The Mental Health Effects of Wildfires in Tennessee and Other Disasters

Normally, most of my posts for you guys are chock full of resources and training opportunities. Not so much this time. This is a post I want you to share with family, friends, and followers who need to be ready, at least to the Bug Out Bag level.

As many of my followers know, I live in eastern Tennessee near Chattanooga. No big OPSEC reveal there as I’m pretty public about myself (at least with what I want you to know). The recent conflagration of wildfires in the southeast did not miss our area, as we’ve had dozens nearby, but none extremely large or serious. However, Gatlinburg TN, about 1.5 hours away by tactical family vehicle (minivan) was burned to a crisp.

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I saw this article in this week’s paper and wanted to show it to you, to illustrate the absolute necessity of having both a Get Home Bag and a Bug Out Bag handy.

Go ahead and read the article, and then I’ll elaborate. The highlighted sections are my own addition.

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Although it might seem like it most times, not everyone is crazy and just one bad day short of a suicide attempt. Most people are very resilient and bounce back well after a short time. God made us remarkable in that sense. As you’ll see from the article, it looks like many of the most severe mental health problems from the fires are the fact that people evacuated with nothing. This problem immediately brought to mind something my friend Seth from P5 Preparedness tells everyone about Bug Out Bags…

“Have everything you need in there to survive long term and create a life somewhere else if need be. Your Bug Out Bag is there in case you need to leave home quickly and never look back.”

Even if you don’t want to be a prepper and build a bunker and stockpile 1000 years of food, you should at least be prepared at the most basic level in case you need to walk away. This isn’t necessarily for zombies, aliens, or an invasion from the Bahamas. It’s for hurricanes, wildfires, and winter ice storms. The most basic level is a Get Home Bag and a Bug Out Bag.

In assembling them, there’s a quick way and the right way. For the quick way, you can just hop online, find a list, and buy a bunch of stuff and throw it together. For the right way though, go see my friends Seth and Duke at P5 Preparedness in Chattanooga TN. They’ll not only sell you the gear. They’ll also teach you how to pack it, use it, and thrive with it. I promise, you’ll leave there with a bag in your car that is functional right then and there.

If you’re thinking about cost between the two options, you’ll pay the same or less at P5. As a matter of fact, you’ll save so much on having all that stuff shipped to your house, you could pay for a trip to Chattanooga and do it in person the right way. Even better, I live near the store. Let me know you’re visiting the guys at P5, and I’ll take you out for coffee.

No matter how you do it, don’t wait to prepare. If you do, it will always be too late.

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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“I am an unyielding apocalypse.”

Here’s your semi-regular update of scary and exciting things…

A little something from an awesome comic called East of West by Jonathan Hickman…

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I thought this was pretty cool. Dallas TX is rolling out public access trauma kits, much like the AEDs you see everywhere in public places. It’ll be interesting to see them in use. HERE is the article. You should be carrying your own IFAK, but it helps to know where these are if you see them.

In case you forgot since the last ebola epidemic, we’re not really that safe in our nation of ‘modern’ hospitals.

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The United States is covered in a map of landfills. Even though most people prefer not to know where their trash goes, knowing where these are could provide innumerable resources after an apocalypse. People are wasteful these days and throw away thing that will be treasures after a bad event. HERE is a neat graphic to provide you a little more in on what’s in landfills.

Here’s a potential post-apocalypse bicycle for you…

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After my last post mentioning books by Shawn Clay (Twitter @georgiazombies), he told me that several great things are in the works. His books will be available in the gift shop in the Woodbury Shoppe in Senoia GA. If you’re not familiar, a big part of the Walking Dead is filmed in this area. Expect big things from this guy!

When The Zombie Apocalypse Comes, You’re Toast…(A practical guide on how not to become “that guy” when everything goes south) by Shawn Clay

 Will You Be Ready? The Family Man’s Guide to Basic Preparedness by Shawn Clay

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Saving Space and Money with Multi-Purpose Equipment

While my compound is being saved for, I’m living in an apartment community. I gotta tell you, too, it has convinced me more than ever that small gatherings of people who aren’t like-minded are a recipe for destruction…and that’s without the apocalypse happening.

There are a lot of dog owners around here that can’t be bothered to pick up after their pets. So my feral kids can play in the courtyard, I go out there periodically and pick up all the dog crap myself so they don’t squish it and track it in the house. Last time I did this, I left the two pound bag of dog feces on the front steps of the apartment offices. They’re still mad at me about that.

I lost my little garden shovel that I used for gathering purposes and needed another one. So, I was browsing through the store and noticed that there was only a $4 difference between a new garden shovel and a folding entrenching tool. Here’s my thought process on that purchase…

  • Not much difference in the cost
  • Surprisingly, there wasn’t much difference in the weight
  • The entrenching tool is larger and takes up more space
  • Both of them pick up poo just fine, although the entrenching tool works better
  • Both of them could be used as a weapon, but the entrenching tool makes a much better killing instrument
  • The entrenching tool can be used for way more things than the little tiny girly garden tool
  • I have dug fighting positions with an entrenching tool, but the little shovel would take forever
  • The entrenching tool can be used for gardening just as well as the little shovel
  • I can cut down trees with the entrenching tool

I think you can see where I’m going with this. I went home with a new entrenching tool, which was also an item I didn’t already have in my preps. The point I’m trying to get across is this…multi-purpose as many of your prep items as possible. It’ll help immensely in a savings of money, weight, and space.

Now that we’ve covered that, I’ll give you a few more updates for the apocalypse…

Here’s another interesting apocalyptic comic you might enjoy- Joe Golem Occult Detective- Drowning City. It’s coming out this summer.

It’s no doubt that sea levels are rising. If you’re planning your compound on the coast, be careful. There’s not telling where the coast will be.

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Read this quote in the paper recently. It was spoken regarding the civil rights movement, but applies equally as well to the end of the world…”A strange wind is blowing and it’s blowing empires away,” Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, 1960’s civil rights leader.

Have you ever wondered what’s up with the ‘sell by’ dates you see in the grocery stores? HERE’s a good article from the Wall Street Journal that covers it.

Has anyone seen the movie Air, starring Norman Reedus from The Walking Dead? I haven’t, so I’d love to post a review from any of my audience that has.

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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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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.

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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.

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“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.

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Where are the Spec Ops Operators in the Walking Dead?

I’m a big fan of The Walking Dead. I read the comic and, like any good show, have become invested in the characters over the years. But on the flipside, like many of you, I’m also perturbed by many of the very non-realistic events on the show. Because of my experience, their portrayal of tactical and survival situations often bugs me. I find myself wondering sometimes what happened to groups of spec ops operators once the crap hit the fan. What became of Delta and Seal Team Six? How did they survive the apocalypse? I’d love to see a truly realistic glance at this sometime.

For now, check out this vlog on the Spec Ops Channel as the crew sits and discusses what they would do.

Kudos to the guys for referring to military Powerpoint briefings as “mental masturbation”.

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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Golfing While the World Burns

For those of you who live in coastal areas of the United States, I thought you might be interested in seeing how soon your home will be underwater. Check out the sea level rising map HERE.

This is me…I live in a coastal area, as you can see…

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I wanted to share an apocalyptic post with you from a golfing website that my team manages. Golfing in the Apocalypse- Revolution (tv series)

Here’s the link to Time Warner Cable’s 2014 National Preparedness Guide. I know you’re thinking I’m a year off, but has prepping changed much since last year. Let’s be honest, for the vast majority of the people out there, prepping is still pre-atomic age in scope.

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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Prepping for the Apocalypse Link Pack

Thought I’d give you a lovely link pack to end your week. Hopefully the world will survive, and I’ll see you next week.

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Hydration for the Apocalypse: How to Store Water for Long-Term Emergencies from The Art of Manliness

Live in a tsunami prone zone? How about a tsunami proof boat-house-thingy? Or go old school with another ark.

And once the water goes away, how do you rebuild properly?

And if the water never goes away, here’s an idea for a post-apocalyptic life underwater.

Modular Building Goes Mainstream in Storm-Ravaged Areas from Builder magazine

Ever wonder what malls would look like after an apocalypse? You could watch Dawn of the Dead or check out these photos of abandoned malls in the US.

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