Worst Case Scenarios

Inside the mind of Steven Konkoly, An interview with the author of The Jakarta Pandemic

When I reviewed 3 survival novels, including Steven Konkoly’s, The Jakarta Pandemic, I had no idea that thousands of readers would be interested. To date, nearly 6,000 people have read that article! I was interested to hear from Steven himself, so I asked him a few questions about the book, his background, and what, if anything, he would do differently with the plot and characters. Here are my questions and his answers. Survival Mom:  The Jakarta Pandemic (TJP) is your first …

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A day in the life of a survivalist mom

Thank you for the wonderful response to my article, Top 8 Deadly Myths About Survival.  Many of you wrote asking for more information about the day-to-day life.   Here’s a peek at a typical non-winter day. It’s noon-ish.  The first round of chores are pretty much done.  So far today, here is what we’ve been up to: Woke up at 4:00 a.m. because a pack of coyotes was howling too close to the chicken coop and we had to let the …

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What’s in YOUR Faraday Cage? A common sense guide to preparing for an EMP

Massive solar flares have been in the news recently, along with vague warnings of how a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) might affect us here on earth. The dangers of a man-made Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) was outlined in excruciating detail in One Second After by William Forstchen. We rely on electronics way too much to ignore the potential of these events, and although even the experts aren’t always in agreement where details are concerned, it makes sense to have a plan …

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what is an EMP and how does it work?

The Basics of EMP: What is it, how likely, and how to prepare?

What is an EMP and how does it work? An Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP)  is a burst of electromagnetic radiation resulting from large explosions, especially nuclear explosions, or from a magnetic field fluctuation.  EMPs can produce damaging current and voltage surges within electrical systems. There are currently two main potential causes for a large EMP in our modern society; 1.  HEMP – High-Altitude Electromagnetic Pulse created by a nuclear device detonated several hundred kilometers above the Earth’s surface 2.  CME – …

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Coming to a Location Near You: Civil Unrest

It’s not my imagination.  Angry groups of people are gathering together more and more often, protesting perceived injustice, failure of leadership, the financial malpractice by our government and banks, and just about any unpopular decision made by a governing body.  Sometimes these groups go so far as to cast their anger, and blame, on those far from the source of their original complaint. They may even show up at the private homes of individuals they have targeted for one reason …

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8 Signs of Terrorism

At the risk of sounding like Chicken Little, I have to admit that the threat of more terrorist attacks on American soil remains in the back of my mind.  Here in Arizona it’s a well known fact that those crossing our southern border illegally include nationals from countries hostile to our own.  Are they all terrorists?  No one knows, but then, no one can say they are not. A Terrorism Liaison Officer here in Arizona directed to me a well-made …

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Gold and Silver prices: a little education from Chris Slife

Chris Slife owns Howling Coyote Silver Company.  He sent this email this morning, explaining why the prices of silver and gold have been so volatile.  If you have questions for Chris, post them as a comment, and I’ll ask him to drop by and answer them personally.  By the way, you can track the live ups and downs of your favorite precious metal here. There is a lot of very bearish sentiment right now out in gold and silver land …

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20 Things The Paranoid Dad learned from One Second After

The Paranoid Dad will be the first to admit he’s more of an action man than a reader.  However, once he started reading One Second After, he was transfixed.  I asked him what he learned from the book, and here is his list.   You cannot totally prepare for every possible disaster.  There are too many variables: weather, where you are at the time it occurs, who you are with.  You never know how those around you have prepared or …

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What is Money When the System Collapses?

With all the talk about a collapse of our economy, I asked Mac Slavo over at SHTFplan blog to share with my readers his insights into how a family might survive following a collapse of our money system.  Here is his answer, in his own words. Economist Mike Shedlock defines money through the eyes of Austrian economist Murray N. Rothbard as, “a commodity used as a medium of exchange.” “Like all commodities, it has an existing stock, it faces demands by people …

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