Hello and welcome to the Survival DadPodcast Episode 000:The Intro Episode.
My name is Buck Rizvi.I’m a husband, a father of four, a former Boy Scout,a U.S. Air Force veteran, and a successful entrepreneur. I live in beautiful Boulderon the Colorado Front Range.
I consider myself a blessed and very lucky man, but despite that,I’m concerned and that’s why I’m producing this podcast.
The reason I’m concerned dates back to September 11, 2001. I was sitting on an airplane at Washington Dulles International Airport,about to head to New York City, when I receivedthe news that the first plane had hit one of the World Trade Center towers. We didn’t know it was a terrorist attack, but I knew that the plane wasn’t going anywhere soon.
So I got off the plane,wentback to my car, and started heading home.I waslistening to the radio, and I got the announcement that another plane that had just taken off also from Washington Dulles had crashed into the Pentagon. That’swhen I realized that something was really wrong:This was a terrorist attack. Our world was turned upside down.
Fast-forward nearly a decade and a half, we have unprecedented concerns of external and homegrown threats of terrorism.
On top of that, we are seeing anincreased frequency of natural disasters. In my area, we had the Boulder flood in September of 2013 that resulted in eight deaths and 11,000 people being evacuated.That was supposed to be a flood that occursonly once every one hundred years.A whole town — the Town of Lyons — was cut off. And Californiais experiencing ahistoric drought , the so-called“New American Dustbowl,” which isposing a real threat to our food security.
Internationally, we witness Putin’s desire to bring back what I would call Russia’s glory days. I served in the military during the Cold War and when the Soviet Union fell apart. Now Putin seems to be hell-bent on putting it back together, and he’s installing nukes in the newly annexed and,in other words,invadedCrimea region. And at the same time, we’re facing pandemic threats that have brought Ebola toour soil for the first time.
I just had this realization that my family is not prepared — that I’m not prepared — to handle even the most basic of emergencies, let alone a major catastrophe.
So I’ve decided to go on a journey, and I invite you to join me on the Survival DadPodcast, which will be produced and distributed twice a week, on Mondays and Wednesdays.We’re going to have expert interviews;I’m really good at finding highly interesting and knowledgeable people to talk to about an array of topics related to self-reliance. Also, I will be thoughtfully researching,covering, and moderating topics for these podcasts.
Survival Dad topics will include the following:
- Health and Food Security
- Home and Personal Security, including hand-to-hand combat and firearms training
- Income Security, which is very near and dear to my heart. As I mentioned, I’m an entrepreneur. I made the leap from the corporate rat race to calling my own shots with my own business, and I think a lot of people might be interested in hearing about entrepreneurship.
- Wilderness Survival, aka Bushcraft
- Retreats and Homesteading. My wife is from Lithuania,and she’s a big homesteading fan. She has a lot of experience from her childhood, tending andmilking the cows, taking care of the chickens,bringing the eggs in from the chicken coop.
- Overseas Opportunities —to live and invest abroad.We’re in the process of building a second home in Lithuania where we can spend the summers or live permanently if we choose.
The Survival Dad podcastsarenot going to be “doom and gloom” podcasts. Quite the opposite: They are going to be fun, entertaining, and optimistic. We’ll talk about what we can do, and how we can have peace of mind by preparing ourselves.
So, who’s this for? I would say it’s for any concerned father who’s looking for a guide —someone who’s looking for a resource that has their back, that they can trust, and that is being run by someone like themselves.
Because I’m on a journey, I want to have the peace of mind of self-reliance. I want to make sure that I’m getting the best information, the best skills,and the best kit that I can possibly put together, so that I can take care of my family. That’s the way I approach it.
I’m approaching the Survival Dad Podcast as if I were a consumer of the podcast myself. The podcast is for someone that’s willing to take action and not just sit on the sidelines. It’s for doers, not whiners.
If you just want to be the guy whosits on his couch watching the news, complaining about the government and the president, andexpects the government to come and bail you out of in case of an emergency,then this is not for you.
And you must be willing to share and be a part of the community — the podcast is not for someone whohas a bunker mentality. If your mentality is that, in case of emergency,you’re going to head for the hills,go into your underground bunker, and shoot anything that moves, then this is not for you either. Because, really, the Survival Dad community is going to be about sharing. I think people that survive in the face of adversity are those that band together and create these communities.
So here’s what you need to do next:
- Make sure you subscribe on iTunes. That way you’ll get the current episodes of Survival Dad automatically, and you’ll be notified of new episodes when they’re available.
- Go to survivaldad.com and request your free 72-hour Bug-Out-Bag video and cheat sheet, along with Survival Dad Podcast updates and alerts.My plan is to turn this Survival Dad video and cheat sheet into an e-book and make it available-for-sale on Amazon, at which point they will no longer be available on the site. But for now, it’s available absolutely free.
So what’s coming up in the first episode of the Survival Dad Podcast?Well, you’re in for a treat. I interviewed Tim Schmitz,whois a father of three and founder of the U.S. Concealed Carry Association. We’re going to talk about some controversial topics, including kids and firearms, the surprising event that had Tim switch his preferred daily-carry sidearm to a different sidearm,and how to get a free e-book thatTim is giving away especially for Survival Dad listeners. And much, much more.
We’ll see youon the first episode of Survival Dad.Thanks for joining us.