Be Prepared: Winter Storm

For much of the country, winter brings more than a few potential hazards. Frigid temperatures make being outside for even short periods of time perilous. Snow and ice wreak havoc on the roads as well as lead to power outages. Fortunately, due advances in technology and such, major winter storms rarely ever happen just out of the blue. Weather forecasters are able to give us actually quite a bit of advance warning, often at least a couple of days.

If you live in an area that regularly experiences winter storms, your first line of defense is to pay attention to weather predictions. Make it a habit to listen to weather reports each morning or evening, or at least surf over to The Weather Channel online and check their forecasts. None of their predictions are going to be perfectly on the money, of course, but they are at least in the ballpark more often than not when it comes to low temperatures and snowfall measurements.

Invest in a decent quality snow shovel or snow blower. Most homeowners have these on hand already but it pays to inspect them in the fall and make sure they are up to snuff. Shovels, in particular, will often crack over time. With snow blowers, start them up and make sure they are running properly before you truly need them. While you’re at the store picking up a new shovel or something for the blower, pick up a few bags of sidewalk salt.

If you aren’t really capable of doing heavy snow removal yourself, whether due to health or you just plain don’t want to do it anymore, arrange for snow removal services ahead of time. This might just mean getting a hold of a local teenager and negotiating a fair price for clearing your driveway and sidewalk. Whether you go that route or hire someone with a plow, it pays to do this before the snow falls because by then, they’ll be swamped with calls.

If you are likely to be at work or otherwise away from home when the snow hits, be sure you have plenty of emergency supplies in your vehicle. These include: blanket, extra hat and gloves, salt or cat litter for traction, charger for your cell phone, jumper cables, bottle or two of water, a few snacks, and a flashlight (crank powered so no batteries to worry about). It is a good idea to let someone know when you are heading home so they know when to expect you to arrive. If you’re not there in a reasonable amount of time, accounting for road conditions, they can let someone know to look for you. You might also want to review our winter driving tips here.

At home, you preppers should already have plenty of supplies on hand to weather the storm, no pun intended. However, review your stockpiles and make sure you’re up to snuff on everything. At least enough food and water to sustain your family for a few days, in case the roads are such that you can’t safely travel. Basic first aid kit, including routinely needed over the counter meds like antacids, pain relievers, and the like. Muscle ache ointment might be a good investment if you’ll be doing a fair amount of snow removal. Flashlights with plenty of batteries, as well as candles and/or oil lamps (with fuel and extra wicks), for power outages. Board games, books, and other diversions to occupy your time until power is restored.

While you shouldn’t need to run to the store like the rest of the hordes, you might consider picking up some snacks and comfort foods like chips, popcorn, hot cocoa mix, and such. I’m telling you, nothing beats sipping a hot cup of cocoa while watching the snow fall, especially at night.

You probably have plenty of blankets in your home already, so buying more shouldn’t be necessary. However, if they’ve been in storage for a while, you might consider running them through the dryer to fluff them up a bit. That’s hard to do if the power goes out.

If you have a fireplace or wood stove, make sure they are cleaned out and ready to go. You did have your chimney swept recently, right? Trudging through snow drifts to the wood pile isn’t fun so you might consider bringing in a small supply. We have a spot in our attached garage set up for wood storage. It holds enough to last a couple of days and keeps us from having to hook up sled dogs to keep the fire stoked.

Keeping warm without a fireplace or stove is doable, if you’re smart about it. First, keep the family in one room as much as possible. Each person’s body heat will add to the collective warmth in the room. Huddle together under blankets, don’t be shy. Hang blankets over the windows and doorways to reduce drafts.

Winter storms can be dangerous. But, being prepared for them reduces your risks considerably.

Press Release – Make Ready To Survive DVD Series

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

New Survival Video Series from Panteao
Make Ready to Survive

Columbia, SC, October 22, 2014 – Panteao Productions is proud to announce the upcoming launch of the Make Ready to Survive instructional video series. This line of instructional videos is a departure for Panteao from the firearms training videos the company is known for producing.

“This was a pretty large undertaking for us. In order to get the shots we needed, our crew filmed on location in the everglades of FL, the back country of Ohio, the mountains of Colorado, and eastern Texas. Five instructors were selected to teach the series based on their background and life experiences. Each brought something different to the table and combined makes for one heck of a learning experience,” said John Tormey, Director of the Make Ready to Survive Series.

Fernando Coelho, president of Panteao Productions, added, “We received a tremendous amount of support from manufacturers and suppliers when we told them about the survival series. It was with their help that we were able to make this series possible. We originally thought we would have content for three videos. When we were finished filming we ended up with thirteen different titles in the series.”

Instead of reality show entertainment like the current television shows on prepping and doomsday survival, the Make Ready to Survive videos are a true tutorial to help you and your family. Whether you live in the heart of the city, on the outskirts in a quiet neighborhood, or out on a farm, the Make Ready to Survive videos show you techniques that are critical for survival, review gear and supplies to have on hand, and all aspects of proper planning. Most importantly, the videos will bring you piece of mind.

The instructors in the series include former US Army Delta Operator Paul Howe, Dave Canterbury from the Pathfinder Self Reliance School, US Army Special Forces Green Beret Kyle Harth, disaster preparedness consultant and author Jim Cobb, and NE MacDougald, who started his career in Vietnam with the 519th Military Intelligence Bn (MACV), and today is an author and consultant.

The video series will debut both on DVD and HD streaming video in December with three titles from the series. Then additional titles will be released each month from January through April of 2015. More info on the survival series can be found on the Panteao website.

About Panteao Productions:
Panteao is based out of Columbia, SC and produces the Make Ready firearms training video series, documentaries, industrials, and the Make Ready to Survive training series. For more information about Panteao, visit http://panteao.com/about-us/.

What Could Pandemic Look Like?

Let’s say, just for the sake of argument, ebola or another disease were to balloon into a full blown pandemic, complete with mandatory quarantines and such. Aside from the immediate risks of infection and such, what would a pandemic look like here in the United States?

There would be massive closures, especially with schools and many areas of business. You thought you’d finally gotten the kids out of your hair when summer vacation ended, didn’t you? Guess what? Not only could this be a child care issue for those who are still expected to go to work, many families rely upon the schools to feed their kids at least one quasi-decent meal a day.

Speaking of food, supply lines would likely be erratic if not non-existent. Trucks don’t load themselves, nor do they drive themselves. If employees aren’t there, either due to being sick or because they’re under quarantine at home, those semis are going to just sit. That means the few stores that might manage to stay open aren’t going to have much in the way of selection.

Now, on top of all that, let’s say your employer is one of the first companies to close up, even if only temporarily. That probably means you won’t be seeing a paycheck any time soon. Got enough dough to cover the mortgage and other payments for at least a few months?

Hospitals will be overcrowded, of course. What might have been a routine visit because of a child’s strep throat would become a potentially life-threatening journey. Rescue squads, police, and fire departments would all be understaffed and response times could be measured in days, rather than minutes.

I would anticipate at least some degree of power outages and problems with other utility services. Sure, a lot of that stuff is, in large part, automated. But, gotta have human beings to be there from time to time to keep the computers from becoming self-aware and starting their own version of Skynet, right?

It should go without saying that restaurants would be among the very first to close up. For those who eat out 7 nights a week because you don’t know how to cook, you just might want to pick up a cookbook and start practicing how to make something other than ice.

I would expect quite a bit of civil unrest, especially in urban areas. Lots of looting and rioting as people become angry, upset, and desperate. There would likely be a fair amount of paranoia and hysteria, as well, as people scrutinize one another, suspecting possible infections.

It might sound trivial, but even services like trash removal would likely cease operation, at least for a time. Again, need people to run those routes and drive those trucks. Garbage would be piling up in most communities with no one to take care of it.

I guess if there is a silver lining, it would be the distinct lack of door to door salesmen and Jehovah’s Witnesses coming by at dinner time.

Winter Driving Reminders

It won’t be too much longer before a whole lot of us will be facing snow and ice on the roads. I know, that’s a fun thought, right? Given that it seems as though many drivers forget how to handle slick roads from year to year, here are a few gentle reminders.

SLOW THE F&%$ DOWN! A high percentage of winter traffic accidents could have been prevented if the drivers would have just let off the accelerator a touch. I know, we all want to get where we’re going as quickly as possible. But, y’know what? Better to get there a little slower than not at all.

GET OFF MY A$$! Tailgating isn’t going to make me, or anyone else, drive any faster on a slick road. All it is going to do is aggravate me and I’ll probably slow down further. Plus, if I were to suddenly tap my brake, you are probably likely to hit yours a bit harder, possibly causing all sorts of bad things to happen on your end. Respect me personal space and we’ll get along just fine.

YOUR 4 WHEEL DRIVE IS JUST AS BEHOLDEN TO PHYSICS AS ANY OTHER VEHICLE! That oh-so-cool giant 4×4 isn’t going to handle all that much better on black ice than someone’s Prius. Ice is ice, you idiot, and it doesn’t much care how big you are. About the only good thing about your 4 wheel drive monstrosity is it will be great for getting out of the ditch after you spin out.

STAY OFF THE ROADS AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE! Working outside the home can be problematic during periods of bad weather, I know this as well as anyone. However, if at all humanly possible, just stay home if the roads are dicey. Remember, if you end up in a ditch, you’re not only endangering yourself but those who brave the elements to come to your assistance. If the weather starts to turn nasty while you’re already at work, see if you can cut out early to avoid the worst of it.

Obligatory Ebola Post

What kind of disaster readiness blogger would I be if I didn’t at least do one post on ebola, right? Okay, here goes.

First, despite how CNN and other media outlets have become “All ebola, all the time,” keep this whole thing in perspective. Yes, a whole ton of people have died from this disease in recent weeks. A grand total of ONE of them was in the United States. That’s one case out of a total population of around 300 million. When it comes to contracting ebola, you currently have better odds of getting hit by lightning while getting a hole in one on a golf course as you buy a winning lottery ticket.

I know what some of you are thinking: Every pandemic has to start somewhere! Well, yeah, you’re right. But, thus far at least, we’re just not seeing any sort of dramatic increase in the numbers of infected people. I know, I know, there’s a potential of 21 days for the incubation period. There’s a lot of people who might have become infected but they’re just not showing symptoms yet. Tell you what, come back in a couple of weeks and we’ll see how many confirmed cases we have at that point.

I’m not saying this isn’t a potentially serious situation. What I am saying, though, is to dial back the paranoia and fear just a tad.

Next, as might be expected, there are a whole lot of half-truths, outright lies, rumors, and conspiracy theories out there with regards to ebola. Any time you see “new” information posted on Facebook or elsewhere, I’d advise you to strongly consider the source. Many of you have probably seen the movie Contagion. Remember the blogger in that movie, the one who was paid (presumably handsomely) for spreading false information? Out here in the real world, there are a ton of idiots like that who will do it just for a slight uptick in traffic to their blog.

Hell, I saw one story earlier today where the blogger was advising people to inject bleach into their arms as that will kill any pathogens, such as ebola. Yeah, um, don’t do that.

If you are truly concerned about possibly contracting ebola, there are some common sense things you can do to limit your possible exposure.

A) Stay away from anyone who is diagnosed with ebola (duh).

B) Avoid public places as best you can. When shopping, use antiviral wipes on the shopping cart handle.

C) Use N95 masks when you feel it prudent to do so. Examples would be when you absolutely must venture into public places, such as when shopping for supplies.

D) Use antiviral wipes on hard surfaces that may harbor disease, such as doorknobs and countertops.

E) Stock up on supplies, just in case you do end up needing to shelter in place for an extended period of time. Review our list here of the top things you should have on hand. Even if I’m right and all of this turns out to be much ado about nothing, those supplies can be used for any sort of disaster. They aren’t pandemic-centric.

Something else to keep in mind. Ebola isn’t our first “pandemic craze.” In the last few years, we had SARS, avian flu, and MERS, just to name a few. Personally, I see absolutely nothing to indicate ebola is going to be “the one” that wipes out billions.

Top 7 Things You Need for Sheltering in Place

In most disaster scenarios, the best place for you to be is at home. That’s where the bulk of your supplies are located. You’re familiar with the area. The fact is, that’s just where you’ll be the most comfortable. Stress reduction is extremely important during a crisis and anything you can do to put your mind, and the minds of your family members, at ease is desirable.

As a general rule of thumb, I advise you to shelter in place at home until or unless home is no longer safe. By this, I mean there are certainly potential disasters that could drive you from home, perhaps at a moment’s notice. Perhaps storm damage renders your home uninhabitable for the time being. Or, groups of looters are roaming the area and you feel you’ll be safer elsewhere.

Okay, back to sheltering in place. There are several things you will need to have on hand in order to make a lengthy stay at home at least a bit more bearable. Remember, we’re talking about a situation where you’ll be stuck at home for perhaps several days, with no opportunity to run to the store, the gas station, or Redbox. For some, this thought brings a smile. A forced vacation! For others, a shiver might run down their spine, imagining days on end spent in close proximity to those they love dearly but drive them up a wall on a good day.

Let’s run down the list of the top 7 things you need on hand for sheltering in place.

1. Food – You should always have enough food on hand to sustain your family for at least one solid week. Preferably, you’d have enough to last several weeks but you gotta start somewhere, right? There is little need to go out and buy dehydrated or freeze dried food by the pallet load. Just stock up on the things you and your family already eat, concentrating on things that store well for long periods of time and require little to no preparation. Examples include canned soups and stews, pasta (canned or boxed/bagged), rice, canned fruits and veggies, granola bars, protein bars, crackers, and peanut butter. Don’t overlook the importance of junk food, too, like chips, popcorn, candy, and chocolate. That stuff is perfectly fine in small doses – everything in moderation, right?

Of course, you’ll also need a way to cook food if the power is out. Your nuke machine probably won’t be operating very well in the absence of electricity. Same thing goes for an electric stove top. Propane and charcoal grills work great, provided you’re able and willing to stand outside to use them. It should go without saying but never use those grills indoors!

2. Water – in recent years, there have been at least a few examples of situations, right here in the good, ol’ US of A where tap water suddenly became tainted and unfit for human consumption. Often, this was not the result of some natural disaster but rather it WAS the disaster. Everything else is working fine, you just can’t drink the water. Not the end of the world, of course, but damn inconvenient when turning the tap results in poison spilling into the sink. You’ll need an absolute minimum of one gallon of water per person, per day of the crisis. If you plan on cooking things like pasta, rice, or beans, all of which require a goodly amount of water, you’ll need to take that into account. I suggest you plan on at least 1.5-2 gallons of water per person. Better to have more than you truly need than run out before the crisis is resolved. You can buy cases of bottled water for just a few bucks if you shop around and watch for sales. Of course, you could also just refill soda and juice bottles. Either way, store the water in a cool, dark place, such as a closet or basement. Avoid the temptation to dig into those cases of bottled water until they’re actually needed. Commercially bottled water, the kind you’ll buy in the store, will last damn near forever without going bad, due to the bottling process, as long as the bottles are kept sealed.

Don’t overlook the necessity for a way to purify additional water, as well. While rain is generally pure as it falls, once it has run over your roof and through your gutters, you’ll want to filter it. I recommend either the LifeStraw or one of the Sawyer products.

3. Medical supplies – If you or any other family member take a life-preserving prescription, such as heart meds or insulin, you’ll want to always have on hand a supply that will last at least a couple of weeks, preferably longer. Three days into an unrelenting blizzard is a damn poor time to run out of Grandpa’s heart meds. Talk to your physician about increasing the prescription amounts so as to allow for longer periods of time between refills. In addition, put together a decent first aid kit, being sure to have adequate amounts of adhesive bandages, gauze wrap, antiseptic ointment, burn cream, pain relievers / fever reducers, and stomach upset meds like Pepto tablets.

4. Light sources – It can get pretty dark at night when the power is out. Candles are great, but they don’t last forever. Oil lamps are better, but as with candles, you’re dealing with an open flame so great care must be given when using them, especially if children are in the home. Flashlights are great and the newer LED models use far less battery power than their incandescent predecessors. Be sure to have extra batteries on hand, though, enough for at least one set for each flashlight. I suggest having one flashlight located in each room of the house. Crank powered ones are great for kids rooms, in particular, as you KNOW they’re gonna play with them and if they run on batteries, they’ll be dead when you need that light the most. LED headlamps are also great to have, as they’ll prove useful when doing chores like washing dishes. Another option is to buy a set of solar landscape lights. Leave them outside all day long, then bring them in at night. They’ll give off enough light to where you’ll not be barking shins against the coffee table at least.

5. Entertainment – Without Netflix, Redbox, Facebook, Twitter, and all those other modern diversions, life could get boring pretty damn quick for many people. Fortunately, there are all sorts of things you can stock up on now, and for very little cash, that will provide distraction if you’re stuck at home with no power. Board games are incredibly cheap at rummage sales and thrift stores. Just make sure they have all the pieces. Pick up some paperback books while you’re out deal hunting, too. At last count, there are roughly a bazillion different games you can play with a deck of cards. A set of dice could prove fun as well.

6. Solar charger – Small portable solar panels have become fairly reasonable in price and they can be an absolute Godsend when the power goes out for a while. Goal Zero is one well-known brand name. I have the SunJack Portable Solar Charger and it works like a charm for my Kindle Fire as well as my cell phone. Whichever type you get, spring for the attachments that allow you to charge AA and AAA batteries. This way, you can power up your flashlights and such while also providing power for your portable devices.

7. Portable radio – While we shudder to think of a scenario that would cause us to lose our cell coverage, and thus our lifeline to the world at large, it could happen. A crank powered radio could very well end up being the single best way to gather information about the situation at hand. While battery powered radios will work just as well, the crank style ones are a better choice, for obvious reasons. Plus, most of them will tune in NOAA weather channels as well as shortwave, in addition to the more standard AM/FM.

Is TEOTWAWKI Right Around the Corner?

Man, it seems like there’s just a whole lot of bad news in the world right now, doesn’t it?

Ebola, of course, is all over the media. The enterovirus is also making regular appearances with the talking heads, too.

Then, we have ISIS, or ISIL depending on who’s doing the talking, making waves in the Middle East.

Just today, I heard about the Director of the FBI making a statement alluding to it isn’t a matter of IF but WHEN the United States suffers another terrorist attack, and the WHEN might be closer than we’d previously thought. Not sure what that really means, though.

They’re saying the economy is improving but I know a hell of a lot of people who’d disagree with that.

And those are all just the high points, the headlines if you will.

Add it all up and you might be thinking, Is the end of the world as we know it coming soon?

The short answer is, well, I don’t know. My crystal ball has been on the fritz lately and I’m not a big fan of tea to begin with, let alone examining the wet dregs left at the bottom of the cup. Nobody truly has the ability to see what the future holds, not with any degree of certainty. If they did, don’t you think there would be a whole lot more psychic lottery winners?

The fact is, we hear a lot more bad news than good. If it bleeds, it leads, is the saying often used in the media. They don’t want to run feel-good stories, they want drama. Given the choice between running a story about a young child who died in his sleep and a story about a young child who was saved from a runaway car, the death wins each and every time.

Think about it like this for a second. If you work outside the home, odds are you talk to coworkers at least once in a while. I’m betting there’s at least one person at work who talks about their significant other (SO) in a not-too-wonderful sort of way. He forgot her birthday…again. Or she is always nagging on him. He or she doesn’t eat right, snores, whatever. As a result, you sometimes wonder just why the heck the employee stays with that person, right? Often, what you don’t hear is how the SO buys flowers frequently, and for no apparent reason. Or how the SO always has a nice dinner waiting on the table. Maybe they are a great parent to the kids and a loving spouse who just has a few foibles that get on your friend’s nerves from time to time.

The world is sort of like that SO and the media is your coworker. All you hear is the negative crap that happens. Rarely do you hear about the good stuff, the stories that, even if just for a moment, give you hope for humanity.

I’m not saying the world is just all sunshine and rainbows and that the media has to really work to find the bad stuff. That certainly isn’t the truth. There’s plenty of negativity out there, just waiting for its 15 minutes of fame, so to speak. Nor am I saying you should put on blinders and go through life whistling the theme to Sesame Street, flat out ignoring anything negative in the news.

What I am saying, though, is that for every story about a cop who went off the rails and tased an old woman for little to no reason, there are five stories about a cop who saved a woman from an abusive husband. For every story about the enterovirus taking the life of a young boy, there are ten stories about people who won their battle with cancer.

Tragedy happens, that’s just a fact of being alive. And hearing about these bad stories can sometimes help you to appreciate how well things are in your own life. You might be broker than broke and fighting off bill collectors, but at least all your kids are alive and in decent health.

Y’know, once upon a time, we all got together and stopped smallpox, stopped it dead. And that was with 1970s medical knowledge and technology. In your pocket or on your belt is a computer that is far faster and more complex than anything they had back then.

Look, what I’m getting at is this — there’s an awful lot of bad stuff going on right now in the world. But, there’s always been a lot of bad stuff happening. It just isn’t anything new, really. Rather than dwell on it and convince yourself that the world is turning to crap right before our eyes, take a moment to breathe and appreciate life. Give your kids and your own significant other a hug. Call your parents and tell them you love them. Wave hello to a neighbor and smile while you’re doing it. Keep your head up…that’s the best way to see the joys of life that surround you.

Coming in September…

Okay, admittedly I’ve been somewhat scarce online lately. Don’t take that to mean that I’ve been just sitting around eating bon-bons all day, though. Instead, I’ve just been extremely busy with several things. I spent a week down in Florida working with Panteao Productions on a series of instructional prepper/survival DVDs. Immediately prior to that, I worked with another film crew on a super-secret project, about which hopefully I’ll have some good news to share soon. I’ve also been hard at work finishing up the manuscript for my upcoming book, Prepper’s Financial Guide. Of course, there have also been the typical family obligations as well as the ever-present day job.

It doesn’t stop there, either. This week, I’ll be working on a few other things, trying to wrap up as many of my outstanding projects as possible.

After Labor Day, though, expect to see a lot more of me online. As you may know, September is National Preparedness Month. That being the case, I have a lot of great stuff planned for the coming month. Chief of which will be a series of intensive reviews of several different pre-made survival kits that are out on the market. While I’m still waiting to hear from a few companies, at last count I’ll have at least six different kits to discuss, everything from small ones that fit in your pocket to full blown bug out bags.

Expect a return to weekly installments of our newsletter, The Survival Weekly Dispatch, as well. That’s another thing that sort of fell to the wayside in the last month, due to other obligations.

Suffice to say, there’s a lot going on behind the scenes, here. Lots of plans, lots of projects, all with the focus of getting you, my faithful readers, prepared for whatever life decides to throw your way.

Stay tuned….

Prepping for Civil Unrest

The recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, serve to highlight the need for being prepared for civil unrest. While this is more of an issue for urban preppers, anyone who travels to larger cities needs to be aware of the possibility of riots and protests breaking out during the trip.

One element of civil unrest that needs to be addressed is its unpredictability. Riots can happen quickly, often with absolutely no warning at all. You may have no clue what predicated the unrest, all you know is suddenly there are large groups of people who are obviously very upset and taking it out on the businesses, buildings, and even other people around them.

If you find yourself caught up in a crowd and things are getting ugly, get out of the area as quickly as you can. Rather than fight against the mob’s movement, work your way sideways across the group and as soon as you’re free of the group, head down a side street. If you are traveling with your family or a small group, link hands as you move so you don’t get separated. Once you get a block or two away, stop and collect your thoughts. Figure out where you are and how to get to a safe location, such as your home or hotel. This is why it is important to have a street map in your EDC (Every Day Carry) kit.

If you are at home or in your hotel when rioting breaks out, the best thing to do is hunker down and wait it out. Heading out on the streets, particularly after sundown, is just asking for trouble. Always have enough food, water, and supplies on hand to meet your basic needs for at least a few days. This is easier to accomplish at home than when traveling, of course. However, many travelers routinely stock up on snacks and such for their rooms to help offset having to eat out for every meal. At the least, hotels that offer breakfast for their guests will likely have some amount of food on hand as well.

Generally speaking, it is safer to travel during the day rather than at night. Therefore, mid-morning to early afternoon is probably the best window of opportunity for you to beat feet, should you choose to do so. This is not a bad idea, provided you are confident you can get out of town quickly AND you have someplace to go. The worst thing to happen would be you get lost and end up on the streets when the worst of the rioting and looting are taking place.

Bear in mind, too, that if things get really bad, the authorities may enact curfews and possibly travel restrictions. In other words, if you are planning to bug out in the event of civil unrest, you should do so sooner rather than later. Again, though, for most people and in most situations, sheltering in place may be your best option.

Chance Sanders has produced an entire DVD full of great information on urban survival. Called Surviving Civil Unrest, the video shows you exactly how to plan for, and survive, these all too common events.

Coming Soon: Make Ready to Survive DVD Series

As I mentioned on Facebook not too long ago, I’m working with Panteao Productions as an instructor for an upcoming series of DVDs called Make Ready to Survive. This series is, quite honestly, the most ambitious project I’ve been involved with to date.

Panteao Productions has made a big name for themselves in the area of tactical and firearm video production. Some of the most skilled, talented, and experienced military and law enforcement folks in the country are listed among their instructors, including Massad Ayoob, Michael Bane, Bill Rogers, and Freddie Blish.

With Make Ready to Survive, Panteao is taking all of their expertise with filming instructional videos and focusing their lenses on prepping and disaster planning. They have gathered together instructors from a wide range of expertise and are distilling all of their knowledge into a series of DVDs that are designed to appeal to both the very new prepper as well as the very experienced survivalist.

Here’s just a short list of the topics covered in this series:

–Bug out bags
–Offgrid food preparation
–Bushcraft and wilderness survival
–Home security, now and after a disaster
–Short and long-term food storage
–Water storage and filtration
–Sheltering in place versus evacuation
–First aid
–Firearms for survival
–Civil unrest
–Temporary shelters
–The list goes on and on….

This series is not all about surviving doomsday nor is it full of nonsense that won’t work in the real world. Instead, Make Ready to Survive takes a common sense and logical approach to disaster planning.

Look for the first installments to hit Amazon and elsewhere in November or December. Panteao also offers subscriptions for their streaming content, which might be of interest to some of you.