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Episode 22 S1-22

Preparing for an Evacuation Situation


Special Guest:

Day After Disaster Ch 22

~James Talmage Stevens~

In the Day After Disaster adventure, Vince describes to Erika what happened to Dex and him when the Great Quake hit.  Today, James Talmage Stevens, aka Dr. Prepper, the author of Doctor Prepper’s Making the Best of the Basics Family Preparedness Handbook joins us to discuss steps that you can take to be prepared if you are ever faced with a disaster scenario.

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Have a No Go Point

  • Have your "E-Pac" ready - Emergency Preparedness Action Pack. Do it "right" now! 

  • It takes discipline to "bugout." Your home is one of the most important assets in your life. You are leaving it behind for marauders. Bloom where you are planted. Your home should be an in home convenience store. You should be able to camp within the walls of your home. 

  • Put your home in a smart location. Think about water, size of town, defensibility, distance to fire station and emergency services. 

  • Predetermine what your limits are that would make you leave.  What are your parameters to stay? Where are you going to go? 

  • Keep your head together and be rational about the threat. 

Your E-Pac:


  • The stuff you pack should be the stuff you use. If you don't use it now don't pack it for then. You will want comfort foods to calm you under high stress conditions.

  • Don't take other people's words for your salvation get out there and test out the stuff yourself. What do you need?

  • Where you are going will also make a big difference in what you pack.

  • If you have a medical condition you must prepare for it!

  • Production doesn't mean you have to grow it. Go buy it or pick it. Buy canned or packaged products now and keep them sealed.

  • Remember to pack toilet paper.

  • What is critical for your family? It will be different for everyone!



Food or Tools?What is more important to you?

  • Can you use the tool?

  • Don't buy secondary items until you have all the primary ones purchased!

  • What skills do you have to help with the restoration? You may want those.

Internal Frame Pack vs. External Frame Pack:

  • Either way, something is better than nothing.

  • Where are you going?

  • How long will you be there?

  • How large is your body and what can you carry?

  • How much water can you carry? Learn to filter it yourself!

  • You don't need the latest and greatest, it just needs to be serviceable.

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Day After Disaster Ch 22

~James Talmage Stevens~

“I grew up in the post-WW II ex-urban lifestyle that included living by self-reliance principles. Our family lived the preparedness lifestyle long before it was considered an attribute! On the farm of my maternal grandfather, we lived pretty much off the land. We played on haystacks and inside the barns. We raised chickens, pigs, cows, horses, and raised crops we could preserve and store. We also raised family-size crops of corn, sugar cane, peas, beans, carrots, squash, onions, cucumbers, and hot peppers––don’t forget the okra and eggplant!

“Everything went into a bottle––I actually thought food grew in bottles in the dark of the basement till I was 7-8 years old! It was in the late summer after my 8th birthday that I found out how all those fruits and veggies got into those bottles in the basement storeroom. That was the summer my mother and grandmother determined I was old enough to learn how to tend the garden, pick the vegetables, and participate in the canning, bottling, and pickling––and hauling the jars to the basement!

 “After several years, our family moved to a larger house on less land farther out of the city. A yard garden, in-home food production and food preservation continued to be part of life until my college days.

 “In January 1974 I developed Making the Best of Basics—Family Preparedness Handbook as a post-college project. Now that the 11th Edition of Making the Best of Basics has been published for this generation, I have come to the conclusion that it doesn’t matter what causes the need––If you are prepared, you need not fear!”

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