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Bandages, BOB’s & Bullets

Today I had the opportunity to spend some time with Dale and his wife Lisa over at the Survivalist Prepper Podcast about some of the basics of preparedness. I had a great time visiting with them and enjoyed the opportunity to discuss my military experience, first aid, bug out bags, and some self defense options.

There are a couple of things that you should check out over at the Survivalist Prepper:

  1. I guess it might be obvious but, the interview I just did.
  2. For about another week, Dale is running a giveaway for a Bug Out Bag loaded with some great gear. Make sure to get entered to win.
  3. Finally, on the 9th of May I will be joining Dale, along with Todd from PrepperWebsite, JD from Conflicted (The Game), and Vincent from Disaster Survival Magazine for a webinar on preparedness basics. It should be a great time! You can register for the webinar using the form at the top of the Survivalist Prepper homepage.

I have to make a personal confession in the fact that Dale’s podcast has probably become my favorite survival and preparedness related podcast. I have listened to almost every episode, even the one I am featured in (just to make sure I didn’t say anything too embarrassing)! With that being said, I don’t think you will be disappointed if you take the time to listen to what Dale has to say.

My Interview With Poor Man Prepper

Yesterday I had the opportunity to do an interview with Lat Cozad of the Poor Man Prepper Podcast. I had a great time and enjoyed getting to speak with Lat about medical preparedness, my time in the military, and a little bit about preparedness in general. If you are interested in listening to the interview and hearing what I have to say, check out Episode 528 of the Poor Man Prepper Podcast.

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.