Disaster Survival Network’s Vincent VonDoom
Vince “VonDoom,” creator and developer of DisasterSurvivalNetwork.com (DSN) has built a broad-based agglomeration of resources to help new, semi-new and experienced preppers, survivalists, patriots, self-reliant people, and urban, suburban and ex-urban individuals and families become prepared or better prepared to deal with future uncertainty.
Doctor Prepper interviewed Vince and reports that the DSN website is a plethora of means to help get the Prepper, survivalist, and disaster/emergency information into their hands.
Disaster Survival Magazine is an interactive digital bi-monthly publication featuring articles on survival, prepping, hunting, camping, self-defense, outdoors, self-reliance , off-grid living, current events, and much more.
Vincent VonDoom started the Disaster Survival Network just a short time ago, and it has become one of fastest-growing survival communities both online and offline.
“There are so many prepping and survival websites out there, they are sprouting up daily like mushrooms––it appears everyone is starting a website or blog. What we are trying to do here at DSN is sort through all of the clutter to bring you the best preparedness resources and information available all in one place that is easy to find and easy to navigate.”
“We are a complete network and we are growing at an exponential rate. We publish our own Bi-Monthly Survival & prepping magazine entitled Disaster Survival Magazine. It is currently one of the highest-grossing magazines on Magzter.com––one of the web’s largest Online newsstands. Visit: Magzter.com.
“We also have a daily Online newspaper ‘Disaster Daily’ in which we select the best survival/prepping news and articles from across the web so you don’t have to waste time looking for quality articles. Disaster Daily is updated twice daily with morning and evening editions. We also have weekly paper Disaster Survival weekly. The magazine and the paper can all be accessed from our main website…”
“We do a weekly radio broadcast on Spreaker where we highlight breaking news and articles featured in our publications. We talk about what is going on in our blogs and whatever is trending on our social media network sites or our forum/message board.
“We have full lists of events and expos, we do video product reviews and write-ups. We have monthly contests and giveaways from our sponsors. We have a Free nationwide survival/prepping biz directory where anyone with a survival related business, product, event, service, website, radio show or blog can post to. Think of it as the Craigslist of the survival community. It also helps to increase your ranking with the search engines.
“We have an extensive link network to which we are constantly adding new members and partners in the preparedness industry. We suggest that if you are new to prepping and survival and want to start your own website or blog––DON’T! There are already so many sites on the Internet! It is already overwhelming and frustrating for newcomers looking to find information. Don’t waste your time and energy. Join the Disaster Survival Network and we can concentrate our energy and focus to become a major force in preparedness. I call it the snowball effect. We are always looking for fresh content, writers, reporters and citizen journalists. We here at DSN also believe that survival should not be a fad or a trend because of a few TV shows, but an everyday way of life.
“We are not just an Online network––we also teach preparedness classes, first aid training, manage survival, hunting, and camping retreats, play paintball, and organize and present a series of disaster /survival preparedness scenarios. We suggest that you become a preparedness leader in your community by joining or starting your own group of the Disaster Survival Network in your area. We’ll provide promotional support, whether its flyers, brochures or help with PowerPoint presentations. We will help you get the information and resources you need to get started.
“Our motto is: Continuity of Community. What we can’t do alone, we can do together. Other suggestions: you can take advantage of all the local and federal resources, such as becoming a volunteer firefighter, or joining a CERT team (Community Emergency Response Team). I became certified after I took a 6-month course at my local college and it was one of the most fulfilling things I’ve ever done.
“Just knowing that I could give something back to my community and country in time of need is a great feeling of accomplishment. Other resources include becoming certified by your local Red Cross in Adult/Child CPR & First Aid. Get certified and learn the basics such as wound dressing, how to help a choking victim and perform the Heimlich maneuver, and learn how to properly use a defibrillator. There is also a wealth of FREE information available online from FEMA.
“Did you know you can go to college for FREE if you want to pursue a career in emergency management and disaster preparedness? I have enrolled in FEMA’s ISP (Independent Study Program) and have already successfully completed several courses. I am now certified in Pandemic Emergencies, Radiological Emergencies, and Protecting critical infrastructure against insider threats. FEMA has a really great certificate program I would suggest to everyone: take the FEMA IS-907––Active Shooter: What You Can Do course. Unfortunately active shooter situations are occurring more and more frequently. This course gives you valuable information that could save your life. The great thing about the FEMA independent study program is that you can take it from home online at your own pace and when you finish the course curriculum and pass the test, FEMA will send you a certificate of completion. Many of these courses can be used as college credits.
“No one can deny that the world is a dangerous place and it seems like it is getting worse and worse as time goes on. The scale, impact, and frequency of major disasters also seems to be increasing. Do yourself a favor, get prepared, start prepping, and put a plan together for you and your family.
“Join the Disaster Survival Network, membership is FREE! You can access all of our services from our homepage. Visit our site and stay a while. Friend us on Facebook and Twitter. Send us an email and introduce yourself. All new members will receive a FREE copy of the current issue of our magazine.
“Email us at survive (at) disastersurvivalnetwork (dot) com. Start your own local survival group today. Remember––it takes a village. Don’t just survive together, thrive together!
“We are currently developing a mobile app with a VIP rewards program and built-in Prepper Points wallet for your smart phone. There, you’ll be able to receive discounts and coupons on premiere survival gear and products. We are planning to create a 24-hour cable channel that provides nonstop survival how-to and preparedness education. We’ll include extreme weather, news and talk shows. Along with our partners in the industry, we are confident that we will achieve our goal in bringing survival & prepping to the mainstream. We want to be the CNN of the survival industry all while keeping it real and staying devoted to the average Joe. Anyone who is serious about survival and wants to join our effort, please get in touch with us.
“I started the Disaster Survival Network with a passion and a dream a year ago. In that year, I am amazed at how fast the network has grown. I‘ve never had this much fun and I’ve never been as organized as am I am now. Everything in my life changed for the better once I decided to become a prepper. Remark, that does not obviate that I also met my wife at the same time!
“I was living in Long Island just 3 years ago. After our marriage, I decided that if I wanted to start a family, we needed to move into a less-expensive neighborhood. It wasn’t just the cost of living that was the deciding factor about our relocation, rather it was a sixth sense I had about the future. I was overwhelmed with a sense of urgency and deep concern that things were about to get really ugly in the US, especially after witnessing the events of 911, Hurricane Katrina, the militarization of America’s police, the massive debt and reckless spending, rising food prices, and other events in the news.
“After adding everything up in my head I made a calculation to try to see ahead of the curve.
We went to Niagara Falls for our honeymoon and stayed with a friend upstate NY and fell in love with the town and the people. Everyone was much friendlier and there were farms everywhere. We re-started our life with the move to the area and renting a house just 2 doors down from Francis Bellamy, the original author of the pledge of allegiance.
“I felt a renewed sense of patriotism and my new surroundings gave me sense of well-being and calm like I had never experienced. There are deer everywhere, I got into hunting and went from a city boy to country boy. My wife opened up a flower shop on Main Street, and that’s when I decided to start the Disaster Survival Network in the back office of her flower shop. That was one year ago and now when I look back at the decisions I have made I feel my decision to move was one of the best things I have ever done.
“I suggest that each of you seriously re-evaluate your life and ask yourself these questions:
- Are you really happy?
- Are you following your dream(s)?
- Is your family safe?
- Are you prepared for a major disaster or emergency?
“I have so much less stress in my life now that I left the hustle and bustle of big city life and knowing that my family is more secure, with our odds of surviving any major disruption in daily life are much better. My biggest worry is about having enough food. We’ve gone from a life of high rent, being late on bills, and not having enough food for more than a week to having 3 months’ food in our survival pantry! I would never have been able to achieve that level of preparedness had we remained in Long Island. I am not minimizing big city life––just saying that if you want to get into prepping and really make a change in your life for the better, you’ll need to ask yourself some serious life-changing questions.
“I suggest you spend some time and take a personal inventory, and then create a family preparedness plan. Start by building a Bug-Out bag––start with a simple first aid kit. Many people don’t either a first aid kit or smoke detectors in their home. You can make a decent first kit from a Dollar Store for less than $20. In the beginning it can be overwhelming, so start small and make checklists. It’s easier to accomplish more when you have a list. Try to accomplish at least 1-3 things each day. You’ll feel much better knowing you’ve completed the goals you set for that day. Even though some TV shows portray preppers as paranoid or conspiracy theorists, preppers generally are some of the smartest, most stable and down-to-earth people I’ve ever met. I am proud to be a prepper. It’s badge I wear with honor.
“Not long ago, I was invited to be on the next season of a very popular show about Preppers. The producer thought my story was fascinating, and it would have been a great promotional venue for my efforts. However, after reading the list of questions they had prepared for me to discuss, I was turned off instantly. I felt the questions were asking I felt it was way to invasive and several people who appeared on the show had been raided and arrested afterwards. I feel anyone who is truly concerned about OpSec and safety of their family would never go on a show like that. We take the security and identity of our members very seriously they don’t even have to use there real name, tell where they are located and did we mention it’s FREE. Get started today because tomorrow may be to late.
“Contact us and we can put you in the right direction and possibly even set you up with a preparedness partner in your area who can help or mentor you in your new quest to be self-reliant. Remember: prepping doesn’t have to be painful and boring. If you have the right mindset and you are ready to survive not just physically but spiritually new doors will open up for you and you will make new friends that you know you can count on. So what are you waiting for the world to end?
“You can begin to make changes in your life today. Join us in our quest for spiritual survival, knock on your neighbor’s door and introduce yourself. Start a community survival group you’ll be pleasantly surprised how many people are thinking the same thing but were looking for leader to point them in the right direction.
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James Talmage Stevens, Host
James Talmage Stevens (aka Doctor Prepper™) began his career in the preparedness industry from the days of his youth. His family lived with his Grandparents immediately following the end of WWII. He learned the basics on the Pace farm in rural Guilford County (NC). Farm chores and gardening were standard fare––plowing the back 40 behind a stubborn mule was substandard! In 1974, upon finishing graduate school with 4 young children and no prospects for a job due to economic conditions during a national economic slump, James reverted to his past experiences on the farm and chronicled in his notebook, along with some hand-me-down recipes from his mother and grandmother. Noting there were no viable books that dealt with all the basics, i.e.: a broad range of food products, he began to utilize his analytical skills, organizing handwritten notes, recipes, and food lore into one volume of information. He spent his spare time while job-hunting, and Making the Best of Basics was created. Before going to press, the subtitle Family Preparedness Handbook was added to distinguish Basics… from the emergency preparedness genre of the existing Civil Defense and governmental agency information.