The Stages of a Major Disaster – What would you do?

Being prepared for disasters, major and minor, is something we all should pay attention to. Just in this past year we have seen graphic examples of the disruption weather can cause, both with tornados and hurricanes. Most people have some emergency equipment, if only candles and a generator for power outages, but these are strictly short term aids. Let’s take a realistic look at the stages of a major disaster such as an EMP strike.
The first stage is simple – getting home, and dealing with others who need to get home.
Personal security is paramount. Looting will be rampant and so will beggars and thieves. This is when the survival bag you keep with you can easily be the difference between life and death. There are so many articles about what you should carry with you that I don’t need to cover it. The goal at this stage is simply getting home, or wherever you family plans to meet. This is very short term and fairly specific. Even in the case of tornados, this can be a real challenge.
The second stage is survival as a family, or small community. Readjusting your thinking to conserve and protect what resources you have, and figuring out how you are going to manage on your own, is the main goal. This stage is a little longer and requires more resources and knowledge. In the event of an EMP, there will be no communications and
the grid may be down for years. Looting and roving gangs will be widespread, this can occur even with floods and hurricanes. Chaos will be everywhere. The second stage is as much a matter of developing the mental toughness to do what you have to do, as it is physical preps of stored food and preplanned water filtration. The only thing I have to
say about actually being prepared for this stage is – lifestyle. Yes, lifestyle. My grandparents were farmers. My parents always grew a huge garden and we stored enough vegetables to see us through until the next year. It’s not especially hard, and the food’s much better, which is why I have always tried to do it, before the idea of prepping became common. For the second stage, you need enough stores to get you through till the next growing season and for that, you need a really good idea of how much your
family eats in a year. And that’s only one area of prep.
The third stage is rebuilding a community and system of exchange for goods, services, and knowledge for the long term. The real key to this is going to be knowledge and skill. Where will you go if there is no Walmart? No Lowes? What are you going to do when your shoes wear out, or your shovel breaks? It wasn’t so very long ago that families and
small communities had the skills and knowledge to take care of themselves in all basic areas. Human beings have been doing that for thousands of years without any fancy tech at all, not even electricity, and managed not only to survive. but to thrive in reasonable comfort and security from human predators. Reclaiming the knowledge and skills of our ancestors is ultimately the most important thing we can ever do for our own
  • survival.
    It has long been said that Knowledge is Power. In a survival situation, Knowledge is
    Life!

Laura Brewer, CMM

 

CMM Support Members Are Vital

 

What is a CMM Supporter?…. defined by a Support Squad member….

 

When I became a member of CMM approximately two years ago, I knew I would be unable to participate in the physical aspects of the organization. I was concerned about what the expectations would be for me, personally. The level of Support Squad member was where I was placed due to my physical disabilities. I didn’t want to be in a squad with the expectations of doing absolutely nothing to contribute to the organization (support in contrast to supporter). The meaning of support is “to sustain (a person, the mind, spirits, courage, etc.) under trial or affliction”. I then looked up the meaning of “supporter” to see what it really means and confirmed what I thought. Supporter means, “ someone who ACTIVELY supports a particular idea, group, or person. A person who gives encouragement and approval to someone or something.” I thought about that meaning and realized that even in a “support” level, I am still physically able to encourage, and give spiritual and mental support to the organization. Support is given in many ways. It can be just placing a get well card or sympathy card in the mail to a discouraged or mourning member. It can be by ordering a beautiful flower arrangement for someone who just experienced a death or illness.  It can even be just picking up the phone and calling a discouraged member. It can be just telling someone, “I’m praying for you.”  I always appreciate it when someone takes a minute to just acknowledge I exist in CMM.  It must be very discouraging to be in an organization that is not actively staying in touch with each other. I am happy to know that every step possible is being made to keep us connected to each other from south MS to north MS. We must have interaction to know each other. That’s why I really enjoy social media like Facebook. I know firsthand that it takes individual commitments to just check in every day. I have found that the older I get the shorter the day seems to get. I want to be an asset. I want to be needed. I believe everyone’s inner being has that desire. I remember an episode of “The Andy Griffith Show” where Aunt Bea had gone out of town to take care of a sick family member. While she was gone, Andy and Opie made a mess of the house but cleaned it up before she headed home. However, they came to realize that she would think she “wasn’t needed” if the house was clean when she got back so they messed it up again. Now-a-days, that is a far reaching example, but the point is we all want to be needed. We all want to be included. Being a support member shouldn’t be an excuse for thinking, “they don’t need my help.” Or, thinking, “someone else can handle it.” The Lord has been so good to us. We need to look around at our surroundings, and say, “thank you Lord! I am still breathing. I am still able to get up. Let me make a difference today!”

 

Finally, our CMM family is gifted with so many talents. We have survivalists who are willing to share their knowledge by volunteering to give up their daily time to train CMM members on survival techniques. I know that this type of training in the private sector is very expensive. However, in this organization, we have people willing to GIVE the training FREE. Why anyone would even think not to accept that gift is above my grade level. It is very confusing to me. As a SUPPORTER of CMM, I am not eligible to participate in the training (according to the bylaws). However, any time someone asks me if I would like to attend something special, like an out of town meeting or event, I try to go. I enjoy getting to meet our CMM families as often as possible.

 

I pray that I may be able to be a supporter to CMM. I want to be an asset as a Support(er) Squad member.

 

MARSHA ERRINGTON

RMH CHAPTER

10/30/17

Who will come to Your Call for Aid?

Most of us are here because we believe our American spirit is disintegrating before our very eyes. So, we keep informed, make preparations, and see that we are capable of at least defending ourselves. Being proactive as we are, we know we can’t go at things alone, so we’ve sought one another out, and many of us have gone through a lot to get to this group; a sense of pride and accomplishment in itself.
Dutifully, we go about our meetings and activities, and we’re comfortable in that. It gives us a sense of security to know that we have such knowledgeable and capable members, who will come for us in our hour of need.
All those other things that CMM does; organize training, fundraisers, and arguably the most important, politics, are things that other members do. The problem with that idea is it puts too much burden on the leaders and a highly motivated core to do the heavy lifting.
It’s an understandable trend though seeing how ammunition and weapons prices are still falling since the 2016 election, and interest in patriotic organizations as a whole has dropped off. Meanwhile so many people are ready with criticism and commentary of every action the President makes, but who steps up and says, “let’s help him out,” or, “this is what I’m doing to help with that.”
After Trump was elected and Obama removed from office, enters this misguided belief that the pressure is off. Someone else is going to solve the problem for us, and maybe that someone is Trump. So basically we are hiring political mercenaries to run our Government for us, and we are witnessing the fruits of that effort, or lack thereof.
The fact is that all the evil in every country in the world is being held at bay by about eighty to one-hundred million Americans who are willing to pay taxes to hold that line. Only sixty-two million voted in the last election for Trump. Three percent of that is only one-hundred-eighty-six thousand people across the country: the proverbial blades of grass.
Mississippi’s share of that works out to about nine hundred and change. And if my ratio of Facebook friends to likes and responses is any indication, it’s closer to one percent, or just over three hundred people. By that math, we’re it folks.  We are the cavalry. We are the only ones who will come for us. No one else cares. That is the reality.
Therefore, we must increase our individual capabilities and participation.
It’s been said that every person brushes their teeth every morning and puts their pants legs on one at a time just like everybody else, so we’re all the same, in many regards. If we can make time to brush our teeth, we can make time to do the things that not only hold that worldly evil back, but more importantly, begin to reknit the fabric of society that’s still being torn away.
But how do we do it and what can one person do? CMM is the answer to that question.
The level of organization in this group is impressive, and it’s our best asset. With increasing involvement from our members, we are answering those questions from the ground up, not the top down. With continued development of skill and specialization we multiply our capabilities as well as become more interesting to new people who also seek to learn, grow, and contribute.
This organization is unique as it has no centralized control, it’s purely voluntary and focused on relationship. That’s powerful, because those are the qualities that government lacks the most. Many of us are doing things with this group now that we never dreamed we would do, and we have opportunities to learn from people we never would have met on our own. We must continue to give back to this organization our time, involvement and patience, because we, nor the organization are the beneficiary, it is our American way of life that we’re fighting for.
We are the front line for Mississippi.
Eric Mc Donald
Public Relations Director, CMM

Jedi Warriors?

I like to compare our training for CMM to the training of a  Jedi Warrior from the movie, Star Wars. We learn to fight yes, but we also learn other more enlightened things to make us better people. We have theological teachers who teach from the Bible. We learn to humble ourselves, to love one another and even when we fall short, we look to GOD, who never fails. The important thing about it is, being better people first will make us better Warriors in the end. The study of theology, philosophy and other forms of higher learning will help to perfect our fighting and effectiveness.

     We learn that surviving is a form of winning. If we can out live our opponent by having better survival skills, then we have won a battle without doing any violence or risking injury.

We learn to be politically active. Our political advisor, Cheramie Kay Bills keeps up with everything and everyone at the Capitol. When an important vote is coming up, when we need to call our representatives and what we need to say are passed down from the political team. Many times CMM has swayed votes back and forth the way the people of Mississippi need them to be. CMM is working very hard in trying to do everything to keep the laws and rules of Mississippi as they should be, close to the way they were when we grew up.

We don’t have mind tricks, but what we are armed with is the truth and knowledge about legislation that you just can’t get from watching the news. So keep on learning, and may the force be with you.

Lt. Matthew Griffin.                           CMM

Beginning Communications Part 1

Baofang Radios

I have a question for everyone.  HAVE YOU PURCHASED YOUR TACTICAL RADIO YET? You haven’t!  What are you waiting on?  It is going to be too late to get one when a situation arises.

It’s in-expensive and, in fact, the prices range from about $30 to $400 dollars.  While I have several of these $30+ radios, I personally prefer one of the more expensive ones, but not required.

You can go to places like www.amazon.com and www.ebay.com or maybe numerous other sites such as www.hamradio.com and other sites to look at different styles of radios and their prices.

Before you ask about why the price range differences, let’s just say right now it’s a personal preference and what you are going to use it for.  The more expensive, the more capabilities.  That is a discussion for another article.

While many people use the Baofeng UV-5R, and it is presently still on the market, I would encourage you to look at the Baofeng UV-82C as a beginner portable.  There are two totally different versions of the UV-82.  The UV-82 and the UV-82C.  The UV-82 is strictly a ham radio portable and the next generation of the UV-5R portable.  Meaning, legally it can only be used in the ham radio band (frequencies) and not in the commercial frequencies range we might be using.  Since the UV-82C is a ham radio portable just like the UV-82, it is legal to use this radio outside of the ham frequencies where we could be operating.   The cost of the UV-82 is around $30 to $40 and the price for the UV-82C is ranging around $54 +/-.

Why do I recommend the UV-82C?  In laymen terms, it is simpler to use for the beginner or novice, especially in a deployment situation.  It is designed to be used in the commercial world or environment, and in this environment, there are several features that are locked or prevented from everyday use.  This makes it easier not to get confused in what mode you might be in or what frequency you are on.  It is programmed with a computer, which isn’t a problem because the programming cable is available for about $10 or so and the programming software is free to download.

Whatever you do, whatever you decide to purchase, don’t wait until you need it.  Most importantly, know how to use it.  A deployment or any emergency that arises is not the time to pull it out, look at it and figure out how to use it.

Now that you have purchased your Tactical Radio, how are you going to use it?  What accessories do you have or going to use with it?  You ask, what accessories?  Why do I need any accessories other than what comes with it?  Let’s think about that for a minute.  The radio comes with a charger and an ear piece.  You won’t use the charger in the field, but will the ear piece.  Look at the ear piece that came with your radio.  It is basically not designed for a military operation or anything rougher than a mom and dad using it to communicate with while keeping up with kids.

So now what do we need?  That will depend on your mission or your job.  If you are training and you won’t be using a vest or Plate carrier but you might have your battle belt, you might not need anything other than a holster to put your radio in to help protect it.  I wouldn’t trust the belt clip that comes with it, especially if you might be crawling or rolling around on the ground.  The belt clip is more for civilian operations or non-tactical operation.  In this situation, you may or may not want a shoulder mic to go with it.  A shoulder mic will allow you to put the speaker at your ear and talk through it while your radio stays safe in the holster.  Otherwise, you will have to pull it out of the holster each time to talk on it.  Also, everyone around could hear what was coming over your radio.

What about the times you are working in public, doing security at a public event or just trying to blend in?  The shoulder mic would give you a way.  In this case, we may want to use a surveillance mic.  The FBI, CIA and even secret service wear these all the time. It will also explain why you see them talking into their hand or their sleeve or even into their lapel.  A clear tube comes out of your collar to your ear.  The mic is routed to where it will work the best for your application, and the PTT (push to talk) button put where it will work the best. You will be wearing a jacket or some type of cover that should be big enough to hide your radio from public view.

What about for tactical operations?  What if we got deployed? This could be anything including hurricane or tornado details.  What would you use in this case?  First, it would be dependent on the type of equipment you will be wearing or the job you are performing.  I will use myself in this case.  Since I know what I have and, hopefully, it will make it easier to explain.  For tactical operations, I would either be carrying my chest rig or my plate carrier vest.  Presently, I carry my portable on my right strap in a holster next to my ear (I am left handed). Since it is located next to my ear, I don’t need a shoulder mic.  The cord would be too long and in the way.  But since I don’t want anyone to hear what is coming across my radio, I would use a listen only ear piece.  Think of it as the old style ear phones we use to use on our old transistor radios in the day.  It plugs into the earphone port and route the clear tub up to my ear.  To talk, I turn my head (mouth) toward the radio, press the PTT on the side of the portable with my free hand and talk into the mic on the radio.

There may be other tactical operations where your radio is not close to your ear or mouth, and this method could also be used for surveillance. It is the tactical throat mic.  This works like the FBI style you see SWAT teams wearing and using.  You have the clear tube going to your ear, but the mic or microphone is actually held firmly around your throat, close to your Adams-apple.  The small PTT button can go where you can use it the best, from on your finger like a ring to what works best.

Other tactical type systems you can consider is a bone mic.  This is actually an earphone that has a special type of microphone in it.  You put it in your ear like any other ear phone, but the microphone picks up the vibrations of your speech off the bones around your ear.  This means you are basically listening and talking thru your ear.  The PTT button is placed where you can use it the best.

For me, I carry every one of these styles I have discussed, and I’m always looking to find something better or different.

So, I want to ask again.  Are you ready, communications wise, for the next deployment, operation, an event or even the next training?  Not one solution will be right for everyone, and not one solution will be right for every event.  Just like our equipment, it has to change as our operations change.

Your radio and your accessories are, and should be, part of all your gear and not just when you think you might need it. You are only half prepared when you don’t have everything.

Next time, I will discuss the different kinds of radios, their types and how they could benefit us in the future.

Always, keep looking ahead, behind us is gone.

 

Robert Errington, CO CMM Rankin County

 

 

 

The Militia Minute

Militia <Noun>  A group of citizens, from within a community, who sacrifice their person, time, and fortune, to safeguard the community as a whole. Militia train and react to threats, whether physical, mental, or legal, and actively seek out solutions which will enable the community to live securely and peaceably.

To start with, we’d  like to thank you for taking the time to check out our blog, The Militia Minute! Find us at www.citizensmilitiaofmississippi.com/blog. The fact that you are interested tells us that you care about the future of our State. We do not presume that everyone will agree on every issue, and that is fine. We do however insist that everyones opinion be treated respectfully and that those opinions be delivered in a respectful manner. In other words, if you wouldn’t say it in front of your mother, don’t say it here.

On this blog you will find articles submitted from militia members all over the State of Mississippi. Our intention is to give our membership a platform from which they can communicate, teach, and express their opinions to the general public. In reading their articles, you will find that they are just like you! Mothers, Fathers, sons and daughters, neighbors and coworkers, all come together to form the Citizens Militia of Mississippi and throughout each week, they work, educate, and train to defend, not only your rights, but your very freedom, if necessary.

So read, engage, and if you like, submit your own article for review to, admin@citizensmilitiaofmississippi.com . We look forward to hearing from you. Any Fate But Submission.

Lt. Col. Mark Glidewell.                     XO, CMM