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Episode 317 S10-8

Disaster Communication


Special Guest:

The Bitter End Ch 8

~Butch Erskine~

Butch Erskine from Hope For Survival joins us to discuss personal preparedness communication plans and an affordable option to getting a satellite phone. TJ wishes he had better communications in the Bitter End adventure as his trip south becomes entangled with challenges.

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The owner-instructor at Butch Erskine is on a mission to teach personal preparation and branch out into family and community preparation. You have to have the proper mindset and make a personal preparedness insurance policy. FEMA will not be there to help you. FEMA only supplies what the bureaucrats request. They are concerned with rebuilding infrastructure, not ensuring individual safety.

When disaster strikes, communication is critical. Most families spread out during the day; you have to have a plan to group and a way to stay in touch if those plans change. If your only choice is to walk and the cell towers go down, how will you communicate?

A potential answer to that question is a satellite phone. However, many of these phones are expensive to purchase and charge by the minute for use. The ISATPHONE 2 available through is an affordable solution. The phone is free if you commit to a twelve-month contract. All you will pay is $230 for the first and last month payments for the policy (this includes taxes). The monthly cost is $89.95 a month. This plan gives you 100 minutes per month—the minutes’ rollover from month to month and year to year.

One text on the phone equals one minute of talking. You can set up an emergency group and send a group text to them all. Even though multiple people receive this text, it still only counts as one minute. You can call or text any cell phone or landline.

If the towers go down, you don’t have to worry because you will be able to link directly to the two satellites that rotate the equator. However, you will need to be free of dust and debris to get the signal to go, but with a clear connection, it only takes moments to connect to the satellite.

You don’t have to be a techy type of person to use this phone. It dials just like a regular phone after putting in the country code (1 for the USA).

The phone is more secure than a traditional cell phone because the signal goes directly to the satellite and not through a transmission tower. There is no guarantee that hackers can’t intercept the call, but it is better than a cell.

If you go out hiking or are in an area without cell phone coverage, you can use the satellite phone. You would be able to call 9-1-1 or call a loved one with location coordinates. The phone also has built-in GPS so rescuers can find you if you are lost.

Remember, when disaster strikes, whether it be a man-made, natural, or personal disaster, no one can prepare for you. You have to be ready, and a Satellite phone can help you get one step closer.

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The Bitter End Ch 8

~Butch Erskine~

Butch Erskine is a decorated U.S. Air Force Veteran of 20 years and public speaker on Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Recovery and author. With over 38 years of experience in all facets of global security, vulnerability assessments and emergency planning, Butch continues his efforts to focus on the spiritual and psychological foundation of the family and individual preparedness.

Butch is a native West Virginian and has resided in Huntsville, AL since 2007. A 1979 graduate of Greenbrier East High School, he entered the United States Air Force in 1983. Butch completed an Associates Degree in Industrial Security from the Community College of the Air Force in 1990, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Park University in 2003, and a Masters of Arts Degree in Emergency and Disaster Management with honors from American Military University in 2012.  Butch is a Defense Contractor working in Emergency Management developing emergency plans, processes, and procedures. Throughout life he has promoted Christian values and Constitutional freedoms.

The last eight years of his military career were spent serving special duty as a Security Advisor to U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command in support of U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), U.S. Joint Special Operations Command (JSSOC), U.S. Special Operations Command Europe (SOCEUR) and U.S. Special Operations Command Pacific (USSOCPAC).  Traveling over 300 days per year, Butch developed security and anti-terrorism plans in over 50 countries and supported the U.S. Counterterrorism Program to the United States State Department of Defense by conducting Risk Analysis and Vulnerability Assessments for numerous U.S. Embassy’s in Eastern and Western Europe and Africa.

Over the past years Butch has made it his mission to reach out to citizens to help them develop their preparedness and spiritual foundation. He believes the decline of morals, personal freedoms, as well as the increasing attacks on Christians and citizens with conservative values, along with the national debt should alert every family to immediately develop emergency plans. Butch has completed numerous Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Courses.  He graduated from the National Incident Management System (NIMS) FEMA Course to obtain a national certification and is a graduate of Incident Response to Terrorist Bombings, a FEMA/ATF In-Resident Course and FBI Active Shooter Course.

Butch has taught numerous preparedness classes for different groups. He was an instructor at Heritage Life Skills 2018, 2019 and 2021 in Waynesville, NC offering numerous classes on preparedness and self-reliance. He has taught numerous classes from NC, KY, TN, VA, SC and Alabama, including The Madison Institute, radio talk show guest discussing Preparedness, and as guest speaker on America’s Critical Infrastructure for the INFRAGUARD (FBI) Organization.

Butch is the author of two books; Hope for Survival – How Food, Water, Shelter, and Security Could Save Your Life, and, Hope for Survival – The Mindset.

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