By: Matt “Papa Bear” Wooddell Many people, when first joining the preparedness community initially focus on guns and ammo. They want nice, useful, and effective weaponry and enough ammunition to last for years and years before needing to purchase more. After a few years of prepping and a few years’ worth of trips to the […]
Author Archive: Phil Burns
Known online as Phil801, he is one of the co-owners of The APN and has been a professional software engineer for over 20 years.
He was raised in a Preparedness Oriented family and lives a self-sustaining lifestyle as a third generation, LDS, Prepper. He grew up farming, canning and learning to live off the land in the forests, mountains, rivers, oceans and cities of Missouri, Tennessee, Hawaii and Utah.
In early 2008, he co-founded UtahPreppers.com as a blog to talk about and teach Prepping. Over the next couple years, they produced hundreds of articles about Preparedness.
Prior to UtahPreppers, he had been actively blogging elsewhere about building his self-sustaining farm and raising his 8 children in a preparedness lifestyle.
In 2011, Phil officially became a partner and Co-Owner of the APN and lead the technical restructing of the company.
Brave or Stupid? Man jumps into flood waters to save elderly couple as it plunges over a ravine!
Originally published on Utah Preppers Prepping – it’s an endless activity that has few rewards, and those rewards often are not close in payout to the amount of time and effort that went into them. The interim rewards in prepping include not having to run to the store constantly to keep your food stocked. When […]
If your neighborhood suffered a disaster and you were at risk of looters – how would your neighbors defend your area?
The new Season of Doomsday Preppers is starting. Here are our thoughts on it.
The APN and their partner, Global Sun Oven, are giving away several Sun Ovens for National Preparedness Month through multiple contests!
The APN is participating in National Preparedness Month! Read about our plans for the month and what we’re hoping to produce.
Preppers are always talking about different types of Kits – what are they based on and why are we building them? The theory behind kits is thoroughly explored in this article.
A philosophy to organize and structure one’s Every Day Carry items to create a successful, yet minimalist and comprehensive, survival solution.
The amendment would make it illegal to transfer or possess large capacity feeding devices of more than 10 rounds of ammunition.
Gun Control: The media brought it up as a topic almost simultaneously as they announced the Aurora shootings – just like they usually do in mass shooting stories. What they fail to do in each case is run headlines that tell the truth.
If you had to evacuate for any reason, what is your water solution? I’m not talking about how to get a drink of filtered water – I’m talking about being able to cook, do dishes, keep your whole family hydrated, wash hands and clothes and so on. I’m talking about consuming around 10 – 12 gallons of water per day.
Building growing spaces and room for kids to play on the Homestead is an important early step.
What would YOU do if your home was suddenly, immediately and completely destroyed? I’m living an experiment to learn what it’s like to actually Bug Out.
Continuing my Heat and Light series, we go pretty basic and cover how to create home made water proof fire starters out of dryer lint, cotton balls, cardboard egg carts and paraffin wax.
More on my Heat and Light series, this video continues with a back to the basics approach and demonstrates how to make Fire Starting Wafers from common household products including: Paraffin Wax, Toilet Paper Rolls and Dryer Lint or Cotton Balls. The video demonstrates step by step procedures for making the Fire Starting Wafers and […]
Continuing my Heat and Light series, I show how to make an Emergency Stove out of common household materials: cardboard, paraffin wax and two tin cans. These stoves can be pre-made and stored in an emergency or evac kit so they are available when needed. The video demonstrates the step by step procedures for making […]
Another in my Heat and Light series, this video shows how to start a fire with Steel Wool using both a 9 volt and 2 double A batteries.
Continuing the Heat and Light series, I go over the steps to create an alcohol stove at home using common materials.
Let’s look at 8 real examples of how NOT to build a snow cave! The inhabitants of these poorly constructed shelters must have been freezing at night! In this video, first we discuss how to properly build a snow cave: 1) at about a 30 degree incline so that the floor of your cave is […]
Introduction to a new content series on Water purifying, filtering and collection. Pre-Filtering is discussed at length with an overall introduction to the series.
Basic Preparedness Instruction on water and 72 hour kits – what you need in your bag to take care of your water needs. We discuss different types of “pre-packaged” water to keep with you, containers for carrying more water and filters for cleaning water that you find on your way.
In this video, I discuss the lifestyle and philosophy behind building and living off of a 3 Month Supply. This philosophy makes it easy to attain a 3 month supply and especially easy to keep it rotated. The primary philosophy is to become used to thinking of your 3 Month Supply as your ‘grocery store’ […]
What is a Year Supply? It’s not what you might think! Specifically, it’s not a Year Supply of FOOD – that’s only PART of it. A Year Supply is meant to be a buffer to get you through the first year of a TEOTWAWKI or WROL situation and allow you to stock up and prepare […]
The consequence of Doomsday Preppers is a negative viewpoint being presented and built of our community. And WE are letting them do it – for a literal 15 minutes of fame.
It has been an interesting 48 hours for all of us who were in Meet the Preppers, namely my family, watching the responses has been educational and enlightening – and frustrating and unsettling. Phil Burns Intro But let’s start with an introduction – I’m Phil Burns, the father of 8 on Meet the Preppers. I’m […]
Update. This is an old article – there is a follow up article available with links to episodes click here to see it! Phil Burns of the APN and his family star in the new series on Animal Planet tonight: Phil contemplates whether it is safer to buy his daughter a cell phone or a […]