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Episode-939- Steven Harris on Dealing with a Large Scale Blackout – Part 1

Steven Harris – CEO of Knowledge Publications

Steven Harris returns to TSP for his 9th visit. Today he joins us to discuss how to deal with  a large scale black out like the North Eastern United States is currently dealing with.

Steven Harris is a consultant and expert in the field of energy. He is the founder and CEO of Knowledge Publications, the largest energy only publishing company in the USA.

Mr. Harris came to his current position to do full time work on the development and implementation of hydrogen, biomass and solar related energy systems after spending 10 years in the Aero-Thermal Dynamics department of the Scientific Labs of Chrysler Corporation.

Steve is always full of great ideas, knowledge and projects we can use to improve our personal energy independence and today is no exception. Once again we ate up the entire hour with out covering Steve’s entire outline so he will be back for Part 3 in this series soon.

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Episode-685- Dr. Eric Wilke on Survival Medicine

Dr. Eric Wilke,  is  a residency trained emergency medicine physician in practice for 12+ years.  He also direct the local fire department and the tactical medics for the SWAT team in his area. He has traveled to Africa to deliver medical care in austere environments and with very limited resources.  Today he joins us to discuss some common diseases with potential to kill and how they can be recognized and treated.

Join us today as we discuss…

  • The top global killers world wide
  • Prevention of illness in harsh conditions
  • Making water safe to drink
  • Improving hydration
  • Treatment of bacterial and viral infections
  • How to properly store medications
  • Military research into the storage life of medications
  • Thoughts on the current nuclear issues in Japan
  • Common sense alternative medicine
  • Ways to maintain your current health
  • Building a first aid emergency medicine kit

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Episode-672- Embracing Technology as a Modern Survivalist

Technology gets a bad rap with some preppers but I find it amusing that they voice their displeasure in places like an internet forum.  To do so they are using electricity, a computer and an internet connection.  I have asked more than one such person if they ride a hose to work each day or drive a car, that usually makes a solid point strait away.

Also please consider that things like bow drill fires, the sun compass, the spear, the atlatl and dead fall traps were at one time, “cutting edge technology”.  So today we discuss some of my favorite technology resources and how I use them as part of my planning, prepping and to create lifestyle redundancy.

Join me today as we discuss the following technologies

  • Emergency Weather Alerts/Radios
  • Google News Alerts
  • Facebook/Twitter
  • Off the shelf back up power
  • Solar/Hand Crank Radio
  • The GPS
  • Thumb Drives – Portable Data
  • Lap Top Computers
  • Digital Camera
  • Ready.gov etc.
  • YouTube (Download Helper)
  • Mobile Apps
    • GPS Drive by MotionX (Link)
    • The Weather Channel App (Link)
    • ShopSavy (Link)
    • Oanda Currency Converter (Link)
    • Wiki How Emergency Survival Kit (Link)
    • Medicinal Herb ID (Link)
    • 5-0 Radio Pro (Link)
    • Kindel App (Link)
    • Around Me (Link)

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Episode-670- The Power of Redundancy

As we settle into the new home and office I am thinking a lot about redundancy.  Until now the Arkansas retreat was exactly that a retreat we could rely on to survive 6-12 months with no support.  I would have done that job well but certainly not in total comfort.  Of course we had to be realistic with two houses to run we had to split our resources making the Arkansas location a fall back for the worst case scenario.

Well now this is our home, people ask where would you bug out to now, my response is, most likely we wouldn’t.  Given this was my previous fall back location it is ideal now as a place to bug in, in all but the acute localized disaster.  So the goal now is to make our home as redundant, resilient and as convenient as possible for our long term support.

So today in keeping with that we focus on redundancy as an overall concept and examine multiple scenarios and how we can build redundancy into our daily lives.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • A redundancy primer, self reliance vs. self sufficiency
  • What exactly is redundancy
  • What does “layered redundancy” mean
  • Learning from the concept of “flat tire redundancy”
  • What permaculture teaches us about redundancy
  • Creating economic redundancy
  • Creating energy redundancy
  • Creating food redundancy
  • Creating black out redundancy
  • Creating self defense redundancy
  • Some final thoughts on making redundancy automatic

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Episode-648- Reaching the Unreachable

Every day I get emails from people that say my ______ just doesn’t get it.  I have tried explaining _____ and ______ and ______ and they still don’t think there is any reason to have a preparedness plan.  What else can I say to reach them.   Now it is easy to write off people, call them sheeple (as most are), etc until they are someone we love and care about.  The problem though can be summed up in the quote, “a profit has no honor in his own country”.

Many of the people closest to you will be some of the last people to listen to you.  Today’s show will hopefully speak on your behalf, it may be something you can provide to the “unreachable” or at least the moderately resistant.  Unlike many in the “survival” niche I do not believe that you reach people with fear, gloom and doom but with empowerment.   So while today’s show may be like preaching to the choir for a lot of the audience I think you will enjoy it as well.  In the end I hope it also gives you a tool for reaching others.

A version with the housekeeping removed will be provided in the show notes as well. (Get it Here)

Join me today as we discuss…

  • Prepping is a normal activity
  • Not prepping is an abnormal activity (10,000 years proves it)
  • Food and water are our most fundamental needs
  • There are real threats to our on demand lifestyle
  • Prepping isn’t “running away” it is the exact opposite
  • Smart prepping has no downside
  • There is no real sacrifice required (long term)
  • The rewards are liberty and freedom
  • It will improve your physical health
  • It will improve your mental health
  • Getting started is very easy and cheap
  • It eventually becomes a lifestyle
  • It is NOT a political issue, prepping isn’t republican or democrat
  • Belief in conspiracy theories isn’t required or even useful
  • The primary rule is to do what YOU think is best

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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-636- The Time to Store Food is Now

Sure I always tell you that it is a good idea to store food but today I want to get you really serious about doing this both to mitigate threats and to enhance your life on an everyday basis.

While I strive to keep the tone of TSP upbeat once in a while we must look at concrete underlying threats to our lives.  Every major organization that monitors the food supply is saying the same thing right now about our global supply of food, simply put, shortages are coming and they won’t be going away.

Join me today as we discuss….

  • The danger of nuclear disaster in America is economic and to the food supply
  • Main stream media is actually awake about this
  • Food commodities are expected to out perform gold and silver
  • How are we going to feed 9 Billion People
  • In 2010 for the first time there were more urban that rural people globally
  • The largest export of the US is top soil in the wind
  • Developing nations are increasing global demand
  • Why you must practice eat what you store and store first
  • What is the opportunity and reverse opportunity buy
  • Understanding the meaning of individual sustainability
  • Where commercial long term storage food fits into your plan
  • What becoming a producer means

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.

Photo Credit above to by Kolya via Flicker

Episode-553- Ten Ways to Test Your Preps

I promised you a cool and different show today so here we go.  These are ten ways you can test and improve your disaster preparedness.  Some are somewhat complex and require significant commitment to do, others are really simple and actually can be a lot of fun.   Please take part in the comments today with your ideas for the two drills that use index cards with tasks and emergencies.

Join in today to hear how to utilize the following ten prepper drills…

  • The Self-Induced Power Shutdown
  • The Back Yard Camping Trip
  • The real world “Bug Out” with other preppers
  • The one week prepper meal plan
  • The flea market barter drill
  • The load up drill (basic alert drill)
  • The systems shut down
  • The spouse/family face off drill
  • The BOB night
  • The first aid/emergency flash card drill

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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.

Photo Credit to Al_HikesAZ

Episode-502- Bugging In vs. Bugging Out – Answering with Logic

Do I stay or do I go!  Not just a great old song by The Clash but an ongoing debate and topic of discussion everywhere preparedness is discussed.  Some are sure they will bug out, they have a plan to live off the land (good luck with that) and others just know they are going to guard the fort and hunker down.   The reality is this is one of those issues that is very situationally dependent.  The same person (if they act with reason and logic) will choose different answers.  To help me formalize this process I developed 12 questions to ask yourself both in advance of and during a disaster to make this decision with logic vs. emotion.

Tune in today as we consider the following…

  • Logic vs. emotion
  • Which choice gives you the best chance of survival for the scenario at hand? (this is not always clear)
  • How well prepared are you to bug in?
  • What exactly are you prepared for? (a forest fire is far different from local rioting)
  • Have evacuation orders been given?
  • What is the nature and probable duration of the threat?
  • Well staying put change anything as far as “saving your home”?
  • Where will you go and how will you get there?
  • Do you own a bug out location or have double up plans or no place to go at all?
  • Will you be able to help your community if you stay?
  • What will the impact of staying or going be on your family, can they handle what you can?
  • What can you take with you and what must you leave behind?
  • If you leave what exactly is waiting for you at your destination?

The time to answer these questions is not in the middle of a disaster but right now.  At this point you can plan, form contingencies and be prepared for a variety of outcomes. That way if the day comes your mind is ready to act and you can make the best use of the resources you have.  As always how you act and how you think is more important then your resources.

Episode-483- 20 Simple Steps to Basic Preparedness

Perhaps these could even be called baby steps and even so I bet even a few veteran preppers could do say 4-7 of them to improve what they have already done.    I figured it was a good time to back up before I roll out with the RV for a long vacation and give people concrete action.  Don’t worry there will be shows Wednesday, Thursday and a guest host on Monday, Friday this week is still sort of up in the air.  By the way these steps are not in a defined order other than the first three which will help you immensely with the other eighteen.

Join me today as we discuss….

  • 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 two 7.5 gallon tubs or four 5 gallon buckets emergency food
  • Step twelve – store a minimum of 50 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 a 30 day supply or commercial long term storage food for your house hold
  • Step seventeen – learn at lest 2 methods of food storage
  • Step eighteen – find a local farmer’s market and visit often, learn about seasonal opportunities
  • Step nineteen – learn to cook 5 items you have never eaten before with storable items
  • Step twenty – store up a reasonable amount of COH (cash on hand)
  • Step twenty-one (bonus) – affirm your right and responsibility to survive

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-388- Listener Feedback 3-1-10

Today we take just a few questions and mostly discuss news stories and events sent in by listeners.  We have a lot on board today, the earth quake in Chile, the tsunami warnings, guns at Starbucks, nitrogen fixing trees and more.

Tune in today to hear me discuss…

  • Is gold about to drop in price in the short to intermediate term if so why
  • Open carry of firearms at Starbucks, what do we learn from it
  • Has science discovered a new element called “Governmentium” – a bit of humor
  • Do you have a preparedness story on how TSP made your more prepared for a disaster or weather event
  • What do we learn about “transition periods” and “new normals” from Chile
  • How do some plants “fix nitrogen” and how does it become available to other plants
  • How can you get a free college education on permaculture from NC State University  (go to the iTunes store and search for HS432

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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