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www.TheSurvivalClub.com

Hello everyone

The survival Club would like to annnounce the official launch of our new website.

Please visit us at www.TheSurvivalClub.com

Going forward this is where you will be able to find out latest updates and most resent blog posts as well as any schedule updates.

God bless, and we look forward to seeing you there.

Product Review – TheSurvivalPodcast.com

Alright, so here’s my first product review…

Let me start by giving you a bit of an explanation on why this. I believe that as a “Prepper” our number one tool is Information. Now there is a TON of info out there, but finding quality info is not always easy to do. Beyond that we need to commit to not leaving that info out in the world floating around waiting to be used. It’s absolutely pointless, unless you take it and make it a part of your life.

So, I try to add something new to my informational arsenal every day. My first choice is a website called http://www.thesurvivalpodcast.com . Jack Spirko does a great job 5 days a week producing a podcast that that covers topics that are relevant to the survival / prepper community at large, as well as put a spin on it that directly reflects his site’s tag line “Helping You Live the Life You Want, If Times Get Tough, Or Even If They Don’t”.

A few of the things I appreciate about Jack are the fact that he is not afraid to call a spade a spade, he is honest and is willing to share his opinion, along with the facts on whatever topic he covers that day. He has a vast array of topics, and he is willing to go back and rehash a topic from time to time. He will admit when he is wrong, to the world at large, and he will do his best to set things straight as quickly as possible.

Jacks philosophy is very much along the lines of mine and prepper community that I am associated with. I find this very cool since we seem to have arrived at the same conclusion, but have taken very different paths.

Jack also offers “The Member Support Brigade” as a means to finance his venture. I must admit that I am not a member of the brigade yet, but understand what he is doing. He has done a great job at making the Member Support Brigade a profitable investment for all who join, by joining forces with multiple vendors who are willing to offer a discount to the his customers. Mr. Spirko has set a goal to add multiple new vendors to the list this year and is continually giving updates on the status of this project and he always has forward momentum.

There have been a few things with Jack that have made me a bit stand-offish when considering suggesting the website to some friends. Primarily the user of foul language, but I will admit Jack has done a great job of cleaning that up in the last few months, weather it was an intentional effort or not. As of today, I would not hesitate to suggest the podcast to even my most ridged friends, as I believe the content is far more valuable than any negatives one may find. I don’t wish to end on this one sour note so lest continue on.

Jack is always willing to share personal moments on the air, and we can hear him get choked up from time to time when sharing, which adds a depth to the content far beyond the presentation of simple facts and opinions.

So, what has “the podcast”, as it’s known in my house, done for me? Well, I was reflecting on this just the other day as a result of ”Episode-400- Why I Do The Survival Podcast” from 3/17/10. In the last 6 to 12 months I have drastically changed my life style with things ranging from returning to school at the age of 39, returning to a fitness routine that has been absent from my file for 20 years, in addition to numerous steps to improve the life of my family such as gardening, food storage, canning, etc. I credit this, in part to Jack and the podcast.

So today, I would like to say thank you sir for you efforts. The do make a difference.

Jeremy
AKA CompleteFaith

Product reviews

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Appleseed Shoot

The Appleseed project will be holding a couple of events out at the Big Sioux Rifle & Pistol Club by Corson SD.

Here is an excerpt from Appleseed’s main webpage. http://appleseedinfo.org/
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The Appleseed Program is designed to take you from being a simple rifle owner to being a true rifleman. All throughout American history, the rifleman has been defined as a marksman capable of hitting a man-sized target from 500 yards away — no ifs, ands or buts about it. This 500-yard range is traditionally known as “the rifleman’s quarter-mile;” a rifleman can hit just about any target he can see. This skill was particularly evident in the birth of our country, and was the difference in winning the Revolutionary War
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The events will be help on the weekend of May 15 and 16, and also the weekend of July 24 and 25.

I heard an interview today from Michael Adam at of the appleseed project at http://www.thesurvivalpodcast.com/ and he was really quite compelling. I am seriously considering attending the May event, and thought that some of the people who visit here might like to have the same opportunity so here you go.
Here also is a link to the Big Sioux Rifle & Pistol Club’s website, http://www.sdshootingsports.org/big-sioux.htm if you want to know any more information about them.

God bless
CompleteFaith

Let’s Play Makebelieve

Let’s pretend that our community, and those surrounding are hit by a devastating natural disaster… Maybe an ice storm followed by blizzard lasting several days. Let’s also say this storm stretches from Kansas City to the Canadian border. The storm would have been well broadcast ahead of time so people would have had time to hit the grocery store, and stock up for a few days.  

Anyone who has spent more than about 5 minutes in South Dakota this winter knows this is not too hard to imagine. The reality is, this just keeps happing this year, and if you watch our local stores, every time the forecast is bad the store shelves clear out faster than you can say TEOTWAWKI.

But these have all been day or two storms. South Dakota has seen worse, and will see it again. So in this scenario we are talking about being cut off from outside food supplies. Water lines starting to freeze, power loses due to ice on the lines, and the conditions are bad enough that outside resources start to dry up. Trucks aren’t moving so gas stations start to run out of fuel, no food coming into the stores so on and so forth. You find that you are forced to rely in yourself and your family.

What if it gets so bad that people start resorting to desperate measures? In a South Dakota blizzard no one questions when they don’t see movement around a house for a few days. So it would be a perfect time for someone to come in and take what you have… there will be no report of a missing person, or family for several days…

Times are starting to get desperate, and people are starting to band together. You have to choose, do you join up with those who are looting, steeling and causing harm to survive, or to you take sides with those who are at least trying to maintain some moral reserve, only taking from the dead, only causing harm in self defense and trying to rebuild?

After you choose your side, what are you going to do to contribute to the new community? Are you medically trained, or good with computers and networking? Are you a leader, if so are you able to hold onto that position, or are you willing to sit as second in command? Are you a hunter, a scavenger, a cook or butcher?

So here is the question…

Which side you take, why are you choosing that way, and what will be your position in this new community?

There are no wrong answers, just food for thought, and discussion.

Please use the comments section below to share your thoughts.

What did you do last weekend?

So…

We had our first Survival Club, preparedness experience this past weekend at the Gun Show. I would like to say it was a planned exercise, but unfortunately it was not. It was a scenario where yours truly was severely lacking in a critical component of the prepper life style, and that is Situational Awareness.

Here’s the story, as I pulled off the main road, onto the road that would lead us to the convention center where the gun show was being held,  I immediately saw that the place was packed. This did two things in my mind…

  1. Told me all the good parking places would be used up, and I should look for alternate parking.
  2. Got me really fired up that we were about to see something really good, all those people can’t be wrong, right?

 

So, there’s an innocent looking parking lot across the street, which belongs to a closed business. There were maybe 20 or 30 trucks parked in the lot. The fact that they were all 4 wheel drive vehicles should have been a clue, I thought I had hit the jackpot, so I pulled in and started driving down the single lane, not really taking note that as I drove, the loose snow was starting to get deeper. At this point I had “My Spot” picked out. Like a hungry eagle going after a slow rabbit I zeroed in on my target, and nothing was going to stop me, until…

I pulled just past the last truck and things started to look really ugly really quickly. This is the point at which I came to realize that this lot may not have seen a snow plow in the winter of 09/10, and was not a good place to be in my minivan. Well within about 10 feet I was immovably stuck in that glorious white blanket that graces every single square inch of the South Dakota planes right now.

Thus began the great “Dig CompleteFaith out of the Snow” survival training… Class was in session.  Let me just start by saying I was totally unprepared for this situation, and what I did have on hand, I forgot about. So I want to start out by making a list of the mistakes I made.

  1. I became uber focused on my goal, and lost focus on my current situation.                
  2. When a bad situation arose I reacted instantly.
  3. I forgot what tools I had on hand to help deal with the situation.
  4. I did not have set of tools on hand to deal with things that are likely to happen in a South Dakota winter.

I am sure there are more things that can be added to that list, but that’s what I will start with.  So let’s take a look at each of these things.

  1. I focused on the end goal, and became blind to what was going on at the moment.   I took for granted that the road under me would be passable, and in this case it was not. I neglected to practice situational awareness in any form. Situational awareness is something I have always known about, but really haves started to take an interest in over the last year, and try to practice as much as I can. I think I need to work on that more. I believe Situational Awareness is a topic a post all to itself, so is something I am starting to formulate now.  

 

  1. I jumped in headfirst without assessing the situation. Simply said, I reacted. I think this made things slightly worse and more unpleasant then they needed to be. I have always thought a guy should carry a cigarette in his tool kit, and when something does happen the first thing he should do is sit down, spark one up and think about what’s going on. As an ex-smoker I don’t practice this, but it at least introduces the idea of taking a moment or two to fully assess the situation before taking action. In this case I was wearing street shoes and a hoodie so I would be comfortable walking around the gun show, and in the back of the van I had a good pair of boots, heavy gloves and a winter hat, which would have made things much more bearable.  I totally forgot to look at what I had available and let my hands get so numb in the snow that they still ach 3 days later as I type this up.

 

  1. Had I done #2, this would not have been a problem.

 

  1. Shoulda, coulda, Woulda… I should have had some sort of shovel on hand at the very least. In this case something to provide a little traction, such as floor dry, or cat litter may have helped. A tow rope was the tool we ended up using in the end.

 

So to wrap up here, if it weren’t for Dr. Mark, Strider and the kindness of some locals I would still be sitting there feeling like a bone head in a snow filled parking lot. It ended up taking 2 4×4 trucks and the efforts of about 10 men, and hour and a half to get unstuck.

So what good came of this? Well, a small group of men came together with an unexpected but common goal and were able to come up with an answer and saw it through to the end. A core from that small group found a stronger bond, by facing a trial together. Best of all Big Z, my 7 year old son, was able to witness this, and learn that part of growing into a man is a willingness to get out and get dirty, break your back a little to help another fella out of a tough spot. We were also blessed with the opportunity to

What did it cost me? Some pride and $40 to go see Dr. Myles at http://dixonfamilychiro.com/. I do owe Dr. Mark one fancy ice scraper/snow removal tool, but all in all a fair price for a day that will last a long time in our memory.

Who’s ready for Saturday?

The Survival Club will be having a ‘Field Trip’ on 2-13-10 at the Ramkota in SF. Meet at the Ramkota Convention Center at 12:30 p.m. We will be viewing survival supplies.