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Resource Of The Week: In The Rabbit Hole Urban Survival Podcast

In yesterday’s post I talked about modern survivalist Jack Spirko and his advice for dealing with this election cycle’s intensifying insanity. I mentioned Spirko is the long-time host of The Survival Podcast, which I named a “Resource Of The Week” all the way back on March 4, 2011. Great stuff, and I still cherry-pick from the latest episodes posted on the TSP website on a regular basis.

There’s one other prepper/survival-related podcast I listen to these days:

In The Rabbit Hole Urban Survival Podcast

From the podcast section of the ITRH website:

After years of being frustrated that no one was fully addressing the concerns of urban survivalists, Aaron [Frankel] and Jonathan [Kanarek] took to the web and founded In The Rabbit Hole in February of 2010. Shortly after they’re long time friend and accomplice Jason joined the show to add a touch of “Red Neck Cajun”. Since then the show has enjoyed many great guests and a wide range of topics.

They are three city boys with a lifetime affinity for the outdoors, but a love of the city, passion for survival topics, and Libertarian Ideals…

“In The Rabbit Hole is about focusing first on the things that matter most: What’s likely to happen. Then preparing for it in a rational and productive way.”

These priorities of urban survival come from the focal points of Community, Health and Intelligence–referred to as “Survival CHI”.

Through a weekly podcast and articles, Aaron, Jonathan, and Jason remind people to “Stay safe and sound”. (Safe in person and sound in mind.)

From the Lone Star State, the trio reach out to people who are interested in taking personal responsibility for their own safety and well-being…

…And who just happen to live in the city.

While not a “long-time listener” to the podcast, I’ve noticed it’s not just urban preppers/survivalists who could learn a thing or two from the material presented. The ITRH site adds:

Hosts Aaron, Jason, and Jonathan cover topics such as:

Self Sufficiency
Food Storage
Homesteading in the city
Survival Book, Video, and Gear Reviews
Starting Off as a New Prepper
Financial Survival
Self Reliance
Preparing for Natural Disasters
Emergency Medicine
Firearms, Guns, and things that go bang
Self Defense
Disaster Psychology

Surveying the latest episodes listed on the ITRH website, episode 191, “Surviving Refugee Hell” (posted October 17)- with James Price, Founder/Director of Humanitarian Aid Security Forces (HASF)- sounds like my next listen.

Interested in tuning-in too? Head on over to the In The Rabbit Hole Urban Survival Podcast website here.

But before you do, there’s also this from the ITRH gang:

Not sure where to begin?

Two of ITRH’s most acclaimed episodes that paint a clear picture of what the Podcast is about are:

TEOTWAWKI Reality Check: What do you really need to be prepping for.

Survival CHI- Reloaded: The foundational principles of ITRH.

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

(Editor’s note: Link added to “Resources” page)

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Friday, October 28th, 2016 Emergencies, Firearms, Food, Gear, Health, Natural Disasters, Preparedness, Psychology, Resource Of The Week, Self-Defense, SP Resources Comments Off on Resource Of The Week: In The Rabbit Hole Urban Survival Podcast

Resource Of The Week: SurvivalBlog.com’s Quick-Start Guide For Preparedness Newbies

Even before I started Survival And Prosperity back in November 2010, I’d been dropping by SurvivalBlog.com, “The Daily Web Log for Prepared Individuals Living in Uncertain Times,” on a regular basis. James Wesley, Rawles (“JWR”) is behind that blog, which launched in 2005. The former U.S. Army intelligence officer-turned-survival author, blogger, and retreat consultant has managed to turn the project into the “Internet’s most popular daily blog on survival and preparedness topics.” And his books are pretty good too.

A couple of weeks ago while surfing SurvivalBlog.com I came across a link to a guide for new preppers on the site. From the section entitled “SurvivalBlog’s Quick-Start Guide for Preparedness Newbies”:

I often get e-mails from folks that have just found SurvivalBlog or that have just finished a copy of my novel “Patriots”, that they received as a gift from a relative or a friend. Their response is surprisingly uniform: People feel overwhelmed by the enormity of what it takes to get a family prepared.

First, take a deep breath and relax. Just realizing that you need to get prepared has already put you ahead of 70% of your neighbors, who are sadly little more than clueless sheeple. If you accumulate a one-month food supply then elevates your preparedness into the 80th percentile of preparedness. And by the time you work your way up to a one year supply, you’ll be in the 98th percentile. It’s not very difficult, it’s not very expensive, and it’s not very time-consuming. Just do it one step at a time…

The “Quick-Start Guide” focuses heavily on tackling a “List of Lists,” which includes:

• Water List
• Food Storage List
• Food Preparation List
• First Aid /Minor Surgery List
• Chem/Nuke Defense List
• Biological Warfare Defense List
• Gardening List
• Hygiene/Sanitation List
• Hunting/Fishing/Trapping List
• Power/Lighting/Batteries List
• Fuels List
• Firefighting List
• Tactical Living List
• Security-Firearms List
• Communications/Monitoring List
• Tools List
• Book/Reference List
• Barter and Charity List

It’s impressive for a “quick-start” guide, chock-full of useful preparedness/survival information. If I thought TEOTWAWKI was fast approaching and hadn’t done much to prepare for it, I would likely turn to this resource to rapidly get me going in the right direction.

Check out “SurvivalBlog’s Quick-Start Guide for Preparedness Newbies” for yourself here.

(Editor’s note: Link added to “Resources” page)

Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

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Friday, February 26th, 2016 Agriculture, Communications, Energy, Fire, Firearms, Food, Gardening, Health, Hunting, Preparedness, Resource Of The Week, Sanitation, Security, SP Resources, Water Comments Off on Resource Of The Week: SurvivalBlog.com’s Quick-Start Guide For Preparedness Newbies

NW Indiana Self Reliance And Preparedness Expo In Schererville On August 29

I thought some Chicago-area prepper show was going on at the end of August. And when I headed over to the Prepper Shows USA website earlier today, I spotted this:

2015 NW Indiana Prepares

Banquets at St. George
Schererville, Indiana
August 29-August 29

FREE to attend!

A variety of preparedness and sustainable living vendors and educational presentations are planned. There will be skill building opportunities, exhibits and food available for purchase

Time 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM…

I headed over to the web page listed for more information (belongs to Live Free, USA, billed as “one of the oldest and most respected survival/self-reliance advocacy organizations in the world”) and saw the following:

2015 NW Indiana Prepares!
Self Reliance and Preparedness Expo
Fun and informative for the whole family!

Alternative Energy Exhibits, Hands On Projects, Food Storage & Preservation Workshops, Raising Poultry & Small Game Forum, Home Defense Presentations, Herbal Health Alternatives, Aquaponics, and More!

FREE ADMISSION & PARKING

Head on over to that event web page here more information, including a schedule of events and a description of presentations/vendors.

Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

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Thursday, August 13th, 2015 Energy, Food, Health, Preparedness, Security, Self-Defense, Training Comments Off on NW Indiana Self Reliance And Preparedness Expo In Schererville On August 29

Free Online Survival Training Summit Starts January 20

Speaking of survival instruction tonight, what do you have planned next week? You see, I got an e-mail last week from someone involved with The Survival Summit, billed as a “FREE, five-day, online training summit where 25 of the world’s most sought-after experts on Survival and Self Reliance will be teaching online classes.” The online event is scheduled to take place starting next Monday, January 20, and continues until January 26. From the Summit’s website:

Join Us For The SURVIVAL Summit?

January 20-26th, 2014

This January, the founders of The Prepper Project will be hosting an exclusive online event that we’re calling ‘The Survival Summit’:

It’s going to be a FREE, five-day, online training summit where 25 of the world’s most sought-after experts on Survival and Self Reliance will be teaching online classes, giving you 5 solid days and over 24 hours of training and strategies with the single focus of keeping your family alive, safe, and fed during a triggered societal collapse.

Topics we’ll be covering during this 5-day event will include:

• How to develop a STRONG ‘Protection Triad’ with detailed Property Security & Threat Planning… Water, Energy, & Fuel Systems… and Self-Reliant Food Production & Storage.
• How to grow your own food supply, without fertilizers, pesticides, or even irrigation. Even if you live in an arid climate.
• How to spot the ideal homestead or survival retreat locations.
• Building concepts for hiding your home in the wilderness.
• Blueprints for setting up your property with its own off-grid water and energy supply.
• Trapping secrets for protecting crops like corn from being stolen by Raccoons, or potatoes from being ravaged by voles.
• How to feed & clothe your family by trapping like the settlers.
• How to protect your loved ones in a world where the police are no longer coming to your rescue.
• Different strategies for defending a suburban versus rural home or property from looters or armed gangs.
• How to fortify your home from being breached. And the skills you need to know to escape from an unlawful restraint or kidnapping.
• Off-grid medical techniques, herbal remedies for fighting potential flu pandemics, how to legally create your own renewable fuels, and much, much more.

And that’s really just the beginning!

Sign up to attend The Survival Summit that kicks off on Monday, January 20th by entering your email address in the form below now, and we’ll send you more details about our speaker lineup in the weeks ahead.

Again, this event is completely FREE to attend!

And you can watch all 25 of the presenters completely online from your home computer, provided you have a secure high speed Internet connection.

So there’s no traveling to a central location; your privacy and identity remain protected.

But again, we want to emphasize, only those who register in advance by entering their names and emails addresses will be told how and where to attend this event.

We won’t be publicly broadcasting these details across the Internet.

So if you know of someone who could benefit from joining this conversation with us, please direct them to this page to register as well.

We Hope You’ll Join Us For The Week of January 20th.


“The Survival Summit”
YouTube Video

I took a quick look at the list of preparedness-related experts booked for the Summit. I’m familiar with the work of a number of them, and I’m impressed they’ll be a part of this project. So much so I might have to schedule my blogging and other activities around viewing the Summit presentations next week.

Now, if you’re like me, when someone uses the word “free” in a pitch, a red flag is raised. How can all this online instruction be free? From the website’s FAQ page:

Each day, a couple of presentations will be posted on the summit website and will be available during the day for people to watch absolutely free. It’s much like if you were attending a regular convention. After the day is over the presentations will no longer be available to watch for free but will be available for purchase as part of the summit upgrade package.

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

A summit upgrade package. That’s how The Survival Summit can offer this material for free.

If the “online classes” are as good as I and others hope they are (which wouldn’t be much of a stretch consider the experts involved in the Summit), I can see those packages selling rather well as a resource to refer back to down the road.

Next Monday, January 20, The Survival Summit begins. Register now to book a place at this special online event.

Click on the following banner ad to go to the Summit’s website. If you register for the event via this link and eventually purchase a summit upgrade package, I receive a commission from the sale.

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

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Monday, January 13th, 2014 Crime, Energy, Food, Housing, Medicine, Preparedness, Public Safety, Security, Shelter, Training, Water Comments Off on Free Online Survival Training Summit Starts January 20

Seen On The Streets, Part 4

In my neighborhood on Chicago’s Northwest Side, there a number of individuals who come around on a regular basis to “aid” residents in their recycling efforts.

First, there’s “Sanford and Son,” who drive their old, red pickup truck around the back of nearby condominium/apartment complexes, hauling away large household items that might be of value.

Second, there’s “Can Man,” a senior citizen who pedals up to the back of these multi-housing buildings and retrieves pop (soda to non-Chicagoans) cans out of the recycling bins.

And as of a couple of days ago, there’s the “Two Amigos,” two young Hispanic men in a North Carolina-plated pickup truck who I saw digging through the garbage dumpsters of these properties, retrieving anything that could be worth something. From the looks of it, they got their hands on some old computer equipment.

Thankfully, these newcomers were courteous enough to put everything back in place once they were done for the day.

But their arrival got me thinking. Who’s next? Should economic conditions keep deteriorating over the long-run (like I think it will), will we be seeing hungry Americans picking through the trash for their next meal?

Will we be one of the famished?

Don’t think it will get to that point? We’ve been down that road before- in the Great Depression. A quick search engine query with relevant keywords reveals accounts like:

Although few people died from starvation, many did not have enough to eat. Some people searched garbage dumps for food or ate weeds. Malnutrition took a toll: A study conducted in eight American cities found that families that had a member working full time experienced 66 percent less illness than those in which everyone was unemployed.

And:

“Food and jobs were hard to get and many people stood in lines for government hand-outs. A lot of people lived on powdered milk, dried beans, and potatoes.” In Chicago, a crowd of men fought over a barrel of garbage — food scraps for their families.

I can only hope Americans will never witness anything like this again. But it did happen here. And it’s taking place overseas today even in “First-World” countries like Spain as the global economic crisis that reared its ugly head in 2008 marches on:


“Spain: The economic crisis forces people to eat waste food”
YouTube Video

Obviously, there’s a lot to be said for setting aside extra food in case the means to pay for it dries up or some other disaster strikes. While that’s a topic I will talk about more in the future, just remember that’s it’s never too late to starting looking into and implementing some kind of food acquisition and storage program.

If anything, because I don’t want you to be that person rifling through garbage cans some day.

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Friday, October 5th, 2012 Depression, Emergencies, Employment, Europe, Food, Man-Made Disasters, Natural Disasters, Poverty, Preparedness, Seen On The Streets, Supplies, TEOTWAWKI Comments Off on Seen On The Streets, Part 4

On TV: Doomsday Preppers, Episode 7

This past weekend I finally got the chance to watch episode number 7 of the National Geographic Channel TV series Doomsday Preppers.

The show focused on three prepper groups last Tuesday. In order of appearance:

Doug Huffman, Northern California
“I’m preparing for the Second Worldwide Great Depression”

Dianne (and Greg) Rogers, Alberta, Canada
“I’m passionate about prepping because I’m haunted.”

Ed (and Dianna) Peden, west of Topeka, Kansas
“I am preparing to survive and thrive underground.”

Here are my thoughts about episode 7 of Doomsday Preppers, broken down by prepper group:

Doug Huffman

Doug is a retired defense contractor who has a 240-acre ranch in Northern California. He thinks another economic depression is fast-approaching:

We’re $15.2 trillion in debt. No one’s doing anything to address the problems. We cannot continue to keep spending money in this country. At some point, this is all going to collapse. And there’s going to be a massive, massive reset in the United States. You’re going to have a shortage of food. There’s going to be food lines again, gas lines again…

In the first 9 months of this type of economic collapse- no food, no water, and amazingly simple sanitation. Without soap and water- boom, disease everywhere, unstoppable. Simulations have been done- up to an 80 percent loss of our population. The government’s not going to be able to help you. You are going to be on your own, and that is the reality.

As a result, Huffman has transformed his ranch into a self-reliant village. He explained:

Well the whole purpose of me “building” my self-reliant village is, if something should happen, you are only going to survive in a communal group.

Availability of food during an economic collapse is a major concern for the California resident, and the show revealed that Huffman has implemented a 4-stage post-apocalyptic food plan to deal with such a disruption:

1. Hunt local game
2. Breed fish in his lake
3. Grow food in 2,500-square-foot greenhouse
4. Raise a variety of farm animals

In perhaps the funniest/disturbing (depends on the person) scene of episode 7, Doug showed how he’s raising rabbits for food and introduced a couple of his baby bunnies to viewers- “Stir Fry,” “Crock Pot,” “Blackened,” and “Cajun.” He tells the incredibly-cute Stir Fry:

Yeah, you’re going to be surrounded in vegetables.

Awww.

The episode also revealed that the rest of the California prepper’s food is preserved and hidden in 3 secret locations, including a root cellar. According to the show:

Root cellars are controlled storage environments, buried under earth or in a basement. They were widely-used to store fruit and vegetables during the winter months before refrigerators became available.

With his “self-reliant village” containing all this food, Huffman knows the ranch would be a likely target in a SHTF event. How does he plan on defending the place? From the show:

And while civil unrest is a common prepper concern, Doug has no intention in investing in prepping staples like high fences, security cameras, and motion detectors designed to keep marauders out. His plan is to draw them in.

He explained:

My plan for self-defense might be a little bit different. I’m not so concerned about holding the ranch. I’m perfectly willing to give it up. The most effective survival system is to disappear during the chaos, and reappear to just take back what you’ve lost.

Huffman plans on achieving this through the use of camouflage and hidden foxholes. It’s revealed that Doug is a master in the art of camouflage:

Doug has 30 home-made camo suits designed for every possible environment and season.

Huffman pointed out:

You have to have the different colors to fit your environment in fall, winter, spring, summer. The grasses change, the snow- everything changes. Appropriate camouflage is the difference between life and death.

Helpful advice. In addition, Doug has several hidden shelters around the ranch where he can live in temporarily. He showed off what’s called a “spider hole” to his friend and fellow prepper Brian. From the episode:

A spider hole is a combat term widely-used in the Vietnam War. It’s a camouflaged one-man foxhole, about 3 feet deep and 7 feet long. Doug plans to use them to hide in plain sight for 3 to 7 days at a time.

The show revealed that Huffman has a half-dozen spider holes over two hundred miles up to 9,000 feet. Doug told viewers:

My plan is to retreat, ride it out, and live to fight another day. That’s what the spider hole is for.

And at night, he plans to return to the ranch and “reclaim” his property. Huffman explained:

I own the night. It’s been a way of life for me for 25 years. I would return back at night- doing my recon, looking through the windows, getting my numbers. And it’s very, very important psychologically that I just start dropping people within 24 hours. I’ll just start taking you out day, after day, after day.

Huffman wouldn’t be alone at the self-reliant village if things go south. He is training a team of 32 young preppers between the ages of 10 and 19 to rebuild a safe post-apocalyptic community on his ranch. Huffman said:

Twice a week, I got teach a youth group called the “Junior Rangers.” My whole goal is to train people in an apocalyptic event. And that’s what it’s going to take- groups of people that build communities and can defend and protect that community.

The Rangers are trained in survival, foraging, camouflaging techniques, weapons and defense tactics.

Dang. Where was this type of instruction when I was growing up?

Huffman said something earlier in the show that really stuck in my mind:

You had better be prepared. Because it is coming. And the fact that so many people put their head in the sand- that’s a huge mistake. Based upon my law of natural selection, they’re the first ones to die.

In the “Expert Assessment” portion of this segment- conducted by Practical Preppers LLC- the following was said on the show:

In addition, when you retreat underground, it is likely that your supplies will be looted while unattended.

Huffman replied:

I look at that as a foolish answer. Alright? I am your worst nightmare. Maybe he doesn’t understand that.

I don’t think for a second Practical Preppers underestimates Huffman’s capabilities for “reclaiming” his ranch. But I wonder if the company founded by “original doomsday preppers” Scott Hunt and David Kobler recognizes the possibility that the “marauders” may not choose to stick around at the ranch once they take it. If they have the means (adequate transportation), the ability (traversable terrain), and the desire to remove Doug’s supplies from the ranch and continue on as soon as possible- rather than kick back and enjoy the spoils- they might try and do so. Huffman said it’s important for him to start “dropping people” within 24 hours. He might have to start and possibly finish doing that should the marauders intend to push on.

One other thought about this segment. Huffman mentioned that he thought the Second Great Depression would take place in 2012. It’s certainly possible. But recent activity in Washington and at the Federal Reserve have primed the pump, so to speak, and economic news looks to be on track for being rather good all the way until the November election- with the next major bout of economic pain not felt until 2013-2014- according to the same smart people who saw the 2008 global financial crisis coming.

Dianne (and Greg) Rogers

Greg and Dianne Rogers reside in Alberta, Canada, with their 7-year-old daughter Sara(h?). Dianne is a stay-at-home mom, and is prepping because of some reoccurring nightmare:

I’m passionate about prepping because I’m haunted. When I was in college, I had this dream- a disaster dream of some kind in that it was something that happened environmentally. It continues to this day. I’m trying to escape. Greg is getting our bags ready. I’m putting things away- trying to get to a colder place because it’s going to get hot. The temperature is rising. The dream happens all the time. For 20 years I haven’t been able to get away from it.

From the show:

Dianne is convinced her dream has a connection to the real world. A warning from the future that cannot be ignored.

She explained:

My greatest fear is that something catastrophic does happen environmentally and it sets off a chain reaction.

As a result, Greg and Dianne are prepping for all potential disasters (very smart).

Dianne’s husband is just as committed to prepping as she is. From the show:

Greg’s day job is as a granite fabricator. But at night, and on the weekends, he’s training as a security tech, a thief, and even an amateur chemist- all in the service of being prepared.

Greg explained:

In an unpredictable situation you never know what skills you’re going to need to pull yourself out of that situation and ensure your own safety and the safety of the family. I’m learning how to steal a car, for the same reason I’m learning how to pick a lock. I’m learning make gunpowder. Information is easy to carry.

In a SHTF event, the Rogers family plans on bugging-in. It’s revealed they have 12 months of supplies socked away.

Dianne and Greg share information about prepping with their daughter. Every night before bed, they have a “family prepping talk.” And in the show, Sara(h) goes with Mom and Dad to a gun store where the couple looks to purchase handguns. Greg revealed:

I’m not a big gun enthusiast myself, but I realize the importance, and it’s another tool in the tool chest.

Dianne said:

Sara(h) knows there might come a time when Mom and Dad need to use those weapons for things. She’s okay with that. And I would prefer that she’s comfortable around them.”

To successfully bug-in, the Rogers family transformed a portion of their basement into a makeshift bunker. They have food, water supplies, a propane stove, a medical/surgical kit, and a port-a-potty, among other things.

Dianne Rogers left viewers with this thought:

I think prepping has become such a big movement because there is so much more uncertainty in the world than there ever used to be. We know so much more now than we ever used to. Maybe it was easier when we didn’t know.

In the “Expert Assessment” portion of this segment, Practical Preppers LLC said:

You live in close proximity to others- which could be a disadvantage in a disaster. However, you could turn this to your advantage by establishing a network within your community for survival and disaster planning.

Dianne responded with:

There seems to be a bit of hesitation among other people. They just don’t want to think about it.

I’ve noticed on the Internet that websites exist where preppers can go to link up with other preppers. PrepperGroups.com is perhaps the most well-known one. In addition, there’s Meetup.com, which bills itself as the world’s largest network of local groups. For example, doing a search on this site for preppers around Chicago brought up two preparedness groups in nearby Oak Brook and Wilmette. Even though Dianne and Greg live in Canada, I saw some Canadian-based preppers on PrepperGroups.com. If the family is serious about establishing a network within their community for survival and disaster planning, they might want to explore this route.

Going back to that part of the show where the Rogers family visited the gun store, it was noted how Glock handguns are used by many law enforcement agencies across the country, and as such, the availability of ammunition might be better during TEOTWAWKI. I’ve heard this claim before and the one that says firearms chambered for “common” caliber cartridges like 9mm Luger, .45 ACP, .223 Remington, .30-30 Winchester, .308 Winchester, etcetera might also be easier finding ammo for when TSHTF. However, I suspect that beyond the initial stage of the crisis, pretty much all rimfire and centerfire ammunition will disappear off the shelves- to be used as barter by enterprising individuals if anything. Furthermore, in most instances I doubt the police/military will be sharing ammunition with John Q. Public should things go to hell. In fact, some argue they’ll be replenishing their depleted ammo supply from you if needed. Gun owners are probably better off acquiring all the ammo they’ll need before the brown stuff hits the fan.

Ed (and Dianna) Peden

Ed and Dianna Peden live in a decommissioned Atlas missile site west of Topeka, Kansas. Ed, a retired teacher, first became interested in the complex back in the eighties when the specter of nuclear war hovered over the world. He explained:

The economy is certainly in trouble. In some ways the economy has already collapsed. And everybody thought the economy was going to bounce back- it was just a little recession. Well, that hasn’t happened. It’s not happening. There’s going to be desperation and there’s going to be potential violence. And those that can make adjustments to the changes in optimal ways will thrive, while many others are going to suffer.

Ed believes there’s no time to lose in his prepping, as he feels an economic doomsday is already underway. He claimed:

We are at a critical moment. The banking institutions are troubled. The stock market is reflecting these things. The politicians have no answers. And we’re not finished with these trends.

According to the show, the missile base cost $4 million to build in 1960. Ed bought it in the eighties for $40,000. Like the Rogers family, Dianna and Ed plan on bugging-in, closing their 20-inch-thick blast-proof front door to the outside. Stocked with 12 months of food and supplies, the Peden’s renovated 20,000 square-foot bunker is very secure with its 18-inch-thick walls, an 8-foot tall steel and barbed-wire perimeter fence, a recently-installed automatic gate, and a new 360-degree security camera system.

When it comes to using firearms for self-defense, the show revealed that Dianna is committed to non-violence. But Ed is not. He warned viewers:

I don’t show them, but I’m well-trained in them, and that’s all I would care to discuss about it.

Dianna and Ed don’t plan on going at it alone during TEOTWAWKI. From the show:

If Ed and Dianna Peden’s predictions come to pass, and economic catastrophe and societal breakdown occur, they are aware that the two of them do not possess all the skills they will need to survive. So they have selected a group of people to allow into their fortified bunker.

When preppers assemble survival teams, commonly sought after professions are emergency-room doctors, mechanics, and professional soldiers. But for their team, the Peden’s have selected a “living food chef,” an intuitive healer, and a spiritualist.

Ed left viewers with this thought:

If difficult times do come, and I think that’s most likely, it’s going to be so important who you are around, who you have on the bus with you, so to speak.

During the “Expert Assessment” portion of the segment, Practical Preppers advised:

We recommend you train consistently with whatever firearms you store inside the silo. And consider investing in bulletproof vests in case your home comes under siege.

The Kansas prepper replied with:

I’ll choose my own way with that. His consciousness is at a different place than ours.

Perhaps that’s what the intuitive healer is for? I thought the recommendation about “bulletproof” vests was a good one. To tweak something actor John Wayne allegedly once said:

Life during societal collapse is hard. It’s even harder when you’re perforated.

I wish these preppers success in their endeavors.

New episodes of Doomsday Preppers air on the National Geographic Channel Tuesday nights at 9 PM Eastern/Pacific Time. For more information, go to the Nat Geo Channel website here.

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On TV: Livin’ For The Apocalypse

Back on August 9, Dennis McClung of Doomsday Preppers-fame informed Survival And Prosperity readers that he’d be appearing in a TLC one-hour special called Livin’ for the Apocalypse on August 28. From the TLC website:

They have stock piles of canned goods, gas masks, bomb shelters and even a tilapia pond. They are the families featured on TLC’s newest one-hour special LIVIN’ FOR THE APOCALYPSE, premiering on Sunday, August 28 at 10 PM ET/PT.

Amid the world’s latest natural disasters, cultural doomsday predictions and economic collapses, there are those who are convinced that this is the end of civilization, as we know it. LIVIN’ FOR THE APOCALYPSE takes a behind-the-scenes look into the lives of families who have spent years preparing for the day that they believe will mark the end of mankind. From rabbit-raising to meat-canning, no measure is too over-the-top when it comes to preparing for one’s post-apocalyptical survival. The fascinating special will document these extreme actions and personal survival guides as these unique families prepare for the future…or not.

While I caught the special on TV, I haven’t been able to review it- until now. Livin’ for the Apocalypse focused on four different parties. First up was Scott and Peggy Layton of Manti, Utah. The Laytons have been married for 33 years and have 7 children. Peggy shared with viewers why her family was preparing. She explained:

I know there’s going to be an apocalypse in the near future, and I have an urgency to get completely set up with emergency preparedness supplies, so that we can live through this and take care of our children.

The show highlighted a number of the Laytons’ preps, including their accumulation of food supplies, their garden, and their root cellar. During the part about food storage, Peggy pointed out:

I have a philosophy. If it’s unorganized, and it’s messy, and you can’t find it- then it’s hoarding. If it’s organized, and it’s put away, and you can find it when you need it- then it’s being prepared.

The show also revealed that the Laytons have “bug-out” property (an emergency location) in the nearby mountains.

Now, Peggy Layton is no stranger to the prepper/survivalist movements. As she explained:

My greatest passion and my love is for being prepared. It has propelled me into a business. I started out with one book on the subject of food storage, and it has grown into several books.

Perhaps the most well-known of these is her Emergency Food Storage & Survival Handbook.

Peggy runs her food storage company (PeggyLayton.com, “Food storage Preparation essentials”) out of a building she purchased a few years ago that contains, of all things, a bomb shelter. In the show the Layton family was in the process of “updating” the space with running water. Peggy concluded:

I feel a great urgency to be prepared, and to have my family prepared. It’s a possibility we can have an earthquake, we can have just economic collapse.

Next up was “Survival Doc” and “Lisa,” a married couple from St. Louis, Missouri. When it comes to preparing, “Survival Doc” is big on precious metals. He explained:

One of the biggest threats that I’ve always been afraid of is the collapse of the dollar, because that’s what’s happening. The dollar is buying you less than it did before. But the same amount of silver that would buy you a gallon of gas say a few decades ago will still buy a gallon of gas. I could see this whole scenario coming down the line in the late eighties, and that was when I actually decided to start buying silver. The government- they can just print money, and print money, and print money- but they’re eventually going to print so much money where the dollar is going to be worthless. And that is the whole reason for buying precious metals.

“Survival Doc” touched on the importance of operational security, or OPSEC. He told viewers:

I don’t want to use my real name, because when the stuff hits the fan, the people who know that I’m storing a lot of silver, they might decide to come over to my place to get my stuff.

Makes sense. A couple of years ago I was watching CNBC when one of the talking heads boasted he didn’t need to own gold because he’d just take it away from “goldbugs” using force if it ever came to that. Doubtful. I know of quite a few precious metals owners who also happen to be armed. Heavily, in some instances. Good luck with that, Mr. Talking Head.

“Survival Doc” discussed the importance of food to his preparations. He noted:

There are a lot of people out there warning about food shortages. A year from now, it might cost $100 to buy a loaf of bread.

Like the Laytons, “Doc” stressed the importance of growing one’s own food and storing it. In addition, he recommended people “produce” their own meat as well (he keeps rabbits). And like Peggy Layton, “Survival Doc” is known to a number of members of the prepper/survivalist community, as he not only hosts his own YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/user/thenewsurvivalist) but runs the disaster preparedness and self-reliance educational website TheNewSurvivalist.com.

Other useful information shared by the “Survival Doc” included:

• Alcohol makes a great bartering item
• Redundancy is essential. “One is none, two is one.”
• Firearms are important tools for self-protection. The “Doc” carries a handgun on him whenever possible.
• Have other means of self-defense. The “Survival Doc” just took up martial arts recently.


“Livin’ for the Apocalypse- Ready for War”
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The third household looked at in Livin’ for the Apocalypse was Dennis and Danielle McClung from Mesa, Arizona. The McClungs have two small kids. Dennis shared their reasons for preparing:

My wife and I are, and have been, preparing for catastrophic events to happen in and around December 21, 2012. After that, I see the end of the world as we know it. There is all of these prophecies that can be interpreted to the end of the world age: the St. Malachy prophecies, the Hopi prophecies, the Mayan calendar, the Book of Changes, the Chinese book of I Ching. So you have all of these world cultures, all of these prophecies, pointing to a past world calamity and saying, “Hey, it going to happen again, it’s only a matter of time, because history has a tendency of repeating itself.”

Even though the young couple’s children are only 2 and 5-years-old, they’re already learning survival skills. When the McClungs purchased their home, it came with a swimming pool. As tempting as it might have been to use it for its intended use, the family transformed the pool into a self-sufficient aquaponic greenhouse that feeds them 365 days a year. Plants, chickens, and an abundance of tilapia fish in the deep end comprise the system. They also raise Nigerian goats for milk. Inside the home the McClungs have a “survival supply room” which contains plenty of freeze dried food, canning supplies, and other preparedness items.

Dennis and Danielle McClung are striving to be self-sufficient by 2012. Dennis explained:

The nice thing about having a deadline- 2012- is it puts pressure on us to continually work on our project until we reach where we want to be.

Once again, Dennis McClung is no stranger to preppers/survivalists due to his disaster supply business at 2012Supplies.com and his appearances on shows like Doomsday Preppers. Dennis concludes:

I don’t see ourselves as fear-mongerers. I don’t even consider us negative people. I think we’re actually very optimistic people- we’re an optimistic family. We’re just preparing for the worst case scenario- and hoping for the best. Maybe in preparing for the worst, it brings out the best in humanity. A rule of thumb for your typical survivalist is to keep low-key and tell no one of your preparing. The problem with that is, we feel we have something to offer the public. To show them what can be done by an average young family… We feel we need to inform the public how to be a little more prepared. And to us that’s a better situation because if more people are prepared, there will be less chaos in the end for us.

Finally, there’s Jackie and Gidget from the Southwest desert of the United States (again, practicing OPSEC by not revealing more than that information). Gidget explained why the two roommates were preparing for disaster:

We’re preparing because the world as we know, and especially our country, is coming to an end… In 2012, I really feel that life as we know it is going to come to an end. So we’re going to be prepared for whatever happens.

Consequently, Livin’ for the Apocalypse showed the two looking at and shooting firearms. The roommates also shared with viewers the extent to which they’ve already gone to build up their food supply. Canning is especially big with these two.

As Jackie underwent transgender surgery 10 years ago and requires various hormones/medication, these items need to be stockpiled. Taking these costs and the expenses of other preps the two still want to carry out into consideration, the roommates hold a garage sale and put up Gidget’s doll collection and some of her creations as a seamstress for sale to raise funds.

TLC’s Livin’ for the Apocalypse concluded with the following:

Gidget and Jackie, the Laytons, “Survival Doc” and “Lisa,” and the McClung family are all part of a growing number of Americans who feel the Apocalypse is near. But they all prepare in very different ways.

It’s true- all four parties prepared in very different ways. However, a number of their preps overlapped here-and-there, including:

• Having the ability to grow one’s own food
• Being able to store this food through canning and other means
• Building up a food supply
• Redundancy
• Acquiring firearms as tools for self-defense
• Implementing operational security as it concerns one’s preparations

All the individuals in the show had at least one thing in common in that they all strived for some degree of self-sufficiency in the event of disaster.

Livin’ for the Apocalypse was very informative, very interesting, and kind of funny as well. Hard-core preppers/survivalists might dismiss it as being too rudimentary. To be fair, they probably weren’t the intended audience to begin with. I highly-recommend watching it the next time it appears on TLC.

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