Recently Jim Cobb asked if I’d be interested in reviewing some DVD’s from Panteao Productions called Make Ready to Survive. He’s one of five instructors featured. Jim has been my DestinySurvival Radio guest a few times to talk about his books, and I was happy to take him up on the opportunity. After seeing the first three DVD’s in the series, I can highly recommend them to you.
Let me first tell you a little about the company. Then I’ll comment on each of the DVD’s. I believe you’ll want to view them for yourself.
It’s only been in recent months that the company has ventured into the realm of preparedness and bushcraft skills. But they’re definitely not newcomers to producing quality video presentations. They’re known more for videos on self-defense and concealed carry to competitive shooting and tactical firearms training. They also produce documentaries and industry videos, including online exclusive content.
The Make Ready to Survive Series
You’ll see techniques critical for survival. The videos review gear and supplies to have on hand, and they go through all aspects of proper planning. Information is presented in a low key fashion. No fear mongering or hype.
All of these DVD’s are professionally done. Quality is excellent. No second rate YouTube stuff here. You won’t be distracted by wind blowing into the microphone. No blurry or jumpy camera shots. No poor camera angles or views from a distance. You’ll be able to see demonstrations up close. And you can hear clearly what’s being said.
Run time for segments (or chapters) varies. Some are only a minute or two. Some are 10 or 15 minutes. To watch the whole DVD straight through can take anywhere from a little over an hour to a few minutes over two hours. I didn’t check exact times.
Watch, take notes, then watch again as you se fit. Watch all the way through if you can so you can get a good overview of the material, then go back over the parts by individual chapter later. A leaflet contained in the DVD packaging lists the chapters you’ll see and the sponsors who made it possible.
You’ll see a variety of specific products demonstrated, but these videos aren’t infomercials by any means. If you’re like me, you want at least one of everything described. Seriously though, if you see something you like, make note of it. Then–if you would be so kind–look for it in the DestinySurvival Prep Mart. Purchases through there keep this site going.
The first three videos in the series are…
- Essentials of Survival
- Short Term Prep & Plan
- Building a Survival Kit
- Medicinal Plants
- Improvised Trapping
- Land Navigation
- Signaling for Rescue
- Bugging Out
- Emergency & Disaster Management
- Firearm Selection
- Civil Breakdown
- Suburban & City Environment
- Shelter, Fire, Water
- Ppaul Howe
- Kyle Harth
- Dave Canterbury
- Jim Cobb
- N E MacDougald
The Essentials of Survival
The first section spends a few minutes describing situational awareness. A few minutes are devoted to explaining how we can’t depend on the government but must plan and prepare for ourselves.
In another section Jim Cobb discusses how to decide whether to shelter in place or bug out. What are the threats you face? What are your options?
The point is made several times that preparation isn’t about planning for the end of the world. Instead, are you ready for what’s more likely to happen? What if an ice storm knocked out your power for weeks on end?
One section focuses on the importance of the essentials, such as water, shelter, fire and food.
Here are a few questions raised and answered as you watch the following chapters.
- Would you know where to look for water sources? How can you be sure you’re drinking clean water that won’t make you sick? What about filtration? What about chemical treatment? What are some methods of filtration and purification? What about water storage?
- What do you do for food? Storage food options include food bars, MRE’s and various ready-made meals in pouches and cans.
- How do you keep warm when it’s cold?
Jim Cobb’s demonstration of commercial and DIY fire starters is my favorite part of the video. This segment will inspire you to get your children or grandchildren involved in making your own fire starters.
Another section discusses EDC (everyday carry).
There’s even a chapter on finances and prepping. It’s done by Jim Cobb, who has a book coming out before long on this topic.
And, could there be a DVD on preparedness essentials that doesn’t consider bug out bags and gear? You’ll get nothing but common sense guidance.
Short Term Prep & Plan
This DVD gets to the subject matter right away with exhortations to plan for every family member. Pets, too. Next is more discussion of planning for food, water and other essentials.
When it comes to food, don’t forget something as simple as having a can opener handy. Or buy pull top cans. There’s a really nifty tip on cooking rice without cooking it the usual way. I’ll bet you know what it is if you’ve served in the military.
One chapter deals with off grid cooking, such as grills, various camping stoves, and DIY projects.
Tools are also discussed and demonstrated, including cutting and chopping tools and knives.
As for first aid, what you’ll need in your kit for short term situations varies from what you need for longer term scenarios.
As you would hope, there’s an extensive section devoted to a survival kit for your vehicle.
A few chapters concerning personal security deal with what to do when you’re in a parking garage, getting money from an ATM, and staying in a hotel. All call for situational awareness. Take note of the recommended precautions because you can’t be too careful these days.
Backup power sources are featured late in this DVD. Generators, battery and solar power are covered.
There’s a discussion of communications for both your family and your neighborhood.
What do you do when you run the risk of boredom when power’s out? It’s all about spending what can be defined as quality time with your family.
Finally, there’s a segment on keeping important documents safe.
Building a Survival Kit
This one is hosted by Dave Canterberry of the Pathfinder School in southeast Ohio. The school’s emphasis is on primitive or wilderness skills. This DVD is aimed at those who will need to survive in the wilderness. So that’s what the survival kit described in this DVD is geared for.
Some prerequisite knowledge would be helpful to understand what’s discussed. If you’re into camping out, or if you go on hunting trips for days at a time, you’ll appreciate this one all the more. Dave makes everything look easy, but if you don’t already have some outdoor experience, much of the material will likely go over your head.
Dave goes through the ten c’s of survival, including cutting tools, combustion, cover, container, and cordage. These first five basic elements of the survival kit have been the same for 3,500 years.
Dave says your gear should be FARMED, which stands for…
There’s a section about what kind of pack you need. Another focuses on a dry bag. Dave also thoroughly discusses knives. There’s even a section on making cutting blades in the wilderness.
As you’d expect, you’ll see info on fire starting. You’ll also find tips on using batteries and steel wool for starting a fire. You’ve probably heard of that trick before. Now you can see it demonstrated.
When it comes to lighting, Dave recommends having a light that fits on your head so you can work hands free. This point is made a time or two in the other videos as well.
And, of course, you wouldn’t expect a presentation like this one to overlook a discussion of compasses.
How You Can Get the Make Ready to Survive Series
Panteao Productions also gives subscribers discounts and a 100% money back guarantee. So you have nothing to lose.
Find the Make Ready to Survive series by going to http://panteao.com/survive/.
One terrific advantage to a series like this is that you don’t have to go to where the instructors are. They come to you. And it’s one to one. It’s like having your own personal trainer. If you missed something, go back over it again. Get started now with the Make Ready to Survive series.
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