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The Covid-19 pandemic is something that preppers have been talking about for years, it’s a good example of how a disaster can sneak up on you regardless of how unlikely it is. While people determine whether certain disaster scenarios occur, we have no control over mother nature.
History shows us that Natural disasters, CME’s and Pandemics happen all the time and should absolutely be included in our preparedness plans. While there is nothing we can do to stop these events from happening, there are things we can (and should) do to get through them.
This pandemic is a wake up call to preppers and non-preppers alike. The silver lining is that it has woken people up to the fact that preparedness is important. Hopefully people are starting to figure out that prepping isn’t all about underground bunkers, nuclear bombs, and gas masks.
In Today’s Podcast…
In today’s show we had Brian from Mind4Survival on with us to talk about how this virus is affecting our daily lives, and also the effects it may have in the future. The dominoes that fall after Covid-19 runs it’s course could be worse than the actual virus.
Now I want to be clear, this is not meant to be fear mongering and to make people think the end of society is coming. This is all just to say that there are things happening with the economy, the constitution, and critical infrastructure in general that we need to pay attention to.
Topics From The Show…
* Brian decided early on that he was going to Bug out. Partially as a test, and partially because after assessing his personal situation it was the wise thing to do.
* As far as disasters go, this is a slow burning one. This could be over in a couple of months, but it could also last for a while, leading to more issues down the line.
* Why we should attention to how things are unfolding, because I guarantee the powers that be are.
* Shortages and why as Americans we don’t care until we must care. (PPE shortages, grid hardening, food shortages). We also covered how our government as a whole has handled this situation poorly.
* we talked about Self-Quarantine and how it could lead to something that is not “voluntary” and how it seems that the constitution may be taking a back seat to public opinion,
This virus is a good example of how it only takes a few people to mess everything up. We tend to think about disaster in the worst case scenario where everyone is causing problems. The Covid pandemic as shown that most people are doing the right things, but a few are causing most of the problems.
In today’s episode of the Survivalist Prepper Podcast Lisa and I talked to Anthony about his preparedness journey. Anthony has been at this for over 2 decades and started around the time of the Y2K scare.
The following is a write up from Anthony who has been a member of the Survivalist Prepper Academy and podcast listener for around 5 years.
Where it all began
In the late 90s, I worked in the IT industry. For a few years in the lead up to the year 2000, the majority of my time was spent testing IT systems for Y2K rollover compliance. At least half of the systems I tested failed miserably, and although they were all office based software systems, it certainly opened my eyes to how vulnerable computer based systems were and what the impact might be to society if something more critical than a customer database failed.
I was newly married with a 1yr old toddler and had recently purchased my first house. From a financial perspective, we were riding pretty close to the edge while restricted to a single income.
I don’t have a memory of the moment I decided to start “preparing” for Y2K, but I think it was around the end of 1998, which gave me a good 12 months to get my house in order. The front room of the house became the Y2K room, with an ever expanding pile of buckets full of rice, beans and cans of food. I already owned firearms, so that part was easy. As luck would have it, I came across an old 12v generator that someone gave me for free when I expressed and interest in it. That then led to stockpiling fuel for both the generator and the 4wd.
These “preparations” did not go unnoticed by my friends and family. It was surprising to find out who was supportive and who just laughed, as it wasn’t always who I expected. The one advantage I had when talking to people about it was that most of my job consisted of testing for this event, so I had at least a small measure of credibility.
My perception of the what the worst case Y2K scenario might look like was basically a power grid failure. I thought that there was a reasonable likelyhood of the testing missing some obscure system or part of a system that might then fail and cause a domino effect of cascading failures. Based on this assumption, I hoped that any outage would be limited to weeks or at worst a month or two. Just to be sure, I ended up with 3 months worth of food, water and other essentials all ready to go on New Years Even 1999.
New Zealand is the first country to experience rollover into the new year, so as their rollover to the year 2000 happened, I was searching for any news reports on the internet saying NZ had gone dark. If the NZ grid failed, then we had 4 or 5 hours notice that the same would likely happen to us. Luckily for everyone, NZ didn’t miss a beat. This news, or at least absence of bad news, dropped the anxiety levels considerably as it meant that any outages would be due to isolated issues and not a world wide vulnerability.
In the weeks after the Y2K date rollover, people actually laughed even more at my stockpiles. I laughed a bit with them and joked that I had done my job of testing and fixing systems too well, as nothing had failed. Inside, I was doubting myself pretty seriously. I was trying to work out if I had over reacted and gone a bit off the rails for the previous 12 months. In the end, I guess I just wrote it all up to experience and was grateful that nothing bad had happened.
Fast forward 13ish years…
Life had rolled along as it does. I had a total of 3 kids, an ex wife, and a pile of debt resulting from a combination ...
I recently had the opportunity to talk to Andrew from EMP Shield to go over how their products work. Their products offer EMP, Lightning and CME protection at a reasonable price.
An EMP or solar flare could literally set us back to the stone ages, and being able to protect your important electronics could be a game changer.
EMP Shield offer products to protect…
-Radio (ham radio)
-RV (bug out vehicles)
As Andrew mentioned in the show the EMP Shield website has a large library of EMP information…not just products to buy. Visit the EMP Shield website here.
Questions From The Show…
* Can you explain how this technology works?* What are the different models you have? * What type of testing did you do on the EMP Shield?* What are the E1, E2, and E3 affects of an EMP?* How are a CME and EMP different?* I Plan on getting the Solar protector in the near future, can you explain how that works? * In the event of an EMP how might automobiles be affected, and how will the EMP Shield help with that? * How does this device work with such small wiring?* If the grid goes down why would I need protection I, will have no electricity anyway?* Why would I need my car protected, if I will not be able to put fuel in it?
Academy Limited Time Discount
I mentioned in the show that we are making some changes to the Survivalist Prepper Podcast as well as the Academy. For the next few days we are offering a 1/2 price discount to anyone who would like to join.
We are going away from our weekly format for the podcast in order to put more effort into the Academy and our YouTube channel. A couple of things we are working on right now are…
* The Alternative Energy Course* 30 Days to preparedness (prepping basics) * Monthly members only podcasts
We are also working on updating the Intro to prepping course to make it more detailed. after that we plan on digging deeper into preparedness to help everyone in the more detailed (advanced) aspects of prepping.
The Academy discount will only be available for a few days, so take advantage while you can. Click here to have a look.
These 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. This means we not only need to focus on different food storage ideas, we also need to pay attention to how and 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.
Advertising and the Risks
If 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
This 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!?
We’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,
With all the different disasters and emergency situations we could possible face, the process of preparing can be a little overwhelming at times and intimidating to say the least. It seems that even when we are more prepared than we ever have been, we still have the feeling that it’s just not enough.
I titled this week’s podcast “ Prepping Challenges, Distractions and how to…Squirrel!” because sometimes it can be really easy have our preparedness plans derailed or go down a rabbit hole that leads us nowhere.
Lisa and I talked about some of these distractions and how we can try to keep ourselves on track and not get burnt out with prepping. The last thing we want to do is to stop making progress towards our goal or goals.
At the end of this post we also have some interesting (and probably common) answers we got when we posed the question “what is your biggest challenges and/or distractions?” to the Apoco-List Facebook group.
Lack of resources
I made this number one on the list because it is probably number one on just about everyone’s list. With all the supplies we “need” to buy to become more prepared it seems like we can never have enough money.
I have written a couple of posts on this in the past including reducing your debt and budgeting that includes a free excel budget planner, and one that goes into how to earn extra money for prepping.
We might not be able to control how much the price of gas is, but spending money in the wrong areas of preparedness and not budgeting our money are both things we can control.
Outside Influences & Second Guessing
Unfortunately when it comes to how others react to our prepping there is not much we can do about it, sometimes it just takes patience mixed with a little wishful thinking. I do have an article about how to get your loved ones on board, and I also have one about how to read people which will be helpful now as well as in a SHTF situation.
Because of people telling us we are overreacting we can sometimes second guess ourselves, it’s ultimately up to you what you choose to do, but I would rather be safe than sorry.
Organization & Overwhelm
Prepping is just like everything else in life, take tools for example, over time we start to build up a supply and if we don’t keep them organized it becomes very frustrating and we forget what we actually have.
This can lead us to throwing our Hands up in the air because we are frustrated and overwhelmed by how much stuff we have.
News Media (Alternative & Mainstream)
I’m probably preaching to the choir here but the news doesn’t report the real news anymore, they report what they are told to report.
It doesn’t matter if you watch Fox News or CNN, everyone has their own agenda and for the most part they are telling us what to believe and what’s important. Make up your own mind, and do the research to find out the real or whole story.
Every once in a while it’s nice to just turn off our brain for a little while, but we need to be careful how often we do it. It’s really easy to get sucked in by these shows and the more we...
Going Off the Grid and Homesteading is something most of us think about at one point of another. Could you really do it? Could you leave everything behind and start from scratch?
Like a lot of people out there, Lisa and I have toyed with the homesteading idea in the past. The fantasy of getting away from everything and being self sufficient eventually gives way to reality of what it would take to go off the grid and start homesteading.
Financially it means quitting your job and purchasing the land, equipment and supplies to get started. On top of that you need to have the ability to leave some of the modern conveniences behind.
Today on the podcast Lisa and I talked to Brain and Pam who did just that. They decided to walk away from the rat race, and start their homesteading journey.
They did this the same way most of us would, with 30 acres of land, a small cabin, and a lot of hands on work. They have also decided to document their entire homesteading journey so make sure and check out thier website HopeHomestead.org, and subscribe to their YouTube channel too.
Below are some of the topics we covered in this weeks show. If you are thinking about homesteading or even just thinking about some sort of survival retreat or bug out location, you’ll definitely want to listen in.
* We started off by introducing Brian and his wife Pam who gave up their good paying jobs to start their homesteading journey.
* We covered what it was that made you decide that working on building a homestead was the right choice for them?
* We talked about some of the skills they have, and the skills people should know beforehand. For the most part homesteading is “trial by fire” and “learning on the fly.”
* We also went over the hurdles someone might face if they decide to start homesteading, and some they have faced.
* Having the right attitude and the mental fortitude to do this is might be the most important part. Once the “newness” wears off it would be a challenge long term without the right mindset.
* I wanted to know what Brian and Pam were doing for the necessities like food, water, and power. We covered quite a few of these topics from rain catchment, gardening, to solar power.
If homesteading is something you are thinking about remember that it takes a huge commitment, the willingness to sacrifice, and being ready to get your hands dirty.
As we watch these YouTube videos we only see the good parts of homesteading, not the hard work behind the scenes that went into making everything work.
While homesteading can be incredibly rewarding, it’s not all sunshine and roses. It’s up to you to decide if getting away from everything is worth the sacrifices…I believe it is.
When we talk about ways to increase your prepping budget with the money you already have it means managing your money, and paying attention to where every penny you spend goes. You can make your dollars go farther by simply creating a budget, and sticking to it.
At first it can be hard, but don’t get discouraged. Just like everything we do, with practice and dedication you will create a habit. But you have to stick with it, and it will become easier each time. YOU can do it! Pay attention to what you spend on a daily basis, and keep track of it.
Don’t Talk Yourself Into Buying Something.
Always ask yourself do you really need it? And if you do, why do you need it? Is it something you can use every day? How will this purchase make your life better? Does it serve a purpose? Is the purchase a want, or a need?
If you can, wait to make the purchase until you are sure you really need it. Don’t fall for the impulse buy, wait at least 24 hours, or longer if you can before making the purchase. Companies spend millions of dollars in order to find out what it is that create the perfect buying environment, don’t fall for it!
Think about the purchase before you make it! Don’t make excused for the purchase, like I will be able to use it for something, it is a great deal, or it’s on sale. Do your research and your homework before spending your hard earned dollars.
Prioritize and Plan Your Purchases.
Have a deliberate plan before running out to the store. Don’t buy based on emotion. If you have a plan, you will be focused, and make a more responsible buying decision. If you go to the store to shop when you are sad or bored, you will spend money you don’t need to. Have a plan, and stick to it.
Prioritize what you need, and how you intend to be able to purchase the items. You can consider it a list, or write it out as goals that you want to achieve in order to be more prepared.
This is as simple as packing your lunch for work, or not stopping at the coffee shop every day. If you packed your lunch, you could be saving yourself at least $25.00 a week. If you stop for coffee every day, and spend $5.00 a day, there is another $25.00 a week. So by simply packing your lunch, and bringing your coffee from home, you could be saving at least $50.00 a week!
Don’t justify the eating out and coffee habit by thinking you deserve it. Yes, you do deserve to eat, but you also deserve to keep the money you work so hard for. That extra $50.00 a week could be your grocery budget for the month, or it could add to your long term food storage, or it could be money you save for your emergency fund. Don’t get distracted, make the time to pack your lunch, and bring beverages from home.
Suggested Reading: The Most Important Prepping Gear
Set Short Term and Long Term Goals
If you know where your money is going, it is a lot easier to understand the places in your budget where you can save money. Create a budget and stick to it. If you are likely to pull money out of the bank, leave the credit cards at home (or better yet, cut them up to resist the temptation of using them.)
Stop justifying your indulgences. If everything were to go to crap,
When it comes to a preppers food storage, one size does not fit all. We all have certain limitation whether that be financial or storage space. Our list of what we feel like we need to have, and our list of what we actually have can be to entirely different things.
Storage space is something we can overcome with a little critical thinking, but not having the funds for food storage can put a kink in our preparedness plans.
In this article we are going to go over a few of the different methods of storing food, and not wasting money on food because of improper storage or loss caused by expiration.
Saving Money on Your Food Storage
Store What you Eat: You probably hear this all the time, but if you don’t want to waste money on food storage it is good advice. If your family doesn’t like peas, just because canned peas are on sale doesn’t mean you should buy them. A good deal can turn into wasted money down the line.
Keep in mind that some sacrifices will have to be made, refrigerated foods and foods with short shelf lives will not be around for long in a disaster situation. There are some alternatives that we will go over below, but nothing beats the real thing.
Make a list of what foods you eat all the time, the foods you eat occasionally and the foods you rarely eat.
Proper Food Rotation: Everyone has their own method of doing this, but I can tell you from experience that the more food you store the harder it is to keep track of. This is especially true for canned goods because they tend to hide in the back corners of your cabinets.
I usually do inventory twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring, as well as trying my best to keep everything rotated the whole time. I use this worksheet that you can download that helps me keep track of what I have, what I need and what I need to use soon.
First in First Out: The way I recommend rotating your food storage is just like the grocery stores do it, first in, first out. This can be a little easier said than done because the more food you store the more complicated rotation becomes.
Canned goods are especially hard to keep rotated, but you can make it a little easier on yourself if you buy a couple of these can organizers. There are even quite a few DIY ideas that you can use.
Food Storage Shelf Lives: Food doesn’t have to have a shelf life of 25 years to make it good for storage, foods that have a shelf life of less than a year can be ok for food storage as long as it’s properly rotated.
For more information about the shelf life of your preparedness food storage, have a look at this article that goes over pantry food and canned food shelf life.
How you store your food is just as important as rotation, this article explains how to properly store foods for maximum shelf life,
What is nothing happens? What if all you are doing gets passed on to your children? Is all of our prepping going to be all for nothing if life goes on without a hiccup? It shouldn’t be, everything we do should not only prepare us for anything unexpected, we should be instilling these values in our loved ones and family as well.
It is not only important to plan and prepare for everything from a local disaster to the complete failure of society as we know it, it’s important not to put ourselves in the poorhouse as we do it. In this episode Lisa and I talk about being prepared should be something we do over time and not something that is reactionary because of fear.
I will be using some of the answers in next Mondays podcast…
As you’re sitting there watching your favorite news program your TV suddenly shuts off along with the lights and everything else in the house. You grab your phone to check if you forgot to pay the bill, and that doesn’t work either.
You head outside and see that there is no power anywhere, the street lights are out, your neighbors are walking around looking confused and even the cars in the streets are not moving.
At this point you know that some sort of EMP caused this and you decide to check your car to see if it will start…Will it?
What is your plan? Your not sure what caused the EMP but you know everything is about to get way out of hand and time is of the essence.
The Bug Out Bag First Aid Kit
In the podcast we talked about TheSHTFShop where we sell Legacy food storage products, and some of our own products like The Bug Out Bag First Aid Kit.
You can help support the show by purchasing some long term food, a first aid kit on one of our other products. If you are thinking about getting yourself some long term food, contact me before you make a purchase, I can get you a great discount.
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This is part 2 of what should I put in my first aid kit. In episode 1 Lisa and I talk about 3 different levels of first aid kits, beginner kits, intermediate kits and now we get to the advanced first aid supplies. Keep in mind if you are at the point of having an advanced first you should probably take a CMT class or a first aid class to be able to use the first aid equipment before you spend the money on it.For more of the show notes visit the page for episode one here. It has the download and all the other information you will need.
Be Prepared For Everything
I also talked about my book that was just published to Amazon and has been very well received. You can find the book here. As I wrote in the description of the book it is not all about doomsday and as the title says we should be prepared to face anything. Here is part of that article…
“Preparedness should be a mindset, not a fad. To become a seasoned prepper we need to start from ground zero and work our way up, and we need to do it in a way that doesn’t put us in the poor house. Preparing is also very personalized, there is no one way to build your food storage and no one way to build your bug out bag. All of our situations are different and we need to plan accordingly.”
Read the entire article here.
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In this episode Lisa and I talk about 3 different levels of first aid kits, beginner kits, intermediate kits and advanced first aid supplies. Keep in mind if you are at the point of having an advanced first you should probably take a CMT class or a first aid class to be able to use the first aid equipment before you spend the money on it.
Lisa had me make a PDF of the notes below for everyone to print off, you can download that here.
Important: this article is not medical advice, If you have any specific questions about any medical matter you should consult your doctor or other professional healthcare provider. You should never delay seeking medical advice, disregard medical advice, or discontinue medical treatment because of information on this website.
1. Simple First Aid Kit
(Good Starting point great for cars, or a travel kit in a car as well)
* Band Aids* Alcohol swabs* 4×4 gauze (in sterile 2 piece packs) (12)* Rubbing alcohol (16oz)* Vet wrap (2 rolls) (Coban)* Cling gauze (3”)* Ace waps (3”, and 6”)* Silvasorb Gel* A pair of bandage scissors* 1 roll of tape (medical)* 1 box of nitrile gloves (ladies medium, men, large or ex large)* Tongue Depressors (Make great splints for fingers!)* Hand Sanitizer* Instant cold packs* Duct Tape* A bandana* A container to store everything in
2. Intermediate First Aid Kit
(This is a build-up on the basic kit) You can find out more information on this website.
And We also wrote a post about what some of these supplies are. You can read that article here.
Increase the count of all the items for your simple kit, starting by increasing each item by at least 1-2
* 2 x 2 sterile gauze pads* Non sterile 4 x 4 gauze (200 per bag)* Kerlix gauze* Hypafix adhesive tape* CPR Mask* Mepilex foam pads (4×4) (box of 5)* Mepitel pads (2)* Xeroform gauze* Adaptic dressing* Aquacel AG dressing* Israeli Bandage Battle Dressing (trauma dressing)* Long q-tips* Betadine sticks (q-tips)* Chlora-prep sticks* ABD pads (2)* Surgical masks (5)* Headlamp, or flash light* Tourniquet* Suture removal kit* Chucks Pads (blue pads that are very absorbent)* Butterflies, or steri-strips in different sizes* Mastisol (for keeping steri strips in place.-or Benzoin)* Ammonia Innhalants* Saline Solution (even contact solution-just plain saline)* Witch Hazel* Apple Cider Vinegar* Diaper Rash Ointment
And every day medicines, such as:
* Tylenol* Aspirin* Ibuprofen* Hydrocortisone Cream* Benadryl, both liquid and pill form* Antacid (Tums-Calcium Carbonate)* Anti-diarrheal* Vicks Vapor Rub* Epsom Salt
A Larger container will be needed for this kit, and if you have compartments that you can keep things separated and easily visible it will make it even better.
3. Advanced First Aid Kit
You will need to keep adding items to your kit from the simple kit and the intermediate size kit, plus these are some extra items to have. They may be some expensive additions, but will be worth it in case you need to use them. But before you spend a lot of money on the more advanced stuff, maybe consider taking an EMT class, and learning about trauma, and injuries where these items will be useful.
As we travel along in our preparedness journey, we are bound
to get sidetracked or lose focus at one point or another. Unfortunately, just
about all of us fall victim to this, but we can’t afford to let it drag on. One
week turns into three weeks, and that turns into months or even years.
The good news is that the longer we continue prepping the more we can afford to take a few breaks and avoid the dreaded “Prepper Burnout”. Basically, if we take 10 steps forward, we can afford to take a step back occasionally.
In this article I want to share with you my prepping
routine, as well as some of the main reasons we lose focus on preparedness.
This is especially important for the beginning preppers out there because many
people lose interest in prepping after only a few months.
While there are many factors that go into why someone might lose interest in preparedness, the three main reasons are complacency, distractions and finances. I would be willing to bet that anyone asked why they aren’t as engaged in preparedness as they should be would mention one (or all) of these reasons.
Complacency: Nothing Happens
Whether we have been prepping for years or were just getting started, complacency is bound to rear its ugly head. At times prepping can seem like a waste of time. Those of us that have been prepping for years are more invested in preparedness, and we understand the importance of getting back on track. For new preppers, it’s not so cut and dry.
It’s very easy for the “new prepper” to become complacent
about prepping, lose interest, or second guess themselves. A large number of
people who become interested in preparedness lose their enthusiasm within the
Suggested Reading: Battling Complacency and Burnout for Preppers
Distractions: Life Happens
Whether you are taking about preparedness, work, or daily chores, we are bound to get distracted. This can be something unavoidable, or something we subconsciously do to avoid the project or task.
Finances: Blood from a Turnip
Likely the most common reason our preparedness level takes a dip is because of money and lack thereof. There are many things we can do that don’t cost a dime, but spending money on preparedness is unavoidable.
My Prepping Routine
Everyone has their own way of doing things. What works for one person may not work for the next. In the show this week Lisa and I shared what we do to help us stay engage...
One of the biggest influences on our prepping plans is people, and how they react in different situations. This will include people in our preparedness plans, and people we may come across.
Understanding how to deal with different personality types is critical to getting the best results in any given situation. The way you interact with someone will determine their reaction to the subject.
Some people need a “go it or else” warning, and some people would react very poorly to being ordered to do something. This would be a challenge if you came across someone in a SHTF situation because you haven’t had the time to get to know them.
Learning how to read people is something that will come in very handy in any SHTF scenario. In this article titled “Learn How to Read People and Peel Back the Onion” I went over the different layers of a relationship and how much you should trust someone.
When it comes to prepping groups or even getting your loved ones on board with prepping we need to be able to understand the different personality traits people might have. Talking to someone who is very analytically takes a different approach than talking to someone who takes an pessimistic approach to everything.
In the show this week we talked about some of the different personality types, and how we can handle some of these traits. There are quite a few tests you can take that categorize personality’s differently. Some use elements (water, earth, wind, fire) And the one that Lisa and I took on the show catergorizes different personality’s like so…
Analytical – Analytical people are known for being systematic, well organized and deliberate. These individuals appreciate facts and information presented in a logical manner as documentation of truth. They enjoy organization and completion of detailed tasks. Others may see him at times as being too cautious, overly structured, someone who does things too much by the book.
Driver – They thrive on the thrill of the challenge and the internal motivation to succeed. Drivers are practical folks who focus on getting results. They can do a lot in a very short time. They usually talk fast, direct and to the point. Often viewed as decisive, direct and pragmatic.
Amiable – They are dependable, loyal and easygoing. They like things that are non-threatening and friendly. They hate dealing with impersonal details and cold hard facts. They are usually quick to reach a decision. Often described as a warm person and sensitive to the feelings of others but at the same time wishy-washy.
Expressive – Very outgoing and enthusiastic, with a high energy level. They are also great idea generators, but usually do not have the ability to see the idea through to completion. They enjoy helping others and are particularly fond of socializing. They are usually slow to reach a decision. Often thought of as a talker, overly dramatic, impulsive, and manipulative.
Take the test yourself, it will show you some pretty interesting results. Here are a few more links to articles about personality types…
This week on the podcast we have a special guest Morgan from RoguePreparedness on with us to talk about preparedness with children and some challenges she recently encountered.
Morgan recently went on a multi-state 30 day trip with her husband and 2 children and shared some of her takeaways with us. Experiences like this are a great way to find the flaws in your bug out plans, and gives you an idea about how difficult bugging out with children could actually be.
Morgan is very active on social media and has some great videos on YouTube. If you have small children and have any questions, she is definitely the person to ask.
Below are some of the topics we covered in this weeks show, but make sure and listen because we went through so much more.
Tips for Preparing With Children
Sometimes in any given household only one of the parents is concerned about preparedness, and most of the time the children in that household could care less, after all their idea of doomsday is losing a girlfriend or their cell phone breaking.
If we do this correctly we can at the very least increase awareness about preparedness without turning them off to the idea all together. This article is about teaching your children about preparedness, but some of the principals can be applied to your other family members as well.
We need to remember that each person, child or adult, has a different personality and will take a different approach when we discuss prepping. Some people learn better by reading from a book, and some people need to be hands. Some people are more analytical, and some people are more emotional. It’s up to us to figure out what the best teaching method is for each child.
The age of your children needs to also be taken into account. As Lisa and I talked about in the show, we got serious about prepping when our children were already teenagers, and while it is possible to teach an old dog new tricks, it is far more challenging than teaching them right in the first place.
I came up with 9 ideas that might help build your child’s (or children) awareness about preparedness, these might need to be changed here and there depending on your child’s needs, but the principals remain the same.
1. Teach Them to Respect the Essentials
Children these days have no idea about what life is like without technology, and they have no idea where food and water actually come from. If the internet goes out for just an hour they have no idea what to do, and when all the spaghettiO’s are gone they act like there is nothing in the house to eat.
Teach them about food and water, teach them about electricity. Teaching them not to take for granted that the lights just magically come on when you flip a switch, and the water might not always flow from the faucet will give them an appreciation for what they have.
2. Teach the Basics of Prepping
You hear the stories all the time, and it might even be you. “I’ve been a prepper my whole life, and didn’t know It.
Over the next few weeks Lisa and I are going through all the steps of bugging out, and discussing why it’s more complicated than it seems on the surface. This week we are going over bug out locations, supplies and resources, and next week we will be talking about bug out vehicles, and why one might not be better than the other.
When we think about bugging out we tend to think about the most extreme situations, like a full blown economic collapse or war that leaves us no choice but to head for the hills. But in reality bugging out could mean something as simple as leaving your home for a few days or weeks.
With all the different variables involved with why you would bug out it’s impossible to create the perfect plan, but that’s why we plan for the worst, and hope for the best.
The Non Prepper Bug Out
In this week’s show we started off by talking about what the average person who knows nothing about prepping would do in a bug out situation.
We have seen a couple examples of this on the news. During hurricane Katrina people piled into the Super Dome where they were at the will of the authority’s and waited for help that never came. Here in Colorado a couple of years ago we had massive flooding that left people standing on the roofs of their homes waiting for rescue.
The non prepper doesn’t think like us and doesn’t plan like we do, yet it still leaves me with an uneasy feeling because it’s hard to tell what they will do in any given situation. Like the scenarios about, some people would probably stay in their homes until it was too late to leave, and so people would pack on the highways and head for where the help is supposed to be.
Let’s also not forget about the people who will be looking to take advantage of the situation by looting, robbing and getting whatever they can while the getting is good.
All of these are reasons we need to do the exact opposite of what a non prepper would do. While none of us want to leave our homes and our supplies, our lives and our wellbeing are worth much more than our stuff.
Bug Out Locations
Before we get into what you should bring with you we need to talk about some bug out location ideas, because where you go and how long you are staying need to be considered before you can pick the correct supplies to bug out with.
A bug out location is not just a fortified cabin in the hills, on top of a mountain, stocked with food, water and thousands rounds of ammunition. Although that would be nice, it’s just not feasible for most of us.
A Friend or Family Members House
Some situations just won’t require us to head out and become a refugee from society. An earthquake, flood or wildfire could leave your home severely damaged or destroyed, but it wouldn’t require packing up and heading out to the wilderness.
In a situation like this we all probably have some place we could go and feel welcome until we get back on our feet, and in some situations we might be that person who need to lend a helping hand.
On a side note, how great would this situation be to talk about why preparedness is so important to someone who looked at you like you were crazy when you brought it up in the past?
Anyone who has ever gone through a power outage (I’m willing to bet is just about everyone) knows that it seems like life just stops without electricity. Literally everything we buy, and use is associated with electricity in one way or another.
Take dog food for example. While you don’t need to plug a bag of dog food in, the factory where it was made relies on machines, and light for people to see. It also requires fuel which is made in refineries to get that dog food to the grocery store.
A short-term power outage would probably be an inconvenience, while a more extended grid down event would have dire consequences the longer it lasts. Regardless whether we are talking about a power outage that lasts a few hours or a complete grid down event, there are some precautions we can take.
Possible Power Outage Causes
Before we get into the large-scale events that could cause a power grid failure for an extended period, let’s go over the more likely short-term power outage scenarios. While the larger disaster scenarios are very important because of the dire consequences, power outages are easy to prepare for, and a good starting point.
When you find yourself without electricity, and you know it’s only for a short period of time, the basic power outage supplies will do fine. I’ve put together what I call my “lights out kit” which is just a plastic tote with all the essential power outage supplies like flashlights and batteries.
Suggested Reading: Alternative Energy & Power Outage Supplies
Power Company Issues
This could be caused by human error, equipment failure, or routine maintenance, but power companies are bound to have issues. Considering the population and our electrical needs, the electric companies do a good job of keeping the power on.
Effects: In a situation like this, the odds are we will be without power for less than 24 hours. In this scenario the power company is likely to know the cause of the problem and be able to react very quickly.
Most power outages that cause the grid to go down for an extended period are caused by natural disasters. The amount of people affected, and the time they are affected depends on the severity of the natural disaster. A tornado will do far less damage to the electric grid than an earthquake or hurricane.
Effects: A power outage caused by a natural disaster could last days, weeks, and even longer. In a natural disaster the priority is always safety and saving lives. Power will be restored as soon as possible, but depending on the damage, it could take a while.
Suggested Reading: Preparing for Natural Disasters
Man Made Causes
Possibly the most common cause of a power outage is human error.
The world we are living in today is a far cry from what I believe our forefathers set out for us to have, but in the US today everyone has become so focused on what they are entitled too, and it seems they have lost track of how to personally responsible and accountable for how they live their everyday lives.
But with the way things seem to be going today, one can’t help but wonder how long this illusion will last. Sooner or later everyone will have to pull their heads out of the sand and face the reality that things are not at all what they seem, and for most it will be too late. They will not have planned for the worst, and they will be the ones running to the big box stores trying to buy whatever they can before it is all gone.
However, you are not one of those people, and I know this, because you are here reading this article, and visiting many other preparedness websites gathering information.
If you are anything like me, you are planning for the day when you won’t be able to run out to the store to pick up that one thing you need to make dinner because you ran out. And since my brain is always trying to think ahead, I started wondering what are the 10 things I would miss the most, and what can I do to make sure I have what I want? Please understand this is a list of things that I feel are my indulgences, and items that may be luxuries, but to me, they matter.
So in no particular order, here are my favorite indulgences that I would miss, and would rather not go without:
1. Nexxus Shampoo and Conditioner
2. White Flour
3. Coffee Creamer
5. Flavored Beverages
6. Toilet Paper
7. Household Cleaner
I know, this is not all important, and yes I could do without these things, but I don’t want to. So then I decided I would need to have a substitute in case my important comfort items were no longer available. So these are my options.
1 Nexxus Shampoo and Conditioner
Unfortunately, there is not really anything I could make that can compare to my favorite shampoo. I have used this for years and years, and yes there are less expensive products you can use on your hair, but for me this is something that is comforting and I enjoy. Not being able to figure out a way to replicate it means I need to think ahead, and plan. So I have to determine if this item is important to me, then I need to add it to my supplies. The sad thing is that shampoo doesn’t last forever, so I will need to have an alternative, but if I have a 2 year supply of my favorite shampoo, I will do what I can to make it last. And that will mean not using it as often, and saving it for special occasions.
Just because they may not make this shampoo anymore doesn’t mean I will never be able to have it again, if I plan for it. That means planning for the future, and saving what I have in order to have it last. Looking at every aspect of your planning, and having a complete plan is an integral part of prepping and being prepared.
2. White Flour
I know, white flour is not good for you. It has been bleached, and has lost a large portion of the nutritional value of the original whe...
If you have been interested in preparedness for a while you no doubt have heard about the All-American Sun Oven, and possibly even own one. In my opinion, the Sun Oven is one of the most important preparedness supplies we can have.
While food, water and shelter are by far the most important aspects of preparedness, having the tools around to utilize those is just as important. The Sun Oven is helpful in a number of areas of preparedness.
* No need to store fuel* Can be used every day (not just in a disaster)* Give off no cooking smell* Can heat and pasteurize water (without using fuel) * Will cook just about everything (no fried foods)* Dehydrate meat and vegetables* Very easy to use* Includes a 15 year guarantee…but will last a lifetime.
The Sun Oven Workshop
Today’s podcast is a replay of the workshop I did with Paul from Sun Oven International. If you would like to watch the full video you can watch the replay here.
Paul is also offering a limited time discount of $168 which included all the accessories, a camp stove, and 10 fire starting disks. This offer expires at midnight on July 29th. If the Sun Oven has been on your wish list, now is the time to buy.
My Sun Oven Video
We purchased our Sun Oven over 4 years ago, and it still works like new. In this video I went from un-boxing to cooking a roast in the Sun Oven. watch the video to see what’s included with the Sun Oven package, and how easy it is to use.
Questions About the Sun Oven?
If you have any questions at all about the All American Sun Oven you can contact them directly by using their phone number on their website, or submit a question on the webinar replay page.
Some people think that everyone will come together during a crisis, In this episode we talk to Brian about how people really reacted during the recent West Virginia chemical spill.
What he saw was what we all think will happen, people fighting, looting and forgetting about morals. This is also a great example about why we should be preparing and why we should look at as many different scenarios as we can, because we never know what will happen.
I love these real life examples from people who have actually gone through what we think about everyday. Some of my favorite podcast interviews are with people who have had first hand experience. Here are a few that I have done in the past…
Selco: Surviving 1 Year in Hell
Kyle: 41 Days in the Wild
Bennett: Surviving Hurricane Katrina
This weeks Survival Tip
In an article from Survival Cache they talk about using sunglasses to maintain a tactical edge. It is true that the eyes are the window to the soul and hiding behind a pair of sunglasses could hide the fact that we are nervous, scarred or being deceitful. You can read the full article here.
In the beginning of the show I mentioned that I am working on updating the Survivalist Prepper Academy. The first step in this process was moving the website to a new URL. Existing members, or anyone who would like to become a member can access the Academy at TheBugOutLocation.com.
I will be doing quite a bit of work over the next few months updating old or outdated information and adding new material, and making the website much easier to navigate.
If you are not currently a member and would like to become one I have set up a limited time discount. Click here to get your 50% off discount.
Be Prepared For Everything
I also talked about my book that was just published to Amazon and has been very well received. You can find the book here. As I wrote in the description of the book it is not all about doomsday and as the title says we should be prepared to face anything. Here is part of that article…
Today I got the chance to talk with Jim Cobb from SurvivalWeekly.com and we went over some of the stuff about his book Urban Emergency Survival Plan and his involvement with Panteao Productions.
If you aren’t sure who Jim is here is a little info about him. Jim is the content director at Survival Weekly and has also written 5 preparedness Books including…
* PREPPERS LONGTERM SURVIVAL GUIDE* COUNTDOWN TO PREPAREDNESS* THE PREPPERS COMPLETE BOOK OF DISASTER READINESS* PREPPERS HOME DEFENSE
And also Urban Emergency Survival Plan which we are going to talk a little bit about today as well as a freelance writer. He has written for Boy’s Life and Complete Survivalist Magazine. Jim has also been involved in preparedness for over 30 years now and is a licensed private investigator and has worked in the security and investigative fields for over twenty years.
Some things we discussed…
* Most of us know that the power grid is basically a temporary grid that has been pieced together over time, we talked about how vulnerable we are.* What we can do about it.* How to start out prepping and what you should be thinking about.* Personal and home security: Some ideas for now as well as in any a disaster scenario.* Most SHTF Scenarios are not complete breakdowns and the every man for himself mentality is not feasible.* We still need to follow the law, like it or not, and we need to think realistically.* We talked about when bugging out becomes a viable option and when we should just stay put.* We discussed if tools like lock picking are realistic and how ethics will play a role in a disaster situation.
Jim has also been working with Panteao Productions on the new video series they are putting together called Make Ready To Survive. Panteao is known for their tactical videos and firearms, but they have decided to add a survival series and cater to us…the Prepper/Survivalist.
I will have Fernando on the show next week, but today Jim gave us some pretty good incites about Panteao.
The Survivalist Prepper Academy & Wholesale Prices…
I mentioned the Survivalist Prepper Academy at the beginning of the podcast and the SHTFShop.com where we have a big selection of Legacy food storage products. Members of the Academy also get a huge discount on these products.
You can visit the SHTFShop here, but keep in mind that the prices listed are retail prices and members prices are lower. If your not a member yet you can become one here.
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Throughout our daily lives we depend on other people. A society
becomes stronger when most of the population works together to better the economy,
the culture and production. Unfortunately, history has shown that as a society
grows, it inevitably falls apart.
What people do and how people react (or fail to) in a crisis
are one of our main concerns as preppers. Politicians and world leaders create
the potential for disasters, and we worker ants are left to clean up the mess
when the dust settles.
SPP312 Propaganda Prepper Groups and Sheeple
In this weeks show we talked about how people affect what we do as preppers. This goes for people we include in our prepping inner circle, and people we are trying to avoid.
We also covered how difficult it is for most people to join or create a quality prepper group. Below are a list of all the topics we covered in this weeks show…
When Does Preparedness Become Prepping
It seems as though over the last couple of years prepping has become very corporatized. While it’s fantastic that more people are becoming interested in preparedness, it seems that for some people it’s a fad or hobby.
There are so many companies selling survival supplies these days. I love these supplies as much as the next person, but some people don’t take the next step of learning the more important survival skills.
Propaganda & the Sheeple
Lisa and I were recently on The Changing Earth Podcast with Sara Hathaway talking about propaganda and how easily people are controlled. We had such a great conversation with her that we decided to expand on it in this weeks show.
In the show we talked about the documentary The Creepy Line. The Creepy Line reveals the stunning degree to which society is manipulated by Google and Facebook and blows the lid off the remarkably subtle, yet powerful manner in which they do it.
As far as I know, this documentary is only available online if you are an Amazon Prime member. If you are, it’s definitely worth watching. If you are not a Prime member you can get a 30 day free trial and check it out.
We hear all the time about how important having a prepper group will be when the S hits the fan. While this is absolutely true, it’s not that cut and dry for most of us. Here is a question I got from Mike that we covered in this weeks show…
“The challenge we face is forming a group. We have been doing this a number of years during which we have seen people come & go but almost none stay permanently despite what they all say about being committed. So if you have comments about that I would love hearing them.”
I have written about creating and/or joining a prepper group in the past, and that article goes over some of the benefits and challenges we face with prepper groups.
When it comes to prepping we all think in time frames, a week, 3 months and a year. An economic collapse is not like a terrorist attack or an earthquake, an economic collapse has so many variables that there is no simple checklist you can go through and be completely prepared.
This article might be a little unorthodox because it’s about being the SHTF or post collapse entrepreneur, but hang in there and it will all make sense.
The second part of the article is about whether or not your money is safe in the bank, and some unique places to stash your cache.
Listen to Episode 105: The SHTF Entrepreneur
Everything we talk about when it comes to preparing for an economic collapse is reactionary, but this is one of the disaster scenarios where we have at least a little say in how it turns out for us. An economic collapse or depression type event could have different consequences for each of us.
When we think of an economic collapse we tend to think worst case scenario, but what if it looks like the 2008 scare which affected some people more than others? Or what if it is a long term depression like the one in the 1930’s? Keep in mind as your read this, I think an economic collapse will look like the depression…just a whole lot worse.
When Life Gives you Lemons…
We’ve all heard the saying “when life gives you lemons make lemonade right? Well in a situation like this you are going to have more lemons than you ever wanted. Surviving is about having the ability to pivot when it’s necessary, and do what it takes to put food on the table.
On paper you probably have enough supplies to last anywhere from a month to a year depending on how much you have stored, but what about those situation we just can’t prepare for? And what happens 6 months down the line when your supplies and money are beginning to run low?
This is when our true survival instincts kick in. I’m not talking about eating bugs and building a fire, I’m talking about the same skills we use today when we are trying to balance our budgets and pay everyone that has their fingers in our pockets.
In a recent podcast about investing in gold and silver we talked about how we can make an economic collapse work in your favor as much as possible. As preppers we have the opportunity to hedge our bets…a little insider trading if you will. Most people will be caught off guard, but we (the crazy prepper) study what this might look like in order to become better prepared for it.
When Push Comes to Shove…
Think about the great depression, unemployment and crime were at unheard of levels, but most people didn’t revert to killing other people for food, most people did what it took to survive. To some people it was working odd jobs, and to some people it was the black market.
I’m not necessarily talking about illegal activity here because let’s face it, there will still be laws, and quite possibly many more restrictive laws. I’m talking about selling the goods and services people will need in a collapse scenario,
At some point in our lives we are bound to find ourselves in a situation where the power goes out and we need alternative energy options. This could be something that only lasts for a couple of hours, or something that affects our daily lives for an extended period of time.
While a short term power outage is certainly more likely, it’s entirely possible that we could find ourselves without power for days or even longer.
Everything we do these days involves electricity in one way or another. On a personal level no electricity means no Tv, no lights, and no internet. On a larger level, things get a bit more serious.
Banking would be affected, hospitals would be affected, and
grocery store would be affected. Even getting fuel from the gas station tanks
would be a challenge if not impossible.
Regardless whether a power outage is caused by a hurricane, an earthquake, or a squirrel chewing on a power line (yes…it happens) it’s up to us to be prepared for these situations.
Basic Power Outage Supplies
Before I get into this list of alternative energy supplies to consider, I want to briefly touch on the “not so sexy” but just as important alternative energy items to consider. As with everything in life, it’s usually the little things that derail our plans. This is why in preparedness we are constantly fine tuning our plans, and figuring out where those holes might be.
While this may seem a little obvious, understanding what you’re facing is key to executing your plan. In the event of a natural disaster like a hurricane or tornado, the local news and the internet could give you valuable information.
However, the odds are you’ll have no warning when the lights suddenly go out. This is where being prepared beforehand can save you headaches down the line. You don’t want to be one of those people rushing to the store only to find they don’t have what you need.
Your neighbors can also be a great source of information. Maybe you have a neighbor that is an amateur radio operator, or a neighbor that just came home from an unaffected area. You just never know what information they may be able to offer.
If you are using a power inverter or a generator (more on these later) you’re going to need a way to get that power where you need it. You may need to run your refrigerator a few hours a day, run a space heater, or just keep a few lights on at night.
Extension cords come in different gauges, so make sure you get the right size for the job. The higher gauge cords are good for lights, while a refrigerator will need a smaller gauge cord.
While this isn’t something you need when considering alte...
We all love to think about what it would be like to not have to depend on public service companies, making the grocery store a convenience and not a necessity by growing our own food and living a more self-reliant life in general.
All this sounds great, but what would it take to go completely off grid? And how hard would it actually be?
The truth is, most of the real work goes on behind the scenes and never makes it to the internet. You won’t find many videos of people pulling weeds (unless you’re looking for it) and you won’t find many videos of people cleaning up after their animals…The dirty work.
With that being said, here’s the good, the bad and the ugly about what it would take to go completely off grid.
Keep in mind, I’m not talking about erasing your footprint and hiding from the alphabet agencies, I’m talking about living a more self-reliant lifestyle.
The Right Attitude
Regardless whether you decide to become a full scale homesteader, or make some changes to live a more self-reliant life, you need to go all in…or don’t go at all. This video from An American Homestead talks about what it takes to live off the grid.
If you go into a venture like this halfcocked, or on the fence, you might find that after you have taken all the steps to get there, it wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. To be a successful homesteader you need to not only be willing to do the work, but actually enjoy it.
When we enjoy doing something nothing can stop us. When we enjoy doing something, the challenges that pop up along the way are just inconveniences. We all know that with the right attitude, anything is possible.
Willingness to Sacrifice
As a society we have become pretty dependent on our technology, but even out where I live some sacrifices have to be made…and were not off the grid yet. This doesn’t mean you have to give up the internet and your cell phone, but it does mean you might need to find an alternative.
Not only will we need to make sacrifices when it comes to modern conveniences, we might not have access to all the stores and shops that are 5 minutes away. This is not necessarily a bad thing because you would know what’s in your food, and there is less stress when you are not constantly connected to everyone.
Even if you can order something off the internet, you still might have to go to the post office to pick it up, believe it or not, there are some places FedEx won’t deliver to. As I said earlier, with the right attitude, this is just “something I have to do.”
Getting Your Hands Dirty
One part of homesteading or living off the grid that can be the most rewarding, and your biggest challenge at the same time, is the fact that you are responsible for everything. There are bound to be situations where you are going to have to bite the bullet and call in some backup, but for the most part you are responsible for your own success or failure.
Getting food in the refrigerator won’t be as easy as heading to the grocery store, it takes hard work all year long to make sure you have food, and even more hard work to make sure that food lasts throughout the winter.
Even though it will be hard work, the sense of satisfaction you get knowing that not only can you do it, you don’t need to depend on a 9 to 5 job or others for your survival.
A lot of thoughts goes into successfully bugging out, but the most important part is getting to where you’re going. While we all probably have an idea about what our perfect bug out vehicle would look like, it may not be realistic.
As I explain below, the best bug out vehicle is the one we own now, or one we are working on turning into a “dream bug out vehicle”. You don’t need to get from point A to point B in style, you just need to get there.
After you’re confident in your bug out vehicle, then you can think about bug out planning and communication, and bug out location, supplies and resources that need to be considered.
Suggested Reading: The Most important Prepping Supplies
Suggested Reading: Bug Out Bag Checklist
SPP308 Bug Out Vehicles: The Realistic Options
This week Lisa and I talked about bug out vehicles and why the best bug out vehicle doesn’t mean owning a $600,000 Unicat Expeditionary Vehicle.
The best bug out vehicle doesn’t necessarily need to be bullet proof and able to plow through road blocks. In my opinion, if you need that, you waited too long to get out of dodge.
A good bug out vehicle needs to be a few things…
* Reliable enough to get you where you are going without breaking down.* Affordable enough that you don’t break the budget.* And capable of getting you, everyone with you and your supplies where you want to go.
The reality is that even though we would like one of these “Super Bug Out Vehicles”, we don’t have the same budget the United States Military has. The most realistic BOV (bug out vehicle) might be the one you already have.
This article from ThePrepperJournal goes through some realistic bug out vehicles that you can actually afford. It also covers some things you need to consider like where are you going? What are you taking? And who is going with you?
“In my mind a bug out vehicle has to be able to accomplish a few tasks to even make the running. Ideally we have a vehicle that you can use daily that can also hold its own if forced to be put into action to get you out of a hairy situation.”
EMP Proof Vehicles
There is quite a bit of debate about what makes an EMP proof vehicle. Honestly it seems to me that we truly won’t know until that situation is thrust upon us. Some people say that you need something that was made before 1980 that doesn’t require electronic ignition.
There are a lot of misconceptions out there that make people
think that preppers are off their respective rockers. While this may be true
for some of us (including me) it has nothing to do with prepping.
To understand why preppers tend to get a bad wrap and get labeled “crazy preppers” we need to look back to the 80’s and 90’s. Because of people like Kurt Saxon, Randy Weaver (Ruby Ridge), Timothy McVeigh, the term “survivalist” became synonymous with terms like extremist, anti-government, racist, and radical.
The term prepper or prepping came into use in the early 2000’s after the Y2K scare, but the principal of prepping has been around for centuries. Unfortunately, the term prepping had become synonymous with these extreme survivalists, and therefore all preppers must be crazy.
The truth is, most preppers are nothing like these extremists. In fact, most of us have more in common with people from the cold war era and depression era. We choose to take a proactive approach to life, rather than cross our fingers and hope for the best.
Fortunately prepping is starting to outlive the negative
stereotype it once had and is becoming more mainstream. While shows like
Doomsday Preppers tended to reinforce the “crazy prepper” stereotype, it also
shined a light on preparedness. As people learned more about prepping, they
learned that most preppers weren’t all that crazy after all.
Why Preppers Probably
Aren’t the Crazy Ones
Below are 10 reasons that preppers aren’t as crazy as many
people think. Preppers come in different shapes and sizes, but this list
probably applies to everyone that has an interest in preparedness. Some of these
may even be misconceptions we had when we began our preparedness journey.
1. Preppers will be less affected when anything happens (big or small)
While nothing is guaranteed, preppers are less dependent on others, and more confident about how to react in a disaster. Even with smaller disasters like an auto accident, preppers will have a leg up on someone who is unprepared to handle that situation.
Most preppers don’t just focus on the apocalypse. Preparing for natural disasters, civil unrest, active shooters and personal doomsday’s are just as important (if not more) than preparing for a nuclear war.
2. We don’t hate the government, we hate big government
This misconception is based around the idea that all preppers are extremists, but couldn’t be further from the truth. Most preppers understand that without government there would be complete anarchy.
The problem preppers have with government is the corruption, greed,
This time of year it seems like everyone is getting sick. Colds and flu are prevalent and very contagious. Just as an example, the office that I work in has had a large majority of the workers ill. Some do the right thing and stay home, but others feel they have to come to work, so they in turn expose everyone who is healthy to their dirty germs.
So if this happens to you, how do you stay healthy? How do you keep the dirty little germs away from you, so you don’t take it home to share with your family? And if you do end up getting sick, how do you ensure that it will not be a long lasting illness?
There are many things you can do to keep yourself healthy, and keep the germs away. First things first, you have to boost your own immune system. How can you do this? It is a process, and will not happen overnight, but if you can keep your immune system functioning at its highest level, your body will be better prepared to fight off invading organisms, whether it is viral, or bacterial.
According to the Harvard Medical School these are:
* Eat a healthy diet with a balance of fruits, vegetables, whole grains. Try to stay away from processed foods, and watch out for sugar hidden in the food that you eat.* Exercise regularly, meaning at least 30 minutes of intentional exercise every day.* Try to maintain your weight at a healthy level.* Drink only in moderation, and don’t smoke.* Get enough sleep.
Wash your hands thoroughly, and try not to touch your face. Do this all the time so it becomes habit. Because of you only practice this when you think you are around sick people, it is too late. In many instances, people are contagious when they show no symptoms. So by making it a habit to wash your hands, and refrain from touching your face on a regular basis, you will help to keep yourself healthy.
So now you know the basics of keeping your immune system fully charged, what can you do to prevent yourself from succumbing to the illness that occur around you on a seemingly daily basis? There are several things you can do at home and work to keep yourself healthy, and hopefully not come into contact, or at least lessen the likelihood of getting sick.
While you are at Work
Wipe down your workstation. You never know who was using your stuff when you were away, so have wipes stored at your desk that you can wipe down everything before you get to work. It may seem daunting, but isn’t a few minutes of cleaning worth it to stay healthy?
Keep hand sanitizer at your desk. This is important for those quick in between moments when you remember to wash or sanitize your hands. Since I work in a doctor’s office, this is easy for me. I have a Costco size bottle of hand sanitizer at my desk for everyone to use, and I put it out as a visual reminder for everyone to sanitize your hands when you are standing at my desk.
Don’t share utensils, food, or anything else with your coworkers. This may gross some people out, but I have seen where co-workers share a soda, drink, snack, or even eating utensils. Please don’t! Personally, I think this is disgusting, because I can picture all of the bugs crawling around on someone’s hands because they didn’t wash their hands after stopping at the bathroom. (eeeeewwwww!) But trust me, it happens. So this means I don’t share my snacks that are in bags, like chips, popcorn, etc. And I definitely don’t let people use my coffe...
When 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.
SPP305 Post Collapse Sanitation, Diseases and Antibiotics
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 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 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 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.
With the exception of water, Emergency food storage might be the most important part of preparing for an emergency or disaster. Some might even say more important than water because of how easily our food supply line can be cut off and how far food has to travel in today’s world to reach our table.
Most of us in the United States have never gone more than 24 hours without food and have no idea how it will affect them. Although we can survive without food for a few weeks, it will be our main priority long before that. So lets go over some emergency food storage ideas and options.
If the average person were to walk into your home and see a Legacy food bucket they would probably make some wild assumptions right off the bat. But when you think about it, other than the shelf life and quantity, how different is long term food storage food than a box of hamburger helper?
Emergency long term food storage, water storage and preparedness in general is nothing more than insurance for the future. What concerns me the most is not a nuclear bomb landing in my back yard, it’s our electrical grids vulnerability’s, economic instability and basic supply and demand.
Having a large supply of long term food storage food during the great depression would have been more valuable than gold. If you were going through a “personal doomsday” it would be a godsend as well.
Imagine you or someone in your family had lost their job for an extended period of time, with money being tight it would be a daily juggling act to pay the bills and buy food for the family. If you had a six month supply of dehydrated food that wouldn’t be such a huge hurdle, and would alleviate some of the stress you might be facing.
Imaging there was a natural disaster like an earthquake, or a hurricane like Katrina. If you had a few weeks of food stored that’s one less thing you have to worry about, and could literally be the difference between life and death.
My point is that long term food storage is not all about doomsday and does not make you a “doomsdayer.” Everyone is different and storing food for emergencies is just the smart thing to do. Some people store as little as a months’ worth of food, and some people store year’s worth, it’s really up to you what you decide to do.
Emergency Food Storage Ideas…
How you choose to put together your food storage game plan is completely up to you. Below are the 5 most common techniques for emergency food storage.
When it comes to food storage it doesn’t just mean having long term food storage buckets and freeze dried foods, food storage starts with what you stock your pantry with. You have no doubt heard the saying “eat what you store, and store what you eat” and this all starts with pantry foods.
This can be more cost effective than making a large purchase bec...
This past week Lisa and I were guests on The Next Generation podcast with Ryan and Colin Buford. Their show airs live every Sunday night on the Prepper Broadcasting Network.
As I was talking with Ryan, I realized we have never done a show about owning horses or livestock in general. While there are some benefits for preppers when it comes to owning horses, it does come at a cost.
Because this is a simulcast, the show notes are fairly short this week. We had a great time talking with Ryan and his son Colin on the show, and are looking forward to being back on in the future.
While there are some great preparedness podcasts out there, Prepper Broadcasting has a great lineup. One podcast I have been listening to for years is I Am Liberty with James Walton.
Topics From This Weeks Show…
* The benefits and challenges of owning horses for preppers* Disaster safety for large animals.* The lost art of horsemanship.* The cost of owning large animals.* The requirements for owning livestock or large animals.* Medical supplies and skills for your pets.
Lisa and I will probably be doing a show in the future that goes into more detail about prepping and large animals. Owning livestock would be a great food source, but also has it’s challenges.
If you have any questions or comments, let us know below…
When you’re researching bug out bags or just trying to get new ideas, there is no shortage of information available. Most of these lists include typical prepping gear like a fishing kit and a Life Straw. The problem is, these supplies may not be as important in an urban bug out bag or survival kit.
This is because most of us “prepping experts” with websites tend to live in rural areas, while the majority of preppers live in suburban or even urban areas.
While it’s undeniable that the further away from population you are, the better your odds will be, that isn’t feasible for some people. Sometimes people have jobs and family that make moving out to the country impossible…for now at least.
With that being said, if you do live near a big city, and you are serious about preparedness, you should be working on an alternative to living in the city. This could be a bug out location (or locations) a survival retreat, or a goal to move further away from the city.
SPP301 Urban Bug Out Bag & Survival Kit Considerations
In episode 70 of the Survivalist Prepper podcast I had Chris on from The Bug Out Bag Guide on to talk about urban bug out bags. Specifically the pre-made TUUSK urban survival bag that he put together with Ready to Go Survival.
As far as pre-made survival kits go, the TUUSK (The Ultimate Urban Survival Kit) is top of the line. This is not a mass produced made in China kit, and the price reflects that. At the very least, you can take a look at the prepping supplies included and get some ideas.
What’s in Your Bag…
Just like every prepping list we read online, we need to remember that our urban survival kits and supplies may be different then the next persons supplies. Your location, your family and your skills will all play a factor in what you put in your bug out bag.
This means taking an in depth look at your situation and doing a personal threat assessment and a S.W.O.T. analysis. On the surface this may seem fairly basic, but as you dig deeper you’ll get a clearer picture of your needs.
Here is a free PDF I put together about preforming a threat assessment. [Click Here to Downlooad]
Statistically speaking, this is the safest time in history to be alive, but that doesn’t mean bad things don’t happen all the time. Our home is where all our belongings are, where our family is, and where we should feel the safest. Because of this, home security and home defense tactics should be a top priority, but are often overlooked.
It’s human nature to become complacent when nothing happens.
This is why preppers tend to get a bad rap. We look at possible disaster
scenarios and plan for them, regardless how likely or unlikely they are. Because
our home is our sanctuary, defending it (and everything in it) should be a top
If someone want’s to get into your home badly enough, they probably will. But there are some things we can do make that harder, and possibly deter a home invasion in the first place. We also need to consider what to do if and when they gain access to our home.
Before we begin to think about home defense tactics and home
security, we need to think about what we can, and can’t do. Because the most
frequent visitor to our homes is the FedEx driver these days, it’s not feasible
to fortify our property like a military base.
No Expectation of
Privacy: In public areas like roads and sidewalks there isn’t much we can
do about who travels those paths. We can however monitor those areas and set up
deterrents to incentivize people to stay in that public area, and off our
of Privacy: A driveway is an area of your property that you would have a
limited expectation of privacy. We need to make these areas somewhat available
for visitors and deliveries. These should be the only areas of our property
that unexpected guests have access to.
Complete Expectation of
Privacy: Our front yards, back yards and our home are areas where we have
an expectation of complete privacy. This means that unless they were invited,
they are trespassing on our property when they enter these zones.
Home Invasion Deterrents
Before I get into the three areas of your property to cover when thinking about home defense tactics, I want to go over deterrents first. Deterrents go hand in hand with perimeter and property security.
Deterrents are a great way of solving a problem before it becomes one. Criminals are opportunists and are looking for an easy score. The more your home looks like a challenge, the more likely they are to move on.
Dogs For Home Defense
Having a dog is like having a low cost security guard, all you have to do is feed it. Obviously, the larger the dog, the bigger the deterrent, but even small dogs can be effective.
If you don’t own a dog, you can still make it look like you do. Having a dog house, dog bones in the yard, or a dog chain can be a good home defense tactic. Keep in mind, this is a bluff if you don’t actually have a dog.
As criminals of anyone wanting to enter your property case your home, they are looking for signals about how easy of a target it will be.
Signs like “beware of dog”, “gun owner inside” or “Smile, Your on Camera” can make them think twice about your home. Just like dogs, it’s more effective to have these things if you have the signs.
Having your perimeter blocked off is more of a ...
Whether you consider yourself a prepper or not, having medical supplies, first aid kits and the skills to go along with those supplies is more important than ever in today’s world.
Having these medical supplies and skills is more important for preppers than the average person. This is because of the activities that interest us. Most of us are gun owners, hikers, campers etc..
A SHTF event aside, this makes us more prone to come across injuries than the average person sitting on the couch watching tv.
Learning basic first aid and bleeding control isn’t brain surgery (pun intended) and can be done by watching videos and taking classes. Unlike some things in preparedness, you probably won’t need to wait for disaster to strike for these medical supplies and skills to become useful.
SPP299 Prepper Medical Supplies & Trauma Kits
In this week’s show Lisa and I talked about the conference we put on in Las Vegas this year, and the Advanced Hemorrhage Control class we attended. In this class we learned about trauma supplies like tourniquet usage, wound packing, chest seals, and bleeding control in general.
Here is a short video recap of the Advanced Hemorrhage Control class put together by North American Rescue.
Basic EDC Trauma Kit
When it comes to bug out bag or everyday carry items, size and weight matter. The medical supplies we choose to add to our IFAK (Individual First Aid Kit) or trauma kit should be supplies that will have the highest impact.
As far as trauma kits go, it means having the medical supplies for the most severe injuries. Tourniquets, compressed gauze, and pressure dressings are among the “must have” prepper medical supplies in trauma kits.
Below is a list of recommended medical supplies for preppers to have in their EDC trauma kits, and a few extras depending on the skills you have.
Compressed Gauze: Having a couple packs of compressed gauze is a staple for every trauma kit. These are compact and contain 4 yards of gauze. For smaller injuries these can be used as a pressure dressing.
Tourniquets: There is much debate on which is the best tourniquet, but you can’t go wrong with
Doomsday is not all about preparing for martial law or a nuclear bomb to drop, doomsday is about what has the ability to change the way you live your life. People that know very little about preparedness think that all preppers all living in an underground bunker, surrounded by weapons and ammo, wearing a gas mask waiting on pins and needles for someone to attack.
If you have been preparing for any period of time you know how absurd this is, and if you just started prepping don’t fall for it. While these people are out there, most of us are average everyday people concerned in one way or another about potential disasters we might face.
In reality preparing for these smaller scale events like natural disasters and job loss are more important, and more likely. This doesn’t mean that it’s ok to forget about these larger disasters because they are a very real possibility, it just means to start from the ground up and build a good foundation for survival.
It really bothers me when I hear “I’m preparing for” anyone who says this might as well be saying “I am ignoring.” If everything you do is centers on an EMP disaster you likely to get blindsided by something completely different and not be prepared for it.
On shows like Doomsday Preppers you see someone who lives in a suburban area and spends 10’s of thousands of dollars fortifying his or her home, to me this is missing the point. If you live in an area with a high population with just your family, why not spend that money getting the hell out of there?
I don’t care if you have 10,000 rounds of ammunition 50 guns and a big bad bug out vehicle parked in the driveway, you still only have 2 arms. If a group of people know you have all that stuff and want it, they will do whatever it takes to get it.
My point is, don’t get so focused on one threat that you completely miss the bigger threat staring you right in the face.
In this week’s podcast Lisa and I talked about the different faces of doomsday and what they mean to us.
SPP299 The Different Faces of Doomsday (Replay)
Not everyone’s situation is the same, and therefor there isn’t any one size fits all solution when it comes to prepping. By working on becoming more prepared for these personal doomsday events that are more likely to affect us and our family, you will find that you are becoming more prepared for world changing or history making events.
Personal Doomsday Events
Unexpected Accidents: The average person spends a couple of hours a day driving, some even more. Even if we are the best driver in the world our lives can be turned upside down in the blink of a second because of some yahoo who has no business behind a wheel, is drunk or is just not paying enough attention.
Accidents that change to income dynamic of a home, can also happen at work and some jobs are more hazardous than others. If you work in an office your drive to work might be more dangerous, but if you work in construction or any manual labor job that should be included in your preparedness plans.
Home Invasion & Loss of Property: We all do what we can to keep our family and home safe from anyone wanting to do us harm,
First aid skills are among the most important when it comes to preparedness. This is because we never know what medical services might be available in a disaster, and we just don’t know how things will unfold. Accidents happen all the time, and even the smallest injuries can derail our preparedness plans.
While traumatic injuries in a SHTF scenario may have life of
death consequences, we can’t afford to forget about the smaller injuries that
could become bigger issues if not treated properly.
These days we have the benefit of antibiotics, EMT’s.
medical facilities and cutting-edge technology, but in a disaster those may not
be available. In situations like these, we may find ourselves on our own.
A person’s average lifespan has doubled since the early 1900’s
because of our advances in medicine, but a long term SHTF situation would bring
that number way down. The main cause of death in the Civil War was infection.
SPP298 First Aid Class at The Preparedness Experience Conference
Lisa and I put on a class at The Preparedness Experience Conference
this year about wound care and first aid supplies. We decided to take the audio
from that class and make it a podcast episode.
In this class we went over why these basic first aid skills
are important and covered some supplies that will be important. We also covered
some “not so basic” first aid supplies like Medihoney and Steri Strips.
At the end of this post we have the full list of first aid
supplies that Lisa put together and handed out to everyone at the conference.
* Why basic first aid is important * What is Medihoney and other specialty dressings* Signs of an infected wound* Reducing the risk of infection* Signs of a healing wound * Factors that affect wound healing * First aid supplies list (download below)
We got some great video of all the classes we put on at The Preparedness Experience conference, and as soon as we get them edited, they will be available at the website. To find out more about the topics we covered at the conference you can visit the website here.
Ultimate First aid
Lisa put together a very extensive list of first aid
supplies and handed it out to the attendees. You may have most of the supplies
on this list, but there are bound to be a few you didn’t think about.
Download Your First Aid Supplies PDF Here
If you’ve ever wondered if all the prepping supplies you buy, and all the time you invest in preparedness is a waste of time you’re not alone. It’s only natural to question whether something your doing is worth it or not.
You’ve probably heard it a hundred times, but prepping is just
like paying your auto insurance every month. You hope you never need to use it,
but your glad it’s there when you need to.
In fact, I think if you do second guess yourself from time to time, it means your doing something right. People who invest little money and time into preparedness don’t worry much about how much they are wasting.
So if you second guess yourself it only means you’re becoming better prepared and investing in your future.
SPP297 What if Nothing
This week we have a replay that Lisa and I first did a
couple of years ago about why prepping isn’t just a waste of time. We went over
some ways to ensure that the money you put into preparedness isn’t just wasted
if nothing happens.
The Genesis of Prepping
We all get interested in preparedness for different reasons.
Some of us have been through something that changed our view on being prepared
when a disaster strikes, and some of us are naturally skeptical of government and
where the world is heading.
Unfortunately, a large number of people who start prepping
tend to step off the gas pedal within a year or so. This is because their fears
subside, or because they can’t justify investing time and money into disaster
preparedness when life is good.
To me this is very dangerous. It’s worse to know better and
do nothing, than to be ignorant all together. If you know the oil is low on
your car, and you choose to do nothing about it, it falls squarely on your
shoulders when your car breaks down.
Is Prepping a Waste
If you go out and fill your pantry with canned food and let it sit there, then yes, prepping is a waste of money. If you use that food, and store food that your family eats, your not spending any more money than you would have if you went to the store once a week.
As far as prepping gear and supplies go, there are some things that are strictly for prepping (like gas masks) but most items can be used on a daily basis. Solar equipment, 2-way radios, flashlights, and medical supplies are all important to have whether or not you are a prepper.
A little while back Lisa and I did a show about battling complacency and prepper burnout. Because we never know when disaster will strike, it’s very easy to become complacent and drop the ball.
Using the car insurance analogy, we can go years without being involved in an accident. All it takes is one poor decision or bad weather conditions to turn everything upside down.
The Big Picture and Prepping
To the average person prepping probably seems like what they see on shows like Doomsday Preppers. People with too much money and too much time pre...
One of my main concerns with preparedness is an economic collapse or crisis caused by overspending. With the way things are going today, I think we need to take a look at how AI and automation could play a role in our economy as well.
By 2030 it’s estimated that 40 to 50% of jobs in the manufacturing, retail and wholesale, trade, and the transportation and storage industries will be automated.
Not all countries will be as affected to this level, but unfortunately the United States will. The countries likely to be affected are the more advanced countries like the U.S., China, Europe and Russia.
SPP296 Automation & the Economy
This week Lisa and I went over how prepping might change in the near future, and how the country we know and love will will fundamentally change.
We also went over some things we can do to help lower the impact this may have. As preppers, we have a little bit of an edge when it comes the economy taking a down turn, but nothing is guaranteed.
Is History Repeating Itself?
Does Automation and artificial intelligence mean 50% of people will be out of a job? Not necessarily. It means the jobs available will change. With the advent of the automobile, farriers and livery stables were needed less. It did however create jobs like auto mechanics, and liveries basically became auto shops.
We think about jobs that exist today that can be automated,
but who knows what jobs may exist in the future. If you asked what people
needed right before cars were invented, they would have said a better horse.
The difference I see is that the technologies of the industrial revolution created jobs, while automation and AI are removing jobs to increase a companies bottom line.
Who Will be Affected the Most…
Smaller companies may thrive somewhat because people will still want that personal interaction. We might go to a restaurant because we have a favorite waiter or waitress, and we might have a trusted auto mechanic.
I see this being somewhat like wanting to buy “Made in America” products. A little while back we tried to buy only American made products, but these day’s it’s almost impossible.
Employees of bigger businesses like Amazon, Walmart, Boeing, and Ford will be hit harder because these companies will have the ability to implement these processes.
Topics Covered The Week…
After we covered what the future might look like for preppers in the U.S. and around the world, we talked about how things might unfold. After that we covered some ways we can hedge our bets for our children and ourselves.
The Growing Pains: This won’t happen overnight, as a matter of fact it’s happening right now. A big question I have is how will everything unfold, and what should we expect when unemployment begins to rise?
High Unemployment: As they say “idle hands are the devils workshop”. Income inequality along with unemployment could lead to civil unrest, martial law, and most certainly a faltering economy.
As preppers we are always thinking about different ways to become more self-reliant and live like they lived 100 years ago. People who lived during the turn of the century lit their homes with kerosene and oil lamps, heated their homes with fire wood. If they wanted new clothes, they had to buy fabric and make them.
In today’s world this seems unfathomable with our “right here right now” mentality, we could literally never leave the comfort of our couch and get anything we need or want. If we don’t want to wait for something to be shipped, we can head out to the local store that probably has anything our hearts desire.
Living in the west in the early 1900’s was quite a bit different than living in the eastern states. The industrial revolution had started, cars and electricity were beginning to be part of their everyday lives, but out west it was a completely different story.
Lisa and I recently went to a western history museum in Montrose Colorado and other than being really cool to see how people lived back then, and the tools they used to survive daily life, a couple of things came to mind.
* We love to think about all the things we might need to survive and sort of grid down or SHTF event, but the saying “easier said than done” couldn’t apply more. We have the luxury of thinking about things we might need, and the luxury of waiting until it fits into our budget to get them.
In those days it was a luxury to have a new pair of shoes to wear, and even if they had the money for them, they still had to wait for the cobbler to make them.
* Community is more important than we think. As people began to move west with the hopes and dreams of striking it rich or just staking a claim to give themselves an opportunity for a better life it couldn’t have been done without the help of a group of people with different skill sets.
People relied on each other more than ever in the early 1900’s because it was impossible for one person to be the cobbler, the seamstress, the blacksmith, the farmer, the rancher and the school teacher. While all these skills can be learned, there just wasn’t enough time or money to become proficient in all these areas.
Just like today, once you get good at something that other people want, you go where they are and offer your services to make their lives easier. This doesn’t just go for the pioneers that settled the west, this is how we have survived since the beginning of our time on this planet.
Skills and Needs – When Today Becomes the Good Old Days
Most men who ventured out west did so gambling on the promise of riches caused by gold fever. I say men because contrary to what Hollywood would like you to believe there were very few women who ventured out west, more on that in a bit.
The real riches were not made by the would-be miners, the real riches were made else ware. Knowing that miners would need food, tools and clothing many skilled craftsman and merchants followed right behind them.
How does this apply to us? We might not barter, sell or trade our skills like they did in the old west, but we do trade our time for money which is ultimately the same principal. We learn a skill that someone else wants or needs, and we trade that for what we want or need.
When it comes to communications and prepping, we tend to think about 2 way radios and intelligence gathering. While both of these are important, they are only part of a good preparedness communication plan.
Communications starts with family planning, and being ready for whatever disaster that might come your way.
This week Lisa and I were on The Changing Earth Podcast with Sara Hathaway and decided to make this a simulcast and share the interview with Survivalist Prepper listeners as well.
Topics From The Show…
Family Practice and Planning: One aspect of communications that gets overlooked sometimes is communicating with our family and making sure everyone is on the same page.
We talked about putting together preparedness binders, and making sure everyone (prepper or not) understands what to do in a disaster scenario.
Disaster Dependent Comms: Your communication needs will be different depending on they type of disaster you are facing. Small scale disaster communication needs will be different that the long-term SHTF scenarios.
In a short term disaster we may need to act quickly, therefor shortwave radios and family planning and communication will be important. In a longer term event 2 way radios and group organization will be a bigger issue.
Intelligence Gathering: Paying attention to what’s going on around us will not only be important in a SHTF scenario, it’s important today. The more information we have, the better our chances will be.
Today intelligence gathering means paying attention to current events and threats that we may face. In a SHTF type scenario intelligence gathering could include recon missions, sentry’s or lookouts, group coordination, and many other things.
Survival Groups and Communications: We briefly covered why putting together a prepping group is a bit of a challenge, and even how a prepping group doesn’t have the be something we put together right now.
Going the lone wolf route is never a good idea, and teaming up with others will increase your chances of survival. In most disasters it will be human nature to find like minded people.
2 Way Radios: We went into quite a bit of detail about 2 way radios and what the best types of radios may fit your needs. Ham radio is what everyone in the preparedness community talks about, but it may not be the best for you.
We covered the different radio types like GMRS, FRS, MURS and even CB radio. I have an article that goes into much more detail titled
When it comes to preparedness, there is no end to the prepping supplies we “must have”. Some of these “must have” prepping supplies are actually “I really want” supplies.
An unavoidable aspect of preparedness and surviving any sort of disaster than might come our way is supplies and prepping gear.
While learning new preparedness skills can reduce the amount of supplies we need, preparing means getting things now before the time comes when we can’t.
Because there are so many different supplies that CAN help in a disaster, it’s hard to focus on the supplies that WILL help in a disaster.
In last weeks show Lisa and I covered an article I wrote and went over 6 of the 12 types of prepping supplies. This week we finish everything off with the other 6.
These prepping supplies are…
* Cordage* Multi Purpose Supplies* EDC (Every Day Carry) Items* Foot Ware and Care* Survival Guides* Cash On Hand
While this isn’t an extensive list of supplies you would want, it is a list of supplies that are “must have’s”. Once you have these bases covered, you can move on and fine tune your preparedness plans.
Along with these prepping supplies we also went over the “force multiplying skills” that go along with them.
while the supplies themselves are great, having the right survival and preparedness skills will only make them more valuable.
It’s impossible to be completely self-reliant these days, but we can learn some of these lost skills and increase our chances if everything goes down the tube.
The Preparedness Experience Tickets Contest
In the beginning of the podcast this week I talked about the conference we have put together at The Preparedness Experience, and how we put together a contest to win some free tickets.
If you are interested in going to the conference you can enter that contest here. The contest ends in a couple of weeks, and you can visit daily to get more entries.
When it comes to preparedness, there is no end to the prepping supplies we “must have”. Some of these “must have” prepping supplies are actually “I really want” supplies.
We preppers tend to become gear heads fairly early into our preparedness journey. This is because it’s easier than ever to find these different survival supplies. The truth is, while all these trinkets and gadgets are great, not all are necessary for survival.
While no one knows what disaster might befall us, and which of these survival supplies might become the most useful, there are some core prepping supplies that will most likely become the most important.
Today, Lisa and I went into more detail about an article I wrote last week about what the most important prepping supplies are. We ended up having to split this into 2 parts because we wanted to cover each topic in detail.
As I said in the podcast, part 2 will be out next week, but you can read the article I linked to above to read the full list.
Feedback From the Preparedness Community
I didn’t want to just give you my ideas about what the most important prepping supplies are, so I asked the preparedness community for their feedback.
I received an overwhelming number of responses, and it really helped my take the pulse of preppers. Thanks again to everyone who responded!
In This Weeks Show
This week we covered 6 of the 14 most important prepping supplies. The article I wrote had 12 survival supplies, but after reading the comments and talking to Lisa, that list became 14.
We also covered some of the skills that go along with these supplies. Some of these skills are absolutely necessary, and some will make those supplies more valuable.
Fixed Blade Knife
Water Filters and Purification
Bug Out Bags or Go Bags
Fire Starting Supplies
First Aid Supplies and Skills
Self Defense Supplies
Again, make sure and read the full article and get a sneak peak into what part 2 is going to cover. While I tried to go into as much detail as possible in the article, Lisa and I dig a little deeper into each of these important prepping supplies.
One of our most popular podcasts here at Survivalist Prepper is the podcast we did about the challenges of bugging out. This week we decided to replay the podcast, along with adding some updated information.
This podcast was first published around 3 years ago. Since then our audience has grown, and we have quite a bit more information on bugging out and bug out bags here at Survivalist prepper.
At the end of these show notes I added some of our other articles and podcasts on bugging out that go into more detail if you are interested in digging a little deeper.
The Challenges of Bugging Out
As preppers we love to watch movies about apocalyptic scenarios and even TV shows like The Walking Dead. While these shows are great for giving us food for thought, bugging out will be more of a challenge than it is in these moveies and TV shows.
Below is a list of what we talked about in the show, and some things we need to think about if we plan on being realistic about what bugging out will really be like.
When All Else Fails
None of us want to bug out, or even rank bugging out high on our prepping priorities list. But the truth is, in some scenarios it may be unavoidable.
In the show we shared some of the responses we received from our audience about what it would take for them to bug out and leave all their prepping supplies behind.
A few of the responses included natural disasters, the neighborhood or home becoming unsafe overrun, as well as nuclear disasters and pandemics.
Bug Out Planning
Planning is one of the most important aspects of bugging out. Bugging out basically makes us a refugee, and we are far more likely to survive if we have a plan.
Having a plan not only means knowing where you are going, it also means taking into account your current personal situation and environment.
Bug Out Locations
We’ve all heard the statement “If you are planning on bugging out into the woods you are doomed.” While there are some people where this situation would be feasible, it’s not a good survival strategy for most of us.
Not only do we need to think about where we re going, but also our timing, escape routes, and other challenges we might face while bugging out.
Getting out of the immediate danger zone, avoiding hazards (including people) and picking the right time to evacuate all need to be considered depending on your geographical location, and disaster scenario.
The answer to the question “what is the best prepper food” all depends on who you ask. This is because everyone has different needs and challenges. The perfect emergency food storage plan will be different for everyone.
Most people in the United States have never gone more than 24 hours without food and have no idea how it will affect them, and although we can survive without food for a few weeks, if will be our main priority long before that. So lets talk about some long term food storage ideas.
If the average person were to walk into your home and see a Legacy food bucket they would probably make some wild assumptions right off the bat. When you think about it, other than the shelf life and quantity, how different is long term food storage food than a box of hamburger helper?
Long term food storage, water storage and preparedness in general is nothing more than insurance for the future. What concerns me the most is not a nuclear bomb landing in my back yard, it’s our electrical grids vulnerability’s, economic instability and basic supply and demand.
Having a large supply of long term food storage food during the great depression would have been more valuable than gold.
Imagine you or someone in your family had lost their job for an extended period of time, with money being tight it would be a daily juggling act to pay the bills and buy food for the family.
If you had a six month supply of food stored that wouldn’t be such a huge hurdle, and would alleviate some of the stress you might be facing.
Imaging there was a natural disaster like an earthquake, or a hurricane like Katrina, if you had a few weeks of food stored that’s one less thing you have to worry about, and could literally be the difference between life and death.
My point is that long term food storage for preppers is not all about doomsday and does not make you a “doomsdayer.” Everyone is different and storing food for emergencies is just the smart thing to do. Some people store as little as a months’ worth of food, and some people store year’s worth, it’s really up to you what you decide to do.
Different Kinds of Food Storage
When it comes to food storage for preppers there isn’t a “one size fits all” method. How you build your food storage plan all depends on your wants and needs.
Some people like the convenience of the prepackaged long term food storage products, and some people get sticker shock when the see the price of some of these products.
The gray man mentality and situational awareness is about more than what you wear, it’s about everything you do that might make you stand out in a crowd. Being the gray man is about what you do and say on a daily basis, and who you say it to.
Throughout our daily live we do things trying to become the gray man without thinking about it. If you’ve ever tried to avoid eye contact with an annoying acquaintance or a street vendor, you have tried to become the gray man.
You can talk about operational security and situational awareness without talking about being the gray man, but you can’t talk about being the gray man without talking about operational security and situational awareness. Becoming unremarkable and unmemorable require you to understand your situation and act accordingly.
As I was growing up I was the gray man without even thinking about it. I was the quiet child that would always fly under the radar. My siblings were always busy talking, while I was always busy thinking about how to handle each situation.
Because of this I was allowed to do just about anything I wanted because everyone trusted me, and focused their attention elsewhere. Luckily I wasn’t a terrible child, but this did allow me to get in more trouble than I should have.
SPP289 Being the Gray Man & Situational Awareness (Replay)
This week in the show Lisa and I went over some of the things that help us become unremarkable and might help us blend into the crowd. We also talked about how the gray man theory changes depending on the situation you are facing.
If you live in an urban area you might not want to be wearing cammo and carrying a tactical backpack or bug out bag. If you live in a rural area you wouldn’t want to be wearing a 3-piece suit and carrying suitcase. Fitting in means looking just like everyone else, and unremarkable in every way.
The same would hold true in a small scale or large scale SHTF event. If everyone else is starving and losing weight, yet you look as healthy as ever because you have prepared, you are going to stand out. If everyone is without power and they see light coming from your window at night, you will be a target.
Prepper Hate: There is also the phenomena that Selco called “Prepper Hate” that we need to consider. This is when people form opinions about you according to their agenda, and rationalize stealing or harming you.
This might not be that big of a deal these days, but in any sort of disaster situation these people could say…
“They have way too much food; they must have stolen it”
“It’s not fair that they have food and we don’t, someone needs to make them share.”
These people could easily get other people on board with them and have no problem doing whatever it takes to feed their family…even if it means harming you.
In the show we mentioned when Selco was on the survival podcast and we recently had him on our show as well talking about
In any sort of disaster scenario we need to be physically ready to handle anything that gets thrown at us. Physical fitness for preppers is less about weightlifting, and more about endurance. It’s about being farmer strong.
Ok, when the SHTF your ready right? You have your bug out bag filled with everything you can possibly think of, you have a bug out location picked out that is only 10 miles away, you have picked a few different routes that you can drive there and a couple if you have to walk.
Or let’s say you have no plans to bug out and you have plenty of land to plant a garden, your water catchment system is top notch and you have some livestock that will help you be self-sufficient for a long time to come, so you’re ready for anything right?
A well thought out plan is vital to your survival when your life gets turned upside down. But running through scenarios in your mind burns 0 calories, and running for your life with a 50 pound bug out bag on will be far more challenging than you think.
SPP288 Physical Fitness for Preppers
Today’s show is a replay from a couple years ago when I had a friend Brian on talking about physical fitness for preppers. Brian is a retired vet, and a personal trainer among other things.
You can read more about Brian and what we covered in the show from the original show note here.
The Farmer & the Gym Rat
If you’re not prepared physically to travel 10 miles on foot, or you are not ready for some hard labor working on your homestead, your preparedness plan might not work out as well as you thought it would.
We don’t necessarily need to go to the gym twice a week and run on the treadmill with a backpack filled with 20 pound weights, but we do need to make sure our bodies are ready to handle the physical labor if it ever comes to that.
If you look at pictures of people during to the great depression you don’t see many people who looked like Arnold Schwarzenegger or Rambo, you see that most people that weighed between 100 and 150 pounds. These people were not exactly healthy because of their situation, but they could probably out work most of us today.
If I needed help chopping firewood or raising a barn I would pick someone who lived 60 years ago over the modern gym rat any day, someone who is 250 pounds of pure muscle might be able to chop down a tree faster than a 150 pound man, but at the end of the day that 150 pound man who is accustomed to manual labor will out work the gym rat.
Why is this? Because the gym rat is used to a specific workout routine that usually involves working out for an hour a day. The men and women who lived through the depression had to work 15 hours a day just to survive and had endurance.
The military is a perfect example of this as well, when someone chooses to join the military they go through hell during basic training. They don’t just work out every day to get buff and look intimidating,
Creating Emergency Preparedness Binders will help you and your
family react quickly in emergency situations. A binder for storing important
documents, and an emergency procedures and supplies binder will be very useful
in any sort of disaster.
When it comes to emergency preparedness, there are 2 types
of binders that are important. An Emergency procedures binder, and a binder for
important documents. The importance of having an emergency documents binder is
obvious, but most people don’t have plans written out for what to do in a
Most of us spend quite a bit of time researching and learning about preparedness, so it can seem to be a little redundant to put that information we already know in a binder. The truth is, not only could that help us in a stressful situation, it could also help those family members that are not quite onboard with prepping.
Emergency Binders for Preppers
Last week Lisa and I went over some family communications and disaster planning tips. This week we finish everything off with going over emergency binders for preppers and preparedness in general.
How you go about putting together a binder and what you put
in it are completely up to you, but there are a few key items that should be
included. Just like everything else in preparedness, our plans and procedures
will differ depending on our situation.
Because we don’t get to choose when disaster strikes, and because rarely is everyone home at the same time, a procedures binder should be included in your preparedness plan. Just because you know everything what to do in different emergency situations, doesn’t mean everyone else does.
As you put together your preparedness procedures binder, put yourself in their shoes. Think about the questions they might ask, and things that would help them make better critical decisions.
A binder should have a list of where all the important items and supplies are, such as your lights out kit, generator, gas shut off valve, breaker box, radios, batteries, solar chargers etc…
A binder is something that they can read whenever they feel like it, and something you can reference when the subject comes up. A binder is not only helpful in emergencies, it also serves as a learning tool.
The binder should read like a lesson, not be something they need to sift through to get the info they need. In an emergency situation time will be of the essence so the directions should be simple and to the point.
In the same vein as simple and to the point, a binder should have an index of where the information is located (page numbers) in the binder. Here are a couple examples of how an index should read…
* Emergency Supplies List (page 4)* Evacuation Procedures (pag...
Communications and disaster planning are some of the most important aspects of preparedness. What would you do if you were on your way to work and all the sudden the power in the city goes out? The more important question is what would your family and loved ones do?
We know that a power outage could be caused by several things ranging from a blown transformer, to a full blown EMP, but does your family know how to tell the difference?
The sad truth is that most people are extremely unprepared
to handle any sort of disaster scenario, and while we can’t help everyone, we
can make sure our family understands the basics at the very least.
SPP286 Communications and Disaster Planning for Preppers
This week Lisa and I went over some of the challenges we may face in a disaster scenario, and how to overcome those road blocks. Some of these are easier said than done, but important none the less.
In a disaster scenario time will be of the essence. If we
are spending that time getting everyone on the same page, we are not spending
it on the important matters.
Family Planning & Preparedness
To begin we need to think about getting family on board with our preparedness plan, or at least understand where they stand. Are they on-board with you? Are they completely apprehensive? Do they show some interest?
The ideal scenario would be to have both husband and wife of the same page with preparedness, but that is not always the case. Being the lone prepper in the family is often the case.
Decide on the best approach to get their buy-in without overwhelming them. This means don’t start with Nuclear bombs and WW3, start with disaster scenarios closer to home.
Contrary to what the main stream media would have you believe, preppers come in different shapes and sizes. Figure out where you might get the most buy-in based on their personality, and go from there.
In some cases you just won’t be able to reach them. In this case you may have no other choice than to plan for them. When disaster strikes they will be all ears, but unfortunately it may take that to get their attention…as it does for most of us.
What to Include in Your Disaster Plan…
Your disaster preparedness plan is only going to work if everyone in the family knows what and where everything is. Decide on the best approach, and make sure everyone understands the following.
Phone Numbers Not Contacts: These days we may have a hundred phone numbers stored in our phone, but we know what a few of those actual phone numbers are.
Make a handwritten list of emergency contacts and important phone numbers. Make a few copies and make sure everyone has one.
Emergency Contact List: Along with the important phone numbers of family and friends, make sure and include any emergency numbers they will need.
Everyone knows 911, but do they know an alternative when the phone lines are overloaded and calls to 911 can’t get through.
Continuing our discussion on our bug out location plans Lisa and I talk about OPSEC, building community and brainstorm a little bit about what our plans are…for now.
If you haven’t listened to part one of this 2-part series you can listen here. We also talked about why water is the most important aspect to think about when purchasing property. In this video there is a process to drill your own shallow well.
Important: We talked about burying a shipping container quite a bit in this podcast, but please remember, shipping containers are meant to carry things, not to be buried underground.
If we decide to bury a shipping container,we will need to fortify it somehow to withstand the weight of the dirt. If you are thinking about something like this, read this article first.
In This Week’s Show…
Set a Time Frame: Depending on what you purchase you need to have a realistic time frame in mind. We never know when disaster might strike, but rushing things is never a good idea.
Define Your Vision: Define how you plan to use the property, who is going to use it, and what do you have planned in general. Doing so will help throughout the building process.
Set Your Priority’s: Once you define your vision for the property, you can then begin setting your priorities. Because this will take some time, begin with the most critical aspects of the bug out property.
How Often Will You Visit: How frequently you visit the property will probably correlate with how much you invest in the property. Thsi week we talked about security from squatters and building below ground (OPSEC).
Community: Staying completely secret might backfire, people will wonder what your up to. how much info do you give out?Will you need help building or need supplies? And what about possible medical emergencies?
The Weekly Survival Tip:
This week’s survival tip is about water safety. Just because water looks clean or dirty is not a good indicator if it is or not. There are many microorganisms that can grow in water and make you sick and you won’t even see them. Here are a few articles that I found helpful.
More goes into picking the right water filter than cost. On most preparedness websites you will see the Sawyer Mini or the LifeStraw. While these are great in some situations, they are worthless in others.
* I wrote this article that goes into detail about water filters, along with this video on my YouTube channel. Check out both of these and you will have a much better understanding of water filtering.
* Here is an article about different types of water filters and what they do from
Even though bugging out would be the last resort for most preppers, it remains one of the most popular subjects in preparedness circles. This is because while none of us want to leave everything we own behind, it may become necessary.
Because there are so many variables when it comes to bugging in, bugging out and bug out bags in general, there is no end to the articles written on the subject. As you can see from the links above, I have quite a few as well.
When it comes to purchasing a bug out location or survival retreat, there is no exact blueprint. While there are some best practices for picking a BOL, how you go about it depends on your personal situation.
We all have ideas about our dream bug out location, but usually the realities of life make that unattainable…at least in the short term. This doesn’t mean however that we give up, it just means that some concessions may need to be made.
Our Bug Out Location Thought Process
In the replay (click the player above) of a podcast Lisa and I did a few years ago, we went over what our thought process was for choosing our property. We also went over some of the concessions we were willing to make, as well as some of the things that were deal breakers.
While there are some things we can do to save money, there are some things that are an absolute necessity for it to qualify as a bug out location, rather than just a plot of land. Here are some of the topics we covered this week.
Location: Everything listed below goes into picking the location, but what you can afford plays just as big of a role. Purchasing our dream location may be out of the question, but there are viable alternatives.
What’s Your Plan: Planning not only involves how you plan to use the location, but how you plan to build up the location. Some people have more time than money, and if that is you long term & short term goals will be needed.
Survival Skills: You’ve probably heard this 100 times, but skills are a very important part of prepping. Building and maintaining a bug out location will require much more work. Not to mention
At one point or another in our preparedness journey we are bound to lose our motivation for prepping. Battling complacency and “prepper burnout” is something just about everyone goes through. Even though it’s completely natural, it’s important we don’t let it drag on for an extended period of time.
While the odds are we have plenty of time to prepare, we just never know when something that turns our lives upside down will happen. The danger of becoming complacent for too long is being caught off guard when disaster strikes.
Why We Get Complacent
There are a number of different things that can lead us to becoming complacent, or just plain getting burned out. As with everything in life, too much of a good (or bad) thing can burn us out.
Because preparedness is a lifetime shift and long term, it can seem at times that there is no light at the end of the tunnel. This can lead us to say “what’s the point?” or “I give up”.
One common reason people become complacent about preparedness is because life happens. While prepping is very important, it’s only one part of the puzzle. Sometimes other issues take precedence over preparedness.
How to Avoid Burnout & Complacency
The 80/20 rule: This basically means 20% of what you do will get you 80% of the results. This rule applies to everything we do in life, and is surprisingly accurate.
If we can focus our attention on the 20% of people and the 20% of tasks that have the biggest impact, we can eliminate some headaches, stress and overwhelm.
Avoid Long Stretches of Doing Nothing: It’s completely normal to need a little time to relax, but we need to be careful that preparedness doesn’t fall off our radar completely.
One week can turn into one month, and one month can turn into one year before we even know it. Even some of the smallest things we do in preparedness can have a big impact, just make sure you are doing something.
Stay Focused: I call this “just in time learning” and it means to start saying no. While there is no end to what we “need” to become better prepared, drinking from the fire hose will not help.
Focus on 1 or 2 things at a time and put some of the other things on the back burner. Don’t allow yourself get overwhelmed by focusing on too much all at once.
Stay organized: Being unorganized will lead you to say “I don’t want to deal with that right now, I’ll do something else”. Doing periodic inventory and rotation will help keep your prepping supplies organized.
When we clean the house everyday it’s much more manageable than if we wait a month. After a few weeks of letting thins go, that small task turns into a large chore.
If you had no other choice, could you make your own clothes? If you had to could you bake a cake from scratch? Or if you had to could you grow your own food to feed your family?
These are all skills that just 100 years ago were necessary life skills and required for everyday life. Modern technology has made these skills obsolete, but what would happen if our society was set back 100 years?
I personally believe we are becoming a more intelligent society and depending on our brains rather than our Brawn. Could this mean we will someday evolve into those little green men we see on T.V?
I don’t know about that but everything we do today requires more cognitive skill than was required less than 100 years ago. Everything we do today is computerized, or technology does the heavy lifting for us.
Sometimes as we look forward and plan our future we need to take a look back and remember where we came from. The same technology that affords us these luxuries today could be taken away by an EMP, our failing infrastructure or even cyber terror which is becoming a greater possibility as the days go on.
If you truly had to use them, do you know any of the lost skills listed below? What if your life or the survival of your family depended on it?
SPP282 Replay: Preparedness Skills for Long Term Disasters
This is a replay of episode 86 Lisa and I did a few years ago. In this episode we didn’t talk about the “most important” prepping skills, but rather why these skills are important.
We did talk about some of the important skills (listed below) but there are any others that depending on the scenario would become useful in a post collapse society.
DIY projects to Learn
DIY projects are a great way to practice and learn new skills. In the past I have done a few projects just to learn the how and why.
The food dehydrator I made isn’t the greatest, but it taught me how the process works.
Although most of us can’t go as much as we would like,taking vacations and traveling is something we are bound to do at one point or another. This could be for work, for family events, or just to take a break from the daily grind.
Whether for work or for play, it’s important we plan out our
trips and understand the dangers we may face. While going on vacation is a
great way to unwind, having your belongings stolen or being physically harmed
could turn your wonderful vacation into a nightmare.
This week Lisa and I talked to Kevin about travel planning
and some tips to insure things go as smoothly as possible. For those of you who
don’t know Kevin he runs The Wilderness
Safety Institute and has
been on the show several times in the past.
Planning and Safety Tips
This week we covered some travel safety tips for traveling out of the country, as well as domestically. While some of these tips aren’t exclusive to prepping, they are suggestions everyone should employ.
Pictures: Take pictures & upload to online storage, or email yourself. This way you can access them from anywhere with an internet connection. This includes pictures of kids and important documents like drivers licenses, passport, etc…
Hotel Peepholes: Because there are reverse viewing devices that can be used on peepholes it’s important to tape over them. This is important for personal privacy, as well as making sure someone can’t scout your room for valuables and come back when your out.
Door Wedges: Some people may think this is weird, and some don’t leave home without one. A simple door wedge will make it very hard for someone to burst into your hotel room. Some even come with alarms that will alert you.
Scams: When traveling outside the country it’s important to know what scams are prevalent in that area. Inside the U.S. we should do our research on where we are traveling and familiarize ourselves with that area.
Your Itinerary: Make sure when you go on a trip or vacation that someone knows what your schedule is, and check in occasionally. If everything doesn’t go according to the plan you left they can alert the authorities.
Carrying Cash: Like the saying goes “don’t put all your eggs in one basket”. If you have cash in several different places, it won’t be the end of the world if you get robbed. Travelers checks are also a good idea.
You’ve Got Mail: At times there are items we want with us but don’t feel comfortable taking them to the airport. One method preppers use to Mail belongings to themselves. It’s much easier to mail your bug out bag than risk interrogation with the TSA.
What’s in Your Wallet? Regardless where you go in the world, pickpockets are everywhere. You are less likely to get pick pocketed if you carry your cash & cards in front pocket rather than your wallet or purse.
ATM’s: As preppers we are (or should be) more aware of our surrounding than others, but people at ATM’s can be an easy target for criminals. Always be aware of your surroundings, and aware of the situation.
Public Wifi: These days you can get on the internet just about anywhere. Because these networks are unprotected, you can unwittingly give hackers access to your personal information. Avoid banking and anything else critical over public WiFi.
Depending on the circumstances, fish antibiotics could be a big part of your preparedness plans. It’s important to note though if you plan on having or using antibiotics, you need to understand when they will work, the damage they can do, and the correct dosage.
Some people think that antibiotics have no negative effects,
but this isn’t true. Using the wrong antibiotic or using an antibiotic when it
isn’t necessary can cause more problems down the line.
Antibiotics have played a major role in battling life threatening infections over the past century, but the over usage of antibiotics today or miss usage of antibiotics can cause them to be ineffective.
These days our doctors have the equipment and knowledge to figure out what the best possible antibiotic might be. In a SHTF scenario, fish antibiotics might be our only option.
SPP280 Replay: Prepping and Fish Antibiotics (Part 2)
This week we have part 2 (listen to part 1 here) of the prepping and fish antibiotics series Lisa and I did a couple of years ago. In this episode we went over some scenarios that may occur, and what antibiotics may help.
We also covered why it’s so important to understand why antibiotics work, and when they may not. If you plan on storing fish antibiotics it’s crucial that you understand as much as possible about how they work.
The Original Podcast Show Notes
Even though this podcast came out 3 years ago, the information we went over is still relevant. In the podcast show notes we explain what these different fish antibiotics are, someof the precautions, and what they could (should) be used for.
Links Mentioned in the Show
Study: The overuse of antibiotic ointments and MRSA
The expiration dates of fish antibiotics. This page explains when this company bought the antibiotics and when they expire. Most are between 1.5 and 3 years.
How to grow bacteria in a petri dish. Most of us will not have the equipment in our bug out bags to do a bacteria culture, but for the mad scientists out there here is how you do it.
I’ve received quite a few questions recently about doing a
podcast on fish antibiotics for preppers, and because Lisa and I did a couple
great podcasts a while back, I decided to revive them with this podcast replay.
This is part one of a two-part series on antibiotics in a
post collapse or an SHTF situation. In this show Lisa and I talk about
antibiotics and fish antibiotics for any sort of post collapse situation. In
any sort of SHTF situation getting our hands on a large amount of prescription
medications could be difficult if not impossible.
There are quite a few articles about fish antibiotics but
not many of them go through what some of these antibiotics do. For example,
it’s great that we know that fish – mocks is amoxicillin, but what does
Fish antibiotics could possibly be a solution in this
situation, these antibiotics have the same properties as prescription
antibiotics. In this episode we go over some of the different types of fish
antibiotics which include…
The Original Podcast
Even though this podcast came out 3 years ago, the information we went over is still relevant. In the podcast show notes we explain what these different fish antibiotics are, someof the precautions, and what they could (should) be used for.
Links Mentioned in the Show
Study: The overuse of antibiotic ointments and MRSA
The expiration dates of fish
antibiotics. This page explains when this company bought the
antibiotics and when they expire. Most are between 1.5 and 3 years.
How to grow bacteria in a petri
dish. Most of us will not have the equipment in our bug out bags to do
a bacteria culture, but for the mad scientists out there here is how you do it.
In this episode we also started to talk about the over usage
of antibiotics and how to use them in a post collapse situation and the dangers
of using the wrong antibiotic. In the next episode we go into further detail
about all of this and more.
Operational security, situational awareness and intelligence
gathering they not the subjects that you typically think about when you think
prepping, but they are just as important as any of the supplies or gear we buy.
We can have a large amount of food stored, water filters,
solar panels, bug out bags and first aid supplies, but if we can’t protect it,
we could end up with nothing. Protecting your supplies doesn’t necessarily mean
by force, it could mean staying out of situations that require force.
Things we do daily that we don’t give a second thought to, Not
paying attention to what’s going on locally and globally, and not holding our
cards close to our vest can all put us at risk.
Security, Situational Awareness & Intelligence Gathering
In the context of what we are talking about in today’s show, which is keeping yourself safe and informed before during and after a disaster, all of these are subjects are intertwined. This is the stuff you can’t buy to become better prepared but is just as important…if not more.
Below are some of the topics we covered in this week’s show,
and how they differ depending on what stage of a disaster we are talking about.
Situational awareness means something completely different in a SHTF scenario
than it does when you’re driving to work.
The more we know about what is going on the better prepared we will be to handle it. Making sure we are getting good information is also important because getting the correct info is critical to making well informed decisions.
Before: Gathering intelligence before a SHTF event could be as simple as
watching the news (critically), searching online, and discussions with family
and friends. It’s important to keep operational security in mind while doing
During: When the
S has hit the fan all the rules will change, and the consequences could be much
more severe. Depending on the disaster gathering information could include
shortwave radio, scouts, neighbors, and group members.
After: At some
point in any disaster scenario the most dangerous times will subside. Gathering
intelligence will still be important, but it will need to be done for different
reasons. Security will still be important, but gathering supplies, bartering
and rebuilding will also be important.
While the basics of operational security are the same, the way they are utilized change depending on the environment you are in. When times are good it means locking doors and security cameras, in a SHTF event it could mean protecting your life and livelihood.
A few of the topics we covered in the show are…
Trust No One, Question Everything: This goes for before, during, and after a disaster or SHTF event. To maintain operational security, we need to make sure our biases and our feeling aren’t influencing our decisions. We also need to question the validity of everything we hear.
Family and Friends: This is a bit of a double edges sward, but we need to be careful about what we say, and who we say it to. This goes for prepper groups, family, friends,