food and water, having a first aid kit in you home and car, as well as having a basic Bug out (72hr) bag ready to go. You never know when an earthquake will hit, or if you can't find work for a while it's nice to not have a food bill for a few months.

    Or, your car could breakdown in SoCal leaving you stuck for a day or two, wouldn't it be nice to have a couple changes of comfortable clothes on hand? Not to mention some snack foods and water if you beak down in the middle of I-5?

  4. Knowledge is power!
    I have a bug out handout and am presently working on a bug-in handout. I've been a prepper (we used to be called survivalists) since 1977. 20 years in the military (5 of them as a survival instructor) will do that to you.
    It's not just a matter of you breaking down, most people don't keep their gas tank topped off so if there is a disaster and everyone bugs out, how many of them are going to run out of gas and block the roads??? Have a good map with alternate routes mapped out. make sure you have plenty of gas. check the range of your car with the gas you have. it may not be feasible to try and drive all the way to Oregon from southern CA. . If you wind up having to walk, how long will it take you??? plan for that supply wise.

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  6. joatsurvival, welcome aboard. I still call myself a survivalist as well. Of course I still call myself a Trekkie also. Never like changing names just for the sake of change.

    And you make some good points about vehicular preparedness, but walking from L.A. to Oregon seems a bit much. If I was stuck in L.A. and had to get to Oregon for some reason, and the roads were blocked, I would work on getting a boat or private plane to charter.

    I was also in the Military (Army), and as infantry goes, walking sucks if you don't have to. In my prime, on optimal terrain, I could go about 20 miles a day. L.A. to Oregon is about 800 miles, that would be about 40 days of walking. In my prime. You could probably double that comfortably with road problems, injury, foraging, etc. Now you trip is taking almost 3 months.

    A boat on the other hand can do it in a day or two.

    I point this out not to poo-poo your plans, but to encourage everyone to think "outside the box". Not everyone has the same capabilities, or resources, so everyone must plan for themselves how to accomplish a particular goal.

  7. Not to poo poo your ideas, but,can you pilot a boat or fly an airplane? Then there is the matter or acquiring a boat or plane. You could very well be shot for trying to borrow either of these. Will they have enough fuel to get you the distance? Gravity works and I for one would not like to do a forced landing on land or water (especially these waters) . Others will have the same idea and may be better organized(armed) than you , what then?? What is your contingency plan? What about borrowing a train or one of those rail inspection trucks?
    As to chartering a boat or plane, do you have enough money or barter material to make it worth while to the owner of the boat or plane?

  8. How many of you have watched the colony on discovery channel? What are your thoughts on this season.