The PREPARED Path – 12 Week Course

Want to Get Better Prepared?
Not Sure Where to Start?

No problem. The following can and will help you immensely. In fact, not only will this information help you get on the right path to better preparing yourself and your family but I promise you’ll be glad you choose to stay. That is, only if you’re truly serious about protecting and providing for those people you care most dearly about.

The Glaringly Obvious
Reasons to be Prepared…

Chances are you’re most likely here because you’ve come to the understanding as to how devastating something like a natural disaster can be and you want to ensure your family is ready for it. From hurricanes to tsunamis, earthquakes to tornados, volcanos or wildfires, and even dirty bombs or EMP events… there are many dangers we must be cognizant of and ever ready for.

natural-disasterNo doubt if you’ve paid any attention to the destruction that major storms like Hurricane Sandy caused or the Midwest tornado outbreak of 2011, there’s plenty of reasons to be on your toes! Perhaps even worse, the human panic component that inevitable sets in for the vast majority of the unprepared tend to make matters far more worse than they ever should have been to start with.

Take, for example, the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. People raided stores for basics necessities like food and water, looted absolutely worthless items like big-screen televisions, robbed helpless people on the streets, and even killed innocent people for seemingly no reason whatsoever… and all because they weren’t even remotely ready for something they could have been prepared for without a lot of effort. To be honest, it’s a sad fact of life that most people will remain happily oblivious to the world at large and then panic, die, or even worse–harm you and your family–when disaster strikes. Fortunately, these do not have to be the cards you’re dealt… you CAN stack the deck in your favor. :)

What Should be Obvious to Most People,
But Most Likely is Not…

The simple reason why things are guaranteed to go “hell in a hand basket” if-you-will after any major disaster is two fold: (1) we live in an extremely inter-dependent yet fragile society and (2) we’ve simply forgotten how to care for ourselves for more than a few days tops. You see, our society is much, much more dependent on a variety of factors than it was even a generation ago, much more than most people realize. This includes four major components:

  1. a remarkably unhealthy dependence on foreign oil

  2. overuse of industrial farming techniques

  3. incorrect use of just-in-time methods to deliver consumer goods (and especially food) distribution and re-supply

  4. an overwhelming shift in our society’s mindset to an entitlement mentality

Let’s Make Sure We Understand
Each of These Critical Points

Make no mistake, we’ve managed to make the most of many amazing advances in technology, an ever increasingly smaller global society, and even the seemingly well-intentioned desire to care for those who are down on their luck. On the surface these are admirable goals and seemingly appropriate uses of our capabilities, but deeper down they pose the greatest risk to our health, safety, security, and ultimately to on our American way of life.

Critical Point #1: An Unhealthy
Dependence on Foreign Oil…

Believe it or not, we Americans probably have a greater abundance of natural resources than ANY other country. Really! We have a vast amount of arable farmland, numerous natural water resources (in the form of rivers like the mighty Mississippi and underground aquifers), vast forest lands, and even plenty of natural gas and crude oil reserves. And that’s just for starters. The problem is that–in the interest of cheap gasoline and other consumer products–we’ve setup our infrastructure to rely on foreign oil imports. What happens if/when that goes away? Think about the following…

Our lives here in America are literally run on gasoline. Seriously. It’s not just about getting to and from work, dropping off the kids at school, or even getting to the grocery store. It’s much more than that. Instead, it’s really about the semi-trucks that keep you and I happy and content consumers. If you don’t believe it, I challenge you to try this: the next time you’re out on the road—especially the interstates—try and count how many semi-trucks you pass by in a single minute (roughly a single mile)… I’m sure it’s easily dozens.

Now, multiply that number by the nearly fifty thousand miles of interstates that these very same semi-trucks travel day-in and day-out, 365 days a year, day and night, to bring you the countless consumer goods you rely on from places like Walmart, the food your kids are eating for dinner tonight, the clothes on your back, and even the gasoline you need to, well… get anywhere you want to go. It’s mind-boggling to be sure. But there’s a problem, a huge problem…

You see, our American society is such a well-oiled machine it should bring a smile to your face just contemplating it. Our forefathers would have been so proud of what we’ve accomplished in just a few hundred years. But herein lies a glaring fallacy: Our forefathers may have smiles but they would NOT have been proud. Nope. Not at all.

Fact is, our forefathers were very smart people. They would have understood that, although this societal model–of buy, buy, buy–functions quite well in good times, that’s just not the case when times are bad… and they understood bad times too. Oddly, it’s precisely our need to buy, buy, buy that WILL create the worst hyperinflationary period ever experienced here in America. But that’s a conversation for another time.

What do you think will happen when foreign oil imports dry up? It’s not rocket science to figure that one out. Even worse is that we’re headed down an unsustainable path regardless. The sad truth is that it doesn’t take much to throw a giant monkey wrench into the works and foul it all up. Modern societies have seen this time and again. Fortunately, we’ve always rebounded but times are different now. Take, for example, this chart of gasoline prices for roughly the past 90 years:

Annual-gas-prices-1919-2011

See anything disturbing? You should!

First is the obvious: the blatant trend is that gas prices have been rising more steadily. Second, in only the time-frame of a single decade gas prices are beginning to show the “hockey stick” effect. What’s that, you ask? Well, imagine laying a hockey stick on the ground (in this case at the bottom of the chart) with the business end of the stick pointing upward on the right side of the chart and there you have it: a hockey stick. What does it mean? As it relates to our lives this decade is the time-frame where gasoline prices begin to skyrocket out of control.

In reality, it’s not gasoline prices that are the problem, it’s the oil prices. Believe it or not, crude oil is used to manufacture so many modern day products it would make your head spin, from obvious ones like refining gasoline and diesel to less obvious ones like creating plastics, pesticides, cosmetics, and fertilizers, which brings us to our next major problem.

Critical Point #2: Overuse of
Industrial Farming Techniques…

If there’s one thing that’s going to “do us in” in the long term no matter what else happens it’s got to be the way we’ve transformed our society away from the traditional family farm into the industrial mass-produced, big-agriculture concept. And it’s not just our fruits and vegetables, it’s every bit as prevalent–perhaps even more so–in meat and dairy production. It’s actually quite a sad state of affairs.

Sadly, our food no longer comes from a local, healthy, organic farm… it comes from thousands of miles away–often abroad–and is sprayed with loads of pesticides, herbicides, and other chemicals you and I wouldn’t want to touch with a ten foot pole. And let’s not even talk about GMO foods, the hundreds to thousands of man-made ingredients that are now in our foods, or the fact that nearly all imported foods are irradiated port-side.

Even beyond those problems is the fact that food production and crude oil are so intertwined it’s not even funny. Just look at how closely food prices mirror crude oil prices. Don’t take my word for it. See for yourself in the following chart depicting the Food Price Index from 1990 through 2011:

food-price-chart

For starters, you need to understand what the food price index is: “The FAO Food Price Index is a measure of the monthly change in international prices of a basket of food commodities.” Basically, it measures how expensive food is world-wide.

The important thing to note is that this chart is starting to do the same thing that the gas chart is: hockey stick upward. Besides, in just the past year or so (since the end of the chart) the index has added another twenty points. Things are getting more expensive and this is only what the powers that be want us to see!

You know how I said it’s going to get worse? Well, it is, and here’s why…

The inherent problem is that crude oil and food production are so intertwined that they cannot be separated. Not only does most food travel 1500-2500 “food miles” to get to your dinner table (yes, you read those numbers right), but the pesticides and fertilizers that big agriculture utilize to grow the food you eat are inexorably dependent on—you guessed it—crude oil.

I must then ask you an obvious question: what happens to the cost of your breakfast, lunch, and dinner when the underlying cost of a barrel of oil tops $200 or more? How about $500?

There’s only one honest answer: the cost of your food skyrockets along with crude oil prices. The outcome is inevitable. Sadly, you’re getting double-dipped, not only because you’re paying for the higher prices in gasoline to transport food to your local stores—as well as every other consumer good you purchase—but in the underlying costs of the pesticides and fertilizers to grow food. Talk about a double-whammy!

But that’s not even the best part. Manufacturer’s are getting sneaky too. You know what else they’re doing to our food, especially here in America? I know you know the answer…

Food Packaging is Getting Smaller to Make Inflation Seem Lower

You see it everywhere you look these days. From lighter bags of potato chips to smaller jars of peanut butter, and even fewer slices of cheese per package to less meat too. It’s happening right before our eyes! Go look in your pantry and refrigerator. I dare you.

Granted, that’s not such a bad thing for our waistlines but I can guarantee you it’s definitely not good for our wallets and long-term prosperity. You and I are paying more and getting less… and it’s only going to get worse.

Critical Point #3: Incorrect Use of Distribution Methods
for Consumer Goods and Food Distribution…

One consequence that WILL occur as a result of any major disaster is that your local grocery store, Walmart food center, or any other place where you can get food will run out, and do so very quickly. Did you know they say that grocery store shelves will run bare in just three days during any major disaster? Hah! That’s being amazingly generous. Emptied shelves will happen so much faster than that and, in fact, have proven to emptied within hours time and again. You simply cannot expect to find much, if any, supplies that you truly need for your family even a few hours in. You simply can’t.

History has shown this to be true time and again. What would you do if you arrived at your local grocery store and the following scene is what you encountered? You would panic! And, obviously, you would immediately be looking for handouts–maybe even DEMANDING handouts–along with untold others who were ill-prepared as well:

www.beforeitsnews.com

www.beforeitsnews.com

This problem stems from one of our greatest feats: the Kanban (or just-in-time) method of delivery. Put simply, this philosophy attempts to minimize labor costs by delivering groceries and every other consumer goods you’ve learned to love only when they’re almost out. Worse yet is that everyone playing the same game. It’s just the way it is these days. The problem, more precisely, is that there is no longer a buffer to rely upon. There is no “back of the store” or local warehouse to pull from any longer. It all comes in from far away and is expected to be delivered ONLY when needed. Certainly, the problem that results is that there is no stockpile of goods to rely on if that delivery system becomes incapacitated for ANY number of reasons whatsoever, be it a natural disaster, a lack of gasoline supply, a driver strike… you’re at the mercy of so much that is out of your control.

Critical Point #4: An Overwhelming Shift
to an Entitlement Mindset…

This is perhaps the most disturbing problem we face as Americans. Are you aware that nearly 48 million Americans are on food stamps right now and that number is growing each day? Sure, some need it but I’m willing to bet most don’t. Likewise, the expected outlays for unfunded liabilities (specifically Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security) are not only in the many trillions of dollars–do you have any clue how big that number really is?–but simply cannot be paid off doing what we’re doing now as a country? Do about five minutes of research and you’ll come to the same conclusion. Look at the following chart:

It’s an absolute mess to be honest. I don’t want to get into politics but we’re headed down a bad path here. What do YOU think is going to happen when we come to the point where we, as a nation, cannot service even the interest on our debt? Or worse, what happen when our creditors (namely China) says no more? We’re not buying your debt any longer? You know what happens… the dollars flood back into the country and, voila… hyperinflation!! How much will a loaf of bread cost then? Will there even be any bread to buy?

You Simply MUST Learn to
Provide for Your Family
in the Coming Hard Times

Hard times ARE coming. You may not yet understand it logically yet but you know it in your gut. Many families would swear hard times are already here. They’re struggling to simply get by, living paycheck to paycheck, and definitely wondering why things continue to get more and more expensive while their paychecks get smaller and smaller. Maybe that describes you, maybe not. But it could be YOU, and MUCH faster than you realize.

Ask anybody who lived through the hyperinflationary periods in Germany, Greece, Hungary, or more recently Zimbabwe, Iraq, Romania, and plenty more examples. In fact, many, many dozens of countries have experienced hyperinflation to varying degrees in a single lifetime… even the United States experienced it during the Revolutionary War. Yes, we’ve been fortunate here in America. We really have. The problem is that inflation is coming back home, and with a vengeance. There’s just no way around it. You’ve got to be ready.

Let me ask you a simple question: How can you honestly expect to provide for your family’s well-being when times get really tough without:

-> the SUPPLIES to See You Through
-> the GEAR to Get the Job Done Right
-> and a Real PLAN to Make it Happen?

Truth is, you can’t. But it doesn’t have to be that way. You CAN do better, much better. You really can provide for and protect your family even in the worst of times. You’ll learn how in a moment. But first let’s understand each other…

Yes, I really do believe hard times are coming. When? I don’t know. I’m not a prophet. The thing is, though, I’m not alone. There are many, many people far smarter than I who see the same things and I’m willing to bet you see it as well. So, let’s be honest. Are things really getting better as the government and mass media like to constantly reassure us they are? Of course they’re not… our situation is just being “hidden” better.

Even Mother Nature is Unpredictable

Take something as simple as water for example. If there’s ONE thing in life that we tend to take for granted yet rely on the most, it’s undoubtedly water. Here in America we have been blessed with an abundance of water-rich resources. We’ve harnessed it to our benefit for many decades now. We’ve even funneled water to places where none is found naturally and built entire metropolises where none should exist. Yes, we’ve conquered Mother Nature, haven’t we? Well, not quite. The truth is that Mother Nature is ALWAYS in charge. Regrettably, this could be a scene coming to your town very soon:

water-level

www.trendflux.com

Don’t believe it?

Do you remember that just last summer (of 2012) we had widespread droughts, record low river levels, and even farmers slaughtering livestock all because of a lack of rainwater! Yes, the tides can turn just that quickly. Needless to say a lack of water only exacerbates food price increases because less food is being grown per acre, but that’s not the point here. The point is that even something so seemingly plentiful as water could disappear without warning. What will you do then?

Let’s look closer to home. In fact, let’s look inside your home…

Did you know that—according to the EPA—the average family of four uses 400 gallons of water per day? Ponder that number. Do you have any idea as to how much water that really is? To put it into perspective the average bathtub holds 42 gallons of water, so let’s just say your family uses on average ten bathtubs worth of water per day. You think, ok, that’s not THAT bad, until…

…until your tap water stops flowing. Maybe it’s because of a drought, a boil water order, or even something as simple as a broken water main. The reason why isn’t that important. The fact that you and I simply cannot survive without water for much more than three days is what’s critical to understand. Take a moment and think about how short three days really is… it can be gone in a flash! You’re accustomed to using 400 gallons per day and just like that you have no access to water. What are you going to do? What will your family do?

Oh, and I didn’t even mention the kicker: water MUST be clean and free of pathogens otherwise you’ll likely contract diseases that are among the most probable causes of death worldwide such as cholera or perhaps you’ll just die of good old fashioned dysentery caused by diarrhea. Really. Diarrhea still happens to be one of the top causes of death worldwide… and all because of a lack of access to clean water. Yes, water is THAT crucial.

Let’s Not Forget the Microscopic
Organisms We Cannot See

Are you aware that we’re due for a major flu pandemic? On average, flu pandemics happen about every 25 years or so (according to flu.gov). Major flu pandemics, more specifically, seem to happen about every 90 years or so with the last one being the Spanish flu of 1918 (which was more than 90 years ago). Here’s a sobering photo from that time:

1918-flu-pandemic

www.cbc.ca

I’m sure you wouldn’t want to be one of these people. And you definitely wouldn’t want your spouse or children to be one of them. So, what’s the plan for you and your family in a major flu pandemic? Do you have one? Or, are you going to be running around like everything is normal? Perhaps wearing a basic dust mask because the authorities suggest it, still going to work because you NEED the money, your kids still attending school because that’s what everyone else is doing, and buying food at the grocery stores because you have nothing to rely on? I hope not. If you’re smart you would be home riding it out, but not in desperation… in relative comfort.

What about everyone else? You know, the people who stock the grocery store shelves, keep the lights on, the water flowing, and bring gasoline to the filling stations? Will they still be out doing THEIR jobs? Honestly, I can guarantee that’s not going to happen in a true pandemic. And if you naively expect so then please stop reading now. This isn’t for you… either that or you desperately need it. The truth is that people will be scared and, as a result, they will stay home. The difference between you and them is that YOU will be prepared.

Remember That Natural and Even
Man-Made Disasters Cause Havoc Also

A major aspect of being prepared is to be ready for those things that we typically consider natural disasters, including earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, tsunamis, and wildfires to name a few. You only need to consider the vast number of people displaced or otherwise affected by Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Sandy, the earthquakes in Haiti, the Joplin tornado outbreak, and even the Mississippi river floods to recognize how devastating such natural disaster can be. In fact, these are precisely the types of scenarios that I intend to help you prepare for and avoid becoming a “statistic” of.

That said, there’s even more to be concerned about than natural disasters alone. House fires, blackouts, biological and chemical scenarios, terrorist attacks, home invasions, active shooters, and even seemingly far-fetched ideas such as EMP attacks and solar flares are all viable scenarios to concern yourself with. There’s no doubt that life is rife with danger. Regrettably, the sad fact is that…

You Cannot Rely on FEMA
or the Government to Save You!

As much as I want to believe in my fellow Americans at FEMA and those in the government—at all levels—to help you and I out when we need them the most, I simply cannot bet my life (or that of my family’s) on their actions or in-actions, and neither should you.

There are examples abound as to how FEMA failed to do what they’re expected to do: to help you when you cannot help yourself. In my opinion, they were never setup to succeed in the first place. Hurricane Katrina and, more recently, Hurricane Sandy should have made this point abundantly clear. And if you haven’t figured it out by now, there is NOBODY that you can trust to save your skin other than you. Please don’t be one of the hundreds of people living in a FEMA shelter like this one (which looks eerily similar to the 1918 Spanish flu photo):

fema-shelter

www.deep.med.miami.edu

… with authorities literally telling you:

  • when you may eat

  • what you will eat

  • when you will sleep

  • where you will sleep

  • when you may come and go

  • what you can bring into the shelter

  • waiting in lines for a bathroom

  • and worse

And good luck getting any sleep at night. While you’re at it, pray that you and your family doesn’t get sick (it’s almost inevitable in a crowded place like this) and pray that nothing bad happens to you, your spouse, and your kids because not everyone there is so nice and certainly not happy to be in the same situation as you are. Tensions get raised when confined like this. Everyone is just as desperate as you are or else they wouldn’t be there. I would bet some people are on drugs (or need to be). And I’m sure there a few bullies who would be happy to take your kids last granola bar. A FEMA shelter is no place to be, ever.

You Don’t Have to Live
in a FEMA Camp

Remember how I said at the start that is takes “the supplies to see you through, the gear to get the job done right, and a real plan to make it happen?” Well, it’s true. You do need these things. All of them, in fact.

The Supplies…

Bare grocery store shelves are only the most glaring example as to why you must stockpile supplies to see you through–not only disasters–but hard times as well. Think of all the consumer goods you and your family purchase in a single month, let alone an entire year. Food and beverages are primary examples, but what about other things like gasoline for the cars, medications (both OTC and prescriptions), an assortment of disposable goods (toilet paper, facial tissue, paper towels, napkins, etc), soaps and shampoos, even entertainment in it’s many forms… and I haven’t even touched upon less-frequently purchased items like clothing and shoes. No doubt there are MANY supplies that we rely upon even in a single month that would make life very difficult to do without.

The Gear…

As humans we’re a technologically-driven species; it’s in our nature to use tools and rely upon them for a variety of tasks, never more so than in our modern society. Think about all the ways that technology has touched our lives–and we’re not even considering things like computers, Facebook, or bluetooth–I’m thinking about more mundane actions like flipping on a light switch to illuminate a room, watching the television or listening to the radio for news and entertainment, stepping on a gas pedal to propel a two thousand pound vehicle down the road so you can get your kids to school. These, among many other activites, are all luxuries that we’ve grown accustomed to and rely upon without question.

What would we ever do without them? Freak out, that’s what!

More importantly, your kids, your spouse, and maybe even YOU will begin to panic when the sun has gone down and it’s pitch black inside your house. Maybe you hear what you think is gunfire off in the distance but you can’t turn on the television to find out what’s going on? These are relatively basic modern-day needs that really require a variety of gear to see you through. Equipment like lanterns, flashlights, AM/FM radios, two-way radios, police scanners, and a wide variety of other gear WILL be needed. In fact, this course outlines hundreds of equipment options you may find yourself in dire need of one day.

The Plan…

How many activities and projects have you started but not finished? How many have you thought about but never started? Are you the kind of person that needs direction to get things done? The problem isn’t a lack of enthusiasm, not money, not even a lack of time… it’s the lack of a plan.

You see, when you’re held accountable to a plan you’re far more likely to see it through; that’s just human nature. And, with that in mind, I’ve created a plan to help you see your family’s preparedness planning through to the end.

It’s time to prepare yourself and your family…

Who Am I?

My name is Damian Brindle (view my about me page if you like). I run this website (reThinkSurvival.com) and I’ve been doing so for well more than a year now. Personally, I’ve been “into” preparing myself and my family for nearly a decade now. I’ve learned a lot over that time and I want to share what I know and, more importantly, what I have found to be most important with you.

Why?

The simple fact is that as much as I would like to believe that I should ONLY choose to care for my family and forget everyone else, that’s simply not possible any longer. As a fellow American, I now see it as my duty to help as many families as possible be better prepared for whatever might come their way, be it an earthquake, hurricane, terrorist attack, or even coming hyperinflationary hard times. And that, my friend, is what this is all about.

I truly want to help you get prepared. And here’s THE plan to do it…

Get Your Family READY
for Nearly Any Emergency

in ONLY 12 Weeks!

How I Wound up Creating This Course for YOU…

This course is unique. In fact, there’s nothing else out there like it… not even close. Trust me, I’ve looked! To be absolutely honest, in late 2012 I was looking for a course that was truly useful, something that I could turn around and sell to readers for a commission (rather than to develop an entire course myself) but I came up empty-handed. I almost gave up but then I had the idea to create my own course in just a month or two that was better than anything else out there… several months later and… this course was born.

To be clear, this 12 week course is meant for suburbanites (like you and I) that are interested in sheltering-in-place and better preparing their families for days, weeks, months, and even far longer if need be.

We’ll cover 12 critical areas of preparedness:

  1. Water – including water procurement (rainwater collection, desalination, lakes and streams, well water, etc), water storage (small containers, barrels, IBC totes, cisterns, etc), water treatment (boiling, chemicals, SODIS, in-line filters, gravity filters, biosand filters, etc).
  2. Food Storage – food safety, passive cooling, active cooling, how to store food, root cellars/pits, vacuum foodsaver, dehydrating, preserving meats, canning, bulk foods (wheat, rice, beans, etc), sprouting, basic recipes, and more.
  3. Sanitation and Hygiene – including sanitation concerns (portable toilets, hand washing, hygiene supplies, garbage, trenches and latrines, outhouses, humanure) as well as hygiene concerns (showering, laundry, cleaning dishes, soap, etc).
  4. First aid and Medical – first aid information, first aid kits, special needs, Rx medications, wound care, burn care, pandemics, dehydration, diabetes, advanced medical kits, antibiotics, dental care, herbs, essential oils, and more.
  5. Safety and Security – including home safety concerns (fire safety, CO safety, safely turn off utilities, wildfires) and home security (essential security measures, personal defense, firearms, civil unrest, OPSEC, WROL security, caches, NBC and EMP, etc).
  6. Heating and Cooling – heating (propane, kerosene, outdoor stoves, wood stoves, rocket mass heaters, firewood harvesting, solar heat collectors) and cooling (makeshift coolers, fans, window a/c, insulation).
  7. Cooking and Hot Water – propane stoves, makeshift stoves, thermal retention, solar cooking, multi-fuel stoves, campfires, fire-starting and sustaining, dutch ovens, and more.
  8. Lighting – including DIY candles, commercial candles, solar lights, flashlights, lamps and lanterns (battery-powered, propane, kerosene), headlamps, DC lighting options, etc.
  9. Communications – weather radios, AM/FM radios, shortwave radios, CB radios, FRS/GMRS radios, MURS radios, HAM radios.
  10. Power and Fuel – including batteries (alkaline and rechargeable), power inverters, gasoline and diesel, propane, fuel storage, generators, solar power, and more.
  11. Shelter and Clothing – sheltering (tarps, drills, plastic sheeting, plywood, makeshift shelters) and clothing (staying warm, staying dry, staying cool, personal protective equipment).
  12. …and everything else that wasn’t mentioned previously (such as money, precious metals, barter, dependents, special needs individuals) and more.

Again, this is about sheltering-in-place, not retreats, homesteading, or raising chickens. Period. There’s so much covered that it’s daunting to mention it ALL here. Really!

How It’s All Put Together…

It all starts with covering the aforementioned 12 topics using what I’ve coined the A.P.T. concept, which stands for Austere, Preferred, and Temporary (I’ll explain in a moment) and is modeled after the P.A.C.E. concept that I happened across some time ago.

The A.P.T. concept is meant to be simple and remembered too, hence, the A.P.T. mnemonic. But there’s a bit more to it than just that. Consider the definition of the word ”apt” which is simply “appropriate or suitable in the circumstances.” And that’s what this is all about: appropriate to the circumstances. Now, let’s quickly consider the definitions of each A.P.T. acronym, but do so in reverse order (according to Google):

  • Temporary – Lasting for only a limited period of time; not permanent.
  • Preferred - Like (one thing or person) better than another or others; tend to choose: “I prefer Venice to Rome”.
  • Austere – (of living conditions or a way of life) Having no comforts or luxuries; harsh or ascetic.

When I think about disasters and more importantly, preparing for them, I think in the above terms. To be clear, Temporary measures are meant to get you through a short term emergency of maybe a few days to weeks at most. Preferred measures are for weeks to months and even longer in some cases. Austere measures are for much longer scenarios or for when there’s little to no expectation of returning to normal anytime soon.

Make sense?

Good.

What to Expect From Each Module…

Each module discusses a different topic (e.g., water, food storage, safety and security, etc as mentioned above) and is laid out using the aforementioned A.P.T. concept. Information, videos, and equipment are referenced as I see fit for each section (Austere, Preferred, and Temporary) with the expectation that what’s provided is appropriate for that need. In fact, there are literally hundreds upon hundreds of links, videos, and products included.

Actually, The PREPARED Path course highlights what I do best here at reThinkSurvival.com, and that’s (1) researching the best of the best references available to YOU and (2) organizing that information into an easy to use and understand format. I essentially “take you by the hand” and walk you through each module, providing precisely the references you need to read and watch as well as direct links to the products you should purchase to get yourself ready.

There’s More to it Than Just Learning…

I’ve also taken the time to help you develop your plans. In addition, I’ve created detailed checklists (in PDF format) since learning via the above referenced 12 modules is ONLY the beginning. In fact, learning is probably the easiest part of the whole process because the “real” work begins when you start to decide what options to rely on, purchase the gear, and track your progress. It’s all conveniently done using the accompanying PDF Files. :)

Fortunately, the PDF files are relatively self-explanatory. Each module has it’s own file (except that weeks 11 and 12 are combined). The first time you open a PDF file you’ll be provided with the options I’ve outlined for that particular module, organized using the A.P.T. concept. Simply click on the checkmark for those options you want to rely upon and an accompanying set of information will become visible, including equipment to purchase, tasks to complete, and additional notes to include as necessary. A progress meter is included to help you gauge your progress as you purchase items and complete tasks for each option selected. These files are meant to be working documents so please utilize them as needed until you’ve completely finished any given module.

I’ve even included relevant Amazon Listmaina! lists in order to make purchasing referenced products that much easier for you. Yeah, it’s that easy. :)

For Whom This Course is And is Not Intended…

Please understand that the focus of this course is to prepare a typical suburban family to survive in place for a few days to months or much longer, if needed. It is not meant to be a homesteading course, although some homesteading practices are covered. Regardless, we won’t be raising livestock, I promise! Neither is this course about wilderness survival or even survival retreats. Specifically, this course is for those who:

  • are generally new to prepping

  • live in or near a city or suburbs

  • have a family to protect

  • want to truly learn

  • prefer an organized and logical approach

If any of the above describes you then please continue! Now, allow me do something no other survival course will contemplate… let you try it out.

Take The PREPARED Path for a Test Drive….

Look, I could spend the next three hours attempting to describe what you will get but sometimes it’s just better to see for yourself. As such, I’ve made the Week1: Water Module freely available so you fully understand what you can expect. Just click here to view part 1 of the water module (opens in a new browser window). Also, please understand there are two additional parts to this module so be sure to view them using the provided navigational links or click here for part 2 and click here for part 3 (these links also open in a new browser window). Realize that even though there are links to the other eleven modules, they will NOT work until you’ve paid and are logged in.

Then, when you’re finished working through the first module, you’re welcome to download and test the associated Week 1: Water Module PDF checklist (please choose to right-click on the file and “save as” or “save file as” or similar; if you left-click instead you may have problems. Remember that there are ten additional PDF files (because weeks 11 and 12 are combined) as well. In addition, each module has an associated Amazon Listmania! list too. You’ll notice that all the other eleven Listmania! lists are readily accessible too (upon viewing any Listmania! list)… feel free to peruse them if you like. Remember, however, that this course isn’t about a list of products. Not at all. It’s much more about the weeks of learning and eventual planning that will be done.

What Did You Think?

If you liked the idea and content then the other eleven modules are very similar to the water module (some nearly as long, others shorter). If you did NOT like the idea then, please, please, please, don’t bother to signup. The last thing I want is for you to be disappointed. Actually, the LAST thing I want is for you to be unprepared. The good news is that if you truly choose to follow the advice contained within then I firmly believe that you and your family will be “prepared for 99% of what live can throw at you, guaranteed.” Prepping isn’t difficult but it does take time, effort, money, and plenty of planning.

If this course speaks to you, choose to signup right now! You won’t be disappointed. I guarantee it! In fact, you may receive a FULL 25% discount off the regular $49 price RIGHT NOW

Still Not Convinced?
Let’s COMPARE!

This is something I guarantee no other survival course would dare try… comparing their course to others, but I’m going to do it so you fully understand why this course is head-and-shoulders above the rest.

Remember when I said I was looking for a course to sell? Well, there are a bunch of them. I was surprised to be honest. The sad truth is that it seems many people are “jumping on the bandwagon” if you will and hoping to make a quick buck selling anything they can. The worst part is that many of the products out there seem to be what I consider sub-par content at best an downright horrible at worst.

Now, I can’t say that I’ve reviewed them all, I have not and will no longer do so. But, I have reviewed a few of them with mixed reactions. Regardless, let’s look at some of the more popular ones out there…

37 Critical Items (aka. Sold Out After Crisis)

This course provides a handful of reports sent to you on as a DVD. Reports include “37 Vital Food Items Guide,” “Water Purification Quickstart Guide,” “Survival Garden Plans,” “Off-Grid Survival Backup Power,” “Survival Food Stockpiling and Storage” and a 30 day trial membership in something called the “Liberty Survival Alliance,” which apparently gains you access to additional survival information for a monthly fee.

I did have a chance to review this course here, and while it contained some interesting and useful information–especially with regards to the off-grid power–I felt most of it was nothing new. In fact, if you want a list of things to hoard, here’s a list of 100 Items That Disappear First in a Disaster that often floats around the Net… nearly triple the 37 items. ;)

FYI, this author seems to have several survival courses out there, though, I’m not entirely sure what the differences are.

Survive in Place – Urban Survival Secrets You Won’t Find in Manuals, Books, or Blogs

That’s a bold statement, isn’t it? I thought so. In fact, I choose to purchase this course quite a while ago and even reviewed it here. Overall, I was pleased with the course and information contained within. They did try to up-sell me after purchase, which I neither appreciated nor accepted. I also recall not being given access to anything other than the first week’s content (there are 12 total weeks in the course as well) but emailed customer support and was then granted complete access.

Regardless, I do recall the content being relatively interesting–but no “secrets” if you ask–and was provided as both PDF files and audio where the author basically reads the PDF files to you; though I was hoping he would add additional insight, he did not. Beyond that, the course includes two bonus files on “Regaining Privacy Online” and “47 Proven Strategies to Protect Yourself From Identity Theft” neither of which did a whole lot for me as I recall but you may find them useful.

Backyard Liberty

Now, here’s a course that I have not reviewed and recently considered doing so but ultimately felt didn’t pertain to my current situation. Essentially, the course seems to be primarily about aquanopics, in particular, building a system very inexpensively. Additional bonus reports are included: “How to Build a Water Biofilter,” “Surviving an Economic Collapse,” and “27 Items You Need to Hoard.” I did notice that he provides one heck of a guarantee, not only refunding your money but money (to a limit) that you paid on supplies to build it! That is impressive.

Want to Know the REAL
SECRET to Getting Prepared?

There is NO secret. Honestly. There’ aren’t just 27, 37, or even 100 items that you MUST hoard. No doubt there are plenty of supplies and gear that you can use and this course certainly highlights plenty of them. Likewise, there isn’t ONE thing like hydroponics that’s going to see you through a disaster or even the coming hard times. Granted, something like hydroponics can be one component but there’s a reason why I’ve outlined 12 separate modules as you MUST consider all areas of preparedness equally.

All that said, there’s still more to consider, much more…

We’re Not Done Yet,
Not Even Close!

As much as I would like to believe that the 12 weeks of this course is all that you need to be prepared, there’s still more to it… much more. Let’s start with creating bug out and vehicle kits…

Bonus #1: Easily Design Your Own Bug Out Kit and Vehicle Kits

These documents are meant to provide you with an easy way to create and track your bug out bag and vehicle kits. All major categories are included: food and water, medical and first aid, hygiene and sanitation, clothing and shelter, safety and security, lighting and communications, children and pets, information, tools, supplies, special needs, and more.

Many options are available and pre-selected for you but you can easily add or remove pre-populated items as you wish and even add your own items in exactly the same fashion as the week 1 through 12 PDF files. Specifically, there is space for an item description, comments, quantity to include, examples, and expiration dates. You can also track each item as you acquire it until you have 100% of the items you selected. Here’s a few screenshots of the bug out kit file, though, the vehicle kit file is very similar (click to enlarge)…

Bug Out Bag Kit-1

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Bug Out Bag Kit-2

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Bug Out Bag Kit-3

(example page)

Bonus #2: Create a Comprehensive Bug Out Information Worksheet

All of the important stuff you need to know about your life and then some! Sections are included for:

  • your home address
  • alternative emergency numbers
  • utility providers
  • local and out-of-state emergency contacts
  • household member information
  • pet details
  • contact information for places like work and school
  • vehicle and personal property information
  • insurance and financial contacts
  • professional contacts
  • recovery services contacts
  • medical and other health care contacts
  • prescription medications
  • and more

It’s quite comprehensive and there’s a lot covered. Here’s a few screenshots (click to enlarge)…

Bug Out Information Worksheet-1

household details, emergency numbers (blank)

Bug Out Information Worksheet-2

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Bug Out Information Worksheet-3

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And here’s a few example pages…

Bug Out Information-4

household details, emergency numbers (example page)

Bug Out Information-5

emergency contacts (example page)

Bug Out Information-6

household members, pet details (example page)

Bonus #3: Develop Critical Evacuation Procedures

Among the more pressing needs when bugging out is to develop a quality plan as to what you and your family will do if you ever need to evacuate. This file is meant to help you develop those plans and is broken into two major sections: procedures and routes.

The first section, Evacuation Procedures, is meant to engage you and your family in the planning process. Here you will make decisions regarding a variety of critical topics, such as exactly who is in charge in an evacuation situation, how the decision to evacuate will be made, and even what will happen with respect to rendezvous situations.

The second section, your Evacuation Routes, is meant to detail precisely where you will evacuate to. Although you probably have one or two specific locations you intend to retreat to, the attempt here is to force you to think about needing to evacuate in any direction (north, south, east, west) because you cannot assume that you will be able to get to the one or two locations you wanted to get to due to road outages, traffic congestion, etc. There are sections for both local and out-of-area evacuation destinations, including primary and secondary routes, rendezvous points (if necessary), and hotel information. Here’s a few screenshots (click to enlarge)…

Evacuation Procedures-1

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Evacuation Procedures-2

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Evacuation Procedures-3

evacuation procedures (example page)

Evacuation Procedures-4

evacuation routes north (example page)

Bonus #4: Create Effective Priority Checklists

The purpose of this worksheet is to create a ready-reference list of any equipment and supplies that you intend to take with you should you ever need to evacuate. You can either place this list in an emergency binder or perhaps in a highly visible location such as on your refrigerator.

Regardless of where you place it, this checklist is separated into three distinct lists depending on how fast you need to evacuate: “15 minutes”, “1 Hour” and “1 Day” and allows for you to determine:

  • the item’s priority (e.g., high, moderate, low)
  • the location (e.g., basement, bedroom, garage, etc)
  • an item description (whatever you like)
  • the vehicle it goes in
  • and even a checkbox for you to use to track when it’s been added to the vehicle during your bug out packing

Here’s a screenshot (click to enlarge)…

Priority Checklists-1

priority checklist (blank)

Priority Checklist-2

(example page)

That about covers bug outs and evacuation. Let’s move on to your general readiness…

Bonus #5: Quickly Reference Disaster Action Plans

Begin action planning for the most likely disasters you and your family need to prepare for. I suggest you limit the number of disasters to a maximum of five in order to focus your preparations but you can certainly select all of them if you like. After you’ve selected up to five disasters (you can start with fewer too), scroll down the file and begin action-planning one disaster at a time.

Each disaster action plan includes the same sections:

  • Reaction – Select your expected reaction to this disaster, such as “evacuate immediately” or “shelter in place”.
  • Immediate Reactions – Anything that should be done NOW because a disaster is imminent (or highly likely). In most cases you’re not going to be referencing this file during a disaster; as such, this is just good information for all family members to be exposed to.
  • Specific Information – Includes anything that would be useful to know or remember but aren’t necessarily actionable items.
  • Mitigating Actions – Actions you can take well before any disaster might occur in order to lessen or reduce it’s impact.
  • Recovery Activities – Actions that may need to occur as a result of disaster.
  • Additional Notes – Anything else you want to include not covered elsewhere.

Here’s a few screenshots (click to enlarge)…

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Disaster Action Plans-2

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Disaster Action Plans-3

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Disaster Action Plan-4

blackout (example page)

Bonus #6: Develop an Intuitive One-Pager Reference

A easy to read ready-reference of important contact numbers and critical medical information that can be posted in a highly visible location such as on your refrigerator. You may include:

  • your home address
  • cell phone numbers
  • alternative emergency numbers
  • utility provider numbers
  • your personal emergency contacts
  • critical medical information such as allergies, special needs, and disabilities

This information can be used in emergencies where you (or perhaps a babysitter) might need outside assistance such as when calling 9-1-1. It might also come in handy for less dire circumstances such as when needing to contact a utility provider due to a service outage, for instance. Here’s a screenshot (click to enlarge)…

One-Pager-1

one-pager (blank)

One-Pager-2

(example page)

Bonus #7: Prepare a Fire Escape Plan

The purpose of this worksheet is to give you a basis for dealing with the aftermath of a home fire as well as to start a discussion about fire safety with younger children. Here’s a screenshot (click to enlarge)…

Fire Plan-1

fire plan (blank)

Fire Plan-2

(example page)

Bonus #8: Manage Long Term Task Tracking

Here you can easily keep track of the last date that you performed any long term task as well as when it is due to be completed again. These are generally tasks that may be longer term in nature, such as rotating your water storage yearly, replacing smoke alarm batteries, and so on. Here’s a screenshot (click to enlarge)…

Task Tracking-1

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Task Tracking-2

(example page)

Bonus #9: Best Practices

The purpose of this worksheet is to provide you with a variety of “best practices” that you can utilize to be better prepared for emergencies as well as to be safer at home.

Included are a wide variety of best practices, such as:

  • an assortment of general ideas
  • food and water ideas
  • communications and information suggestions
  • ideas for your vehicles
  • home safety and security
  • fire safety
  • household chemicals
  • identity theft
  • wildfire
  • firearms

Here’s a few screenshots (click to enlarge)…

Best Practices-1

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Best Practices-2

communication practices

Bonus #10: Spending Log and Food Journal

These documents are intended to (1) help you track daily expenditures in order to find expenses that can be minimized and then funneled to bolster your preps and (2) journal non-perishable foods that your family consumes so that you can work toward a 30, 60, and 90 supply of these foods on hand. Both worksheets are meant to be printed out and used as daily working documents. Here’s a few screenshots (click to enlarge)…

Spending Log-1

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Food Journal-1

food journal (blank)

Bonus #11: Food Storage Calculator

Quickly determine the amount of long-term storable foods you would need on hand to see your family through for one month, three months, and six months, respectively. FYI: All foods and recommended amounts to store are based on LDS Church recommendations. Calculations are straightforward and are based on your input to the “Total Household Members” and “Children (<6 years) Included” selections. Then simply enter the amount of each long term food in the “On Hand” columns to compare. Here’s a screenshot (click to enlarge)…

Food Storage Calculator-1

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Food Storage Calculator-2

(example page)

Bonus #12: Food Storage Recipes Database (Windows Excel-Only File)

This file includes several hundred recipes and is relatively self-explanatory but, basically, you can search by category, favorites (that you’ve highlighted), main ingredient, and recipe source–or any combination of the above–to narrow down recipes. Then you can select a given recipe to get the details–ingredients and cooking instructions–and even print it out for later reference. Here’s a few screenshots (click to enlarge)…

Food Storage Recipes Database-1

recipe selection page

Food Storage Recipes Database-2

individual recipe page

Please note: This file is NOT an Adobe PDF file due to the vast amount of data (several hundred recipes). Instead, it is an Excel for Windows file that can ONLY be used on a Windows PC using Excel (it cannot be used with Excel Viewer or Excel for Mac). Please understand this limitation before continuing.

The Three BEST Reasons
to Signup TODAY

1. You WILL Be Entertained…

Look, the vast majority of the information that you will learn is a lot of fun and not just about getting prepared. If you have an honest interest in living a more self-sufficient lifestyle then you’re in the right place. You’ll be amazed at what you can do and how much more prepared you and your family will be. And, like I said, the best part is that you WILL have fun doing it. :)

2. Think of the Money You Will Save…

If there’s anything I’ve learned about prepping over the past decade it’s that you can spend a small fortune buying supplies and gear that you really don’t need, trust me, I’ve tried! This course boils it down to the equipment, supplies, and gear that you DO need and should spend your hard-earned money on.

3. This Will Be Life-Changing…

Oftentimes the most amazing results can come from a single decision such as this one. If you truly and honestly want your family to be as prepared as possible, it’s time to do something about it. This course will do just that.

Let’s Cut to the Chase,
What’s This Going to Cost?

Given the entire 12 weeks of The PREPARED Path course and quite honestly more than a dozen bonus features, you’d have to expect a few hundred bucks, right? The easiest way would be to tally it all up…

The PREPARED Path Package Breakdown

All 12 Learning Modules (at a mere $10 each) $120
Associated PDF Checklists (at $5 each – 11 total) and Listmania! lists for ease of reference $55
Bug Out Bonus Files (design your kits, bug out info, evacuation procedures, priority checklists) $30
General Readiness Files (disaster action plans, one-pager, fire plan, task tracking) $25
All Additional Files (best practices, spending log, food journal and calculator, recipe database) $20
Grand Total $250

By my calculations above it’s easily worth $250 and that’s likely being conservative. Heck, you might even say the course is priceless considering it’s your family’s well-being we’re talking about!

Fact is, I’m not out to gouge you or anyone else and I’m not into hard sells either. Get your FULL 100% Lifetime Access to all twelve PREPARED Path learning modules, associated PDF planning checklist, and ALL bonus content for a mere $49… less than the cost of a dinner for two these days. :)

The BEST Part is…

…that I’m currently offering a FULL 25% discount off the regular price!! You can pay immediately through Clickbank (you don’t even need an account) and be preparing your family in minutes…

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My “No Questions Asked”
Money Back Guarantee

I believe in what I do and I believe that The PREPARED Path course WILL teach you what you need to know and do it well. As such, if you decide you’re unhappy–how could you be??–at anytime within a full 60 days of payment then just email me damian@rethinksurvival.com and I’ll give you a full refund. To help you and I avoid that then I strongly encourage you to scroll up a bit and look for the “Take The PREPARED Path Course for a Test Drive…” heading and actually try out the first module on water because that’s what every other module is like. And, of course, review the above Bonus content files. Yes, it’s a lot.

If you enjoyed what you saw then go ahead and signup. You will be glad you did.

Thank you for your time. I truly believe this course will further your family’s preparedness by leaps-and-bounds. Take care and God bless, Damian Brindle

A Few Questions You Might
be Asking Right Now

Q: If you feel it’s your “duty” to prepare fellow Americans then why is the course not free?
A: The simple truth is that it’s more than a fair trade; my time and efforts to prepare you and your family in exchange for a few dollars. Look at it this way: you would expect to pay the plumber to fix a leaky faucet, right? Or to pay a lawyer for his or her knowledge? Sure you would.

Q: I don’t have Adobe (or have never used it), can I really use these files? Are the files hard to use? I’m not very computer-literate!
A: Here’s a link to download Adobe Reader (it’s free). As for ease of use, I’ve included a help tutorial for the PDF Checklists but they’re really not hard to use. If you already have Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader installed (or choose to install it now) then download the Week 1: Water Module PDF checklist (usually you should right-click to download to your computer) and use it for a while. You can’t break it. All other modules are exactly the same in functionality. The bonus files are also PDF documents and are similar in use to the weekly checklists.

Q: I noticed the Food Storage Recipes Database (bonus #12) is NOT a PDF file, why? Can I use it if I have Excel for Mac, Excel Viewer, or Open Office?
A: Because there are several hundred recipes included, I simply could not make an Adobe PDF file out of it. Instead, it had to be an Excel file. Moreover, this file cannot be usd with Excel for Mac, Excel Viewer for Windows, Open Office, or anything else; you must have Excel for Windows to use the file–though, it shouldn’t matter which version–due to built-in macro functionality that I’ve coded to make it work properly. Unfortunately, I could not get around this limitation. Remember that all other files are PDF documents.

Q: What if something unexpected happens with these files, I can’t get them to work, or I realize that I can’t use them properly after purchasing?
A: For starters I would suggest you contact me. I recognize not everyone is as comfortable in front of a computer as I am. That said, I would imagine most things can be fixed or cleared up fairly quickly. If, however, it just doesn’t work out then I will refund your payment, no problem. That’s why I’ve given you a full 60 days to evaluate the course.

No Worries, No Hassles,
and No Time to Waste!

Remember, I stand behind everything in this course 100%. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain! When you feel you’re satisfied this REALLY is a good idea, click here to buy at ONLY $49 ONLY $37 and get busy…