Why Are People Afraid of Survivalism – Throwback Episode

why people are afraid of survivalismWe hear a lot in the media about “that crazy survivalist” or “those paranoid preppers” ruining things for everyone and how they are some of the worst people.  Well if you can imagine, we are not that way.  However there is a since of fear that people have in their heads that we are crazy, eccentric, hermits that live in a bunker living on nothing but MREs.  That is not true for the majority of us, however there is a fear involved when people start talking about prepping.  When I get into a conversation with others about survivalism they always to their favorite excuses on why they are not into survivalism which includes prepping.

This is what I am discussing today.  Why are people so afraid of survivalism and then at the end I speak about quick and easy ways to get started with prepping.  To me survivalism is a word that I associate with responsibility.  Responsibility for my family and responsibility for myself.  Stop being so afraid and MAN UP!


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Why are people so afraid of Survivalism?

  • My thoughts about survivalism
  • Why I feel like there is a responsibility in prepping
  • The excuses I hear all the time in opposition toward survivalism
    • it takes too much money to prepare
    • too much time involved in prepping
    • it it is too much to think about in prepping
    • Someone else will help me if something goes wrong
    • Survivalists are paranoid

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Basics of Companion Planting

basics of companion plantingIt is cold around here.  Looking across the landscape of frost and frozen trees makes me think about this years garden.  There is a practice that some gardeners use called companion planting.  This is the use of a plant to either work in harmony with another plant or to repel pests away from that plant.  There are a few rules that you should know about, but generally, it is an easy concept to grasp.  If you are a gardener, this is a show that you should really enjoy and get something out of.  If you are not, the use of companion planting will increase the health and vitality of the tress and shrubs that you have around the house.

Join me today as I speak about the use of companion planting and how it can be useful to your gardening efforts.


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What are the basics of Companion Planting?

  • Traditional garden versus companion planted garden scape
  • Top plants put into the garden and their best companions
  • What can further benefit your plants
  • Which plants should you avoid putting near each other
  • How to start your design
  • General upgrades that you should consider doing this year in your garden
  • My plan for this years harvest

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How to make a Documentation Package – Throwback Episode

documentation packageIf you can not tell, being prepared is something that is near and dear to me.  If you are unprepared for life, life will destroy you.  One of the many ways that I am going to teach you guys about is writing things down and having them available for everyone to benefit from within your family.  This is done with a documentation package.  This is a cheap and easy way to be prepared for an emergency.  With the cost of your time, printer paper, ink, and a few 3 ring binders that are lying around the house you can have list of all the information that you will need, EVER.  

Did I mention that you can keep this secret and have the information available for you and it look like nonsense to everyone else?  Check out todays show and learn how!  This is not a podcast that is here to scare you.  I am trying to make sure that if something does happen, you are prepared.  This podcast has made a valuent effort to make you a more prepared family man.  If you are having a hard time with this, check out some other podcasts with this subject.  Just click under the tag cloud lables Prep and Survival.  You can get all of your no nonsense, no tin foil hat information there!


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What goes into making a Documentation Package?

  • Why this matters to a gentlemen
  • What do you need to put it together
  • What do you put inside one of these
  • How many and where do I keep these

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Being in a “Ready” State

ready stateBeing in a state of readiness is something that most people are not.  Day to day goes by without there being any kind of issue.  This builds up normalcy bias and blinds the person of anything that could happen.  Then all of a sudden, just like in this picture, the stink hits the fan and you have to make decisions at a moments notice.  Are you prepared to make that kind of commitment?  Can your family count on you to make these decisions?  Be a man and stand up for your own responsibilities and get your family in a Ready state.

In this episode I give you tools to keep yourself in a Ready state.  These are projects and assignments that you can acomplish over the span of a weekend.  Also, these arent hard but will make you ready to deal with most anything that life can throw your way


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How do I keep myself and family in a Ready state?

  • What does it mean to be in a ready state
  • Why your family needs to be in a ready state
  • How to find what you are vulnerable to
  • Projects that you can do over the weekend to achieve this state
  • Emergency book
  • Go bags
  • Go Food
  • Alternative housing considerations
  • Keeping the car ready
  • Conclusion on the necessity of this

I mentioned in the show that I would provide extra podcast episodes for you to consider listening to.  This will help further explain my positions as it relates to being in a ready state.

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Building an Expert Level First Aid Kit – Throwback Episode

building first aid kitMedical emergencies can happen in a heartbeat and to anyone.  Having a first aid kit with you can end up being the difference between that person living or dying.  But understand there is one tool in there that everyone has to have and it absolutely makes or breaks that kit, it is your education.  So as gentlemen we need to take an approach that others have bypassed and shortcut for years and has led to many people being hurt or even made things worse because of the inexperienced.  So tune in today and learn the easy way to make your medical bag the right way and not kill someone during your progress.

Education is no joke.  You have to be trained to make sure that you are doing things correct and at the correct time.  If you give a wrench to someone that does not know how to do plumbing is useless.  Putting the same wrench in the hands of a plumber is a whole different story.  The difference between the two people is the education and experience.  Classes are not hard to find, just look up your local community college or your local YMCA.  They offer classes all of the time.

How do I build an Expert Level First Aid Kit?

  • What I saw at a gun show
  • Likelihood vs. Practical
  • How your education is a key factor in building a medical kit
  • Beginner level items for a medical kit
  • Intermediate level items for a medical kit
  • Advanced level items for a medical kit

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Caring For Your Knife

caring for your knifeA knife is one of the most well known tool that a gentleman can either use to cut down a sapling to saving their life in a disaster situation.  Every gentleman will wake up and put a knife in their pocket because things need to be cut during the day from a net to cover their flock of birds to defending themselves from a yeti attack.  There are a particular set of rules that everyone needs to know and understand about knifes before purchasing one and then caring for one when it is in their possession.  

That is what we are discussing today.  This topic was brought to you from the Facebook page, so if you have any ideas for shows, please comment in the Facebook page!  Understand that this is as much information that I could gather.  I would hope that if you have any other suggestions about this topic, take it to the forum.  We can always use expertise in this kind of topic.


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What should I be doing to care for my knife?

  • Different types of knifes and their purposes
  • How to clean and store knifes
  • Which knifes are tougher than others
  • What does it mean to “daily carry” a knife
  • Purposes of daily carry knifes
  • What kind does a firefighter carry in his pockets

During the show I talked about the coolest cutting board you have ever seen.  Check out this video!

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A Practical Assessment on Prepping

piratical preppingPrepping is a word that has been drug down the road and turned into something not resembling what it actually means.  When you take a practical look at what it means to be a prepper you will see that it not what it is made out to be.  As a Gentleman you should be concerned with the safety and well being of your family.  By not just being a prepper, but being someone that is practical about their prepping, you are going to be able to see your family through tough times.

I dive into what it means to be a practical prepper by assessing the needs of what you should store and invest in.  You not only need items and commodities for a possible disaster, but if you are practical about it, for every day life.  The way that I do my prepping is making sure that whatever I invest in, I can use on a day to day basis.  By me looking at my prepping in a practical way, I am able to justify my purchases and even save money on those purchases.  That is the manly thing to do.


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What elements of prepping are we going to assess in a practical manner?

  • Why it matters to practically assess prepping
  • Food Storage
  • Fuel Storage
  • Bug out Bag
  • Solar Energy investments

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Preparing for next Winter Storm- Weekend Manly Motivation

winter stormWinter storms are no joke.  Your family is in real danger when the winter storm strikes.  With icy roads, power outages, and temperatures that drop below freezing you are faced with a force that can kill you.  With a little bit of preparation and some forward thinking, you can not only survive this but thrive during the next winter storm that strikes.  Yesterday we enjoyed a nice 70 degree day with birds singing and sun shining.  Just like every single year, mid February we are going to get the last winter storm for the year.  Don’t let this one sneak up on you.


This is your Weekend Manly Motivation.  A podcast designed to give you a quick shot of motivation so that you are ready to crush your weekend activities.  Lasting anywhere between 5-10 minutes per episode, you are able to get a quick kick in the butt to make sure that your weekend is both productive and relaxing.


How should you prepare for the next winter storm?

  • Gathering up the materials to provide your family with
    • Water
    • Food
    • Warmth
  • Preparing a vehicle for emergencies
  • General Emergency preparations you should consider
  • Advanced lighting
  • Providing entertainment for the family

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For more information, check out one of the first podcast that I did called “Preparing for the Winter Vortex”  I go into great detail concerning your family and surviving a cold winter storm.

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Beginner Prepping – Skilled Gentlemen Throwback

beginner preppingTo most of my listeners you heard me rant on prepping and how it is a responsibility for men to do.  However, my new listeners may benefit from beginner prepping.  If you are a seasoned listener and have not started to do this for your family, now is the time to start.  The way this is different from the rest of the shows, it is how to start.  This time it is not just that you should start, but a tips on how to start.  If by the end of the show you should be convenience that prepping is in your best interest for you and your family.  I am not sure how many different ways I can say it.  Do remember that I can be a resource for information on how to meet your goals and hopefully can be a very good resource.


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HOW DO WE GET BACK TO THE BASICS OF BEGINNER PREPPING?

  • Why this matters to you
  • How this matters for your family
  • How to start
  • 5 survival needs

Resources mentioned in today’s show:

This is a throwback episode to a later date.  I am currently out of the office and spending time with my family and friends.  I will be active on social media and encourage you to contact me there.  On January 2nd, I will be back in the office and ready to start Season 3 of Skilled Gentlemen Podcast!

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How to Survive a Hurricane

how to survive a hurricaneWe are right in the middle of the hurricane season.  We just got through hurricane Matthew with decimated parts of Florida and up to Virginia.  Were you prepared for it?  The sobering fact that most people are not prepared for something like this is troubling.  As gentlemen we should be prepared to make that decision to either stay in or get out of dodge of the storm.  If you stay in, do you know what you need?  If you go, do you know what you need?  There are too many people that are not prepared for either situation or even know which decision they should choose.

This is the topic of discussion today.  Hurricanes are not something we can stop from occurring, but we can get more educated and more prepared for the eventuality that it could come through and effect us.  As the man of the family, we have to be ready to pull the trigger and make the decision to stay or leave.

Mentioned in the podcast today are the items that safecastle has to offer for your hurricane preparedness:


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How do you survive a hurricane?

    • Dangers associated with hurricanes
    • How to make the bug in/out decision
    • Stay in kit
    • Bug out kit
    • How to stay in contact with your family if separated
    • Q&A with a listener that got his wife through hurricane Matthew

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