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Episode 193 S5-29

Survival Stories


Special Guest:

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~Ron Foster~

Erika's harrowing ordeal with her nemesis TJ Swenson continues in the Dark Days in Denver adventure. As her survival story unfolds, we welcome Author Ron Foster to share his many tales of survival, both fiction and non-fiction.

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Ron Foster is a man with a long list of disaster management credentials. His experience in this field, coupled with his childhood spent as a southern country boy, turn his fictional works into educational experiences. His non-fiction books contain many tips and tricks that will keep you fed and surviving during any disaster scenario.

As an individual concerned with preparedness, Ron noticed that many others were not. He published Prepper Road March with the intention of teaching individuals preparedness with a fictional story.


One area Ron doesn't plan for is where his characters direct the novel. He believes in letting the book write itself and oftentimes he is just as enthralled as the reader when he is done.

Ron ended up turning his Prepper trilogy into one book titled The Longest Walk. The whole series is designed to get people interested in prepping. Ron believes that you should, "prepare to lose everything but your mind." He even includes product references in his book in an effort to direct new preparedness minded folks towards quality products that they can use for their personal survival.

When Ron started into the industry ideas like solar storms and EMPs weren't very well known yet. It was concepts like these that encouraged Ron to start teaching people little tricks that could make their lives much better in a survival situation. Things like: How to find water in the city and the fact that fresh foods should be eaten completely before any cans are opened.

Ron draws from his personal experiences to craft his characters. One man, known as Dumptruck, is a bouncer and appears both in Ron's life and in his books. Ron's main character, David, is a fictional representation of himself. Most of the other characters have been designed this way as well to provide depth to their personalities. His characters are typically from the south and Ron has coined the term "southern prepper fiction" to describe the overall feeling of the book. He likes to tell the story with as much realism as possible.

The setting for most of his books is Georgia, Alabama and Florida. However, he has written novelettes to highlight certain characters from other places in the world. 

Each book has a new lesson. For example, Ron's book, Old Fart Survival Guide, teaches individuals how to bug-in or shelter in place with minimal work while still doing more for your long term comfort level. In general, Ron takes a backwoods approach of knowing your protein sources and obtaining them with minimal effort. In Our End of the Line, his newest book, the character carries a .22 short. Ron chose this caliber because of the limited amount of noise it makes. In an at home application .22 short is a cheaper ammo than most and it allows you to maximize your practice time.

Ron doesn't really have a favorite prepper author, although he does read a lot of SHTF plan. His favorite preparedness TV show was Colony. Not the drama, the show where they set up a group in a survival situation and filmed them to see how they would respond to the circumstances.

Another great quote from Ron: "If you don't know how to catch a bird, you'll be reduced to eating what birds eat."

If Ron had to leave his home with only one item, it would be his Henry .22. The second item he would bring is a poncho. Ron believes that in a long term survival situation, the biggest skill you could possess is the proper mindset. He believes that the ability to understand the physiology of the disaster will be your biggest asset when it comes to survival.

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~Ron Foster~

Southern prepper fiction author, Ron Foster has shared his vast knowledge in a large library of books about survival and preparedness, both fiction and nonfiction. He is best known for his "southern prepper fiction"- a term that he coined. Even his prepper fiction books are loaded with survival and self sufficiency techniques that one can learn from. Ron Foster's knowledge in his field is extensive and has well prepared him for writing about survival in a post-apocalyptic world, where society has broken down.

He has had many competencies in his background including, being a Gemologist (diamond and colored stone appraiser), an Investment Banker, an Army Soldier and an Air Force Airman. Other skills landed him as a Corporate Administrator and Entrepreneur in many different capacities. Ron has also received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Empire State College in Human Services, with a specialty in Emergency Management Administration and Planning, at the age of 50. He has a Masters of Administrative Science (MAS) Degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University with seven graduate certificates.

Certifications include: Alabama Emergency Managers Association (Certified Emergency Manager), National Association Of Safety Professionals (Certified Emergency Management Specialist), FEMA Professional Development Certificate Series awarded.

Graduate Certificates in: Administrative Science, Emergency Management Administration, Global Security and Terrorism Studies Certificate, Displaced Persons Certificate, School Security & Safety Administration Certificate, Law and Public Safety Administration, and Non Profit Organization and Management.

He also holds a Masters of Science  Degree from Capella University in Human Services.

Read one book written by Ron Foster, and you'll want to read more. You'll be sure to enjoy, and you'll have a few tricks up your sleeve when your done! Tricks that could save your life.

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