This week we have 3 preppers with their concerns and solutions. Now we have some rodent and worm eaters, not my idea of fun or good planning. Another one with plenty O cash and an Israeli in America. So let’s get started!
*****First up is Bob Kay, father of 2 girls, lives in Temecula CA on 2.5 acres. Bob is preparing for the Massive Earthquake of over 6 in magnitude that causes major damage. Since I lived in San Diego growing up, I know this area and it used to be a little known place, but like most suburban places, time catches up with em. It appears that Bob’s wife puts up with his prepping to a point and then, well, she wonders what the hell is next, sound familiar fellas? We all have that, some more than others.
So Bob has 6 motorcycles which he says are the best bug out vehicles, we don’t agree there. How much of your preps can you put on a motorcycle? Not much bucko…. so your going to leave it all behind and just ride off like easy rider eh? His next step to getting out is to buy a helicopter, just half a mil baby…. OK here we go again. Useful load of that heli is 800lbs, that’s it. It seats 4, that includes the pilot, so lets tally up the body weight…Pilot, Bob, Wife and 1 girl, need to leave one behind or strap her to a landing strut. Let’s say 500lbs there, that leaves 300 lbs. Fuel weight is part of that 800 so it carries 31 gallons at 6lbs/gal is 186lbs. So we have 114lbs left. That’s food, water, guns and personal items plus one kid that has to get on the motorcycle. Range on the chopper is 300 miles which is about 4.5 hrs driving distance.
So I did not hear about the bug out location.…Think in a time of anarchy you are going to hop from airport to airport? Not hardley. So Bob spent:
- 100k on the pool for water storage.
- 40k on long term storage food
- 110k on 6 motorcycles
- ??? on Solar array
- Has over 300 plants that could be a food source or medicinal use
- 40k on rifles
- 11k on trowing knives
So the Good, Bad and the Ugly:
- Honeyville Long-term storage food. Outstanding Choice. I use Honeyville products and love em!!!
- Pool for water. I like that but more water, stored in dark containers in a cool place, better idea. Plus the kids can use the pool during the day.
- Martial Arts training.
- Firearms training.
- Rifles for self defense
Bad and the Ugly:
- General storage items such as toothpaste, toilet paper, deodorant. People forget these type items and only see food, water and ammo. Think everyday life, what do we need everyday for months of isolation?
- More food and water storage.
- A garden. Not just plants that you Could use for food. Learn to grow food now, not later. Learn to Can and Jerk Meat…
- Perimeter security, did not see enough early warning.
- Neighbors helping neighbors and coming together in a crisis. Can you and have you depended on them or planned for them not attacking you but needing your help? They may just be old Martha, she just needs some flour….
- It looked like Bob and his oldest daughter defending the world, did not see the wife and other daughter involved. Don’t want to drag them along when the SHTF.
- Throwing knives. Really? Your attacker will shoot you or beat you to death with a baseball bat before you can whistle Dixie. It’s not easy to throw knives when your calm, try when your panicked and being attacked, loss of fine motor skills.
My single opinion…I love some of the stuff they have done but the family must act as one to make it, and loose the helicopter…
*****Next up is Josh Wander, father of 6 and Orthodox Jew living in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. You would think with a family that size, he would be catholic…. Just kidding! I actually like Josh’s approach to prepping based on his living in Israel. We, in this country think we KNOW what an attack is, but in Israel, they live it everyday. We should look at more of what that country does to protect itself. Josh is preparing for Massive Terrorist Attacks that prolong the attack over a longer period of time affecting several targets.
Josh is running for City Council, not sure what he does for a living but his platform for office has the entire city getting involved with preparedness, getting them to act as a community. He put his staff through scenarios such as defense and triage in fairly realistic scenarios. Also added medical treatment since he was a first responder EMS in Israel. So of course there is the Kosher meal thing going on here. So he has stocked up on Kosher foods including Kosher MRE’s. Now I admit I have never researched Kosher MRE’s but it makes sense. They raise rabbits and collect rainwater in barrels. Currently had 250 gallons of collected rainwater and enough food for several months.
Josh is a NRA registered firearms instructor, teaches his kids and takes the family shooting every week to keep up their practice. Their 8 person van will aid in their bug out should that become necessary will fit the whole family and gear. His plan if it gets to hot is to bug out in the van to a local camping area and then re access the current situation. Always sizing up your situation is a great thing and taught to all first responders.
The Good, Bad and the Ugly:
- Josh has lived in Israel and understands what an attack is and how to respond.
- Firearms training and weekly practice.
- Keeping Kosher for his religion but also mentioning that if it needs to break that, he can and how.
- EMS training will come in handy during and after an attack.
- Meat rabbits. He makes it clear that these are for food, not pets.
Bad and the Ugly:
- Rainwater Storage will not be enough and I am not sure it was treated. His family of 8 will need a minimum of 16 gallons/day. He would be lucky to get 2 weeks out of that. More storage and better water treatment are a must.
- Garden. Once you food stores run out you are in trouble. Also a garden will supplement and extend your stores.
- Not sure how long a bug out would last, don’t see enough gear to hold them very long.
- Urban area could be trouble.
- The “practical Preppers” wanted him to include more people, really? He already wants the whole city involved…. Geeez guys!
I did see at the end of the show, where he was taking the family back to Israel. My fear is that the community was not ready to hear about terrorism and his being a Jew may turn some peoples hearing down. To bad, the middle east is a school for learning about terrorism, bullies and thugs. Best of luck Josh!
*****Next up is Ryan Croft, former Air Force, lives in Ashville NC with his wife and 5 teenage boys…Catholic again? Ryan is preparing for a Worldwide Financial Collapse. This event would like many others, clean out the stores, fuel from stations and start worldwide panic. He believes in Bugging in and keeping his community together. He is a weapons manufacture who sees another food source or sources and is working on that for himself and the community. He currently has about 1,200lbs of food stored, that will last 3-4 months and is not storing water that I could see.
One thing Ryan hit on was the fact that when something happens, FEMA will be very late getting there. No kidding. But FEMA is not a real first responder. Your local Sheriff, Police, Fire and EMS are the first responders. The second line to the first responders are groups such as Search and Rescue, Red Cross and CERT. These are local volunteer groups, your neighbors helping out as long as needed. And the reality is that a worldwide financial collapse would not activate FEMA, they are for disasters. Does he think that FEMA would show up with cups of CASH?
Ryan is convinced that the super food “Spirulina” could take the place of food as we know it now. It could be the only food we need and use. He is also keeping earthworms and hunting rodents to eat as well. So let’s look at the Spirulina first. Here is a link to an article that promotes it’s benefits-The Amazing Superfood, which I do not doubt. I am not convinced on a single food source. Here is one more link from an Herbal Site- Benefits and Information which talks more about using it. I think this could be a good supplement, not primary food, and this could extend our base foods that we do store. It does have legs!
Next up are the worms, those pretty little squirming, wriggling jewels that I would only eat if starving. Rodents are out even farther. The chances for a disease from rodents is very, very real. How are you going to feed 7 people on rodents you killed with deadfalls? Nice skillset to have, but are you really gonna let your preps get to the point that you are eating worms, rodents and scraping trash cans at the restaurant? Not me. Where is the hunting of say, large game? Deer taste better than rodents…..
The Good, Bad and the Ugly:
- I think Ryan has something with the Spirulina. I may look more into this as a supplement for my preps.
- Weapons. Since Ryan builds them, that should work out fine.
- 1,200 lbs of food stored. Great start.
- Teaching his boys primitive skills. We should as the song says: “teach your children well”.
Bad and the Ugly:
- I don’t understand his reference to FEMA. They don’t do financial collapse, they do disasters.
- No water storage of any size. Did not see anything, he needs over 1,200 gallons minimum for 90 days.
- No other gardening for food. They recognize food shortage as a big problem and then don’t garden. Huh?
- Rodents and worms. Only, Only and ONLY as a last resort and probably never rodents. There is so much more to eat before that……
- Communications. They plan to defend their town but I don’t see any radios or any comm’s at all. Most important things in an emergency: Don’t for get to think and communicate often.
I wish Ryan luck. I think he needs to get off the Spirulina as a constant project and look at other ways to increase and widen the prep base he has under him. Forest for the trees kinda scenaro.