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Show 24: The Legal Aspects of Emergencies

This week on Ready Radio, Doug and Amy discuss the political and legal implications of a disaster. What if there are no more bank to pay your mortgage to? What if you cant make ends meet ? What are your rights? How do you deal with a self defense situation where there are no police officers. All these questions and more are discussed and answered on this week’s Episode of Ready Radio!

TruPrep product of the Week: Cato Pocket Constitution.

Show 23: How to talk to family and friends about Emergency Preparedness

This week Doug and Amy discuss ways of bring up emergency preparedness with family and friends who may not be on board. They talk about: reasons why some people shrug off the idea of preparedness; tools that help bridge the gap; how to prepare for loved ones who wont do it for themselves. They also delve into the larger group mentality looking at communities in what-if scenarios. Then security within groups gets the spotlight as this Doug and Amy hour concludes.

Show 22: Emergency Preparedness As a Part of Everyday Life

This week on Ready Radio Doug and Amy look at ways to use everyday life as teachable moments for emergency preparedness. The talk about how vacations, county fairs and gardening can not only be fantastic for family bonding but can be a great tool for preparing for the unseen future. Amy shares her experience on the Appalachian Trail with her bug out bag and Doug shares his vacation plans for the summer. From front yard gardens to men in tights, you don’t want to miss this enlightening episode.

Show 16: Survivor Jane and Women in Prepping

51Tz8xD7o5L._SY344_PJlook-inside-v2TopRight10_SH20_BO1204203200_-200x300This week on Ready radio, Doug and Amy are joined by the irrepressible Survivor Jane. Survivor Jane is a star of Twitter and leads the nightly discussion of #preppertalk. She will be discussing her book “Where There Is No Cosmetic Counter” and picking apart prepping concerns of women.   All this and more on Ready Radio!




TruPrep Product of the Week:  Survivor Jane’s Book!  – Where there is no Cosmetic Counter


Show 13: Aquaponics – The Fusion of Fish and Flowers

This week on Ready Radio Doug and Amy talk aquaponics, the fusion of fish and flowers! Special guest and world renown author Sylvia Bernstein talks about what aquaponics is, how you can get started, and whart the benefits of aquaponics are. Plus a special announcement is made concerning aquaponics at TruPrep. All this and more this week on Ready Radio.

 Tilapia Recipe

Tilapia with Tomato/Onion Salsa
4-6 Tilapia Fillets
4-6 Roma Tomatoes – quartered
2 cloves of fresh garlic – minced
1/2 onion – chopped
1/2 can reduced sodium chicken stock
extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp unsalted butter
handful of fresh basil – chopped roughly

In a saute’ pan, heat the olive oil & butter over medium heat. When oil is hot, add onions & cook until translucent (just a few minutes). Add garlic & cook for about a minute (you do not want to burn your garlic). Add tomatoes & cook down for a few minutes, just enough to let the tomatoes release their juices. Season with salt & pepper. Add tilapia fillets, gradually add chicken stock, cooking through each time. Continue to add the stock until gone. Cook the tilapia fillets until white & flaky (this will depend on the thickness of your fillets) When the fillets are nearing completion, add the basil.

Show 6: Kids, Guns, and Safety

This week on Ready Radio Doug and Amy talk about getting kids ready regarding firearms. Special Guest Matthew Podowitz gives tips on how to talk to your kids about guns (Even if you don’t own any) and we all learn about new and upcoming learning at Truprep. A serious topic that will challenge and encourage every person who knows a child, all this and more this week on Ready Radio!

 Guest bio: Matt Podowitz

  • MHPPicCurrently lives in Atlanta, Georgia – has lived previously in Chicago, New York, London England, Amsterdam Netherlands, Prague Czech Republic, Budapest Hungary, Moscow Russia, and Kiev Ukraine
  • Husband and father of a six year old boy
  • NRA Certified Firearms Safety Instructor
  • GeorgiaCarry.Org Certified Firearms Safety Instructor
  • Certified Refuse To Be A Victim® Instructor
  • Crime prevention and firearms safety blogger – “No Victims”,
  • Volunteer crime prevention and firearms safety instructor

Relevant Links

Why and How to Talk With Your Children About Guns (Even If You Don’t Own Guns)
A brief article that discusses key issues and talking points for three age groups (Kindergarten to Third Grade, Fourth Grade to Sixth Grade, and Seventh Grade and Above regarding guns and the risks they can pose to safety if mishandled.

Eddie Eagle Gunsafe
“Stop. Don’t touch. Leave the area. Tell an adult.”  This is lifesaving guidance for young children (K-3rd grade) should they ever encounter a firearm outside of adult supervision.  This program consists of a video, age-appropriate workbooks, games, activities, and parent and teacher guides. The materials are produced and distributed by the sponsoring organization at cost (Less than $3 for the parent/teacher guides, less than $1 for the student workbooks. The associated video is available for free online –

Staying Safe Around Guns –
Two videos, one for middle school students and another for high school students, that present age-appropriate messages and guidance about steps children can take to avoid being injured or causing injury if they encounter firearms outside of adult supervision, and steps they can take to protect themselves and their peers from potential gun violence. The videos are free to download or view online.

Speak Up Campaign
A national campaign encouraging students to report potential perpetrators of gun or other violence and providing a means to do so anonymously. The campaign includes discussion guides for parents and display materials for use in schools and houses of worship. There is no cost to download or use the materials.

Asking Saves Kids Program
A national campaign encouraging parents to ask whether homes where their children play contain firearms and providing tips on how to ensure their children’s safety if there are. The program includes discussion guides and other supporting materials. There is no cost to download or use the materials.

Project Childsafe
A national program that provides parents with safe firearms storage tips, provides talking points and supporting materials to help parents discuss firearms safety with their children, and distributes gun locks free of charge through local police departments (DeKalb County Police Department is a program partner in Metro Atlanta). The program also includes a contract between parent and child to not handle firearms outside of responsible adult supervision. There is no charge to download or use any of the program materials.


Show 5: Food and Thanksgiving Traditions

SAMSUNG20120808_184937This week on Ready Radio we give thanks for all the blessings we have received this year and think about our own holiday traditions.  Doug shares his love of bread baking and berry picking.   Amy talks turkey, deep fried that is, and we all look forward to Christmas.  All this and more on the ready radio Thanksgiving Spectacular!

Truprep product of the week: The Country Living Grain Mill

How to Make Charcoal

Sun Oven

Keystone Canned Meats

Normalcy during Disasters : Supporting Children after Hurricane Katrina: Reflections on Psychosocial Principles in Practice”

Sausage Apple Stuffing

Green Bean Casserole with Crispy Onions

Prime Rib Roast
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Bring meat to room temperature. Rub the roast with a 4:1 mixture of salt to black pepper and garlic powder. In a roasting pan, place the roast, fat side up, so the ribs act as a rack. Preheat the oven to 375 degree F.  Roast for 1 hour. Turn off oven. Leave roast in oven but do not open oven door for 3 hours. About 30 to 40 minutes before serving time, turn oven to 375 degrees F and reheat the roast. Important: Do not remove roast or re-open the oven door from time roast is put in until ready to serve.

French Silk Pie (Baker’s Square Recipe)
1 cup butter
1 1/2 cup sugar
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
2 tsp vanilla
4 eggs

1/2 cup sweetened whipped cream
Chocolate curls, if desired
Bake a pie crust or use a Pillsbury refrigerated crust and make according to package directions. Cool crust completely before adding filling. Beat sugar and butter until sugar is not grainy. Add chocolate and vanilla.  Add eggs, two at a time, beating 5 minutes after each addition. Pour into cooled pie crust. Chill 2 hours or until firm. Before serving, top with whipped cream and chocolate curls.

Show 4: Storm Shelters, Safe Rooms, and Security Bunkers

RefugeSD72This week on ready radio it’s all about bunkers! Amy emphasizes no means no as Doug plans building a doomsday hobit hole to retire in. With a special guest from protective shelters, you’ll learn about all the options from storm shelters to palatial congressional bug out locations. We also discuss para-cord as the Truprep product of the week. All this and more this week on ready radio. Special Guest:  Shelley Hill with Protective Structures

For more information on Protective Structure and the many offerings they have available, see  (Mention “TruPrep” for $100 off installation of any shelter!)

TruPrep Product of the Week:  Paracord – With over 138 colors of paracord, TruPrep has a color for every personality!

Show 3: How to Prepare for Hurricanes, Tropical Storms and Typhoons


Hurricane_alex2_2004This week on Ready Radio, Doug and Amy discuss Hurricanes, Tropical storms, and Typhoons. In the wake of Super-Typhoon Haiyan, and the one year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, the end of this year’s hurricane season is only the beginning. Learn about that you can do to be better prepared for storms and get a scoop on the Eton FRX2 emergency radio. All this an more today on Ready Radio!

TruPrep Product  of the Week:  Eton FRX2 Radio: Solar or hand crank. AM/FM/Weather. USB smart phone charger – $39.99

Show Notes:

Hurricane Katrina

  • August 23, 2005
  • New Orleans Louisiana most heavily hit
  • At least 1,833 people died
  • total property damage was estimated at $81 billion
  • some residents of New Orleans who remained in the city began looting stores.
  • Reports of carjacking, murders, thefts, and rapes in New Orleans flooded the news


Hurricane Sandy (Superstorm Sandy)

  • October 2012
  • At least 286 people were killed along the path of the storm in seven countries
  • over $68 billion in damage
  • In the United States, Hurricane Sandy affected 24 states, including the entire eastern seaboard from Florida to Maine and west across the Appalachian Mountains to Michigan and Wisconsin, with particularly severe damage in New Jersey and New York.
  • New York City, flooding streets, tunnels and subway lines and cutting power in and around the city. Damage in the United States amounted to $65 billion.
  • New Jersey hospitals saw a spike in births nine months after Sandy, causing some to believe that there was a post-Sandy baby boom. The Monmouth Medical Center saw a 35% jump, and two other hospitals saw 20% increases.


Typhoon Haiyan (hurricane) in the Philippines last week

  • The typhoon was 3 ½  times more forceful than Hurricane Katrina
  • No electricity. No food. No water. Houses and buildings leveled. Bodies scattered on the streets. Hospitals overrun with patients. Medical supplies running out.
  • The International Committee of the Red Cross said it is fairly realistic to estimate that 10,000 people may have died nationally, because many areas are unreachable by organizations.
  • In Tacloban, the search for food and water led to increasingly desperate efforts.
  • Video showed people breaking into grocery stores and cash machines in the city.
  • Another dire scene played out in the city’s only functioning hospital. Doctors couldn’t admit any more wounded victims — there wasn’t enough room. Some of the injured lay in the hospital’s cramped hallways seeking treatment.
  • The northern part of Bogo, in the central Philippines, suffered a blackout Sunday, and authorities said it will take months to restore power.

Show 2: EMPs – What Are They and How can You Prepare?


In this episode of Ready Radio, Doug and Amy delve into the mystery of EMPs.  What are they?  What is the difference between man-made and natural EMPs and how do they affect us differently?  What are common misconceptions of EMPs?  Learn about EMPs and what you can do to prepare for them in this fact-filled episode of Ready Radio!

TruPrep Product  of the Week:  JASPak 520 Solar Generator System

Relevant Links:

New York Times Article on Powergrid Outage Drill

Thanks for your support!

empThe response to our first show was outstanding!  We are humbled by the response we received from our listeners and promise to strive to provide you with new and interesting content each and every week!  Tune in again this Thursday as our show talks about EMPs! Whether man-made or natural, they can be extremely destructive!  Listen in as we explain what they are, what causes them, and what you can do to protect yourself from their potentially disastrous consequence!

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Thank you so much for visiting us!   Whether you heard us on the radio or were referred to us by our sponsor, we greatly appreciate your patronage!  Without your support, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do!  By now, you may realize that we are a radio program and podcast with a focus on Emergency Preparedness!  Our goal is to educate the public on emergency preparedness through  knowledge, product reviews, current events, and other great information!

Our approach to emergency preparedness is that it applies to everyone!  Emergency Preparedness is not about a bunker mentality.  You don’t have to live every day of your life in fear that something bad may happen.  In fact, it is just the opposite!  Emergency Preparedness is about taking charge of your future and living life worry-free, knowing that you are prepared for what tomorrow may bring!

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