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

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.



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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