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Episode 27 A Walk in the Park



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A short walk in the park with Kelly, we talk about getting outside for a healthier lifestyle. Preppers need to take care of themselves first so they can help others in time of need. So take the call to action…

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Episode 26 Video Surveillance for the Homestead



Show Notes:

One of the key elements of security around the home is a video surveillance system. In today’s show we interview Ed Baker from Video Consultants NW and talk about the different aspects of video surveillance.

We want to thank Ed for joining us at the AS Podcast. Hopefully you've found the show to be informative, as you critique your operational security.

You can connect with Ed Baker at the following:


Phone: 253-517-8990


Episode 25 Building A Winter Vehicle Survival Kit



About half of the Survival gear in my F-150. I also take my SAR 72 Hour Pack.


Winter Vehicle Survival Kit Add-Ons at the

Note: Some items on this list maybe repeated to illustrate multiple uses for item.

Note: Please use this list as a guide to help you build your Winter Car Survival Kit.


Service your vehicle regularly for winter driving.

Put on snow tires if applicable.

Get Mud and Snow Tires or Studded Snow Tires.

Check spare tire inflation, lifting jack and accessories. Learn how to safely use them.

Know the location of your vehicles “Jacking” points.


If you do not have to travel… DON’T   

Get the 511. Get the most up to date travel and weather information before you commit to your journey.

Fill out a Trip Plan Form. Be easy to find: Tell someone where you are going and the route you will take. Get a free download form from

Always fuel up tank when it hits the ½ mark.

Know your vehicles traction control system and how and when to turn them off.

Stay with vehicle unless you see help and can safely get to said help.

Carry some extra cash. Power maybe out and ATM may not function.

Use caution when fueling in very cold temperatures. Direct contact with fuel may supper freeze the skin.

Keep your Survival Kit secured in the passenger compartment in case you can’t get or open the trunk.

If you need to leave your vehicle, write down your name, address, phone number and destination. Place the piece of paper inside the front windshield for someone to see.

Avoid Overexertion! Shoveling snow or pushing your vehicle takes a lot of effort in adverse weather conditions. Don't risk a heart attack or injury. Hard physical activity can also make you hot and sweaty. Wet clothing loses insulation value making you susceptible to hypothermia.

Get fresh air! It's better to be cold and awake than comfortably warm and sleepy. Snow can plug your vehicle's exhaust pipe and cause deadly carbon monoxide gas to enter your vehicle.

Only run the engine for 10 minutes an hour and make sure the exhaust pipe is free of snow.

Open a window a crack while running the engine is also a good idea.

Go through your kit at least once a month to stay familiar with its contents and learn how to uses each item. 

Don’t expect your situation to be a comfortable one. You’ll ned to do what it take to survive until help arrives.

Vehicle Specific Items

Emergency Rescue Hammer

Tire Chains

Brightly Colored, Reflective Safety Vest

Tarp Min. 8’x8-, 9’x12’ Use as ground cover when installing tire change or as an emergency shelter.

Booster Cables and/or Jump Start Pack

Fire Extinguisher

Road Flares

Fuel Syphon Pump

Extra De-Icer Windshield Washer Fluid

Ice Scrapper with Brush

De-Icer (Spray)

Bag of Sand, Cat Litter or Ice Melt

Flat Repair Kit

Extra Fuel (if you can carry safely)

Spare Windshield Wipers Blades

Heavy Duty Working Gloves

Flagging Tape

Road Atlas or Road Maps

Emergency Shelter & Clothing

Note: Have enough items for each person in the vehicle.

Your Vehicle is Your Shelter

Sleeping Bag(s)

Blankets then Extra Blankets

Extra Change of Clothes

Winter Coat(s)

Winter Boots

Extra Socks

Winter Hat(s) and Gloves


Sunglasses and/or Ski Goggles

8’x8’ Tarp

100’ of Paracord or Bankline

Clean Drinking Water

Case of Bottled Water (Keep in Cooler to Prevent Freezing)

Metal Cup (for melting snow over flame for drinking water & cooking food)

Note: 16oz. Water bottles are easier to thaw out than lager water bottles.

Heat Generation

Note: I do not advocate an open flame in the vehicle. Use your common and reasonable sense.

Note: Crack your window to get fresh air.

Note: Use if sheltering away from your vehicle.

Basic Fire Starting Kit: Lighter, Matches, Tinder, Fire Steel.

Candles (tea light or small candle lantern)

Can of Sterno

Hand and Body Warmers


Snow Shovel


Basic Vehicle Tool Kit

Knife or Multi Tool

Folding Saw

Communications & Signaling Options

Cell Phone

Help Apps and Cell Phone Features

Strobe Light with Extra Batteries

Personal Locator Device (PLB)

Storm Whistle

Glow Sticks, Bright Colors (Tie cordage to and spin in a circle at knight).

Hand Crank Radio with Weather Channels, Flashlight, USB Port

FRS/GMRS 2Way Radio

CB Radio

HAM Radio

SAT Phone

Brightly Colored, Reflective Safety Vest

Your Vehicle’s On-board Emergency Communication System


Compass (Backpacking Type)

Your Cell Phones GPS

Vehicles On-board Navigation System


Flashlight or Headlamp

Glow Sticks (Bright Colors)

Candles (tea light or small candle lantern)


Note: Carry what you are legally and trained to use. Examples:


Pepper Spray

Non-Lethal Deterrents


First Aid Kit (customized for your level of training)

If You Are Using Prescription Meds, Take Extra


High Energy Food Bars

Hard Candies

Metal Cup (for melting snow over flame for drinking water & cooking food)

MRE’s with Heaters

Note: Keep food and water bottles in a cooler so it does not freeze.

Note: Choose small packages of food that you can eat hot or cold.

Equipment Storage, Carry & Repair

Storage Box, Duffel Bag, Backpack or Vehicle’s Storage Compartments

Duct Tape

Zip Ties

Power Management

Cell Phone Charging Cable

USB Charging Battery Pack or Hand Crank Power Station

12v Phone Charging Cable

Extra Batteries

Hygiene Considerations

Toilet Paper

Sealable Container for Waste

Hand Whips

Sanitary Whips

Extra Feminine Hygiene Products

Portable Urinal or Save Empty Water Bottles

Large Plastic Garbage Bags

Note: Use caution when using any alcohol based products in very cold temperatures. Products may supper freeze the skin.

Entertainment Considerations

A good book to read


Playing Cards

Pencil and Paper/Notebook

Episode 24 Thoughts on Shelters




Check out my shelter picks at The

What is your “go to” emergency shelter?

Do you really want to spend hours making a debris shelter? I do not.

For me, Advantage Survival is just that. I am taking a tarp.


Body Shelters

Good quality raingear

The Mother Ship

Camp Shelters

Tarp 8' x8', 8’x10’ or 10'x10' (Choose one)




Natural Shelters


Why the tarp you ask? Well because of years of Search & Rescue training and missions. We used tarps for everything.

Why the Blanket/Poncho? Versatility and high-speed low-drag setups.


Here’s what I typically carry:

One 8’x10’ Tarp

You’ll need to choose the size and type that best fits your Shelter System and budget.


Choose your weapon: 100’ of… 550 Paracord, Heavy Duty Bank-line or 9mm rope.

Tent Stakes

I don’t want to call Geppetto and have him take two weeks carving wooden tent stakes; as awesome as they would be… Remember, I’m looking for high-speed low-drag setups. You need a minimum of 5 stakes.




Have a shelter “carry” plan.


Have a quick shelter access plan. Where in your pack is it stored? Stored when wet?


Limit your exposure!


Use Tarp/Shelters For Water Collection.


Are you Stormproof? 


Buy the best you can afford...