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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Survival Wisduhm #5 - Shelter

Shelter should be your #1 concern in a survival situation.  Actually, shelter should be your number one concern every single day.  To prove it to you just look at how you dress every day and how that changes each season.  I bet you live in a home, under a roof with walls and drive an enclosed vehicle.
  
Dressing appropriately for the weather has been ingrained in my mind since my youth when my mother would yell at me to put on a jacket before I walked out the door.  Not having the appropriate form of shelter could turn an ordinary occurrence into that situation where your actual physical survival is at risk.  According to the survival rules of 3 not having shelter could result in your death within 3 hours in harsh weather conditions.

What's the best form of shelter that you can and should always have with you?  Do I mean that you should carry around a tent or a tarp?  Should you know how to build a lean-to shelter in less that three hours?

What I am referring to is a quality Gore-Tex (waterproof/windproof) hooded light to medium weight jacket.  You would think that this is common sense.  From my experience it is not.  I guess not everyone's parents were as diligent as mine were.  They ensured that I was properly prepared for the outside temperatures before they sent me out to play with my friends, or to my inevitable death from exposure if I didn't have my jacket.  Or maybe they just wanted me out of the house as long as possible.  Regardless, doesn't being comfortable make outside playtime more fun anyway?  


In harsh weather conditions the number one, two and three rules in the outdoors are; 1. Stay dry.  2. Stay dry.  And 3.  You guessed it, Stay dry!

I prefer a medium weight jacket over lightweight because it is more durable and versatile in all seasons and places.  A lightweight rain jacket may be made of rip-stop nylon but it may not have gore-tex or another layer of fabric that is both waterproof and breathable.  Fabric coatings just don't cut.  Gore-tex is the first, the original, and the best if you ask me.  That's why I stick with it.  Yes there are other excellent fabrics available that do the same thing.  Do your own research and figure our what will work best for you.  A medium weight jacket will have a durable outside fabric and a layer of gore-tex or other breathable/waterproof/windproof layer.

This jacket should have an integrated hood because you're just not gonna stay dry in a rainstorm without it.  Most of our body heat escapes out the top of our heads so it is important to keep our heads covered and dry.  I prefer dark color jackets so that when it is cold outside but the sun is shining I can benefit from the extra warmth of soaking up the heat of the sun.



I also recommend that this jacket is long enough to cover your behind and that it have velcro straps at the wrists.  The hood should be able to cinch down to help keep it in place when it's windy and keep your body heat in.

In addition to a quality jacket it is also a good idea to keep a pair of inexpensive polypropylene, or other synthetic material, gloves and long sleeve shirt/pullover with your jacket.  That thin layer of material will help to wick moisture away from your skin and keep you much more comfortable.  Being comfortable in an emergency situation is essential to a positive state of mind.  This layer is also an important way to help you stay dry from sweat and it will dry quickly if it gets wet.  Layers are important in both preparedness as well as clothing.   Make sure your jacket isn't too tight so as to restrict movement and that it is large enough to allow you to wear even multiple layers under it.  

Another item that I find useful and versatile is a Shemagh.  Essentially it is like a large bandana or scarf which can be worn in many different ways to shelter your head and face from harsh weather.  Wind, sun, heat or cold.


Your vehicle is an excellent shelter.  In an emergency situation you should stay with your rig as long as possible.  My blog post on 72 hour kits describes vehicles as another layer of preparedness.  There's no reason to have an empty trunk.  Keep it full up the stuff you might need in an emergency.

If you find yourself in a city or small town I bet you'll find lots of different kinds of shelter that will allow you to get out of the rain, the snow, the cold, or the heat.

Shelter building is an important and fun skill to learn but how critical it is depends on where you find yourself the majority of the time.  Most of us live and work in urban centers where there are lots of people, buildings and vehicles.  Shelter is not typically going to be an issue as long as you have that one key item I mentioned above.  A quality jacket.

A good jacket can save your life.  Make sure you always have one with you.  A little preparation will go a long way.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Prepper Talk Radio Episode 78, 02 15 17 Free and low cost prepping

If only money grew on trees.  Most of us preppers have to make our dollar stretch further than it should.  There are many ways to do this.  Preps don't always have to be expensive.  Stated another way; You don't have to spend lots of money to be adequately prepared.  There are many different ways to prep for very low cost or even free.  Listen in.






www.preppertalkradio.com  - We broadcast live each Friday at 10 AM MST from the K-Talk studios in SLC, UT.  Co-Hosts:  Scott Stallings and Shane Coles (We're kinda like the sportscasters of prepping)

www.ktalkmedia.com - 1640 AM in SLC, Utah.  (formerly AM 630)

www.preppercon.com - The #1 preparedness and survival expo in the country.

www.survival-medical.com - Our show sponsor.  First aid evolved!

Prepper Talk Radio Episode 82, 03 01 17 What is your inspiration to prep?

Our good friend and show sponsor JR of Survival Medical joined us again to discuss what has inspired each of us to prep.






www.preppertalkradio.com - We broadcast live each Friday at 10AM MST at the K-Talk Media studios in SLC, UT.

www.survival-medical.com - First aid kits tougher than nature.

www.preppercon.com  - The best preparedness and survival expo in the nation!  April 21st - 22nd, 2017 in Sandy, UT.

www.ktalkmedia.com - 1640 AM (formerly AM 630) in SLC, Utah.

Prepper Talk Radio Episode 84, 03 08,17 Doomsday scenarios with Jake Garn

Our friend, local talk show host of "Stand up commentary", and professional photographer Jake "The Snake" Garn agreed to be our guest this week.



We thought it would be fun to discuss a serious topic with a very not so serious guy.  It was lots of fun!  Listen in.





www.standupcommentary.com - with Jake Garn

www.preppertalkradio.com - We broadcast live each Friday at 10AM MST from the KTalk Media sutdios

www.ktalkmedia.com - 1640 AM KTKK, (Formerly AM 630)

www.preppercon.com - The largest preparedness and survival expo in the country.  And the most fun.

www.survival-medical.com -  First aid kits designed to last of to 20 years.





Prepper Talk Radio Episode 86, 03 15 17 Ham Radio and Emergency Communications

Emergency communications should be at the top of every preppers list of priorities.   Listen in as we talk to Scott Saunders of High Altitude Communications about the different ways to communicate without relying on the grid.






www.preppertalkradio.com  - We broadcast live every Friday at 10AM MST from the K-Talk studios.

www.highaltitudecommunications.com  - A sponsor of the 4Runner Evader build.

http://www.preparedguy.com/2016/10/the-4runner-evader-build.html


www.ktalkmedia.com - 1640 AM SLC, UT. KTKK  (formerly AM 630)

www.survival-medical.com  - Our show sponsor

Prepper Talk Radio Episode 71 KNRS, 01 22 17 Alan Kay and Nicole Apelian...

Alan Kay and Nicole Apelian are our guests for two episodes of Prepper Talk Radio while we spent a few months at our local iHeart radio station KNRS 105.9 FM and 570 AM in SLC, UT., in additional to our show at K-Talk Media on AM 630 and now 1640 AM in SLC, UT.

Alan was the season #1 winner of ALONE staying 57 days alone in the wild.   Nicole placed in the top five of her season surviving 56 days alone. They have a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience to share.  Listen in to our excellent conversation.

Both Alan and Nicole will be at PrepperCon 2017 April 21st and 22nd at the South Towne Expo Center in Sandy, Utah.









Click here for the second episode (73).   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BT_gInRUJ7Q


www.preppertalkradio.com

www.preppercon.com

www.humless.com  - Off grid power systems.  Show sponsor

Prepper Talk Radio Episode 88, 03 22 17 Silver is awesome! I hope you ...

There are so, so many uses for silver!  Silver is not only real money but also an essential prepper item is many different ways.

Josh Krogue of Silver Support joins us today to talk all things silver.  In my opinion Silver Support make the best colloidal silver available. Check them out at www.silversupport.com 




www.preppertalkradio.com  - We broadcast live every Friday at 10 AM MST from the K-Talk media studios in Sandy, Utah.

www.ktalkmedia.com  1640 AM,  SLC, UT.  Live, local, two way.

www.preppercon.com   Upcoming expo April 21st and 22nd, 2017 in SLC, UT.

www.survival-medical.com  Our show sponsor.  First Aid Evolved.


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