About “Sarge”

Welcome to AskThePrepper.com!

This site is dedicated to helping you prepare for disaster.  Everything from earthquakes, wildfires and hurricanes to SHTF events (shit hitting the fan) — which are extended emergencies where you may be expected to live without assistance from anyone else for a long time.

Apparently you are interested in who I am.

So who am I?  And what are my credentials?

Well let me put your mind at ease…

My name is Jason Cain.

My wife and I on a beautiful spring day hear in the Pacific Northwest…

I am just a regular American guy — sharing the shortcuts and hacks of what I have learned along this path of preparation and self-reliance.


I was a sergeant (E-5) in the United States Marine Corps, and served six years (6) on active duty.

I was homeported in Hawaii at MCAS Kaneohe Bay as part of the aviation detachment of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade (1st MEB).  I was honorably discharged in 1992.

During my enlistment, I deployed a lot — every chance I got.  I volunteered for everything, so I could see and experience the world.  During my travels I spent most of my time in the Philippines and the Japan.

I originally was enlisting in the US Army to be a Ranger, but some jarhead recruiter started telling me about Force Recon and how only pussies went in the Army.  🙂

Being a Recon Marine sounded good to me, so I enlisted at age 17.

But like all things in life, you can’t always get what you want.

I wanted to be a Recon Marine in A Co. 3rd Recon like my best friend Danny.  The Corps wanted me to be a CH53 helicopter communication / navigation aviation electrician.

The Corps got it’s wish…

I was trained to repair the “black boxes” in an aircraft: radios, navigation equipment, radar units, cryptographic equipment, electronic warfare equipment and automatic flight control systems.  But because the USMC is so small I had to work on anything with a wire going to it… engines, lights, landing gear, flight controls — EVERYTHING!

Aircrewman/Door Gunner

One of the opportunities that often comes up when attached to a helicopter squadron is the opportunity to become an aircrewman/door gunner or crew-chief.  I attended aircrewman training at NAS Barbers Point sometime around the end of 1988.

A German CH-53 door gunner. A great photo that shows you what a door gunner does!

Nuclear Biological Chemical (NBC) NCO

One of my collateral duties during my enlistment included Nuclear Biological Chemical (NBC) NCO for my unit and serving on the NBC survey team.

The NBC NCO of a unit is responsible for maintaining equipment, training, and supervising NBC decontamination operations.

The survey team are the Marines that are tasked with going into a suspected contaminated area and taking specimens and samples — ahead of a main force unit.  Helicopter units were (not sure about now) typically used because they could fly into and out of a suspected area limiting exposure to personnel.

A USMC survey team training. The guy on the left is using talc to determine wind direction. The guy on the right is using a sniffer or Geiger counter looking for contaminant readings… and the guy in the middle is pushing a cart with test equipment, chemical test strips, and other equipment. They are all equipped with self-contained breathing apparatus.

Cold Weather Survival

I attended some specialized training.  I have always had a passion for survival, so I took cold weather training when I could.  Nothing high-speed, low-drag.  I never was able to attend Survival-Escape-Resistance-Evasion (SERE) School.

In short my military service can be summed up: I did more than some — but there is nothing to brag about.


After leaving the Corps, I immediately began working for the Honolulu Police Department — and was in the 117th Recruit class at Ke Kula Maka’i.  All of my time was spent in patrol in Kalihi, Kaneohe and Waikiki.  I was one of the first bike patrol officers in the department.  Spent time on the three-wheeled motorcycles in Waikiki.  And trained new recruits in patrol procedures and tactics as a Field Training Officer (FTO).

I was one of the initial officers at the Sand Island Shooting that was one of the original segments of World’s Wildest Police Shootouts.

And I was involved in the incident involving an African elephant named “Tyke” that we had to put down after it killed two trainers and escaped from the circus.  (I fucking hate circuses to this day…)

My Life As A Prepper

I began my life as a prepper in 1999 with the birth of my daughter. That year it was the Y2K emergency, and because of my technical background and familiarity with computer programming, I worried what was going to happen on January 1, 2000 when the computers might not recognize the correct date.

Luckily nothing happened — because I wasn’t ready…

I had a 20 pound bag of flour that I purchased at Sam’s Club, and a 20 pound bag of rice. Even to this day, I’m not sure WTF I was thinking.  Although it greatly influenced the emergency food plan I created for emergencies.

September 11, the anthrax attacks of 2001, the SARS pandemic of 2002 and 2003, the H5N1 epidemic, Hurricane Katrina, and now the Covid-19 pandemic have prepared me to help you.


I grew up in Northern California and Pacific Northwest and now live in the forests and shadows of the Cascade Mountain Range where I fish, camp, hike, shoot, and contemplate life.  I get out in the bush almost every weekend.

My interest has always been the outdoors and survival — especially cold-weather survival.  In cold weather, the mountains and forests themselves are trying to kill you.  🙂

On nice days: I ride windy, country roads on an old Harley — sometimes with an ‘old lady’ on the back.

I hope you find the answers you are looking for on my site, or on my social media channels.

My grandma was born in the Ozarks and like all hillbillies she liked to cheat at dominoes while telling me stories about the Great Depression and old family history.