Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Choosing a Survival Handgun


Episode 89: Season 3 ep.8

In this chapter of The Walls of Freedom, Erika and her family enjoy some down time on the marooned USS Missouri. They encounter some visitors and pistols are drawn. Here to discuss choosing a reliable handgun for a survival situation is L. Douglas Hogan author of  Oath Takers and The Tyrant Series.

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“Never have been a big supporter of overbearing rulers who think they have all the answers."

Handgun Lessons from Doug

When considering what handgun would fit you best in a survival situation there are some weapon capabilities you need to consider. Some basic functionalities include the weapon's range, functionality, stopping power, and handling capacity. Given you will be in a long term survival situation, you will also have to consider the availability of ammunition. If you pick an obscure weapon that takes a very specific ammo you may not be able to secure any while you are on the move. Also you need to consider the maintenance requirements of the weapon. How easy is it to break that weapon down while on the move and clean it? How is it going to stand up to various weather conditions?
 
L. Douglas Hogan has some recommendations for individuals who have not settled on a specific weapon yet. If you are an avid shooter now, chances are you know exactly what weapon you are taking with you if you have to walk out that door and you have your own very good reasons to do so. If you are not an avid shooter now, you may find the handgun choices mind boggling and hesitate to purchase a weapon because of the confusion. These recommendations are for you:
The Springfield Armory XDM 9mm pistol is Mr. Hogan's first suggestion. It has a large carrying capacity, 19 rounds in the magazine, and the 9mm ammo is available in wide margins. This weapon is very easy to disassemble and it has large parts that are easy to clean. Its ability to stand up to the various weather conditions and simplicity of cleaning make it a weapon you can depend on in a survival situation.
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Mr. Hogan's favorite handgun is the Glock 22 or G22 .40. This weapon system has more stopping power than the 9mm but the ammo is also a very common round. It has big parts and is easy to disassemble. This pistol does not have a traditional safety but rather a safety mechanism that is built into the trigger removing the extra step to make sure the safety is not on when the weapon is needed. Its magazine holds fifteen rounds. It is a comfortably handled weapon that is easily pulled and pouched.
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 Mr. Hogan rounds out his top three with a revolver: the Smith & Wesson Governor. This gun is not going to jam and takes a .45 ACP round. Unfortunately it only holds 6 rounds but it is super easy to disassemble and clean. It's reliability puts it in the top three choices.
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The most important thing to remember when choosing a weapon system is that you need to be comfortable with the weapon. A .22 caliper handgun is worth mentioning here. The .22 is a lightweight handgun that is easy to handle. The ammo is the most common ammo available and it's lightweight design allows you to carry an abundance of this round. But, the round is small and if you choose it you better be accurate and ready to fire a lot of bullets into your target. 

Speaking of abundance of ammo, it is also worth noting that "good guys" may have to partner with law enforcement and the national guard in order to maintain order. Given this, it may be a good idea to know what type of ammo they are carrying so you can obtain ammo from these sources if the situation called for it. Law enforcement generally gets to choose what type of weapon they would like to carry. Many officers carry the .40 caliper Glock because of its reliability. The military is generally carrying both .45 and 9mm options.

You also need to consider what you are going to be going up against. If you are in an urban environment it may be people or small game but if you are in a rural setting, shooting a bear with a .22 is only going to make it very upset and is not recommended.

In addition you need to be able to break your gun down, clean it and reassemble it with your eyes closed. Get a cleaning kit for your go-bag and make sure it is always available. If it is not, any type of oil will do but remember a little goes a long way. You will also want a toothbrush for cleaning plus a dental or nut pick also works well for cleaning tight places. You may want to think about having extra parts for your weapons systems. After a societal collapse you won't be able to run down to the local store if something on the weapon system fails. Plus, these parts could make potential bartering items.

 .45 Vs 9mm

L. Douglas Hogan

L. Douglas Hogan is a U.S.M.C. veteran with over twenty years in public service. Among these are three years as an anti-tank infantryman, one year as a Marine Corps Marksmanship Instructor, ten years as a part-time police officer, and seventeen years working in state government doing security work and supervision. He is the best-selling author of “Oath Takers”, has authored four books in a series titled Tyrant, and is working on the sixth a final book of the series. He has been married over twenty years, has two children, and is faithful to his church, where he resides in southern Illinois.

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Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster and Without Land. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com

 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Starvation & Dehydration


Episode 88: Season 3 ep. 7



The journey up the coastline continues in The Walls of Freedom story, The family has become desperate for food and water This week Dr. Joe Alton a.k.a. Dr. Bones, author of The Survival Medicine Handbook, is here to discuss starvation and dehydration. The symptoms your body will begin to experience and how you can get somebody healthy again after a period of severe starvation or dehydration.



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Starvation & Dehydration Lessons from Dr. Joe Alton

It is hard to find reliable data on how long someone who is healthy can live without food if they have access to liquids. Ghandi went twenty one days without food with only sips of water. The Irish army soldiers in captivity would go on food strikes for twenty eight to forty six days but they had access to fluids as well. If you can maintain a body mass index of more than one half of normal you can survive a long time without food. However, once you get lower than twelve percent it is not good. This level is incompatible with life.

When you do not have access to food your body will go through five phases of starvation. First you will feel hunger. You will think about food all the time. Physically your blood glucose levels are maintained by trying to produce glucose from protein, fat and glycogen. Glycogen is stored in the liver but only for a limited time. After several weeks you will use all the glycogen you have stored your body will begin breaking down fats and proteins.

Stage two of starvation begins when your body starts eating its fat reserves. This becomes the main energy source for your body. This causes ketone production after one week and the brain would have to start using these to function. After your fat reserves are gone you enter stage three. In stage three your body begins to swell, causing a bloated abdomen, legs and ankles. In stage four your body starts eating your protein reserves which is found mostly in your muscles. You become very weak and cellular deterioration sets in. You will begin to withdraw from life, become listless, weak and your body becomes susceptible to infection due to the loss of your immune system. In the final stage of starvation your body weight become incompatible with sustaining life and you will die.

If you have a healthy heart and metabolism your body will appreciate a little extra fat. Your body wants a little extra fat to ensure that during periods where food is not abundant it can still survive easily. That is why your body has natural resistance points when you are trying to lose weight. It wants to maintain you at a level where you can survive starvation periods. Fasting will slow your metabolism and further restrict weight loss because this is your body's natural defense to starvation. Eating multiple small meals a day will speed your metabolism up because the body will understand that food is abundant and there is no need to slow the metabolism to ensure survival.

If someone has been without food for an extended period of time the worst thing they can do is sit down to a huge meal and gorge themselves. They could literally die from too much food at this point. They need to start slowly with small frequent meals. The meals should consist of easy to eat food like soup and the soup should be high in calories and especially protein to replace what the body has cannibalized. The World Health Organization Formula for feeding an individual after starvation is 1 to 1/2 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight and one hundred calories per kilogram in a day. Small chunks of meat are best. Bulky foods will cause problems: abdominal pain, diarrhea, and vomiting.

The maximum time you can go without water is three days by the rule of thumb but you may be able to last up to a week or longer, depending on the environment. If you are in a dry, hot environment you will not last as long as you would if you were in a cool environment. There have been stories of people living eight days lost at sea or buried in mudslides or earthquakes. The big question is how well hydrated were you when the ordeal began. You need to stay hydrated all the time! Most people are walking around dehydrated on a day to day basis and simply do not pay enough attention to their hydration level.

There are stages of dehydration as well. When your body hits one percent of total body water loss your thirst mechanism in your body will activate. At two percent you may develop a headache, anxiety, loss of concentration and work efficiency.  At six percent you will experience loss of coordination, delirium and may become unable to function properly. At ten to twenty percent of total body water content loss your organs start to fail. You will go into a coma and eventually die.

There are clear signs that the body displays when you are becoming dehydrated. You will produce less urine and it will be a very dark yellow. Your skin will look dry. When you perform a pinch test, grabbing the skin of the forearm and releasing, it should normally snap right back but when you are dehydrated it will stay up longer because of the loss of turgor or elasticity. Your body physically gets thinner and your tongue lines and lines in your skin may get deeper and more pronounced. You will look older and more wrinkly.

Re-hydrating a person after a long period of dehydration can be tricky especially without an IV. The first thing you should do is move the individual to a shady, cool area. Give them sips of fluid but they have to be awake and alert. You don't want the water going down the wrong pipe. Big sips will cause stomach spasms and induce vomiting. Inserting an IV of saline solution is the best and most direct way to re-hydrate someone. Regular tap water will not work in an IV; you need to have sterile saline solution. You can make it yourself. Get a pan with a lid. Add one liter of water to 2 tsp salt, non-iodized salt is best, and boil for fifteen minutes. Let it cool with the lid on the pan and use it or store it in a sterile canning jar with a sterile lid. It will store for thirty days or more. Of course to use an IV you have to be prepared with an IV kit. Saline solution is a prescription so it is not available online. This also makes IV kits hard to find online. If you are interested in getting one you can request one from Dr. Bones at drbonespodcast@aol.com.

In the IV bag there are options for the solution. Normal salines stays in the blood vessels for a long time and is very effective. You may also want to add dextrose to the mix if there has been a lack of food and water. Potassium is another good additive but you should only use dextrose and potassium if the patient is urinating.

Fruit is another great option for re-hydrating someone but they need to be conscious to eat it. Fruit contains a limited amount of fluid per bite so it is hard to overdue the amount but the patient will still get a large amount of fluids ingested.

Quote from The Art of War on Repairing America

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Dr. Joe Alton, aka Dr. Bones


Joe Alton, M.D., aka Dr. Bones, is an M.D.  and fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American College of OB/GYN. Amy Alton, A.R.N.P., aka Nurse Amy, is an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner.  Together, they’re the authors of the #1 Amazon bestseller in Survival Skills and Safety/First Aid “The Survival Medicine Handbook”, well known speakers, podcasters, and YouTubers, as well as contributors to leading survival/homesteading magazines. You will find over 700 posts on medical preparedness on their website.
Their mission:  To put a medically prepared person in every family for disaster situations.

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Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster and Without Land. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com
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Monday, March 20, 2017

.45 Vs 9mm

My past consisted of shooting rifles and shotguns but my present shooting habits have expanded into handguns. As an author I took a leap and decided to include more technical information on the guns used in my latest book, The Walls of Freedom. I researched the guns I wanted to use in the story and as an individual with little experience in the handgun world, I assumed since the 9mm handgun referred to the ammo then a 45 handgun took a 45mm cartridge. In hind site this makes no sense since a 45mm bullet would be huge and you would need an elephant gun to shoot it.  

Then I got feedback from my audience. Most folks would not notice the difference but to those educated in handgun specifics this error was like nails on a chalkboard. Here is some feedback I recieved:

"Hi Sara, I really enjoy the podcast, and your books are entertaining and fairly accurate, but there is one item you should go back and correct. That is the ammunition for the 1911 handgun in your latest book. The correct nomenclature for the round is .45ACP. The .45 is an inch measurement, and the ACP stands for "Automatic Colt Pistol". That equates to a bullet that is .450 inches in diameter in a brass case designed for the "Automatic Colt Pistol" not to be confused with the .45 Colt for the old school Colt Peacemaker Single Action Revolver that you see in nearly every western that has come out of Hollywood. Now the Russians fielded a 45MM towable anti-tank gun during WWII and the loaded complete cartridge was almost 18 inches long with a projectile ("bullet") diameter of just over 1-3/4 inches. A wee-bit too big for a 1911 handgun..LOL Best of luck to you, and thank you for all the hours of entertainment and knowledge your podcasts have provided. -Tim"

This feedback from Tim made some light bulbs go off in my head so I delved into researching what this .45ACP meant. This round was designed specifically for the Colt 1911 designed by John Browning in 1905. It is a short, rimless cartridge with a diameter of .452inches. 

The closest cartridge to the .45ACP is the 9mm but there are some big differences as pointed out by Diffen.com. The 9mm bullet has a 9mm diameter but the .45ACP has a 11.5mm diameter. Both cartridges are rimless but the .45 case is straight and the 9mm is tapered. The .45 is generally more expensive than the 9mm. The .45 has more recoil but it also has more penetration and expansion. The 9mm will work in a smaller gun, has less recoil, a higher velocity and typically more of them fit in the magazine than with a .45ACP cartridge. 

The next time you hear someone discussing "a 45" vs a "9mm" it will not be so confusing. Remember in The United States of America we use a different system of measurement than the rest of the world. Since the .45ACP was developed by Browning in the United States the .45 refers to inches. The 9mm was developed by George Lugar in Germany and thus the cartridge is measure in millimeters. Knowing the history and the specifics makes this topic an easy one to explain to a novice. 

Notice that I didn't include any information on which one is best because that is an age old discussion that has been going on for many, many years and will continue to be hotly debated long into the future. Hopefully this gets you closer to understanding the needs of your firearm. 

I am changing the nomenclature for this cartridge in future editions of The Walls of Freedom and thank everyone for pointing out the error and encouraging me to learn more.
Sara F. Hathaway
Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster and Without Land. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Thermal Imaging Technology: How it works and how to hide from it

Episode 87: Season 3 ep.6




The Walls of Freedom adventure continues as the Moore family utilize the coastline to continue their northward trek. They encounter another unexpected obstacle along the way. Here to talk to us today about thermal imaging technology: how it works and how to stay hidden from it is survival professional, George Hart.


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Thermal Technology Lessons from George

Thermal imaging technology is considered a "off kind" of infared imaging science that can sense radiation from heat in a certain range of the electromagnetic spectrum. It is a very sensitive technology and it can detect temperature changes of 3 degrees. Every object has a heat signature and the higher the temperature the easier it is for this technology to capture its image. If you are on the move your body heat will increase making you more visible to this tech. Even an increased heart rate can increase your body heat. 

Weather can be a factor with thermal imaging technology. Low fog that is warmer than the surrounding area will display as a wall. Summer time heat will cloak you better. Rocks that have been heated in the sun can resemble human images and may be a potential hiding spot. Remember though a 3 degree variation will be detectable to this imaging technology so this is a risky hiding spot. Thermal imaging technology works best in areas where there is a 30 degree difference between the night and day. Cold weather can be a thermal imager's best friend. Even warm footprints can be detected. Hiding in the snow will not help you. Your body will begin to warm the surrounding snow and you will be detectable. 

Thermal imaging devices can not see through your clothes but as you wear your clothes you will begin to warm them. Mylar blankets could be helpful to avoid detection but most of them have highly reflective material on both sides. Look for one that is camouflage on one side and shiny on the other. Also as you lie under the blanket you will begin to build heat underneath it that could escape out the edges and show as a square with heat emanating from it in the device. Insulated clothing can help reduce your heat signature but eventually your body will warm them to a point of detection as well. Applying mud to your skin (as in the predator movie) can be a temporary help to keeping you hidden. Eventually the mud is going to warm/cool to your body temperature and you will be visible again. 

Thermal imaging technology is very good at finding people in the light or dark. It is very, very hard to stay concealed from this imaging system. Stones or thick walls can hide your heat signature. Heat vents that are blowing out hot air can help to mask your heat signature. Thermal imaging technology can not see through glass. It only images a reflection. If you are in a wilderness environment campfires can help to mask your heat signature.

The Cinderblock Fire


George Hart

George Hart was born and raised in Houston, Texas. He started studying different aspects of survival at the age of 7. He was a boy scout as a young boy, while hiking with his father James Hart, was taught the basics of hiking, water, and shelter while in the outdoors. Over the years of him maturing and having experiences with survival, he has learned survival in a self-taught manner. George has gone autumn camping on the shores of Caddo Lake, Texas. He would go hiking as a boy scout, and has studied other aspects of survival from James’ book S.W.E.T. Survival and Wilderness Training such as, how to make a tent out of objects you would find in your wilderness surrounding.
George also has a 1-year diploma for automotive service. He also has a 2-year diploma for the Associate of Applied arts from the Art Institute of Houston for music, video, and Business.

He has been a Tattoo Artist for 22 years. He has also been a body piercer for 20 years. He started Apprenticing for tattooing during his time at the Art Institute of Houston. George has raised 2 female children since they were at the ages of 3 and 6, they are now at the ages of 14 and 17.

George is also in the process of writing a book from different aspects of survival to homesteading. He is in the process of writing a cyber-punk urban fantasy of a futuristic world with events happening so close to modern day it would scare you. He is also assisting his father James Hart in compiling educational materials from survival and medicinal training to multiple subjects interrelated to homesteading such as food preservation, animal husbandry, modern day first aid and medicinal herbs and vitamins just to name a few. He is also writing a series of cook books by compiling recipes, antidotes, and pictures to give to his children.

Build a Better Mousetrap

Sara F. Hathaway
Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster and Without Land. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com
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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Post-Collapse Refugees

Episode 86: Season 3 ep.5




The Walls of Freedom adventure continues as Erika's family follows Clint to a tunnel system created by the post quake refugees to evade the government. Here to talk to us today about post collapse refugees, who they are and what can be done with them is Johnny Jacks author of Absolute Anarchy.


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Refugee Lessons from Johnny
Johnny Jacks compiled his knowledge into a prepper guide called Absolute Anarchy. It is written based on just that, a state of absolute anarchy. Refugees is one of the topics Johnny discusses extensively. He has written the book in five parts: 1. What can happen 2. How to prepare - prepper questions, survival needs, bartering, etc. to get you trained with 49 practical exercises to accomplish that goal 3. Group survival considerations 4. Militia organization and operations 5. Supplemental reading with much more information on how the executive branch of government got so out of control and overpowered the rest of the government. Johnny also provides fact checks, additional exercises and additional information for each chapter at AbsoluteAnachyBook.com.

There is an ideal state of mind that a survivor will have to possess. The survivor will have to be a combination of a survivalist, a warrior, and a humanitarian. The reality is you will not be able to help everyone, no matter how much you want to. These three characteristics are important because we will need enough good people with enough strong characteristics to rebuild, repopulate and re-establish government. A person can only live: 3 hours without shelter in an extreme climate, 3 days without water, and 3 weeks without food. Food is going to be the major problem.

There are three hundred and thirty million people in the United States of America. Eighty percent of of those people live in the cities or immediate areas surrounding the cities. Within a week or two of living without food bodies will start shutting down. 80% of the city and suburb dwellers will die in the first month or two and 90% of the total population of the United States will be gone in 3 to 6 months.

When a societal collapse occurs there will be refugees exploding out of the cities. You have to make sure you have someplace to go to in the country if you reside in the city. At this country location (or if you already live in the country) you will have to have your own stocks of food and water, breeding animal stock, and gardens with two years of seeds stored. Refugees approaching your piece of land may cause you to think about doing things that are in direct violation of your morals especially if you are a Christian. Remember that even if they raid your garden and eat all the food these people will probably die anyway. Once that food is gone they will need more. You will need to protect your breeding stock, food, and seeds. Don't worry about your current garden.

After the die off only the competent preppers and individuals who lived a farming life before the catastrophe will be left. These individuals should have a pretty good idea of how to survive in this new world. Try to hold true to your values instead of thinking towards killing others. Ask yourself: What would you do if you found someone in your garden stealing your garden, stealing your food? Your initial answer may be that you would take there life, "you gotta do what you gotta do." Now ask yourself: what if it was a little girl? What if it was one of your child's friends from school? Remember after the die off there will only be thirty million people left in the United States. If you can survive, you will no longer have the same security threat. You have to be focused on long term food production, food and seed supplies and food preservation.

The average refugee will look like any number of people that you see while driving through a city or a suburb. You need acres to grow food and there is simply not enough space in the city to supply the whole cities population with long term food supplies.

If you are not going to turn the refugees away, what do you do with them? You can help them to help themselves. Younger or older refugees can be put to work babysitting, doing laundry, gathering wood milking animals, collecting seeds, or gathering natural fertilizer from the field for the compost pile. You need to be careful though. Remember you can't help everyone. You will need to select people who are willing to work and are able to help repopulate. It will be a desperately hard choice but a young couple with two children is a much better choice than an older couple who can no longer bear children.

Once you have your personal preps secured you can start prepping items to help refugees. Extra seeds are always a good choice and tools to help them start their garden. You can obtain them from the salvation army or any second hand store. You can store extra rice and beans in Mylar bags with oxygen absorbers. This can be a great source of calories and protein. You could store extra sleeping bags and shelter materials. When you get new ones keep the old ones if you have room to store it. Other items may include: extra animal stock, sugar, salt, pepper, kitchen knife sets, clothes, shoes, materials for construction, water processing materials, grain grinders, soap, first aid kits, cooking pots and pans, eating utensils, chicken wire, survival books. Remember all you have to do is help them to learn to keep themselves alive and survive the die off. Then there will be plenty of land for them to start their own long term food production.

Survival Basics - Fire Starting


Johnny Jacks

Johnny Jacks is a product of WWII. Born in Alabama in 1944 five months before D-Day to semi-literate sharecropper parents. In the 1940s and early 1950s, he lived self-reliantly, off-grid, off city water, without indoor plumbing, and without assistance from a welfare state, which, of course, didn’t exist in those days.

On his seventeenth birthday, Johnny enlisted in the Air Force, later transferring to the Army, where he became a Special Forces soldier, a Green Beret, and began a career serving on Special Forces A-teams in Europe, Asia, and Central America, including an assignment to Special Forces A-team 102 in Vietnam in 1967 and 1968. He has lived or spent extended amounts of time in third world areas in Asia, Central and South America, and Africa, interfacing with people who live on the edge of survival.

After retiring from the Army in 1982, he worked for several government agencies over the next twenty-five years in significant positions involving high-level national security and emergency preparedness programs. These positions provided him with knowledge of continuity of government and continuity of operations at the senior level of national leadership.

This combination of off-grid, self-reliant living; guerrilla warfare expertise; and national security policy, which gives him a unique insight into today’s individual and group prepper survival needs and requirements.

Johnny wrote Absolute Anarchy, The Preppers Guide to Surviving the Coming Collapse. Absolute Anarchy is available on Amazon, in paper and Kindle versions, and is the most comprehensive prepper information resource available today.

The books website, AbsoluteAnarchyBook.com, contains a gateway to a large set of web links related to each chapter that vastly expands upon the book’s instructional information. The first four chapters and the supplemental reading are posted on the website.

Johnny is currently making the final editions to Saving Shannon, the first in a series of dystopian novel that he will release in the spring of 2017.

Sara F. Hathaway
Sara F. Hathaway is the author of the The Changing Earth Series: Day After Disaster and Without Land. She also hosts The Changing Earth Podcast which blends her fictional stories with educational survival tips. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating with honors from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she launched into a career in business management. In her fictional novels her research and experience with survival techniques and forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past come to the forefront in a action packed adventures. She has used her background in business management to pave new roads for fictional authors to follow and she delights in helping other achieve the same success. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first two novels. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com
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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

March 2017 Survival Fact & Fiction Features



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