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Posted on 01/29/2009 6:28:25 AM PST by Dead Corpse
Alarm & Muster
The Modern-Day Call-Tree for Emergency Preperation
Thomas Michael Fernandez, January 2009
Months before the first shots of the American Revolution were fired; colonials had devised and developed what appeared to be a modern day "call-tree." Though communication during the 18th Century was limited to pen, paper, and horseback, the network they had set up prior to the night of April 18, 1775 was almost as modern as today's communication abilities of cell phone, email, and video.
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More than likely. Having a number of redundant communications channels, yes including a horse and rider, should be considered for whatever your local circumstances are.
Of course. Where do you think Adams, Revere, Dawson and that bunch got their intelligence on the plans and movements of the Regulars? Remember many, especially the officers, were billeted in private homes (That's why we have the Third Amendment!). The ladies of the house, and the servants too, had big ears. They also had tongues that wagged to the patriot leadership. General Gage's own wife was American born, and she may have provided the critical intelligence.
Many of them were members of the Daughters of Liberty
Then there was Dame Batherick of Lexington, aka Mother Batherick.
One Old Yankee Woman:
Meanwhile, word got out that General Percy's supply train was moving in advance of his men, and without much protection. A dozen older men of Menotomy -- too old for the regular militia -- set up to surprise the wagons in the center of their town. The wagons arrived and the old men demanded surrender. When their command went unheeded, they opened fire on the wagons, killing soldiers and horses. The survivors ran off, abandoning their weapons and eventually surrendering in a field to an old woman, Mother Batherick. She delivered her prisoners to a minute man captain and told them, "If you ever live to get back, you tell King George that an old woman took six of his grenadiers prisoners." The story did get back and one English paper asked, "If one old Yankee woman can take six grenadiers, how many soldiers will it require to conquer America?"
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While on our honeymoon, my new bride and I had an opportunity to meet someone who has never been to America but wishes to in the near future. And though our meeting spanned the amount of time it took her to braid the hair of my new wife, the time we spent talking was far more valuable than hours of conversation spent with an average dote.
As many of you know, and perhaps some of you may not, I was married to my beautiful sweetheart this past Saturday (January 31st) and left the following day on a honeymoon to the Western Caribbean. We visited the island of Roatan (Honduras), Belize, and Cozumel, Mexico. The time away was relaxing and I feel that I caught up on some much needed rest; at least for another year. =) While walking the tourist portion in Belize, vendors held out their goods for sale and solicited us to enter their stores. We kindly smiled and passed each of them while walking along the cobblestone walkway. When we were approached by a young woman asking for hair-braiding, we immediately accepted (Darlene wanted her hair braided and this was an opportunity; you can see her in braids below).
She quickly took us off the beaten-path and we ended up in between two (2) small buildings on top of a pallet carpeted by torn wallpaper and shaded by corrugated metal for a roof. Not an appealing area at best but I kept my mind open and put my faith in her (while remaining alert to our surroundings). While braiding Darlenes hair, I quickly discovered just how educated she was.
I asked her for her name: Erica she said, but everyone around here calls me Mama Dreads, appropriate for the way she had her hair.
I asked her about her education and how she knew English so well (she sounded like an American College Grad with top grades in literature). She was born speaking English she told me and though she had such a command over it, she had no goals to pursue a graduates degree. I eventually turned the conversation towards her native country (Belize) and its political-state.
She shared the history of their democracy and how they are free to vote for their Prime Minister and other public officials. She even spoke of how everyone in Belize loves the government model of America and how they all love new United States President, Barack Obama. I finally asked her, Are people allowed to own firearms in Belize? Her immediate answer, Oh no. The government doesnt let anyone own guns. They try to put it into your head that owning a gun is dangerous and only criminals own guns.
She informed me that anyone caught with a firearm will serve a mandatory prison sentence yet voiced her frustration that it only keeps the guns out of the law abiding citizens. She said she even lived in a bad part of town and feared for her safety so often that her cousin was going to help her get a pistol on the black-market for her personal protection.
But youll go to jail, I said to her.
I dont care. Im 22-years old and theres a lot of bad men where I live. I felt courageous for this young woman.
She continued by sharing with me the unjust encroachments of the government but people cant do anything about it. Workers are deported from the country for suggesting formations of a union. Farms and ranches that might compete with the government are shut down and the owners are pushed out of town by the military and local law enforcement.
Do they have guns? I asked.
Yes. Theyre the government! My heart filled with sorrow and I truly wanted to cry.
She finished her braiding and I paid her the going rate and even tipped her an additional amount for the conversation. I encouraged her to go to school to better her education and seek to come to America and become a citizen; legally!
Brothers and sisters, I have come to this conclusion from a dream I had in the past two-weeks and feel even more of a conviction after speaking with this young woman from Belize. It is not liberty if it is not whole. It is not freedom if it is not whole. Even if a sliver of liberty is taken from the whole, then liberty altogether fails. You cannot have freedom, unless it is complete. When Patrick Henry told the Virginia Convention in March, 1775, give me liberty or give me death, I really dont think he was looking for a negotiated freedom. He wanted it all; unbroken, unfettered, and with no strings attached. Said he, Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!
I stand with him in saying, Forbid it. In the name of our Heavenly Father, forbid it!
May our Father in Heaven have mercy on each of us as we appeal unto Him for our redresses.
I was just about to come over and bump this thread with the link to your updated pdf for those so interested.
Ping for later
I don't want my kids growing up in the kind of communist hellhole my Ukranian Grandparents escaped from.
I'm an NRA life member, but I didn't get around to doing that until after Zero was elected. I'm still a GOA Life Member and I still give occasionally to the JPFO and the SAF. My wife and MiL are both going to be taking firearms courses here soon, as they don't like us guys having all the fun. After which, I'll probably try and sign 'em both up for both the NRA and the SAS.
The idea is, "do something". Even if it's only help set up a warning system that "here it comes".
Just so you know—SAS has many male members who are there to support us. We also offer a lifetime membership.
I am not affiliated w/ the NRA. Though I do play one on TV! =)
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Brothers and Sisters of the Alarm & Muster:
Organization in the entire call-tree is becoming solid and we are quickly approaching Phase II of our project. Phase I has always been focused on the organization of a network of communication and the past 10-weeks has seen well-regulation in this area. We did experience a few speed bumps but its those that make us stronger.
Before I discuss Phase II of our project, I want to address logistics. The Southeast Region has become very large and discussions have been held over the past week in regards to its size. As a result of these discussions, it was decided to split the Southeast Region into the Southeast and South. A new Regional POC to oversee the new South Region has been identified and will be announced next week; Jim Horton will remain as the POC over the Southeast United States. A diagram of how the Alarm & Muster Regions will be divided can be seen here.
For those of you who have not had any contact w/ your POCs (state or region), please do so quickly or you will be left behind in our growth and will result in you being left out. The aim of the Alarm & Muster is communication and the only direction is forward.
With the growth of our tree, Phase II will be implemented in the next few weeks. The latter months of 1774 into the early months of 1775, the colonials had perfected their network of communication to the point that they had designated muster locations. A gentleman in northern Florida is already doing this and the entire network should do the same. More on this will be discussed at a later time.
For now, I am announcing that ready or not? The call-tree test will be implemented this week.
At a time of my choosing, I will make a call to all of the Regional POCs with the words, Call to Muster. This is a test of the Alarm & Muster. Ride out. It will be their duty to call their State POCs and relay to them the same. State POCs, it will be your duty to contact your POCs under you and so on. For those of you who have independent lists, if youd like to integrate them into the test, inform them of a coming test this week. When the call comes to you from your POC, then you make your calls to your tree. This is not a time for phone conversations or pleasantries. Ride-out, alert those you have stewardship over, and ride on to the next town. Dont linger!
After the test is implemented, I will be asking the Regional POCs to collect feedback. I will also have sleepers in the group to report to me as to whether they received a call or not. So if youre a Regional, State, District, or Camp POC, be sure your own tree is in order.
Pictured above is a mustard tree. If you have not had the opportunity to hold a mustard seed in your hand, go to your local grocer into the spice section, find mustard seeds, and see just how small they are. Just one of those seeds, if properly nurtured, sprouts into the tree pictured above. We are a seedling project and just as a mustard seed grows into a large tree so birds may nest in its branches, so shall we grow to shelter those around us who are unable to shelter themselves.
Appeal to heaven,
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-Nineteen Eighty-Four, Chapter 7, George Orwell (No I didn't Google quotes on Freedom)
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For anyone interested, this call came today at about 6:30 PM. The folks I had email addresses/phone numbers for were contacted.
"1 if by land, 2 if by sea..."
Thank you Travis McGee :)
While calling the folks on my list, I felt like I needed a disclaimer. "If this had been an actual TEOTWAKI event..."
Gave me a good pause to stop and think about what I'd need to do next should things really Hit The Fan.
When I got the call, I was 25 miles from my main gear, had only my cell phone and carry pistol on me, and had just gotten out of a movie with my Wife and Father in Law.
If this had been a real event, I would have been caught completely flat footed.
Piece of advice to everyone ...... start running ... if it hits the fan there is no time to 'train up'.
bflr when back at the ranch...
I’m behind the learning curve
::drags feet back home in shame::
bflr when back at the ranch...
I’m behind the learning curve
::drags feet back home in shame::
I've missed entire years due to enlistment in the Marines, two kids, lack of job, and moving from MN to TX then TX back to MN.
Need more "in the field" time. Hard to do though...
Bump and PING.
We’ve been trying to determine how we can network as well for a “TEOTWAWKI/SHTF scenario.” Our first thought was like-minded FReepers who we know better than most of our neighbors (sad fact, but we’re still new to this state). This forum is still IMO one of the best resources for information and people, too.
Thanks for some more food for thought on ways to get things going.
Alarm & Muster Website is Live but less than 1 day old. It has some growing pains currently but is progressing. Below is a communication that was sent to the group earlier today.
The Alarm & Muster website is now live. It is still in its infancy so you will notice ongoing changes each time you visit. For example, a members only forum will eventually be added for our use. Membership will require participation in the A&M call-tree; there will be no anonymous users permitted to register. Also additional pages and locations of the site will continue to be built as it progresses. It is our hope that with our presence on the web, it will not only allow a virtual muster location for everyone,, but will also alleviate the increasing pressure accompanied with recruiting.
Suggestion here. In case people loose communication, Internet, phones, etc........break out the CB Radios. I don’t believe there is anyway to block them.
It isn't fool proof, but it is better than what we had before this.
Interesting.....I was a member of the Pony Express some years ago.
Online sign up that gets filtered down to the PoC's. Forum coming up.
Another Call Tree test slated for tomorrow.
I was kinda thinking on a live pony though. Or at least the horsepower under the hood of my vehicle.
Still looking for options for alternative communications methods in the event of phone service interruption or internet outage.
Already discussed short range and citizens band.
Smoke signals? No mountains in MN, so watch fires are kinda useless.
What would work in your area. Think about it...
Henry Bowman checking in.
God I hope so. We need you Henry...
Of course, when the balloon goes up, I can neither deny nor confirm his existance......but if it goes up BIG, as in CW2....we are all Henry Bowman.
The Body Politic is feeling mighty feverish these days.
I just got a call from a “Ron” in NH, and I had totally forgotten what “Alarm & Muster” was all about, but it sounded like something that I would have signed up for.
After he explained what it was all about, I asked if there was anyone I was supposed to call. NOpe; apparently I’m the only contact in Maine so far.
A little while later I got around to checking the e-mail and there was a message from him:
From: Jaque xxxxx
Sent: Thursday, October 08, 2009 11:05 PM
Subject: Re: Test of Call Tree
” Hello All,
This is a test of the Alarm and Muster call tree. As soon as you get
this mail please respond back to me and your state leader if you have one.
State leaders please contact your people ASAP and send me your
report when done.
Thanks and good luck,
To which I responded:
“Hi Ron; Got your phone call before I got to this e-mail.
Who is the “State Leader” for Maine? Do you have one? Do you have a website?
Are you affiliated with a particular Citizen’s Militia group?
To which he responded:
“Hi Uncle Jaque,
No, we do not have a state leader for Maine. Would you like the job? There is a web site, Alarm and Muster, which you can get to by just typing it in your browser. Alarm and muster stands by itself, but many members are involved with other groups as well. If you are interested in the State
Leaders position, I will put you in contact with our leadership.
Running said search I indeed did come up with the home page, and immediately remembered being there some time ago as soon as I saw the wonderful photos of the landing eagle.
So I e-mailed a reply;
“Oh yeah!; Here it is: Alarm & Muster :: Welcome
Now I remember being there and that’s where I probably signed up. Duh!
I’ll have to read up on it some more and think about that “leadership” thing.
Don’t know as if I’m much of a leader, but by the looks of things I wouldn’t end up leading a massive horde of enthusiastic Patriots any time soon. More likely than not I’d just be leading myself... which can be a challenge in itself!
You might also be interested in this discussion over on the “Free Republic”: Alarm and Muster **
> Regards ~
> “Uncle Jaque”
So at least I guess we can assume that “Alarm & Muster” is still a more or less viable entity, but apparently I’m about “It” for the State of Maine.
I guess I’ll just stand by and wait to see / hear what else might develop.
Oh; about those CB radios; yes, they can very easily “jam” them, and any other form of electronic communication as well if they want to.
“They” (and God only knows who “They” are) if at all militarily sophisticated, can also precisely locate any source of transmission pretty quickly and if it isn’t a broadcast that they condone or have given permission for, they can make things pretty hot for whoever is broadcasting in a hurry.
If a nuke is set off high enough to spread an EMP over a wide distance, then none of our electronic conveniences will work ever again - to include computers, radios, cell phones, or motor vehicles which, since about 1968 or so, have relied on computer chip control modules - which would be fried by an EMP after which you ain’t goin’ nowhere with it.
Apparently our military (and who knows who else’s) now have directional EMP weapons that can selectively disable electronics from quite a long distance away.
Most CBs have a very limited range to begin with, and are very vulnerable to natural interference such as sunspot activity affecting the ionosphere or “Skip”.
Your best bet for keeping in touch if any radios are working will probably be 11 meter, or HAM radio.
Any group of Survivalists should include at least one licensed and experienced HAM Operator. Setting up a parallel calling tree of HAM Operators in various states might not be a bad idea, as when our infrastructure crashes telephones or e mail won’t be an option.
A lot of HAM enthusiasts have generator back up power supplies so can still operate off the grid at least for a while.
We have no sponsorship, no real leadership, and only the loosest organization. We are a Patriot's Alert service. Not a militia.
"One if by Land, Two if by Sea..." Paul Revere's... Every one of us.
There may be Washington's and the like in our membership, but leading the battle is not the purpose of the A&M.
Anything to get the word out. Phone, email, CB, HAM, semiphore, wholephore, smoke signals... Whatever it takes.
We could grow to be more, but right now we're just doing the call tree and keeping a weather eye on the horizon.
Had a Call Tree test last night which is why you were contacted.