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As 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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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Who’s really got the power in America? Most people are living in an alternate reality created by those with the biggest platforms.
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The 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.
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.
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 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.
I’m excited to announce that my new book is out. The Prepper’s Canning Guide: Affordably Stockpile a Lifesaving Supply of Nutritious, Delicious, Shelf-Stable Foods is now available on Amazon.
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For 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
Healthy, frugal winter produce. Does that sound like an oxymoron to you?
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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.
Since 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?
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.
I 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.
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.
When 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.
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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Sargento has issued a massive recall on cheese due to possible contamination with listeria.
The affected products are:
EDIT: The recall list has been updated to include these additional products:
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A lot of people are choosing non-dairy milk options because they are lactose intolerant. It seems to be ancestral, according to the US National Library of Medicine (1),
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This 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.
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.
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.
After five years of drought, a new disaster faces Northern California: the imminent collapse of the Oroville Spillway.
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In early November I did a video about what to expect after the winner of the Clinton/Trump election was announced. In that video, I talked about how my preparedness plans would change depending on who won the election.
While I was right about how the people would react to a Trump election, I completely underestimated the lengths that the main stream media and the establishment would sink to discredit a fairly elected president of the United States of America.
Now that the dust has settled a bit, we are starting to get a clearer picture of how things might unfold over the next 4 years. All of this has caused me to reassess my prepping priorities. While my main concern remains an economic collapse, there are other issues that might need a little extra consideration at this point in time.
It seems that more than ever our nation is divided. Not divided by race or social class, but more by political affiliation. I think this is the result of not really having big issues to worry about. Life is good in America, and it’s been 75 years since WW2, so most people alive today have no idea what a real national crisis is.
Generally speaking, Americans are spoiled. Our small issues become big issues because we don’t have any big issues to be concerned about. I understand that something like a job loos can be a big issue, but it pales in comparison to WW3.
These days, the mainstream media can literally dictate American sentiment. From our education system, to what we watch on TV, everything is geared towards socialism. If you read Alt Right media, you are labeled a “white supremacists”, and because Donald Trump is so polarizing he gets labeled as “Hitleresque” by the MSM, and people who have no idea who Hitler really was.
Another problem is social media and all the keyboard warriors out there. Everyone can have a voice in the conversation, and their opinions become their facts. Public sentiment has become more important than facts, and everyone is guilty until proven innocent because of this.
In this weeks show we talked about how our preparedness plans have changed, and some concerns I have in the short term, along with some that might be long term. We went into much more detail about these in the show, but here is a list of what we talked about.
For those of you that know me, an economic collapse has always been a top priority when it comes to prepping. While that remains a MAJOR concern of mine, there are a few disaster scenarios that have moved up on my threat assessment scale.
With everything going on these days, and everyone just waiting for something to protest, civil unrest has become one of my top prepping priorities. The protests themselves don’t concern me, the fact that 90% of these “peaceful protests” turn into riots does.
Free speech only applies if you agree with the main stream, and it is becoming increasingly obvious that there are people behind the scenes stirring the pot. Hopefully I’m wrong, but I can see this situation escalating and becoming a bigger danger.
Situational Awareness: Anything can happen at any time, and we need to be ready for it to happen. This article from BearingArms talks about avoiding riots, having everyday carry items and the OODA Loop Lisa mentioned in the show.
Martial Law: With all the
protests riots going on, lead by the extreme left, Martial Law being enacted is a very real possibility. If this continues, it’s only a matter of time before the right stands up to have their voice heard. This could lead to major clashes, especially if you live in urban areas.
Civil War: I don’t think that a Civil War would necessarily look like “The Civil War” looked like, but over time it could become that. Some would argue that we are already in the early stages of a civil war, and I can’t say I totally disagree. This country was created with checks and balances, and needs both Democrats and Republicans to survive. If one side or the other gains too much power, our republic will cease to exist.
Like it or not, President Trump is not one to sit back and let someone take advantage of this country. In the show I talked about how we cant just sit back and let a bully take our lunch money day in and day out, and that’s what we have been doing. Eventually we need to just punch the bully in the mouth, because if we don’t pretty soon it’s not just your lunch money they want.
Iran and North Korea: No one in their right mind wants to escalate the situations in Iran and North Korea, and I am not advocating for that. At the same time, these countries are powder kegs, and just like the national debt, the more we ignore it, the bigger the problem gets.
Nuclear Conflicts: We all hope nothing like this never happens, but the reality is that some really bad people have access to nuclear weapons. On top of that, most of these countries don’t really like the United States and have these weapons pointed at us or our allies.
The Friend of My Enemy: I’ve talked about Iran and North Korea quite a bit, but Russia will always be a wild card, and China is sitting back quietly, waiting to take our place at the top of the hill. My point is that just because someone is “on our side” right now doesn’t mean that can’t change very quickly. It seems that the lines are being drawn, and sides are being picked for the next world war.
An economic collapse will always be high on my preparedness radar, at least until it finally collapses. I don’t know enough about the money manipulation and the games being played behind the scenes to know exactly when this will happen, but I do know it eventually will.
Even more concerning is that people seem to be more concerned about a refugee being inconvenienced at an airport, than the economic problems that will eventually directly affect everyone single of us.
Too Far Gone: The idea that a president can fix everything is ridiculous. The president can submit a budget, but it’s up to the house and senate to pass budget resolutions. These people are in the business of getting reelected, and telling people they can’t have something they can’t afford is a sure fire way of losing an election. Americans want their toys and lifestyle, whether they can afford it or not.
The Big Questions: We don’t know how Trumps economic policies are going to pan out. I think most of us are pretty hopeful, but even if he is the most successful US president in history, it will only be a drop in the bucket. The best we can hope for is to have a little extra money in our pockets, and use that to prepare for the inevitable.
Facing Reality: As I said earlier, if a politician were to say “we need to tighten our belts, and make some sacrifices” they would be run out of office. No one wants to face reality because they don’t need to. If you don’t pay for your home or your car, they take it. People think that the national debt is the politicians problem, even though most Americans would never elect someone that REALLY wanted to fix the problem.
The US power grid has been and continues to be a huge problem, and the average American doesn’t even realize it. Most people think of a power outage as an inconvenience that denies them use of their phones and the internet. But the reality is, that would be the least of our problems.
In a large scale power outage the supply lines would be affects, our digital currency would be useless and even something as simple as no traffic lights could create massive problems. If we had to go without electricity for more than a month, the results would literally be catastrophic.
EMP/CME: In this article I talked about how probable an EMP is, and in this one I went over preparing for a CME. Both of these should be important to preppers because it would change our lives. There would be no flipping the breaker to get the lights back on, it could mean a lengthy rebuilding process of the power grid.
Cyber Attacks: There has been a major uproar lately about “Russian hacking”, but the reality is hacking someones Gmail account doesn’t take a tech genius. Could you imagine if Wall Street was hacked? Could you imagine if critical parts of our infrastructure were hacked and shut down? Cyber Warfare is no longer science fiction…it’s science fact.
Terrorism: The face of terrorism is always changing, and we need to be proactive about it, not reactive. Terrorists are always looking for the easiest way to do the most amount of damage, and I guarantee attacking our power grid is on their minds. I’m actually surprised this hasn’t happened in a European country yet because it’s so easy for terrorists to infiltrate their society.
This list is how likely I feel some of these disaster scenarios are, and how my prepping priorities have changed. However, this does not mean I take any of these threats less serious than the others. We always need to expect the unexpected, and watch for the curve ball. If we focus too much on one area we are bound to get blindsided by something we should have seen coming.
There are also quite a few other disaster scenarios that I didn’t put on this list, like natural disasters, and disasters that hit closer to home like death, illness and job loss. If you have anything you would add to the list, let me know in the comments below…
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We hear all the time about bugging out and what we should have in our bug out bags. The reality is none of us want to leave all the prepping supplies we have behind, and limit ourselves to what we can carry on our backs. This week we talked about tips for successfully bugging in, and not having to leave everything we own behind.
For most of us it would take quite a lot for us to actually leave the comfort of our homes. For most of us it would laterally have to be a life or death situation. There are however precautions we must consider to successfully bug in, and steps we need to take to keep ourselves as safe as possible.
This week in the show Lisa and I talked about some reasons why we would want to bug in, some reasons why we might still need to bug out, and some things we need to consider regardless what decisions we make.
Here are a few of the talking points we discussed in the show this week…
Why you would want to bug in: Here is an article from ThePrepperJournal that goes over some reasons why bugging out might not be your best option.
Planning: Getting everyone home might be the biggest challenge you face, especially if someone is 500 miles away. These people that will be traveling long distances need to understand things like leaving at the right time, safely traveling, no gps, sleeping on the road etc.
Out of Our Hands: All we can do is try to teach them about bugging in now, because you will be dependent on them to make the decisions at that point. We will be completely in the dark, and hoping everything is going ok with the people traveling to us.
Plan B: Bug Out Location If something is bad enough you need to bug in, eventually having to bug out is a very real possibility. Depending on the disaster scenario, things can change very quickly, and we need to be ready to react.
Bug Out Alternatives: This doesn’t have to be the typical “BOL” we all think about, it can be friends or family’s homes, or these could also be “pit stops” you take along the way to a predetermined location.
Bugging in Viability: Make sure you have the right amount of supplies for a determined amount of time. Make sure you have the ability to defend what you have from people looking to take advantage of you.
Survival files: For those people who just don’t want to hear about prepping you could dd PDF’s to their phones that have travel direction’s, alternative routes, Survival guides or anything pertinent. Hopefully they would never have to look at these, but they would be a lifesaver in a bugging in situation.
Close to Home: Your neighbors will be freaking out, how will you handle that? If you become a recluse they will become curious, if you are too open with them you might become a target. This is a tough situation, but one that we will all be in.
Everyone on the Same Page: In a Bug in situation you will need to start the planning discussions right off the bat. We might understand what needs to happen, but we need to make sure everyone else understands as well. Questions like “What we do when” or “What if” need to be discussed.
Sanitation: Cleanliness and hygiene are not going to be as easy to tackle as they are today, and the doctors won’t be around if we do get sick. Make sure and have the supplies needed for sanitation, and make sure everyone understands the new rules.
Communications: In a complete grid down scenario long range radio might not be an option, but radios for short range communications like 2 way radios or Ham radios are a good idea to have. If someone needs to do reconnaissance, or go out scouting, you want to be able to contact them if needed.
Home Defense: If we choose to bug in, defending our property and supplies will be just as important as having them in the first place. This is another reason why having a group is better than going it alone. No one can do everything, and having a few more sets of eyes and hands will only increase your preparedness level.
A Good Prepping Library: They might not be listening to your prepping plans today, but they will be all ears is something bad happens. A good prepping library will help you when you are trying to teach them about that needs to be done.
Entertainment Items: Keeping everyone as happy as possible is going to be more important than we think. Not only is moral important, but too much down time and boredom can lead to lack of focus and mistakes. Music, games and books are also a way for people to escape from reality, even for just a little bit.
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When it comes to SHTF cooking options for preppers there are quite a few options available. On the other side of that coin, there are many options that won’t be available to us in an off the grid situation, and many precautions we will need to take.
As preppers we need to not only think about how we are going to cook our food in a SHTF situation, but how we are going to do it without ringing the dinner bell for the entire neighborhood. We don’t give this much thought these days because when a neighbor smells us grilling outside, they don’t come running over.
In any sort of disaster situation that could be different. In a smaller situation like a power outage, it could be the inconvenience of having to turn people away. In a larger situation turning those people away will create resentment and enemies.
This week in the show we talked about how to handle situations like these, and some cooking options we might have as preppers. We also talked about how our diet will change in an off the grid situation, and how what we do now will determine what we eat then.
If you look at what’s going on in Venezuela you see that when availability of food is limited, the people with it become powerful, and the people without food have no choice but to bend to their will. Criminals would be stealing food rather than televisions and cars, and drug dealers would be dealing food rather than cocaine and heroin.
Cooking Smells: I think of this like attracting the zombies. In the movies if you make any noise the zombies focus their attention on you. When you’re cooking in an off the grid situation, the real life zombies will be hungry (not just for brains) and follow that aroma back to you.
Smoke Signals: If you light a roaring camp fire, the odds are you will be giving off smoke signals to your neighbors and ringing the dinner bell. To avoid this use alternative cooking methods, or cook foods that won’t give off smoke.
Trash Removal: If you have a bunch of tin cans or long term food storage packaging laying around, people will know you have food long after you have been cooking. Burning your trash is probably not a good option, but burying it will keep it out of sight, and out of mind.
What You Cook: The different types of foods you cook, types of spices you use and how you cook it will all matter in an SHTF scenario. Boiling some Legacy food might not give off much of an aroma, but cooking it on a wood fire will. This is the main reason I love the Sun Oven so much.
Our idea of what breakfast lunch and dinner are might (and probably will) change. If you look at what you have right now that doesn’t require refrigeration, and think about how you would cook it, you will see how your diet will change. The odds are you won’t be grilling a lot of meat, you won’t have milk or all the condiments in your refrigerator door.
When Good Food Goes Bad: I the show we talked about what you would need to do with food in your refrigerator. Most people will be having a “neighborhood BBQ” and we debated whether you should, or should not participate. You could also figure out a way to preserve that food as much as possible.
Neighborhood Cook Off: Participation in a neighborhood cook off would be a way of extending the olive branch to your neighbors. If you do this, make sure you are not giving out too much information. Make your neighbors think you are in the same boat as them.
Preserving Food: The first day or two after a disaster might be the safest time to get this done. Dehydrating, smoking or canning the meat in your freezer will extend their shelf lives… Just don’t let your neighbors see you doing it. Digging a hole and making a small root cellar could extend the shelf lives of some refrigerator foods as well.
Dinner Time? It might be a good idea to change when you cook. People are used to eating breakfast early in the morning, so think about cooking before they wake up. You could also wait until very late to cook dinner, although cooking at midnight could put you at a disadvantage because someone could sneak up to your house in the dark.
There will be no more fast food, no more convenience stores or prepackaged frozen meals to cook. For most people this is going to be a huge adjustment, but as preppers we should be ready for this. Having food storage is one thing, knowing how to use it is another.
Below is a list of off the grid cooking options we might have available, but the most important part of this is knowing how to cook it. Knowing how to make bread, or knowing how to put together a soup is just as important as having these ingredients stored.
Long Term Food (Dehydrated Food): The easiest solution (for several reasons) is long term food. While this isn’t a “cooking method” this can be cooked using any of the methods listed below. We sell the Legacy Food Storage products at the SHTFShop.com and they are great for cooking without alerting the neighborhood.
DIY Cooking Ideas: There are quite a few DIY cooking ideas like the Dakota Fire Pit, Yukon Stove, and the Rocket Stove. You can probably find a hundred ideas on YouTube and even come up with a few on your own.
Sterno Fuel: There are very few indoor cooking options available when it comes to cooking off the grid. Sterno fuel won’t create enough heat to cook a steak, but you can heat up soups, long term food or a can of beans.
Camp Stoves: There are quite a few options when it comes to camp stoves. The first that probably comes to everyone mind is the Coleman stove. There are also folding camp stoves, and small butane hiking stoves.
Blaze Charcoal: I recently teamed up with Expedition Research and started selling these Blaze Grills. These are a great off the grid option because they are smokeless and give off no smell. For more information on these watch this video.
Propane Grill: Most of us probably have a propane grill in the back yard or deck. These are great, but unless they are completely clean, they will give off that grilling smell. It’s also a good idea to get an extra tank (or 2) of propane for these.
All American Sun Oven: This is by far my favorite off the grid cooking option. The only fuel you need is the sun, you can cook just about anything in a Sun Oven, and they don’t give off a cooking smell. You can even boil water in a Sun Oven. You can use this link to get $70 off.
Hot Plates: These are another indoor cooking option, although not a very efficient one. Hot plates are high energy and would require a good solar setup, or the use of a generator. If you are trying to be “incognito” cranking on the generator is never a good idea, and I would save my solar energy for other uses.
Wood Stoves: If you happen to have a wood burning stove, or have the money to get one, they are fantastic. They can be used to heat your home and cook dinner at the same time. Keep in mind that a wood burning stove will give off a large amount of smoke.
Thermal Cookers: From what I’ve read these seem to be a great option for cooking indoors, saving energy and even just keeping food warm. All you need to do is bring your food to a boil, and then place it in the thermal cooker to finish cooking it. I just purchased one and will be reviewing it in the near future.
Candles: Regular candles and even tea blight candles can be used to heat food up, but are not very hot or efficient. It would probably take quite a while to heat a can of soup with a tealight candle, but it’s better than nothing.
Lantern Cooker: Another indoor cooking option is a lantern cooker. This is basically an oil lantern that has a little cooking pot attached to the top. This is a great multipurpose item that will light a room while heating up some soup.
There are quite a few options available for cooking off the grid, and there are quite a few precautions we need to consider as well. Understanding when we can safely cook, and how we can safely cook in a SHTF situation is critical to keeping our family safe, and keeping the zombies away.
When it comes to prepping, the longer you do it, the more supplies and food storage you are going to have. We wanted to do the show this week on storage problems & solutions for peppers this week because accumulating all this stuff is the easy part, making sure it doesn’t expire is a little harder.
Depending on who you are, one of the hardest things to do (correctly anyway) is keeping everything organized. Food get’s lost in the back of the cabinet, and supplies seem to run off, and not be where you remember leaving them.
If you have been building up your supplies and food storage for a year or more, you know how easy it is to become disorganized and over whelmed. If you are one of the OCD type people, lucky you! I am not that lucky though…but I do try. With that being said, there are some things I do like inventory and rotation that force me to be a little more OCD.
In this weeks show Lisa and I talked about quite a few storage problems preppers face, as well as some solutions for our storage problems. We talked about some supplies that have long shelf lives, proper storage conditions, life without refrigeration and much more.
Shelving Units: If you are renting an apartment or plan on moving, building a shelving unit might not be your best option. There are quite a few options available if you need something more temporary or movable storage options.
Using Space Wisely: Storing large amounts in small places can be a challenge. Another challenge with this is that if you stuff your closet full, it’s going to be a SHTF event in itself just getting to what you need.
Your Spouse: Keeping the spouse happy is one of the most important parts about storage…especially if they are not on board with prepping. You might think that you have everything set up perfectly, but if they don’t it really doesn’t matter.
Organization: Filling your pantry can be an invitation for chaos. Mention Lisa’s step stool and other ideas. Side shelf refrigerator
Remove it: One thing I am really bad at (because it feels like throwing away money) is throwing out expired food. Don’t be afraid to throw stuff out or use it. If you are never going to use it, you might as well throw it out to free up space, and do a better job on rotation next time around.
Long Term Foods: For people who don’t have a lot of room, or people who just don’t want to deal with the challenges that come with food storage, long term food is also an option. We sell Legacy Food Storage products at the SHTFShop.com. These are easy to store and offer a 25 year shelf life.
Wasting Money: If you have no way of keeping your refrigerator running during a power outage, don’t waste your money filling your freezer with steak and chicken. Instead, learn skills like canning and dehydrating. Focus on alternatives to refrigeration.
Stable Foods: Some refrigerator foods have a very long shelf life when refrigerated. Garlic, salad dressings, yeast, condiments etc. can all last a year or longer. This is great for food storage reasons, but without refrigeration the number drops to zero.
Pre Refrigeration Storage: Some of these same refrigerator foods don’t need refrigeration until they are opened. If you use a lot of ketchup, go ahead and stock up, but once it’s opened the clock starts ticking faster. Also pay attention to where the grocery store puts it. Velveeta, salad dressings and mayonnaise all go on shelves, not in the refrigerated section.
Treat Your House Like a Grocery Store: we know that grocery stores carry a limited stock because in order to reduce costs they need to sell products quickly. FIFO (first in, first out) is the method they use to go through inventory the way it came in. A store only buys what it thinks it can sell, so store what you eat proportional to how often you eat it.
Warehousing: Shelving units (storage areas) is like a stores warehouse, and your pantry is like stocking the front of the store. Once your food hits the pantry it should gets used or thrown away. It’s much easier to restock a storage area where everything is more organized, than a pantry where things can get moved around.
Everything Has a Home: I have a major problem with this, and I know I’m not alone. Remember to put things back when your done with them. Having a bunch of flashlights is great, but if you can’t find the batteries they are useless. Make sure everyone else in the house understands this too!
Storage Ideas: Keeping everything in one place will make your life a lot easier. Plastic storage totes (or similar storage systems) will help you to organize supplies. I use these for my power outage supplies, and other prepping supplies that I want to keep in the same place.
Know What you Have: It’s important to do a detailed inventory at least twice a year, and a less detailed inventory monthly if possible. The smaller inventory will help with your shopping lists, and the larger (detailed) one will reduce waste from expired food. Here are a few lists that will help with your inventory and rotation of you prepping supplies.
Nothing Lasts Forever: Some supplies will last for years, like batteries or even water. These supplies pose a challenge because we have a tendency to “set it and forget it”. Water might last forever, but the container you put it in won’t. Rechargeable batteries have a long shelf life, but will slowly lose their charge over time. Keep these supplies in mind when you do your bi yearly inventory.
Follow the Rules: Most people don’t pay a lot of attention to how they store supplies, but as preppers we are always trying to maximize shelf life…and then some. Pay attention to best storage practices on each of these products to get the most out of them.
As I mentioned in the podcast, Expedition Research and I have teamed up on an off the grid and camping cooking option for preppers. There are quite a few options available when it comes to off the grid cooking, and this charcoal grill isn’t meant to be a replacement, it’s a way to add another cooking option.
Here is a short review video on the grill, and then I’ll be doing a few videos in the near future that are more in depth about how this works, and why it is a great option for off the grid cooking.
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Prepping is made up of many different aspects of life, and Bushcraft is one of them. You don’t need to be a Navy Seal to understand tactics and defense. You don’t need to be the CEO of a fortune 500 company to invest in gold and silver, and you don’t need to 30 days in the wild to understand Bushcraft.
As preppers all we need to do is take the advice from people who have done these things, and incorporate them into our prepping plans as we see fit. Today in the show I talked to Shawn who does take Bushcraft seriously, and he talked about the aspects of wilderness survival that are important to preppers.
In this show we tried to cover as many topics as possible, and it’s pretty hard to do. This show is general information about Bushcraft for preppers. We plan on digging deeper into these topics and how Bushcraft applies to the 5 areas of preparedness in the future.
Here are some notes that Shawn put together for the show this week. If you do have any questions or comments, just leave them at the end of this article.
Definition of Bushcraft by Horace Kephart
– The Art of Getting along well in the wilderness by utilizing natures storehouse. –
“A good woodsman must be able to- enter the wilderness, with no outfit other than what’s carried by horse, canoe, or his back, and find his way without man made marks to guide him; they must know the habits and properties of trees and plants, the ways of catching and dressing fish and game, and cooking them over a fire. They must know how to build adequate shelter against wind and rain, and keep himself warm through the bitter nights of winter.”
In the show I asked Shawn what tools he considers a must have. He also mentioned how you should conserve your tools as much as possible. Try to use other resources whenever you can. You can also keep your tools oiled with cooking oil, and try to keep your tools sharp. A sharp knife is much safer than a dull knife.
Axe/ Hatchet: primary tool for Processing firewood, planks, shelter, wood carving, field dressing wild game and other common cutting tasks. You will want it to have an 18″-20 handle minimum, 26-28″ for large axe. Use Wedges whenever possible to extend the lifespan of your axe.
Belt Knife: primary use is skinning, cutting meat, prepping food. Secondary use is cutting sticks & Fine carving, processing smaller size wood. The blade should be about 5 or 6″ long, high carbon steel, full tang, no exaggerated point needed, sharp 90 angle usually on spine for fire and wood shavings, 1/8″ or 3/16 thick.
Jack Knife/ Carving Knife: This could be a Folding knife, or multitool with good blade that you always have in your pocket. Frontiersman used folding knife as primary whittling knife, but a separate knife specific to woodcarving is great to have. Mora makes excellent knives for carving. Can be stainless, but still prefer carbon because they hold their edge better.
Saw: These are safer and easier than axe and are an essential tool, especially in winter. I prefer metal bowsaw for camp with interchangeable blades. A wood bucksaw can be made. Some people also prefer the folding saws for on the trail like the silky or Bahco. Here is a comparison of 3 folding saw and how well they work.
Sewing Awl/ Scratch Awl/ Crooked Awl: High traded items in frontier times. Useful for drilling and poking holes in bark, canvas, leather, clothing. Needles and thread are hard to remake in the wild, so always have some with you. Speedy stitcher, extra needles and thread, sail needles, and a steel crooked awl.
There are many ways to get a fire started including a sun glass, flint & steel, a ferro rod, a mag bar and even a Bic Lighter.
Try to use your most precious resource last. This meas that if you have a Bic lighter, try to get your fire started with a ferro rod, and save that fuel for later when it might be crucial.
Sun Glass: This can be eye glasses, compass, camera lens, frenzel lense or a magnifying glass. This can be a tough way to start a fire and requires direct sunlight.
Flint & Steel: This could be a specific kit you have, a knife or any high carbon steel used with Quartz or Flint. works well with dry birds nest & char cloth or fatwood shavings. (see below)
Ferro Rod: Using a ferro rod takes practice. It should take 2 or 3 strikes as a goal to get a spark to catch. use the ferro rod with a separate striker or sharp 90 degree edge on back (spine) of knife or other piece of carbon steel. use dry birds nest, char cloth, fatwood or charcoal from punk wood to make this method easier.
Lighter: A full size Bic cant be beat, it’s easy to use, easy to store and when all else fails you’ll be glad you have it. You’ll want to know other methods of starting a fire, but always have a Bic (not a cheap lighter) with you just in case.
Fatwood: This is from the resin collecting part of tree. It is a darker orange color, very flammable and smells like turpentine or pine sol. Collect whenever possible to use in the future. Use shavings as tinder, and sticks as kindling. Found in lower branch crooks, root balls, and dead stumps. watch for stumps as wasp nests.
Punk Wood: Dead & rotten part of tree. Works best when feels spongy and will compress between fingers, but it doesn’t crumble apart. Can be used just like char cloth to make char coal, even works well as is.
Char Cloth: To make char cloth you need some100% cotton material. The way it works is you put the char cloth in a tin and starve it of oxygen. Then you cook it until smoke stops coming from the tin. I did this video to explain more about how char cloth works.
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There is a lot of debate in the preparedness community about how people will react in any sort of SHTF scenario or crisis. This week we talked about how people will become the X factor in a crisis, and how people can either make a bad situation even worse, or a little better.
You have no doubt heard the scenario where a woman and her children come to the door asking for food, while her husband is hiding around the corner waiting in ambush. While this situation is certainly possible, we need to take into consideration other situations that aren’t so obvious.
People as a whole are pretty predictable, and these disaster scenarios are also fairly predictable. Things get a little more complicated when you start to look at these events and how people will react on a smaller scale, or an individual level.
In this week’s show Lisa and I went over some things to look for and expect with people in any sort of disaster situation, and even events that are not large scale “Mad Max” type situations. As we see on Black Friday every year, it doesn’t take much for people to lose their minds…especially when there is a group of them.
We also wanted to make the point this week that it’s not always about people reacting badly. People will create communities and look for support because people need people. It is our responsibility to figure out who might be an asset to our situation, and who might be a threat to our survival.
People can be boiled down to 3 categories. Some are leaders, some are followers and some are just plain turds. While all of us probably have a little of each of these quality’s is us, the majority of our character is made up of one of these.
Leaders: We all have the ability to be a leader in us, it’s just that some of us are more reluctant than others. It’s also important to remember that being a leader doesn’t mean being a good guy, a turd can be a leader as well. But as the saying goes “A polished turd is still a turd”
A good leader is usually someone with a high moral compass, and someone who is looking out for everyone in the group. A good leader is also a good listener and makes decisions based on what’s good for the group, not personal gain.
Followers: Being a follower can be either good or bad. On the bad side are the sheeple, and there are far more sheeple than there are leaders and turds. Sheeple will follow blindly based on what a leader says and not question anything they do.
As a prepper it’s ok to be more of a follower than a leader, as long as we don’t become one of the sheep. Some people would rather be part of the team, than lead the team. A team member might be a better term for this type of person because there will be a greater need for team members than leaders.
Turds: These are the people we need to look out for. These are the people with no moral structure whatsoever, and who will make decisions based on their needs, regardless who gets caught in the crossfire.
Turds are the criminals, the looters during riots and anyone looking for an opportunity to take advantage of the weak. Unfortunately, most of these people believe they are “leaders” because when the rules don’t apply, you can do or say anything. This type of leader preys on the follower.
In the show this week we talked about how the rules will change in any sort of disaster or survival situation. Decisions we make today while everything is “normal” will be far different than decisions made your life is on the line.
Here are a few of the other topics we covered in the Survivalist Prepper Podcast this week…
– People might be forced to make decisions they wouldn’t make today. When a situation is life or death, a person will easily rationalize stealing and even killing if it means their survival.
– The rules for ethics and morality will change. In general, people are followers and will do what society deems correct. In a disaster situation, people (including us) will have to live by a different set of rules. As preppers we wouldn’t need to lie, cheat and steal, but some people would…most people would.
– We always think about how others will react, but what about us and our family? We will have to make decisions and live with the consequences. Whether we choose to turn someone away, or let them in, there will be consequences.
– People need people, and people will seek support groups. These support groups could be good or bad depending on how and why they were formed. If a bad group of people are able to provide what someone needs to survive, some people might join them. The same holds true for the good guys. A community of people is safer and more productive than the lone wolf.
– One of the most dangerous parts of any disaster (large or small) is the mob mentality. It seems like the more people you put together, the less brain cells there are. This is yet another example of how people are followers, and will follow the herd rather than make their own decisions.
– One thing we tend to overlook is teens and young adults. People in their late teens and early 20’s are very impressionable, and need proper guidance. This is why terrorists, gangs and cults prey on these people. It is much easier to convince someone at this age that your way is the right way than it is if someone is older and “wiser”.
– We also talked about how in Franklin Hortons book “Ashes of the Unspeakable” They must let people out of prison. How would it be ethically decided that they get let out if necessary? And what would the repercussions be on society? We also did an interview with Franklin that you can listen to here.
A while back I wrote this article about how to read people and peel back the onion. We need to be careful how much information we give out to people, but sometimes we might not have a choice. As we get to know someone more we start to feel more comfortable about giving out information. We need to be careful about how much information we give out, and to who.
In that article, I also talked about how to read someone you know very little about, or nothing at all. We need to look for “tells.” Tells are what someone does that can give them away. If someone is not making eye contact, if someone is being fidgety or if someone is stuttering can all be tells.
As preppers we have a tendency to focus on the disasters themselves and not the events that will follow. It’s important to understand how people might react in a crisis, and how they can become the X factor that makes a bad situation worse, or a bad situation better.
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When it comes to preparing for any sort of SHTF event it really is a guessing game. All we can (and should) do is prepare for the worst and hope for the best. There is no way to know exactly what might happen, but we can stack the deck in our favor by learning new skills, maintaining our health and preparing for these disasters while we still have the opportunity.
Next week we are going to expand on this a little bit and go over how people will be the X factor that could change the dynamics of a disaster. The way certain people react could make a disaster more tolerable, or make it even worse.
We all have preconceived ideas of how things will go down in a worldwide, or nationwide SHTF situation happens. But do we really know what will happen? Do we really know how people that we love, and those that we don’t, we react?
The truth is no. We have no idea of how people will react, or what will transpire. But there are things that we can do to prepare for the unknown, after all, isn’t this why we all are preparing in the first place?
The show note for this episode are a little short this week, but we went over much more about these topics in the show. We also talked about the future of prepping, and the future of our country. There is also a video about this at the end of the post.
In the event something happens, we will all be waiting for the magical catalyst that will set everything off. The unfortunate thing is, we won’t know what that ‘thing’ is until after it happens. So be diligent now. Pay attention to what is going on in the world around you, and continue building your preps.
After things go to crap, you need to consider all possible scenarios both short term and long term. You need to think about how you and your family will live, and continue your ‘new normal’ on an everyday basis. You need to consider all of the not so good what if scenarios. There may be unfavorable characters that may wander onto your property. There may be mobs of marauders searching for preppers.
Every day that you can prepare is a good day, don’t let it go to waste. Continue to prepare, and plan. Learn new skills, think of alternative ways to continue your lifestyle. You will need to have a lot of food, and every day necessities, as well as ways to continue the electricity, or alternatives.
You will also need a way to keep your preps safe. You will need to know about security, and how to keep your family safe, and you will need to have options to all the above. Plan for that now.
Put yourself out there, within reason. Get to know your neighbors, their strengths as well as their weaknesses. This could be valuable information in an SHTF situation. You don’t need to spread your message of preparedness, but you do need to know how your neighbors are prepared.
If you have an understanding of the people who live around you, you will be better prepared to deal with them if things get ugly. You never know how people will react when things go bad, including yourself. So get to know your neighbors. There really is safety in numbers, and it is also important to know if these people will benefit, or be a hindrance to your own preparedness journey.
Know who lives around you, and what type of people are in your community, and then branch out further from your bubble. Don’t stay so focused on yourself that you forget about the millions of other people in this country. You need to always be looking at the big picture, and plan for it.
You will need to know how to pace yourself when things go down. If the power goes out, don’t turn your home into a military installation just yet. It is almost like a defcon scale, and this would be defcon 3. You are alert to the situation, but aren’t pulling out all the stops yet. Pull out your crank radio, or HAM radio, and pay attention. You will be on an alert status, but try not to over-react.
If it truly is an SHTF scenario, or could be, that alert status will jump up. If you feel a sense of urgency, don’t ignore it. This is what we plan and prep for, and you must know how to react.
Our own mental heath is a very important factor. If people are expecting us to lead, or looking to us for answers, we need to be able and willing to do so. If we are on the verge of “losing it” everyone else looking at us to lead them will follow suit.
This is a tough situation because none of us really know how a disaster scenario will affect us, but keeping a cool head (as much as possible) is critical in any survival situation.
Again, this is what we do, plan for the worst. And you need to come up with your worst-case scenario, no matter what that may be. And you need to plan for it. Also make sure that as you are planning for these large scale disaster events that you are not forgetting the little things.
Having a well stocked gun safe is useless without the right ammo, and having a pantry full of canned food is worthless without a can opener. On a larger scale, don’t get so focused on stockpiling food and water that you forget about security.
If you want to know what could happen, read about what has happened throughout history. Read up on how people reacted during the civil war, world wars and different situations. Look at the fall of the Roman empire. What happened during these SHTF scenarios? How did people react? People are creatures of habit, and we tend to duplicate and replicate our own pasts, for better or for worse. Study these situations, and learn from them.
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Even today with high sanitation standards and proper food handling procedures food-borne illness is an issue. In any sort of SHTF scenario, food-borne illness and prevention for preppers will inevitably become a major issue.
CDC estimates that each year roughly 48 million people gets sick from a food-borne illness, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die. According to some estimates, the most common food-borne illnesses are caused by norovirus and by the bacteria Salmonella, Clostridium perfringens, and Campylobacter.
Imagine what those numbers would be without proper sanitation, without running water, and without refrigeration. These days we depend on best by dates and if it doesn’t get eaten in time, we just toss it out.
In this week’s show, Lisa and I not only talked about food safety and prevention, we talked about what some of these food-borne illnesses are, and how to treat them.
The most important part of food preparation is proper sanitary conditions. This includes how you store uncooked foods, and how you prepare your meals. In a SHTF situation, this will be more difficult than it is now.
Washing Hands: This is first on the list because it is the most important. We usually pay no attention to how many things we touch each day, and we can easily carry around bacteria without even knowing about it.
Disinfectants (Bleach): Making sure your work area and utensils are disinfected is critical, and this is where bleach is your best friend. Bleach is a quick easy sanitizer and can be used all around the house, not just for cleaning your cooking area.
Bleach is inexpensive, has a long shelf life and has many useful purposes it is a must have in every preppers pantry. Bleach could literally be a lifesaver in many ways.
Cross Contamination: If you use a cutting board to process raw chicken, and then you use the same cutting board to cut up some carrots that is cross contamination. That bacteria on the chicken will be cooked and killed, but the bacteria transferred to the carrots will not.
The same applies to the utensils you use. Make sure and use different utensils for different foods, or wash and sanitize them between use.
Temperature Danger Zone: This is when your food is the most vulnerable to spoilage. The temperature danger zone is between 40° to 140°, and your food should only remain in this temperature range for 2 hours max.
As they say in the restaurant industry “keep your hot foods hot, and your cold foods cold”
One reason why having canned foods, shelf stable foods and long term food storage is important is because we will most likely be without refrigeration. Depending on the scenario, we might have refrigeration, but we need to have alternatives.
In the first 24 hours after a power outage do not open refrigerators or freezers any more than necessary. An unopened refrigerator will keep food cold for approximately 4 hours. An unopened freezer will keep food frozen for approximately 24 hours.
The fuller your refrigerator or freezer is the better. The more area taken up by frozen food, the less area there is for air.
If possible, you could also use a generator for a few hours a day. There is no need to continually supply power to your refrigerator if you only open it periodically. If you have a generator, you could run it for a hour a few times a day and keep the temperature cool enough.
Keep the temperature danger zone in mind here, you will need to throw away any food items that become warmer than 41 degrees.
Long term refrigeration is a bigger challenge, at some point we are going to need to find some alternatives. If we have fresh vegetables, we need to keep them cool to extend their shelf life.
Zeer Pot: These are fairly basic, and are used in places where refrigeration is not available. This article explains what the process is.
Root cellar: A root cellar could be something large enough for you to walk into, or something small that requires you to dig a hole in the ground. This won’t give you “refrigerator temperatures” but it will keep your food cooler.
Water: If you live by a river or lake…dunk it. You will need a way to keep it contained (like a cage) but water temperatures are always cooler than air temperatures. In some places it could even be below 41°
Solar: If you have the solar capacity, a low wattage compact refrigerator might be an option. These would take much less energy to keep cool, but it’s up to you if it is worth it or not.
In the show we talked about some of the most common food-borne illnesses, their symptoms and how to treat them. A common theme with all of these illnesses is diarrhea. Diarrhea is your bodies way of getting rid of the bacteria. It’s important not to take anything to stop the diarrhea, but to replace fluids and electrolytes.
Here is a recipe Lisa found for replacing electrolytes…
Here are a few of the food-borne illnesses we went over in the show…
Cause: Raw meats, poultry, eggs, milk and other dairy products, shrimp, frog legs, yeast, coconut, pasta and chocolate are most frequently involved.
Symptoms: Typical Symptoms of Salmonella infection appear 6 to 72 hours after eating contaminated food and lasts from 3 to 7 days without treatment. Symptoms of Salmonella infection range widely, and are sometimes absent altogether. The most common symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever.
Treatment: Dehydration caused by diarrhea is the most common complication. Antibiotics are not usually needed unless the infection has spread. In severe cases Amoxicillin and Ampicillin may be useful.
Cause: You get an E. coli infection by coming into contact with the feces, or stool, of humans or animals. This can happen when you drink water or eat food that has been contaminated by feces.
Symptoms: Diarrhea, which may range from mild and watery to severe and bloody, abdominal cramping, pain or tenderness, nausea and vomiting, in some people
Treatment: Rest and fluids to help prevent dehydration and fatigue. Avoid taking an anti-diarrheal medication, this slows your digestive system down, preventing your body from getting rid of the toxins. Antibiotics generally aren’t recommended because they can increase the risk of serious complications.
Cause: Listeria bacteria can be found in soil, water and animal feces. Humans typically are infected by consuming raw vegetables that have been contaminated from the soil or from contaminated manure used as fertilizer, infected animal meat, unpasteurized milk. Certain processed foods can also lead to Listeria such as soft cheeses, hot dogs and deli meats.
Symptoms: The symptoms of listeriosis include fever, muscle aches, and sometimes nausea ordiarrhea. If infection spreads to the nervous system, symptoms such as headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, or convulsions can occur.
Treatment: An otherwise healthy person who is not pregnant typically does not need treatment. Symptoms will usually go away within a few weeks.
Cause: Cholera is an acute, diarrheal illness caused by infection of the intestine with the bacterium Vibrio cholerae. The infection is often mild or without symptoms, but sometimes it can be severe.
A person may get cholera by drinking water or eating food contaminated with the cholera bacterium. In an epidemic, the source of the contamination is usually the feces of an infected person. The disease can spread rapidly in areas with inadequate treatment of sewage and drinking water.
In the United States, because of advanced water and sanitation systems, cholera is not a major threat…but it could become one.
Symptoms: characterized by profuse watery diarrhea, vomiting, and leg cramps. In these people, rapid loss of body fluids leads to dehydration and shock. Without treatment, death can occur within hours.
Treatment: While antibiotics are not a necessary part of cholera treatment, some of these drugs may reduce both the amount and duration of cholera-related diarrhea. A single dose of doxycycline (Monodox, Oracea, Vibramycin) or azithromycin (Zithromax, Zmax) may be effective.
The goal is to replace lost fluids and electrolytes using a simple rehydration solution. Without rehydration, approximately half the people with cholera die. With treatment, the number of fatalities drops to less than 1 percent.
Cause: Most of the small number of outbreaks reported annually in the U.S. are associated with inadequately processed, home-canned foods, but occasionally commercially-produced foods have been involved in outbreaks. Sausages, meat products, canned vegetables and seafood products have been vehicles for human botulism.
Symptoms: Symptoms include double vision, inability to swallow, speech difficulty, and progressive paralysis of the respiratory system
Treatment: Treating botulism requires an anti-toxin. Antibiotics are not advised for any types of botulism because they can hasten the release of the toxins.
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This week in the Survivalist Prepper Podcast Lisa and I talked about some of the pros and cons of antibiotics for preppers. Antibiotics are a big concern for people in the preparedness community because some sicknesses and infections are impossible to cure without them.
Infections were a major cause of death before the advent of antibiotics. Diseases that were prevalent in the past are virtually nonexistent because of antibiotics, the problem is that bacteria are becoming resistant to them. Bacterial resistance is inevitable, because bacteria will always change in order to survive.
With the widespread overuse of antibiotics from inappropriate prescriptions and extensive agricultural use, antibiotics are quickly becoming ineffective. It is estimated that in just a couple generations, we will be in the “post antibiotic age”.
With that being said, antibiotics will still be useful for preppers in any sort of post collapse scenario where medical help is limited, or nonexistent. It is up to us to understand how to use them, when to use them and learn ways to prevent the need for them in the first place whenever possible.
In this week’s show is not only a cautionary show about antibiotics, but also about what antibiotics might be useful if used correctly, and even some fish antibiotic alternatives.
Here are some notes from the show, but for more detail please listen to it. Lisa is an RN and goes into much more detail about antibiotics than I can here.
IMPORTANT: This is not medical advice, these are just our opinions and suggestions on the subject. This advice is for SHTF scenarios when medical help is not available. If at all possible, seek medical advice from professionals.
Prevention: Like the saying goes “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. Whenever possible we need to understand how to prevent something from escalating to the level where antibiotics are needed. Something as simple as a cut could turn into something bigger if not treated correctly.
Boost Your Immune System: There are things we can do today that will decrease our need for antibiotics. Maintaining a healthy diet, and eating the right foods will boost our immune system, and help us fight some of these bacteria’s.
Research Alternatives to Antibiotics: While some of these alternatives are not the “magic bullet” that antibiotics are, they might be the only alternative available. This article here goes over some herbs and other antibiotic alternative.
Do the Benefits Outweigh the Risks: Because you can’t actually “feel” the antibiotics working, there is the misconception that they have no side effects.
In this article here HoneyColony states: “While not all antibiotics have long-lasting side effects, there are some that can actually cause permanent damage to the body. Here is a list of five of the most widely prescribed antibiotics with serious side effects.”
Antibiotics are medicines that only treat bacterial infections. Antibiotics won’t treat viral infections because they can’t kill viruses. Antibiotics only work against infections caused by bacteria, fungi and certain parasites.
They don’t work against any infections caused by viruses. Viruses cause colds, the flu and most coughs and sore throats. It is important to note that some viral infections can turn into bacterial infections.
We don’t need to take these antibiotics to become immune to them, and we don’t actually become immune, the bacteria does. Because of antibiotic overuse, certain bacteria have become resistant to even the most powerful antibiotics available today. Antibiotic resistance is a widespread problem, and one that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) calls “one of the world’s most pressing public health problems.”
Livestock producers routinely give antibiotics to animals to make them grow faster or help them survive crowded, stressful, and unsanitary conditions. Because of this, some bacteria become antibiotic resistant, threatening the future effectiveness of these medicines.
Fish antibiotics are a popular subject with preppers because we can get large quantities of these without a prescription, even though they are the same thing as human antibiotics. In any post collapse situation, prescription antibiotics will not be readily available, and fish antibiotics would be a good alternative.
There has been some concern lately about the Veterinary Feed Directive which will go into affect on January 1st 2017. I have read a few conflicting reports about what this means for preppers, and the availability of fish antibiotics. From what I understand this won’t affect fish antibiotics, but they could become more expensive.
Uses for Antibiotics http://www.bpac.org.nz/Supplement/2013/July/antibiotics-guide.aspx
Infected Wounds: Penicillin would be your first choice because it is a broad spectrum antibiotic, although some people are allergic to cillin antibiotics. Other alternatives could be Keflex and Bactrim. Fish antibiotic alternative could include Fish Flex and Fish Pen.
Common Illnesses: While antibiotics do nothing for the common cold or viral infections, they would be useful for illnesses such as pneumonia and strep throat. A broad spectrum antibiotic like Bactrim, Amoxicillin would also be useful.Fish antibiotics could include Fish Penn and Fish Mox.
Food Borne Illness: In a SHTF event, the lack of refrigeration, eating expired foods, and improper food preservation could lead to quite a bit of food borne illness. Because there is such a wide range when it comes to food born illnesses we are going to dedicate an entire show to this.
Next week we will go into much more detail about preventing food borne illness, and what to do if you happen to get sick from eating something tainted with E. coli or salmonella.
For more information on fish antibiotics in general, here is an article from The Modern Survival Blog that goes into detail about the different types of fish antibiotics.
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One of the great things about being a prepper, is that we are pretty easy to shop for. If we already have something, and we get another one, we will never complain. We all have lists of things we want, but don’t have yet. Even if some of these prepping supplies won’t actually save our lives, we can come up with a reason why it might.
Last year we couple lists of great Chrsitmas gift ideas for preppers. Lisa wrote an article about gift ideas for people who you want to get interested in preparedness, and I wrote one about unique gifts for that prepper that has everything. This year I tried not to add the same gift ideas I did last year, but a couple are in both articles because they are just that cool.
In today’s podcast Lisa and I went into detail about some of these gift ideas for preppers. Towards the end Lisa even went more detail about some other gift ideas that are preparedness related, but don’t have “prepper” written all over them.
I will try to link to as many of these as possible, but there are so many versions of some of these, and so many places to buy them, you might have to look around a bit.
I had to add the “any clothes with a lot of pockets” to this because as preppers we can always use more pockets or ways to carry our gear. There are quite a few EDC (Every Day Carry) jackets and coats available. One of these jacket is on my Christmas list this year.
If you or your significant other own a handgun or rifle with a rail system, accessories are a great idea. While you shouldn’t have your firearm loaded down with every accessory possible, there are some that are necessary. A few that come to mind are a strap (AR15) a flashlight and a scope.
Along these same lines is extra ammo. No prepper has ever said “I have enough ammo” And even if they do, you should buy them more anyway. This doesn’t need to be high end ammo (although it can be) if it is just for target practice, but it need to be the right caliber for the gun.
I have written about Conflicted in the past about how this is not just a game, but also a prepping tool. I also even recently did a video about the new Conflicted deck, the Economic Collapse deck. This card game is not only a way to open up dialog with your children or non prepper friends, it also helps you gain insight about why your plan might not be the best option.
I purchased a couple of these Micro Fire Key Rings in the past and because I loved them so much, I got a couple more this year to give to the kids. Even if your children or friends are completely uninterested in preparedness, they will probably still like these. They might actually get them to question how starting a fire without a Bic lighter works.
For those of you who listen to the podcast, you already know how great these Tac-Bar packages are. We’ve even given a few away in our monthly contests. These are food rations, water purification tablets and a survival tin all inside an ammo can. This is one of those great Christmas gift ideas for the prepper who has everything.
I can’t say enough how much we love our Sun Oven, and how everyone I know that has one loves it too. The Sun Oven is literally the best option for cooking off the grid, and is something you can use now. You can cook just about anything with a Sun Oven, and even purify water.
If you are interested in purchasing an All American Sun Oven, make sure and use this link to get our discount. These are a little pricey, but I guarantee you won’t be sorry. You can tell from this interview I did with Sun Ovens President Paul Munson that they are a great company.
When I say prepper related T-Shirts I don’t mean shirts with “I’m a Prepper” written on them, I mean shirts preppers would wear depending on what they are interested in. It could be something cammo, it could be something Zombie, or it could be something patriotic. Here are a few examples of what I would like for Christmas.
Night vision is something I have always wanted, but the price tag has always gotten in the way. While 3rd generation night vision (the best) is pretty expensive, 1st generation night vision is more in my price range. To get a better idea about what the differences are have a look at this article.
In the past I did a video about the hidden storage cabinet I have, and I love it. To everyone else it looks like a regular shelf, but I know what it really is. There are a few different places you can get these, and The Folkway Lodge is giving away something like this in this months contest. You can even find them on eBay.
We’ve probably all seen the fake rock to hide your key under, or even had a fake can of shaving cream as a teenager that we hid stuff in. These days there are many more options available, and even some higher end stuff that looks like furniture like these.
Because of how vulnerable our power grid is, and because we are always looking for ways to live without electricity, solar power is very popular with preppers. These could be basic solar chargers for phones, or on a larger scale, a solar panel setup.
Solar could also include yard lights and motion sensors. I have this Defiant Solar Light and I absolutely love it. I have had it in my backyard for over a year, and it always works like it should.
In the show Lisa talked about gifts you can make at home like basket of homemade canned goods and even meals in jars which are exactly what it is…meals that you put in jars that have a long shelf live and look pretty for people who might not be totally into preparedness, but are considering the idea. Here are some recipes from Mom With A Prep.
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In a recent video, I talked about why my main concern is an economic collapse, and last week we did a podcast with 10 tips for new preppers. This led me to thinking about some of the most likely disaster scenarios we face, and the right way to prepare for these in the first place.
While all the following disaster scenarios are important, it’s important not to fall into the trap of preparing for one thing or the other. If you have ever seen the show Doomsday preppers you know exactly what I’m talking about. When they say “I’m preparing for an EMP” or “I’m preparing for nuclear war” what they are really saying is “I’m not prepared for…”
I posed this question to some of the members of the Survivalist Prepper Academy and one response really stood out because it really hit the nail on the head.
Sean wrote: “Prepping is less and less about being afraid and trying to plan for every eventuality but more about being able to take care of myself and then those I care about should something happen.”
As preppers we should not only be concerned about these major disaster scenarios, but we shouldn’t lose sight of the big picture.
In a recent interview with Franklin Horton he said ” I see it as getting back to the way our grandparents lived, when the safety and well-being of your family was something that you personally took care of. It’s not about living in fear, it’s about living with a sense of security.”
While its important to have a well rounded approach to prepping, the problems we face today are different than those of preppers just 20 years ago. Some of the issues we face today are issues that seasoned preppers have been warning us about, and some of these threats are new to the scene and are getting harder to ignore.
When I say the face of prepping has changed, I’m not saying that preppers of the past were wrong, quite the opposite actually. The fundamentals of prepping remain the same, becoming as self reliant as possible and prepare for unforeseen circumstances.
The way I see it, the preppers of the past were right. They warned us about the economy and they warned us about nuclear war, which become bigger threats as each day goes by. The difference is that now there are new threats that didn’t exist in the past. Cyber security is a huge issue, advanced weapons (EMP) that could land on U.S. soil is an issue and even terrorists right in our own back yard has become a reality.
This week Lisa and I talked about some of the most likely disaster scenarios we face these days as preppers. Some of these are newer threats we face, and some are the same threats we have faced for a long time…but they are more likely than ever before.
There are quite a few disaster scenarios that could cause a complete or partial grid down event. This could be from an EMP launched at us from a not so friendly country, CME launched at us from the sun, and even natural disasters on a more local scale.
As we talked about in a past show, there are not many societies that would survive without electricity these days. We are dependent on just about everything we do on electricity, and our power grid is a disaster waiting to happen.
Just 20 years ago our national debt was in the Billions, not Trillions. Between the Bush (Jr) years and the Obama years we have gone from 18 Billion to 20 Trillion in national debt, and that isn’t even unfunded liabilities. If you want to see some scary numbers have a look here. These are pretty hard to wrap your head around.
Eventually this bubble is going to burst, and we need to do everything we can to get ready for it. Learning skills to become more self sufficient, having plenty of long term food storage and getting our finances in line is more important than ever these days.
This is a major concern even to people who do not consider themselves “preppers”. If someone were to launch nukes it would most likely be a no win situation, although this might not always be the case. While I wouldn’t want to suffer a slow agonizing death from nuclear fallout, there will be situations where survival is feasible.
At the very least is good to know what your options are, know what to expect, and do what you can to prepare yourself for a nuclear strike. I don’t think a nuclear war would kill everyone on the planet, and if someone is going to survive, it might as well be me. Although most countries who have nukes seem to hate the Unites States, which makes things a bit tough.
20 years ago we were still writing checks to pay the bills and were worried about check fraud. These days everything is done online and most people don’t even see a paper check. It wouldn’t take much for everything we have to be gone, and we wouldn’t even know about it.
On a larger scale there is critical infrastructure that could be taken out by a bad actor with a good hacker. This could rang from nuclear power plants to portions or our electrical grid. If someone were able to disrupt Wall Street, it could have huge ramifications for our economy.
We have made great strides here in the United States when it comes to disease and sickness in the last 100 years or so. Diseases like Smallpox and Cholera are almost non existent, but without the sanitation resources we have today, they could become prevalent once again.
Along with the natural causes of a pandemics is the possibility of man made biological weapons. This might seem a little unrealistic, and hard for someone to do successfully on a large scale, but it is a real possibility. You know someone, somewhere is trying to figure this out…and it could even be us.
In the 70’s and 80’s terrorism was hijacking airplanes. That all changed on September 11th 2001 when terrorists successfully attacked the U.S. on the largest scale ever. These days they take it a step further by poisoning minds and trying to infiltrate western society where ever possible.
So what’s the next step that terrorists could take? With everything becoming more dependent on the internet and technology, it seems likely that the next step is a cyber terrorism on a very large scale.
This would a secondary event that would be caused by a number of different initial events. We have all seen the riots and “protests” recently, and it wouldn’t take much for these to escalate. With the growing divide in this country, (which is mainly political, even though they would like you to think it’s racial) it’s only a matter of time before it all comes to a head.
We also need to consider civil unrest in a SHTF type scenario. When people are faced with a crisis they become both unpredictable, and very predictable at the same time. People will do whatever it takes to survive, even if it means stealing and killing to get it.
Throughout history natural disaster have always been a concern around the world. While there is nothing we can do to stop mother nature for wreaking havoc, there are things we can do to minimize the impact and survive.
At the very least this is basic preparedness, and an understanding of how to respond when a natural disaster strikes. Depending on where you live, there is probably 1 or 2 types of disasters that could affect your life.
When non preppers think about prepping they inevitably think about gas masks, camouflage and AR15’s. But the truth is that we focus just as much on making sure we are prepared for minor disasters as we are for major disasters…sometimes more.
Someone in the household losing their job could be a personal doomsday. Someone getting sick could be a personal doomsday. It’s our job to be ready for these situations and minimize the affects they have on us.
Tin Foil Hat Time: This week we talked about the new world order, and whether or not these globalists plans are falling apart. We also talked about the “fake news” and the Orwellian process of censoring the media. That segment is towared the end of the show.
The Christmas Contest: This months contest is a great one and will end on December 15, just in time for Christmas. If you haven’t entered yet you can do so here. There are also options to enter daily.
Are you stocked up on emergency food? If the chaos before Trump has even been inaugurated is anything to go by, we’re in for a bumpy ride.
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Those of you that know Survivalist Prepper know that we try to focus on the basics of preparedness. We have the Survivalist Prepper Academy and the Survivalist Prepper podcast which are designed to show how easy preparedness can be, and how being concerned about your future doesn’t make you a whacked-out loon…it makes you smart.
It’s been a while since we went back to the basics, so in today’s show we talked about 10 tips for beginning preppers, and went into detail about getting started with prepping. If this is you, then do yourself a favor and listen to the show. There is also this video I did recently that goes through my 10 tips for beginning preppers.
While I don’t know the exact numbers, it seems to me that because people are more idealistically divided these days. I think that around 50% of the people continue to bury their heads in the sand, 25% take an active interest in their future and 25% know they should, but don’t.
Just 20 years ago prepping was seen as an overreaction and a waste of time, but 20 years ago we didn’t have a 20 trillion-dollar debt, and we didn’t have terrorists in our own backyard. It’s becoming more obvious these days that all is not good, and something needs to change.
This may sound odd, but I think shows like Doomsday Preppers and some of the National Geographic disaster shows actually helped the prepper movement. While some of these shows went out of their way to portray preppers as overboard conspiracy theorists, it also made people interested.
When people go beyond these TV shows, and look into what prepping really is, they find out that preppers are not hiding in the bushes with an AR15 and night vision goggles, peaking through your bedroom window waiting to take you out. Preppers are average everyday people just like you and I who just want to be ready if anything bad happens.
While nuclear war, terrorism and EMP’s make for good TV, preppers know that there is much more to it than that. Something as simple as a job loss could be a disaster to some people.
1. Relax (As Much As Possible): We all go through this whether we have been prepping for 5 days, or 5 years. We need to take a step back, breath and understand that some things are just out of our control. The odds of something happening tomorrow are pretty thin, and we probably have a little time to prepare.
2. Don’t Buy Anything Big Yet: during the Y2K scare many people went out a bought expensive supplies like generators, only to sell them days later at a fraction of the cost. Even if you think you know what you need, the odds are you don’t know what you need right now.Give yourself a little time to understand prepping a little more.
3. Start Stocking Food and Water: While you want to hold off on the larger purchases right now, you do want to start stocking up on prepping supplies.
4. Do a Threat Assessment: Sometimes what we fear might happen isn’t the same as what is more likely to happen. If you subscribe to the email list (above right Prepping Crash Course) I have a threat assessment that goes into more detail about this. If you are already subscribed and want access just send me an email. You also might want to do a SWOT Analysis.
5. Know Your Strengths and Weaknesses: This might seem a little self explanatory, but it really does help to know your strengths and weaknesses as they apply to prepping. This helps you figure out what areas of preparedness you need to work on, and some areas where you are ahead of the curve.
6. Learn New Skills: When you first become interested in preparedness it doesn’t take long to figure out just how much you need to buy. One way to fight this, and not break the bank, is to learn new skills. This is arguably more important than having prepping supplies, and with YouTube and all the other information on the internet, it’s easier than ever these days.
7. Figure Out a Prepping Budget: The best way to do anything right is to start with the foundation. The last thing you want to do is max out your credit cards in the name of preparedness. Figure out what you can spend on preparedness, set a budget and stick to it, over time everything will begin to add up.
8. Build a Bug Out Bag: A question I get all the time is “why does everyone talk about bug out bags? I don’t want to bug out.” One reason I think this is a good idea is because it gives you an idea about how preparedness works on a small scale. It helps you understand the 5 areas of preparedness.
9. Don’t Focus on One Area of Preparedness: Think of prepping as a time frame, not a checklist. Start preparing for 1 week, then 1 month, then 6 months, not certain areas like food or water. It does you no good to have a years worth of food stored if you have no water.
10. Have Patience & Enjoy the Ride: Over time you will begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel. In a year from now you will look back and see that you are more prepared than you ever though you would be. You will also find that you are more confident about your future because you actually took the steps to improve it.
In the show this week we also mentioned this month’s Survivalist Prepper contest and how this one is going to be great! Thanks to the help of some of our friends in the prepper community we have 11 prizes to give away this month…and it could turn out to be more!
Here is a list of the prizes so far, and make sure and use this link to enter the contest.
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We’ve all seen the articles. “10 prepping supplies that will save your life!” or “Not having these prepping supplies will get you killed!” We read these articles because it’s only human nature to NOT want to die. The problem is that we read these only to find out we already have everything on that list.
Because of this, Lisa and I wanted to take a different approach. We decided to do a podcast about prepping supplies that won’t save your life… but will make it a lot easier. One example that we listed below is a battery charge checker. By no means would this “save your life” but it would be helpful when you are trying to find out which batteries have charge, and which don’t.
Here are some of the prepping supplies we talked about in the show. With Christmas right around the corner, some of these would also make pretty good gifts for that prepper who has everything. At the end of this post, Lisa also added her list of 10 prepping priority’s.
Gravity Shower: These can be made at home if you have a little diy skill, but these are fairly cheap if you want to go the easy route.
NON Power Tools: We all love our cordless power tools, but without electricity they will be useless. Manual tools like screwdrivers, hammers, files and wrenches can be found at thrift stores and garage sales.
Cleaners & Disinfectants: These could be store bought cleaners and hygiene items, or even stuff you make yourself. The great thing about these is they are low cost, and have a long shelf life.
Power Inverter: One of the easiest ways to get short term energy is to turn your car into a generator. A power inverter is easy to use, and I think everyone should have 1…or 2.
Bartering Supplies: Items like lighters, p38 can openers and batteries will be great bartering supplies. While just about anything could be used for bartering, these smaller, low cost items are great.
Battery Checker: For just a few bucks you can save yourself a lot of headaches by having a battery charge checker. As preppers we have batteries everywhere, and knowing which are charged could save a lot of time.
Manual Appliances: It’s not going to matter how fancy your coffee maker is when the grid goes down. Having appliances like a percolator, manual can opener and even a washboard will go a long way if there is no electricity.
Dutch Oven: These are great because anywhere you can build a fire, you can use a dutch oven. There are also quite a few recipe books out there which would be great because eating dehydrated food will probably get old fast.
Sun Oven: These are a little more expensive than most of the supplies on this list, but they are WELL worth it. You can literally cook anything in an All American Sun oven. We have a special discount code here if your interested.
Solar Chargers: These come in various sizes and price range, and remember you get what you pay for. I have tried a few of the lower cost solar chargers, and they don’t last long. The Goal Zero solar chargers are well worth the few extra dollars in the long run.
Headlamps (Not Flashlight): Anyone who knows us, knows how much we love these headlamps. There are countless situations where we need light, as wells as need both hands to complete a project.
Entertainment: Just because it’s the end of the world, doesn’t mean it needs to be the end of the world. Having some music, books, games could be valuable because there might be a lot of down time. Anyone who has children know how important this is.
5 Gallon Bucket Toilet Seat: This is another one that we could probably figure out a DIY solution, but like I said in the podcast “this might not save your life, but it could save your ass.” These 5 gallon bucket toilet seats run about $15.
This is just a short list of prepping items that won’t save your life, and there are probably 50 more that might make your life a lot easier if you have them. If you have any ideas, let us know in the comments below.
In the beginning of this week’s show Lisa talked about 10 prepping priorities we should have, regardless of the situation. These apply to small scale power outages, and large scale disasters as well. Here are the bullet points, and listen to the beginning of the show for more details about each of these.
This is just a short list of prepping supplies that you might want, but don’t really “need.” If you have any ideas let us know in the comments below, I’ll add it to my Christmas list.
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