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In The Pockets of Tom Linden

One of the greatest aspects of being a prepper is that it is not something that is limited to one area of the country or even one area of the globe. While we are labeled as “crazed lunatics” or “insane conspiracy theorists” we are not alone. Strength should be gleaned from this fact. Today I have the pleasure of sharing a take on survival from a fellow prepper from “across the pond,” Tom Linden of Tom Linden Survival and the UK Preppers Radio Network. Not only was he willing to answer a couple of questions about hit take on survival but he also gives us an extensive look into his everyday carry (EDC) items.

Q: If you were limited to only one firearm for survival, what firearm would you own?

A: A Remington 12 Gauge Shotgun.

Q: What do you think the single most overlooked prep is?

A: Knowledge

Q: What do you think the first thing to disappear following a disaster will be?

A: Society and emergency service back up.

Q: If you could have a retreat anywhere in the world, where would it be and what features would it have?

A: It would it be in Northern Scotland. I would live in a small cottage by the sea with my own vegetable patch and livestock.

Q: In your opinion, what is the best commercially produced survival food on the market today?

A: MX3 meals, they all taste fantastic.

Q: What was the last book that you read?

A: The SAS Survival Manual

Q: What is the one thing that you would miss the most if an EMP shifted your lifestyle back to the 1800’s?

A: Modern Communications

Q: If you were to get stuck on an island, who is the one person that you would choose to survive with?

A: I would pick my wife as my survival parter.

Q: What kind of vehicle do you drive?

A: A 2011 Nissan Note 1.4 Liter

Q: What are the items that you have on your person at all times?

A: Firstly, on my left wrist I have my Timex Expedition E-Instruments Compass Tide and Temp Chronograph Watch, model T45601. It is waterproof to 100 meters or, in old money, 333ft. On my right wrist I wear my 550 paracord bracelet from paracord.com.

Depending on what I am wearing, I could have my Black Hawk web duty belt with the True Utility multi-tool +lite and a StoppaRed marker spray on it which I carry whatever belt I have on.

On my key ring I have the kaufmann-mercantile.com EDC steel tools including a mini lighter and on my feet, a pair of Regatta Mens Ad-Scursion Boots which are completely waterproof and offer total protection and comfort.

In my wallet is a Tool Logic Survival 11 credit card.

In my personal planner is a Matthew Martin Tactical Pen.

On my back or in the car with me I carry the 1 Person BASIC Backpack Survival Kit from moreprepared .com supplemented, as it is designed to be, by additional kit to make it what I call complete. In the kit is:

  • A UK motorway map and two local OS maps.
  • A Purificup
  • Elzeta ZFL Tactical Torch
  • A SOL Bivy Bag
  • The Solo Stove with cotton wool and Vaseline balls stored inside.
  • A Nano Fire Starter
  • i-Shields
  • My own survival meals, tea, and 3-in-1 Nescafe coffee sachets.
  • Toilet Roll

I would like to thank Tom for sharing a little bit about his take on survival and what a “prepper’s” EDC kit might look like. Make sure to check out his radio show on the UK Preppers Radio Network. Tom can also be followed on Twitter, @tomlinden0.

Are You Geared 2 Survive?

Marc Lacrimosa from Gear2SurviveShop.com runs a great online survival and preparedness store as well as hosting a radio show, Gear2Survive, on the USA Emergency Broadcasting Network. Marc also has a store location in Winder, Georgia for those that might want to check it out! In addition to dedicating so much of his time to survival, he is a knife guru! It is well worth the time to check out his radio program to learn about the gear required to survive a myriad of situations.

The man behind Gear2Survive was willing to share a little survival insight and here is what he had to say:

  • If I were limited to only one firearm for survival, I would own an AK 47 7.62 X 39 CAL.
  • The single most overlooked prep is water and fire preparedness.
  • The first thing to disappear following a disaster will be electricity and water.
  • If I could have a retreat anywhere in the world, it would it be in the Northeast Georgia mountains near North Carolina with 10-20 acres and water.
  • In my opinion, the best commercially produced survival food on the market today is Wise Foods.
  • The items that I have on me at all times include: A Chris Reeves Project II Knife, Glock 23 .40 cal., and a small evasion style bug out bag, loaded.
  • The last book that I read was Home Defense Prepping.
  • One thing that I would miss the most if an EMP shifted my lifestyle back to the 1800’s would be electricity.
  • Stuck on an island and forced to choose one person to survive with, I would pick my wife as my survival partner.
  • The vehicle I drive is a 2005 Dodge 1500 Quad Cab.

I would like to thank Marc for sharing a little bit about what his thoughts are on survival. Make sure to swing by his site and check out all the great survival and preparedness items. You can also catch Marc on Facebook, YouTube, and his blog.

Surviving With Survivor Jane

There is a plethora of intelligent and helpful people in the survival and preparedness community and today I have the pleasure of featuring one of the best, Survivor Jane, in a short interview where she shares some of her insight into preparedness.

Make sure to check out Jane on Facebook, Twitter, and don’t miss the wealth of knowledge that can be gleaned from her website.

Q: If I were limited to only one firearm for survival, I would own a…

A: Actually, although I do recommend that a person have the three (3) essential firearms in their home for protection and security; a handgun, shotgun and rifle, I always stress that we need to think outside of the box for self-defense and not rely solely on firearms.  For some having a firearm could be more detrimental than helpful in a tense situation.  But, to answer your question in a generalized way, if I were put in a position of only having access to one firearm, my hope would be that it was a shotgun.

Q: The single most overlooked prep item is…

A: A poncho. It is one of the most versatile items you could have in your survival preps. It can keep you dry and warm, it can be used to create shelter, you can use it for water collection and, if need be could hold enough air to keep you afloat in water – just to name a few uses.

Q: The first thing to disappear following a disaster will be…

A: Well this really depends.  What I mean by this is … during Hurricane Katrina I saw a lady on TV wading in chest deep water holding a Dyson vacuum cleaner over her head.  A person’s priorities can get displaced before and after a disaster. I remember going into a store to buy some hurricane lantern oil before Hurricane Andrew and people were panic buying.  Some of the things they were getting made no sense.  It was as if they knew they needed to buy but just didn’t know what to get.  I always suggest to people that they need to think ‘basic needs’ to help then decide what they need to buy. Water, food, shelter, warmth, protection and, first-aid.  But if I had to say one thing … okay two things, I’d say plywood and generators.

Q: If I could have a retreat anywhere in the world, it would be…

A: Lucky me, I actually moved to my retreat in Western North Carolina from Florida (which to me is a death trap should a major catastrophe happen – with only one way out.)  I now live in a passive solar home on a defensible piece of property, with a large garden and small farm animals.  To me the size of the property is not as critical as water.  If you don’t have access to a stream, pond or river then a good rain water collection system is a must.  This is huge!  No water – no life.

Q: In my opinion, the best commercially produced survival food on the market today is…

A: Hmmm. Okay that’s a hard one. I am all about redundancy and that goes for food as well.  But, I don’t think people should just rely on commercial “survival food” alone.   I think we all need to have the basics like flour, sugar, rice, salt, spices and cornmeal, etc. (all stored in appropriate air tight containers or packaging.)  Then have canned goods, dehydrated foods and preserved foods.  And lastly, commercial survival foods.   So many people get caught up in the consumer part of survival by try to buy everything without giving thought to what happens if these items are destroyed, go bad or any number of other factors that could come into play.  Don’t be like the one person that I spoke with who purchased tons (a lot) of #10 cans of mac/cheese for their kids because that is what they were used to eating at home.  Then during Super Storm Sandy they made some of the canned mac/cheese for the kids and they hated it.  Now they are stuck with all those cans.  I would suggest trying several of the commercial survival foods brands – there are definitely differences in taste and texture. Remember these survival food cans may be all you have to eat so you want to like them. Also, don’t just store your food.  Use it and rotate it.  First in – First out. This goes for the commercial cans too.

Q: The items that I have on me at all times include…

A: My go-bag is with me at all times.  But I always have paracord in the form of a bracelet, and in my EDC bag I carry a folding knife, a multi-tool, a poncho, small first-aid kit, water purification tablets, iodine tables, a face mask, gloves, small manicure set, goggles, a solar blanket, a small flashlight, a whistle and a self-defense pen.

Q: The last book that I read was…

A: I am currently reading a great book for review titled: ‘Jingling Our Change’ by Kelli Otting and, without creating a spoiler alert – I’ll suffice it to say it’s not too far from where this Country may be heading.

Q: One thing that I would miss the most if an EMP shifted my lifestyle back to the 1800’s would be…

A: Hmmm, again.  I am really working hard towards an off-grid existence but I’m not quite there yet.  I guess I’d say one thing that comes to mind is ice to keep things frozen until I can preserve them.  When it rains it pours at harvest time and sometimes all I can do is freeze something until I can dehydrate or preserve it.

Q: Stuck on an island and forced to choose one person to survive with, I would pick…

A: Wow.  Good question.  I’d have to say I’m pretty happy with my prepper-mate – so I’d pick him – forced or not. Trust is very important when forming survival alliances. Just because someone has skills and knowledge does not mean they will have ‘your’ best interests when the poo-hits-the-fan.

Q: The vehicle I drive is…

A: I don’t really like to get into too personal of information and this question kinda boarders on that.    Now if you would like to know what vehicle I’d like to have… it would be one of those awesome all-terrain armored vehicles with the machine-gun mounted on the top. Just sayin’.

Don’t miss out! Tomorrow, August 1st, 2013, Survivor Jane will be live Tweeting from the Press Event & Premier (On Location) of National Geographic’s new series, Doomsday Castle.

Survival Insight With Survival Sherpa

This week I have the pleasure of sharing some perspective on survival from Todd at Survival Sherpa. Thank you to Todd for sharing his views on preparedness and some of the challenges that would face us in the event of a disaster.
1. If I were limited to only one firearm for survival, I would own a: Depends on the survival scenario. In wilderness survival, I’d have to choose my Ruger 10/22 with my homemade paracord sling. Paracord is the duct tape of wilderness survival and has many handy uses. Plus, .22 ammo is cheap, compact, and doesn’t make a big boom. With proper aim and shot placement, I’ve heard of many big game kills with this humble little gun. That’s the rumor.
In an urban/suburban SHTF event, I’d upgrade to an AR platform in 5.56 or 7.62 or both.
2. The single most overlooked prep item is: Whole civilizations were built around containers. I’m a container hoarder – to Dirt Road Girl’s chagrin. Coffee cans, altoid tins, washtubs, glass jars, mason jars (with lids, of course), barrels, and different sized buckets.
3. The first thing to disappear following a disaster will be: Food and water on Wally World’s shelves. The unprepared panic like a hungry swarm of locust. It happens down south where we live with a light dusting of snow.
4. If I could have a retreat anywhere in the world, it would be: My parents place where I grew up – minus the gnats. There’s plenty of natural resources, water, animals (domesticated and wild), woodlots, farm land, family, and neighbors with the same self-sufficient mindset. Now if I could magically move all that to a sparsely populated state/area, I’d do so in a minute. It’s a bit too close to large population centers for my liking.
In the mean time, I keep doing the stuff here. Bloom where we’re planted. Unless I hear from God to uproot and leave family, I’m staying put.
5. In my opinion, the best commercially produced survival food on the market today is: The advice of our prepper world is to store what you eat and eat what you store. Hum, since I don’t eat wheat based products or processed foods, I don’t have a “best” commercially produced survival food to recommend. After converting to a Primal/Paleo style of eating over three years ago, I don’t purchase conventional survival foods. We aim for a 6 month to one year supply of nutrient dense whole foods. I wrote about my Primal Pantry if anyone is interested. We do have a few freeze dried camping meals in our go bags in case of an emergency. As a Primal Prepper, I’m always on the look out for new, creative ways to store what we eat – a caveman’s diet of sorts.
6. The items that I have on me at all times include: A flashlight (Streamlight ProTac 2L), phone, reading glasses, Alice that goes boom boom, swiss army folding knife, wallet, duct tape wrapped in around an old card in my wallet, chap stick, small Bic lighter, and toothpicks (I’ve been addicted to chewing them since I was kid). On exercise outings in the woods or around town I carry my Camel-bak pack with all these goodies – plus water. I never use ear buds to listen to music or podcasts when I’m running or exercising in public. When running barefoot, I’m able to sneak up on people when they aren’t distracted by music. With ear buds blaring, I could roll up behind them on a Harley unnoticed.
7. The last book that I read wasAntifragile: Things that Gain from Disorder by Nassim Nicholas Taleb, the bestselling author of The Black Swan. It’s not light reading, but very applicable to prepping and life in general. I won’t spoil it for those who haven’t read it.
8. One thing that I would miss the most if an EMP shifted my lifestyle back to the 1800’s would be: Technology/communicaitons. I’m writing this now on modern technology. You’re reading it through the same medium. Even though I adhere as much as possible to the K.I.S.S. (Keep It Sherpa Simple) method of living, I would miss the access to technology and being able to communicate electronically… for a time.
9. Stuck on an island and forced to choose one person to survive with, I would pick: Chuck Norris. Seriously, Dirt Road Girl, my beautiful wife and partner. We’re doing the stuff, together. She’s proven her survival skills many times. The latest was beating stage 4 cancer.
10. If I could own any vehicle, it would be: Now I drive a Toyota Forerunner and my neighbor’s truck. I sold my truck to help with cancer bills. DRG drives a Nissan Xterra. I’d love to own a 1969 Ford Branco one day. Something I can work on without computers. For two wheels I’d go with a Kawasaki KLR650 dual sport since I sold my Harley.
Thanks again to Todd. Make sure to check out Survival Sherpa online, on Facebook, and on Twitter.

Q & A with Tess Pennington of Ready Nutrition

This week’s prepperview is with Tess Pennington of Ready Nutrition, a site packed with information on homesteading, preparedness, disaster and emergency planning. Whether you are looking for prepping supplies, recipes, information, or alternative medicine, Ready Nutrition has it. Thank you to Tess for the time and effort that she took to answer my questions.

The Prepared Ninja Prepperview

A 10 QUESTION INTERVIEW WITH PREPAREDNESS INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS

1. If I were limited to only one firearm for survival, I would own a: Wow… that’s a tough one. We have a few different types of guns and rifles around here, but I’m pretty partial to my .9 mm Smith and Wesson M&P. I have been training with this handgun the most and feel very comfortable using it.

2. The single most overlooked prep item is: A very practical but overlooked prep item is duct tape. Preppers should have a large supply of this stuff.

  • You can protect your home and windows from storms
  • Waterproof essential gear  ( In WWII soldiers used duct tape to keep water out of ammunition cases)
  • Fix leaks in gear or boats
  • Make emergency shoes
  • Winterproof shoes and boots
  • Make cordage
  • Repairs glasses
  • Makeshift band-aid
  • Can be used to repair leaking hoses in cars

Just to name a few…

3. The first thing to disappear following a disaster will be: Water. At the last minute, the unprepared will flock to the stores to purchase water and the demand will be so high the stores will be unable to fill it. Having water stored as well as ways to filter and treat it will give you an advantage.

4. If I could have a retreat anywhere in the world, it would be: My ideal retreat would be in the mountains of Oregon on 30+ acres with a large water source nearby. Although the terrain can be rough, it would be nice to be nestled in a valley where I can have a large garden, timber for fuel and a large grazing area for livestock. And let’s not forget about a fantastic view.

5. In my opinion, the best commercially produced survival food on the market today is: You can never go wrong with beans and rice. Both foods are extremely versatile, can be eaten for any mealtime, have long shelf lives and best of all – they are cheap! But, when they are combined together, they make a complete protein, which would be essential in a survival situation.

6. The items that I have on me at all times include: As a mother of three, I have to be ready for all types of “mini” emergencies that will come up. So, I carry a hiking daypack with me and include a pocket knife, 1 water bottle, granola bar/snacks, emergency whistle, $20, notepad/pen, chapstick, cell phone and a small first aid kit.

7. The last book that I read was: Self-Reliance and Other Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson

8. One thing that I would miss the most if an EMP shifted my lifestyle back to the 1800’s would be: I would definitely miss the constant supply of running water. I’ve been in off-grid situations before, one event was for 2+ weeks and not having water was tough.

As a prepper, I have water stored as well as multiple ways to filter and treat it, but it sure is convenient to have large amounts readily available for laundry, cooking, cleaning, etc.

9. Stuck on an island and forced to choose one person to survive with, I would pick: My husband, Mac. He is a partner in many ways, we understand each other on many levels, are both like-minded and we both know that we can rely on each other. You can’t ask for anything better than that!

10. The vehicle I drive is: I am a mom of three, a Girl Scout leader and soccer mom – so I’m sporting the mini-van. I’d love to say that I have a souped up survival truck, but I don’t.

We are planning on investing in some mountain bikes for the family. It’s a great way to exercise, cut down on gasoline and it’s the ULTIMATE off grid form of transportation.

Tess Pennington is the author of The Prepper’s Cookbook: 300 Recipes to Turn Your Emergency Food into Nutritious, Delicious, Life-Saving Meals. When a catastrophic collapse cripples society, grocery store shelves will empty within days. But if you follow this book’s plan for stocking, organizing and maintaining a proper emergency food supply, your family will have plenty to eat for weeks, months or even years. Visit her web site at ReadyNutrition.com.