I grew up in a remote area of Western NC where we could be without power for days or weeks. My parents taught us to be self-sufficient by teaching us “by example”. We had a large garden, meat animals, chickens, guineas, bees and we also foraged as a family. I began preserving with my mother and grandmother before I started school and I learned to work the bees, take care of the animals and so much more from my dad. After I married I stopped practicing self-sufficiency. Several years ago I renewed my interest and began taking classes to refresh and improve my basic knowledge. I continue to take classes and practice my old and new skills. My chosen career has exposed me to the darker side of society that I find I also need to be prepared for. My mission is to provide information to anyone who is wanting to begin their journey into becoming better prepared by sharing my personal experiences in collecting emergency supplies, developing emergency plans and learning how to stay informed. I continue to live in Western NC with my husband of 36 years.
Jillian is a 4th-degree black belt in the Korean art of Han Mu Do. She is a Han Mu Do instructor in Maggie Valley, certified by the world Han Mu Do association. She also holds rank in Taekwondo and Hapkido.
Jillian has studied martial arts with some of Korea's most skilled martial artists in their home temples in Korea and has lived and taught her art in Mexico. This will be her third year teaching self-defense techniques at Heritage Life Skills.
Marsha Jones is a North Carolina licensed general contractor and real estate broker located in Cashiers, NC. She has a Master's degree in Dietetics. Bees are one of her many hobbies.
Douglas Berner was a career law enforcement officer with a background in Criminal Investigations and retired as a police Detective Sergeant. He has long held interests in unconventional warfare, the tactics of anti-terrorism, police S.W.A.T. team training, and edged weapons. Mr. Berner utilizes his background in criminal investigations to apply skills of criminal case analysis and the evaluation of criminal evidence to the study of Biblical Scripture and the examination of the prophetic puzzle of the End Times. He believes in utilizing a logic problem approach to solving some of the difficulties in understanding which biblical passages are or are not parallel passages of prophecy.
Douglas studied geology and criminology at Florida State University and received B.S. degrees in both fields. He has no theological training but has been a student of the Bible and Bible prophecy for over 30 years. He expanded his interests in the Bible, geology, and archaeology by making four trips to Israel in the 1990’s, twice serving as a volunteer involved in archaeological research and field activities. He briefly lived in Israeli settlements in the West Bank during these archaeological trips.
During his years of studying Bible prophecy, he became struck by the great conflicts and extreme differences between the various interpretations of the End Times by different scholars. He noticed that most study materials on Bible prophecy seem to focus on an interpretation of the Tribulation period – particularly the end of the Tribulation with an emphasis on the actions of the Antichrist, the Campaign of Armageddon and the second coming of Christ leading to the Millennial Kingdom. Aside from the arguments regarding the timing of the rapture of the Church, most scholars seem to place less emphasis on how the End Times begin. Too little emphasis seems to be placed upon God’s motivations and objectives for why and how God initiates the Day of the LORD.
I am David Burress, owner and head smith at Calerin Forge. I have been around metal working as long as I can remember. My Dad had a welding shop in front of our home and a Machine and Fabrication shop in town when I was growing up. My brothers and I all grew up working in the shop and on the farm, and I developed a love for both. I became interested in forging iron in the late ‘80’s having spent several years in industrial welding. I had studied fine arts at Western Carolina University and blacksmithing provided the vehicle to blend my knowledge of metal craft with artistic expression. I have been blessed to spend the last 20 odd years honing the craft that still has more mysteries and discoveries ahead than those I have mastered.
Suzanne Upton is a North Carolina native homesteader and a second generation Prepper. She grew up in a large family with acres of gardens, harvesting and preserving food as naturally as possible. She began canning with her mother at seven years old and learned sustainability from ‘mountain folk’ grandparents. Her homestead now is a happy little mix of chickens, goats, raised vegetable beds, cold frames, herbs gardens and fruit orchards designed make the most of a sustainable lifestyle.
Over the years she began delving into food preservation by fermenting; the centuries-old art of preserving food with lots of wonderful flavors, healthy probiotics, and extra nutrition. This includes wine making, big crocks of kraut and fermenting her harvests of vegetables, as well as homemade vinegar and herbal tinctures. From fermented krauts made with foraged foods found in the wild, as well as spring-to-winter harvests, fermenting includes vegetables, seasonings, aged cheeses, meats, and fruits with salt or honey. It’s a natural food diet and a big part of a sustainable prepper lifestyle.
Suzanne’s focus is on healthy, sustainable prepping. She believes prepping is more than just stocking instant foods in a pantry. Being able to quickly replace nutritional food in a time of disaster is key. And making sure that food is healthy, delicious and plentiful as well as frugal is so important in any stressful prepper-type situation.
Suzanne readily passes on her growing, harvesting and preserving abilities, teaching others about healthy preservation techniques of canning and dehydrating for survival, but especially concentrating on fermenting for sustainable prepping.
There is so much more to see and learn at her homesteading and video website, www.simplehomesteadliving.com.
Franklin Horton lives and writes in the mountains of southwestern Virginia. He attended Virginia Intermont College and Virginia Commonwealth University. In his spare time he pursues outdoor adventures with his wife and two children. His interests include camping, kayaking, backpacking, mountain biking, and shooting.
Grannie Pam is an expert in food preparation, food storage, canning, lacto-fermentation for the production of sauerkraut, kimchi, and pickles, dehydration, cheese making, and working with sourdough. She is the author of "Grannie Pam's Favorite Recipes" and "Grannie Pam's Prepping With Big Flavors". Pam’s classes this year are Cheese making, Sourdough Breadmaking, and Dinners in a Jar.
Retired Special Forces Weapons NCO, 26 years US Army. 14 years as Private Military Contractor, Security Specialist, Executive Protection. Military Special Skills Instructor. Current Certifications in Survival, Firearms Instructor and Force Protection Specialist.
John MacEntyre Allen, known as MacEntyre, runs two businesses and one ministry in Jamestown, North Carolina. Molly Mac Gear is both a retail readiness store and a workshop where MacEntyre makes gear for being outdoors. The Wabbit Warren sells pedigreed rabbits, as well as Modular Rabbit Colony Runs, Rabbit Tractors and Indoor Fodder Systems. The Welcome to the Woods Ministry teaches survival skills, as well as how to make use of all that may be found in God's creation.
MacEntyre was has been a commercial fisherman, a sailor on traditional Tall Ships, and served as mate on the Tug Whitefoot. He has a degree in Chemical Engineering and has worked in manufacturing plants in the US and Europe. As a teenager, he raced motocross, got his pilot's license before he got his driver's license, and managed the waterfront at a summer sailing camp. He has been self-employed for 25 years. An avid hiker and backpacker, he may be found often in the remote corners of the Birkhead Wilderness and Linville Gorge.
Jonathan Glauser, the creator of Mountain Well-Being, is a leading expert in the field of colloidal solutions and natural health. He’s been passionate about healthy living for most of his life and strongly believes that well-being is a direct result of proper nutrition and a healthy lifestyle. Jonathan is skilled in organic and aquaponic gardening and grows the majority of his own food.
Living as sustainably as possible, he is a steward of the Earth and loves spending his free time outside surrounded by nature. He keeps physically active by biking, paddling, hiking and skiing.
Tim is the owner of the Old Grouch's Military Surplus, a traditional old-school military surplus store that specializes in real military surplus. Tim grew up in the family business, their store has been in its current location in downtown Clyde NC for 25 years. Tim is also a US Army veteran, he served in Afghanistan and recently retired from the US Army Reserve as a Chief Warrant Officer 3. Tim has also been a ham radio operator for 10 years and has been involved in prepping since he was a teenager. www.oldgrouch.com
Thirty-five plus years of active, Reserve and civilian service the Coast Guard. Service afloat and ashore. Retired now. Federal Law Enforcement officer as senior Boarding officer. Experienced tactically and strategically in both use of force and rules of engagement. Experienced in maritime engineering and logistics. Enjoyed a couple of commands and several deployments; mostly Caribbean drug ops or support to same. Two joint assignments to include Joint Staff (J-5 APAC and NMCC). Studied strategic aspects of information warfare and infrastructure protection (in detail/SCF) under the tutelage of the National Defense University. Later a Professor of both Political Science and Behavioral Science teaching at NDU. Student of life; hopefully still learning every day.
Kim hiked 550 miles of the Appalachian Trail in 2009 and is an avid backcountry adventurer. She takes great interest in providing delicious healthy backcountry meals. This naturally carried over into food storage. She's got unlimited repertoire of turning garden overflow into exciting meals. Kim is also a graduate of the University of Central Florida. Kim has taught dehydrating classes for Heritage Life Skills for the last 6 years!
Spencer 'two dogs' grew up on a North Carolina farm and developed a love for the outdoors at an early age - following 10 generations of backwoods Bolejacks before him. After his youth as a tiger cub, cub scout, webelo, and Boy Scout, he spent his high school years (A.C. Reynolds) gaining an appreciation for the native American approach to survival and primitive living. His first professional guide job in 1993 started the LOTSWild vision. Part Cherokee, Spencer honors this tradition by hosting guest teachers in language, lore, crafts and skills native to our area.
An apprentice of the renowned Eustace Conway in 1998/99 on Living Appalachian folk skills, Spencer has studied with and worked for the Turtle Island director over the past 15 years. Putting what he learned to the test he moved into the woods living almost three years without modern convenience deep in the Appalachian wilderness. He has also enjoyed primitive living in the Carribean bush learning with Rastas and roots teachers of the islands.
An NCDPI licensed educator and NC Teaching Fellow (History, Social Studies grades 6-12), Spencer holds instructor ranks in Korean Tang Soo Do (SMAA), Budo Taijutsu / Ninjutsu (Go Dan), Koizumi sword, Qi Gong, Kenpo, multiple stick styles and continues these as well as Integrated Martial Arts with Grandmaster Brian Adams. His 25 years of training has covered many styles and perspectives. Bolejack has taught classes at Appalachian State, Warren Wilson College, UNC-A, Black Mountain, Arden, and area private schools. He choreographed the award-winning Golden Blade series (movie) and specializes in several unusual studies including knife throwing and forging. He does his best to offer classes that are engaging, thoughtful and geared toward a variety of learning types/levels.
Bolejack is a Combat Engineer USAR veteran, has been published in the professional education Best Practices curriculum showcase, received state-wide awards from Veterans of Foreign Wars for his teaching, and has been given numerous other accolades from various organizations including the Asheville Citizen-Times Hometown Hero nomination. An alumnus of Appalachian State and UNC-A, Bolejack taught middle school for four years in Buncombe County where he also served as a wrestling coach.
Former US Army Paratrooper and reconnaissance soldier; trained by the US Army in Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical warfare, as well as Field Sanitation. Currently National Director of Government Business at Avadim Technologies, Inc. who is the manufacturer of Combat One. Quillon lives in Swannanoa with his wife Deana, daughters Noelle and Ayla, and Granddaughter Naya. Quillon enjoys practicing Hapkido, which he holds a black belt in as well as shooting.
Jennifer Elswick has been working in Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief since 1992. She specializes in helping and teaching others about long term food storage from basics to beyond. Jennifer touts the benefits of canning, couponing and home food storage as well as commercially prepared freeze-dried and dehydrated food options. Jennifer has been featured on The Secrets of a Survivalist Radio Show; The Doctor Prepper Radio Show; Surviving on Shoestrings and Real Food Living. http://pioneerpreparedness.blogspot.com/p/jen-on-radio.html
Jennifer’s passion is helping families prepare themselves from the unknown, saving money and getting through the tough times one can of soup at a time and how to Thrive!
Jennifer has been sharing the message of preparing for years in events as varied as Prepper Camp, Heritage Lifeskills and The Sensible Mountain Prepper Conference. Jennifer’s passion is helping families prepare themselves from the unknown, saving money and getting through the tough times one can of soup at a time.
Keith Iton is the managing partner at Addai Investments. Addai Investments is a retailer of gold and silver products, from bars to rounds to coins. We deal exclusively in physical bullion, selling gold or silver that is delivered directly to your door. If you are eager to learn about the world of precious metals, stop by the Silver & Gold class at prepper camp.
Keith also is the owner of the Food Survival Store and the author of The Prepper and thePreacher-A Spiritual Survival Guide. www.foodsurvivalstore.com
20 Years Air Force (Active) Munitions Systems Technician, Combat Vet with two tours to Iraq, and other places, including Iceland, Turkey, Korea, and others.
Self Taught Survival Hobbyist.
From Fines Creek NC.
Presenter (Land Navigation) at 2015 World Preppers Summit
Served 23 years with U.S. Army Special Forces in the 3rd, 5th, 7th and 10th Special Forces Groups, 5th SFGA & Special Mission Advisory Group-Viet Nam. U.S. Military Training Mission-Saudi Arabia. Desert Shield-Saudi Arabia and Desert Storm-Kuwait City. Retired at the rank of Chief Warrant Officer. Established Kings Security Intl. Inc. (1991), McCall Technology Inc. (1998).
Served as Special Forces "Alpha" Detachment Commander/Technician 6 years, Team Sergeant 3 years, Intelligence Sergeant 2 years, Communications Sergeant 4 years. Served one year as OIC/Senior Instructor U.S. Army Special Operations Training Course, Night Committee, (Mott Lake). Responsible for Close Quarters Combat, Air Operations, Live Fire Scenarios and Command & Control Training. Senior Instructor Electronic Surveillance and Bomb Recognition. Served 2 Years as Instructor U.S.A. John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center Advanced Skills Branch, NCOIC Mountain Training U.S. Military Academy, West Point (2 years), Graduated from over 30 schools in Special Operations, Counter-Terrorism, Counter-Insurgency, Intelligence, Special Operations Tactics and Survival proficiencies.
Dr. John Bennett, former district commander Army Criminal Investigation Division, author of eight books, has a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice, is a Doctor of Ministry, has a farm in Asheville, NC area, has a residence on the Gulf in Florida, and is a long-time prepper and competition shooter.
Don Heres is a 30 year veteran of the Fire Service, serving both as a career and volunteer responder, retiring as an Assistant Chief. Don has held positions with the NC Office of the State Fire Marshall, where he acted as the Lead Instructor for the Hazardous Materials Certification Program, and as the Hazardous Materials Coordinator for Wake County Emergency Management. As the owner of Hazard-Risk Management Associates, he provided safety and HAZMAT response training to many industries including pharmaceutical companies, nuclear power plants, and the US military. Don and his wife Liz have recently formed Escape 2 Survive to offer education and innovative survival solutions to the Preparedness Community, Industry, Law Enforcement, and the military. firstname.lastname@example.org
Skinny Medic on YouTube is a full-time paramedic. He has been in 911 EMS for 12 years. He postes videos that can help you in a wilderness situation, or in a situation where you have little to no medical help.
Skinny Medic is the owner of Medical Gear Outfitters, LLC. Medical Gear Outfitters provides affordable IFAKS (Individual First Aid Kits) for people who love to spend time outdoors. The first aid kits are great for people who hunt, hike, fish, or people who are looking for a first aid kit for their bug out bags.
“You never know when you will be the first responder”.
Rick Austin is known as the Survivalist Gardener, and is a preparedness, homesteading and off-grid living expert. He is the author of Secret Garden of Survival-How to Grow a Camouflaged Food Forest which is now the #1 Best Selling book in Garden Design.
Rick is also the author of the Secret Greenhouse of Survival, How to Build the Ultimate Homestead and Prepper Greenhouse.
Rick has been featured on National Geographic Channel’s Doomsday Castle, Doomsday Preppers, the documentary film Beyond Off Grid, as well as in Newsweek, American Survival Guide, Prepper & Shooter Magazine and in Mother Earth News (twice).
You can also hear Rick on his radio show Secrets of a Survivalist where each week he talks with the world’s best survival experts that share their own secrets of survival.
Samuel Culper is a former military intelligence NCO and contract intelligence analyst. He spent three years in Iraq and Afghanistan on intelligence missions, and now runs Forward Observer, a company that provides training and intelligence solutions for SHTF preparedness. https://readfomag.com
Jane is a former city-girl turned prepper. She is the creator and editor of the #1 disaster survival and preparedness website for women: www.SurvivorJane.com.
Her mission, as a public speaker, writer, and social media persona is to help educate others on how to prepare by sharing her personal experiences and research in easy to understand language on different topics of disaster survival and preparedness.
As an additional outreach, Jane created the internationally used hashtag #PrepperTalk which has resulted in the Largest Prepper Community on Twitter bringing preparedness-minded people from all over the world together to share their ideas, suggestions, and information on preparedness with one another.
She is the author of the books: What Could Possibly Go Wrong??? How to Go From Completely Clueless to Totally Prepared; Where There is No Cosmetic Counter and the 1st revision: Survivor Jane's Guide to Emergency/Survival Hygiene: A Prepper's Cookbook for Making Personal Survival Hygiene Products. Since infection and germs are the #1 cause of death in a disaster situation, in her opinion, hygiene is one of the most overlooked areas in preparedness.
Jane has also appeared on the hit television series, National Geographic Channel's Doomsday Preppers; receiving one of the highest scores given in the series history and, was featured in the Special Newsweek Edition: Off-Grid alongside such notables as "Survivorman" Les Stroud.
As a writer, Jane has contributed to National Geographic Channel's BlogTV, Prepper and Shooter Magazine, as well as Prepare Magazine and many other periodicals.
When she is not writing, you will find Jane on her homestead-practicing what she preaches - because for Survivor Jane, "Preparedness is a lifestyle ... not a hobby".
Constitutionalist & Christian Activist, Member of North Georgia patriot groups and the Georgia Republican Assembly, Activist at Georgia Assembly, Lobby training with Sue Ella Deadwyler, Conservative Activist for 20 years (Georgiainsight.org), 44-year career includes management, co-owned a locksmith business, rental properties and on the boards of Pro-Life and other ministries, Wrote and published “Love, Life, and the Shadow of Death”, Mentored by Curtis Tomlin, who worked for President John F. Kennedy, Guest Speaker at several North Georgia Patriot groups, Inservice on Agenda 21 for Board of Commissioners & U.S. Congressmen, Educating Citizens on Agenda 21, Trevor Loudon’s “The Enemies Within”, “Agenda: Grinding America Down” and “Agenda 2: Masters of Deceit” videos, Daily email political updates to 100+ recipients on all phases of local/state/federal and international news relating to Agenda 21, In-depth research on: United Nation’s Agenda 21, Communism, Regionalism, Refugee Resettlement, Common Core Curriculum & more.
I have been using Essential Oils daily for the last 4 years and have had great success. I enjoy sharing my success stories and helping others get started with using Essential Oils for everyday needs.
Scott Hunt is a sustainable living design engineer. He specializes in off- grid water and energy systems. His expertise in mechanical engineering combined with good old-fashioned know-how gleaned from experience “on the farm and in the woods” has enabled him to draw closer to that goal of a fully sustainable lifestyle.
If he isn’t installing a prepper system for a client, speaking at a conference, consulting via the phone, then you will find him in his shop tinkering on the next cool project.
Scott has worked for the last 4 years as a consultant for National Geographic on the shows Doomsday Preppers and Doomsday Castle. Scott has also appeared on the Sportsman Channel’s America Unplugged.
Find out about Scott’s new book Practical Preppers Complete Guide to Disaster Preparedness, attend his book signing...and get his new DVD Home EMProvement. www.practicalpreppers.com
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New York Times best-selling author William R. Forstchen has a Ph.D. from Purdue University with specializations in Military History and the History of Technology. He is a Faculty Fellow and Professor of History at Montreat College. He is the author of over forty books, including the New York Times bestselling series Gettysburg and Pearl Harbor (coauthored with Newt Gingrich), as well as the book that should be in every prepper’s library, One Second After.
One Second After is a story which may be all too terrifyingly real...a story in which one man struggles to save his family and his small North Carolina town after America loses a war, in one second, a war that will send America back to the Dark Ages...A war based upon a weapon, an Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP). A weapon that may already be in the hands of our enemies.
Months before publication, One Second After was cited on the floor of Congress as a book all Americans should read, a book already being discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a truly realistic look at a weapon and its awesome power to destroy the entire United States