DestinySurvival Radio Features Selected Gateway Preparedness Expo Highlights – Part 1

This week’s DestinySurvival Radio is different than anything I’ve done before because I was fortunate enough to attend the Gateway Preparedness Expo in St. Charles, MO, Saturday, September 17, 2016. The expo took place on Sunday, too; but I wasn’t able to attend then.

I was only able to spend a few hours at the expo Saturday afternoon. Knowing my time was limited, I recorded a handful of conversations with exhibitors and didn’t attend any of the seminars.

I was thrilled and honored to meet Joe and Amy Alton (a.k.a. Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy) in person. They’ve been frequent DestinySurvival Radio guests. And I met a few people whose companies I’d heard of before.

Whether or not you’ve been to a prepper expo, I hope you’ll listen to and enjoy this week’s show. It features conversations with…

…As well as representatives from…

Hear this week’s preparedness expo excursion by listening to DestinySurvival Radio for September 22, 2016 (Right click to download.)

I’ll share more highlights soon in what will be Part 2.


Prepper’s Armed Defense Explains Your Options for Protecting Yourself and Your Family

Jim Cobb joined me on DestinySurvival Radio this week to talk about Prepper’s Armed Defense. It explains your options to help protect yourself and your family.

It’s not a “how to” manual for you or me to bolster our bravado. It’s not about being the aggressor. As the title suggests, it’s about defending oneself when the need arises.

Jim set out to write a book with information you can trust. You know your situation best, so you can pick and choose the options that will help keep you and your family alive, should the need to defend yourselves arise.

His Creds

With a mini-library of survival and prepper books to his credit, you may already be familiar with Jim Cobb. If not, here’s a little background.

“Jim Cobb is the author of several books focused on disaster readiness, such as Prepper’s Long Term Survival Guide, Countdown to Preparedness, Prepper’s Financial Guide, and the #1 Amazon bestselling Prepper’s Home Defense. He has been a student of survivalism and prepping for about 30 years. He is the owner of, a rather popular disaster readiness resource. Jim and his family reside in the upper Midwest and he is currently working on several more books.”


Prepper's Armed Defense


His Book

At 178 pages, Prepper’s Armed Defense isn’t a long book. It’s an easy read. Illustrations are scattered throughout.

Chapters cover…

  • The Realities of Self-defense
  • Non-lethal Self-defense Options
  • Firearms
  • Projectile Weapons
  • Knives
  • Melee Weapons
  • Martial Arts Weapons
  • Homemade Weapons
  • Force Multipliers

His Approach

As with Jim’s other books, this one is well reasoned and loaded (no pun intended) with common sense. You’ll see an array of weapons and weapon wannabes you may not have thought of.

But the information is basic and uncomplicated. Any jargon or slang is defined in simple terms.

As an example, those who have used firearms a good while may find some of the info in the firearms chapter to be elementary, such as the descriptions of a revolver,a semiautomatic pistol and various long guns. But it’s good info for those not that familiar with firearms. In fact, Jim says some have thanked him for dumbing down the subject matter.

After all, we all have to start somewhere.

Speaking of ignorance–unintentional or otherwise–our media would do well to stop referring to semiautomatic rifles as assault rifles. Jim and I touched on this in our chat.

It’s clear Jim wants to help you and me to get rid of any romantic notions we may have picked up from movies and novels. Defending ourselves is a subject to be taken seriously.

And yet, as odd as it may sound, imagination–think clever and devious–will serve us well. Be resourceful.

His Advice

Face reality. Right from the start, Jim tells us the down side of needing to practice self defense. An incident will be stressful. Avoid trouble when possible. Deal circumspectly with police. Get a good lawyer.

If you’re using a firearm and pull the trigger on someone, are you justified in doing so in the sight of the law? What are you legally allowed to do where you live? The significance of this shouldn’t be underestimated.

Your job is… Keep yourself and your family alive. But if you have to take defensive action, Jim says it should be swift, violent, brutal and decisive.

If you’re going to carry any weapon for self defense, you need to be mentally prepared to use that weapon. You could put yourself in greater danger if you don’t use it when you need to.

To kill or not to kill. It depends on where we are and when we are. are you being attacked today? Or is it taking place after disaster and anarchy are the order of the day? If you have to make this decision in the here and now, again, know the laws whre you live.

When the size of your gun matters… Jim recommends shooting the largest caliber you can comfortably handle. The notion of comfortability is important. No sense in incurring recoil and its consequences any more than you have to. That should be good news especially for women shooters.

It’s also a good idea to have plenty of ammunition for your firearms. It’s better to have fewer guns and abundant ammunition for them.

Find a prepping instructor you can “mesh” with. Has the topic of self defense become too militaristic? Jim and I spend a few minutes hashing this out, and I think you’ll appreciate what he has to say.

Consider the non-lethal options. I’m glad Jim wrote a chapter on non-lethal self-defense. For those who have a fear of firearms, there are other weapons you can use, such as pepper spray, electroshock weapons, and even a very bright flashlight.

But often just the presence of a firearm in hand gives an intimidation factor to your advantage.

In any event, it’s good to know there are other options if you’re unable to use a firearm, for whatever reason.

The chapter on projectile weapons covers the bow and arrow, crossbows, slingshots and blowguns–a fine assortment of weaponry you won’t have to register.

In the chapter describing various knives, Jim reminds us that defending yourself against an attacker will be up close and personal. Do as much damage as you can as quickly as you can, then flee as fast as you can.

Melee weapons are used in close proximity to your attacker in close quarter fighting. These include brass knuckles, clubs, batons, walking sticks, blackjacks, machetes, spears and tomahawks, to name a few.

I confess, I’m not familiar with the martial arts weapons Jim describes, so I’m glad for his overview. He emphasizes the need for getting good training if you’re going to use any of these weapons.

If acquiring certain of these weapons puts them out of your reach, whether because of cost or legal issues, you’ll appreciate the chapter on homemade weapons. You’ll find a recipe for pepper spray, a molotov coctail, hairspray flame thrower, and something as simple as a rock in a sock.

Jim observes that just about anything can be a weapon, as long as enough force and creativity are applied.

Alarms, surveillance cameras and booby traps are among the topics covered in the chapter on force multipliers.

My Recommendation

There’s more to our conversation and his book than I can relate here, so be sure to listen to DestinySurvival Radio for September 15, 2016. (Right click to download.)

Jim welcomes your prepping questions. is where you can go first. He’s also on Facebook.

Don’t buy Jim’s book hoping you’re going to become a super soldier who can take on all comers. But do buy it so you can make an informed decision on what you need to protect you and your family in your particular situation.

Get Prepper’s Armed Defense by clicking on its title wherever you see it linked in this post. And protect yourself in the best way possible.


Get Survival Medicine Instruction from This Helpful Resource

When disaster strikes and no doctors are available, you’ll have to rely on your own medical knowledge to survive. Thankfully, we’re seeing the release of more books offering survival medicine instruction.

Scott Finazzo has written Prepper’s Survival Medicine Handbook. It’s a resource that gives you survival medicine instruction in easy to understand language and a compact form.

Scott is my guest on DestinySurvival Radio this week. Below I’ll share a few thoughts about his book and our conversation.


Prepper's Survival Medicine Handbook


Handbook Author

Scott Finazzo has been my guest before on DestinySurvival Radio. Read about a previous visit here.

Scott has been a firefighter for nearly 20 years and is currently serving as a lieutenant for the Overland Park, Kansas, Fire Department. He has been an instructor for firefighting tactics, confined space rescue, first aid, CPR, Community Emergency Response Teams, and other emergency training.

In addition to being an emergency responder and educator, Scott has been writing in various capacities for much of his life, contributing to blogs, magazines, and books. Scott’s first book, co-authored with Scott B. Williams, The Prepper’s Workbook, became a national best seller. He followed that up with the narrative of his kayak journey through the Virgin Islands called Why Do All the Locals Think We’re Crazy? Most recently he wrote The Neighborhood Emergency Response Handbook, and he tells me his next book is Prepper’s Guide to Knots.

Handbook Overview

Don’t confuse Scott’s book with another book on survival medicine with a similar title. A promotional blurb nicely summarizes what this one is about.

“Going beyond basic first aid, Prepper’s Survival Medicine Handbook teaches military-tested methods for treating life-threatening medical conditions, including gunshot wounds, third-degree burns, radiation exposure, broken bones, ruptured arteries, severed limbs, poisonous snakebites, anaphylactic shock and more.

“Author Scott Finazzo, an emergency responder, details step-by-step treatment for everything from hypothermia and heat stroke to seizures and cardiac emergencies. Using information from actual military field manuals, this book provides everything you need to keep you and your loved ones safe when there’s nowhere else to turn.”

At 242 pages, this one’s small enough to put in your camping backpack or bug out bag.

Chapters are short and to the point. The last several pages include a list of references and a handy index, whhich I recommend using as you get familiar with the book’s contents.

You’ll find drawings and illustrations taken from military field manuals.

Chapter topics covered include…

  • Basic Procedures
  • Controlling Blood Loss
  • Trauma
  • Shock
  • Fractures
  • Burns
  • Heat-Related Emergencies
  • Cold-Related Emergencies
  • Allergic Reactions
  • Bites and Stings
  • Common Medical Emergencies
  • Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear First Aid
  • Specific Climate Survival
  • Rescue Operations
  • Psychological First Aid
  • Resuscitation

Handbook Observations

This is a first aid book and more. Its content is not only drawn from military manuals, but from Scott’s 20 years of experience as a fire fighter.

In spite of the reliance on field manuals, the book is written in layman’s language. It was Scott’s intention to make it readable and user friendly, and he’s done a good job.

Whether you’re a hard core prepper or have little experience and few prepping supplies, Scott says this book is meant for you. It’s written in such a way as to quickly get to the point of the topics discussed. You get the essentials you need.

As for how to use it, get familiar with how the book is laid out. Know what it includes. Pull it off the shelf and refamiliarize yourself with it before you travel or go camping. As time goes on, you’ll know how to best use it to meet your needs in a post disaster situation.

Key topics such as starting a fire, purifying water, building a shelter, and identifying useful plants are included in the lengthy chapter on climate survival. I would have expected these to have their own dedicated chapters.

That said, each topic is touched on throughout the chapter in relation to the climate setting and terrain discussed.

Handbook Advice

Scott strongly recommends “sizing up” both a given situation and the patient (or patients) you’ll be dealing with. This calls for using your six senses. That sixth sense means recognizing gut instincts and intuition along with normal physical senses.

You don’t want to put yourself in harm’s way unnecessarily or become part of the problem. Scott and I talked about ways to sort that out so you can do the most good for the greatest number of people.

The importance of staying calm can’t be overestimated. It helps others be calmer and increases the chances for a successful outcome, under the circumstances.

Scott puts a significant emphasis on the importance of psychological well being. It’s the survival mindset that helps us get through difficulty.

Psychological first aid comes into play in stressful times because it’s not wise to be some kind of macho hero. It’s not only members of the military who experience PTSD.

Look for changes in others–and in yourself–which bring up the need to get help. Talk to a professional counselor if possible. But at least talk with someone else so you’re not holding things inside.

Scott described his own experience with an incident where he needed to get help, even though he resisted the idea at first.

How we respond is how we prepare. Regardless of whether you have the supplies and equipment you want, can you be mentally flexible enough to get through the situation? Can you be creative and resourceful to make due with what you have at hand?

Scott shares useful tips on what to include in your medical supplies which you might not have thought of. For example, have hard candy for children, or even for yourself. It’s comforting to have.

Did you know there are a number of uses for credit cards besides using them to spending money?

Here’s another tip. Put VapoRub under your nose to block out bad smells.

Generally speaking, preparation is good, no matter what the survival situation is a natural or man-made disaster. Preparing for one thing often prepares you for other things.

Handbook Call to Action

Scott and I talked about more than I can relate here. Therefore, hear our conversation by listening to DestinySurvival Radio for September 1, 2016 (Right click to download.) Keep up to date with Scott at

To get Prepper’s Survival Medicine Handbook, click on its title wherever you see it linked in this post. You’ll be glad you did.


Catching Up with Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, The Dynamic Duo of Survival Medicine

It’s been quite a while since I’ve visited with Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy on DestinySurvival Radio, and I thought it was time to catch up with them and see what they’re doing these days. They’re quite busy getting out the word about medical preparedness. Their little empire, as I like to think of it, is ever expanding.

On this week’s DestinySurvival Radio I visited with Joe Alton, MD, and Amy Alton, ARNP. Below I’ll share brief highlights and the show link.

The Dynamic Duo of Survival Medicine

Conversations with Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy are always informative and fun for me. Many of my readers and listeners are familiar with who they are, but in case you’re not, or if you need a refresher, here’s some background, derived mostly from their site. Forgive the length, but this couple is involved in so many good works.

Joe Alton, M.D., aka Dr. Bones, is an M.D. and fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Ostetrics and Gynaechology. Amy Alton, A.R.N.P., aka Nurse Amy, is an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner. Together, they’re the authors of the Number One Amazon bestseller in Survival Skills and Safety/First Aid The Survival Medicine Handbook, Third Edition.

They’re also well known speakers, podcasters, and YouTubers, as well as contributors to leading survival/homesteading magazines. You’ll find over 800 posts on medical preparedness on their website,

You can find more about their credentials there as well, but I do want to mention that Dr. Alton has also written the New York Times bestseller in health, The Ebola Survival Handbook, The Ultimate Survival Medicine Guide, and the just-released and timely The Zika Virus Handbook.

The Doom and Bloom™ Survival Medicine Hour is their syndicated podcast. They also do a video show on the first and third Wednesday of each month at Their latest project is the weekly current events podcast American Survival Radio, produced in collaboration with Genesis Communications Network.

Another one of their projects is the survival board game, Doom and Bloom’s SURVIVAL!

Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy travel the country spreading the message of medical preparedness to the world and are supporters of many quality preparedness conferences throughout the country.

Their mission is to put a medically prepared person in every family for disaster situations.

They would also have me remind you that the opinions voiced by Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy are for post-apocalyptic settings only. In normal times, seek modern and standard medical care from qualified professionals.

Spreading the Survival Medicine Message

As noted above, Joe and Amy Alton are on a mission, and they’re constantly working to spread the message of survival medicine. In our conversation we touched on a few key areas.


The Survival Medicine Handbook, 3rd Edition


The Big Book

We started our conversation by talking about the third edition of The Survival Medicine Handbook. Joe and Amy saw the need to expand it because additional issues such as active shooter situations and pandemics need to be addressed in the world we live in now. You can see more info about their book here.

The Zika Virus Handbook

The Zika virus hasn’t caught our attention as did the more dramatic disease of Ebola. Nonetheless, Joe Alton is concerned enough that he wrote a handbook about it.

He also joined 250 other physicians, public health officials and others in recommending the 2016 summer olympics be moved from Brazil or cancelled altogether. Brazil is a hot spot for mosquitoes and the resulting zika virus.

A Med Kit for Active Shooter Scenarios

Nurse Amy has put together a first aid bleeding control kit with active shooter scenarios in mind. She and Dr. Bones believe these kits should be in schools and other public places along with fire extinguishers. A few schools have already placed orders for the kits.

You don’t need medical training to be able to use this kit. In fact, it’s designed in such a way that you don’t even have to know how to read English. Here’s the video Amy mentioned during our conversation, in which she demonstrates how to use this unique kit.



Other kits and survival medical supplies are at

American Survival Radio

Unlike the Doom and Bloom Survival Medicine Hour–the medically oriented podcast they’ve done for several years–American Survival Radio allows Joe and Amy to voice their opinions on issues of the day. They don’t expect everyone to agree with them. They hope to prompt you and me to think because, as preppers, we need to know about threats we face in today’s world.

With that in mind, our conversation veered into a brief discussion of the 2016 presidential election and the prospects for more loss of gun ownership rights.

Check out American Survival Radio at American Survival

Listening to Our Conversation

Hear my conversation with Joe and Amy Alton by listening to DestinySurvival Radio for June 23, 2016. (Right click to download. To order any of their books mentioned in this post, click on the link for the one you’re interested in to start the order process.

If there’s anything you’d like me to discuss with Joe and Amy Alton on a future episode of DestinySurvival Radio, contact me.

There are several ways to reach out to Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, thanks to their presence on social media. But is a hub and perhaps the best starting point.

When you’re preparing for survival, don’t overlook medical preparedness. Get guidance you need from Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, the dynamic duo of survival medicine.

Monitor Real World Threats With This Unique Free Resource

I’m a firm believer that a significant part of being prepared is being informed about what’s going on in our world. And the mainstream media isn’t the best place for getting the truth.

If you agree, you’ll want to hear this week’s DestinySurvival Radio. I share a conversation with a gentleman who’s behind, a unique site designed to help preppers monitor real world threats.

The site serves as a unique tool to help you and me know what’s going on so we can be situationally aware. What threats do we face? And how serious are those threats?

The Man and the Site

My DestinySurvival Radio guest goes by the name Future Dan. He’s a veteran with international relations and classified defense industry experience.

His outlook is that of a Constitutionalist, Second Amendment Defender, Anti-Statist, Supporter of Austrian Economics, and Preparedness Advocate.

Like many, Dan was drawn to preparedness by the economic downturn in 2008. What if things had been much worse than they were? What might still happen?

He began putting together a list of indicators that motivate people to prepare. That led him to create–a means of tracking these indicators in real time so we know what the threats really are.

The site isn’t meant to hype false threats or stir up fear. It’s designed as a free news and information resource to give you and me the ability to see the big picture or map of what’s going on. The government and military can do this. Why shouldn’t we be able to?

Colors, Titles and Links, Oh, My!

When you first visit you may be overwhelmed because there’s so much on the page. But there’s a method to what may seem like madness.

You’ll see four columns with dozens of news stories in each one. The material in each column fits into its own broad category.

The titles for threat indicators are colored. Beneath each indicator title are links to the most recent news items pertaining to that topic or indicator. Click the links under the colored title to see those news items.

Colors of indicator titles represent the level of threat. You have nothing to worry about from blue indicators. Green is the next level up. Yellow, orange and read show higher threat levels. If you see black, the stuff has hit the fan.

If you’re curious and want to dig deeper into a given threat indicator, click on its colored title, and you’ll see a page with links to relevant news items.

Trending software guarantees you’ll see the most recent news at the top of the page. Because stories come and go, you’ll want to check back daily, or more often if the news seems to warrant that.

The site’s home page is called the heat map dashboard. Indicator colors represent the temperature of the news.

Using a desktop computer or large tablet will let you see the map best as a whole. You get a different view from a mobile device.

All the News That’s Fit for Preppers

Nnews stories are curated, not merely agregated. In other words, real people categorize and put the items in order so they make sense.

Items are pulled from a variety of sources–more than mainstream media. A news story makes the cut only if it gives evidence of an indicator that points to potential trouble ahead.

If you believe there’s something the folks at should know about, there are buttons you can click to submit information from the field. You can also get in touch via e-mail or Twitter.

Words for the Wary

You’ll be glad to know the site avoids partison politics. The goal is to present you and me with facts to keep us informed so we can make better decisions about being prepared.

Some of what appears on the site might be considered “conspiracy theory” by skeptics. But from time to time things bubble up through the so-called alternative media to the mainstream media and canpt be ignored or suppressed any longer. Dan says the site posts evidence where it is without going beyond that.

Though advertising keeps the site going, you won’t be bombarded with ads. Only a few ads appear, representing carefully selected products and services relevant to preppers.

I want to be sure you and I can visit the site with confidence. So I asked Dan if our visits there are tracked. While he does know how many people have clicked to get there, visits aren’t monitored beyond that. You won’t be asked to download any software either.

The Conversation

Because Dan and I went into greater detail than I can share in this post, I encourage you to hear my conversation with him by listening to DestinySurvival Radio for June 2, 2016. (Right click to download.)

Our conversation was recorded at the end of May, so references to specific news items may be out of date when you hear this. Nonetheless, you’ll get a taste of what the site is all about.

Check out Spend a few minutes getting familiar with how it works. Decide for yourself how useful it will be for you.

Visit often. Then spread the word to others.

And keep prepping.


The Forge of Darkness – Harsh Realities in a Post-EMP World

What would you do if you were forced to leave your bug out location? Or worse, what if you discovered it had become unusable to you? That’s the scenario faced by the characters in the latest novel by Scott B. Williams entitled The Forge of Darkness.

When a major solar EMP takes place in the first book in this series, two of the characters leave New Orleans and find themselves in the woods and riverlands of Mississippi, an area Scott is well acquainted with. They’re joined by a handful of others along the way. Mitch Henley’s home and farm become their haven.

As if contemplating a post-EMP world isn’t serious enough, this latest novel lays down some heavy events for us to ponder. Once you’ve read the tale of how this group of survivors is put to the test, you’ll be reaching for your gun cleaning kit and stocking up on extra ammunition.

Author Scott B. Williams is this week’s DestinySurvival Radio guest. We talked about some of the dangers that might befall us in a post-EMP world.

The Series Creator

Scott B. Williams has been on DestinySurvival Radio several times before to talk about both his fiction and nonfiction books. We always have enjoyable conversations. If you’re not familiar with him, here’s a little background info.


Scott B. Williams has been writing about his adventures for more than twenty-five years. His published work includes dozens of magazine articles and more than a dozen books, with more projects currently underway. His interest in backpacking, sea kayaking and sailing small boats to remote places led him to pursue the wilderness survival skills that he has written about in his popular survival nonfiction books such as Bug Out: The Complete Plan for Escaping a Catastrophic Disaster Before It’s Too Late.

He has also authored travel narratives such as On Island Time: Kayaking the Caribbean, an account of his two-year solo kayaking journey through the islands. With the release of The Pulse in 2012, Scott moved into writing fiction and has written several more novels with many more in the works.


The Forge of Darkness - Darkness After Series, Book 3


The Darkness After Series

The Forge of Darkness is the third book in this series with The Darkness After and Into the River Lands being the first two novels. See my post about the second book here. A fourth novel is forthcoming.

Scott explained in our conversation that “darkness” refers to more than the darkness created by the EMP that knocked out the lights. This latest novel brings about major changes for the characters. And the darkness of human nature is evident throughout the series as a whole.

And yet there’s hope.

Perhaps it’s the idealism of the young people portrayed. Nonetheless, if you and I give up, we’re done for.

Though meant for a young adult audience, Scott says many adults are reading these novels. They’re not meant to be how-to stories, but there’s plenty to think about as we let imagination carry us through the unfolding events.

They certainly tackle issues we’ll all face in the wake of a major disaster, no matter what our age may be.

The Forge of Darkness

It’s nine months after the giant solar flare. It only takes a couple of days for shocking and dramatic events to change everything for our handful of survivors. The group is caught off guard by a band of marauders who dish out a significant setback.

Things will never be the same. Merely surviving has been jeopardized.

We see the characters we’ve become familiar with from earlier in this series. They include Mitch and April, who has an infant daughter. Others are Mitch’s sister Lisa, Jason, Samantha and Corey. David is a different person after sustaining a blow to the head in the previous novel. Benny and Tommy were introduced to us late in that book as well.

The story begins with Mitch teaching Jason to hunt. Action begins as they hear shots in the distance. It’s not long before more shooting takes place between our beloved characters and the bad guys who are after cattle on the farm.

The group finds themselves split up as events unfold, but they exhibit loyalty to one another and demonstrate their motivation to survive. Two of them get killed, which adds to the group’s trials. Perhaps it’s some consolation they kill off several of the “bad guys.”

We see no presence of police, a fire department or other governmental authorities. This raises questions we might ponder concerning the unique need for self defense in an isolated rural area. While getting out of the city after a catastrophe may be desirable, survival in the country poses its own set of challenges.

Things look bad until about three-fourths of the way through the story. Then Mitch performs admirably with his amazing archery skills, and it looks like events are turning around for the better.

Then there’s one more gut punch.

This story doesn’t have a happy ending, but it does have one that’s hopeful.

There’s plenty of violence, death and destruction. But what would a good story be without these elements?

As I read, I found myself dreading what would come next. I thought “This can’t be happening.” But isn’t that a reaction many of us will have when the chips are down?

Scott has mastered the art of creating suspense. If you’re like me, you can’t help but keep reading.

At the conclusion of the story, Mitch and April discuss the loss of possessions they counted on for survival. They attempt to keep a proper perspective on the importance of being alive, no matter what. And that should prove instructive for us as well.

The Conversation and Concluding Thoughts

Hear my conversation with Scott B. Williams by listening to DestinySurvival Radio for May 26, 2016. (Right click to download.) That’s where you can hear more of my observations and Scott’s insights from this novel.

Get The Forge of Darkness by clicking on its title wherever you see it linked in this post. The same applies to the linked titles for a few of Scott’s other books.

Fiction can introduce us to concepts and ideas we might not think about otherwise. Or it can be nothing more than escapist entertainment. Or it can fall somewhere in between.

Read The Forge of Darkness for yourself. Then decide where it falls on that continuum for you.

Scott enjoys writing fiction. He’s grateful for those of us who read what he writes.

That means there’s more to come. Be on the lookout for it.

To sign up for Scott’s newsletter or to contact him, visit his website:


Revisiting Survival Communication and Reviewing Ham Radio

What will you do about communication if the big one hits? How and where will you get news and information? Should you include amateur radio in your preparedness strategy?

On this week’s DestinySurvival Radio I’m revisiting survival communication and reviewing ham radio.

On March 10, 2016, I featured an interview with Jim Cobb about Prepper’s Communication Handbook. See what I wrote about it and find a link to the show here.

Since one of the topics Jim discusses is ham radio, I was reminded that I had done a previous DestinySurvival Radio chat on that subject. It was one of the rare times when I had no guest for the show, and I rambled about communications in general and gave an overview of ham radio. I posed the question, Should ham radio be part of your survival strategy?

I’ve pulled that show from the archives and am replaying the essential parts from it for this week’s DestinySurvival Radio. What I said back in early 2012 is still relevant, especially since much of what I said was of a general nature.

It’s kind of a Communications 101 discussion. I’ve edited out little things here and there to keep the information as useful as possible.

Incidentally, a company who has produced several survival skills DVDs has produced a Survival Bug Out Guide. I hope you’ll take a minute to check it out.

Delve into the topic of survival communication and ham radio by listening to DestinySurvival Radio for May 5, 2016 (Right click to download.)

Additional Resources

  • The national association for all things ham radio is the ARRL (American Radio Relay League). Their member publication is QST magazine.
  • If you have a disability and want to get into ham radio, check out the Handiham System.
  • A magazine devoted to amateur radio is CQ magazine.
  • To find out more about what’s currently happening on shortwave, check out World of Radio. There’s plenty of web content in addition to the weekly radio program, which can be listened to online or downloaded.
  • Two good sources of communications equipment are Universal Radio and C. Crane company.