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Upcoming Changes and a New Show!
As most of you may have noticed we haven’t been very active here at Survivalist Prepper. There are a few reasons for this that I go though in this short episode, as well as some exciting things in the plans.
While the Survivalist Prepper podcast may be going on the back burner for the foreseeable future, Brian Duff of Mind4Survival and I have teamed up to create a new podcast and YouTube channel called The Duff&Dale Show.
This podcast episode explains more about what we are doing and what we have planned for the future. Use the links above and check out the website and subscribe to the You Tube channel and let us know what you think?
The Long-Term Effects of the Covid-19 Pandemic
The Covid-19 pandemic is something that preppers have been talking about for years, it’s a good example of how a disaster can sneak up on you regardless of how unlikely it is. While people determine whether certain disaster scenarios occur, we have no control over mother nature.
History shows us that Natural disasters, CME’s and Pandemics happen all the time and should absolutely be included in our preparedness plans. While there is nothing we can do to stop these events from happening, there are things we can (and should) do to get through them.
This pandemic is a wake up call to preppers and non-preppers alike. The silver lining is that it has woken people up to the fact that preparedness is important. Hopefully people are starting to figure out that prepping isn’t all about underground bunkers, nuclear bombs, and gas masks.
In Today’s Podcast…
In today’s show we had Brian from Mind4Survival on with us to talk about how this virus is affecting our daily lives, and also the effects it may have in the future. The dominoes that fall after Covid-19 runs it’s course could be worse than the actual virus.
Now I want to be clear, this is not meant to be fear mongering and to make people think the end of society is coming. This is all just to say that there are things happening with the economy, the constitution, and critical infrastructure in general that we need to pay attention to.
Topics From The Show…
* Brian decided early on that he was going to Bug out. Partially as a test, and partially because after assessing his personal situation it was the wise thing to do.
* As far as disasters go, this is a slow burning one. This could be over in a couple of months, but it could also last for a while, leading to more issues down the line.
* Why we should attention to how things are unfolding, because I guarantee the powers that be are.
* Shortages and why as Americans we don’t care until we must care. (PPE shortages, grid hardening, food shortages). We also covered how our government as a whole has handled this situation poorly.
* we talked about Self-Quarantine and how it could lead to something that is not “voluntary” and how it seems that the constitution may be taking a back seat to public opinion,
This virus is a good example of how it only takes a few people to mess everything up. We tend to think about disaster in the worst case scenario where everyone is causing problems. The Covid pandemic as shown that most people are doing the right things, but a few are causing most of the problems.
The Evolution of a Prepper
In today’s episode of the Survivalist Prepper Podcast Lisa and I talked to Anthony about his preparedness journey. Anthony has been at this for over 2 decades and started around the time of the Y2K scare.
The following is a write up from Anthony who has been a member of the Survivalist Prepper Academy and podcast listener for around 5 years.
Where it all began
In the late 90s, I worked in the IT industry. For a few years in the lead up to the year 2000, the majority of my time was spent testing IT systems for Y2K rollover compliance. At least half of the systems I tested failed miserably, and although they were all office based software systems, it certainly opened my eyes to how vulnerable computer based systems were and what the impact might be to society if something more critical than a customer database failed.
I was newly married with a 1yr old toddler and had recently purchased my first house. From a financial perspective, we were riding pretty close to the edge while restricted to a single income.
I don’t have a memory of the moment I decided to start “preparing” for Y2K, but I think it was around the end of 1998, which gave me a good 12 months to get my house in order. The front room of the house became the Y2K room, with an ever expanding pile of buckets full of rice, beans and cans of food. I already owned firearms, so that part was easy. As luck would have it, I came across an old 12v generator that someone gave me for free when I expressed and interest in it. That then led to stockpiling fuel for both the generator and the 4wd.
These “preparations” did not go unnoticed by my friends and family. It was surprising to find out who was supportive and who just laughed, as it wasn’t always who I expected. The one advantage I had when talking to people about it was that most of my job consisted of testing for this event, so I had at least a small measure of credibility.
My perception of the what the worst case Y2K scenario might look like was basically a power grid failure. I thought that there was a reasonable likelyhood of the testing missing some obscure system or part of a system that might then fail and cause a domino effect of cascading failures. Based on this assumption, I hoped that any outage would be limited to weeks or at worst a month or two. Just to be sure, I ended up with 3 months worth of food, water and other essentials all ready to go on New Years Even 1999.
New Zealand is the first country to experience rollover into the new year, so as their rollover to the year 2000 happened, I was searching for any news reports on the internet saying NZ had gone dark. If the NZ grid failed, then we had 4 or 5 hours notice that the same would likely happen to us. Luckily for everyone, NZ didn’t miss a beat. This news, or at least absence of bad news, dropped the anxiety levels considerably as it meant that any outages would be due to isolated issues and not a world wide vulnerability.
In the weeks after the Y2K date rollover, people actually laughed even more at my stockpiles. I laughed a bit with them and joked that I had done my job of testing and fixing systems too well, as nothing had failed. Inside, I was doubting myself pretty seriously. I was trying to work out if I had over reacted and gone a bit off the rails for the previous 12 months. In the end, I guess I just wrote it all up to experience and was grateful that nothing bad had happened.
Fast forward 13ish years…
Life had rolled along as it does. I had a total of 3 kids, an ex wife, and a pile of debt resulting from a combination ...
EMP Shield: CME, Lightning and EMP Protection
I recently had the opportunity to talk to Andrew from EMP Shield to go over how their products work. Their products offer EMP, Lightning and CME protection at a reasonable price.
An EMP or solar flare could literally set us back to the stone ages, and being able to protect your important electronics could be a game changer.
EMP Shield offer products to protect…
-Radio (ham radio)
-RV (bug out vehicles)
As Andrew mentioned in the show the EMP Shield website has a large library of EMP information…not just products to buy. Visit the EMP Shield website here.
Questions From The Show…
* Can you explain how this technology works?* What are the different models you have? * What type of testing did you do on the EMP Shield?* What are the E1, E2, and E3 affects of an EMP?* How are a CME and EMP different?* I Plan on getting the Solar protector in the near future, can you explain how that works? * In the event of an EMP how might automobiles be affected, and how will the EMP Shield help with that? * How does this device work with such small wiring?* If the grid goes down why would I need protection I, will have no electricity anyway?* Why would I need my car protected, if I will not be able to put fuel in it?
Academy Limited Time Discount
I mentioned in the show that we are making some changes to the Survivalist Prepper Podcast as well as the Academy. For the next few days we are offering a 1/2 price discount to anyone who would like to join.
We are going away from our weekly format for the podcast in order to put more effort into the Academy and our YouTube channel. A couple of things we are working on right now are…
* The Alternative Energy Course* 30 Days to preparedness (prepping basics) * Monthly members only podcasts
We are also working on updating the Intro to prepping course to make it more detailed. after that we plan on digging deeper into preparedness to help everyone in the more detailed (advanced) aspects of prepping.
The Academy discount will only be available for a few days, so take advantage while you can. Click here to have a look.
Emergency Cooking Ideas and Operational Security
These days we have the convenience of turning on a stove or grill and cooking a nice juicy steak, or turning on the oven at the flip of a switch and baking fresh bread for the family, but what would you do if that wasn’t an option?
Or worse yet, what would you do if it was an option, but the delicious smell it put off was ringing the dinner bell for unwanted guests?
While there are is no shortage of emergency cooking ideas (and I am going to list some here) and operational security is critical when you are cooking, and no one else in the neighborhood has food.
Unless you feel like opening up a SHTF soup kitchen, there are some things that need to be considered. This means we not only need to focus on different food storage ideas, we also need to pay attention to how and what you are cooking.
In this week’s show Lisa and I talked about some emergency cooking ideas, as well as how important operational security is in avoiding some of the risks involved.
Advertising and the Risks
If we are talking about some sort of emergency that is only going to last a few days, such as a natural disaster or manmade disaster that causes a power outage, cooking smells and where they travel might not be a huge issue.
Food in the grocery stores will only last a few days without resupply in normal times, that 3 days could be cut to 3 hours in an emergency. After as little as a week, or even a few days, people will start to get hungry and be looking for handouts.
Once they figure out that FEMA is not coming to the rescue, they might come knocking on your front door, and you would need start thinking about your safety, and how to minimize the risks.
Loose Lips Sink Ships
This is a bit of a double edged sward because it’s not feasible to think that we can go it alone, but we do need to be careful about what you say, and who you say it to. I talk quite a bit to some people about prepping (more than I probably should), but one thing that never comes up is “how much” I have.
I don’t hide the fact that I am a prepper from anyone who asks, mainly because with the website and the podcast they could find out anyway. When I am asked how I can justify turning people away in a crisis, I simply tell them that my responsibility is protecting my family, that I don’t have any insider information, and anyone can do it if they choose to…including them.
Regardless what you do, the odds are someone will be coming to your door depending on how bad the situation gets. It’s up to you how you handle these situations, but they do need to be talked about and planned for.
Did You Smell That!?
We’ve all driven by a restaurant or walked in the house and said “that smells amazing!” When you are the last one on the block with food,
Prepping Challenges and Distractions
With all the different disasters and emergency situations we could possible face, the process of preparing can be a little overwhelming at times and intimidating to say the least. It seems that even when we are more prepared than we ever have been, we still have the feeling that it’s just not enough.
I titled this week’s podcast “ Prepping Challenges, Distractions and how to…Squirrel!” because sometimes it can be really easy have our preparedness plans derailed or go down a rabbit hole that leads us nowhere.
Lisa and I talked about some of these distractions and how we can try to keep ourselves on track and not get burnt out with prepping. The last thing we want to do is to stop making progress towards our goal or goals.
At the end of this post we also have some interesting (and probably common) answers we got when we posed the question “what is your biggest challenges and/or distractions?” to the Apoco-List Facebook group.
Lack of resources
I made this number one on the list because it is probably number one on just about everyone’s list. With all the supplies we “need” to buy to become more prepared it seems like we can never have enough money.
I have written a couple of posts on this in the past including reducing your debt and budgeting that includes a free excel budget planner, and one that goes into how to earn extra money for prepping.
We might not be able to control how much the price of gas is, but spending money in the wrong areas of preparedness and not budgeting our money are both things we can control.
Outside Influences & Second Guessing
Unfortunately when it comes to how others react to our prepping there is not much we can do about it, sometimes it just takes patience mixed with a little wishful thinking. I do have an article about how to get your loved ones on board, and I also have one about how to read people which will be helpful now as well as in a SHTF situation.
Because of people telling us we are overreacting we can sometimes second guess ourselves, it’s ultimately up to you what you choose to do, but I would rather be safe than sorry.
Organization & Overwhelm
Prepping is just like everything else in life, take tools for example, over time we start to build up a supply and if we don’t keep them organized it becomes very frustrating and we forget what we actually have.
This can lead us to throwing our Hands up in the air because we are frustrated and overwhelmed by how much stuff we have.
News Media (Alternative & Mainstream)
I’m probably preaching to the choir here but the news doesn’t report the real news anymore, they report what they are told to report.
It doesn’t matter if you watch Fox News or CNN, everyone has their own agenda and for the most part they are telling us what to believe and what’s important. Make up your own mind, and do the research to find out the real or whole story.
Every once in a while it’s nice to just turn off our brain for a little while, but we need to be careful how often we do it. It’s really easy to get sucked in by these shows and the more we...