Surviving One Year in Hell: Interview With Selco of SHTFSchool

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

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Interview With Jonathan Hollerman of Grid Down Consulting

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

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

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

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

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

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Preparing for an Economic Collapse: When, Why & How

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

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Nuclear War & Radiation Protection

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

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What Would a Long Term SHTF Event REALLY Look Like?

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

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

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

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Society, Culture, and Prepping with Sara Hathaway

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

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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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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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Some of the Most Likely Disaster Scenarios

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Some of the Most Likely Disaster ScenariosIn a recent video, I talked about why my main concern is an economic collapse, and last week we did a podcast with 10 tips for new preppers. This led me to thinking about some of the most likely disaster scenarios we face, and the right way to prepare for these in the first place.

While all the following disaster scenarios are important, it’s important not to fall into the trap of preparing for one thing or the other. If you have ever seen the show Doomsday preppers you know exactly what I’m talking about. When they say “I’m preparing for an EMP” or “I’m preparing for nuclear war” what they are really saying is “I’m not prepared for…”

I posed this question to some of the members of the Survivalist Prepper Academy and one response really stood out because it really hit the nail on the head.

Sean wrote: “Prepping is less and less about being afraid and trying to plan for every eventuality but more about being able to take care of myself and then those I care about should something happen.”

As preppers we should not only be concerned about these major disaster scenarios, but we shouldn’t lose sight of the big picture.

In a recent interview with Franklin Horton he said ” I see it as getting back to the way our grandparents lived, when the safety and well-being of your family was something that you personally took care of. It’s not about living in fear, it’s about living with a sense of security.”

Has Prepping Changed?

While its important to have a well rounded approach to prepping, the problems we face today are different than those of preppers just 20 years ago. Some of the issues we face today are issues that seasoned preppers have been warning us about, and some of these threats are new to the scene and are getting harder to ignore.

When I say the face of prepping has changed, I’m not saying that preppers of the past were wrong, quite the opposite actually. The fundamentals of prepping remain the same, becoming as self reliant as possible and prepare for unforeseen circumstances.

The way I see it, the preppers of the past were right. They warned us about the economy and they warned us about nuclear war, which become bigger threats as each day goes by. The difference is that now there are new threats that didn’t exist in the past. Cyber security is a huge issue, advanced weapons (EMP) that could land on U.S. soil is an issue and even terrorists right in our own back yard has become a reality.

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This week Lisa and I talked about some of the most likely disaster scenarios we face these days as preppers. Some of these are newer threats we face, and some are the same threats we have faced for a long time…but they are more likely than ever before.

A Grid Down Event

There are quite a few disaster scenarios that could cause a complete or partial grid down event. This could be from an EMP launched at us from a not so friendly country, CME launched at us from the sun, and even natural disasters on a more local scale.

As we talked about in a past show, there are not many societies that would survive without electricity these days. We are dependent on just about everything we do on electricity, and our power grid is a disaster waiting to happen.

Economic Collapse

Just 20 years ago our national debt was in the Billions, not Trillions. Between the Bush (Jr) years  and the Obama years we have gone from 18 Billion to 20 Trillion in national debt, and that isn’t even unfunded liabilities. If you want to see some scary numbers have a look here. These are pretty hard to wrap your head around.

Eventually this bubble is going to burst, and we need to do everything we can to get ready for it. Learning skills to become more self sufficient, having plenty of long term food storage and getting our finances in line is more important than ever these days.

Nuclear War

This is a major concern even to people who do not consider themselves “preppers”. If someone were to launch nukes it would most likely be a no win situation, although this might not always be the case. While I wouldn’t want to suffer a slow agonizing death from nuclear fallout, there will be situations where survival is feasible.

At the very least is good to know what your options are, know what to expect, and do what you can to prepare yourself for a nuclear strike. I don’t think a nuclear war would kill everyone on the planet, and if someone is going to survive, it might as well be me. Although most countries who have nukes seem to hate the Unites States, which makes things a bit tough.

Cyber Attacks

20 years ago we were still writing checks to pay the bills and were worried about check fraud. These days everything is done online and most people don’t even see a paper check. It wouldn’t take much for everything we have to be gone, and we wouldn’t even know about it.

On a larger scale there is critical infrastructure that could be taken out by a bad actor with a good hacker. This could rang from nuclear power plants to portions or our electrical grid. If someone were able to disrupt Wall Street, it could have huge ramifications for our economy.


We have made great strides here in the United States when it comes to disease and sickness in the last 100 years or so. Diseases like Smallpox and Cholera are almost non existent, but without the sanitation resources we have today, they could become prevalent once again.

Along with the natural causes of a pandemics is the possibility of man made biological weapons. This might seem a little unrealistic, and hard for someone to do successfully on a large scale, but it is a real possibility. You know someone, somewhere is trying to figure this out…and it could even be us.


In the 70’s and 80’s terrorism was hijacking airplanes. That all changed on September 11th 2001 when terrorists successfully attacked the U.S. on the largest scale ever. These days they take it a step further by poisoning minds and trying to infiltrate western society where ever possible.

So what’s the next step that terrorists could take? With everything becoming more dependent on the internet and technology, it seems likely that the next step is a cyber terrorism on a very large scale.

Civil Unrest

This would a secondary event that would be caused by a number of different initial events. We have all seen the riots and “protests” recently, and it wouldn’t take much for these to escalate. With the growing divide in this country, (which is mainly political, even though they would like you to think it’s racial) it’s only a matter of time before it all comes to a head.

We also need to consider civil unrest in a SHTF type scenario. When people are faced with a crisis they become both unpredictable, and very predictable at the same time. People will do whatever it takes to survive, even if it means stealing and killing to get it.

Natural Disasters

Throughout history natural disaster have always been a concern around the world. While there is nothing we can do to stop mother nature for wreaking havoc, there are things we can do to minimize the impact and survive.

At the very least this is basic preparedness, and an understanding of how to respond when a natural disaster strikes. Depending on where you live, there is probably 1 or 2 types of disasters that could affect your life.

Doomsdays at Home

When non preppers think about prepping they inevitably think about gas masks, camouflage and AR15’s. But the truth is that we focus just as much on making sure we are prepared for minor disasters as we are for major disasters…sometimes more.

Someone in the household losing their job could be a personal doomsday. Someone getting sick could be a personal doomsday. It’s our job to be ready for these situations and minimize the affects they have on us.

Also in the Show…

Tin Foil Hat Time: This week we talked about the new world order, and whether or not these globalists plans are falling apart. We also talked about the “fake news” and the Orwellian process of censoring the media. That segment is towared the end of the show.

The Christmas Contest: This months contest is a great one and will end on December 15, just in time for Christmas. If you haven’t entered yet you can do so here. There are also options to enter daily.

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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.

SPP171 Is Prepping More Important That Ever Today

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

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SHTF Perimeter Security What You Can Do Now, To Prepare For ThenAlthough we hope nothing happens that would cause us to “beef up” our home security, we all know it is a very real possibility that we would need to protect our home in some unconventional ways in an SHTF scenario.

I titled this article SHTF perimeter security: what we can do now, to prepare for then because while setting up pit fall traps and tossing caltrops all over the front yard might become necessary, it might get you in some hot water today. With that being said, there are some things that we can do now, and some thing we can do to prepare for an SHTF event.

Today in the show Adam and I talked about just that. Adam is a police officer who does general assessments like these for people in his community, and modified it for preppers like us.

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Adam wrote me that “One thing I have training through the police department is home security, normally what citizens in my town do is either send us video or pictures of their property and we advise on best ways to prevent intrusion.  I have modified it for those in my prepper group to include SHTF security.

We tried to stick to the images in the order they were listed below, but make sure and listen, because there is much more information about each of them.

The images below are just an example home, but use your imagination and figure out what you could do to improve your perimeter security. I plan on going out and taking some pictures of my home from different areas and doing this same type of threat assessment.

Front Of Home

House Image 1The Pros…

  • Long driveway leading to house
  • Pasture with double fence between road and house
  • No tree obstructing view of road
  • Strong wooden doors
  • Nothing of value noticeable from roadway
  • Electric fence (on chain link)

The Cons…

  • No gate(s)
  • Short fence

Items to Fix Now…

  • Add a gate and upgrade white fence
  • Plant thorny plants under front Bay windows
  • Add a light to fence post to light long drive
  • Camera facing driveway

SHTF Fixes…

  • Barrier to driveways
  • Board lower windows

Right Side View

House Image 2

The Pros…

  • Pasture with double fence protecting house
  • Electric fence
  • Nothing of value visible besides cows

The Cons…

  • Trees at border (limits visibility and provides cover for intruders)
  • No side window
  • Short fence

Items to Fix Now…

  • Attach a solar light to utility pole (get permission)
  • Camera to utility pole (get permission)

SHTF Fixes…

  • Trim all lower branches
  • Trip alarm in pasture (more info below about traps) (and here)

Left Side View

House Image3

The Pros…

  • Long open driveway
  • All Outbuilding doors face into property
  • Large street light inside property

The Cons…

  • No gate (U shaped driveway)
  • Small decorative fence
  • Outbuilding for cover/concealment

Items to Fix Now…

  • Gate(s) added and upgrade fence
  • Lights on all sides of outbuildings

SHTF Fixes…

  • Gate/Barrier
  • Remove items of value from outbuildings
  • Alarms & traps

Left Pasture

House Image 4

The Pros…

  • Large open area between next residence and secondary fence

The Cons…

  • Equipment out in open with no view from main house
  • Decorative fence

Items to Fix Now…

  • Better fence
  • Organize/concealment for equipment

SHTF Fixes…

  • Dead fall, Apache foot, caltrops along whole border of fence line between 2-6 feet in.
  • Remove all equipment to inside perimeter fence

Right Pasture

House Image 5

The Pros…

  • Gap between fence and trees
  • Better fence (electric)

The Cons…

  • Juts up against roadway

Items to Fix Now…

  • Nothing important

SHTF Fixes…

  • More Traps: Dead fall, Apache foot, caltrops along whole border of fence line between trees and roadway

Top View From Roadway

House Image 6

The Pros…

  • Long pasture to property (150 yards)
  • Wire fence
  • Second fence between house

The Cons…

  • Items of value visible from roadway
  • Over-watch position for intruders

Items to Fix Now…

  • Nothing

SHTF Fixes…

  • More traps: Dead fall, Apache foot, caltrops along whole border of fence line between 2-6 feet in.
  • Early warning alarms
  • Hide water pond
  • Litter pasture with debri

Right Top View From Roadway

House Image 7

The Pros…

  • Large pasture
  • Double fence

The Cons…

  • Jutted up against residential housing

Items to Fix Now…

  • None

SHTF Fixes…

  • Possible second barrier fence between residential fence
  • Dead fall, Apache foot, caltrops along whole border of fence line between 2-6 feet in.
  • Early warning alarms
  • Establish “hide in sagebrush” in top corner (will provide hidden security point and over-watch of whole property)

Backyard (From Left)

House Image 9

The Pros…

  • Well pump covered (pump house)

The Cons…

  • Outbuilding access with no view from house
  • Lots of concealment for intruders

Items to Fix Now…

  • Enclose area
  • Organize area

SHTF Fixes…

  • Concealment of items of value

Backyard ViewHouse Image 10

The Pros…

  • Pump house concealed
  • Well lighted
  • Plenty of supplies for “projects”

The Cons…

  • Items of value visible
  • Access to back of house from front with no barrier

Items to Fix Now…

  • Concealment for propane tank

SHTF Fixes…

  • Concealment for propane tank
  • Clean property to prevent tripping hazards in case of night ops
  • Board up bottom windows

Overall Assessment

Overall a good setup: Long driveway and pastures providing natural long areas of no concealment (creates apprehension)

Areas hit first: If I were to hit the house I would come from left pasture and take what I could from the pasture then move into the outbuildings (very little chance to be seen), if no hint of resistance would move to back of house and enter from back side of house to take what I want.

SHTF assessment: Lots of potential. Real close to residential and that is worrisome, if traps and early warning is put in place and overwatch/security is put in place there is potential for a lengthy bug in scenario.

Lots of garage space to “prep” cars unnoticed in bug out scenario. Lots of pasture and land for animals but little concealment for them from hungry masses. Large amount of no concealment area between house and roadways creates lots of open fire lines.

Way I would attack: (assuming all SHTF plans were put in place)

Looting only: I would come from left side pasture and raid the Outbuilding.

Full attack: I would come from the top road to fire down from the high ground and overrun the position.

Recommend for minimum security

2 man security team: 1 over-watch at top of property. Second roaming perimeter of house.

What Would You Do?

I want to say thanks to Adam again for taking the time to be on the show this week. Because of his job, and his training he tends to think more “tactically” than most people, and we can all learn from it. If you have anything you would do, or a way you would attact the property if you were an intruder, let us know in the comments below.


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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, 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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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.

SPP147 Preparing for an Economic Collapse and What to Expect

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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A Scary Conversation… Potential Looters with Skills and Guns

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I recently spent a fair bit of time with a career Army Special Forces soldier. Work and life kind of commingle and if you spend much time with a person eventually the topic inevitably moves from work. For the two of us it settled on gun stuff. I am pretty into guns and such and this guy is really into all that stuff. He has some really cool toys. Lots of very worthwhile discussion about guns, tactics, etc. Being able to bounce your ideas for a precision rifle build off a sniper qualified SOF soldier is pretty cool.

Anyway at some point he brought up the topic of ‘preppers’. The overlap between the serious gun community and preppers is such it’s not a surprise the topic came up. I just kept listening as he was clearly getting up on the proverbial soap box.

He said the whole thing was stupid and that if a disaster happens you should just leave. A very valid point. I agreed with him. Then he said storing food is stupid. I mentioned that most government advice (Fema, Red Cross, etc) says to have 2-4 weeks of food at your house and that if you looked at Katriana as an example 6 weeks might be more realistic.

Also that for about 2-3k he could have a years worth of bulk food for the family put away.

He said that is silly. He will just take what he needs and that having too much stuff means you can’t be mobile. He then said people have been fighting for resources for ages so why change now.

That topic kind of closed out, I damn sure wasn’t saying anything else. 

[It was clear to me that while this guy was not too worried about that sort of relatively unlikely scenario he had considered it enough to come up with a quick plan. At this point I regretted mentioning the stuff about food. An average 30 something guy probably can’t accurately and quickly spit out costs of large quantities of bulk food. A thinking person (which he is) could make some assumptions from that and he has a pretty good idea where I live.

It shifted back to guns and the evening moved on.

The reason I am mentioning this is not to discuss the topic of using force to take what you need from other people. For all but the newest readers that topic has been covered sufficiently. To briefly recap.

Ethically of course it is no good. By any decent western value system killing people and taking their stuff is very wrong. Functionally it has a lot of issues. It would most likely lead to a short, hard life with a violent end. There are so many guns in the US. Even if a person is a total bad ass (which this guy is) eventually Cletus or one of his 5 buddies is going to put a load of buckshot in them. With no real medical care available even a relatively minor would would likely be a death sentence.

Most people (especially with kids) will do what they need to to survive, even at the expense of others. However for a person who sees potential bad times it is a morally flawed and functionally bad plan to rely on violence to meet your basic human needs.

The reason I mentioned this is the guy was not joking or blustering. I firmly believe he would do exactly what he said. He also isn’t like that fat stupid white trash guy on Doomsday preppers who while probably serious is probably not much of a threat. This guy was serious and has the tools and skills/ experience to do it, at least for awhile, with a good level of success. The idea that everyone who would be a threat is a fat cammo clad buffoon, a gang banger punk with a high point 9mm or some starving refugee is not accurate. Some people with real skills and serious hardware would be a threat if they were in need. It would be great if I had a solution for this problem but at least identifying it has some value. Of course OPSEC, groups and geographic isolation are good ideas that would probably help.


A Disaster Professional’s Nightmare Scenarios

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I have to admit that I’ve been resisting writing this article. Maybe it’s that superstition that says if you can think about it and describe it, it’s more likely to happen. But my friend Lisa, The Survival Mom herself, is persistent and she finally talked me into revealing my ultimate nightmare scenario.

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Why me? I currently work for a large state’s emergency services office, in a very large metropolitan area. I’m being a little cagey about exactly who I work for because I’m speaking here for me and not for my employer; I’ve worked in one aspect of the emergency services field or another for over 30 years. I still drive a car with red lights and siren at work every day, but most of my work is behind-the-scenes, supporting local governments that are experiencing a disaster and helping them plan for disasters in calmer times.

Influence of Hurricane Katrina

It’s been 10 years since Katrina devastated the Gulf coasts of Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi; like many in my field, I had the privilege of responding to the aftermath and helping our fellow Americans who were in need. While the more recent experiences with “super storm” Sandy have caused us to adjust our emergency response procedures, Katrina remains the benchmark for a catastrophic disaster in the United States.

Katrina was unique to me because two weeks after the flooding I was able to drive the deserted downtown streets of New Orleans, the lower ninth Ward, and the Port area without seeing anyone on the street. With the exception of the tragedy at the convention center and other areas where survivors were not able or willing to evacuate prior to the storm and flooding, everyone else was gone. My federal Disaster Medical Assistance Team was assigned to rehab and reopen the emergency room at the Kindred Hospital in downtown, but our only customers were other first responders who were assigned to get New Orleans back on its feet.

The Shakeout Scenario

In 2008 I was fortunate enough to be involved in the writing of the Southern California Catastrophic Earthquake Plan, or “Cat Plan”. The United States Geological Survey had spent the better part of two years assembling experts in many fields including engineering, police and fire, social services, and economics and asked them to calculate the effects of a Magnitude 7.8 earthquake in Southern California.

What resulted was The Shakeout Scenario: over 700 pages describing the catastrophic results of this earthquake affecting seven counties and 20 million people in Southern California. I was so profoundly moved by the predicted mayhem in this document I wrote a book to help my family and friends understand the threat and prepare to survive this type of earthquake.

The Devil Is in the Details

The Cat Plan describes what actions the state and federal governments will take in response to such a powerful earthquake: Utilities will be repaired, food and water will be brought to the area, and survivors will be rescued and medically treated. In all, it is a fairly comprehensive roadmap for responders to follow to assist the affected communities.

But as the years have gone by, I have been able to integrate my prior disaster experiences with the framework within the Cat Plan. Unlike Katrina (and Sandy), there would be no significant warning of such a large earthquake, and therefore there would be no evacuation of the population possible. In a matter of minutes, millions of people would be cut off from food, water, communications, and transportation; and suddenly the New Orleans Convention Center becomes 1000 Convention Centers, spread over hundreds of square miles.

The only thing that will not be in short supply are news crews, filling the 24-hour news cycle with the death, destruction, and human misery that will result. Cascading effects, where for example the loss of electrical power also causes the loss of communications and water system capabilities, create huge obstacles to keeping survivors healthy and making progress on recovery.

Just as the California drought has demonstrated the folly of bringing water from hundreds of miles away to keep millions of water hungry lawns healthy, I believe the human need will greatly outstrip governments’ ability to maintain a population of millions in the midst of a catastrophic disaster zone. This is my nightmare: Millions of my fellow Americans reduced to the status of war zone refugee, the strong overpowering the weak in a daily competition for necessities.

As a professional, I have reflected on other scenarios that would result in similar catastrophic effects, some with prior warning like a hurricane, and some with no warning like an earthquake. Civilization is a fragile thing.

Electromagnetic Pulse

An electromagnetic pulse is no longer just a fantasy of the paranoid. With the proliferation of nuclear weapons among many countries, the ability of an enemy state, or non-state terrorist group to inflict an electromagnetic pulse on at least part of the United States is a very real threat. While not having the effect of collapsing buildings like an earthquake, damage to infrastructure in every aspect of our lives would be even more complete: Collapse of the electrical grid and interruption of control of the generation of power, pipelines, water systems, and traffic control systems both roadway and air would paralyze our society.

Nuclear Detonation

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Nuclear detonation-Jim Acosta

Next in my nightmare scenario list is the detonation of an improvised nuclear device in the United States. In the immediate vicinity of the blast, damage is similar to an earthquake, but with the additional problems of radioactive fallout and associated health effects.

While a significant number of blast survivors may experience radiation-related health effects, many times that number (“the worried well”) will seek medical attention due to lack of knowledge or misunderstanding of their risk. These people will overwhelm local health and medical systems, making it more difficult for those actually affected to get care.

Meteor Strike

It’s hard to beat “Extinction Level Event” for a cool-sounding catastrophe. A popular subject of recent movies, the impact of a meteor in a populated area of the United States would easily be a catastrophic event. In my opinion, the best description of the effects of an object striking the earth and the aftermath is in the Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle novel Lucifer’s Hammer. Hint: It’s really, really bad.

The Good News

In my field of Emergency Management, we take all of these scenarios seriously, and there are often alternatives to what appear to be unsolvable problems. For instance, rather than fighting a losing battle trying to keep a population of millions supplied in the middle of an earthquake zone, relocating a significant number of the survivors to an area unaffected by the earthquake would greatly simplify providing them sufficient care and shelter.

Another strategy to keeping survivors supplied with food and other needs is to prioritize restoration of power and other services to significant community businesses, such as supermarkets and big-box retailers. Not only do they have established logistics chains, they supply important economic support to the affected community such as jobs, access to banking services, and other ancillary services such as serving as heating or cooling centers during periods of extreme weather.

My advice to the non-professional is to keep doing what you’re doing in terms of your preparedness, but if you’re locked into the idea that three days of supplies will get you through a disaster you’re wasting your time. In a truly catastrophic incident, you will want to have at least two weeks of supplies, and if you can swing it, three weeks is even better. Also, have a plan to take your supplies with you if you are forced to evacuate. Remember, civilization is fragile.

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Why Bugging Out is More Complicated Than You Think

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Why Bugging Out is More Complicated Than You ThinkOver the next couple of weeks Lisa and I are going to dig deep into bugging out and everything that it involves. Having a good bug out plan is more complicated than you might think, and requires more than just having a full tank of gas and space in your trunk to put your bug out bag.

We already went through why you would want to bug out in the first place in this article, and the reason is pretty simple, because you might not have a choice. For most of us this is a worst case scenario because nobody wants to leave everything they have and basically become a refugee.

In that article I also added a video that is included in the bug out course at the Survivalist Prepper Academy that goes through what needs to be considered when you are doing your bug out planning such as…

  • Getting Family Together
  • Timing
  • Route Planning
  • Getting Separated
  • Avoiding Refugee Routes
  • Outside Communication
  • The Mob Mentality
  • Expect the Unexpected
  • And Be the Gray Man

Also included in the video is the process I use to plan my bug out route and some of the differences to think about if you live in an urban or suburban area vs a rural area.

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Before You go Anywhere

You might hear all the time about why bugging out just makes you a refugee and leaving everything you own is just insane. The reality is that like it or not you might not have a choice.

By definition it would make you a refugee, but with proper planning it wouldn’t be the vision we have in our heads of hundreds of people lined up to cross a border or enter a FEMA camp. The reason a good bug out plan is necessary is to avoid these situations at all costs.

Let’s take a look at some of the areas that need to be considered when formulating a good bug out plan.

The Realities of Bugging Out: We are going to face a lot more problems than we expect when we bug out, and depending on your situation you will have your own challenges. Our age, our health, our family makeup, our family’s health and finances will all play a role.

Don’t fool yourself into thinking that this will be just like an extended camping trip. In reality it will be more like living like the homeless than camping.

No one really knows what this situation will look like because there are so many variables, from the degree of the disaster scenario, to your physical abilities and family makeup.

Timing: In the video I mentioned above I talked about how timing is critical. This is even more important in an urban area because your window of opportunity will be very small. Having as much information about how a situation is developing (or could develop) could give you valuable minutes to keep you one step ahead of the masses.

Planning and practice also decrease the time it would take to bug out because if you know what the process is, and you know where everything is, you won’t be running around like a chicken with your head cut off.

How Will Family Members React? We will talk about this a little more below but some preppers are the lone prepper of the household. If someone has plugged their ears anytime you mention prepping, the odds are they are going to freak out a little bit…or a lot.

Some people handle stress better than others, so as the lone prepper it’s up to you to figure out who is going to need more attention or help. The best case scenario would be that even though they didn’t want to hear anything about it, they did listen, and at least know the basics of bugging out.

What Obstacles Will You Face? While it’s impossible to know exactly what could put a kink in your plans thinking about the different possibility’s today will prepare you for if it does. Riots, road blocks (natural or manmade), marauders and weather could become hurdles you need to cross to get to your bug out location.

Always have a plan B, and Plan C. What would you do if a group of armed gunmen were blocking your route? What would you do if the road you planned on traveling was congested and impassible because of abandoned vehicles?

Plan on Setbacks: A well thought out game plan always looks good on paper, but rarely does it turn out that way. Murphy’s Law states “”Anything that can go wrong, will… at the worst possible moment.”

This is why it’s important to learn and think about everything we can about bugging out, even though a band of marauders might seem a little farfetched, it need to be given some consideration. As they say “failing to prepare is preparing to fail.”

Getting Unwilling Family Members to Listen?

Prepping – Getting Your Loved Ones On BoardOne of the questions I get all the time about bugging out and preparedness in general is “how do I get my family to listen?” Because everyone is different, and every relationship is different, there is no perfect answer for this.

In the podcast we talked about how to approach different people and different personalities about preparedness and the importance of not completely turning them off to the subject. I also wrote about getting your loved ones on board in the past.

Family Communications: Before, During and After

In today’s world, and as our children grow up, our families are rarely all in the same place at the same time. With the very real possibility of cell phone service being down or overloaded we need to have other means of communication.

Planning a rally point is especially important in the beginning stages of any disaster scenario because ham radio, GMRS and CB radios just don’t have the range to communicate over long distances.

These radios will come in handy on your bug out route though. For instance, if you have a group traveling in 3 separate cars you can communicate with each other if you get separated.

They will also come in handy at your bug out location. You will have people out foraging or hunting, have people out checking the perimeter, or have people out looking for supplies. Being able to communicate is important for safety reasons as well as efficiency reasons.

Practice Makes Perfect…Probably Not

As I said before, practice is crucial to your success, but don’t expect everything to go perfectly, as a matter of fact practice what you will do if your plan falls apart. Practice may not make perfect, but the more we practice bugging out, the better our chances.

Lisa and I also discussed in the podcast the challenge of practicing if you are the only one in the house who feels it’s important. This is definitely a tough situation, and even if you can’t get them to practice on a regular basis, once or twice is better than nothing.

Tin Foil Hat Time: FEMA Camps

In the tin foil hat time segment we talked about why FEMA camps could quickly get turned into detention camps and why we want to avoid them at all costs.

As preppers we have the benefit of knowing exactly how this will turn out, and while the sheeple will be piling in waiting for help to come, we will be helping ourselves.

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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.

SPP119 Preparedness Movies

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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Protecting Yourself From Nuclear Radiation Exposure

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Protecting Yourself From Nuclear Radiation ExposureWith many nations of the world today claiming to have nuclear capabilities, and the constant bombardment of negativity floating through the mainstream media the thought of a nuclear event seems to be creeping back into potential disasters we need to be prepared for. Well, in my mind it always has been, especially lately.

Thinking about how so many countries seem dead set on destroying not only their own country, but others as well, it has lead me to seriously consider the possibility of WW3 being a nuclear war.

This is an area I had not really given a lot of thought to in the past, I believe mostly because being prepared for something like this seemed either to overwhelming, but preparing for a nuclear attack really is worst case scenario.

And if you are close to the area where the nuclear even occurs, unfortunately there isn’t much you can do, but if you do survive, the other events that we prepare for, and that will follow a nuclear disaster could be far worse.

But thinking like this is not the correct way of thinking, in my opinion. I am a survivor, and I am going to do whatever I can to better the odds of survival for myself and my family. Having a plan, and preparing for the worst is what we do, and I want to share that with you.

Also keep in mind that not all radiation comes from nuclear bombs, other possible sources of high-dose radiation include the following:

  • An accident at a nuclear industrial facility
  • An attack on a nuclear industrial facility
  • Detonation of a small radioactive device
  • Detonation of a conventional explosive device that disperses radioactive material (dirty bomb)

When preparing for a nuclear attack or nuclear accident the areas you will need to think about, shelter, water, food, and exposure.

Fallout / Root / Storm Shelter

Let’s plan that you will be sheltering in your own home. You have all of your supplies here, this is your contact point for all of your family or group. You can better your situation by having a root cellar, or underground shelter.

By having your shelter underground, you will protect your group from the radioactive fallout by having at least 24” of compact earth covering all sides of your shelter.

fallout shelter

I found instructions for how to build a root cellar (image above) here:

This site walks you through step by step of how to build your very own root cellar. And with a few modifications, this can also double as a tornado shelter, as well as a fallout shelter. You can keep your immediate need supplies stored down here, and have what you need to last several weeks.

Temporary Radiation Shelter

temporary radiation shelterIf you are lucky enough to be able to afford an underground bunker you will be set. But for the majority of us, we will not have this option.

Unfortunately many of us do not have the time, space, or money to build something as elaborate as this. But if you have a basement in your home, you can still make it safe in case something such as a nuclear war were to happen.

Dale and I talked quite a bit about emergency radiation shelter, supplies for surviving a nuclear attack, the different types of bombs and damages certain bombs can cause in podcast #116.The Podcast and article will be published this Thursday and you can sign up to get our latest posts by email (on your top right) or we will link to that article here on Thursday.

Food & Water

Food and water are a necessity, and you can never have enough of either when you are preparing to live after a nuclear event. If this is what you are planning for, plan to store at least 6 months to 1 year of food for EACH member of your family. The radiation and fallout will dissipate fairly quickly, but as I said earlier, the events to follow could be far worse.

Keep your food stored in covered containers, like plastic storage bins, or 5 gallon plastic buckets with lids. This will make it easier to move the food, as well as keeping a barrier of protection around the food you will be eating.

Also, don’t forget to include heirloom seeds. Having seeds will be vitally important in case there is no more grocery store. So be sure to plan for the worst and store seeds.

You will need to prepare the ground for is planting after the event also. If you have a garden area, protect the ground by covering it with heavy plastic sheeting. This will prevent the radioactive fallout from seeping into the dirt. The other alternative is to grade off the first 12inches of soil, but I would rather spend $20.00 and buy as much plastic as I can afford and cover the garden plot.

Not only is this easier, but it is also more cost effective, and a lot less labor intensive. So if you can, have a lot of plastic to cover where you will be gardening in the future.

Water is probably one of the most important things you need to store, whether it is for a nuclear event, or even just storage. You need to have enough water for yourself, family members, animals, hygiene, and water for your garden, worst case scenario.

If you can start storing water now, do it. You can store it in 55 gallon food grade barrels, as well as having hand pump wells, and other ways to find water that is deep underground.

If you Are Exposed to Radiation…

Once you have your shelter, food, and water situation managed, now it is time to turn your focus to what you can have that will help get the radiation out of your body in case you are exposed, either directly, or through ingestion.

You can protect your body from the damage of radiation by including simple everyday items in your nuclear protection kit:

Potassium Iodide

Protects the thyroid gland from absorbing radiation from radioactive iodine. Find this on eBay Here…

Iodine (or betadine)

This is for topical use only, DO NOT ingest iodine or betadine. You simply paint it on the skin, either your forearm or tunny, and this will help to protect you from radioactive iodine as well. However, if you are allergic to iodine, don’t so this!

Sodium bicarbonate (aka, plain baking soda)

Crazy right?! But yes, baking soda will protect you from radiation, and it will help to rid it from your body. Uranium binds to the baking soda, and will get it out of your system.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C cannot only protect against radiation but also repair damage from previous exposure.

B vitamins

Help to normalize the red and white blood cell count, since the destruction of white blood cells by radiation can last for extended periods of time.

Alpha Lipoic Acid

This is water and fat soluble and it is also capable of crossing the blood-brain barrier. This means that it is capable of reaching and preventing damage in our fatty tissues, our brains, and every single organ for that matter. ALA also repairs DNA. It is a good heavy metal chelator, it protects the heart and brain from cell death, stimulates the regeneration of liver tissue and is rapidly absorbed high up into the digestive tract. Find this on eBay Here…

Dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO)

DMSO is a classical sulfur compound and a powerful anti-oxidant, exactly what we need for detoxification and protection from radiation. A Japanese study showed that even low concentrations of DMSO had radio-protective effects through the facilitation of DNA double-strand break repair, providing protection against radiation damage at all cellular levels in the whole body. Find this on eBay Here…


One of the most effective means of protecting against radiation when consumption of contaminated food becomes unavoidable. Pectin preparations, along with vitamins and minerals, have demonstrated a high efficiency in eliminating incorporated radionuclides. The recommended dose is 5 grams once or twice a day for one month, 4 times a year. Find this on eBay Here…

Black and green tea

Tea catechins are associated with antioxidant properties and can have radio-protective effects when taken both before and after irradiation.


A naturally occurring compound contained in the spice turmeric. Curcumin has been found to have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor activity in a variety of animal models of human diseases including radiation-induced pulmonary diseases. Find this on eBay Here…


Has powerful antioxidant properties, as well as helping you to get to sleep. Animals subjected to whole-body irradiation and given melatonin exhibited increased survival and the protection against radiation-induced oxidative damage was apparent throughout the body. More importantly, melatonin administered orally results in higher circulating levels and more rapidly increasing tissue concentrations.

Vitamin E

Protect the body from oxidative damage


Help the body eliminate several toxic heavy metals including cadmium, aluminum and lead.

Miso soup

Dashi and miso paste are the key factors of miso soup that were found to be beneficial to protect people against radiation.

By having these items on hand, and incorporating them into your nuclear preparedness, you will be helping to keep yourself and your family healthier, and hopefully reduce the radiation exposure you may be exposed to.

The information on the above substance have been proven from prior nuclear events, such as Chernobyl, and Fukushima. Both of these events were not from nuclear weapon attacks, but the radioactive fallout was the same. So maybe we can learn from these disasters and help to protect the ones we love.


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