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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Preparing for SHTF: A Reality Check

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Preparing for SHTF A Reality CheckAs preppers we try to think about every SHTF possibility we can, but preparing for any sort of SHTF event isn’t as cut and dry as we sometimes make it out to be. While it’s important to think about every possibility, and think about all the “what if’s” the chances are very little will go according to plan.

As preppers we try to think about cause and effect. What could cause a SHTF event, and what affect will that have on my family. In the case of an actual SHTF event, we won’t be able to write the script, we need to have the ability to pivot and make critical decisions at a moment’s notice.

The 6 P’s is what prepping is really about. The 6 P’s are “Proper Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance.” The larger scenarios are fairly easy to prepare for, but it’s only when you dig a little deeper that you get the full grasp of what might happen in different SHTF scenarios.

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Puzzle PiecesBelow are a few things to think about as you are preparing. Prepping is sort of like putting together a puzzle. It is fairly easy to put together the main part, but it gets more difficult as you work around the edges.

Being truly prepared means having the knowledge to react to any given situation, and put that puzzle piece in the right spot when the clock is ticking.

Not Every Scenario Includes Scenes From Mad Max

It’s somewhat natural to think of every SHTF situation as a total collapse, but in reality there are much more likely scenarios that don’t include a total collapse. As we think about a SHTF situation we tend to go to the extreme (I do anyway) our mind takes us to the worst case scenario.

Now I’m not saying we need to ignore these large scale disaster scenarios, but because we live in a first world country (and the greatest country on earth) a Mad Max scenario is highly unlikely. I’ll explain more as you continue reading.

The Government Is Not Going Away

Even though we hear a lot about WROL (without rule of law) the chances or our government (or some sort of government) being completely out of the picture is highly unlikely.  There is a caveat to this though, especially in the short term.

If something were to happen quickly, the government wouldn’t be able to respond meaning every man (woman) for himself. This would also create a martial law scenario until the powers that be figure out how to get their control back.

A government might not be the same people that hold office today, but someone, somewhere is going to see an opportunity and seize it. This could be people that hold lower offices today, or it could be other countries coming in and taking advantage.

Every Situation Will Be Fluid

The ability to change course during a disaster scenario is critical to our survival. There are some things we can plan and prepare for, and some things that we just need to wait and see how it unfolds.

If and when there is an economic collapse, how you handle it depends on how quickly it happens, how extreme it is, and how prepared you are for it.

If Martial Law were enacted it could mean a number of different thigs depending on where you live, why it was enacted and how other people around you are reacting.

Life’s Still Going to Suck

No matter how prepared you are, your daily life is going to change. All of these daily conveniences we “just can’t live without” might all be gone or even just unaffordable. Weekly trash service could be gone, cell phones could be useless, and electricity in general could be gone.

In some cases, we would be waiting until everything goes back too normal, and in some cases we would have to adapt to the new normal. The more we are prepared now, the easier this transition will be, but we still need to be ready for a huge lifestyle change.

They Might All Be Bad…But Don’t Bet On It

We have talked quite a bit about how important community is, and how the lone wolf route is a bad idea because people need people.  None of us can do everything, so having others in our inner circle can only help our survival plans…as long as they are the right people.

This can be easier said than done though right? We don’t want to let someone in that will derail our preparedness plan, or put us in danger. On the other side of the coin though, we don’t want to give our neighbors the perception that we are the bad guys because we are reclusive and mysterious.

You Don’t Have What You Think You Have

We all know that unexpected things are going to happen in any sort of SHTF event, and that a SHTF event could be cause by a number of different things.  Because of this it’s really impossible to say that you are prepared for defined amount of time.

Food might spoil, people might get added to your group, your supplies might be stolen, or even something as simple as people not following your rationing plans could lower your expected supply timeline.

What we do is take what we have and divide it by 2. Over the course of a month this is not all that important, but over the course of a year many things can, and will change.

Hunting Won’t Be That Easy

Quite a few people think they are going to grab their guns and go out and kill dinner, but that might not be as easy as it sounds. First, there aren’t as many animals out there as there used to be, and second there are a lot more people these days.

Another thing to consider is how good are you at hunting? Hunting isn’t as easy as grabbing your gun, putting on some cammo and heading out to get dinner. You’re going to need tracking skills, you’re going to need to know where to look, and you need to keep in mind that you won’t be alone.

TFHT Predictive Programming

predictive programmingIn the Tin Foil Hat Time segment of the show this week Lisa and I talked about what predictive programming is, and how we fall for it all the time. Here are some of Lisa’s notes for the show.

First we need to understand what  predictive programming is…

Predictive programming is basically how the media is used to influence and guide society, for example to impose a belief and value system on society at large. Have you heard of the term propaganda?

This is from the website The Coincidence Theorist. For predictive programming to work as a valid form of psychological conditioning, the following set of general rules and assumptions have to be made:

  • A group of powerful people (with a common agenda) might be able to exert a special influence over the entertainment industry.
  • People are less likely to resist societal developments that they’ve already been familiarized with.
  • The messages planted within fiction can vary in terms of their subtlety, ranging from subliminal clues to important plot points.
  • Although predictive programming prepares people for large social change, specific events can also be foreshadowed.
  • The exact contexts of the “predictions” (and the subsequent reactions of the characters within the story) aren’t strictly important.

To give you an example of how to spot predictive programming, take some words from one of our political candidates right now. Hilary Clinton made a comment toward Donald Trump of how he is caught up with conspiracy theories, yet in the same breath she made a comment of how Vladimir Putin is using Americans as spies to find out the secrets of the Democratic Party, and that Russia will be involved in causing her to lose the election.

First and foremost, she just created a conspiracy theory. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black! She also made references to the KKK, and racism, which if you know anything about history, the Democratic Party is the party responsible for the KKK, as well as pushing racism. But that is another point entirely.

The point is she is already placing ideas into people’s heads about Russia, and that we need to be wary of other countries, such as Russia. She is planting the seed that Russia is bad, and we need to defend ourselves against them. This is a blatant example of predictive programming.

Most of the population won’t even pay attention to a comment like this now, but what if she becomes our leader? Can you see where her deep hatred would be transformed during her rule into provoking a war with Russia?

Our “leaders” (greedy pigs run by handlers) have an agenda, and the chosen few, or top 1% have their own agenda and the use their puppets, like Obama, and Clinton etc. to promote and push their agenda onto us, the dumb public.

They plant seeds into our brains, and then the majority of people buy into it. Pay attention to the little seeds they are planting. If you have a funny feeling in your gut, pay attention to it, because something deep inside of you is telling you something isn’t right.

Predictive programming is placing the concepts into our heads, so we see this as normal, and we accept it. Examples of predicative programming in our past can be found in many movies, as well as comments made by political leaders:

  • Hilary Clinton’s comments in regard to Russia
  • Barak Obama focusing on police officers being bad
  • The race war (made to keep the general population fighting amongst themselves

Movies and Tv:

  • Minority report (introducing controversial technology)
  • Enemy of the State introducing controversial technology)
  • The Simpsons (introducing foreshadowing of events to happen, like 9/11)
  • 2001 a Space Odyssey from 1968 (and then we landed on the moon?)
  • World War Z, Independence Day, Armegeddon (preparing the masses for a disaster or significant event)

And what about the little subtleties in movies letting us know things that are not ok are the norm, and socially accepted, things like Martial law, or the UN coming in and taking over in the USA, sure this is ok, because they have been programming us to accept it.

This Months Contest

Here is the video I did with the prizes for this months contest. You can go here to place your entries for the contest.

 

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Prepping is More Than Bug Out Bags and Food Storage

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Prepping is More Than Bug Out Bags and Food StorageSometimes we get so consumed with preparedness supplies that we forget that prepping is about more than what you have in your bug out bag, and how much food you have stored. Sometimes we get so focused on the “sexy” parts of prepping (supplies and tools) that we forget about truly important stuff.

All of these tools and supplies for prepping are important, but even the best bug out vehicle in the world is not going to do you much good if it only has a quarter tank of gas, and a top of the line ferro rod is worthless if you can’t get a fire started with it.

There are also times when money is tight, and we have to put off buying that new survival knife for a while. This is a perfect time to focus on the everyday preparedness stuff that we tend to put on the back burner.

In this week’s show Lisa and I talked about some of the smaller areas of preparedness that are just as important (and sometimes more important) than having all these supplies in the first place.

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Here is the list that Lisa and I put together and talked about in the show. This list is great if money is short, but it’s also important to have these bases covered if you want to be completely prepared.

Inventory & Rotation

Sometimes what you have, and what you think you have are 2 different things. If we are doing it right, and we are using the supplies we have, then we are going to need to replenish those supplies at one point or another.

Supplies can be moved or damaged, food can be eaten without you knowing about it, and quite a few preparedness items come with expiration dates and need to be replaced.

We all have ups and downs when it comes to being prepared. One month we can feel really confident about how prepared we are, and then a month later find ourselves playing catch up because we dropped the ball.

Situational Awareness

Practicing situational awareness should be something we do on a daily basis, and everywhere we go. Sometimes situational awareness is a simple as paying attention to your surroundings, but looking for something, and knowing what to look for are 2 different things.

Some examples include…

  • Looking for exits when you enter a building.
  • Scanning your surroundings in a parking lot, and knowing where people are.
  • Keeping your head up and not focused on your cell phone.
  • Look for people behaving oddly
  • Checking your 6 (who’s behind you?)

We also need to practice these skills, because with more practice it gets easier and becomes a habit. This article titled “How to Develop the Situational Awareness of Jason Bourne” goes through the OODA method, and even memory games can help with situational awareness because they force us to pay more attention.

Create Good Habits

Sometimes we can get what I call “prepper burnout” and lose our focus. Other times we can talk ourselves into doing something else just to avoid doing what we should.

The more we do something, the more it becomes something we just do naturally. If we start making it a habit that every Saturday we practice a survival skill, it becomes something he need to do, rather than something we have to do.

Talk to Your Neighbors

This is a hard one for me because I really don’t like putting myself out there, but knowing your neighbors is incredibly important. At the very least we can figure out whether they will be with us, or against us when and if the S hits the fan.

If your neighbor feels like they know you (even just a little) they will be less likely to try and take advantage of you in a bad situation because they know you.

Take them Cookies: It’s human nature that when someone does something for us (no matter how small) we feel obligated to return the favor. While we are not doing this to get something back from them, it could be the difference of them being with us, or against us when the S hits the fan.

The Rule of Obligation, also known as “reciprocity,” states that when others do something for us, we feel a strong need, even a push, to return the favor. Returning the favor rids us of the obligation created by the first good deed. Like the saying goes “one good deed deserves another”

Learn (and Practice) Skills

With the internet today there is literally nothing we can’t learn, and almost no question we can’t get an answer to. Google “how far away is the moon” and see what I mean. While these resources are fantastic, they are worthless unless we apply that knowledge.

In the show we talked about how watching a video about building a survival shelter looks really simple, but when you go out to do it yourself you find out it’s harder than you thought it would be.

It’s really easy to edit out the mistakes in a video, but in real life we don’t have that option. We need to make these mistakes now, and learn the process now, because a SHTF scenario is the time for doing, not learning, and a mistake could mean life or death.

Being Physically Fit

In last week’s show we talked about how the best thing you can do to prevent illness in a SHTF scenario is be as healthy as possible now. Sanitation and public services could be nonexistent, and having a healthy immune system and being physically fit could prevent some of the common illnesses.

This doesn’t mean we need to go to the gym twice a week, it means we need to become “farmer strong” A farmer probably doesn’t look like Arnold Schwarzenegger, but a farmer can work from sun up, to sun down on a daily basis.

Let’s say you have a great bug out bag, with all the bells and whistles, what good is that bug out bag if you can’t walk more than 2 miles?

Setting Goals

Setting goals is a great way to keep your preparedness plan on track, creating goals can help us keep our focus and eventually achieve them.

When you are setting goals it’s important not to make all of them too big, or too small. We want some small goals that can be achieved easily, we want some long term goals that will take some work, but stretch goals are the most important.

Stretch goals are goals that are completely attainable, but require some work to get them done. A stretch goal could be getting your long term food storage up to 6 months, or learning the bushcraft skills we see in all those videos.

Download Reading/Learning Material

At the Survivalist Prepper Academy, we are working on a course that goes through creating a preparedness library. Having these files stored is important because most disaster scenarios involve the loss of electricity, meaning no internet.

These files could include SHTF recipes, knot tying or anything you feel would be important to have. If you ever have to say “how did I do that again?” It’s probably something you should download.

These can be digital files, or downloaded and printed out. If these files are downloaded, you will need to have a way to power up your laptop and read them. I have a bunch of digital survival files because I have this solar generator I built in the past.

Planning & Family Discussions

One of the most important aspects of preparedness is making sure everyone is on the same page. Just because WE know how everything needs to go, doesn’t mean everyone else in the family is going to do everything according to plan.

As active as we are these days, the odds of the whole family being in one place is slim, getting everyone in one place could be harder than the actual disaster plan, and should be a plan of its own. The more we discuss these plans, the more likely it is to sink in…especially with teenagers.

In the show we talked about how this can be a challenge for the “lone prepper” when the family is not onboard with prepping. We have this article here that might help with that, and this article about getting children interested in preparedness.

A Few More…

There are a few other things we talked about in the show like keeping always your gas tank half full, storing extra fuel, assessing your property and ways to earn some extra income for prepping.

If you have any ideas about some areas of preparedness that get taken for granted from time to time leave us a comment below, we’d love to hear them.

Also in the Show…

The Contest: First off congratulations to the winners of this month’s contest! And even though this contest was great, the next contest is going to be HUGE!  To celebrate the launch of Academy 2.0 I am going to put together 2 grand prizes and a few other prizes as well.

I’ll have more information on this in the next show, so stay tuned…

Academy 2.0: Over the last few weeks I have been working on updating the Survivalist Prepper Academy and building the new website Academy 2.0, and for a limited time we are offering 50% off membership.

This discount is only going to be available until we launch Academy 2.0 and anyone who joins before we launch will have access to the original academy, and the new academy.

Click here to join.

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SPP155 Interview With Vincent of Disaster Survival Network

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Today’s show is a little different form our usual show. This week we were the interviewees, rather than the interviewers. Lisa and I had the honor of being on the Disaster Survival radio show with Vincent VonDoom, who is also the founder of the Disaster Survival Network and Magazine.

We really hit on a wide range of topics in this show, from how we (as Americans) have embraced the victim mentality, to the death of tomatoes and chickens.

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Here are a few bullet points of what we talked about in the show, but it really doesn’t do it justice, so make sure and listen to the show.

The Survivalist Prepper podcast is available on iTunes, and any podcasting app for android. Most people listen while driving, working out or playing in the yard.

Notes From the Show…

  • People have become sheeple, and weak, waiting for someone to save them.
  • Is everything building up to something big?
  • Could the presidential elections be a catalyst to an SHTF event.
  • Misdirection and everything going on behind closed doors.
  • How history repeats itself, and how we are obiviouse to what could actually happen.
  • The importance of community and open mindedness to reality.
  • How we became Survivalist Prepper, and how it was all Lisa’s fault.
  • Some of the pitfalls to preparing, and why it’s better to make those mistakes now.
  • Why world peace is unrealistic…at least while we are in charge.
  • What we are working on with academy 2.0 and what it’s all about.
  • How to combat what Vince calls “Doom fatigue”
  • What do you say to someone who is completely in denial about preparedness.
  • The pros and cons of prepping groups.
  • The importance of organization when it comes to preparing.

More about Disaster Survival Network

Vincent has quite a bit going on a the Disaster Survival Network and even has plans on doing a daily video show in the near future, and we plan on getting together with him whenever possible.

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Interview With Dan of Future Danger

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SPP153 Interview With Dan of Future DangerIn this week’s show I had the pleasure of talking to Dan from the new website Future Danger.com, a web tool as he calls it. I learned a lot about what makes his website stand out from the rest, and why it really is a “web tool”

I talked about how I have a few websites that I go to on a daily basis such as Prepper Website, the Drudge Report, Survival Pulse and now Future Danger. With so much information online, checking these websites while I’m drinking my morning coffee has literally replaced the morning paper.

In this week’s show you will learn what makes this website a tool to filter out the fluff, and only provide information that is relevant to our daily lives and preparedness. It is not a “preparedness” website so to speak, and it won’t tell you how to prepare, but it will tell you why.

Most of the topics on the website cover the exact reasons we prepare in the first place. From economics and natural disasters, to losing out liberty’s and attacks on the constitution, keeping up to date on this information is vital to our preparedness.

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Here are a few of the topics we discussed in the show, but to get a full understanding of the website you will definitely want to listen.

What does this webtool do?

FutureDanger is a “newsradar” of handpicked news stories. We don’t just “aggregate” news – we curate it in real-time. Real people on our staff do the dirty work of categorizing, ordering and separating stories so they make sense.

We put news into context. The purpose is to provide advanced crisis warning for prepared Americans to make final provisions and informed decision-making concerning strategic relocation in the event of a disaster.

What problem does FutureDanger solve?

People prepared to survive live with dilemmas. For most Americans, one dilemma is this: their livelihoods depend on living in highly populated areas. In the event of a significant crisis, retreating from urban centers is highly advisable. These urban and suburban preppers intend to evacuate as early as possible, but no sooner than necessary.  Before FutureDanger, these folks needed to maintain vigilance of multiple news sources so they could to move on short notice to less populated areas. This constant monitoring is hard.

The second dilemma is the ever-increasing amount of online news. It can sometimes be a torrential downpour of information. For unprepared people, it seems not to matter. Our community, however, cannot afford to be overwhelmed by redundant news.

They cannot be distracted by useless news. 

They do not want to over-react when the media hypes, nor under-react when the media downplays or ignores real threats emerging. And they absolutely cannot miss critical signals that should put their personal survival plans into motion.

FutureDanger is a solution. It allows, for the first time on the internet, actionable survival decision-making. We filter and consolidate fragmented signals and warnings onto one web location. We communicate the big picture of immediate major trends.

FutureDanger is an open source analysis tool, like the ones used by the Pentagon and Intelligence Community. Privately developed intelligence assessments can cost thousands of dollars and are accessible only to large corporations and elite customers. If these actors can keep their interests protected, it is time American citizens have a warning system available to them as well.

What is this website doing differently?

Instead of website visitors, FutureDanger has website users. The homepage is a tool. It is called the Heatmap Dashboard. It is designed to save users an immense amount of time each day. People serious about being prepared do not have time to scan each and every news story from all the sites that cover threats. The Heatmap Dashboard brings the news to one location, in a Single Operating Picture.

What is the Indicator System and how does it work?

Future Danger Heat MapIndicators are common sense warning signs. Most Americans would agree that if only a few of these Indicators were to happen, life as we all know it would change for the worse. The Indicator System is a set of nearly 500 of these signs. These are the kind of conditions that drive people to prepare for survival. Although none of us wants them to happen, and everyone can argue about how likely they are to happen, every one of them could happen.

Breaking news stories are linked to Indicators. They are the evidence an Indicator is “heating up”. When collected in one location, our Indicators become a system for threat surveillance. Pieces of these signals and warnings can be found on a handful of other survival websites, but they frequently are not updated and never fully organized. No other website is doing this. We found a gap that none have chosen to fill.

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Trauma Kit Supplies for Preppers

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Trauma Kit Supplies for PreppersHaving a good first aid kit is critical to becoming prepared, but for some injuries a 2 x 2 gauze pad and some antiseptic are not going to cut it. Although we hope we never need it, having an individual trauma kit, or a larger trauma kit (and knowing how to use it) might literally become a life saver.

Depending on our situation as preppers and civilians, I don’t see most of us having to handle mass casualty’s, I think the Most Likely Situations could be on a smaller scale. However, something large scale is not out of the realm of possibility.

We are most likely to use our trauma kits for treating gunshot wounds or knife wounds because we needed to defend our home or ourselves.

It’s not always about a SHTF situation either. Natural disasters can cause extreme physical damage if we find ourselves in the wrong place at the wrong time. Burns, breaks and lacerations need to be considered as well.

You might find that a trauma kit is even useful today. Accidents happen all the time around the home, or you might be the first on the scene of an automobile accident. If you have a trauma kit (and know how to use it) you can help until professional help is available.

IMPORTANT: I’ve said “Know what you are doing” a couple of times now, this is because even if we have the best intentions, we can do more harm than good.

Leave it to the professionals if at all possible. The purpose of a trauma kit is to help until real help arrives. EMT’s, medical professionals and military personnel have been trained for this, just because we have watched a few videos doesn’t make us qualified.

With that being said, in situations where there is no help coming, we need to have a trauma kit ready. It could be an individual trauma kit for hiking or putting in the car, or a larger trauma kit for the family.

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Buying Medical Supplies Online

It can be a little tricky when you buy these supplies online because some people are trying to unload expired, or close to expired products.

If you are looking for something to test out, you can get a good deal of first aid supplies this way, but if you are looking for something to put in your trauma kit, make sure it states the expiration date.

Example: I used eBay links in this article, when I searched for Quick Clot I searched for “Quick Clot 2020” to refine the results.

Preppers Trauma Kit Contents

Here are a few of the supplies you want in a trauma kit that we talked about in the show. This is not a complete list, but it is the main components of a trauma kit.

Bolin or Halo Chest Seal

For a chest wound caused by a gun shot or stab wound you will need either a Bolin chest seal or a Halo chest seal in your trauma kit.

A Bolin chest seal has one way valves that allow air and liquid to escape, but not enter the wound. A Halo chest seal has a tab you pull to burp the wound and also comes with 2 seals for entry and exit wounds.

Israeli Battle Dressing

An Israeli bandage is basically a compression dressing on steroids, it has multiple uses, and is much more convenient as long as you know how to use it. This video shows you how it works.

Olaes Modular Bandage

These Olaes Bandages are a little like the Israeli battle dressing with a few differences. It’s not necessary to have both in your trauma kit, but if you have the room, why not?

Tourniquet (TK4 or Other)

A tourniquet is pretty self-explanatory, and even a belt will work in a pinch. The TK4 tourniquet is nice because it can be used one handed.

SAM Splints

These are used to immobilize an injury. Sam Splints are great if someone breaks an arm or leg immobilizing it will not only relieve some of the pain, but reduce the risk of further injury.

Compressed Gauze Roll(s)

compressed gauzeCompressed gauze has quite a few uses from packing a wound to using it as a bandage. Kerlix gauze is a little more expensive, but is more absorbent and larger.

If you are just packing a wound though, there is no reason to use the expensive stuff, have a little of each…or a lot.

Quick Clot vs Celox

In the show we talked about how Quick Clot gauze and Celox gauze are only to be used If a tourniquet is not viable or can no longer be used, or the blood loos can’t be controlled. There is much debate about which is better, but to me Celox seems a little safer.

Nasopharyngeal Airway

Nasopharyngeal AirwayThis is a tube that you stick down the nose (naso) and into the throat (pharengeal)

A Nasopharyngeal airway is used to keep an airway open, used by emt’s, paramedics, and trained medical professionals. There are certain instances when you would not insert a tube into the nose, which is why you really should get the training to do it before attempting it.

CPR Mask

CPR MaskThere are a few different models of CPR masks available, but the uses are basically the same. A CPR mask is used to keep you safe, and less apprehensive about sucking face (for lack of a better term) with someone who is in critical condition.

The image above is the higher quality CPR mask, while the video shows the lower cost alternative.

Suture Kit

Closing a wound with stitches is one of those procedures that you need to know what you are doing, and know when it is necessary. This is something that should be left to the professionals whenever possible, but we are planning for an event where that isn’t an option right?

EMT Shears

EMT SheersYou could probably use any pair of scissors, or even a knife to remove restrictive clothing or remove bandages, but EMT shears have a tongue (or flat spot) at the end to prevent you from cutting the patient.

Steri Strips

As I said in the podcast, Steri Strips are the poormans stitches, if Steri Strips can be used, they should be used. These allow “stuff” to escape the wound, and can be replaced easily when necessary.

Assorted Band-Aids

You might not need the smaller “Boo Boo” Band-Aids in your trauma kit, but then again you might. These take up so little room that it’s better to be safe than sorry. You will also want some larger Band-Aids because sometimes the patient might have multiple smaller wounds.

Nitrile Gloves

We have said this a few times before, but nitrile gloves are much better than latex gloves no questions asked. There are some people who are allergic to Latex products, so why take the risk when the quality is the same.

Betadine vs alcohol vs Iodine Swabs

Betadine and iodine are similar, chlorhexidine swabs work really well, and have antibacterial properties that will continue to offer protection for up to 72 hours after it has been applied.

There is less risk of allergic reaction to chlorhexidine than to betadine or iodine. It is also interesting to note, people who have an allergy to iodine tend to be at a higher risk to having an allergic reaction to Xeroform gauze, so keep that in mind in your first aid kit.

Hand sanitizer

I cannot stress this enough, any time you are working on a person, you need to stay as clean as possible, especially if there is a break in the skin, otherwise you WILL introduce bacteria into the body. Before doing any type of treatment, always always always wash your hands, and use hand sanitizer.

Anything that has to go onto an open area must be sterile, to prevent infection, which is secondary to the original injury, but is more likely to cause damage, even death to the patient.

Personalizing Your Trauma Kit

These are just the major components of a preppers trauma kit, but there are many more items you can (and should) add to your kit like, eye wash, an ice pack, ammonia inhalants etc.

Here is huge list of trauma kit supplies and discussion from the American Preppers Network Forums.

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Preparing for an EMP & The Aftermath

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Preparing for an EMP & The AftermathThis is something I have been a little lax on, but it shouldn’t be that way. An EMP strike could cause us to put all of our prepping skills to work. We tend to think of faraday cages and no internet access when we think about an EMP, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Preparing for an EMP & the aftermath means preparing for a power grid failure, job loss, severed supply lines, Bank shutdowns, critical infrastructure failures, all leading up to the real chaos which all boils down to the enactment of Martial Law.

While testifying before Congress in May, Peter Pry warned that a rogue state or terrorist could attack the United States with a weapon that would kill 9 out of 10 Americans “through starvation, disease, and societal collapse.”

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Does 9 out of 10 people seem like an exaggeration? It doesn’t to me! A friend in the private Facebook group (Thanks Adam) posted some alarming facts about the demographics of the United States.

There are 325 million people in USA…

  • 29 million people diabetes
  • 12 million on assisted care living
  • 52 million considered extreme obese
  • 28 million on heart medicine
  • 121 MILLION ON LIFE SAVING MEDICINE/CARE TOTAL (think of as needing immediate help/alternative means to survive)
  • 109 million people on welfare
  • 3 million criminals (currently incarcerated, not counting criminals already at large)
  • 1 million homeless
  • 42 million with mental illness
  • 160 MILLION UNSTABLE/UNABLE PEOPLE TOTAL (think of as looters)
  • 15 million traveling more than 50 miles any given day
  • 50 million living in 50 most populace cities
  • 65 MILLION WITH NO MEANS TO PROVIDE AT CURRENT STATE TOTAL (think of as deadweight needing support)
  • 100 million + rely on pumped water aquifers (how are they going to get water- all of southern California)
  • 1 year to replace one of 12 transformers in USA, in current state (cars and infrastructure intact)

It always peaks my attention when government agencies and the main stream media (that are so good at demeaning preppers) start talking about the very same subjects we are preparing for. I also find it interesting that the people that could do something about it turn a blind eye.

We have become a reactionary society, or should I say an overreactionary society. The patriot act and the TSA are perfect examples of security theater, and how Americans are willing to give up their freedoms for the perception of safety.

Possible vs Probable

There is a lot of debate about how probable an EMP strike from a rough nation or terrorist group would be because of how difficult it would be. A couple of events come to mind when I think of “probability.”

How probable is it that terrorists could hijack airplanes and fly them into buildings? How probable was it for Japan to send suicide bombers to Pearl Harbor?

Back in 1941, because of sanctions from the United States, Japan felt like it had no other option than to bomb Pearl Harbor, even though they knew we could wipe them off the face of the earth. The last I checked, Japan is still there.

The way we are handling countries like North Korea and Iran are quite similar to the way we handled Japan in 1941, so saying it’s “improbable” doesn’t mean it should be ignored.

A large scale EMP strike would bring devastation like never seen before. Pearl Harbor and 9-11 would be considered small scale if someone were able to successfully detonate an EMP or 2 above the United States, and EVERYONE’S lives would be directly affected by it.

Preparing for an EMP

This article from Skilled Survival talks about the 2 options we have; one might require a second mortgage on your home.

EMP Diaster Prep Option 1 – Plan for an Amish survival skills future. Plan to revert to an 1860 agrarian society with the sort of survival skills our great-great-grandparents knew. But, our society has forgotten.

EMP Diaster Prep Option 2 – Store a complete, disassembled home electrical power generation system inside very large Faraday Cages. Solar and wind are your best bet—since you won’t be able to get gasoline or natural gas. Everything electrical associated with these systems should be boxed in Faraday Cages.

As we mentioned in the show, most people have no choice but to go with option 1. Most of us don’t have the option to turn the garage into a huge faraday cage, and even if we do, surviving an EMP strike is going to require a lot more than functional electronics and solar power.

An EMP cannot destroy our food storage, our water storage, our guns and ammo and the knowledge we have in our heads. Learning to live without these conveniences is what prepping is all about, we need to use technology while we can, but never depend on it for survival.

Faraday Cages & What to Store

With all that said, faraday cages are not a bad idea. I plan on making a small trashcan faraday cage like the one Rob Hanus from the Preparedness Podcast tested out recently. For those of you who haven’t listened to the Preparedness Podcast I highly recommend it, Rob is very knowledgeable about preparedness, and delivers it in a way that just makes sense.

My feeling is that what I would need most is a way to have heat, light and access to some of my electronic file storage, so I plan on protecting items that would give me access to solar power.

If you have any ideas, or items you already store let everyone know in the comments below.

That Just Happened!

In the show we talked about what you should do immediately after an EMP strike. Most people will be confused and in complete denial until the realization set in that everything is not going to be ok.

This article from Prepper-Resources.com has some great points about how to prepare yourself for the aftermath of an EMP. I’ll list a few of the points here, but for more detail have a look at that article.

  • Get home, and get your family home.
  • Spend your cash immediately (this means you need to have cash on hand)
  • Fill up the bathtubs and anything you can with water.
  • Talk to the neighbors and organize.
  • Take inventory and ration.
  • Reassess and implement your security plans.

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At the end of the show we talked about the new movie AmeriGEDDON which Lisa and I recently went to see. I wrote a full review of the movie that you can read here.

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First Aid Kit Contest

We have mentioned these in the last couple of episodes, and we are going to be giving them away next week. This contest is for Academy Members only, so if you are not a member you can become one here.

The video will be available on our YouTube channel shortly.

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AmeriGEDDON Movie Review

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Amerigeddon Movie ReviewThere has been quite a bit of buzz in the preparedness community about the new movie from Mike Norris (son of Chuck Norris) Amerigeddon. Unfortunately, it is only being released in 8 states, but fortunately ours was one of them.

If you haven’t heard about this movie, here is the basic plot and the video trailer.

A dire warning of a wakeup call of what might be our future when a globalist terrorist organization aligned with the United Nations disables the United States power grid with an EMP and institutes Martial Law.
It will take a dedicated family of patriots armed with strong survival skills and the remains of the Second Amendment to save America and reclaim its freedom.

From the Amerigeddon website:

“The fact that a recent poll showed a majority of Americans are enraged with the federal government points to a frenzy of unrest with the dictatorial way in which our country has been run,” said Norris. “My family has long been involved in protecting the rights of Americans. We are concerned about the future and and see this film as a call to action. We urge people to join us in theaters and show Hollywood and politicians that true patriots will fight for their rights and want to see their values represented on-screen.”

A collaboration between Norris and entrepreneur and writer Gary Heavin, AMERIGEDDON seizes on fact-based threats and asks the ultimate question, “What happens when government turns on the people it’s supposed to protect?”

Mike Norris recently did an interview with 4th Watch Radi talking about the movie and the challenges he faced. Click here and listen.

My Thoughts on Amerigeddon

Before going to see this movie I read some mixed reviews, but because this movie was banned in Hollywood and agents advised their clients not to be part of the movie I thought the bad reviews were a little unfounded.

With the limited resources available to Mike Norris he actually did a good job, and you could tell that if they had more to work with it could have been done much better. It did have that “low budget” feel to it, but considering it was basically blackballed by Hollywood, they did a very good job with what they had.

No Hollywood Nonsense: Like I said earlier, you are not going to see the sex and violence or the pop culture brainwashing you see in a typical Hollywood movie in Amerigeddon. The movie sticks to the story line and no one has complex issues with their sexuality.

Believe it or not there is no cussing, and no sex scenes in the movie. The closest they came to cussing was when one of the “domestic Terrorists” said “oh spit!” This could be another reason Hollywood wanted nothing to do with the movie.

Conspiracy theory, or Conspiracy Fact: The fact that this movie was banned in Hollywood only give the plot more credence in my opinion. Hollywood has no problem pushing the envelope when it comes to sex and violence, but when it comes to questioning our governments motives, they want no part of it…even if it is “fiction”

I personally think that there are other scenarios where an EMP is more likely, but that doesn’t mean this scenario is impossible to fathom. People probably thought the movie 1984 was unrealistic too, but we can see some of that playing out even today.

The Story Line: This movie stayed on point for the most part, and hit some good preparedness bullet points like OPSEC, Skills, Faraday cages, security, community and critical thinking.

The story was based around a group of people, and even though I was hoping for a little more about how people would react (the masses) the story takes place in the first couple days of an EMP and Martial Law being enacted. Hopefully there is enough interest in this movie for them to make a sequel, I think that would be a great movie.

CGI: The worst part of the movie was the CGI (graphics) but it wasn’t needed very much. The graphics were something like you would see in Sharknado, but I was willing to look past that considering the budget they had.

Final thoughts

If you go in expecting a Hollywood blockbuster you are going to leave disappointed, and some parts were a little unrealistic, but it is a movie after all. I’d say this movie lies somewhere in between American Blackout (very good) and the Collapsed (very bad)

With more financial backing the sequel to this movie could be great!

If you have ever seen a Chuck Norris movie you know those are not the greatest movies ever either, but he’s still Chuck Norris right? Because he is so passionate about this topic I can see Mike Norris following in his father’s footsteps and creating some pretty good movies in the future.

The good side of this being a limited release, is that it will probably be available on DVD soon. This is not a movie that you are going to want to put in your preparedness library, but it is worth watching if you go in understanding what it is, and what it isn’t.

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Preparing for an Economic Collapse and What to Expect

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Preparing for an Economic Collapse and What to ExpectIn a recent email I asked the question “what got you into prepping” and the response was overwhelming. Some of the answers were job loss and family crisis, some were natural disaster preparedness, but a majority of people got into preparedness because of the very real possibility of an economic collapse, followed closely by a power grid failure.

Before I go any further I just want to say thank you to everyone who took the time to answer the email. The reason I asked the question is to get a better idea about what concerns you the most, and get ideas about what to write and talk about that fit your needs.

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Because an economic collapse is so high on so many peoples list, we decided to start there. In this week’s show Lisa and I didn’t necessarily talk about what supplies you might need, we talked more about what you need to expect, and what life might be like post collapse.

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What an Economic Collapse Might Look Like

Most articles you read tend to be on the extremes side of things, that’s because we need to prepare for the worst, and hope for the best. The reality is that no one really know what will happen until it happens.

My personal opinion is that we are in the beginning stages of a collapse, and have been on the brink a few times in recent history. My main concern is that the more the powers that be continue to put a band aid on a bullet wound, the worse it’s going to be when that wound bursts open.

An economic collapse could be a complete breakdown of society, or it could be like the great depression, although because we are a more dependent society these days it is likely to be much worse.

What to Expect From an Economic Collapse

In this article from Off Grid Survival go through quite a bit about an economic collapse, but state the following about what to expect…

A Run on the Banks: One of the first things you will see is a run on the banks. People are going to be panicking, and they will be doing everything they can to get their hands on cash to buy extra supplies.

Chaos in the Streets: Once the banks run dry, you will see people turn desperate. The moment they realize the money is gone is the moment you will see widespread chaos sweep throughout the country. Riots, looting and widespread violence will break out, making self-defense one of your primary concerns.

Martial Law: When things start to go bad, I believe you will see the government declare a state of emergency or Martial Law. When this happens you will see things like travel restrictions, mandatory curfews, and the suspension of Constitutional rights.

The Domino Affect

Preparing for an economic collapse means preparing for the other crisis that follow.  An economic collapse could mean job loss, rising crime rates and the suspension of our constitutional rights.

This is why I feel that preparing for an economic collapse encompasses all of prepping. Preparing for the coming collapse doesn’t just mean having food and water, it means being ready to handle the aftermath like a grid down event or Martial Law.

How People Might React

As I mentioned in last week’s podcast, we have “first world problems” and Americans are spoiled. For the most part none of us have to go days without food, or have to drink dirty water. Because we can get just about anything we want (even free from the government) we have become accustomed to a certain lifestyle.

If the economy collapses it would be like taking a cellphone away from a teenager, only much, much worse. If you take away the food, people will do whatever it takes to eat, people will become desperate leading to other dangerous scenarios we need to keep in mind.

Critical Thinking Skills

All of this might seem like common sense to us, but to the average person survival skills and preparing to live through one of these events is outside the realm of possibility. We understand why food storage is important, and we understand what might happen in any number if disaster scenarios.

Because of this we need to use our critical thinking skills and understand how people who have never given a second thought to how they will eat with no grocery store or money will react. Thinking critically will help us decide which path is the safest path to take.

Why Self-Defense is Important

Like it or not, self-defense is going to be very important. People are going to want what we have and if the only way to get it is through force they will justify it. During an economic collapse the crime rate will skyrocket, and who knows how much help the police will be.

Self-defense ranges from firearms, to non-lethal weapons, to physically being able to defend yourself. Some people are not comfortable owning firearms and I wrote this post about non-lethal weapons if that is the case for you. I personally believe that everyone should own and be educated about gun safety even if you never plan on using it.

Food Storage and Survival Supplies

This might be a little obvious but still needs to be mentioned. If a loaf of bread costs $20 and if we lost our job because of a depression type event not having to worry about buying food on a daily basis will not only help us live through a collapse, it will give us think about something other than feeding the family…like security and survival.

Having long term food storage and survival supplies also means there will be no need to put yourself in danger by having to venture out into the chaos just to survive. The severity depends on the level of the collapse, but having the ability to bug in is always a good plan.

Get Out of Debt ASAP

Getting out of debt is not only important in the event of an economic collapse, it should be a goal we have regardless. If we are spending a couple hundred dollars a month paying off credit card, that’s a couple hundred dollars a month we could be survival supplies…like gold and silver.

Just because the economy collapses doesn’t mean your debt disappears. There are plenty of stories about farms and homes getting repossessed during the great depression. Again, the more food you have, and the less debt you have, the less important money is to you.

Investing in Gold and Silver

My grandma lived through the great depression and while I didn’t think much about it when she was alive I think about how she lived all the time now. Most people have never had to live through an event like this, so it seems outrageous that this much planning and preparation is important.

As I mentioned in the show my grandmother was a lunch lady at an elementary school. She had very little money but managed to use the money she had to its fullest extent. She had a small dirt basement (basically a hole under her house) full of canned food, and when she passed she had over $20,000 in gold and silver.

You might read about why or why not investing in gold and silver is, but to me the fact that she thought it was important is far more telling than an article written by a “professional”. She thought it was important…and so do I.

Bartering Might Become Common Place

Even if an economic collapse is not a complete collapse we will probably revert back to some sort of bartering system. If money becomes worthless our skills and our supplies will become our currency. Good bartering items include first aid supplies, alcohol, clothing and even small items like lighters.

Bartering could also include your skills. If someone has no idea how to garden, and you do, that will be very valuable to that person and you could possibly take a portion of the harvest for teaching them. I have a couple of articles here and here about valuable post collapse skills to have or learn.

A Positive Note…

While an economic collapse is nothing we look forward to, it’s something that could very well happen. The more we prepare now the less of an impact it will have on us and our families. As the saying goes…

“The end of the world doesn’t have to be the end of the world”

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Post Collapse Sanitation, Diseases and Antibiotics

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Post Collapse Sanitation, Diseases and AntibioticsWhen we think about Typhoid, Cholera and Dysentery visions of the old west come to mind, but in a situation that causes a societal breakdown these diseases could rear their ugly head again.

These are the bigger diseases that could become prevalent in a post collapse society, but even getting the common cold could put a damper on your plans.

In the next couple of weeks Lisa and I will go over some of the sicknesses and diseases to look out for in a SHTF situation, and possible ways to cure them, including natural remedies.

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This week we talked about some of the major disease’s, how to cure them, some of the antibiotics that are needed and how to prevent them with proper sanitation.

I will also list which fish antibiotics are good alternatives to the human antibiotic. I also wrote a post that goes into detail about fish antibiotics here.

IMPORTANT: Contrary to popular belief, antibiotics can have adverse affects if improperly used. Lisa wrote an article a while back about the dangers and precautions of using antibiotics here. 

Typhoid Fever

Typhoid fever is a bacterial infection caused by ingesting contaminated food or water. Symptoms include; headaches, nausea and loss of appetite, and is a bacterial infection which gradually brings on a high fever.

Diarrhea and vomiting are not common with Typhoid, however weakness, abdominal pain, constipation, and headaches also commonly occur with the fever. Without treatment, symptoms may last weeks or months.

Treatment includes antibiotics, which is typically Ciprofloxacin. The fish antibiotic alternative is Fish Flox.

Cholera

Cholera is an infectious disease that causes severe watery diarrhea, which can lead to dehydration and even death if left untreated. Cholera is caused by eating food or drinking water contaminated with a bacterium called Vibrio cholera. The disease is most common in places with poor sanitation, crowding, war, and famine.

Cholera was prevalent in the U.S. in the 1800s, before modern water and sewage treatment systems eliminated its spread by contaminated water. Rehydration is the first priority in the treatment of cholera.

Single-dose therapy with Tetracycline, Doxycycline, Furazolidone, or Ciprofloxacin has been shown effective in reducing the duration and volume of diarrhea. Fish Flox (Cipro) is the only alternative antibiotic.

Dysentery

Dysentery is a type of gastroenteritis; an inflammation of the intestines causing diarrhea with blood, and is caused by a number of types of infection such as bacteria, viruses, parasitic worms, or protozoa.

Treatment includes antibiotics such as ampicillin, amoxicillin. The fish antibiotic alternative is Fish Mox.

Water and Food Related Illnesses

Salmonella bacteria may cause food poisoning when contaminated meat, poultry and eggs that are eaten raw or undercooked or foods come into contact with contaminated foods during preparation.

Symptoms usually occur within hours to two days and may include nausea, fever, headache, abdominal cramps, diarrhea and vomiting lasting two to seven days.

Salmonella almost never requires the use of an antibiotic, but in severe cases ampicillin or amoxicillin can be used. The fish antibiotic alternative is Fish Mox.

Staphylococcus is carried on your skin and in throat infections and may be transmitted during food handling and preparation. Meat, poultry, salads, cheese, eggs, custards and cream-filled desserts are potential food sources.

Symptoms may develop within one to eight hours after eating and may include vomiting, diarrhea, nausea and abdominal cramps lasting one to two days.

This requires a doctor to perform tests to identify what type of staph bacteria is behind your infection, so antibiotics are not recommended.

Botulism is most frequently associated with foods that are canned at home and are either improperly prepared or are stored in poorly sealed containers.

Symptoms may develop within 4 to 72 hours after eating and may include nervous system disturbances such as double vision, droopy eyelids or difficulty speaking, swallowing or breathing.

Untreated botulism can be fatal. If you or a family member have botulism symptoms, get medical help immediately.

The use of antibiotics such as penicillin G or metronidazole may be helpful in eradicating in wound botulism. Antibiotic use is not recommended for infant botulism because cell death and lysis may result in the release of more toxin.

An Ounce of Prevention…

We’ve all hear the saying “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” and with proper sanitation we can prevent all these diseases. Proper hand washing, trash removal, disposal of human waste and proper sanitation can greatly reduce your risk of contracting one of these diseases.

In the podcast we went into much more detail about prevention, symptoms and important precautions for using antibiotics. Make sure and give it a listen.

Diseases and Infections of the Respiratory System

Next week Lisa and I will be talking about Illnesses and diseases such as the tuberculosis, whooping cough, flu, colds, bronchitis and pneumonia. You can subscribe to get new posts via email when they are published, just look in the right sidebar to subscribe.

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Things You MUST Do To Survive a House Fire

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Things You MUST Do To Survive a House Fire

“The following article was contributed by James Smith, an avid prepper with a passion for self-protection at all levels”

The hazards of a fire are deadly and may even prove fatal if proper precautions are not taken. Thousands of Americans lost their lives to such life-haunting misfortunes that can strike your house anytime due to minor malfunctioning, taking you by surprise and robbing you of your most prized possessions.

However, nothing is more precious than human life. These incidents usually happen uninformed and the best way is to be prepared beforehand.

Planning for a fire

A sensible family would make it a point to keep their family members aware and educated about the possibilities of an accidental fire and the logical steps to follow. The key to surviving in such situations is not to panic and think of practical solutions rather than creating havoc.

Having you and your family learn certain skills such as those of handling, first aid kits and basic medical knowledge can save a life. Continue reading

How Will Different People React When the SHTF

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How Will Different People React When the SHTFAs preppers we all like to contemplate how different people react when the SHTF, but it’s probably not as simple as we give it credit for. Because our country is a melting pot of different cultures, different economic classes and different religious affiliations, people will all handle certain situations differently.

For better or worse, we all handle situations differently. Some of us are better problem solvers than others, and some of us don’t handle stress very well. A combination of upbringing, gene pool and our environment all play a role in how we develop.

The reason this is important is because today we have the option of separating ourselves from situations. or people we want no part of.

In an SHTF situation we probably won’t have that choice, while we can do what it takes to stay in our homes and out of danger, we might be getting more visitors than we ever expected, and we need to be ready for them.

Possible SHTF Reactions

The scale of the disaster will directly correlate with how extreme people’s reactions will be, but even the smallest situations will give us an idea about how a person handles stressful events.

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Here are a few ways people will react in a crisis. But remember, people will be very unpredictable, especially in extreme situations.

No Answer at All

For the most part, and for varying reasons, most people will not have any answer to any large scale event. This could be because they are completely unprepared to handle such an event, or because they refuse to admit that their perfect world is not so perfect anymore.

Who knows what the real numbers and timeframe would be, but my guess is that at least 80% of the population will be gone in less than 2 months in a large scale disaster. People who are 100% dependant on electricity, grocery stores and debit cards will find themselves with no choice but to cheat, steal and eventually die.

People Who Can’t Face Facts

One of the first stages of dealing with grief is denial, and believe me, there will be a lot of people in denial. While we look at how people lived in the past and ask “how can I do that?” these people look at the past and say “I would die if I had to do that!” Most of them are right.

Not only are people reliant on automobiles and cell phones, they are reliant on the fuel and electricity it takes to run them and get food to the stores. But if all that falls apart, the government has a plan, and they will figure it out right? not likely.

People Who Will Give Up

People who will just give up are similar to people who can’t face the fact that the S just hit the fan, but differ slightly because some of them have no idea how to handle a crisis situation. Some people have been so sheltered or so focused on what they think “problems” are that they will have no idea how to handle real problems.

This is exactly why I didn’t hand my children everything. Even though they hated it, they learned how to work their way through different problems, and if they wanted something bad enough, they could figure out how to get it.

People Who Will Take Advantage

There is no shortage of people looking for the easy way out even today, but when the hand that feeds stops feeding people who feel entitled will look for other options. It’s far easier to take something than to work for it, and this is why the crime rate will skyrocket.

People who are already criminals will go into overdrive, but even people that you think “would never do something like that” might feel like they have no choice. On top of that, in a large scale crisis, most of the police force will probably be staying home to protect their families.

People Who Think They’re Prepared

We mentioned in the show this week about a friend of Lisa’s whose parents have 7 freezers full of food. While they get an A for effort, they are missing one crucial step…electricity. They have no generator, no solar, and no way to keep that food fresh if the grid goes down.

I can’t help but think of Doomsday Preppers and people saying “I’m preparing for an…” What they should be saying is “I’m completely unprepared for this, this and this.” If you put all your eggs in one basket you are bound to get blindsided by something unexpected.

People Who Will Adapt

Whether it’s genetics, upbringing or just plain luck, some people can step into a bucket of poop and still come out smelling like roses. Some people are better critical thinkers than others, and some people just have the will to survive.

In this article about the psychology of survival I talked about why some people will have a better chance of surviving regardless of what prepping supplies they have. Chance favors the prepared mind, and the tools in your head are far more important than the tools in your shed.

People Who Are Prepared

Hopefully this is you and me, hopefully we have done everything to give us the best possible chance for survival, but with that being said it doesn’t guarantee us anything. Luck and circumstances will play a big role in what, when and where things unfold in a disaster situation.

That doesn’t mean stop preparing though. The more we prepare, the better our odds are of surviving any disaster, and the better our understanding is of what to do when something terrible happens in the future.

Expect the Unexpected

With all this being said, desperate times will lead people to desperate measures. People with the most to lose are the most dangerous in my opinion. With criminals you know what you are getting, but a desperate mother trying to feed her children is capable of anything.

People who feel entitled, and are used to everything getting handed to them are going to justify taking what you have, because after all, they are more important than us right? The point is, it doesn’t matter what a person looks like, we need to be on high alert and consider everyone a threat.

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Emergency Cooking Ideas and Operational Security

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Emergency Cooking Ideas and Operational SecurityThese days we have the convenience of turning on a stove or grill and cooking a nice juicy steak, or turning on the oven at the flip of a switch and baking fresh bread for the family, but what would you do if that wasn’t an option?

Or worse yet, what would you do if it was an option, but the delicious smell it put off was ringing the dinner bell for unwanted guests?

While there are is no shortage of emergency cooking ideas (and I am going to list some here) and operational security is critical when you are cooking, and no one else in the neighborhood has food.

Unless you feel like opening up a SHTF soup kitchen, there are some things that need to be considered, and this means more than what you are cooking.

In this week’s show Lisa and I talked about some emergency cooking ideas, as well as how important operational security is in avoiding some of the risks involved.

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Advertising and the Risks

Free Food Open HouseIf we are talking about some sort of emergency that is only going to last a few days, such as a natural disaster or manmade disaster that causes a power outage, cooking smells and where they travel might not be a huge issue.

Food in the grocery stores will only last a few days without resupply in normal times, that 3 days could be cut to 3 hours in an emergency. After as little as a week, or even a few days, people will start to get hungry and be looking for handouts.

Once they figure out that FEMA is not coming to the rescue, they might come knocking on your front door, and you would need start thinking about your safety, and how to minimize the risks.

Loose Lips Sink Ships

LOOSE LIPS SINK SHIPSThis is a bit of a double edged sward because it’s not feasible to think that we can go it alone, but we do need to be careful about what you say, and who you say it to. I talk quite a bit to some people about prepping (more than I probably should), but one thing that never comes up is “how much” I have.

I don’t hide the fact that I am a prepper from anyone who asks, mainly because with the website and the podcast they could find out anyway. When I am asked how I can justify turning people away in a crisis, I simply tell them that my responsibility is protecting my family, that I don’t have any insider information, and anyone can do it if they choose to…including them.

Regardless what you do, the odds are someone will be coming to your door depending on how bad the situation gets. It’s up to you how you handle these situations, but they do need to be talked about and planned for.

Did You Smell That!?

do you smell that foodWe’ve all driven by a restaurant or walked in the house and said “that smells amazing!” When you are the last one on the block with food, that’s the last thing you want to happen.

If you live in a rural area, and the wind is blowing in the right direction it might not be as big problem, but if you live in an urban area, your neighbor is probably 20 feet away, and can smell anything you cook.

Foods that only require boiling, low fat foods and foods with very few spices are going to give off the least smell. When you grill a steak the juices run off and create a mouthwatering smell, and when you bake a chicken covered in spices, it might taste fantastic, but that smell is likely to travel around the neighborhood.

Canned Food: Other than the trash buildup, canned food is a great idea because it can be heated easily, but doesn’t require heating. DIY canning and dehydration also falls into this category, but it needs to be done beforehand.

Long Term Food: Prepackaged food like the Legacy products we sell are also great because they give off very little smell and only require boiling water to prepare.

Uncooked Food: I’m not suggesting you eat raw hamburger, but fruits and vegetables might be available initially, but won’t last long. If you have a garden that would be better, but that might also make you a target.

It’s Dinner Time!

Another precaution you can take is planning when you cook. Because most of us are active and eat during the day, you might want to do your cooking late at night, or very early in the morning.

You will also need to give extra consideration to security because you won’t be able to see if someone is on their way over at night, and people feel more embolden under the cover of darkness.

Trash Buildup is a Red Flag

hide your trashOne last thing you need to keep in mind is what you are going to do with your trash after you are done cooking. The odds are trash pickup will not be available, and as it begins to buildup you don’t want people seeing empty boxes of cereal, and empty cans of food.

Burning it will probably not be an option, but burying it might be. At the very least, you can put it in black trash bags that are hidden…out of sight, out of mind.

Emergency Cooking Options

Gas Generators: These might be an option early on, but most are really loud, and require fuel storage. We have an 8,000 Watt generator which will be useful for power outages and natural disasters, but not a full blown SHTF event. With proper ventilation you could even run a generator from your basement.

Solar Generators: You can purchase a solar generator like the Goal Zero, but this would cost you thousands of dollars. A DIY solar generator like the one I am working on is a little more cost effective, and will eventually turn into an all-out solar powered battery bank.

Gas Stoves: If you have a gas powered stove you are one of the lucky ones, we are not so lucky. These will operate even when to power grid goes down, although you will need to use a lighter to light the flame.

Wood Fire: A fireplace or wood burning stove are great to have, but this is another method I would think twice about long term, because you are basically giving off smoke signals to the neighborhood. That being said, we are still looking to get a wood burning stove insert for our fireplace.

Sun Ovens or Solar Cookers: We have a Sun Oven, and we love it! It gives off very little smell, and can cook almost anything. The downside is that they need to be outside with plenty of light, and are hard to camouflage. There are plenty of DIY ideas for solar cookers, but they won’t be as efficient as an All American Sun Oven.

Propane Grill: Most of us have an outdoor grill, but the only part of that grill I will be using in a SHTF scenario are the side burners. This could be the biggest dinner bell you can ring, because I always know when my neighbors are cooking hamburgers and ribs.

Coleman Grill: A good camp grill is a little better option because the fat and juices stay in the pan rather than getting burned off. These can also be used indoors in an emergency, although you do need proper ventilation…and a fire extinguisher just in case.

Hot Plate: The average hot plate takes about 1200 watts to run (that’s quite a bit) but you will need some way to generate power to use it. If you have a way to generate power these are a good option, if you don’t, there are plenty of other options.

Sterno Cooking: cooking with Sterno canisters might not be the most efficient, but it can be done indoors, just as caterers and restaurants do all the time. While these would take a while to boil water, they can be used to heat food up, and even heat yourself up.

Oil Lantern Cooker: A friend on Facebook mentioned an Oil Lantern Cooker which seems like a great idea because not only can you cook or heat something up, it’s also another source of light and heat.

DIY & Rocket Stoves: Whether you are talking about a folding camp stove or a DIY rocket stove, these are great because basically smaller fuel = smaller fire = less smell.

Sweat the Small Stuff

Whichever method of emergency cooking you decide on make sure you have everything else you need to get the job done. Make sure you have plenty of fuel, this includes wood, propane, gasoline and even sun for solar.

You should have these anyway, but make sure you have lighters and matches or you will be rubbing sticks together. Also, whatever you do, don’t forget to have a manual can opener, that fancy electric can opener will be useless if the power is out.

I would be remiss if I failed to mention safety one more time. Make sure you have fire extinguishers (certified) and proper ventilation if you plan on cooking inside, an accident could cause more problems than just eating dinner.

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Why We Crazy Preppers Aren’t So Crazy

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Why We Crazy Preppers Aren’t So CrazyWhy and How We Prepare

The recent terror attacks in Paris caused Lisa and I to have a conversation about why prepping is looked upon as overreacting and unnecessary. The answer is very simple…

We don’t live in Mayberry anymore.

With the way preppers are portrayed on television and the internet you would think that all preppers have thousands or rounds of ammunition, enough food to feed an army and a tank parked in the garage. While these people are out there, this is not an accurate representation of preppers.

For anyone who is reading this and is not a prepper, or is wondering what prepping is all about, this article will explain why we preppers aren’t so crazy after all, and why prepping is about more than worst case scenario.

75 to 100 years ago prepping might have been a little excessive, but then again if you look at how people lived 100 years ago it’s not so different than what we preppers strive to be.

I’m not saying that preppers are trying to move away from technology, I’m saying we strive to be less dependent on it and learn how to live without it. Just about everything we do these days relies on a computer program in one way or another, and while these are great and convenient it wouldn’t take much to disrupt the system.

As the world gets smaller and technology grows it becomes easier for the bad guys to expend their reach and disrupt our lives from anywhere on the planet. We’re not fighting with swards and shields anymore, were fighting with bombs and technology.

These disaster scenarios that we think about are just symptoms of the real problem. It doesn’t have to be a nuclear attack, or Martial law, or even a financial collapse to turn our lives upside down, it can be something or someone right next door.

First World Problems

In this week’s podcast Lisa and I talked about a number of tipics ranging from why we prepare, to what we prepare for, to digging deeper into why we all do this in the first place. Here are a few subjects we covered in this week’s show.

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Why do we apologize for being American? The culture in the United States has changed from people being proud to be American, to people apologizing for being from America. It seems that people have forgotten what made this country the greatest country in the world.

Welcome to Walmart: Most people in this country would have no idea how to fend for themselves if the grocery stores or internet were gone. Very few people these days have the skills that people just 50 years ago had, a good home cooked meal is being taken over by takeout and processed microwave meals.

We also talked about how this “Walmart Mentality” is it killing our country. Everyone knows the price of a product, but they have no idea what the true cost is. These low price products cost us manufacturing jobs, bad legislation because of lobbyists and horrible working conditions for the people making these products for dollars a day.

Political Correctness: Along the same lines as why we feel the need to apologize for being American is the constant need to be politically correct. At some point it became wrong to disagree with someone or to hurt someone’s feelings.

We look the other direction when our politicians do something that should land them in jail, but God forbid you say something about illegal aliens or you will be labeled a racist.

Divide and Concur: The best way for our government to pull the wool over our eyes is to divide us, and with the mainstream media in their back pocket this is almost too easy to do. It is much easier to control a group of people who are fighting each other than control a group who are fighting you.

If the heat is getting too hot in the kitchen…scream racism! If people are paying too much attention to big issues, they distract us with a false flag while they line their pockets.

Situational Awareness: We also talked quite a bit about what situational awareness is, and why it is crucial in situations like the one that just happened in Paris. Whether it’s a terrorist attack, or someone outside your workplace looking to do you harm we need to be aware of our surroundings and reduce the likelihood of something bad happening to us.

I wrote an entire article here about situational awareness because I didn’t want to breeze through it, but here is an outline of what we talked about in the show…

Situational Awareness Definition: Situational awareness is having the mindset in which you are constantly evaluating your surroundings for dangerous situations and any potential threats to your safety.

  • Analyze your vulnerabilities.
  • PAY ATTENTION! Survey your surroundings (Baseline, Anomaly, Plan of Action)
  • There is a difference between Prepared & Paranoid.
  • Demonstrate Awareness. Sometimes this can deter an attacker
  • Think and plan ahead.
  • Preconceived Notions (perceptions) can be dangerous.
  • The STAND Acronym. Situational Awareness, Tactical Advantage, Assets on Hand, Neutralize the Threat, Determination.

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Prepper Movies You Can Watch Instantly on Netflix, Amazon or YouTube

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Prepper Movies You Can Watch Instantly on Netflix, Amazon or YouTubeWhen it comes to movies about preparedness and survival I just can’t get enough. I’ll watch everything from Zombie movies, to documentaries to low budget disaster flix if I am in the right frame of mind. In my seemingly never-ending search to find movies or TV shows I’ve never seen before, it’s pretty hard to find prepper movies you can watch free and watch instantly.

Some of the movies about zombies and disaster scenarios can be a little farfetched to say the least, but they do give us the opportunity to ask ourselves “What would I do in that situation?”

This list is not a list of the best movies for preppers and survivalists, this is a list of movies and TV shows you can watch right now (as long as you have Netflix or Amazon Prime) that you might not have heard of.

In the podcast this week Lisa and I made separate lists of the 10 preparedness related movies that we found, but there were 2 conditions. The first was that you had to be able to watch it instantly, and the second was that you didn’t have to pay extra to watch it.

We talked about most of these in the podcast, and I even added a few more that I thought about after we recorded the show.

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Dale’s Prepper Movie List

survivors seriesSurvivors (Series  Netflix) Survivors is a British science fiction television series produced by the BBC. It depicts the lives of a group of people who survived a virulent unknown strain of influenza which has wiped out most of the human species

revolutionRevolution (Series Netflix) Fifteen years after an unknown event has caused all electricity to stop working, plunging the world into another dark age, people have adjusted to life without planes, high-tech communication, and electricity.

Soylent_greenSylent Green (youtube) 1973 With the world ravaged by the greenhouse effect and overpopulation, an NYPD detective investigates the murder of a CEO with ties to the world’s main food supply.

Just about every Youtube video of this full movie had been removed. I was able to find this one, but it is poor quality.

rumers of warsRumors of Wars (Netflix) A student keeps a journal while a one world government takes over the world and requires everyone to be implanted with an RFID chip. Years later, a soldier finds her journal and questions everything he now believes.

jericho seriesJericho Series (Netflix) A small town in Kansas is literally left in the dark after seeing a mushroom cloud over near-by Denver, Colorado. The townspeople struggle to find answers about the blast and solutions on how to survive.

snow piercerSnowpiercer: 2013 (Netflix) Set in a future where a failed climate-change experiment kills all life on the planet except for a lucky few who boarded the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe, where a class system emerges.

forecast disasterForecast Disaster (Series Netflix) Striking entire regions with no warning, earthquakes devastate infrastructures and leave populations crippled. High-speed winds from tornadoes turn everyday debris in to objects of destruction, while storm surges from hurricanes have engulfed entire cities leaving millions of people without power and water.

Ayn Rand & the Prophecy of Atlas ShruggedAyn Rand & the Prophecy of Atlas Shrugged (YouTube) This is a feature length documentary film that examines the re-surging interest in Ayn Rand’s epic and controversial 1957 novel and the validity of its dire prediction for America.  Atlas Shrugged part 1 Audio Book is also on YouTube here.

generation zeroGeneration Zero 2010 (YouTube) An examination of the causes of the global economic crisis which began in 2008, studying how decades of social changes have influenced financial systems and practices. I wrote about this movie explains why we are in the position we are here, and you can watch it here. 

apocalypse 101Apocalypse 101 (Series Netflix) 2013 If the floodwaters rise, if the virus spreads, if the bombs go off, these men are ready. Meet four former Marines who believe they have what it takes to survive almost any doomsday scenario.

America_The_Story_of_UsAmerica: the Story of us (Series Netflix) From wagon trains crossing the untamed frontier to man’s first steps on the moon, this History Channel series offers a compelling look at the people, inventions and events that helped forge the United States of America.

after armageddon seriesAfter Armageddon (YouTube) The plot centers around the Johnson of Los Angeles, California, one of a small number of families to survive a global pandemic that occurs sometime in the future. This movie was made for preppers. Watch here on YouTube. 

american blackoutAmerican Blackout (YouTube) What would people do if the lights went out everywhere? The 90-minute docu-drama, “American Blackout” reveals in gritty detail the impact of what happens when a cyber-attack on the United States takes down the power grid. The question is: when the lights go out, what do we do next?

the-man-in-the-high-castleThe Man in the High Castle (Series Amazon) (Nov 20th) What would it be like if we lost world war II and Japan and the Nazis had control over the united states? There is only one episode at the time of writing this article, but I can’t wait to see where this show goes.

Netflix The 100The 100 (Series Netflix) When nuclear Armageddon destroys civilization on Earth, the only survivors are those on the 12 international space stations in orbit at the time. Desperately looking for a solution, the ark’s leaders send 100 juvenile prisoners back to the planet to test its habitability. With the fate of the human race in their hands, they must forge a path into the unknown.

Lisa’s Prepper Movies List

Walking_Dead_ seriesThe Walking Dead (Series Netflix) Just about everyone interested in preparedness has heard about The Walking Dead, but because it is such a great show we decided to add it to the list. If you haven’t watched it yet, what are you waiting for?

the hungar gamesThe Hunger Games (Audio Book) While the movie is not available to stream free the audio book is available on YouTube. The series starts out explaining how the country was divided into districts. The thirteen districts attempted to start a revolution against the Capitol. The Capitol won, District 13 was destroyed and, as punishment, an annual televised death match called The Hunger Games was created by the Capitol.

goodbye_worldGoodbye World (Netflix) When a mysterious terrorist attack causes chaos in the cities, a group of friends take refuge in their countryside cabin. This could have been a little better done, but it is interesting none the less.

world war zWorld War Z (Amazon Prime) Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments, and threatening to destroy humanity itself.

Stake LandStake Land (Netflix) Martin was a normal teenage boy before the country collapsed in an empty pit of economic and political disaster. A vampire epidemic has swept across what is left of the nation’s abandoned towns and cities.

flu movieFlu (Netflix) There is something deadly in the air and nothing can stop it…unless you don’t like reading movies. This is a South Korean disaster film about a flu outbreak, but if you don’t mind subtitles it’s worth watching.

the colony movieThe Colony (Netflix) Forced underground by the next ice age, a struggling outpost of survivors must fight to preserve humanity against a threat even more savage than nature.

the purgeThe Purge (YouTube) In the future, a wealthy family is held hostage for harboring the target of a murderous syndicate during the Purge, a 12-hour period in which any and all crime is legalized. The video on YouTube is not the best quality available because of the wide angle, but it is free.

Enemy-Of-The-StateEnemy of the State (YouTube) A lawyer becomes a target by a corrupt politician and his NSA goons when he accidentally receives key evidence to a serious politically motivated crime. Interesting enough, this movie was made before we even knew much about the NSA. You can watch this movie on YouTube here.

reign of fireReign of Fire (YouTube) A brood of fire-breathing dragons emerges from the earth and begins setting fire to everything, establishing dominance over the planet. This is not your typical prepper movie, but how these people survived is. Watch it here on YouTube.

What Movies do you Like?

Do you know of any movies that preppers would like that are free or even cost a little bit to rent? We would love for you to let us know in the comments below. This list is just a fraction of the movies out there.

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