Posts Tagged ‘Jim Cobb’
As usual, my blog post about our first interview was published on Friday. That happened to be December 14th, the same day the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting took place in Connecticut. That day’s post was one of my most read posts for a few weeks. And, as we all know, sales of guns, ammo magazines and ammunition have gone through the roof. People all over the country are concerned about home and self defense.
So how do we put this in perspective for preppers?
Guns for Protection
We discussed the basic recommendations for firearms given in his book. There’s no need to spend a lot of money on guns. Start with a .22 rimfire rifle. Move up to a 12 gauge shotgun, and handgun.
In this book Jim compares the attributes of pistols vs. revolvers. We touched on that in our first interview.
When caching, hide away supplies you may need in a pinch. Are their strategic places along your way to work or another important location?
Another reason to cache is to get something out of your home you don’t want to have there. /Do you have handguns you want to keep away from children? This is the sort of cache you’ll want to be able to keep an eye on. Jim suggested practical ways to cache valuables in or near your home.
Much depends on what the catastrophic event is and what your situation is. Stay home if you can, but don’t ignore reality when the situation dictates that you leave.
Have options. Ask yourself if where you are now is unliveable under the circumstances. If you decide you can’t survive there any longer, where will you go? How will you get there? Have you planned this out ahead of time? Or will you become a refugee?
Bug Out Bag
- Water and water filtration
- Food (and a way to get more food)
- First aid and hygiene
- Security (including ways to signal for help)
Radios & Communication
Be sure you and your family or group coordinate as to the radio equipment you use for communicating. Test it out.
I can’t help but throw in my two cents about a couple of other things.
Regarding shortwave radios, there’s a lot less on the bands than there used to be. The BBC, Radio Netherlands and numerous other international broadcasters, have stopped broadcasting to North America. They’ve put their content online or satellite. So you won’t hear much in English these days, except for Cuba, China and a few commercial stations here in the U.S. And who knows how any of these stations will fair in a total collapse situation?
It’s a good idea to get a shortwave radio with single sideband capability to hear the amateur radio bands. There’s sure to be plenty of activity there, as long as ham operators have a power source. If you’re interested in ham radio for yourself, it’s worth it to get licensed. A local ham radio club can help you get licensed and get equipment.
I agree with Jim’s recommendation in his book to have some kind of alternate power source, such as for solar power. Keep rechargeable batteries and a solar battery charger on hand, too. Some wind-up radios have the ability to charge cell phones.
By the way, the book includes tables for the phonetic alphabet and police 10 codes. Those 10 codes are useful, but they may be going away slowly as government agencies move toward plain speech.
Don’t overlook anyone. Each person has unique skills and knowledge.
If you haven’t yet ordered his book, you really should. He packs a lot of common sense info on a variety of relevant topics into a little over 200 pages. It’s a DestinySurvival Amazon Pick. Order by clicking on the image of the book below. You’ll be taken to the Amazon.com page where it’s featured. Add it to your cart to start the order process.
You can also check out Jim’s site at www.survivalweekly.com.
Any thoughts? Leave your comment below and let other preppers know about any home security insights you have.
Disaster readiness expert Jim Cobb shows you how to implement a complete plan for operational security and physical defense in his book Prepper’s Home Defense. He was my guest yesterday on DestinySurvival Radio to talk about it.
The bio in his book says he lives in the upper Midwest. So he’s not giving away secrets about his exact location. But wherever that is, he’s with his wife and three kids, which he describes as adolescent weapons of mass destruction.
This book is one that’s worth having in your survival library. Each chapter could be a book in itself. The appendices at the end contain resource lists on further reading and where to find prepping supplies.
Here are the topics he covers.
- Basic Security Concepts
- Operations Security
- Perimeter Defense
- Structure Hardening
- Safe rooms
- Secure Storage and Hidden Storage
- Other Weapons
- Hand-to-Hand Combat
- Guard Dogs
- Mutual Aid Agreements
- Children and Security
- Bugging Out
It’s Jim’s goal to inform people about the many pieces to the security puzzle. It’s not just about having firearms and ammunition. You don’t have to have a military background. And you don’t have to have a lot of money.
Jim explained the strategy to deter, delay and defend. Deter a threat by not giving anyone reason to think you’re a target. Delay by slowing down the bad guys enough so you can take action. That makes you better positioned to defend yourself.
One of the topics relevant to today, before a collapse, is structure hardening. Will your doors withstand an attempted break in?
For OP SEC, are you practicing discretion and not drawing undue attention to yourself? Are you introducing others to prepping so there will be fewer people pounding on your door when things fall apart?
Should you have a safe room? Do you have food storage and other prepping supplies first?
If you’re new to firearms or have little experience, should you get a revolver or pistol? Do you really have to have a big caliber firearm?
What weapons or tactics aren’t effective? Isn’t it better to have weapons you have experience with?
Are you practicing situational awareness? Or are you missing clues that could allow someone to attack you?
Which breed of dog makes a good family guard dog? Is a mutt from the pound suitable?
Should you tell your children that your prepping is secret or private? What should you tell your children to do if they get lost?
How do you connect with other preppers? Could there be more of them out there than you realize?
Get a copy of Jim’s book by clicking on its image below. You’ll be taken to the Amazon.com page where it’s featured. Add it to your cart to start the order process. By the way, it’s a DestinySurvival Amazon Pick.
But keep reading below because you might win a copy for yourself.
I gave away a LifeStraw personal water filtration system, courtesy of EarthEasy.com. Knowing most of my listeners hear the podcast rather than the live show, I was looking for the first person who sent me an e-mail before the 19th with “LifeStraw” in the subject line. I made this giveaway as simple as possible because I’ve had trouble with contests announced during my show.
This time things were different, and I had a winner right away. She’s Anna
from Silicon Valley, CA, who e-mailed me while the show was still airing live. I discovered her entry when I finished the show.
I gave readers a chance to win a prize, too. Between December 14th and the 19th, anyone who left a comment on this post was entered to win a copy of Prepper’s Home Defense. My first winner didn’t claim her prize, so I reopened the contest until December 30th.
Here’s how I picked the winner. Ten different people (not counting myself) left comments on this post during the contest. I used www.random.org to generate a random number from 1 through 10 The number generator kicked out 2.
Angel B. was the second person to leave a comment, so she wins the book. Congratulations Angel.
My thanks to everyone who entered the contest.
My thanks to Ulysses Press for making the book available to give to you. I’m grateful they put me in touch with Jim Cobb as well. He’ll be on DestinySurvival Radio again in a few weeks, and we’ll talk more about Prepper’s Home Defense and related things.
You’re invited to leave a comment, even though the contest is over now. Any thoughts on what you’ve read in this post? How about something you heard on the show?