Aug 18

Carrying a Load

Contributed post by tweell

I try to re-evaluate my preps from time to time, and my BoB is the latest casualty of this check. My car bag is designed to get me back to my home, with the minimum weight possible. My Bug out Bag for exiting the premises, never to return, is a lot heavier. Too much so, my knees explained while recently hiking with it.

I can stand to lose some weight and become more fit, and am working to do just that. However, that does not guarantee that the BoB will become bearable. I can remove weight from the BoB, but I’m throwing away options with every ounce. Truth is, I would like it to have a few more things, only that was too much weight ten years ago.

Given that, I’ve been investigating ways to put that weight on wheels instead of knees.

Here’s the ones I looked at.

1. Little Red Wagon. The grandkids aren’t using it any more, so why not put it to holding my preps?

  • Good – it only requires one hand, can hold just about everything I’d like to take along, easy to load and unload.
  • Bad – it is unstable when going fast, turning or on anything other than flat ground.
  • Ugly – it’s noisy, even after greasing the axles.
  • Conclusion – this severely limits where I can go, and doesn’t look like it would last long. Not recommended.

2. Hand truck (2 wheel dolly). With some bungie cords, it can carry the majority of my gear.

  • Good – the collapsible kind fits neatly into very little space, easy to handle.
  • Bad – even worse on anything other than flat ground than the wagon was.
  • Conclusion – only for urban areas, and wouldn’t last long there before wearing out. Not recommended.

3. Game cart. These are either 1 or 2 wheeled. I went for the 2 wheeled cart because I could use that with one hand if needed, plus it could hold more.

  • Good – will go most places I can, best load capacity.
  • Bad – nothing noted.
  • Ugly – assembly required if in car, unusual look draws attention (something I had not really thought of).
  • Conclusion – not bad, especially in rural areas. Recommended.

4. Bicycle. With time, bungie cords and some modification, a bicycle will carry my gear, and I can even ride it.

  • Good – speed, decent load capacity, best at handling terrain.
  • Bad – nothing noted.
  • Ugly – assembly required if in car, most time needed to load and unload.
  • Conclusion – it can carry what I need, has the capability to get me places quicker and won’t draw attention like a game cart. My Choice.

Circumstances can make for different choices. Given that, even the most strong and fit would make better time if most of that BoB wasn’t wearing them down. Shouldn’t a bicycle (or game cart) be in your prepping plans?

May 23

AZ Fire restrictions begin Friday, May 23, 2014

The following is from AZ Game and Fish Department’s 20-May-2014 enews…

PHOENIX – To reduce the looming threat of summer wildfires following one of Arizona’s driest winters on record, officials have announced fire restrictions for many locations throughout Arizona. The restrictions take effect just as the busy Memorial Day weekend begins on Friday, May 23.

Fire danger conditions, local closures and restrictions are subject to change. Many of the state’s most popular destinations will be affected by the fire restrictions that take effect this Friday.

Stage II and elevated fire restrictions have been issued for Prescott National Forest and Tonto National Forest. The following activities will be prohibited in these forests as of May 23:

  • Building, maintaining, attending or using a fire or campfire
  • Smoking, except in an enclosed vehicle or building
  • Possessing, using or discharging fireworks or pyrotechnic device
  • Discharging a firearm, except during a lawful hunt
  • Using explosives
  • Operating chainsaws or equipment with internal combustion engines between the hours of 1 p.m. and 1 a.m.
  • Using internal or external combustion engines without properly installed, approved, working spark arrestors
  • Welding and use of acetylene or other torches with open flame
  • Using or operating motor vehicles off forest system roads, except when parking within 10 feet of a road where there is no brush or vegetation, or overnight parking in developed campgrounds and trailheads

Officials also announced Stage I fire restrictions for specific lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management. In addition to the Stage II and elevated fire restrictions listed above, the discharge of air rifles, exploding targets or gas guns except during a lawful hunt will be also be prohibited on lands managed by the BLM Lower Sonoran and Hassayampa field offices, BLM land in the counties of Maricopa, Pima, Pinal and Yavapai, the Sonoran Desert National Monument and the Agua Fria National Monument. Exceptions and exclusions to fire restrictions in these BLM-administered areas will permit certain limited activities, including:

  • Fires in fire rings or grills provided by officials in developed campsites or picnic areas
  • Smoking in areas with a diameter of at least 10 feet that are clear of brush and all flammable materials
  • Use of devices solely fueled by liquid petroleum or LPG fuels that can be turned on and off in areas clear of all overhead and surrounding flammable materials within three feet of the device
  • Otherwise prohibited activities are allowed if a person possesses a written permit authorizing the activity, as well as in areas where written and posted notice specifically authorizes the activity

The Gila River Fire Department has issued Open Burning Permit Restrictions and Moratorium, which is a community no-burn notice that prohibits outdoor fires typically used to dispose of refuse.

For more information about restrictions in specific locations, visit the Arizona Interagency Wildfire Prevention and Information website at 

And stay current on wildfires and other notifications at AZ Emergency Information Network at

May 21

Arizona Survivalist/Prepper Expo in Prescott Valley May 31-Jun 1, 2014

Arizona Survivalist / Prepper Expo is bringing their 7th Expo to the Prescott area again! Northern Arizonans have 2 days to attend the Expo this time .. May 31 and June 1 .. at Tim’s Toyota Center in Prescott Valley.

Some examples of the speakers and topics include…

  • Sheriff Mascher of Yavapai County will be speaking about 2nd Amendment Rights
  • Hydroponic and Aquaponic gardening
  • Gardening seeds and food related concerns
  • Power sources you can use, when the lights go out for good
  • Back care in a SHTF situation (Dr. Austin from Tucson will be bringing some information and self adjusting techniques to use on your back)
  • How to prepare the ultimate Bug-Out-Bag
  • The ever popular TV star from Doomsday Preppers, Tim Ralston, will be displaying the latest and greatest in survival gear — with new innovations being introduced at the EXPO!
  • And even more Arizona based stars from the Doomsday Preppers show, such Brian and Sheila Moffat demonstrating various self defense techniques, along with Chad Hudspeth demonstrating his latest Aquaponic gardening set ups.

The complete speaker roster is available online plus there will be over 75 vendors onsite during the 2 day event. Also, as part of the Freedom Rally, organizers will pass out mini-Constitutions / Bill of Rights booklets to the first 1300 families / couples (or individuals) through the doors.

Download the EXPO color flyer in PDF … and please help spread the word!

Where: Tim’s Toyota Center 3201 N Main St, Prescott Valley, AZ 86314
When: Saturday, May 31, 2014 9am – 5pm / Sunday, June 1, 2014 9am – 4pm

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

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

To learn more visit or follow the EXPO organizers on Facebook

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:
His YouTube site can be found here:

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]

To learn more visit 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

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

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

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