TEOTWAWKI…say what?

If you’re new to the prepping game, you’ve probably come across this term and wondered WTW it mean, right? It’s kind of a calling card for preppers that applies no matter what brings about the apocalypse. That’s right. It doesn’t matter if it’s zombies, aliens, or a President that the women are marching against. It means…

The End of the World as We Know It

If you’re from my age bracket you’re most familiar with this term from the REM song by the same name.

In addition to that little nugget o’ information, here’s some updates for you…

I’m finally getting into HAM radios as an integral part of my end of the world communications. Took the test and now waiting on my numbers from the FCC. I’ll let everyone know once I’m up and on the air (at least legally now).

Shawn Clay, the author of When the Zombie Apocalypse Comes, You’re Toast, and I are collaborating on some new projects. It’s gonna be fun! I’ll tell you more as we launch them.

This app is pitched for remodelers, but could be pretty useful for any of you looking at using the sun more effectively…

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My buddy Seth Weller at P5 Preparedness said something the other day in class that really hit the mark that I wanted to pass on…

“The have nots always want what the haves have.”

And I saved the best for last. This is purely for fun, as it may not mean much for your preps, but, behold…The Camouflage Encyclopedia.

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!

In the words of Starship Troopers, “Would you like to know more?”

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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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Baltimore and a Vampire Apocalypse

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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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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 theĀ 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.

Floating House

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 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