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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The End* is Near! (*of the world as we know it)

What happened to the guy standing on the street corner with the sign that reads "The End is Near!"? Is he not there because virtually everything has gone digital?  I have certainly been hearing different variations of that statement from preachers and evangelists on YouTube.



My next question for you is; Who's job is it to do that? Who has the responsibility to warn our family, friends, and neighbors about what is coming?  I think we all know the answer.  Each of us.  Every man who has been warned should warn his neighbor.  If Homer can do it...  Sorry, bad example. 

So, here is the sign that I am holding up for all to see.  THE END IS NEAR!*

Now, don't be completely pessimistic just yet and also don't go crazy with fear and anxiety.  Do I actually mean what I just said?  Yes, I do.  The end IS near.  With an *.  The * meaning "the end of the world as we know it".  

This kind of event (TEOTWAWKI) has happened more than a few time in our lives.  9/11/2001 was a big obvious one.  The market crash of 2008 was another.  Another question for you to think about; What will be the next thing that changes our world from one day to the next?  The way these things go is that the next event will be exponentially worse than the previous one.  The purpose of this article is not to go into details about these events, but rather to raise a warning voice. 

The end of the world as we know it is very near.  Have you noticed that change is accelerating, even day to day?  And I'm not saying that things are getting better.  All statistics, data, strife, evil, conflict, divide, hate, selfishness, narcissism, along with many biblical events happening all around the entire globe tell me so.  The fact is that the next life changing, world altering event could happen any day.  It could also still be a few years off.  But I don't see how it could possibly be beyond then.  

That's the big problem.  Many economists and other financial 'experts' thought that the dollar was going to collapse years ago.  Others, even decades before that.  Yet the 'powers that be' are able to keep this ponzi scheme of a financial system going far beyond what even they could comprehend.    

I don't believe that anyone can predict anything with any kind of accuracy anymore, if they ever could before, whether financially or otherwise.  Charts, cycles, patterns, mean nothing to me going forward.  We are in uncharted waters.  Looking back won't do any good for predictions either.  Don't let that keep you from looking back though, as it will help you prepare for the coming difficult trials.  

To think that 'it' will never happen to me, here, now, is naive.   It also demonstrates that you do not know history nor believe in the scriptures or prophesy if you do not begin to show your faith and dedication by taking action.  Are the signs not apparent enough for anyone with an eye halfway open to see?  Could tens of millions of people who feel the urgent need, the spiritual promptings, and intense desires to get prepared be wrong?  I really don't think so.  I believe that each of us receives our own call, inspiration from heaven, to participate in the events of these last days before, and to help prepare the way for the second coming of Christ.  Do you want to be left out of the great and terrible events of these last days?  I sure don't!  I feel blessed to live in this time that has been talked and written about for thousands of years!  The culminating event of the creation of the world and all mankind!  Pretty exciting if you ask me.  Horrific too, but that's beside the point.    

To wake people up to our truly awful condition it is going to take more than just a few people like Homer and myself holding up a sign.  Ok, maybe Homer isn't gonna help the cause.  But if there are enough of us out there holding up the sign, then perhaps we all won't look so crazy to those family and friends, who for whatever reason, need but refuse to wake up.

There is no more time to be timid or to hold back.  Time to adequately prepare is short.  How short, I really don't know.  But what I do know is that I would not take a single day from today onward for granted.  Conditions in this nation and the world will not get better.  "This is the last time" are the words that echo through my head.  The last time the lord of the vineyard will nourish his vineyard before he will cause it to be burned with fire.             

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


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The purpose of this site is to provide you with information about what I have learned, my experience, and what my motivations are as a Prepared Guy. I have always felt driven to be ready for any situation by something powerful deep inside me. Being prepared has always served me well. I feel compelled to help others do the same.
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