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Howdy fellow blog readers.  I hope everyone that has been reading my blogs over the last sixteen months has gotten something out of them that has helped them in their lives to prepare for the upcoming disasters.  For my next set of articles over the next six months, I will be answering all questions from my readers related to my experience.

As I have mentioned before, since 1996, I have been teaching a six or eight hour class in “Worse Case Scenario Disaster Preparedness.”  Currently I’ve been teaching here in the Four Corners Region.  I cover both man-made and natural disasters, how to prepare, and what to expect during and after a disaster.  Growing up in Texas, my family and I lived through numerous natural disasters that included floods, hurricanes, ice storms, sand storms, tornadoes, and wild fires.  We lived for eighteen months without electricity or running water.  During my twenty-one years in the Army Medical Corps, I worked in medical logistics with numerous humanitarian and natural disaster relief missions all over the world in Central America, Europe, the Middle East, Southeast Asia and here in the U.S.  When I teach, I talk from my personal experience working these worldwide disasters to help people prepare and be ready for a very uncertain future.  I would really hate to see fellow Americans go through massive hardships, misery, and suffering that I have seen on numerous occasions because people did not prepare or expected their government to help them.  The following list is my class outline of everything I talk about.

  • What is a Disaster?
  • Kinds of Disasters
  • Types of Man-Made Disasters
  • Types of Natural Disasters
  • Disasters that can occur in the 4 Corners Region
  • What is Survival & Survivalism?
  • What does it take to Survive?
  • What are the 7 Enemies of Survival?
  • What are the 7 Survival Priorities?
  • Setting up a Family Disaster Survival Plan
  • Utilities – Electric, Gas & Water
  • When disaster strikes / Life after a Disaster.
  • Questions to Ask Yourself
  • Disaster Kits & Supplies for:

–             Sheltering in Place – Food, Cooking, Water, Clothing, Lighting, Communication, Power, Medical kits, Defense & Survival Groups

–             NBC / EMP  & Dust Protection

–             Bugging Out

  • What are the 10 Essentials to have?
  • Survival Vehicle / Survival Transportation
  • Bug Out Survival Retreat
  • Survival Sanitation
  • Survival Chores / Classes
  • Returning Home
  • Disaster Finances
  • Barter / Wampum Items
  • Caches
  • Safety during and after a Disaster
  • Pets
  • Dealing with Stress after a Disaster
  • Helping Children cope with a Disaster
  • Morale, Recreation and Welfare
  • Recommended Reading
  • Disaster Entertainment
  • Disaster Education & Training
  • Handout Review
  • Words of Wisdom

I have covered several of these topics over the past several months in my blogs, but others I have not touched on yet.

I’m also a Red Cross instructor and teach First Aid, Wilderness/Remote First Aid, and Disaster Preparedness.  So if anyone has any questions over any of these topics whatsoever, no matter how small, please ask.  I will be happy to answer all questions and give you my advice and recommendations from my experience on my next blog in two weeks.  I’m looking forward in hearing from my readers.

8 Responses to “Preparedness Questions and Answers”

  1. Zeeter

    If I collect rainwater, what is the best way to treat it and filter it for cooking and drinking?
    Thank you!

    • Kevin

      Zeeter,

      Boiling it is the cheepest and most effective way I know to treat water. This will kill any baddies which might take residence in your H2O.

      I do not know how ever how to treat water which has been contaminated (SP?) with lets say chemicals.

      Rock do you have any tips for this?

      Just my 2 cents

      Kevin Robertson

  2. Horhey

    Yup, I have a question…, I’m planning on buying property in northern Ca. This will be my retreat. The concern I have is, what is the distance from a town or city I should be looking at? I really don’t want to buy to far from where I live, so I can actually afford to spend time preparing it. The places I have found are in the mountians but are not to far from lightly traveled roads. In a socioeconomic collaspe, how far from towns should be okay? I don’t want to be a target, but also realistic with my goals. Note, got 2 young girls. I want to be practical, but somewhat safe. Thanks for the advice.

    • Kevin

      Horhey,

      I believe I have read you should be at least 100 miles away from major cities. I also believe this would be include cities of population of over 100K. Yea I know that is a difficult task. One thing to do with a retreat as I have done is make it as difficult for others to get to as possible. this could include putting your car in a drive way. So others are not able to drive a car into your structure. The use of Logs and those big decorative (SP?) bolders are good as well. ensure everyone knows how to use and maintain a firearm. I’m a firm believer when the SHTF, as sad as it is, women and girls will be targets for the less desiriable.

      I have read and would agree if you are part of a smaller community, My town has about 1500 people in it, these are safer in general because these towns tend to come together in times of crisis. But then again I live in MO and have access to a small farm which I work.

      Just my 2 cents

  3. Alison

    My extended family has decided to get together to make a plan for an apocalyptic type disaster. Where do you suggest we start in our planning process? Obviously we will dole out responsibilities like who will be responsible for stockpiling guns,ammo,food,water,medication…. One problem we are running into is some of us want to bring friends along, which would end up including their families, others of us feel it wouldn’t be fair to our group to let ‘outsiders’ come in and use up our supplies. Still there is the argument that there is strength in numbers… What do you think. Also wil you be teaching your course anywhere in the four states area anytime soon? I live in Missouri. Thanks.
    Alison

  4. James (jim) B. Gibb

    I don’t want to step on anyone’s toes here, but I have a comment about collecting water and practical safe place. With water you do not want to collect water off any shingled roof because of toxins in tar. have good inexpensive idea. Water off steel or clay tile roof is ok. As for your safe place, you need to find a location with several ways to reach it. If it’s farther than one tank of gas you may have to hide gas along escape route. Look for spring water if there is possibility of toxic fallout from fires etc. from industrial site or bomb.
    Hope this helps.
    jim

  5. Ross

    hello I am in the final stages of preparing my off the grid survival cabin for me and 2 friends in northern CA. This “cabin” is 10×12 with a loft and a 8×10 porch and we want everything stored there ahead of time so all we have to do with the economy finally collapses is have to gas up the car and just drive up there. Although my concern is that storing all of the foods up there bears will smell it and break into the cabin and eat it? And if I am right what can i do to prevent that?

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