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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Prepper Talk Radio Episode 46, 08 17 16 Seven Habit of Hightly Effective Preppers

The Seven habits of Highly Effective... Preppers.  Because preppers are people too.



Yes, I realize that this has been done before... but not by me.  Besides my opinion is different than that of those other guys.  Stick with me.

#1.  Organization.  Is not just daily or weekly but requires continual effort.  Organization applies to rotating your food storage and other provisions.  Ensuring that your supplies are adequate, accessible and that you aren't missing critical elements.  Do you have plans to bug-out?  What's your plan B? Plan C?  An effective prepper is continually learning, organizing and making adjustments to his plans and supplies.

An emergency situation such as a natural will be chaotic.  Bring some order to that chaos through being organized, not just prepared.

#2.  Continually Practices Skills & Gains Knowledge.  The key to warding off fear and anxiety during an emergency situation is not only to have the gear and supplies you need but also the knowledge that will give you the confidence to remain cool, calm and collected.

#3.  Concentrates on Personal Health and Fitness.  You should be working on this every day, along with every other item on this list.  If you're like me you'll not only want to take care of your immediate family but also your extended family, friends and neighbors.  This can lead to very long and exhausting days as well as the high risk of injury.  Personal fitness should include activities that build and/or maintain muscle, cardio and endurance.  Find the activities that you can and will do everyday that work best for you.  As for me, my daily routine includes push ups, pull ups and time spent on the Total Gym.  Weekends, and whenever my work schedule allows, I add a hike or other activity that gets me moving.  I mow the lawn, pushing the mower rather than using the drive feature.  I stand rather than sit. In general I avoid being idle and stay active throughout the day.  

#4.  Uses resources efficiently.  When you take a shower do you have the water turned on full bore or do you turn it down to just the amount that you need?  Do you re-use mostly drained batteries in low drain devices until you've used every volt or do you just throw them away?  Are you a saver?  Do you not feel any guilt when something you spent money on gets wasted and thrown away?  Boy, I sure do!  I am not a hoarder by any means.  However, I do consider what items may have future use or value before getting rid of them.  I realize that I do not have the space to keep everything that I may be able to use in the future so I have to balance future value with current storage space.

#5.  Teaches others.  When you have been warned it is your duty to warn your brother.  Yes, you are your brothers keeper.  To be a diligent prepper you must also spread your knowledge and teach your family and friends, and anyone else who asks.  We do this for more than just a few reasons.  As we teach others and help our neighbors to become more self sufficient and prepared this decreases the burden on our community should there be an emergency.  As we teach others we become more proficient in that which we are teaching.

#6.  Keeps Quiet.  While it may seem that the previous habit negates this one, that is not the case.  We've all had the conversation when we mention a little something about prepping with a new neighbor or even a family member.  We make a statement or state a fact to illicit a response to better determine their receptiveness to our "message".  Depending upon that response, or lack thereof, we then determine how to proceed in teaching.  However, we need not reveal the critical details of our preps but rather talk in generalities.  If asked directly "How much food storage do you have?" by a neighbor who you have not yet come to know well, or one you know well and know that they don't have squat for their own food storage, should indicate to you what you should and shouldn't say.  In general, nobody needs to know exactly what you have.  Do you have food storage, guns and ammo?  Yes.  Do they need to know the extent of your preps?  Absolutely not.  You can certainly help them to become more prepared without divulging critical information.  Not telling them too much will let them know that you take this seriously and that they should too.  Is it OK to lie in this situation?  "You know, we don't have much yet, but we're diligently working on it."  This could be the truth or an outright lie.  It's up to you how to respond.  As for me; I'm keeping quiet.

#7.  Is Diligently Observant.  What is your perception of our society today as compared to a decade ago?  Are the differences strikingly obvious or just mildly?  Are you taking steps to combat these changes and prepare for their effects?        


Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Prepper Talk Radio Episode 45, 08 10 16 Overlooked Prepper Skills

The list of important daily skills that we regularly overlook is long and detailed.  At least my list is.  On this weeks show we only have the time to talk about a few of the more critical ones.  Besides the obvious, what skill are you neglecting to practice and learn more about when it come to becoming self-sufficient?  You certainly don't want to count on luck to see you through.


While searching for a pic online to go with this post I came across this quote.  A persistent, consistent and concentrated effort will provide for us what we most desire.

Do you know how to find water when it is scarce?  Are you able to care for a wound so that it does not get infected?  Are you handy?  When something around the house is broken can you fix it, or do you have the desire and ability to quickly learn how?  Do you take your cars to the shop when something needs to be fixed or do you first try and attempt the repair yourself?  Do you know how to find good tinder even when it has been rainy and wet?  Are you comfortable and skilled in deescalating a dangerous situation?  How are your problem solving skills?  Have you taken a First Responder course and can provide life saving first aid?  How do you treat someone who is in shock?  



Like I said, the list can go on and on.  Think about what your fears are, where your knowledge is lacking and do a little something each day to improve.  


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Friday, August 5, 2016

Prepper Talk Radio Episode 44, 08 03 2016 - A Preppers Evolution


Do you consider yourself a "prepper"?  How did you get to this point in your life?  Where did your desires to become more self sufficient begin?  I know.  I've been asking a lot of these kinds of questions lately.  This is a very personal process; the evolution from one state of mind or phase of life to another.

For me, I started out as a young boy going on rides in the mountains with my family.  Cub and Boy scouts came next, deer hunting with my Dad and uncles, then independently looking for adventure in rock climbing, caving and in the 'wilderness' (you have to say this word every time in Nacho Libre's voice) practicing survival skills.  I then got married and began to raise a family.  As our family grew so did my responsibilities.  I've always been the "Prepared Guy": the one with the tools and the self taught know how.  This was fueled by the gift of my first Victorinox Swiss Army knife when I was about 8 years old.  My Dad said that I'd cut myself with it for sure.  And I did.  I gave my 8 year old son his own Victorinox pocket knife too.  I too said that he'd cut himself for sure.  And he did.

Now I am what I refer to as a full fledged Prepper.  Where that goes from here is the scene above.  The idea of moving away from the population, starting our own homestead and becoming more self sufficient is very appealing to me.  The desire for a more simple, albeit more physically demanding lifestyle is constantly on my mind.  Some people may think that moving to the country and living off the land is taking a step backward.  I vehemently disagree.  

How are you evolving in your life?  Are you incorporating more or less technology?    




Prepper Talk Radio Episode 43, 07 27 16 The Real News is Behind the Propaganda

Russia targeted US - British Special Forces base in Syria - again. https://sofrep.com/59984/russia-targeting-us-british-special-forces-base-syria/


Are you primarily watching the main stream media?  If you are, here are some REAL news stories you have probably missed.

Massachusetts Attorney General Unilaterally Bans Thousands of Previously Legal Guns
 https://www.nraila.org/articles/20160722/massachusetts-attorney-general-unilaterally-bans-thousands-of-previously-legal-guns

The financial system is breaking down at an unimaginable pace. https://www.sovereignman.com/trends/the-financial-system-is-breaking-down-at-an-unimaginable-pace-20016/ 

Large Investors make the exit:  Big rental investors like Blackstone are now selling properties to current renters.  http://www.doctorhousingbubble.com/large-investors-make-market-exit-blackstone-selling-properties/

AP; Officials 'admit deadly Fukushima meltdown coverup"  http://enenews.com/ap-officials-admit-deadly-fukushima-meltdown-coverup-unprecedented-nuclear-disaster-about-bad-tepco-president-lied-about-meltdowns-cover-grave-issue-unpardonable-breach-trust-video

These are just a few stories about our current condition.  Believe me, there are many more just like these, and worse.




Where do you get your news?  What are distractions and what is real important news?   Are you looking and watching for the signs of war?  Financial collapse?  Market manipulations?  The truth is they are all around us and you'll see them if you're looking.

What steps are you taking to prepare yourselves for these possibilities?  Did you know that our government can now legally lie to us and use propaganda against us?  How do we know what to believe?  Who is telling us the truth and who is purposefully trying to deceive?  The tough part is that you'll have to discern for yourselves.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Prepper Talk Radio Episode 42, 07 20 16 Navigation and Orienteering with JR of Survival Medical

The fact that a magnetized needle will always point North has fascinated me since I was a young boy.  I still have this same fascination and love of orienteering and navigation today.

Do you know how to use a map and compass?  Do you know how to find out which way is North, South, East or West without them?  How's your sense of direction?  Do you rely solely on your smart phone GPS to get you where you need to go?  Why does any of this matter?



Well, honestly, it may not matter right now but some day it may, and likely will, be the only thing that matters to you at a particular moment.  Have you ever experienced the panic of not knowing where you are?  Maybe you have when you were a small child but as an adult there's no reason to have that experience, especially when other people are counting on you.  Knowing some basic navigation skills can keep you calm especially in an otherwise stressful situation.  Practice them the next time you have somewhere to go that you haven't been before. Buy an inexpensive compass if you don't already have one and start learning.  Yes, Wal-Mart has basic compasses in their outdoor and camping section of the store.  I'd bet you have an Amazon Prime membership already.  I prefer a Sunnto or Silva brand compass.  Start with a 'map compass' and learn how to use it with a map and in the field.  Like this one...

Honestly, I hardly ever use a compass anymore.  I believe that is because I have been practicing and honing my sense of direction and map reading skills and applying them in the field for most of my life so far.  I am continually aware of where I am in relation to my surroundings and, like a GPS set to take you to a particular location, and constantly making adjustments to stay on course.





The resources available on line are plentiful so I won't regurgitate them in this blog post.

Take some time to learn about triangulation. declination, magnetic north vs. true north and how to follow a bearing.  Learn how figure out directions without a compass by watching the sun and the stars.  Then learn advanced skills such as how to use hand rails, backstops, base lines, aiming off and blazing.
Not only is learning to navigate a fun activity but also builds confidence when you are away from home in an unfamiliar place.



Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Prepper Talk Radio Episode 41, 07 13 16 Responsible Carry with Rob Pincus

Rob Pincus has become my favorite firearms educator and trainer for many reasons.  The techniques and the philosophy behind everything he teaches make sense to me on every level and is meant to work with exactly how the body works naturally.  When Rob speaks I listen intently.
        




  You can learn more from him at his site:  www.personaldefensenetwork.com  

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Harvest Right

Initially, as part of my food storage comparison, I had included Harvest Right.  I asked them to send me some samples.  They were more than happy to oblige and sent me a box full!  With just a little bit of comparison I decided that I should not lump them together with the other long term food storage companies.   Here is why.


The Harvest Right freeze dryer allows you to freeze dry your favorite foods at home and then store them for up to 25 years when packaged correctly.  I hope you caught my intentional wording there.  

Harvest Right sent me some freeze dried fruits and vegetables as well as a few entrees which they had prepared and freeze dried themselves.  When we spoke they made it clear to me that they should not be compared along side other long term freeze dried foods.  After tasting some of their foods and comparing them to some of the other major food storage brands it was easy to understand why.

With this machine in your home you can preserve all of your favorite foods.  There's no need to force yourself to eat that chili you bought as part of the bulk purchase of that brand name freeze dried food storage you really don't care for, but don't want to see go to waste.  (As I mentioned in my long term food storage comparison I didn't like any of the chili I tried.)  Make your own favorite secret family recipe, freeze dry it, and put it in a Mylar bag with an oxygen absorber and enjoy it several years in the future.    

Let me tell you a little about the food samples they sent me.  I do realize that they are Harvest Right's own recipes and that the taste of my own recipes would vary.

Have you ever eaten a freeze dried purple grape or slice of pineapple.  Wow!  Better than candy!  Did you know that you can freeze dry cheesecake, ice cream scoops and even Fat Boy ice cream sandwiches in their wrappers?!  I didn't!  The scalloped potatoes were amazing!  Their Creamy Chicken with Wild Rice was fantastic!  I imagine that they tasted just about a good as when they were made fresh.  Comparing your own favorite recipes that have been freeze dried in the Harvest Right freeze drier to those of other long term food storage companies is actually not a fair comparison at all!  Not even close!

As part of my long term freeze dried food storage comparison that you can read about here:   http://www.preparedguy.com/2016/06/confused-about-long-term-food-storage.html ,  I realized that there was no way that I could make my review about taste only.  I couldn't make it about cook time, serving size/calories, or ease of preparation.  There are way too many meals, way too many variations.  Taking all of that into consideration, with a few exceptions, they were all the same.  So, why would I waste more time trying to pick them each apart and identify their differences?  Not gonna do it.

The biggest problem that I found between all of the different food storage companies I tried, when it comes to 25+ year shelf life food, is: it all pretty much tastes the same.  Like I said, there are a few exceptions but that doesn't mean that those exceptions are any better.  To achieve such long shelf life the manufacturer must remove all fats and oils that could go rancid.  This removes a lot of flavor.  Some of the manufacturers meals I tried add extra spices and flavoring which honestly just makes the flavor stronger, not better.

A better way to go about your long term food storage is to prepare it yourself.  Yes, with the Harvest Right freeze drier you can make some of the foods you prepare last up to 25 years but I personally wouldn't count on everything you prepare to last last long.  As I mentioned previously, over time, oils and fats will go rancid.  Could they still be edible after 25 years?  Many foods can and will.  What about meats or other foods containing oils and/or fats?  I guess that is possible but I wouldn't bet my life on it.  My suggestion with the foods that you freeze dry is that you rotate them and eat them regularly.  The freeze dry process preserves flavors so well you'll hardly notice that they have been on your cupboard shelves for years.  This way you could keep the shelf life of the food and meals you have freeze dried to less than 7 years which will ensure great tasting food storage.

Now imagine what you could do with the excess fruits and veggies from your garden, or even your Sunday dinner leftovers!

These things aren't cheap, at all.  But, if you're planning on buying a years worth of long term food storage for your family from one of those brand name companies, and if taste and quality is high on your list in importance, you should take a serious look at a Harvest Right freeze dryer.  Once I have installed the new roof on our home that is overdue we'll be getting one.  Priorities, right!?          

https://harvestright.com/

I have not received any compensation for my opinions, other than the most excellent samples Harvest Right sent me.
       

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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