With Mike home just a few days, time to take down the flag that flew until his return.
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We need to communicate in order to make good choices in an emergency!
With that in mind, I found a video from K7AGE, he made a communications go box. I have used that idea to create my own version. Now everything in prepping is personal, from the knife you choose to the food you like to store. So when you use my rule of “Looking at how YOU will use it”, everybody will have their version.
I wanted to incorporate CB radio, which is used by those that deliver your food and well, hell just about everything else you use. Why not add that so you can gather intel on what is truly going on. From road closures to food being delivered, you can pick up great real time, actionable information. Also, being a member of ARES in my county, I can help at special events or local emergency events with this station. All I need now is to work on antenna systems….
If you need to move to your bug out location, better know what the hell is going on along the way, or at least as much info as can be. And you need to be able to move your comm center, so I build a portable center to make that possible. In fact, to make a lot of things possible. So enjoy the video, I know that I am enjoying the final product!!
Making char cloth for fire is so damn simple!
In making a bunch of Char Cloth for an upcoming training, I though I would show you just how easy it is. This should be something that goes into your fire kit and bug out bag. Fire is the way we stay warm, cook food and make water safe so it’s important!
Our weekly review of the show and what we can learn and what we need to throw away!
First up is Joe, wife D’ann and family in South Central Texas. They are preparing for a Level 3 Cyber Attack that takes out the countries tech structure, creating a “state of no information”. If you think about how much of what we do is electronic, it would amaze you. Joe’s feeling is that when this happens, it will take out the electrical grid as well and put us back into a time when power was a candle. The attack would hit servers first, taking them down and stopping such things as traffic control, orders between companies and things that at first are a nuisance, could turn into trucks with food not arriving due to no servers sending or getting the “just in time”order from your supermarket. It’s bigger than you think.
A large piece of property, they don’t really say but Joe is the owner and head of the “Lifeboat” he created to take care of community when and if this event occurs. The “Lifeboat” is a group of folks, about 28 people with a variety of skillsets. During an event, he expects the membership with grow to 35-40 people. Each person has a job to do and is held accountable to Joe, if not done, they are given a couple of chances and then, asked to leave the boat, this does happen to one guy during this show. Joe has enough food for 24 people for 2 years, not sure what the others are going to do. 1,500 gallons of water storage and Joe is increasing that. Joe is also a member of MARS radio group. This group, formed in 1925 uses amateur ham radio operators to help in communication in the event of an emergency. This equipment of course can be used by amateurs in many other ways both locally and nationally.
Joe and his wife feel that education will need to continue and are collection books, making chalk and creating everything ready to go including a classroom. This way, community goes on and people who are at least basically educated become productive participants in society. The variety of “crew” on the boat does help get lots of things done. Security is done with Purple Posts along the fence line, they say in Texas, that is a universal sign that passing these means deadly force is eminent. The guy who gets the boot, makes up a “poor mans claymore”. It looked to me like something that would kill anyone in any direction, a claymore was very directional.
Then there is the addition of the Gyro-copter. This is a great tool, has short field capability, sips gas and can be used for a variety of missions from security to information gathering.
The GOOD and the BAD:
- Joe and family seem to have a great sense of community
- Food for 24 for 2 years
- Water storage
- Some perimeter security
- Gyro copter
- No Garden, with all those folks, somebody needs to be growing something
- Some of the food stored, was not stored for long term. Rotation will be essential.
- Fuel stored. With the Gyro, store more fuel.
- Solar and wind power generation
- The commitment to community is refreshing. Most preppers seem to be more concerned about themselves or being the lone wolf and surviving. The lone wolf usually dies, the pack however, remains solid.
- School is a great way to get folks together, start bartering and help each other.
- Water stored. 1,500 gallons is about 30 days for 24 people. He is right to keep adding storage.
- Solar, wind power and battery storage. Did not see any of this but if the grids down, you need power.
- The addition of the gyro-copter could be multifunction. In addition to perimeter security, it could fly missions to gather information on neighborhoods, roads and such and the radios to get that info to first responders or those who can send help.
- The ham radio station is huge. In an event of any type, communication means life. Being able to send and receive information will save lives and give hope to those who may see none. I recently completed the build up of my base-mobile Ham radio station.
- An interesting site that talks about the Cyber Threat levels and what they mean. http://msisac.cisecurity.org/alert-level/
Next up is Mark and his family from Georgia. Mark is preparing for the invasion and occupation by Russia. Mark is a firefighter in town and is proud to be from the south, go Bulldogs! Mark believes that we sill see a “Red Dawn” type scenario with parachutes in your backyard and down at the Piggly Wiggly. Followed by curfews, marshall law and forced labor. He has formed a small group with a couple of firefighter friends and neighbors to fight this insurgency and become the new underground called “The 33′s”.
His prep’s go to 6 months of food in buckets and relies on his hunting and trapping skills for the rest of their food. He has light MOP gear and teaches his family how to put on the suits and gas masks to insure their safety. Outside of that, did not see much other preps for the family, but there seemed to be more on the fighting side.
His group “The 33′s:, has mixed gear and weapons and trains together in the woods. He describes them as highly trained athletes. His main plan is to fight back at the occupation, sounds solid and the main weapon with be the “Trojan Horse“. So they go to a junk yard guy and find a large propane tank. It’s large enough for 3-4 guys and they decide it will work. So they modify it with a hatch in the bottom and a periscope from the capped fitting on the side. They repaint it white and paint their logo “33′s GAS” on the side. Then they mount it on a car hauler trailer and hold it in place with ratchet straps. A section of boards under the tank have been modified so they can be removed when ready to exit the the tank.
Their scenario is to drive the tank-trailer unit with them inside, to an area in the city where the occupation forces will see it and take it back into their secured area. Then, in the dark of night, they will exit the tank and fight their way back to the fence where they are picked up by their
comrades, oops, friends. Then they will escape into the night only to…….
So in preparation for this night of adventure, knowing that they will be tortured and waterboarded, they have their friends test them on it by waterboarding them. Just so they are ready for the experience. Then in order to increase their stealth, they make homemade smoke bombs, this creates a screen to cover their escape. Also are nails or screws in fire hose to be used as nail strips to stop the enemy vehicles by flattening tires.
The GOOD and the BAD:
- Food storage in buckets for 6 months
- Some light MOP gear if attacked by gas
- Weapons and ammo for defense
- No water storage
- No garden to replenish and supplement food
- Counting on hunting and trapping for food
- No communications
- No secure location for family if fighting the enemy
- The Logo on the tank will not fool anyone
- The first thing to remember and most of us do is that in a scenario like this, family protection if first. Not saying that Mark will not, but having them in a safe place that IF, something happens to you, they can continue has to be FIRST on the list. You have to eat everyday, you don’t fight everyday.
- Have you really looked at Russia today? LOL, they are in NO position to do anything close to this. China?
- I like the idea in this scenario but it’s poorly thought out and executed. The tank and trailer will fool nobody, and I mean nobody. I think your plan was to portrait a gas tank being transported to a customer for installation. That being said, no company ever transports a tank like that, FULL of gas. It’s to dangerous.
- Every prepper and survivalist that I talk to that plans on hunting their food, is a fool. That can add to your supply but can never be counted on, that’s why they call it hunting, not killing. I hunt and fish, do I get something every time out, NO. Nobody does, that’s the point.
- If you want to be part of the insurgency, plan on cutting supply lines. power supplies. Nip at the edges until you create openings. The tank is a one time deal, now what?
- The statement; “Nothing less than brilliant and executed perfectly”, really? Not sure what the mission was to be frank. You got out of the tank and ran away. 3 guys with light weapons inside a compound that would have hundreds with automatic weapons and guards everywhere. What was the plan?
- Smoke grenade; I was pretty excited about this, used right and if it worked could be great. But is put smoke straight up in the air and mostly drew attention to your location rather than covering an exit. Gotta rethink those things.
Looks like Tennessee takes the whole show this week. Both with the same issue but different approaches.
First up is David Nash and family in Dickson Tennessee. He is preparing for a major earthquake along the New Madrid Fault Line. David is one of those guys who can make most anything out of well…. most anything. It seems being on a limited budget has left them one alternative for prepping, making most things they need.
He makes his own bleach from salt and water with a device he made that charges the water and through repeated treatments, makes the bleach. This would be a Salt Water Chlorine Generator. Commercial units are available but they start at over $600 bucks, making them to expensive for most folks. The other item he created was a Steam Engine from an old weedeater to drive an alternator creating power. Just adding a shaft to the weedeater, driving that with steam created by pressure cooker and then to the alternator. Steam may make a comeback yet.
His last prep was to build a geodesic dome in their yard to resemble the rocks they have around the countryside. The dome, made from EMT, plastic cover, welded wire fence, hardware cloth and then concrete. The concrete what shot on the metal framework as they do with pools. Then an artistic paint job to make it finally look like a rock. It has a door so it’s not entirely a rock but he feels this will stand up after the earthquake when the house may not. The final test comes when he puts 5lbs of Tannerite next to it, stuffs his dad inside to test the walls and detonates it. His dad is fine and comes out unscathed.
The GOOD and the BAD:
- I think David could build just about anything
- Food storage was cans on a cardboard rotator rack
- Alternate shelter if they house is compromised
- Some defensive firearms
- More food stored, much more
- Water storage looked minimal at best so lots more
- Dome was just a dome with no floor. It needs much more to be usable
- Communications with outside world after event
- Energy Production
- David is living proof that there are folks that can build anything. Give him a toilet seat, paper clips and super bowl tickets and you WILL be on the jumbtron!
- We need to always remember to stick to the basics of life and the rule of 3′s. Air, Shelter, Water and Food, in that order. Defense and communications are next on the plan. He is planning on staying put, so let’s make THAT place rock!
- This fault line is probably due, most in the USA are that as well. So do we prep for that event that happens every 100 years, or the event that is more probable. The fault is possible and less probable. If they are ready for a short term power outage, major weather or trucker strike, they are ready for most anything.
- I know their budget is small, but even some solar, wind and batteries to keep them powered up. Maybe getting used panels and fixing them.
Next up is David Mays and family near Jackson Tennessee. He is preparing for a Major Earthquake along the New Madrid Fault line causing liquefaction of the soils. David is very, very tech savvy. Knowing this, you would expect his preps to follow along this line, and they do. But he has also done the basics with Chickens and tower gardens. Has 4 months of food and a water catchment system. Firearms and ammo are in order along with a small trailer if they have to bug out to their alternate property. So they plan a dry run to the Bug Out property which coincidentally had a Geodesic Dome.
Their vehicle is a 2 door jeep and a small trailer. They load the chickens into a cardboard box, the tower gardens break down and they load up the trailer. They take off up the road, do some driving around a few rocks for the producers footage and then back up the road. They stop and unleash one of the heli-drones to scout the bridge up ahead to see if it’s passable. The UAV is very cool and gets great video of the area, they see it’s clear and move ahead. Once at the BOL, they set up camp at the dome.
At the forefront of his preps seem to be the UAV’s. He has two that we saw but I would guess more than those. He equipped one with a taser of sorts to shock anyone messing with it. Then he takes another and has the idea to put a package with parachute, that he can fill with medical supplies and deliver them to his neighbors. He comes up with a max payload of supplies of 5oz. They work to get pair of Nitrile gloves, gauze and essential oils. They work out a parachute and wala, you have a delivery service ahead of Amazon.
They both believe in alternate ways of medicine and use essential oils for a lot of that. Well, so do I and they are outstanding. Trying to help your neighbors by seeing damage and needs from the air, are great aspirations. His main fear of the New Madrid is that aspect known as Liquefaction. That is when the soil becomes more quicksand than soil and houses just buckle and either sink or are severely damaged. He plans on helping if he can but going to bug out location…..
The GOOD and the BAD:
- 4 months of food stored
- Water catchment system
- Vertical Gardens
- Chickens for food
- Defensive firearms and ammo
- Bug out Location BOL
- Family onboard
- Need more food stored
- Water storage
- More gardens
- More chickens
- Larger Trailer for the bugout
- No energy stored
- David has so many things going the right way, the basics for sure. Food production, water storage, animals, BOL to name the few. These are the essentials that will be needed for any event.
- The one item missing is Energy. In any event, this is usally one that is lost, power. Solar power and battery storage is the missing link for essentials. Anyone who is tech heavy has to take this in to consideration. This is something I would do before the dome at my BOL.
- The BOL. Storage at that location is essential. When you leave what you have, you need to have more where you are going. The water catchment and storage along with food storage should be there as well. I would think about a conex that could be shelved with items needed during a long term evac. These should be in place before the ground turns to snot.
- Drones. I love the idea of these, not sure how practical. If you watch videos of UAV’s, they are noisy. One thing you may not want to compromise is OPSEC. If ya fly one of those, you probably will. They may not know exactly where you are but they will know you are there. That may invite unwanted attention. But if it’s used to help neighbors through a flood or other event, they could really help save lives.
- Packages from the drone army. I don’t think this is realistic. For instance, how do you know what medical supplies are needed. Probably gauze, steristrips, sissors, medical tape and such, all to heavy to transport. You can use them with a pad and pencil to pass info or help communicate with those that you cannot hear or get to.
- If liquefaction occurs, you will probably loose the vehicles, so what’s Plan B?
Our weekly review of the show along with the Good, Bad and the downright Ugly parts of these shows!
First up we have Robert, wife Wendy and son Riley, the are preparing for Marshall Law. Located just outside Dallas TX, they live on 10 acres in a rural area and enjoy horseback riding, fishing and outdoor activities. All the while, Robert is always asking himself: “what would I do right now if something happened”. They prepare for a variety of events that would trigger Marshall Law, not just one single event which is why there can be so many scenarios. Being in the USAF for 4 years as a Firefighter/Paramedic gives Robert a great skill-set that would come in handy in turbulent times.
We can see a connex with a full battery system connected to a solar array, keeping the batteries charged and the system ready to handle an emergency. His calculations makes the batteries able to handle one week of load for the entire house without a charge. Also on hand for food is 2 years of what appeared to be Wise Food buckets on racks. With a substantial stockpile of weapons, he also makes his own ammo so he will not run out. So with power and food handled he turns his thoughts to perimeter protection, with the help of his next door neighbor, they put together booby traps that will not be a good day for an unsuspecting foe.
First on the list was the trip alarms. First using shotgun shells and then finally flares, he gets them to work. Using a Rat Trap style trigger he found online, he builds one working model and it does the job. Next up are “Fall Traps”. These are boxes with the large spikes in the bottom with trap door floors. The boxes are laid into the ground, flush with the ground and covered with the usual ground cover. Once the enemy steps on them, they fall through and become impaled on the spikes. Using a pigs head, they demonstrate how it works. He then gets a window product that stops pistol bullets one way but allows you to shoot through from the other side. He shows that this works, it’s pretty impressive. His plan is to put that all around the outside of the house. And last but not least are the Tannerite bombs that will blow up the invaders and save the princess.
During filming, they get an actual tornado alert. Their daughter is at school and the mother drives to get her. They end up out of touch completely as the tornado gets close. They return just in time to jump into their below grade shelter and wait out the storm. Robert is an emotional mess during this entire time.
The GOOD and the BAD:
- Freeze Dried food supply is good
- Firearms and ammo is fine, seems to have that dept covered.
- Tornado shelter is great!
- Solar power system
- Water supply, did not see one
- Single track food, ie: freeze dried gets old. Need variety and fresh food as well.
- No garden at all. Fresh food will be everything the longer things go.
- Communications with neighbor. If your going to have an ally, make sure you have radios to talk to each other
- Trip wires are good but Texas has lots of deer, I see lots of deer alarms in the future
- To keep the family safe, they need to find a solution to the daughters situation at school. It was not wise to try and get her, if they had been caught by the tornado, this would have been tragic. They need to see where the shelters are at school and set up their own SOP for situations for the daughter so they can relax a little that she has a plan.
- One of the booby traps would have warned them of perps inside their perimeter. The others would have caused injuries and created wounded for the invaders to deal with but early warning was lacking. The use of passive sensors around the property, would give them the edge, not the invaders. More should be done with the perimeter such as sensors and radios like the Dakota systems or video cameras.
- Passive cooler would be nice. If you want to add to diet with fresh meat, you have to keep it cool. An underground meat cellar might also work for fresh food that will keep at lower temps. We eat everyday, we don’t shoot bad guys everyday. We need to spend more time on food and water in my opinion with every DDP or our own situations as well.
- I wish the narrators would get more accurate in what they say, they just sound stupid. He does not make BULLETS, he reloads his own ammo. There is a difference, a very big difference.
- I don’t think that Marshall Law will necessarily mean that the bad guys will be attacking rural properties. Possible but not probable in my view
- Robert mentioned that prepping is so addicting. I will propose a clinic for those who want to kick the habit will soon be formed by someone. We do need to temper our prepping so that it does not consume us, everything in moderation.
Next up we have Greg, wife Marsha, son Mike and daughter Mellisa, they are preparing for the Coming Economic Collapse and Invaders that will follow. Living in central Tennessee, south of Nashville, Greg is sure that all of the money would be worthless overnight. Their house has a small garden of 95 sq ft and they have a rain catchment system to store water. They have been canning and have about 8 months of food, all in glass canning jars. They raise rabbits for food and have 12 thousand rounds of ammo stored up.
One of his thoughts are that because of the downgraded credit rating for the government, this puts the food supply in jeopardy. He feels that soon we will not be able to afford food. So he bought a remote property of 30 acres. He has decided that this area is his last ditch choice to live on. Putting up a tent with a tarp over a sink outside in a wooded area, he calls this the base camp. If this property is invaded his plan is to move the family into the invisible treehouse and then take a position in his spyderhole and ambush the invaders.
The Treehouse was built by a local contractor on wooden legs about 10 ft off the ground. It has one small door and one small window. They use an emergency ladder to get up and down. The exterior is then coated with a mirror film that reflects the surrounding foliage. The lumber is not painted and is at the end of a trail from their makeshift camp. Greg waits until the villans walk by him on their way to the treehouse and he jumps out and “has em cold”. His wife is not a prepper but supports the things he does, she is also scared of heights. This creates on large problem when they do a mock attack. He has to put more lumber and anchor down the ladder in order for his wife to climb up.
Greg is really happy that nobody knows about the invisible treehouse…..
The GOOD and the BAD:
- Garden and water catchment at the house
- Nice piece of property for bugoue
- Large ammo stockpile at the house
- 8 months food supply
- Raising animals for food
- Family working together to store food and garden
- Garden and water catchment is not at the bug out location
- No power at the bugout location, how bout some infrastructure
- Food supply is at the house, no storage at camp
- Raising animals is at the house, not at camp.
- The “Invisible Bunker” is the shiniest thing in the forest. It’s awful
- One man fighting off the invaders solo is a bad idea, you will not live long. Did anyone see the family in American Blackout? nuff said
- None of their long term supplies are at the tent camp. Appeared to be no place built to store things. Why spend something you sit in while they walk up and shoot the damn thing up?
- The “Treehouse” is a joke. Completely visible even to Stevie Wonder from his house in LA. Supports from the ground unpainted and clearly visible even if painted.
- Spyder hole. How could anyone not walk by that and not see it?
- What makes you think that the Zombies are going to walk up some remote rural road, knowing you have food? That is not probable at all.
- Gregs last message to the audience…Wake Up America.
Hey folks, made an error on videos, here is the correct one!
Well it’s that time of year and we got caught flat footed, cold is coming and the water will freeze.
I decided to use are larger bucket for the inside water from the 2 gallon to the 5 gallon. Also added heaters to inside and outside buckets. Even after doing this, when it gets into single digits, the nipples will freeze, not the water though. So you open the lid and steam pours out but the nipples freeze inside, strange. Metal conducts the cold very well so I needed to come out and warm the nipples. Oh stop laughing….
So here’s some video on how we did this on the fly:
This week we have two preppers and I like some things they are doing!
First up is Richard Hugging and wife Darlene. They are in Weatherford Texas and are preparing for a nuclear attack by a terrorist state. His main concern is the people that will come to take things they have. Living in the upper floor of a large industrial building and right next to a major highway gives them pause to prepare for invaders. The downstairs of the building is where he works. Richard is a master machinist and works on all kinds of projects. But to him prepping is always central to his thoughts. They have stored up over 3 years of food and over 300 weapons. He is always armed and is on alert 24/7. Working with his prepping partner Seth Copeland, they embark on projects to protect the rear of the property and main road in.
Their dogs in the pen are their early warning of trespassers, their two dogs do quite the job. Beyond that, there is the main road into the property on the back side that gives them concern. They decide to build a pillbox using cinder blocks poured with concrete. Making shooting ports in front and small ones on the sides using boards on the blocks to frame the openings. A hole dug on the backside of the blocks allow them to be low and are tougher target. The main gun at the pillbox is a Browning 50 cal on a tripod mount. Richard modified the mount to handle two ammo boxes, one on each side to feed the beast. Along with that they had built claymores, real shells with bb’s and charged with C-4. These are set with the traditional clacker triggers to set them off. First line of defense were smoke/tear gass grenades, fired from a homemade LVOSS. The LVOSS was staked to the ground and had 4 tubes, 2 short, 2 long. With the right charge, distance is determined.
So they set up a test with a group of friends. They come in from the road and the first line is put into action. The LVOSS loaded and they wait until range is good and the long tubes roared, sending a cloud of either smoke or gas into the group. They retreat, at this point they better because the next line of defense is the browning. It tears up paper like like a pollster working for their candidate. Next, the last line of defense and probable the most grisly, the Claymores. They yell “claymore, claymore, claymore” and hit the switch, nothing happens. After a minute, they detonate and it was not expected. This is why we test our preps. Darlene is there at the start of the LVOSS, but when the wind shifts they go the gas masks, she gets overwhelmed or overheated, not sure which but she needs to withdraw from the battle and says she will let them handle the bad guys.
The GOOD and the BAD
- 3 years of food, a plus for sure
- 300 weapons is a very large inventory
- machine gun
- Wife support
- Prepping partner
- Workshop only some of us could dream of (yea we got envy goin on here)
- Dogs for early warning
- Machinist work in a downside economy or collapse is priceless
- Property to put in infrastructure
- Water, water, water. Where is the storage?
- Renewable/addition food supply
- Renewable heat source
- 2 plus 1 means limited defense/security
- Alternate power
- Passive security other than dogs
- A Nuclear attack probably means and EMP. Unknown if you may be affected, the grid going down is more than a possibility, it’s now a probability. So alternate means of power, water pumping, heat and lighting are needed to complete the preps for this scenario.
- Water. The one thing we cannot live without first. You need an alternate way to pump it and a place to store it. With shelter being first in our rule of 3, water is next and more important than food.
- With manpower at 2+1, and if the 1 does not make it to you there is a problem. One person looking out the front and one out the back? Not going to work. When you have limited manpower, you need passive security. Ground and sonic detectors, CCTV and tripwires placed around the property will give you more eyes on potential problems and would let you close yours for some shuteye. We don’t work well on lack of sleep and if this scenario continued, it would get worse. It would also increase your response to an attack. Say your third made it. Put Darlene on sensor monitoring, connect the two with comm’s and you have a ready reaction force to put rounds on target and SPECIFIC locations.
- Bunker. Well intentioned but only targets and limited area, a stationary target will become venerable. From what they showed built, it would not stand up to fire. There was no concrete and no rebar to hold the blocks together. I could with a high powered 30 cal rifle, put a round right through what they built. Ask the guys in Nam, when the VC charged the pillbox or mortar pit was a deathtrap. If you are going to use them, build several an move as needed.
- LVOS. I love this thing but here is the drawback. FIRE. You are shooting a burning projectile into grass covered hillside, hmmmm what could go wrong? If you created some fire break so that fire that starts will be on the OTHER side of you, would be a good idea.
- Food. Need a garden to grow fresh food. Nothing will become so boring as freeze dried foods. Grow to extend your preps and offer variety. Grow because eventually you will run out and then is not the time to “LEARN” to grow them. Build the infrastructure now and you will enjoy the fruits now, and later.
- Richard obviously has a class 3 license to own full auto weapons and a either a Destructive Device or Business Demolition Permit to own the C-4. These are getting harder to get every day, namely the C-4 or any explosive.
Next up is Dr. Dave, wife Dee and their daughter. They are preparing for an EMP that will shutdown the electrical grid and cause widespread panic and shortages. Living in what was described as Rural Colorado, they have acreage and a large house many other amenities. With his wife Dee and daughter, dave practices alternative medicine, mostly Chinese herbal medicine. Acupuncture and herb tonics and combinations for disease and symptoms. Most of his medicines are purchased from China and he makes the items he wants from his recipes.
They have a 350sqft bunker for their prepping supplies. In that are 2 years of food in buckets, cans and Wise food tubs. Also is general equipment from tents, packs and sleeping bags. In a homemade Faraday cage trash can he has radios and other sensitive electronics that will survive the EMP and provide communications and information.Also on the property, he stores 125 thousand gallons of water, 500 gallons of gasoline, generator and Solar Panel Array. His Chevy Blazer he has EMP proofed and has a old motorcycle which would not be affected by EMP. There is a metal (EMP proof) travel trailer that he has turned into a mobile clinic. There is stocked the Chinese herbs and tools to help people and giving him a post crash business.
The most interesting thing he does is with the Hoophouses. He grows all of his greens for the family along with other medicinal plants, yep, Mary Jane. He has a medicinal license to dispense so that is an important crop. He grows enough tomatoes with 35 plants to supply the entire family all year. The hoophouses extend the grow season in Colorado since they get their share of snow. He also does a lot of cucumbers since they and tomatoes yield the most per square inch.
Now the trailer, which he promotes as EMP proof, in the event of an EMP will become his mobile clinic. He can charge or trade for homeopathic treatments since most hospitals and clinics may not be in operation. His plan is to grow in the trailer due to the light and solar panel he installed. They also have a bug out location about 30 miles away up some windy roads with a small cabin. In the practice evacuation, they grab go bags, hitch the trailer to the blazer and head up the road. It’s tight with the narrow roads but they get the rig to the BOL intact and ready to set up the clinic.
The GOOD and the BAD
- 2 years of food stored
- Hoophouses for producing food and medicines
- 125k gallons of water stored
- fuel storage
- EMP proof vehicles
- Business ready to sell or trade services
- Family support
- Alternative medicine
- Faraday cage trashcan
- Bug Out location
- Alternate power with Solar and Generator
- No real defenses
- No real security at home or BOL
- Trailer not EMP proof
- First off, I LOVE what he is doing. This is how you prep. Water, Food, Fuel, Power systems. Hoophouses producing food and medicinal plants. Food stored to help the gardening. Solar and Generator, power to go! Water up the Wazoo, good god that a lot of storage. There is not much I find them doing wrong but puzzling are a couple of things.
- I doubt the trailer is EMP proof. A Faraday cage is EMP proof and consists of a metal structure with NO OPENING whatsoever. I doubt the floor is metal, probably wood. Windows are a no no for sure. The trash can he has IS a bonafide cheap Faraday cage. No openings, all metal to metal contact on the lid. I think he should take a second look at this.
- The Truck being EMP proof is correct if he has the old point ingntion and no microprocessors. The alternator would be shot as well, so get a generator to replace it with. I like the truck for sure!
- I don’t see any defense, other than the recurve bows. In a true EMP situation and depending on severity, it could be months for things to improve at all. You WILL encounter hostility. If you go into town with a working truck, trailer to do business, you lay yourself wide open to attack. Who wouldn’t want a WORKING vehicle? So no firearms or practice. My guess is that he follows a different trail and does not believe in them, but that’s just a guess. I would protect that daughter of mine with everything I had, but that’s just me….
- Security. If your not possessed to own firearms, why not have passive security to give you time to get away? You gotta do something. Probably for me the two biggest holes are defense and security, otherwise he has this thing nailed!
- Lastly, I am not sure why they left the house for the BOL. They had everything at the house and not much at the BOL. I would think of staying where I am since it is very rural and with security and defense, you could live almost as normally as you do now. Dave has so many things in place, I would never leave it, except when they pry my cold dead hands….