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Episode-1671- The Very Basic “Non Advanced” Bug Out Bag

backpackI want to do some back to basics shows, this one very basic.  Many of us have bug out bags, aka BOBs.  Some are very advanced and use a lot of specialized equipment.  There is a place for such things.  But some folks are so proud of their kitted up BOBs that when they talk about them newer folks to prepping get paralized.

As in well I need special forces ration bars, a solar panel, top notch ultralight rain gear, a 500 dollar survival knife, etc, etc, etc

And you know what folks, due to the quest for perfection and letting perfect be the enemy of the good, we have  a ton of folks our there who prep but they don’t even have a decent BOB.

To be honest my main advice is prep for bugging in first and foremost.  At home many of your survival needs are seen to, shelter is a big one, if nothing else you have a roof over your head.  But what if disaster strikes when you are not home? Or what if that roof isn’t over your head, what if a storm take it off?  What if you have to leave for the night or several due to something as basic as a medical emergency of a family member.

Every bit of that and more has happened to members of this audience, I have received countless “My BOB Saved My Butt” type emails ranging from the mundane to the insane.

Today we talk about simply getting a basic BOB done and doing it fast and cheap along with a few items to keep in your vehicles to supplement what you can and can’t realistically carry in your BOB.

The jist of today’s show is as follows, it is better that you have a very basic BOB that is lacking in a few areas then to have no BOB and be waiting for the budget, time, etc. to build a perfect one.   In other words there will be tons of opportunity to say things like, “but what about ______” but that isn’t the point today.  It is the basics, the minimum and a way to do it super fast, super cheap and build from there.

Join Me Today to Discuss

  • What is a BOB, what it is not
  • Why do you need a BOB
  • What is a BOBs biggest limitations
  • The First Items You Need
    • Clothing (3 days; not three outfits)
    • Sanitation
      • Powder
      • Soap
      • Towel and wash cloth
      • Personal Kit (saving, deodorant, toothpaste etc in ziplocks)
      • Toilet Paper – in ziplocks (zlb)
    • Light
      • A decent flash light
      • A headband flash light – Like This
      • 2 spare sets of batteries for each – in zlb
      • USB LED Light – Like This
    • Tools
      • A decent knife
      • A decent multi tool
      • Duct Tape
      • Zip Ties (reusable are awesome)
      • Cordage – bank line, paracord, rope, what you can get
    • Food
      • Beef Jerkey
      • Nuts
      • Pringles Chips
      • Canned Meats etc.  – pull tab is best
      • Crackers – packed so they won’t crush
      • Peanut butter
      • Granola Bars – crunchy
      • What ever you want but be realistic
    • Containers, Odds, Ends
      • Good water bottle (aluminum)
      • 2-4 Contractor Grade Garbage Bags
      • 2-4 Large Ziplock Bags – at least one gallon
      • Insect Repellent
      • Flask of Whiskey/Vodka etc.
    • Fire and Energy
    • Communications
      • Address Book – in zip lock bag
      • Cheap Transistor radio, with extra batteries – In zlb – Like This
      • Any and all important data on USB drive
      • Put Open Office on the USB Drive (mac and PC)
      • 2 Small Note Books and Three Pens
      • Set of ear buds or ear buds with mic for phone
    • Basic FAK – First Aid Kit
      • OTC Pain Meds
      • Antibiotic Ointment
      • Bandages
      • Gauze Pads
      • Bandaids
      • Two clean handkerchiefs
      • Scissors
    • Some Final Thoughts
      • Cash is best on your person but I’d not fault you for putting some in a BOB
      • Carry as much water as you can but keep a lot in your car/truck/work area
      • Store extra food in your car
      • Store blankets, etc. anything bulky in your car, under seats, etc
      • Tents suck, but they are better then nothing
      • Remember why you really have this bag, it ain’t to play Jack Bauer
      • Get a Scanner App for Your Phone
      • Get the Skype App for Your Phone
      • Get the Zello App
    • Never let perfect be the enemy of the good

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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

Resources for today’s show…

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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-690- Not the End but a Massive Shift of the World as we Know It

One of the favorite topics on prepper forums and in doomer literature is TEOTWAWKI (the end of the world as we know it).  I think what many fail to focus on with this is the (as we know it) portion.  The fact is the world as people of their time knew it has ended many times, it will continue to end.

At one time a Roman citizen was the most advantaged in the world, so also there was a time when it was a great to be a Greek, an Aztec or a member of the Hopi Tribe.  None of these civilizations really “ended” they shifted and adapted, the decedents are here with us.  In the case of the Greeks they are now on the verge of bankruptcy but we still have Greece.  The Aztecs may be gone but their descendants are part of the blood of Mexican and Latin American citizens today as are many of their customs.

Shifts are strange, at times they benefit us, sometimes they harm us and sometimes they can all but destroy us.  Some our subtle and some are massive and even tiny shifts can cause massive change over time.  The only constant in shifts it they ALWAYS occur, they never stop and we will always have to deal with them.

Today’s show covers a few such shifts but mainly focuses on being prepared for them, no matter what form they may take.

Join me today to discuss…

  • A special farewell to my friend and brother Ron Hood
  • Why shifts must occur
  • Some current economic shifts
  • Some current cultural shifts
  • Some current climate shifts
  • Lessons from history
  • The truth about our economic future
  • How shifts don’t have to be bad but are for most people
  • Preparedness is really about needs first, wants second and luxury third

Additional Resources for Today’s Show

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Episode-457- Putting Your House Hold in Order

Today I though I would give sort of a mile high view of taking your home from grass hopper fields of green to organized ant hill.  Or if you are on the journey already from disorganized ant hill to  organized ant fortification.   Getting prepared seems tough, it seems beyond reach and on some levels it is.   One can never be fully prepared for everything but getting to well prepared for most things is doable in steps.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • Another look at the old story, The Grasshopper and the Ant
  • Taking an inventory
  • Journaling items used on a regular basis
  • Committing to copy canning
  • Develop a black out kit
  • Install emergency lighting
  • Set up some sort or back up power
  • Develop a documentation package
  • Set up at least 2 weeks to 1 month of long term storables
  • Install a back flow preventer on your water heater
  • Store at least 25 gallons of water, more is better
  • Journal your spending – EVERY PENNY
  • Form a debt elimination plan and DO IT
  • Define your lifestyle vision and WORK ON IT
  • Create a get out – get home plan
  • Own and know how to use a grill
  • Teach yourself at least 2 food preservation methods
  • Visit farmers markets
  • Talk to your neighbors
  • Believe you can get it done, because you can
  • Focus on the results, not the battle

Additional Resources for Today’s Show

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Episode-421- How to Develop Your Personal Survival Plan

Monday I responded to a listener who asked a question about planning and he was hoping for a checklist.  My response was that I can’t really give you a hard check list because you must develop your own plan (Tenet Ten of Modern Survival Philosophy).  From the beginning of TSP I have stated that to be the case, I also realized that it has been a long time since I did a show on planning and that I have never really dissected the personal aspect of planning for the needs of the individual and their immediate family.  So today we are going to do just that.

Join me today as we discuss…

  • First we must define survival and preparedness
  • Next we should consider the meaning of self sufficient and self reliant
  • It is important to acknowledge that you need a plan in the first place
  • Before we assess threats we need to delineate between acute and long term effects
  • Next examine threat probability and the commonality of disaster
  • Now define your self sufficient and self reliant time lines (“wealth” according to Buckminster Fuller)
  • Then define your primary and secondary priorities
  • Determine your weakest points and assign future resources based on your most urgent needs
  • Journal your progress, successes, failures, the weather, everything
  • A plan is designed to be fluid but you must have a basis and changes need documenting
  • As you shore up weaknesses you will find new ones emerging, prioritize them accordingly
  • Be sure to test yourself both voluntarily and involuntarily
  • Remember no one cares about you as much as you do

Additional Resources for Today’s Show

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Episode-124- Overlooked Items for the Bug Out Bag

Today’s show will not be an exhuasting inventory of what I keep in my bug out bag or even what you should keep in yours.  Instead we will cover a few often over looked and ignored items that you may want to consider adding to your 72 hour emergency kit.

Tune in today to hear…

  • The origin of the orginal concept of a bug out bag (at least according to online forums)
  • Understanding bug out vs. battle pack or even survival kit
  • The most over looked item in a bug out bag documentation, procedure and contact documentation
  • The GPS, why many choose not to include one, why that choice is a mistake
  • The good old fashioned compass, do you have one, if not why
  • Why a written plan is a good idea, the psychology of crisis and how it effects you
  • Both maintenance and OTC meds are a good idea, don’t leave them out
  • A trick with benadryl that can help with toothache or mouth injuries
  • A simple bug out bag drill to evaluate what you might be missing
  • Thoughts on what makes good bag for your bug out kit
  • Thoughts on back up solar charging and additional methods of communications

Resources for Today’s Show

Episode-47- Why We Prepare – The Lesson of the Grasshopper and the Ant

Today we discuss why survivalists are “preparing” in the first place.  Starting out with an old fable we tell the original version of The Lesson of the Grasshopper and the Ant and move on to seven threats and how the prepping for them all is quite similar.

Tune in today to hear…

  • How we have changed the classic tale of the Ant and the Grasshopper and how it has impacted America
  • The real threat of depression or recession
  • The reality of a true eventual economic collapse
  • The impact of “climate change” independent of man’s part in it
  • The fact that “normal climate” is a myth and the little “perfect bubble” we have had for two centuries
  • The impact potential of pandemic flu or some other form of pandemic
  • The impact of regional weather disasters
  • The threat of a Tsunami on both our east and west coasts
  • The eventuality of “peak oil”
  • How “Preppers” are not crazy and why what we do makes sense
  • The contributions of the “tin foil hat brigade” and how even they are not totally crazy
  • The reality that preparing for all the above threats is very similar

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.

Episode-29- Setting and Prioritizing Survival Planning Goals

The key to getting truly prepared for anything is planning, today’s show is two lessons in one with prioritizing goals to a get a mission accomplished. To get on track and explain the logic of my system of planning I first go over the “debt snowball” which has been made popular by syndicated radio personality Dave Ramsey.

Tune in today as we discuss

  • The mentality behind the debt snowball and how that same mentality can be applied to survival planning
  • Ranking and listing the threats that are most likely to impact your life
  • How to do a personal threat assessment and rank your biggest needs
  • Finding the top five needs for your top five threats
  • How to build momentum and motivation as you move toward full preparedness
  • The reality that will lead both the out and out fringe survivalist and the basic boyscout to very similar plans

The goal of this show is to move beyond analysis paralisis into a real meaningful level of action and avoid feeling overwhelmed by all there is to do. Please add in your own comments and suggestions, remember our show is one man’s opinion not a lecture. Your input is not just welcome but a necessary part of making our show a little better every day.

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Episode-10- 15 No Risk Survival Tactics

I believe many people shy away from becoming more self sufficient and prepared for uncertain times because they are under the impression that survivalism and survivalists are by nature radical and part of a fringe movement. They tend to see any planning for disaster or emergency preparedness as something best left to militia members or members of the “tin foil hat brigade”. Nothing could be further from the truth, modern survivalism and tactics such as survival gardening are mostly just a set of smart ways to live your live, save and invest your money and stay informed about risks.

This podcast evaluates 15 common survival tactics that

  • Are positive ways to live even if nothing ever goes wrong
  • Will provide you insurance against uncertain times
  • Will improve your lifestyle and possibly your retirement
  • Are easy to implement
  • Can be done by anyone
  • And most importantly have no downside or risk regardless of what does or does not occur