Wouldn’t You Like To Be A Prepper, Too? – Emergency And Survival Shelter

photo of a campsite and campfire

by Oletta Branstiter Gimme Shelter! When the excrement hits the oscillator, the first thing to consider for immediate survival is shelter. What are the bare necessities of a shelter? At the very least, a shelter must protect us from the weather and environmental dangers. It must provide an enclosed space, defensible entry, enough space to store resources and do protected tasks, and places for everyone to rest. Hard Lessons My daughter, a Hurrican Harvey survivor, is learning that shelter can involve more than mere survival. When the flood waters began…

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Orienteering

by Oletta Branstiter There’s a lot of talk about orientation nowadays. I discovered my orientation in high school, as my Civics teacher encouraged my interpretations of the Constitution, and as I discovered Objectivism in Ayn Rand’s, Atlas Shrugged. I identified as a Patriot. As I looked back, I realized that my ideology was being defined even before then. The elementary school I attended in the San Francisco Bay Area during the late 1960s, provided a five-day camping field trip for all 5th graders in nearby La Honda. The experience offered…

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