Getting the Family Onboard with Prepping

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At times it can be difficult to explain to your children of family members how important prepping and being prepared is. With the world the way it is today, and all the different potentially catastrophic scenarios we face, we know we can’t afford to sit around with our fingers crossed, but how do we convey […]

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Is There a “Right” Way to Be a Prepper?

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As preppers, some of us have an uneasy feeling from time to time about how prepared we are, compared to how prepared we need to be. To me this seems completely natural, especially when you consider how things change daily, and how some of these disaster scenarios increase or decrease on our threat radar. This […]

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Cyber Security for Preppers

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With technology advancing on a seemingly daily basis, and with everything being connected to everything, cyber security for preppers is becoming increasingly important. With governments and companies gathering your data, and tracking every move you make, and hackers trying to take every dime you have, protecting ourselves is a full time job. Last week we […]

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Artificial Intelligence, Family Values & Propaganda

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As things seem to get worse around the globe and right here at home, our urgency to be better prepared escalates daily. With social, economic, and political divides, with world conflicts, and with our national debt, it seems that something is going to give. Let’s imagine for a second that nothing major happens in the […]

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Surviving One Year in Hell: Interview With Selco of SHTFSchool

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Those of you who know about Selco of SHTFSchool already know this is a must listen to episode. For those of you who don’t, you are in for a treat. We all do our best to think about all the different aspects of preparing for a large scale SHTF event, and hearing from someone who […]

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Interview With Jonathan Hollerman of Grid Down Consulting

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This week of the Survivalist Prepper Podcast I was honored to have Jonathan Hollerman on to talk about his books, what Grid Down Consulting is, and his thoughts on a number of situations we might face in a SHTF scenario. During the interview we went over quite a bit about what Jonathan does and why, […]

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Extra Money for Prepping With Todd Sepulveda

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As I’ve said many times, building preparedness skills are more important than any supply you can buy. With that being said, you just can’t escape the fact that prepping costs money. We can do DIY projects, and we can look for deals, but unless we get lucky, supplies cost money. Because of this, Todd over […]

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10 Helpful Podcast Episodes for New Preppers

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When anyone first begins to think about preparedness I believe it’s not only important to get off on the right foot, but get your information from credible sources. That’s why I decided to write this post and list 10 helpful podcast episodes for new preppers. We also have a list of 40 great YouTube and […]

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Get Home Bags, Everyday Carry, and Car Kits

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In this installment of our prepping supplies series we go over get home bags, EDC (Everyday Carry) and what you should have in your car or automobile. We didn’t spend much time on get home bags and EDC gear because we have 2 detailed articles and podcast (linked to above) that go into much more […]

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Bug Out Bags For Beginners: The Essentials

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In this second post  and podcast in our beginning prepping series, and today we are going to go over bug out bags for beginners, and the essential bug out bag supplies. The first podcast was about prepping in general, The next post in this series will be about get home bags and everyday carry items. […]

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Getting Started Prepping & The Basics

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So, over the next few weeks, Lisa and I will be doing a series of podcasts and articles that will go through getting started prepping & the basics. Something that seems pretty simple on the surface can get a little confusing the more we get into it. When we first come to the realization that […]

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Prepping, Budgeting & Priorities

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Because prepping involves so many different aspects of life that some people would call hobbies, it can get expensive very quickly. You have bushcraft, ham radio, bugging out, food storage, and firearms just to name a few, and all of these can tap your bank account. There is literally no end to the supplies that […]

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Your Summertime Prepping Plans

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For those of you that live in the southern states, there isn’t much of a difference between summer and winter. For those of us a little further north, summertime means we can get outside, and get back to prepping as usual. After being stuck inside for a number of months, the summer is when we […]

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Preparing for a Pandemic and Other Biological Threats

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When it comes to preparing for a pandemic, it’s not something that is high on our preparedness list, although it’s nowhere near the bottom either. I think this is because in the United States we generally take a proactive approach to disease and sanitation, and it doesn’t affect us like it does in other 3rd […]

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EMP’s, CME’s and Nuclear Meltdown With Matthew Stein Part 2

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Last week’s Survivalist Prepper Podcast was part 1 with Matthew Stein talking about EMP’s, CME’s, and Nuclear Meltdowns. This week we finish up our 2 part series right where we left off. We ended last week’s show talking about the severe effects a nuclear meltdown would have on Americans. As I mentioned in last weeks […]

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EMP’s, CME’s and Nuclear Meltdown With Matthew Stein

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An EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse) or CME (Coronal Mass Ejections) have the potential to be one of the most disaster scenarios we can think of, yet it’s a disaster scenario that doesn’t get the attention it deserves. This may be because there isn’t an easy answer to preparing for an EMP or CME, or because it’s […]

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Preparing for an Economic Collapse: When, Why & How

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Most of you know that preparing for an economic collapse is one of my top priorities. The main reason an economic collapse is a big priority is because it could happen at any time, and it seems like no one even cares anymore that we are trillions in debt. Politicians don’t care about the national […]

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Overlooked or Forgotten Preparedness Supplies & Techniques

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As we go through our daily lives and form habits and routines, it’s easy to lose track of the big picture. As we do things over a long period of time, we tend to take shortcuts and the small details tend to be overlooked. It’s especially important to keep this in mind with preparedness because […]

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Illnesses Risks After Large Natural Disasters or Grid Down Events

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It’s something that many people probably don’t think about. But for me, especially considering the epidemic flu season we are currently in the middle of right now, illnesses that could increase after a wide scale natural disaster or if there were to be a grid down event. Seeing how easily the flu is spreading right […]

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Water Safety & Filtration for Preppers With Kevin Reiter

This week I am joined by Kevin Reiter from The Wilderness Safety Institute to talk about water safety and filtration for preppers. Kevin has been on a couple times in the past talking about trauma kits, gear and other medical information. Water safety and filtration is something that can seem fairly complicated at first, but […]

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Water Safety & Filtration for Preppers With Kevin Reiter

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This week I am joined by Kevin Reiter from The Wilderness Safety Institute to talk about water safety and filtration for preppers. Kevin has been on a couple times in the past talking about trauma kits, gear and other medical information. Water safety and filtration is something that can seem fairly complicated at first, but […]

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Fighting The Flu and Staying Healthy

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Right now we are in the peak of the 2018 flu season. And this year, the flu vaccine is not really that effective in fighting the strains of flu that are prevalent this year. The peak time of flu season is from December through February. A lot of people think that just because they got […]

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Nuclear War & Radiation Protection

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Nuclear war has been one of those highly unlikely, but devastating disaster scenarios for some time. These days I’m not so sure how unlikely it actually is. This is why learning about the affects of a nuclear war, and radiation protection is increasingly important. Do I think a nuclear war is inevitable? No. Mutually assured […]

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Valuable SHTF Skills for Preppers

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Last week we went over what a long term SHTF event would look like. This week we are going to continue that theme by talking about some valuable SHTF skills  for preppers, that could be important to know. While it’s impossible to know everything about everything, we can learn a little about a lot of […]

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What Would a Long Term SHTF Event REALLY Look Like?

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As preppers we tend to look at a total collapse scenario as a Mad Max or Walking dead type scenario. The truth is, there are far too many variables to say what it would be. So, what would a long term SHTF really look like? I have heard it said that the more extreme the […]

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Doing a Preparedness Checkup (Reassessment and Initial Assessment)

If your anything like me, after a while your preparedness supplies become an unorganized mess. While some people are better than others with organization, it’s inevitable that things get moved, used or expire. Over time our priorities also change. This could be because of the changing current events, or it could be because we have […]

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Doing a Preparedness Checkup (Reassessment and Initial Assessment)

If your anything like me, after a while your preparedness supplies become an unorganized mess. While some people are better than others with organization, it’s inevitable that things get moved, used or expire. Over time our priorities also change. This could be because of the changing current events, or it could be because we have […]

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Doing a Preparedness Checkup (Reassessment and Initial Assessment)

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If your anything like me, after a while your preparedness supplies become an unorganized mess. While some people are better than others with organization, it’s inevitable that things get moved, used or expire. Over time our priorities also change. This could be because of the changing current events, or it could be because we have […]

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The Not So Basic Medical Skills and Supplies

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Over the last couple of weeks Kevin and I talked about trauma kits and supplies. This week Lisa and I continue with the not so basic medical skills and supplies. When I say “not so basic” I mean we are not going to go over band aids and gauze pads, We go over the stuff […]

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An In-Depth Look at Trauma Kits with Kevin Reiter (Part 2)

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Last week in the Survivalist Prepper show Kevin Reiter and I started our conversation about trauma kits and an in depth look at the supplies in them. This week we continue on with the rest of the trauma kit supplies, and some possible injuries you may run across. In part 1 we went over quite […]

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An In-Depth Look at Trauma Kits with Kevin Reiter (Part 1)

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When it comes to medical supplies and first aid, the basics are fairly simple. As you start thinking about the more serious injuries, you need to think about the trauma kits and skills to treat those injuries. This week we take an in depth look at trauma kits with Kevin Reiter of the Wilderness Safety […]

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Tips for Picking the Perfect Bug Out Location

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If we had our choice, none of us would want to bug out and leave everything we own behind. With that being said, there could be situations that require us to get out of dodge for a few days, or even longer. Natural disasters, civil unrest or man made disasters could make bugging out necessary, […]

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Society, Culture, and Prepping with Sara Hathaway

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In today’s podcast, Lisa and I welcome Sara Hathaway back to talk about where our society is headed, how our changing culture is adding to the increased violence, and why these are important to pay attention to. Preparedness is not only about food and water storage, it’s about paying attention to what is going on […]

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Prepping Supplies You Can’t Skimp On…And Some You Can

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When it comes to prepping supplies that will “save your life” there is literally no end to what we can buy. While we all know that skills will be more valuable than gear in a disaster situation, there are some supplies that we shouldn’t skimp on. When it comes to buying supplies that help you […]

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Preparing For the Future By Learning From the Past

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As preppers we are always trying to figure out the perfect combination of living simply, while taking advantage of today’s technology. There is quite a bit we can learn from how people lived a century ago. If an EMP, CME or something else took down the power grid, we could easily find ourselves in that […]

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Sanitation, Hygiene and Prevention for Preppers With Jane Austin

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Today in the show Lisa were honored to have Jane Austin (Survivor Jane) on with us talking about prevention, sanitation and hygiene in a SHTF or disaster situation. There are some things we will have no control over, but we need to stay focused on the things we can control. Sometimes, the small things that […]

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The Necessary Convenience’s for Preppers

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With preparedness we are constantly thinking about things that will help us survive, or help us get through a terrible situation. It’s also important to remember that maintaining our sanity in these situations is just as important. While a percolator will not “save your life”, it will give you a sense of normalcy, and possibly […]

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Colorado PrepperMed Recap & Lessons Learned

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Colorado PrepperMed Recap & Lessons LearnedAs most of you know, we just finished this year’s PrepperMed weekend and it was fantastic. In this week’s show, Lisa and I went through a recap of everything we learned, as well as added a few audio clips of the presentations themselves.

Lisa got quite a bit of footage from this weekend’s events, so over the next couple of weeks I will be adding some videos to the Survivalist Prepper Academy. While it’s impossible to everything covered in this 2-day event, I want to give Academy members a sneak peak into some of the topics we covered.

For those of you who aren’t aware of PrepperMed (or are reading this in the future) It was the brainchild of Kevin Reiter who runs the Wilderness Safety Institute. With the help of myself, Brian Duff (Mind4Survival) and a couple fantastic guests in the EMT/Paramedic world (Sam Bradley & Kyle Nelson of the Disaster Podcast) this small event turned into a huge success.

SPP223 Colorado PrepperMed Recap & Lessons Learned

One of my favorite parts of this event was the variety of skills and experience levels of everyone involved…including those who attended. We had Doctors, Paramedics, EMT’s, Wilderness Experts, Nurses, Ham Radio operators, a meteorologist, and probably a few others that I’m forgetting about.

Below is a list of some of the topics we covered at PrepperMed, but you’ll want to listen to the podcast and hear some of the audio segments from the actual event and the speakers.

MOI (Mechanism of Injury)

Sam Bradley is an Author, Fire & EMS Educator, DMAT Paramedic, former National Ski Patrol Director and host of The Disaster Podcast. During the class she covered topics such as capillary refill, splinting, distracting injuries, chest injuries, occlusive dressings and a whole lot more.

The segment in the show is of her talking about signs and symptoms, abdominal injuries, and how distracting injuries can cause you to miss a more serious injury. She also talked about the MOI (Mechanism of Injury).

Injury Assessment Triangle

Injury Assessment Triangle

Kyle Nelson is a Meteorologist, DHS/FEMA-Certified Instructor & Evaluator, Wilderness EMT and the official Disaster Podcast weatherman. During the class he talked about natural hazards, weather, injury assessment, splinting and patient stabilization.

The audio segment in the show is of Kyle talking about the Injury Assessment Triangle. This is one of those thinks where on paper it all made sense, but when we had our practice session, it didn’t work out so well for most of us.

Medical Kits & Supplies

Kevin Reiter of the Wilderness Safety Institute was the brains behind this operation, and a recurring guest on both our podcast and the Disaster Podcast. Along with being the full time “chicken with his head cut off” Kevin taught about Dressings, splinting, natural hazards, and medical kits.

The audio segment in the show is of Kevin talking about Medical kits, and how you set up your kit depends on a number of factors. Each person’s kit will be different. Where you go, and who you go with will determine what you need.

Zombie Apocalypse Training

Triage color tags

Sam Bradley put together a class called “Zombie Apocalypse Training” that went over assessing and treating a large number of injuries. Unfortunately, because of time constraints this class was cut a little short. I have a feeling the next one will be fantastic!

During the class we learned about Triage tags, and how to categorize each person’s injuries. The audio segment in the show was of us during a breakout session putting what we just learned to the test. This was a great example of why practice is so important, because we failed miserably…some more than others.

Venomous Bites

Dr. Ben Abo works with Venom One In Miami and has been a guest on the Disaster Podcast going over snake bite myths, and venomous snakes in general. He couldn’t travel to Colorado, but he did make a Skype appearance with his infamous banana phone.

During the class he went over everything from snakes, to bees, to spiders, to scorpions. In the audio segment he talked about why not to use a tourniquet, the Australian wrap, and some venomous spiders.

The Basics of Ham Radio

Ham radio BasicsOn day 2 yours truly did a presentation on the basics of ham radio. I was a little nervous because I usually sit behind a microphone talking to myself, but I think it went pretty well. I plan on making a video of this presentation and adding it to the Academy in the near future.

This presentation was the very basics of ham radio along with some of the other types of radio services. It was meant to help you decide if ham radio is right for you. The audio segment in the podcast is about the difference between ham, GMRS, MURS, and FRS radios.

Home Security & Situational Awareness

Brian Duff of the Mind4Survival Podcast, Former Army Ranger & Paramedic gave a talk on home security, situational awareness and room clearing. Along with a great sense of humor, Brian had quite a bit of knowledge to add throughout the event.

The audio segment in the show is Brain talking about training and mindset. He mentioned the Las Vegas shooting, and mentioned how we could ask ourselves “what would I do” and learn from events like this. He also talked about how along with the mental preparedness, comes the physical preparedness and practice.

Important Takeaways…

Understanding the Why: Taking classes like these are extremely helpful for understanding when and why something needs to be done. When is a pressure dressing better than a tourniquet? What could cause shallow breathing? Understanding how to assess someone’s injuries, helps us understand how to possibly treat them.

Being Realistic: As preppers we are constantly trying to figure out ways to get through bad situations, but sometimes there just isn’t an answer. Doctors and nurses spend decades honing their skills, and use top of the line equipment. As Brian talked about in his segment, staying out of a bad situation is the only sure way to come out on top.

And Then Some: A major takeaway from this event was not only how many first aid supplies you will need, but how important the basic supplies are. As preppers we love all the trinkets and gadgets, but sometimes you just need what works. While you can’t have 50 Kerlix gauze rolls and 15 Cravats in your kit, you can have them at home.

Improvising: One thing I talk about is skills and understanding how to improvise. As preppers that’s what we do. We try to figure out ways we can get things done when we don’t have modern conveniences. Knowing alternative for splints, knowing alternatives for cravats, and knowing alternatives for tourniquets are all important.

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Home & Personal Defense for Preppers

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Home and Personal Defense for PreppersOne very important aspect of preparedness is home security and personal defense. We spend so much time and money purchasing supplies and getting ready for when disaster strikes, and along with this comes protecting those supplies, and ourselves from people that don’t have the foresight we do.

Even though statistics show that globally this is the safest time to be alive in our history, it really means nothing to us locally. Just tell the people living in Venezuela how good things are today. It’s great that more people have access to clean water, healthcare and education, but what happens when that goes away?

As preppers we are always looking to the future, and catch a lot of heat for thinking about “What if” scenarios. These statistics are great for showing how far we have come, but say nothing about where we might be headed. These stats say nothing about our national debt, nothing about natural disasters, and nothing about the rising tensions in the United States.

Regardless how “good things are” that could all change at a moment’s notice. We need to be prepared for when bad things happen, and we need to be prepared for bad (or unprepared) people that take advantage of that.

SPP222 Home & Personal Defense for Preppers

This week in the show we were honored to have Brian Duff from The Mind4Survival podcast on with us to talk about operational security, situational awareness and defending yourself and your home against intruders.

Below are a few of the bullet points we covered in the show. We went into quite a bit of detail on all of these, so if you get a chance make sure and listen.

Operational Security

Creating Good Habits: Everything we do on a daily basis either puts us at risk, or increases our safety. Over time, our routines become habits, and we basically sleep walk through life. Start creating (or changing) habits that help you become more situationaly aware, and start recognizing what is going on around you.

Keep Your Head Up: Even if we are not paying attention to what we are doing, someone else might be. Criminals are opportunists, and prey on soft targets. If you have your head buried in your cell phone walking to of from the grocery store,  you have no idea what is going on around you.

Knowing Your Neighbors: Like it or not, your neighbors are going to be around when any sort of disaster strikes. We need to determine whether they might be a threat, or an ally in a SHTF situation.

Being the Grey Man: Being the grey man before a SHTF event or disaster scenario is much different than during a disaster.  Things we do online, at work, or around town can put us at risk. Being the grey man means being as unremarkable as possible, and not drawing attention to yourself.

Personal Security

Physical Fitness: What you think you can do, and what you can do are probably 2 different things. We could have the best plan in the world on paper, but a real world situation will be much more difficult. For preppers, physical fitness is more about endurance than strength. In the show we talked about being “farmer strong”, not weight room strong.

Self Defense Training: In a past podcast we talked extensively with Sara Hathaway about personal defense, non lethal weapons and how taking actual classes is much better than watching a YouTube video. Practicing and training are also very important. Most of us can throw a punch, but how many of us could wrestle an attacker for an extended period of time?

Self Defense Weapons: Regardless whether you are talking about a firearm, a knife or a pointy stick, we need to have the skills necessary to use them, and the willingness to use them. The last thing we want is to have our self defense weapon used against us.

Home Security for Today

Outside the House: Some things we can do now to secure our perimeter include security lights, security cameras, motion detection, fencing, signage and dogs. Anything we can do to make ourselves look less attractive, or more of a hardened target to criminals will make them think twice.

Inside the Home: Hopefully you have done the work outside your home and have had some notice before it gets to this point. In the show we talked about some options to handle this type of situation.

CQB (Close Quarters Battle): At the upcoming Colorado PrepperMed course, Brian will be teaching a class on CQB and also how to stay out of that situation. In the show we talked about being aware of your surroundings, and ways to keep yourself out of this type of situation.

Home Security When the S Hits the Fan

Outside the House: In any sort of SHTF scenario, your perimeter security options will be a little different than today. We did a podcast in the past about this very subject. The first step we can take is to survey our property and figure out what our options are.

Being the Grey Man After SHTF: As preppers we tend to be more prepared than the average person. In a SHTF situation we need to maintain our operational security by blending in. This means looking the part, as well as acting the part.

Here is a great video that explains the grey man concept in a SHTF environment…

More From Brain

Brain not only has the Mind4Survival podcast, but he has also put together a great preparedness group on Facebook. You can also connect with him on Twitter here. 

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Home & Personal Defense for Preppers

Home and Personal Defense for PreppersOne very important aspect of preparedness is home security and personal defense. We spend so much time and money purchasing supplies and getting ready for when disaster strikes, and along with this comes protecting those supplies, and ourselves from people that don’t have the foresight we do.

Even though statistics show that globally this is the safest time to be alive in our history, it really means nothing to us locally. Just tell the people living in Venezuela how good things are today. It’s great that more people have access to clean water, healthcare and education, but what happens when that goes away?

As preppers we are always looking to the future, and catch a lot of heat for thinking about “What if” scenarios. These statistics are great for showing how far we have come, but say nothing about where we might be headed. These stats say nothing about our national debt, nothing about natural disasters, and nothing about the rising tensions in the United States.

Regardless how “good things are” that could all change at a moment’s notice. We need to be prepared for when bad things happen, and we need to be prepared for bad (or unprepared) people that take advantage of that.

SPP222 Home & Personal Defense for Preppers

This week in the show we were honored to have Brian Duff from The Mind4Survival podcast on with us to talk about operational security, situational awareness and defending yourself and your home against intruders.

Below are a few of the bullet points we covered in the show. We went into quite a bit of detail on all of these, so if you get a chance make sure and listen.

Operational Security

Creating Good Habits: Everything we do on a daily basis either puts us at risk, or increases our safety. Over time, our routines become habits, and we basically sleep walk through life. Start creating (or changing) habits that help you become more situationaly aware, and start recognizing what is going on around you.

Keep Your Head Up: Even if we are not paying attention to what we are doing, someone else might be. Criminals are opportunists, and prey on soft targets. If you have your head buried in your cell phone walking to of from the grocery store,  you have no idea what is going on around you.

Knowing Your Neighbors: Like it or not, your neighbors are going to be around when any sort of disaster strikes. We need to determine whether they might be a threat, or an ally in a SHTF situation.

Being the Grey Man: Being the grey man before a SHTF event or disaster scenario is much different than during a disaster.  Things we do online, at work, or around town can put us at risk. Being the grey man means being as unremarkable as possible, and not drawing attention to yourself.

Personal Security

Physical Fitness: What you think you can do, and what you can do are probably 2 different things. We could have the best plan in the world on paper, but a real world situation will be much more difficult. For preppers, physical fitness is more about endurance than strength. In the show we talked about being “farmer strong”, not weight room strong.

Self Defense Training: In a past podcast we talked extensively with Sara Hathaway about personal defense, non lethal weapons and how taking actual classes is much better than watching a YouTube video. Practicing and training are also very important. Most of us can throw a punch, but how many of us could wrestle an attacker for an extended period of time?

Self Defense Weapons: Regardless whether you are talking about a firearm, a knife or a pointy stick, we need to have the skills necessary to use them, and the willingness to use them. The last thing we want is to have our self defense weapon used against us.

Home Security for Today

Outside the House: Some things we can do now to secure our perimeter include security lights, security cameras, motion detection, fencing, signage and dogs. Anything we can do to make ourselves look less attractive, or more of a hardened target to criminals will make them think twice.

Inside the Home: Hopefully you have done the work outside your home and have had some notice before it gets to this point. In the show we talked about some options to handle this type of situation.

CQB (Close Quarters Battle): At the upcoming Colorado PrepperMed course, Brian will be teaching a class on CQB and also how to stay out of that situation. In the show we talked about being aware of your surroundings, and ways to keep yourself out of this type of situation.

Home Security When the S Hits the Fan

Outside the House: In any sort of SHTF scenario, your perimeter security options will be a little different than today. We did a podcast in the past about this very subject. The first step we can take is to survey our property and figure out what our options are.

Being the Grey Man After SHTF: As preppers we tend to be more prepared than the average person. In a SHTF situation we need to maintain our operational security by blending in. This means looking the part, as well as acting the part.

Here is a great video that explains the grey man concept in a SHTF environment…

More From Brain

Brain not only has the Mind4Survival podcast, but he has also put together a great preparedness group on Facebook. You can also connect with him on Twitter here. 

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Home & Personal Defense for Preppers

Home and Personal Defense for PreppersOne very important aspect of preparedness is home security and personal defense. We spend so much time and money purchasing supplies and getting ready for when disaster strikes, and along with this comes protecting those supplies, and ourselves from people that don’t have the foresight we do.

Even though statistics show that globally this is the safest time to be alive in our history, it really means nothing to us locally. Just tell the people living in Venezuela how good things are today. It’s great that more people have access to clean water, healthcare and education, but what happens when that goes away?

As preppers we are always looking to the future, and catch a lot of heat for thinking about “What if” scenarios. These statistics are great for showing how far we have come, but say nothing about where we might be headed. These stats say nothing about our national debt, nothing about natural disasters, and nothing about the rising tensions in the United States.

Regardless how “good things are” that could all change at a moment’s notice. We need to be prepared for when bad things happen, and we need to be prepared for bad (or unprepared) people that take advantage of that.

SPP222 Home & Personal Defense for Preppers

This week in the show we were honored to have Brian Duff from The Mind4Survival podcast on with us to talk about operational security, situational awareness and defending yourself and your home against intruders.

Below are a few of the bullet points we covered in the show. We went into quite a bit of detail on all of these, so if you get a chance make sure and listen.

Operational Security

Creating Good Habits: Everything we do on a daily basis either puts us at risk, or increases our safety. Over time, our routines become habits, and we basically sleep walk through life. Start creating (or changing) habits that help you become more situationaly aware, and start recognizing what is going on around you.

Keep Your Head Up: Even if we are not paying attention to what we are doing, someone else might be. Criminals are opportunists, and prey on soft targets. If you have your head buried in your cell phone walking to of from the grocery store,  you have no idea what is going on around you.

Knowing Your Neighbors: Like it or not, your neighbors are going to be around when any sort of disaster strikes. We need to determine whether they might be a threat, or an ally in a SHTF situation.

Being the Grey Man: Being the grey man before a SHTF event or disaster scenario is much different than during a disaster.  Things we do online, at work, or around town can put us at risk. Being the grey man means being as unremarkable as possible, and not drawing attention to yourself.

Personal Security

Physical Fitness: What you think you can do, and what you can do are probably 2 different things. We could have the best plan in the world on paper, but a real world situation will be much more difficult. For preppers, physical fitness is more about endurance than strength. In the show we talked about being “farmer strong”, not weight room strong.

Self Defense Training: In a past podcast we talked extensively with Sara Hathaway about personal defense, non lethal weapons and how taking actual classes is much better than watching a YouTube video. Practicing and training are also very important. Most of us can throw a punch, but how many of us could wrestle an attacker for an extended period of time?

Self Defense Weapons: Regardless whether you are talking about a firearm, a knife or a pointy stick, we need to have the skills necessary to use them, and the willingness to use them. The last thing we want is to have our self defense weapon used against us.

Home Security for Today

Outside the House: Some things we can do now to secure our perimeter include security lights, security cameras, motion detection, fencing, signage and dogs. Anything we can do to make ourselves look less attractive, or more of a hardened target to criminals will make them think twice.

Inside the Home: Hopefully you have done the work outside your home and have had some notice before it gets to this point. In the show we talked about some options to handle this type of situation.

CQB (Close Quarters Battle): At the upcoming Colorado PrepperMed course, Brian will be teaching a class on CQB and also how to stay out of that situation. In the show we talked about being aware of your surroundings, and ways to keep yourself out of this type of situation.

Home Security When the S Hits the Fan

Outside the House: In any sort of SHTF scenario, your perimeter security options will be a little different than today. We did a podcast in the past about this very subject. The first step we can take is to survey our property and figure out what our options are.

Being the Grey Man After SHTF: As preppers we tend to be more prepared than the average person. In a SHTF situation we need to maintain our operational security by blending in. This means looking the part, as well as acting the part.

Here is a great video that explains the grey man concept in a SHTF environment…

More From Brain

Brain not only has the Mind4Survival podcast, but he has also put together a great preparedness group on Facebook. You can also connect with him on Twitter here. 

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Long Term Food & Water Storage Ideas for Preppers

Long Term Food and Water Storage Ideas for PreppersWhen it comes to a disaster of any sort, food and water are our 2 main needs. While there are quite a few other areas of preparedness that are important, none of them matter if we don’t have food and water. There are a number of different long term food and water storage ideas for preppers, and it all depends on your situation.

The average person only has a couple of days’ worth of food in their pantry, and very little water storage…if any. With food readily available at the grocery store, and water freely coming from the faucet, people feel that long(er) term food and water storage is unnecessary.

This is why people tend to rush the stores when a disaster strikes. We’ve all seen the pictures of empty grocery store shelves, and the first things to go are bottled water, and staple foods. Whenever I see this, I can’t help but wonder how these people plan on cooking when the power goes out? And why rush to buy bottled water, when you have water at home waiting to be stored.

SPP219 Long Term Food & Water Storage Ideas

In this week’s show Lisa and I went over some different long term food and water storage ideas and how to decide on what works best for you. There is no one size fits all solution when it comes to food and water storage, and making informed choices now can save you time and money down the line.

Store What You Eat

You may have heard this a hundred time, but unless you don’t mind wasting money, it is very important. If your family eats spaghetti once a week, go ahead and store plenty of spaghetti sauce jars and spaghetti noodles.

A problem a lot of people have is canned food. Canned food is great for long term storage, but if it’s not used, it just takes up useful space. Take green beans for example. We prefer fresh over frozen, and frozen over canned. However, canned is the only long term option.

Even though we tend to use frozen vegetables when fresh isn’t available, we try to use our canned veggies a few times a month to minimize the chance for spoilage. This doesn’t mean you need to use them daily. Canned corn lasts for about 2 years, so if you eat a can of corn once a week, you can store 100 cans without worrying about expiration.

Set a Goal

What you store Depends on your storage space, family size and income. If you are just starting your food storage plan I would say, start small and get into a routine. Once you figure out what works, start to build on that.

Take a look at your monthly budget and figure out what you can comfortably afford to spend on food storage per month. By spending as little as $50 extra a month on food, you will build up your food storage in no time at all.

Water storage is a little easier than food storage. When it comes to water storage your main cost will be the containers themselves. This can even be done free by using containers like 2ltr bottles or Iced tea Jugs. Keep in mind, this is a short term/low volume option.

Types of Long Term Food Storage

In the show we talked about a few different types of long tern food storage. Some of these are really simple, and some take some time and work, but can save you money.

Shelf Stable Foods: This is the easiest way to bulk up your food storage with food you and your family eat on a regular basis. Canned foods, pasta, beans and boxed meals all have a long shelf life. But keep in mind, if you don’t eat it, don’t store it.

Prepackaged Long Term Food: We sell Legacy Food Storage products at the SHTFShop.com and it is a great way to quickly add to your food storage. The benefit of prepackaged long term food is that it’s convenient, easy to store and has a super long shelf life.

DIY Food Buckets: Putting together your own long term food buckets can be a great way to save money on food storage, but it does take a little work. If you have more time than money, this is a good method. Here are a couple videos I did on packing 5 gallon food buckets…

Part 1…

Part 2…

 

Canning Food: Learning how to can your own food is a great way of preserving your harvest, or even an option for preserving food you buy in bulk. Home canning is not brain surgery, but does require some learning and equipment to get started.

I recently purchased the electric Carey Pressure Canner, and here are my thoughts on using it for pressure canning…

 

Gardening: Gardening is a great way to feed your family fresh and nutritious food. This does require some time, space and a little trial and error, but I think it’s a skill we should all know. Eventually our food storage will run out, and gardening gives us a sustainable option.

Dehydrating: A great way of getting more protein into your diet in a disaster scenario is dehydrating or even smoking meat. While this is tough to do on a large scale, who doesn’t love some beef jerky. You can also dehydrate fruits and vegetables.

Some of the home dehydrating devices can get a little pricey, but are worth it if you use it enough. A while back I made this DIY food dehydrator for under $100…

 

Freezing: Freezing food is a great option right now, but we might not have refrigeration in an SHTF scenario. This is why knowing other food preservation methods are necessary. If the power goes out, and you know how to can food, you won’t have to waste all the food in your refrigerator.

Water Storage

Water Boxes: At the SHTFShop we have 5 gallon water boxes made by Legacy Foods. These boxes are great because you can store them easily in the closet and maximize your storage space.

Water Bricks: A more durable and just as convenient option are the plastic water bricks. These are a little more expensive than Legacy water boxes, but they are made to withstand just about anything thrown at them.

DIY Options: You may already have milk jugs, 2ltr bottles or Jugs like the Arizona iced tea Jugs sitting around the house. Why not use them to store a little extra water. Keep in mind, milk jugs are not recommended for drinking water, but can be used for grey water (cleaning).

The Water Bob: While just filing up your bathtub is a good idea, who knows how clean your bathtub is. A Water Bob is basically an insert you put in your bathtub to protect the water from the “who knows what” in the bathtub.

Rain Catchment: There are quite a few options when it comes to collecting rain water, and your imagination is your only limit. If the water ever stopped running, this would be a great way to add a little to what you already have.

Water Filters: Regardless of how much water we have stored, it’s probably not enough. At a minimum 1 person would need about 500 gallons to last 1 year. At some point you may need to filter water you find (like rain water) and having the right filter is key. Some filters like the Sawyer will filter rain water just fine, but the Berkey is a better (more expensive) option for large quantities.

Learn Water Cleaning Techniques: Clean drinking water is something almost everyone takes for granted. In the event that sanitation becomes an issue, people drinking dirty water will become an issue. Learn some of the different techniques for cleaning water like using bleach, boiling, iodine, ect. and what you can, and will do.

Finding Water: In the event that your water runs out, or if you just don’t have the space to store a lot of it, you will need to know how to get it. This article “Finding Water in the City” Will give you an idea about where you might be able to find water that no one else is thinking about.

Other Things to Consider…

Don’t Forget the Pets: If you have cat’s or dogs, you will need to take them into account also. The great thing about pets is that their food has quite a long shelf life. We try to always have 2 bags of extra dog food, and rotate it to keep it fresh.

Organization & Rotation: If you don’t make organization and rotation a priority you could find yourself throwing out food, which is basically throwing away money. It could also mean that the 6 months of food storage you thought you have is only 3.

Good organization will help you keep your head above water. If we stay on top of things before they get out of hand, it will be easier to maintain our food and water storage.

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Long Term Food & Water Storage Ideas for Preppers

Long Term Food and Water Storage Ideas for PreppersWhen it comes to a disaster of any sort, food and water are our 2 main needs. While there are quite a few other areas of preparedness that are important, none of them matter if we don’t have food and water. There are a number of different long term food and water storage ideas for preppers, and it all depends on your situation.

The average person only has a couple of days’ worth of food in their pantry, and very little water storage…if any. With food readily available at the grocery store, and water freely coming from the faucet, people feel that long(er) term food and water storage is unnecessary.

This is why people tend to rush the stores when a disaster strikes. We’ve all seen the pictures of empty grocery store shelves, and the first things to go are bottled water, and staple foods. Whenever I see this, I can’t help but wonder how these people plan on cooking when the power goes out? And why rush to buy bottled water, when you have water at home waiting to be stored.

SPP221 Long Term Food & Water Storage Ideas

In this week’s show Lisa and I went over some different long term food and water storage ideas and how to decide on what works best for you. There is no one size fits all solution when it comes to food and water storage, and making informed choices now can save you time and money down the line.

Store What You Eat

You may have heard this a hundred time, but unless you don’t mind wasting money, it is very important. If your family eats spaghetti once a week, go ahead and store plenty of spaghetti sauce jars and spaghetti noodles.

A problem a lot of people have is canned food. Canned food is great for long term storage, but if it’s not used, it just takes up useful space. Take green beans for example. We prefer fresh over frozen, and frozen over canned. However, canned is the only long term option.

Even though we tend to use frozen vegetables when fresh isn’t available, we try to use our canned veggies a few times a month to minimize the chance for spoilage. This doesn’t mean you need to use them daily. Canned corn lasts for about 2 years, so if you eat a can of corn once a week, you can store 100 cans without worrying about expiration.

Set a Goal

What you store Depends on your storage space, family size and income. If you are just starting your food storage plan I would say, start small and get into a routine. Once you figure out what works, start to build on that.

Take a look at your monthly budget and figure out what you can comfortably afford to spend on food storage per month. By spending as little as $50 extra a month on food, you will build up your food storage in no time at all.

Water storage is a little easier than food storage. When it comes to water storage your main cost will be the containers themselves. This can even be done free by using containers like 2ltr bottles or Iced tea Jugs. Keep in mind, this is a short term/low volume option.

Types of Long Term Food Storage

In the show we talked about a few different types of long tern food storage. Some of these are really simple, and some take some time and work, but can save you money.

Shelf Stable Foods: This is the easiest way to bulk up your food storage with food you and your family eat on a regular basis. Canned foods, pasta, beans and boxed meals all have a long shelf life. But keep in mind, if you don’t eat it, don’t store it.

Prepackaged Long Term Food: We sell Legacy Food Storage products at the SHTFShop.com and it is a great way to quickly add to your food storage. The benefit of prepackaged long term food is that it’s convenient, easy to store and has a super long shelf life.

DIY Food Buckets: Putting together your own long term food buckets can be a great way to save money on food storage, but it does take a little work. If you have more time than money, this is a good method. Here are a couple videos I did on packing 5 gallon food buckets…

Part 1…

Part 2…

 

Canning Food: Learning how to can your own food is a great way of preserving your harvest, or even an option for preserving food you buy in bulk. Home canning is not brain surgery, but does require some learning and equipment to get started.

I recently purchased the electric Carey Pressure Canner, and here are my thoughts on using it for pressure canning…

 

Gardening: Gardening is a great way to feed your family fresh and nutritious food. This does require some time, space and a little trial and error, but I think it’s a skill we should all know. Eventually our food storage will run out, and gardening gives us a sustainable option.

Dehydrating: A great way of getting more protein into your diet in a disaster scenario is dehydrating or even smoking meat. While this is tough to do on a large scale, who doesn’t love some beef jerky. You can also dehydrate fruits and vegetables.

Some of the home dehydrating devices can get a little pricey, but are worth it if you use it enough. A while back I made this DIY food dehydrator for under $100…

 

Freezing: Freezing food is a great option right now, but we might not have refrigeration in an SHTF scenario. This is why knowing other food preservation methods are necessary. If the power goes out, and you know how to can food, you won’t have to waste all the food in your refrigerator.

Water Storage

Water Boxes: At the SHTFShop we have 5 gallon water boxes made by Legacy Foods. These boxes are great because you can store them easily in the closet and maximize your storage space.

Water Bricks: A more durable and just as convenient option are the plastic water bricks. These are a little more expensive than Legacy water boxes, but they are made to withstand just about anything thrown at them.

DIY Options: You may already have milk jugs, 2ltr bottles or Jugs like the Arizona iced tea Jugs sitting around the house. Why not use them to store a little extra water. Keep in mind, milk jugs are not recommended for drinking water, but can be used for grey water (cleaning).

The Water Bob: While just filing up your bathtub is a good idea, who knows how clean your bathtub is. A Water Bob is basically an insert you put in your bathtub to protect the water from the “who knows what” in the bathtub.

Rain Catchment: There are quite a few options when it comes to collecting rain water, and your imagination is your only limit. If the water ever stopped running, this would be a great way to add a little to what you already have.

Water Filters: Regardless of how much water we have stored, it’s probably not enough. At a minimum 1 person would need about 500 gallons to last 1 year. At some point you may need to filter water you find (like rain water) and having the right filter is key. Some filters like the Sawyer will filter rain water just fine, but the Berkey is a better (more expensive) option for large quantities.

Learn Water Cleaning Techniques: Clean drinking water is something almost everyone takes for granted. In the event that sanitation becomes an issue, people drinking dirty water will become an issue. Learn some of the different techniques for cleaning water like using bleach, boiling, iodine, ect. and what you can, and will do.

Finding Water: In the event that your water runs out, or if you just don’t have the space to store a lot of it, you will need to know how to get it. This article “Finding Water in the City” Will give you an idea about where you might be able to find water that no one else is thinking about.

Other Things to Consider…

Don’t Forget the Pets: If you have cat’s or dogs, you will need to take them into account also. The great thing about pets is that their food has quite a long shelf life. We try to always have 2 bags of extra dog food, and rotate it to keep it fresh.

Organization & Rotation: If you don’t make organization and rotation a priority you could find yourself throwing out food, which is basically throwing away money. It could also mean that the 6 months of food storage you thought you have is only 3.

Good organization will help you keep your head above water. If we stay on top of things before they get out of hand, it will be easier to maintain our food and water storage.

The post Long Term Food & Water Storage Ideas for Preppers appeared first on Survivalist Prepper.

Long Term Food & Water Storage Ideas for Preppers

Long Term Food and Water Storage Ideas for PreppersWhen it comes to a disaster of any sort, food and water are our 2 main needs. While there are quite a few other areas of preparedness that are important, none of them matter if we don’t have food and water. There are a number of different long term food and water storage ideas for preppers, and it all depends on your situation.

The average person only has a couple of days’ worth of food in their pantry, and very little water storage…if any. With food readily available at the grocery store, and water freely coming from the faucet, people feel that long(er) term food and water storage is unnecessary.

This is why people tend to rush the stores when a disaster strikes. We’ve all seen the pictures of empty grocery store shelves, and the first things to go are bottled water, and staple foods. Whenever I see this, I can’t help but wonder how these people plan on cooking when the power goes out? And why rush to buy bottled water, when you have water at home waiting to be stored.

SPP221 Long Term Food & Water Storage Ideas

In this week’s show Lisa and I went over some different long term food and water storage ideas and how to decide on what works best for you. There is no one size fits all solution when it comes to food and water storage, and making informed choices now can save you time and money down the line.

Store What You Eat

You may have heard this a hundred time, but unless you don’t mind wasting money, it is very important. If your family eats spaghetti once a week, go ahead and store plenty of spaghetti sauce jars and spaghetti noodles.

A problem a lot of people have is canned food. Canned food is great for long term storage, but if it’s not used, it just takes up useful space. Take green beans for example. We prefer fresh over frozen, and frozen over canned. However, canned is the only long term option.

Even though we tend to use frozen vegetables when fresh isn’t available, we try to use our canned veggies a few times a month to minimize the chance for spoilage. This doesn’t mean you need to use them daily. Canned corn lasts for about 2 years, so if you eat a can of corn once a week, you can store 100 cans without worrying about expiration.

Set a Goal

What you store Depends on your storage space, family size and income. If you are just starting your food storage plan I would say, start small and get into a routine. Once you figure out what works, start to build on that.

Take a look at your monthly budget and figure out what you can comfortably afford to spend on food storage per month. By spending as little as $50 extra a month on food, you will build up your food storage in no time at all.

Water storage is a little easier than food storage. When it comes to water storage your main cost will be the containers themselves. This can even be done free by using containers like 2ltr bottles or Iced tea Jugs. Keep in mind, this is a short term/low volume option.

Types of Long Term Food Storage

In the show we talked about a few different types of long tern food storage. Some of these are really simple, and some take some time and work, but can save you money.

Shelf Stable Foods: This is the easiest way to bulk up your food storage with food you and your family eat on a regular basis. Canned foods, pasta, beans and boxed meals all have a long shelf life. But keep in mind, if you don’t eat it, don’t store it.

Prepackaged Long Term Food: We sell Legacy Food Storage products at the SHTFShop.com and it is a great way to quickly add to your food storage. The benefit of prepackaged long term food is that it’s convenient, easy to store and has a super long shelf life.

DIY Food Buckets: Putting together your own long term food buckets can be a great way to save money on food storage, but it does take a little work. If you have more time than money, this is a good method. Here are a couple videos I did on packing 5 gallon food buckets…

Part 1…

Part 2…

 

Canning Food: Learning how to can your own food is a great way of preserving your harvest, or even an option for preserving food you buy in bulk. Home canning is not brain surgery, but does require some learning and equipment to get started.

I recently purchased the electric Carey Pressure Canner, and here are my thoughts on using it for pressure canning…

 

Gardening: Gardening is a great way to feed your family fresh and nutritious food. This does require some time, space and a little trial and error, but I think it’s a skill we should all know. Eventually our food storage will run out, and gardening gives us a sustainable option.

Dehydrating: A great way of getting more protein into your diet in a disaster scenario is dehydrating or even smoking meat. While this is tough to do on a large scale, who doesn’t love some beef jerky. You can also dehydrate fruits and vegetables.

Some of the home dehydrating devices can get a little pricey, but are worth it if you use it enough. A while back I made this DIY food dehydrator for under $100…

 

Freezing: Freezing food is a great option right now, but we might not have refrigeration in an SHTF scenario. This is why knowing other food preservation methods are necessary. If the power goes out, and you know how to can food, you won’t have to waste all the food in your refrigerator.

Water Storage

Water Boxes: At the SHTFShop we have 5 gallon water boxes made by Legacy Foods. These boxes are great because you can store them easily in the closet and maximize your storage space.

Water Bricks: A more durable and just as convenient option are the plastic water bricks. These are a little more expensive than Legacy water boxes, but they are made to withstand just about anything thrown at them.

DIY Options: You may already have milk jugs, 2ltr bottles or Jugs like the Arizona iced tea Jugs sitting around the house. Why not use them to store a little extra water. Keep in mind, milk jugs are not recommended for drinking water, but can be used for grey water (cleaning).

The Water Bob: While just filing up your bathtub is a good idea, who knows how clean your bathtub is. A Water Bob is basically an insert you put in your bathtub to protect the water from the “who knows what” in the bathtub.

Rain Catchment: There are quite a few options when it comes to collecting rain water, and your imagination is your only limit. If the water ever stopped running, this would be a great way to add a little to what you already have.

Water Filters: Regardless of how much water we have stored, it’s probably not enough. At a minimum 1 person would need about 500 gallons to last 1 year. At some point you may need to filter water you find (like rain water) and having the right filter is key. Some filters like the Sawyer will filter rain water just fine, but the Berkey is a better (more expensive) option for large quantities.

Learn Water Cleaning Techniques: Clean drinking water is something almost everyone takes for granted. In the event that sanitation becomes an issue, people drinking dirty water will become an issue. Learn some of the different techniques for cleaning water like using bleach, boiling, iodine, ect. and what you can, and will do.

Finding Water: In the event that your water runs out, or if you just don’t have the space to store a lot of it, you will need to know how to get it. This article “Finding Water in the City” Will give you an idea about where you might be able to find water that no one else is thinking about.

Other Things to Consider…

Don’t Forget the Pets: If you have cat’s or dogs, you will need to take them into account also. The great thing about pets is that their food has quite a long shelf life. We try to always have 2 bags of extra dog food, and rotate it to keep it fresh.

Organization & Rotation: If you don’t make organization and rotation a priority you could find yourself throwing out food, which is basically throwing away money. It could also mean that the 6 months of food storage you thought you have is only 3.

Good organization will help you keep your head above water. If we stay on top of things before they get out of hand, it will be easier to maintain our food and water storage.

The post Long Term Food & Water Storage Ideas for Preppers appeared first on Survivalist Prepper.

Long Term Food & Water Storage Ideas for Preppers

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Long Term Food and Water Storage Ideas for PreppersWhen it comes to a disaster of any sort, food and water are our 2 main needs. While there are quite a few other areas of preparedness that are important, none of them matter if we don’t have food and water. There are a number of different long term food and water storage ideas for preppers, and it all depends on your situation.

The average person only has a couple of days’ worth of food in their pantry, and very little water storage…if any. With food readily available at the grocery store, and water freely coming from the faucet, people feel that long(er) term food and water storage is unnecessary.

This is why people tend to rush the stores when a disaster strikes. We’ve all seen the pictures of empty grocery store shelves, and the first things to go are bottled water, and staple foods. Whenever I see this, I can’t help but wonder how these people plan on cooking when the power goes out? And why rush to buy bottled water, when you have water at home waiting to be stored.

SPP221 Long Term Food & Water Storage Ideas

In this week’s show Lisa and I went over some different long term food and water storage ideas and how to decide on what works best for you. There is no one size fits all solution when it comes to food and water storage, and making informed choices now can save you time and money down the line.

Store What You Eat

You may have heard this a hundred time, but unless you don’t mind wasting money, it is very important. If your family eats spaghetti once a week, go ahead and store plenty of spaghetti sauce jars and spaghetti noodles.

A problem a lot of people have is canned food. Canned food is great for long term storage, but if it’s not used, it just takes up useful space. Take green beans for example. We prefer fresh over frozen, and frozen over canned. However, canned is the only long term option.

Even though we tend to use frozen vegetables when fresh isn’t available, we try to use our canned veggies a few times a month to minimize the chance for spoilage. This doesn’t mean you need to use them daily. Canned corn lasts for about 2 years, so if you eat a can of corn once a week, you can store 100 cans without worrying about expiration.

Set a Goal

What you store Depends on your storage space, family size and income. If you are just starting your food storage plan I would say, start small and get into a routine. Once you figure out what works, start to build on that.

Take a look at your monthly budget and figure out what you can comfortably afford to spend on food storage per month. By spending as little as $50 extra a month on food, you will build up your food storage in no time at all.

Water storage is a little easier than food storage. When it comes to water storage your main cost will be the containers themselves. This can even be done free by using containers like 2ltr bottles or Iced tea Jugs. Keep in mind, this is a short term/low volume option.

Types of Long Term Food Storage

In the show we talked about a few different types of long tern food storage. Some of these are really simple, and some take some time and work, but can save you money.

Shelf Stable Foods: This is the easiest way to bulk up your food storage with food you and your family eat on a regular basis. Canned foods, pasta, beans and boxed meals all have a long shelf life. But keep in mind, if you don’t eat it, don’t store it.

Prepackaged Long Term Food: We sell Legacy Food Storage products at the SHTFShop.com and it is a great way to quickly add to your food storage. The benefit of prepackaged long term food is that it’s convenient, easy to store and has a super long shelf life.

DIY Food Buckets: Putting together your own long term food buckets can be a great way to save money on food storage, but it does take a little work. If you have more time than money, this is a good method. Here are a couple videos I did on packing 5 gallon food buckets…

Part 1…

Part 2…

 

Canning Food: Learning how to can your own food is a great way of preserving your harvest, or even an option for preserving food you buy in bulk. Home canning is not brain surgery, but does require some learning and equipment to get started.

I recently purchased the electric Carey Pressure Canner, and here are my thoughts on using it for pressure canning…

 

Gardening: Gardening is a great way to feed your family fresh and nutritious food. This does require some time, space and a little trial and error, but I think it’s a skill we should all know. Eventually our food storage will run out, and gardening gives us a sustainable option.

Dehydrating: A great way of getting more protein into your diet in a disaster scenario is dehydrating or even smoking meat. While this is tough to do on a large scale, who doesn’t love some beef jerky. You can also dehydrate fruits and vegetables.

Some of the home dehydrating devices can get a little pricey, but are worth it if you use it enough. A while back I made this DIY food dehydrator for under $100…

 

Freezing: Freezing food is a great option right now, but we might not have refrigeration in an SHTF scenario. This is why knowing other food preservation methods are necessary. If the power goes out, and you know how to can food, you won’t have to waste all the food in your refrigerator.

Water Storage

Water Boxes: At the SHTFShop we have 5 gallon water boxes made by Legacy Foods. These boxes are great because you can store them easily in the closet and maximize your storage space.

Water Bricks: A more durable and just as convenient option are the plastic water bricks. These are a little more expensive than Legacy water boxes, but they are made to withstand just about anything thrown at them.

DIY Options: You may already have milk jugs, 2ltr bottles or Jugs like the Arizona iced tea Jugs sitting around the house. Why not use them to store a little extra water. Keep in mind, milk jugs are not recommended for drinking water, but can be used for grey water (cleaning).

The Water Bob: While just filing up your bathtub is a good idea, who knows how clean your bathtub is. A Water Bob is basically an insert you put in your bathtub to protect the water from the “who knows what” in the bathtub.

Rain Catchment: There are quite a few options when it comes to collecting rain water, and your imagination is your only limit. If the water ever stopped running, this would be a great way to add a little to what you already have.

Water Filters: Regardless of how much water we have stored, it’s probably not enough. At a minimum 1 person would need about 500 gallons to last 1 year. At some point you may need to filter water you find (like rain water) and having the right filter is key. Some filters like the Sawyer will filter rain water just fine, but the Berkey is a better (more expensive) option for large quantities.

Learn Water Cleaning Techniques: Clean drinking water is something almost everyone takes for granted. In the event that sanitation becomes an issue, people drinking dirty water will become an issue. Learn some of the different techniques for cleaning water like using bleach, boiling, iodine, ect. and what you can, and will do.

Finding Water: In the event that your water runs out, or if you just don’t have the space to store a lot of it, you will need to know how to get it. This article “Finding Water in the City” Will give you an idea about where you might be able to find water that no one else is thinking about.

Other Things to Consider…

Don’t Forget the Pets: If you have cat’s or dogs, you will need to take them into account also. The great thing about pets is that their food has quite a long shelf life. We try to always have 2 bags of extra dog food, and rotate it to keep it fresh.

Organization & Rotation: If you don’t make organization and rotation a priority you could find yourself throwing out food, which is basically throwing away money. It could also mean that the 6 months of food storage you thought you have is only 3.

Good organization will help you keep your head above water. If we stay on top of things before they get out of hand, it will be easier to maintain our food and water storage.

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Matter of Facts and Survivalist Prepper: Bugging In or Bugging Out

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Matter of Facts and Survivalist Prepper: Bugging In Or Out

If you are like me you have probably read a hundred articles, listen to a bunch of podcasts about bugging out, and still want more. This week Lisa and I were guests on the Matter of Facts podcast hosted by Phil and Andrew talking about bugging out, as well as a few other subjects.

We had such a good time on their show, I took a segment of it and replayed it on our podcast. The full podcast will be out tomorrow (Friday the 22nd) at MOFPodcast.com. For those of you who haven’t listened to the Matter of Facts podcast, I highly recommend them. They talk about preparedness and firearms, with a little politics sprinkled in.

SPP220 Matter of Facts and Survivalist Prepper: Bugging In or Bugging Out

When it comes to bugging in vs bugging out, there are quite a few differences we need to consider. Each requires a different mindset, different skill set, and different supplies. While bugging out is almost always a last resort, bugging in (back to your home) may not be a choice.

I get the question all the time “Why do I need a bug out bag? I’m not going anywhere!” My answer is that while none of us plan on bugging out, if we have no choice, and the situation requires it, we need to be ready.

In this podcast we didn’t go too much into supplies, but rather how each persons situation is different. Where you live will be a factor, where you work will be a factor and your physical ability will be a factor.

Here are a few of the bullet points we covered in this show, but in the full podcast we covered much more. Along with the points below we covered silencers, homesteading and food storage.

Bugging Out & Bug Out Bags

  • My bag sits in my car along with other supplies, but I need to be ready to hoof it at a moment’s notice. At that point I need to decide what to take, and what to leave.
  • Bugging out is longer term than bugging in (getting home). It requires planning for 3 days or more.
  • What you can carry is different than what you should carry.
  • Your physical fitness will determine what you can take, and how far you can go.
  • Learning the right skills means carrying less supplies.
  • Keeping your feet healthy is critical.

Bugging In & Get Home Bags

  • Bugging in means knowing different routes and planning for those.
  • Even if the trip should be short, don’t plan on it. Plan on spending the night, plan for the worst case scenario.
  • Bugging in requires supplies for a short trip, and supplies to get you from point A to Point B quickly and safely.
  • Will your neighbors be helpful or a hindrance?
  • Can you create (or do you have) a support group that will help you stay put.
  • How do you maintain operational security.
  • Wearing the proper clothes for the weather & environment.

More About the MOF Podcast…

You already know that the MOF podcast is available on iTunes and any other podcasting app, but they also have a YouTube channel, a Facebook group, and they are also on Instagram. Make sure and check them out, and let them know you found them through our podcast.

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Preparedness Skills and PrepperMed Update

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Preparedness Skills and PrepperMed Update

The Colorado PrepperMed weekend class in early October is quickly approaching, and I honesty can’t wait to meet everyone coming. Because we have made a couple additions, I decided to bring Kevin from The Wilderness Safety Institute back on to go over these updates and talk about a few other disaster preparedness topics.

In the first part of this weeks podcast we did a quick recap about what PrepperMed is going to be. In the past podcast I did with Kevin we went into much more detail about this class, and who is going to be there. You can listen to that here. There are also links on that page to get more information about registration and the email update list.

SPP219 Preparedness Skills and PrepperMed Update

PrepperMed Updates…

IMPORTANT: Registration is only open until September 22nd at midnight. If you are at all interested in joining us, make sure and get your spot while you can.

Along with some of the classes that were already finalized (listed below) Kevin has a couple exciting additions. As I said in the last podcast, instead of 2 days of medical training, we wanted to make this more “preppercentric.”

Zombie Apocalypse Training: This class will be very interactive. Paramedic and DMAT Training Officer Sam Bradley and ER Dr. Arlyn LaBair lead you through the “what if’s” of various real-world scenarios you may encounter, and how to handle some unique situations you’ve probably never considered.

Trip planning: Whether you are planning on bugging in, bugging out or just going hiking, the Trip Planning Essentials course teaches you the importance of planning your trip, and what to include in your plan. It will also cover essential gear to include in your bag/kit/pack that is relative to the environment you’ll be in, along with how to think about planning your gear in general.

The Rest of the Classes…

Medical Training: The first day will be completely focused on medical skills. Wilderness First Aid (WFA) is normally a 16-hour course, designed for laypersons with no formal medical background or training. It’s an outstanding introduction to wilderness medicine.

Saturday will be dedicated covering topics such as vital signs, wound management, first aid kits, and much more. It will also include hands-on practice labs with experienced medical professionals.

Room Clearing (CQB): Former Army Ranger, Paramedic, and creator of the Mind4Survival podcast Brian Duff is doing a session on CQB which is the acronym for Close Quarters Battle. While I am excited about all the classes this weekend, this one should be great!

Natural Hazards Awareness: Meteorologist, natural hazards educator, and wilderness EMT Kyle nelson will go over natural hazard preparedness for the Non-Responder. This information could be vital in a number of situations.

Ham Radio Basics Explained: I put together a 1 hour session on the basics of ham radio. My goal is to answer all the questions you might have that go past the basics you read on the internet. It will cover different types of radios (FRS, GMRS, MURS), Disaster uses, Equipment, and what to expect from ham radio.

Also From the Show…

In the second half of this weeks show Kevin and I talked about quite a few other topics and his recent experiences being deployed to one of the areas severely affected by hurricane Harvey. Here is a list of some of the other subjects we covered…

  • lessons learned from Texas and Florida.
  • How the initial disaster is only the first hurdle in your plans.
  • When it comes to skills, learning the why is more important than learning the how.
  • Why having a number of different skills is important to preppers.
  • Long term food and diets.

Again, I can’t wait to meet everyone coming, and I hope you are one of them! If you have any questions you can email me, leave a comment below, or email Kevin (kevin@wildsafety.com) and we’ll get back to you shortly.

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Preparedness Skills and PrepperMed Update

Preparedness Skills and PrepperMed Update

The Colorado PrepperMed weekend class in early October is quickly approaching, and I honesty can’t wait to meet everyone coming. Because we have made a couple additions, I decided to bring Kevin from The Wilderness Safety Institute back on to go over these updates and talk about a few other disaster preparedness topics.

In the first part of this weeks podcast we did a quick recap about what PrepperMed is going to be. In the past podcast I did with Kevin we went into much more detail about this class, and who is going to be there. You can listen to that here. There are also links on that page to get more information about registration and the email update list.

SPP219 Preparedness Skills and PrepperMed Update

PrepperMed Updates…

IMPORTANT: Registration is only open until September 22nd at midnight. If you are at all interested in joining us, make sure and get your spot while you can.

Along with some of the classes that were already finalized (listed below) Kevin has a couple exciting additions. As I said in the last podcast, instead of 2 days of medical training, we wanted to make this more “preppercentric.”

Zombie Apocalypse Training: This class will be very interactive. Paramedic and DMAT Training Officer Sam Bradley and ER Dr. Arlyn LaBair lead you through the “what if’s” of various real-world scenarios you may encounter, and how to handle some unique situations you’ve probably never considered.

Trip planning: Whether you are planning on bugging in, bugging out or just going hiking, the Trip Planning Essentials course teaches you the importance of planning your trip, and what to include in your plan. It will also cover essential gear to include in your bag/kit/pack that is relative to the environment you’ll be in, along with how to think about planning your gear in general.

The Rest of the Classes…

Medical Training: The first day will be completely focused on medical skills. Wilderness First Aid (WFA) is normally a 16-hour course, designed for laypersons with no formal medical background or training. It’s an outstanding introduction to wilderness medicine.

Saturday will be dedicated covering topics such as vital signs, wound management, first aid kits, and much more. It will also include hands-on practice labs with experienced medical professionals.

Room Clearing (CQB): Former Army Ranger, Paramedic, and creator of the Mind4Survival podcast Brian Duff is doing a session on CQB which is the acronym for Close Quarters Battle. While I am excited about all the classes this weekend, this one should be great!

Natural Hazards Awareness: Meteorologist, natural hazards educator, and wilderness EMT Kyle nelson will go over natural hazard preparedness for the Non-Responder. This information could be vital in a number of situations.

Ham Radio Basics Explained: I put together a 1 hour session on the basics of ham radio. My goal is to answer all the questions you might have that go past the basics you read on the internet. It will cover different types of radios (FRS, GMRS, MURS), Disaster uses, Equipment, and what to expect from ham radio.

Also From the Show…

In the second half of this weeks show Kevin and I talked about quite a few other topics and his recent experiences being deployed to one of the areas severely affected by hurricane Harvey. Here is a list of some of the other subjects we covered…

  • lessons learned from Texas and Florida.
  • How the initial disaster is only the first hurdle in your plans.
  • When it comes to skills, learning the why is more important than learning the how.
  • Why having a number of different skills is important to preppers.
  • Long term food and diets.

Again, I can’t wait to meet everyone coming, and I hope you are one of them! If you have any questions you can email me, leave a comment below, or email Kevin (kevin@wildsafety.com) and we’ll get back to you shortly.

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Natural Disaster Preparedness with AR Shaw

Natural Disaster Preparedness with AR ShawThis week Lisa and I were joined by author AR Shaw on the show to talk about her books, as well as hurricane Harvey, and some lessons we can learn from this, and other natural disasters. Annette (aka AR) has family and friends down in the hardest hit parts of Texas.

For those of you who don’t know about AR Shaw or haven’t read any of her books, she is a post-apocalyptic fiction writer, and is widely known for her Graham’s Resolution series. She is currently working on book 3 in the Surrender the Sun Series.

Graham’s Resolution

Graham’s Resolution is a 4 books series, and AR will be working on book 5 in the near future. Here is the description from Amazon…

the china pandemic“A pandemic ravaged the globe to near extinction. Only 2% of the population survived. A dying mother knows her young son is among the few immune to the virus. What will she do to ensure his survival before her own impending death?

Meanwhile, former math professor, Graham Morgan buried his last remaining family member. Following his father’s advice to move out of the city and into the family cabin, he meets with triumph and tragedy in his quest for survival. Just when he thinks he’s finally got a handle on things, he’s taken by surprise when he learns he’s not alone. A hidden yet vulnerable community of Preppers are nearby. Eerily plausible, The China Pandemic, the debut novel of Graham’s Resolution series, is a unique take on the dystopian and post-apocalyptic genre.”

Surrender the Sun

AR has 2 books published in the Surrender the Sun series, and it working on book 3 at the time of this post. Here is the description from Amazon…

surrender the sunIn the year 2030 the Maunder Minimum, a period of solar inactivity, will cause a mini-ice age like it did between the years 1645 and 1710. When it does, Bishop will have to save her not only from the effects of severe weather but also from man himself.

Maeve Tildon and her son Ben live alone in the rural town of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Since her husband died in the war, she’s barely kept her head above water, and when the first freeze strikes in the fall, she’s completely unprepared for what lies ahead. Only a war-torn man, one who prefers the solitude of the Kootenai National Forest, can rescue her and her son.

SPP218 Natural Disaster Preparedness with AR Shaw

All of her books are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle format, and also available at Audible in audio book format. If you are an amazon prime or have Kindle Unlimited you get her books free.

Here are a few more of the topics we covered in this weeks show, and click the “Click Here to Listen” button above to listen to the show.

Natural Disasters and Lessons Learned 

– Listening to the main stream media you would think that everyone in the United States is selfish and hates each other. Event’s like this teach us that it’s about Americans working together, not people hating people.

– As preppers we tend to focus on our safety and protecting ourselves from the criminal element, but sometimes it’s not always about hiding out. Sometimes it’s about helping your neighbors and doing the right thing.

– As preppers we have a unique opportunity because we are leaning skills that will not only help us, but could help others during a disaster. We have a better understanding about how to handle situations than the average person.

– Hurricane Harvey was just the first part of this story, after that, the domino’s begin to fall. Shortages such as fuel, food, and clean water become issues.

– After the water starts to recede, the criminal element becomes an issue. As we see in most disasters people will take advantage if they feel they can.

– Sickness/Healthcare in natural disasters can become a big issue. Not only in the initial stages, but long after the media is gone.

– We tend to focus on surviving the disaster itself, but when we do, the rebuilding stage starts.

Coming Up…

This was kind of a spur of the moment interview with Annette, but we do plan on having her back on in the near future when her newest book in the Surrender the Sun series comes out.

For now, if you would like to get a hold of AR Shaw, you can visit her Facebook page here, or her website here. You can also leave a question or comment below.

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Natural Disaster Preparedness with AR Shaw

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Natural Disaster Preparedness with AR ShawThis week Lisa and I were joined by author AR Shaw on the show to talk about her books, as well as hurricane Harvey, and some lessons we can learn from this, and other natural disasters. Annette (aka AR) has family and friends down in the hardest hit parts of Texas.

For those of you who don’t know about AR Shaw or haven’t read any of her books, she is a post-apocalyptic fiction writer, and is widely known for her Graham’s Resolution series. She is currently working on book 3 in the Surrender the Sun Series.

Graham’s Resolution

Graham’s Resolution is a 4 books series, and AR will be working on book 5 in the near future. Here is the description from Amazon…

the china pandemic“A pandemic ravaged the globe to near extinction. Only 2% of the population survived. A dying mother knows her young son is among the few immune to the virus. What will she do to ensure his survival before her own impending death?

Meanwhile, former math professor, Graham Morgan buried his last remaining family member. Following his father’s advice to move out of the city and into the family cabin, he meets with triumph and tragedy in his quest for survival. Just when he thinks he’s finally got a handle on things, he’s taken by surprise when he learns he’s not alone. A hidden yet vulnerable community of Preppers are nearby. Eerily plausible, The China Pandemic, the debut novel of Graham’s Resolution series, is a unique take on the dystopian and post-apocalyptic genre.”

Surrender the Sun

AR has 2 books published in the Surrender the Sun series, and it working on book 3 at the time of this post. Here is the description from Amazon…

surrender the sunIn the year 2030 the Maunder Minimum, a period of solar inactivity, will cause a mini-ice age like it did between the years 1645 and 1710. When it does, Bishop will have to save her not only from the effects of severe weather but also from man himself.

Maeve Tildon and her son Ben live alone in the rural town of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Since her husband died in the war, she’s barely kept her head above water, and when the first freeze strikes in the fall, she’s completely unprepared for what lies ahead. Only a war-torn man, one who prefers the solitude of the Kootenai National Forest, can rescue her and her son.

SPP218 Natural Disaster Preparedness with AR Shaw

All of her books are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle format, and also available at Audible in audio book format. If you are an amazon prime or have Kindle Unlimited you get her books free.

Here are a few more of the topics we covered in this weeks show, and click the “Click Here to Listen” button above to listen to the show.

Natural Disasters and Lessons Learned 

– Listening to the main stream media you would think that everyone in the United States is selfish and hates each other. Event’s like this teach us that it’s about Americans working together, not people hating people.

– As preppers we tend to focus on our safety and protecting ourselves from the criminal element, but sometimes it’s not always about hiding out. Sometimes it’s about helping your neighbors and doing the right thing.

– As preppers we have a unique opportunity because we are leaning skills that will not only help us, but could help others during a disaster. We have a better understanding about how to handle situations than the average person.

– Hurricane Harvey was just the first part of this story, after that, the domino’s begin to fall. Shortages such as fuel, food, and clean water become issues.

– After the water starts to recede, the criminal element becomes an issue. As we see in most disasters people will take advantage if they feel they can.

– Sickness/Healthcare in natural disasters can become a big issue. Not only in the initial stages, but long after the media is gone.

– We tend to focus on surviving the disaster itself, but when we do, the rebuilding stage starts.

Coming Up…

This was kind of a spur of the moment interview with Annette, but we do plan on having her back on in the near future when her newest book in the Surrender the Sun series comes out.

For now, if you would like to get a hold of AR Shaw, you can visit her Facebook page here, or her website here. You can also leave a question or comment below.

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National Debt, A Country Divided and the Silent Coup

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National Debt A Country Divided and the Silent CoupIn part one of this 2-part podcast series Lisa and I talked about the nuclear threat from North Korea, media hype and false flags. This week we continued the discussion on our top prepping priorities and talked about how and why our country is getting divided, Government corruption, the national debt and long-term food storage.

While an economic collapse has been a concern of mine for some time now, civil unrest and nuclear war have risen on my priority list as of late. I believe that the “North Korea Thing” might be a little (or a lot) hyped up by the media, but it gives me an opportunity to reassess my preparedness.

The civil unrest unfolding in the U.S. is another story altogether. I don’t see this situation going away anytime soon, in fact I see it getting worse. I believe organizations like Antifa and the BLM are to some extent bought and paid for, and the events going on around the U.S. are not as organic as they would like us to believe.

SPP217 National Debt, A Country Divided and the Silent Coup

Below is a list of topics we covered in the show. We sort of went in a hundred directions, so If I missed any links leave a comment below.

A Country Divided

I’m going to put my tin foil hat on here, but I’m not sure it’s needed. I believe a majority of the protests (riots) lately are orchestrated. Small protests turn into national news because people like Soros hire counter protesters to escalate the situation.

On top of that, the police in Charlottesville and Berkley were instructed to stand down, insuring the situations would escalate. While some of these protests start out organically, all it takes is a little extra fuel on the fire to create an explosion.

A VAST MAJORITY of Americans are not racist. To me, the real problem is an economic issue, not a race issue. The government needs us divided and distracted, because if we all paid attention to the real issue (the financial disparity) they would be on the hot seat.

Preying on Our Emotions

brainwashingAfter the fire is stoked, the Media hypes it, and the government runs with it. If you dare to question them, you are immediately labeled a racist, and part of the problem in this country. These people feed off our emotions in an attempt to socially brainwash the country.

This is not the 1960’s anymore, although it seems to be moving in that direction. There is one big difference though. In the 1960’s there were real issues, these days we are looking for a reason to fight…or creating reasons to fight.

By listening to the media, and browsing social media you would think we are the most racist country on earth. As a matter of fact, we are one of the least racist. I’m not saying that racism doesn’t exist, I’m saying that we are getting pitted against each other, and I can’t help but ask why?

Social Media Mob Mentality

Media mob mentalityWe all know that when you get a group of people together they collectively become stupid, and make bad decisions. Like throwing raw meat to a pack of rabid dogs, people stop thinking and just react.

The same holds true on social media, except on the internet there is no accountability. People are less likely to do or say something when they are face to face with someone. These days the human factor is taken out, and there is no debate. All you need to do is call out racist, fascists, or Nazi and the “debate” is over.

I recently watch the movie “The Circle” and while it’s not the greatest movie in the world it makes you think. We freely give away our freedoms for convenience, and anyone who can make a witty comment in 140 characters or less becomes a genius.

The Democracy Myth

One of the big problems in the country these days is the myth that we are a true Democracy. The truth is, we are a Republic, and we go by the rule of law, not the majority. If we were a true Democracy meaning the majority rules, California and New York would pick our president every year.

This video explains much better than I can about the foresight our founding fathers had, and what the different types of government are…

The Silent Coup & Govt. Corruption

Our government has always felt like they could do whatever they want. In the last decade though, it seems like they don’t even care how obvious it is. Because Donald Trump is such a polarizing figure, they feel using any means necessary is justified to remove him from office.

Whether you like Trump or you don’t is irrelevant, what should matter is that they are trying to remove a duly elected president. They are basically saying, we the people can’t be trusted, and they need to do this for our own good.

So far their attempts have been unsuccessful, but I guarantee they won’t stop trying. Trump is upsetting the globalist apple cart, and that cannot be allowed to happen. My question is, what happens if they are successful?

The reason Trump got elected is because people are sick and tired of government corruption. People were willing to overlook his many faults because we saw where the “status quo” was leading us. All of this leads me to ask how will people react if they are successful at pushing a duly elected president out of office?

I think (I hope) the backlash will be far greater than they expected. for the first time that I can remember, the silent majority is finally standing up and being heard. At the very least, it would make the civil unrest we are seeing today look like child’s play, and in the long term I could see a civil war forming.

The Silence Around the National Debt

economic collapse I can’t remember the last time I heard anyone in the mainstream media or government talk about our national debt. As a mater of fact, all I hear about is how important it is to increase the budget. In a very short period of time our national debt has gone from billions, to trillions.

At one point or another this has all got to come to a head, especially when you think about how no one is in any hurry to fix the problem. As much as I like to blame the problem on politicians, the American people are to blame as well.

Politicians won’t fix the problem (that they created) because if they started taking the “free” stuff away from us, they would be voted out of office faster than you can blink. We have become spoiled and entitled as a country. That is why we continue to kick the can down the road, and let someone else clean up the mess.

Food Storage Challenges & Solutions

Last week Lisa wrote an article about how our preparedness planning changed titled “Food Storage Challenges & Solutions”. For some people this might be a basic food storage article, but the point of it was to explain how in light of recent events, we have renewed vigor with our preparedness planning.

All aspects of preparedness are important, but feeding the family is far more expensive than anything else. If something were to happen that cut off supply lines, or affected our buying power, it’s good to know we have a good buffer of food storage.

Legacy Food Storage @ the SHTFShop.com

In that article Lisa mentioned that we sell Legacy food storage products at the SHTFShop.com, and the pros and cons of long term food. We don’t recommend having your food storage be long term dehydrated food, but it is a good way to quickly add to your food storage, and is very convenient when it comes to storage.

Colorado Preppermed

In the beginning of the show I mentioned how we are coming up to the final days to get registered for the Colorado Preppermed weekend we are doing in early October. If you are interested in learning more about this class (classes) this article explains more about it. 

We are also going to have Kevin back on in the next couple of weeks to explain a little more about it, and some of the additions we have made. I can’t wait for this, and for those of you who have registered, I can’t wait to meet you!

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Prepper Camp, Gardening and Politically Correct TV With Rick Austin

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Prepper Camp Gardening and Politically Correct Tv With Rick AustinThis week in the show Lisa and I had the pleasure of speaking with Rick Austin, a.k.a., The Survivalist Gardener. Of all the interview we have done on the Survivalist Prepper show, this one ranks high on my list of favorites.

We not only talked about his book Secret Garden of Survival, we also talked about Prepper Camp, his weekly show on YouTube called Politically Correct TV, and Rick’s other books, Secret Greenhouse of Survival and Secret Livestock of Survival.

SPP216 Prepper Camp, Gardening and Politically Correct TV With Rick Austin

Over the course of an hour we talked quite a bit, covering quite a few topics. Below is a list of topics we covered, but make sure and listen to get the full picture.

Prepper Camp 2017

For those of you who haven’t heard about Prepper Camp, Rick does a great job of explaining why it’s better than the typical prepper convention, and what to expect. Rick and his wife Survivor Jane started prepper camp in 2015 and has steadily grown in popularity ever since.

Prepper Camp was put together with the idea of putting the emphasis on learning preparedness skills, not just buying preparedness supplies. This 3 day event offers a number of classes to take, taught by well known experts in the preparedness industry.

There are still a few tickets available (at the time of this podcast) but registration ends on August 31st. Visit the Prepper Camp website for more information.

Secret Garden of Survival

For some people (including me) this seems like it would be a daunting task, but that is not the case at all. The principals or the survival garden apply whether you live in the suburbs, or a rural area. Rick’s garden is on 1/2 an acre, and produces as much food as 2 1/2 acres using typical farming methods…row gardens.

The great thing about a camouflaged survival garden is you don’t even need a half acre to put one together, and after the first year it basically takes care of it’s self. No watering, no weeding, all you have to do is harvest.

Rick’s books are available at Amazon in Kindle or paperback format. He also has a book on a Survival Greenhouse, and Survival Livestock.

Politically Correct TV

I wasn’t aware of this weekly show until I got in contact with Rick, but I’m glad I know now! This isn’t an over the top, and over produced Alex Jones type show, it’s 3 guys asking questions and stating facts.

Rick hosts the show with MinuteMan1776 and Dean Logic (on Twitter) and this show is right in my wheelhouse. If this is something you would be interested in, make sure and subscribe to the channel on YouTube. 

Where Else to Find Rick…

Iv’e already mentioned quite a few places where you can find out more about Rick Austin, but the best place might be his website SecretGardenOfSurvival. He is also active on Twitter, Facebook and Google Plus.

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Nukes, National Debt and North Korea

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Nukes, National Debt and North KoreaLooking back to just a year ago, my main preparedness concerns were an economic collapse, and this country slowly becoming a socialist state. While these are still high on the list, there are a couple of disaster scenarios that have moved up on my list.

A couple of the threats that have moved up on my list are a North Korean conflict, the possibility of an EMP, and the repercussions thereafter. Both could have long term consequences, and both are very real possibility’s.

SPP215 (Part 1) Nukes, National Debt and North Korea

This weeks show turned out to be a long one, so we split it into 2 parts. This week we talked mainly about how seriously we should take the North Korea threat, and the affects an EMP might have on us. At the end, Lisa went off a little bit talking about secret space programs, and what might be out there.

In next weeks show, Lisa and I will be talking about our national debt, and how it seems like there is a silent coup to unseat a duly elected president. Both of these could have serious long, and short term consequences that could turn our lives upside down.

The North Korea Threat

With all the big talk coming from Kim Jong-un’s pie hole these days, it’s hard to figure out what he could actually do, and how much we should be concerned. Couple that with our media’s propensity to over hype everything, It’s almost impossible to figure out what’s really going on.

The Media Hype Machine

These days, reporting the news is secondary to getting ratings. And getting ratings sometimes means creating news, or spinning news to make it interesting to their audience. This is true on both sides of the isle.

I’m not saying we should just ignore what is going on, it’s our responsibility to be prepared regardless. It’s important that we think with a level head, and not take everything the media says as fact.

Remember the Scud?

I hesitate to not give this the credit it deserves, but this North Korea situation reminds me of the Iraq war, and those feared scud missiles. In the days and weeks leading up to the Iraq war, we heard the same rhetoric, and heard the same media hype. We all know how that turned out.

The difference that has me concerned is that we are not talking about scud missiles, we’re talking about nuclear weapons. A nuclear war head launched for North Korea may not hit it’s target, but it will land somewhere.

False Flag and Distraction?

2 questions I always ask myself when something like this happens are, is this being hyped for a reason? And what are they distracting us from? In the show Lisa mentioned the latest Bilderberg meeting, and how they were discussing “population Control.”

I don’t get too deep into the tinfoil hat stuff, but when a bunch of rich people get together to decide our fate, or decide what is best for us, I get a little concerned. There is no better way of decreasing the population than WW3.

While opinions differ on whether or not WW2 ended the great depression, the timing is hard to ignore. My fear is that if the economy went into the tank, they would use that as an excuse or false flag event. History has shown that human life is secondary to the elites maintaining their power.

The Possibility of WW3

Any situation like North Korea makes me think about things escalating into WW3. While I don’t think this is likely, because they wouldn’t have many allies, it is a possibility. A conflict between North Korea, Iran, Russia and even China could be the catalyst to WW3.

The chain of events surrounding WW1 & 2 started with Austria and Serbia. Serbia was an ally with Russia, and Austria with Germany. Hitler’s rise to power was a direct result of WW1, and his promises to rebuild Germany.

Hitler and Kim Jong-un have very few similarities. Hitler was charismatic, a great speaker and lied to his people to get their buy in, while Kim Jong-un cares only about his survival. My point is, we never know what the catalyst for WW3 will be until we have the hindsight of history to layout the timeline for us.

The Bigger Picture

WW3 would look a lot different that WW1 and 2 because the weapons and tactics are so different. Nuclear weapons and ICBM’s (Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles) have changed the game.

The only time we have had enemy troops on U.S. soil was way back in the 1700’s when we kicked England out. While it would still be difficult for an enemy to get boots on the ground in the U.S., nuclear weapons mean they can bring war to our front door step.

The EMP Threat

I am not going to go into too much detail about preparing for an EMP because I have written extensively about it in the past. This article here explains how devastation an EMP could be, and this article goes over some of the precautions you should take.

There is no real consensus on what an EMP would actually do, but we can get an idea from the Carrington Event, which was a CME (Coronal Mass Ejection) which causes the same type of damage.

Will cars be affected? Will our electronics be affected? Will the power grid be affected? All of these are questions that can’t be definitively answered because there are too many variables. Just like anything with preparedness, it’s best to prepare for the worst, and hope for the best.

Stepping Up My Game…

So what have we been doing differently? And how has our preparedness change? We haven’t exactly put our preparedness plans into overdrive, but we are making sure we are as prepared as we can be. At times like these, we can’t afford to take a week off.

We have purchased some extra long tern food storage, fuel, and increased our water storage, because regardless how likely, or unlikely a situation is, we want to be ready. I am also setting up a couple of trashcan Faraday cages, and making sure the family knows what to do in the case of an EMP or nuclear attack.

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Long term prepping challenges

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Long term prepping challengesIt can be pretty confusing for anyone just getting into preparedness, but once that fog clears, it becomes fairly basic. Unfortunately, that is just the beginning. After a while, we find ourselves with a whole new set of long term prepping challenges.

If you have been at this for more than a year or so, you probably have a good grasp on food storage, water storage, first aid and other miscellaneous survival supplies. To become better prepared, we need to take these basic skills to the next level.

SPP214 Long Term Prepping Challenges

This week in the show, Lisa and I talked about some of the challenges we begin to face as we get deeper into preparedness.  We covered everything from Self-doubt, to getting out of debt, to storage problems and solutions.

Getting Out of Debt

Let’s face it, as Americans we are really good at justifying our purchases. Quite often, we confuse our wants with our needs. Couple that with the endless supply of companies willing to “help you out” and it’s far too easy to get into debt.

Getting out of debt (and staying out of debt) is much harder, but one of the most important parts of becoming better prepared. The money we spend monthly on credit card debt could be better spent, saved or invested.  Not to mention the money you pay in interest, which is basically paying to be in debt.

Helpful Links…

Investing in Silver

10 Ways to Reduce Debt

Maintaining Your Preparedness Level

This is something we all battle with. We reach our preparedness goal, and we tend to let off the gas a little bit. Let’s say you reach your goal of being prepared for 6 months, and you give yourself a well-deserved pat on the back. If you wait too long, that 6 months will turn into 3 before you know it.

This is also why it’s important to do inventory, and why we try to store food and supplies with long shelf lives. If we just “get it and forget it” or supplies could become spoiled, damaged, or destroyed when you actually need them.

Helpful Links…

Prepping Supplies at Home

11 Things That Will Derail Your SHTF Plans

Where to Store Everything

Inevitably we all run into this problem. Cupboards get packed, closets get stuffed and we begin to look for creative ways to store our supplies. A lot of this also depends on your living situation as well. Smaller homes and apartments only has so much available storage space, while larger homes have their own set of challenges.

In a larger home you will have more options, but how you store your preparedness supplies is just as important as where you store them. If you store things in front of things, in front of other things, you will have a hard time finding that thing you need when you need it.

Helpful Links…

Storage Problems & Solutions for Preppers

Food Storage: One Sizes Does not Fit All

Staying Organized

Along the same lines as where to store everything is staying organized. The deeper you get into preparedness the harder this becomes. It doesn’t take long at all to accumulate all sorts of different preparedness supplies.

What also complicates things is that we need to use these supplies and practice with them. It does no good having a great survival knife and a ferro rod if you don’t know how to use them. It’s easier said than done for some people (me) but these supplies need to “go back home” when we are done with them.

Helpful Links…

Organization and Storage Ideas for Preppers

Storage Problems & Solutions for Preppers

Battling Complacency & Self-Doubt

Just like in the story of the boy who cried wolf, sometimes we can begin to wonder if everything we are doing is a waste of time and energy. We hear and read about all the bad things that could happen, but nothing ever does.

Becoming complacent is dangerous because just because the odds are against a major disaster happening, there is still a chance. As preppers, becoming lackadaisical should not be an option, because we know better. I wouldn’t be able to live with myself if something happened to my family because I took the easy way out.

Helpful Links…

The Different Types of Prepping (And Preppers)

Why We Crazy Preppers Aren’t So Crazy

Practice & Honing Your Skills

Once you get the basics of preparedness down, it’s time to practice and learn new skills. The skills you decide to focus on really depends on your priorities and your interests. Preparedness is a never-ending journey, and we should be trying to grow every day.

It’s not only important to have emergency plans, it’s important to practice them, and make sure the family is on the same page. The perfect bug out plan is pointless if you are the only one in the family who knows what it is, and how to execute it.

Helpful Links…

10 Wilderness Survival Skills Everyone Should Know

15 DIY Prepping Ideas to Learn New Skills

Moving Further Away

For most of us, moving out to the boonies and away from society (people) is not an option, and some of us have no desire to do so in the first place. For most people, this is a long term goal, and not something that can be done overnight.

For some people this could mean moving out of an urban area to a more suburban area. For us, we have already taken that step. We live in a semi-rural area, and our plans are to get a little further away in the future.

Helpful Links…

The Difference Between Urban and Rural Prepping

Surviving An Economic Collapse: What Are Your Options?

What Are Your Challenges?

If you have any challenges you have encountered after prepping for a while, we would love to hear about them. Leave a comment below and let everyone know…

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Valley of Vengeance: Interview With Franklin Horton

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Valley of Vengeance Interview With Franklin HortonIf there is anyone left out there who hasn’t read any of Franklin Hortons books, I highly suggest you do. If you are like me (and most preppers) you are always looking for movies to watch, and books to read that have something to do with why or how we prepare.

I’ll admit, I’m not a big reader. I think it’s because I can’t sit still long enough to finish a book. What’s great about Franklins books (and other top level prepper fiction authors) is that they are not only available at amazon, they are available at Audible as well. It’s much easier for me to listen to books while I’m working or driving.

In The Borrowed World, a series of terrorist attack has taken out fuel refineries, and wreaked all sorts of havoc in the United States. The book series chronicles the challenges and struggles the characters face on their way back home.

Valley of Vengeance is book 5 in The Borrowed World series, and the characters are reaching the end of their journey. Along the way, they have lost some friends, gained a few new ones, and found that they themselves have transformed into people they wouldn’t recognize a short while ago.

SPP213 Valley of Vengeance: Interview With Franklin Horton

Just like in our previous interview with Franklin, we didn’t want to make this podcast a book report. We decided to talk about how some of the situations in the books could apply to us, and give us an opportunity to ask ourselves “what would I do?”

If you have already read Franklins books, you will still love this podcast. And if you haven’t, this podcast will make you want to get a copy and start reading today.

Get a FREE Signed Copy!

At the end of the show Franklin mentioned that he would like to give away 2 signed copies of his books to a couple of our listeners. All you need to do is leave a comment below and tell us why you want one. Next week I will pick 2 random winners and send you an email.

Questions & Topics From the Show…

I half jokingly asked Franklin about if he had plans for taking his books to the big screen. His answer was “ABSOLUTELY”, nut the problem is getting it in front of the right eyeballs. I think the Borrowed World books would make a great mini series, ore even weekly TV show…but I would settle for a movie.

Valuable SHTF Skills

In any sort of post collapse or shtf scenario, skills are not only important for your survival, but they are also an important part of community. Even people that think they have nothing to offer could be a productive part of a community.

We talked about how everyone has something to add and how there are other factors than just skills like family, friendships, bonds.  A couple characters from the book are Alice’s mother who is a homesteader, and a HAM radio operator who found himself more useful than he thought he would be.

The Value of Community

This book series really shows how community and working together is important. From book 1 where everyone was trying to figure each other out, to this book, where everyone is settling in to their SHTF roles.

We talked about why community is so important and give some examples from the book. In a large scale disaster like this, having laborers, technicians, teachers, gardeners and security would all help to build a group that would better withstand the challenges you might face.

Operational Security

This book centers around the group having a fuel tanker, and people finding out they have it. In the book Jim’s father unwittingly spilled the beans, and started an unavoidable chain of events. In the book it was a fuel tanker, In the real world it could be anything that becomes more valuable than money.

We talked about how operational security, planning, and communication is so important. When something becomes a commodity, and people find out you have something they don’t, you become a target.

Preconceived Notions

In the book, there were good cops, and bad cops. The bad cops got away with stuff because of their uniforms. When we see people in uniform we make assumptions about them, and don’t think about the person behind the uniform.

We talked about how preconceived notions can be dangerous, and how people will make different decisions when there aren’t any rules or laws. We can’t afford to assume that just because someone looks like a professional, they are there to help us.

Transformations

At this point in the series it’s interesting to see who everyone has become. Alice and Jim son are good examples. Everyone has gone from being that 9 to 5 worker, to embracing their SHTF personality. Even though none of this was by choice, it was necessary for their survival.

We talked about how a disaster might change you, how it changed them, and how (good or bad) we might be surprised with the choices we make. We might “miss the old days”, but if we don’t change and adapt to the new normal, we will get left behind.

Dealing with Death

One thing that doesn’t get talked about much in the preparedness community is how prevalent death will be. We tend to think about other dying, but not much about close family and friends, or being the one having to pull the trigger.

We talked about how we might find ourselves in this situation, and how we might react. It’s one thing to think about how everyone else might die, but it’s a totally different story when it hit’s close to home.

Franklin’s Future Plans

At the end of the show Franklin talked about his future plans. Right now he is working on a spin off series for Locker Nine which is book 4 in this series. He also mentioned how Valley of Vengeance is not the last book in the Borrowed World series…so stay tuned!

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PrepperMed Colorado: Survival First Aid, Natural Hazards Awareness, and CQB Room Clearing

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Colorado prepper med courseThose of you who have listened to the last couple of Survivalist Prepper shows know we’ve been working on getting a 2 day survival medicine course put together in Colorado in October. Kevin Reiter from WildSafety.com will be doing the bulk of the training, but in the process of setting everything up he has added a few guest trainers.

The great thing about this is that it gives us the ability to make this course more “preppercentric” (if that’s a word). With the guest trainers, this 2 day course will include not just survival first aid, but natural hazzard awareness, CQB (Close Quarters Battle) room clearing, HAM radio basics and more.

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SPP212 PrepperMed Colorado

In this weeks podcast Kevin and I went into quite a bit of detail about what this course will include. There is a list of topics and guests below, but I highly suggest you listen to the show. We went into much more detail about how exciting, economical and educational Colorado PrepperMed will be.

PrepperMed Details…

Here are some of the details we have so far for the PrepperMed course. As I said earlier, make sure and sign up for email updates. There will be quite a few more updates in the coming weeks, including the venue and pricing.

Where: We haven’t nailed down a location yet, but it will be as close to Denver International Airport as possible.

Cost: This course will be NO MORE than $200. Kevin has set this up to be a not for profit course. This means the final cost will be determined by how many people sign up. There will also be a discount for Survivalist Prepper Academy members.

Date: The training will be October 7th and 8th (Saturday and Sunday) and will be a combination of indoor and outdoor training.

Class Size: We want to keep this course to around 15 to 20 people. The reason for this is because we want people to get everything they possibly can out of the training. A smaller group will allow everyone to interact and ask the questions they want to ask.

Day 1 Training:

(8 or 9AM until …?)

The first day will be done around 6PM. We left it a question mark because if people are still learning and enjoying themselves, we can keep going.

  • Introduction: Description of Wilderness First Aid
  • Vital Sign Assessment: Lecture and Practice
  • Patient Assessment: Demonstration, Lecture and Practice
  • Bleeding and Shock: Lecture and Practice
  • Wound Management: Lecture and Practice
  • Abdominal and Chest Injuries: Lecture and Practice
  • Extremity Injuries: (Fractures/Dislocations/Immobilization)
  • Spinal immobilization and patient transport workshop
  • Heat & Cold Injuries Bites, Stings & Anaphylaxis
  • First Aid Kits
  • Drowning and Lightning Injuries

Day 2:

(8 or 9AM until 5PM)

On day 2 we will need to end around 5PM for people who need to catch flights or travel.

  • Wilderness First Aid Wrap-up ( 1 hour)
  • Room Clearing/CQB with Brian Duff (2 hours)
  • Natural Hazards Awareness for the Non-Responder with Kyle Nelson (2 hours)
  • HAM Radio Basics with Dale Goodwin & Kyle Nelson (1 hour)
  • (To Be Determined) with Sam Bradley (2 hours)

Guest Instructors:

Brian Duff

Former Army Ranger, Paramedic, creator and host of Mind4Survival podcast and blog.

Kyle Nelson

Meteorologist, DHS/FEMA-Certified Instructor & Evaluator, and Wilderness EMT.

Sam Bradley

Author, Fire & EMS Educator, DMAT Paramedic, former National Ski Patrol Director and host of The Disaster Podcast.

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Bug Out Bags, Economic Collapse, Prepping Skills and the NSA

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Bug Out Bags, Economic Collapse, Prepping Skills and the NSAThis week in the Survivalist Prepper show, we did something a little different. Instead of going over one subject, we answered some listener questions. We talked about bug out bags, an economic collapse, prepping skills, and the NSA.

The show notes are a little short this week, but the podcast was full of useful information . We also talked about the Prepper Med class here in Colorado that we are going to in October, the members giveaway, and how to get a free trail of the Survivalist Prepper Academy.

Make sure and check the bottom of this post for details about everything we mentioned in the beginning of the show.

SPP211 Bug Out Bags, Economic Collapse, Prepping Skills and the NSA

Which is more important, a bug out bag, or bug in bag?

In the show I talked about why I think a bug in bag might be more important than a bug out bag. Actually, it doesn’t matter what you call it, as long as it’s with you when you need it.

Most of us have no plans on bugging out, unless it is unavoidable. A bug in situation is more likely to happen because you never know where you will be when disaster strikes.

I noticed you have Medihoney in your bug out bag first aid kits. Can you explain what it is, and why to have it?

Lisa answered this question much better in the podcast than I can here. She uses Medihoney quite a bit at work helping people with diabetic wounds. For preppers the applications may not be as severe.

Medihoney helps expedite the healing process, and donates moisture to the wound when necessary. For preppers, Medihoney would be good for larger wounds, burn wounds and even blisters you might get from bugging in.

If you are interested in the Bug Out Bag First Aid Kits we have a few more available at the SHTFShop.com here.

You two seem very level headed, how do you stay that way? The more I read about all the bad stuff in the world today, the more I want to hide in the corner.

While it’s true that some people are just “less stressed out” about things, I think we should all try to not become overwhelmed when we are researching preparedness. There are a number of ways our lives could be turned upside down, but if we can’t change it, why consume our lives worrying about it.

It is important to research all these disaster scenarios, and it’s important to be prepared for them, but other than that, things are out of our hands. The reason we prepare is to give ourselves the best possible chance in the event of a disaster. Doing this actually makes me more confident for if and when something happens.

I know that what you are concerned with most is an economic collapse. Could you expand on why, and how you are preparing for it?

To me, preparing for an economic collapse means preparing for a number of disaster scenarios, not just investing in silver and storing food. An economic collapse could be the first domino in a long line of domino’s to fall later.

A financial collapse could cause civil unrest, Martial Law, military actions, loss of income, and even the inability to maintain some of our critical infrastructure. While an economic collapse would not cause a complete grid failure, a grid failure could trigger a financial collapse.

What (in your opinion) are a few of the most important skills to learn?

To me, the right mindset is vital in any survival situation. While mindset might not be considered a skill, it allows you to better utilize the skills you already have. This holds true for everyday life as well. If you are constantly looking for solutions, you are bound to find a way. If you are constantly looking for excuses, you won’t get very far.

Building on the skills you are already good at, and becoming really good at them is also a good idea. The more useful you are in a SHTF scenario, the more likely people will want to “keep you around”.

As far as the most important skills, I would say the basics. Fire starting, water filtration, bushcraft and operational security are always a good place to start. Once you get the basics down, you can expand and grow from there.

Tin Foil Hat Time

This week during tin foil hat time Lisa and I talked about how the NSA and getting spied on is becoming accepted, and a part of daily life. These days people are guilty until proven innocent and it really doesn’t matter if you are innocent in the first place.

I hear people say “I have nothing to worry about, I’ve done nothing wrong. If someone wants to build a case against you, and has the resources of the NSA behind them, they will.

Colorado PrepperMed Course

Over the last couple of weeks I have been talking about the wilderness medicine class that Kevin from the Wilderness Safety Institute is going to be doing in October. He is still in the beginning stages of planning, but if you would like to get updates you can sign up here.

This course is going to cover some first aid skills we might need in any sort of disaster scenario when medical help in unavailable. There might even be a couple bonus classes, but like I said, everything is in the planning stages at this point.

7 Day Trial at the Survivalist Prepper Academy

I have had quite a few people asking what exactly the academy has to offer, so for a limited time I set up a free 7 day trial (no credit card required) so people can have a look under the hood. If you’re interested, click here to sign up.

 

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The Different Types of First Aid Kits

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The Different Types of First Aid KitsOne of the most important parts of preparedness is having the right first aid supplies. Because food storage and bug out bags always seem to steal the show, first aid sometimes gets overlooked. Having at least one first aid kit around the home is great, but that’s just the tip of the ice burgh.

You should always have some sort of medical kit with you at all times, and that includes your family members. We should all have first aid kits in our cars, our bug out/in bags, as well as in the home.

Our children know we’re “crazy preppers”, and it’s quickly becoming a tradition to give them a prepper gift at Christmas. This year it was first aid kits. We do this because 3 of them have recently moved out, and are ‘adulting” as they call it. They may not like them very much, but we do…and that’s all that matters.

SPP210 The Different Types of First Aid Kits

This week in the show we covered everything from what to have in your first aid kits, what to store them in, to where to store them. We also talked about first aid for pets, and the pros and cons of premade kits.

Basic First Aid Supplies

Here is a list of the basic first aid supplies from the Red Cross that you would want in every kit. After you have these, you will need to customize your first aid kits. What you add to them will depend on where they will be used, who will be using them, and their skill level.

Your Skills Will Determine Your Supplies

Before we get into how to customize these first aid kits, we need to think about our skillset first. There is no reason to spend money on chest seals and tourniquets if you don’t know how to use them.

This doesn’t mean forget about them, it means learn how to use them.  If you are like me, you see all these trauma supplies and say, “I need/want this, I need that, I gotta have that too!” Along with having those supplies comes the responsibility to learn how to use them correctly.

First Aid Kits at Home

The first aid kit in your home should contain the bulk of your supplies. This kit should be able to cover a wide range of injuries that could occur. Because the size of your kit isn’t as much of a factor in the home, you should add all the extras you might need.

  • Extra supplies to practice with.
  • Less typical items like Steristrips, Mastisol and Xeroform.
  • Specialty dressings such as Medihoney and Mepilex. [Read More Here]
  • Tapes & Wraps such as Vet Wrap, Ace Wrap, Hypafix tape etc.
  • OTC Medications.
  • Prescription Medications.

First Aid Kits at Work

Most of us spend 8 hours a day at work, and depending on your job, some accidents are more likely than others. Having a first aid kit at work isn’t for minor injuries, that’s what workman’s comp is for. Your first aid kit would be for larger events like active shooters, terrorist attacks and earthquakes. It should have supplies that could help until the medical professionals arrive.

Most places of employment have basic first aid kits. Because sometimes these get ransacked and never restocked, it might be a good idea to have your own. Check your work’s first aid kit and see how well it’s stocked, and what you might need.

First Aid Kit’s For Your Car

The average american spend around 2 hours per day in their car. Injuries while driving are likely to be more severe than injuries working around the home. As you are thinking about what to add to your car first aid kit, think about likely injuries from a car accident.

You might want more trauma supplies (if you know how and when to use them) in your car kit. Broken bones and severe bleeding are common in car accidents. Having 100 band aids in your car would be unnecessary, but having SAM splints, extra gauze and dressings would be.

Items you wouldn’t think are first aid supplies: Note Pad & Pencil, Road Flares, Heavy Duty Solar Blanket, regular blankets for comfort, headlamp ect.

It’s very important to note, NEVER do anything you aren’t ABSOLUTELY positive about. Always wait for the medical professionals when available.

Don’t forget about putting first aid kits in your children’s cars as well. This is something our kids just don’t think about until it’s too late. Unless your child it training to become an EMT, a basic kit will work. If they are training to be a first responder, they probably know what to do anyway.

First Aid Kits for Pets

First aid kits for our pets is something most people don’t even think about. Honestly, there are few differences between human first aid supplies, and pet first aid supplies, the main difference being the amount.

This downloadable PDF from the Red Cross is quite extensive and will give you an idea about what your pet might need in addition to your regular first aid kit.

Too Much is Never Enough

We hear the saying all the time that 2 is 1, and 1 is none. With first aid supplies it should be 10 is 1, and 1 is none. In a past podcast Lisa talked about how she learned this first hand with her horses. Now horses are just a little larger than humans, but the point is, you are likely to use more supplies than you thought.

Most first aid supplies have a very long shelf life, and some can even be used after expiration. The last thing you want is to run out of gauze or dressings when you are trying to stop severe bleeding.

Is There a Place For Premade Kits?

In the show this week Lisa and I talked about when buying a premade first aid kit would be a good idea, and when it wouldn’t. For the most part, I would say steer clear of premade kits. You can put together a much better kit yourself than most of the generic premade first aid kits.

A quality premade first aid kit would be good for putting in childrens cars, and even a jump start first aid kit. You could take the items out you didn’t want, and add the supplies you need. Some people get these kits and use the supplies to practice with, and use the bag or container to build their own kit.

There are some websites that put together good first aid kits like The Skinny Medic, but make sure they use good supplies, and it has what you need in it. Keep in mind, a good kit with 100 items is going to be fa more than $25. A 100 item kit for $25 probably has 75 band aids in it.

What to Store Your Kits In

Not all of your first aid kits need to be in bags or containers designed specifically for first aid. I would however make sure they are clearly labeled, or it’s obvious what it is. You want these supplies to be readily available, without having to search through boxes to find what you need.

Here are a few ideas that we have used to store first aid supplies in…

  • Our main first aid kit is in a first aid bag like this one, and so are a few of our other kits.
  • Small cardboard boxes for extra supplies (labeled)
  • Old plastic bins
  • Old tool box
  • Sterilite bins with drawers
  • Ziploc Bags
  • Old cordless tool cases (Lisa uses one for here horses)
  • Tupperware containers
  • And anything else lying around the house you can put stuff in.

Have any comments, questions of suggestions that we didn’t cover? Let us know below.

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The Different Types of First Aid Kits

The Different Types of First Aid KitsOne of the most important parts of preparedness is having the right first aid supplies. Because food storage and bug out bags always seem to steal the show, first aid sometimes gets overlooked. Having at least one first aid kit around the home is great, but that’s just the tip of the ice burgh.

You should always have some sort of medical kit with you at all times, and that includes your family members. We should all have first aid kits in our cars, our bug out/in bags, as well as in the home.

Our children know we’re “crazy preppers”, and it’s quickly becoming a tradition to give them a prepper gift at Christmas. This year it was first aid kits. We do this because 3 of them have recently moved out, and are ‘adulting” as they call it. They may not like them very much, but we do…and that’s all that matters.

SPP210 The Different Types of First Aid Kits

This week in the show we covered everything from what to have in your first aid kits, what to store them in, to where to store them. We also talked about first aid for pets, and the pros and cons of premade kits.

Basic First Aid Supplies

Here is a list of the basic first aid supplies from the Red Cross that you would want in every kit. After you have these, you will need to customize your first aid kits. What you add to them will depend on where they will be used, who will be using them, and their skill level.

Your Skills Will Determine Your Supplies

Before we get into how to customize these first aid kits, we need to think about our skillset first. There is no reason to spend money on chest seals and tourniquets if you don’t know how to use them.

This doesn’t mean forget about them, it means learn how to use them.  If you are like me, you see all these trauma supplies and say, “I need/want this, I need that, I gotta have that too!” Along with having those supplies comes the responsibility to learn how to use them correctly.

First Aid Kits at Home

The first aid kit in your home should contain the bulk of your supplies. This kit should be able to cover a wide range of injuries that could occur. Because the size of your kit isn’t as much of a factor in the home, you should add all the extras you might need.

  • Extra supplies to practice with.
  • Less typical items like Steristrips, Mastisol and Xeroform.
  • Specialty dressings such as Medihoney and Mepilex. [Read More Here]
  • Tapes & Wraps such as Vet Wrap, Ace Wrap, Hypafix tape etc.
  • OTC Medications.
  • Prescription Medications.

First Aid Kits at Work

Most of us spend 8 hours a day at work, and depending on your job, some accidents are more likely than others. Having a first aid kit at work isn’t for minor injuries, that’s what workman’s comp is for. Your first aid kit would be for larger events like active shooters, terrorist attacks and earthquakes. It should have supplies that could help until the medical professionals arrive.

Most places of employment have basic first aid kits. Because sometimes these get ransacked and never restocked, it might be a good idea to have your own. Check your work’s first aid kit and see how well it’s stocked, and what you might need.

First Aid Kit’s For Your Car

The average american spend around 2 hours per day in their car. Injuries while driving are likely to be more severe than injuries working around the home. As you are thinking about what to add to your car first aid kit, think about likely injuries from a car accident.

You might want more trauma supplies (if you know how and when to use them) in your car kit. Broken bones and severe bleeding are common in car accidents. Having 100 band aids in your car would be unnecessary, but having SAM splints, extra gauze and dressings would be.

Items you wouldn’t think are first aid supplies: Note Pad & Pencil, Road Flares, Heavy Duty Solar Blanket, regular blankets for comfort, headlamp ect.

It’s very important to note, NEVER do anything you aren’t ABSOLUTELY positive about. Always wait for the medical professionals when available.

Don’t forget about putting first aid kits in your children’s cars as well. This is something our kids just don’t think about until it’s too late. Unless your child it training to become an EMT, a basic kit will work. If they are training to be a first responder, they probably know what to do anyway.

First Aid Kits for Pets

First aid kits for our pets is something most people don’t even think about. Honestly, there are few differences between human first aid supplies, and pet first aid supplies, the main difference being the amount.

This downloadable PDF from the Red Cross is quite extensive and will give you an idea about what your pet might need in addition to your regular first aid kit.

Too Much is Never Enough

We hear the saying all the time that 2 is 1, and 1 is none. With first aid supplies it should be 10 is 1, and 1 is none. In a past podcast Lisa talked about how she learned this first hand with her horses. Now horses are just a little larger than humans, but the point is, you are likely to use more supplies than you thought.

Most first aid supplies have a very long shelf life, and some can even be used after expiration. The last thing you want is to run out of gauze or dressings when you are trying to stop severe bleeding.

Is There a Place For Premade Kits?

In the show this week Lisa and I talked about when buying a premade first aid kit would be a good idea, and when it wouldn’t. For the most part, I would say steer clear of premade kits. You can put together a much better kit yourself than most of the generic premade first aid kits.

A quality premade first aid kit would be good for putting in childrens cars, and even a jump start first aid kit. You could take the items out you didn’t want, and add the supplies you need. Some people get these kits and use the supplies to practice with, and use the bag or container to build their own kit.

There are some websites that put together good first aid kits like The Skinny Medic, but make sure they use good supplies, and it has what you need in it. Keep in mind, a good kit with 100 items is going to be fa more than $25. A 100 item kit for $25 probably has 75 band aids in it.

What to Store Your Kits In

Not all of your first aid kits need to be in bags or containers designed specifically for first aid. I would however make sure they are clearly labeled, or it’s obvious what it is. You want these supplies to be readily available, without having to search through boxes to find what you need.

Here are a few ideas that we have used to store first aid supplies in…

  • Our main first aid kit is in a first aid bag like this one, and so are a few of our other kits.
  • Small cardboard boxes for extra supplies (labeled)
  • Old plastic bins
  • Old tool box
  • Sterilite bins with drawers
  • Ziploc Bags
  • Old cordless tool cases (Lisa uses one for here horses)
  • Tupperware containers
  • And anything else lying around the house you can put stuff in.

Have any comments, questions of suggestions that we didn’t cover? Let us know below.

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11 Things That Will Derail Your SHTF Plans

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11 Things That Will Derail Your SHTF Plans

Preparing for a small-scale disaster is straightforward, it mainly requires having supplies. When it comes to a larger scale event, it becomes a little more complicated, because there are things that could derail your SHTF plans.

Preparing for a large-scale event requires more than just food storage and bug out bags. Surviving for a long period of time when things go really bad requires planning, critical thinking, and understanding what to avoid, and how to avoid it.

As preppers we try to think about what could go wrong, and how we are going to handle each situation. Sometimes it’s the small things that can lead to big problems, and some situations are just unavoidable.

SPP209 11 Things That Will Derail Your SHTF Plans

This week in the show Lisa and I went over some of the things that could put us at risk during an SHTF scenario. All the items on this list can (and should be) worked on now, in order to avoid them in the future.

Yourself (OPSEC)

Operational security is crucial to everything we do now as well as in a SHTF scenario. Everything we do today, and everyone we tell, could have consequences down the line.  People love to gossip, so be careful about who you tell about your preparedness plans. The odds are, some people know more about you than you think.

After the S has hit the fan, operational security will play an even bigger role. The consequences in this situation could literally become life or death. People will become desperate, and desperate people will make different choices than they do today.

Your Neighbors

Like it or not, your neighbors will be there in an SHTF event. How long they are is another story. Your neighbors probably know more about you than you think. Or they have preconceived notions, which can be even more dangerous.

Our neighbors are literally right next door, or right down the street. We should expect a visit from them, and we should think about how we are going to handle that. This is why getting to know your neighbors is so important. We need to figure out who might be helpful, and who might be a problem.

Untrained Dogs

Dog are great for giving you a little early warning, and deterring intruders. A loud dog can also bring unwanted attention. If you are trying to remain quiet and maintain a low profile, dogs that bark at everything are going to ruin that.

I think the benefits of having a dog outweigh the risks, especially if they are trained. We have a large dog that tends to bark at everything, but is a very good deterrent.

Kids Being Kids

Children don’t intentionally set out to ruin our day (most of the time), it’s just what they do. We can talk to them until we are blue in the face, and they still don’t understand the consequences of their actions.

Children live in a different world than us. Their job is to learn and play, our job is to teach and protect. When children are out with their friend, they could talk about things you don’t want them to talk about.

Being Plump

In a SHTF situation where everyone is hungry and thirsty, we need to blend in. If everyone else is losing weight, and we look nice and healthy, we become a target.

This doesn’t mean we need to starve ourselves, but having some clothes that are a size too big might be a good idea. Being the grey man is a huge part of survival. The more we fit in , the less we stand out.

Sight, Sound and Smell

These days when your neighbor smells you barbecuing steaks it just makes them hungry, could you imagine how it would be if they were starving? You could leave your porch light on all night, and they wouldn’t give it a second thought…unless they didn’t have power.

In any sort of disaster scenario, when people don’t have something, and you do, you become a target. Generators give of a lot of noise and cooking can give off smells. Candle light coming from your window will travel a long way when no one has power.

Relying On Plan A

We all try to have the best plans we can. These could be for bugging out, bugging in or how to handle different people. when something goes exactly according to plan, it’s more the exception than the rule.

We can’t be so married to our plans that we can’t pivot and change. Even the smallest things can derail our preparedness planning. That’s why they say always have a plan B…and C.

Lack Of Critical Thinking

As they say “hindsight is 20/20”. Regardless of how prepared we are, we are bound to make some questionable decisions along the way. There are also some decisions that just don’t have a “right” answer.

Our job is to have the skills and knowledge to make the best possible decision when these times arise. This is why situational awareness and operational security are so important. The greatest battle won, is the battle never fought.

Improper Storage

How we store our supplies, and where we store them is very important. Moisture and temperature can wreak havoc on your supplies.The last thing you want is to think you have something, only to find out it’s spoiled or rusted.

Pests and animals can also wreak havoc on your supplies. If there is a way for them to get into your food supply, you can bet they will find it.

Theft

These days we protect our valuables from thieves, and these thieves just want our TV or our car. In any sort of SHTF event food and water will be more valuable than a useless TV.  These thieves will walk right past the TV and head for the pantry.

Today we have a fairly good idea about who might be a thief and who might not. In a SHTF or disaster scenario, people become desperate, and at that point everyone could become a thief. People will do whatever it takes to survive.

Mismanagement Of Supplies

Most of us have food and water stored for a certain amount of time, a week, a month, a year and so on. There are quite a few things that could change this time frame quite a bit. Eating it too quickly, spoilage and unexpected house guests to name a few.

It’s important that we stay on top of our inventory and rotation, as well as our rationing. You never know when something small could turn into something larger, and you don’t want to run our of food or batteries before you expected to.

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The Different Types of Prepping (And Preppers)

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The Different Types of Prepping (And Preppers)If you were to ask the average person who knows nothing about preparedness what  A “prepper” is, you are bound to get an off the wall answer. Mainstream society has “taught them” what their definition of prepper should be. The truth is, there isn’t 1 type of prepper. There are so many different aspects that go into preparedness, and everyone chooses to prepare differently.

While there are those that take preparedness to the next level (good or bad), most of us are just trying to do the best we can. Most people think preppers are waiting for the world to end, but this is not the case. We prepared for TEOTWAWKI (The End Of The World As We Know It), “as we know it” being the key words in that phrase.

We prepare for survival. This could mean surviving the week until the next paycheck comes in, or surviving a natural disaster. We prepare for the S#it to hit the fan, not a sledgehammer hitting the fan. If the proverbial fan is clogged with doo doo, it might be fixable. If a sledgehammer smashes it, it’s game over for the fan.

SPP207 The Different Types of Prepping (And Preppers)

This week in the show Lisa and I talked about the reasons why you can’t lump all preppers into one category. Every person is different because of their age, finances, location and their abilities, and preppers are no different.

The “Prepper” Label

Because of shows like Doomsday preppers and the mainstream media, the word “prepper” has a negative connotation to some people. If you have any food storage at all, or you are prepared for a disaster scenario, you must be one of those crazy preppers.

We use the term prepper all the time online because it’s a way to find the information we are looking for, but our everyday lives are a little different. Because of operational security, and concerns about how people are going to react, we don’t go out and advertise we are preppers.

In short, you can take the prepper tag or leave it. I personally don’t mind it, but some people who do the very same thing as us, don’t want the prepper label put on them. If you asked someone who lived 100 years ago if they were a prepper, they would laugh at you and say “it’s called life”.

Why We Prepare

Sometimes I wonder what it is that makes us care about preparedness, while some people are happy in their oblivion. I think this is partly to do with how our brains are wired, and not because we are afraid. We choose to be proactive and responsible about life, while others just cross their fingers and take it as it comes.

Why we start to prepare, and why we continue to prepare are 2 completely different things. The reasons we become interested in preparedness are different for everyone. For some people it was living through a disaster, and some people see the writing on the wall.

We continue to prepare because we realize things are not getting better, they are slowly getting worse. Even if nothing large scale happens in my lifetime, eventually it will. If I can pass on even just a little preparedness knowledge to my children, I consider it worthwhile.

Another huge factor is that we choose to question everything coming from the mouth of the MSM. Most people take everything they see on TV as fact, we know better. These days, the “news” is about ratings, propaganda and pushing agendas…on both sides of the isle.

How We Prepare

In the show this week, we also talked about how we prepare. Some of us just can’t do what others can do, but that doesn’t mean we give up. Some people can afford all the cool stuff like years of food storage or a badass bug out vehicle, most of us don’t. Some people have the time and finances to form a prepper group that meets weekly, but again, most of us can’t.

As it is with everything in life, we can only do what we can do. If you live in an urban area, you aren’t going to be raising cattle. This doesn’t mean you are screwed, it just means you need to think about alternatives. Some people set a goal to move to a more rural area, and some people have no desire to do that.

Different Types of Preppers

Another reason you can’t lump all preppers into 1 category is that we are all preparing in different ways, and are at different stages in preparedness.  Here are 7 different prepper types that I came up with. If you can think of any others, leave a comment below.

Lifestyle Prepper

The lifestyle prepper can be broken down into several categories, how far we can go depends on our situation. For some people this means homesteading, and for those in a suburban or urban area it’s food storage and bug out planning.

Each persons situation is different, and the lifestyle prepper does what they can with what they have. Anyone who has been at this for a couple of years is a lifestyle prepper, regardless of their living situation.

Extreme Prepper

To me, the extreme prepper falls into 2 different categories. The first category is people who have the funds to get all the cool toys we wish we could. the second is people who focus solely on 1 disaster scenario.

While I wouldn’t mind having the finances to do (and buy) everything I wanted for preparedness, I would make sure my preparedness plans were well rounded. It drives me crazy when I hear people say “I’m preparing for”. What I hear is “I’m not preparing for this and that”.

Gateway Prepper

At one point or another we have all been the gateway prepper, this is where we all start. The reasons we become interested in preparedness are different, but we all face the same challenges at first.

The gateway prepper is timid, and not sure which direction to go. The best thing for the gateway prepper to do is find some lifestyle preppers to get their information from. Doing this will help them avoid the fear porn and misinformation.

Survivalist (Bushcraft)

This is where I used to fall before Lisa got me (sort of made me) more interested in preparedness. Quite a few of us have grown up camping hiking and “roughing it” as my mom called it. While I am no Dave Canterbury, I do love the outdoors and learning new skills.

The reason this fits in so well with preparedness is the “roughing it” aspect. Preparedness teaches you how to survive if everything goes away, and wilderness skills teach us the very same.

Stay at Home Prepper

Some families have one parent that goes to work everyday, and one that stays home and takes care of the family. The person who stay at home is the one how does most of the family planning.

Making sure the house runs smoothly and the children are taken care of is the job of the stay at home parent. The same holds true in any disaster scenario, whether that is a personal doomsday or large scale disaster.

Closet Prepper

The closet prepper is someone who is unsure about prepping, and doesn’t want to let anyone know what they are doing. This could be from fear or ridicule, or or fear of someone finding out what they have.

To some extent we are all (or should be) closet preppers. Operational security is very important because we don’t want everyone in the neighborhood coming over for handouts.

The Wannabe Prepper

Because anyone can say anything they want on the internet these days, it’s tough to figure out how honest anyone is being. These keyboard warriors are always right, and always have something better than you.

This type of person should be ignored, because no matter how much someone else has (or knows) it isn’t going to affect you one bit. This is also a dangerous type of prepper to be because when the S hit the fan, all their talk means nothing.

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Life After SHTF: Learning to Live Without

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Life After SHTF Learning to Live WithoutThe world we live in today is filled with conveniences. Conveniences we often take for granted. We are so busy consumed with what we must do every single day, we forget to think about what life would be like without them. Life after SHTF means learning to live without these modern conveniences.

What would happen if you woke up tomorrow and all the modern conveniences were gone? What would you do? Would you be able to not only survive, but thrive in the event of a world changing all modern conveniences gone type of scenario?

First World Problems

This is just my opinion, but I think that prepping is more common in the United States because we have more to lose than people in most countries. What we call a “SHTF” event, other people call “daily life”.

This is both good and bad. It’s good because we are lucky enough to live in a country where even the poorest of us live a better life than people in some other countries. It’s bad because people in the U.S. have come to expect this, and feel entitled.

This is why a SHTF or disaster scenario is much more concerning to us than say somewhere in Africa or some areas of the Middle East. As the saying goes “the bigger they are, the harder they fall”.

SPP206 Life After SHTF: Learning to Live Without

This week in the Survivalist Prepper Podcast we talked about how life might be after a small or large-scale disaster scenario. Just about everything we talked about in the show can be applied to a short term power outage, or a large scale financial crisis.

How Important is Electricity?

What would you do if you didn’t have electricity? If the power went off and never came back on, a lot of people would die…literally! This is sad, but true. We have come to expect that when we flip the light switch on, it will always work. But what happens one day when it doesn’t?

Everything we do these days revolves around electricity. Not having electricity would mean much more than having to use a flashlight. It would affect how we fill up our gas tanks, how we get our food, how we access our money in the bank…and much more.

Refrigeration

refrigeration is something many of us have come to feel will just always be there. But what would you do if you didn’t have standard refrigeration? This is when it comes time to think outside of the box. You could make your own ice box, and for those of us that are lucky enough to live in a colder environment, this would be easier to do, especially when the weather is cold. But what do you do when the weather is bloody hot?

The answer is simple, we need to figure out an alternative. People have been doing that for longer than all of us have been around, and some cultures do it to this day. It’s hard for some Americans to grasp, but some countries don’t have Walmart’s and frozen food sections…yet somehow they survive.

When Darkness Falls

Most people these days don’t have a clue about how important having light is. A power outage would not only make it impossible to do anything after dark, it would affect hospitals, stores and our jobs. The ability to actually see what we are doing is kind of important.

As preppers we probably have plenty of alternatives for light when the power goes out. If you don’t, you might want to start working on that. You have glow sticks, candles, flashlights, generators and more that can be used in a grid down event.

Life Without Internet…GASP!

Even though the internet has only been around for a short time, so many of us have come to expect it will always be here for us. I will be the first to admit the internet has made life a lot easier. If you don’t know how to do something, where is the first place you look? And what if you want a new recipe for dinner, you get the idea right? We use the internet for everything.

Not only will our ability to learn new skills be hampered, our other online activities will be affected as well. Most people do their shopping online these days, and very few people carry physical cash with them.

Most of our jobs would be affected as well, even if we don’t directly work with the internet. Most companies depend on the the internet for inventory, bookkeeping and getting your check direct deposited.

Idle Hands…

As they say “idle hands are the devils workshop” and in a grid down event we could see a lot of down time. Having supplies to keep you entertained will not only keep everyone busy, it will help you maintain your sanity as well.

Board games, physical books, musical instruments and art supplies are just a few ideas. Keep in mind, these items will need to be usable without power. My personal favorite board game is the WW2 game Axis & Allies. It literally takes days to finish.

Heat – A/C

This will depend on where you live, so I can only speak on this from our perspective. It doesn’t get too hot where we live during the summer. Yes, it gets really warm, but not like Arizona or Nevada. However, in the winter it gets cold, and I mean really cold. So our priority is staying warm. Having a heating source other than the furnace is very important. And there are options, like a fireplace, or my favorite, a wood burning stove.

You will have to think about how you will stay warm or cold, and deal with it, so start thinking about that now. You might think that air conditioning is a luxury, but for some people (such as elderly) it is completely necessary.

Running Water

If we are talking about a grid down event, eventually the water will stop running into your home. What are your options? Do you have a well? Without electricity, your well pump won’t work. You need to have a water source, this is imperative for survival. Have at least 2 viable options of how you will get water.

Water is not just important for drinking, we also use it for hygiene and cleaning. How would you take a shower? How would you flush the toilet? How would you do laundry? All of these are things we have probably thought about, but the average person hasn’t.

Loss of Income

Having an income is important, especially since many of us are living the “American Dream”, meaning we are in debt, and our current jobs barely cover the bills. So many of us are living paycheck to paycheck. But what happens if that paycheck suddenly stops? What will you do?

Not only could we be out of work for a while, but the money we already have could be inaccessible. We have all heard horror stories about bank holidays, and if there was a run on the banks, you can bet they would close their doors.

Fuel the Fire

It is a repeating theme in this article, look for alternatives. Don’t take for granted that you will always have gas in your tank, or the stove will work. Because life happens, and things change. Look for alternatives, because eventually the fuel you have stored will run out.

When I talk about fuel, I’m not just talking about gasoline for your car. Fuel could be wood, propane, solar power and even food to keep our gas tanks full.

In the show, we talked a little bit about the Sun Oven. The Sun Oven is a great cooking option because all it requires is a little cooking knowledge, and the power of the sun. Use the link in the sidebar (on the top right) to get $70 off if you are interested.

Food Supply

In the event of a grid down event, the way we consume food will change. The size and duration of this event will determine how much. Buying a juicy steak or a quick and easy frozen dinner won’t be an option if the grocery store can’t keep them cold.

Keeping our food cold and fresh won’t be an issue if we don’t have it in the first place. Most people don’t give a second thought to where their food comes from. Without power the availability, supply lines, quality would all be affected. People wouldn’t be able to grow or process the food, and even if they could, they wouldn’t be able to get it to our local store.

The Easy Fix

These days when the roof or plumbing springs a leak, we can call the repair man. This might not be the case in a grid down event. without power, these people might not be able to properly do their job. Even if they could, you might be on a waiting list for some time.

On a side note, people with these trade skills like electricians, welders and auto mechanics will be extremely important in an SHTF scenario. These people would be the ones helping to rebuild.

Public Servants

Another aspect of life that we take for granted is our public servants. The police department, the fire department, the emergency room and even trash removal are all there at our beck and call. We need to understand that these are people too. When push comes to shove, their family’s are their first priority…just like us.

Even if they are able to provide help, their ability to do so would be severely hampered without electricity. Without power, how would you let them know you need help? They wouldn’t be able to communicate with each other, and may not be able to get fuel in their vehicles.

Medical Professionals

In some disaster scenarios the most important issue could be the lack of medical help available. A grid down event could severely affect how they got to you, how you got to them, or how much they could help when you got there. Without power, a hospital would be extremely limited with the help they could provide.

On top of that, they could become overwhelmed very quickly. There are a number of factors that couple play into this…

  • Type of disaster scenario
  • Medical staff available
  • Services available (no electricity)
  • Supplies available
  • Number of casualties

Prescription Medications

Many people have to have medication in order to live. But what happens when there is no more medication? Sadly, many people will die. If you are healthy or borderline healthy now, your best bet is to stay that way. Get in shape now. Eat better, and get farmer fit, work on building muscle and strength.

As far as medication as concerned, learn alternatives. Many medications that have been created use plants and herbs. Learn about medicinal plants and essential oils. Nature has an incredible way of providing what we need, if we just take the time to learn.

Final Thoughts

I know this was quite a long post, but it just shows how much our lives will change in any disaster scenario, big or small. Life after SHTF not only means learning to live without, but also learning to live differently…adjusting to the new normal.

If you have any thoughts on this subject, I’d love to hear them in the comments below.

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Different Types of Medical Skills

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Different Types of Medical SkillsAs we all probably know, medical skills are extremely important for preppers. Because most of us are not EMT’s (Emergency Medical Technician) RN’s (Registered Nurse) or Paramedics, we need to learn about these different types of medical skills.

In this week’s show Lisa are joined by Kevin from the Wilderness Safety institute, and we talked about the different types of medical professionals, and why they are important to preppers. Just because someone has RN or DR in front of their name doesn’t mean they know how to handle every SHTF scenario.

For example: Lisa specializes in advanced wound care. She doesn’t have the same skill set an ER nurse or an EMT would have. Along the same lines, an EMT wouldn’t have the long-term care knowledge Lisa would have.

The reason all of this is important is because we need to know who we are learning from, and how much credibility we should give their advice. This is not to say you need to become an EMT or RN, they just have more training than the average person.

SPP205 Different Types of Medical Skills

I asked Kevin to come back this week because I thought it would be interesting to get Lisa’s perspective as a Registered Nurse, and Kevin’s perspective as a certified EMT.

If you haven’t listened to the first podcast I did with Kevin, you can listen to that here. We talked about quite a few different subjects including wilderness medicine, water safety and more about EMT skills.

25% Discount on Wilderness Medicine Classes

Kevin is offering members of the Survivalist Prepper Academy a 25% discount for any of the classes he teaches. Kevin also mentioned in the podcast that he can travel anywhere (in the U.S.) if the group is large enough. Even if you only have 5 or 6 people in your prepper group, this is a great low cost way to learn about medical skills in a survival situation.

If this is something you are interested in, just send me or Kevin an email. To have a look at the Academy just go to SurvivalistPrepper.net/SPAL

Kevin on The Disaster Podcast

At the end of the show we talked briefly about having Kevin on in the future. We also talked about him being a guest on the Disaster Podcast. Here are a few of those episodes that might be helpful to us as preppers…

Topics From This Weeks Show…

What are some of the differences between what an EMT does and what an RN does?

In one way or another, the whole show was centered around this subject. While a dentist might be a “DR.” they are not going to be very helpful in a SHTF scenario.

Notes From Kevin: EMS (EMTs, Paramedics, First Responders/EMRs) respond to 911 emergency and non-emergency calls for the sick and injured, transport patients to/from hositals, clinics, and dialysis centers, and are used as special event medical staff (sometimes along with nurses.)

RNs provide long-term care in a definitive care environment (hospitals), specialized care facilities (wound care clinics, hyperbaric, etc.) and focus on the disease pathways and overall patient wellness.

What is the difference between wilderness medicine and being an EMT?

When we talk about wilderness medicine, it’s not about medicinal herbs and wild edibles, it’s about medical care in an austere environment. Basically it’s medical care when no other care is available.

Notes From Kevin: Big difference!  A layperson can learn basic wilderness medicine in 16 hours.  Advanced Wilderness Medicine courses (AWLS, WALS, WUMP, Expedition Medic, etc.) require a person to be a minimum level of EMT or higher.

Wilderness medicine is focused more on providing first-aid care in an austere/back country/wilderness environment where patient care can last for hours, days, or weeks, and there are very little tools & supplies – typically what you can pack in.

EMS is focused more on providing initial emergency care to a patient, and then transporting them via ambulance to definitive care (i.e. hospital emergency room.)  Patient contact typically lasts no more than 30 minutes, depending on transport times to the facility (longer times in more remote areas.)

Hypothetical SHTF scenario

In the show I posed a hypothetical SHTF scenario to Lisa and Kevin, and asked what each of our jobs would be. It was a very interesting discussion about command control, organization and where certain skill sets are needed.

This exercise was interesting because it showed that even me, with no medical experience, would be useful. I might only be taking notes and being “the go-fer”, but that would give them the ability to focus on their tasks.

Important Items for a Trauma Kit

I asked Kevin what his suggestions would be for a trauma kit for the average person. Here are his suggestions, but with one caveat. If you don’t know how to use it, it’s a waste of space and extra weight. This doesn’t mean don’t get them…it means learn to use them.

Other basic medical supplies: Lisa has written quite a few article in the past about first aid supplies for preppers. She even put together this PDF that you can download that has a complete list (and then some) of first aid supplies.

Kevin will be doing a guest post here at survivalist prepper in the near future about wilderness medicine and trauma supplies. I also talked about trauma kits in episode 152 of the survivalist prepper podcast. 

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Organization and Storage Ideas for Preppers

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Organization and Storage Ideas for PreppersAs we get more and more into preparedness we end up with more stuff than we can we have room for. Because of this it’s important to learn about organization and storage ideas for preppers. The more prepared we become, the more challenging finding places to store everything becomes.

It’s not only important to keep everything organized to maintain your sanity, it’s important for managing inventory and expiration dates. As I tell my children, it’s much easier to take 5 minutes a day to straighten up their rooms than it is to wait a month and have a disaster on their hands.

Being unorganized and not using our storage space wisely can lead to complacency and even arguments with the spouse. If we have the closets packed full of prepping supplies and food storage, we are less likely to keep the ball rolling. If your husband or wife is not on board with prepping, this could lead them to become resentful about your prepping.

Everything Has a Home

One way I try to stay organized is to give everything a home, and just like us, it goes back home after work. I probably get on Lisa’s nerves sometimes because I am super OCD about the tools and supplies in my truck. I don’t mind her using something, but it needs to go back when she’s done, because that’s where it lives.

It would be very frustrating to break down somewhere and not have my socket set because it’s sitting in the garage. The same holds true for supplies at home. If we know where everything lives, and it’s easily accessible, it will save us time searching for something when we need it.

De-Junking: Finding Usable Storage Space

We recently rented a dumpster to get rid or our unwanted clutter and free up some storage space. We tried getting rid of our old junk with our weekly trash service, but 10 years worth of junk was going to take forever to get rid of. For about $300 we rented an 11′ trash dumpster and packed it to the rim with all of the stuff we “just had to have” over the years.

Doing this not only freed up some storage space, it also made organizing the supplies we already had easier. It’s much easier to find something you need when you don’t have to dig through 3 layers of crap to get to it.

Other Peoples Stuff

As George Carlin once said “your stuff is other peoples junk”. While some of our “stuff” is just trash, some of it might might be useful to someone else. Like they say “One mans trash is another mans treasure”. As we were decluttering and getting rid of our unused stuff, we separated the sellable items from the trash. No only are we getting rid of the junk laying around, we are making a few bucks while we do it.

These days it’s easier than ever to make a few extra dollars for prepping. We can hold a couple yard sales during the summer, or even sell our stuff online at eBay. It never ceases to amaze me how someone is willing to pay me for something I think is complete crap.

SPP204 Organization and Storage Ideas for Preppers

In this weeks show we went over everything I talked about above, as well as some other organization and storage ideas for preppers. We talked about how to identify and utilize and unused storage space, and some ideas about how to use that storage space.

Extra Storage Ideas

There are some really cool ideas out there like a secret staircase or a pop up bed, but I wanted to make a list of storage ideas that are a little more realistic for the average prepper. We actually use everything on this list…and you can’t even tell we have a “prepper home”.

metal shelvesMovable Shelving Units: Metal shelving units are great because they are durable and can hold quite a bit of weight. I have one of these shelving units that I use to store medical supplies, and a couple that are solid metal shelves in the garage for heavier supplies.

The great thing about these shelves is they come in different shapes and sizes, and adjustable shelves to fit your needs.

side fridge comparisonSlide Out Storage Tower: We actually have one of these next to our refrigerator, but you can use these anywhere you have a few inches of free space.

There are quite a few options to choose from as far as width, height and material, and even some DIY ideas. I was going to make something like this until Lisa purchased the one we are using now.

spice door clipsCabinet Door Spice Clips: These come in really handy for keeping everything organized and in your face. While there is plenty of storage inside the cabinet, things can become buried behind everything else.

These also work great for medicine cabinets to keep track of all your different medication.

under the bed storage sliderUnder the Bed Storage Slider: I recently cleaned out all the crap from under my bed and it lead me to making this DIY under the bed storage slider. Using the room under a bed is a great storage idea, but getting to it after it’s under there is not so easy.

As easy as this was to make, and how easy it makes accessing the stuff under the bed, this is one of the best projects I have done.

counter top extensionCounter top Extension: I built a hidden storage counter top extension a couple of years ago with the purpose of being able to hide some of our food storage just in case.

With the cover on, it looks like it is part of the existing cabinet space. Without the cover it gives Lisa some space to put books, jars of food or anything she can think of.

dale storage cubesWall Cubes: I have to give credit to Lisa for this one, but these things are great. She basically got tired of all my crap just laying around, so she got me a couple of these wall cubes. the picture is 4 sets of  6 Cubicles Organizers.

The great thing about these is they come in number of different shapes and sizes. You can get 1 cube, 4 cubes and even drawers that fit into the cubes.

canned food dispenserCanned Food Dispensers: As preppers we tend to store quite a bit of canned food. As our cabinets get full we can easily lose track of what we have, and if it’s expired.

The idea behind these canned food dispensers is FIFO (first in first out). Rather than going through our canned food storage looking for expired products, we can use the oldest first and not throw anything out.

pegboardPeg Board (Garage/Basement): Pegboard is a great way to be able to use your wall storage space. While you might not want to have this hanging in a bedroom, pegboards are great for garages and basements.

There are a number of hooks, bins and other attachments you can put on the pegboard to hold just about anything you can think of.

furniture storage ideasFurniture With Storage Space: Another great idea(s) is having furniture that not only looks good, but it is functional as well. We have a couple of storage chests we use as end tables, and an ottoman we can store stuff in as well.

On a side note, my next project might be a coffee table like the one pictured above. Looks easy enough to do, but we’ll see!

water bricksStackable Items: Another way to maximize your storage space is purchase items that are stackable and easy to store. Water bricks are the first thing that comes to mind, and even long term food storage products.

We sell Legacy Food Storage Products at the SHTFShop.com which come in easy to store buckets. Legacy also has stackable water storage boxes that I use to store water in my closet.

storage drawersSmall Plastic Bins: There are all sorts of different plastic storage bins and and drawers you could use to store some of your smaller prepping supplies. The great thing about these plastic storage bins is they are inexpensive, and can be used anywhere around the house.

I mentions the under the bed storage slider I made earlier, and if you don’t want to make one of those, these plastic bins work well also.

plastic totesLarge Plastic Storage Totes: Along the same lines as the smaller plastic storage ideas are the larger storage bins. We have quite a few of these storage totes, and they are much better than cardboard boxes. They are water resistant and pest resistant and will last forever.

These are great to keep your supplies organized and separated. They can be used for old cloths, blankets and even different kits. Here is an article and video I did about my lights out kit which I keep in one of these plastic totes.

Other Ideas?

There are quite a few options when it comes to organization and storage ideas for preppers, and you might even have a few. Leave a comment below if you have an idea that I didn’t mention here?

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DIY Under The Bed Easy Access Storage Slider

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DIY Under The Bed Easy Access Storage SliderAs a prepper I am always looking for more ways to maximize the space I have for storage. That’s why I decided to make a under the bed storage slider. While one of these isn’t “absolutely” necessary because you can put anything under the bed with a kick of the foot, it does make things much more convenient.

The reason I decided to make this slider for under the bed is because putting things under the bed is easy…getting them out can be a chore. You need to grab a flashlight, kneel over and search around until you find what you are looking for.

While there are other options like storage totes and wire baskets, I wanted to maximize the storage space under my bed. As preppers we have so much stuff that we are always looking for different ways to store and organize.

Even if you don’t decide to store canned food, bottled water or anything else preparedness related, it’s still a great “out of sight, out of mind” storage solution. I’m sure Lisa’s side will be at least half filled with shoes and photo albums.

Watch the Step By Step Video at The End of This Article

Storage Slider Instructions

This under the bed storage slider is a great weekend project, and well worth the time it takes to build. The quality of materials you use is completely up to you. I chose to go on the cheaper end because this is something that will go under the bed, and no one will ever see it.

Skill Level: Easy to Intermediate

Completion Time: 5 hours (Not Including Wait Time for Paint)

Cost: $70 ( Depending On the Materials You Use)

Supplies Needed

  • 2 Plywood (8’ X 4’)
  • 6 8’ Trim Pieces (¾ X 1”)
  • 10 Furniture Sliders (Plastic for Carpet, Padded for Wood Floors)
  • Finishing Nails (I Used a Nail Gun With Brad Nails)
  • 1 1/4” Panel Screws (24)
  • 2 Drawer Handles (I Chose Not to Use These)
  • Liquid Nails (Or Alternative)
  • DryDex Spackling (If You’re Cheap Like Me)
  • 2 Qt of Paint (Optional)

Tools Needed

  • Circular Saw
  • Drill and Bit (1/16”)
  • Hammer (Or Nail Gun)
  • 2 Clamps (For Straight Edge)
  • 6’ long straight edge (I Used a Piece of Old Trim)

Cutting the Plywood to Size

I started off by measuring the available space under my bed. In my case it was 5 1/2′ X 6′. I then divided the width by 2 because I wanted 1 slider for each side of the bed. His and hers sliders I guess you could say. So in my case I needed 2 pieces that were 3′ X 5 1/2′.

When cutting the plywood to size with a circular saw you need to take a couple things into account. The first is that in order to get a straight cut, you will need some sort of straight edge. I used a prefabricated piece of old trim that was over 5 1/2′ long. The second is that you need to take into account the width of the base plate when measuring.

Circular saw base plate measuring

Cut both pieces of the plywood to the correct length and width you measured earlier. Remember, this is half the width of your mattress. In most rooms you won’t have room to pull out the entire slider from one side. Having 2 pieces also makes it convenient because you have a “his and her’s” like I mentioned earlier.

NOTE: With a smaller twin bed you could probably get away with 1 piece.

Adding the Trim

cutting the trim and screwsOnce you have the plywood cut to the correct length and width, you will need to cut the trim pieces to fit. After that you need to nail them in place. I used a nail gun in the video because it is much easier, but you can use a hammer and finishing nails.

After that I turned it over and added some panel screws for more durability and support. Without the screws you could easily pull the trim off as you are sliding it in and out. To prevent splitting make sure and drill 1/16th” holes to remove excess wood. It’s up to you how many screws you add. I used 5 on each long side, and 3 on the shorter sides, and you probably shouldn’t go any less than that.

Sanding and Finishing

Sanding the sliderOnce you have the trim on nice and sturdy you can begin sanding and painting. If you go the low cost route like I did, you might want to take some spackling and fill in any cracks and knots. After that you can add whatever paint you like. I used Kilz Primer for the first coat, and then white interior semigloss for the second coat.

Note: Instead of painting the slider you could use stain, although that would require higher quality wood and no spackling. You will be able to see any blemishes and imperfections through the stain…that’s why I chose to slap some paint on them.

Making it a “Slider”

sliders onSo after you have everything sanded and painted you need to actually make it a slider. You could use casters (small wheels) but I chose to use furniture sliders. The reason I chose sliders is because I didn’t want to lose any height or storage space.

I used a liberal amount of liquid nails (maybe too much) to attach these because I didn’t want to drill holes in the wood. You could probably use super glue or wood glue, but my thinking was liquid nails would be stronger…we’ll see in a few months.

NOTE: The plastic sliders shown in the picture are for carpeted floors. If you have wood floors make sure and get the padded sliders.

If you have any questions, leave a comment below. Also, if you try this out make sure and tell me how it went?

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Preparing For Personal Doomsdays

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Preparing for Personal DoomsdaysSometimes prepping isn’t about large scale SHTF events, sometimes it’s about preparing for personal doomsdays. Being even just a little prepared can help in a number of disaster scenarios…big and small.

To the average person, prepping is about hoarding food and wearing tactical gear. To preppers it’s about much more than that. It’s about living responsibly, taking care of our families, and preparing for hard times.

Prepping is about separating ourselves from the chaos. That chaos could be anything from paying off our car so the bank can’t repossess it, to storing food and avoiding the grocery store when all hell breaks loose.

SPP203 Preparing for Personal Doomsdays

In this week’s show we did go over some possible personal doomsday scenarios, but we wanted to go over more about the why and how, rather than the what.

Life Happens

Let’s face it, life happens, and it happens more often than we would like. Personal doomsday scenarios like these shouldn’t define us. What should define us is how we react and recover from them.

I consider these personal challenges in life, potholes, and some roads have more of them than others. Unless your car (you) is completely immobilized, you have no choice but to move on to the next pothole or road block. Hopefully along the way you are using the time between potholes to make the next one a little more bearable. This is what prepping is all about, preparing for the “what if”.

Losing Interest

All of this can cause you to lose interest in preparedness, or lose our motivation. This is completely natural, and we all go through it at one point or another. The goal should be to to avoid extended periods of stagnation. While we might have a little time to prepare for some disaster scenarios, some can spring on us at a moments notice.

It may be easier said than done depending on the situation, but there are ways to get back into prepping. If it’s the lack of money that is causing you to lose interest in preparedness, there are quite a few things you can do that don’t cost a dime. Prepping is not all about what supplies you have, prepping is about learning new skills, and learning to survive when those supplies aren’t available.

When it comes to the loss of a family member, or personal trauma, prepping can (for good reason) fall down your list of priorities. While it’s important to take the time to grieve, or work through these issues, we can’t afford to let prepping sit on the back burner for too long.

Learning to Live on Less

When you think about it, learning to live on less is a huge part of preparedness. We think about how they lived 100 years ago, and strive to learn the skills they used in their daily lives. As I said earlier, prepping is about more than gas masks and MRE’s, it’s about being financially and physically responsible in preparation for the hard times ahead.

If you think about everything you need to become prepared, or what you have already spent, the number can be staggering. When you break it down into smaller pieces, that number doesn’t seem so large. If you take advantage of sales, using coupons, and buying in bulk, over time prepping will actually save you money.

6 Ways Being a Prepper Can Save You Money

I didn’t want this article to be all about “doom and gloom” so I put a funny (I think so anyway) list together of 6 things that can save you money while prepping. If you can think of any, leave a comment below.

  1. Most people want a shiny new car, but not preppers. We are proud to own an old beat up 1970 vehicle because it will be EMP proof, and no one will think twice about stealing it.
  2. Living without modern conveniences isn’t an inconvenience at all, It’s an opportunity to test out our supplies and skills.
  3. We have figured out alternatives to everything. Window is broken? Grab some plywood. Toilet isn’t working? Grab the bucket. It might not be the answer they want, but we literally have the answer to everything.
  4. We have so much food laying around, we could grab a few things, mix them together and have a different meal every night.
  5. God forbid we need to, but we buy so much survival crap, we could always have a garage sale or sell something on eBay if money gets tight. When you think about it this way, prepping supplies are an investment…that’s what I’m telling Lisa anyway!
  6. When people call us crazy, it’s a compliment. It means we are doing something right. This won’t “save you money”, but I thought I’d put it in here none the less.

In all seriousness, prepping costs a lot, but saves you money over time. Buying in bulk, looking for sales, learning how to cook, learning how to preserve food, learning to live fiscally responsible, will all save you money over time.

Prepping is about taking advantage of the good times, and preparing for the bad…whatever that may be. Prepping is like having life insurance that benefits you while your still alive.

Some Possible Personal Doomsdays

In the show this week we talked briefly about some possible personal dooomsday scenarios. The reason we didn’t go into a lot of detail about these is because I think everyone could make a list of their top 10, and they would all be different.

I wrote this article about 10 personal doomsday scenarios, and here is a list of what we discussed in the show….

Natural Disasters: I consider natural disaster personal doomsdays because of how localized they are. In episode 195 we talked about preparing for natural disasters.

Job Loss: Losing expected monthly income can put a real strain on you and your family. When times are tight, having a little food stored away ease the burden.

Family Structure: Your family structure changing can caused by a number of different things. The loss (or addition) to the family, Divorce, a contributor moving out, or an accident can all change your priorities.

Severe Sickness: At one point or another in life all of us will have to handle situations like these. Injury, disease, or disability could affect us or our family members and loved ones.

Issues at Home: There are many issues around the house that could cause unwanted stress. There are constantly repairs that need to be done around the home, and some are bigger than other. Unless you own your home outright, eviction and foreclosure might need to be considered as well.

Unexpected Expenses: This could fall into all the personal doomsday categories. Injuries at home, job loss, car accidents, and changes in the family could change our ability to pay the bills.

Personal Trauma: Situations like Robbery, assault or mental trauma may or may not change our physical ability to get things done, but they could effect us mentally.

In order to be completely prepared we need to pay attention to the small stuff. These “small” disaster scenarios will become big disaster scenarios when they affect us directly. While these personal doomsdays may not be life threatening, they can and will change how we do things in the future.

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What Are The 6 Areas of Preparedness?

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What Are The 6 Areas of PreparednessWhether you are preparing for a week or a year the 6 areas or preparedness should be your considered in everything you do while prepping. The 6 areas of preparedness are food, water, shelter, security, sanitation and first aid…not in any certain order.

These are the building blocks of any good preparedness plan. How you prepare in each of these areas will depend on your personal situation, but they need to be included in every preparedness plan.

SPP202 The 6 Areas of Preparedness

There aren’t a lot of show notes this week, because I have written extensively about the 6 areas of preparedness in the past. I will however briefly cover what we talked about in the show, and then give you a couple of links that go into more detail. If you have any questions about any of these 6 areas of preparedness, leave a comment below.

Storing Food

How much food you store, and what you store is completely up to you. There are many suggestions about food storage in the prepper community, but your finances, family size, and storage space all need to be considered. The only wrong way to store food is to not have any when you need it.

In this weeks show we talked about: Different ways to find and store food, pantry food, long term food storage products, preserving food, hunting, wild edibles, and SHTF fuel and cooking options.

A Preppers Food Storage: One Sizes Does not Fit All

Long Term Food Storage Techniques & Ideas

Mother Natures Wilderness Survival Foods

Water Storage & Safety

These days all you have to do is turn on your faucet and you have clean drinking water, but what if that wasn’t the case? Most people wouldn’t even know where to start if they had to clean their water, but you do, right? Honestly, cleaning water and making it drinkable isn’t as hard as it seems, it just takes a little bit of knowledge.

If you are confused at all about how to clean your water, and what might be in it, I wrote this article titled What’s the Right Water Filter For Preppers? This article goes over different types of filters, as well as what they will (and will not) remove.

In the show we talked about: How much water to store, what a water filter can do, what is a micron, why treat stored water, and alternatives to storing water.

Finding and Storing Water for Preppers

Finding Water In the City When the SHTF

SHTF Water Filtering and Purification For Preppers

Survival Shelter 

When it comes to survival shelter, your home is the most important. Disasters come in different shapes and sizes, and bugging out might not be necessary. Our home is our base camp, so leaving it should be avoided if possible. With that being said, bugging out may be unavoidable, and we need to have the skills and knowledge to do so.

In the show we talked about: What is shelter? Protecting yourself from the elements, your home ,and bug out shelter.

How Many Bug Out Locations Do You Need?

Wilderness Survival skills for Preppers

Tips for Successfully Bugging In

Personal Security

Your personal security starts with you, and extends to your home and your surroundings. Everything we do on a daily basis either puts us at risk, or makes us safer. Everything from what we do online, to protecting our home from intruders needs to be considered on a daily basis.

In the show we talked about: Security around the home, bugging out, self defense, online security, OPSEC , and Situational awareness.

SHTF Perimeter Security: What You Can Do Now, To Prepare For Then

Being the Gray man & Situational Awareness

Large and Small Scale Escape & Evasion Tactics for Preppers

15 SHTF Perimeter Security and Alarm Ideas

Sanitation

One commonly overlooked aspect of preparedness is sanitation. With the availability of over the counter medications, medical facility’s, and being lucky enough to live in a first world country, we don’t think about the dangers of bad sanitation. In a SHTF situation it’s not just about body odor and stinky feet. It’s about preventing illness, and not adding to an already bad situation.

In the show we talked about: Sanitation around the home, personal hygiene, sickness prevention, and SHTF Sanitation in general.

Podcast: SHTF Sanitation

Foodborne Illness and Prevention for Preppers

SHTF Wound Care: Safety & Sanitation

Post Collapse Sanitation, Diseases and Antibiotics

First Aid & Medical Skills

Whether you are a natural disaster, or an all out SHTF scenario, first aid should be one of your top priorities. Most of these basic first aid skills are easy to learn, and when you do, you’ll have a better idea about what supplies you need. In a survival situation, you might be the only option. You could literally make the difference between someone dying or living.

In the show we talked about: Basic first aid supplies, first aid skills and SHTF first aid.

First Aid and Medical Skills For Preppers

What Should Go In Your First Aid Kit Part 1

First Aid Supplies And Money Saving Tips For Prepers

Let Us Know…

If you have any questions or comments about the show, let us know below. Also, if you have any tips or advice that might help others, we’d love to hear that too.

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What’s the Right Water Filter For Preppers?

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What’s the Right Water Filter For PreppersThere are quite a few products out there when it comes to water filtering and purification for preppers, and that makes picking the right water filter a challenge for preppers. Some of these water filters are in the $20 range, and some can be well over $100. Because the microorganisms these filters remove are invisible to the naked eye, we need to know that our filter is going to do what we think it is going to do.

Before I even get into what different types of water filters can do, I want to go over what a micron is, and the sizes of some of these different microorganisms. Water filters are truly a “you get what you pay for” product. Some of the lower cost water filters would work great for high country use, but wouldn’t do much good in an urban area.

On the flip side, you wouldn’t need an expensive filter that removes viruses and chemicals in an area where you’re fairly certain they don’t exist. Mountain streams and lakes probably won’t have pesticides and chemicals in them like a lake in city park would.

What is a Micron?

Water filters are usually rated in microns. A micron rating for a water filter is a way of indicating the ability of the filter to remove contaminants by the size of the particles it is removing. You also need to pay attention to whether they use a Nominal Micron rating (NMR) or an Absolute Micron Rating (AMR).

Nominal Micron Rating: NMR usually means the filter can capture a given percentage of particles of the stated size. For example, a filter might be said to have a nominal rating of 90% at 0.1 microns.

Absolute Micron Rating: AMR means that if the water filter is rated at 0.1 microns AMR. Meaning there is no pore size larger than 0.1 micron in size.

Size Matters

Now that you know what a Micron is, you need to know how big these microorganisms are that you want to remove. It’s also important to note that different types of filters need to be added into the equation as well.

Some carbon filters will filter out herbicides and pesticides, while a hollowfiber filter wont. I’ll go into more detail about these a little later in this article.

Micron Size Chart

Common Microorganisms in Microns

To get a better idea about the size of these different virus, chemicals, and protozoa, think about something you can see. A single grain of sand is between 100 and 2000 Microns in size. A human hair is about 70 Microns in diameter.

Protozoa (Giardia, Cryptosporidium): Protozoa such as Giardia and Cryptosporidium are about 2 to 50 microns in size. Giardiasis is also known as “Beaver Fever” because You can also get it by drinking water contaminated by animals.

Bacteria (Cholera, E. coli, Salmonella): Bacterial cells range from about 1 to 10 microns in length and from 0.2 to 1 micron in width. They exist almost everywhere on earth. Some bacteria are helpful to humans, while others are harmful.

Viruses (Hepatitis A, rotavirus, Norwalk virus): Viruses are the smallest of the infectious microorganisms. They range from 0.004 to 0.1 microns in size, which is about 100 times smaller than bacteria.

Chemicals: Some chemicals cannot be removed from your water with a filter, and if a water source is that questionable it should be avoided. Some active carbon filters can be used to filter herbicides, pesticides, and heavy metals. Herbicides and pesticides are around 0.001 Microns in size.

What Type of Filter Do You Need?

The type of filter you need, and how much you need to spend on one depends on what you are trying to remove from your water. In a SHTF situation where sanitation is becoming an issue, you will need something that filters out viruses. A low-cost water filter that only removes bacteria and protozoa will not do the job.

High Country Water Filters: I consider any water filter that does not remove chemicals, heavy metals and viruses a high-country filter. Filters like the Sawyer Mini and the LifeStraw are great for bug out bags, camping, and hiking, but might not be effective enough in an urban environment.

Low Country Water Filters: A low country water filter is going to be more expensive than a high-country water filter, but well worth the money. These will remove some chemicals, virus, heavy metals as well as bacteria and protozoa.

Common Water Filter Media

Here are a few types of water filters you might run across. While there are a few other options available, these are the most common among preppers. This article goes into quite a bit of detail about water filter media if you want to have a look.

Solid Block Carbon Filters: These are recognized by the EPA as the best option for removing chemicals like herbicides, pesticides, and VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds). Quality carbon block filters will remove chemicals, pesticides, bacteria, heavy metals, nitrate, and parasites.

Granulated Activated Carbon: These filters contain fine grains of activated carbon. They are typically less effective than carbon block filters because they have a smaller surface area of activated carbon.

Hollowfiber Filter: These contain tiny tubes of membrane material that allows water to pass through, but nothing larger than its micron rating. Nothing gets clogged, nothing breaks, nothing to replace. This has an extremely long lifespan and is cleaned by pushing clean water backwards through the membrane.

Ultraviolet Filtration: UV purification systems can be used to protect against water-borne viruses, bacteria, molds and pathogenic disease-causing microorganisms such as giardia and cryptosporidium. Even viruses such as the hepatitis virus, which are known to be highly resistant to chlorine-treated water, can be relatively easily eliminated through UV treatment.

The Truth About Water Tablets and Drops

While these water treatment drops or tablets are great for emergency situation, not all are created equal. Some are made for storing water, while some will remove viruses, bacteria, and most protozoa.

There are 3 main types of water treatment tablets (or drops). These are Chlorine (NaDCC), Iodine, and Chlorine Dioxide. Here’s how they stack up against each other…

Water Treatment Tablets Chart

Why Pretreat Stored Water?

Many people recommend pre-treating your water with chlorine to help prevent algae and bacteria growth. Some people claim that this isn’t even necessary because tap water is already treated with chlorine.

While water will never go bad, and can always be cleaned, in my opinion it’s better to be safe than sorry. Who knows what resources will be available to you when the time comes, and why not take a few minutes now to save time later.

Best Water Filters For Preppers

Here are a few water filters that you might run across as you are researching preparedness. The filter (or filters) you might need in an SHTF situation will depend on your needs. Some of these are great for bug out bags, some are great for bugging in, and some are necessary in an urban environment.

Sawyer Filters

sawyer squeeze water filterSawyer makes a few types of water filters. The great thing about Sawyer is the ability to purchase different accessories to fit your needs such as bags, hoses and attachments.

Sawyer MINI: The Sawyer MINI is ideal for backcountry use, outdoor recreation, hiking, camping, and emergency preparedness. Quite a few preppers have this filter in their bug out bags. These will also fit the threads on most bottles of water that you buy at a grocery store

The MINI is a 0.1 (AMR) hollow fiber filter (can be cleaned by back flushing) that removes 99.99% of all bacteria, such as salmonella, cholera and E.coli; removes 99.99% of all protozoa, such as giardia and cryptosporidium.

Sawyer Squeeze: The Sawyer MINI and the Sawyer Squeeze are pretty comparable. The MINI is exactly that, a mini version of the Squeeze.

The Squeeze has a 0.1 micron (AMR) hollow fiber membrane filter that removes 99.99% of all bacteria like salmonella, cholera and E. coli, and 99.99% of all Protozoa such as Giardia and Cryptosporidium.

NOTE: The hollow fiber membrane filter used by the Sawyer MINI & Squeeze do not protect against viruses.

Sawyer PointZero: The Sawyer PointZero water filter is a beast, but it comes with a price. It is a 0.02 Micron (AMR) hollow fiber membrane purifier. That’s right, it’s 0.02, not 0.2 meaning it will remove 99.99% of viruses, 99.99% of bacteria, and 99.99% of Protozoa/Cysts.

This filter also includes attachments to connect it to a plastic bucket to create a large-volume gravity purification system that can be used to filter up to 170 gallons per day to an incredibly clean 0.02 microns. The PointZero is a great filter for bug in, and bug out situations.

Katadyn Filters

Katadyn water filterThese are another popular water filter for preppers, and Katadyn also have a few products to choose from. I have heard nothing but good things about Katadyn, and in my opinion, they are the way to go. Like I said, there are quite a couple options to choose from, but I’ll list a few here.

Katadyn Hiker Pro: In last weeks podcast Kevin talked about the Hiker Pro and why he likes it so much. Kevin is an instructor at the Wilderness Safety Institute, so I trust his recommendations.

The Hiker Pro is a 0.2 micron glassfiber filter and Includes activated carbon granules. This water filter removes bacteria, protozoa, cysts, algae, spores, and sediments (but not viruses). The Hiker Pro also reduces bad tastes and odors.

Katadyn Vario: The Katadyn website states: The Katadyne Vario has a trio of filters scrubs water to confidently purge the bad stuff: Activate a ceramic pre-filter with a quick turn to conquer dirtier water so the durable glass fiber pleated filter inside lasts even longer. Plus, active charcoal gets rid of odors.

The Vario has a ceramic prefilter, 0.2 micron glasfibre membrane, and replaceable activated carbon granulate that Eliminates bacteria, protozoa, cysts, algae, spores, sediments. The Vario also reduces chemicals and improves taste and odor.

LifeStraw Water Filters

LifeStraw water filterIf you have been researching preparedness for any amount of time, you have no doubt come across the LifeStraw. LifeStraw is great for backpacking, camping, travel, and emergency preparedness situation. The LifeStraw filters up to 1,000 liters of contaminated water.

The LifeStraw is a 0.2 micron hollow fiber filter that removes 99.99% of waterborne bacteria and 99.99% of waterborne protozoan parasites.

Berkey Water Filter Systems

Big Berkey water filterBerkey is another big name when it comes to water filters for preppers, and emergency preparedness in general. Berkey is superior to many other water filter systems and bottles because it provides an on-the-go microfiltration system that qualifies as purification system (without using harsh chemicals). This means that it filters 99.99% of bacteria and viruses as well as other heavy metals up to 95% levels.

The black filters are near a foot long and are made from a proprietary combination of approximately 6 different types of media. They exceed EPA log 7 ANSI / NSF protocols for filtration and thus are rated as water purifiers.

The Big Berkey water filter can run between $250 to $300 but is well worth the price and can be used at home. The Go Berkey is a bit smaller and made for portability. It’s great for camping, at home and bug out scenarios.

HydroBlu Jerry Can

I recently had an opportunity to review the Jerry Can water filter from HydroBlu and I am very impressed. While there are a few water filters that will do the same thing, I love the durability and portability of this Jerry Can Water Filter. It is perfect for camping, and any sort of bug out scenario.

The dual filter system boasts an activated charcoal filter and a 0.02 micron hollow fiber ultra-filtration membrane filter. The Activated Charcoal Filter removes heavy metals, such as iron and lead, while absorbing the dirty taste of water. Additionally, it removes unseen chemicals and improves the clarity of water.

SteriPEN UV Water Purifier

SteriPEN UV Water PurifierThe SteriPEN works by using UV light destroys germs’ ability to reproduce and make you sick. The SteriPEN destroys over 99.9% of bacteria, viruses, and protozoa, and is safe and effective without altering taste, pH, or other properties of water (chemical-free).

The one downside to a SteriPEN is they require batteries or a power source. That shouldn’t be a problem for preppers though, because you probably have a light out kit ready to go.

Other Options for Preppers

As you are researching preparedness and water filters for preppers you will find that there are quite a few options to clean your water other than filters. Using bleach, boiling water, and pasteurizing water are all good skills to learn just in case a water filter is not available.

If you have any other water filter suggestions, or water treatment methods I didn’t mention here, leave a comment below.

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Interview With Kevin From Wilderness Safety Institute

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Interview With Kevin From Wilderness Safety InstituteIn this weeks Survivalist Prepper podcast we had Kevin from Wilderness Safety Institute on to talk about wilderness medicine, EMT skills, water filtration, survival myths and a few other subjects. Because there is so much information that goes into each of these subjects we will probably have Kevin on in the future…watch for that.

Kevin is an instructor at Wilderness Safety Institute where they have courses on wilderness survival skills, basic survival skills, urban survival and first aid. Here is a little from his bio page at WSI…

Kevin has had an avid interest in the outdoors since his father took him fishing at age 3, and has continued to pursue many outdoor activities for over 45 years, such as hiking, camping, fishing, trapping, and hunting.

While serving as a Reconnaissance Specialist in the US Military, he started his diving career, and holds the certifications of DiveMaster and Master Scuba Diver, with over 15 specialties.

For most of his life, he has not only been continually learning, but has used that knowledge about nature and the outdoors to teach others.

Kevin has taught members of Search and Rescue teams, participated in numerous SAR missions, given lectures on diving medicine at university hospitals, volunteered as an EMT and firefighter in his local community, served as an Assistant Scoutmaster with a local Boy Scouts Troop, and actively participates in educational podcasts and videos for EMS providers.

For more about Kevin visit his bio page here.

SPP201 Interview With Kevin From Wilderness Survival Institute

Here are a few notes from the show…

Wilderness medicine: We didn’t talk about medicinal herbs, we talked about how to help yourself when no help is available, and learning the basics. Wilderness medicine could help in many disaster scenarios, not just in the woods. – prevention

The SURVIVAL acronym: In any survival situation, or any critical situation it is important to stay calm and focused. Keeping your wits about you can eliminate unnecessary mistakes. Here is an article I wrote in the past about the S.U.R.V.I.V.A.L. acronym. 

Roughing it at home: Learning survival skills doesn’t mean you need to head out into the woods for a week. learning to do things at home without modern conveniences can show you how things might be, not just how everyone else says it will be.

Learning skills: You don’t need a degree to be survival smart. Taking smaller courses and classes can teach you needed survival skills without becoming an “expert”. Don’t totally depend on YouTube University.

Becoming EMT certified: The cost to become EMT certified depends on your area, in my area it’s about $1,500 and takes a few months. This is something that is well worth the time and money…unfortunately I just don’t have it right now. This is why the smaller basic courses might be a better option.

Quick Clot, good or bad? Avoid the older style granules, but the short answer is good. If you need to stop severe bleeding, you need to stop it. Doctors hate it, because the wound needs to be derided, But when it’s life or death the choice is simple. Here is a QuickClot training link I found that goes over what it is, and how it works.

Why suturing is not a great idea (for most people):  As preppers, we hear all the time about suturing and why it’s a necessary skill. We talked in the show about why it’s not a good idea for most people, and some alternatives like Steri Strips and the Isreali wound closure we talked about a few weeks ago.

Survival show myths: With the magic of editing, these “survival experts” can do just about anything. The truth is that while we can gleen some minor education from these shows, doing something (taking classes) is much better than watching something.

Water filtering education: what will do what – Katadyn Hiker PRO – Katadyn Micropur MP1 Purification Tablets (The only tablet or liquid proven effective against viruses, bacteria, Giardia, and Cryptosporidium in all water conditions) (Water filter link Article)

The Disaster Podcast: Kevin is a recurring guest on the Disaster podcast which is available on iTunes and other podcasting apps. This podcast is great! It goes over disaster situations from a medical perspective.

Training Classes Discount for Members: Kevin is a trainer for a number of survival courses, and if the group is large enough he will travel just about anywhere (in the U.S.) to teach. Kevin has offered a 25% discount for Survivalist Prepper Academy members. If you are interested just send me an email and I’ll get you in touch with Kevin.

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Everyday Carry (EDC) for Preppers: From Head to Toe

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Every Day Carry (EDC) for PreppersWhen we think about everyday carry items we usually think about what we put in our pockets every day. The reason I titled this article “Everyday Carry (EDC) for Preppers From Head to Toe” is because there is much more that goes into EDC items than a flashlight and a pocket knife.

These prepping supplies and EDC supplies are important though. As they say, a carpenter is only as good as his tools. Anyone can go out and buy the best “tools of the trade” but if they don’t know how to use them, the house they build might not look like a house at all.

I will be going over some ideas and supplies for every day carry items in this article, but I wanted to start off by talking about knowledge and skills first. Most of the items we carry everyday are stored in our head, not in our pockets, purse, or wallet.

SPP200 Everyday Carry (EDC) for Preppers

While there are a few supplies listed below, not everything we everyday carry needs to fit in our pockets. These days there is no shortage of options, and no shortage of places to learn about personal safety and security.

Knowledge and Skill

Having these everyday carry supplies is only the first step. We also need to understand how we might use them, and why we might need them. Owning a gun requires safety education, maintenance and understanding when, why, and how you might use it.

While having a pocket knife doesn’t require the skill and training a gun does, we still need to know which one will suit our needs. Wearing a paracord bracelet is pretty pointless if you can’t tie a few different knots. Having a ferro rod if you can’t get a spark is also pointless.

Understanding when, why and how you might use an item will give you a better idea about the everyday carry items you might need. It will also give you a better idea how to handle a situation when those tools and supplies aren’t available.

Operational Security

The best way to handle any dangerous situation that might come is to stay out of it in the first place. Pay attention to what you do that might make you an easy target, and pay attention to what people around you are doing.

It is important to have these everyday carry supplies, but our goal should be to never need to use them. Sometimes the circumstances are unavoidable, and situations like these are why EDC items are so important.

Self Defense

There is no shortage of items you can carry to help you with self-defense. I’ll list a few below, but keep in mind, these tools shouldn’t be an alternative to knowing how to defend yourself, they are tools that might give you better odds.

This doesn’t mean you need to be Bruce Lee or Chuck Norris (wouldn’t that be awesome!) but we should learn as much as we can about basic self-defense. Criminals are cowards and opportunists, so like the saying goes…

“You don’t need to be faster than the bear. You just need to be faster than the person next to you”.

Demonstrating confidence and awareness might make that person wanting to do us harm think twice. If you can get them to think that you are not as easy a target as they thought, they might rethink their plans.

Personal Defense EDC Ideas

On Your Body (Typical EDC)

Typically when we think about everyday carry items we think about what we should put in our pockets everyday. Everyday carry items for preppers should include more than a flashlight, pocket knife and some paracord. Preppers are genius about finding ways to carry survival items, while still remaining the gray man.

Women seem to have the advantage here because a purse can hold more than a wallet. While I’m not opposed to a Fanny Pack or a Murse (Man Purse), I’m just not the type of guy that could pull it off. There are other options though, for both men and women, you just need to think outside the box.

Hats: With a little sewing skill and some ingenuity you could add a few secret compartments in your hat. There are also a couple of options online like this one from WazooSurvivalGear.

Jewelry: There is no shortage of everyday carry items we can wear, rather than put in our pockets. There are all sorts of paracord braclets, bushcraft necklaces, survival watches and more.

Clothes: I love cargo pants because there are so many pockets, but they are a little obvious. ScotteVest makes quite a few clothing options with hidden compartments.

Purse/Pack: If I were to get a “Man Purse” it would probably look something like this. Purses and Go bags give you the ability to carry more than just the basics. Something that looks like a laptop bag probably wouldn’t stick out too much these days.

Wallet: While space is limited in a wallet we should always have some extra cash on hand, and important information. Along with that there are a few other items like a credit card knife or freznel lens that would fit in a wallet.

Shoes: You might not be able to do it with “fancy shoes” but why not use paracord for work boots, hiking boots, or tennis shoes. I use Titan SurvivorCord in my shoes because it has fishing line, waxed jute and a copper wire inside.

Belt: A belt is not just to hold your pants up when your pockets are full. It could be a full on paracord belt like the Preppinstein Designs belt, or just a belt you can attach stuff to like a holster, multi tool or knife.

The EDC Basics

There are quite a few articles about the everyday carry basics, and people love to share what their EDC items include (me as well). Here is a short list of what I think that should include.

Extra Cash: There are many reasons why the grid would go down, and if this happens our money in the bank is useless. How much you carry is up to you, but I suggest at least $20 in small bills.

Pen (And Paper): You never know when you might need to leave information for someone else, or write something down for yourself. Using a pen and paper is easier than carving something into your dashboard.

Cell Phone: These days your cell phone is probably no further than arms reach away, so this might be an easy one. Even if there is no cell service, we might be able to text. We also have important information stored on our phones.

Important Info: Because we have everyone’s phone number in our cell phone, we probably don’t know their actual phone number. Have emergency contact info in your wallet, and also important medical information.

Flashlight: This is one of those “you’ll wish you had it” items. They offer more flexibility than using a lighter, and some can be used as a weapon.

Pocket Knife: Having a cutting tool is important for a number of reasons. You might only use it for opening packages these days, but you’ll be glad you have it in a survival situation.

Multi Tool: If you don’t already have a good multi tool, believe me, you will use it more than you think. You don’t need the best multi tool out there, but don’t go cheap. I have this Leatherman and I love it.

Fire Making: This goes without saying, but having a couple ways to start a fire are must have EDC items. Always carry a Bic lighter on you, and have at least one more option on top of that.

Self Defense: I talked about self defense above, so I won’t go into detail here. Most of the tools listed above can be used for self defense as well. The ability to conceal carry is best for self defense by far.

In Your Automobile

If you define everyday carry by what you can carry in your pockets, items in your car probably don’t make the list. In my opinion they should. We use our automobiles for everything we do, and they are always within walking distance of us.

Our cars also give you more storage space, and act as a staging point depending on which environment we are heading into. These days if you took all of your EDC supplies into a courthouse or airport, you might get the dreaded “domestic terrorist” label. Other situations might afford you the option of carrying more than just the basics.

All of this is why maintaining your automobile is so important. The easiest way of getting from point A to point B is on 4 wheels. If our vehicle breaks down, you will be left with the choice of what to take, and what to leave behind.

Here are a few items you can store in your car, but would be a an inconvenience to carry around with you everywhere you go.

Tools: I try to have all the tools I might need for small repairs in my truck. This includes a 40 piece socket set, screwdrivers, plyers, and some Duct Tape just to name a few.

Even if you don’t know how to use these tools, they are important to have. You might run into a problem that someone else might be able to fix… as long as you have the tools to do it.

Bug Out Bags: You can have the best bug out bag setup in the world, but if it sits at home it is useless. My bug out bag spends far more time on my backseat than on my back, but if I need it, I know it’s there.

Car (Road) Kits: First and foremost make sure you have a car jack, lug wrench, and a spare tire. I have purchased a few used cars in my day, and I’d say 90% of them don’t have a jack or a lug wrench in them.

Along with that, make sure you have an emergency car kit. This car kit here is a great ready to go kit. As preppers we are constantly adding/removing/tailoring our kits, so make sure and add/remove/tailor these kits to fit your needs.

Clothing: Most cars have plenty of storage space, so why not have some extra clothes and blankets in the trunk. Along with clothes you should have gloves, walking shoes, extra socks etc.

Shelter: In my truck I have 2 tarps, 2 survival blankets, duct tape and paracord to make shelter if the need arises. Overkill? possibly. But better safe than sorry I say.

Food & Water: It’s not only important to have a little food and water in your car, it’s also important to check and rotate it every once in a while. Extreme temperature changes can affect certain foods, and water can freeze and expand, causing a big mess when it thaws.

First Aid Supplies: Whether it’s a big emergency or something small, first aid supplies are always important. We use our cars to take us everywhere, and having some first aid supplies might become useful if we become injured, or to help someone else.

Preparedness Supplies at Work

The average person spends 8 hours a day at work, so it only makes sense to have some preparedness supplies there. Where and how you store these supplies depends on your job. Some people have desks, some have lockers, and some are very limited. If you have space available to stash some food, water and other preparedness supplies, why not use it.

To get a better understanding of what preparedness supplies you might need you need to have a good understanding of your surroundings. This means the people around you, the tools available to you, and even knowing the escape routes.

Supplies at Home

Items stored at home aren’t necessarily EDC items, but I want to cover them none the less. We have a tendency of letting our guard down when we get home because it is our “safe place”. This is all well and good, but we need to make sure it truly  is our “safe place”.

Have some defense items stashed around the house and strategically located. Having a baseball bat parked by the front door, a firearm on your hip or a fat can of mace on your nightstand might give you an edge if needed.

Hypothetical Scenario: Lets say someone was holding you hostage in your house (robbing you) and told you to stay seated at the table until they were done. If you had a can of mace taped under that table you might be able to use it when they weren’t expecting it and get away.

Conclusion…

You might be thinking that this goes WAY beyond everyday carry items, but the whole point of this article is to not limit ourselves to what we can put in our pockets. We can have all the supplies in the world, but if they are not readily available, they are useless.

If we take advantage of every opportunity we have, we are less likely to get caught with our pants down in a survival situation…especially if we have a belt.

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Spring and Summer Prepping Ideas

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Spring and Summer Prepping IdeasAs spring and summer arrive, everything starts to spring to life, and that should include us. The winter time can lead us to becoming complacent about prepping because there is only so much we can do indoors. You can’t go camping, you can’t grow a garden, and you can’t practice fire starting skills indoors…or you shouldn’t anyway.

This is my most favorite time of the year! The days are getting longer, it is finally warm outside, and it is the pre-season to summer, when we will be prepping up a storm!

Since the weather is warming up, and the days are getting longer, this is the perfect time to get outside and get some work done. It is still too early to plant our garden outside yet, it snowed yesterday morning, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get everything ready to go.

SPP199 Spring and Summer Prepping Ideas

Getting Outside

As the days get longer and warmer, we finally have the chance to get outside and get some work done, so why not take advantage of it. Prepping is about much more than what supplies we have, it’s about skills and being ready for some hard times.

Gardening: There is a lot of prep work that goes into gardening. Now is the perfect time to acclimate yourself to being outside. Get those garden beds ready! Weed, and work the dirt. Get your compost pile in shape, and move some ready compost to your garden.

Camping:  Going camping doesn’t mean heading out to the woods for a week with nothing more than a bug out bag. Camping is a great way to apply all those skills we learned over the winter. it’s also a great way of getting away from the hustle and bustle of daily life, and spend some quality time with the family.

Physical Fitness: Any sort of SHTF event, or disaster scenario is going to require some hard work.Not only that, but the healthier we are now, the less problems we will have is these scenarios. When we are cooped up in the house, it can be tough to stay physically fit, but the summer brings a number of opportunity’s.

Taking your bug out bag for a walk, planting a garden or doing work around the house are all great ways to become “Farmer Strong” as Dale calls it. I know plenty of farmers who could outwork a gym rat every day of the week.

Go For a Hike: With the weather being warmer, this is an excellent time to put your pack on, and go out for a hike. Keep it short at first, and maybe only take the bare necessities the first couple of times you go out. You will build endurance, as well as some muscle.

Walking is an excellent way to get in shape. And by making it fun, and bringing your camera a long to capture some memories along your journey can motivate you to keep going.

Have a Stay-Cation

Instead of spending thousands of dollars on a trip, why not use that money for an improvement around your home? Instead of going to lay on a beach somewhere or traveling to faraway places, I usually take my vacation to get caught up around our home. It’s also fun to sleep in at home, and spend the day moving slowly around home, instead of hurrying up and going somewhere. We also use that time to take shorter day trips to places around us and exploring new places within our own community.

Clean Out the Garage

If your garage is anything like mine, it isn’t just for storing your cars. In fact, our garage is a workshop and a “catchall” for our preparedness supplies. Over time, things get moved around and misplaced. Move that stuff out, go through it, and make sure you are organized.

If you are lucky enough to have a garage, take advantage of the storage space. Hang peg board up, or build some shelves. Do what you can to make the most of the space you have. Over time, you will have more preparedness supplies than you know what to do with…believe me, I know!

Make Important Repairs

If things have been piling up on your “to do” list, now is the time to get those projects done. It doesn’t all have to be done in one weekend, but take advantage of the warmer weather while you can. Instead of overwhelming yourself by trying to get everything done at one time (Lisa) get your list and focus on one task at a time.

Do it right, and do it well. By the end of the summer, hopefully you will have everything checked or crossed off that list. Again, take advantage of the warm weather. It’s much easier to make needed repairs when it’s warm and dry, than it is slopping through mud or a foot of snow.

Neighborhood Get Together

Some of us might be a little leery about putting our selves out there with the neighbors, but it is very important. We should always be mindful of our operational security, but because these people are right outside our front door, it’s important to know who they actually are.

You don’t necessarily need to have a full blown neighborhood BBQ (unless you want to), but anything we can do to get to know who our neighbors really are, not “who we think they are” will give us a better idea about who will be helpful, and who we need to watch out for.

Learning Something New

Again, don’t set out to complete a new task every weekend. Instead think of one thing you really want to do and do it. For me, it is planting a cornfield. That has been something I have always wanted to do, and this summer, I am going to do it! I might also learn how to start a fire the non-traditional way and challenge Dale to a fire starting contest, but the corn field comes first.

Dale is planning on learning to pressure can. We can’t do this indoors because we have a ceramic top stove, so he plans on getting an outdoor propane burner. He is also getting ready to start the “Bushcraft Prepping” course at the Survivalist Prepper Academy.

These are just a few things to think about before summer is in full swing around us. Plan and prepare now for an incredible and productive summer. How about you? What are your plans for the upcoming summer?

Also from the show…

200th Episode Giveaway: To celebrate our 200th episode of the Survivalist Prepper Podcast we are giving away a great compound bow package from Apollo-Tactical along with a couple other prizes. Click here to enter the giveaway.

YouTube Live: Earlier this week Dale and I were on the Learning to be Prepared YouTube channel talking about preparedness. Click here to watch the replay. We mentioned a podcast Dale did in the past with Brian Gittens from the UK. You can listen to that here.

HydroFlo Water Filter Discount: Dale recently did a video on the HydroFlo Jerry Can water filter, and they have also set up a coupon code SP20 for fans of Survivalist Prepper to get a 20% discount. Have a look at their website here.

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The Dangers of Becoming Complacent as Preppers

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The Dangers of Becoming Complacent as Preppers Most of the time prepping is about being in the “hurry up and wait” mode, which can cause us to become complacent about prepping. This might seem counter intuitive, but not having to use our preparedness supplies because of a disaster is actually a good thing.

While some of us might secretly hope for a small power outage, or a reason to test our preparedness level, hopefully none of us hope for a large-scale disaster that could change our lives forever.

SPP198 The Dangers of Becoming Complacent as Preppers

Below is a list of the topics we covered in the Survivalist Prepper Show this week. We talked about everything from escalating tensions around the world, preparing for natural disasters and other dangers of becoming complacent as preppers.

No Sense of Urgency

It can be tough to prioritize prepping when things are going good, and we don’t have that a sense of urgency. I think this happened to quite a few people after this election. People thought that because Trump won (or maybe because Hillary lost) they could relax about their prepping.

We can’t afford to lose our sense of urgency and become complacent with prepping, because bad things usually happen when we least expect it. When those times come that I feel like I have nothing to worry about, I start to worry about what I’m missing.

The Calm Before the Storm

With prepping, there are always ebbs and flows. There are times when I seems like everything is going well, but we know something could be right around the corner. While we are always looking ahead, some people don’t. Some people sell off their preparedness supplies or let their food storage dwindle.

As preppers we need to take advantage of this lull in the action instead of becoming complacent. When there is less demand, it usually means cheaper prices and sales. We can also take advantage of this lull in action and do some of the things we have been putting off for a while.

Attention to Detail

Sometimes when we think we have the best plan in the world, we end up getting bit in the butt because of something minor. In a SHTF scenario something minor could turn into something life threatening. We could have the best bug out vehicle, packed to the roof with all of our preparedness supplies, but if we forget to fill the gas tank it’s game over.

We can get complacent about everything from getting an oil change, to preparing for complete societal breakdown. As people we are creatures of habit, and we need to make a conscious effort to avoid that. This is why knowledge and skills are so important. The more we know, the better our chances are of catching those small details.

The Easy Life

Just about no one alive today has ever had to live through a world wide crisis (like WW2) and there has never been a large scale attack on U.S. Soil other than Pearl Harbor. The weapons we have today are much different than the mortars and tanks of WW2. Weapons are being developed that can be launched for anywhere around the world, and land in your back yard.

With countries like N.Korea and Iran hell bent on our destruction we can afford to be complacent. The United States has been the king of the hill for a very long time. The only way do remain the king of the hill and keep our freedoms is to deal with those who threaten us, not by crossing our fingers or asking please.

Crying Wolf

Sometimes as preppers we can become complacent because we fear an economic collapse and nothing happens. We hear about N.Korea testing missiles and nothing happens. The more this happens, the more we say “yeah, I’ve heard this story before”.

The problem is that we know eventually something will happen, whether it’s an economic collapse, bombs dropping or something else. Just like the story of the boy who cried wolf, eventually the wolf will come, and the sheep that are asleep will be the first to go.

Outside Our Front Door

At times we can get so focused on the larger SHTF scenarios that we forget about natural disasters  and things around the home. While these larger disaster scenarios are important, there are other small scale scenarios we need to keep in mind.

Preparing for natural disasters and personal doomsday’s could be more important because they are more likely to affect you. Prepping isn’t just about Nuclear bombs and Martial Law, it’s about being prepared for ANYTHING that might affect you and your family.

Situational Awareness

As I said earlier, people are creatures of habit. Eventually these habits become routine, and we are basically sleepwalking through life. We might take the same route to work everyday, or we might go to the bank the same time and day every week. This all makes us to becoming a target for someone who is paying attention to what we are doing, even when we aren’t.

Situational awareness is also about paying attention to what is going on around you at all times. It can be easy to become complacent because our daily lives are usually pretty boring, and nothing ever happens. Criminals are opportunists, and all they need is 1 opportunity to take advantage of.

Our Health

Becoming complacent about our health is probably something we all do at one point or another. This is because the affects of not eating right, or not exercising aren’t immediately noticeable. Over time these affects could lead to health issues and illness that could have dire consequences in an SHTF scenario.

It seems like some people won the genetic lottery and can eat of drink whatever they want, while some of us need to watch out for everything. Regardless which category you fit into, it’s important to be as healthy as possible because when there are no doctors or medications available, you are on your own.

Overconfidence

Overconfidence can lead to complacency because we think we have it all figured out. Sometimes we can work our butts of preparing and take a break for a week. That week can turn into a month, and then 6 months leaving us right back where we started.

We all know that “know it all” or someone who thinks they have it all figured out. Anyone who tells you they know everything about a certain subject is probably not the person to listen to. We are all constantly learning and evolving, and there is always something new to learn.

Urgency and Fear

There is a huge difference between prepping with urgency, and prepping because of fear. We can’t afford to let these disaster scenarios consume our lives. Yes, there are some pretty bad things, and some pretty bad people out there, but all we can do is what we can do.

The reason we prepare is to remove some of that fear. We can only do what we can do, and the rest is in gods hands.

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First Aid and Medical Skills For Preppers

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First Aid and Medical Skills For PreppersWhile food, water and shelter are the 3 most important aspects of prepping, first aid and medical skills for preppers aren’t far behind. There could be times when medical help isn’t available, or even times where we can save some money by treating minor injuries and sickness ourselves.

This article isn’t a list of first aid supplies for preppers, you can find more information than you need with a simple Google search. We even have a couple here and here. This article is more about how to decide which medical supplies you might need.

Just like everything with preparedness, we can’t move on to the “bigger and better” until we take care of the basics. First aid for preppers is not always about bullet wounds and Severed limbs, but that doesn’t mean we can ignore that aspect of it.  USCrow: Advanced Medical Care https://uscrow.org/category/survival-skills/advanced-medical-skills/

SPP197 First Aid and Medical Skills For Preppers

The truth is, there are illnesses and accidents that happen on a daily basis. These minor issues could turn into bigger issues if we don’t know how to treat them. Without refrigeration, foodborne illnesses could become commonplace and diseases like Cholera could rear their ugly head once again.

Most Common Issues

Respiratory, Infection, Diarrhea

Diagnosis & Vital Signs (figure out what your dealing with)

Prevention

Personal Hygiene and Sanitation | hygienic conditions (no clean running water)

Tailor your kit to your needs (Family medical conditions, lifestyle, location)

Training – Learn what you need to learn (In order – A,B,C, not A,D,B,C)

Survival Medicine

(shtf applications will require more than the basics) http://americansurvivor.org/home/survival-medics/

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Beware of These Prepping Pitfalls

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Beware of These Prepping PitfallsWhen it comes to preparedness, there are many pitfalls we need to be aware of, especially if we have been at this for a while. With prepping covering such a wide range of topics, it can be pretty easy to get overwhelmed and/or overspent.

spinning platesWhile there is no way to avoid every prepping pitfall, if we pay attention, and keep out head in the game, we can avoid most of these. I’ve probably said this a hundred time, but prepping isn’t brain surgery. It can however feel like spinning plates because there is just so much to do to become better prepared.

SPP196 Beware of These Prepping Pitfalls

This week in the Survivalist Prepper podcast Lisa and I talked about some of the areas of preparedness we need to pay more attention to, and some things to avoid.

Prepping can be hard enough without adding unnecessary headaches to the process.

Getting Too Wound Up

With all the cable news networks and thousands of websites, it can be hard to decipher between fact, fiction and opinion. It can be easier said than done sometimes, but we need to understand that there is only so much we can do. Yes, we do need to pay attention to all these disaster scenarios, but we can’t afford to let them paralyze us.

Fake News & Fear

With all these news channels and websites it can be hard to get the real story, and when you add in fear based marketing, it can seem impossible. Sometimes the truth is secondary to clicks and ratings. In this Prepper Website Podcast Todd talked about how this affects prepping websites also.

Gimmicks and Scams

I recently did a video about some of the gimmicks and scams we need to avoid. In that video I mentioned that some of these gimmicks can be interesting and useful (credit card knife), and some are just worthless (Everstrike match). We also need to be aware of outright scams. Like the saying goes, if it’s too good to be true…it probably is.

Going Into Debt

You might think that going out and buying all the preparedness supplies you need at once is a good idea…but it’s not. Maxing out your credit card(s) could lead to big problems down the line and leave you less prepared. If you create a prepping budget, and work within your means, you will find that in no time at all you will be more prepared than you thought possible.

Unbalanced Prepping

As we are building up our preparedness supplies we need to think about it as a time frame, not a list of supplies. Preparing for a week, then a month, then a year is better than getting food, then water, then bug out bags. If we have a years worth of food, but no water, we are not prepared at all.

Rotation/Spoilage

If we go out and spend money on supplies that have a shelf life, we want to make sure it is still good when we need to use it. Doing inventory at least a couple times a year, and storing food we actually eat will help reduce the spoilage factor.

Taking Bad Advice

Regardless what we are doing we should never take one persons advice on something. Just because something works for them, doesn’t mean it will work for you. We all know that person that has the answer for everything right? The “know it all”. No one is more invested in your future than you. Make sure you are making decisions that you are comfortable with.

Oversharing

We hear about operational security all the time. If you are on the internet, there is very little you can do to hide from the alphabet agencies, but we can control what we share with others. This also includes people we talk to in person. Make sure you trust the person you are talking to, and even then stay cautious.

Supplies & No Knowledge

There are literally hundreds of “gotta have it” prepping supplies out there, but if we don’t know how to use them they are pointless. If you own a ferro rod, make sure you know how to use it. If you want to build a solar generator, make sure you know how it works before you buy the parts.

DIY Project Fails

DIY prepping projects are a great way to learn, and might even save you money, but this is not always the case. Take the Sun Oven for example. There are many DIY versions of this, but none will work as well as the actual Sun Oven. The positive side of these DIY projects is they will teach you about alternatives if you find yourself with nothing.

Back to the Basics

We need to make sure that before we move on the the “bigger and better” aspects of preparedness that we have a good foundation to build on. Last week we talked about how if we aren’t prepared for the smaller scale disaster scenarios we aren’t prepared at all. This also hold true for basic supplies like manual can openers, batteries, crank radios etc.

Second Guessing Yourself

To a lot of people prepping is seen as “extreme” or “unnecessary” which can cause us to second guess ourselves. On the same lines of not listening to the “know it all’s” we need to trust our gut on this. As I said earlier, no one have a bigger interest in your future than you do, so do what you feel is right.

Tin Foil Hat Time

This week in the show we talked about how fragile our power grid is. Even though our government and public service companies know it, they refuse to do anything about it. This PDF from CenterForSecurity goes through what the affects of an EMP or CME would be.

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Are You Prepared for Natural Disasters?

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Are You Prepared for Natural DisastersTalking about natural disasters is not up there with the most “sexy” or “fun” aspects of prepping, but it’s important to make sure we are prepared for these natural disasters none the less. The odds of a natural disaster or a personal doomsday happening in our lifetime are far greater than a global or national disaster scenario…although these odds are changing daily.

The basics of preparedness are the same regardless which disaster(s) you are preparing for. Preparing for these natural disasters is a great way to build your foundation, and become become better prepared for even the smallest disaster situation or personal doomsday.

The truth is, if we don’t have the basics covered, we really aren’t prepared at all. We could have the perfect bug out bag, but without an escape and evasion plan, we could be in for a tough time.

I recently published this video about 10 basic things we should have taken care of to be prepared for any disaster scenario. How many of these do you have checked off your list? If you only get 7 out of 10 you might have a little work to do.

Here are the 10 tips from the video…

  1. You have enough food stored
  2. You have cash set aside
  3. You have out of area emergency contacts
  4. You have water stored
  5. You have a plan for the family
  6. You know where you’ll go (including pets)
  7. You have a good first aid kit
  8. You have first aid training
  9. You practice for a disaster
  10. Your car is in good mechanical condition

SPP195 Are You Prepared for Natural Disasters?

In this weeks show we went over some of the basics of preparing for a natural disaster. This might all seem very simple to you (especially if you’ve been prepping for a while) but they are areas that sometimes get overlooked because they are so simple.

Sometimes what you thought was a perfect plan will not work out like you thought it would. Sometimes we get so focused on the bigger details, we forget about the small details. Having the greatest bug out vehicle that can bust through a concrete wall is worthless if it runs out of gas, or gets a flat tire.

Topics Covered In The Show…

Here are a few of the things we talked about in this weeks show. We went into quite a bit of detail with all of these, so make sure and listen.

Stay Informed

Before: A little bit of extra warning can go a long way in a disaster situation. With a hurricane or blizzard you will have plenty of warning, an earthquake or tornado is a different story. At this point you will have TV, radio and phone service…make sure you use them.

During: Some of these services might be out during a natural disaster, but a shortwave radio might still be useful. I have this Crank Radio which also has a solar panel and light.

After: A natural disaster can cause quite a bit of damage. The first thing we will want to do is make sure everyone is safe. You can register on the Red Cross website to check in as “safe and well”. You can also check in on others who might be affected, as long as they know to use the website.

Evacuation Planning

Home and Away: Evacuation planning is not just choosing a bug out route, it could mean getting out of the house in the first place. Earthquakes and tornadoes could destroy your home leaving you trapped, and in a house fire you would need to find the safest escape route.

Escape Routes: This could be anything from escaping the house, to escaping the neighborhood. Make sure everyone knows which routes to take and why. Make sure to always have a plan B, and also a plan C.

Timing Is Everything: While you would have plenty of time to prepared for a hurricane, some natural disasters won’t afford you that luxury. This is why staying informed and having supplies ready to go is important.

Destinations: It’s not only important to have your destinations picked out, it’s important that everyone is on the same page. Make sure everyone knows where you will meet, and where you will meet if that isn’t an option. This could be anything from the front yard, to a school paring lot, to a relatives home.

Include the Pets: If you own pets you are going to want to have a plan and supplies for them as well. If you need to evacuate you will need supplies for them, as well as a suitable location. If you plan on going to a relatives home, make sure they are OK with Fido coming along.

Family Disaster Planning

Contact Information: These days we don’t know peoples actual phone numbers, they are just names in our cell phone. You can make wallet sized cards with contact information, as well as important medical information. Wallet size contact cards are great for teenagers because they don’t need to remember anything other than where it is when they need it.

Important Websites: You should also add important websites to these cards, the SafeAndWell website I linked to above is one of them. While the internet might be down during the natural disaster, it could be available in the future. It could also be available in other areas.

If You’re Separated: The entire family is rarely in the same place all the time. Parents go to works, kids go to school, and a disaster is not going to wait until we are ready. This is why having pre planned meeting points and contact information is so important. If we know that they know, it can make an already stressful situation a little more bearable.

Money on Hand: In a natural disaster scenario money will not be useless, but ATM’s might. Everyone should carry some emergency cash in their wallet for event’s like this. This could be $100 in small bills, or whatever you can afford.

Practice Your Plans: Having these plans is only the first step. The more important step is making sure everyone understands these plans and is on the same page. The family might not take this as serious as you, but when the time comes they will remember.

Around the House: During or after a natural disaster there are some safety precautions we need to make sure everyone understands. Make sure everyone knows where the breaker box is (and how to shut if off) and where the gas shutoff is. Make sure a bad situation doesn’t get worse by something that could have been avoided.

Survival Skills

The Basics: Making sure the family knows survival skills doesn’t mean they need to know how to use a ferro rod to start a fire, but do they know how to use a fire extinguisher? Do they know what to do during a house fire? Or do they know the basics of first aid.

And Then Some: While we might not be able to get the whole family on board with the more advanced survival skills like trauma care, CPR  or bugging out, they are important to learn. We never know what situation might present itself, so the more we know, the better our odds will be.

Disaster Supplies

3 Days Minimum: FEMA recommends that we have 3 days worth of food and water stored. As preppers, if we only have 3 days worth of supplies, we think we are severely slacking.  In the event of a natural disaster 3 days is probably OK, but I feel much better knowing I’m covered if day 4 or 5 rolls around.

Staying or Going?: Having 3 days worth of supplies doesn’t just mean around the house. If we find ourselves in a situation where we need to leave, we need to have some of these supplies ready to go. This means food, water, bug out bags, and other supplies.

The Right Tools For the Job: The supplies you need will depend on the natural disaster you are preparing for. While the basic survival supplies like food water and first aid might be the same, some tools will be specific to the disaster. A pry bar or a pick ax might be useful after an earthquake, they might not be during a blizzard.

This is just a general list that would cover a number of disaster scenarios. Make sure you have these covered, and then refine this list depending on which natural disaster scenario you are concerned about. If you have any ideas or thoughts, let me know in the comments below…

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Large and Small Scale Escape & Evasion Tactics for Preppers

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Large and Small Scale Escape & Evasion Tactics for PreppersAs preppers, when we think about escape and evasion tactics we immediately think about the worst-case scenario. We think about escaping a war zone cause by civil unrest, and evading large numbers of marauders looking to steal our supplies and do us harm.

While this is possible, and extremely important to plan for, not every scenario is a worst-case scenario. Understanding escape and evasion tactics could be beneficial in a wide number of disaster scenarios including natural disasters.

Escape and evasion is much more than slapping on some camouflage and acting like a Navy Seal. Escape and evasion is also about more than counter tracking and escaping zip ties, it’s about everything we do on a daily basis to stay out of situations where escape would become necessary.

SPP194 Escape & Evasion Tactics for Preppers

This week in the show we talked about escape and evasion tactic for preppers, and how they apply in a number of different disaster scenarios. Some of these techniques also apply to what we do in our everyday lives.

Blending In

Blending into your environment and becoming “the gray man” is about how you look, how you act, and what you say. If you live in an urban area you don’t want to be wearing cammo and carrying a tactical backpack or bug out bag. If you live in a rural area you wouldn’t want to be wearing a 3-piece suit and carrying suitcase. Fitting in means looking and acting just like everyone else. It means being unremarkable in every way.

Regardless whether you are talking about a large scale civil unrest scenario or just discussing preparedness with friends, what you say will have repercussions. Being the gray man means not showing your cards until you are absolutely sure the time is right.

Trust No One

This might sound a little harsh, but we need to treat everyone is a potential enemy. This doesn’t mean board up the windows and shoot anyone who comes to the door, we just need to be on high alert with everyone we encounter. People without food become very dangerous, and even the most well-intentioned person will do what it takes to survive.

Even during small scale natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina we have seen this happen. People for the most part will try to come together and help each other, but all it takes is a few people looking to take advantage to ruin your plans.

Situational Awareness

You might not think about situational awareness when you think about escape and evasion, but it could be one of it’s most important aspects. We need to constantly be aware of the actions of others, as well as how our own actions might put us at risk.

Using the acronym S.U.R.V.I.V.A.L. in a crisis situation is a great way to remind yourself what is important and to stay focused. We need to make sure that when we are traveling we are not leaving a trail, not easily followed and not an easy target. To do this we need to be on high alert, and aware of the situation around us.

Tracking & Counter Tracking

The most important part of escape and evasion is making sure you do it unnoticed. This not only includes being the gray man and situational awareness, it means not leaving a trail for someone to follow. If you are a hunter, you might know quite a bit about tracking animals, and the same principals apply to humans.

Counter tracking is simply understanding what kind of signals humans might leave, and not leaving them. There is quite a bit that goes into tracking and counter tracking, but the great thing is it’s easy to learn…and it’s free. We can learn just about anything on YouTube these days, and Black Scout Survival has a good series on escape and evasion.

Using something like the Sneek Boot will make it harder for someone to follow your footprints, but we also need to make sure we are not leaving other signals like trash or disturbing the surrounding area.

Navigation

Not every scenario involves hiking through the woods to your bug out location, but navigation and map reading is important none the less. Regardless where we live, escaping or evading will mean traveling in secluded areas in hopes to avoid people. It doesn’t matter if you are in an urban area, or a rural area, losing your direction, or making a wrong turn is easier than you think.

Having maps of your area, and knowing how to read them could literally be the difference between life and death. Most of us could make it home from work without using a map, but would it be the safest route? It’s much safer to take 30 seconds and plan a route, than to turn a corner and find yourself face to face with someone wanting to do you harm.

The Best Bug Out Vehicle

Instead of thinking about a bug out vehicle as the biggest baddest vehicle that can bust through walls and road blocks, we should think about the type of vehicle necessary for the job. The safest route might be going discreetly around a road block rather than through it. If you find yourself stuck in an urban area, which is better a bicycle? or an RV?

The truth is, the best bug out vehicle is the one you have now. It’s fun to think about these big bad bug out vehicles, but we should make sure our car is maintained and reliable.

Any bug out vehicle is only as good as the supplies and tools that are in it, this includes your everyday carry items. Having the tools to fix a flat tire or tighten a hose could be the difference between driving somewhere and hoofing it.

Planning

Planning is not only important before a crisis situation, it’s also important during a crisis. In order to execute a bug out plan properly we need to learn about escape and evasion and practice it. Bugging out should not just be grabbing your go bag and walking. The more we know about escape and evasion tactics, the better our chances will be.

This is also important during smaller scale disasters like hurricanes, earthquakes and wild fires.  Evasion could mean getting to higher ground, or even helping someone who has been trapped under rubble to escape.  As I said earlier, escape and evasion is about much more than hiding from, or escaping from would be kidnappers.

Organization in Groups

If something were to happen while we were at work, we might not be heading out alone. While we all have a group of coworkers we just can’t stand, there are probably a few you couldn’t leave behind. In a situation like this, you would need to be the leader. Most people have no idea what to do in an emergency other than panic.

This will also make traveling discreetly and hiding your tracks a little more challenging. On the flip side, it will also increase your security because you have more hands, and more eyeballs. Just remember, you’ll have to do some training on the fly, but your friends will be glad you are one of those “crazy Preppers” at this point.

Links From the Show…

I mentioned the Army Tracking Manual in the podcast that has some tips on escape and evasion. Here is the link to that download.

In the beginning of the show I mentioned the new podcast “The Prepper Website Podcast” This is available at iTunes, Stitcher or any of your favorite podcasting apps.

As many of you know we have been selling the Blaze Charcoal Bricks which are available on Amazon. I also have a few 50% off coupon codes for anyone who is interested. If you would like one of these coupon codes just email me here and I’ll let you know if they are still available.

 

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Why “Embracing the Suck” is Important to Preppers

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Why Embracing the Suck is Important to PreppersThe term “embrace the suck” is a term widely used in the military when talking about a job or task that is pointless, tiring or downright lame. As preppers it’s also important that we “embrace the suck” because not everything we watch or read is as easy as it seems.

We all see the pictures of a thriving garden or the perfect solar power setup, but we never see the behind the scenes work that went into the final product. Growing vegetables takes composting, weeding and constant attention. A solar setup takes more than a solar panel and a battery.

These behind the scenes details are the “suck” we need to embrace. These aren’t the flashy fun aspects of prepping, but they could be the difference between having a great final product, or a final product that leaves you disappointed.

SPP193 Why “Embracing the Suck” is Important to Preppers

Below is a list of bullet points we covered in the Survivalist Prepper Podcast this week. We also talked a little bit about Vault 7 and how it might affect us as preppers.

Embracing the Suck Before an SHTF Event

The mundane tasks like weeding the garden, inventory, rotation and learning skills are important if we want to get things right. Cutting corners might save you time, but could lead to a less than satisfactory outcome.

Look at the big picture of each project and all the steps involved. A good example is our chickens. There is quite a bit more that goes into raising chickens than collecting eggs. You need to care for the chicks as they grow into chickens, they need a safe place to live (predators), they need a clean home, and need to be fed every day.

Anything you do can be a waste of time when you don’t pay attention to detail. These might seem unimportant during the process, but sometimes the small things are just as important as the big things. If you own a firearm, you also need to learn about firearms safety, cleaning and actually shooting it.

All this behind the scenes stuff, or the “suck” is also one reason preppers lose their motivation. We always think about the ripe tomatoes or what a fully stocked bug out bag will be like,  but we don’t think about the process of getting there. The process itself could lead us to just put it off until later, and then later never comes.

There is not always an easy solution when it comes to prepping, but that doesn’t mean we don’t try and find one. The truth is, there are some things you just can’t throw money at, and it will take a little hard work to get it done. You could just go out and buy a solar generator, but building a DIY solar generator will teach you how everything works together.

It’s really easy to talk yourself out of something because our brains are designed to keep us safe and fear the unknown. We always think about the worst thing that could happen. The odds are, nothing will ever be as bad (or hard) as our minds made it out to be.

Getting your family to “embrace the suck” is a challenge, but important as well. This doesn’t mean they need to be completely on board with prepping, it just means it would help them understand why you do it in the first place. Having them help you with the dirty work can also open up the dialog.

It’s also important to remember that it might not be as easy as that video makes it out to be, or the product is not all it’s cracked up to be. The people making the video have the luxury of editing out the mistakes and making it look super easy. There are also some products that are just too good to be true…You will not get a flashlight that lights up the neighborhood for $20.

Embracing the Suck After an SHTF Event

Embracing the suck after something has happened is quite a bit different than the initial planning. In a SHTF event it’s game time, and time for action. The middle of a disaster scenario is no time to be learning about something you should already know. This is the essence of why we prepare now, while things are good.

In a SHTF scenario we want to not just survive, but thrive. Everyone will have to adjust to their “new normal” but this doesn’t mean eating beans and rice everyday. If we can keep everything normal (whatever that may be) everyone will be more at ease, which means less stress for you.

A big part of planning and preparedness is digging deep into what the repercussions of a certain disaster might be.  An economic collapse might be the catalyst, but it doesn’t end there.  An economic collapse would cause food shortages, civil unrest and many other smaller scenarios we need to consider.

Whenever possible, we need to minimize those repercussions. This could be something as simple as having food stored, to something a little more detailed like securing the perimeter of your home. The more of these details we can check off our list, the better our chances will be.

Getting family to embrace the suck during a SHTF scenario is going to be easier than a disaster strikes because now they know you were right. The biggest challenge I see is dealing with the stress and grief of family members and ourselves. Each person will react differently in a disaster, and we need to take a different approach with each of them.

One final note is to remember that Everything is NOT going to go according to plan. More often than not, you will need to have the ability to adjust and pivot. We have the ability to write the script in our heads right now, but in a SHTF scenario we need to be as proactive as we possibly can.

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The Difference Between Urban and Rural Prepping

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The Difference Between Urban and Rural PreppingFor most preppers, their dream scenario would include something like a Doomsday Castle or a massive underground living facility. Unfortunately, reality always seems to get in the way, and we must figure out an alternative. So what is the difference between urban and rural prepping?

While it’s true, your chances of survival increase the further away from people you are, but that’s not an option for most people. In fact, some people have no desire to head out to the middle of nowhere.

With that being said, this article is not about which is better, but rather what the differences between rural and urban prepping are.

There is a lot more that goes into moving to a rural area than buying some property and packing the U-Haul truck. There is quite a bit of freedom that comes with living in a rural area, but there is also quite a bit of responsibility. In an urban area, everything is within walking distance and readily available. In a rural area, you need to plan ahead or figure out alternatives.

SPP192 The Difference Between Urban and Rural Prepping

In today’s show, we talked about how your prepping will be different depending on where you live. An urban area will require different supplies and plans than Rural prepping, and a suburban area is a little bit of each.

Picking the Right Prepping Supplies

The supplies you need will be different depending on where you live. In an urban environment you might need something like the Ontario SPAX Tool, a Pry Bar or a Lock Picking Set. In a rural environment bushcraft skills, storing fuel and larger amounts of food and water will be a priority.

In a suburban environment, you will have the best, and worst of both worlds. Because you sit right between urban and rural, and have more storage space, both situations could apply to you. Here is a good video that goes over the differences in prepping supplies for urban and rural.

Urban VS Rural Preparedness

This list is some of the important differences when it comes to urban and rural prepping. Keep in mind, a suburban area could require you to think about all these different areas of preparedness. Your living situation, family size and location will dictate what you need to become better prepared.

Urban: Most people chose to live in or near the city because you are closer to work, and closer to infrastructure. Finances also play a big role.
Rural: Living out in the boonies takes a commitment because EVERYTHING is far away. The trade off is freedom and less people.

 

Urban: In (or near) the city, events like Martial Law and civil unrest are more immediate. You will need to be on high alert, and react quickly.
Rural: In an urban area civil unrest might not be as immediate. Although unlikely, the golden hoard might be headed your way.

 

Urban: In high population areas there are more people. More people = more potential problems. It would be easy to become caught in the middle of something you never saw coming.
Rural: While there are less people, and less potential problems, you might be on your Own. This could be a good or a bad thing depending on the situation.

 

Urban: In the city people are more dependent on Infrastructure. While this is OK now, in a SHTF event there will be more competition and lawlessness.
Rural: In a rural area and some suburbs, there is less infrastructure to utilize. Planning ahead and storing supplies is critical for survival.

 

Urban: Because there are more people, news will travel faster by word of mouth. Be careful about what is really news, and what is rumor.
Rural: In a rural area you might only have a handful of neighbors, and they could be miles apart. The news you do get is more likely to be true though.

 

Urban: With the more people there are in an area, there is an increased risk of disease. This is especially true in a large scale disaster.
Rural: The downside of living in a rural area is there might be less medical help available, and help is further away.

 

Urban: With limited space, storing preparedness supplies is much harder. This requires thinking outside the box a little bit.
Rural: If you live in the middle of nowhere, you will have more room so store supplies, but you also have more property to protect.

 

Urban: In high population areas, bugging out should be a priority. Getting away from people and potential problems could be the difference between life and death.
Rural: If you live in a rural area you are already bugged out, so bugging in should be a priority, especially if you work or travel in or to the city.

 

Urban: In an urban area, clean drinking water could be hard to find. Drinking from a city river could be deadly, but there are ways to find clean water in the city.
Rural: In a rural environment you will need to depend more on mother natures resources, and less on man made resources. 

 

This is just a few of the differences when it comes to rural and urban prepping. Your situation will dictate which of these apply to you, and how you should prepare. This is not to say that people in an urban area don’t need to worry about Martial Law, it just means we need to prioritize the threats we might face.

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What is Prepping? Some Common Misconception’s

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What is Prepping Some Common Misconception’s

NOTE: For anyone who might be reading this that is wondering what prepping really is, this article will explain a few things about who we really are. If all you have heard about prepping is from television and shows like Doomsday Preppers, you might think we are all over the top conspiracy theorists hiding in our bunkers.

The truth is, most of us would never make it on that show (or want to) because we are far too boring. Most of us are just like you, average everyday people, we just choose to prepare for unforeseen events.

What is Prepping…Really

Instead of explaining what prepping really is, it might be better to explain what prepping isn’t. There are quite a few misconceptions out there, and because television networks need rating, they make the most extreme cases seem mainstream.

Everyone is Different

Not everyone who is interested in preparedness is the same. Some of us are business men and women, some are doctors, lawyers or factory workers. The majority of us don’t live in the middle of nowhere, doing shooting drills with our AR15’s, wearing full tactical gear…although some of us wish we could.

We are Not “Scared”

There is a different between being afraid, and being fearful. We prepare because we fear something could happen, and we want to be confident we can protect our family and ourselves if it does.

We Don’t Hope For a Disaster

The truth is, most of us hope nothing like this ever happens, and we hope we never have to use what we have in that type of situation. Prepping is about much more than beans and rice.

Conspiracy Theory Isn’t Prepping

While there is no shortage of conspiracy theorist involved in prepping (my wife included) That isn’t (or shouldn’t be) the main reason for becoming prepared. It’s also important not to disregard everything as conspiracy theory just because the mainstream media tells you it is.

Fear Based Marketing

This type of marketing really gives preppers a bad name. This type of marketing preys on your fears, and makes you think the world is going to end tomorrow unless you buy their product. If you ever run across something like this, do yourself a favor and run. I have a guide that is ABSOLUTELY FREE, and has more information than these.

The Different Types of Prepping

Another misconception about prepping is that all preppers have a house full of supplies, and we are all preparing for the world to end. The truth is, everyone prepares for different event, and stores different supplies. Some people prepare for natural disaster, some for larger scale disasters, and some just want a little extra food and water just in case.

FEMA on Steroids

The only difference between preppers and some of these federal organizations is that we take emergency preparedness to the next level. Having food and water stored for 3 days is great, but some disaster scenarios call for more than that.

SPP191 What is Prepping? Some Common Misconception’s

In this weeks Survivalist Prepper Show, Lisa and I talked about some misconceptions about prepping, and how we are not all the same. We also talked about if there are some things we could be overreacting to a bit, and even whether or not stashing cash is a good idea.

Are We Overreacting

Is a “Mad Max” scenario possible in America? Although unlikely, in extreme cases it could be. The power grid going down could set us back 100 years, and reduce the population by 90%. With that being said,  we are a developed country, and would begin to rebuild fairly quickly.

The average person might think that preppers are overreacting because most people are reactionary, most people wait until something bad happens before they act. Preppers are proactive and plan in advance because we see how bad things are getting. This doesn’t just include nuclear bombs and terrorist attacks, this includes the economy, personal finances, natural disasters and  planning for a better future.

In short, I think sometimes we do overreact, but for good reason. I would rather overreact and be wrong, than not prepare at all and be wrong.

Also From the Show…

During this weeks podcast we also talked about avoiding prepper burnout and whether stashing cash is a good idea or not.

Prepper Burnout: At one point or another we are all going to go through this, and how we handle this is crucial.  There are quite a few ways to handle prepper burnout, but the easiest way is to avoid it in the first place. I have an all or nothing personality, I tend to keep going until my gas tank is empty…I’m learning to pace myself a little better.

Sometimes money gets in the way, and sometimes life gets in the way. Learning new skills is free, and focusing on hobbies we enjoy will help get that fire burning again. At times it can seem like we have so much to do and no time to do it, but sometimes we need to give ourselves a break.

Stashing Cash: One question I hear quite a bit in the preparedness community is whether or not to keep your money in the bank. I think there are 2 sides to this coin. The money we have in the bank could disappear instantly because of hackers or an economic collapse. On the other hand stashing cash at home could make us a target.

I’m not sure if there is a “right” answer to this because they both pose a risk, but this thread from the SurvivalistBoards forum will give you some idea’s if you decide to stash some cash.

The Giveaway is Ending Soon!

There is only one week left to get your entries into the Survivalist Prepper Giveaway. We have some great prizes this month, and you can enter here. Watch the video below and see what we are giving away this month…

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To Prep or Not to Prep: Do You Really Need That?

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To Prep or Not to Prep: Do You Really Need That?The more you research prepping, the more you begin to see that even though the basics of preparedness are fairly simple, there are literally thousands of things you can buy. The dilemma comes in when we are deciding what to prep, and what not to prep.

This can be especially difficult when you first get interested in preparedness. The more you read, the bigger your “must haves” list gets. Pretty soon, the essentials like food and water are on the bottom of that list.

We all fall for the “shiny object” now and then (I certainly do), and we can always rationalize needing one thing or another. The truth is, if we purchased everything we thought we needed, or everything we wanted, we would need to rent out a warehouse.

prepper or hoarderSince most of us don’t have the money to rent a warehouse, our home would start to look like something from the “Hoarders” TV show. Eventually we would have so much stuff that we wouldn’t be able to find something we needed when we needed it.

The same holds true for some of the prepping supplies that might be useful. Yes, having a year’s supply of toilet paper would be great to have, but could the room you use to store it, and the money you spend on it be used for more important supplies?

SPP190 To Prep or Not to Prep: Do You Really Need That?

This week Lisa and I talked about some of these prepping supplies that we hear about all the time, and how to decide if they fit into your preparedness plan.

We found this article on APN (American Prepper Network) that was written by Stephanie Doyle. She also has her blog “The Home Front” where she writes quite a bit about homesteading. In this article Stephanie goes over some of the supplies she does not stockpile, and explains why.

Her list includes items like storing a years worth of toilet paper, owning dogs for home security and storing paper plates. A couple of the other ones stood out to me because they are somewhat controversial in the prepper community.

Gold and Silver: This is a hot topic in the prepper community, with some good points on both sides of the argument. Stephanie made some good points about how investing in gold and silver is just that, an investment. If you need to get to your bug out location, what is going to be more valuable, an ounce of gold? Or a gallon of gas?

Barter Supplies: Another big topic in the preparedness community is bartering supplies. I can actually see how both sides of this argument are right. If you are preparing, you shouldn’t need to barter anything. On the other side of the coin, having supplies to barter with might get you out of some though situations.

Take Care of the Basics First

take care of the basicsI am in the process of writing a beginners prepping checklist, and in that I talk about filtering out the noise and taking care of the basics before you tackle any of the bigger projects. While having all these other supplies, and the survival skills are important, they mean nothing if we don’t have food and water.

Sometimes we overthink prepping a little bit, and sometimes we just want to do the fun stuff and not the important stuff. I am guilty of this myself. Sometimes I have to remind myself that food is more important than a new fixed blade knife.

Storing bulk foods fits into this category as well. Yes, having buckets of grain, rice and beans is a great way to build your food storage, but if you don’t know how to use it you might as well wait until you do. For now, work on getting your food storage supply up to 6 months with pantry foods, or even long term dehydrated meals.

Don’t Store it Until you Learn it

When we think about some of the disaster scenarios that are possible, and how we would handle them, we can stat traveling down a rabbit hole and forget about the important stuff. I love learning about bushcraft and how solar power works, but sometimes I need to reset my priorities.

A large scale solar setup can get pretty expensive. If I purchased everything I needed right now, it would probably sit in my garage until I figured out how to put everything together. I plan on doing some pressure canning this summer, but I need to do my homework first, before I go out and spend money on stuff I “think” I need.

When it comes to prepping there are literally hundreds of things we need, might need or we justify needing. Sometimes these supplies come with the caveat of learning the skill before we need the supplies.

Pick Your Poison

spinning too many platesWhen it comes to prepping there are literally hundreds of things we need, might need or we justify needing. There’s only so much time in the day, and if we put too much on our plate we are bound to burn out.  I think of this like spinning plates, the more plates we have in the air, the more likely everything will come crashing down.

When I am learning something new about preparedness I TRY to stay focused on that project, I call this “Just In Time Learning”. This summer I plan on learning about pressure canning, so I need to TRY and not get distracted by something else I HAVE to learn, or something I just HAVE to try.

Do I need it? Or just really want it?

To be honest, I fall for this on a daily basis, and I bet most of you do as well. Everywhere we look there is someone trying to sell something that we really don’t need…but we REALLY want it.

What I try to do is make myself wait. Usually if you give yourself time to think about something, rather than impulsively hitting the buy it now button, you think more rationally about it. This is the same principal grocery stores use at the checkout line, you really didn’t need that bag of beef jerky, but it just looks so good!

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3VGear Bug Out Bag’s Interview and Giveaway

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3VGear Bug Out Bag’s Interview and GiveawayThis week in the Survivalist Prepper Podcast I had the pleasure of talking with Dan from 3VGear.com about their product line of bug out bags. When you think about bug out bags or everyday carry bags, there are probably a few names that come to mind before you think about 3V Gear. This might even be the first time some of you have heard about them.

3V Gear gets its name from the phrase “Veni, Vidi Vici,” which is Latin for “I came, I saw, I conquered”. As you continue reading you will find out why them being a smaller company is a good thing. With some of the bigger companies you are paying for the name, and to them you’re just a credit card number. At 3VGear you can get a high quality bag at around half the price… and get treated like a real life human being.

When it comes to prepping supplies, bug out bags are right at the top of everyone’s list. With so many different types to choose from, it can be a tough choice to make. You have hiking backpacks, Military style backpacks, low cost back packs and cheap backpacks. Along with that, other things that need to be considered are: price, space, compartments, comfort and durability. These all play a big role when picking your bug out bag.

Anyone who has put together a bug out bag knows that it can get pretty expensive when you start putting together all the pieces. While the quality of a bug out bag should be a huge consideration, if you can’t afford all the supplies you need in it, you’re not really prepared at all.

SPP190 3VGear Bug Out Bag’s Interview and Giveaway

Here are a few of the topics I talked about with Dan this week. To get a real understanding about what a good product these bug out bags are, make sure and listen. We are also going to be giving away 2 of these bug out bags. Dan is sending me the Paratus 3 Operators Pack (Latin for prepared) to review and give away to our YouTube subscribers.

And along with the other prizes we are giving away in this month’s Survivalist Prepper Contest, Dan is donating one of his Velox II Tactical Assault Packs.

Like I said, the folks at 3V Gear value their customers, and will treat you like a real person. If you have any questions that weren’t answered in the show just send them an email, or give them a call by using the phone number at the top of their website.

From the Show…

  • With all the other companies out there selling bug out bags, Dan explained what sets 3V Gear apart from them, and what has kept them in business for over 5 years.
  • We talked about how these bags are for people just getting into prepping, as well as people who have been doing this for a while.
  • Space, comfort, and durability all play a big role when picking a bug out bag. We talked about some of the features of the different bags and how they apply to bugging out.
  • Which is better, a smaller bag (so I can’t pack it with 100lbs) or a larger bag where I have more options? We went over the features of each bag, and which bag would be good for which situation.
  • I asked Dan what type and size of bag would you recommend for an EDC, and what bag was his favorite.
  • Physical fitness plays a big role when you are thinking about a bug out scenario. We talked about how to increase your fitness level, and determining the type of bag that works for you.
  • I also asked Dan what he carries. At one point or another he has used all these bags for different reasons.
  • We talked about the Paratus 3 Day Operators Pack (which I think might be your most popular with preppers) and the giveaway I will be doing on YouTube.

The Survivalist Prepper Giveaway

Along with the Velox II Dan is giving away, we are also going to add a few more items to this month’s giveaway. Here is a list of the other prizes, and you can enter the contest here.

  •  3VGear Velox II
  • 2 Blaze Charcoal Brick Packs
  • 2 MicroFire SOG
  • 2 AquaTabs
  • 2 BOB FAK
  • Sara’s New Book

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