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Rudy “Apocalypse Man” Reyes

Rudy “Apocalypse Man” Reyes

If any of you are familiar with Ultimate Survival Alaska, as aired on the National Geographic channel, you may be familiar with former Force Recon Marine, Rudy Reyes. He also appeared on Ultimate Survival Alaska with Grady Powell, co-star of the current Dual Survival season. I now also know him as, “Apocalypse Man.”

Or perhaps you know him from the HBO Mini-Series, Generation Kill, where he played himself as a Force Recon Marine who has a Rolling Stone reporter embedded with his unit as they invade Iraq in 2003.

Whether you know him or not, Rudy Reyes is a pretty sharp dude. I recently stumbled on this video where Rudy, AKA Apocalypse Man, is presented a series of challenges in an urban environment simulating a post-collapse scenario. I can certainly say that I learned a few things!

I am not sure about the bridge crossing. While obviously doable, I have no doubt that it would be difficult. I am hoping that I don’t ever find myself in that position.

If you are interested, you can get an inside look as some of the training that special operations forces go through here.

There are numerous other special operations references found online that can be a valuable help. Here are some of my favorites:

Hope that helps! Here’s hoping that one day we will all be half as good as Rudy “Apocalypse Man” Reyes.

Monday Mania – 9.14.2015

In this weeks edition of Monday Mania: Power Grid Attacks, Urban Survival Kits, Container Gardening, Food & Water Contamination, Things Sheeple Do, 29% of Americans Would Support a Military Coup, Investing in Self-Reliance, and an app from the PC police.

Monday Mania

Last week was pretty good for me. I spent the week in the Lone Star State at a conference for work. While I don’t like to be away from my wife and sons, it was a good opportunity to pick up some new information that I can put to use.

There is one thing about traveling that I really don’t care for…flying. I don’t mind being on and airplane up in the air. I just really mind the fact that in order to get to the gate to even get on the plane, I will practically receive a more comprehensive review of my body than I will receive from my doctor at my annual physical. Once I am done being molested screened, I then get to go sit on an airplane for hours in a seat that is not large enough to use as an infant car seat.

As you can tell, I am not bitter in the least. God was looking out for me though and I was blessed with an empty seat next to me on the way out and had the exit row that reclines all to myself on the way home. It really made a difference for me.

Last week was also the 14th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade center. September 11th is a day that means a lot to me. The attacks on American citizens that day on our home soil were tragic but it was also the event that triggered the Global War on Terror, something that has made an even larger impact on my life. I mourn for my brothers that we lost overseas and I cannot think about New York, Iraq, Afghanistan, etc. without thinking of them.

All said, the highlight of my week was getting the opportunity to speak on the phone with a new friend that I have made though the blog here. It was a awesome opportunity for me and I am grateful to have the opportunity. I look forward to our future conversations and I am sure that my wife will appreciate not having to listen to all my thoughts and opinions all the time.

MY FINDS FOR LAST WEEK:

Power Grid Attacks: Our Power Grid Is Being Hammered By Both Physical & Cyber Attacks – This is a topic that I have covered before in early 2014 when discussing the attacks on the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant and a California electric substation. It is a scary trend and one that should indicate the need to ensure you have the ability to provide yourself with your own power.

Putting together an Urban Survival Kit to ensure that you have what you need to survive the unexpected in an urban environment.

Grow Your Own Food In a Container Garden – Container gardening is the most manageable type of gardening in my opinion. This article has some great information and tips about growing in containers, including the different sizes of pots needed for various plants.

Food & Water Contamination – During a disaster, the contamination of food and water can literally be a killer. It is imperative to be aware of the dangers associated with food and water and the ways that they can be contaminated.

3 Things Sheeple Do That You Don’t Have To – You don’t always have to “go with the flow.” In fact, in many cases the majority that you think you are following often are actually the minority.

YouGov Poll: 29% of Americans Would Support a Military Coup – While not the best thing that could happen to our country, I am not surprised to hear such a statistic. There are many Americans who are so upset with what is happening in politics that a military coup probably seems like a good option.

Afraid To Lose Money On Stocks? Invest In Self-Reliance Instead – This is a solid strategy that I also spoke about in my early post about the Alpha Strategy.

MORE MADNESS IN THE WORLD:

Really? New app promises soft language in all of your writing. One more step toward an asexual society.

That’s a wrap for me this week. As always, I hope that you all have had a great week and keep getting ready for tough times. It seems like we get closer every day to something unfortunate coming along.

If you found something that you would like to share with the group or have any questions, don’t hesitate to email me at tom@thepreparedninja.com.

Come back next week for another edition of Survival Sunday.

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9 Meals From Chaos

9 Meals From Chaos

Yesterday I was listening to an interview featuring Jim Cobb on the Survivalist Prepper Surviving Mondays Podcast and there was a quote that really hit home for me. I am very familiar with the concept of just in time inventory and the fact that the average grocery store has only three days worth of food in stock. This is at normal buying rates and does not reflect that if there is word of a disaster, the shelves will be cleared off in a few hours. What really put this into perspective for me is that while listening to Jim’s interview with Dale and Lisa, he said that we are only nine meals away from chaos at any given time.

That statement just really hit me. When you stop and think about it, nine meals is not that many at all. It is pretty scary. The obvious solution is to make sure that you have enough food stored to not have to fall prey to the need to run out to the store when a storm is forecast. But even if you do your part, there are others who will not be prepared. I guess the answer to this falls into two parts, plant the idea of preparedness with as many people as possible and have a plan to protect what’s yours in the event anyone ever comes after it.

You can listen to Jim’s interview with Dale and Lisa by following this link to the Survivalist Prepper Podcast. If you are interested in Jim Cobb’s  books, they can be found in most major book stores or on Amazon.com. I also recently reviewed Jim’s latest book, Urban Emergency Survival Plan.

On another note, since Dale and Lisa launched the Survivalist Prepper Podcast, it has been the one podcast in the survival and preparedness arena that I listen to consistently. I think that it is the straight forward delivery style and common sense approach that I appreciate. If you are into podcasts, I cannot recommend it highly enough. It is a great way to break up a drive and I would much rather listen to a podcast instead of the same five songs on the radio over and over again.

Urban Emergency Survival Plan – Review

Urban Emergency Survival Plan – Review

Urban Emergency Survival Plan is the latest book from Jim Cobb. In the book Jim covers the many aspects of urban survival, starting from assessing threats to making a plan and carrying out that plan. Don’t let the title fool you, while Urban Emergency Survival Plan is designed for the urban dweller, there is plenty of value for the non-urbanite as well.

Many of the areas in the book apply to rural survival just as well as the urban environment. After all, no matter where you go, food and water as well as shelter and security will be equally important in a survival situation. But with that said, urban areas carry several more areas of concern than other areas and Urban Emergency Survival Plan will help you in overcoming the challenges that come with being ready for an emergency in the city.

Urban Emergency Survival Plan

The first thing that struck me about the book is how easy to read it was. It is obvious to me that the book was written for a broad audience to understand the contents. I appreciate this about a preparedness book because it can actually serve the purpose of doing the most good for the greatest number of people. This is not always the case with books, even if they are supposed to be written to help people.

As I read through Urban Emergency Survival Plan, I also noticed how well thought out the content is. For example, you may be familiar with bug out bags and even the various reasons why you need one but have you ever given any thought to where is the best place to keep your bag? Jim covers this type of information and a whole lot more! From first aid to fire and pistols to procuring clean water, Urban Emergency Survival Plan has what you need. I could go on about the valuable information in the book but it might just be best for me to outline the chapters and highlight one of my favorites things about each chapter.

Chapter One – Urban Threats

The amount of effort spent on putting the book together is obvious by the extensive level of detail in the list of potential threats that may be faced by a person living in the city.

Chapter Two – Governmental Disaster Plans

Are you familiar with how the government may respond to a disaster in your area? You will be after you read this chapter.

Chapter Three – Making Emergency Plans

Do you have a plan for what you would do if you were stuck at work as the result of a disaster? Urban Emergency Survival Plan will give you the tools to make a plan in the event that you do end up stuck at work.

Chapter Four – Emergency Water

Jim covers not only how much water you should store, but how and where you should store it. There are also methods outlined on how to make water safe to drink.

Chapter Five – Food Storage

Food is expensive enough to make eating on a day to day basis a concern for many people. This further makes spending additional money on food for storage even more difficult. There are some practical strategies outlined for obtaining food affordably, not only for later but for the present as well.

Chapter Six – Sanitation, First Aid, and Shelter

Just because there is a disaster doesn’t mean that everything stops. You will need a plan to deal with bodily functions, injuries, and maintaining your shelter. It’s all here…including what the best alternative to a toilet is.

Chapter Seven – Security and Defense

There are some great pointers in this section. I was actually surprised at some of the things that Jim points out that I had not previously thought of. I also really appreciated the layered approach to security and defense that Jim lays out.

Chapter Eight – Bugging Out

Should you stay or should you go? That is the question that everyone is forced to contemplate in the wake of a disaster. Urban Emergency Survival Plan contains a number of criteria that should be considered when deciding whether to bug out or not.

After finishing the chapters that make up the bulk of the book, you will find a section of useful appendices that includes checklists for a:

  • Workplace Emergency Kit
  • Get-Home Bag
  • Vehicle Emergency Kit
  • Bug-Out Bag

These are very useful, especially for the person who is trying to put these kits together but is not sure where to start or if they are on the right path.

I also asked Jim a few questions about Urban Emergency Survival Plan and his books as well as survival in general. Here is what he had to say:

In the last three years you have written five books and have a sixth book scheduled to be released early next year, how do you manage to write books so quickly?

I’m very fortunate to have a day job that affords me a fair amount of free time each week.  In between assignments and such, I’ll work on writing or editing.  I also do some writing a few evenings each week but I try to keep that time free for family stuff.  Rarely ever do I work on writing during the weekends.  Plus, with these books I’ve always truly been writing what I know and what I’m passionate about, which helps make the writing go quicker.

Your latest book, Urban Emergency Survival Plan, is clearly focused on surviving an urban scenario. Would you rather face a survival scenario in an urban, suburban, or rural setting?

I’m a strong proponent of community-based survival planning.  I feel there is safety and strength in numbers.  However, it is sort of a balancing act because in any disaster scenario, once the immediate danger has passed, your biggest threat is likely to be other people.  Personally, I lean toward the suburban angle for the most part.  You’re far enough out from the city that you can avail yourself of natural resources, but you also have a community to work with and that can support you.

Of the choice to bug in or bug out, which is the most important to have a plan for in your opinion?

I firmly believe bugging out should be your last option, not your primary plan, for most disaster scenarios.  So, sheltering in place or bugging in would be the plan to work on first, in my opinion.  That said, you need to have a bug out plan as well, just in case.

A bug out bag (BOB) signifies that you will be going somewhere. If someone is not planning on bugging out, do you have any recommendations for how a kit should look for someone who is planning on staying in an urban area?

Every kit, whether we’re talking bushcraft survival, bug out bag, or get home bag, needs to be set up to satisfy as many of your basic survival needs as possible:

  • Food
  • Water
  • Shelter
  • First Aid
  • Security
  • Navigation
  • Communication

An urban survival kit really isn’t that much different from one you’d use out in the wilderness.  Snares would still be useful, as there is a surprising amount of game present in cities.  Water filtration and purification gear is extremely important, of course.  Shelter needs can often be met by buildings in the area, but there are safety concerns with ducking into an abandoned structure.  You might find yourself going from a bad situation to one far worse due to the structure falling apart or suddenly learning the abandoned home is actually occupied.

Any kit needs to be assembled in such a way as to take into account the person’s individual skill sets and experience, too.

What is the most challenging part of being a prepper?

As with most people I’d guess, time and money.  Never enough of either to get everything done.

Do you find that shows like Doomsday Preppers has made it even more difficult to be a prepper because of the extreme image that is portrayed?

Yes and no.  Shows like that have certainly increased the awareness of disaster planning, which is a great thing.  I’ve heard from many people who have said it was through watching one or another of those shows that they started thinking, What if?  On the other hand, though, most of those shows go out of their way to find and profile the most extreme representatives of the group, so to speak.  While most of the audience is intelligent enough to realize not all preppers are like the ones seen on TV, every once in a while you run into someone who really does think we spend all day every day cleaning our 10,000 firearm armory and praying for the day the black helicopters come to get us.

If you had to start prepping all over again, would you do anything differently?

I don’t know, maybe.  Given the choice, knowing what I know now, I might have pursued more of the self-reliance skill sets at an earlier age.  The thing is, even though I’ve been at this for thirty years or so, I’m still learning.  I don’t know everything, no one does.  So, even though there are things I wish I’d learned earlier, that’s not to say I can’t learn them now, y’know?

What advice would you give to a new prepper?

Take it slow, don’t let yourself get overwhelmed and burned out.  Try to do at least one thing every single day that will get you further down the path of disaster readiness but don’t try to do it all at once.

If you could have only five items with you at all times in the event that there were a disaster, what would they be?

Fully charged cell phone, knife, lighter, flashlight, handgun.

Besides your books, how can people follow your work?

My primary home online is Survival Weekly. There, we post articles, product reviews, book reviews, all that fun stuff.  My consulting business is found at Disaster Prep Consultants.

Facebook: http://www.Facebook.com/JimCobbSurvival

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/survivalweekly/

I really appreciate Jim for sending me a copy of Urban Emergency Survival Plan and for taking the time to answer these questions. The book is great and in my opinion, it would be a great addition to any prepper’s collection. It is full of valuable information. I also enjoyed getting to read Jim’s thoughts in response to the questions I sent him. It is always enjoyable for me to get to hear what other people’s thoughts are on survival and preparedness.

If you are interested in picking up a copy of Urban Emergency Survival Plan, you can find it on Amazon or through other book retailers.