Safety is the foundation to preparedness

Podcast Episode 010522

Published on January 5th, 2022

In this episode I’d like to talk about some basic safety measures to use around the home every day. Recently a neighbor experienced a tragedy of epic proportions up the road from me here in South central Alaska when their home caught fire and endured extensive interior damage. While the neighbors and I chipped in to help them recover, the damage was extensive, and there were several priceless belongings including two cats that were consumed by the blaze. After some investigation, the source was determined to be an overloaded surge protector thereby causing a mini-fridge to ignite. It immediately brought to my wife and my attention about the number of surge protectors around our home that needed to be examined, and/or removed but this was ultimately just the surface as to some basic preventative steps we needed to ensure were current. To this end, I figured it might be time for our annual reminder as to the basic ideas of safety for our homes and businesses.

Welcome to this week’s show, I am the Alaska Outlaw and I am glad to be here with you guys! That’s right I’ll be your host and guide in our discussion. Each week we look at a different facet of what being prepared looks like in the real world of everyday. It is absolutely awesome to be back with you guys here for another adventure of discovery and obtaining the super power of common sense.

Let’s get this party started, by looking at the old mail bag.


Jasper from Florida asks “what about some basic ideas for getting safe?”

Kylie from Mississippi says “with all the big storms we’re seeing down here in the south, where can I start?”

Steve from Michigan asks “I always feel like it’s a huge endeavor to start being prepared.”

Mitch from Illinois adds “how can I start being prepared?”

Lecrecia from Louisiana finishes us out with her question “what about the little things? What about every day?”

Great questions to all those who sent them in. If I didn’t get to your question, sorry about that, but don’t worry, I’m sure we’ll touch on this topic again as its really relevant to a requirement for survival.

Before we get after it today, I’d like to make sure that, for those of you who seek peace and harmony, or hep in making sense of life, be sure to check out the Alaskan Ulfhednar podcast at After 30 years of spiritual searching and discovery, I have arrived home. Check out my theories of finding peace and harmony, with a true understanding of co-existence. Some great stuff for you there. 

Today I’d like to get away from survival for a. Night and look at some basic safety things we should consider. I don’t know if you remember, but last year I took a swipe at avoiding unnecessary risks, with a whole show dedicated to just that. Today, as I mentioned in the opening we recently experienced a residential fire on the street where the outlaw calls home, so as my wife and I began to review our home to ensure we were safe, I got the idea to talk about what we went through during our look. So, today, I want to cover some basics:

  1. Inside the home. So many hazards, so little time, even without kids.
  2. Outside the home. Mother Nature can whip up some doozies when she wants.
  3. The neighborhood. What are your crazy neighbors up to anyway?


Today we’re going to take a walk through a standard home. Now before anyone blows a gasket, my plan would be based on a single family, wood-framed residence. I will include notes about some other living arrangements, however, y’all can take the principles and apply them to your unique situations.

Today is about safety, keeping one’s residence safe Fred’s right into the preparedness for any disasters, should they happen. With no further ado, let’s get this started.

  1. Inside the home. So many hazards, so little time, even without kids.
  2. Outside the home. Mother Nature can whip up some doozies when she wants.
  3. The neighborhood. What are your crazy neighbors up to anyway?

Fab Five (Air, Heat, Water, Food, protection)

Vacuuming smoke detectors, monthly?

Unbeknown to me, surge protectors need to be replaced periodically.

As always my friends, I am honored and humbled that you have chosen to spend this time listening to me. I deeply appreciate each and every one of you. Being prepared provides each of us with the confidence for successful survival. We mentioned before, and will certainly say again, that survival is a 90% mental task, but that 10% of physical resources is critically important.. By having a confidence and discipline, we can and will survive. Remember to be strong, be safe, and keep your head on a swivel… Peace 

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