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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

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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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Episode-1437- Assessing Readiness to Real World Scenarios

Time To Assess Your Readiness

Time To Assess Your Readiness

Note – If you send this show to a new listener and they want to skip the intro, have them jump to 11 minutes in.

This show is sort of a beginners show and also at the same time a whack the “experienced prepper” with the 2×4 of reality show.  Recently we started doing the “Monday Prepper Scenario” and the entire point of it is a trickling in of the subject we will cover in depth today.

The truth is many people who fancy themselves preppers are not actually preparing for the most likely disasters and emergencies they will face.   Additionally many people won’t prep at all because they consider “prepping” the realm of the mentally defunct on shows like “Doomsday Preppers”.

In both cases a focus on the extreme leads to a failure to plan for the likely.

Let’s look at it this way, here are some things that have happened to large numbers real people in the US since TSP started, just 6.5 years ago.

Things that Have Happened Recently

  • Ice Storms
  • Hurricanes
  • Flooding
  • Blizzards
  • Contaminated Water
  • Riots in their Cities
  • Tornadoes
  • A massive recession
  • A stock market crash
  • A real estate market crash

Here are Some Things that Have not Happened

  • A global pandemic killing 50% of the population
  • An EMP destroying all electronics on the planet
  • All the oil/coal/gas running out
  • A meteor or comment strike
  • The Zombie Apocalypse
  • The complete and total collapse of the economy

Sadly many peppers are so worried about the things that have not happened their preps are full of holes in being prepared for what has happened and likely will happen again.

Join Me Today As We Discuss…

  • Disaster probability vs. impact scale
  • Disaster comonality
  • Your 6 Primary Needs
    • Food – Why 30 days is a great goal
    • Water – You need more than you think
    • Energy – there is only so much you can do, so do what you can
    • Security – It isn’t just gear, it is protocol and procedures as well
    • Shelter – Your house being destroyed may be the disaster
    • Health and Sanitation – It is amazing what we take for granted
  • The Secondary Needs – You Won’t Die Without it But Your Be Miserable
    • Money
    • A Path to Recovery
    • Comfort
    • Morale
    • Entertainment
    • Information
    • A Sense of Normalcy
  • Why not prepping for the basics is simply irresponsible behavior

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-1359- Why Practical Preparedness Wins the Race

The Winner isn't Always the Fastest!

The Winner isn’t Always the Fastest!

When I first began doing TSP I told the story of The Ant and the Grasshopper many times.  Today I want to remind you of another story, the story of the Tortoise and the Hare.  Like the story of the Ant and the Grasshopper, this story is a well known fable of Aesop.

The basics are the tortoise and hare race, eh hare is obviously favored to win.  He gets cocky, he takes a nap, the tortoise plods along and wins.  Don’t worry I will tell the full story on the air, but that is the basics.

While there is a lesson in not trying to do too much too fast in this story for us, I see a second one.  That being that the flashy “zombie apocalypse preps” can be quite impractical until you actually complete the basics of “the race”.  Where as the practical preps we teach, seem to pay off for our audience members on a daily basis.

While many people want to always focus on trading 22LR for biltong during the Zombie Apocalypse the simple preparedness ethic we once had as Americans in general seems to be what we are most lacking and most in need of.

Join Me Today As I Discuss…

  • Some stories by listeners about practical prepping
  • The Aesop fables of the Ant and Grasshopper and The Tortoise and Hare
  • My view of the 16 most overlooked (boring) preps
    • Documentation Kits
    • Insurance
    • Basic Savings
    • Basic Food Storage (very basic)
    • Reading and learning about anything valuable
    • Spending Time Talking to Neighbors and Local Leadership
    • Simply making time for “family time” (turn off the electronics)
    • Learning to be a great cook
    • Basic first aid (conventional and herbal)
    • Planting basic perennials (herbs, berries, a few trees) —-
    • Learning to preserve food (canning, smoking, jerking, dehydrating, etc.)
    • Teaching hard skills to our children
    • The basic black out kit
    • Basic car care, maintenance and repair knowledge
    • Building a small business or being a great investor
    • Networking and staying marketable
  • My thoughts on why this always wins the race

Resources for today’s show…

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Episode-1330- An Evaluation of Prepping for the New and Seasoned Alike

Be Prepared or You Could Wind Up, "In the Dog House"

Be Prepared or You Could Wind Up, “In the Dog House”

As I look forward to about a week of shows with “just Jack” (that will be next week, we do have an interview this week)  I am trying to do a bit of what my football coach always did, “stick with fundamentals”. Evaluation

I also want to do so in a way that won’t be overly remedial for those who have been at this prepping gig for a long time.

Today I want to discuss more “how to think” about prepping is more important in your planning and implementation than the “what” of prepping.   Any good prepping plan should begin with a risk analysis.  Any established plan should be tweaked from a starting point of a risk analysis.  Note the clear commonality!

Prepping isn’t a once and done affair, it is an ongoing way of living.  It is something that makes disasters often into simple inconveniences.  It also takes many things that would inconvenience others and simply eliminates them for a solid prepper.

Join Me Today to Discuss…

  • What are your primary risks
  • What is commonality of disaster
  • The inverse relationship between impact scale and probability
  • How you evaluate your weaknesses
    • Food
    • Water
    • Shelter
    • Energy
    • Security
    • Communications
    • Health and Sanitation
    • Financial/Economics
    • Recovery Risks
    • Transportation
  • Getting things off the ground
    • Just start with copy canning and a “deep pantry”
    • Store at least 50 gallons of water, it is too cheap not to
    • Make sure you have a place to go if your home is compromised
    • Make sure you can fix basic problems in your home
    • Have a black out kit, build a simple battery back up, get a generator
    • Store gas, rotate it, build your storage over time
    • Have portable heaters and fans
    • Know your neighbors
    • Practice situational awareness and OPSEC
    • Get firearms training, have a means of defense for everyone
    • Have well understood procedures for threats before they happen
    • Have a get out of the house and meet up plan
    • Every family member should have the info of every other family member
    • Have radios, consider two way radios as well
    • Have a way to deal with waste
    • Keep a good med kit
    • Keep extra maintenance meds
    • Take care of yourself
    • Exercise mentally and physically
    • Save money, get out of debt
    • Know your investments, practice real diversity
    • Have good insurances
    • Think about how you would cope with a
      • Minor loss
      • Major loss
      • Total loss
    • Keep vehicles maintained
    • Have a basic working knowledge of vehicles
    • Have simple extra parts on  hand and tools
    • Plan to take extra fuel with you
    • Have multiple routes planned and document for evac
  • In the end, this makes you more prepared than 99% of Americans
  • Remember the two most important things you can do in life are learn and teach

Resources for today’s show…

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air.

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Episode-1057- Zero to Prepared – Fast, Simple and Low Cost- Part 2

Today we cover part two of going from zero to prepared.  If you haven’t listened to part one of this series yet, you really should do so first.  You will notice that title of this episode ends in “low cost” vs. “cheap”.

As a marketer there is a rule, if you can eliminate a word do it, but that won’t work here.  Cheap sets the wrong tone for what we will discuss today, we are talking about protecting your life, your property and the lives of those you love, one doesn’t go “cheap” with such things.

Today may seem like a basic beginners show but I will bet even the seasoned prepper will gain something and if nothing else will be better able to help others get started.  Prepping doesn’t have to be complex or expensive, what it must be is specific to a set of goals, today we talk about simple ways to make that happen.

Join Me Today as We Discuss…

  • Energy
    • Set up a black out kit (basics)
    • Have a secondary means of cooking
    • Consider a generator and battery back up system
    • Have a means of supplemental heat and cooling if possible
    • Remember it is easier to heat a person then a house
    • It is also easier to make ice then cool air
    • Store gas, kerosene,  diesel, etc based on your needs
    • Keep your vehicle tanks full and rotate stored fuel
  • Security
    • Keep your doors locked at all times
    • Practice situational awareness
    • Keep multiple means of defense in your home
    • Be armed and be trained (every member of the house)
    • Know when to go to a “higher threat level” – trust your gut
    • Consider a dog, window films and other enhanced security
    • Take basic self defense training
    • Develop a mindset of meeting violence with superior violence
    • Keep your mouth shut, keep your eyes open and keep your mouth shut
  • Sanitation and Health
    • Water is almost always the biggest problem
    • Have a plan to deal with human waste
    • Have a plan for basic bathing, etc
    • Keep a decent supply of medical supplies
    • Maintain your health on a daily basis
    • Take basic first aid and CPR training
  • Final thoughts
    • Your plan must be your plan
    • There are 52 weeks in a year, one thing a week makes a big impact
    • What you think can never happen has already happened
    • Preparing while times are good is easy and inexpensive
    • Preparing when times are bad is often impossible

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Episode-1056- Zero to Prepared – Fast, Simple and Low Cost – Part 1

You will notice that title of this episode ends in “low cost” vs. “cheap”.  As a marketer there is a rule, if you can eliminate a word do it, but that won’t work here.  Cheap sets the wrong tone for what we will discuss today, we are talking about protecting your life, your property and the lives of those you love, one doesn’t go “cheap” with such things.

Today may seem like a basic beginners show but I will bet even the seasoned prepper will gain something and if nothing else will be better able to help others get started.  Prepping doesn’t have to be complex or expensive, what it must be is specific to a set of goals, today we talk about simple ways to make that happen.

Join Me Today as We Discuss…

  • The entire basic system revolves around 6 innate survival needs
    • Food
    • Water
    • Shelter
    • Energy
    • Security
    • Sanitation and Health
  • To this we add some basic logistics
    • Threat analysis
    • When to bug in or out
    • Where to go if you have to leave
    • Insure the ability to do business when main systems are down
  • Once this is understood we create a basic checklist for each need
  • Food
    • Build 30, 60 and 90 days of reserves in that order
    • Begin with “copy canning” then move to cheap LTS
    • Slowly develop your own plan using prepared LTS foods
  • Water
    • Store water in 2 liter bottle used soda bottles
    • Acquire a reliable filter
    • Know when to “fill the tubs”
    • Consider large scale catchment/storage based on space and budget
  • Shelter
    • Know all the “systems” that run your home
    • Have basic repair materials that can keep your home intact
    • Make sure your home is fully insured
    • Make sure to distribute your preps throughout your home
    • Don’t plan on living in a tent or an RV without trying it first

 Additional Resources for Today’s Show

Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one man’s opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK and you might hear yourself on the air.