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The Preparedness Podcast focuses on preparing for disasters, emergencies and survival strategies for living a more secure life.

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Podcast Episode's:
Episode 242 - Staying Fit for Preparedness
Staying Fit for Preparedness.
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Episode 241 - Interview with Steven Konkoly and Randy Powers - Practical Prepping (No Apocalypse Required)
My interview with Steve Konkoly and Randy Powers, co-authors of the book, Practical Prepping (No Apocalypse Required).
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Episode 240 - Is it 2015 Already?
We start the new year a little late, but it's all good. Discussining survival books and a look back on the big stories of 2014 and how they really relate to preppers.
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Episode 239 - Getting Back Home is Different from Bugging Out
Being prepared often means having a lot of different bags and packs. One bag you should have is a Get Home Bag. It's easy to assume this bag should be the same as a survival pack, or bug out bag, or 72-hour kit, but it's not the same thing. This podcast explores the differences of the Get Home Bag.
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Episode 238 - November 3, 2014
Yes, finally! I was able to snag some free time to record a podcast when the house was quiet. This wasn't the one I was planning on, but decided to go ahead and record one while I had the time. In the podcast, I catch up on some recent events.
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Episode 237 - Ebola, Hurricanes in AZ, Recent CME, and National Preparedness Month 2014
Talking about Ebola, Hurricanes in AZ, Recent CME in the National Preparedness Month 2014
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Episode 236 - Hurricane Preparedness with Crown Weather
Hurricane and Tropical Storm Preparedness - Talking with Rob Lightbown of Crown Weather Services about Tropical Storms & Hurricanes: When is hurricane season? Hazards, Home prep tips before a hurricane even forms, Hurricane preparedness tips, Evacuation Tips, If You Must Stay At Home & Ride Out A Hurricane.
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Episode 235 - Harvest Right: In Home Freeze Dryer
One of the biggest challenges we face in our preparedness plans is food storage. Freeze-dried food has a long shelf life, but can be expensive. Now, you can freeze dry your food at home with the Harvest Right In Home Freeze Dryer. It's a great unit that allows you to freeze dry nearly any food. Now you can control what is in your food and the taste!
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Episode 234 - Off Grid Communications with the goTenna
An interview with Jorge Perdomo, co-founder of the goTenna. The goTenna is a unique device that allows you to send text and map data from one smartphone to another, without the need for the cellular phone infrastructure. Whether in an urban city or out in the field, the goTenna allows you to communicate with others goTenna users. In this interview, Jorge and I discuss the abilities of using the goTenna and your smartphone.
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Episode 233 - Ebola: Stop Panicking, Here's Why
Ebola - Why you need to stop panicking about it. Important information on why the Ebola outbreak isn't as nearly as bad as the media is having us believe. Listen to find out why.
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Episode 232 - Marjory Wildcraft, the Most Dangerous Woman In America
Marjory Wildcraft is called the "Martha Stewart of Self-Reliance" and she will show you how to grow half of your food in less than an hour per day if you click here. Most recently, Marjory was featured as an expert in sustainable living by National Geographic and a presenter for Mother Earth News. She is an author of several books, but is best known for her video series "Grow Your Own Groceries" which is used by more than 300,000 homesteaders, survivalists, universities, and missionary organizations around the world (get your copy of this amazing video set by clicking here http://www.GrowYourOwnGroceries.com).
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Episode 231 - Cast Iron, Seasoned Steel, and a Starvation Study
On this episode, I discuss using cast iron and seasoned steel for everyday cooking. I also go over a 1944 WWII study on starvation, which I think can give us some good information on how and why we need to make sure we are storing enough calories in our food storage.
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Episode 230 - News that Preppers Should be Following
In this podcast, we discuss the various current news stories and how, or whether, they should be a concern to you and your preparedness plan. Topics Covered: Ebola, Dollar demise, Border issues, ISIS control of radioactive material, Hackers attacking power plants, Armed conflict between US and Russia, or US and China., Possible the biggest threat: Terrorist threat in the country.
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Episode 229 - Have You Reached Peak Prepping Stress?
This topic addresses the overload of prepping information that currently exists on the Internet and how it can affect you emotionally.
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Episode 228 - Discussing Economy and Prepping Articles
-= PODCAST TOPICS =- Economy: U.S. Economy Expanding by 1.5%, But Inflation Is 3-5%, Consumer Price Index for Urban Consumers (BLS), From Episode 128, The generally accepted definition for hyperinflation is a 100% increase over a 3 year period. IOW, prices double every 3 years., Some things to think about:, Cash on hand, Have tangibles, Banking issues (closures, confiscations, devaluations), For more on hyperinflation, revisit episodes 128, 130, 131, and 138. 7 Reasons Your Bug-Out Will Fail: Good article at SHTFBlog.com on 7 Reasons Your Bug-Out Will Fail, The reasons given are:, Failure to Act, Inadequate BOV, Poor Route Planning, Tactical Negligence, Poor Planning, Bug-Out Location, Unrealistic Expectation Of What Camping Out Is
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Episode 227 - Personal Safety and Security
Talking with security expert, Fred Henss, about maintaining your personal security. Fred has given this class to thousands of people and it's one of the more popular classes that he teaches. I've asked him to go over his class with us. This is one of those podcasts that you'll want to share with family and friends as a way to help them stay better focused on their personal safety.
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Episode 226 - 15 Preparedness Uses for Kiddie Pools
Kiddie pools provide a unique aspect in a container, as their short, wide profiles aren't generally available in other forms. This makes them good options for a variety of things. I cover the article I did for TheSurvivalMom.com.
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Episode 225 - Travel Preparedness Considerations
On this episode, I talk about some considerations for maintaining a preparedness level while traveling. I have a different sort of outlook on this and share it on the podcast. I also talk about several news articles that you should be aware of, in case you missed them recently.
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Episode 224 - Things To Do This Summer
Take some time this summer to do these things to improve your skills.
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Episode 223 - Finding Members for your Group
This isn't an easy topic, because there are a lot of variables to account for, and some people can be very good at hiding who they really are. It's like finding a spouse, you can't tell from just a few dates. Many people that seem like they would make a good group member, actually turn out not to be compatible with you and your group. One thing to keep in mind, is what happens when someone stops being a group member.
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Episode 222 - Bank Holidays, Safe Deposit Boxes, and How Much Food to Store
Let's go to the phones and take some calls: - How do I know I'm on the right path when preparing? - What are bank holidays and area safe deposit boxes really safe? - How much food should I store?
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Episode 221 - 10 Questions to Ask About Your Food Storage
A series of questions to ask yourself about your food storage, to ensure you're hitting the important aspects of providing for your family.
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Episode 220 - Product Reviews: Mega 1 Meals - Prepper Pete Prepares
Just to clarify about the Preparedness Capability Checklist on Amazon – If you buy the PRINT version first, you can get the Kindle version for $2. Not the other way around. Overall Topics: Passing along a suggestion by a listener for developing situational awareness using sketches. If you’re a beginner prepper, get trained in survival skills. We’ve covered this before, but it’s always a good reminder to either get skills, develop new skills, or brush up on the skills you have. Having survival skills is the foundation to all your preparedness efforts. Product Review: Mega 1 Meals from Legacy Foods Great idea for BOBs and Evac bags. Review: Prepper Pete Prepares, by Kermit Jones, Jr. Children’s book that introduces preparedness to kids.
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Episode 219 - Implications of Ukraine, Petrodollars, and Ebola
Discussing geopolitical events with Steve Aukstakalnis from AlertsUSA.com. Some of the questions we try to look at in this podcast include: - Are you looking at what's happening with the Ukraine crisis and wondering what the big deal is? - Do you want to know what the implications are for us here in the states? - Does Russia have the propensity to use nuclear weapons? - What is the ramifications of Russia dropping the US petrodollar? - What about other countries, are they doing it too? Is is possible that they can accomplish it? - What does it mean for those of us here in the US for the economy? - We also discuss removing counter party risk on your investments, as one way to protect your long term investment portfolio. - Did Ebola break out of Africa? - Should we be worried about the Ebola virus coming here? - Think you know how Ebola can be transmitted? Perhaps you should think again! - The conversation with Steve always goes longer than I plan for, but with this amount of good information,it's easy to see why.
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Episode 218 - Prepper Myths, Fake Preppers, Critical Thinking
Critical Thinking - What is it? How do we apply it to our preparedness? I discuss this in this podcast, and I also go over an article entitled, Top 20 Barter Skill Sets.
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Episode 217 - Ebola, Avian Influenza and... Bison?
Situational Awareness Exercise, Ebola, Avian Influenza spreading cross species, Bison and elk leaving Yellowstone?
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Episode 216 - Computer Security for Preppers part 3
This is the third and final episode in the Computer Security for Preppers series. We've covered a lot of info and cover even more in this final episode.
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Episode 215 - Computer Security for Preppers part 2
If you use a computer - if you're reading this I'm pretty sure you you do - you're going to find the information in this podcast very informative. Actually, you might even find it a little scary, but even more reason to listen.
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Episode 214 - Computer Security for Preppers
I talk with a computer security expert about what the threats are and how we can maintain better security with our computers and digital files.
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Episode 213 - PrepperFest AZ: What to Expect
PrepperFest AZ 2014 is just a couple of weeks away. In my interview with Tony Tangalos, we discuss what people can expect to find at it this year. March 21 – 23, 2014 at the Arizona State Fairgrounds I'll be there and I'll have my books available for purchase.
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Episode 212 - Essential Oils Part 2
Continuing our discussion on Essential Oils with Scott Scott LeFrebvre of PreparedNotScared.us.
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Episode 211 - Essential Oils
Talking about Essential Oils with Scott LeFrebvre of PreparedNotScared.us.
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Episode 210 - Ukraine, Propane, CME, Rad
Checking propane usage, X-Class Solar Flare, Ukraine Situation, Radiation leak in New Mexico.
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Episode 209 - Lessons from a Grid Down Weekend Part 2
Here's the continuation of my interview with Fred, talking about the lessons he learned during his grid down prepper challenge weekend.
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Episode 208 - Lessons from a Grid Down Weekend
Discussing some great lessons a friend learned when doing his grid down weekend prepper challenge.
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Episode 207 - Do This One Thing To Find Out How Prepared You Are
Covering a variety of preparedness topics in this podcast. Including: If you get the podcast via the Apple Podcasts App (or any other app that seems to have stopped seeing new podcasts), you need to unsubscribe and then resubscribe. This should fix the issue. Listener question about EMP. Influenza - there are now four types of flu that bear watching: H5N1, H7N9, H9N2 and now H10N8 Clarification on my stance about burying guns. EMP/Mad Max Scenario Clarification Survival Mom's essay on Strategic Relocation Winter Grid Down Challenge
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Episode 206 - Stay Informed
As a prepper, one of the biggest challenges we face is getting notified of major events that occur. Because we want to stay ahead of the curve when it comes time to do things like bug out or enact other parts of our preparedness plan, getting timely information is critical. This podcast is the interview with Steven Aukstakalnis of AlertsUSA.com. AlertsUSA.com is an alert service unlike any other that I've used. It provides a nearly instant alert for events that happen across the globe and especially the USA. The alerts are sent via SMS directly to your phone, so you'll be notified of major events, even if you're not near a TV, radio or computer.
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Episode 205 - The Harsh Reality Episode
NOTE TO PARENTS - Unlike my other shows, this is not a podcast to listen to with your kids. I talk about some horrific scenarios not intended for children. This podcast deals with the harsh realities of the prepper world.
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Episode 204 - Looking into 2014 with Kerry Lutz
Kerry Lutz joins me as we discuss what 2014 may hold in store for us. Additionally, we talk about climate and weather, alternate job opportunities, CCW laws, and various other prepper topics!
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Episode 203 - Thrive Food
Talking with Krista Hampton, our Thrive representative. I first met Krista at a prepper expo. What impressed me about her was her energy and enthusiasm for Thrive foods. Not only does she sell them, but she uses them in her everyday cooking.
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Episode 202 - Listener Question: Where To Start with Bug Out Bags?
A listener had written in asking what the best approach was to building their Bug Out Bags. This is a topic that many preppers ponder, it's a good opportunity to answer it on the podcast. We also talk with Sun Oven about their newsletter.
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Episode 201 - Shock, Sex and Fear Drive the Prepper Economy
I'm seeing too much fear mongering going on in the prepper community. Sure, it sells products, but don't fall for the hype. Also, I answer a listener's question on bugging back home from work.
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Episode 200 - "American Blackout" from a Real Prepper's Perspective
Here are some thoughts and opinions on NetGeo's TV show, "American Blackout." Though it had a lot of implausibilities, it still made for a good what-if scenario. Below are my notes on it.
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Episode 199 - What do you suggest for planning for such a thing?
The coming nationwide Grid Fail test? What do you suggest for planning for such a thing? Make your smartphone part of your essential gear. From Survival Mom, about having multiple "safe houses" you can go to. Dropping out of YouTube and Google+.
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Episode 198 - The One Item Every Prepper Needs
An update on current events and talking about The One Item Every Prepper Needs.
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Episode 197 - Are You Ready?
Going to recap CPR with points from a couple of listeners; Answer a couple of listener questions; EBT/SNAP shutdown in November? Food riots; Go over the minimum preps you should have by now.
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Episode 196 - Preparedness Questions Part 2
This is part two of the Preparedness Questions that I started with the last podcast. It's good stuff, so I'll just get to the questions.
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Episode 195 - Preparedness Questions Part 1
This is a two-part podcast talking about an article I wrote but never published. It's a series of questions to help you get thinking along the right direction when getting prepared. As you may have noticed, much of what I put out is what I consider thinking tools designed to help you get in the right frame of mind and on track with your preps. This is just another one of those thinking tools.
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Episode 194 - What Happened to 193?
As you probably know by now, I pulled episode 193. I explain why in this podcast and outline where I think the podcast will go. It’s a short podcast, but not the last.
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Episode 192 - Build a Small Solar System
Build a Small Solar System - Suitable for recharging batteries and small electronic devices.
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Episode 191 - What's Going to Happen?!
Instead of panicking, plan and prepare.
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Episode 190 - FEMA, Ice Age, Preparedness Mindset, Understanding Money and The Importance of Owning Precious Metals
Uh, hmm, well - FEMA, Ice Age, Preparedness Mindset, Understanding Money and The Importance of Owning Precious Metals
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Episode 189 - Carrington Non-Event, The Coming Pandemic, To Ham or Not To Ham
Carrington Non-Event, The Coming Pandemic, To Ham or Not To Ham
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Episode 188 - Gun Rules, Lethal Force Follow Up and Information Privacy
Gun Rules, Lethal Force Follow Up and Information Privacy
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Episode 187 - Urban Violence and What To Do If Caught in a Protest or Riot
There's been somewhat of a social upheaval recently with this Zimmerman verdict. How does it affect preppers? I take a look at the ugly realities facing us. I also talk about some things you can do if you find yourself unwittingly in the middle of a protest or riot.
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Episode 186 - Non-Firearm Defense Options
On this podcast episode, I discuss some of the options for non-firearm defensive weapons. I also clearly make the point (perhaps droning on a tad too much about it) that using anything other than a firearm is really a substandard defensive tactic. However, there are those times or situations where having a firearm is either impractical or unrealistic, and so, we look at some of the options available.
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Episode 185 - Getting Ready for the Coming Wild Economic Ride - Part 2
Continuing the discussion on things to consider for getting ready for the economic collapse that we're probably facing. In this portion, I discuss daily needs, relocation, tangible goods, and more.
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Episode 184 - Getting Ready for the Coming Wild Economic Ride
Discussing new mantra for the podcast: Do your own research; Test your preps! Also talking about the Getting Ready for the Coming Wild Economic Ride article.
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Episode 183 - My First Knife, PRISM, and Are You're Mentally Ill?
I started talking about a question that was posed at the round table discussion, but we never got yo answer, and that was, "What would be the one item you would take with you, if you could only take one?" This brought me down the rabbit hole and I ended up talking about my first knife and why it's important to test your preps. Later in the podcast, Charlie McGrath joins me and we discuss current events.
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Episode 182 - Prepper Expos, Edible Plants
Talking about why we can't eat trees, starvation, edible plants and foraging.
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Episode 181 - 39 Items to Always Keep in your Vehicle
39 Items to Always Keep in your Vehicle - This is taken from a recent weekly tip I put out, as a sample of the type of tips you will get if you subscribe to the free weekly tips.
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Episode 180 - The EMP Shield Project
Interview with Mike Ellan of Faraday-Cage.com. Mike is creating an EMP shielded Faraday cage that will be available for purchase soon. I talk to him about the product and EMP. This is a Kickstarter project that I think preppers need to get involved with.
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Episode 179 - My Interview on Financial Survival Network
Last week I was interviewed by Kerry Lutz on the Financial Survival Network. There's some good prep info in it, so I wanted to put it out here, as well.
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Episode 178 - The New All American Sun Oven
Talking with President Paul Munsen about the new and improved All American Sun Oven.
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Episode 177 - Talking about the Prepare 2 Endure Preparedness Expo
Interview with Brian & Daron Payne. Their company: Pioneer Productions LLC, is sponsoring the Prepare2Endure Preparedness Expo. Find out more info at http://prepare2endure.com.
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Episode 176 - Interview with Kerry Lutz from Financial Survival Network
Kerry Lutz has a popular financial podcast and radio show, and spent some time with us talking about financial survival.
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Episode 175 - Pine Tea, KIO3 and Keeping Ashes Out of Your Canteen Cup
Talking with Tom from Camping Survival. We swap anecdotes and discuss a wide variety of topics, from pine tea to KIO3, to keeping ashes out of your canteen cup.
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Episode 174 - H7N9, Coronavirus And Hurricanes, oh and a few X-Class Solar Flares
Discussing a few more of the things we need to be preparing for: H7N9, Coronavirus And Hurricanes, oh and a few X-Class Solar Flares
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Episode 173 - Paper Gold Versus Real Gold
As you may have noticed lately, especially if you've tried to buy physical gold or silver, there is a significant difference between paper gold and real gold.
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Episode 172 - Berkey Water Filters
The Berkey Water filter is one of the best drip water filters you can get. Learn more in this interview with Jeff the Berkey Guy.
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Episode 171 - Nukes, EMP, North Korea and False Flags
Nukes, EMP, North Korea and False Flags
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Episode 170 - 3 Things You Should be Preparing for: North Korea EMP, Economic Collapse, Riots and Crime
If you haven't already, you need to finalize your prep plan in regards to what you would do if we're hit with an EMP attack or an economic collapse. Right now, both have the potential for happening. If they do, you'll need to prepared for riots, looting, crime and violence.
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Episode 169 - A Prepper's View on Cyprus
Looking at what is going on in Cyprus, what it means, and how we can use it to home our preparedness plan.
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Episode 168 - Current Events and The Firearm Capability Checklist
Taking a quick look at some of the current events that are going on. Then we discuss the Firearm Capability Checklist, which is a sneak peek into the logic that is behind the Preparedness Capability Checklist book that I'm working on.
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Episode 167 - Getting Your Spouse Interested in Prepping
Rob and wife, Amy, discuss some things that you can do to get your spouse interested in prepping. A key point is to remember that your spouse doesn't necessarily need to become a prepper themselves.
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Episode 166 - Mobile Apps For Preppers
Mobile technology and software can be a force multiplier for preppers. This podcast discusses some of the apps that would be good to have on your mobile device and why kind of information they provide.
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Episode 165 - Celebrating 500,000 Podcast Downloads with Listener Feedback
Thanks to the many listeners of the Preparedness Podcast, we've hit over half a million downloads! To celebrate a little, I thought I'd cover some of the many comments that received through the listener survey.
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Episode 164 - Back To Basics - The 72-Hour Survival Kit
The concept of the 72 hour kit has been around for a long time. It's purpose is to provide a small amount of supplies that would allow you to survive for 3 days without support from outside help.
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Episode 163 - Handling Unwanted Guests
At some point in your prepping life, you're bound to come across the friend or family member that, once realizing you're a prepper, says to you, "I'm coming to your place!" The time to address this issue is right then. Here are some things to consider on how to handle this situation.
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Episode 162 - Inflation Is Higher Than We Are Told
Inflation is the silent destroyer of personal savings. It can do this because it happens slowly over a long period of time. Inflation is often difficult to understand, as you usually can't see how bad it effects people until it's too late. In this podcast, we're going to look at inflation to try and peel back the corner a little bit and see the ugly truth that lies beneath the facade that a little bit of inflation is normal and even desired.
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Episode 161 - Good Computer Security Habits, and a little Java
In this digital world, we need to also be prepared for everyday type of stuff, and with most people having a personal computer at home, you should need to be prepared for potential computer issues. With all of the cyber crime that we're starting to experience, if you aren't already employing good computer security, you should start now.
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Episode 160 - 59 Things to put in your Sundries Kit
A sundry is a miscellaneous item that isn't important enough to list individually. We use them daily, like soap, deodorant, cotton swabs, etc. It's easy to put together a kit that has enough sundries to last you 3 months or so. Here are 59 sundries to add to your kit.
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Episode 159 - Flu Epidemic In Us - Pandemic Possible?
We're hearing a lot about a flu epidemic. Is this something we need to be concerned about? Are we looking at a new flu pandemic? In my opinion, no, we're not. Let's take a look at some facts and look into this.
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Episode 158 - Looking Forward into 2013
Looking forward into the next year and what the potential events may be facing us.
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Episode 157 - Doomsday 2012
Talking about the many doomsday predictions that currently are making the rounds with people.
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Episode 156 - Family Communications Plan, Part 2
This is part 2 of continuing to talk about a Family Communications Plan.
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Episode 155 - Family Communications Plan Part 1
This is part 1 of discussing a Family Communications Plan.
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Episode 154 - Frozen Pizzas, Hot Sauce, Food Storage and Other Musings
This podcast isn't really about frozen pizzas or hot sauce, though they are briefly mentioned in the podcast. In general, I didn't have a cohesive topic for this podcast and ended up talking about food storage, canning meat, and the different types of food storage.
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Episode 153 - Current Events and News December 6 2012
Discussing some current events and news articles for the week of December 6, 2012.
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Episode 152 - Prepping Commonalities, Three Utility Fast Pack Bags
Covering several topics: The common things in preparing; Three utility bags worth grabbing when you bug-out; Cordage bag, Stake bag, Tarp bag.
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Episode 151 - Winterizing Your Vehicle
Regular vehicle maintenance is important and getting your car or truck ready for winter is especially important. Here is a summary of the things you should be doing.
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Episode 150 - Prep 101-1 - Meet Fred from the Preparedness 101 Meetup Group
This is the introductory interview with Fred Henss, who is one of the organizers for the Preparedness 101 Meetup Group in the Phoenix, AZ area. The Preparedness 101 Meetup group is a group of people that get together to learn and share ideas, tips and information on preparedness.
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Episode 149 - Intermediate Information on a Basic Toolkit Part 2
Part 2 of a two-part podcast with Greg, discussing more on tools. What's good, what's not, how to tell, and a good deal of tips and suggestions on tools and using tools.
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Episode 148 - Intermediate Information on a Basic Toolkit Part 1
Part 1 of a two-part podcast with Greg, discussing more on tools. What's good, what's not, how to tell, and a good deal of tips and suggestions on tools and using tools.
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Episode 147 - Basic Tool Kit
Discussing putting together a basic tool kit. This kit should be robust enough to take care of, at least, 80% of the things you would need tools for.
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Episode 146 - Current Events for 11-11-12 and a Glimpse Into a Disaster Aftermath
Taking a look at some of the things we've seen in the aftermath of the "super storm" Sandy. Particularly, we should be looking at how people are reacting and what they are doing. This can give us a good insight into the types of things we'll have to deal with during a disaster. I also discuss some other current events.
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Episode 145 - Developing MAGs and Teams
In this podcast, I cover the difference between MAGs and Teams. The MAG concept is more flexible for most people, especially those preppers that are looking for a way to form a group, but aren't necessarily concerned with forming a paramilitary group. It's a way to form a group of preppers together and create some standards for the group.
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Episode 144 - What Can We Expect Going Forward After The Election
Talking with Charlie McGrath, of WideAwakeNews.com, about what we can expect in the near future, now that we have gotten past the election. One thing that I want to continue to stress is that it doesn't matter who won, the economic mess that we're in isn't going to be fixed by anyone.
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Episode 143 - Finding and Building Neighborhood Preppers
In this podcast, I discussing some ideas for getting to know your neighbors and some ways you can point them towards getting them prepared, without having to expose yourself as a prepper to them.
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Episode 142 - Lessons from Hurricane Sandy
Making observations about the disaster situation from Hurricane Sandy and what preparedness lessons we can learn from it.
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Episode 141 - Stages of a Disaster and Trigger Events
This podcast is covering the stages of a disaster and how to create trigger events for your preparedness plan. We also discuss the recent Hurricane Sandy, and the Four Phases of Emergency Management.
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Episode 140 - Current Events for the Week of October 21, 2012
Discussing a few of the news stories and events from this week, and the release of my new book in EMP.
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Episode 139 - FAQ For Hyperinflation Skeptics with Vincent Cate Part 2
This is part 2 of my discussion with Vincent Cate about his FAQ on Hyperinflation for Skeptics.
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Episode 138 - FAQ For Hyperinflation Skeptics with Vincent Cate
Recently, I came across a blog post entitled, "FAQ For Hyperinflation Skeptics" by Vincent Cate. This is probably the best text I've seen on hyperinflation. Vincent does an excellent job of explaining what hyperinflation, why it happens, and dispelling many of the myths in hyperinflation. And he does it with plain language.
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Episode 137 - Current Events for the Week of October 14, 2012
Current Events for the Week of October 14, 2012: The Petrodollar, Declining Trends in the US, Record High Enrollment for Food Stamps, Spain's Credit Downgraded to BBB-, Jack Welch: I Was Right About That Strange Jobs Report, When A Loaf Of Bread Costs $3 Billion, Felix Baumgartner Breaks World Record For Highest Skydive Ever
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Episode 136 - Learning Basic Survival Skills
Even if you don't have the money to start buying equipment and supplies, there is still a lot you can do to get prepared. Start by learning the basic survival skills.
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Episode 135 - A Look At Self Reliance Illustrated Magazine
I interview Michael Yates of Self Reliance Illustrated Magazine. Michael and I discuss the types of articles that can be found within the magazine and general preparedness and survival skills.
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Episode 134 - Is Legal Tender Next?
What is legal tender? Could this lawsuit about judges pay open the door back to a gold standard?
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Episode 133 - Current Events and News for the Week of October 7 2012
Covering: Economy: California Gas Stations Shut as Oil Refiners Ration Supplies Gas thieves targeting cars in Valley driveways by drilling into gasoline tanks The Only Way Out Is to Devalue World economic crisis to last 10 years: IMF chief economist Olivier Blanchard said The Rest Of The World's Currencies Feel Threatened By QE3 Living Through A Currency Devaluation Miscellaneous: US banks hit by more than a week of cyberattacks About battery storage life How to run your business in Evernote
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Episode 132 - Organizing Your Storage and Preparedness Supplies
Looking at ways we can be more efficient in our storage and organization of our preparedness supplies. In this podcast, I cover some places in the home we can store preps, and look at using software and technology as a better way of keeping inventory.
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Episode 131 - Hyperinflation Series Part 3 - Preparing For Hyperinflation Part B
This is the third and final part of the hyperinflation series. In this podcast, I outline the extra things you can do to prepare for hyperinflation.
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Episode 130 - Preparing For Hyperinflation Part 1
This is the first part of Preparing for Hyperinflation. It's part two of the three-part mini-series on hyperinflation.
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Episode 129 - Current Events and News September 24, 2012
Discussing some news and current events of the day.
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Episode 128 - What Is Hyperinflation?
In this podcast, which is part one of a two-part short series, I discuss both inflation and hyperinflation. What they are, how they happen and why they're bad.
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Episode 127 - Sun Oven FAQ
The Sun Oven is one of those items that can provide a lot of solutions for your preps. Everything from cooking your food without fuel to dehydrating food to making your water safe to drink. If you haven’t given a Sun Oven much thought, my interview with Paul Munsen, president of Sun Oven, will probably shine a light (pun intended) on all the great things you might not have realized that it can do.
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Episode 126 - Interview with Charlie McGrath of Wide Awake News Part 2
Continuing my interview with Charlie McGrath of Wide Awake News.
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Episode 125 - Interview with Charlie McGrath of Wide Awake News Part 1
My interview with Charlie McGrath of Wide Awake News.
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Episode 124 - Back To Basics - Planning To Evacuate
Make an Evacuation plan while you are calm and nothing bad is happening. Think about all of the things you have that are irreplaceable and of high value that wouldn't be replaced by insurance. Beyond getting you and your family to safety and staying safe, things would probably be among your highest priorities. Don't wait until you have to evacuate before trying to decide what to take.
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Episode 123 - Back To Basics - Commonly Overlooked Preparedness Tasks
Discussing the two lists I have which identify the common and mundane things that we do everyday, that we would still need to do in an disaster or emergency scenario. These are the Common Daily Tasks and the Common Survival Tasks.
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Episode 122 - Back To Basics - The Basic Survival Kit
Continuing our Back to Basics Series, we look at the basic survival kit. As so much of our preparedness relies on having the right gear, we should look at what constitutes a basic survival kit. The reason I call this, "basic," is because the items in it our for general survival situation. It doesn't make any pretense for what the disaster or event will be, and thus needs to provide you with the basics that would be needed in order to get through most events.
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Episode 121 - EMP and EMP Protection Part 2
In this second part of the EMP series, we cover some myths, what you can do to prepare for an EMP attack, things that you should store, and how to tell if the power outage is normal, CME or EMP induced.
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Episode 120 - EMP and EMP Protection - Part 1
There is a very real possibility that the US could suffer from a prolong power outage caused by either an EMP attack or a large solar storm. Both of these events could happen at any time, but unlike most disasters, the effects from either of these could cause the power grid to be down for years.
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Episode 119 - The Current Economy - Is It Getting Better?
Back in October 2009, Podcast Episode 44, I posed a series of questions that you can ask yourself which should give an indication on how the economy is trending. In this podcast, I review these questions, along with my answers for what I see going on with the economy (the questions are below, check out the podcast for my current answers).
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Episode 118 - How To Make A Threat Assessment
There are a lot of different ways that you can make a threat assessment. Some are very complicated, but they don't need to be. A basic assessment of the threats that are in your area can be as simple as figuring out which of possible events are more likely to happen and which would affect you more if they did.
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Episode 117 - What To Expect In A Crisis
In this podcast, I lay out another foundational aspect of preparing by going over the common things that you can expect to happen in a major disaster. Not that everything on this list occurs in every crisis, but you should go through the list and make sure that your prepared for these things. Especially mentally. Most of us have never experienced a major disaster or "war zone" and aren't prepared for the harsh reality of what follows a disastrous event.
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Episode 116 - The Urban Pack
Your Everyday Carry, or EDC, stuff is gear you have with you all the time. The Urban Pack goes one step further than the personal EDC by extending it to a small pack that you, essentially, carry with you everywhere. It's not intended to be a Get Home Bag, as that would be much larger. This is for "most likely events beyond everyday" type of stuff.
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Episode 115 - The Survival Hierarchy of Needs
The Preparedness Psychology Foundation - Understanding What Motivates Us In this podcast, we're going to explore the rationale of why we prepare. We're going to look at what drives humans and how this affects our preparedness. We're also going to cover some basic emergency management principles and a mission statement that I've create for myself.
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Episode 114 - New Series begins - Home Escape Bags
This is the first release of the podcast's new series. After an explanation of where we've been and what is in store for future podcasts (it's all good), the main topic for this episode is Home Escape Bags.
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Episode 113 - Hot and Steamy Here in Phoenix
Can you suddenly go without air conditioning if you have a power outage? What's your plan to stay cool? Same thing in the winter, can you stay warm without grid power?
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Episode 112 - Where Do We Go From Here?
The economy continues its downward spiral and gold and approaching $2000 per ounce. Where do we go from here?
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Episode 111 - America Has Its Credit Rating Downgraded
It was inevitable that it was going to happen and it finally did. The US credit rating was downgraded by Standard and Poor's from AAA to AA+. This is significant, and will have long reaching effects. I discuss this on today's podcast.
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Episode 110 - Debt Ceiling Raised and What It Means for Us
Episode 110 of The Preparedness Podcast has me discussing the blog post I made a couple of days ago about how we now only have one solution available to us to take care of the debt. It's not the best solution, our leaders have abandoned the three options that would have been better than what they chose. Hyperinflation is coming, folks, it's only a matter of when it happens. If you doubt this, you need to listen to the podcast, as I explain why.
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Episode 109 - Keeping It Real
Staying realistic. Real life rarely goes like depicted in works of fiction, like movies or books. While these stories have great entertainment value and, to some extent, provide some really good what-if scenarios, you should keep in mind that the good guys don't always win.
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Episode 108 - Building Communities
A listener had written me asking how to go about creating a community of preparedness-minded people. There's no easy asnwer to that, but one way to start finding people is through Meetup.com.
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Episode 107 - Doomsday Preppers
Talking about the National Geographic show on Doomsday Preppers.
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Episode 106 - If I Had To Do It All Over Again
What I would do differently if I was starting my preps over again when I was younger.
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Episode 105 - Community, Not Commune
Community, not Commune
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Episode 104 - Survivors
Talking about the two BBC Series called "Survivors."
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Episode 103 - Update Your Prep Plan
With the recent series of extreme disasters that we've been seeing around the world, now is a good time to update your preparedness plan and make sure you have a plan for even those events that aren't likely to happen. Case in point, the earthquake/tsunami/nuclear disaster that's still happening in Japan and the "worst case scenario" tornado that hit Joplin, MO.
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Episode 102 - Repacking for Food Storage, Part 3
This is the third installment of the mini-series about repacking food for your long-term food storage program.
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Episode 101 - Repacking for Food Storage, Part 2
Last podcast, I started a small series on Repacking for Food Storage, where I talked about what my goals were and how I was increasing my food storage and how I was going to go about doing that, specifically, in how I was going to repack the bulk foods that I've purchased. In this part, I continue my discussion on the issues I've been having with various aspects of repacking food, including issues with mylar bags and old O2 absorbers. Discussing the various aspects of using Mylar and Foodsaver bags for food storage and giving tips for using both.
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Episode 100 - Repacking for Food Storage, Part 1
Up until recently, most of my food storage has been of the 'pantry' storage type. Meaning, most of the foods that we eat on a regular basis bought from the grocery store. We have some long term storage foods in our storage plan, but recently, and for obvious reasons, I've started to increase these. I had some specific ideas on how I wanted to repack some of this food, but it didn't go the way I had hoped.
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Episode 99 - Special Interview with The Survival Mom
An interview with The Survival Mom, Lisa Bedford, who runs the TheSurivalMom.com website.
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Episode 98 - Potassium Iodide
As you may have already heard, there is a plume of radiation headed our way from Japan and should reach the US west coast today. Don't Panic! As it looks right now,the amount of radiation is very small, however, the real issue may not be how much radiation exists outside your body, but inside it.
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Episode 97 - Avoid Being Too Narrow-Focused
Like me, I'm sure a lot of people who are preparing that take advantage of current events to focus on certain aspects of their preparedness planning. For example, the nuclear crisis we're witnessing in Japan is a good reminder that we need to have radiation detection gear and potassium iodide. Some of you may be scrambling to buy these things now, in a sudden realization that you have a void area in your prep plan.
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Episode 96 - Thoughts on the Nuclear Crisis Happening in Japan
Every day the crisis of Japan's nuclear reactors that were damaged in the earthquake and tsunami gets worse. Currently, one of the reactors is on fire and there's no way to know how much radiation the reactor is leaking and whether it will stay localized or of it poses a threat to other countries. If you don't have potassium iodide or iodate now, good luck finding any. Probably the only sources available are from the 'greedsters' on eBay. This is why we prepare, so we have the resources available when a disaster or crisis event occurs. Once the event happens, the odds that you'll be able to get what you need drop to nil.
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Episode 95 - Working Those Prep Muscles
Today I recap some of the things that I'm doing to get better prepared and some of the observations that I've noticed with what's going on in the world and how it affects us as preppers.
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Episode 94 - Working the Prep Plan
Just some general commentary on what I've been doing to keep getting prepared.
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Episode 93 - Strategic Preparedness Plan
In a nutshell, here is the Strategic Preparedness Plan that I've been using to get ready for the dollar collapse and the coming depression.
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Episode 92 - Welcome to 2011!
Welcome to 2011! Hopefully, you had a great holiday season and a happy, yet safe, New Year's. Are you ready or 2011? It's time to buckle down and re-double your prep efforts. By many accounts, this is the year where things start to really go downhill. But wait, it gets better! From the way it looks, no matter how bad it gets this year, it will looks like it'll get even worse sometime in 2012. Gee, doesn't that sound like fun? No? Join me on the latest Episode to hear why I think we're between a rock and a hard place.
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Episode 91 - Merry Christmas!
Just a little podcast to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! The last part of the podcast had to be re-recorded because I accidentally hit the pause button and wasn't recording. You can hear the abrupt change in the engine noise. I usually try to match the pitch of the engine when pasuing, but by the time I realized that I wasn't recording, I was already parked.
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Episode 90 - Turkey Soup
Talking about several different topics, from Thanksgiving to coins.
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Episode 89 - Exercising
With the upcoming stresses that we're going to be going through with the economy, getting in shape is an important preparedness item.
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Episode 88 - Happy Thanksgiving
A short podcast to wish all the listeners a Happy Thanksgiving!
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Episode 87 - Inflation Prices
I decided to push out this podcast before the second part of the Bug Back podcast because I thought it was important enough for you to get this info now. Here's a snippet from the National Inflation Association (NIA) about what we can expect prices to look like in the near future due to QE2:
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Episode 86 - Bugging Back
Bugging Back is a term used to mean getting back to your home. In many cases, and probably most cases, you're not going to be bugging out of town, but trying to get back to your family. This is particularly true for people who don't work at home, as most events will not require you to bug out from your home, but you'll definitely want to get back to it.
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Episode 85 - Preparedness Mission Statement
Rob discusses some points on why you should create a Preparedness Mission Statement. Having one will help you keep a bird's eye view on your overall preparedness plan, and it should help to keep you better focused on the goals of creating your preparedness plan.
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Episode 84 - Perspectives on Owning Gold Pt. 2
Jeff concludes his two part series on why owning gold has its advantages over other forms of wealth preservation.
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Episode 83 - Perspectives on Owning Gold Pt. 1
Jeff talks about owning gold, why you should and debunks some myths about gold and gold ownership.
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Episode 82 - Talking About a Societal Collapse and General Preparedness
Rob and Mike discuss Preparedness Month and have a general discussion on preparedness in general. We discuss September, the Preparedness Month, local storage food companies, Preparedness Fair, canning, and other good stuff.
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Episode 81 - A Rock and a Hard Place
"The U.S. is in an untenable position - between a rock and a hard place - in an inescapable debt trap - where the options are, at best, dire - either hyperinflation or a deflationary depression!
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Episode 80 - 50 Statistics About the US Economy
Daily financial headlines continue to provide a warning beacon, of things to come = but is America listening. This is Jeff Bennett for the Preparedness Podcast, with another installment of Perspectives on America, Short Takes on Wealth # 112. Today's topic 50 Statistics about the US Economy that are Almost too Crazy to Believe!
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Episode 79 - What the Double-Dip Recession Will Look Like - Part 2
Rob, Mike and Ryan discuss and comment on the article, part 2.
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Episode 78 - What the Double Dip Recession Will Look Like, part 1
This is a great article that sums up how we got to where we are currently with the economy, what people are thinking about the economy and what's likely ahead for us. Rob, Mike and Ryan discuss and comment on the article.
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Episode 77 - FHA and the American Job Market
Perspectives on America, Short Takes on Wealth # 111 The American Job Market
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Episode 76 - The New Colony
Rob and Mike discuss points about the new "Colony" on Discovery Channel and apply it to the real world. Sometimes it helps to watch what other people do to learn what to do and, in this case, what not to do. I think it airs on Tuesdays, but check your local listings. You can also view it online.
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Episode 75 - A Nickels Worth of News
Perspectives on America, Short Takes on Wealth # 110 A Nickels Worth of News Daily financial headlines continue to provide a warning beacon, of things to come - but is America listening
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Episode 74 - Perspectives on America, Short Takes on Wealth
Jeff Bennett for the Preparedness Podcast, with another installment of Perspectives on America, Short Takes on Wealth # 109. Today's topic, - Real Estate: 17 Days in 2010
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Episode 73 - We're Back!
New edition of the prep' 'cast. It's been nearly 4 months since the last Episode.
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Episode 72 - Back to Basics - Jump Starting Your Cooking preps
Continuing the mini-series. The audio quality is fairly poor in the last 7 minutes or so of the podcast, but it's listenable. I apologize for the quality, but I already re-recorded this podcast and didn't feel like doing it a 3rd time. So I hope the audio isn't too bad.
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Episode 71 - Back to Basics - Jump Starting Your Shelter, Fire and Warmth preps
Continuing our mini-series on jump starting your preparedness, we look at some things you can do to for maintaining shelter, fire and warmth.
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Episode 70 - Big Earthquakes Getting Closer to USA
Continuing on an earlier podcast theme that we need to shift our preparedness focus to include those events that we didn't think would affect us. We're seeing changes in the earth sciences that's causing us to widen the scope of disasters and events that we need to be prepared for.
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Episode 69 - Back to Basics - Jump Starting your Water Storage
Taking a look at some simple things that you can do to get a jump start on your water storage.
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Episode 68 - Back to Basics - Jump Starting Your Food Preps
Several people have contacted me about being overwhelmed when trying to start their preparedness plan. For the next few podcasts, I'll go over some basic things everyone can do to jump start their preparedness when starting from having no preps.
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Episode 67 - Time to Kick It Into High Gear
Looking at the various events that could happen in the next few years, it's beginning to look like some of them will occur. And if that's the case, we need to make sure we're ready.
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Episode 66 - Camping and Preparedness
Use camping as a way to practice your preparedness plan and get used to using your prep items. Rob discusses how camping allows you to iron out some of the kinks in your preparedness plan and actually use the gear that you've been storing "just in case." A disaster is no time to figure out how something works or to learn that it works poorly.
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Episode 65 - Commentary on CNN's CyberTerror Special
CNN really dropped the ball with this special they did on cyber-terrorism. The scenario was implausible and the "insight" into a government meeting was horrific.
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Episode 64 - More on Water Filters
I wanted to clear up a few things about what I had said in a previous podcast about water filters. And as this is not about just one man's opinion, I wanted to get Greg's input on this, as he has had field experience with water filters.
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Episode 63 - Greg Comments on the SHOT Show
Greg went to the SHOT show and shares with us some of the things that he saw there in new products that are coming out.
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Episode 62 - Will Gold Go Up?
Short take on wealth #106 with Jeff Bennett. Will gold Go Up?
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Episode 61 - Will we look like Argentina?
Short take on wealth #105 with Jeff Bennett on what the Argentinian hyperinflation economic crash looked like and whether that will happen here in America. Because of the debt that the Federal Government keeps incurring, hyperinflation is a very real possibility. Historically, every nation that does what the US is doing ends up in hyperinflation. How can we think that we'll be different?
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Episode 60 - Water Filters
Rob opines on several water filters and give his Dos and Don'ts for choosing a water filter.
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Episode 59 - Complacency Kills
Brief discussion on how becoming complacent can work against being prepared.
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Episode 58 - Back to Basics - Inflation 101
What happens to America and Americans, if what happened to Argentina, happens here? It is logical to find out if it could happen here. I say it is almost unavoidable, and my reason is simplicity and logic 100%. Why could it happen here?
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Episode 57 - "After Armageddon" Commentary
Commentary on the "After Armageddon" show on History Channel. In summary, this is a realy good example to use for your what-if scenarios.
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Episode 56 - Apocalypse Man
Commentary on the History Channel's show, "Apocalypse Man."
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Episode 55 - Nostradamus 2012
Talking about the Nostradamus 2012 show that is on the History Channel this month.
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Episode 54 - The Worst Hard Time
I’m currently listening to an audio book called, “The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived The Great American Dust Bowl,” by Timothy Egan. It’s history, but it’s told in an interesting way. I’m only through the first few chapters, but I’m struck by the hard living that the people in the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles had to endure. Quite interesting, and a stark reality check for any prepper that thinks they can just roll back their standard of living to a sustenance level of survival. Sure, you can do it, but why?
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Episode 53 - Semper Gumby, Semper Paratus
Talking about a variety of things, and hoping that everyone has a good holiday!
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Episode 52 - Back To Basics - Basic Preparedness Strategy
Rob covers and discusses a Basic Preparedness Strategy.
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Episode 51 - SAR Gun Show
Some observations and reports from the SAR Gun Show in Phoenix, AZ.
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Episode 50 - Back to Basics - Common Threats
Personal Events Economic Events Natural Disasters Technological Disasters Terrorism
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Episode 49 - Happy Thanksgiving Holiday Tips
Happy Thanksgiving Holiday Tips What to do with all that turkey!
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Episode 48 - Current Economy and the US Dollar Index
Things have been pretty busy here on the home front and it seems that some of the only "free" time I have is when I'm driving to and from work. My iPhone has a Voice Memo app, so I thought I'd try it for mobile podcasting. The audio quality isn't great, but I think it's acceptable. Let me know what you think. The first attempt at recording the podcast while driving didn't work out so well. "There's an app for that," but apparently it doesn't like long recordings. Semper Gumby. Anyway, let me know what you think of the audio quality and if it's worth listening to. Today I talk about the increasing prices of gold and silver, and the coming collapse of the US Dollar.
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Episode 47 - Using A Camping Stove As A Backup Cooking Source Part 2
Continuing a discussion on food and cooking. Topics include canning, food storage tips, alternate cooking tips, making bread, and of course, using a camping stove as a backup cooking source.
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Episode 46 - Using A Camping Stove As A Backup Cooking Source Part 1
Rob and Greg talk about the massive amount of guns and ammunition that is being bought up by Americans. We are seeing this first hand in our local areas. This is a good example of why we prep and stock up when we can, because when something happens, it usually happens pretty fast and you can end up short and unprepared. Main topic for this podcast is using a camping stove as a backup cooking source and cooking in general. We also talk about using Propane for emergency cooking on a converted Coleman Stove to increase the flexibilty of the stove.
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Episode 45 - More Listener Questions Part 4
Continuing with part four of Listener Questions. - if you would like to advertise or know someone that might, contact us at advertising@prepcast.info. - SHOT show - SAR Show West, Dec 4, 5, 6.
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Episode 44 - More Listener Questions Part 3
Having more questions, Rob and Greg continue with Listener Questions on The Preparedness Podcast. - if you would like to advertise or know someone that might, contact us at advertising@prepcast.info. - SHOT show - SAR Show West, Dec 4, 5, 6. Listener Questions - Commo - Idea/Observation - perhaps the longer that it takes for the economy to happen, the worse it will be. Like winding up a rubber band. Do we share that view? Fast Packs - would like to see it go 3 or 4 shows. LOL - Jeff from St Louis - thought obstacle would be wife. Then power went out and was able to still provide for family with preps. Finds out that wife is already doing "prep" things. Got retreat area in remote area. Getting spouse on board is a big help and suggests that finding an area that they are already in prep mode with can help. - Ben B - show suggestion for Alt Energy, to power home or camp. Prep Tip - historical site for learning great old-time skills
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Episode 43 - Listener Questions Part 2
- posting prep tips - basic hand tools - winter storm preps - SHOT Show, SAR Show
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Episode 42 - Listener Questions Part 1
- gold and silver prices skyrocketing - prepping for old age and assisted living - posting prep tips
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Episode 41 - Answering Questions On Beginning Food Storage Part 2
Continuing with listener questions on beginning food storage.
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Episode 40 - Answering Questions On Beginning Food Storage Part 1
Rob and Greg answer listener questions on beginning food storage.
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Episode 39 - A Trillion here, a Trillion there. Who's looking?
Rob flies solo and covers the following current events. 1. H1N1 Flu 2. Food Shortage 3. Economy
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Episode 38 - Recession And Depression Resistant Jobs Part 2
Recession and Depression resistant jobs. Rob and Greg discuss 2 list that supposedly list occupations that can withstand a contracting economy. It's pretty clear that these lists were created by people who have no real concept of what a real depression would be like in terms of jobs.
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Episode 37 - Recession And Depression Resistant Jobs Part 1
Rob and Greg discuss 2 list that supposedly list occupations that can withstand a contracting economy. It's pretty clear that these lists were created by people who have no real concept of what a real depression would be like in terms of jobs.
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Episode 36 - Experience on Living Land Mobile
Rob and Todd discuss Todd's experience with living Land Mobile.
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Episode 35 - Save Your Nickels
Recently, James Wesley Rawles had a great article about nickels. If you missed it, Jeffs read the article and gives his own input on it.
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Episode 34 - Hydroponics
Rob talks to Todd about his experiences growing food with Hydroponics. In summary, it's a real easy system that everyone should consider, even those with a garden.
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Episode 33 - Short Take - Top Ten Reasons to Hold Gold
On this Preparedness Podcast Short Take, Jeff Covers some reason why you may want to own and hold gold.
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Episode 32 - Recast of Jeff's show on Politics, Economy, Etc.
Some politics, some economics, etc. Jeff has a style all of his own, but his shows are always pretty interesting to listen to. We felt that this show might be of interest to the Preparedness Podcast listeners, so we're recasting it here as a Short Take.
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Episode 31 - The Colony and Surviving as a Group Part 2
Part two of the discussion on .'The Colony'
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Episode 30 - The Colony and Surviving as a Group Part 1
Rob and Mike discuss the Discovery Channel's show "The Colony." There are many in the survival/preparedness community that deem this show a waste of time. Rob and Mike disagree, believing that the show has value, particularly in the 'what not to do' category.
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Episode 29 - Commentary on the Current state of the Economy
Friend of the podcast Jeff Bennett provides some commentary on the current state of the economy.
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Episode 28 - Short Take - Gear Retention
We've decided to run some shorter podcasts, in hopes that we'll be able to get more stuff out faster. In this first one, we talk about gear retention.
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Episode 27 - The Likelihood of Hyperinflation and What You Can Do About It
Todd and I had a discussion over email on what the likelihood if us seeing hyperinflation in this country, and if we were to see it, what did I recommend to do to prepare for it. Todd has been reading several books on the coming bad economy and noticed that all of the suggestions were focused on people who had more than $100,000 of investments. Todd had posed the question of what are us regular guys supposed to do? How should we get ready? We explore this in this podcast. There are lots of good info-nuggets in this podcast!
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Episode 26 - Inflation and Hyperinflation Part 2
Part 2 of the Inflation and Hyperinflation podcast.
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Episode 25 - Inflation and Hyperinflation Part 1
Rob, Greg, Mike and Jeff discussion inflation and hyperinflation. Our goal for this podcast was to explore what hyperinflation might look like in this country. We cover historical inflationary events, define some terms and look at what it could mean for us here in the USA. In short, we don't really know, other than it's not going to be pretty. Severe inflationary periods is never easy on the people, and hyperinflation can bring out the worst in people. Rob tries to steer the conversation away from politics, but Jeff points out several times that it's sometimes difficult to do as politics is often what drive us into hyperinflation.
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Episode 24 - Information Resources Part 2
Information Resources - Below is a listing of the information resources that Rob and Greg talked about in this podcast.
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Episode 23 - Information Resources Part 1
(Previously billed as Episode 22) Information Resources - Below is a listing of the information resources that Rob and Greg talked about in this podcast.
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Episode 22 - Top Ten List of Survival Gear
Top Ten Survival Gear List!
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Episode 21 - Flu, Economy and Being Ready
We still have the economy that's in shambles, and out of the blue we're hit with a pandemic. Luckily, so far this pandemic flu has been mild, but we know from research that history teaches us that pandemic often start mild and mutate to something more lethal. As we've been saying from Episode #1, now is the time to prepare as we have many potential bad events facing us, and those who aren't prepared are going to panic. Swine Flu Update We're not being told the truth Get your preps now
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Episode 20 - Pandemic Flu Information
Unless you have been living under rock, you have no doubt heard about the Swine Flu. This show is going to be all about Pandemic Flu, and Swine Influenza A H1N1. There is a lot of bad information being passed around, so we're going to address the facts and realities of Pandemic Flu.
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Episode 19 - Vehicle Preparedness Part 2
Greg and Rob continue discussing the Transportation category from the Preparedness Capability Checklist (PCC). This discussion went so long that I decided to split it into 2 podcasts and release them together.
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Episode 18 - Vehicle Preparedness Part 1
Greg and Rob discuss the Transportation category from the Preparedness Capability Checklist (PCC). This discussion went so long that I decided to split it into 2 podcasts and release them together.
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Episode 17 - Thinking About All The Things That Can Happen
The Preparedness Podcast is brought to you by a group of friends that collectively have over 50 years of preparedness experience in a wide range of survival and preparedness topics. Our goal is to reach as many people as possible and help them get better prepared for times when crisis hits. While we try to be as accurate as possible, we encourage you to do your own research. You can find more information about us and preparedness online at PrepCast.info, which is our portal to the podcast forum and our blog. Stop on by and join in the forum discussions or just say hello and tell us what you think of the show.
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Episode 16 - Miscellaneous Preparedness Tips Part 2
Rob, Greg, and Mike return in Episode 16 to finish off the "100 Items to Disappear First in a Disaster Situation" with items 51-100. As originally approached in Episode 14, The PPC crew tries to help people cut through sea of information by offering a review of the "100" list while stressing that the list should be approached as a "think" list as opposed to a definite and finite source for preparedness information. It's important as preppers, to never take items like the "100 list" as gold standard, but instead use sources as spring boards or inspiration for your own personal preparedness plan. Preparedness is something that requires active participation and enormous amounts of personalization to be successful.
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Episode 15 - First Aid and Medical Kits
Rob, Greg, and Mike return in Episode 15 to discuss First Aid Kits and Medical Kits. Lead by Mike, an EMT of 10 years, the group addresses some of the common and uncommon questions brought up when creating, carrying, and maintaining this vital part of anyone's preparedness plan. Some of the questions or issued addressed by the PPC team are: What do you want to accomplish with FAK/MK (med kit) Can't be done with one Bag, etc. Don't try to overload Kits Don't try to do too much with FAK. Will never be a definitive care option. Do familiarize yourself with items, supplies, and equipment. Don't include supplies you cannot use or don't know how to use. Do practice with supplies, just like everything else. Having ALS supplies ( IV's, non-prescription medications, etc) will not typically benefit you. Use of these items is dangerous. Exception is if you can find an advanced provider (Physician, Physician assistant, in some cases RN, Paramedic) Important: Check and recheck supplies frequently and replace as needed. Some things don't like hot environments (vehicle, garage, etc) and will deteriorate quickly, medications, and supplies.
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Episode 14 - Miscellaneous Preparedness Tips
Rob, Greg and Mike discuss a wide variety of preparedness topics and tips. There is so much information that we would like to give out, but there is a finite amount of time for the podcasts (which is why they keep getting longer and longer!). In an effort to to cover more, we decided to review a list called "100 Things to Disappear in a Disaster." Overall, this seems more like someone's shopping list than a true listing of supplies that will quickly disappear, but it provides a good tool to use as a Think List - something that gets you thinking about other things. Even though the podcast went over 2 hours, we were only able to get through the first 50 list items, but there was some good discussion on these topics.
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Episode 13 - Water - Storing, Filtering, Disinfecting
Water is one of the most important items you can store. We cover ways to store it and make it safe to drink. There are many misconceptions out there about water and we try to dispel some of them by discussing the facts on making water safe to drink. Ad of last week, we have 2,965 listeners to the podcast! Thank you to all of our listeners! The show notes are listed below, but be sure to check the websites for any updated info. Current Events: Ecomony Mexico Jobless Rates: 650,000 for February Deflation / Inflation Assault Weapons Ban Main Topic: Storing, filtering and purifying water. Tech Gear Spot - Frequency Hopping FRS Radios. - Tri-square radios
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Episode 12 - Return of the Jeff
We keep getting responses form Episode #5, where Jeff Bennett from FlyingEagleGold.com and GoldenIRA.net joined us for a discussion on precious metals. Today, we discuss more information about buying and owning precious metals. There's quite a bit if information in this podcast about things to keep in mind when buying gold and/or silver. Two-thirds of consumers think that this current downtrend will last 5 more years:
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Episode 11 - Guns for Home Defense
This Episode's topic is on Defensive guns, particularly for Home Defense. In our past Episodes, we have geared our discussions towards beginning preps, but in this show, we're going to be talking about concepts beyond beginning preparedness. In order to be serious about defending yourself and your family, you need a firearm. There's no other tool that allows you even the 'playing field' against criminals. DISCLAIMER: Know your locals laws. Get professional training. Do your own research.
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Episode 10 - Your Preparedness Plan Part 2 - The Rest of the Categories
Episodes #6 and #7 covered the first half of starting a basic preparedness plan, and looked at the more important categories from the Preparedness Capability Checklist. In this Episode, we look at the remaining half of the categories. We covered the following current events: Job Losses Unhappy voters jam Capitol Hill phone lines Bank Failures The Baltic Dry Index (BDI) falls to zero
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Episode 9 - Preparing to Survive an Economic Crash
This Episode we look at some things you can do to put your self in a better position for the coming Economic Crash. We cover things that you can do both before and after a job loss, including some potentially controversial things. One thing we weren't sure if we made it clear was to start looking for alternative sources of income. The best time to do this is when you have a job and not after. Developing alternate revenue streams and downsizing what you spend on every month can go a long way to surviving an economic crisis.
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Episode 8 - Networking
Networking is contacting like minded individuals in an effort to increase your survival chances and/or make life easier. We discuss some ways to go about networking and finding people in your local area. Current Events - President Obama and his desire to strip Const. rights, particularly 2nd Amendment. - Mexico collapsing? - Marines made Mexico off-limits - drug cartels to rule in the Mexican collapse?
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Episode 7 - Where Should You Be After You've Completed Your Preparedness Plan?
Greg and Rob continue on the theme of the last podcast - where you should be after you've completed your preparedness plan. I've posted the Preparedness Plan Notes on our blog, as it's rather long for a podcast note. You can find it here: http://www.thepreparednessblog.com/2009/01/where-you-should-be-with-your-preparedness-plan/ Current Events... Peanut Butter recall Ukraine still not getting gas form Russia Bird Flu
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Episode 6 - Starting a Preparedness Plan
Rob and Greg discuss starting a preparedness plan, staying informed and current events. THING TO KEEP MIND: For almost every event, life will return to normal. Topics: Planning contingency planning trigger events family planning financial planning evacuation planning planning for different scenarios game playing - what if's?
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Episode 5 - Gold, Silver, and a Look at What's Coming in 2009
The Preparedness Podcast brings you topics on how to be better prepared, for "Survival is the Art of Being Prepared." Jeff Bennett joins us as a guest for this podcast. Jeff has been buying and selling gold and silver for the past 20 years and has some good insight on how and why gold has been an important currency in history for thousands of years. We discuss why to have gold and silver, and how it can protect your wealth. Jeff has two websites that are worth checking out at: http://www.flyingeaglegold.com and http://www.goldenira.net. Join us in the forum at http://ThePreparednessPodcast.com/forum where you can ask questions about the podcasts or anything about preparedness. Also, check out our blog at http://www.thepreparednesspodcast.com for more of our comments and opinions, including articles.
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Episode 4 - Food and Cooking Category of the Capability Checklist
The Capability Checklist is a preparedness tool that helps you ensure that your preparations, whether they be a small kit or your entire household's prep supplies, meet certain functions that you will most likely need to accomplish in order to survive. We start with the Food and Cooking category, going over both the Minimum and Extended Capability lists.
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Episode 3 - Preparedness Issues that Face us Today
Reviewing and discussing our posts on ThePreparednessBlog.com (now found on http://www.thepreparednesspodcast.com). Three main threats that we're facing right now: Economic Crash, Food shortages, Terrorism. Preparedness is about keeping your options open and keeping opportunities available. Everyday items you can stock up on now. Panic buying of guns and ammo. Chances are, if you don't have it now, you either can't get it or you're going to pay a lot more for it. Weight of supplies and portability. Does your spouse know how to do everything you can do? Did you write everything down so their survival chances are maximized even if you weren't around? Deflation and Inflation. The experts say that we'll have deflation before we have inflation. Are we in a deflationary period now?
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Episode 2 - Economic Crisis, Layoff, The Coming Depression
Our second podcast where we discuss: - Current economic crisis, layoffs, the possible coming depression. Possibility of a temporary economic bubble that may lull people to sleep. Inflation and hyperinflation potential. - Protecting your wealth with gold and silver in a hyperinflation economy. Rob's philosophy on which gold and silver coins to have. - Gun and ammo sales are way, way up because of the President-Elect Obama. Discussing various firearm selections for different scenarios. The next (possible) assault gun ban. - Creation of a new college drinking game. - Better to pay down debt or cash on hand? - Climate change and food shortages. Apologies for some of the bad (fuzzy) audio on some parts.
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Episode 1 - Introduction
The introductory podcast where we try to introduce ourselves and what the podcasts will be about, our backgrounds and experiences. We discuss what we hope to accomplish in this series of podcasts, which is to help other people get prepared for emergencies and other social crisis events. We briefly go over the Capability Checklist tool, which is a list that helps you get better prepared by outlining what functions you need to make sure you can do when you have to be self-sufficient.
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