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Dec 28, 2015

Gary Collins joins us to discuss diet and nutrition in the new year. It's a big topic many people wrestle with.

The paleo diet and many offshoots are big these days. Let's face it: Diets come and go. But in this episode Gary helps us break down what all these deits are. He helps us separate fact from myth. And, best of all, he makes understanding simple dieting and nutrition... well... simple.

~ Diet and nutrition for preppers (and anyone else) topics dicsused:

* The fraud, waste, and negligence in the pharmacudicl industry
* Where holistic and traditional medicine meet
* What is the paleo diet
* The 80/20 rule of dieting
* Sugar is like heroin
* Are carbohydrates evil?
* The genetic diet
* What is an anti-inflamitory diet?
* Why is eating reginal honey important?
* Why is it important to eat reginionally?
* How soon will the health care system be bankrupted?
* How to merge the diets of a multi-cultural home?
* How does diet impact fertility and reproduction?
* Where does lactose intoloerance come from?
* Why is ketogenic diet confusing?
* What's the right way to ketogenic diet?
* How long can you stay on a ketogenic diet?
* What is the primaal power method?
* How do you maintain a paleo / primal diet as a prepper?
* How to do a lifestyle purge.

~ Plus...

* Gary's Off the grid home project.
* Getting an off the grid home financed.

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Dec 14, 2015

In this episode we sit down with James Price to discuss surviving everything from an active shooter to a typical mugging.

Active shooter situations and crime are on the rise. They may even get much worse. Are you prepared?

Today James will share insight into what students of his Domestic Protector class learn. We'll also cover simple things you can do to survive violent encounters.

~ Surviving active shooter situation topics:

* Jame's prediction about the frequenting of these types of shootings.
* Takeaways from the San Bernardino shooting.
* Takeaways from the Paris terrorist attacks.
* Will this inspire copycat spree-killers?
* How was the Domestic Protector class put together?
* Are armed civilians more safe?
* Why should you start practicing one handed shooting more?
* What is a sheepdog and what is an armed civilian?
* How should you respond to an active shooter?
* Are active shooter situations different from a violent mugging?
* What can be improvised to jam door from an attack?

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Nov 29, 2015

AK-47s have a mystic all their own. But they also have a lot of hyperbol. So...

In this episode we sit down with AK-47 legend Jim Fuller of Rifle Dynamics. He's going to set us straight on the truth, myths, and proper perspective in understanding these comblock badasses.

~ AK-47 topics covered in this interview:

* What's Jim Fuller's story?
* How did RIfle Dynamics come to be?
* What makes the AK-47 so special?
* Is the AK-47 durability fact or urban legend?
* Is the AK-47 accuracy deficit fact or urban legend?
* What's the real perspective to take when it comes to the purpose of an AK-47?
* What myths, or overblow facts, exist around the AK?
* What advantages does the AK have over the AR-15?
* What is it about AKs that make them stand up to steel case ammo so well?
* What's the effective range of a standard AK?
* What considerations must be made when looking to put glass on an AK?
* When it comes to shopping the import and budget market, what should be looking for in an AK?
* What are Jim's thoughts on the Kalashnikov USA rifles?
* What's the difference between a Ak-47 and it's perhaps lesser known brother the AK-74?
* What's the difference between AK and the much lesser known VZ58?

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Nov 22, 2015

How to choose a survival knife is common quandary. There are so many options. There are so many things to consider. In this episode we sit down with Marshal of GoingGear.com to answer those questions.

This is one of our favorite topics: Knives! They often don't get enough air time here. But they are one of the most important and basic tools of survival. And it doesn't matter if it's for EDC (Every Day Carry) or for treking through the woods. A good knife's value can't be stressed enough.

~ Basic considerations for a knife topics discussed:

* What's the most useful size of pocket knfie?
* What are the best locking mechanizms and why are they important?
* What things does Marshal consider when looking at pocket knives for himself?
* What knife point type makes the most senses to you for pocket knives?
* What are the best handle matterials for pocket knives?
* Are knife super-steels all hype?
* What are the new super-steels these days?
* What's the story on Elmax steel?
* How do A2 and D2 tool steels hold up for knives?
* What are the top brands in pocket knives—excluding the super high end custom stuff?
* What’s the big fuss about Zero Tolerance knives?
* What's the most useful blade length for a fixed blade knife?
* What are things to you consider when looking at a good fixed blade camping knife?
* What are things to you consider when looking at a good fixed blade bushcraft knife?
* Does blade grind type / geometry really matter in a fixed blade knife?
Coated or uncoated knives?
* What are the best handle matterials for fixed blade knives?
* To full tang or not to care about full tang, does it really matter?

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Nov 15, 2015

Choosing rifle optics is confusing. They're also can be a big investment. So in this episode we sit down with Marshal, owner of Primary Arms. He's going to help clarify and demystify rifle optics.

Rifle optics topics covered:

* How much should people spend on opitics for a rifle?
* What are the basics of selecting the right opitic for a rifle?
* How does eye relief play into scope selection?
* How would someone decide on magnification?
* How do you select the right reticle?
* What impact does tube size have on a scope’s function?
* What impact does the bell of a scope vs a straight tube have?
* What is parallax and why should people care about it?
* What is first focal plane and why is it important in rifle scopes?
* What would someone look for in a hunting scope?
* So whats the difference between a hunting scope and a sniper scope?
* What's the difference between a hunting or tacitcal sope and a rimfire scope?
* Is there really any difference when deciding on rings and mounts for scopes?
* What advantages does a fixed power scope give?
* What should people know when looking for a red dot?
* What should people use and never use when cleaning their optics?

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Nov 11, 2015

It's veteran's day 2015. This year we're doing a special episode with Jeremy Paris, host of the Veteran Resource Podcast. Whether you are a vet or just want to find about about getting involved with organizations, you'll get a lot out of this epsidoe.

Typically folks in the survival podcast genre will talk about what it means to serve. And they may tell stories of their service. But we have something different that could actually help vets.

You see, the Veteran Resource Podcast was created to introduce veterans to Veteran Service Organizations. And as you find out in this episode there are THOUSANDS out there!

We've all heared of the Wounded Warrior project. But there are a lot more out there, it turns out. One is even focused on sustainable farming.

~ Veteran resource topics discussed:

* Jeremy's service in the military
* How the the Veteran Resource Podcast got started?
* What is the mission his podcast?
* What keeps you inspired to do his show?
* How many veteran organizations are there?
* Why are there so many different veteran organziations?
* Why is it important to support veteran organizations?
* What are some of the different organizations out there that people might want to get invovled in?
* Can people who've never served get involved and voluteer?
* If someone wanted help support vets, would supporting one of these organizations be the best way?
* How would people go about evaluating a few organizations to find the one that's right for them?


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Nov 9, 2015

Civil Air Patrol is a bit of a red headed step child. In fact, it's probably one of the most interesting voluteer organizations most people have never heared of.

In this episode we sit down with Bobby Allison of Civil Air Patrol. He's going to share with us what C.A.P. is, what they do, and why you should consider getting involved. And, we'll even discuss how you might be able to get some survial training.

~ Civil Air Patrol Topics Discussed:

* What is Civil Air Patrol and what does the organization do?
* How long has it been around<?
* When was CAP formed and for what purpose?
* How does CAP supplement or augment what the US Air Force already does?
* Seems kids can get involved in this too. What role do they play?
* What do volunteers get out of it?
* Does CAP have any role in border security?
* What role does CAP play in disaster relief?
* What kind of training programs does CAP have?
* When it comes to adults, is CAP only open to active or retired Air Force?
* What roles are there for members?
* If someone wanted to get involved in CAP, what would they need to do?

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Nov 2, 2015

In this episode we sit down with the the Bee Whisperer, Michael Jordan. He'll share his knowledge of beekeeping, philisophical masterbation, and life lessons.

~ Beekeeping topics covered in this episode include:

* Why do we need more beekeepers in the world
* Why would someone want to get into beekeeping
* How much work are bees to get started
* How much work are bees once they get established
* What is the minimum financial investment an Urban bee keeper would need to make
* Why is it said that bees choose the keeper, and that it's not the other way around
* What would you say are the common downfalls for most people that first get into bees
* Who can people get over the fear of keeping bees
* Is beekeeping a real moneky maker
* Is beeking difficult
* What does a Bee Suit usually run
* How long does it really take to get to a place of being productive with beekeeping
* What are the bee union hours
* Are there alternatives to the typical honey bee
* What is sustainable beekeeping
* What's the latest news on coloney collapse?
* What can people do to help bee populations?
* What can people plant to feed honey bees?
* Why would bees reject a hive and fly off?

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Oct 27, 2015

Precision rifles come with a lot of mystic and myth. In this episode we sit down with famed gunsmith Ed Vanden Berg of Vanden Berg Custom.

He's going to set us straight on all the ends and outs of what it takes to make a precision rifle precise. This won't be a buy-this-gun or that conversation. And it won't be a go with this caliber, trigger, barrel, or stock conversation. Instead, this will be a primer that breaks down the basics of what does and does not make a rifle shoot true.

* Are bolt-action rifles inherently more accurate than semi-auto rifles?

* How big of a role does the action play in the accuracy of a rifle?

* How big of a role does the caliber, in the sense of total cartridge package, actually play in accuracy?

* What’s so special about 260 remington and 6.5?

* Match grade or rolling your own: Does it really make a difference?

* What is internal balistics?

* What is external balistics?

* What is terminal balistics?

* How big of a role does the barrel play in the accuracy of a rifle?

* What is barrel harmonics really all about?

* Does barrel length play a part in accuracy or is purely about squeezing out velocity?

* What does free floating both is semi-auto and bolt-action a barrel really do?

* Can a rifle sling impact the accuracy of a rifle?

* Is there really a "Best" precision rifle barrel maker?

* What is barrel religion?

* Does fulting a barrel impact the accuracy of a rifle?

* How big of a role does the rifle stock play in the accuracy of a rifle?

* Does trigger weight impact the accuracy of a rifle?

* What's the best trigger weight?

* What does a custom precision bolt-action rifle cost?

* What does a custom precisoin semi-auto rifle cost?

* What are the biggest myths fo long range shooting?

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Oct 18, 2015

In this episode we welcome back Garry of Guns over Texas. He's going to share with us a big load from his 13 black rifle and tales of well lubricated prom queens. We'll be getting to the bottom of choosing a 30 caliber rifle that's right for you and other double barreled entendres.

Some of the 30 Caliber Rifle topics discussed:

* What's the difference between 308 Win and 308 Nato
* Why did Aaron end up with a FN FAL
* How did you come to fall in love with the FN FAL
* What makes the FN FAL so great
* Why would you make a FAL a SBR (Short Barreld Rifle)
* What's the minimum safe barrel length of a FAL
* How do you get optics on a FN FAL
* Other 308 Semi*auto rifle options...
- FN SCAR 17
- LWRC R.E.P.R.
- Knights Armament SR 25
- LaRue Tactical
* What are some other non*308 30 caliber semi*automatic rifle options
* How does the 308 stacks up to the AK and when does makes sense
* How does it compare to the 300 Blackout
* What are three gun competitions
* Why would anyone want to do three gun competitions
* What rifles, shotguns, and handguns are popular for three gun.

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Oct 12, 2015

In this episode we welcome back Darrel of FloridaHillbilly.com. We’ll discuss the most loved and dreaded thing in preparedness: HAM Radio. And we’ll get into why everyone should be hamming it up. Plus other bad puns.

* Why is HAM worth the effort
* Why is important for preppers to get into HAM Radio
* Why is HAM better than old-fashioned walkie-talkies
* How useful is HAM in an emergency situation
* What is field day
* How hard is are the HAM tests
* What's the easiest way to study for the tests
* What are the different HAM Radio levels of licensing
* What are the differences between the levels
* Which radio is the right radio to get started with
* Can HAM be encrypted
* How can you secure your communications

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Oct 4, 2015

In this episode, we sit down with LONG time listener, ITRH forum moderator, resident old coot, and friend, NavyJim. He’s going to share with us how he and his wife have stayed engaged in preparedness since the 50s, how prepping has changed over the decades and his take on preppers in the media as someone who’s been in broadcasting since he had to ride a dinosaur uphill both ways in the snow to the gun store. Also known as 1967.

Join me as we explore these questions:

* Over the years, how have you seen survival and preparedness change?
* What commonalities persist both good and bad?
* What did survivalists worry about in the 1950s?
* How much have those things concerning preppers changed over the years?
* Do you think there’s any difference other than label between Retreaters, Survivalists, and Preppers?
* It seems there’s been a large resurgence of interest in survival in the last few years. What’s been your take on it as someone that’s been in it for so long?
* Has there ever been a time that the media paid as much attention to survivalists as they do now?
* Why do you think that is?
* Why do you think we’re almost always painted in a negative light?
* What do you make of the “prepper reality shows”?
* Do you think the media’s current fascination with preppers will subside anytime soon?
* In a broader general sense, how is journalism changing?
* So what keeps you in prep, Jim?
* What worries you most right now and in the near future?
* ITRH had an episode some time ago on what we coined as the “prepper dip”. Have you ever experienced this or has preparedness been a constant for you?
* How have you stayed engaged with preparedness for so long?

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Sep 27, 2015

~ Trenton Kaminski's Segment Topics

* Why Trenton built such an extensive rainwater system
* How much research it took to build this system/li>
* How quick you could pull together one of these systems
* Surprising life lessons in building a business and being an entrepreneur
* Things to consider when starting to build a rainwater system
* Total cost of project $150 - $800 - $1,600
* How many people it takes to build a rainwater collection system like Trenton's
* How to choose the right IBC Totes for a rainwater collection system
* How to tell if IBC totes have been used to transport chemicals
* How to get water tested and the truth about the water you’re already consuming
* How to cover the IBC tanks and keep algae from growing
* What’s the best type of IBC connector to look for
* What’s the right size of IBC and connection to go with
* How much filtration do you really need in a rainwater collection system
* How to properly use a UV sterilization system
* How to build redundancy into your purification system
* What is the first flush and how do you build one
* How big should a first flush be
* Solar Powered Pumping system


~ Mark "Merriwether" Vorderbruggen Ph.D. Segment Topics

* Mechanical vs Chemical water purification, sanitation, and treatment.
* Different ways to purify water
* What activated charcoal actually is
* How to build an emergency charcoal water-filter

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Sep 20, 2015

In this episode we sit down with Glen Tate for an in-depth conversation about how to choose a bug out location. This episode is full of great information, things to consider, and laughs.

Bug out locations (aka BOLs) are something most preppers and  survivalists dream of owning. But the topic isn't simple: There are done of things to considered. And there are tons of things that can turn a BOL into a nightmare to know.

So join us as we discuss how Glen Tate, author of the 299 Days book series, himself went about choosing the best bug out location.

* How close the BOL in 299 is to Glen’s real BOL story
* Rural and semi-rural bug out location
* Travel time and distance considerations
* Practical non milllion dollar solutions to owning a BOL
* Isolated cabin in the mountains vs a cabin in a small community
* The value of people in a SHTF senario
* The danger of people in a SHTF senario
* Thinking through stratigies and tactics of defense relative to a BOL
* Resource considerations in your BOL area that are not nessesarilly on your land.
* Acceptable levels of flaws in your plans and location
* Understand and dealing with trade offs
* How to tell if you may be in a community of preppers and self suffciant types
* Water considerations
* Vacation homes vs permanent resident community
* Thinking through what you’re going to do, realistically, before things go south
* Strategies for convincing loved one’s a BOL is a good idea
* How to get to know your neighbors when you’re not there all the time.
* The things that make us want a BOL and when that happened for Glen.
* Balancing morality and practicality during a collapse
* More on the economy
* Teaming up with another family or families to split the cost of rural land
* What Glen Tate what’s in current events for telltale signs of economic distress

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Sep 13, 2015

In this episode we're joined by James Price. We sit down to discuss the three things every prepper should know, but probably hasn't even thought of.

You see there's a lesson James taught us a while back: If the situation turns to violence you've lost.

So who do you keep a situation from turning to violence and flip adversaries to your side?

And if a situation spirals out of our control into violence, how do we protect our kids and loved ones like pro executive protection contractor?

Listen and find out.

Topics discussed:

* What every good spy knows and how you can learn it for next to nothing
* What is spy trade craft.
* The reality of a hostile situations
* Improvisational comedy for the zombie apocalypse and road blocks
* Picking up zombie strippers
* How learning these skills improved all aspects of James life and saved it too
* Human hacking
* Dealing with without rule of law situations
* Get yourself out of bad situations and turn them into good situations
* How to talk someone dumb
* Deciet detection and learn when you're being lied to (it may save your life)
* Verbal Agressiveness
* Verbal Judo
* James takes us to his parents' house
* Where onehanded pistol shooting comes into play
* Why James loves failure
* The importance of physical maps in kits
* Protecting kids during an active shooter situation
* Executive protection

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Sep 6, 2015

In this episode we're joined by Lauren Wilson to discuss goat farming.

Lauren is the author of The Art of Eating through the Zombie Apocalypse: A Cookbook and Culinary Survival Guide. And she's quickly becoming a regular guest of the show and friend.

Recently we had a question: What happens when you mix the sweet, zany, and effervescent Lauren with a herd of goats, wild turkey, and a donkey?

One word: Shenanigans!

We'll learn all about live work programs on a farm and a whole lot more.

Goat farming live work program topics such as:

* The life of a goat herder
* Live, Work, Learn
* Goats for fire control on land
* Goat nirvana
* Creating a near closed loop farming system
* Making goat cheese
* OCD goats and their routines
* How much work goat herding and farming really takes
* Different chicken personalities
* How to survive a while turkey attack
* Donkeys, the bouncer of the farm
* What is a “Donkey Love Tank”

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Aug 30, 2015

In this episode we discuss micro-ranching. And to show just how easy it is, we bring on an LA surfer boy turned Texas micro-rancher. He got his start without even owning any land.

Today he shares his story and how you to can get into micro-rahcing.


Micro-Ranching and Farming Topics Discussed:

* Crazy sustanability and self-sufficientcy stories form Angola Prison
* How survivability and sustainability go hand in hand
* Micro-ranching with very little more
* How to get started
* How to do it with no land
* The financial side of things
* How to propperly name a goat
* The over under on Jason injurying himself with cows

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Aug 23, 2015

Survival bags, packs, and boots can be an overwhelming topic for some, oddly. For many, it becomes a complicated topic at first blush. With good reason: There's a lot of options, a lot of brands, and a lot of nuances dependent on exact applications and budget.

But in this episode, we're joined by Marshall Hoots of Going Gear. He's going to uncomplicate the topic and break it all down for us in simple terms.

Survival Bags, Packs, and Boots Topics Covered:

* What makes for the best backpacking packs?
* Does brand really matter or is all hype when it comes to backpacking packs?
* What are those chest straps for on your packs and backpacks?
* What does the waist strap on a pack really do?
* How important is fit when choosing a backpack or backpacking pack?
* Does how you pack a backpack or backpacking really make a difference?
* What are the best backpacks?
* Does the material a backpack is made out of making a difference?
* How do you choose the right backpack material?
* Is ripstop really that great?
* Understanding boots for hiking, outdoors, and survival
* Marshall's sheep fetish revealed and explained
* The importance of maintaining body temperature.

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Aug 16, 2015

In this episode author Glen Tate, author of the 299 Days book series, joins us once again. This is one of the most candid conversations we've had convincing others to prepare and sheeple.

Loved ones can be the greatest asset or bottleneck for preppers and survivalists. So how do you convince others to prepare?

Tune in and find out...

Join us as we discuss:

* Is date night part of your prepping plans?
* Techniques for persuasion
* Building credibility
* Having a solid plan
* Who to just write off
* Is it worth the effort when it comes to * people outside your inner circle?
* Signs of impending doom
* ...and a whole lot more.

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Aug 9, 2015

In this episode we're joined by Glen Tate, author of the 299 Day's book series. The three of us discuss why Glen Tate thinks economic doom is coming soon.

There's a lot to keep your eye on these days: Hackers, Sheeple, Iran, and the global economy. But how could it all that end up affecting you? Tune in to find out.

Note: Originally this episode was an hour and a half. But since we covered two topics, we decided to split it into separate episodes. So be sure to tune in again next week for part two "Convincing Loved Ones to Prepare".

* If there's any hope for the USA
* Every preppers secret wish and why we feel guilty about it
* Current economic events
* What’s going on in China markets
* The Electric Grid being hacked
* The NY Stock Exchange "Hack"
* Why Glen thinks it'll be a fast collapse instead a slow collapse
* Dogging survival reality TV shows
* Thoughts on the breakup of the USA
* Race Wars
* Glen unleashes his frustrations
* Aaron teaches Glen about Zombies

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Aug 6, 2015

This is a special episode. Which is why it’s coming out in the middle of the week. I wrestled with exactly how tell people about this. First I thought I’d make a normal announcement at the end of one of the episodes. But then I decided this person was so special to me and so many others it deserved it’s own space.

So today in memory of Scout, join me in the 7th step of taking the perfect shot.

But before we get to that I would ask that anyone able to make a small donation to a college fund set up for his five girls. You can do that by going to:

http://www.gofundme.com/zh458e6

 
Aug 2, 2015

Alana Barfield joins us once again for our seasons 5 premier! This time she shares with us how she survived 40 days naked in the wilderness and more.

She’s a long time friend of ITRH and two time competitor on Discovery Channel’s Naked and Afraid.

In this episode we discuss:

* Wilderness nudity on Naked and Afraid XL
* What’s so different about surviving 21 days vs 40 days in the wilderness
* Talking to strangers in the woods
* How long it might take you to become a cannibal
* What happens to people have 30 days in the wilderness
* Natures toilet paper options (one you won’t believe)
* Laughs
* Keeping yourself entertained while surviving
* How to play practical jokes on survival friends
* The not so sexy side of survival
* More laughs
* Survival PTSD
* Life epiphanies after disconnecting from society for 40 days
* What she’ll be up to next
* …and more

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Jul 7, 2015

In this ITRH summer shorts episode we share 7 pieces of pepper advice. These core things we wish someone would have told us when we started.

And as most of you know, we're on summer break. So today's episode is a "Summer Short" episode.

We'll be back with your first full Season 5 episode August 3rd, 2015.

#1 Start all your preps from the most likely to happen personal stuff.

#2 Buy and or store food and water first before you do anything else.

#3 Build your BOB for staying at the motel or a friend's house before building a bag for the Apocalypse.

#4 Seeks skills for saving a life before worrying so much about taking one.

#5 Set a goal to get to at least 3 months salary in savings.

#6 It's not about how many guns you have or how expensive they are... It's about what you can do with them.

#7 Try to spend as much, if not more, time practicing preparedness and physically acquiring new skills as you do reading, listening, or talking about them.

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Jun 8, 2015

In this episode we discuss the winds. But not the kind that come from you britches—we’ll be discussing the hurricane season forecast and how to prepare for hurricanes and flooding.

Before we get into it, we will be finishing up the Being a Good Shepherd series starting with the next summer short. But today I wanted to take a break from that and talk to y’all about hurricanes. Specifically...

~ Preparing for Hurricanes...

Because it’s summer time once again. That also means it’s Hurricane season. And for us that marks a time of year we review our preps here on the Gulf.

Now for anyone that is not in an area prone to Hurricanes, this may be an interesting episode despite the focus. You can use this as a time of the year to backup and review your preps. So this show will largely apply to everyone.

There is something I want to clarify for everyone: Because it’s been declared a low active year doesn’t mean it’s a low danger year. NOAA is predicting a below normal hurricane seasons.

~ NOAA is predicting a 70 percent likelihood of:

* 6-11 named storms (including May's Tropical Storm Ana)
* 3-6 of which would become hurricanes
* 0-2 major hurricanes – those of at least Category 3 strength.

This is below the 30-year average of 12 named storms, six hurricanes, and three major hurricanes.

The NOAA forecast is fairly close to The Weather Channel forecast.Which, they predicted below-average activity of:

* 9 named storms
* 5 hurricanes
* 1 major hurricane

However, this is an indication of quantity--not quality. After all, we typically don't see several destructive storms. We typically only get one destructive storm.

So these predictions, aside form being weather predictions--and we all know how well those typically turn out, just means less activity. <strong>But it does not mean less danger.</strong>

As I said in the begining, the start of Hurricane season is how I personally mark a time of year to review my preps:

1) We review our stores.

* Is anything expired?
* Has anything been used and not replaced.
* Is everything where it should be?
* Do we want to up our gasoline storage and gasoline preservatives

2) We review our shelter

* Tree branches that need to be trimmed back
* Damage to the home that could be made worse by high winds and or heavy rain.
* Are all of our electronics AND appliances on some sort of surge protection.

We also review our list of the elderly and infirm in our immediate area. Our area is going through a massive gentrification.

So there aren’t any anymore. But it’s good to review this once a year and ask neighbors if they know of anyone that fits that description that may need help if disaster strikes.

A great resource for this and just staying on top of what’s going on in your area is a site called NextDoor.com

A fellow urban pioneer and neighbor introduced me to this site a few years back. At first it was pretty slow and there wasn’t much in the way of activity.

However, in the last year it’s really taken off—especially with neighbors encouraging each other to become members. And unlike Facebook, most of the posts are not crap. Plus, it’s free!

Neighbors often post breakins, suspicious characters lurking about, thefts, and other such things. And I’ve seen a lot of lost pets returned home because of the site. So the site definitely worth checkout out or signing your neighborhood up for if it isn’t already.

Here's the link: <a href="http://www.NextDoor.com" target="_blank">NextDoor.com</a>

Now if you’re new to preparedness this could be the time of year you stop consuming books, articles, and survival shows to get some stuff done. As in:Get off the intellectual masturbation couch and really do something.

And that includes getting at least <strong>three weeks of food and water</strong> together.

But it’s not the time of year to start preparing for the zombie apocalypse. By that I mean this: focus the shoring up the necessities and not so much worrying about the tactical.

I know that sounds odd: A survivalists saying not to worry about the tactical.

This is not to say that there ins’t a place for tactical. It is to say we all have a tendency to over-focus on guns and kit. You are much more likely to need to bug in for a week needing food, water, and even entertainment, after all.

Let’s face it: You can only play so many hands of cards, drink so many hurricanes, or make so many hurricane babies. So <span style="text-decoration: underline;">don’t forget about entertainment</span>.

Once you are done with that review and shore-up the other things...

Then focus on the tactical.

Something about flooding: It’s an issue with Hurricanes. But it can just as easily be a summer storm issue, like what we had here in Texas recently.

For the rest of Texas was unusual. Houston on the other hand, the recent flooding was not that unsual. Or at least it was not that unusual if you are a native Houstonian.

A lot of what you saw on the news about people getting caught in the flood waters mostly ignorance. There are a lot of clues it’s about to flood.

The big one being this: If it’s raining for several days in a row, it's probably going to flood if the rain keeps up. The reason is the ground becomes saturated. This is especially true if you are in an clay rich area like Houston. But this isn’t exclusive to us.

There are also issues with large urban areas that have a high ratio of concrete to dirt. The water can only be removed via the storm drains and ditches so fast. Plus, storm drains and ditches have their limit. Heck, big ass bayous similar to what we have here have their limits too.

So if it's been raining for a while and you see more heavy rains coming, be aware--it’s probably about to flood.

Now if you find yourself in an situation where it is starting to flood, here are some other tips:

* If it’s starting to flood, don’t try to keep driving. Pull into a parking lot of higher ground or even into a parking garage if you can find one.

Here’s why: Water can contain more energy and force than you think. It takes less than six inches of fast moving water to knock an adult off their feet. It takes less than 12 inches of moving water to sweep a car off. And you can stall out a car pretty easily in not much water—they’re cars after all…  not boats. (Ask me how I know sometime.)

* If you are in a citythat is flood prone, don’t park in underground garages when you’ve seen it raining for several days in a row.

* If flooding is happening and you are parked below street level, take the stairs down to your vehicle. NEVER take the elevator. You may get a deadly surprise when the doors open.

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May 16, 2015

In this episode, your host Aaron expands on the sheepdog, liberty, and mission perversion.

Mission Perversion is when the spirit and intent of a mission gets distorted.

Think of it this way:

* A person finds a genie lamp and rubs it.

* The genie pops out and says to the person they get three wishes.

* The person asks for a million bucks.

* Next thing they know they’re being trampled to death by one million male deer.

So join Aaron as he dives into the topic...

Note: This episode will seem random if you don’t first listen to E129: Being a Good Shepherd. While this is intended to be a self-contained episode, it’ll make a lot more sense if you

* Understand the metaphors
* Why we’re using them
* And where this is going
* We could also use the example of the Will Smith movie: I, Robot

(Not to be confused with the vacuum cleaner.)

The AI goes rogue because of a mission perversion to protect and serve humanity. It ends up concluding that humanity is it’s own worse enemy and seeks to sequester all human freedom.

And that protection even means killing certain humans it deems as standing in opposition. After all, anything that is in opposing is by its very nature standing in the way of the goal: protecting humanity.

What we have with our Sheepdogs, and ourselves is Mission Perversion.

We have a political system that has deemed us sheep instead of Shepherds.

We have a law enforcement system that has deemed us sheep instead of Shepherds.


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