Whatever you do, don’t freeze!

Paraphrased from Jonathon Chambers, Patriot Vigilante

Mentally training yourself how to react in a survival situation takes practice, and that takes a commitment and some time.

According to the FBI, a home invasion happens every 20 seconds in the United States. Just one well placed kick around the door handle will break in 75% of front doors. Or a couple of hard yanks on your sliding glass door might be enough to lift the entire thing right out of its frame.

A surprise attack can cause a person to freeze, as a fast, overwhelming attack can be too much information for the mind to orient to. Fear can also cause the freeze. And the combination of fear and an overwhelming attack, even worse.

In Facing Violence, Rory Miller devotes a chapter to different types of freezes and how to break them. I don’t have enough experience with freezing or breaking freezes to go into specific examples and details for each type, but two strategies that have worked for me follow the solutions Rory offers.

The nature of a freeze is that you’re “frozen”, or not doing anything. And it’s triggered by someone or something else that is doing something. The key to preventing the freeze (and breaking a freeze) is to actively do something. This may seem obvious, but there’s more to it, as described below, and it should be a fundamental part of your self defense strategy.

Most predators will attempt to take their victims by surprise. And when you get nailed by an assault you didn’t see coming, you will at least momentarily freeze. Everyone will. First, your body and mind will be shocked by the physical nature of the assault. Second, you’ll either be completely paralysed on a primal level, stuck trying to figure out what’s going on, or you’ll pause for a moment while you switch from your everyday mind to a more aggressive state. During this period, you may very well be getting mauled by your attacker. One way to prevent this from happening is to use what’s called pre-positioning.

Pre-positioning requires you to be aware of the threat before the situation goes physical. Ideally, you’ll position yourself far, far away, and there won’t be a physical attack at all. But when you can’t avoid the threat, (and he’s closing in on you) pre-positioning involves becoming the predator yourself, mentally and physically. You pre-position yourself to attack the threat. Mentally switching from being a victim to being a predator, makes all the difference in the world. Pre-positioning is active. It involves doing something. And doing something is the opposite of freezing.

Anyone who has sparred just a bit, standing and with strikes, knows that standing flat footed, chest to chest, with your hands down, and directly in front of your opponent is a very bad idea. But circling to the outside of your opponent, for example, minimizing his options while maximizing your own, works well. Pre-positioning involves setting up your position relative to your opponent, and seeing your opponent as your prey rather than as your attacker. If he moves to attack, he’s giving you something.

He’s creating an opening that you will use to your advantage.

You’ll need to practice pre-positioning in order to understand and use it, but it should be part of your physical martial arts and self defense training. Sparring will help with your ability to pre-position.

The second strategy, conditioning effective default responses to various types of attacks, is a last ditch option when you are attacked by surprise. If you’ve conditioned yourself to unconsciously respond to a physical assault, even if you are surprised by the attack, your body will execute the conditioned response. Immediately after the response, you may freeze as you try to figure out what just happened. Hopefully, your training will kick in and you’ll continue to act as quickly as possible.

 

Pros and Cons of the Neighborhood Watch

Securing a Neighborhood Watch, or enhancing a current one, obliges a great deal of time and ingenuity. Notwithstanding, the results make your neighborhood more secure with practically no out-of-pocket cost.

As with all things, the Neighborhood Watch comes with its own pros and cons. Today’s ShieldWall Network article will be about the advantages and disadvantages of the Neighborhood Watch.

First, let’s discuss the pros. Neighborhood Watches are accumulations of individuals in the same neighborhood who normally watch the region, keep an eye on each other’s homes and report all suspicious movement to the nearby police office.

In a perfect world, the Watch members meet with some consistency just to associate with each other and offer data about what is going on in the area as of late.

The expanded vicinity of individuals watching the area makes it harder for criminals or vandals to wait there. When neighbors are acquainted with each other, they know the schedules of the individuals and houses around them.

Anything outside the standard, for example, a conveyance at an odd time or an unrecognized individual going up to a neighbor’s garage, triggers suspicion. The neighbors can then call the house or tell the police to investigate further. This likewise supports standardizing among neighbors, and possibly makes your home and neighborhood a more pleasant, friendlier spot to live.

The vicinity of Neighborhood Watch signs all through your neighborhood likewise alarm individuals to be on their best conduct when in your piece of town. Including the police office in your system additionally helps expand the nature of the relationship between your group and the local police division.

Now, let’s talk about some disadvantages of the Neighborhood Watch.

The time expenditure of beginning and keeping up a compelling Neighborhood Watch or group policing system is in some cases expensive. This is particularly true when the system is first beginning.

The system just works if numerous citizens from different parts of the neighborhood  are included in it and pulling their fair share. Contingent upon where you live, it is at times hard to get individuals involved on a consistent or long haul premise. The association with the police office likewise relies on upon the Watch members included.

You require a watch pioneer to serve as the reporter of the substance of the gathering to law enforcement authorities, and that individual must convey well and present themselves in an aware and expert manner to lend your gathering validity. Group policing projects are additionally proposed as avoidance based, sometimes going too far with that point. When a wrongdoing is in advancement, neighborhood citizens might not get involved outside of calling the local police division.

What do you think are some of the pros and cons of a Neighborhood Watch?

Paraphrased for The ShieldWall Network by Derek Paulson

Under Pressure

Survivalism and prepping is an important aspect of The ShieldWall Network. However, that’s not just about physical exercise and acquiring resources. In this article, a professional prepping expert and survivor of the Yugoslavian civil war discusses how to prepare a survivalist mindset so you can conquer the pressure and stress in a SHTF scenario.

Under Pressure

“…The guy was about 45 years old when I met him. The SHTF maybe two months before that, and I met him while we were trying to make sense of some military power generator that we found in abandoned army storage.

It was hopeless attempt to make it useful, we did not had any clue about how that thing worked, what fuel it used, or even how to drag that beast to our home.

Even if we solved all that problems, starting it at home was like invitation for bad folks. But we did not know any of that in that moment.

That guy was something like “guy who knows stuff”, because decades ago he served in the Army and his duty was to operate that things, so he was there to explain to us what we actually found.

Generator was partially buried under rubble of collapsed roof and all kind of junk and we spent a lot of time to clean all that away, he helped us, and while he did that he was murmuring something all the time, like he is talking with someone, or arguing something with someone, I did not pay attention to that.

And then he started to explain to me what we have there, he talked slowly, I could see that he know that stuff.

But then he went quiet and turn his head like he carefully listening to something. My senses immediately go up, I crouched and look at him and whispered to him “what, WHAT”? because I thought he heard someone is coming, because then that could easily mean danger.

He raise his hand to me wanting me to be quiet, and I go quiet, then he kept his head in that position for couple of seconds then said to me ”all good man” then he continued with explanation about the generator.

Couple of minutes after that, he again go quiet, raise hand giving me sign to be quiet and turn his head like he is hearing something suspicious.

I started to sweat, something was moving in my guts and had feeling like we are gonna be jumped from someone there, I almost wanted the shooting to start just to have a target to break down the fear.

Then he continued and asked me ”you do not hear anything”?

I said “no man” actually I heard lot of things, water pouring somewhere inside, ruins tapping very slowly, probably from destroyed roof on some piece of broken glass, some piece of metal shivering somewhere in the wind, shots in distance, explosions somewhere far.

But I did not hear anything suspicious or I was not sure.

He said “ sorry man, I often hear things, now I hear someone calling my name”

At that moment I froze and  a tingling slowly went over my back.

Here we are in the middle of huge military complex, in almost pitch dark, all kind of noises that you have in destroyed buildings are there, probably other folks are somewhere scavenging for useful things, everyone have some kind of weapon, something smells awful-clearly there is corpses there,there is no law and punishment and I am sitting in middle of that with a psychopath…?

He was smoking a big, fat, handmade cigarette and when he “pull the smoke” I could see his face, it was completely peaceful, but all what I could think was did he have knife close to him?

I remember seeing that knife while it was still little bit light from dying day, it was on his belt, a big kitchen knife.

My friend was somewhere around scavenging, I was alone just then with this guy.

Guy continued “sometimes I hear music, but mostly I hear people calling me, usually I know and I am aware  it is only in my head, but from time to time, I just have to ask if someone else is hearing it, because it is so real and I know I am not crazy. I like when I hear music, usually there are my favourite songs”

I said, smartly” all good man, it happens” but in my head I was waiting for my friend to come back and I was thinking “fuck the generator, fuck the barracks, this dude is crazy…!”

Then guy said “yeah, forget it, you do not hear it” and continued with explanations.

My friend got back and we moved from there, anyway generator was junk.

I was angry at my friend because he connected us with that crazy dude, I yelled at him “ I almost shit myself there in pitch dark with him and voices in his head”

My friend said” oh, he is fine, do not worry. He is fine guy, he is electrical engineer, when war started militia imprisoned him a week, and beat him all the time for fun.

Every day they would bring him in front of the prison and put a blindfold on his eyes and make a firing squad and acted to the last moment like they gonna shoot him.

After one week they released him, but he then started to hear voices, he is genius, but with a bunch of people inside his head.”

After that story I just said “shit”

 

Months later, I was on the upper floor of my house, drinking and smoking, having a moment of some kind of weird personal peace.

Noises of explosions and gunfire were there, mostly in distance. The moment was fine for me.

And then I heard music, and it was one of my favorite songs actually.

My first thought was ” great, my favorite song!”

5 seconds after that I jumped like someone stabbed me, remembering thinking” oh God, I am losing my mind, oh no please…”

I run down, enter my house, scare my family and pull my relative out from the house asking him “do you hear it, do you fucking hear it man”?

He was angry on me because I pull him out violently, he said “do I hear what”?

“song, do you hear the song”?

He said “ yes, it is Drago man, they probably drunk there”

I was staring to him, not understanding what he is trying to say. Then slowly I realize things:

Drago was the nick name for Army Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) with speakers on it – propaganda vehicle. Usually they blow our brains out with propaganda all the time, public declares, calls to surrender, all kind of junk, sometimes patriotic junk songs, insults and threats what they gonna do to us all the time, but never good music.

It looks like someone in that APC get bored from propaganda and junk and finally put some good music, or simply he got stoned.

I asked him again “you hear it”?

He said “ yes man, I hear it, you are fine, you are just drunk”!

I repeated to my self “thank you , thank you, thank you, I am not get crazy”

 

Later, in next couple of months I met more folks who “lost it”. Couple of times I personally heard strange things, saw people that were not there, usually when times got really bad.

Pressure on human body, and particularly human mind in real SHTF is usually huge and you can expect weird things sometimes. Brain will play tricks with you, and sometimes you just can loose it.

Prepare not to lose it.

Just in case, in my physical courses, I point out often that real survival things and skills are tested best in cicrcumstances when you are scared, and when you think that you saw something that is not there or hear something.

I am trying to test you in those circumstances.

That usually means you are so overwhelmed with events, and pressure is at the highest level, and the real art is to perform perfect on that level.

It is up to you and your well prepare mindset are you gonna “loose it” or not.

In the shortest summary, you need to prepare Bullets, Beans, Bandaids and Brains (mindset).”

Building Community in your Community

If you want to live in a safe, pleasant, peaceful White community, you’ve got to take some pride in it. After all, why should anyone take good care of a place they have no pride in?

Community pride is otherwise known as community spirit. By building community spirit, you make your neighborhood a cleaner, safer, nicer place to live.

How does building community spirit improve a neighborhood?

Building community spirit creates an emotional equity allowing residents to have an invested interest in their community.  The key to having a spirited community doesn’t rest in the size or the wealth of the association, but rather the enthusiasm and energy of the residents. Community associations throughout the country rely on resident volunteers who exhibit these traits to bring their community together.

One of the easiest ways to build community spirit is by welcoming new members of the community.  Some communities have established a “Welcoming Committee” with volunteers making the initial contact to the new owners.  By welcoming new owners to the community, not only does this exhibit the community spirit, it is also an opportunity to invite them to various events being held within the community and it also provides them with a contact point in case they have any questions.

There are many ways to promote community spirit by engaging residents in various activities throughout the community.  Many associations have implemented community traditions revolving around major seasonal events, giving residents something to look forward to each year.  Examples of these events include holding an annual 4th of July party or summer picnic at the community swimming pool or park. 

A good way to incorporate all members is by setting up a pot-luck, with the association providing the paper goods and the residents providing the food and beverages.  Communities may set up various activities such as horseshoes, cards, or volleyball giving all the residents an opportunity to meet their neighbors within their community.

Another idea is an Earth Day/Arbor Day celebration which allows residents to get together to beautify their community.  During these celebrations, associations should solicit their landscape company or local tree company to allow residents to purchase trees and shrubs at a discounted price.  Communities can bring in dumpsters and place them in a central location and ask volunteers to help clean up not only their property but the common areas as well.  During these celebrations invite the neighborhood children to help plant new trees and shrubs on the common grounds thus allowing the children to play a part of the community.

Community spirit is also furthered by recognizing all volunteers within the community and recognizing owner accomplishments.  The community newsletter or website is an excellent vehicle to recognize different accomplishments or achievements made by community members.  It is also important for community associations to recognize their volunteers, giving these individuals the recognition they deserve.

Setting up various events throughout the year to bring the community together provides residents with opportunities to become involved in their community.  These events help build pride within each community giving owners a place they are happy to come home to.

Paraphrased for The ShieldWall Network from Derek Paulson

Like a good neighbor…The ShieldWall is there!

We can all talk about why being smart about safety is important, but it’s even more powerful to show your neighbors rather than tell. You must lead by example. Pave the way as a safety crusader for your neighborhood.

Conduct a safety audit of your home and share the results at a neighborhood watch meeting. Be sure to note any upgrades you had to make to door locks or windows.

The more neighbors who have a home security system and display so with a yard sign, the less likely burglars are to target your neighborhood. Talk with neighbors who already have a home security system, compare providers and decide if a monitored home security system is right for you.

If you already have a security system, share its features with neighbors and explain why you think home security is important.

Remove your last name from your mailbox, plant a security sign in your yard, and eliminate safety hazards like overgrown bushes that block the view into your home.

Walk around the block. It sounds simple, but it is a great way to meet neighbors, and get to know your neighborhood while getting a little exercise. Walk at night if you are comfortable doing so, and if not, your neighborhood needs more involvement. Chat with neighbors and kids while walking, they will get to know you too.

Know the names of neighborhood kids and their friends. This can make a profound difference should there be a need for adults and young people to talk to each other in cases of emergency. It is difficult to help form a safe and supportive community for children without the adults and children knowing each other. Even those without children should know to whom the various children in the neighborhood belong. Every adult will be better able to help in an emergency and will be better prepared to discuss problems if they arise.

Make a list of landlords in your area. As owners of property in the community, landlords are responsible to the neighborhood and should be concerned with the health of that neighborhood. You can easily find out the name and address of the owner of the property by contacting your county assessor’s office. They’ll be glad that you are increasing the safety of the neighborhood and the property value of their properties.

Drive slowly through your neighborhood. Stop signs, lights and speed bumps can slow traffic down, but so can you. By regularly driving slowly on neighborhood side streets, you encourage those in a hurry to find another route rather than getting stuck behind a slow poke.

Post signs asking drivers to slow down, and to turn down their bass, if that becomes a problem.

Pick up litter near your home. Even if you didn’t put it there. Most people are less likely to litter where they don’t see litter already. You can help stop littering in your neighborhood by taking away the litter that attracts it. Pet owners should make sure they pick up after their pets.

Little things count too. Turn on porch lights at night. Spend time in your front yard. Stay in one place-long term residents create stability. Offer assistance to a neighbor in need. Ask neighborhood kids for help if you need it-they are always happy to earn a few dollars.

Most of all, be the kind of neighbor you would want to have.

Paraphrased by Derek Paulson for The ShieldWall Network.

There Goes The Neighborhood.

Some neighborhoods experience less crime than others, but few neighborhoods are crime free. Even quiet, historically safe White communities are apt to face a crime threat at some point.

Our last few articles were dedicated to setting up your own modern-day Neighborhood Watch as a ShieldWall Network project. This piece will discuss more ways to keep your neighborhood safe.

First things first, you need to meet your neighbors. This can be as simple as baking a big batch of cookies and going door-to-door to introduce yourself. It might seem silly, but if you haven’t met them, today is the day!

If you aren’t comfortable doing something face-to-face, use a site like Nextdoor.com to meet your neighbors. Nextdoor is a private online environment designed specifically for helping neighbors connect with one another. Nextdoor has a strict address verification process so you can be sure your neighbors are legitimately your neighbors. Nearly 45,000 U.S. neighborhoods are already using Nextdoor to connect, collaborate and help keep their neighborhoods safe.

Now that you know your neighbors, it’s time to get organized. Arrange a neighborhood meeting and talk about your concerns. A representative from your local law enforcement agency is probably more than happy to meet with the group, offer crime prevention tips and inform you what crimes have been occurring in the area. They can also suggest ways for residents in your neighborhood to work together to protect one another. Call your County Sheriff’s office to schedule one.

While you have a police officer on hand, find out which residents of your neighborhood help protect their homes with video surveillance cameras. Burglaries, hit and runs, petty thefts, and other neighborhood crimes may be picked up by video surveillance cameras in your community. Police can use this information to help track down criminals.

If crime becomes a problem, or your neighborhood wants to step up security before trouble starts, you may consider pooling resources and purchasing high-definition surveillance cameras. Post cameras at the entrance to your neighborhood so it can track the day, time, and license plate of any car that enters your community.

The Scott Creek neighborhood in Fremont, California was frustrated with the number of burglaries their community was experiencing, so they installed home security cameras. After this, they only experienced one burglary over the next 18 months. The tactic was so successful the Fremont Police Department now allows residents to register home security cameras with the department.

Neighbors who work together to help keep their communities safe enjoy the advantage of recognizing and solving small problems before they morph into more serious ones. Investing in a professional monitored home security system is another way to help protect your family from a range of dangers, including carbon monoxide poisoning, fire, and burglaries.

Paraphrased by Derek Paulson for The ShieldWall Network

The ShieldWall Network: Neighborhood Watch, Part 3.

If your neighborhood doesn’t have a Neighborhood Watch program, or has one but it’s not as active as it should be, today’s post will cover some tips you need to know to revitalize your Watch program and keep it effective.

It’s one thing to get your Neighborhood Watch program off the ground. But a Neighborhood Watch program gains strength in numbers, so you’ll want to get as many of your White neighbors involved as possible.

Hold regular meetings to help residents get to know each other and to collectively decide upon program strategies and activities. See if any might make good additions to The ShieldWall Network.

Consider linking with an existing organization, such as a citizens’ association, community development office, tenants’ association, or housing authority. You can also recruit more members by canvassing door-to-door. Involve everyone — young and old, single and married, renter and homeowner. 

Gain support from the police or sheriffs’ office. This is critical to a Watch group’s credibility. These agencies are the major sources of information on local crime patterns, home security, other crime prevention education, and crime reporting. Get the information out quickly. Share all kinds of news — squash rumors.

Gather the facts about crime in your neighborhood. Check police reports, do victimization surveys, and learn residents’ perceptions about crime. Often residents’ opinions are not supported by facts, and accurate information can reduce fear of crime.

Physical conditions like abandoned cars or overgrown vacant lots contribute to crime. Sponsor cleanups, encourage residents to beautify the area, and ask them to turn on outdoor lights at night.   

It’s essential to celebrate the success of the effort and recognize volunteers’ contributions through such events as awards, annual dinners, and parties. To help meet community needs, Neighborhood Watches can sponsor meetings that address broader issues such as drug abuse, gangs, self-protection tactics, isolation of the elderly, crime in the schools, and rape prevention. This, too, an segue into ShieldWall Network growth, as an alliance of your Neighborhood Watch with other Watches and like-minded, concerned citizens.

Don’t forget events like National Night Out or a potluck dinner that gives neighbors a chance to get together. Such items as pins, t-shirts, hats, or coffee mugs with the group’s name also enhance identity and pride. 

Paraphrased from Derek Paulson of Prepared Patriot for The ShieldWall Network.

10 honorees selected for White Lives Matter red balloon release.

The Roper Report

by Billy Roper

The ten victims who were selected out of all of those nominated to be honored in the upcoming White Lives Matter red balloon release being held on May 20th by the ShieldWall Network and the Shield Maidens have been chosen. The most difficult aspect of the planning for this event has been narrowing all of the men, women, and children who have been killed by nonWhites down to just those ten. In the selection process, we tried to balance male and female victims, the very young and the elderly, and the well known cases with the more obscure.

Joshua Chellew, Jamie Urton, Richard Barrett, Gordon Kahl, Vickie Weaver, Channon Christian, Charlene Downes, Lonzie Barton, Autumn Pasquale, and Christopher Newsom are the victims whom we will be memorializing by releasing red balloons with flyers attached telling their stories.

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The ShieldWall Network: Neighborhood Watch

Recently, we’ve been discussing how members of The ShieldWall Network can become persons of influence in their community through, among other things, helping to establish a Neighborhood Watch program in their area.

For more than 40 years, Neighborhood Watch programs have been helping communities raise awareness and minimize crime. The program, originally started by the National Sherriff’s Association to help curb rising crime rates, is now an American institution.

Neighborhood Watch program benefits include crime reduction, better overall quality of life for community members, increased sense of personal control and responsibility for security, improved community unity and pride, and productive partnerships with local law enforcement.

Our last ShieldWall Network article covered phase one of starting your Neighborhood Watch, which is getting your neighbors excited and on-board with the Watch idea. This piece will discuss phase 2 of organizing your Watch, assigning and organizing responsibilities.

Elect a chairperson. Ask for block captain volunteers who are responsible for relaying information to members on their block, keeping up-to-date information on residents, and making special efforts to involve the elderly, working parents, and young people. Block captains also can serve as liaisons between the neighborhood and the police and communicate information about meetings and crime incidents to all residents.

Establish a regular means of communicating with Watch members—e.g., newsletter, telephone tree, e-mall, fax, etc. 

Prepare a neighborhood map showing names, addresses, and phone numbers of participating households and distribute to members. This will help you get to know your area, and your neighbors, which is a crucial part of The ShieldWall Network, as well. Block captains keep this map up to date, contacting newcomers to the neighborhood and rechecking occasionally with ongoing participants. 

With guidance from a law enforcement agency, the Watch trains its members in home security techniques, observation skills, and crime reporting. Residents also learn about the types of crime that affect the area.

If you are ready to post Neighborhood Watch signs, check with law enforcement to see if they have such eligibility requirements as number of houses that participate in the program. Law enforcement may also be able to provide your program with signs. If not, they can probably tell you where you can order them. 

Organizers and block captains must emphasize to the neophytes that Watch groups are not vigilantes and do not assume the role of the police. They only ask neighbors to be alert, observant, and caring—and to report suspicious activity or crimes immediately to the police. 

The Watch concept is adaptable. There are Park Watches, Apartment Watches, Window Watches, Boat Watches, School Watches, Realtor Watches, Utility Watches, and Business Watches. A Watch can be organized around any geographic unit. 

We all want to live in a safe, friendly place where we know we’ll be okay on an evening stroll, an early morning run, or while we dream the night away. But great neighborhoods just don’t happen – the people who live there pitch in to create the kind of place they enjoy living in.

Paraphrased from Derek Paulson of Prepared Patriot.

 

The ShieldWall Network As Modern-Day Minutemen.

We have all heard stories of the Minuteman during the Revolutionary War; the everyday normal men who stood prepared, at a moment’s notice, to respond to advances by the Redcoats. In today’s troubled times, and in the future to come, many people will feel the need for good men and women willing to step up and lead when times get tough. That is the purpose of the ShieldWall Network.

Some involve themselves in one of the various formal or informal militia movements throughout America. Some join their local or County police departments, or the National Guard or Reserves. Others join TEA Parties, CERT teams, HAM radio clubs, or volunteer at their local fire departments. As an armed citizen, we often feel responsible for safeguarding the well-being of others.

I would like to take a moment to define the modern Minuteman.

The modern-day Minuteman should possess all the aspects of an armed citizen, but needs to be so much more than just an armed first responder. A Minuteman must find a way to contribute back to society.

I strongly recommend gaining a background in first aid and CPR as a starting point. People get injured going about their normal lives every day, and having not just the ability but the means to assist others is the first step towards helping others. If you carry a gun or knife for defensive purposes, you should at least keep some basic first aid supplies with you in your vehicle, or know how to use items around you to administer first aid.

Find a way to get involved. The CERT program, which stands for Community Emergency Response Team is a good starting point. Your County Sheriff’s department can tell you if there is a program in your area.

The CERT program introduces civilians to the concepts of preparedness, basic firefighting, disaster medical operations and light search and rescue procedures. In the event of a natural disaster, the role of a CERT team is to supplement the resources of professional first responders. The CERT course culminates in a disaster simulation that puts the prospective CERT teams to the test, suppressing fires, searching a disaster area for casualties, setting up a triage and base of operations, and ultimately coordinating with professional first responders who respond to the scene a few hours later.

If a CERT program isn’t located near you, or simply isn’t your cup of tea, volunteer with your local fire or Sheriff’s department, get involved with your church’s food pantry, or find another charity to spend a few hours a month with. The Cover Our People With Love pro-White charity donates handmade blankets, quilts, clothing, and food to the needy in local communities. Get your children involved with 4H: unlike Boy and Girl Scouts, it hasn’t been perverted. Many County 4H programs have shooting sports clubs  where your children can receive firearms training, along with the free use of guns and ammunition. You can network with a lot of our kind of people by volunteering in those programs, too.

Consider getting your HAM license, or training as an official weather spotter. The bottom line is find a way to become a person of influence in your community.

Aside from getting involved, never stop learning. Study history, particularly American history. To ensure you are fully aware of the implications of the history of Minutemen, study our Revolutionary War, the Constitution, and the Declaration of Independence. Understand what it was that our Founding Fathers fought for, particularly in regard to the Naturalization Act of 1790.

Learn some basic woodsman skills, particularly the use of map and compass and fire starting. Celebrate America’s tradition of riflemen by attending some Project Appleseed training. Pass on our heritage to the next generation so we don’t forget what it means to be an American. Ensure you have some basic preparations for emergencies in your home. 

As the saying goes, no man is an island. In today’s troubled times, find a way to put your niche of talents and interests into service to your community through the Shield Wall Network. After all, White community and solidarity is the key to enduring whatever troubles face us. 

Remember, we’re all in this together,

Billy Roper