AmRRON: T-REX “News” Has Begun

AmRRON has released the first TEOTWAWKI Readiness Exercise (T-REX) 2019 related news. You can find the T-REX news page here. The active exercise begins on July 26th, but you can expect escalating drill news to be released periodically, ramping up to the main event.

15 July 09 Exercise,Exercise,Exercise-Traffic .
///MSG/// The Department of Homeland Security has issued a warning advising all commercial and public internet users to be vigilant for possible cyber intrusion into commercial cyber controllers, Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), and internet servers. All commercial and public internet users are advised to review the following document: https://ics-cert.us-cert.gov/content/overview-cyber-vulnerabilities
Exercise, Exercise, Exercise. ///END OF MSG//

Here is some background for this year’s T-REX:

This years T-REX is primarily centered around a cyber attack on PLC’s (programmable logic controllers). These small devices provide computer control of many of our industrial and infrastructure mechanical devices. You may remember the “STUXNET” virus that struck Iran’s nuclear program. The virus attacked PLC’s that controlled the speed of uranium centrifuges and caused them to spin out of control resulting in failure and damage to the centrifuges. It is hypothesized that the STUXNET virus was introduced into the Iranian computers through a compromised USB drive.

In addition to the cyber attack on the PLC’s, this T-REX will incorporate other types of cyber attacks into commercial infrastructure and ATM’s, medical devices and communications services.

The following link will give a good overview on how to prevent cyber intrusion into infrastructure devices and is worth reading. Overview of Cyber Vulnerabilities

Recommended Reading: Countdown to Zero Day: Stuxnet World’s First Digital Weapon
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AmRRON T-REX 2019 Save the Date, July 26-28

The 2019 TEOTWAWKI Readiness Exercise will be held over the weekend of July 26 through 28. Save the date now to save yourself later. The AmRRON T-REX is a radio communication disaster exercise, but you can follow along with the disaster scenario even if you don’t have a radio. (Click here to see the 2018 T-REX archives.) For AmRRON and its members, the exercise is a functional to full-scale exercise. If you wish to participate on your own with your local group, you can work it as a walk-through, tabletop, or more as you see fit.

Concealed Carry Permit Classes, June 19 and 20th, 2019, Tri-cities

Shaun Curtain of Firearm Training NW teaches a multi-state concealed carry permit class at Griggs, Pasco on June 19th at 6 pm and June 20th at the Kennewick Ranch and Home, also at 6 pm.

Concealed Carry Class

June  19th, 6pm.
Griggs Department Store: 801 Columbia St, Pasco.

Signup Form include date & time.

Class runs 3-hours, payment is cash or check at the class, drivers license is all you need to bring.  Pre-class movie starts 1/2-hour prior to class, the new NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home video, not required just a great movie.

Signs out-front and in the lobby. Meeting room is just to the right, before entering.

Class covers Oregon / Washington / Utah / Inter-State gun laws.

$45 Oregon-Only.

$80 Multi-State (valid 35-States).  Oregon included no-fee.

Concealed Carry Class

June  20th, 6pm.
Ranch & Home: 845 N. Columbia Center Blvd, Kennewick.

 

For multi -State permit(s):     Arizona or Utah, we fingerprinting, photo (for your new CHL), and a copy of your drivers license No-Fee. You put it all into the pre-addressed envelope and mail it to that State’s State Patrol. They will mail you back your permit.
Permit itself cost:
     Utah is $63.25 valid for 5- years, renewals are $15 every 5-years.
     Arizona is $60 valid for 5-years, renewals are $43 every 5-years.
Permit fee is paid when you mail application to that State, training is valid for 1-year from date of issue. Meaning you have 1-year to apply.
$45  Oregon-Only
$80  Arizona or Utah (Multi-State), we include Oregon no extra charge.

Columbia Safety: Lethal Force Training

Columbia Safety is offering a Lethal Force for Civilians class on Saturday, June 22nd from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm.

Lethal Force for Civilians
This is a 4-hour course for a fee of $99 per student.

Using real case studies, attendees will learn safety and home security strategies for surviving a critical incident. Combat mindset, carry conditions and factors that impact human response under stressful conditions are all covered. Defense of persons vs property, when it is legal and when it’s not will be made clear. We will also cover  pre-planning strategies to help you identify a threat sooner  and win  the lethal encounter. We will discuss what to expect in the post-force aftermath and we’ll help you be prepared for the worst through responsible ownership practices and recommended strategies in self-defense.  

Instruction is by Liberty Training Tri-Cities and the class is held at Columbia Safety in Kennewick.

Click here for the registration page.

May is National Stop the Bleed Month

The top cause of preventable death in trauma is bleeding. 20% of people who have died from traumatic injuries could have survived with quick bleeding control.

May is National Stop the Bleed Month, bringing Bleeding Control (B-CON) Instructors and students together for a month of training – free of charge in many places. Go to bleedingcontrol.org to find a class.

On Saturday May 11th, Dr. Jacobo Rivero will be teaching a free stop the bleed class in Prosser from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. The class will also be taught on June 8th and July 13th at the same location and hour.

Call 786-6601 to RSVP for Dr. Rivero’s classes. Space is limited.

Location: PMH Vineyard Conference Room
723 Memorial St, Prosser, WA

In Umatilla, the course will be taught on May 22nd at the Good Shepherd Medical Center conference room 2 from 8:00 am – 11:00 am. Call 541-667-3509 to register.

Related:
Prehospital tourniquets in civilian settings significantly decreased mortality

Brushbeater RTO (Radio Operator) Course, Hamilton, MT – June 15-16, 2019

NC Scout of the Brushbeater blog will be holding his RTO Basic course again in Hamilton, MT (south of Missoula), on June 15 & 16, 2019. This is the only date on the calendar in 2019 that is in western USA.

Contact brushbeater@tutanota.com for class inquiries and to register.

The Radio Telephone Operator (RTO) Course is designed to take the individual of any and every experience level and teach them the basics of effective small unit communications in a field environment. Students will learn what it takes to set up a plan and implement communications in an improvised setting be it anything from a retreat to a security patrol to regional communications networking groups. A heavy emphasis of the course is on improvisation and antenna building- each student will construct antennas from improvised materials which they keep. This is NOT a “ham radio” class. No equipment or previous experience is required; only a notebook and a good pair of shoes. It is the only course of its kind offered anywhere, in a friendly, laid back and respectful environment.

This class will teach students the basics of communications at the Team or Squad Level in the field. Topics of instruction include:

  • Identifying Equipment Requirements
  • Writing a Signals Operating Index
  • PACE Planning for Communications
  • Basic equipment capabilities
  • Traffic handling
  • Improvised antenna types, uses and construction
  • Setting up and running an NVIS HF station
  • Message Formats
  • Setting up and communicating from a Hide site

Two day course will culminate in an field training event running a TOC station and Hide site in the field. Students will each build an antenna and demonstrate competency in team communications basics during the field exercise. Amateur Radio license qualification is helpful, but not required. This is NOT a ‘ham radio’ class but each student will come away with a basic understanding of a team’s communications needs in a tactical environment and how to best meet them under less-than-ideal circumstances. No equipment is required for this course; however, if students want to get field practice with their own gear, it is highly encouraged but done so at their own risk. Instruction is completely off-grid.

RTO Course: $300 per Student in advance

 

RELATED:

Brushbeater: Montana RTO Course and Other Admin Notes

Combat Studies Group: Improving Your Pistolcraft

Combat Studies Group has an article up about how to improve your pistolcraft.

Between the rifle and the pistol, I will generally spend more training time on the pistol. There are a couple reasons for this…

1) All things being equal, it takes more skill to be consistently accurate with a pistol than with a rifle – the rifle having the benefit of a longer sight radius (or optics) and the inherent stability that comes with a stocked firearm. (Not to mention the weight-to-trigger pull ratio disparity with a pistol).

2) Unless you are a rifleman deployed on the battlefield, you are going to spend the lion’s share of your time armed with a pistol. Walking through the local supermarket with a rifle slung across your chest tends to get the locals excited.

3) Pistols fire a relatively weak projectile compared to rifles in general and thusly, may require more follow-on hits to get the job done; making recoil management, sight tracking and reload skills a must.

Here are some of the key training factors I always try to hit on every time I train:

1)Engagement speed

CSG: Foundational Civics Online Class, May 28 & 30

The Center for Self Governance will be holding an online version of Foundational Civics (formerly Level 1 and Level 2 separate classes) on May 28th and 30th, 2019. Cost is $100 for first time students.

Foundational Civics

Theory of Human Government
In the first half of class, the student compares and contrasts the theoretical concepts of power, government, and control. The student will learn different systems of government based on those concepts. The control concepts of Self Governance and Centralized Governance introduces the student to the experimental role of the governed within the U.S. mixed republican system of government.

Structure of Human Government
In the second half of class, the student is introduced to the design elements of the U.S. mixed republican form of government. They will learn the logic behind and current structure of separation of governments (i.e. Federal v. State), the separation of powers (i.e. executive v. legislative), and the separation of controls (i.e. Sheriff v. Coroner). They will explore the inter-relationship between a selection of elected, appointed, and employed governors and influencing (controlling) those governors. The student completes all training exercises before entering the Applied Civics program. This level and associated exercises establish the student’s basis of authority from which they will put self-governance into practice in the remaining training levels.

This is an interactive class and we look forward to hearing from you. You must attend the full 4-5 hours to complete the course, as well as associated training exercises, to graduate Foundational Civics.  Training cannot be taken out of sequence. Students will need to complete all training exercises (#1-#7) prior to scheduling the Level 3.

Click here for more info and to register.

Intro to Essential Oils Class, Apr. 6th, 2019

A free essential oils class by Bodies Outside the Box will be held at Columbia Crest Winery on Saturday, Apr. 6th from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon and again from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

RSVP for 10:00 am class

RSVP for 2:00 pm class

Description

Join us for a complimentary glass of wine and learn how using essential oils can be a safe, natural option to protect and maintain you and your family’s health.

Join us as we:
– Learn how to use essential oils safely and effectively.
– Sample and experience the purity and potency of dōTERRA essential oils.
– Learn how essential oils are empowering families to maintain health in a natural way.

Please feel free to invite your friends!! (Or just bring them along!!)

Date and Time

Sat, April 6, 2019

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM PDT

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Location

Columbia Crest Winery

Hwy 221 Columbia Crest Drive

Paterson, WA 99345

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AmPart: Medical Q&A Webinar, March 3, 2019

American Partisan‘s Reasonable Rascal, a medic and registered nurse, will be hosting a two-hour webinar to answer your questions about medical preparedness. The class is limited to only nine participants, so register early.

We’re offering another Q&A webinar on Sunday, March 3 for those interested in SHTF medicine. If you have questions about your medical preps to include medications, what to do in case of a specific type of SHTF emergency, or even how to set up various medical bags for specific needs, this is the one you’ll want to attend.

It’s two hours long, and there are only 9 seats available so that we can keep the discussion on point and ensure that everyone can get their questions answered. This is a casual discussion in which you can ask whatever medical questions you want pertaining to prepping, SHTF medicine, etc. With such a small discussion size, you’re certain to get a great deal out of it.

Running the discussion will be highly experienced medic and registered nurse Reasonable Rascal. He’s one of our newer staff members, but he isn’t new to medicine or to online discussion. He’s been running a serious, successful medical forum for several years, and together with several doctors and other medical professionals, co-wrote Survival and Austere Medicine, now in its 3rd edition.

DATE: Sunday, March 3, 2019
TIME: 8pm Eastern (7pm Central, 6pm Mountain, 5pm Pacific)
VENUE: Online webinar

The price for attending is $25. That covers the webinar cost for us and allows us to pay Rascal a little something for his time. You can register by either sending Paypal to info@americanpartisan.org or sending cash/check/money order to:

610 N. 1st St 5-209
Hamilton, MT 59840

Remember, there are only 9 seats, so get in while you can!

 

2019 Benton County Sheriff’s Citizen Academy Accepting Applications

The Benton County Sheriff’s Office is now accepting applications for the Spring Citizen Academy. The Sheriff’s Office offers this free 5-week Citizen Academy for the public to be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 6:00-8:00 pm. The Academy teaches the public about law enforcement and the day-to-day operations of the department. Most classes are held at the Benton County Health Department with the exception of two tours.

Classes include:

  • Patrol Procedures and Traffic Enforcement
  • Detectives and Narcotics
  • School Resource Officer
  • Evidence Collection
  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • Sex Offender Program
  • SWAT Team
  • Crime Analyst
  • Gangs
  • K-9
  • Boat Patrol
  • Corrections
  • Tours of Benton County Jail, Justice Center, and Coroner’s Office
  • Plus more

Classes start Tuesday, April 30th, 2019. Applications must be received by April 16th.

Click here to download a PDF application to fill out.

Bleyhl: Feb. 2019 Classes

Bleyhl has several workshops coming in February.

Rabbit Owners Workshop (Pasco)
Join us for a fun, educational class about rabbits!
Kamaikin FFA will be sharing information on animal care, health, housing, and showmanship. Feel to bring your rabbit with you! We will have tables set up for showing demos.
No charge to attend, RSVP to save your seat (509) 547-5577.
We will also have door prizes and snacks! Specials and coupons for those attending the class.
Call ahead to order dinner from Great Harvest Bread located inside the Pasco location. (509) 537-1177
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Wednesday, February 6th
6:30 pm
Pasco location
4H / FFA Show Feed Workshop (Sunnyside)
We are excited to be holding our first CHS Payback Show Feed Workshop in Sunnyside.
Pizza provided by Payback. Receive a (1) FREE bag of feed coupon for those signing up on the Bleyhl Co-op 4H / FFA Feed Program.
Ask questions on how to raise champions!
Thursday, February 7th
6:30 pm
Sunnyside location
Pruning Trees & Shrubs (Pasco)
Learn proper tree & shrub pruning techniques from Fermin Sanchez, a local farmer with over 40 years of experience. Class is Mon, February 18th @ 6:30 pm.
David Sanchez, Bleyhl’s Bahco Representative will also be on hand to answer questions on what is the best type of pruners or saws for the type of job you will be doing.
Hands on demos and tools for you to try out! No charge to attend. Sign up in store or by calling (509) 547-5577 to save your seat. Snacks provided.
Fermin & David are also bilingual and will be able to translate as needed.
Monday, February 18th
6:30 pm
Pasco location

 

Seed Swap (Pasco)
Organized by: Runners of the Sage
Bring extra seeds, garden pots, tools, or equipment to exchange with others! Please bring items that are in decent shape.
Meet at Bleyhl Co-op at 5:30 pm if you wish to join in the 2, 3, or 4 mile run/walk. Free, family friendly, & fun. Learn more about Runners of the Sage while you are there. Grab dinner before the run/walk at Great Harvest Bread located in the store.
Questions please contact:
Chris at chilealby7@hotmail.com
Tuesday, February 19th
6:30 pm
Pasco location
Pet Vaccination Clinic (Zillah)
Dr. Casey & Staff will offering exams, vaccines, Microchips and any minor issues. Please, no sick animals to these events, an at home visit for sick animals can be arranged.
Treats & coupons for pets visiting the Dr!
Look for the red ambulance mobile vet clinic out front. Any questions please contact: (509) 306-6628
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Saturday, February 23rd
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Zillah location
Intro to Beekeeping (Pasco)
Have you been thinking of taking up beekeeping as a hobby and don’t know where to start? Do you want honey for baking or bees wax for making candles? The Mid-Columbia Beekeepers Association will be giving us helpful information and here to answer your questions about beekeeping.
This class will show you some of the basics of honey bees and beekeeping as well as de-mystify this incredibly gentle and fascinating creature. Beekeeping is not as “labor intensive” as you may think, but it does require some work and study.
This class will give you the information needed to decide if it is right for you. No charge to attend, we do ask you sign up to save your seat in store or call:
(509) 547-5577. Door prizes, in store specials, and snacks provided.
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Thursday, February 28th
6:30 pm
Pasco location

 

Yakima Herald: Trained Volunteers May Be the First to Reach Victims

The Yakima Herald had an article on CERT volunteers and training last year – In an emergency, trained volunteers may be the first to reach victims. Yakima County has an active CERT program. Benton County does not. If you live in Yakima County, you can take advantage of the training from CERT. They do a “CERT Basic Course” for volunteers which includes:

Disaster Preparedness: Addresses hazards specific to the community. Materials cover actions that participants and their families take before, during and after a disaster as well as an overview of CERT and local laws governing volunteers.

Fire Suppression: Covers fire chemistry, hazardous materials, fire hazards and fire suppression strategies. However, the thrust of this session is the safe use of fire extinguishers, controlling utilities and extinguishing a small fire.

Medical Operations Part I: Participants practice diagnosing and treating airway obstruction, bleeding and shock by using simple triage and rapid treatment techniques.

Medical Operations Part II: Covers evaluating patients by doing a head to toe assessment, establishing a medical treatment area and performing basic first aid.

Light Search and Rescue Operations: Participants learn about search and rescue planning, size-up, search techniques, rescue techniques and rescuer safety.

Psychology and Team Organization: Covers signs and symptoms that might be experienced by the disaster victim and workers, and addresses CERT organization and management.

Course Review and Disaster Simulation: Participants review and practice the skills that they have learned during the previous six sessions in a disaster activity.

Excerpt from the Yakima Herald article:

If an earthquake, volcanic eruption, wildfire or flood hits the Yakima Valley, you might not see firefighters or paramedics in your neighborhood for a while.

The experience in other disasters has shown that professional first responders can be overwhelmed as they deal with urgent needs, or they might not be able to get to where people need help because roads and bridges are out.

Instead, help for your neighborhood may come from people in green vests and hard hats like Paul Jenkins, a volunteer coordinator with the county’s Community Emergency Response Team

The team has quarterly training exercises and participates in events such as a recent drill at the Yakima Air Terminal, as well as activations of the county’s emergency operations center in Union Gap.

While some people may think that firefighters, police and paramedics will be on the scene right away when a disaster strikes, Jenkins said they could easily be swamped with calls for help in an emergency, or the nature of the disaster might cut off access for a time.

Jenkins has been called out for flooding in West Valley, wildfire near Moxee and the Miriam Fire, where he helped distribute literature and provide security at the site. He was also sent to Outlook to help get information and bottled water to residents after an overflowing manure pond contaminated local wells.

While there are 60 people currently trained, Ward and Jenkins would like to see more people get involved, as it will give them skills to cope in a disaster…

CSG: Hard Target Traveler Class, Feb. 23, 2019

UPDATE-Date Change: Because of the snow storm and the unplowed nature of the roads around the class location, we are postponing this class until February 23rd.

Combat Studies Group has a new one day class – Hard Target Traveler. This would be a good class if you travel a lot, have kids going off to college in the big city or off on a mission, or just want to feel safer when traveling.

This class will be held in the Benton City, WA area on Saturday, February, 16th 23rd, 2019. Contact CSG at either frost@bitmessage.ch or frost@unseen.is in order join the class. You will need to make a $100 deposit on the class through the CSG store web page (click here). On that page scroll down to near the bottom, above the comments, where it says “Class Deposit.”

* The Hard Target Traveler *

Course length: one day (8-10 hrs classroom, with combatives lab)

Required materials: comfortable clothing, note taking materials

A condensed course to prepare the western traveler for the potential hazards of foreign travel as well as threats on the homefront. Subjects covered include: Counter-surveillance, route planning, unarmed physical defense & improvised weapons, escape and evasion from unlawful custody, digital security and communications, medical and other trade-craft skills.

Course objectives:

By the end of this course students will be able to demonstrate the following:

    • Conduct useful information gathering on an area prior to arrival
    • Identify trouble/danger areas using map study and OSINT
    • Identify indicators of human and digital surveillance
    • Prevent common vehicle attacks
    • Escape from common physical attacks and holds
    • Defend against blunt and edged weapon attacks
    • Render self and buddy aid in event of life threatening injury
    • Escape from various restraints
    • Setup and utilize secure communication channels
    • Setup an emergency cache and explain the different types
    • Treat/prevent various ailments and diseases with off-the-shelf remedies
    • Avoid and/or escape a riot or mob
    • Identify and explain safe houses and safe zone

Cost: $275