Jim Cobb, Disaster Prep Author and Educator!

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Jim Cobb, Disaster Prep Author and Educator
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This week on Herbal Prepper Live, we are joined by preparedness expert, Jim Cobb. Jim is a prolific preparedness author, blogger, podcaster, and educator.

One of the things I appreciate most about Jim’s approach to prepping, is that he takes a practical, down-to-earth approach, minus the hype. I’m excited to have Jim join the show tonight and share his survival knowledge with all of us.

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Are “Long-Term” Storage Foods That Important?

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This is going to fly in the face of a lot of what you’ve likely read or heard with regards to food storage but here goes: You don’t need to invest a ton of money into buying special “long-term” foods. Seriously, you really don’t. In fact, for many people doing so is just a bad idea all the way around.

A common prepper question is some variation of, “What foods store the longest?” There are some foods, such as dried rice, honey, salt, and sugar, which will last essentially forever as long as they are protected from critters and the elements. They’ve found jars of honey, still perfectly preserved, sitting next to mummies several thousands of years old. That said, kinda hard to survive on just rice and honey.

Here’s the thing, folks. Shelf life, while important, falls far behind a few other considerations when choosing what to store. First and foremost is taste and personal preference. It makes absolutely ZERO sense to store food you don’t like to eat. I don’t care if you found it at an incredible price. If you don’t want to eat it now, you aren’t going to want to eat it later. Choose food items that you enjoy. Honestly, there is such a variety out there today, it would be foolish to do otherwise.

I often hear comments like, “If I get hungry enough, I’ll eat it, even if I don’t like it.” That’s all fine and dandy but why in the hell would you voluntarily store foods you don’t like now? I mean, that just sounds asinine. You have a relatively free and open choice of what foods to store. Take advantage of that fact and store things you know you’ll actually want to eat.

Many of the foods we eat regularly also happen to have long shelf lives. The aforementioned rice is a great example. Dried beans and canned goods are also commonly found in kitchens and pantries from coast to coast. These types of foods will last a long time and you’re already accustomed to eating them. Add a few extra bags or cans to your cart each time you go shopping and build up the supply slowly.

Second, choose foods that agree with you. We all have things we dearly love to eat but we pay for later, right? I mean, I love bananas but even just a few bites of one will give me stomach pains. If you’re considering adding a new food to your storage plan, try it first. Make sure it doesn’t give you indigestion. Disaster recovery is stressful enough without adding tummy troubles to the mix.

Another thing to keep in mind is that many, though certainly not all, of these special “long-term” foods require water to prepare. Water might be in limited supply, depending upon the nature of the disaster. Do you really want to be forced to choose between drinking the water and using it to prepare the only food you have on hand? If you’re going to invest in these long-term foods, plan ahead and be sure to store extra water as well.

Many long-term foods aren’t the healthiest things on the planet, either. Frequently they are loaded with sodium, which not only isn’t very good for you but will make you thirsty, causing you to consume more water. Now, I will freely admit I’m far from the healthiest eater on the planet so don’t take this as a pot meet kettle situation. But, you need to go into a food storage plan with both eyes wide open. If you’re going to rely upon these long-term foods as a primary source of sustenance, you’re going to suffer from some nutritional deficiencies unless you also stock up on vitamins and such.

A lot of these products are also fairly expensive. For the cost of one case (12 units) of MREs (Meals Ready to Eat), I could feed my family of five for several days. The food would be healthier, too.

Here’s one of my big issues with these special long-term storage foods. A proper food storage plan will incorporate regular rotation. Meaning, you use the food and replenish it as you go along. However, these long-term foods don’t encourage that practice. In fact, the whole point is that you can buy a few cases and they’ll be good for 25 years or more, right? This, to my mind, is the lazy man’s way to preparedness.

Now, with all of that said, I’m not suggesting you abandon any plans of buying these products. They have their place in some scenarios. You just need to determine for yourself if the long-term food option is right for you. What I suggest to most people is to concentrate their food storage plan on the things they already eat regularly but also have a stable shelf life, such as rice, dried beans, dried pasta, and canned goods. Then, add some long-term storage foods as a backup.


By Jim Cobb
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Prepper’s Armed Defense (Book Review)

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Armed defense is always an interesting topic when it comes to prepping, survivalism and suburban homesteading.  At the end of the day, I strongly believe in a person’s right to stand their ground and protect themselves.  Jim Cobb shares that belief.  He has used his latest offering, Prepper’s Armed Defense, as a means of explaining

Prepper’s Communication Handbook (Book Review)

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Communication is important – both in normal, everyday life and in a SHTF scenario.  Suburban homesteaders have the benefit of being nearby people and, often, don’t have to worry about being stranded without normal communication equipment functioning.  That doesn’t mean they can’t benefit from Jim Cobb’s latest offering, Prepper’s Communication Handbook.  This book will not

Prepper’s Communication Handbook – Review and Giveaway

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Today we are looking at Prepper’s Communication Handbook by Jim Cobb.  Jim has been featured on Apartment Prepper a number of times, as he has written many books on preparedness: Prepper’s Survival Hacks: 50 … Continue reading

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Prepper’s Communication Handbook

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Lifesaving Strategies for Staying in Contact During and After a Disaster. Communication is one of the most important things that is missing during a disaster. If we become separated from our loved ones, the stress of not knowing can be intense. We also need information about the disaster and what to do next. The new […]

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Survival Communication!

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Survival Communication w/ Jim Cobb
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Survival Communication w/ Jim CobbThis week we will have Jim Cobb from Survival Weekly on the show to talk about his new book “Prepper’s CommunicationHandbook: Lifesaving Strategies For Staying In Contact During And After A Disaster.” We talk about communication with ham radios, walkies-talkies, shortwave radios, scanners, internet based communication, codes/ciphers, covert communication and much more. Jim is the owner and lead trainer for DisasterPrepConsultants.com. His articles on preparedness have been published in national magazines and you can find him online at survivalweekly.com.

 Jim CobbCommunications with loved ones is one of the most essential skills and plans you can have in place for a post disaster scenario. After 9/11, Katrina, Sandy and even during some major gatherings cell phone towers and other forms of communication are destroyed or incapable servicing your communication needs. Information is a critical resource regardless of disaster type. You need it in order to make effective decisions. Information will, or at least should, guide your actions and your planning. While food, water, shelter and security should be your first priorities as those are essential to your life moving forward. Once those needs are realized you will need to plan your next course of action (assuming you don’t have pre-plans for the scenario in place). To plan those next actions you will need to have up-to date and accurate information.

Exploring the best options for every scenario, this hands on guide features detailed information on multiple emergency communication systems, including satellite radio, shortwave, NOAA receivers, GMRS/FRS radios, citizen band, ham radio, radio scanners and MURS radio.
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Survival Medicine Hour: Jim Cobb on Prepper Communications

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In this episode of the Doom and Bloom ™ Survival Medicine Hour, Joe and Amy Alton welcome old friend and prolific author Jim Cobb to talk about his new book: “Prepper Communications”. He’ll talk about communications in survival settings, survival group communications, and the importance of good communications in good times or bad. Also, is there a vaccine in the works that might cure cancer? A study is being conducted in the terminally ill in the United Kingdom that’s showing promise. Also, Kudzu, the invasive vine, may help decrease the amount of alcohol you drink!


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Wishing you the best of health in good times or bad,


Joe and Amy Alton


Five tips for accessing the water stored in a water heater during an emergency

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You have a large reservoir of potable water in your house, just waiting to be tapped. Here’s how to use the reserve stored in the water heater when an emergency happens.

by Leon Pantenburg

The disaster that hit closest to home to me was Hurricane Katrina. My relatives live in Mississippi, but even being a couple hundred miles inland didn’t spare them from the high winds, flash flooding and violent fringe storms.

Even though they were spared the brunt of the storm, they were still without power for a week, and had to get by with what they had on hand.

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Check out your water heater before you need the water, and know how to access it. The valve on the right is where you drain this water heater.

When any disaster happens, one of the first things to go is water supply. The water main may burst, be shut off or be polluted.

Hopefully, you have a supply of potable water set aside. But don’t forget, you may have close to 50 gallons, just waiting to used. 

Here are a five things to think about before you need use your water heater supply:

Where is the water heater? Sounds like a pretty elementary question, but you’d be surprised how many people are totally ignorant of where essential things like the water main switch, electrical fuse or breaker box or gas shutoffs are. And does everyone in the house know where the water heater is? You could be far from home when an emergency happens, with no way to communicate. Now is a good time to take a quick look with everyone in the house who might need to access the supply.

How will I get the water out? Again, another basic concern. There might be a faucet, in which case draining the tank is easy. But if not, you need to consider what your next step might be. Do you need a hose? Do you need a special-sized container to drain the water into? Can you shut the flow off once you tap into it?

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This water heater valve will require a channel lock pliers, a container to catch the initial rush of water, and a hose to drain the reservoir. Make sure you know where to find these items.

What tools might be needed? My water heater doesn’t have a faucet, so I will need a channel lock pliers to open it. Make sure you have the tools on hand.

What about light? Murphy’s Law on emergencies plainly states that when it comes to draining a water heater, it will be an emergency and probably dark. Do you have adequate lights in the house to illuminate the project?

What will I store the water in? Frigid conditions and arctic temperatures may require that you drain the tank to keep it from freezing. Make sure you have some place to store the water.

These suggestions segue nicely into a another post by Jim Cobb on The Survival Mom. Jim explains how to access the water heater supply.
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Prepper’s Survival Hacks

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50 DIY Projects for Lifesaving Gear, Gadgets and Kits by Jim Cobb. In this straight-talking, no fluff, practical guide Prepper’s Survival Hacks (Amazon), Jim Cobb outlines 50 DIY projects that you can do to become more prepared. Cobb chose topics that would help you to survive a variety of disasters, including how to find or create […]

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Survival Medicine Hour: Metronidazole, Prepper Stores, Interviews, More

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What antibiotics should you have in your medical storage in case of disaster? In their continuing series, Joe Alton, MD and Amy Alton, ARNP, aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, talk about Metronidazole (Flagyl, Fish-Zole) and its potential for use in survival settings. Dr. Bones talks about Hurricane Patricia, the latest floods in Texas, and more, plus a visit to Carolina Readiness Supply, an actual brick-and-mortar Prepper Store in Waynesville, NC, and interview owner Jan Sterrett. Plus, Nurse Amy talks about freeze-dried foods and a couple of short interviews with famed prepper author Jim Cobb of survivalweekly.com and Aroundthecabin.com founder Rich Beresford, the first videocast channel for preppers.


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Wishing you the best of health in good times or bad…



Joe and Amy Alton

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Prepper’s Financial Guide (Book Review)

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Financial freedom is something I often preach about here on Suburban Steader. All suburban homesteaders can benefit from being free of financial burden.  How do you get there?  There’s lots of ways to go about it.  You can get quite overwhelmed with all the different ways to get to financial independence.  Jim Cobb’s latest offering, Prepper’s Financial Guide, walks you through different topics which will lead towards financial independence.

Book Set-Up

Jim has laid out Prepper’s Financial Guide in a very concise manner as is typical with his books. Each chapter is precise and addresses both the why and how of each topic. The chapters are as follows:

Chapter 1 – What Is An Economic Collapse?

Jim spends some time talking about the definition of an economic collapse as well as describing what can cause one.  He goes into depth talking about some economic collapses in history including Germany (1921-1924), the US (1929-1940) and Argentina (1998-2002).

Chapter 2 – Debt Reduction

The first step in finding financial freedom is debt reduction. You’re halfway home if you don’t owe anyone anything .  Jim discusses topics such as authoring a budget, reducing your realistic debts (debt snowball, anyone?), managing credit cards and cutting your expenses in both soft and hard approaches.

Chapter 3 – Currency

Do you know the difference between commodity and fiat currencies? Want to understand more about exchange rates? This chapter of Prepper’s Financial Guide will set you straight.

Chapter 4 – Precious Metals And Minerals

Most preppers know that gold and silver are the mainstays in ‘prepping currency.’  Jim dives into these precious metals and others.  He also talk about minerals (diamonds, rubies, etc.) in this chapter.

Chapter 5 – Post-Collapse Barter And Trade Goods

Stocking up on vices, consumables and medical supplies is recommended in this chapter because barter items will be the ‘normal’ currency in a SHTF scenario.

Chapter 6 – Bartering Skills Instead Of Stuff

Don’t have any material possessions to trade? No worries. Jim talks about trading time and sweat of your brow in this chapter.

Chapter 7 – Safeguarding Valuables

Safes, hiding spots and caches – as you might expect – are the main topics in this chapter.

Chapter 8 – Investing In Self-Sufficiency

This chapter of Prepper’s Financial Guide is one of the longer ones.  Jim spends a lot of time explaining how the best way to survive a financial downturn is to reduce your dependence on purchasing power.  Grow a garden, raise your own livestock, learn about medicinal plants and herbs, grow your handyman skill set – these are all skills you can be doing now to reduce your financial dependence later.

Chapter 9 – Putting It All Together: The Home Of The Self-Sufficient Investor

Setting up your property to be self-sufficient and maximize your investments is a key part of being a financially free prepper.  Jim’s exploration of this topic is broad and general due to the fact that each situation will be unique.

Chapter 10 – Final Thoughts

Jim summarizes the books and gives a few parting shots of wisdom.

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Why I Liked Prepper’s Financial Guide

You’ll notice that Jim doesn’t have any Earth-shattering information in his book when you compare it to most financial books. Everything he presents is rock solid advice that most anyone will provide AND he paints it in a prepper’s hue. In my opinion, there are a few things in this book that make it a quality addition to your long-term survival library:

  • Bluntness – Jim has a history of not sugar-coating anything. An economic collapse situation is going to be tough. Getting your mind wrapped around that idea and accepting it is going to be half the battle.
  • Checklists – Much like in Prepper’s Long-Term Survival Guide, Jim disperses valuable checklists in the chapters and provides a large, long barter item checklist at the end.
  • Creativeness – Jim’s approaches are not always inline with mainstream thinking.  He’s not afraid to think outside of the box and present unorthodox ideas.

What I Didn’t Like

In my opinion, an economic collapse will bring out the worst in people.  Folks will be capable of doing most anything when they are hungry, thirsty and cold.  I would have expected a bit more in the chapter about safeguarding your valuables.  I think Jim’s view is a little too utopian – although this book wasn’t intended as a prediction of social environments.  I have to say that I was a bit surprised that the “Oldest Profession In The World” didn’t come up in Chapter 6.  I wouldn’t expect Jim to promote it, but I would expect that – if you’re talking about bartering “skills” – the topic would come up.

Overall Thoughts on Prepper’s Financial Guide

I think Prepper’s Financial Guide by Jim Cobb is a solid addition to your long-term survival library.  Most of the financial information and advice provided is no different than the majority of financial books and websites out there, however, the book is written with the prepper in mind.  That last fact makes it a good read.

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Disclaimer: Jim Cobb supplied a copy of Prepper’s Financial Guide for me to review. I can assure my readers that I gave it a fair and honest review.

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I am a middle-age guy with a wife, two young kids and a couple of crazy dogs. We live on Long Island, NY and had an interesting experience with Hurricane Sandy. That experience led me towards the self-sufficiency movement and eventually led to the founding of SuburbanSteader.com. I aim to provide suburbanites with the confidence and know-how to become more self-reliant by providing content on topics such as gardening, personal health, financial responsibility, cooking, self-preparedness and self-protection.

Jim Cobb Author Interview

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I love talking to authors I admire. Today I’m talking with author Jim Cobb. As a 30+ year experienced prepper and author of several books, as well as a disaster preparedness consultant for businesses and individuals, Jim knows his stuff! Jim’s a big part of our preparedness community, and just an all around great, helpful, […]

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