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

Monday, March 28, 2016

The most neglected yet most important EDC and SHTF prep.

I'm not big on bug-out bags or necessarily bug out specific preps.  Primarily because we are currently planning on sheltering in place.  But more importantly because I advocate for every day, always and all ways preparedness.  The supplies I carry with me are to get me back home should I be caught away when SHTF.  If you are specifically planning on buggin' out and have laid plans and prepared your preps, great.  This still applies to you too.

I'm sure many of you will not agree with me that this is the most ignored and at the same time most important prep.  I say this because it is quite possibly the topic I see the least information and least emphasis about while it is quite possibly the most important thing you could have with you for ANY possibility.

In any emergency scenario, whether it be an SHTF event or a broken down vehicle, it all comes down to relying only on yourself.  If it occurs while you are at your bug out or shelter in place location then that would be a best case scenario.  However, if you find yourself many miles away, nobody but yourself is responsible to get you back.  If you find yourself stranded you are the only one who can operate your own feet to get you to that safe place.

What I am eluding to is one of the first things Lieutenant Dan told Forest and Bubba.  "Take care of your feet!".  This means wearing the right footwear; both socks and shoes.

If Rule #1 of Zombie Land is Cardio then Rule #2 should be Footwear!



What shoes do you wear around everyday?  In an emergency you will quite likely be stuck with only what you have with you.  If you are able to get to your vehicle, where I know most of us carry a good portion of our EDC supplies, then you should either consider yourself lucky or blessed.  Most everything that I carry in my vehicle are redundant supplies.  I can do without them if I have to because I have more of the same at home or bug-out location.  What if for your employment you are you required to wear a dress shoe or other safety shoe?  At times I have owned both dress shoes and steel toe boots that were not very comfortable.  Could you walk 30+ miles in those shoes?  Probably, but what would be the condition of your feet afterwards?  Are you able to run, jump and climb in those same shoes?   If you can't, then maybe you should re-evaluate your daily footwear.

Do you have an extra pair of shoes/boots in your vehicle?  By your desk?  In your EDC bag?  Do you know, and have you, ever walked/hiked several miles in these shoes?

It can be difficult to find a shoe that you can walk 30 miles in comfortably and also wear around the office, but not impossible.

My wife has shoes that she purchased because they fit, were inexpensive and cute.  But after only a few minutes of walking become painful to wear.  Lets hope that you don't find yourself with those kinds of shoes on your feet when there comes a time when you have to sprint away from danger or walk a dozen miles to get to safety.

Before you go on a long backpacking or hiking trip one would typically make sure that the boots you are going to hike in are 'broken in'.  The boot pictured above, a full leather boot, will definitely need to be broken in so that it does not give the wearer blisters or is otherwise uncomfortable.

The boot pictured below has no need of break in time.  However, it is not as durable as a full leather boot.  You can buy this boot brand new and hike 20 miles the same day without problems.


This Salomon boot, and any version thereof may not be ideal footwear for the office but they will get you where every you need to go in absolute comfort!  

It takes time, trial and error to find just the right boots or shoes for your feet.  I can't over emphasize how important it is to take the time and spend the money to find the right boots for your feet.  

I love to hike, backpack and explore so my boots get used and abused often.  Even if you don't do the same you will thank me that you made the effort and spent the money on a boot that can get you through Armageddon comfortably.  If you only use that boot once a year they will be worth every penny when you REALLY need them.  

If there is one item not to cheap out on it is your footwear.  Day to day it may not seem to matter but in a critical situation I guarantee you that it will.


These are the shoes that I wear every day.  They are appropriate for my work and are just about as comfortable a shoe as I have ever owned as well as quite appropriate and capable for light hiking and sprinting away from a zombie infestation.  

Almost as important as your choice of footwear in the apocalypse are the socks that you wear in combination with your shoes.  There are lots of good quality sock brands.  My favorite?  Lorpen.  Best sock for the money if you ask me.  I choose to wear these every day.  Merino wool, or other synthetic.  Medium weight is what I prefer for hiking and mostly a light weight (light hiker) sock for everyday use.  I will usually wear a heavy sock with my full leather boots.



Life may be short but it's too long to endure uncomfortable footwear.


  

Sunday, March 27, 2016

PrepperCon Radio Episode 25, 03 23 16 How to be prepared for Active Shooter and Terrorist Events

Being prepared for an active shooter or terrorists event takes the same mindset as a parent at the swimming pool with their kids.  For me that means a heighten sense of awareness and some specific tools for the situation.  When you travel or are just 'out and about', situational awareness is your first line of defense.  This takes knowledge of what the risks are and lots of practice observing.  So, you'd better get started.

Keep your eyes open and be observant.
Know all of your exits.
Discuss and develop a plan.
Follow your gut instincts.
Run, hide, fight... then help.
Evaluate and modify your EDC items/kit.  Keep it with you.
Is your EDC trauma specific?  (Tourniquet, trauma bandages, etc.)
Do you have the knowledge and training to help?
Have you made critical decisions before you become part of a critical situation?
Stay Calm!  Use you head  
Stay away from crowds.
Listen to the radio, watch the news for current info.
Decide how you will respond.





Some specific recommended gear:

1.  Tactical flashlight (200 lumens min.)
2.  Trauma First Aid Kit. (tourniquet(s), trauma dressings, clotting agent)
3.  Pocket Knife.
4.  Firearm
5.  Back-up Gun (BUG)
6.  N95 (or better) masks/respirator
7.  Leather gloves
8.  Cell Phone / Radio
9.  Cash
10.  Hand sanitizer
11.  Latex gloves
12.  Appropriate clothing and footwear.


Source: Getty Images


Thursday, March 17, 2016

PrepperCon Radio Episode 24, 3 16 16 Protect: The AR vs. the AK

Our guest again this week is Jeff Kirkham of ReadyMan.

Are you an AR or AK kinda guy/gal?   Me?  AR.  Jeff Kirkham of ReadyMan?  Neither.  Although I was already familiar with the Robinson Armaments XCR I didn't appreciate what a superior platform it is until after this show.

 




For better audio you can listen to this archived broadcast here:

http://agreat.space/ktalk/archive/PrepperCon%20Radio/2016%200316%20AK%20vs%20AR%20with%20Readyman.mp3


Links:

www.readyman.com

www.readymanstore.com

www.robinsonarmament.com

www.k-talk.com

www.preppercon.com




Thursday, March 10, 2016

PrepperCon Radio Episode 23, 3 9 16 - Vital Domes and Tiny Homes

Our guest this week was Alma of Vital Domes.  In addition to talking about their awesome dome shelters we also talked about other ways to provide shelter including tiny homes and container homes.



http://www.vitaldomes.com/

You can come and see them at PrepperCon this year April 15th - 16th at the South Towne Expo Center in Sandy, Utah.




Another form of shelter that we did not get the chance to talk about is the Hexayurt.  Google Hexayurt to learn more.



Wednesday, March 9, 2016

PrepperCon Radio Episode 22, 03-02-16 Prepare: For an EMP, Cache Valley Prepper

Today our guest was Cache Valley Prepper who is a prolific blogger and freelance writer for many of the popular prepper and survivalists web sites that you probably already regularly read.

We talked about the effects of and how to prepare for an EMP whether it be from a CME or high altitude nuclear explosion.



You can follow him on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/cache.valleyprepper?fref=ts

and here:  https://www.facebook.com/SurvivalSensei/?pnref=lhc




You can also listen to the archived broadcast here for better sound quality, (but you might have to endure the commercial breaks):
 http://agreat.space/ktalk/archive/PrepperCon%20Radio/2016%200302%20EMP%20CME%20and%20Cache%20Valley%20Prepper.mp3


K-Tor Power Socket

I first saw this product a few years ago and have wanted one ever since.





We all have the need for electricity during an outage.  What we need to realize though is that this “need” can be truly quite minimal, but only if we are otherwise prepared.

In an emergency, what do I really need to power?  Yes, the refrigerator, freezer and furnace are the most critical but in a long term scenario you'll have to count on more than just a gas generator to keep them running.  The ability to obtain fuel, whether natural gas, propane, unleaded or diesel for a long term need during an emergency, may not be feasible for most of us.  Learn and prepare to do without.

What IS truly critical in a long term electrical outage are the small things.  By small I mean low power consumption devices such as communications, lighting, rechargeable batteries, tablets, and other small devices.  These types of conveniences can make survival more comfortable if not only possible.

Just as with any preps duplicity and redundancy is really very super important.  In an outage how will you provide power for your minimal needs?  Yes, I have a gas generator. Yes, I have a few solar panels and inverters. Yes, I have hand crank flashlights and radios and now I have a K-Tor Pocket Socket that makes 120V power.  The Pocket Socket turns your own energy into electrical energy.  Having many different ways to power your most critical electronics is the key to being resilient.

Not only will the Pocket Socket come in handy during an emergency it is small enough to carry with you where ever you may need it, emergency or not.  The Pocket Socket is operated by cranking the handle at a rate of two cranks per second to achieve 120V. 

This Pocket Socket is ideal for running and charging smart phones, tablets, radios and even recharging batteries.  However, you do need to keep in mind that the time that it usually takes to charge your device when it is plugged in to grid power will be the time you’ll have to put into the Pocket Socket.  For example, my Samsung Note 3 smart phone takes approximately 1 minute to increase the charge on my phone by 1%.  This means that it would take approximately 50 minutes of hand cranking to charge my phone from a 50% charge to 100%.  No, I did not crank the Pocket Socket for 50 minutes to verify that this is completely accurate.  But I did spend several minutes cranking with each of my various devices plugged into the Pocket Socket.

Let me be clear, solar power is and will stay my go-to long term power source. But, when the sun isn’t shining or my battery bank is depleted I’ve found my new power source. 

Although it’s not difficult it does become tedious to crank the Pocket Socket for long periods of time.  Trading off with others with this task will make the work load light.   Now, think, if you are in a true emergency, your phone is dead and have nowhere else to charge it.  The Pocket Socket will quickly and reliably provide you with the means to give your phone enough charge to make the calls you need to.  In my opinion, this scenario alone makes the Pocket Socket worth its weight in gold!  If you want to charge your tablet just so you can play some games, you might not want to spend an hour or more cranking.  However, the Pocket Socket makes it possible when and where it otherwise would not be.



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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