Getting the Family Onboard with Prepping

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

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

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

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Cyber Security for Preppers

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

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Artificial Intelligence, Family Values & Propaganda

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

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Surviving One Year in Hell: Interview With Selco of SHTFSchool

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

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Interview With Jonathan Hollerman of Grid Down Consulting

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

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Extra Money for Prepping With Todd Sepulveda

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

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10 Helpful Podcast Episodes for New Preppers

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

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Get Home Bags, Everyday Carry, and Car Kits

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

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Bug Out Bags For Beginners: The Essentials

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

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Getting Started Prepping & The Basics

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

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Prepping, Budgeting & Priorities

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

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Your Summertime Prepping Plans

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

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Preparing for a Pandemic and Other Biological Threats

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

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

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

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

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

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Preparing for an Economic Collapse: When, Why & How

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

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Illnesses Risks After Large Natural Disasters or Grid Down Events

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

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Fighting The Flu and Staying Healthy (Part 2)

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And we are back for the second half of our podcast on fighting the flu. If you haven’t listened to part 1 of fighting the flu and Staying Healthy, we talked about sanitation, hygiene, your diet, and a few other topics. This flu season has been a tough one. The flu this year has caused […]

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Water Safety & Filtration for Preppers With Kevin Reiter

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

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Fighting The Flu and Staying Healthy

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

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Nuclear War & Radiation Protection

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

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Valuable SHTF Skills for Preppers

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

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What Would a Long Term SHTF Event REALLY Look Like?

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

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Doing a Preparedness Checkup (Reassessment and Initial Assessment)

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

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The Not So Basic Medical Skills and Supplies

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

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

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

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

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

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Tips for Picking the Perfect Bug Out Location

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

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Society, Culture, and Prepping with Sara Hathaway

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

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

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

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Preparing For the Future By Learning From the Past

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

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The Necessary Convenience’s for Preppers

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

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Colorado PrepperMed Recap & Lessons Learned

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

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

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

SPP223 Colorado PrepperMed Recap & Lessons Learned

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

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

MOI (Mechanism of Injury)

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

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

Injury Assessment Triangle

Injury Assessment Triangle

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

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

Medical Kits & Supplies

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

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

Zombie Apocalypse Training

Triage color tags

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

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

Venomous Bites

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

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

The Basics of Ham Radio

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

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

Home Security & Situational Awareness

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

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

Important Takeaways…

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

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

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

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

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Home & Personal Defense for Preppers

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

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

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

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

SPP222 Home & Personal Defense for Preppers

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

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

Operational Security

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

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

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

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

Personal Security

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

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

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

Home Security for Today

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

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

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

Home Security When the S Hits the Fan

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

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

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

More From Brain

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

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Long Term Food & Water Storage Ideas for Preppers

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

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

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

SPP221 Long Term Food & Water Storage Ideas

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

Store What You Eat

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

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

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

Set a Goal

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

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

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

Types of Long Term Food Storage

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

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

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

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

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Part 2…

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

Water Storage

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other Things to Consider…

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

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

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

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

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Matter of Facts and Survivalist Prepper: Bugging In Or Out

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bugging Out & Bug Out Bags

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

Bugging In & Get Home Bags

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

More About the MOF Podcast…

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

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Preparedness Skills and PrepperMed Update

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Preparedness Skills and PrepperMed Update

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

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

SPP219 Preparedness Skills and PrepperMed Update

PrepperMed Updates…

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

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

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

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

The Rest of the Classes…

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

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

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

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

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

Also From the Show…

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

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

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

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Natural Disaster Preparedness with AR Shaw

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

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

Graham’s Resolution

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

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

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

Surrender the Sun

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

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

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

SPP218 Natural Disaster Preparedness with AR Shaw

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

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

Natural Disasters and Lessons Learned 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Coming Up…

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

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

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National Debt, A Country Divided and the Silent Coup

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

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

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

SPP217 National Debt, A Country Divided and the Silent Coup

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

A Country Divided

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

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

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

Preying on Our Emotions

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

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

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

Social Media Mob Mentality

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

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

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

The Democracy Myth

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

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

The Silent Coup & Govt. Corruption

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

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

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

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

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

The Silence Around the National Debt

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

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

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

Food Storage Challenges & Solutions

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

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

Legacy Food Storage @ the SHTFShop.com

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

Colorado Preppermed

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

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

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Prepper Camp, Gardening and Politically Correct TV With Rick Austin

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

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

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

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

Prepper Camp 2017

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

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

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

Secret Garden of Survival

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

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

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

Politically Correct TV

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

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

Where Else to Find Rick…

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

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Nukes, National Debt and North Korea

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

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

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

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

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

The North Korea Threat

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

The Media Hype Machine

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

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

Remember the Scud?

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

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

False Flag and Distraction?

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

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

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

The Possibility of WW3

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

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

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

The Bigger Picture

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

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

The EMP Threat

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

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

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

Stepping Up My Game…

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

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

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Long term prepping challenges

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

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

SPP214 Long Term Prepping Challenges

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

Getting Out of Debt

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

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

Helpful Links…

Investing in Silver

10 Ways to Reduce Debt

Maintaining Your Preparedness Level

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

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

Helpful Links…

Prepping Supplies at Home

11 Things That Will Derail Your SHTF Plans

Where to Store Everything

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

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

Helpful Links…

Storage Problems & Solutions for Preppers

Food Storage: One Sizes Does not Fit All

Staying Organized

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

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

Helpful Links…

Organization and Storage Ideas for Preppers

Storage Problems & Solutions for Preppers

Battling Complacency & Self-Doubt

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

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

Helpful Links…

The Different Types of Prepping (And Preppers)

Why We Crazy Preppers Aren’t So Crazy

Practice & Honing Your Skills

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

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

Helpful Links…

10 Wilderness Survival Skills Everyone Should Know

15 DIY Prepping Ideas to Learn New Skills

Moving Further Away

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

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

Helpful Links…

The Difference Between Urban and Rural Prepping

Surviving An Economic Collapse: What Are Your Options?

What Are Your Challenges?

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

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Valley of Vengeance: Interview With Franklin Horton

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

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

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

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

SPP213 Valley of Vengeance: Interview With Franklin Horton

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

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

Get a FREE Signed Copy!

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

Questions & Topics From the Show…

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

Valuable SHTF Skills

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

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

The Value of Community

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

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

Operational Security

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

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

Preconceived Notions

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

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

Transformations

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

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

Dealing with Death

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

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

Franklin’s Future Plans

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

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

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

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

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SPP212 PrepperMed Colorado

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

PrepperMed Details…

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

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

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

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

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

Day 1 Training:

(8 or 9AM until …?)

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

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

Day 2:

(8 or 9AM until 5PM)

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

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

Guest Instructors:

Brian Duff

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

Kyle Nelson

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

Sam Bradley

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tin Foil Hat Time

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

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

Colorado PrepperMed Course

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

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

7 Day Trial at the Survivalist Prepper Academy

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

 

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The Different Types of First Aid Kits

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

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

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

SPP210 The Different Types of First Aid Kits

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

Basic First Aid Supplies

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

Your Skills Will Determine Your Supplies

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

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

First Aid Kits at Home

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

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

First Aid Kits at Work

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

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

First Aid Kit’s For Your Car

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

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

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

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

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

First Aid Kits for Pets

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

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

Too Much is Never Enough

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

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

Is There a Place For Premade Kits?

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

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

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

What to Store Your Kits In

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

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

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

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

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11 Things That Will Derail Your SHTF Plans

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11 Things That Will Derail Your SHTF Plans

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

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

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

SPP209 11 Things That Will Derail Your SHTF Plans

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

Yourself (OPSEC)

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

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

Your Neighbors

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

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

Untrained Dogs

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

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

Kids Being Kids

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

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

Being Plump

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

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

Sight, Sound and Smell

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

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

Relying On Plan A

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

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

Lack Of Critical Thinking

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

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

Improper Storage

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

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

Theft

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

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

Mismanagement Of Supplies

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

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

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The Different Types of Prepping (And Preppers)

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

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

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

SPP207 The Different Types of Prepping (And Preppers)

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

The “Prepper” Label

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

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

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

Why We Prepare

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

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

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

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

How We Prepare

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

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

Different Types of Preppers

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

Lifestyle Prepper

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

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

Extreme Prepper

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

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

Gateway Prepper

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

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

Survivalist (Bushcraft)

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

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

Stay at Home Prepper

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

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

Closet Prepper

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

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

The Wannabe Prepper

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

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

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Life After SHTF: Learning to Live Without

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

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

First World Problems

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

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

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

SPP206 Life After SHTF: Learning to Live Without

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

How Important is Electricity?

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

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

Refrigeration

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

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

When Darkness Falls

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

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

Life Without Internet…GASP!

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

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

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

Idle Hands…

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

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

Heat – A/C

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

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

Running Water

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

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

Loss of Income

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

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

Fuel the Fire

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

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

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

Food Supply

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

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

The Easy Fix

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

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

Public Servants

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

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

Medical Professionals

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

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

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

Prescription Medications

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

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

Final Thoughts

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

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

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Different Types of Medical Skills

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

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

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

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

SPP205 Different Types of Medical Skills

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

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

25% Discount on Wilderness Medicine Classes

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

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

Kevin on The Disaster Podcast

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

Topics From This Weeks Show…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hypothetical SHTF scenario

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

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

Important Items for a Trauma Kit

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

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

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

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Organization and Storage Ideas for Preppers

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

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

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

Everything Has a Home

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

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

De-Junking: Finding Usable Storage Space

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

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

Other Peoples Stuff

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

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

SPP204 Organization and Storage Ideas for Preppers

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

Extra Storage Ideas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other Ideas?

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

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Preparing For Personal Doomsdays

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

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

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

SPP203 Preparing for Personal Doomsdays

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

Life Happens

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

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

Losing Interest

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

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

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

Learning to Live on Less

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

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

6 Ways Being a Prepper Can Save You Money

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

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

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

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

Some Possible Personal Doomsdays

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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What Are The 6 Areas of Preparedness?

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

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

SPP202 The 6 Areas of Preparedness

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

Storing Food

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

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

A Preppers Food Storage: One Sizes Does not Fit All

Long Term Food Storage Techniques & Ideas

Mother Natures Wilderness Survival Foods

Water Storage & Safety

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

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

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

Finding and Storing Water for Preppers

Finding Water In the City When the SHTF

SHTF Water Filtering and Purification For Preppers

Survival Shelter 

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

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

How Many Bug Out Locations Do You Need?

Wilderness Survival skills for Preppers

Tips for Successfully Bugging In

Personal Security

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

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

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

Being the Gray man & Situational Awareness

Large and Small Scale Escape & Evasion Tactics for Preppers

15 SHTF Perimeter Security and Alarm Ideas

Sanitation

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

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

Podcast: SHTF Sanitation

Foodborne Illness and Prevention for Preppers

SHTF Wound Care: Safety & Sanitation

Post Collapse Sanitation, Diseases and Antibiotics

First Aid & Medical Skills

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

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

First Aid and Medical Skills For Preppers

What Should Go In Your First Aid Kit Part 1

First Aid Supplies And Money Saving Tips For Prepers

Let Us Know…

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

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Interview With Kevin From Wilderness Safety Institute

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

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

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

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

For most of his life, he has not only been continually learning, but has used that knowledge about nature and the outdoors to teach others.

Kevin has taught members of Search and Rescue teams, participated in numerous SAR missions, given lectures on diving medicine at university hospitals, volunteered as an EMT and firefighter in his local community, served as an Assistant Scoutmaster with a local Boy Scouts Troop, and actively participates in educational podcasts and videos for EMS providers.

For more about Kevin visit his bio page here.

SPP201 Interview With Kevin From Wilderness Survival Institute

Here are a few notes from the show…

Wilderness medicine: We didn’t talk about medicinal herbs, we talked about how to help yourself when no help is available, and learning the basics. Wilderness medicine could help in many disaster scenarios, not just in the woods. – prevention

The SURVIVAL acronym: In any survival situation, or any critical situation it is important to stay calm and focused. Keeping your wits about you can eliminate unnecessary mistakes. Here is an article I wrote in the past about the S.U.R.V.I.V.A.L. acronym. 

Roughing it at home: Learning survival skills doesn’t mean you need to head out into the woods for a week. learning to do things at home without modern conveniences can show you how things might be, not just how everyone else says it will be.

Learning skills: You don’t need a degree to be survival smart. Taking smaller courses and classes can teach you needed survival skills without becoming an “expert”. Don’t totally depend on YouTube University.

Becoming EMT certified: The cost to become EMT certified depends on your area, in my area it’s about $1,500 and takes a few months. This is something that is well worth the time and money…unfortunately I just don’t have it right now. This is why the smaller basic courses might be a better option.

Quick Clot, good or bad? Avoid the older style granules, but the short answer is good. If you need to stop severe bleeding, you need to stop it. Doctors hate it, because the wound needs to be derided, But when it’s life or death the choice is simple. Here is a QuickClot training link I found that goes over what it is, and how it works.

Why suturing is not a great idea (for most people):  As preppers, we hear all the time about suturing and why it’s a necessary skill. We talked in the show about why it’s not a good idea for most people, and some alternatives like Steri Strips and the Isreali wound closure we talked about a few weeks ago.

Survival show myths: With the magic of editing, these “survival experts” can do just about anything. The truth is that while we can gleen some minor education from these shows, doing something (taking classes) is much better than watching something.

Water filtering education: what will do what – Katadyn Hiker PRO – Katadyn Micropur MP1 Purification Tablets (The only tablet or liquid proven effective against viruses, bacteria, Giardia, and Cryptosporidium in all water conditions) (Water filter link Article)

The Disaster Podcast: Kevin is a recurring guest on the Disaster podcast which is available on iTunes and other podcasting apps. This podcast is great! It goes over disaster situations from a medical perspective.

Training Classes Discount for Members: Kevin is a trainer for a number of survival courses, and if the group is large enough he will travel just about anywhere (in the U.S.) to teach. Kevin has offered a 25% discount for Survivalist Prepper Academy members. If you are interested just send me an email and I’ll get you in touch with Kevin.

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Everyday Carry (EDC) for Preppers: From Head to Toe

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Every Day Carry (EDC) for PreppersWhen we think about everyday carry items we usually think about what we put in our pockets every day. The reason I titled this article “Everyday Carry (EDC) for Preppers From Head to Toe” is because there is much more that goes into EDC items than a flashlight and a pocket knife.

These prepping supplies and EDC supplies are important though. As they say, a carpenter is only as good as his tools. Anyone can go out and buy the best “tools of the trade” but if they don’t know how to use them, the house they build might not look like a house at all.

I will be going over some ideas and supplies for every day carry items in this article, but I wanted to start off by talking about knowledge and skills first. Most of the items we carry everyday are stored in our head, not in our pockets, purse, or wallet.

SPP200 Everyday Carry (EDC) for Preppers

While there are a few supplies listed below, not everything we everyday carry needs to fit in our pockets. These days there is no shortage of options, and no shortage of places to learn about personal safety and security.

Knowledge and Skill

Having these everyday carry supplies is only the first step. We also need to understand how we might use them, and why we might need them. Owning a gun requires safety education, maintenance and understanding when, why, and how you might use it.

While having a pocket knife doesn’t require the skill and training a gun does, we still need to know which one will suit our needs. Wearing a paracord bracelet is pretty pointless if you can’t tie a few different knots. Having a ferro rod if you can’t get a spark is also pointless.

Understanding when, why and how you might use an item will give you a better idea about the everyday carry items you might need. It will also give you a better idea how to handle a situation when those tools and supplies aren’t available.

Operational Security

The best way to handle any dangerous situation that might come is to stay out of it in the first place. Pay attention to what you do that might make you an easy target, and pay attention to what people around you are doing.

It is important to have these everyday carry supplies, but our goal should be to never need to use them. Sometimes the circumstances are unavoidable, and situations like these are why EDC items are so important.

Self Defense

There is no shortage of items you can carry to help you with self-defense. I’ll list a few below, but keep in mind, these tools shouldn’t be an alternative to knowing how to defend yourself, they are tools that might give you better odds.

This doesn’t mean you need to be Bruce Lee or Chuck Norris (wouldn’t that be awesome!) but we should learn as much as we can about basic self-defense. Criminals are cowards and opportunists, so like the saying goes…

“You don’t need to be faster than the bear. You just need to be faster than the person next to you”.

Demonstrating confidence and awareness might make that person wanting to do us harm think twice. If you can get them to think that you are not as easy a target as they thought, they might rethink their plans.

Personal Defense EDC Ideas

On Your Body (Typical EDC)

Typically when we think about everyday carry items we think about what we should put in our pockets everyday. Everyday carry items for preppers should include more than a flashlight, pocket knife and some paracord. Preppers are genius about finding ways to carry survival items, while still remaining the gray man.

Women seem to have the advantage here because a purse can hold more than a wallet. While I’m not opposed to a Fanny Pack or a Murse (Man Purse), I’m just not the type of guy that could pull it off. There are other options though, for both men and women, you just need to think outside the box.

Hats: With a little sewing skill and some ingenuity you could add a few secret compartments in your hat. There are also a couple of options online like this one from WazooSurvivalGear.

Jewelry: There is no shortage of everyday carry items we can wear, rather than put in our pockets. There are all sorts of paracord braclets, bushcraft necklaces, survival watches and more.

Clothes: I love cargo pants because there are so many pockets, but they are a little obvious. ScotteVest makes quite a few clothing options with hidden compartments.

Purse/Pack: If I were to get a “Man Purse” it would probably look something like this. Purses and Go bags give you the ability to carry more than just the basics. Something that looks like a laptop bag probably wouldn’t stick out too much these days.

Wallet: While space is limited in a wallet we should always have some extra cash on hand, and important information. Along with that there are a few other items like a credit card knife or freznel lens that would fit in a wallet.

Shoes: You might not be able to do it with “fancy shoes” but why not use paracord for work boots, hiking boots, or tennis shoes. I use Titan SurvivorCord in my shoes because it has fishing line, waxed jute and a copper wire inside.

Belt: A belt is not just to hold your pants up when your pockets are full. It could be a full on paracord belt like the Preppinstein Designs belt, or just a belt you can attach stuff to like a holster, multi tool or knife.

The EDC Basics

There are quite a few articles about the everyday carry basics, and people love to share what their EDC items include (me as well). Here is a short list of what I think that should include.

Extra Cash: There are many reasons why the grid would go down, and if this happens our money in the bank is useless. How much you carry is up to you, but I suggest at least $20 in small bills.

Pen (And Paper): You never know when you might need to leave information for someone else, or write something down for yourself. Using a pen and paper is easier than carving something into your dashboard.

Cell Phone: These days your cell phone is probably no further than arms reach away, so this might be an easy one. Even if there is no cell service, we might be able to text. We also have important information stored on our phones.

Important Info: Because we have everyone’s phone number in our cell phone, we probably don’t know their actual phone number. Have emergency contact info in your wallet, and also important medical information.

Flashlight: This is one of those “you’ll wish you had it” items. They offer more flexibility than using a lighter, and some can be used as a weapon.

Pocket Knife: Having a cutting tool is important for a number of reasons. You might only use it for opening packages these days, but you’ll be glad you have it in a survival situation.

Multi Tool: If you don’t already have a good multi tool, believe me, you will use it more than you think. You don’t need the best multi tool out there, but don’t go cheap. I have this Leatherman and I love it.

Fire Making: This goes without saying, but having a couple ways to start a fire are must have EDC items. Always carry a Bic lighter on you, and have at least one more option on top of that.

Self Defense: I talked about self defense above, so I won’t go into detail here. Most of the tools listed above can be used for self defense as well. The ability to conceal carry is best for self defense by far.

In Your Automobile

If you define everyday carry by what you can carry in your pockets, items in your car probably don’t make the list. In my opinion they should. We use our automobiles for everything we do, and they are always within walking distance of us.

Our cars also give you more storage space, and act as a staging point depending on which environment we are heading into. These days if you took all of your EDC supplies into a courthouse or airport, you might get the dreaded “domestic terrorist” label. Other situations might afford you the option of carrying more than just the basics.

All of this is why maintaining your automobile is so important. The easiest way of getting from point A to point B is on 4 wheels. If our vehicle breaks down, you will be left with the choice of what to take, and what to leave behind.

Here are a few items you can store in your car, but would be a an inconvenience to carry around with you everywhere you go.

Tools: I try to have all the tools I might need for small repairs in my truck. This includes a 40 piece socket set, screwdrivers, plyers, and some Duct Tape just to name a few.

Even if you don’t know how to use these tools, they are important to have. You might run into a problem that someone else might be able to fix… as long as you have the tools to do it.

Bug Out Bags: You can have the best bug out bag setup in the world, but if it sits at home it is useless. My bug out bag spends far more time on my backseat than on my back, but if I need it, I know it’s there.

Car (Road) Kits: First and foremost make sure you have a car jack, lug wrench, and a spare tire. I have purchased a few used cars in my day, and I’d say 90% of them don’t have a jack or a lug wrench in them.

Along with that, make sure you have an emergency car kit. This car kit here is a great ready to go kit. As preppers we are constantly adding/removing/tailoring our kits, so make sure and add/remove/tailor these kits to fit your needs.

Clothing: Most cars have plenty of storage space, so why not have some extra clothes and blankets in the trunk. Along with clothes you should have gloves, walking shoes, extra socks etc.

Shelter: In my truck I have 2 tarps, 2 survival blankets, duct tape and paracord to make shelter if the need arises. Overkill? possibly. But better safe than sorry I say.

Food & Water: It’s not only important to have a little food and water in your car, it’s also important to check and rotate it every once in a while. Extreme temperature changes can affect certain foods, and water can freeze and expand, causing a big mess when it thaws.

First Aid Supplies: Whether it’s a big emergency or something small, first aid supplies are always important. We use our cars to take us everywhere, and having some first aid supplies might become useful if we become injured, or to help someone else.

Preparedness Supplies at Work

The average person spends 8 hours a day at work, so it only makes sense to have some preparedness supplies there. Where and how you store these supplies depends on your job. Some people have desks, some have lockers, and some are very limited. If you have space available to stash some food, water and other preparedness supplies, why not use it.

To get a better understanding of what preparedness supplies you might need you need to have a good understanding of your surroundings. This means the people around you, the tools available to you, and even knowing the escape routes.

Supplies at Home

Items stored at home aren’t necessarily EDC items, but I want to cover them none the less. We have a tendency of letting our guard down when we get home because it is our “safe place”. This is all well and good, but we need to make sure it truly  is our “safe place”.

Have some defense items stashed around the house and strategically located. Having a baseball bat parked by the front door, a firearm on your hip or a fat can of mace on your nightstand might give you an edge if needed.

Hypothetical Scenario: Lets say someone was holding you hostage in your house (robbing you) and told you to stay seated at the table until they were done. If you had a can of mace taped under that table you might be able to use it when they weren’t expecting it and get away.

Conclusion…

You might be thinking that this goes WAY beyond everyday carry items, but the whole point of this article is to not limit ourselves to what we can put in our pockets. We can have all the supplies in the world, but if they are not readily available, they are useless.

If we take advantage of every opportunity we have, we are less likely to get caught with our pants down in a survival situation…especially if we have a belt.

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Spring and Summer Prepping Ideas

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Spring and Summer Prepping IdeasAs spring and summer arrive, everything starts to spring to life, and that should include us. The winter time can lead us to becoming complacent about prepping because there is only so much we can do indoors. You can’t go camping, you can’t grow a garden, and you can’t practice fire starting skills indoors…or you shouldn’t anyway.

This is my most favorite time of the year! The days are getting longer, it is finally warm outside, and it is the pre-season to summer, when we will be prepping up a storm!

Since the weather is warming up, and the days are getting longer, this is the perfect time to get outside and get some work done. It is still too early to plant our garden outside yet, it snowed yesterday morning, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get everything ready to go.

SPP199 Spring and Summer Prepping Ideas

Getting Outside

As the days get longer and warmer, we finally have the chance to get outside and get some work done, so why not take advantage of it. Prepping is about much more than what supplies we have, it’s about skills and being ready for some hard times.

Gardening: There is a lot of prep work that goes into gardening. Now is the perfect time to acclimate yourself to being outside. Get those garden beds ready! Weed, and work the dirt. Get your compost pile in shape, and move some ready compost to your garden.

Camping:  Going camping doesn’t mean heading out to the woods for a week with nothing more than a bug out bag. Camping is a great way to apply all those skills we learned over the winter. it’s also a great way of getting away from the hustle and bustle of daily life, and spend some quality time with the family.

Physical Fitness: Any sort of SHTF event, or disaster scenario is going to require some hard work.Not only that, but the healthier we are now, the less problems we will have is these scenarios. When we are cooped up in the house, it can be tough to stay physically fit, but the summer brings a number of opportunity’s.

Taking your bug out bag for a walk, planting a garden or doing work around the house are all great ways to become “Farmer Strong” as Dale calls it. I know plenty of farmers who could outwork a gym rat every day of the week.

Go For a Hike: With the weather being warmer, this is an excellent time to put your pack on, and go out for a hike. Keep it short at first, and maybe only take the bare necessities the first couple of times you go out. You will build endurance, as well as some muscle.

Walking is an excellent way to get in shape. And by making it fun, and bringing your camera a long to capture some memories along your journey can motivate you to keep going.

Have a Stay-Cation

Instead of spending thousands of dollars on a trip, why not use that money for an improvement around your home? Instead of going to lay on a beach somewhere or traveling to faraway places, I usually take my vacation to get caught up around our home. It’s also fun to sleep in at home, and spend the day moving slowly around home, instead of hurrying up and going somewhere. We also use that time to take shorter day trips to places around us and exploring new places within our own community.

Clean Out the Garage

If your garage is anything like mine, it isn’t just for storing your cars. In fact, our garage is a workshop and a “catchall” for our preparedness supplies. Over time, things get moved around and misplaced. Move that stuff out, go through it, and make sure you are organized.

If you are lucky enough to have a garage, take advantage of the storage space. Hang peg board up, or build some shelves. Do what you can to make the most of the space you have. Over time, you will have more preparedness supplies than you know what to do with…believe me, I know!

Make Important Repairs

If things have been piling up on your “to do” list, now is the time to get those projects done. It doesn’t all have to be done in one weekend, but take advantage of the warmer weather while you can. Instead of overwhelming yourself by trying to get everything done at one time (Lisa) get your list and focus on one task at a time.

Do it right, and do it well. By the end of the summer, hopefully you will have everything checked or crossed off that list. Again, take advantage of the warm weather. It’s much easier to make needed repairs when it’s warm and dry, than it is slopping through mud or a foot of snow.

Neighborhood Get Together

Some of us might be a little leery about putting our selves out there with the neighbors, but it is very important. We should always be mindful of our operational security, but because these people are right outside our front door, it’s important to know who they actually are.

You don’t necessarily need to have a full blown neighborhood BBQ (unless you want to), but anything we can do to get to know who our neighbors really are, not “who we think they are” will give us a better idea about who will be helpful, and who we need to watch out for.

Learning Something New

Again, don’t set out to complete a new task every weekend. Instead think of one thing you really want to do and do it. For me, it is planting a cornfield. That has been something I have always wanted to do, and this summer, I am going to do it! I might also learn how to start a fire the non-traditional way and challenge Dale to a fire starting contest, but the corn field comes first.

Dale is planning on learning to pressure can. We can’t do this indoors because we have a ceramic top stove, so he plans on getting an outdoor propane burner. He is also getting ready to start the “Bushcraft Prepping” course at the Survivalist Prepper Academy.

These are just a few things to think about before summer is in full swing around us. Plan and prepare now for an incredible and productive summer. How about you? What are your plans for the upcoming summer?

Also from the show…

200th Episode Giveaway: To celebrate our 200th episode of the Survivalist Prepper Podcast we are giving away a great compound bow package from Apollo-Tactical along with a couple other prizes. Click here to enter the giveaway.

YouTube Live: Earlier this week Dale and I were on the Learning to be Prepared YouTube channel talking about preparedness. Click here to watch the replay. We mentioned a podcast Dale did in the past with Brian Gittens from the UK. You can listen to that here.

HydroFlo Water Filter Discount: Dale recently did a video on the HydroFlo Jerry Can water filter, and they have also set up a coupon code SP20 for fans of Survivalist Prepper to get a 20% discount. Have a look at their website here.

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The Dangers of Becoming Complacent as Preppers

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The Dangers of Becoming Complacent as Preppers Most of the time prepping is about being in the “hurry up and wait” mode, which can cause us to become complacent about prepping. This might seem counter intuitive, but not having to use our preparedness supplies because of a disaster is actually a good thing.

While some of us might secretly hope for a small power outage, or a reason to test our preparedness level, hopefully none of us hope for a large-scale disaster that could change our lives forever.

SPP198 The Dangers of Becoming Complacent as Preppers

Below is a list of the topics we covered in the Survivalist Prepper Show this week. We talked about everything from escalating tensions around the world, preparing for natural disasters and other dangers of becoming complacent as preppers.

No Sense of Urgency

It can be tough to prioritize prepping when things are going good, and we don’t have that a sense of urgency. I think this happened to quite a few people after this election. People thought that because Trump won (or maybe because Hillary lost) they could relax about their prepping.

We can’t afford to lose our sense of urgency and become complacent with prepping, because bad things usually happen when we least expect it. When those times come that I feel like I have nothing to worry about, I start to worry about what I’m missing.

The Calm Before the Storm

With prepping, there are always ebbs and flows. There are times when I seems like everything is going well, but we know something could be right around the corner. While we are always looking ahead, some people don’t. Some people sell off their preparedness supplies or let their food storage dwindle.

As preppers we need to take advantage of this lull in the action instead of becoming complacent. When there is less demand, it usually means cheaper prices and sales. We can also take advantage of this lull in action and do some of the things we have been putting off for a while.

Attention to Detail

Sometimes when we think we have the best plan in the world, we end up getting bit in the butt because of something minor. In a SHTF scenario something minor could turn into something life threatening. We could have the best bug out vehicle, packed to the roof with all of our preparedness supplies, but if we forget to fill the gas tank it’s game over.

We can get complacent about everything from getting an oil change, to preparing for complete societal breakdown. As people we are creatures of habit, and we need to make a conscious effort to avoid that. This is why knowledge and skills are so important. The more we know, the better our chances are of catching those small details.

The Easy Life

Just about no one alive today has ever had to live through a world wide crisis (like WW2) and there has never been a large scale attack on U.S. Soil other than Pearl Harbor. The weapons we have today are much different than the mortars and tanks of WW2. Weapons are being developed that can be launched for anywhere around the world, and land in your back yard.

With countries like N.Korea and Iran hell bent on our destruction we can afford to be complacent. The United States has been the king of the hill for a very long time. The only way do remain the king of the hill and keep our freedoms is to deal with those who threaten us, not by crossing our fingers or asking please.

Crying Wolf

Sometimes as preppers we can become complacent because we fear an economic collapse and nothing happens. We hear about N.Korea testing missiles and nothing happens. The more this happens, the more we say “yeah, I’ve heard this story before”.

The problem is that we know eventually something will happen, whether it’s an economic collapse, bombs dropping or something else. Just like the story of the boy who cried wolf, eventually the wolf will come, and the sheep that are asleep will be the first to go.

Outside Our Front Door

At times we can get so focused on the larger SHTF scenarios that we forget about natural disasters  and things around the home. While these larger disaster scenarios are important, there are other small scale scenarios we need to keep in mind.

Preparing for natural disasters and personal doomsday’s could be more important because they are more likely to affect you. Prepping isn’t just about Nuclear bombs and Martial Law, it’s about being prepared for ANYTHING that might affect you and your family.

Situational Awareness

As I said earlier, people are creatures of habit. Eventually these habits become routine, and we are basically sleepwalking through life. We might take the same route to work everyday, or we might go to the bank the same time and day every week. This all makes us to becoming a target for someone who is paying attention to what we are doing, even when we aren’t.

Situational awareness is also about paying attention to what is going on around you at all times. It can be easy to become complacent because our daily lives are usually pretty boring, and nothing ever happens. Criminals are opportunists, and all they need is 1 opportunity to take advantage of.

Our Health

Becoming complacent about our health is probably something we all do at one point or another. This is because the affects of not eating right, or not exercising aren’t immediately noticeable. Over time these affects could lead to health issues and illness that could have dire consequences in an SHTF scenario.

It seems like some people won the genetic lottery and can eat of drink whatever they want, while some of us need to watch out for everything. Regardless which category you fit into, it’s important to be as healthy as possible because when there are no doctors or medications available, you are on your own.

Overconfidence

Overconfidence can lead to complacency because we think we have it all figured out. Sometimes we can work our butts of preparing and take a break for a week. That week can turn into a month, and then 6 months leaving us right back where we started.

We all know that “know it all” or someone who thinks they have it all figured out. Anyone who tells you they know everything about a certain subject is probably not the person to listen to. We are all constantly learning and evolving, and there is always something new to learn.

Urgency and Fear

There is a huge difference between prepping with urgency, and prepping because of fear. We can’t afford to let these disaster scenarios consume our lives. Yes, there are some pretty bad things, and some pretty bad people out there, but all we can do is what we can do.

The reason we prepare is to remove some of that fear. We can only do what we can do, and the rest is in gods hands.

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First Aid and Medical Skills For Preppers

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First Aid and Medical Skills For PreppersWhile food, water and shelter are the 3 most important aspects of prepping, first aid and medical skills for preppers aren’t far behind. There could be times when medical help isn’t available, or even times where we can save some money by treating minor injuries and sickness ourselves.

This article isn’t a list of first aid supplies for preppers, you can find more information than you need with a simple Google search. We even have a couple here and here. This article is more about how to decide which medical supplies you might need.

Just like everything with preparedness, we can’t move on to the “bigger and better” until we take care of the basics. First aid for preppers is not always about bullet wounds and Severed limbs, but that doesn’t mean we can ignore that aspect of it.  USCrow: Advanced Medical Care https://uscrow.org/category/survival-skills/advanced-medical-skills/

SPP197 First Aid and Medical Skills For Preppers

The truth is, there are illnesses and accidents that happen on a daily basis. These minor issues could turn into bigger issues if we don’t know how to treat them. Without refrigeration, foodborne illnesses could become commonplace and diseases like Cholera could rear their ugly head once again.

Most Common Issues

Respiratory, Infection, Diarrhea

Diagnosis & Vital Signs (figure out what your dealing with)

Prevention

Personal Hygiene and Sanitation | hygienic conditions (no clean running water)

Tailor your kit to your needs (Family medical conditions, lifestyle, location)

Training – Learn what you need to learn (In order – A,B,C, not A,D,B,C)

Survival Medicine

(shtf applications will require more than the basics) http://americansurvivor.org/home/survival-medics/

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Beware of These Prepping Pitfalls

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Beware of These Prepping PitfallsWhen it comes to preparedness, there are many pitfalls we need to be aware of, especially if we have been at this for a while. With prepping covering such a wide range of topics, it can be pretty easy to get overwhelmed and/or overspent.

spinning platesWhile there is no way to avoid every prepping pitfall, if we pay attention, and keep out head in the game, we can avoid most of these. I’ve probably said this a hundred time, but prepping isn’t brain surgery. It can however feel like spinning plates because there is just so much to do to become better prepared.

SPP196 Beware of These Prepping Pitfalls

This week in the Survivalist Prepper podcast Lisa and I talked about some of the areas of preparedness we need to pay more attention to, and some things to avoid.

Prepping can be hard enough without adding unnecessary headaches to the process.

Getting Too Wound Up

With all the cable news networks and thousands of websites, it can be hard to decipher between fact, fiction and opinion. It can be easier said than done sometimes, but we need to understand that there is only so much we can do. Yes, we do need to pay attention to all these disaster scenarios, but we can’t afford to let them paralyze us.

Fake News & Fear

With all these news channels and websites it can be hard to get the real story, and when you add in fear based marketing, it can seem impossible. Sometimes the truth is secondary to clicks and ratings. In this Prepper Website Podcast Todd talked about how this affects prepping websites also.

Gimmicks and Scams

I recently did a video about some of the gimmicks and scams we need to avoid. In that video I mentioned that some of these gimmicks can be interesting and useful (credit card knife), and some are just worthless (Everstrike match). We also need to be aware of outright scams. Like the saying goes, if it’s too good to be true…it probably is.

Going Into Debt

You might think that going out and buying all the preparedness supplies you need at once is a good idea…but it’s not. Maxing out your credit card(s) could lead to big problems down the line and leave you less prepared. If you create a prepping budget, and work within your means, you will find that in no time at all you will be more prepared than you thought possible.

Unbalanced Prepping

As we are building up our preparedness supplies we need to think about it as a time frame, not a list of supplies. Preparing for a week, then a month, then a year is better than getting food, then water, then bug out bags. If we have a years worth of food, but no water, we are not prepared at all.

Rotation/Spoilage

If we go out and spend money on supplies that have a shelf life, we want to make sure it is still good when we need to use it. Doing inventory at least a couple times a year, and storing food we actually eat will help reduce the spoilage factor.

Taking Bad Advice

Regardless what we are doing we should never take one persons advice on something. Just because something works for them, doesn’t mean it will work for you. We all know that person that has the answer for everything right? The “know it all”. No one is more invested in your future than you. Make sure you are making decisions that you are comfortable with.

Oversharing

We hear about operational security all the time. If you are on the internet, there is very little you can do to hide from the alphabet agencies, but we can control what we share with others. This also includes people we talk to in person. Make sure you trust the person you are talking to, and even then stay cautious.

Supplies & No Knowledge

There are literally hundreds of “gotta have it” prepping supplies out there, but if we don’t know how to use them they are pointless. If you own a ferro rod, make sure you know how to use it. If you want to build a solar generator, make sure you know how it works before you buy the parts.

DIY Project Fails

DIY prepping projects are a great way to learn, and might even save you money, but this is not always the case. Take the Sun Oven for example. There are many DIY versions of this, but none will work as well as the actual Sun Oven. The positive side of these DIY projects is they will teach you about alternatives if you find yourself with nothing.

Back to the Basics

We need to make sure that before we move on the the “bigger and better” aspects of preparedness that we have a good foundation to build on. Last week we talked about how if we aren’t prepared for the smaller scale disaster scenarios we aren’t prepared at all. This also hold true for basic supplies like manual can openers, batteries, crank radios etc.

Second Guessing Yourself

To a lot of people prepping is seen as “extreme” or “unnecessary” which can cause us to second guess ourselves. On the same lines of not listening to the “know it all’s” we need to trust our gut on this. As I said earlier, no one have a bigger interest in your future than you do, so do what you feel is right.

Tin Foil Hat Time

This week in the show we talked about how fragile our power grid is. Even though our government and public service companies know it, they refuse to do anything about it. This PDF from CenterForSecurity goes through what the affects of an EMP or CME would be.

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Are You Prepared for Natural Disasters?

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Are You Prepared for Natural DisastersTalking about natural disasters is not up there with the most “sexy” or “fun” aspects of prepping, but it’s important to make sure we are prepared for these natural disasters none the less. The odds of a natural disaster or a personal doomsday happening in our lifetime are far greater than a global or national disaster scenario…although these odds are changing daily.

The basics of preparedness are the same regardless which disaster(s) you are preparing for. Preparing for these natural disasters is a great way to build your foundation, and become become better prepared for even the smallest disaster situation or personal doomsday.

The truth is, if we don’t have the basics covered, we really aren’t prepared at all. We could have the perfect bug out bag, but without an escape and evasion plan, we could be in for a tough time.

I recently published this video about 10 basic things we should have taken care of to be prepared for any disaster scenario. How many of these do you have checked off your list? If you only get 7 out of 10 you might have a little work to do.

Here are the 10 tips from the video…

  1. You have enough food stored
  2. You have cash set aside
  3. You have out of area emergency contacts
  4. You have water stored
  5. You have a plan for the family
  6. You know where you’ll go (including pets)
  7. You have a good first aid kit
  8. You have first aid training
  9. You practice for a disaster
  10. Your car is in good mechanical condition

SPP195 Are You Prepared for Natural Disasters?

In this weeks show we went over some of the basics of preparing for a natural disaster. This might all seem very simple to you (especially if you’ve been prepping for a while) but they are areas that sometimes get overlooked because they are so simple.

Sometimes what you thought was a perfect plan will not work out like you thought it would. Sometimes we get so focused on the bigger details, we forget about the small details. Having the greatest bug out vehicle that can bust through a concrete wall is worthless if it runs out of gas, or gets a flat tire.

Topics Covered In The Show…

Here are a few of the things we talked about in this weeks show. We went into quite a bit of detail with all of these, so make sure and listen.

Stay Informed

Before: A little bit of extra warning can go a long way in a disaster situation. With a hurricane or blizzard you will have plenty of warning, an earthquake or tornado is a different story. At this point you will have TV, radio and phone service…make sure you use them.

During: Some of these services might be out during a natural disaster, but a shortwave radio might still be useful. I have this Crank Radio which also has a solar panel and light.

After: A natural disaster can cause quite a bit of damage. The first thing we will want to do is make sure everyone is safe. You can register on the Red Cross website to check in as “safe and well”. You can also check in on others who might be affected, as long as they know to use the website.

Evacuation Planning

Home and Away: Evacuation planning is not just choosing a bug out route, it could mean getting out of the house in the first place. Earthquakes and tornadoes could destroy your home leaving you trapped, and in a house fire you would need to find the safest escape route.

Escape Routes: This could be anything from escaping the house, to escaping the neighborhood. Make sure everyone knows which routes to take and why. Make sure to always have a plan B, and also a plan C.

Timing Is Everything: While you would have plenty of time to prepared for a hurricane, some natural disasters won’t afford you that luxury. This is why staying informed and having supplies ready to go is important.

Destinations: It’s not only important to have your destinations picked out, it’s important that everyone is on the same page. Make sure everyone knows where you will meet, and where you will meet if that isn’t an option. This could be anything from the front yard, to a school paring lot, to a relatives home.

Include the Pets: If you own pets you are going to want to have a plan and supplies for them as well. If you need to evacuate you will need supplies for them, as well as a suitable location. If you plan on going to a relatives home, make sure they are OK with Fido coming along.

Family Disaster Planning

Contact Information: These days we don’t know peoples actual phone numbers, they are just names in our cell phone. You can make wallet sized cards with contact information, as well as important medical information. Wallet size contact cards are great for teenagers because they don’t need to remember anything other than where it is when they need it.

Important Websites: You should also add important websites to these cards, the SafeAndWell website I linked to above is one of them. While the internet might be down during the natural disaster, it could be available in the future. It could also be available in other areas.

If You’re Separated: The entire family is rarely in the same place all the time. Parents go to works, kids go to school, and a disaster is not going to wait until we are ready. This is why having pre planned meeting points and contact information is so important. If we know that they know, it can make an already stressful situation a little more bearable.

Money on Hand: In a natural disaster scenario money will not be useless, but ATM’s might. Everyone should carry some emergency cash in their wallet for event’s like this. This could be $100 in small bills, or whatever you can afford.

Practice Your Plans: Having these plans is only the first step. The more important step is making sure everyone understands these plans and is on the same page. The family might not take this as serious as you, but when the time comes they will remember.

Around the House: During or after a natural disaster there are some safety precautions we need to make sure everyone understands. Make sure everyone knows where the breaker box is (and how to shut if off) and where the gas shutoff is. Make sure a bad situation doesn’t get worse by something that could have been avoided.

Survival Skills

The Basics: Making sure the family knows survival skills doesn’t mean they need to know how to use a ferro rod to start a fire, but do they know how to use a fire extinguisher? Do they know what to do during a house fire? Or do they know the basics of first aid.

And Then Some: While we might not be able to get the whole family on board with the more advanced survival skills like trauma care, CPR  or bugging out, they are important to learn. We never know what situation might present itself, so the more we know, the better our odds will be.

Disaster Supplies

3 Days Minimum: FEMA recommends that we have 3 days worth of food and water stored. As preppers, if we only have 3 days worth of supplies, we think we are severely slacking.  In the event of a natural disaster 3 days is probably OK, but I feel much better knowing I’m covered if day 4 or 5 rolls around.

Staying or Going?: Having 3 days worth of supplies doesn’t just mean around the house. If we find ourselves in a situation where we need to leave, we need to have some of these supplies ready to go. This means food, water, bug out bags, and other supplies.

The Right Tools For the Job: The supplies you need will depend on the natural disaster you are preparing for. While the basic survival supplies like food water and first aid might be the same, some tools will be specific to the disaster. A pry bar or a pick ax might be useful after an earthquake, they might not be during a blizzard.

This is just a general list that would cover a number of disaster scenarios. Make sure you have these covered, and then refine this list depending on which natural disaster scenario you are concerned about. If you have any ideas or thoughts, let me know in the comments below…

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Large and Small Scale Escape & Evasion Tactics for Preppers

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Large and Small Scale Escape & Evasion Tactics for PreppersAs preppers, when we think about escape and evasion tactics we immediately think about the worst-case scenario. We think about escaping a war zone cause by civil unrest, and evading large numbers of marauders looking to steal our supplies and do us harm.

While this is possible, and extremely important to plan for, not every scenario is a worst-case scenario. Understanding escape and evasion tactics could be beneficial in a wide number of disaster scenarios including natural disasters.

Escape and evasion is much more than slapping on some camouflage and acting like a Navy Seal. Escape and evasion is also about more than counter tracking and escaping zip ties, it’s about everything we do on a daily basis to stay out of situations where escape would become necessary.

SPP194 Escape & Evasion Tactics for Preppers

This week in the show we talked about escape and evasion tactic for preppers, and how they apply in a number of different disaster scenarios. Some of these techniques also apply to what we do in our everyday lives.

Blending In

Blending into your environment and becoming “the gray man” is about how you look, how you act, and what you say. If you live in an urban area you don’t want to be wearing cammo and carrying a tactical backpack or bug out bag. If you live in a rural area you wouldn’t want to be wearing a 3-piece suit and carrying suitcase. Fitting in means looking and acting just like everyone else. It means being unremarkable in every way.

Regardless whether you are talking about a large scale civil unrest scenario or just discussing preparedness with friends, what you say will have repercussions. Being the gray man means not showing your cards until you are absolutely sure the time is right.

Trust No One

This might sound a little harsh, but we need to treat everyone is a potential enemy. This doesn’t mean board up the windows and shoot anyone who comes to the door, we just need to be on high alert with everyone we encounter. People without food become very dangerous, and even the most well-intentioned person will do what it takes to survive.

Even during small scale natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina we have seen this happen. People for the most part will try to come together and help each other, but all it takes is a few people looking to take advantage to ruin your plans.

Situational Awareness

You might not think about situational awareness when you think about escape and evasion, but it could be one of it’s most important aspects. We need to constantly be aware of the actions of others, as well as how our own actions might put us at risk.

Using the acronym S.U.R.V.I.V.A.L. in a crisis situation is a great way to remind yourself what is important and to stay focused. We need to make sure that when we are traveling we are not leaving a trail, not easily followed and not an easy target. To do this we need to be on high alert, and aware of the situation around us.

Tracking & Counter Tracking

The most important part of escape and evasion is making sure you do it unnoticed. This not only includes being the gray man and situational awareness, it means not leaving a trail for someone to follow. If you are a hunter, you might know quite a bit about tracking animals, and the same principals apply to humans.

Counter tracking is simply understanding what kind of signals humans might leave, and not leaving them. There is quite a bit that goes into tracking and counter tracking, but the great thing is it’s easy to learn…and it’s free. We can learn just about anything on YouTube these days, and Black Scout Survival has a good series on escape and evasion.

Using something like the Sneek Boot will make it harder for someone to follow your footprints, but we also need to make sure we are not leaving other signals like trash or disturbing the surrounding area.

Navigation

Not every scenario involves hiking through the woods to your bug out location, but navigation and map reading is important none the less. Regardless where we live, escaping or evading will mean traveling in secluded areas in hopes to avoid people. It doesn’t matter if you are in an urban area, or a rural area, losing your direction, or making a wrong turn is easier than you think.

Having maps of your area, and knowing how to read them could literally be the difference between life and death. Most of us could make it home from work without using a map, but would it be the safest route? It’s much safer to take 30 seconds and plan a route, than to turn a corner and find yourself face to face with someone wanting to do you harm.

The Best Bug Out Vehicle

Instead of thinking about a bug out vehicle as the biggest baddest vehicle that can bust through walls and road blocks, we should think about the type of vehicle necessary for the job. The safest route might be going discreetly around a road block rather than through it. If you find yourself stuck in an urban area, which is better a bicycle? or an RV?

The truth is, the best bug out vehicle is the one you have now. It’s fun to think about these big bad bug out vehicles, but we should make sure our car is maintained and reliable.

Any bug out vehicle is only as good as the supplies and tools that are in it, this includes your everyday carry items. Having the tools to fix a flat tire or tighten a hose could be the difference between driving somewhere and hoofing it.

Planning

Planning is not only important before a crisis situation, it’s also important during a crisis. In order to execute a bug out plan properly we need to learn about escape and evasion and practice it. Bugging out should not just be grabbing your go bag and walking. The more we know about escape and evasion tactics, the better our chances will be.

This is also important during smaller scale disasters like hurricanes, earthquakes and wild fires.  Evasion could mean getting to higher ground, or even helping someone who has been trapped under rubble to escape.  As I said earlier, escape and evasion is about much more than hiding from, or escaping from would be kidnappers.

Organization in Groups

If something were to happen while we were at work, we might not be heading out alone. While we all have a group of coworkers we just can’t stand, there are probably a few you couldn’t leave behind. In a situation like this, you would need to be the leader. Most people have no idea what to do in an emergency other than panic.

This will also make traveling discreetly and hiding your tracks a little more challenging. On the flip side, it will also increase your security because you have more hands, and more eyeballs. Just remember, you’ll have to do some training on the fly, but your friends will be glad you are one of those “crazy Preppers” at this point.

Links From the Show…

I mentioned the Army Tracking Manual in the podcast that has some tips on escape and evasion. Here is the link to that download.

In the beginning of the show I mentioned the new podcast “The Prepper Website Podcast” This is available at iTunes, Stitcher or any of your favorite podcasting apps.

As many of you know we have been selling the Blaze Charcoal Bricks which are available on Amazon. I also have a few 50% off coupon codes for anyone who is interested. If you would like one of these coupon codes just email me here and I’ll let you know if they are still available.

 

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Why “Embracing the Suck” is Important to Preppers

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Why Embracing the Suck is Important to PreppersThe term “embrace the suck” is a term widely used in the military when talking about a job or task that is pointless, tiring or downright lame. As preppers it’s also important that we “embrace the suck” because not everything we watch or read is as easy as it seems.

We all see the pictures of a thriving garden or the perfect solar power setup, but we never see the behind the scenes work that went into the final product. Growing vegetables takes composting, weeding and constant attention. A solar setup takes more than a solar panel and a battery.

These behind the scenes details are the “suck” we need to embrace. These aren’t the flashy fun aspects of prepping, but they could be the difference between having a great final product, or a final product that leaves you disappointed.

SPP193 Why “Embracing the Suck” is Important to Preppers

Below is a list of bullet points we covered in the Survivalist Prepper Podcast this week. We also talked a little bit about Vault 7 and how it might affect us as preppers.

Embracing the Suck Before an SHTF Event

The mundane tasks like weeding the garden, inventory, rotation and learning skills are important if we want to get things right. Cutting corners might save you time, but could lead to a less than satisfactory outcome.

Look at the big picture of each project and all the steps involved. A good example is our chickens. There is quite a bit more that goes into raising chickens than collecting eggs. You need to care for the chicks as they grow into chickens, they need a safe place to live (predators), they need a clean home, and need to be fed every day.

Anything you do can be a waste of time when you don’t pay attention to detail. These might seem unimportant during the process, but sometimes the small things are just as important as the big things. If you own a firearm, you also need to learn about firearms safety, cleaning and actually shooting it.

All this behind the scenes stuff, or the “suck” is also one reason preppers lose their motivation. We always think about the ripe tomatoes or what a fully stocked bug out bag will be like,  but we don’t think about the process of getting there. The process itself could lead us to just put it off until later, and then later never comes.

There is not always an easy solution when it comes to prepping, but that doesn’t mean we don’t try and find one. The truth is, there are some things you just can’t throw money at, and it will take a little hard work to get it done. You could just go out and buy a solar generator, but building a DIY solar generator will teach you how everything works together.

It’s really easy to talk yourself out of something because our brains are designed to keep us safe and fear the unknown. We always think about the worst thing that could happen. The odds are, nothing will ever be as bad (or hard) as our minds made it out to be.

Getting your family to “embrace the suck” is a challenge, but important as well. This doesn’t mean they need to be completely on board with prepping, it just means it would help them understand why you do it in the first place. Having them help you with the dirty work can also open up the dialog.

It’s also important to remember that it might not be as easy as that video makes it out to be, or the product is not all it’s cracked up to be. The people making the video have the luxury of editing out the mistakes and making it look super easy. There are also some products that are just too good to be true…You will not get a flashlight that lights up the neighborhood for $20.

Embracing the Suck After an SHTF Event

Embracing the suck after something has happened is quite a bit different than the initial planning. In a SHTF event it’s game time, and time for action. The middle of a disaster scenario is no time to be learning about something you should already know. This is the essence of why we prepare now, while things are good.

In a SHTF scenario we want to not just survive, but thrive. Everyone will have to adjust to their “new normal” but this doesn’t mean eating beans and rice everyday. If we can keep everything normal (whatever that may be) everyone will be more at ease, which means less stress for you.

A big part of planning and preparedness is digging deep into what the repercussions of a certain disaster might be.  An economic collapse might be the catalyst, but it doesn’t end there.  An economic collapse would cause food shortages, civil unrest and many other smaller scenarios we need to consider.

Whenever possible, we need to minimize those repercussions. This could be something as simple as having food stored, to something a little more detailed like securing the perimeter of your home. The more of these details we can check off our list, the better our chances will be.

Getting family to embrace the suck during a SHTF scenario is going to be easier than a disaster strikes because now they know you were right. The biggest challenge I see is dealing with the stress and grief of family members and ourselves. Each person will react differently in a disaster, and we need to take a different approach with each of them.

One final note is to remember that Everything is NOT going to go according to plan. More often than not, you will need to have the ability to adjust and pivot. We have the ability to write the script in our heads right now, but in a SHTF scenario we need to be as proactive as we possibly can.

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The Difference Between Urban and Rural Prepping

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The Difference Between Urban and Rural PreppingFor most preppers, their dream scenario would include something like a Doomsday Castle or a massive underground living facility. Unfortunately, reality always seems to get in the way, and we must figure out an alternative. So what is the difference between urban and rural prepping?

While it’s true, your chances of survival increase the further away from people you are, but that’s not an option for most people. In fact, some people have no desire to head out to the middle of nowhere.

With that being said, this article is not about which is better, but rather what the differences between rural and urban prepping are.

There is a lot more that goes into moving to a rural area than buying some property and packing the U-Haul truck. There is quite a bit of freedom that comes with living in a rural area, but there is also quite a bit of responsibility. In an urban area, everything is within walking distance and readily available. In a rural area, you need to plan ahead or figure out alternatives.

SPP192 The Difference Between Urban and Rural Prepping

In today’s show, we talked about how your prepping will be different depending on where you live. An urban area will require different supplies and plans than Rural prepping, and a suburban area is a little bit of each.

Picking the Right Prepping Supplies

The supplies you need will be different depending on where you live. In an urban environment you might need something like the Ontario SPAX Tool, a Pry Bar or a Lock Picking Set. In a rural environment bushcraft skills, storing fuel and larger amounts of food and water will be a priority.

In a suburban environment, you will have the best, and worst of both worlds. Because you sit right between urban and rural, and have more storage space, both situations could apply to you. Here is a good video that goes over the differences in prepping supplies for urban and rural.

Urban VS Rural Preparedness

This list is some of the important differences when it comes to urban and rural prepping. Keep in mind, a suburban area could require you to think about all these different areas of preparedness. Your living situation, family size and location will dictate what you need to become better prepared.

Urban: Most people chose to live in or near the city because you are closer to work, and closer to infrastructure. Finances also play a big role.
Rural: Living out in the boonies takes a commitment because EVERYTHING is far away. The trade off is freedom and less people.

 

Urban: In (or near) the city, events like Martial Law and civil unrest are more immediate. You will need to be on high alert, and react quickly.
Rural: In an urban area civil unrest might not be as immediate. Although unlikely, the golden hoard might be headed your way.

 

Urban: In high population areas there are more people. More people = more potential problems. It would be easy to become caught in the middle of something you never saw coming.
Rural: While there are less people, and less potential problems, you might be on your Own. This could be a good or a bad thing depending on the situation.

 

Urban: In the city people are more dependent on Infrastructure. While this is OK now, in a SHTF event there will be more competition and lawlessness.
Rural: In a rural area and some suburbs, there is less infrastructure to utilize. Planning ahead and storing supplies is critical for survival.

 

Urban: Because there are more people, news will travel faster by word of mouth. Be careful about what is really news, and what is rumor.
Rural: In a rural area you might only have a handful of neighbors, and they could be miles apart. The news you do get is more likely to be true though.

 

Urban: With the more people there are in an area, there is an increased risk of disease. This is especially true in a large scale disaster.
Rural: The downside of living in a rural area is there might be less medical help available, and help is further away.

 

Urban: With limited space, storing preparedness supplies is much harder. This requires thinking outside the box a little bit.
Rural: If you live in the middle of nowhere, you will have more room so store supplies, but you also have more property to protect.

 

Urban: In high population areas, bugging out should be a priority. Getting away from people and potential problems could be the difference between life and death.
Rural: If you live in a rural area you are already bugged out, so bugging in should be a priority, especially if you work or travel in or to the city.

 

Urban: In an urban area, clean drinking water could be hard to find. Drinking from a city river could be deadly, but there are ways to find clean water in the city.
Rural: In a rural environment you will need to depend more on mother natures resources, and less on man made resources. 

 

This is just a few of the differences when it comes to rural and urban prepping. Your situation will dictate which of these apply to you, and how you should prepare. This is not to say that people in an urban area don’t need to worry about Martial Law, it just means we need to prioritize the threats we might face.

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What is Prepping? Some Common Misconception’s

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What is Prepping Some Common Misconception’s

NOTE: For anyone who might be reading this that is wondering what prepping really is, this article will explain a few things about who we really are. If all you have heard about prepping is from television and shows like Doomsday Preppers, you might think we are all over the top conspiracy theorists hiding in our bunkers.

The truth is, most of us would never make it on that show (or want to) because we are far too boring. Most of us are just like you, average everyday people, we just choose to prepare for unforeseen events.

What is Prepping…Really

Instead of explaining what prepping really is, it might be better to explain what prepping isn’t. There are quite a few misconceptions out there, and because television networks need rating, they make the most extreme cases seem mainstream.

Everyone is Different

Not everyone who is interested in preparedness is the same. Some of us are business men and women, some are doctors, lawyers or factory workers. The majority of us don’t live in the middle of nowhere, doing shooting drills with our AR15’s, wearing full tactical gear…although some of us wish we could.

We are Not “Scared”

There is a different between being afraid, and being fearful. We prepare because we fear something could happen, and we want to be confident we can protect our family and ourselves if it does.

We Don’t Hope For a Disaster

The truth is, most of us hope nothing like this ever happens, and we hope we never have to use what we have in that type of situation. Prepping is about much more than beans and rice.

Conspiracy Theory Isn’t Prepping

While there is no shortage of conspiracy theorist involved in prepping (my wife included) That isn’t (or shouldn’t be) the main reason for becoming prepared. It’s also important not to disregard everything as conspiracy theory just because the mainstream media tells you it is.

Fear Based Marketing

This type of marketing really gives preppers a bad name. This type of marketing preys on your fears, and makes you think the world is going to end tomorrow unless you buy their product. If you ever run across something like this, do yourself a favor and run. I have a guide that is ABSOLUTELY FREE, and has more information than these.

The Different Types of Prepping

Another misconception about prepping is that all preppers have a house full of supplies, and we are all preparing for the world to end. The truth is, everyone prepares for different event, and stores different supplies. Some people prepare for natural disaster, some for larger scale disasters, and some just want a little extra food and water just in case.

FEMA on Steroids

The only difference between preppers and some of these federal organizations is that we take emergency preparedness to the next level. Having food and water stored for 3 days is great, but some disaster scenarios call for more than that.

SPP191 What is Prepping? Some Common Misconception’s

In this weeks Survivalist Prepper Show, Lisa and I talked about some misconceptions about prepping, and how we are not all the same. We also talked about if there are some things we could be overreacting to a bit, and even whether or not stashing cash is a good idea.

Are We Overreacting

Is a “Mad Max” scenario possible in America? Although unlikely, in extreme cases it could be. The power grid going down could set us back 100 years, and reduce the population by 90%. With that being said,  we are a developed country, and would begin to rebuild fairly quickly.

The average person might think that preppers are overreacting because most people are reactionary, most people wait until something bad happens before they act. Preppers are proactive and plan in advance because we see how bad things are getting. This doesn’t just include nuclear bombs and terrorist attacks, this includes the economy, personal finances, natural disasters and  planning for a better future.

In short, I think sometimes we do overreact, but for good reason. I would rather overreact and be wrong, than not prepare at all and be wrong.

Also From the Show…

During this weeks podcast we also talked about avoiding prepper burnout and whether stashing cash is a good idea or not.

Prepper Burnout: At one point or another we are all going to go through this, and how we handle this is crucial.  There are quite a few ways to handle prepper burnout, but the easiest way is to avoid it in the first place. I have an all or nothing personality, I tend to keep going until my gas tank is empty…I’m learning to pace myself a little better.

Sometimes money gets in the way, and sometimes life gets in the way. Learning new skills is free, and focusing on hobbies we enjoy will help get that fire burning again. At times it can seem like we have so much to do and no time to do it, but sometimes we need to give ourselves a break.

Stashing Cash: One question I hear quite a bit in the preparedness community is whether or not to keep your money in the bank. I think there are 2 sides to this coin. The money we have in the bank could disappear instantly because of hackers or an economic collapse. On the other hand stashing cash at home could make us a target.

I’m not sure if there is a “right” answer to this because they both pose a risk, but this thread from the SurvivalistBoards forum will give you some idea’s if you decide to stash some cash.

The Giveaway is Ending Soon!

There is only one week left to get your entries into the Survivalist Prepper Giveaway. We have some great prizes this month, and you can enter here. Watch the video below and see what we are giving away this month…

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To Prep or Not to Prep: Do You Really Need That?

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To Prep or Not to Prep: Do You Really Need That?The more you research prepping, the more you begin to see that even though the basics of preparedness are fairly simple, there are literally thousands of things you can buy. The dilemma comes in when we are deciding what to prep, and what not to prep.

This can be especially difficult when you first get interested in preparedness. The more you read, the bigger your “must haves” list gets. Pretty soon, the essentials like food and water are on the bottom of that list.

We all fall for the “shiny object” now and then (I certainly do), and we can always rationalize needing one thing or another. The truth is, if we purchased everything we thought we needed, or everything we wanted, we would need to rent out a warehouse.

prepper or hoarderSince most of us don’t have the money to rent a warehouse, our home would start to look like something from the “Hoarders” TV show. Eventually we would have so much stuff that we wouldn’t be able to find something we needed when we needed it.

The same holds true for some of the prepping supplies that might be useful. Yes, having a year’s supply of toilet paper would be great to have, but could the room you use to store it, and the money you spend on it be used for more important supplies?

SPP190 To Prep or Not to Prep: Do You Really Need That?

This week Lisa and I talked about some of these prepping supplies that we hear about all the time, and how to decide if they fit into your preparedness plan.

We found this article on APN (American Prepper Network) that was written by Stephanie Doyle. She also has her blog “The Home Front” where she writes quite a bit about homesteading. In this article Stephanie goes over some of the supplies she does not stockpile, and explains why.

Her list includes items like storing a years worth of toilet paper, owning dogs for home security and storing paper plates. A couple of the other ones stood out to me because they are somewhat controversial in the prepper community.

Gold and Silver: This is a hot topic in the prepper community, with some good points on both sides of the argument. Stephanie made some good points about how investing in gold and silver is just that, an investment. If you need to get to your bug out location, what is going to be more valuable, an ounce of gold? Or a gallon of gas?

Barter Supplies: Another big topic in the preparedness community is bartering supplies. I can actually see how both sides of this argument are right. If you are preparing, you shouldn’t need to barter anything. On the other side of the coin, having supplies to barter with might get you out of some though situations.

Take Care of the Basics First

take care of the basicsI am in the process of writing a beginners prepping checklist, and in that I talk about filtering out the noise and taking care of the basics before you tackle any of the bigger projects. While having all these other supplies, and the survival skills are important, they mean nothing if we don’t have food and water.

Sometimes we overthink prepping a little bit, and sometimes we just want to do the fun stuff and not the important stuff. I am guilty of this myself. Sometimes I have to remind myself that food is more important than a new fixed blade knife.

Storing bulk foods fits into this category as well. Yes, having buckets of grain, rice and beans is a great way to build your food storage, but if you don’t know how to use it you might as well wait until you do. For now, work on getting your food storage supply up to 6 months with pantry foods, or even long term dehydrated meals.

Don’t Store it Until you Learn it

When we think about some of the disaster scenarios that are possible, and how we would handle them, we can stat traveling down a rabbit hole and forget about the important stuff. I love learning about bushcraft and how solar power works, but sometimes I need to reset my priorities.

A large scale solar setup can get pretty expensive. If I purchased everything I needed right now, it would probably sit in my garage until I figured out how to put everything together. I plan on doing some pressure canning this summer, but I need to do my homework first, before I go out and spend money on stuff I “think” I need.

When it comes to prepping there are literally hundreds of things we need, might need or we justify needing. Sometimes these supplies come with the caveat of learning the skill before we need the supplies.

Pick Your Poison

spinning too many platesWhen it comes to prepping there are literally hundreds of things we need, might need or we justify needing. There’s only so much time in the day, and if we put too much on our plate we are bound to burn out.  I think of this like spinning plates, the more plates we have in the air, the more likely everything will come crashing down.

When I am learning something new about preparedness I TRY to stay focused on that project, I call this “Just In Time Learning”. This summer I plan on learning about pressure canning, so I need to TRY and not get distracted by something else I HAVE to learn, or something I just HAVE to try.

Do I need it? Or just really want it?

To be honest, I fall for this on a daily basis, and I bet most of you do as well. Everywhere we look there is someone trying to sell something that we really don’t need…but we REALLY want it.

What I try to do is make myself wait. Usually if you give yourself time to think about something, rather than impulsively hitting the buy it now button, you think more rationally about it. This is the same principal grocery stores use at the checkout line, you really didn’t need that bag of beef jerky, but it just looks so good!

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3VGear Bug Out Bag’s Interview and Giveaway

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3VGear Bug Out Bag’s Interview and GiveawayThis week in the Survivalist Prepper Podcast I had the pleasure of talking with Dan from 3VGear.com about their product line of bug out bags. When you think about bug out bags or everyday carry bags, there are probably a few names that come to mind before you think about 3V Gear. This might even be the first time some of you have heard about them.

3V Gear gets its name from the phrase “Veni, Vidi Vici,” which is Latin for “I came, I saw, I conquered”. As you continue reading you will find out why them being a smaller company is a good thing. With some of the bigger companies you are paying for the name, and to them you’re just a credit card number. At 3VGear you can get a high quality bag at around half the price… and get treated like a real life human being.

When it comes to prepping supplies, bug out bags are right at the top of everyone’s list. With so many different types to choose from, it can be a tough choice to make. You have hiking backpacks, Military style backpacks, low cost back packs and cheap backpacks. Along with that, other things that need to be considered are: price, space, compartments, comfort and durability. These all play a big role when picking your bug out bag.

Anyone who has put together a bug out bag knows that it can get pretty expensive when you start putting together all the pieces. While the quality of a bug out bag should be a huge consideration, if you can’t afford all the supplies you need in it, you’re not really prepared at all.

SPP190 3VGear Bug Out Bag’s Interview and Giveaway

Here are a few of the topics I talked about with Dan this week. To get a real understanding about what a good product these bug out bags are, make sure and listen. We are also going to be giving away 2 of these bug out bags. Dan is sending me the Paratus 3 Operators Pack (Latin for prepared) to review and give away to our YouTube subscribers.

And along with the other prizes we are giving away in this month’s Survivalist Prepper Contest, Dan is donating one of his Velox II Tactical Assault Packs.

Like I said, the folks at 3V Gear value their customers, and will treat you like a real person. If you have any questions that weren’t answered in the show just send them an email, or give them a call by using the phone number at the top of their website.

From the Show…

  • With all the other companies out there selling bug out bags, Dan explained what sets 3V Gear apart from them, and what has kept them in business for over 5 years.
  • We talked about how these bags are for people just getting into prepping, as well as people who have been doing this for a while.
  • Space, comfort, and durability all play a big role when picking a bug out bag. We talked about some of the features of the different bags and how they apply to bugging out.
  • Which is better, a smaller bag (so I can’t pack it with 100lbs) or a larger bag where I have more options? We went over the features of each bag, and which bag would be good for which situation.
  • I asked Dan what type and size of bag would you recommend for an EDC, and what bag was his favorite.
  • Physical fitness plays a big role when you are thinking about a bug out scenario. We talked about how to increase your fitness level, and determining the type of bag that works for you.
  • I also asked Dan what he carries. At one point or another he has used all these bags for different reasons.
  • We talked about the Paratus 3 Day Operators Pack (which I think might be your most popular with preppers) and the giveaway I will be doing on YouTube.

The Survivalist Prepper Giveaway

Along with the Velox II Dan is giving away, we are also going to add a few more items to this month’s giveaway. Here is a list of the other prizes, and you can enter the contest here.

  •  3VGear Velox II
  • 2 Blaze Charcoal Brick Packs
  • 2 MicroFire SOG
  • 2 AquaTabs
  • 2 BOB FAK
  • Sara’s New Book

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Have Your Prepping Priority’s Changed?

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Have Your Prepping Priority’s ChangedIn 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.

A Nation Divided

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.

SPP188 Have Your Prepping Priority’s Changed?

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.

5 Important Disaster Scenarios

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.

Civil Unrest

paid protestsWith 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.

Armed Conflicts

armed conflictsLike 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.

Economic Collapse

Economic collapse dollar billAn 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 Power Grid

power grid failure banks closedThe 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.

Life Changing/Country Changing event

Expect-the-unexpectedThis 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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Tips for Successfully Bugging In

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Tips for Successfully Bugging InWe 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.

SPP187 Tips for Successfully Bugging In

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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SHTF Cooking Options for Preppers

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SHTF Cooking Options for PreppersWhen 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.

SPP186 SHTF Cooking Options for Preppers

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.

Precautions & Dangers

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.

The Changing Times

when good food goes badOur 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.

The “Inconvenient” Truth

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.

Off the Grid Cooking Options

Legacy Food Storage ProductLong 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 Prepper StoveDIY 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 LitSterno 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.

Coleman StoveCamp 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 Grill PackageBlaze 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 GrillPropane 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.

sun oven smallAll 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 PlateHot 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 Burning StoveWood 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 cookerThermal 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.

tea light candlesCandles: 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 CookerLantern 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.

Keep the Zombies Away

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.

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Storage Problems & Solutions for Preppers

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Storage Problems and Solutions for PreppersWhen 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.

SPp185 Storage Problems & Solutions for Preppers

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.

Storage Ideas

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.

Refrigerator Foods

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.

Unleash your inner OCD

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. 

Don’t Set it and Forget it

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.

The New Blaze Charcoal Grill

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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Bushcraft Basics for Preppers

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Bushcraft Basics for PreppersPrepping 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.

SPP184 Bushcraft Basics for 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.

What is Bushcraft?

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.”

Water Safety

  • Water borne bacteria in North America, Ghardia & Cryptosporidium.
  • CDC recommends filtering water first, then boiling for decontamination.
  • Iodine, & Chlorine dioxide tablets/drops: These are useful, but not for long term. The recommendation is no more than 3 weeks. May be resisted by Cryptosporidium and are unsafe for pregnant women.
  • Most chemical measurements are based on 32 oz., Mark a dimple large metal bottles.
  • UV steri-pens not worth using long term, batteries are not reliable.
  • Charcoal & Ceramic Filters by themselves are useful in time sensitive situations (bugging out), but no filter is 100%. Filters like the Sawyer and life straw are far better than a field expedient water filter.
  • Boiling should always be used as primary method when possible, kills 100% of pathogens.
  • Distilling water systems remove Lead, Arsenic, other metal substances, but are high energy, or slow/minimal effectiveness when using The Sun.
  • Contact Time: CDC recommends boiling water for 1 min. to kill pathogens. 3 min. Above 2000m (6,562ft)
  • Use metal containers, for water boiling and other uses (char material, medicine, cooking food). Plastic is not recommended.
  • When no metal is container available, water can be boiled using a wood container, and hot stones.

Medicine & Edibles (Pine)

  • North America holds 46 Species in 5 genera, very widespread and common throughout the States. Pine trees are one of most versatile and useful trees/plants.
  • Best Pine to use is soft pine or white pine.
  • An easy trick to identify White Pine is the needles. These pine trees have 4 or 5 needles together in one bundle, all others have 1, 2 or 3.
  • Ponderosa, Lodgepole and Monterey pine are known to be harmful to livestock. Yew tree can be deadly to humans.
  • Different parts of the pine can be used as an Antiseptic, Expectorant (Respiratory), Antifungal, Drawing properties (splinters), Vitamin C, Vitamin A.
  • Pine needles can be used for making Tea, weaving baskets and fire tinder.
  • Pine nuts edible on all pine species. Pine nuts are easier to find if the pine cone has not opened yet.
  • Inner bark of the pine can be used for baskets, band-aid and even  fried & eaten like pine potato chips.
  • The sap from the pine can be as a glue (sap+charcoal), directly on cuts/burns/blisters, as a salve (sap+beeswax+oils), Bug Repellent (sap+castor oil+tea tree oil), and even a temporary tooth filling.
  • The boughs can be used as roof shingles for shelter or bedding.
  • Fatwood is an outdoorsmans best friend. It can be used as tinder or kindling, and makes starting a fire much easier. Here is an article that explains fatwood and shows some examples.
  • The wood itself can be used for shelter, fire, tool handles, log splitting wedges.

5 Must Have Tools

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.

The Basics of Shelter

  • Shelters should be set up in places with adequate drainage to avoid flooding, near water, have wind protection, have fire material nearby. Shelters can be made from dead branches and even entire trees around you.
  • A shelter is anything that keeps you warm and dry. A coat can be considered shelter because it protects you from the elements.
  • The materials available to you fro building a shelter depends on the season and where you live.
  • Shelter isn’t just the materials you find in the wild. You can use hammocks, tents, tarps and bivys along with wood shelters
  • Sleep and comfort is the most neglected aspect of shelter building.  Getting a good nights sleep is essential for endurance and energy. You could use your bug out bag as a pillow, and find some materials to make bedding.
  • There are many different types of shelters. A “lean to” shelter is good for warm nights, and an “A frame or debris hut” shelter is good for cold or stormy nights.
  • Tarp Shelters usually require hand made stakes, toggles, and rope to construct. If you carry a tarp with you, you need to know how to set up a tarp shelter. Also think about which water proofing methods are possible.
  • Just a side note, frontiersman would have frowned on modern tents. they liked the open air, and fire beside them.

The Basics of Fire

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.

Materials for Easy(r) Fire Starting

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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How People Will Become the X Factor in a Crisis

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How People Will Become the X Factor in a CrisisThere 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.

SPP183 How People Will Become the X Factor in a Crisis

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.

Leaders, Followers & Turds

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.

Between a Rock and a Hard Place

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.

Learning to Read People

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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Prepare For the Worst and Hope For the Best

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Prepare For the Worst and Hope For the BestWhen 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?

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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.

Planning for Chaos

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.

Adding in Unknown Variables

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.

Stockpiling and Planning

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.

Know thy Neighbor

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.

From Bad to Worse

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.

Your Own Mental Health

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.

Preparing For the Worst

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.

Learn From History

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.

The Future of Prepping

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Foodborne Illness and Prevention for Preppers

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Foodborne Illness and Prevention for PreppersEven 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.

SPP181 Foodborne Illness and Prevention for Preppers

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.

Safe Food Handling

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”

Short term refrigeration

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

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.

Let it Flow…

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…

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cups of water (filtered or purified) or raw coconut water
  • 2 tbsp. organic raw honey or organic maple syrup
  • 1/8 tsp Himalayan Pink salt or Celtic sea salt (I like Himalayan better – it has 84 trace minerals)

Common Food-borne Illnesses

Here are a few of the food-borne illnesses we went over in the show…

Salmonella

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.

E.coli

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.

Listeria

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.

Cholera

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.

Botulism

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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The Pros and Cons of Antibiotics for Preppers

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The Pros and Cons of Antibiotics for PreppersThis 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.

SPP180 The Pros and Cons of Antibiotics for Preppers

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.

Why Antibiotics Shouldn’t Be choice #1

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.”

What will Antibiotics Treat

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.

Overuse of Antibiotics Today

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.

Will Fish Antibiotics Still Be an Option?

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.

3 Likely SHTF Uses for Antibiotics

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.

Also From the Show…

Contest Ends Tonight: As we mentioned in the podcast, the Christmas Contest ends tonight at midnight. Click here to get your entries while you can.

Academy Christmas Pricing: We also have a special going on at the Survivalist Prepper Academy until January 1st where you can join at half price. Click here to find out more.

BOB First Aid Kit Discount: We also talked about getting $10 off our Bug Out Bag First Aid Kits when you use the promo code “bob” (without quotes) at the SHTFShop.com

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Great Christmas Gift Ideas for Preppers

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Great Christmas Gift Ideas for PreppersOne 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.

SPP179 Great Christmas Gift Ideas for Preppers

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.

My Gift Ideas for Preppers

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.

EDC Jacket (Any clothes with lots of pockets)

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.

Hand Gun/Rifle Accessories

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.

Conflicted the Card Game

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.

Micro Fire Key Ring

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.

Tac-Bar Package

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.

The All American Sun Oven

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.

Prepper Related T-shirts

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.

1st Gen Night Vision Monocular

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.

Conceal Gun Cabinets

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.

Diversion Safe

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.

Solar Chargers (Anything Solar)

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.

DIY Prepper Gifts

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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Some of the Most Likely Disaster Scenarios

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Some of the Most Likely Disaster ScenariosIn 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.”

Has Prepping Changed?

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.

SPP178 Some of the Most Likely Disaster Scenarios

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.

A Grid Down Event

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.

Economic Collapse

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.

Nuclear War

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.

Cyber Attacks

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.

Pandemic

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.

Terrorism

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.

Civil Unrest

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.

Natural Disasters

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.

Doomsdays at Home

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.

Also in the Show…

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.

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10 Tips for Beginning Preppers

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10 Tips for Beginning PreppersThose 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.

Prepping is Becoming More Mainstream

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.

Doomsday Prepper to the Rescue

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.

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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.

The Prepper Christmas Contest!

prepper-christmas-giveawayIn 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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Prepping Supplies That Won’t Save Your Life… But Will Make It A lot Easier

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Prepping Supplies That Won’t Save Your Life… But Will Make It A lot EasierWe’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.

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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.

solar-showerGravity 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-toolsNON 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.

all-purpose-cleanersCleaners & 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-inverterPower 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-suppliesBartering 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-checkerBattery 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.

washboard-and-tubManual 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-ovenDutch 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.

sunovenSun 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.

switch8-nomad3Solar 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.

headlampHeadlamps (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.

entertainmentEntertainment: 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-seat5 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.

10 Prepping Priority’s

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.

  1. Having a well-stocked pantry.
  2. Growing medicinal herbs.
  3. A preppers library (physical books)
  4. Learn to garden.
  5. Learn to preserve food.
  6. Learn about solar power.
  7. Get your spouse on board (as much as possible)
  8. A well-stocked armory.
  9. Having a get home bag.
  10. Building community.

Your Thoughts and Ideas…

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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Interview: The Borrowed World By Franklin Horton

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interview-the-borrowed-world-by-franklin-hortonPost-apocalyptic prepper fiction books are extremely popular these days. With the likes of James Rawles, William R. Forstchen, A. American and Glen Tate already on most peoples must read list, another author, Franklin Horton is quietly rising in the ranks to join this list of great prepper fiction authors.

This week Lisa and I had the pleasure of interviewing Franklin Horton, who is the author of the 3 book (so far) Borrowed World Series. This prepper fiction series also includes Ashes of the Unspeakable and Legion of Despair. His newest book, Locker NINE tells the story of a father sending his daughter off to college when the unthinkable happens.

The Borrowed World (and all of Franklin Horton’s books) are available at Amazon and available in audio book format at Audible as well. While I’m not opposed to actually reading a book, I am a fan of audio books because in today’s busy world, sometimes you just can’t stop.

Regardless whether you decide to get the kindle version, get the paperback version or listen to the audio book, you won’t be disappointed. So far I have only listened to The Borrowed World, but I can’t wait to listen to the next 2 books and see where this series goes.

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As we did the interview today it became clear that Franklin knows his stuff. While he admits, he is no “survival expert” I think he is selling himself a little short. What he writes about and how he lives his daily life is just like most of us do. We learn as much as we can, we try to become as prepared as possible, and we hope we are prepared enough when that time comes.

A lot of prepper fiction books talk about either hard-core preppers, or completely unprepared people. Your book takes a different approach. It takes the same approach that we do with prepping, we talk about prepping with and about average everyday people.

While this interview was about his book The Borrowed World, it became much more than that as we broke down different characters and different situations. While Franklin says that his intention was not to create a prepping manual, there are situations in the book, and people we might be stuck with that are not part of our prepping “dream team” as he calls it.

Questions From the Show…

Here are some of the questions and subjects we covered in this week’s Survivalist Prepper podcast, and if you’re interested in getting your hands on any of his books, I will leave links to where you can get a hold of him or his books at the end of this post.

Q: The story begins like most of our daily lives begin; one parent heading out to work, and the other at home taking care of the kids. That quickly becomes the only thing normal about that day. In this book Jim has been preparing for some time, and his wife is neither on board or against prepping. Can you explain why you chose to do this? And how/why you created other characters the way you did?

Q: Has your bug out/in bag changed since writing The Borrowed World series? On this same point, how did your preparedness change in general?

Q: In the first run in with the “trailer park boys” as I call them, Jim pays close attention to what they have with them. They notice a backpack that is undoubtedly stolen. Can you talk about how important Situational Awareness is in a survival situation?

Q: The book shows how situations can escalate very quickly, and how sometimes we can be stuck with what we have. Can you expand on the importance of everyday carry items?

Q: In every survival situation, we are going to be stuck with the hand we are dealt and forced to deal with different people along the way. How do different personality’s play a role in a survival situation?

Q: We were introduced to you by a friend of ours Chin who you met a prepper camp; What is your takeaway from being part of Prepper Camp 2016? And what makes it different than the average Prepping Expo?

Q: You are an avid hiker, what pointers can he share on A. Getting started in hiking & B. Things he learned from hiking that help with prepping/survival?

This only scratches the surface of what we talked about in the show. Even if you don’t plan on reading the book, you will learn a lot about prepping and survival from Franklin… and you’ll probably want to get the book after that.

Where to Find Franklin

There are a few places you can find out more about Franklin and what he has planned in the future, the first being his website FranklinHorton.com

He also has a Facebook page you can visit here.

As I said earlier, all his books are available at Amazon and Audible. Have a look at all of Franklin Hortons prepper fiction books here.

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The Right Way to Invest in Silver for Preppers

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the-right-way-to-invest-in-silver-for-preppersWhen it comes to prepping there is quite a bit that revolves around money. While there is a lot we can do for free by learning, we still need “stuff”. In today’s show, we talked about the right way to invest in silver for preppers, and how the process works.

Our guest this week was Sidney who literally has a lifetime of experience investing in silver. She started in silver as a hobby at age 12, and has turned it into something that has helped her pay off student loans and other bills.

Sidney is “the average prepper” and that’s why we wanted her on the show. We didn’t want to talk to another financial guru talking about the stock market, capital gains and bla bla bla. We wanted to talk about how investing in silver will be beneficial to preppers who don’t have $20,000 to invest…which is most of us.

This is one of my favorite podcast episodes because we talk about the process of investing in silver, regardless whether you have $20 or $20,000. After you listen to the show I guarantee you will have a better understanding about the correct way to purchase silver, and how it will be helpful in a post collapse or SHTF society.

SPP174 The Right Way to Invest in Silver for Preppers

Here are some bullet points of what we talked about in this week’s Survivalist Prepper podcast, but I highly suggest you take the time and listen. This show will be especially helpful to people who what to know where to buy silver, what to buy and is it worth investing in silver in the first place.

The History of Silver

We started off the show talking about why investing in silver is a good idea for preppers, and how it has maintained its value throughout history.  We focused mainly of silver in this show because it is the most viable option for preppers.

Question: One of the main concerns for preppers is why invest in silver if the government is just going to try and confiscate it in a depression type event…like they’ve done in the past.

Answer: While it is possible, it’s not likely because we live in a different world than we did during the great depression. It will also be difficult to track who owns silver, and how much they own.

Digital Currency

Question: With everything we do being digital these days, and the volatility of fiat currency, what are some reasons owing silver would be beneficial.

Answer: Silver more stable than fiat currency, like the saying goes “if you can’t hold it in your hand, it’s not real. Not only will owning silver protect you against cyber-attacks and hyperinflation, it will also survive floods, and fires.

Spot Pricing

Question: Sometimes it can be difficult to know what is a good price to buy silver at. Can you explain spot pricing, and what we should pay for silver as preppers.

Answer: Spot price is the current market value of silver because of supply and demand. The premium is the dealer’s markup, which should be no larger than 10% to 15% above spot price.

Buying & Selling

Question: Where should we go to purchase silver to avoid getting “ripped off”, and is purchasing online a safe method.

Answer: Purchasing in person (not online) is beneficial for a few reasons, one being that if you pay in cash, it’s untraceable. The more you get to know your silver dealer, the more confident you will be with your purchases with them. Becoming a valuable customer to them will also help you get better premiums down the line.

Finding a Silver Dealer

Question: How did you go about finding a reputable silver dealer in your area.

Answer: Cidney started off at 12 years old as a hobby and learned the process early on. Silver is a small investment (compared to gold) which give you the ability to learn about the dealer with minimal risk. Research dealers in your area and work with them before you make large purchases.

Side Note: Sidney tells a great story about how she got started, and how easy it can be for us.

Different Types of Silver

Junk Silver:  Junk silver refers to coins minted by the US Government pre 1965, but can include silver spoons, earrings and necklaces etc. There are purity levels when it comes to silver. Most junk silver is between 40% and 90% pure. As for junk silver coins, each year and coin will have different purity levels.

Rounds vs Coins: Only government minted can be called coins, otherwise they are considered rounds. Rounds can be collector rounds that look like coins, but are not government minted. Even though we refer to these as “coins”, they can’t be legally used as currency.

Side Note: If for some reason you wanted to leave the country, because things were bad here, but not somewhere else, you might need to declare silver at the airport.

If you take 100oz of silver out of the country, you need to claim it at spot price. If you take silver eagles outside the United States, you only need to claim it at the $1 value…which would be worth spot price in another country.

Bullion: We tend to think of gold bars when we think of bullion, but there is also silver bullion. These can come in 1oz, 10oz or 50oz bars that are stamped with weight and purity level.

Post Collapse Silver

Question: If the economy crashes, and the value of silver falls, what is the point of having silver.

Answer: There will probably be a mass selloff of silver, and the only people buying it will be wealthy who buy low and sell high…we might even be able to take advantage of this.

As preppers, if we have our food storage covered and our debt inline we won’t need to be part of the selloff, and we can hold on to our silver, and possibly buy a little more until the market comes back.

Bartering: Because silvers value could possibly fall, bartering with it might be difficult in the beginning. It might also be a more viable option to barter with silver, than say 5 chickens depending on the situation and the person you are bartering with.

Closing Thoughts…

There are quite a few scenarios when it comes to thinking about an SHTF event, so there’s no way to know how valuable silver will be. History has shown that precious metals always retain their value eventually.

Investing in silver is one of those things preppers should do because even if nothing happens, over time it’s just going to go up in value… and it doesn’t expire!

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Prepping & World Conflicts

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prepping AND world conflicts Does it seem like we are heading closer to world war 3 these days? It does to me. In this week’s show Lisa and I talked about prepping & World conflicts, and how it seems like all the pieces are being set in place for a major change.

During World War 2 there were the Axis and Allies, and today it seems like seems like everyone is picking sides in the same way. What is also alarming is that no one seems to see the writing on the wall. Just about everyone who lived during World War 2 are gone, and people these days have no idea about what could actually happen.

We have been lucky enough to live without a conflict like this that affects us right here at home like WW2 did. We have had Korea and Vietnam, but when Americans think about war, it’s just something they see on T.V before going about their day.

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War Has Changed

Back in the 40’s cutting off supply lines meant roads and territory, these days it means the internet and cyber security. While we still need boots on the ground, much more can be done to weaken a target before it even comes to that.

In the show we talked about what the timeline might look like if something like this were to happen. On the surface it looks like it would be cyber warfare, leading to military conflicts, leading to nuclear war.

It could also be something that happens overseas that pulls us into the fight, forcing our hand. With unstable countries like North Korea and Iran, it wouldn’t surprise me if something started off because of a nuclear strike, rather than ending with one.

We have had the luxury of being far enough away from our enemies that the closest they could get to us is Pearl Harbor. Those days are gone, and it’s only a matter of time before something happens right in our backyard.

Cutting off critical infrastructure in the United States is easier than ever before, and while Russia is ramping up their nuclear arsenal, we are doing nothing. As a matter of fact, we are going in reverse and dismantling our military.

Americas Top 10 Fears

Before I get into what my main concerns are when it comes to prepping, I found this list that is quite telling when it comes to why prepping is becoming more mainstream. Just about everything on this list is why each of us feel like preparedness is so important.

  • Corruption of government officials (same top fear as 2015) — 60.6%
  • Terrorist attacks — 41%
  • Not having enough money for the future — 39.9%
  • Being a victim of terror — 38.5%
  • Government restrictions on firearms and ammunition — 38.5%
  • People I love dying — 38.1%
  • Economic or financial collapse — 37.5%
  • Identity theft — 37.1%
  • People I love becoming seriously ill — 35.9%
  • The Affordable Health Care Act/”Obamacare” — 35.5%

How to Prepare (My Top Concerns)

In the show we talked about what our main concerns are when it comes to preparing. While I think it’s important to be prepared if a nuclear strike happens, I think we need to prepare for the hard times that might come before that.

It’s possible that these conflicts start overseas, and could affect our economy and our daily lives in a way that doesn’t involve military conflict for most Americans. This could include a grid failure and critical infrastructure caused by an EMP, job losses and hyperinflation.

Food Storage: This continues to be on the top of my list because this is something people will be fighting for on a daily basis if there is none…or very little. This can be done fairly easily, and be done over a short period of time.

There are a few options when it comes to food storage. Purchasing a few extra canned goods each week is a good way to build up your food storage, and purchasing dehydrated food is a great option because of convenience (storage) and shelf life.

Water Storage: While it’s possible that if we are looking at something that causes our economy to tank we would still have water and an electrical grid, there is still the possibility that water would become a concern.

In my opinion knowing where to find water, and knowing how to clean water is more important than storing water. While water storage is important, it is almost impossible for most Americans to store enough to last for an extended period of time.

Fuel Storage: Fuel storage is important for many reasons, and also a challenge for most people. Depending on the scenario we still might be able to use our generator, drive to get water or supplies, or offer help to our community.

Fuel storage is not just gasoline, fuel storage includes fuel for cooking and fuel for heating our homes. Wood, Kerosene and propane all need to be considered depending on our personal situation.

Grid Down: With our electrical grid the way it is, and with our dependence on technology, preparing for a grid down event is always a priority. We need to have alternative plans to communicate with our family, and alternative ways to light and heat the house.

Even if the grid doesn’t go down, if the economy tanks and you lose your job, you might not be able to pay the electric bill. Having alternative is very important, even if it’s only for a short period of time.

Security: Regardless what the situation is, security is something we always need to be vigilant about. Even if it’s just an economic crisis, crime will still be on the rise. The last thing we want it to build up our food storage only to have it stolen from us.

This also includes personal security. If someone comes to take what we have, the odds are they won’t care if we are home or not. Most people will not care that you took the time to prepare. They will feel entitled to what you have because “it’s only fair.”

Investing: We are going to go into more detail next week about investing in gold and silver, but it’s important to get our finances in line (as much as possible) while we can. There is no way to tell how useful having gold and silver will be in a post collapse society, but the odds are it will be.

Bartering: Bartering supplies is sometime overlook by preppers because there is just so much we need to do for ourselves first. With that being said, bartering supplies could be the difference between you getting what you need, or having to go without.

Having bartering supplies could also help you to be seen as the “good guy.” If you are able to help other people, you might be able to create needed alliances. Keep in mind, there is another side of this coin that makes you a target.

In Closing…

As I look back on what I have written I see that not much has changed when it comes to how I am preparing. What has changed is my heightened sense that something is just over the horizon, and now is the time to take care of the loose ends.

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Is Prepping More Important Than Ever Today

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is prepping becoming more importantWith everything going on with the election this month, and all the terrifying news around the globe it seems to me that prepping has become more important than ever. It seems to me that regardless who gets elected this November that we are in a world of hurt.

With the U.S. right in the middle of everything going on around the globe including Russia, Iran, North Korea and even terrorism right in our backyard, it seems to me that something is likely to happen sooner rather than later.

My main reason for prepping has always been (and continues to be) an economic collapse. With that being said, a collapse would lead to many other disaster situations, or many other disaster situations could lead to an economic collapse.

In this week’s show we talked about how it looks like the table is being set for something major to happen, and how that could cause a chain reaction that could affect us in different ways.

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Let face it, we live in a completely different world than we lived in just 10 years ago. Terrorism has fundamentally changed, our economy is quickly going into the tank and countries that hate us are gaining power and creating alliances.

Here are a few topics we covered this week in the show…

A Country Divided

It’s becoming more evident in recent years that the divide and conquer plan set in place by our government is working to perfection. We are not just divided racially, we are divided economically, politically and idealistically to the point that we are in a no win situation.

It is virtually impossible to get anything done when people don’t agree, and they know that. Disagreement is one thing, that’s what our country is based on. When that disagreement gets to the point that one side or the other (or both) are unwilling to listen or have a discussion no one wins.

Economic Collapse

We already know that any day now our economy could come crashing down, or at the very least cause massive problems in our daily lives. Nothing that is happening, or will be happening is going to change the direction we are going. As a matter of fact, it seems that we are a roller coaster getting ready to go over the edge.

Even a small scale economic collapse could divide us further, and could lead to many other SHTF events, such as civil unrest & Martial Law. This is why I believe preparing for an economic collapse should be a top priority, and should include much more than buying gold and silver, and storing food.

War with Russia and Middle East

It seems as though we might be on the verge of world war 3. I know some people have been saying this for years, but if you think of it like a chess game it all makes sense. Different countries are creating alliances and are moving their pieces in order to claim checkmate.

Does this mean we need to prepare for a nuclear war? I’m not so sure about that, but I am also not willing to say it isn’t a possibility. Just because we as Americans understand how devastating it would be, doesn’t mean other countries share our view. Some sort of conflict could easily escalate into a nuclear conflict, because when you corner a wild animal they fight back by any means necessary.

Terrorism: Refugees & Open Boarders

Terrorism is no longer something we see on TV, ever since 9/11 the face of terrorism has changed. We are just beginning to see these acts of terrorism right in our back yards, and the more Syrian refugees coming in we are bound to see even more.

Not only will there be threats with the refugees coming in “legally” there is the issue of our completely porous borders. It’s not just an issue of illegal immigrants and drugs pouring over, it could be an easy access point for terrorists from anywhere on the globe.

I’m all for being compassionate about other people and helping whenever we can, but we need to take care of our people before we do. We have a crisis inside our country and we need to look there before we start looking outside our borders.

Martial Law

Back when I first started prepping I thought that Martial Law was an outrageous fear tactic that people like Alex Jones used to scare us. While this might be true, I have begun to realize how absolutely realistic it is.

If something were to get so out of hand that the powers that be couldn’t handle it, you can bet Martial Law would be enacted very quickly. This goes hand in hand with an economic collapse because people without money or food will do whatever it takes to survive.

We Are to Blame

As Americans we have the ability to change things, but we don’t. We sit back yelling at our TV’s, post meme’s on Facebook to show our frustration, but we never do anything about the situation. This is the exact reason they want us to be divided, could you imagine the headaches they would have if all of us were on the same page? Could you imagine if they had to actually do the job they were elected to do?

Yet every 2 years we fall prey to the same lies and rhetoric, and everything goes back to status quo. Americans are far to complaisant, and would rather pass the buck to our children, than face the problems head on.

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Being the Gray man & Situational Awareness

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being-the-gray-man-situational-awarenessBeing the gray man and situational awareness is about more than what you wear, it’s about everything you do that might make you stand out in a crowd. Being the gray man is about what you do and say on a daily basis, and who you say it to.

Throughout our daily live we do things trying to become the gray man every day. If you’ve ever tried to avoid eye contact with an annoying acquaintance or a street vendor, you have tried to become the gray man.

You can talk about operational security and situational awareness without talking about being the gray man, but you can’t talk about being the gray man without talking about operational security and situational awareness. Becoming unremarkable and unmemorable require you to understand your situation and act accordingly.

As I was growing up I was the gray man without even thinking about it. I was the quiet child that would always fly under the radar. My siblings were always busy talking, while I was always busy thinking about how to handle each situation. Because of this I was allowed to do just about anything I wanted because everyone trusted me, and focused their attention elsewhere.

SPP170 Being the Gray man & Situational Awareness

This week in the show Lisa and I went over some of the things that help us become unremarkable and might help us blend into the crowd. We also talked about how being the gray man changes depending on the situation you are facing.

Blending In

If you live in an urban area you might not 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 just like everyone else, and unremarkable in every way.

The same would hold true in a small scale or large scale SHTF event. If everyone else is starving and losing weight, yet you look as healthy as ever because you have prepared, you are going to stand out. If everyone is without power and they see light coming from your window at night, you will be a target.

Prepper Hate: There is also the phenomena that Selco called “Prepper Hate” that we need to consider.  This is when people form opinions about you according to their agenda, and rationalize stealing or harming you.

This might not be that big of a deal these days, but in any sort of disaster situation these people could say…

“They have way too much food; they must have stolen it”

“It’s not fair that they have food and we don’t, someone needs to make them share.”

These people could easily get other people on board with them and have no problem doing whatever it takes to feed their family…even if it means harming you.

In the show we mentioned when Selco was on the survival podcast and talked about what he went through in the Balkins. Listen to that episode here. 

Your Outward Appearance

I briefly mentioned how most people will be losing weight, and if we don’t (because we have prepared) we will be on their radar very quickly. I recommend going to the thrift store and getting some clothes that are a size or 2 too big, so it looks like you have lost weight just like everyone else.

This also includes how our house looks, and our outside activity’s on a daily basis. If you get deliveries of long term food storage that sit on your front porch for everyone to see, that could be a red flag. If you have prepping supplies stored in your garage that neighbors can see, that could be a red flag.

We need to take a look at what we are doing that might compromise our operational security, and correct those problems while we can.

Just Shut Up and Listen

“Most people don’t listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply” – Stephen R Covey –

shut-up-and-listenOne of the biggest parts of being the gray man and operational security is the ability to listen and plan accordingly. If we are constantly talking and trying to impose our view, we are probably missing the important details.

As the saying goes “loose lips sink ships” and we all know at least 1 person that just talks WAY too much. We can’t afford to give out too much information because it come back to bite us in the future, especially by people we are unsure of.

We can get a better idea about these people by simply listening, and asking probing question. If they are one of those people that never stop talking, just shut up, listen and take it all in. They are probably giving you more insight that they even know.

Sizing People Up

I have written about how to size people up in the past, and it basically comes down to listening and posing the right questions. How someone handles everyday stressful situations could give you an idea about how they will handle real stress in a disaster situation.

I have also written about how we are going to need other people in a crisis situation because no one person can do everything. However, there is a fine line when it comes to creating a prepper group, or community, and giving out too much information to the wrong person.

It’s really up to you how you handle each situation, but if you go in cautiously and calculated, you have a better chance of coming out on top, and knowing whether you should stop talking about prepping, or if it’s ok to probe a little further.

Gray Man Prepping

In the process of our daily lives it’s important to practice situational awareness, operational security and becoming the gray man because a disaster is no time for practice. We can store all the food in the world, and have all the greatest prepping supplies, but if we don’t know how to hold on to them when times get tough it’s all for naught.

We need to look at every situation realistically, and be honest about how we are putting ourselves at risk. As I said earlier, right now it’s about avoiding a conversation with an annoying friend. In an SHTF event, that conversation could be potentially dangerous.

Gray Man Bugging Out

While becoming the gray man is the same no matter what situation you are facing, there are a whole different set of rules when it comes to bugging out. If we find ourselves in a bugging out (or in) situation timing and planning are critical.

This is why practicing situational awareness, and practicing becoming the gray man are so important. In a bug out situation it’s game time, it’s time to take everything you have learned and put it into action.

When we are thrust into a life threatening situation, we need to be able to react accordingly and make the right decisions. Sometimes the correct decision is avoiding the conflict all together, and that is what being the gray man is all about.

The SHTF Gray Man

Being the gray man in a post collapse or SHTF event is probably the most critical of all because there is really no set of rules, and no way to know what might happen. We all like to think about how we would handle every disaster situation, but the truth is there is no way to know.

There are so many different variables when it comes to a disaster situation, and so many events that would be caused by the initial event, that we need to be able to pivot and make critical decisions. Right now we can play the “what if” game, and if we are wrong we can hit the reset button and start over. In an SHTF scenario there is no reset button, and we will need to live (hopefully) with the decisions we have made.

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A Crash Course in Essential Oils for Preppers

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a-crash-course-of-essential-oilsEssential oils have been around a very long time. They have so many uses, which stands to reason of why they are so popular today. With more and more people looking for alternatives to chemicals and pharmaceuticals, natural oils are a really good place to start. Essential oils can be used in soaps, cleaners, lotions, lip balms, toothpaste, candles, perfumes, and when mixed with a carrier oil they have many health benefits as well.

What are essential oils?

Essential oils are the product of collecting the oil from a plant. Basically, the “essence” of the plant. There are different ways that you can do this, but to get the pure essential oil, you have to do it through a steam distillation method. It can be done, but it is difficult. It is not an easy process to do on your own, but fortunately there are many sources where these oils can be purchased, fairly inexpensively.

Where Can You Buy Essential Oils?

There are companies that have very high quality oils and oil blends, but these can be expensive. Unless you join up with their program and become a distributor, or join them through a membership program.  Companies like Doterra, and Young Living have programs that you can join and then purchase their oils at a discounted price. I have not gone this route yet. I have found one retailer, Eden’s essentials that I really like, and they have good prices. But, I do like to change it up and try other products to see how they compare.

That being said, Young Living has an incredible website filled with recipes you can make using essential oils. And you can also see how much they cost, they are not inexpensive here! I have personally been using Eden’s Garden essential oils for over 3 years now, and I have been really happy with them. And they are a lot more cost effective than some of the other places.

SPP169 A Crash Course in Essential Oils for Preppers

What do you do with essential oils?

This is the really cool part….there are so many different things you can do with these oils. And they even have health benefits too. Essential oils can be used the following ways:

  • Aromatically
  • Topically
  • Internally

Using Essential Oils Aromatically

I mainly use essential oils either aromatically or topically. I haven’t ever used them internally, yet….unless you consider the peppermint and sweet orange oil I use in my toothpaste.

Using essential oils aromatically basically means you are inhaling the wonderful oils, and this can be done by placing oils on cotton balls, using them in a type of diffuser, or even putting them on furnace filters and clothes pins to have the scent fill your home.

Using Essential Oils Topically

Topically means you are using the oil on the skin, or diluted with a carrier oil. This is the method I suggest using, because essential oils can be strong for some people with sensitive skin. Carrier oils are wonderful on their own, but by adding a few drops of your favorite oils makes them incredible!

Carrier oils include:

  • Sweet almond oil
  • Avocado oil
  • Fractionated Coconut oil
  • Jojoba oil
  • Grapeseed oil
  • Olive oil

And another point, please, do not use essential oils on babies. The oils are strong, and their bodies are tiny. There are a few essential oils you can use on infants, but they MUST be diluted. Never ever ever, ever use essential oils directly on infants and small children. There are so many different essential oils, and knowing what s safe to use for children, and I am by no means an expert in essential oils. I can only share with you my own personal experiences. But I did find an incredible list of essential oils, and there is a lot of information on which oils are safe and which to avoid with children. http://www.learningabouteos.com/index.php/2014/02/07/essential-oils-and-children/

Hopefully that will give you some guidance when it comes to using essential oils and the kiddos.

Using Essential oils internally

Like I stated earlier, I don’t have much experience with using essential oils by ingesting them. I just don’t have enough information, and knowledge to know what is safe and what isn’t. So I stick with using the oils topically and aromatically. If you were considering using them internally, I would highly recommend taking some classes, and making sure you have the highest quality of oils before ingesting them.

My Favorite Essential Oils

There are so many oils available, it may be difficult to know where to start. So I am going to share some of my favorites with you, and the benefits of each oil. Please keep in mind, I use these oils either through the air, or externally, and I do not know how they act internally, so if you are considering using any of these oils internally, please do your research!

Peppermint Oil

peppermint-oilThis is by far my most favorite essential oil ever. For your health, peppermint oil is fantastic at helping with nausea, as well as soothing digestive issues. It is an anti-spasmodic. It helps to stop muscle spasms. Can you see where this could be beneficial in other areas, like cramping, or muscle aches. It also helps with headaches, clears the respiratory track, and has antimicrobial qualities. It also helps to freshen your breath, which is why I use it when making my homemade toothpaste, as well as my homemade lip balm. You can even add a few drops to your shampoo and conditioner! It also helps with itching, so if you have a mosquito bite, or rolled in a patch of poison ivy, you can use peppermint oil to help get rid of itchiness.

And if you hate bugs, you really need to get some peppermint oil because it is a natural bug repellent. Not only does it get rid of mosquitos, but more importantly, spiders! Just put a few drops on a cotton ball, and place in windowsills, or dark corners to keep the spiders away. This also works for ants, cockroaches, mice, and even lice!

I have never seen so many benefits from a single oil, which is one of the reasons I love peppermint oil so much. It is truly my most favorite essential oil.

Sweet Orange Oil

orange-oilThis is another oil that I truly love. Just like peppermint oil, sweet orange oil has many benefits. Starting with the health benefits, sweet orange oil. It is an antiseptic, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, and a diuretic. The other benefits? It smells great! Actually, there has been some research done on the effectiveness of sweet orange oil disrupting the lifecycle of houseflies! Talk about exciting! I have to come up with a spray to get rid of the houseflies that seem to spontaneously appear in our house!

I do use this oil in my homemade toothpaste, along with peppermint oil, and I also make a spray cleaner for our home with this because I love the way it smells.

Birch Oil

birch-oilBirch oil is another favorite of mine. It has many health benefits, such as an analgesic, antidepressant, antiseptic and disinfectant, and a stimulant.  It also smells good in my opinion. I have used it to make a muscle rub which works great if you have achy, sore muscles. And it smells good, if you like a wintergreen, ben-gay sort of smell. It can also stimulate secretions, lower blood sugar, help to promote perspiration during a fever, purify your blood, and helps to battle skin and fungal infections.

This is why I have this essential oil, and use it regularly.

Thieves Essential Oil

thieves-essential-oilThieves is an essential oil blend of several oils. It includes Clove, Cinnamon, Lemon, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary. It came about by a story of fifteenth century thieves that stole from the dead and dying during the times of the black plague. They kept themselves safe from the plague by creating a blend of essential oils, which is where this little powerhouse gets its name.

It supports your immune system, and really does help to keep you healthy. I use this during cold and flu season in a spray form, and when I am feeling like I am going to get sick, I put a couple of drops on the soles of my feet. It has a strong spicy scent, and I love that during the winter months. I love it even more that it helps to keep us healthy when sickness seems to be everywhere.

Just as an example, I made a spray cleaner using this last year when everyone at my job was getting sick, and I used it religiously in my cleaning routine, and I didn’t get sick, nor did I get anyone in my home sick. I also don’t get a flu shot every year like many people. I choose to be responsible for my health, and do what I can to fight the bugs. And I really think this essential oil has been a main contributor to helping us to healthy through the viral season.

Essential oils are an incredible tool to add to your preparedness lifestyle which could be one of the reasons why they have gotten so popular in the past 5 or 6 years. Along with the fact that they are natural, makes them appealing to a very large group of people. They have many benefits however you do need to do research on the ones you plan on using to be sure you are knowledgeable with how to use them.

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