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Letter from the Editor: On the Cutting Edge

In our last issue, we focused on tips on how to survive without the assistance of technology. But if we have learned anything within the last three years, it’s that almost all of the concepts of heritage survival that this community has embraced for a long time have been disproved. Contrary to the imaginary patterns of uprooting and staying off the bottom to avoid total collapse and total anarchy, Western society has been served an all-you-can-eat buffet of long-term, low-intensity crises. The incidents almost certainly to trigger our contingency plans operate on a sliding scale, not a lightweight switch. While the collective effect of this constant bombardment of slowly smoldering catastrophe took its toll on our psyche, it also provided some distinct benefits over the cataclysms portrayed by Hollywood.

More often than not, we are going to still have access to electricity, mobile networks and the web during unrest or persistent supply disruptions. Even when constant power outages or natural disasters leave neighborhoods and municipalities without power, large-scale regional communications remain at the very least partially intact. Economic disasters just like the rippling effect of the draconian COVID-19 lockdowns don’t affect existing infrastructure in any respect and seriously challenge the notion that we are going to grab our duffel bags, fan the flames of our land platforms, throw our electronics out the window, and head for the hills at the primary sign of trouble.

It’s at all times good to know tips on how to light a hearth, construct a primitive shelter, and live off the land. But it could be silly to hunt solely with a flint spear when modern firearms and ammunition are available. In the identical vein, if the situation we present allows access to modern survival tools similar to electronic communications and powered standby equipment, those that overlook or reject these tools might be at a big drawback. So in our last issue of the 12 months, which continues to indicate the continuing global chaos, we give attention to tips on how to survive with the assistance of technology, somewhat than abandoning it wholesale. Whether it is advisable to communicate securely with family members and an ad hoc neighborhood watch team, or use a drone to deliver supplies to those out of reach, there are an unlimited (and growing) number of how technology will be used to show you how to survive a wide range of really bad days.

By the time you read this, Christmas might be just across the corner. We encourage you to contemplate using just a few gift cards to speculate in equipment and training to show you how to get through when times are tough and each advantage counts. With somewhat advance planning and proper knowledge, you’ll be able to reap the benefits of every little bit of computing power in your brain and the computerized conveniences we frequently take without any consideration. From Dean Freeman’s roundup of secure messaging apps to SoCal Offgrid’s rundown on constructing your individual drone delivery system, this concern has driven us to seek out more ways to make use of strange consumer devices to beat the chances. Think critically, spend appropriately and stay secure.

Merry Christmas from the RECOIL OFFGRID team. We stay up for expanding your preparedness horizons and helping you in the approaching 12 months—whatever it has in store for you.

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