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Episode-2320- Ten Basic Preparedness Questions Answered

I feel we need to do more fundamentals shows than we have been doing lately.  I almost called them beginner shows but I don’t feel that is really what they are.  While great for beginners fundamentals are for everyone.

Back when I played various sports, even when I got to an advanced level we often worked on the same fundamentals we all had started with say 10 years earlier.  There is a reason, in any discipline when your fundamentals are solid everything you add to them improves things.  Yet, when those fundamentals are weak the opposite happens, everything you makes things work.

So today I am going to answer ten basic questions on getting prepared.  Should be a great show for old and new listeners alike and a great one to share with friends and family…

Join me today as I answer…

  • What are the top 5 most likely disasters a person would be likely to experience
    • Job Loss
    • Serious or Terminal Illness or Injury (ie auto accident, phyical assault)
    • Storm Damage (wind, water, ice, etc)
    • Fire (local area, wide spread or just your house)
    • Specific local threats (riots, volcano, earthquakes, etc.)
  • What are the top 5 first things to get into your preparedness plan
    • A documentation and plan kit
    • A basic black out kit
    • A basic bug out kit
    • An emergency cash fund
    • 30 days of basic food, water and needs
  • What is the easiest way to get to a 30 day supply of reserve food
    • Keep a food journal
    • Eat what you store and store what you eat
    • Practice basic inventory control and stock rotation
  • What are the 6 best life skills for the self reliant life style
    • Cooking
    • Basic “Handyman Skills” (carpentry, auto mechanics, etc.)
    • Situational Awareness
    • Basic First Aid
    • Self Defense
    • Financial Management and Discipline
  • What about really big “Hollywood Disasters” – Pandemic, Global Collapse, etc.
  • What role does growing your own food play in preparedness, is it necessary
  • If you are going to carry a gun, what gun should you carry and why
  • What is the role of EDC in preparedness and what should you carry in an EDC kit
  • What is the biggest thing most prepper types overlook in their planning
  • What is the single biggest determining factor of survival in most situations

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Episode-2303- The Basics of Being Prepared for Most Things – Part Two

Note – A commercial free version of this episode and part one will both be released later this week for sharing.  I may also put them on Youtube for the same purpose.

We just had one hell of a hurricane in the Carolinas and the problems there are far from over. Storm season is still upon us and there will likely be at least one more major storm impact this year.

Next up, well winter is on the way, blizzards and ice storms are soon to follow. Next thing you know it will be spring, time for mudslides, tornadoes and other “fun stuff”. Then back to summer, forest fires, more storms and it just goes on.

If you think about it we don’t have a disaster season, we have seasons with disasters that are more common during them, and even that rule gets broken. You don’t think of winter and tornadoes but in 2015 in the three days following Christmas we had the December 2015 North American storm complex. In three days we had a total of 32 tornadoes confirmed, 60 people died and hundreds of homes were destroyed.

To be blunt, shit happens! And depending on the size of the shit, you are going to be your own first responder for hours, days or at times even weeks. As I say in Spirko’s 7th Law of Life. “Preparedness for hard times, is nothing more than being a responsible adult.

Today we continue with Part Two and focus on Logistics, Communications and Documentation.  Part one can be found here.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • If you haven’t listed to part one, do so before listening to this episode
  • Today we focus more on planning than on stuff, though there is some stuff
  • Logistics – the detailed coordination of a complex operation
    • Who is in charge – chain of command
    • What goes, what stays
    • Plans for bugging in and out – (people often do one due to a lack of plans for the other)
    • When protocols are implemented and what they are
      • Examples
        • Increased security
        • All hands on deck
        • Time to bug out
        • Power outage (winter vs. summer)
        • Pet needs
        • Critical Sytems
      • The keys
        • Practiced protocols work
        • Reviewed protocols are not scary
    • How shit works – can you do it under stress, write it down
  • Documentation
    • Costs almost nothing, yet is priceless
    • Evacuation routes and meeting places (Rule X3)
    • Contact info
      • Friends and Family
      • Service Providers
      • Lodging
      • Banks
    • Data packs should be printed and uniform
    • Also in soft copy
    • List of items to take with you if you bug out
    • For more listen to episode 1224
  • The Bug Out Bag
    • If you can walk you can carry one, everyone gets one
    • 3 Days of relative comfort, not a 3 day vacation in Mexico
    • It must live where you are or it is useless
  • Communications
    • Cell phones are your best tool for everything
    • Use Zello – set up a family channel or possibly a group channel
    • If you are a HAM great, if not, what I say about it won’t matter
    • Back up cell phone power, vehicle charges, etc
    • FM/AM radio, with batteries and ear piece
    • TV – at home definitely, on the road may be, have an antenna
  • No these two episodes are not everything, but they will lead you to everything you need

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Episode-2299- The Basics of Being Prepared for Most Things – Part One

Note – A commercial free version of this episode for sharing will be releases next week when part two is also available so that they may be shared together.

We just had one hell of a hurricane in the Carolinas and the problems there are far from over.  Storm season is still upon us and there will likely be at least one more major storm impact this year.

Next up, well winter is on the way, blizzards and ice storms are soon to follow.  Next thing you know it will be spring, time for mudslides, tornadoes and other “fun stuff”.  Then back to summer, forest fires, more storms and it just goes on.

If you think about it we don’t have a disaster season, we have seasons with disasters that are more common during them, and even that rule gets broken.  You don’t think of winter and tornadoes but in 2015 in the three days following Christmas we had the December 2015 North American storm complex.  In three days we had a total of 32 tornadoes confirmed, 60 people died and hundreds of homes were destroyed.

To be blunt, shit happens!  And depending on the size of the shit, you are going to be your own first responder for hours, days or at times even weeks.  As I say in Spirko’s 7th Law of Life.  “Preparedness for hard times, is nothing more than being a responsible adult.”  Today we talk about the most basic preps that every grown ass adult should put into place for themselves and their family.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • I think it is non preppers that are crazy, not us
  • Preparedness is the only responsible thing for adults to do
  • Disaster Probability, Impact Scale and Commonality (DPICs)
  • Your Five Survival Needs and Basic Steps
    • Food
      • Food Journal
      • Copy Canning
      • Basic Deep Pantry
      • Everyone in the House is a Cook
      • Learn to Create Storables
    • Water
      • Don’t buy bottled water, make your own
      • A filter of some sort is a good idea
      • Fill tubs in advance
      • If you have a pool don’t forget about it
      • Rain catch can be cheap to set up
    • Shelter
      • Have a bug out and bug in plan
      • Have the basic things to fix problems
      • Have a designated shelter area
      • Do fun disaster drills, not scary ones
    • Energy
      • Black Out Kit
      • Rechargeable batteries AA and AAA
      • Power Inverter 800 Watts Minimum
      • Stored Gas
      • Extension Cords and Three Way Plugs
      • Generator
      • Battery Bank
    • Health and Sanitation
      • Basic First Aid Kit
      • Prescription Meds
      • Sanitation Items
      • Waste Disposal
    • Security
      • Procedures and protocols
      • Don’t do stupid things, in stupid places with stupid people (17th Law of Life Video)
      • Yes have a means of defense and know how to use it
      • Back to Procedures and protocols
  • Why this really is the only responsible choice
  • Coming in Part Two – Logistics, Communications, Documentation, Etc.

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Episode-2014- Bennett Tanton on Prepping and Working with Veterans

Bennett Tanton is a former Reconnaissance Marine and US Army Infantryman. He has his BA in Security Management and is a graduate of 2014 Entrepreneurship Boot camp for Veterans with disabilities (EBV) at Syracuse University.

Bennett is the Co-Founder & President of Warrior Hall Inc, Co-founder & Co-host of Cigars and Sea Stories and the Co-host of Change Your POV. Bennett also works as a contributor and adviser to a few publications, companies and organizations.

Bennett is a Certified Peer Support Specialist in the states of NC and AZ; he currently works for the Veterans Administration as a Peer Support Specialist. Bennett has dedicated his life to helping veterans navigate the system and aid them in adding value to their communities.

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Episode-1911- You Have a Duty to Be Prepared

duty

Preppers, survivalists, call us what you want but the media makes us all out to be tin hat conspiracy theory obsessed loons.  But what if I told you that being prepared is the only responsible action you can take as an adult in the modern world.

If you have a family this should be beyond obvious.   You are responsible for making sure your children are fed, warm and as comfortable as possible in any given circumstances.  If you loved your spouse enough to pledge your life to them, do you owe them the concern for their life long safety and well being as well?

What if you are single, no one to worry about?  Well if you are stranded, stuck, hurt, hungry, fill in the blank in a bad time, you are going to end up using resources that others might need.

The honest truth is we should all see preparedness as a a basic civic responsibility.  I am so sick of hearing how strong America is. It always comes down to our military.  That is like me claiming I am great at football because my favorite team has won 6 Super Bowls, it is just plain stupid.

Our nation is dramatically weak right now.  If we were ever to experience terrorism say the way it was in Northern Ireland during “the troubles”, we would literally shut down.  During super storm Sandy, people in good neighborhoods were dumpster diving for food only 48 hours into the disaster, 48 hours and willing to eat garbage.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • Yes you have rights, you also have responsibilities
  • How weak is America today
    • A lesson from the shooting of an Ohio firefighter yesterday
    • What would happen if 2 guys just began starting fires here and there
    • What will our nation look like if 20 million people lose their jobs
    • Imagine how much damage could be done with phyical attacks on the grid
  • The Basics of being prepared…
    • It all starts with a specific mindset
    • Emergency fund, 1000 dollars, 30 days, 60 days, 90 days
    • Black Out Kits and Bug Out Kits
    • A pantry at least 30 Days Deep
    • Water storage
    • Basic first aid kits (home and car) and basic training
    • Some form of back up power and lighting
    • Reserve fuel
    • Emergency Heating Options
    • Documentation and Evacuation Folders
    • Security Protocol and Procedures in Place
    • A Health and Sanitation Plan
    • Materials and Tools for Basic and Emergency Repairs
    • Knowledge and Skills – the most important of them all
  • Final Thoughts

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Episode-1783- 20 Items to Add to Your Preps if You Don’t Have them Already

A Simple, Inexpensive and Versatile Item that Can Expand Your Preps!

A Simple, Inexpensive and Versatile Item that Can Expand Your Preps!

I want to be clear that this show is not meant to be a mandate, as in “Jack says to go buy this stuff”, but the following is true about every item on this list.

I own it, I use it, I have tried other options and these are some of the best you will ever find based on a cost to value ratio.

The real point of this episode is to help you identify where you may want to improve your day to day preparedness.  To expose you to some low cost high value options and really just to make you think about preparedness items that are also everyday use items.

Items from this Episode

  1. RAVPower Portable Charger 3-Port External Battery Pack
  2. UTG Ranger Field Bag
  3. Maglite 3 D Cell Flashlight
  4. Gerber EAB100 Pack of Blades
  5. Wahoo Killer Knives (get a dozen)
  6. UST BASE Case Titanium
  7. Releasable Cable Ties
  8. Camp Chef Ranger II StoveSmall Bottle Adapter
  9. Oregon Self Sharpening Electric ChainsawCordless Version of this Chainsaw
  10. VIAIR 300P Portable Compressor
  11. Victor Tire Plug Kit
  12. CMI Tarred Bank Line
  13. Hose Repair Kit
  14. Extra Pairs of Glasses
  15. Israeli Battle Dressings
  16. Benjamin 392 Pellet Rifle in 22 CalScope Mounts for this Gun
  17. Corsair Survivor Drive
  18. American Boy’s Handy Book
  19. Tea Lights
  20. Big Buddy HeaterLarge Tank Adapter

mayhaw_1Bob Wells Plant of the Week -The  Mayhaw Tree is adaptable from zone 6 to zone 9.  The Mayhaw tree is a small native fruit tree.

This showy tree is primarily found in bottomland and along the river’s edge. It is known for its love of water but will grow well in your yard or home garden, as well.

The Mayhaw produces best in partial to full sun locations and is self-fertile. The small cranberry-like fruits are highly prized for making the best jellies, preserves, and syrups. Eaten fresh, it tastes like a crabapple.

Mayhaw jelly has been a delicacy in the southeast for generations and a Mayhaw tree will make a fine addition to your landscape. Plant your Mayhaw tree in a prominent spot to show off its beautiful pure white early blooms and attractive red berries that appear in May.

Bob Wells specializes in edible landscape, including: Fruit Trees, Berry Plants, Nut Trees, as well as the hard to find Specialty Fruit Trees. Find this plant and more at BobWellsNursery.com

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Episode-1494- The Practical and Holistic Approach to Food Storage

Confit - An Amazing Food that also Extends Storage Life.

Confit – An Amazing Food that also Extends Storage Life.

Today is a show about one of the fundamentals of modern survival philosophy, food storage.   Food storage is actually something that at one time was simply something everyone did.  Every home in America at one time seemed to have a root cellar full of canned goods.

Today though food storage and the concept of survivalism or prepping is sensationalized and largely misunderstood.  Many tend to hear survivalist and at once envision a guy sitting on a ten year supply of military rations in a basement or bunker somewhere.  This image is hyped by media who simply wish to sell a story and worse is made up of journalists that live in a bubble of  “the government will fix our problems”.  The reality is that the bunker approach of military rations is both inaccurate and impractical.

To worsen matters as preparedness has become more of a hot industry long term food has become a product marketed largely on fear vs. on the practical benefits it offers.  The reality is food storage doesn’t even require specially packaged 25 year stable products, though they can be useful in your food storage program.  The simple truth is that a simple 60-90 day supply of food in your home can help the average family deal with every day occurrences and most disasters they might ever expect to encounter.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • Why storing food is practical even if society never collapses
  • Rule One – Eat what you store, store what you eat
    • Keep a food journal
    • Use “copy caning”
    • Think with a “meal mentality”
    • Store what “the kids” eat
    • Store pet food as well
  • Rule Two – Take advantage of opportunity buys
    • Watch for sales
    • Use coupons
    • Pattern seasonal trends
    • Understand
  • Rule Three – Find local sources of food and partake of them
    • Buy from local producers
    • Learn about local seasonal opportunities
    • Yes hunting and fishing (leveraged with rule five)
    • Learn local wild edibles (there is always something)
  • Rule Four – Use commercially prepared long term storables as extenders
    • Find “meal ingredients” and store those
    • Buy a can of this, a can of that, try stuff, stock what you like
    • Learn about making “meals in a jar”
    • Don’t go overboard on this stuff
  • Rule Five – Become a producer of food and/or storables
    • Gardens are great, perennials are even better
    • Small livestock is a great option
    • Consider aquaponics, hydroponics and things like microgreens
    • Learn multiple storage techniques
      • Flash freezing
      • Dehydrating
      • Jerky/Biltong
      • Canning
      • Smoking
      • Confit
      • Dry canning (I do it with jars and the vaccucanner)
    • Producing storables from other foods is your silver bullet
    • Become a great cook, stretch what others consider waste
    • Where “rice and beans” fits in this mix
  • Rule Six –  Seek a Holistic Solution
    • None of these rules stand alone
    • A formula is always more than the sum of its parts
    • Take your time, ease into this as a “way of living”
  • How storing food empowers you to live a better life

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Episode-1486- 20 Simple Prepper Steps Every American Should Take that Most Don’t

This is NOT the place to be when you start your journey as a modern survivalist.

This is NOT the place to be when you start your journey as a modern survivalist.

Yesterday I did a “back to fundamentals” show on permaculture, today I am going to do one on basic preparedness.  On some levels it is great that prepping has become its own “industry”.  This brings some unique products to the market and allows preppers to buy from companies that think like they do.  On the other hand, it has also attracted parasites to our world.

Said parasites hype every news story to infer the end of the world, dollar, oil, _____, will be here in just a few short months.  They cite “CIA insiders” that are likely some dweeb that grew up reading spy novels to make their case and other nonsense.  Then networks like Discovery get on board and do nonsense TV shows like Doomsday Preppers, and other BS.

The problem is the person simply concerned by events like hurricanes, fires, earthquakes, realistic pandemic threats, loss of liberty, sustained inflation begins to feel prepping is for quacks.  Or they feel that prepping is so expensive that it is just not possible anyway.

The truth is prepping doesn’t require a mountain retreat, it doesn’t require a bunker and it certainly doesn’t require 20 pallets of MREs down in your basement.  What it actually requires us to do is simply think more like our grandparents and great grand parents and less like modern slaves who worship authority, conformity and debt.

Join Me Today As We Discuss these Twenty Rules…

  • Step one – keep a food log
  • Step two – keep a spending log
  • Step three – perform a risk assessment on your life and geography
  • Step four – build a basic black out kit
  • Step five – build a basic first aid kit
  • Step six – start copy canning
  • Step seven – cut two expenses, just two of your choosing
  • Step eight – Build a basic 72 Hour Kit – BOB
  • Step nine – buy some source of back up power – any source
  • Step ten – get some source of back up heating
  • Step eleven – build just two 7.5 gallon tubs or four 5 gallon buckets emergency food
  • Step twelve – store a minimum of 100 gallons of water, more if you can
  • Step thirteen – acquire a minimum or two emergency radios
  • Step fourteen – acquire some means of back up communications
  • Step fifteen – build a basic documentation pack
  • Step sixteen – build up over time a 30 day supply of commercial long term storage food
  • Step seventeen – learn at least 2 methods of food storage
  • Step eighteen – find local food producers and visit often, learn about seasonal opportunities
  • Step nineteen – learn to cook 10 new recipes (try to use some of your storables)
  • Step twenty – store up a reasonable amount of COH (cash on hand)
  • Step twenty-one (bonus) – affirm your right and responsibility to survive

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Episode-1468- The World Won’t End but Your World Could

Just Because the World Doesn't End, Doesn't Mean Your World Won't End.

Just Because the World Doesn’t End, Doesn’t Mean Your World Won’t End.

Monday I took a question on “economic collapse” and tried to explain that no that isn’t going to  happen, not the way many think about it anyway.  That the collapse is here, it is on going and it will have both chronic and acute symptoms.  In short instead of prepping for TEOTWAWKI (the end of the world as we know it) many should be prepping for TEOYWAYKI (the end of your world as you know it)

As usual when you try to explain this some people feel that means, well, “it isn’t so bad” so do we even need to prep beyond say basic readiness.

Also after doing this for so long I often forget that many of the core concepts of modern survivalism might be foreign to even people who have listed (especially selectively) for say two years or even more.  That the ground work I laid in the formative years may never have been heard by many listeners, at all.

So today I will combine a bit of the fundamental modern survival thinking with current modern threats and considerations.  I will try to explain the balance between Doomsday Prepper nonsense and all I need is a flash light and some candles thinking.  Humans by and large are binary creatures with an internal binary code of ones and zeros, this is why the political dichotomy is so effective.

We literally think in two dimensions.  Safety and danger, democrat or republican, Pepsi or Coke, rich or poor, sick or healthy, alive or dead, etc.  The absolutes are indeed black and white but life is a million shades of gray, today my goal is to bring you out into the spectrum and let you see some of those shades.

Join me Today as I Discuss…

  • The disaster probability factor
  • The disaster impact scale
  • The inverse relationship of impact scale and probability
  • How the circles of influence and concern fit into this
  • The six primary needs and a new way to think about them
    • Food
    • Water
    • Shelter
    • Energy
    • Health and Sanitation
    • Security
  • What exactly is a
    • Recession
    • Depression
    • Economic Collapse
    • Currency Default
  • What I consider BASIC common sense preparedness
    • Food for 30-60 days with out complete boredom
    • Ability to deal with initial power loss in 5-10 minutes
    • Power for 14 days with basic needs and comfort
    • Ability to deal with wastes for 30 days if you have to
    • Ability to treat basic injuries and illnesses
    • Ability to keep your home sound in any damage that isn’t catastrophic
    • Water for at least 30 days for all needs, drinking, cooking, bathing, etc.
    • Money to pay all expenses for 90 days with no income without RRA!
    • Security for your home and person’s (ETPP)
      • Equipment
      • Training
      • Procedures
      • Protocols
    • The ability to help neighbors
    • The ability to communicate and get information
    • The ability to move out, survive away from home and get back home
    • A full info and documentation kit
    • Situational Awareness and a Positive Mental Conditioning
    • Basic phyical fitness and reasonable activity
    • A network of friends and contacts you can count on
  • Do that and you are ahead of most of the Doomsday People
  • Don’t think everything is swell just because everything isn’t burning

Bob Wells Plant of the WeekThe Mayhaw Tree – Adaptable from zone 6 to zone 9 The Mayhaw tree is a small native fruit tree. This showy tree is primarily found in bottom land and along the river’s edge. It is known for its love of water but will grow well in your yard or home garden, as well.

The Mayhaw produces best in partial to full sun locations and is self-fertile. The small cranberry-like fruits are highly prized for making the best jellies, preserves, and syrups. Eaten fresh, it tastes like a crabapple. Mayhaw jelly has been a delicacy in the southeast for generations and a Mayhaw tree will make a fine addition to your landscape.

Plant your Mayhaw tree in a prominent spot to show off its beautiful pure white early blooms and attractive red berries that appear in May. Bob Wells Nursery specializes in anything edible: fruit trees, berry plants, nut trees, as well as the hard to find specialty trees. Find them at BobWellsNursery.com

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Episode-1442- The Reality And The Hype of Ebola

ebolaToday we will look at the Ebola situation and discuss prepping for epidemic/pandemic in general.  I have received so many emails expressing concern and fear about Ebola, I must do this show.

The reason I have hesitated isn’t because we can’t learn from this situation.  It also isn’t because it poses no threat to the US at all.  Nor is it because Ebola isn’t a terrible disease.  No it is simply that there is so much hype, fear and bullshit going on about Ebola that I don’t want to add to it in anyway!  So perhaps I can mitigate it today.

Ebola is a serious life threatening illness.  It has the potential to do a lot of long term harm, even in the US but not by infecting millions as the hype would lead one to believe.  The reality is the biggest threat Ebola represents to developed nations is economic.

Join Me Today To Discuss

  • How long have we known about the virus called Ebola
  • How is Ebola spread
  • Are we “sending troops to fight Ebola”, yes but this phrase is misleading
  • Some statistics as of 10-3-14
    • Guinea, Liberia & Sierra Leone – 7470 cases
    • Guinea, Liberia & Sierra Leone – 3431 deaths
    • Guinea, Liberia & Sierra Leone – Combined population 22 million
    • Current percent of infection in these three nations .03%
    • Current percent of death in these three nations .0156%
    • Motor vehicle fatalities in the US in 2012 33,000 were .01% of the total population
    • Total deaths from all accidents in the US in 2009 was .04%
    • Malignant Tumors killed .18% of the total population in 2009
  • Why the greatest threat to the US is economic
    • Media hype
    • Over reaction
    • Legitimate concerns
  • Why the threat is minimal
    • Quarantine is very effective for Ebola
    • It must be spread by bodily fluids
    • The disease is not contagious until symptomatic
    • Ebola patients go from well to a little sick to extremely sick, very fast
    • If you have been exposed it is likely that you will know it
  • What to do about this threat
    • The same common sense preps as always
    • Minimum 30 days of food and essentials, 60 days is better
    • Be prepared to work remotely if possible
    • Good storage of essentials for animals as well
    • Be medically prepped, not so much for the disease as for any illness/injury
    • Relax, don’t worry, have a homebrew, seriously.

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