Countdown to Preparedness: The Prepper’s 52-Week Course to Total Disaster Readiness, Author Jim Cobb

jim cobb 2Jim Cobb has worked in the investigation and security fields for more than 20 years and has been a survivalist most of his life. He is a Survival expert, author, blogger, and an active Prepper/Survivalist for more than 30 years. He has been a licensed private investigator for more than 15 years. He is happily married with three children, living in the upper Midwest.

Jim has 4 books currently in print:

  • Prepper’s Home Defense
  • The Prepper’s Complete Book of Disaster Readiness
  • Prepper’s Long-Term Survival Guide
  • Countdown to Preparedness 

Jim has 2 more books in the final stages:

  • Urban Emergency Survival Plan (due out in October 2014)
  • Prepper’s Financial Guide (due out in February 2015)

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The Prudent See Danger & Take Refuge, Clay & Maria Whitson

Doctor Prepper interviews Clayton Whitson and his wife Maria, authors of Preparedness Foundations—Nine Lessons to A Basics Lifestyle of Disaster Preparedness.

On their website at AlphaCities.org, they provide disaster preparedness training for churches to create a network of believers during a natural or man-caused crisis.

They began about 3 years ago on their family preparedness efforts, and realized their community and their church were not engaged in preparing in an organized manner. Recognizing there were more than 700 churches/congregations in their town of Tulsa OK, they recognized the strength of their numbers if they could be trained to give help when the need arose.

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Combatting Cabin Fever, Donna Miller

Join Donna Miller, Hostess of Your Preparation Station, as she shares some of her insights on the winter storms that have recently battered the Southeast and how to combat Cabin Fever.

This show sponsored by PREPARE Magazine & Millers Grain House

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EmP – Nuclear Spring, Author TD Barnes

This interview with Thornton D. (TD) Barnes is about “EmP – Nuclear Spring,” the sequel to Mr. Barnes’ popular fiction book, “EmP–Nuclear Winter.”

EmP – Nuclear Spring commences after four years have passed since the fateful EMP attack and the nuclear bombs that followed, destroying 90% of the earth’s population. For the first time since their subterranean lifestyle began, the survivors are able to come out of the Yucca Mountain underground complex initially constructed to store nuclear waste. They find themselves under surveillance by Islamic activists of the Islamic Brotherhood who survived in Central America. The Brotherhood is moving into Nevada to take control of the Hoover Dam, which gives the Brotherhood control of the Colorado River and the electricity it generates for the western United States.

Both the Brotherhood and the survivors in the mountain realize the jet stream is returning the fallout of the nuclear winter back to the region. Both must secure food and supplies to carry them through the return of the fallout. The survivors in the mountain repel attacks on the mountain by the Brotherhood and enter the next phase of nuclear winter prepared to battle the Islamic Brotherhood and drive them from the region.

TD Barnes, author and entrepreneur, was raised on ranch at Dalhart, TX, graduated from Mountain View High School, Oklahoma, enlisted in the Army and served in Army Intelligence in Korea. He attended and graduated numerous electronics schools in Army air defense missiles and radar at Fort Bliss TX. He served in Germany, attended OCS at Fort Sill OK. He became a field engineer at the NASA High Range facility in Nevada for the X-15, XB-70, Lifting Bodies, and Lunar landing Vehicles. He was a participant in the NERVA project at Jackass Flats NV (Area51SpecialProjects.com), on CIA special projects at Area 51, worked on Project A-12 Blackbird Oxcart, and was on the exploitation team assigned to study a captured Russian MiG aircraft and radar systems, assisted in the genesis of the Navy’s Top Gun program, and the USAF Red Flag program, and on the team initiating development of stealth technology.

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Realeyes Homestead Permaculture & Holistic Nutrition

Interested in permaculture and holistic nutrition? Then you need to meet Levi Meeuwenberg and Brenda Baran, who are combining their passions as they revitalize their family farm in Michigan. In this podcast, I visit with Levi to learn how went from professional freerunning to holistic agriculture. And he and Brenda need your help to restore Realeyes Homestead. Plus… the tip of the week!

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Wardeh (‘Wardee’) lives in Oregon with her dear family, where they garden and raise cows, chickens, goats, and their beloved farm dog, Areli. She is passionate about traditional cooking. She blogs, writes books, and teaches online classes in traditional cooking, sourdough, cultured dairy, cheesemaking, fermentation, and more.

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Back to the Basics Homestead Event

Want to know how to raise chickens, milk a goat, suture a wound, butcher an animal, make your own bow and arrows, navigate using a compass (day and night), how to cook good tasting food from storage, how to grow the Secret Garden of Survival, how to make  medicines from wild herbs, how to make fire, how to create your own cosmetics and grooming aids, how to make a shelter in the woods, and the benefits of raw milk?  Then listen to this show about the upcoming Charlotte Back to the Basics one day event, where you can learn all of the above (and more) using your own two hands!

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Using sustainable living and home building practices for over 30 years, Rick Austin is a permaculture gardening, solar, and off-grid living expert. Rick’s anecdotal presentations make him a sought-after presenter and speaker.
Secrets of a Survivalist gives you the best secrets from off-grid and survival experts, covering retreat construction, self-defense, growing food, and more!

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Plan, Organize, Build Your Mutual Assistance Group, Charley Hogwood

Want to know how to create a prepper group- and do it successfully?

Just what is a MAG (Mutual Assistance Group) anyway? What should you consider before you seek out potential prepping friends and where should you start looking?  How do you talk to people without sounding crazy and without giving away any secrets?   How prepared should a candidate be before you consider them for your group? How many people should a group have?  What are some ideas to help the group work together better and reduce conflict?  Should a group have regular meetings, and if so, what should you do at a meeting? And, should your group accept money from members, in place of participation?

Find out all this and more on this Secrets of a Survivalist radio show.  This week we talk with Charley Hogwood, Author of the book:  MAGS- The People Part of Prepping – How to Plan, Build, And Organize a Mutual Assistance Group in a Survival Situation.

Charley has many years of experience in the military as a Reconnaissance Scout and Infantry Squad Leader where his job was to train and lead people of various skill levels and personalities in a multitude of missions in the field. Charley holds 35 FEMA certifications and a certificate in Emergency Management. He took his passion of preparedness to work by creating Personal Readiness Education Programs where he trains people in the ways of survival and preparedness.

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An Adventurous Life, Robert Culpepper

Today’s interview is with Robert Culpepper, a true international serial entrepreneur––a world traveler with a penchant to “…live it before he tries to sell it…!” Robert’s been involved in publishing, engineering design, manufacturing, mobile marketing and app development, on-air radio production and broadcasting, international franchising… and more.

He has been both an Expat Entrepreneur and an Expat Employee, and he can help you on your Expat quest.

Robert started his first business at age 16, though he had already had jobs from age 14. Over his 7-year period of university education, Robert worked in such glamorous roles as a busboy, janitor, pizza delivery driver and lifeguard.

He was a key player in numerous small-business start-ups––from a San Diego consulting firm to a bio-tech software company in Oxford, England. He’s also worked as a corporate executive in two (2) Fortune 500 companies in Silicon Valley CA. In his last assignment he was recruited from France to launch one of the largest “Daily Deal” companies in the Southwest region of the UK.

Robert’s inner entrepreneur drove him to start his first business at age 16, and grew through a series of successful ventures, among them the following:

  • Selling CD’s through his own mail-order brochure
  • Selling and installing door ‘peep holes’––cold-calling homeowners in wealthy neighborhoods with drill in hand
  • Owning a vending machine route in San Diego CA
  • Joining a team that originated the idea of using the Internet to sell MLM products (in 1995!)
  • Importing products from Indonesia and selling them in his day spa in San Clemente CA
  • Researching, writing, and publishing several blogs including ExpatWisdom.com, SprungBoxMedia.comSprungBoxMobile.com, HighFlyingApps.com (registered mobile app developer for Apple iTunes and Google), ExpatMatchMaker.comLearnToMeditate.com
  • Certified Mind-Body Educator graduate of Dr. Deepak Chopra, and taught meditation courses in California, England, Spain and France
  • Author of Up Your Business NOW!, a business book sold through Amazon.com and directly from his site, UpYourBusinessNow.com
  • Graduating from Corporate Coach U in 2002 and founding The International School of Coaching in CoachVille Spain (Barcelona) that eventually was expanded to17 Spanish-speaking countries
  • As Managing Director of his International School of Coaching, Robert structured a deal with a Spanish entity and sold it in 2008

Robert has lived in 5 countries including: California’s Silicon Valley, USA; Perth, Western Australia; Oxford and Bristol, England; Barcelona, Spain and Pau in Southwest France.

His travels have taken him to more than 40 countries and his first ‘international’ adventure lasted 2 years as he circled the globe in search of new adventures. He understands the challenges and fears expats encounter when considering a move to a foreign land. If you’re wondering how you are going to make money, integrate into the culture, raise your children, learn a new language, or anything else associated with becoming an expat, Robert’s probably done it! If he hasn’t, he can introduce you to someone who can help!

Brushfire Plague’s R.P. Ruggiero

R.P. Ruggiero, Author of The Brushfire Plague, a fiction book from Prepper Press!

R.P. lives in Colorado with his wife and two sons, spending much time as he can in the outdoors. He strives to live by the credo that “Specialization is for insects.”

When R.P. is not outdoors, writing, or learning a new prepping skill, he works coordinating people to achieve their common goals. He brings his 20 years of experience in group dynamics practice and management, particularly when people are under stress to good use in his novel The Brushfire Plague. The book is grounded in neighborhood defense during a devastating plague.

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R.P. grew up loving to read apocalyptic fiction, so it was natural for his writing to examine how to be ready for “the end.”  In his adulthood, he works with groups that experience a high degree of stress and challenge to achieve their goals, thus focusing his consideration of group dynamics in the Brushfire Plague series. His writing also has strong consideration for community cooperation and personal involvement.  He gives importance to having a community become involved with the situation when a disaster happens. There is safety in numbers, and their importance is especially evident when society is pressed to the limit. Unfortunately, a crisis or disaster scenario can totally disintermediate group dynamics.

Reading good survival fiction is a great way to catch the vision of the author—and benefit from his imagination and insights as he discloses the details of scenarios that our normalcy bias prevents us from seeing.  I’ve never been a fiction reader—except for school assignments. I will admit to having a growing appreciation of the imagination and forethought good TEOTWAWKI writers have utilized to help us have the opportunity to look into the psyche of the uncertain future from a different point of view––a perspective that helps us check our preps to make sure we’ve covered the new-found possibility we’ve just discovered!

To introduce The Brushfire Plague, here’s a short synopsis of Volume I in the trilogy:

A virulent plague erupts across the globe, and Cooper Adams faces a daily battle for survival as society unravels at unbelievable speed. With his past military training, he organizes his neighbors for self-defense and strives to save them from marauders. However, he’s driven to save his wife, but to no avail. He accidently discovers the first clues about the origin of the plague that is killing hundreds––ultimately, thousands––of millions around the world. In his pursuit of information and discover, Cooper learn the truth. However, he must combat looters, organized gangs, and those protecting the Brushfire Plague’s secrets. His son is stricken by the plague, so his search to uncover the plague’s origin and a possible cure transforms into a race against the clock. When he finds the source of the Brushfire Plague in his hometown, Cooper faces a paralyzing choice between exposing what he has learned with potentially shattering consequences, or abetting a horrible secret and giving his nation a chance to recover and rebuild against a sea of enemies.

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A:  A virulent plague breaks out.  It’s like nothing ever seen before; both in its rate of contagion and morbidity.  People do start dropping like flies.  The outbreak is worldwide.  Against this backdrop, Cooper Adams who is your average guy—a travelling salesman, actually—who must step up and organize his neighbors to defend themselves from the escalating violence and chaos.  He soon gets the first clues that maybe the Brushfire Plague—so named for how fast it moves—wasn’t just some fluke of nature.  So, he starts tracking those clues down—as the situation deteriorates all around him.  He and his neighbors are confronted with tough decisions and tense discussions along the way.  In the end, Cooper’s son Jake falls ill and his search transforms into a race against time.  What he learns about the Plague forces him to confront a horrible choice between hiding it and giving our country a chance to recover or telling the world the truth about he’s learned, with possible horrendous consequences.

Q:  What made you write this book?

A:  First of all, I’ve always been a fan of this genre.  Since I was a kid, I enjoyed apocalyptic fiction.  I would read anything I could get my hands on, from Alas, Babylon to Planet of the Apes to I am Legend.  I have simply always been fascinated with how civilization might end.  Second, in the last few years, as ‘survivalist’ or ‘prepper’ fiction has developed, I have read here as well, both for entertainment as well as learning some useful lessons about my own preparations.  Finally, I wrote this book because I wanted to focus on how society might be upended and also to focus on how a group of people would deal with it.

Q: Can you say more about that?

A:  Sure.  Almost every time I have read apocalyptic fiction that takes place after a society has collapsed, I want to know:  what were the first days and weeks like?  Brushfire Plague takes place entirely within the first few weeks of the outbreak.  So, that’s a very interesting period of time to think about, write about, and plan for!  Then, very few of these books focus on the group dynamics in this kind of situation.  It’s too common for the protagonist to be a tough guy and everyone else does what he wants or he kills them!  I think that’s very unrealistic.  I think it helps make a great story and can provide some useful things to think about; if you ever have to deal with this kind of situation.  I believe group dynamics will be key to survival.

Q:  What are your qualifications to write this book?

A:  First, I hope readers will agree I’m a decent writer!  With a work of fiction, I think the ability to tell a good story, with real and engaging characters is paramount.  I think your readers will be pleased with the quality of the writing.  Also, I’m an avid reader in this genre so I’m very familiar with it.  Second, my day job is one where I work with groups of people, often under extreme stress.  I bring that knowledge of people and group dynamics to good use in Brushfire Plague.  Finally, I know enough about firearms, basic tactics, and being prepared to build in real, credible lessons into the book.

Q:  Why should someone buy your book over the other offerings out there?

A:  I think my book brings a lot to this genre.  So far, it’s been received well by a wide spectrum of readers—from those unfamiliar with this genre to those who read everything in this genre to hard-core survivalists.  I believe the writing is strong, the characters are engaging, and the story is fast-paced and really pulls the reader in.  My favorite feedback so far has been, “Your book made me think I needed some more canned goods and learn how I might defend myself!” That shows impact on the reader.  I also think Brushfire Plague can be the perfect way to introduce a reluctant spouse, friend, or family member into this genre and bring them a greater awareness to the need to be better prepared.

Q:  What are you proudest of in Brushfire Plague?

A:  Boy, that’s a tough one.  I’m pretty happy with lots of different aspects of Brushfire.  But, I’d have to say that the emotional connection readers have passed on to me that they’ve made with various characters:  from Cooper Adams, the protagonist, to Paul Dranko, his survivalist friend, to Cooper’s son, Jake.  This has me proudest I guess.  If readers don’t connect to the story and its characters, nothing else really matters, you know?

Q:  Do you call yourself a ‘Prepper’ or a ‘Survivalist’?

A: You know, I hate labels.  I just consider myself to be doing what every responsible father and every American should be doing.  I’m prepared for a variety of situations that could arise where I might have to take care of my family when ‘normal’ life has been disrupted.  I think of what I do as being no different than buying fire insurance.  I’m not prepared for everything…I can’t afford it! But, I feel like I’m just being responsible.

Q:  What’s your favorite firearm?

A:  This won’t surprise anyone who has read Brushfire Plague already!  My rifle of choice is the FN FAL.  My favorite pistol is the M&P series by Smith and Wesson; in .357SIG.  To be honest, the M&P is the first pistol that I can actually fire accurately!

Q:  If you could do one thing differently with Brushfire Plague, what would that be?

A:  That’s easy, I would have had 100,000 copies pre-ordered!  Seriously, while I’m pretty happy with it, there were a few characters I wish I had spent a few more pages on.  But, I plan to rectify that in the sequel!

Brushfire Plague can be purchased in paperback or for the Kindle @ Amazon, Click Here.

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Home Invasion: Staying Safe & Secure At Home

Join  Donna Miller, Host of Your Preparation Station as she visits with Charles Daugherty of Patriot Crime Defense.  Charles has some first-hand experience with fortifying his home (and the homes of other people) to protect from the number one crime in America: Home Invasion.  Charles shares his journey, his Faith and some great tips to help keep your home safe & secure.

A personal introduction from Charles:

“My goal in life is very simple; I want to honor God in my work, take care of my family, and help others succeed!

I am currently the owner of Patriot Crime Defense which is the DBA name for Red Fern Dynamics. Patriot Crime Defense specializes in home security from a prevention stand point. We have designed and have manufactured The Patriot Door Kit, which when installed will prevent your doors from being kicked in. This type of breach is the most common way a criminal gains access to your home. My former business partner and lifelong friend and I started working on this particular problem in 2009 right after we won the Annual Soin Award for Industrial Automation. We have designed and invented multiple tools and machines through the years, even before graduating from High School. So when we were confronted with this problem and challenge, we kicked it into gear (pun intended.) The end result 6 months later was the Patriot Door Kit formerly known as the Door Sentinel along with additional patents pending.

In addition to my engineering and design background, I am also an avid outdoorsman. I am a certified NRA Rifle and Pistol Instructor as well as a Range Safety Officer. I teach survival skills, I am a 4-H Forestry Coach, permaculture designer, BSA Scout Master, Civil Air Patrol Ground Team Leader, Sartech II Certified and even a Certified EMR. I believe that preparation, on all fronts, is not only prudent but providential.”

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