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CPT Journal: Training Suggestions For The Next Month

Mountain Lion (Cougar) (Felis concolor) in a tree in the snow, in captivity, near Bozeman, Montana, United States of America, North America

Here in Eureka, MT, the CPT project has overcome one of the most difficult aspects of organization, namely, finding the right people for various team leadership positions. Our criteria? Experience in the particular field they are coordinating, a good and humble character, and a relentless mindset. If a person doesn’t have all of these attributes, leadership (leadership by example) is simply not possible.

Once team leaders are established, the real work can begin. The mission of CPT is to prepare for numerous possible crisis events and offer the community a point of stability by which average people can find aid in rebuilding, or aid in survival if the crisis is truly terrible. One of the most vital members of your team when it come to planning is your Preparedness (logistics) Team Leader. This person must have solid organizational skills and an knack for attention to detail. They must be a doer, not a complainer.

I recommend making logistics a subject of high priority for your team in the month of May. Economic and social conditions have grown increasingly erratic lately, and supply issues should be dealt with immediately. Here are some suggestions on how to begin…

Gear And Food Check

All team members should participate in a regular monthly gear check. This means they should have all the operational essentials, including their primary rifle, chest rig, mags and ammo, IFAK, bug-out-bag, operation clothing and footwear, communications gear, etc. They should also have lightweight operational food, starting with two weeks supply. Keep in mid that this is not standard food prep, it is food that can be loaded and transported at a moment’s notice. Make sure that if a team member does not pass the gear check, you HELP THEM figure out how they can fill the holes in their logistical supply.

Cache Project

Every team member should assemble at least two caches within the next month. These caches should contain a mix of vital supplies including fire, water filtration, food, shelter, clothing, and defense. I have found that a 5 gallon bucket with a Gamma Seal is one of the cheapest and most effective options for a cache container. Add in some moisture and oxygen absorbers and you are ready to go. Cache foods should be compact, lightweight, dried or freeze dried, and be very high in calorie content. Caches should also be placed in locations far from danger areas but close enough that they can be reached by foot if necessary. Think about what you need to prioritize as far as supply. Keep in mind that food and ammo would likely be at a premium in a crisis situation.

Team Food Supply

Every team member should have their own ample food supply already, but you may want to begin building a team supply as a backup. During the frantic moments of a disaster, there is a high probability that some people will lose a portion of their supplies, or in the worst case, all of their supplies. A backup helps to accommodate for any unforeseen loss of logistics. And, it can also provide aid for family and friends who are driven from their homes without a supply on hand.

Community Food And Water Supply

Remember, CPT goals include providing aid where possible and practical, so that the general community does not implode, or turn to more corrupt organizations for “help”. Often, large supplies of grains and legumes can be obtained from local farmers at a very low price, and water filtration these days is cheap and effective. Teams can voluntarily pitch in a certain amount of cash for this supply. This does not necessarily mean that your job as a team is to feed every poorly prepared person that happens along, but the bottom line is, those who provide food, water, shelter and safety will be the people who determine whether a community remains free, or is enslaved. Do not let the wrong people become the providers for your community, or they may be able to convince the local populace to submit to less than honorable authority.

Overall Medical Supply

Your medical personnel should have a mobile medical supply, and possibly a sturdy tent that can be turned into a sterile aid station. Medical supplies are some of the first items to disappear during a disaster event. Make sure your team is well stocked, not just for yourselves, but also for other people that might require your help in the future.

In our efforts to prepare for the worst the question of “timing” always seems to arise. When will such an event occur? I can only say that the frequency of negative signals has increased greatly, and I recommend that people always assume they have one year or less to get squared away. If we end up with more time, then consider that time a gift, be grateful for it, and continue prepping in the knowledge that you are a year ahead of those people who assume their time is abundant. CPT is not our “life”, but it is a part of our life, and should be treated as valuable as any other endeavor, from work to family.

Self sufficiency and strong community require time and patience, but also considerable effort – logistical effort. Make this effort now and mark my words, one day it will serve you well.


This is Brandon Smith, Oath Keepers Associate Editor and member of the Eureka CPT, signing out.


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  1. Thanks Brandon, good suggestions.

    You also might want to think about seeds. Seeds can help everyone through the long term, which might be necessary, while the “cache” can keep the group going until the seeds come up.

    Sprouts are another way to get food relatively quickly. Can use most anything to grow them in, plus if you have chickens, rabbits, cattle, horses, goats, and other “grazers” then you feed them also giving you a continuous meat, milk, butter, egg, etc supply of food.

    Maybe also do like the tribes did when their food supply was being destroyed to starve them out – plant some here and there instead of a cultivated garden spot. Hide them in different areas so that if the food is being wiped out by people (or critters) most likely not all of it will be destroyed. Always remember that which you harvest is also your seeds for the next crops so save seeds.

    Not sure if most know but heritage animals usually can survive and thrive on less then the more modern day “corporate” food stock. has a list of what is on the critical, threatened, etc list.

    An example is the Choctaw hogs: “The Choctaw breed was shaped by natural selection, and it is obvious that Choctaw hogs are built for survival. They have long legs and are heavier in the forequarters than in the rear, ­making them both fast and athletic. This conformation has its advantages in the wild, but it does not produce much of a market carcass… The Choctaw breed was shaped by natural selection, and it is obvious that Choctaw hogs are built for survival. They have long legs and are heavier in the forequarters than in the rear, ­making them both fast and athletic. This conformation has its advantages in the wild, but it does not produce much of a market carcass…”

    From these hogs one would get a leaner – and less of – meat, but a better survivability rate on much less food: “The hogs require little care and are able to forage for their own food, including roots, plants, acorns, and berries.”

    This breed is very, very critical because they are not corporate type food; but in a bad situation they – if they can be expanded in numbers before SHTF – would survive better then most other breeds and there are only a few 100 left at this time due to corporate farming techniques…

    “Few commercial opportunities are available for the breed’s use, and lacking any economic return to support conservation efforts, the Choctaw faces substantial obstacles to ­survival. Nevertheless, the breed is a high conservation priority because it has qualities, which may be of importance in the ­future.”

    My heritage chickens always recognize drones along with other flying predators, and they are well equipped to defend themselves – yet very trainable. They feed themselves which is a plus, but any food leftovers are always appreciated by them.

    Also, clean the egg shells well before using the eggs, then crush them for calcium for people, animals, the chickens. Realize that egg shells are made of calcium carbonate, the main ingredient in some antacids, and are rich in calcium and other minerals (Medium sized egg shell have about 750-800 mgs of calcium).
    Engineers at Ohio State University found a way to turn discarded chicken eggshells into an alternative energy resource…
    Use the shell’s membrane as an all-natural bandage – “The membrane lining of the egg shell contains anti microbial substances. This would be part of the reason for its success in these healing situations. Apparently there have been some dressing developed using this membrane for use in skin grafts and burn situations. The healing time when using egg skin membrane is always reduced and scarring is greatly minimized.”

    Then there is this:
    “If you’ve got a cavity, maybe you want to try regrowing your own teeth before heading for a filling. Our bodies are constantly renewing themselves and although it isn’t commonly known, we can regrow our teeth too… regrowing your teeth is simple. You’ll just need two things: comfrey root and organic eggshells. Eggshells are used because they contain 27 minerals and loads of calcium, so they contain the ideal building materials to regrow your teeth. In fact, the composition of eggshells is very similar to the composition of our teeth and bones. Comfrey root is used because it accelerates bone, teeth and tissue growth.

    The problem with them (chickens) is the noise factor if one is being discreet about where they live. But they do lay VERY well, and dress out at 7- 10 pounds, so are a good source of eggs and meat. The downside is that they do take 7 months or so to mature weight (eggs about 4 months +), but for those that need the meat sooner they can be “harvested” at around 4 months.

    Another thing, even though it is cold, spring is coming, so in different areas plant some seeds that can later feed people, or drop more seeds if left. Not in small garden plots, because that is too recognizable and easily destroyed…

    Anyway, seeds are small and can assist in long term living and feeding people.

    Hope this helps.

    1. Thank you, Charlie BROWN,

      Guess you can say I am obsessed so I study a lot of the way people survived, and kept their animals alive, throughout hundreds of years before corporate “farming” and control came along. I cannot take all credit. Friends who garden, and are interested also research, which turns up LOTS of information we all share (though we always verify).

      Plus, most important to us at this particular time is that “Big Pharma” started with natural stuff that they modified (and not in a healthy way for us), then replaced, then outlawed. When those who serve within our governments talk “sustainability”, “green”, etc usually they are talking about destroying the soil, water, air, etc; the natural order of things and then blaming the people for the problems when it is really the corporations. Crop rotation is best for our planet. Growing different things, not one exclusive thing for hundreds of acres.

      I believe our planet is a living organism in its way, and I know that most things are dependent on other things for the health of our soil, water, air, etc. We have allowed corporate greed and those interested in total control to devastate much of it, and to turn our own attention to things not really important in the realm of things. They still use subliminals like the one used in the commercials, movies, cell phones, etc to effect our thoughts, our feelings, and those are things we must overcome if we can.

      If anyone else is interested please also research, verify, then hard document so this information is available for others, and safe. It would be criminal to have to rediscover all that our ancestors knew because those who want us totally dependent on them are destroying the information.

      Not just on growing things for health issues, but on lots of things like steam engines, etc. All of these things could become useful in the coming times. Isn’t it time for us to create our own industry?

  2. I am a Viet Nam Vet, (military Police Sentry dog handler) 1969-70. I also am an Oath Keeper and other Liberty Movement organizations. My problem is I have no other friends that are “awake”. I live in the Palm Springs area of California and would like to meet up with others of our ilk if there are any in this area. Can you refer. We need a CPT program in this area.


  3. Founding member, here. First of all …… Cal …. you the man. Great information. Second, I live in Oklahoma City. Who do I need to talk to as far as who is in charge of things in my community, and if no one is, I volunteer to do what I have to to create/lead a community org here. Del City, OK. Time to get involved.

  4. Cal, you are right about the teeth, wanted you to know. Ten years ago I was shown a tiny cavity on top of a molar. I asked my new dentist recently how it was doing because no one mentioned since. He said it calcified, heeled itself. I drink milk and take calcium and magnesium. Thanks for the heads up on egg shells, that I will have to force down while claiming I will not be a hump back elderly woman.
    Plus Stevia (plant) is good to replace sugar which is killing us, I’ve heard and made changes. I dropped the sodas twenty years ago. (Processed foods now and pharmacy later.) Glad I was taught to cook from scratch, and healthier for it. Stay away from palm oil, cheap and in most all processed food and hydrogenized oil. Poly and monosaturate is better. Read labels. Concord grape juice does increase good cholesterol and lower bad, and per the doc or a glass of red wine daily.
    Also for a pet a German Shepherd is awesome and a natural guard as early as 10 weeks, my puppy is six months now. Though well fed she loves to dig deep holes for roots, water, loves broccoli stalks, collards and fruit. A survivor.

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