Feb 23

PrepperFestAZ Expo March 21–23, 2014

PrepperFestAZ flyerPrepperFestAZ Expo is coming to the Arizona State Fairgrounds March 21 – 23, 2014.

PrepperFestAZ offers you a family friendly, interactive, hands-on experience where you can enjoy a variety of preparedness and permaculture activties including:

  • Four classrooms of seminars boasting an “A-List” cadre of self-reliance and healthy living speakers. PrepperFest AZ Expo will have approximately 75 classes all expo long. The vast majority of the educational seminars are free of charge, included in the modest cost of your $10 (with coupon) admission ticket.
  • A 50+ page event program with a list of all exhibitors and a solid amount of introductory prepper information you can use to help enroll your friends and family whom are slacking in their preps to Snap out of the Normalcy Bias and “get with the program”.
  • A HEALTHY LIVING PAVILION where you can receive all sorts of resources on GMO Free & Gluten Free living as well as speak with advocates on Colloidal Silver, Herbal Remedies, Essential Oils and a host of other Naturopathic Remedies.
  • A HAM RADIO PAVILION where you can explore how EXTREMELY EASY it is to get a HAM license and have a communications tool that will work in a grid down scenario.
  • A CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS PAVILION with some of the nation’s leading advocates including OATH KEEPERS founder Stewart Rhodes, Sheriff Richard Mack, Shane Krauser & Alan Korwin.
  • A PERMACULTURE PAVILION where you can receive all sorts of valuable information on permaculture, which is long term self-reliance.

Download the Expo flyer in PDF (or click above graphic) and get $2.00 off the day of event price if you bring the flyer.

What: PrepperFestAZ EXPO

Where: Arizona State Fairgrounds 1826 W McDowell Rd, Phoenix AZ 85007

When: Friday, March 21, 2014 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday, March 22, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday, March 23, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Admission: $10 in advance / $12 day of event (Kids under 12 are free)


Contact:  Tony Tangalos 602-321-4100

Sponsored by The Prepper Patch Radio Show (listen live Sundays 2:00 – 3:00 pm on 1100 AM KFNX)

Jan 01

Becoming an Outdoors Woman Deluxe workshop Jan 24-26, 2014

The following announcement is from Arizona Game and Fish Department:

Whether you love the outdoors or are a bit wary of the wilderness, the “Becoming an Outdoors Woman Deluxe” workshop is a great way to enjoy a fun-filled weekend with like-minded women.

The workshop is set for Jan. 24-26, 2014 at Saguaro Lake Ranch, nestled on the banks of the Salt River across from the picturesque Bulldog Cliffs. The BOW Deluxe weekend features comfortable lodging in nicely outfitted resort-style ranchettes, delicious meals and a beautiful location.

BOW has something of interest to everyone and every skill level. There are workshops and activities for experienced outdoor enthusiasts and for women who have never hiked, camped, hunted or held a fishing pole.

Kayaking on Saguaro Lake, birding, archery, landscape photography, and horseback riding are just a few of the popular activities offered at BOW.

New this year is a class on optics. There will also be a session on hunting javelina, and a varmint-call stand. Jean Groen, author of “Foods of the Superstitions,” will be on hand to give a presentation about edible and medicinal plants of the southwest desert. The desert survival class is informative and fun. Dutch oven classes will guide guests through the preparation of the evening meals. There are fun evening activities as well, including a fashion show, a wine and cheese tasting, and a javelina presentation.

The cost is $380, and includes instruction, program materials, use of equipment, deluxe lodging and meals Friday evening through Sunday lunch. Details of class descriptions can be found on the Arizona Wildlife Federation site or call (480) 644-0077. The Becoming and Outdoor Woman Deluxe program is sponsored by the Arizona Wildlife Federation with the support of the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

NOTE: There are 2 other BOW events scheduled for 2014 – April 25-27 and September 5-7 — both at Friendly Pines Camp in Prescott and Scholarships are available for both workshops. Learn more

Aug 28

Rabbits and HAM: Food and Commo for the End of the World!

One of the 8-28Rabbits2simplest ways to prepare for disaster is to buy and stock up on ready-made foods and gear. There is nothing wrong with this unless it is your only strategy or unless you are only interested in being able to survive for a week or two. However, during any kind of disaster that might last weeks, months or indefinitely, it is necessary to have a longer-term plan. This involves sustainable food and sustainable, effective communications.

The most i8-28Rabbits3important thing to remember about long-term prepping is that there is a point where skills actually start to trump gear. Nobody can live indefinitely off of nothing but supplies if there are no skills to allow for sustainable resources. In the case of food, this realistically should include meat. Sustainable meat is very easy to provide in a number of ways, but one of the easiest and most convenient for the prepper is backyard rabbits.

Just like sustaina8-28Commo1ble food, the prepper also should be concerned with sustainable communications. That is, not only radio systems that work and have range, but also are powered by a sustainable, off-grid power source. If you could only choose one type of radio to become involved with as a prepper, learn about and operate, it should probably be HAM or amateur radio.

Join Sam Coffman of The Human Path on America Preppers Radio in today’s broadcast as he explains some tips and tricks for back yard rabbits as a sustainable food source, and also discusses various forms of post-disaster communication to include amateur radio.

For live broadcast go to Listen & Chat tonight 7:00pm/Est. 6:00pm/Ct. 4:00pm/Pt.

For archived shows of The Human Path Go Here! For all hosts archived shows Go Here!

Put the players on your website Go Here!

Sam’s survival school is called The Human Path and can be found online here:  http://www.thehumanpath.com
His YouTube site can be found here:  www.youtube.com/TheHumanPath

Jul 13

Arizona Survivalist/Prepper Expo in Prescott Valley Aug 24, 2013

Many people have been asking organizers of the Arizona Survivalist / Prepper Expo to bring the event to the Prescott area – and they’ve heard you loud and clear! Northern Arizonans need to mark your calendars for August 24, 2013 when the EXPO and many local exhibitors and speakers will descend upon Tim’s Toyota Center in Prescott Valley.

According to Expo founder and organizer Lance Baker, the speakers agenda is still in the works and will be posted online as soon as possible. Baker said the plan is to run a different speaker or two every hour starting at 9:30 AM, with topics ranging from Gold and Silver investing, to field medical training and more. (All seminars are included in the price of your Expo ticket.)

arizona survival prepper expo prescott valley 2013

Download color flyer in PDF

Some examples of products that will be on display include:

  • Freeze Dried Foods / MRE’s /Home canned products
  • Water filtration equipment and supplies
  • Storage options, water barrels, food grade buckets
  • Tactical and Military Surplus equipment and Clothing
  • Camping equipment, backpacks, and more
  • Survival gardening seeds, supplies, ideas
  • Bug Out Bags, suggestions and supplies
  • Solar ovens / solar kits / solar ideas
  • Emergency Medical Equipment and First Aid Supplies … and much more!
arizona survival prepper expo prescott valley 2013 bw flyer

Download B&W flyer in PDF

Download the EXPO color flyer in PDF (or click above color graphic) … or download the smaller black & white flyer (2 per sheet) in PDF (or click B&W graphic) … and please help spread the word!

Where: Tim’s Toyota Center 3201 N Main St, Prescott Valley, AZ 86314
When: Saturday, August 24, 2013 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

General admission: $10.00 (Kids 12 & under free)

Contact (Media / Questions / Vendor Information): Lance Baker 480-229-5691 or arizonasurvivalistshows [at] gmail.com

To learn more visit  www.arizonasurvivalistshow.com or follow the EXPO organizers on Facebook

And join the discussion in the Arizona Preppers Network forum ~ esp. if you’d like to meet up with some local AZPN / APN members at this exciting event.

Jul 11

Pull Aside – Stay Alive (safety video + tips about dust storms)

Arizona’s monsoon can bring some incredible dust storms (a.k.a. haboobs) that almost seem to swallow up cities and towns in and around Phoenix metro..

If you are caught driving when one of these monsters blows in, AZ DOT created a great safety video (see below) and we’re summarizing some tips from AZ DPS:

  • Turn on your headlights to make yourself as visible as much as possible.
  • Slow down and keep some distance between you and the car ahead of you so you can react if something goes bad.
  • If conditions get too bad, pull off the road as far as you can then TURN OFF all of your lights. And keep your foot OFF the brake — you don’t want brake lights on since someone may see them thinking that’s where the road is and they might rear end you.
  • Be prepared every time you get on AZ freeways and highways. You never know when you might get caught in a backup. Accidents can take several hours to clear so always take water and food with you on every trip.

Also check out AZDOT’s video and remember… PULL ASIDE — STAY ALIVE..!

Jul 06

Memorial Service for our Arizona 19 (and ways to help fallen firefighters’ families)

yarnell iaff logo used on az19 memorial programA Memorial Service for Arizona’s fallen firefighters will be held Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at Tim’s Toyota Center (3201 N Main St, Prescott Valley, AZ 86314) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The remains of the Arizona 19 will be escorted, with full Honor Guard, from Phoenix to the Yavapai County Medical Examiner’s Office on Sunday, July 7. The procession is planned to begin at 11 a.m. from Phoenix and a vast majority of the route is open to the public for those who would like to pay tribute to the Arizona 19 (a.k.a. Prescott 19 or Yarnell 19).

The procession route from Phoenix to Prescott Valley can be viewed on YarnellFallenFirefighters.com

How to help the families of our fallen heroes

The Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial Incident Management Team would like to express their gratitude for the huge outpouring of concern from across the country. More than $800,000 has been received by three firefighter-endorsed organizations: the 100 Club of Arizona, the Wildland Firefighters Foundation, and the United Phoenix Firefighters Association.

Other similar websites have also been created, but their intent or credibility has not been verified by the Team. We encourage all donors to first check the credibility and confirm their 501C3 status before donating. Credit cards can be used for donations on the official website, and 100 percent of donations will be given to the 19 families. (Monetary donations are preferred.)  Learn more

Also, the Prescott Firefighter’s Charities is operated by Prescott firefighters, and they are ensuring 100% of any and all donations will go to the families of the fallen firefighters. No money will be diverted for administration costs, advertising, etc. The only exception is a 2.3% processing fee charged by PayPal, which is a lower fee than typical credit card transaction rates. Learn more

Yavapai College is creating a scholarship fund for the children and spouses of the 19 firefighters who died battling the wildfire in Yarnell. Officials at the Prescott school say some of the Granite Mountain Hotshots team members were Yavapai College students and many were in its fire science program. The Granite Mountain Hotshots Scholarship Fund will provide two-year scholarships for the community college education needs of the children and spouses of the fallen firefighters. Read more

Fire updates and On-going Investigation

InciWeb reports the Yarnell Hill Fire has reached 90% containment as of early morning July 6, 2013. Some evacuations have been lifted, and there continue to be some road closures. For updates on road closures call ADOT at 602-712-7355 or check their website or follow @ArizonaDOT on Twitter. For updates on the fire follow Yarnell Hill Fire on Facebook or @yarnellhillfire on Twitter … or visit www.azein.gov

The Yarnell Hill Investigation Team continues its investigation of the fatalities according to AZEIN. The Investigation Team consists of 8–10 investigators from around the country with expertise in several relevant aspects of fire behavior and suppression strategies and tactics. Their responsibility is to understand what happened as completely as possible and to find lessons to be learned. The team will provide periodic updates but a final report will not be available for some time. The Arizona State Forestry Division is coordinating the investigation.

Jul 02

Yarnell Hill Fire updates and a tribute to our fallen hotshots

yarnell hill fireArizona suffered a devastating loss this past weekend. Nineteen firefighters, including 18 from the elite Granite Mountain Hotshots of Prescott, died Sunday fighting an out-of-control wildfire in Yarnell, a tiny town roughly 80 miles northwest of Phoenix.

About half of the town’s 500 homes were feared destroyed by the blaze, which began early Friday evening and had spread to 8,400 acres by Monday.

Both Yarnell and the neighboring Peeples Valley have been evacuated and fire crews reported zero containment as of Monday night (1-Jul-2013).

For the latest updates, visit the Arizona Emergency Information Network or follow Yarnell Hill Fire on twitter (@YarnellHillFire) or on Facebook.

Bill and I would also like to take a moment to extend our condolences to the elite fallen firefighters, their families, the cities of Yarnell and Prescott and the entire firefighter nation. We also wanted to share a copy of a prayer written by the wife of a hotshot several years ago.

The Hotshot’s Prayer

~~ by Patricia Huston, IHC Wife (c) Oct 2002 ~~

When I am called to duty, Lord
To fight the roaring blaze,
Please keep me safe and strong
I may be here for days.

Be with my fellow crewmembers,
as we hike up to the top.
Help us cut enough line,
For this blaze to stop.

Let my skills and hands
be firm and quick.
Let me find those safety zones,
as we hit and lick.

For if this day on the line,
I should lose my life,
Lord, bless my Hotshot Crew,
my children and my wife.

yarnell hill fire in memory of fallen firefighters LODDs

Jun 29

Modern-day preppers prepare for the unexpected

Our thanks to Irene Messina at Tucson Weekly for including Arizona Preppers Network in her article. 

tucson weekly 27jun2013Modern-day preppers prepare for the unexpected, even if doomsday never comes

by Irene Messina

It’s another hot evening in the Old Pueblo as you sit in your air-conditioned home, drinking a cold beverage while watching satellite television. Suddenly the TV goes off, the lights fade to black and all appliances stop running. Normally, service is repaired in a few hours, but what if it takes days, weeks or months?

While this is the plot of NBC’s Revolution—a J.J. Abrams’ adventure that explores what life would be like if the power went out—it’s a reality that preppers plan for, both physically and mentally.

The term prepper is perhaps a softer word for survivalist. As Tucson prepper Todd explains, “Survivalism got a really dirty name in the ’80s, where the archetype was a camo-clad Bible thumper who lives in the woods with a pile of firearms.”

Todd defines a prepper as someone who makes preparations to outlive or outlast any number of man-made or natural disasters. “Modern-day preppers run the gamut. There are people interested in gardening, hydroponics, aquaculture, canning … there is no one cookie-cutter description of a prepper.”  …   Continue reading on TucsonWeekly.com 

Jun 27

Heat-related illnesses

extreme heat june 2013 fox10Triple digit temperatures during the summer are typical in Arizona, but this weekend will really push the mercury up for millions of us.

Forecasters are saying areas like Phoenix metro and Yuma may see 118F over the next several days while Tucson and surrounding areas may hit 111F — so remember some basic common sense tips while outdoors…

  • Avoid hard physical work during the warmest part of the day if possible (between 10a and 3p)
  • Wear loose, light clothing, shades and a wide brimmed hat
  • Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.
  • Use sunscreen
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Check on family, friends and neighbors who are alone and do not have air conditioning
  • Pay attention to little ones around pools
  • Watch for heat exhaustion and heatstroke.

There are two major types of heat illness – HEAT EXHAUSTION and HEAT STROKE. If heat exhaustion is left untreated it can lead to heat stroke. Both conditions are serious, however, heat stroke is a major medical emergency and getting victim’s body temperature cooled down is more critical than getting fluids in their body. Heat stroke can lead to death.

Things to watch for…

Heat Cramps
Muscle pains and spasms (usually first sign that body’s having trouble with the heat)

Heat Exhaustion
Cool, clammy, or pale skin
Light-headed or dizzy and weak
Racing heart
Sick to the stomach (nausea)
Very thirsty or heavy sweating (sometimes)

Heat Stroke (also called Sunstroke)
Very hot and dry skin
Light-headed or dizzy
Confusion, drowsiness or fainting
Rapid breathing and rapid heartbeat
Convulsions, passes out or slips into a coma

What to do…

  • Get victim to a cool or shady place and rest.
  • Lightly stretch or massage muscles to relieve cramps.
  • Loosen clothing around waist and neck to improve circulation and remove sweaty clothes.
  • Cool down victim’s body – put wet cloths on victim’s face, neck and skin and keep adding cool water to cloth… or if outdoors, use hose or stream. Also, fan the victim or get inside air-conditioned place.
  • Have victim sip cool water (NO alcohol – it dehydrates!)

If victim refuses water, pukes or starts to pass out:

  • Call for an ambulance or call 9-1-1.
  • Put victim on their side to keep airway open.
  • Keep cooling down their body by placing ice or cold cloths on wrists, neck, armpits, and groin area (where leg meets the hip) or keep adding water to cloths. Also fan the victim.
  • Check victim’s ABCs… Airway, Breathing, & Circulation.
  • Stay with victim until medical help arrives.

Remember, HEAT STROKE (also known as sunstroke) is a medical emergency and can cause the victim to slip into a coma — getting a victim’s body temperature cooled down is more important than getting fluids in their body!

Above extracted from IT’S A DISASTER!…and what are YOU gonna do about it? by Bill & Janet Liebsch ~ proceeds help fund APN

Also visit the American Preppers Network forum for more information about Heat-related illnesses and Tips for dealing with heat (both humans and critters) … and stay safe and COOL out there! itsa / j

Jun 20

AZ wildfire updates: Doce Fire near Prescott 19Jun2013

Doce fire Prescott Arizona June 2013 photo by USFSUpdate from AZ Emergency Information Network as of 10:25p June 19, 2013:

The Doce Fire (pronounced “Dough-see”) is burning on the Prescott National Forest approximately 8 miles northwest of Prescott, Arizona, near Granite Mountain Wilderness.

The human-caused fire has grown to 7,500 acres and is 0 percent contained.

Crews made progress establishing a safe anchor point and constructing indirect fireline on the east and west flanks of the fire, while homes in the subdivisions north of the fire were assessed and prepped with sprinklers for protection.

No structures have been lost and no further evacuations have been necessary.

A community meeting is planned for Thursday, June 20 at 6:00 pm in the Ruth Theatre located at Prescott High School Auditorium. The incident management team will provide an update on fire suppression efforts and answer questions from the public.

Doce fire prescott arizona june 2013

Evacuations / Road Closures:

The areas of Granite Basin Homes, Black Jack, Camp Anytown, Sundown Acres, Cielo Grande, Old Stage Acres, south half of Mint Creek Wash and American Ranch remain evacuated. Neighborhoods in the Williamson Valley corridor are on notice for potential evacuation.

Iron Springs Road south of the fire between the intersection with Williamson Valley Road and Conteras Road is closed to the public. Williamson Valley Road east of the fire between Pioneer Parkway and Outer Loop Road is also closed to the public.

The entire area of the Doce Fire is closed to public access. The closure area can be viewed at the Prescott National Forest webpage.

Individuals who may have seen suspicious activity related to the Doce Fire are asked to contact Forest Service Law Enforcement and Investigations at (928) 527-3508 or 3509.

For more information:

AZEIN suggests people who have been evacuated to visit the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office website at www.ycsoaz.gov/ and sign up for Emergency Notifications Services to receive messages via phone, email or text.

Yavapai County Regional Alert site www.regionalinfo-alert.org/

Fire Information Phone # (928) 777-5682

Arizona Emergency Information Network Emergency Bulletins www.azein.gov

Inciweb http://inciweb.org/incident/3437/

Red Cross may provide updates on status of loved ones in the area at www.redcross.org/safeandwell

Follow Doce Fire on Twitter @DoceFire or on Facebook

And for those of you living in fire country … check out some Wildfire safety tips on APN forum

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