Random, Yet Amazing Things You MUST Know as a Prepper
Interview with David Kershner, Author of the 3-Part, and soon to be 4, Book Series “Foreign and Domestic”
David Kershner is a husband, father of two teenage daughters, avid outdoorsman (hunting, fishing, camping, hiking). Passionate about self reliance, self sufficiency, and preparedness. Grow as much of my own food as possible while stuck in an urban environment. Wrote a fictional series dealing with the collapse of the food system which leads to financial collapse and terrorism.
Each book provides information on a wide range of preparedness topics: food prep and storage (root cellar), heirloom seed procurement and harvesting, medicinal herb uses, emergency medical, independence, alt energy, BOB, BOL, Farming…
There are people out there that think that they HAVE TO HAVE carbs in their diets. They love to make bread. Packets of yeast last a year at best. What do you do?
Simple, make yeast water. Here’s how: Take some pieces of fruit, cut up, with the skin on. Fill a jar about half way with that. Then pour a couple cups of spring or filtered water over top until it’s about three quarters full. Just don’t use alkaline water. Put the lid on loosely, or some cheesecloth, and then let it sit somewhere warm for a few days. The yeast and the carbohydrates that are already in the fruit will start to react to one another. After a couple of days there should be bubbles, that’s how you’ll know if it worked. If you have some sugar you can add some to force a faster reaction. When you want to make some leavened bread, replace the individual yeast and water ingredients from the recipe with the yeast water and voilà, you’ll get a nice fluffy loaf… with a hint of apple, or pear, or peach, or raisin, or whatever you used. I’ve tried it. It works.
I have a podcast all about harvesting and storing water on episode 87, theprepperpodcast.com/087. But you have a simple calculation to measure the gallons people can collect from roof tops. How do people know how much they can catch?
Assuming that you are catching the rainwater that falls on your home, or some structure, measure the total square footage of all roof lines (Example: (length x width) + (length x width) + (length x width) = total sq footage). You don’t need to worry about the pitch. I have three rooflines that equal 812 sq ft. Now multiply the total sq footage by the average rainfall for the months where rainfall is being collected. In my area it’s 22.5 in. That gives me 18,270. Now multiple that by the conversion fraction of 0.623. That equation tells me that I can conceivably capture 11,382.21 gallons of water during those months. (812 x 22.5 x 0.623 = 11,382.21) Now go buy some rain barrels or an underground cistern to hold as much as possible and you and your garden will never be thirsty again.
If someone were thinking about stockpiling some barter items, what do you recommend? Where would you start?
I recommend that you start with the three “A’s”. Alcohol, ammo, and antibiotic. Granted in that order, the alcohol will lead to the bullet wound which will necessitate the antibiotic. After that I’d look to the three “S’s”. Seeds, sewing, sharpening. Most everyone will need seeds eventually, especially those that don’t know how to harvest seeds. Clothing will wear out and darning will become a necessity. Axes and knives and chainsaw chains (assuming there is fuel) all need to be sharpened. A modest supply of sharpening stones and files will be a sought after commodity. Other than that, every time you go near canning supplies, grab a package of canning lids. The rims and jars can be reused, but the lids are a consumable commodity.
In episode 82, theprepperpodcast.com/082 I talk about communities. Before SHTF, I should be in a community, but, if you failed to do it beforehand, how would you get through the gates once the SHTF?
First off, you should have found something before the SHTF. After that, make sure you’ve learned an indispensable skill or trade. Former military or combat whatever? Great, you’re in. Everyone needs added security. Former carpenter or woodworker? You’re in to. We always need stuff built or repaired. Software tester? Get to steppin’. COBOL/Java/HTML/Oracle/.NET developer… follow that tester on down the road. Electrical anything? Inventor? You’re now the king of all you survey. Maybe it won’t be a harsh as all this, but it very well could be. Do yourself a favor and learn something that will be of value in a SHTF scenario.
I have covered BOLs in past episodes and more coming soon, but I realize that this is “the elephant in the room” with preppers. More discussions are ALWAYS welcome. If I’m trying to find the ‘right’ piece of land, what are some attributes I should be looking for?
Land that you can pay for outright (meaning no mortgage payment) would be a good place to start. However, this isn’t always possible, but should be a goal. Make the largest down payment you can if you can’t make the total purchase price. After that, you want the land to be all yours. This means gas, mineral, and timber rights as well. How much would it suck to have your secluded hidey hole exposed when a timber company comes and clear cuts half your property? Try to avoid parcels that have right-of-way (power, gas, or water/sewer lines cutting through the property) or easements for neighbors too. The right-of-ways need to be maintained by the owner of the service and easements may bring neighbors too close to seeing whatever it is that you’re doing. A full time water source would be optimal, but a seasonal stream would do in a pinch if you’re smitten with an area. Just make sure to capture as much of the seasonal water and rainwater as possible so you and your position are not compromised. Consider installing a modest pond. Regardless of all of that, wherever you choose to purchase, do yourself a favor and make sure the dirt is viable and know for a fact that you can live in that climate for a long time to come. Don’t buy in Alaska if you hate winter.
What is your next planned survival step?
Procure a BOL via land purchase.
Where can EVERYONE get a Copy of the Book…………………….?
What is your most important recommendation for someone just starting out?
The first thing they need to do is an assessment and start with the following two questions: What do they already possess (knowledge, gear, training, etc.)? What are they trying to accomplish? (Meaning, what are they preparing for) If what they possess doesn’t align with what they are preparing for, then they now know where they need to start. From there, it’s all about priority. Do research and find out what those that have come before them have already found out about the thing they are preparing for and what are their recommendations. For me it was debt and transitioning to cash only and setting a monthly budget for preps.
You have a book out, Tell us about it, and why you wrote it…
What kind of information can be learned by reading your books?
When I read books in this genre, I find that I enjoy the story much more if I feel that there is a purpose behind the writing. For me, it was all about passing on the information I’ve learned. This could be something like how a root cellar works to the nuclear triad and orienteering, medicinal plants uses, alternate forms of energy production and locomotion. What’s fun is including the information without the reader realizing it.
I have an amazing survival training site coming out at bestsurvivalskillstraining.com. Would you be willing to contribute amazing content or a ridiculous deal for everyone that joins the site?
How can people find you or where should they look next? www.facebook.com/davidjkershnerauthor
As I write tips for your adventures and hear about cool gear, I will let you know all about it!