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Episode 27 A Walk in the Park

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Show Notes:

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

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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:

Website: VideoConsultantsNW.net

Phone: 253-517-8990

Email: VideoConsultantsNW@comcast.net

Episode 25 Building A Winter Vehicle Survival Kit

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


SHOW NOTES:

Winter Vehicle Survival Kit Add-Ons at the ASGearShop.com

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.


VEHICLE MAINTENANCE AND FAMILIARIZATION

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.


WINTER TRAVEL TIPS

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 advantagesurvival.com

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

Raingear

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


Tools

Snow Shovel

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


Navigation

Compass (Backpacking Type)

Your Cell Phones GPS

Vehicles On-board Navigation System


Lighting

Flashlight or Headlamp

Glow Sticks (Bright Colors)

Candles (tea light or small candle lantern)


Security

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

Firearm

Pepper Spray

Non-Lethal Deterrents


First-Aid

First Aid Kit (customized for your level of training)

If You Are Using Prescription Meds, Take Extra


Food

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

Music

Playing Cards

Pencil and Paper/Notebook

Episode 24 Thoughts on Shelters

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SHOW NOTES:

Check out my shelter picks at The ASGearShop.com

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.

THE TWO TYPES OF SHELTERS

Body Shelters

Good quality raingear

The Mother Ship

Camp Shelters

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

Poncho

Tent

Hammock

Natural Shelters

MY GO TO SHELTER? I HAVE 2 -THE TARP & A HOODED BLANKET/PONCHO

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.

MY SHELTER BUILDING TECHNIQUES

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.

Cordage

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.

 

THOUGHTS

 

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...

Episode 23 Fire -My Practical Guide

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SHOW NOTES:

Have you ever been lost in the wilderness?

Have you ever been lost in the wilderness at night?

Have you ever been lost in the wilderness at night in the rain and with cold temperatures?

Have you spend an unexpected night in the great outdoors in those conditions?

Did you have a shelter and did you have a "sustainable" survival fire?

When do you need a fire?

Are you skilled at crafting a fire?

What kind of tools do you need to craft an emergency survival fire?

What kind of supplies do you need to craft a sustainable survival fire?

Is fire craft a perishable skill? Is it uses it or lose it? I think it is.

You've got to practice fire craft in controlled conditions that you're going to be in.

Now I'm not going to lecture you here but... Carry some damn gear with you when you go out, will ya? And read my eBook. Enough said.

MY PRACTICAL FIRE KIT    -TOOLS & TINDER

I can guaranty you that my fire kit is bigger than an Altoids tin…

TOOLS (Buy the best you can afford. Just my opinion)


Knife (Bad Ass Type, EESE 5)

Folding Saw (Silky)

Lighter (TIP: Zip tie the button)

Fire Steel

Waterproof Windproof Matches

Aluminum foil

TINDER

Cotton balls impregnated with petroleum jelly

Fatwood

Wet Fire (UST), TinderQuik Tabs, Weber BBQ Starter Cubes.

 

YOUR FIRE KIT You should always carry one when away from normal Systems of Survival.

MY TECHNIQUES

Find a safe place to construct your fire; Safe from environmental hazards around you as well as a safe place to construct a survival fire.

Make sure you have enough time in the day to collect wood while you still have daylight.

Clear the area, gets down to bare earth if you can. We'll talk about techniques of building a fire on snow later.

If it's raining or going to, erect a temporary tarp shelter over your fire pit area to keep it dry while you collect wood. As crazy as it seems I've seen people use umbrellas to cover their fire pit while they go out to collect the materials they need.

Determine how long you plan to spend at that location.

Using your folding saw, collect the appropriate amount of wood that you will need. Remember you will always need more than you think you need. Store the wood under your tarp to keep it dry.

Use your knife to process the wood. Process the wood into 3 sizes:

Tinder (extra for morning)

Kindling

Fuel size pieces, "Split" Always split.

In addition to oxygen and fuel, fire likes to climb. Fire likes edges. So think like fire and give it what it wants.

After acquiring all your materials and working under your shelter, start the fire construction possess.

10 STEP FIRE CONSTRUCTION PROCESS

1. Build the hearth

2. Lay the foil

3. Place the tinder

4. Lay the kindling

5. Light the tinder

6. Captivate the heat

7. Encourage the climb; give it air

8. Gently give it fuel

9. Feed the flames

10. Sustain the beast

 

FINAL THOUGHTS

Be safe! Only construct a fire when it is safe and legal to do so. In life threatening scenarios… use common and reasonable sense.

 

Once your fire is established, move your temporary tarp or shelter away from the fire so you don’t die of smoke inhalation. Firm grasp of the obvious but I need to say it…

 

Keep extra fuel wood under cover or “safely” dry it around the fire if wet conditions exist.

 

You need to practice you skills often to stay sharp. Your life may depend on it.


Episode 21 Get Ready

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Safe Drinking Water


One of the most important things in a survival situation is drinking water. Having the ability to provide clean drinking water when you need it is life saving. We only need to look at the typhoon that went through the Philippines or the recent hurricanes, or any earthquake that's happened around the world. Disease sickness abounds when you don't have clean drinking water. Have some systems in place to manage your drinking water. I have two Sawyer Squeeze water filter systems that are very mobile and I can use them around the house as well. I also have a Big Berkey water filter system sitting on my counter that I use every single day. I also have backup water systems like bottled water, chlorine dioxide drops and if I need to, I can always boil it. I will continue to research better water purification systems and look for ways to improve my survival situation. 


The average American uses around 100 to 150 gallons of water every day, from drinking to taking a shower, washing your hands, washing dishes, flushing the toilet and so on. When we drill down to what humans really need to survive each day it amounts to about 1 to 2 gallons. Of course it depends on your physical activity, the climate you're in and in what part of the world you live in, the amount of cooking and how you're cooking, makes a big difference. My point here is, you need a lot of water not just for you but for your family, friends, neighbors. Please have your act together here it's truly an important survival skill to be able to provide clean drinking water. Another thing I want to point out is that I have a lot of redundant systems to pull from. I like to have a lot of different tools in my toolbox to help me deal with different situations or scenarios that may come up. I want to have the advantage and I want to have the advantage to use a different water purification systems to help me no matter where I am. Take the time to reflect on all the different water sources that you have available to you right now. Look around, depending on your climate in your specific situation you may have other water sources like an underground spring or well or a cistern and that will help you collect save and purified water.

Episode 20 Building Your Lights Out Kit

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In today show, I’m going to walk you through the items that are in my Lights Out Kit in hopes that this will help you build your Lights Out Kit or improve your kit and mine so we can be better prepared. This episode is about Chapter 3 of the new e-book that I'm writing called “Prepping A Guide For The Newly Awakened”. I talk about some of the basic items you should have in your Lights Out Kit or Emergency Preparedness Kit. 


From purifying water to charging your cell phone I think we cover a lot of the information you need to know to be prepared. 




LINKS & NOTES FROM TODAYS SHOW:

On Top Of The Kit  -Lists & Instructions

List Kit Inventory List

Location of Items List

Generator Setup Instructions

Other Kit Item Instructions

Survival Books

Safe Drinking Water 
5 Cases Of Bottled Water
Sawyer Squeeze Water Filter System
Chlorine Dioxide Water Treatment Kit
5 Gallon Water Jug Hand Pump
4 Way Sillcock Water Key
Sawyer Point Two Purifier Bucket System

Food and Cooking

Mountain House Meals 

Coffee & Tea

Assorted Spices

Salt & Sugar

Hard Candy

Backpacking Stove, MSR Micro Rocket

6 Extra Stove Fuel Canisters

Wood Burning Backpacking Stove, Solo Stove

Backpacking Cooking Pot

Coffee Peculator 

Hand Crank Can Opener 

Wine Bottle Opener

Bottle Opener

Hand Sanitizer 

Paper Bowels and Cups

Plastic Utensils / Camping Utensils

Paper Towels

Unscented Baby Whips

Cook Books & Recipes 


Operational Security and Safety 

50 Rounds of Ammunition

Extra Mags 

50  Shotgun Shells

Pepper Spray

Pocket Knifes/Multi Tools

Leather Work Gloves

Safety Glasses

N95 Particle/Dust Masks Respirators

Ear Plugs

First Aid and Medicine 

First Aid Kit (Large)

Over the Counter Medications Kit

Anti Dyareal Medication 

Oral Rehydration Solution

Family Prescriptions Drug Kit

Extra Eyeglasses 

Bug Spray

Sunscreen

Hand Sanitizer


Cash, Documents and Contacts

Document Retention Security and Storage Plan

Document Location Plan

The Physical Document Package

Encrypted Flash Drives and Hardrives 

Offsite Electronic Storage Information

Safety Deposit Box Information


Basic List of Information You Should Keep

Family “What To Grab List”

$1,000 or more of Cash (In Small Denominations)

Small Amount of Silver Coins and Fractional Gold if you Wish

Quality Road Maps of your cites, state and the US. (I use the Washington State Atlas & Gazetteer.)

Home Owner Insurance Policy

Life Insurance Policies

Vehicle Insurance Policies

Home Inventory Lists, Photo and Video Inventory Files

Birth Certificates and Social Security Cards

Immunization Records

Military Records

Family Medical Documents

Academic Documents

Banking Information

Copies of Credit Cards Front and Back

Investment Information 

Precious Metals Investment Information

Business Interests Information

Tax Return Documents

Bill & Debts Paying Responsibilities List with Account Numbers and Institution Contact Info 

Legal Documents such as Updated Will, Divorce Decrees, Family Legal History Docs Etc

Titles, Automobiles, Home, other Equipment and Recreational Items

Licenses, Passports

List of your Prescription Medications

Copies of Phone & Family’s Contact Lists

Internet and App Usernames and Passwords

Treasured Family Photographs


Shelter and Clothing  

6 Person Family Tent

20’ x 20’ Tarp

200’ of Paracord

100’ of 9mm Rope

Heavy Duty Tent Stakes

Extra Set of Clothing For Each Family Member


Lighting

Head Lamp

2 Flashlights

5 Emergency Candles 


Power, Heat, Cooling and Energy

Honda Generator
Extra Fuel and Oil For Generator
Extension Cords and Plug Supplies For Generator 
Generator Hookup Instructions & Owners Manual 
Portable Electric Heater

Small Air Conditioner 

800w Inverter 


Fire Kit

Cigarette lighters

Fire steel

Matches

Tender

Fatwood


Charging Solutions

AA & AAA Batteries & Smart Chargers
Solar Panel Charger 

Communications & Signaling 

FRS/GMRS Handheld Radios

FRS/GMRS Handcrank Radio

Sat Phone

Spot Connect

Corded Wall Phone

HAM Radio

Signaling 

CB Radio


Personal Hygien 

Individual Hygiene Kits

Camping Shampoo

Antiperspirant

Solar Shower Kit

Nail & Hair Cutting Kits

Shaving Kit, Girls & Boys

Tubs Baby Wips

Hand Sanitizer

Hand Soap

Tooth Brushes

Dental Floss

Toothpaste

Feminine Protection Items


Sanitation 

Inside The Toilet Bucket

5 Gallon Bucket & Toilet Seat

3 Rolls of Toilet Paper

3 / 1 Gallon Ziplock Freezer Bags

2 Tubs of Costco Wips (120)

1 Hand Sanitizer

1 Box Exam Gloves (100 pair)

60 Kitchen Type Trash Bags

3 Rolls of Toilet Paper

Zip Ties

Small Pocket Knife


Inside The Tote

12 Rolls of Toilet Paper

2 Tubs of Baby Wips

1 Lysol 1 Lysol Wipes

1 Hand Soap /Dish Soap

1 Box Large Exam Gloves

60 Kitchen Trash Bags 

20 / 39 Gallon Leaf Bags

Jug of Bleach

Dog Poo BagWipes

1 Hand Soap /Dish Soap

1 Box Large Exam Gloves

60 Kitchen Trash Bags 

20 / 39 Gallon Leaf Bags

Jug of Bleach

Dog Poo Bag


Sleep Systems

Blizzard Survival Jackets

Blizzard Survival Sleeping Bags

Readable Sleeping Pads


Tools and Hardware 

Scissors
Pry Bar
Large Knife
Saw
Assorted Tool Kit (Screwdrivers, Wrenches, Socket Set)
Small Shovel
Hammer
Bolt Cutters – Small

Hardware Supplies
Nails
Screws
Rope
Duct Tape

Emergency Procedures 

This is a packet with all your Emergency Procedure Plans





Episode 19 Realizing Your Prepping Priorities

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In today's episode we talk about realizing your prepping priorities. If you're like most people, starting to prep can be overwhelming. I'm walking you through the chapters of my new e-book "Prepping For The Newly Awakened". My hope is to share my path to prepping with you so that you can figure out the type of prepping you need to do in your everyday life to improve your situation if there is a disaster, an event or if there's not. This new e-book is a work in progress so if you have comments, a better title or anything else you'd like me to add please let me know. 


Show Notes: