If You Only have Time for This Before the World Ends…

What would you do if you only had a certain amount of time left before the apocalypse? That’s the topic of a new book my publisher has asked me to write. It deals with the idea of what you could do to prepare for the end in only one year. Keep your eyes peeled for it. If you’d like to appear in the book as a case study anonymous or public, get in touch.

Here’s an image to display where you’ll be in life if you don’t prep in time…Uh Oh.

Until the book comes out, here’s some ideas and resources for you…

Amazon Prepper store– I started a custom Amazon store with lists of resources that I use or recommend for my preps. Be sure to check it out. If you think I’m missing anything, let me know.

Ever wonder about zombies and digestion? You’re not the only one.

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Lems packable shoes– I saw these foldable shoes featured on the Huckberry site a while back. I haven’t tried these out, but if they’re durable and pack this easy, they might make a great back-up pair of shoes for a bug-out bag.

Hurt Feelings– Here’s an interesting article on the real reason we need to stop protecting everyone’s feelings.

If you ever wanted to get really nerdy about your preps and get a degree in it, the University of South Carolina has a Hazards and Vulnerability Institute. Could you imagine getting paid to do all that crazy prepper stuff you do now?

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Baltimore and a Vampire Apocalypse– If you like reading not just realistic but also fanciful apocalyptic fiction, you might like the Baltimore stories by Mike Mignola, the creator of Hellboy. There are already quite a few graphic novels in this collection, so there’s plenty there to read for a while.

Someone sent me this the other day, and I’m not sure who to credit for its creation, but I the idea of a post-apocalypse Charlie Brown and Snoopy was too much to pass up.

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The Division by Tom Clancy– Not sure if you guys play video games for fun or play them and call it tactical training, but this trailer for The Division presents a pretty cool apocalyptic event.

This message was written by Dr. David Powers and his team of preppers, scientists, and reliable conspiracy theory wackos. You can always find me at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

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Amazon Prepper store

Lems packable shoes

Baltimore and a Vampire Apocalypse

The Division by Tom Clancy

Hurt Feelings

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Reviewing the Cut-Tex Pro Shirt from Body Armor USA

A few weeks ago I mentioned that I’d be playing around with a new cut and bite resistant shirt called the Cut-Tex Pro from Body Armor USA. Well, I’m finally done, at least with the formal part of the review. I’ll still be wearing the shirt, especially during deployments, and I’ll report back on anything new that I discover during regular use, especially if I get to put it to use in a cutting or biting attack.

You can see the bulk of the review process in the video below…

In addition to the video I also wanted to take a moment to explain more about my thoughts on the shirt and what was done during the field testing.

My thoughts…

  • I loved the shirt!
  • It feels really heavy to hold, but the weight of the shirt was barely noticeable during wear, exercise, while running, or while wearing a pack. I’ve worn various types of tactical body armor and even real steel armor for medieval swordfighting and this shirt is by far the most comfortable garment I’ve used.
  • I ordered my usual shirt size, and it was tight, so I’d recommend you order a size larger.
  • I tried the Cut-Tex Pro with a bodytight shirt under it and without a base layer. I preferred it with the base layer as my own preference, but it was not necessary for comfort.
  • I showed the shirt around to a prepper networking group that I belong to and they all loved it.

My recommendations…

  • Everyone in an occupation where there is high risk of slashing or biting attacks should have one of these. I’m thinking EMS, law enforcement, contractors, preppers, and zombie hunters.
  • These would make excellent uniform shirts. You can get different colors. The only thing I’m not sure about is if you can sew patches onto them.
  • On the hobby side, this would be an excellent base layer shirt under armor for LARPers and reenactors for safety reasons.

This message was written by Dr. David Powers and his team of preppers, scientists, and reliable conspiracy theory wackos. You can always find me at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

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Body Armor USA

Thriving in the Apocalypse is Possible

Thriving, not just surviving, in the apocalypse is possible. To up your chances of moving into that minority of people, keep checking in with the blog. Most of what you’ll see here is of the optimistic nature, even though the world might be going to crap around you.

Don’t believe me? Then read on dear friends…

I’ve been paying close attention to A. American’s Facebook page, anxiously awaiting the release of his next book, Avenging Home. It’s out on Amazon, but I’m waiting to buy it from my hometown prepper store P5 Preparedness. That way I can support him and the local business owners who I count among my friends.

If you’ve not read any of the Going Home series, I’d consider a necessary part of the education for preppers. The books are chock full of real world possibilities and life-saving skills spun into a well-crafted story about a group of people doing more than just surviving.

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I’m field-testing a new cut-resistant t-shirt, and I’ll give you more info with videos later, but for now, here’s a pair of cut-resistant gloves. These should keep your digits safe in the time after whether you’re knife fighting with bad guys, fending off zombies, or just clearing trees and brush. Check out the D-ROC Lightweight NitriX Palm Coated Work Gloves. Yeah, they’re pretty expensive, but how much is a finger worth to you?

If you’d like to eat more than just Mountain House after everything falls apart, HERE is a neat fact sheet on tools for canning that can help get you started.

Last but not least, if you’re at all concerned about flooding, HERE is an amphibious house that floats. I’m on the Biblical side of things regarding worldwide flood events, but what if your retreat or home is on the downside of a dam or reservoir? Might want to check it out. As a bonus, the houses are actually pretty nice.

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This message was written by Dr. David Powers and his team of preppers, scientists, and reliable conspiracy theory wackos. You can always find me at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

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A. American’s new book Avenging Home

P5 Preparedness

D-ROC Lightweight NitriX Palm Coated Work Gloves

The Right Kitchen Tools for Canning

Floating Houses

If China Falls, Can We Help but Do the Same?

Among the fraternity of preppers, economists, and others that I glean information from, it would still appear that China’s economy is still on a constant downward spiral. Imagine an airplane in an unrecoverable dive! China’s dive is near vertical at this point.

On that note, I saw this interesting article in the paper the other day regarding the firing of Xiao Gang, China’s securities chief. Notice the highlighted section, which basically states that this won’t change a thing.

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Knowing the Chinese government and their knack for kindness and loyalty, how many of you think that both he and his family will survive the year? Or will they die suddenly in an auto collision or house fire?

The real question I pose to you dear readers, is, how can we in the US or other countries, depending on where you are, insulate on a large scale from the collapse of the Chinese economy?

This message was written by Dr. David Powers and his team of preppers, scientists, and reliable conspiracy theory wackos. You can always find me at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

Men Will Be Pigs Even in the Apocalypse

A good friend sent me a link to a product that grossed me out a little, but I thought needed to be shown because I’m betting some of my faithful readers who are really hard up for companionship in the apocalypse are gonna want these.

Zombie Condoms

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Yeah.

Gross.

If you buy some, you may as well buy an industrial size bottle of THIS too.

This message was written by Dr. David Powers and his team of preppers, scientists, and reliable conspiracy theory wackos. You can always find me at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

Does the Saw Go in Your Med Kit or Tool Kit?

My mom gave me a Coghlan Commando Saw for Christmas. I didn’t have one, so the plan was for it to go straight into one of the bug out bags. The only question was…med bag or tool bag? I mean, it’s great for both. It even says so on the packaging. It will cut great through either bone or wood, although I wouldn’t recommend both, unless you’re in a pinch. No one likes wood splinters and sap residue in their open wounds.

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How about you? Did you get any cool prepper gear for Christmas? I’m sure some of you did. My mom and dad really came through in this regard and bought me waterproof matches, a dry bag, and fire starting sticks, among other things.

Feel free to post any of your gift updates in the comments below.

This message was written by Dr. David Powers and his team of preppers, scientists, and reliable conspiracy theory wackos. You can always find me at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

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Coghlan Commando Saw

 

“If you can dodge a wrench…”

Brownie points for anyone who can tell me where the quote in my title came from. I’ll let you hash that out in the comments and the Facebook page, but the premise is that if you can do this one hard thing, you can do another similar thing that’s easier.

It’s a premise that’s used in many ways and for various things. In sports it would equal training much harder than the actual event requires. In the military, it’s the old adage that the more you sweat in the training, the less you bleed in war. In the apocalypse it’s a mix of all those. Train hard now. Prepare amply now. Seek opportunities now. Don’t wait until the apocalypse and let that be the hardest thing you’ve ever done.

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Alright, lecture done. Now it’s time to hand out a few resources and websites for you.

PPSS Cut, Slash, and Bite Resistant Clothing available from BodyArmorUSA.com has just released a slash resistant combat shirt. This is being marketed among public safety folks. I saw it on an EMS newsletter that I receive. I haven’t had the chance to check one out personally or inspect the testing data, but the verbiage sounds pretty cool. What I’m really curious about is how thick and heavy it is and how it feels to wear. The long sleeve version looks aesthetically pleasing and much more low key than wearing a Condor combat shirt out in public. Based on the photos, this one looks a lot like something someone would wear hiking or doing outdoorsy stuff. There’s even a solid colored short sleeve version.

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Aside from post-apocalyptic wear when you’ll likely have it on all the time, I can see useful applications for it right now.

I just finished devouring A. American’s Survivalist book series based on a recommendation by Seth at P5 Preparedness in Chattanooga TN. To save some money I could devote to preps, I checked the public library to see if they had them. Here’s the answer I got in return…

Thank you for your request. Unfortunately, none of this author’s books have been made available to our library vendors, and we are unable to fulfill your order. Thank you for your patience.

I don’t know about you, but I gotta wonder if there’s something ulterior going on here.

Lastly for today, here’s a Dummies Guide cheat sheet for canning and preserving.

This message was written by Dr. David Powers and his team of preppers, scientists, and reliable conspiracy theory wackos. You can always find me at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

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Slash resistant shirt

Body Armor USA

Going Home by A. American

P5 Preparedness

Cheat sheet for canning and preserving

 

Kid, You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out with that Flare!

I hope you’re all doing well in what we might call a pre-apocalypse economy with heavy indicators toward instability in the near future.

I signed up for a membership for the Cairn subscription boxes. Every month I get a box of goodies related to the outdoors. For a lot of people, the items are great for outdoor recreation. If you’re like me, many of them also do double duty for prepping. So far, I’ve gotten lights, long term storage snacks, off grid power sources, and even water filters.

I’ve been getting them for three months and haven’t been disappointed by a single one. If you sign up, be sure to use my e-mail address, docbeaker@aol.com, as a referral.

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Orion Flares– This is a resource for you on flares and signaling devices. There are a lot of companies out there, but I always used Orion on our water rescue teams, so I’m kind of partial to them. The website has some good info, and you can even buy these on Amazon.

Just be careful. Flares are so simple that newbies like to play with them. I’ve seen people seriously burned with mishandling. They can also get a little volatile if kept unused too long. I had an old one explore in my hand once.

Minimalism- I’m a huge proponent of the minimalist philosophy. The thing about minimalism is that it looks different for everyone. I have a tribe of kids, so my version will look way different than that of a single guy. The point is that we all have too much stuff, emphasize stuff over experiences, and fall into the trap of consumerism.

How does this affect preppers? Do you know anyone who has plenty of stuff and gear but can’t start a fire without a lighter or a flamethrower?  Do you know someone that has a storage house full of preps but will likely die from diabetes or a task induced heart attack the minute he tries to cut firewood?

Joshua Becker is the main guy for practical, non-extremist minimalism. You can find out all about him HERE or check out his book on it HERE.

Canning Applesauce– I’m big on teaching homesteading as part of our homeschool. As such, Layers of Learning is a group I use for resources, not just on that, but other subjects as well. This post on canning would be a great one for your little preppers. Just remember, survival isn’t just about what the adults know. Include your kids in the process as well. Make them active members and not just passive participants.

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Ongoing projects- My team is working on a series of reference guides focused on several very popular prepper fiction book series’. Expect the first two to be released next year! I’ll give you more information as it progresses.

This message was written by Dr. David Powers and his team of preppers, scientists, and reliable conspiracy theory wackos. You can always find me at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

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Cairn subscription boxes

Orion Flares- website and to purchase

Becoming Minimalist– Joshua Becker’s website

Simplify by Joshua Becker

Canning Applesauce

 

What Are You Learning to Make You Harder to Kill?

A stage of life for my family has us living in an apartment for a while. After being in a home for many years, it’s quite a change. It was a strategic move that we made for several reasons. Because of this new locale, our new family study topic is Urban Homesteading. It’s easy to homestead if you own some land in the country, but trying to do it in a city while based out of an apartment is an exercise in flexibility.

And we’re enjoying every bit of it!

The book we’ve been reading lately is The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Urban Homesteading. It’s actually a really good book, especially for beginners.

What about you? What’s your current topic of choice that you’re devoting learning time to? If you say, “Nothing”, then you’re wrong. You better find something new to learn or some skill to get better at. Rust isn’t very becoming.

Alright. Soapbox aside. Here’s your updates…

Ever considering fermenting as something you’d like to try. HERE is a fermenting cheat sheet for you.

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Sure, your underground bunker or stuffy warehouse is really cool, but what if you could grow fresh air in there? HERE is a neat TED Talk on just that.

HERE is a neat article on America’s failing infrastructure and what future plans are. If you think roads are bad now, wait until the apocalypse.

If your ideal view of post-apocalypse living involves living in off-grid Ewok houses, I found a developer for you. Check it out HERE.

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This message was written by Dr. David Powers and his team of preppers, scientists, and reliable conspiracy theory wackos. You can always find me at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!

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Ewok houses

Fermenting

Growing Fresh Air

Infrastructure

Urban Homesteading