August newsletter

Entertaining Preps

8/7/20233 min read

This month should be ‘entertaining’ as we’ll look at various survival and preparedness situations, both fictional and factual. We’ll look at what the situation was, peoples’ response, and the outcomes. The goal for this article is recognize the myriad of sources and situations from which we can get our own ideas for survival. They may be unconventional, but with a little creative (and critical) thinking, you can take everyday events and ask yourself “how would this apply in XYZ situation, and what can I do about it now to test the idea”?

The most important factual ‘entertainment’ source I listen to religiously is Suspicious 0bservers (SO) on YouTube (hyperlinked here also). There is a daily 3-4 minute update video. This channel is science dense, but digestible for the lay person. The host (Ben Davidson) takes a daily look at space weather, the sun, and how they directly impact the earth (eg the pink auroras lately). Not a big deal typically until you learn what was behind the catastrophic Skylink satellite failure late last year, the impossible changes to Jupiter, Pluto, Neptune as well as earths seriously degraded magnetic field. The European Space Agency has reported the field loss and its downward trajectory in field strength. Without the magnetic field to protect us, even minor CME’s can give us another 1859 Carrington-like event and a world without electricity becomes a not-too-distant possibility under current conditions. Lisa and I taken all this red-pill information and deliberately moved to where we are now whilst making plans and getting ready to live a life akin to the 1700’s (no electricity).

On to a quasi-real-life example of survival which comes in the form of the two season show called The Colony. Set in a post viral outbreak apocalyptic world, a group of people are thrown together to survive and thrive with the goal to eventually escape to a more sustainable environment (the series are set in urban environments). I’m not a fan of ‘reality’ shows, but this was the exception because of the incredible amount of useful applicable information the show provided. We learned how to make a gasifier, welding with batteries, creating a windmill to generate power when coupled to an automobile alternator, etc. Most importantly though was what was learned about security, boundaries, and rules setting. I learned that with community, you must have boundaries and rules established beforehand for situations that will arise; how to deal with people who want to join you, what happens if beggars come with kids and try to appeal to your emotions, etc. Season 1 especially has lessons for the topics of Security and Community cohesiveness. The series is worth your time to view, in my opinion.

Finally let’s consider a fictional book series (also on Audible) that I’ve listened to several times and learn something new each time. The series comes with its fair share of criticism, which I can’t say is undeserved, however the purpose in listening is to learn various ways of handling situations, utilizing tools at my disposal, and group dynamics. There are 12 books in the Going Home series by A. American. The narrative is based around a hypothetical EMP (along with political intrigue) being detonated above the US, forcing everyone into a much more primitive style of existence and subsistence. The series goes into a fair amount of detail (and contrast with those who are unprepared-for anything) regarding their efforts to accomplish Maslovs hierarchy of needs (a topic we discussed earlier in these monthly newsletter articles) and how the community weeds out those who aren’t like-minded. Again, the content and ideas presented are not the only answer, but there is much value in learning about or being exposed to alternative ways of accomplishing the same objective-and that’s where the value of the Going Home series lies in my opinion.

So here are three examples you may find in your daily activities that provide ideas and examples for you to think about when it comes to ‘getting your house in order’ (speaking physically, not scripturally in this use of the phrase). What examples do you have from your daily activities that give you pause to ask yourself similar questions about your state of readiness? Please share them: and I’ll include them for everyone’s benefit in upcoming articles!

As always, please email me with any particular topics you’d like covered or a subject you’d like to see a deep dive on. Just as a glowing hot coal will extinguish when removed from the fire, so to will our ‘fire’ if we remove ourselves from like-minded community. Stay Safe, stay well, don’t be afraid-be prepared.


Joshua Van Dyke is a Concordia University graduate in Homeland Security and Emergency Management. He has escaped Oregon to Southern Idaho where he and his wife are in the process of building their self-sufficient (as much as possible) homestead.