Friday, February 12, 2016

PrepperCon Radio Episode 18, 2 03 16 Prepare: Edible landscapes and sq. ft. gardening with Beuna Tomalino

Our guest for this week with Beuna Tomalino of  Unfortunately there was a problem with recording this week so this radio broadcast is not available.  I also forgot to bring the video camera as well so we are completely out of luck.  My bad.

However. to learn more you can visit Beuna Tomalino's web site   She teaches classes regularly along the Wasatch Front and is also available for individual coaching.

Beuna is a garden coach and author of several books about gardening and herbs.

 I have this one for myself.  It has quality color photos to help identify band find the plant.  It also describes where the plant grows, how to identify it, a history of the plant, native american and other suggested uses and how and what parts of the plants to use.  Good stuff!

Gardening and being able to identify wild edible plants where you live and where you plan on bugging out is an extremely important aspect of prepping.  Most herbs, whether wild or grown in your garden not only flavor your food but also have medicinal uses.

I continue to build my resource library by adding important books like these.  I hope that you are too.

PrepperCon Radio Episode 19, 2 10 16 Protect: Non-traditional and improvised weapons.

We had fun with the topic today... and several callers with great comments.  There are almost  unlimited ways to improvise weapons for self defense or the zombie apocalypse other than guns.  This was our topic for the day.   Our objective was to open the minds of our listeners to consider the possibilities.  No matter where ever we may be at the moment an improvised self defense weapon is likely to be close at hand.  

This one is particularly mean looking but many improvised weapons are not as apparent.  Consider the following list.

1.  Hammer/pry-bar.  My favorite: a demolition hammer/tool.   More people are killed with hammers than with rifles.  
2.  Tomahawk.  There are many different versions.
3.  "Rambo" Knife.  Or Crocodile Dundee type knife.
4.  Re-curve Bow (and arrows)
5.  Bows improvised from PVC, skis, and other methods.
6.  Mace / Flail.  There are many ways to improvise a version of this weapon.
7.  Machete
8.  Kukuri
9.  Sling Shot
10. Broom Stick / Cane
11.  Fire Extinguisher
12.  Toilet tank lid.
13.  Monkey fist.
14.  Belt
15.  Tactical Pen / Flashlight
16.  Wasp / bear / hair spray
17.  Golf club
18.  Ice Axe
19.  Frying pan / rolling pin
20.  Hedge trimmer / various yard tools
21.  Collapsible baton
22.  Lamp / Lamp cord
23.  Brass knuckles

Look around the room you are in right now and become aware of what you could quickly grab to use as a striking weapon or something that could shield you in case of attack.  

Listen to the archived broadcast on K-Talk Media here:

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Sunday, February 7, 2016

It's TEOTWAWKI and I feel fine.

I'm actually amazed that I have not seen this play on words yet.  Maybe I just don't get around enough.

What image does this phrase create in your mind?  One of complete destruction or does it bring thoughts of a community coming closer together?  Likely this depends upon where you live, your level of preparedness and state of mind.

I don't know if many others, beyond myself and other preppers, could or would agree.  For me this statement would be true if and when we get to that state.  At least that is my hope and goal for which I am preparing.  We'll see when it actually comes to pass.  For those of you who don't know what TEOTWAWKI is, it is not a native american word but rather an acronym for The End Of The World As We Know It.

The end of the world as we know it refers to a condition such as SHTF (S#!T Hits The Fan), social and economic collapse, the "Apocalypse", the last days or simply the 'end of the world'.  A time when everything we know and understand will be turned upside down, put in a blender on liquefy, and chaos will be the new norm.    

This is when the scriptural reference "If ye are prepared ye shall not fear." truly comes into full effect both spiritually and physically.

For those of you who are watching, TEOTWAWKI is quickly becoming more and more inevitable.  Which is fine with me.  Throughout all of time civilizations have gone through rapid changes.  Why would we expect anything to be different now?  If we see it coming and are preparing for it then we should be able to cope with the change.  I say; Bring it!

Here are 5 tips on how you can prepare to survive and adapt to a life changing event:

1.  Change first.  If you've already changed your lifestyle to the extent possible that will accommodate living without the comforts and conveniences of modern technology then you can meet the challenge head on.  This change must also include a change of your state of mind.  You can prepare now by learning about how our ancestors lived with the technology of their day.  Learn the skills and obtain the tools you'll need.  Simply learning and practicing to live more simply will prepare both your mind and body.  

2.  Build a library of good books.  Don't rely on always being able to Google everything.  Find a good old set of the Encyclopedia Britannica at a local yard sale or classifieds.  Get you favorite books in hardback including old school books of history, math, science, etc.  Don't forget "How-to" books on gardening, carpentry, and other skills.

3.  Plant a garden.  It can take years to become proficient at gardening; growing enough for a family to eat everyday as well as to store away for the winter.

4.  Become self -sufficient.  Becoming self-sufficient doesn't mean that you have to grow or hunt every bit of food you need but rather start now to make the connections and relationships with others that have other skills and resources and establish a method of bartering with them for the supplies and services you'll need.

5.  Learn a trade.  Just as has been done for thousands of years, learn a trade such as woodworking, construction, sewing, farming or one of a hundred other trades and you'll be valuable in the community.  Acquire the tools and skills you'll need for your chosen trade and you will be valuable in your community and can barter with your skills.

Of course there are many other tips I could add but these five are a great place to start.  Most importantly, realize that things change, sometimes dramatically, and that doesn't have to be a bad thing.    

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Survival Wisduhm #1. Lifespan of a lightstick?

Chemical light sticks can be an important part of your emergency preparations.  Low cost, no batteries to wear out, change or leak and are basically ready on demand.  They are, however, only a one time use so I have never found much use for them as I usually have a flashlight on hand.  This is also why I was able to find a light stick that had been expired for over 13 years in my stash of supplies.

Consider though, if you are only in need of a low level of light and don't want to waste your only set of flashlight batteries, or if there's a deep dark pit that for some reason you need to check the depth of, consider using a light stick instead of a flashlight.      

Another practical use for light sticks is for children.  If my kids are given a flashlight the batteries will likely be quickly wasted as they will leave it on and forget about it.  Also, the soft glow of a colored light stick can make a power outage or other emergency less scary to them if they have their own to play with.  

Although this 13 year old light stick in the video lit up brightly at first after a few hours it quickly became very dim.

Holster, holsters, holsters!

WHY do I have SO many holsters!?  The answer: Because, when I bought them I really didn't know what I was doing.  You may also have the same experience.

Many of you, I am sure, have tried lots of different kinds of holsters like I have.   Inside the waist band (IWB), outside the waste band (OWB), tuckable, leather, kydex, sticky, one size fits many, pocket, shoulder, appendix carry, small of the back, ankle, etc., etc.   There are SO many different options that it can be difficult to choose.

Those of us who carry often, if not everyday, and have different handguns, have at least two or possibly more different kinds of holsters for each pistol.  I would bet that many of those holsters never get used anymore, or maybe never got used much at all.  Why?  Because you probably didn't know what kind or type of holster you really needed or exactly how you were going to carry.  That's OK, because like everything else, it takes trial and error to gain knowledge.

Allow me to help you shorten your learning curve a bit with a few tips from a guy who has already been through the process.

Tip #1.  Stay away from "one size fits many" holsters.  Yes, they are cheap, and you get what you pay for.  Proper handgun safety is not just about how to properly handle a handgun but also how to properly carry and store it too.  Soft holsters, like many of the one size, do not provide the trigger with the best possible protection and do not typically hold the handgun firmly and securely.

Tip #2.  Choose a holster that was made specifically for your model of handgun.  This will ensure that the trigger is adequately protected and that it stays in it's holster until you choose to remove it. These are usually molded to an exact fit.

Tip #3.  Use a quality leather. or other stiff belt that is at least 1"wide. There are many concealed carry systems that do not use a typical belt but have their own belt or other way to bind it close to your body.   So far, I haven't found anything that I like in this arena.  If you are a woman and do not wear a belt, one of those other methods may work for you.  I am focusing this blog post on typical holsters meant to be worn on a belt because I do not know of any better way that allows you to both comfortably carry the weight of the pistol as well as access it as quickly.  Carry it on a sturdy belt at your waist.  Your ankle is much too far away to reach for your pistol and be discrete or quick about it.  This may be a great place to carry a back up gun such as a lightweight compact revolver.  Anything heavier will just become annoying.

Tip #4.  Bring more gun to the fight.  The right belt and holster will allow you to more comfortably carry a full size or compact handgun.  Anyone who knows me knows that I am NOT a fan of pocket pistols as your EDC gun.  I will concede that unless you have NO other option to carry it is better to have something than nothing.  You will be much better off to adjust the way you dress to the kind of weapon you carry than the other way around.  You should have your gun ON you at all times.  Having your handgun in a bag or otherwise away from and off your person can spell trouble when it's critical.  

Tip #5.  Don't cheap out.  Next to your choice of handgun your holster selection is the most critical for every reason I listed above.

Tip #6.  Comfort is paramount!  If your holster is not comfortable you probably will not want to wear it all the time.  Mine goes on after the shower and before my shoes and stays on me until I put my jammies on and tuck myself into bed.  The less often you carry your handgun the more often you are vulnerable.

I have narrowed my choice of brands down to just a few.  Sure, Galco are nice.  They make a quality product for a decent price.  I've own plenty.  Blackhawk too are very good.  There are lots of others that make quality products as well.

The company I want to highlight today is Stealth Gear USA.  As I write I am wearing the brand new Flex OWB holster.  I feel pretty special that I have one before it is even available on the web site yet.  This holster is so light, slim and high riding all I need is a t-shirt to conceal it.  Ok, it does print a little more than an IWB holster would but honestly, I don't care.  I perceive a little higher level of comfort initially having it outside of my pants, at least compared to my Galco King Tuck IWB holster which I had worn for several years, but a much higher level of comfort over the length of a full day.  Because of how high it rides, and how flexible it is, I can easily wear it all the way around from appendix carry in the front to 4:30 - 5 o'clock in the back.

The quality is superb and second to none, and they are made right here in the good ole US of A.  Besides the excellent quality, the feature that really stands out to me is how high it rides on my belt.  This is a good thing and in no way restricts movement.  When I reach for the pistol nothing is in the way because of it's height above my belt.  With a slight bend at my torso as I lower my center of gravity and prepare to move, which I have incorporated into my drawing stroke, I am able to get a perfect positive grip on my weapon the first time, everytime.  The right words I believe to describe the feelings I get are; intuitive and natural.  Love it!  No, really!

Another unique feature that caught my attention on this Stealth Gear USA Flex OWB holster is the Kydex at the muzzle of the pistol is wrapped under protecting the edge of the barrel.  I assume that this is meant to further eliminate the possibility of the pistol being pushed up and out of it's secure place in the holster from whatever I may lean against.  I like that little extra added measure of safety.    

I will have my hands on the Onyx IWB very soon and will give you my thoughts on that one as well, but for now I am more than happy (almost nearly ecstatic) with the Flex OWB by Stealth Gear USA.  I am truly loving this OWB Flex holster and will be wearing it as my EDC go to holster for the foreseeable future.

Watch the PrepperConTV YouTube channel for my video review coming soon.

But seriously, check out www.stealthgearusa,com.


Friday, January 29, 2016

"You just bought what?!"

"The world financial system is collapsing and you just bought an ipad!?" I recently said to my wife.  Granted, she did buy a very lightly used one and got quite a good deal.   Wait!  Just smack me upside the head.  I don't care how good of a deal it was.  There will be a day very soon I fear when she will wish she had that money in her pocket instead of that outdated electronic.  For me, that day is today.

Right now, at this very moment in time, is when you should't spend even a dime on anything that isn't absolutely necessary; that does not increase your level of preparedness.

January has been the worst opening weeks of the stock market, ever!  The bond markets and currencies all over the world are crashing.  Commodities are crashing.  I personally can't see any positive news concerning the economy anywhere.

So, what should you be doing with your 'extra' money?  Well, that's for you to decide.  My kids won't even listen to me.  They have to learn for themselves, and so did I.  I'm sure that's the case with most everyone.  Nobody likes to be told what to do.  Especially not me.

That being said, I'm gonna tell you what you should be doing anyway.

First, don't spend a dime on anything that isn't absolutely necessary.

Second, get your money currency out of the banking system.  Cash out your 401k and close out any money market accounts.

Keep some cash at home, under your mattress if need be.  Obviously you'll need some cash in the bank to pay bills.  Keep that to a minimum.

Turn your fiat, counterfeit US dollars into real money and buy silver and gold.  Precious metals and other hard assets are some of the only things that will retain their value in a currency collapse.  I believe that not only will gold and silver hold value but this time they will skyrocket in value, especially as measured in US dollars.  When this happens, be ready to trade them for more supplies and pay off debts.

Invest in solar and wind power for your home.  Incorporate back up batteries into the system.  This kind of system will benefit you in two ways.  You'll cut down your power bills as well as create a back up power system in case of an outage.

Perform any home improvements that you have delayed such as a new roof or adding insulation to your attic.  Make your home more secure by adding locks and security films to the glass.  Replace the carpet with laminate or hardwood flooring.  Replace light bulbs with LED bulbs and upgrade your old inefficient appliances with newer, more efficient ones.  Add a wood burning fireplace/stove.

Build your food and water storage to last up to one year or more.  Purchase water filters and methods of water purification.

Purchase hand tools that would take the place of the power tools should electricity become unavailable.  Hopefully you already have basic hand tools like screwdrivers, hammers, hand saws, etc. but also consider purchasing a hand drill, hand planers, chisels, axe, hatchet, shovels, etc.

Stock up on everyday supplies so that you have multiples of everything.  This should include items like toilet paper, toothpaste, soap, cleaning supplies, medications, vitamins, and the list goes on and on.

Basic Essentials.  This list can also go on and on and would include items such as matches, lighters, batteries, flashlights, sleeping bags, tent(s), medical kits, hiking boots, jackets and other outdoor clothing, backpack(s), etc.

Guns & Ammo:  You MUST have a way to protect and defend you family and preparations. If not, then you must be prepared to run away and possibly lose everything.

Payoff Debts:  Although you may think that if there is a financial collapse that our personal debts could be wiped away.  Don't count on it.

There will be an extended time while utilities and other services are still available but everyday life will become much more difficult.  Resources will become scarce and crime will be the norm.  It will then become too dangerous to go to work or even go to the store.  You must prepare now, before it becomes too difficult.  Don't waste a dime on anything that isn't absolutely necessary for you to adequately prepare.

PrepperCon Radio Episode 17, 01 27 16 Thrive:

Mr. PrepperCon and The Prepared Guy talk about how you can thrive during an economic collapse.  Silver and other commodities; real tangible stuff, will be the currency during and after a collapse.

There is lots of information that we were not able to talk about today concerning silver.  What is the best form of silver to purchase?  Coins?  Rounds? Bars? Junk silver? Stirling silver?  Watch for my upcoming guide to buying precious metals.

You can listen to the archived broad cast here:,%20Silver%20Value,%20Barter.mp3

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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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