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 2024 Speakers


DJ Cooper - Author

DJ Cooper is the Bestselling author of the apocalypse. Check out her latest series of books "Chaos."
It all started with the Dystopia series of books she released in late 2014. A strong desire to learn more led her back to school in hopes of gaining more perspective on the craft and the industry. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English, a Master of Science in Marketing, and is currently, a student at Southern New Hampshire University studying for her Master of Fine Arts in English/Creative writing with a concentration in teaching.

She studied Graphic Design and designs book covers, format books, and creates logos and graphics as well through Dauntless Cover Design.
Writing the apocalypse is a passion and as a prominent figure in the preparedness community with Thrive Self-Reliance Initiative,
where she works to bring knowledge of preparedness and sustainable living through varied forms of media.


Bill Stormfeather is a former US Marine and current U.S Army Soldier with a background in private security contracting. Bill has over 30 years of military experience which he uses to consult popular survival television series. As a lifelong prepper and survivalist he enjoys sharing his knowledge and experience with others. 

His talk,  "The First 30 Days" (including a  Q&A) will be held:

Friday @ 10:00am & 2:00pm 
Saturday  @ 10:00am & 2:00pm
Sunday  @ 10:00am & 2:00pm

Bill Stormfeather - Current U.S Army 


If a crisis occurred and you called 911, but no one was coming, would you be able to manage? If a lockdown was put in place, could you render care to yourself or loved ones? Would you have the supplies or knowledge to know what to do? Lynn Kramer, RN, covers these topics and more. She shares survival resources that help you think and prepare how to best meet the needs of your household and others that you may be responsible for.

Topics covered include putting together a medical kit, improvising in a grave situation, essential OTC medicines to have on hand, herbal/natural remedies and where to get medical training (CPR/First Aid).

Her talk, "Medical Preparedness", (including a  Q&A) will be held:
Friday @  12:00 pm & 6:00pm
Saturday @  12:00 pm & 6:00pm
Sunday @  12:00 pm & 6:00pm

Rory Scoles - Serious Prepper


Rory Scoles moved out onto a remote 40-acre parcel in Northeast Minnesota 18 years ago with his then young family and began to homestead like the apocalypse had already happened. His experiences include building remote cabins with hand tools only and minimum imported materials, becoming proficient at traditional calorie rich food skills such as sugar making, Wild ricing and processing, practical small-scale farming and animal husbandry, hunting, trapping, unassisted homebirths, wilderness travel and traversing and more.

His Talk: Beyond Collapse & Calamity. What 18 years of remote, off grid living has illuminated for me and my family. Tools and tips on how to analyze your current living situation for life after SHTF, how to start transitioning to a more independent, land-based way of life and how doing so will enrich your life, feed your soul, and make you resilient and healthy. Q&A and 15-minute skill share at the end.

Lynn Kramer - Retired RN and

Serious Prepper

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"Surviving Womanhood: Essential Skills for the

Post-Apocalyptic Era" 

Step into the high-stakes world of prehospital obstetric emergencies with Jessica, The Combat Midwife, in this dynamic all-day workshop designed for women's preparedness in austere, grid-down, SHTF environments. 


In the first segment, explore the enigmatic world of women's health with "Lady Curiosities," a gripping course that delves into the complexities of menstrual cycles, sexual assault, and the myriad challenges women face in grid-down scenarios. From combating pesky infections like yeast, UTIs, and bacterial vaginosis, to navigating misbehaving uteri and addressing sensitive issues like female sexual assault and birth control in a post-apocalyptic environment, this class equips participants with the knowledge to thrive in any scenario. Join Jessica as she empowers you to confront curious lady challenges and emergencies with confidence and resilience, preparing you for the unpredictable world beyond.



Next, prepare to confidently handle pre-hospital uncomplicated field deliveries in a comprehensive class led by Jessica. Learn essential protocols and techniques for assisting mothers during childbirth, from delivery to postpartum care. Get answers to common questions about hand placement, physiological transitions of babies, and placenta management. Jessica covers all these topics and more, ensuring participants are ready to “catch” in any situation.


Finally, Jessica delves into the most daunting scenarios encountered during birth, covering breech births, limb presentations, cord complications, shoulder dystocia, and postpartum hemorrhage. Through case studies, practical insights, and evidence-based strategies, participants will gain a deeper understanding of SHTF OB emergencies, emerging better prepared to deliver effective care when every second counts. Join us for an engaging and informative session that empowers you to face these "When the $*!# Hits the Fan!" emergencies head-on, ensuring the best possible outcomes for both mother and baby.

Jessica Arno - Combat Midwife


Jessica has been affectionately dubbed: “The Combat Midwife” by the over 50,000 US Army combat medics, flight medics and SOF medics she has taught. She’s a Midwife, Paramedic, & EMS educator who has a passion for Ob-Gyn and pediatric emergencies. Jessica has been instructing classes for Midwives, EMS and the Military and she has written for EMS World Magazine regarding Ob-Gyn emergencies on how to navigate the out of hospital birth transfer. Get ready for some tips and tricks for reducing anxiety and setting yourself and your patients up for success during out of hospital births and transfers!

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