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Steve and KimMy name is Steve Ackerman and welcome to my blog…

LetsTalkSurvival is a survival blog focussed on the discussion and demonstration of emergency preparedness and self-reliance skills with our passion for hiking and outdoor cooking mingled in… And lots of gear reviews too. This is my passion and has been for some time. While I am an avid survivalist, prepper, pit boss, firearm enthusiast and gear junkie, I am by no means an expert. Simply put, I am a perpetual student of life and the outdoors.

While this site was originally created as a vehicle to house my own personal cache of tips, tricks, techniques and other useful information related to emergency preparedness, self-reliance and outdoor cooking that I would like to keep handy and to share. It is my hope that you will also find this collection information useful as well.

As I write articles and review products, I tend to evaluate things like a prepper, and I often use a zombie apocalypse as a metaphor when I discuss and plan for survival situations and scenarios. I often explain to people that prepping has more to do with being prepared for the small things that affect us every-day as part of life than some huge crisis, and as our preps grow and become more elaborate, we will naturally become more prepared for larger-scale events.

My tenet is, I believe that if you prepare for the zombie apocalypse, you will be prepared for just about anything… But in reality, prepping is simply about being prepared for all of the SHTF moments throughout life, no matter how big or small, and has no more to do with a financial collapse, EMP, end-of-the-world event or a zombie apocalypse as it does with a simple power outage, a trip to the ER, earthquake, fire, flood, hurricane, tornado, or a long-term lay-off.

SteveIt is about having plenty of food, water, emergency gear and resources on hand for when you need them most because they won’t be available otherwise. Failing to prepare is preparing to fail… If nothing else, it is a safe investment against inflation.

My interests are not solely about prepping and self-reliance… I also enjoy messing around with OSX, Linux, networking, software development, photography, firearms and other forms of weaponry, BBQ, sportfishing, writing, coaching baseball and softball, and of course my family. And did I mention that I like BBQ?

My hope is to one day retire and have the opportunity to hike some of the big trails around the United States like the Grand Canyon, AT, PCT, and CDT. Not all in the same year, of course. But my bucket list is long and I know that I have to start somewhere.

I love to chat with people so feel free to drop me a line if you ever want to chat, or just to say hello.

— Steve

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