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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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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Preparedness Maven, Practitioner, Teacher and Role Model, Donna Miller

Donna Miller, first and foremost, is a teacher, author, sought-after speaker and trainer in the preparedness industry. She has been a both guest and host on Internet and broadcast radio talk shows, television interviews, and expositions. She enjoys teaching online and local preparedness classes and ladies’ retreats for people to learn more than just head-knowledge of preparedness skills.

Under the leadership of her husband Joseph, Donna and her family have been actively preparing for more 25 years. It was only a few short years ago that the discussions about “preparation” seemed far-fetched and radical. Today, it has become a mainstream topic all over the world––and people are now highly active toward learning how to be more prepared.

The Millers have been blessed to meet many people along the preparedness journey who inspire and encourage them. This journey looks different for each family and they’ve enjoyed learning and growing along the way by having first-hand experience with building and living out of a year’s food supply, bartering and teaching ourselves ‘old skills’ to enrich their lives. Donna is happily married and has three adult children, and a daughter in-law. She and her husband Joseph are the founders of Millers Grain HouseYour Preparation Station and are on th  e board of PREPARE Magazine.

PreparednessRetreat.com is the first known weekend preparedness training just for families! Donna and Joe have been in planning for this event since late 2013. This Preparedness Retreat will include on-site and hands-on training, networking, and equipping attendees with the survival skills they need for perilous times.

Welcome to the Preparedness Retreat Center! The entire cost of the weekend of classes and training will be inclusive for all meals, accommodations and classes! Only one class is an extra charge—the Refuse to be a Victim class offers a certificate for completing the course work, and the $10.00 fee is required for the NRA certification. Details of classes, accommodation packages, and rooms and camper/parking costs are available at: alwaysreadystore.com. The prices for the Preparedness Retreat are a bargain for the value you’ll receive! Additional information available by calling (800) 361-1797 Ext 8 or email to: info@preparednessretreat.com.

Trainers and presenters are some of the most knowledgeable experts in their fields:

  • Charles Daugherty of Patriot Crime Defense is the presenter for the Refuse to be a Victim class.
  • Jim Kennard, CEO of Food For Everyone Foundation will be teaching the effectiveness of the Mittleider Gardening Method.
  • Jason Hunt from Frontier Christian University will be teaching how to build fires when extreme conditions exist.
  • Donna Miller will teach solar cooking and other preparedness techniques for feeding and sustaining the family.
  • Joseph Miller will instruct in his perspective of spiritual preparedness and discuss his vision of the future of Biblical references and issues for families.

Classes will be taught twice to assure all attendees can attend all the instructional classes.

Donna has been part of the PreparednessRadioNetwork.com since its succession to the Doctor Prepper Talk Show in June 2010. Just a few months later, Donna and her husband Joseph launched YourPreparationStation.com with the purpose and mission to provide quality products and purpose-filled training in personal and family preparation (preparedness), self-reliant living, and survival during difficult times.

The Miller family has been active in preparing for many years, and they feel they have been blessed to meet many people along the preparedness journey who inspire and encourage them. They’ve seen YPS grow into a vibrant community of friends who share the interest of preparing and frugal living. YPS helped the Miller family succeed in their effort to find others to join with them in their journey and are grateful for the opportunity to share ideas, tips, skills, and lots of money-saving suggestions with their new-found friends. On YPS , the Millers share tips and resources on self-reliant living, gardening, farming, solar energy, livestock, homesteading, milling and baking with whole grains, and to living more frugally and saving money on grocery bills. In addition to being a great resource for information, YPS also provides insight into the heart and mind (knowledge) they want to share by teaching correct principles. YPS continues to expand its preparedness products and informational services. Donna and Joseph look forward to a very busy and successful future as they expand their combined efforts to share their passion, creativity, and expertise in preparedness, prepping, and family survival issues.

The Millers are always looking for others to join with them in their journey and are grateful for the opportunity to share ideas, tips, skills, and lots of money-saving suggestions. Their desire is to peacefully build an encouraged and empowered, prepared and self-reliance community in the midst of chaotic times.

The Millers also own and operate MillersGrainHouse.com as the family business which provides tips, training and retreats as well as vital supplies for preparing yourself and your home for an uncertain future and gaining many important back to basics skills.

MGH has as its mission to provide training and resources for individual and family preparation. From bulk grains for storage, solar energy, to gardening and housing tools, Donna works hard to find preparation supplies that will assist you as you prepare. MGH carries a full line of whole grains, grain milling, and kitchen supplies. MGH also offers training on how to mill grains and bake with whole grains. Donna can help you with every aspect of emergency readiness, thereby helping protect and prepare families and communities.

The Millers’ philosophy on Preparation is that of being sustainable and sharing peace in the midst of chaos. They are neither survivalists nor hoarders, but rather believers in developing skills and preparing their family enables them to spread knowledge and training that they have learned in order to help others.

Enjoy your visit to the MGH website and use any information that you glean from what is offered here. Donna hopes it will minister peace and wisdom to you as you embark upon your personal preparation journey!

Visit MGH for more information. Contact Donna via eMail: donna@millersgrainhouse.com or millersgrainhouse@gmail.com

PrepareMagazine is a new resource for those who are interested in preparing. Preparation is a journey, and the mission of PM is to Encourage, Empower, and Enrich as its readers embark on the Preparation Journey. Available in online (digital) and rich, full-color print editions, this is the

The purpose and focus of PM is to provide expert and purpose-filled training in preparedness (preparation), self-reliant living, and survival skills for the difficult times that are certainly approaching. PM shares a positive approach to preparation and to join with expert contributors and authors who share an optimistic approach to getting ready for the uncertain future––without contributing to the spreading of fear, rather to help families get prepared for “What If…?

PM launched as one of the very first publications specifically dedicated to providing resources and expert training for Preparedness, Self-reliance, and Survival efforts.

The first issue was released as a digital version in 2012 to indicate a visible expression of Donna and Joe’s heartfelt desire to serve others in preparedness training and encouragement. They continue to offer the digital monthly publication as a free subscription.

The free digital publication grew rapidly as more people began to sense a need to prepare. Many subscribers requested a printed version, so in response to overwhelming demand, they launched a full-color, high-gloss print subscription in 2013.

 

Included is a user-friendly Knowledge-base and FAQ section. In addition to being a great resource for information, it also adds furtherer insight into the mission and vision of PREPARE Magazine and how readers can get involved. Soon, PM will be available in major bookstores and chains.

Donna and Joe will continue to expand services and are looking forward to the day when PM becomes an instrument to help them share their passion, creativity, and expertise in preparedness, self-reliance, community building, and family.

Here are just a few of the important resources you can expect with your FREE digital monthly publication:

  • Expert Emergency Preparedness Skills Training
  • Self-reliance and Disaster Survival Tips
  • Family Essential Needs Strategies
  • Community Connections in Your Area
  • Preparedness Products Resources and Reviews
  • And Much More…

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Hypothermia with Doctor Bones and Nurse Amy

Cold enough for you? Learn how to recognize and treat hypothermia, what to do when a boat capsizes, or when someone falls through the ice, as well as other kinds of injuries that can occur from exposure to cold like frostbite and trench foot.

Listen to Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy who are  medical preparedness experts, with the  #1 amazon bestseller in survival skills- “The Survival Medicine Handbook”  and find out about preps and how to treat medical issues caused by extreme cold.

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Where are the African American Preppers?

In this episode of Your Preparation Station Hostess, Donna Miller is joined by her friend,  Keith Iton of FoodSurvivalStore.com.

Keith Iton is a graduate of Syracuse University  and holds a Bachelour’s Degree in Political Science. He is a former employee of the FOX network affiliate WSVN channel 7 in Miami, Florida.  Keith has been interviewed on national television on the 700 Club concerning emergency preparedness as well as numerous radio interviews.

Keith is currently the owner of the emergency preparedness website FoodSurvivalStore.com  The only preparedness company that accepts full BARTER as payment.  He is also a managing partner of Addai Investments Precious Metals.

Donna and Keith discus his preparedness philosophy and the catalyst that got him started. And we’ll find out why he did not appear on National Geographic Doomsday Preppers.  Keith also discusses his walk of Faith with the Lord and Bible prophecy and the rapture in the light of Preparedness.

Then we’ll discuss some reasons there are not many African Americans involved in Prepping and if there is a cultural barrier.  Keith will share some of the stories that you’ve encountered along his journey.  And importantly, we’ll discuss what others can do to make preparedness more inclusive of the African American Community.

This show is sponsored by Millers Grain House & PREPARE Magazine.

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Dale & Lisa Goodwin of SurvivalistPrepper.net

Dale and Lisa Goodwin are guests on the Doctor Prepper CPR Talk Show to discuss how they have created a website SurvivalistPrepper.net  and are dedicated in their effort to work on preparedness as a couple, totally supportive of each other. They have a farmstead on the eastern plains of Colorado and enjoy their preparedness lifestyle. Though not preparing specifically for an economic collapse or a grid-down event, they feel they want to be ready for any sort of personal doomsday that could arise by having the necessary equipment, such as a generator, emergency supplies and food storage.

Dale and Lisa are also writing other of books, and being a “team” helps because they can bounce ideas off each other and clarify their family objectives and efforts.

Their preparedness mindset has encouraged them to create a course for those initiating an interest in preparedness, and will be available in January 2014 on their website. They believe the right frame of mind is essential for anyone to live the preparedness lifestyle as opposed to trying to see it as just a passing fad.

They consider themselves fairly rational when it comes to preparing, and they are purchasing additional land because we want to build their home from the ground up and develop their property appropriately for their lifestyle. This is how they want to learn and practice some of the skills that can’t accomplish at their current home. They plan to start by building a cabin there and truly “live off the grid” as soon as possible

Visit their website and review the developing Survivalist Prepper Academy at Members.SurvivalistPrepper.net, a community for like-minded people to get together, learn and teach each other about a wide range of preparedness skills and ideas. There will be a free course soon, listing an abundance of information in one location for those beginning their involvement in preparing. They will also be adding more courses in the future.

 

A Prepper’s Shopping Paradise

Jan and Bill Sterrett own Carolina Readiness Supply, and have a retail and on-line store that some would call a Prepper’s Shopping Paradise.  If you are looking  gift items for that prepper in your life (even if that prepper is YOU!) you should hear what Jan Sterrett has to say on the Secrets of a Survivalist Radio show.  As a long time prepper and having run educational seminars, homesteading conferences and the like, Jan knows a little something about prepping.

Listen to her advice as she talks about bug-out bags, food supply, canning, lighting, water purification, the different ways to store food, as well as medical supplies and cooking!  Carolina Readiness will give you advice, and customize your food storage, and bug out bags, specifically for your needs. Find out some tips and tricks, and find out how you can get gift certificates for that special someone prepping in your life!

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299 Days, Author Glenn Tate

Doctor Prepper interviews author Glen Tate about Book 7 of 299 Days, a ten-novel series. This fiction novel tells the story of Grant Matson, a family man & lawyer whose inner struggles awaken him to the fragility of society. As he secretly prepares for a worst-case scenario, he’s constantly concerned about his fears might require him to deal with real threats to his family. He often wonders if he is seeing what few others are anticipating. As the future unfolds, he recognizes that he is destined to be a leader in guiding a special group of people back to some level of normalcy.

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Glenn Tate, Author of the 299 Days novel series

A Visit with Doctor Prepper, James Talmage Stevens

Tony and guest Doctor Prepper A.K.A. James Talmage Stevens talk about the PreparednessRadioNetwork.com, which has thousands of self-reliance radio shows available for FREE download.  A companion website is PreparednessRadio.com which is a temporary site with many prepper radio shows available for download.  Presently, all of The Prepper Patch radio shows are fully listed and available for download on the PreparednessRadio.com website.  These are great sites for preppers to go and download radio shows that suit their interests when they have the time to do so.  Tony and James also discussed how they are co-promoting James’s book Making the Best of the Basics, the Family Preparedness Handbook at PrepperFest AZ Expo in March, 2014.  Attendees can present their ticket stubs at Doctor Preppers booth and receive up to $20 off of the cost of the $40 book.  James will also autograph his book at no extra charge.