xmlns:og='http://ogp.me/ns#' October 2015 ~ The Prepared Guy

Friday, October 23, 2015

EDC Revisited

On our most recent PrepperCon radio show we had a brief conversation about every day carry items, otherwise known as EDC.

Take a look at my previous EDC post: http://www.preparedguy.com/2014/10/edc.html from a while back.

They are as many different versions of EDC as there are personalities and people.  What you carry is a very personal choice.  My EDC items are constantly evolving.  When I find something that works better, saves space, lightens the load, etc. then it gets replaced and the old item becomes a backup.

Here is a list of the items that I carry on my person, work bag and in my vehicle including my bug-home bag.


1. Springfield XD-9 Subcompact (9mm semi-auto handgun) in a Galco King Tuck IWB (inside the waist band) holster. On a good quality, sturdy 1.5" wide leather belt.
2.  Spare magazine.
3.  Victorinox swiss tool.
4.  Spiderco Manix 2 pocket knife.
5.  Olight S10R rechargable flashlight.  Multiple settings up to 200 lumens.
6.  Hat / Ball cap
7.  Jacket (appropriate for the weather)
8.  Vasque hiking shoes.
9.  Pen
10.  Smart Phone
11.  Wallet with cash
12.  Watch.  Suunto, Casio or Victorinox (depending upon the activity)
13.  Clothing appropriate for the activity.

Work bag:

1.  Energy bars/snacks
2.  Essential Oils
3.  Excedrin
4.  Collapsible baton
5.  Extra pair of eyeglasses
6.  Pens
7.  Backup flashlight
8.  Extra batteries
9.  Notepad
10.  TP
11.  Compact headlamp
12.  Sharpie
13.  Glow stick
14.  A little extra cash
15.  1 oz. silver round
16.  Swiss card
17.  Pepper Spray
18.  Compact tool kit.
19.  Small roll of duct tape.
20.  Cordage
21.  N95 Mask
22.  Bandana


1.  Winch
2.  Tow straps, shackels, snatch block, tree protector.
3.  Jumper cables
4.  CO2 air tank.
5.  Jump kit (EMT first aid kit)
6.  Empty 1 gallon gas can.
7.  Folding shovel
8.  Spare Hat
9.  Wool blanket
10.  Tool kit.
11.  Flat tire repair kit (plugs)
12.  Duct tape
13.  Contractor grade garbage bags
14.  Folding saw
15.  Hatchet or axe.
16.  400 watt inverter
17.  Water bottle
18.  Work gloves
19.  Snacks
20.  Bug-Home Bag
21.  Cold weather gear (Seasonal)
22.  1 Gallon water
23.  Sewing kit
24.  Search light
25.  Zip ties

Bug-Home Bag:

1.  Fire starting kit. (matches, lighters, ferro rod, tinder, etc.)
2.  First aid kit.
3.  Additional ammo.
4.  Flashlight/headlamp(s) and extra batteries.
5.  Emergency blanket (heavy duty)
6.  Fixed blade knife.
7.  Folding saw
8.  Glow sticks
9.  Energy bars
10.  Water filter
11.  Collapsible water bottle
12.  Leather gloves
13.  100' Paracord
14.  Sunscreen
15.  Hand sanitizer
16.  Compass
17.  Duct tape
18.  Gore-Tex hooded jacket
19.  Signal Mirror

Cold weather gear:

1.  Winter hat
2.  Glove liners
3.  Winter gloves
4.  Baklava
5.  Goretex shell pant and jacket
6.  Fleece insulating layers.
7.  Snow boots
8.  Snow shoes (opt.) and poles
9.  Hand warmers
10.  Extra winter socks.

Additional optional gear depending upon the destination:

1.  Winch anchor
2.  Gas cans (roof mounted)
3.  Fire extinguisher
4.  Additional tools
5.  Additional water filters and containers.
6.  Long rifle.
7.  Hiking boots

There are plenty other items that I could add to these lists.  These items represent the minimum gear that I will carry on a daily basis.  

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Alternative Cooking Methods

A one hour show goes so incredibly fast that we just don't get much time to take or answer questions, or nearly as much time as i'd like. So, here are a few things i'll expound on from listener questions from last weeks (our 2nd) PrepperCon Radio broadcast.

Yes, dutch oven cooking in our modern day with modern charcoal briquettes is a great way to cook whether you are camping or just to prepare an excellent dessert in your back yard.  The charcoal briquettes that we use for nice even heat to our cast iron cook wear are manufactured through a fairly complex process.  To attempt to make your own briquettes would be, lets say, complicated.  You can, however, make your own charcoal.  Now if you desire to make your own charcoal to use with your dutch oven you probably will find that it doesn't make a whole lotta sense.  To make charcoal takes lots of heat and in my view is counterproductive if you intend to use the charcoal with a dutch oven.  Search YouTube for some DIY videos.  It makes much more sense to cook directly over a fire with your dutch oven than to make charcoal for use with it.

There are other reasons to make your own charcoal that do make sense such as charcoal for water purification otherwise known as activated charcoal.  Many water filters include an activated charcoal element.  You can learn more by again searching the many YouTube videos available as well as google.  Charcoal can also be used in making soap.

Charcoal briquettes are inexpensive and store easily for a very long time.  My advice, stock up.

If you haven't looked into cooking with a solar oven then you might be surprised at how well it works.  Jump on YouTube and do a google search for the same and you'll find some great info.

In order to adequately prepare for as many conditions as possibly you should also consider preparing for many different methods of cooking.  These methods can include; over a wood burning fire, charcoal briquettes, solar radiant heat (solar oven), propane stoves including your backyard BBQ, alcohol, kerosene, white gas and butane stoves and i'm sure that there are other methods as that you'll come up with as well.  

Kerosene Stove

Propane Stove
White gas stove

Butane Stove

I have also previously reviewed the Titan Ready USA - ECO HERC oven and found it to work very well.  This oven uses tea lights. 

PrepperCon Radio (Fiasco) Episode 3, 10-21-2015 With Ms. America Julie Harmon (Well, almost)

This weeks broadcast got kinda messed up and we had to improvise, a lot.  Our guest was meant to be Ms. America Julie Harmon.  Formerly Ms. Utah her platform is emergency preparedness and self reliance.  It would have been great to have her on but unfortunately she had some troubles that prevented her from making it.  I guess she should have been more prepared.  :-)

Please take a look at Julie's platform promo video to help better prepare yourself.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRBSJ7X-Bas

Julie was one of our ambassadors for the April PrepperCon expo at the South Town expo center

We also suffered some technical difficulties which made the overall show a bit of a fiasco.  I won't go as far as to say we weren't prepared, because the prepared guy is always prepared, right?  We claim to be preppers and not radio show producers, at least not yet.  I take any kind of experience like this to be a learning experience.  So keep listening.  There's no where but up from here.

You can listen to the archived broadcast on the K-Talk radio web site here: (if you really want to),   http://www.k-talk.com/index.php/archive/

You can also watch and listen to our broadcast on the PrepperConTV YouTube channel here:

PrepperCon Radio Episode 2, 10-15-2015 with G. Michael Hopf

On our second episode of PrepperCon Radio our guest was G. Michael Hopf. Author of several post apocalyptic books.      http://www.gmichaelhopf.com/

Both Scott and I enjoy the reads as they provide valuable insight to what life could be like after a major catastrophic event such as an EMP.

You can listen to the archived broadcast here: http://radiorecast.com/ktalk/archive/PrepperCon%20Radio/2015%201014%20G.%20Michael%20Hopf%20.MP3

 or at our YouTube channel here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTgtySjL_NI

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Nuclear Radiation - Should I be concerned?

Our very first question on our very first radio broadcast of PrepperCon Radio was quite an insightful and hopefully an eye opening question for many listeners.  The caller was concerned about potential radioactive fallout and what could be done.  You can listen to the question and to my on air response at the K-Talk.com archives, Episode 1 starting at about 13:40.

I wanted to expound on this subject a little more as our 1 hour time slot isn't truly enough time to adequately address even this subject nor the many others that were touched upon.

Should you be concerned about radiation exposure?  Yes, you should be very concerned.

Following the Fukushima, Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster, when the earthquake and subsequent tsunami destroyed the nuclear power plant the atmospheric levels of radiation have increased dramatically.  This is due to the explosions at the plant during the natural disaster as well as continual radiation leaks into the atmosphere from steam and into the ground water and into the ocean.  The jet stream and tidal currents bring that radiation directly to the Western US coastline and directly over the continental US.   

The official government published acceptable level of atmospheric radiation has been raised so as to not cause alarm.  However, you should be alarmed.

Many experts estimate that the rise in atmospheric radiation increases our chance of developing Thyroid cancer by 70% or more in children as well as higher risk of other types of cancer.    

There are many reports and much more information about the Fukushima disaster online including YouTube.  Here is a recent one that will knock your socks off!

The radiation levels previously estimated that would reach the US in actuality were 29x higher than estimated!

If you haven't already, do your research and learn for yourself.  In the mean time it would be a good idea for you and your children to take an iodine supplement to help protect your thyroid.  If your thyroid gland has a source of good iodine then that will reduce the amount of radioactive Iodine-131 that it can absorb.  This is the reason that Potassium Iodide tablets are used during nuclear emergencies.  Did you know that your government has been purchasing millions of doses of potassium iodide recently?

Taking vitamin C and E regularly can also help protect you from the effects of radiation exposure.      

Should you be concerned about nuclear fallout?  Sure.  

The risk of nuclear war seems to be increasing.  It may appear to some to be inevitable. A nuclear confrontation between the USA and Russia will wipe out all of humanity.  I don't personally believe that this major event is likely to happen any time soon, if at all.  But I do believe that it is likely that there may be isolated events in the future which may include actual nuclear fallout.  The only way to completely protect or isolate yourself from fallout or direct radiation exposure is to be underground or between layers of thick concrete, which must also incorporate appropriate air filtration.  Building a bunker is quite low on my list, but it is on my list.

My advice for you; evaluate for yourself what you feel are your highest priorities and make plans to move forward with them.  A bunker provides many advantages but also many disadvantages.  For nuclear disasters there is nothing better but for social chaos there may be nothing worse.  Do your research, evaluate your options and move forward.      

Our biggest and most immediate concern is the increased ambient radiation that has been leaked first from Chernoby, and continues to leak from Fukushima and also from the many nuclear power plants around the world that are almost continually leaking radiation into our atmosphere.  

You can purchase one of these radiation detector cards to help you monitor your own personal radiation exposure.


PrepperCon Radio Episode 1, 10-07-2015

It has begun.  Our first broadcast of the official PrepperCon radio show on SLC radio station K-Talk, KTKK, AM630.

Scott Stallings, the CEO and Founder of PrepperCon and myself, The Prepared Guy, host the show.  We talk about all things preparedness and survival along with our expert guests and sponsors.

We broadcast every Wednesday morning at 9AM mountain standard time.  You can listen live at http://www.k-talk.com/index.php/listen-live/ with the K-Talk app from Google Play.  https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.viastreaming.KTalkRadio or you can listen to past broadcasts on the archive at http://www.k-talk.com/index.php/archive/.

We will also post the show to the PrepperConTV YouTube channel.   You can watch our first broadcast here.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ijtv_nZBssE  Video and audio quality will be better next time... I promise.

October 28th our guest will be Miss. America (and Miss. Utah) Julie Harmon who's platform is Emergency Preparedness.

Be sure to visit http://www.preppercon.com/ for info on our next expo in SLC on April 14th and 15th, 2016 as well as upcoming 2016 expos in Dallas/Fort Worth and Denver.

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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