xmlns:og='http://ogp.me/ns#' January 2016 ~ The Prepared Guy

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  There will be a day very soon I fear when she will wish she had that money in her pocket instead of that outdated electronic.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:  http://radiorecast.com/ktalk/archive/PrepperCon%20Radio/2016%200127%20Economic%20Crash,%20Silver%20Value,%20Barter.mp3

Listen live each week on K-Talk Media AM630 in SLC, UT. or download the K-Talk radio app from Google Play or the App Store.



Thursday, January 21, 2016

PrepperCon Radio Episode 16, 1 20 16 Survive: Kris Sanford

For Episode #16 of the PrepperCon Radio hour our guest was world record holder Kris Sanford.  Kris was injured in a car crash in April of 2009 and was diagnosed with quadriplegia.  Kris set a world record for the longest hand bike ride, from Idaho Falls to Huntington Beach.  You can learn more about Kris at spinalride.com.

We talked to Kris about his story and how it relates to being prepared and overcoming challenges.

You can also listen to the archived broadcast here:  http://radiorecast.com/ktalk/archive/PrepperCon%20Radio/2016%200120%20Kris%20Sanford-world%20record%20holder-%20survival%20mindset.mp3

Listen live each week on K-Talk Media AM 630 in SLC, UT. Or download the app for K-Talk Radio at Google Play or the App Store.

YouTube link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_4GEpq6DAw

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Survival Wisduhm #11 - Fire building

I'm sure that everyone in the prepper/survival/outdoor community understands the reasons they should know how to quickly and efficiently start a fire.  Shelter, water, food.  Fire is a form of shelter and should be your top priority depending upon the season.

What is your primary method to make fire?  Windproof, waterproof matches?  Bic lighter? Zippo lighter?  Ferro rod?  Bow drill?  Hand drill? Magnifying glass?  9v battery and steel wool?

There are many different ways to start a fire.  Which is your preferred method?  Which is the easiest method?  Which is the most difficult?

The answers should be obvious.  If not, maybe you need to practice fire building more.  The Bic lighter is the easiest and the hand drill the most difficult.  So, you could conclude that the Bic lighter should be your go to fire starter.  You should have lots of these.  They are inexpensive and last for years.  You can safely carry them in your pocket.  Skip eating out once and you can buy a dozen of them.  Don't cheap out and buy the crappy store brand lighters.

If the Bic lighter is my best option then should I know anything else?  Duh!  Yes!  You should have and learn to be efficient with multiple methods of fire starting.  When it's critical you need to be as quick and efficient at possible: use a Bic.  When it's not, conserve your resources, practice your skills and build your supplies.  When you know how difficult it can be to start a hand drill fire you'll appreciate how precious and valuable your windproof, waterproof matches could be.

Don't use a windproof, waterproof match when a typical stick match will do the job.  Let common sense rule.  You may not consider these conditions in a stressful situation so make decisions and preparations before you have to actually make a critical one.

In the short story "To build a Fire" by Jack London, the inexperience and naivete of the character cost him his life.  He did not recognize the true seriousness of the critical situation he placed himself in.  Be aware and be prepared.
Ok, I confess, the Bic lighter is not the easiest method.  I highly prefer my butane torch but lets be reasonable.  I don't carry a torch in my EDC bag or my bug-home bag.  Why not?  For the same reasons I wouldn't carry a mini-gun to hunt rabbits.        

Thursday, January 14, 2016

PrepperCon Radio Eposide 15, 1 13 16 Protect: with Ben Hansen

Joined again by Ben Hansen of Hansen Firearms Training, Mr. PrepperCon and The Prepared Guy talk Utah concealed carry gun laws.  You had better know this backward and front if you carry.  Ben is both a Utah CCP instructor as well as a SoCal instructor.



If you carry you should know your abilities and limitations.  Do you know about the 21' rule?  (Some now say 28').  Do you know how to defend against a knife attack?  Do you have the skills to take a firearm away from an attacker and know how to keep your firearm from being taken?  Don't always count on being able to appropriately defend yourself with only a gun.

Stan Prueitt of http://urbansurvivors.com/ is one great resource for proper training.

Listen to the archived broadcast here:

You can listen live each week with the K-Talk Radio app on Google Play or the App Store.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Ammon Bundy: Our last hope?

Take a long hard look at this man.  Does he look like or does his demeanor indicate to you or make you feel that he is or should be considered a terrorist?

So far, 2016 has been a heck of a year, and we are only 10 days in!  If you think 2015 was tumultuous wait until we look back on this year!

As much as 75% of all Americans feel that our government is corrupt.  Our congress has the lowest approval rating of all time and the true definition of our society is a 'Police State'.  We are no longer a Democratic Republic but rather an Oligarchy; a government run by big business and elitists.

These facts are no more clear and are no more openly evident than in the cases of the Hammonds and the Bundys.  The over reaching, unconstitutional and obviously illegal actions by all of the government agencies that have a hand in both of these land grabs is not what I intend to write about.  To better understand what I am talking about please watch these videos and read these articles:




This is a lot of information to digest but if you really want to know the truth you must educate yourself.  There is much more correct information like this out there.  Many people do know the truth, but not enough of them.

It is not only a right but it is also our duty to stand up and put off a government who is in such obvious violation of  "We the people's" rights.  At this point, the right question is, will it make a difference?

The 'showdown' with the feds at the Bundy Ranch appeared to be successful, at least on the surface.  It obviously did not stop the federal government from continuing to abuse the rights of the people as we again find ourselves in a similar situation at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge.  Although these situations are somewhat different, the abuse by the federal government is the same.  No one, that I can see, is making a hard stand, except for Ammon and those who stand by his side.

The amount of propaganda concerning this situation is staggering!  If all you do is listen to the main stream media you are likely one of the many people who know nothing about this situation, but do not hesitate to post on social media that these "Terrorists" should be shot or blown up.

I have had the feeling that how this situation in Oregon ends with Ammon Bundy and his direct supporters, will determine or rather indicate the immediate future course of events.  Will power move back to the states or will the federal government continue to expand its control?  If Ammon and his supporters are yet again able to get the Feds to back down and free the Hammonds from their "Cruel and Unusual" punishment then there just may be some hope for the immediate future.  If not, then we will know that the stranglehold that the media and the feds have on the sheeple is just too great.

If Ammon is successful with his goal of encouraging the states to step up and take power back from the federal government it will likely inspire more and more people to step up and resist the governments illegal and unconstitutional actions.  If not, heaven help us!

This has been my distinct impression, which is the reason I am writing this blog post.  After deciding to write this, and thus doing more due diligence, during my research I found that Ammon himself said:  "I feel we are in a situation where if we do not do something, if we do not take a hard stand, we will be in a position where we'll be no longer able to do so."

I fear for Ammon and those occupying the Malheur Wildlife Refuge building.  If they were truly armed and hostile they would have already been swiftly dealt with by the feds.  Since they are not, the feds have to generate as much propaganda disparaging these patriotic men as possible to gain the majority of the sheeples support, so that they can eventually deal with them harshly.  My fear is that the feds won't give in on this one so easily.  They have already shown that they won't give in as the Hammonds have been illegally re-sentenced.

As I was saying, this may very well be a turning point which the feds do not want to experience.  So, I fear that the feds will take this 'all the way' to the loss of life or at the very least falsely imprison Ammon as a terrorist.  I don't believe that Ammon and his supporters will resort to violence or even defending themselves as it will be used against them, thus defeating their purpose.  If it does end in the worst case scenario you can be sure that the reign of the federal government will continue to expand, which will then discourage others from doing what is constitutional afforded to them.  However, to those who know the truth, this will then further expose and confirm the feds real agenda.

There are many people that understand what is going on and know the truth, but do not support Ammon is his actions.  I personally believe he is doing what he feels inspired to do; what must be done.  This is why this situation could be a critical turning point for the American people.  If it ends badly this is likely to indicate that there will be no peaceable way to protest in the future without brute force being applied abundantly by the feds.  Thus, We The People will not be able to meaningfully protest anything that would help to take us back to our Constitutional roots.  

Now, take into account that H.R.4269 - Assault Weapons Ban, which has already been introduced, will ban most every 'assault' style weapon and will pretty much limit Americans to single-shot firearms.  The intent of H.R. 4269 is to "Regulate assault weapons, to ensure that the right to keep and bear arms is not unlimited, and for other purposes."  This would obviously take some sort of an 'event' to enable these traitors to pass this bill through congress.  Keep this in mind when you think of this so called 'standoff'' in Oregon.

 Will Ammon and his supporters become martyrs?  Obama (I even hate writing his name!) in his recent news conference about his new gun control executive orders said that he's not out to get our guns.  Remember all of the lies he has told us?!  Whatever he says, count on the exact opposite to be true, just like with Obamacare.

Friday, January 8, 2016

PrepperCon Radio Episode 14, 01 06 16 Prepare: ReadyMan

Mr. PrepperCon, Jeff Kirkham and I talk about the Hammond/Bundy incident in Oregon and the Presidents new executive orders concerning gun control.

These were just a few of the news stories we hoped to talk about and how we can use them to become better at prepping.

You can listen to the archived broadcast here:


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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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