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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-916- Anthony Veltri Author of Katrina A Journey of Hope

Anthony Veltri - Author and Consultant

Anthony Veltri - Author, Scientist and Trainer

Anthony Veltri served as a lead physical scientist in charge of the Department of Homeland Security’s iCAV geospatial system and 24×7 geospatial mapping production center which is charged with map production for a variety of natural and man made incidents.

In short, if it made the front page of CNN.com and it had the potential to impact the nation’s critical infrastructure and key resources, chances are, his team made geospatial products for it. He is a long time listener to TSP podcasts and an avid lurker on the forum.

He is also the author of Katrina – A Journey of Hope, which recounts his experience as a member of the Rhode Island Urban Search and Rescue Task Force during their deployment to the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Anthony joins us today to discuss what being versatile can mean for you in a disaster situation, both during the disaster and long-term. What to expect and how to interact with emergency services professionals. He feels his experience in the Gulf Coast after the Landfall of Hurricane Katrina needs to benefit someone other than me and he wants to make sure people have good information to keep themselves safe.

He will also discuss his experience in working in the technology sector with government employment and contracting and how young graduates can gain a competitive advantage in some non traditional ways.  Along with how 30-40 year olds caught in the middle of current technology migrations can adapt to change and continue to compete and excel.

Resources for today’s show…

Anthony’s Links

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Episode-899- Security During a Break Down – (TSP Classic Orginally Episode 489)

When I first ran this episode in August of 2010 my good friend Bryan Black from ITS Tactical stated, “This is likely the most important thing on security you have ever done.”

We are going to look at a bit of a darker subject today. We are going to discuss security and not security on a day to day basis against say robbers, thugs and general low life. We are going to discuss security and security planning for large scale and long term break downs.

Today’s show was prompted by Episodes 1 and 2 of season two of Discovery Channel’s show “The Colony”. I have watch thus far in disbelief at how little attention the people on that show have paid to security and how little they understand the threat and honestly survival as a whole.

Today’s show won’t be totally based on The Colony, it will simply use it as a jumping off point so even if you haven’t or don’t plan on watching it today’s show should be a good one for you. Security is one of the five primary components of survival and the one that is most overlooked, often not an issue but the one that when needed can get you killed in a millisecond.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • The five primary components of survival
    • Food
    • Water
    • Shelter
    • Fire
    • Security
  • Understanding the threat to your safety
  • Consideration about where you “make your stand”
  • Six methods of attack mitigation
    • Appease
    • Impede
    • Repel
    • Evade
    • Misdirect
    • Terminate
  • Identifying the weak spots
  • The lesson of 300 – Funnel an enemy to counter large numbers
  • How and why guns change the entire equation on both sides
  • The importance and difference between security “protocols” and “procedures”
  • Splitting up resources – no central storage points
  • Developing and deploying decoy resources
  • Developing timberlines and evac plans

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.

Episode-893- Why Being a Lone Wolf Won’t Work for 99% or More of Disasters

Even Wolves Survive in Packs

Even Wolves Survive in Packs

Many preppers seem to think telling anyone, anything about your views on preparedness is a huge mistake.  They point out it might make you a target of everyone who isn’t prepared when doomsday comes.

Others seem to embody the very reasons others are so tight lipped about their preps.  These are the self absorbed jackasses that state nonsense like, “My AR15 and 2,000 round are all the survival kit I will ever need”.  Such people live in a world of Hollywood B movies and fan fiction novels.  In the real world such tactics are seldom effective for a variety of reasons.

This is why I have always taught that while there is a place for basic and common sense opsec it is still highly important to build community for both day to day living and for the eventual reality of a possible or even probable disaster.

Recently I got an email that caused me to do this show, it read as follows…

“Jack I grew way too many potatoes this year and have over 100 pounds more than I can use.  I thought about selling them at the farmer’s market but that might make me a magnet when TSHTF, I thought about the neighbors but that may even be worse in attracting people if there is a disaster and I thought about donating them to a church but again that might make me a magnet if the SHTF, what should I do with all these extra potatoes.

Here is what my wife did when I read this to her

  1. Rolled her eyes
  2. Sighed and laughed
  3. Asked “is he serious?”
  4. Stated, “well if he is that paranoid just donate them anonymously”
  5. Asked, “has he been listening to you at all?”

While her response was great there were two bigger points here,

  1. Unencumbered by paranoia she found a solution in about 30 seconds, donate anomalously
  2. She saw at once the folly in the paranoia

I get a lot of emails that tell me many of the people in the audience are not yet sold on the true community aspects of prepping, so today I present to you 10 reasons why the lone wolf approach will not work in 99% or more disasters.

Join Me Today As I Discuss…

  • What are humans at their core
  • Why is communication considered critical by even the lone wolf
  • 10 reasons you can’t go it alone or in a “tactical squad” successfully
    • 1.  Most disasters will not result in total break down
    • 2.  Most people can’t afford the resources for long term self reliance
    • 3.  You can only prey on others while they have something to take
    • 4.  Rebuilding will take precedence over tearing down
    • 5.  The weakest are strong in an organized group
    • 6.  In all but the most extreme examples LEOs will still be on the job
    • 7.  You don’t have close air support and massive logistics support
    • 8.  What ever you store will run out eventually
    • 9.  You are one serious injury or illness away from being essentially useless
    • 10. You will need, want and desire recovery as much as anyone else
  • What is Proper Prepper OpSec?
    • Discuss basic preparedness not how much you have
    • Create relationships not dependence
    • Encourage action, any positive action, not here is all the stuff I do
    • Stick to the more basic disasters people can relate to
    • When you are pushing a string, stop
    • See your priority as, family, neighborhood, city/town
    • Realize in the worst case scenario, existing makes you a target

Resources for Today’s Show

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Episode-837- Matthew Stein on Prepping, Herbals, Self Reliance and More

Mat Stein - Author of When Disaster Strikes

Mat Stein - Author of When Disaster Strikes

Matthew Stein is the author of When Disaster Strikes: A Comprehensive Guide to Emergency Planning and Crisis Survival (Chelsea Green 11/16/2011). This book has received excellent advance praise from experts on survival and disaster preparedness. Stein is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he majored in Mechanical Engineering.

As the owner of Stein Design & Construction, he has built hurricane resistant, energy efficient and environmentally friendly homes.  The mechanical engineering side of his firm specializes in product design and development. Among other things, Mat has designed consumer water filtration devices, solar PV roofing panels, medical bacterial filters, emergency chemical drench systems, computer disk drives, and portable fiberglass buildings.

He joins us today to discuss a variety of topics such as…

  • 2012 all hype, pretty much but a frightening time anway
  • Growing your own food
  • Herbal remedies you really want to know about
  • Colloidal silver the good and the mythology
  • What a financial collapse might look like
  • The skills you want to develop prior to a collapse situation
  • What we can learn from Cuba vs. North Korea about self sufficiency
  • The “pit of the stomach” exercise
  • The threat of emerging antibiotic resistant diseases like new strains of TB
  • The best case scenario for a pandemic and how bad even that would be
  • Simple steps to get on to a path of self sufficiency

Additional Resources for Today’s Show

Matthew Stein’s Links

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Episode-836- Understanding Multi System Dependence

One concept that many modern survivalists aspire to is to be less dependent on “the system“ or independent of “the system”.   I know this seems like a great goal but the problem with it is that it is not “a system” or “the system” the reality is that we are dependent today on multiple interconnected systems.

Each of these systems is becoming more globalized and centralized and the dependence upon them in growing at an alarming rate.  While there are more systems of dependency then the following today we will focus on what I consider the 8 largest systems of dependence.

It is only by beginning to break down each of these and evaluation of individual and societal dependence on each that we can begin as modern survivalists to become less dependent upon them and make better decisions about moving forward.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • The financial system
  • The debt system
  • The distribution system
  • The agricultural system
  • The energy system
  • The health system
  • The welfare system
  • The military industrial complex system

Resources for Today’s Show…

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Episode-626- Prepping from Starting Out to Advanced Tactics

Food Storage is One Major Component of Survival

Food Storage is One Major Component of Survival. - Photo Credit to Linda & Clark via flickr

With the disaster in Japan I am getting a lot of emails from brand new people and long time listeners, the basic question is “what should we do”?  Well this may be hard for you to believe given the non stop media coverage of the burning reactor but the answer is, unless you are in Japan you should probably not do anything.  That said getting out of Japan unless you are part of the relief efforts probably isn’t a bad idea.

You certainly shouldn’t go spend 100 dollars for a bottle of potassium iodine on eBay because you will be able to get all you want for about 15 bucks a bottle in about a month, there is really nothing for you to do, perhaps other than make a contribution to the relief efforts in Japan.

What we all should be doing right now personally is using this current disaster as a gut check of sorts.  Rather than worry about some fictitious cloud of death, that just isn’t going to happen you should be asking the following.  What would it have meant to me had this disaster occurred in California or New York?  What if it had just been a tsunami, just a nuclear accident or just an earth quake but had happened much closer to me, would I have been prepared enough to shelter in place or get out of dodge?

With that in mind I think it is time we take a show to go back and just talk about prepping in general, the tenets of preparedness and self evaluation of how we would handle a disaster that wasn’t thousands of miles away.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • Why now is not the time to panic but to plan
  • Why 30 days is the absolute minimum amount of food you should have on hand
  • Why having a means of water purification is more important than water storage
  • Why you need both lethal and non lethal methods of self defense
  • Getting started with personal energy independence
  • Understanding how most people are enslaved by the systems
  • Realizing the link between liberty and prepping

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.

Episode-548- Help – I am Overwhelmed and/or Stuck

I get a lot of emails that are in one form or another a version of today’s show title.  They go one of two main ways

1.  Jack, We are new to this and are having trouble getting started.  This is all so overwhelming we want to store food, learn to use firearms, plant a garden………………………..but just can’t seem to prioritize where to start.

or

2.  Jack, We have at this a long time, we have food stored, a garden going, evac plans, taken some training, etc.  But we know we are still not really prepared for anything more than the most basic disasters, we are trying to decide between ………………………………. as a next step, help, how can we move forward.

While the person in scenario one might wish to have the “problems” of the person in scenario two, the reality is the fix is the same for both of them.  Just like a NFL wide receiver may have caught 5,000,000 balls in his life if he starts to drop passes, the coaches do basic receiving drills with him, some he did back in high school.

When an offensive line starts allowing to many opponents to get to the quarterback the line coach goes “back to fundementals” and works on timing the snap, blocking, deflection, play memorization, etc.  Again things the players have done perhaps since they played Pop Warner.

Why?  –  Why do players making millions of dollars go back often to the same drills and training they used when they played JV in High School?  Because the game is the game is the game and it all comes back to fundamentals.    My Drill Sergeant told me on the firing line one day, “the day you think you don’t need to focus on fundamentals any more is the day your shooting reaches its peak and begins to decline”.   He was correct of course!

So join me today as we revisit the fundamentals of prepping, organizing, getting started, planning, moving forward and making prepping a positive part of your lifestyle.

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

Episode-495- The Unique Needs of the Urban and Suburban Prepper

This is basically a continuation of a two part series on urban and suburban life.  Yesterday in Episode 494 we discussed Urban homesteading, today we discuss prepping in the city or suburbs.  While there are many unique components to prepping in a population center vs. a remote area many of the steps are identical.    As always it comes down to the fact that as humans we have five primary needs and the commonality of disaster leads us to prepare in any situation based on them.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • Always start out understanding the 5 needs
    • Water
    • Food
    • Shelter
    • Fire/Energy
    • Security
  • Assess your most probable threat based on
    • Life position
    • Financial  position
    • Geography
    • Current Events
  • Assess your most dangerous human proximity threats
    • Population density of the neighborhood
    • Demographics of the neighborhood
    • Closest high crime areas
    • Government presence\lack of presence
  • Rules for suburbia
    • Food storage is key as is water
    • Be prepared to get out, you may have no choice
    • Be prepared to stay, you may also have no choice
    • Be prepared to defend what you have
    • Help but don’t coddle neighbors during a major breakdown
    • Conceal what you have and don’t over centralize your storage
    • Think a lot about hygiene
    • Understand that most disasters will be “minor” on a global scale
    • Have a plan – nothing is more important

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.

Episode-491- Storing Food, The Why, The How & The What

Every once in a while I feel we need to back up and go back to basics especially due to the fact that we constantly have new folks showing up for the first time to check out the show.  That said even when I revisit a topic I try to bring not material, new view points and new analogies to the table.  Today we will discuss the why, how and what behind the often highly misunderstood concept of storing food.

Join me today to discuss…

  • Why bother storing food today at all
  • Is food storage a symptom of paranoia – (some say yes)
  • Time travel back 100 years and everybody did it
  • What makes an item a good candidate for storage
    • You and your family eat it – duh right?
    • The food journal your insurance against expensive charity
    • It will last at minimum six months with out freezing/cold storage
    • High caloric value or high nutritive value
    • Is multipurpose
    • Is easy to divide and barter
  • Methods for finding room to store your food
    • Rotational pantry
    • Buckets, Bins and Boxes
    • Utilizing “wasted space”
    • Mini Root Cellars
  • Important considerations
    • Insuring food gets used and rotated
    • Decentralized storage
  • “Rolling your own”
    • Drying/Dehydration
    • Smoking
    • Canning
    • Pickling/Fermenting
    • Jerky vs. Biltong
    • Freezing has  a place
  • Food storage is one of the most rational actions a person can take

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.