Prepping for the End…Pop Culture Edition

I don’t know how many of you play any of the iterations of Call of Duty, but I thought you might find this interesting. Here are a couple of the signs from the smart home in Nuke Town.

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Take those signs as a cautionary tale when you invest in your house. You can have all the cool bells and whistles in the world, but those things may not stop a bunch of gun-toting maniacs from trampling all over.

Check out the comic book pages below. Is this what it will be like for you? You’ll be the only one left standing among the people you know now.

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If things get pretty bad, you’ll start eating the family pets before you venture into the long pig menu…

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And just when you think it can’t get any worse, there’ll be zombie dolphins.

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This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at www.callsignredbeard.com. Thanks for reading!

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Are You Really Ready for Much of Anything? If Not, Visit P5 Preparedness.

I’m really excited today over a few recent developments, and I also have way more information to bring than I can actually post here. I’ll do what I can, so let’s get started.

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For starters, I recently moved to Chattanooga TN and chose my location partially based on a pretty awesome prepper store nearby. It’s called P5 Preparedness. Of all the prepper places I’ve ever been to, this one has the trifecta in place…

Knowledgable and friendly staff (in some places the staff are absolutely horrid). I’ve gotten to know them quite well. The owners and staff are salt of the earth kind of guys. Beyond simply owning the store and selling you quality equipment, the owners are also more than willing to go a step beyond and offer personalized consulting if that’s what you need.

Excellent inventory. The P5 store is set up like an extremely professional retail store, except their wares are the kind of stuff you’d be looking for. Imagine it as the ideal place for a dude to shop while his wife looks for clothes or gets her hair done.

Training. The shop has a weekly networking group and also regular training on topics like first aid, communications, and bug out bags. I’ve been attending the weekly groups since I moved and can attest that it is a great help. The people that drop in represent a great variety of mindsets and preparedness levels and the groups take on a discussion of best practices with a lot of input. There’s also a great mix of men and women and individuals and families because real preparedness is not just a sausage fest of nutbags. It’s just real people who want to be ready for anything from an adverse weather event to a zombie apocalypse. The networking group is really great and one of the highlights of my week.

I’ve visited other prepper stores when travelling and I always drop in to any military surplus or outdoors stores I come across. Some are good. Some aren’t. P5, however, hits a whole new mark. I would go so far as to say that P5 is a destination store. It’s worth driving from out of town just to visit and attend classes at. Chattanooga TN is also a big enough town that there’s plenty for the spouse and kids to do while you’re there, unless of course they’re also joining you in the classes. When you visit, be sure to tell them Dr. Dave sent you.

And now, to give you a few thing to think about as you plan your first trip to P5 Preparedness

Strip or Retire. There’s a great deal of information you can read on The Art of Manliness that will get you ready for the apocalypse (samurai toilet practices, for one), but this latest post on having skin in the game is a life changer for mindset.

Project Sunroof. Despite the fear many of you have that Google will herald the apocalypse, they’re still coming up with some really useful stuff. The new Project Sunroof will help you plan how best to use available solar power.

Killer Bees Are Still a Problem. As you can see from this recent incident in Riverside CA where two construction workers were killed by bees, they could still be a potential hazard during the collapse of civilization. As a matter of fact, there’s mention of a Beeclipse in the book How to Survive a Sharknado. I’m sure there’s a Syfy movie on the subject as well.

That’s all for now. Hopefully, I’ll see some of you at P5 for a class.

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!

Apocalyptic Change by Invasive Species

As part of our research here at CAPOCS, we look at all possible causes for apocalyptic events in order to create better models for both prevention and preparedness. We take an all-hazards approach, and our general consensus is that it will not be one single event that causes life as we know it to change. Instead, it will be a confluence of many things at one time.

One of the factors we believe will contribute to that change is the introduction of invasive species where they do not belong. Many of them are not problematic in their natural habitat for many reasons, such as predators and climate. When introduced to another area they sometimes take over and destroy the normal inhabitants through predation, overcrowding, or consumption of available food resources.

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The National Environmental Education Foundation recently launched a program called the Asian Carp Exploration Curriculum to enlist high school students in combating this problem in the Great Lakes. I appreciate ideas like this for several reasons. It encourages group-think. It assists high school students with practical hands-on instruction. It enlists the next generation in creating solutions.

It brings hope.

Check out the program HERE. Maybe you can get your kids or their school involved.

This message was written by Dr. David Powers. You can always find me at www.drdavidpowers.com. Thanks for reading!