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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The End* is Near! (*of the world as we know it)

What happened to the guy standing on the street corner with the sign that reads "The End is Near!"? Is he not there because virtually everything has gone digital?  I have certainly been hearing different variations of that statement from preachers and evangelists on YouTube.

My next question for you is; Who's job is it to do that? Who has the responsibility to warn our family, friends, and neighbors about what is coming?  I think we all know the answer.  Each of us.  Every man who has been warned should warn his neighbor.  If Homer can do it...  Sorry, bad example. 

So, here is the sign that I am holding up for all to see.  THE END IS NEAR!*

Now, don't be completely pessimistic just yet and also don't go crazy with fear and anxiety.  Do I actually mean what I just said?  Yes, I do.  The end IS near.  With an *.  The * meaning "the end of the world as we know it".  

This kind of event (TEOTWAWKI) has happened more than a few time in our lives.  9/11/2001 was a big obvious one.  The market crash of 2008 was another.  Another question for you to think about; What will be the next thing that changes our world from one day to the next?  The way these things go is that the next event will be exponentially worse than the previous one.  The purpose of this article is not to go into details about these events, but rather to raise a warning voice. 

The end of the world as we know it is very near.  Have you noticed that change is accelerating, even day to day?  And I'm not saying that things are getting better.  All statistics, data, strife, evil, conflict, divide, hate, selfishness, narcissism, along with many biblical events happening all around the entire globe tell me so.  The fact is that the next life changing, world altering event could happen any day.  It could also still be a few years off.  But I don't see how it could possibly be beyond then.  

That's the big problem.  Many economists and other financial 'experts' thought that the dollar was going to collapse years ago.  Others, even decades before that.  Yet the 'powers that be' are able to keep this ponzi scheme of a financial system going far beyond what even they could comprehend.    

I don't believe that anyone can predict anything with any kind of accuracy anymore, if they ever could before, whether financially or otherwise.  Charts, cycles, patterns, mean nothing to me going forward.  We are in uncharted waters.  Looking back won't do any good for predictions either.  Don't let that keep you from looking back though, as it will help you prepare for the coming difficult trials.  

To think that 'it' will never happen to me, here, now, is naive.   It also demonstrates that you do not know history nor believe in the scriptures or prophesy if you do not begin to show your faith and dedication by taking action.  Are the signs not apparent enough for anyone with an eye halfway open to see?  Could tens of millions of people who feel the urgent need, the spiritual promptings, and intense desires to get prepared be wrong?  I really don't think so.  I believe that each of us receives our own call, inspiration from heaven, to participate in the events of these last days before, and to help prepare the way for the second coming of Christ.  Do you want to be left out of the great and terrible events of these last days?  I sure don't!  I feel blessed to live in this time that has been talked and written about for thousands of years!  The culminating event of the creation of the world and all mankind!  Pretty exciting if you ask me.  Horrific too, but that's beside the point.    

To wake people up to our truly awful condition it is going to take more than just a few people like Homer and myself holding up a sign.  Ok, maybe Homer isn't gonna help the cause.  But if there are enough of us out there holding up the sign, then perhaps we all won't look so crazy to those family and friends, who for whatever reason, need but refuse to wake up.

There is no more time to be timid or to hold back.  Time to adequately prepare is short.  How short, I really don't know.  But what I do know is that I would not take a single day from today onward for granted.  Conditions in this nation and the world will not get better.  "This is the last time" are the words that echo through my head.  The last time the lord of the vineyard will nourish his vineyard before he will cause it to be burned with fire.             

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Survival Wisduhm #5 - Shelter

Shelter should be your #1 concern in a survival situation.  Actually, shelter should be your number one concern every single day.  To prove it to you just look at how you dress every day and how that changes each season.  I bet you live in a home, under a roof with walls and drive an enclosed vehicle.
Dressing appropriately for the weather has been ingrained in my mind since my youth when my mother would yell at me to put on a jacket before I walked out the door.  Not having the appropriate form of shelter could turn an ordinary occurrence into that situation where your actual physical survival is at risk.  According to the survival rules of 3 not having shelter could result in your death within 3 hours in harsh weather conditions.

What's the best form of shelter that you can and should always have with you?  Do I mean that you should carry around a tent or a tarp?  Should you know how to build a lean-to shelter in less that three hours?

What I am referring to is a quality Gore-Tex (waterproof/windproof) hooded light to medium weight jacket.  You would think that this is common sense.  From my experience it is not.  I guess not everyone's parents were as diligent as mine were.  They ensured that I was properly prepared for the outside temperatures before they sent me out to play with my friends, or to my inevitable death from exposure if I didn't have my jacket.  Or maybe they just wanted me out of the house as long as possible.  Regardless, doesn't being comfortable make outside playtime more fun anyway?  

In harsh weather conditions the number one, two and three rules in the outdoors are; 1. Stay dry.  2. Stay dry.  And 3.  You guessed it, Stay dry!

I prefer a medium weight jacket over lightweight because it is more durable and versatile in all seasons and places.  A lightweight rain jacket may be made of rip-stop nylon but it may not have gore-tex or another layer of fabric that is both waterproof and breathable.  Fabric coatings just don't cut.  Gore-tex is the first, the original, and the best if you ask me.  That's why I stick with it.  Yes there are other excellent fabrics available that do the same thing.  Do your own research and figure our what will work best for you.  A medium weight jacket will have a durable outside fabric and a layer of gore-tex or other breathable/waterproof/windproof layer.

This jacket should have an integrated hood because you're just not gonna stay dry in a rainstorm without it.  Most of our body heat escapes out the top of our heads so it is important to keep our heads covered and dry.  I prefer dark color jackets so that when it is cold outside but the sun is shining I can benefit from the extra warmth of soaking up the heat of the sun.

I also recommend that this jacket is long enough to cover your behind and that it have velcro straps at the wrists.  The hood should be able to cinch down to help keep it in place when it's windy and keep your body heat in.

In addition to a quality jacket it is also a good idea to keep a pair of inexpensive polypropylene, or other synthetic material, gloves and long sleeve shirt/pullover with your jacket.  That thin layer of material will help to wick moisture away from your skin and keep you much more comfortable.  Being comfortable in an emergency situation is essential to a positive state of mind.  This layer is also an important way to help you stay dry from sweat and it will dry quickly if it gets wet.  Layers are important in both preparedness as well as clothing.   Make sure your jacket isn't too tight so as to restrict movement and that it is large enough to allow you to wear even multiple layers under it.  

Another item that I find useful and versatile is a Shemagh.  Essentially it is like a large bandana or scarf which can be worn in many different ways to shelter your head and face from harsh weather.  Wind, sun, heat or cold.

Your vehicle is an excellent shelter.  In an emergency situation you should stay with your rig as long as possible.  My blog post on 72 hour kits describes vehicles as another layer of preparedness.  There's no reason to have an empty trunk.  Keep it full up the stuff you might need in an emergency.

If you find yourself in a city or small town I bet you'll find lots of different kinds of shelter that will allow you to get out of the rain, the snow, the cold, or the heat.

Shelter building is an important and fun skill to learn but how critical it is depends on where you find yourself the majority of the time.  Most of us live and work in urban centers where there are lots of people, buildings and vehicles.  Shelter is not typically going to be an issue as long as you have that one key item I mentioned above.  A quality jacket.

A good jacket can save your life.  Make sure you always have one with you.  A little preparation will go a long way.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Prepper Talk Radio Episode 78, 02 15 17 Free and low cost prepping

If only money grew on trees.  Most of us preppers have to make our dollar stretch further than it should.  There are many ways to do this.  Preps don't always have to be expensive.  Stated another way; You don't have to spend lots of money to be adequately prepared.  There are many different ways to prep for very low cost or even free.  Listen in.

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Prepper Talk Radio Episode 82, 03 01 17 What is your inspiration to prep?

Our good friend and show sponsor JR of Survival Medical joined us again to discuss what has inspired each of us to prep.

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Prepper Talk Radio Episode 84, 03 08,17 Doomsday scenarios with Jake Garn

Our friend, local talk show host of "Stand up commentary", and professional photographer Jake "The Snake" Garn agreed to be our guest this week.

We thought it would be fun to discuss a serious topic with a very not so serious guy.  It was lots of fun!  Listen in.

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Prepper Talk Radio Episode 86, 03 15 17 Ham Radio and Emergency Communications

Emergency communications should be at the top of every preppers list of priorities.   Listen in as we talk to Scott Saunders of High Altitude Communications about the different ways to communicate without relying on the grid.

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Prepper Talk Radio Episode 71 KNRS, 01 22 17 Alan Kay and Nicole Apelian...

Alan Kay and Nicole Apelian are our guests for two episodes of Prepper Talk Radio while we spent a few months at our local iHeart radio station KNRS 105.9 FM and 570 AM in SLC, UT., in additional to our show at K-Talk Media on AM 630 and now 1640 AM in SLC, UT.

Alan was the season #1 winner of ALONE staying 57 days alone in the wild.   Nicole placed in the top five of her season surviving 56 days alone. They have a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience to share.  Listen in to our excellent conversation.

Both Alan and Nicole will be at PrepperCon 2017 April 21st and 22nd at the South Towne Expo Center in Sandy, Utah.

Click here for the second episode (73).   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BT_gInRUJ7Q



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Prepper Talk Radio Episode 88, 03 22 17 Silver is awesome! I hope you ...

There are so, so many uses for silver!  Silver is not only real money but also an essential prepper item is many different ways.

Josh Krogue of Silver Support joins us today to talk all things silver.  In my opinion Silver Support make the best colloidal silver available. Check them out at www.silversupport.com 

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Prepper Talk Radio Episode 80, 02 22 17 The toughest questions of prepping

Do you ask yourself the hard questions?  Do you know the right questions to ask?  Do you know how to answer them?

Well, to start, if you don't ask them you'll never know how to answer them or how to respond when you actually have to.

Josh Wiscomb of Survivalogics, creator of Conflicted the game is our guest today.  If you are not familiar with them check them out at www.conflictedthegame.com

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Prepper Talk Radio Episode 95, 04 11 17 - 72 hour kits suck! with JeffKirkham

Would you trust your life to one of these?  Not me!  Listen in to find out why not and how Mr. PrepperCon and the Prepared Guy approach preparedness.  Hint:  Everyday! 

 Our regular guest Jeff Kirkham of Readyman and RATS Tourniquets discusses this topic with us.

This is my go bag.  The Maxpedition Riftcore






Tuesday, April 4, 2017

So you want to put together a 72 hour kit?

The purpose and theory behind the 72 hour kit is a sound idea.  Have at least the bare minimum essential gear, food and water necessary to survive for no less than 72 hours per person in a bag that's easy to carry.  They are loosely based around the survival rules of three.  One can survive three hours without shelter in harsh weather, three days without water, and three weeks without food.  In the event of a serious emergency when you are compelled to leave your home quickly, with only minutes to prepare, just grab it, throw it in your vehicle and leave with only a moments notice.    

In theory this sounds great and many people have bought into it.  There are many flaws with this concept and the vast majority of commercially available 72 hour kits.  Especially budget priced kits.  It's an idea that sounds great in theory but doesn't always work in the real world.   

Let me continue by saying; I don't believe in 72 hour kits.  It is likely that if you purchased a 72 hour kit years ago it's nearly completely unusable now.  Most of the "of the shelf " kits are junk.  If you tried to use some of the components in real world conditions they probably wouldn't last a day.  To put your life in the hands of a cheap kit and stuff you've never used is just plain foolish and could possibly cost you more than just the price of the kit.

A kit should be comprised of tools and supplies that you use regularly that are made to hold up to everyday use.  Only with regular use and practice do you actually learn how to use your gear to survive when it becomes critical.  Try this once with a cheap off the shelf 72 hour kit and you won't be able to use it again.  My advice; avoid them.

I mean seriously, the tube tent that came in that cheap 72 hour kit would barely hold up to a light breeze or a trickle of a rainstorm.  Maybe you alone could make due with it but is it good enough for your family?

Secondly, 72 hours isn't nearly enough in most circumstances.  Thirdly (is that at word?), if you pigeonhole your survival into a 72 longer window there are only three things that you really need.  Shelter, clean water and safety.  Remember, you can go for up to 3 weeks without food.  Some longer and some shorter depending upon our body fat composition.  I carry my 72 hour kit around my waist.  Some people could last through an entire winter.  Most 72 hour kits do very poorly at taking care of the need for shelter as well as water, and most do nothing to address your personal or family safety.   They contain items that are meant to provide the average person with at least a little bit of peace of mind.  They do the opposite for me. 

So, if you're only prepared for an event that last only 72 hour, what happens if no one has come to your rescue after then?  What is the status of your supplies and more importantly where is your mindset at that point?  Is it really your strategy to put your life in the hands of strangers?  Or even worse; the government?!

If you're smart about your emergency preparations you'll have different layers of preps.  Take it upon yourself to ensure that you'll not only survive a 72 hour emergency but also have the tools and the knowledge to thrive far beyond that.  This layering can begin with your supplies at your home, then include your car kits, edc kit, bug out bag, inch bag and bug out location supplies or however you choose.  These will be different for most everyone according to their emergency preparedness plans, bug out or shelter in place scenarios and various other factors that each of you will have to determine for yourselves.      

Here's what I do.  Learn from it, apply what you will and adapt according to your own needs and plans.  There is no one-scenario-fits-all plan. 

I have one bag.  This bag is a "72 hour" kit, EDC kit, bug-home bag and even an INCH bag all at the same time.  Call it my tool kit, survival kit, or go bag.  What it is is a supplement to the EDC items I always carry on me, in my work bag and everything else I carry in my vehicle.  My work and everyday situation does not take me far from my rig.  Now, if i'm in the back country many of the supplies I'll carry are oriented to helping me first to get back to my rig.  Then the stuff I have in my rig are to help me get back to my home base where my family is, as well as the majority of my supplies.

When the SHTF what are your plans?  Do you have a bug-out location chosen, staged and prep'd?  If so do you plan to get there on foot or by vehicle.  Does preparing a 50+ lb bug-out or INCH (I'm never coming home) bag make sense to you and your situation? For me, in our current families situation it does not.  Is there a possibility that our family will need to evacuate our home at a moments notice?  Sure, but the likelihood of such an event is minuscule.  I know this because I have researched and evaluated and practiced and planned and made decisions and preparations about where we live and how we prep.  None of these scenarios or plans involve walking a great distance with packs on our back.  It's not realistic or feasible for us in our current familial situation.  If relocating from our home is the only option then a 72 hour kit by itself isn't gonna do us much good.

The rig that I drive, that is pictured below, is a key part of our plan.  It is very capable in both urban and off road environments and can overcome many obstacles of a disaster or SHTF scenario.  It gives us an edge and the best chance of surviving the widest array of potential situations in our area.  We also have a trailer that can be loaded up quickly if we need a fast exit for an extended period of time.  If you're gonna bug out this way you might as well go adequately prepared.  Go heavy.   I always keep the tank full at the end of the day and have additional fuel stored safely.

Realistically, how much weight can you carry on your back and how far and long can you carry it?  How quickly can you move with it and how agile are you?  Can you shoot accurately while moving and taking cover with it on?  In virtually any SHTF of disaster scenario your personal safety and security will need to be a significant consideration.

My first layer is my EDC gear.  Stuff I carry on my body at all times.  This includes a quality pocket knife, 200+ lumen flashlight, handgun and additional magazine, swiss tool, wallet with cash, watch, cell phone, hat/ball cap, pocket survival kit, the specific kinds of clothes I wear and comfortable but tough shoes.  The season dictates what additional layers I wear.  Don't forget the first of the survival rules of three.  Shelter does not have to be a tent.  It can be the vehicle you're driving or a quality jacket and wearing the appropriate clothing. 

My second layer is my business bag.  The bag I carry for my work.  Most of the bag is used to carry more EDC stuff and not just work files.  Call it my man purse if you want. I don't care.  In it I carry a larger folding knife, collapsible baton, tourniquet, first aid kit, meds and essential oils, spare eyeglasses, lighter, signal mirror, spare flashlights and batteries, N95 masks, hand sanitizer wipes, tissues, Mylar blanket and other stuff that comes in handy everyday including snacks and candy.

My third layer is my vehicle.  There is no reason you should have an empty trunk!  The items I always carry include; a large first aid kit, a vehicle tool kit including jumper cables and other supplies, tire repair kit, folding solar panel (for charging small electronics or the vehicle battery) inverter, road flares, air compressor/CO2 tank, wool blankets, extra water, extra gas can, winch, recovery straps and shackles, large water filter, HAM and CB radios, and many other items.  I carry a water bottle with me in my vehicle that is my primary water source each day.  Remember, after shelter, water is the next most important consideration.  

My fourth layer is my go bag.  The one pictured above.  It's an all purpose, multi-purpose bag.  It holds my most essential and most valuable gear for when I am confronted with difficult situations.  It is NOT a 72 hour kit.  It's contents compliment my knowledge and skills and as well as the other EDC items I carry daily.  It is meant to be effective for an extended duration.  When it come to selecting it's contents quality is the name of this game.  It doesn't make sense to go cheap on anything that I depend upon.  This goes for the Toyota 4Runner that I drive, all of the work I've done to it, including the ICON Vehicle Dynamics suspension system, the Warn winch and lightweight Trail Gear synthetic rope, the Rhino Rack and RotoPax tanks mounted on the roof.  Every single piece of gear I use and include in my go bag and all of my EDC gear I have carefully selected over years of trial and error.  

Here is a basic list of what I carry in this bag:
"Sawyer mini" water filter and water pouches.
Tarp - For shelter and water collection
Myler sleeping bag
Emergency blanket
Large fixed blade (5"+) survival knife - "Survival" knife refers to the style and purpose for which it was designed and made. (ESEE 5)
Small fixed blade (3") survival knife - for small more delicate chores (Morakniv)
Razor knife
Folding saw   
Signal mirror (has a lot more uses than just signaling)
Fire starting kit - ferro rod, lighters, matches, tinder, etc.
Extra handgun ammo (9mm)
Aluminum pot
Food ration bars
Flashlight and extra batteries (Fenix)
Pen and paper (write in the rain)
Work Gloves (Mechanics gloves)
First aid kit/supplies (Survival-Medical.com)
R.A.T.S. Tourniquet
Contractor grade garbage bag
550 Paracord (100')
Diamond knife sharpener
Gorilla tape
Small tool set
Fishing kit
Ziplock freezer bags
UV Paqlite glow sticks

I go through this kit every week.  I add and I take away.  I replace what has been used.  If I have found a better option or better way of doing something then I make a change.

The most important part about this bag is the bag itself.  Supplies will get used up and worn out and you'll replace some of these components.  But a quality bag is the foundation upon which the kit is built.  That is why I chose the Maxpedition Riftcore for this particular use.

Don't forget, the purpose of this kit is to augment all of my other layers but it also stands well on it's own.

My fifth layer is our home base.  This includes all of our food and water storage and other supplies including the food and supplies in our cupboards we eat and use everyday.  It also includes our small garden out back.  This layer also includes the community around us, our neighbors and other resources in the town we live.

Another kit I consider part of this same layer is our cook kit.  It is a rugged container that is on a shelf in our garage.  It contains a camping stove, fuel, utensils, cooking supplies and enough freeze dried meals for the entire family for a week.  When we go camping this tote usually goes with us.  If we need to jump in the vehicles and leave quickly it is at our fingertips.  The food in this kit is freeze dried meals, like Mountain house meals sealed in foil pouches.  They can be expensive but they taste great and have a shelf life from 3 to 7 years or possibly more.  I make sure to include feel good foods like hot chocolate and freeze dried fruits. 

The sixth and final layer is our bug out location.   For us this layer is not yet fully in place although steps are being taken and plans made.  The reasons to bug-out are many but it is not always the right decision and is almost entirely dependent upon where you currently live.  Regardless, where ever you decide to go you either have to take all of your supplies with you or have more already in place.  If you're taking everything with you then you must consider how you'll get there and when is the right time to leave.  For us, the medium to long term plan is to make this bug-out location our permanent home so that we won't get caught in the chaos of bugging out after a disaster.  Getting out early is the key.

The use and need for an actual 72 hour kit for most people is minimal.  Sorry, it's just not that easy.  Having these different layers in place all the time will give you far more autonomy than 72 hours.  Consider your circumstances and evaluate the possibilities.  IF you truly have a situation that requires a bag that you can grab on your way out the door, that can hold everything you will need for only 72 hours just to survive, then build one yourself.  If you only have yourself to be accountable for then that makes survival much easier.  However, when your entire family counts on you then you had better do it right.  Carefully consider your needs, do your research and then practice.  Have all of your other layers ready and ensure sure they are ready all the time.  This really isn't a huge task.   It's called everyday preparedness and it has become a part of my lifestyle.            

Do you have any other thoughts or comments?  Please feel free to share.       

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Prepper Talk Radio Episode 76, 02 08 17 Why we don't prep.

An old friend once told me "Excuses are a sign of a weak mind."  We may all have reasons why we don't take steps to become better prepared but in reality they are just excuses.  What are your excuses and how are you going to move past them?

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Prepper Talk Radio Episode 74, 02 01 17 Real food and natural medicine.

Our sponsor and good friend JR of Survival-Medical.com joined us again this week.  A spontaneous discussion about real food and natural medicine started up.  It wasn't what we had planned to talk about but it was an excellent conversation.

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Prepper Talk Radio Episode 72, 01 25 17 Situational Awareness and Self Defence

Our guest this week was Stan Prueitt of Urban Survivors.com.  Stan is a black belt in several disciplines and has a resume much to long to list.  If you're a fan of 4 Wheel Drive Magazine and the Tough Truck Challenge you may recognize him.  

Listen in.  I think you'll enjoy the conversation.

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Prepper Talk Radio Episode 70, 01 18 17 Prepping Mindset and Awareness

It takes a particular mindset to be a prepper, to be self reliant.  That's really what a prepper is first and foremost.  It's a shame that our lives are so far out of being self sufficient that we have to give ourselves a title that crams us into a box and categorizes us out of the norm of the rest of the population.  The truth is to be self-reliant is normal.  To depend on others for your existence is pitiful and degrading.
Regardless of the box some people put us into, even further denigrating and pigeon holing us by adding the word 'doomsday' before it, all of us 'preppers' know that when it hits the fan many of those people will be looking to us and seeing us in a new light.




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Prepper Talk Radio Episode 69, 01 15 17 The Survival Rules of 3 - KNRS

As part of our introductory course for our new listeners at KNRS 105.9 FM and 570 AM in SLC, UT. we needed to talk about the survival rules of three.  These are essential to know when acquiring your prepping supplies and of course if you find yourself in an emergency situation.

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Prepper Talk Radio Episode 68, 01 11 17 Prepping 101; Plan, Prepare and Practice

Every Wednesday at 9AM MST we broadcast live from the K-Talk Media studios in SLC, UT.  That's AM 630, KTKK.  We are the only live AM or FM broadcast show of it's kind, that I know of.  Go to www.ktalkmedia.com to listen live or download the k-talk radio app to listen most anywhere from your smart phone.

We are in our third calendar year and really enjoy doing the show live.  I look forward to it every week!  K-Talk is the only independent talk radio station in Utah.  It is the third oldest talk radio station in the country at over 50 years old.  Other channel have gone away from two-way talk, not K-Talk radio.  We are happy to a part of the family!

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Prepper Talk Radio Episode 67 KNRS, 01 08 17 Intro to Prepping

This is our first broadcast on our new station iHeart Radio KNRS 105.9 FM and 570 AM in SLC, Utah.  Keep an eye open for our podcasts on iHeart Radio.
This being our first show with this new audience we decided to talk about prepping 101.  Keeping it simple and introducing the basics.



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Prepper Talk Radio Episode 66, 01 04 17 Prepping 101 - Survival rules of 3

What are the survival rules of three you ask?  Well, if you don't already know then you probably haven't been in a survival situation...yet.

Three minutes without air.

Three hours without shelter.

Three days without water.

Three weeks without food.

We preppers base all of our preps around these basic rules when it comes to priority in acquiring what we need for survival.  We also apply these rules when we find ourselves in an emergency situation.

If we are breathing fine but in harsh weather we need to find shelter.  If we are breathing fine, have adequate shelter we then find a water source.  If we are breathing fine, have adequate shelter and a clean water source we then look for a source of food.

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Sunday, January 1, 2017

It's time to go full size!

Which firearm do you carry around everyday?  Do you carry everyday and everywhere you go?  Have you become comfortable carrying it and don't feel self conscious anymore?  Do you train regularly and actually feel awkward when you are not able to carry your handgun at your waist?  Do you carry a spare magazine?   There is a reason for all these questions.  Stick with me.  

Do you carry a small "pocket" gun like an LCP or Diamondback?  Or maybe something a little larger like an LC9, XDS, Shield or Glock 42/43 because they are so much thinner and lighter than a full size? Do you feel like it's time, and that you're ready to take the next step?  I think maybe you should. 

If you ask me, it's time to go full size.  The truth is that a small pocket gun, or anything smaller than a sub-compact, is more difficult to manipulate, reload, and be accurate with than a full size handgun.  Let me throw in the caveat that I realize that there may be an exception or two to this statement.    

Times are changing, social and economic conditions are getting worse and Mr. Trump can't do anything about most of it, at least not right away.  We must take care of ourselves and those who we have stewardship over.  If you have chosen to carry a firearm every day I know that you already realize all of this very well.  I believe that it's time for each of us to step up.  Time to take another measurable step forward to increase our skills and ability to defend ourselves.  For me, it's time to go full size!   

Springfield XD-9 Sub-compact, 3" barrel.

When I say "It's time to go full size." a sub-compact version of a handgun may be your next step as it is the same frame size as the full size version.  Take this XD-9 Sub-Compact for example.  The grip is shorter and the barrel is shorter making it a bit lighter and easier to conceal.  The compact version of this gun (actually an XDM) has the shorter grip but a longer barrel.  There are exceptions such as the Sig Sauer P320 which sub-compact version has a slightly smaller grip size (but same frame) which accommodates smaller hands better.  The compact and sub-compact models of the XD's have an extended magazine with higher capacity and provide a full length grip.  The shorter magazine makes the gun easier to conceal because of the shorter grip.  

Springfield XD-9 Mod 2, Service - 4" barrel.

Those who know me understand that I am very serious about defending myself and more importantly about defending the ones I am responsible for.  The correct choice of firearm for me is nothing smaller than a sub-compact model, which I have been carrying for several years.  This has been an evolution for me.  A process starting with smaller, less capable firearms just like I am recommending to you.  I now feel it's time that I stepped up my game a bit, not just because I am more comfortable with my skills but because times are changing and I feel I need to step it up a notch in order to be adequately prepared.

As to capability, I'm not going to discuss caliber.  Just like the model of handgun you choose must fit your hand like it's meant to be there, as if it's an extension of your hand, the caliber you choose is a personal decision because it more about shot placement than caliber.  This is where your personal choice of handgun, as well as holster, is vitally important.

A full size hand gun adds more benefits including higher round count, longer grip for better control and a longer barrel and sight radius for better accuracy.  The longer barrel also adds some weight which helps to minimize recoil which then allows for quicker follow up shots.  I believe in having the right tool before I need it.  This concept applies perfectly here.   

I already carry a sub-compact so I'm stepping it up to true full size 4" barrel and full length grip as my concealed carry firearm.  Because I already carried a sub-compact I don't really need to make any changes to my clothing or how I carry my firearm.  If you carry an LCP and decide to move up to a full size you'll likely need to make some changes to how and where on your body you carry.  

Smith & Wesson, M&P, 4" barrel, with some nice work done by Salient.

As I already mentioned, selecting, learning about and carrying concealed various different firearms over the years has been an evolutionary process for me.  Now I am making yet another evolutionary step for me in the size of my EDC firearm.

I'm sure you have heard the phrase "Go big or go home."  This couldn't be more true when choosing between a pocket pistol or a full size handgun.  If you carry an NAA Pug in .22 magnum you're only good for a few feet of accuracy whereas if you carry a 4" M&P 9 or Glock 19 your capabilities are far greater.  The more capable handgun will serve you much better in many more situations than a less capable handgun.

That being said I certainly hope that you'll carry something, anything.  Keep in mind that it's not much more difficult to carry a Ruger LCR than an NAA Pug in .22 magnum but the LCR in 38 special, 9mm or even .357 magnum is far more capable.  I hope you see where I'm hoping to lead you.  If you can, go big.  If not, go with as much gun as possible.  

Ruger LCR in .22 WMR, also available in 38 special, 9 mm, .327 and ,357 magnum

NAA Pug in .22 WMR

Prepper Talk Radio Episode 65, 12 28 16 What to prepare for in 2017 - Pt. 2

Our last broadcast of 2016 and we will then find ourselves in our third calendar year broadcasting the Prepper Talk Radio show.  Happy New Year everyone!  Thanks for listening!  We love what we do!

We feel very lucky to be at the K-Talk Media station broadcasting live every Wednesday at 9AM  MST on AM 630 in SLC, UT.  Great people and one of the oldest independently owned stations in America!  You can listen online at www.ktalkmedia.com or with the ktalk radio app.

What are your biggest concerns for this new year?  What are you preparing for in 2017?  Like, comment and subscribe to our YouTube channel(s) and post your questions there. We love interacting with our callers on live radio as well as on social media.  We hope you'll want to be a part of our show!

In 2017 you'll be able to find us not only on K-Talk Media but also KNRS 105.9 and 570 AM iheart radio.  We hope to expand from there to many more stations by the end of 2017.


www.preppercon.com  April 21-22, 2017 at the South Towne Expo Center will be our 3rd year of PrepperCon.   We hope you'll join us!


Prepper Talk Radio Episode 64, 12 21 16 Possible disaster in 2017 - Pt. 1

Part one of two discussions concerning the potential upcoming events in 2017.  We hope you are not sitting back taking it easy because Trump won the presidential election.  This should be the time when you are doubling up on your preps.  We think we know what to expect next year but the truth is that we really don't know exactly what the future brings.  We should expect the best but be prepared for the worst.

 Hopefully the Donald will bring good things for us in 2017 but about many different possible disasters there isn't a thing he can do.  We must be ready to take care of ourselves.  Listen in and comment on YouTube.  We'd love it if you subscribed to our channel!





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Prepper Talk Radio Episode 63, 12 14 16 Christmas gifts for preppers

This has become a Christmas tradition for us.  We are gear heads and we love giving those inconspicuous prepper gifts that help our friends and family become more prepared.




Prepper Talk Radio Episode 61, 11 30 16 Prepper Groups

Our primary sponsor for Prepper Talk Radio is Survival Medical.   The owner and founder of Survival Medical Jon Roberts joined us this week to talk with us about prepper groups.  They have the only first aid kits and supplies that are packaged to be tougher than nature with a shelf life of up to 20 years.  

The fact of the matter is that surviving an SHTF event by yourself will be much more difficult that if you have a trusted group of friends or family or a group you have already set up specifically for that purpose.  Listen in on our discussion and comment on YouTube.   

You can listen to all of our previous broadcasts on the KTalk Media archives at http://ktalkmedia.com/ktalk-radio/ 

Listen in each Wednesday morning at 9AM MST on AM 630 in SLC, UT or on the K-Talk Radio app.

Prepper Talk Radio Episode 62, 12 07 16 Growing food in winter, time to ...

Yes, it is possible to grow food in the winter in cold climates.  But you have to be prepared and know how to do it.  Listen in/watch this episode of Prepper Talk Radio for some good info.

In this episode we also talked about how it seems that many of you preppers out there have been lulled in to complacency, at least a little bit, because of Trumps win.  We are at a very dangerous time in history right now.  We hope you don't think that everything is going to improve from here.  Because it's not.  It's actually time to double up on the prepping! That is, if you want to be adequately prepared for what is coming. 

www.preppercon.com  is coming up soon.  April 21-22, 2017 at the South Towne Expo Center in Sandy, UT.  You won't want to miss it! Seriously!

www.preppertalkradio.com  We are expanding the show to new stations and markets. In addition to KTalkMedia AM 630 in Salt Lake City, UT every Wednesday at 9AM MST we are joining the iheart radio group at KNRS where our show will be broadcast every Sunday night at 8PM MST.  You can listen on the iheart radio app.



Portable solar charging; always be prepared.

With all of the high tech devices we rely on every day we can become inconvenienced when they run out of power.  While being able to charge a device is relatively convenient from our vehicles or even from charging stations made available at airports and other public places, do not dismiss the need for alternative charging methods.

When I leave the house I make sure that all of the devices I count daily on are fully charged.  I also have different ways to charge them while I'm away including a power pack and vehicle charging cables.  Because communication is a critical part of my work I try to be as prepared as possible.  In addition to work, my family counts on me as well.  Communicating with them is not only important, it can be critical, and is much more important that just doing my job.         

There are many different brands of solar chargers like this one that are made specifically for the very purpose of charging USB devices.  This particular portable solar panel has two USB outlets for charging anything USB compatible such as your smart phone or tablet.

My EDC flashlight is also charged with a USB cable.  I also carry a portable battery pack which serves to charge my devices when I'm away from a power source.  Any of these devices can be charged with this portable solar panel.

The primary reason that most people would picture themselves using this type of solar panel to charge their phone is when they are hiking or camping in a remote location but still want the conveniences of electricity for lighting around camp, charging a GPS or flashlight batteries for example.        

The secondary reason that I would use a portable solar panel is in case of an emergency, when grid power has been cut off to me.  Being able to charge batteries for flashlights or radios for communication and information is essential.

Another way that I can use a small portable solar panel is on the dash of my vehicle while I'm away to charge a device.  I leave the panel on the dash or otherwise on a seat in the direct sunlight.  It will continue to charge my devices without having to run the vehicle.  Even if you're in your vehicle you can save gas by turning off the vehicle if all you have to do is charge a phone.  And if you really need to be mobile you can attach the panel to a pack or put it over your shoulder and still keep charging.

If you're at a park, sporting event or otherwise away from an outlet you'll be virtually guaranteed to always be able to power your devices.  Now, obviously the solar panel needs to be placed in direct sunlight for full power output but even in overcast conditions this panel is putting out enough juice to light up the output LED and run a very small charge to my phone.  Any little bit can help in many cases.

This particular panel was provided to me by Archeer.  I was not previously familiar with their products but I find that the quality and performance has been just as good as any of my other portable solar panels, which include some of the big brand names.  At the price that I have seen this one online the value appears to be superior to the other ones I own.

The bottom line is that you can not be adequately prepared for all situations if you don't have a portable solar panel like this one, whether smaller or larger.  This Archeer solar charger has found a permanent home in the PrepperCon 4Runner Evader.  I have been using it over the past few months and am quite pleased with it so far.  This is one of those devices that you didn't know you really needed until you have it.  My standard is and has always been to have the right tools BEFORE you need them.  Because when you need them it may already be too late.

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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